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New school concepts under the microscope in Saskatoon

Nine new schools are one step closer to coming off the drawing board and into communities.

Schools will be going up in Warman, Martensville, Saskatoon and Regina as joint-use facilities for the public and Catholic school divisions in each of those cities.

Funding issues could delay U of S childcare expansion

A new childcare centre needed on the University of Saskatchewan campus may have trouble getting a stamp of approval.

The design will be complete by the end of the month and half of the funding is in place, but the Board of Governors may not give final approval due to the university’s financial troubles.

The board of governors has not had a chance to make a decision because the final project has not been put forward yet.

Film school opens in Saskatoon

A green screen, microphones, computers and editing software surround film students at the Recording Arts Institute of Saskatoon (RAIS) as they put together a television commercial for a school project.

This is Saskatoon's only film school and these students will be part of the first graduating class.

"I've seen a need for a film school here my whole life really, because I had to leave to go to film school," said Shayne Metcalfe, the instructor for the motion picture arts program.

Edmonton murder victim remembered in Saskatoon

People in Saskatoon are remembering Demetrios Karahalios as someone who left a huge mark on the city's gay community.
According to Edmonton police the 48-year-old man, known as "Jimmy" or "Coco", was found dead in his Edmonton home on March 8. Police are investigating it as a homicide.

Before he moved to Edmonton in the late 90s, Karahalios was a well-known drag queen in Saskatoon. He was also the Empress of the Imperial Court System, an LGBT organization that raises money for charity.

Updated: SREDA CEO accused of not filing tax returns from 2003-2011

The man in charge of bringing business to Saskatoon, is facing charges for failing to file a tax return.
Tim LeClair, president and CEO of SREDA (Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority) faces multiple charges for not filing a tax return from 2003 to 2011.
Each charge could carry a fine ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 or up to 12 months in jail.

SREDA chairman Bruce Richet said the news isn’t being taken lightly.

Crimean living in Saskatoon says referendum a sham

As the world awaits Crimea’s independence referendum, a Saskatoon man and native Crimean thinks no matter what the outcome, it won’t reflect the will of voters.

Alexander Arav, 29, lived in Crimea until he was eight years old. His family, along with his parents, lived there for generations before moving to Israel 20 years ago and finally to Canada in 2012. Sitting next to his mother, he said he doesn’t think an honest referendum is possible because of rampant corruption in both Ukraine and Russia and the amount of Russian influence on Sunday’s vote.

Saskatoon firefighters reach into past with new name

From now on, people can refer to firefighters collectively as the Saskatoon Fire Department.

Tim Bozon remains in coma, critical but stable condition

Promising NHL prospect Tim Bozon still lays in a coma after being diagnosed with meningitis nearly two weeks ago.

Bozon was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal University Hospital with Neisseria Meningitis – the bacterial form of the disease-- on March 1. The night before, the Saskatoon Blades played host to his team, the Kootenay Ice.

Doctors are slowly trying to wake Bozon up. His family said he is responding to verbal stimuli, according to a media release from the Saskatoon Health Region..

Update: Vehicle fire at Saskatoon hospital

The Saskatoon Fire Department was called to the scene of a vehicle fire at the Royal University Hospital Thursday.

Host families needed for international student program

Saskatoon's Catholic school division is running low on host families as their international student program grows.

What began as a three-student program in 1996 has become a hub for students from all around the world. This year there are 148 from 15 different countries, an increase of 40 students from 2012-13.

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