Welcome Mayor Jim Maddin
injusticebusters welcome the election of Jim Maddin as the new
mayor of Saskatoon and, more importantly as Chairman of the Board
of Police commissioners.
Maddin ran on a platform of cleaning up the Saskatoon
City Police Service. The Native community on the west side is
credited with his victory. We hope that police issues will be
addressed immediately. A first step would be to fire Superintendent
Brian Dueck and a second one would be to fire the RCMP task
force and appoint a citizen's group to take over that investigation.
According to an article "Saskatoon Freezing Deaths"
in Saturday Night magazine August 19, 2000, (see right side bar) the Native
task force had received over 400 calls from citizens who had
been abused by the police. injusticebusters have
also been receiving testimonials from Saskatoon people who have
been harrassed for many years and have been unable to find any
avenue to have their grievances fairly arbitrated. We are gathering
the necessary documentation to back up these stories and will
publish them as they are ready.
The Dueck story has been up for two and a half years and we are finally getting some attention.
You've been in the Mayor's
Chair for a year, Jim. So I sent this
letter to you, your council and your police board. You have
taken charge of a commission to oversee a police force which
simply has not accounted for itself since it botched the Milgaard
case 30 years ago. This force blames lack of money on the rising
crime rates in Saskatoon. Yet Saskatoon has more superintendents
in the force than Toronto! Eleven the last time I counted. They
all make a salary in the hundred thousand dollars a year range!
The bad cops have risen too high and have too much control. The
flow of dangerous drugs is so strong that the whole west side
of Saskatoon is affected by th despair, poverty and attendant
What's going on? Two years
later our hopes are once again betrayed. Brian Dueck remains
the top superintendent and the taxpayers are footing the bill
to provide him with a vigorous defence in the $10M
lawsuit. For the record, we keep this page to show how willing
we were to let him have a chance . . .
-- Sheila Steele 2001
Scott's contract decision delayed: Saskatoon board of police commissioners to hold further talks
will announce decision Dec. 29
Police Chief Dave Scott and concerned citizens of Saskatoon must wait until
after Christmas to find out if the head of the police force will
have his contract renewed.
After a lengthy private meeting
on Tuesday, the Saskatoon board of police commissioners decided
in the end to hold further talks with Scott.
"The board has decided
not to serve termination of contract notice to Dave Scott effective
June 14, 2001. The board will be entering into further discussions
with chief Scott. A public announcement will be made on Dec.
29, 2000," Mayor Jim Maddin told reporters after the nearly
Scott's five-year contract
is up at the end of June 2001. The commission must give him six
months notice if the contract will not be renewed.
"Really I have no further
comment at this time. It is still very much an open issue. I
have forwarded these remarks to the chief. I just spoke with
him by telephone so he is aware of this," said the mayor.
A spokesperson for the
chief said Scott would defer comment until Dec. 29.
However, earlier in the day
as the board's discussions got under way behind closed doors,
Scott did speak briefly to reporters. "I just want to assure
the public regardless of what the commission decides, the citizens
of Saskatoon be assured I will deal with it in a dignified and
gracious way," he said.
Maddin would not comment further
on the possible details of a contract, the chances the contract
won't be renewed on Dec. 29, or the reasons why there won't be
a decision until then.
"The situation has to
be discussed with the chief, who is the employee. The board is
the employer. When you arrive at any agreement you have to discuss
it between the employer and employee," said Maddin. "We
will explore all options with chief Scott."
The final ruling on the contract
will be the last decision of the commission before a new board
arrives Jan. 1. In addition to Maddin, other members of the current
commission are councillors Peter McCann and Kate Waygood, and
members of the public Todd Peterson and Joan Llewellyn.
Although the commission isn't
saying much, others in the community have been tossing in their
opinions about what should be done with Scott.
Perry Bellegarde, chief of
the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, said due to strained
relations between police and First Nations people, the city should
cut Scott loose.
Rusty Chartier, a former police
officer and community policing advocate, wants the city to hold
off on a decision until public consultation is done.
Before the commission closed
the doors to the public Tuesday, the members received several
letters of resounding support for the chief.
In addition to the superintendents
in the Saskatoon Police Executive Officers Association, former
city councillor Mark Thompson and the Children's Health Foundation
also stood up for Scott.
"Chief Scott has demonstrated
strong support toward community assistance in treating child
abuse, drug and poverty issues," wrote the foundation's
executive director, Brynn Boback-Lane.
Residents to have say on policing: Public to be consulted on ways to improve service
Saskatoon residents will be
able to have their say on the future of community policing in
the city starting in the new year, says Mayor Jim Maddin.
The public input will help
civic and law enforcement officials determine ways to improve
policing on a community level, he said.
"Early in the new year
we will begin a series of public input meetings," Maddin
said Thursday after a meeting of the Saskatoon board of police
It was the commission's first
meeting since Maddin was elected mayor. He is a former city police
inspector and was a city council representative on the commission
prior to the election. Coun. Kate Waygood has been appointed
to fill the vacancy left by former mayor Henry Dayday.
On Thursday, the commission
decided to hold a closed-door meeting on Nov. 20 with commissioners
and councillors to discuss issues of concern.
Maddin said the commission
will then decide how best to consult with the public. "We
don't have the strategy nailed down right now. But we hope to
have it in place and announce it by the year end," Maddin
New community policing initiatives
will require more money in the budget, said police Chief Dave
"If you are going to do
something new now, it is going to cost money. We don't have the
ability to deploy resources in other areas. Those areas when
they are performing their duties are very active and needed,"
he said after leaving the commission meeting.
He provided the commission
with a detailed list of all the community projects undertaken
by the police force.
The number of initiatives is
actually much higher than most people think, he said, because
of a lack of communication by the police in making those initiatives
Police work closely with business
and community associations and neighbourhood parent patrols.
Officers also do foot patrols in public areas, bike patrols in
the core area of the city and undergo training in community policing
early on, he said.
Scott said police are also
working with schools to combat absenteeism among students. An
aboriginal liaison officer also bridges relations between the
police and First Nations people through a number of programs,
particularly involving youth, he said.
Next year, Scott said he wants
to put more focus on core areas. Police, he said, will ask council
in next spring's budget for additional officers for the bike
and beat patrols and a cultural liaison officer for Nutana Collegiate
and Joe Duquette High School.
"We are looking at a number
of things. Every year we have added new things. We want to look
for a presence again in the city core area," he said.
Scott also said the police
and Saskatoon District Health have put together a proposal that
outlines how a detox centre could become reality in Saskatoon.
That document is confidential at this stage, he noted.
"We are very hopeful that
in the coming months we are going to be successful in having
a safe detox centre for people that need proper care and management
of their addictions," said Scott.
Maddin said the cost of community
policing depends on the type of model used. He hopes consultations
in the new year - paired with a full review of the service that
he fought for in the election campaign - will go far to make
"Community policing is labour intensive," he said.
"To look at reallocating
the resources we already have and considering adding new ones,
that's all part of the overall view."
Voters clean house:
Maddin sweeps Dayday out of office
Four-term mayor surprised to finish in third place
With his mantra for change,
Jim Maddin has done what only one person has done before in Saskatoon's
history - take down the incumbent mayor, this time Henry Dayday.
"I thought for sure there
was going to be change. We got that sensation throughout the
campaign, especially in the last few days," said Maddin
as the final polls were reported, widening his gap at the top
of the mayor's race.
Flanked by supporters in the
lobby of City Hall, Maddin was glowing with delight as the poll
results were posted on a giant screen.
More than 26 per cent of eligible
voters cast their ballots - about four per cent higher than the
previous election but still much lower than in elections past.
"The feeling I had was
sort of like when I coached minor sports. When you take your
team to the gold medal game, you know you have the forces to
win but never know what is going to happen. That is the sensation
I felt," he said.
Only once in Saskatoon's history
has an opponent beat a mayor seeking re-election. In 1965 E.J.
Cole was elected as mayor. When he sought re-election two years
later, he was beaten by Sid Buckwold, who had previously been
Henry Dayday, who is tied as
the longest-running mayor with 12 years under his belt, was gracious
in defeat when he appeared at City Hall about an hour after polls
closed. However, he was surprised to come in third. He said he
underestimated the desire for change in the community. He will
remain mayor until Oct. 30. After that, Dayday said he has not
decided what to do, only that he will be busy with other interests.
"This was meant to be. Obviously in this election, people
thought it was time for change. "I don't have any remorse.
I feel very good about the years I've served. I've had a great,
great career in municipal politics. I enjoyed everything I have
done. I wish Jim Maddin the best in the mayor's job. I look forward
to great years in Saskatoon." Maddin will lead a council
with four new faces and six veterans. Returning are Rik Steernberg
in Ward 3, Myles Heidt in Ward 4, Peter McCann in Ward 5, Kate
Waygood in Ward 6, Patricia Roe in Ward 7 and Don Atchison in Ward 10.
The only incumbent to lose a re-election attempt was Howard Harding in Ward 8. He was unseated by former city councillor Glen Penner.
Harding said he was not only disappointed in his loss, but the fact that Penner, who lives in Ward 5, was elected to Ward 8.
"Something doesn't sit
right with that. I don't mind being bottom of the poll. My congratulations
for Ward 5 for electing two representatives without any of them
having to go out to vote," said Harding, referring to McCann's
The greenhorns on council are
Lenore Swystun in Ward 1, Owen Fortosky in Ward 2 and Tiffany
Paulsen in Ward 9. Paulsen, a 27-year-old lawyer, broke out of
the 15-candidate pack in her ward to win victory with much help
from former mayor Cliff Wright, who helped head up her campaign.
Donna Birkmaier, who has been
on Saskatoon's civic election scene on and off since 1976, was
unsuccessful in her second attempt at the mayor's job, but did
come in second. However, she said she won't disappear entirely
from the civic stage.
She hopes to still be active as a member of the public on committees or other civic initiatives.
"I have nothing but good
in my heart right now. I am pleased in my standing. I am not
pleased that I'm not the mayor. I wanted to be there," said
Birkmaier in the lobby of City Hall.
She does not regret giving up what would have been a guaranteed return to council in Ward 9.
"It just shows that you
can be powerful, and the union should be happy. They've got their
man in the top office," she said, referring to Maddin's
perceived support from unions.
Maddin said changes will mean
a difference in how policing is performed in Saskatoon and how
the city is promoted internationally and to businesses. He credits
his win to substantial support from the city's west side and
to the need for new leadership across the city.
Now as the chair of the Saskatoon
board of police commissioners, Maddin said he will bring the
subject of a full police service review to the next meeting in
November. He said he also wants to talk at that meeting about
what to do about police Chief Dave Scott's contract, which is up for renewal.
As a member of the police commission
with Maddin, McCann, said he hopes the tension he has observed
between Maddin, a former police inspector, and Scott can be overcome.
"I have some concerns
on the police commission of some personality problems that exist
and I hope they can be put in the background and we can move
ahead on the police commission," he said.
From backwoods upbringing to city's top job, Maddin retraces steps along path to latest triumph
Meet your Mayor
Mayor-elect Jim Maddin arrives
as the new leader of Saskatoon not with a suburban or silver-spoon
background, but instead of having grown up in a shack in the
northern British Columbia bush often having to fend for himself.
Maddin was born 52 years ago in Kerrobert, about 180 kilometres
west of Saskatoon. Raised by a single parent, he became accustomed
to moving across the Prairies with his mom. Roughing it in the
bush Grade 1 was spent in Swift Current. For much of his youth
he lived on a farm south of Lloydminster - about four kilometres
on the Alberta side of the border but strangely having a Saskatchewan
There he went to a one-room school known fondly
as Sunnydale school. "It was a nomadic existence. It was
an unsettled lifestyle I had no control over, and away we went,"
he recalled Thursday during a walk along the picturesque riverbank.
He was still glowing from his election victory the night before.
At 12, he moved not far from Dawson Creek, B.C. His mother and
her new husband, who had a "pioneering spirit," had
three girls. The family lived in a "rough, bush shack"
with no utilities to speak of. "We homesteaded at a point
between Mile 22 and Mile 26 of the Alaska Highway, between Dawson
Creek and Fort St. John.
I spent four years there, living a simple
country existence. No electricity, no running water, no power,
no phone. Plastic windows in the house," said Maddin. He
started to think about becoming a police officer at age 14. He
asked some RCMP members about what it took to be an enforcer
of the law. "I still have a little book they gave me when
I was about 14. I look at that every once in a while."
16, he left his family and their impoverished homestead life
and returned to the Lloydminster area alone. After working for
some farmers, he moved back to Kerrobert and completed his high
In the spring of 1972, he started thinking
again about becoming a police officer. He was now working in
the lumber business in Saskatoon, a father of a young son and
husband to a woman he later divorced. Encouraged by some city
police officer friends to apply to the force, Maddin did just
that and two weeks later had a job with the Saskatoon Police Service.
In his 25-year tenure, Maddin
worked in central records and planning. He was also one of the
familiar faces at the experimental police station in Riversdale
before he was transferred to major crimes. The station later
closed, leaving Maddin, in his words, devastated and angry. Mayor:
'I'm committed to community policing' "We were doing some
good things there. But there was resistance all around.
Resistance from other officers.
Resistance from above, resistance from below. Not long after
I moved out and others that I worked with too, it basically spiralled
into its own death." Community-sensitive programming within
a law-and-order approach is not community policing, he said.
But that is what he said he saw happening in Saskatoon. "I
am committed to what we call community policing. It is community
involvement. It's that down-to-earth partnership, working side
by side. It's a whole philosophy and attitude. I was concerned
even when I worked there that it wasn't happening." He retired
in 1997, taking a severance package six weeks before his 25th
anniversary with the force. He started making plans to join the
financial planning business.
Career Turns Corner
But a different door opened
for him that summer when Herve Langlois, who was the councillor
representing Ward 1 where Maddin lived, decided to challenge
Dayday. The incumbent was gone in Ward 1, and Maddin jumped at
the chance to run for office.
"I've always believed
when the door closes behind you, even if someone closes it on
you, other doors appear. It's a matter of taking opportunities.
If I must say so, deciding the run for mayor this time was a
very similar situation." Soon after the 1997 election, Maddin
was invited, along with the other newly elected councillors,
into Dayday's office. He sat beside many councillors he already
knew from his time on the police force. Myles Heidt was also
there, a fellow native of Kerrobert who Maddin knew well. The
support he got from the other councillors in those early times
was helpful beyond words, he said.
"I found that when I got
onto council I knew less than I thought I did about the processes.
It took a lot of time trying to get up to speed on how things
worked," he said. On council, he was never one to grandstand.
He picked his battles carefully, made his cases based on common
sense, and often found himself with the support of his fellow
councillors. Dayday also appointed him to the Saskatoon board
of police commissioners. Earlier this year as the controversy
erupted about officers allegedly dumping Native people out of
town, Maddin was livid. He criticized the initial handling of
information and the inadequacy of partnerships between the aboriginal
community and police.
In the ensuing months, Maddin
said he started hearing from the occasional person that he should
take a shot at the mayor's chair.
As the support swelled, Maddin
decided to take the plunge just days after Dayday announced he
would seek a fifth term. On Wednesday night, surprising many
people in Saskatoon who didn't think he had the profile to take
down Dayday, Maddin did just that. He politely shook hands with
the man he will succeed and revelled in the attention paid to
him by the media, supporters and his partner, Bobbie Laird, in
the lobby of City Hall. Thursday afternoon, dressed in a grey
suit, he looked anything but the boy who spent his teen years
in a rugged shack in northern B.C. He talked about bringing that
old RCMP book with him when he moves into the mayor's office
after Monday's swearing-in ceremony.
shouted a city worker standing beside an open pit at the bottom
of the University Bridge as Maddin walked by. Maddin, clearly
enjoying his new job as their boss, grasped the man's hand, shook
it strongly and asked the man's name. They parted ways, but after
taking only a few steps Maddin stopped and waved to the other
city employees working in the pit. "You be careful down
there now," he cautioned, with a boyish smirk on his face.