Thursday, December 2nd 2021
Overwhelming Majority in Ward 4 in Opposition to New Art Gallery PDF Print E-mail

This is an excerpt from Sean Shaw's website:

I strongly believe that the residents of Saskatoon as a whole should be given voice on any decision given the large tax dollar numbers attached to a new art gallery. $58 million is a healthy chunk of taxpayer dollars (Federal, Provincial, and Municipal) and we should be well aware with recent examples that budgets on paper tend to be exceeded in reality (i.e. River Landing ballooning from $35 million to nearly $90 million, and growing). Not to mention the added year-to-year operation costs associated with an art gallery expected to exceed the Mendel in size by nearly five times.

Knights and Pawns Both Serve the King PDF Print E-mail

In the article “Council approves art gallery move” by David Hutton, The StarPhoenix, December 1, Mendel board chair Art Knight states: "The gallery came to the realization that this (renovation and expansion of the existing building) wasn't going to work at the current location . . . We had some stinging advice . . . that (the renovation) wasn't going to fly.” He doesn’t divulge the details of this revelation and doesn’t identify whose advice he was taking.

Thank you for your support! PDF Print E-mail

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AT LAST NIGHT'S COUNCIL VOTE ON ALL FRONTS! For your letters and emails, for getting over 1,000 signatures on our petition and for showing up to speak so passionately and eloquently last night! Thank you for your passion in preserving this great gallery and there will be more to come. This is just a phase in this process 2014 is a looong ways and an election away! Stay tuned and keep on fighting! Thank you for all that you do!


The following letter was submitted to Saskatoon City Council on Friday, November 27, 2009 by Camille Mitchell.

Your Worship and City Council,

As a significant stakeholder in the Mendel Art Gallery, Honorary Chairperson of the Mendel Foundation and granddaughter of Fred Mendel, I respectfully request the postponement of any vote regarding the future of The Mendel Art Gallery until I and members of my family have had the opportunity to speak to City Council to address this proposed move to River Landing.



Rebuttal to Friday, November 27  Star - Phoenix Op-Ed:

I read John Hampton's opinion piece in today's Starphoenix (Friday Nov. 27/09). He provides no argument as to why the plan to renovate and expand the Mendel Art Gallery had to be abandoned for the AGS concept at River Landing.

Dear Mendel Supporters... PDF Print E-mail

KEEP FIGHTING - IT AIN'T OVER, FOLKS! No matter what they claim. THERE IS STILL THE TIME AND THE WILL TO SAVE THE MENDEL - despite the propaganda of the Mayor's Office who insist otherwise to make their job a whole lot easier!  PLEASE keep the discussion going, keep writing the letters to City Council and to the  Provincial and Federal Governments voicing your protest, pass on the petition and keep the signatures coming! And thank you, thank you for all that you do!

A FOI request denied & correspondence with MP Rob Merrifield PDF Print E-mail

Joe Kutcha's Freedom of Information request about the Mendel re-development is denied, and also see his correspondence with Conservative MP Rob Merrifield. Within the Transport Portfolio, Merrifield oversees Saskatchewan Infrastructure.

Download the Freedom of Information request denialo

Download the correspondence with MP Rob Merrifield's office.

Joe Kuchta: Is the mendel a victim of proposed federal spending? PDF Print E-mail

Submitted to The Globe and Mail on November 8, 2009 by Joe Kuchta

In recent weeks The Globe reported that Conservative ridings across Canada have received the majority of federal stimulus spending; and, that the Harper government is more interested in reporting how much stimulus funding has been allocated to projects, rather than making a priority of detailing how much is actually stimulating activity. One of the victims of this disturbing behaviour is the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon.

The Donor Bill of Rights PDF Print E-mail

November 12, 2009 is NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY! Do you want to donate to the City of Saskatoon?

Check out THE DONOR BILL OF RIGHTS - How well do you think Saskatoon's Mayor Atchison and City Council, and the Mendel Board and Mendel Foundation are doing?

Chris Tyrell: A Bittersweet initiative in Saskaton PDF Print E-mail

With federal dollars in the works, the proposed Mendel move is now a national issue and is viewed with disdain by art lovers and experts across the country in the fields of art and culture. We reprint Vancouver's popular Opus Column (December/09) written by Chris Tyrell. This column has a readership of 60,000 across Canada.

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