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Saskatoon hosts the Grey Cup

The Grey Cup will be making a stop in Saskatoon today.

The Cup will be making its way around the city with trips to Royal University Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Credit Union Centre as the Saskatoon Blades take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

The stops are all part of the Grey Cup Tour hitting Saskatchewan to celebrate November's win.

A number of the Riders, including Grey Cup MVP Kory Sheets, John Chick, Brendon Labatte and Ben Heenan will be on hand signing autographs. 

Delays expected on Saskatoon's Confederation Drive

A water main break on Confederation Drive is expected to cause some traffic backups near 22nd Street on Saturday.

Northbound traffic near the Confederation Park Mall will have to squeeze to the curb lane while city crews fix the break.

Both west entrances to the mall will stay open.

This is the second water main break the area has seen in the span of a month. Work is expected to wrap up by the early evening.

Kdoering@rawlco.com

Saskatoon Health Region plans flu clinic as influenza numbers rise

The Saskatoon Health Region is watching its influenza numbers carefully as flu season hits the province.

Three people have died from the H1N1 ("swine flu") strain in Saskatchewan so far. At least 160 have been hospitalized province-wide with some type of influenza.

However, Saskatoon Health Region Deputy Medical Health Officer Dr. Shovita Padhi said they're a long way from the kinds of numbers they saw in 2009.

High IQ score lands Sask. teen in Mensa

A grade 12 student living in North Battleford said finding out his IQ is in the top two per cent of the population has given him the confidence to pursue his dream of running an online clothing business.

Atom Vayalinkal took the test last year when he was 16 and became a member of Mensa, the international high IQ society which has a proctor in Saskatchewan.

Parking reductions coming at RUH

Construction of the new Children's Hospital means changes to parking at the Royal University Hospital.

Staff received letters Friday outlining plans to permanently close sections of the first level of the parkade near the Cameco Skywalk entrance starting early this month. 

That process will play out  on the second and third levels in the weeks following the first closures.

The letter notes that the plans "will greatly reduce the parking stall availability on all three levels."

Immigrant families can sponsor parents and grandparents again

A program that allows immigrant families to be reunited with their parents or grandparents resumed Thursday after being frozen for the last two years. 

"If you do sponsor your parent, it will be completed perhaps within a year as opposed to eight years like before," said Ed Ryan, a consultant with Edge Immigration in Saskatoon. 

Blades pick up forwards, draft picks in trade deal with Broncos

The Saskatoon Blades are looking to the future as they announce their latest trade with the Swift Current Broncos.

Blades forward Nathan Burns is headed to the Broncos along with a 7th round draft pick in 2014.

In return, Saskatoon gets forwards Connor Sanvido and Wyatt Sloboshan, plus a 2nd round pick in 2014, and a 3rd round conditional pick in 2015.

Blades general manager Lorne Molleken said in a news release Wednesday that the trade will help the team rebuild.

Saskatoon New Year's baby and family reflect diversifying community

Saskatoon's New Year's baby reflects a growing and diversifying city.

Bound tightly in a red fleece blanket, baby Sufyaan Mirza barely batted an eye as a throng of media cameras captured his first moments on earth. The bundle of joy slept through what was a momentous occasion of his parents, Yasir and Attka.

At 1:13 a.m. Jan 1, Sufyaan became not only the bridge city’s first baby of 2014, but also his family’s first Canadian citizen.

Regina's New Year's Baby born healthy

Regina's first baby of 2014 was born at 12:35 a.m. to Laura Watson and Chris Knopp.

According to a news release from the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region, Hunter Knopp was born a healthy 4.11 kg ( 9lbs. 1 ou.) at the Regina General Hospital. Watson is healthy as well.

Bridging gaps; Saskatoon Mayor says bridges big part of 2013

Looking back, it's been a busy year at Saskatoon City Hall.

Mayor Don Atchison said the most important event of 2013, in his mind, was the grand opening of the South Bridge.

Despite the bridge's delayed opening, following a lapse in the 2012 deadline, people came out in droves to be the first to cross the span in July.

"The wonderful part about that is the thousands, and thousands of people who came out to see the opening. People lining up to travel on it," Atchison said.

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