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Public Library survey

What do you want in your new central library?
Have your say!

The Saskatoon Public Library has launched a consultation process to gather input from citizens regarding what they would like to see in a new central library for Saskatoon. There is an online survey that is currently open www.saskatooncentrallibrary.ca and the Library is hosting an Open House March 28 / 4 – 8pm / Saskatoon Farmers’ Market.

School Break Camp

City of Saskatoon Offering School Break Camps April 3 – 5, 2018

The City has teamed with EB Sports Academy, Jade Roberts and the University of Saskatchewan 7’s Rugby team to offer active and accessible camps for youth aged 10-14 during the spring school break.

The camps are free and youth can register for multiple sessions:

• Session 1: Tuesday April 3rd 9:00am – 12:00pm – Rugby
• Session 2: Tuesday April 3rd 1:00pm – 4:00pm – Rugby
• Session 3: Wednesday April 4th 9:00am – 12:00pm – Basketball
• Session 4: Wednesday April 4th 1:00pm – 4:00pm – Basketball
• Session 5: Thursday April 5th 9:00am – 12:00pm – Double Ball
• Session 6: Thursday April 5th 1:00pm – 4:00pm – Floor Hockey

All activities will take place at the Cosmo Civic Centre, 3130 Laurier Drive.
For more information or to register please call 306-975-3378. Registration closes March 26, 2018.

AAA Downtown Cycling Network

The City of Saskatoon is inviting Saskatoon residents to learn more about the development of an All Ages & Abilities (AAA) Downtown Cycling Network. This network has been in development since fall 2017 when the Downtown Protected Bike Lane Demonstration concluded. AAA cycling facilities physically separate people riding bikes from drivers, thereby increasing the comfort and safety of all cyclists.

The network plan considers the following:
– Connection to Saskatoon’s wider cycling network;
– Integration with other key downtown projects such as Bus Rapid Transit and the re-opening of Traffic Bridge;
– Impacts to all users in the downtown in identifying the most appropriate streets to host AAA facilities.

Information about the AAA Downtown Cycling Network will be available as part of a larger forum on topics related to future growth: Plan for Growth Community Open House Wednesday, March 7, 2018 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Western Development Museum

City of Saskatoon contacts

Need to talk to the City? You can now find all of the online services available on the City’s site on one page here.

Customer Service Centre (24hr line) Roads, Water, Sewer and Sidewalks Emergency Service – Maintenance Requests Program Information 306-975-2476

Safety & Property Maintenance: Report graffiti, unsafe structures, open excavations, smoke alarms, junked vehicles, long grass and weeds 306-975-2828

Find a more complete list of citizen service phone numbers here

City of Saskatoon Come & Grow

City-wide Community Open House
March 7, 4:30 – 8:30 PM

Western Development Museum

A come and go event with something for everyone, including the kids.

Let’s get the conversation started on:
– transforming our transit system
– redevelopment around our major roads
– improvements in neighbourhood design

Everyone is welcome!

If you can’t make it to the event, check out all engagement opportunities at saskatoon.ca/engage and use #GrowYXE on social media to share your thoughts about our plans for growth (Bus Rapid Transit, Corridor Planning, Transit Villages, etc.)

Winter Play Program

Saturdays & Sundays
February 10 to March 11, 2018
10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Drop in for winter games and activities!
Ages 2 – 12
Two leaders will be on-site to provide active programming such as, tug of war, snow baseball, powder-puff football, snow soccer, capture the flag, penguin races, snow carving, snow painting, freeze tag, etc.!
Greystone Heights Rec Unit, 2711 Main Street
Holliston Rec Unit, 1151 Louise Avenue
North Park Rec Unit, 1418 7th Avenue North
Massey Place Rec Unit, 3110 Massey Place

FREE Learn to Skate Program!
Participants mus bring their own skates and CSA approved winter helmets. Children under the age of six must be accompanied by an adult or responsible care giver.
North Park, 1416 7th Avenue North, Saturdays 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Holliston, 1151 Louise Avenue, Saturdays 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Avalon, 2602 Broadway Avenue, Sundays 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Greystone Heights, 2711 Main Street, Sundays 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Massey, 3110 Massey Place, Sundays 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

For more information, call 306-975-3378
Activities will be cancelled if the temperature reaches -25 degrees C or below with the windchill or due to adverse ice conditions.

Redesigning Curbside Waste

Redesigning Curbside Waste
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.

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.

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

Saskatoon WinterCity

There is already so much to do in Saskatoon in the winter! From outdoor winter activities like skating and cross country skiing, to PotashCorp Wintershines, one of Canada’s Best Winter Festivals, to attending a winter camp.

Check out the City’s website for listings of Outdoor Winter Recreational Facilities, Outdoor Winter Events, and Outdoor Programs and Activities, and more>

WinterCity YXE

WinterCityYXE supports a number of the City’s Strategic Goals and is an intentional effort by the City and community stakeholders to celebrate what makes Saskatoon unique as a four-season place that is inviting, vibrant and prosperous, even in the coldest months of the year.

Across North America and internationally, city leaders are partnering with community groups to highlight and tackle specific problems that occur in cities in the winter months, with the goal of improving the vitality of their community. Facilitated through the City of Saskatoon’s (City) leadership and engaging the interest and efforts of the entire community, a Winter City Strategy will articulate the changes necessary to help residents, businesses and visitors ‘embrace’ winter with as much enthusiasm as they have for the summer season.

The goals for a Winter City Strategy are to improve broader community accessibility, inclusion, activity and energy, and lead to greater economic vitality (particularly within service, accommodation and retail sectors) as the opportunities of winter are realized and the challenges mitigated. The intent of the Strategy is to be broad, responding to opportunities associated with winter life, winter design and winter economy; as well as addressing perceptions, attitudes and behaviours of citizens to generate a positive winter culture.

Winter 2018 Leisure Guide

Winter 2018 Leisure eGuide … is yours missing?

The Winter Leisure Guides have been delivered to each household in Saskatoon. What happens if you (or a resident in your community) did not receive one?

First, do you have a “No Flyers” sign on your door, or perhaps you called the Star Phoenix and asked them not to deliver flyers? If so, you will not get the Leisure Guide. The StarPhoenix delivers the Leisure Guide and the Leisure Guides are considered the same category as flyers. However, hard copies of the Leisure Guide are available at all Leisure Centres, Public Library locations and City Hall, and you can access an electronic copy on saskatoon.ca/leisureguide.

If you don’t have a “no flyer” sign and have not previously asked to not receive flyers, then please call the StarPhoenix (306-657-6320). It may be that your neighbourhood is missing a delivery person for a particular route, or perhaps the last person who lived in your house asked to not receive flyers (and therefore your address was put on the “no flyer” list). The StarPhoenix will arrange for a Leisure Guide to be delivered to you.

Also, if your address was not on the “no flyer” list – and your Leisure Guide simply did not get delivered – please call the City’s Marketing & Communications Team (306-975- 2882) and give them your address. Marketing & Communications produces the Leisure Guide, and would like to follow up on any issues where residents do not receive a copy.

Me Ta We Tan

Recreation and Community Development has developed a wonderful program for teens in the City. Please join us at one of the following locations for the Teen Drop in Centre.

Location Name: Caswell Hill School Gym
Program Time: 2017 – 18:30 to 20:30
Days of the Week: Wednesdays
Age Category: Youth
Program Fee: FREE
Program Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 to Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Age Grouping: YOUTH
Community Association: Caswell Hill

DID YOU KNOW ME TA WE TAN means “Let’s Play” in Cree?

Each Centre has two leaders trained and certified in HIGH FIVE and can deliver moderate to vigorous activities based on skill development to meet the needs of the participants. HIGH FIVE is a certification based on the Principles of Healthy Child Development and is offered through Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.

For more information on City of Saskatoon MeTaWeTan, please visit www.saskatoon.ca

Free Youth Programs

Little Sisters In Action
Friday November 10th

Free one-day event for girls ages 10 – 14. Walk, dream, run and believe you can soar like an eagle! Be inspired to discover yourself by enhancing sell-confidence and leadership skills, and being physically active.
Where: White Buffalo Youth Lodge, 602 20th Street West, Saskatoon to register please call 306-975-3378.

Girls In Motion
Friday November 10

9:00am – 4:00pm – Shaw Centre (122 Bowlt Crescent)
A day for girls to become inspired to live a healthy, happy lifestyle and enjoy physical activities. This year’s sessions include Country Heat Class, Yoga, Athletics/Track and Field, Hula Hoopsters, and more!

Taking to the Court
Friday, November 10

9:00am – 4:00pm – Cosmo Civic Center (3130 Laurier Drive)
A day for boys to get active, learn, and improve skills in volleyball under the direction of qualified instructors.

Lunch and snacks are provided at each event. Space is limited. Please call 306-975-3378 before Wednesday, November 8 to register.

Fire Hall information session

The Saskatoon Fire Department strives to provide a four-minute traveling response time to all areas in the City of Saskatoon. Geographic modelling shows this level of service and safety will be possible to Sutherland and University area neighborhoods when Fire Station No. 5 is relocated from 105 Street and Central Avenue to closer to the intersection of Preston Avenue and College Drive.

SFD will be hosting two public information sessions, for you and your residents to attend and learn more about this project.

Tuesday, November 7
Sutherland School, Library
211 – 111th Street
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 9
Saskatoon Field House, Meeting Room #3
2020 College Drive
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

More information, including frequently asked questions and the history of Fire Station No. 5, will be available at www.saskatoon.ca/NewServiceModel.

Fall Street Sweeping


With winter just around the corner, it’s that time of the year for the annual two-week fall sweeping program to begin. City street sweepers will be removing leaves and debris from roads in heavily treed neighbourhoods. As you tidy your yard this fall we want to remind you that street sweepers will be coming to your neighbourhood very soon.

The program is expected to start Monday, October 16, and is determined by the weather and the amount of leaves on the ground.

Be on the lookout for the bright yellow No Parking signs that lets you know your street is about to be swept, and ensure your vehicle is off the street to avoid a possible ticket and tow.

Please do not push or blow leaves onto the street. This is illegal and residents may receive a Bylaw Notice if it is determined they pushed their leaves onto the street. Excess leaves can delay the cleaning schedule or even cause the entire street to be skipped.

Place yard clippings in your City of Saskatoon green cart or consider taking them to one of the City’s compost depots for free. Learn how you can compost at home at Saskatoon.ca/homecomposting.

Find your neighbourhood sweeping schedule at saskatoon.ca/sweeping and monitor City of Saskatoon Service Alerts to hear about unexpected changes that can affect your sweeping day.

Permit Parking Zones

At the September 2017 City Council meeting, the Varsity View (and Nutana) Residential Parking Permit (RPP) areas were expanded. VVCA carried out a volunteer led survey this spring and summer of the neighbourhood and gathered enough signatures to expand the zones

VVCA’s RPP will see a substantial expansion, where nearly half of the neighbourhood will now be under the program. Those under the RPP will need to go down to City Hall to get their $25 passes, which include one pass and one visitor pass. These must be displayed, and allow residents to park on their own street but they will still be under the 36-hour rule, which states that a vehicle must not remain in the same spot.

City of Saskatoon website