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Weekend weather looks decent for Saskatoon

Saskatoon and area appears to be dodging the majority of rain expected this weekend.
According to Environment Canada, rainfall warnings are in place for areas in the southeast corner of the province and near the Manitoba border.
"We're under the influence of a large, low-pressure circulation. It's a very slow moving system and it's going to take a long time to finally get out of the prairies," meteorologist Natalie Hasell said.

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.

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.”

Tearful goodbye to Connaught School as doors close for good

École Connaught Community School opened 102 years ago and on Thursday its doors closed for good.

Regina City Council did not to give the school a heritage designation, and the Regina Public School Board decided to close the school this school year after it was deemed unsafe following an engineer's inspection after a wall collapsed.

For teachers, parents and students, it was a tearful goodbye to a school that is set to be torn down.

Former Environment Canada employee: "radar systems outdated"

Most of southern Saskatchewan was left without radar last weekend when the Bethune station broke down.

Environment Canada blamed it on "regular wear and tear" - but a former employee says it doesn't help that their technology is outdated.

Some question Sask.'s photo radar expansion

Saskatchewan is expanding a controversial enforcement tool the government is hoping will slow drivers down, but some think the province is headed down the wrong road.

Beginning Friday, photo radar is being expanded from construction zones to three locations the province calls “high-risk”: Circle Drive in Saskatoon, Highway 1 and 9th Avenue in Moose Jaw, and Ring Road in Regina. In addition, school zones in both Saskatoon and Regina will see the photo radar set up. All these new locations will be tested for two years as part of a pilot project.

New age and weight limits for child car seats

If your kids just got out of a booster seat, they might be back in one starting Friday.
One of 14 new rules of the road will require children under seven or under 4'9 and 80 lbs to travel in a booster seat.
Minister responsible for SGI Don McMorris said they're not trying to cause an inconvenience.
"The point of it is to try and ensure the kids that are riding are safe in the event of a collision," he said.
He said they're following the lead of other provinces.

Medical simulation centre opens in Saskatoon

Meet Bruce. Bruce's chest rises and falls as he takes a couple deep breaths, sweat beads on his forehead and his pulse feels rapid.
Now Bruce is now having a heart attack. As his eyes widen medical professionals gather around and begin to work to help him. Monitors blare and the team gets ready to defibrillate.
However, the thing you need to know about Bruce is, he's a simulator.

World Cup brings fans together in Regina

It doesn't matter if you were born in a country where soccer is king or not, fans cheering at the German Club in Regina agree the World Cup is about bringing people together.

Filipe grew up in Colombia but moved to Regina several years ago. For Thursday’s morning's U.S.A. game against Germany, Filipe was cheering for Germany. 

“They’re composed, collected, they don’t have a lot of flash but they’re a very good team.”

He says he just loves soccer and that's why he went to the German Club - to experience the camaraderie of World Cup soccer.

New traffic safety laws come into effect on Friday

On the heels of the first day of summer, new rules and penalties are about to come into effect on Saskatchewan's roads.

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