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Province stalls opening up Cities Act, aims for more consultation on taxi industry

The City of Saskatoon has to wait a little longer before they see more taxis on the road.
 
At Monday’s administration and finance committee meeting, city councillors viewed a response letter from the Ministry of Government Relations on the city’s request to open up the Cities Act, and amend it to allow municipalities to sell permanent taxi licenses at market value.
 

Saskatoon notification system praised by American emergency planner

The City of Saskatoon's new notification system got a boost from a veteran of the response to Hurricane Katrina.

Sandy Davis is a former fire chief who currently serves as Director of the Office of Homeland Security for northern Lousiana. He headed up the Shreveport, La. fire deparment during the 2005 storm that devastated the state. Davis was also involved in the response to hurricanes Gustav, Ike, and Isaac, as well as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Pair cast fishing lines into Saskatoon potholes

This time of year, potholes really bite and two Saskatoon friends are taking advantage of that.

Jason Stevens and Mark Kincade are turning potholes in Saskatoon into urban fishing spots.

"We're both fisherman and we both icefish and when you see a pothole, it looks like a hole you drilled in the ice," Kincade said.

The two men both drive trucks delivering mail for the Saskatoon Public School Board, so Kincade said they find a lot of potholes to turn into fishing holes.

Tourism spots need for more convention, events space

Built it and they will come.

“That’s certainly true in the convention and event industry,” president and CEO of Tourism Saskatoon, Todd Brandt said, adding Saskatoon could benefit from more centres like TCU Place and Prairieland Park.

Wednesday Mayor Don Atchison pointed out Saskatoon’s lack of convention space, adding how the city’s tourism sector has had to turn away larger conventions because of capacity issues.

Density needed for downtown grocery in Saskatoon

It’s going to take more people living in downtown Saskatoon to get a grocery store in the area, according to two commercial agents in the city.

Mayor Atchison calls for more downtown development, grocery store

Bold plans for Saskatoon lined Mayor Don Atchison’s State of the City address Wednesday.

The mayor spoke about plans to build downtown’s density up to 35,000 people with mixed use high-rises and condo developments.

“All I can tell you is in order to have density we have to go up we certainly don’t want to have urban sprawl. If we continue to grow as we are and we have a plan right now for the city to grow to 500,000 people we need to be able to have tall buildings in our downtown as well,” Atchison said.

Power outages planned for Saskatoon and area

SaskPower will be temporarily turning off power to areas east of Idylwyld Drive and Louis Riel Trail and north of Circle Drive in Saskatoon.

River Heights, Lawson Heights, Silverwood, North Industrial, Hudson Bay Industrial and Marquis Industrial are all expected to be without power between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Thursday morning.  

Warman and Martensville will also be affected, as will the area east of Highway 12 to the South Saskatchewan river.

The outage is meant to allow workers to do system improvements in the area.

Downtown art gallery gets new brand

Saskatoon’s new art gallery will be known from now on as the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan after nine months of rebranding according to CEO Gregory Burke.

“It’s not about coming up with a logo; it’s about coming up with an identity of the gallery and the level of service we want to offer.”

Currently under construction and expecting to be open in 2016, the Remai Modern will house Fred Mendel’s 1965 donation of works by the Group of Seven and Ellen Remai’s linocut collection, all which come with a flavour of modern-era art.

South bridge stays open during Canada Day fireworks

City council has voted to keep the Circle Drive South Bridge open during the Canada Day fireworks show at Diefenbaker Park.

In January the Optimist Club of Saskatoon came to city council asking for a closure of the bridge to not disrupt the annual July 1 fireworks show. However the city’s administration came back to city council on Monday advising council not to close the bridge, but instead to impose speed restrictions for 30 minutes.

Saskatoon council green lights public art funding plan

City councillors approved a new funding model for more public art installations in all areas of Saskatoon.

“It’s to commission new public art pieces for the city and it’s about commissioning an artist to produce something outdoors or indoors,” Kevin Kitchen, manager of community initiatives for the City of Saskatoon, said Monday.

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