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Urban Ag Tours

Brought to you by the Saskatoon Food Council and CHEP Good Food Inc.
Urban Ag Tours
Saturday August 19, 2017

Your chance to visit Saskatoon’s most vibrant urban ag projects and connect to your home-grown food community.

8:30am Permablitz Site – 1802 Ewart Avenue
9:15am Permablitz Site – 1402 Ewart Avenue
10:00am Varsity View Community Garden – 615 Wiggins Avenue South
10:45am Parking Lot Garden – 411 Main Street
11:15am Backyard Chickens – 1946 Lorne Avenue
12:00 pm Lunch at the Saskatoon Food Bank’s Garden Patch (bring your own bag lunch) – 900 Block of 3rd Avenue North
1:15 pm City Park Community Garden – North Side of Wilson Park
2:00 pm Askiy Project, Kiscikanis Garden- Across from Station 20 West (1120 20th St W)
2:45 pm Chain Reaction Urban Farm – 434 Avenue D South
3:30 pm Riversdale/King George Community Garden – Victoria Park, corner of Avenue H South and 16th St West
4:15 pm Future Urban Farm- Victoria Park, South of King George Community Garden

Please contact Gord at gordon.enns@usask.ca or Jessie at jessie@chep.org with any questions.

Jane’s Walks 2017

New and old residents alike, there is no better way to rediscover or “MEET YOUR CITY” than by participating in a Jane’s Walk.

Friday May 5 – Sunday May 7, 2017

http://janeswalk.org/canada/saskatoon/

Citizen-led walking tours towards community-based city building

Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbours.

Solidarity Vigil Saskatoon

People are invited to this vigil to show solidarity and support to all people affected by the Muslim ban and other actions of the US administration as well as the family and friends of those affected by the tragic attack on the Sainte Foy mosque. Muslims and refugees are welcome in Saskatoon, Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Métis and we want to show solidarity and support to people here as well.

We will be calling on the federal government to uphold their commitment to welcome refugees and people affected by the Muslim ban and will encourage them to denounce the actions of the US government.

Please bring candles and signs and please message us if you wish to speak or play a song. Please spread the word.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 6 PM – 7 PM
Saskatoon City Hall
222 3rd Ave North, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 0J5

Facebook event

2016 Year of Reconciliation

On June 22, 2015, Saskatoon City Council unanimously declared 2015-2016 a Year of Reconciliation. Join us for a month of activities that explore what Reconciliation is and the role we can ALL play in carrying it forward. The events lead up to:

June 21 National Aboriginal Day
An event open to all who want to celebrate our Indigenous community, enjoy food, entertainment and education in Victoria Park.

June 22 Day of Reconciliation
This event begins with the “Rock Your Roots” Walk for Reconciliation and leads to Victoria Park for a BBQ and Entertainment.

This month, do your part!
• Listen—To each others’ stories
• Learn—About our history
• Show Up—Support events for Reconciliation. See http://www.otc.ca/ for the full schedule
• Share—#ReconciliationSK

Full events schedule at www.otc.ca


May 24 NatureCity Festival: Water Ceremony
Gabriel Dumont Park. Meet near the playground
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You are invited to participate in a traditional ceremony of gratitude and respect for water, with ceremonialist Isaac Murdoch, assisted by Christi Belcourt. Participants are asked to arrive by 10 a.m. and plan on staying for the entire ceremony. Everyone is welcome.

May 24 NatureCity Festival: Water Song for a River City, with Maria Campbell and Friends
Broadway Theatre
7:30 p.m.
Admission is free.
Wild about Saskatoon is proud to present “Water Song for a River City,” an evening of stories, songs, inspiration and hope, featuring Maria Campbell and friends.

May 25 NatureCity Festival: Learning from the Land With Indigenous Knowledge and Science
Saskatoon Wildlife Federation Building and Northeast Swale
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This event is fully booked.
On this full day of activities, First Nations and Metis Knowledge Keepers and grades 4 to 8 students will learn from the land!

May 25 Atchakosuk: Ininewuk Stories of the Stars
Silverspring School gymnasium
610 Konihowski Road 7:30 p.m.
Join Elder Wilfred Buck of the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre to gain a new understanding and appreciation of the energy ablaze in the night sky.

May 25 University of Saskatchewan Graduation Powwow:
10 am – Grand Entry honouring Grade 12 Grads
1 pm – Honouring U of S Grads

May 26 Saskatoon Public School Division Pow Wow
Mount Royal Collegiate

May 26 Learning the Role of Nehiyaw through Language – Beginner’s Cree Workshop
Facilitator: Belinda Daniels
White Buffalo Youth Lodge 10am-3pm

June 2 Heart Garden Day – Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools
In honour of Heart Garden Day on June 3, all schools within the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division will be planting Heart Gardens to honour residential school survivors and their families.

Date to be confirmed Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall
7:30 am Pipe Ceremony
10:00 am Flag Raising Ceremony
Celebrating the community Call to Action!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 An Evening of Reconciliation: Keynote and Cultural Celebration
5:00pm-7:30pm CST
Outdoor Amphitheatre at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon, SK
On Wednesday, June 8th, we invite you to join us for an engaging evening with Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Ambassador, Reconciliation Canada. This free and public event will include an informal reception, cultural dance and keynote from Chief Joseph.

June 10 Indigenous Awareness Training – A Call to Action
Great Plains College, Warman Campus in partnership with the Office of the Treaty Commissioner
10:00 am to 3:30 pm
The training will include an introduction to First Nations worldview, protocol, treaties, residential schools and reconciliation.

June 13 Wicihitowin Speaker Series: Calls to Action –
Presented by Potash Corp
Feature Presenter: Eugene Arcand
Frances Morrison Library Auditorium 10:30am-12pm
Registration Fee: $20
Calls to Action. Eugene has been blazing a trail with his eye-opening and inspiring message on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission ninety-four Calls to Action. He eloquently describes how we can move forward on our own Calls to Action and how this is distinguishably different from a recommendation.

June 14 Metis Day activities at Westmount School
Central Urban Metis Federation Incorporated

June 15 Homeless Challenge
Central Urban Metis Federation Incorporated

June 17 Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division Pow Wow
Thorton Park (Across from St. Frances Cree Bilingual School)
10:00 – 3:00
Theme: Reconciliation

June 20 Public Talk: Hunger, Human Experimentation and the Legacy of Residential Schools
Speaker: Ian Mosby, PhD
Station 20 West – 7pm

June 21 National Aboriginal Day Celebrations
Hosted by the Saskatoon Indian and Metis Friendship Centre
Victoria Park
Event will include Treaty Payments and Entertainment.

June 22 Rock Your Roots: A Call to Action – Day for Reconciliation
Victoria Park
10:30 am to 12 noon: Walk for Reconciliation
12 noon to 2:30 p.m.: BBQ and Entertainment

Varsity View Back Alley Clean-up

The Varsity View Community Association presents
Sweep Into Spring: Back Alley Clean-up
Saturday May 7, 2016
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Free dump site for: scrap metal, furniture, electronics, yard waste, tires, tree branches, and all other back alley debris.

Location: Brunskill School parking lot (to be confirmed)

Come out early for orientation and safety training and enjoy some hot chocolate and donuts. And stay late and enjoy the celebratory BBQ at the end.

If you have a truck and would like to volunteer, please contact the VVCA.

Grosvenor Park Traffic Review: Meeting Minutes

Grosvenor Park Neighbourhood Traffic Review
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Grosvenor Park United Church
Meeting Minutes (City website)
Meeting Powerpoint presentation (City website)

Shaping Saskatoon discussion page for the Grosvenor Park Traffic Review

1. What ideas or solutions do you have to improve traffic flow/safety in your neighbourhood (what’s working or not working)?
2. Identify additional traffic issues and solutions in Grosvenor Park.

Mail-in or email comments no later than May 14, 2016
Additional public input via City on-line Community Engagement webpage no later than May 14, 2016


General Timeline:
• Stage 1 – Identify issues and possible solutions through community consultation (April to Fall 2016)
• Stage 2 – Develop a draft traffic plan
• Stage 3 – Present draft traffic plan to community for feedback (Fall 2016)
• Stage 4 – Implement changes over time (Beginning Spring 2017)


Past Concerns Received
• Bate Crescent
• Isbister Street
• Lake Crescent
• 14th Street
• Main Street
• Back lanes
• Islamic Association of Saskatchewan (222 Copland Crescent) & area


A neighbourhood review aims to get input from area residents about neighbourhood issues relating to speed, pedestrian safety and increased traffic volume, short cutting, etc. Only local and collector streets are reviewed as part of a neighbourhood; arterials are treated differently.

A typical neighbourhood review will begin with a community meeting held early in year, typically between January to March to engage area residents and hear about their concerns.

The Transportation Division then reviews these concerns and follows up with traffic volume, speed and pedestrian studies in areas identified as a major concern and field reviews will be completed. Traffic monitoring data will be used to determine the recommended mitigation, such as signage or traffic calming measures, and a full plan will be presented to residents at a secondary meeting. We welcome as much feedback and comments as we can get, so we also offer the plans and online discussions at Shaping Saskatoon for a month. Once the plan is received and agreed upon by residents, it is then submitted to City Council for approval.

Once a plan is approved by council, the measures are implemented.

– Signage may be installed (pedestrian crosswalks, no parking, stop and yield, speed signs)
– Traffic calming may be installed temporary until proven effective
– Sidewalks or any other permanent measures may be installed when funding is available.

City of Saskatoon Growth Plan

On April 18th, the Growth Plan to Half a Million will be brought to the City’s Governance and Priorities Committee for approval in principle. If approved by Committee, the Growth Plan will then go to City Council for final approval at their April 25th meeting. This represents the culmination of over two years of community input and technical work and it will set the stage for our city’s growth over the next 30 to 40 years!

If you’d like to provide comments to Committee, you can do this either by preparing a written submission or by requesting to speak through the Contact City Council form on the City’s website, www.saskatoon.ca/writetocouncil. Committee and Council meetings are also live-streamed and archived on the City’s website here: Watch Committee and Council

The agenda, including the final report for Governance and Priorities Committee is available here: Agenda

And finally, the Growth Plan Summary Report and more information is available on the project website at www.growingfwd.ca.

With this step, the development of the Growth Plan has wrapped up, but this just represents the start of the process! Your input will continue to play a key role as we move into implementing the key directions outlined in the Growth Plan, so stay tuned!

Sweep Into Spring

Nutana Community Association presents
Sweep Into Spring: Back Alley Clean-up
Saturday May 14

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Free dump site for: scrap metal, furniture, electronics, yard waste, tires, tree branches, and all other back alley debris.
NEW location: 9th Street East, beside Massey Park, between Albert and Lansdowne

Broadway Avenue Improvement Project Starts in May

Extensive water main upgrades and road resurfacing will begin along Broadway Avenue on May 2. The work will last approximately five months, and has been specifically designed to minimize the impact on the community as much as possible. Broadway Avenue will remain open for business and entertainment as the work is completed in phases.

“This work will result in fewer water main breaks in the future, meaning less disruption to businesses and drivers,” says Celene Anger, Director of Construction and Design. “Road resurfacing will extend the lifespan of the avenue and result in a new, smoother surface. Deferring this project would result in further deterioration and increase future construction costs.”

In the first phase, the Broadway Bridge will be closed for approximately one week. The City will take this opportunity to simultaneously complete asset perseveration work on adjacent roads north of the bridge, minimizing the overall time the bridge will be closed. Commuters are being asked to reroute their commute during the summer-long project, making use of other bridges and highways. Detours will be clearly marked, and when necessary, the primary detour route around Broadway Avenue (when the bridge is open) will be Dufferin Avenue.

When work on Broadway Avenue is complete, the project will move onto side streets, including block sections of 10th, 11th, and 12th Streets as well as a four block section of Main Street. Residents who require individual sewer line or lead water line replacements have already been notified.

“We have been working with homeowners and businesses since last November, giving as much advance notice as possible. Throughout construction there will be some unavoidable inconveniences, specifically with water supply and route access”, says Anger. “Whenever homes and businesses are briefly without regular water access, water will be supplied via temporary hookups.”

For more information please visit saskatoon.ca/broadway.

Slow down, pay attention and respect work zones. Watch for pedestrians and work crews, and for everyone’s safety, please obey all detours, signs and barriers.

Know before you go! Plan your route around road work by checking our Road Restrictions and Construction Projects interactive map. Find traffic detour information and subscribe to Traffic Detour Service Alerts at saskatoon.ca/service-alerts. You can also follow us on Twitter @YXEServiceAlert and with #betterroadsYXE.

11th Annual City Wide Food Drive

The 11th Annual City Wide Food Drive in support of the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre is just around the corner!

The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre has been seeing a drastic increase of people accessing our Food Hamper program. Serving more than 20,000 people in recent months, we are in a great need of food to help fill the shelves.

On May 7th follow these easy steps to help contribute to the health of our community:

1. Watch your mailbox for your donation bag in late April coming with your subscription to the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

2. Fill the bag with healthy non-perishable food donations. (Don’t get the StarPhoenix? Just pack a regular bag with non-perishable food and clearly label it for volunteers.)

3. Set your bag on your front doorstep by 10am on Saturday May 7th.

4. A large team of volunteers will set out into the Saskatoon neighbourhoods to collect from your doorstep between 10 am and 2 pm.

5. If you live in a condo/ apartment, or your bag is accidentally missed, please bring your donations to your nearest grocery store’s Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre collection bin.

Visit our website for information about our programs: www.saskatoonfoodbank.org or Facebook.

Grosvenor Park Neighbourhood Traffic Review

Thursday, April 14, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Grosvenor Park United Church
Cumberland Avenue & 14th Street

Are there traffic concerns in your neighbourhood? Do you have ideas and suggestions to address the issues? We want to hear from you!

Residents of Grosvenor Park are invited to attend a public meeting to identify and discuss local traffic issues in the neighbourhood. The meeting will be hosted by the City of Saskatoon, Transportation Division.

The Transportation Division will examine the issues identified at this meeting, gather additional information through traffic counts, and prepare a comprehensive plan to ad- dress traffic concerns across the entire Grosvenor Park neighbourhood. The plan will be presented at a follow-up meeting in fall 2016.

All local stakeholders are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please join us as we discuss the traffic issues that affect your neighbourhood.

Please send comments to:
Justine Nyen, Transportation Engineer
Transportation & Utilities Department, City of Saskatoon
222-3rd Avenue North Saskatoon, S7K 0J5
Email: justine.nyen@saskatoon.ca Ph: (306) 975-2454 Fax: (306) 975-2971

Yellow Fish Road Program

Protect Our River!
Water from your Street drains directly to our river – UNTREATED.

Eight actions you can take to help keep our river clean:
• Wash your car at a carwash to prevent soap from entering storm drains.
• Scoop your dog’s poop and put it in the garbage.
• Take hazardous household chemicals to designated drop-off locations.
• Fertilize lawns and gardens naturally with compost, grass cuttings, and topsoil.
• Keep insects away with natural predators such as birds (houses), ladybugs (leaf litter), spiders (leave webs), and bats (boxes).
• Pull weeds by hand or host a weed pulling party.
• Sweep dirt and sediment onto the lawn not the street.
• Fix car leaks so fluids don’t get washed down the storm drains.

Yellow Fish RoadTM
Help build awareness by painting storm drains in your neighbourhood with a yellow fish and the words “rainwater only” This helps remind your friends and neighbours that what goes down our storm drains affects our river.

To learn more about Yellow Fish Road, visit www.yellowfishroad.org or call the Girl Guides at 306-652-3275 to borrow a painting kit and get involved.

Jane’s Walks 2016

Saskatoon is a booming place with people moving to our vibrant city from all over Canada and the world. New and old residents alike, there is no better way to rediscover or ‘MEET YOUR CITY’ than by participating in a Jane’s Walk.

Making change: 23rd Street protected bike lane
Led By Cathy Watts
May 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Meeting at Corner of 23rd. St. and 4th. Ave.
Considerable controversy has surrounded the first protected bike lane for Saskatoon. As a pilot project there have been many issues. Maintenance, usage, and design have all been vigorously debated by both those who have used it and those who have been inconvenienced by it from their car. Should the citizens of Saskatoon expect the city to play a role in facilitating healthy lifestyles through design of public space? As time permits the conversation may also include equity for all citizens who require convenience and safety in their daily travels. This could include transit riders, persons who are unable to drive, choose not to drive, or don’t have access to a car. Age-friendly issues which cross the community may also be included. Walk will conclude in the coffee shop “Karma” on the west side of 2nd Ave. close to 23 St.

Downtown Trivia Walk
Led By Pamela Brotzel
May 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Meeting at Spadina Cres & 23rd St
The Trivia Walk is open to anyone! Don’t worry the answers are all multiple choice! We will be walking around downtown stopping at interesting buildings, art installations, and other downtown attractions to hear a little bit of background information and answer a trivia question. Any red lights along our route, is just another opportunity for a trivia question. This walk will be full of facts and fun! There will be a prize for the winner and bragging rights of course!

NE Swale Part 1: Guided hike of the Meewasin
May 7, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Meeting at Northeast Swale on Lowe Road (Range Road 3050)
The hike will provide an opportunity to learn about the natural and cultural heritage of the Meewasin Northeast Swale and the plans to try to protect the area as it is surrounded by urban neighborhoods and crossed by numerous roads. Spring wildflowers will be in bloom plus grassland birds and waterfowl will be back. We will be walking on rough terrain; please bring shoes with adequate ankle support. Event will be cancelled in case of a heavy rain. There is no cost to participate.

NE Swale Part 2: Nature Photography
Led By Branimir Gjetvaj
May 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Meeting at Northeast Swale on Lowe Road (Range Road 3050)
We will focus our lenses on wild critters and details in nature found on a beautiful prairie landscape at the northeast edge of Saskatoon. The nature photography field trip will take place immediately after the guided nature hike with Renny Grilz and Louise Jones (6 – 7 p.m.). Come early and learn about things you will be photographing later during the golden evening light. Bring your camera, snacks and drinking water. Optional but recommended: tripod and a macro lens (or a zoom lens that can focus close enough to photograph lichens on rocks). We will be walking on rough terrain; please bring shoes with adequate ankle support. Event will be cancelled in case of a heavy rain. There is no cost to participate.

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Compost Depots open April 11, 2016

The City of Saskatoon’s two compost depots will be opening for the season on April 11 (weather permitting). Residents of Saskatoon are encouraged to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill by bringing their leaves and grass to one of the depots for composting.

West – Highway 7 Compost Depot, located at the junction of Highway 7 and 11th Street West. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. *Vehicles will not be admitted after 5:50 p.m.
East – Highway 5 Compost Depot, located off Highway 5 via the junction of Highway 41 and Zimmerman Road, east of Sundown Storage Solutions. Open Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday to Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The East depot is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. *Vehicles will not be admitted after 4:50 p.m. (6:50 on Thursdays).

The depots are free for residents of Saskatoon. Commercial haulers are required to purchase and display a seasonal permit to access the compost depots. The registration fee for 2016 is $200 per business for the first vehicle and $50 for each additional vehicle. Purchase commercial permits at saskatoonenvirostore.ca.

Food waste will not be accepted for drop off at the compost depots; however, residents may subscribe for a Green Cart for convenient front-street collection of food and yard waste every two weeks. Visit saskatoon.ca/greencarts to subscribe by May 15; collection for homes subscribed by April 15 begins the week of May 2. Learn how to compost food and yard waste in your own yard at saskatoon.ca/homecomposting.

Refer to Compost Depot Service Alerts for timely updates on unplanned compost depot closures, and follow @YXEServiceAlert on Twitter. If you have any questions about the Compost Depots, please contact the Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2486.

Spring Street Sweeping Blitz Underway

The blitz is designed to collect the bulk of the debris left behind over winter, which in turn increases efficiency and cost effectiveness of the City Wide Neighbourhood Sweeping program. The Blitz will also remove sand and debris from medians where snow was stored. Sweepers will go around parked vehicles during the Blitz program; parking enforcement will not be applied.

If the weather cooperates, neighborhood curb-to-curb street sweeping will start Sunday, May 1. Signs will guide you to move your vehicles off the road.