From Joni Mitchell wanting no part in a Saskatoon tribute to a transgender shopper being refused service, a number of Saskatoon stories sparked significant discussions this past year.

Here are the top five stories on CBC Saskatoon in 2013:

1. Joni Mitchell wants no part of Saskatoon tribute

On July 24, one of Saskatoon's most famous musicians garnered national attention following some angry comments directed at her hometown. 

Joni Mitchell said she doesn't want anything to do with a museum or tribute in Saskatoon. The singer-songwriter is reportedly fed up that plans to honour her musical legacy in the city have fallen through, partially due to financial constraints.

People from across the province and the country weighed in on whether Mitchell should be honoured in Saskatoon. See the full story here.

2. Sask. teen Todd Loik takes life after being bullied, mother says

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Todd Loik, 15, was a student at North Battleford Comprehensive High School. He took his life at the beginning of September. (Courtesy of Kim Loik)

On Sept. 25, CBC Saskatoon readers took a strong interest in one of the most tragic local stories of 2013. 

Kim Loik discovered the body of her son, Todd, in their home on Sept. 9. The student at North Battleford Comprehensive High School died two weeks before his 16th birthday. 

Loik said she believed took his life after years of being tormented by bullies. 

Read the full story here.

3. Bridal shop refuses to let transgender shopper try on gowns

On May 2, a Saskatoon woman who identifies herself as transgender says a bridal shop in the city refused to let her try on dresses as she planned her wedding.


Rohit Singh was refused service at a Saskatoon bridal shop. (CBC)

Rohit Singh said she was looking at outfits in Jenny's Bridal Boutique but when she asked to try one on, she was refused. Singh went on to file a complaint about her treatment with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC).

In September, she received a mediated settlement with the SHRC saying the business owner had agreed to give an undisclosed amount of money to two local charities.

Read the full story here.

4. Breastfeeding mother defies court order


Tamara Bolan was told to hand over her four-month-old son to the children's father every weekend. (CBC)

In July, a Saskatoon judge ordered that Warman's Tamara Bolan hand over her four-month-old son and their two-year-old daughter to the children's father every weekend as part of a custody arrangement.

Bolan was supposed to hand over the children, but she didn't do so and she said she was not going to because she was concerned for the health of her son.

Bolan argued that her son, Luke, refused a bottle and she couldn't produce enough breast milk to last through the weekend.

In August, a judge ruled the father should be able to have access to his son, but only for three hours at a time because the separation from Bolan would mean weaning their son off breast milk too early.

Read the full story here.

5. Armless man wins seatbelt ticket court challenge


Steve Simonar was ticketed and fined for not wearing a seatbelt. (CBC)

Everyday people in Saskatoon are handed tickets, but perhaps no ticket received as much attention as the one handed to Steve Simonar.

Simonar, 55, is a double amputee, having lost both his arms in a boating accident almost 30 years ago. He was ticketed and fined for not wearing a seatbelt.

On July 23, readers flocked to CBC Saskatoon to learn he had won a court challenge of his ticket.

Simonar now has an exemption to drive without a belt.

Read the full story here.