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SaskEnergy emphasizing furnace safety as cold weather hits

As people turn up the thermostat on these chilly November days, SaskEnergy says it's important to not forget about your furnace.

"If you haven't had your furnace maintenance this year, we would advise you to get someone in to check it,"  Dave Burdeniuk, director of media relations for SaskEnergy, said.

Burdeniuk recommends having a qualified plumbing and heating technician do a full safety inspection at least once a year. But, there are also some things homeowners can do themselves.

Service Canada offices moving to Market Mall Dec. 1

Saskatoon's Service Canada offices will have a new home come December.

The offices, currently located in the Federal Building at the corner of 22nd Street and 2nd Avenue will move to Market Mall at 2325 Preston Avenue on Dec. 1.

The old location will close Nov. 28 at noon.

In a statement, the federal government said the mall provides more parking, which is free of charge, and is still on a main transit route.

Province not considering plastic bag ban

The province is not considering a plastic bag ban despite Saskatchewan rural municipalities voting in favour of lobbying the government for one.

“At this time, the Ministry of Environment is not considering banning the use of plastic shopping bags in Saskatchewan,” acting director of environmental protection branch, Ash Olefson said.

Smart meter removal ahead of schedule: SaskPower

SaskPower says it's ahead of schedule when it comes to removing smart meters in the province, but admits, the job could be done even faster.
 
"As of the end of last week we're about 40 per cent through removing and replacing the smart meters," said Tom Kindred, vice-president of information technology with SaskPower.
 
The company is replacing about 5,000 smart meters a week, but according to Kindred, the only thing holding them back is the availability of the meters to replace the smart meters.
 

Cycling gas prices brings more fluctuation across Sask.

While travelling on Saskatchewan highways, drivers might notice gas prices go up and down more than the speed limits do.

Jason Toews, founder of GasBuddy.com, explained that the province normally sees a bit of variance for gas prices.

"It's typically around 12 or 15 cents per litre across the province," Toews said.

The great tire debate: TV host recommends all-weather wheels

Driving on Saskatchewan's roads is always a challenge during the winter, even if you have the proper tires on your vehicle. However, a large number of Canadians drive with tires that don't measure up to the conditions on the road.
 
About 50 per cent of Canadians have all-season tires year-round.
 
"The all-season tire performs well spring, summer, and fall," said Bill Gardiner from TSN's Motoring 2014. "But in the winter time when it gets down to anything 7 C or lower, the grip is greatly diminished."
 

We Day makes third stop in Saskatoon

“Every young person has the power to change the world.”
 
That’s the message each and every year as We Day makes another stop in Saskatoon Friday.
 
Since 2007, thousands of Canadians have attended We Day events across the country.  The day is filled with musical performances and speeches from global leaders and public figures.
 
Each year students who want to attend have to take on one local and one global action to help make a difference in the world.
 

Saskatoon woman wants dead dog's remains back from city

A Saskatoon woman would like her dead dog's ashes from the City of Saskatoon after it was run over by a vehicle last month.

Megan Isbister was out of town for the weekend and left Nanook in the care of her boyfriend.  He told Isbister that Saturday night (Oct.25) he took Nanook outside the apartment for a bathroom break but Nanook wandered away before a white SUV pulled up, called to Nanook and he jumped inside.

Nanook was not wearing his collar.

3 adults, 3 youth arrested in connection to 7 Saskatoon robberies

Six people, including three youth, have been arrested and face a number of charges in connection to a recent series of armed robberies in Saskatoon.

A seventh person is wanted on an arrest warrant. 

Saskatoon police say the armed robberies took place between Oct. 5 and 30 at a number of convenience stores and one off-sale business.

Former liquor store owner favours privatization

As Saskatchewan debates on the future of liquor stores, one former owner is chiming in with her opinion.
 
Darlene Heimlick used to own two stores in Alberta. She says the provincial government could have the best of both worlds by keeping the current stores as is and letting a number of private stores go up.
 
“There’s nothing wrong with government owned stores,” said Heimlick.  “They have the more generic items.  When there’s privatization it allows for expansion of selection and who doesn’t like selection.”
 

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