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AIDS Saskatoon seeks donations for holiday hampers

As families get ready for a Christmas feast, AIDS Saskatoon is asking Saskatoon residents to spread the Christmas joy to some of the city’s most vulnerable.

AIDS Saskatoon is collecting food and gift donations for their annual holiday hampers. The organization needs enough to fill 100 hampers for families and individuals in the city.

Some families receive eight to nine boxes filled with food, clothes, toys and Christmas cheer, according to Heather Byrne, executive coordinator of AIDS Saskatoon.

Group wants mineral facility proposal near Langham denied

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES) wants the Ministry of Environment to drop a proposed project near Langham.

Fortune Minerals Ltd. (FML) is seeking approval under the Environmental Assessment Act to construct and operate a Metals Processing Plant in the RM of Corman Park near Langham. The environmental impact statement (EIS) is under public review until Dec. 6.

"We are recommending that this particular project should not be approved," said Ann Coxworth, SES board member.

World's largest agriculture auction in Saskatoon

After a record harvest, it seems many farmers in Saskatchewan were more willing to open up their wallets at a recent farm auction.

CP Holiday Train makes 15th annual Saskatoon stop

Christmas cheer is rolling into town Wednesday evening as the 15th annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train makes a stop in Saskatoon.

Adorned with festive lights and decorations, the big red engine will squeal to a stop at 9:30 p.m. in the CP Rail Yards in Sutherland at 140 – 107th Street East.

Musicians traveling aboard the train will perform a free concert from their boxcar stage.

UPDATED: Natural gas line hit halts Saskatoon train traffic

Some train traffic in Saskatoon was at a standstill for a few hours Wednesday afternoon after a natural gas line hit.
The pipeline was hit just before 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon by a contractor doing horizontal drilling in the CN Rail Yards off of 11th Street West in Saskatoon.
Casey MacLeod with SaskEnergy, said train traffic was temporaily not allowed to enter the area while SaskEnergy crews worked to stop the leak.

Saskatoon band to open for Black Sabbath on Canadian tour

A lot of people in Saskatoon are pretty excited Black Sabbath will be tearing up the Credit Union Centre in April, but one Saskatoon band will be using it as a big homecoming show.

Saskatchewan fighter sharing recovery story

A Saskatchewan wrestling coach, skateboarder and martial artist is out to prove that a little thing like an amputation can't hold him back.

Regina's Janz Stein said he lived with two years of pain after a dirtbike accident left 18 screws and three plates in his leg.

"I really had to schedule my life because of the pain that I was in every day. I could barely walk in the mornings. At night time it would be just as bad," he said.

LIVE: Proposed budget faces final debate

Policing and other emergency services are under the microscope as city council and the mayor enter the final day of budget deliberations.

Residents are facing a 7.26 per cent tax increase next year if the proposed budget passes without any changes.  The possibility of the tax increase coming down was reduced Tuesday when council passed the 4.26 per cent levy for roads.

Follow Wednesday’s debate with city hall reporter Francois Biber.

Budget committee approves 4.29 per cent road levy

With little to no opposition, city council approved a 4.29 per cent road levy for the 2014 budget.

“People said you need to fix our roads; this plan will fix our roads,” said Ward 8 Councillor Eric Olauson.

On day one of budget deliberations at city hall, the mayor and city councillors sifted through pages in the proposed 2014 budget, which called for a 7.26 per cent increase to property taxes next year. After approving more than half the increase with the passage of the road levy, that 7.26 total is likely to stand, according to Councillor Randy Donauer.

Fundraiser planned for Saskatoon boy with cancer

Micah Anderson's love of Lego fills his bedroom shelves and he points to one of his favourite Lego spaceships that has a place of honour in his room.

"That thing is like 1,300 (pieces) and I built that all in one afternoon," he smiles.

On his desk, a small collection of Lego figures is slowly growing - one for every time he finishes a chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

"I just get them at the end of each time as a reward," Micah said, pointing to about 20 figures he has so far. 

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