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RUH Skywalk demolished

It's the last time the 36-year-old Cameco Skywalk will see daylight. The demolition of the walkway on Tuesday marked one of the final phases before construction on the new Children's Hospital begins in September.
"It's a very important stage and it signals the project turning from site preparation to active construction," Project Director for Children's Hospital Sask. Craig Ayers said .
The site preparation work for the new hospital began more than two years ago. Ayers said he's anxious and excited to begin the construction phase of the new hospital.

New midwife taking soon-to-be moms in Saskatoon

A new midwife in Saskatoon has begun to take patients and help add options for the city's soon-to-be mothers.

New funding from the Ministry of Health created a position for another full-time midwife in the Saskatoon Health Region(SHR).

"We had some deferred funding that we had from the ministry for other midwifery items that wasn't fully used so we were allowed to use that funding," explained SHR Director for Maternal Services Leanne Smith. "Once those deferred funds are used up we get new money in our base budget."

Neighbourhood Watch program forms in Warman

Marshall Seed isn’t a police officer or a politician, but the father from Warman has founded a group he hopes will help deter crime in the growing bedroom community north of Saskatoon.

Family farm allowed to employ kids in chicken farm

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour has reached a compromise in the case of the Covlin family farm in Endeavour, Sask., who were employing kids in their poultry processing plant.

"What we decided to do was just treat this as a simple extension of a family farming operation," Saskatchewan Labour Minister Don Morgan told News Talk's John Gormley Live Monday, "We've told the occupational health workers, 'no more investigations, this is a family farm, leave it alone.'"

Family farm 'blown away' by OHS rules

A law preventing a Saskatchewan woman from letting her kids do certain jobs on her chicken farm is ruffling some feathers.

Janeen Covlin raises and sells chickens and eggs at Cool Spring Ranch in Endeavour, Sask., 370 kilometres east of Saskatoon. Her kids help out at their processing plant-- or at least they did.

South Africans lending a hand at Ex midway

15,000 kilometres is a long way to go for a job. But that's just what some of the workers on the Saskatoon Ex Midway have done, coming all the way from South Africa for a chance to travel North America with the carnival.

Chantelle Van Der Murwe explained that a company in South Africa recruits people interested in taking a few months to see some new sights. She said it's difficult to keep track of all the places she's visited while working at the ticket-selling booth.

Small town clothing line turning heads

A small town clothing line is gaining popularity not only in Saskatchewan, but also overseas.
"There's not too many comedic farming apparel companies out there, so that's where I slid in," Tractor Fitness founder Adam Fullerton laughed.
The 23-year-old farmer from Lacadena, Sask., said it all started last year when he was on his 16th straight day of seeding.

Regina's vacancy rate up to 2.5 per cent

Regina continues to make small gains in its efforts to increase its vacancy rate.

A report presented to the Mayor's Housing Commission Tuesday afternoon showed the spring vacancy rate rose to 2.5 per cent, up from 1.8 per cent.

"It's very good news for those renting," said Mayor Michael Fougere beforehand. "We need more work to be done but certainly the market has responded and the incentives both the city and the province have in assisting in affordable housing and for rental accommodation is working."

Saskatoon lawyer recalls Great War Tour

Three years ago, Anne Wallace embarked on a trip of a lifetime to France and Belgium to visit the battlefields of the First World War.
The Saskatoon lawyer says the history courses she took in university gave her a basic understanding of the First World War, but actually seeing the places in person gave her a new appreciation.
"What the Western front really was, for example, and what really went on in terms of the back and forth on that line for so long," Wallace said in an interview on John Gormley Live.

Humans of Saskatoon sharing local stories

It took a personal tragedy for local photographer Moe Morin to reach out to her community, not in the way one might expect.
Inspired by the successful Humans of New York project, Morin created the Human's of Saskatoon Facebook page.
She said she lost her father figure early this year, followed closely by her niece. It was the loss that really drove her into the project.

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