City of Saskatoon
The Saskatoon area is short 34 school bus drivers this fall.
"With the increase in student enrollment, we are seeing increased demand for transportation," said Veronica Baker, spokeswoman for Saskatoon Public Schools, in an email to News Talk Radio.
The Greater Saskatoon Catholic Division has added seven new bus routes this year.
Employees at City Hall seem happier these days.
A report before the executive committee showed the city reporting 3,800 fewer sick days than five years ago, giving it the lowest number of days missed in the country.
“The average number of days lost in the City of Saskatoon is a 7.8 days and for the StatsCan benchmark is 10.9 days,” said Kim Matheson, occupational health and safety manager at city hall.
Distracting, unsafe and undesirable; that's how Councillor Pat Lorje describes billboards around the city of Saskatoon.
"I feel billboards have the potential to be visually distracting to motorists and it seems to me like we have a wonderful stretch of Circle Drive right now and people drive across that bridge and admire the view from the river and admire the golf course and why would we want to clutter that up with billboards," Lorje said.
Saskatonians celebrated labour day in the sunshine as they gathered at Victoria Park for the Saskatoon and District Labour Council's (SDLC) 15th annual BBQ.
But while people chowed down on hot dogs and hamburgers while listening to live entertainment and enjoying the good weather, there was debate on whether they were actively remembering why they had today off work.
Tuesday morning marks the end of summer holidays for Saskatoon students.
For high school students in the public school system first day of class is first thing in the morning but for elementary students there is registration and only a half-day of classes.
Saskatoon Public Schools urged parents to check with the schools for specific start times.
The Saskatoon Catholic school division will also launch its school year. Elementary school students will need to attend school tomorrow morning for registration but don't start full-day classes until Wednesday.
The City of Saskatoon has a long list of road work to get through before the snow flies.
In a construction update at City Hall, Construction and design manager Chris Hallam said workers have been playing catch-up ever since the long winter ate into their season.
Now, Hallam said they're trying to squeeze in as much as they can before they shut down for the year.
Proposed changes to Saskatoon's truck routes have caused confusion and congestion.
The changes add, remove, and change previous routes for truckers driving in or coming through the city. It will also re-brand them by renaming them either long haul routes or Pick Up/Deliver (P&D) routes.
Since the Circle Drive South Project opened truckers have already seen changes.
The remaining days of summer are supposed to be hot, and some outdoor pools in Saskatoon are extending their season because of the late-August heat wave.
The city announced Tuesday that Riversdale and George Ward pools would stay open until Sept. 2 to accommodate swimmers throughout the Labour Day long weekend. Both were originally scheduled to close on Friday.
Lynn and her family were happy to hear Mayfair Pool will be open until Friday.
The future of the Confederation Mall bus terminal hangs in the balance.
This Thursday the city’s transit services will hold a public open house outlining their plans to move the existing bus terminal away from the mall, one block south on Confederation Drive.
“From a transit perspective, for us to get an on-street terminal, it does save us a lot of time getting in and out of a terminal,” said Bob Howe, manager of transit.
“Going halfway up Laurier Drive, buses get caught at the (traffic) lights.”
A lineup of cars as far as the eye can see has been the norm over the last couple of days in Saskatoon.
But relief is on its way.
“The work on Circle Drive is wrapping up (Thursday) and they should be in a position to have all three lanes open for the morning commute,” said Chris Hallam, the city’s manager of construction.
Since Monday repaving on Circle Drive between Attridge Drive and the Circle Drive North bridge closed down two of the three eastbound lanes, causing massive traffic delays throughout the city.