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Saskatoon garbage carts to get barcode tags

The City of Saskatoon is hoping to save taxpayers money by putting tags on black garbage carts.

The small plastic tags have a barcode that link the garbage bin to the resident’s address. The barcode is scanned by the trucks on collection day and helps track if a cart has been emptied or missed.

The city estimates that missed collections cost taxpayers about $155,000 a year. The project could save the city $200,000 per year.

The barcodes can also track which carts need to be repaired or replaced.

Controversial art installation removed

A controversial piece of art has been removed from public display.
Referred to as a piece of garbage and an eyesore; the art installation resembling two cellophane wrapped bales of recycling was removed Wednesday from the corner of 33rd Street and Avenue C.
The contributing artist, Keeley Hafner said the installation, dubbed Found Compressions One and Two, ran its course and it’s time to make way for other public art installations.

Bedford Road seeking public input for new name, logo

Bedford Road Collegiate hopes public engagement will help them nail down a new school sports team name and logo.

Announced on Tuesday the school is calling for ideas on what the former Bedford Road Collegiate Redmen should be known as moving forward.

In March the Saskatoon Public School Board voted 5-2 to abolish the name Redmen and the logo of a First Nations man.

Now the school’s embarking on its next journey of finding a new name and logo.

Forestry Farm continues to see more visitors year after year

Forty years later and the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo continues to attract thousands of guests each year.

“I’m quite happy with the numbers, I’m very proud of that,” Forestry Farm Park and Zoo manager John Moran said.

On Tuesday the planning and operations committee reviewed the year-end report for the park. Moran outlined how 2013 was a special year for the zoo because it marked 100 years at the site in Saskatoon’s north end.

Wet weather delays City of Saskatoon crews

This slushy, sloppy weather makes it harder for the City of Saskatoon to get going on normal spring programs.

Pat Hyde, director of public works with the city, said pothole repairs and street sweeping are the hardest hit in this wet weather.

"Anytime we have weather like this, it wreaks havoc on those programs," he said.

Pothole repairs will continue, but crews are forced to use temporary patching materials, rather than the more durable asphalt mix.

Event organizers should pay for increased police presence: police chief

Seven major events in Saskatoon require special on-duty police officers if they hope to keep coming back.

Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill said it’s his job to protect this city and if he feels special on duty officers are needed at major events, he’s going to make sure they’re there.

“So the question is, do the people making a profit off the event pay for that, or should the taxpayer pay for it?” Weighill said. “I’m recommending … that it should be the people making a profit.”

Community officer program in jeopardy

The price and focus of community support officers is putting the whole program in jeopardy.

“$450,000 (a year) is a lot of money,” Ward 9 Councillor Tiffany Paulsen said at the administration and finance committee Monday. “I don’t see how council can measure if this program is working.”

At the end of July funding for the Community Support Officers (CSO) program expires. The city’s administration presented a report recommending city council expand the program for another three years into the end of 2017 for $1.35 million.

Homeowners allege shoddy workmanship on affordable homes

Everyone dreams of owning their own home.

Leonard LaRochelle took possession of his modular home on Borden Crescent through the city’s affordable housing program in 2011. Now, 2014 has been nothing but headaches and money lost to basement flooding.

Saskatoon restauranteur, Chamber of Commerce pan temp. foreign worker ban

The owner of a local restaurant is against changes to Ottawa's temporary foreign worker (TFW) program.

Jerry Kristian said he's never brought in foreign workers under the program at his Jerry's Food Emporium restaurant. He explained this is because he's not looking for 'temporary' help.

"We're looking for long-term workers who want to be here and want to grow with us," he said.

Russ Parker's comments not a criticism of Blades' ownership, commissioner says

Less than 12 months after the Brodsky family sold the Saskatoon Blades to Edmonton’s Mike Priestner, the Regina Pats' Russ Parker could be the next owner passing the torch.

Heard first on CKOM’s The GreenZone, Parker has since publicly announced his intentions to sell the historic franchise to Queen City Sports and Entertainment headed by Anthony Marquart.

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