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Transit snags deal on demo buses

In what has been an ongoing battle with capacity, the city's transit service is pouncing on a money-saving deal, while adding buses to its fleet.

"We're spending $885,000 as opposed to 1.4 million," said transit services manager Bob Howe.

Heading to city council on Monday is a recommendation to add to articulating buses, also known as accordion-style buses, to its fleet at a discount price. The deal comes after transit put out a request for proposals to purchase new buses. Howe said those proposals came back a little more than what they had budgeted for.

Joanna Miller Peace Award handed out in Saskatoon

A group representing missing and murdered Aboriginal women has received the first ever Joanna Miller Peace Award in Saskatoon.

Iskwewuk E-wichiwitochik (Women Walking Together) is a group of concerned citizens who came together in 2005 to bring more attention and support to the issue of missing and murdered women.

"Our group exists to raise awareness, provide supports and remembrance to the families of the missing women," said Darlene R. Okemaysim-Sicotte, co-chair of the group.

Littering getting worse in Saskatoon

If you're becoming increasingly concerned about a growing problem with litter around Saskatoon, you are not alone.

"It use to be fairly well understood, even by kids in kindergarten, if we care about our planet, if we care about our community, don't litter. I'm just not sure that there's that same level of concern, and understanding about the community," said Brenda Wallace, manager of environmental services.

Wallace says they've noticed a real change in attitude with respect to littering in our city.

SCRUB rallies for motor-free Traffic Bridge

On bikes and on foot, nearly 200 people made their way to River Landing Sunday to show their support for a motor-free Traffic Bridge.

The event was organized by the Saskatoon Coalition to Revisit, Reimagine and Reclaim our Urban Bridge (SCRUB) who want to make the Traffic Bridge Saskatoon's first cyclist and pedestrian-only bridge. 

“This is the start of a very public campaign to try and reverse an earlier decision about making (the traffic bridge) a mixed function bridge (MFB),” SCRUB spokesman Marcel D’eon said. 

Off-leash dog park proposed for Caswell Hill

The sign outside Caswell Elementary school says no dogs allowed, but inside, it was all they could talk about.

Roughly 50 residents gathered Thursday evening for an open house to discuss the possibility of a seventh off-leash recreational area (OLRA) for dogs. A group of Caswell Hill residents submitted a proposal to council this spring detailing their desire for an OLRA on the grass area behind Mayfair Pool.

“This would be the first park that would be suggested for a neighbourhood park,” open space consultant Chelsie Schafer said.

Saskatoon group vying for approval of wind farm

A group in Saskatoon is holding a public meeting to see if wind energy could power the city.

The group, Saskatoon Community Wind, began looking into the idea of a wind farm just over a year ago.

"I talked with a number of people in Saskatoon and I heard about the landfill wind project and why that didn't work. So, I started looking into why it didn't work," Saskatoon Community Wind president James Glennie.

Pedestrian hit by car in Saskatoon

Saskatoon Police are at the scene of a car and pedestrian collision. 

At about 1:20 p.m., police received a report that a male pedestrian had been struck by a car at the intersection of Avenue D South and 21st Street. 

A 40-year-old man has been taken to hospital, but it's not known if his injuries are serious.

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Saskatoon tweaking strip club bylaws

The City of Saskatoon continues to tweak how they’re going to deal with new SLGA regulations coming to the province on Jan. 1, 2014.

At a municipal planning commission meeting on Tuesday, the city’s general manager of planning and development, Alan Wallace, showed the commission a map of Saskatoon, outlining commercial area where nightclubs currently exist.

Wallace said the city sees adult entertainment venues no different from how they see nightclubs.

Base tax torched by Saskatoon City Council

Saskatoon City Council smothered the idea of a flat tax increase on Monday night.

“This is simply bad policy,” Councillor Charlie Clark told council. “We’ve now surveyed the country and … no other provinces are doing it and it results in a higher level of inequality.”

That sentiment was felt by a majority of city councillors who voted to eliminate discussion of a phased-in base tax.

In council chambers the city’s general manager of corporate services, Marlys Bilanski presented a three-year phased-in base tax of $170 per household.

Lakeview community holds Rider Day in the Park

A pancake breakfast, face painting, games and watching the Riders on the big screen.

It was all part of the the 3rd Annual Rider Day in the Park organized by the Lakeview Community Association.

A big white tent complete with big screens was erected in front of St Bernard School to accommodate a few hundred  green clad Rider fans to watch Sunday's Banjo Bowl against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers

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