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U of S drops in Maclean's annual university rankings

The University of Saskatchewan has slipped in its ranking, according to Maclean’s annual university rankings.

In the medical doctoral category, which includes schools with a broad range of Ph. D programs and research, and medical schools, the U of S sits in 14th out of 15 schools. The university slipped from ninth to 12th place last year.

In overall rankings, the University of Saskatchewan sits in 22nd out of 49 schools which is one spot lower than last year.

Frozen costumes on high demand in Regina

The forecast for this year's Halloween in Regina might not be chilly, but it seems many children will still be frozen Friday night.

Costumes from the Disney movie Frozen are some of the hottest selling items of the season. People looking for the Princess Elsa or Princess Anna costume at stores are often told "nope, we're sold out."

Pumpkins in short supply in Regina

If you’re planning on carving that perfect Jack-O-Lantern this Halloween, you might want to hurry to get a pumpkin.

Grocery stores in Regina have either already run out or are close to being empty, and they don’t expect to get any more in this year because their suppliers are out.

“It’s a little sad because usually there’s some left over after Halloween. It’s kind of bizarre that we’re not even at Halloween yet,” said Brett Horton, who’s looking for pumpkins for a carving contest.

Canada Post ending door-to-door delivery in four communities

Canada Post will end door-to-door mail delivery next year in Prince Albert, Yorkton, Estevan and Moose Jaw.

Prince Albert employees were informed by a representative with the Crown corporation on Wednesday morning, according to Canadian Union of Postal Workers Local 810 president Jason Ripplinger. He said that they were told none of the employees in Prince Albert would lose their jobs as a result of the changeover to community mailbox delivery.

He said he was “kind of blindsided” by the announcement.

VIDEO: High-end saxophones stolen from Saskatoon music store

A sour note for a pair of music stores after thieves made off with thousands of dollars worth of high-end instruments.

Manager Barry Morozoff of Long & McQuade's 43rd Street location said it happened on Oct. 24.  Thieves stole a pair of Selmer brand saxophones off the store wall.

"It's awful. It makes you feel sick, you're disappointed and angry," he said.

UPDATE: Saskatchewan gas prices continue to plunge

Correction: This story incorrectly stated that gas prices in Saskatchewan were last below $1per litre in December 2013.

McLean resident wary over smart meter report

It's not only government officials looking for answers following the report on the failure of smart meters, it's also the people who had smart meter fires at their homes.
Ron Bray had a smart meter catch fire in his farm yard outside McLean in June.

“Our power went off and I went outside to see what the problem was and yeah, the meter melted,” he said.

RENT the musical connects with AIDS Saskatoon

Saskatoon Summer Players has connected with AIDS Saskatoon and other community groups for its latest musical.
"The arts play a role by providing information and entertainment for people to be more aware of the things that are happening around them," said B.J. Dyck, director and co-producer of RENT.
The modern classic is about two friends who live in New York City under the guise of AIDS being an epidemic at the time.

B.C. mom convinces Value Village to dump sexy costumes

A mother from Victoria convinced Value Village to remove sexualized children’s costumes from its stores.

Raina Delisle visited Value Village to look for a firefighter costume for her four-year-old daughter. She told John Gormley Live Tuesday that what she found was a normal version for boys and sexy option for girls.

Halloween highlights cultural appropriation, panel says

It may be 2014, but the rows of any Halloween supply store are still peppered with cultural and racial stereotypes.

For example, the Spirit Halloween chain store temporarily set up on 8th Street in Saskatoon offers selections like "Noble Warrior," "Pocahottie," and "Reservation Royalty" which are all versions of the "Indian" costume.

This type of cultural appropriation was the focus of a panel discussion at the University of Saskatchewan Monday, presented by the Student Teacher Anti Racism Society (STARS) and the Indigenous Students' Council.

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