Word on the Street 2018


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.
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.



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


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)

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:

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


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


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!

City Police “Contact Interview Guidelines”

Information Update to Community Stakeholders and Request for Comment on
“Contact Interview Guidelines for Municipal Police Services in Saskatchewan”

The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners, as the conduit between the community and the Saskatoon Police Service, has communicated previously and received feedback from the community, on the issue of “Street Checks”, also referred to here as “Contact Interviews”.

When the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners asked for feedback from the public on this issue in the spring of 2016, it received well over 100 responses, all of which were sent to the Saskatchewan Police Commission for its consideration in developing guidelines for use by municipal police services. Now that the Saskatchewan Police Commission has issued its guidelines, the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners would like to, again, share this information as well as obtain the views, opinions and suggestions of stakeholders in Saskatoon.

Contact Interview Provincial Policy Summary July 2018 PDF

The Police Commission would appreciate your input on the provincial Policy. A brief (only 4 questions) survey on this issue can be completed on behalf of groups or by individuals, and is available on the Police Commission website until August 31, 2018 at http://saskatoonpolicecommission.com/survey.

Diabetes Canada Volunteers Needed

From October 1 – 15, 2018, Diabetes Canada will be canvassing door to door in your community raising funds to assist in the fight against diabetes. To make the Residential Campaign as successful as possible for the 100,000 people living with diabetes in Saskatchewan, we are constantly in search of volunteer canvassers for your area. If you are willing to give your gift of time for 1-1/2 to 2 hours from October 1 – 15, to canvass, we would LOVE to hear from you!

Marg Polanik
Residential Campaign Supervisor

Diabetes Canada
104 – 2301 Ave. C North
Saskatoon, SK S7L 5Z5

Building Saskatoon’s Sporting Future

Saskatoon is an active, competitive, sporting city. But more people want to play than there are facilities to accommodate them.

The Master Plan for the Gordie Howe Sports Complex will expand our city’s capacity and address real need in our community.

Maximizing the use of new and upgraded facilities, the Master Plan will increase access to safe, reliable facilities for multiple winter and summer sporting activities in Saskatoon and area, allowing many more people to participate.

The Master Plan includes indoor and outdoor training and playing facilities to accommodate development programs for multiple sports, enable year-round training, reduce game cancellations due to poor weather and help athletes of all ages and abilities excel here at home.

Over 175,000 people will benefit every year.

The Gordie Howe Sports Complex aims to become the premier sports park in Western Canada, and a magnet for more national and international events.

Be a part of Saskatoon’s sporting future — Join the team building a better place to play!


Gordie Howe Sports Complex flyer

City Collection Calendar

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.


CPR and AED Training

Community of Heroes – Saskatoon
The Heart and Stroke Foundation is putting on a free, family friendly CPR and AED training event Sunday August 12, 2018, from 12 PM – 4 PM in Kiwanis Park North.

Community of Heroes is a free-to-the-public, family-friendly CPR and AED training event. Learn from certified Heart & Stroke resuscitation experts and local heroes from MD Ambulance, and then take your turn in a four-hour, non-stop CPR relay! The first 100 people trained will receive a free CPR Anytime for Family & Friends™ kit to take home (includes a practice mannequin and instructional DVD), courtesy of Scotiabank.

See a cardiac emergency.
Know what to do.
Have the confidence to respond.

Location: Kiwanis Park North (Beside the Bess)

Facebook Event page

Spotlight on Seniors Tradeshow

19th Annual Spotlight on Seniors Tradeshow – Wednesday, October 10, 2018

9 am to 3 pm, TCU Place. Admission $10 pay at the door.

“Get Your Groove On” and enjoy a fun-filled day of music, entertainment and socializing. Dozens of displays on health products, housing, hobbies and more! Lunch available for purchase, free coffee and snacks served throughout the day. Lots of free draws and prizes!
Phone 306-652-2255 or visit scoa.ca.

Saskatoon Council on Aging Inc.
2020 College Drive (Located in the Saskatoon Field House)
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2W4 Phone: 306-652-2255
www.scoa.ca | www.saskatooncaregiver.ca |
“Positive aging for all in an age-friendly community”