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Crime victim praises restorative justice during Saskatoon event

More than 10 years ago, Rejeanne Huot was hurt in a collision when she was 16 years old. Two teens fleeing police in a stolen car rear-ended the car she was in, which was stopped at a red light in Saskatoon. But just as life-changing as her accident was the restorative process that followed, Huot said.
 
She is one of several victims and advocates taking part in a Saskatchewan Restorative Justice Network event focusing on victim empowerment at the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre in Saskatoon.
 

Province not considering plastic bag ban

The province is not considering a plastic bag ban despite Saskatchewan rural municipalities voting in favour of lobbying the government for one.

“At this time, the Ministry of Environment is not considering banning the use of plastic shopping bags in Saskatchewan,” acting director of environmental protection branch, Ash Olefson said.

Science breakthrough producing isotopes in Saskatoon

Mark de Jong, Canadian Light Source director of accelerators, carefully holds up a small piece of equipment that looks like a roll of pennies.

"In a little cartridge like this, we eradiate those disks that you see in the center there to make the molybdenum-99. Basically twice a week, that would make enough (isotopes) for Manitoba and Saskatchewan," de Jong said.

The Medical Isotope Project at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) is the first of its kind. It uses powerful X-rays to produce isotopes instead of nuclear reactors.

Sask. wetland policies need to be strengthened: researcher

At least one water expert is pleased with the changing tide of attitudes toward wetlands and drainage systems he’s seeing in Saskatchewan.

“There’s a tremendous consensus amongst farmers and others that something needs to be done in terms of our wetland policies and to strengthen them,” said John Pomeroy, director of the Centre of Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan.

Smart meter removal ahead of schedule: SaskPower

SaskPower says it's ahead of schedule when it comes to removing smart meters in the province, but admits, the job could be done even faster.
 
"As of the end of last week we're about 40 per cent through removing and replacing the smart meters," said Tom Kindred, vice-president of information technology with SaskPower.
 
The company is replacing about 5,000 smart meters a week, but according to Kindred, the only thing holding them back is the availability of the meters to replace the smart meters.
 

Regina city council supports photo radar

Several members of Regina city council are in favour of testing out photo radar over the next two years.

“We are supportive,” said Mayor Michael Fougere.

“We have no objection to this. We want to see what the findings are over time and what that means for traffic control and safety in school zones as well as the Ring Road.”

Sask. man accused of murder going straight to trial

A man co-accused of first-degree murder has waived a preliminary hearing and will being going straight to trial at Saskatoon's Court Queen’s Bench.

Kyle Scott, 20, elected for a judge and jury trial. Scott and Robert McCamon are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Alexander (A.J.) Holder.

Holdner’s body was found July 11, 2013 by Saskatoon police officer during a routine stop. They found a broken down pickup truck in the northbound lane of Circle Drive, just south of 11th Street West.

Cycling gas prices brings more fluctuation across Sask.

While travelling on Saskatchewan highways, drivers might notice gas prices go up and down more than the speed limits do.

Jason Toews, founder of GasBuddy.com, explained that the province normally sees a bit of variance for gas prices.

"It's typically around 12 or 15 cents per litre across the province," Toews said.

Salvation Army rep talks about human trafficking in Saskatoon

The Salvation Army's Canadian consultant for human trafficking is urging people to be on the lookout for possible victims in their communities.

Dianna Bussey was in Saskatoon Wednesday to deliver a workshop for the organization's frontline workers on how to spot potential trafficking victims.

Highway Hotline rolls out upgrades

The Highway Hotline is making it easier for travelers to check road conditions in Saskatchewan.

There is now a new version of the mobile website which lets people choose interactive maps and click on specific portions of a highway.

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