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Saskatoon schools want more money to deal with enrolment growth

Saskatoon’s two school divisions are disappointed about the provincial budget, citing concerns regarding enrolment growth.

Both divisions are acknowledging in a media release that they are each receiving overall funding increases for 2015-16, but say the additional resources will be used to meet the terms of the teachers agreement. Both board chairs agree that the provincial budget leaves the divisions with the same amount of money as last year.

Taking away strippers may hurt small-town Sask. bars

There's growing concern from some rural Saskatchewan businesses on the negative impacts associated with the Saskatchewan government's decision to backtrack on its strip club law.

Tim Atchison runs Atchy's Saloon in Lintlaw, about 160 kilometres northwest of Yorkton. He lost a bid to have an off-sale attached to his establishment, and claims that the denial will cost him all kinds of profits. That's when he decided to try bringing in exotic dancers.

Division before elections, says Saskatoon woman from Nigeria

Land and sea borders have been shut and restrictions on movement are being put in place leading up to Saturday's election in Nigeria.

Concerns around voter safety are running high in Africa's most populous country which has been plagued by attacks from extremist group Boko Haram.

"From my perspective and from the perspective of my people, people don't even really want to participate in the election because they are not sure their safety or their security can be guaranteed ," said Hauwa Bwala.

Saskatoon murder trial hears closing arguments

The second-degree murder trial for Abraham Eagle in Saskatoon concluded Thursday with closing arguments as both the defence and Crown laid out their cases.
 
Eagle, 24, is accused of killing Kelly Brian Diehl. The 29 year old was stabbed three times and died in an alley behind his Fourth Avenue North apartment building in the City Park neighbourhood on Aug. 29, 2013.
 
Defence arguments
 

Saskatoon police chief lauds stripping reversal

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall’s reversal of revised stripping laws is welcome news to police chiefs in the province, including Saskatoon’s Clive Weighill.

Stripping in Sask. will continue, say private businesses

A law allowing strip shows in venues that sell alcohol lasted for just over a year in Saskatchewan, but those in the industry say changes announced by the premier on Wednesday won't stop dancers from stripping at private parties.

Quade Sexton, using a pseudonym, is with Psychotic Erotic. His company provides strippers to parties in Saskatchewan. Sexton says he was in disbelief when he heard the premier's announcement.

City seeks suggestions to improve downtown parking

The City of Saskatoon is seeking public input to improve downtown parking in a growing and primarily vehicle-driven city.

On Wednesday, the city's project team held an open house to gather public feedback on parking and develop their Comprehensive Downtown Parking Strategy.

The parking study encompasses downtown, Broadway and Riversdale.

Several residents attended the open house, primarily to understand what the city sees as trouble spots and how they might fix them.

Regina elder Lilly Daniels remembered as White Bear Woman

The door is wide open at the home of elder Lilly Daniels in Regina this week, welcoming a constant stream of people to honour the life of a tiny woman with a spirit so big and powerful they called her White Bear Woman.
 
At the age of 80, surrounded by family, Daniels passed away in the middle of a snowstorm. Her son Lyle Daniels says he believes the storm was fitting because it helped guide his mother who dedicated her life to her community and influenced thousands of young lives.
 

Smoking down, obesity up in Saskatoon health report

A Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) survey says residents are smoking less and exercising more, but are also getting fatter and drinking more alcohol.

The Better Health for All report says 18.6 per cent of residents reported daily or occasional smoking in 2011-2012, down from 20 per cent for 2009-2010 and just below the provincial (21.9 per cent) and federal (20.1 per cent) averages. Exposure to second-hand smoke is also down to three per cent from 10 per cent in 2003.
 

Petition surfaces to ground Saskatoon's police plane

An online petition is calling for an end to noisy, invasive and expensive police operations.

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