City of Regina
Football players have been battling it out for the top honours in the CFL for weeks but there has been more than one contest going on for the Grey Cup.
RCMP officers have quietly been on their own quest for the cup.
“Everybody wants to carry the cup,” said Sgt. Cathy Ford. “We even got emails from B.C. and Alberta, saying they’d like to be part of it too - Saskatchewan boys.”
Ford was on a committee that decided which two officers will present the Grey Cup to the winning team after Sunday’s game.
They may not be playing with the team anymore, but there are a lot of former Saskatchewan Roughrider greats who are getting fired up for Grey Cup.
"This is something that people are going to be remembering for the rest of their lives, something that they're going to talk about for years to come," Don Narcisse said.
Saskatchewan is known for having an incredible history of volunteerism. It’s part of the reason why the 1995 and 2003 Grey Cups went off so well. Volunteers are often described as the lifeblood of a major event but there is a striking difference between this Grey Cup and those previous events.
The Grey Cup committee did not reach the goal of having 3,500 volunteers sign up. In fact, about 1,100 fewer than hoped put their names down to lend a hand but there is a reason for that.
Regina's City Council believes the state of the Civic Employees Pension Plan is so dire it's willing to break the law to try to fix it.
The plan is facing a mammoth $238 million dollar deficit, a state the pension board insists is approaching a crisis. City Council could have voted Tuesday night to increase the amount employers and the enrolled employees contribute each pay cheque. But Council chose not to do that.
The City of Regina and SGI are partnering once again to offer free bus rides home on New Year’s Eve.
It's the 26th year for the Ding in the New Year program which offers free bus rides from 7 p.m. on December 31 to January 1 at 2:15 a.m.
There's a new incentive this year to get more people on the buses and home safely. Warren Steinley, MLA for Regina Walsh Acres, said it involves Twitter and Facebook.
A lot of money is going back into the North Central community from all the containers collected around Mosaic Stadium after the Grey Cup.
Guy Trudeau is the manager of the Angus Street SARCAN depot and he said 60,000 cans and bottles were collected and recycled in the area following the game.
"It took about three days to finalize the count," said Trudeau.
Containers are collected after each game but the Grey Cup was the busiest. Trudeau said they are always prepared for after the Rider games and had a few more staff on hand following the Grey Cup.
STARS Air Ambulance helicopters can now land on the roof of the Regina General Hospital with the official opening of a $3.4 million helipad on Tuesday.
Dr. Terry Ross is the medical director for STARS and he explained the significance of having a helipad on the roof of a hospital by pointing out that saving time can also save lives.
The City of Regina dodged a bullet on Monday with a lot less snow than what was forecasted by Environment Canada.
At one time the city was waiting for up to 25 cm, or nearly 10 inches. But that quickly changed to roughly five cm, or about two inches.
People who plow parking lots are hoping the snowy weather picks up soon.
Dave Reimche who owns Reimche Excavating said this winter is off to a slower start than last year. He was also left a little disappointed Monday when the winter storm warning was lifted and he found out Regina and southern Saskatchewan didn't get as much snow as first forecasted.
"All of a sudden they lift that storm warning and it's like oh...darn," he said.
For the first time Operation Red Nose will be running in Regina with volunteers offering to drive you home in your own vehicle if you have had too much to drink this holiday season.
The volunteer service started 30 years ago in Quebec and has since spread to provide service in 106 communities across Canada.