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W. W. Ashley Park Redesign – Update

Many residents and businesses in low lying, older areas have been devastated multiple times by flooding where the storm water system does not have the capacity to adequately manage flash flooding.  Streets in these higher-risk flood areas were not designed to convey storm water like they are now in newer neighbourhoods.

The City of Saskatoon is upgrading the storm water system to improve flood protection to residential and business properties near the 1st Street/ Dufferin Avenue and Taylor Street/ Broadway Avenue intersections. This will impact the multi-purpose sport field at W.W. Ashley District Park and some local roads during construction.

Update:

  1. SaskEnergy completed moving their gas lines required for new storm water infrastructure. No other construction has started for W.W. Ashley Park storm water pond.
  2. The detailed design is complete for all storm water infrastructure.
  3. The landscaping design is complete to detail the storm pond after excavation.
  4. Signage is scheduled to go up at the end of October at W.W. Ashley District Park to explain the project.
  5. An engagement event (online format) is expected to be scheduled in November.
  6. The tender is to be issued in November (by Construction & Design Division).
  7. Construction for the storm pond is expected to start in January and take approximately three months.
  8. The project is expected to be completed in 2021.

Saskatoon Municipal Election

The Saskatoon Elections website has all the information you will need to vote in the November 9th Municipal Election.
QEXCA provides this information to help you make your choice count.
Your Community is partly in Ward 6 and partly in Ward 7.
During the Municipal Election, you may vote for the Mayor, the City Councillor for your Ward and School Board Trustees for either the Public School Board in your Ward OR up to seven for the Separate School Board, city-wide.

For Mayor, there are six candidates:
Don Atchison https://donatchison.ca/
Charlie Clark https://www.charlieclark2020.ca/
Rob Norris https://www.robnorris.ca/
Zubair Sheikh www.zubair4mayor.ca
Cary Tarasoff https://carytarasoff.ca/
Mark Zielke www.mark4mayor.ca

Ward 6 has three candidates for City Council:
Cynthia Block http://www.cynthiablockward6.com/
Lee Kormish https://leekormish.ca/
Jonathan (Jon) Naylor https://www.jonnaylor4ward6.ca/
and two candidates for Public School Board:
Kathleen Brannen https://www.facebook.com/kathleenbrannenforschools
Gale Hagblom www.gale-hagblom.squarespace.com

Ward 7 has four candidates for City Council:
Mairin Loewen https://mairinloewen.ca/
Carol Reynolds https://carolreynoldsyxe.com/
Jim Rhode https://jim-rhode.com/
Darcy Warrington https://www.ward7saskatoon.com/
and one candidate for Public School Board:
Ross Tait (acclaimed)

The Separate School Board has twelve candidates:
Shawn Baier baier@shaw.ca
Ron Boechler boechler2020@gmail.com
Diane Boyko dianeboyko@gmail.com
Hudson Byblow hudsonab80@hotmail.com
Jim Carriere j.carriere@sasktel.net
Dana A. Case 306 230-3171 
Bronwynn Cutts BMCuttsGSCS@gmail.com
Tim Jelinski jelinskitim@gmail.com
Richard Kolla
Deb Scherbanuik Malasky scherbs@sasktel.net
Blake Sittler bbsittler@sasktel.net
Sharon Zakreski-Werbicki sharon.zakreskiwerbicki@gmail.com

Saskatchewan Provincial Election

Elections Saskatchewan is an independent office of the Legislative Assembly, created to plan, organize, deliver and regulate provincial electoral events for the people of Saskatchewan.
The Elections Saskatchewan website has all the information you will need to vote in the October 26th Provincial Election.

QEXCA provides this information to help you make your choice count.
The Community is partly in the Constituency of Saskatoon Eastview and partly in Saskatoon Nutana.

Saskatoon Eastview candidates:
Chris Guerette    https://www.saskparty.com/guerette
Jan Norris     https://saskgreen.ca/2020-candidates/
Matt Love        https://www.saskndp.ca/love

Saskatoon Nutana candidates:
Albert Chubak     https://saskgreen.ca/2020-candidates/
Kyle Mazer      kylemazer.ca
Erika Ritchie    https://www.saskndp.ca/ritchie

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Hospice at Glengarda

St. Paul’s Hospital is opening a 15-bed community-based hospice, located at 301 Hilliard Street East, under the ownership of Emmanuel Health and with the support of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation. The facility will operate in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority with support from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.

Here’s the latest update.

Construction is expected to take about a year, with the goal of opening the 15-bed hospice in Fall 2020.

St. Paul’s Hospital is thankful to the community for your patience throughout the demolition phase and renovation/construction of the hospice.

The Hospital Foundation is progressing well with their fundraising for the $20 million Close to Home campaign – this is a comprehensive campaign that includes not only the money needed to build the hospice, but also targets other important advancements for end-of-life care in Saskatoon and area.

There are opportunities for employment at the hospice once it is open. Information about volunteering is available by emailing treihl@samaritanplace.ca.

Further updates will be shared in the weeks and months ahead as the project progresses.

For more information, please contact Tara Delainey, Hospice Operational Readiness and Transition Lead, St. Paul’s Hospital: 306-655-5867.

Exhibition LAP Adopted!

We are excited to share the good news that City Council officially adopted the Exhibition Local Area Plan at yesterday’s meeting!

The report has been posted at saskatoon.ca/LAP, which is also where implementation updates on the 36 recommendations of the Exhibition LAP will be posted periodically in the future.

Thank you to the more than 190 Exhibition and Queen Elizabeth community members for your contributions in creating the plan! We hope everyone feels a sense of pride in helping your community. LAPs are not possible without the involvement and commitment of local stakeholders. We can’t do it without you!

What is a Local Area Plan

Local Area Planning is a community-based approach to developing comprehensive neighbourhood plans that enable residents, business owners, property owners, community groups, and other stakeholders to have direct input into the future of their neighbourhood.

Once completed, a LAP establishes the vision and goals to guide the growth and development of a neighbourhood.  It also identifies specific recommendations for improvements within a neighbourhood.

The study area boundary for the Exhibition LAP is Taylor Street to the North, Broadway Avenue to the East, Ruth Street (East of Lorne Avenue) and Circle Drive (West of Lorne Avenue) to the South, and the riverbank to the West (see attached study area map).

A picture is worth a thousand words! The City is asking residents to show what you love about living in the area.
See some of the photos that have been shared.
Submit photos of the sights and activities you enjoy.

If you have any questions about the LAP, the LAP Process, or the meetings, please contact:
Keith Folkersen, Senior Planner
Neighbourhood Planning Section
City of Saskatoon
Phone: 306 986-1690
E-mail: keith.folkersen@saskatoon.ca

Good Neighbour Guide

The City of Saskatoon’s Good Neighbour Guide provides a handy overview of Saskatoon’s bylaws, standards and regulations to help us all do our part to keep our neighbourhoods and city safe, clean and beautiful.
The guide includes information about:

  • Boulevard and Back Lane Maintenance
  • Fences
  • Fire Pits
  • Garage and Yard Sales
  • Garbage, Recycling and Composting
  • Home-based Businesses
  • Home Development
  • Hot Tubs and Swimming Pools
  • Landscaping
  • Noise
  • Parking
  • Property Drainage
  • Responsible Pet Ownership
  • Snow and Ice on Sidewalks
  • Untidy Properties

COVID-19 Resources

Check this post frequently. These sites are updated as new information is available.

Saskatoon
The latest from City Hall: The City has activated its Emergency Operations Centre to coordinate its planning efforts.

The City supports and will fully comply with both the guidelines and restrictions under the current Public Health Order, as required by the Chief Medical Health Officer and regulated under the Re-open Saskatchewan Plan.
Saskatoon Transit will resume loading passengers and collecting fares at the front doors
June 8.

Updates from Cynthia Block, Councilor, Ward 6: “Offers to pick up groceries, prescriptions, shovel walks or reach out via phone to strangers who may be lonely remind me again how lucky we are to live in this city. “

Updates from Mairin Loewen, Councilor, Ward 7: “I want to …  sincerely thank residents for everything they are doing to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our community – by staying home, practicing physical distancing, and by continuing to stay connected with your neighbours.”

The Saskatoon Public Schools Parent and Caregiver Reopening Handbook has been updated with new details about staggered elementary school start dates, the revised high school quint calendar, and other division-wide reopening information. The handbook is updated whenever new information is available.

Effective March 25, City-owned playground structures and those in school yards at all schools (Saskatoon Public, Greater Saskatoon Catholic, and Canadienne Ecole Francais) will close until further notice. This action was necessary because the shared surfaces people touch – especially playground equipment – should not be used right now for the health and safety of your family, and to eliminate the potential for gatherings at play. For more information go to saskatoon.ca/covid-19.

Saskatchewan
The latest from the Provincial Government: a range of information, including a self-assessment tool.
Provincial Government Resources: Tips for parents and more.
Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan

Canada
The latest from Public Health Canada: Prevention and treatment information from our Federal government.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention provides steps to care for yourself and help protect others in your home and community.

Resources for Seniors
The Saskatoon Council on Aging has cancelled programs and activities until June.  Its phone lines remain open and staff are working remotely.  Any senior, who needs help to get groceries or needs a friendly volunteer caller, may contact the YXE Community Response to COVID-19.  The email is yxecovid19help@gmail.com.  The hotline is 306-361-4357.  There are also many other organizations that are helping.  To keep updated, visit the website

Maintain Physical Distance
The Meewasin Valley Authority has advice for when you do get out for some fresh air and exercise.

BRT Update

Project planning has continued according to projected timelines. Read about the
developments that have occurred, moving closer to the launch of Bus Rapid Transit

Updates from stakeholder meetings will be posted on the Transit Plan Engage Page as soon as they are publicly available.

You can find summaries of the reports, including engagement activities and route information, at saskatoon.ca/transit-plan, and find details of the Downtown Active Transportation Network Plan at saskatoon.ca/moving-around/cycling/cycling-plans-projects.

Find out more about Plan for Growth initiatives at saskatoon.ca/engage.  Information will be added to the Growth Plan website as it becomes available at saskatoon.ca/growth.

If you have any questions about BRT, or would like to participate in future engagement activities, please contact BRT@saskatoon.ca.  If you have any questions about the Plan for Growth in general, please contact the Growth Plan Implementation Team at growth@saskatoon.ca.

For more information, or to find schedules and other trip planning tools, visit saskatoontransit.ca or download Transit App to plan your trip using real-time bus tracking.

Forsake the rake!

October 17, 2019

Conservation group encourages people to leave their leaves on the ground.
One of the most beautiful aspects of fall, the changing colour of leaves, comes with an onerous task: raking them all up. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), however, has some green advice for people wishing to avoid back-breaking yard work: leave the rake in the shed and the leaves on the ground.