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.

Fall 2014 Program Registration

The Fall Leisure Guide is out!  Now is your chance to plan your family's programs for the fall season with the APCCA.  Please see our Programs & Events link for specific details on programs.  In-person registration is on September 9, 2014 at the Hugh Cairns School gym from 6:30 – 8:00pm.  Online registration will be open September 1, 2014 (link coming soon).  Remember – you must purchase an APCCA membership ($15/family) to be able to register for programs.  The membership is valid in any community association across the city.

Some of our programs will be shared with South Nutana and Avalon Community Associations to ensure we get the number of registrants needed to run the classes.  We don't want anyone to miss out!

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Communications Coordinator Needed!

Do you enjoy working with websites, Facebook, and newsletters? Do you keep your ear to the ground for City news, community happenings, and other events?

The APCCA is looking for a Communications Coordinator to monitor and update the community website, Facebook page,

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and develop newsletters (usually two per year). Time commitments are minimal, as updating the website and Facebook page with new posts is an on-demand process and only happens when news, events, or other items of interest or importance occur.

Our website is designed using WordPress, which is an easy program to use. You will receive guidelines and instructions on how to run the site.

If you are interested, please contact Darilyn at darilynweiss@yahoo.ca, for more information.


 

Live Well with Chronic Conditions Program

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Chronic Pain

Do you have a chronic health condition such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, asthma, MS, osteoporosis, etc?

• Do you care for someone with a chronic health condition?

• Would you like to learn how to cope with a chronic health condition by learning self-management?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you may be interested in attending the program.

LiveWell with Chronic Conditions and LiveWell with Chronic Pain - The programs are offered FREE of charge, and run once a week for 6 weeks. Participants also receive a free copy of the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions manual.

There is also the option of attending free Peer Leader Training sessions this October 6 – 9.

If you are interested in becoming a peer leader for the program, or learning more about LiveWell program as a participant, please contact Samantha Sielski, RD at 306-655-1460.

 

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in Churchill Park on Sunday, July 13th.  This year the play is The Pied Piper.  The show starts at 7:00 PM so bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the show with your family.  See the attached flyer for more details.

Pied Piper Flyer

PotashCorp Soccer Kids in the Park

Saskatoon Youth Soccer Inc. Proudly Presents:

What: PotashCorp Soccer Kids

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In the Park Program
When: July 2nd – Aug 21st   Mon to Fri 11:00am 5:30pm
Where: Travels to Various Playground & Youth Centre Sites Citywide

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Cost: Free Drop-In for Ages 4 – 12 (Playgrounds) & Ages 12 – 18 (Youth Centres)

Contact: Saskatoon Youth Soccer 975-3413 or www.saskatoonyouthsoccer.ca for a complete schedule after Mon June 24th!

 

Some special aspects of the program are:

-       The four program leaders are certified coaches.

-       Focus is on instilling fun and being active through the largest growing sport in Canada ~ soccer!

-       The program will be travelling to all 45 neighborhood playground sites between 5 to 9 times each throughout the summer.

-       Focus is to bring soccer to the communities to eliminate transportation and financial barriers to sport!

-       Partnered with the City of Saskatoon playground and youth centre programs.

-       Program is fully funded by our major community sponsor PotashCorp and grants from the Community Initiatives Fund and the City of Saskatoon.

 

Thanks for your time and support in promoting this great cost-free community program ~ and we look forward to seeing your children and youth out in the parks this summer!