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Geminid meteor shower to light up Sask. sky

If you look up at the sky this weekend, you might see a free light show.

The annual Geminid meteor shower is set to hit on Saturday night, and onlookers should be treated to an amazing spectacle.

“We should see a fantastic meteor shower that will produce about 120 meteors per hour,” said Gary Boyle, known as the ‘Backyard Astronomer’ and also a teacher of astronomy at Algonquin College in Ottawa.

Santa visits Regina mall to hear Christmas wishes

Before taking a trip around the world the night before Christmas, Santa Claus is stopping by Southland Mall in Regina. 
 
Kids are lining up to speak with the man in red himself and they're telling him what's at the top of their wish list.
 
"Video games," said nine-year-old Cache.
 
"I want a tent and a mermaid Monster High doll," said five-year-old Brook.
 
This year, Santa is hearing lots of requests for Lego, anything from the movie Frozen, and one little girl even asked for a unicorn.
 

Season's-greetings debate: Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

It’s a topic that resurfaces each year around this time and one that draws passionate and sometimes heated debate: is it Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

“Christ is the reason for the season,” said Elaine, who called into News Talk Radio from Spring Valley.

“It’s Christ-mas and I just can’t understand these contortions.”

She was just one of many who weighed in on the discussion. Several people texted into News Talk as well at 306-306.

“Why should we change the way it use to be," said Scott in Regina in favour of Merry Christmas.

PHOTOS: Saskatoon Habs' fans pay tribute to Jean Beliveau

Saskatoon's Montreal Canadiens fans let Harold Latrace arena fill in for the Montreal Forum as they paid their respects to one of the team's all-time greats.

The Western Canadian Montreal Canadiens Fan Club set up a shrine to Beliveau in their dressing room, including dozens of signed items and other memorabilia for fans to take a look at. 

The items belong to club president Jim Taman.

SaskTel to start forwarding warnings to downloaders

If SaskTel gets notice that you're illegally downloading movies or TV shows, they'll be forwarding a warning to you.

Starting Jan.1, internet service providers (ISP) are required by law in Canada's new Copyright Modernization Act to forward letters from copyright owners. That means if SaskTel gets notice you're downloading stolen content, they'll pass that notice along.

"It is the customer's responsibility to take action as directed in the email," explained SaskTel spokesperson Michelle Englot.

Still no cause for Prud'homme gas fire, damage upped to $11 million

October's natural gas fire at the TransGas storage facility near Prud'homme caused $11 million in damage as it lit up the night sky and forced 13 people from their homes for the better part of a week.

Saskatoon city council approves 5.34 per cent tax bump

After 14 hours of budget deliberations spanning three days, Saskatoon city council whittled the property tax increase from 7.3 down to 5.34 per cent.
The increase means the city is asking for an extra $83 base on an average-home assessed at $325,000.

Regina tobogganing hill empty as temps warm up

There aren't many frozen fingers and toes this week as the kids play outside.

It's a big change from the frigid end of November as temperatures are expected to rise to a few degrees above zero through Saturday.

"We decided to come and get the sledding in now while there's still snow on the ground and it's not -30," said Steven Nichols.

However, his son Evan was the only one on the hill at Mount Pleasant Sport Park Tuesday afternoon.  His other son, Keanu, took a break after a big wipeout on his GT snow racer.

Saskatoon sees increase in garage fires

Everything from welding to careless smoking has caused what the Saskatoon Fire Department is calling a "significant increase" in garage fires over the last two months.

The department has responded to seven blazes since October, according to Assistant Fire Chief Morgan Hackl. Last year, there were four garage fires between October and the end of December.

More-accessible voting still leaves me out: Regina woman

One Regina woman says a new law aiming to help people with disabilities vote leaves her spinning her wheels.

“I’m going out to vote and I won’t be held back one iota,” said Melissa Northe during an interview Tuesday.

Northe is confined to a power chair and says the last time she voted, the polling station was not wheelchair accessible. She and three others had to wait outside while an election official came to them so they could cast their ballots.

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