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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.

Brit Foods reopens as Churchill's in Saskatoon

The former owner of Brit Foods is hoping a new name for his store will mean a fresh start.

Tony Badger reopened the specialty foods store in Saskatoon Wednesday under the name Churchill’s. Since problems with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) arose last year, Badger has closed all of his locations.

Kinsmen Park construction underway

The new rides are being built and crews have broken ground at Kinsmen Park in Saskatoon.
Last week, PCL Construction fenced off the area along Spadina Crescent and has started ground preparation. The first step is to remove an old parking lot, which the city said is at the end of its life cycle. The new park plans have a parking lot included, but it will be in a different spot.

Power outage shuts down Saskatoon fire department's radio communications

Communication is everything in an emergency, so it was no small problem when Monday's power outage shut down the Saskatoon Fire Department's radio system for 20 minutes.

The outage, which caused the city's website and email systems to go offline, also rendered the department's radio towers inoperative.

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