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Saskatoon council votes in new governance model

Saskatoon city council voted to adopt a new governance model, handing more power to the committee level with city council meeting only on the last Monday of each month.

“This has the potential to make us much less open and much less accessible and less transparent,” said Ward 2 Councillor Pat Lorje. “How will you answer the question when people ask you what are you doing when you only meet once a month?”

Saskatoon residents say bridge project badly needed

Evan Benois lives in Ward 10, which encompasses rapidly-growing neighbourhoods like Willowgrove, Erindale, Silverspring, and University Heights.

He says a commute from his home in Willowgrove to his workplace in the city's southwest takes 75 minutes if he were to take the nearby Circle Drive bridge. Instead, he takes the long way around over the new south bridge.

"Our infrastructure is way behind," Benois said, adding that a north commuter bridge is "probably 20 years" overdue.

New bridges announced for Saskatoon

The Bridge City is set to become even bridge-ier following an announcement Monday morning.

Premier Brad Wall and federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz were on hand alongside Mayor Don Atchison to announce funding for the North Commuter Parkway and Traffic Bridge replacement project.

"This is an exciting day for all the citizens of Saskatoon... To be able to get both bridges announced together -- the Parkway Commuter and the Traffic Bridge is absolutely fantastic," said Atchison.

Corman Park Reeve warming up to regional planning

Five communities in central Saskatchewan are moving ahead developing a regional plan for future growth in the province.

On Monday, Saskatoon city council will review a report outlining the foundations agreed on, by regional municipalities including Osler, Warman, Martensville, Corman Park and Saskatoon.

Meewasin Trail to connect to Wanuskewin Heritage Park

The beautiful scenery and culture of Wanuskewin Heritage Park will now be linked directly to Saskatoon.
The official sod-turning ceremony took place Friday, kicking off construction to connect the Meewasin Trail at 71st Street to Wanuskewin Heritage Park as part of the Trans Canada Trail.

Moisture levels, sandy riverbed causes Meewasin trail slump

A slumping Meewasin Valley Authority (MVA) trail has forced the City of Saskatoon to close a portion of the trail at Cosmopolitan Park.

“The lower mulch trail in the park between 16th Street and 25th Street, that area has slumped about 2.5 feet, now the City of Saskatoon is aware of the problem and closed signs have been put in place,” Doug Porteous, community development manager, said.

Porteous said the reason for the slump is a result of high moisture levels underground coupled with a sandy riverbed.

Saskatoon brothel owner slams new prostitution law

The owner of a Saskatoon brothel is calling Wednesday's announcement of a proposed new prostitution law a dark day for Canada.

The new bill is the federal government's response to a Supreme Court of Canada decision in December 2013 that struck down several Criminal Code provisions that applied to prostitution. The bill would criminalize the purchase of sexual services and bring in provisions that would once again outlaw communicating for the purposes of prostitution, albeit with the focus on clients, rather than sex workers.

Evacuation alert for homes on 11th Street, Sask. Crescent

The City of Saskatoon is recommending the immediate evacuation of two homes on 11th Street East and one home on Saskatchewan Crescent East.

New data collected by engineers shows the 11th Street slope, which failed in the summer of 2012, is moving at a rate of 1.5 inches per day.

Data shows since May 30, the ground has moved five inches. In 2012 the rate of movement was half-an-inch per day.

Jazz festival gets break with policing costs

Police presence at the Saskatoon Jazz Festival won’t be as heavy as first expected, according to festival chair Bob Eaton.

“The Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) has reduced the number of hours they feel they need to be on site so they will be on site from 8 to 11 p.m.,” Eaton said, adding that this saves the festival about $3,000.

Rock festival debuting in Saskatoon

Mess up your hair, put on your favourite t-shirt and crack a cool one at Rock the River this summer.
Saskatoon's newest festival is set to host 11 rock acts with a combined total of more than 120 hits. It promises to be an event to remember said Scott Ford, director of marketing with Credit Union Centre.
"One of the things we know is that people in the summer like to be outside and so there going to be a great environment to watch a great classic rock festival with 11 great classic rock artists."

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