City of Saskatoon
While every city goes through its share of ups and downs during the course of a year, Saskatoon's mayor feels there were a lot more positives than negatives to celebrate in 2014.
They filled homes with Christmas cheer over the holidays, but now, Christmas trees are just filling living rooms with pine needles.
The City of Saskatoon has opened several Christmas tree recycling stations across the city.
Between Dec. 26 and Jan. 31, unwrapped, undecorated pine trees can be dropped off at the following six locations:
- Primrose Dr Recycling Depot (next to Lawson Civic Centre)
- Lowe Rd Recycling Depot (entrance via Ludlow St)
- Wildwood Golf Course parking lot
When Bob Woods looks out his window after a snowfall, he sees something most of us can only wish for: clear sidewalks.
That's thanks to neighbour Glenn Hussey, who's always willing to spend a little extra time clearing Woods' walkway.
When I was a kid, we used to always shovel some of the neighbours' (sidewalks) as well. It's just, I guess, just a continuation of that," he said.
Saskatoon shoppers scrambling to buy Christmas presents are also picking up something special for their furry companions too.
In survey after survey, the vast majority of pet owners say they treat their dogs and cats like family. Tammy is in that majority. She says pets shouldn't be excluded from Christmas.
"We do have a stocking for each of our cats. They're very curious about our children's stockings so we give them their own that have safe things," adding a toy mouse, treats and a can of tuna runs her about $10 for each cat.
Saskatoon police have found a 12-year-old boy who went missing Friday.
James Whitehead was last seen on Friday at 8:30 a.m. leaving his home in the 1500 block of Ave G to go to school.
He was found by a patrol officer at a friend's house around 11:50 a.m. Sunday and was returned to his family.
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A Saskatoon man is lucky to be alive after a fire broke out in his basement suite while he was asleep.
Around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday someone reported smelling smoke at the duplex on Avenue L South and called the fire department. When firefighters opened the front door, heavy black smoke poured out from the basement suite.
Crews entered the suite and put out a fire in the kitchen.
As they searched the suite they found a 48-year-old man in the bedroom.
The City of Saskatoon is making living along a snow route less of a hassle after a big snowfall.
Instead of requiring every vehicle off of a snow route at the same time for a 48-hour period - the city announced Friday a new set of rules to make things run smoother.
This year snow routes have been divided into two main ones. Green Circle and Blue Square will be declared separately and will last no longer than 24-hours each.
Two city transit buses were picking up food instead of passengers on Thursday.
The buses exchanged their regular routes for parking spots in front of the Co-op in The Centre Mall on Eighth Street for Rock 102's Stuff the Bus for the Saskatoon Food Bank.
The local radio station encouraged people to bring food donations to fill up both buses and in 12-hours over 15,000 pounds of food was collected.
The annual event also raised $46,624 which was matched by Potash Corp.
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At the Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre in Saskatoon, Vera Fitzsimmons's eyes light up when volunteers walk into her room with a large Christmas bag.
They pull a grey and white sweater from the bag, asking if it will fit.
"Oh I think so," Fitzsimmons said as she gently slips her arms into the sleeves.
In the meeting of 2014 city council made big moves that will carry over into 2015.