A focus on drunk driving resulted in a couple dozen criminal charges this weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday RCMP detachments across the province held stop checks to try and discourage impaired driving. It was part of a Canada-wide effort held as part of National Safe Driving week.
In our province there were 30 drunk driving charges laid with 34 roadside suspensions for alcohol handed out. Another 75 people were given roadside tests and passed without blowing over.
Saskatchewan was certainly wringing out every drop of juice they could get from SaskPower on the weekend, thanks to an Arctic cold snap.
The province hit a new record-high level of power consumption Friday night when the temperature fell to -26, or -37 with wind chill . Just after 5 p.m. Saskatchewan's power usage peaked at 3,543 megawatts (a single megawatt can power about a thousand homes, according to the Crown power company).
SaskPower's Tyler Hopson said the cold weather obviously played a big part.
The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) and other hunters are concerned about the future of white-tailed deer after a harsh winter was followed by no reduction in the amount of hunting licences issued for the game.
An armed robbery in Sedley—just 50 km southeast of Regina—has the RCMP asking for the public’s help.
According to a release, a man walked into a convenience store in the small town around 8:30 p.m. Saturday and pulled a knife on the employees. He made off with an undisclosed amount of money and some other items.
No one was injured but police are still looking for the suspect.
RCMP described the man as black, approximately 5-foot-11 and wearing dark clothes.
A man has died after a collision between a mini-van and a semi-trailer on Highway 21 near Kerrobert.
According to RCMP, at around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the southbound mini-van went into the northbound lane. A semi-trailer happened to be coming by at the time and tried to avoid the oncoming vehicle, but wasn’t able to.
The two vehicles collided head-on just south of the Highway 31 junction, killing the lone occupant of the mini-van. The semi driver was physically unharmed.
The cold North winds are easing their grip on Saskatchewan but they aren’t quite letting the province go.
“We’re right on the edge of a baroclinic zone; the boundary between slightly warmer air and the really cold air that’s over most of Saskatchewan,” Environment Canada’s Dan Fulton said.
In Saskatoon and Regina that means temperatures will rise from last week’s mid -30 C and -40 C wind chills to between -19 C and -29 C with wind chills in the high 20s.
Both cities will have periods of light snow on Monday.
One of Canada's most powerful women credits her upbringing in Prince Albert for her sense of hard work and determination to help people.
"It's in Prince Albert's DNA; it's things like hard work, respect of people and respect of community," Karen Chad said.
Chad, who is now the Vice President Research at the University of Saskatchewan, was recognized by the Women's Executive Networkfor her career accomplishments.
Don't let your pooch turn into a ‘pupsicle’ this winter.
The SPCA reminds people that when the mercury begins to drop, don't let Fido and Fluffy freeze in the snow. Pets are just as susceptible to hypothermia or pneumonia as humans and chances are if you’re cold, so is your pet.
“A lot of people view their pets as family member so you wouldn’t want to leave your family member outside in the cold so it’s best to just bring them inside where it’s nice and warm. If they do have to go outside monitor them frequently,” SPCA animal protection officer Stacey Greke said.
After spending the better part of the week preparing the slopes with artificial snow, the Mission Ridge ski hill was unable to open this weekend as planned. The reason? It’s too darn cold.
Officials with the park made the announcement late in the week as temperatures fell as low as -39 C and wind chill temperatures reaching – 44 C on Friday.
Don Williams is the owner and manager of the winter park. He said it just isn’t fair to his staff.
A YouTube sensation was in Saskatchewan Thursday to speak to local farmers about the importance of using social media to promote agriculture.
Greg Peterson is the young Kansas farmer behind viral parody vidoes that put an agriculture spin on a popular song. He explained getting young people involved in farming is important and social media can help with that.