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Shortlisted MMIW monument designs presented

Saskatoon Police are dedicating a new art installation outside their headquarters to Canada's missing and murdered aboriginal women.

The yet-to-be-determined permanent piece of art will stand directly outside the main entrance to honour and remember the more than 1,000 victims.

On Wednesday, the public got their first chance to see the three shortlisted designs, talk to the artists and provide feedback.

Saskatoon public forum on policing hears crime concerns

The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners held a rare public forum Tuesday night to talk about concerns in the city.

One of the people who hoped to have his voice heard was Shane Taysup, an ex-gang member who lives in Pleasant Hill and works with the STR8 UP program.

Taysup said crime is too regular in his community and he's concerned when his children, including a five-year-old daughter, are woken up by gunshots.

Mayor Atchison criticized for skipping pride parade

A Buzzfeed article on Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison is making the rounds online.
It compares Atchison to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford for skipping the annual pride parade each year.

Speaking on The Brent Loucks show Tuesday morning, Atchison was asked where he was on Saturday during this year's parade.

Date set for demolition of old Saskatoon mill

The old Parrish and Heimbecker mill has an official date with a pile of explosives.

The structure at 515 Avenue N South will be imploded at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

Contractors from Winnipeg will handle the blast.

They anticipate setting up a 200-metre perimeter around the area. That may shift slightly depending on wind and weather conditions on the day.

Joint Use Mutual Partnership to build new Sask. schools

Joint Use Mutual Partnership (JUMP) is preparing to start construction of schools across Saskatchewan this summer.

JUMP was selected as the PPP Canada (P3) team to build new schools throughout the province.

"We have a rapidly growing population in our province. Since we formed government we have built 40 schools and we should have built far more than that," Education Minister Don Morgan said.

Public invited to Saskatoon City Hall to discuss budget

Members of the public are invited to an open house at city hall to help hammer out priorities for the next budget.

The event starts at 6 p.m. with a chance to meet the mayor and councillors.

That will be followed by an executive committee meeting from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. which is open to the public.

People who have submitted requests will be able to address the committee.

UPDATE: Saskatoon parent files formal complaint over anti-abortion flyers

A formal complaint has been filed against two anti-abortion groups behind a flyer campaign in Saskatoon.

Robert Rudachyk filed the complaint with Saskatoon police on Friday.

"I do not appreciate having filth like that put where my children can see it possibly and I don't believe that stuff should be put in anybody's mail box unwillingly," he said.

Smoker butting out in planter causes Saskatoon house fire

Two teenagers and a child in Saskatoon are safe after a house fire Thursday night on Bowman Court in the Dundonald neighbourhood.

The house had heavy smoke and fire coming from the back deck and firefighters could see flames on the roof when they arrived.

The three people inside had gotten out safely and gone to a neighbour's house before fire crews arrived.

SaskPower urges patience with outages

SaskPower is asking customers for a bit of understanding as they work to keep the lights on in challenging conditions.

During a media tour of an electrical substation and a pair of work sites, Jamie Sones said it's a game of whack-a-mole dealing with the various issues that can cause outages.

He said lightning strikes, tree and wildlife issues and failures relating to aging equipment all add up. He said growth is behind the biggest single problem, though.

Weather speeds up University Bridge repairs

Construction on the University Bridge is humming along at a good pace.

The city said there have been no major surprises since stripping and replacing the bridge deck began at the beginning May.

The rehabilitation project is nearing the halfway point. Work on the south side is winding down with crews preparing to begin work on the north side this weekend. During the switch over the bridge will be closed to emergency vehicles and buses.

The city estimates the project is about a week ahead of schedule.

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