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PHOTOS: Dozens snub rain, compete in Blizzard Triathlon

Freezing rain and warm temperatures couldn't dampen the spirit of winter athletes who came out to compete in the Wintershines Blizzard Triathlon Saturday

More than 100 athletes came out to Clarence Downey Oval to compete in the race that includes eight kilometers of cross-country skiing, a five kilometer run, and either four kilometers of skating or 1.5 kilometers of snowshoeing.

Participants could take part in the competitive or civilian race, and in teams.

Warm weather brings Regina out of hibernation

Skating rinks are melting and the birds are singing. It might as well be spring as people migrated back to Wascana Park on Friday.
People walking around Wascana Lake were in high spirits, soaking up the heat while they still can.
"It is a spiritual thing to be able to walk in the sunshine and that is something, just to feel the warmth of the sun on your face. It's a gift," said Judy. 
Runners enjoyed the outdoors wearing shorts, light sweaters and t-shirts.

New January tradition for Regina police officer helps kids

A Regina police officer is starting a new tradition in January of collecting toys for kids in need.
After Christmas, Cst. Desiree Mills saw her house filled with toys not being used so she organized a toy drive. She asked her fellow officers and the community on social media for donations.
Police dropped off around 1,000 toys to the North Central Family Centre on Friday.
"We figured keep it within our community and show us our support where we are working every day," says Mills. 

U of S places women's volleyball coach on leave amidst investigation

The head coach of the U of S Huskie women's volleyball team has been placed on leave after complaints were made against him, the university said on Friday.

Jason Grieve has been placed on paid administrative leave while human resources looks into the matter. In the interim, the assistant coaches will take over the team.

Racism reaches beyond Winnipeg, felt by aboriginal students in Regina

It screams from the Maclean's front page -- Winnipeg is Canada's most racist city. The claim is hard to argue given recent headlines.
Sixteen-year-old Rinelle Harper was left for dead after a sexual assault.

CBC to pay Bill Whatcott for defamation

The CBC will have to pay damages to anti-gay, anti-abortion activist Bill Whatcott after a judge found it defamed him in a 2011 report.

On Jan. 8, a judge at Weyburn's Court of Queen's Bench awarded Whatcott $20,000 in damages for the defamation, and another $10,000 dollars in aggravated damages because he found the CBC's conduct reflected actual malice.

In October 2011, the CBC aired a national report on Whatcott as he took his appeal of a Saskatchewan Human Rights Council decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Search on for Canada's national bird

We have a national anthem, the beaver is our national animal and hockey and lacrosse are our national sports, but it turns out Canada doesn't have a national bird.

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society wants Canadians to vote online to choose one.

Then the society will take the top suggestion to the federal government and hope the idea takes flight in time for Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.

Sask. gov't ends Affordable Housing Rental Program

It could be great or it could be terrible - that's what a community group in Regina said about the changes to affordable housing programs the province announced on Thursday.

The government said it was ending the Affordable Housing Rental Program, and many of the people under that program will be moved into the Social Housing Rental Program.

"You just don't know how it'll play out until you kind of see some of the ramifications of it once the program's actually in place," said Tyler Gray with Carmichael Outreach in Regina.

PHOTOS: NBC films Super Bowl special on Jon Ryan at Regina high school

There could be a lot of eyes on the City of Regina and its Sheldon-Williams Collegiate on Super Bowl Sunday.
A crew was at the west-end high school on Thursday shooting a special feature on Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan that will air on NBC as part of the pre-game show on Feb 1. Ryan went to the school when he was a teenager.
“For the entire world to see Jon in action coming from Sheldon-Williams Collegiate, it’s amazing,” said Principal Bill DeRosier.
The segment has the potential of reaching hundreds of millions of viewers.

Another family claims poor care at Regina seniors' home

Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home in Regina is not getting a break from the headlines.
The NDP is presenting another example of poor care with the story of Mary Hohne and her mother, Irene.

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