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Petition calls for new crosswalk near Saskatoon school

Saskatoon City Council is facing demands to put a crosswalk in near a West End school.

The parents' council from St. Mary's School presented the city with a 300 signature petition on Monday night.

The petition calls for a crosswalk, with pedestrian-activated lights, on 20th Street between Avenues P and M South.

City council approves study into dedicated bike lanes downtown

If all goes according to plan, cyclists in Saskatoon could see dedicated bike lanes downtown on Fourth Avenue and 24th Street as early as this summer.

“What you’re going to see is a separated bike lane, so we have the curb, the bike lane with a buffer and then either the driving lane or parked-car lane,” Sean Shaw, coordinator of Better Bike Lanes with Saskatoon Cycles.

“You're completely separating the cyclist from the driving lane, removing those interactions.”

Sask. born MLB pitcher kicks off cross-province baseball tour

The first Saskatchewan-born Major League Baseball player in 21 years is back in the province this month, spreading a message of hard work and perseverance to students.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder experts meet in Saskatoon

Experts specializing in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) have gathered in Saskatoon to discuss how to better prevent Canadian women from drinking during pregnancy.

Over two days, they'll determine what's been done in the past 10 years and what should be done over the next 10 years.

"We know that more and more women are still drinking throughout pregnancy," said Jocelynn Cook, executive director of the Canada FASD Research Network.

First citywide snow removal set for Monday

Before snow ruts get too bad, the City of Saskatoon is enacting its first citywide snow clearing of 2014.

Beginning Monday at 7 a.m., contract graders will hit two neighbourhoods at a time, digging down as close to the pavement as possible and clearing windrows on residential streets.

“We’re taking away the potential for rutting on the streets. There are areas where rutting is developing and we’re addressing some of those as we go and this program will take away the potential from all city streets have ruts develop,” public works director Pat Hyde said.

Simmons,Tweed at charity truck auction for SK Children's Hospital

The Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital Foundation is getting a boost from a car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona Friday.

A 1956 Ford F-100 Snakebit was re-built with donations and it’s hoped to nab $1 million on the Barrett-Jackson auction block. The truck is known as a resto-mod, meaning it’s been modernized and added to. They have put in a drivetrain from a Shelby GT Mustang. It’s worth about $300,000. All of the proceeds go to the hospital.

Rebuilt 1956 Ford truck up for auction to support Saskatoon Children's Hospital. Photo courtesy Barrett Jackson

Saskatoon's City Centre Plan lays out solutions to downtown parking

A new plan endorsed by Saskatoon City Council's executive committee Monday looks to provide solutions to the growing problem of downtown parking.

The City Centre Plan, which will now go to council for approval, notes that 26% of the downtown core is currently eaten up by surface parking lots. Those lots, the report notes, "detract from the character of the Downtown by interrupting retail frontages and creating a negative perception of Downtown."

Councillors, cyclists upset over lack of public consultations, long-term planning for cyclists

The city of Saskatoon's cycling program came under fire Monday as both councillors and taxpayers challenged the program's priorities.

“We’ve been disappointed with the cycling infrastructure in the city,” Cathy Watts, co-chair of Saskatoon Cycles said.

“The major cycling community doesn’t get asked where they want to go or the routes they favour.”

City website undergoes maintenance

Saskatoon residents might have trouble accessing the city's website Sunday night. will undergo maintenance beginning at 10:30 p.m.

During maintenance, the website’s online service applications for parking ticket payments, meter reads,  Leisure Online and email will be unavailable.

The service disruption is expected to last approximately 30 minutes.

However, the city warns further interruptions may occur through midnight until the maintenance work is complete.

Newcomer frustrated with snow clearing policy

Imagine heading to your car to go to work, only to find it buried in snow.

For Karla Leader, it's a reality that's already happened twice after city crews plowed the streets near her Cumberland Avenue home.

“I was so annoyed because I had to shovel the whole thing out and it was frozen. All I had was a plastic shovel so it was pretty hard,” Leader, 18, said.

“The first time I dug down to about (six inches), but I couldn’t go anywhere because it was too hard, so I ended up calling a tow truck to pull me out.”

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