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Saskatoon sees increase in garage fires

Everything from welding to careless smoking has caused what the Saskatoon Fire Department is calling a "significant increase" in garage fires over the last two months.

The department has responded to seven blazes since October, according to Assistant Fire Chief Morgan Hackl. Last year, there were four garage fires between October and the end of December.

Saskatoon council takes another look at police budget

Expect a heated debate when Saskatoon city council looks at the police budget for the second time.

Last week city council rejected the police service's 2015 budget proposal which called for a $4.5 million increase from the previous year.

Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill presented two options to the board of police commissioners Tuesday morning. The first option was to hire six officers instead of eight, which saves $150,000. The second option was to hire four new officers, which saves the city $300,000.

Weighill also found $178,000 in cost savings.

Hundreds mourn loss of former Saskatoon mayor Cliff Wright

There's wasn't a single empty seat as friends and family celebrated the life of former mayor Cliff Wright on Wednesday.

In the warm yellow glow of St. John's Anglican Cathedral, hundreds packed the pews to remember and celebrate Wright's legacy.

Festive Christmas trees, holly and wreaths surrounded the crowd while boquets of flowers adorned photos of Wright at the head of the congregation.

Several songs commemorated Saskatoon's long-serving mayor.

Saskatoon homeowners pushing city to fix Nutana slope

Saskatoon homeowners urge the City of Saskatoon to take a leadership role in fixing the Nutana slope failure which has caused significant damage to private property on 11th Street East.

Even Nutana’s ward councillor Charlie Clark said it goes against how the city does business.

“When it comes to repairs on private property the city has historically not intervened and does not intervene,” Clark said, adding this case is quite complicated because it involves a public lane, Cherry Lane, the city is responsible for.

Saskatoon council will look at moving on key intersection

A nightmare intersection for many north end workers could be getting fixed up sooner than expected.

At a meeting of the City of Saskatoon's standing committee on transportation, administration recommended delaying design work on upgrades to the intersection of Idylwyld Drive and Circle Drive until after the new North Commuter Parkway Bridge is finished.

Saskatoon skiers want more amenities

Skiers in Saskatoon have a Christmas wishlist, but the city doesn't plan to fill it for years.

Jan Sedgewick with the Saskatoon Nordic Ski Club said there is a lack of facilities for skiers to host programs out of and not enough washrooms on trails.

The ski club has 160 children registered in lessons run out of Kinsmen Park, but the only facility available for them there is a picnic shelter.

PHOTOS: Cameco Meewasin skating rink opens

Saskatoon residents took advantage of the warmer weekend weather to go for a skate.

The Cameco Meewasin skating rink opened on Saturday. For many the rink's opening heralds the start of winter and the holiday season.

The rink is open daily 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., weather permitting. Skate and helmet rentals are available at the rink.

Saskatoon Bishop opts for modest lifestyle

Saskatoon Bishop Don Bolen doesn't believe one person needs a house with four bathrooms in it.

It's the reason why he has decided to move out of the Roman Catholic Bishop's residence on Spadina Crescent and into a modest two bedroom apartment in Pleasant Hill, on 20th street near Avenue O. His old home has been put up for sale.

"I was looking for something a little simpler, and smaller," Bolen said.

Bolen says it was a decision to "try to be a little more faithful to gospel" in his lifestyle, adding other leaders are making similar decisions.

Fate of Saskatoon bus barns remains up in air

As plans to relocate the bus barns out of Caswell Hill march forward, a Saskatoon group wants the old buildings to become a space for artists.

The fate of the 13.5 acres of land in the heart of the city is still being discussed, but ArtSpace Saskatoon would like to see the buildings turned into workshops and offices for artists and artistic organizations.

ArtSpace Saskatoon founder Craig Campbell said the areas size and location make it ideal for local artists.

Saskatoon business disappointed with SGI’s appeal process

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is tweaking its rules around company car seizures and creating harsher punishments for dangerous drivers.
Earlier this year SGI introduced tougher laws around distracted driving and dangerous driving. For instance, if a driver is caught driving while talking on a cellphone without a hands-free system twice in less than a year, police can seize the vehicle for up to seven days.

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