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Fewer kids in SK foster care since 2008, but where are they now?

The number of children in foster care is down in Saskatchewan, but that may only be good news on the surface, according to the children’s advocate report.

Saskatchewan's children's advocate is Bob Pringle and he says there are almost 700 fewer kids in care now than in 2008.
 
He explains one-third of those youths simply aged out of the system and that raises more questions.

“Where have they gone? Have they landed on their feet? Have they got an education? Are they living in poverty? Are they on assistance,” Pringle asks.

Security for Saskatchewan Marathon top of mind

Organizers for the Saskatchewan Marathon are looking at all possible risks ahead of next month's race.

"I wouldn't say that we'd be specifically planning for something of the magnitude of Boston, but it would certainly be in our minds," said race director, Kim Ali.

The 35th annual event has a security team each year that includes members from the Saskatoon Police Service, Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services, MD Ambulance and the Saskatoon Amateur Radio Club.

Saskatchewan becomes 4th largest exporter in Canada

Saskatchewan is getting rid of products at a higher rate than ever, driving our export figures to new record levels.

Numbers released Wednesday by Statistics Canada show a record $32.6 billion of goods were exported to other countries from Saskatchewan last year. The more than 10 per cent increase year-over-year means the province has overtaken BC to become the fourth-biggest exporter in Canada.

"That's not bad for a province without any ports," quipped Premier Brad Wall, speaking to reporters at the Legislature Tuesday morning about the data.

Flooding seen briefly on some highways: SK Security Water Agency

The spring melt hasn't hit in full force just yet but there has been some brief flooding across roads in certain places around Saskatchewan.

A few regions in the south central area of the province have already seen water flowing over roads including Highway 18 near McCord, Highway 363 and along Highway 16 by North Battleford. In most cases the water receded within a day.

In a weekly flooding update on Wednesday, Patrick Boyle with the Water Security Agency said that's really all they are seeing in terms of spring runoff so far.

Province announces on-reserve high schools will soon get driver's ed

More First Nation and Metis students will have the opportunity to take driver’s education.

The Government of Saskatchewan announced Tuesday it’s increasing the funding for all eligible students who attend on-reserve high schools.

“We often assume students can just do it on their own; but in fact sometimes we need to assist that,” said Education Minister Russ Marchuk.

Cold spring difficult on wildlife in Saskatchewan

What's been a long winter for everyone will have deadly effects on some wildlife in Saskatchewan.

"It is a very difficult winter for wildlife," said Brad Tokaruk, head of the allocation section of the fish and wildlife branch with the Ministry of Environment, "the depth of snow and the length that we've had a significant snow cover is definitely making it difficult for them to obtain food, and difficult for them to move."

Assiniboia runner describes Boston the day after attacks

"It's memorable in all the wrong ways," the words of a Saskatchewan runner in Boston the day after the attacks.

Graham Harvey of Assiniboia, Sask., was one of the thousands of people taking part in the 2013 Boston Marathon.  He had finished the race, and was meeting his wife about four blocks away when the two explosions went off at the finish line.

Now a day after the blasts, he says the city is returning to a normal flow, with a very solemn feeling.

BEST OF THE WEB: 'Look for the helpers' advice spreading

In the aftermath of the bombing at the Boston Marathon, those trying to make sense of the violence took to social media to share their views on humanity.

A quote by Mr. Rogers urging people to "look for the helpers" went viral. So did a photo of 8-year-old victim Martin Richards holding a sign reading "stop hurting people."

Edited by CJME's Karen Brownlee and Adriana Christianson.

 

Drivers education program expanding for First Nations reserve schools

More First Nation and Metis students will have the opportunity to take driver’s education.

The Government of Saskatchewan announced Tuesday it’s increasing the funding for all eligible students who attend on-reserve high schools.

Although driver training is already offered by some First Nation high schools, this money will allow about 2,600 more students to take the program.

“Our students need to have the same toolbox that we expect from anybody going into the workforce,” said Simon Bird, Vice-Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.

SK Water Security Agency says snow melting too slow

Yes the snow is slowly melting in southern Saskatchewan, but provincial flood forecasters now say it’s not nearly fast enough.

“We haven’t lost much snow from melting and we’re probably losing some snow to sublimation which is the process of snow and ice changing into water vapour in the air without first melting into water,” explains Patrick Boyle with the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency.

Although the best case scenario for spring does require a slower spring melt, Boyle says the weather we're getting now is making it too slow.

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