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Your Family History

Your Family History: Finding and Assembling the Pieces
April 20 – 22, 2018

The Saskatoon Branch, Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SBSGS) has opened the registration for Your Family History: Finding and Assembling the Pieces. This is the first genealogy conference to take place in Saskatoon since 2011.The SBSGS will host this weekend long event at the Park Town Hotel by bringing in speakers from across western Canada.

Participants will get to choose from sessions designed to provide them with new tools in as they research their family’s history. Early bird deadline is March 20, 2018 with only 150 spots available.

WHO: SBSGS volunteers will host 180 genealogists from across western Canada
WHAT: Your Family History: Finding and Assembling the Pieces Genealogy Conference
WHEN: April 20 -22, 2018
WHERE: Park Town Hotel, Saskatoon, SK
WEBSITE: www.genealogysaskatoon.org

Questions regarding this event or requests for additional information can be directed to Linda Suveges, Conference Chair, at SGS2018Conference@sasktel.net or by calling 1-306-221-2178.

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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.

Read Saskatoon LIT UP!

LIT UP! is a fun, casual evening that spotlights literacy through great volunteer recognition, great company, tasty eats, sweet treats, and exciting ticket, silent, and live auction items!

Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm cocktails, 7:15 pm program
Location: Sheraton Cavalier Hotel
Tickets: $75/person, $600/table, $800/VIP. A charitable receipt is available for ticket purchases.

LIT UP! sells out early every year! Visit READSaskatoon.com or call 306.652.5448 to get your tickets today!

Jane’s Walk 2018 – volunteers

Do you have a favorite spot that tells a story about Saskatoon – perhaps about your own neighbourhood?

Jane’s Walk, the 1st weekend in May 2018, is making the call out for walk leaders. A typical walk takes about an hour and is free. This event, now in 212 cities, is inspired by the life of Jane Jacobs, a writer, and urban activist who championed the voices of everyday people in city-building.

A user-friendly form for walk leaders is on our new website and this is also where you will check in late April for the 15 or more walks in Saskatoon that you might join: http://janeswalksaskatoon.ca/index.php/about/. Samples of topics and locations of past walks are on the blog http://saskatoonjaneswalk.blogspot.ca. Visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JanesWalkSaskatoon/.

The Big Shred 2018

On Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 9 am – 12 noon, bring your old paper to the 5th annual ‘Big Shred’ in the parking lot of McClure United Church at 4025 Taylor St. (at McKercher)!

Protect against personal identity theft as your old documents go into the Shred-It company truck’s shredders! Quickly destroy old bank and utility statements, tax returns (2011 and earlier), old files, outdated documents, etc.

The service is by donation (suggested $10 per paper box, or $5 per shopping bag) to assist the McClure Place Foundation in paying down the mortgage at Amy McClure House. Protect your family by removing that unwanted … yet personal paper!

(Note: In 2017, more than 15,000 pounds of paper was safely shredded in three hours!)

The McClure Place Foundation is a charity and a non-profit organization.

U of S Book Club: Thomas King

2018 Arts & Science Book Club selection:
The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King

The College of Arts & Science will welcome award-winning author Thomas King at two free public events on Jan. 29, 2018. Alumni, students and the wider college community are invited to read The Inconvenient Indian in anticipation of the author’s visit to campus.

Monday, Jan. 29
Reading and Discussion with Thomas King
2:00–3:30 pm
Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre, 5 Campus Dr.

My Writing Life: An Interview with Thomas King
Join journalist Betty Ann Adam for a conversation with Thomas King about his life and work.
7:00–8:30 pm
Convocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building, 107 Administration Pl.


About Thomas King:
Thomas King is an award-winning writer whose fiction includes Green Grass, Running Water; Truth and Bright Water and The Back of the Turtle, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award. His non-fiction book The Truth About Stories won the Trillium Book Award, while The Inconvenient Indian won the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and the RBC Taylor Prize. A member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of an award from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Thomas King has taught at the University of Lethbridge and was chair of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota before moving to the University of Guelph, where he taught until he retired. He lives in Guelph with his partner, Helen Hoy.

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