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Saskatchewan's two largest health regions unlikely to hit wait time targets

This month marks the deadline set by the province of Saskatchewan to have all surgeries done within a three-month time frame. But it looks like Regina and Saskatoon's health regions aren't going to make it.

2 Sask. First Nations could be forced to repay feds

Two First Nations communities in Saskatchewan have spent hundreds of thousands of federal dollars that do not follow a funding agreement.

During the winter of 2013, both Black Lake Denesuline First Nation and Montreal Lake Cree Nation were audited based on their 2011-2012 risk assessment score by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC).

Government confirms it's redoing Children's Hospital design

It turns out the government’s final approval of the design for the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan wasn’t so final after all.

The province is going back to the drawing board to tweak the design. News that the plans were on hold came out of the legislature Wednesday after the Opposition NDP accused the government of making the Lean-approved future hospital, “too Lean.”

Timing is right for a BHP takeover of PotashCorp: columnist

A changing of the guard at the top of PotashCorp of Saskatchewan could open the window for a BHP Billiton takeover, says Globe and Mail columnist Boyd Irvin.

“If BHP is interested I think they can get something done now, where this wouldn’t be a bad time,” Irvin said on John Gormley Live Wednesday morning.

Province set to expand photo radar in Saskatchewan

The Government of Saskatchewan is reminding drivers that photo radar is being expanded in the coming months.

Beginning June 27, the pilot program will be expanded to the province is calling three high-risk locations: Ring Road in Regina, Circle Drive in Saskatoon and the intersection of Highway 1 and 9th Avenue in Moose Jaw. School zones in those cities could have the radar as well.

New RCMP police dog has Saskatchewan connection

A group of new RCMP police dogs has a Saskatchewan connection.

The RCMP held a contest to name the 10 new potential service dogs that will be trained by the Mounties this year. The Mounties run their own training centre in Alberta; 93 per cent of the German Shepherds who work as RCMP service dogs are born there as part of the service's breeding program.

RCMP member charged with historic sex assault on child

An RCMP member serving in Alberta has been arrested and charged with a child sex assault dating back to 1982.

At a news conference in Regina, the Mounties revealed that Inspector Ronald Patrick Makar, 53, has been arrested and charged with having sex with a girl under the age of 14 and having sex without consent (those are the criminal code violations that would have applied thirty years ago; the modern equivalent would be sexual assault).

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.

Health region tracks source of Hepatitis A in Moose Jaw

The source of a Hepatitis scare in Moose Jaw has been tracked down.

Over the weekend a Hepatitis warning was issued by the Five Hills Health Region, cautioning people who visited Brown's Social House in Moose Jaw on the evening of April 5.

The Health Region has now confirmed an employee at Brown's has Hepatitis A.

"The person involved was under training and had handled cutlery, set tables, and so on," explained Dr. Mark Vooght.

RCMP bust alleged chop-shop near Hafford

An RCMP search has turned up over $100,000 worth of allegedly stolen property.

Blaine Lake RCMP report that they executed a search warrant on an acreage near Hafford, Sask. on Apr. 10 and 11.

They found a semi-truck, a fuel truck, several tools and pieces of construction equipment as well as copper wire, all allegedly stolen. The items were being kept in a machine shop on the property. The trucks were allegedly being stripped down for parts.

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