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Fall Street Sweeping

RE: Declutter your gutter! Fall street sweeping starts October 15

The annual Fall Street Sweeping program starts Tuesday, October 15. Cleaning up leaves in the fall prevents them from collecting in gutters causing flooding in the spring. 

Only the leafiest streets within the following neighbourhoods will be swept: Buena Vista, Caswell Hill, City Park, Exhibition, Holiday Park, King George, Mayfair, Nutana, Riversdale and Varsity View. 

Check out the area maps at saskatoon.ca/sweepto see which streets are included. Note: the schedule is different this year and there are no neighbourhoods where every road is swept. 

Watch for the yellow No Parking signs and move vehicles off the street by 7 a.m. on your sweeping day. Tickets and towing will occur so we can access the full curb lane. 

How can I prepare?

  1. Clean up leaves that can blow onto the street. Please do not push or blow leaves onto the street.This is illegal and residents may receive a Bylaw Notice. Excess leaves can delay the cleaning schedule or even cause the entire street to be skipped.
  2. Place yard clippings in your City of Saskatoon green cart or consider taking them to one of the City’s compost depots for free. Learn more at saskatoon.ca/compost.

Find your area sweeping sweeping schedule at saskatoon.ca/sweep. Stay up to date with the City of Saskatoon Service Alerts for any unexpected changes that may affect the sweeping schedule. 

Proposed Rezoning Come-and-Go

COME-AND-GO INFORMATION SESSION
Proposed Rezoning by Agreement – 301 Clarence Ave N

Applicant: Axbridge Construction Corporation
Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Brunskill School Library – 101 Wiggins Avenue

A come-and-go public information session regarding the proposed rezoning by Agreement of 301 Clarence Avenue North will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019, in the Brunskill School Library.

The site is currently zoned R2 District and provides for residential development in the form of one and two-unit dwellings as well as related community uses. The proposed rezoning by Agreement would provide for a three-storey building with four separate dwelling units in the style of brownstone townhouses as shown in the image below. The development would also provide nine on-site parking spaces. A site plan for the development has been included on the back of this page. A rezoning by Agreement is proposed to ensure that only the specific development proposal put forward by the applicant could be constructed.

Representatives of the City of Saskatoon and the applicants will be available at this come-and-go information session to discuss the proposed development, the review process, and receive comments on the proposal. Site plans, renderings, and elevations will be available for viewing.

For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Derworiz Planner
Planning & Development
City of Saskatoon
222 Third Avenue North, S7K 0J5
jonathan.derworiz@saskatoon.ca Ph: (306) 986-0902 Fax: (306) 975-7712

Climate Strike 2019

Friday, Sept 27th, City Hall @ 12pm
A Call for Action

#CLIMATESTRIKE IN SASKATOON

We will gather at City Hall Square for 12:00 noon on Friday September 27th.

We will hold a brief initial rally, then some or all of us will march down to the CBC building. Then we will march to the provincial Cabinet office and draw attention to climate issues at a provincial level. Then we will march to the Federal Building to draw attention to climate issues at a federal level. Then we will march back to City Hall for more communion together.

Bring your vibrant hearts and willing bodies to participate in this MARCH FOR JUSTICE.

As a local community, let’s come together as one and raise our vibration.

Let’s believe a better world is possible and proactively bring it into existence.

If possible, create signs displaying your call for action.

Albert Rec Unit under construction

After many long years of planning and fundraising, the Big Plans for a Little Park park rejuvenation of Albert Recreation Unit park (corner of Clarence and 13th Street) has started construction this fall!

Construction should continue throughout October, with hopes of the park being complete by the end of that month. During construction, the south half of the park will be closed to access. Thank you to Strata Construction and City Gardens for taking on this project.

The Big Plans committee wishes to thank all the donors and supporters of this project! This is your little park, and you made it happen. Thank you!

Community Safety Consultation

The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners, in its role as  a conduit between the public and the Saskatoon Police Service, is hosting a Community Consultation focusing on:

  • Crime and community safety in our neighbourhoods, and 
  • Strategies being used by city-wide and community-based groups to enhance community safety.

Members of the public are invited to attend and participate in this highly interactive Consultation. The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners will be at the discussion tables to hear, on a direct  basis, what YOU and your organizations  have to say on these issues.

The meeting will include presentations by these groups, with discussion to follow with all attendees on each topic:

·         Safe Community Action Alliance: SCAA purpose, processes and community safety strategies.
·         Community Associations:  Crime and community safety in their neighbourhoods,  and initiatives they employ to increase community safety.
·         Saskatoon Police Service: Key elements of its Strategic Plan, canvassing for issues that matter to you, in your neighbourhood, and in your community.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, 19th Street and Avenue B

Your views, your Community Association’s views, your organization’s views, your neighbourhood’s views, are important. The Board of Police Commissioners wants to hear from you!!!

Visit saskatoonpolicecommission.com to view the full agenda for the Community Consultation.

Ladies Learning Code

National Ladies Learning Code Day: Intro to User Experience (UX) Design
Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Atrium Building,, Saskatoon SK

Why learn about UX design?

With great design comes great responsibility. User experience (UX) design isn’t just about creating pretty or functioning websites – it’s about creative solutioning and trying to make people’s lives and experiences better.

As designers, we need to remember that we aren’t designing products for ourselves, but for other people. Being a UX designer allows you to work with and problem solve for a variety of different people, and empathy plays a huge part in this.

During this collaborative learning experience, we’ll explore the difference between UI and UX, and how they work together. We’ll walk through the design cycle; including discovery, user testing, and user personas. Learners will also have a chance to experience different UX methods through hands-on exercises, including building physical and digital prototypes.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ladies-learning-code-national-ladies-learning-code-day-intro-to-user-experience-ux-design-saskatoon-registration-65269805746?mc_eid=046ec0b025&mc_cid=ed0dcb9861

City of Saskatoon Youth Activities

Girls in Motion

FREE one-day event to inspire girls ages 10-14 to live healthy, active lives. Physical activities facilitated by qualified instructors. Shaw Centre Nov 8 F 09:00 AM-04:00 PM. (Registration Code:  SC4314-01)


Taking to the Court

FREE one-day event for boys ages 10 to 14 to get active and learn and practice a mix of sports. Snacks and lunch provided. Cosmo Civic Centre Nov 8 F 09:00 AM-04:00 PM (Registration Code: CD4366-01)


Drop N’ Shop

 6-12 yrs. This holiday season entrust your children with certified leaders who will supervise a number of child-friendly activities including arts and crafts, giving you the opportunity to get away and get your shopping done!  All programs FREE.

  • Lawson Civic Centre Dec 7 Sa 01:00 PM-04:00 PM (Registration Code:  CD4627-02)
  •  Lakewood Civic Centre Dec 14 & 21 Sa 01:00 PM-04:00 PM (Registration Code CD4627-01)
  •  Shaw Centre Dec 22 Su 01:00 PM-04:00 PM (Registration Code: CD4627-03)

Multi-Sport Sampler

A great opportunity for youth ages 10-14 to engage in physical activity while developing new and improved skills in a wide variety of sport activities. Cosmo Civic Centre. A ll programs FREE.

  • Fencing           Sep 5               Th        03:45 PM        -05:45 PM        (Registration Code: CD4626-01)
  • Soccer            Sep 9               M        03:45 PM         -05:45 PM        (Registration Code CD4626-02)
  •  Doubleball       Sep 12             Th        03:45 PM         -05:45 PM        (Registration Code: CD4626-03)
  • Football            Sep 16            M         03:45 PM         -05:45 PM        (Registration Code: CD4626-04)
  • Baseball          Sep 19             Th        03:45 PM         -05:45 PM        (Registration Code: CD4626-05)
  • Curling             Sep 23             M        03:45 PM         -05:45 PM        (Registration Code: CD4626-06)

Municipal Ward Boundary Review

The City of Saskatoon is looking for feedback in drawing the upcoming Municipal Ward Boundary Lines.


The ward you live in may be changing. Tell us what’s important to you! Saskatoon residents, you’re invited to share your comments on three new ward boundary options developed by the Saskatoon Municipal Wards Commission. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2NyOtby


Ward. Noun. A geographical area represented by a member of City Council. There are 10 wards in Saskatoon, and some ward boundaries are changing in preparation for Saskatoon’s Civic Elections 2020. View three new boundary options and tell us what’s important to you. We hope to hear from you! Have your say at saskatoon.ca/engage/municipal-wards-boundary-review.


Ward boundaries are changing and three new ward boundary options are now ready for your review. You’re invited to meet the Municipal Wards Commission and weigh in on their proposed changes. Stop by City Hall, Committee Room ‘E’ on September 25, 2019 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tell us what’s most important to you about the ward # you live in. Or, take the survey now at saskatoon.ca/engage/municipal-wards-boundary-review.

Wîcihitowin Conference

The 5th Wîcihitowin Indigenous Engagement Conference invites community organizations, governments and businesses to learn about inclusive representation of Indigenous people as employees, volunteers and decision makers. Within the context of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, if you’re working towards respectful Indigenous engagement and inclusion in a community-based setting, this conference is for you. Join us on the path to reconciliation.

October 16th & 17th, 2019
TCU Place – Saskatoon SK
Treaty 6 and Homeland of the Metis

Early Bird Registration ends September 15, 2019 – $200
Regular Tickets (September 16 – October 11, 2019): $250

Early registration is recommended as this event sells out quickly. Visit the Wicihitowin website to register: https://wicihitowin.ca/

Bike thefts

A Message from the Saskatoon Police Service:

Bicycles, sports equipment, as well as tools are being stolen out of vehicles and outbuildings (detached garages, sheds). Saskatoon Police are noticing that the people responsible for the thefts are either wandering around your neighborhood at night checking door handles of vehicles, and buildings. If any vehicles or buildings is found to be unlocked, these people help themselves to whatever property they can get ahold of.

Saskatoon Police Services are requesting that if you have anything of value, anything you don’t want stolen, please take it into your homes. If you have bikes, please lock the bike up with the appropriate bike locks, and then please lock the garage or outbuildings you have it stored in.

The Police have laminated signs, “All Valuables Removed” that you can pick up from Saskatoon Police Service. They are used to place in your vehicle to deter people breaking in.

We are all responsible for the security of our homes, and property, and working together we can prevent crime.

Race Against Racism

9th Annual Fun Run/Walk and Cultural Expo
September 21, 2019
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Victoria Park (near the boathouse)

The Race Against Racism (RAR) got its start in 2011 with one goal; to provide a positive environment for people of all backgrounds to gather and promote an active, healthy lifestyle while encouraging positive police community relations. Runners, walkers and rollers have the choice to participate in the 2.5km, 5km, or 10km.

Members from five settlement agencies (Saskatoon Open Door Society, The Global Gathering Place, International Women of Saskatoon, Newcomer Information Centre and Saskatchewan Intercultural Association), are part of RAR’s planning committee. Those agencies collect and divide the funds raised from the event to help continue local programming. A joint fundraiser called “Cram the Cruiser” is also tied to the Race. All entrants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to help fill a patrol car to donate to the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre.

The City of Saskatoon’s Cultural Diversity and Race Relations Committee have been key partners from the beginning. Our partners at Brainsport will be hosting the race.

The Race includes an expo beyond the finish line called “Around the World – A Cultural Expo.” It showcases ethnic displays from local groups to promote community engagement and to celebrate diversity.

The Annual Race Against Racism brings together individuals from all over Saskatoon from various communities, with unique backgrounds, religions, cultures, sexual orientations, ages and ethnicities. Everyone comes together to achieve a common goal; to provide a positive, safe environment to live in harmony and show that Saskatoon will not accept racism.

To Register online, go to: https://www.facebook.com/racesaskatoon/

A Thinker’s Tea Party!

The Refinery is launching something new this fall, we hope that you can join us for A Thinker’s Tea Party!

A Thinker’s Tea Party is a community lecture series meant to gather community, offer an opportunity for us to broaden our understanding of wonderfully interesting topics, share tea and conversation.

The Refinery launches this initiative with ‘What is Islam?’ with Fachrizal Halim on Tuesday, September 17th, starting at 7:00 p.m. The Refinery is located at 609 Dufferin Avenue, at the corner of 12th Street East and Dufferin.

We look forward to seeing you at The Refinery this fall!