The Winter Newsletter is out!

Be sure to check it out...lots and lots of info about your neighbourhood!

Need to know when the next Garbage or Recycling pick up day is?

Looking for a way to be reminded automatically? Want to find out when the next collection day is? Be sure to go here to get all that and more!

The Neighbourhood Rink

It takes lots and lots of volunteers to provide a great skating rink right in your neighbourhood! 

Please take a moment when you're enjoying the rink to be courteous and to treat the whole rink and the area around it like you would your own home (it is after all, in your neighbourhood)…

  • We have two rinks in our neighbourhood: one at Hugh Cairns VC School and the other at St. Phillip School.
  • Be sure to follow the "pack in…pack out" guideline (the same one you use for hiking or camping): if you pack or bring along food/beverage items, please be sure to pack them out by bringing the used containers/wrappers/garbage back home again. You will be helping out everyone else by ensuring the area around the rink stays clean. Thank you!
  • If it snows…the rinks need to be cleared. Please help everyone out by grabbing a shovel and moving the snow off for everyone! 
  • Remember, the rinks in the Adelaide Churchill Park are all run by volunteers not the City Of Saskatoon. Volunteers-people like you-who give of their time and talents for us all to enjoy the rinks. Please thank them for their time, and better yet, get involved and offer to help them!

Finally-watch this video to get an idea of what's involved. Greg Epp ("The Rink Guy") is the Rink Coordinator at the Hugh Cairns rink. He does a great job sharing what's involved, but then rightly lets us all know there are a ton of people involved with him and at our other rink at St. Phillip School (the Rink Guy there is Shaun Farrell). 

If you'd like to volunteer to help out (because you will be inspired to do so by watching these videos!) please contact our rink coordinators (Hugh Cairns rink: Greg Epp (gepp@sitefindergps.com) or the St Phillip Rink Coordinator-Shaun Farrell (sfarrell@sasktel.net).

See you on the ice!

And, here it is…the commercial that started it all:

Online Registration for Winter Programs

Scroll down to find the program you are looking for, or click here.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)-Tuesday, December 2

Please join us on Tuesday, December 2 from 7 pm – 8 pm (ish) for our APCCA Annual General Meeting. City Councillor Mairin Loewen will be in attendance as well.

The meeting will be held at St. Philip school (1901 Haultain Ave),

Save the date and please join us!

Transit Update

Please see the update received from our City Councillor:

Hello everyone,

As you know by now, a lockout has been imposed on Transit workers by the City. I know this is very disruptive and in some cases quite devastating for residents. For those of you who are directly impacted, I’m very sorry for the inconvenience this is causing you and your families. I hope the information below provides some useful context for this situation. I am also happy to answer questions from residents about any of this, so please give me a call if you want to discuss further (email is okay too but will likely be met with a slower response). I apologize in advance for the length of this message: there is a lot of information to get through here.

Logistics

The lockout, which took effect Saturday evening, will remain in place until further notice. Access Transit is not affected during the lockout and will continue to function normally. For people who rely on Transit and would like to explore ride-sharing options, please visit https://www.facebook.com/YXEShare. For students and employees at the University of Saskatchewan, visit this page for information on transportation alternatives: http://www.usask.ca/parking/alternative-parking-and-transportation-options.php. We intend to issue refunds for bus passes, but the details of how this will work have not yet been confirmed. Please watch the city website for updates or call 306-975-3100.

Pension

Much of the current stalemate between the City and ATU relates to the pension plan. This is a complex and technical debate, and I’ll do my best to explain the circumstances succinctly.

The most recent valuation of the pension plan was conducted in 2012 and was filed with the Pension Superintendent by the Board of Trustees. This valuation showed a deficit in the plan of about $6.7 Million. This valuation was conducted by AON, which is the independent plan actuary. In response to this valuation, the pension superintendent (who oversees all pension plans in Saskatchewan) has issued a letter to the City instructing us to begin making special payments of $90,000 per month in order to address this shortage.

This year the City bargained with all 9 civic unions in order to reach consensus about the pension changes that are necessary to keep the pension plan in good stead with the Pension Superintendent. These changes would allow the City to avoid paying the $90,000 per month by improving the sustainability of the plan. 8 of the 9 civic unions agreed to the proposed changes, but ATU did not. As a result, City Council passed a bylaw yesterday amending the plan to make these changes. It’s regrettable that this did not take place at the bargaining table, but these changes were necessary to a) safeguard the fiscal health of the city, and b) ensure fair treatment to the other 8 unions who had agreed to the proposed changes. (It’s important to note that the changes do not affect the overall design of the plan, which is a defined benefit plan and will remain so.)

Wages

The City’s last offer to ATU was for a 10% raise over 4 years, and all of the other 8 civic unions have already agreed to this offer. ATU’s most recent counter-offer was a 22.5% raise over 5 years, which at more than double the package agreed to by all other civic workers would represent an unfair deal for many civic employees. If you’re interested in seeing how the latest offer stacks up against national comparisons, you can find that here.

Next steps

The City is interested in getting back to the bargaining table as soon as possible to work towards a contract with ATU, and I’m hopeful that a mutually agreeable solution will be reached quickly. I feel strongly that a reliable, convenient, and comfortable Transit system is essential for Saskatoon in order to be an efficient and liveable City, and we intend to implement a Bus Rapid Transit system in order to transform our current system into one that works for a growing community. I know that resolving the current labour dispute is an important component of building this system, and we will need to make additional investments in Transit in order to make this happen. I look forward to making these improvements with input from residents. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or comments about any of the above.

Take care,

Mairin

Mairin Loewen

City Councillor, Ward 7

306.229.5298

222 3rd Avenue North

Saskatoon, SK

S7K 0J5

Online Registration is Open!

We have fixed our online registration system through Pic-a-tic and programs are now available.  Please remember that an APCCA membership is required for each family in order to participate in one of our programs.  The memberships are also available for purchase online.  The APCCA will accept other community association memberships – you do not need to purchase two different ones.

The additional fee that is charged on each program or on the membership cost when registering online is the administration fee that is charged by Pic-a-tic and deducted from our final total.  These fees are not kept by the APCCA.

To register online, please see the APCCA Fall Programs section of Pic-a-tic.

Fall 2014 Program Info

For those of you looking for more information on the APCCA's fall program offerings, please click on the links below for the full fall schedule, additional information (including the refund policy and locations of programs), and the full Zumba Everyday schedule.

Our online registration link will be up today once all the classes are added to our Pic-a-Tic site.

APCCA F2014 Program Schedule

Additional Program Information F2014

Zumba Everyday F2014

Soccer is On!

Talk about the 11th hour!!  We needed a Soccer Coordinator by August 31st and we got two of them!  APCCA Soccer will be running this year.  In-person registration will be September 9th at Hugh Cairns School.  Our thanks goes out to Kelli Keays and Crystal Spehar for volunteering their time for our community!!!!

No Coordinator = No Soccer

At this point in time, the APCCA has yet to fill the Soccer Coordinator executive position.  We are looking for an individual (or a group) who will be able to perform the required duties such as taking registrations, organizing teams, communicating with Saskatoon Youth Soccer, ordering and distributing new equipment, and being a liaison with the community.  You will receive guidance from the APCCA executive during the season.

Unfortunately, if the Soccer Coordinator position is not filled by August 31st, the APCCA will not be able to hold a soccer season in the fall.  Parents will have to register their children in surrounding community association leagues.

If you are interested in the position, please contact Deb, our President, at deborah.hockley@zehoc.com as soon as possible.