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E-cigarette popularity is growing ahead of clear policies or bylaws

We’re still learning the potential positives and negatives of electronic cigarettes as their popularity skyrockets in the face of legality.

Health Canada has not yet given its approval to any business that sells e-cigarettes containing nicotine. If a business is selling those specific devices, whether they make a health claim on their products or not, technically it’s illegal under the Food and Drugs Act.

Planet of the Vapes is hoping to get around that. Owner Brett Bostick sells the devices at his Regina store along with e-liquid that goes inside of them.

SPCA donation box stolen from dry cleaners

Workers at a Saskatoon dry cleaning business hope police find the person who stole an SPCA donation box from their front counter.
"It's pitiful that they're robbing from a charity. That's money that's donated by our customers," Ralph Coghlin, a long-term employee at Churchill Garment Care, said.
Coghlin was working in the back of the Taylor Street store Tuesday afternoon when he heard someone come in. He said by the time he got to the front of the store, a woman was getting into her vehicle and the donation box was gone.

Premier Wall plans formal consultation into privatizing liquor stores

The question of who can sell booze and who can't may be made a little more clear this fall.

Premier Brad Wall said public feedback suggests that people support a plan not to build any more provincially owned liquor stores, but are cautious about what comes next.

That's the message Wall is getting from Saskatchewan Party MLAs at a caucus meeting taking place at Waskesiu Lake, north of Prince Albert.

Minister announces new fines for tax-dodging businesses

The consequences are about to get pricey for businesses using technology to avoid paying all of their taxes.

After an eight month awareness campaign about electronic suppression of sales (ESS) software, new monetary penalties and criminal offences under the Excise Tax Act and Income Tax Act will come into effect in September.

SaskEnergy upgrades not affected by smart meter recall

SaskEnergy will continue installing its electronic gas modules, saying it is unaffected by the massive recall of SaskPower's smart meters.
Both devices use wireless technology to communicate with cell towers and are made by the same company, Sensus. But instead of using smart meters, SaskEnergy is simply attaching an electronic module to its existing meters.
Dave Burdeniuk, spokesperson for SaskEnergy, said that could be why the natural gas company hasn't had any safety issues with the modules.

Cancer society calls for e-cig regulation in Sask.

Electronic cigarettes are becoming more popular and with little known about them, the call is being put out to have the devices regulated in Saskatchewan.

“It’s kind of like the wild, wild west in terms of these products and we’re seeing sales increase dramatically,” explained Donna Pasiechnik, manager of tobacco control for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Saskatchewan division.

New midwife taking soon-to-be moms in Saskatoon

A new midwife in Saskatoon has begun to take patients and help add options for the city's soon-to-be mothers.

New funding from the Ministry of Health created a position for another full-time midwife in the Saskatoon Health Region(SHR).

"We had some deferred funding that we had from the ministry for other midwifery items that wasn't fully used so we were allowed to use that funding," explained SHR Director for Maternal Services Leanne Smith. "Once those deferred funds are used up we get new money in our base budget."

Update: Fair-goers freaked after boy stabbed at The Ex

Organizers of the Saskatoon Exhibition (Ex) say a stabbing that took place on the fairgrounds Thursday night was an isolated incident that somehow slipped by a solid amount of police officers and security guards.
Police confirm a 15-year-old boy was stabbed in the chest and arms around 8:40 p.m. A 20-year-old man and 17-year-old boy face assault charges, and police say they both know the victim.

Weekend picnic honours veterans

There is no Canada Remembers Air Show in Saskatoon this summer due to scheduling conflicts.

But organizers have put together Picnic in the Park with Heroes on Saturday, Aug. 9.
"We thought we'd try and do something for the veterans and the community that maintains some continuity in Saskatoon's annual salute to our heroes," volunteer director Brian Swidrovich said.

The Ex: A tradition for one Saskatoon couple

In the 67 years that Hazel and Peter Osatchoff have been married, they've never missed the Saskatoon Ex.
"We're happy we're still around to enjoy it," Peter said.

Nearly 90 years old the pair still make it out to the Ex religiously, they said they like the outing.

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