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Winter’s Far From Over...But Temperatures Will be Milder. Are Your Child’s Vaccinations Up to Date? With the latest string of Measles cases reported following visits to Disneyland, health officials are reminding you to have your child’s vaccinations up to date. We show you what can be accomplished in a community of 20 people as we visit the community of Bracken as part of our Growing the Southwest series in partnership with Community Futures Southwest. The Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan is offering a number of resources to patients and clients including an informative telehealth series provincially.

Colder Air Flow Enters the Weather Forecast
Following several days of mild weather across Southwest Saskatchewan, a cold air mass has returned. The forecast is calling for Partly Sunny conditions Today with a chance of late day Flurries and a High of +2. Periods of Snow for Saturday with a High of -10. Sunshine by Sunday and -16 for the High. Looking ahead to Monday, Cloudy with Flurries and a High of -13. Sunshine returns to the forecast by Tuesday with -15 for the High and -12 on Wednesday.

SEIU West Declares a Victory for All Working Families
The Supreme Court of Canada released its final judgment today in the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour's Charter challenge against the Saskatchewan essential services act. The decision was well received by leaders and members of SEIU-West as The Public Services Essential Services Act (PSESA) has been found to be unconstitutional. According to Canada’s highest court, this 2008 legislation infringes on rights and freedoms protected by section 2 (d) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The PSESA is declared to be of no force or effect, with the effect of the decision to be suspended for a period of 12 months. SEIU-West represents more than 13,000 working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in health care, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors.

Reserve a Site For Provincial Parks on the Horizon
Mark March 2 on your calender as the launch of the 2015 on-line reservations for Saskatchewan's provincial parks. This year, however, the launch will be spread out over more days than in the past. A move which was suggested by campers will help to reduce the demands placed on the system. As in past years, reservations will open at 7:00 a.m. each day. The queuing system will begin each morning at 6:40. As customers attempt to access the reservation website between 6:40 and 7:00 am, they will be moved to the queue and assigned a random number. Beginning at 7:00 am, customers will be redirected to the reservation website based on their unique number. As new people attempt to access the reservation website, they will receive a place in line. The nightly reservation system will continue to allow all campers the same opportunity to book their Saskatchewan vacation. Campers who are interested in the opportunity to have a seasonal campsite in one of the provincial parks have until today at midnight to submit their applications online. The draw to award the campsites will be made on Monday, February 2.

CUPE Signs Deals With Health Regions and Province
Health Minister Dustin Duncan, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and five health region:Regina Qu'Appelle, Sun Country, Prairie North, Prince Albert, and Sunrise have signed a partnership agreement as part of a shared commitment to patient first care and health system transformation. The partnership intends to promoting a culture of safety; increase employee engagement; continuously improve the health system in a manner that supports the principles of Better Health, Better Care, Better Value and Better Teams; Discuss options to enhance the ability to provide quality health care through mechanisms such as regularization of work hours and stabilze employee turnover, thereby increasing patients' continuity of care.

Broncos and the Blades Face Off This Weekend
The Swift Current Broncos will face the Blades this weekend first on home ice tonight at the iPlex and on the road in Saskatoon on Saturday. The Broncos will then have a few days off before regrouping at the iPlex on February 6 hosting the Prince Albert Raiders.