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Province adds $2.1 million for existing climate change plan
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Province adds $2.1 million for existing climate change plan

The provincial government announced an increase to its climate change funding for the 2019 budget, following the introduction of the province’s Prairie Resilience climate change plan in the fall of 2018. According to Minister of Environment Dustin Duncan, the 61 per cent bump in funding will support the newly minted climate change strategy. “It’s really...

Selling ice cream in the snow
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Selling ice cream in the snow

With temperatures dropping below – 40 C in Regina, it is unusual to see people lined up outside, let alone for ice cream. But for Daniela Mintenko, the owner of Dandy’s Artisan Ice Cream, the crowds are a welcome sight. “When people are out the door waiting for ice cream and it’s like minus 40....

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Street barber brings cuts to the Queen City

Jason Gauthier was a crack cocaine addict living on the streets of Calgary. Facing nine years in prison after a string of armed robberies he did not think he could get himself clean, let alone help someone else conquer their addiction. “I was really badly broken and homeless,” said Gauthier. “I didn’t think I was...

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Revisiting a 30 year old court case through a Canadian artist’s sketches

Head curator of the MacKenzie Art Gallery Timothy Long is excited to showcase the gallery’s newly donated art installation Notes from the Inquest from Canadian Artist Jeff Funnell. “We have a really strong history of collecting works by First Nations artists. Mr. Funnell is non-Indigenous, but there is a context for that work here that...

Sports town Saskatchewan
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Sports town Saskatchewan

The town of Ogema, Saskatchewan is home to the Deep South Pioneer Museum, which houses over 30 historical buildings and artifacts from the hundred years of Ogema history; however, there was no specific home for all of the Ogema sports memorabilia. Wayne Peterson remedied this when he bought the old Ogema Masonic Lodge and converted...

Serving up a slice of home
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Serving up a slice of home

At the corner of Main Street and Prospect Avenue, half way down the only paved street in Ogema, Saskatchewan sits Solo Italia, a pizza factory that separates Ogema from all the other cookie cutter towns sprinkled throughout Saskatchewan. Their unique product, authentic Naples-style pizza,  is made with ingredients shipped from Italy, and cooked in a...