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HIV numbers sliding down, STI cases up

The Saskatoon Health region reports rising cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sliding numbers of HIV and Hepatitis C.

Deputy Medical Officer Julie Kryzanowski said a rise on one end and a dip in another is because of demographics.

“It isn’t the same populations that are affected by these infections,” Kryzanowski said. “STIs are greater in younger groups (teenagers and people in their early 20s) who are having sex with multiple partners … For Hepatitis C and HIV the biggest risk factor is injected drug use.”

New recruits sworn into police service

The new police headquarters swore in their first new recruits on Monday. Ten new regular constables and three new special constables join the force of more than 400.
However, of the 13 new recruits only four were female.

Veterans group cancels air show, holds picnic

Saskatoon residents won't have their eyes to the skies this year. The annual Canada Remembers air show was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.
"We just had to gracefully step back and give a year up, but it wasn't our choice," Director Brian Swidrovich said, adding this is the fourth time they've had to cancel the air show since 1995.
However, he said they're working to settle on a venue for next year's show, which could be the last.

Martin Ring wins Sask. Amateur Golf Championship

Martin Ring can now put himself in the same company as Graham DeLaet.
He’s the winner of the 103rd Saskatchewan Men’s Amateur Golf Championship which was held at Prince Albert’s Cooke Municipal Golf Course.
The 51-year-old Prince Albert native shot a final round 74 to finish the tournament at even par for his first ever championship.  That was one shot better than Unity’s Justin Wood. Regina’s Tyler Wright finished in third at four over par.
DeLaet won back-to-back championships in 2004, 2005.

Feds ask Sask. for Pakistan adoption clarification

A long road to reunite a Pakistani boy with his adoptive parents in Saskatoon is hitting yet another road block.

U of S administration, faculty association in court over veto

The University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association (USFA) and U of S administration returned to court Wednesday to argue the issue of whether the school's president should have a veto over giving professors tenure.

The case stems from a decision back in March by arbitrator Andrew Sims. Sims ruled that the U of S Board of Governors shouldn't have let then-president Peter MacKinnon reject tenure for a sociology professor.

Arguments generally turned around the nearly century-old Universities Act and the USFA's collective bargaining agreement with the school.

Real 'Dog River': life changes but stays the same in Rouleau

Filming for Corner Gas: the Movie has wrapped up in Rouleau this week and several fans made the pilgrimage to the town to see the real ‘Dog River’ in action.

For the last 10 years, the show has basically defined small town life in Saskatchewan.

Man acquitted of Springwater grow-op charges

A man found in a Springwater home with up to $400,000 worth of pot plants was found not guilty last month.

The crown did not prove that Clayton Codd had control over the property or "any possession or control over the marijuana found in the house," Justice Neil Gabrielson said in a written decision issued at Battleford Court of Queen's Bench.

RCMP executed a search warrant and raided the home on June 24, 2010, in the community of Springwood, 130 kilometers west of Saskatoon.

A land sale lineup outside Swift Current City Hall Monday morning

It was the kind of waiting you might hear about to get the latest smartphone or concert tickets.
But this time the line-up outside Swift Current City Hall at 5 a.m. was not to see a musician or for any electronic devices. It was for parcels of land in Swift Current's new Valley Ridge subdivision.
"Of the 41 single family lots we had for sale, we sold 29 lots and we have 12 left to sell," said Kathy Hopfner, the General Manager of Corporate Services for the City of Swift Current.

City doesn't need millions to fix parking, downtown BID says

The solution to a lack of parking downtown doesn’t need to cost us $5 million, according to Dave Denny, board chair of Saskatoon’s Downtown Partnership.

“A lot of cities will build a large parkade on one block and that will be all of their money for 10 years for parkades, but that doesn’t distribute parking all around downtown,” Denny said, adding the City of Saskatoon can get more bang for their buck by buying up a couple of floors of parking in new buildings.

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