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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.

City of Saskatoon launches public engagement campaign for new website

The City of Saskatoon is putting the design of its new website in the hands of the taxpayer.

On Thursday the city launched a testing webpage called There, the city hopes to attract thousands of people to leave feedback about what they would like to see on the city’s website and what information they would like easier access too.

Hundreds flock to U of S graduation powwow

Drums, dancing and smiling faces were all to be seen at the University of Saskatchewan on Wednesday as students and their families gathered to celebrate the 2014 Graduation Powwow for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students graduating high school or university in the province.
President of the University of Saskatchewan, Gordon Barnhart, says more than 2,000 First Nations and Métis students attend the University, with 350 ready for convocation next week.

Homeowners heard as repairs begin on Borden Crescent

After months of playing phone tag with the builder, homeowners on Borden Crescent have been heard.

After a special meeting between the Borden Crescent Condo board and Buffalo Ridge Developments, the builder has taken action to set up an online forum where residents can file warranty claims for their homes.

City pushing for more parking patios

As the weather heats up, the City of Saskatoon hopes more businesses downtown will take advantage and set up parking patios.

“I hope we do see some because it’s just the kind of thing to give that sense of activity and life in the downtown that we need,” Councillor Charlie Clark said.

In 2013 a couple of downtown businesses set up parking patios on the streets fronting their locations. The city’s administration drafted a policy then, and on Tuesday they hammered down the finer points of the policy including space, sidewalks and where these patios are permitted.

Councillors recommend CSOs stay until end of 2015

Pending city council approval, Saskatoon’s community support program will continue to the end of 2015.

Originally set to finish at the end of July this year, the community support program (CSP) has been pushing the city to extend its pilot project term to the end of 2017. However, councillors felt that length was too long for a pilot project and have asked for some minor policy tweaks and more information on the success and shortfalls of the program.

New U of S president addresses council meeting

On the job for less than 24 hours, Gordon Barnhart took up his first duties as acting president of the Univesity of Saskatchewan.

He attended a scheduled meeting of the U of S council Thursday afternoon. He told reporters he planned to deliver an upbeat address.

"I think there are a lot of people on campus that are also upbeat and I think we can get (the U of S) back onto a positive reputation stream," he said.

Barnhart was made acting president after the Wednesday night firing of his predecessor, Ilene Busch-Vishniac.

Local group donates $100,000 to extend Meewasin Trail

The campaign to extend the Meewasin Trail got a financial bump Thursday after the Saskatoon Road Runners donated $100,000 to the project.
The money will help build a trail from Saskatoon to Wanuskewin in the northwest and to Chief Whitecap Park in the southeast.
The Meewasin Matters Trail Campaign needs to raise $8 million to complete the project.

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City, YMCA collaborating on new core leisure centre

The YMCA has joined the City of Saskatoon in the plan to bring a new civic leisure centre to the core neighbourhoods.

“We're talking to the YMCA, they're looking for a new building, their land looks awfully attractive and so we'll talk to them about a new location,” Mayor Don Atchison said.

In 2013 city council identified a four-year priority to build a leisure centre in the city’s core. Since then, the administration has been canvassing interest, seeking potential partners in the city including the YMCA.

City reveals latest green-power initiative

The City of Saskatoon is turning your garbage into cash.

“This project will have a benefit to the city in a financial sense, opposed to just doing things for the sake of being green,” said Mayor Don Atchison.

On Wednesday members of the press were invited to tour the Saskatoon Landfill Gas Collection facility south of Saskatoon on Valley Road.

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