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U of S students take Hijab Challenge

A bustle of activity filled the tunnel at the University of Saskatchewan on Wednesday afternoon as students tried on hijabs for the very first time.

The Hijab Challenge is part of Islam Awareness Week which is taking place at five universities across the country including the University of Saskatchewan.

"It is like a standard kind of item of clothing feeling around you. It's nice and cozy like a scarf. It's a little tight under the chin and it's warm," third-year psychology student Michaela Madraga said.

Fallen Saints MC target of police raids

Just a few blocks down from Cameco on 11th Street, there's a small building with beige siding. A sign on the building identifies it as RTN Properties Ltd. Contractor Services and the shades are pulled down on the main front window.

Riversdale turns 110

Today, Jan. 16, 2015 marks the 110th anniversary for the Village of Riversdale.

“In 1905 it became a village and in 1906 Saskatoon amalgamated Nutana and Riversdale and Saskatoon into one,” Randy Pshebylo with the Riversdale BID said.

In honour of the historical achievement, the business community is hoping the City of Saskatoon honors its request to have Jan. 16 declared Riversdale Day.

“It’s an acknowledgement of the hard work that’s gone into revitalizing and maintaining a strong business corridor it has always been envisioned as,” Pshebylo said.

Saskatoon Health Region addresses New Year's 'fiasco' at RUH

The opposition NDP has relayed a story of mounting infrastructure and overcapacity problems at Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital (RUH) coming to a head on New Years Day.

They quote an anonymous registered nurse with 30 years of experience at RUH, who ultimately blames these problems on the LEAN design process now in place at all Saskatchewan hospitals.

Mother of Saskatoon overdose victim speaks out

The mother of a 19-year-old man who died of an overdose is speaking out.

Kelly Best died Jan. 3 after taking a little green tablet that was done up to look like OxyContin. Reporting on the death, Saskatoon police said the pill likely contained fentanyl, a powerful narcotic that is several times more toxic than the active ingredient in OxyContin.

Best's mother, Marie Agioritis said her son's death shows that the simple 'Don't Do Drugs' message just isn't enough.

Saskatoon facility expands research capabilities for oil and gas industry

Removing certain oils from the ground is a complex and expensive process but a new industrial lab in Saskatoon is hoping to take industry innovation from the lab to the field.

The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) opened the Shook-Gillies HPHT Test Facility at its Pipe Flow Technology Centre on Wednesday.

The heart of the specially designed building is a 100 millimetre diameter flow loop. The pipe system is designed to test industrial conditions, including slurry fluid from oil recovery projects involving solvent or steam.

Natural gas consumption record set in Saskatchewan

Temperatures dipping close to -30 C led to a new natural gas consumption record in Saskatchewan Sunday night.

In a 24-hour period between Sunday and Monday, SaskEnergy said they delivered 1.27 million GigaJoules of gas to customers. That edges out the old record of 1.24 million GigaJoules set in December of 2013.

Part of it has to do with growth. SaskEnergy said more than 7,300 new customers were added to the grid since the old record was set.

New Saskatoon constables bring a mixed bag of experience

After serving as a military officer at CFB Dundurn, a newly sworn-in constable sees a shift to the Saskatoon beat as a welcome challenge.

“It's pretty quiet over there; it's more of a security role. We're mostly guarding military assets,” Const. Mark Powers said moments after being one of 10 officers sworn into the Saskatoon Police Service.

“(In Dundurn) occasionally we'll deal with some traffic and criminal code violations, but in the long run, it's not a very busy base.”

The Interview premiers in Saskatoon

In the middle of international controversy and terror threats – The Interview premiered in Saskatoon at the Roxy Theatre Friday.

“Because the bigger chains in Saskatoon weren’t releasing this movie we thought this would be a good chance for us,” theatre assistant manager Callen Diederichs said.

The Interview, originally released online on Christmas Day, tells the tale of a journalist setting up an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un which then turns into an attempt on his life.

Mumps outbreak unlikely in Sask., health official says

A disease that’s been mostly unheard of in Saskatchewan since vaccinations began in the early 1970s has suddenly resurged in the NHL after 14 players recently contracted mumps.

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