Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback on the issue of firepits in Saskatoon. I spoke out strongly against additional regulation and instead pushed for better enforcement of our previous bylaw which already banned many dangerous and inconsiderate activities with backyard fires. While the final vote didn’t go the way I would have liked, you can be sure that I will continue to stand up for common sense solutions at City Hall to the issues we face in Saskatoon.
In the last couple of months, Council has been debating the best way forward on taxis and ridesharing (Uber) in Saskatoon. While there are lots of complexities to the industry in Saskatoon, I believe that we need to be ready to allow ridesharing in our city when the province completes their new regulations for the industry late this fall, hopefully in time for the Christmas party season.
I sincerely hope you and your family had a restful and fun Christmas season. Despite the bitter cold we experienced over the holidays, I hope you had a chance to get out and experience some of the great winter activities in our city. From the Enchanted Forest at the Forestry Farm to the Meewasin Rink downtown, we are lucky to have great outdoor opportunities in a community that experiences all four seasons!
Neighbourhood traffic safety is an important issue in our community. I am happy to report that both Willowgrove and Silverspring have had full traffic reviews with the recommendations being implemented this year. Erindale and Arbor Creek are currently being reviewed and if you’re interested in more details for those neighbourhoods, the next review meeting is being held on Tuesday, September 19th from 7pm to 9pm at Father Robinson School. These reviews help improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow in our community.
I’m sure you’ve noticed and I am pleased to report that the McOrmond and College overpass is under construction. This is a priority project that I have been advocating for during my time on Council, so it is great to see shovels in the ground!