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Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra announces new music director

Juno-nominated conductor Eric Paetkau will be the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) next music director.

The SSO announced last August that Maestro Victor Sawa would become the first conductor of emeritus of the orchestra at the end of the 2014-15 season. Sawa was with SSO for five seasons. He will also leave as music director of Regina’s Symphony Orchestra in 2016 after 20 years at the helm.

A committee began its search for a new music director in Saskatoon and landed on Paetkau, whose new position was announced Wednesday evening at the Persephone Theatre.

Saskatoon’s downtown is safe, businesses say

As Saskatoon continues to grow, so will its social problems unless dealt with seriously and effectively.

That’s the message from Trading Post owner Bruce Garman, who operates his business just a few blocks north of the Scotiabank Galaxy Theatre where Kelly Lutz was stabbed on Feb. 13 by a random stranger who had just been asked to leave The Lighthouse Assisted Living centre.

More parking pay stations activated downtown Saskatoon

Parking downtown is getting a little more convenient slowly but surely.

The City of Saskatoon activated several new parking pay stations downtown Wednesday, expanding its new system which originally came online on Second Avenue on Feb. 18.

Drivers can now use the new parking system on First Avenue between 20th and 23rd Street. Additional pay stations will be turned on along 20th, 22nd, and 23rd Street from First Avenue to Fourth Avenue.

PHOTOS: Busted water main turns Saskatoon street into frozen river

Cars were slugging through water at Eighth Street and McKercher Drive Wednesday morning after a water main break sent water gushing into the streets.

A stream of water poured down Eighth Street for several hours, filling the intersection at McKercher Dr. causing a nitemare for morning commuters.

The city said the break occurred a few blocks away just before 6 a.m. Water was shut off to an apartment building.

Service was restored later in the day but residents were issued a boil water advisory.

Shania Twain announces Saskatoon concert

Canadian Country music star Shania Twain is going back on tour and it includes a stop in Saskatoon this spring.

Twain announced Wednesday morning dates for her North American Rock This Country tour which includes 13 dates in nine Canadian citie.

The tour kicks off June 5 in Seattle. She will play back-to-back shows in both Vancouver and Edmonton before hitting the stage at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon on June 14.

She will also play in Winnipeg, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

Tickets go on sale March 13 at 10 a.m.

PHOTOS: Loose plywood from truck crashes through Sask. man’s windshield

Jonny Gibson believes a hot drink on a cold drive saved his life after a giant piece of plywood came crashing through his windshield.

“The split second I was leaning over was the split second this huge chunk of plywood went through my window,” Gibson recalled.

He said he was grabbing his drink from the cup holder in his driver-side door. At the same time, a white truck with loose debris in the back of its cab passed him on Highway 3 just south of Prince Albert on Feb. 21.

Citizens provide a vision for Saskatoon's future

It was a full house Tuesday evening for the second of three public meetings about the City of Saskatoon's "growth plan to half a million".

Over 100 people turned out to hear city planners and developers discuss a wide array of topics, and to provide feedback as the city prepares to become home to half a million people over the next 30 years.

Here's what some had to say:

Sask. families hope roundtable leads to inquiry

Sitting at the same desk where she got the tragic news, Myrna LaPlante shuffled through all the information she has about the weeks that surrounded her aunt going missing.

"In 2007, September, I'm sitting in this office here and I get a call that our aunt is missing from her home," Myrna said. "My response was, 'What do you mean she's missing?'"

Number 1 McMaster too much for underdog Huskies

McMaster University lived up to its billing as the top men's college volleyball team in the country.

The Marauders defeated the host U of S Huskies 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-18) Thursday night at the 2015 CIS Men’s Volleyball Championship in front of a near sellout crowd of 2,223 at the PAC in Saskatoon.

All Canadian Danny Demyenko had 11 kills and 16 points for the Maruauders. Jordan Nowakowski, Paul Thomson and middle hitter Tyler Epp led the Huskies with nine kills each.

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