October 2021 Newsletter


As our beautiful fall turns into some colder weather, I have prepared some updates for our Ward 8 neighbourhoods. 

Our community continues to be in a challenging situation with COVID-19. I spoke about exhaustion last month, but I know it continues more than ever. In the past month new Public Health Orders have come into effect, including masking, and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, with more measures to be discussed at the upcoming City Council meeting on Monday (more below). Keep up to date with this information at saskatoon.ca/covid-19.

In addition to policy that looks to minimize the transmission of COVID-19, City Council has given direction to proclaim November 1 - 8, 2021 "Health Care Worker Appreciation Week". I was proud to lead this work, as we wanted to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all our health care professionals, who continue to show heroic efforts in protecting our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. At Monday's meeting, we will be confirming that during November 1 - 8, 2021, health care professionals, will receive 40% off access to leisure centres for them and their families. More information will be released in the coming days. 

With Halloween on the horizon, I wish everyone a safe time trick or treating. While I am not aware of any protocols in place yet, please remember to keep distanced, follow proper hand hygiene and mask up. 



City Council Meeting: October 25, 2021

Here are a few items of interest on the agenda:

  • Timing for waste and organics utilities
  • Exploration of a bylaw regarding gathering limits
  • Code of Conduct Complaint
  • SaskWater Master Service and Transition Agreement
  • Allowing pets on leash in Kiwansis Memorial Park
  • Information for 2022/2023 budget

The full agenda for the regular and public hearing meetings can be found in the attached hyperlinks.

Waste and Organics Utilities and Affordability Options

The discussions regarding green bin and black bin utilities have been longstanding. In follow up to direction issued earlier this year about establishing these waste services as utilities (similar to recycling), direction is needed about the timing of these programs. 

Committee recommended unanimously to City Council that we proceed with a fixed monthly rate for the curbside organics utility with a January 2023 implementation, and a variable rate for black cart garbage utility with implementation in 2024. 

Furthermore, Committee provided direction to report back on an affordability program, which could help with the transitional cost for low income qualified households as we bring in the black bin utility. 

A helpful graphic has been prepared about the financial impacts of this decision. The full report also talks about other options that were considered, and next steps. 

Gathering Limits

Council will be considering a report regarding gathering limits. After the September City Council meeting, a request was made to the Province to institute gathering limits in Saskatoon, due to the urgent COVID-19 situation in our city. Due to this request being denied, City Council has asked Administration to report back on the logistics of creating a bylaw in Saskatoon to institute gathering limits. This report includes consideration of enforcement and jurisdiction. 

The report can be found here

How to share feedback ahead of the meeting

Contact me directly

Do not hesitate to reach out to share feedback ahead of our meeting. You can contact me any point in the month. Contact information is available here.

Send a letter to City Council

This avenue allows you to send a letter (or request to speak) to items on the agenda. This needs to be submitted before 10:00 AM on Monday, October 25 as it forms part of the supplementary agenda. Find more information on how to make the request here.


  • Jump on the call anytime to chat with me and other neighbours
  • When: Wednesday, November 17, 2021  |  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Where: Hosted via ZOOM

The Zoom link will be posted online ahead of the event.

What's happening in Ward 8!

Here are some other great things happening in Ward 8 soon or put on by members of our community.

  • There has been lots of work on installing traffic calming throughout the City, including College Park, East College Park and Wildwood this year. These locations come from work through the Neighbourhood Traffic Reviews. Thank you to everyone's patience as we get them installed permanently, to help improve safety for roadway users.
  • An additional entrance into Brighton is being completed on Westfield Rd (right turn only from College Drive). I know there has been a slight delay to enter/exit the neighbourhood due to an extension of work on 8th St., as the contractor underestimated the time needed to complete this work. The City continues to revise performance scoring for external contractors. Work is expected to be completed by October 25 for Westfield Rd. and October 31 for 8th St. I appreciate everyone's patience in the delay. Keep up to date with timelines by visiting our interactive map.
  • City of Saskatoon Parks Staff will be performing prescribed fires in naturalized park areas in Heritage, Lakewood, Hyde, Donna Birkmaier and Gabriel Dumont Parks this fall. Learn about the City's Prescribed Fire Program here
  • The Greystone Community Association will be hosting "Trunk-or-Treat" once again this year, an outdoor socially distanced Halloween event. More information will be posted at thegreystone.ca.
  • Flu shots are now available. Book online here or through your pharmacy. 
  • Keep up to date with City engagement events by visiting saskatoon.ca/engage.

Sarina Gersher
- Ward 8 Councillor