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Minister of Parks apologizes for glitches in online booking site

People who love to camp in the province are not too happy with Saskatchewan Parks’ online campsite reservation system.

Monday saw the launch of the booking season with spots in a group of parks in the north/northwest part of the province up for grabs. But with incredibly high traffic, many people didn’t get the site they wanted because they were booted off the site. Some were even overcharged on their credit cards.

Campers took to Twitter and Facebook to complain and express their frustration. One woman said she was left with an $8,300 charge.

Student exchange cancelled amidst ongoing Ukrainian conflict

Civil unrest in Ukraine is jeopardizing the future of a 20-year student exchange program between the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Board and the Ukrainian Ministry of Education.

Scheduled to travel to Ukraine for three weeks, seven students and parents were notified last week that the bi-annual student exchange would be cancelled for 2014 because of the growing tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

Laurianne Gabruch is a teacher at Bethlehem High School and has been organizing this trip since 1996.

Province advises caution for highway travellers this weekend

With another severely cold forecast in store for the weekend, the province is urging anyone planning on travelling in Saskatchewan this weekend to take precautions.

Saskatchewan Ukrainians plan convoy in support of protesters

As the political crisis in Ukraine rages on, Saskatchewan's Ukrainian community is not content to just sit and watch.

Their latest show of support for protesters in the capital Kiev and other Ukrainian cities is a convoy between Saskatoon and Regina.

Around 60 vehicles are expected to set out from Saskatoon's Preston Crossing, adorned with the colours of Saskatchewan and Ukraine. They will move through downtown before eventually heading south on highway 11 to the provincial legislature in Regina.

Davidson billets open homes to stranded travellers

Hundreds of stranded travellers in Davidson found warmth in the midst of a snow storm Wednesday night.

Highway 11 was closed in both directions prompted by bad weather and a jack-knifed semi near Girvin. RCMP said approximately 200 vehicles were at a standstill.

Cheryl Delaet opened her home to a business man and a young mom with two little girls. All four were heading south before the highway closed, leaving them stranded in Davidson.

Highway 11 reopens after wicked weather, crash cause closure

Highway 11, between Davidson and Regina, has reopened after blowing snow and a jackknifed semi closed down the stretch of road for four and a half hours Wednesday afternoon.

RCMP said the semi took up both southbound lanes but they managed to free up one lane and allow cars to pass around 6 p.m.  Travel is still not recommended along the highway and RCMP were redirecting traffic to the Legion Hall in Craik and the Town Hall in Davidson which are open to stranded travellers.

Drivers in Regina paying more for gas

Drivers in Regina are seeing a higher price at the pumps this week.

The price of gas has gone up at least six cents per litre in a week. At most stations, the price was nearly $1.22 Tuesday morning compared to around $1.16 a week ago.

Enpro gas price analyst Roger McKnight explained one reason for that happening could be something oil companies like to call 'restoring the market'.

Regina Car Share Co-op receives new vehicle

The Regina Car Share Co-operative is growing thanks to an investment from Oak Park Developments.

On Thursday morning, the car-share program announced a second vehicle had been added to its fleet, donated by the real-estate company. Starting in 2009, the program allows its 35 members to rent a shared vehicle at a cost of only five dollars per hour, and 25 cents per kilometre.

"Car-share vehicles tend to replace the need for about eight to 13 vehicles on the road with each one that's shared," said John Klein, the man who started the rental program.

UPDATE: Winter storm caused major crash west of Regina

All highways are now reporting good to normal winter driving conditions, but it was a very different scenario on Wednesday night as a winter storm created treacherous conditions on highways resulting in at least one major accident west of Regina and compelling the Highways ministry to close Highway 1 from Regina west to Belle Plaine.

CLICK HERE FOR HIGHWAY CONDITIONS MAP

Regina city council to deliberate making accessible cabs more accessible

There could be some changes coming to the City of Regina’s taxi cab bylaws that will make it easier and more affordable for disabled persons to catch a ride.

The Community and Protective Services Committee is recommending that council pass a motion to increase the number of accessible cabs from four to ten this May with a study on doubling in the next four years.

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