Much of Saskatchewan is begging for rain to ease dry lands, but one year ago it was a very different story.
Just before Canada Day 2014, dozens of communities were inundated with rain. The excess water affected thousands of residents. Nowhere was it more evident than in the southeast in places like Melville, Moosomin, Crooked Lake and Redvers.
Saskatchewan's "weather whiplash" from flooding in 2014 to dryness in 2015 has even Environment Canada's senior climatologist shaking his head.
On Monday, David Phillips told News Talk Radio's MainStreet that while Saskatchewan is getting great beer-drinking weather, it's likely not the weather people are hoping for.
"But my gosh, it's not the type of weather you want ... you want a nice, slow, drenching, soaking kind of rain," Phillips said.
Mounties were busy on Highway 11 Saturday stopping vehicles on their way to and from the Saskatchewan Roughriders' season opener.
Police from the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan Unit, along with RCMP in Craik and Lumsden stopped 775 vehicles. Officers were watching for impaired, distracted and aggressive drivers making their way to and from the game.
Charges laid included:
The dust has settled from the Roughriders' difficult start to the regular season after losing franchise quarterback Darian Durant for the rest of the season.
Durant ruptured his Achilles on an innocent-looking play late in the second quarter against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
"It's not career ending, there's no doubt about that. It's season ending, that's for sure," said general manager Brendan Taman.
It's a crushing and somewhat unexpected blow to Rider Nation after Saskatchewan quarterback Darian Durant went down injured for the year in just the team's first game of the 2015 season.
Durant suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon on a non-contact play in the second quarter of Saturday's 30-26 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Mosaic Stadium. What started out as a seemingly innocent looking play ended up with Durant being carted off the field.
The smoke from forest fires in the northern part of Saskatchewan is drifting all the way to the province's U.S. border, prompting Environment Canada to issue an air quality advisory.
The only area spared the advisory is the southwest.
Montreal Lake residents are hoping to save their homes as fire enters the town site.
"It’s really bad and we are trying to get people out of the community as fast as we can," Montreal Lake Cree Nation councilor Roger Bird said Sunday afternoon.
Still, some residents haven’t given up the fight.
"A lot of people will stay back and try and save their homes, like what I’m doing right now," said Bird. "I’m going to try and stick around as long as I can."
More than 400 people, many of them seriously burned, remained in hospitals Sunday after a fire spread into a crowd of spectators at a music party at a Taiwan water park, authorities said.
The fire late Saturday was sparked by an accidental explosion of a colored theatrical powder thrown from the stage in front of about 1,000 people, the local fire agency and media said. The powder for the one-time event called "Color Play Asia" ignited along the ground, mainly burning people's lower bodies, said Wang Wei-sheng, a liaison with the New Taipei City fire department command centre.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders 2015 season is off to the worst start imaginable. Not only did they lose 30-26 to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but franchise quarterback Darian Durant is again out for the year.
Late in the first half, Durant went down after a seemingly innocent play and did not return to the game. Durant was carted off the field and eventually leave the stadium.
Soon after the post-game press conference with head coach Corey Chamblin, the Riders announced Durant had suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and is out for the season.
The new commissioner of the CFL took his first step into Riderville on Saturday before Saskatchewan's home opener.
"I understand that there are 44 guys on this team, but there are really probably about 100,044 people on this team," said Jeffrey Orridge.
He called the feeling in Regina "immersive".
"I don't think I've seen anything but green since the time I stepped off the plane."
Orridge took a tour of the new stadium site Saturday afternoon, and said there are great things happening in the CFL right now.