The weather might not feel like spring this weekend but thousands of people have already booked their campsites at Saskatchewan Provincial Parks.
The online camping reservation system opened on March 2 and after the first three weeks, Mariane Wihack with SaskParks says 26,500 reservations are on the books so far.
“On average I would say it’s about 40 per cent of our campsites that are reserved at this point,” she said. “Some of the more popular parks are probably verging on the 50 per cent reserved state.”
As protests turned deadly in Kyiv and Ukraine became embroiled in an international political crisis, one Saskatchewan man was just trying to get to his wedding. By the time he was set to fly home the Russian army had taken over the airport he was supposed to leave from in Crimea.
Al Brewer is finally back at work in Weyburn after a whirlwind wedding trip to Ukraine during the last three weeks of political chaos.
People who love to camp in the province are not too happy with Saskatchewan Parks’ online campsite reservation system.
Monday saw the launch of the booking season with spots in a group of parks in the north/northwest part of the province up for grabs. But with incredibly high traffic, many people didn’t get the site they wanted because they were booted off the site. Some were even overcharged on their credit cards.
Campers took to Twitter and Facebook to complain and express their frustration. One woman said she was left with an $8,300 charge.
Civil unrest in Ukraine is jeopardizing the future of a 20-year student exchange program between the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Board and the Ukrainian Ministry of Education.
Scheduled to travel to Ukraine for three weeks, seven students and parents were notified last week that the bi-annual student exchange would be cancelled for 2014 because of the growing tensions between Ukraine and Russia.
Laurianne Gabruch is a teacher at Bethlehem High School and has been organizing this trip since 1996.
With another severely cold forecast in store for the weekend, the province is urging anyone planning on travelling in Saskatchewan this weekend to take precautions.
As the political crisis in Ukraine rages on, Saskatchewan's Ukrainian community
is not content to just sit and watch.
Their latest show of support for protesters in the capital Kiev and other Ukrainian cities is a convoy between Saskatoon and Regina.
Around 60 vehicles are expected to set out from Saskatoon's Preston Crossing, adorned with the colours of Saskatchewan and Ukraine. They will move through downtown before eventually heading south on highway 11 to the provincial legislature in Regina.
Hundreds of stranded travellers in Davidson found warmth in the midst of a snow storm Wednesday night.
Highway 11 was closed in both directions prompted by bad weather and a jack-knifed semi near Girvin. RCMP said approximately 200 vehicles were at a standstill.
Cheryl Delaet opened her home to a business man and a young mom with two little girls. All four were heading south before the highway closed, leaving them stranded in Davidson.
Highway 11, between Davidson and Regina, has reopened after blowing snow and a jackknifed semi closed down the stretch of road for four and a half hours Wednesday afternoon.
RCMP said the semi took up both southbound lanes but they managed to free up one lane and allow cars to pass around 6 p.m. Travel is still not recommended along the highway and RCMP were redirecting traffic to the Legion Hall in Craik and the Town Hall in Davidson which are open to stranded travellers.
Drivers in Regina are seeing a higher price at the pumps this week.
The price of gas has gone up at least six cents per litre in a week. At most stations, the price was nearly $1.22 Tuesday morning compared to around $1.16 a week ago.
Enpro gas price analyst Roger McKnight explained one reason for that happening could be something oil companies like to call 'restoring the market'.
The Regina Car Share Co-operative is growing thanks to an investment from Oak Park Developments.
On Thursday morning, the car-share program announced a second vehicle had been added to its fleet, donated by the real-estate company. Starting in 2009, the program allows its 35 members to rent a shared vehicle at a cost of only five dollars per hour, and 25 cents per kilometre.
"Car-share vehicles tend to replace the need for about eight to 13 vehicles on the road with each one that's shared," said John Klein, the man who started the rental program.