City of Saskatoon
City of Saskatoon officials are responding to worries about icy roads.
Public works director Pat Hyde said crews have used extra funds to provide better service than last year on priority roads.
"The streets are safe and they are maintained for winter driving conditions," he said, during a press briefing held Thursday afternoon at City Hall
The City of Saskatoon admits its communications during Sunday’s power outage on the city’s east side did not serve the public as it should have.
“We were focusing on the problem and we dropped the ball on communications,” Jeff Jorgensen, director of utilities and infrastructure said Monday.
“In a situation where it was -50 C outside and we saw an outage that latest about five-and-a-half hours, the information from the communications side of the city was not sufficient.”
It’s a bold promise from the City of Saskatoon, clearing all snow from bridges, barriers and access points as soon as possible after a snowfall to keep drivers safe.
“If we do get to it after each and every storm there’s going to be a lot less snow to remove so it won’t take as long, it really is a change of practice,” Jeff Jorgensen, director of utilities and infrastructure said.
“This is work we didn’t do before that we’re now doing on a regular basis.”
People need to be better informed regarding the details of a power outage according to a Saskatoon city councillor.
Ward 6 Councillor Charlie Clark said this became apparent during Sunday night’s power outage. Clark, whose power was also out, was able to get updates from some colleagues after not getting through the phone lines or finding enough information on the city website.
As the temperature outside dipped below -30 C, several hundred Saskatoon residents felt the chill indoors when the power went out Sunday evening.
The Haultain, Nutana and Varsity View neighbourhoods lost their lights around dinner time, with outages continuing into the night until the power was restored shortly after 10 p.m.
On the city website, Saskatoon Light and Power said they were investigating problems with the Main Street substation.
The Saskatoon Health Region is watching its influenza numbers carefully as flu
season hits the province.
Three people have died from the H1N1 ("swine flu") strain in Saskatchewan so far. At least 160 have been hospitalized province-wide with some type of influenza.
However, Saskatoon Health Region Deputy Medical Health Officer Dr. Shovita Padhi said they're a long way from the kinds of numbers they saw in 2009.
Looking back, it's been a busy year at Saskatoon City Hall.
Mayor Don Atchison said the most important event of 2013, in his mind, was the grand opening of the South Bridge.
Despite the bridge's delayed opening, following a lapse in the 2012 deadline, people came out in droves to be the first to cross the span in July.
"The wonderful part about that is the thousands, and thousands of people who came out to see the opening. People lining up to travel on it," Atchison said.
Ebenezer Scrooge may not approve but many people, including some city workers will take an extra day off on Boxing Day.
Saskatoon Transit will operate on holiday hours on Boxing Day.
Drivers will not have to plug any parking meters, however if your car is impounded the Municipal Impound Lot will not be releasing vehicles either.
The Lawson, Lakewood, Shaw, and Harry Bailey pools will be open on Boxing Day, though they will operate on shortened hours. The same is true of the Saskatoon Field House, and the Clarence Downey Speed Skating rink.
This past Christmas is the first since the City of Saskatoon rolled out its blue bin recycling program.
Director of Environmental and Corporate Initiatives Brenda Wallace said that for everyone with a mountain of Christmas garbage in their home, most of it can be recycled.
"The blue bin program is for packaging materials, and if you think about it that way, you're probably not going to go wrong" she said.
Merry Christmas is popping up on Saskatoon city buses more than ever this holiday season thanks to local Christian organizations.
A group of 22 Saskatoon Christian organizations came together to finance a series of Christmas advertisements.
The ads follow, but are not directly affliated with, last year's controversial debate on whether city buses should be allowed to display Christmas messages.