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City of Yorkton News
December 18 to December 24, 2003


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Public Notice
Notice of Meetings

Please note that the meeting to be held on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 has been cancelled. The next meeting of the Protective Services Commission will be held on:

Date:  January 20, 2004
Time: 7:00 a.m. 
Location: Meeting Room "A", City Hall

Please note that the meeting to be held on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 has been cancelled. The next meeting of the Economic Development Commission will be held on:

Date:  January 20, 2004 
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Good Spirit REDA Boardroom 
23D Smith Street West



Next Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be held on January 5, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.



Season's Greetings
 From Mayor & Council

To Residents of Yorkton

I want to thank each of you for your input into our community over the past year. Christmas is that time of year when we try to take time out to be with family and friends and to give to those in need. Wouldn't it be nice to have that feeling year round?

Together we can make our City and our world a better place, and it starts right here at home.

On behalf of the hard-working men and women of the City of Yorkton, and members of City Council and myself:

Have a Merry Christmas 
And a very Safe and Happy New Year!

Mayor Phil DeVos, Council and All Employees of the City of Yorkton




The Snowmobile Regulations Bylaw

Bylaw No. 8/2000

The Snowmobile Regulations Bylaw

  1. No person shall drive or operate a snowmobile whether it is licensed or not on any of the following: 
    street, lane, avenue, highway, boulevard, park or playground within the corporate limits of the City of Yorkton.
  2. Operation of licensed snowmobiles shall be permitted in accordance with Bylaw No. 8/2000 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on the routes designated in Schedule "A" of this bylaw.
Any person who contravenes any provisions of this bylaw may face fines and/or the snowmobile will be seized and impounded for a period of up to thirty (30) days.

To report an infraction of this bylaw you can contact the Yorkton RCMP City Detachment or the Bylaw Enforcement Office. For more information pertaining to this bylaw contact the Bylaw Enforcement Office at 786-1725.

A map showing the snowmobile routes is available to download and print here



Christmas Holiday Public Skating and Shinny Time
Kinsmen Arena 

Public Skating
Saturday, December 21st 
Saturday, December 28th 
Sunday, December 29th 
Monday, December 30th 
7:45pm - 9:00pm
7:45pm - 9:00pm
7:00pm - 8:30pm
7:15pm - 8:45pm
Friday, December 27th 
Sunday, December 29th 
Tuesday, December 31st 
Thursday, January 2nd 

3:15pm - 4:30pm
2:00pm - 4:00pm
1:00pm - 3:00pm
2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Kinsmen Arena will be closed the following dates throughout the Christmas holidays:
December 20 
December 23 
December 24 
December 25 
December 26 
December 31 - evening 
January 1 - day time




Family Skating Schedule
Parkland Agriplex

Sunday December 21, 2003  
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday December 28, 2003 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday January 11, 2004  7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday January 18, 2004  7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday January 25, 2004 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


YOUTH/ADULT (14+)  $2.00
CHILDREN (6-13) $1.50



Christmas Break 
Kids Convention

An opportunity for children to participate in recreational activities over the Christmas break. A variety of sports, games and crafts with a seasonal theme.

December 22-23 and 29-31, 2003 
Gloria Hayden Community Centre 
8:00am to NOON; 1:00pm to 5:00pm 
(lunch hour will be supervised if required) 
$50.00/participant for the week 
Only 25 registrations will be taken

To register call the G.H.C.C. at 786-1777.




Aquatic Centre News

Water Safety Instructor
Prepares candidate to instruct the Red Cross Learn to Swim Program
December 27th to December 31st 
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Fee: $255.00. Price includes materials and certification fees.

Arthritis Aquacize
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Tuesdays and Fridays 
Regular admission. 
Aquacize class to help increase in joint mobility

Swim registrations for the winter session are now being accepted. The next set of lessons will begin on January 5th, 2004.

Please be advised:
The hot tub at the Agriplex Pool is now open!




Gloria Hayden Community Centre

Walking/Jogging Track

The Kinsmen Walking Track at the Gloria Hayden Community Centre is a 140m rubberized indoor track that is convenient and removed from the elements for walkers and joggers. No bookings for the track are necessary and a variety of track passes are available. The hours of operation and costs are:

Open 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday to Friday 
Noon to 5 p.m. weekends 
 $1 per visit or monthly pass for $15

Starting December 3rd, 2003, the Kinsmen Walking Track will be closed on Wednesdays from 7:30pm - 8:30pm because the Yorkton Crusaders Track Club will be training.

This will remain in effect from December 3rd, 2003 to April 2004. The City of Yorkton apologizes for any inconvenience. Thank you for your cooperation.

Birthday Parties

The Gloria Hayden Community Centre takes bookings for birthday parties. The gymnasium can be booked for games and activities and tables and chairs can be set up in a separate area for birthday presents and cake. 

Please call the Gloria Hayden Community Centre at 786-1777 for more information about birthday party bookings.




Looking for a Unique Christmas Gift?

Give the Gift of Active Living this holiday season. Gift Certificates are available for the following city facilities:

Deer Park Municipal Golf Course 
  • Sand, water and multiple tee areas make it challenging and fun for all ages and skill levels!
  • Gift certificates are available for one round, several rounds, or use for membership purchases.
Parkland Agriplex Aquatic Centre 
  • 6 lane, 25 metre pool, whirlpool, and sauna. 
  • Lessons, Leisure Swims and Family Swims. Bring the family out for some fun!
Gloria Hayden Community Centre
  • Featuring a 140 m walking/jogging track, two regulation indoor racquetball/squash courts, and a gymnasium. 
  • Have you visited the centre yet? Take a tour, you'll be impressed!
Kinsmen Arena
  • Indoor Arena 
  • Weekly Public Skating 
  • Brush up on your skating skills over the Christmas Season!

For further information on any of these facilities, or programs offered, contact Leisure Services at 786-1750.




Need a Christmas Suggestion?

Why not purchase the following book - published by the City of Yorkton:

The Whiskey Man
An account of the Balmoral Hotel/ Bronfman saga from its early days up to the hotel's demise by fire in 1985. The research focused on finding more local details, in particular, more on the life and times of Harry Bronfman's sojourn in Yorkton, the involvement of his brothers Abe and Sam in the community's life and the role the Bronfman family played from 1915 to the mid 1920s during Prohibition years in Saskatchewan. Purchase this book for $10.00 at City Hall, Leisure Services, at Tourism Yorkton, Western Development Museum and Frameworks on Broadway.

The City of Yorkton has published several other works for your enjoyment.
 More information can be found in Books Available.