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Funding announced to help people cope with mental illness

In a big building on the corner of Avenue B South and 21st Street West people open and close the doors of the Crocus Co-operative building while construction continues on the walls and roof outside.

The people stopping into Crocus are looking for vocational, social, and educational programs and support to deal with their mental illness.

"The funding received enabled us to finish off the interior of the building as well as replace the roof," director of operations Robin Mitchell said, referring to a $116,131 grant from a federal government program.

Strippers allowed for charity events in Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan government says stripping will be allowed once a year for charity at certain entertainment venues, but never for profit and never at a bar.

Don McMorris is the minister responsible for Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming. He said he thinks the new regulation will strike a good balance to allow stripping on special occasions for charity.

McMorris said the government did not want to create any opportunity to attract the criminal element of the stripping industry.

Complaints into Sask. ombudsman office steady in 2014

The office of the Saskatchewan ombudsman continues to keep busy with 2,312 complaints received in 2014 within the office's investigative jurisdiction.

The ombudsman released her annual report for 2014 on Tuesday in the legislature. It reports that 95 per cent of the time, cases are closed within 90 days of the complaint coming in – and that most complaints made to the office are done so over the phone.

Saskatoon police creating guns and gangs unit

Saskatoon's police chief Clive Weighill is forming a gangs and guns unit within the next two weeks.

“I never, ever thought in my career as a police officer in Saskatchewan that we would ever be forming such a unit,” Weighill said Thursday.

At a board of police commissioners meeting, Weighill noted that crime in Saskatoon has spiked over the last 18 months and is mainly confined to the drug trade.

Video: Small aircraft lands on White House lawn

A small plane landed on the White House lawn on Wednesday.

The pilot was arrested almost immediately. While Capitol police didn't release his name, he's believed to be Doug Hughes, a mail carrier from Florida.

Regina's city council suspending prayer following Supreme Court decision

Regina's city council will be suspending the traditional prayer at council meetings after the Supreme Court of Canada against allowing prayers at city hall meetings in a Quebec town.

Regina's Mayor Michael Fougere says the city solicitor will review the decision and report back on the full implications of the Supreme Court decision, but he expects to stop saying prayers at council meetings.

SGI sees record storm costs in 2014

SGI is reporting 2014 as a strong and steady year even though it brought the highest net storm costs in SGI CANADA'S history.

On Tuesday, SGI released its annual report for both its competitive arm, SGI CANADA, and the Saskatchewan Auto Fund.

SGI CANADA – which also sells property and casualty insurance in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario – paid out $56.2 million in storm claims with $49.5 million of that the result of claims from Saskatchewan alone. The total represents the highest net storm costs in SGI CANADA's history.

SaskGaming income up despite fewer casino visitors

Profits are up for SaskGaming in 2014 despite fewer people visiting Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw.
The Crown corporation released its 2014 annual report in the legislature Wednesday afternoon. The report states the two casinos recorded a net income of $49.8 million, up from $41.1 million the year before.
SaskGaming revenues for 2014 were $128 million, up slightly from $127 million in 2013. Expenses, meanwhile, were $78.2 million, down from $85.9 million in 2013.

Ex-Saskatoon councillor calls for knife bylaw

A former Saskatoon city councillor and member of the board of police commissioners says he's disgusted with a wave of gun violence in recent months.

Myles Heidt served as councillor for Ward 4 for 18 years. He sat on the board of police commissioners for 13 years.

"These... thugs and gangsters, they're out there running the streets and that's unfortunate, because it doesn't have to be that way in Saskatoon," he said.

Police responded Monday night to the city's 14th gun incident of 2015 after a bullet was fired into a parked car.

Federal money supports job training for Saskatoon youth

Around 80 young people in Saskatoon will gain job skills and work experience thanks to money from Ottawa.

On Tuesday, the federal government announced $655,000 through the Skills Link program will be split between the Saskatchewan Abilities Council, the Global Infobrokers Inc. and the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association to fund four projects in Saskatoon aimed at helping young people gain the skills they need for the workforce.

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