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Afridi family reunited in Saskatoon

The middle of Sunday night marked the end of a five-year long struggle for a Saskatoon couple to adopt their child from Pakistan.

Waheeda Afridi arrived at the Saskatoon airport on a flight from Toronto with her husband and their son Ajjab.

A confusion over dates meant Waheeda and Ajjab arrived in Canada a day before anyone expected her, then her husband flew out to bring his family home.

Moose Jaw cell phone ruling raises questions about distracted driving

A Moose Jaw judge agreed with Cory Haliwyz that glancing at his phone did not mean he was driving distracted.

Haliwyz was ticketed a year ago while driving down Moose Jaw’s Main Street after he picked up his phone when it vibrated in his console. He saw that his daughter had sent a text and he put the phone back down. He did not reply then, planning to call her or text back when he could pull over.

The grandfather was then pulled over by an officer who told Haliwyz he had broke the law.

Regina Pasqua Hospital surgical short-stay unit temporarily closing

The surgical short-stay unit at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina is set to be "temporarily relocated" next month, two years after it first opened.
 
The eight-bed unit is slated to move to surgery unit 4D by the end of next month. The short-stay unit was created in May 2013, designed to relieve pressure on unit 4D by taking the easier patients who were staying less than 72 hours.
 
Unit 4D is a general surgery unit, which includes urologic and orthopedic surgery.
 

10th year for alcohol ban at provincial parks

At provincial parks this weekend, you'll likely find marshmallows and hotdogs, but no alcohol.

It's the tenth year for an alcohol ban at all provincial parks over the Victoria Day long weekend.

"We have our conservation officers and RCMP that are present all the time monitoring the situation. There's usually a few people who end up with their booze dumped," Hailey Zimmer, who works at Pike Lake Provincial Park, said.

Highway 220 repairs less than expected by residents

One of the highways leading to Rowan's Ravine Provincial Park has reopened just in time for the long weekend.
 
Highways 220 and 322 were closed to all but local traffic because their deteriorating conditions made the roads almost impassable.
 

Standards for seniors' care unmet, Sask. Ombudsman

The ombudsman of Saskatchewan says the seniors' care system in the province is under strain, standards aren't being properly met, and more information has to be made public.

North Battleford mayor undergoes surgery for cancer

North Battleford Mayor Ian Hamilton is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing surgery for cancer this week.

Word of the mayor's illness broke Tuesday when he was absent at city's State of the Town and City Address. He was also missing from Monday night's city council meeting.

City councillor Cathy Richardson said Hamilton was recently diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing surgery Tuesday morning.

Richardson said the cancer was caught early and Hamilton was optimistic going into the surgery.

PHOTOS: Highways planning overpasses for Warman, Martensville

Highway overpasses for Martensville and Warman are coming down and the provincial ministry of highways is seeking public input on what design makes the most sense for each community.

On Monday, the ministry hosted the first of two public open houses, showcasing various designs for overpasses on Highway 12 at Martensville and on Highway 11 with access to Warman.

Uber takes conversation to City of Saskatoon

Uber is looking to Saskatchewan's biggest cities to expand its ride-sharing service.

Uber public policy manager Chris Schafer spoke to the City of Saskatoon transportation committee Monday about the benefits of bringing the service to the Bridge City.

"Demand is very high for safer, more reliable, more affordable transportation options," Schafer said.

"But also there is a need for jobs frankly in all jurisdictions across Canada and Uber provides a flexible economic earning opportunity for individuals across Canada including Saskatoon."

VIDEO: Elizabeth May "very apologetic" about speech

Green party Leader Elizabeth May says she is "very apologetic" about remarks she made on the weekend that included profanity and insulted the federal cabinet about how it has treated Omar Khadr.

May was among party leaders who addressed Parliament Hill journalists and politicians on Saturday night at their annual press gallery dinner.

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