Keep in the loop with all things Ward 8.
It has been a heavy month for the community. My heart goes out to the James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon community. The flags at City Hall will remain at half mast until September 29 in remembrance of these victims.
This month's newsletters offers opportunities to participate in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Community Association events, On Demand Transit updates and some "trash talk" (think waste utility). Read more for other City Council and Ward 8 updates.
Ward 8 Updates
On Demand Transit in Brighton
I have had the chance to ride On Demand Transit (ODT) to Brighton a couple times since the changes launched in August. I really appreciate the feedback that neighbours have been sharing with me. A few of the tips that I have found helpful in ensuring a smooth ride include:
Further changes have been incorporated for ODT in Brighton. While many of these changes are on the back end to ensure reliability is being met, I did want to share that 3 stops have been added to the Nelson/Lowe Hub. This ensures there's drop-off/pick-up at both St. Joseph and Centennial Collegiate. Find a photo of the new stops here.
Downtown Event and Entertainment District Survey
I wanted to take this opportunity to share an update that I no longer have a conflict of interest related to land matters for the Downtown Event and Entertainment District (DEED). I have previously recused myself from voting on previous site location items relating to the DEED project out of an abundance of caution due to the potential of a conflict of interest arising. With the recent decisions made by Council on August 29, 2022, the potential conflict of interest I had is no longer present and as such, I will be now able to fully participate in all Council matters going forward.
Voice your opinion on the future location of the DEED project. The City is looking for the public’s view on the opportunities and challenges of the two potential sites under consideration -- Midtown Shopping Centre North Parking Lot (Site A) and the North Downtown/City Yards (Site B). The survey is now open, and you have until Monday October 3rd, 2022 to complete it. You will find background information on the sites, evaluation criteria and next steps at the survey link.
Photo renderings of site options.
Renaming of Shakamohtaa Street
“Shakamohtaa Street” is being replaced with “taskamanwa Street”. “taskamanwa” is a Cree word meaning “shortcut” and was selected from the “technology” theme identified for use in this area of the Brighton neighbourhood.
This name was initially identified for use through consultation with elders as part of the Chief Mistawasis Bridge project and has been finalized for use here.
Call for Committee and Board Applications
Interested in community, and want to have your say and hand in helping? The City is looking for citizen volunteers for several vacant positions on our Boards, Commissions and Committees. We rely on citizen volunteers to bring their diverse backgrounds and expertise to these committees to help make Saskatoon a better city.
Are you, or do you know of someone who is passionate about or has expertise in one of these areas?
If so, you can apply for a position in these areas and more at saskatoon.ca/boards. The deadline to apply is 5:00 pm Monday, October 3rd, 2022.
City Council Meetings
Bin Options for Future Waste Utility
With the decision to implement a variable rate utility for residential curbside garbage collection commencing in 2024, a decision on the bin sizes need to be made. The recommendation before City Council is to have three different garbage cart sizes available for residents to choose from, including the current large (360 L), medium (240 L) and a smaller black cart (180 L) to allow for more customizability and control for residents with their curbside pick-up. This option of variable rate utility for garbage is projected to increase waste diversion, extend the life of the landfill, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The final decision that is yet to be made is the cost of each bin. This decision will be made in the coming months.
Read more about the options here.
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The UN Declaration is a comprehensive international human rights instrument on the rights of Indigenous People, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007. It offers guidance on cooperative relationships with Indigenous peoples based on the principles of equality, partnership, good faith, and mutual respect.
The recommendation before Council is that the United Nations Declarations on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples be adopted and Administration work with Saskatoon Tribal Council and Indigenous partners on developing a plan for implementation.
Major Capital Prioritization Process
Since the discussion of a Downtown Event and Entertainment District came up in 2018, City Council has been asking for a process to prioritize major capital spending.
This report is selecting guiding principles to determine which capital projects to be included in the proposed 2024-2035 Major Capital Prioritization Process. Administration has recommended to the following guiding principles:
These guiding principles are to be accepted to help drive the next steps in the prioritization process and to help rank the proposed projects.
Saskatoon Transit Changes
Saskatoon Transit is actively working on actions to meeting service levels in the winter of 2022-23. While 2021-22 was a hard year on public transit with more than regular service disruptions, Saskatoon Transit have proposed actions to help with service and reliability for the upcoming winter. The changes and actions that are aimed to help prepare for the upcoming winter seasons are:
Furthermore, based on earlier direction, the City Internal Auditor is completing an audit to determine root causes and provide recommendations on actions for improvement. The audit report is expected in October 2022.
Additional reports of interest
Find the full agenda for September 26 at: regular business meeting and the public hearing.
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COFFEE WITH YOUR COUNCILLOR
The Zoom link can be found here.
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.
Sarina Gersher - Ward 8 Councillor