Some food truck policies more appetizing

Shirley Metcalf and her husband stopped by to enjoy some ice cream from Louis Schoenherr recently. Warman allows food trucks to set up in designated commercial areas, including the Warman Fire Hall parking lot.

There’s a growing appetite to have food trucks in urban areas to supplement local eating options. With that, communities have worked to set out their food truck guidelines.

Warman’s new policy makes one food truck vendor pretty happy. Louis Schoenherr runs an ice cream truck, which is gearing up for the season.

Schoenherr likes the old tradition of ice cream trucks driving through communities to provide cold treats on hot days. “We started up and we’re trying to do the same tradition as they did years ago,” he says. “But the cities are stopping us, except for Warman.”

Warman has defined three categories of mobile food vendors. Continue reading “Some food truck policies more appetizing”

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SUMA officials meeting in Saskatoon

More than 100 representatives from Saskatchewan towns and villages are meeting in Saskatoon today for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) annual stand-alone sector meeting.

“This is a great chance for our members to discuss common concerns and solutions,” said Vice-President of Towns Rodger Hayward. “It’s the third year we’ve held a meeting like this outside our annual convention, because the response has continued to be so positive. Hometowns are where innovation happens — necessity is the mother of innovation after all — and SUMA is happy to facilitate these important discussions.” Continue reading “SUMA officials meeting in Saskatoon”

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Social factors steer people toward gangs, says researcher

Robert Henry

Individuals who grow up in a “hostile” environment with little or no family or social supports are prime recruits for indigenous street gangs, according to University of Calgary professor Robert Henry.
Speaking at the Valley West Community Justice Committee (VWCJC) annual meeting in Martensville on Thursday, May 18, Henry said individuals who end up in street gangs generally have experienced a “lot of trauma” in their lives.
“In most cases, they’ve had multiple movements within the child welfare system,” said Henry, who grew up in Prince Albert and is of Metis ancestry.
“They’ve been taken from their homes and placed in different foster homes. Society often labels them as bad kids, and they internalize that view of themselves.”
Indigenous street gangs first came into the public eye in the 1980s in Winnipeg, said Henry. He said the formation of those gangs was partly in response to limited opportunities for indigenous youth to participate in the legal economy, and they gravitated toward an “illegal economy” based on drugs and violence. Continue reading “Social factors steer people toward gangs, says researcher”

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