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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).

SaskEnergy emphasizes safety in bitter cold

The deep freeze has hit Saskatchewan once again and with it comes potential safety concerns for your home.

Dave Burdeniuk with SaskEnergy said carbon monoxide incidents go up when the temperature drops.

"Every winter, we do see serious incidents somewhere in Saskatchewan where someone is hospitalized because of carbon monoxide," he said. 

North Regina residents worry little about refinery explosions

Concerns over new development near the Co-Op Refinery Complex in Regina's north end don't appear to be shared by the residents of the also-nearby Uplands neighbourhood.

Roughly a dozen people were outside their modest homes in the Uplands neighbourhood on Sunday, braving stark -29 degree wind chills to shovel their driveways. Few cars drove by, save for a city bus en route to downtown. The peaceful air was in stark contrast to the frenzy of attention that followed a loud explosion at the refinery just a few hundred metres away on Christmas Eve.

Operation Red Nose gears up for New Years Eve

The Saskatoon Millennium Lions Club is sponsoring the second season of Operation Red Nose in Saskatoon this year.

“Our club thought this would be a neat community service project that we could do,” said the program coordinator Gloria Simpkins.

The designated driver program sends a team of three volunteers to pick up people and their vehicles Friday and Saturday nights over the holiday season. The program will extend to New Years Eve to help celebrators get home safely.

Time for a change: Regina climbing wall shutting down

It’s been 12 years since the first group of climbers attempted to reach the top of Saskatchewan Science Centre’s 60 ft. “Climb through Time” climbing wall. And by next Sunday, the last group of climbers will try to do the same.

According to the Science Centre’s Sandy Baumgartner, the wall isn’t getting enough use to warrant taking up so much space in the building, and they have decided to get rid of it.

Canada Post gives Santa a run for his money in 2013

The only one likely to have dropped off more Christmas presents than Canada Post this year is Santa Claus himself.

With more Canadians turning to online shopping, the national mail service is smashing records for holiday parcel deliveries.

Spokesperson Phil Legault said they've been busy right across the country.

Regina encourages gift wrap, boxes be recycled

Regina's City Hall is hoping that people remember to recycle while they're overrun with gift wrapping this Christmas.

This is the first holiday Regina has used blue roll-out recycling bins, part of the city's effort to divert waste from the landfill whenever possible. The city's Neil Vandendort says that means wrapping paper is fine, as long as it isn't the shiny metallic or foil type.

"People should be separating the ribbons from the paper or the handles from the gift bags," he explains, "if it's a paper product it is recyclable."

Christmas bird counting to go ahead in Regina

If you want to dust off those snow-boots and ski pants this week there is one Christmas tradition that takes naturalists right into the heart of the great outdoors.

The annual Christmas Bird Count has been a tradition in Saskatchewan since 1942 and this year is no exception. Brett Quiring is organizing the group through Nature Saskatchewan. It will run Saturday December 28 in Regina and surrounding areas.

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