Monday is the kick off for Regina's ride your bike to work week.
It all gets going at 1 p.m. at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum with a bike festival. Later in the afternoon, there will also be a community ride around Wascana Park
Spokesperson Ada Chan Russell says the week emphasizes the healthy aspects of cycling.
"Especially today, now when we have work hours and that we're mostly indoors and not doing much exercise on our own. It's a great way to get exercise and be healthy."
Wages is a big part of this dispute, but Cathy Dickson with the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan says patient safety is also being compromised.
"There are huge waitlists for, especially in the pediatric (assessment) area, where little children are needing to have that assessment done so their development isn't further delayed," said Dickson.
The union will have a news conference at 11 this morning - News Talk Radio will have a reporter at the conference.
This story continues to develop...
At least one person is expecting a strike in the health sector to be a long one thanks to the essential services legislation.
The essential services legislation, introduced by the Brad Wall government in 2007, means that not all members of the Health Services Association of Saskatchewan are allowed to strike because they are essential to public health in this province.
Ben Dachus, a public policy analyst with the CD Howe Institute, says the fact that not everyone is aloud to strike often draws these thing out.
Saskatchewan's health sciences union has rejected a new offer put on the table by the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) Tuesday morning.
SAHO's offer would have given EMTs and paramedics closer to a 16 per cent wage increase over four years instead of the seven and a half offered across the board.
Union president Cathy Dickson says that's great for EMS workers, but not for everyone else.
“We represent 3000 people and this new wage proposal has done nothing to address the recruitment and retention issues,” said Dickson.
It looks like a promise made is a promise kept for the Health Sciences Association of Saskathchewan (HSAS).
About 60 workers with HSAS are striking today.
The Prince Albert Parkland Health Region has been picked as the strike location. The workers include addictions counsellors, physical therapist and public health inspectors.
The union has been offered a seven and a half percent wage hike over four years. Workers want 18.5 percent over four years.
It was a shocking grade for some of Saskatchewan's doctors, as the Conference Board of Canada released a new report on health, health care and wellness in each province Thursday. Saskatchewan ranked in the lowest at a D, along with Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
"In general, I'm surprised D is our overall health care performance grade," said Dr. Clare Kozroski, President of the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA).
Saskatoon's Rock 102 is giving up wide open spaces to raise money for a good cause.
"Watson and Whitney and I are caged at the Centre Mall for 36 hours straight, raising money for prostate cancer research," said radio host Mark Loshack, who goes by Shack on-air.
The morning show trio got inside a metal cage at 6 a.m. this morning and will remain there until 6 p.m. Friday evening.
Shack said that working together for three hours each day is usually all they can handle.
What can be called a significant change to the blood donor guidelines for Canadian Blood Services (CBS) may not make much of a difference in the end.
On Wednesday, Health Canada approved a change reducing the deferral period for men who have sex with men (MSM) from indefinite to five years. That means a man who has had sex with another man can donate blood if the encounter hasn't been in the last five years.
A new survey shows that paramedics are the most trusted healthcare profession in the province.
"We did a survey of 800 residents of Saskatchewan," said Steven Skoworodko, a member of the board of directors for Saskatchewan Emergency Medical Association.
"We wanted to examine how trusted paramedics are and also what the acceptance would be of paramedics going into new and changing roles in health care in the province."
The results were very supportive.
"Close to 80 per cent of respondents trusted paramedics," said Skoworodko.