City of Saskatoon
Ongoing pressure on Saskatoon’s road network is forcing the administration’s hand, moving two crucial interchanges up to the top of the priority list.
On Monday city council approved to move $2 million to a reserve to expedite the construction of two interchanges; one at Boychuk Drive and Highway 16 in Ward 9 and the other at McOrmond Drive and College Drive in Ward 10.
Concerns from people in Stonebridge ensured plans for a neighbourhood fire hall weren’t lost.
“I saw the city’s plan to sell the land in Stonebridge near the Willows and moving it to the northeast,” Ryan Gerstmar from Stonebridge said Monday during city council.
A recent number of pharmacy robberies in Saskatoon have left many pharmacists feeling concerned and vulnerable according to the province’s licensing body.
“When they see a rash of incidents like this they wonder, you know, who’s next,” registrar with the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists, Ray Joubert, said.
Pharmacies have become a target for crime in Saskatoon with four robberies taking place in the city between Sept. 19 and Oct. 19. According to Joubert, that amount is unusual.
Saskatoon city council has passed a motion to support a national inquiry or round table into missing and murdered indigenous women.
"For me this motion has two intended purposes. One is draw attention to an issue that has profound effects on our community and the second is to lend support to those people who are working to combat this issue," Councillor Mairin Loewen explained.
According to a city report, the two neighbourhoods with the longest list of traffic and safety concerns belong to some Saskatoon’s newest neighbourhoods.
“Stonebridge … and Hampton Village -- we should not be in this situation at all,” Councillor Randy Donauer said in response to learning these two areas had the most traffic concerns.
“So my question is, what are we doing wrong and how can we fix this because I don’t want to see the next five (new) neighbourhoods show up at the top of this list.”
Following Wednesday's shootings in Ottawa and subsequent lockdown of Parliament Hill, Saskatoon officials say there are measures in place to get city hall workers to safety should the need ever arise.
Ottawa politicians, reporters and visitors were forced into lock down for around 11 hours after a gunman fatally shot a soldier at the National War Memorial and then made his way to Parliament Hill.
One day after a fallen Canadian soldier was laid to rest; Saskatoon’s city hall cenotaph was bustling as several communities voiced their support and sympathy for the two military men who were murdered in the past week.
In the morning, roughly 20 members of Saskatoon's military and motorcycle communities gathered to pay their respects to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was shot while on ceremonial guard duty at the National War Memorial in Ottawa Wednesday, and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent who died in a hit-and-run attack on Oct. 20.
The City of Saskatoon hopes a year-long parking study will help them plan for the future of a rapidly growing city and dispel the notion that there’s no parking downtown.
On Monday, the city’s administration will recommend city council enter into a year-long $179,000 contract to BA Consulting to conduct a long-term parking study and develop a strategy on how to increase availability of parking in the city centre.
Saskatoon's police chief is calling for more officers in the face of a rapidly growing city.
Sasaktoon Police Service (SPS) Chief Clive Weighill made his pitch as he presented a proposed budget at Thursday's meeting of the Sasaktoon Board of Police Commissioners.
"We're not a community anymore that isn't growing and we can be stangant and try to find a couple efficiencies and we'll all be fine. The world has changed. And as the city is growing at about a four per cent rate, it's hard for us to keep up," he said in remarks to media following the meeting.
The Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (SLRB) says the city of Saskatoon engaged in three unfair labour practices during a statutory freeze period restricting any labour action from June 3 to Oct. 3, 2014.