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Old buses attracting tourists to Saskatoon

While some may question the City of Saskatoon’s move to purchase 20-year-old buses, there’s a rare breed of tourists salivating over the city’s acquisition.

“Unlike most tourists I don’t go to a place to go check out the sights; I’m a think-outside-the-box kind of guy," Elton McFall, 38, from Montreal said. "I’m just amused to be in a place and watch the kind of traffic. I came to Saskatoon to check all that out and I was aware that because of the dry climate, vehicles don’t rust so there are a lot of old buses.”

New signs inform residents about coyotes in city limits

The City of Saskatoon has started to put up informational signs in areas where coyotes have been frequently spotted.

According to pest management supervisor, Jeff Boone, it's very rare for a coyote to express interest in people or pets, but the signs are there to provide tips in case there is an encounter.

"It's very important to act big, bad and loud. Make noise, be sure that the animal is seeing you and be assertive," Boone said.

Parents concerned over makeshift bus stops in Willowgrove

A busy intersection in Willowgrove is concerning some parents after it has become the drop off and pick up point for school buses because the new schools in the neighbourhood aren't ready yet.

Recycling falling short at summer festivals

Nearly three quarters of garbage collected from four Saskatoon summer festivals should have been recycled, according to a city audit.

A waste audit, conducted by the city, found 71 per cent of garbage collected from the Saskatchewan Jazz, Fringe and Pride festivals and the Canada Day celebrations at Diefenbaker Park should have avoided the landfill.

Persephone looking to keep tax-free status

City councillor Pat Lorje believes city government should stay away from tax abatements.

“I philosophically do not agree that we should be distorting the picture of what it costs for civic services by having tax abatements,” Lorje said this week at the planning committee meeting at city hall.

The Banks' developer surprised with added costs from city hall

The Banks' developer says he’s facing various head-winds as he pushes forward with the highly-anticipated River Landing development project.

As the four-structure residential-commercial project enters its 20-month construction window, Chris Le Fevre said he was caught off guard when the City of Saskatoon informed him of a few added costs he needed to incur if development is to move forward.

The first came when he asked to close Sonnenschein Way from Avenue B to C to work on the site, known as parcel A, uninterrupted, and to store equipment.

Drunk driving charges laid in the death of Quinn Stevenson

After a 13-month investigation, Saskatoon police have made an arrest in connection with a fatal crash that claimed the life of a Saskatoon teenager.

Quinn Stevenson, 17, had just graduated from Centennial Collegiate when he died in a two vehicle collision on Circle Drive and College Drive on Aug. 3, 2013.

Robin Tyler John, 26, from Duck Lake has been charged wtih seven counts, including impaired driving causing death, driving over .08 causing death, dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death, and criminal negligence causing death.

Diefenbaker Hill could see snow tubes, snowboard park next year

The Optimist Club of Saskatoon needs to raise $5 million before shovels hit the ground on Diefenbaker Park for the club’s snow tubing and snowboard park.

“We don’t want to rush we want to do this right,” Robert Letts with the optimist club said Monday, after the city’s planning committee agreed – in principle – to partner with the club and pitch in $535,000 to initial capital campaign.

The optimist club predicts its capital campaign, working with DCG Philanthropic Services, will take between six to nine months.

Diefenbaker Hill could see snow tubes, snowboard park next year

The Optimist Club of Saskatoon needs to raise $5 million before shovels hit the ground on Diefenbaker Park for the club’s snow tubing and snowboard park.

“We don’t want to rush we want to do this right,” Robert Letts with the optimist club said Monday, after the city’s planning committee agreed – in principle – to partner with the club and pitch in $535,000 to initial capital campaign.

The optimist club predicts its capital campaign, working with DCG Philanthropic Services, will take between six to nine months.

City, transit union remain at impasse over wages and pensions

A contract dispute between the city of Saskatoon and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) appears no closer to a resolution.

"Unless the ATU has decided to substantially change its bargaining position on wages, and what now appears to be pension issues, I can't see any benefit of returning to a bargaining table," City director of human resources Marno McInnes said.

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