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Saskatoon taxi driver returns more than $1,000 left in cab

An act of honesty eased a stressful start to a vacation for a Saskatoon man who wants the public to know that he got a ride from one honest taxi driver.

John Bowden left more than $1,000 cash in a Radio Cab last month after being dropped off at the airport. He didn't realize it until he was in Calgary preparing to board a flight to Mexico.

With the thought of the lost money still weighing on his mind, Bowden received a surprising voicemail the next day. It was from Kalim Khan, the taxi driver who had dropped him off at the airport.

Spots still open for FluMist vaccine clinics in Regina

There are still spots open for people in Regina who want to get their flu vaccination.

According to Bill Carney, only about 1,200 spots have been filled for a three-day clinic by mid-day Thursday.

“We do have room for more on Friday and Saturday. So if people want to, they can call and get an appointment,” he said.

The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) received 20,000 doses of both nasal spray and injectable vaccines on Wednesday. Carney said some of those doses went out to rural areas and to physicians in the health region.

Ministry of Highways responds to Dewdney truck traffic issue

The province has responded to calls from the Saskatchewan NDP to fix a problem with heavy truck traffic on Dewdney Avenue.

Condo policy change could help Rae Street tenants facing eviction

Changes proposed to Regina’s Condo Conversion Policy could have a huge impact on a group of tenants facing eviction from a Rae Street apartment building.

Under the current policy, a rental property of five or more units can only be converted into condominiums if the city’s vacancy rate is three per cent. It’s not. But a clause in the policy states if a building is vacated—which in this case means 50 per cent or more—for one year, then conversion may go ahead.

City of Saskatoon eyes new governance model

It's been 18 years since Saskatoon City Council reviewed the way it operates.

And in that time, city manager Murray Totland said there's a feeling that the city has outgrown its current governance model.

"We're 60,000 more people (since 1995). I think particularly when you look at the last 5 years, things are changing quite rapidly in Saskatoon. The complexity and diversity of issues we face, I think, is quite a bit different," he said during a media briefing at City Hall.

United Way of Saskatoon raises $6.2 million in 2013

The United Way of Saskatoon and Area has more than six million reasons to smile after the 2013 Community Campaign raised $6.27 million.

"(It's) a phenomenal amount of money and I think I do need to remind everyone we start at zero, we don't start with anything in our back pocket," said Sheri Benson, the CEO of the United Way of Saskatoon and Area.

Saskatoon class combines yoga and flamenco

Spanish music fills a room lined with mirrors in Saskatoon's Alma Flamenco Dance Studio and a yoga mat sits in the center of the floor.

This is a flamoga class that combines yoga and flamenco dancing.

Kari Alba, instructor and studio owner, said the idea to create the class was initially a joke, but has turned into a way to combine two of her passions.

"I like the fact that we can make flamenco a tiny bit more accessible to people who maybe otherwise wouldn't even attempt to do it," she said.

Ukrainian in Saskatoon says Kiev protests "birth of nation"

Like many Ukrainians, Iryna Matsiuk was in Independence Square when the Orange Revolution began in 2004.

The 32-year-old immigrated to Saskatoon in 2011, but was recently back in her home country to visit her sister in Kiev during the holidays. Though anti-government protesters were occupying the square during that time, she says the level of violence was nowhere near where it is now.

"Six months ago, if someone told me that what's happening right now could happen, I wouldn't believe them probably" Matsiuk said.

1,000 line hits in 2013 for SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskTel

All three Crown utility companies are urging people to call before they dig after a high number of buried lines were cut in 2013.

Over 1,000 power, natural gas and telecommunications lines were cut or damaged last year and the Crown utilities want to see than number significantly reduced in 2014. SaskEnergy, SaskPower and SaskTel are expanding their efforts this year to try to stop the rising trend of damage to their infrastructure over the last five years.

Grain backlog on railways adds fodder to political push for pipelines

It seems recent problems in the transportation industry are giving provincial and federal politicians fodder for the oil pipeline debate.

Earlier in the week, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that the federal government would be chipping in $1.5 million on a five-year study of Canada’s rail transportation industry.

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