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SaskPower approved for 10.5 per cent rate increase over 2 years

SaskPower customers will be seeing a 10.5 per cent system-average rate increase after the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel approved part of the provider's multi-year application.

SaskPower's president, Robert Watson, revealed a proposed 15.5 per cent rate increase last October saying the utility company needed to upgrade aging infrastructure in a growing province which is seeing increasing demand.

Sasktel refusing service to rural customers who play by rules

Sasktel is playing favourites, at least according to one woman.

Lyne Froehlich lives on a farm northwest of Moose Jaw. Her and her family have been operating broadband internet services through Sasktel for some time—at least, until this fall.

“They told us in September that there would be no more broadband, period. So we were forced to make that decision,” said Froehlich. “The talk back then was, ‘Something better is coming.’ And now that something better seems to be here, there seems to be no communication.”

Saskatoon restauranteur, Chamber of Commerce pan temp. foreign worker ban

The owner of a local restaurant is against changes to Ottawa's temporary foreign worker (TFW) program.

Jerry Kristian said he's never brought in foreign workers under the program at his Jerry's Food Emporium restaurant. He explained this is because he's not looking for 'temporary' help.

"We're looking for long-term workers who want to be here and want to grow with us," he said.

Case of Hanley vets' stolen helmet solved

A local history buff gets to keep a special antique to his collection.

Constant rain keeps Saskatoon roofers busy

More rain in the forecast means a full schedule for a Saskatoon roofing company.

Shane Regush, owner of Go 2 Guys, joked he could almost hire another person to answer phone calls.

“There has been lots and lots of calls about leaky roofs and lots of calls about leaky eavestroughs,” he said.

Prairie couples spend average of $27,000 on weddings

People on the prairies are dishing out more than anyone else in the country when it comes to weddings.

A new survey from BMO InvestorLine suggests that brides and grooms in Manitoba and Saskatchewan spend on average a little over $27,000 on the big day, making it the largest amount in the country.

“That just seems silly to me. Our down payment on our house was $27,000,” said Jerry Larson, who’s engaged to be married.

Brit Foods reopens as Churchill's in Saskatoon

The former owner of Brit Foods is hoping a new name for his store will mean a fresh start.

Tony Badger reopened the specialty foods store in Saskatoon Wednesday under the name Churchill’s. Since problems with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) arose last year, Badger has closed all of his locations.

Spring planting season draws closer at Regina garden centre

After a very long, cold winter, the snow has finally melted away from back yards, but even if you are itching to start a garden it’s better to plan rather than actually plant right now.

Lucille and Alain Bouvier own Plant Ranch in Regina but they don't even open until May 1. The couple grow their plants in a greenhouse and are expecting their first batch to arrive next week.

"We want customers to be happy with their plants and if they plant them now, they're not going to be happy with the result," said Lucille Bouvier.

Rising gas prices hurt taxi company's bottom line

As motorists gawk at the price of gas Wednesday following an overnight five cent per litre hike, taxi drivers are seeing more money pumped out of their wallets.

Cab drivers must pay for their own gas and are often on the road for 12-hour shifts. That means they drive up to 200 km per day, and at a cost of $1.34 per litre on Wednesday gas costs adds up.

"The gas price we can't control, and we still gotta deal with that whatever we have to pay, right?" said Amandeep Gill, manager and driver with Co-Op Taxi in Regina.

Gas prices rising in Regina due to seasonal change

Those with an empty gas tank in their vehicle got a nasty shock Wednesday morning after gas prices went up across the country the night before, including in Regina.

Most gas stations were at 128.9 cents/litre Tuesday, but they went up five cents to 133.9 cents/litre. That's the highest gas prices have ever been in Regina in the month of April. Saskatoon is also now at 133.9.

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