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Union president says guards not trained for mentally-ill inmates

The union president representing Canadian prison guards believes a lack of training on mental health creates challenges for his members when faced with an inmate like Marlene Carter.

“It’s a growing problem and we’re getting more and more mental-health-issue-type inmates all the time. It’s going to grow and be a bigger problem,” Kevin Grabowsky, national president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers said.

Hot days ahead for Saskatoon

Get out your sunscreen, water and hats because it's getting hot in Saskatoon.
 
Environment Canada forecasts temperatures around 30 degrees from Tuesday until Friday.
 
For Bus Stop Refreshments owner Laurel Beaumont, the heat is welcomed.
 
"I love it, it's something that we all wait for and it's a beautiful thing."

Meewasin Valley Authority thanks donors

The Meewasin Valley Authority (MVA) took the opportunity Tuesday to thank four families for chipping in to help extend the pathway system along the South Saskatchewan River.

Altogether, Janet and Art Postle, Jack and Sylvia Vicq, Terri Lemke and doctors Ivan Jen and Suzanne Yip contributed $400,000 to Meewasin's latest fundraising drive.

The MVA has raised just under $7 million of its $8 million goal since October.

The money is going to extend the Meewasin Trail between Wanuskewin Heritage Park in the north and Chief Whitecap Park in the south.

Grain spilled after train derails in central Sask.

Clean up is underway in central Saskatchewan after a train derailment near the Village of Conquest.

Around eight cars jumped the tracks Monday night and two cars fell on its sides spilling grain.

"I have heard back from Big Sky Rail and they have informed me that they are conducting an investigation into the derailment," said Conquest village administrator Colleen Reilly. "It should be cleared up by tomorrow ... they are spilling but it's only grain."

Reilly said that no one was hurt and that neither RCMP nor the local fire chief were called.

SaskEnergy assuring customers in wake of SaskPower smart meter fires

Many people are voicing concerns about the new smart meters SaskPower has been installing after several reports of fires, and some of those concerns are extending to the new technology SaskEnergy is installing, but SaskEnergy says there's no need to worry.

"SaskEnergy has no concerns with natural gas module technology that's being installed throughout Saskatchewan," said Vanessa Beaupre, supervisor of communications for SaskEnergy.

SaskParks says trees at Regina Beach were assessed for health and rot


Two trees at Regina Beach have been granted a stay of execution.

Last week a group of people at Regina Beach crowded around the landmarks to try and stop crews from cutting them down. Now, Sask Parks is giving them a second look.

"We're going to be hiring an independent arborist that's licensed to re-assess the tree," said Marty Halpape, Director of Southern Park Operations with Sask Parks.

HIV numbers sliding down, STI cases up

The Saskatoon Health region reports rising cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sliding numbers of HIV and Hepatitis C.

Deputy Medical Officer Julie Kryzanowski said a rise on one end and a dip in another is because of demographics.

“It isn’t the same populations that are affected by these infections,” Kryzanowski said. “STIs are greater in younger groups (teenagers and people in their early 20s) who are having sex with multiple partners … For Hepatitis C and HIV the biggest risk factor is injected drug use.”

New recruits sworn into police service

The new police headquarters swore in their first new recruits on Monday. Ten new regular constables and three new special constables join the force of more than 400.
 
However, of the 13 new recruits only four were female.
 

Gas leak prompts evacuation of warehouse


A forklift operator is to blame for causing a natural gas leak Monday morning at a warehouse on Jasper Avenue.

The Saskatoon Fire Department and police service were called to 2630 Jasper Avenue around 11:43 a.m.

The severed gas line was located inside the building and Sask Energy was called to turn off the gas.

All the employees got out safety and were allowed to return to the building an hour later.

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What to expect at the Queen City Ex

There are two things to salivate over this week: the warm, sunny weather and the midway food.

Vendors have arrived at Evraz Place and are preparing to open on Wednesday for Queen City Ex which runs through the weekend.

It's not the right place to start a diet, with a wide variety of delicious treats on the menu and a much smaller or non-existent healthy selection.

"It's amazing! There's deep fried pies. There's deep fried chocolate bars, deep fried Oreos. Absolutely everything is deep fried down here," said the event coordinator Josh Shaw.

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