Category Archives: City of Saskatoon

Bike to Work Day 2018

You are invited to participate in Bike to Work Day YXE on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Saskatoon Cycles in partnership with the City of Saskatoon is pleased to host Bike to Work Day YXE 2018


About Bike to Work Day:

Bike to Work Day (BTWD) is an annual event that promotes and celebrates the bicycle as a viable mode of transportation. BTWD has now grown into a widespread event with countless bicyclists taking to the streets in an effort to get commuters to try bicycling to work as a healthy and safe alternative to driving alone.

The Commuter Stations are the backbone of Bike to Work Day and brighten what for many is a routine commute, and each year we aim to have a number of Bike to Work Day Commuter Stations all over Saskatoon.

Host a Commuter Station:

If you or your business or organization is interested in hosting or co-hosting a BTWD Commuter Station please contact our BTWD co-ordinator, jenthoma@saskatooncycles.org. Co-hosting with other local businesses or organizations allows for friendly collaboration, assistance with costs and more human power to run your station. Commuter Station possibilities are endless and could include snack and beverage stations, giveaways, discounts for cyclists, bike maintenance and more.

For full details of BTWD YXE, please visit our website biketoworkdayYXE and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @SaskatoonCycles

Public Library survey

What do you want in your new central library?
Have your say!

The Saskatoon Public Library has launched a consultation process to gather input from citizens regarding what they would like to see in a new central library for Saskatoon. There is an online survey that is currently open www.saskatooncentrallibrary.ca and the Library is hosting an Open House March 28 / 4 – 8pm / Saskatoon Farmers’ Market.

School Break Camp

City of Saskatoon Offering School Break Camps April 3 – 5, 2018

The City has teamed with EB Sports Academy, Jade Roberts and the University of Saskatchewan 7’s Rugby team to offer active and accessible camps for youth aged 10-14 during the spring school break.

The camps are free and youth can register for multiple sessions:

• Session 1: Tuesday April 3rd 9:00am – 12:00pm – Rugby
• Session 2: Tuesday April 3rd 1:00pm – 4:00pm – Rugby
• Session 3: Wednesday April 4th 9:00am – 12:00pm – Basketball
• Session 4: Wednesday April 4th 1:00pm – 4:00pm – Basketball
• Session 5: Thursday April 5th 9:00am – 12:00pm – Double Ball
• Session 6: Thursday April 5th 1:00pm – 4:00pm – Floor Hockey

All activities will take place at the Cosmo Civic Centre, 3130 Laurier Drive.
For more information or to register please call 306-975-3378. Registration closes March 26, 2018.

AAA Downtown Cycling Network

The City of Saskatoon is inviting Saskatoon residents to learn more about the development of an All Ages & Abilities (AAA) Downtown Cycling Network. This network has been in development since fall 2017 when the Downtown Protected Bike Lane Demonstration concluded. AAA cycling facilities physically separate people riding bikes from drivers, thereby increasing the comfort and safety of all cyclists.

The network plan considers the following:
– Connection to Saskatoon’s wider cycling network;
– Integration with other key downtown projects such as Bus Rapid Transit and the re-opening of Traffic Bridge;
– Impacts to all users in the downtown in identifying the most appropriate streets to host AAA facilities.

Information about the AAA Downtown Cycling Network will be available as part of a larger forum on topics related to future growth: Plan for Growth Community Open House Wednesday, March 7, 2018 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Western Development Museum

Communities in Bloom

Communities in Bloom is a provincial and national program that recognizes community participation in projects involving beautification, heritage, and environmental awareness. Participants are judged on the quality of the municipality’s green spaces, diversity and originality of its landscaping, general tidiness, environmental awareness, heritage, and the level of community involvement.

As a result a great opportunity exists for communities to generate civic pride and local participation, while gaining recognition across the country. For further information on the Communities in Bloom program please contact Andrew Exelby at (306) 780-9262 or 1-800-563-2555 email: aexelby@spra.sk.ca

City of Saskatoon contacts

Need to talk to the City? You can now find all of the online services available on the City’s site on one page here.

Customer Service Centre (24hr line) Roads, Water, Sewer and Sidewalks Emergency Service – Maintenance Requests Program Information 306-975-2476

Safety & Property Maintenance: Report graffiti, unsafe structures, open excavations, smoke alarms, junked vehicles, long grass and weeds 306-975-2828

Find a more complete list of citizen service phone numbers here

City of Saskatoon Come & Grow

City-wide Community Open House
March 7, 4:30 – 8:30 PM

Western Development Museum

A come and go event with something for everyone, including the kids.

Let’s get the conversation started on:
– transforming our transit system
– redevelopment around our major roads
– improvements in neighbourhood design

Everyone is welcome!


If you can’t make it to the event, check out all engagement opportunities at saskatoon.ca/engage and use #GrowYXE on social media to share your thoughts about our plans for growth (Bus Rapid Transit, Corridor Planning, Transit Villages, etc.)

City Race Relations events

The City of Saskatoon Cultural Diversity and Race Relations department are holding some community events throughout March 2018.

Diefenbaker Canada Centre – Free interpretive tours
The Diefenbaker Canada Centre is offering free interpretive gallery tours every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm in March of our current travelling exhibit “Hockey” and “Hockey: A Common Goal”. Please e-mail dief.centre@usask.ca or call 306-966-8483 to reserve your spot.

Sunday March 4: CHEP Good Food Inc & Slow Food Saskatoon
Three of Slow Food Saskatoon’s local chefs compete head to head using locally grown and sourced ingredients from CHEP’s Good Food Box Program. Those who attend will sample the dishes and in the end decide the winner.

Thursday March 8: Eritrean Women’s League
Eritrean Women’s league is inviting you to celebrate International Women’s Day at Saba’s African Cuisine. Tickets are $25.00 /includes supper and traditional coffee (can be picked up from restaurant). There will be guest speakers during the event.

Friday March 9: Saskatchewan German Council Inc.
The event is hosted by the Saskatchewan German Council in Partnership with the Saskatchewan Library Association for their
Program “One Book, One Province” and is part of an international cooking series open to the public. The class is “Apfelkuchen Now and Then”, where participants will learn all about Apfelkuchen (apple cakes) along with a recipe from Amy Jo Ehman’s “Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens”. There will be another reading as well, once the cakes are finished baking. The cost per person is $20.00, preregistration and payment is required. Please contact the SGC office for the registration form and to make
arrangements for payment.

Friday March 9: Canadian International Council
Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Goals: Connecting Policy and Practice in Saskatchewan
*A multi-sectoral dialogue*
What are Canada’s immigration and refugee goals? What are the challenges and the strengths of smaller Canadian cities in
achieving them and helping new arrivals thrive in local communi-ties? What are some of our success stories, and what do we need to consider as we move forward in changing economies?
Join us for a series of discussions with local experts and stake-holders as we examine made-in-Saskatchewan practice we need for immigration success.

Sat. March 10 & Sun. March 11: DanceEgypt Dance Co.
“Journey of the Dancer” Middle Eastern Dance Show
A family friendly event showcasing the beauty and diversity of Egyptian dance – from the swirling colors of veils to the fun of folkloric. Join us and escape the winter blues!

Sat. March 10: CHEP Good Food Inc.
Seedy Saturday
The 20th Annual Seedy Saturday eco-fair and seed exchange. There will be gardening and seed vendors, speaker’s series presentations, face painting, puppet shows, networking, etc. etc. If you like to garden, come on down and check it out!

Sunday March 11: Women Coming Together as One
Join us on March 11th for Women Coming Together As One. This event is in celebration of International Women’s Day. The event is FREE to attend and light refreshments, and will include:
 Women’s stories from around the world
 Comedy acts by ‘LadyBits’
 Global dance performances
 Fun filled activities for the whole family

Download City of Saskatoon PDF for more information.

Family Day Skating Party

Monday February 19, 2018

Bring the whole family for a holiday Monday full of skating, winter fun, and hot beverages! Don’t miss this chance to make the best of your Family Day. Join us at the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink @Nutrien Plaza from 12-4 p.m.

From 2:00 – 4:00 pm
– Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval, Dudley Street and Avenue R South (skating event will be cancelled if the temperature reaches -25 degrees C or below with the windchill)
– Cosmo Civic Centre, 3130 Laurier Drive

Winter Play Program

Saturdays & Sundays
February 10 to March 11, 2018
10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Drop in for winter games and activities!
Ages 2 – 12
Two leaders will be on-site to provide active programming such as, tug of war, snow baseball, powder-puff football, snow soccer, capture the flag, penguin races, snow carving, snow painting, freeze tag, etc.!
Greystone Heights Rec Unit, 2711 Main Street
Holliston Rec Unit, 1151 Louise Avenue
North Park Rec Unit, 1418 7th Avenue North
Massey Place Rec Unit, 3110 Massey Place

FREE Learn to Skate Program!
Participants mus bring their own skates and CSA approved winter helmets. Children under the age of six must be accompanied by an adult or responsible care giver.
North Park, 1416 7th Avenue North, Saturdays 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Holliston, 1151 Louise Avenue, Saturdays 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Avalon, 2602 Broadway Avenue, 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 windchill or due to adverse ice conditions.

Redesigning Curbside Waste

Redesigning Curbside Waste
#yxetalkstrash
To help the City move towards 70% Waste Diversion by 2023, the City is in the process of redesigning Curbside Waste Collection and it needs your input. This work will help design a city-wide organics program, make appropriate modifications to capacity and frequency, and unify costs for waste management under a waste utility.

Saskatoon Talks Trash – Curbside
The City of Saskatoon is reviewing curbside collection for single family homes and we need your input. Beginning on February 12, 2018 there will be a series of public engagement opportunities to look at the priorities, preferences and any barriers that might impact a redesigned curbside waste collection system.

Please note that this phase of engagement is intended for residents with curbside collection (front street or back alley pick-up). Engagement for residents in the multi-unit collection program will take place in Spring 2018 – stay tuned!

Everything is on the table, including curbside organics, recycling, waste, cart sizes, collection frequency, funding model, and depots/other services.

Engagement Webpage: For the most current information throughout the engagement visit www.saskatoon.ca/yxetalkstrash.

Online Survey and Pop-up Engagements: Complete the online survey or attend a pop-up engagement. Both activities cover a parallel series of questions to understand your experiences, explore preferences and generate ideas to help the City reach 70% waste diversion by 2023.

Online Survey: The survey will be available from February 12th to March 4th at www.saskatoon.ca/yxetalkstrash and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Pop-up Engagements: Participate in a 5-10 minute activity facilitated by City staff at one of the following come-and-go style events.

· Tuesday Feb. 13, 4-7pm, Shaw Centre
· Thursday Feb. 15, 10am-1pm, Alice Turner Library
· Saturday Feb 17, 11am-2pm, Lawson Heights Mall
· Thursday Feb 22, 1pm-7pm, Circle Centre Mall
· Saturday Feb 24, 8am-12pm, Saskatoon Farmers Market
· March 1, 12:30-3:30pm, St. Martin’s United Church (lobby)
· March 1, 6:30-9:00pm, St. Martin’s United Church (lobby)

Community Workshops: These 2-hour events give you the chance to dig deeper into the priorities, preferences, and any barriers that will be considered in a redesigned curbside waste collection system. Both workshops will be held at St. Martin’s United Church. Registration is preferred since the number of seats is limited. For more event information and to RSVP, visit Eventbrite.

· Afternoon Workshop: March 1st, 1 – 3pm
· Evening Workshop: March 1st, 7 – 9pm

Accessibility Waste Collection Workshop: This invite-only workshop is for stakeholders or organizations that serve or represent older adults and/or other residents who are physically challenged by the task of managing a waste cart. It will take place on March 6th from 9:30 – 11:30am at the Saskatoon Field House. Please e-mail yxetalkstrash@saskatoon.ca for registration information.

Sensemaking Saturday: This interactive half-day workshop will discuss the engagement results and proposed recommendations. When completing the online survey or attending a pop up event or workshop you will be given the chance to opt-in for a chance to be randomly selected to attend this event.

Social Media: “We’re Talking Trash Saskatoon” ads and posts will be occurring throughout the campaign. Follow the City on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to receive updates. All social media comments will be included in the engagement results.


Join the conversation. For more information visit www.saskatoon.ca/yxetalkstrash

Sign up to be notified of upcoming engagement activities beginning in February 2018.

Archives Week

February 4-10, 2018

Archives Week is celebrated annually during the first full week of February.
Events featured during past Archives Weeks have included phone-ins shows on Radio; celebrity reading events, open houses and evenings of films in archives across Saskatchewan or of archival value to the province, a screening of the 1973 Saskatchewan-made film Paperback Hero was an example.

The “Archives Pavilion” at the Saskatoon Heritage Festival has been a regular feature in Saskatoon, but other events in communities including Cut Knife, Humboldt, LaRonge, Lloydminster, Melfort, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Regina, St. Isidore de Bellevue, Shaunavon, Swift Current, Wilcox and many more across the province.

Archives Week will continue to be an annual event, celebrated during the first full week of February starting on the Sunday.


“Night at the Roxy: Archival Variety Show,”
February 8th, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at 320 20th Street West, Saskatoon, featuring readings, films, and an interactive display from the Western Development Museum. The fourth film in the Provincial Archives’ video series “From the Prairies to the Trenches” will be shown at the event

The 2018 Saskatoon Heritage Festival, February 4th, afternoon, at the Western Development Museum, 2610 Lorne Avenue, Saskatoon.

To learn more about the many activities taking place throughout the province, please visit: http://www.scaa.sk.ca/public-awareness/archives-week/.

New Police Chief

The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners announced Wednesday January 17, 2018 that Troy Cooper is the Police Chief-Elect of the Saskatoon Police Service. He commences his duties on February 28, 2018.

Commission Chair Darlene Brander said, “We are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Troy Cooper as Chief of Police in Saskatoon. He is the candidate who will continue to motivate and engage our highly qualified Police Service while he concurrently engages with groups and residents throughout our city. We found the community leader we wanted.”

The planning process for recruitment, evaluation and selection of the next Chief of Police was launched in the summer of 2017. In early fall, the Commission announced the recruitment process was underway, and updated the public as the process moved ahead, noting that the Commission remained 100% on track with its stated schedule. From the outset, the Commission’s target was to have the new Chief in place by the first Quarter of 2018.

The standard set of responsibilities for a Chief of Police, include: the management, administration and operation of the Police Service; the maintenance of law and order; the prevention of crime within the City of Saskatoon; and the maintenance of discipline within the Police Service.

Chair Brander added, “Our Commission members knew, right from the start, that we were looking for more than the mandatory set of skills. We wanted to find a Chief of Police who was, among other things, a true community leader, who had displayed exemplary skills in his or her interaction with the community. And we wanted to find a Police Chief who has the proven ability to fully engage and motivate an outstanding Police Service.”

The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners communicated, on several occasions during the recruitment process, its complete level of satisfaction with the quality of applications received. The Commission can confirm that it received applications that were internal and applications that were external to the Saskatoon Police Service and can also confirm that it received applications from across Canada. Additional information on applicants cannot be provided in the interests of the confidentiality of the applicants.

Contact:
Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Chair Darlene Brander through the City Clerk’s Office at 306-975-3240.
Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Vice-Chair Carolanne Inglis-McQuay through the City Clerk’s Office at 306-975-3240.
Dwight Percy, Consultant to the Saskatoon Police Commission, 306-222-1361 or dwight@percycomm.ca
Police Commission Website: www.saskatoonpolicecommission.com

Bus Rapid Transit Workshop

The City of Saskatoon and HDR Corporation would like to invite you to join us for the second round of workshops to continue our conversation around what it will take to build a Transit System that works for Saskatoon. Please click “attend event” to RSVP before February 5th at 12pm and forward the URL to members of your organization who should be involved.

Workshop Focus Areas

Red Line West: 22 Street West from Downtown to Betts Avenue
February 7th, 9:30AM to 11:00AM

Blue Line North: Downtown to Idylwyld Drive North, 33 Street, Warman Road, Lawson Mall to Pinehouse Drive
February 7th, 12:30PM to 2:00PM

Red Line East: Downtown to University, Preston Avenue North and Attridge Drive to University Heights Shopping Centre
February 8th, 9:30AM to 11:00AM

Red & Blue Line South: Downtown to Broadway and 8 Street East, and Preston Avenue from College Drive to Stonebridge
February 8th, 12:30 to 2:00PM