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The Partnership executive director stepping down

After eight months as the voice of downtown businesses, Brent Penner has announced he is stepping down April 30.

In an email Penner said he was transitioning over to a position at the University of Saskatchewan with advancement and community engagement starting May 1.

The Partnership board will be conducting a search for a successor.

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Saskatoon transit users concerned about strike

People who rely on city transit are bracing for a possible drivers' strike.

Tyrone Parchment takes the bus to work. He said a drivers' strike will leave him stuck paying for cabs.

"It's going to be quite the hassle, you know? You're going to have to make alternate plans and it's going to be more costly," he said as he waited at a stop in Saskatoon's downtown bus mall.

Spring transit strike looms in Saskatoon

It's looking more and more like there could be a bus strike in Saskatoon this spring.

During meetings Tuesday, members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 615 voted 97 per cent in favour of taking strike action after going 16 months without a contract. Wages are their main issue.

"What we're looking for is a formula using comparisons with five western Canadian cities, utilizing a conventional, fixed route operator rate of pay in those five centres," Jim Yakubowski, president and business agent of the ATU Local 615, said.

Meewasin Valley Authority facing tough budget

The population growth and inflation in Saskatoon are putting pressures on the Meewasin Valley Authority's (MVA) finances.

The recent MVA budget showed that statutory funding available has declined from $33 per capita in 1982 to $9.12 per capita in 2014, a per capita decline of 72 per cent.

"The chronic problem of our funding and our ability to respond to what we believe the community expects us to do, there is a disconnect there and we will not be able to attend to all of those expectations," MVA chief executive officer Lloyd Isaak said.

City battles rising housing prices

New numbers highlighting Saskatoon’s housing market show it’s getting more expensive to buy or even rent.

“Our housing market is now priced at about the same place as what Edmonton is,” Councillor Charlie Clark said Tuesday, where councillors learned the average home in Saskatoon is valued at $344,000.

“When you’re a city that’s one third the size and doesn’t necessarily have all the same amenities as a city like Edmonton it makes it more difficult to make this city attractive for people to move here and work here.”

Province stalls opening up Cities Act, aims for more consultation on taxi industry

The City of Saskatoon has to wait a little longer before they see more taxis on the road.
 
At Monday’s administration and finance committee meeting, city councillors viewed a response letter from the Ministry of Government Relations on the city’s request to open up the Cities Act, and amend it to allow municipalities to sell permanent taxi licenses at market value.
 

Saskatoon notification system praised by American emergency planner

The City of Saskatoon's new notification system got a boost from a veteran of the response to Hurricane Katrina.

Sandy Davis is a former fire chief who currently serves as Director of the Office of Homeland Security for northern Lousiana. He headed up the Shreveport, La. fire deparment during the 2005 storm that devastated the state. Davis was also involved in the response to hurricanes Gustav, Ike, and Isaac, as well as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Pair cast fishing lines into Saskatoon potholes

This time of year, potholes really bite and two Saskatoon friends are taking advantage of that.

Jason Stevens and Mark Kincade are turning potholes in Saskatoon into urban fishing spots.

"We're both fisherman and we both icefish and when you see a pothole, it looks like a hole you drilled in the ice," Kincade said.

The two men both drive trucks delivering mail for the Saskatoon Public School Board, so Kincade said they find a lot of potholes to turn into fishing holes.

Tourism spots need for more convention, events space

Built it and they will come.

“That’s certainly true in the convention and event industry,” president and CEO of Tourism Saskatoon, Todd Brandt said, adding Saskatoon could benefit from more centres like TCU Place and Prairieland Park.

Wednesday Mayor Don Atchison pointed out Saskatoon’s lack of convention space, adding how the city’s tourism sector has had to turn away larger conventions because of capacity issues.

Density needed for downtown grocery in Saskatoon

It’s going to take more people living in downtown Saskatoon to get a grocery store in the area, according to two commercial agents in the city.

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