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Procrastinators expected to delay after tax deadline extended

The scramble is on for last minute tax filers in Regina as the deadline for filing approaches.

For many of the businesses who file those tax returns this is their busiest time of the year.

“Right now will be our heaviest rush, from the 15th down to the 30th with most people actually showing up in this time frame to get their taxes done,” explained Marla Vervalcke with Meyers Norris Penny, a national chartered accounting and business advisory firm.

City of Moose Jaw reaches tentative deal with Humane Society

Before Christmas the question of who would take care of stray dogs and cats in Moose Jaw was in doubt, but now the city has reached a tentative deal with the Humane Society just in time for spring.

The new deal is worth $194,500 a year and includes pound keeping services and bylaw enforcement.

Prince Albert man looks back on Boston bombing a year later

Exactly a year ago, Wayne Stewart was heading to the finish line at the Boston Marathon, ready to take a picture of his stepdaughter finishing the run when the explosion hit.

The Prince Albert man was one of a few dozen people from Saskatchewan who were in Boston for the marathon on the day the bombs went off, killing three people and hurting 264.

Escaped mental hospital patient may be in Saskatoon, PA

He's described as having an unstable mental state, and a history of violence.

Sunday night, Joseph Simon Peter Yaremko, 32, escaped from Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford.

RCMP say Yaremko was in secure custody at the mental health facility when he escaped from the forensic unit. Police were called about his escape at 8:43 p.m.

It's thought that Yaremko may have been picked up by an accomplice waiting in a vehicle outside the facility before making his way towards Prince Albert or Saskatoon.

Wildlife boundaries changing in Saskatchewan

The Ministry of Environment has decided to make things easier on hunters by changing wildlife boundaries to be more easily found.

According to the ministry, numerous concerns that the boundaries on 33 of the 78 zones were too difficult to find. They've now been changed to follow numbered highways, municipal roads, and bodies of water. The other 45 zones already had easily identified boundaries so they weren't changed.

“Improved boundary definition will mean a more positive hunting experience in Saskatchewan," said Environment minister Ken Cheveldayoff in a news release.

Saskatoon ink addicts flock to tattoo expo

Just as tattoos continue to grow in popularity, so too does the Saskatoon Tattoo Expo, with a record number of artists coming out over the weekend.

More than 160 artists from across the country brought their talent and equipment to the decade-old bridge city expo and filled the Prairieland Park hall.

“I think that’s just because it’s getting so popular. People want to showcase their work here,” expo organizer Jody Spychaj said.

Police use Taser, defuse self-harm threats in unrelated incidents

For the second time in as many weeks, Prince Albert police have put their newly acquired Tasers to use.

While the first use involved a domestic dispute, the second involved a man who was taken to Victoria Hospital by police earlier in the day.

Officers were at a residence after 11 a.m. on Friday to execute a Mental Health Act Warrant for a 35-year-old man.

Métis National Council audit reveals $1.3 million in ineligible expenses


Files and interviews by David Kirton, additional files by Canadian Press


A third-party audit spanning four years of Métis National Council (MNC) finances has concluded that $1.35 million of federal funding was misspent, and should be reclaimed by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

The documents were not released to media, nor to the Métis citizenry. They were only uncovered through a recent Access to Information Request by the Canadian Press.

Bust a Move rocks Saskatoon Field House

Saskatoon busted a move for breast health on Saturday.

Sask. RxFiles gets high praise from Afghan military

The Saskatoon Health Region’s drug database has received recognition from the Afghan military.

The military presented SHR with a certificate of appreciation for giving them access to the region’s RxFiles.

“I think it was just really neat to get that particular recognition; particularly for the uniqueness of being recognized by that particular group,” said Loren Regier, SHR’s pharmacy services RxFiles academic detailing program coordinator.

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