Canadian Light Source Tours

CANADIAN LIGHT SOURCE TOURS DURING GLOBAL BIOTECH WEEK

September 24, 2018 – September 28, 2018
Venue: Canadian Light Source
Address: 44 Innovation Boulevard
City: Saskatoon, SK S7N 2V3
Time: 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Recurrence: Recurring every week day

Free 1-hour tours are offered at 2:30 and 7:00 p.m. From cutting-edge plant imaging to mine remediation, and studying everything from cancer to new fertilizers, this tour will introduce you to today’s big biotech research questions being explored at Canada’s only synchrotron!

NatureCity Festival Planning

October 4, 7PM, Amigos Cantina

What is your WILDEST dream for Saskatoon? Join us for a night of ‘lightning talks’, celebration and fun, as we begin planning for NatureCity Festival 2019.

Join us in the back room at Amigo’s Cantina (806 Dufferin Ave) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 4 for an evening of music, snacks, good company and inspired conversation. This event is free, and drinks will be available for purchase.

Find more information HERE.

p.s. If you want to get involved in the Festival but can’t come out on Thursday, please shoot us an email. There are lots of opportunities for volunteers, and we’d love to have you join us.

Caregiver Workshop

Mental health is everyone’s concern. If you are a caregiver for a loved one, you may experience stress in your life. In this workshop offered by the Saskatoon Council on Aging, you will learn the impacts of stress, practice tips and techniques to manage stress and receive resources and options to use on a daily basis. Refreshments will be served.
Also Forever…in motion exercises and group discussions.

Presenter: Chalaine Senger, Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Canadian Mental Health Association
Friday, September 21, 2018 – 1 pm to 3 pm
Meeting Room #3 Saskatoon Field House, 2020 College Drive
Cost: $10 Phone 306-652-2255 to register.

Saskatoon Council on Aging website

Public Meeting: Rezoning for High-rise

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING

Date:Thursday, September 13, 2018
Start time: 7:00 PM
Location: Brunskill School – 101 Wiggins Avenue (Small Gymnasium)
Re: 1006 College Drive & 421 Clarence Avenue North Proposed Official Community Plan Amendment and Rezoning
Applicant: North Prairie Developments

The City of Saskatoon has received applications from North Prairie Developments to amend the Official Community Plan and rezone 1006 College Drive and 421 Clarence Avenue North in the Varsity View neighbourhood (the vacant property adjacent to the intersection of College Drive and Clarence Avenue North).

The purpose of these applications is to facilitate the development of a multiple-unit residential building at this location consisting of:
– 12 floors above grade with approximately 170 residential units; and
– 4 parking levels below grade with approximately 230 parking spaces.

These applications require approval from City Council.

The purpose of this meeting is to provide neighbouring residents the opportunity to learn details of the applicant’s proposal and the rezoning process, and to gather public input on this matter.

Representatives of the City of Saskatoon and North Prairie Developments will each make a presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

Nuit Blanche 2018

NUIT BLANCHE FESTIVAL

Nuit Blanche, Saskatoon’s free, all-ages, nighttime art festival, is happening on Saturday, September 29th, 2018, from 7pm until 1am. This year’s festival will feature projects in the Broadway, Riverlanding and Downtown areas. Join us for a night of art and shopping, as numerous local businesses will be staying open. Come out and see Saskatoon in a new light!

Nuit Blanche website

Word on the Street 2018

WORD ON THE STREET FESTIVAL

On Sunday, September 16th, 2018, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Broadway Avenue, celebrate the magic of reading at the annual Word on the Street Festival in Saskatoon! Participate in numerous author readings, discussions and activities, and shop in a vibrant Exhibitor Marketplace. Choose to eat al fresco from selections by our outdoor food vendors, or enjoy one of the many fine restaurants on Broadway. There’s plenty to see and do for the entire family!

Word on the Street website

Online Basketball Registration

2018-19 VARSITY VIEW Basketball Registration

Season length: October- Late February/ Late March (Depending on Age Group)

Age Groups:

Dunkaroo’s Basketball: is a development program based on the sport of basketball for boys and girls (co-ed) who are in GRADE ONE OR GRADE TWO. The players have one hour a week for 12 to 14 weeks in developing basketball skills in a fun atmosphere. REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS NOT FOUND HERE. Please go to www.smba.ca to register online.

Spuds Basketball: is a game based on the sport of basketball for boys and girls (co-ed) who are under ten years of age as of December 31 of the season in play (OR IN GRADE FOUR OR LOWER). The teams play cross court and the coaches referee their own games.

Mini Basketball: is a game based on the sport of basketball for boys and girls who are under 12 years of age as of December 31 of the season in play (OR IN GRADE FIVE OR SIX). The teams play cross court and referees are provided. Mini A Pool teams play full court.

Bantam Basketball: is a game based on the sport of basketball for boys and girls who are under 14 years of age as of December 31 of the season in play (OR IN GRADE SEVEN OR EIGHT). No player in high school can play bantam ball. Teams play full court and referees are provided.

Games will be played on Saturdays and practices will be once per week and will be scheduled by coaches at a later date.

If cost is a barrier for you to register your child/children, you are encouraged to apply for funding from Kidsport. Please click on the link below for the application form.
http://www.kidsportcanada.ca/saskatchewan/saskatoon/apply-for-assistance
If there is no way for you to pay via credit card on this site, please email the VVCA basketball co-ordinator Jason Kovitch at: thekovitchs@gmail.com.

***IMPORTANT NOTE ON JERSEYS FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON***

THIS SEASON ALL PLAYERS MUST PURCHASE A REVERSIBLE SMBA JERSEY. JERSEYS CAN BE ORDERED HERE:https://smbagear.itemorder.com/sale
PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR ORDERING FOR THE START OF THE SEASON IS SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2018. ONCE REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE THE BASKETBALL COORDINATOR WILL CONFIRM YOUR JERSEY NUMBER. IF YOU HAVE A JERSEY FROM LAST YEAR AND PLAN TO USE IT AGAIN THIS YEAR, DENOTE THE NUMBER IN THE JERSEY NUMBER FIELD.

Terms & Conditions
Note that a community association membership is required for registering in basketball. Please purchase either a $10.00 (plus credit card fees) single member membership or a $20.00 family membership (plus credit card fees) prior to registering for a basketball program.

2018 Online soccer registration

***Online registration available until Wednesday, September 12th @ 10 pm***

SEASON LENGTH (all leagues): October 21 to mid-March

DIVISIONS and SESSION DATES:

KINDER Soccer (born 2015 or 2016)
1 session per week (night & time TBD, led by volunteer VVCA parents)
All sessions held at Brunskill School gym

UNDER-5 (born 2014 only) – COED
3 vs 3 format; no goaltenders
1 regular game per week (night – TBD).
10 weeknight games in elementary school gyms plus 5 turf games at SaskTel Sports Centre (one Sunday per month)
Practices: TBD (at discretion of coach)

UNDER-7 (born 2012 & 2013) – COED
4 vs 4 format, includes goalkeeper
All games played on Sundays (various times)
10 games at Henk Ruys Soccer Centre plus 5 turf games at SaskTel Sports Centre
Practices: TBD (at discretion of coach)

UNDER-9 (born 2010 & 2011) – BOYS/GIRLS/COED
5 vs 5 format, includes goalkeeper
All games played on Sundays
10 games at Henk Ruys Soccer Centre plus 5 turf games at SaskTel Sports Centre
Practices: TBD (at discretion of coach)

NOTES:
Varsity View Community Association only registers players in the age categories listed above. If you are interested in an UNDER-11 program (or higher) please go to: http://www.eastsidesoccer.ca/

If cost is a barrier for you to register your child/children, you are encouraged to apply for funding from Kidsport. Please click on the link below for the application form:
http://www.kidsportcanada.ca/saskatchewan/saskatoon/apply-for-assistance/

Application deadline for Kidsport funding is Friday, September 28th. You may email the VVCA soccer coordinator at niranharrison@gmail.com if you have any financial assistance inquiries.

If there is no way for you to pay via credit card on the Piratic registration site, please email the VVCA soccer coordinator Niran Harrison at: niranharrison@gmail.com

https://www.picatic.com/vvca_fallsoccerregistration2018

Lennox Feel the Love program

The Lennox Feel The Love program is here to lend a helping hand to people in our community who have lost their job, are struggling veterans, disabled, ill, elderly, or on a limited income. Although someone in this position may own a home, they cannot always afford to replace old, HVAC equipment.

Feel The Love is a program designed to help alleviate that issue. Through the program, Lennox donates a free, high-efficiency, natural gas furnace, installed for free by a local contractor. Since the program began in 2009, Lennox has supplied over 850 furnaces for deserving families throughout the U.S. and Canada!

Pro Service Mechanical Ltd. is a proud participant of this program. They are currently searching for homeowner nominations and could use your help to bring awareness to the program. Anyone can nominate a household in need by simply completing a nomination form at FeelTheLove.com.

Nominations must be received by SEPTEMBER 5, and the furnace will be installed the first Saturday in OCTOBER 10/6/18.

Again, Lennox provides the furnace free of charge, and Pro Service Mechanical Ltd. will donate all the time and materials associated with the installation. This is a true community service. That’s why our motto has always been, “Neighbours Helping Neighbours.”

Board of Police Commissioners Meeting

You Are Invited To A Community Meeting with the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners

In its conduit role between the public and the Saskatoon Police Service, the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners is very pleased to extend this invitation to your Association, all of its Members, and the public to attend a Community Meeting to discuss issues that impact our city.

Meeting Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Saskatoon Farmers’ Market

The format for the Police Commission’s public consultation will include a brief overview / presentation followed by questions & answers from the floor and discussion on each issue. Planned topics include:
• Cannabis and the community,
• The newly formed Safe Community Action Alliance,
• De-escalation techniques employed by police to minimize potentially dangerous situations , and
• Street Checks / Contact Interviews policies and procedures.

The Community Meeting, hosted by the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners and intended to expand community dialogue on key issues, is open to the public.

Your participation is invited!

Rezoning for High Rise

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING

Date:Thursday, September 13, 2018
Start time: 7:00 PM
Location: Brunskill School – 101 Wiggins Avenue (Small Gymnasium)
Re: 1006 College Drive & 421 Clarence Avenue North Proposed Official Community Plan Amendment and Rezoning
Applicant: North Prairie Developments

The City of Saskatoon has received applications from North Prairie Developments to amend the Official Community Plan and rezone 1006 College Drive and 421 Clarence Avenue North in the Varsity View neighbourhood (the vacant property adjacent to the intersection of College Drive and Clarence Avenue North).

The purpose of these applications is to facilitate the development of a multiple-unit residential building at this location consisting of:
– 12 floors above grade with approximately 170 residential units; and
– 4 parking levels below grade with approximately 230 parking spaces.

These applications require approval from City Council.

The purpose of this meeting is to provide neighbouring residents the opportunity to learn details of the applicant’s proposal and the rezoning process, and to gather public input on this matter.

Representatives of the City of Saskatoon and North Prairie Developments will each make a presentation, followed by a question and answer session.


Proposed Non-Conforming High Rise at College & Clarence Avenue

There is a proposal to rezone the corner of College and Clarence to allow a 12-storey 171-unit high rise with four below- grade parking levels. A public consultation meeting is scheduled for mid or late September. It will likely be on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening. The date is not yet set. If you would like to be kept informed of this development, please email me at president@vvcasaskatoon.com

Rezoning for high density housing has both supporters and detractors. Supporters suggest that high density housing will:
• Reduce development costs and taxes
• Reduce loss of farmland
• Increase public transit ridership
Detractors wonder why:
• Increased housing density in Saskatoon has been accompanied by higher taxes
• Space for people to live a healthy life is not equally important as farmland
• Non conforming development is allowed when we took so much time to develop local area plans which allow for a wide variety of housing types within Varsity View

What do the facts say about these positions? Infill and high density housing have the advantage of requiring less new roads and sewer pipes. However, there are many other contributions to our overall tax bill. One major area is policing. Between 2006 and 2015 spending on policing jumped by 80% or 64% on an inflation adjusted basis, population growth was 23%. There is evidence that violent crime is linked to areas of high population density. Cities that demolish low income high density housing and disperse the residents to lower density housing reduce the City wide violent crime rate. It is not a coincidence that Toronto’s gun crime is centered on a few apartment complexes.

Reduce loss of farmland is self evident. How important that is in a Country that is one of the largest in the World is a matter for debate. When it comes to biodiversity, there is clearly a greater variety of plant and animal life in the average backyard in Varsity View than you will find in the average wheat field.

Increased public transport use goes to the high density camp. Overall, about 7.3% of Varsity View residents take public transport to work compared with 4.3% for the City as a whole. At a guess, a new 171-unit high rise will add an extra 5 riders compared to a combination of development within our zoning rules and low rise development in the ‘burbs.

Wherever you sit on this issue, please attend the meeting with the City to discuss the rezoning application. Meetings with good attendance carry a much greater weight than those with poor attendance.

Police Notice of Thefts

Message from the Saskatoon Police Services:

The City Police would like to bring your attention to an increase of thefts in the communities of Buena Vista, Nutana as well as the Exhibition areas. This notice is to all of the East Side Community Associations, as this information, although mainly affecting the above noted neighborhoods, would be of interest to all area neighborhoods.

Bicycles, sports equipment, as well as tools are being stolen out of vehicles and outbuildings (detached garages, sheds). Saskatoon Police are noticing that the people responsible for the thefts are wandering around your neighborhoods at night checking door handles of vehicles, and buildings. If any vehicles, or building is found to be unlocked, these people help themselves to whatever property they can get ahold of.

Saskatoon Police Services are requesting that if you have anything of value, anything you don’t want stolen, Please take it into your homes. If you have bikes, please lock the bike up with appropriate bike locks, and then please lock the garage or outbuilding you have it stored in.

A laminated sign – “All Valuables Removed” – can be picked up from Saskatoon City Police, or if you have a group that you think would benefit from such a sign, an officer personally drop some off. They are used to place in your vehicle to deter people breaking in.

We are all responsible for the security of our homes, and property, and working together we can prevent crime.

Cst. Patrick Skinnider #664
East Community Liaison Officer
Saskatoon Police Services

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

VVCA Newsletter: Fall 2018 available

The View, VVCA’s newsletter for the Varsity View and Grosvenor Park neighbourhoods, is now available for download on our site. Printed copies will be distributed to the community later in August – watch your mailboxes.

The next issue, Dec. 2018/Jan. 2019, will be distributed digitally only, with a PDF available to download on this site.


VVCA Newsletter: Help Wanted!
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. Does this interest you, or do you know someone who would be a perfect fit?

Email info@vvcasaskatoon.com for more information, or check out the dates of our next board meeting and just come out!