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.
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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.
As families get ready for a Christmas feast, AIDS Saskatoon is asking Saskatoon residents to spread the Christmas joy to some of the city’s most vulnerable.
AIDS Saskatoon is collecting food and gift donations for their annual holiday hampers. The organization needs enough to fill 100 hampers for families and individuals in the city.
Some families receive eight to nine boxes filled with food, clothes, toys and Christmas cheer, according to Heather Byrne, executive coordinator of AIDS Saskatoon.
Micah Anderson's love of Lego fills his bedroom shelves and he points to one of his favourite Lego spaceships that has a place of honour in his room.
"That thing is like 1,300 (pieces) and I built that all in one afternoon," he smiles.
On his desk, a small collection of Lego figures is slowly growing - one for every time he finishes a chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
"I just get them at the end of each time as a reward," Micah said, pointing to about 20 figures he has so far.
Imagine having a perfectly healthy little boy, running around, giggling and laughing at Thanksgiving and just more than a week later, being told that he will not live a year.
This has been the reality for the Nathan and Megan Maier family who, just a few months ago moved to an acreage at Preeceville, Sask. from Ontario.
“Leif (Maier) had just gotten glasses,” recalled Megan Maier’s mom, Lois Person. “He had a lazy eye, like so many kids do. Then it was getting worse so they went to see the eye doctor in Yorkton but there was nothing suspicious.”
STARS Air Ambulance helicopters can now land on the roof of the Regina General Hospital with the official opening of a $3.4 million helipad on Tuesday.
Dr. Terry Ross is the medical director for STARS and he explained the significance of having a helipad on the roof of a hospital by pointing out that saving time can also save lives.