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Councillor Cynthia Block – July 2018

I hope you’ve been getting in some Saskatooning this month. It’s been an exceptionally great summer in the city with fabulous weather, festivals and downtown events. It’s also been a busy one at City Hall. Here are some highlights:

Growth Summit
This special meeting of all members of City Council was designed to flush out the way forward for transportation, as directed by the Growth Plan. Chambers was filled with many thoughtful residents who weighed in on Bus Rapid Transit, Bike lanes and vehicle traffic. I have also received hundreds of emails, letters and phone calls. Thanks to everyone for getting involved. Here are a few things to know:

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
This consumed most of the discussion as there are some concerns about where to route the project. BRT is designed to change HOW we do transit in the city and thereby increase ridership, reduce vehicle congestion and ensure Saskatoon is prepared for the future – for the same operational cost that we spend today. For the downtown route 3rd Avenue is recommended, but if 1st Avenue is a viable alternative I would prefer it. The Broadway routing is a concern for me. In theory, there could be a lot of upside for any street that takes on BRT, but preserving the overall character of Broadway must remain paramount in my view. Timeline for construction could begin within the next 2 years subject to capital funding from other levels of government.

All Ages and Abilities Cycling Network
The word “network” is key, as this has shown to be the precursor to increased usage. Cities across North America, including cold cities like ours (Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton) are moving to this model in order to improve traffic flow, enhance safety and increase options for those who either cycle or use other wheels. This could go a long way to improve Saskatoon’s accessibility for those who use wheel chairs, scooters and walkers. Note, I continue to oppose the 4th Avenue bike lanes and if the BRT can be moved to 1st Avenue, I would give serious consideration to moving the bike lanes to 3rd Avenue. It would allow a seamless multi-modal corridor from 8th Street, down Victoria Avenue, across the Traffic Bridge and onto 3rd Avenue. Timeline for completion of the AAA network isn’t known, but it could begin this year.

Imagine Idylwyld
This plan has been in the works for years and included intensive engagement with stakeholders. The main directive for this project is to IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW. Some media reports have been confusing, but there will be no reduction in traffic flow by adding cycling lanes. Sound too good to be true? It turns out that the current design is flawed on a number of levels and by fixing those issues we will have additional space that can be used for a raised cycling track, away from vehicle traffic. Midtown Plaza presented at the Growth Summit, indicating its planned $80 million dollar investment relied on the Imagine Idylwyld Plan, both for its aesthetic and multi-modal design.

Cannabis
Council has passed a bylaw that will allow the sale of cannabis once it becomes legal in October. Of note, cannabis sales will be prohibited within 60 metres of schools.

Garbage
Council approved funding to further study the option for a waste utility, which would include black/blue/green bins and the option to Pay as You Throw (PAYT) based on bin size. There will be NO double-dipping if this moves forward, as the garbage fees would be taken off of taxes and moved to the utility. The current waste management system is unsustainable both financially and environmentally. In short, these changes are designed to reduce overall costs, avoid large tax increases and divert 70% of our waste away from the landfill. More info here.

Taxis and Uber/Lyft
A committee of Council is recommending the approval of a stand-alone bylaw for ride-share companies, known as TNC’s (Transportation Network Company). This would enable companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate in Saskatoon once the province’s regulatory framework is in place, which is expected in October. At the same time, the committee’s recommendations include a number of requirements to ensure safety and a fair playing field for the taxi industry. The recommendation will go before Council in July.

Residential Parking Permit (RPP)
The implementation of the expanded RPP has been delayed, but the changes will be in place by September 1st. Those who live in the Varsity View neighbourhood will see implementation by August 1st.

Flooding
The City continues to offer a special program for anyone who would like assistance to mitigate flooding. The first 400 residents to sign up will receive a personal assessment at a subsidized cost of $125. You can find more information here. * Note, those who live in a designated flood zone are offered this service free of charge.

Main Street Centre Median
As promised, I pursued this issue at our last Council meeting, and administration has confirmed remediation of the landscaping will take place after last fall’s efforts fell short. The remediation covers areas that received major roadwork last summer. However, the overall condition of centre medians in Ward 6 is fair – poor. I plan to introduce a motion that would look into better options to maintain this landscaping.

Coffee with Your Councillor
I hope you’ll join me for the next Ward 6
Coffee with Your Councillor
Tuesday, July 17th
4pm – 6pm (*on the deck, weather permitting)
Nosh Eatery on Broadway

What’s the best part of a Saskatoon summer? Aside from the fabulous summer events, my favourite part is the casual walks/runs along Meewasin, Broadway or around my neighbourhood – with the dog, of course. Also, an over-indulgence at the Farmer’s Market is irresistible. What an amazing city to call home.

Wishing you the very best of our Saskatoon summer,

– Cynthia

Terry Fox Run 2018

Terry Fox Run – Sunday September 16, 2018
Everyone is welcome to participate in a Terry Fox Run, regardless of age, athletic ability or socio-economic standing. While the Run does not have an entry fee or minimum donation we do ask all participants to fundraise or make a donation. You can raise funds online, use a pledge sheet or make a donation at the Run site. Whatever your choice, please know that every dollar counts.

This year’s run will be held at the Bessborough Gardens. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Run start time is 12 p.m.

www.terryfox.org/run/

Residential Parking Zones – Update

Varsity View RPP expansion area – East of Clarence (VVCA neighbourhood)
Residential Parking Program will take effect August 1, 2018
• installation of signs is underway (to be completed by July 31st) and will be bagged until the Program takes effect
• Letters will be sent to residents – week of July 9, 2018
• Permits available for purchase any time after July 9, 2018
• Permits will be effective until August 31, 2019 to coincide with renewal period of all Varsity View RPP blocks.

Varsity View RPP expansion area – West of Clarence (Nutana neighbourhood)
Residential Parking Program will take effect Sept 1, 2018
• installation of signs – complete by August 31st
• Letters sent to residents – week of August 6, 2018
• Permits available for purchase any time after August 6th

Letters that will be sent to residents will include the following information:
• Details about the RPP program, and the expansion of the program to their block
• Date of implementation on their block
• Information about when the permits are in effect (days/times of the week)
• How much permits costs, and where they can be purchased (including information required to be provided at time of purchase)

See original post here.

The Garden Patch

The Garden Patch is a community-driven urban agriculture initiative. Our mission is to grow nutritious produce for distribution in emergency food baskets at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre’s (SFBLC). Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, we harvested 17,825 lbs of fresh produce in 2017.

Open May 1st to Sept 29th
Hours: Tuesday: 10 am – 3 pm, Wednesday: 3 pm – 8 pm, Thursday: 10 am – 3 pm, Saturday: 12 pm – 4 pm
Location: 900 Block of 3rd Ave North, between Duke and Duchess Streets

In order to have another successful year, we need volunteers! To become a volunteer at the Garden Patch:

1. Drop-in when you are free! Each week we have scheduled volunteer drop-in hours. You do not have to register in advance, simply stop by! If you are interested in becoming a regular volunteer you will be provided with a 20-minute orientation that includes information about safety, expectations, and opportunities.

2. Plan a morning or afternoon of volunteering for your group, organization or business! To book your volunteer date, email:garden.patch@saskatoonfoodbank.org

There are no costs associated with any of these volunteer opportunities and you don’t need to have any gardening experience to help out!! In addition to all of the necessary tools we provide support and instruction!

Individuals who volunteer for more than 30 hours are eligible to receive a volunteer reference from a staff member. Therefore, volunteering at the Garden Patch is an excellent opportunity to build a resume and gain valuable work experience.

In addition, check out our FREE workshop series! Visit the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre’s events page for a complete list of workshops.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or getting or your community organization involved, please contact garden.patch@saskatoonfoodbank.org

Saskatoon Food Bank website

Music in Early Childhood Classes

Registration is Now Open for all CMEP 2018/19 Early Childhood Classes :

Community Music Education Program (CMEP)
CMEP is a well-established community music program with an unparalleled early childhood curriculum for babies and children of all ages. Our teachers make the difference. All are musicians and early childhood educators.We are offering the following options for ages 3, 4/5, and 6 years:

Ages 0 to 36 months
Parenting With Music (PWM)

New this year: For those who are familiar with our parent/baby music classes (Parenting With Music + Suzuki Early Childhood), we have now combined the elements of these classes into one curriculum under the “Parenting With Music (PWM)” title. This allows us to offer a greater variety of days and times to all parents with babies age
0 to 36 months:
Wed 9:15-10:00am (PWM-W1)
Wed 10:05-10:50am (PWM-W2)
Sat 11:00-11:45am (PWM-S)

Ages 3 to 6 years
Music in Early Childhood (MEC)

3’s
Tue 1:00 – 1:45pm (MEC3-T)
Wed 11:00 -11:45am (MEC3-W)
Sat 10:00 -10:45am (MEC3-S)

4/5’s
Tue 2:00 – 3:00pm (MEC4/5-T)
Wed 12:00 – 1:00pm (MEC4/5-W)
Sat 9:00 -10:00am (MEC4/5-S1)
Sat 12:45 – 1:45pm (MEC4/5-S2)

6’s
Sat 11:45 – 12:45pm (MEC6-S)

Register soon to avoid disappointment! Secure your preferred class today. Visit our website for detailed descriptions and a full list of all days and times offered: www.wiltonmusic.com

* NEW LOCATIONS of Classes *
Tuesday classes: St John’s Parish Hall behind Cathedral at 816 Spadina Cres
Wednesday classes: Albert Community Centre, 610 Clarence Ave S
Saturday classes: Wildwood Mennonite Church, 1502 Acadia Dr, lower level

Marr Residence Summer 2018

The Marr Residence is the oldest house in Saskatoon still standing on its original site. Built by Alexander (Sandy) Marr in 1884, it was one of the first substantial houses to appear in the original Temperance Colony of Saskatoon. Mr. Marr brought his wife and family west; drawn by the lure of homestead land and a chance to make a living in the new colony. The house and property was acquired by the City of Saskatoon in 1979 and restored to show what domestic life was like in early Saskatoon. Today, the house also features an exhibit on the relationships between settlers and First Nations during the Northwest Resistance of 1885. A second floor bedroom is dedicated to telling the story of the use of the house as a Field Hospital during the Resistance.

The Marr house and garden is open for programs, workshops and tours throughout the year. Further information can be obtained by calling 652-1201 or by checking the events calendar. Admission is by donation.

Address: 326 11th Street East – Saskatoon, SK S7N 0E7

The Marr Residence website

July 1 – Canada Day at the Marr. Commemorating July 1, 1918. Presentation by Alan Morton at 2:00 pm.
July 8 – Perennial Society Garden Tour
July 15 – Lorne Deighton Concert 2:00 pm
July 22 – Walking Tour of Nutana With Dianne Wilson
July 29 – Open House
August 5 – 16th Annual Rhubarb Festival
August 12 – Antique Appraisal
August 19 – Rug Hookers Association at the Marr
August 26 – Open House

Sum Theatre 2018

Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebrate

In over 25 different parks around Saskatoon. Evening shows at 7. Sunday matinees at 2.

Theatre in the Park is Saskatchewan’s first FREE live professional outdoor theatre. Suitable for all ages. Everyone welcome. FREE of charge. Come an hour early to do a free craft with the Children’s Discovery Museum!

Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat is an epic tale about a time and a place where everyone was disabled. A land of golden ramps and quiet spaces that was ruled by kindness alone, until a mysterious stranger arrives… This original story was written by Adam Pottle and adapted by the Sum Theatre ensemble. Presented by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission and Concentus Citizenship Education, join us for the free, family friendly show in Saskatoon public parks July 2 – 31st.

Sum Theatre website

SCHEDULE
July 2 – Chief Darcy Bear Park at 7:00pm
July 3 – Alexander MacGillivray Young Park at 7:00pm
July 5 – Optimist at 4:00pm and at 7:00pm
July 6 – Wilson Park at 7:00pm
July 8 – Holland Park at 2:00pm
July 8 – Wallace Park at 7:00pm
July 9 – Swick Park at 7:00pm
July 10 – James Anderson Park at 7:00pm
July 11 – Meadowgreen Park at 7:00pm
July 12 – GD Archibald Park West at 7:00pm
July 13 – Silverspring Park at 7:00pm
July 15 – Churchill Park at 2:00pm
July 15 – Anita Langford Park at 7:00pm
July 16 – Ashworth Holmes Park at 7:00pm
July 17 – Les Kerr Park at 7:00pm
July 18 – Herbert S. Sears Park at 7:00pm
July 19 – Mount Royal Park (Nut Free Performance) at 7:00pm
July 20 – Ernest Lindner Park at 7:00pm
July 22 – Pleasant Hill Park at 2:00pm
July 22 – Lakeview Park at 7:00pm
July 23 – Exhibition Park at 7:00pm
July 24 – W.J.L. Harvey North Park at 7:00pm
July 25 – Sidney L. Buckwold Park at 7:00pm
July 26 – AH Browne Park at 7:00pm
July 27 – Parc Canada Park at 7:00pm
July 29 – Robert Hunter Park West at 2:00pm
July 29 – Buena Vista Park at 7:00pm
July 30 – Surprise Park at 7:00pm
July 31 – Surprise Park at 7:00pm

Sportball Summer Camp

Sportball Saskatoon Summer Camp

Drop off camps build upon Multi-Sport programs for expertly coached half-day sessions filled with creative fun, exciting games and skill-based sports. Camps for 3.5-5 years old for from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Camps for 5-7 year olds go from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Albert Community Centre: July 3-5; August 21-23
Grosvenor Park: July 3 – August 21
St Martins United Church, 2617 Clarence Ave. S: July 10-12; August 14-16

See Sportball website for dates, times and costs.


Sportball offers kids multi-sport programs in North Saskatchewan, including children’s soccer, T-ball and ball hockey for toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged kids in locations across North Saskatchewan. Our non-competitive sports classes for kids are play-based programs designed to improve fitness for children from toddlers ages 1 to 3 years old up to young children ages 3 to 5 years old and 5 to 12 years old.

sportball.ca

Canada Day 2018

Canada Day
July 1, 2018
10:00am- Dusk
Diefenbaker Park
Celebrate your citizenship at Optimist Canada Day, start with a buffet breakfast, official ceremonies at 10am, with Celebration cake. Entertainment on mainstage from 11am-dusk, with displays, food vendors, marketplace, beverage gardens, pins, flags and fireworks at 10:30pm.


Canada Day
July 1, 2018
12:00pm-1:00pm
Bait-ur-Rahmat Mosque
Prayer, the singing of O’Canada and remarks by dignitaries. Refreshments will be served.

Police Pipes & Drums Concert

SASKATOON POLICE PIPES & DRUMS ANNUAL SUMMER CONCERT

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
River Landing Amphitheatre, Rotary Park & River Landing
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Admission: no cost
Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums Annual Summer Concert.

The Saskatoon Police Pipes and Drums is a proud organization with a long history in the Saskatchewan pipe band community. While embracing the traditions of ceremonial police pipe bands, the The Saskatoon Police Pipes and Drums strives to play at a professional and competitive musical standard.

VVCA Help Wanted

Interested in making your community a little better? VVCA is always looking for volunteers!

VVCA is run by volunteers who organize and attend meetings, provide programs and activites for youth and adults, work with the City regarding development, parking and other issues, keep the rink in good condition, publish a newsletter and website, raise money for community events and projects, and generally try to make your neighbourhood a little nicer to live in.

Sounds fun, right? If something on that short list fills a need in you, or you have other ideas on how to improve your neighbourhood, come out to a monthly VVCA board meeting and have your say. We’d love to hear your ideas and would be more than happy to find you a spot on our board if you are interested.

Right now, the VVCA is looking for a Newsletter Editor – putting together three issues a year (one printed, two digital) full of information of interest to our community. We do have someone filling the chair for the next few issues, but would like to see someone new take this on. See information about our newsletters and previous issues here.

Email info@vvcasaskatoon.com for more information, or check out the About Us page for information on the dates of our next board meeting.

Residential Parking Zones

Residential Parking Permit Zone Expanded
Many areas in the Varsity View and Grosvenor Park neighbourhood experience significant on-street parking congestion, usually generated by the nearby hospital and university. The Residential Parking Program (RPP) was established to minimize this congestion by limiting non-resident parking to a maximum amount of time so that on-street space is continuously made available in these areas. The RPP zone in the Varsity View area has been expanded and new signage indicating the extent of the zones will be in place beginning September 1, 2018.

Residents of an RPP zone may be able to purchase an RPP permit which allows them to park their vehicle near their homes beyond the posted time limit. Parking Enforcement vehicles regularly patrol RPP zones. Vehicles parked on the street beyond the posted time limit are ticketed if they do not display a valid RPP permit. Residents of apartments or multi-unit dwellings can contact City of Saskatoon Customer Services at 306-975-2400 to find out if they are eligible.

Permits can be purchased at Customer Service on the main floor of City Hall (222 3rd Ave North).

Resident Permit
• $25.00 plus applicable taxes.
• Prorated to $12.50 if purchased six months after the zone’s permit renewal date.
• For residents of an RPP zone.
• Not transferable between vehicles (i.e. permit is issued to a specific vehicle).
• Limit one permit per resident.

Visitor Permit
• $5.00 plus applicable taxes, or $25.00 plus taxes if purchased in place of a resident permit.
• Prorated to $2.50 (or $12.50) if purchased six months after the zone’s permit renewal date.
• For residents of an RPP zone to provide to their visitors as needed.
• Transferable between vehicles.
• Limit one permit per residence.

Temporary Permit
• $1.00 per day plus applicable taxes.
• For short-term use by residents and non-residents.
• Valid only for the dates indicated on the permit.

Eligibility
All applicants are required to prove that they reside within an RPP zone by providing a current driver’s license and vehicle registration, along with any one of the following documents:
• utility bill
• phone/internet/cable bill
• residence confirmation from landlord
• lease agreement

Applicants of eligible apartment buildings must provide a letter from the landlord stating that the dwelling unit does not have an assigned off-street parking space. In instances where the resident is not the registered owner of the vehicle, but is the principal operator, the owner must sign an affidavit declaring possession of that vehicle.
Persons driving corporate vehicles must provide proof of employment with the corporation or ownership of the corporation. An employment contract, a letter on corporate letterhead signed by an official of the company, shareholder agreement, business card, etc. are all acceptable forms of documentation.

For more information about RPP permits, contact Parking Services at 306-975-2400.

City of Saskatoon Residential Parking Program webpage.

Reconciliation Artwork Unveiling

On behalf of the Saskatoon Tribal Council and the City of Saskatoon, you are invited to attend the upcoming unveiling event for the Where Our Paths Cross Reconciliation Commemorative Artwork, “The Coming Spring,” on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Victoria Park (Spading Crescent West, between Ave D and Ave E).

Unveiling Event
6:30 AM – 8:30 AM Pipe ceremony
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Coffee and bannock
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Unveiling Ceremony


“The Coming Spring,” by Canadian artist, Gordon Reeve, was commissioned by the Saskatoon Tribal Council and the City of Saskatoon, with funding from the Government of Canada. Its creation is in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, No. 79: educating and creating a sense of shared awakening.

Cool off this summer!

Paddling Pools, Spray Pads and Outdoor Pools – cool off this summer!

Summer Spray Pads will open for the season on Friday, June 1st, and will be operational daily from 10 am to 8 pm. All spray pads are activated by push buttons located near the spray features. Please note that spray pad sites located on or near school grounds have timers and are set to turn spray features off during recess and lunch breaks. Shut-off times will vary according to individual school schedules.

To find a spray pad location near you, please visit www.saskatoon.ca/spraypads or call 306-975-3378.

The outdoor pools will open the following dates:
Riversdale Pool – June 10th
Lathey Pool and– June 13th
George Ward Pool – June 19th
Mayfair Pool – June 18th