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Silflay String Quartet

A Celebration of Music and Community!

Join us for an afternoon of music featuring Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Silflay String Quartet performing musical gems by Jewish composers Achron and Korngold.

Sunday October, 22, 2017
2:00 pm
Congregation Agudas Israel (715 McKinnon Ave S)
FREE Admission

Donations accepted for the Congregation Agudas Israel Legacy Project Capital Campaign and St. John’s Cathedral Organ Restoration Fund.

Fall Street Sweeping

THE PROGRAM THAT’S SWEEPING THE CITY

With winter just around the corner, it’s that time of the year for the annual two-week fall sweeping program to begin. City street sweepers will be removing leaves and debris from roads in heavily treed neighbourhoods. As you tidy your yard this fall we want to remind you that street sweepers will be coming to your neighbourhood very soon.

The program is expected to start Monday, October 16, and is determined by the weather and the amount of leaves on the ground.

Be on the lookout for the bright yellow No Parking signs that lets you know your street is about to be swept, and ensure your vehicle is off the street to avoid a possible ticket and tow.

Please do not push or blow leaves onto the street. This is illegal and residents may receive a Bylaw Notice if it is determined they pushed their leaves onto the street. Excess leaves can delay the cleaning schedule or even cause the entire street to be skipped.

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 how you can compost at home at Saskatoon.ca/homecomposting.

Find your neighbourhood sweeping schedule at saskatoon.ca/sweeping and monitor City of Saskatoon Service Alerts to hear about unexpected changes that can affect your sweeping day.

Permit Parking Zones

At the September 2017 City Council meeting, the Varsity View (and Nutana) Residential Parking Permit (RPP) areas were expanded. VVCA carried out a volunteer led survey this spring and summer of the neighbourhood and gathered enough signatures to expand the zones

VVCA’s RPP will see a substantial expansion, where nearly half of the neighbourhood will now be under the program. Those under the RPP will need to go down to City Hall to get their $25 passes, which include one pass and one visitor pass. These must be displayed, and allow residents to park on their own street but they will still be under the 36-hour rule, which states that a vehicle must not remain in the same spot.

City of Saskatoon website

VVCA-Nutana_RPP_map.pdf

Short-term accommodation survey

With online platforms such as AirBnB and VRBO becoming popular accommodation options for both residents and visitors, the City is reviewing the existing bylaw regulations for short-term accommodations.

Short-term accommodations include all rental arrangements in a residential dwelling where the host receives compensation from a guest that stays less than 30 days. Examples include vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and AirBnBs.

Residents are invited to provide their input into the short-term accommodation review process by completing an online survey and/or attending the open house on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Frances Morrison Library.

Short-Term Accommodation Online Survey
Friday, September 29 to Thursday, October 26, 2017
Visit shapingsaskatoon.ca/projects to complete the online survey.

Short-Term Accommodation Open House
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Frances Morrison Library, 311 23rd Street East
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Come-and-go style event, with presentations running hourly starting at 4:30 p.m.

The results of this public consultation will be used to shape the direction of short-term accommodation regulations in Saskatoon and assist the City in gaining a better understanding of this issue as it relates to our community.

For more information on current regulations, please visit saskatoon.ca.

Culture Days 2017

Friday September 29 – Sunday October 1, 2017

Millions of Canadians engage in thousands of free activities and performances hosted by artists, cultural organizations and municipalities in communities across Canada. From Nunavut to New Brunswick, and from British Columbia to Baffin Island – and all points in between – we share all the inspiration, artistry, creativity and expression that reflects the mosaic of Canadian culture.

As a leading national voice for an active and engaged cultural life, we provide marketing and industry development resources that lead to greater cultural engagement. The Culture Days national awareness campaign culminates in a three-day celebration of the arts starting on the last Friday of September.

What We Do
Every Culture Days weekend features thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities where the public can discover the world of artists, creators, heritage experts, architects, curators, designers and other creative professionals in their communities.

With thousands of activities promoted through culturedays.ca, our digital channels, and national media partnerships, we drive a multi-level national awareness campaign designed to inspire and catalyze greater public arts participation in all Canadian communities.

Culture Days is a collaborative initiative that welcomes public participation. Everyone has a part to play in Culture Days whether you’re already passionate about the arts or interested in discovering something new.

culturedays.ca

Word on the Street 2017

September 24, 2017
Location: Broadway Avenue
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

The Word On The Street is moving to Broadway! Saskatoon’s annual celebration of Canadian authors and publishers is now in its seventh year, and after six successful festivals in downtown Saskatoon, will take place this year in the Broadway Business District area on Sunday, September 24.

Opening Ceremonies for this family friendly event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 24 with author presentations, exhibitors and other activities continuing between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

https://thewordonthestreet.ca/saskatoon/

Take Back the Night

September 21, 2017
Location: YWCA
Address: 510 25th St E
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free

Take Back The Night is an annual rally and March that will be held this year at 7:00pm on Thursday, September 21st. The rally will begin at the YWCA on 25th street at 7:00pm. We will have a guest speaker that will raise awareness about gender-based violence issues followed by a March up 25th street and the College Drive Bridge.

All are welcome to help raise awareness of gender-based violence and to help create safe communities and respectful relationships. We are seeking to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence.

*There will be an off duty city bus that can help transport anyone with mobility issues that would like to take part in the event. There will be refreshments and entertainment to follow the march.

Public Space Design Charrette

Residents of the Nutana neighbourhood are invited to participate in a design charrette to discuss options for the public space created by the closure of 14th Street between Temperance Street and Lansdowne Avenue (next to D’lish Cafe). The meeting will be jointly hosted by the City of Saskatoon, Transportation and Urban Design Divisions.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Starting at 1:00 pm

Please join us to discuss your ideas for this new public space. The meeting will be held in the public space, just outside of D’lish Cafe.

Please send comments to:
Nathalie Baudais, Transportation Engineer
Transportation & Utilities Department, City of Saskatoon
Email: nathalie.baudais@saskatoon.ca
Phone: 306-986-3097

Fall Photography Nature Walk

Join us for a nature walk at Beaver Creek Conservation area, with plenty of stops for taking photos. This is a free event for all photography levels and abilities. Come prepared with your camera/cellphone/picture taking device and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Led by Meghan Mickelson, who will give pointers on taking nature photos.

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Location: Beaver Creek Conservation Area (just outside Saskatoon). Meet outside on the back deck.

We will walk the yellow and green trail (total distance 2.4 km).

About Meghan: A self taught photographer who has had a camera in her hand since she was 10, and spent many years working at a camera shop. Meghan lives in Saskatoon, where she is a mom, a volunteer, and an avid nature photographer.

More information and registration: http://saskoutdoors.org/event-calendar/post/fall-photography-nature-walk

Campus Advocate

RESULTS Canada (RC) is a non-profit national grassroots advocacy organization. For more than 30 years, we have worked to create the political will to end global poverty and demonstrate that individuals can make a difference when they employ their political power. A central element of our work is educating citizens and decision-makers about key problems and solutions associated with extreme poverty. To learn more watch our video here [http://www.results-resultats.ca/en/get-involved/].

Are you a post-secondary student looking for meaningful extra-curricular experience, and leadership opportunity?
Are you passionate about international development and sustainable solutions to end global poverty?
Do you want to be a part of an international community of advocates?
Would you like to learn and practice powerful communication skills and techniques in order to influence decision-makers?
Are you a change maker who wants to take actions having impact in the lives of millions of people?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then this opportunity could be the right fit for you! Central to RESULTS Canada’s mission are its citizen advocates, passionate people who convene to take action on and create change around the world’s most pressing issues. For the upcoming school year we are looking for enthusiastic leaders who want to take on the challenge of being an ambassador for RESULTS. Included below are some of the volunteer roles we are looking to fill. Please take a look to see which seems like the best fit for you.

Group Leader and Co-Leader will:
• Take advocacy actions on a RESULTS campaign. (Training provided)
• Inspire and lead a group of student volunteers to collectively learn and take actions on solutions to end extreme poverty. (Material and support provided)
• Mobilize the group to engage their wider community about issues and solutions to end extreme poverty and about the power of citizen’s voices.
• Support and coordinate the roles of the members in the team, and liaise with the RESULTS National Office and Community.

Outreach Ambassador will:
• Take advocacy actions on a RESULTS campaign. (Training provided)
• Reach out to students, teachers and community members to expand the reach of your RESULTS Canada group.
• Develop an outreach strategy to engage more people in taking advocacy actions on a RESULTS campaigns.

Logistics Ambassador will:
• Take advocacy actions on a RESULTS campaign. (Training provided)
• Coordinate bookings of rooms, meetings, tables and banner space.
• Manage database of contacts.

Internal Relations Ambassador will:
• Take advocacy actions on a RESULTS campaign. (Training provided)
• Liaise with club administration, other Club’s executives and, with the leader/co-leader, with RESULTS National Office and Community.
• Liaise and partner with other clubs in order to get more people involved in our campaigns against extreme poverty.

Promotions Ambassador will:
• Take advocacy actions on a RESULTS campaign. (Training provided)
• Manage the chapter’s social media presence.
• With the support of the National Office, create promotional materials to use on campus.
• Liaise with student and community media outlets, such as radio and newspapers.

As a RESULTS Canada advocate, you will have the chance to apply to participate in the group leader retreat and the RESULTS National conference happening. These two events are happening in Ottawa in 2018 and will offer valuable leadership training, networking and advocacy experiences. We will be providing a certain amount of bursaries to attend these events. In addition, there are always opportunities to apply for funding for events such as the annual International Conference in Washington were volunteers use their advocacy skills in a meeting with the World Bank, as an example.

To apply please fill out this form (https://resultscda.typeform.com/to/uiWWCh). If you have any questions you can send a message to Michele Bruneau at michele@results-resultats.ca

Police Chief Survey

The recruitment process for Saskatoon’s next Chief of Police is now fully underway.

The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners wants to ensure that citizens have the opportunity to share their views and opinions about the top attributes and priorities in the selection of the new Police Chief.

The Commission has set up a very brief (just 4 questions) and anonymous survey that provides an opportunity for you to provide your views. The survey can be found on the Police Commission’s website at saskatoonpolicecommission.com in the top right corner of the home page. Clicking on “What Residents Want In Their Next Police Chief” will take you directly to the survey.

The Saskatoon Police Commission will use this response from the survey of the public to refine its selection criteria in the recruitment, selection and hiring of Saskatoon’s next Police Chief.

Aurora Indoor Soccer Tournament

Aurora Soccer Club in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan would like to invite you to our 1st Annual Aurora Indoor Soccer Tournament.

Registration will Close November 9, 2017
Date: November 24-26, 2017
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Our tournament accepts U7s all the way up to Adults Men’s and ladies including Coed.

If you have any questions about registration please contact our registrar: Gail Bastien at e-mail: tournament@aurorasoccer.ca

Website

Bus Stop Blues

“Bus Stop Blues” – Help shape the future of Saskatoon Transit and improve the transit experience! From now to Sept 20, 2017, post a photo and the location of the bus stop you would like to see improved, and add the hashtag #busstopbluesyxe.

Our Facebook and/or Twitter posts – Saskatoon Transit Twitter (@stoontransit) and City of Saskatoon Facebook and Twitter (@cityofsaskatoon) are also an easy way to share the information from your social media accounts to your neighbors.