Council set to decide size of trolleys for waste collection program

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The city’s decision to charge households for garbage collection as a utility bill, rather than fund it out of general revenue, is expected to take another step forward when council meets on Monday.

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Councilors will also consider a motion from Mayor Charlie Clark asking the city to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and get an update on ongoing contract discussions between the city and the SPCA for impound services.

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Council is asked to decide on the number of options that should be available under a new variable rate public waste collection service. The program’s fee structure aims to charge more for households that send the most waste to landfill.

A city staff report recommends councilors choose a program that offers three different cart sizes. Advisors also had the option of providing just two carts. In either version, the current black carts familiar to most owners would be considered the larger size.

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Council is also advised to vote to pay for the new carts by borrowing from future revenue from the waste collection service.

Dancers and community members take part in the Saskatoon Public Schools Grand Pow Wow at the SaskTel Center in Saskatoon on June 7, 2022. Saskatoon’s municipal government will discuss a motion on Monday to adopt the United Nations Declaration on rights of indigenous peoples. Photo by Matt Smith /Star Phoenix of Saskatoon


Mayor Charlie Clark introduced a motion asking the city to adopt UNDRIP. The declaration, first adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007, offers guidelines for relations between governments and indigenous groups. UNDRIP has received broad support from many Canadian Indigenous organizations, including the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations of Saskatchewan, and was adopted federally in 2021.

A city government report says Saskatoon’s reconciliation efforts have been guided since 2015 by the final report released by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

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The TRC’s final report itself refers to UNDRIP as ‘the reconciliation framework’. As such, city staff have indicated that they do not believe there will be any direct additional costs associated with adopting UNDRIP at the municipal level, as many of the principles underlying the document are already part of the processes from the city.

The non-profit Saskatoon SPCA is in talks with the city to secure more funding to operate the municipal pound.
The non-profit Saskatoon SPCA is in talks with the city to secure more funding to operate the municipal pound. Photo by Matt Smith /Star Phoenix of Saskatoon


City staff are due to outline efforts underway Monday to reach a new agreement with the Saskatoon Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on pound services. SPCA officials approached the city late last year with concerns that the nonprofit’s contract did not cover the actual cost of running the pound, forcing it to dipping into donation money.

Council voted this spring to increase funding for the SPCA from $490,000 under the original contract to $700,000. The SPCA has previously said it needs a minimum of $890,000 per year to sustainably operate the service.

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