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Saskatoon firefighters reach into past with new name

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

Water main break woes continue in Saskatoon

Toni Taylor remembers her basement full of water as she walks down the stairs in her Saskatoon home. 

"It sounded like a waterfall. It was unbelievable the noise that was coming through," she said, adding the water flowed in the front of her home, through the basement and out the back yard.

Man accused in Boulet murder denied bail

A Saskatoon judge has denied bail for a man facing charges in connection to the city's second murder of the year.

The bail hearing for Estevan Fuenzalida, 24, was held at Saskatoon's Court of Queen's Bench on Tuesday, but Justice Mona Dovell handed down her written decision Wednesday afternoon.

She said if the accused was released on bail, "the Court is not satisfied that any stringent conditions would be available to ensure the safety of the community or that the administration of justice might not be interfered with."

City of Saskatoon starts accelerated snow grading

It might feel like spring outside in Saskatoon but the city is still bringing out equipment to deal with winter.

Wednesday morning crews began the accelerated snow grading in College Park, College Park East, Confederation Park and Dundonald.

"This is not exactly the same as the city-wide program that we started back on Jan. 20 and had to suspend on Jan. 29 due to the extreme cold temperatures we were experiencing at the time," Pat Hyde, City of Saskatoon director of Public Works, explained.

City pushes for pedestrian centered development in core neighbourhoods

City planners tabled a report outlining future development plans in Pleasant Hill and Meadowgreen.

As Riversdale continues to develop on 20th Street westbound from Idylwyld Drive, the City of Saskatoon wants to promote future development further west. Dubbed the Junction Plan, the city is hoping to assist the core neighbourhoods as they move through their current transitional phase.

Saskatoon crews work to clear catch basins

This shot of warm air we've been enjoying has been keeping drivers and pedestrians on their toes.

Melting snow has been creating some challenges, causing quite a bit of pooling on streets and at certain intersections throughout Saskatoon.

City looks to end excessive noise, tightens noise bylaw enforcement

Motorcyclists and drivers beware the City of Saskatoon is tightening up enforcement of its noise bylaw.

“This has been an issue for residents since I was first elected in 2006,” Ward One Councillor Darren Hill said.

At Monday’s executive committee meeting, city councillors and the mayor agreed to move ahead with a draft bylaw amendment, that would allow Saskatoon Police officers to carry decibel readers and issue tickets for cars and motorcycles whose vehicles emit sound greater than 92 dB.

Wave of water main breaks will continue despite warm temperatures, city says

Seven more water main breaks over the past 24 hours brings the total to 35 since Friday night.

And according to city officials in Saskatoon, we can expect many more over the next few weeks, despite warmer temperatures.

“Frost is at the pipe depth and once it’s at the pipe depth, even though it might warm up, there still could be movement in the ground … it doesn’t mean it’s getting any better for us,” said Trent Schmidt, acting director of public works.

New food council pushes for a revised food strategy

A group in Saskatoon wants more home gardens, a larger urban agricultural landscape and people feeding themselves.

“Our mandate is food security. One of the ways to ensure food security in the region is to buy local,” Kevin Boldt from the Saskatoon Food council said.

Boldt also runs Prairie View Farms, a farm-direct marketing business aimed at consumers looking to buy local meats. Boldt has a shop on his farm 20 minutes outside of Saskatoon. He and his wife Melanie also make home deliveries in Saskatoon.

Rec centres open doors to families left without water

Recreation centres are now open to hundreds of Saskatoon residents struggling with the recent wave of water main breaks.

People affected by the water main breaks can use the shower facilities for free at their nearest leisure centre. Residents will need proof of where they live in order to get in.

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