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Repairs planned for crumbling section of 11th Street West

A section of 11th Street West near Montgomery is due to under-go repairs this fall after it was beat down by an increase in heavy trucks.

Manager of Asset Preservation for the City of Saskatoon Rob Frank said, providing the weather cooperates, they'll begin patching and smoothing out ruts on 11th from Chappell Drive - the CN yard entrance - to Highway 7.

Elm tree pruning ban ends

Sunday marked the end of the provincial ban on pruning elm trees.

The ban is put in place each summer to help prevent the spread of Dutch Elm Disease (DED).

Pruning the tree attracts the elm bark beetles, which spread the disease and are most active during the summer months.

Throughout the year, provincial DED regulations restrict elm storage. Elm branches, logs and firewood must be disposed of at approved sites such as the Saskatoon landfill.

The City of Saskatoon said there is no DED in any of the 25,000 boulevard and park elm trees.

Police look for suspects following bear spray attack near Broadway

A seemly random attack at a Broadway-area bar late Friday night has Saskatoon police searching for suspects.

At around 1:20 a.m., one or more people let loose with bear spray near the entrance to the Hose and Hydrant on 11th Street E.

Two people were sprayed directly while a number of others in the building were hit with residual spray.

All the victims were decontaminated on scene by MD Ambulance. Police said no other injuries were reported.

City was aware of maintenance backlog says transit union

The union representing Saskatoon Transit workers is disappointed with the city's reasoning for bus route cancellations for back-to-school season.

"The city has known about this for a long time. We have had upwards of 50 buses parked daily in our garage that are waiting to be worked on," President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 615 Jim Yakubowski said.

Transit unable to run full service for start of school year

A lengthy lineup of city buses needing repairs has forced bus route cancellations just in time for the beginning of a new schoolyear.

Updated: Willowgrove School opening delayed

With school set to start in just a few days, students slated to attend Willowgrove School will have to wait longer before they can get settled into the new building.

Ray Morrison, chair of Saskatoon Public Schools, said construction is behind at the facility.

Day for dogs at Mayfair pool

It was a day for the dogs Monday at Mayfair Pool.
Big dogs, small dogs, quiet dogs and service dogs were all given the chance to swim in the outdoor pool for the last day of the season.
The idea came about last year when Mike Simmonds noticed his new guide dog Graham's affection for the water.
"I don't have a pool, I don't have any friend's with a pool so I was trying to think of ways to take him swimming without going places where I can't see him like a river or a lake," Simmonds said.

Saskatoon seniors' group calls for more Access Transit money

The Saskatoon Council on Aging is asking the city for more help for people who have trouble getting around.

Council co-president Janet McPhee said the group has written letters to the City of Saskatoon and the provincial government requesting significant funding increases for Access Transit. 

The service is meant to provide a ride for people with mobility issues that prevent them from using other means of transportation.

McPhee said that although the service isn't only meant for seniors, it is overwhelmingly used by those aged 65 older.

City ramps up parking enforcement in metered, permit areas

The absence of a parking ticket on your window doesn’t mean you avoided a ticket altogether.

The City of Saskatoon’s parking enforcement is going covert. Director of Transportation Angela Gardiner said they’re adding three new licence plate recognition cameras to nab parked cars in expired metered areas as well as residential parking permit areas in the city.

Saskatoon transit union says City poisoning talks

The union representing Saskatoon Transit workers is accusing the City of not bargaining in good faith as contract negotiations drag on.

Jim Yakubowski, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 615, said the most recent vote on management's last offer was held Aug. 15. He said the vote came as a result of a request from the City to the province's Labour Relations Board to compel a vote.

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