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Saskatchewan is growing

New security area up and running at Saskatoon airport

Frequent flyers will notice some changes at the Saskatoon International Airport following the opening of a new expansion.

On March 4, a new passenger screening area went into operation. Located at the back of the check-in area past the Tim Hortons, the new screening point moves the often lengthy queue from the centre of the airport to a larger area encased by glass.

Plans for Sask.'s first solar co-op

When a group in Saskatoon looks at Saskatchewan sunbeams, they see dollar signs.

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES) is looking to start the province's first solar co-operative.

People can buy one or more solar panels for $900 each and then get a yearly rebate based on the amount of energy it produces.

Citizens provide a vision for Saskatoon's future

It was a full house Tuesday evening for the second of three public meetings about the City of Saskatoon's "growth plan to half a million".

Over 100 people turned out to hear city planners and developers discuss a wide array of topics, and to provide feedback as the city prepares to become home to half a million people over the next 30 years.

Here's what some had to say:

Regina Catholic high schools also looking to balance enrolment

Catholic high schools in Regina are seeing enrolment fluctuations, but the school division is hoping that families will voluntarily help even out the numbers.

By the numbers: Regina high school enrolment

Not everyone is happy about the Regina Public School Division's new strategy that sets up boundaries for which schools students can attend.

This month, the school division introduced the strategy that would mean students can no longer choose which school they go to. Because of growing enrolment, boundaries will be enforced that determine which school students have to go to depending on where they live.

Tips that solve crimes: a look at Saskatoon Crime Stoppers

On the fourth floor of the Saskatoon Police Service headquarters, Const. Bill Bergeron jots down notes in an office tucked in a small section of the building. In that room, thousands of anonymous tips come through a simple landline telephone without a call display. 
 
Thanks to Crime Stoppers, some of those tips have helped solve Saskatoon’s most notorious cases. But Bergeron, the coordinator of Saskatoon Crime Stoppers, said if they told the public which crimes those were, it might identify the tipster.
 

Regina continues to grow

More and more people are moving to Regina, helping the city grow at the same pace for more than a decade.
 
From 2013 to July 1, 2014, the city grew by about 6,400 people to 237,758 - a 2.79 per cent increase. The city says the two largest growth factors were births and immigration.
 
Regina has been growing steadily since 2003, with approximately two per cent increases every year.
 
According to the city, Regina holds the fourth-highest growth rate in the country, just behind Saskatoon.

Saskatoon region growing three times faster than all of Canada

Population in the  Saskatoon region grew three times more than the national rate according to Statistics Canada.

The agency's latest numbers show Saskatoon’s census metropolitan area (CMA) grew by 9,600 to 300,642 people in 2014. That’s 3.2 per cent CMA growth in one year. The population of Canada grew 1.1 per cent in the same period.

Saskatoon's CMA includes the City of Warman, City of Martensville, Town of Osler, the Rural Municipality of Corman Park and 24 other villages and hamlets in the area.

Valentine's Day sought-after wedding date in Saskatoon

Valentine’s Day is proving to be an extremely popular wedding date in Saskatoon this year.

Marriage commissioner Nora Jacobs is only marrying one couple at their home on Feb. 14 because several other couples could not find a venue in the city.

“I actually have three next weekend and basically they were trying for Valentine’s Day there just wasn’t available locations for them to have their marriage,” Jacobs said.

This year is Jacob’s first Valentine’s Day ceremony as a marriage commissioner. She received her licence in the fall of last year.

Saskatoon man calls for trade school changes

A Saskatoon man is upset with barriers for immigrants who want to work in the trades.

47-year-old Jose Perez came to Canada from Chile a decade ago. He's been a Canadian citizen for five years.

Back home, he completed five years of school to be an electrician. He said trade schools there are different than in Canada.  Rather than having theory done in school and hands-on training handled on the job in an apprenticeship, in Chile, he said it's all done under one roof.

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