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Editorial: Lower speed zone a good idea

Saskatoon motorists heading to the lakes on Highway 11 over the Victoria Day long weekend probably had to hit the brakes and reduce their speed just a little bit north of Warman.
Surprise! The provincial Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure instituted a 90 kilometer per hour speed limit in the vicinity of the Highway 11 junction with Highway 305, where a new overpass is being built.
According to a spokesperson with the Highways Ministry, the reduced speed zone is due to the overpass construction, and is expected to remain in effect until the project is completed in the fall of 2019. Continue reading “Editorial: Lower speed zone a good idea”

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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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Martensville updates noise, property tax, business bylaws

Martensville City Council gave all three readings to a bylaw aimed at preventing loud and excessive noise in the community. The bylaw was one of three adopted by Martensville City Council at its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 16.
The new bylaw updates existing regulations that spell out the types of noises that are prohibited, areas, and hours. Fines for first, second and third offenses are also outlined. All bylaws can be viewed on the city’s website.
The city also updated its property tax bylaw to comply with the mill rates, base property taxes and fees reflected in the city’s 2017 budget. A business licensing bylaw that details specified operations for food trucks and mobile vendors was also passed.
PARKS AND REC MONTH
Martensville City Council passed a resolution proclaiming June as Recreation and Parks Month. The proclamation is intended to promote the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association designation of June as a month for the public to enjoy parks facilities.
It was the council’s first proclamation adopted under its new policy for this type of item.
POOL OPENS JUNE 2
The Martensville Aquatic Centre is currently undergoing maintenance in preparation for its official opening on Friday, June 2.
The pool’s opening is aimed at coinciding with the Buster Days celebration slated for June 2-4.
Swimming lessons are being offered at the pool. Registration opened May 14.

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