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Saskatoon police chief supports looser marijuana laws

Saskatoon's police chief is adding his voice to the chorus of chiefs across the country who are calling for looser marijuana laws.
 
Clive Weighill joined John Gormley Live Monday to explain that they are not trying to decriminalize it.
 
"But somebody that has two, three or five joints in their possession, the officer really is kind of caught here."
 
"Do I charge somebody criminally for this and clog up the courts with a criminal charge for a minor possession?"
 

Sask. government asks for changes as rail crisis continues

The province is calling for Ottawa to step up pressure on the rail companies as a grain backlog continues to hit producers in the wallet.

Provincial agriculture minister Lyle Stewart issued a list of the items the province wants to see in legislation expected from the feds when Parliament comes back on Mar. 24.

Huskies women's hockey celebrate first ever CIS medal

The Universiy of Saskatchewan Huskies women’s hockey team defeated the Laurier Golden Hawks 6-3 in the bronze medal game at the CIS women’s hockey championships in Fredericton Sunday.

Julia Flinton scored three goals for the Huskies while Sara Greschner scored twice. Second year goaltender Cassidy Hendricks made 39 stops in the win. 

Irish pub owner talks St. Patrick's Day roots

Saskatchewan will get a bit more green Monday as people celebrate St. Patrick's Day with four-leaf clovers and green beer.

"I've never seen green beer in Dublin," Seaneen Sullivan said with a laugh on the Brent Loucks Show.

Sullivan is one of the owners of L. Mulligan Grocer, a pub in Dublin, Ireland. She said that's not the only thing different if you celebrate the holiday in the home country.

Irish dancers put jig in St. Patrick's Day celebration

A bit of Irish spirit danced its way into Saskatoon as members of the Brady Academy of Irish Dance brought some emerald cheer to the city’s seniors.

In brightly coloured costumes and curling bobs, the girls’ step shoes crashed against the floor while the merry beats of Celtic music played in the background.

With up to three performances in a single day, St. Patrick’s Day, and the weekend before, is the busiest time of the year according to instructor Julie Sapsford.

Saskatoon Blades give out record 50/50 jackpot

The Saskatoon Blades' final match of the season brought out huge crowds for the game and the 50/50 ticket draw Saturday night.

The 50/50 draw ended up at $140,490, breaking the old record of $132,000. It was the biggest crowd of the season with over 8,800 people in attendance.

"I would be shocked if there were a whole lot of people there who didn't buy a 50/50 ticket," Saskatoon Blades' Mike Scissons said.

"It was obviously a draw to come to the game and we had a lot of other things going on with Fan Appreciation Night."

Car crash knocks out power to 1,300 Sutherland homes, businesses

Power has been restored for most Sutherland residents after a car took out a power pole.

Around 7:45 a.m. a vehicle driving down a back alley on the 100 block of 111th Street West struck a power pole, knocking it over.

Police said that there were no injuries and they are still investigating. Meanwhile crews are working to replace the damaged pole.

As many as 1,300 homes and businesses were without power for four hours.

Saskatoon carnivores hungry for new steak house

Saskatoon carnivores are drooling over a new steak house set to open in the heart of the downtown.

Cut, Casual Steak and Tap at 416 21st Street East promises to offer house cut delights to appease any meat lover.

Owner Moe Mathieu, 43, already owns Beer Brothers and The Willow on Wascana in Regina and has taught culinary arts at SIAST for the past five years.

"Being in a kitchen setting, I love it and I loved teaching as well but I needed to do both. I know some people might think I don't like sleep but I just think I need to do more," Mathieu said.

Boychuk hit and runs keep police busy

One Saskatoon man faces charges and police are searching for another driver after two hit and runs on Boychuk Drive Saturday night.

Around 8 p.m. an identified car hit a house in the 1000 block of Boychuk Drive. No one inside the home was hurt and police are assessing the damage.

Police think a "newer model red Jeep" may have been responsible.

Then, before 10:30 p.m. two vehicles collided at the intersection of 8th Street and Boychuk Drive.

Saskatoon couple worries Ukraine will never be free from Russia's grip

Ever since Maria Melenchuk and her husband Roman Pavlov moved to Saskatoon in 2010, they've been intensely following the news coming from their homeland.

But lately, Maria has been trying to avoid it.

"I don't read news anymore" she said, "because I'm so worried... if I continue to read news, I can't eat, I can't study, I can't sleep, and so on."

The same is not true of her husband, who has been watching the news out of Crimea ahead of their hastily-staged referendum.

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