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"Saskatoon is a 5-hr drive to Edmonton, 9-hr drive to Winnipeg -- 'out there,' yet a real surprise in the prairies. I want to come back."

- Robert Reid, US Travel Editor, Lonely Planet (via Twitter)

eBulletin - November 2011

Saskatoon is home to Canada's fastest growing economy


The country's top economists are in agreement. Saskatoon will continue to lead economic growth in Canada through 2013.


The Conference Board of Canada, known for its conservative economic forecasts, says that Saskatoon's economy will expand by 4.1 per cent this year, and will remain at the top of the economic growth leader board through 2013.The gap between Saskatoon and second place Calgary is quite significant, with Calgary's economy expected to grow by 3.4 per cent.

What factors are contributing to Saskatoon's sustained economic growth?

According to the Conference Board of Canada announcement, "Saskatoon is benefiting from strong resource development, while healthy population growth is bolstering the housing market."

Over $10 billion in new mines and expansions are in development in the province, and Saskatoon is at the epicenter of all of the activity.

Tim LeClair, Chief Executive Officer of the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA), is quick to point out that mining isn't the only engine boosting the city's economy.

"We also have to give credit to other sectors of the economy which aren't related to the resource sector, including manufacturing, agriculture, transportation and communication," says LeClair.

The Saskatoon region has one of the most diversified economies in the country, says LeClair.

While mining, energy and agriculture dominate the city's economic landscape, all three sectors are driving increased activity in the manufacturing sector, where local companies are busy producing fabricated metal goods and machinery, transportation equipment, wood products, electronic and electrical equipment, plastics, as well as food and beverage processing.

The production of local goods, in turn, impacts the transportation and distribution industry, as 85 per cent of local manufacturers are also exporting products outside of Saskatchewan.


Not only does Saskatoon boast the country's fastest growing economy, we have also earned the title of "Fastest Growing City in Canada."

Between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010, Saskatoon's population increased by 3 per cent, (7,200 residents), for a total population of 265,300, according to Statistics Canada.The federal agency attributes approximately 50 per cent of the city's population growth to international migration.Approximately 3,300 international immigrants relocated to Saskatoon during that 12-month period, attracted by the city's diverse economy.


The arrival of young international families, as well as the growing aboriginal population, means that Saskatoon is also Canada's youngest city, according to the same Statistics Canada report. Saskatoon's residents are the youngest in the country, on average, with a median age of 35.4 years, compared to the national median of 39.7 years.

Read more at thestarphoenix.com.

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The Two Twenty brings urban cool to Riversdale


Curtis Olson is on a mission to reinvigorate Riversdale. And the Two Twenty on 20th street is his home base, the launch pad for his Acts of Urban Renewal.

WHAT? The Two Twenty Co-Working Space and Collective Coffee

WHERE: 220 20th Street West in Riversdale

WHEN? “The building was originally a furniture store built in 1962. “We took possession July 1, 2010. Collective Coffee opened February 26, 2011. The office/studio tenants moved in June 1, 2011, so it was an 11-month project.”

WHY? “The Two Twenty is physical space that fosters collaboration that is helping startups, pioneers, designers and initiators turn their ideas into reality. At the core of it is my company, Shift Development, along with very close collaborators of mine at Collective Coffee, deezine.ca, Hardpressed Screenprinting and Crystal Bueckert at BLDGStudio, who have helped me to bring my Acts of Urban Renewal to completion.

HOW? “We gutted it completely and rebuilt everything from electrical, mechanical, windows, storefront, interior walls, etc. Tons of materials were salvaged from Riversdale (Habitat Restore, Roses, Great West Furniture Warehouse, Inland Steel) was used in the rebuilding of the spaces.”

Source: Bridges, The Star Phoenix

Note: The Two Twenty celebrated its grand opening November 10, 2011. At a press conference prior to the celebration, they announced plans to expand the operation into the building next door. (via The Two Twenty on Facebook)

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Lion cubs born at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo

The City of Saskatoon is pleased to announce the birth of two lion cubs at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo.  Cooey, the female lion on loan from Ontario, gave birth to one male and one female cub on September 24, 2011.  Both cubs are doing well, gaining weight, and are currently being raised by their mother under the observation of Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo staff.

“We are thrilled to have lion cubs born at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo,” said John Moran, Manager of the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo.

Due to the timing of the birth, the cubs will not be on public (or media) display in the PotashCorp Ark Exhibit until spring 2012.

“It’s important to allow the cubs to grow and mature before exposing them to the outdoor exhibit,” said Moran.

The Zoo will update the public on the progress of the cubs with pictures throughout the fall and winter months on the City of Saskatoon’s Facebook page.

Lions, known for their strength and courage, are a species at risk due to their depleting numbers over the past 20 years.  As the second largest living member of the cat family, they can be easily identified by their magnificent manes and tan bodies.  Lions are the most social of the cats, living in prides comprised of one to two males and up to a dozen related females and their young.

Forestry Farm gates are open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (October 1 to April 14), and the Zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (September 6 to April 30).

For information on admission rates and other interesting things to see at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo, visit saskatoon.ca.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or our City Blog. Click on the links at saskatoon.ca.

For more information please contact:
John Moran
Manager, Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo
(306) 975-3385

Source: News Release

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Revamped Kinsmen Park will include skating loop


The next stage in the evolution of Saskatoon's oldest park will include an expansive new play area for children that will become an outdoor skating loop in winter.

The concept plan for the $5-million makeover of the 46-acre Kinsmen Park and area, sponsored by Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc., includes upgraded cross-country skiing trails, a skating loop and a year-round concession. In the summer, the park plan includes a large new playground with distinct "play areas" for young children and youth, and the expansion of the Canpotex-sponsored miniature train ride, which will follow the path of the old horse racing track around the park perimeter.

"We had a strong idea to create a place for children and families," said Jeff Cutler, the Vancouver-based design consultant hired by the city for the project.

"We wanted a better range of uses throughout the year."

The carousel will be updated and a ferris wheel and a swing ride installed in a small amusement park near a large plaza area off Spadina Crescent that will also include a train station for the miniature ride.

The softball fields off 25th Street will be removed to allow more "flexibility" and to open the park up, Cutler said.

The goal is to change the character of Spadina Crescent surrounding Kinsmen Park from a busy arterial road to a "boulevard" with slower traffic, Cutler said.

The long-term plan shows a roundabout on Spadina for traffic exiting on to the University Bridge off-ramp. New crosswalks will be built to improve access from the park to the Mendel Art Gallery, which a group is proposing to convert to a children's museum once the gallery is relocated to River Landing.

The concept plan lays out changes over the next 25 years. The short-term plan - with $5 million from PotashCorp - is to build the new playground area, upgrade the amusement park, remove the softball fields and build pedestrian paths.

Over the next 10 years, community gardens will be installed, a concession building expanded and a hot-air balloon launch installed. In winter, there will also be more terrain for skiers, a ski bridge, a tobogganing hill, an outdoor fire pit and warming huts. The 25-year plan details the expansion of the civic conservatory attached to the Mendel Art Gallery and a new amphitheatre for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan.

The city hopes to get the unfunded portions of the long-term concept plan for Kinsmen Park sponsored, said Jeanna South, a senior city planner.

"What will result because of the elements we're including is something that's very unique and very identifiable as a park in Saskatoon and not something that could be quite ubiquitous and rubberstamped around the whole world," South said.

The only bidder for the Mendel Art Gallery building is led by the Children's Discovery Museum in concert with the Saskatchewan Children's Festival and Wide Open Children's Theatre. If public feedback about the museum proposal is positive and the plan is approved by council, the group will create a more detailed business plan.

Bryan Kosteroski, president of the Saskatoon Amateur Softball Association, said the softball community has been in talks with the city for more than two years about the possible change. There are plans underway to add lights and upgrades at some of the Glen Reeve diamonds to make up for the loss of space.

"Building new diamonds is not always the solution," Kosteroski said. "We have to maximize resources where we have them.

"There's been a lot of discussions with the city about our growth and the city has been a real positive. We're very satisfied about where we're going."

The concept plan for Kinsmen Park requires council approval in December.

Source: The Star Phoenix

More information available at saskatoon.ca.

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Saskatoon to host Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets in 2012

On Ice Management Group Inc. in association with Credit Union Centre are pleased to announce that Saturday, September 22, 2012 Saskatoon will host the current Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins vs. Canada’s newest NHL team the Winnipeg Jets in an NHL pre-season game.

“This year’s game will feature the current Stanley Cup Champions Boston Bruins against Canada’s newest franchise the Winnipeg Jets” – says John Graham. “The Bruins are one of the original six NHL teams and to my knowledge this will be only the second appearance of an original six team to Saskatoon”.

“The Boston Bruins are excited about the opportunity to host a game in Saskatoon – one of Canada’s true hockey communities” said Peter Chiarelli General Manager of the Boston Bruins.

“The Winnipeg Jets look forward to visiting Saskatoon and playing the Boston Bruins” said Kevin Cheveldayoff General Manager of the Winnipeg Jets. “We know we will have lots of support from Jets fans throughout Saskatchewan and are excited to play in Saskatoon”

Ticket prices are $42.50 to $92.50 (plus service charges) and are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, on-line at Ticketmaster.ca, by calling 306-938-7800 or 1-800-970-7328.

For additional information contact:

Scott Ford
Director of Marketing & Events
Credit Union Centre

John Graham
On Ice management Group Inc.

Source: News Release

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Meewasin receives major award for Kinsmen Fishing Platform

The Meewasin Valley Authority is the recipient of the Saskatchewan Parks & Recreation Cecil Nobes Facility Award of Excellence 2011 for the construction of the Kinsmen Fishing Platform. The award is presented annually to a municipal organization for the construction of a facility where the unique or outstanding design contributes to the overall efficiency or accessibility of the facility operation component.

Over the years Meewasin has often been asked for a riverbank location where a wheelchair on the Meewasin Trail could safely gain close access to the river so the sportsperson with mobility limitations could caste out a fishing line and catch fish. Despite many land and water difficulties in pursuing the project, the Kinsmen Fishing Platform became a reality this fall of 2011.

The platform is accessible from the Meewasin Tail at 33rd St. E. and Spadina Crescent. The 180m trail with panoramic views is no more than a 5% grade, gradually taking one down the riverbank under the CPR Bridge to the 200 square foot platform at the shore. The elevation of the platform is 14 inches above normal water level based on averages during fishing season. There are two cement stands about two feet high for the purpose of placing a tackle box, lunch and other personal items, and a protective lip along the edge of the platform. Fish catachable are walleye, goldeye, carp, northern pike, whitefish, perch and sturgeon, although sturgeon are catch and release.

The platform gives the Meewasin Trail user a whole new perspective of the river valley. Meewasin Trail Ambassador Ron Brown, a wheel chair user himself says: I think the fishing platform is a good idea. It is a place for solitude getting rid of traffic noise.

The total cost of the project was approximately $300,000 with the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon providing $117,000 of that total.

For more information contact Susan Lamb or Doug Porteous at Meewasin 306-665-6887.

Source: News Release

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Saskatoon airport terminal expansion receives final approval

The Saskatoon Airport Authority (SAA) Board of Directors has given formal approval to the Airport Terminal Expansion project following the presentation of final design concepts by local architectural firm Kindrachuk-Agrey. The expansion, budgeted at $53 million and scheduled to begin early 2012, is expected to be completed by the summer of 2014.

“We are very excited to begin this project that will deliver to our community its future airport,” states Nancy Hopkins, SAA Board Chair. “When completed, the public will be treated to a higher level of service, comfort and efficiency. Most importantly, we will be able to offer much needed amenities and services for food, beverage and retail. This is truly a building our community will take pride in.”

The expansion focuses primarily on the post security area adding just under 130,000 square feet on two floors. “It’s a big project”, comments President & CEO Bill Restall. “...bigger than our last expansion in 2001. In essence, we are doubling the size of the building,...post security is where our efforts are focused in order to maximize comfort, efficiency and deliver a positive customer experience.”

The terminal expansion is part of a 10-year, $105 million overall Airport capital plan. Future capital projects to be undertaken by the SAA include a parking structure and a privately funded integrated on-site hotel complex.

Expansion Facts:
  • Construction will begin early in 2012 with completion in summer of 2014. No construction disruption will be experienced until after the coming winter charter program.
  • The new Terminal will feature a pier design and offer eight bridgeable gates along with three ground-load positions.
  • The expansion will include opportunity for a variety of food, beverage and retail services as well as a Business Lounge. The expanded services will primarily be post-security.
  • Existing terminal is 139,000 square feet - new building area will be 266,670 square feet.
  • Increased seating capacity is a primary focus and will incorporate comfortable seating areas, business stations, a fireplace and children’s play areas.
  • The expansion will be funded through the current Airport revenues including the AIF fund.

For further information contact:
Bill Restall
President & CEO
Saskatoon Airport Authority

Communications Contact:
Maxine Montgomery

Source: News Release

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Kelly Bertoncini
Manager, Media Relations | Tourism Saskatoon
Ph: 306.931.7585 | kbertoncini@tourismsaskatoon.com

Alexandra Stang
Media Relations Coordinator | Tourism Saskatoon
Ph: 306.931.7587 | astang@tourismsaskatoon.com

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