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VIDEO: RCMP stage virtual drunk driving test for reporters

Of all places, RCMP Depot is likely last on a list where you would expect to see drunk driving. But with the help of driver training simulators, that experience can be recreated in a controlled environment.

On Friday officers invited members of the local media to test out these simulators to understand what it’s like to drive in different scenarios where your ability may be impaired.

Sex abuse victim angry over Paul Leroux's 3-year sentence

There was anger, disappointment and tears outside a Battleford courtroom on Thursday over a sentence for a man who sexually abused young boys at a residential school.

Leroux has been sentenced to three years in a federal prison on 10 counts of sexual abuse for molesting young boys when he was a dormitory supervisor at Beauval Residential School in the 1960s. During the sentencing the judge concluded that Leroux has a low chance to re-offend and has previously completed rehabilitation programs for a similar sentence in 1998.

Evacuations after gas line hit on Preston Ave.

Residents are back home after some apartments and businesses in and around Preston Avenue South and 8th Street were evacuated Thursday afternoon because of a natural gas line hit.

At least four two-storey apartment buildings west of the gas leak were evacuated.  City buses were brought in to keep people without a place to go warm.

"A contractor who was doing some sewer repair work has struck and ruptured a fairly major natural gas pipeline," Dave Burdeniuk with SaskEnergy said.

The 12-inch line was hit around 2:30 p.m.

Why you should be plugging in your vehicle's block heater

When it gets bitterly cold out in Saskatchewan’s winters, getting your vehicle to start can sometimes be a gamble.

Some take the initiative to plug in their block heaters, while others feel they don’t need to and risk it.

But does it really matter whether your vehicle is plugged in or not?

Sask. Ukrainian pray as protesters hold Independence Square

As the clashes between riot police and protesters in Kiev intensify, Ukrainians in Saskatoon have been gathering at St. George's Cathedral to pray.

"We will make awareness. We will demonstrate our solidarity and support to Ukrainians" said Serhij Koroliuk, Immigrant Settlement Advisor for the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Saskatchewan Provincial Council.

Health board approves merger of Regina's pediatric wards

After a lengthy presentation, the board of the Regina Qu'Appelle Health region voted to go ahead with a plan to consolidate Regina's pediatric wards to one unit at the Regina General Hospital

A transition to one consolidated unit will begin Jan. 6, 2014. The entire consolidation of inpatient units at the General Hospital is scheduled to be finished by June 2014.

The recommendation on the merger was made after months of consultations headed by RQHR's executive director of women's and children's health, Sharon Garrett, and Dr. Juliet Soper, head of pediatrics.

Saskatoon seniors to feel impact of Canada Post changes

With door-to-door postal service on the outs, there is concern that it will have a negative impact on Saskatoon seniors.

Canada Post plans to put a five-stage plan into action that will help save up to $900 million a year. The federal Crown corporation will phase out home delivery within the next five years, replacing it with community mail boxes. The company will also raise postal rates and cut thousands of jobs.

PA-area residents speculate on cause of missing dogs

With six dogs reported missing to the Prince Albert RCMP and the SPCA as of Tuesday morning, there’s a lot of speculation whirling around the Davis rural area.

Davis is a hamlet comprised of a handful of houses covering a small area, about 10 kilometres south of Prince Albert.

Janine Huntley lives in the area and continues to look for her two dogs, Lily and Cooper that went missing last week.

Few bus cancellations due to cold weather

The extreme wind chill warning has caused some schools in southern Saskatchewan to cancel bus service as of Wednesday morning.

Buses are cancelled for the following schools in the French Language division: Ecole Ducharme in Moose Jaw, Pavillon Secondaire des Quatre-Vents in Regina and both the high school and elementary school buses are cancelled for Ecole Monseigneur de Laval.

Regina Public School Division all buses are running and all schools are open. Website

How Regina's homeless survive the extreme cold weather

It's a struggle to keep warm in this weather under the best of circumstances when you have a home but how would you survive on the streets of Regina in the dead of winter? That is the plight facing hundreds of homeless people every day.

Standing outside the Salvation Army Waterston Centre in Regina, a man named Lonnie explains that he has been homeless for almost a year. Up until Saturday, he was living in an abandoned house but his shelter caught fire.

“It wasn’t really warm but as long as you have enough blankets you can survive,” he said.

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