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SPC on Environment, Utilities and Corporate Services Decisions in Brief

For immediate release: April 10, 2017 - 2:41pm
MR17-126

From the March 13, 2017 Meeting

6.1.2 2017 Goals and Objectives – Saskatoon Environmental Committee

Decision

*The Committee received a memo pertaining to goals and objectives of the Saskatoon Environmental Advisory Committee as information.

Background

*The 2017 Goals and Objectives of the Saskatoon Environmental Advisory Committee are outlined in this memo.

7.2.2 Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report 2016

Decision

*The Committee forwarded the report to City Council for information.

Background

*The City continues to work toward closing the gap between the workforce population statistics and the goals set by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission for all four equity groups including Aboriginal People, Persons with Disabilities, Visible Minorities, and Women in Underrepresented Occupations.
*The Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan priorities for 2017 have been identified and grouped using the “Diversity and Inclusion Solutions Framework” developed by LaRoche & Yang (2014). This framework enables us to categorize specific action plans using the common links between them to support the City’s Strategic Plan.

7.2.5 Hydropower Joint Ownership Project With Saskatoon Tribal Council

Decision

*The Committee recommended to City Council:
-That the Administration be directed to prepare a Memorandum of Understanding with the Saskatoon Tribal Council that outlines a joint ownership model to begin a feasibility study for a hydropower station in Saskatoon.
-That the Memorandum of Understanding be brought forward to the Standing Policy Committee on Environment, Utilities and Corporate Services, and City Council for City approval.
-That the report of the General Manager, Transportation & Utilities, dated March 13, 2017, be forwarded to the Saskatoon Environmental Advisory Committee for information.

Background

*Saskatoon Light & Power has explored the feasibility of a hydropower station at the Saskatoon weir.
*Joint ownership of the project between the City and the Saskatoon Tribal Council will bolster all aspects of the project and benefit both parties. A partnership will strengthen applications to senior governments for rates and capital contributions, and the combined resources of both agencies result in a stronger project team during the investigatory and construction phases, should the project proceed to construction.
*The project provides an opportunity for the Saskatoon Region and the Saskatoon Tribal Council to realize economic and social benefits.
*Earlier stakeholder and community engagement shows support for a green power project at the weir that maintains its visual beauty, serenity and natural ecology. Continued engagement is planned as part of a new feasibility study.