Category Archives: VVCA

Sum Theatre 2021

The Theatre in the Park schedule has been approved by the city: Sum Theatre will be performing in Grosvenor Park on Monday, July 12th! We will do 2 performances – 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

Please note that due to COVID restrictions free tickets must be reserved online at sumtheatre.com. They will be available as of June 18th.

https://sumtheatre.com/shows/the-other-side-of-the-river/

Theatre in the Park is an original play offered free of charge in neighbourhood parks around Saskatchewan each July. Created in response to a current issue, it’s a fun and thought-provoking performance for people of all ages. Catchy original music and colourful sets, props and costumes bring our stories to life.

This year’s offering is a family friendly rock opera about two sides of the same river. Based on a story by Yvette Nolan, The Other Side of the River was devised by the Sum Theatre ensemble with original music composition by Amanda Trapp. Created in response to Indigenous Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter and the international movement towards racial equity and anti-racism, The Other Side of the River transports the audience on a joyful journey to a place they never expected to be.

Run for the Cure 2020

This year, since we can’t meet in person, the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure has been transformed into a one-of-a-kind experience with both physical and virtual components.

On Run Day, Varsity View community residents will join the live-streamed online opening ceremonies at 9:30 am CST before heading out to walk or run in the neighbourhood. Several 1 KM and 5 KM routes are set up in the city for people to use on Run Day. The North Route and the Central Route are the routes closest to the Varsity View community but residents are welcome to use any route they would like to take.

Being physically apart won’t stop us from coming together to change the future of breast cancer. Join us and run or walk your way on October 4th. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Saskatoon CIBC Run for the Cure Committee through their facebook group “Saskatoon – Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run For the Cure”. Register today at cibcrunforthecure.com.

Outdoor Festival Site

The Permanent Outdoor Festival Feasibility Team is working to identify, select, study and plan for the future development of a City of Saskatoon Permanent Outdoor Site.  Consultants from HTFC Planning & Design are leading the feasibility study on behalf of the City of Saskatoon.

Why a Permanent Outdoor Festival Site?

The riverbank parks near downtown were not designed or constructed to accommodate large outdoor events hosted over multiple days.  As a result, the riverbank parks are susceptible to mechanical and physical damages associated with staging large scale extended events.  Continued use of the riverbank parks by a number of large scale outdoor events has resulted in deteriorating turf and tree conditions.  

The Permanent Outdoor Festival Site Feasibility Study will identify both a location(s) and design plan for a permanent centrally-located festival site, which would take into consideration all the typical needs of outdoor events, including access to water, power, staging, parking, accessibility needs, etc.  The study will also take into account infrastructure requirements for such a festival site to ensure protection and long-term sustainability of any associated green infrastructure.

Online Survey

Our Team is looking to get your input on these three topics:

  • Which of the three sites do you prefer and why?
  • What should be the criteria for an ideal permanent outdoor festival site?
  • What program elements and features would you want to see?

The easiest way to provide your input on these topics is by completing this online survey.  The survey will be open for responses from 8:00am on Thursday, September 17th until 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 28th.

More information: https://www.saskatoon.ca/engage/permanent-outdoor-festival-site

Work the Civic Election

Work the election. Get paid.

Saskatoon’s Civic Election is on November 9, 2020.
We’re hiring election workers (age 16+) to assist with various voting opportunities this fall. Positions range from $16/hour to $20/hour plus paid training.

Do you speak a language other than English?
Our goal is to recruit workers who speak languages represented in Saskatoon’s diverse community.

There are great reasons to get involved:
• Earn cash
• Build your résumé
• Get involved in your community

Apply before September 20 at saskatoon.ca/electionjobs or call 306-657-VOTE (8683).

BRT Update – August 2020

Thank you for your continued interest in the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. These have been unusual and challenging times. The pandemic has more than ever emphasized how important public transit is to the functioning of a city, transporting essential workers to and from jobs and acting as a support for economic stability and social equity. BRT remains a crucial part of the City of Saskatoon’s growth plans and we are happy to provide you with an update on the progress of the project.

Project planning has continued according to projected timelines. The following developments have occurred, moving us ever closer to the launch of Bus Rapid Transit:

On March 29th, existing high frequency transit service (routes 8, 81, 82, 83, 84 and 86) was rerouted from the Sid Buckwold Bridge to Broadway Avenue. Routes 1 and 6 were rerouted from Broadway Avenue, to the Sid Buckwold Bridge, to maintain transit service along 8th Street west of Broadway Avenue.

Technical drawings have been received for each BRT station location, including design of the operational components.

Plans are being developed to build a pilot station to test the physical and technical requirements of each BRT station, to ensure they work well in all seasons. The testing phase will start upon installation and will be observed by a technical team including transit operators and staff.

Coordination between software companies continues to evolve to ensure the traffic signals and transit software systems will work together to provide Traffic Signal Priority (TSP).  Three intersections will be used as test sites.

We will continue to update you regularily as the project moves forward. Feel free to pass this newsletter along to anyone else you may feel would be interested.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Bus Rapid Transit project, please email us at brt@saskatoon.ca.


Saskatoon Transit Update

Saskatoon Transit has had major disruptions to normal business due to COVID-19; however, as many doors closed, Saskatoon Transit remained open providing an essential service. Modifications were made to keep customers and employees safe.

Due to the rapidly evolving changes to Saskatoon Transit service, please frequently visit SaskatoonTransit.ca or follow on Twitter at @stoontransit for current information.

Curb Side Swap 2020

List your own event or partake in events created around the city to refresh your space—all while making room at the landfill. #yxeCurbsideSwap

Let’s redefine “what’s old is new again” Saskatoon!

Reduce the amount of garbage ending up in the landfill by giving away your stuff to someone or finding free stuff of your own. At a Curbside Swap, you place your unwanted items in good condition on your property (next to the sidewalk or curb) and mark them as free for anyone to pick up or go out on a treasure hunt of your own to find what your neighbours are giving away for free.

Plan a curbside swap this summer or join the annual city-wide curbside event on September 19, 2020.

Good Neighbour Guide

The City is pleased to launch the first edition of Saskatoon’s Good Neighbour Guide. The Guide is intended to provide a handy overview of the most common bylaws, standards and regulations to help keep Saskatoon neighbourhoods safe, clean and beautiful.

The Guide includes information on:

  • Boulevard and Back Lane Maintenance
  • Property Drainage
  • Fences
  • Fire Pits
  • Garage and Yard Sales
  • Garbage, Recycling and Composting
  • Home-based Businesses
  • Home Development
  • Hot Tubs and Swimming Pools
  • Landscaping
  • Noise
  • Parking
  • Responsible Pet Ownership
  • Snow and Ice on Sidewalks
  • Untidy Properties
  • Making a Bylaw Complaint

For more information and to download a copy of the Guide, visit saskatoon.ca/goodneighbour.

14th Street Permanent Closure

The City of Saskatoon is undertaking the design of the permanent closure of 14th Street East
between Lansdowne Avenue and Temperance Street. This connection was recommended for
closure through the Nutana Neighbourhood Traffic Review which was conducted in 2014 and
adopted by Council in May 2015. The closure was installed temporarily in 2016. The permanent
closure has been approved by City Council.

Thank you to everyone that has provided input so far. We received your feedback via the design
charrette (September 2017), and multiple stakeholder working group meetings (Spring and
Summer 2018). We considered all of the concerns and feedback as we developed designs for
the permanent closure options.

The proposed design for the 14th Street permanent closure has been posted to Saskatoon.ca/ntr and will be discussed at the Teams Live meeting. We would appreciate the opportunity to get your thoughts on the design. There are two ways to participate and provide us with your feedback:

Microsoft Teams Live Event
Thursday, September 17th, 8:30 pm
Link to the meeting is available at Saskatoon.ca/ntr
You do not need to download the app to participate.

Project Information: Saskatoon.ca/ntr
Go to www.saskatoon.ca/ntr
Click on the 2014 accordion
Details for the meeting will be shown under the Nutana heading

Next Steps
 FALL 2020: Finalize design.
 WINTER 2021: Tender contract.
 SPRING/SUMMER 2021: Construct permanent closure.

Contact Us:
You may also submit your comments directly:
Email: Nathalie.Baudais@Saskatoon.ca
Phone: 306-986-3097

An informational video about the permanent closure will be posted to the Saskatoon.ca/ntr webpage one week prior to the meeting.

Neighbourhood Bikeways Project

The City is committed to promoting active transportation and providing transportation choices that are safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities year-round.

The Neighbourhood Bikeways Project was initiated in February 2020 to help identify measures to provide more travel choices and improve safety, accessibility and connectivity. The project included the evaluation and design of walking and cycling facility improvements for 14th Street, from Saskatchewan Crescent to Cumberland Avenue.

Thank you to everyone that has provided input so far. We received your feedback via Saskatoon.ca/engage, email, phone calls and in-person at the first meeting held on March 4, 2020.

We considered all of the concerns and feedback as we developed designs for the study area corridors. Information from the first round of engagement can be found at Saskatoon.ca/engage

The proposed design for 14th Street will be discussed at the Teams Live meeting and posted to Saskatoon.ca/engage after the meeting date. We would appreciate the opportunity to get your thoughts on our draft design. There are two ways to participate and provide us with your feedback:

Microsoft Teams Live Event
Thursday, September 17th, 7:00 pm
Link to the meeting is available at Saskatoon.ca/engage
You do not need to download the app to participate.
Note that the meeting will be recorded and posted to the engage page.

Online: Saskatoon.ca/Engage
Go to www.saskatoon.ca/engage
In the Filter Projects drop down menu select Neighbourhood Bikeways Project. Click Apply.
Click on the project tile to open the Engage page.
To join the discussion, log in with your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter or Google account.

You may also submit your comments directly:
Email: Carly.Grassing@Saskatoon.ca
Phone: 306-986-3663

Informational videos about the Bikeways project will be posted to the Engage Page one week prior to the meeting.

Summer BBQ

VVCA Summer BBQ & Park Fundraiser

Sunday, June 2, 2019
12:00 NOON – 4:00 PM
Raoul Wallenberg Park, 10th St E & Munroe Ave.
• Balloon Guy
• Community BBQ
• Fun
• Families
• Reflexology Park Opening!

Sask Families Photo Contest

2018 Saskatchewan Families Photo Contest

The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute is a non-profit organization with a focus on reducing the occurrence of disabling conditions in children. We are committed to working collaboratively to promote primary prevention throughout the province. We share evidence-based information through print and web-based resources. We provide education and training on all of our areas of focus.

Our programs and areas of focus include: Child Injury Prevention, Child Traffic Safety, Community Action Program for Children (CAPC), Early Childhood Mental Health, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention, Youth Action for Prevention, Maternal and Infant Health, Nobody’s Perfect Parenting, and Sexual and Reproductive Health.

As part of our ongoing education and resource creation, we are holding a 2018 Saskatchewan Families Photo Contest!

The purpose of the photo contest is to create a calendar that represents a diverse group of families from Saskatchewan and provide us with photos to use in our future resources. Your participation in this contest is greatly appreciated and is free to enter. Please go to https://skprevention.ca/welcome-to-the-2018-saskatchewan-families-photo-contest/ for more information and to upload your photos today.

Saskatchewan Prevention Institute
1319 Colony Street, Saskatoon, SK S7N 2ZX1
Bus. (306) 651-4303

Our Goal is Healthy Children

City Collection Calendar

NOTICE
Your yearly collection calendar is going paperless for 2019

Get your calendar the way you want it: search your home address for a printable calendar or add it to your electronic calendar applications, such as Outlook, iCal or Google. Need help? Call our customer service centre at 306-975-2486 or email. We’ll even send you reminders via email, phone, text message, Twitter or with our Saskatoon Recycle & Waste app on Google Play or the App Store.

saskatoon.ca/collectioncalendar

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