City of Saskatoon
There may be a breakthrough in the transit lockout in Saskatoon.
A tweet by the transit union Tuesday night said they have been in contact with the City of Saskatoon and “have agreed to meet” Wednesday morning.
The two sides have not met since the city locked out workers on Sept. 20. They are scheduled to attend a provincial labour board hearing Oct. 14-15 to discuss whether or not the lockout is legal.
Frustrated truckers driving through Saskatoon may see some relief – as the Ministry of Highways mulls over the idea of a new bypass around the city's west end.
“The purpose of the route would be to provide another north-south connection through the city and Corman Park for vehicle traffic and, specifically, truck traffic,” ministry spokesperson Doug Wakabayashi said.
Recent reports reveal the majority of crosswalk buttons in some American cities have been deactivated for years—without pedestrians knowing—but the city says people in Saskatoon do have control when they push that yellow or silver button.
Whether you're planning to build a backyard glue factory or you're wondering how long to boil your garbage for, chances are the City of Saskatoon has a bylaw for that.
A man was ticketed this weekend under an almost 50-year-old bylaw against swimming in the river. That's brought city regulations into the spotlight, with many on social media puzzled at the ban.
The transit lockout has left Saskatoon's Oskayak High School to hire its own bus service in order to get students to class.
During the first school week without buses, only one-third of the student population was able to make it to school.
"I heavily rely on the transit system because I have school, I go to work, and I have dance practices to go to and that's not happening," Grade 12 student Heaven Adams said.
City council approved the purchase of 10 brand new Nova buses Monday, coming in at a cool $4.63 million.
“It’ll be about $430,000 (each) plus the components we need to put into them, such as fare boxes and radios,” director of Saskatoon Transit Bob Howe said. “We’d be looking to see them on the road probably by late May, early June of 2015.”
The provincial labour board ruled in favour of keeping the transit lockout going but putting a stop to any further changes to the city’s general pension fund as of 2:30 p.m. Friday.
On Sept. 16 the amalgamated transit union (ATU) Local 615 and the city of Saskatoon presented arguments to the labour relations board.
As Saskatoon prepares to mark the first full week without transit service since employees were locked out Sept. 20, many of the city's most vulnerable residents are being forced to scramble to get around.
Organizations devoted to helping them are reporting that many are having difficulties making it to the programs and classes they provide.
Lockout creates difficulties for the intellectually disabled
Immigrants are finding themselves among the stranded as Saskatoon's transit lockout continues.
Lori Nixon is the community relations manager for Global Gathering Place, a non-profit serving refugees and recent immigrants. She said the lockout has caused attendance at the group's English classes to all but dry up.
"We had one class with one student where normally we would have 12 and another with none (Tuesday),"
She said the trickle of people who are able to make it are facing walks of up to an hour and a half to get to class.
Thousands of students impacted by the Saskatoon Transit lockout will not be paying for a service they are not receiving.
The University of Saskatchewan Student's Union (USSU) will be withholding U-Pass money until buses are back running.
"Over the course of the lockout students have been so frustrated with transit management and with this city. I'm frustrated right along with them," USSU president Max Fineday said.
"I cannot justify asking students to pay for a service that they are not receiving."