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Regina mayor teases downtown congestion solution in State Of The City address

Regina Mayor Michael Fougere was looking strictly in the rearview during his annual State Of The City address on Thursday, although he did hint at more changes to come to the downtown.

There wasn’t much new information in the speech, but Fougere did highlight some accomplishments from the past year. That included hosting the 101st Grey Cup, signing an annexation agreement with the RM of Sherwood, and continuing to raise the housing vacancy rate.

Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan hosts Stop Racism workshop

Fifty students and teachers from vastly different cultural and ethnic backgrounds spent Wednesday trying to break down barriers of racism and prejudice by learning from each other.

The Core Ritchie Neighbourhood Centre in Regina was the site of a Stop Racism youth leadership workshop hosted by the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan.

SGI looking for 5.2 per cent rate increase

Car insurance could get quite a bit more expensive in 2014 if SGI has its way.

The Crown insurance company is looking for an average 5.2 per cent increase in auto insurance rates. It announced that request is being submitted to the Rate Review Panel, which must approve any increase, on Tuesday morning. If it goes ahead it will be a rebalancing proposal: 84 per cent of drivers will see rate increases of an average $49; the other 16 per cent will either maintain the same rate or get a decrease of an average $12.

Rental company in need of Regina tenants, offering incentives

February isn't usually the time of year most people would choose to move, but now might be a good time to do just that.

Boardwalk Rental Communities is offering rental incentives in many of their buildings across Regina. David McIlveen, the company's Director of Community Development, said they're offering incentives because about three per cent of their 2,500 units in the city are currently vacant.

"Probably more than what Regina has seen in the last couple of years," he said.

UPDATED: P3 questions dominate Regina Public School Board meeting

Concerns about funding models for future schools dominated public discussion at the Regina Public School Board's annual general meeting Tuesday night.

In their presentation, the board outlined the many projects on the go in Regina to help accommodate the growing population. Those include the opening of two new schools in 2012, the construction of the new Seven Stones school, the planning of a shared facility in North Central Regina, and three new schools announced by the province to be built with a private-public partnership, or P3, model.

Aunt concerned about kids kept out of school for 6 years in Regina

Every morning Alek Bar sends her seven children off to school before she embarks on her own work day. The single mother holds down two jobs to support her family. But when Bar leaves the house, other family members are still there—Bar’s sister and her two kids. Bar says her nieces have not been enrolled in school for the last six years.

"It's really bothering me every day. And I'm just sitting watching them. I can't do anything about it," said Bar.

Regina library offers family language kits to new immigrants

Immigrant families are getting a boost for practicing English with their kids thanks to new Family Language Kits at Regina Public Libraries.

The kits include childrens' books and picture dictionaries in seven different languages with English translations. The idea is to help parents learn English while reading to their kids. It also helps kids retain their first languages.

Jun Hee Park is in grade 7 at George Fergusson Elementary School but she’s very happy to be signing out a bag full of Korean children’s books.

Condo policy change could help Rae Street tenants facing eviction

Changes proposed to Regina’s Condo Conversion Policy could have a huge impact on a group of tenants facing eviction from a Rae Street apartment building.

Under the current policy, a rental property of five or more units can only be converted into condominiums if the city’s vacancy rate is three per cent. It’s not. But a clause in the policy states if a building is vacated—which in this case means 50 per cent or more—for one year, then conversion may go ahead.

Premier Wall agrees rail capacity critical to grow exports

Saskatchewan's economy has been growing so fast that railways can’t keep up with exports of everything from grain to steel pipes and natural resources.

Premier Brad Wall said the provincial government is paying close attention to this logistical problem.

“These challenges in terms of moving our products are not just this year or next year, we need to deal with this with a long-term view,” he said.

Record exports in SK putting pressure on rail capacity

It’s the story of an economic boom - in Saskatchewan we have what the world wants - but getting our commodities from a landlocked province to markets around the world is becoming a greater challenge with record exports putting pressure on railways.

Grain farmer still waiting for pay-off from record harvest

For Saskatchewan grain farmers the phrase ‘waiting for a train’ takes on a whole new meaning when your yearly income depends on the railway.

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