Province to begin Yorkton, Sask. regional transportation study

Yorkton’s growth over the last 10 years has led to the province holding an open house to try and understand what the area needs for better transportation.

The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, the City of Yorkton and the RM of Wallace and Orkney are partnering to complete a long-range transportation study for the area.

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The government says the Yorkton Regional Transportation study will help provincial and municipal officals better understand the transportation needs for the area. Residents will have an opportunity to learn more about the study in an upcoming open house.

“Yorkton is one of the fastest growing areas of the province and enjoys the third-largest trading region,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said.

“We are pleased to partner with the city and RMs of Wallace and Orkney to plan for the future infrastructure needs of the Yorkton region.”

The study will include a review of the local road network, as well as the potential for changing traffic patterns and road requirements based on economic and population forecasts.

Traffic counts have also been collected and a regional transportation demand model will also be developed to help generate traffic forecasts and attempt to identify future traffic patterns.

The results will be a long range plan with road network options.

“Yorkton has experienced substantial growth over the past 10 years and is the regional economic hub for an estimated trading area of 200,000 individuals in East Central Saskatchewan and Western Manitoba,” Yorkton Mayor Bob Maloney said.

“Discussions with our business community indicate a need to improve transportation efficiencies in Yorkton and surrounding municipalities to continue to meet growing economic needs in the region.”

The open house will be held in the Ravine Room at the Gallagher Centre at 455 Broadway Street W on Tuesday, July 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Caught on camera: man tries to smash window of driver’s car in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG —; A violent act of road rage, showing a man attempting to smash the window of a vehicle stopped traffic in St. Vital, was caught on camera.

The video shows Roman Jestadt and his brother driving near St. Anne’s road on Friday, when an SUV pulled beside them at a red light. It then shows Jestadt exchanging angry words with the driver and passenger of the SUV.

The next time the two vehicles came to a stop, the passenger in the SUV got out of the car, and attempted to smash Jestadt’s window.

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“I was thinking I’ve got to get out of here, but I’m kind of boxed in because they stopped in front and there’s car in the other lane, so I can’t really go anywhere. He’s just pounding on the glass,” Jestadt said. “It was really a surreal kind of experience.”

Jestadt and his brother were able to drive off without getting hurt and quickly called the cops.

“The fact he’s trying to smash my window, it’s like they’ll probably have no problems ramming my car. At that point so I was literally fearing for my life,” Jestadt said.

Winnipeg police confirmed they received a report of the incident on Sunday.

“There’s a number of things that I think it’s fair to say that we have reviewed so far that are contained in the video that are concerning to us,” said Constable Jason Michalyshyn with the Winnipeg Police Service.

No one has been charged.

CAA Manitoba called the incident disheartening.

If drivers find themselves in a situation like this, the goal should be deescalation, said Erika Miller with CAA Manitoba.

“If someone seems to be getting aggressive with you on the road leave some space between you and that car. If they seem like they want to get into a fight and get some eye contact going, avoid eye contact,” she said.


Man charged with assault after Calgary cab driver struck, causing taxi to roll over

A 38-year-old man who was out on parole has been charged with assault after an incident that ended with a Calgary cab rolling over on Friday. The taxi’s surveillance video captured the cab’s passenger striking the driver on the head multiple times, according to the company’s president.

UPDATE: Man accused in latest Calgary taxi assault was convicted of same crime in 2014

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    A Checker Yellow Cab picked up a passenger at about 2:15 a.m. Friday and headed south on Elbow Drive.

    Checker Yellow Cabs president Kurt Enders said the driver picked up the passenger at 17 Ave. and 5 St. S.W. but couldn’t get a destination address from the man.

    Enders said the driver tried for 20 minutes to get an address, then told him he would just take him downtown, free of charge.

    “As they started to head back downtown, the customer in the back started to hit our driver in the head approximately 10 to 12 times,” Enders said Monday, after watching surveillance video of the attack.

    “On the first punch, he knocked our driver out and then [the driver] accelerated quite heavily from being passed out and then rolled the car at that time.”

    Police said the cab rolled over at Elbow Drive and Crescent Boulevard.

    Picture of the rolled Checker Cab July 1.

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    “I was disgusted to see the video,” Enders said.

    “It just sent chills throughout my whole body seeing that someone could do that when they were trying to help get someone home safe at the end of the night. It’s very disturbing and I’ve seen videos before and this one probably rates as one of the worst I’ve ever seen.”

    A man was arrested at the scene. Police said alcohol is believed to be a factor.

    Todd Allan Dibb has been charged with one count of assault.

    Watch below: Global’s past coverage of other stories involving assaults on taxi drivers in Calgary

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Enders said the cab driver is a father of two who is recovering from facial injuries at home. He said he was thankful to be alive.

“He is doing OK and has a sore jaw, cheek and face,” Enders said, adding he’ll be taking some time off to relax and recover.

The cab company president doesn’t think an assault charge for the suspect goes far enough.

“He did endanger other people’s lives on the road and was heading right for residential property,” he said. “So I think it’s disgusting and hopefully there will be more charges laid once police see the video.”