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New unit delayed at Saskatoon's City Hospital

Some un-used space at Saskatoon's City Hospital will go un-used for a little while longer. A 28-bed convalescence unit will not open this month as originally planned.

After looking at the needs for the new unit, they realized they didn't have enough staff to move forward, according to Sandra Blevins, vice-president of integrated health services with the Saskatoon Health Region.

Students may face hunger as lunch program ends for summer

Principal Shalene Herron is concerned that some of her students will go hungry over the summer months.
 
In her two years at Confederation Park Community School in Saskatoon, she has seen a huge increase in demand for the emergency nutrition program.

"Despite sort of the boom talk of Saskatchewan, poverty is also growing," she said in an interview with News Talk Radio.
 

Updated: Group calls for mandatory parental consent to have abortion

It is currently unnecessary for a minor to need parental consent to have an abortion.
 
Mike Schouten, spokesperson for the Parental Consent Initiative of Saskatchewan, said that not requiring minors to have parental consent can put them in danger.
 
"It's ultimately about protecting vulnerable teenage girls because there are no parental consent laws they are susceptible to being taken advantage of."
 

Health region working to reduce emergency department wait times

The Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) is in the process of making changes to help reduce emergency department (ED) wait times.

During the SHR meeting on Monday morning the update to the patient flow plan showed major steps and challenges for the health region in reducing ED wait times.

"It's a very large step... that we are going to achieve this year. Our goal is to have 85 per cent of our patients placed within their inpatient bed within a five hour window," Sandra Blevins, vice-president of integrated health services, explained.

Regina fitness model makes cover of Australian magazine

All her hard work in the gym has landed her on the cover of a magazine.

Regina fitness model Holly Barker has made the cover of the July travel edition of "Health and Fitness" magazine in Australia.

The 31 year old says she works out every single day, especially since she's training for another upcoming bodybuilding competition.

She says one of the best parts about competing and modeling is getting to experience places she's never seen before.

"I choose to make it an adventure and I love to travel; I love to see other cities."

Foreskin pride comes to Saskatoon Pride Parade

As hundreds of people marched through downtown in the pouring rain for the pride parade on Saturday, one man was on a mission to bring attention to a very sensitive issue.

Among all the glitter and rainbows, Glenn Callender was out to show his foreskin pride in the hopes of bringing awareness to the damage caused by circumcision and the skewed right to genital integrity.

As the founder of the Canadian Foreskin awareness project, Callender  said their main goal is to ban circumcision in children until they're 18 years old.
 

Group encourages First Nations to keep tobacco sacred

The pipe is packed and lit. The prayers rise up from the sacred tobacco to the Creator. The pipe and tobacco—those are the gifts from the White Buffalo Calf Woman, according to some First Nations' traditions. However, the tobacco in the red Number 7 pouch or the pack of Export “A” people stand outside and smoke on a coffee break is nowhere near sacred, nor healing.

Traditionally, sacred tobacco is a mix of sage, sweet grass, tobacco and cedar. It was never meant to be inhaled. That is the message Janice Burgess is trying to get across.

Surgeries to resume at RUH Thursday morning

The operating rooms at the Royal University hospital (RUH) are ready for surgeries starting Thursday morning.

Saskatoon Health Region's vice-president of finance and corporate services Nilesh Kavia said that power has been restored to critical systems.

"The situation today is a little brighter than it was yesterday. Our crews have managed to restore our interim power, suction medical air, and critical ventilation and the heating equipment as well as our parkade elevator," Kavia said.

SIPPA brings 24 new doctors to Sask.

Saskatchewan's doctor shortage isn't solved but the province is celebrating the success of the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) bringing a few dozen in.

Saskatchewan has 24 new doctors practicing after completing SIPPA and another 21 are currently going through.

One of the new practicing doctors, Dr. Nermeen Yousef,  is a family physician who will work in Fort Qu'Appelle.

Medical daycare to open in Saskatoon

Parents struggling to raise a child with medical needs will soon have a daycare option in Saskatoon. 

Hope’s Home will be opening in late fall on 4th Avenue South, across from Friendship Park. The medical daycare, founded in Saskatchewan, is already established in Regina and Prince Albert. 

Jacqueline Tisher, founder and executive director, said parents in Saskatoon have been asking her for years when the program would be coming to the city.

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