Category Archives: VVCA News & Events

University Sector Plan

Have your say in the future of the University Sector Plan

The University of Saskatchewan has nearly 1,000 acres of endowment land located within five kilometers of downtown Saskatoon. These important lands provide critical resources that strategically support the university’s teaching, learning and research mission.

In 2008 a land-use task force was formed, bringing together the University of Saskatchewan, the City of Saskatoon, Meewasin Valley Authority and the Province of Saskatchewan, to create ‘Vision 2057.’‘Vision 2057’, in alignment with the City of Saskatoon’s growth plan and strategic infill initiatives, identifies university endowment lands that are suitable for commercial and residential development opportunities, along with the creation of multi-use community facilities, parks and open spaces, and also preserves abundant space for learning and research activities.

Recognizing the importance of developing these lands in a sustainable way that benefits everyone in Saskatoon, the City and University entered a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a Sector Plan for the area. Developing the Plan involved consultation with community partners and stakeholders, and it provides the framework within which the area will be planned and developed.

The result of this partnership and outreach, the University Sector Plan, is a shared vision of land use and development that will have a positive impact for the city, its residents and the University community.

You can find out more about the University Sector Plan, including a Plan Summary and a short video, by visiting the Engage page at saskatoon.ca/engage/university-sector-plan. You can also email universitysector@saskatoon.ca if you have specific questions or want to find out more about how to participate in the engagement process.

City Growth Plan: Share your views with the City

Regarding the City of Saskatoon Corridor Growth Plan and development on Main Street – this will be discussed and voted on at the next City Council meeting, Tuesday February 22, 2021.If you wish to have your views known on either or both of these issues, consider writing a letter to your Councillor, or applying to speak at the Council meeting.

If you would like to mail a letter, address them to each councillor and to the mayor and send to: City Hall, 222 3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5.

Ward 6 – Cynthia Block – Cynthia.Block@Saskatoon.ca
Other council members:
Ward 1 – Darren Hill – Darren.Hill@Saskatoon.ca
Ward 2 – Hilary Gough – Hilary.Gough@Saskatoon.ca
Ward 3 – David Kirton – David.Kirton@Saskatoon.ca
Ward 4 – Troy Davies – Troy.Davies@Saskatoon.ca
Ward 5 – Randy Donauer – Randy.Donauer@Saskatoon.ca
Ward 7 – Mairin Loewen – Mairin.Loewen@Saskatoon.ca
Ward 8 – Sarina Gersher – Sarina.Gersher@Saskatoon.ca
Ward 9 – Bev Dubois – Bev.Dubois@Saskatoon.ca
Ward 10 – Zach Jeffries – Zach.Jeffries@Saskatoon.ca
Mayor Charlie Clark – Charlie.Clark@Saskatoon.ca

Letters can be submitted up to the day before the meeting but requests to speak, or to have something on the council agenda, has to be in the Tuesday before council meets by noon (noon Tuesday the 16th).

https://www.saskatoon.ca/write-letter-councilcommittees


Council, Standing Policy Committees, and Governance and Priorities Committee meetings are broadcast live, and can be viewed while the meeting is taking place. Please note that the video may take a moment or two to start playing on your computer and you will only see a live stream if a public meeting is in session. For past meetings, view archived broadcasts of meetings.

https://www.saskatoon.ca/…/city-council…/live-video

14th Street East Bikeway Project

The 14th Street East Bikeway, Pedestrian, and Traffic Safety Improvement Project will be presented to the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation on Monday, February 1. The report is available for review through the public agenda.

If you would like to submit a letter or request to speak at the Committee or Council meetings, please submit the online form by 8:00 am on the day of the meeting. The form and details regarding letters to Committee/Council are available on the City of Saskatoon website.

City of Saskatoon Neighbourhood Bikeways Project website

Canada Census Jobs

The census paints a portrait of Canada’s population and the places where we live. Information from the census will ensure that your community has the data it needs for planning schools, daycare, housing, hospitals, emergency services, roads, public transportation, and employment skills training.

Statistics Canada is currently hiring approximately 32,000 people for census enumerator and crew leader positions across Canada. Be part of a great undertaking and join our 2021 Census team!

https://census.gc.ca/jobs-emplois-eng.htm

Boulevard Gardening Engagement

The City of Saskatoon is currently reviewing its Boulevard Garden Guidelines to identify:

  • Options and priorities to consider for a Guideline Update 
  • Any concerns residents have with boulevard gardening
  • Ways that the City can support residents who are boulevard gardening
  • If we have missed anything in the review to date

We are engaging the public and project stakeholders at this time with the goal of having all updates to the guidelines implemented prior to the start of the 2021 gardening season. Boulevard gardening is a great, healthy way to grow vegetables, flowers, and community on your block.

We do understand the significant impact COVID-19 is having on community members and organizations at this time. If you would like to provide your input on this project but are unable to during the timeline described below, please contact greenstrategy@saskatoon.ca to discuss other arrangements.


Engagement Opportunities:

  1. Online Public Survey: will be open until January 14 and can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BoulevardGardens. The survey has 28 questions (multiple choice and short written responses) and we estimate it will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.  All responses are completely voluntary.   
  1. Stakeholder meetings: If you would like to request an online meeting or phone call with the Project Manager, please respond to greenstrategy@saskatoon.ca. Depending on interest, we may arrange an online drop in meeting to answer questions and take feedback.
  1. Keep updated: If you’d like to receive notifications on the progress of this project, you can sign up here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WT9WZRZ or check out our Engage Page here: https://www.saskatoon.ca/engage/boulevard-gardens.

SCOA January 2021 programs

Giddy Up Partner with the Mayfair Hub Club – Jan 21, 1 pm
Kick up your toes with this low impact line dance class. Also Globe Walk “Walk the Great Trail” 2021 presentation, test your skills with a Western quiz! Pharmacy tip of the month. Watch for the monthly prize draw. To register, click here

SCOA Coffee Break: Conversations with Physicians – Jan 25, 1 pm
Join us for a conversation with Sask Geriatric EM Physician Dr. Brittany Ellis and geriatrician Dr. Krista Lagimodiere. To register, click here

Joint Presentation: Saskatoon Transit & SCOA – Jan 27, 2 pm
Learn to use the transit system like a pro to get where you need to go! Email Betty betty@scoa.ca or call 306.652.2255 for more information. To register click here

Mindfulness – Jan 19, 1:30 pm
Join us for a presentation with Jeanne Corrigal, Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. To register, click here

Check out our classes for seniors! Get “techy” with our advanced workshops, watercolour painting, cooking and more!

For more information visit our website www.scoa.ca or phone 306.652.2255

Saskatoon Council on Aging Inc.
2020 College Drive [Saskatoon Field House]
Phone: 306.652.2255

Conversational Italian

First class: Friday, February 5, 2021. Last class: April 30, 2021.

10 weeks.

“It is a beginner class to get you learning a new language. The focus will be learning basic Italian phrases to help you have your first interaction in the language. The course is perfect for anyone that dreams about learning Italian or plans to visit the country one day (yes, we will be able to travel to Italy one day). The course will hosted on zoom and we will be able to watch Italian movies and other shows to practice the listening part.

CLASSES: Feb 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 16, 23, 30

Conversational Spanish

First class: Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Last class: April 20, 2021.
10 weeks.

I am very eager to share once again my knowledge and experience of over 30 years of teaching Spanish to students of all ages and levels in Saskatoon.
Beginners – Come learn basic Spanish greetings, alphabet numbers, colors, key question words, days of the week, months of the year, uses of verb to be and everyday useful sentences. You will be introduced to speaking Spanish using both formal and informal ways of addressing people.
Intermediate / Advanced – If you already know the basics you can get a chance to practice with other students and learn about the most common verbs in the present, past and future forms.

CLASSES: Feb 2, 9, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 13, 20

Nonviolent Communication Study and Practice

First class: Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Last class: April 13, 2021.

8 weeks.

As Covid19 continues to affect all of our lives, needs for compassion and care are so alive right now. Have you been interested in meaningful communication or longing for some community? Loretta Iris (lorettairis.com) is able to offer this opportunity for learning, practice and suppor for new satisfying ways to connect during our winter session! These 1.5 hour Online NVC classes are hosted through ZOOM. Celebrating an intergenerational focus – all ages are welcome (those 15 and under require live parental participation).

CLASSES: Feb 2, 9, 23, March 2, 9, 23, April 6, 13

VVCA Membership

A membership fee of $10/individual OR $20/family per year is required to participate in programs and must be purchased or presented at the time of registration. Varsity View Community Association honours other community association memberships.
Membership will not be processed until Code of Conduct is accepted by checking the indicated box.

Yoga – Gentle Restorative Beginner (Thursdays)

First class: Thursday, February 4, 2021. Last class: March 25, 2021.

6 weeks.

Are you needing some relief and movement during the ongoing Covid19 restrictions? Stress got you down and out? I (lorettairis.com) am pleased to offer this weekly one hour practice of supported movement and meditation through this winter session! Online yoga are hosted through Zoom. All levels and beginners are welcome. While adult focused, for those wanting their children to join – you are welcome to have your child(ren) accompany your practice with adult supervision.

CLASSES: Feb. 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11, 25.

Gentle Zoom Yoga With Miranda (Wednesdays)

First class: Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Last class: March 31, 2021.

8 weeks.

Yoga has been my saviour throughout these stressful times. Once we get the technical stuff sorted this class is designed to help even the most “Zoom jaded” participant find physical and mental ease, joy, and clarity during the winter days ahead. It will include gently energizing supported and standing poses with minimal props and a strong focus on centring, breathing, and relaxation. I have missed my yoga community and hope to see you soon on Zoom!

CLASSES: Feb 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Gentle Zoom Yoga With Miranda (Mondays)

First class: February 1, 2021. Last class: March 29, 2021.

8 weeks.

Yoga has been my saviour throughout these stressful times. Once we get the technical stuff sorted this class is designed to help even the most “Zoom jaded” participant find physical and mental ease, joy, and clarity during the winter days ahead. It will include gently energizing supported and standing poses with minimal props and a strong focus on centring, breathing, and relaxation. I have missed my yoga community and hope to see you soon on Zoom!

CLASSES: Feb 1, 8, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

City: rezoning application 1414 + 1416 Main Street

Please be advised that the Planning and Development Division has received a rezoning application for 1414 and 1416 Main Street, located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Main Street and Cumberland Avenue South; details are provided in the attached notice and on our website at www.saskatoon.ca/engage/14141416-main-street.

An online public information meeting to discuss the proposed rezoning is scheduled for Thursday December 10, 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. The meeting will take place through a Microsoft Teams Live event. Please refer to our Engage Page (www.saskatoon.ca/engage/14141416-main-street) for the meeting user guide, and meeting link.

If you have any questions or wish to provide written comment to the Planning and Development Division regarding this application, please contact:

Jim Charlebois | Senior Planner II
306.975.2292
jim.charlebois@saskatoon.ca


Rezoning Proposal

Blackrock Developments Ltd. has applied to rezone 1414 and 1416 Main Street (located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Main Street and Cumberland Avenue South) to facilitate the development of a multiple-unit dwelling, subject to a Zoning Agreement.

The application will also require an Official Community Plan map amendment from “Low Density Residential 1” to “Corridor Residential” to align with the policy framework established in Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 9700, 2020.  The intent of the “Corridor Residential” land use designation is to enable the development of a range of housing types in ground-oriented low to medium density residential buildings and provide a transition of densities from the nearby identified BRT network corridor on 8th Street.

The proposed development would be a four-story, apartment style dwelling containing 26 units of varying sizes. A total of 42 on-site parking spaces (12 above ground, 30 below ground) have been proposed. The proposed RM4 Zoning Agreement would ensure that only the specific development proposal put forward by the applicant could be constructed. A location map, renderings, and site plan are included with this information package.

The subject properties are currently zoned R2 – One and Two-Unit Residential District, which provides for residential development of one and two-unit dwellings as well as related community uses.