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Saskatchewan is growing

Premier Wall says he sees positives in Verizon expansion

New rules allowing U.S-based mobile phone provider Verizon to squeeze into the Canadian market have some people uncomfortable.

In Saskatchewan, Premier Brad Wall says he is keeping an eye on the situation but says he sees the positives.

"(The people of Saskatchewan) want to see lower cell costs and so to the extent competition can help,” he said.

Public hearing for Design Regina growth plan at city hall

Regina's borders have been growing for years, but now it’s time to hammer out the details on a long term plan for growth.

The city's official plan for growth called ‘Design Regina’ has been in the works for years but Tuesday night is having one last public hearing before voting later this month or in September.

“This is our blue-print for the next 25 years, so tonight we’re having delegations come in and it’s sort of the public consultation phase,” Mayor Michael Fougere explained in an interview Tuesday morning.

Government minister gets closer look at job opportunities

We’ve been hearing the story of Saskatchewan’s booming economy for a few years now but that story just got personal for one MLA.

“The number of jobs for youth skyrocketed this month (July) in Saskatchewan and it is certainly consistent with what I am hearing anecdotally and seeing in our province when I meet young people,” said Tim McMillan, Minister of Energy and Resources at a recent news conference about job numbers.

Radisson celebrates 100th with special hometown guest

As the small town of Radisson, SK, celebrates its centennial, residents gathered to watch one very special hometown boy marshal their parade.

Col. Larry Crabb was born and raised in the small town of 500. His parents moved to Radisson in 1904, a year before Saskatchewan was even a province.

Seventy-three years young, Crabb returned to his hometown once more to a hero's welcome.

Building permits down, but value up in Regina

For the City of Regina, less is more.

A report released by the City on Friday shows that they’ve handed out about 46 less building permits this year compared to the 713 at this time in 2012. But the value of those projects and the number of units that will eventually be available was up by about 22 per cent. In total, 1,688 housing units will be built as a result of permits given in the first seven months of 2013.

Regina area paramedics face growing need for translators

Regina's non-English speaking community is outgrowing the capabilities of the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region's EMS crews.

Imagine needing to call 911 but not being able to communicate with the paramedics once they arrived. It's an issue that has faced EMS in the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) in the past and one the region is working on improving.

RM of Sherwood makes official move on Wascana Village

The rural municipality (RM) of Sherwood has taken the first official step towards the building of the proposed Wascana Village.

In special meetings this week, council read and passed four amendments to their current official community plan that changes the zoning of a plot of land just south of the SIAST Wascana campus from agricultural to neighbourhood.

“The bylaw amendments update the RM’s ability to include neighbourhood development. Our old OCP (official community plan) wouldn’t allow us to do that,” said councillor for Division 1 Joe Repetksi.

Condo project begins in Pilot Butte

We know growth is happening in Regina, but bedroom communities around the city are also growing on a significant level.

Construction of a new $2.5 million condominium project is underway in Pilot Butte, part of the Saskatchewan Government’s ‘HeadStart on a Home’ program. This will pave the way for nine entry-level homeowners to find a new place to live.

“We are looking towards providing housing for people. If they can’t afford to live in Regina, we do provide a more affordable solution out here,” said Pilot Butte Mayor Nat Ross.

Housing developer concerned about Design Regina

Think of it as a blueprint for future growth in the Queen City, Design Regina - or the city’s new Official Community Plan—will lay out what the city could look like for up to 30 years in the future.

Design Regina involves planning for a population that could reach 500,000 including everything from new housing options and neighbourhoods, to green space and transportation expansion.

City introduces rent-to-own program in Pleasant Hill

In an effort to sell the few remaining city-owned homes in Pleasant Hill Village, council approved a motion to introduce rent-to-own provisions to Saskatoon’s housing program.

The seven remaining units continue to sit empty since the City purchased 18 unsold homes from developers in December 2010. The city promised to buy any unsold units in order to attract developers.

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