The more homeless people that can be housed in Saskatoon, the more taxpayers stand to save.
On Tuesday, the United Way released its first-year report on its three-year Plan to End Homelessness program. Dubbed the ‘Journey Home,’ the United Way’s goal was to find safe and stable housing for the chronically homeless. They reported housing 24 of Saskatoon’s worst-case homeless. They plan on housing up to 100 over the next two years.
As many in Saskatoon are figuring out what to put on the grill for Canada Day, hundreds of evacuees are settling into shelters in the wake of forest fires in northern Saskatchewan.
Shoshanna Janvier had to leave La Loche as flames got within 25 kilometres of the community. She said three days of thick smoke caused her one-year-old son to cough constantly before the evacuation.
Staying at the Henk Ruys/Kinsmen Soccer Centre in Saskatoon, she said she's just glad for the basics.
Smoky haze in the sky isn't stopping Regina's Canada Day celebrations.
"We're well aware of the potential health risks and advisories that can be there," said Mark Shmelinski, communications chair with the Canada Day committee. "And we just want to be able to offer an opportunity for people to get out of the house and possibly take in some great activities to celebrate Canada Day."
Those in Regina who feel like they were resetting their clocks almost every day in June aren't far off; SaskPower said there have been 28 outages this month.
Jonathan Tremblay, a spokesperson with SaskPower, said 28 outages is more than normal with anywhere from 100 to 3,500 people affected. He thanked people for their patience. Many of the outages have been in the Harbour Landing and Albert Park areas in the southwest.
Tremblay said several problems converged at the same time, but they all come back to the aging power infrastructure.
A busy stretch of 20th Street went briefly quiet as people held a ceremony to pray for aboriginal children in foster care.
Elder Walter Linklater led a traditional pipe ceremony for about 50 people in front of the White Buffalo Youth Lodge.
He called for strength for children still in care and healing for families of children who have died in foster homes.
Warman RCMP is asking for the public's help in locating a missing teenager.
According to police, 15-year-old Kaitlyn Richard was last seen in the area of Cochrane Crescent in Saskatoon on June 28 at around 5 a.m. and reported missing to Warman RCMP.
Kaitlyn is described as a First Nations female, approximately five-feet, four-inches tall and weighing 134 pounds. She has reddish hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a tank top with leopard print, runners and grey pants.
As millions of people in the U.S. celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling allowing same-sex marriage nationwide, at least one couple in Regina is celebrating too.
"This is going to be a nice, fun trip to Vegas, and we're going to come home married," said Carly Anderson on Friday.
She and her partner got engaged in Las Vegas.
Color Me Rad returned to Saskatoon for its third race featuring coloured-powder bombs.
Running or walking in white shirts hundreds took part in the five kilometer charity run.
Participants were then hammered with colour at five stations along the track. By the time they crossed the finish line, runners looked more like rainbows.
Roads around Prairieland Park were closed, which caused some traffic in the area.
Catholic students in Saskatoon will no longer be able to buy a bottle of water at school.
The Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools (GSCS) is eliminating plastic bottled water from vending machines, cafeterias, school-related events and meetings.
"It's guiding our work as an organization to be as environmentally conscious as we can be. As well as from a social justice stand point, we know many people in our world struggle to have clean drinking water. It's a little bit of solidarity work with them as well," said Greg Chatlain, director of education.
A relaxed Saskatoon crowd came out Friday night to watch Vancouver indie rock darlings, The New Pornographers, take the main stage at the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.
Their summer pop sound matched the scenery at the Bessborough Gardens on the second night of the festival.
They played a good portion of their latest album, Brill Bruisers, and peppered in songs from their other five albums.
The six-piece band has been together since 1999 and was last in Saskatoon in 2010.