• Police warn of stalking risk with new Snapchat feature

    Saskatoon police are concerned a popular app is getting a little too social.
     
    A post Monday on the Saskatoon Police Service Facebook page warned parents about a feature recently made available on the Snapchat social media app.
     
    The new Snap Map feature allows users who opt in to share their location with friends.
     
    Police said they worry kids and teens in particular may not be aware the feature broadcasts their exact location to everyone on their friends
  • Police look for missing 15-year-old girl

    Saskatoon police are looking for a 15-year-old girl who left Royal University Hospital while being cared for.
    Janessa Osecap was last seen on the hospital grounds Sunday around 7:30 p.m.
    She's described as 5-feet-1-inch tall, with long brown hair and brown eyes.
    Osecap was last seen wearing blue hospital pyjamas.
    Anyone with information is asked to contact Saskatoon Police.
  • Grenfell disaster not likely here: Saskatoon fire dept.

    As nearly 600 apartment towers in the United Kingdom are inspected for flammable cladding in the wake of the Grenfell disaster in London, Saskatoon's fire department is reassuring residents.
    Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Rodger told 650 CKOM in an interview Monday the materials used in the Grenfell tower renovations are banned under Canadian building codes.
    "That would not be permitted here," he said.
    Rodger noted when builders apply for permits in Canada, they're required to disclose all of the ma
  • Stricter panhandling bylaw fails with tie vote

    Saskatoon won't be enacting stricter rules on panhandlers after all.
     
    A 5-5 vote at city council Monday wasn't enough to pass new rules to ban panhandling around people using parking pay stations and within eight metres of theatres and liquor stores.
     
    Under council rules, if a vote is tied the motion or amendment in question fails.
     
    The amendment to the city's panhandling bylaw had initially been supported by a 6-5 vote in December and January, but Ward 4 Coun. Troy Davies was
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  • Gunshots didn't 'cause or contribute' to car chase death

    Gunshot wounds didn't contribute to the death of a man after a police chase through Saskatoon last week, according to the office of the chief coroner.
    Saskatoon police said in a release Monday afternoon, saying the coroner had conducted an autopsy on 22-year-old Austin Eaglechief which "gunshot wounds (or firearm) neither caused nor contributed to the death."
    Eaglechief and another male suspect were cornered on Clearwater Place last Monday evening in a stolen vehicle, where they rammed a police
  • President of major sports car series visits Saskatoon

    He's known for bringing NHL exhibition games to Saskatoon every fall and in July a soccer game at Mosaic Stadium.
    Now, John Graham of On Ice Management Group wants to bring top-tier sports car racing to Saskatoon. 
    Greg Gill, President and CEO of Pirelli World Challenge, one of the largest racing series in North America, paid a visit to the city last week.
    In May, representatives from Saskatoon, including the province took in a World Challenge event in Ontario. 
    For Graham, who is stil
  • Opening date announced for Remai Modern Art Gallery

    Saskatoon's Remai Modern Art Gallery has an opening date, after over a year's worth of construction delays.
     
    The facility will open its doors to the public Oct. 21, 2017, with a free exhibit on the main floor main floor and paid displays of international work on upper floors.
     
    Staff and members of the public gathered in front of the gallery for the announcement Monday morning.
     
    "It's been a very long wait, and I can't over-emphasize how excited we are," CEO Gregory Burke said,
  • Successful opening weekend for Sask. Jazz Festival

    The SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival got a taste of country Sunday night.
     
    Canadian country music star Brett Kissel hit the stage, singing hits like Airwaves and I Didn't Fall in Love with Your Hair.
     
    Kissel also gave fans preview of a new track: We Were That Song, which he wrote and produced in Saskatoon.
     
    "Saskatoon you get the first taste of my new song that I produced right here in your city," Kissel said.
     
    The new song is being released to Canadian radio stati
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  • Saskatoon's largest Eid celebration packs Praireland Park

    Thousands of Muslims in Saskatoon took part in an Eid prayer celebration at Praireland Park Sunday morning.
    "We have a huge response who came out everyone from women, children, man, and even our special dignitaries," said Mateen Razi, with the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan.
    Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, which is a holy month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad.
    "People socialize, people get together, celebrate, but most especially eat because aft
  • Record setting year for Saskatoon Pride parade

    Thousands marched in the Saskatoon Pride Parade Saturday and broke records in the process.
    Over 10,000 people lined the downtown streets to watch the more than 5,000 people marching on 119 floats, which is up from 66 in 2016.
    "You're special," said Pride Co-Chair, Danny Papadatos, speaking to those who have faced discrimination.
    "You have a voice and you'll contribute in ways that people will only dream of in this world."
    Rainbow flags swished through the air, music blasted, and happy pride-- wa
  • Amanda Marshall rocks Saskatoon for first time in 20 years

    Canadian pop-rock singer Amanda Marshall sang her heart out to kick off opening night of the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.
    The sold out show of 3,500 people could be heard singing to almost every song at the Delta Bessborough Gardens Friday night.
    "I flew in from Vancouver at 7 a.m. this morning to see her," said Tracy Mitchell Friday night, she saw the singer eight years ago in Vancouver. "Now we get to see a little bit of Saskatoon, I'm so thankful for the experience."
    The 44-year-old si
  • Police seek suspect in Mount Royal carjacking

    A terrifying incident for a driver on the 2100 block of 22nd Street West Friday night.
    According to Saskatoon Police, a man armed with a knife approached a Kia around 8:45 p.m. and forced the driver out, taking the car, cash and a cell phone.
    As he drove off he hit a parked vehicle, soon after he collided with another parked car on Avenue X North.
    After the second collision, he abandoned the Kia, stole a bicycle and fled.
    The suspect is described at Indigenous, in his mid 20's standing 5-feet-10
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  • Traffic restrictions in place for Pride Parade

    With thousands of people expected to line the streets of downtown Saskatoon Saturday for the Pride Parade parking and traffic restrictions will be in effect.
    From 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. the parade route will be closed off.
    It includes:
    -The off ramp from Idylwyld Drive northbound to 1st Avenue.
    -4th Avenue from 21st Street East to 22nd Street East.
    -21st Street East from 3rd Avenue S to 4th Avenue South.
    -3rd Avenue South from 20th Street East to 21st Street East.
    -20th Street East from 1st Avenue
  • Pizzeria owner thwarts gunpoint robbery with metal rod

    A suspect is on the run, and licking his wounds, after biting off more than he could chew at Vern's Pizza early Friday morning.
    Saskatoon police said in a release the man forced his way into a business at the corner of Warman Road and Assiniboine Drive through the back entryway at 12:20 a.m. by pointing what appeared to be a black handgun at an employee.
    Staff at Vern's confirmed the incident to 650 CKOM.
    They said when the suspect entered the pizzeria, the owner attacked him with a metal rod an
  • Overnight standoff on Avenue M leads to 7 arrests

    Seven people are facing charges after an overnight standoff on Avenue M North in Saskatoon.
    Police said in a Friday release they responded to a home just north of ED Feehan Catholic High School around 11:20 p.m. Thursday night, where they witnessed a person holding what appeared to be a handgun.
    When officers tried to enter the home, people at the house barricaded themselves inside.
    Police said they secured the scene and brought out the SPS armoured rescue vehicle as a precaution, alon
  • Thousands expected to hit streets for Saskatoon Pride parade

    Over 5,000 people are expected to march in the 2017 Saskatoon Pride parade this weekend.
     
    The 17th annual parade starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at 24th Street and Spadina Crescent East before moving throughout the downtown core.
     
    "Happy Pride," said Saskatoon Pride Co-Chair, Danny Papadatos with enthusiasm. "We're so excited for this weekend."
     
    The parade will impact traffic downtown and Saskatoon Pride is asking people to plan a ride as parking will be limited.
     
    It'
  • USA Today names Saskatoon one of top-5 Canadian destinations

    Saskatoon has been named one of Canada's top five must-see tourist destinations in a contest run by USA Today.
    The magazine had a group of travel writers generate a list of their favourite spots, then turned it over to online voters to put the list in order.
    The Bridge City placed fourth, beating out heavyweights like Banff and Canmore, Alta., and even the nation's capital in Ottawa.
    The top ten destinations were:
    St. Andrews, New Brunswick
    Québec City, Quebec
    Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
  • Nutrien CEO to stay in Calgary, HQ in Saskatoon: Analyst

    The new superpower mining company Nutrien will have two major offices, a head office in Saskatoon and a corporate office in Calgary.
    Nutrien is the name PotashCorp and Agrium will adopt when their merger is completed later in the year.
    Paul Martin, 650 CKOM's business analyst, said his information suggests the CEO of the new company - current Agrium CEO Chuck Magro - will be working out of the Calgary office despite the designation of Saskatoon as corporate headquarters. 
    "Most in the busin
  • Sask. Jazz Festival set to blast downtown tunes

    The stage is set and the acts are ready to go for the 31st Saskatchewan Jazz Festival this weekend.
    The 2017 edition will kick off ten days of musical acts Friday evening behind the Delta Bessborough.
    Canadian pop-rock singer Amanda Marshall headlines opening night on the TD Mainstage.
    Marshall is best known for her 1996 single "Birmingham," which reached number three on Canada's billboard. It was her only song to make it onto the American charts.
    Marshall has not released any music since 2001.
  • Police chief, SGI consider penalty for keys left in cars

    Should drivers be penalized for leaving their keys inside their vehicles?
    It's a question some are starting to ask after a fatal crash involving a stolen vehicle Monday in Saskatoon.
    A group of suspects stole a truck from the Caswell Hill neighbourhood, later ramming a police car and colliding with a civilian at 150 km/h, killing the suspect driver.
    SGI is reportedly considering making changes to their insurance structure to punish drivers, though there's no specifics on what form that penalty w
  • Keys in vehicle blamed as 3 charged over gun, stolen truck

    Saskatoon police say they have charged three people caught in a stolen truck on Tuesday.
    Police stopped the truck on 33rd Street West around 6:45 a.m. after officers spotted the vehicle being driven erratically.
    From there, officers discovered the truck had been reported stolen June 18.
    Police said the truck was taken after thieves found the keys in another vehicle parked nearby on the owner's property.
    Officers found a shotgun and ammunition in the vehicle, according to a police media rele
  • 5K people flood downtown for reconciliation walk

    Nearly 5,000 people turned out for the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation in downtown Saskatoon Wednesday.
     
    People from all walks of life, including hundreds of schoolchildren, marched down 19th Street East from Victoria Park to Spadina Crescent from 10 to 11 a.m., creating a colourful sea of flags, bandanas and backpacks.
     
    "I love to see all the different faces and the amount of support that's come out," said Michael Linklater, who walked alongside friends.
     
    "It's really
  • Saskatoon Public Schools announce cuts ahead of school year

    Saskatoon's public school board has passed its budget for the 2017-18 school year.
     
    Trustees put together a $259.4 million budget, coming in $800,000 lower than last year despite the fact Saskatoon Public Schools will open four new elementary schools in September.
    A news release from the board stated that a number of cuts were made to cover a reduction in funding from the province.
    Those included eliminating the equivalent of just over 30 full-time positions, many in th
  • Co-op donates $150K towards Diefenbaker Park ski hill

    While most of the city is enjoying the start of summer, the Saskatoon Optimist Club is already thinking about winter after a big donation towards it ski hill project.
     
    Saskatoon Co-op announced it was providing the club with $150,000 to go towards turning Optimist Hill into a winter recreation destination for families.
     
    The money will be used to expand the existing hill at Diefenbaker Park by 30 feet, and to build a lift.
     
    The Optimist Club said in a statement Tuesday the funds
  • Saskatoon student lands competitive $100K scholarship

    A soon-to-be high school graduate in Saskatoon is still trying to find the words after receiving a prestigious national scholarship towards her post-secondary education.
    Regan Wilson, from Holy Cross High School, is the first from her school to be awarded a $100,000 prize from the Schulich Leaders fund.
    "I was definitely breathtaken," Wilson said. "They called me in the car and I didn't know what to say."
    The teen is one of 50 nationwide, and only the ninth from Saskatoon, to receive the scholar
  • One dead after stolen truck rams police car

    A man is dead and a police officer is in hospital after a chase Monday night.
     
    Police said officers spotted a stolen pickup truck in the area of Avenue D North and 33rd Street West around 9 p.m.
     
    From there, the police plane shadowed the truck to Clearwater Place, a cul-de-sac in the River Heights neighbourhood.
     
    Patrol officers then tried to do a traffic stop, at which point the truck reportedly rammed a police cruiser before speeding off.
     
    The police plane was stil
  • Charges laid after stolen truck rams police car, kills 1

    A suspect is dead, while a police officer and civilian have been released from hospital after a high-speed chase in north Saskatoon Monday night.
    Police Chief Clive Weighill told media Tuesday a stolen truck, which had been spotted throughout the day, was cornered by officers on Clearwater Place near Assiniboine Drive around 7:50 p.m. on June 19.
    Two suspects jumped in the black pickup and reversed fast into one of the police cruisers, injuring the female officer inside. The suspects then sped a
  • Charges laid after stolen truck rams police car, 1 dies

    A suspect is dead, while a police officer and civilian have been released from hospital after a high-speed chase in north Saskatoon Monday night.
    Police Chief Clive Weighill told media Tuesday a stolen truck, which had been spotted throughout the day, was cornered by officers on Clearwater Place near Assiniboine Drive around 7:50 p.m. on June 19.
    Two suspects jumped in the black pickup and reversed fast into one of the police cruisers, injuring the female officer inside. The suspects then sped a
  • 'One-sided:' Weighill objects to report on alleged abuse

    The Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) is responding to a report examining the treatment of Indigenous woman by Saskatchewan law enforcement.
    The 32-page report from New-York-based Human Rights Watch said the group documented 64 cases of alleged violent abuse during a visit last year to the province that included talks with indigenous women and social workers.
    It cited Indigenous women in Saskatchewan have been subjected to violence, invasive strip searches and other mistreatment by police.
    Saskatoo
  • Man charged with trafficking fentanyl in Saskatoon

    A man is facing several charges connected to trafficking fentanyl in Saskatoon.
    Saskatoon police said officers arrested a 20-year-old man around 7 p.m. Friday in the 3300 block of Fairlight Drive.
    During the arrest, the suspect was found to be in possession of 34 fentanyl pills, four hydromorphone pills and more than $900 in cash.
    The suspect has been charged with trafficking fentanyl, possessing drugs for the purpose of trafficking and possessing proceeds of crime under $5,000.
    A 23-year-old ma
  • Missing 10-year-old boy found in Saskatoon

    Aaron Kakakaway, 10. was located after being reported missing on June 16.
    Saskatoon police said he was found safe after knocking on someone's door and asking for help.
  • 10-year-old boy reported missing in Saskatoon

    Saskatoon Police are requesting public assistance in locating a 10-year-old boy.
    Aaron Kakakaway, was last seen 5:00 p.m. on Friday  leaving his home in the 200 block of Maxwell Crescent.
    Aaron was last seen wearing red shorts, a dark colored hoodie, a black toque and black Adidas runners.
    Police said his dissaperance is not suspicious.
    Anyone with information on the whereabouts is asked to contact Saskatoon Police at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
     
  • People in Saskatoon share their favourite memories of dad

    As dads the world over enjoy Father’s Day this Sunday, people in Saskatoon shared their favourite memories to mark the occasion.
    "We spent the day together watching movies and eating pizza," Jacob Rettz remembered. "It wasn't spectacular, but it was awesome because we got to spend time together."
    Sebastian Virlics lost his father in September 2016, and fondly remembers going fishing with his dad.
    "We used to go on a lot of fishing trips, it's going to be really tough this year," he said. "
  • Saskatoon Food Trucks battle for 1st place in taste

    Saskatoon food trucks are vying for votes this weekend.
    Thirteen teams will compete against each other for the Food Truck Wars Flavor championship title at Sutherland Curling Club.
    People braved the rain Saturday to get their orders from the trucks and then head inside the club to enjoy live entertainment.
    John Naylor and his son Michael came out because they were craving waffles, and got their fix at Alpha Dog waffle food truck.
    "Mine is very waffley, very creamy and very sour cherry," Naylor d
  • Paddle Palooza splashes off on the South Sask.

    Outdoor enthusiasts braved Saturday's dreary weather in Saskatoon to help out the Meewasin Valley Authority by paddling along the South Saskatchewan River.
    The Mayor's Paddle Palooza was set to launch boats off from three launches throughout the day to raise funds for the struggling MVA.
    About 40 people with canoes and paddle boards set up for a seven hour trip along the river starting at the Whitecap Dakota First Nation in the morning, pushing off from shore around 9 a.m.
    Carrie Hildebrand was
  • Saskatoon Motorcycle Ride for Dad set to hit $1M mark

    Hundreds of motorcycle riders are set to gather in Saskatoon for an annual campaign to fight prostate cancer.
    The 2017 Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad fundraiser kicks off Saturday at the Western Development Museum with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. 
    "All you really need to do is show up with a full tank of gas and $30 to register," said organizer Rob Thompson.
    According to the Canadian Cancer Society, one in eight Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
    Around
  • Crews respond to early morning garage fire in Saskatoon

    A garage was left heavily damaged by fire on Saskatoon's east side early Friday morning.
     
    Firefighters were called to 1020 5th Street East shortly after 5 a.m.
     
    They arrived to find smoke and flames pouring out of the garage.
     
    Crews were able to get the blaze put out within about 40 minutes.
     
    No injuries were reported.
     
    Damage to the garage was estimated at $40,000.
     
    The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
     
  • Committee eyes tougher penalties for removing city trees

    Cutting down City of Saskatoon trees without permission could get residents in even more trouble in the near future.
     
    Councillors on the environment, utilities, and corporate services committee have asked administration to look at tougher penalties for people who remove city-owned trees illegally.
     
    "The punitive measures we have in the toolbox right now are not working," said Ward Six Coun. Cynthia Block. "Some folks feel it's simply the cost of doing business when building a home."
  • Taco Bell marks return to Saskatoon with grand opening

    Taco Bell officially makes its return to Saskatoon Thursday.
     
    The fast-food chain announced a grand opening for its new location at 8th Street and Arlington Avenue via its Facebook page.
     
    The event was set to begin at 10:30 a.m., featuring prizes for the first 100 people in line, appearances by members of the Saskatoon Blades and music by DJ Sugar Daddy.
     
    A previous location closed at the University of Saskatchewan several years ago. 
     
     
  • 'Healing process:' Reconciliation flag raised in Saskatoon

    While reconciliation can take many forms, a visual marker is flying high in Saskatoon.
    Dozens of people gathered at city hall Wednesday morning for the 2017 reconciliation flag raising ceremony to honour residential school survivors and those who lost their lives.  
    "What reconciliation means to me is a healing process,” said Cindy Tootoosis, who was at the event. “Moving forward, learning from our past and our past relationships and moving forward to build a stronger community
  • Suspect in brutal Montréal attack may be in Saskatoon: RCMP

    Montréal RCMP say a suspect wanted on a Canada-wide warrant may be in Saskatoon.
    Police released information Wednesday stating 31-year-old Muhidiin Ahmed Farah regularly travels to the prairie city by train.
    Farah is wanted in connection to a violent attack in early May.
    RCMP allege that Farah and an accomplice, Daniel Khet, brutally attacked a man with a gun as he was going to his motel room in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough.
    The victim reportedly tried to get
  • Police seek suspects in late night armed robbery

    Saskatoon police say two women committed an armed robbery at a gas station in the city's southwest.
     
    Officers were called to the Shell station on the 2500 block of Dawes Avenue after an employee called saying their workplace had been robbed.
     
    Two women reportedly came into the store around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, one armed with a handgun and the other with bear mace.
     
    Police said the pair stole cigarettes and cash before taking off on foot.
     
    Police dogs were unable
  • Students rally to preserve crash victim's locker memorial

    A locker memorial for a Saskatoon teen killed in an Alberta car crash will stay up until Friday according to Saskatoon Public Schools.
     
    Students at Marion M. Graham Collegiate rallied to defend the tribute at the locker of 16-year-old Lauren Spence, who died last Friday in a collision northeast of Calgary.
     
    Spence's cheerleading teammate Jaime Drader said nearly 100 students took issue when the school's vice principal attempted to remove pictures and flowers from the locker during af
  • Fire department responds to gas leak

    The Saskatoon Fire Department responded to a natural gas leak on Tuesday.
    Firefighters were called out around 11:45 a.m. to 526 Underhill Link, in the city's Brighton neighbourhood.
    They arrived to find that an augur truck had hit an underground gas line.
    Crews evacuated six people from four nearby homes and set up a perimeter until workers from SaskEnergy arrived to fix the line.
    No injuries were reported. 
  • City eyes new billing system for garbage pickup

    The City of Saskatoon is looking into changing how people pay for garbage collection.
     
    The city's  environment, utilities and corporate services committee reviewed a report on the issue this week.
     
    The report proposes moving to what's called a utility model. That is, making people pay based on how much garbage they put out, and/or what type of material they're throwing away.
     
    Speaking with 650 CKOM's Brent Loucks on Tuesday, Mayor Charlie Clark said Saskatoo
  • 25th Pride festival launched by largest-ever flag raising

    Saskatoon's Pride Festival officially kicked off Monday after a flag-raising ceremony outside city hall.
    Nearly 250 people took time over their lunch hour to attend the event, making it the largest flag ceremony in Pride's 25-year history.
    "It's a pretty amazing thing," Pride Co-Chair Krystal Nieckar said.
    "People are coming out to celebrate, and I think we need to thank the community."
    Nieckar and other organizers applauded Mayor Charlie Clark and the city for their involvement in this year's P
  • 8 arrested in Saskatoon after weekend fentanyl busts

    More fentanyl has been taken off Saskatoon's streets after a pair of drug busts over the weekend.
    Police said in a release Monday they executed search warrants at two homes on Sunday, one on Laurier Drive near Confederation Driver and another on Molland Lane near Betts Avenue.
    Eight people were arrested and 75 pills believed to be fentanyl were seized during the raids.
    Another 74 full pills and 21 half-pills believed to be Xanax were confiscated, along with 1.22 grams of cocaine and 0.21 grams o
  • Saskatoon teen remembered after fatal crash

    Tributes have begin pouring out online for a Saskatoon teen killed in a collision in Alberta.
     
    Lauren Spence, 16, was pronounced dead Friday at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 21, about an hour northeast of Calgary.
     
    650 CKOM has since learned she was headed to an Irish dance competition with her mom and grandmother.
     
    Beiseker RCMP reported that a 67-year-old woman had to be airlifted from the scene, while a 43-year-old woman was taken to ho
  • Snowbirds fly again at Canada Remembers Armed Forces Day

    The Snowbirds didn't miss a beat Saturday during the Canada Remembers Armed Forces Day at Camp Dundurn.
    It was the first show back for the team based at 15 Wing Moose Jaw since a two-week break for intensive training.
    "You wouldn't have noticed any kinks at the shows, but safety is our number one priority," said Colonel Andy Cook, who is the Wing Commander of 17 Wing Winnipeg, which also oversees Camp Dundurn.
    "You won't realize how much the airplanes are moving relative to each other, if you we
  • Police use taser in Saskatoon arrest

    A traffic stop on the 2300 block of 8th Street East Saturday night ended with an officer assaulted and a 31-year-old man tased.
    According to police, after a vehicle was pulled over around 9:10 p.m. they discovered the driver had Criminal Code and Traffic Safety Act warrants.
    When officers attempted to arrest him he began assaulting one of the officers at the scene.
    A conducted energy weapon was used to subdue the man.
    MD Ambulance paramedics checked him before the 31-year-old was taken to Saskat

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