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Mask policy in effect for flu season in Saskatoon

Flu season has now started according to the Saskatoon Health Region and if you visit a healthcare facility in Saskatoon, you might notice more people wearing masks.

From Dec, 1 to April 3, 2015 all healthcare workers who did not get a flu shot will be required to wear a mask in patient and client-care areas.

About 84 per cent of healthcare workers in the Saskatoon Health Region received an influenza immunization and will not be required to wear a mask.

Hunters braving the cold could spot less deer

Hunters looking to brave the cold before white-tailed deer season closes Tuesday could have a tough time spotting an animal.

The deer population is down across the province after a few harsh winters. The hunting season was shortened by about two weeks as a result.

The cold snap could also affect the deer’s movements.

U of S Cheer Team wins national championship

After months of training, there weren't many dry eyes on the University of Saskatchewan Cheer Team when they won nationals over the weekend.

"Most of the team was crying with joy. I was crying with joy. It didn't feel real," one of the team's coaches, Shanda Leftley, said.

This is the first time in history the U of S Cheer Team has taken home a national title in the 30 years that PCA University Open National Cheerleading Championships has taken place.

Saskatoon's Festival of Trees sees record year

After a week of rocking around the Christmas trees, the Saskatoon Festival of Trees wrapped up a record breaking year for attendance.

Over 25,000 people took part in the event at the Western Development Museum which included decorated trees and displays, entertainment, a photo booth with characters from the hit movie Frozen, decorated gingerbread houses and recyclable holiday displays.

Fire claims garage in Saskatoon's west end

The wind chills were at -36 degrees when Saskatoon fire crews were called to a garage fire on Centennial Drive Sunday.

This was at 2:40 p.m. not far from the Shaw Centre. Crews arrived to find black smoke and flames pouring from a detatched garage.

Nobody was inside, but the garage was full of various items including a car and two motorcycles, which made fighting the blaze a little more difficult.

The fire was under control in 22 minutes.

Regina Food Bank collecting funds and food for Christmas hampers

The Regina & District Food Bank is trying to make sure no one goes hungry this holiday season.
It's "12 Days of Christmas" campaign is officially underway with both food and cash donations being accepted.
CEO Steve Compton said the money they raise goes to purchasing quality products that will go in 1,800 Christmas hampers.
"A lot of the food that goes into the hampers that we prepare is not something that you can easily donate. It's things like hams and turkeys and fresh produce."

Skating on Regina's outdoor rinks just weeks away

Those in Regina hoping to grab their skates and hit the ice outside are going have to wait a little longer.
The City of Regina will start preparing outdoor rinks on Monday.
"That is in the hopes that, weather permitting, that the outdoor rinks will all be up and running for Dec. 15," said Ted Schaeffer, coordinator of sports facilities and special events with the City of Regina.
He said it usually takes about two weeks for them to be ready.

VIDEO: Agribition goes out with a bang

A new event at the Canadian Western Agribtion drew a large crowd Saturday afternoon but instead of watching cowboys, it was knights riding horses.
Shane Adams and his Knights of Valour held a full-contact jousting tournament, which is considered to be the most dangerous sport in history.
The knights rode 2,000 pound horses while wearing 14 gauge stainless steel armor that can weigh close to 90 pounds.
"The breast plate themselves will stop a 9 millimetre round from a hand gun," said Adams. 

PHOTOS: Nearly-complete Melfort shelter burns to the ground

A fire broke out at a transitional women’s shelter in Melfort Sunday morning.

Melfort Mayor Rick Lang said the fire department responded, but to his knowledge the shelter has been destroyed.

The shelter was not open to the public yet. Lang said he hopes they can re-build what was lost.

"Hoping that this is just a roadblock… that well get around,” he said.

UPDATE: Saskatoon mulls buffer zones for support services

City of Saskatoon administration will take more time for research before moving forward with any recommendations for bylaws to prevent new support service locations from building too close to existing ones, similar to zoning laws for pawn shops.

The buffer zone is designed to prevent new missions like food banks, homeless shelters or soup kitchens from going up too close to existing ones.

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