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Northern community Hatchett Lake may see end to ice road

A road linking Hatchet Lake to the rest of Saskatchewan is one step closer to being built.

The First Nation has signed an agreement with two development companies, the Commonwealth Group and Arctic Construction. The commonwealth group supplies financing for big projects such as the all-weather road, and Arctic Construction will help with the groundwork.

The First Nation has been lobbying the government for years to get the road built to no avail. Chief Bart Tsannie appeared before the legislature in Regina on several occasions.

One taken to hospital after Hwy 7 crash

A female has been taken to hospital after a head-on collision between a car and a semi on Highway 7.

It happened near the Cory mines turn off between Vanscoy and Saskatoon.

RCMP say the girl was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries.

Traffic is slow in both directions and will be delayed until around 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

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New NDP leader fires shots at Sask Party in first Question Period

Cam Broten got right to work on his first day in Question Period as the leader of the Saskatchewan NDP on Monday.

Broten was chosen as the party's leader on Saturday in a come-from-behind win over contenders Dr. Ryan Meili, and seat mate Trent Wotherspoon.  There was no basking in the glory of his victory, though, with Broten spending Sunday and Monday morning meeting with his NDP MLA's, shuffling critic duties and preparing for Question Period.

Saskatoon schools get donation for community hockey league

A donation made at Saskatoon's Jemini Arena Monday will help more than 270 kids from 16 inner city and community schools play hockey for free.

As part of the Scotiabank Community Hockey Sponsorship program, Saskatoon's 11 Scotiabank branches gave the Kinsmen Hockey League $11,000 during the league's year end tournament.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield answers questions from Martensville students

Students at Valley Manor School in Martensville got a chance to talk to Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield from the International Space Station (ISS).

A gymnasium full of students heard from Hadfield, who spoke in public for the last time today before becoming the first Canadian commander of the ISS on Wednesday. The space station flew over Saskatoon's bedroom community on Monday afternoon.

Sask. Real Estate, a good investment

Saskatchewan has transformed from one of the most undervalued places in the country to a real estate hot spot.

"Right now it's cheaper to buy a condominium or a standard two-storey house in Edmonton or Calgary than it is in Saskatchewan as a whole," said Don Campbell with Real Estate Investment Network.

It's not the price of the home that matters, but rather the ability for people to buy and live in those properties, he said.

That is based on average income, which grew 5.6 per cent in one year across the province.

Uptick in aboriginal employment nothing to get excited about: economist

The author of a study on First Nations employment is saying recent Statistics Canada data on the province's aboriginal unemployment rate is no indicator of a turnaround .

Bill Boyd, Saskatchewan's economy minister, said he was pleased with the numbers, which showed an increase of about 800 people who indentify as First Nations working in the province.

Pushing for female involvement in the Catholic Church

A woman from Saskatchewan will make her voice heard during Tuesday's election at the Vatican when she joins a delegation from around the world pushing for female representation in the Catholic Church.

Therese Koturbash, a lawyer who currently lives in Manitoba, is a member of the Catholic Network for Women's Equality. She's passionate about allowing women to become priests, even though she has no calling to priesthood herself.

"Travel not recommended" by Highway Hotline, RCMP across southern Sask.

Conditions on highsways around Regina, Saskatoon and across the southern part of Saskatchewan are poor as yet another winter storm blusters through the area.

The RCMP across the province are getting numerous calls for help Monday evening. A RCMP spokesman is urging drivers not to travel as "several" who have ventured out have become stranded in their vehicles or will have to leave them on the highway.

Below are the latest updates from Highway Hotline.

Family accepts award for Saskatoon man behind 'Howard's Law'

Howard Willem fought for a mandatory asbestos registry in Saskatchewan while losing a personal battle with lung cancer.

Six months after his death, his family is accepting a national honour on his behalf fthe first Impact Award for Leadership in Public Policy from the National Council of the Canadian Cancer Society.

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