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Sask. winter a whole new world for newcomers

For those of us who have grown up in Canada, we likely know how to handle harsh winters. But for newcomers to the country who have never experienced it, who have never seen snow or ice, it’s a whole new world.

“Initially it was very exciting. It’s just like the pictures I’ve been looking at all my life. Then you get to shovel the snow then it turns out really different,” said Erum Ali.

Saskatoon police deem crisis team a success

The Saskatoon Police Service is calling a unique partnership with mental health workers a success.
 
The first Police and Crisis Team (PACT), made up of one police officer and one crisis worker, hit the streets in June. At that time, it was announced that a second team would be added in September.
 
The pairs respond to calls where a mental health issue is either known or suspected, and follow-up with that person if necessary.
 

Sask. mid-year report shows budget on the money

Thanks to increased potash prices and sales, and a lower Canadian dollar, Saskatchewan's 2014/15 budget appears to be on track.

“The use of the word ‘boom’ is maybe one that I try to refrain from using,” said Finance Minister Ken Krawetz. “We want to build steady, strong growth.”

The province released its mid-year financial report Thursday morning which shows a projected year-end surplus of $70.9 million. This is down slightly from the original projection of $71.4 million despite slumping oil prices.

“I’m concerned about oil,” admitted Krawetz.

Public contributing to vision of Saskatoon's future

As the population continues to grow, how Saskatoon will look in the future is up for discussion today.

The City of Saskatoon is hosting the first Growing Forward! Shaping Saskatoon growth plan workshop at TCU Place.

"There is going to be ... a presentation by Urban Systems our consultant who is working on this file," Director of the City of Saskatoon Planning and Development Division Alan Wallace explained on the Brent Loucks show.

Saskatoon looking for long-term recreation strategy

Does the City of Saskatoon need another curling rink, hockey arena or baseball diamond?

The city’s manager of community development Lynne Lacroix said there is no easy answer, and that’s why the city is hiring a consultant to develop a parks and recreation Master Plan.

“What are people looking for, what are we missing, where do we need facilities or improved facilities and services -- these are all questions we’re hoping to have answered in the master plan,” Lacroix said.

Walking With Our Sisters installation leaves Saskatoon

Carefully a group of volunteers packed up the little beaded moccasin tops and cleaned the bright red carpet on the final day the Walking With Our Sisters (WWOS) exhibition was in Saskatoon.

The international touring commemorative art installation which honours the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and children has called Wanuskewin Heritage Park home for the last three weeks.

Saskatoon gets province's second Centre of Responsibility

A crime reduction partnership that originated in Prince Albert has launched in Saskatoon after the provincial government provided budget funding for two new Centres of Responsibility (CORs) in March.

On Friday, the government announced an annual investment of $475,000 for Saskatchewan’s second COR, located in Saskatoon. The first COR started in Prince Albert.
 

Sask. Ag startup pitches at national event

A 27-year-old product of Foam Lake is out to tip the grain trading business on its head.

Brennan Turner said growing up in a farming family, he came to realize producers often find themselves chained to the phone when it comes time to line up buyers for their grain.

"You have to make a lot of phone calls. The opportunity cost, basically, the time, the energy you have to spend trying to find that better price. Or you could use a broker which is potentially going to cut into some of the margins," he said.

PotashCorp pledges support for Saskatchewan food banks

If you were planning on donating to a Saskatchewan food bank over the holidays that donation will go even further.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (PCS) is matching every dollar donated to food banks in Saskatchewan through till January 16th up to a maximum of $1 million.

Since 2010 the campaign has raised over $5.4 million for 35 food banks across the province.

Regina area to develop regional-growth plan

A two-day regional growth summit has wrapped up in Regina and now the communities involved have a clearer direction on how to move forward and work together to get things done.

“It’s all one thing to talk but it’s about action and I think it’s time for action for us,” Mayor Michael Fougere told the crowd during the summit’s closing moments.

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