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Trudeau questions federal transparency, priorities, while in Saskatoon

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says the Harper government has done nothing but raise questions of accountability and transparency in the last year.

“It’s a real concern that this government has its priorities in the wrong place,” Trudeau told reporters in front of the Delta Bessborough Hotel on Thursday.

The 42-year-old Liberal leader stopped in Saskatoon for a roundtable discussion with the country’s water and infrastructure experts looking at how the federal government could help mitigate spring flooding that’s plagued much of the province the past few years.

Traffic tickets up east of Regina since speed limit lowered

The speed limit on Highway 1 east of Regina is down and tickets given on the stretch are way, way up.

The speed limit on highway 1 from the Pilot Butte turnoff to just east of White City was lowered from 110 km/hr to 90 km/hr on June 3. From that time to August 13, 284 tickets were issued on that stretch of road compared to just 19 in the same time period the year before.

ALS Society happy with awareness raised by Ice Bucket Challenge

The latest viral video challenge involves getting a very cold dunk for a good cause.

The Ice Bucket Challenge is meant to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disease which is also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Protect yourself from heat exhaustion and heatstroke

The heat and humidity might be a welcome change from freezing cold, but this weather can also create serious health risks.

Doctor Denise Werker is the Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer for the province. She says young children, the elderly and people with underlying chronic health conditions like heart disease are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses.

Children's Museum taking next steps in move to Mendel

The Children's Discovery Museum(CDM) is ready for their next step in the ongoing process to become the next tenants of the Mendel building.

President of the CDM on the Saskatchewan Dave Hunchak explained they have worked with members of the city's administration on a report to submit to the executive committee next Wednesday.

"What this would do is really let us move forward with plans like with the serious fundraising, serious design of the building, and all the exhibits and programming that we are going to do in it," Hunchak explained.

Health officials investigating 3 cases of tuberculosis between Regina and Moose Jaw

At the end of July a student at Central Collegiate in Moose Jaw was diagnosed with active tuberculosis and now 160 other students and staff members are being tested for the disease.

Dr. Julie Kryzanowski is the medical health officer for TB Prevention and Control in Saskatchewan. She says they are also investigating two other students who have active TB in Regina and are testing at three different schools.  

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.

Justin Trudeau visits Saskatoon

Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will host a roundtable discussion and tour the Saskatoon Folk Fest on Thursday just a couple of weeks after Prime Minister Stephen Harper held a Conservative Party event at Prairieland Park.

Folk Fest president Neil Irvine said he expects to run into Trudeau during the President’s Tour – where Irvine takes local politicians and dignitaries around to all the different pavilions over three days.

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.

Summer reading camp helping kids stay on track

More than 200 students are participating in the second year of Saskatoon Public Schools' Reading Camp.
Students who are below their grade's reading level at the end of the school year can lose up to three months of reading skills over the summer Superintendent of Saskatoon Public Schools Lisa Fleming said.
"So they arrive in September with low average reading skills and they're actually two to three months behind their peers," she said, adding currently 11 schools and 23 teachers participate in the camp.

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