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SaskEnergy increasing rates nearly $10 per month

People in Saskatchewan could be seeing their first SaskEnergy rate hike in six years after a winter that saw high demand for natural gas.

Campers starting to roll in to provincial parks for May long

Spring may have been late coming, but nothing short of a blizzard could come between Saskatchewan people and their first camping weekend.

Mary-Anne Wihak is the Director of Visitor Experience for SaskParks. She says the gates are open at provincial parks and campers are starting to roll in. In certain parks, particularly in the north, she says there may be limited services for this weekend. 

Police chief lauds adult services bylaw

The adult services bylaw has gone beyond what Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill thought it would.

“We have good relationships with people working in the trades and putting morality aside whether you like the business or not we still are stuck with it here in the city and the bylaw has allowed the authority for the police to check up on who’s working at escort services and massage parlors,” Weighill said Thursday.

In 2012 the City of Saskatoon passed the adult services bylaw, aimed primarily and putting an end to underage adult service workers.

New SGI building project put on hold

The head office of SGI will remain in the iconic black and bronze building in Regina's downtown as the government announced Thursday it is postponing moving the Crown.

Teacher charged with sexual exploitation of student

A former Saskatoon teacher has been charged with sexual exploitation.

Erin McGonigle, 38, was charged following an investigation by the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit.

The investigation started in October 2013 after a complaint from a 30-year-old woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted when she was 16.

The incident allegedly happened in 2000 when the victim was a student where McGonigle taught.

The school division confirmed she was a teacher at Nutana Collegiate when the complaint was made.

U of S 'blundered' on part of decision, offers tenure to outspoken professor

University of Saskatchewan president Ilene Busch-Vishniac says the administration "blundered" when it revoked the tenure of the former executive director of the university’s School of Public Health (SPH).

Dr. Robert Buckingham was fired Wednesday morning from his executive director position and had his tenure stripped for speaking out over concerns with the TransformUS process.

Saskatchewan launches highway construction season

As people in Saskatchewan get ready to set out on the highways for the May long weekend, the province is kicking off the highway construction season for the year.

In 2014 the government of Saskatchewan plans to spend $664.5 million on highway projects, including $405.2 million for transportation capital projects.

Projects for 2014 include:

Power outage hits large area of Regina

A large area of Regina was left without power Thursday morning after an outage that began 10 a.m.

"It looks to be parts of downtown and west of downtown including up to the Rosemont area, sort of Dewdney Avenue and that north west part of town," said Tyler Hopson, spokesperson for SaskPower

SaskPower had power fully restored around 1 p.m. Power was knocked out because of an issue with a main line on the west side of Regina.
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Canadian Assoc. of University Teachers may censure U of S

There could be serious consequences for the reputation of the University of Saskatchewan following the firing of the dean at the School of Public Health.

Doctor Robert Buckingham was dismissed after voicing his concerns over the school's restructuring plans through the TransformUS process.

Buckingham disagreed with a move to meld the School of Public Health with the College of Medicine. He feared doing so could put newly acquired accreditation at risk.

Nurse alleges harassment in adjudication hearing

A Saskatoon Regional Psychiatric Centre (RPC) nurse who claims she witnessed the alleged assault of Ashley Smith said Corrections Services Canada (CS) failed to help her switch facilities after she came forward.

Sindee Tchorzewski said on March 24, 2007, she saw corrections supervisor, John Tarala, assault Smith, the troubled teen whose suicide at an Ontario prison led to an inquiry into her treatment.

Tarala, who later died of cancer, was found not guilty and Tchorzewski was deemed not credible as a witness.

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