Circle Drive north road construction starting Tuesday

Major road construction will begin on a stretch of Circle Drive north in Saskatoon on Tuesday.

“More than 56,000 vehicles of all sizes travel over this section of Circle Drive every day and it certainly shows,” said Terry Schmidt, General Manager of Transportation and Construction earlier this month.

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Construction crews will first rehabilitate curbs in both directions between Alberta Avenue and Millar Avenue.

After work is completed on the curbs, crews will start resurfacing the eastbound lanes.

It will be carried out in phases with the majority of paving taking place between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The westbound lanes are being resurfaced in 2023.

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The city says delays and restrictions are possible during the project.

— With files from Global News’ Dave Giles

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Saskatchewan beekeepers reporting bee population slump

There’s a buzz in the air as beekeepers in Saskatchewan and across the country are hard at work with honey bee season underway.

However, there is concern among the beekeeping community as some operators have been reporting higher mortality rates in honey bees in the province.

One Saskatchewan company that recorded a higher than normal mortality rate is Hamilton Apiaries located just north of Regina.

Andrew Hamilton, the owner and operator of Hamilton Apiaries, said 2021 was a good year for many beekeepers in Saskatchewan after the previous winter provided a good start to the season.

However, the situation is not looking as positive this year.

“This year, there are some good ones, a lot in the middle of the road and some bad ones,” admitted Hamilton.

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Hamilton shared that 18 per cent of his honey bee colonies died this past winter. He’s used to lower losses at his farm, but he said he will take the loss given the stories he has heard from others in the industry.

“I know a few beekeepers that lost everything and a lot that lost 50 per cent, so I’m more than happy with this,” he noted. “We had one yard that took a bad loss of 60 per cent, but we had a lot of really good yards, too.”

So what caused more bee colonies to die this year compared to last year? A cool spring, especially cold spells in April, is what Hamilton considers the biggest reason behind honey bee losses. He said the bees were not able to get going as early as they normally do.

“People were looking at their hives at the start of April and thought, ‘Okay, I’ve got 10 hives.’ But at the end of April, they only had five.”

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Simon Lalonde, a member of the board of directors with the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission, mentioned the mortality range in Saskatchewan is normally around 15 to 20 per cent.

This time around, he expects the province will see a 30 to 40 per cent final mortality range.

“There were a number of things that have affected honey bees between mites and a long, cold winter, not to mention really no spring so far to allow the bees to build up. All of that is pushing the bees backwards a little bit.”

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Another problem has been a little mite that attaches itself to honey bees and feeds on them. Varroa mites, an external parasite of adult honey bees, had a high population in the fall. They ultimately had a negative effect on the province’s beekeepers, including Hamilton Apiaries.

“We can definitely try and manage the bees as best we can — try and control the mites. That’s what a lot of the work is going on right now,” added Lalonde.

Despite the setbacks, beekeepers like Hamilton are staying positive as they’re seeing bee numbers rebound and strong honey prices which seem to not be slowing down any time soon as demand increases.

“They are coming back fast. They are growing and improving every day,” said Hamilton. “I need lots of warm, sunny days and lots of pollen. So, I’m staying optimistic.”

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Saskatoon woman looking for donations for Ukrainian refugees

A local Saskatoon woman is working to supply Ukrainian refugees with common household items for free.

Nettie Cherniatenski says near the end of February she had a calling to help those evacuating Ukraine. After getting the All Saints Ukrainian Church priest’s blessing, she began collecting items and storing them in her garage and after a short period of time her garage became too full, so she had to think of a new plan.

“Then we ended up meeting a walking angel among us,” said Cherniatenski.

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Nettie’s friend offered up her shop on 51st Street for one year, which gives Nettie the space to collect items for Ukrainian families.

“I can operate, dedicate my time and try to help all those Ukrainian refugees and displaced people with clothing and bedding,” said Cherniatenski.

Some of the other items included in her shop are furniture, toys, bikes, groceries, hygiene products and dinnerware. However, the only way Netties shop will continue to work, she says, is through donations from the people in Saskatoon.

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“The donations come in from brand new articles to anything and everything, so I would just like to thank the people of Saskatoon,” said Cherniatenski.

Nettie is constantly looking for donations and right now she’s looking for pillows, queen size beddings, comforters, soccer balls, scooters, skateboards, bikes, liquid soap, diapers, makeup, and sanitary needs.

Nettie has roughly five full-time volunteers helping her do this and she says all and any donations are helpful.

The shop is located at 811 51st Street E, Saskatoon.

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Here’s what’s open and closed in Regina on Victoria Day 2022

All civic offices in Regina will be closed on Monday and reopen on Tuesday at eight a.m.

Waste, organic and recycling collections will continue as scheduled. For collection schedules and reminders, residents can download the Regina Waste Wizard app or visit the city’s website.

The landfill will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Entry gates close at 6:45 p.m.

As for Regina transit, service will be provided using the Sunday routes and schedules. Transit Information Centre and RIDELine will be closed.

The Transit Customer Service Centre will be closed on Monday but available over the phone from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Paratransit Services will be operating on holiday schedule 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Riverside Memorial Park & Regina Cemeteries office will remain closed but gates are open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Parking meters are not in effect so parking will be free for city parking meters.

The following leisure centres will be open:

  • The North West Leisure Centre will be open 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sandra Schmirler Leisure Centre hours are 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The Regina Sportplex Fieldhouse & Lawson Aquatic Centre will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Small plane makes emergency landing at Vernon Regional Airport

A small plane had to make an emergency landing at the Vernon Regional Airport on Sunday afternoon.

A witness told Global News the landing gear was either never deployed or may have failed.

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“You normally hear planes landing properly,” said Rick Vanderhoek, who witnessed the emergency landing.

“This one grinding and I turned and saw the plane skidding down the runway to a complete stop,” he added.

Vanderhoek believes no one was injured.

Global News has reached out to Vernon Regional Airport for more information.

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Edmonton, Calgary bars and restaurants benefiting from NHL playoffs

While it’s no secret that hockey fans have been out in full force supporting their favourite Alberta NHL team — with both the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames in the post-season — it turns out those playoff runs are translating into huge benefits for local bars and restaurants.

Moneris Solutions recently released data that shows spending at bars and restaurants in both cities was up in a huge way during the first round of the playoffs.

“The last time I saw anything like this was pre-pandemic, really. So it’s all very good news for the economy and the signs of things to come, hopefully,” said Peter Goldsztajn, vice president of corporate data and analytics at Moneris Solutions.

“It’s all good for business.”

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Moneris looked at spending at bars and restaurants in both cities near the arena, as well as the rest of the city. According to Moneris, spending at bars and restaurants near Rogers Place in Edmonton more than doubled during Games 1 and 5 of the first-round series against the L.A. Kings.

“That’s very interesting,” Goldsztajn said. “It seems like even when the team loses, the city wins (on) spending, which is an interesting finding.”

During Games 2 and 7 — when the Oilers won — spending at establishments near Rogers Place was up 60 per cent.

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During Calgary’s first-round series against the Dallas Stars, Moneris found spending on food and drink near the Saddledome translated to a 32 per cent increase, while there was an increase of 13 per cent at establishments in the rest of the city.

Spending during Game 1 of the Flames’ first-round series was up 65 per cent at bars near the arena. During Game 7, bars had the largest increase — up 68 per cent at watering holes near the arena.

Goldsztajn said one in three transactions in Canada are captured through Moneris point of sale devices. The company measured the area near each of the arenas by identifying the Forward Sortation Areas (FSA), then did the same for the rest of the city.

“Every time you tap your card, swipe it, put your PIN in, we would be capturing that via the POS terminal. So it’s pretty instant and accurate.”

David Robertson is the general manager of Smoke BBQ + Bar in Edmonton’s Ice District, just a block from Rogers Place.

“It was wild. We were busy as all hell. It was an experience,” said Robertson of business during the first round of the playoffs. “Nothing really prepared us for the first round. It was very, very busy. Welcome, indeed, especially after all the difficulties with COVID and everything.”

The business has extended hours on game days to keep up with the demand. They’ve also opened up a back room for overflow. Robertson said the pub is having about a 25 per cent increase in business right now.

“It’s wonderful. You can see all the businesses in this area really thriving.”

With such a prime location, not only has the business seen an increase of people coming to watch the games, Robertson said they’ve also seen a surge of people coming in after games at Rogers Place.

“It is scary. Running the door on a busy night, you can have 1,000 people just show up at once and you’re trying to manage what’s going to happen and see what tables are available,” he said. “It is exciting… It’s the best thing ever.”

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Concordia University economist Moshe Lander said each playoff game in Edmonton and Calgary generates in excess of $1 million in ticket sales alone. When you tack on spending for concessions, parking, apparel and bars and restaurants, he said a playoff series could generate anywhere from $5 million to $10 million for the local economy, most of which is concentrated within one square kilometre of the arena.

“For anybody who’s in downtown Edmonton who’s been struggling with COVID issues for the last two years, the fact that they could be seeing $5 million to $10 million worth of economic activity, it’s great news for them.”

However, he added the increased spending in some areas is likely having the opposite affect other areas of the economy.

“You might find that West Edmonton Mall is saying that we don’t find as much foot traffic these days because people are staying away, they’re using their money on game tickets or game merchandise rather than on the local retailers,” Lander said.

“The money is disappearing from somewhere. So when you kind of net everything out, it’s not as big as you think. Even if you want to tell me that, ‘Hey, there’s an entire set of tourists in Red Deer that are going down to Calgary or going up to Edmonton and catching the game.’ Alright, so that brings a net positive to Edmonton and Calgary but it means that Red Deer is going to find that their economy has surprisingly slowed because of the Battle of Alberta because those Red Deer residents aren’t spending locally, they’re now spending in the big cities.”

And while there are some major “warm fuzzies” coming from the first playoff Battle of Alberta in more than 30 years, Lander said it will soon end for one team, leading to a “hangover effect.”

“That can lead to a little bit of a funk and there is a little bit of data that suggests when your team is eliminated — talk to Toronto fans — there is a little bit of doom and gloom for a week or so after. And you can even seen a visible kind of dip in economic activity because the team was eliminated,” Lander explained.

“I’m not saying that this would trigger a recession or anything like that — there’s lots of other economic engines that are going to generate our recession that’s upcoming — but you can see that there’s that dip.”

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Goldsztajn said he anticipates the spending at restaurants and bar has continued into the second round, particularly given the Battle of Alberta rivalry.

“The Battle of Alberta — that’s certainly exciting,” he said. “It brings happiness. People enjoy going out, being social and especially with the excitement of the Battle of Alberta, I definitely see some lift to continue – there’s no doubt about it.

“It’s an exciting time for hockey, playoffs always are. So I do think it’s going to continue.”

The company plans of capturing similar data this round, creating a Battle of Alberta of their own.

“We can put the cities against each other to see who spends more, regardless of who wins the actual game,” Goldsztajn said.

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Ukraine's parliament bans Russian symbols used for promoting war

The Kremlin said the last Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant have surrendered on Friday, amid concerns about how Russia will treat them. The International Committee of the Red Cross registered them as prisoners of war, as part of its role in ensuring the humane treatment of POWs under the Geneva Conventions. Redmond Shannon has the latest developments on the situation in Ukraine.

Ukraine‘s parliament on Sunday banned the symbols “Z” and “V”, used by Russia‘s military to promote its war in Ukraine but agreed to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy‘s call to allow their use for educational or historic purposes.

Yaroslav Zheleznyak, an opposition member, announced the decision on the Telegram messaging app, saying 313 deputies had voted in favour in the 423-member Verkhovna Rada assembly.

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Zelenskyy had vetoed an earlier version of the bill and called for the two symbols to be allowed in displays in museums, libraries, scientific works, re-enactments, textbooks and similar instances.

Neither of the two letters exists in the Russian alphabet. They have been widely used, particularly on Russian military vehicles and equipment, to promote the aims of the conflict.

Moscow calls its invasion of Ukraine a “special military operation” to disarm its neighbour and protect it from fascists. Ukraine and the West say the fascist allegation is baseless and the war is an unprovoked act of aggression.

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The new bill bans the creation of non-governmental organisations using Russian war symbols or undermining Ukraine’s sovereignty.

The Ukrainian parliament on Sunday also extended for another 90 days, or until Aug. 23, the period of martial law in the country.

(Reporting and writing by Ronald Popeski in Winnipeg; Editing by Chris Reese)

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Body of girl who fell into a river in Ste-Adèle found: Quebec provincial police

Quebec provincial police say the body of a teenage girl who fell into a river in Ste-Adèle, Que. two weeks ago was found Sunday morning.

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) officers were called around 9 a.m. Sunday after a local spotted a body in the the Rivière du Nord.

Police recovered the body and later confirmed it was the girl that went missing on May 12.

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The teenage victim, whose identity has not been made public, was standing on rocks with three other people under a bridge when she allegedly slipped and fell into the water.

Rescue teams were deployed, including a dive team, firefighters and a helicopter.

Authorities say they are trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the death.

— With files from the Canadian Press

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Man dead after shooting on NYC subway, suspect at large

WATCH: New York police searching for suspect after man fatally shot on subway

An unidentified gunman shot and killed another passenger on a moving New York City subway train Sunday morning in what police officials said appeared to be an unprovoked attack.

The shooting happened on a Q train traveling over the Manhattan Bridge at around 11:40 a.m., a time of day when subway cars are often filled with families, tourists and people headed to Sunday brunch.

Witnesses told police the gunman was pacing the last car of the train, “and without provocation, pulled out a gun and fired it at the victim at close range,” said the NYPD’s Chief of Department, Kenneth Corey.

The 48-year-old victim died at a hospital.

The shooter fled after the train arrived at the Canal Street station in Manhattan. Police were reviewing security video to try to identify him. Corey told reporters at a briefing that while the circumstances were still being investigated, witnesses couldn’t recall any prior interactions between the gunman and the person he shot.

The shooting came at a time when New Yorkers’ faith in the safety of the subway system has been rattled.

Last month, a man opened fire inside a Brooklyn subway train, scattering random shots that wounded 10 people. The person charged in that attack, Frank James, had posted dozens of online videos ranting about race, violence and his struggles with mental illness.

In January, a man suffering from schizophrenia fatally shoved a woman in front of a subway train. He was later found mentally unfit to stand trial.

Since taking office Jan. 1, Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, has made cracking down on violent crime a chief focus of his administration.

The former New York City police captain rode the subway to City Hall on his first day as mayor. He later said he didn’t feel safe on the train after encountering a yelling passenger and several homeless people, and said the city needs to tackle “actual crime” and “the perception of crime.”

Most of the violence the city has experienced in recent months has not been in the subways but in neighborhoods, particularly in communities of color. But attacks on the subway, a vital network millions of New Yorkers rely upon, loom large in public perceptions of safety.

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Soaring gas prices limit long weekend travel plans for Canadians

The Victoria Day long weekend is usually the unofficial start of summer, a time to get away with friends and family. But this year, despite most COVID-19 mandates being lifted, rising gas prices held many Canadians back from making travel plans. Several decided to stay closer to home to avoid spending much at the pumps.

With the price of fuel throwing a wrench into many long weekend agendas, social media has been brimming with comments from frustrated Canadians.

Although the nation’s gas prices took a slight dip before the long weekend, the cost has been on an uphill climb since Russia began its invasion on Ukraine – and is still expected to be pricey during the summer.

In late February, oil spiked to around US$100 a barrel, and there’s no sign of those crude prices coming down anytime soon.

As of Sunday, the average price of gas in Canada was $1.97 per litre, according to GasBuddy.

Provinces like Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia had prices hit at least $2.00 per litre, with the latter sitting at $2.15 per litre on Sunday. Average gas prices in Newfoundland and Labrador hit $2.18 per litre. In Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta prices sit under $2.00 per litre, according to GasBuddy.

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With no end in sight for Canada’s record high gas prices, many have also decided to cancel their summer travel plans.

Two thirds of Canadian drivers will be staying closer to home this summer, according to a recent Leger survey for the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC). Eight in ten Canadian drivers also believe high gas prices are here to stay.

A total of 66 per cent of drivers said fuel prices will force them to cancel or limit road trips this summer, the survey found. Some RV owners also say high gasoline prices will keep them closer to home this summer.

Although Rob Minarchi, vice-president of sales at ArrKann Trailer and R.V. Centre, hasn’t seen people getting rid of their RV’s due to high gas prices, he’s definitely heard about those staying close by.

“What we’re seeing is a lot of people are just camping a little closer,” he told the Canadian Press from Edmonton. “If they were going to do a five-hour trip, now they are going to do a one-hour trip… I think it actually ties in a little bit with COVID and staying close to home.”

Some campgrounds are starting to notice some changes.

“I’ve had a few people cancel,” said Scott Kast, owner of Tomahawk R.V. at Lake of the Woods in Ontario.

But, he said, gas prices are a minor factor in those cancellations.

“We do get a lot of Americans here. One thing holding people back is vaccine mandates,” said Kast.

Another campground manager told CKPG radio station in Prince George, B.C., that some people travelling from farther away have cancelled.

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“A lot of people are wanting to stay local,” said Bobbie Carpino, who runs the Salmon Valley campground.

— With files from the Canadian Press

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