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What were the top stories in 2014 for Saskatoon and area?

Global News is looking for your help as we compile our list of the top stories in 2014 for Saskatoon and area. File / Global News

SASKATOON – We ring in the New Year in less than a month and as we start to reflect on the year that was, we have compiled a list of the top Saskatchewan stories of 2014.

We narrowed our list down to 12 and turned to you for help in selecting the top story of the year. Voting is now closed and we will start counting down the top five starting Dec. 27 on the Evening News.

Million dollar baby

A Humboldt family is facing a medical bill of over $900,000 after a premature birth while on vacation in Hawaii.
A Humboldt family is facing a medical bill of over $900,000 after a premature birth while on vacation in Hawaii.

Blue Cross has told the family it will not cover the bill due to a pre-existing medical condition, which has left the family considering its options including filing for bankruptcy.

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Read more: Million-dollar baby: Hawaii vacation leaves Sask. parents with massive medical bill

Saskatoon Transit lockout

Saskatoon Transit riders were left stranded for nearly a month after the city issued a lockout notice Sept. 20. File / Global News

After a labour board ruling, city council voted to withdraw a second lockout notice Oct. 18. The two sides have yet to reach an agreement but continue to talk.

Read more: Saskatoon Transit lockout

Boy takes Saskatoon Transit bus on joyride

A 9-year-old boy made international headlines after he took a Saskatoon Transit bus on a joyride. No one was injured and due to the boy’s age, no charges were laid.
A 9-year-old boy made international headlines after he took a Saskatoon Transit bus on a joyride. No one was injured and due to the boy’s age, no charges were laid.

The incident raised a number of questions regarding policy.

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Read more: Boy takes Saskatoon Transit bus on a joyride

Extreme weather

Saskatchewan weather makes headlines throughout the year. In 2014 extreme weather included a frigid winter, spring flooding and summer tornadoes that ripped through rural properties.

One tornado garnered attention across North America after it photobombed a couple’s wedding picture.

Read more: Saskatchewan weather

Could the UFC be on its way to Saskatchewan?

In early October, Nova Scotia became the sixth Canadian province to host an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event.
In early October, Nova Scotia became the sixth Canadian province to host an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event.

In 2015, it’s possible Saskatchewan could be the seventh but there are a few battles to be won first.

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Read more: UFC coming to Saskatchewan?

TransformUS/Firing of U of S President

2014 has been a year of turmoil at the University of Saskatchewan, with its cost cutting ‘TransformUS” deemed a disaster. Vytai Brannan / Global News

 

The firing of a professor captured attention across the country and led to the dismissal of the university’s president and the resignation of its provost.

Read more: TransformUS

Myles MacIntosh disappearance

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Gregory Myles Macintosh, 28, was reported missing Feb. 2, 2014. While out celebrating his upcoming wedding, MacIntosh was kicked off of a pub crawl bus after getting into an altercation with a man who has now pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.

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MacIntosh left the scene and fell through the ice of the South Saskatchewan River. His body was recovered several months later near Melfort.

Read more: Myles MacIntosh disappearance

22nd Street fatal crash

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A two vehicle collision at 22nd Street and Avenue M sent shock and disbelief throughout the city. The crash, involving a stolen vehicle, killed 17 year olds James Haughey and Sarah Wensley.

A 21-year-old and a young offender have now been charged. The collision raised questions about stolen vehicles and police pursuits.

Read more: Two teens dead after stolen truck crashes in Saskatoon

Clair train derailment

A fiery train derailment near Clair, Sask. forced nearby residents from their homes and once again raised concerns about rail safety in Canada. Brent McGillvray / Global News

 

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Read more: Sask. village evacuated after CN train with dangerous goods derail

Smart meter fiasco

After installing 105,000 smart meters throughout the province, SaskPower is in the process of removing them after nine meters caught fire, sounding the alarm on safety and quality.

In the end, the CEO of SaskPower resigned and the province was given an $18-million credit.

Read more: Smart meter saga: a comprehensive timeline

David Woods murder conviction

Dorothy Woods’ disappearance and murder made headlines in 2011. In 2014, her husband was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. File / Global News

Dorothy’s body was found in a culvert near Blackstrap Lake, nearly two months after she was reported missing. She had been wrapped in poly and bound with a rope.

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Read more: David Woods murder conviction

Douglas Hales trial

A decision is expected in the Douglas Hales first degree murder trial Dec. 17. The trial has been playing out since May with delays due to a Supreme Court of Canada ruling on “Mr. Big” sting operations. Hales is charged with the 2004 murder of Daleen Bosse. Devin Sauer / Global News

Read more: Douglas Hales murder trial

 

 

 

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