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WestJet running direct route from Regina to Winnipeg twice a day

Starting on Wednesday travellers flying WestJet will no longer have to back-track through Calgary to get between Regina and Winnipeg.

Ferio Pugliese is the President of WestJet Encore and was at the Regina International Airport to celebrate the official launch of twice daily flights between the two prairie cities. He explained that the route using larger planes was cancelled five years ago because it wasn’t considered economical. But they are bringing it back thanks to a new fleet of smaller airplanes called the Bombardier Q400.

Wireless auction could improve cell service in rural areas

Wireless service in Canada is expected to take a big step forward as those in the telecommunications industry prepare to bid in Tuesday’s wireless spectrum auction, and that could have a major impact on anyone who uses a cell phone or tablet.

Grain industry meets in Saskatoon

 

Sixteen thousand people are expected to come through the gates at Prairieland Park for this week's Western Canadian Crop Production Show.

Agriculture Manager Lori Cates said every square inch of floor space is spoken for with a total of 336 companies using more than 1,000 trade show booths.

The show annually draws farmers from the three Prairie Provinces and companies from across North America. Twenty U.S. companies will be at this year's show.

City website undergoes maintenance

Saskatoon residents might have trouble accessing the city's website Sunday night.

Saskatoon.ca will undergo maintenance beginning at 10:30 p.m.

During maintenance, the website’s online service applications for parking ticket payments, meter reads,  Leisure Online and email will be unavailable.

The service disruption is expected to last approximately 30 minutes.

However, the city warns further interruptions may occur through midnight until the maintenance work is complete.

SaskPower can't turn off lights overnight at main office

It appears the old lesson to ‘turn the lights off when you leave the room,’ isn’t a lesson lived by SaskPower. On any given night and weekend, nearly all of the lights at the head office on Victoria Avenue downtown Regina are left on.

"I'm sitting in my office right now and I don't have a light switch,” said Heather Johnson, spokesperson for SaskPower.

The 12-storey building is about 50 years old. Johnson says the lighting system is in need of an upgrade.

New focus on travel insurance amidst wide-spread delays

The sight of thousands of travellers stranded across Canada at airports has been commonplace lately, as a variety of causes have forced numerous delays.

During all their spare time waiting, those grounded might be wondering if travel insurance would compensate them for lost vacation time and other costs associated with being delayed. It could, under the right circumstances.

Flights from Regina to Toronto cancelled Wednesday

Weather conditions have caused a lot of extra hassle for air travel across the U.S. and Canada.

Pearson International Airport in Toronto stopped all arriving North American flights for more than eight hours on Tuesday stranding thousands of frustrated passengers and causing delays that could last days.

More than half of 774 arriving flights had been cancelled, along with 381 of all departures. Weary travellers slept on seats or trudged forward in hours-long lines to rebook their cancelled or missed flights.

UPDATE: Provincial park fees to rise more than 20 per cent

More campers than ever are visiting Saskatchewan's provincial parks and now they'll be paying more than ever.

Fees are going way up for seasonal and even nightly electric or full service campsite. Seasonal camp sites are going up from $1,500 to $1,900. Electric and full-service campsites are going up from $22 a night to $27. That's a 23 per cent hike from last year.

Swimming lessons at provincial parks will also cost $10 more, according to a news release issued by the government Tuesday.

Severe cold snap doesn't lead to record power or gas consumption

People in Saskatchewan managed to stay warm throughout the latest cold snap without setting any records.

SaskEnergy reports natural gas use is high, but falls short of breaking any consumption records. SaskPower is seeing the same situation.

"It may have had something to do with the day of the week. Yesterday being Sunday, lots of businesses are closed and people are at home more," said Tyler Hopson, spokesperson for SaskPower.

Sparkling wine sales booming ahead of New Year's Eve

Expect to see a rush on sparkling wines at your local Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority retail store today.

Champagne and other types of bubbly make up a big part of December liquor sales at SLGA shops. David Morris, SLGA's notes that there's a big push on sparkling wine this time of year.

"December is the big month for those products. A full 25 per cent of all of the sparkling wine that we sell during the year is sold in December," he explained, noting that there was $3.3 million worth of sparkling wines sold in Saskatchewan in 2012.

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