Saskatchewan has set aside this week to recognize paramedics, dubbing it
Emergency Medical Services Week.
"It's that time of year when we want to take that time to salute our paramedics and we want the public to take that time to recognize the phenomenal work that they do," said Lyle Karasiuk, director of public affairs at Parkland Ambulance in Prince Albert.
A new Stats Canada report says Saskatchewan has one of the highest numbers of family violence reported to police.
Diane Delaney is the coordinator of the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and she says these numbers are a major concern because domestic violence is under reported.
"Violence within relationships is more common than we would want it to be," she said.
"Typically it's been a problem that has been seen as a very private issue and our work over the years of course is to make it more public."
The City of Saskatoon has nixed the idea of formally carving out a public beach space along the west bank of the South Saskatchewan River.
Executive committee on Tuesday voted to not establish a riverside beach by the popular sandbar off of Spadina Crescent due to safety concerns.
“Saskatchewan River is fast flowing and the safety of a sandbar can put many people at risk because they can give away anytime and once you slip into that river, it’s not safe,” said Cary Humphrey, manager of leisure services.
The weather was windy and wet but it didn't seem to matter to royal watchers who came out to see Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall as they made a whirlwind tour of the Queen City.
(Scroll down for a gallery of photos of their visit that will be updated as the day progresses.)
The royal couple arrived at the Saskatchewan Legislature at 11:00 a.m. A crowd of about 200 people gathered outside despite the dreary weather. The rain did not dampen the spirits of a bus full of school children who were waving flags in the crowd.
The gardens named after royalty in Regina will not be picture perfect when the royals arrive on Wednesday.
In fact, the Queen Elizabeth Gardens across from the Legislative building are still in a mess.
The gardens are completely dug up right now to prepare for upgrades including new lighting, new paved pathways and renewed landscaping.
Bernadette McIntyre with Wascana Centre Authority says the garden will remain fenced off during the royal visit.
Regina is getting ready to roll out the Royal red carpet as Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall touch down for a visit in the Queen City Wednesday.
This is Prince Charles second visit to Saskatchewan, his first was in 2001.
It was a memorable visit for him. A strike at the Hotel Saskatchewan meant a last minute change of hotel.
People in Assiniboia remember last royal visit
The visit holds many memories for people outside Regina as well.
It was a quiet long weekend in the province's regional parks.
The inclement weather kept the campground numbers down, said Lois Armbruster, a regional park manager in Saskatchewan whose site was only one-third full.
"Saturday we had some rain," said Armbruster. She added that the long weekend alcohol ban kept unruly behaviour to a minimal.
Last year, Saskatchewan Parks welcomed over three million vists.
A number of city councillors will be jockeying for a spot on the road next week when Saskatoon hosts its first Bike n’ Blog event.
The weeklong awareness campaign which begins on May 28 invites high profile members of the city to venture out on the roads and help create a more vibrant biking culture in Saskatoon, said organizer Joren Blom.
Two people, a 92-year-old man and his 86-year-old passenger, are in hospital after a Saskatoon collision.
They are said to be in stable condition, as is a 48-year-old woman who was also involved.
Their two vehicles collided Sunday around 12:40 p.m. at the intersection of College Drive and McOrmand Drive, when one of them going Northeast on College ran into the other trying to make a left turn onto McOrmand.
Police have restricted traffic at the intersection during their investigation.
Hundreds gathered at Diefenbaker Hill on Sunday night to watch the first solar eclipse Saskatchewan has seen in 10 years.
"Unlike lunar eclipses which are visible over half of the earth's surface, solar eclipses are visible over a much smaller portion of the earth's surface, so a much smaller number of people get to see one," said Stan Shadick at the University of Saskatchewan.
"The moon is going to move across a portion of the face of the sun, and at that time about just over half of the sun's disc will be covered by the moon itself,"