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Molly Thomas tells us why Candy Cane Park is her favourite place. P. 10

Music:

Members of Nickeltree refuse to give up their love for music. P. 20

News:

Students visit restaurants as part of a unique Regina theatre project. P. 22

TWIN TALK

The rewards and financial pitfalls of raising twins. P. 4

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Teachers make room for an odd library By Ashley Martin WHO ? Markus Rubrecht and Mackenzie Sawchyn. WHAT? Their three-storey house in Regina’s Cathedral area. WHE N ? The couple bought the home in 2005. WHY ? Sawchyn grew up in Cathedral and Rubrecht owned a house there too. They bought this house from friends of theirs who were moving. The neighbourhood was ideal and so was the price: At $182,000, the two teachers “got lucky” and bought just before the housing boom hit. In seven years of living here, they’ve spent about four in renovation mode, fixing up the house from top to bottom (except the kitchen, which had been recently remodelled). But since they did most of the renovations themselves — aside from a bit of mudding and taping, replacing the boiler system and spraying foam insulation — the whole process cost about $65,000. HOW ? In a century-old house, there were reminders of its age when Rubrecht and Sawchyn moved in. The basement still housed a cistern and coal room, which they removed. “It’s 99 years old and those are things people don’t want to move out,” said Rubrecht. Then there were things inadvertently left behind. The mementoes that now fill a scrapbook include a letter from Rouleau dated 1946, an invitation to the grand opening of Regina’s GM factory, newspaper articles and black-and-white photos.

The most unique part of the house is the remnant of a second staircase, which originally led to a servants’ quarters and had been dismembered during the mid-90s kitchen renovation to make room for the fridge. The top of the staircase had been closed off to create a two-foot closet, but the couple had a better idea: “We put a floor in the staircase where it was cut and turned that into our library,” said Rubrecht. The couple did renovations in two parts. In their first year of living here, they updated the third floor, which had been transformed into a rental area with a little kitchen. They turned it into a family room — perfect for having friends over — and built a large and lovely master bathroom. After a couple years of planning, they were ready to renovate the main and second floors, which had to be done at one time because of the plaster covering the walls. “If you start knocking down one thing, it leads into the others,” said Sawchyn. That renovation took two years, during which they first lived in their bedroom, then moved to the third floor, then finally into Rubrecht’s mother’s basement. “We stayed in there as long as possible, which was ridiculous,” said Sawchyn. They completed the renovation about a year and a half ago. The main floor is relatively true to the house — they kept the original flooring and wooden moulding. “We even made sure we picked a historic colour just to keep with that flow,” said Rubrecht. “We tried to keep it really classic.” The second and third floors are a bit more modern, save for the fact that they kept the toilet in a water closet apart from the tub and sink.

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When the Pylatiuk brothers — identical twins Graeme (left) and Thomas — were younger, they’d communicate using sounds only they could interpret, their mom Nicole says. QC PHOTO BY BRYAN SCHLOSSER

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ON THE COVER — 4 Parents of twins say they’re entitled to more benefits

MUSIC — 20 Regina’s Nickeltree refuses to give up the music business

WINE WORLD — 25 James Romanow offers his take on the latest wines

IN THE CITY — 8 A Moment in Time and My Favourite Place

READ MY BOOK — 21 A local author shares her unique stories from nursing school

Outside the Lines — 26 Artist Stephanie McKay finds inspiration in local news and arts

FASHION — 12 What are the fashionable folks wearing this week?

NEWS — 22 Regina students become restaurant reviewers

EVENTS — 28 Plan your weekend with our music and event listings

INVENTORY — 18 Find antiques and more at Memories From Yvonne.

PETS — 23 A Saskatoon man loves his bunnies

HOROSCOPE/CROSSWORD — 29

PARENT TO PARENT — 19 We ask parents about what they hand out for allowance.

ON THE SCENE — 24 QC turns takes its cameras to the Regina Little Theatre

SHARP EATS — 31 The latest from the delicious world of the culinary arts

Molly Thomas has strong feelings about Candy Cane Park because of memories from her childhood.  QC PHOTO BY BRYAN SCHLOSSER

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You have to have eyes in the back of your head at all times. — Nicole Pylatiuk

Pa r e n t i n g t w i n s

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Thomas, Nicole, Jason and Graeme Pylatiuk in their backyard in Regina. QC Photo by Michael Bell

Some parents of multiples want double parental leave By Ashleigh Mattern At least one twin stereotype is true, says Nicole Pylatiuk. “There’s a special bond between them.” Even before her twins Graeme and Thomas could talk, they had their own language that only the two of them could understand.

“They’d be jabbering away to each other, and I didn’t know what the heck they’d be talking about,” she said. “They’d be like a couple of farmers talking away. I didn’t know what they were talking about, but they did.” They’re three years old now, but Pylatiuk says the terrible twos were an especially hectic time for her. “There was that 18- to 24-month period where they’re into everything, and what one’s not thinking of the other one is,” she said. “You have to have eyes in the back of your head at all times.”

Pylatiuk, who is on the executive for the Regina Parents of Multiples Association, said when they first came home from the hospital, it took a village to take care of her twins. Friends and family often stopped by to help, but it would have been easier if her husband could have taken time off, too. In 2009, Christian Martin and Paula Critchley had the same idea, so they each applied for EI benefits — Martin applied to take care of their daughter Lucie, and Critchley applied to take care of Lucie’s twin sister Athena.

Initially, they were each awarded 35 weeks of parental leave, for a total of 70 weeks, but on appeal, the umpire overturned that decision. Ultimately, the umpire decided the benefits are due “as a result of the pregnancy and not as a result of caring for a child.” This decision didn’t sit well with Martin and Critchley, who are appealing, saying the law violates their right to equality under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Gail Moore, past chair and formerly the advocacy co-ordinator for Multiple Births Canada, was involved

with the Martin-Critchley case almost from the beginning. It’s hypocritical to argue maternity leave is intended to deal with the pregnancy rather than to take care of the child when leave is also given for people who have adopted a child, she says. “Maternity leave is intended for the pregnancy and parental leave is intended to provide time for the babies to bond with their parents, and to allow the parents to actually go back to work past that stage that’s so exhausting, so they come back as productive employees,” she said.

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Should we really be asking the government for more money? I have to look at the overall picture. Because I had multiples, why does that put me in a special category? — Adrienne Stone

“And the reality is if you have one baby, you’re back to that stage a lot earlier, and if you have one baby, you can give it total undivided attention for that stage in its life.” But not all parents of multiples agree that both parents should receive the same amount of time off. Adrienne Stone is the mother of four children: Denyse-Noel, 8, Kaitlyn, 3, and twins Braxton and Caryssa, just 10 weeks old. She argues that the laws have to be in favour of the majority, and the majority of people still have single babies. While multiples are growing due to the rising age of mothers and therefore the use of fertility therapies, multiple births still only represent just over three per cent of all Canadian births. “Should we really be asking the government for more money?” asked Stone. “I have to look at the overall picture. Because I had multiples,

why does that put me in a special category?” Nicole Pylatiuk argues parents of multiples should receive the equivalent time off for two singletons, pointing out that a family with two children born at separate times will have two separate maternity leaves. But Stone says the extra leave isn’t necessary because there isn’t that much of a difference between taking care of twins and taking care of a singleton; twins don’t equal twice as much work. “I know, as a mom to two other kids,” she said. “I’m not spending twice the amount of time up with them. I’m probably awake 25 per cent more of the time.” She concedes that if she hadn’t already had the experience of raising two singletons, she might feel more overwhelmed than she currently does.

More maternity and paternity leave is crucial for providing proper care to multiple-births children, according to Gail Moore, past chair and formerly the advocacy co-ordinator for Multiple Births Canada. File phOTO

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Kent and Adrienne Stone with their four children, Kaitlyn, 3, Denyse-Noel, 9 and twins Braxton and Caryssa. QC photo by Andrew Spearin

“If these twins would have been my first ones, I wouldn’t have had any more kids,” she said. “I’m experienced in the aspects of what works, what doesn’t work, what to try, what not to try. If I was a new mom, it might be more difficult.” Moore disagrees with Stone’s sentiment that taking care of twins is only “25 per cent” more challenging. “If you did this interview with her in three years’ time, she’d say, ‘I didn’t know what I was talking about.’” Moore’s own twins are now in university, but she’ll never forget the experience of those first few months with them. “As I look back, it’s almost like now that I’ve had a chance to rest and get back to myself, I can look at it and say, ‘Oh my God, it’s crazy that I survived those two years.’ You’re definitely in a survival mode. When you only have one baby, it’s not like that. You get to enjoy moments with your child every day.” She had help from extended family — her motherin-law stopped by every morning to give her time to nap — but she points out not everyone has that luxury. Martin and Critchley were one such couple; they had moved from Newfoundland to Ottawa and didn’t have

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Even TV hosts like to play once in a while By Ashley Martin Molly Thomas has a grown-up job as the co-host of CTV Morning Live, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be serious all the time. Growing up in Regina, Thomas loved to play at Candy Cane Park. The playground just east of the Science Centre holds a lot of memories for the U of R graduate, from family barbecues to church picnics to football games, “I just grew up here. We were here a lot for different things.” Thomas still loves spending time there today because it makes her feel like a kid again. “I’ve brought out different friends and made them climb things, and they think I’m a little bit crazy — ‘What? You wanna do what?’ — but I love it.”

Q: Why do you love this park so much? A: It’s memories. You come here and you can remember so much stuff. I’ve noticed this year when I came back, all the equipment’s changed. It’s not the things I remember. Even the goose is different; it’s all renovated and looks different. I used to think it was a dinosaur and I used to fight with people about whether it was a goose or a dinosaur because the old one you couldn’t really tell. This one is clearly a goose so for all people I beaked over the years, I apologize. The equipment’s different but the park’s the same; you still come out to enjoy family and friends and just so many good memories. Just having fun. I’m older now, not technically park age, but just being able to have good old-fashioned fun and climb things, swing if you want to swing, it’s awesome.

these things. Sometimes you miss the spontaneous randomness of “I just want to play.” When you have kids — I don’t have kids — you have children and you get to come back to experience that with them, but I just think sometimes just as young adults or young people, we forget, “I loved kicking a soccer ball around, or just swinging on the swings.” You forget about those things, but there’s something great about just kicking back and feeling like a kid.

Q: Do you think a lot of adults have lost the ability to play? A: I do. I think that we get the cool opportunities when you get old — you get to go to events, to dinners, to parties. You do your hair, your makeup and you go out and do all

Q: What’s your favourite memory from this park? A: I don’t know if I could narrow down one, but I think it’s probably arguing with people about that goose thing. I always thought it was a dinosaur and only this year when

Candy Cane Park is Molly Thomas’s favourite place in Regina. QC PHOTO BY BRYAN SCHLOSSER

I saw the renovation was I like, “Wow, if they replaced it meaning to be the same thing, then I was totally wrong.” I worked in Africa a few years ago ... I was doing a story on a fibre-optic Internet line being put into the country so it was a big feature, lots of government officials, lots of builders, all these things coming together for this project. We were at this thing for hours and on our way back I was travelling with some government officials and we stopped to get some food. There was this tiny little park — literally a slide, a teeter-totter and swings — and I was like, “Let’s go play in the park.” These guys looked at me like I was crazy, they actually thought I was nuts, but they all came out. We get there and the slide, ev-

eryone was good on, but then they were really hesitant around the other things. I said, “What’s the deal? Come swing with me,” and they’re like, “We never learned how to swing.” Parks and stuff in Canada, in Regina, they’re everywhere; it’s not the same in different countries around the world ... I taught them how to swing; I taught these 30-yearold men in suits how to use a teetertotter. That’s my favourite park memory in general, but it’s derived from growing up here.

Q: What’s your favourite thing about Candy Cane Park? A: Just being able to climb on different structures. I think kids and people are more invincible than they think. You can fall off things or

jump over something. You might be a little bit sore the next day, which I guess changes when you get older, but it’s really fun. I love it.

Q: Why would you encourage people to come here? A: So many reasons. The best thing about Regina is you can go almost anywhere in the city that’s a community hub — this is one of them — and you’ll see people you know. You’ll see familiar faces at least, you can give a glance or say hi, give a smile which is great. For people that are young that don’t have kids, just to remember what it was like to be here and ... bring back those memories of the things that you loved, maybe the people in your life that aren’t there anymore. It’s fantastic. Just let loose! Just have fun!

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By Ashley Martin Tinika Frecon is inspired by fall more than any other season. “Scarves and long tanks and loose shirts. I love layering,” says the 24-year-old, who works as a funeral director at Paragon Funeral Services. “I love sweaters and I love boyfriend jeans and blazers. With my line of work we always have to dress up so fall’s a perfect season for it.” Even though she loves colours, Frecon is restricted to wearing muted tones in her job. She’ll often bring different shoes or a different jacket to change into if she’s going out after work. But comfort and practicality are always key because she has a five-yearold daughter, Ava. “She likes to wear what I wear all the time,” says Frecon. “She’s like a little mini-me.”

Photographer Andrew Spearin has been the eye behind more than a year of Bridges/QC photos. As Spearin leaves for a new position at Postmedia’s digital department in Hamilton, we turned the camera on him to find out what makes an ideal outfit for a photographer on the go. “Fashion for me needs to be functional. It has to have a purpose. It can be expressive, but that’s not my goal,” he said. “I only dress to impress one woman. She helps me pick out a lot of my stuff.”

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4. CAMERA GEAR: Strap, Black Rapid sling camera strap, Don’s Photo. “It’s better than a typical shoulder strap because the cameras will hang on.” Camera, Canon 5D Mark II with a 24 mm lens.

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7. BOOTS: Blundstones. “They’re really comfortable. Through my teenage years I was in Cadets and then I was in the Army Reserves and I was wearing combat boots a lot. I feel comfortable in boots more than shoes. It’s a weird comfort. It’s not soft and squishy but it’s a sense that my feet are protected. “I took a Magnum Photos workshop with this legendary photographer ... the one piece of advice he gives to photographers is get a good pair of shoes. You go into many different situations and places. I could be in a field early in the day and then the mayor’s office later in the day.”

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“We tried to do the whole allowance thing, but it was a lot more work than it was worth. However, we kept a pretty tight fist on the change purse and only doled out the cash for things that made sense or were needed.” — Judy S. “My sons are too young for an allowance now but as they get older I will likely give them one. In return, I’ll expect certain chores to be done and expectations be met in regards to behaviour and school.” — Michelle Grodecki “The kids are too young for a regular allowance. They are given some money every Sunday to give to the church. As they get older, they’ll probably be given the opportunity to earn some extra, by helping with chores around the house (i.e. taking

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Regina rockers OK being in a part-time band

Drummer Colin Lynn, from left, singer-guitarist James Irving and bass player Kevin Baker and are still writing, recording and performing as the band Nickeltree.

By Andrew Matte Let’s call it Nickeltree’s second life. With this summer’s release of another self-produced album and plans for a CD release party in Toronto in the coming months, it’s clear these are musicians whose success in the goofy world of the music business is secondary to their love of playing. In 2007, the three members of the Regina band headed to Toronto in hopes they’d land a record deal and go onto Tragically Hip-like success. That didn’t happen, so they returned to their families and their day jobs with the realization that worldwide fame isn’t in the cards. They admit they’re disappointed, but they’re also glad they took a stab at reaching worldwide fame. The upside is that their time in Toronto

cemented their love of music, which has helped fuel their ambitions and prevent the ultimate demise of Nickeltree. They will keep writing and performing because they must, even if it happens on a part-time basis. “I don’t think of this as a failure. Every band reaches a certain level and you have to be happy with that,” said singer-guitarist James Irving. “We moved to a big city. It was like, ‘We’re here. This is our chance to make it big.’ But at the same time, it was a great experience to play a lot of gigs in a short amount of time and spread our wings beyond the Prairies.” Dropping music altogether after so many years of being in Nickeltree would have been impossible, said Irving.

“This is something that is hard to let go, especially when it’s something that you’re passionate about,” he said. “We love doing it. We love the playing, the recording and the writing. It’s not something that you can all of a sudden drop.” All that has transpired with the band — which is made up of Irving, bass player Kevin Baker and drummer David Sabine — has actually helped them write the songs and music for The Skies Are Threatening, a CD released this summer. There were upsides to all that playing and performing in Ontario, as well as the real-life adversity, said Irving. “It’s one of our stronger albums just from the fact that we faced adversity and then we went to write and record it. That might come across in our musicianship,” Irving said, add-

ing he faced challenges specific to a working dad trying to make music around his schedule at home. “There was a time where I was working on my music, sitting in my vehicle in my garage, just to get time away from the family a bit.” In the coming year, the band hopes to play the occasional weekend gig in Saskatchewan, as well as perform in Ontario when the schedule will allow. “A couple of times a year, we’ll go down there to play in Toronto. It’s got more chaotic as the years have gone on,” Irving said. One of the upsides of Nickeltree’s history is that the band has managed to support itself financially over the years. “For the most part, we’ve covered our costs through the gigs and the

sale of the albums. It’s something we love to do so it makes sense.” Even when the band performs these days, they find that most of the other musicians they run into are as young as they were when they started out. “When we were on a bill with other bands, we were usually the elder statesmen,” said Irving. “It is a young man’s game. The music business can be a lot like sports. You have a short window. “We have no regrets. That’s for sure.” Upcoming gigs: Oct. 27, Prairie Ink in Saskatoon (acoustic show) Dec. 1, Prairie Ink in Saskatoon (acoustic show) March 14, McNally’s in Regina.

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Local nurse tells it like it is By Eleanor Sinclair Like old wine, this story has ripened with age. A few years ago when I pulled out my old daily diary entries about my three-year nurses’ training at the Holy Family Hospital in Prince Albert in the 1950s, I was rather astounded. Did this really happen to us? How did we do it? Students today would NEVER tolerate what we did — they’d just walk out! We were exhausted most Eleanor Sinclair of the time because of the endless, arduous domestic duties required of us. And we didn’t feel respected by those in au-

thority until we left the place, finally wearing a black band on our caps. We worked six days a week with seldom a weekend off; our lives were totally controlled by the nuns who were training us. We saw Sisters every day in long flowing robes doing the hospital administration while another section of their order rode herd on us student nurses, and looked after us. In this memoir, I enter excerpts from dozens of diary entries, simply telling it like it was. However, some hospital secrets could not go into print. When I went to scan a few pages from my diaries to put in the book, I was amused to find only three of the 995 pages were fit for the public eye. All the rest were just too sensitive (or embarrassing). My classmates shared memories and photos to add to my own to make this book a treasure.

Up until the end of the 1960s, thousands of nurses in Saskatchewan were trained in hospital schools of nursing, similar to our hospital, their tuition paid by the labour they provided. To become a registered nurse was the ultimate; perhaps because of the economy or the poor standard of education in the province at that time, few girls pursued a post-secondary education in nursing. I remember looking at degree nurses and enviously wondering how they managed to get there — rich dads, maybe. However, time adds value to certain happenings in certain periods of history, and each modern change in our present society throws

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Students review restaurants in theatre project

Michele Sereda (left), artistic director of Curtain Razors, and Kassidy Sigda, a Grade 8 student from Arcola Community School, inspect the menu at Beer Bros. Gastro Pub. Sigda is one of 20 students who are preparing to participate in the Eat The Street project that’s being produced by Curtain Razors in Regina. The event gets underway on Thursday, Oct. 11. QC PHOTO BY TROY FLEECE

By Andrew Matte How will these young reviewers react if they’re given steamed mussels at La Bodega or dip a French fry into the beet ketchup served at Beer Bros.? The unpredictability of a child is just one of the concepts behind a unique performance art and theatre project slated to get underway in Regina this week. Twenty reviewers — all of them 12 and students at Arcola Community School — will visit eight Regina restaurants and hand out their own culinary awards at a public ceremony. The public is invited to witness the whole series, including the group dining and evaluation sessions, as well as the culminating awards night to be held Oct. 19 at the Artful Dodger. The project, which is funded by a long list of sponsors, is meant to accomplish a handful of artful pursuits. It’s meant to challenge young people to be critical but fair about something like likely know little about, reveal the naivety

of the preteen palate, to bring together folks who might not normally attend the same event and remind us all that all opinions matter, especially if they’re thoughtful and genuine. Organized by Regina’s Curtain Razors, an experimental theatre company known for its unique events that challenge the status quo, the Eat The Street project was launched by Toronto’s Mammalian Diving Reflex, a similarly minded group that challenges social norms and brings together groups whose members don’t normally mingle. In 2010, Curtain Razors brought Diving Reflex’s Haircuts By Children to Regina, a project that had results that were educational and hilarious. Curtain Razors’ artistic director Michele Sereda believes the unique series will open plenty of eyes, as well as provide the young participants experiences that are unique, if not nutritious. “These kids will start developing a critical mind when it comes to formulating their opinions,” Sereda said. “There are so many levels

and layers to this project.” Before the first dining sessions, slated for Thursday, Oct. 11, the students will get pointers about what to look for when they’re eating and evaluating the meal and the dining experience. The rookie reviewers will also get tips on dining etiquette, as well expert food advice from Hotel Saskatchewan chef Milton Rebello. And since many of the kids are likely more familiar with peanut butter sandwiches and Kraft Dinner, they’re not being discouraged from being critical if they eat something they hate. “They are told to be honest,” said Sereda, adding the students come from a variety of economic and cultural backgrounds. “It’s OK for a reviewer to say that they didn’t like what they ate. ‘Have credibility,’ is what I told them.” Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the dining-out sessions, Sereda said, adding it’s hoped the project will encourage people who might not normally attend the-

atre events. “Anybody can come and eat with us. This is a way for us to help bring the community together and bring together people who might not normally get together,” Sereda said. “You’re watching these students become restaurant critics and developing their revues as they’re eating.” Eat The Street opens on Oct. 11 at Jamdon, 4400 4th Ave. at 6 p.m. Each each dinner is slated to run about two hours. All dinners begin at 6 p.m., except at Tangerine when dinner starts at 5 p.m. The remaining meals are: Oct. 12, Beer Brothers, 1801 Scarth St.; Oct. 13, Hotel Saskatchewan, 2125 Victoria Ave.; Oct. 14, Spices of Punjab, 320 Victoria Ave.; Oct. 15, Siam, 1946 Hamilton St.; Oct. 16, La Bodega, 2228 Albert St., Oct. 17, Tangerine, 2234 14th Ave.; Oct. 18, Cathedral Village Freehouse, 2062 Albert St. The awards ceremony is on Friday, Oct. 19, at The Artful Dodger, 1631 11th Ave. Tickets are $10 at the door, or are available in advance at Mysteria Gallery, 2706 13th Ave.

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Bunnies make life better By Jeanette Stewart Bunnies hopped into Clint Walper’s life nearly five years ago, and it looks like they’re not leaving anytime soon. Walper owns two rabbits named Mao and DJ, a pair of furry friends who have become a constant source of entertainment. Mao is a female rabbit and DJ, named after the Stargate SG-1 character Daniel Jackson, is a male.

Q: How long have you had them? A: We got Mao 4½ years ago just after Christmas. She’s from Petland. Originally Petland said Mao was a boy, so I was happy to have a son, but after a month or so, discovered these suspect little bumps on her belly. Teats. So Mao the handsome boy became Mao the fetching girl. DJ is actually an Ontario bunny. In July (of the same year) I moved to Kingston (Ont.), to work at the newspaper there and then we got him in Napa-

nee which is a little town about 20 minutes from Kingston, just looking to add another bunny to the family.

Q: What kind of rabbits are they? A: Mao is a Loppy and DJ is a Lionhead, which explains the furry little mane around his head and ears. He’s not a true Lionhead. They can be tons furrier, their back and their butts can be super furry too. Q: Why bunnies instead of a dog or a cat? A: I grew up on a farm and had dogs and cats and was happy with those standard pets, but I remember when I was seven or eight I went to a friend of my mom’s place and she had a bunny. I became very enamoured by this little furry stinker. I remember asking my mom if we could get a bunny but she said ‘no, we’ve got dogs and cats.’ A ton of years passed. When I got together with my ex, she had always had bunnies and I thought it was time to make my bunny dreams come true finally in my late 20s.

Q: Are they hard to take care of? A: No, not at all. They’re in their cage a lot downstairs but I try and get them out as much as I can, either outside here or sometimes they run around the house. I basically feed them a couple times a day. A lot of people probably don’t know this but you can litter train them. If they’re out running around the house you put a little litter box out, when they have to go they’ll run into the litter box and go there. It takes a little while to train them at the start. Eventually they’ll learn to go there. Q: What do they eat? A: Morning routine, they get their crunchies, which are basically Timothy hay pellets. They also really like Timothy hay, which they’ll get when I get home from work at night. It’s pellets in the morning and hay at night. They both love parsley, they just go crazy for parsley. They really like grapes and bananas, and oddly enough neither of them are a huge fan of carrots.

DJ (left) is a male Lionhead rabbit and Mao is a female Loppy rabbit.  qc photos by Andrew Spearin

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The Regina Little Theatre presented Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Regina Performing Arts Centre from Oct. 3 to 6. QC was on the scene prior to the performance on Thursday, Oct. 4. 1: Nancy Stewart (left), Vilma Blake and Doreen Cochrane 2: Shelley Fiesel (left) and Denise Lees 3: Chelsea Smith (left) and Rosa Smith

4: Janet Turgeon (left) and Bess Antochow 5: Tressa Neilsen (left) and Brandon Schultz

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Thursd ay, O c t . 1 1 Redbeard’s Cancer Fundraiser featuring The Buzz Trouts, Val Halla, Fly Points, Sun Zoom Sparx and the Dan Silljer Band McNally’s Tavern 2226 Dewdney Ave. Echoes of Erin: Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann 2012 Tour 7:30 p.m. Royal Saskatchewan Museum, 2445 Albert St.

Friday, O c t . 12 Exit Eleven McNally’s Tavern 2226 Dewdney Ave. The Irish Rovers — The Drunken Sailor Tour Casino Regina Show Lounge 1880 Saskatchewan Dr. Sun Parlour Players with Kalle Mattson The Artful Dodger 1631 11th Ave. Dan Silljer The Lancaster Taphouse 4529 Gordon Rd. Satu rd ay, O c t . 1 3 Bluessmyth McNally’s Tavern 2226 Dewdney Ave. The League of One, Bloodline and Trench Foot The Exchange, 2431 8th Ave.

Mon day, O c t . 15 Monday Night Jazz & Blues: The Jazz Band-Its Bushwakker 2206 Dewdney Ave. Deon Blyan The Artful Dodger 1631 11th Ave.

Elvis, Elvis, Elvis 7:30 p.m. Conexus Arts Centre 200 Lakeshore Dr. Oktoberfest featuring Peter Greif and the Canadian Drifters Casino Regina Show Lounge 1880 Saskatchewan Dr.

Tu esday, O c t . 1 6 Tuesday Night Troubador jam night Every Tuesday, 8 p.m. Bocados, 2037 Park St. Royal Wood The Exchange 2431 8th Ave.

Wedn esday, O c t . 17 Matt Mays The Exchange 2431 8th Ave. Gloriana The Pump Roadhouse 641 Victoria Ave E. Wednesday Night Folk: Last Mountain Breakdown Bushwakker 2206 Dewdney Ave. Jam Night Every Wednesday McNally’s Tavern 2226 Dewdney Ave.

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Jane Evans: Fresh Prospects Until Oct. 13 McIntyre Gallery 2347 McIntyre St. Joe Fafard: Fresh Evidence Until Oct. 14 Joel Fafard Gallery, 631 College Ave.

Ruins to Renaissance: The Rise of the MacKenzie Bequest Until Oct. 14 MacKenzie Art Gallery 3475 Albert St. Twenty Paintings: Sean William Randall Until Oct. 19 Nouveau Gallery 2146 Albert St. NG30 Until Oct. 19 Neutral Ground, 1856 Scarth St., second floor Daryl Vocat: The Secret of the Midnight Shadow Until Oct. 25 Dunlop Gallery, Sherwood Village Library, 6121 Rochdale Blvd. Jennifer Wanner: Immuto Until Nov. 10 Dunlop Gallery, Central Library, 2311 12th Ave. Carl Beam Until Nov. 18 MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St. Holly Fay: Systems Until Nov. 24 Art Gallery of Regina Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre, 2420 Elphinstone St.

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Cream of the Crop Craft Sale Friday, Oct. 12, 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Conexus Arts Centre 200 Lakeshore Dr. Regina Pats vs. Swift Current Broncos Friday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. Brandt Centre Women’s basketball U of R Cougars vs. Fraser Valley Friday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. U of R Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport

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Flea Market Saturday, Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free admission Knox-Metropolitan United Church 2340 Victoria Ave.

Women’s basketball U of R Cougars vs. Alberta Sunday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m. U of R Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport

Regina Farmers’ Market Saturday, Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. City Square Plaza

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Billy Bishop Goes to War Oct. 10-Oct. 28 Globe Theatre 1801 Scarth St.

Women’s hockey U of R Cougars vs. Lethbridge Saturday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. The Co-operators Centre, Evraz Place

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Mindfulness and the Creative Spirit Until Jan. 6 MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St.

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Gold Medal Plates: The ultimate night for foodies By Jenn Sharp If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen — it’s an apt statement to apply to the Gold Medal Plates competition making two stops in Saskatchewan this fall. The nation-wide competition pits the best chefs in 11 major cities against one another in a fierce battle for the gold. Chefs are tasked to create a unique, awe-inspiring dish that will be judged by the best food critics in Canada. They must also prepare this dish for the hundreds of other people attending. Gold Medal Plates’ net proceeds are given to Canada’s Olympic Foundation to support high performance programs such as Own the Podium. More than $6 million has been raised thus far. Attendees mingle and visit the various chefs’ stations throughout the first two hours of the event. They sample the dishes and wine, chat with the chefs and Olympic athletes paired with each chef. Then it’s off to the formal portion of the night which always includes entertainment and a live auction, where incredible trips around the world are on the menu. Gold Medal Plates first came to Saskatoon in 2010. Organizers were reluctant to add the city to the list for fear the event would be poorly attended or may not raise enough money to make it all worthwhile. Saskatoon blew their socks off that first year and raised just as much if not more than Vancouver or Toronto. We’re a philanthropic province to be sure. For the first time, Gold Medal Plates will hold a second Saskatchewan event in Regina on Oct. 11 (Saskatoon’s is Nov. 3). Jim Cuddy is coming, along with emcee Adam van Koeverden (a sprint kayaker

who won silver in the 1,000 metre event in London). Several chefs from Regina have competed in the past two Saskatoon events, but to have their own event in their own city is a huge boost. It means more chefs can compete and prove that Saskatchewan has what it takes to become a nationally recognized foodie destination. Milton Rebello, executive chef at the Hotel Saskatchewan, has competed in Edmonton before but never led his own team and is “super excited and totally charged” for the opportunity. He’s always been a promoter of locally sourced ingredients and has perfected a dish to display local at its best. Being invited to compete is a wonderful compliment, one that has an added dose of excitement for Regina, says Rebello. “To make it even more special, we kick off the start to this year’s competition,” he says. Leo Pantel, executive chef at the Conexus Arts Centre, has competed in Saskatoon before and says his nerves have calmed down but that the pressure is always intense to impress the judges. Its Darren Craddock’s first time leading a team at Gold Medal Plates (he’s the executive chef at Saskatoon’s Riverside Country Club). He was a member of Anthony McCarthy’s gold-medal winning team last year and is honoured to be asked to compete this year. “You get to enjoy some hardearned recognition, to be in the company of the city’s finest chefs (and) it adds to the camaraderie that already exists amongst us.” Tickets are available through goldmedalplates.com to both events and sell out every year. Jenn welcomes feedback: jksharp@thestarphoenix.com. or follow her on Twitter: twitter.com/JennKSharp

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Chicken Soup Stock ’Tis the season for comfort food and there’s nothing better than a hot bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup. This recipe for chicken soup stock comes from Pineview Farms in Saskatoon (pineviewfarms.com). Proprietor Melanie Boldt says local Mennonite matriarchs have shared their secrets with her for traditional chicken stock, the base for the ultimate comfort food.

thawed) >1 onion whole >1 bay leaf >2 stalks celery, clean and whole >2 whole carrots, scrubbed and whole >2 parsnips, scrubbed and whole >2 star anise pods >1 bay leaf >5-10 whole peppercorns >salt to taste >butter

INGREDIENTS: >1 bag PVF soup bones or 1 bag wings (frozen or

METHOD: 1. Bring a pot full of water to boil. When water is boil-

ing, add the chicken bones, vegetables, bay leaf, anise, salt and pepper. Simmer on the stove for 2 to 8 hours. 2. Remove bones, vegetables, anise, and bay leaf. Remove meat tidbits from the chicken bones and add back to the soup later if desired. 3. Add 2-3 tbsp butter to the broth just before serving. SECRETS: 1. Only add the bones once the water is boiling. This creates a clear broth instead of a murky broth. 2. Some people roast the

bones in the oven at 350 F for 1-2 hours to give the broth a richer taste and browner colour. 3. Star anise is a natural healer and helps prevent colds and flus. That’s why chicken broth is often thought of as medicinal. Making a large pot of broth saves time. Freeze the remaining broth in portions suitable for future recipes. I package broth in pint jars and freeze it for use in risottos, pastas, sauces and of course, more soup.

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