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The City of Saskatoon Election Office has prepared the Candidate Information Guide  for anyone seeking election or re-election for mayor, city councillor, or school board trustee on November 9, 2020. The digital guide is now available at saskatoon.ca/CandidateInfo.

The guide includes information on the responsibilities and time commitment of elected office, candidate eligibility, the nomination process, and key dates. The first key date is today (June 1), which marks the start of the campaign expense period. This is the date candidates can begin to spend money on their campaign.

The 2020 Civic Election Office located at 226 Cardinal Crescent will open on July 2, but election officials are available now to answer any questions from candidates or clarify information contained in the guide. Candidates can email elections@saskatoon.ca or call 306-657-8683 (VOTE).

Civic Elections are held in order to elect a mayor and 10 councillors, one for each of the city’s 10 wards. The City of Saskatoon also conducts elections for both the Saskatoon Public Schools and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools in order to elect their respective school board trustees.

In accordance with legislation, the civic election is scheduled for November 9, 2020.  The Election Office is adapting its plans to ensure public safety measures are in place for the election and will respond accordingly to any COVID-19 directives issued by the Province. For more information and the latest election updates, visitsaskatoon.ca/election2020 or follow the City on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

City Tennis and Pickleball Courts Re-Open Starting May 29

City tennis and pickleball courts will open starting on Friday, May 29 in full compliance with the outdoor individual recreation guidelines and restrictions as required by the Chief Medical Health Officer and regulated under the Government of Saskatchewan's Re-open Saskatchewan plan. Crews will be working over the coming days to open the City’s 42 outdoor tennis courts and 16 pickleball courts at 12 locations throughout Saskatoon, weather dependent. In addition, signage at each court will provide tips and recommendations for players during COVID-19 from Tennis Canada. Visit saskatoon.ca/tennis for more information.

Gordon Howe Campground Re-Opens June 1

Gordon Howe Campground will re-open on June 1 in full compliance with the campground guidelines and restrictions as required by the Chief Medical Health Officer and regulated under the Government of Saskatchewan's Re-open Saskatchewan plan.

Campsite bookings are now open and are available to Saskatchewan residents only. All campground reservations must be booked and paid for either online or by phone; onsite bookings are not permitted at this time. Visit saskatoon.ca/camp for more information.

Please visit saskatoon.ca/covid19 for timely updates from the City of Saskatoon on everything you need to know to stay safe.

The City has launched a new, temporary process that enables residents to make a remote presentation to Council/Committee via teleconference. This new system was introduced at the Standing Policy Committee meeting on Finance on May 11, 2020.

Since Council and Committee meetings moved to a virtual platform in mid-March, the City has been working to identify a method of remote public participation that was low/no cost, widely accessible, and would pair with existing web streaming and virtual meeting technologies. This new system will ensure the City can carry out its work in a way that doesn’t compromise the safety of its employees or citizens while maintaining access to City Hall. Information on how to submit a request to present to Council or Committee is posted to saskatoon.ca/meetings.

As we (slowly) transition into spring weather, the Saskatoon Fire Department advises community members of considerations to make during the freeze-thaw cycle that has begun over the past month.

Many community members chose to use the City of Saskatoon’s storm water retention ponds for recreational purposes this winter. The Saskatoon Fire Department tested and monitored the ice thickness at these ponds, posting signage advising of its suitability for use. As the temperature warms, the ice on these ponds has become unsuitable for winter recreational use. Fire crews will be visiting each of these ponds in the coming days to update the posted signage to read “No Skating”.

Additionally, the ice that covered sections of the South Saskatchewan River has also started to melt. The ice that covers this body of water is unpredictable and is therefore never safe for winter recreational use. Community members are asked to maintain a safe distance and never venture out onto the ice that covers sections of the South Saskatchewan River.

Community members are also reminded to keep a close watch on children and pets when visiting trails, parks, or off-leash areas that may run adjacent to the South Saskatchewan River or a storm water retention pond.

For more information regarding the Recreational Uses of Storm Water Retention Ponds policy, visit www.saskatoon.ca/ponds.

It is advised that community members always exercise an elevated level of caution when around any large body of water.

In an emergency, call 911 immediately.