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Winter Play Program

Drop in for winter games and activities!
FREE!
Saturdays and Sundays
February 9 to March 9, 2019
10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Greystone Heights Rec Unit, 2711 Main Street
Holliston Rec Unit, 1511 Louise Avenue
Westmount Rec Unit, 306 Avenue L North
Massey Place Rec Unit, 3110 Massey Place
Heated warm-up recreation unit at each location.


Learn to Skate
FREE!
Participants must bring their own sites and CSA approved winter helmets. Children under the age of six must be accompanied by an adult or responsible care giver.

Lawson Heights, 748 Redberry Road, Saturdays 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Holliston, 1151 Louise Avenue, Saturdays 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Montgomery, 3229 Caen Street, Sundays 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Greystone Heights, 2711 Main Street, Sundays 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Massey, 3110 Massey Place, Sundays 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM


For more information, call 306-975-3378
Activities will be cancelled if the temperature reaches -25 degrees C or below with the the windchill or due to adverse ice conditions.

Family Day Skate

Monday, February 18 2019
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval (Dudley Street and Avenue R South)
Cosmo Civic Centre (3130 Laurier Drive)

Bring your skates and safety gear and come down for an afternoon of skating and winter fun!
Stay warm inside the Cosmo gym with tipi teachings and indigenous hand games presented by the Saskatoon Indian and Metis Friendship Centre.

Skating at the Speed Skating Oval will be cancelled if the temperature reaches -25 degrees C or below with windchill, or above -5 degrees C.

Are you a Jane’s Walks leader?

You may already be familiar with this world-wide Spring event, May 3rd to 5th, now in 212 cities, inspired by the life of Jane Jacobs, a writer, urbanite and activist.  Jane insisted the voices of everyday people were heard in neighbourhood planning and city-building.   This 2019,  Jane’s Walk’s 10th anniversary in Saskatoon expects to match the record turn out last year of over 600 participants.

The only catch is the Varsity View/Grosvenor Park  walk needs a volunteer leader.  Organization and promotion is looked after by our Saskatoon planning group. 

Jane’s Walks can be led by anyone who wants to share with others what they believe makes their new or old neighbourhood a special place to live. A typical walk takes an hour.

 The volunteer planning committeeprovides a website for anyone who wants to lead a walk, or join one or more walks being offered free of charge.   The committee also looks after the Saskatoon publicity for all the walks.

The process to register your neighbourhood hosting of a walk this year is easy. 

A user-friendly form is on our new website: http://janeswalksaskatoon.ca/index.php/about/. Check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JanesWalkSaskatoon/

Committee members also respond to email inquiries, promote the walks to encourage participation, and act as co-hosts with walk leaders.

We look forward to seeing you at a walk in 2018!

Aboriginal Storytelling Month

February is Aboriginal Storytelling Month
The Saskatoon Public Library is hosting a variety of events for all ages throughout the month of February. See link below for details, times and locations for the following events:

 

STORYTELLING PROGRAMS

Drumming & Stories with Carol Rose Daniels
Traditional drumming and storytelling.
Carol is a novelist, poet, artist, musician, and storyteller.
Storytelling with Joseph Naytowhow
Joseph Naytowhow is renowned for his unique style of Cree/English storytelling, combined with original contemporary music and traditional First Nations drum and rattle songs.
Storytelling with Dickie Yuzicapi
Dickie Yuzicapi recalls the stories impressed on him as a child, which featured creation, historic and comedic stories for all ages. He sings to honour his Indigenous cultures and the people from within them. 


PUPPET SHOWS

Rabbit & Bear Paws
Join Chad Solomon for a comical, educational and interactive puppet show that shares Indigenous wisdom with universal audiences. 


SONGS & MOVEMENT

Red River Jig Dance Party
Dallas and Phil Boyer are joining us to provide the music for a special Family Dance Party.
Anyone and everyone can come learn the Red River Jig, a
traditional Métis dance, with teachers from the Creeland Dancers.


MOVIES & FILMS

Wide Awake Film Series
Join us as we screen films by Indigenous filmmakers throughout February.
Films presented in partnership with the National Film Board (NFB).
The Road Forward / Feb 6
This musical documentary connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history — the beginnings of Indian nationalism in the 1930s —  with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today.
Birth of a Family / Feb 13
In this deeply moving documentary, three sisters and a brother meet for the first time. Removed from their young Dene mother during the infamous Sixties Scoop, they were separated as infants and adopted into families across North America.
Trick or Treaty / Feb 20
This feature documentary profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government.
This River & This Land / Feb 27
This River offers an Indigenous perspective on the devastating experience of searching for a loved one who has disappeared. This Land recounts a 2,000-km expedition undertaken by seven rangers (both Inuit and non-Native) and a female filmmaker to raise a flag on the northernmost tip of Canadian soil, 412 km from the North Pole.


WRAP-UP EVENT

Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Wrap-up Workshop
A day-long mentorship workshop for experienced and emerging oral storytellers, facilitated by Joseph Naytowhow and co-facilitated by Maureen Belanger and Kevin MacKenzie. Register by phoning 306.381.5836.

Saskatoon Public Library

‘Indian Horse’ showing

Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre TRC Committee has partnered with The Roxy Theatre to offer a FREE viewing of Indian Horse on February 6th.

6:15 PM Doors Open
6:45 PM Opening Remarks & Smudge Ceremony

There will be a Smudge Ceremony before screening and Indian Residential School Survivors will be recognized.
Seating reserved for survivors and elders, and trauma counselors available on site.

Have you seen this incredible movie?
If you haven’t seen the movie, Indian Horse follows the life of Canadian First Nations boy, Saul Indian Horse, as he survives residential school and life amongst the racism of the 1970s. A talented hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles stereotypes and alcoholism.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02cyFlnvA4s&fbclid=IwAR0f8n4DQ8_H5RhAirKU2D3hmTsjYTANczEV4P6AexPv37zd7mhv8B7NSJ4

SCOA Cherry Bop Hop

Join us for the Cherry Bop Hop – a red-hot event to kick off spring 2019!

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Location: Western Development Museum (WDM)
Cocktails: 5:00 p.m. Program: 6 p.m. Supper: 6:30 p.m. Dance: 7:30 pm.
Tickets: $65, tax receipts available
Phone 306-652-2255 pay by credit card or pay online
Or purchase at SCOA, 2020 College Drive.[Field House]


Features: MC Brenda Baker
The band England playing tunes from the 50s & 60s
Eye-popping decorations
Signature cocktails
Door prizes
Dance demos
Take your selfie in our vintage red car from Draggins
Cash bar
Wear red and be entered to win a cool prize! Get your tickets while they last! Please share this event with anyone who may be interested!
If you have any questions phone 306-652-2255, visit scoa.ca
See you there!

The Cherry Bop Hop is a fundraiser for the Saskatoon Council on Aging. Funds raised help us to provide programs and services for a growing population of older adults.

LIT UP! 2019

Come out to READ Saskatoon’s LIT UP! Please join in for a night of fun, food, drinks, and unique auction experiences that cannot be found anywhere else.

Details:
Date: Thursday, March 7th, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm food and cocktails, 7:00 pm program
Location: Sheraton Cavalier Hotel
Tickets: $90/person, $720/table, $1,000/VIP table. A charitable receipt is available for ticket/table purchases. Usual online payment methods available.

LIT UP! is a fun, business casual evening that spotlights literacy through volunteer recognition, great company, tasty eats, sweet treats, and exciting lucky dip, silent, and live auction items!

LIT UP! sells out early every year! Visit READSaskatoon.com or call 306.652.5448 to get your tickets today!

21st Annual Seedy Saturday

21st ANNUAL SEEDY SATURDAY
Seed Exchange and Eco-Fair
March 9, 2019 – 10am to 3pm
Station 20 West (1120 20th St. W)
Admission $2 – (free for children and Students)

Break Your Winter Dormancy and Usher in Spring!
Join Chep Good Food for our 21st Annual Seedy Saturday – Seed Exchange and Eco-fair! Bring the entire family to swap seeds, shop over 25 vendors of natural and local goods, enjoy live music, children’s activities, participate in round table garden chats with Community Gardeners, and much more!
Mark your calendars!

Minor Football Registration

Saskatoon Minor Football registration is now open for all spring 2019 programming!

– Tykes on Spikes: players aged 3 – 6
– 5 on 5 Flag: players grades 1 – 8
– Six A Side Tackle: players grades 5 – 8
– SMF Academy and League: grades 8 – 11
– Rush Girls Flag: grades 9 – 12

Saskatoon Minor Football is dedicated to providing Saskatoon’s youth with a positive learning experience to develop the fundamental skills of football and well-being for a lifetime of physical activity. The league is non-competitive and focus on increasing the participation and skill development of the leagues participants.

https://saskatoonminorfootball.com/index.php

BRT Follow-up

Bus Rapid Transit

Thank you to everyone who participated in one of the 19 engagement sessions we held over the last few weeks. In case you weren’t able to come to one of the events, we invite you to take a look at the information presented at the sessions, including route maps. You can find them on the Transit Plan engagement page under the Getting Involved tab.

Once you have had a chance to go over all the documents, send your preference on route options along with any other comments to brt@saskatoon.ca. All feedback received before 8:00 a.m. on January 4, 2019, will be included in the report to City council, which will be submitted in the first quarter of 2019. Feedback received after the January 4 deadline will be kept on file as part of the project.

The BRT Project Team would like to thank everyone for their interest and active involvement in 2018.

Information will be added to the Growth Plan website as it becomes available.

If you have any questions about BRT, or would like to participate in future engagement activities, please contact BRT@saskatoon.ca. If you have any questions about the Plan for Growth in general, please contact the Growth Plan Implementation Team at growth@saskatoon.ca.

President Murray Park parking restrictions

December 2018:

New parking restrictions are planned for streets bordering President Murray Park. The restrictions will limit parking to 2 Hours, Monday to Friday 08:00-17:00 and are being implemented as part of the approved Local Area Plan, to assist in reducing traffic and facilitate access to the Park.

The changes are planned to be implemented January 14, 2019. Temporary signs communicating the change will be placed at the site for two weeks prior to the implementation date. (Dec 31, 2018 to Jan 14, 2019).

The parking restrictions are separate from the Residential Parking Permit program in place in the neighbourhood. Parking permits issued under the Residential Parking Program will not be valid on the block faces directly abutting President Murray Park and all vehicles will be subject to the posted parking restrictions.

Meaning of Home Contest

The Meaning of Home contest, which runs from January 7, 2019 to February 18, 2019, invites Grades 4, 5 and 6 students from across Canada to submit a written poem or essay explaining what home means to them for a chance to direct $25,000 grant to a local Habitat for Humanity build of their choice. Since 2007, over 50,000 students have participated in the Meaning of Home contest. Thanks to their inspiring words, and Genworth Canada’s generous support, the Meaning of Home contest has raised over $1 million to build homes across Canada for families in need of decent and affordable housing.

The Meaning of Home contest offers a unique and meaningful way to get your child involved in the creative writing process. The goal is to teach children about the importance of giving back to the community and foster their active participation as world citizens.

Timing:
October 1, 2018 to January 6, 2019: Sign-up to receive more information and contest updates
January 7, 2019: Contest opens for submissions
February 18, 2019: Contest closes
February 19 – March 28, 2019: Judging of all entries
April 2019: Winners are announced

Each grade will have a grand prize winner and three runners-up for a total of 12 prizes.

Grand Prize Winner (three total, one per grade) – $25,000
Each grade winner of the Meaning of Home contest will receive a $25,000 grant to direct to a local Habitat build of their choice. Additional prizes include an iPad and class pizza party.

3 Runner-up Prizes (nine total, three per grade) – $5,000
Three contest runners-up per grade will each receive a $5,000 grant towards a Habitat build project of their choice. Additional prizes include an electronic tablet and class pizza party.

And $10 per essay will be generously donated by the contest’s founding sponsor, Genworth Canada to your local Habitat for Humanity for every contest entry submitted from within their region!

That means that your child’s participation is helping Canadian families access safe, decent and affordable homes that they pay for with a no down payment, interest-free affordable mortgage.

While the contest is free to enter, if you would like to match the $10 donation to Habitat as a result of your child’s essay entry, you can do so by visiting habitat.ca/supportstudent from October 29, 2018 to February 18, 2019. All donations go back to your local Habitat to help them build more homes for more families in our community.

Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon
320-21st Street West
Saskatoon, SK S7M 4E6
Phone: 306-343-7772 | Fax: 306-343-7801
www.habitatsaskatoon.ca

Highrise at College & Clarence

The Varsity View-Grosvenor Community Association, together with our residents, has spent hundreds of hours developing an understanding of what this means for our community and what our position should be..

For those who have not heard the site is South East corner of College and Clarence. The corner is presently zoned for a mixture of 4 and 3 storey residential use with a 6 m. setback from College. The proposal is for a non-conforming 12 storey building with a 2.1 m setback.
The City is only obligated to let residents within 75 m of the new building know about the change in zoning. This is woefully inadequate. The Grosvenor-VVCA board gave up evening and weekend time to distribute the better part of a thousand extra flyers to residents.

The information presented at the meeting was incomplete. The reduced setback was not highlighted, and, in consequence, its implications were not discussed. Other aspects were disingenuous. Residents had concerns regarding traffic flow. In response, the expert stated that the new high rise would result in minimal additional delay for a vehicle crossing the College-Clarence intersection at rush hour. This is correct but has no bearing on travel time, which is the residents’ concern. Think of being in a queue at the supermarket, when the supermarket gets busier your time with the cashier does not change. However, the length of the queue changes, this determines how long it will take you to get out of the store. A final problem is that while many experts were on hand at the meeting, there was insufficient time to answer all concerns and no opportunity to view the experts reports after the meeting.

Based on the vote at the meeting (19 against, 1 in favor and 14 abstentions) and considerable further correspondence with the City planning department the Community Association is against this non-conforming development for these reasons:
• Inadequate consultation (see above)
• Potential adverse affects on parking. The current zoning requirements for visitor parking seem low. Residents around other high rises report increased parking problems because visitors cannot gain access to the spots reserved for them.
• The reduced setback limits future road improvements to College. The road immediately in front of the proposed high-rise is one of the few parts of College that will be reduced to two lanes by the new BRT routes.
• Residents report increased flooding in our neighborhood following storms. The City informs us that this will not be a problem because storm water from the roof, driveways, and paved surfaces will be collected and slowly run into the storm drains. As we are not aware of other developments in Varsity View where water from driveways is collected, we doubt that the developer will agree to this requirement.
• The ability of City water supply, sewer services, parks, and schools to absorb the additional demands of this building and the demands of conforming development that is already approved are unknown. Brunskill School is at capacity. It is unclear how the City/School Board will address the additional needs that densification brings.
• The high rise sits at the gateway to our community. It will have a negative affect on the single-family homes in the vicinity. Some of these have hundreds of thousands, or maybe millions, of investment. They anchor our neighborhood.
• High density housing decreases cohesion and increases crime. This is particularly true for the mix of high-density housing and low income groups (who do you think lives in high rises once they lose their new sheen?). Some developers suggest it is particularly true for residents who live more than 6 floors from the ground – they no longer feel part of the community and so are less inclined to help look after it.
• There is an abrupt transition from this high rise to single detached dwellings which is contrary to Saskatoon’s Official Community Plan.
• Although everyone denies this, approving a non-conforming high rise will set a precedent for our entire neighborhood. Prior to this proposal 2 to 4 storey buildings were planned for College. If a high rise gets approved our entire neighborhood could get similar additions. Another high rise is proposed for Cumberland and 8th. It is impossible to believe assurances about future development if Council does not respect its own zoning policies.

I am going to finish with a quote from the Hemson report, the bible for Saskatoon’s developers. Regarding infill: “where existing infrastructure capacity is insufficient, the cost of new infrastructure can be very high”. Unfortunately, the considerable densification that has already happened in Varsity View occurred in parallel with ever increasing taxes. It is unreasonable that we should pay more for development that detracts from our community.

Okay, maybe not finished. Firstly, your board is not against densification. We are against non-conforming densification. We believe in planning and zoning so that we can predict problems and manage the outcomes.

Finally, it is very important that you let your councillor know where you stand. We will only sway council if we are united on non-conforming development. Write or email Councillor Cynthia Block with your views.

Jon Naylor, VVCA President
president@vvcasaskatoon.com

City BRT Engagement

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Broadway and Downtown engagement events November 6th and 8th. We really appreciated your feedback and the opportunity to talk to you.

We are holding Bus Rapid Transit engagement events around the city over the next couple of weeks. We will have information on potential routing on-site, as well as knowledgeable staff members to answer any questions you may have. You will also have the opportunity to let us know what route options work best for you. For the most up-to-date listing please visit saskatoon.ca/engage as dates or locations may be subject to change.

November 16 – Midtown Plaza 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
November 20 – Place Riel (North Concourse) 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
November 20 – 1st Avenue (Bus) 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
November 21 – Lawson Mall 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
November 22 – The Centre Mall 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
November 26 – Stonebridge Bus Terminal 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
November 27 – College Drive (Varsity View): 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm Albert Community Centre, 610 Clarence Avenue South
November 28 – Market Mall 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
November 28 – Market Mall Transit Terminal 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
November 29 – Downtown Transit Terminal 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
December 4 – 3rd Avenue (Bus) 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
December 4 – Alice Turner Library 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
December 5 – Broadway Avenue (Bus) 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

SCOA Events

Get set for winter with our Warm Up to Winter event!
Free to attend – phone 306-652-2255. Limit of 120 participants.
Walk the track, enjoy music, entertainment and hot drinks
November 22 1 pm to 3:15 pm
Saskatoon Field House – registration in lobby


Seniors Tech Buddy Workshop
Learn to use your tech device or the latest applications in one-on-one instruction from local high school students
November 13 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
St. Joseph’s High School – 115 Nelson Road
Cost: $10 registration fee
Phone 306-652-2255

Saskatoon Council on Aging website