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Multi-purpose Facility Envisioned Through Recreation Facility Master Plan

The City of Martensville continues toward the development of a multi-purpose facility with an initial goal of establishing a second ice surface. The recent completion of a Recreation Facility Master Plan has helped define features of a new proposed multi-purpose facility. In the development of the Recreation Facility Master Plan and an eventual project, the City of Martensville has been working with the community and users through volunteer groups such as the Martensville Community Recreational Project (MCRP). The MCRP has been a valuable partner and catalyst for further facility development in Martensville and have been key toward the development of the Recreation Facility Master Plan through ongoing participation and engagement. The City alongside community user groups are pursuing a new multi-purpose facility to create new opportunities for the community but primarily a new facility will address the shortage of space and availability for the growing registration numbers across programs such as Minor Hockey, CanSkate, and Minor Soccer. There are opportunities to develop or expand into additional programs such as youth and adult recreational hockey, adult competitive hockey, additional or fixed public skating times, female hockey, indoor soccer and lacrosse. In addition to the new opportunities for recreation and current user groups a new multi-purpose facility will bring additional economic spinoffs for Martensville. Minor Sport will have the capacity to hold tournaments with the addition of another ice surface in the community, as well as have space available for sport camps to further skill development. The multi-purpose facility as a year-round venue, with a variety of uses, will not only help serve the community but also the region with the potential to serve and cooperate with Saskatoon user groups. A new

multi-purpose facility will serve as an additional focal point for the community attracting new commercial opportunities as well as enhancing attractiveness for residential developments. The concept for the new multi-purpose facility will focus around a new main, single ice surface with a leisure ice surface. Early concepts have bleacher seating for up to 1200. Additional support spaces such as concession, skate services and indoor play and flex spaces are also part of the initial concept. Overall design will include the ability to stage or phase in future amenities. The location for a new multi-purpose facility has not been determined but several potential locations are being further examined in respect to feasibility, considering location factors, site constraints and serving costs. Funding for the development of a multi-purpose facility has commenced and has been ongoing for several years. The Martensville Community Recreation Project Committee was formed in 2015 with a goal of seeing a new multi-purpose sports facility for the community. They recently donated $150,000 toward the project and continue to fundraise and carry out volunteer activities. The City of Martensville has included recreation levies the last two budgets to also capitalize the future project. Timing and complete scope of the project will be contingent on additional factors such as Provincial and Federal funding as well as sponsorship and donation opportunities. For more City of Martensville news, service and program information, and links to our social media channels, please visit Martensville.ca.

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Summer Water Conservation Tips

Summer can bring a rise in water consumption and your water bill. Here are some tips to help conserve water during the heat. • Water your lawn deeply, but not more than once a week. During periods of extended rain, water even less frequently. • Water new lawns every other day until the grass reaches 5 cm; then water less frequently. • Set a tuna can in each of your sprinkler zones and time how long it takes to fill it with water. That’s how long you should run your sprinkler once a week if your lawn is dry. • Use drip irrigation and/or sprinkler systems that are timed to turn on and off automatically. Remember to turn them off if it’s raining. • Don’t water your lawn during the hottest time of the day. Instead, water early in the morning or in the evening. Don’t water when it’s rainy or windy. • Check the sprinkler position to make sure you don’t waste water by watering the street, sidewalks or driveway. • Xeriscape Landscaping – Group plants according to their watering needs. Plant water-saving plants, trees and shrubs. Use mulch to retain moisture in the soil. All of this can save 10-35 litres of water per minute. • When mowing your lawn, only cut the top 1/3 of the grass and leave clippings behind. They will help the soil retain moisture and provide natural fertilizer. • Wash your car at the car wash. Washing at home with a hose for ten minutes uses 300 litres of water and sends soap, oil and other chemicals to the river through storm drains. At a car wash, run-off is captured and disposed of properly. • Use a broom when cleaning your driveway or walkway. Washing with a hose uses almost 200 litres of water.

Property Tax Payments

A reminder that 2018 Property Taxes are due July 31, 2018. Commencing August 1, 2018 penalties will be added to all outstanding accounts at 1% per month. Property taxes can be paid by debit, cheque, cash or online banking. Payments may also be placed in the mail slot at City Hall afterhours or weekends. We also have the T.I.P.P.S (Tax Installment Payment Plan Service) that can be utilized. See all our payment options on Martensville.ca. Look for the Pay My Bills icon If payment arrangements need to be made, please contact City Hall.

Landscaping or Working on Your Property This Summer? - Things You Should Know Access to Private Property Through Open Spaces Bylaw Due to damage to City property and failure to remedy damages; the City has created the Access to Private Property Through Open Spaces Bylaw. The City Traffic Control and Waste Bylaws have also been rewritten to set the provisions to access private property through City land. Access to Private Property Through Open Spaces Bylaw 2-2016 Permit required Any person or businesses that will be driving a vehicle or equipment over city open space to access private property are now required to apply for a permit prior to gaining access. Section 6 (2) No person shall carry on the following activities in an open space area without a permit: (a) leave or store personal property; (b) set up a temporary shelter, tarp, canopy or other such device; (c) drive or arrange for a vehicle or equipment to be driven through an open space area; Traffic Bylaw – Dumping of Materials Dumping of material onto city streets is not permitted, any material must be placed on the owner’s property unless permission is granted by the Director of Infrastructure and Planning or designate. Any person or any business who will be conducting work on or around city streets must setup a safe temporary traffic control zone. Section 4 (f) Any person or company responsible for construction, construction equipment, or material within the highway/street must setup a safe temporary work traffic control zone. At the request of the Director of Infrastructure and Planning or designate a written work zone traffic control plan may be required prior to approval for installation and setup. Waste Bylaw 18-2015 Work sites must have a bin/truck on site to dump their waste material into, to not leave material scattered around the work site or piled on the road way. Construction Waste 48. (1) Any owner or contractor carrying out the construction, alteration or demolition of a building, structure or landscaping on any property shall: (a) place all waste into a waste container or enclosure; For further information or questions about these bylaws or to see what you need prior to starting a project, please contact City Hall 931-2166

Police received 218 calls for service from June 25, 2018 to July 2, 2018. patrols of the area, but were Investigation into this matter on the 500 block of Ens Crescent in Martensville. unable to locate any vehicles is ongoing. The caller reported that matching the description Erratic Driver Near **POLICE ARE REMINDING the items were taken from Martensville Reported provided. THE PUBLIC TO KEEP in front of their residence June 25, 2018 at 10:30 THEIR VEHICLES LOCKED overnight. Investigation p.m. Police received a Minor Injuries in AND ANY VALUABLES OUT into this matter is ongoing. complaint of an erratic Accident on Hwy 11 OF SITE** driver on Highway 12 June 27, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. near Martensville. The Police received a complaint June 25, 2018 Police received caller reported that they of a multi vehicle accident a number of complaints of June 27, 2018 at 10:30 were following a vehicle on Highway 11 near bikes stolen from outside p.m. Police received a that was swerving all over Wanuskewin Road. Police residences in Martensville. complaint of a loud party at a the road. Police patrolled attended the scene and found Police are reminding the residence on Stone Terrace in the area, but were unable that a vehicle had stalled in public to lock bikes up or store Martensville. Police attended to locate any vehicles the driving lane of Highway them in a safe place. the residence and spoke to matching the description 11. The vehicle was then the home owner who agreed provided. There were no struck by another vehicle June 27, 2018 at 12:25 p.m. to shut down the party. further calls regarding the driven by a 34 year old Police received a complaint vehicle. male from Vonda. The male of theft of a truck from a There were no further calls received. received minor injuries. residence in Martensville. June 26, 2018 at 9:20 p.m. The caller reported that their Police received a complaint truck had been stolen from of a possible impaired June 25, 2018 at 8:40 a.m. their property while they were Martensville July 24th, driver on Highway 11 Police received a complaint away. The truck was later 2018 @ 7:00 o’clock near Saskatoon. The caller of a vehicle gone through in located in Saskatoon. It was RCMP members will be at reported that the vehicle the 600 block of 1st street towed to Astro towing for Martensville McDonalds was swerving in & out south in Martensville. The forensic identification. Restaurant for a chance to of traffic and speeding. caller reported that someone ask questions and to get to The caller advised that entered his unlocked vehicle June 28, 2018 at 5:10 p.m. know the police officers in the vehicle turned off into outside his residence and Police received a complaint of your city. Everyone is invited the industrial park near stole a number of small theft of a bike, scooter and a Warman. Police made items from the vehicle. scooter stand from a residence to attend.

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The Rookies Thunder Softball team had a great season and developed many new skills. Throughout the season, a joy for the game was discovered and many new and lasting friendships were established. BELOW: From left to right starting at bottom middle: Anna Sedelnick, Brooklyn McIntyre, Evangeline Lam, Ali Tatchell, Nevaeh Carlson, Mia Verreault, Ella Timms, Ari Roberts, Halee Englot, and Abigail Sedelnick.

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Week three in the CFL was full of surprises and it all kicked off with what people thought would be a great offensive battle between the Calgary Stampeders and the Ottawa RedBlacks. It turned out to be a bit of a snoozefest until the fourth quarter. The score was just 10-7 for the Stamps after three quarters with Calgary scoring the only TD of the game. The final quarter was a little bit more of what people expected with the Stamps scoring two touchdowns in a span of three minutes to take a big lead before the RedBlacks scored their only TD of the game with 2:30 left in the game to make the score look decent at 24-14. With the win the Stampeders improve to 3-0 on the season headed into their bye week while Ottawa evens out their record at 1-1. Game one of Friday Night Football saw the Hamilton Tiger-Cats take down the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 31-17. Hamilton ran away with the game after a 15-point third quarter thanks to a pair of TD passes from Jeremiah Masoli. Winnipeg’s rookie QB Chris Streveler was off to a hot start in his CFL career with a total of six TD’s in his first two games but threw for just 146 yards and no touchdowns on Friday. Game two of Friday Night Football was the Mike Reilly show in Edmonton. The Eskimos QB threw for 326 yards, three TD’s and a pair of interceptions in a huge 41-22 win over BC. Edmonton moved in to second in the West with a 2-1 record while the Lions went to 1-1. The biggest surprise of the week was the Montreal Alouettes snapping a 13-game losing streak after losing their starting quarterback Drew Willy in the second quarter. The Saskatchewan Roughriders also changed QB’s mid-game as Canadian Brandon Bridge got the start with Zach Collaros being injured. Bridge was replaced by third string David Watford who threw for 108 yards, a TD and two picks in the last half of the game. Montreal took the win 23-17 in a game with very little offence. My picks went 2-2 last week making my record for the season 8-4. My week four winners are Hamilton, Ottawa, Edmonton, and Winnipeg. RIGHT: Roosevelt & Carter donned green & yellow shoes for the Humboldt Strong game on Saturday, June 30th. (Submitted by Dean Hofer)

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The streets of Martensville are now a little bit safer thanks to the efforts of the local Neighborhood Watch Program. This group of volunteers joined forces in order to help prevent crime within the community by working together to patrol the streets and report suspicious activity to the RCMP. Patrols began mid-June, and according to Martin Doell of the Martensville Neighborhood Watch, there is currently approximately eight people patrolling on a regular basis. “It took us a little bit of time to get everything off the ground since inception, so our numbers did drop a little. We would definitely like to see more people get involved though,” Doell said. During the patrols, volunteers are watching for any suspicious activity whether it be people out on the streets looking into vehicles, vehicles driving around neighborhoods, garage doors that are left open and unattended, etc. One of the areas that the Neighborhood Watch has been keeping an eye on is the Kyle Syrenne Skatepark, as there have been several complaints of unsavory behavior. “There have been some issues between the kids at the skate park, and often, those are things that can be typically reported to parents without involving the police and having someone coming by regularly can deter that kind of behavior,” Doell added. If something concerning is witnessed, then members of the Neighborhood Watch will contact the RCMP and report their findings. They also keep reports within their own system and share information between one another to help ensure that they have as much information as possible. “We use several apps to let others know what is going on and to keep contact with one another. It is good that we can aid the RCMP, but we don’t get involved if there is something serious going on,” Doell said. Residents are also encouraged to contact the Neighborhood Watch if they see something that they feel is suspicious. “If you feel off about it, then report it. Depending on the severity of the incident, either report it to us, or to the RCMP. Details are important as well, so if able to, take down a description of vehicles, individuals, etc. When we get that information, we share it amongst our group so if people are patrolling in other areas, they can watch, take note and keep an eye out to report to the RCMP.” Thanks to a $1000 donation from Martensville Ladies Night, the local Neighborhood Watch, which is a non-profit organization, was able to purchase identifying clothing such as shirts and vests, which help them to be recognized while out patrolling. The Martensville Neighborhood Watch is always looking for more people to get involved. Those interested can contact mvillenhw@gmail.com, or message them on Facebook under the group name ‘Martensville Neighborhood Watch Program’. For anyone that sees something suspicious and feels that the Neighborhood Watch members should be aware of it, contact members at the information above. “Members are especially needed this time of year, because as the weather is nicer, it brings more and more people out to try to take what isn’t theirs. Also, during the summer, many people go on holidays and their homes are left unattended, so we think it is important to be out as much as we can patrolling the streets and keeping an eye on things,” explained Doell.

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Working Together to Help Others

Members from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish have teamed up with Clearcut Coffeehouse and Design.Build.Plants to host a fundraiser on July 7th to raise funds to help build a well at an all-girls school in Nigeria. The school serves approximately 660 girls that currently are required to haul their water. “There are some safety concerns in that area, so we want to help provide fresh water to these girls and prevent them from having to make the journey to haul water,” organizer Abby Schnaider explained. The fundraiser will take place from 10am – 4:30pm at Clearcut Coffeehouse and will include live music, silent auction items, a live fishing pond, plants for purchase and more. All funds raised through donation and through the sale of plants will go towards building the well. “There will be something for everyone there. We wanted it to be something that adults would want to go to, but the kids would have a lot of fun as well. It will be a family event,” Schnaider added.

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Things You Should Know About Equalization

Premier Scott Moe’s position on equalization has tongues wagging. This is likely a good thing, because equalization tends to be one of those important, but dense and boring issues we choose to ignore because of its complexity. However, the bad thing about wagging tongues is that they produce a lot of distracting noise that sometimes doesn’t add all that much. So let us look today at some of the things we are hearing about equalization, the things we should be paying more attention to and maybe a few things we should ignore. No. 1: It’s unfair that Quebec gets the lion’s share just because of politics. Quebec does get the lion’s share - about $110 billion of the $18 billion in the pool and there is a legitimate reason that this is unfair, but maybe not entirely for the reasons you might think. Why Quebec does better than most provinces has to do with the size of the province and the nature of its economy and the nature of the revenue formula that excludes its ample revenue from hydro-electric energy that’s excluded from the equalization formula. On a per capita basis, Manitoba does better by the equalization formula than Quebec because of the amount of hydro-electrical wealth relative to the size of the province, however, it’s actually the traditionally more economically deprived Atlantic provinces that benefit most from the equalization formula. No. 2: Justin Trudeau is refusing to change the formula because it benefits Quebec, thus helping the federal Liberals, politically. This is true, but like most matters related to equalization, it is far more complex than that. It is Trudeau that snuck another five years of the current equalization formula in omnibus budget bill C-74. This is the same tactic that Liberals rightly complained about when it was used by the Stephen Harper Conservatives. However, let us recall the former Conservative government of Stephen Harper and now Alberta United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney were no more eager to change the formula for the exact same reasons that it might offend their Quebec vote. In fact, Harper went so far in his 2006 election campaign to promise to remove all non-renewal resources from the formula - a policy that would have brought a minimum extra $800 million a year to Saskatchewan. (It would have also rendered the entire formula useless, likely making Alberta and Saskatchewan permanent “have-not” provinces.) Let us also be clear that was when the thenSaskatchewan NDP government and Saskatchewan Party Opposition under Brad Wall fully endorsed Harper’s 2006 campaign promise to remove non-renewables, however, when the Sask. Party government got into power in 2007, it clearly changed its support for this policy when Harper made it clear his government had no interest in keeping the promise. No. 3: Saskatchewan hasn’t drawn from the formula in 11 years and now subsidizes Quebec’s cheap university tuition because Quebec draws equalization every year. It is true Saskatchewan hasn’t received equalization money in a decade and Quebec draws from it annually. One should also note Saskatchewan was rather well off because of oil and potash revenue for much of this period. As per Saskatchewan taxpayers subsidizing Quebec schools, equalization doesn’t work that way. It’s a federal program, meaning there is no designated provincial money that goes into it. Furthermore, a 10-per-cent PST in Quebec may be one big reason why tuition is lower in that province (although, again, the hydro revenue question simply has to be addressed). No. 4: Premier’s Scott Moe proposal would solve equalization inequities. Some argue it would help, but it would also mean Quebec, Ontario and B.C. (all rich provinces) would get proportionally more because of their large populations. Meanwhile, small Maritime provinces would be hurt. So would Saskatchewan if it truly does become a “have-not” province again.

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Province Calls for Fairer Equalization Program

Each year at this time we come together to celebrate our country, its identity, our shared values, and our collective good fortune to live here. Canada is a country that works, but like all countries, Canada is imperfect and one of its enduring imperfections is the federal equalization program. The objective to ensure all Canadians have access to a comparable level of service is commendable, but the program designed to do that is flawed. Consider how the economies of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland have been hit hard by a sharp decline in resource prices. While the impact on government revenues and employment has been significant, all three provinces are ineligible for equalization payments. Saskatchewan has received no equalization for 11 years and is not expected to receive equalization for the foreseeable future. Over the same period, Quebec received $100 billion, including $11.7 billion this year alone. Equalization has allowed Quebec to pay for public services that in some areas far exceed what is typically provided by other provinces. The money continues to flow to Quebec, even as Premier Philippe Couillard declares that his province “has never been so well off as it is now.” It is true that provinces don’t pay directly into equalization. However, Canadian taxpayers finance the program through the federal taxes they pay. On average, each Canadian contributes about $500 per year to equalization. That amounts to about $600 million a year for Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan has received equalization in the past, but what our province has received is less than two per cent of the $430 billion paid out since the program began in 1957, while Quebec has collected more than 50 per cent of the total. This is not fair to Saskatchewan taxpayers. Your Saskatchewan Party government recently released a proposal calling for a simple change to a complicated formula that would make equalization fairer. Under the 50-50 formula we’ve proposed, the overall amount of equalization and relative fiscal capacity of each province would continue to be calculated in the same way it is now, using the same revenue sources. Half of the total equalization pool would be distributed on this basis. The other half would be distributed on a per capita basis, based on the population of each province relative to the other provinces. This would ensure that all provinces receive some amount of funding from the equalization program, while continuing to ensure the “have not” provinces receive significantly more relative to their size, based on their relative fiscal capacity. Even under this proposal, the benefit to Saskatchewan remains quite small. Saskatchewan would receive about $300 million, or about 1.6 per cent of the overall equalization amount. This is more than reasonable in terms of its benefit to our province. Unfortunately, rather than engage in meaningful discussions, the Trudeau Liberals have decided to renew the same flawed formula. This means five more years of zeroes for Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland, while Quebec will continue to receive between $50 billion and $60 billion. Saskatchewan is offering a simple solution in keeping with the spirit of fairness and generosity that has come to define our nation. We can build a better equalization program and in doing so, we will build a better Canada.

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Martensville Celebrates Canada’s Birthday

The annual Canada Day celebrations took place in Martensville this past weekend thanks to the hard work of the Martensville Information & Visitor Centre and the volunteers that stepped up to help out. Residents of all ages came out to take part in the festivities which included a wide array of activities. Large crowds could be seen at two of the most popular events; Cinema Under the Stars and the fireworks. This event could not take place without local volunteers and the support of numerous local businesses. If you are interested in joining the Canada Day Committee to help plan next year’s event, contact martensvilleinfor@sasktel.net, or call (306) 242-0362. Cross Word Answers

The fireworks display lit up the night sky over Martensville on Sunday night. Jesse Kolbach/MM FAR RIGHT: Martensville youth showed their Canada pride during the celebrations on July 1st. Jesse Kolbach/MM

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