It's a nightmare scenario: an elderly man with Alzheimer's missing overnight.
Fortunately, this week it was just a drill meant to help train volunteers from Saskatoon Search and Rescue.
The excercise, conducted with help from the Saskatoon Police Service, started on May 10. The scenario was a boy and his Alzheimer's - afflicted grandfather reported missing on their way home.
Despite an extra-long winter, the city’s parks department says they’re only one day behind when parks and recreational areas were scheduled to open.
“We’re hitting the ground running now, it kind of caught us by surprise,” said parks manager Wayne Briant.
“We figured (the melt) was going to be much slower than it was.”
In mid-April the city’s parks department said minor leagues would have to wait for the beginning of the baseball and soccer seasons because there was still a foot of snow on the ground.
Starting today, the area code plus the seven digit local number must be dialed in order to complete a local call in Saskatchewan.
"So basically anyone who does not include the area code when making a local call will receive a network message asking them to hang up and redial," said Michelle Englot, director of external communications with Sasktel.
Prior to this, a reminder message was played to customers, but the call was still completed.
Florists in Saskatchewan are blooming with business this week.
"I would say it's our single busiest week of the year," said Quinn Brown, one of the owner's of Quinn and Kim's Grower Direct in Saskatoon.
"Valentine's Day is a busy week too, but you really get slammed all in one day at Valentine's. Mother's Day just progressively gets busier and busier as the week moves on," he said.
Brown grew up on a farm and compared this week for flower shops to the equivalent of harvest week for a farmer.
Maybe you still need to pick up a present for your mom this weekend, but kids at A.E. Perry Elementary school are already in the spirit of Mother’s Day.
We stopped by on Thursday to ask Mrs. Hinks Grade three class what does your mom do for you?
Daniel: “She always tucks me in at night and loves me every day even when she’s mad at me.”
The congregation at the Third Avenue United Church in Saskatoon is trying to pay all the bills while the building's future is uncertain.
Thursday night there was a fundraising concert. The money raised will help pay monthly expenses that total around $20,000.
The Third Avenue United Church board is appealing a rejected bid by the Third Avenue Centre, said chair Peter Barnacle.
“The question is how we proceed with the sale – with them or someone else? We’re trying to unravel that but in doing so, it has added about six months to our intended time frame,” he said.
A meeting about one obscure city bylaw sparked a wide-ranging discussion on the shortcomings of Regina's housing market.
The Whitmore Park Community Association held a meeting Thursday evening to allow residents to question city officials about Regina's policy on "rooming houses."
The little-known bylaw came to light this week when a handful of Reginans were sent letters informing them that they were violating a section of the city's zoning bylaws that restrict people living in the home they own from having paying tenants.
It's one of the true signs that summer is just around the corner: Saskatchewan's provincial parks are opening for the season on Thursday May 16.
Some of the areas and services like boat launch and dock facilities won't be available at first because of the melt and flooding in some areas.
Starting Monday, May 13, available sites will be listed on the parks website. (hyperlink www.saskparks.net).
Campsites and swimming reservations can be booked online as well.
SaskPower is reporting that a big outage affecting almost a quarter of Regina is over.
Power has been restored in neighbourhoods east of Albert Street and south of Victoria Avenue. That includes Broder's Annex, Arnheim, Glencairn, and Hillsdale neigbourhoods along with traffic lights on Victoria Avenue.
As of 9 a.m.
power was coming back on for some areas. SaskPower is still working to figure out a cause for the outage.
We’re rushing ever closer to Regina hosting Canada’s biggest football game and Wednesday, the application and registration process for volunteers opened.
The 101 Grey Cup Festival Committee is looking for roughly 3500 volunteers for the five day festival which runs from November 20 to 24.
Reagan Ong was among the first to sign up.
“I know I want to get involved so no sense in putting it off,” she said.
Ong explained she wants to help put on the event to show her pride and passion.