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Sask. increases financial support to victims of crime

After Wednesday, victims of crime in Saskatchewan will be able to get more compensation.

The province has changed portions of The Victims Compensation Program which helps victims with expenses after a crime and during the criminal process. Amendments have been made to The Victims of Crime Regulations, 1997 and related policies.

13-year-old boy charged after northern school put on lockdown

 An elementary school in northern Saskatchewan was on lockdown Monday after a 13-year-old boy allegedly pointed an air pistol at a five-year-old boy.

It happened just after noon outside of the Bell’s Point Elementary School in Air Ronge.

As soon as staff knew about the situation, students were hurried inside and the school was put on lockdown, said Director of Education for the Lac La Ronge Indian Band Gerry Guillet.

Rain stalls harvest for Sask. producers

After a week of unseasonably hot weather for harvest, the rain is now keeping farmers off the fields at exactly the wrong time of year.

Bill Aulie farms near Rouleau. He now has 75 per cent of the crop in the bin but he needs more time.

Major Swift Current bridge may shut down for construction

Swift Current's main bridge connecting the north and south ends of the city will be under construction for the better part of next year.

A contract was awarded at this week's council meeting for work to be done on the 2nd Avenue overpass. Mitch Minken with the City admitted the construction may shut down the bridge completely.

"That's still to be determined," he clarified, "through the design process. But it will, at the very least, need to be restricted."

Saskatchewan businessman watching office in Hong Kong

One Saskatchewan businessman is keeping a close eye on the political protests in Hong Kong.

Grant Kook has an investment office in the city where hundreds of thousands of young people are protesting to demand greater electoral reforms. 

“The first thing I did was phone and check that our staff were still working, so I’m pleased to know that they’re not on the street but they’re actually being very productive,” explained Kook.

More talk surrounds the NHL in Saskatoon

The debate continues as to whether the NHL could work in Saskatoon.
The city was once again treated to some pre-season action Sept. 28 as the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks played in front of over 10,000 fans at Credit Union Centre.
John Graham with On Ice Mangement, who has helped bring NHL pre-season play to Saskatoon, firmly believes the city is the strongest Canadian market option.

Photo: Warman business robbed at knife point

RCMP continue to investigate an armed robbery in Warman on Sept. 23.

At around 9:20 p.m., a man between the ages of 18 and 20 years old, entered a business on the 400 block of Central Street in Warman armed with a knife. Police said the man instructed two clerks on duty to empty the cash registers and they obliged. The man fled down Central Street with an undetermined amount of cash. The clerks reported no injuries and there were no customers in the business at the time of the incident.

President of Search and Rescue Regina working on reactivation

The president of Search and Rescue Regina (SARR) says he’s trying to get the chapter reactivated as soon as possible.
SARR was temporarily shut down earlier this month by the Saskatchewan association after President Lloyd Goodwill approached Regina police with a complaint.
“There was a point in time and I decided, yes, it's a little too much and we have to get this rectified and straightened out as soon as we can,” said Goodwill.

All crosswalk buttons operational in Saskatoon, city says

Recent reports reveal the majority of crosswalk buttons in some American cities have been deactivated for years—without pedestrians knowing—but the city says people in Saskatoon do have control when they push that yellow or silver button.

Shot fired into second floor of Saskatoon apartment building

Saskatoon police have a mystery on their hands after a shot rang out on Kingsmere Boulevard Monday evening.

They were called to an apartment building on the 800 block when a witness apparently saw a man firing a handgun from the parking lot at around 6 p.m.

A bullet went through a patio door on the second level of the building.

Police aren't sure if there was anyone in the apartment at the time, but nobody was there when they arrived.

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