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Tree climbing competition planned for Saskatoon

If you want to go out on a limb this weekend, there's a different type of competition planned in Saskatoon.

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is hosting the Prairie Chapter Tree Climbing Championship where around 24 people will compete in five events including a speed climb up 60 feet and an aerial rescue of a mannequin.

"(These are) events that basically mimic a real day's work in the trees when you're a working arborist that climbs as opposed to uses a bucket truck," Keith Anderson, executive director of the ISA Prairie Chapter said.

More garbage, pollution, side-effects of rapid growth

A growing Saskatoon comes with a few environmental challenges.

On Tuesday the city’s environmental and utilities committee reviewed the first environmental health and sustainability report, looking at the City's air quality, garbage and recycling programs and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Air quality remains a high priority for people in Saskatoon according the the public consultations held through Saskatoon Speaks. Amber Jones with the city said overall the air quality in Saskatoon has consistently been classified as good, however she sees a trend of steady decline.

Fall leisure registration still flawed says councillor

Registration for fall leisure activities is underway in Saskatoon.
 
Families were able to start the process on Sunday, but Ward 9 Councillor Tiffany Paulsen says it hasn't been as easy as it should be.
 
"All of council has actually received complaints and I've noticed a lot on social media, I've seen a lot of complaining happening as well," Paulsen said in an interview with News Talk on Monday.
 

3 groups shortlisted to build Regina Bypass Project

It's the biggest transportation and infrastructure project in Saskatchewan's history and three groups are being shortlisted to compete for the chance to build it.

The Regina Bypass Project is expected to cost $1 billion. A public-private partnership, or P3 model, will see a private company build it and maintain it.  Three consortiums of builders and financiers are in the final lap to be the builder.  They're known as:

Queen City Infrastructure Group (comprised of)

o HOCHTIEF
o Aecon
o InfraRed
o Flatiron
o AECOM

Photos/Video: Tests begin for excessive motorcycle noise

The days of loud motocycles in Saskatoon are numbered as police begin testing their newly acquired decibel meters.

Between now and October, police are holding free decibel-reading clinics around Saskatoon so bikers can test noise levels. Earlier this year, city council passed new provisions to the noise bylaw, introducing decibel limits for motorcycles; 92dB while idling and 96dB while riding. 

UPDATED: New hotels near Saskatoon airport on track for this fall

The first of four new hotels near Saskatoon's airport will open in October.

The Marriot Courtyard’s opening will be followed by MainStay Suites this fall and Hampton Inn and Suites in the spring.

It is expected that Homewood Suites by Hilton will start construction next spring. When all four hotels are complete, the city will have about 505 new hotel rooms.

Trudeau questions federal transparency, priorities, while in Saskatoon

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says the Harper government has done nothing but raise questions of accountability and transparency in the last year.

“It’s a real concern that this government has its priorities in the wrong place,” Trudeau told reporters in front of the Delta Bessborough Hotel on Thursday.

The 42-year-old Liberal leader stopped in Saskatoon for a roundtable discussion with the country’s water and infrastructure experts looking at how the federal government could help mitigate spring flooding that’s plagued much of the province the past few years.

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.
 

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