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Saskatoon shoppers splurging on pets for Christmas

Saskatoon shoppers scrambling to buy Christmas presents are also picking up something special for their furry companions too.

In survey after survey, the vast majority of pet owners say they treat their dogs and cats like family. Tammy is in that majority. She says pets shouldn't be excluded from Christmas.

"We do have a stocking for each of our cats. They're very curious about our children's stockings so we give them their own that have safe things," adding a toy mouse, treats and a can of tuna runs her about $10 for each cat.

Regina home prices expected to keep dropping

On average, homes in Regina are worth less now than a year ago, and they will likely be worth less in 2015.
 
Gord Archibald with the Association of Regina Realtors said there are so many houses for sale in Regina, that prices dropped in 2014. 
 
"Prices actually came down last year, about three and a half per cent," said Archibald.
 

Million-dollar lotto ticket remains unclaimed in Sask.

Time is disappearing for someone in the province who's holding a million dollar Lotto Max ticket.
 
The ticket was on the December 20, 2013 draw, which means it expires after one year.
 
Western Canada Lottery Corporation knows it was purchased in Saskatchewan, somewhere outside Saskatoon and Regina.
 
Andrea Marantz with the Lottery Corp. said they do not dig deeper into the exact location until the prize is claimed.
 

Saskatoon Police: Possible tainted drugs send 10 to hospital

Saskatoon Police are warning the public about a batch of potentially deadly drugs being sold around the city after 10 people were taken to hospital with overdose symptoms, some critical, Friday night.

In all cases, police believe the people had taken cocaine or ecstasy but they do not know if all cases involved tainted drugs.
 
MD Ambulance spokesperson Troy Davies said five of the people were "in direct contact with this drug."
 
Police do not yet know what was in the drugs that caused the bad reactions which were spread out across the city.

Kids line-up for photos with Santa

Kids eagerly line-up along a walkway leading up to a big, velvet green chair where Santa Claus sits in a corner of Saskatoon's Midtown Mall.

One of his elves rings a bell to get the smaller children's attention in order to take the perfect photo.

As of Friday afternoon, well over 6,500 kids had their picture taken with Santa. Eight-year-old Amelia told him she wants a video camera for Christmas. Her mother laughs.

"There's this girl on YouTube and she makes videos with her dolls, and I wanted to try that out," Amelia said.
 

Saskatoon bakery busy for Christmas

The smell of icing and fresh baking hits you as you walk through the doors of The Cupcake Conspiracy in downtown Saskatoon.

At the back of the store, lead baker, Jordi Griffin, gently sticks pieces of caramelized rum into eggnog cupcakes, checks on a tray of gingerbread men and pulls out huge tubs of red and green icing.

Griffin starts her busy day of baking every morning at 4:30 a.m.

Saskatoon fans celebrate 25 years of The Simpsons

Twenty-five years later The Simpsons made television history as the longest-running sitcom.

And there is no shortage of fans in Saskatoon including Jodi Cason from Amazing Stories comic book store. Cason was a fan when The Simpsons occupied just a couple of minutes on the Tracy Ullman Show.

“I was at an age where I would set my alarm for midnight so I can get up and watch it because it came on after hours and that was my first experience and I loved it I was crazy about it and that was three years before the series debuted,” Cason said.

Saskatoon kids play Secret Santa for a day

At Target inside the Mall at Lawson Heights, kids wearing Santa hats and reindeer antlers carefully walk up and down the toy aisles, standing on tippy-toes to pull items like lego and craft kits off the shelves.

"We came here to buy gifts for children who are less fortunate in the city," 10-year-old Wyatt Hunt said.

Hunt and his Grade 5 class from Lawson Heights School spent part of Wedneday shopping for gifts for a Secret Santa program in Saskatoon.

Mr. Hockey, Gretzky headline Kinsmen dinner

Hockey fans mark your calendars because two of the sport’s all-time great are set to headline the biggest sports celebrity dinner in the county.

Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe and the Great One Wayne Gretzky will be in Saskatoon on Feb. 6 for the 2015 Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon Sports Celebrity dinner.

SaskPower confirms White City smart meter fire

Smart meters are being removed across the province, but yet another one has sparked a fire.
 
SaskPower said the fire happened in White City on Tuesday. The company described it as similar to the other nine fires with melting or smoke seen on the meters, but no damage to the house. Other fires have varied in size from some just melting, to others that charred the siding on a home.
 
SaskPower said it will inspect the meter and investigate.
 

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