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Regina's Lawson pool to reopen Sept. 13

The City of Regina hopes that the health issues experienced by swimmers at the Lawson Aquatic Centre will finally end as the pool reopens next month.

HSAS: Health regions poised to break essential services law in Sask.

The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS) is claiming health regions in the province are poised to break essential services law in the event of a strike.

“We’re bringing this up because we feel the public needs to know the games that are being played,” said HSAS President Karen Wasylenko.

The HSAS is accusing the regions of planning to reduce essential workers’ hours if a strike were to happen—something that violates Saskatchewan's Essential Services law.

Red Ribbon Road to raise AIDS awareness

Hundreds of red ribbons adorn parking meters, signs, garbage cans, trees and more on the 300 block of 20th Street West.
 
It's part of an awareness campaign held by AIDS Walk for Life Saskatoon.
 
"This is something that still exists, that still effects people and it's something we still need to be vigilant about," Joe Wickenhauser with the walk said.

Saskatoon man decries crisis in seniors' care

A Saskatoon man says the healthcare system in Saskatchewan is failing his 95-year-old father.

Accompanied by provincial NDP leader Cam Broten, Tom Armstrong spoke to the media about his situation out front of Royal University Hospital. on Friday.

"Last night, when I said good night to my dad, he said he wished he could die. He's tired of fighting," he said.

Saskatoon Food Bank speaks to unhealthy donations

The Saskatoon Food Bank is responding to a story this week about unhealthy donations being turned away from a food bank in Ottawa.
 
The move has been widely criticized but executive director Laurie O’Connor says rather than refusing unhealthy donations in Saskatoon, they do their best to express their needs.
 
She says food banks are in a tough position because there is overwhelming need and a constant challenge to makes sure enough food is in the building.
 

Suicide awareness walk for youth on Montreal Lake Cree Nation

A group of women on the Montreal Lake Cree Nation north of Prince Albert are taking a stand against a growing trend of youth suicide on the reserve.

According to 23-year-old Carol Naytowhow, youth suicides are on the rise. She said in the past year there have already been multiple deaths. To help the situation, Naytowhow along with five other women from Montreal Lake Cree Nation, have organized a three-day “You Are Not Alone” Suicide Awareness Walk.

No Maple Creek emergency services until Thursday

Anyone needing emergency care in Maple Creek Wednesday will have to travel to get it.
 
The Cypress Health Region has shut down emergency services at the hospital in that community until 8 a.m. Thursday morning because no doctors are available to work.
 
"This is a short term thing," said Trent Regier, Director of Rural Health for the Cypress Health Region.
 
"I would imagine the physician that was scheduled to be on call was all of a sudden unexpectedly unavailable for this time."
 

Researchers find new way to study immune system in lung

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan are studying the link between a liquid found in your airways and Cystic Fibrosis.
 
Dr. Juan Ianowski is one of the researchers. He said the liquid is only 80 micrometres in height, making it very hard to measure, but not through the synchrotron. Although it may be small, Ianowski said it's important to your health.
 

More garbage, pollution, side-effects of rapid growth

A growing Saskatoon comes with a few environmental challenges.

On Tuesday the city’s environmental and utilities committee reviewed the first environmental health and sustainability report, looking at the City's air quality, garbage and recycling programs and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Air quality remains a high priority for people in Saskatoon according the the public consultations held through Saskatoon Speaks. Amber Jones with the city said overall the air quality in Saskatoon has consistently been classified as good, however she sees a trend of steady decline.

Family using tragic loss to educate others

Mike and Sheri Olain hope no family will ever experience what they've been through these last eight months.
 
The Olain's lost their youngest son, Emerson, to an asthma attack in December, just one month before his third birthday.
 
Emerson was an easy-going, busy little boy who aspired to be like his older brother Clive, his dad said Tuesday.
 
"He had the normal colds and flu's that other kids had, but he was never diagnosed with asthma," Mike said. "He had never had an asthma attack up until the night he passed away."
 

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