Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Update

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(Throne-Speech) (Will be audio)

The fiance of a young woman who was killed working at a highway construction site says he's glad something is being done about speeding in the orange zone.

The Saskatchewan government said in the throne speech that it will triple the penalty for speeding in construction zones.

It will also allow police to use photo radar in those areas.

The tougher rules come after Ashley Richards was struck and killed while working as a highway flag person in August.

Her fiance, Ben Diprose, people don't seem to care about speeding when they pass highway workers who are trying to make the roads safer. (The Canadian Press)



The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union is not taking news about allowing private liquor stores in the province quietly.

Premier Brad Wall said this week the government will explore whether or not new neighbourhood liquor stores should be privately owned.

The union says a study done in B.C. showed an increase in alcohol-related deaths after private liquor stores were allowed to set up shop.

The union also says private liquor stores are more likely to sell alcohol to minors than a publicly owned store. (CJWW)



There's new leadership in a Saskatchewan rural municipality that has seen its share of controversy.

After Wednesday's municipal election, incumbent Reeve Mel Henry was defeated handily by newcomer Judy Harwood who won 1,963 votes to Henry's 838.

Voter turnout in the municipality was high at 45.9 per cent.

Back in July, some in the community were predicting a tax revolt after hearing that councillors had approved a property tax increase of 36 per cent. The tax hike was later dropped to 20 per cent. (CJWW)


(FSIN) (Will be audio)

With more votes than his two opponents combined, Perry Bellegarde is once again the chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. …

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