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Sask. archaeology professor horrified by IS destruction of ancient artifacts

A University of Saskatchewan professor is horrified after watching a video that shows Islamic State militants completely destroying ancient Iraqi artifacts.

Archaeology professor Chris Foley teaches his students about some of the statues that now lay in pieces in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.

“I’m absolutely astounded and horrified by the systematic destruction,” he said, adding he believes the act is unprecedented.

B.C. police force sees value in gun amnesty

A British Columbia police offer can’t think of any reason why not to hold a gun amnesty after the mayor of Saskatoon floated the idea Wednesday

Const. Jeff Palmer with the West Vancouver Police Department has been part of two successful campaigns, in 2006 and again in 2013, in conjunction with the rest of the province.

Regina's homeless seek refuge from bitter cold snap

For many Reginans, the recent bitter cold snap does little else besides sting our eyes and make our cheeks rosy. But for the city's homeless, it could come down to life or death.
 
On Thursday afternoon, with temperatures below -30 C, Rod Hunter sat inside Carmichael Outreach trying to escape the elements and warm up.
 
He doesn't have a home and has to do whatever it takes to stay out of the cold. That means staying at Carmichael or the Salvation Army.
 

Willowgrove schools to open March 9

After months of delays, two Willowgrove schools will finally open its doors.

Classes at Holy Family Catholic School and Willowgrove School, that share the same building in the Willowgrove neighbourhood, will start March 9. 

Students, parents and teachers can visit the school next week ahead of classes. Teachers will set up their classrooms on March 6 while students continue to attend classes at their temporary schools.
 

VIDEO: PETA urges people to boycott leather in icy temps

On one of the coldest afternoons in Saskatoon – two young members from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) stripped down to their undies and nipple-tape urging people to boycott leather products.

Two young girls from Vancouver, Emily Lavender and Amy Balcome stood on the corner of 21st Street and First Avenue across Midtown Plaza, naked and holding up the sign “we’d rather go naked than wear leather.”

Saskatoon mayor proposes gun amnesty

A different approach being suggested for tackling gun crime in Saskatoon.

Mayor Don Atchison floated the idea of a gun amnesty Wednesday, according to a spokesperson.

The idea would be to have a day where people can drop unwanted weapons and ammunition off with police to be destroyed, no questions asked.

While there's no word on whether an amnesty will happen, it has been done in Saskatoon before, that was back in 1992.

Fort Qu'Appelle college evacuated after smell of natural gas

Parkland College in Fort Qu'Appelle was closed Thursday after a natural gas leak.

Around 8:30 am the building was evacuated. According to SaskEnergy it was the second time in two weeks. The problems was determined to be with the college's rooftop heating units.

The all-clear was given just before noon after the building was ventilated and heating units were shut down. But the building was closed for the rest of the day.

SaskEnergy said it had crews on scene to assist, but it was not the Crown Corporation's lines or meter.

VIDEO: IS video shows ancient artifacts being destroyed

A video allegedly released by the Islamic State group on Thursday shows ancient artifacts being destroyed in northern Iraq.

The video - which has yet to be verified - shows men taking sledgehammers and drills to several large statues in Iraq's northern city of Mosul. The video then shows a black-clad man at a nearby archaeological site inside Mosul, drilling through and destroying a winged-bull Assyrian protective deity that dates back to the 7th century B.C.

Evraz Place becoming more accessible

A disabled man in Regina is making sure Evraz Place is accessible to everyone.
 
Jamie McKenzie likes to watch hockey games but found it hard to enjoy a game at the Co-operators Centre from his wheelchair.
 
"When you have a hockey tournament, you have everybody standing around and people don't think about people with disabilities and stand in our way. So that will help people with disabilities watch hockey tournaments."
 

Saskatoon Tribal Council to review reserves' fire services

Even before the deaths of two toddlers in a house fire on a Saskatchewan First Nation, the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) has been working to improve fire prevention strategies on its seven reserves.

STC grand chief Felix Thomas said the council is set to review services and standards on its reserves. They include Knistin, Mistawasis, Muskeg Lake, Muskoday, One Arrow, Whitecap and Yellow Quill.

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