When he's not getting ready to host his first solo renovation show, contractor and HGTV network star Damon Bennett is working to create job opportunities for Canada's working veterans.
The construction celebrity, famous for being the right hand man of Mike Holmes, was in Saskatoon Saturday to discuss his new project.
"Our last troops have come back (from Afghanistan) and there's a huge work force that needs to get to work,” Bennett said. “Part of dealing with PTSD is getting back to work."
Its been a full decade since a huge earth moving project known as "the Big Dig" brought major improvements to Regina's Wascana Lake.
The problem was a shallow lake with huge algae and weed growth every summer -- enough to turn the man made lake into a swamp. The project saw the water drained from the lake and 1.3 million cubic meters of muck hauled away.
"Wascana lake was becoming a marsh, an eyesore, it was smelly and it wasn't conducive for people being around the lake," said Bernadette McIntyre, head of the Wascana Center Authority. .
Two people are in a Saskatoon hospital in stable condition after an early morning crash near Tommy Douglas Collegiate.
Police were called to Hart Rd. at around 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Initial reports from police said four people were taken to hospital.
Police later clarified that the driver and front passenger were uninjured in the crash. The two rear passengers were sent to hospital with injuries. Both are listed in stable condition.
Mar. 21 is World Down Syndrome Day, and a Saskatoon woman is taking time to reflect on the chromosomal condition that makes her sister special.
Alex Stang's 22-year-old sister Julie has Down syndrome, a genetic disorder which occurs when the 21st chromosome is tripled instead of doubled. Although it causes varying degrees of intellectual and physical disabilities, Stang said in many ways, her sister is just like anyone else.
The weather might not feel like spring this weekend but thousands of people have already booked their campsites at Saskatchewan Provincial Parks.
The online camping reservation system opened on March 2 and after the first three weeks, Mariane Wihack with SaskParks says 26,500 reservations are on the books so far.
“On average I would say it’s about 40 per cent of our campsites that are reserved at this point,” she said. “Some of the more popular parks are probably verging on the 50 per cent reserved state.”
Students and supporters hit the street and sidewalk outside of the First
Nation University of Canada (FNUC) Saskatoon campus Thursday afternoon.
They were rallying to raise awareness after a move by FNUC administration to stop new enrolment for the fall 2014 year.
"As a student... I am very concerned... We are aware that there is a suspension for the fall 2014 intake. If we have no students coming to our university that's pretty much ending the line for the university," explained Juanita Stone.
The City of Regina needs hire more bus mechanics and engineers, so this week city staff joined a business delegation on a trip Ireland to see if they can find anyone interested in moving here.
Be patient: for scores of Reginans dealing with lakes in the streets, either the ice will melt, you or your neighbours will get the catch basin open or the city just might show up to help. But that last option just might take the longest.
With 23,000 catch basins, and 20 workers assigned to the job, just do the math, it could take a while to get to your street.
Under layers of slushy snow and puddles the melt is revealing a lot of potholes covering the streets of Regina.
It can be tough to avoid all of them but driving over too many, or even one depending on how deep it is, could cause some serious damage to your vehicle.
"It definitely breaks things like springs and struts and shocks and stuff like that. It changes wheel alignment which wrecks your tires," said Roy Currie, an auto technician at Auto Electric.
Some kids in northern India now have new hockey gear thanks to people in Saskatchewan.
Andrew Wahba started a project he called Hockey in the Himalayas last year and just recently got back from delivering all the hockey equipment.
"We thought we'd try to get them as much equipment as we could by running a drive in Saskatchewan," he said.
That drive collected 80 pairs of skates, 30 helmets, 80 pairs of gloves and more than 100 hockey sticks.