CBC Saskatchewan: 2014 in review
The top news stories from our newsroom over the past 12 months
We are looking back at the top stories from our newsroom this year, from smart meter failures to a horrific attack that left a homeless woman without both her legs, to a million dollar baby and a controversy over the use of temporary foreign workers.
Here's a few of the stories that made headlines in Saskatchewan in 2014.
Smart meters fail
It was a multi-million-dollar technology failure that turned out to be anything but smart. The president of SaskPower lost his job and all of the meters are supposed to be removed by next March. As of last week there had been at least 10 failures according to SaskPower.
- SaskPower CEO Robert Watson resigns over smart meter controversy
- SaskPower says smart meter company will pay back $24M in cash
- Another smart meter burns in Saskatchewan
Homeless and living on the streets of Prince Albert, Marlene Bird was viciously attacked. She faced a difficult recovery and her story made national headlines.
- Suspected Marlene Bird attacker arrested
- Marlene Bird attends court in wheelchair to see alleged attacker
- Assault victim Marlene Bird seeks help for alcohol addiction
In May, a horrific crash claimed the lives of Saskatoon teenagers J.P. Haughey and Sarah Wensley. The woman behind the wheel had a lengthy rap sheet. the loved ones of the victims are calling for changes to the justice system.
- Crash victims J.P. Haughey and Sarah Wensley remembered
- Kara Mitsuing describes crash that killed JP Haughey and Sarah Wensley
- Cheyann Peeteetuce pleads guilty to crash that killed J.P. Haughey and Sarah Wensley
- Sarah Wensley's dad says justice system helped kill teen
Temporary foreign workers
CBC Saskatchewan`s iTeam is the only dedicated investigative team in the province. And it's broken some of the biggest stories in Saskatchewan this year, including the story of two Weyburn waitresses who lost their jobs to temporary foreign workers. Days after this story aired, the federal government clamped down hard on the rules.
- Waitresses in Saskatchewan lose jobs to foreign workers
- Weyburn restaurant defends staffing moves and use of foreign temps
- Jason Kenney set to introduce new temporary foreign worker rules
- Jennifer Huculak-Kimmel's $1M baby bill denied by Saskatchewan Blue Cross
- David Woods guilty of first-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison
- Douglas Hales guilty of 2nd degree murder of Daleen Bosse
- Major train derailment and fire near Wadena, Sask.
- U of S firing of president Busch-Vishniac relieves students
- Saskatchewan ombudsman investigating state of long-term care
- Up to 3 million Saskatchewan farm acres flooded
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