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Memories of killed Mounties fresh in the minds of many

It's a rare occasion when protective service personnel are called together for something positive. However, that was the case today as men and women across Saskatchewan were recognized for 25 years or more of service.
 
Conservation officers, city police, RCMP, firemen and more gathered at the Saskatoon Club to receive their Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal from Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon. One of the recipients was Inspector Wayne Maughan with the RCMP, who has served for 30 years.
 

Interim U of S president responds to TranformUS letter

It's been a while since anyone could say it, but a glimmer of optimism appears to be coming out of the University of Saskatchewan in the wake of an open letter demanding an end to the controversial TransformUS program.

Regina marks 70th anniversary of D-Day at Government House

It may have happened seven decades ago but the sacrifices made by our Canadian soldiers during the invasion of Normandy are not being forgotten by those in Regina.

Veterans, dignitaries, school children, and others from the public gathered outside of Government House Friday morning for a ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of “D-Day”.

Veteran Bob Cade proudly saluted as the Canadian flag was raised. After the ceremony was over he spoke about the sacrifices made by our soldiers that day.

Remembering D-Day: Rosetown vet holds onto memories

In between dozens of photos of Jim McCulloch's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, memories and mementos of the Second World War are scattered around his home.

Remembering D-Day: Bill Halcro recalls storming Juno Beach

William Halcro sits in a chair in his living room. The 90-year-old man has one visible remnant from his time in Normandy – a gap between his thumb and fingers that was hit by grenade shrapnel.

When asked what he remembers about the Second World War, at first he said he doesn’t remember the emotions he felt heading into D-Day. However, the emotions played across his face as he described the morning he arrived on an airplane.

Halcro and his company approached the shore by ship.

Remembering D-Day: Harold Hague 'I often wonder how we did it'

On June 6, 1944, a then 22-year-old Harold Hague looked out from his vessel on the sea upon a seemingly never ending barrage of ships, planes and soldiers. It was a scene that he won’t soon forget, even 70 years after the Invasion of Normandy, also known as “D-Day”.

The Regina veteran was part of the Canadian 31st Minesweeping Flotilla, aboard the HMCS Cowichan. He was part of a team responsible to sweep the ocean for mines, cut them loose and fire at them until they exploded.

Remembering D-Day: Saskatoon vet moved to tears

In a small room at a Saskatoon care home, a framed picture on the wall shows a handsome young man in a military uniform during the Second World War.

Saskatoon brothel owner slams new prostitution law

The owner of a Saskatoon brothel is calling Wednesday's announcement of a proposed new prostitution law a dark day for Canada.

The new bill is the federal government's response to a Supreme Court of Canada decision in December 2013 that struck down several Criminal Code provisions that applied to prostitution. The bill would criminalize the purchase of sexual services and bring in provisions that would once again outlaw communicating for the purposes of prostitution, albeit with the focus on clients, rather than sex workers.

Sask. MP and former Mountie reacts to Moncton shootings

A Saskatchewan MP is trying to cope with painful memories stirred up by the shooting deaths of three RCMP officers in Moncton on Wednesday.

Before he became the Member of Parliament for Desnethé - Misinnippi - Churchill River, Rob Clarke served as the head of the Spiritwood, Sask., RCMP detachment. He was on duty in 2006 when Curtis Dagenais opened fire on three officers, killing two.

Haaland family stresses importance of blood donations

Each and every month 10-year-old Cadence Haaland and his eight-year-old brother Cohen rely on blood donations to survive.
 
Their mother, Carissa, said the boys have hypogammaglobulinemia, a genetic condition that means the boys have a compromised immune system. They require the blood by-products every month to keep them from becoming completely immune-deficient.
 
"The donation of blood truly truly is a miracle in itself, without it I know they would have many more infections, they'd be in the hospital a lot more and many more surgeries," Haaland said.

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