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Gas prices hold steady amid oil demand concerns

Lower gas prices in Saskatchewan are holding steady Thursday as oil demand concerns continue.

“I think maybe the oil companies are saying maybe enough is enough,” Roger McKnight, En-Pro chief petroleum analyst, said.

A glut in the global supply of crude is prompting significant drops in the retail price of gas in Canada over the last two weeks. In Saskatoon and Regina, the average gas price is $1.15 Thursday, about 10 cents lower than a month ago.

Saskatoon wins silver at international 3-on-3 basketball tournament

A three-on-three basketball team from Saskatoon is coming home from Japan with silver medals after losing to Serbia at the FIBA World Tour.

“We are still licking our wounds right now because we wanted to go there and win. We’re a little bit disappointed,” Michael Linklater, one of the four players on the team, said.

Linklater said the team played strong throughout the tournament before their defence fell in the final game Sunday with a crushing 21-11 loss.

One-day detours slated for Highway 12, 16

Expect some delays heading in and out of Saskatoon on Thursday.

CN Rail in conjunction with the Ministry of Highways will be closing off sections of Highway 12 north of Martensville and Highway 16 east of Saskatoon from dawn to dusk, making way for rail-crossing repairs and track replacement.

North and southbound traffic on Highway 12 will be detoured north of Junction 305 to allow CN to make repairs to a road-level railway crossing.

SUN has unanswered questions about new flu protocol

There are still questions left with the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) leading into the flu vaccination season as new protocols are implemented for health care workers across the province.

This year a new policy has been implemented requiring  all health care workers to either get an influenza immunization or wear a mask in patient and client care areas during flu season.

"SUN fully supports and encourages our members to get the flu vaccine but we also respect people's personal choices," SUN president Tracy Zambory said.

Regina house prices fall in third quarter

There's good news for buyers but not for sellers as the latest Royal LePage House Price Survey indicates housing prices are down in Regina.

The survey reports 40 per cent more properties on the markets compared to the usual numbers; Regina house prices year-over-year went down in the third quarter of 2014. The Queen city is going against the grain as house prices went up nationally.

In Regina, the average price for a two-storey home dropped 6.9 per cent to $346,450. The average price for a bungalow is at $307,350, a 7.9 per cent drop.

VIDEO: SaskPower drone will help fix outages faster

SaskPower is turning to aerial drones to find and fix problems faster.

The crown will now utilize the $25,000 robot to help identify the cause of outages and maintenance needs.

"If it's an emergency, we can bring this thing out, check it, and get it done quicker," explained Chad Schneider with SaskPower. He's part of a three-man team that can control the drone.

Saskatoon weighs options for organic waste collection

Saskatoon city council members are considering ways to keep organic waste from reaching the city dump.

David McGrane with the environmental advisory committee told the standing policy committee for environment, utilities and corporate services Tuesday "the status quo is not an option", and "now is the time to start the conversation".

McGrane, also a professor of political sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, said if nothing is done to divert waste, the city will require a new landfill in 30 to 40 years.

Halloween fundraiser 'Vampire Beat' finds new home in Saskatoon

A popular Halloween arts fundraiser in Saskatoon has outgrown its space and doubled its capacity this year.
 
For the first time in six years, PAVED Arts and BlackFlash Magazine will hold Vampire Beat, the annual costume contest and dance party, at Amigos Cantina instead of their Riversdale event space on 20th Street West.
 

Saskatoon tattoo artist using breast cancer scars as canvas

In a tattoo parlour located downstairs in a strip mall on Broadway Avenue, women bring the remnants of their battle with cancer to make works of art.

Mastectomy scars are the canvas for Eye of the Needle tattoo artist Baillie Fruson.

"My mother had breast cancer and she has horrible scars," Fruson said, of her personal connection to the cancer.

Tattooing for around 11 years, Fruson has combined her desire to help others with her work before.

Cats only $10 at Saskatoon SPCA

The Saskatoon SPCA is hoping this Thanksgiving weekend, residents will have room in their homes and heart for a furry friend.

A special adoption drive is on until Sunday where all cats and kittens are only $10.

"We are at full capacity for cats right now," SPCA volunteer and public relations coordinator Cathy Brin said.

Brin said to help clear out the shelter and find new homes quickly, they decided to offer all the cats for a special price.

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