Saskatchewan

Flaw sends RQHR faxes to the wrong number
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The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) announced Friday that a software glitch led to 13 patients' reports being faxed to the wrong number.

"In January 2014, we were notified by people who had incorrectly received faxes from RQHR," explained Marlene Smadu, vice president of quality and transformation at RQHR. While efforts were made to correct the program, Smadu said the problem resurfaced sporadically over the following months.

Sask., B.C. remove barrier on wine trade
By Bre McAdam paNOW Staff

Many in Saskatchewan are raising a glass to the announcement that Saskatchewan and British Columbia are removing trade barriers on locally-made wine and craft spirits.

It means people in Saskatchewan will be able to legally order B.C. wines--and vice versa-- and have them delivered to their doorsteps.

The agreement was announced Friday at the premiers meeting in Charlottetown. Premier Brad Wall said B.C. Premier Christy Clark has been a voice for more "common sense" when it comes to free trade.

Transit unable to run full service for the start of the schoolyear
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A lenghty lineup of city buses needing repairs has forced bus route cancellations just in time for the beginning of a new schoolyear.

The City of Saskatoon said transit will not have enough working buses available to run full transit service starting on Sept. 2, -- the first day of school for most school in the city -- because of a backlog of maintenance on the fleet.

Charges laid near Kamsack after 2-month-old baby assaulted
By Courtney Markewich paNOW Staff

Kamsack RCMP have charged a man for allegedly assaulting a two-month-old baby.

Mounties were first called to the Kamsack Hospital the morning of July 29. The baby had severe injuries and RCMP launched an investigation into aggravated assault.

The baby had to be taken to the Regina General Hospital and then the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.

Regina launches stadium construction camera online
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People can keep an eye on the construction of the new Mosaic Stadium thanks to a new camera.

The City of Regina has launched an online tool that allows people to view pictures taken by that camera. The photos are snapped every ten minutes from the camera located on top of a 45 meter SaskTel cellular tower in the area.

The images can be accessed on the Regina Revitalization Initiative's website here.

Late blight popping up in Sask. gardens
By Ashley Wills paNOW Staff

Wet weather and cooler temperatures at night is causing late blight to pop up in gardens across the province.

Rick van Duyvendyk with Dutch Growers Garden Centre in Saskatoon said that blight will start in the stems and then spread through the plant. Affected tomato and potato plants will have black and brown lesions on the leaves. Eventually tomatoes will get a brown, leathery look and the fruit will rot. Potatoes turn grey and brown on the skin and also rot.

Storm pushes train containers into ditch near Waldeck
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As many as 40 Canadian Pacific Railway train cars left the tracks near Waldeck, east of Swift Current on Thursday night.

The cause has not been determined but the weather is believed to have played a factor. However, CP can't confirm that is the case.

"I'm thinking that's what it was because I don't think it was tornado myself 'cause I think it would've done a lot more damage than what it did," said Jim Roberts who drove by the scene just after it happened.

Regina man arrested for hit and run on 6-year-old boy
By Deborah Shawcross paNOW Staff

When there was nothing on the news about her grandson being hit by a car, an upset grandmother took to Facebook.

Jackie McNab wanted the public to know about her six-year-old grandson, Jacolby McNab. He was clipped by a car while crossing Athol Street on Tuesday. He landed in the middle of the street with a broken leg.

"The bone actually came out from the back of the calf of his leg and he crawled himself to the sidewalk. The driver, he said just took off,” said Jackie.

Water in Birch Hills remains brown and smelly
By Sarah Wallace paNOW Staff

For the last few weeks residents in Birch Hills have been dealing with brown, smelly water coming out of their taps.

Video: Saskatoon police rescue 5 people taking fire

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Saskatoon police released video footage of Friday's standoff on Coppermine Crescent near Lawson Heights Mall.

A man who barricaded himself in a home eventually gave himself up to police, after assaulting and firing shots at his sister who was hiding behind a truck.

The man faces multiple charges including three counts of attempted murder for shooting the woman and police officers on scene.

More to come ...

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SK. children's advocate seeing slight progress in recommendations
By Jill Slater paNOW Staff

The provincial government has released details on changes the Ministry of Social Services (MSS) is making after a child was murdered by another child last summer.

VIDEO: Sask. crew discovers sacred rock in Lake Diefenbaker
By Bre McAdam paNOW Staff

The search for what's left of a sacred boulder in Lake Diefenbaker was a success.

Police seize nunchucks and samurai sword after major arrest
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One man faces charges after an arrest on Wednesday morning.

At around 11 a.m. La Ronge RCMP, Waskesiu RCMP and RCMP Police Dog Services stopped traffic around 180 kilometres south of La Ronge, Sask. on Highway 2. During the stop the highway was completed blocked off for around 10 minutes.

Walk to End Knife Violence next week in Saskatoon
By Ashley Wills paNOW Staff

A Saskatoon man planned the "Walk to End Knife Violence" after his brother was killed earlier this year.

"This isn't about Dustin, this isn't about me, this isn't just about victims. This is about everybody here who thinks enough is enough," said Chad Boulet in an interview with News Talk.

Dustin Boulet was celebrating his 29th birthday with friends at Bridges Ale House on March 1 when police were called to the parking around midnight after reports of a fight.

Police find missing woman’s vehicles
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The RCMP has found a missing 34-year-old Little Red River First Nation woman’s vehicles.

According to RCMP, Mavis Bird is still considered missing. Prince Albert RCMP now has the blue Hyundai Santa Fe she is known to have driven, and Bird’s family has the white Pontiac Grand AM.

Through their investigation, RCMP have found that she is from Little Red River First Nation and not Sturgeon Lake First Nation.

Bird was last seen at a gathering at a home on Sturgeon Lake First Nation last Thursday.

Company owner calls for re-write of Sask. distracted driving law
By François Biber paNOW Staff

A vehicle seizure in Saskatoon is highlighting stiff new traffic laws.

On Aug. 21, K3 Excavating owner Kevin Boychuk received an unexpected call from one of his employees.

“He told me city police pulled him over for talking on his cellphone and they were towing the truck to the impound lot,” he said.

PHOTOS: Little shop of treasures celebrates 99 years
By James Bowler paNOW Staff

Self-proclaimed treasure hunters who are looking to meticulously hunt for hidden treasures may find it on the shelves of Prytula’s General Store, tucked away in a dusty community named Tway.

The historian or general interest tourist may also find a piece of Saskatchewan history that dates back a century ago. It’s also the only shop in town.

UPDATE: Four dead in crash on Highway 5 east of Saskatoon
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Four people have been killed in a single-vehicle accident east of Saskatoon.

The crash happened Tuesday on Highway 5 about 30 minutes outside the city. The PT Cruiser was spotted partially submerged in a slough, on its roof by two Mounties driving by on their way to Humboldt.

Two women in their 70s, a man in his 80s and another man died at the scene. RCMP believe all four are from Saskatoon, but have not released any names.

UPDATE: ‘Heavy’ pot smoker avoids jail sentence on trafficking charge
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

A judge in Prince Albert ruled this week that a man found to be transporting a pound of marijuana in his truck was only using it for personal use.

Devon Lavallee from Weldon was found not guilty on the charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

The case stems from an incident on Aug. 29, 2013.

Death-defying teen ready for another battle
By Bre McAdam paNOW Staff

Logan Williams has cheated death twice.

His mother knew something was wrong about a month before he was born, and struggled to find a doctor who would believe her hunch. She was induced and gave birth to a baby boy with a knot in his umbilical cord. Doctors couldn’t see it in the ultrasounds, and said Logan wouldn’t have made it another week. He’d been fighting for his life since before he was born.

But that was just the beginning.

6 new Sask. highway cameras launched
By Aaron Stuckel paNOW Staff

Drivers in Saskatchewan will have six more ways to check out highway conditions before heading out on the road.

Six new roadside cameras can now be viewed on the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline website. The additions were first announced in November 2013 and were finally up and running by Wednesday morning.

Labour unrest shuts down Cameco facilities
By Bryn Levy paNOW Staff

A contract dispute between Cameco Corp. and workers has caused production to halt at the company's McArthur River and Key Lake uranium operations.

A statement from the company said the United Steelworkers Local 8914 (USW) served strike notice that was to come into effect on Aug. 30, 2014. Cameco claimed it simultaneously issued notice of a lockout in order to ensure its facilities could be taken offline safely.

Crash on Hwy 5 east of Saskatoon kills 4
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Four people have been killed in a single-vehicle accident east of Saskatoon.

The crash happened Tuesday on Highway 5 about 30 minutes outside the city. All four victims, two males and two females, died at the scene.

Police haven't said what happened, but News Talk Radio confirmed the vehicle was pulled from a slough.

The highway was closed from St. Denis to Highway 2 while police investigated. Police have not released any names. 

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Saskatoon berry at centre of naming spat
By Chris Carr paNOW Staff

It has the potential of becoming a $10 billion market. But some think it needs a name change first.

Sandra Purdy with Saskatoon Berry Council of Canada says it started about six weeks ago. She got an email from a group in the U.S. asking the council to adopt the name Juneberry.

"Well I told him that the Saskatoon berry has been named the

Saskatoon berry for as long as I knew, and as far back as Aboriginal history, and that it's not likely that that would happen," Purdy said.

Updated: Saskatoon police chief to head national organization
By Kelly Malone paNOW Staff

The organization that represents the country's police chiefs is bringing in a new leader.

Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill was announced as the new president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) at their annual general meeting in Victoria, B.C. Tuesday morning.

"It's very good for one's ego to be the president of a national association and have the trust and the confidence from the membership that someone from Saskatchewan can lead the way," Weighill said after the announcement.