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Saskatchewan leading fight to end oilseed restrictions

Saskatchewan is leading the battle for western provinces when it comes to oilseed producers and processors against Quebec.

Quebec currently has restrictions on the sale of things like coffee creamers, margarines and dessert toppings.

“If we don’t have a foundation of free trade here at home within Canada, that puts us on our back foot,” explained Saskatchewan’s minister responsible for trade Tim McMillan.

ATV falls through ice on Moose Jaw River

Police are warning people to stay off the Moose Jaw River.

The Moose Jaw Police Service said in a release that an ATV fell through the ice on Saturday afternoon.

Luckily, the driver was able to get out before the ATV completely fell through.

But now, that person has been charged with driving an off-road vehicle within city limits.

Police say the ice doesn't completely freeze due to the constant flow of water underneath and it isn't safe for people to drive on.

Environment Canada developing new cold weather warning

Environment Canada is coming up with a new way to warn people about very cold weather.

In the future, the national weather office will give a new warning for cold weather instead of the wind chill.

Meteorologist Blair Morrow explains they're developing an extreme cold warning. He said currently, there's nothing in place to warn people of cold temperatures even when the wind is calm.

"There's no warning when the temperature is very low and there's very light wind, in other words, no wind chill."

Saskatchewan MLA not concerned about Russian attacks

Suicide bomb attacks haven't dampened one Saskatchewan MLA's enthusiasm for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

There were at least 30 people killed in successive attacks over the weekend. It's believed the bombings are meant to show how vulnerable the country is to terrorist attacks, even if the Olympics themselves will be tightly secured.

But the bombings won't keep Saskatchewan Party cabinet minister Don McMorris from heading to Sochi; his son Mark is competing in the games.

McMorris insisted that he's not taking the attack lightly.

Moose Jaw police chase ends in arrest

Moose Jaw Police have one man in custody after an extended chase Friday night.

At about 9:30 p.m. officers tried to pull over a vehicle on the 400 block of 2nd Avenue Northwest, but the driver refused to stop. Eventually, the vehicle came to a stop and the driver took off on foot.

Meanwhile police found a shotgun and ammunition inside the vehicle. They tried to apprehend the driver who had entered a house, but the suspect again took off running.

Eventually, the driver was arrested after police dogs were brought in.

A whole new world: Winter storm hits South Sask.

Residents in Regina and indeed most of southern Saskatchewan woke up to a different world on Saturday morning.

After enjoying mild temperatures for most of Christmas week, with temperatures reaching as high as 1.2 C on Friday, an Arctic cold front swinging in from the North brought a cold wake up on Saturday morning. Even by 8 a.m., those once-enjoyable winter temperatures had dropped to -18 C.

Meanwhile, most of southern Saskatchewan was (and is) under a blowing snow warning early in the morning with Environment Canada cautioning of winds gusting up to 70 km/h.

Canada Post gives Santa a run for his money in 2013

The only one likely to have dropped off more Christmas presents than Canada Post this year is Santa Claus himself.

With more Canadians turning to online shopping, the national mail service is smashing records for holiday parcel deliveries.

Spokesperson Phil Legault said they've been busy right across the country.

H1N1 returns with small amount of serious cases

An increase in the number of people falling seriously ill from the flu has the Ministry of Health asking for the public to get vaccinated.

In a Friday news release, the Ministry said H1N1 has made a return as the predominant strain of the flue this season. But though the “swine flu” wreaked havoc around the world in 2009 causing hundreds of deaths, the Ministry’s deputy chief medical health officer said it’s not likely that we would see that pandemic again.

Warrant out for man accused of killing Saskatchewan man

A Canada wide warrant has been issued for Justin Sandquist, who is accused in the murder of a Saskatchewan man in Edmonton.

Aaron Cote, 25, was found dead in a motel parking lot in Edmonton December 18. Cote was originally from Yorkton, Sk. Edmonton news outlets report that a fight started at the nearby Diamonds Gentlemen's Club, and then moved to the nearby motel parking lot.

Sandquist, 23, is charged with first degree murder in the death of Cote. He's also wanted on charges of possession of an offensive weapon, and criminal hit and run.

Smart Meters questioned in Saskatchewan

Installations continue in Saskatchewan as SaskPower and SaskEnergy upgrade to new advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). 

There are now over 30,000 smart meters installed in Saskatchewan – mostly in Regina and area – which will continue to grow as the companies look to have 500,000 smart meters and 370,000 new natural gas modules in the province by mid 2015.

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