Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he'll be reiterating a message about the importance of free trade when he attends a meeting of governors from western states.
Special Olympics Healthy Athletes focuses on improving the training and competition of athletes by concentrating on their overall health.
Award-winning travel writer Jenn Smith Nelson shares the long list of ways to celebrate Canada’s big birthday right here in Saskatchewan.
Calling all aspiring filmmakers! The National Film Board of Canada wants to give you the opportunity to hone your craft with help from some of the best in the business.
A man has been sentenced for his role in a 2015 bar fight that left a Yorkton man paralyzed.
A Canora woman is dead after a single vehicle rollover near Veregin, Sask., on Thursday.
It's been fun to talk about. It was fun to watch. The CFL season opener between the Darian Durant-led Montreal Alouettes and Chris Jones' Saskatchewan Roughriders is over. Durant pointed to the football gods when discussing Thursday's one point Montreal win. Darian Durant and Chris Jones were cordial in fielding question after question about this matchup prior to Thursday's game. They did their best to suggest that this was just one game of 18 in a regular season. Some suggested the hype in the lead-up to this game was media driven. Coaches and players from both teams suggested it meant more to the fans than those directly involved in the game. Durant's post-game celebration and comments proved otherwise. It's on record that Durant's Alouettes beat Jones' Riders in the most talked-about season opener in some time. Durant and other Alouettes are taking great satisfaction in that, as they should.
OTTAWA — Even once reforms proposed by the Trudeau government were in place, Canada would only sit 46th on a list of global freedom-of-information rankings — sandwiched between Peru and Bulgaria. The Halifax-based Centre for Law and Democracy says the planned changes to the Access to Information Act tabled this week would add just two points to Canada's overall score for its legal framework on the right to information. The new score — 92 points out of a possible 150 — would bump Canada up three places on the country listings, from its current ranking of 49th in the world. The non-profit centre says Canadians deserve better after waiting a full generation for reforms to the access law. It says the bill does nothing to narrow or close exceptions in the law that allow federal agencies to withhold information from release. The bill also backpedals on a campaign promise to fully apply the Access to Information Act to ministerial offices. — Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter The Canadian Press ©2017 The Canadian Press
The current minimum wage in Saskatchewan, which was brought in last October, is $10.72.
HALIFAX — A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the second-degree murder of a young Halifax woman found dying on a pathway, in what police now say was a random killing. Chelsie Probert, 18, was found in medical distress on a north end Dartmouth walkway around 10 p.m. on June 6. She died in hospital. Halifax Regional Police Supt. Jim Perrin said Friday there was a "violent act," and the killing was random. "I think any time situations like this occur, it's alarming. It's alarming to the public," said Perrin during a news conference at police headquarters in Halifax. "I think the public can take comfort in how fast we've solved this particular case. Nonetheless, it's still alarming that these things happen and it's tragic. There's families that are caught in the middle of this and we feel for them." On Thursday, officers in the force's homicide unit arrested a 16-year-old boy at a Dartmouth home. He was scheduled to appear in youth court Friday to face a charge of second-degree murder. Perrin said the age of both the victim and the accused is troubling. "I don't want to minimize any of the other investigations we have had where the people have been older, but certainly a 16-year-old youth charged with second-degree murder, it's alarming, and an 18-year-old lady losing her life to a violent act is alarming. Very alarming." Investigators have not released her cause of death. The Canadian Press ©2017 The Canadian Press
A woman has died after a pickup truck rolled over on a southeastern Saskatchewan highway.
CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks have re-acquired forward Brandon Saad in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets, parting with top young forward Artemi Panarin to complete the blockbuster deal. The 24-year-old Saad spent his first four seasons with Chicago, helping the Blackhawks win two Stanley Cups. Concerned about their ability to re-sign Saad when he became a restricted free agent in 2015, the Blackhawks traded the rugged winger to the Blue Jackets. He had 24 goals and 29 assists in 82 games for Columbus last season. The Blackhawks also received goaltender Anton Forsberg and a 2018 fifth-round draft pick in Friday's trade in exchange for forwards Panarin and Tyler Motte and Chicago's sixth-round selection on Saturday. The loss of Panarin is a big blow for Chicago. He teamed with Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov to form one of the NHL's most potent lines the past couple seasons. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press
The defence lawyers representing three men accused of killing Shawn Douglas of Regina will not be calling any witnesses to the stand.
Minimum-wage workers in Saskatchewan are getting a 24-cent-an-hour raise this fall.
OTTAWA — Public health and medical experts are supporting 10 new recommendations to help reduce health risks associated with using cannabis. The recommendations, published in the American Journal of Public Health, are the result of a project conducted by the Ontario arm of the Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse — a national initiative funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The recommendations are: 1. Cannabis use has health risks best avoided by abstaining 2. Delay taking up cannabis use until later in life 3. Identify and choose lower-risk cannabis products 4. Don't use synthetic cannabinoids 5. Avoid smoking cannabis — choose safer ways of using 6. If you smoke cannabis, avoid harmful smoking practices 7. Limit and reduce cannabis use 8. Don't use and drive or operate heavy machinery 9. Avoid cannabis use altogether if you are at risk for mental health problems or are pregnant 10. Avoiding combining these risks The Canadian Press ©2017 The Canadian Press
CHICAGO — The Arizona Coyotes have acquired defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. The 30-year-old Hjalmarsson had spent his entire 10-year career with Chicago, helping the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup titles. He had five goals, 13 assists and a team-high 181 blocked shots in 73 games last season. The Blackhawks received defencemen Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin in Friday's trade. The 24-year-old Murphy had two goals and a career-high 15 assists in 77 games with Arizona last season. Dauphin, 22, has appeared in 32 NHL games over the last two seasons. The trade comes with Arizona in a bit of turmoil. The team announced Thursday on the eve of the NHL draft that coach Dave Tippett was out after eight seasons. The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press
ANKARA, Turkey — Five people, including two teenagers and a 12-year-old, died Friday after being electrocuted at a water park pool in northwest Turkey, Turkish media reports said. The three children were caught up in an electrical current in the pool in the town of Akyazi, in Sakarya province, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. The park's manager and his son were killed when they dived into the pool to try and save the flailing children, according to the private Dogan news agency. All five were rushed to a hospital in Akyazi, but could not be saved. Anadolu said a sixth person was also hospitalized with injuries but did not provide further details. Private NTV television said the children were aged 12, 15 and 17. Gendarmerie officers were conducting an investigation into what caused the electrocutions, Dogan reported. Television footage showed ambulances waiting outside the water park and several people gathered outside the Akyazi State Hospital. The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press
Darian Durant played down the revenge factor in the week leading up to facing his old team but, when the game was over, the veteran quarterback admitted it felt good to win.
WINNIPEG — Indigenous and municipal leaders from northern Manitoba say a broken rail line to Churchill could be fixed in about two months if governments and the railway owner are willing to spend the money. Chief Betsy Kennedy of the War Lake First Nation says the Keewatin Railway Company — a First-Nations-run company in northwestern Manitoba — has the manpower and expertise to get the repairs done quickly. The railway to Churchill was knocked out by flooding last month and Denver-based owner Omnitrax has said repairs are likely to take until next spring. Churchill Mayor Michael Spence says his town cannot wait that long. The rail line is the only land link to Churchill, and goods and people must now be flown in at a higher cost or shipped in by barge during the short ice-free season. There are reports that many tourists have cancelled plans to visit the town this summer, and some businesses have cut back staff and operating hours. The Canadian Press ©2017 The Canadian Press
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Vice-President Mike Pence's visit Friday to Colorado to celebrate the anniversary of Focus on the Family comes at a time of change for the religious right during the age of President Donald Trump. Focus on the Family was once well-known for its involvement in politics. But under new leadership, it has dialed that back in an effort by younger evangelicals to withdraw from partisan culture wars. At the same time, many older evangelicals have stayed the course, helping Trump become president and the religious right gain political power. Trump's win breathed new life into the older-school political approach that Focus on the Family once embodied. "There was an emerging view that the evangelical movement had become too politicized," said Ralph Reed, a prominent evangelical political strategist. "Today evangelicals arguably have more influence in shaping public policy in Washington than at any time since Jerry Falwell founded the Moral Majority." Focus was founded in 1977 by James Dobson, a child psychologist who started a radio show advising Christians about being good parents. That effort evolved into Focus on the Family, which at its peak had more than 1,000 employees and served as a platform for Dobson to weigh in on legislation, sit on White House panels and campaign against gay rights. Dobson left in 2010 and the organization is now about half the size. It's led by 55-year-old Jim Daly, who has scaled back involvement in politics and sees himself as part of a younger generation of religious leadership. Focus remains true to its Dobson-era mission of fighting against laws that ban conversion therapy to "cure" gay people. But perhaps the greatest contrast between the old and new Focus came last year, when Dobson endorsed Trump while Daly and Focus stayed neutral. "Those heavyweights in the Christian community" grew up in an era of widespread school prayer and centrality of Christianity in American life, Daly said. "They literally were trying to save the nation from going in the wrong direction." Daly said the younger generation knows those days are past and is wary of using electoral politics to rekindle them. "Jesus does not go after Caesar much — he dealt with people at their point of need," Daly said, touting the ministry's radio show, counselling and efforts promoting foster care and adoption. His arguments echo those of other religious leaders such as Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention, who pushed his denomination to formally condemn the so-called "alt right" movement, and Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California. The 81-year-old Dobson was vacationing in California and unavailable for an interview. After moving to Colorado in 1991, the Dobson-era Focus pushed a ballot measure to block any anti-discrimination laws aimed at protecting gays in cities and counties in the state. The measure passed but was struck down by the Supreme Court. In the process, it inspired several gay Coloradans to become Democratic activists. Ted Trimpa is now one of Colorado's most prominent political strategists and a close friend of Daly. Trimpa recalled a private meeting with Daly and several younger religious conservatives before the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. He was struck by how open the new generation is. "They don't approach it as 'you're doing something wrong, you're sinning,'" Trimpa said. "There isn't a core belief that either one of us is counter to humanity — and that's where we always believed Dobson to be." Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, contended that Focus' softer-edged stance is just a pose. "Look at the data they put out," Lynn said, referring to Focus' arguments against bans on conversion therapy and suggestions that transgender children are being misled. "This is really hard-core stuff and it's not easily distinguished from the way Jim Dobson talked when he ran the place." Jeff Hunt, president of Colorado Christian University, said the less-political approach of those like Daly has opened up a void in religious politics that others filled by enthusiastically backing Trump. "There's still a real hunger for continual, strong leadership that Dobson provided," Hunt said. Trump won the support of 80 per cent of evangelicals, according to exit polls — the highest percentage for a presidential candidate on record. Since Trump entered the White House, polls have shown religious voters to be his most steadfast supporters. He has rewarded them, appointing Ben Carson, a hero to many religious conservatives and a former guest on Focus radio shows, to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Trump's Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, has been a strong supporter of religious schools. And Pence, who in a speech earlier this month called Dobson his "mentor," is a prominent evangelical politician. Much of the energy that conservative religious voters put behind Trump stemmed from the anxiety they felt during the Obama years, when gay marriage became legal and religious employers were required to provide health insurance that covered birth control. "Our strength has a lot to do with the way the faith community felt under attack the past eight years," Hunt said. Even though Focus wasn't actively involved in Trump's win, Daly is happy with the administration. He also admires Pence. But Daly doesn't have too much faith that religious conservatives will stay in political power. Democrats, he said, will eventually win again. "This is fleeting," Daly said. Nicholas Riccardi And Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press