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Sask., B.C. remove barrier on wine trade

Many in Saskatchewan are raising a glass to the announcement that Saskatchewan and British Columbia are removing trade barriers on locally-made wine and craft spirits.
It means people in Saskatchewan will be able to legally order B.C. wines--and vice versa-- and have them delivered to their doorsteps.
The agreement was announced Friday at the premiers meeting in Charlottetown. Premier Brad Wall said B.C. Premier Christy Clark has been a voice for more "common sense" when it comes to free trade.

City ramps up parking enforcement in metered, permit areas

The absence of a parking ticket on your window doesn’t mean you avoided a ticket altogether.

The City of Saskatoon’s parking enforcement is going covert. Director of Transportation Angela Gardiner said they’re adding three new licence plate recognition cameras to nab parked cars in expired metered areas as well as residential parking permit areas in the city.

Saskatoon man decries crisis in seniors' care

A Saskatoon man says the healthcare system in Saskatchewan is failing his 95-year-old father.

Accompanied by provincial NDP leader Cam Broten, Tom Armstrong spoke to the media about his situation out front of Royal University Hospital. on Friday.

"Last night, when I said good night to my dad, he said he wished he could die. He's tired of fighting," he said.

Highway 16 north of Saskatoon could see traffic lights

There could be some big traffic changes coming to Highway 16 just north of Saskatoon.

The City of Saskatoon and the province are finalizing a deal which would see the city take over the stretch of Highway 16 from 60th Street to 71st Street according Angela Gardiner, director of transportation with the City of Saskatoon.

Tree climbing competition planned for Saskatoon

If you want to go out on a limb this weekend, there's a different type of competition planned in Saskatoon.

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is hosting the Prairie Chapter Tree Climbing Championship where around 24 people will compete in five events including a speed climb up 60 feet and an aerial rescue of a mannequin.

"(These are) events that basically mimic a real day's work in the trees when you're a working arborist that climbs as opposed to uses a bucket truck," Keith Anderson, executive director of the ISA Prairie Chapter said.

More garbage, pollution, side-effects of rapid growth

A growing Saskatoon comes with a few environmental challenges.

On Tuesday the city’s environmental and utilities committee reviewed the first environmental health and sustainability report, looking at the City's air quality, garbage and recycling programs and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Air quality remains a high priority for people in Saskatoon according the the public consultations held through Saskatoon Speaks. Amber Jones with the city said overall the air quality in Saskatoon has consistently been classified as good, however she sees a trend of steady decline.

Fall leisure registration still flawed says councillor

Registration for fall leisure activities is underway in Saskatoon.
Families were able to start the process on Sunday, but Ward 9 Councillor Tiffany Paulsen says it hasn't been as easy as it should be.
"All of council has actually received complaints and I've noticed a lot on social media, I've seen a lot of complaining happening as well," Paulsen said in an interview with News Talk on Monday.

3 groups shortlisted to build Regina Bypass Project

It's the biggest transportation and infrastructure project in Saskatchewan's history and three groups are being shortlisted to compete for the chance to build it.

The Regina Bypass Project is expected to cost $1 billion. A public-private partnership, or P3 model, will see a private company build it and maintain it.  Three consortiums of builders and financiers are in the final lap to be the builder.  They're known as:

Queen City Infrastructure Group (comprised of)

o Aecon
o InfraRed
o Flatiron

Photos/Video: Tests begin for excessive motorcycle noise

The days of loud motocycles in Saskatoon are numbered as police begin testing their newly acquired decibel meters.

Between now and October, police are holding free decibel-reading clinics around Saskatoon so bikers can test noise levels. Earlier this year, city council passed new provisions to the noise bylaw, introducing decibel limits for motorcycles; 92dB while idling and 96dB while riding. 

UPDATED: New hotels near Saskatoon airport on track for this fall

The first of four new hotels near Saskatoon's airport will open in October.

The Marriot Courtyard’s opening will be followed by MainStay Suites this fall and Hampton Inn and Suites in the spring.

It is expected that Homewood Suites by Hilton will start construction next spring. When all four hotels are complete, the city will have about 505 new hotel rooms.

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