Category Archives: City of Saskatoon

School Break Camps

Get active during the Easter break! Six FREE camps in three days offer and opportunity to learn new activities from qualified instructors. Bring a water bottle and snack. Ages 10-14. Co-ed.

Dodgeball
April 23, 9AM – 12 PM
Cosmo Civic Centre, 3130 Laurier Drive
Registration code: CD2380-01

Cricket
April 23, 1 PM – 4 PM
Cosmo Civic Centre, 3130 Laurier Drive
Registration code: CD2380-02

Kickboxing
April 24, 9 AM – 12 PM
Cosmo Civic Centre, 3130 Laurier Drive
Registration code: CD2380-03

Tennis
April 24, 1 PM – 4 PM
Lakewood Indoor Tennis Centre, 1635 McKercher Drive
Registration code: CD2380-04

Water Polo
April 25, 9 AM – 12 PM
Shaw Centre, 110 Bowit Crescent
Registration code: CD2380-05

Intro to Drama
April 25, 1 PM – 4 PM
Cosmo Civic Centre, 3130 Laurier Drive
Registration code: CD2380-06

For more information call 306-975-3378.
Register online at leisureonline.saskatoon.ca or call or visit any Leisure Centre.

Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Days
Spring has sprung, and as residents begin their spring clean-up and purge, we urge them to put their waste in the right place. This includes disposing of their Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) material safely, and keeping it out of the landfill and other waste streams.

The City of Saskatoon and GFL Environmental are hosting Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Drop-off Days at a new location for the 2019 season, starting Sunday, April 7.

2019 Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days
April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 11, September 8, October 6, November 3
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

NEW LOCATION:
City of Saskatoon Civic Operations Centre
57 Valley Road (see map)

For more information visit saskatoon.ca/hazardouswaste

Swim and Play Day Camp

New! Swim & Play Day Camp 7-12 yrs.

A perfect 1-day camp for kids who like to have fun and keep active. Participants will spend the morning playing a variety of sports including soccer, Frisbee, tag and more. In the afternoon they will enjoy the waves at Lawson Civic Centre pool followed by board games until pick up. Lunch will be provided.
Lawson Civic Centre
Friday, May 17 2019, 09:00 AM-04:00 PM
FREE
Register online at https://www.saskatoon.ca/parks-recreation-attractions/recreational-activitiesfitness/registered-programs using registration code: CD2635-01

VV Community Clean Up 2019

VVCA ANNUAL NEIGHBOURHOOD CLEAN UP

WHEN: Saturday June 8, 2019, 8:30am
WHERE: Brunskill School Parking lot (101 Wiggins Avenue)
WHAT: empty out your garage, basement, storage room, or backyard; or shed! Bring your items to the large garbage bins that will be in the Brunskill school parking lot for disposal!


This is the event at which each year the same half dozen committed volunteers donate their Saturday morning to removing trash (think sodden couches), fire hazards (tree and bush clippings piled against wooden garages) and junk (the odd stove or three) from our neighbourhood back alleys. 

You can help in two ways:
1) Bring your own junk to the dumpsters that will be parked at the back of Brunskill school on the morning of June 8th, 8:30 to 11:30 am (please do not use the small school dumpsters – you will get me in trouble) or,
2) join us as a volunteer – just show up at the parking lot behind Brunskill by 9 am. You get an extra donut if you bring your own truck.

MVA: College & Clarence Condo Meeting

MEEWASIN VALLEY AUTHORITY Public Meeting
Friday May 3, 2019

NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!
NOON

At this public meeting, MVA will review the proposed College Drive & Clarence Avenue Condo development.

The public is welcome to attend and make a presentation related to the proposal, limited to 5 minutes. Registration for public presentations must be made by NOON, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Written submissions will also be accepted if received prior to the deadline.

The meeting will be held at the MVA offices, 402 – 3rd Avenue South, MVA Boardroom.

For more information, please contact the Manager of Planning & Construction at 306.665.6887.

SREDA Growth Strategy Survey

Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) is working to create Saskatoon’s first-ever economic growth strategy in collaboration with the City of Saskatoon and other organizations in the city. They would like to gain insights from a wide variety of leaders and community members alike on what they envision for the economic future of Saskatoon.

Your survey response will help shape the strategy and ultimately the economic future of Saskatoon! This survey should take you approximately 10 minutes and your responses will be completely anonymous.

The more feedback we get, the more well-rounded this strategy can be! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/growingyxe

Saskatoon Police & Fire Academy

The Saskatoon Police Service and the Saskatoon Fire Department, in partnership with the Saskatoon Council on Aging are pleased to present the first ever Saskatoon Police and Fire Academy.

DATES: Each Wednesday between April 17th and June 5th, 2019
TIME:  9:30 a.m. until noon
LOCATION:  the Community Room of the Saskatoon Police Service (76 25th Street East) OR the Community Room of Fire Station No. 3 (2613 Clarence Avenue South)
TOPICS:  Home and Personal Security, Fraud Prevention, Internet Safety, Traffic Safety, Elder Abuse, K-9 Policing, Emergency Preparedness, Fire Safety, Fall Prevention, the 911 system and how to report a crime
AGE:  65 or over
COST:  Free
COMMITMENT: To attend all eight sessions and share the knowledge gained with the community

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants and is free to attend. Anyone interested in attending should complete an application form and submit it to the Saskatoon Police Service no later than March 15, 2019.

Application forms are available at the SCOA office (2020 College Drive) or online at https://saskatoonpolice.ca and https://Saskatoon.ca/CPFAapplication Applicants must be 65 years or over, live in the Saskatoon area, commit to attending all sessions and have an interest in learning more about the police and fire services here in Saskatoon. Applicants are encouraged to fill out the application completely, including why they would like to attend and how they will be able to share the knowledge they gain with our community.

For more information, please contact either:
Cst Dawn Epp; 306-975-8032; dawn.epp@police.saskatoon.sk.ca
Dori Krahn; 306- 975-7715; dori.krahn@saskatoon.ca

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.

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

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.

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