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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.

City Race Relations events

The City of Saskatoon Cultural Diversity and Race Relations department are holding some community events throughout March 2018.

Diefenbaker Canada Centre – Free interpretive tours
The Diefenbaker Canada Centre is offering free interpretive gallery tours every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm in March of our current travelling exhibit “Hockey” and “Hockey: A Common Goal”. Please e-mail dief.centre@usask.ca or call 306-966-8483 to reserve your spot.

Sunday March 4: CHEP Good Food Inc & Slow Food Saskatoon
Three of Slow Food Saskatoon’s local chefs compete head to head using locally grown and sourced ingredients from CHEP’s Good Food Box Program. Those who attend will sample the dishes and in the end decide the winner.

Thursday March 8: Eritrean Women’s League
Eritrean Women’s league is inviting you to celebrate International Women’s Day at Saba’s African Cuisine. Tickets are $25.00 /includes supper and traditional coffee (can be picked up from restaurant). There will be guest speakers during the event.

Friday March 9: Saskatchewan German Council Inc.
The event is hosted by the Saskatchewan German Council in Partnership with the Saskatchewan Library Association for their
Program “One Book, One Province” and is part of an international cooking series open to the public. The class is “Apfelkuchen Now and Then”, where participants will learn all about Apfelkuchen (apple cakes) along with a recipe from Amy Jo Ehman’s “Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens”. There will be another reading as well, once the cakes are finished baking. The cost per person is $20.00, preregistration and payment is required. Please contact the SGC office for the registration form and to make
arrangements for payment.

Friday March 9: Canadian International Council
Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Goals: Connecting Policy and Practice in Saskatchewan
*A multi-sectoral dialogue*
What are Canada’s immigration and refugee goals? What are the challenges and the strengths of smaller Canadian cities in
achieving them and helping new arrivals thrive in local communi-ties? What are some of our success stories, and what do we need to consider as we move forward in changing economies?
Join us for a series of discussions with local experts and stake-holders as we examine made-in-Saskatchewan practice we need for immigration success.

Sat. March 10 & Sun. March 11: DanceEgypt Dance Co.
“Journey of the Dancer” Middle Eastern Dance Show
A family friendly event showcasing the beauty and diversity of Egyptian dance – from the swirling colors of veils to the fun of folkloric. Join us and escape the winter blues!

Sat. March 10: CHEP Good Food Inc.
Seedy Saturday
The 20th Annual Seedy Saturday eco-fair and seed exchange. There will be gardening and seed vendors, speaker’s series presentations, face painting, puppet shows, networking, etc. etc. If you like to garden, come on down and check it out!

Sunday March 11: Women Coming Together as One
Join us on March 11th for Women Coming Together As One. This event is in celebration of International Women’s Day. The event is FREE to attend and light refreshments, and will include:
 Women’s stories from around the world
 Comedy acts by ‘LadyBits’
 Global dance performances
 Fun filled activities for the whole family

Download City of Saskatoon PDF for more information.

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

Pumpkins in the Park 2017

Do you carve your pumpkins? Or do you paint and add decorations to your pumpkins? Whatever you do, we can’t WAIT to see them!

Bring your pumpkins out and join us on Wednesday, November 1 at 6pm at Rotary Park for PUMPKINS IN THE PARK. Watch the many pumpkins come together and enjoy some free hot dogs & hot chocolate.

Pumpkins will be composted after the event.


Community of Heroes 2017

This is your VIP invitation to Community of Heroes 2017

In Canada, 40,000 cardiac arrests occur each year. Survival for someone who has a cardiac arrest depends on bystanders knowing what to do and acting quickly, but, unfortunately, this action happens in less than one-third of these cases.

The Community of Heroes event aims to increase the bystander response to cardiac arrest by helping community members learn to do Hands–only CPR and how to use a defibrillator (AED).

And to top it off, everyone will have a chance to show off their new skills in our unique CPR relay!

Please join us at this event. Your participation will help Heart & Stroke and MD Ambulance create a Community of Heroes in Saskatoon.

Sunday, August 13, 2017
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Friendship Park
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Participate in this great event and take a turn in our CPR relay to help show all of Saskatoon how easy it is to save a life and encourage others to participate as well.

Please RSVP by Friday, August 4, 2017 by contacting Cecile Klein, Resuscitation Program Coordinator, cecile.klein@heartandstroke.ca or 306-500-6027.

Family-friendly, no experience required, and your participation takes less than an hour.

Graffiti Reduction

Spring can often mean that it is graffiti season. Rinks are often a target for Graffiti. If you experience graffiti please follow these steps:
Record It – Take a picture of the graffiti vandalism as soon as it is identified.
Report It – Report all incidents of damage to your property by calling Saskatoon Police Service at 975-8300.
Remove It – Remove graffiti from your property as quickly as possible. The faster and more frequently graffiti is cleaned up, the less it reappears.

What can I do if I see graffiti on someone else’s property?
To report graffiti vandalism on property other than your own call 975-2828. More information can be found here: https://www.saskatoon.ca/services-residents/housing-property/graffiti-reduction

Saskatoon Police Services Community Night

Saskatoon City Police are hosting a Community Night on June 14, 2017. Last year Saskatoon Police Services hosted 3 of them (one for each division), but attendance wasn’t great. This year SPS is hosting one larger event to allow residents to interact with the Police force.

Saskatoon City Police Community Liaison Officers
Central Division:
Cst Dawn Epp
306-975-8032 dawn.epp@police.saskatoon.sk.ca

Northwest Division
Cst Jing Xiao
306-975-2296 jing.Xiao@police.saskatoon.sk.ca

East Division
Cst Imran Siraj
306-975-2267 imran.siraj@police.saskatoon.sk.ca

VV Community Clean-up

When? Saturday, May 27, 2017
Where? Brunskill School, parking lot

VVCA Community Clean Up: Varsity View Community Association is holding a neighborhood clean up on the morning of May 27th.

There will be two bins in the parking lot of Brunskill school – one for metal and one for general trash from 10 am till noon. Residents are welcome to drop off trash by bringing it to the bins between these times. Volunteers and especially volunteers with trucks would be welcome to help clear up the back alleys.

For volunteers for general pick up there is an orientation session at 9:30 am in the east side of the parking lot of Brunskill School. If you have any questions, contact the VVCA President at president@vvcasaskatoon.com

Winter City Workshop


The City of Saskatoon invites all interested community members to help shape the creation of a Winter City Strategy for Saskatoon!

Over the winter, we asked the community how we could improve our:
– Winter Life: Celebrate what makes Saskatoon inviting and fun even in the coldest months of the year.
– Winter Design: Improve community accessibility for everyone, even in the ice and snow.
– Winter Culture: Build enthusiasm for the winter season and helping us take advantage of all the opportunities winter brings.
– Winter Economy: Address challenges associated with winter to create more vibrant and prosperous service, retail and accommodation sectors in the winter.

We received a ‘blizzard’ of great ideas and now it is time to shape these into a Strategy. Please join us in a discussion of priorities and ways to support new and existing initiatives.

The workshop will also feature presentations by City-sponsored delegates who attended the Edmonton Winter City Shake-Up Conference in February.

DATE: Thursday, April 27th from 8:00 a.m. to Noon
LOCATION: Royal Canadian Legion Saskatoon Branch 63, 606 Spadina Crescent West.
Everyone welcome!

If you are interested in attending please RSVP to wintercityyxe@saskatoon.ca or call 306-975-2487.

Visit Saskatoon.ca/wintercityyxe for more information on the Winter City Strategy.

Saskatoon Services for Seniors

Saskatoon Services for Seniors is a community-based, not-for-profit organization established in 1988 that supports older adults (55+), seniors and physically challenged individuals’ aging-in-place in their own homes, in their own communities, for as long as possible, and with dignity.

Our services support all older adults, seniors and physically challenged individuals’ by offering services that include:
• housekeeping
• yard work
• snow shoveling
• other specialized services

If you are interested in helping using our services, or support low-income seniors, please consider, volunteering, making a donation (we are registered charity) and becoming a member.
Contact 306-668-2764 or ed.saskatoonservices4seniors@sasktel.net

Volunteer opportunities
We are currently seeking volunteers for:
1. Office administration support
 Answering incoming phone calls to the office
 Updating membership lists by contacting members to verify information
 Filing
Hours: 2-3 per week

2. Peer-to-peer assistance for seniors
 Provide support to seniors who need errands run
 Provide home support assistance to low income seniors who are unable to afford fee-for-services provided by SSFS (e.g. laundry, assistance getting to meals, etc.)
Hours: determined by specific need.

NB: We currently have one senior male who is in need of weekly laundry and light housekeeping est. 1.5 hours.

Urban Agriculture Community Meeting

Participants Wanted!
How Can Urban Agriculture Work For You?

How do you think we could bring more urban agriculture to your neighbourhood?
Come share your ideas at your neighbourhood’s community meeting!

The Ward 6 community meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 30th, at 6:30pm. It’s being hosted at the J.S. Wood Library (1801 Lansdowne Avenue) . Participation is limited to the first 10 respondents, so register today! We’re still looking for a few more community members attend that meeting, so it would be greatly appreciated if you could share this information with your local associations! Meetings will take about 90 minutes, snacks will be provided, and everyone who attends will be entered in a draw to win a CHEP Good Food Box!

If community members aren’t able to make it to their own ward’s meeting, but they would still like to participate, we may be able to find an alternate meeting date for them. They can contact us by email at urban.ag.research.sk@gmail.com to find an alternate arrangement. Lastly, if people are unable to make it to any of the meetings, they can still participate in just the online portion by going to the following website: http://conceptsystemsglobal.com/ASAP/sort/rate

These meetings are being held as a part of a research project on urban agriculture through the U of S College of Nursing. Our goal is to create an urban agriculture plan for Saskatoon that can increase access to quality, affordable food. For more information on this project, please contact Wanda Martin by email at wanda.martin@usask.ca, or call (306) 966-5429.

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Citizen Budget Goes On the Road

Which civic services are most important to you? Would you like to have your say on how your property taxes are used? Would you like an opportunity to share your priorities and preferences on the City’s 2017 Budget?

With a goal to encourage participation in the annual budget process amongst residents, the City of Saskatoon will be at the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market this Saturday, June 4, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to gather public feedback and promote Citizen Budget the City’s online interactive and educational tool.

Citizen Budget asks residents if the City should spend more, spend less, or spend the same on a variety of key civic services. The public can experience the complexity of building a City budget, and see the trade-offs that need to be considered when increasing, decreasing or providing the same level of service. Attendees at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, and at future locations will also have an opportunity to Have Their Say via a dot exercise where they’re invited to indicate their service level expectations and priorities for Budget 2017.

This is the second year for Citizen Budget. Last spring, the City held a public open house at City Hall, and asked residents to complete a survey online and at “on the road” locations. Citizen Budget launched in fall 2015; the public engagement budget activities are earlier this year due to the 2016 Civic Elections, October 26, 2016.

By ‘taking it on the road’ and visiting various locations, City staff hope to increase public participation and feedback that will be considered by Administration and City Council prior to Budget 2017 deliberations this December.

Future dates and locations for Citizen Budget On the Road can be found on saskatoon.ca/financialfuture. The online Citizen Budget tool is open until June 24. Residents wishing to complete a paper survey on their service level preferences, can do so in the lobby of City Hall.

Citizen Budget, and other public engagement activities such as the Annual Civic Services Survey, align with all of the City of Saskatoon’s Strategic Goals. We invest in what matters most to residents; the services we provide are aligned with what citizens expect; when people are actively engaged in the future and governance of their city, and through conversation and working together, we move the city forward, together.

Community Police Academy

The Saskatoon Police Service is once again accepting applications for the Community Police Academy scheduled for this fall. The goal of the Academy is to give the participants a better understanding of the Police Service through information and education. The people attending the Community Police Academy are members of the Saskatoon community from all walks of life.

The Community Police Academy is a 13 week course held in the fall; weekly sessions are 3 hours long. The sessions will be held in the classroom at the Saskatoon Police Service Headquarters, 76 – 25th Street East, Saskatoon. In addition there will be a ride-along option with a Patrol member and a sit-along in Detention or the Communication units. A Graduation Ceremony will be held upon completion.

The deadline to apply is August 1st. To apply, click this link: http://police.saskatoon.sk.ca/cpa/

If you have any questions, please contact the Community Police Academy Coordinator:
Constable Jing Xiao, Community Liaison Officer
306-975-2296; Jing.Xiao@police.saskatoon.sk.ca