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Investor interest puts Saskatoon hydro project back on table

There could be new life for a proposed hydropower project at Saskatoon’s weir.

The project which included plans for a whitewater park was first studied in 2009 but was shelved two years later due to financial constraints. An updated report going to a city committee next week is recommending the project get another look after garnering interest from investors.

U of S president delivers address

Interim University of Saskatchewan president Gordon Barnhart delivered his State of the University address to a Wednesday meeting of the school's General Academic Assembly.

Overall, Barnhart was upbeat, noting that the school has now exceeded 20,000 students and highlighting an increase in research revenue. He said the school had brought in $195.6 million, the highest total since 2010-11.

Saskatoon Century Club celebrates 10th anniversary

Many clubs in Saskatoon require people to be at least 19, but the Century Club needs a few more decades.

The club is only for those in the Bridge City who are 90 years of age or older.

"I could hardly wait to be 90, that's three years ago," Irene Pinnell said with a laugh.

Pinnell, 93, is an enthusiastic member of this exclusive Saskatoon club.

Saskatoon police to move 24 officers to patrol

Saskatoon’s police service hopes to add 24 patrol officers, drawing from other specialized investigative units.

“So we’ll be pulling from the drug unit, gang unit, out of the schools, you name it. We’re drawing people from everywhere,” Police Chief Clive Weighill said.

Consultant says Sask.'s foreign workers have advantage ahead of deadline

The clock is ticking for thousands of temporary foreign workers across the country.

Many will see their work permits expire April 1. Previously, they would have been able to simply re-apply. But under new rules, they'll have to leave the country for at least four years before re-applying.

Saskatoon-based immigration consultant Edward Ryan said there is an exception. If a worker has an application in to become a permanent resident, they're spared from deportation.

Trans* flag raised in Convocation Hall at U of S

A pink, blue, and white flag was raised inside the University of Saskatchewan's oldest building, Convocation Hall, for the very first time Monday morning to mark the start of Trans* Awareness Week.

After being carried in, Co-Chair of TransSask Support Services Miki Mappin said it was a moment she never would have imagined when she went to university a few decades ago.

Saskatchewan beats Alberta in exports outside U.S.

Saskatchewan is now outstripping Alberta for exports outside the U.S.

Figures from 2014 show Saskatchewan's non-U.S. exports totalled $12.6 billion, beating Alberta's $11.9 billion exports by $700 million.

Major increases in export sales are to markets in Asia. Sales to China are up 233 per cent, sales to India are up by 98 per cent and exports to Japan grew by 58 per cent.

Ex-gang member reflects on Saskatoon gun violence

It's been a bad couple weeks for gun violence in Saskatoon.

Saskatoon Police Service spokesperson Alyson Edwards said it's still too early to compare numbers with other years, but they have noticed a spike in firearms incidents.

"The numbers in the end may not be a whole lot higher. But certainly, we've had about half a dozen just in recent weeks and we're very, very concerned by that," she said.

Edwards said that drugs and gangs are thought to be behind the latest string of shootings.

Saskatoon schools want more money to deal with enrolment growth

Saskatoon’s two school divisions are disappointed about the provincial budget, citing concerns regarding enrolment growth.

Both divisions are acknowledging in a media release that they are each receiving overall funding increases for 2015-16, but say the additional resources will be used to meet the terms of the teachers agreement. Both board chairs agree that the provincial budget leaves the divisions with the same amount of money as last year.

Smoking down, obesity up in Saskatoon health report

A Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) survey says residents are smoking less and exercising more, but are also getting fatter and drinking more alcohol.

The Better Health for All report says 18.6 per cent of residents reported daily or occasional smoking in 2011-2012, down from 20 per cent for 2009-2010 and just below the provincial (21.9 per cent) and federal (20.1 per cent) averages. Exposure to second-hand smoke is also down to three per cent from 10 per cent in 2003.

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