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PA Ukrainian community reacts to protests in Kiev

On Sunday morning over 200,000 people protested their government in Kiev, Ukraine. Across the world in Prince Albert, hundreds of people with Ukrainian heritage were headed to church.

The protests in Kiev, which started about three weeks ago, revolve around Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich suspending trade talks with the European Union.

Different parts of the country have sided differently, some favouring strong trade ties with Russia, but the strongest voice has called for closer ties with the European Union.

PA woman humbled by national award

One of Canada's most powerful women credits her upbringing in Prince Albert for her sense of hard work and determination to help people.

"It's in Prince Albert's DNA; it's things like hard work, respect of people and respect of community," Karen Chad said.

Chad, who is now the Vice President Research at the University of Saskatchewan, was recognized by the Women's Executive Networkfor her career accomplishments.

Winter care for canines and cats; tips from the SPCA

Don't let your pooch turn into a ‘pupsicle’ this winter.

The SPCA reminds people that when the mercury begins to drop, don't let Fido and Fluffy freeze in the snow. Pets are just as susceptible to hypothermia or pneumonia as humans and chances are if you’re cold, so is your pet.

“A lot of people view their pets as family member so you wouldn’t want to leave your family member outside in the cold so it’s best to just bring them inside where it’s nice and warm. If they do have to go outside monitor them frequently,” SPCA animal protection officer Stacey Greke said.

Santa Shuffle shrugs off frigid forecast

The weather outside was frightful, but the run was still delightful.

Bundled in layers and cheered on by Santa Clause, more than 30 people came out for the 23rd annual Saskatoon Santa Shuffle. The temperature outside was a frigid -47 C with the wind chill.

Despite the frigid climate, Run Organizer and Salvation Army spokeswoman Heather Hedstrom said the run always draws a crowd.

The charity one and five kilometer run raises money for the Salvation Army’s Mumford House; an emergency shelter for women and children.

Saskatoon homeless shelters at capacity as winter sets in

As the mercury continues to drop in Saskatoon, more of the city’s homeless are packing into shelters to keep warm.

Shelters across the city say they've been at capacity since November.

“(This week) we had 43 people staying in our emergency shelter and then we also had 20 additional people staying in our stabilization shelter, and that’s the maximum number of people that room can hold,” Lighthouse spokesperson DeeAnn Mercier said.

16 car pileup slows rush hour traffic on Idylwyld Bridge

A 16-car accident on the Idywld Bridge slowed the commute home for many residents on one of the coldest days of the year on Friday.

The accident happened around 4:40 p.m. in the southbound lane just as cars came over the first hill past 20th Street. Police reports said icy roads caused the domino of rear enders on one of the city's busiest arteries.

Chilled drivers warmed up in a city bus as Fire and Protective Services crews cleaned up pieces of broken glass, car parts and engine fluid.

School bus cancelations in Saskatchewan

Some school divisions are reporting bus cancellations across the province due to the cold weather on Friday morning.

Chinook School Division all buses are cancelled in the Swift Current area. Website.

Holy Trinity Catholic School Division has cancelled bus services to all schools along with a band and choir tour that was scheduled for Vanier School today. Website.

All tenants at Rae St apartment block facing eviction

With the onslaught of winter, and Christmas fast approaching, the last thing you want to worry about is finding a roof over your head but that is the reality some renters in Regina are facing.

Last Friday, tenants who live at 2141 Rae Street got evictions notices plastered on their doors telling them they had to be out by Jan. 31.

Apartment building at 2141 Rae St. Kevin Martel/CJME

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