An abandoned family of guinea pigs is alive thanks to a chance discovery in Saskatoon.
A mom and four babies were brought in to the SPCA last week after a woman found them in a garbage bag that was left at a gas station, according to the organization.
"They appear to be in fairly good shape," said Stacey Greke, an animal protection officer with the Saskatoon SPCA. The woman likely scooped the guinea pig family up before they got too cold, she said.
The City of Regina is trying to put a little more order in traffic with two new lights starting operations Thursday.
The new lights are now up at the Ross Ave. and Sioux St. intersection in the east end and the Regina Ave. and Pasqua St. intersection in the south. The lights at Regina and Pasqua will also have audible pedestrian signals to help visually-impaired people cross the street more safely.
Both sets of lights will flash red throughout Thursday and into Friday. Friday afternoon they will switch over to regular operations with red, green, and yellow lights.
What started as a big idea that would change the landscape is still just an idea three and a half years later.
Capital Pointe is, and was, intended to be the largest occupied building in Saskatchewan, an 8-floor hotel and 26-storey condominium project meant to be erected at Victoria Ave. and Albert St. in Regina's downtown. It will replace the long-standing Plains Hotel, which was demolished to make way for it.
Conservationists in Saskatchewan are hoping it's not too late to save the sage grouse after the federal government released its plan to protect the prairie bird.
"The endangered species act of Canada requires the federal government to identify and take steps to protect the habitat where species at risk are found," explained Lorne Scott, conservation director with Nature Saskatchewan, "and the federal government did not do this in spite of several requests."
Business analysts with Bloomberg are predicting that Potash Corp was just the first company to make cuts and they expect other potash producers to follow.
On Tuesday Potash Corp announced that 440 people would be laid off in Saskatchewan and another 605 positions would be eliminated worldwide. Potash Corp will also be reducing production at the mines in both Lanigan and Cory Saskatchewan, citing flat market growth as a reason.
When there was still snow on the ground at his farm near Rouleau this April, Bill Aulie never could have imagined the yield he would get this year. But it turned into the best crop he ever had.
“Conditions started off a little tenuous in the spring. It was late and we still had snow banks in the end of April when we should be getting ready to seed,” he said.
May and June didn’t necessarily have the best conditions either, staying mostly cool. But as the weather warmed up in July, Aulie said his luck turned.
As the cold weather kicks in the mayor of Regina is reminding drivers about changes to a bylaw involving running extension cords across sidewalks for block heaters.
Mayor Michael Fougere said the bylaw, which was amended late in 2012, now allows extension cords to be placed straight and flat across the sidewalk to a car parked on the street.
Some train traffic in Saskatoon was at a standstill for a few hours Wednesday afternoon after a natural gas line hit.
The pipeline was hit just before 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon by a contractor doing horizontal drilling in the CN Rail Yards off of 11th Street West in Saskatoon.
Casey MacLeod with SaskEnergy, said train traffic was temporaily not allowed to enter the area while SaskEnergy crews worked to stop the leak.
At 38.4 million tonnes, it’s the largest crop Saskatchewan has ever produced.
On Wednesday, Statistics Canada released its November report on principal crop production that showed that this year’s crop is the largest Saskatchewan has ever produced.
Their estimates show a 40 per cent overall increase in production from 2012, which is about one-and-a-half times the 10-year production average and outpaces goals set by the province for 2020 by nearly 2 million tonnes.
A lot of money is going back into the North Central community from all the containers collected around Mosaic Stadium after the Grey Cup.
Guy Trudeau is the manager of the Angus Street SARCAN depot and he said 60,000 cans and bottles were collected and recycled in the area following the game.
"It took about three days to finalize the count," said Trudeau.
Containers are collected after each game but the Grey Cup was the busiest. Trudeau said they are always prepared for after the Rider games and had a few more staff on hand following the Grey Cup.