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Regina woman waiting on ice dam claims from February 2013

After being kept out of her home for nearly a year due to severe damage, one Regina woman says her house insurance is working against her, instead of for her.

"It's been so awful. We pay insurance to protect ourselves and our families. We've been paying for 11 years and never had to use it,” said Michelle Ducie. "At this point our house is in the worst possible condition besides being burnt down, which would probably be easier."

It all started in February 2013 when a massive ice dam formed on Ducie’s house.

Back to school on the bus; What parents need to know

As Saskatoon kids strap on their backpacks, grab their paper bag lunches and head to the street corner this Tuesday, they may notice something is amiss; the school bus.

Many students across the city will have to find alternate modes of transportation following the City’s Friday afternoon announcement that it is suspending several routes until further notice due to ongoing maintenance backlog issues.

Use of drones while hunting now banned in Sask.

The province is grounding the idea of using drones for the purpose of hunting.
A ban on the use of drones while hunting is now part of the Saskatchewan Wildlife regulations. For the most part, "Fair Chase" is compromised when unmanned aircraft come into play.
"That's what it boils right down to, are you giving the animal the proper amount of opportunity to not become harvested and get away from you," said Darrell Crabbe with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.

Sask., B.C. remove barrier on wine trade

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 start of school year

A lengthy lineup of city buses needing repairs has forced bus route cancellations just in time for the beginning of a new schoolyear.

Late blight popping in Sask. gardens

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.

Update: Saskatoon police release dramatic footage from shooting

Saskatoon police released video of the dramatic moments during last Friday’s standoff in Saskatoon’s north end where five people were pinned behind a truck dodging bullets, and police moved in for a rescue.

Government covers expensive cystic fibrosis drug

An expensive drug used to treat a rare form of cystic fibrosis is being added to the province's drug plan.

Effective Monday the province will cover the cost of Kalydeco, an oral medication which up until now was only covered by drug plans in Alberta and Ontario.

If patients had to buy the drug on their own the cost would be roughly $300,000 for a one year supply.

A government spokesperson said the province negotiated a better deal for the medication but were not allowed to reveal the price.

Shipping containers used to make giant Blades' fan

A massive Saskatoon Blades hockey fan made of steel shipping containers is now visible from Highway 11 north.
The World's Biggest Saskatoon Blades' Fan stands 52-feet high and is comprised of thirteen 10-foot containers and three 20-foot containers according to Bob Anderson, marketing director with BigSteelBox, the company behind the structure. It set up shop north of Saskatoon in June and already has a partnership with the Saskatoon Blades.

Solar panels coming to the Broadway Theatre

The Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon is hoping to cut costs with the help of the sun.

"We're planning on covering our entire roof with solar panels," Kirby Wirchenko, the theatre's executive and artistic director, said.

The theatre is looking to install 40 to 50 solar panels that will potentially cut the power bill by 50 per cent.

"Anything that we can save on the energy side, it's all going to get plugged back into the building," Wirchenko said, adding that could include more live shows and a renovation of the lobby and concession area.

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