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Province orders SaskPower to remove all smart meters

The Saskatchewan Government is pulling the plug on every smart meter installed by SaskPower due to public safety concerns following a series of fires.

In a news conference on Wednesday the Minister responsible for SaskPower, Bill Boyd announced that all 105,000 smart meters will be removed and replaced with the old meters. At least eight smart meters in the province have caught fire.

Smart meter swap out

It seems with more reports coming out about SaskPower smart meters starting on fire, more people are wanting to get rid of the smart meters on their homes.

According to SaskPower, as of the end of Tuesday, 150 people had requested their smart meter be removed. And another 30 people since the middle of July had requested the installation of their smart meter be pushed back; 150 people have made that request since the program began.

Tyler Hopson, media leader with SaskPower, said at this point the number is manageable.

How to stay sun safe in a prairie heat wave

In a prairie heat wave like this one, it’s the perfect weather to grab a beach blanket and spend some time in the sun, but the Canadian Cancer Society is also reminding people to take care of their skin.

Brett Estey is a Cancer Control Coordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society Regina branch. He says protecting yourself is not about hiding from the sun completely, it’s about being aware of the risks.

Repair backlog cancels two bus routes

I lineup of buses needing repairs forced city transit services to cancel two bus routes on Tuesday.

“We do apologize to our customers it’s certainly something we take very seriously and we’re taking steps to eliminate this issue,” transit manager Bob Howe said, adding the extreme hot temperatures caused overheating in some buses.

Hot days ahead for Saskatoon

Get out your sunscreen, water and hats because it's getting hot in Saskatoon.
Environment Canada forecasts temperatures around 30 degrees from Tuesday until Friday.
For Bus Stop Refreshments owner Laurel Beaumont, the heat is welcomed.
"I love it, it's something that we all wait for and it's a beautiful thing."

Meewasin Valley Authority thanks donors

The Meewasin Valley Authority (MVA) took the opportunity Tuesday to thank four families for chipping in to help extend the pathway system along the South Saskatchewan River.

Altogether, Janet and Art Postle, Jack and Sylvia Vicq, Terri Lemke and doctors Ivan Jen and Suzanne Yip contributed $400,000 to Meewasin's latest fundraising drive.

The MVA has raised just under $7 million of its $8 million goal since October.

The money is going to extend the Meewasin Trail between Wanuskewin Heritage Park in the north and Chief Whitecap Park in the south.

SaskEnergy assuring customers in wake of SaskPower smart meter fires

Many people are voicing concerns about the new smart meters SaskPower has been installing after several reports of fires, and some of those concerns are extending to the new technology SaskEnergy is installing, but SaskEnergy says there's no need to worry.

"SaskEnergy has no concerns with natural gas module technology that's being installed throughout Saskatchewan," said Vanessa Beaupre, supervisor of communications for SaskEnergy.

Food Council looks to fill Saskatoon pantries

A local organization continues to work towards the perfect recipe to bring better food to Saskatoon residents.

The Saskatoon Food Council will host an official launch party on Aug. 15 at Osler School, about 25 minutes north of Saskatoon.

The group, which began to form in early March, wants to encourage collaboration and conversation about making healthy food more accessible in the city.

City boosts budget for sidewalk repairs

A budget boost will hopefully make for some smoother sidewalks in Saskatoon this year.

Pulling from the 4.29 per cent road levy and property tax increase, the City of Saskatoon increased the sidewalk rehabilitation budget to $1.8 million, up from $500,000 in 2013.

The increase means six kilometers of sidewalk should get fixed in 2014, up from last year's 1.7 kilometers.

Saskatoon currently has around 1,900 kilometers of sidewalk, enough to pave the Trans Canada between Saskatoon and Calgary three times.

STC increases bus fares

As of August 1st it's going to cost more to travel around the province with on Saskatchewan Transportation Company buses.
STC fares are increasing 5.5 per cent on average. For a fare like Regina to Saskatoon that increase will mean a ticket goes from $46.35 to $49.00.
Candace Phelps, executive director of strategic planning and communications for STC, said the increase is, in part, due to higher costs.

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