Saskatoon News

Sask. minister won't commit to releasing overdose dashboard

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 15:35
Saskatchewan's minister of Mental Health and Addictions says he can't make any promises about whether the government will publicly release a dashboard it has developed to track deaths, hospitalizations and other impacts of a toxic drug crisis. Read More

COVID-19 case rate in northern half of Saskatchewan highest in Canada

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 15:34
The northern half of Saskatchewan is adding new COVID-19 cases at a pace nearly 33 times the rate in Canada as a whole. Read More

B.C. readies response ahead of second heat wave expected this weekend

News Talk 650 CKOM - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 15:32
VANCOUVER — British Columbia is gearing up to respond to another heat wave by taking several steps including opening civic centres that would otherwise be closed so people can escape to a cool place if they lack air conditioning. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says social media updates will be posted so people can access resources, Information on illnesses related to heat waves will also be available online. Farnworth says local governments are being encouraged to provide information on cooling centres for residents who have been forced to leave their homes due to wildfires in parts of the province. Health Minister Adrian Dix says jobs for more paramedics and dispatchers were being posted on Friday as part of an effort to provide better service to 911 callers after the last heat wave at the end of June led to multiple complaints about hours-long waits. Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the weekend but cooler temperatures are expected on Monday. This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 30, 2021. The Canadian Press

This research team found the number of Indigenous people in Sask. with IBD doubled over a 17 year period

CTV Saskatoon - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 15:03
A research study out of the University of Saskatchewan reveals the number of Indigenous people in the province living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has more than doubled from 1999 to 2016.
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Partnership between 211 Saskatchewan and SaskWell launched to help quell COVID-19 stress

Global Saskatoon - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 14:50
Both 2-1-1 Saskatchewan and SaskWell are proud to announce their new partnership, allowing both parties to use each others resources to help the people of Saskatchewan.
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Vehicle crashes into Saskatoon bookstore

News Talk 650 CKOM - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 14:40
It wasn’t just bookmarks hitting the pages in Saskatoon Friday. Around 10:30 a.m., police were called to the McNally Robinson Booksellers and Prairie Ink Restaurant on the 3100 block of Eighth Street East after a vehicle struck the wall of the building. While some people were shaken up, nobody in the building was hurt. The driver was uninjured as well. Police did issue a ticket for driving without due care and attention due to the incident.

156 active fire bans in Saskatchewan’s rural municipalities, more than 200 provincially

Global Saskatoon - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 14:37
As of July 29, there were more than 200 active fire bans in Saskatchewan including 156 in the province's rural municipalities.
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Federal government reaches nearly $8B deal with First Nations on drinking water suit

News Talk 650 CKOM - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 14:33
OTTAWA — The federal government has reached a nearly $8-billion settlement with multiple First Nations who launched class-action lawsuits over the lack of clean, safe drinking water in their communities. Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller, alongside the Tataskweyak Cree Nation, Curve Lake First Nation and Neskantaga First Nation, announced today that they have reached an "historic" agreement in principle. Miller says the agreement includes $1.5 billion in compensation for people who were deprived of clean drinking water, the creation of a $400 million First Nation economic and cultural restoration fund and at least $6 billion to support reliable access to safe drinking water on reserve. The agreement also includes a renewed commitment to Canada's action plan for the lifting of all long-term drinking water advisories, support for First Nations to develop their own safe drinking water bylaws and initiatives, and planned modernization of First Nations drinking water legislation. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised in 2015 to lift all drinking water advisories by this March, but Miller acknowledged last December that the government would not meet that goal.  Miller says as of today, First Nations with support of Indigenous Services Canada have lifted 108 long-term drinking water advisories since November 2015. This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 30, 2021. The Canadian Press

40-year-old man charged after downtown Saskatoon attack

News Talk 650 CKOM - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 14:29
It was between 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on July 14 when Cole Chorney and his wife decided to take a walk along Spadina Cr. in downtown Saskatoon. They had just had dinner at a local steakhouse and were staying in a downtown hotel. The couple says says they walked past Kiwanis Park and crossed at 22 St. E. when suddenly his wife yelled out to him. “I didn’t see, my wife did at first, and all she did was yell ‘Cole run!’ And she started to go,” Chorney told Gormley with guest host Mike Couros. “I turned around and saw him. He then lunged towards me- (I) didn’t realize what was in his hand until I jumped out of the way. He had a knife,” said Chorney. The father-to-be had his pants slashed and was superficially cut by the knife. He said the man began mumbling something to him but eventually put his knife away and walked back towards Kiwanis Park. No one else was hurt. Chorney’s wife immediately called for police who came quickly. “They were able to catch the man,” he said. Saskatoon Police confirm that a 40-year-old man was arrested and charged with multiple offences, including assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, and carrying a concealed weapon. Chorney said while the physical attack didn’t hurt him, he and his wife are now suffering mentally. “I catch myself thinking more and more about it and what could have been- and that’s what’s worrying me most… she’s (wife) is definitely having the same thoughts too. Luckily not too much physical damage, but I’m starting to struggle with it more.” Chorney said from now on, he and his wife would feel safer in a group if they head into downtown Saskatoon.

Judge seeks more evidence, delays bail ruling for suspect in Montreal kidnapping case

News Talk 650 CKOM - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 14:22
MONTREAL — A judge has put off a decision on a bail request from one of three men accused in an alleged abduction that triggered an Amber Alert in Montreal this week, telling the court on Friday she needs more evidence before ruling. Two 21-year-olds and a 22-year-old — two of whom are brothers of the 16-year-old alleged victim — were charged in connection with the incident. Quebec court Judge Joëlle Roy was expected to render a decision Friday in the bail application of the 21-year-old brother but instead asked for more evidence, including a full statement from the victim to police and testimony from the parents to better understand the familial and cultural context of the case. “I want more information, this is a unique dossier with a whole societal and cultural backdrop,” Roy told the court. The judge extended the bail hearing into next week, when the other two co-accused will also make their bid for bail. A court order prohibits the publication of any information that could identify the minor victim. During a hearing Thursday, the court heard the girl had been controlled by her brothers in recent months, with their mother's approval. The alleged victim had left her mother's home to go live with her father recently after a dispute, and the brothers believed it was their duty to bring her back to their mother's home, the Crown said. Prosecutor Bruno Ménard recounted that she was forced to give her money to her brother, she was told how she could dress and she wasn't allowed to smoke electronic cigarettes. He said the teen told police her brothers monitored her text messages and frequently turned off the Wi-Fi at home, causing her to fail school classes. The 21-year-old brother forbid her to work at night and even went to her workplace against her wishes and told her employer she had quit. The victim alleged her mother threatened to take steps to verify whether she was still a virgin, according to the Crown's account. Montreal police have said that just after 11 p.m. on Monday, the teen was allegedly forced into a vehicle from her place of work at a restaurant in Kirkland, Que, a suburb in western Montreal. The Crown says the brothers are alleged to have entered the restaurant and forcibly removed their sister, smashing her glasses and phone and assaulting another employee who tried to stop them. Much of the interaction was caught on video. In the car with her 21-year-old brother, she told investigators, he removed her shoes and jewelry. The prosecutor told the court her brother threatened, "If you go to the police, don't worry, I have more than one way to shoot you in the head." Major-crimes investigators elected to issue an Amber Alert early Tuesday, fearing for the girl's safety. Police tracked the cellphone of the 21-year-old brother and arrested him. The girl and the other 21-year-old accused turned up at a Montreal police station soon after the alert was sent out. The 22-year-old brother was arrested by police later that morning. The prosecutor argued the 21-year-old brother should remain detained because of the seriousness of the crime and because of the exercise of control over the victim. The defence has countered that it was an unfortunate event amplified by the Amber Alert, noting the accused has no criminal record. The accused assured the court he was a good brother and would abide by conditions. But Roy said Friday she needs a fuller picture. “I also have a duty to protect a 16-year-old girl," Roy said. “I want a global portrait of the family and what’s going on.” The case will resume Wednesday and Friday next week. This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 30, 2021. Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press

Minor injuries reported after van crashes into Saskatoon bookstore

CTV Saskatoon - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 14:21
There were minor injuries reported after a van crashed into a Saskatoon bookstore and restaurant on Friday.
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Active COVID-19 cases in Sask. nearly double in last 10 days

CTV Saskatoon - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 14:20
Active COVID-19 cases across Saskatchewan rose to 448 Friday, which is the highest number since the province dropped all public health measures on July 11.
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Latest COVID update July 30: 56 new cases, 22 recoveries, no new deaths

News Talk 650 CKOM - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 14:11
In its daily COVID-19 update on Friday, the province said there were 56 new cases in Saskatchewan. The new cases are located in the following zones: far northwest (eight), far north-central (one), far northeast (11), northwest (two), north-central (two), Saskatoon (13), central-west (four), Regina (two), south-central (two), and southeast (six). Five cases are without hometown information. Two previously reported cases were assigned to the far northwest zone while another two were assigned to the north-central zone. An additional two cases tested out of the provinces were added to the Saskatoon zone. No new deaths were reported Thursday. The total number of COVID-19 deaths remains at 578. There is a total of 49,940 cases with 48,914 recoveries and 448 cases considered active. There are 46 people in hospital — 34 are receiving inpatient care in the far northwest (one), northwest (one), north-central (four),  Saskatoon (16), Regina (11) and southeast (one). Twelve people are in intensive care in the north-central (one), Saskatoon (six), and Regina (five) zones. The seven-day average of new COVID-19 case numbers has risen to 45, or 3.8 new cases per 100,000. Vaccination update An additional 5,345 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 1,406,189. Vaccines were given in the far northwest (119), far north-central (38), far northeast (156), northwest (242), north-central (280), northeast (176), Saskatoon (1,433), central-west (259), central-east (370), Regina (1,037), southwest (165), south-central (322) and southeast (526) zones. There were 222 doses administered without a known hometown. Seventy-five per cent of those 12 and older have received their first dose and 63 per cent of those 12 and older are fully vaccinated, according to the provincial daily update. As of Aug. 8, the Saskatchewan Health Authority is shifting their vaccination focus from mass vaccination to an outreach model, targeting those in the province who are unvaccinated or have just one shot. Beginning on Aug. 3, the province will no longer provide daily updates on the numbers. It will provide a weekly update. The COVID-19 dashboard will still be updated daily.

Latest COVID update July 30: 56 new cases, 22 recoveries, no new deaths

News Talk 650 CKOM - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 14:10
In its daily COVID-19 update on Friday, the province said there were 56 new cases in Saskatchewan. The new cases are located in the following zones: far northwest (eight), far north-central (one), far northeast (11), northwest (two), north-central (two), Saskatoon (13), central-west (four), Regina (two), south-central (two), and southeast (six). Five cases are without hometown information. Two previously reported cases were assigned to the far northwest zone while another two were assigned to the north-central zone. An additional two cases tested out of the provinces were added to the Saskatoon zone. No new deaths were reported Thursday. The total number of COVID-19 deaths remains at 578. There is a total of 49,940 cases with 48,914 recoveries and 448 cases considered active. There are 46 people in hospital — 34 are receiving inpatient care in the far northwest (one), northwest (one), north-central (four),  Saskatoon (16), Regina (11) and southeast (one). Twelve people are in intensive care in the north-central (one), Saskatoon (six), and Regina (five) zones. The seven-day average of new COVID-19 case numbers has risen to 45, or 3.8 new cases per 100,000. Vaccination update An additional 5,345 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 1,406,189. Vaccines were given in the far northwest (119), far north-central (38), far northeast (156), northwest (242), north-central (280), northeast (176), Saskatoon (1,433), central-west (259), central-east (370), Regina (1,037), southwest (165), south-central (322) and southeast (526) zones. There were 222 doses administered without a known hometown. Seventy-five per cent of those 12 and older have received their first dose and 63 per cent of those 12 and older are fully vaccinated, according to the provincial daily update. As of Aug. 8, the Saskatchewan Health Authority is shifting their vaccination focus from mass vaccination to an outreach model, targeting those in the province who are unvaccinated or have just one shot. Beginning on Aug. 3, the province will no longer provide daily updates on the numbers. It will provide a weekly update. The COVID-19 dashboard will still be updated daily.

How a low-floor Saskatoon Access Transit bus will help provide independence for users

CTV Saskatoon - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 14:04
Saskatoon Transit has revealed their brand new low floor access buses in an effort to provide more accessible options for customers with reduced mobility.
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Active COVID-19 cases rising as Saskatchewan approaches 50K total infections

Global Saskatoon - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 13:55
There are 56 new COVID-19 infections in Saskatchewan as of Friday, according to health officials.
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Quebec man charged in 2014 robbery of Saskatoon's Birks jewelry store

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 13:22
More than seven years after an armed robbery of a Saskatoon jewellery store, a 37-year-old Quebec man has been charged in connection with the incident. Read More

Saskatchewan weather outlook: July 30

Global Saskatoon - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 13:21
The seven-day Saskatchewan forecast with Peter Quinlan on Friday, July 30.
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Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Jon Ryan enjoying final years of football career

Global Saskatoon - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 13:20
At age 39, Saskatchewan Roughriders punter and Regina product Jon Ryan is savouring every moment he has left in his professional football career.
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Full crowd expected at 2021 Saskatchewan Roughriders home opener

Global Saskatoon - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 13:08
In one week, the Saskatchewan Roughriders will welcome back fans with CFL action at Mosaic Stadium for the first time in 21 months.
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