January 24, 2023 Message to the Membership

Posted on January 24, 2023 in

January 24, 2023 Message to the Membership

Well this is awkward. A full four weeks have elapsed since we last shared this little time and space together. This wasn’t by design. But rather, an unexpected personal matter resulted in an extra few days off. This in turn created an even bigger mass of work awaiting my return, so something had to give, and this message was the short straw that was drawn. 

But there’s some good news in all of this. Hitting the ground running in 2023 has meant that the NSBA is busy and active in a number of areas that will no doubt benefit you in the days, weeks and months to come. Based on this, I plan on hitting a few topics all at once in this week’s message. 

Firstly, as mentioned before in this space, 2023 marks the NSBA’s 50th birthday/year. We’re leaning away from calling it our anniversary, because anniversaries tend to be boring and birthdays tend to be fun. We’re certainly banking on fun being had this year, beginning with our Business Builder Awards.  

This is going to be a no-holds-barred, all-out bash. We’re pulling out all the stops and are inviting anyone and everyone that has had anything to do with our Association over the years to come out and celebrate with us. We’re looking for it to be our biggest ever, so don’t subject yourself to suffering from FOMO, so register now at nsbasask.com 

This is also your final boarding call (could this be a foreshadowing??) to apply for one of our Business Builder Award categories. Applications close this Friday and you don’t want to miss your chance to be a major part within our biggest Business Builder Awards ever. 

As hinted at above, other activity that has been occupying my time is the whole air service shemozzle that’s been occurring (and seemingly changing) almost daily. Meetings have been had with Air Canada executives, with SKYXE executives, with elected officials at the civic and provincial level, with several of my colleagues, with my staff and Board.  

What I can share with you is somewhat limited, but suffice it to say that we’re working at it along with other stakeholders and are hopeful for more positive news in the future. It might surprise you to hear that there have been positives arising of late, but there has. Such as WestJet adding more daily flights to Calgary, Air Canada committing larger aircraft and seats to the Saskatoon marketplace and Ultra-Low-Cost Carriers, such as Flair, adding Calgary routes as well.  

So if we can build on this momentum, good things will continue to happen. And you can bank on us working on your behalf to see to it that those sunny days arrive sooner than later. 

The other thing that’s been occupying some time around here is just a tad bit of snow that’s fallen around here. Granted, it’s been almost a month since the big dump, but unfortunately, there’s still plenty of snow to go around – to say the least. We’ve been in communication with City Hall about how things have been going and, like you, we’re getting a little restless. 

Having said that though, we heard from some of you that the arterial roads in the north end were needing more grading and, after a call to City Hall, those roads saw graders on them the following day. We’ll have more to say on this in the coming days and weeks, but please be advised that we are working on it for you. 

And the last little tidbit worth sharing is that we are also watching with keen interest City Hall’s plan for Avenue C as it relates to incorporating a bike lane. Even though we might be developing a bit of a reputation for being anti-bike, we’re not actually – just anti-poor-planning. Some may fondly recall the NSBA as the organization that put cameras out on Fourth Avenue to track the bike usage of what turned out to be those ill-fated bike lanes. 

And now the city wants to bring bicycles onto Avenue C North…. where traffic is a gong show at the best of times. Avenue C and Circle Drive is also one of the city’s busiest intersections, so what makes planners think that bringing bikes into the mix is a good, safe way to integrate bicycles and cars? Not me, or most of you, I’d bet. More to follow on this file as well. 

Until next time, be safe, be smart, be considerate, be well, but most of all, be kind. 

Keith Moen 

Executive Director 


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