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Statistics show few speed-related crashes at photo radar sites

While the province is expanding its photo radar pilot program to two new areas it deems “high-risk”, statistics from SGI suggest the areas might not have an overwhelming problem with speed-related crashes.

Since 2009, Highway 12 at Martensville has had zero deaths, zero injuries and just one crash where speed was a factor. On Highway 1 east of Regina between Pilot Butte and White City you can essentially count on one hand how many speed-related crashes there have been in each of the last five years. However, one person did lose their life in a speed-related crash in 2009.

RCMP search for man wanted on fraud charges

Police are asking for the public's help to find a man wanted on fraud-related charges in Weyburn and several Alberta communities.

Bradly Barry Kowalczyk has allegedly been luring his victims through online ads showing high-value farming and industrial equipment. He is said to take deposits from people for the advertized items but nothing is provided in return.

Police in Alberta have issued warrants for Kowalczyk in Calgary, Three Hills, Chestermere, Crowsnest Pass, Viking, St. Paul and Olds.

Steel fabricator calls for government policy changes

A Saskatchewan steel fabricator is only producing half of what it could be and it's blaming government policies for the slowdown.

Peter Davies, president of Weldfab in Saskatoon, said government policies that always award contracts to the lowest bidder are hurting all Saskatchewan steel fabricators.

"It's always low bid, low price, low price and it doesn't always end up being the best deal at the end of the project," Davies said.

Sask. chief medical health officer: Enterovirus D-68 not an epidemic

 A respiratory virus that has hospitalized hundreds of kids in the States is moving closer to Saskatchewan.
 
There are now 18 cases of Enterovirus D-68 in Alberta with testing being done on possible cases in Windsor, Ontario.

Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer says this should not be classified as an epidemic; hospitalizations in the U.S. are spread out between many states.
 

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Inside Tim Hortons Field

The Saskatchewan Roughriders made their first trip to the new Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton on Sunday.

The game itself wasn't a good one for the Riders but the new stadium was still rather impressive even if it's only partially complete.

At this point, everything field level is mostly done but there's still plenty of work to be done behind the scenes. Most of the concourse areas are still pretty bare bones; the upper deck on the west side isn't open yet either.

Sask. child's advocate reports on toddler's death

The Saskatchewan Child and Youth Advocate released a detailed report Tuesday on the death of a two-year-old boy in foster care more than four years ago.

“Jake,” as he is referred to in the report, was found dead in his playpen on a December morning in 2009.

“Jake himself did not have a voice, as he had not yet learned to talk when he passed away four days before his second birthday,” states the report titled “Lost in the System” submitted by Advocate Bob Pringle. The toddler had been shuffled between 11 different placements in 10 months while he was in care.

Saskatchewan health card renewal stickers mailed out

Saskatchewan health cards will expire at the end of the year but renewal stickers will arrive soon.

The stickers will validate health cards for a three-year period until December 31, 2017. Those stickers will be mailed between September 15 and 30. In order to continue to receive health coverage in the province, residents must apply the sticker to their card before 2015.

The Government of Saskatchewan is also asking people to update their mailing address so the stickers are sent to the right place on time.

Arson suspected in church fire near Fort Qu'Appelle

RCMP suspect arson as the cause of a church fire near Fort Qu'Appelle.

Police responded to the call from the Standing Buffalo First Nation on Saturday at about 8:30 a.m. Members kept the fire under control until firefighters from Fort Qu'Appelle arrived to extinguish it.

Damage to the church is estimated in the thousands of dollars. Police have yet to make an arrest.

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Riders not giving up on Sunseri

Tino Sunseri's first start with the Saskatchewan Roughriders may have left fans feeling nervous but the teams' head coach isn't ready to give up on the young quarterback yet.

Head Coach Corey Chamblin met with the media Monday morning after returning from Hamilton following the Riders' 29-3 loss to the Tiger-Cats.

Update: B.C. man found dead in Kindersley, foul play ruled out

Police are dismissing foul play in the death of a 19-year-old man from British Columbia after an autopsy Tuesday.

Dylan Cordell Hanna was found unresponsive when officers located him early on Sept. 14. Police said he is originally from British

Columbia but was residing at a job site for oil workers in Kindersley, and had been living in Saskatchewan for approximately one year.

Attempts to revive the young man at Kindersley Hospital were unsuccessful and RCMP began to investigate what they believed at the time was a suspicious death pending an autopsy. 

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