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A Note from the Editor elcome to the third issue of Fine Lifestyles Regina. It’s my premiere edition as editor, and also our Premier edition, featuring Premier Brad Wall and his wife Tami on the cover and an extensive interview with the Premier inside.


But that’s just the beginning of this jam-packed issue, crammed once more with all the information you need to fully take advantage of everything Regina and area has to offer. Whether you’re interested in travel, fashion, food, art, music, sports—or all of the above—you’ll find something to grab your attention. Inside, you’ll read about the start of the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s second century; go “behind the seams” with Regina fashion designer Dean Renwick; take a trip to the Malaysian rain forest with a prairie girl, and get tips on creating your own “off-the-beaten-track” adventure. You’ll learn how to throw a 100-Mile Dinner, visit the Neutral Ground

artist-run gallery, and get the inside scoop on the Regina Pats and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. You’ll find expert advice on everything from leather care to hair styling to finances, automobile insurance, and safety, enjoy an early Christmas in Moose Jaw, and learn more about some of the best and most innovative businesses in the city. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on this issue. I hope you enjoy reading it even more, and I hope you’ll join me for future issues, as we continue to do our best to keep you informed about the amazing people, businesses, organizations and institutions that contribute to making life in Regina a “fine lifestyle” indeed.


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A Message from the Walls It is an honour for us to be featured in your magazine. We are very proud to be from Saskatchewan, and proud that Regina is such a great capital city. While preparing to host all the Premiers, delegates, spouses and children at the Premiers’ meeting in August, it became clear to me just how many things Regina can offer. We were able to showcase a taste of Saskatchewan via the food, music, culture and landscapes offered in Regina and the surrounding area. The Premier's meeting was fun for everyone. Thanks, Regina for making it so easy for us to host Premiers from across Canada!

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Premier Brad Wall “The luckiest guy in the country in terms of a job!” Story By Edward Willett


rad Wall fully realizes that as premier, he has to represent the entire province— but he still hopes people will understand, if they see him at a Western Hockey League game between the Swift Current Broncos and the Regina Pats, why he might be wearing a Broncos jersey. “Swift Current is home,” Wall says on the phone from (where else?) Swift Current. “Here, I’m just Brad. At the Legislature, no matter how much I tell them that ‘Brad’ is fine, it’s Mr. Wall, or Premier. “Here, that’s just the way it is. I have a different job, but I’m still Brad, the same guy that grew up here. There’s a familiarity that is kind of a comfort when I’m here in Swift Current.” But, he hastens to add, “Tami and I have always loved Regina.” They used to live in the city, owning a condo here, and they were married at Westhill Baptist Church. “I like the people in Regina. And Regina has absolutely everything to offer: there’s a lot to do, everything from the arts to, obviously, sport.” And though he might cheer for the Broncos, he’s also a football fan, “so there’s an obvious magnetism that Regina has.” Among the city’s highlights for Wall is Wascana Centre “We take it for granted,” he says. “It is breathtaking. It’s absolutely a jewel...and I get to work there every day. He remembers that when he was elected premier, he was shown his private parking space in back of the Legislative Building. He elected to give that up to a staff person so he could park in the front. “Walking up the steps into that entrance right in the middle of Wascana Park, it’s quite an honor.”

“When I first ran I talked to two former MLAs,” he says, both of whom had families. “I asked, ‘Can I be a good dad and a good husband and do this?’” Family life Wall and his wife, Tami, met in Saskatoon in 1984 when they were both students at the University of Saskatchewan. “We met on Fall 2009

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campus,” he says. “I saw her for the first time, I remember—though I’m not sure she does— when she was throwing a football around on the grass between two university buildings. “...I was a second-year arts and science student, she was a first-year engineering student. The pursuit began.” He adds, “It struck me that when arts and science students date engineers, there may not be many dates, because engineers are busy!” They dated “off and on” for a long time, he says, and were finally married in 1991, the same year that. By 1993 Wall, who completed university with an honours degree in Public Administration and an advanced certificate in Political Studies. Later, he, was hired as Director of Business

Development for the City of Swift Current. Elected to the Legislative Assembly as MLA for Swift Current in 1999 and re-elected in 2003, Wall became leader of the Saskatchewan Party, then the Official Opposition, in 2004, and led the party to a majority government in the 2007 election. Wall has three children, Megan, Colter and Faith, and he admits family life can be a challenge when you’re a provincial premier. “When I first ran I talked to two former MLAs,” he says, both of whom had families. “I asked, ‘Can I be a good dad and a good husband and do this?’” Their answer, he says, was that in their experience the answer is yes; but that “it’s a matter of will, a matter of priority.”

“Yes, you’re going to miss a ball game, miss a recital, but perhaps not much more than if you had another vocation,” Wall says. “We just work hard at it all. I keep checking with the family, they’re OK with it. We’ve just managed to work it out.” Megan, Wall’s oldest daughter, is 15, and has just started Grade 11; Coulter, who’s 14, has just started Grade 9; and Faith, who is 10, is in Grade 6. “We also have a neurotic border collie named Ezekiel,” Wall adds. Megan loves “music, art and literature,” Wall says; and in fact she could be heard playing Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” on the cello in the background during the interview. “She reads and reads and reads,” he says. “Her part-time job is at a bookstore; she loves to be surrounded by books—and the employee discount!” Coulter, he says, also likes music. “He started off in piano but is really loving guitar. “He likes guitar and football—or maybe AC/DC and football would be more accurate.” And finally, “Faith loves to sing, and plays music as well as being in sports,” Wall says. “She also loves summer, and she’s now excited about moving on to middle school this year from elementary school.”. “And of course there is my wife Tami, who is obviously a busy mom, as well as a small business person and community volunteer. “ Fishing, golf—and muscle cars Walls’s own leisure-time interests include fishing and golf. “I like fishing, more than I thought I would,” he says. “My problem was I never caught anything.” He also loves golf, but “it’s an unrequited love,”

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“I love the history of Regina,” he says. “It’s something we need to do a better job of telling.”

he says. “It doesn’t love me back, no matter how much I lavish my attention on it. The problem is it’s a five-hour game! I had it down to a 12 handicap before politics, but I don’t think I’d be even an 18 now. “We are spoiled for golf in our province,” he adds. During the recent premiers’ conference he took some of the premiers out to Wascana Country Club, which he enjoys very much. When he lived in Regina, he also enjoyed playing all of the municipal courses. Deer Valley is another favorite. A much noisier interest of the premier’s is muscle cars. “I had a few when I was growing up,” he says. Now he has what he calls his

“midlife crisis,” a 1967 Dodge Coronet 500 which he just outfitted with new mag wheels. He also owns a 1970 Chrysler Newport convertible. “There are two different area codes in that one, one for the trunk, one for the hood,” he laughs. The man who owned the Chrysler before the premier did some performance tweaking of its small-block 318, including adding dual exhausts. “It sounds good,” Walls says. “Colter likes that and I like it, too. It’s fun to drive around.” Family activities As a family, the Walls love camping and travelling together,

with trips to Disneyland and Arizona among the recent highlights. “A lot of our family highlights are around great vacations and great travel plans together.” They also enjoy exploring everything Saskatchewan has to offer, taking what Dustin Duncan, Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport, has dubbed “stay-cations” to places like Candle Lake, north of Prince Albert. Of course, not everyone is interested in the same things. “Some of the family activities take members in different directions,” Wall says. “The girls aren’t huge football fans, but Tami and I are. We enjoy watching football on TV as well. “Some of the best times we have are around the table,” Wall goes on. “My wife and I enjoy cooking together, especially in the summer.” They try to find other times to enjoy each other’s company as a couple, maybe doing a “nine and dine” at the Riverside Golf Club, or going out for supper. “My folks live here in Swift Current and her dad is in Herbert, so we have generous access to help if we’d like to sneak away. We try to work in as much of that as we can, since the schedule is really crazy.” And Wall’s schedule has been “crazy” for a long time, ever since he was first elected in 1999. Although it was less intensive then than now, obviously, there was a lot of commuting even as an MLA, and even more so as leader of the opposition. Fortunately, Wall says, “it’s a great highway” between Swift Current and Regina, so it’s not very stressful to drive it. “I can get a ton of work done on the road,” he says. If someone else is driving, he can make phone calls. But often he’ll ask to drive himself. “I do a lot of thinking. I still write most of my own speeches, so it’s a great time to be thinking about those things.”

Since the Legislative Assembly has afternoon sessions Mondays to Wednesday, with a morning session on Thursday, even while it’s sitting Wall often returns to Swift Current on Monday and Tuesday nights, if he doesn’t have meetings, so he can spend as much time at home as possible. “There’s something special about your own house and being with family,” he says, and when he’s away, “I miss sitting on the couch in the basement. I miss home, the people who make home, my family.” Favorite Regina restaurants Of course, as someone who likes to cook, he also misses home cooking. But over the years, Wall has had the opportunity to explore a lot of Regina restaurants. “When I was first elected we didn’t have any members from Regina,” he recalls. “It’s amazing how much restaurant information you can get from a team of women and men who don’t live there but spend a lot of time there. When I first got elected every place was a hit, because they had scouted out all these great restaurants.” Although he won’t identify a favorite, he did mention several by name, including The Diplomat Diplomat, Golf’s, Earl’s, the Rooftop, Beer Brothers, and Tim’s Souvlaki in the Golden Mile Centre. “He makes this great souvlaki on a bun which is a great lunch,” Wall says, joking that he’s not sure whatever it is Tim flavours it with is strictly legal, considering how addictive it is. During caucus and cabinet meetings they’ll sometimes call him up and say, “We need about thirty of these.” The Willow on Wascana came in for special praise for the “amazing” meal they served the premiers during the recent premiers’ conference. “I think Regina is blessed with both some of the nice chain places,

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but also some local places that you won’t find anywhere else.” History and innovation Besides great restaurants, sports teams and the arts, Regina also has something else going for it that is near and dear to Wall’s heart: History. “Regina really tells the history, not just of the province, but of western Canada,” he says. He noted that the visiting premiers were impressed to discover that for decades the seat of governance for the bulk of the country, geographically, was right here in Regina in the old Northwest Territories Administration Building on Dewdney. “I love the history of Regina,” he says. “It’s something we need to do a better job of telling.” So, looking ahead, he would like, with support from all levels of government, to see the city fully develop its heritage assets, which, he says, “rival anything else in the country.” “We don’t have 400 years of history like they do in Quebec, but we have very compelling history, much of it which unfolded in Regina as the result of the settlement of the west.” But he’d also like to see Regina recognized as a hotbed of innovation. “The world knows Regina for another reason, the Petroleum Research Centre, the international center for carbon-capture monitoring and science,” he

says. “As the world tries to find some long-term and more immediate ways to deal with carbon, they’re going to be drawn to Regina. We need to build on that. In 10 years, I’d like to see us continuing this leadership position, developing clean and alternative sources of energy.” In fact, he says, “I wouldn’t be surprised if in the next while we see some senior elected officials from the United States come see what’s happening here.” He’d also like to see Regina grow in the next 10 years, part and parcel of his hope that Saskatchewan as a province might reach 1.11 million people inside of a decade. “A growing population is indicative of continued strength of the economy. The more taxpayers you have, hopefully paying a lower level of tax, the more things they can fund.” He calls the idea of a bigger tax base leading to a better quality of life, which in turn draws more people to the province, a “virtuous circle.” He’d also like to see the province debt-free in that time.

people he works for—the people of Saskatchewan. During the premiers’ conference, he says, he heard many comments from the visiting officials from other provinces about how friendly the people they met in Regina were. They liked the great food, they appreciated the beauty of the Legislative Building, Wall says, “they liked all that, but what made me proudest was the comments about the people. “Increasingly, you don’t have to explain as much about where Saskatchewan is or where Regina might be. People understand, they read the same reports about the economy. People are seeing we have the lowest unemployment stats in the country, or Regina leading the country in terms of employment figures.” He points to recent stories about Saskatchewan on CNN and in Fortune magazine. “People are talking about our province, so they’re talking and reflecting on the capitol. I’m the luckiest guy in the country in terms of a job, and I get to do that job in Regina.

“The luckiest guy in the country” As for his own (he hopes distant) future, Wall jokes that he has three post-politics dream jobs: Canadian ambassador to Washington, CFL commissioner—or a voice-over man for Disney. “That would be fun!” In the meantime, though, he loves the job he has, and the

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Dining & Entertainment

The Hundred Mile Dinner Party Story By Paula Johanson Photos By Edward Willett


here are many places food lovers get their fix in Regina. Some get it fine dining in restaurants, some watching the Food Channel, some in bookstores and libraries. But others get their fix at supermarkets and the Farmers’ Market, and take the best food home for a dinner party. Food is the focus of a dinner party. Yet at parties, we often eat without paying attention to where the food came from. Where does our food come from? Canadian writers Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon asked themselves that question. Answering it took them on an interesting journey, through a year of eating only locally-grown food, and yes, serving it at dinner parties. The result was a best-selling book, The Hundred Mile Diet. This book has inspired people across Canada and the USA to eat local food, at least once in a while. Even people who can’t imagine eating only local food for a year can enjoy a Hundred Mile Dinner Party. When you celebrate a holiday or good news with a dinner party, what do you and your guests sit down to eat? You may already be making local food the main course of your dinner, if you order a freerange turkey at a butcher, or buy a lamb or a side of beef from a local farmer. And everybody knows that the best corn on the cob is the bag of fresh-picked ears that spends the least time travelling from field to cooking pot. Some people avoid looking for local food because they believe it Fall 2009

would mean eating nothing but at 2900 13th Ave. a fine assortment of vegetables canola or wheat, but there’s a There are also other places where expected as well as herbs and variety of produce grown by locally-grown produce is sold, such pumpkins. Check out organic market gardeners near Regina. as Farmer Direct, at 2054 Broad St., grocery stores in Regina, such as The best local eggs and dairy Wilke Sales Farm, and Lincoln Body Fuel Organics at 1307A products are just a start. Even the Gardens, a family-owned market Ottawa St., Eat Healthy Foods at potatoes and pickles on your garden north of Regina. The Corn 3030 12th Ave., and Nature’s Best table don’t have to be shipped from Some people avoid looking for local food because far away: check out the Schropp they believe it would mean eating nothing but canola family booth at or wheat, but there’s a variety of produce grown by the Regina Farmers’ Market market gardeners near Regina. for pickles and preserves. Your dessert doesn’t have to be Maiden Market in Lumsden, on Market at 2224 14th Ave. scented with vanilla or accented Highway 20 just north of Regina, is There are also options if you’d with pineapple and coconut from open until the end of October, with rather host a dinner party in a tropical countries. Watermelons and cantaloupes are seasonal treats, whether sliced and cubed and drizzled with coulis for elegant fruit salads, or served in wedges that you and your guests eat standing out in the back yard with the juice running off your chins. For a particularly prairie dessert treat, be sure to try Saskatoon berries, available at the Regina Farmers’ Market from local growers such as Country Breeze Farm and Lajord Colony gardens, and, frozen, from Loon Creek Saskatoons. If you don’t do your own baking, you could pick up a cherry pie from a baker who uses local fruits, such as Prairie Cherry Corner on Second Avenue in Lumsden. In the summer, the Regina Farmers’ Market can be found at 1900 Scarth St., while the winter market will be held indoors from October 17 to December 20 in the Cathedral Neighborhood Centre

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Dining & Entertainment restaurant than in your home. Regina boasts restaurants like Willow on Wascana, where Chef Moe Matthieu serves Saskatchewan cuisine with pride. Your dinner guests could be well fed there with land chowder (a fine leek-andpotato soup with Pine View farms pork), grass-fed bison, and pickerel perogies. The menu evolves with the seasons, making use of ingredients produced in Saskatchewan. Ask at your favourite restaurants for any local foods they serve. If you’d rather get your food fix at bookstores and libraries, among all the cookbooks and recipes you can look up The Hundred Mile Diet and Carlo Petrini’s Slow Food Revolution. These are books about enjoying the food in our lives, making a dinner party a special time to share food with the people who matter to us. You can also find out more about local food in Regina at these websites:

• Regina Farmers’ Market • Farmer Direct co-op •Wilke Sales Farm •Corn Maiden Market •Body Fuel Organics •Eat Healthy Foods •The Hundred Mile Diet •Farm To Fork Research •Willow on Wascana restaurant FLR Paula Johanson, the author of Sustainable Agriculture: Jobs in Green Food Production and Processed Food: Recipe for Disaster, spent 15 years running an organic-method market garden on the Prairies.

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Golf’s Steak House: A Regina landmark for fine downtown dining Story By FLR Staff

Maria Kolitsas Lang points out that Golf’s is for everyone to enjoy, including those looking for a delicious timely lunch or an evening of relaxed elegance and exceptional cuisine.


or over 38 years Golf’s Steak House has been a premier Regina landmark for downtown dining experiences. Upon entrance, patrons’ senses take comfort in a serene environment featuring a flickering fireplace, chandeliers, dark woods, and ornate furnishings. These carefully chosen appointments put this Victoria Avenue restaurant top of mind for dining out on birthdays and anniversaries or any special occasion with family and friends. Owner

The restaurant holds two major dining areas and an elegant lounge, also used for dining. A private boardroom that can accommodate parties of 40 to 60 people is a popular spot for weddings, large parties and business meetings. Loyal patrons will soon notice a new look, as the restaurant undergoes some interior design changes. “Our upgrades will be subtle, but sophisticated. We can’t wait for our customers to see them,” Maria relates.

Golf’s menu offers patrons a traditional steakhouse experience, featuring their renowned Prime Rib and superior chargrilled steaks, as well “...we prepare all as unique chicken dishes and succulent of our own sauces, seafood options. For soups and salad a delicious, timely lunch, there are dressings, and daily features from the grill, bake fresh bread savory homemade soups and daily. We take salads, and signature items such as the Prime Rib sandwich and pride in everything house-made Hamburger Steaks. we do and are Lunch hours are Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. constantly Guests may enjoy dinner until committed to midnight Monday to Saturday. On Sundays and holidays, the providing a quality restaurant opens for dinner dining experience.” service from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fall 2009

Golf’s believes that a fine dining experience starts with the best food possible. Customers recognize and trust their preparation of fine foods at reasonable prices. “It’s a reputation we’re proud of, and a promise we work hard to keep. At Golf’s we understand freshness and quality. That’s why we prepare all of our own sauces, soups and salad dressings, and bake fresh bread daily. We take pride in everything we do and

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are constantly committed to providing a quality dining experience,” says Maria. Golf’s quality cuisine is a longstanding tradition, one upheld with pride and commitment. Steak is serious business here. Only Canadian AAA Angus Beef, aged a minimum of 21 days, will do. Your steak is hand-cut in-house by their chefs and grilled over real charcoal, providing a perfect open-flame sear to deliver bona fide steak satisfaction. Their Prime Rib is slowly roasted and carved to order, always exquisite, always juicy and

tender. Chefs are also ready to augment your steak with delicious market seafood or house brandied peppercorn sauce, among other options. If you’re after something other than steak, Golf’s offers delicious Chicken Neptune with their rich béarnaise sauce or Golf’s Chicken, a whole roasted breast stuffed with creamy feta cheese. Dinner entrees are part of a threecourse meal, and an extensive wine list provides a multitude of pairing choices to suit all palates. The building blocks of Golf’s commitment to quality have been

Dinner entrees are part of a three-course meal, and an extensive wine list provides a multitude of pairing choices to suit all palates. firmly laid. Maria was raised in the restaurant industry, gaining business sense from her family of restaurateurs and working in a corporate environment while attending university. Golf’s was originally founded by Peter Golf and John Yannikostas in 1971. Maria’s father and uncles purchased the business in 1980. When they retired in 1998, Maria was ready for the challenge, becoming sole owner and proprietor. Since then, she’s never lost sight of her family’s promise of professionalism and passion. “Our reputation was built on quality, and we are dedicated to continuing the tradition of providing our customers with fine dining, hospitality and enjoyment in pleasant surroundings. It’s our mission to provide our valued guests with exceptional cuisine and service, and we hope they’ll make Golf’s a part of their lifestyle.” Maria hopes to keep Golf’s in the family for future generations. “When the time comes, my children will have the opportunity to be involved in the business.” A working mother, Maria tends to her customers and operation for long hours every week while being Fall 2009

devoted on the home front to 13year-old Angelique and 12-year-old Michael. For many, it would be a daunting schedule, but Maria strives to be available to serve her long-time loyal customers, and welcome new patrons as well. “This industry requires a lot of hard work and sacrifice. Thanks to the support and dedication of my husband Warren and family, I’m fortunate to run a successful business and remain dedicated to my family.” Golf’s signature torch located outside the building has come to signify Maria’s hours as well as those of the restaurant. As long as she’s burning the midnight oil, the torch is alight. “It doesn’t go off until we close up for the night,” she declares with a laugh. FLR

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The Moose Jaw Cultural Centre Enriching the cultural lives of residents and visitors. Story By Lee Parent


he City of Moose Jaw has done an excellent job of capitalizing on its colourful history, and the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre is a fine example of that attitude. On an ongoing basis, the MJCC presents events that enrich the cultural lives of residents and visitors alike, all within the elegant venue of three historical buildings at 217 Main Street North. Graham Hall, Artistic and Executive Director of the Cultural Centre, is very enthusiastic about the Centre’s role in the community. “The MJCC is bringing (and has been doing so for five years) performers of every kind to Moose Jaw,” he explains. “Performers whom Moose Javians would otherwise not get to see... rock, blues, jazz and classical performers; childrens' shows, magicians, ballet, musicals, comedy and drama. After an applause-filled summer filled with live stage plays, musicals and concerts, the shows keep coming!” The Centre provides, among other things, a theatre for acts and groups unique to Moose Jaw and nearby communities. For instance, on October 16 the Regina Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players will partner with the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre to present Music of the Tunnels with conductor Victor Sawa. This program will feature Tunnels of Moose Jaw, a composition by Laura Pettigrew that marks the history of “The Tunnels,” one of the city’s most renowned landmarks. Using traditional as well as authentic Chinese instruments, Pettigrew honours the contributions of early Chinese immigrants as they laboured to support themselves and their families. The music also harkens back to the days of rumrunning and speakeasies, when Al Capone was king. The program will also include The Passion of Carmen by Elizabeth Raum. Written in the Romantic style, this musical composition is

Spanish in flavor and evocative of Andalusia where the story of Carmen is set. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are available from the Cultural Centre Box Office. As autumn segues into winter and November descends, the MJCC will provide a line-up of diverse concerts and shows designed to entertain patrons of varying ages, cultures and preferences. In the Mood will offer a spectacular production of music from the ’40s and ’50s, with a flavour of the wartime era. Chuck and Albert Arsenault will provide comedy and music in both French and English, proving that humour and entertainment abound in both of Canada’s official languages. Late in November, Jeunesses Musicales Canada will offer Annabelle Canto, an inspirational youth concert for children aged three to 12. “We present musicals from Vanier, Central and Cornerstone High Schools, and all the other school Christmas Concerts,” Hall says. “Also the Moose Jaw Festivale Singers, and, from Casino Moose Jaw, Michelle Wright, Revolution (the Beatles Tribute), Black Umfolosi, John McDermott and Rory Allen. You can see we are looking forward to a terrific fall Season!” As part of their commitment to customer service and community involvement, the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre has developed an appealing, user-friendly website at Here you will find a comprehensive history of the Centre and its buildings, as well as an Arts Directory, a seating plan, a photo gallery and enticing descriptions of upcoming events and presentations. After that, it will be easy to accept Hall’s gracious invitation: “Come and join us as we celebrate Local, national and international talent in our beautiful Mae Wilson Theatre.” FLR Fall 2009

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Wine Making Made Easy Wine hobbyists welcome at The Wine Cellar, Regina’s one-stop shop for making and bottling wine.


aking homemade wine has always been easy. The Wine Cellar in Regina has made it quicker and more efficient than ever. With two machines that can each fill 600 bottles per hour, and a corker that handles 900 bottles per hour, the new bottling system at the store has already proven very popular. “People love the equipment that we have,” says Heike Doerksen, vicepresident. Each kit The Wine Cellar sells makes about 30 bottles of wine, and with the new system, all of those bottles can be filled and corked in minutes. “But we certainly don’t rush people through,” Doerksen laughs. “It’s meant to be fun!” Business expands over 15 years The Wine Cellar is a family business. Heike’s husband, John, is president, and their three children, Carlee, 23, Jeremy, 19, and Greg, 16, all work there part-time. The store also employs up to five staff members.

The Doerksens started out in 1994 with a franchise in a kiosk at the old Superstore building. They outgrew that 376-square-foot space quickly, and moved to a building on Albert Street less than two years later. “We thought we’d never fill the space. It was very exciting. But again we filled it, and outgrew it.” In 2001, they expanded again, to almost 2,500 square feet, in their current location at 1646 Albert Street (Albert and 10th Avenue).

Each kit the Wine Cellar sells makes about 30 Red or white? bottles of wine, Doerksen’s first question when comes in looking for and with the new aa customer wine kit is typically whether prefer red or white. The system, all of those they store carries a large variety of bottles can be filled both, to suit any palette and price range. “We have a huge and corked in selection!” says Doerksen, including four-week and sixminutes. week premium kits for those who prefer a fuller-bodied wine. Along with the cost savings, it’s the ability to make the kind of wine they prefer that attracts people to do-it-yourself wine-making, Doerksen says.

For example, a Cabernet Sauvignon is usually a dry, full-bodied wine with lots of oak flavoring. To instill that flavor of being aged in oak barrels, kits come with oak chips. “Some people really don’t like that taste, so we recommend they don’t add the oak chips,” Doerksen says. “Or if they like a wine sweeter, we’ll add some sweetener. You can custommake it how you like it!”

Get advice on making wine at home... The knowledgeable staff is always happy to provide advice to those seeking ways to improve or change the taste, or solve winemaking problems they’ve encountered. “The biggest mistake is improper sterilization. Everything must be cleaned and sterilized,” Doerksen stresses. “Everything that touches the wine has to be sterilized first. Ninety percent (90%) of all home wine making failures are due to improper cleaning and sanitizing. ” Another problem can be oxidized wine, resulting from oxygen getting into the mix.

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Some customers may not check and replace equipment, such as siphon hoses or plastic pails, often enough. “Over time the hoses wear down, and you can get bacteria trapped in cracks that you may not even be able to see,” she says. As well, hobbyists sometimes put in additives in the wrong order. “Generally that can be fixed,” she says. “When I made my first kit, I opened it more often and smelled it and looked at it,” Doerksen remembers. “You’re excited, and that’s part of it. That’s not going to ruin it, but the more you can stay away from it the better.” In general, though, she says, “The kits are foolproof. If you clean and sterilize everything, you’re not going to have a problem. “I’ve always said if you can make Kool-Aid, you can make wine!”...or make it right in the store Thanks to a change in regulations this past April, people can now make their wine at businesses like The Wine Cellar. The customer starts the wine by adding yeast, and then comes back when it’s ready to be bottled. For a small service fee, the store handles all the other details,

including racking (transferring the wine between containers), additives, degassing, and filtering. There are a number of benefits to that approach, says Doerksen. “It is very controlled. Everything is very clean.” Equipment is replaced frequently, and the room temperature is controlled and constant. And, of course, there’s the benefit of experience. “We make a lot of wine. We’ve done it many times.” Whether you’re making your wine at home, or at The Wine Cellar, the John Doerksen demonstrating the Bottle-Filling station (up to 600/hr) Doerksen family and their staff are there to help. “We really pride ourselves on customer service. If you have a problem, we’ll do everything we can to help solve it.” Wine-making,Doerksen emphasizes, is a hobby everyone can enjoy. “Follow the instructions, clean everything, and have fun with it.” FLR

George McBride, head wine-maker, making the rounds

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Dean Renwick Behind the seams with Regina’s top designer. Story and Photos By Meagen Thomas


ndi Martin didn’t even bother shopping for a wedding dress. Apart from peering at a few of the frothy confections in window displays, she didn’t see or expect to find what she was looking for: something not white, definitely edgy, preferably in black, with little or no frippery. “It was all…so…the same,” she said. With retail a non-starter, she took a friend’s advice and called local designer Dean Renwick. The black dress never did materialize, but 20 yards of cascading petal-pink and white raw silk layers topped with a boned lace-up bodice did, and Martin couldn’t be happier. “Through the whole process I kept thinking ‘Can we really do this?’ and, yeah, we could. He did. It’s amazing,” Martin said during her first and only prewedding fitting at Renwick’s Scarth Street Mall studio, a scant 24 hours before her August 22, 2009, wedding to Cullen Stewart. As she stood, Renwick circled and pinned a silk flower here, one there, a few more at the hem, until it was just so. “I love it more than anyone could believe. I don’t even wear pink and I keep saying ‘More pink! More pink!’,” she said. As Martin posed and turned, her friends and mother, Marilyn, all agreed not to cry, but Marilyn soon was discretely dabbing at her eyes with a tissue. “I’m just overwhelmed,” she said.

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Style Renwick was clearly moved, too. The one-time LA-based fashion designer who dressed scores of actors and socialites and moved in those rarefied social circles that keep websites like TMZ in business is as down-to-earth as they come, and gleefully led the preening session, enlivened by the bride’s delight. Tears are a good sign, the best, really. When mothers and brides tear up, Renwick knows he’s done a good job. “Sometimes I get invited to the weddings and when they thank me in their speech, it makes me a little verklempt inside,” he said. Renwick’s probably lost count of how many brides, boxes of tissue and yards of silk have come and gone from his studio, but he does know this for sure: Regina is a tremendous market for his worldclass skills and no one, absolutely no one, is doomed to mediocre fashion if they don’t want to be. The 1970s were a strange time for

fashion. Flammable is a good blanket description for many of the era’s textiles. Gender-bending is another. Men wore platform shoes; women wore everything from micro-minis to sail-like trousers. That fashion icon of all time, Barbie, who turns 50 this year but still looks amazing, spent the ’70s in a sort of fashion funk. Renwick’s sister Roxanne–now the head stitcher at his studio – wanted to play with the fashion dolls, but Renwick, inspired by the far-out fashions on The Sonny & Cher Show, wanted to re-dress Barbie in his own brand of couture. Sewing by hand, then on an old treadle Singer sewing machine his grandmother taught him to use, he created Barbie fashions first for his Barbies, then for his sister’s. Word got out, and soon Renwick’s teeny Barbie togs were in hot demand, and long-time friends claim to still have those doll clothes to this day. By the time he was eight or nine

“The one-time LA-based fashion designer who dressed scores of actors and socialites

is as down-to-earth as they come...”

years old, he was determined to one day to move to Hollywood and work for Bob Mackie, the famed costumer who was also the

society, he learned how to dress a woman magnificently, how to nimbly avoid the land mines of self-image and ego, and how to be

architect of Cher’s most memorable red carpet apparel. His plan unfolded well enough at first. Move to Los Angeles in 1982–Check. Degree in Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising–Check. Gain a decade of experience in all facets of the industry–Check. Interview with Bob Mackie (getting so close now!)– Check. Job offer from Bob Mackie– “No, thanks,” Renwick said. Huh? The coveted position turned out to be an entry-level trainee job, not even a lateral move for someone with 10 years of professional experience, so Renwick opted to keep doing what he did best: work for design houses that fostered his technical skills and valued his creativity. Working for stylish Melrose Avenue couturier Azar-Woods is where Renwick says he really learned the fine art of fitting, tailoring and, more importantly, the crucial people-skills that render designers part therapist, part artist and part diplomat. Here, catering to the power elite of American

both deferential and dignified when doing business with the über-wealthy. Renwick was a rising star, but the unrelenting 24/7 party lifestyle of the in-crowd was wearing him out m e n t a l l y , emotionally and, worse, creatively. In 1997 he returned home to Regina to decompress and regroup. Late-night sewing sessions with his mom, Pat, helped ease the transition from high-octane Hollywood. Creating just for the sake of it became fun again. Ironically, his first job back in fashion was in the movie industry, but for all the hurry-up-andwait frustrations Renwick loved the work. He worked as the assistant designer for Corner Gas for two years and established himself in Regina by selling his fashions at the Cathedral Village Festival and later at the Regina Folk Festival. He opened Dean Renwick Studio in 2003 and has been going full-tilt every since. Business is better than booming: if thread were mileage, by fall Renwick would have enough Air Miles to attend the full New YorkLondon-Paris-Milan Fashion

“I know beauty is supposed to be skin deep, but it’s the outer beauty that gets attention; your inner beauty comes out when you feel confident because you look great.”

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Style Week circuit. Orders from grads, brides, costume contracts, business wear, and a steady flow of customers keep Renwick and his sister, mom, alternations specialist Cindy Rottenbucher, and fashion interns going night and day. Custom-designed clothing has both a value and a worth, Renwick says. “I know beauty is supposed to be skin deep, but it’s the outer beauty that gets attention; your inner beauty comes out when you feel confident because you look great.” Fit and proportion are key to dressing well, Renwick says. Fit is about how a garment should be nipping in to give shape. “We’re used to everything being unfitted– lots of people don’t know anything about fit,” Renwick says. Proportion is all about length and width, and main reason the very tall, very wide or very short can’t find off-the-rack for less than you’ve-got-to-bekidding prices. With the opening of his own studio, his career has come full circle. In his suite of rooms overlooking the

Scarth Street Mall in Regina’s downtown, design students come to learn, much the way Renwick went from studio to studio in L.A. Renwick’s mentoring isn’t reserved just for students working in the studio. Renwick is that ultimate best friend we all wish we had, the one who will tell you straight-up whether that v-neck or pencil skirt is tragic or magic…and with more diplomacy than the U.N. For a reasonable fee, Dean will tag along while you shop and elevate your fashion smarts from general studies in blandness to a master of flawless style. Widening the talent circle to include former Corner Gas colleagues make-up artist Krista Stevenson and hair stylist Grant Bray, Renwick and this dream team offer the Kick-Ass Makeover. “To start, we come to your house at 10 a.m. on Sunday and attack your wardrobe, show you what combinations work, and black bag what doesn’t,” Renwick says. Riffing on the smash hit What Not to Wear, the Renwick and Company’s Kick-Ass version

starts with the no-nonsense closet audit (“If you’re a size 12 and this is a size 6 it’s time to move on; if you did get back into it, it would be out of style now anyway”), but Kick-Ass Makeover encompasses so much more. After dispatching the ghosts of fashions past, clients visit Bray’s il Biondo salon and are served an Italian dinner by Mario Isita. They spend between two and four hours learning updating or getting a new ’do if radical change is in order. Finally, it’s off to Krista’s Blush Beauty Bar on 14th Avenue for a new glam look. The whole process is photographed and videoed, and ends with a festive reveal. Only the very rich or the very fickle would bin their wardrobes after a year or a season. Beloved clothes can stay in favour for a long time with some updating and alteration. Renwick’s alteration service, headed up by studio seamstress Cindy Rottenbucher, is where custom couture and off-the-rack

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merge to create new looks for favourite, can’t-part-with outfits. Sadly, there is no prêt-à-porter Dean Renwick label…yet. The artist who spent 15 years in Hollywood, dressed celebs, including Bette Milder, Kiefer Sutherland and rocker Duff McKagan’s bride, and worked as an assistant on a Eurythmics world tour has the Regina market pretty much to himself, a career tailor-made for a technical and creative wunderkind. Lucky us, and lucky him too. “Regina is still casual, but in the last few years the influx of new people has been bringing new style in,” says Renwick. “We need more boutiques, and with that there would come a lot more style and individuality.” FLR

To contact Dean, call: 569 2938;;

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Caring for Your Leather By Garth Wight, Forever Leather Hello again, all you leather lovers! Garth Wight here from Forever Leather in Regina. As I promised, this issue is going to cover leather care. Depending on the type of leather you have, treatments may vary. The type of hide will not change the treatment, but the type of finish will. We will start with suede. Suede is a split hide in either pig skin or cow skin. Both must

be sprayed with a water protector to stop liquids from settling into the skin. This treatment is very important and should be done on a regular basis: the more you wear the garment the more it should be treated. Make sure the spray is for apparel, not for footwear, as the footwear spray has too much cyclone in it. Cleaning suede requires a suede brush, and suede should be brushed every two or three times it is been worn. If you

get something on your suede it is best to brush it as soon as possible. Nappa-finished leather has a smoother surface and is much less work to care for or clean. This is the most common leather used in apparel. It also should be sprayed with a water-protecting spray. This process should be done once or twice per year. About every two years this type of leather should be rejuvenated to restore its natural oils. Most nappafinished leathers can be cleaned with a damp cloth, but for a deep cleaning, a hide rejuvenator will work the best. A leather rejuvenator has a few important characteristics. Leather has an oil base from the tanning process, and will collect dirt. Leather rejuvenator relaxes the oils in the hide, which will release the dirt for a deep cleaning. It also brings the dyes back to the surface. Dry-cleaning is not recommended, as it will dry the leather out. Taking the natural oils out of the hide will shorten the life of the garment. This is only used to clean the interior or lining. Next, some things you should consider when you’re picking a leather jacket/coat. The first thing to consider is, what is its primary use? Is it for dressing up, dress casual, or just straight casual? Look at how you dress on a day-to-day basis. If you wear blue jeans and T-shirts most of the time or dress slacks and a dress shirt, that tells you something. A good rule of thumb is that button-up jackets lend themselves more to dressing formally, while zippers are more casual. The length of a coat also has a dress or casual affect. For example, a three-quarters or seven-eighths-length jacked

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would lean more toward the dressy side of things, whereas a waist- or just-past-the-waistlength jacket is more casual. One other thing that is very important is how you treat the clothes you wear. Some people— like me! —are very hard on their clothes. So I’m best off buying cow, pig or sheep, as they are the most durable of the hides. But if I took more caution when wearing my leather jacket, then, maybe, lambskin: it’s the most delicate of hides, so one must be a little more careful when wearing it. In my collection I have a classic blazer in cow hide , which I wear with slacks or blue jean. I also I have a bomber-style jacket for more casual wear, and a threequarter-length button-up for dressing up. Everyone has different needs for their leather. At Forever Leather we want the right fit/style for our clients. If it stays in your closet no one will ask you were you got it! In the next issue we ‘ll talk about how to fix that favorite leather garment, plus storage and repair costs. Again if you have any questions you can call our show room at 522-5387, or stop by at 4620 Albert St. FLR Forever Leather 4620 Albert St. 522-5387

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Try A New Look This Fall By Candyce Bakke Owner, Shear Escape Salon & Spa


o you have a fear of going dark, but have always wanted to try it? A great way to feel like a luscious brunette is to add some length! This will increase the shock factor so you won’t feel bored after a week. One option Shear Escape offers is custom clip-ins that fit your head shape. You can put them in daily or just for formal occasions—it’s as easy as putting in a barrette! Another option is loop-’n’lock, which is a more permanent damage-free extension that can last up to three months. Extensions can also be used for colour chunking in dark hair that you can never get platinum (in a healthy way). You can also add bright colours, like red and purple, which wash out quickly.

It will also satisfy the young girls who want colour in a more affordable way. Maybe your fear is going short! A great way to increase your comfort zone is to enhance your new look with colour. Become a blonde bombshell and you might

Maybe your fear is going short! A great way to increase your comfort zone is to enhance your new look with colour. not feel as boyish or round (a common excuse for not going short!). Remember, there are always extensions for those days you miss your long hair.

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His customers keep him

Celebrating 50 Years of Tailoring!

“In Stitches”

Story and Photos By Marie Powell Mendenhall


ustomers are the main reason Manuel was born in Portugal. He began his Manuel Silva went into business, training as a tailor in Lisbon. That meant and the main reason he enjoys it. sewing on a manual pedal-style sewing “For me, the best part is the machine, he says. He quickly customers. I enjoy them. moved from smaller jobs to larger, “You have to They come in here, and we beginning with pants, and then have vision, talk, we smile, we laugh. If learning the finer points of too,” Manuel they walk out happy, we’ve creating suits. Today, his training says. “My had a good day.” Manuel is now celebrating 50 years in the tailoring profession.. The store is unique in offering specialty services, such as fullservice tailoring of men’s and women’s suits. “My business keeps me in stitches,” he jokes.

customers look for high-end quality. People are looking for quality, for service, and for warranty.”

and experience help him please his customers.

“We start from scratch,” he says. “I do every technique.” As a fullservice tailor, he takes measurements, cuts the material, and provides all of the fitting and finishing techniques to create custom-made suits.

“You have to have vision, too,” Manuel says. “My customers look for high-end quality. People are looking for quality, for service, and for warranty.” That’s something he goes out of his way to provide. Venice Tailors also carries a full line of merchandise to meet all business needs. He takes pride in being able to take care of his customers. “I always try to help everybody,” he says. “I cannot say no.” He has helped customers find just the right suit, and have it ready on time for special occasions, as well as ordinary business needs. Most of his customers come to him because they want their clothes to fit well. “People like a good fit. You can buy a very expensive suit, but if it doesn’t fit right, the suit looks cheap. That’s very important. When people come here, we do the suit the way they want it, and they walk out happy.” Old World values in a New World setting Manuel came to Canada thirty-three years ago, with his wife and two children. He was then 28 years old. His third child was born in Canada. An airline strike in Canada at the time meant they traveled to Regina by train. “There wasn’t much to eat on board,” he jokes. In Canada, his skills were in demand, and he easily found a job at Kenridge Man’s Store. Fall 2009

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“I liked the size of the city: not too big, not too small. And I liked the people very much. They’re good people. They like to help and that’s nice.”

“We started in alterations,” he says. “Today we’ve moved from alterations to selling suits, shirts, sports jackets, ties, belts, socks, everything people need. Style helps make the man – or woman.”

He worked at Kenridge for 14 years. Then the owner of Venice Tailors decided to move away from Regina, and approached him to purchase the store. Although he was happy with his job, he decided to go into business for himself.

As his customers have discovered the range of offerings, his business has grown. It’s a family business, he says: his wife Maria, daughters Paula and Susanna and brother, Miguel, also work with him.

When he started he had only one employee, but now there are five.

People in general today don’t pay enough attention to the fit of their

“I love what I do. I’m happy with the store the way things are. It’s the perfect size for me.”

clothes, he says, but it’s important. “I think we should pay more attention to how we look and how we dress.” Today’s men’s styles, for instance, have slim-fitting jackets with two buttons, side vents, and a notched lapel. Pants have flat fronts, no cuffs, and slim legs. “That’s what I do here the most now.” The new arrivals in his store for fall offer this style. As well, peaklapel suits are available in the store’s current stock. Today’s winter and summer suits are all middle-weight, he adds. While colors may be darker in winter and lighter in summer, the predominant colors continue to be black and navy. “Everybody likes that.” Styles come and go over the years, but tailoring is a skill that spans those trends. “We’re doing styles now we used to do 20 years ago,” he says.

Having weathered many trends over the years, he says he’s glad not to see a return to the textures and colours of Fortrel fabrics from yesteryear. He particularly enjoys today’s styles, in terms of the look and the tailoring technique. Keeping up with changing styles and trends is part of his business that he enjoys. “If you wear the same style for four or five years, you can get tired of it.” Baggy pants were popular for many years, for example, and men grew tired of the look. “So you like to see a different style, slimmer, and more trim.” “While Maria, Paula and Susanna take care of women’s clothing, like brides/bridesmaids and graduation gowns, I take care of the men’s,” he says. As for future plans, he hopes to continue offering the same quality service. The 61-year-old says he’s not ready to retire. “I love what I do. I’m happy with the store the way things are,” he says. “It’s the perfect size for me.” FLR

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Hair Styling: Creative Control By Chris Pritchard,Creative Director/Senior Stylist, Myst Salon


believe hairdressing is not a guessing game. There are certain colours, shapes, angles, and styles that suit a person’s face shape, body type, skin tone and lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong, many different styles can look good on one person—it just has to be done correctly to suit that individual. You have to know the rules well to break them successfully! For example, a rockin' red hair colour may have people stopping you on the street to compliment you, whereas the same colour may look inappropriate or unflattering on someone else. Why is this? In this case, one major factor is skin tone.

Quick tip: Everyone has either blue or green veins. If they are blue, warm tones look better against your

Certain shapes and lines in haircuts make your shoulders and hips look smaller or bigger. If your eyes are your favorite feature, colours placed in certain areas make your eyes stand out.

skin (bonfire red, chocolate-cherry kiss, strawberry blonde). If they are green, cool tones look better against your skin (intelligent cool browns, bling-bling blonde). There are many points to consider, which should be covered in a thorough consultation with your stylist. Certain shapes and lines in haircuts make your shoulders and hips look smaller or bigger. If your eyes are your favorite feature, colours placed in certain areas make your eyes stand out.

Chris Pritchard Creative Director/Senior Stylist, Myst Salon Aveda

If your hairdresser is not highly trained and experienced to utilize creative control, they may not be creating the best look for you! FLR


Men’s Clothing What works with your body type? By Trina Fader, Trino’s Men’s Wear en come in all different shapes and forms, from very tall to fairly short to average.


dark pant paired with a light shirt breaks the flow of your height, giving the illusion of a shorter stature.

There are many ways to give the illusion of height or width, and other to make yourself look shorter.

Are you really short? To give the illusion of length, wear a plain hem.

Colour blocking works the other way, too. If you’re short, and want to look taller, try wearing a pant and shirt combination that don’t contrast as much. For example, a dark pant with a dark shirt (in any colour that works with the pant colour) allows the eye to travel from head to foot and back again without a strong visual break, giving the illusion of height.

Another option if you’re tall and would like to appear shorter is colour blocking. Wearing a

Already thinking about shopping for Christmas? V-neck sweaters are “in” this year. The

Are you really tall? Here’s a tip: to shorten the appearance of your legs, wear a cuffed hem.

V-neck is the most slimming neckline, and you can layer it with a nice fitted T-shirt or nice collared shirt for a fashionforward layered look. On the other hand, if you have a narrower frame and want to bulk up your appearance, crew necks and heavier sweaters can do the trick. In general, to slim your appearance, dark colours are always the way to go, as long as you’re wearing something that works for your body type. Vertical stripes are also slimming, and add interest to your overall look.

your clothing you can create the most complimentary look possible for your body type. Still unsure? Pop by 2445 Quance St. and we’ll walk you through it!

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Quality craftsmanship, quality service “T

he rings we make here, we want them to last a person’s lifetime,” Neil says. “If you’re going to give a girl an engagement ring, and you’re going to spend a good portion of your wage on something like that, or if you’re going to go the next step and get married and have wedding bands, you’re going to want to have those rings last the rest of your life.” That commitment to quality shows in everything Fire and Ice makes. “The white gold that we make is as white as platinum and stays white forever,” Neil says. “We only use the best-quality stones. Even the tiniest stones we use on our products are high-quality. We find that people are willing to pay that extra bit to have the best of the best. “We set the stones in methods that are less likely to need maintenance in the future. The shank, the bottom portion of the ring, is two to three times as thick as you normally find in a jewellery store. And the rings we produce are solid. Manufactured rings are hollowed out to save on gold weight, but everything we do is solid all the way through.” Quality is the most important defining characteristic of Fire and Ice’s jewellery, but it

There are a lot of things that set Fire and Ice Custom Jewellery and Repair apart from ordinary jewellery stores, but as far as owners Christopher Neil and Ryan Eberts are concerned, topping the list is quality. Story By Edward Willett

isn’t the only one. Unlike a lot of custom jewellery houses, Fire and Ice has avoided the hole-in-the-wall look in favor of a classy, modern foyer that welcomes people in and showcases the product.

there are changes to be made, we make it to the wax.” Some waxes are hand-carved; others are produced on the CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) Mill, a computerized

There, people sit down with Neil or fellow designer Ryan Eberts and talk about what they want. Often customers have very definite ideas, which Neil and Eberts and co-workers Micheal Kisheev and Erin Sigurdson do their best to bring to three-dimensional life. The first step is a “wax,” a duplicate of the ring in wax that can then be used to cast the finished product. “We’ll make a ring that is basically the exact design they describe,” Neil says. “Most of the time they’re happy. If

cutting tool that is the only one of its kind in Saskatchewan and that, among other things, allows for the precise, symmetrical placement of stones and other details. All of the rings that Fire and Ice produces are professionally photographed and assembled into a portfolio that, currently containing some 250 images, can be viewed in the store (in fact, it runs as a slide show on a big-screen TV), or online. For customers who aren’t exactly sure what they want, that portfolio both provides inspiration and also reinforces the fact that they are dealing with talented professionals who can create a one-of-a-kind ring just for them—and do it to the highest possible standards. It’s all part of Fire and Ice’s belief that the way to build and maintain a loyal customer base is through quality workmanship. “We know our product will last a long time,” Neil says. “We give you a lifetime warranty with the product. We want to maintain our customers and client relationship into the future.”

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FIRE AND ICE Christopher and Ryan are quickly building a reputation for their exquisite jewelry designs. Molding precious metals to your specifications or dreaming up a creation just for you are all well within their expertise. Another difference you will find at this custom shop is their attention to details and the design of their gold work. You will also find the highest quality diamonds and coloured gemstones, which they have sold many of Saskatchewan’s most beautiful engagement rings and wedding bands. If you are getting engaged or want to thrill your significant other, you owe it to yourself to visit Ryan and Christopher at Fire and Ice.

FIRE AND ICE is Saskatchewan's only CNC custom jewelry manufacturers. Fire and Ice designs and handcrafts high quality, custom diamond engagement rings and matching wedding bands. We use only high end materials and pay close attention to detail, to produce stunning, one of a kind jewelry. Fire and Ice deals in Canadian Arctic diamonds, that are absolutely perfect. Fire and Ice also does restoration of older, family heirloom jewelry, full repairs, and appraisals.

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The finest clothing in the world awaits at Oliver’s Menswear Story and Photos By Samantha Maciag


ith fall and winter quickly approaching, it’s an exciting time for men in Saskatchewan who are interested in high-end luxury wear. Though Regina may not be a global fashion hub, the same items taking the international fashion world by storm can also be found tucked inside a locally owned and operated business. “It’s the finest clothing in the world and brought to Regina,” says Farzad Jahanpour, partowner of Oliver’s Menswear in the Southland Shopping Centre. His brother, Behzad, is co-owner. “Right now what’s happening in Europe, in Asia, in Japan, in the U.S.–you can find it right now in Regina, brand for brand, line for line,” Farzad says. “The world is a smaller place now. You can get anything, anytime, anywhere now, basically, and we try to achieve that in our company.” Together, the brothers work hard to carry the latest in men’s fashion, offering exclusive pieces instead of what is overwhelmingly popular. “When a line gets popular, we drop that line. We move to the next step. We bring in something else that is hard to find and then we change it again,” Farzad says. “We hate to be the store that our product, you can get it everywhere else. We want to be unique in that way.” Men’s fashion has become more exciting and dynamic over the last several years. Designers are moving away from the traditional fabrics and colours into more modern options. “For many years, we used the same boring style and colours and fabrics–navy, black and grey,” Farzad says. “It was as if menswear was actually about weddings and funerals, but that has changed.”

Colours, styles and fabrics now change more often. For example, cotton pants used to be mostly khakis or chinos. Now, the pants are available in 25 colours and are made of two-way stretch cotton that not only makes the garment more comfortable, but also more durable. They also wear all day without wrinkling. The look right now is very European–defined lines and tailored clothing to give men a trimmer silhouette. Suits have smaller shoulders and jackets are slightly shorter in length, the tie has become skinnier, and flatfront pants with a narrower leg have become the slacks of choice. Gone are the days of pleated, baggy pants and squarecut shoulders on shirts or jackets. “When you put the clothes together, it’s like they were sewn for you,” says Farzad of the newer styles, adding that dark greys and brown are the dominating colours

“The look right now is very European–defined lines and tailored clothing to give men a trimmer silhouette.”

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for this fall and winter. “It’s very and younger look to our store. “If much about the toned-down colour, a 40-year-old man comes into our more earth-toned, more store, he doesn’t like fall looks,” he says. look like he’s 50 “If a 40-year- to Oliver’s Menswear has years old. He wants worked hard for more old man comes to like he’s 30 years than 20 years to provide So we achieve into our store, old. a young and fresh that by bringing in a approach to fashion, he doesn’t like younger product.” importing clothing from to look like he’s While the clothing Canadian vendors in men will find in 50 years old. Oliver’s may be Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, but also He wants to pricier than at the from European countries typical menswear like he’s 30 like England, Germany store in Regina, and Italy. years old. So Farzad says the price “One mistake that reflects we achieve that difference most retailers make, the quality of the especially in our by bringing in a clothing. “People business, is that as they are realizing there is younger grow older, their a link between product.” collection, their quality and the inventory, grows older price,” he says. “To too,” Farzad says. “We try to do the get the better quality goods, you opposite. We try to bring a younger have to pay a higher price for it. It’s

the same for cars, furniture, jewellery, and food even.” The quality of the clothing is just part of the store’s success. The staff members at Oliver’s have a goal: to provide limitless customer service to their clients in a family-like atmosphere. “In the last 20 years we haven’t written the rules on our policy for customer service,” Farzad says. “Because any rule you write, it limits the service you provide to your customers.” FLR

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The Art Of Fine Living Chantelle Flanagan-Moore, Yvette Moore Gallery


astering the skill of a particular craft, style or hobby can in itself be classified as an art. Even shopping for those of us who love it, can be a detailed and mastered art form. So, the art of fine living‌is essentially the path to mastering life a little on the finer side. And what exactly that means may be different interpretation to each

of us, but incorporating fine things can bring on a delightful sense of well being to anyone. Fine Art is not necessarily just the visual art you can hang on the wall. Fine Art comes in any form of handcrafted works of art of various subjects, materials and levels of investments. And again the term handcrafted can be used lightly in that often the artisans themselves are often

masters of their own craft. From pottery to handcrafted jewelry there is something to say for sipping your morning coffee from a handcrafted mug or adorning your latest outfit with a one of a kind piece of handcrafted fine jewelry. The art in all of this is capturing your own style, mixing and matching eclectic pieces and indulging in the true quality

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and value of fine art in any shape or form – the art of fine living. FLR

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Sunlight pours through the windows at this upscale hair salon in Regina. Our professional staff are highly trained and will ensure that you walk out with the latest hair style and look, like a celebrity out of a

magazine. Our Guarantee to you is quality and style with commitment to customer service. Don’t be average - come see Tammy, Tara Serbu (owner), Ashley and Brenda.

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Moose Jaw’s Sahara Spa: An experience like no other


rom the moment of entry to the Sahara Spa in Moose Jaw, it is stunningly apparent that this experience will be like no other. The senses are instantly calmed, while enveloped in glorious sensations. The instinct is to stop, look around in wonder, and then breathe…deeply. The Asian themed décor is warm, peaceful and inviting. A cork floor married with slate feature walls and dramatic earthy colours sets a pleasing, tasteful tone. Water in a Balinese fountain, surrounded by a Zen garden, dances at the base of a grand, hand-crafted maple staircase. Soothing music floats through the scent-infused air. Placing the scent is difficult, yet the notes seem comforting and somehow...familiar. It is not strongly feminine or masculine, heavy or light. It is a delicious custom blend of natural essences chosen by Sahara Spa therapists to relax, restore and rejuvenate. Created exclusively into soy candles, botanical room sprays and various body products, the scent can be purchased, enabling recall of the enchanting experience at will. Sitting in the private reception on an enormous soft leather Indonesian lounge, with a delectable cup of tea, is the start of a

beautiful indulgence. Each treatment offers its own unique pleasure. The flavourful menu of services includes massages, wraps, scrubs, facials, pedicures, manicures and much more. The Sahara Spa’s Balinese Massage is a rare luxury. It literally cannot be experienced at any other spa on Earth. Sahara incorporates traditional Indonesian practices with Jamu, a form of body work inspired by several Asian influences, combining massage and botanical therapies. In the past, Jamu was reserved only for those whose position afforded royal treatment. Each element of the treatment, from the colours of the room to the fresh flowers, the scented oil and the different integrated massage techniques, is designed to entice the senses, invoke deep relaxation, and connect mind and body with the natural world.

exceptional practice relieves tension, increases circulation, balances energy and boosts immunity. Yoga positions are achieved through the physical guide of the therapist, while pressure points are thumbed and palmed. During the cold Saskatchewan winters, Sahara’s Hot Stone Massage is more of a necessity than a luxury. Iron-rich smooth river stones are heated to the perfect temperature, and then used to massage strategic points to warm and relax the muscles, allowing for deeper pressure if desired. A favourite among the Sahara Spa’s male clientele, Hot Stone Massage is also a popular couple’s treatment.

Thai Massage is another blissful treatment that Sahara Spa’s certified therapists have perfected as an art form. Performed in loosely fitted clothing, on the floor atop a cotton-filled Thai massage mat, using no oils or lotions, this Fall 2009

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Couples are able to book half-day or full-day packages in Sahara’s Apsara Suite, complete with a Jacuzzi, high-definition television, treatment beds, private water closet, and delectable gourmet fare. Located on the east side of Moose Jaw’s stunning Crescent Park, and just a short walk from historic downtown, the Sahara Spa is a world unto its own in the midst of one of Canada’s most charming destinations.

Website: Telephone: 306-692-1012 341 Stadacona St. E, Moose Jaw, SK Please quote the following code at time of booking for Sahara Spa’s current promotional offer: LifeMag.


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Save Money, Protect Your Investments, and Feel Better! Water conditioning isn’t a luxury for people living with hard water. It is a wise investment. Story By Mark Atnikov


water softener will help you save money by protecting your appliances and plumbing fixtures from calcium scale buildup. The cost of renting or purchasing a softener will be offset by the substantial savings in all your cleaning products. In other words, you can’t afford not to have a water softener. Often, a water supply is “hard” because it contains too much calcium and magnesium. Water hardness is measured in grains per gallon (gpg) or parts per million (ppm). Water exceeding 7 gpg or 120 ppm of these elements is considered hard; the higher the amounts of these elements, the harder the water. Regina water is typically about 18 gpg throughout the year. Hard water can cause big problems. These minerals cause scale to form in your pipes and water-using appliances and fixtures like water heaters, boilers, dishwashers, washing machines, toilets and plumbing. This scale buildup not only causes unsightly stains and deposits on toilet bowls, showers, bathtubs, tile, and plumbing fixtures, it reduces the transfer of heat in water heaters and boilers. This inefficiency can raise your fuel bills by as much as 30 percent. A majority of laundry problems are caused by hard water. Hard water interferes with and greatly reduces the cleaning action of soaps and detergents. Not only do you need to use much more cleaning product, your white clothes turn grey, colors become faded, and towels feel hard and crunchy instead of soft and fluffy. This is a due to the unremoved dirt that is left behind. Softening your water will eliminate these mineral deposits, and save you money. Hard water is not skin & hair friendly! Many skin problems can be attributed to hard water. Hard water strips the natural oils from the hair and skin, leaving your hair and skin dull, dry, itchy, and flaky. That is why soft water feels slippery. Many people believe that “slippery feeling” means they have to rinse longer in soft water. In fact, the opposite is true; because softened water does not strip the natural oils from your hair and

skin, these natural oils are left behind, and that is evident in the slippery feeling when bathing in soft water. That is why many people add bath oils to their water— especially in areas of high hardness. Softening your water will eliminate these problems, and your hair and skin will feel softer, smoother, better. A simple guide to choosing the right softener It’s tough being a consumer these days…and choosing the right kind of softener can be a daunting task. You are faced with seemingly countless products, numerous choices, too much information, and plenty of room for error. Fortunately, it does not have to be that difficult, and the most expensive softener is not necessarily the best softener for you. In Regina, you only have to make two decisions about your softening requirements; what size and what type of softener is best for your needs. Your needs may not be the same as your neighbors’, but with professional, straightforward advice, you should be guided through this process in a matter of minutes.

week, does your job require you to be in and out of town throughout the month, do you frequently host company from out of town or go to a cottage on the weekends? If you answer “yes” to these questions, I recommend choosing a demand-regeneration softener, like our Challenger 5000 Series; one that regenerates based on your changing needs. If not, and your water usage is typically the same from week to week, then I recommend a simple, timer-style softener, like our Challenger 3000 Series; one that regenerates at a preset frequency. Why? That is the right softener for your needs. Why pay more for a softener with features that will not benefit you? That would be like paying extra for cruise control in your car, but never going on the highway to enjoy it! Don’t waste your money. Softeners are not cars, plasma TVs, washing machines, or cameras! As such, the same buying decisions don’t come into play. That is why the most expensive softener is not necessarily the best softener for you. Our team of professionals can help you determine the best option for your home.

1. Sizing: The size of your family will determine the correct size of softener for you. In Regina, the average family of four will require a 33,000-grain softener; smaller families a 22,000-grain softener, and larger families of five to seven people, perhaps a 44,000-grain softener. It is a common mistake for people to oversize their softener. A larger softener requires more salt and water; therefore, a properly sized softener will be more efficient in salt and water, and save you money. Okay, that was easy!

Mark Atnikov, G.M. Rainsoft (Regina) Ltd.

2. Type: Your water usage will determine the correct type of softener for you. This is where your water-treatment professional needs to ask a few simple questions about your water usage. Does your water usage vary much from day to day or week to week? Do you have young children or teenagers, do you have kids coming and going from week to Fall 2009

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Wellness is Knocking At Your Door. If you have a busy lifestyle and need an efficient way of obtaining good health to make the most of your time, Wellness on the Way was designed to help you! Wellness on the Way is a local company that was developed to help the people of Saskatchewan overcome many of the things that hold us back from achieving higher fitness and healthier lifestyles. Wellness on the Way specializes in individual conditioning, sports conditioning, weight loss and even group training and boot camps! We have Personal Trainers who come to you, when and where it works for you. We visit our clients at their homes and provide all of the necessary equipment to do so. Wellness on the Way provides a unique training environment in the privacy of your own home. We understand how valuable your time is, so each of our employees has an efficient way of getting you to where you want to be. Brittany Warren, founder of Wellness on the Way has experience in the health and fitness industry and chose to develop this company to overcome

many of the common objections we have to exercise. Brittany has a degree in Kinesiology, from the University of Regina.

Top 3 Reasons We Don’t Exercise: REASON I don’t have time

We can help you in many areas of physical wellness including: weight loss, fighting osteoporosis, improving your back health, improving your cardiovascular health and sports performance.

I am intimidated to go into a facility I don’t know where to start How is Wellness On The Way Different? We come to you, so you have: • the commitment of a set schedule • a program made for YOU and your unique circumstances • professional assistance allowing you to achieve optimal health as efficiently as possible • nutrition and lifestyle support And NO: • travel time • intimidation from other exercisers • cost for workouts you won’t have

W.O.W. SOLUTION Efficient workouts with no travel time Workout in your own home Leave the planning to us! Announcement Wellness on the Way is pleased to announce the hiring of Massage Therapists. That’s right... a relaxing massage in the privacy of your own home or office. To meet with a Wellness Consultant and see if Wellness on the Way is right for you, please contact us! Brittany Warren

Wellness on the Way (bus) 306 569-WELL FLR

Featured Trainers: (left to right) Karissa, Brittany and Jon.

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Be Prepared For Report Cards Story By Janet Klasses, Oxford Learning Regina


eading back to school is an important milestone in the year. It takes mental preparation to make the transition go smoothly. But, before you know it, the first day of school is done, then the first week, and suddenly it’s a month into the school year and the entire household has settled back into the school groove. However, now isn’t the time to relax. In fact, just as students and their families settle into the school groove, the first major milestone of the school year approaches: the first report card. The first report card of the school year can be a very stressful time for families. After all, it could bring some potentially unpleasant surprises. For students, a bad grade on the first report card could mean parental restrictions on extra-curricular activities until the grades improve. Even though the child’s desire is to do better this year, perhaps the child does not know how to make the changes required to improve. A bad grade on the report card decreases the child’s back to school confident attitude and the student, who thought he or she had tried very hard, loses his or her momentum for the rest of the school year. For parents, poor grades are a source of concern and worry—is their child facing educational roadblocks that could put the child’s dreams and plans for the future on

hold? “One reason report cards can be so stressful is that it is often the first time that parents get any feedback on how their child is progressing.” says Janet Klassen, owner of Oxford Learning Regina. Typically, report cards are upheld as the ultimate indicator of student progress—but they do have their limitations. The report card is only a single snapshot of a child’s progress up to a given point and is not a complete picture of a child’s potential. Klassen recommends that parents consider low grades on the first report card of the year as a warning sign; if there are any issues with poor grades, parents should take action now. According to Klassen, there are plenty of ways that parents can get involved in their children’s education, which is important because the more involved parents are, the less likely it is that they’ll be unpleasantly surprised.

1. Take five minutes to say hello to the teacher and to ask how your child is doing in math/reading/spelling/listening, etc. 2. Send a note to school with your child to schedule a phone chat with the teacher. Don’t wait for the teacher to call to report bad news or slow classroom progress. 3. Follow up when a test is returned to your child. How did it go? Were the results what you and your child were expecting? 4. Go online. The Internet is a wonderful tool to keep informed. If your child’s class has a web page, log on and get involved. 5. Get help. If there are any issues, you can seek help as soon as you learn of it rather than waiting to find out on the report card. 6. Ask about curriculum changes. Check with your child’s teacher to find out if any of the subject curriculums are changing this year. Be sure to attend any meetings about curriculum changes that may impact your child. 7. Look to the past. Last year’s school performance can be a big indicator of potential problems this year. The best intentions to do better this year can be stalled when habits don’t change. Correct issues early and avoid repeating the same mistakes.

“The report card is only a single snapshot of a child’s progress up to a given point and is not a complete picture of a child’s potential.”

She offers these tips to help parents stay involved every step of the way:

Klassen also points out that parents should keep in mind that the first report card is not the final word on student’s academic potential. In fact, it is more like a check-up on how a student is adjusting to the new school year. Consider the first report card as a head’s up. It’s a tool to help parents identify subjects and behaviors that may be trouble spots for the rest of the year. FLR For more tips and strategies to deal with report cards or information on Oxford programs, contact Janet Klassen at Oxford Learning Regina, 306-790-2000; Fall 2009

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A Proven System To win any battle, strategy is key. Inches-A-Weigh, a weight loss centre for women, has armed its clients with the tools and tactics to conquer weight, and live healthy – for a lifetime! Story By Meagen Thomas Photos By Jesse Covert-Ruttenberg


other-daughter duo Susan and Sarah McLean are leading the charge by bringing the exciting new weight loss centre to Saskatchewan. Inches-AWeigh was founded by Scott Simcik in 1986. The Regina location, which opened its doors on November 3, 2008, is among the 50+ franchises located throughout North America. The Inches-A-Weigh weight loss program is designed for women of all ages and fitness

levels. Sound nutrition, gentle isometric and gradual cardiovascular exercise, along with a solid education program helps women change their behaviour and attitudes. Inches-

the most safe and effective way. As well, they will have developed the tools and behaviours to have successful long-term weight loss and lead a healthy lifestyle.

The Inches-A-Weigh weight loss program is designed for women of all ages and fitness levels. A-Weigh guarantees clients that follow the Inches-A-Weigh program will reach their goals in

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term, because I didn’t make that crucial lifestyle change,” said Susan. “It’s the basics – healthy eating and exercise – that work. This is not like going on a shortterm diet or hitting the gym for a month. When you make healthy eating and exercise a part of your life you’ll get the results you want. We help ladies realize this and make these changes everyday.” This all inclusive program combines weight management, nutrition services, figure shaping,

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and cardiovascular exercise all under one roof! Inches-AWeigh’s staff includes personal trainers and Lifestyle Counsellors to ensure that their clients get the full benefits of this system.

all very supportive of one another. The staff is well educated, friendly, supportive,

Inches-A-Weigh offers a 3 Phase Figure Correction Program: Phase 1 is comprehensive nutrition counselling, which includes personalized menu planning, one-on-one support and advice, and behaviour modification lessons. Phase 2 is all about figure shaping using specialized equipment designed to slim and tone traditional female problems areas: abdominals, buttocks, hips, upper arms/back, and thighs. Through progressive, resistant exercises, clients reshape and redevelop their body safely and gradually. And since the process is gradual, there’s no sweating or painful muscle strain! Phase 3 focuses on weight loss through cardiovascular fitness. Cardiovascular exercise helps clients reach their ideal weight goals, improve muscle tone, improve heart and lung efficiency, increase strength and stamina, increase energy, and make clients feel healthier overall. The environment at InchesA-Weigh is safe, comfortable, and supportive. The ladies are

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Exceptional service sets hearing clinic apart Eastside Audiology & Rehabilitation (EAR) Inc. is a hearing clinic that provides many hearing services not available at other southern Saskatchewan clinics - but that’s not what sets it apart.


wners Mitch and Debbie Davis pride themselves on providing their patients with the most comprehensive service possible. EAR’s commitment to patient service is reflected in many ways, but perhaps the most significant is its approach to appointment scheduling. Said owner Mitch Davis, “Our appointments are booked for longer stretches of time. This ensures that our patients aren’t rushed in and out, without having all of their concerns addressed. We do this because we care about our patients.”

If a hearing aid is in your future, the COSI can also help keep your costs down. “It’s very beneficial,” said Davis, “because they can avoid paying for expensive hearing-aid features that they don’t really need. Everybody is different, so the COSI really helps identify what will work best for each individual.” Hearing-aid programming is another area where EAR separates itself from others. Most clinics test and program aids independently– the device is hooked up to a computer and programmed while outside the ear. “We do what’s called Real Ear verification for all of our

We do our hearing-aid programming with the patient and their aid hooked up to the computer at the same time,” Davis said. “The testing is done with the aids in, so it provides more of a real-world test, eliminating ‘hit-and-miss’ programming.” Audiologist and owner Debbie Davis, M.S. Aud.(C), also recommends that patients’ family members attend appointments with their loved ones. “It isn’t just the person with the hearing loss that suffers. It also affects those around them,” said Davis. Attending appointments with a loved one not only provides valued support, but also gives family members the chance to have their own questions and concerns addressed. A standard hearing test at EAR is comprised of eight subtests, the results of which create a detailed portrait of a patient’s hearing. If a hearing loss has been identified, EAR also employs the Client Oriented Scale of Improvement (COSI). “Using COSI is very important to us,” said Davis. “It’s the best way to determine what kind of solutions a patient needs, according to their lifestyle. If a person is having trouble talking on the phone, or distinguishing a voice from ambient noise, we can tailor our products toward solving the problems that affect them the most.”

time,” Davis said. “The testing is done with the aids in, so it provides more of a real-world test, eliminating ‘hit-and-miss’ programming.” Of course, hearing aids are not the only thing EAR is proficient in. It is still the only private practice clinic in southern Saskatchewan to provide Auditory Processing Disorders testing and Tinnitus Retraining Therapy. It is the only clinic that dispenses devices designed to inhibit stuttering. EAR can also test people of all ages, from newborns and older children up to geriatric, and everybody in between, without needing a referral. This is all over and above the wide assortment of Assistive Listening Devices and batteries that it supplies. “Your hearing is important, so get it checked regularly,” says Davis, “and when it comes time for you to do that, come and see us.” FLR

patients with hearing aids. We do our hearingaid programming with the patient and their aid hooked up to the computer at the same

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n April 2006, the first Queen City location was officially opened in Normanview Crossing, at the corner of Ninth Avenue North and McCarthy Boulevard. Though other fitness centers existed in the city, Gold’s Gym has a sparkling reputation that was a magnet for new members wanting to take their health seriously. In addition to quality amenities such as a ladies only, steam rooms, KinesisTM studio, and Kid’s Club, the north location continues to offer excellence in their service, programming and equipment. All of these combined only adds to the enticement of becoming a regular member within the Gold’s family. Any that are unconvinced only need to be educated of the prestigious accolade awarded to the North facility in 2007; Gold’s Gym Regina North was names the Best International Gym of the Year in a category of over 600 other competing gyms! Though the attraction to the North location has not diminished in the past three years, as of recent, focus has shifted to the massive acquisition and renovation of the former Regina Court & Fitness Club. Negotiations began with former RCFC owner Carm Carteri in May, 2008, and that September renovations were launched to convert the building into the new Gold’s Gym Regina South. With a solid buzz surrounding the event, the gym was officially opened in the new year and played exceptional host to the Canadian Junior Racquetball National championships soon after. Skye Kaiss, the owner and operator of both Regina locations, is a keen businessman. Originally from Edmonton, he has an eye for efficiency, comfort, and style—and all three are on display throughout the new facility. Even during peak hours the gym functions at a comfortable pace, unlike the hectic, bustling

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environment of most gyms. For comfort, a spacious, sleek reception and lounge area has replaced the two former racquetball courts, along with a tanning and hydromassage studio. The facility boasts Five racquetball and handball courts and four squash courts. Also

upgraded by the renovation was the rockclimbing wall and half of the basketball court, which doubles as an exercise studio that runs approx. 35 classes per week. The nucleus of Gold’s Gym Regina is without a doubt its Group Exercise Programming and its Personal Training Department. Enhancements such as an ergonomic and welcoming space for the resistance equipment and a separate and spacious cardio suite can take any workout experience to new heights. A Gold’s standard of have virtually two of everything, it shows at a quick glance that no member is standing idle waiting for a specific cutting-edge strength & resistance machine to become free. When asked, Kaiss quickly delivers answers to all questions about numbers, his memory

almost as impressive as the numbers themselves. “We are 2,000 members strong currently, and should be at 4,000 members by this time next year,” he says. “There are 60 pieces of cardio upstairs,” he notes—all of which (Treadmills, AMT and Ellipticals) are equipped with flat-screen TVs, a nifty detail that enables the user to lose themselves in their workout for the entire duration. Kaiss notes that a membership to any Gold’s location is redeemable at all 650 international locations. This number is perhaps the most significant, since it solidifies Gold’s as the largest co-ed gym in the world, with locations in more than 30 countries and more than 3 million members worldwide. Gold’s Gym Regina is a flawless example of what a gym should be, offering a 14-day, risk free, trial to anyone considering becoming a member. Staff members are professional and knowledgeable, from the Personal Trainers to

those working behind the reception desk. Environment can make or break a gym. At Gold’s South, the locker rooms boast a comfortable layout, with no shortage of lockers. Individual shower facilities are a great upgrade from the communal-style showers of the RCFC, and though the hot tubs are gone, a wonderful steam room & sauna have been upgraded. Gold’s brass never maintains the status quo for long. Gold’s Gym is set to expand out to the East end as well as to a downtown location. But there’s no reason to wait for another Gold’s location to open to become a member. Both Regina locations are exceptional. Find the forefront of fitness at Gold’s Gym today! FLR Fall 2009

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Expert Advice on the Flu Don’t forget about the other flu!

Spiro Kangles BSP Pharmacist/Owner The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy


ith the H1N1 flu pandemic getting most of the attention these days in the media, we tend to forget about the other “flu.” But every year there are upwards of 6,700 deaths in Canada due to influenza and pneumonia, and countless otherwise healthy children and adults miss school or work because of “the flu.” Symptoms are quite different from those of a cold. They typically include a sudden high fever (38-40 C), loss of appetite, extreme fatigue and weakness, headache, dry cough, chills, sweating, and muscle aches and pains. A bout of influenza could leave you bedridden for five to 10 days and can worsen diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease or cancer. The influenza

virus is highly contagious, spreading rapidly from person to person, usually by airborne droplets carried by coughs or sneezes. The virus can even survive on the surface of an inanimate object for up to 48 hours! The flu virus continually changes from year to year, so you need an annual flu shot to make sure your body forms antibodies against the new flu viruses. The recommended time for influenza immunization is the period from October to December, even though one could receive a shot as late as March. The flu vaccine takes up to two weeks to provide maximum protection and lasts up to six months, and is shown to prevent illness in approximately 70 to 90 percent. Anyone who wants

protection should consider getting a flu shot, especially children, the elderly, pregnant women, health care workers and anyone suffering from chronic disease. If you’ve had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine or are allergic to eggs (chicken eggs are used in the production of the vaccine) or Thimerosal (a preservative present in contact lens solutions and the vaccine) then you should not receive the flu shot. The flu vaccine is very safe, but like any medication, side effects can occur ranging from soreness and swelling at the site of injection to fever or muscle aches shortly after administration. Lifethreatening reactions are very rare. The flu shot is also

considered safe in pregnant women of all stages of pregnancy and also for breastfeeding mothers. So, as influenza season approaches, be sure to check with your pharmacist or doctor for further information regarding the flu vaccine! FLR Spiro Kangles BSP, Pharmacist/Owner The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy 5928 Rochdale Blvd. Regina Ph: 306-775-1343

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Minimize Sun Damage And Age Spots Trena Olfert, Skin Care Expert. TÄNDA Holistic Spa & Skin Therapy


ummer is supposed to be on its way out and now is the perfect time to correct the damage done to your skin. How do you begin correcting sun damage and pigmentation? The first step is to consider avoiding the sun and UV rays. UV rays when entering the body may release carcinogens which are toxic to the body and may lead to further health problems. Second step towards minimizing sun spots, if you’re not already; get on a quality skin-care line designed with lightening or age-defying ingredients. Quality does not necessarily mean expensive, just be sure the product has been manufactured by the actual brand name it represents. Several products are

owned and manufactured with hundreds of other brands within the same facility. Be cautious of products with organic or natural, as you need to question if their ingredients are really derived from a holistic source (preferably their own) or if they actually grow their organic ingredients. Spas or beauty clinics usually carry a professional line that is safe and effective for your personal skincare regimen. The third step is to look for lightening-enhanced ingredients such as lemon bioflavonoid, acerola cherry, bitter orange peel, hydrolyzed list a few. You may be able to find these ingredients in a skin-care line, an evening treatment, or at-

home facial mask. Your local spa or professional facialist will be able to assist you with professional treatments to get the process rolling. As discussed in the summer issue, wear sunscreen even during the winter months to prevent further damage. Also, don’t forget to exfoliate, exfoliate, and exfoliate. This does not mean to aggressively scrub your skin off; your skin-care line may include exfoliating properties to help the skin shed itself naturally, thus minimizing the appearance of sun damage and brown spots. The last suggestion to consider is diet and exercise. Pigmentation has been associated with hormones, so when our diet and Fall 2009

exercise regimen is in check, our body responds better and heals itself properly. Remember your skin is revealing what is occurring on the inside. Keep everything in balance and you may be able to minimize pigmentation gracefully! FLR TÄNDA Holistic Spa & Skin Therapy Ph: 306 586-1321 fine lifestyles regina


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Advice From Your Optometrist Dr. Myles Bokinac, O.D. Optometrist /Partner Advance Eye Care Centre


ision loss can be one of the most devastating and difficult health problems to experience. If you have been close to someone who has lost vision either partially or completely, you have seen first hand the significant impact that vision loss has on a person's daily life. Many Canadians fail to have routine eye health examinations because “their vision is still fine.” The perception and reality could not be more different. A routine comprehensive eye examination by your optometrist tests more than your glasses prescription and tests more than 20/20 vision. Your optometrist knows your eyes inside and out! The assessment of your vision and prescription is only one part of your examination. Your

optometrist will also assess the function of your eye muscles and assess your eye health to ensure you do not have any eye diseases. Eye disease can strike anyone at any age, often without warning. The prevalence of eye diseases is on the rise as the population of

Eye disease is more common as we age, though young patients are not immune to eye disease. Early detection and diagnosis is the key to provide the best visual outcome. Saskatchewan ages. Eye disease is more common as we age, though young patients are not immune to eye disease. Early

detection and diagnosis is the key to provide the best visual outcome. See your optometrist as recommended to protect your eyes and vision. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends children have their first eye exam at age 6 months, then by age 3, before starting school and then annually to age 18. Healthy adults ages 18-64 should have routine comprehensive eye examinations every 1-2 years. Adults over the age of 65 should be seen annually. Prevention is the key! Your best defence to protect and preserve your vision involves a healthy lifestyle including healthy diet, adequate exercise, no smoking and protection from ultraviolet light when outdoors. Regular preventive eye examinations will Fall 2009

provide timely diagnosis and treatment of any eye diseases that may arise. See your optometrist regularly – Your Eyes Deserve an Optometrist. FLR Next Issue - Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) The optometrists at Advance Eye Care Center are accepting new patients. 500-4010 Pasqua Street Regina, SK S4S 7B9 Ph: 586-7036 fine lifestyles regina


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Hearing Loss - Did You Know? By Debbie Davis, M.S. Aud. (C)


earing loss is a major public-health issue that ranks third in line after arthritis and heart disease as one of the most common physical conditions? It is no longer just an “old person’s” disease. In the United States alone, 36 million people have some form of hearing loss. It is also estimated that 30 school children per 1,000 have hearing loss. The old adage that said “hearing loss is mostly caused by aging’” is simply not true. Research shows that accumulative exposure to loud sounds, not age,

Research shows that accumulative exposure to loud sounds, not age, is the major cause of hearing loss.


is the major cause of hearing loss. This is borne out by the fact that today in Regina I am diagnosing far more 40- and 50-year-old people with hearing loss than 15 years ago when I was first in practice. This hearing loss is severe enough that it is impacting their daily life.

By Debbie Davis, M.S. Aud. (C) Audiologist East Side Audiology 306-359-3277

If you are struggling in certain situations, or know that you are having issues on a day-to-day basis, get your hearing checked by an audiologist today. You don’t need a medical referral and if you do, in fact, have a problem, then the audiologist will be able to help you.

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Expert Advice On Fitness Brittany Warren , B. Kin, PTS Personal Trainer, Owner, Wellness on the Way


: I have been working out now for 6 months now. I was initially getting stronger and had lost some weight but my body looks the same as it did 4 months ago. What has happened?


: It is completely normal to see some change when you begin any form of exercise because in many cases we have left behind a sedentary lifestyle and begun spending more time burning energy and less time sitting at home eating. However, after a few weeks, your body becomes prepared for the new demands and no more change is required. Change happens when the demands of your workout exceed your level of comfort. As your overall fitness

As your overall fitness improves, it becomes harder to challenge your body and more important to have a well thought out workout plan. improves, it becomes harder to challenge your body and more important to have a well thought out workout plan. There is a lot to think about when it comes to participating in workouts that are safe and effective to build and maintain a body that: is less susceptible to injury and disease, looks the way you want it to look and performs the way you want it to perform. A fitness/health professional is able to select training variables

with purpose at each phase of training to get your body to adapt the way you want it to. These variables include: load, set and repetition number, tempo of each repetition and rest period length; for your aerobic (cardio) workouts: mode and intensity. The bottom line is: exercise is important for everybody. Any exercise is better than none at all, but if you are unsure where to start or are experiencing a lack of results, contact a Personal Fall 2009

Trainer to help you make the most of your time and efforts. FLR

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By Dave Bojic, B.Ed., (HME), CEP, PK


egular physical activity contributes to health in many ways. It reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, non-insulin-dependent diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, colon cancer, hypertension and stroke. It also helps to increase resistance to mental fatigue, manage stress, reduce anxiety, relieve depression and improve sleep. Adhering to a fitness program makes a positive contribution to maintenance of healthy body weight, psychological well-being, self-esteem and perceived quality of life. All who participate in a regular fitness program will be better equipped to enjoy activities in life without physical limitations caused by decreased fitness. Much is known about the

things that make and keep people healthy. Investing in population health offers many varied and

Investing in population health offers many varied and interrelated benefits and their impact on health is immense. interrelated benefits and their impact on health is immense. These benefits include increased prosperity, because a healthy population is a major contributor to a vibrant economy, reduced expenditures on health and social programs, overall social stability

and the well-being of Canadians. The number-one excuse for people not being more physically active is lack of time. There is a common belief that being fit takes hours a day. The common denominator that all people share is time. By working with a personal trainer, you can make the most efficient use of your workout time, so that the barrier of time is eliminated. Being ready for health and wellness requires us to become aware of what we do with our time, removing what is not essential to add something that is. One can still have time for exercise, even with a busy schedule and family. The attainment of health and wellness is a must for all people. In my opinion, health and wellness should be a priority for

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Glacier Glass’s quality and workmanship can beautify any home. Story By Judith Silverthorne Photos by Jesse Cover-Ruttenberg

Imagine yourself in an ample shower with nice slate tiles, multiple nozzles and a bench for two or more people. A wellsealed heavy tempered-glass enclosure provides this welldesigned, custom-built shower with a clear look of elegance.


amie Halbgewachs, manager of Glacier Glass, says for the past three years heavy glass shower enclosures have steadily increased in popularity. This European “All-Glass” look features excellent designs for compact areas. There is a wide selection of colours and shapes of hardware to choose from, and the glass comes in clear or can be sandblasted with a design to match your taste and style. An added benefit is that these enclosures are frameless, with the glass fitting securely at the seams for clean sleek lines. New home builders and renovators are more savvy about what they want. With new options for showers and enclosures, more are turning to Glacier Glass. They know they can get quality, diversity and service. They also know they can get products that are good for the environment, while at the same time being attractive. Fall 2009

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“...choices provide not only a practical entry into the shower, but can also make the bold or subtle statement you want about your luxury shower enclosure.”

They can install towel racks and grab bars in numerous styles and designs, finished to complement and accent surrounding hardware. These are embedded into the glass surround. There are four stock finishes with custom finishes also available. There is also a “cottage series” of frameless sliding shower door kits with two distinctive styles. One features the clear side jambs for the “all glass” look, and the other features traditional metal side jambs. These are stocked in chrome and brass looks or brushed nickel and old rubbed bronze. Of course, special finishes are available on request. The pull handles and knobs come in numerous styles, designs and finishes to complement surrounding hardware, and are available in thru-glass and UV glue-on varieties. All of these choices provide not only a practical entry into the shower, but can also make the bold or

subtle statement you want about your luxury shower enclosure. Over the last 30 years, this family-owned-and-operated business has seen a great many changes in technology and types

Over the last 30 years, this familyowned-andoperated business has seen a great many changes in technology and types of glass products, and has expanded to incorporate them. of glass products, and has expanded to incorporate them. “When my parents, Peter and

Linda Halbgewachs, began, it was literally a mom-and-pop shop they operated out of the home and then moved to a small store location,” Jamie Halbgewachs says. Since then, the business has added new trucks and crews and a larger retail and manufacturing space. Several family members have joined the company and Fall 2009

with many long-term employees, it remains a family-like business. “We’re also concerned about our image, which we feel is just as important as the quality and expertise of our service,” says Jamie Halbgewachs, who has been with the company for 20 years. “We also distinguish ourselves by being on top of modern styles and new products. The environmental fine lifestyles regina


trend and incentives and rebate programs for energy-efficient home improvements has spawned a whole new range of products. “This is especially so in the replacement of windows and doors. Instead of repairing windows and doors, we’re replacing them with an upgraded vinyl window with weather stripping and triple low-e argon gas,” says Halbgewachs. “We consult you about your R value needs and the humidity and condensation factors in your home. These are all taken into consideration, as well as your personal taste and other requirements.”

When Glacier Glass first started, it was known more as a service for auto, commercial and residential glass replacements. Today, Glacier Glass is Regina’s biggest independent glass retailer in all areas. “We also do fireplace and arena glass, curved or bent glass and acrylic blocks,” Halbgewachs notes. “As well, we have a PVC division where we make fences, decks and railing with a lifetime warranty. We supply them to sub-contractors and our own installation crews. “We manufacture "Glasure Seal*" Super Spacer insulated sealed units and offer a 10- year

warranty. We can also provide skylights, mall grills, mirrors, and even custom-made fish tanks. Our capabilities are extensive. We provide free on-site estimates, and our products and workmanship are guaranteed. We have trained professional installers and a 24-hour commercial emergency service.” A new product that is being introduced is Clarvista “easy-clean” tempered glass-something you should definitely consider when designing your new luxury shower. Whether you are a new homeowner, or tearing out your old tub to replace it with a luxury shower unit, Glacier Glass is able to supply whatever you need. “You decide on a remodelling plan and design and build the bathroom and shower you prefer, and we provide the last step for a modern frameless shower enclosure,” Halbgewachs says. “Whether you want a modest luxury shower or a ‘Wow!-factor’ bathroom, you choose the statement you’d like to make and we’ll provide the quality workmanship to add beauty and value to your home.”

Client Testimonials “When you spend as much as I did on designing a bathroom you want quality,” says Margaret Kouros, who designed her own condo in Regina. “That’s exactly what I got with Glacier Glass when they installed my custom steam shower enclosure.” “Right from the time the estimator came to the completion of the work, they were wonderful and accommodating,” she says. “They laid down tarps while they did the work and cleaned up after their messes. They were respectful, polite and pleasant to deal with and they accepted Visa as payment, which was a real bonus to me.” The project for Margaret Kouros was slightly different than most shower enclosures, because she installed a steam shower, which needs everything to be totally sealed from the floor to the roof. Special sealants were also needed to withstand the steam heat, which creates a similar effect to that of a wet sauna. Most shower enclosures have a space at the top and bottom. All require precise measurements and skilled fitting. “I would recommend them,” said Kouros. “They really know what they’re doing.”


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Dale Ripplinger

First Regina president of the Canadian Real Estate Association By Mackenzie Brooks


fter 25 years in the real estate business, Regina realtor Dale Ripplinger has just accepted the Presidency of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) for 2009. He’s only the second president from Saskatchewan and the first from the Queen City. Ripplinger sees that as an advantage. “I believe that I can bring to the Board, and to CREA in general, the voice of the smaller market. Regina is still quite a vigorous market in spite of the recent economic turmoil, and it’s great to be from this part of the world right now”.

During his year as president, Ripplinger’s duties Ripplinger has had ample time to rub shoulders will take him on the road for nearly 200 days, as he with the Canadian political heavies. He has had brings news of the association to its 97,000 the honour of meeting and introducing the members. Among the cities he’s scheduled to visit Prime Minister, he has met with the Minister of Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Hamilton, Chicago Finance, and he has even had the ear of Michael and Washington D.C. Ignatieff. Ripplinger finds that “I always tell them that “We have conditions vary wildly across Regina is a great place to live,” the country. “I’m finding it a something here that Ripplinger says. “We have lot like a weather forecast”, something here that most other most other urban urban centres don’t have. We he says. “It’s impossible to make a national forecast, a superior quality of life, centres don’t have. have because rain in Vancouver low commute times and the does not mean that the sun We have a superior luxury of ample spare time to isn’t shining in in our community. I love quality of life, low invest Newfoundland. Real estate Regina, and I think they should is a lot like this. What is an commute times and know that.” acceptable legality for some the luxury of ample Locally, Ripplinger thinks markets is not possible by other Real Estate Boards’ spare time to invest it’s a great time to invest in standards. It’s very real estate. “Regina’s market in our community.” is still healthy. We are still challenging.” doing a brisk business down at Ripplinger notes that the majority of the our office.” members of the Canadian Real Estate Association call Toronto (and area) home. If a One trend he’s noticed is an increasing volume motion from CREA does not fit the interests of of calls about rentals. “This is something we have the majority of members, it does not go forward— never seen before, but it is a trend on the rise.” which means that urban centres drive the politics Ripplinger posits that because Regina is still an of the Canadian Real Estate Association, just as active market and because the numbers of people in federal Canadian politics. looking to purchase their first home is still on the rise, fewer and fewer houses are available to rent. And speaking of politics, Indeed, if you are looking for your first home, Ripplinger thinks it’s a good time to get the proverbial ball rolling. Ripplinger’s local experience is proving valuable as he takes on the presidence of the Canadian Real Estate Association. Equally, the experience he gains as president of the CREA of his leadership with CREA will impact his business in Regina. While he is away from his Regina office, he is making contacts all across the country—and as any good realtor will tell you, it is relationships that move real estate forward. A man moving forward, Ripplinger is putting Regina front and centre on the national real estate stage, and advancing the Presidency of the Canadian Real Estate Association at the same time. To contact Dale Ripplinger when he’s not on the road, visit his Regina office at 315 Victoria Avenue, or phone 775-5555. FLR

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House, Home & Real Estate - Room to Room Renovations

A fireplace for every taste Relaxing by a fireplace conjures warmth, coziness and welcome memories. Yet, a fireplace provides more than just a comforting atmosphere. Today, fireplaces are also an excellent way to offset a home’s heating costs and enhance your room’s décor. Story By Judith Silverthorne, Photos by Jesse Cover-Ruttenberg


teven Flett, owner of Northern Fireplace Limited for more than 15 years, has been in the business since 1984. Since the time he started, he’s seen a lot of changes. His staff has increased and he now has three locations, Regina, Saskatoon and Edmonton, with many dealers coordinated throughout Saskatchewan, northern Alberta and into the Northwest Territories. Besides fireplaces, Northern Fireplace also offers free-standing stoves, natural gas and electric barbecues, patio campfires and infrared heaters, outdoor fireplaces, and even saunas. They install fireplaces in new and renovated homes, restaurants, hotel lobbies and outdoor living spaces. Over the years, fireplaces have improved phenomenally in clean burning and energy efficiency. Designs and burning materials have also altered dramatically. Where wood and coal were once the norm, now gas, electricity, grain and pellets are becoming more prevalent. One pound of pellets equals 9,000 BTUs, which makes it a fairly efficient choice. Northern Fireplace has installed thousands of energysaving built-in fireplaces over the years, a percentage of which are in new homes, so Flett works closely with builders and contractors. Renovations are also incredibly popular. Whether renovating an existing fireplace or adding one to a home, the options are

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extensive. The Northern Fireplace showrooms have a wide range of operational fireplaces on display to make it easier to choose, and

Stoves come in cast iron and a variety of porcelain colours, and with or without legs, plus a selection of hearth pads. There are

Besides the choice of highefficiency fireplaces to subsidize heating, another preference might be for zone heating. knowledgeable staff are on hand to make recommendations. The traditional styles of real wood-burning fireplaces are still fashionable, with louvered fronts, screens and glass doors. There are those designed for people who want lots of ambience and not a lot of heat, and those that are more energy-efficient.

also optional grain- and pelletburning stoves. Self-ignition systems with seven-day programmable thermostats are another alternative. Since the 1980s, the three-sided fireplace has been going strong, and it’s still a popular option. It comes in a variety of styles and

sizes, with the linear style gathering momentum among designers since its introduction four years ago. Modern fireplaces come in different styles, sizes, colours and materials than their older counterparts. They feature different-coloured glass and LED accent lighting for use yearround. Granite or porcelain liners, different-coloured glass fronts and surrounds make it easy to fit into any decorating scheme. There is also a choice of log sets or rocks, panels and face design, brick patterns and colours, and tinted glass that fits in front of the original glass to accent your decor. Direct Vent Technology vents out the back of the fireplace to the outside, allowing easy installation of a beautiful and realistic fireplace without the expense of a traditional chimney system.

Besides the choice of highefficiency fireplaces to subsidize heating, another preference might be for zone heating. With people spending 80 percent of their time in 20 percent of their homes, the decision to heat only the zone that is most lived in is a sensible one. Wood, gas and pellet inserts can also be put into existing fireplaces. Converting an old fireplace into one that’s more efficient uses direct venting. This modern technology works well for adding a fireplace or stove into a basement to help dry the air and make it more usable and cozy. Power venting gives the ability to vent up to 90 degrees in any direction through a roof or wall. The new IPI (Intermittent Pilot Ignition) systems are another greenfriendly option that offers significant savings over units with standing pilot lights. The IPI method turns on a pilot light, then

One place where Northern Fireplace’s handiwork will soon be highly visible is at the new Keg

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The outdoor fireplace at the Keg is made entirely of solid stainless-steel components. This ULC-approved gas-burning stove can be incorporated into a number of different designs, because it doesn’t require a chimney. With the vent emerging from the fireplace at the front, this stove is suitable for enclosing with stone, stucco or tile, or can even be incorporated into an outdoor kitchen.

the burner, only when the fireplace is being used, instead of having the pilot light burning all the time. This saves $12 to $14 a month. If the power goes out, this smart technology runs a seamless transition from electricity to two D cell batteries. When renovating, Northern Fireplace Ltd. is available to give the customer a wide variety of options, and then continue with the certified installation. They remove the existing fireplace and replace it, taking great care in refinishing, adding framing where necessary, completing surrounds and the brick and stonework. They have their own gas-fitter on staff and a host of other qualified tradespeople to complete the work to specifications and complete satisfaction. Northern Fireplace outfits the new Keg One place where Northern

Fireplace’s handiwork will soon be highly visible is at the new Keg Restaurant in south Regina, where Northern Fireplace assisted in guiding and installing three fireplaces, two inside and one outside. The interior ones are the Town ’n’ Country 42-inch cleanface models, which designers love.

The design of these fireplaces also allows for a selection of log sets, from crushed glass to imitation stone to four different log-burner styles. There is also a choice of panels for refractory lining. Mostly used in high-end homes and restaurants, these luxury fireplaces have huge clear viewing areas and produce gorgeous flames without overheating a room.

The design of these fireplaces also allows for a selection of log sets, from crushed glass to imitation stone to four different log-burner styles. There is also a choice of panels for refractory lining. The Keg Restaurant chose porcelain that gives lots of reflection and very clean-looking firebox illumination. The fireplaces they installed also feature ceramic glass on the outside, sometimes referred to as “disappearing glass” because it doesn’t reflect images, making the fireplace look like an open fire. The outdoor fireplace at the Keg is made entirely of solid stainlesssteel components. This ULCapproved gas-burning fireplace can be incorporated into a number of different designs, because it doesn’t require a chimney. With the vent emerging from the fireplace at the front, this fireplace is suitable for enclosing with stone, stucco or tile, or can even be Fall 2009

incorporated into an outdoor kitchen. Northern Fireplace installed the versatile box-style model on the patio at the Keg Restaurant. The classic black finish and a generous simulated brick chimney makes for an impressive display and adds an enticing feature for comfortable gatherings. FLR Are you ready for your new fireplace? Appointments for consultations are available by contacting Northern Fireplace by phone at 781-8007, visiting the showroom at 834 Fleury Street in Regina, or online at

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or many consumers, traditional financial management techniques leave them paying much more interest than they earn, whether on consumer credit or a home mortgage. Nearly a decade ago, Skyler Witman and John Washenko of Denver, Colorao, launched Accelerated Equity & Development, a mortgage company dedicated to building a reputation based on competitive rates and the best terms in the market. The company grew quickly, but then they began to notice that several of their clients accumulated staggering amounts of debt. Clients would refinance their mortgages time and time again, draining the equity from their homes and extending the term of their loans further and further into the future.

Even with the best rates available, clients would pay thousands of dollars in total interest charges, mainly due to the amount of time they would be paying on their loans. Initially, Accelerated Equity offered their clients mortgage debt reduction programs such as a biweekly payment plan, but Skyler and John soon realized clients needed something more to meet their financial needs. Thus began years of research that would eventually launch a powerful new tool, the Money Merge Account™ program, revolutionary in its ability to help individuals and families pay off mortgages in as little as 1/3 to 1/2 the time. The program required little to no change to their clients’ in lifestyle, and they weren’t required to refinance their existing

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mortgage or change their monthly mortgage payment. They offered the program to homeowners in the Denver, Colorado area for a one-year market test. To their astonishment, the homeowners were on track to pay off their mortgage and all of their consumer debt 20% percent faster than originally predicted. Homeowners with traditional 30-year loans were on track to become mortgage free after only 8 to 11 years.

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Brilliant, Exquisite Moorcroft Pottery By Samantha Maciag


he bold, distinctive colours of Britain’s Moorcroft Pottery will soon be gracing the shelves of Players Collectibles in Moose Jaw. In October, the company will be the exclusive location in Saskatchewan for collectors and new customers alike to purchase the brilliant and exquisite pieces of art. “In terms of quality, I feel Moorcroft is unsurpassed,” says Players storeowner Dale Harvey. Players Collectibles is owned by Harvey, his wife, Shirley, and Carol Smith. “The range of designs allows for the product to fit in any number of styles of home decor and it’s the type of piece that should be a focal point of any room,” Harvey adds. “The range of new designs are a perfect fit for today, but are still able to complement other pieces.” The manufacturer is located in Burslem, Stoke-on Trent, Staffordshire in England and has been around “The range of independently since the early 1900s, originating designs allows for with William Moorcroft’s the product to fit in work in 1897 at James Macintyre & Co. Ltd. any number of Moorcroft’s work at Macintyre greatly styles of home outshone the other work decor and it’s the of the manufacturing company. After winning type of piece that a gold medal at the St. should be a focal Louis International Exhibition in 1904 for his point of any room,” range of pottery entitled Florian Ware, Moorcroft parted ways with Macintyre and started his own company. In 1928, Moorcroft’s success grew immensely, culminating with the appointment of the Moorcroft company as potter to Her Majesty the Queen. When the founder died in 1945, Moorcroft Pottery was taken over by his son, Walter.

Moorcroft’s production facility located in Burslem, Stoke-on Trent, Staffordshire England

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In 1992, Dennis and his wife, designer Sally Tuffin, left the company, leaving Edwards the sole owner of the company to this day. “The pots are made in exactly the same way that they were 100 years ago. Exactly. There’s no change,” said Edwards in a telephone interview from his home in England, explaining the pots are still made in that country, by hand, from start to finish. The elaborate designs are applied via Tubelining or Sliptrailing–processes that involve the squeezing of a raised outline onto a pot in the form of liquefied

clay, or “slip squeezing” through a glass tube from a bag held in the hand, much like decorating a cake. Colours are based on metallic oxides and are applied by hand, gently washed one over another and blended at high temperatures, first with the clay pot. A second firing of a pot takes place after it’s dipped in a special glaze, which produces the brilliant colour and high-gloss that has become a hallmark of Moorcroft Pottery. “The only things that have changed are that in the very beginning, in 1897, the founding father, William, only had three colours to work with in the techniques that Moorcroft uses today,” Edwards said. “By 1905 or 1906, that number had grown to seven colours and now the designers–we have four full-time designers–they have 83 colours to work with. “So if the founding father had looked at some of the designs we do–we don’t copy, a designer would actually be sacked if they copied–he would recognize the house style, but he would say, ‘Where did you get all those colours from?’ because he hadn’t got them.” As a result, the pieces made today are much more colourful than those from Moorcroft’s earlier years, Edwards said.

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n spending time researching for this article on what to say and how to say it, I found almost every company profile or designer biography started sounding the same. Most talked about a vast list of qualifications, degrees and distinctions, coupled with countless years of service and endless satisfied customers. Well...I’m not going to do that. All my years growing up, I had a passion for interior design and decorating. I grew up in a family where the home had to look perfect and clean all the time. When I would have friends over, they would ask if they could sit in our “show” living room, and then would tell others that we lived in a “museum,” with invisible velvet ropes. I remember as a teenager I would go out with friends and then, after getting home from parties, I would stay up all night and rearrange my bedroom furniture. You don’t hear of that these days! Growing up that way has led me to where I am today with the career I have chosen.

A passion for interior design and decorating Story and Photos By Corrie Krzysik CK One Design & Consulting Were you ever the perfect colourer? Did you ever get told to “stay inside the lines”? Why do we need to stay inside the lines? Why can’t we ever colour outside the lines, be creative, and create something new? We are wrapped up in a safe and basic décor world. And as the saying goes, “If it works, why change it?” Well, I like to think outside the lines. I am a very visual person. I like to be a little different and I thrive on uniqueness and creativity. I don’t want the same

things as everyone else, nor do I want to put the same elements in every house I decorate. When we built our home with Emerald Park Homes, I remember everyone telling my husband and me that building a house can be a nightmare. In our experience, that was the farthest thing from the truth. Our adventure was awesome and memorable, and the end result was amazing. To have the success that we had, you must hook up with the right people. Fall 2009

In this industry, people come and then they go. Stability and loyalty to a company is very important these days. That’s one thing you will find in this company that is consistent—and the crew are amazing. This is when you quickly realize the importance of relationships and how to build them. I had great success with this because I knew exactly what I wanted and had the vision right from the start. You either have it or you don’t. I remember walking into Cougar Custom Cabinets for our kitchen meeting, and as we sat down, there was a phone call that had to be taken. This was my opportunity to start scouting out some cabinet material. Lo and behold, on the floor sat a piece of wood covered in dust. I wiped off the dust and demanded that piece of wood be stained dark. As the phone call ended, I was asked why I couldn’t go with oak or maple like everyone else—but I wanted a unique kitchen with unique product! In the end, the kitchen turned out fabulous, and we had something no one else did. fine lifestyles regina


If you don’t know what you’re looking for or you’re scared to try new things, you’re going to have the same look as everyone else, with a few different elements here and there. Every contractor and company that we dealt with strive for quality and customer satisfaction. Those two things are key when building a new home or renovating an existing one. As I said before, building relationships with good people in this industry are very important. Your end result factors into this, and that’s where the success of your project comes from.

second opinion could work wonders for you, for a little bit of your time and not a lot of money. I express a lot of who I am with elements in my home. I am very passionate about art and décor and I love implementing new things and ideas. At the end of the day, my success comes from the happiness of my clients. I don’t thrive on customer satisfaction as much as I do on customer excitement. I want my clients to be ecstatic about the final result. I

You can change the smallest things and make the biggest differences. This works in renovating or in building new.

In my short time in this industry, I’ve come to realize and learn a lot of things. I realize that people in general like to keep things safe, and may be out of their comfort zone when something is out of the ordinary. This, of course, is not everyone, but a vast majority. A lot of the same elements go into every home built, and then they all start to look the same, and nothing stands out in any of them.

want them to look at their new space and be speechless and think, Wow!, like you see on all those great home-makeover shows.

You may also encounter the opposite situation, where you feel you don’t want or need a second opinion and then elements you’ve chosen don’t have any rhyme or reason. This happens more often when you’re under the gun with decisions to make and you’re unsure, so you just pick “whatever.” This is where a

You can change the smallest things and make the biggest differences. This works in renovating or in building new. You should always know where your comforts of home lie, and ensure the look you have or want to achieve suits your personality and the practicalities of your family. There are so many endless

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possibilities out there—you just need someone to bring them to you and your space. As a décor consultant, I want to bring the energy I have into your home. If you’re looking for some fresh ideas and needing a starting point, we’ll sit down and discuss all the wants and needs you may have. All decisions reflect your personality, your lifestyle, and of course your space. The pieces of the puzzle will start to come together, and all the excitement and anticipation will start! You can have a big puzzle, or maybe you just have a small one. Small changes can make a big difference, and maybe all you need is a little shopping. One of the quickest ways to change a look is to move stuff around and add or take away a few pieces here and there. Paint is something that is very inexpensive that will make a huge impact on the look of your home—and add some drama, too! Lighting is key. I can’t express this enough! Light creates ambience in any room in your home, and can make such a difference in the look. There are so many factors and elements that will make such a difference. Don’t put yourself in these decision-making situations if you are not confident. Today, my hobby has become my business. I have the drive and passion (and family support) to take my talents and reach new levels of my decorating dreams. It takes some time to put all the elements of building or renovating a home together to make it work, but in the end the results can be so rewarding it just sends you on a new high. When you love something so much, it doesn’t feel like work. When you do something really great and get recognition for it, you feel like you’ve really made a difference and left someone with a really good feeling, as well as a good end result. This is what makes me happy at the end of the day. Fall 2009

In building my business, I want to pass along qualities I feel are relevant in making a transaction a successful one. I believe you win with loyalty and quality. With these two components, the client and the consultant will be able to forge a working relationship that is enviable. If you have trust in your designer and all elements brought to the table, you are going to feel very confident that your end result is going to be spectacular. Wouldn’t it feel great to sit on the couch after a long day of work, look around the room, and think, Brilliant!? FLR

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House, Home & Real Estate - ROOM TO ROOM RENOVATIONS

“Don’t Replace, Reface!” Don’t replace, reface,” is the exciting way Renewed Kitchens and Closets brings new life back into your kitchen, bathroom and storage areas. “We can transform your existing cabinets economically and with minimal disruption simply by refacing them with our high quality products,” says owner Dwayne Hipkiss. As an alternative to traditional kitchen remodelling, custom cabinet refacing allows you to go from old to new in three to five days on average, and typically saves the consumer 20 to 40 percent over the cost of having new cabinets installed. “Our innovative process also removes the inconveniences and mess of installing a new kitchen,” Hipkiss says. “And there are no hidden electrical or plumbing costs. We bring out the best in your cabinets and add value to your home.” If your existing kitchen is well-designed, wellbuilt and functional, there is really no reason to completely replace your cabinets, when giving them a “facelift” is all you require. If you’d like some additional cabinets or an island, Renewed

Kitchens can easily accommodate this to match your existing kitchen. “Everything we do is custom-made for a perfect fit,” says Hipkiss. “We simply remove and replace your old doors and drawer fronts, and reface the cabinets with colour matched high-pressure laminate. When we install new your doors and drawer fronts, we use superior quality hardware, like the European-style hidden hinges. You can view the process on our website,” There is no need to redecorate or change your floor covering. Nor do you need to replace your counter tops. However, Renewed Kitchens can install new laminate counter tops and backsplashes. “Plus we have additional options such as crown moldings, light valances and new drawer boxes,” Hipkiss notes. “We also modify or move existing cabinets to

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There is no need to redecorate or change your floor covering. Nor do you need to replace your counter tops. every project. “We have qualified staff to provide expertise and in-depth coordination,” says Hipkiss. “We come to you, where you can review the various (continued on page 91)


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kitchen design options in the comfort of your own home. With your flooring, furnishings and wall colours close at hand, you have the ability to evaluate the various options that will best suit your needs.” A relaxed consultation will assist you in choosing styles from plain to elaborate, classic to fancy. You’ll be able to select from a combination of 30 different door styles and 30 colour variations. Scheduling a private consultation is easy via the online form at, or by phoning Dwayne directly at 584 3340. FLR


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House, Home & Real Estate - Builder Showhome Showcase

Emerald Park Homes: Superlative home-building, superlative service When Sarah and Jarrett Kozusko, living in Alberta, began to plan their move to Saskatchewan a couple of years ago, they turned, as so many potential home buyers do, to the Internet. They were searching for a builder who could interpret their visions of the perfect family home, and by a stroke of luck, they found Emerald Park Homes.

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ocated at 64 Great Plains Rd., Emerald Park Homes is a true custom home builder; meaning the customers choose the plan that works for their family and budget: if they have special needs due to physical challenges, environmental allergies, or age-related issues, or request the use of energy efficient or green products—all of this can be addressed in the planning stages to meet the family’s needs. The customers choose from a wide range of products and meet with the sub-trades to choose their customized cabinets, vanities, and many other major components, including flooring and light fixtures. The slogan on their website says it all: “No Salesmen—No passing the buck—Deal with the owner, Garry Sawchyn.” Garry is on-site almost daily to keep things moving, meeting the customers to discuss any concerns or questions and is available by phone and email almost everyday. Garry and Lorena Sawchyn, started their first business, Apex Construction Ltd., in 1980, doing primarily concrete flatwork. This evolved

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into general construction, including concrete, framing, cabinet installation, basement foundations, commercial-grade beams and, finally, general contracting projects from start to finish. Having worked as a sub-trade in both the commercial and residential market for years, Garry decided that it was time to try his hand at home building. Their first home was built on St. Andrews Bay in Emerald Park. The bungalow featured vaulted ceilings and large windows overlooking the golf course. Architectural guidelines dictated certain brick on the exterior, as well as clay tile roofs. Emerald Park Homes is a family business, employing Garry, his wife Lorena, and all three of their grown sons. In part, their commitment to home building and to superlative customer service is a facet of their strong family ties, as well as their enthusiasm for the Fall 2009

community where their business is located and where they reside. This company has been growing steadily for the past seventeen years as its reputation to build quality, unique homes grows. The builder specializes in helping his customers choose their lot, putting their ideas and pictures from magazines together into final construction plans and new home specifications to a finished project of their own design. Customers are given the chance to make changes during construction when possible, but there are trade-offs. Depending upon the work involved and the availability of products, the possession date may have to be moved ahead. But to most, it is worth it to get what they want in their new home. During the past year the community of White City has been booming, with new homes and new businesses popping up all over. Lots in the new Bower West fine lifestyles regina


sub-division are filling up fast with new families. Emerald Park Homes has purchased several types of lots in that area to provide choices of bay lots, walk-out lots, and some that back onto green space. White City and Emerald Park offer unlimited amenities, all within an easy commute to Regina. Residents enjoy parks with lighted walkways, an elementary school and a well-designed golf course and club. Other sports facilities include a soccer field, baseball diamonds and a skating rink. The subdivision is patrolled by the RCMP and provides a local fire hall, a community centre, doctor’s office, pharmacy, Credit Union, SGI licence issuer, a regional library, and many retail stores. The attractions of the community were obvious to Sarah and Jarrett Kozusko, and one of the lots offered by Emerald Park Homes presented the perfect setting for the family home they envisioned. A haven for two busy professional people, a showplace where they could entertain friends as they enjoy doing, and a safe and happy place for their children; Sarah had clear pictures in her mind of many details and individual rooms. A designer helped pull together a cohesive package that fulfilled her vision. Thanks to Emerald Park Homes’ craftsmanship and commitment to homebuilding, the dwelling is everything she and husband Jarrett hoped for. Essential to the vision the Kozuskos conceived was an element of livability. Their children must be comfortable in all the rooms, with surfaces and materials sturdy and easy to maintain, while projecting a refined elegance. For instance, Sarah planned a mudroom that was paramount to the organization of their every-day schedule and lifestyle; a place for everything, everything in its place, all done with style and sophistication. The kitchen and living space reflect the same ambience, thanks to the workmanship that makes Emerald Park Homes a trusted name in Saskatchewan home building. Each tradesperson used by the company is carefully chosen for skill and workmanship. The team Fall 2009

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"Just a little something for you! Your time in the office with all the extra work you did for us is very much appreciated! We love our home and all the extras that required extra time are appreciated and all the little details were soooo! worth it! Thanks again, Bill, Corrie, Kyle and Reese Krzysik

The level of personal attention that every trade paid to our house was one of the most impressive showcases of customer service we have ever experienced. Lorena was always ready to offer advice and recommend the right people to talk to, and Garry was at the house almost daily, usually in work clothes. He knew exactly what was going on every step of the way—I think that's what impressed us the most. They know the answers or have the people who do, and more than that, they know the questions that we need to be asking. The finished home is exactly what we wanted, in every way. We have recommended Emerald Park Homes with confidence to every person who asks about the house. Loran & Rina Schalk

works very hard together to ensure that their homes fulfill the buyer's unique requirements. They hold conferences at various stages of the home's construction. These meetings are informative; clients are also invited to visit their new home on a regular basis during construction. The Kozukos project didn’t progress rapidly, but they consider the wait well worth it. “This is our Forever House,” Sarah declared. “There’s nothing I would change.” “It’s the perfect home for our family,” her husband Jarrett agreed. Thanks to Emerald Park Homes, they have a dream house in an excellent location, where they and their two children can enjoy all the rewards that life might offer.

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Emerald Park Homes has built two homes for our family. Both times it has been a pleasant experience working with Gary and Lorena Sawchyn. Gary was open to our many different ideas and options and we appreciated not being bound by cookie-cutter house plans. When you are building an Emerald Park home you are working directly with the owner every step of the way rather than an employee of a larger company. Gary’s good sense of humor and easy going manner made it very easy to work with him. We had complete access to the house as it was being built and Gary was always available to answer questions and accommodate the changes we wanted to make as the house progressed. Gary cares about the results of his homes and his attention to detail shows in the finished product. We have received many compliments about our beautiful home and we would not hesitate to recommend Emerald Park Homes to anyone. Guy and Linda Roy

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A driving force in the Regina building industry.

From its newly self-built 8,000 - square-foot office to its notorious “Randy and Larry” ads, North Ridge Development continues to be a driving force in the residential and commercial building industry in Regina. Photos By Dave Leslie


ts mantra is “Setting the Standard,” with product, customer experience, and after-sale service. “We build the home that we would ultimately like to live in,” says Randy Pekar, North Ridge’s vice-president of operations. The company, owned by president Walter Mah, has

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been operating out of Saskatoon for more than 25 years, and for more than 10 years in and around Regina. Currently, they are showcasing a beautiful 1,958-square-foot two-storey home in Lakeridge, in northwest Regina. The new R-2000 and Energy Star-Certified home at 4914 Mazinke Cres. is a part of the

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“It has an immaculate kitchen with upgraded hickory cabinets, black granite countertops, a walk-in pantry with French doors, over- and under-cabinet lighting, and designer blackglass backsplash.”

Lakeridge Parade of Homes. It has three bedrooms with a bonus room, all on the second floor, two full bathrooms, one half-bath and a double attached garage. Fully landscaped, the house also includes a unique Barrier Coatings “Duradeck.” Walking in, one immediately notices the front foyer’s ceramic tiling, niche detailing and spacious walk-in closet. Ceramic tile is installed in the main-floor laundry room and all three bathrooms. “It has an immaculate kitchen as well.” Pekar says, with upgraded hickory cabinets, black granite countertops, a walk-in pantry with French doors, over- and under-cabinet lighting, and designer black-glass backsplash.

Hardwood is laid throughout the kitchen and continues into the Great Room, which features a natural-gas fireplace and nine foot ceilings surrounded by ceramic tile. While homes are North Ridge Development’s mainstay, commercial and condominium developments are also in its repertoire. North Ridge’s newest condo project is Pine Point in Lakeridge. The Energy Star-certified two-storey three-bedroom residences come standard with granite, hardwood, a single attached garage, and an individually fenced backyard. Lawn care, snow removal and exterior maintenance are included. North Ridge strives to develop in all corners of the city. The company Fall 2009

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currently has show homes in The Creeks, Harbour Landing, Lakeridge and Windsor Park. North Ridge will be developing its next condominium project in Windsor Park. In 2008, North Ridge won the Customer’s Choice and Environmental Leadership Award for Multi-Family Housing from the Regina Regional Home Builders Association (RRHBA). North Ridge has also been in the Top 100 companies in Saskatchewan for the last several years. “North Ridge does not build the same house twice,” jokes Pekar. “We’re one of the few builders in the city that has its own in-house CAD design team. What does that really mean to the consumer? Essentially, the customer gets the luxury of dealing with the person who is actually creating their home. This increases design flexibility, shortens modification times, and ultimately gives the buyer more autonomy and ownership.” North Ridge will also boast one of the city’s only building-design studios, comprising a full sample

line of lighting, flooring, exteriors and interior finishes, cabinetry, and much more.. “We know to really understand the product one needs to experience it…so we brought the product to the customer,” Pekar says. “The decision to create the center was easy…more selection, more clarity, and faster turn-around time equals a more positive experience for the client.

“This is the biggest decision of many people’s lives and we are here to make sure they are educated, comfortable, and confident with the entire process.” “This is the biggest decision of many people’s lives and we are here to make sure they are educated, comfortable, and confident with the entire process.” Service and warranty are also big selling features of North Ridge. “When you purchase a North Ridge home, we not only strive for a deficiency-free home but provide the necessary after-sale service and warranty. This includes both a one-year and a 45-day service call…This process involves our own service technician proactively booking an appointment with the owners, going over first an 18point check list (45 days), and finally a comprehensive service inspection (one year).” The ultimate goal: happy customers who own a product they can be proud of. FLR

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For more information about North Ridge Development and its ongoing projects in and around Regina, residential, recreational and commercial, contact the office at 352-5900 or visit

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Ready to buy instead of rent? Consider Preston Place! Y

ou’ve finally decided to take the plunge. You’re tired of renting, of never really having a place of your own. You’re ready to buy your own home. Then the first question you have to answer is “Buy used—or buy new?” If the answer is “new,” then there’s a great new condominium development that’s just for you, a place where you can be part of building a brand-new neighborhood community: Preston Place. Developed by Windsor Crossing Development Corporation and located in Lakeridge between Preston Crescent and Junor Drive, in Regina’s burgeoning northwest, Preston Place has something for buyers of any age, including very affordable

options for those who are jumping into home ownership for the first time. In Preston Place, choices range from 988square-foot bi-level homes to a range of two-story homes (1,136, 1,202 or 1,395 square feet), 1,053-square-foot bungalows, and even threeto-a-building suites (main floor, upper floor, and basement) that measure 1,038 square feet each. What makes Preston Place unique, says Janine Wilson, Marketing Coordinator for Windsor Crossing Development Corporation, is that it offers something for everyone: not just two-storey condos or bungalows, but a mixture of everything. Families, couples, retirees, singles—anyone of any age can find something

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to suit them in both style and size. And not only is there something for every taste, there’s something for every budget. The condo suites are one of the new wrinkles at Preston Place. These lowerpriced homes start at $179,900, a big selling

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point in a market where it’s hard to find anything new at under $200,000, making home ownership in Preston Place available to people who usually find new condominiums out of their price range. Although Preston Place is the fourth Windsor Crossing Development Corporation development to mix bungalows, bi-levels and two-storeys, it’s the first to include suites. But while that mix of styles within a single condo complex may be new to Regina, it’s not for Windsor Crossing. In fact, says Wilson, offering options for everyone, in both style and price, is central to Windsor Crossing’s development philosophy, setting its developments apart from those condo complexes where all buyers have to choose from are flooring and colours, but otherwise end up with something that looks just like their neighbours’.

Preston Place is also located in a great neighbourhood, one that offers shopping, restaurants and services, lakes, parks and schools, and easy access to Highway 6 and Lewvan Drive Ultimately, Wilson says, while choosing to buy instead of rent benefits home-owners in a multitude of ways, the biggest advantage may be emotional. When you own your own home, she says, you no longer have to worry about rent increases, or the demands of a landlord. But most importantly, you can personalize your home however you see fit. It’s your place, your home— your decision. So if you’re ready to give up renting, take a good look at Preston Place. With styles and prices to suit everyone, it could be your future neighbourhood—just waiting for you to call it home.

Janine Wilson can be reached at 306-537-3200 Show home hours at 4101 Preston Place are from 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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Ahead of the curve for 45 years “Where there is no vision, the people perish,” runs a proverb, and it’s equally true that where there is no vision, businesses perish—especially businesses that sell consumer electronics, where there’s always something new just around the corner. Story by Edward Willett, Photos by Jesse Cover-Ruttenberg


ut if there’s one thing Audio Warehouse, celebrating its 45th anniversary this fall, prides itself on, it’s its vision. As president Brian Melby puts it, “we’ve always been on the forefront of any new technology. We can foresee what’s coming down the pike.”

It’s been that way from the very beginning. The company was born back in 1964 when founder Gordon Hammond, as Melby puts it, “discovered this thing called car stereo and thought it was a pretty good way to make money.” Hammond, whom Melby joined in the mid’60s, was half a year ahead of anyone else in the country in selling car stereos, and that gave the fledgling business a strong start to its 4 1/2 decades (and counting) of catering to the consumer demand for quality electronics. Being ahead of the curve also helped dictate the way the business developed. “It was one thing to sell (car audio), but then we had to feed it.” As a result, the first evolution of the company involved the distribution of music, first four-track tapes, and then the newfangled eight-track ones.

It wasn’t too long, though, before the company evolved again, refocusing on selling discount electronics. The name “Audio Warehouse” was born in 1972. At first, Melby was the only employee. Then he and Hammond became partners, working together to grow the business. Melby’s current partner, Don Rae, joined in 1976. Blair Case, who would be a partner for about 25 years, came on board in 1982. A highlight of the 1980s was the opening of a second Audio Warehouse in Saskatoon in 1989; in the 1990s two more stores opened, one in Yorkton and one in Prince Albert. Audio Warehouse, says Melby, is proudly Saskatchewanian: “We stay within the borders of this province.” Today, Audio Warehouse continues to sell the car audio that was the foundation of the company—but it also sells everything from MP3 players to large flat-screen television sets. Its four stores employ about 145 people, and it’s the quality of those people that help set Audio Warehouse apart from its competitors, says Melby. “We’ve had people retire with this company. We have people who have been with us 30-some years,” he proudly points out. “We’ve got experience.” Thanks to that knowledgeable, experienced staff, Melby says, “We offer service that’s unique in explaining how things work.” At the same time, they continue to adapt and evolve, most recently moving into the custom installation of home entertainment systems. “We have five trucks on the road in Regina, five in Saskatoon, and one each in Yorkton and Prince Albert. We’ll go right into your home and hang your television on the wall, put the

Audio Warehouse president Brian Melby

speakers in the ceiling or the wall.” Again, it all comes down to vision. “Each year we seem to re-invent ourselves,” Melby says. “We find something else the customer is interested in owning.” And, he says, “The future looks bright. The things that we provide in our industry make the world a little easier. We’re an entertainment business, and there’ll be a new entertainment device very shortly, something coming out of Japan or Korea that will get everyone excited.” What will it be? Melby doesn’t know...yet. But you can be sure of one thing: whatever the Next Big Thing is, Audio Warehouse will sell it, install it, and service it...just as it has for 45 years. FLR

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What’s Happening with Mortgage Rates By Sergio Coppola AMP, Broker / Owner Quick Response Mortgages


egina and truly the Province of Saskatchewan have voraciously braved the winds of the economic down turn that blew through the door last fall. What an exceptional place we are blessed to be living in during this time. While families in other parts of the country are dealing with job loss and falling house values, we have virtually been unscathed and in fact continue to shows signs of growth due to our diversified and solid economic foundation that has been built steadily over the last several decades. The overall economy, however, has still affected us, and the obvious example to refer to for one to know that to be true, would be to look at any pension statement over the last four quarters. So, to that end, we can all be thankful that there are now some signs of economic recovery. If we can look for a benefit in all this, and one that is available to be taken advantage of right now, we can turn to what’s been happening with mortgage rates. They have fallen to historic lows, making NOW the time to examine all your assets and debt obligations and how each is currently affecting your financial affairs and what will place you in the best financial situation on a go-forward basis. What is the best way to structure your debt obligations; not only as it relates to your home, but also to any line of credit, car loan, credit cards or personal loans you may have? Are there any upgrades or changes to your property that you were thinking of undertaking? Now is definitely the time to act, with the Home Renovation Tax Credit available for work completed by the end of January, 2010, available and the low cost of borrowing on improvement

work that upon completion will increase the value of your property benefitting you in the long run. Were you planning on making any market, business or retirement investments? Does it make sense to use the equity in your home for these investments and, by doing so, is there any tax reduction benefit available to you to further stretch that use of your property’s equity? Post-secondary education is extremely important for any child’s future. Most parents want to ensure that their child has the proper tools to enable a solid foundation for the inevitable curve balls life will throw their way. This includes helping them once they turn 18. Student loans cause a burden on their finances before they even get started and will lower the amount available to them for a home purchase. For our very young clients who have this student-loan burden, their map to home ownership is much longer because of this existing debt obligation weighing in on their debt-servicing ratios. Are you able to use the equity in your home to assist in financing their education in the interim? If so, it will go a long way to ease that burden and assist them in getting into their own home earlier, enabling them to become more financially stable and in a position to repay those funds more quickly. A qualified mortgage professional can examine all your needs and help you map out a plan with the right product that makes sense for your personal situation. No two scenarios are exact and each individual and each family has their own unique go-forward plan. Just over a year ago, with murmurs of an economic downturn on the horizon, a

variable rate tied to the bank prime was the most popular product and made financial sense. It’s important to note that the prime rate identified by any banking institution is different from the Bank of Canada prime rate. Banking institutions don’t always pass along the Bank of Canada reductions fully, as was evidenced last fall, but you can be sure they will be moving their prime rates up as soon as the Bank of Canada starts to do so. Since the economic downturn of last fall, the fixed rates have dropped to historic lows. It is therefore certainly very important and definitely the time to get out your mortgage statements and see exactly what type of product you have and when your term is due. Also, along with that, you need to have a look at your other existing debt obligations and determine what interest rate you are paying and when that debt obligation will come to an end. It is very important to know each of the components of your financial picture today and, given your short and long term goals, how to ensure your money is put to its best use. With the economy on its way to recovery, there is only one way for bank prime rates to go. Furthermore, in early September, the federal government revised this year’s deficit projection to a record $55.9 billion, with a projected cumulative deficit of $164.4 billion over the next five years. Some economists are stating that without raising taxes, the federal government can expect to run deficit budgets for the next 10 years. What does that mean to you? The rates became low to provide stability for Canadians as the global economy caught its breath. However, now that the Fall 2009

recovery has begun, you can be sure that once it is well on its way, the interest rates both on the bank prime side and on the fixed side will rise with it. It’s the nature of economies, and throughout history we have seen this pattern time and time again. So those who are enjoying the variable “party” either through their mortgage or through a secured or unsecured line of credit, need to really immediately seek out advice on the timing of moving to a fixed product so they can ensure that they continue to enjoy a low rate for the majority of the time frame that covers their debt obligation. Once that prime starts to move, the fixed rates available now will not be available. And it is something that happens overnight and, for most banking institutions, no warning is provided to you. Only a professional who is tied into the industry would be able to monitor these things properly and act immediately when needed. Call Quick Response Mortgages today at either 585-2150 or 352-4616 and speak to one of our Accredited Mortgage Professionals.

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New Home Builder Ensures Stress-Free Experience & Quality Story By Judith Silverthorne


uality and caring are part of the key formula that Matt Rogina uses for his new home building business, Harmony Builders Ltd. He learned this from having his own home built, and from years of working in construction and in the industry. “I treat my clients as I would want to be treated,” says Rogina, CEO and foreman of the company, who practices the personal approach. This means working directly with clients every step of the way from the design to a finished home ready to be occupied. When people contact Rogina, he invites them to participate in an in-depth dialogue to determine all of their needs, from choosing a lot location and house design to discussing timelines and budget. He wants his clients to be able to make informed decisions, because they are taking a big step and making an important investment into their future. Harmony Builders Ltd. has access to a variety of lots all over the city and is there to lend a hand with all the essential permits and other necessary documentation. People are welcome to bring their own oneof-a-kind house design or work with Rogina in selecting a ready plan that fits their taste, lifestyle and personality. Customizing isn’t a problem, says Rogina. Harmony Builders Ltd. has an expert draftsperson to assist in modifications to match particular requirements or tastes. He’s able to anticipate structural or design situations and come up with innovative ways to accomplish desired results. A skilled framer is also part of the team and they consult as

necessary to find solutions without quality or structure being compromised. “There for the customer every step of the way” When Rogina facilitates the construction and site management, his approach is to be on site every day with the tradespeople and the new homeowners whenever they choose. He knows what’s going on all the time. “We’re there for the customer every step of the way.” Choosing competent subtrades carefully is important too, he says. He gives thanks to previous employers for showing him what not do to, which is what inspired him to initiate his company. The Harmony Builders team includes highly qualified framers, drywallers, painters, trim carpenters, flooring installers, and a custom cabinetmaker, who builds onsite. This special element ensures accurate fitting in the exact space in which the cupboards are going. Part of Rogina’s service is being sensitive to different needs and expectations. “We offer a myriad of competitive advantages and you’re assured of getting quality

Harmony Builders Ltd., Matt Rogina and value, coupled with customer service. We are approachable,” he says, “and we all work hard to make sure our new homeowners are satisfied.” When hiring sub-trades people, who are preferably local, he makes sure to use those who have the proper skills, use quality materials, and who care. “We work on a home as if we were moving into it ourselves. Everyone saves money in the long run to do it right the first time,” he says. “I like having a clear conscience, knowing I’m

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doing my best and so is everyone else who works for me.” A jack-of-all-trades If someone suitable isn’t available, he’ll do the work himself. “My Dad, a full-fledged carpenter, taught me the entire time I was growing up,” he says. “I’m a jack-of-all-trades and familiar with all aspects of construction including carpentry, plumbing, heating and electrical work. I seem to have a knack for doing this type of work, and I use a lot of caring and common sense.”

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Although a relatively young entrepreneur, he’s been in the construction business for more than ten years and helping people build new homes for three. Over that time, he’s seen a lot of shoddy work and cheap materials used, which has led to some very unhappy people and many problems. Rogina, who was once fired from a company for caring too much about his clients, says it’s important to make sure people are happy and they get what they want. He also learned how not to treat people from working for others. “My goal is to do what’s best for my clients,” says Rogina. “I want to make the experience as stress-free and as pleasant as I can, and make sure people are getting quality. If I wouldn’t have it in my house, I wouldn’t have it for others.” A trendsetting team Rogina and his team also consider themselves trendsetters. They have plenty of original ideas and experience to help guide prospective homeowners. If their clients need suggestions for choosing exterior materials and colours, interior colour schemes, flooring and fixtures or wall coverings, Harmony Builders is ready and willing. They also have a free decorating service. A consultant will go over the details

and help customers choose a decor that may appeal to their particular tastes, or assist with special features. There is a wide range of options in house designs and the decorative aspects, ranging from simple standards to creative upgrades. Regardless of the client’s financial situation, they’re still going to get a quality home from Harmony Builders Ltd. “We build within every range of budget. When we give a quote, we include everything—we don’t come back later, nickel-and-diming for particular items for which others charge extra. “All our houses are Energy-Star rated and they are under progressive warranty,” says Rogina. “Our new show home will be open December 1 in the new Greens on Gardiner area in the east end of Regina. This spacious 1755-square-foot (164-squaremetre) bungalow has a novel design, and innovative colours and decorative features, including two fireplaces, and is where the new office will be located. “Call us today or come visit us to see our plans and available lots. We want our customers to have peace of mind and to make the experience as harmonious as possible,” Rogina says. “Our slogan, ‘Bringing Quality Home,’ is exactly what we do.”

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Katrina Stettner: Smoothing the way from old house to new. oving can be one of the most stressful things you do in life. Whether you are a first-time home buyer, need more space, or need to downsize, finding your dream home can be daunting. Plus, you have to worry about selling your current home, packing, talking with builders and choosing paint colours. It all adds up to stress.

(choosing the right appliance) and the big ones (getting engineering permits), she’ll be available any time, day or night, rain or shine. Even at 11 p.m., when a worried client called, her pleasant, joyful voice could be heard on the other end, calming the homebuyer. Stettner helped the purchaser calm down and explained that the issue would be dealt with swiftly and to the client’s liking. As she says, Fortunately, there’s a realtor who can help. “It’s my job to look after my clients.” Katrina Stettner, of Homelife Crawford Sure enough, the next day the issue was Realty, wants to do more than just get the job resolved and the homeowners were happy. done and go home. In 2005 Katrina found her Stettner’s motto is, “I’m with you every step passion in life, helping people of the way.” She has seen too many build their dream home. For Katrina Stettner new home buyers be misinformed, five full years she worked as a neglected or ignored once the deal believes that new-home consultant, is signed. This can result in extra excellent becoming familiar with stress, a feeling nobody wants building codes, licensing, and customer service when planning a new home. decor. She was there for her Stettner treats every home buyer clients every step of the is the only way to like a good friend, so much so that building process, to provide help people, and often a friendship blossoms. She advice and guidance that anything less remains close with many of her whenever it was needed. clients, and has already sold three in unacceptable. houses to three families in almost But she realized there was a way to go one step further: six years of home sales. she earned her re-sale license, so she could also Stettner maintains a great relationship with help them buy a new house or sell their retailers and installers all over the city, friends current home, eliminating a middle man by in the business that are willing to provide you, having one person handle both sides of the sale. In addition, Stettner is there to manage all the small inconveniences and delays that occur during moving. Katrina Stettner believes that excellent customer service is the only way to help people, and that anything less in unacceptable. Not only will she help you with the small tasks


“a friend of Katrina’s,” with an excellent deal on anything from washers and dryers to blinds, carpets and more. She uses only the companies and employees that have done excellent jobs for her previous clientele. Stettner travels extensively across the country, keeping a keen eye out for interesting shapes and styles of homes she can tell her clients about, and constantly monitoring housing prices elsewhere that may influence the Regina market, to ensure sellers are seeking the best price for their homes. Every trip is a learning experience that Stettner uses to help maintain the level of excellence her clients have become accustomed to. For Stettner, customer satisfaction is the focus of her career. She helps clients work within their own schedule and budget to build or buy their new home, while selling their current house for the best possible price. She believes that all problems can be overcome. “It’s how you handle it,” she says. She calmly and assertively works through anything that comes her way. “I am very positive and believe that everything falls into place...just as it should.” With her knowledge and experience, Katrina Stettner is ready to help make the transition from your old house to your new home as comfortable as possible FLR Call Katrina today to help you with all your housing needs: 591-0631

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Over Seven Decades of Insurance Service The Barlow name has long been synonymous with insurance, at least in Regina. Since Garnet Barlow Sr. started selling life insurance in 1913, after moving west from Ontario in 1911, the Barlow family has given the Regina insurance industry 4 generations of service.


fter moving from life insurance to property & casualty insurance, Garnet Sr. started Garnet Barlow Agencies in 1936. He was later joined by his son, Garnet Russell Barlow, better known as Russ, in 1939. Russ only worked for a short time before being called to duty to serve as a flight lieutenant with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the second World War. He later rejoined the firm as it’s GM. Russ’ younger brother Ross, an exarmy man himself, joined the firm in 1950. The firm was a small one during it’s first years with only 4 or 5 employees. In 1967, the Barlows joined forces with Paul Fuchs Agencies, then owned by Joe Lang. Garnet Barlow and Joe Lang Insurance, better known as Barlow & Lang Insurance was born. It was during this time that the third generation of joined the business,

Russ’ sons Bill, in 1969, and Burns, in 1970. insurance marketplace. Brian, who had owned It was also during this time that the Barlow his own brokerage in Montmartre, SK before name came to prominence in the local joining at Reed Stenhouse, missed the insurance landscape. By 1982, Barlow & Lang challenges and rewards of owning his own firm. had 23 employees, was one of the largest Brian along with Bill & Burns formed Dusyk and brokerages in the province selling all lines of Barlow Insurance Brokers Ltd in the summer of insurance from basic auto insurance to larger 1993, opening an office in Regina’s University complex commercial insurance and anything in Park area. Russ, still in the business, left Reed between. In Regina at least, the firm was a Stenhouse to help the three in a sales capacity household name reinforced by a and as an advisor until he popular radio jingle. passed away in 1999. Like Garnet 1982 also nearly marked the Like Garnet Barlow beginning of the end of the Barlow Agencies in Agencies in 1936, Dusyk & Barlow name in Regina Barlow started with a small 1936, Dusyk & insurance, at least as far as the staff in a small office but, Barlow started company name was concerned. also mirroring that first It was at this time that Reed with a small staff office, they grew. A second Stenhouse, a large national location, located on south in a small office broker, came along with a deal for Albert St, opened a few the families and the business was but, also mirroring years after they started. The sold. While Reed Stenhouse fourth generation of the that first office, kept the Barlow & Lang name for Barlow family were part of they grew. a short while, the Barlow’s were that growth as Bill’s son, slowly exiting the industry. Ross Stephen, joined the firm in had passed away from Cancer in 1978, Burns 1997, and Burns’ son Rob, in 1998. Both have left the firm in the mid 80s to work as a since taken up part ownership of the company cabinet maker in Regina, and Bill left shortly and find themselves in a sales and thereafter to open a Subway franchise near management role at their respective offices. Calgary. Only Russ remained with Reed Between the two offices there are 18 Stenhouse, employees who, like Barlow & Lang in it’s It was in 1993 when the Barlow family would heyday, draw on over 70 years of family come back in full force after Brian Dusyk, a close experience to sell all types of property & casualty friend and colleague who had worked with Russ, insurance. After 16 years back in the business, it Burns, and Bill at Reed Stenhouse, looks like the Barlows are back to stay! approached the Barlows about reFLR entering the Regina

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Finance proposes to overhaul rules for CPP Pensioners By Charlie Baldock, CA, KPMG


f you plan to start receiving early benefits under the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) between the ages of 60 and 65, and if you apply for these benefits in 2012 or later, proposed changes to the CPP could reduce the benefits you will receive. The proposed amendments, which would affect new retirees considering taking their CPP before they turn 65, will be gradually phased in over five years, starting in 2012. The Department of Finance says these changes would not affect existing CPP beneficiaries or people who start taking their CPP before the change comes into effect. Details of these changes are discussed below. Background Between the ages of 60 and 70, you can apply to begin receiving monthly pension benefits under the CPP. The amount of the monthly benefit depends on how many years you contributed to the plan, the amount of the contributions, and the age at which you decide to start receiving your pension. CPP benefits are adjusted annually for inflation; the maximum monthly retirement benefit at age 65 is currently about $909. These benefits are taxable as income. The CPP operates throughout Canada, except in Quebec, where the Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) provides similar benefits. Before any proposed changes to the CPP become law, they must be approved by the Parliament of Canada as well as at least twothirds of the provinces with twothirds of the population of Canada (excluding Quebec).

Pension adjustments for early and late CPP take-up Although the normal age of CPP take-up is age 65, you can currently start collecting early at age 60, with a 0.5 percent reduction for each month before you turn 65 (i.e., a maximum 30 percent reduction). Under the proposed changes, the penalty for early take-up of your CPP benefits will rise to 0.6 percent per month (i.e., a maximum 36-percent reduction). This increase would be implemented over five years, starting in 2012. Conversely, if you choose to continue to work after age 65, the benefit rate will increase at a higher rate of 0.7 percent per month up to age 70. This increase will be implemented over three years, starting in 2011. Receiving early benefits while working If you choose to take your CPP benefits before age 65, you must currently either stop work or reduce your earnings for at least two months to qualify for early benefits. Under the proposed rules, you will no longer have to stop work or significantly reduce your earnings to receive an early CPP retirement benefit. As of 2012, you would be able to take your benefit as early as age 60 without any work interruption or reduction in hours worked or earnings. Working beneficiaries Currently, if you are retired and receiving CPP pension benefits and you go back to work,

you are not required to restart your CPP contributions as a working beneficiary. Under the proposed rules, you and your employer must still make CPP contributions if you are a working beneficiary under age 65. If you are over 65, you can opt to participate in the CPP and continue to build your pension. Finance says these post-65 contributions are intended to increase retirement benefits, which would be earned at a rate of 2.5 percent of the maximum pension amount ($10,905 in 2009) per year of additional contributions. The resulting pension could be above the maximum monthly benefit. General low earnings drop-out Currently, if you take up your CPP at age 65, almost seven years can be dropped from the calculation of your average career earnings through the “general low earnings drop-out.” The CPP pension amount is based on the number of years you have worked and contributed to the CPP, as well as salary or wages earned. Specifically, it is calculated as 25 percent of your “average career earnings,” starting at age 18 and ending at the age of CPP take-up. However, the low earnings dropout provision allows you to drop 15 percent of the years where your earnings were low for any reason. Finance proposes to increase the general low-earnings dropout for years with low earnings to 16 percent in 2012 and to 17 percent in 2014. FLR Fall 2009

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Improving your safety culture: making safety a process Story By Holly Pass Armour Safety


n order to improve the safety culture of any organization, a paradigm shift is often necessary. To facilitate the shift, the underlying cultural assumptions, or beliefs, must be challenged. Once these assumptions are exposed and challenged, culture change can begin. What is a culture? A culture is a group of people who have organized together for a common purpose. Four core components of any culture are beliefs, language, behaviours, and customs. An unsafe culture, then, is the result of dysfunctional beliefs, language, and/or behaviours. The beliefs held in an organization drive behaviour. People behave in a way that reflects what they believe. The safety culture, then, is the product of determinants of commitment, style and proficiency of the company’s health and safety programs. Changing beliefs and attitudes is difficult. However, changing behaviours and reinforcing those changed behaviours can lead to a change in what people believe. As modified behaviours produce different results, there is evidence to challenge old beliefs that drove old behaviours. The customs, or, in the case of a business, the systems, that are in place also are based on the underlying beliefs of the people who created them. Some systems are beneficial and worthwhile, while others may be contributing to the unsafe environment. If the safety system is the secretary in the office, for example, the person may do their very best to do what is asked of them, but they may not be doing the right things, or enough of anything, to instill a strong positive custom or system of safety. Furthermore, when safety is offloaded in this manner, a strong message is sent about the value of (belief in) the importance of safety in the organization. Maybe the company has a safety program sitting on the shelf in the office. Much work was done to create it or money spent to purchase it, but if it exists so that the company can prove they do, in fact, have a program, then safety is compromised. In this case, the value or belief is that it is important to have the program to appease the occupational health and safety officer. Or

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perhaps having a program will allow the company to bid for and get jobs they otherwise could not. In this case, safety is not a value, it is a priority which serves as a means to an end. Should the safety of the people who work in the company be a means to an end? Ask a manager who works at a company like this and they will deny that this is the case. If we want to improve the safety culture of an organization we must challenge the assumptions of the people who are a part of that culture and promote new behaviours and systems that enhance safety as a value. Some common dysfunctional beliefs that

“Some common dysfunctional beliefs that influence safety behaviour include the belief that safety costs too much, it takes too much time, and it is a necessary evil to get the contract.” influence safety behaviour include the belief that safety costs too much, it takes too much time, and it is a necessary evil to get the contract. What follows is a discussion of how to expose these three beliefs for their inaccuracy. If any of these sound familiar, it may be time to initiate a process of culture change. 1.Safety costs too much. This is actually quite easy to challenge if you present the visual of an iceberg to someone and explain that when an accident occurs, the obvious costs are just the tip of that iceberg and represent the direct and visible costs. The larger part of the problem is the iceberg underneath the water, representing expensive


costs. These are not obvious because they are not readily seen or thought of. 2.Safety takes too much time. It is true that pre-job planning, hazard assessments, risk assessments, training, administration, and so on, do take time. However, these are the very activities that insulate the company against huge aftermath costs of injury, illness and death. Other benefits of effective safety programs include higher staff morale, lower turnover rates, more productivity and profit. Taking the extra time to improve all of these things makes sense. 3.Safety is a hoop through which we have to jump to get the contract. This approach treats safety as a means to an end rather than an end in itself. When safety is a means to an end, or a product rather than a process, then safety is not a value at your company. It may be a priority for a certain time, but it is not an enduring value. Priorities can change but values are constant. This approach to safety can yield negative results. See dysfunctional belief No. 1. Why is it so important to view safety as a process rather than a product? If you want to improve something, you have to focus on that aspect of your operations. Focusing always on the process of safety—the systems, behaviours, etc.--with a goal of understanding those processes can help to improve them. This process never ends. When the shift occurs from product to process, the company is always striving to improve its safety beliefs, behaviours and systems. FLR

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o grow the business you have today, you've invested years of your life and the bulk of your financial assets. But sooner or later, it's inevitable that someone other than you will own and run your business. Perhaps you'll transfer your business to family members or maybe you'll sell to a promising employee. Whatever the case, preparing for that day is critical. Succession planning is really about developing a continuity plan and figuring out the process of transitioning a business, whether that transition is an outside sale or passing the business down to the next generation. A succession plan is often the biggest single financial and personal change an individual will go through. Through this process the accumulated wealth and business opportunities of previous generations is being moved to a new one. This is absolutely necessary if the business is to go forward and grow but needs to be done in a way that gives the most chance of success. You need to remember that without succession a business is at significant risk of failing. It’s important to remember that this is not a one size fits all process either and that each business and family will have different and unique issues and opportunities. The time spent at the beginning of the process in understanding the issues and exploring the opportunities for the business and its people will pay huge dividends in the future. It is always harder to fix things that have gone wrong than it is to do them right the first time. In our experience, having motivated, skilled people with a clear vision of where they want to go is the single most important factor in developing a successful succession plan. It’s important to start the process earlier than later with a minimum lead time of five years. This may seem like a long time but in order to be able to do it right from a business, tax and family point of view, this time frame is required. At MNP, advisors view succession planning as part of the overall

Succession Planning Where would your business be without you? By: Sean Wallace, CA Director and Regional Managing Partner - South Saskatchewan Region

business planning process where they are trying to maximize the value of the business to the owners. If the intention is to sell the business assets, then we want to have the business be as profitable as

If the intention is to sell the business assets, then we want to have the business be as profitable as possible at the time of the sale. possible at the time of the sale. The right business structure will preserve as much of the value as possible. If the business is to transfer to the next generation, then we need to ensure that we have a business structure that works well for the

operation of the business now and in the future. It also needs to work well for the succession of the business and for the sale of the business while fitting with the estate planning of the present owners. There are three structures of ownership that are available; proprietorship, partnership and corporation. All of which have different tax implications. At MNP, the succession planning process begins with a one day planning process that allows the advisor to understand where the business is, regarding its assets and profitability. During this planning session, we look at where the client would like to go with the business and the succession, then work with them to develop a plan to get them there. At the session, MNP discusses a number of topics, such as the Fall 2009

personal and business goals of both the ‘founders’ and the ‘successors’, the retirement plan for those leaving the business, a training and development plan for the successor as well as a business plan, an operating plan and a management, control and labour transfer plan. We also want to make sure we discuss other specifics, including the ownership transfer plan, implementation timetable and a contingency plan. With each topic there are a number of items to address and our goal is to discuss each in detail. In developing the plan, MNP ensures that they aware of both the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ issues for the business and the family. The hard issues are those that can be often measured in numbers, such as net worth and profitability and can be dealt with in a technical manner. The soft issues are the human side of the equation where we must have an understanding of the people that are involved. The more people involved the more complex the solutions may become. It’s important to seek professional guidance from the beginning to ensure your succession plan is successful. Working with you oneon-one, the MNP team can help put a process in place for an effective succession plan that guides you through development and implementation so you can achieve your goals, whatever they may be. FLR

Sean Wallace, CA Director and Regional Managing Partner

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Life Insurance Evolves With Us By Bill Allan, CFP Sun Life Financial


o other financial instrument can match Life Insurance’s ability to evolve as our finances and families change. In our early years, when savings are low and debt is high, we expect to be able, through talent, energy and motivation, to provide a lifetime of security for our families and ourselves. But if something untoward happens, Life Insurance provides protection for the people we care about but can no longer care for. The proceeds can be invested to eliminate debt and provide a modest lifetime income for spouses, as well as fund the education of children, pay for their weddings, and provide a down-payment on their first homes. Life Insurance can also benefit aging parents predeceased by their care-giving child. Taxation Over the years we build assets we want to pass down to our families. Life

Insurance can provide the liquidity required to keep assets intact during transfer. Deferring the payment of tax is a kind interest-free loan from the government that we leverage by keeping the deferred taxes invested rather than withdrawing them annually for remittance to the CRA. However, deferred tax is payable at death. There are three good reasons to use Life Insurance to pay this liability: • It’s usually less expensive to pay deferred taxes with life insurance than to sell the asset or to borrow the money; • The assets are probably worth keeping intact and difficult to replace. Selling a portion to pay taxes could jeopardize the business or portfolio; • Having the cash on hand to pay creditors can lift a tremendous burden from beneficiaries. Once the taxes are paid, they can choose when and how to manage the assets.

Equitable distribution of real assets: children How do we divide our estate when the largest portion is a farm or other business? When some children are interested in our ongoing interests and the others only want to be treated equitably, life insurance can provide liquidity to keep peace in the family, providing those who aren’t interested in the farm, business or other family enterprise with a cash inheritance, while the interested children receive the real assets. Equitable distribution of real assets: second spouse Remarriage can create a tremendous amount of stress on an estate. The second spouse may choose not bequeath assets to the children from whose parent the assets were received, and may have other or new beneficiaries to consider. The second spouse may also be younger, forcing the children to wait much longer for their inheritance. Additional Life Insurance can be purchased to provide for the second spouse, so the estate to the children will remain the same.

Leaving a legacy Many donate time or money to worthwhile causes. Life Insurance can replace what would have been given, or it can be an additional gift. Redirecting an investable asset through Life Insurance often results in a larger gift than if the asset itself was bequeathed! Through proper planning we can build an Insurance Portfolio that meets our needs today, but will evolve with us. In the next issue of Fine Lifestyles Regina, we’ll discuss some of the tools we use to implement our strategy. Bill Allan, CFP Sun Life Financial (306) 757-8631 x 2207 Toll Free 1-866-996-9996 x 2207

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Succession Planning By Troy Edwards, Investment Advisor RBC Dominion Securities Inc.


any business owners tend to procrastinate on implementing a business succession plan, since their priority is to run and grow their businesses. Yet according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), one of the main reasons for failed successions is the lack of adequate time to plan and execute the succession of the business. Therefore, it is never too early to start planning. Many Canadians have built their wealth by operating a small business–or will realize substantial wealth when their private business is sold. In a recent study by the CFIB, approximately 40 percent of all Canadian entrepreneurs plan to exit their business within five years, and 70 percent within 10 years.

In addition, other benefits of a succession plan that were cited include minimizing taxes, improving the financial stability of the business, and maintaining family harmony. Yet the same CFIB study indicates that only one-third of business owners have a succession plan for the transition of their business to the next generation,

or for the outright sale of the business. Of those that have a succession plan, 82 percent indicate that it helped them plan for their family’s future. In addition, other benefits of a succession plan that were cited include minimizing taxes, improving the financial stability of the business, and maintaining family harmony. If you’re a few years away from handing over the reins, it’s never too early to start planning. Here are some key issues that you should consider for a successful business succession plan, along with the tax and estate-planning strategies: Choose your successor wisely Communicate openly with your children and determine which child is most interested and most capable to lead your business. In some cases, you may have to choose a non-family member, such as a key employee, to take over your business; or you may need to sell the business outright. Let your chosen successor lead the plan Dr. Dean Fowler, a family business consultant, proves that the traditional succession plan where the senior takes the lead, focusing on estate planning, tends to fail. However, plans where the chosen successor takes the lead, focusing on management succession and strategies to buy out the senior, are much more successful. Groom and transition out Have your chosen successor gradually take on more

responsibility and meet key business contacts well before you transition out. Then be willing to let go of the lead. Have faith in your chosen successor to take over the business. Hire an external advisor for assistance There are professional family business succession facilitators with years of experience to assist your family with the succession plan. Having a neutral third party facilitating the discussion in many cases can help open the lines of communication between the parents and children and lead to a more successful transition. Fair does not mean equal In order to maintain family harmony, it may make sense to give children who aren’t involved in the business fewer assets or other assets such as non-business assets, securities or life insurance proceeds as part of their inheritance, instead of giving them active business shares. Succession planning should start five to 10 years before your anticipated retirement age.

ownership issues triggered by events such as retirement, disability, death, etc.; • Insurance to cover unforeseen events or fund buysell arrangements. If you’re ready to start planning for this next stage in your business, be sure to speak to a professional investment advisor. Besides knowing the most important details are in the hands of a professional, you, your family and your key stakeholders can feel confident knowing the business will be in good hands and continue to prosper well after you’ve left the building. This article is supplied by Troy Edwards, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member CIPF. This article is for information purposes only. Please consult with a professional advisor before taking any action based on information in this article. FLR Troy Edwards Investment Advisor RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

Consider key financial planning strategies There is a wealth of information out there on the financial strategies you should employ when you embark upon your succession plan, but a few will really prove valuable: • A financial plan incorporating unique retirement planning strategies such as Individual Pension Plans (IPPs); • An estate freeze to minimize taxes; • A shareholder’s agreement that addresses business Fall 2009

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Financial “Hoping” is Not Enough: How to live like there’s blue sky every day but be ready for dark clouds at any time.

Story By Grant Karst


emember the blue skies of summer vacation when you were a kid? Even a few days of warm sun, light breeze and clear open sky made everything seem right with the world. Remember the wonderful plans you made when the sky was blue every day? You can use this same blue-sky approach to your financial planning too. “Blue-Sky Financial PlanningTM” is based on the natural thought everyone has about their financial future security. “We’ve been OK for years. If we keep up the same way, we’ll be OK in the future too.” Everyone wants to believe in a blue-sky future. You deserve to believe in the best possible future. Besides, an optimistic view of life helps attract the life you desire too. It’s the perfect place to start. But, just leaving your lifestyle security to “Blue-Sky Financial PlanningTM” leaves a gaping hole. When you do, “planning” turns to “hoping” and you are forced to completely depend on a: •Lifetime of good health for the family; •Wonderful career with the money and benefits for the ideal lifestyle and retirement ; •Manageable debt load that clears quickly, leaving you debt free and less worried; • Perfect investment strategy where you put the just the right amount of cash away and it grows to do everything you hope, leaving the perfect lifetime legacy. It’s just not possible, reasonable or safe. Summer vacation ends and weather changes. The wisest investors live like there’s blue sky every day but plan for dark clouds at any time. Dark clouds happen to everyone Some things you can only do when the sky is blue–because when Fall 2009

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the dark clouds roll in, it’s too late. Like, if you need a parachute and you don’t have one, it’s too late. If you need a spare tire and you don’t have one, it’s too late. You get the picture. On the other hand, if you’re ready for the dark clouds before they come, you can substantially minimize their impact. When they surprise you, the clouds get maximum effect – on you. Create a silver lining with Plan “B” That’s why we recommend you put a “Silver Lining” in potential dark financial clouds by setting up your own "Plan ‘B’"– for “B” organized, “B” prepared, “B” ready–for any dark cloud. Financial dark clouds are those “critical financial events” that rain on your lifestyle by affecting anyone in your close life circle. Some are worse than others. But, they all warrant preparation. You “whistle in the dark” at your peril. These dark cloud events demand a Plan “B”: •Bad financial markets hammer your investments; •Debt overwhelms you; •Greed and fear take over your investments; •Your job disappears when you need it most; •Family breaks down through divorce; •A lifestyle-altering illness happens; •When illness or injury leaves you dependent; •Someone close to you dies unexpectedly; • You run out of assets before you run out of life; • Your legacy is consumed, leaving nothing to be remembered by.

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Don’t succumb to a “financial hoping” disaster. Do better with a financial-planning Plan “B” to complement your Blue-Sky Financial Planning. Uncover the threats, consider the options, and take the appropriate action when you can do it best. Get a “weather forecaster” for your financial life. Weather forecasters don’t create dark clouds, but they can sure help you stay above them and create your blue sky. There is always blue sky above the clouds. You just have to get above them. Knowing the forecast can make all the difference. Give yourself a “weather guarantee.” A top Financial Advisor is a combination “weatherforecaster/preparedness expert.” Get advance notice of trouble and the expert advice on how to “B” ready. We’ve been creating Plan “B”s for people for decades. We help you create a plan that keeps you, your family and anyone in your close life circle above the dark clouds and as much out of harm’s way as possible. You can do it, if you abandon “financial hoping” for Blue Sky Financial PlanningTM and a Plan “B”. Stay above most dark clouds with a customized Plan “B” Wondering if it applies to you? If any of these questions make you wonder, you probably have to think about your own Plan “B”. ❶ Should you “bulletproof” your investment plans against profit-killers like fear, greed and panic and include today’s new asset guarantee? ❷ Does self-insuring against life’s health and healthcare risks make more sense for you than taking advantage of today’s new risk-transfer options available to healthy people?

❸ Would a more appropriate product mix in your retirement portfolio help you create a longerlasting income and less worry about money? ❹ Have you taken control of the legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren by the way you’ve arranged your estate and financial affairs? ❺ Is it time for a personal financial weather forecast and a competent second opinion of your preparedness plan? The only time is now The only time to plan is “in advance.” Experience shows that the only time to plan calmly and effectively is before you need to, because when you need to, you won’t be able to. Stress modifies all plans and planning. The way to account for it is to “stress test” your life to see what needs to be done to get the results you want. Sun Tsu said years ago, “No battle plan survives contact with the enemy. But it does allow for more successful improvisation when required.” In the same way, no Plan “B” will survive contact with real life, but you will be in a much better position to stay above the clouds when you have one. “B” ready. FLR Questions or Comments concerning this article can be directed to: Grant Karst CFP, CFU, CHFC Financial Planner The Wealth Plannong Group Inc. Ph: 306-757-5038 ext. 225

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n 2001, IKS entered the marketplace by providing in-store audio messaging – a proven business builder – to large, quick service restaurants such as McDonalds USA, Subway, and more recently to McDonalds Canada, Sears Canada, and Loblaws. REDBOX© Audio broadcasts professionally produced audio messages through the existing audio system within businesses. Customized content is produced by IKS Media & Technology and placed in an ad inventory with convenient access on-line. Playback is based on a schedule managed by the client over the internet.

clients and potential clients – inside on flat panel networks, outside on large digital signs. IKS currently manages over 24 large outdoor digital signs throughout Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. Digital sign management services include production of creative (animated ads/messages), play list generation, and ad scheduling. In addition, IKS is the technology provider for multiple video messaging networks such as Health Conveyance, an informational network deployed in 100 doctors’ offices across the province funded by Saskatchewan Health, and the University of Regina, a 30-screen informational and advertising network at the university owned by Captive Audience.

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the recognition that there was a need for a graphically pleasing, yet practical, scheduling tool for sport facilities, meeting facilities, hotels & many other businesses. MyVenue provides businesses with a customized screen design and user-friendly scheduling software. MyVenue serves a diverse client base in taking advantage of technology to effectively “clear the clutter” – get rid of billboards, papers, and white boards. You can find screens deployed in places such as the City of Regina leisure facilities, several local hotels, the Regina Qu’Appelle Health District (EMS facility), a Federal Government office building, at Evraz Place, and in retail environments such as Sears Outlet in Regina. For more information, call Paula Welke at: 306-359-1547 ext 20 FLR

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Don’t “use” and drive:


Cell-phone Restrictions Coming to Saskatchewan By Trevor Green, Student-at-Law, Olive Waller Zinkhan & Waller LLP


on’t “use” and drive: cell-phone restrictions coming to Saskatchewan In early September, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announced that legislation banning the use of cellular phones while driving will be tabled in the fall session of the Provincial Legislature. According to Premier Wall, the ban will not restrict the use of hands-free devices and, in fact, hands-free as an alternative will

Canada to introduce legislation restricting cell-phone use while driving. Nova Scotia and Quebec would follow, but not until 2008, and Ontario’s restrictions will come into force this October. P.E.I. has legislation in force, but it is restricted to new drivers. Manitoba has passed legislation that will not be in force until 2010, while B.C. and Alberta have both announced coming legislation that promises to be the most restrictive in Canada.

“One of the main areas of contention in provinces with existing legislation is the lack of clarity of what constitutes an infraction and how this affects enforcement.” be encouraged. The legislation will likely be proposed as an amendment to the already existing Highway Traffic Act and purports to be similar in nature to provisions already adopted by Newfoundland and Ontario. Interestingly, in 2003 Newfoundland and Labrador became the first province in Fall 2009

B.C. plans to restrict hands-free devices to mature drivers while Alberta plans to focus on prohibiting the use of electronic devices in general. Saskatchewan will leave behind New Brunswick and the Northern Territories as the only jurisdictions in Canada yet to join this (predominantly) recent legislative trend.

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Legislation will likely continue to be similar across Canada, with the focus being on eliminating unnecessary distractions through the full restriction of the use of handheld cellular phones when driving. Currently, hands-free devices are permitted in all provinces, with some restrictions. Fines currently range anywhere between $50 (first offence in Nova Scotia) and $500 (multiple offences in Ontario) throughout Canada. It is unclear how fines in Saskatchewan will compare, but it should be expected that it will be based on a scale that increases with multiple infractions. One advantage of having other provinces and jurisdictions lead the way in this area is that Saskatchewan may be able to avoid problematic legislative interpretation issues that have resulted in numerous violation disputes in other provinces. One of the main areas of contention in provinces with existing legislation is the lack of clarity of what constitutes an infraction and how this affects enforcement. When Premier Wall’s announcement was reported by the various media outlets across the province people voiced

concerns in editorials and articles that raised these concerns. Out of necessity, Saskatchewan’s new legislation will include some form of definition or clarification of what it means to “use” a cell phone while driving. Without a concise definition interpretive issues arise. For example: will it be an infraction to simply have the phone in your hand while you are driving? Will this be dependent upon where you are holding the phone in relation to your mouth or ear? Can you rest the phone on your shoulder while waiting for a call so long as you pull over before you answer? If you are stopped at a red light can you dial a number if you first put your vehicle in park? Are you able to take photographs while you drive if you have a camera phone? Can you “use” your phone in a nonphone-like manner (i.e. to scratch your back or to wipe your brow)? While some of these questions might seem nonsensical and light-hearted, the answers are a matter of legislative interpretation and individuals have already tried to apply some of these as defences to charges in other provinces. Recent decisions in Newfoundland and Quebec have determined the validity of a number of these excuses and

arguments being advanced by drivers accused of using their cell-phones.

broad interpretation was not void for being too vague, and thus did not violate the Charter.

One decision went as far as the Court of Appeal in In R. v. Ryan (2007) 55 Newfoundland. In R. v. M.V.R. (5h) 121, a decision of Aisthorpe (2006) NLCA 40, the Newfoundland Provincial “...the accused the accused was stopped after Court, the accused testified testified that being observed with his cell that while he was stopped at a while he was phone on his shoulder with red light his cell phone rang his head leaning into it. The and before answering he stopped at a red accused claimed to have been placed his vehicle in park. It light his cell simply waiting for a call to was determined at trial that phone rang and come in, and that he was in the legislation does not require before fact, not “using” his cell that the vehicle be in motion, phone as is required to be in and that a vehicle stopped at a answering he violation of the traffic light is still being driven placed his Newfoundland - Highway by the operator, even if it is vehicle in park.” Traffic Act. His conviction at temporarily stopped. trial was overturned by the appeal judge, but then In Montreal (City of) v. reinstated at the Court of Farmer [2009] Q.J. No. 2706 it Appeal where the breadth of the word “use” was evident there were fewer interpretation was examined in detail. It was found that issues, as Quebec had drafted a concise the meaning of the word “use” was not provision defining what it means to “use” a restricted to situations involving sending cell phone. Section 439.1 of Quebec’s and receiving telecommunications. “Using” Highway Safety Code includes a a cell phone for the purposes of this presumption that a driver will be considered legislation encompassed a variety of to be “using” their cell phone if it is in their operations of a hand-held cellular device hand. The accused in this case was clearly that could result in drivers being distracted. seen dialling a number while at a stop sign The Court further clarified that such a and was convicted.

These decisions will provide some guidance when an infraction is inevitably disputed under Saskatchewan’s new legislation. However, legislative drafters should endeavour to be precise in their definition of what it means to “use” a cellular phone while driving. Notwithstanding the care that the drafters of the legislation will no doubt take, it is very likely that our courts will be faced with some creative arguments put forward by determined and charged cellphone users. FLR

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Auto Insurance Do you have enough third-party liability coverage? By Rhonda Beblow, Manager, Normanview Crossing Branch Cooks ISI Insurance


f you are driving a car that gets into an accident and are found legally liable for negligence that causes property damage, injury, or death, do you have enough liability coverage to protect you and your family from financial ruin? For many drivers on the road today the answer to that question is a definite “NO!” If you have the misfortune to be in a serious automobile accident where you are at fault, you could be liable for covering a lot of expenses for the victims of the accident. Those expenses could include the vehicle damage, medical bills, lost income, and even death benefits, and can

easily add up to a significant amount of money.

covered by Basic Auto Fund coverage.

The Saskatchewan Auto Fund automatically gives the minimum amount of protection required by law to every vehicle and driver licensed in Saskatchewan: $200,000 third-party liability, and personal injury coverage. However, Canadian and U.S. courts often award damages that are much higher than $200,000. In fact, injury awards can often exceed $1 million.

Many drivers consider the key benefit of extra automobile insurance coverage—like the SGI AutoPac—as a way to lower your deductible (the amount you have to pay in a claim) in the event of a collision. However, smart motorists understand the most important reason for extra coverage is to increase their ThirdParty Liability coverage to protect themselves and their family.

Without Extended Third-Party Liability coverage, you are responsible for paying any amounts above the $200,000

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Wheels rom back when I owned a TV, I remember car commercials. In the ads, it seemed to me that auto manufacturers always loved to point to the awards their particular vehicles won that year. “The (insert model name here) was named best car of the year by (pick an authoritative-sounding source here),” a voice would intone over lush scenery as the car zoomed away in the distance. They probably still do that, and I guess I would too if it helped move product. The only thing that bothered me about it was this: doesn’t it seem like all cars are always winning an award for being the best at something? They can’t all be the best at the same time, can they? So when I heard that Buick won an award in 2009, I was skeptical about the authenticity of the prize. Turns out I was wrong. The award in question is called the Vehicle


Dependability Study, or VDS. The study measures the number of problems experienced by original owners of three-year-old (2006 model year) vehicles, according to a press release from J.D. Power and Associates. “Buick has ranked among the top 10 nameplates each year (since 2003),” said David Sargent, vice president of automotive research at J.D. Power and Associates, in the press release. Out of all vehicle makes, Buick owners reported the fewest problems. The survey shows that Buick owners reported a low 122 problems per 100 vehicles over a threeyear period, beating the industry average, pegged at 170 problems per 100 vehicles. Lexus and Toyota were the two runners-up, with scores of 126 and 129 problems per 100 vehicles respectively. It’s a significant win for Buick because consumers consider reliability

From North America to China, drivers love their Buicks Story By Miguel Campana a major factor when purchasing a vehicle. But what of the study itself? Does it mean anything? The short answer is “yes.”

The 2009 Vehicle Dependability Study is based on responses from more than 46,000 original owners of 2006 model-year vehicles.

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Also, it was fielded in October 2008, so the information is recent. As for J.D. Powers and Associates—the study’s author—the company funds its research (i.e., it’s not “sponsored” research) so it maintains an independent and unbiased perspective, according J.D.’s website. The research is based on unfiltered consumer feedback, the site notes.

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demonstrate just how much engineering has gone into each part of the vehicle. To name just two of many techniques: the Buick’s engine mounts are hydraulic, which helps reduce cabin noise; elsewhere, steel parts are laminated to reduce vibration noises. It’s an interesting time for the Buick lineup of cars, Petrowich says. The Buick used to be your grandfather’s car. An old demographic of people who wanted a fullyfeatured luxury car without the swagger of a Cadillac would normally buy a Buick. But demographics are shifting, and Buick is getting attention from a younger crowd, according to Petrowich. Regina’s Buick fans can look forward to the new line-up for 2010. The Allure model has been renamed “LaCrosse,” and carries a suggested Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $32, 795. The Lucerne is nearly the same price, at $32,820. The Enclave (Buick calls it “the finest luxury crossover ever”) has a MSRP of $42,805.

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Buick in China It’s no secret that the GM global car company went through a rough year. But far less well know is the success that GM’s Buick has enjoyed in the Far East in recent years. Known in China as the Buick Excelle, this compact sedan was the top selling vehicle between January and May 2009 in China, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. The Excelle, referred to on some blogs as a “baby Buick,” was sold more than several cars, including Toyota and Honda. Overall, Chinese sales of GM vehicles set a monthly record in April 2009, thanks to strong demand for the Buick, according to an Associated Press story. Small-sized vehicles are subsidized in China, and GM had been the best selling brand for the past four years, according to For more information on Buick and unbelievable deals, come see us, call or check out our website, today!

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Hauck nn’’ Roll Story By Miguel Campana


don’t have a car, so to get to Gerry Hauck’s Wascana View home in south-east Regina, I borrowed a friend’s car. It’s a grey four-door Nissan she’s calls “Bruce.” It’s difficult to describe just how run-down and dinged-up Bruce is. There are thick streaks of rust running horizontally down both sides. The auto has been in both front and back fender benders. The front-end damage - the result of my friend running into a car full of old ladies - pushed the bumper up enough to malign the orientation of the lights, like a cartoon man punched in the face so hard his eyes cross. The result is that at night the brights beautifully illuminate the trees above you and the ditch beside you, while the road remains dangerously dim. The back-end crash gave Bruce a kind of unattractive butt-crack above the license plate that permanently sealed the contents of the trunk by damaging the latch. Yes, Bruce has had a rough life. But he’s reliable and his engine fires smoothly and he gets me around town.

But when I rolled up to Hauck’s driveway on later, the door silently seals to the body, like a a sunny fall morning and set eyes on his 2008 magic trick. I laugh and he enthusiastically begins to Bentley G.T.C. convertible, I had to laugh a little at the contrast between show me the other features. The clock in the dash is set by the two vehicles. No This car is such a satellite, so it’s always right no disrespect to Bruce, but the only similarity between them matter where you are in the blast,” he says, world. The gas and brake is they both have four wheels. Hauck greets me with a laughing as though petals, steering wheel, shifter handshake and a friendly he’s surprised to and even the gas cap are all smile and I get to work taking non-standard extras that carry find himself in the the distinctive “b” of the photos. At first, I don’t really know what to ask about the possession of such Bentley brand. vehicle: it just seems like a Under the hood, the car is a vehicle. “It’s the an absolute beast. It has a shiny luxury car. But as Hauck gets out of the driver’s W12 engine (two V6 engines most luxurious side-by-side) with twin turbo seat and shuts the door, rocket ship in the chargers, giving it a something catches my eye. thunderous 550 horsepower. “The door just closed by world.” It’s an all-wheel drive too, itself,” I say, not sure if I saw what I think I saw. Hauck that delivers 540 pounds of demonstrates: he slowly places the door near torque @ 1,700rpm. That kind of acceleration the latch, and takes his hand away. A moment will stop you in mid sentence, as I later Fall 2009

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experienced. Despite its large size and weight, it can nearly fly with a top speed of 320km/hr. Theoretically, that gets you to Calgary in less than 2.5 hours, provided you don’t run out of gas, crash, or have a heart attack. “This car is such a blast,” he says, laughing as though he’s surprised to find himself in the possession of such a vehicle. “It’s the most luxurious rocket ship in the world.” But don’t get the idea that Hauck is a reckless speed demon. He rarely takes it out in bad weather and generally takes it for a cruise now and again. As he points out other features, I sense that Gerry Hauck is genuinely appreciative of the meticulous engineering and thoughtful design of such a finely crafted vehicle. If anyone knows a good car, it’s Hauck. The fixing and sampling of cars have been central to Hauck’s life ever since he was a boy. His father, Nickolas Hauck, founded Western Auto Body in 1944. At the age of 15, Gerry began working in this father’s shop. His first job: sanding. His second: painting. Eventually, he went on to become a

journeyman. He’s also advised SGI on insurance claims and is the coauthor of an inter-provincial exam - still in use - for students of the collision and repair industry. Nickolas Hauck passed away in 1976, and Gerry took over the business. Gerry’s son Gordon and daughter Anne began working at Western in 1990, making it a third generation family-run business. The company celebrates 65 years of auto repair this year. Throughout his life, Hauck has owned and sampled a wide variety of cars. In his younger days, he had a couple of sporty English affairs. His first was a Triumph TR3A he picked-up in 1958 with which he used to ice race in Fort Qu’Appelle. In 1960, he bought an A.C. Ace, today one of the rarest cars in the world. Between 1963 and 1968, he owned three different types of Corvettes, including the classic 1963 Stingray “Split Window Coupe.” In a later period, Hauck drove a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II in 1978. He switched it up to a Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible in 1986. “I go through cars like most people go through underwear,” he jokes.

Toward the end of the interview, Hauck insists that you can’t write about the Bentley G.T.C. until you’ve ridden in one. As we head out to the car, Hauck says he’s surprised that I haven’t asked about Bentley’s license plate. It’s a “vanity plate” that has a number: 11. In 1983, he explains, he gave his wife an Alfa Romeo Spider. He wanted to customize the plate, but couldn’t think of the right name. Then it came to him: my wife is so good, she’s better than a 10, so I’ll go one better. Eventually, they sold the Spider, and when Gerry got his Bentley, she gave the 11 plate back to him as a gift. I settle into the comfortable leather passenger seat and buckle up. I tell him how smooth the ride feels, and how the engine makes a satisfying growling sound. Before I realize it, Gerry slowly turns north on Princess Wales Dr. and puts his

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foot down. Just as I’m in midsentence I forget what I’m saying as I feel the weight of my body being pressed against my seat, the 540 pounds of torque bearing down. A second later, it’s over and we’re doing the speed limit. When we return to Hauck’s driveway, Bruce looks looks like an old donkey. I tell Gerry that the last time I felt that kind of acceleration is when I took a flight to Victoria couple months ago. He seems pleased at my comment, as though he’s happy that I too now appreciate an exceptional vehicle. FLR

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Mercedes-Benz: Innovative, safe...and affordable! Story By Miguel Campana


t’s an unusually hot and windy September afternoon as I arrive at the Mercedes-Benz auto dealership on Broad Street. I enter the air-conditioned show room. The ceilings are high, like the inside of a cathedral. Sunlight from a cloudless sky streams in through the wall of glass from the western face of the building. A sales person directs me to the office of Dean Meyers, the sales manager. I shake his hand and sit down. Meyers and I have met because he’s to give me some information for the piece that I’ll write about Mercedes-Benz for Fine Lifestyles Regina. The idea is to break some of the myths surrounding the company. “I’m going to show you something,” he says. He turns his computer monitor so I can see, and pulls up a YouTube video. The online film is a visual review of all the “firsts” that Mercedes-Benz has accomplished in the automotive field since its beginnings. The quantity of innovations the company claims as its own surprises me. It was German engine designer Karl Benz who made the first four-stroke engine in

1885, and then produced the very first motor car in 1886. Later, the “Mercedes 35 hp”— the first modern automobile—appeared on roadways in 1901. One often assumes Henry Ford’s Model-T was the first, but that car didn’t appear until 1903. The company that became Mercedes-Benz didn’t just invent the car, it also pioneered many of today’s standard style, control and safety features. It was the first to put front brakes on a car in 1921; first passenger car to have brakes on all four wheels in 1924; first aerodynamic production car in 1934; the safety cage and front/rear crumple zones were first developed in the 50’s; first telescopic steering columns in the 60’s; first three-point safety belts and anti-lock brakes in the 70’s; first airbags in the 80s. The list goes on. Meyers’s point: Merecedes-Benz doesn’t just make safe cars, it invented safe cars. While Mercedes deserves a reputation as an innovative car company, its reputation as making unaffordable vehicles is up for debate. There was a time that Mercedes-Benz was unattainable to most people, Meyers said. But

The next size up in the Benz lineup is the B-200, which goes for $29,990 or can be financed at payments of $298 per month.

in recent years, prices have come down considerably. “That (high-price) stigma is what we want to knock out of peoples’ heads,” Meyers said. We walk out of the office into the show room. Meyers points out a couple of Smart Car models, the most basic of which starts at $12,990. The next size up in the Benz line-up is the B-200, which goes for $29,990 or can be financed at payments of $298 per month. While many North American car makers posted losses after last year’s stock-market crash, Mercedes-Benz Canada had its best year during 2008. Early indications for 2009 show it beating last year’s growth. Dean Meyers is just one of many employees who make up the Mercedes-Benz Regina team. The company has operated in Regina for more than 30 years. FLR

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After The Game

Living the NHL Officiating Dream Mick McGeough, NHL Referee

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t’s funny...I’m sitting here at a hockey school in mid-August, thoroughly enjoying watching my seven-year-old son, Isaac. Isaac lives for hockey, so I know he’s enjoying himself, as well. Organized hockey and hockey schools are where most of us Western Canadian boys start on a hopeful path to the NHL. But occasionally, some of us take a bit of a different path...

measure up to my dream, so I returned home at the age of 23. Then a good friend of mine, Ernie Paviliu, approached me about the possibility of officiating. I remember thinking, “Why not?” I was a linesman in the first game I officiated, in a WHL exhibition game. Although the game didn’t go so well, I loved it!

“I’ll never forget my first time on the ice in Los Angeles, when ‘The Great One,’ Number 99, spoke to me. I was tonguetied. Wayne asked me my name, but I’m not sure what spilled out of my mouth.” At just six years old, I can remember running to Rink 17 in northwest Regina, right after the four o’clock school bell rang. All winter long, my poor mother would have to trudge through the deep snow to retrieve me for supper. If she hadn’t done that, I’d probably still be there! My feet would be so frozen that I’d lose all feeling in them—until they started to thaw: then I’d experience that awful burning/pins-and-needles that we all feared. Even so, I wouldn’t change a single thing about that time in my life.

I realized that reffing was more my niche, allowing me to hold down my then full-time job at MacMillan Bloedel. I started by officiating 12 games a month. Although it was tough being away from my wife and kids, the extra cash helped quite a bit.

“Working 70 games a year, over a 17-year NHL career, equates to over 1,100 games. I feel fortunate to have officiated for that number of games, as rarely do referees get close to the ‘magical’ 1,000.”

Progressing through minor hockey, then on to Triple A, I was fortunate to play in Saskatchewan junior hockey for three years. There, I met two of the men I admired most in the game, Mike and Wayne Kartush. There were both great mentors and great friends. My dream to be next NHL star was very much alive!

At the age of 18, I left Regina to play for the Spokane Flyers in the Western Professional Hockey League. I was one step away from the NHL—or so I thought. Unfortunately, my skills didn’t quite

In 1986, after I’d spent five years’ in the WHL, the NHL came calling. Of course I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the best hockey league in the world. I left what was then a well-paying job for a part-time job with the NHL, at a salary of $21,000 a year. I was also still officiating in the WHL to supplement my income, which was no easy task, but it was well worth it!

My first full year in the NHL was 1991, when I worked a total of 72 games. I was now a BigLeague Ref. What a feeling! Can you imagine being on the ice with the likes of Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemiuex? What a thrill! I’ll never forget my first time on the ice in Los Angeles, when “The Great One,” number 99, spoke to me. I was tongue-tied. Wayne asked me my name, but I’m not sure what spilled

out of my mouth. He tapped me on the shinpads with his stick and said, “Kid, you’ll do just fine.” Working 70 games a year, over a 17-year NHL career, equates to over 1,100 games. I feel fortunate to have officiated that number of games, as rarely do referees get close to the “magical” 1,000 number. For my thousandth game, my family and friends threw one heck of a party, after the game in Calgary. It would have been a perfect moment, but my father had passed away a year earlier and my mother had open-heart surgery and couldn’t be there. In fact, my parents never saw me officiate at a live game until March, 2007, when my mother came to watch my third-last game. She was thrilled! My “crowning moment” was my one and only Stanley Cup Final Series in 2005-2006. That was quite a rush. Regrettably, when I dropped the puck for the start of the game, I fell squarely on my butt. During the same game, I called the only successful penalty shot in the Finals’ history. My career in the NHL was great. I’m very blessed with five great kids–Jared, Luke, Kara and little Karlie and Isaac. You don’t get to the “top” without great support at home, and this is where the love of my life, Angie, comes in. She is a fantastic mother and partner with respect to our business ventures. Last year, we built a 2,500-square-foot home at Katepwa Lake. We’re looking forward to many summers there, with family and friends. I can’t begin to tell you how blessed I feel having lived a dream on the ice in the NHL–and now, since my retirement a year ago, off the ice as an officiating manager. My role includes looking out for the “young-guns” trying to make it in the officiating world within the NHL, just as I did 23 years ago. What a ride! FLR

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“What’s a prairie girl like you doing in the Malaysian rain forest?”

downpour over the yellow water of the Kinabatangan River—I was about as far away from the Saskatchewan prairies as I could be! Thirty-five hours of airport and flying time had transported me to a world I’d often dreamt about, the land of rainforest jungles.

we started our journey down the Kinabatangan, Sabah’s longest river. My rainforest adventure began at the Sandakan jetty, on Jambatan #23, the slatted wooden footbridge that served as a street for the water village. Just like back home, in Regina, shops lined the sides of the nearly three-metre-wide “street”—that, however, was where the similarity ended! Drying shirts and pants hung from short clotheslines or over railings on the front deck of homes and businesses, indeed the public washroom had a large plastic pail of laundry soaking beside the World’s oldest sink. Local women strolled past, enveloped tropical rainforest head to toe in colourful dresses, hair hidden Malaysian Borneo has beneath scarves despite the 32-degree the oldest tropical temperatures. Inside, the shops gleamed with Story and Photos By Linda Aksomotis rainforest on the planet, dark hardwood floors and walls, while bright with the Sukau and lower curtains covered the windows. Prices were ck-ack, ack-ack,” clicked a gecko, Kinabatangan area of Sabah always negotiable! adding harmony to the echoing (second largest state in From Sandakan we had an Thirty-five hours kak-kak of the hornbill, the high Malaysia) home to a decade-old hour boat ride across the Sulu whine of Borneo cicadas, the tonk-tonk of the wildlife preserve. Unlike North of airport and flying Sea to the mouth of the brown barbet. Under my bare feet, the belian America, where access is open time had Kinabatangan, then on to hardwood, or ironwood of Borneo, deck to nature refuges, in Malaysia transported me to Abai Jungle Lodge, where I’d boards felt smooth and warm. The rich tourism is strictly monitored to be without any contact to the a world I’d often scent of hibiscus flowers and ensure there is as little impact outside world. Local men from tibouchina shrubs lingered, on the environment as possible dreamt about, the the Orang Sungai tribe waited without a wind to whisk them from human visitors. Officials at the boat landing to greet land of rainforest us—some of the friendliest and away. Heavy clouds stopped our boat, and our guide promised an afternoon had to show his permit before jungles. most helpful “bell boys” I’ve


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ever met. The rooms in the longhouse were simple, immaculate and with all the modern conveniences we Canadians are used to, including individual bathrooms. I’d already discovered earlier in my visit that Malaysia is serious about energy conservation. Each hotel room card has an electronic card holder at the door—when the room card is inserted the power comes on. In an embarrassing moment, I’d had a hotel clerk have to come and show me how it worked! The jungle lodges took this one step further, so in order to have a warm shower an additional switch had to be flicked on to heat the water, rather like a trough heater back on the farm.

“Sunset turned the skies and water to gold a complete contrast to the rainbow of prairie sunsets.”

the towering trees of the dipterocarp forest. Sabah is one of Fish, rice and fried bananas the richest areas in the world for the My first lunch at Abai featured dipterocarp species, an amazing grouper and white snapper, a local variety of around 475 different types specialty. Along with lots of fresh of giant trees, growing to heights of vegetables and the mainstay of between 40 to 70 metres high, with Malaysian meals, the tallest living white rice, it was specimen nearly 90 Numerous d e l i c i o u s ! metres. animals, Generally, food was boiled or steamed, and leopards which I’d only Monkeys with the exception and bears, oh my! of bananas, which seen before in Numerous animals, were deep fried in which I’d only seen batter and one of zoos, if at all, before in zoos, if at all, my favourite foods also inhabited also inhabited the throughout the jungle trail at Abai. I the jungle country. heard the long, deep Of course the call of a male Urang trail at Abai. main reason for a utan long before I saw visit to the him, perched high in rainforest was to experience the one of the trees. Silvered Langur jungle and learn more about the monkeys added their chatter to the wildlife. In keeping with the bird songs and insect hums and mandate to keep human rustling leaves that were at once interaction with the environment everywhere and nowhere in to a minimum, I was given two ways particular. Earlier guests at the to explore: walking the boardwalk Lodge had also seen a clouded through the jungle and taking the leopard and a sun bear from the guided boat tours. boardwalk. Abai’s 500-metre-long trail into Most of my wildlife watching, the jungle was an ironwood however, happened on the boat boardwalk connected to the rides up and down the rivers, as our guestrooms and nearly two metres guide sighted creatures in the jungle up off the ground. A stone’s throw along the shore. My first glance of from my room, I entered a magical the rare, enormous red-nosed Jurassic-seeming environment, far Proboscis Monkeys, found only in removed from any experience I’d Borneo, resulted in a prized ever imagined. Long green vines photograph to bring home to show twisted above and below me, while friends. At dusk, I watched a female ferns, their fronds larger than Urang utan and her child build a fingers, filled the spaces between nest for the night high in the trees,

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At five the next morning, when my guide knocked on my room door as a wake-up call, I wondered if it was possible the rainforest jungle still had mysteries I hadn’t seen. It did. Mist rose off the river, shrouding the jungle, carrying the sound of the boat motor like it was a giant insect in search of prey. A bright blue Kingfisher bird, as tiny as a hummingbird, flitted in and out of the fog. Bubbles rose up in the middle of the river—the air bubbles of a crocodile, which our boat carefully skimmed around. Small monkeys, 15 or more of all sizes, the tiniest like kittens, walked along the jungle floor in a line an artist might paint in a children’s counting book. Overhead, a snake hung from the branches of a tree.

Malaysia Facts: • Malaysia is officially a Muslim country. • Malay is the official language, but English is spoken everywhere and is used in many signs, as a result of Malaysia having been a British colony until 1957. • Malaysia imposes a death penalty for drug trafficking, and a life sentence of 20 years for drug possession. • Although Malaysia is Muslim, alcohol is available in all but two states (Kelantan and Terengganu)—but is an expensive import. • Weather varies little throughout the year, with lows of 20 degrees and highs of 32. • Sabah, situated between 4 and 8 degrees north of the equator, is known as “The Land Below the Wind” because it’s located beneath the

Experienced guides, friendly people Like most visits, it’s always the people along the way that make a trip memorable.

typhoon belt, free from much of nature’s fury.

Tour guides in Malaysia, I learned, have an intensive training period on its history and wildlife before they earn their licenses— without the “eagle eyes” and enthusiasm of our guide, Eric Roland, the jungle would have kept her mysteries mostly hidden. In the lodges, the serving boys spent their spare time playing guitar and singing in the public area, making me feel like a welcome guest in their home. Each day brought me new experiences in the jungle, as I visited two more lodges: Sepilok Jungle Resort, which is beside the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, and Kinabatangan River Lodge. Before departing, I planted a Ficus tree in the Rainforest to help compensate for the

footprints I’d left behind in one of the world’s most amazing places. Tour Information: My trip was through S.I. TOURS SDN BHD,, and my guide was Eric Roland, wildlife photographer. FLR

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Fine Lifestyles Regina editor Edward Willett wins top Canadian award for science fiction writing.


ine Lifestyles Regina’s new editor, Edward Willett, recently won a Prix Aurora Award, Canada’s top award for written science fiction, for his novel Marseguro, published last year by DAW Books in New York. The award, a trophy designed by Frank Johnson of Edmonton, was presented (by TV puppet personality “Ed the Sock”!) at a banquet in Montreal on August 7 held in conjunction with Anticipation, the 67th World Science Fiction Convention. The Prix Aurora Awards recognize Canadian science fiction and fantasy artwork, writing, and fan activities. Anyone who is a Canadian citizen or resident can nominate for the awards; voting is restricted to Canadian citizens or residents who pay a $5 voting fee. Willett won in the category of Best LongForm Work in English. Other nominees were After the Fires by Ursula Pflug (Tightrope Books), Identity Theft and Other Stories by Robert J. Sawyer (Red Deer Press), Impossibilia by Douglas Smith (PS Publishing), and Defining Diana by Hayden Trenholm (Bundoran Press) “I really didn’t expect to win,” Willett said, “especially against such tough competition. It was a wonderful surprise. Writing is a solitary endeavor, and it’s always gratifying to know that the words and worlds you create have struck a chord in the hearts and minds of readers.” Marseguro is set on the distant water planet of Marseguro (which means “safe sea” in Portugese), where a race of humans genetically modified to be amphibian has to fight for its survival against an attack by soldiers from the religious dictatorship which has seized control of Earth. A sequel to Marseguro, Terra Insegura (“unsafe Earth”) was published by DAW earlier this year and is available now.

Edward Willett holds the Prix Aurora Award alongside Sheila Gilbert, editor and publisher of DAW Books in New York, which published his winning novel Marseguro.

A former editor of the Weyburn Review and former communication officer for the Saskatchewan Science Centre, Willett is also the author of more than 30 nonfiction books, ranging from computer books to children’s science books and biographies to the Regina Municipal Heritage Award-winning title Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw. He’s currently working on his next novel for DAW, a fantasy entitled Magebane, which will appear under the pseudonym Lee Arthur Chane. Other books in the works include a history of the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors’ Association and children’s biographies of Johnny Cash and Andy Warhol. Willett is currently president and webmaster of SF Canada, Canada’s association of speculative fiction professionals. He maintains his own extensive website at FLR

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First-Half Recap Story By Rod Pedersen


he Riders kicked off the season in fine style, recording a last minute 28-24 home victory over the B.C. Lions before heading to Toronto and knocking off Kerry Joseph and the Argonauts 46-36

In the summer edition of Fine Lifestyles Regina magazine, we previewed the 2009 Saskatchewan Roughriders season with the title "Nothing But Green Ahead.� Well, halfway through the campaign, Canada's Team continues to ride high as they get themselves poised for an exciting playoff run down the stretch.

in Week 2. At 2-0, fans had visions dancing in their heads of another record-breaking start to the season like 2008, where the club got off to a 6-0 start, matching their best record to open a season since 1928.

However, the euphoria was short-lived. Saskatchewan was trounced 43-10 at home by the Montreal Alouettes in Week 3, their worst home loss in 17 seasons. The next week was 1989 Grey Cup Reunion weekend in Regina and former Rider Richie Hall brought his Edmonton Eskimos into Mosaic Stadium for a Week 4 Saturday-afternoon showdown. Unfortunately, the Riders blew a 22-point lead and wound up on the wrong end of a 38-33 score. The football club was at a crossroads entering Week 5, with not many knowing which was the true Roughriders team. Were they the dominant football club which opened the season with back-to-back triumphs, or were they a middleof-the-pack squad who had lost the ability to win at home? August long weekend, thousands of Rider Priders made their way to McMahon Stadium in Calgary for a first-place clash with the Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders. Star Rider slotback Andy Fantuz would miss the first of five games with a hamstring pull in this one, and was replaced by second-year receiver Chris Getzlaf, a Regina product. Nevertheless, the Riders stunned Henry Burris and his Horsemen before a sellout crowd in the foothills, as Getzlaf had a breakout game, recording two touchdowns, including a gamewinning 65-yard score from Fall 2009

quarterback Darian Durant in the final moments as Saskatchewan stole a 24-23 win and earned top spot in the CFL West. In Week 6 the Riders found themselves in Vancouver for a date with Wally Buono's B.C. Lions and were soundly trounced 35-20. A controversial play occurred just before halftime as the Lions recovered a fumbled punt by the Riders' Gerran Walker and returner O'Neill Wilson illegally returned the football for a touchdown, giving B.C. a 19-12 advantage. They would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way. After the game, CFL officials admitted they muffed the call: a B.C. defender illegally kicked the ball to a teammate, who was able to scoop and score. Undeterred, the Riders came back strong in Week 7 against the surprisingly strong Hamilton Tigercats, who came into the game with the CFL's second-best record. Durant rushed for a touchdown and back-up QB Steven Jyles tossed a touchdown to defensive lineman Keith Shologan on a trick redzone play as Saskatchewan eked out a 33-23 victory, upping their record to 4-3. On just two days' rest, the Riders then had to travel two time zones east to take on the Number 1 team in the CFL, Anthony Calvillo's Montreal Alouettes, which boasted a 6-1 record. In front of the 90th fine lifestyles regina


consecutive sellout crowd at Molson McGill Stadium, the Riders hung in until the dying moments before succumbing 34-25 to the Als. Trailing by eight points with a minute to go, the team had planned on mounting a game-tying touchdown drive and capping it off with a two-point convert, but rookie Rider punt-returner Eric Morris let a kick get by him into the end zone, conceding a single point. That made it an impossible-toovercome nine-point deficit. The August 27 weekend brought a welcome bye week for the Roughriders, and with several days off the vast majority of the team went to their various homes across the continent to refresh mentally and physically—all but quarterback Darian Durant, who elected to stay in Regina and study game film and work on his shortcomings rather than head to his home in the Carolinas. The move paid off. Durant and the Riders blew out the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 29-14 in Labour Day Classic XLIII in front of a sellout house of 30,945 at Mosaic Stadium, to finish off the first half of the season at 5-4 and in a three-way tie for first in the CFL West with Edmonton and Calgary. Durant was efficient in that game, going 23/37 for 246 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Star Rider tailback Wes Cates missed the opening few games of the season with a shoulder injury, but was feeling 100 percent by Labour Day and scored one of two rushing majors on the day. While recovering, Cates shared duties in the offensive backfield with Regina product Stu Foord, and the two formed a formidable tandem for CFL defences to stop. "Don't tell the coaches, but it probably was a good thing that they gave me a break and shared playing time between Stu and me," laughed Cates, who's drawn comparisons to Rider legend George Reed for their similar playing styles. "I mean, I'd like to get the ball on every play, but that's just not going to happen. We're really rolling right now." The Rider Nation was hesitant to throw its support behind Durant entering the season. The four-year veteran was entering his first season as the club's starting quarterback, and even Rider head coach Ken Miller admitted he was taking a gamble going into the year with an unproven commodity behind centre. But Durant rewarded his coach's confidence. "Taking that extra time to stay back and study really paid off," Durant offered. "The game has really slowed down for me and I feel like I'm playing with a lot of confidence. We said as a team coming back off the bye week that we wanted to be the best team in the CFL, and we've taken a giant step towards that." If you took a poll of CFL fans to select the top quarterback in the league, Durant would finish far Fall 2009

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team. The team hopes he'll provide a further boost on special teams, particularly in coverage. The Riders continued to pour it on entering the second half, pulverizing the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 55-10 in the sixth annual Banjo Bowl in Winnipeg the week after Labour Day to maintain a share of firstplace with a 6-4 record. Durant and the Riders feel they should be considered strong contenders to play for the Grey Cup in the championship game in Calgary in November, and there's no question the team is coming together at a critical time.

behind established stars like Montreal's Calvillo, Edmonton's Ricky Ray and Calgary's Henry Burris. However, statistically, Durant was right near the top of the heap in most offensive categories, including passing yards (2079) and touchdowns (12). One area of concern for the Riders in that first half was on special teams. They hadn't come close to returning any kicks for a touchdown, and even allowed one to Montreal's Larry Taylor. However, just before Labour Day, the team signed free-

agent return specialist Jason Armstead, and he was explosive in the first game of his second stint with the Green and White. The Ole Miss grad had been released midway through the 2007 season, but was excited to come back for a second chance. Just after Labour Day, a bizarre sequence of events occurred when the Edmonton Eskimos released linebacker Kitwana Jones just four months after acquiring him in a trade with Saskatchewan. Less than 48 hours after the transaction, Jones was signed by the Riders and was back practicing with the

Just like at the start of summer, there's nothing but Green ahead for the Riders as they continue their drive for first-place and achieving a home playoff game for the third consecutive year. FLR

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How to Choose a Cruise How should a first-time cruiser start the planning process?


ever been on a cruise - but are thinking of taking the plunge? Here are some great insights from Carlson Wagonlit Travel cruise Manager karen Irvine. How should a first-time cruiser start the planning process? Probably the most important part is: where do you want to go? These days there's so much choice out there! It’s not just the Caribbean or Alaska: we can book you onto a European river cruise, you can sail up the Amazon, around the South Pacific or to many other exotic destinations. Explain who you’re travelling with. Cruising with five year old twins will be a different experience from a trip for just the two of you, or a cruise with elderly parents. Tell us who’s going to be in your travelling party, including the ages of any kids, so we can recommend the most appropriate cruise. Also, if you or someone in your party is celebrating a special event, or has particular needs such as access concerns , let your CWT travel counsellor know. There are so many cruise lines - it must be a challenge to figure them all out. Your counsellor familiar with each cruise line's “personality.” Whether you’ll be on your honeymoon, setting off on a girlfriends-getaway or planning a family reunion afloat, there is a cruise line for you. Just as there are cruisers for people who love to get dressed to the nines and drink fine wine - or folks who prefer to hang in their cutoffs and quaff a cool ale or wine spritzer. We’ll set you on the right path by answering all your questions.

How do you know what’s included? As a rule of thumb, cruises include your accommodation, meals and most onboard activities such as nightly entertainment. On most cruise lines, tips are expected for waiters, stateroom stewards etc - but don’t worry, handy tipping guidelines are provided. Beverages, dining at specialty restaurants, spa treatments and shore excursions are usually an extra charge. Speaking of food...aren’t cruise ship dining rooms and restaurants fairly formal - an meal lines limited to “early” or “late” seatings for dinner? Not any more. Most cruise lines still have one formal night and lots of people look forward to getting dressed up. (For men, a business suite is fine; for ladies, the sky is the limit!) But if even one night in fancy gear is too much for you, you can opt for casual dining venues or even room service: many cruise lines offer it 24 hours a day. And the timing of meals has changed. More ships are moving to a dine-anytime format for at least of their main dining rooms that allows flexibility on time and table size. Some people worry about seasickness. Is that still a concern? For the most part that’s a thing of the past. In fact, so many ships have state-ofthe-art technology in their stabilization equipment so you might be hard pressed to feel any motions at all! If you’ve been prone to motions sickness in the past, make sure you let your Carlson Wagonlit Travel counsellor know,

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An Artists’ Haven: Neutral Ground Artist-Run Centre and Gallery Story and Photos By Kris Brandhagen


eutral Ground ArtistRun Centre and Gallery in Regina’s Scarth Street Mall is a secondfloor haven nestled between Carlson Wagonlit Travel and what used to be Enya’s. Existing as both a gallery and a new media production centre, Neutral Ground strikes a fine balance. When I first arrive on the second floor, I find a long hall to traverse. The first door on the left is the media lounge, predominantly a production room, but also a room to host screenings, meetings, workshops, events, and receptions. Soil Digital Media Suite is an enclosed computer lab in the media lounge. It holds production computers for members who have projects to develop over a specific period of time. Gallery Director Brenda Cleniuk calls Soil “a semiautonomous satellite organization that runs out of the Neutral Ground, conceived by myself and the Gallery because we knew that computers and technology were going to have a really big impact, not only on culture and civilization but on art practice.”

space is quiet and dark. How We Play “look[s] at the performative self, digital and virtual animation, Web 3.0, new and emergent cosmologies and the role of play in art,” showcasing Wind Song Machine by 3d2 Pintens/Brenda Cleniuk as well as Caerleon Project(ions), curated by Nonnatus Korhonen/Andrew Burrell, and Chad VanGaalen’s Bald Static. On the east and west of the central pillar are two computers, each controlling a large projection. These new-media works demand viewer involvement. Layered and technically sound, each projection has enough levels to engage both the casual viewer and the tech-savvy expert. Through the main gallery and to the left is the project room and media gallery, generally used for miniatures or work that requires enclosed audio or a dark atmosphere. Right now the media

Engaging the senses As I walk to the end of the hall—toward a green wall that announces the current exhibition, How We Play—my olfactory senses perk up; it smells like I’m in a park. When I enter the main gallery I find a wall-towall layer of fresh sod instead of the usual echoing floor. The

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Layered and technically sound, each projection has enough levels to engage both the casual viewer and the tech-savvy expert.

gallery features VanGaalen’s surrealist animation looping on a television set, accompanied by 200 drawings from the animation process itself.

3.0 and integrating all the platforms, like a chat room, an email, an avatar, and in a 3D world where—it’s predicted—that all of our web activity in 20 years will be done through an Examining the relationship avatar,” says Cleniuk. This exhibition between play and art takes the virtual world out of the Cleniuk describes How We Play as personal computer and puts it in the about the “relationship of ‘play’ and gallery, where the viewer is surrounded ‘art’ in terms of the association that by it, standing in it. Between real life people have when they see animation and Second Life, there is a wonderful and the fact that people go into play at work here. Second Life as a recreational activity.” Cleniuk continues, “The grass Wind Song Machine is a world created references the field as being both a by herself, others in p h y s i c a l Second Life, and Saskatchewan field, This exhibition Regina artists John and a field of study.” takes the virtual (The layer of sod also Hampton, Jason Thiry, and Ryan Hill tips a hat to the Folk world out of the at Soil. Festival going on just personal Second Life outside at the time I computer and ( visited.) “It’s an describes itself as “a interesting fact that puts it in the free online virtual you can organize gallery, where the exhibitions using world imagined and viewer is created by its your avatar in a chat residents. From the surrounded by it, room and look at moment you enter other people’s standing in it. Second Life, you'll support material by discover a faststreaming it into growing digital world filled with Second Life.” people, entertainment, experiences Some past favorites and opportunity.” How We Play comments not only on Among past exhibitions at the the liminality of Second Life, but also gallery, I enjoyed Regina artist JG on the study of virtual art, and the Hampton’s The Circle and the Abyss in “research being done in terms of Web June, where the east and west walls of

the main gallery were flanked in mirror image with high-key digital prints on white rag paper, each depicting a person’s head covered in strips of paper. On another wall were white gloves and cardholders filled with postcard-sized multiples in a similar style that viewers were invited to arrange and rearrange according to their aesthetic. Some Vultures by Robert Racine in the media room in May celebrated the dirty-pen-and-ink drawing, abstracting and representing vultures. As a viewer, I had the feeling I had come across a fantastic secret collection. Coming soon When asked about the near future of the Neutral Ground, Ms. Cleniuk lists quite a schedule. “Our first fall exhibition is a solo [abstract photography] exhibition by Regina artist Tom Bartlett. It’s followed by a residency with new media artist from Toronto David McCallum. Visiting Kingston artist Kristi Allik will be here to participate in the New Music Concert Series. We are going to have an exhibition of three artists curated by Elwood Jimmy from Sakawewak Artist Collective. We will also be having visiting performance artist Denys Blacker— previously Canadian but who has Fall 2009

been living in Spain—to do a processional, ceremonial performance piece in the Ice and Fire Carnival with high school kids and the Regina Public School Board. This takes us to February 2010.” In 1982 Neutral Ground was incorporated as a forum to accommodate all kinds of activities, from exhibitions to artist talks, sitespecific workshops, publications, meetings and more. Membership open to all Membership at Neutral Ground is open to everyone with an interest in contemporary art. Membership in the artist-run centre supports the gallery, opens opportunities to participate in professional shows, and provides access to the new-media production centre. (And there are other little perks, like discounts at Gale’s Wholesale.) Neutral Ground is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit the gallery in person, or go to FLR fine lifestyles regina


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The curiousity surrounding the Regina Pats hockey club is at an all-time high as it begins the 2009-2010 Western Hockey League season in September.

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oming off a season where Canada’s oldest junior hockey team (est. 1917) performed a second-half nosedive and missed the playoffs, the Pats are anxious to prove they can once again be one of the WHL’s flagship franchises. There was tremendous anticipation a year ago at this time, when Pats career-leading scorer Dale Derkatch was hired to replace head coach Curtis Hunt. After five seasons on the bench in the Brandt Centre, the last of which saw the Pats capture the East Division pennant for the first time since 1998, Hunt resigned to take a job as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. Despite having no prior junior coaching experience, Derkatch came back to the Pats as a career hockey man who could boast a SMAAAHL title with the Notre Dame Hounds, as well as a coach-of-the-year award from the top Saskatchewan midget league. With a talented roster in Regina which included NHL first-rounders Jordan Eberle and Colten Teubert, the Pats provided fans with exciting, offence-filled hockey at the Brandt Centre in the early stages of the season. In fact, near the Christmas halfway break the club was just three points out of first place. However, Eberle and Teubert left the team for a month in early December to suit for Team Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championship in Ottawa, and European Pats sniper Rudolph Cerveny did the same for the Czech Republic. If that wasn’t bad enough, the services of top rookies Jordan Weal and Dominic Favreau

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were lost right after Christmas as they departed to participate in the World Under-17 Hockey Championships. The Pats struggled without those five players and once they returned, the team couldn’t get back on track. They would eventually lose their grip on a playoff spot and wound up missing the playoffs for the first time since 2002. A month after the season’s conclusion, Pats General Manager Brent Parker fired Derkatch and the contract of

So when the Pats reconvened for the start of training camp August 20 at the Lumsden Arena, there was an air of familiarity around the team—and perhaps some security as well. “In a lot of ways, it was like he never left,” Parker observed. “The one thing is, he’s always been a pretty good communicator, but even more so now. He recognizes the benefits of talking to the kids everyday and each day he has a list of half-a-dozen different guys he

with the pampered athletes and egos that go along with the big time. “It just reinforced everything I believe in as a coach,” Hunt reflected. “It starts with communication, relationships-and the bottom line in relationships is trust. We need to learn about each other, player to player, with the coaches, and establish trust, and realize the guy beside you is the most important guy in the room. “I think everything evolves and changes as we all grow. It certainly

their team from last year, losing only captain Victor Bartley and forward Matt Robertson to graduation. The list of returnees includes NHL prospects Eberle (Edmonton), Teubert (Los Angeles), Matt Delahey (New Jersey), Brett Leffler (Washington), Linden Rowat (Los Angeles) and Garrett Mitchell (Washington). However, all the talent in the world won’t amount to a stack of hay if the team’s psychological well-being isn’t repaired in short order. “I think we’ll be somewhat fragile early on,” Parker predicted. “I think it’ll take some time to get through that. (Last year) wasn’t an easy year for anybody. ‘Fragile’ is probably the best way to describe it, but the guys are anxious to get going and put last year behind them.” Approximately 90 players showed up for the team’s rookie camp in Lumsden, but within 10 days that group was whittled down to 35. The bulk of the hopefuls were trimmed within the first 48 to 72 hours, meaning they didn’t have a lot of time to strut their stuff. “I think training camp was real good,” Hunt said. “It was a great camp and we got better every day. The kids challenged us into making some difficult decisions. It was a short window, so we had to rely on our scouts regarding how the players performed, compared to how they were expected to. The kids had to make an impact early.” Despite the club’s struggles on the ice, the season-ticket base coming back this season has remained remarkably strong (roughly in the This year’s Pats feature a talented roster which includes NHL first-rounder Jordan Eberle 3,000 area). However, as far as Pats fans are concerned, it’s time to put up or shut up! The club hasn’t assistant coach Terry Perkins was wants to talk to and tell them was a growing year for myself. There advanced to a conference final in not renewed. what’s expected of them. That’s was some adversity for myself, and over 15 years, and seeing the wealth While Regina’s hockey team was probably the biggest thing, just some adversity back here for some of talent on the ice, expectations struggling in the dead of winter, so spending more time of the players. There are good have been placed high for this too were the Ottawa Senators. Sens season. General Manager Bryan Murray “I don’t fault those “It just reinforced everything I believe in as a coach,” fired coach Craig Hartsburg emotions at all,” Hunt reflected. “It starts with communication, relationships - Hunt admitted. midway through the season and and the bottom line in relationships is trust. reassigned Hunt to their AHL “We have a affiliate in Binghamton, NY. At the tremendous fan base end of the year Hunt was offered communicating with them.” things about being familiar, but and they want success. They want the chance to stay with that team, You can bet Hunt learned a lot in there’s some separation there too. consistency. When the fans look at but after discussions with Pats GM his time in the NHL. He had prior We’re in the communication phase the talent and the group and they Brent Parker, he elected to return to coaching experience in the pros right now and it’s exciting as it is smell under-achievement, I think Regina and fill the vacant coach’s before, with Grand Rapids of the every year at this time.” it’s hard for them. position. IHL, but it was his first go-around The Pats return a healthy core of “But I feel the direction we’ve Fall 2009

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started and where we’re going, the demands we put on them, and the standard we set regarding what it takes to be a Regina Pat, I’m hoping that they enjoy the product that we provide for them.” As far as the players go, there’s a comforting feeling knowing Hunt is back at the controls. Aside from Derkatch, he’s the only junior hockey coach many of them have ever known, and they know what’s expected of them. The get-acquainted session should be brief. “Curtis is a hard-nosed guy and he has the respect of the guys in the dressing room for sure,” said Jordan Weal, the 2009 WHL East Conference Rookie of the Year. “He’s coached in the NHL so automatically you get the feeling he knows what he’s talking about. I think everybody’s excited to follow him.” Hunt’s top assistant coach is Shawn Sutter, a former WHL forward whose father, Brian, is an NHL legend. Regina will be the first stop of Sutter’s young coaching career, and he’s hoping to make the most of it. “One thing I really like about Shawn is that he’s not afraid to give his opinion,” Parker said. “He’s brought a lot of new ideas and thoughts to our evaluation process, plus he’s young enough

that he has the players’ perspective too. He seems to have a real good set of communication skills, and is real organized. He’s on-page with the players already and they seem to have a real comfort level with him very early on. I think he’s going to be a great addition to our staff.” So here we go with what should be another exciting season of Regina Pats hockey in the Brandt Centre! The club opened the regular season Friday, September 18, in Saskatoon against Lorne Molleken’s 2009-pennantwinning Blades, and that’s the first step on the road to the 2010 Memorial Cup in Brandon. It’s going to be tremendously interesting following the Pats, and watching how Hunt puts his brand on the hockey club after a year away to examine things from the outside. “From us you should see work,” advised Hunt. “We’re going to be a physical group, who takes pucks to the net and battles hard.” “We’ve been hammering that home since day One.”

“Curtis is a hard-nosed guy and he has the respect of the guys in the dressing room for sure,” Jordal Weal: 2009 WHL East Conference Rookie of the Year.

Rod Pedersen is the Voice of the Regina Pats on 620 CKRM Radio.



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SnoBear: A Revolution in The World of Ice Fishing Story By Kathryn Lavallee Photos By Curtis Lavallee


askatchewan residents love outdoor sports of all kinds. The unparalleled natural beauty of the province is no small part of its appeal, and the abundance of fish and game make it a sportsman’s paradise. However, far too often activities are postponed or cancelled due to the harsh and unforgiving Saskatchewan winter weather. Ron Balzer, president of SnoBear Canada, wants to change that. “I’m sure everyone remembers how cold it was last winter,” he reminisces. “I was out in my SnoBear fishing in a T-shirt on those days.” Part snowmobile and part RV, the SnoBear is an all-in-one fishing house and transportation unit that allows an ice fisher to move quickly and easily from one spot to another across the ice and to fish in total comfort once stopped. The SnoBear’s floor contains four large fishing holes with removable insulator inserts and covers. Its patented MaxTrax system maximizes track flotation and traction under the most extreme conditions. The track quickly and efficiently powers the SnoBear from one place to another. Upon finding that “perfect spot,” a flick of a switch lowers the unit a full fourteen inches. By removing the fishing hole covers and inserting the insulator inserts, a seal is created that allows access to the ice while still locking in the warmth within the SnoBear to allow the ice-fisher full mobility. Redesigned for 2009

“The SnoBear was actually redesigned for 2009,” says Ron. “They overhauled the entire unit and made a bunch of changes for the better.” The changes range from small details, such as adding a grab-handle to the back door, to moving the track system to the outside of the vehicle for increased smoothness and stability. A new easy-clean interior adds to the comfort of the vehicle, as does the floor insulation, which maximizes warmth and minimizes noise. The fuel economy of the liquidcooled, EFI four-cylinder gasoline engine is even better than that of a snowmobile. The ultimate luxury sportsman’s vehicle, the SnoBear boasts an impressive range of features that maximize safety, mobility and comfort in even the harshest of winter conditions. The injected-foam insulation ensures that the forced-air furnace works at peak efficiency, as well as providing an important safety feature. “If it happens to go through the ice, the foam causes it to float,” Ron explains. Yet with the SnoBear’s incredible weight distribution, the chances of breaking through the ice are pretty slim. “A pickup truck exerts about 70 pounds of pressure a square inch,” says Ron. “A person exerts seven to eight pounds. The SnoBear exerts only one pound of pressure per square inch. So, you’re actually safer sitting in a SnoBear than you are walking across the ice.” Even the infamous Bob Izumi has been swept up

in the SnoBear tide. After trying a SnoBear for himself, he was so impressed that he bought one for personal use. The sliding seats allow an ice fisher to quickly and easily move closer to the fishing hole. Optional quick-attach bunks make overnight fishing trips not just possible, but comfortable. “It’s like sitting and fishing in your living room,” Ron says with a smile. The design of the SnoBear is something that inventor Tom Lykken worked hard to perfect. His goal was to create a winter vehicle that would give him the same mobility as his summer fishing boat. His finished product combined that mobility with ease of use, transportability, comfort and safety to offer a completely new ice-fishing experience. But the SnoBear’s many features have garnered interest in sectors beyond sport fishing. Some see other recreational uses for the vehicle, such as winter camping. Ski resorts are interested in it as a potential alternative to a costly ski-lift system. And various utility companies and safety sectors are looking at the cheaper and more efficient SnoBear as a possible alternative to their own high-cost winter track vehicles. “A motorhome on tracks and skis” At approximately $50,000 for a loaded unit, the SnoBear’s price is fairly comparable to its summer equivalent, a loaded fishing boat. But in a land where winter can hold the province captive for up to six months at a time, the SnoBear’s potential use far exceeds that of a boat. “I’ve had people compare the price to that of a snowmobile,” Ron says. “That’s just not an accurate comparison. It’s more of a motorhome on tracks and skis.” Dedicated fishers know that mobility is the key to success in all forms of fishing. The SnoBear allows for total mobility in an environment of total comfort. “I’m an impatient fisher,” Ron admits with a laugh. “I’ll actually set my watch for ten minutes when I start fishing. When the alarm goes, if I haven’t caught anything, I’m moving. I may only move twenty feet, or I may head for a favourite spot, but either way the move is quick and easy.” Indeed, moving from one place to another is no more complicated than reeling in the fishing lines, starting the engine, pushing the raise switch and driving. The power steering allows even the most hesitant driver to maneuver the SnoBear with the greatest of ease. Clearly, the SnoBear has something to offer every fisher of every skill level. Both the dedicated sport fisher looking to improve catches with increased mobility and the recreational fisher wanting to increase the comfort level of ice fishing can use the SnoBear to make every fishing trip unforgettable. This year, the ultimate winter fishing experience is just a SnoBear away. FLR

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or a unique adventure, Researching and planning There is plenty of information consider travelling off the beaten path from the usual and advice on the Internet from tourist attractions. There are travellers with blogs and personal many fun ways and great places, web sites to help you choose that whether you favour extreme perfect meandering Scandinavian sports, such as tackling the world’s road trip or Trans-Mongolian getlongest zip line in South Africa, away. Family, friends and coor exploring exotic locales like workers may also have tips for remote fishing villages in the where to huddle around a turf fire Grecian islands. All it takes is a with a pint, listening to local tales little research, some simple in an Irish pub, or give you directions on how to find an planning and packing light. ancient Sudanese Whether you’re settlement. going with a small Just how far Sometimes there group of friends, as is no way around a couple, as a off the beaten booking with a family or on your path you go is travel agency, as in own, you can plan case of going it with or without entirely up to the into Tibet, which the help of a travel you, subject now requires four agent. If the agents permission are experienced to how documents since travellers, they may comfortable the March 2008 be best for giving you a few hints on you are dealing incident. Some of these can only be where to go and with the secured by a how to get to your travel area of exploration unknown and Tibetan agency, which is initially. But it’s unexpected. responsible for you also possible to from the time of organize your own journey, whether you choose to entering the country until you Documentation pre-plan every detail or improvise leave. requirements for some counties along the way. take several weeks’ advance application and giving up your passport for a time. J u s t h o w far


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The Path Less Travelled Story and Photos by Judith Silverthorne

off the beaten path you go is entirely up to you, subject to how comfortable you are dealing with the unknown and unexpected. There are literally thousands of places to choose that are so remote and isolated that no other traveller has gone before you; or you might simply travel off-season to famous spots to avoid regular sightseers. Landing in a place away from familiar customs, language and culture may prove disconcerting for a few, especially if the locals have never seen or had to communicate to outsiders before, as in some of the former Soviet Bloc countries or in Ghana. However, this can also be a fabulous experience in learning about the

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authentic way of life of the everyday people. Maybe you could even pick up a few words of the language while you’re there. Even better, bone up on a bit of etiquette and learn a few key polite phrases before you arrive to impress the locals and ensure a warm reception. The amount of pre-planning you do is entirely up to what will satisfy your entrepreneurial spirit and wanderlust at the same time. By not planning anything ahead, except flights to your initial destination, your experience may be even richer and more exciting. This type of freewheeling travel is not for everyone and choices might depend on what type and method of travel you prefer.

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consequences that may befall you and them. You can’t always know ahead what the circumstances might be like, but it’s definitely wise to check on things when you get there. You’ll also want to check weather conditions and accessibility to specific places before you finalize your plans. For instance, local ferry systems in the Mediterranean don’t run in the winter months and some ancient art-filled caves like those in France, Germany and Spain are closed in January and February, with limited hours for some of the less frequented months. Every country has some down time during a slow season, and you need to make sure it’s not going to be when you have your heart set on experiencing something special. Climates are reversed in the southern hemisphere, and weather patterns may be different even if you are on similar latitude lines in other countries. Check for monsoon season in the Asian rainforests, or for the heat waves that will become unbearable travelling on a motorcycle in Jordan to find the ‘lost city’ of Petra. Note also that during the summer months, rare animal species are rarely seen in Australia’s outback, which would be a disappointment to those going for that reason. Another concern is going to places with high altitudes, such as Tibet, which ranges from 3,000 to 5,000 metres above sea level. Almost every visitor is affected by the high altitude, and taking it easy for one or two days is highly recommended, regardless of how much stamina and good health you possess. There are infinite places to explore and adventures to experience, but all have their particular preparations. Whether you choose white water river rafting in Costa Rica, traversing the mist-covered Himalayan Mountains, stumbling upon spectacular gardens and hidden temples in Cambodia or finding unusual architectural or historic sites in Eastern Europe, do specific research on equipment and other recommendations.

Tasting authentic cuisine can be one of the most exciting aspects of travelling off the beaten path.

Pitfalls to watch for When travelling in local conveyances, bus and train schedules are straightforward, but renting a vehicle or travelling by bicycle might have particular regulations to follow, like whether or not you need driving permits. If possible, become familiar with these before embarking, including the rules of walking public cross-country footpaths. Going where you’re not permitted could cause you more problems than you’d care to handle and disrupt an otherwise fun holiday. A good rule of thumb is to always be respectful and, when uncertain, ask, using those polite phrases you learned earlier. Pleading ignorance doesn’t always work. When a local guide or resident insists you mustn’t take photographs, say when crossing the border from Cyprus into the Turkish Republic or of the Chinese soldiers in Lhasa, they’re serious about the severity of

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Instead use a waist pack to hold your passport, cash or wallet, a very slim digital camera, tickets and any other personal identification, permits or documentation you don’t want to let out of your sight. At the airport, this can easily be slipped into a backpack or other bag, thus reducing your carry-on bag to one piece. Using a waist pack is perfect, too, for those adventures where you definitely need both hands, like riding a camel through the Sinai Desert. Whether you are a backpacker or ecotourist, looking for luxury or anything in between, there are remarkable places waiting for you to discover. From hard-core off-thebeaten-path adventures to lesser-known attractions, you are only your imagination and a short plan away. Iceland for its stunning landscapes, or Canada’s far north for taking part in dog sledding. Smaller countries also tend to have fewer visitors. How about exploring a village in Lithuania’s back roads or driving through wine caves in the countryside of Moldova? Bird-watching in Bhutan or horseback riding in the Guatemalan jungle are other untouched areas to explore.

Keep it light! Packing light for any kind of adventure is a must, not only because of varying airline regulations, but for your own comfort. An almost anywhere rule is to take only one carryon bag, plus one checked piece of luggage, though weight restrictions differ, and sometimes you pay extra for checking any luggage. And yes, purses count as a carry-on bag.


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OCTOBER 2 Swift Current Broncos OCTOBER 3 Red Deer Rebels OCTOBER 9 Calgary Hitmen OCTOBER 16 Kamloops Blazers OCTOBER 17 Lethbridge Hurricanes OCTOBER 25 Swift Current Broncos

SEPTEMBER 20 Edmonton Eskimoes 2 p.m.

NOVEMBER 4 Medicine Hat Tigers NOVEMBER 6 Saskatoon Blades

OCTOBER 10 Toronto Argonauts 7 p.m.

NOVEMBER 8 Prince Albert Raiders NOVEMBER 10 Prince George Cougars

OCTOBER 24 B.C. Lions 3:30 p.m. NOVEMBER 7 Calgary Stampeders 5 p.m.

NOVEMBER 13 Moose Jaw Warriors

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Moose Jaw’s Christmas in October

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OCTOBER If you find yourself waltzing about the streets of Moose Jaw in late October, don’t expect to be met by ghosts, goblins or even jack-o-lanterns for that matter. Nope, no spooky Halloween tricks going on there. Instead be prepared to treat yourself and your loved ones to the best unveiling of Christmas you will ever see.


nd it is not just any old excuse to pull out the Christmas ornaments early; it truly has the feel of warmth, genuine hospitality and all the trimmings of the Holidays. It is Moose Jaw—and as always, it is surprisingly unexpected. What once started as a small one day craft show in the home of local artist, Yvette Moore has now grown city wide and includes the interests of over 20 stores, boutiques and businesses in Moose Jaw. Yvette chose the day of October 25, because it was exactly two months before the big day and would beat the snow and slushy traffic that sometimes puts getting out to a halt—or at the very least,

not enjoying the magic of the season. Nineteen years later, the tradition has continued always on the third weekend of October as close to the 25th as possible and brings back the enjoyment and magic of Christmas. It is early, but not too early. People are definitely already thinking about it and Moose Jaw will kick start the spirit and the season in grand style. For artist Yvette Moore, you won’t see her with a paintbrush anytime around this time – instead we may politely refer to her as the grand “Elf” or Santa of the weekend. From hanging lights to ladders, trees, trees and more trees, Yvette and her staff spend countless hours transforming the

entire Gallery for the grand unveiling on the evening of Thursday, October 23 at 7 pm. And this is only the beginning of the season… One would be pleasantly surprised to enjoy the sights, sounds and spirit of the season in and amongst bustling streets of shoppers, Christmas lights, holiday promotions and special giveaways and samplings all while finding something for everyone on your list. If you have spent the day or days shopping in Moose Jaw before, you know exactly what we are talking about, but if you haven’t, be prepared to be delightfully surprised! Park your car and hop Fall 2009

store to store for enchanting finds for everyone. From Hibiscus Store and Boutique, indulge in some of the trendiest shoes and boots, handbags and even jewelry form Canadian designers Karen Chopik and Soul Flower. Next door, the Make-Up Bag will have you and your skin radiant from head to toe. Shop owner, Kim Martin carries the finest lines of skin care, makeup and accessories from Los Angeles, Europe, and Canada. For the men on your list, there are no better guides than the longtime business owners of Hunter’s Menswear and Clothes Encounter. At Hunter’s, John will dress you in holiday style, with year-round fine lifestyles regina


What once started as a small one day craft show in the home of local artist, Yvette Moore has now grown city wide and includes the interests of over 20 stores, boutiques and businesses in Moose Jaw. styles. At the corner of Fairford and Main, Rick and his staff will proudly escort you through everything fashionable. Find great gifts for everyone on your list or shop for yourself—and look great at every holiday party this season! From trendy to classic and timeless, evening, business, casual, and suits that will have everyone all decked out for all your holiday gatherings. Yoginis, Exercise Addicts, or just clothes to stay comfortable and in style for the winter months, Hoopla is the place to be. From little girls to adults, and even moms to be, find the trendiest exercise fashions, shoes, and handbags for everyone on your list. Just a couple doors down, if you plan to hit the slopes this season, look no further than one of Saskatchewan’s largest Skate and Snowboard Stores. For all your outdoor chilly activities, you won’t find a warmer greeting than from this locally family-owned store carrying everything from Volcom, Hurley, Billabong, Roxy, Burton, Nixon, Spy, Dragon and much more! New Board Shop is located downtown on Main Street with another store in the Town & Country Mall, aptly named Off Balance. Bringing big city style to little city comfort, be prepared to step into grand style and alluring atmosphere in Moose Jaw’s Premier Women’s

Shop, Cranberry Rose. From handbags to jewelry, evening wear to casual, this quaint and beautiful boutique store will have you looking fabulous from head to toe for every event, occasion or reason to celebrate the holidays. Next door, Ellen’s on Main will captivate you with the beautiful scents and floral arrangements to dress your home, tables, and door steps with. Local owner and flower designer, Ellen….is one of the most renowned and popular Floral Artists in Saskatchewan—so book your floral arrangements in advance to be sure your holidays are surrounded with the smells and sights of holiday flowers and greenery. On the corner, of course no one can miss out on celebrating the holiday

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season without making a stop at Gingerbread Square. From giftware, women’s attire, handbags and accessories, Gingerbread Square is meant for the holidays and those on your list. Across the street you won’t want to miss checking in the locally-owned Merle Norman for all your holiday make-up touches or next door’s La Boutique, another fabulous women’s store full of goodies, and brand name apparel. With all that shopping, rejuvenate and engulf every sense with the beautiful sights, sounds and surrounding of Wrapture Spa & Boutique on Main Street. Exclusive dealer of the completely organic facial and skin care line, Emminence, and their other fine lines will treat your body and skin to the freshest ingredients to make you radiant and glowing for the Holiday Season. Not just for the men on your list—look out ladies at Clothes Encounter! All of the finest lines from Tommy Hilfiger, to Bench, Mexx to Ed Hardy, Juicy Couture to Guess and Esprit, DEPT, Billabong, Rock & Republic, Seven Jeans for Mankind, William Rast, Energy and Firetrap. Women’s, men’s, teens and kids—you can always find something with the utmost care and attention to service in this grand scale historic clothing store. After decorating yourself in fine clothing, jewelry and body care, do not leave out the scene of the season. Decorate your home in fine style at Jillian’s Design Elements in the historic Scott Block. Her beautiful displays and fine furnishings will awaken all of your design interests. Just a few steps and further down the block, other fine stores are not to be missed. Rings & Things have all the funky and fabulous gifts to put a retro and modish twist on the Holidays for hats, mitts, stocking stuffers and frames. Be sure to check in at Modern Evolution that will take you into the season in high style, with premium denims for her and him, beautiful clothing, shoes, boots and accessories in their boutique style store. Sharing the same block and wonderfully displaying Moose Jaw’s history is Past Times Old Time Photography & Gifts, Moose Jaw’s unique shop full of delightful trinkets and antique style photography photos of you and your gang and the widely acclaimed Tunnels of Moose Jaw. Still up for shopping? Guys and Dawls is a must for more great men’s and ladies wear carrying both casual and dressy lines, jackets and luggage. Take a break from all the sights and sounds of the holidays, and take time to taste some at The Chocolate

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History of Transportation Moose Jaw

Western Development Museum Come join us for the ride!

• Gift Shop • Outdoor Picnic Area • Meeting Space • Planes, Trains, Boats, Automobiles • Snowbirds Aviation Gallery

“A must-see for everyone who loves history and discovery!” Quote Code M535 and receive $1.00 off admission price.

50 Diefenbaker Drive Moose Jaw Phone 693-5989 Open 9am to 5pm daily (closed Mondays Jan/Feb/Mar)

Moose Fudge Factory and take in Lasting Impressions Gift & Craft Mall. Find treats for everyone, and be sure to enjoy some yourself! But this is definitely not all. You won’t want to miss some of Moose Jaw’s other finest stores including the Quilt Patch, again locally owned and operated and well worth the trip. Think of this as the coziest store you will step into; beautiful fabrics in countless prints, patterns and classes to inspire beginners to experts. They have it all and have been featured in magazines and around North America. Slip in and away into this delightful world of quilts, creative masterpieces and join their sought after mailing lists! Now everyone knows about Temple Gardens, but be sure to check in and again slip away with some post shopping luxuries for you! Or even indulge in some evening dining. And definitely not to be missed is the newly renovated and opened Sahara Spa. Be ready to be wowed and get ready to be completely pampered. The absolutely beautiful surroundings are such a treat – but wait till you step into the pedicure room…and bring your friends, all of them! With eight custom designed absolutely deluxe pedicure chairs, flat screen TVs and manicure stations await…book a night out you won’t forget. Everyone needs to be a little self indulgent time for the holidays! For the little ones we could never forget, there is an adorable and new little children’s store selling children’s fashions on High Street called Heart &

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One thing that makes our shop unique, is that everyone who works here rides. It’s important to us that we are all about board sports. We just don’t work in a snowboard shop, snowboarding runs through our veins. Rest assured that when you shop in our store, you are buying from riders who live and breathe the sport. If you want to talk to us about anything having to do with snowboarding, just call or come on in. We're happy to spread the word.

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Sole that will find all your little delights in their best dressed for the Holidays. And a little further down on High Street, check out Emerald Glass and Gallery. From collectibles to home décor and again Christmas treasures for all, be sure to stop in. And now back to where it all began: the Yvette Moore Gallery. The Gallery actually closes for 2 full days to prepare for the festivities. For anyone who has been you know what the turn of the key is like at 7:00 pm on Thursday evening. The sights, sounds and flavours of Christmas in the grand and elegant style and detailing of the Gallery. From all the trimmings to the finest home furnishing, there is nothing that won’t leave you inspired to enlighten your own home with your touches of this exclusive furnishings of the Gallery. Christmas in October has grown to be such a crazy weekend that the Gallery decided to extend it for one whole week into the last weekend of October. During the week of October 22 – 31, expect to take in great promotional events throughout the week, the Gallery’s Copper Café’s brand new Christmas

menu that will debut on the 23rd of October and their widely renowned “All the Trimmings Christmas Dinner” on Sunday, October 25 at 5 and 7 pm. This is a very popular event that will have you stuffed like a turkey but dreaming of Christmas dinner for the next two months and begging them for recipes. But dare not…they won’t divulge any secrets, so make sure you don’t miss out. Butternut Squash Soup, Roasted Turkey and Gravy, Home-made Buns, Caramelized Sugar Baked Sweet Potatoes, Stuffing, Cranberry Pear Sauce, Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, Homemade Sugar Plum Christmas Pudding with warm butter rum Sauce & vanilla ice cream, Saskatoon Champagne, tea and coffee and topped off with the Gallery’s signature home –made truffles by Yvette’s daughter Sarah…simply mouth watering! Hungry yet? This is just the start of the Holiday season at the Gallery. Other events not to miss and new to the Gallery’s line up this year include a “Tree Trimming & Brunch” on Sunday, November 22. Delight your taste buds in the morning with a

wonderful full course tea and brunch menu topped off by fantastic savings on all the inspiration to send you off to pick up a fresh tree and trim your own home the rest of the day. Also new this year, for the late night shoppers the Gallery will be hosting a “Holiday Happy Appy Hour” on Thursday, December 10 from 5-8 pm. Again, this is the last chance to take in the sights and sounds of Christmas in the evening and let’s just say it is definitely the best. Not to mention the creative cuisine creations of again Yvette’s daughter Sarah with all of her delightful holiday appetizers! Where

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else can you eat, drink and shop in this merry of surroundings? And there is more you will want to check out other happenings and events both at the Gallery at or around the city by visiting other shops for their specific holiday hours and activities. Getting into the holiday spirit? We will meet you in Moose Jaw. Christmas Season in Moose Jaw, beginning at Christmas in October, October 22 – 31. FLR

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Moose Jaw’s Christmas in October

Customer Satisfaction, Creativity & First Class Craftsmanship. This year marks Emerald Glass & Gallery’s 22nd Anniversary.


family business located in the heart of Moose Jaw at 468 High Street West. This long-time business offers a unique shopping experience boasting a beautiful art gallery and fully customizable gift shop, unique custom picture framing, and complete glass center. The most recent addition to the family business a brand new division called Vibe Graphics offering full graphic services. The foundation of the family run business has been built on providing quality products and great customer service and as such this truly unique business grown over the years to showcase the varied interest and talents of each family member. Gifts and home décor adorn the two floors of the beautiful Emerald Glass building. With a wide range of quality products to choose from you will find one-of-a-kind pieces that accentuate the current fashion trends. If you are in search of that perfect picture, accessory or gift you are sure to find it at Emerald. With their new division your gifts can be fully personalized with their in-house engraving and lasering services.

The art gallery is adorned with work by local and Saskatchewan artists and renowned artists such as Trisha Romance, Bernie Brown, Max Jacquaird and Glen Scrimshaw. The gallery also features prints, posters and canvas’ to complement the latest home décor color trends. Purchasing a custom framed mirror for any room can add sparkle, drama and may be the finishing touch you are seeking. Emerald Glass & Gallery has been leading the way since 1987 with award winning picture framing techniques and state of the art picture framing equipment. Their knowledgeable and friendly frame designers will assist you in designing a custom creation that you and your family will cherish for years to come. They offer an extensive collection of moldings and framing options. As a special thank you to their customers Emerald offers 20 percent off all custom framing orders placed in the month of October. This summer Emerald Glass and Gallery added a brand new division called Vibe Graphics to the suite of services offered. The new division offers

custom laser engraving, rotary engraving, signs and vehicle graphics, awards and recognition products. They also sell promotional items and fully customizable clothing by leading companies as Ash City, Storm Tech, Russell Athletics, and Sanmar. From corporate wear to custom sports wear the designers at Vibe will ensure that your staff, customer or team gets noticed by looking great! This Christmas visit Vibe for a personal touch to your Christmas gifts and ornaments … they will make your gift giving truly unique. Christmas in October is the kick off to the Christmas season as the Emerald Glass & Gallery building magically transforms into a winter wonderland. Start the Christmas season with their friendly staff and allow the spirit of Christmas surround you with dazzling Christmas trees and splendid holiday giftware. If you miss Chistmas in October you can still take in the festivities during their Christmas open house on November 6th and 7th from 9a.m - 5:30 p.m. Enjoy stress free Christmas shopping and take advantage of the many specials. Get lost in the spirit of Christmas as you preview breathtaking displays while enjoying gourmet dips, hot apple cider and Christmas cookies. Truly an experience you will never forget. Customer satisfaction, creativity and first class craftsmanship is the first priority at Emerald and Vibe. As a customer you are personally invited to experience these values. Emerald is open Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 – 4:00. For more information on Emerald Glass & Gallery’s special events you can call: (306)693-4242, visit or email Give them a call or drop in … you will be glad you did! FLR Fall 2009

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Moose Jaw’s Christmas in October

Yesteryear’s Ukrainian Borscht:

Heritage recipes for today’s healthy lifestyles. Story By Marie Lee Parent Photos By Jesse Zoerb


he City of Moose Jaw boasts an abundance of entrepreneurs, among them good-natured Neil Montgomery, who conceived the concept of Yesteryear’s Ukrainian Borscht Corp. ocated at 34 River St. East, the company relies on family recipes provided by Elsie Rollie, who initially scoffed at the idea of a business based on wholesome foods from the Ukraine. In her experience, borscht was no gourmet treat; it was invented to sustain families in poverty, a mainstay of a peasant diet. However, Montgomery persisted and the two lifelong friends were joined in their enterprise by two more partners, Ron and Brenda Halstead. Rollie was pleased to be proved wrong and these days, no one else is more enthusiastic about their mutual success. In the two years since its inception, the business has grown steadily, adding staff and increasing production. Besides its flagship product, Ukrainian Borscht, its inventory includes Bamm! Soup, a delicious OldWest-style bean-and-bacon meal in a bowl, plus a few other taste treats. Perhaps the best known items of Ukrainian fare are cabbage rolls and perogies; the ones from Yesteryear’s are made by hand in traditional style, in various flavours. They are produced and packaged by Baba’s Perogies in Saskatoon.

Last but certainly not least in the product line up are Gourmet Stuffed Pretzels. These six-ounce delights are soft and stuffed and made by hand, with an enormous variety to choose from Last but certainly not least in the product line up are Gourmet Stuffed Pretzels. These six-ounce delights are soft and stuffed and made by hand, with an enormous variety to choose from: pizza, pumpkin cheesecake, omelette, jalapeno cheddar, mixed berry, cinnamon roll and many more. Fall 2009

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Borscht Corp. co-owner Elsie Rollie

Elsie Rollie is a first generation Canadian; her parents both emigrated from the Ukraine. “There’s a large Ukrainian settlement in the Moose Jaw area,” she says. “In fact, there are many more than I ever expected.” In part, that explains the success of the business, but there’s another factor involved: almost everyone enjoys Ukrainian food! In order to foster that concept and allow even more people to taste this delicious fare, Montgomery pursued another entrepreneurial idea and set up a sampling station within the premises. “We aren’t a restaurant,” Rollie explains. “We are a borscht manufacturer.” But the sampling station allows visitors to have a bowl of borscht and a bun, giving them a hint of the quality of product available. As for the products, while taste is paramount, good health is also important to the operators of

Yesteryear’s Ukrainian Borscht Corp. “There’s no fat in our borscht,” Elsie Rollie assures, “no MSG, no salt. It’s a 0 on the Weightwatchers Point System, and it’s truly a healthy food.” Rollie has adapted the recipes of her heritage to the standards of today, so the borscht served at the sampling station satisfies the taste buds and still promotes a healthy lifestyle. Ukrainian cuisine is a staple of the Saskatchewan lifestyle, enjoyed by gourmands of all ethnic backgrounds. It’s great to know that there’s a source for this satisfying fare as close as River Street in Moose Jaw, or through their website. FLR Yesteryear’s Ukrainian Borscht Corp. 34 River Street East, Moose Jaw Ph: 692-3454 photos ©

Borscht Corp. co-owner Neal Montgomery

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Michelle Wright “I’m Dreaming of a Wright Christmas” 2009 Tour November 25 $30

Christmas with Black Umfolosi December 8 $25

Seasonal carols from a Canadian country classic.

An unforgettable holiday experience featuring traditional African singing, dance and costumes.


John McDermott & Friends

The Beatles Tribute

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November 29 $25

December 10 $40

A fantastic celebration of music from the Fab Four.

The acclaimed tenor performs touching renditions of your Christmas favourites.

Rory Allen I’ll Be Home for Christmas Elvis Tribute Show December 23 $25 Enjoy a hip shakin’ holiday tribute to the King.


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Getting Started on your Fall Project Article By Jillian Bilawchuk Owner, Jillian's Design Elements


ith summer coming to an end and fall approaching quickly, we can’t help but feel a sense of excitement for a new season. Fall is a beautiful time of year, full of inspirational colour palettes for both our wardrobe and our homes. With the kids going back to school and a refreshed attitude, fall is the perfect time to get ambitions about our space. With great incentives like the Home Tax credit that ends at the end of this year and the Energuide promotion, there are many home owners wanting to take advantage and get started on creating a beautiful space to live in. Where most people fall short is becoming too overwhelmed to even get started, giving up before they even begin. Whether you are building new, renovating an existing space or just refreshing your decor, there are a few steps to take to get

yourself organized and start thinking about the space you want to create.

With the kids going back to school and a refreshed attitude, fall is the perfect time to get ambitions about our space. 1. Create a Style File First things first: what mood or style do you want to create in your space? This is the first question that I ask my clients in our initial consultation and most often they stare at me, confused, because they had never even thought about it. How do you know? Well, this

part takes a little bit of research on your behalf. But with so many resources to work from such as home magazines, books and internet, it really is not that difficult. Get inspired and begin to create your style file. Start by generating ideas by creating a collection of tear outs from magazines of spaces that interest you. These tear outs may be of an entire space, a style of cabinetry, a lamp or the colour scheme. Why do you like it? What common themes are you beginning to see? Accumulate fabric swatches, wall paper samples and other items that appeal to you. Take a look at your wardrobe; this gives us a good idea of what colours we are drawn to. Fashion and home decor often follow similar design trends and colour forecasting. Fashion can also gives us great inspiration for our space. 2. Draw up a List Second is to take a look at your existing space. Decide what items will stay, such as sofa or area rug, and which elements you would like to change, such as wall colour or drapery. Any items you don’t absolutely love or will not help to enhance your developing plan should be given away, changed or relocated. 3. Determine a budget Chances are that you will exceed this budget, but it will give you a structure to work within.

STORYBOARD (left) The travertine tile from Turkey was the starting point for this storyboard. We added layers of texture with smoke glass tile in subway and mosaic patterns, granite counter tops, stainless steel, greys and greens with natural elements, and a Zen theme to create a mood for the entire house. Fall 2009

Try to get the most “bang for your buck.” Determine which changes will make the most impact in your space. Paint is an example of an element that is relatively cost effective and provides that most amount of dramatic change in a space. 4. Source Product This is the time to begin sourcing product and putting your vision together. Assess what you have gathered and where you would like to go. This is a great time to collaborate with a decorator to help you achieve your desired personal style for your home. When sourcing product such as flooring and counter top, or sofa and area rug, it is best to begin with your most expensive items and work down from there. For example, with new construction or a renovated space it is best to begin in the kitchen with the cabinetry and counter top, especially if you are going with high-end counter tops such as granite or quartz. These are elements that will directly affect the colour scheme and with the cost, they will likely not be changed again for quite some time. Counter tops and cabinetry should have some sort of relationship, but provide some contrast from one another. Next is to take a look at some flooring samples and back-splash samples. Again, ensure that these elements have a relationship to one another—for example, the cabinetry and the floor—but there does need to be some contrast so that the cabinetry does not get lost on the floor. 5. Choose your Paint Colour Always choose your paint colour last. It is best to take home a variety of samples in each type of product. For example, take home three samples of hardwood, three of tile, three for backsplash, etc., and lay them out in your space and your lighting. Once you and your decorator have decided upon the best combination of products, you can begin choosing your paint colours. The fine lifestyles regina


FINSHED PRODUCT (left) This picture displays the finished product of a bathroom based on our story board, with travertine on the floors, grey cabinetry, glass mosaic tile on the counter top and a half glass wall made of subway glass tiles on the opposite wall. We used extra-large porcelain subway tiles in the shower with Benjamin Moore’s Ashley Gray as the backdrop. Elements of fresh greenery and Asian sculptures finish this bathroom with the Zen feel that we wanted to create. ACCESSORIZING (below) Use a piece of art work or fabric swatch for inspiration when choosing your accent colour scheme. A great piece of art work like this provides lots of colour, so it is very versatile, allowing you to change your accent colour with the seasons or trends without having to change your artwork. One large piece of artwork as a focal point provides more drama and actually makes the room look larger than using many smaller pieces: bigger is better. Use odd numbers in groupings, such as on an end table, and create a triangular effect with different heights and sizes.

permanent elements that you have chosen will help to determine a colour scheme and provide some inspiration when choosing paint. I prefer to choose a main paint colour off of the permanent elements like counter top or floor, then go back to our style file to help determine our accent colours. Accent colours may be in the form of paint on an accent wall, or they may be dominate enough just in the decorating, such as toss cushions and wall art. There are more 3,000 paint colours to choose from, but only one or two flooring or counter-top options that you will like. You may know that you want a certain colour scheme from the very beginning, which is fine, but wait until the end to pick the perfect paint colour for that colour scheme. You may have decided that you want to use grey (which is the new beige for 2009-2010), but there are many different shades of grey and the perfect one cannot be picked until you have all your elements in place. This is where your undertones are going to make all the difference in the world, and if you are not comfortable seeing the undertones, I would highly recommend getting some assistance via a decorator or colour consultant. The relatively small amount of money you invest in professional advice will definitely pay off in the end. A colour consultation

will usually only cost between $75 and $250 and in the end can save you thousands of dollars if you choose the wrong undertone and have to repaint your space. 6. Putting the Icing on the Cake The finishing touches are in the details. You can always tell when a show home has been done by a professional designer or decorator, because of these finishing details. This phase of the process could take months to find the perfect pieces and tends to be the most timeconsuming. The details are what make the home complete, but often the home owner runs out of steam or money before getting to this stage. Always allocate a large portion of your budget to the decorating, not just for the furniture, rugs and drapery, but also for the accent pieces. Consult with a professional if you don’t feel confidant and refer to the first issue of Fine Lifestyles Regina to read my editorial on utilizing the Design Elements in your space. Use a variety of depth and height and incorporate layers of texture and shades of colour to create interest and drama. Take your time sourcing for the details and don’t be afraid to refer to paint and fabric swatches in your purse when shopping in a store. If the store is genuinely

concerned about making the consumers’ shopping experience valuable, it will ensure that it does whatever it takes to make the process easier. 7. Have Fun Take your time, do lots of research, consult with a professional, and—most importantly— have fun designing the space of your dreams. Your space should be a reflection of you and should show your personality. A well-executed space is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Have fun expressing yourself! FLR Fall 2009

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