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Sask. school division tests cameras on rural bus routes

Two Saskatchewan Rivers School Division buses have been outfitted with cameras as part of a 90-day trial involving its rural routes.

One bus has cameras mounted externally and the other has cameras installed inside. The aim of the project is to capture possible infractions by other drivers, particularly those who do not stop when the stop arm is extended and flashing.

“We’re starting out cautiously with a pilot,” Donald Lloyd, chief financial officer for the school division, said.

P.A. calling on province to make bike helmets mandatory

Prince Albert plans to put pressure on the Saskatchewan government to enact mandatory bicycle helmet laws, with the help of a provincial association.

On Monday, the executive committee recommended a draft resolution that would see the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) ask the province and Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) in particular to change the Highway Traffic Act to make it mandatory for all cyclists to wear a helmet. City council is expected to approve the draft resolution at next week’s meeting.

RCMP investigate northern lodge break-in

The owner of a remote fishing lodge in northern Saskatchewan is filing a formal complaint after he says his property was broken into.

Southend RCMP received the complaint Thursday and are in the early stages of the investigation and do not have any suspects currently, according to Mandy Maier, spokesperson for RCMP.

“At this point, it is just that the investigation is ongoing and they are still in the evidence-gathering phase,” she said.

End-of-life care efforts ramp up in Prince Albert

A group dedicated to helping people with terminal medical conditions die peacefully is stepping up its efforts to build Saskatchewan’s first standalone hospice.

A Thursday ribbon-cutting for Rose Garden Hospice Incorporated’s new development office is a sign of that effort.

The hospice board’s chair Marge Jurgens explained hospitals, especially Prince Albert’s, are often over capacity. On top of the “crunch for beds,” she added terminally ill people face different circumstances than most in hospital.

P.A. police chief reacts to more restrictive prostitution bill

On Tuesday Bill C-36 passed its third reading in the Senate, which will put more restrictions on prostitution.

The federal government said the aim of the changes to prostitution laws, which include making it illegal to prostitute near a school or daycare, while also allowing sex trade workers to have more security, is to make the sex trade safer for workers and the public.

According to the Sex Professionals of Canada website, the new laws won’t improve safety but rather lead to violence of sex workers as transactions will be forced into the shadows.

War medals stolen from Big River legion exhibit

Pieces of Canadian military history have been stolen from a Royal Canadian Legion Branch in Big River.

A set of medals from the First World War and an old knife were discovered missing on Saturday from a display box that was set in the Royal Canadian Legion branch in Big River.

Rob Warriner, vice-president of the branch, said the medals and knife in question were donated by a family who wanted to display their heritage proudly.

Cameras give new perspective on SK highways

The Highway Hotline is a service that is extensively used by residents in Saskatchewan.

The ministry of highways and infrastructure is always looking for ways to improve not only the information that’s available on the Highway Hotline website but the manner in which they provide that information, according to Doug Wakabayashi, assistant director of communications for the ministry.

Passengers describe P.A. flight's emergency landing

Smoke in the cockpit is being cited the official reason why a Transwest Air plane was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday afternoon at the Prince Albert airport.

The plane en route to La Ronge from Prince Albert was forced to turn around.

The chief operating officer for Transwest informed paNOW that there was a problem with the plane's GPS unit.

Foul play ruled out in Prince Albert woman's death

The provincial coroner said there is no indication of foul play in the death of a Prince Albert woman.

Fond du Lac impeachment attempt thwarted

A court injunction stopped a speedy byelection on Fond du Lac First Nation dead in its tracks this month.

The byelection for a new chief came on the heels of an impeachment letter from the northern Saskatchewan first nation to Chief Earl Lidguerre, dated Sept. 18.

Signed by Chief Electoral Officer Alex Mercredi and the band’s four executive advisory councillors, the letter cites multiple breeches of their custom band acts.

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