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Pride Week kicks off in Saskatoon

A simple rainbow flag blowing subtly outside Saskatoon city hall holds special significance said city councillor Darren Hill.

"There's a time when this flag raising would not have happened and didn't happen in Saskatoon a number of years ago," Hill said at the flag raising ceremony on Monday. "We were a number of years behind other municipalities in acknowledging Pride and the events it brings to the community."

Now Hill says the community is overwhelmingly in favour of the festival.

Council to vote on free parking for Afghan vets

Men and women who may have driven armoured vehicles through the streets of Afghanistan are one step closer to free parking for their civilian wheels.

Monday’s meeting of the City of Saskatoon’s Administration and Finance committee passed along a recommendation that city council extend the veteran’s parking program to Afghan vets. 

The move came in spite of a report from city administration recommending that the program be left as is.

UPDATED: Sask. man admits killing father, pleads guilty to manslaughter

A Saskatchewan man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for stabbing his father to death with a pair of scissors during a fight in their kitchen.

Arnoldo David Rey Jr., 43, was charged with the second-degree murder of his 70-year-old father, Arnoldo Rey Sr. However, he pleaded guilty Monday to the lesser charge of manslaughter during what was scheduled to be the start of his preliminary hearing at Saskatoon Provincial Court.

Dangerous intersection getting relief in 2015

As early as next year drivers navigating Saskatoon’s southeast corner can expect some relief.

“As anybody knows who drives there, it is a dead trap as it sits right now,” Ward 9 City Councillor Tiffany Paulsen said about the intersection of Highway 16 and Boychuk Drive. “It’s one of the most dangerous intersections in the city.”

HSAS bringing government into negotiations

Saskatchewan's union for health services workers has reached an impasse in bargaining and is bringing in the government.

Thursday morning the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS) sent a formal notice to the Government of Saskatchewan of an impasse in its collective bargaining with employers, represented by the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO).

City seeking provincial assistance for seepage, slope movement

Basement seepage and a slumping 11th Street slope is prompting the City of Saskatoon to seek provincial assistance.

On Monday city council agreed to send a letter to the provincial disaster assistance program asking if damages incurred as a result of a heavy rainfall on May 26 would qualify for funding.

Saskatoon's Brazilian community torn over World Cup

Elizabeth Freire has lived in Saskatoon for 26 years but she grew up in a soccer nation.

"We are going to watch the games. We are always cheering for Brazil," she said adding that the World Cup has left her feeling divided. "Everybody there, even the protestors and people who are protesting they are soccer lovers."

Freire is a board member of the Brazilian Association of Saskatoon (BRASA). She also keeps close ties in her home country going back every two years to visit family and friends. She has been watching the World Cup protests closely.

Mayor promises no tax hike to fund bridges

Mayor Don Atchison promises no tax hikes will be passed to offset the $252.6 million North Commuter and Traffic Bridge replacement project.

“The funding plan does not require any increase in the mill rate to support this other than the ongoing maintenance and operational costs which would be the case whether or not the city had this handled internally or through the P3 model,” Atchison said on John Gormley Live Tuesday.

This comes 24 hours after the federal and provincial government’s agreed to fund the bridge projects to the tune of $116 million combined.

Saskatoon and Warman Catholic boards amalgamate

Catholic parents did the legwork to get a school board in Warman -- now they're bringing in experienced hands from Saskatoon to run it.

Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools board chair Diane Boyko said trustees voted unanimously Monday night to accept the Warman board's request to amalgamate.

"We were thrilled to welcome them here because we know that they're committed in Warman to Catholic school," she said.

Warman began the process of getting a Catholic school board in 2013, spearheaded by current board chair Josie Hodgkinson.

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