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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.

City of Saskatoon eyes new governance model

It's been 18 years since Saskatoon City Council reviewed the way it operates.

And in that time, city manager Murray Totland said there's a feeling that the city has outgrown its current governance model.

"We're 60,000 more people (since 1995). I think particularly when you look at the last 5 years, things are changing quite rapidly in Saskatoon. The complexity and diversity of issues we face, I think, is quite a bit different," he said during a media briefing at City Hall.

United Way of Saskatoon raises $6.2 million in 2013

The United Way of Saskatoon and Area has more than six million reasons to smile after the 2013 Community Campaign raised $6.27 million.

"(It's) a phenomenal amount of money and I think I do need to remind everyone we start at zero, we don't start with anything in our back pocket," said Sheri Benson, the CEO of the United Way of Saskatoon and Area.

Saskatoon class combines yoga and flamenco

Spanish music fills a room lined with mirrors in Saskatoon's Alma Flamenco Dance Studio and a yoga mat sits in the center of the floor.

This is a flamoga class that combines yoga and flamenco dancing.

Kari Alba, instructor and studio owner, said the idea to create the class was initially a joke, but has turned into a way to combine two of her passions.

"I like the fact that we can make flamenco a tiny bit more accessible to people who maybe otherwise wouldn't even attempt to do it," she said.

Ukrainian in Saskatoon says Kiev protests "birth of nation"

Like many Ukrainians, Iryna Matsiuk was in Independence Square when the Orange Revolution began in 2004.

The 32-year-old immigrated to Saskatoon in 2011, but was recently back in her home country to visit her sister in Kiev during the holidays. Though anti-government protesters were occupying the square during that time, she says the level of violence was nowhere near where it is now.

"Six months ago, if someone told me that what's happening right now could happen, I wouldn't believe them probably" Matsiuk said.

1,000 line hits in 2013 for SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskTel

All three Crown utility companies are urging people to call before they dig after a high number of buried lines were cut in 2013.

Over 1,000 power, natural gas and telecommunications lines were cut or damaged last year and the Crown utilities want to see than number significantly reduced in 2014. SaskEnergy, SaskPower and SaskTel are expanding their efforts this year to try to stop the rising trend of damage to their infrastructure over the last five years.

Grain backlog on railways adds fodder to political push for pipelines

It seems recent problems in the transportation industry are giving provincial and federal politicians fodder for the oil pipeline debate.

Earlier in the week, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that the federal government would be chipping in $1.5 million on a five-year study of Canada’s rail transportation industry.

Big win for Rail Safety Working Group

City emergency managers can expect a detailed list from railway companies, listing all material passing through.

“I think our fire chief will be very happy about that, and to know the quantities of what’s coming through it will be very positive,” Mayor Don Atchison said, calling from Ottawa after a full day of meetings between the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Rail Safety Working Group, and Transport Minister Lisa Raitt.

New book to showcase Saskatchewan's indigenous writers

A new book will feature indigenous writers from across Saskatchewan tackling genres like science fiction, poetry, and short stories.

The anthology is called "Cîhcêwêsin: new writing from indigenous Saskatchewan". Cîhcêwêsin is the name of an old Cree man from the James Smith reserve. It means “a twisting echo”: a booming out sound that is powerful like a radio. The book was compiled and edited by Trent University indigenous studies teacher Neal McLeod.

Moose Jaw teacher still proud of students' anti-smoking petition

A health teacher in Moose Jaw is proud of her past students’ impact on today's smoking laws in Saskatchewan.

It has been 10 years since Lucy Dalgarno and her grade 7/8 class started a grassroots movement to ban smoking in public places.

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