Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Update

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(Coal-Fired-Emissions)

Environment Minister Peter Kent has announced an easing of emissions rules for coal-fired power.

Speaking in Saskatoon, Kent detailed that new coal plants must emit less than 420 tonnes of carbon dioxide per gigawatt hour of electricity generated.

The standard in the draft version was 375 tonnes and the time given for old plants to meet the new standard will be 50 years, instead of the previously proposed 45 years.

The Sierra Club accused Kent of further relaxing already inadequate regulations, calling his announcement either a bad joke or an insult to the intelligence of Canadians. (The Canadian Press)

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(Football-Snag)

A proposal to raise 10 million dollars for upgrades to Saskatoon's football venue, the Gordie Howe Bowl, has hit a snag.

The Saskatoon Hilltops football club and local high school teams are the major users of the city-owned field.

Plans were underway for a fundraising program involving a number of organizations.

However, some -- notably the Hilltops -- are having second thoughts about their role in raising money for the city. (CBC)

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(Taggers-Charged)

Saskatoon police have laid charges against two teenagers accused of defacing property by spay-painting graffiti tags on such things as cars, boats, fences and homes.

The teens, a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old, were recently arrested and charged with more than 50 counts of mischief under five-thousand dollars.

The alleged spray-painting was concentrated in east Saskatoon and affected some 20 different properties. Much of the damage was done in mid-May.

Police put out posters, showing examples of the tags, in an attempt to trace the graffiti to the suspects. (CBC)

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(Health-Deficit)

The Saskatoon Health Region is still pinching pennies to hopefully balance this year's budget, but there has been some progress in cutting spending so far. …

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