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Saskatoon writers aim for 50,000 words in November

Hundreds of people across the province are attempting to write 50,000 words of a novel within 30 days in November.
National Novel Writing Month - also known as NaNoWriMo - brings writers together to challenge and encourage each other.
"We get pretty much everybody -- retired people, people who want to be writers, people who have never thought about writing before," Janna Willard, Municipal Liaison for NaNoWriMo Saskatoon, said.

Saskatoon homeless death unacceptable: United Way

The United Way of Saskatoon says any death is one too many when it comes to the homeless population in the city.
On Saturday, police reported that a 42-year-old man was found dead inside a semi truck, abandoned near Optimist Park.
Foul play is not suspected and police believe he had been living there for some time.
"Clearly, we need to do more and we need to do it quickly," United Way CEO Myra Potter said.

Operation Red Nose continues in Regina

Those in Regina wishing to imbibe this holiday season won't have to worry about their ride at the end of the night as Operation Red Nose is once again 'taking the reigns.'

Operation Red Nose has been offering safe rides home to Canadians for 30 years. This is the sixth year Saskatchewan has seen the program, and the second year in Regina.

Immigrants share their story during Sask. Multiculturalism Week

People from over 200 countries come to the province to find a new home. The culture they bring with them is being celebrated during Multicultural Week in Saskatchewan.
The experiences of immigrants were shared at a kick off event on Saturday at the First Nations University of Canada in Regina.
Noy Lim is from the Philippines and now calls the small town of Maple Creek home. He has lived in the province for over five years but remembers when he first arrived it took some time to learn Canadian culture but to also teach his culture to others.

Santa's sleigh rides into Saskatoon for annual parade

Santa Claus is back in the bridge city Sunday for his annual parade.

The Santa Claus Parade begins at 1 p.m. at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 19th Street East and will wind its way down 3rd Avenue and back up 1st Avenue to Midtown Plaza.

"Our theme this year is Christmas around the world and it starts with the grand marshal which is FolkFest," parade spokesman Jerry Demeria said.

Donation helps Regina shelter provide essentials

When we think of donating clothes, there’s one important area that often gets overlooked: underwear.

“One of the most neglected areas of donations in a lot of cases is the need for those personal items and, in particular, undergarments,” explained Rebecca Cochrane with Souls Harbour Rescue Mission in Regina.

The organization received 5,000 pairs of underwear on Monday morning as part of a country-wide drive known as Got Ginch & Need Knickers. Over the last six years of the drive, more than 225,000 pairs have been donated across Canada.

Afghanistan veterans to share stories at U of R

A Regina reservist is once again sharing the story about his time in Afghanistan as his way of making sure tales of war aren't forgotten.

Sgt. Rylan Betker served in Afghanistan in 2008 as a gun detachment member operating the big 155 mm gun, and a gun detachment troop lift carry vehicle driver. He will be one of two veterans sharing stories at the University of Regina Monday night ahead of Remembrance Day.

Fall of the Berlin Wall celebrated in Saskatoon

When Sabine Doebel-Atchison was 10-years-old, she travelled between East and West Germany with her parents for the very first time in her life.

25 years later, Doebel-Atchison is the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan German Council, and has helped organize a local celebration with the German Cultural Centre of the monumental event that changed her life.

Saskatoon muslims celebrate Remembrance Day

Saskatoon Muslims spent Friday prayer remembering Canadian veterans.

For the past four years, Ahmadiyya Muslims have used the Friday prayer service before Remembrance Day to reflect on the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers and introduce newcomers to the annual tradition.

“We educate the newcomers to Canada, Saskatchewan and Saskatoon. They understand the values, the sacrifices that Canada has made for the freedom that we are experiencing today,” Ahmadiyya Muslim community president Nasser Malik said.

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