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Gordon Barnhart officially installed as 10th U of S president

Gordon Barnhart was officially installed as the University of Saskatchewan's new acting president and vice chancellor Monday.

The ceremony at Convocation Hall came about a month after Barnhart stepped into the role left vacant by Ilene Busch-Vishniac, who was fired by the board of governors on May 21.

Chancellor Blaine Favel presided over the installation.

Saskatoon RCMP investigate homicide

Saskatoon RCMP are now calling a woman's death a homicide.

Around 8 p.m. Monday evening, RCMP got a call from the Saskatoon Police Service that a woman had suffered an injury to her neck at Clarence Avenue and Victor Road. She was taken to the Royal University Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Another woman was taken into custody at that time. As of Tuesday evening, no charges had been laid.

St. Vincent brings futuristic stage show to Saskatoon

It was a dry and relaxing night at the Bessborough Gardens as St. Vincent took the stage at the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.

The art rocker from Oklahoma performed futuristic choreography to songs off her latest self-titled album St. Vincent for a crowd of enthusiastic fans.

The two-hour set was chalk full of punchy, distorted guitar solos juxtaposed with lead singer Annie Clark's sweet vocals.

The jazz festival runs all week until Sunday.

No changes coming to leisure program registration

Out-of-towners trying to access Saskatoon leisure centre programs will not be dinged with higher fees and they will not have to wait longer to register online.

“I can see this becoming the thin edge of a wedge that actually sets us back on those bigger picture issues and I would much rather follow in the spirit of a collaborative approach on this like regional planning,” Councillor Charlie Clark said .

Students may face hunger as lunch program ends for summer

Principal Shalene Herron is concerned that some of her students will go hungry over the summer months.
In her two years at Confederation Park Community School in Saskatoon, she has seen a huge increase in demand for the emergency nutrition program.

"Despite sort of the boom talk of Saskatchewan, poverty is also growing," she said in an interview with News Talk Radio.

Updated: Group calls for mandatory parental consent to have abortion

It is currently unnecessary for a minor to need parental consent to have an abortion.
Mike Schouten, spokesperson for the Parental Consent Initiative of Saskatchewan, said that not requiring minors to have parental consent can put them in danger.
"It's ultimately about protecting vulnerable teenage girls because there are no parental consent laws they are susceptible to being taken advantage of."

Province gives $4.8 million to Saskatoon Police Service

The Saskatoon Police Service is getting nearly $5 million in continued funding for special units.
The provincial government announced $4.8 million to help fund 42 police officers in Saskatoon.
According to a government news release, the money will go towards initiatives like the Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit, the organized crime unit and the new Dedicated Traffic Safety Enforcement Units.

Douglas Hales testifies in own defence

Douglas Hales only had one word to describe the six years he's spent in prison ahead of his trial.

"Hell," was all he said, as he testified in his own defence at his trial for the first-degree murder of Daleen Bosse.

Hales told court he hasn't seen his son since his arrest in 2008, the boy was about nine months old at the time. Hales testified that he has had no contact with the child's mother since they split in 2009.

Alcohol concerns cancel annual commerce barbecue

One of the most anticipated parties of the year for University of Saskatchewan students has been cancelled after the university decided not to co-sign to insure the event.

"It is huge, and it involves a lot of drinking, and it involves a very vulnerable age among students, where there is the emergence of mental illness between the ages of 18 and 25, where students are away from home for the first time," Daphne Taras, dean of the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan, said.

Health region working to reduce emergency department wait times

The Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) is in the process of making changes to help reduce emergency department (ED) wait times.

During the SHR meeting on Monday morning the update to the patient flow plan showed major steps and challenges for the health region in reducing ED wait times.

"It's a very large step... that we are going to achieve this year. Our goal is to have 85 per cent of our patients placed within their inpatient bed within a five hour window," Sandra Blevins, vice-president of integrated health services, explained.

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