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Parking reductions coming at RUH

Construction of the new Children's Hospital means changes to parking at the Royal University Hospital.

Staff received letters Friday outlining plans to permanently close sections of the first level of the parkade near the Cameco Skywalk entrance starting early this month. 

That process will play out  on the second and third levels in the weeks following the first closures.

The letter notes that the plans "will greatly reduce the parking stall availability on all three levels."

Immigrant families can sponsor parents and grandparents again

A program that allows immigrant families to be reunited with their parents or grandparents resumed Thursday after being frozen for the last two years. 

"If you do sponsor your parent, it will be completed perhaps within a year as opposed to eight years like before," said Ed Ryan, a consultant with Edge Immigration in Saskatoon. 

Blades pick up forwards, draft picks in trade deal with Broncos

The Saskatoon Blades are looking to the future as they announce their latest trade with the Swift Current Broncos.

Blades forward Nathan Burns is headed to the Broncos along with a 7th round draft pick in 2014.

In return, Saskatoon gets forwards Connor Sanvido and Wyatt Sloboshan, plus a 2nd round pick in 2014, and a 3rd round conditional pick in 2015.

Blades general manager Lorne Molleken said in a news release Wednesday that the trade will help the team rebuild.

Saskatoon New Year's baby and family reflect diversifying community

Saskatoon's New Year's baby reflects a growing and diversifying city.

Bound tightly in a red fleece blanket, baby Sufyaan Mirza barely batted an eye as a throng of media cameras captured his first moments on earth. The bundle of joy slept through what was a momentous occasion of his parents, Yasir and Attka.

At 1:13 a.m. Jan 1, Sufyaan became not only the bridge city’s first baby of 2014, but also his family’s first Canadian citizen.

Regina's New Year's Baby born healthy

Regina's first baby of 2014 was born at 12:35 a.m. to Laura Watson and Chris Knopp.

According to a news release from the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region, Hunter Knopp was born a healthy 4.11 kg ( 9lbs. 1 ou.) at the Regina General Hospital. Watson is healthy as well.

Bridging gaps; Saskatoon Mayor says bridges big part of 2013

Looking back, it's been a busy year at Saskatoon City Hall.

Mayor Don Atchison said the most important event of 2013, in his mind, was the grand opening of the South Bridge.

Despite the bridge's delayed opening, following a lapse in the 2012 deadline, people came out in droves to be the first to cross the span in July.

"The wonderful part about that is the thousands, and thousands of people who came out to see the opening. People lining up to travel on it," Atchison said.

Regina offers free bus service for New Year's Eve revellers

It's a message we hear every year at this time but somehow there are a lot of people who manage not to heed it.

"You should not drink and drive," insisted Regina Police Service Chief Troy Hagen at the launch of the city's "Ding in the New Year" campaign earlier this month. The annual effort allows Reginans to ride city buses for free on New Year's Eve. Mayor Michael Fougere said a lot of people have taken the free rides in the past, which is why the program keeps coming back.

Gas line breach in Saskatoon forces evacuations

A ruptured gas line at an apartment building on 20th Street W. forced 44 suites to evacuate in below minus 30 temperatures Monday night.

Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services said a private bobcat company was clearing snow near the building, when it hit a line near the property's gas meter.

20th Street W. was closed off in both directions between Avenue P and Avenue N, as well as Avenue O between 20th and 21st. Police warned drivers and pedestrians to stay clear of the area.

Residents urged to install carbon monoxide detectors

The gas known as the "silent killer" can become a real issue during the winter.

Any fuel-burning appliance can cause carbon monoxide which has no scent and you can't see it either.

Angela Prawzick with Regina Fire and Protective Services said that's why it's extremely important to have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home.

She said if you're going to buy one, it needs to have a seal of approval.

Examples of those include seals from Canadians Standards Association (CSA) or Underwriter Laboratories (UL).

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