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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.

Grieving father reflects after daughter found in river

Allan Adam said his daughter was given every opportunity in life but was not strong enough to beat her addiction.

Beatrice "Bea" Adam, 36, was found Sunday evening, just days after being reported missing by her family. A father and son out kayaking along the North Saskatchewan River discovered her body.

"She had a good life; she went to the best schools in Prince Albert; she spoke French; and she was multi - talented. Her life was really good until drugs got into it," said Adam.

Celebration of culture and community at Thanksgiving Powwow

The 16th Annual Northern Lights Casino Powwow is underway this weekend at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert. 

Various performers, vendors, local residents and those traveling from different places are all coming together for the celebration.

Some Elders are sharing the importance of tradition and culture to younger generations.

Cellphone privacy takes back seat in school division lawsuit

Guardianship is the principal point of a lawsuit that brought up the issue of cellphone privacy, according to closing arguments made by the plaintiff’s lawyer.

On Thursday, both sides closed their case in a lawsuit trial revolving around a March 2010 incident where a sixth grader’s cellphone was confiscated and his texts read.

For the past three years that student’s grandparents have claimed damages by the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division and Riverside Community School’s then-vice principal Dwayne Tournier.

Union, province review prison overcrowding study

Following the release of a study into overcrowded correctional facilities in Saskatchewan, the province and General Employees’ Union (SGEU) said this is validation of their concerns.

Barry Nowoselsky, chair of the public service negotiating committee, said over the past 10 years there has been a steady increase of inmates with not enough facility space.  This leads to dangerous situations for the correctional centre staff.

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