Free Transit on Election Day

On October 26, 2016 Saskatoon Transit will be FREE for riders. This allows voters to access their polling stations using transit.

Folks can get their FREE voucher the following ways:

  1. Download the voucher from the City of Saskatoon website. Vouchers can either be printed or shown on smart phones, tablets, or other digital devices. The voucher can be downloaded here.
  2. Printed passes will be available at SaskatoonTransit Customer Service, City of Saskatoon Leisure Centres, Saskatoon Public Libraries and the City Hall Information Desk, or clip from page 32 of the City of Saskatoon's Voters’ Guide.

 

Please note the following:

  • Individuals who do not have the free Transit pass will be required to pay the standard fare on Election Day.
  • The free Transit pass will only be valid on October 26; it is valid for the full day and can be used multiple times on all routes.
  • The free Transit pass expires at end of service on October 26, 2016.
  • Individuals can take multiple passes for family or friends, but each individual only needs one pass on Election Day.
  • Access Transit riders can also use the free Transit pass on Election Day.

 

***The City of Saskatoon has the most up to date information on the Saskatoon Municipal Election.***

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Supporting Public Green Spaces

Meewasin ValleyAccess to green spaces contributes to the high quality of life for residents and enhances community. Saskatoon and Ward 8 have many public parks, green spaces and natural areas. These spaces promote healthy and vibrant neighbourhoods. One way to create new spaces is to look toward things like community gardens. One way to protect existing natural areas is to conserve the Meewasin Valley.

With the announcement of the closure of the Meewasin Valley Interpretive Centre on July 1, 2016, the reality of Meewasin’s long-term erosion of statutory funding has become obvious.

I am sure many of you have been impacted by the important work that Meewasin does. The Meewasin Valley encompasses 25 square miles of conserved riverbank lands, which includes public access to the valley, conservation sites, interpretive centres and over 80 kilometers of Meewasin Trail.

Throughout my life, the importance of Meewasin has been highlighted time and time again. From a young age, learning about ecology at Beaver Creek Conservation Area and the history of Saskatoon at the Meewasin Valley Centre, to experiencing nature in the city at the Meewasin Northeast Swale, to my current position of mapping the valley--the benefit and significance of Meewasin is irreplaceable.

In my opinion, the establishment of the Meewasin Valley Authority has been an amazing and innovative partnership that makes me a proud resident of our city and province. Through the partnership of the City of Saskatoon, Province of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan, Meewasin has been providing Education, Conservation and Development to the Meewasin Valley for 37 years.

This is a crucial time for Meewasin. Let's work together to continue protecting the Meewasin Valley by ensuring it has stable and predictable funding. 

As your City Councillor, I will work to protect and enhance existing green spaces, such as the Meewasin Valley, or create new spaces, such as community gardens, for current and future generations.

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Engaging Community

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As your City Councillor, bringing your voice to city hall would be one of my top priorities. Our community thrives when residents are consulted and given a chance to provide input in the decision making process.

My plan to engage the residents of Ward 8 includes holding monthly meet-your-councillor coffee chats in the community. These events would be free and open for all residents to come and share their concerns, views, and solutions to the problems our community faces.

I am committed to ensuring your voice is not only heard, but acted upon, as well. Strong communication among residents leads to strong community for all generations.

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From Community Member Chris Stoicheff

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With this early onslaught of winter, I am constantly humbled by the amazing folks who have been supporting me in my candidacy for Ward 8 City Councillor.

Thank you for the kind words, Chris Stoicheff.

"Sarina is exactly the kind of person we need in civic politics. She cares first and foremost about the public interest and has worked tirelessly for causes that improve our quality of life. She is a person of great integrity with an exciting vision for our city."

Chris Stoicheff is the former President of the University of Saskatchewan Students' Union.

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Advance Polls Information

Why wait until Election day to cast your vote? Skip the rush and vote early at one of the city's advance poll locations. The following locations and times are where and when you can cast your vote for the 2016 civic election.

ADVANCE POLLS

City Hall, Committee Room E

Saturday, Oct. 15------10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 17--------11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 18-------11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 19---11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 20------11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 21----------11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22------10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Enter City Hall through Door No. 1, immediately across from the former Post Office. On-street parking is available on Fourth Avenue. If you are voting after 5 p.m. you may park in the staff parking lot off of Fourth Avenue.)

The Mall at Lawson Heights (134 Primrose Dr.)
Confederation Mall (300 Confederation Dr.)
Market Mall (2325 Preston Ave. South)
The Centre Mall (3510 8th St. East)

Saturday, Oct. 15---10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 20---11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 21-------11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22---10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

University of Saskatchewan - Place Riel (1 Campus Dr)

Monday, Oct. 17----9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 18---9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

***Note that the AutoMARK Voter Assist terminal will be available during Advance Polls at City Hall and Market Mall only.***

***The City of Saskatoon has the most up to date information on the Saskatoon Municipal Election.***

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Mail-in Ballot Information

If you are a qualified voter and you anticipate being unable to vote at an advance poll or on the day of the election, you can still participate in the 2016 municipal election by way of a mail-in ballot.

Starting on July 4, 2016, qualified voters can apply to vote using a mail-in ballot. An application must be made in person at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall. The last day to apply for a mail-in ballot is October 25, 2016. When you apply, you will be required to complete a Voters Registration Form and produce the necessary voter identification. Photo identification, such as a driver’s license or an SGI issued identification card is the best option, but there are other options available. For a full list of options, click the link to the City of Saskatoon website below.

The mail-in ballot packages will be mailed to you in October. The ballot package will contain:

- A ballot
- Instructions on how to complete the ballot
- Instructions on how to correctly return the ballot in the envelopes you have received
- A return envelope.

It is important that you carefully follow the instructions for completing and returning the envelope. Returned ballots that are not correctly filled out according to the instructions provided in the package will not be accepted by the Returning Officer to be counted on election night. Your ballot must be received by the Returning Officer by 8 p.m. on October 26, 2016, in order to be counted.


***The City of Saskatoon has the most up to date information on the Saskatoon Municipal Election.***

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Homebound Voting Information

City Council has established a mobile poll for homebound voting for voters who, due to disability or limited mobility, are unable to leave their residence to vote at an established polling place. Their resident caregivers may also vote using this service.

Homebound voting will be conducted on October 21, 24, and 26.

If you wish to use this service, you need to fill out an application form and file it with the Returning Officer by no later than Friday, October 14, 2016, at 5 p.m. You will then be advised of the date and time an election official will visit your home to take your vote. When the election official visits your home, you will be required to provide identification. Government-issued photo identification is your best option but there are other alternatives available to you.

 ***For all inquires about voting, you can read more at the City of Saskatoon's website by clicking here.***

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Identification Requirements For Voting

All voters must provide identification to be eligible to vote. The purpose of the voter identification is to provide proof of identity and to establish residency. Government-issued photo identification is your best option but there are other alternatives available to you.

Option I:

  • One original piece of identification that includes your photo, name and address.
  • The identification must be issued by a federal, provincial, or municipal government, such as a Saskatchewan Driver’s License.

If your identification does not meet these criteria it will not be recognized as an acceptable form of photo identification.

If you do not have a driver’s license, you may obtain photo identification from Saskatchewan Government Insurance at little or no cost.

Option II:

  • Two original pieces of information, both of which must contain your name and at least one that contains your address. Examples of acceptable identification options include a utility bill issued to you within the last six months, and a credit card statement.

Option III:

If you do not possess any form of acceptable identification you may have another voter vouch, or provide assurance of your identity and address, for you. In this case, the following requirements must be met:

  • You must be accompanied by another voter who has acceptable identification
  • The voter who is vouching for you must be entitled to vote in Saskatoon
  • A form to vouch for another voter must be completed. These forms are available at the polling station.
  • Download the Voter ID list below for more information about vouching

Click here to download a complete list of acceptable voter ID.

IMPORTANT: Students and Military Personnel

This is the first election in which students (include Military personnel in the word student) are being deemed resident, as soon as they arrive in Saskatoon. This is new in The Local Government Election Act , 2015. Therefore Voter Registration Forms do not to acknowledge this reality.

On the Voter Registration Form Students may not be able to affirm that they are resident in SK for 6 months (think of a student from Winnipeg) or in Saskatoon for 3 months (think a student from Regina), but they are deemed resident.

What the Returning Officer has proposed election officials at the poll do is, if a student wishes to vote they must:
· Affirm they are a Canadian Citizen,
· They are 18 years of age and
· They have not voted in this election.
They MUST prove residency in Saskatoon: their ID must show where they reside as a student in Saskatoon and that will be placed in the Address section of the Form. So their Identification requirements are the same as any voter to give evidence of residence and proof of identity. (Please see voter identification requirements on the website if you need to remind yourself of these rules and options for ID.

The election official will stroke out the section on the Form where they must attest to living in Saskatchewan and Saskatoon, and the word Student will be written. They are able to vote for the Public or Separate School, same process.

***The City of Saskatoon has the most up to date information on the Saskatoon Municipal Election.***

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The importance of community engagement

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My community involvement has been a constant aspect in my life. 

I have spent many hours volunteering with organizations like the Red Cross and the Canadian Diabetes Association. Growing up in Ward 8, I visited often with the seniors of Sherbrooke Community Centre and helped create a film that was used to help children through grieving processes. Later in life, I partnered with younger children to teach them various skills and to prepare quilts for the Ronald MacDonald House.

Volunteer - SK Living Green Expo 2016

Upon finishing my Bachelor of Science in Land Use in Environmental Studies from the University of Saskatchewan, I completed an intensive leadership program. Ready to take my engagement to the next level, I began work on organizing, building and supporting community. I have been active in many organizations, such as the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, the Saskatchewan Eco Network, Bus Riders of Saskatoon, Next Up, Peer Mentoring, and public speaking groups.

During my years of engagement with the City of Saskatoon, both through my job with the Meewasin Valley Authority and through volunteering, I gained useful insight into municipal operations. I met with Councillors, various levels of administration and management, presented to Council and its committees and engaged in city-wide consultations. Much of my work centres on providing tangible and constructive ideas for the issues and challenges Saskatoon faces. I believe it is important to work hard to provide solutions or alternatives to these challenges.

Volunteering at Sustainable Gourmet 2014

Saskatoon is a beautiful city, filled with caring, hardworking and inviting people. We all want the best for Saskatoon, and that is one of the reasons why I am running to be your City Councillor in Ward 8.

From a young age, it was obvious to me that working with a group of people toward a common goal was easier than doing it alone. By working together we can bridge diverse and varying perspectives to find the commonality in our goals, which allows us to move forward. I have called Ward 8 home for nearly three decades and look forward to building community with each of you, my neighbours, for many years to come.

Engaging community by ensuring residents’ opinions are heard and respected by those who serve on City Council is integral to my commitment as a candidate for City Council.

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From Community Member Jordan Sherbino

Thank you for the kind and encouraging words, Jordan Sherbino.

"I’ve known Sarina for years, and I’m continually impressed by her passion for and knowledge of civic issues in Saskatoon. Sarina believes in community and she knows that the decisions of City Council must work for everyone. Her candidacy makes me excited for the future of Saskatoon because I am confident that she has the dedication and thoughtfulness that is required to serve on City Council and help create connected, safe communities for all."

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