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City of Saskatoon

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."

Transit proposing route changes, more direct routes

The City of Saskatoon is hoping to tweak its current service to better serve the growing communities outside of Circle Drive.

Pending city council’s approval on June 9, Bob Howe, director of Saskatoon Transit said the new shake-up is about adding buses to busier routes and creating more connectivity throughout the city’s transit hubs.

“We’ve heard from customers that they want more direct trips and more predictable schedules and a lot of these route enhancements we’ve designed are to address those issues,” Howe said. 

Canada-wide warrants issued for jewellery theft suspects

Canada-wide warrants have been issued for two more people in connection with a daylight jewellery heist that happened in Saskatoon back in February.

29-year-old Pierre Louis Hernandes and 24-year-old Rida Niam are facing charges of armed robbery, wearing a disguise during the commission of an offence and conspiracy to commit arson.

Spawning season throws wrench in bridge building

As if the construction season couldn’t get any shorter in Saskatoon, the City of Saskatoon engineers have a whole other roadblock swimming in front of them.

The federal department of oceans and fisheries mandates that no in-river work can be done on the South Saskatchewan between April 16 and July 15 to accommodate lake sturgeon spawning periods in the river. That’s why bridge contracts in Saskatoon require a minimum timeframe of three construction seasons, according to Mike Gutek, chief engineer with the city.

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