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SCOA Globe Walk: Dance Moves Through the Decades - Jan 5, 2022 1 pm Online via ZOOM, No Cost

Brenda Bennett will present the Charleston and Lindy Hop dances from the 1920s-1940s.

Mayfair Hub Club: Cannabis and Older Adults with Patricia Clark - Jan 20, 2022 1 pm Online via ZOOM, No cost

As Cannabis is a relatively new legalized substance in Canada, older adults should know about its benefits and risks. Join Patricia Clark, National Executive Director with Active Aging Canada, as she provides an overview of the resource guide “Be Wise – Cannabis and Older Adults.” Highlighted topics include the basic facts, therapeutic benefits, side effects, risks, the law, effects on aging, and questions to ask your doctor about Cannabis.

Live with Less: A Guide to Decluttering and Downsizing January 25 10 am Online via ZOOM, No cost

As we age our lifestyle and needs change. The items that were once crucial are now in the way. Downsizing or decluttering are two ways that you can simplify your life, maintain your independence, and ensure that your ongoing needs are being met. Get tips and insights on decluttering and downsizing your space with Nicholas Fraser of YXE Estate Services.
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” Hans Hofman

Century Club event with Martin Janovsky Jan 26 2 pm Online via ZOOM, No Cost 

A Canadian pianist and a music teacher born in Czechoslovakia, Martin Janovsky graduated from Conservatory of Prague and Trinity College of London England. He is recently teaching piano, performing and recording in Saskatoon. Some of the highlights of Martin’s musical career in Canada are performing and performing with Aldridge Sisters, Henri Loiselle and Fireside Singers under the direction of Marilyn Whitehead. Martin has recorded three solo albums: “Strings And Hammers”, “ Wonderful World” and “Home For The Holidays”. Most recent recording is a collaboration with Trevor Wingerter “A Classic Christmas In Concert”. 

To register, call the SCOA office at 306.652.2255. You can also connect with your Activities Director. All friends and family are welcome to join.

Saskatoon Council on Aging Inc.

2020 College Drive [Saskatoon Field House]

Treaty 6 Territory & Homeland of the Metis

Phone: 306.652.2255 Join Us: Be a Member! | |

"Positive aging for all in an age-friendly community" Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Closed 12 to 1 for lunch. 

The Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD) is currently testing and monitoring ice thickness at storm water retention ponds around the city to verify their safety and integrity for recreational use.

The ice must reach a minimum thickness of at least eight inches to be considered safe for public recreational activities such as skating, broomball and hockey. Signage posted at each pond will indicate whether the pond is safe for recreational use. When the ice thickness reaches a minimum of eight inches and is considered safe, SFD will replace the “No Skating” symbol on site signs with a “Skating Permitted” image. While ice testing is underway, community members are asked to remain off storm pond ice surfaces until signage indicates the pond is safe to use.

As the weather continues to sporadically warm and cool, SFD would like to caution the public of changing ice conditions. Residents are reminded to check the posted signage each time they consider using the pond. Community members are advised to always exercise an elevated level of caution when around any large body of water. Keep a close watch on children and pets when visiting trails, parks, or off-leash areas that may run adjacent to a storm water retention pond. Community members who use the ponds for recreational purposes assume all risk and maintenance responsibilities for the ice including shoveling, flooding, as well as user safety.

Only select storm water ponds are designated for recreational use. Please visit for a list of ponds permitting winter recreational use and to learn more about the Recreational Uses of Storm Water Retention Ponds policy.

Winter weather is on the horizon and snow crews are ready to keep everyone moving around city streets and sidewalks. Our fingers are crossed it will be a typical Saskatoon winter when it comes to snow grading and removal.

No one in Saskatoon will soon forget last November’s 30-40 cm snow fall that kept people at home for days. That was the first year in decades that snow was graded and removed from all residential streets.

Now that we’re back to “snow”rmal, please remember that snow grading and removal on all residential streets is not in the budget for normal Saskatoon winters.

When it snows more than 5 cm, a Snow Event is declared and contractor graders join the City fleet to grade all priority streets within 72 hours.

There are three types of priority streets that determine the order of snow grading.

  • Priority 1 streets get plowed first. That’s vital stuff like freeways, major arterials and bridges.
  • Priority 2 streets get graded second. These are the arterial roads with double-lanes and bus routes, like Clarence Ave.
  • Priority 3 streets are completed last. These streets take you through your neighbourhood like Louise Ave, Howell Ave and Main St.

Following every significant snowfall, City-facility sidewalks, Meewasin Trail, park pathways with street lighting, pathways along freeways and arterials, and bridge walkways are graded within 48 hours.

Visit to learn about snow grading after a snow event and search your address on our priority street snow grading map using the magnifying glass.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting a significant snowfall and high winds for Saskatoon starting Tuesday. Rain is expected to start this evening, which may result in slippery sidewalks as people head to work. City crews will be applying salt to keep freeways, intersections, on/off ramps and bridge decks from freezing.

“Fortunately, we are not staring down a storm like we experienced last year,” says Goran Saric, Director of Roadways, Fleet and Support. “However, there will still be lots of snow and strong winds which will create challenging driving conditions on Tuesday and into Wednesday. 

“Our crews are ready and will be out to keep the roads clear for emergency vehicles and Saskatoon Transit, but we’re asking everyone to consider delaying non-essential trips outside of Saskatoon. If you need to travel, make sure you have a vehicle emergency kit and charged cell phone."

As the snow begins in Saskatoon Tuesday, City crews and equipment will plow Circle Drive and on/off ramps until the snow stops. Reduced visibility on Saskatoon streets may occur during the day Tuesday with combination of snow falling and wind up to 80 km/h into the evening.

Emergency Management Organization Director Pamela Goulden-McLeod says the Cold Weather Strategy for Saskatoon’s vulnerable is activated with warming shelters open for those who need them.

“Using a whole-community approach to emergency management there are over twenty organizations involved with the Cold Weather Strategy. These organizations, under the leadership of the Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership, work to make sure that individuals and families experiencing or at risk-of homelessness are aware of safe available sleeping options and warming locations."

Goulden-McLeod also reminds all residents and businesses that we each have a role to play in emergency planning and review winter storm planning to make sure they are prepared when it happens.  

High winds could create disruption in electrical service. Trees can sometimes contact with above-ground power lines causing breaks or downed lines.

“If a tree falls onto a line stay at least 10 metres or three car lengths away from it and stay away from other equipment that comes into contact with the line,” says Trevor Bell, Director of Saskatoon Light & Power. “If the line is on the ground, call 9-1-1 immediately and stay back.”

Ten to 15 cm of snow is expected, and a Snow Event will be declared once the snow stops. Contractor graders will join the City fleet in the priority street cleanup on freeways, arterial and collector streets, storing snow on medians, boulevards and in parking lanes. Specialized crews will clear City facility sidewalks, Meewasin Trail, park pathways with street lighting and bridge/overpass walkways at the same time. Given the forecast, it is very unlikely that the new Roadways Emergency Response Plan (PDF) will be triggered for this snow event. Activating the plan would be considered after a blizzard with snow accumulations of at least 25 centimetres and mobility reduced to the point light vehicles cannot drive on city streets, to add extra staffing and contractor resources for city-wide grading and snow removal.

Learn more about the City’s priority street grading plan at Look-up your address on the Street Grading Priority Streets map to see if snow grading happens on your street after a snow event. For Saskatoon Ligh & Power customers, refer to the new interactive power outage map if you experience an issue. 

For more City of Saskatoon news, program information, Service Alerts, Traffic Detours, and links to our social media channels, please visit

Elm trees, leaves, and branches are prone to an insect that spreads Dutch elm disease, a disease that
kills elm and spreads rapidly.

You can help prevent Dutch elm disease by:

  1. Never storing elm wood, branches or leaves. Don't buy elm wood from anyone and don't burn it.
  2. Pruning your elms before or after the provincial pruning ban period (April 1 to August 31).
  3. Disposing of elm at the Saskatoon Landfill. Chop the wood into smaller pieces (less than 10" in diameter and less than 36" in length) to avoid paying an extra fee.

Elm trees line many of Saskatoon’s streets and can also be found in private yards. Elm trees have a vase-like shape that can create a canopy like the ones lining Spadina Crescent. If you think you might have​ elm, take a close look at the leaves. Elm leaves have jagged edges and uneven halves that come to a point at the end.

If you have an elm tree, it’s important to ONLY prune between Sept 1 – March 31 and NEVER store or keep elm branches. All elm wood must be taken directly to the Saskatoon landfill and must NEVER go in your green cart (with the exception of leaves) or black cart.

For more information on identifying or disposing of elm, please visit

On Thursday, July 15, farmers and ranchers will gather with Indigenous land users at a farm in Bladworth, SK, to launch the newly formed Treaty Land Sharing Network. The grassroots group is made up of farmers and ranchers who have come together to share land as treaties intended and welcome Indigenous people to practice their way of life on the land that they farm. The farms within the network can be accessed for gathering plants and medicines, hunting, ceremony, and other uses. 
At the July 15th celebration, the group will distribute signs for members to post on their land and launch an online directory of land accessible through the network. Members will be joined by land users from Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories as well as representatives from the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, Anishnabek Nation Treaty Authority, and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations.

WHO: Farmers, ranchers, and Indigenous land users

WHAT: Public launch of the Treaty Land Sharing Network

WHEN: July 15, 2021, Press Conference at 11:30am

WHERE: Farm of Mary Smillie and Ian McCreary, Bladworth, SK (near Davidson). From Hwy 11, turn into the village of Bladworth and proceed down main street to the end of the street. Look across the railway tracks and you will see a large blue steel Quonset on the farm. Cross the tracks by taking the road to the left and follow to the farmyard. 

Contact Name: Mary Smillie
Phone Number: 306.567.7739

The City’s 47 Summer Play Programs will open for the season on Monday, July 5, 2021.

Designed for 2 to 12 year olds, these free drop-in programs include water play, sports, games, and more at 30 paddling pool and 16 spray pad locations throughout the city. A list of locations is available on the interactive map at

Play Programs operate Mondays to Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Thursday, August 26, 2021.

Weekend Play Programs operate at select locations on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning Saturday, July 10, through Sunday, August 22, 2021. The weekend program will also run on the Monday of the August long weekend (August 2).

Please note that children and youth 13 years of age and younger must be supervised by an adult, or a responsible youth (14 years and older) at all times during Play Program hours.

Designated swim times have been set at the paddling pool locations to manage capacity limits and allow for cleaning throughout the day. Residents can drop-in during the following times:

Monday to Thursday
10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
1:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
2:15 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
3:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
4:45 p.m.-6:00 P p.m.

12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m.
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
 2:45 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
 3:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays
12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m.
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
2:45 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
3:45 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Note: The paddling pools require public health inspections on opening day, which will delay opening of some paddling pools.  All pools are expected to be open by 3:00 p.m. on July 5.

Spray pads are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. until Monday, September 6, 2021. Leaders will be on-site Monday to Friday from July 5-August 26. Designated play times have been set at the spray pad locations to manage capacity limits and allow for cleaning throughout the day. Residents can drop-in during the following times:

Monday to Thursday
10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
1:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
2:15 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
3:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
4:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
5:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
2:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

The following guidelines are in place to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, while visiting a Play Program.

  • Do not visit the play program if you are sick.
  • Stay 2 metres apart at all times from those not in your group. 
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before and after visiting the play program.
  • A non-medical face make is required inside the school or recreation unit when accessing the washroom.

Visit for more information.

The City’s summer youth centres open for the season on Monday, July 5, 2021.  All youth, ages 14 to 16, are invited to drop in for sports and activities or hang out with friends in a friendly environment supervised by fun, qualified leaders.

Youth centres are free to attend.  Unless otherwise stated, hours of operation are Monday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. until August 19, 2021 (closed Monday, August 2, 2021).

Youth Centre Locations:

  • Confederation - Confederation Park School (3555 John A. Macdonald Road)
  • Dundonald - St. Peter Elementary (202 Sumner Crescent)
  • Forest Grove - St. Volodymyr School (302 Kellough Road)
  • Silverwood – Brownell School (274 Russell Road)

MÈ TA WÈ TÀN Youth Centres:

  • Pleasant Hill - St. Mary Wellness & Education Centre  (327 Avenue N South) 
  • Holiday Park - St. John School (1205 Avenue N South) 
  • Westmount - Westmount School (411 Avenue J North) 

Special Focus Youth Centres:
An opportunity to express yourself with unique art projects, music, and theatre.

  • Nutana (Arts Only) - Albert Community Centre (610 Clarence Avenue South)
    Monday to Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Lakeview  (Sports Only) - Lakewood Civic Centre (1635 McKercher Drive)
    Monday to Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Thursday 1:30 8:00 p.m. and Friday 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Travelling Sports Van: 
Youth are invited to participate in a variety of sports and activities with our skilled leaders who travel to different sites each day. Equipment is provided. The program runs from Tuesday, July 5 to Thursday, August 19, 2021.

Leaders are at the following locations at these hours:

  • Kelsey Woodlawn (Dr. J Valens Park)
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Cosmo Civic Centre Outdoor Court (behind Cosmo Civic Centre) 
    Monday from 3:00 7:00 p.m.
  • Briarwood Basketball Court (Briarwood Park) 
    Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Forest Grove Basketball Court (Les Kerr Park) 
    Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Riversdale Outdoor Basketball Court (Optimist Park) 
    Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Skateboard Program:
Youth are also invited to practise boarding with our skilled skateboard leaders who travel to different sites each day.  Equipment is provided or you can bring your own deck.  Program runs from Tuesday, July 5 to Thursday, August 19, 2021.

Skateboard leaders are at the following locations at these hours:

  • Charlottetown Park (behind Cosmo Civic Centre)
    Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Lions Skate Park (Victoria Park - beside Riversdale Pool)
    Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Forest Park (adjacent to Centennial High School)
    Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Umea Park (behind Lawson Civic Centre off Pinehouse Drive)
    Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • W.W. Ashley Park (beside Lathey Pool)
    Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Skateboard sites are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  For more information, please call 306-975-3378 or visit

The following guidelines are in place to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, while visiting a youth centre.

  • Do not visit the play program if you are sick.
  • Stay 2 metres apart at all times from those not in your group. 
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before and after visiting the play program.
  • A non-medical face make is required inside the youth centre until restrictions are lifted on July 11.
  • The youth centres will have designated play time periods.

Visit for more information.