Category Archives: VVCA News & Events

Heritage Festival of Saskatoon 2020

Join us 12 – 5 pm on Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 to explore and celebrate Saskatoon’s rich heritage at the Western Development Museum, 2610 Lorne Avenue!

Come explore the rich diversity of Saskatoon from past to present through the variety of heritage and multi-cultural themed displays & interactive exhibits throughout the museum. Chat with our exhibitors to find out more about Saskatoon or get answers to your questions.  Try your hand at old-time activities or brush up on your “home skills”.  Play a game.  Learn more about the cultural landscape of Saskatoon.

Hands-on activities & demonstrations are offered throughout the afternoon.  Entertainment on two stages features performances by fantastic performers, children’s entertainers, and musicians.  Free Admission to the Museum and Festival.

The Heritage Festival of Saskatoon gratefully acknowledges and thanks our sponsors and media partners: City of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Lotteries, Information Services Corporation, Canadian Heritage, Business / Arts, Western Development Museum, Saskatoon Media Group, ProPrint, Eagle Feather News, Planet S, CFCR

https://heritagefestivalofsaskatoon.com

Winter Play Programs

City of Saskatoon Community Recreation has revamped the Winter Play Program for 2020. Throughout January and March there will be 6 learn-to sessions offered for children and youth between the ages of 6-12. The sessions are intended to engage children and youth in physical activities while developing new and improved skills in classic Canadian or Indigenous winter sports. All equipment is provided. All programs are free to participate in.

The learn-to sessions include:  

  • Snowshoe Making (10-12 yrs)- Tuesday, January 21 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Saskatoon Indian & Metis Friendship Centre
  • Learn-to-Curl (8-12 yrs)-Monday, January 27 (PD Day for Public Schools) from 1:00-5:00pm at CN Curling Club
  • Learn-to-Snowshoe (6-12 yrs)- Saturday, February 1 from 1:00-4:00pm at Dr. Seager Wheler Park Rec Unit
  • Learn-to-Snowskate (6-12yrs)- Saturday, February 8 from 1:00-4:00pm at Greystone Heights Rec Unit
  • Learn-to-Altai Skis (6-12 yrs)- Sunday, February 9 from 1:00-4:00pm at Montgomery Park Rec Unit
  • Learn-to-Curl (8-12 yrs)- Monday, March 9 (PD Day for Public Schools) from 1:00-5:00pm at CN Curling Club

Seedy Saturday 2020

Seedy Saturday is an annual family-friendly eco-fair, promoting seed-saving, gardening, biodiversity and sustainable living. 

Seedy Saturday Saturday March 14th, 2020 1120 20th St West from 10 am – 3pm featuring seed-savers, seeds for purchase or trade, informational workshops, children’s activities, and optional café lunch for purchase. Admission is $5 for adults or by donation. 

Brought to you by CHEP Good Food Inc. See our Facebook event page for more details and updates:  https://www.facebook.com/events/425028638163743/ 

Coffee with your Councillor

Please join Cynthia Block for Coffee with your Councillor this Thursday. A come-and-go event designed to meet and hear from you in person. Bring your questions and ideas!

Thurs, Jan 9 | 4:30-6:00pm
Broadway Roastery (on Broadway)

Not able to make it this time? Cynthia holds coffee chats throughout the year at various neighbourhood locations. Follow her on facebook to hear about upcoming announcements and events!

Stay in touch with all things civic at: www.cynthiablockward6.com

Safety Course

Learn about safety and security issues with Saskatoon Fire Department and Saskatoon Police Service.

Free 8 week course for older adults 55+ to learn about home and personal security, fraud prevention, internet security, traffic safety, elder abuse, K-9 policing, emergency preparedness, fire safety, fall prevention and when to call 911 and report an emergency.

Date: Feb 12 to April 15, 2020
Time: 9:30 am to Noon
Location: Community Room of the Saskatoon Police Service (76 25th Street East) or the Community Room of Fire Station No. 3 (2613 Clarence Avenue South)
Registration deadline Jan 15, 2020

To register and for more information, please contact either:
Cst Dawn Epp dawn.epp@police.saskatoon.sk.ca  PH 306-975-8032
Dori Krahn dori.krahn@saskatoon.ca   PH 306- 975-7715

A program in partnership with Saskatoon Council on Aging, Saskatoon Fire Department and Saskatoon Police Service

Community Safety Report

Email and report from the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners:

“The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners sincerely appreciates the interest of you and/or your organization in community safety. 

The attached report is in follow up to the issues raised by more than 80 residents and community group representatives, from all areas of the city, at the Board’s October 16, 2019 Community Consultation. 

The Board of Police Commissioners listened to your views, captured the messages you delivered, and has identified the actions the Board can take, within the scope of its mandate, and is pleased to report this directly to you and your organization.”

2020 Construction on Clarence Avenue

In the 2020 construction season (May – October), an important water main construction project will occur on Clarence Avenue from College Drive to 8th Street East and on Aird Street from Clarence Avenue to Munroe Avenue. A letter was recently sent to those residents adjacent to the work area notifying them about this upcoming project.

The project occurring next construction season on Clarence Avenue and Aird Street is still in the planning stages so information is limited at this time. In the meantime, until more information becomes available we recommend that community members sign up to receive project updates prior to and during this project. To sign up, email the City at constructionupdates@saskatoon.ca and provide your name, address and contact information.


The replacement of older water mains and the lead service lines (lead pipes) that deliver the water services into homes in Saskatoon’s most established neighbourhoods is a priority for the City. In 2017, the City committed to removing all lead pipes by the end 2026.

The water main and lead pipe replacement project scheduled to occur in your neighbourhood next construction season will include the following infrastructure improvements:
•  Replacement of 780m of water main
•  Replacement of 48 lead pipe
•  Restoration of roadways, resulting in smooth, ‘like new’ road surface
•  Rehabilitation of sidewalks.

Over the next several months, the City will provide opportunities for residents to learn more about this important infrastructure project:
•  For all residents who have lead pipes, a City representative will be in touch with you over the next couple of weeks to discuss the details and anticipated impacts of this work.
•  In early 2020, an information session will be held in your neighbourhood where you will have an opportunity to learn more about the project and ask any questions you may have.  • Prior to construction beginning, you will receive a construction notice with important information about the project.

Research: Abuse of Older Adults

Under-reporting in Abuse of Older Adults in the Prairie Provinces

Are you an older adult who has experienced some kind of abuse – serious harm, disrespect or assault/abuse? We need your views and thoughts on this important issue.

Your participation will include an interview (about 1 hour long) answering questions on this topic.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please call our confidential voice mail at: 306-966-8025. You may email us at: kali.grainger@gmail.com.
Principal Investigator: Kerstin Roger (University of Manitoba)
Co-Investigators: Donna Goodridge (University of Saskatchewan) and Christine Walsh (University of Calgary)
Funded by PrairieAction Foundation
Saskatchewan Community Partner: Age and Opportunity

Women’s Business Hub

The Women’s Business Hub is a new venture for the Saskatoon Open Door Society and we are very enthusiastic about this new program as it creates more opportunities for immigrant women looking to enter the business sector.

This program consists of both in class instruction and hands on training over the duration of 12 months. There will be sessions with mentors and consultants to help the clients succeed in their desired area of business.

Some of the basic requirements for this program include:
· Eligible to work in Canada
· Immigrated to Canada within the last 10 years
· English Language level of CLB 6+

We are having an orientation for potential clients on December 9th 2019 at 10:00am at Saskatoon Open Door Society.

Saskatoon Open Door Society
100-129 3rd Ave. N. Saskatoon, SK S7K 2H4
P. 306-653-4464 (Ext. 215) F. 306-653-7159
kjoseph@sods.sk.ca
www.sods.sk.ca

Residential Parking Permit Open House

A number of “come and go” style open houses will be held near Saskatoon’s Residential Parking Permit zones.  Proposed amendments to the current program will be presented.  Attendees are encouraged  to provide feedback on potential options for amendments.

Varsity View Zone
Emmanuel Anglican Church
609 Dufferin Avenue
Thursday, November 28th
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Members of the public can provide feedback on proposed amendments to the Residential Parking Program by filling out this online survey.  The survey will be open for submissions until Friday, December 13th at 5:00 p.m.

City’s ‘Parking for Rent’ Regulations

Do You Know the City’s Regulations Around ‘Parking for Rent’?

Through the Varsity View Local Area Plan (LAP) process, residents noted concerns about residential properties in the northeast portion of the neighbourhood renting out off-street parking spaces to non-residents, which they felt unnecessarily increased commuter traffic flow on local streets and contributed to poor aesthetics in the neighbourhood.

Rental of parking to non-residents on residential property for compensation is not permitted as per the City of Saskatoon (City) Zoning Bylaw No. 8770. To ensure that residential property owners are aware of the regulations and bylaws that apply to rental of parking on their properties, information was distributed to the residential properties in the northeast portion of the neighbourhood, as per Varsity View LAP Recommendation 5.5 – ‘Parking for Rent’ Notification.

For more information and to view the Varsity View LAP online, visit saskatoon.ca/lap.

Making a Bylaw Complaint with the City
Residents can make a bylaw complaint to the City’s Bylaw Compliance Section by phone at 306-657-8766, by email at bylaw.compliance@saskatoon.ca, or on the City’s website at saskatoon.ca/webform/report-bylaw-infraction. All complaints received are kept confidential. All concerns are investigated and can take varying lengths of time to resolve due to the enforcement process.

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.