Hall of famer, coach, educator and Order of Canada recipient Gordon Currie has died. The 93-year-old’s impact on the Saskatchewan sports scene was felt across multiple sports in Regina from football to baseball. He coached the Regina Rams from 1965 to 1976, securing six national championships and an impressive 108-27 record. He additionally led the Balfour Tech Redmen to eight provincial championships. Currie also coached the Regina Red Sox baseball team — in its first iteration — to four provincial champions. The Queen City’s baseball park, Currie Field, is named in his honour. Currie was also an educator, teaching in the city of Regina. He retired in 1982 as the principal of Campbell Collegiate. He went on to serve as an MLA for four years representing the constituency of Regina-Wascana. During his four years in government he was appointed to cabinet and served in many positions including minister of advanced education and manpower, minister of continuing education, minister of education, minister of science and technology and minister of telephones. He did not run for re-election in 1986. Currie received many honours for his contribution to sports. In 1975, he was named Amateur Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 and given the Order of Canada in 1979. He was enshrined in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
Babies born in the next couple of years are getting a little present from the Saskatchewan Rush. Every little one born in Saskatoon on a Rush game day the rest of the 2017 season will get a free toddler jersey. And then in 2018, every baby born in Saskatchewan on a Rush game day will also get a free toddler jersey. The team says it's a way for the organization to usher in new a generation of lacrosse fans. “Our organization as a whole is always striving to create unique experiences for our amazing fans," the team said in a news release. "This jersey initiative will serve as a fantastic platform to welcome in a new generation of Rush fans, while also creating a keepsake item for families to hold onto as their child grows up, creating life-long fans of the Rush." Families will receive the jerseys via their hospital.
For the first time ever, Saskatchewan workers are averaging slightly more than $1,000 in weekly earnings. According to Statistics Canada numbers released Thursday, weekly earnings for non-farm payroll employees climbed to an average of $1,010.37 in December 2016. That’s up 1.8 per cent over the previous year and puts the province's workers at the third-highest earning rate in Canada. “Saskatchewan people are taking home more money at the end of the week, and this is a reflection on our economy and the opportunities in our province,” said Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison in a news release. “The increased earnings show our wages are very competitive, and this remains an attraction for skilled workers to our province.” Statistics Canada pointed to manufacturing, educational services, health care, social assistance, finance and insurance as contributing the most to the increases. The median — the middle value — for Saskatchewan earnings worked out to $1063.12 weekly. Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia also saw weekly earnings increase. Earnings fell in Alberta and Nova Scotia. Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador saw little change. The national average for weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees is $971.
One man has been charged after RCMP seized about $150,000 worth of marijuana and hashish during a traffic stop west of Sintaluta, Sask.
WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump have spoken on the phone in a followup to last week's face-to-face meeting at the White House. A statement from Trudeau's office says the prime minister thanked his counterpart for a positive and constructive day of talks. They also spoke about border co-operation, although the statement doesn't say whether they discussed the influx of migrants wandering into Canada. The two leaders also discussed softwood lumber negotiations, which have languished for months without a resolution. They also talked about working on the Canada-U.S. women's business group they created with Trump's daughter Ivanka. Trump himself described that initiative as "very important" to him during a news conference last week. The Canadian Press ©2017 The Canadian Press
TORONTO — The number of Canadians registered to purchase medical marijuana from licensed producers has exploded since the federal commercial-access program was introduced almost four years ago. The most recent Health Canada figures show that at the end of last year, almost 130,000 Canadians had signed up with the country's 38 licensed cannabis producers. That's a 32 per cent jump from the more than 98,000 registered at the end of September 2016 and up from the 7,900 granted access to medicinal cannabis in mid-2014. But the surge in demand has many wondering: do all these patients have a legitimate medical need or are some using the system to get recreational pot before it's legalized, as the Liberal government has promised to do this year? Toronto family practitioner Dr. John Goodhew, who supports cannabis use for therapeutic applications like pain, says he has seen a definite rise in the number of patients seeking prescriptions for the drug. Goodhew believes some patients have legitimate medical conditions, while others want high-quality, medical-grade marijuana to "feel good." He says he prescribes cannabis only for patients he knows well, but that it can be difficult for physicians to tease out those who want the drug just to get high. The Canadian Press ©2017 The Canadian Press
One recommendation calls for culturally appropriate prevention of FASD and the other for improving the way the justice system deals with people who have the disorder.
The Hospital of Regina Foundation is raffling off a $1.4-million dream house, but you won't have to win to take a look around.
VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Pride Society has responded to demands that police be banned from marching in the city's annual Pride Parade with the suggestion that officers show up in fewer numbers and leave their uniforms at home. The society, which organizes the annual event, says its proposal was inspired by an open letter from a Vancouver chapter of Black Lives Matter, followed by six months of community consultations. The anti-racism activist group asked the Vancouver Police Department last summer to voluntarily withdraw from the march as "a show of solidarity and understanding" because the presence of uniformed officers makes some minority groups feel unsafe. The request came shortly after Black Lives Matter in Toronto blocked that city's parade until organizers agreed to demands that included barring police floats from future events. Last week in Vancouver, a group of transgender activists presented the Pride society with a petition urging it to allow police to participate in uniform, arguing that banning officers could undermine the positive relationship between the LGBTQ community and law enforcement. Police have marched in Vancouver's Pride Parade since 2002. The Canadian Press ©2017 The Canadian Press
HALIFAX — Health officials have confirmed four more cases of the measles in the Halifax area — bringing the total of known cases in Nova Scotia to seven. The Nova Scotia Health Authority first notified the public last week about three people who had become infected, saying it was the first time in nine years that the highly contagious infection had been reported. The medical officer of health, Dr. Trevor Arnason, says all of the current cases involve young adults. Arnason says it's not surprising that more cases have been found given how contagious the virus is, but he says it's a positive sign that the overall number remains low. He says the risk to the general public remains low and most people are protected by being vaccinated. The authority notes people born in the 1970s to early 1990s may have received only one dose of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine in childhood and are eligible for a second dose of the vaccine at no cost through a publicly funded immunization program. The Canadian Press ©2017 The Canadian Press
A British Columbia man, 52, has been charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking after police found 22 pounds of pot in his vehicle.
EDMONTON — A judge says extreme driving stunts such as the one that led to the death of an Edmonton university student should be banned. The recommendation is in a public fatality report into the May 2013 death of Melinda Green. Green was watching a charity fundraising event in a strip mall parking lot in which a Jeep drove on top of the front wheel of another Jeep. For some reason the Jeep lurched forward into the crowd, injuring the 20-year-old, who later died. In the report Judge Jody Moher recommends that Alberta Highway Traffic Safety Act rules should cover public and private parking lots. Moher also recommends that extreme driving events should not be allowed in public unless there are barriers between the vehicles and the crowd, and safety marshals are on hand. The Canadian Press ©2017 The Canadian Press
The woman who pleaded guilty to killing the Van De Vorst family while driving drunk is no longer behind bars. Postmedia reported that Catherine McKay was moved from prison to a healing lodge just one month after beginning her 10-year sentence. Correctional Services Canada wouldn't confirm the movement of any prisoners but did outline the general circumstances for such a move. It said CSC makes placement determinations based on the risk posed by an offender, their personal needs and potential for re-integration into society. Factors such as employment, marital status, substance abuse, emotional stability and attitude are also considered. McKay pleaded guilty in June 2016 to four counts of impaired driving causing death, after striking and killing Jordan and Chandra Van De Vorst along with their two children, aged 2 and 5. CSC Regional Communications Administrator Joan Dunajski, speaking in general terms, said indigenous inmates can be transferred to a healing lodge to provide culture-specific correctional services. "Based on a healing and holistic approach, indigenous programs target offenders’ needs in the context of Indigenous history, culture, and spirituality, while at the same time addressing the factors related to criminal behaviour," she wrote to 650 CKOM. On its website, CSC said non-indigenous prisoners can also live in at a healing lodge but must follow indigenous programming and spirituality. The Postmedia report also suggested McKay has been receiving day passes to leave the lodge.
PICTOU, N.S. — A Nova Scotia man convicted of biting off part of a fellow mourner’s nose in a drunken brawl at a wake has been sentenced to six months in jail. Randall Edwin MacLean was convicted of aggravated assault last October. MacLean was drunk when he arrived at the 2014 wake for his old friend Howard Miller at a house in downtown Pictou, N.S. — but he wasn't the only one. Judge Del Atwood said almost everyone present was inebriated — and as will happen sometimes when a group of people have had too much to drink, a disagreement turned into a brawl. MacLean's lawyer, Joel Sellers, says that during the sentencing hearing in Pictou provincial court Tuesday, his client said he regretted what happened, but maintained that he did not intentionally bite Paul Gaudet's nose. MacLean is also facing 12 months of probation, a victim surcharge of $200, a DNA collection order and a 10-year firearm prohibition. The Canadian Press ©2017 The Canadian Press
Taco Bell is coming back to Saskatoon. A cryptic social media post from Taco Bell Canada Wednesday afternoon indicated a Saskatoon location will open at 8th Street and Arlington Avenue this spring. "Me and my buddies are quite excited," Jeremy Morin told 650 CKOM Thursday. "It's about time we finally got one in Saskatoon." Morin isn’t alone – the news of Taco Bell’s return lit up 650 CKOM's Facebook page, garnering hundreds of shares and comments. "Now I don't have to drive to Edmonton or Minot (U.S.) just to get it," said Spencer Meisner. Saskatoon is finally getting a Taco Bell. On the other side of town but! I'm willing to make the drive for some delicious terrible food — Nicole (@hockeybychoice) February 23, 2017 Meisner, 26, has been a fan of the food chain since he was 16-years-old. "I really like Mexican food and it's really cheap," he said. The new location won’t be the first time Taco Bell has opened in the Bridge City – the University of Saskatchewan's food court had one at least a decade ago, which has since closed.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has got the players' association's blessing to remove the four outside pitches for intentional walks. The pitcher will signal and the batter will become the runner without a pitch being thrown. There is a healthy debate about this. Purists hate it, other fans are happy that this will speed up the game. I personally endorse the move. Fans have more entertainment choices and viewing choices than ever before. It's important to keep those in the ball park and, more importantly, those at home engaged. Manfred is also hoping to implement other rules, such as limiting trips from the dugout to the mound and bringing in a time clock to speed up pitchers. The players' association has put up some resistance to those changes, but hopefully we see them take hold. In 2017, tradition has to take a back seat to action.
Two men have been charged and police are looking for a third man following an investigation into a home invasion and stabbing in Moose Jaw, Sask.
OTTAWA — Three federal public service unions are calling on the Liberal government to include a $75-million contingency fund in the coming budget to help address the Phoenix pay system fiasco. The Public Service Alliance of Canada, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada and the Canadian Association of Professional Employees say the fund would help ensure workers are paid correctly and on time. Chris Aylward, PSAC's national executive vice-president, says solutions need to go beyond fixing technology. He says the pool of money would help expand the capacity of departments to address Phoenix pay-system challenges. Earlier this week in the House of Commons, Public Services Minister Judy Foote said it is "totally unacceptable" employees are going without pay for their work. She says an injustice was done to employees by the previous Conservative government, adding the Liberals are now trying to ensure workers have a better payroll system than ever. The Canadian Press ©2017 The Canadian Press
Crop insurance premiums and coverage levels are going up in Saskatchewan.
OTTAWA — The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada has launched a strategy aimed at improving rural health in Canada. The Rural Road Map for Action includes four major directions aimed at ensuring the 18 per cent of Canadians living outside urban centres have equal access to high quality health care. It focuses on support for Canadian medical schools as they develop students willing to practice in rural communities. It also works to link those young doctors with long-time rural physicians. The strategy offers proposals to strengthen the network of specialists and other care providers, helping rural doctors offer the best care for patients and communities, despite geographical challenges. Golden, B.C., doctor and co-chair of the task force, Dr. Trina Larsen Soles, says the plan is vital because recruiting and retaining family physicians in rural areas through financial incentives alone is not enough. "Family medicine residents who are educated in rural training sites, immerse themselves in the communities and who see themselves supported by peers, specialists, health-care providers and evolving distance technologies are more likely to choose rural and stay rural," she says. Co-ordination and alignment of education, practice policies, community involvement and government support is needed to ensure the best rural health care in this country, says Larsen Soles. The Canadian Press ©2017 The Canadian Press