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Saskatoon hosts first Sask. Water Recovery Convention

The first Saskatchewan Water Recovery Convention is recognizing the untapped value of the province’s wastewater. 

The convention brought together academics, government, and industry members to discuss challenges and solutions when it comes to wastewater.

Saskatoon mayor Don Atchison spoke at the opening ceremonies.

"We want our children to have a better quality of life. We want our parents to have a better quality of life as they are aging," he said.

Saskatoon emergency services see growing demand

Saskatoon's emergency personnel had a busy weekend with MD Ambulance responding to 195 calls over the three days.

"That's starting to become a norm for us," said Troy Davies with MD Ambulance on the Brent Loucks Show.

"We are a big city, we are busy, we know that this is going to continue."

Davies said that it is a spike compared to what the normally see especially with crashes that varied from train versus vehicle to a car driving into a house.

Placemaker Program peppers Saskatoon with art

Saskatoon can look forward to seven temporary works of art sprinkled across the city.

“We have seven temporary pieces coming to Saskatoon, two from the area and the others from different cities,” Kevin Kitchen, community initiatives manager said.

“Some of them are only up for two months up to three years. We’re pleased to know that artists from all over Canada want to be seen and have their art displayed in Saskatoon.”

PHOTOS: New flags raised at Saskatoon City Hall

With the sounds of a Métis fiddle and a drum honour song in the background, the Métis and Treaty Six Territory flags were raised at Saskatoon City Hall on Friday.

The two flags will be permanent fixtures on the south side of the building on two new flag poles in the civic square.

"There aren't very many words, but to say I'm grateful. I'm thankful and I'm honoured that the city is showing that respect," said Robert Doucette, president of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan.

Human rights complaint will be dropped if Saskatoon goes secular

A Saskatoon man says he will drop his civil rights case against the City of Saskatoon if they replace prayer recitations with secular thanks.

In a letter to the city, Ashu Solo has offered a secular pre-meal thanks he thinks would be appropriate for city staff, councillors and the mayor to recite at public events.

“I think we’re at a point where we are close together, where it could be settled,” Solo said.

Petition to stop amendment to adult entertainment bylaw

As the City of Saskatoon gets closer to pushing full time strip clubs to the north and southwest industrial areas, a group that includes exotic dancers are pushing to stop the changes. 

"No one thinks of us as people, they think we are just objects they can move and we are not going to have any repercussions from it," said Bobbi Kraken.

Stonebridge next to get direct route to U of S

Residents of Stonebridge can look forward to an express bus service to the University of Saskatchewan.

“There’s a lot of folks in that neighbourhood and a lot of them would like to have a more reliable commuter transit option in light of some of the traffic woes,” said ward Councillor Mairin Loewen.

Saskatoon council doesn't want to be involved in future taxi debates

After a five-year debate on how the City of Saskatoon should regulate taxis, city council is asking the administration to look at the feasibility of an independent taxi licence division and commission.

“It’s an extremely complicated business and the way things have been going, the council decision-making process has taken hours and hours of committee and council time and it’s not good decision-making and it’s wasting people’s time,” Councillor Charlie Clark said.

Council votes to maintain Saskatoon business tax status quo

Businesses in will not see a tax ratio decrease at least until 2017.

On Monday Saskatoon City Council voted not to reduce the municipal business tax ratio from 1.75 to 1.43 over the next 11 years. Instead, council deferred the shift to the next reassessment period, coming in four years.

Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce calls for lower tax

Saskatoon’s Chamber of Commerce says lower tax rates will keep the city business friendly.

That’s why tonight city council will review a proposal to reduce the commercial tax rate from the current level of 175 per cent of the residential rate, down to 143 per cent. 

“The consequence of trying to tax businesses is, you slow their propensity to invest so if you want to have fewer jobs, a smaller tax base -- increase taxes on businesses,” Chamber executive director Kent Smith-Windsor said.

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