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SaskTel ranks third slowest for Netflix speeds in the country

SaskTel customers who use Netflix are waiting longer to stream video online according to a recent ranking across Canada.

SaskTel ranks among the lowest in the country in a list released by Netflix with an average speed of 2.24 Mbps. It ranks 12 out of 14 providers only ahead of Bell Aliant - DSL (1.79 Mbps) and last-placed Rogers (1.67 Mbps). Bell Canada- Fiber Optic has the fastest average Netflix speed at 3.19 Mbps.

Carousel added to the mix for the new Kinsmen Park

A Saskatoon original will be the shining light at the new Kinsmen Park.

On Tuesday the planning and operations committee approved a contract for the refurbishment of the 1960s carousel much to the delight of city councillor Pat Lorje.

“I love carousels and this is just a really great addition to the city to have the carousel,” Lorje said.

Pending city council’s approval on May 20, the contract is going to Sharon Deason Objects Conservator for a total of $105,420.

Rural schools in Saskatchewan are getting faster Internet

The ABC’s will now download in country schools as easy as 1, 2, 3, or at least, much faster than before.

Upgrades to rural Internet speeds in about 500 schools across the province are finished. 

“We are extremely pleased to announce the completion of significant upgrades to CommunityNet that will provide students and teachers across the province with access to the digital tools they need to succeed,” Education Minister Don Morgan said in a news release Tuesday.

PHOTOS: Dinosaurs at the Saskatchewan Science Centre

You could call it the biggest thing to come to Saskatchewan in 65 million years.

A tyrannosaurus rex standing 16-feet tall and 39-feet long is now standing next to a triceratops on the patio outside of the sunlight room at the Saskatchewan Science Centre. The animatronic creatures are part of the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit opening Saturday, May 17.

T-Rex and triceratops outside Science Centre. Andrew Shepherd/CJME

Ukrainian ambassador visits Sask. in midst of country's crisis

In the midst of volatility not seen in his country for 20 years, Vadym Prystaiko, Ukrainian ambassador to Canada, took his first trip to Saskatchewan.

Prystaiko spoke to reporters in Saskatoon ahead of a public event at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada Monday night. He is slated to speak at the Ukrainian Orthodox Hall in Regina on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Parking rates doubled in downtown Regina but revenues did not

Drivers in Regina have been paying double to park at meters downtown for about the last month, but is that translating into double the revenue for the city?

Not necessarily.

“We are in the range of about a $40,000 increase year over year,” explained Kelly Scherr, the city’s director of construction and compliance.

“That certainly is not a doubling.”

Accused in fatal crash on police's chronic auto-offender list

The two accused in relation to Monday’s fatal crash were on a chronic auto-theft offender list, according to Saskatoon police.

Staff Sergeant Keith Briant with the property crime task force, which started at the beginning of May, said the team is working hard to drive down the number of auto thefts in the city.

“They were on my chronic offender list,” he said of Cheyann Chrystal Peeteetuce, 21, and a 17-year-old girl who cannot be named because of her age.

Regina woman joins call to ban tanning beds for teens

The push for the provincial government to ban tanning for teens just got one voice louder.

A young woman in Regina is joining the call for government regulation after spending her youth going after a golden glow and even working in a tanning salon.

Jenna Gaube started tanning in grade 11. She says she was jealous of her friends who went tanning in the winter and she was excited when she got some minutes as a gift for Valentine’s Day that year.

Knife defense classes see new clients in Sask.

An instructor of knife defense classes in Saskatoon is seeing new clients as knives continue to be a weapon of choice.

Brad Hutchinson, CEO of the Academy of Tactical Training Systems in Saskatoon, said recent high profile stabbings in Calgary and Regina have been a topic of conversation at his classes.

He is seeing his client base expand to include more people interested in self defense and now security guards.

Sask. man says SaskTel charged for roaming, despite turning data off

A man from Saskatoon says he was slapped with hefty roaming charges despite turning his data off during his latest trip to the U.S.

Lorne Binsfeld and his wife have travelled to Arizona a number of times but received a phone bill for $1,666 for data charges from their latest trip earlier this year.

"Before we leave Saskatchewan we turn off the cellular data, data roaming and enable 3G. We shut those all off," Binsfeld said, adding the condo they rent in Phoenix has free Wi-Fi.

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