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Regina skiers welcome wintry weather

Skiers and snowboarders are cheering for the snowy weather this week because they can look forward to fresh powder.

Don Williams is the manager at Mission Ridge Winter Park which opens on Saturday morning. He says this snowfall is an added bonus with nearly perfect timing.

“That always makes for a fantastic surface out here, some fresh powder to go in with our man-made stuff,” he said.

Inner city hockey program to gain from fantasy hockey camp

A Saskatoon minor hockey league created for youth who can’t afford to play has scored an important funding partner.

The Kinsmen Inner City Hockey Program (KHL) is teaming up with the Kelly Chase Fantasy Hockey Camp.

Chase, a former St Louis Blue and Saskatoon Blade, is organizing the three-day camp in August 2015 that will also benefit the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan.

Saskatoon city hall tries to lessen tax hike

Public and city councillor feedback concerning the City of Saskatoon’s proposed 7.3 per cent tax bump forced the city to review its numbers shrinking the proposed increase down to 5.49 per cent.

In a release late Friday, the city’s chief financial officer Kerry Tarasoff said the city identified a number of operational changes and funding opportunities totaling almost $3 million to lessen the blow for taxpayers in 2015.

Regina shoppers prefer Black Friday over Boxing Day

Black Friday sales caused a shopping frenzy in the United States, but it wasn't as hectic in Regina.
Shoppers at Southland Mall did not have to deal with large crowds or long lines. The calm Black Friday had many people favouring the shopping holiday over Boxing Day.
"I've only ever done one Boxing Day and this will be my first Black Friday and I think I prefer Black Friday. Little more to choose from and a little more reason to shop," said Pat McMartin.

Saskatoon police deem crisis team a success

The Saskatoon Police Service is calling a unique partnership with mental health workers a success.
The first Police and Crisis Team (PACT), made up of one police officer and one crisis worker, hit the streets in June. At that time, it was announced that a second team would be added in September.
The pairs respond to calls where a mental health issue is either known or suspected, and follow-up with that person if necessary.

Understaffing putting Sask. patients at risk: union

Hospital pharmacists say chronic understaffing is putting Saskatchewan patients at risk.

The warning comes from a survey released by the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS) Friday. The union represents 200 hospital pharmacists across the province.

“I have said many times that it will take an error where someone dies before anything will change,” states one response in the survey.

Another reads: “I have seen pharmacists sent to work in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after four days training. How is that safe?”

Sask. ombudsman investigating care-home conditions

Saskatchewan's ombudsman has begun taking a look into the disturbing stories coming out of a Regina seniors' home.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan requested late last week that ombudsman Mary McFadyen investigate conditions at the Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home.

Ice is still too thin: Regina Fire & Protective Services

Snow may be gathering on ponds in Regina, but it's still not safe for you to be on the ice.

Regina Fire & Protective Services is reminding the public that ice on Wascana Lake and Creek, storm channels, ponds and recreational lakes is still too thin to be on.

Signs will be posted to tell people when it is safe to venture onto the ice.

The fire service also asks the public to keep an eye out for anyone else who might be on the ice or near dangerous water.

City of Regina fixes issue of recycling broken glass

People in Regina can start putting pickle jars into the blue bins again and know it's being recycled; the City of Regina has finally figured out how to recycle the glass.

Regina snowmobilers revved up by snowfall

As a heavy snowfall continues around Regina, snowmobilers couldn't be happier.
"So far so good but we need more white stuff and we need it pretty quick," said Darcey Shaw with Alsports Sales. 
Shaw says 30 centimeters of snow needs to hit the ground before snowmobilers can go off riding. When that time comes, Shaw reminds snowmobilers to wear proper clothing and not to go out when it's really cold out.

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