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Surgeries to resume at RUH Thursday morning

The operating rooms at the Royal University hospital (RUH) are ready for surgeries starting Thursday morning.

Saskatoon Health Region's vice-president of finance and corporate services Nilesh Kavia said that power has been restored to critical systems.

"The situation today is a little brighter than it was yesterday. Our crews have managed to restore our interim power, suction medical air, and critical ventilation and the heating equipment as well as our parkade elevator," Kavia said.

Saskatoon man offers to purchase embarrassing items

A Saskatoon man has come up with a unique solution for people who want to avoid buying those potentially embarassing items at the store.

Some SaskPower bills double after smart meter installation

Before her new smart meter was installed, Chelsey Lemke was paying about $75 for power every month for her 1,100 sq. ft. bungalow in Regina. Then in the summer of 2013, her old power meter was removed and a new smart meter was installed. Her first bill after that was more than $1,000.

"Since then, I've seen nothing (on my power bill) under $180 a month, and some months it's $300, some months it's $280. It's double what we were paying before," said Lemke.

Iraqi refugees in Regina worry about family in Iraq

An Iraqi refugee who moved to Regina in the 1990's is trying to help his family escape from current violence in the country.

Samir Mikha was a political prisoner against the Saddam Hussein regime. He fled to Syria in 1994 and came to Saskatchewan in 1998. He still has a brother and sister who live in the northern city of Mosul with their families.

Downtown parking on the agenda at Saskatoon City Hall

City of Saskatoon administration is calling for a closer look at the downtown parking situation.

Neighbourhood Planning Manager Alan Wallace presented Tuesday's meeting of the planning and operations committee with a request for a $200,000 study of the issue.

Parking not a worry during stadium construction

With construction underway on Regina's new stadium, some people may be wondering what impact it could have on parking at Evraz Place.

Evraz Place CEO Mark Allan says he doesn’t expect any major parking issues for the venue during the three years of construction.He pointed out during the ground breaking on Monday that the spot where the new stadium is being built was never very popular for parking because it was so far away from the entrance to Evraz.

“Generally speaking, this wasn’t a prime-parking area,” Allan said.

500 new child care spaces opening across Sask. this fall

Families waiting for licensed day care spaces will get some relief next fall with a total of 540 new spaces opening between 11 communities.

Education Minister Don Morgan joined kids and staff at the Awasis Child Care Co-op at the University of Regina campus to announce the new spaces that were promised in this year’s budget. He also marked the funding announcement by spending a few minutes finger painting with the kids.

Pedestrian accidents keep paramedics on their toes

A 51-year-old man is going to be OK after a run in with a moving city bus near the downtown bus mall this morning.

Police and ambulance were called to the scene around 8:14 a.m. MD Ambulance said the man was crossing the street and walked into the side of a bus that was making a turn. Police said later the man had walked against the light.

His injuries were minor, but he was taken to St. Paul's Hospital as a precaution.

It was one of three pedestrian accidents emergency crews responded to within a 25-minute span Tuesday.

City of Regina attracting record number of tourists

The City of Regina saw a record number of tourists between 2008 and 2011. The latest numbers from Statistics Canada were released to Tourism Regina during National Tourism Week which runs June 16 to 22.

Regina saw a 47 per cent increase in visitors for both one day and overnight trips. In 2008, Regina saw 1.5 million visits compared to 2.2 million visits in 2011. Tourism Regina's Acting Director Deborah Rush said that is a record for the Queen City.

"That also includes friends and family, people coming for events, for conventions," she said.

Saskatoon business gives Bedford's old floor a new home

What was once used for basketball games and pep rallies at Bedford Road Collegiate will soon line the floor of a Saskatoon running store.

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