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Saskatoon construction crews ahead of schedule

Construction crews in Saskatoon are a bit ahead of schedule because of Mother Nature's cooperation.

"The sun's been out and the weather's been great, so we've been able to get a lot of work done so far. The crews have completed about 58 lane kilometres of the 196 lane kilometres that were due to be completed this year," Celene Anger, director of construction and design with the City of Saskatoon, said.

To help them meet their goal, construction crews will be hard at work on three major projects while most of the people in the city are sleeping.

WestJet, Air Canada add domestic flights to Saskatoon airport

Both major airlines are adding more flights out of Saskatoon’s John Diefenbaker Airport.

The airport authority said Air Canada now offers a red-eye flight to Toronto, departing from Saskatoon at 12:35 a.m. and arriving at Pearson International Airport around 5:40 a.m.

WestJet announced it's doubling its weekly service to Vancouver up to six flights per week from last year’s three flights per week.

More improvements for Blackstrap Provincial Park

A new beach service centre at Blackstrap Provincial Park will make the lake experience more enjoyable for visitors.

The province is spending $500,000 on the project. The funding, which was announced Thursday, will cover the replacement of the existing 45-year-old facility at Aspen Grove.

Janice Crawford, Saskatoon park area manager said she is thrilled that Blackstrap is finally getting its turn for much needed upgrades.

New paint to brighten Saskatchewan highways

It's another busy construction season for crews who paint highways in Saskatchewan.

This summer, about 51,000 kilometres of centre and shoulder lines will get painted. That's like going back and forth between Regina and Cairo, Egypt five times.

A total of over 1.5 million litres of paint will be used. That's enough to fill more than 1,200 hot tubs.

Each kilometre of solid line requires a touch over 31 litres or 8.2 gallons.

Travelers need to respect customs says Saskatoon travel agent

Before a traveller ends up in a custom line to enter another country they should do their research, according to a Saskatoon travel agent.

Managing partner of UNIGLOBE Carefree Travel Jamie Angus Milton explained it's important to understand passport and visa requirements but also customs.

"(Go) through local laws and restrictions, even things as simple as are their dress codes because some countries like to have women cover their shoulders, cover their knees, or entering churches or religious places sometimes things like that are neccessary," she said.

Friends remember Sask. man who died in Australia

Tributes are pouring in through Facebook and other social media for a young Saskatchewan man who died after falling from a balcony in Brisbane, Australia Friday.

Nigel Weir, 21, from Tweedsmuir, Sask, slipped and fell off a third-storey balcony at a party according to Australian media. Weir had been living in Australia for nearly a year. The University of Saskatchewan kinesiology student was studying human movement at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

Saskatoon musician recalls India heat wave

A Saskatoon musician returning to Canada from India says the heat there is the hottest he has ever experienced.

Soren Nissen flew to Toronto from New Delhi at the end of May after living in the country for five months to teach music at a jazz school in New Delhi and travel.

“I’ve been to tropical places like Barbados, Bermuda, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, Peru and nothing ever felt as hot as that,” Nissen, who is a bassist and composer, said.

New flights to Toronto, Edmonton offered from Regina

Travellers will soon have two new options at the Regina International Airport.
Starting June 2, Air Canada is offering a red eye flight to Toronto leaving at 1:45 a.m. It is available from Monday to Saturday and lasts until Aug. 1.
WestJet is offering a daily morning flight to Edmonton. It is available beginning Friday and takes off every day at 6:35 a.m.

Saskatoon water main break swallows van

A family had a scare Thursday evening when their car nose-dived into a sink hole caused by a water main break near the airport.

The hole opened up after a water main broke at the corner of 45th Street and Hanselman Avenue. 

A woman in the car, who did not wish to give her name, said she thought it was just a pot hole but it swallowed the whole front of her mini van and sent water flowing into the front part of the cabin.

10-vehicle crash on Circle Drive backs up traffic for hours

A 10-vehicle pileup on Saskatoon's Circle Drive caused rush-hour traffic to grind to a halt Wednesday.

Saskatoon police said the crash happened at about 6:15 p.m. in the eastbound lanes, not far from the Warman Road overpass.

The crash was a chain reaction, involving a series of rear-end collisions. Four pickup trucks, five cars and a semi were involved.

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