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City of Saskatoon

New Saskatoon constables bring a mixed bag of experience

After serving as a military officer at CFB Dundurn, a newly sworn-in constable sees a shift to the Saskatoon beat as a welcome challenge.

“It's pretty quiet over there; it's more of a security role. We're mostly guarding military assets,” Const. Mark Powers said moments after being one of 10 officers sworn into the Saskatoon Police Service.

“(In Dundurn) occasionally we'll deal with some traffic and criminal code violations, but in the long run, it's not a very busy base.”

UPDATE: Council to host special meeting to rename Saskatoon arena after Gordie Howe

The push to rename Kinsmen Arena to honour hockey legend Gordie Howe got another boost Wednesday.

Ward 8 councillor Eric Olauson said Saskatoon city council will hold a special meeting on Monday at noon to debate and vote on whether to rename the skating facility to Kinsmen-Gordie Howe Arena.

Olauson put forward the motion to hold the meeting.

"I didn't want to be the barrier stopping this from happening," Olauson said. "If there's barriers after that, that's out of my control. At least it wasn't city council standing in the way of this."

Saskatoon’s mayor reflects on 2014

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.

Saskatoon Christmas tree recycling stations open

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

Saskatoon snow angel receives award

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 splurging on pets for Christmas

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.

UPDATE: Saskatoon police locate 12-year-old boy

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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Sleeping man rescued from duplex fire in Saskatoon

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.

City makes changes to snow routes

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.

Saskatoon Stuffs the Bus for food bank

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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