Saskatchewan

Regina city council approves bus fare increase
By Kevin Martel paNOW Staff

In a matter of months, those who ride the bus in Regina will be paying more.

City council voted unanimously in favour of raising fares for the first time since 2010 at Monday night’s council meeting. New rates take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

Most basic fares will go up 25 cents each year over the next three years. Some monthly passes are going up as well. Post-secondary and adult passes will go up by $25 and $30 dollars by 2017, respectively.

Counterfeit drug being sold on Saskatoon streets could be deadly
By Justin Blackwell paNOW Staff

A drug being sold in Saskatoon may be responsible for two recent deaths.

Saskatoon police believe the drug, Oxycontin 80, resulted in two men in their 20s overdosing.

Police have seized some of the pills and are now trying to determine if they are counterfeit.

The pills are described as round convex shape, blue/green in color with the number 80 on one side and “ CDN” on the other side.

Judge rules against mistrial in Saskatoon murder case
By Bryn Levy paNOW Staff

A judge rejected a defence motion for a mistrial in the case of Douglas Hales.

Justice Gerald Allbright delivered his decision Monday afternoon in Saskatoon Court of Queen's Bench.

Defence lawyer Bob Hrycan spent Monday morning arguing for Hales' previous month-long trial for the murder of Daleen Bosse to be thrown out and followed with fresh proceedings.

Saskatoon city council unanimously approves pension changes
paNOW Staff

Despite no contract between the transit union and the City of Saskatoon, pension contributions are going up for transit workers.

Saskatoon city council unanimously approved the legislation of changes to the general pension plan during a special meeting on Monday.

Transit operations remain suspended following a Saturday lockout of 330 workers with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 615 (ATU).

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Talon Worme and Malaki Thomas were located safe and sound this afternoon in Onion Lake. The R.C.M.P thank the public for their assistance in tracking down the two young boys.

Earlier today, two young boys were reported as missing. 

Talon Worme, 13, and Malaki Thomas, nine, were both reported missing on Sunday night just after 7 p.m.

Diesel thieves siphoning fuel in Nipawin region
paNOW Staff

The Nipawin RCMP is asking for the public’s help in its investigation of a string of fuel thefts in the area.

In three separate incidents, diesel fuel was siphoned. In the first incident on Aug. 8, north of the Village of Love, fuel was siphoned from a grader at the Love Gravel Pit. Tire tracks were left behind, and the RCMP believe they could have been made by a quad.

In the second incident on Aug. 22 in the Town of White Fox, suspects siphoned fuel from a semi tractor near railway tracks.

By Adriana Christianson paNOW Staff

Summer officially ends at 8:29 p.m. Monday but the weather forecast apparently didn’t get that memo.

“This could very well be the best week coming up of the entire year,” said Dave Phillips, chief meteorologist for Environment Canada. “It’s almost a weather-free zone across Saskatchewan.”

Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the high 20s and even up to 30 degrees for this week which is at least a dozen degrees above average daytime highs for this time of year.

Saskatoon transit workers picket city hall
paNOW Staff

Less than 12 hours after the lockout came into effect, transit workers were out in full force to picket the City’s move.

A few dozen drivers, dispatchers, and maintenance workers picketed outside Saskatoon City Hall to show their discontent with the City's decision to lock them up Saturday night after contract negotiations failed again.

Regina joins worldwide protests for climate change action
By Deborah Shawcross paNOW Staff

Protests were held all over the world on Sunday, with large crowds demanding action on climate change.

In Regina around 100 people rallied in front of the Legislature and marched along Albert Street chanting "Climate Justice" and "No pipeline No problem".

Catherine Gibson believes the time is now to tackle this issue.

"We waited too long so we really got to be aggressive now and cut back on fossil fuels and cut back on consumption."

Armed robbery in Saskatoon
paNOW Staff 

Saskatoon police are looking for a suspect after an armed robbery early Sunday morning.

Just before 3 a.m., a man entered a business on Warman Road and Assinboine Drive. He took out a knife and what appeared to be bear spray from his back-pack and demanded cash and cigarettes.

The man fled the scene on foot.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male with a slim build. He was wearing glasses and a black hoodie with a red pattern on the front.

Saskatoon bus drivers locked out, bus service stops
paNOW Staff 

Thousands of Saskatoon bus riders will be forced to find other modes of transportation until further notice after contract negotiations between the City and transit union broke down again Saturday.

The City of Saskatoon announced last-minute negotiations with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 615 had failed to produce a contract agreement.

Some 330 transit workers were locked out effective 10 p.m. The city said workers will stay off the job until an agreement is reached.

New website shows RQHR has high patient readmittance, long ER waits
By Courtney Markewich paNOW Staff

Data posted about the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) on a new website hasn't surprised the region itself, but its CEO says the information can be used to help the region improve how it serves its patients.

On Thursday, the website called Your Health System launched. It provides data from the Canadian Institute of Health Information and lets people see how their provinces, health regions and hospitals are doing.

Police search for suspect in pharmacy robbery
paNOW Staff 

Saskatoon police are searching for a man who made off with pharmaceuticals following a robbery Friday morning.

Police were called to the pharmacy in the 1500 block of 8th Street East around 11:25 a.m. after a man walked into the store and demanded pharmaceuticals before fleeing on foot.

No weapon was shown during the robbery.

The male is described as six feet tall, wearing a hard hat and jeans and carrying a black duffel bag.

Regina collision reconstructionist: investigations take time
By Kevin Martel paNOW Staff 

After it took Regina police nearly five months to complete its investigation into a deadly crash on Lewvan and Saskatchewan Drive, some people might be asking why it took so long.

Earlier this week police released more information about the April 22 crash that killed an 18-year-old woman. On Tuesday, charges were laid against 21-year-old Brandon Marcotte of Estevan who police say was driving the vehicle the two were in. Charges include impaired driving causing death.

RCMP report recovering trove of goods stolen in Sask.
paNOW Staff 

Charges are pending against a 23-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman after police report they discovered a trove of stolen property.

It started Thursday night with reports to the Saskatoon RCMP of a suspicious vehicle.

Officers checking into the complaints discovered the pair in a truck that had been reported stolen.

From there, investigators went to a property in the town of Meecham where police report they found electronics, vehicles and a large amount of other stolen items.

Transit negotiations break down, lockout looms
By François Biber paNOW Staff

A Saturday night transit lockout is all but guaranteed after labour negotiations broke down yet again Friday afternoon.

President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 615 Jim Yakubowski, said both sides met for just 45 minutes on Friday, and even before the union sat down, the city was clear they weren’t moving on pensions or wages.

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Charges are pending against a 23-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman after police report they discovered a trove of stolen property.

It started Thursday night with reports to the Saskatoon RCMP of a suspicious vehicle.

Officers checking into the complaints discovered the pair in a truck that had been reported stolen.

From there, investigators went to a property in the town of Meecham where police report they found electronics, vehicles and a large amount of other stolen items.

Pinehouse man hopes to break political trend
By Nigel Maxwelll paNOW Staff

The Athabasca riding in northwest Saskatchewan has been represented by one man for almost two decades, but a man from Pinehouse feels it could be time for a change.

Vince Natomagan is seeking the nomination for the Saskatchewan Party in the Athabasca riding. The riding is currently represented by the NDP's Buckley Belanger.

Spiritwood pair facing several drug charges
paNOW Staff

Spiritwood RCMP members have arrested and charged a man and a woman for drug-related offences.

SHR lauds new health data website
By Ashley Wills paNOW Staff

The Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) is lauding a website that launched across the country Thursday.

Your Health System is an easy-to-use site that offers an in-depth picture about the performance of the health care system in Canada.

While the data is not new, it is now presented in a way so that patients and families can easily understand how a particular hospital is doing.

Youth the focus of Culture Days at James Smith
By Karen Cay paNOW Staff

For James Smith Cree Nation, teaching culture, particularly to the youth, is a priority.

Students, royal watchers meet Prince Edward
By Jill Slater paNOW Staff

Any day you get an award is a pretty special day, but to get that award from royalty is a once in a lifetime moment.

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex continued his three day royal tour of Saskatchewan with a stop at RCMP Depot Division and Government House in Regina.

Former PM says aboriginal education should be front and centre
By Kelly Malone paNOW Staff

Aboriginal education and engagement is critical to Saskatchewan's future according to a former prime minister of Canada.

The Right Hon. Paul Martin spoke to a packed room at the Mayfair United Church in Saskatoon during an event hosted by St. Andrew's College. The theme of the event was "All My Relations – Aboriginal Education and the Future."

Province releases findings of Student First consultations
By Lasia Kretzel paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan government has wrapped up its investigation into what students want in their classrooms to help them graduate.

The Student First engagement process sent two advisors across the province to find out what students, parents and teachers thought could be done to boost the province’s high school graduation rates.

Questions remain in Sturgeon Lake after report on toddler’s death in foster care
By Thia James paNOW Staff

At the age of two, a toddler known only as “Jake” in a Saskatchewan Child and Youth Advocate’s report died in foster care.

He and his brother had been removed from his home on Sturgeon Lake First Nation after his father became violent with his mother while they had been drinking. In Bob Pringle’s report, he noted that she was abused at the hands of the child’s father and had been abusing drugs and alcohol.