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Craven digs deep to prevent flooding

Excavations are already underway at the Craven Country Jamboree campsite as crews dig new holding ponds and drainage ditches to mitigate flooding at future festivals.

“Every year we try to do a little bit more to improve the site’s conditions. It is a flood plain, so every year we have issues,” jamboree marketing director Kim Blevins said.

The project follows the construction of a large dike around the site in 2011 that cost more than $1 million.

City operating normally in wake of massive wind storm

It's business as usual for the city of Saskatoon, in the wake of a heavy wind storm that threw a wrench in people's lives Wednesday.

After enacting a level one emergency, prompting open lines of communication across various civic departments; emergency planning director Ray Unrau said there was nothing out of the ordinary throughout the day and overnight.

Warman nurse helps typhoon victims in Philippines

As people travel south to escape winter, a nurse from Warman is travelling to the Philippines to help typhoon victims.

Jolene Wiebe, a registered nurse who works at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, landed in Tacloban earlier this week. For the next month, she will work alongside staff at Schistosomiasis Control and Research Hospital in Palo.

Thousands without power after ice storm

TORONTO - The mayor of Toronto said "things are improving" in the city hit hard by a weekend ice storm which wreaked havoc from southwestern Ontario to the Atlantic Coast.

Rob Ford says power has been restored to 75,000 homes and more are being brought back every hour by Toronto Hydro crews working around the clock after ice splintered a huge number of trees and made roads and sidewalks treacherous.

Saskatoon fundraises for the Philippines

Saskatoon is pulling together to help with typhoon recovery in the Philippines.

A run is being held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. starting at Brainsport on Broadway. Donations are being collected for Oxfam.

The charity's Michelle Beveridge says cash raised will help teams on the ground provide urgent aid in the hardest hit areas.

"Our main focus is on clean water, sanitation and hygiene," she said.

Filipino woman in Prince Albert still concerned for family

It has been just over a week since Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines but one Prince Albert resident is still worried about her family back home.

The official death toll is more than 3,600 and almost 1,200 people are still missing, including 55 Canadians.

Mary Joy Santiago immigrated to Canada from the Philippines in 2006. On Monday she said she has heard from some of her cousins, but she’s still waiting to hear from some of her father’s family.

Students' raffle to raise money for Philippines

A group of Saskatoon sixth graders are proof size doesn’t matter when it comes to helping others a world away, no matter how big the challenge.

On Monday, 25 students at St. Marguerite Catholic Elementary School will hold a raffle at their school with all the proceeds going to a charity for typhoon-ravaged Philippines.

“We have such a high number of Pilipino students at St. Marguerite that it just seemed like the obvious thing to do,” teacher supervisor Karrie Thomas said.

P.A. man explains ShelterBox Canada program sending aid to Philippines

With more than 11.3 million people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, people around the world are coming together to help send donations of any kind to the hardest-hit areas.

The international humanitarian relief organization ShelterBox International is helping with the cause. ShelterBox Canada is a partner with ShelterBox International and Prince Albert’s Lyle Karasiuk, with Parkland Ambulance, is a local ambassador for Shelter Box Canada.

Karasiuk explained what the shelter actually is.

How to detect donation scams

Whenever there is a natural disaster in the world, there is often someone looking to take advantage of people who want to donate.

Janie Perreault with the RCMP's Commercial Crime Unit said at this point, police are not aware of any particular scams in Regina involving the typhoon relief for the Philippines. Her advice is to be aware of people approaching you for money via unsolicited emails or phone calls.

"When someone is coming to you, it's hard to tell if they are the real deal or not," she noted.

Regina Filipino community collecting donations for typhoon relief

They may be far away, but the people of Regina's Filipino community are determined to help those facing the destruction after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines over the weekend.

"Every time you turn on TV you can see the sorry sight of the state of the country. My heart goes to them," said Terry Abadiano.

A need to do something is the reason why the Philippine Association of Saskatchewan, the Philippine Nurses Association of Saskatchewan and the Filipino Canadian International Travel came together to find a way to send aid to family in their home country.

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