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Pollen peak leads to spike in allergies

While some people might be flocking outdoors with the warm September weather, those who have allergies are likely suffering as pollen levels hit their fall spike.

Jill Hubick, health promotion coordinator with the Lung Association of Saskatchewan, says September usually brings a spike in both allergies and asthma symptoms.

"At the Lung Association of Saskatchewan, we refer to it as the September Spike. And that's largely due to a rise in pollen. Pollen peaks this time of year as well as ragweed. And a lot of those types of allergies are very common."

Motorcyclist clocked riding 170 km/h on Valley Road

Saskatoon police would like to remind you that it's against the law to drive 170 km/h in a 90 km/h zone.

Police say they caught a motorcyclist doing just that on Valley Road at around 8:30 p.m. Monday night.

The 21 year old had his vehicle taken away for a week, and was fined $540.

Incidents like this aren't new to the area. Back in July police pulled over a Ford Mustang going just shy of 200 kilometers per hour. That driver was fined nearly $800.

Regina city council approves bus fare increase

In a matter of months those who ride the bus in Regina will be paying more.

City council voted unanimously in favour of raising fares for the first time since 2010 at Monday night’s council meeting. New rates take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

Most basic fares will go up 25 cents each year over the next three years. Some monthly passes are going up as well. Post-secondary and adult passes will go up by $25 and $30 dollars by 2017, respectively.

Annual senior passes will be among the biggest increase, going up about $100 in three years.

Updated: Saskatoon city council unanimously approves pension changes

City council voted unanimously Monday to legislate changes to its general pension fund, increasing contribution rates over the next three years.

Council held a special meeting to enact these changes to the general pension plan – which affects the city’s nine unions including the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 615. The pension changes come in light of the pension board recognizing a $68 million deficit in the general pension fund, $6.7 million for just the transit union.

Facebook page arranges rides during transit lockout

With buses not running in Saskatoon because of a transit lockout, a new Facebook page has been created to connect people willing to give rides with those who need them.

"I thought that based on the number of vehicles on the road with only one person in them, that there was an opportunity to try and connect those who are looking to get around the city with those who have an extra spot available in their vehicle," Doug Ramage, the creator of YXE Share-a-Ride, said.

Police ticket Sask. speeders, distracted drivers in August

Saskatchewan people continue to drive while using cell phones and police are catching them.

In August, 228 people were ticketed for using a cell phone while driving, 21 of whom were caught in a two-day period in Estevan.
 
Police in Saskatchewan were focusing on cell phone use in August, though that didn't mean they weren't looking out for other infractions. Ninety-one tickets were issued for driving without due care and attention, 206 people were ticketed for seatbelt violations, and 93 people were given tickets for impaired driving.
 

Saskatoon riders deal with no transit service

With still no end to the transit lockout in sight, Saskatoon transit commuters were scrambling Monday to make alternate transportation plans.

City of Saskatoon offers no additional services

The City’s only message since Thursday has been that transit riders should “make alternative arrangements” for getting around.

City councillor Charlie Clark posted a statement on Facebook, answering questions regarding bus passes.

Comic-lovers tie knot in true geek-fashion at Expo

As guests filed into Kristin and Sabastian Van Esch's wedding hall, they were greeted by two unusual door men.

X-Men's Wolverine and Batman's Bane guarded the gates, checking invitations and welcoming friends and family.

Once inside, guests were escorted to their seats by a suit-sporting Spiderman while Star Wars' R2D2 chirped at those who walked by.

Superman, Green Lantern, Wonderwoman, Harley Quinn and a Sith Lord sat amongst the rows, eagerly awaiting the ceremony.

But that's just what to expect at a comic convention wedding.

Saskatoon bus drivers locked out, bus service stops


Thousands of Saskatoon bus riders will be forced to find other modes of transportation until further notice  after contract negotiations between the City and transit union broke down again Saturday.

The City of Saskatoon announced last-minute negotiations with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 615 had failed to produce a contract agreement.
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