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Warmer weekend temperatures on the way

Old man winter could soon be uncurling his frigid grip from Regina as the forecast calls for temperatures to warm up this weekend.

The forecasted high for Friday is -10 C, Saturday is -9 C, and Sunday could get all the way up to -1 C. Those temperatures could be sticking around at least for a few days.

"Right now the models are showing it sticking around for maybe four days so it could be into the middle of next week where temperatures stay around the zero mark," said John Paul Cragg, warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada.

Sask. NDP calls for public update on $10 million seniors care fund

The NDP is calling for the Saskatchewan government to update the public on progress being made in the Urgent Issues Action Fund.

The province announced the fund worth $10 million last fall to address the most-pressing issued identified in Saskatchewan's long-term care facilities. At the time, it was also indicated that the health minister would receive updates 60 days, 90 days and 120 days after funds were distributed outlining any progress the projects had made.

Steps to present at Regina city council meeting

With a seven per cent tax hike in the 2014 proposed budget, Regina city hall could be a busy place at the next regular meeting of council on Feb. 24.

“I would not be surprised to see a number of delegations. We’ve had a number of calls. I’d say maybe half a dozen to ten inquiries,” explained City Clerk Jim Nichol.

Motorcycle group reacts to SGI rule suggestions

Insurance rates based on body type won’t solve SGI’s financial or safety issues a Saskatchewan motorcyclist group says as they weigh in on the government insurer’s new suggested bike laws.

In its January report, the Motorcycle Review Committee put forth 19 suggestions to improve motorcycle safety, the insurance rate structure and injury benefits.

The suggestions range from increasing requirements to get a new motorcycle license to mandating additional protective gear and new rate structures.

Sask. environmental activist honoured with Global Citizen Award

An energy studies professor turned environmental activist was dubbed the top global citizen in Saskatchewan Saturday night.

Mark Bigland-Pritchard was honoured with the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation's Global Citizen Award for his climate change advocacy and aboriginal community support at a ceremony in Saskatoon.

Bigland-Pritchard said the award surprised him because he always thought of himself as a team player.

Jon Ryan returns home after Super Bowl win

Saskatchewan’s Super Bowl hero is back at home.

It was a warm welcome as the Seattle Seahawks’ punter Jon Ryan took the escalator down from the arrival gate at the Regina International Airport. He was flying in from Seattle where he’s spent a week celebrating with the 12th Man, the cities die-hard football fans.

But Ryan said it was important for him to come back home.

RDBID cheering parking rate increase

A proposed increase to on-street parking rates in Regina may concern some businesses in the city's downtown, but it's an idea supported by the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District (RDBID).

"This increase is going to bring Regina in line with most of the major cities in western Canada," said executive director Judith Veresuk. "We believe that the parking rate increase will actually increase turnover of parking stalls."

Shaunavon Public School cheers for Hayley Wickenheiser

As Hayley Wickenheiser led Team Canada into the opening ceremonies in Sochi, half a world away a gym full of kids at Shaunavon Public School erupted in cheers and chants.

“Everybody in the school was cheering,” Zaidan Osika said.

Osika’s grade four class is part of the Classroom Champions program, which means they have met and talked to Hayley Wickenheiser before. He said the experience means a lot to him because he plays hockey to. He still remembers the over-all message she gave to his class.

More people hospitalized with flu in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan may be on the downward slope of the peak of flu season with the Ministry of Health reporting that there have been no new flu-related deaths in the province over the last week.

The total number of deaths remains at 16. However, three more people have been admitted to hospital Intensive Care Units bringing that total number of serious cases this flu season to 63 hospitalizations.

UPDATED: Lawson Pool issues cause financial problems for Regina Dolphins

The Regina Dolphins Swim Club first started reporting problems with the air quality at the Lawson Pool last March but with no permanent solutions, the issue is still having a major impact.

Club President Nick Egarhos says Swim Saskatchewan won't sanction swim meets at the Lawson until the health problem is fixed.

“From a club perspective we’re no longer able to hold these swim meets which means we are no longer able to gain the revenue from these swim meets which is quite substantial for a club of our size,” he said.

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