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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.

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 new.saskatoon.ca. 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.

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