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Appeal hearing grants Pakistani boy Canadian visa

A four-year-old adopted boy from Pakistan should soon be stepping onto Canadian soil as a permanent resident.

An appeal hearing has granted Ajjab Afridi a sponsorship visa in Canada to live with his adoptive parents Ashfaq and Waheeda in Saskatoon.

“The appeal was allowed and the officer at this time is obligated to process the application so that is very, very good news for our client,” the couple’s lawyer Haidah Amirzadeh told John Gormley Live Tuesday.

5 options for the future of Sask. liquor stores

The government is asking people if they want the future of liquor stores in the province to be shaken or stirred.

“I'm a consumer,” said Minister responsible for Sask. Liquor and Gaming Don McMorris. “I like to see pricing and I like to see availability.”

On Tuesday morning, the province released an options paper, and launched a consultation process looking for the public's input on what option is best.

The paper lists five options for the province's liquor stores:

1. Maintain the current system

Environmental critics question gap in Sask. Environmental Code

Environmental critics are asking why regulations on greenhouse gas emissions were cut out of the new Saskatchewan Environmental Code.
 

Crash near Melfort claims one life

A man is dead following a crash near Melfort Monday morning.

According to an RCMP news release the crash happened around 8:30a.m., about three kilometers west of the city.

A vehicle was found in a slough, and the driver was found dead nearby in the water.

Melfort RCMP, with the assistance of the Melfort Fire Department were able to retrieve the body from the water.

The name of the victim is not being released at this time.

The RCMP is continuing to investigate, along with the assistance of the provincial coroner's office.

Small town surge: how immigrants are helping Grenfell grow

Longtime residents of Grenfell are having to get used to new, unfamiliar faces as 'small-town Saskatchewan' transforms into a popular destination for immigrants arriving in Canada.

"I move to Canada, very happy, I make a very, very good decision to choose Grenfell," said Louisa Li, who moved to the town of Grenfell with her husband and daughter from China.

According to the provincial government, 13,108 people immigrated from out of Canada to Saskatchewan last year. In the first half of 2014, 6,632 non-Canadians immigrated to the province.

Is the Jian Ghomeshi scandal ruining the image of kink?

The Kink community in Regina is responding to the allegations surrounding Jian Ghomeshi and his idea of consensual rough sex.
 
Last weekend, Ghomeshi wrote in a Facebook post that he had "rough sex" with women, but that it was always consensual.
 
Toronto police have now launched an investigation after three women came forward with accusations of physical and or sexual abuse. As many as nine women have alleged in media reports that they too were assaulted by Ghomeshi.
 

Saskatoon hazmat team responds to noxious odour

A Saskatoon apartment building was evacuated Sunday after residents complained that their eyes and throats were burning.

This was at around 12:30 p.m. at 1425 Embassy Drive, not far from the Holiday Park golf course.

The Saskatoon fire department sent in crews with breathing apparatus to evacuate the people who were still inside. The hazmat team was also sent in to investigate while positive pressure fans were deployed to blow out the building.

Regina city worker hits gas line

Regina Fire and Protective Services had its hazmat unit dispatched to help SaskEnergy as crews dealt with a natural gas leak for over two hours on Sunday.
 
Shortly before 10 a.m., a city work crew struck a gas line putting a small nick in it, allowing gas to escape.
 
It happened at 1452 McAra St. near Dewdney Street in an industrial area of east Regina. Being a Sunday, most nearby businesses were closed but one worker at an office building was evacuated.
 

Parts of Sask. can expect heavy snow, not Saskatoon

While areas north and west of the Bridge City can expect anywhere between five and 10 centimetres of snow on Sunday, Saskatoon is narrowly escaping its first major snowfall this weekend.

“Saskatoon will luck out with mostly rain, but it will likely change to some wet snow (Sunday) afternoon and evening, possibly with slush accumulating,” Environment Canada meteorologist Rob Paula said.

“We're thinking that the bulk of the snowfall will be mainly north and west of Saskatoon in areas like Battleford, Lloydminster, Unity, Kindersley and even up to Meadow Lake.”

Bus riders group pushing for better public transit in Saskatoon

In the wake of month-long public transit lockout, an advocacy group in Saskatoon is calling for improved service which they feel will fix many ailments in the city.

“Even if you don't take transit, a better bus service means there's less congestion on the road, less wear and tear, and lots of people are interested in more funding for roads -- it's the same thing,” Sirena Gersher with Bus Riders of Saskatoon said.

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