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Letters to the editor Sept. 22, 2020

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As for St. Paul’s plans for no more blue lights in its ground-floor bathrooms (so that druggies will feel welcome), I think most people would agree that shooting up in a hospital is not the greatest idea to begin with.

But Tracy Muggli, executive director of St. Paul’s, holds that “blue lights might promote a stigmatization of people who use injection drugs.” Now we wouldn’t want that, would we?

So in this brave new world, I guess it’s buildings we can’t afford, policies few understand, and the devil take the hindmost.

Wayne Eyre

Acclamations reduce voter turnout

Re: Acclamation a disservice to democracy (SP, Sept. 11)

Tiffany Paulson makes a valid point that an acclamation in an election does a “disservice to constituents...

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Cart manufacturer CEO testifies at Saskatoon workplace fatality trial

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The trial has heard the cart collapsed after Ndayishimiye’s co-worker removed two safety pins in order to move the cart into a tight space, alone.

Eric Ndayishimiye, the 21-year-old man who died while working on the Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan -- now called the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital -- on July 21, 2016.
Eric Ndayishimiye, the 21-year-old man who died while working on the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan — now called the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital — on July 21, 2016. Photo by FACEBOOK /Saskatoon

Ndayishimiye worked for Banff Constructors, the construction subcontractor that is also on trial for allegedly failing to provide proper training and failing to arrange for the safe use of trolleys.

Testifying from his office in Italy, Strunz said the agreement for the table cart was between Pilosio and Graham Construction, the general contractor...

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Saskatoon care centre will aim to relieve crowded ER

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Saskatchewan’s government hopes a new kind of health facility will give patients in its largest cities an alternative to the emergency room.

On Tuesday, Premier Scott Moe pledged $30 million for urgent care centres in Saskatoon and Regina for patients whose conditions are not life-threatening but may still require urgent care.

He billed it as a way of taking pressure off the province’s major urban tertiary hospitals, which have periodically struggled with growing wait times and overcrowding. 

“The goal is that people will be able to access care quicker,” Moe said at an unveiling in Saskatoon. 

Each of the urgent care centres in Saskatoon and Regina is expected to cost $15 million, funded through a $7...

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Saskatoon police lay charges after chase

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A 20-year-old man faces charges after allegedly fleeing from Saskatoon police early Monday morning.

Police said they responded to a parking lot in the 3500 block of Eighth Street when a woman reported that a man came up and started yelling and hitting her vehicle while she was sitting inside.

Police said the man and the woman were known to each other. While the suspect was not found at the scene, officers located his vehicle nearby.

The suspect came back to his vehicle around 1:30 a.m., refused to listen to instructions when confronted by officers, got into his vehicle and sped off, police said in a news release.

They found the vehicle abandoned in the 1100 block of McKercher Drive...

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Health system considering new tricks to roll out an old vaccine

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Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone and the Ministry of Health could not say how many doses of the flu vaccine they have ordered or exactly how it will be distributed. Livingstone said some measures used in previous years, like immunizations in long-term care, will still happen.

He indicated the SHA is also preparing for a different kind of immunization campaign, including possibly leveraging resources deployed for COVID-19 to get the shot into as many arms as possible.

“We think there’s an opportunity with existing assessment sites and testing sites that have been geared up for COVID to help support that work, as well as the drive-thru testing sites in Saskatoon and Regina, which we found out very quickly was a preferred option for lots of reside...

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COVID-19 case confirmed in Martensville elementary school

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A case of COVID-19 has been identified at Valley Manor Elementary School in Martensville.

The school’s principal confirmed the case in a letter sent to parents on Monday.

“Public Health will be contacting parents/guardians of students and any staff/visitors/volunteers who may have been in close contact with the case and providing direction,” Garth Harrison wrote in the letter.

“If you do not hear from them, your child has not been exposed because of the measures that are in place,” the letter continues.

Last week, cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in five schools in the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools division.

The letter reminds anyone entering schools to monitor for signs or symptoms of COVID-19, and urges parents to keep children at home if they have any of...

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Woman in hospital with life-threatening injuries after being hit by a truck

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A woman is in hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries after being hit by a truck this afternoon.

In a release, Saskatoon Police say they attended the scene of a motor vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of Lorne Avenue and 8th Street East Monday at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Police say they arrived to find an injured 45-year-old female pedestrian who had been struck by a pickup truck.

The woman was transported to hospital by Medavie Health Services. At this time, police say her injuries are potentially life-threatening.

The police collision analyst unit attended the scene and have since reopened the roadway.

Police are still investigating. They say no charges have been laid.

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SHA warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at three Saskatoon businesses

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​Someone who tested positive for COVID-19 visited Saskatoon businesses while likely infectious, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) says.

The person visited Saigon Roll Restaurant at 311 Avenue A South between 12 and 1 p.m. on Sept. 14, SuperStore on Confederation Drive on Sept. 12 and 19 between 9 and 10 a.m., and the Walmart on Betts Avenue on the same days between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Public Health officials say people who were at these locations on the specified dates during the specified times should immediately self-isolate if they have had or currently have symptoms of COVID-19, and call HealthLine 811 to arrange for testing...

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COVID-19 confirmed in two Saskatoon public schools

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Positive COVID-19 cases have been identified in two more Saskatoon schools.

In an emailed statement, the Saskatoon Public Schools Division (SPSD) said it was notified by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) Monday afternoon of two separate cases.

One is at Colette Bourgonje School; the other is at James L. Alexander School.

The statement said communication about each positive case has been shared with the specific classroom at each school, as well as the two school communities. The division said the SHA is conducting contact tracing, but further details will not be released for privacy reasons.

Public health officials will directly contact people who may have been in close contact with the diagnosed people...

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Union protestors conduct sit-in at government cabinet office in Saskatoon

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“It’s so hypocritical. He’ll go down to St. Paul’s and talk about how much he appreciates us, but then he doesn’t give us the time of day,” Platzke said in reference to a press conference Moe held at St. Paul’s Hospital on Monday morning.

SASKATOON, SK--SEPTEMBER 21/2020 -0922 news sit-in - Members of the SEIU held a sit-in at the Saskatoon Cabinet Office in Saskatoon, SK on Monday, September 21, 2020. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix/Matt Smith)
Members of SEIU-West held a sit-in at the Saskatoon cabinet office on Monday, September 21, 2020. Photo by Matt Smith /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

SEIU-West represents more than 13,000 people in Saskatchewan, most of them in various parts of the health care system.

In the 2017 budget, the province offered health care and public service unions a five-year collective agreement including pay increases of zero per cent for the first two fiscal years; one per cent for the third year and two per cent for the final two years...

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