Photograph by: Gord Waldner, Starphoenix , The StarphoenixIt's taken six years, but city staff have finally decided against providing free parking for scooters and bikes in downtown Saskatoon.

Back in 2008, then-councillor Gordon Wyant asked the administration to look into it, citing its use in Toronto and the possible environmental benefits. READ ON

 

By all appearances, Pam and Evan Ashdown lived a cozy rural life.

Gene Legare, mayor of Mistatim, in front of the Mistatim Hotel and Bar on Tuesday where police swept down. Photograph by: Greg Pender, The Starphoenix Photos , The StarphoenixThey slept above the threestorey bar they owned on the main drag of a tiny town called Mistatim. They rode snowmobiles and played hockey. The pizzas cooked in the bar's kitchen were legendary.

But according to a police investigation involving wiretaps and undercover officers, the Ashdown family was living another, illegal, life. Investigators allege the family was at the centre of a rural drug ring, trafficking marijuana and cocaine all over the northeastern part of Saskatchewan.  READ ON

The Saskatchewan government is considering following Manitoba's lead by declaring the Hells Angels a criminal organization. Photograph by: Greg Pender , The StarPhoenixThe Saskatchewan government is considering following Manitoba's lead by declaring the Hells Angels a criminal organization.

Manitoba Justice Minister Andrew Swan announced last month that his province would become the first jurisdiction in North America to list the biker gang as a criminal organization, eliminating the need to repeatedly prove the designation when enforcing provincial laws.

Saskatchewan Justice Minster Gordon Wyant said he thinks "there may be some merit" to the idea.  READ ON

Honda BC750Saskatoon’s city hall is proposing a bylaw that would curb the din of motorcycles with new methods to target excessively loud vehicles. But some say the move would set a double standard.

While the proposal is aimed at cracking down on all noisy vehicles, at question is why decibel limits between 92 and 100 would specifically apply to motorcycles. The city says it’s because there are national standards and decibel testing methods for motorcycles, but not for other kinds of vehicles. READ ON

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