Saskatchewan News

FSIN calls on Country Thunder to cancel Williams and Ree

CTV Regina - 23 min 3 sec ago
The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is calling on Country Thunder to cut ties with the comedy act “Williams and Ree,” following a report of a comment made during a performance at the festival last weekend.

Brayden Schnur drops first-round match at Hall of Fame Open

News Talk 650 CKOM - 40 min 10 sec ago
NEWPORT, R.I. - Canada’s Brayden Schnur lost his first match as a top-100 player, falling 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 to Australian Matthew Ebden in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Open on Tuesday. Schnur, from Pickering, Ont., jumped to No. 97 in the rankings by making the final of the Winnipeg Challenger last weekend. The 24-year-old didn’t have the same success against Ebden, ranked 110th in the world, at the ATP Tour 250 grass-court event. Schnur got his first serve in just 54 per cent of the time, 11 percentage points behind his opponent. Schnur made his Grand Slam main-draw debut at Wimbledon earlier this month after getting in as a lucky loser. He lost in straight sets to Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in the opening round.     The Canadian Press

Trump calls on GOP to oppose House condemnation of tweets

News Talk 650 CKOM - 50 min 30 sec ago
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump called on fellow Republicans Tuesday to stick with him, “not show weakness” and oppose a House resolution condemning his tweets urging four Democratic congresswomen of colour to return to their countries. His comments, he insisted, “were NOT Racist.” Trump renewed his rain of insults against the four lawmakers - American citizens all - as his GOP allies in Congress mostly leapt to his defence. Following his cue, they tried refocusing the battle by accusing the four progressive freshmen and their party of pushing the country toward socialism. “I will vote against this resolution,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California told reporters, calling the measure “all politics.” No. 3 House GOP leader Liz Cheney of Wyoming said the four Democrats “are wrong when they attempt to impose the fraud of socialism on the American people.” The House resolution would condemn “President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of colour.” The four-page measure traces the country’s history of welcoming immigrants from colonial times and includes an entire page of quotes from Republican President Ronald Reagan. Reagan said in 1989, during his final days in office, that if the U.S. shut its door to new arrivals, “our leadership in the world would soon be lost.” Democrats were hoping the resolution would put Republican lawmakers on the spot and would win some GOP votes. Top Republicans were urging their GOP colleagues to stand against the language, and it was unclear if any would defect. “The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show ‘weakness’ and fall into their trap,” Trump tweeted. “I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” he wrote. He also reprised a taunt he initially made on Monday, tweeting, “If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!” The lawmakers strongly oppose Trump’s policies and have voiced support for his impeachment. His barrage came amid a continued backlash to his weekend tweets that the progressive women “go back” to their “broken and crime-infested” countries. The tweets, widely denounced as racist, were directed at Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Ocasio-Cortez returned the fire Tuesday, tweeting, “You’re right, Mr. President – you don’t have a racist bone in your body. You have a racist mind in your head and a racist heart in your chest.” McCarthy said Monday that Trump was not a racist. But he said he disagreed that the four lawmakers should leave the U.S., telling reporters, “They’re Americans. Nobody believes somebody should leave the country. They have a right to give their opinion.” The episode served notice that Trump is willing to again rely on incendiary rhetoric on issues of race and immigration to preserve his political base in the leadup to the 2020 election. At the Capitol, there was near unanimous condemnation from Democrats and a rumble of discontent from a subset of Republicans, but notably not from the party’s congressional leaders. In response, Trump tweeted anew Tuesday about the four congresswomen: “Why isn’t the House voting to rebuke the filthy and hate laced things they have said? Because they are the Radical Left, and the Democrats are afraid to take them on. Sad!” His words, which evoked the trope of telling black people to go back to Africa, may have helped narrow the divides among House Democratic, who have been riven by internal debate over how best to oppose his policies. At a closed-door meeting Tuesday of House Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said, “We are offended by what he said about our sisters,” according to a congressional aide who attended the meeting and described the remarks on condition of anonymity. Trump allies said he was also having some success in making the progressive lawmakers the face of their party. The Republican president questioned whether Democrats should “want to wrap” themselves around this group of four people as he recited a list of the quartet’s most controversial statements. “Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party,” he wrote Tuesday, adding: “See you in 2020!” Trump, who won the presidency in 2016 in part by energizing disaffected voters with inflammatory racial rhetoric, made clear he has no intention of backing away from that strategy in 2020. “The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four ‘progressives,’ but now they are forced to embrace them,” he tweeted Monday afternoon. “That means they are endorsing Socialism, hate of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats!” Trump has faced few consequences for such attacks in the past. They typically earn him cycles of wall-to-wall media attention and little blowback from his party. He is wagering that his most steadfast supporters will be energized by the controversy as much, or if not more so, than the opposition. The president has told aides that he was giving voice to what many of his supporters believe - that they are tired of people, including immigrants, disrespecting their country, according to three Republicans close to the White House who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. In an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll from February 2017, half of Americans said the mixing of culture and values from around the world is an important part of America’s identity as a nation. About a third said the same of a culture established by early European immigrants. But partisans in that poll were divided over these aspects of America’s identity. About two-thirds of Democrats but only about a third of Republicans thought the mixing of world cultures was important to the country’s identity. By comparison, nearly half of Republicans but just about a quarter of Democrats saw the culture of early European immigrants as important to the nation. ___ Associated Press writer Hannah Fingerhut contributed to this report. ___ Lemire reported from New York. Follow Miller on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@ZekeJMiller , Colvin at http://twitter.com/@ColvinJ and Lemire at http://twitter.com/@JonLemire . Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin, And Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press

Ticats Simoni Lawrence loses appeal, arbitrator upholds 2-game suspension

Global Regina - 51 min 20 sec ago
Lawrence was flagged for a late hit to the head of Roughriders quarterback Zach Collaros in the Ticats season-opening win over Saskatchewan on June 13.

Brandon Banks, Vernon Adams Jr. and Andrew Harris named CFL top performers

News Talk 650 CKOM - 54 min 19 sec ago
TORONTO - Hamilton receiver Brandon Banks, Montreal quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. and Winnipeg running back Andrew Harris are the CFL top performers for Week 5. Banks recorded nine receptions for 86 yards and two touchdowns, and returned a missed field goal 115-yards for another TD, in the Tiger-Cats’ 30-23 win over visiting Calgary on Saturday. Adams had a career-high 327 passing yards and scored four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) in the Alouettes’ 36-19 road win over Ottawa on Saturday. Harris, a Winnipeg native, collected 123 all-purpose yards and scored a touchdown to help the undefeated Blue Bombers down visiting Toronto 48-21 on Friday. The Canadian Press

Jonathan Jennings working out with Ottawa Redblacks’ starting offence

News Talk 650 CKOM - 55 min 46 sec ago
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Redblacks had a new quarterback under centre Tuesday. A club official confirmed backup Jonathan Jennings was working with the club’s starting offence at practice and that incumbent Dominique Davis has an unspecified injury. Head coach Rick Campbell is expected to address the issue of whether Jennings or Davis will start Friday night when Ottawa visits the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (4-0) following practice. Ottawa (2-2) has dropped two straight games, including a 29-14 home decision to Winnipeg on July 5. Davis opened the season as Ottawa’s starter following the off-season departure of Trevor Harris to the Edmonton Eskimos. Davis boasts a 66-per-cent completion percentage but has more than twice as many interceptions (seven) as TD strikes (three). He has also rushed for 76 yards and five TDs on 15 carries. It was a mixed bag for Davis in Ottawa’s season-opening 32-28 road win over Calgary on June 15. He had four interceptions but also ran for three touchdowns. The Canadian Press

Arbitrator upholds CFL’s suspension against Ticats’ linebacker Lawrence

News Talk 650 CKOM - 56 min 17 sec ago
TORONTO - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be without linebacker Simoni Lawrence for two games. An arbitrator ruled Tuesday in favour of the CFL’s original suspension, a week after Lawrence met with the arbitrator after appealing the ban the CFL levied against him last month. The decision was somewhat surprising. The expectation was the suspension would be reduced to just one game shortly after the CFL Players’ Association announced it was grieving the original ban on Lawrence’s behalf. The CFL was pleased with the arbitrator’s decision. “Dangerous and reckless play must be disciplined, not simply for the sake of punishment, but to deter such play in the future,” the league said in a statement. “We all need to take and support strong action to promote and protect player health and safety. “We look forward to continuing to work with our players on this mission. Mr. Lawrence is now required to serve his two-game suspension, starting with his team’s next game, scheduled for Friday, July 26.” The CFL suspended Lawrence for two games after he hit quarterback Zach Collaros in the head during Hamilton’s season-opening 23-17 home win over Saskatchewan on June 13. Lawrence received a 25-yard roughing-the-passer penalty on the play. Collaros didn’t return to the contest and went on the six-game injured list shortly afterwards. A repentant Lawrence said he didn’t mean to hurt his former teammate, and the CFLPA’s grievance of the suspension June 19 allowed Lawrence to continue playing until the arbitrator’s decision came down. The six-foot-one, 231-pound Lawrence is in his eighth CFL season, seventh with Hamilton. He’s fifth overall in tackles with a team-high 23 as well as three sacks and two interceptions in five games with the Ticats, who are atop the East Division standings with a 4-1 record. Hamilton is currently on a bye week. As a result of the arbitrator’s decision, Lawrence will miss the Ticats’ home game July 26 against Winnipeg and their Aug. 1 road contest versus Saskatchewan. Lawrence will be eligible to return to the Ticats’ lineup Aug. 10 when they host the B.C. Lions at Tim Hortons Field. The Canadian Press

Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad 50 years later

News Talk 650 CKOM - 1 hour 2 min ago
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned Tuesday to the exact spot where he flew to the moon 50 years ago with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Collins had the spotlight to himself this time - Armstrong has been gone for seven years and Aldrin cancelled. Collins said he wished his two moonwalking colleagues could have shared the moment at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, the departure point for humanity’s first moon landing. “Wonderful feeling to be back,” the 88-year-old command module pilot said on NASA TV. “There’s a difference this time. I want to turn and ask Neil a question and maybe tell Buzz Aldrin something, and of course, I’m here by myself.” At NASA’s invitation, Collins marked the precise moment - 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969 - that the Saturn V rocket blasted off. He was seated at the base of the pad alongside Kennedy’s director, Robert Cabana, a former space shuttle commander. Collins recalled the tension surrounding the crew that day. “Apollo 11 … was serious business. We, crew, felt the weight of the world on our shoulders. We knew that everyone would be looking at us, friend or foe, and we wanted to do the best we possibly could,” he said. Collins remained in lunar orbit, tending to Columbia, the mother ship, while Armstrong and Aldrin landed in the Eagle on July 20, 1969, and spent 2 1/2 hours walking the gray, dusty lunar surface. A reunion Tuesday at the Kennedy firing room by past and present launch controllers - and Collins’ return to the pad, now leased to SpaceX - kicked off a week of celebrations marking each day of Apollo 11’s eight-day voyage. In Huntsville, Alabama, where the Saturn V was developed, some 4,900 model rockets lifted off simultaneously, commemorating the moment the Apollo 11 crew blasted off for the moon. More than 1,000 youngsters attending Space Camp counted down … “5, 4, 3, 2, 1!” - and cheered as the red, white and blue rockets created a gray cloud, at least for a few moments, in the sky. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center was shooting for an altitude of at least 100 feet (30 metres) in order to set a new Guinness Book of World Records. Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden helped with the mass launching. Also present: all three children of German-born rocket genius Wernher von Braun, who masterminded the Saturn V. At the Air and Space Museum in Washington, the spacesuit that Armstrong wore went back on display in mint condition, complete with lunar dust left on the suit’s knees, thighs and elbows. On hand for the unveiling were Vice-President Mike Pence, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Armstrong’s older son, Rick. Armstrong died in 2012. A fundraising campaign took just five days to raise the $500,000 needed for the restoration. Calling Armstrong a hero, Pence said “the American people express their gratitude by preserving this symbol of courage.” Back at Kennedy, NASA televised original launch video of Apollo 11, timed down to the second. Then Cabana turned his conversation with Collins to NASA’s next moonshot program, Artemis, named after the twin sister of Greek mythology’s Apollo. It seeks to put the first woman and next man on the lunar surface - the moon’s south pole - by 2024. President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to put a man on the moon by the end of 1969 took eight years to achieve. Collins said he likes the name Artemis and, even more, likes the concept behind Artemis. “But I don’t want to go back to the moon,” Collins told Cabana. “I want to go direct to Mars. I call it the JFK Mars Express.” Collins noted that the moon-first crowd has merit to its argument and he pointed out Armstrong himself was among those who believed returning to the moon “would assist us mightily in our attempt to go to Mars.” Cabana assured Collins, “We believe the faster we get to the moon, the faster we get to Mars as we develop those systems that we need to make that happen.” About 100 of the original 500 launch controllers and managers on July 16, 1969, reunited in the firing room Tuesday morning. The crowd also included members of NASA’s next moon management team, including Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, launch director for the still-in-development Space Launch System moon rocket. The SLS will surpass the Saturn V, the world’s most powerful rocket to fly to date. Blackwell-Thompson said she got goosebumps listening to the replay of the Apollo 11 countdown. Hearing Collins’ “personal account of what that was like was absolutely amazing.” The lone female launch controller for Apollo 11, JoAnn Morgan, enjoyed seeing the much updated- firing room. One thing was notably missing, though: stacks of paper. “We could have walked to the moon on the paper,” Morgan said. Later Tuesday, Collins was going to be reunited with two other Apollo astronauts at an evening gala at Kennedy, including Apollo 16 moonwalker Charlie Duke, who was the capsule communicator in Mission Control for the Apollo 11 moon landing. Huntsville’s rocket centre also had a special anniversary dinner on tap Tuesday night, with Aldrin and other retired Apollo and Skylab astronauts and rocket scientists. Only four of the 12 moonwalkers from 1969 through 1972 are still alive: Aldrin, Duke, Apollo 15’s David Scott and Apollo 17’s Harrison Schmitt. NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs said Aldrin, 89, bowed out of the launch pad visit, citing his intense schedule of appearances. Aldrin hosted a gala in Southern California last Saturday and planned to head directly to the Huntsville dinner. Aldrin and Collins may reunite in Washington on Friday or Saturday, the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing. ___ Science writer Seth Borenstein contributed from Washington. ___ Follow AP’s full coverage of the Apollo 11 anniversary at:https://apnews.com/Apollo11moonlanding ___ The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content. Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press

Some migrants allowed to cross on first day of asylum policy

News Talk 650 CKOM - 1 hour 9 min ago
Nearly two dozen immigrants were allowed to cross the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum on Tuesday, the day the Trump administration planned to launch a drastic policy change designed to end asylum protections for most migrants who travel through another country to reach the United States. The administration announced the plans a day earlier, reversing decades of U.S. policy in its most forceful attempt yet to slash the number of people seeking asylum in America. The new rule would cover countless would-be refugees, many of them fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. It is certain to face legal challenges. At the crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, two asylum seekers who work closely with Mexican authorities called 12 people whose numbers were first on a waiting list to enter the through a San Diego border crossing. They were escorted behind a metal gate to a white van that left minutes later to turn them over to US authorities. At another crossing in Juarez, Mexico, 10 Cuban asylum seekers were called by Mexican officials and led across the Paso Del Norte Bridge to El Paso, where they were handed over to Customs and Border Protection officers, who began to process them. They were taken to a room where their possessions were searched, laid out on a table and bagged. The few people who were allowed to cross were picked from many more immigrants who lined up at crossings. It’s unclear how officials will process their asylum claims under the new system. Lawyers who represent Cuban migrants say that they are not deportable because Cuba will not accept them. “I’d rather be in prison the rest of my life than go back to Cuba,” said Dileber Urrista Sanchez, who had hoped his number would be called Tuesday, but he was further down the list. Sanchez, 35, has waited with his wife in Juarez for the past two months, renting a room with money his mother sends him from Las Vegas. He said his mother left Cuba years ago because she was part of an opposition party. In retaliation, he said, the government took away his job as a chauffeur, and he and his wife had been imprisoned for days at a time for being “untrustworthy.” He criticized the Trump administration’s new policy, pointing out that the first country he was able to reach after leaving Cuba was Nicaragua. “How are we going to apply for asylum in Nicaragua when it’s just as communist?” he said. Derek Mbi of Cameroon was among nearly 50 migrants who gathered in Tijuana. He arrived there about a month ago, and more than 8,100 people were ahead of him on the waiting list. Processing new arrivals has ground to a virtual halt to in recent days, down from an average of about 40 names a day. Mbi, 29, joined a wave of Cameroonians who fled fierce government oppression against their country’s English-speaking minority by flying to Ecuador, which does not require a visa. From there, he travelled for months by bus and on foot through seven other countries to reach Tijuana. Mbi learned about the new policy but mistakenly believed that it applied only to Central and South Americans. He hopes to settle with a friend in Texas. For now, he is sharing a one-bedroom apartment with 13 Cameroonians in Tijuana and scraping by with odd jobs, like peeling tomatoes at open-air markets. He said many companies refused to hire him because his short-term transit permit in Mexico does not allow him to work. Mbi declined to discuss why he fled Cameroon. According to the plan published in the Federal Register, migrants who pass through another country - in this case, Mexico - on their way to the U.S. will be ineligible for asylum. The rule also applies to children who have crossed the border alone. The vast majority of people affected by the rule are from Central America. But sometimes migrants from Africa, Cuba or Haiti and other countries also try to come through the border. There are some exceptions, including for victims of human trafficking and asylum-seekers who were denied protection in another country. If the country the migrant passed through did not sign one of the major international treaties governing how refugees are managed (though most Western countries signed them), a migrant could still apply for U.S. asylum. Trump administration officials say the changes are meant to close the gap between the initial asylum screening that most people pass and the final decision on asylum, which most people are denied. But immigrant rights groups, religious leaders and humanitarian groups have said the policies amount to a cruel effort to keep immigrants out. Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are poor countries, often wracked by violence. The new rule also will apply to the initial asylum screening, known as a “credible fear” interview, at which migrants must prove they have credible fears of returning to their home country. It applies to migrants who are arriving to the U.S., not those who are already in the country. Along with the administration’s recent effort to send asylum seekers back over the border, Trump has tried to deny asylum to anyone crossing the border illegally and restrict who can claim asylum. The attorney general recently tried to keep thousands of asylum seekers detained while their cases play out. Nearly all of those efforts have been blocked by courts. ___ Spagat reported from Tijuana, Mexico. Associated Press writers Cedar Attanasio in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and Colleen Long and Michael Balsamo in Washington contributed to this report. Elliot Spagat, The Associated Press

Regina’s 1st case of Dutch elm disease in 2019 discovered

Global Regina - 1 hour 14 min ago
The City of Regina says the first case of Dutch elm disease in 2019 was discovered in a tree in a yard at 222 Lincoln Dr.

Police: Tossing drugs in toilet could lead to ‘meth-gators’

News Talk 650 CKOM - 1 hour 19 min ago
LORETTO, Tenn. - Police in Tennessee are asking residents not to toss drugs down the toilet, saying it could lead to “meth-gators” and stoned waterfowl. The warning from the Loretto Police Department on Facebook came after a man was arrested after he allegedly tried to flush methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. According to the police statement, flushed items end up in retention ponds frequented by ducks and geese. It says “we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do.” Further, it says if the drugs made it far enough downstream, “we could create meth-gators” in the Tennessee River in north Alabama. In a nod to a so-called “attack squirrel” in Alabama, Loretto police said, “They’ve had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help.” Health officials have warned flushed pharmaceuticals could eventually reach the drinking water supply. The Associated Press

Sask. government looking to expedite appointment of next Lt.-Gov.

CTV Regina - 1 hour 20 min ago
The Government of Saskatchewan is asking the federal government to expedite the appointment of a new provincial lieutenant governor, after the passing of the 22nd Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Molloy, on July 2, 2019.

Singh sees Quebec as ‘fertile ground’ for NDP as he hits province for tour

News Talk 650 CKOM - 1 hour 20 min ago
OTTAWA - NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says the province of Quebec offers the New Democrats “fertile ground” despite private hand-wringing about its current state ahead of the election. Singh says in an interview he is “not concerned” about the party’s prospects in the province, noting that former leader Jack Layton had similar poll numbers prior to the 2011 election when the NDP broke through in Quebec. Singh, who was in Montreal on Monday, has moved on to Sherbrooke today, where the party is pledging to build a train between those two cities as part of a transit investment meant to combat climate change. The summer tour comes as MPs and party members quietly wonder whether the party can be competitive in the election, given its protracted challenges with fundraising and morale. Singh says the only public opinion poll that will count is the final poll on Oct. 21 when Canadians cast their votes, adding he is confident people will be paying more attention during the formal campaign. All federal parties are setting their sights on the upcoming election and their outreach efforts in key electoral battlegrounds, including Quebec. The Canadian Press

B.C. on right road with tougher ride-hailing driver rules, says expert

News Talk 650 CKOM - 1 hour 24 min ago
VICTORIA - The British Columbia government’s firm position on tougher driver’s licence requirements for ride-hailing is a move in the right direction, given the experiences from other jurisdictions, a transportation expert says. “I would applaud the B.C. government for standing up, because most other governments have basically stood down,” said Garland Chow, an emeritus associate professor at the University of B.C.’s Sauder School of Business. The B.C. Transportation Ministry updated safety, insurance and penalty rules and regulations this month and set Sept. 3 as the date ride-hail companies can apply to enter the market. Rules covering fares drivers can charge, vehicle boundary zones and the numbers of ride-hail vehicles allowed on the roads are due to come this summer, the ministry said. Chow said other jurisdictions have had push back from the large ride-hailing companies over licence restrictions and safety concerns, but B.C. has the opportunity to get it right before the service takes to the streets. The provincial government is holding firm that ride-hailing drivers have a Class 4 licence, like those held by taxi, limousine, ambulance and other commercial vehicle drivers, as opposed to the Class 5 licence, held by most B.C. drivers. Chow, who testified last January before the all-party legislative standing committee that produced proposed ride-hailing regulations, said he agrees with the licence requirement, for now. He noted the regulations allow for a review of the requirement after two years. But both Uber and Lyft have said the requirement could be a deal-breaker for them in the province. Lyft Canada spokesman Aaron Zifkin said in a statement the company remains concerned. “Requiring commercial Class 4 licences for drivers will not improve safety, but will increase wait times and benefit the taxi industry,” said Zifkin. “Lyft does not currently operate ride sharing in any jurisdiction that requires drivers to change their driver’s licence to a commercial driver’s licence.” Uber Canada said in a statement last week that Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec do not require ride-hail drivers to hold a Class 4 licence or equivalent. It said there is no evidence that such a licence provides more safety than a standard licence. Chow, who’s an economist with a statistics background, disagrees. He has reviewed recent accident comparison data from the Insurance Corporation of B.C. that shows from 2012 to 2016 the accident rate for those driving commercial vehicles with the Class 4 licence is 13 per cent lower than Class 5 drivers. The insurance corporation said in a statement that when the mileage difference between Class 4 and Class 5 drivers is factored in, one would reasonably expect that the Class 4 crash rate would be even lower. Chow agreed that the accident difference could be dramatic for Class 5 drivers if road time is added to the equation. “It would not be 13 per cent, it would be more like 40 to 45 per cent more accidents,” said Chow. “That’s super significant.” Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said in a statement the requirement adds an extra level of safety for passengers, which is an issue the government continues to feel strongly about. Class 4 drivers must be at least 19 years old, have at least two years of non-learner driver experience, have fewer than four penalty point incidents in the last two years and could be excluded over certain medical issues. “We are not the only jurisdiction that requires taxi drivers or drivers of commercial ride-hailing vehicles to hold a commercial class of driver’s licence: Alberta has this same requirement, New York City has an equivalent, and ride-hailing companies are complying,” said Trevena. Chow said the other factor in the market is B.C.’s public auto insurer, which is floundering financially and has to set the insurance rates for these vehicles.   “If Class 5 licensees, indeed, have more accidents and all of the sudden a whole bunch of Class 5 people now go into the commercial world of driving other people, you’re increasing the probability of a more costly accident because for sure that other vehicle is going to have people in it.” The government has said the insurance corporation will have its product ready for the launch of ride-hailing in September. It will be a blanket, per kilometre insurance that applies when a driver is providing ride-hailing, with the driver’s own basic insurance applying in all other instances. Chow expects Uber and Lyft to continue to push to have the Class 4 licence requirement dropped in what he said would be an extended staring contest between the government and the companies. “This is no different that me going to buy a house and I’m saying, ‘there’s no way I’m going to buy this house for more than this amount of money, period,’ ” he said. “Yet I know I’m ready to negotiate a bit because I really want this house. It may be that this is part of negotiating gamesmanship.” Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

Simoni Lawrence to serve two-game suspension for hit on Zach Collaros

Regina Leader-Post - 1 hour 26 min ago
Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Simoni Lawrence will miss the next two CFL games for his hit on Zach Collaros more than a month ago. Read More

The Wood File – July 16

Global Regina - 1 hour 38 min ago
Catch 980 CJME’s “The Wood File” with Murray Wood every Tuesday on Global Regina.

Jonathan Jennings working out with Ottawa Redblacks’ starting offence

News Talk 650 CKOM - 1 hour 53 min ago
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Redblacks had a new quarterback under centre Tuesday. A club official confirmed backup Jonathan Jennings was working with the club’s starting offence at practice and that incumbent Dominique Davis has an unspecified injury. Head coach Rick Campbell is expected to address the issue of whether Jennings or Davis will start Friday night when Ottawa visits the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (4-0) following practice. Ottawa (2-2) has dropped two straight games, including a 29-14 home decision to Winnipeg on July 5. Davis opened the season as Ottawa’s starter following the off-season departure of Trevor Harris to the Edmonton Eskimos. Davis boasts a 66-per-cent completion percentage but has more than twice as many interceptions (seven) as TD strikes (three). He has also rushed for 76 yards and five TDs on 15 carries. It was a mixed bag for Davis in Ottawa’s season-opening 32-28 road win over Calgary on June 15. He had four interceptions but also ran for three touchdowns. The Canadian Press

FSIN wants comedy duo banished from Country Thunder

CBC Saskatchewan - 1 hour 54 min ago
The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is asking Country Thunder organizers to ban Williams and Ree after the comedy duo made a joke about Indigenous people supposedly not being able to pay their rent on time.
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Arbitrator upholds CFL's suspension against linebacker Lawrence for hit on Collaros

CTV Regina - 1 hour 56 min ago
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be without linebacker Simoni Lawrence for two games.

$1.5 billion in frigate repair contracts split between yards in three provinces

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 2 min ago
OTTAWA - The federal government is awarding $1 billion in warship maintenance work to two Canadian shipyards, with a third deal on the way. The five-year contracts announced Tuesday award $500 million in work to Chantier Davie shipyard in Quebec and Seaspan Victoria Shipyards in British Columbia. A similar deal with Irving Shipyards in Nova Scotia is on the way, the government says. The contracts are part of a $7.5-billion plan to maintain Canada’s 12 Halifax-class frigates for the rest of their operational lives, which are expected to last about another 20 years. The ships are 27 years old and will eventually be replaced by new warships built under the national shipbuilding strategy. Cabinet ministers Jean-Yves Duclos and Carla Qualtrough in Victoria revealed the details of the contracts in two simultaneous announcements Tuesday. The Canadian Press

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