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Prairie climber competes on world's stage

A prairie climber is preparing to represent the country at the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Championship in Germany.

Jason Holowach lives to climb. As the owner and operator of the Grip-It Climbing gym in Saskatoon he said he recognizes it's a strange passion in the prairies.

"My mom and dad introduced us to it in northern Saskatchewan, climbing up some cliffs in LaRonge," he explained, adding he was only around eight years old when he started climbing.

Regina celebrates Canada Day

It wasn't quite the day organizers had hoped for, but Regina was still able to celebrate Canada's 147th birthday.

Headliners Big Sugar and Wide Mouth Mason were cancelled and several events were moved to other locations due to the heavy rain on the weekend. Nonetheless, the legislative grounds were packed with people overflowing with Canadian pride, many just happy to see the sun.
 
"We got to get out of the house," said Gerry Williams. "We've been there long enough!"
 

Canada Day celebrations planned for Diefenbaker Park

Celebrations for Canada's 147th birthday are planned for Tuesday in Saskatoon at Diefenbaker Park.

The day will start with a buffet breakfast at a cost of $8. Then, a massive free birthday cake measuring four feet by eight feet will be cut around 10 a.m. and can serve 1,000 people.

Entertainment will go on throughout the day in the park including food vendors, amusement rides, a stock car display and displays by the Saskatoon Fire Department, Canadian Forces and MD Ambulance.

Saskatoon soccer fans watch Brazil squeak out a World Cup win

It was a nail-biting game as Brazil defeated Chile in extra time Saturday afternoon.

"Oh my god, it was amazing," Sugandhi Del Canto said after the match.

Public boat launch reopens

Saskatoon's public boat launch has reopened in time for the weekend.

The boat launch was closed earlier this week due to water concerns on the South Saskatchewan.

The fire department says the river level has dropped enough for the launch to be used safety again. However residents should still use caution.

Meantime the Fred Heal canoe launch located south of the city off Highway 219 and Road 350-A is closed until further notice.

The Meewasin Valley Authority (MVA) said the access road has flooded out.

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Sheepdogs' Ewan Currie to throw first pitch at Jays game

From Saskatoon’s east side Blue Jays to the real deal in Toronto, the lead singer of the Sheepdogs will be using his baseball skills to throw the first pitch on Sunday.

Ewan Currie is hoping to avoid highlight reels of bad first pitches and is hoping his baseball experience will help.

“Everybody that I tell about this thing, they are like, ‘Oh don’t pull a 50 Cent or be like Carly Rae Jepsen or some of the worst first pitches in history,” he said. “I’ve got a decent arm I think I can pull it off.”

Regina Public Library asking for public input for future Central Library

The people of Regina are getting their own say about what the future Central library will look like.

The Regina Public Library has launched a four month long consultation with the public. Library Director and CEO Jeff Barber says they want to know what the community thinks a 21st century library should look like.

"The board has to say 'okay, based on community input, based on what you know, this is where the Central Library needs to go' and get the plan in place to get it there," said Barber.

Meewasin looks 10 years ahead

The Meewasin Valley Authority is planning a face lift in the next decade.

Wednesday they released plans to update and extend trails as well as focus more on conservation and water access.

"The priority of Meewasin is always our natural areas. Natural areas are really the foundation for all that Meewasin does," Erin Akins said.

Online reporting tool helps track bullying

A new online tool launched Tuesday morning will help to tackle online bullying in Saskatchewan.

At École Alvin Buckwold School Education Minister Don Morgan unveiled the new anonymous anti-bullying online reporting tool.

"I think online bullying is one of the most insidious and horrible types of bullying because it doesn't just happen at school ... it follows the child home," he said. "I think this is a good solution."

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