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New parking system going live in Saskatoon

The City of Saskatoon's new paid parking system begins a phased rollout this week.

Pay stations on Second Avenue North between 19th and 23rd Street East will be activated at 9 a.m. Thursday. The ones on 21st Street East between First Avenue North and Spadina Crescent East will also be brought online.

Hoods will be placed over the old meters directing people to the new pay stations. Signage will be in place showing areas are paid parking zones and indicating the time limits.

Tips that solve crimes: a look at Saskatoon Crime Stoppers

On the fourth floor of the Saskatoon Police Service headquarters, Const. Bill Bergeron jots down notes in an office tucked in a small section of the building. In that room, thousands of anonymous tips come through a simple landline telephone without a call display. 
 
Thanks to Crime Stoppers, some of those tips have helped solve Saskatoon’s most notorious cases. But Bergeron, the coordinator of Saskatoon Crime Stoppers, said if they told the public which crimes those were, it might identify the tipster.
 

Photo radar shows Sask. drivers slowing down

It's only a couple of months in but the Saskatchewan government says it is already seeing the benefits of photo radar.

The province announced on Tuesday that the number of drivers speeding through radar zones has dropped month over month from December to January.

Here are the stats when comparing the number of violations per day between the months:

Skate to Great campaign collecting skating gear for kids

As families strap on their skates for some long weekend fun, the Skate to Great campaign wants to make sure every kid can get on the ice this winter.

The campaign is collecting new and used hockey and figure skates in several Canadian communities including Saskatoon.

Campaign co-founder Evan Kosiner says he got the idea while chatting with Canadian figure skater Kaitlyn Weaver two years ago.

Letter reminds students e-cigarettes banned in Regina schools

It wasn't just homework parents of kids at Ecole Massey elementary in south Regina were reviewing Tuesday night.
 
They were also reading a reminder from the school that, much like tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vapourizers are banned. It is a policy shared with Regina Catholic Schools.
 
The letter was prompted by two students bringing them into school.

Saskatoon MP calls for notwithstanding clause on assisted suicide

A Saskatoon Member of Parliament wants the federal government to reject a Supreme Court ruling that paves the way for doctor-assisted suicide.

Maurice Vellacott, Conservative MP for Saskatoon-Wanuskewin, is firmly against the idea of having doctors help patients to die.

"No man is an island ... we affect one another ... If you decide that you want to have assisted suicide -- what about your spouse? What about your children? What about your grandchildren? The effect on them?  Neighbours? All the others around?" he said.

SaskPower disagrees with Boundary Dam criticisms

SaskPower is striking down a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives that criticizes the Boundary Dam Carbon Capture project.

The report, released on Tuesday, says the project was too expensive and could cost more for customers and is environmentally irresponsible, among other things.

SaskPower disagrees.

Valentine's Day sought-after wedding date in Saskatoon

Valentine’s Day is proving to be an extremely popular wedding date in Saskatoon this year.

Marriage commissioner Nora Jacobs is only marrying one couple at their home on Feb. 14 because several other couples could not find a venue in the city.

“I actually have three next weekend and basically they were trying for Valentine’s Day there just wasn’t available locations for them to have their marriage,” Jacobs said.

This year is Jacob’s first Valentine’s Day ceremony as a marriage commissioner. She received her licence in the fall of last year.

Gas prices come down in Saskatoon

The price of gasoline in Saskatoon is on the move again.

On Wednesday morning, most gas stations in the Bridge City were reporting prices of 91.4 cents a litre. That's a seven cent drop from the beginning of the week.

While gas in Saskatoon is on its way down, it's going back up in Regina. On Tuesday morning, most Regina stations were showing a 10 cent hike to 98.9 cents per litre.

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VIDEO: Jon Stewart leaving The Daily Show later this year

Comedy Central says that Jon Stewart will leave The Daily Show as host later this year.

His departure was announced by Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless after Stewart broke the news to the audience at Tuesday's taping in New York.

Stewart took over the show in 1999. He took a several months-long hiatus in 2013 to direct Rosewater, a film about an Iranian-born journalist who was imprisoned for 118 days in Tehran and accused of being a spy.

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