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CN Rail engineer concerned by state of tracks in SK

The combination of heavy trains and worn out tracks is a “firecracker waiting to happen” according to a veteran CN engineer who contacted News Talk Radio in the wake of the fiery train derailment near Clair, Sask.

The man asked to remain anonymous, given his position with the rail line. He’s familiar with the Prairie North Line (PNL).

“If the west is anything like the east, it can’t handle the traffic,” he said.

CN confirms spilled tankers in Sask. derailment were older models

CN Rail has confirmed the two tankers that leaked and sparked a fire during the derailment near Clair were the older models.

On Tuesday, 26 of a train's 100 cars derailed including six carrying dangerous goods. Two cars carrying petroleum distillates leaked, causing the fire which forced the temporary evacuation of the town of Clair.

U of S names new Board of Governors chair

The University of Saskatchewan has picked its next Board of Governors chair.

Current chair Susan Millburn is set to end her term October 18.

In a media release issued by the school Thursday, it was announced that Greg Smith will be the one to take over.

Smith, an accountant, is a partner in a firm based in Swift Current. He's been on the Board of Governors since his appointment in 2007.

SGI seeks public input on Safe Driver Recognition Program

SGI has set up an online survey to find out what its customers think of the Safe Driver Recognition Program.

Under the program that was instituted in 2002, drivers get positive points on their license with a safe driving record which entitles them to a discount on their car insurance. Things like at-fault crashes and breaking the law will result in negative points.

The survey will ask customer opinions about possible changes to the program, including:

Updated: U of S getting Saskatoon students back on buses

Starting Friday the University of Saskatchewan plans to spend $10,000 per day to provide bus service for its students.

Blood shortage renews questions over gay-donor rules

Some gay men are questioning why they are still banned from donating blood while HIV infection rates in Saskatchewan are lower among gay men than other groups.

“I think a lot of people, especially myself, wish there was something we could do to help or contribute,” said Dan Shier, marketing manager for Queen City Pride. He says it's frustrating to hear about a push for donations during a blood shortage when he can't donate.

Culvert repair to reopen Highway 22 near Kilally

A massive culvert is being installed on Highway 22 at a section that was washed out by flood waters this past summer.

The Ministry of Highways is working at putting the five-metre wide, 67-metre long culvert near the junction of Highway 47 at Pearl Creek. It will once again allow vehicles onto the road that washed out in early July.

“This summer’s flooding caused major disruptions to the provincial highway system,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said in a news release.. “We’ve been working to repair culverts, bridges and roads ever since."

Derek Boogaard book questions fighting in hockey

"Derek Boogaard did not have to fight," reads the first line in a new book about the Saskatchewan-born NHL enforcer's life and death.
Boogaard died in May 2013 from an accidental drug and alcohol overdose while recovering from a concussion. His death threw more fuel on the fire in the debate over the harmful effects of brain injuries in players in the NHL.
John Branch is the journalist for the New York Times who has been covering the Boogaard story for years. He's also the author of Boy on Ice: The Derek Boogaard Story.

Regina Farmer's Market rents indoor space downtown

The Regina Farmer’s Market will be staying downtown even as the snow falls. 

Indoor markets will now be held at the Shrine Centre on Hamilton Street starting October 18.

CN says speed, driver-error not causes in Wadena derailment

Excessive speed and driver-error were not factors in a fiery train derailment west of Wadena on Tuesday.

Director of public relations with CN Rail, Jim Feeny said after a day on site, three Transportation Safety Board (TSB) investigators ruled out excessive speed and driver-error as potential causes for the derailment.

The train, which started in Winnipeg and was bound for Saskatoon, was moving 100 cars, 40 of which were loaded.

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