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In a small way, maybe a larger way than I’m willing to admit, Cockburn’s music and, particularly, his lyrics, have shaped the human I am today. Still, in all those 31 years since I laid the needle down on Side 1 (remember sides?) of Humans and heard that first guitar lick from “Grim Travellers,” I have never so much as said “hello” to the guy. So, on March 9, when the phone rang and I heard that familiar voice say, “Hi Thom, this is Bruce Cockburn,” let’s just say, it was not easy to take off my fan hat and put on my writer’s cap.

we know? CBC positions him as “the capitalist with a heart,” a “brand” he fully admits to shamelessly cultivating. It is TV, after all, entertainment. Judicious editing and foiling him against the “evil” brand of Kevin O’Leary, makes the guy look like a saint. But he could be a real jerk.

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He’s not. I really liked him. He’s a really down-to-earth guy. He’s also a real person, with the same kinds of fears, self-doubt, hopes and humanity as you and me. He talks candidly about depression, his wealth having come with too high a price tag, and his battle with prostate cancer.

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Guess what? He’s a really nice guy. Bruce had been driving from San Francisco to Kingston, where he lives, to start rehearsals for his 2011 tour, which started March 24 in Kelowna, B.C. and hits Saskatoon April 3. His van had broken down outside Salt Lake City, Utah, and he was making arrangements to ship his musical gear (all those beautiful guitars) back home—I could hear the P.A. of the shipping depot in the background. Still, he apologized for keeping me waiting and was very gracious with his time and his answers.

We also had a great chat about The Princess Bride, one of his, and my, favourite movies of all time. We like it for the same reasons, too, for the complexity and variety of humour and its hopeless romanticism. It’s a smart, funny flick with a stirring and timeless theme: love conquers all.

During my journalism career, I’ve interviewed many famous people. Politicians, rock stars, elite athletes, authors, scientists, actors, even criminals. Fortunately, I’ve never been a star-struck type of person—probably a good thing for an interviewer. My parents taught me early on that people are people. This issue of Fine Lifestyles has really reinforced that. Pretty much everyone I’ve talked to since I interviewed Brett Wilson has said something along the lines of, “I really like him; he seems like a really down-to-earth guy.” Of course, how would

Yes, that may be a fairy tale, but my folks were right. People are people and the fact that a person is well-known, or reportedly has more money than he knows what to do with, are no reasons to be star-struck. That being said, it was an unmitigated thrill for me to talk with Bruce Cockburn. I bought my first Cockburn album (Humans, 1980) when I was 17. I have owned that album on vinyl, cassette, CD and now, digital download. I have every studio album he has ever recorded on my iPod—with the exceptions of his Christmas album and the new one, Small Source of Comfort, which I haven’t transferred from disc, yet. I used to keep a tally of how many times I have seen him in concert, but I lost track years ago.

Maybe he was just “walking the walk.” He “talks the talk” on Small Source of Comfort with a song titled “Called Me Back” about a phone call never returned. In the liner notes, Bruce prefaces the song with: “Everybody’s too damn busy these days.” Ain’t it so true? I often feel like I’m too damn busy these days, but it’s a large source of comfort to know that Bruce is still out there making albums and playing concerts and that Brett is just a good guy who happens to have a lot of cash.

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A message from W. Brett Wilson Although I moved thirty years ago, I still think of Saskatchewan as my homeland—the people and places of this province are planted firmly in my heart. I have great respect for my prairie roots, and attribute much of my success in business to the lessons I learned from my fellow flatlanders—some of the most resourceful, respected and principled people anywhere on Earth. Two of those fine people are my parents, who role-modeled for me what it means to give back. I have simply followed their path. They gave their time and talent. I have been blessed to be able to give money as well. Along with my own efforts, I have been impressed to see the many philanthropic initiatives by friends and colleagues that are helping to keep Saskatchewan great. Saskatchewan has changed a lot in the past three decades. What hasn’t changed is its positive attitude and reputation as one of the best communities in the world. I am delighted to be part of this publication that celebrates this beautiful province and its people. Enjoy! W. Brett Wilson FineLifestyles REGINA

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John Morrell

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As a young child, John’s father introduced him to the world of photography. As he grew up on a farm, and often travelled to the city, he had the opportunity to see nature in a way that perhaps many other children did not. After he himself became a father, he began focusing on capturing those special moments and milestones of his daughters. He has currently widened his photo subjects to include sports events, pet photography, weddings, architecture and photo directories. What keeps John interested in photography, is the people he meets. www.jmorrell1.photobiz.com/cart

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Vienna Di Ruscio

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Vienna attended the Red Deer College Visual Arts program before going on to Applied Photography at SIAST in Regina. She felt that a thorough background of understanding art, design and art history would be an important asset to a photographer. Her subject matter includes everything from products to pin-ups to editorial photography. She currently operates a Regina-based photography business out of her home.

Meagen Thomas shares her Earthly, physical home just outside of Penzance, Saskatchewan, with twin potbellied pigs, Nebuchadnezzar and Shehrerezad. In the late 1990s, she gained notoriety overseas as the first North American woman accepted then expelled from geisha school. Meagen died in 2006 after a courageous battle with excema but was reincarnated three years later into the body of a former investigative journalist. Together, Meagen and her host have been nominated for numerous awards on this and other planes of existence.

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Shawn Fulton

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Shawn Fulton’s passion for photography began in high school with darkroom developing and printing techniques and evolved at the University of Regina while he was acquiring his BFA in film production. Since, Shawn has all but abandoned the darkroom for digital photography, but still likes to play with antique and Polaroid cameras at social events to give his “party photos” a timeless quality.

For fifteen years Dean Renwick was in Los Angeles working in the garment industry in everything from budget to couture. He has spent many years working in movies, television and music, designing fashions for some of the most prominent people in the industry. Since his return to Regina, Renwick spent his first seven years back in TV and movies including two years as assistant designer on the set of Corner Gas. Renwick opened his design studio on Scarth Street in 2004 and since then has been working with men and women providing services such as restyling, custom design, alterations and more. Renwick teaches women how to build self-confidence through fashion. He also works with a number of charities including the Rainbow Youth Centre where he teaches youth how clothing can make people perceive you differently.

Shawn has a remarkable talent for lighting, which he attributes to his extensive background in stage and film. His work as a director, cinematographer and animator has been screened at film festivals nationally and he was recently featured on the cover of Saskatchewan Filmpool’s Splice magazine. Shawn lives in Regina’s Cathedral Village with his wife, Kendra, and their two children, Rosco and Suki.

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Marie Powell Mendenhall is a professional writer with work in print, broadcast, and online markets across Canada and internationally. As M E Powell, her award-winning short fiction and poetry appears in literary magazines and anthologies, including Room Magazine, Transition, Pandora’s Collective, WindFire, Close to Quitting Time and even the Winnipeg Free Press. Scholastic Canada recently published her book, Dragonflies Are Amazing! This May she will graduate with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.

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DICHOTOMY IN DENIM The publicly private and privately public life of W. Brett Wilson BY THOM BARKER On February 2, in the late afternoon, Brett Wilson arrived in Saskatoon. It was his 13th flight of the fledgling new year. From the airport, Canada’s favourite capitalist had just enough time to check into the Sheraton, answer a few emails and return a few phone calls. Then it was off to Louis’ Pub, at the University of Saskatchewan, for the pitch party of successful Dragons’ Den contestants, and Saskatchewanians, Bryan McCrea, Channing McCorriston and Evan Willoughby collectively known as 3Twenty Solutions, a company that turns shipping containers into offices. Although the champagne was flowing, Wilson did not drink and bristles at widespread media reports he used to have a problem. “I wasn’t a binge drinker, but when I drank, I drank until the party was over,” he said. “I quit by choice and, in fact, I still drink on occasion. I had one beer last summer with my son on his 19th birthday and I had half a glass of wine on a first date with someone two years ago.” On Thursday morning, February 3, not hungover, Wilson was up long before dawn for a quick trip to CBC Radio’s 2nd Avenue studio and an interview with Saskatchewan Morning Edition host Sheila Coles. In between that interview and the next one, with this magazine, it was back to the Sheraton. A few more emails and a couple more phone calls had him running a bit late. Wilson’s personal

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Wilson in his Calgary office at Prairie Merchant Corporation. Photo courtesy of: Cynthia Robinson www.cynthiarobinsonphotography.ca

Brett Wilson W5 Living or dead, WHO is or has been the most influential person in your life? My parents for my values and Richard Branson (CEO, Virgin Group) for my vision. If you were not wealthy, WHAT would you do to make a living? I’d be selling. Marketing is my passion so I’d have a sales-related job. WHERE is your favourite place in the world to be? At my cabin in Windermere, British Columbia. It just has the most amazing energy. WHEN were you happiest in your life? I’m happiest when I have all my children with me and we’re travelling. WHY do you still have such a soft spot for Saskatchewan? Doesn’t everyone?

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assistant—officially, manager of Brett wrangling and fun—had warned that tardiness was standard operating procedure and not to worry until he was really late. As he entered the W. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence, dressed in his trademark jeans and leather jacket, he was immediately beset by people wanting to say hello, shake his hand or ask him for advice. Before the interview got going, the centre’s director popped his head in the door. Would Brett mind dropping in on the prof’s 10:00 class? “Of course not.” Despite the harried schedule, all the distractions, everyone wanting a piece of him, and the perpetual tardiness, once engaged, Wilson has the uncanny ability to make you feel like what you and he are doing is the only thing in the world that matters to him. How much time do we have? “As much as you need.” This, even though we both knew he still had a photo shoot, an unscheduled drop-in to inspire a class of undergrads, a scheduled meeting with the centre’s board of governors and a flight to catch—number 14, for those keeping score. This is a typical 24 hours in the life of Brett Wilson since he became a co-star on CBC’s hit reality show Dragons’ Den.

Even so, he does not begrudge anybody wanting something from him. “The ask frequency has gone up at an extraordinary pace. People come at us directly and indirectly, through our website, for four things: time and money for business; time and money for charity; just time, because they say ‘I don’t want your money,’ but unfortunately I have less time than money; and then there’s those who want, I guess, coffee. It goes with the territory, so, ‘suck it up princess.’ We try to be respectful and we try to respond to everybody.” The perfect day in Wilson’s life looks a little different. “An ideal day is waking up on a boat with one or more of my kids nearby—and this is something that’s happening in about two months down in the Caribbean—with wireless access so I can get a couple of hours in taking care of my connections and keeping up with what’s going on in the world.”

Brett Wilson: The Dichotomy On the surface, Wilson appears to be a bit of an enigma. Anyone who follows him on


Wilson at his annual garden party with a group of people from Dragons’ Den who he has invested in. Photo courtesy of: Cynthia Robinson www.cynthiarobinsonphotography.ca

Twitter knows he can be downright cryptic. He is refreshingly candid about some aspects of his life. He will talk easily and at length about his battle with and recovery from prostate cancer. He is upfront about struggling with depression and a possible bi-polar tendency. Wilson is also outspoken on the subject of his Dragons’ Den co-stars. On Kevin O’Leary: “What you see is pretty much what you get. A lot of people recognize Kevin doesn’t do any deals, doesn’t have any experience doing deals, doesn’t really know what he’s doing. But he has the gift of the gab.” Jim Treliving: “A class act.” Robert Herjavec: “Smart, but had it easy.” Arlene Dickinson: “A tough nut.” Wilson chows down for Thanksgiving dinner with Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Canadian Forces personnel in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

And he takes no prisoners when it comes to criticizing public figures such as Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. “When the two of them went out to the rest of the billionaires in the world and said ‘we’d like you to consider committing to give away half your wealth.’ I thought, ‘bullshit, you give away all of it.’ How incompetent are the children of the billionaires if the billionaires have to commit to giving them half of it? How many kids need half a bill’ to get by on, except to protect the legacy of the father?” On the other hand, Wilson is notoriously silent on certain other personal topics. Any discussion of his love life or his family is off-limits. When he was dating Sarah McLachlan, even when they were seen together in public, he was coy about their relationship answering questions from reporters with evasive answers like: “Anyone can see we spend time together.” He only mentions his kids in passing, or in the context of his own parenting philosophy. For example, he has told his children they are not going to inherit his money. “I’ve got a very clear view that unearned wealth is almost always destructive,” he said. “Why would I challenge my children to take on the legacy of the wealth I’ve created? I don’t mind helping them. They might have a running start, but they still have to have the same core values of honesty, integrity and a sense of value for hard work. I have no concern with my three children that they don’t sense the value of what they’re on this Earth for and none of them are sitting waiting for the next handout. ” Wilson has a very simple explanation for this public-private disconnect. “Girlfriends and children and family involve two people,” he said. “I look at the things that involve others as a shared story and it’s not mine to tell.”

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It wasn’t all comfort and security for the young Brett, though.

He also avoids any discussion of his actual financial worth. He dismisses, for example, the fact that despite being touted as one of Canada’s wealthiest individuals, he doesn’t even appear on the Top 100 list, saying those lists are little better than guesswork.

Brett Wilson: The Bio William Brett Wilson was born on Canada Day, 1957 in North Battleford. He reminisced that his best memory of growing up was the simplicity of life. “One [memory] that I’m really proud of in terms of small town roots, was the fact that our front door was locked, so people would know we weren’t home, but the back door was always open in case you needed to get in the house. It was the degree of comfort and safety and security you felt in a small town in Saskatchewan. That’s sort of the thematic, but my fondest memories are of spending summers out at Jackfish Lake.”

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“I ended up being accelerated a grade. I took three grades in two years and I was small for my age. I was probably emotionally immature even though I was intellectually adequate to be where I was, so the disconnect between being in Grade 4, one of the smallest kids in the class—I would have been the smallest if I was in Grade 3—[was that] you’re just that much smaller, you’re that much slower, you’re that much more immature. There’s a gap and it’s a larger gap than people realized. It was really disconnecting, disconcerting and frustrating, so a lot of my memories in terms of growing up were around the challenges of fitting in.” The insecurity followed him until enrolling at the University of Saskatchewan in civil engineering gave the then-17-year-old a fresh start. “Nobody really cared how many grades you did, or how old you were. We all looked roughly the same. I discovered I

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was in a room full of guys wearing ratty jeans, old runners, t-shirts that were a little bit worn and probably three days overdue in terms of being washed and [who] had just as many pimples as me. The engineering class was full of people just like me, so while I fit in I also discovered I had to start doing a little more homework because these guys were pretty sharp and if I wanted to play the game, I had to step up the game.” Wilson has joked that he was a solid C engineering student, but his B.Eng. got him started. He spent three years in the Alberta oilfields as an engineer. But that was the early 1980s. As the oil boom of the 1970s quickly turned to bust, Wilson enrolled in the Masters of Business Administration program at the University of Calgary where, in 1985, he was the first person to graduate with a specialization in entrepreneurship. He quickly put his new degree to work as an investment banker with McLeod Young Weir Limited (now ScotiaMcLeod). As the pendulum of the oil industry swung back

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to boom in the early 1990s, Wilson combined his oil industry background with his investment banking experience by co-founding Wilson Mackie and Co., a broker of oil and gas deals. In 1993, he co-founded FirstEnergy Capital with Rick Grafton and N. Murray Edwards. The Calgary-based company remains a leading stock brokerage firm providing financial services to the energy sector. Wilson no longer plays an active role in FirstEnergy having “retired” in 2007 and stepped down as Chairman in 2008. These days, he conducts most of his business through Prairie Merchant Corporation, a private holding company with offices in Calgary.

Brett Wilson: The Enlightenment Brett Wilson has famously said his wealth came at too high a price. “My parents were the classic community-minded citizens,” he explained. “I just thought that was the rule. I didn’t think about it until I got out into the real world and discovered I had to make some choices of my own. In my parents’ model, I felt that they cost themselves some money by dedicating themselves to their children and to their community. I wasn’t going to make that mistake, so guess what? I made the mistake the other way and overdedicated myself to making a dollar.” In 2001, his 20-year marriage to engineering classmate Pamela Janzen was one casualty. “My ex-wife asked me more than once ‘how much is enough?’” he said. “I love referring to that line from the Aristotle Onassis movie where Jackie Kennedy asks, ‘but, how much is enough?’—because she clearly wasn’t seeing him—and he just looked at her, took out a cigar and said ‘more.’ I used to think that was a great answer. Now I really think it’s pathetic because the only asset you’ve got that’s of any real value is your time.” Then, in 2002, came the bombshell that would set Wilson’s life on a different course. Cancer. Through his treatment for and recovery from the disease, and subsequent treatment for clinical depression, Wilson was able to see things in a different light. “I would have tried to live by a set of priorities I try to live by now—nobody’s perfect and I’m certainly far from perfect and the subtitle of my book (unpublished) is Still Making Mistakes—but setting priorities around your health, your family and your friends, might have allowed me to say ‘enough.’” These days, Wilson is primarily known as a philanthropist—especially since he and CBC announced in March he would not be back for the next season of Dragons’ Den. He describes himself as a “serial philanthropist” and the litany of causes he has championed and continues to support is far too lengthy to list, and will undoubtedly continue to grow because it is his new passion. “People talk about the finest and purest giving being altruistic,” he said. “But altruistic giving makes you feel good so it’s not altruistic because you got something out of it. I get a great buzz out of helping people be better.”

Wilson with Montréal Canadiens hockey legend Guy Lafleur in Kandahar, Afghanistan at Thanksgiving.

Internet myth, mirth and mystery You were romantically involved with Sarah McLachlan, but have since broken up. “True.” You are a billionaire. “No comment.” You have not worn a suit for 12 years. “Almost true. I wore a suit to meet General Walter Natynczyk (Canadian Armed Forces chief of defence staff) because he deserved that level of respect. And it’s been more like nine years.” You are getting married. “No, I am not getting married.” You are writing a book. “Yes.” Your best friend is your dog. “Isn’t everyone’s?” FineLifestyles REGINA

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THE URBAN HARVEST Growing veggies for food and fun WITH KEN BEATTIE

Vegetable gardening, like so many other urban ventures of our society, is relentlessly cyclical. Once upon a time the vegetable garden was associated with local farmers, peasants and the less than aristocratic folks. Through time vegetables were hybridized, selected, manipulated to the degree that these crops became almost collector’s items complete with bragging rights. A famous example is that of the common (or not so common) carrot. You may not be aware that carrots are actually a purple blue in their natural state. The gardeners of King William of the House of Orange in the Netherlands have been given the dubious honour of hybridizing the purple carrot to the nowadays common orange as a tribute to their liege. It would seem that from that

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time forward the carrot has been orange. Closer in history to modern day would be the example of vegetable gardens’ pre-war years after the great depression. Food was very scarce and survivors of the depression were accustomed to growing most of their food in order to survive. With the onset of World Wars I and II, the household duties fell to the remaining female population for the most part. Vegetable gardens, which are a great deal of work, blended softly into “prettier” gardens sporting flowers along with the obligatory potatoes, carrots and leaf greens. Understandably people needed a bit of a lift and the garden with flowers offered just that. Upon the return of the troops at the end of

the second World War, there was more of a social stigma attached to those who grew vegetables at home. Gossip was that they “had to grow their own” as they couldn’t afford to go to the new and blossoming green grocers of the time. Odd how optics have changed? In our time, home grown vegetables have an entirely positive connotation; perhaps somewhat inaccurate but still positive. The popular misconception with home grown veggies is that, because you have done the work yourself, are familiar with what has or has not been added to the crop, that the nutritional value is higher than store-bought produce. That’s not always the case. Having said that, there is nothing quite like eating the harvest


containers abound as do hanging baskets of tomatoes, herb pots and, of course, the great panacea, hydroponic gardening. The basic rule is simple and easy to follow: understand why it is that you wish to grow vegetables. Is it for the pure fun and exercise of being in the garden or so that you can enjoy the produce eventually? Perhaps you consider that it is less expensive to grow your own than purchase from the farmer’s market? Think again, the cost of growing your own produce seldom makes any financial sense. “Nutritionally my veggie crop will be better than commercially produced.” That’s not necessarily the case given your soil type, the condition of the growing situation, insect and disease infestation, as well as, available nutrients. Veggies grown on one side of the garden may well have different nutritional values than similar plants on the other side.

from your own garden, freshly picked and consumed within minutes. Hopefully you are not discouraged from growing edibles at home because it can be very rewarding. Just approach the endeavor with an open mind and realistic objectives. Gone are the days of a quarter hectare of potatoes, row upon row of green beans, peas and parsnips. These behemoth vegetable plots have been replaced with a more delicate transition of pot herbs, raised planters of fresh arugula and exotic leafy mixtures, gourmet dwarf vegetables and brightly-coloured, designer leaf veggies. The most common mistake that we as gardeners make is to assume that more is always better. Not so! Plan your edible area so that it is integrated into the landscape rather than isolated and punctuated. There is no rule book that states Rhubarb can’t be grown as a foundation plant or that Arugula doesn’t make an excellent window box filler. Recipes for growing potatoes in

Another popular misconception is that vegetables grown in raised planters will produce more abundantly that those in native soil as you can control the elements better. Raised planters are indeed a good idea for Regina gardeners as the native clay soil of the region are historic for their pottery-making properties. Controlling the type of soil in a container is easy, but one must consider where the topsoil from your supplier comes from; chances are it comes from Saskatchewan local clay. Therefore, purchasing topsoil and filling planters to avoid the indigenous clay based soils is futile. The addition of considerable amounts of organic matter is the trick in heavy clay, not the addition of sand. Be careful here also, organic matter is often a fancy way of saying manure, poo or dung. Indeed the attributes of these organic products are many, but “phyto” or plant based compost is superior in my opinion to amend heavy Regina soils. A basic rule of thumb for a sound soil mixture either for containers or in situ is 70 per cent topsoil to 30 per cent plant-based compost. Also, crucial to this formula is to realize that compost or organic matter

amendments is not a onetime thing, it is an annual chore. Healthy soil requires continuous revitalization and should become a natural sequence in the garden preparation. Recently, Mycorrhizal fungi have taken centre stage as one of the most beneficial soil populations and required organisms that we can have. In short, these soilborne fungi will dramatically improve plant performance using less fertility, water and thus reducing costs. Check with your local garden centre for brand named products such as “Myke” and consider adding to you veggie plots and other soils throughout the garden. Remember, this is your garden and if you wish to grow Kale with your Petunias, Radishes and Cleome alongside a row of green beans, go right ahead. Fill your boots; it is all good. Enhance your soil, this is the basis of any good growing space, consider that most veggies love sun and depending on the season, your watering practices will follow accordingly.

Happy Veggie Gardening!

Ken Beattie, affectionately known as Canada’s Favourite Gardener, is a graduate of the prestigious Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture and is currently Director of Horticulture for Assiniboine Park, one of North America’s largest urban parks, in Winnipeg. As a TV host, radio contributor and author, his easy exuberance and playful personality are well-known to gardening enthusiasts from Regina to the Philippines.

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of their work and the responsibility they carry in creating harmony and magic for the homes and grounds of their clients— but I found that Kevin Jordens is no ordinary individual. Based out of White City, Rock Hammer Industries offers you a combined 30 years’ experience in landscape and custom stone work. Kevin and his crew are specialists in exterior and interior stone veneer work. Their goal is to offer you a fresh perspective in design and installation that will bring forth a unique atmosphere and create a brand new value to your home that you never even knew existed. It’s a new and exciting trend in design that Rock Hammer Industries has embraced wholeheartedly.

“We can work in so many different mediums,” Kevin says. “Along with the stone veneer work, we can also offer the client paving stone paths and patios, stone and wooden retaining walls, as well as stone steps, decks and fences. We’ll extensively go over with the owner all the options that we offer that they can access and determine what will work best within the price range they have to work with. We like to work with unity or planned contrast in our designs to bring out the beauty of their homes or yards.” As a family man, with wife Jaime and their two daughters, Kelsea and Kara, invaluable components of the Rock Hammer team, Kevin understands the importance for all the elements in your home to go together


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“I work closely with my crews so that the most experienced people I have, with specialized skills, are working at the jobs that best utilize those skills. In that way we maximize the efficiency of our time and pass on the reduced cost to the owner. I pride myself in working with integrity and I make certain that the people who work on behalf of Rock Hammer Industries work in the same fashion.” Kevin is proud with what Rock Hammer Industries has accomplished, and looks forward to building upon those accomplishments for years to come. “It really hits you in the heart when you see the client’s eyes light up when they see the completed work for the first time,” he says. “I realize at that moment that we have, in our own way, made their dreams a reality. Nothing in the world can beat how great a feeling that is” Rock Hammer Industries Kevin Jordens 306.535.3564

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Rose was conceived several years ago as the ultimate residential condominium experience in Saskatchewan. The idea was to bring together all of the latest developments in style, luxury, comfort, and convenience. Standing 12 stories proud above Rose St, just south of Victoria Avenue, the street side of the main floor of The Gardens on Rose is populated by two alfresco cafés. The sidewalk in front of the building will be expanded to allow spacious seating and greenery. The first four floors resemble high-end condominiums from the exterior, but actually contain 136 roomy, heated parking spots – two for each suite are included with the price. Beyond that, a wide terrace wraps around the building, serving as a platform for the actual condominium units to rise toward the sky. Built

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and garberator. In addition, an advanced Espring water purification system is installed below the kitchen sink for the cleanest drinking water possible. Graham Construction has been contracted to do the construction and project management work on the building. As Canada’s fifth largest builder, Graham has completed many prestigious and recognizable projects in the Regina area over past years. The Gardens On Rose will be another well-constructed Graham project. The professionals at Graham have condensed the construction time to just 21 months for The Gardens On Rose, meaning that you could be in your new home in a very short period of time. Just blocks from Wascana Park and downtown, The Gardens On Rose brings an entirely new lifestyle experience to the city of Regina. Much more than just an apartment-style condo, the Gardens On Rose delivers comfort and convenience to each resident. In the summer, the ability to go for a walk on gorgeous treelined streets with a hot coffee and fresh pastry means that relaxing on a peaceful morning doesn’t need to start with a trip to the coffee shop. In winter, the dual heated parking spaces mean the end of scraping, shoveling, and fighting through the snow. There are no more lawns to cut, no more gardens to weed, only warm days sitting around the fire in your living room. To learn more about the Gardens on Rose visit their well-appointed Presentation Suite at 1910 12th Avenue in Regina. The Presentation suite and offices are open 7 days a week: from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. With prices starting at just $395,000 with a five-year property tax abatement, and condo fees under $300, The Gardens On Rose is sure to be one of the best and most affordable downtown living solutions.

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the next 18 months. However, just like the weatherman in Saskatchewan, they tend to be wrong most of the time. The point being, we do not have a crystal ball and thus we must make educated decisions that are suitable to our family’s financial situation. A variable rate in this current environment allows you to significantly reduce the principal, provided you pay equivalent payments to a fixed rate mortgage. A fixed rate reduces the risk 24 to 60 months out when interest rates could rise well above current levels. The fixed interest rate option carries a higher rate because you are effectively paying an insurance premium against future rate increases. The security of a five-year term currently has a cost of approximately 1.75 per cent versus a variable rate option. In the current market, there are 10-year fixed terms available for as low as 5.25 per cent. Those who have seen the interest rates soar well into the high teens know that 5.25 per cent for 10 years is an attractive option if

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Myriad Options Available for Custom Flooring BY RYAN HOLOTA After many years in the flooring Industry Calvin Laninga opened the doors to his own flooring company, Caltec Flooring, in 2004. Offering mainly commercial flooring services, Caltec was built on the reputation that Laninga had formed with his experience as an installer. As word of his services grew, the company expanded, growing to what it has become today. “I know a lot of people in the industry, and there were many people that were very supportive of me when I was first starting out,” Laninga remembers. “That was a

big help, because it allowed me to focus on what I was really good at.” Business grew at a steady pace, and in 2008 Caltec Flooring built their warehouse and showroom at 1842 McKay St. The showroom has thousands of flooring samples ranging from hardwoods, sheet vinyl, tile, carpet, and carpet tiles, as well as sample books from dozens of suppliers to ensure that you get exactly the product you are looking for. Now employing around 30 people, Caltec Flooring has become one of the leading

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recommended by the manufacturer of the flooring material. It is more work for us to know a greater number of products, but if there was ever an issue with the flooring our customers would be fully protected by the warranties that they have paid for,” says Laninga. With a portfolio that includes many of Regina’s most well-known businesses and government facilities, Caltec has worked on several buildings they are especially proud of. They did the intricate circular tile work at the First Nations University of Canada, as well as, flooring at the downtown YMCA, the Estevan Credit Union, and the Bear Claw Casino. The installers at Caltec are always interested in pushing their limits as well. “When dealing with marmoleum flooring, it is not uncommon for us to do some pretty intricate layouts with borders, circles, or arcs. The material is so flexible that we can do almost anything with it. In fact, we can even take sheets of it to a water-jet machine and have very intricate logos or pictures cut out of it. It’s really amazing what can be accomplished.” Part of being a good flooring dealer is staying in front of the trends in the business. “We need to be aware that flooring trends are always changing, and designers and architects are always calling for different materials,” says Laninga. “We need to be investing in training so that when someone comes calling for a certain material, that we have people on staff that can do a great job of installing that material. One example of this is vinyl plank flooring. This is becoming more popular everyday as an alternative to VCT tile. It is much more decorative, lasts a long time, and has a more upscale feel to it. Carpet tile is also very popular today. There is such a wide range of patterns and designs available that you can do almost anything with it. Plus it is very convenient, because individual tiles can be replaced if there are stains or damage.” Hardwood flooring is another option that many people don’t think about for commercial spaces, but it is a viable


choice. In addition to a wide range of off the shelf choices, Caltec has suppliers that can custom make hardwood flooring to their customers specifications—thickness, width, etc. Caltec has also invested heavily in hardwood flooring refinishing equipment, allowing them to resurface a hardwood floor in a very short period of time while delivering a factory quality finish. This is a great way to save some money during a commercial renovation, or simply to bring some sparkle back to your location. Another option to bring some warmth to a workplace is with a custom area rug. Caltec Flooring has an edge binding machine that can turn any carpet into an area rug in a short amount of time. Custom sizes and shapes are available to fit any space. As more and more of the construction industry turns to green building methods, the flooring industry has changes to make. Once full of harmful VOCs and formaldehyde, today’s flooring materials are much more environmentally friendly.

“It all comes down to following the manufacturer’s recommendations,” says Laninga, “and using the appropriate products and adhesives. We work on a lot of LEED certified building projects, and we have never had a problem ensuring that all of our materials and methods have conformed to the strict requirements. It’s just a matter of doing your homework.” While mainly focused on the commercial market, Caltec does take on residential work from time to time. They also work on projects that are a little more specialized, such as gymnasium floors. To learn more about Caltec flooring, call them at (306) 781-7770 or drop by their showroom at 1842 McKay Street.

Caltec Flooring Ltd. 1842 MacKay St 306.781.7770 caltec@sasktel.net www.caltecflooring.com


Premier cleaning service takes the stress, and mess, out of your life BY G.H. LEWMER

Clinical research has proven that the most unpleasant task every human being faces in their lifetime is cleaning their home. Chances are, if a decree was instigated that the new world currency would consist of dust bunnies, then we’d all be millionaires! Seriously, a clean home is a necessity we’d all prefer not to face. How many of you have thought how much of a happier and easier life it would be if there was a company that specialized in customized cleaning of homes? Wouldn’t it be

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fantastic if this company backed up their service with a 100 per cent guarantee of customer satisfaction, with a promise to return to finish the job until they got it right? Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

12th Avenue East, MERRY MAIDS offers experienced, bonded and professionally trained individuals dedicated to thorough and comprehensive cleaning of your residence by customizing their services to address the specific needs of your home.

Believe it or not, it is true. MERRY MAIDS HOUSE CLEANING REGINA prides itself on being an integral part of an organization recognized as the number 1 cleaning company around the world, with over 300,000 homes, apartments and condos serviced every month. Located at 240-

When you telephone 352-6243 and speak with Aaron in the MERRY MAIDS office, he’ll be able to book a team to service your home at your earliest possible convenience. MERRY MAIDS offers a free consultation with each and every customer to ensure that all of your cleaning requirements


unique to your home will be met, understood and addressed. Upon speaking (or meeting) with Aaron, your information is forwarded to his team, who proceed to clean your home to your 100 per cent specifications. If for any reason your requirements are not met, they’ll return to finish the job at no charge, no questions asked! It is too good to be true! A typical MERRY MAIDS HOUSE CLEANING involves a systemized approach to working within your home to guarantee the most efficient cleaning process, in the shortest amount of time possible, to maximize savings to you. Each team will address and focus on the following when working inside a home: kitchens, bathrooms, additional rooms, wall-washing, inside window cleaning, ovens, fridges, cabinets and wood treatments. Every MERRY MAIDS cleaning team uses biodegradable and non-carcinogenic cleaning products. All of their teams undertake a rigorous training program before they enter any home to ensure that the highest standards of MERRY MAIDS are met. Their commitment to quality work and dedication to the client is the primary reason why they continue to be the number 1 cleaning service in the entire world! ”At MERRY MAIDS we clean people’s homes like they are our own. We approach our work with purpose and a dedication to reliable and highly professional cleaning. We have pride in the highest standards of our work so that we do the right thing each and every time we enter a home. We’re proven to be the best at what we do. Find out for yourself by booking a cleaning by calling (306) 352-6243.”

240 - 12th Avenue East Regina Sk. 306-352-6243 merrymaids@sasktel.net www.merrymaids.ca

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Amazing Spaces Home Renovation Tour Presented by Fries Tallman Lumber SATURDAY MAY 7, 2011 9-5 PM SELF GUIDED TOUR OF 10+ HOMES IN REGINA & AREA Tickets are just $25 each and go on sale the weekend of the Regina Spring Home and Garden Show March 24-27. 100 per cent of proceeds support SCEP CENTRE, which provides early intervention and training services for preschool aged children with complex needs here in Regina. Only 600 tickets will be sold. Tickets are expected to go fast, so get yours early! PICK UP YOUR TICKETS AT THE SPRING HOME AND GARDEN SHOW BOOTH Mar 24-27 or after that at FRIES TALLMAN LUMBER (corner of Broad St and Dewdney Ave). Presented by title sponsor Fries Tallman Lumber, this self guided renovation home tour features more than 10 extensively renovated homes, each with their own flavour and style. Homes of all shapes and sizes will be showcased. Ticketholders will be treated to fresh ideas and an avalanche of

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renovation inspiration! The tour happens the day before Mother’s Day, making it a unique gift idea. The tour provides a valuable link between ticketholders and locally-based, quality tradespeople and product suppliers. Ticketholders can browse through each home and talk with homeowners and/or sponsors about the work completed and challenges faced as they learn more about the renovation process in general. If you are thinking of renovating your own home, this tour is a MUST SEE as part of your renovation research!

The idea for this tour originated with event organizer and Interior Decorator Holli Appelquist, owner of Holliberries Interiors in Regina. “Everyone I talk to is always so interested about how to renovate space, what trends are current, what changes were completed in a certain house, and who did the work,” says Holli. “We all have this curious side to us.” Come out and satisfy your curiosity while supporting a great cause! Check us out on Facebook or visit www. holliberriesinteriors.com for more information.

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HOME STAGING

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Can Staged Homes sell faster and at a higher price?

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last one eventually sold for $20,000 less. My client was very happy he spent $1,200 to make the best return.

Di Thompson

Simpy Stunning Designs phone: 306.585.0775 cel: 306.581.7750 dithompson@sasktel.net www.simplystunningdesigns.ca YES! These results can be easily achieved, and at a reasonable cost. Staging a home is about expertly merchandising properties. Make a great impression, unclutter, keep it fresh, add colour, reduce furniture or with vacant homes bring in furniture to highlight or create focal points. Don’t forget about the street view and pictures on the Internet. I can help anyone get a premium price for their property. Why Stage? - Make a property more attractive to a broader range of buyers. Enhance a home’s positive features. Capitalize on the emotional impact of the first impression and make the property memorable in the eyes of the homebuyers. Best Results so far? - My best staged property so far has been a Condo. It was staged during the slower summer period, and sold within 5 weeks. Three other similar Condos in the area did not sell as quickly and the

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Home staging is not about decorating - It’s about getting a home ready to sell—recommending the appropriate changes to get the most money in the shortest amount of time. I love my work, I help the seller make their home beautiful, and the buyer finds a great home that is move in ready. Staging goes beyond the usual list of repairs, decluttering, and packing personal items; these will be discussed by a CSP who has been trained to handle objections the homeowner may have to getting a home ready for sale. Stagers “kick it up a notch” by broadening the appeal of the house to a wide array of potential buyers at the same time targeting the most likely market using lifestyle selling techniques. Stagers and Realtors work together - A stager is a third party who will discuss any challenges to the condition of the home. The real estate agent does not have to risk losing a listing by pointing out all the work that needs to be done. They have delegated that job to the stager. Staging impacts the condition of a house. By changing the condition of the house you decrease the odds of showings without bids. Attracted buyers will be impressed by the way the house looks. A staged home makes for beautiful photos. Beautiful photos attract more buyers to showings; this means more offers and increases the opportunity to sell the listing on the first round of marketing.

Di Thompson – Owner/Lead Designer of Simply Stunning Designs I took my staging training in Regina in September 2006 through the Canadian Staging Professionals, and followed that with more personalized training with a professional stager in Edmonton. I then teamed up with another stager and beganredesigning rooms and finally worked up to staging properties for sale on my own. My expertise has grown with each job and my inventory is increasing every year. I have had listings mostly in the $200,000 to $350,000 range and have also designed a home for $500,000. Recently I was contracted to design and purchase furniture and accessories for show suites for a large Condo Unit, and am working on two show homes for opening dates in the Spring of 2011. I have been artistic all my life and painted many pictures while I was a member of the Prairie Artists Guild here in Regina. I have taken courses in Interior Design, Floral Arrangements, Woodworking, Upholstery, Sewing, Willow Chair design, Faux Art, Feng Shui, Photography for Staging, and also dozens of short classes to help me run a small business from Web Design to Bookkeeping to marketing. I constantly update my skills by reading, taking classes, and redesigning spaces. I truly believe that homes are meant to be beautiful and comforting, so that we can all be inspired to lead productive, resourceful lives.


THE ULTIMATE LUXURY HOMES With an increase in travel among today’s jet-setting individuals, it is only natural that people want to bring the luxuries of hotels and spas into their own homes. We live in a fast-paced world and time at home can often be limited. To make the most of it, making smart design decisions when renovating or designing your home is key to creating a warm and comforting abyss. Co-owner of Wood Ridge Flooring, Erin Capp, works with plenty of customers who share this opinion: “People are really enjoying their homes these days. Even though they spend a lot of time at work, when they are home they want to feel like they are walking into something amazing.”

The Ultimate in Luxury Wood Ridge Flooring is featuring Ultimate Luxury Homes. One of the homes boasts elaborate tile designs and luxurious flooring. “It’s absolutely breathtaking,” claims Capp. The moment you open the front door to the home, you are greeted with a mosaic tile medallion on the front entrance floor. To complement the space, there are also two stacked stone pillars, pulling in the earth-tone colors that are used throughout the entire home. “You see a lot of unusual combinations of stone and tile,” states Capp, who claims that their purposes are not just functional, but

are being used as a “form of art.”

Creating the Perfect Retreat Bathrooms and en-suites are the ideal room to create a luxurious space for relaxation. With a few interesting ideas, you can transform your bathroom from an ordinary yet functional room into a para-

dise retreat for both body and soul. “Homeowners who want something special are opting for custom showers that combine luxurious tile and stone and a series of showerheads and body sprays, resulting in a relaxing break from the mental and physical stress of the day,” explains Capp. People who travel a lot are seeing these gorgeous bathrooms in high-end hotels

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and they want to bring that experience home. The master en-suite in this home has done just this. The custom tile shower is 14 feet long by four feet wide—the ultimate in luxury! Capp states that “a shower of any size combining beautiful stone or tile walls and a pebble floor of river rock while the water pours over you is an amazing experience that is very easy to achieve!”

Comfort and Warmth What makes the master en-suite even more luxurious is the flooring. Wood Ridge installed an Engineered Style Travertine heated tile floor into the en-suite, enhancing the comfort of the room. Heated flooring is a great option for tile or stone, as it is easy to maintain, and adds warmth to the room. Capp explains, “The feeling of stepping out of a shower onto a preheated stone or tile floor is difficult to explain, but you certainly know how the opposite feels on a cold winter’s morning.” To complete the look in one of the Ultimate Luxury Homes, there is an exquisite fireplace, adding unique design and function to the house. The fireplace is double-sided, sharing the space between the living room and master bedroom. On the bedroom side it features an inkjet style high gloss tile called “Luminor.” The living room is completely different and dramatic. It is two stories tall, leading all the way up to the homes’ vaulted ceilings. “The fireplace is fantastic,” claims Capp, explaining how the typical horizontal stacked-stone is placed vertically. By doing so, the stone adds a unique artistic feature to the home and plays up to the beauty of its vaulted ceiling. Wood Ridge Flooring is extremely successful in bringing the ultimate in luxury together in one home. The options are endless when it comes to designing your personal space. Wood Ridge carries a beautiful selection of wood, stone and tiles to help all homeowners carry out their vision and create a retreat that they can call home. For more information on their products and services, visit www.woodridgeflooring.com or walk into their show room at 435 Dewdney Avenue to speak with Kelly, Cathy, Rene or Erin. They will be more than happy to “Floor You.” WoodRidge Flooring 435 Dewdney Ave. Regina, Sk. 306.352.4639


Great Plains Leaseholds Ltd. Your Number One Developer for Emerald Park and White City

PHOTOS BY SHAWN FULTON

For those looking to live just a few minutes away from all the hustle and bustle of the city, Emerald Park and White City have long been considered the prime location. A young community located just minutes from the east end of Regina, Emerald Park and White City have built a reputation as a wonderful place to live. Large lots, diverse housing, and a great quality of life are just some of the things that cause residents to rave about their community. There are many good reasons for the success of our community. The lot sizes are much larger than you are likely to find so close to Regina and, thanks to careful planning and development, each of those lots are planned with trees and green areas. Actually, much of the innate beauty of this community is because of the careful planning that has been built into the community by

the developer. There is a set of strict architectural controls in place, but rather than being designed to limit your creativity, they are designed to enhance the beauty of the town. Instead of telling you what type of house you have to build, the guidelines in Emerald Park and White City keep each house plan unique, ensuring that the home you build does not look like the home beside or across the street from you. These same controls allow you the flexibility to individually landscape your yard, and be assured that your neighbour is required to do the same. For those with industry experience or the avid do-ityourselfers, White City and Emerald Park is one of the last urban communities available that will sell lots directly to home owners who want to build their own home. You also have the option of purchasing a lot through your favourite


in the future. While the citizens of some neighbouring cities may complain that their street doesn’t see a snowplow more than once or twice a year, residents of Emerald Park and White City see them regularly. More exactly, they see the evidence of their work within Emerald Park and the town of White City. Snowplows are very active in the area and most of the streets are cleared of snow before the residents of the community leave for work in the morning.

builder, and an additional discount will be given if that builder is part of the New Home Warranty Program. For those looking for something a little different, Emerald Park and White City is also home to the first Bareland Condominium Project in rural Saskatchewan, in which you live in a traditional detached or attached house but your condo fees go toward the yard work and snow removal that most people don’t like to do. This project allows you the privacy of your own home, while still allowing you to spend your Saturday morning doing what you want to do instead of mowing the lawn or shovelling snow. Speaking of snow, the white stuff is one thing you may not need to worry about

Much more than just a bedroom community, Emerald Park and White City is a young, vibrant community in its own right. There are baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a community centre and a skating rink for the residents to enjoy, as well as the golf course. A vibrant business community also exists, offering all sorts of amenities to the region. Perhaps most importantly, White City and Emerald Park is a real community. You will get to know your neighbours, perhaps better than you would anywhere else. Miles of lighted pathways and park spaces fill the area, ensuring lots of opportunity to get out and enjoy the beauty of the area. There is an excellent school, operated by the Prairie Valley School Division. The division is staffed by excellent teachers, has innovative programs, a strong focus of discipline and significant input by the parents.

You Can Live Here “Many people are under the impression that the communities are full, or that the prices are beyond what they can afford,” says Ben Kuzmicz of Great Plains Leaseholds, “but that just isn’t true. We have two new subdivisions that are opening up and the prices are affordable with proven resale. Because of the structure of our community, you can come out here, buy a lot, do your own landscaping, build your own garage, that type of thing, or have it done for you by one of the many builders who build out here. You can also feel secure for the safety of your family and resale of your property. It is great to live out here, the schools are phenomenal, the snow removal is second to none, and the quality of life is just really fantastic.” To learn more about what your life could be like, visit www.emeraldparksaskatchewan.com or call the Great Plains Leaseholds office at (306) 525-9516. We will direct you to the show homes that are open at that time or we will take you on a tour of the community. You’ll love it.

Great Plains Leaseholds 306.525. 9516 Fax: 306.781.3090 great.plains.auctioneers@sasktel.net www.emeraldparksaskatchewan.com

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Emerald Park/White City Bower West - Walkouts/Bays/Crescent Lots

Some of the above lots and golf course lots may still be available through local builders including Aspen, Camelot, Carolyn, Crawford, Cypress, Emerald Park Homes, Genoway, Harmony Builders, Hextall Properties, Kratz, Lionsgate, Munro, Pastuch, Reimer, Ripplinger, Sthamann, Sun Country, Trademark, Trithart and Varsity home builders.


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College Park Retirement Residence A Commitment to Caring and Service Excellence BY JENNIFER SEMESOCK College Park Retirement Residence, conveniently located near the heart of downtown Regina, is a 167 suite residence offering a variety of lifestyle and retirement options for today’s active seniors. Nestled in a quiet, treed part of the city, the residence is close to several amenities, including a park, shopping centre and a hospital. And getting around the city is no problem, since College Park offers a shuttle bus and a PT Cruiser, allowing timely access to events or appointments. Other service and amenity options include a full-time Director of Health & Wellness, 24-hour on-site staff, weekly housekeeping, emergency call

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system in all suites, chapel, library, pool and private movie theatre. “The services, amenities and activities are part of the All Seniors Care commitment to preserving the independence of our residents,” says Sandy Lauder, Vice President for All Seniors Care in Saskatchewan. “We provide peace of mind and ensure quality of life at this beautiful facility.” Designed to meet the highest expectations of today’s seniors, the lifestyle and activity options, along with the service and amenity choices, all combine to

challenge, inspire and entertain even the most discerning and active seniors. Karen Lisk, Executive Director adds, “We want to ensure that we deliver the support services that our residents need to ensure ongoing quality of life throughout the years.” All Seniors Care Living Centres, the Canadian company behind College Park Retirement Residence, has worked hard to create a warm and supportive family environment. The staff provides the necessary supports to help ensure the well being of all residents through the encouragement of active and vibrant lifestyles for the residents.


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It’s all done to create peace of mind for everyone, says Lauder, which is so important when one is considering a significant lifestyle change. And it’s a decision that doesn’t just affect those making the move, but it also impacts their families and friends as well. There are many factors that will affect the decision to make the lifestyle change: what’s available, what’s nearby, what’s included? In addition to being close to shopping and a hospital, College Park Retirement Residence has a variety of spacious one- and two-bedroom suites, complete with kitchenette and state-of-the-art bathrooms. The entire residence is wheelchair accessible and is finished throughout with non-slip floors and grab rails. Situated throughout College Park Retirement Residence are several sitting areas, each boasting its own fireplace. Pet owners will be happy to know that College Park accepts small pets, a bonus for many elderly people who are often left with little choice but to give up or surrender their beloved animals when they move into a retirement residence. Studies have shown pets to be of particular benefit to seniors, providing a measure of comfort and

offering a sense of responsibility that goes along with pet ownership. “You should see the smiles on everyone’s faces when they see those little ones walking on their leashes,” says Lauder. Healthy eating is also important at College Park Retirement Residence. Lauder says the Red Seal Chef is there to “carefully plan menus to ensure delicious, nutritiously balanced meals every day.” Dietary concerns or other special arrangements like tray service are also not a problem, adds Lauder, noting that meetings with the chef and kitchen staff are encouraged. “It’s all part of our commitment to excellence in providing gracious retirement living.” “We want to be the recognized leader in seniors living “says Lauder. “We hope to accomplish this through the development of superior facilities and the supply of innovative support services which encourage the growth of healthy, active communities.” College Park Retirement Residence 1535 Anson Road 306.565.0515 Fax: 306.565.0940 www.allseniorscare.com

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AFTER

Bring Your Kitchen Back To Life BEFORE

BY TRILBY HENDERSON When it comes to a home’s style, even the most classic elements need to be updated over time. While no room dates a home more than the kitchen, it’s also one of the most expensive and daunting areas to renovate. Fortunately, Renewed Kitchens and Countertops has the perfect solution for homeowners who happen to love the layout of their existing kitchens but want to give their space a fresh new look. As the local experts in cabinet re-facing, the company has several years of experience helping Regina and area homeowners give their kitchens a fresh new look without disrupting their lives.

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“Cabinet re-facing is a great alternative to the traditional kitchen renovation because it creates the look of a new kitchen without the headache large-scale renovations often cause,” said Dwayne Hipkiss, owner of Renewed Kitchens and Countertops. “We’re able to update our client’s kitchens with modern conveniences, adding value to their homes, in a timely fashion and for an affordable price.” Clients are able to browse through the company’s wide range of products in the comfort of their own home, where they can get a better feel for how their chosen design will fit with the rest of their décor. “You don’t have to worry about going

somewhere and not being able to see how it matches to your flooring, how it matches to your walls,” Hipkiss said. “It’s an easy, no-pressure consultation process.” With 30 different door styles and another 30 colour combinations to choose from, not to mention a number of countertops and backsplashes, customers are sure to find the perfect combination for their personal style. Clients can also rely on the knowledgeable advice of Renewed Kitchen and Countertops’ professional staff to focus their options or explore new trends. “It’s all a matter of personal taste, but we can offer some advice and guidance as to


AFTER ing superior quality hardware. Clients can choose to keep their current countertops or have Renewed Kitchens install a new laminate countertop and backsplash to complete their new look. Hipkiss said most projects are completed in less than a week, minimizing any inconvenience to the customer. Plus, the company’s experienced employees make it a priority to clean up at the end of each day so that the client can use their kitchen as much as possible during the installation process.

what the most popular styles and colours are,” said Hipkiss. Once the client has selected the design that best suits their needs, Renewed Kitchens takes care of the rest. They begin by removing the old doors and drawer fronts before re-facing the cabinets with colour-matched, high-pressure laminate and installing new doors and drawers us-

In addition to offering a total aesthetic transformation, Renewed Kitchens can help clients maximize the functionality of their kitchens by incorporating modern features, such as Easy Roll-Out Drawer systems, European-style hidden hinges, corner shelves and light valances for under cabinet lighting, into their existing cabinetry. Hipkiss said Renewed Kitchens can also modify or move existing cabinets to fit today’s larger kitchen appliances and custom-build additional cabinets to match, enabling clients to add desirable items

such as an island or pantry to the room. Renewed Kitchens guarantees that only the best materials and trusted brands are used. They also employ professional craftsmen who specialize in projects that require expertise and in-depth coordination. Hipkiss invites homeowners to peruse the company’s website where they will find additional information on Renewed Kitchens’ products and services, be able to see photos of past projects and hear the testimonials of former customers, and take the first step toward their own kitchen transformation by booking a consultation.

Renewed Kitchens and Countertops Regina, Sk. 306.584.3340 info@renewedkitchens.com www.renewedkitchens.com

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Warm. Elegant. Sophisticated. Yes, nothing says classic style like concrete.

is unique in the marketplace because we create, transform or restore concrete, terrazzo, marble, and stone in ways no other company can, with results you have to see to believe,” said Brown.

BY MEAGEN THOMAS

Yes, concrete. With the right application, treatment and polish, yesterday’s garage (or warehouse or retail store) becomes a thing of beauty. Take Curtis Brown and John Galinski’s word for it. Brown and Galinski are co-owners of GlossWorks, specialists in decorative stone, terrazzo and concrete polishing. Or pick up the latest Architectural Digest, or any high-end décor and design publication. Top interior decorators and worldclass builders, architects and property developers are spiffing up drab utilitarian surfaces with surprising, and surprisingly beautiful, results.

Brown is an award-winning academic with a bachelor of applied science and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists (APEGS). He also holds an Evershine certificate, awarded by a worldrenowned organization specializing in the standardization of quality and processes of polished concrete (www.evershine. info). The quality of workmanship and service offered by GlossWorks has helped the company grow rapidly, expanding operations in Regina, Winnipeg and Calgary. With future expansions in the works, GlossWorks has the vision of becoming Canada’s number one source for residential, commercial, and industrial polished stone and concrete services.

“Our company, which launched last fall,

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heart of GlossWorks is a permanent, low cost solution that turns old or new concrete into a surface that resembles marble. Polished concrete floors are aesthetically pleasing, highly durable and easy to maintain. This flooring solution requires far less maintenance and zero chemicals, contrary to the popular alternatives. Stripping, waxing, painting, or re-coating is never required on a polished floor. It’s today’s greener choice for flooring. Because the process is quick and environmentally safe, the process can be used anywhere including the grocery and retail or the food and hospitality industries. Polished stone, marble, terrazzo and concrete floors are ideal for industrial applications and high-traffic enterprises such as schools and other businesses as well. It also contributes to your organization’s LEED initiative. The diamond polishing process gives you the “tightest” microscopic finish available,


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leaving little or no room for the growth of bacteria, fungus, mold or viruses. No harmful chemical strippers or waxes are used, and the end result is clean, and dust-free. A floor by GlossWorks makes good business sense, too. It’s safe. Polished concrete has a higher coefficient of friction that exceeds OSHA standards, reducing the likelihood of slips. The process is fast. Once polished, areas can be put back into service immediately, with no loss of business due to downtime. It wears great, and saves wear on wheeled equipment travelling over the surface, both of which are money savers. A GlossWorks floor restoration can fill and blend pitting, cracks and chips to restore any floor to a like-new condition, saving thousands on replacement costs. It’s also a ‘bright’ idea. A polished floor is so reflective it often increases the lighting levels in your facility by up to 30 per cent!

Polished concrete isn’t just an industrial application. “Lots of people are looking for an innovative, affordable way to upgrade their basement or condo flooring to something sophisticated and trendy, without breaking the bank,” said Galinski. GlossWorks can remove your old floor covering to uncover the beauty hiding in the concrete below, lending any room a warm, natural look and earthy feel. Concrete isn’t just an underfoot surface. GlossWorks polished concrete countertops are more beautiful than granite, more affordable and have all the deep, rich reflective properties. They’re also available in any colour you can imagine so you can harmonize your counters to your décor. Naturally, your garage floor is an ideal candidate for a GlossWorks makeover. Whether you’re a vintage car enthusiast who wants to turn their garage into a

showroom-quality space or a homeowner that just wants the ease and convenience of floor that’s effortless to clean, a polished concrete floor is the practical, beautiful choice. The GlossWorks team includes a host of industry-certified professionals in various disciplines to ensure that your floor is right, and works right, with the structural elements of your business. Visit GlossWorks and see their gallery online at www.glossworksonline.com, or call Brown at (306) 737-5194 to book a demonstration and see, feel and experience what a polished concrete floor can do for your home and business. GlossWorks Concrete Polishing Curtis Brown and John Galinski 306.737.5194 info@glossworksonline.com www.glossworksonline.com

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When Disaster Strikes... Help is nearby, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year BY TRILBY HENDERSON Dealing with the aftermath of a storm, fire or flood can leave home and business owners feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Luckily, Regina and area residents can now turn to the experienced property restoration specialists at their local Winmar service centre to restore their homes and bring back their peaceof-mind. Winmar is a Canadian-owned disaster restoration and general contracting chain

that specializes in property damage restoration for insurance companies and their clients. With more than 60 franchises across the country, the company has built a name as one of Canada’s largest and most respected restoration firms and its new Regina branch is no exception. “At Winmar Regina, our focus is on helping people clean up and repair the damage caused by unfortunate events so that they can get back to their regular

lives,” said Anna Tzortzis. Tzortzis has owned and operated the Regina franchise with her husband, Mike Cornford, since it first opened for business in January 2010. For Tzortzis, Winmar is, in many ways, a family business. In fact, it was at her stepfather’s franchise in Chatham, Ontario that she first gained experience with the company. When her stepsister opened a new franchise in Saskatoon, Tzortzis and Cornford decided to follow suit and

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“It doesn’t matter what time we get a call—two, three o-clock in the morning—we’ll be there”

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establish a franchise of their own in the province. It wasn’t long before Tzortzis’s stepfather and mother also made the move, selling their Ontario business and bringing Winmar to Moose Jaw. Since opening in January 2010, Winmar Regina has provided area residents with the same high quality workmanship and devoted customer service that its national brand is known for. The company adheres to the certifications and standards set by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and its staff are trained in the latest industry technologies. Tzortzis said Winmar Regina’s services cover damage caused by a wide range of natural disasters and human error, including flood, fire, wind, mould, vandalism, and even damage caused by a vehicular impact.

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“We do everything,” Tzortzis said. “Our employees are trained and experienced in the restoration and reconstruction process, and we have access to the best equipment for the job, whether we’re dealing with wind damage or a sewer back-up.” Tzortzis said flooding is the most common cause of property damage in southern Saskatchewan. Last summer, the company doubled its staff in order to keep up with the numerous flood damage claims. Winmar Regina was also one of several Winmar franchises to come to the rescue when severe flooding devastated the city of Yorkton in July, and spent three weeks in the community working alongside eleven other Winmar operators. Tzortzis said the situation in Yorkton demonstrated how the company’s access

to a national network of restoration experts benefits their customers. With staff from the corporation’s head office on hand to address customer questions and concerns and take care of the administrative and organizational details, Tzortzis and her employees were able to focus their attention on the front-line efforts of the actual clean up. “When a catastrophe hits, all of our other Winmars come to help,” Tzortzis said. “It was a big deal to the community that all of the Winmars were there together. Everybody was really happy.” A fast response is especially vital when dealing with sewer damage. In such situations, each passing hour can have a crucial impact on the homeowner’s chances of being able to restore their property. Fortunately, Winmar’s 24/7, 365-days-a-year service means


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the company can have their trained technicians on site right away to stabilize the scene and prevent further damage. “It doesn’t matter what time we get a call—two, three o-clock in the morning— we’ll be there,” she said. Creating a healthy and safe environment for their customers is Winmar’s top priority, and the company monitors every phase of the clean up to make sure it is properly and entirely completed. Winmar employs state-of-the-art equipment to detect any mould or contaminants in the damaged area and uses commercial grade disinfectants and anti-microbial applications to address any issues. Employees are trained in a number of specialty areas, from mould remediation to advanced structural drying.

Even when time is of the utmost importance, Winmar Regina’s staff takes great care to ensure each job is thoroughly completed and begin each project with a detailed assessment before determining a course of action. With Winmar, homeowners don’t have to worry about undetected damage posing future hazards. Being able to rely on a single point-ofcontact to take care of the process from start to finish is a huge stress reliever for the customer, Tzortzis said. Rather than scheduling and dealing with a number of different contractors, customers can rely on WINMAR to both clean up and rebuild. Although most of their work comes to them through insurance claims, Tzortzis said they also complete private work for businesses and individuals who don’t have coverage or choose not to file a

claim. “We will go anywhere we are needed,” she said. “Sometimes things happen that people aren’t covered for,” she said. “We’re not going to leave anybody without help.” If Regina residents find themselves in a disastrous situation this spring or summer, Tzortzis encourages them to call Winmar Regina quickly. The company can be reached any time via their 24-hour emergency phone number. “If you’re faced with damage to your home or business, don’t wait,” said Tzortzis. “Contact your insurance company or call us directly and take the first step toward getting your property repaired and your life back on track.” Winmar 305 Dewdney Avenue East 306.949.0032 (24 HOURS)

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Everything I Want Is Here RESIDENT AMENITIES AND SERVICES At Chartwell Select Renaissance Retirement Residence it is our priority to make your lifestyle as comfortable and worry-free as possible. Whether you enjoy quiet time in the fireside lounge, or relax on our beautiful patio, our numerous amenities are available to enhance your enjoyment, all the while ensuring your safety and convenience. • Studios, One Bedrooms, One Bedroom and Den, Two Bedrooms • Fire Alarm Systems/ Smoke Detectors/ Sprinkler System/ Emergency Lighting • Pre-wired for phone and cable • Ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower • Kitchenettes • Attractive gardened patio • Covered resident parking available • 24 hour emergency response staff • Weekly housekeeping • Air conditioning in common areas and suite • Complimentary resident laundry facilities • Arrangement of transportation to and from doctor/lab appointments & shopping • Environmentally efficient Geothermal and Solar heating • Full service dining room • Private dining room • Multi-purpose room • Daily exercise program • Activity room • Hair Salon • Games room

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SMART SPACES

EXPERTAdvice

The First Step

Kim Wellings

Professional Organizer Toll Free: 1.877.822.3911 Phone: 306.662.3911 Cel: 306.662.8744 smartspaces@sasktel.net www.smartspaces.ca An achievement is made up of a million tiny steps. Considering all those steps can be overwhelming. In fact, sitting around thinking about a change you’d like to make or a goal you’d like to accomplish is often a lot harder than actually acting on it. Ask me. I’ve done a painful amount of thinking and worrying in my lifetime. I’m an expert analyzer. I’ll make a plan to make a plan. And plan on how to execute the plan. And then sit down to schedule the implementation of the execution of the plan. As a detail-oriented person, I like to have every aspect and element of my strategy worked out ahead of time. Which… yes, is impossible. And that is why I have been known to occasionally get stuck in the contemplative stage of making a change. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, of course. As a professional organizer I often work with clients who are trying to make a change. They have gone through a transition

or have a new situation and are sometimes a little overwhelmed trying to arrange their life, their space and their things to work for them. I like to think I’m very good at walking them through a process and showing them, step by step, how some small changes can bring about clarity. The job is sometimes more extensive than we originally anticipate and we come across roadblocks and glitches along the way. But I try to reinforce that every step is progress. I will ask clients to take one small goal to sleep every night knowing that they have moved forward with change. The thing is, my clients have made a first step. No matter what the magnitude of the transformation, they have decided to go from the contemplative stage of change to the action stage. Contacting me for a consultation was the first move on their journey. We reinvent ourselves countless times in our lifetime. We need to develop different aspects of ourselves at different times. Our situation changes and our focus shifts and we have to reorganize accordingly. Organizing isn’t about being clean and pristine. It’s about designing systems and setting up your life to bring out your unique talents; to be the best possible version of who you are. “Clutter” is

anything that depletes and drains you. And “de-cluttering” can be anything that brings about an opportunity for transformation. Whatever the “clutter” or energy drainers are, we usually have to go through some sort of “thinking about it” stage before we get to doing something about it. When the contemplation gets to the point that it is taking away time and vigour from other parts of your life, you need to take action. The thing about taking the first step is that it usually leads to opportunities that you never thought of or could have planned for. Doors open and resources appear once you make a commitment. Your relationships expand and sometimes the glitches and roadblocks end up expediting your progress; they become blessings in disguise.

You just never know until you take the first Smart Spaces BizCard-Kim-FP-11180 step. Kim Wellings is a professional organizer. Her business Smart Spaces is based out of Maple Creek and serves southern Saskatchewan. www.smartspaces.ca C

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style

A FASHIONABLE MOMENT with Dean Renwick Trends for Summer 2011 There is plenty to be excited about this season and a lot of great looks that you’ll want to watch for when revamping your wardrobe. Keep an eye out for men’s wear-inspired looks. That’s right! The pantsuit is back. A great look with strong shoulder detail—not to be mistaken for the big pads of the ‘80s. A ‘70s retro look is in this season with big floppy hats, bright colours and patterns plus peasant blouses and flowing dresses. Minimalism is also hot this summer with monochromatic colour tones, a ‘90s look that has been updated with silhouettes—pure lines and pure fit. The hot colour for summer is cinnamon, look for it in a variety of shades from light and soft to dark, rich variants. Watch for lots of colour-on-colour featuring various colours of the same tone and depth. For example, a combination of hot pink, cherry and orange is sure to grab some well-deserved attention. Another great look this season is whiteon-white; it’s crisp, clean and fabulous! Floral is the print this year and there’s plenty to choose from ranging from bolder large graphics to smaller romantic prints.

Tips to Update your Closet You don’t need to go out and buy an entirely new wardrobe to keep your look up to date. Buy several trendy items (a top, skirt, jacket, etc.) that can be worn with other items. Purchasing trendy accessories is also an easy and inexpensive way to assist in keeping you current. Pair these with great classic pieces like a trouser or skirt and your look will be fresh and you will feel great.

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A few more words of advice here, never wear trend-on-trend, it gets tiresome quickly. Update your hairstyle every two to three years, don’t let yourself get into a rut. Be sure to add lots of bright colour— BLACK IS OUT! It`s not the forgiving colour that everyone thinks it is, in fact, black just makes you look frumpy, dumpy and lumpy!

What to Toss So, what should you toss from your closet? Anything that has a bad fit. If it’s too loose, too tight or too oversized, toss it! If it’s from the ‘80s or early ‘90s, out it goes—especially if it makes you look like a linebacker. Trust yourself; if you put on an outfit or garment and then question it, it’s obviously not right. Get rid of it.

What to Keep Now that we’ve talked about the throwaways, let’s talk about the staples in your closet. What do you have that you should hang on to? Every wardrobe needs great trousers. Make sure you have several pair. Simple, clean, understated and elegant; and classic pocket-less trousers in neutral colours such as grey, navy, beige, brown and black will be valued and versatile necessities. For summer, capri pants are a must. Avoid ties and frumpy looking cargo pants. Find a good alterationist and have your capris tailored to that perfect spot on your leg. A properly hemmed pair of capri pants can make you look taller. Be sure to have neutral coloured pencil skirts and A-line skirts on hand. Like the trouser, they are versatile and classic. Finally, make sure you have one really good suit, a classic neutralcoloured three-piece suit featuring a jacket, pants and skirt. Because it can be taken apart and worn in several ways, it is the ultimate wardrobe piece that no woman should be without. It can literally take you to ‘four weddings and a funeral’ if needed.

Dean’s Top 5 Top five wardrobe picks for this summer: 1. The ‘boyfriend’ blazer. 2. A bold-coloured sundress. 3. A soft and flowy chiffon or georgette floral dress. 4. The dark denim trouser jean. 5. The perfect three-piece suit. This summer promises to be an exciting fashion season. Throw away your black, enjoy the great colours and have fun! DEAN RENWICK


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BEAUTY

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Ask the D.A.M. Question!

Daniel A. McDonald

Chief Creative Stylist and Owner The D.A.M Hair Company Ltd. 2719 Quance Street East Regina, SK 306.525.2700 thedamhaircompany@sasktel.net www.damhaircompany.com

all get together, and is often accompanied by other friends and family. The salon is as important a location on your wedding day as your reception. Make it a fun event. Bring champagne (if you can) and some snacks. To make your day run smoothly, try to coordinate other services at the salon, or at least in close proximity. Invite your photographer, and try a make-up artist inhouse or nearby. Sometimes they will come to you. Finally, book your appointments early. You want to make sure there are enough stylists available for your entire party. Second – Schedule one to two trials at least one month in advance of your wedding.

My Wedding is approaching this summer and I have just realized that I have no idea what to do about my hair and style preparations. Can you HELP?!

Come prepared to talk with your stylist about the theme of your wedding, style of dress, head piece, and bring any photos of styles that you like. Try to think about what type of feel you are trying to achieve. Natural or Runway? Updo or Down? Princess or Minimal? These are very important things to consider. Then, take a camera with you so that you can take a picture of your trial do. That way when you come in on your wedding day your stylist has a point of reference.

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Dear Panicked Bride, This is a good question and asking it now will give you ample time to prepare. Our D.A.M. Team is here to help and we have some great suggestions for you to get the best style and look. First – Location, location, location. The salon is often the kick-off of your day. It is the first time that your bridesmaids will

Here are some quick points to keep your hair in “D.A.M.” good shape for the big day. - For short to medium length hair: If this is you, consider that the more length you have to work with the more options you have for styling. Keep the ends trimmed every six weeks to keep it healthy and condition it regularly. You might want to consider a regimen like a Redken deep conditioning treatment that higher-end salons, like ours, offer. This will help keep your hair and scalp

in good condition. You may even want to consider extensions, but consult with your stylist first. -For Long hair: Since you likely don’t use a lot of product in it anyway, keep to your normal wash and condition regimen. Long hair definitely opens up a variety of styles, including looks that have shorter cuts. -Colour: Have your hair coloured at least one month in advance of your wedding. Then, about four days to one week prior to your big day, have it touched up for the perfect blend. -Wash: Wash your hair the day before your wedding. Do NOT wash it on the day of your wedding and DO NOT use products (hair spray, pomade, waxes, etc.) in your hair after washing it. Make sure you come to the salon with your hair dry. -Communicate: Always be in dialogue with your stylist. It is very important to let them know the schedule of events for your wedding, times you need to be places, and locations so they can better prepare and keep you and your party on schedule. Finally, always keep an emergency kit with bobby pins, safety pins, and hairspray for any touch-ups or pin ups that you may need for photos. Following these points will make sure you and your bridesmaids have the best “D.A.M.–dos” at the wedding and should help make your special day the best it can be! This is my D.A.M. advice! To consult with a member of our D.A.M. team please call us at 306 525-2700

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Pure Dream Come True BY SHEENA KOOPS

Sarah Nichols, owner and operator of Pure Clothing, had a dream. She wanted to open her own clothing store. “I wanted to bring something new to Regina,” she says. “More up-to-date, fashion-forward styles.” Pure Clothing is doing just that, with brand names like SuperTrash, SkunkFunk, True Religion, Rock Revival, Maison Scotch, Fidelity, Hudson for Men, and I.AM from Will I Am of Black-eyed Peas. “Our motto is Pure Style, Pure Service, Pure Clothing,” Sarah says. Looking for a variety of metropolitan, classic, dressy, urban sheik, mid- to high-end upscale wear, Nichols attends buying events primarily in Vancouver, Las Vegas, and Edmonton. Her buying trips are high energy, but she thrives on getting out there, seeing what new brands are coming in, and checking the quality. She says, “I touch and feel every piece of clothing that I purchase. I believe that the quality of the merchandise is what is most important.” When on buying trips, Sarah takes her customers along through Facebook and Twitter. On February 9, she wrote, “I’m in Vancouver at the buying show. What styles and brands do you want to see in Regina? Send me an email info@pureclothing.ca. Found some great new things. More of our spring/summer stock is arriving. Make sure to be the first to check it out.” Sarah is aware of the individuality of each

of her clients. “When they come into the store, some enjoy visiting, asking me how I got into this business, asking for specific styles and brands; others are happy just looking,” she says. Sarah is committed to keeping her customers leading trends in Regina. “I like calling customers when I know they are looking for a specific size, brand, or style and it comes in. I don’t carry too many sizes or duplicates because I know people like to wear something special.” Although Pure Clothing has only been open since December 17, Sarah is developing a customer base, and getting to know her customers by name. “I love making customers feel welcome, that they can come in anytime, ask me anything. I want to create a personable environment where my customers know they belong.” Sarah is not done dreaming. She plans on her first buying trip to New York this summer and then Los Angeles is next on her must-shop list. She’s also getting her website running and set up for online purchasing. Sarah is looking forward to bringing in great men’s and women’s work wear, especially business suits for women. Who knows, maybe even opening another boutique. Sarah is offering up pure service

and pure fashion. Her authentic business sense and real relationships are what is making Pure Clothing a hit in Regina. “I pride myself in customer service,” Sarah says. And when she says it, she means it. Pure Style. Pure Service. Pure Clothing. 2721 Quance Street East 306.205.6962

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HOT SCISSORS

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Shelley Demitor Regent Park Hair Studio 3843 Sherwood Drive Regina, SK S4R 4A8 Phone: 306.543.7447 www.regenthair.com

The Only Salon in Regina that has HOT SCISSORS This innovative haircutting technique uses special hairdressing scissors with heated blades to seal ends and preserve hair moisture for increased volume, elasticity and natural shine. The regeneration of the hair is stimulated and if applied regularly SPLIT ENDS WILL DISAPPEAR!  Hot scissors is an effective sealing process for every type of hair. Thermal haircuts retain their freshness for at least two times longer than regular haircuts with conventional scissors, providing you with the opportunity to go longer between haircuts, which is especially beneficial when trying to grow out your hair length. All you will need is a basic trim every three to four months to keep the haircut fresh and looking great! No more appointments just to keep split ends at bay! Hot scissors haircuts are absolutely safe for all types of hair. With a conventional haircut, the hair structure is exposed. The scales 70

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that cover the hair shaft begin to ridge in different directions (split ends). This results in hair losing its smoothness and shine, which invariably impacts the appearance of your hair. Using the ThermoCut System, the natural qualities of the hair are preserved and hair retains it`s healthy original state (like virgin hair). The Regent Park Hair Studio is proud to welcome European hairstylist “Agatha” to

our team. Agatha is originally from Belgium and brings a wealth of skills and experience in the ThermoCut System to our hair studio. Come in for a visit and see for yourself why the Hot Scissors revolution is sweeping the nation!


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HEALTH & WELLNESS

EXPERTAdvice High Definition Smart Lenses Eyewear has always been about the latest styles, from the disappearing to the bold, the retro to the modern, the small to the large. One trend that has become just as strong is the awareness by the public about new lens technologies. With all of the great frame styles available, finding a great frame is the easy part, so let’s start with our lens options first. Many people still have a great fear of progressive lenses, which is unfortunate, because they have changed dramatically. All of the progressive lenses we dispense now are digitally ground, which offers a “high definition” sensation. Single Vision is also available. This is similar to buying a television- we don’t see the old tube-style tv’s anymore, even though they did a good job. This new technology provides a more relaxed, wider, sharper and brighter viewing experience.

Ryan Horne- Optician VisionCenterDirect.com 4401 Albert St. Regina, Sk. 306.586.3937

The Varilux Ipseo 2.0 is our most advanced lens. We take many additional measurements relating to the patient’s eye/head movement tendencies, frame tilt, frame wrap, and how far the lens rests from the eye. With this information, the lenses are completely custom designed for that frame on that patient. It’s like getting a custom suit or dress made-

it is only for that person. The results have been phenomenal. This has reopened the possibility of progressives for those who may have tried them before without success. It also enables new and existing wearers an easier, seamless transition, with many unaware they are wearing progressives at all. Another smart technology we love is Transitionsthe lenses that go dark outside! It is available in most of our digital and standard lenses. They provide a stylish comfort feature that keeps your eyes protected at all times from those nasty UV rays. They have never been better- getting sunglassdark outdoors, and clearing up completely indoors. They are great for anyone who likes being outside, from children to seniors, soccer players to golfers. No matter how the daylight changes, Transitions lenses constantly adapt to keep you comfortable and protected. Many times, wearers don’t realize they changed color and are always comfortable. Everyone should try them! Here’s to a sunny spring everyone- we deserve it! Ryan Horne Optician

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A breed apart Canada’s controversial dog expert Brad Pattison is barking up a whole new tree. The popular trainer and host of the hit TV show, At The End Of My Leash, has blown dog training methodology and philosophy wide open. In a candid interview with Meagen Thomas, the outspoken Pattison defends his methods and offers his own insights into the dog-owner dynamic. PHOTOS BY DANIELA SODERO

How did you become a dog expert? It’s all anecdotal. Here’s what cracks me up, too: ‘Brad’s got no credentials’ is what I hear from some people. A lot of people don’t realize that the doggie day-care concept was created by me in the early 1990s. I had the opportunity to observe dogs in an enclosed environment all day long. I got to see their relationships, their behavior…and how much they watch us, and take their cues from us. Fact: Dogs communicate with body language. They don’t speak English or French or Spanish. There is so much information dogs can teach us if we permit them to but we have to learn their language first.

So how did you go from dog minder to dog trainer? At daycare, I’d implemented a structure with the dogs and their owners noticed. They’d say ‘My dog is so much better behaved’, not jumping up on the couch, begging for food. I developed my training system through the 90s and I worked on it for more than 14 years before I felt confident that I could take the information and put it into an academic format. I began training dog trainers six or seven years ago and now there are more than 100 trainers in the US and Canada using my system. Lots of trainers use treat-training, but not you. How come?

People give treats because it makes them feel better. We’re taught to feed the goats kibble at the petting zoo, throw the goldfish in the pond some food. We take animals, confine them, they become dependent on us. If you’re using food as motivation, your pet doesn’t come to you because it likes you; it wants something from you. If your dog is treat trained, it’s only doing what it’s told for that treat. But if the dog is full and doesn’t want anymore treats? Now you’re chasing your dog through the dog park because it won’t come back. How can treat training be harmful? If you truly love your dog why are you setting it up for failures, like being food ag-

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gressive, or cruising the countertops? Apart from the fact that it can make your dog obese, they will jump on furniture for food. Grab food from counters. Burn their paws grabbing chicken or a burger off a barbeque, scald themselves with a pot of Cream of Mushroom soup they snatch off the stove. The more devastating consequence is the danger it poses to children. How is it dangerous for children? Kids are kids, they’ve got jam and peanut butter and ice cream on their fingers, right? If dog thinks food is available 24/7 and from your hand, it will look at that a child’s hand like food. Children have lost pieces of their hands to this. Don’t all breeds of dogs have certain traits, good or bad, that affect training? That’s a really great question! Let me ask you something: Are you Caucasian? Yes…. Hair colour? Blonde….? Then that means you have a certain personality right? Now I know all about you! Or do you have your own personality? I never look at breed first. I look at personality. Border Collies love to herd right? No! It’s wrong! Society ‘says’ Rottweilers are one of the top five dangerous breeds. My friend Harvey can drop his Rotty, Jackson, off at a friend’s and leave him with their toddlers. He’ll nap with the kids, play tug of war with them, he has no desire to be aggressive. Labs? Some aren’t good service dogs, some are great guide dogs, others are great seizure dogs. How do you figure out who your dog is? Get to know your dog; you’ve got to figure out who your dog is when you’re training it. People use descriptions, ‘he reminds me of suchand-such athlete’ or my dog is an accountant, or an old-soul or the kid in college that likes to party and get everyone together. Lots of people say their dog is a clown. When you understand who they are you’ll understand what their needs are and how to fulfil them. Once you understand that, the bond you will have with your dog will be epic. To get to know your dog, expose them to different things over time. After being exposed to many situations you can come to see which situations cause them to light up. What sort of dog needs can people fulfil? My dog Rudy likes to go to the bank, but I can tell you exactly what it is about the bank that


he likes, too. When we get there he does a quick run-by and smiles at everyone. Then he goes to the tellers who let him into the vault area where he goes to see the bank manager, because she pets him so nicely. Then he goes behind the tellers and sits out of the way. When it’s time to go he exits without a problem. His needs to socialize were fulfilled, and he also fulfilled the need of the people who wanted to pet him. At its most basic, what is your training about? Other trainers negotiate. They do it with food. With clickers. Man, that’s annoying. Click! Click-click! Clickclickclickclick…who wants to hear that? Quit putting human emotions first. It’s not about commanding, it’s about showing. Do you let your kids walk into traffic or teach them to wait at the cross-walk, push the button and cross when it’s safe? You be the educator. You be the Alpha. Train your dog in the real world. Why train indoors? Your dog isn’t going to get killed indoors. If that’s the only place you train them, they’ll be a complete wreck outside. That you have to train for X hours a day is a myth. That you have to make a dog submit with physical force is another industry myth.

before you leave, will people help you find your hotel? Maybe. Say you work on some basic phrases, like ‘thank you’? Will you have better success? Of course you will. Work with your dog on its level. Create an umbilical. Put the leash around your waist while vacuuming and they learn to move away from you as you move, and now the dog is thinking and getting mental stimulation. Now the dog is growing and becoming knowledgeable. Mental training is just as important as physical training. What do people need to do for their dogs? We need to be their caregiver, not the other way around. When you have a bad day, don’t dump your emotional baggage on them. Create an environment that meets its needs. Take it to the water if it loves water. If it loves water and you don’t take it there, you’ll have a depressed dog. If your dog is barking all the time it’s saying ‘Hey! I need out! I need exercise! Friends!’ Dogs need to be stimulated. We owe them the kind of rewarding life we need for ourselves. Pattison is the author of Dog Babysitting Course for Kids, Synergy and Unleashed. At The End Of My Leash is in its 6th season on Slice TV and is viewed in over 50 other countries.

Fundamentally, how does it work? A dog’s first form of communication is through body language. It’s silent. People will say ‘it’s so hard, I have to talk to the dog’. Before you had the dog, did you talk to the fork, to the lamp, to the carpet? Shut up, you can do this. Just be respectful. Look at it this way: If you go to Russia and don’t try to learn any of the language

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Where Dogs Come to Play BY SHEENA KOOPS Dogs crave social interaction with other dogs and humans, and they feel deprived if this need is not met. But it’s not always easy for dog owners with busy schedules to give their pets enough attention. At The Playground Daycare and Kennels, daycare dogs, and those staying for short and long-term visits, enjoy social interaction and play time with other dogs and a staff of true dog enthusiasts. “Dogs are all about fun, and they need to socialize and exercise,” says Barb Malmberg, coowner-operator of The Playground with her husband Dan. “Our daycare program can complement dog owners’ existing exercise and training programs.” Customers pick up happy and content

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dogs at the end of the day, and regularly report improved behavior at home when their dogs attend the daycare program, one or two days per week. And with extended drop off and pick up hours, options for short- or long-term boarding, and a clean, safe environment, The Playground is perfect for dogs. Chica—who was the Playground’s first Daycare customer—was only six months old when she started “chewing” while her owners were at work. Megan began taking her “pound puppy,” a terrier-mix, mid-sized dog, twice a week to daycare over a year-and-a-half ago. They’ve never looked back. “It’s very beneficial for her state-of-mind and physically, the vet can

tell,” Megan says. She has a slow, resting heart-rate and good muscle tone. I just can’t say enough about Barb and Dan. They look after Chica like family.” Christine is the proud owner of Kennedy, an American Staffordshire Terrier. “We have two smaller dogs, and before Kennedy, we had never used a kennel daycare,” she relates. “But when Kennedy came along, we had to find someplace that she could expend her energy.” Barb and Dan, owners of three dogs themselves, are mixing business with pleasure. “Our goal is for every dog to be relaxed and confident so they can enjoy their experience with us.” Barb—who


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is experienced in calming signals and dog body language, as well as dog first aid—divides the dogs into play groups according to size and personalities. Play groups take turns in the huge indooroutdoor facility. While dogs are not playing, they rest in individual kennels and overnight guests sleep in private, heated, indoor kennels, resting for more fun and games. This makes the boarding experience less stressful for humans and dogs.

practices Level One to Three Curriculum. However, she individualizes her classes. “Control Unleashed” trains dogs to focus on their humans during distractions. “We’re never going to be greater than a squirrel, but we can teach our dogs to stick with us out of friendship, even when the leash is off,” Jessica says. Private consultations, Reactive Dog classes, and free evaluations are available. Jessica also offers free consultations to families before they choose a puppy.

The Playground is fun and now, educational, as Barb and Dan welcome Jessica Sinkewicz and her new training school, Think Dog. “We need to get back to dogs as our best friends,” Jessica says. Jessica helps people to “think dog,” and dogs to think fun. “The average pet parent wants a dog to be a best friend, but when they are stressing, the relationship is lost,” she says. “This is why I use playtime as training time.”

Dogs thrive on interaction. At The Playground, dogs—who might otherwise be at home, bored and lonely—are happy in a welcoming environment. “Every day we bring home this content dog so that we can pursue other things with her, like training and just bonding time,” says Christine. That’s so precious to us.”

Jessica’s fun philosophies are serious. She teaches “Impulse Control” and

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PHOTOS BY SHAWN FULTON

Get Raw It’s what nature intended BY FLR STAFF Nine years ago, Paddy Thompson was at the end of her rope. Her beloved buddy Ozzie was suffering. He had chronic illness, ear infections, eye infections, infection of his foot pads, diarrhoea. “I tried everything the vet suggested,” she says. “I tried a number of special, expensive allergy diets. They worked to a certain degree, but the poor little guy still had diarrhoea and started losing his hair. It came out in patches.” Then a friend suggested raw food. Paddy had never heard of it, but she was desperate. “It was like a miracle,” she recounts. “He just continued to get better—no infections, no diarrhoea, his hair grew back—and he loved the food.” Now, Paddy is part entrepreneur and part raw food missionary. In 2003, she founded Fido and Felix Foods, the only pet food supplier in the Regina area who specializes exclusively in raw. Paddy is the expert and leader in the field. “My hope is that I can educate people and switch them to raw food,” she says. “If you want processed, commercial pet food, you’ll have to get it somewhere else because I don’t believe in it. “Everything about a dog’s or cat’s physiology tells you it should eat raw. From the shape of its teeth--which are designed to rip and tear, as opposed to our molars, which are designed to grind carbohydrates—to their short, muscular digestive tract, which is meant to process meat quickly and efficiently. It’s what Mother Nature designed them to eat.” It is evident from the moment you start talking to Paddy that she is not in business because she recognized a financial opportunity. She is there because she loves not just her own animals—who all eat raw—but all animals. So much so, in fact, that customers readily provide glowing testimonials that can be found on her website www.fidoandfelixfoods.com. PHOTOS BY SHAWN FULTON

“Positioned in south central Saskatchewan, Fido and Felix Foods serves a large market area with no retail outlets, just fast and convenient door-to-door service, so you save money,” Paddy says. “Our clients are busy people and need exceptional products and service where and when they want them.” To get the scoop on raw, or to schedule your delivery, call Paddy at 306.536.9757 Delivery options include regularly scheduled drop-offs, even if you’re not at home.

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PET CARE THAT’S PAWSITIVELY PURRRFECT

EXPERTAdvice As dedicated pet owners, Victor and Heather Lau of Purrs and Paws Pet Services understand how important the health and happiness of your pet is. In fact, they have dedicated themselves to ensuring that pets are well taken care of when ‘Mom and Dad’ are not at home.

Victor and Heather Lau

Purrs and Paws Phone: 306.737.5345 admin@purrsandpawspetservices.com www.purrsandpawspetservices.com We love our family members and go to great lengths to ensure their safety and well-being at all times. Spending time with them is not only important to us, but something we look forward to. The same goes for our pets, we love to fuss over them. When we discover a treat or a new toy that they enjoy, we get just as excited as if it was something for ourselves. If they do something cute, we phone our friends and family and share all about it. “Guess what Fido did today...” we say. “You should have seen Fluffy when I brought her the new toy mouse...” we laugh. We get to know our pets’ habits, likes, dislikes and moods. We can tell right away when they are not feeling well and they, in turn, nurse us back to health when we are down with the flu or a cold. They are our companions and truly valued members of our families. That is why, when we can’t be there with them, we want to make sure that they are content and that their needs are being met.

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Services provided by Purrs and Paws include dog walking and pet sitting. Dog walking allows your best pal a break during the day while you are away or at work. Pet sitting is a service provided particularly to pets whose owners are away for any period of time. Like the walking service, pet sitting includes walks for pee breaks and checking food and water. Play time is also offered by the Lau’s to help keep your fluffy friend from getting too lonely. Pet sitting also includes complimentary home care services such as bringing in the mail, adjusting blinds and lighting and doing security and premises checks to ensure that your home is safe and your pet feels content. The Lau’s take the time to get to know their client base very well stating that each animal has his or her own routine and distinctive personality. They explain that, with new clients, they like to have an informal meeting with the pet owners plus spend some time with the pets themselves. They make every effort possible to keep the daily routines similar to when the owners are home. As certified and insured professionals, a service such as this provides the pet/homeowner with peace of mind that all will be well while they are away.

“For us, top priority is seeing to it that the pet is happy and his or her needs are met,” states Heather. There are so many rewards involved with doing this type of work. For Heather and Victor, no two days are exactly alike and that’s just what they love. “There’s nothing like walking into the door and being warmly greeted by your employer,” chuckles Heather. Victor also states that they have really grown attached to their clientele over the years, which has also assisted them in being better pet owners. “It’s an easy job to be good at because it is such a fun and enjoyable job to do,” he says. So whether you own a turtle, large dog, small dog, cat, lizard, guinea pig or snake, you can rest assured that your furry (or scaly) friends will be pampered and well provided for. For more information about Purrs and Paws Pet Services call 737-5345 or check out their website.

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One Hundred Years of History, One Hundred Years of Service

A True Legacy for Fort Qu’Appelle Pharmasave BY TOBIE HAINSTOCK

Sharon Labatt painted the mural that now adorns the outside of the Fort Qu’Appelle Pharmasave from this and other photos of the store and of the persons the mural depicts. Frederick A. Dunk, is dispensing a prescription in the window. Seated on the bench is Dr. R. George Ferguson, who was the Chief of the Medical Staff at the Fort San Tuberculosis Sanatorium and who practiced there from 1917 to 1948. Also seated on the bench is Chief Moses Asham, from the Pasqua First Nations, for whom Asham’s point on Pasqua Lake is named. Frederick A. Dunk opened the store in 1911, and his son Fred took over the operation in 1938. Dennis Palmier, who commissioned the mural, was hired by Fred in 1967 and became a partner of the business in 1974.

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It was the early 1900s and Fredrick A. Dunk, a Buffalo, New York pharmacist, was staring down the barrel of 45-calibre pistol for the second time. He was determined this would happen no more and, in 1907, moved to Grayson, Saskatchewan to open a pharmacy called Dunk the Druggist. In 1911, Dunk relocated to Fort Qu’Appelle where he became an avid naturalist, fisherman and hunter. His special friendship with the local First Nation people was of great importance to him and his family.

sold to a friend, Gerhard Hahn. Hahn signed an agreement stating that he would never allow a restaurant to be built on the premises. In 1936, Dunk’s son, Fred Jr., graduated from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan. He worked in Regina before returning to Fort Qu’Appelle to operate the pharmacy.

Dunk was honoured to be the first nonnative person to witness a Sun Dance on the Pasqua First Nation in the 1940s. Dunk was also privileged to film the event. This was released to the Royal Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg with the written permission of the ruling leaders of the Pasqua First Nation at the time. It has remained in the museum to this day.

The Depression had hit and the pharmacy had been experiencing some difficult financial times. Many bills and debts had mounted up but, with hard work and determination, Fred Jr. was able to overcome these challenges. According to present day manager, Michelle Johns, the key to the success of the business has always been the personal service provided to customers. Being part of the community for so many years has created many strong ties both professionally and personally.

During the 1920s, the first Dunk the Druggist building in Fort Qu’Appelle burned down due to a fire that had taken place in the restaurant next door. Dunk moved to a new location that had a vacant lot on each side. One of which was

Over the years, as the town of Fort Qu’Appelle grew, the pharmacy grew along with it. Starting out as a facility of about 300 square feet and expanding to 700 square feet in 1948, then to 1,600 square feet in 1966 with a new modern


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Fred Dunk, Jr. & Sr.. store front. Bright orange and blue Rexall signs were displayed across the front of the building highlighting the name Dunk the Druggist. But even as it grew, the pharmacy maintained its excellence in providing caring and proficient service to friends and neighbours in the community. It was in 1967 that cousin Denis Palmier, applied for his first job as a University of Saskatchewan pharmacy graduate. In 1974, Palmier was offered and purchased a 25 per cent share of the business at a

very reasonable price. An amicable partnership was enjoyed until Fred Jr.’s passing in 1992.

A Celebration and a Thank you

As time marched on the needs of the community grew and so the pharmacy continued to evolve to meet those needs. In 1984, the building was upgraded to 4,000 square feet to accommodate increased business volume and better serve the people of Fort Qu’Appelle.

As an appreciation of many years of patronage, Johns and the staff at Fort Qu’Appelle Pharmasave invite everyone to celebrate this milestone with them. The festivities run for the week of June 13 to 17 and everyone is welcome to take part.

“The pharmacy has evolved and grown over many years and is still proud to serve the residents of the surrounding community who are trusted friends from all walks of life,” states Palmier. Keeping up with new technologies to continue providing excellent service remains a top priority. Being one of the first pharmacies in Saskatchewan to computerize the dispensary was one of the many ways that prompt, professional service was ensured. Personal and courteous service has also been number one with the business and that is evident through the exceptional staff. Johns explains that the focus of the business has always been about the people. “When we hire staff, we hire for personality first and then train the skills,” she says.

“We will be having door crasher specials and give-aways all week, but the big celebration will be on June 17,” states Johns as she describes fun activities such as free ice cream, a dunk tank and more. It’s a once in a lifetime celebration that you won’t want to miss!

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The world is your hospital BY MEAGEN THOMAS

Canada’s healthcare system is the envy of nations around the world. Urgent and critical care is first rate, but growing wait times for non-critical and elective care have stretched from inconvenient to downright intolerable. Need elective knee surgery? Unless you are a star running back, expect to wait a year… for the MRI. Count on waiting another year or two for the surgery, but once you have it don’t get too cozy in recovery; hospitals that used to allow a week for post-op recovering are bouncing woozy patients out the door after four days, or less in some cases. Canada’s model healthcare is itself in critical condition. Resources can’t keep up with demand, and people in non-critical conditions are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Offshore solutions aren’t just for manufacturing companies and IT firms. More and more Canadian’s are saying ‘sayonara’ to waiting lists and getting treatment abroad. Adele Kulyk is the CEO and managing director of Canada’s new and Saskatch-

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ewan’s only comprehensive medical destination company. She’s seen first-hand— as many people have—the too-high price of too little treatment, much too late. As she grieved the loss of a colleague whose 11th hour, stage-four cancer diagnosis robbed his wife and three children of a loving father, Kulyk made a radical decision. She couldn’t change her friend’s fate, but she could leverage her two decades of tourism, business and communications expertise to change the fate of many, many others.

Global Healthcare Connections is based in Saskatoon but has partnerships with world-class medical, dental, cosmetic and diagnostic facilities all over the world. Kulyk can vouch for the calibre and quality of the professional facilities abroad because she has made a point of visiting many of them in person. “I can tell you that the care people can expect overseas is in a completely different league,” said Kulyk. “If it seems like the doctors and nurses


seem unusually interested in you, your care and your health, it’s because they genuinely are. They have a model of compassionately, patient-centric care that’s worlds away from anything we experience here.”

Not about ‘queue’ jumping No one should have to suffer an hour, a day or a month longer than is reasonable, but thousands and thousands of Canadians are lingering anxiously in wait-list limbo—and the list gets longer everyday.

riorating knees; a 20-year-old man whose premature hairlines makes him look not a day over 45; a couple in their late 30s wishing for a child and struggling with the medical and emotional rigors of $20,000 fertility treatments, coupled with knowing that odds of success aren’t much better than one in four per treatment; an MS patient seeking medically-proven, but not covered, Liberation treatment that could radically mitigate their symptoms.

Just because treatment isn’t life threatening doesn’t mean it isn’t vital to quality of life.

By visiting another destination where the treatments for these and dozens more conditions aren’t just plentiful, but are more advanced and surprisingly affordable, people from all walks of life can have their health and happiness restored in weeks, not years.

Picture a 50-year-old woman in perfect health but being slowly crippled by dete-

“Medical tourism is not about queue jumping and it’s not about access for

some elite, uber-wealthy segment of society,” said Kulyk. “It’s for everyday people who are tired of being in pain, tired of life on a wait list, who want their lives and their health restored in time for them to enjoy their life.”

What is medical tourism? Also known as medical travel, health travel, health tourism or global healthcare, it is the term used to describe the rapidly growing practice of traveling across borders to obtain healthcare. It could mean a couple hundred-kilometre drive or flying halfway around the world. Individuals seek medical travel for virtually every type of healthcare, including permanent weight loss, life-threatening

Karen Manlolo and Brad Kulyk discussing an upcoming trip with Adele Kulyk

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while abroad including comprehensive medical exams such as MRIs, full cardio work ups, screening and early detection of cancer through tumour-marker testing, dental exams and audiology exams.

Worry-free care Seeking care abroad can be daunting. How do you find and access licensed, respectable medical professionals in specialty health centres located around the world? What should you ask, know, or expect? Global Healthcare Connections Inc. has you covered. They have connections with top facilities in locations all over the world—and in many cases, they have actually visited the facilities to assure quality. No matter where you go, Global Healthcare Connection Inc’s international network of care facilitators can travel with you or be your liaison when you arrive. Native-speaking assistants who know the destination country inside and out will be your constant companions, tending to your every need before, during and after the procedure. “Global Healthcare Connections was created specifically to provide you with the information and services you need to connect with accessible healthcare in a timely manner,” said Kulyk.

International Patient Staff, Almater Hospital - Mexicali, Baja California

conditions, cosmetic and dental treatments. The reasons to consider medical tourism are different for everyone. The most common reason people look to medical tourism is timely access because there is virtually no wait-time for most procedures. Others want access to procedures not currently available or covered in their province or in Canada.

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Because the treatments are taking place in an exotic or tropical destination, many people turn a medical trip into a once-ina-lifetime holiday adventure. “Or, why not take that exciting trip and get a state-ofthe-art health assessment or dental work at savings of up to 75 per cent while you’re there?” Kulyk said. Many clients take full advantage of the low costs to access multiple services

“We will save you time, money and relief from the stress of planning your entire travel itinerary and treatment process on your own. Our commitment is to deliver your services in a timely, caring and confidential manner, ensuring that you have a safe and comfortable experience from your first call to your return home.”

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Pain you can live without

Jarron Yee The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy 2310 9th Ave. N. Regina, Sk. 306.543.5555 www.medicineshopperegina.ca It is estimated that approximately 10 to 20 per cent of the adult population suffer from chronic pain. It can take the form of a stressinduced headache, a muscle strain from sports activities, or be the result of a workrelated injury or an automobile accident. Pain is the most common reason individuals seek medical treatment. For some people pain can be a chronic medical condition, something they live with on a daily basis. Many prescribed medications help the conditions that are associated with chronic pain such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and migraines. However, they come with unwanted side effects such as drowsiness and upset stomach. Many patients often come to accept these conditions as part of their daily life, but there may be a solution through pharmaceutical compounding. Compounding can provide alternate methods of delivery by combining

the ingredients of traditional oral pain medications into a topical gel, cream or spray form that can be applied directly to the site of pain and absorbed directly through the skin. For those suffering from migraines¸ pain medication may be administered through nasal sprays or flavoured troches or lozenges. Chronic pain sufferers often take a variety of medications to manage all the symptoms that are associated with their disease. Pharmaceutical compounding allows these multiple medications to be combined into a single topical dosage form providing greater convenience for the patient. Each of us is different, so it stands to reason that sometimes standard dosages may not be adequate for everyone. Because patients vary in size, and have different symptoms and pain tolerance, commercially available medications may not provide an appropriate dosage to alleviate their symptoms. Through

compounding, a physician and pharmacist can customize a medication to the exact dose that the patient requires. Pain can be debilitating, whether it’s an acute muscle or nerve pain resulting from an accident or a chronic condition such as fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis. Pharmacy compounding may help improve a patient’s quality of life by providing fewer side effects and the convenience of less overall medication. Ask The Medicine Shoppe’s Custom Meds Pharmacist about the benefits of personalized compounding for pain management. For more information on compounding for pain management visit us at: www. medicineshopperegina.ca

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Moose Jaw clinic celebrates first anniversary with two award nominations BY CARTER HAYDU The VelaShape II might look like a futuristic robot laser vacuum, but in the skilled hands of Radiant Skin Clinic staff, it’s a powerful cellulite-fighting weapon. “We’re basically making people smaller and smoother,” says medical aesthetics practitioner and Radiant Skin Clinic owner Amber Cameron. The device uses lasers, radio frequency, infrared light, mechanical rollers and suction to literally shrink the size of fat cells, causing the toxins therein to flush out of the body, thus reducing the client’s

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circumference while eliminating cellulite. However, her high-tech fat vacuum isn’t the only tool in Cameron’s skin care arsenal. Her Moose Jaw clinic offers fractional laser resurfacing, photodynamic therapy, physician-strength chemical peels, laser hair removal and re-growth treatments, as well as Juvéderm and Botox. From tightening tummies to clearing acne— Cameron’s clinic does it all. “You won’t come here and find the same old stuff,” she says, adding Radiant Skin Clinic is a highly specialized and

physician-directed facility, utilizing the latest in medical skincare technology and techniques. In fact, Cameron considers her business akin to a well-decorated and comfortable medical clinic where people go for professional skin treatment and friendly service—all the while working with local healthcare specialists. “That sets us apart from the aesthetics industry. We’re in the medical cosmetic industry.”


Top-quality equipment and skilled service aside, Cameron’s favourite part of the job is working with people. “I don’t think business is all about business. It’s about creating trust and friendships and giving back to the community.” In December, Cameron held a makeover contest, the winner to receive a year’s free skin treatments. In total, she accepted 16 applicants, each expressing why they deserved to win and submitting photos. “I fell in love with each and every one of their stories.” Therefore, every applicant received at least one professional skin treatment. Cameron has since narrowed her list and eventually will choose just one winner, but she says it’s difficult with so many worthy and wonderful candidates. “We had one man who was a skin cancer survivor and a lady who underwent chemotherapy and lost all her hair.” However, even for those who won’t win,

Cameron says she still keeps in contact with many of them, and will continue to do so even if they aren’t regular customers. She truly cares for and enjoys her patients. Cameron’s journey into the private clinic business began with her own treatment at a similar facility, while receiving regular spinal injections as part of her spinal rehabilitation following a minor car accident. She says the administering physician continuously talked about the medical aesthetics industry in hopes of Cameron joining his staff. Cameron, who worked in marketing in Canmore, Alberta at the time, says the doctor talked her into the industry, but Saskatchewan was calling her home. “Out of something bad, came something good.” When it came time to start her own business, Cameron looked to the Friendly City. It’s relatively close to her childhood home, Kindersley, and she thought Moose

Jaw’s spa culture would complement her clinic. She was right. With a staff of two fulltime and two parttime workers, including a local physician conducting botox treatments, Cameron says Radiant Skin Clinic’s first year was both busy and rewarding. In fact, her business is nominated in the “new business” and “young entrepreneur” categories of the Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce 2011 Moose Jaw Business Excellence Awards, to be announced April 20. Regardless of the results, Cameron will continue doing what she loves—working with people to improve their skin and hair. Radiant Skin Clinic is located at 570 Main Street North in Moose Jaw. For more information, call 306-972-7546 or visit www.radianskinclinic.ca Radiant Skin Clinic 570 Main St N Moose Jaw, Sk. 306.972.7546 www.radiantskinclinic.ca


It’s Never Too Late to Learn a Better Way to Learn The brain never stops learning. As long as it is continually challenged, the brain can learn, unlearn, and relearn. This is a concept known to the scientific community as neuroplasticity. It’s also the idea upon which all of Oxford Learning’s programs are created. Because the brain is changeable, it’s possible to overcome many learning challenges, and become a successful, happy student. It means that effective study habits can replace poor approaches to studying and homework, and that the standard cognitive stumbling blocks can be overcome. When it comes to learning, it’s never too late to learn a better way to learn. “It doesn’t matter what point it is in the school year, or what grade a student is in,” says Janet Klassen, Centre Director of Oxford Learning Regina. “If parents are looking to help their child improve grades for this year or the next, we can help.” Oxford Learning’s programs were developed on the science of cognitive development, which means that students

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don’t just get better grades, they change the way that they think, and they learn how to learn. This process empowers students and gives them the confidence that they need to tackle their learning challenges, not just for this grade, but for every grade. Oxford Learning offers programs for students of all ages and grades. Our Little Readers program, for children ages three to six, develops strong reading and school readiness skills. Beyond Tutoring, for students in grades 1-8, helps students build better learning skills. Advantage High School Success, for students in grades 9-12, helps teens hone their school skills and prepare for university. The Academie Francais program helps students in French Immersion or Core French develop their French reading, writing, and speaking skills. Specialty programs like the SAT or ACT Prep, Beat Math, University Prep, and Study and Organizational Skills programs, round out the many opportunities for

learning at the centre. Summer programs that keep kids motivated and on track over the school break are also offered. New Summer Bridge programs are available this summer to complement regular programming and the French, Little Reader, and Big Reader Camps. For more information about Oxford Learning, or about getting better grades, contact Janet Klassen at Oxford Learning Regina, 306-790-2000, or regina@ oxfordlearning.com

Oxford Learning Regina 2595 Quance Street East Regina, Sk. 306.790.2000 www.oxfordlearning.com


HEALTH & WELLNESS

EXPERTAdvice

Allergies

Jill Kistner

Sangsters Health Centres Southland Mall, Regina, Sk. 306.586.1611 www.sangsters.com Q. What can I do to naturally alleviate the itchy, watery eyes and nasal congestion I get from springtime allergies? A. Allergies occur when foreign invaders, or antigens, enter the body through substances like food, pollen, moulds or pet dander. Our immune systems respond by producing antibodies to destroy it. In people who are allergic the allergy antibody is produced in very large amounts causing inflammation, or the itchy, watery eyes and nasal congestion mentioned above. There are several things that you can do to suppress the symptoms of allergies. Making sure that your living environment is clean and free of pollen and pet dander by vacuuming daily, if necessary, is a great start. Washing bedding and clothing regularly will help to eliminate build up of allergens in your home. Keeping windows closed during pollen season and wearing a mask outside if you are particularly sensitive will help as well.

There are also nutritional plans you can follow to help boost the immune system prior to allergy season in an attempt to prevent symptoms. A basic, full-body cleanse can prepare the body to eliminate ingested allergens. Cleansing increases the function of the filtering abilities of your liver, blood and colon which speeds the removal of these harmful agents. During this time, eliminating or minimizing wheat and dairy products will reduce the amount of mucus in the body—areas where allergens like to attach. Different supplements can also be used as natural sources to reduce symptoms. Quercetin and Vitamin C can aid in reducing the histamine response caused by allergens. Bromelain, a natural enzyme found in pineapple, is very effective at reducing inflammation and can help soothe inflamed nasal passages. Licorice root is helpful in reducing mucus in the body and digestive enzymes can be taken to help break down foods that may cause an allergic response.

About Jill Kistner My husband Andy and I took over Sangster’s Health Centres in the Southland Mall this past July. Since then we have relocated our business to a bigger location in the mall, which has allowed us to expand the products we offer our customers. Sangster’s represents our passion for healthy living, which we get to share with our customers. Our passion developed when Andy and I lived in New Zealand for two years. Living a healthy lifestyle is a big part of their culture and we were exposed to a new, proactive way of living. Coming back to Regina and getting involved in such a relevant industry was very important to us. We are not your average natural health store clerks, we are Sangster’s Nutritional Consultants. This means we give you the information needed on the products that will help you feel better. Our focus is on superior customer service and providing a welcoming environment for everyone.

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Dr. Laura Montgomery Optometrist/Partner Advance Eye Care Center 500-4010 Pasqua St. Regina, Sk. 306.586.7036 www.advanceeyecarecenter.ca

For individuals thinking about reducing their dependence on glasses or contact lens correction, refractive surgery may be an option. The most common options in refractive surgery available today include LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). LASIK is a surgical procedure that uses a laser to reduce myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia(far sightedness), and astigmatism. A flap is created in the cornea and is folded back to expose the inner layer of the cornea. The flap can be created with a bladed instrument called a microkeratome or using a laser called Intralase. Once the flap is opened the cornea is reshaped with a laser to correct the prescription and then the flap is replaced. In PRK, the front layer of the cornea (epithelium) is removed to expose the inner layers and then the laser correc-

Not everyone is a candidate for refractive surgery. Individuals considering the surgery must be at least 18 years old, have a stable prescription and healthy eyes. Various conditions may affect a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s candidacy: severely dry eyes, corneal disease/scarring, uncontrolled diabetes, certain medications, degenerative corneal diseases, autoimmune disorders and many others. Anyone considering refractive surgery should have a complete eye exam to determine if they are a good candidate. One important question to ask is where should I have my refractive surgery done? Every centre varies in its technology, surgeons, procedures, costs and what is included. Your optometrist can help you make the best decision for you. Refractive surgery can have a tremendous impact on your quality of life. Vision affects most daily activities such as seeing the clock when you wake up, sporting activities, and career requirements. Imagine freedom from glasses... The optometrists of Advance Eye Care Center offer refractive surgery consultations and always welcome new patients. Please call 586-7036 to find out if refractive surgery is right for you!

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Brown Sugar Tanning & Day Spa

Brown Sugar Tanning & Day Spa is a beautiful salon located in the warehouse district. Its warm décor and certified staff welcome you to enjoy the “spa treatment” with tanning, air brush spray tanning system, massage, skin care, manicures, pedicures and more. Come in today and check out our great salon, with new products and services at great prices. Bring in this ad to receive 15% off any tanning package.

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EXPANDING OPERATIONS, LOSING WEIGHT How Weight Loss Forever is Changing Lives When you consider losing weight, you envision losing it forever. Weight Loss Forever offers a permanent solution to obesityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the vertical sleeve gastrectomy. What started as a two-person support group in Saskatoon has grown into a team throughout western Canada nearly 30 strongâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; facilitators, nurses, clinical psychologists and dieticians. With offices in Saskatoon, Lethbridge, Edmonton and Regina, Weight Loss Forever has helped hundreds of people permanently reach their weight loss goals and continues to help others through preoperative assessments, information sessions and comprehensive, hands-on support.

Mrs. Canada International 2011

MELANIE WILDMAN President, CEO Weight Loss Forever Ltd.

BY ALEXANDRA WALLD


“Many individuals suffer from being overweight and have health problems because of it, but have nowhere to turn,” says Melanie Wildman, patient and CEO of Weight Loss Forever. “We give them a place to go and provide the support they need, which is important because research shows patients with good support lose 20 to 30 per cent more weight. What’s so great about the company is that all of our facilitators have had the procedure and everyone is so passionate and dedicated to helping others change their lives too.”

LORNA’S STORY

thing she would fail at and it wasn’t until she found out from her husband (radio personality Scott Nicholls) that a colleague had lost a lot of weight by getting sleeved, that she decided to contact Weight Loss Forever. Even after she was sleeved last October and saw the weight coming off, Lorna still worried she would fail. When the second month rolled by and she was still losing weight without struggling or feeling hungry, she knew she’d finally found a permanent solution. She’s lost over 80 pounds since being sleeved and her success has rubbed off on her family—her mom, dad and brother have lost nearly 100 pounds combined.

Once patients lose unwanted weight, excess skin may become an issue. According to Dr. Zachary Gerut, one of New York’s leading reconstructive plastic surgeons, patients with excess skin can experience health problems. He says, “no one can predict who will need plastic surgery after weight loss and it seems many doctors don’t discuss it with patients.”

“This journey has changed my entire family and I’ve learned so much,” says Lorna. “It’s given me confidence and selfesteem—I’ve never had that before. I’m proud of who I am.”

Wildman says about a third of surgery patients have a need for plastic surgery, but there are no surgeons in western Canada who specialize in reconstructive surgery after weight loss. “We work with Dr. Rodas at our state-of-the-art hospital,” Wildman says. “He has over 17 years’ experience and specializes in reconstructive surgery and body contouring after weight loss. He’s one of the very few plastic surgeons in the world who can do this type of work and we’re thrilled to offer that in addition to elective cosmetic procedures for patients who haven’t had weight issues.”

Even as a little girl, Lorna Woroniuk blamed herself for being overweight; she couldn’t understand why she was different from her friends. As she progressed through school, she tried dieting and exercising. When that didn’t work, desperation turned her to selective bulimia. When that failed, her self-esteem regressed and she put up with abuse for years.

Nominated for three Sabex awards this year—Marketing, Fastest Growth and Small Business of the Year—the company’s success hasn’t gone unnoticed. Says local Saskatoon family physician, Dr. Carl le Roux: “I’m very impressed with the postoperative care and support provided by Weight Loss Forever.”

“I knew I was never going to be the pretty one, so I drank a lot and tried to fit in that way,” says Lorna. “I projected one person, but that’s not how I felt and I don’t think anybody really knew that. Even my parents didn’t know what I struggled with because if I said it out loud, I had to face it. And I just didn’t want to face it.”

“All of our facilitators have had the procedure and everyone is so passionate and dedicated to helping others change their lives too.”

Going through depression, Lorna hit her lowest point and her highest weight last year when she accepted that she was going to have health issues and probably die young. When she heard about Weight Loss Forever, she thought it was another

“This journey has changed my entire family and I’ve learned so much,” says Lorna. “It’s given me confidence and self-esteem—I’ve never had that before. I’m proud of who I am.”


CLAIRE’S STORY

made no sense—I gained everything back!”

As a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Claire Lajeunesse-Lewko has helped people dealing with mental health issues. Her desire to assist others stems from the emotional difficulties she experienced growing up. Because many of her childhood memories are filled with disparaging remarks, being overweight has been an issue since before she was a teenager.

Claire heard about Weight Loss Forever and was reassured by the fact it was a Saskatoon-based company with follow-up care so she contacted their office to learn more. She was sleeved last December at 164 pounds and within three short months lost over 30 pounds. Because of her medical background, Claire is in a unique position to evaluate the quality of care she received.

medical and psychological experience,” says Claire. “I understand why certain things happen and can explain that to people. Moneywise, it’s the best investment you can make in your life—for people who have a lot of co-morbidities, the weight loss is enough to take them out of those risk categories.”

“Moneywise, it’s the best investment you can make in your life—for people who have a lot of co-morbidities, the weight loss is enough to take them out of those risk categories.”

SHARI’S STORY While she never considered herself overweight, Shari Turner, a successful real estate agent with RE/MAX Boyd Godfrey Realty in Saskatoon, was never completely happy with her reflection. In her early 20s, her “yo-yo dieting” began and while she lost weight, she would gain more back and got heavier every year.

Similar to others who struggle with obesity, Claire played the rollercoaster game, losing weight through programs only to gain it back as soon as she made any progress. In 2008, after nearly 40 years of battling, Claire had had enough. At 5’1” and 185 pounds, she opted for the lap-band. “The procedure went well at first and I lost weight, but within a year I was having severe complications,” says Claire. Once it was removed the weight immediately started coming back. I chose the lap-band because it was reversible and that really

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“The care was second-to-none,” she says. “I’ve never felt more safe.” Since the procedure, her high cholesterol and both knee and hip problems have disappeared. “The work I do now as a facilitator is rewarding; I can pass along my personal,


Sick of her discomfort and tired of her weight slowing her down, Shari knew she had to find a permanent solution. “Every day, the first thing I thought about was what I was going to wear and how uncomfortable I was with my size,” says Shari. “One day, I met a girlfriend who had lost a lot of weight and told me she’d gone through Weight Loss Forever. I asked about it, researched it and thought my husband would think I was crazy, so I put it on the backburner. When I finally brought it up, he said, ‘I’ve seen how hard you’ve worked and if anyone is a candidate, you are. If you want to do it and are comfortable, do it.’”

Shari got sleeved. She was impressed with the high level of care she received at the hospital and has bonded with other patients at the monthly support groups. Since July, Shari has lost over 80 pounds and is working on toning her new body. “Weight Loss Forever makes a private and sometimes frightening issue so comfortable and everything at the hospital was handled so professionally,” says Shari. “I can’t imagine getting better care anywhere. As a real estate agent, I realize that other people generally don’t care what size you are, they care how well you treat them. It’s got nothing to do with anyone else. It’s about perception and how you see yourself. This experience has taken the weight off my shoulders and allows me to be who I really am.”

“It’s about perception and how you see yourself. This experience has taken the weight off my shoulders and allows me to be who I really am.”

LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER Two years ago, Saskatonian Donna Garman, then 71, made the decision to get sleeved through Weight Loss Forever with the blessing of her family doctor. When her daughter Alison Nelson, from Lethbridge, heard the news, her immediate reaction was that her mother was insane. “I thought she was crazy!” says Alison, who had also struggled with weight issues for most of her life. “I questioned her on it and asked all sorts of things and then it really started to make sense why she wanted to do it. After her surgery, I started seeing the amazing results firsthand in my mother and I knew it could work for me, too.” In January 2010, Alison, then 265 pounds, underwent the procedure with her mother by her side. Since then, Alison has lost over 125 pounds and the mother-daughter team have shared a special sleeve support

The next day, Shari called the Weight Loss Forever office. After reading through the extensive information kit—which covers everything from the procedure to how to prepare and what to expect afterward— DONNA GARMAN BEFORE

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system. They have helped each other and grown closer throughout their weight loss journeys sharing recipes, clothing and progress reports. This January, Donna underwent plastic surgery through Weight Loss Forever to address excess skin issues—because she lost 100 pounds and doesn’t have much elasticity in her skin, she says she got rid of the “fat rolls but was left with skin rolls.” She had a tummy tuck and breast lift which were all completed at Weight Loss Forever’s state-of-the-art hospital. “I can’t believe how flat and smooth everything is—I feel sleek,” she says. “I had to wait until I was in my 70s to do this, but it’s better late than never!”

DONNA GARMAN AFTER

Alison says the experience has been life-changing. When she looks at the pictures from her visit three years ago at the Saskatoon EX with her mother and young daughter, and then sees the pictures from two years later, she is grateful. “The miles kept us far away from each other, but going through this together, has brought us closer than we’ve ever been.”

“I started seeing the amazing results firsthand in my mother and I knew it could work for me, too.”

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From Budget Savvy to Techno EXPERTAdvice Savvy: Breaking Down the Cost of Hearing Aids

know how well your cochlea is functioning and whether or not your middle ear and eardrum are normal and healthy. You do not need a doctor’s referral to see an audiologist, but if medical intervention is required, an audiologist will forward you on to the proper medical professionals.

Dr. Debbie Davis Aud (C), Au.D Doctor of Audiology

Eastside Audiology & Rehabilitation Inc. 1830b Victoria Ave E. Regina, Sk. 306.359.3277 www.lifewithsound.com So you are starting to realize that you are having some difficulty with your hearing. Maybe it started as having some trouble hearing your friends when you’re out for a drink, or maybe your significant other is telling you the TV volume is much too high. Whatever the reason, you are starting to think about hearing aids. The problem is that you have friends telling you that hearing aids are a nuisance and expensive. What!? Where do you get some answers? My recommendation is to book an appointment with a reputable audiologist and get the proper testing done. There are many people out there doing hearing testing but in order to get a full audiological assessment you need more than a simple beep test. It is important to

How is it determined which aid is best for me? There are a number of factors that go into the decision but I start with your lifestyle. Lifestyle is a simple way of looking at what kinds of environments you are in on a daily basis, whether you’re generally in a quiet setting, occasionally going out in a group setting, or constantly running from meetings to the office and then out to lunch. Each of these diverse settings needs to be accounted for when thinking about hearing aids. Lifestyle affects what type of microphone directionality and function you need, the type of noise management required, and whether you need Bluetooth compatibility or not. How do I want the aid to look? In today’s world there are numerous options that are miniature and very discreet. There are also colour and style options galore but a balance needs to be struck between what is agreeable stylistically and your audiological needs. The final, and to some, most important point is price. Often I hear patients comment, “why does a little hearing aid cost so much when I can go and buy an iPod for a fraction of the cost?” The simple response to this is mass production combined with research and development.

In 2007-2008, there were 100 million iPods sold versus 2.4 million hearing aids. iPods can be mass produced quickly and cost effectively because there are very little differences between one iPod and another. Hearing aids come in numerous different circuits, styles, and custom options and are generally made specifically for the patient who ordered it. How can I treat my hearing loss without breaking my budget? A good clinic should be able to go through all the different manufacturers out there and come up with a style and technology level that best matches what you need. A hearing aid that is both technologically appropriate and cosmetically appealing does not have to be cost prohibitive. What if it just doesn’t work for me? In Saskatchewan, there is a regulated trial period. You should always have booked follow up appointments to ensure that the settings that were verified at the fitting are working well for you. Adaptation is the key. Often the first two weeks after the fitting are the hardest, since all of the sounds you are getting with your hearing aids are “different” or “louder” or simply “noisy” to a new user. Your audiologist will help guide you through this process and help you make the best decision for your hearing healthcare needs.


Is your dresser drawer hearing better than you? Let’s get those hearing aids out of the drawer & finally working for you Eastside Audiology can work with your existing hearing aids – old or new. We are an “all make” audiology clinic with onsite minor repair services and the capability to reprogram “all makes” of hearing aids. If you are having issues with your current hearing aids, we can help. We have over 31 years experience serving the southern Saskatchewan area and are recognized for our superior diagnostic capabilities for both our pediatric and geriatric patients Dr. Debbie Davis is the only Doctor of Audiology in southern Saskatchewan. If it concerns your hearing health – we can help!

1830b Victoria Ave. E. Regina, SK Ph: 306.359.3277 www.lifewithsound.com Lindsay Romain

Administrative Assistant

Candace Leake

M.S. Aud (C) Clinical Audiologist

Dr. Debbie Davis

Aud (C), Au.D, Doctor of Audiology

Mitch Davis

B.Sc. Business Manager


sport, recreation and leisure

Today’s summer toys combine luxury with thrills

BY G.H.LEWMER I can see and feel it at this very moment. Lying back in the hot sun with a cold drink at the beach, watching the waves roll by. Taking a long walk with that special someone through the deep, dark woods, searching for a new trail to try. Driving along an endless highway with a fragrant breeze flowing down my spine, realizing how easy it can all be. For some mysterious reason, those memories and images of summer always remain, no matter how old you are or what time of year it is. The beauty of summer is simplicity: for it to be best appreciated, it must be enjoyed. For those in the know, who have a taste for enjoyment, summer is a wonderful time for the best toys to maximize your recreational pleasure. Be it by land or by water, summer is, and always will be, fun. With terms like “hub and spike,” “full

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hookup,��� “fifth wheel coupling” and “dry camping” as part of your vocabulary, who in their right mind wouldn’t want to jump into a Recreational Vehicle (RV) and drive around the countryside for days on end. A time-honoured tradition that dates back to the 1920s, today’s Class A RVs are a little different than even a decade ago. They can range in price from two hundred and fifty thousand dollars all the way up to a million. Gone are the days of cramped spaces and pop out tents. The 2011 luxury lines from manufacturers as diverse as Airstream, Newmar and Coachmen offer world-class comfort in luxury surroundings that rival many five-star hotels. They are the best of cottage living without being tied to a single location. Running anywhere from 34 feet to 49 feet in length, luxury RVs are designed for handcrafted comforts. When you venture into one, it’s easy to understand why

they have become such a desired way of travelling. It’s fairly common to find up to five flat screen televisions, stainless steel kitchens, maple cabinets, porcelain flooring, king-sized beds and circular glass showers as standard features offered by the majority of manufacturers. As competition gets increasingly fierce, many luxury lines now offer custom-designed furnishings and your choice of colour pallets to personalize your portable palace. As one of the fastest growing means of holidaying in the world today, the RVs is a perfect way to embody both luxury and simplicity simultaneously as you travel the back roads and highways to destinations unknown. For most RV aficionados, a spin down that highway eventually leads you lakeside. Upon arrival, you unwind and set up for the “tasks” at hand, be they relaxation, fishing or boating. The evolution of water


transportation is quite astonishing when you consider that fifty years ago, the canoe was the primary means of travel when venturing out onto the waves. In today’s crowded boating market, speed, efficiency and, especially, luxury are what sophisticated customers demand. Determining the most appropriate watercraft for whatever your requirements may be one of the more enjoyable summer challenges. With well over 100 different designs and models to choose from, the sport boats of today are fitted with all the luxuries to enable you to travel in style while still accelerating to the speed you desire. Equipped with all the technological toys people increasingly rely upon (flat screen television, computer, mp3 player), the cabin is more akin to a penthouse suite as opposed to a cramped basement. It’s standard to find wet bars, u-shaped lounges, air-conditioning, showers and functioning washrooms when you hunker down below. With the addition of luxury seating and a fully-functioning kitchen (with barbecue), living on the water is anything but roughing it in 2011.

If you’re a person who feels that speed boating is for sissies, then you’re like most Saskatchewanians who are turning to the jet-ski to satisfy that adrenaline rush. Designed as a skidoo (but on water), the modern jet-ski comfortably fits two and has all the speed and safety features (tilt steering, on-water breaking systems, rough water suspension) that guarantee maximum thrills and minimum spills.

to a broad family base, with rallies attracting anywhere up to 500 people, the sport is a classic example of ingenuity expanding upon traditional summer enjoyment. Instead of racing around a track, RUV rallies involve creating obstacle courses through mud pits wherein hearty individuals go as deep into the mud as they can with the only reward being plenty of laughs and a job well soiled.

For those who prefer embarking upon high-octane ecstasy adventures with friends and family, pontoon boats, once mobile docks, are now equipped with all the luxury perks (suspension furniture seating, rear-access ladders, entertainment centres) that allow you to live on the edge with a touch of style. With the ever-growing demand for new innovation increasing substantially each and every year, boating has become a desired activity for those who mix the finer things in life with an appetite for excitement. Never has class come with so much gas.

RUVs are available in gas and electrical models and seat two to four with advanced safety features, that equip the driver with the necessary support to navigate the twists and turns that all-terrain touring and muddied abysses offer.

If land recreation is your bag, a relatively new summer luxury activity has been the unprecedented rise in popularity of recreational utility vehicles (RUVs). Appealing

Whatever your preference, the value placed on summer enjoyment has now been transferred to the toys adults like to play with in the great outdoors. Never before has such an opportunity existed to enjoy the magnificence of Mother Nature while frolicking with all the comforts of technology. I can see and feel it at this very moment.

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RVing A Lifestyle for Everyone!

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Minard’s Leisure World carries the largest selection of 5th wheels and travel trailers in Saskatchewan. When they choose their RVs, they make sure they have a variety of prices and sizes to fit everyone’s needs and budgets. Starting at $65 bi-weekly, every family can go camping and enjoy the rest and relaxation that only RVing can provide.

921 Government Road. South Weyburn, Sk. 306.842.3288 www.minardsleisureworld.com

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by Open Range

Open Range is a new line that Minard’s is really excited about! The old saying: They don’t make them like they used to? Well now they do! Unbelievable quality, these units are made like your home. Residential style cabinets, R38 insulation and so much room , you truly can spend your entire summer in them. Many, many unique features—these RVs need to be seen to be appreciated.

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Surveyor 305

Travel Trailer

OHD SOFA HIDE-A-BED W/DRAWER

SOFA HIDE-A-BED

FLUSH FLOOR SLIDE

PANTRY/ WARD

LOWER LEVEL LIVING QUARTERS

TABLE STORAGE DRAWER

PT OTTOMAN STORAGE

FLUSH FLOOR SLIDE

ENT CENTER

OTTOMAN/ SEAT BUNK LADDER

TUB/ SHOWER

PANTRY

REFER

OHD

41 X 74 BUNK ABOVE ENT.CTR./ WARDROBE BELOW OUTSIDE KITCHEN

WARD W/ STORAGE

REFER OHD

60 X 80 QUEEN BED W/ SUPER STORAGE CENTER

OHD

31 X 74 BUNK ABOVE

WARD W/ STORAGE PT

Bunks, bunks and more bunks! Families have found out that having a bunk bed trailer when they have kids or grandkids really makes camping easy. The Surveyor 305 is an all new design with what they call a King U. This opens up the main area inside to make a perfect visiting area! The kids have a back room all to themselves, with lots of space to play in. Amazing!

Sundance 3300 CK

5th Wheel

What an amazing RV! Bedroom slide so mom and dad have lots of room. Main living area slide with a King U for tremendous space. And a bunk slide for the kids. Sundance has thought of everything—even a toy box built into the floor for more storage. What could top this off... An outside kitchen so less trips inside to the fridge. If you’ve been looking for the perfect family 5th wheel, we believe you’ve found it!


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Sportsman Classic

If you’ve got a mini van or small SUV you can still go RVing. Starting at only 1,800 pounds, these lightweight units are great for young families that don’t want to spend much but still want the camping experience! They are fully equipped with complete bathroom facilities, fridge, microwave, air and heat. Priced to get you out with no stress on the pocketbook, they start at $9,999!

OpenRange 5th Wheel

What will they think of next? Now a 5th wheel that comes with its own deck. It folds down off the side of the coach exposing a set of patio doors. The deck is great for those with small children who don’t want them crawling around on the ground or for those who have trouble going up and down stairs but still want to enjoy the outdoors. Construction is second to none! You can feel that, the moment you step through the door.

306.842.3288 www.minardsleisureworld.com


It’s A New Generation! This Aint Your Grandaddy’s Pontoon Boat!

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South Bay pontoon boats are among the finest-built pontoon boats in the industry - they have more user-friendly features, better performance, more luxury, better warranties, more useable space per model than the competition, and all this at a price that’s surprisingly affordable! These boats have entered a new era in style and performance, bringing them to a new generation and a higher level of comfort and versatility than ever before! Ranging in size from 18’-28’ South Bay pontoons are truly the SUVs of the water. You can spend all day on the lake with your family and friends, doing everything from cruising, fishing, skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, and more! With amenities like on-board bathrooms, livewells, changerooms, waterproof stereos, BBQs,

or full upper decks with waterslides, there’s almost nothing these boats weren’t made to do! Stop in to see why in 2010, Performance Marine was the #1 South Bay dealer in Canada in our first year as a dealer! Now taking custom built-to-suit orders for early summer delivery at carry-over Boat Show pricing!!

Performance Marine 3310 Pasqua Street 306.586.2628 www.performanceregina


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GOT GOLF? You bet we do BY FLR STAFF Saskatchewan golfers of a certain vintage can certainly relate to the concept of “pasture golf.” In fact, you still see ads touting “grass greens,” for some Saskatchewan golf courses. And there are still a few courses (37) that maintain sand greens, but they are rapidly disappearing. Nevertheless, we are not that far removed from a time when golf was not exactly a priority pastime in the province. And why would it be? The season is aggravatingly short if your penchant is for swatting a little white ball around. And if you want to play on nice courses, you have to travel, right? Think again.

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By the numbers What province has more golfers per capita than any other in Canada? It has to be B.C. or Ontario right? Wrong. It’s Saskatchewan. According to the most comprehensive study of golf participation, produced by Ipsos Reid in 2006, Saskatchewan led the country with a 29 per cent participation rate. That’s more than one in four and eight per cent higher than the Canadian average and totally kicks the butt of that venerated home of the venerated game, Scotland, where only 10 per cent of adults play. Digression: Pour yourself a wee dram of single malt before continuing. There

may be some dispute over the origin of golf. A German sports historian named Heiner Gillmeister claims the game was invented in Holland. He wrote that the name golf is derived from the Dutch word “kolve” meaning shepherd’s crook and cites as evidence paintings created 100 years before the game appeared in Scotland depicting Dutch shepherds whacking pebbles with their staffs. End of digression. There are more than 250 golf courses (one for every 1,000 golfers) in Saskatchewan. Again, that’s more per capita than any place in Canada. And some of them are world-class.


CANADIAN GOLFER AND PGA MEMBER MIKE WEIR

Canadians, in general, are golf crazy. At nearly six million golfers (roughly 21 per cent), participation here is the highest in the world per capita. Wow. Now we just need a study to tell us why. Wild guess? Winter = hockey. Summer = no hockey. Stick. Something to hit with stick. Is there a connection?

The “Mikey” factor It’s not just Canada where golf is gaining popularity. The game has seen an upsurge everywhere in the developed world. Partly, it’s a function of lifestyle. Golf has always been a leisurely pursuit, but few people had that kind of time on their hands until

the last couple of generations. And partly it’s a function of money. It still ain’t cheap. In fact, the demographic that makes up the majority of golfers is still that with the highest income. There are a lot more people in that demographic these days, though. Especially in Saskatchewan. Finally, it’s a function of image. There is no denying that golf traditionally evokes a stuffy image. Every generation has had its sexy superstars, but never has the game seen the likes of Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and Camillo Villegas. Golfers or rock stars? And never has it seen the kind of purses that make new pros into instant millionaires with a single win.

In Canada, golf participation exploded between 2001 and 2006, growing almost 22 per cent in real numbers and 16 per cent in the overall proportion of Canadians who golf. When did Mike Weir win his Masters title? Oh yeah, it was 2003, wasn’t it? Of course, trying to make that connection is anecdotal at best, but what is not in dispute is that the game has reached a profile it has never before enjoyed and continues to grow. Even with all the new courses popping up in Regina and around the province, it’s probably a good idea to start making your 2011 tee times now.

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Paisley Golf Practice Range

Paisley Golf Oasis Celebrates 20 Years in Regina BY G.H. LEWMER The world-wide explosion of golf as a recreational pastime over the last twenty years is hardly surprising. In what other sport can you experience the majestic wonder of the beauty of nature, at a leisurely pace, surrounded by family or friends, in a game of honour that teaches patience and humility? As any experienced or novice golfer can attest, golf can be either the most beautiful of games or the best way to ruin a good walk. The one unifying principle that every golfer abides by is knowing that the key to the game comes down to one simple mantra: practice, practice, practice!

#1 just west of Lewvan Drive. For owners Bill and Karen Paisley, the Oasis has always been a family affair, even from its modest beginnings in 1991. Explained Bill, “When we purchased the land we had very little start-up capital, so we relied on the support and generosity of family, friends and staff to build the Oasis.”

Paisley Golf Practice Range is the perfect place to master those golf skills in a friendly environment surrounded by the beauty of prairie skies and breathtaking sunsets. Proudly celebrating their 20th year, Paisley Golf is located on Highway

According to Karen, golfers really appreciate the efforts made to provide a top quality range while keeping it affordable to learn and practice the game. “Over the years we’ve seen a noticeable shift in the demographics of people who

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What was an abandoned farm site has, through time, been transformed into a beautiful practice facility, offering professional quality grass and mats, along with an area to practice chipping, pitching and sand shots.

enjoy the game. We’re seeing more and more women, young adults and families coming to our range. Learning and practicing golf can be a recreational and social outing, so we’re seeing more kids coming out with parents and grandparents, as well as groups of friends having a fun time by hitting a bucket of balls.” It’s been an enjoyable journey for Karen and Bill and they’re excited, as all golfers are, with the coming of spring. “There are so many people that we’ve met and become friends with through their support of our business,” Karen says. “Golfers not only have a passion for the game, but also for enjoying the company of other golfers. It’s such a blessing being at the range where people are relaxed, doing something they love and enjoying the sunshine.”


PHOTO BY SHAWN FULTON

Open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. until dusk, from the first signs of spring until October, Paisley Golf Oasis Practice Range welcomes back our regulars, and looks forward to meeting new golfers.

Paisley Golf Oasis Practice Range Hwy 1 (just west of Lewvan Drive) 306.779.4653 paisleygolf@yourlink.ca

Harbour Landing

Lewvan Drive

Realizing the importance of learning the proper fundamentals, and given that golf is a lifetime of enjoyable learning, Paisley Golf is also pleased to offer instruction for all skill levels. They’ll structure lessons to meet the needs of golfers including basic instruction (fundamentals, swing and technique), golf exposure (etiquette and rules), swing analysis, course management, the short game and bunker shots,

family or group lessons, women only, individual, or couples.

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If you’re a regular at the Oasis, not only have you witnessed the evolution of your golf game, but also the evolution of the Paisley family, who have been an integral part of the range’s success. Karen and Bill are especially proud of their three sons, Shawn, Adam and Christopher. “They grew up on the range and without their help we could have never accomplished all that we have. We’re very appreciative for their support.”

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Memberships available - both regular and long term (special pricing). Corporate and group package pricing available. Tournaments and catering services available. New menu and weekly specials. 100â&#x20AC;? big screen for your sports viewing pleasure.

Aspen Links Country Club 310 Emerald Park Rd. Emerald Park, Sk. Tee Time Bookings: 306.791.7466 admin@aspenvillage.ca www.aspenlinks.ca


The golf club is an extension of the body BY RYAN HOLOTA Garth Zummack is comfortable with a golf club. Growing up on the Murray and Tor Hill courses, Zummack has been around golf his entire life. In 1990, he opened the doors to Zummack’s Golf Academy, and he hasn’t looked back. “I give about 1,000 lessons per year,” says Zummack. “I work with everybody from beginner players, right up through competitive athletes.” Zummack believes that every student has different athletic abilities, learning abilities, and playing styles. “This is important to understand,” he says, “and it is why group lessons are a waste of money. There are certain principles that a golf swing must have, but everybody has their own unique style of play.” Using tools such as the SAM 2000 Perfect Swing Trainer, Zummack can help students feel and visualize the swing plane. By repeating this swing over and over again, his students build muscle memory which results in a more consistent golf swing. As players advance through their training it can get decidedly high tech. Using stopmotion video, Zummack can analyze your swing frame by frame to identify minute movements that are having an adverse effect on your game. Zummack’s Personalized Golf Academy is something to see. Inside the small building located at 2460 7th Avenue, Zum-

mack has fit in several driving ranges and a putting green, in addition to a number of training areas. “The flight of the ball isn’t important on its own,” he says. “It is simply an indication of how effective your swing is. Professional golfers hit more than 1,000 balls a day, which is how they build consistency. Having indoor ranges where you can come, even in the dead of winter, and shoot ac-

tual golf balls is important.” Zummack encourages you to stop by and talk about your golf game for a few minutes. He is confident that he can help you reduce your score and increase your enjoyment. Zummack’s Personalized Golf Academy 2460 7th Avenue 306.757.7266

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PHOTOS BY SHAWN FULTON

Scooter’s Fotos 4 U An unforgettable photo booth entertainment experience BY TOBIE HAINSTOCK “It’s about having fun,” smiles Bev Wentzell, owner of Scooter’s Fotos 4 U. Bev’s enthusiasm is infectious as we sit at her dining room table sipping coffee and discussing the new venture that she and husband Jim Deis have embarked on. I find it easy to become caught up in Bev’s zeal. It is very obvious that this friendly, outgoing woman savours every moment of life.

How it Began In July, 2010 Bev and Jim were introduced to the portable photo booth concept while

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attending a wedding in Winnipeg. Bev and Jim had a great time with it and saw how much the other guests enjoyed the experience as well. This triggered something within them and, as they drove home to Regina, the couple discussed the possibility of starting their own photo booth business. They decided to call the business Scooter’s Fotos 4 U as a tribute to Bev’s son who passed away in 1996. “It just seemed like the natural thing to do,” explains Bev, “When Jim asked me ‘What should we call it?’... it just came to

me...Scooter’s.” The next several months were busy with purchasing a photo booth plus training and preparing for their launch, which took place at ‘The Most Incredible Bridal Show’ in Regina on October 24, 2010. The response at the show exceeded their expectations.

How it Works Bev explains that the photo booth itself is a portable 10’ x 10’ unit and can fit up to ten adults. The simple onscreen instructions are easy to follow and you can see


SCOOTER’S HOSTS’ Left to Right: Lindsay and Devon Leader, Alison and Tyler Deis, Jeremy and Sabrina Lavalley and Bev and Jim in front.

yourself as you pose. The photos are ready for immediate pickup. “Our booth has the latest state-of-theart digital technology,” says Bev as she shows me sample photos. Bev went on to say that they will also supply prop boxes which feature hats, boas and other ‘dress up’ items to add variety to the photos and ‘make it even more fun.’ Scooter’s offers two packages available for booking; the Wedding/Anniversary package and the Corporate/Special Events package. Both packages include delivery and set up, full time hosts, unlimited black and white or colour “personalized” photo strips for the duration of the rental and a CD of all photos. The Wedding/Anniversary package also includes a scrapbooking service at no extra charge! Your guests will go home with their keepsake photos (also used as wedding favours) and the wedding or anniversary couple will have a scrapbook of their special occasion.

Of course they are not limited to just weddings, anniversaries and corporate gatherings. Bev says that any event where people get together, is a perfect Scooter’s event including, fundraisers, birthday parties, Christmas parties, reunions and graduations.

Future Developments Bev says the photo booth business has been a ‘hoot’ for both her and Jim and their clients—so much so that they have added their second photo booth. They also now have the help of their family, who are just as excited about the business. As the demand grows, they will continue adding photo booths. “We love meeting people and are having a great time being part of their special moments,” she continued. Whether it’s working at events with the Scooter’s photo booth, spending time with family and friends or her other business

Heavenly Scents Aromatherapy, Bev’s passion for life shines forth in all she does. It is clear that Bev and Jim are people who really care about quality of their product and service. Trusting the Scooter’s Fotos team for your next event will be a positive and unforgettable experience for you and your guests. Although they have already accepted bookings for 2012, Bev says they still have some prime dates available for 2011. To avoid disappointment, give them a call and book early and ask about their $100 Spring Booking Special. This offer is only available until May 30, 2011 and not available with any other offers. For more information about Scooter’s Fotos 4 U or to book for an event call 5433344 or visit www.scootersfotos4u.ca. Scooters Fotos 4 U - Regina, SK 306.543.3344 scootersfotos4u@accesscomm.ca www.scootersfotos4u.ca

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Smoke ’Em if you’ve got ’em High end shop combines performance with economy BY RYAN HOLOTA For Denny Jorgensen, his wife Leslie, and the crew at Smoke ‘Em Diesel Performance, there is no greater pleasure than serving the community by modifying vehicles. “We really enjoy providing the best customer service we can,” Says Jorgensen. This is apparent as one drives the 10 miles north of Regina to the location of Smoke ‘Em Diesel. People are comfortable in the shop as they come out to visit and have a coffee while learning about the ways that they can increase their horsepower and fuel economy. When walking around the shop at Smoke ‘Em Diesel it is easy to recognize the com-

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bination of hard work and play. From fleet vehicles receiving regular maintenance, to an F-350 being lifted, and a classic Chevelle having a modern Duramax diesel engine installed, there is a lot to see and get excited about in the shop. Although Jorgensen’s deepest passion involves building high end race vehicles, he spends the majority of his time focusing on fuel economy. “Every enthusiast has a desire to own a race car or truck at some point, but the cool thing about diesel trucks is that they can be both,” says the young businessman. “We modify these trucks in such a way that they can perform

like a race car, but are getting much better fuel mileage than a factory pickup. Who wouldn’t want that—the best of both worlds.” When asked about the sequence of events to improve mileage Jorgensen lays out the facts. “Any given truck will benefit the most from a package including a cold air intake, exhaust, and tuner. By applying these three components you will typically see a gain of four to seven miles per gallon. This is a whopping difference from factory fuel economy levels that easily pays for itself over time. The most exciting part is applying this idea to the new trucks with


the diesel particulate filter. We have seen incredible mileage gains with these trucks and customers so happy that they wondered why they didn’t do this sooner.” Jorgensen tells a story about one customer in particular who revealed that he had saved so much money on fuel with his 6.4L Ford that he could pay for a brand new crate motor if he needed or wanted to. This is a great testimonial, and Smoke ‘Em Diesel has countless other customers who feel the same way. And getting started couldn’t be easier. “Simply call the shop and speak to Leslie,” Jorgensen says. “She’ll ask you some questions, and then get you set up with a package that fits your individual needs. Then you make an appointment and we get all the work done for you.”

Along with mileage enhancers, Smoke ‘Em Diesel also provides a wide range of other products. One of these is their powertrain line, offering transmissions and axles that are built solidly and come with a three-year, 60,000 kilometre warranty. They also offer specialized heavy hauler and race units, one of which is run in the world’s fastest common rail Dodge diesel pickup. That pickup holds an official record of 9.78 seconds in the quarter mile at more than 144 miles per hour. Another service Smoke ‘Em Diesel provides is installing suspension lifts in trucks and jeeps. “Typically the kits we sell come with a lifetime warranty, which we feel speaks of the quality that they offer, and because we do these all the time, you know that they are being installed right,

and that the suspension geometry will be correct when it is finished.” With high quality performance parts and a passion to service the community, it is obvious to see why Smoke ‘Em Diesel remains busy. For any information or directions to the shop call 306 545-5911.

Smoke ‘Em Diesel Regina, Sk. 306.545.5911


LINE-X The Advantages to Spray-on Bedliners BY TOBIE HAINSTOCK Why purchase a spray-on liner instead of plastic?

the box and the liner which can create a ‘sanding’ effect and possibly rusting.

According to Rob Butts of Custom Car Care in Regina, there are plenty of reasons why a Line-X spray-on box liner is the best way to protect your truck bed.

Because Line-X moulds to the shape of your truck bed, accessories such as bed lids, utility boxes and camper lids fit great. Plus, with Line-X there is no loss of box space.

Butts states that plastic liners can create road noise through moving about in the back of the truck as you are travelling. This can be especially noticeable if you are taking a trip or heading down a gravel road. Being a spray-on liner, Line-X physically becomes a part of the truck, it seals directly onto the truck bed. Although plastic liners provide protection, there is still a risk of air, moisture or dirt getting between

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Line-X truck bedliners are more durable than softer spray-on liners and don’t run the risk of tearing. With a lifetime warranty backing it up, you can be assured that your investment is protected. Your truck bed is sheltered from daily wear and tear, and has a customized liner that enhances its look. It’s great for older trucks too. “We get a

number of restoration customers,” says Butts, “it actually makes the older models look new again.” Butts advises that the spray-on technique is a quick and efficient process. “Ideally the whole process, from prepped to sprayed, only takes about two to three hours,” he explains. Butts goes on to say that tie hooks and hardware are all taken out of the truck bed prior to spraying and then replaced. This gives a cleaner, more tailored look to the truck that can even add to its value. Whether your pick up is right off the lot, a vintage restoration project or anything in between, a Line-X spray-on box liner is an ideal investment.


Rob Butts - Owner Custom Care Care LINE-X


New for 2011 A new product out on the market this spring for the folks at Line-X is an innovative flooring application, Aspart-X. Aspart-X is sprayed or rolled onto the surface and is designed to protect the floor from wear and tear. It is ideal for high traffic areas such as garages, patios, basement floors as well as commercial and industrial surfaces. Old or new concrete, it doesn’t matter, Aspart-X will seal onto the floor to provide protection and increased durability. Available in a four main colours and finishes, Butts adds that you can have a customized look created by having your business or team logo applied to the surface. Butts also explains that, because of the protective seal, Aspart-X makes cleaning and maintenance of your surface virtually effortless. “Just use a mop and water and away you go,” he exclaims. For more information about Line-X or the new Aspart-X, visit www. line-x.ca or call 569-2273.

Custom Car Care LINE-X 1308 McIntyre St. Regina, Sk. 306.569.2273 www.line-x.ca


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Dickinson entertains and inspires Saskatchewan entrepreneurs Semple takes home top honours at Raj Manek Memorial Banquet BY THOM BARKER Honour thy father. It is one of the fundamental tenets of all of the world’s major religions and cultures, but few people take the concept to heart like Sona Manek and Raj Manek, Jr. For 15 years, Raj Manek, Sr.’s children and widow, Kanchan, have honoured him with a foundation and banquet that promotes and supports business mentorship and entrepreneurship in Saskatchewan. “My best memory of [my dad] is the time that he gave me,” Sona said. “I never really got a grasp for how busy he was or how many people he helped until the mentorship program came along, but he was a true family man.”

ARLENE DICKINSON

PHOTOS BY GINA YESNICK

Raj Manek was also a dedicated public servant. As regional director for the Saskatchewan Department of Economic Development starting in 1979, he

devoted his professional career, as well as, tireless volunteer efforts to the cause of developing businesses and mentoring young entrepreneurs in the province. “Mentoring small businesses is the opportunity to celebrate the success of many rather than just one,” Manek is famously quoted as saying. Paul Martin, a noted former business journalist now the operator of a communications and public relations firm was the emcee for the 15th Annual Raj Manek Memorial Banquet at TCU Place in Saskatoon on February 24. He joked that during his journalism days dealing with government ministers, he knew that Manek, “was the one pulling the strings.” Throughout the evening, on the TCU Place big screens, a litany of Saskatchewan’s business


‘who’s who’ and program mentors praised Manek and the mentorship program that bears his name. But the highlight of the evening for most of the 400 or so attendees— aside from a truly spectacular spread of classic Indian dishes— was the keynote speaker, Arlene Dickinson, co-star of CBC’s hit TV program Dragons’ Den and founder of the highly successful marketing firm Venture Communications. For nearly an hour Dickinson entertained and inspired the partisan group with insights, wisdom and anecdotes gleaned from a lifetime of successes and failures. “I became an entrepreneur because I kept getting fired from all my jobs,” she said to appreciative applause.

Sona Manek works the crowd of 400 at TCU Place in Saskatoon.

She was also candid about her struggles with body image and feelings of inadequacy in business, but carried the evening with insightful themes such as: being true to yourself; understanding your motivation (hers was putting food on the table for her kids); developing emotional connections as a foundation for strong, healthy business relationships; and not being afraid to ask ‘stupid’ questions. Dickinson also had some powerful words on mentorship and being open to opportunities, wherever they may arise. “A mentor could be the person sitting right next to you,” she said.

award. In addition to building Brandt into one of Saskatchewan’s most successful businesses, Semple is Deputy Chair of Enterprise Saskatchewan. Afterward, Dickinson was extremely gracious, posing for pictures and signing autographs for her many fans until the room had cleared. “I think I really understand this is a moment in time in my life and I’m enjoying it for what that means to me,” she said. “People are so nice to me it’s hard to get tired of it. People are really kind.” Despite the demands on her time, Dickinson said the Raj Manek Memorial Banquet was something she was very eager to participate in. “I get asked a lot to do charity events and sometimes it’s just not feasible,” she said. “But when this family called me, their whole purpose for what they were trying to do in honouring their father, the idea of mentorship and entrepreneurship being elevated and for 15 years what they’ve done as a family, just really touched me.” Dickinson said her own mentor was her father, but that she never had a formal business mentorship in the sense of what the Raj Manek Foundation promotes and supports in pairing established business people with up-and-comers. “To me, mentorship is learning from other people’s lessons and listening. It could be anyone,” she said.

The banquet ended with the presentation of the annual Above and Beyond Award given to an individual who has exceeded expectations in the area of business development. Regina’s Gavin Semple, owner of Brandt Industries, was the recipient of this year’s Gavin Semple (right) receives the Above and Beyond Award from Paul Martin. FineLifestyles REGINA

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In its episode “Crash and Burned” (www.cbc.ca/ marketplace/2011/crashandburned), CBC’s Marketplace explored the diminished value of vehicles that have been in accidents. Even when auto-body shops restore them to the manufacturers’ specifications, their resale value is automatically reduced. Potential buyers shy away from cars they know were in accidents, or at best will only pay a reduced price. Pension Marketplace revealed that Canadian automobile insurers don’t offer protection against diminished value. Victims expressed the anger and disappointment they felt at discovering one of their prized possessions was worth thousands of dollars less after an accident that wasn’t their fault—and that their insurance wouldn’t help.

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As a specialist in life and health insurance, it occurred to me that the concept of diminished value applies, not only to our possessions, but to our most valuable asset of all, our ability to work and earn income. Even with treatment, we don’t always fully recover from an injury or illness. When we return to work after chemotherapy or heart surgery, most of our disability income will stop. But are we still as valuable to our employer? Do we still have the potential—or the energy—to earn more in the future? Will we be less productive? Will promotions and raises come our way as often as they would have if we hadn’t fallen ill? Can we still build our business as effectively as we would have otherwise? Or do we, like a damaged car, suffer from diminished value? Like an automobile accident, injury or illness can strike without warning. But even if your car isn’t insured against diminished value, you can be. It’s your choice.


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Doug Foster

B.admin, CLU, CH.FC, CFP, RFP, CGA CFO, Lifestyle By Design, Financial Group 2363 McIntyre Street, Regina, SK 306.757.6999 dfoster@lifestylebydesign.ca info@lifestylebydesgin.ca www.lifestylebydesign.ca Private Health Services Plans Introduction As a firm that offers advice-only planning, our recommendations often vary from the advice given by more traditional sources within the advisory community. To compare financial strategies fairly, we use proprietary technology to develop personal and corporate financial models. Our work is easily understood and auditable by our client, as well as, accounting, investment or insurance advisors. Any information within this article should be reviewed and analyzed relative to your own personal and business situation. Private Health Services Plans (PHSP) Concept Business owners can use this lesser known Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) tax relief measure to pay for the health benefits of owners, directors, employees and their families. The structure can be used within an operating company, Professional Corporation, Farm Corporation, or holding company. The plan can provide health benefits on a tax

PHSP Covers What Our Health Care System Does Not Our provincial health care system, while covering a broad range of drugs and medical procedures, may become increasing restrictive in order to contain costs. Already, many drugs and medical procedures are not covered by the standard formulary. The PHSP has no restrictions on use so you can expense all medical benefits as provided for under CRAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s qualified medical expense guide. With certain health issues or where time is critical it may be prudent to access drugs, treatments or facilities that would not be covered by the traditional health care system or insured plans. The tax efficiency of the PHSP makes these alternate treatment options much for affordable. Different than a Health Insurance or Dental Plan Health insurance often pools the costs related to health and dental benefits amongst the businesses enrolled with an insurer. The benefits are clearly defined in a policy document and the business pays a monthly insurance premium even if there has been no usage. Imbedded in the premium costs are administrative fees, underwriting fees, sales fees and a target profit factor for the insurance company.

dental expenses may only cover basic work or may have an annual dollar limit or cap, chiropractor costs may be limited to a certain number of appointments or may only cover a percentage of the treatment, non-generic drugs may not be covered, insured health benefits typically are not available past age 65. Comprehensive Lifetime Coverage A PHSP, on the other hand, can pay for all CRA eligible medical expenses. There are no insurance premiums to be paid. You pay for only what you use. These plans only charge an administrative fee when a health expense is submitted. The PHSP is not age-dependent so can remain in place for as a long as you still have a company. For many that have retired or will retire, it means that they will be able to have a lifetime of health benefits paid for in a very tax efficient way from money they have accumulated within their company. Summary The PHSP is valuable for business owners, professional corporations, farm corporations, retirees that continue to have ownership in a company and active companies interested in attracting and retaining key people. The PHSP has relatively broad application, however, it needs to be skillfully deployed and the decision to do so should only be made once the relevant facts of your personal and business situation have been reviewed. About Lifestyle by Design Lifestyle by Design is an independent Regina-based firm established in 1994. Our objective is to help people live their lives more intentionally be making better informed financial decisions. Clients benefit from our proprietary processes and analytical tools that are time efficient and minimize uncertainty when making decisions.

There are limitations to the benefits within these insured plans. Examples include: Orthodontic expenses may not be covered,

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COLLABORATION FOSTERS BUSINESS CREATIVITY Unique centre brings Saskatchewan to forefront of entrepreneurial innovation

W. Brett Wilson (left) and Sanj Singh, director of the Wilson Centre, speak at the Dragons’ Den pitch party for Saskatchewan contestants in February.

BY DANIEL DALMAN With conversations occurring across the country revolving around the power of Saskatchewan’s economy it is no surprise that residents and businesses are reaping the rewards. The population is multiplying and business is booming. When it comes to the culture of Saskatchewan’s economy much of that buzz can be attributed to the crop of new businesses sprouting up across the province. More and more individuals are going into business for themselves and are tackling new ideas by allocating present resources into new industries. For young entrepreneurs making their mark on the business world, the W. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence is there to support them.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF ADRIENNE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

In 2007, Wilson, Saskatchewan native, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, began a conversation with the University of Saskatchewan, his alma mater, that revolved around Wilson making a contribution to the school. From this conversation, the idea of an entrepreneurial centre dedicated to teaching the values of entrepreneurship, as well as, providing support for those pursuing it, was born. With an initial donation of $1 million, and now with a second million-dollar pledge, the centre has been able to thrive and provide real results with those taking advantage of its services.

an entrepreneurial hub for the University, but for Canada as well. Through initiatives and programs, the centre is a space where real-life and student-life converge. The door to the centre is always open with advice, ideas, and education being dispensed. Jessica Richard, although she wears a multitude of hats, is the marketing coordinator for the centre and is the welcoming, energetic face you meet upon entering the office. With the involvement of these two professionals, the centre gives students the tools they need to discover their passion and strike out on their own.

Under the direction of Professor Sanj Singh, the centre has not only become

As part of their dedication to support student entrepreneurs the Wilson Cen-


tre puts on the i3 Idea Challenge, a business plan competition that helps students build their ideas through workshops, presentations, mentorships and networking events. Since its beginning, the centre has helped in the creation of 14 businesses and has awarded more than $300,000 in cash and professional services to the winners. To guide the students through the process of creating their business plans, mentors are assigned from the business community, which helps create collisions for students who will soon enter the workforce. Then judges from the business community appraise the plans and select finalists who go on to pitch their ideas to a live audience at the i3 Idea Challenge Gala to be held this May 11. The finalists are celebrated again each fall at the Wilson’s Centre’s annual Pitch Party, a networking event drawing over 1,000 people, where Wilson himself hands them a cheque to help get their businesses started. PHOTO COURTESY OF ADRIENNE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO COURTESY OF ADRIENNE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

What the Wilson Centre strives to be is a place synonymous with passion. Through its programs and student involvement, the centre provides a place of convergence between the skills and passions of students and the real world applications of them. From the inception of an idea to a plan of action, the centre makes it possible to create a reality from any beginning. The most common question asked within the walls of the Wilson Centre is “what are you passionate about?” with the primary concern being finding an outlet for that passion. Richard attributes much of the Wilson Centre’s success to the motivation students bring with them. The centre has created a passionate and hard-working volunteer base that makes the various events they put on a success. Whether it is a workshop, a seminar, a guest-speaker, or their annual Pitch Party, The centre is always looking for individuals within the business community to help entrepreneurs achieve their goals, and celebrate their success. The Wilson Centre reminds us that there is an entrepreneur inside all of us. And with the right tools, wisdom, and support, anyone can unleash their inner entrepreneur. It is The Wilson Centre’s goal to create a place that facilitates this learning: a hub of entrepreneurial spirit and support that creates collisions between students and businesses. It is the generosity of W. Brett Wilson, and the partnership of many leaders within Saskatchewan, that allows the centre to achieve these goals.

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sum of tax-paid or registered funds. What all of these income streams have in common is worry-free, secure payments for life.

Grant Karst, CFP, CLU, CHFC Blue Sky Financial Planning 207-4401 Albert St. Regina, Sk. 306.757.5038 grant@mybluesky.ca www.mybluesky.ca

Imagine having guaranteed income that lasts as long as you do. It never runs out. You can’t outlive it. You don’t have to worry about the markets or interest rates. Once the monthly payments start, they never stop—month after month after month. Most Canadians enjoy this when they start receiving their Old Age Security payments at age 65—a maximum of $524.23 per month. Some Canadians will also receive monthly payments from the Canada Pension plan—a maximum of $960.00 per month. Fewer Canadians will receive monthly payments from a Defined Benefit pension plan, which are based on their average income and the length of time they have contributed to the pension plan. Still fewer Canadians receive payments from annuities—monthly payments from an insurance company purchased with a lump

Let’s examine the most uncommon lifetime payment plan—the annuity. It was once a very popular choice for setting up retirement income. In fact, when the Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) was established, it was the only income option available. Later, the Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) was offered and soon became the preferred option. Similarly, pension plans have changed from Defined Benefit to Defined Contribution. In both instances, the net effect has been a transfer of control and risk to the individual receiving the income. This transfer also represented a shift from interest-based to market-based investments. Annuities are beginning to make a comeback because market-based investments have been less than stellar in the last decade and the baby boomers are worried about the risk of outliving their income as they start their retirement .There isn’t much sizzle in a plain annuity so a complicated hybrid model was introduced five years ago called Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefit plan, which offered lifetime payments along with a market-based component, annual bonuses, triennial resets etc. Complicated or not, Canadians jumped all over this product by investing almost 20 billion dollars in the last five years. However, a case can be made for using a basic annuity for part of your retirement income. Let’s look at the following example which uses a strategy I developed called “Stacked Annuities.” Brad is 55 years old and plans on retiring 10 years from now. He has already accumulated $300,000 in his RRSP plan but wants to establish another layer of guaranteed income to add to the CPP and OAS pensions. He is able to contribute $20,000 per year to his RRSP. Instead of adding his annual contributions to his existing RRSP plan he purchases a registered

deferred annuity every year with payments beginning at age 65. In the first year he purchases a 10-year deferred annuity, in the second year he purchases a nine-year deferred annuity etc. The following table shows the amount of income purchased based on current annuity rates. It should be noted that current annuity rates are at a historical low point and any increases in interest rates will increase the payments. Year

Contribution

Life Annuity Income at age 65

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20,000 ................. 150.31/month

2

20,000 ................. 146.11/month

3

20,000 ................. 142.05/month

4

20,000 ................. 138.12/month

5

20,000 ................. 136.92/month

6

20,000 ................. 138.89/month

7

20,000 ................. 139.25/month

8

20,000 ................. 135.68/month

9

20,000 ................. 129.28/month

10

20,000 ................. 123.42/month

Total

200,000 .............. 1380.03/month

The $1,380.03/month registered annuity payments plus CPP and OAS benefits will all provide Brad with a guaranteed lifetime income. He will still have his RRSP which he can convert to a RRIF to produce flexible income to match his lifestyle. If he used $5,000 of his tax refund from his $20,000 RRSP contributions to contribute to a Tax Free Savings Account, he will have additional tax-sheltered funds to complement his income. If you want your income to last as long as you do, see a retirement spending specialist!


INVESTMENT EXPERT SHARES WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE

Edna Keep

Wave Capital Investments 6135 Rochdale Blvd. Phone: 306.721.9283/536.6266 edna@ednakeep.com “I see myself more as a financial educator than a financial advisor,” says Edna Keep, Real Estate Investor and Financial Educator with Wave Capital Investments in Regina. “I’ve learned through my experience how important it is for my clients to understand all their options when it comes to smart investments for their financial future. My mission is to educate and inspire them to make wise and beneficial decisions that will assist them in obtaining financial independence over multiple generations.” Edna’s passion for, and specialization in, real estate investments has allowed her to share this self-made success to like-minded clients who are interested in achieving their own financial freedom. “I believe that the strongest investment for anyone who wants to maximize their future revenue stream is real estate. If you understand how to actualize the most effective use of a property over time, you’ll be able to access that property to generate increased capital flow that can be put to use in a multitude of ways. People don’t realize there are so many different options when it comes to real estate

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investments. My experience and knowledge in both residential and commercial properties can help to assist each client to understand what investment would best suit their personality.”

commodities hold. Housing first and foremost will be their most important concern. I see an enormous opportunity for all my clients to address that important concern by building their own personal wealth in the process.”

Edna has capitalized on that experience and understanding to build a portfolio of 125 properties valued at over 12 million dollars. Her initiative has seized upon the opportunity that low bank lending rates and low vacancy rates have afforded to build investments and cash flow. She’s passionate about what she does and she’s eager to share her knowledge with all her clients.

For Edna, her greatest satisfaction comes from seeing her clients realize their financial potential. “It makes me so happy when my clients call back excited after they’ve accomplished their first investments. I realize that they’re on the road to accomplishing their goals and they’re doing it all by themselves. All I did was help them get started. It’s a fantastic feeling when you can help people out in that way.”

“Whenever I meet with someone for the first time, they always say they’re a bit overwhelmed by how real estate investing works. It may seem daunting at first, but after I thoroughly explain all the steps involved, people are surprised to find out how it’s such an easy and effective way to build their investments.”

To contact Edna you can reach her at Wave Capital Investments in Regina by calling (306) 536-6266 or visiting her website at www.ednakeep.com.

With Saskatchewan in the midst of an unprecedented increase of population and business opportunities, Edna is excited about what the future holds. “Our province has so many resource riches. We have potash, oil, agriculture, water, all integral commodities that will continue to increase in demand all around the world. We’re already witnessing a large influx of individuals to the province to take advantage of the opportunities these

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Still A Burning Light For more than 40 years,

BRUCE COCKBURN has been one of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cultural icons. A day after the release of Small Source of Comfort, his 31st studio album, and on the cusp of his 2011 North American tour, he talked to Fine Lifestyles editor Thom Barker from Salt Lake City. PHOTO COURTESY OF KEVIN KELLY


When Bernie (Finkelstein, Cockburn’s manager) told me you were driving from San Francisco to Kingston, the first thing that came to mind was your song “Goin’ to the Country.” Weren’t you also driving to Kingston when you wrote that? Actually I was driving from Ottawa to Montréal when I wrote that one, but it could just as easily have been Kingston in those days (late 1960s). Are there any new songs coming out of your current trip? Too soon to know. Nothing so far, but my attention is so focussed on getting the current stuff ready for presentation to people and getting the tour organized, I haven’t been thinking very much about writing anything. Sometimes you get a bolt out of the blue, but that hasn’t happened lately. You’ve had a long association with the open road. What is it about driving that appeals to you? I think I got the travel bug just from the family growing up because we used to go on road trips. Easter holidays we’d go down to Florida, or elsewhere, and usually I rode on those kinds of holidays. But more than that was the influence of beat writers, people I read when I was in high school, On the Road (Jack Kerouac, 1957) and all that kind of stuff. I was totally fascinated with that headlong forward motion without really going anywhere. I think that’s what really got it started. There’s still that illusion of freedom, let’s say. There’s no more freedom behind the wheel than living in an office, but there’s a kind of clarity that goes with it, especially when I’m driving in the west, where the skies are big. In Canada, as soon as you get out of the trees in Ontario and hit the beginning of the prairies in Manitoba, I feel like there’s doors opening in the top of my head. I remember around the time your album Nothing but a Burning Light (1991) came out, I saw an interview with you. The interviewer was giving you a hard time about recording in the States and using a big-name American producer (T-Bone

Burnett) and you said something to the effect that you needed to make some money. Have you made some money? (Laughs) Did I really say that? I think I was probably just responding to what I thought were not very pertinent questions.

Like this one? Well, I do alright. Luckily for me, I’ve been able to make a pretty good living doing what I do for quite a long time now. I’m not going to be off buying yachts or anything, but I’m doing okay. And I get to live a life of luxury driving back and forth across the


with the songs because it was the first time I heard a collection of my songs done by other people and I wasn’t prepared for the fact they were going to interpret them their own way. So, I’m hearing these takes on my songs and I’m going, ‘that’s not right and that’s not right,’ and then, of course, I had to get over that because, of course it’s right, it’s just everybody feels music in their own way. In the end, it was actually just a nice thing and it was particularly nice that Barenaked Ladies’ version of “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” got to be a hit; that worked out well for everybody. I thought the tribute album was aptly named because it seems to me you’ve been kicking at the darkness for a long time. Is it bleeding daylight for you yet? continent in my van and getting stranded in Salt Lake City. My favourite Bruce Cockburn songs have always been the deeply melancholic ones like, “Pacing the Cage,” “Southland of the Heart” and now, from your new album, “Each one Lost.” Sometimes that deep melancholy is as satisfying to me as pure joy. Do you ever feel that way? I sure do. There are some other people’s songs I’ve heard, certain John Brooks songs, or some of Ani DiFranco’s songs, that will do that. There’s all kinds of amazing songs that don’t affect you that way, but there are those that do, and I associate it with a lot of Bach, especially the baroque, kind of wistful minor things he gets into at times, that create that similar sense of… I don’t know what… nostalgia for something unknown? And you’re right, it is almost—maybe more sometimes depending on your own mood—as satisfying and kind of soul-feeding as anything joyous and up-tempo might be.

more straightforward as your career has gone on. Is that a fair assessment and is it a reflection of anything, such as an evolving worldview? I think it’s reflective of having been a writer for a long time. When I started out, things tended to be very abstract or surreal, or whatever, I’m not sure what category you’d put it in, cubist or something. If you listen to the first album (self-titled, 1970), there are a lot of what, I hope, are evocative references, but you don’t always know what I’m talking about. It’s more about the evocative quality than it is about the literal. But, especially if you’re dealing with concrete subjects like, war, say… there’s a tendency to want to be explicit, or to be concrete, at least, so the feelings you’re trying to express remain vivid for the listener. I don’t spend a lot of time analyzing this stuff, each [song] develops along its own lines and some are more realistic and some are more surreal.

We’re just two chronic depressives, I suppose.

Since the 1991 tribute album Kick at the Darkness came out, you’ve released something like a dozen new albums. Was it weird having a tribute album dedicated to you with so much of your career still ahead of you?

In previewing your new album (Small Source of Comfort, released March 8), it seems to me that your lyrics have become

Oh, well, you never know what’s ahead of you. I liked the idea a lot, but I was shocked when I heard what people did

What does that say about us?

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(Laughs) It’s always been doing that. It doesn’t have so much to do with me kicking at it. The light is there. That’s really what I was trying to get at with the album You’ve Never Seen Everything and particularly that piece. It’s a very dark collection of quibbles, in a way, but the point of the song is in the chorus where it talks about the light being there all the time anyway. Here we are all stumbling around in the dark not even seeing that the light is just raining down all over everything. Once in while you get these glimpses of that and it has nothing to do with kicking.


Your House, My House Government House

BY TOBIE HAINSTOCK Looking for a unique experience that the entire family will enjoy? Why not take them on an adventure back to a simpler time...a time before ear buds, social networks and texting? Why not take them to Government House?

The Old is New Again After two years of revitalization, Government House is offering renewed programming that’s fresh and exciting. Combining the experience of visiting the past with the introduction of today’s technologies not only brings visiting the facility up to date, it makes it a fun learning experience for all ages. “We really want to encourage visitors to feel at home here,” says Executive Director Carrie Ross. “We want the public to understand that this is not just my building or a government building, it’s our building, it belongs to everyone,” she adds. Ross explains that there have been a number of program changes designed specifically to encourage families, visitors and school groups to feel comfortable spending the day enjoying the beauty and his-

tory of the building and grounds.

you may have as you tour the museum.

Set in the period of the Honourable Amédée E. Forget (1898 to 1910), you will be welcomed to the House by a Visitor Experience Host who will be dressed in period costume. Your host will be there to ensure you are getting the most out of your visit and to answer any questions

As hinted earlier, you will be pleasantly surprised at the use of technology during your tour. Ross points out that the information pads are equipped with barcodes that will allow you to pick up additional tidbits with your smart phone.

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“They are interesting facts that help visitors get a better picture about life during that time,” states Ross. She also explains that there are more stories about the ‘behind the scenes’ people of the House who participated in the dayto-day managing of the residence and grounds. She hints of fascinating details about the chef, but you will have to go to Government House to get the full story.

Jocko and Coquette Monsieur and Madame Forget never had any children; instead, they had two unique and pampered pets – Jocko (monkey) and Coquette (parrot). Jocko was quite mischievous and allowed to run free within the house. Young and old alike will enjoy the amusing tales of this famous little troublemaker and his best friend. A popular game among young visitors of Government House is Where’s Jocko? Every month Jocko hides in a new location at Government House. Children are encouraged to search for Jocko during their visit. Once they spot him, they can enter online to win a prize.

the treeless prairie terrain. The splendour of the Edwardian Gardens has been reborn after the 8.5 acre area underwent a major facelift.

Edwardian Gardens

Today, families, neighbours and tourists enjoy visiting the Gardens and experiencing the beauty as well as getting a taste of the historical significance of events that have taken place on the property.

Long time landscape gardener, George Watt, envisioned the grounds of Government House to be a type of oasis against

One of the ways that the history of the Gardens is brought to life is with the aid of Global Positioning System (GPS) receiv-

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ers. Plenty of fun will be had when visitors, equipped with clues and map navigate the grounds solving puzzles, locating landmarks and viewing special features of these beautiful gardens.

A Picnic Anyone? Everyone loves a picnic on a lovely day and The Butler’s Pantry (food services provider) is pleased to offer a picnic basket packed with scrumptious goodies for you and your guests to enjoy in the Gardens or on the Conservatory deck. To pre-order


your picnic basket, simply call 306-787-5773. The Butler’s Pantry also provides in-house food services featuring a variety of healthy and delicious ‘snack and go’ treats.

Backpacks of Fun To enhance the fun and learning of young visitors, backpacks are available for indoor and outdoor activities. These backpacks feature a variety of items designed to create an amusing learning experience including maps, fact sheets, compass, plant identification book and more.

J.E.N. Wiebe Interpretive Centre Added in 2005, the Interpretive Centre is a great, hands-on way to experience Saskatchewan’s past, present and future. Visitors will have the opportunity to gain more understanding of the roles of the Lieutenant Governor as well as the Monarchy. The Centre also provides information about the relationship between the Crown and First Nations and significance of the Treaties. An interactive timeline illustrates Saskatchewan’s historical events.

Gift Shop Before leaving Government House guests will want to stop off at the gift shop where they will find a number of lovely souvenirs and wonderfully artistic crafts. It’s difficult to leave emptyhanded.

A Place for all Seasons Ross points out that, while it is a very beautiful place to visit during the summer months, Government House is open throughout the year. There are plenty of wonderful events to take in all year long. Whether you enjoy high tea, an RSO concert, the Lieutenant Governor’s Garden Party, an antique auction or an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas, there is always something to look forward to at Government House. For more information about Government House visit the website at: www.governmenthouse.gov.sk.ca


Saskatchewan Entrepreneurs Encounter Friendly Dragon BY DANIEL DALMAN Every week CBC’s Dragons’ Den proves there is no shortage of innovative thinkers across our country. Some appear on the show pitching zany inventions, and others solid businesses, and each hour-long installment proves to be delightfully entertaining. One thing that has been highlighted within the Wednesday night hit is the number of pitch-makers that hail from the province of Saskatchewan. Four pitches are now successful businesses, and what they share besides a home province is worth mentioning. W. Brett Wilson, the kindhearted dealmaker, and former resident of Saskatchewan is the common thread between 3twenty Solutions, Breast Friends, Hillberg & Berk, and Corla’s Kids Creations. Hillberg & Berk, the designer jewelry brand founded in 2007 by Rachel Mielke, was the first of these businesses to be featured on the program. Appearing on the show, Mielke knew that the show could help her business and understood that accepting an offer from one of the panelists would help to expedite the growth of her company. She entered the den and came out on top. When Wilson made her an offer she couldn’t refuse she jumped at the chance to go into business with such a knowledgeable partner. Since then her company has grown and received national and international attention. Her designs, worn by celebrities such as Celine Dion and Sarah McLachlan, have graced the Oscar red carpet, and provided sparkle at the G8 Summit. The company is now one of strongest designer jewellery lines in Canada. When speaking of her famous partner, Mielke is quick to point out Wilson’s strengths: “Brett is Saskatchewan’s biggest champion, so it is great to work with someone who understands the unique benefits and challenges of our province.” RACHEL MIELKE HILLBERG & BERK

In a change from all groups that came before them, the Breast


BREAST FRIENDS

Friends, a group of ten ladies from rural Saskatchewan, redefined what is meant to be a contestant. Appearing on a December episode the Breast Friends showed the group of dragons what hard work, determination, and passion could really do. Banding together after cancer touched their lives, the non-profit group decided they wanted to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. Setting out to create a cookbook and a goal to raise $3,000 the group has achieved more than they ever imagined. They have authored, published, marketed, and sold four national bestselling cook books and have raised more than $1 million for cancer agencies and patient needs. 3TWENTY SOLUTIONS

What makes this group so special and so impressive was the offer they made to the five panelists. In return for $25,000 in marketing services and advice the group would donate $50,000 to the cancerrelated charity of the dragons’ choice. The dragons, obviously inspired by these publishing powerhouses and kind souls, increased their ‘give’ to $10,000 each. “We really didn’t see any dragons that day – we saw four charitable individuals that celebrated our success with us and were willing to help us further ours,” says Breast Friend Patricia Hack. “Brett Wilson, as a fellow Saskatchewanite, and a great guy, was especially helpful in guiding us through the post-show due diligence requirements and keeping us informed of what was happening.”

CORLA’S KIDS CREATIONS

The third Saskatchewan business to come out of the Den with the support of Wilson is Corla’s Kids Creations, a company helmed by Corla Rokochy. A fix for the lost-sock syndrome, her Snappy Socks invention has built in snaps that affix pairs together for washing and storage, a simple solution to common problem. As a young passionate entrepreneur willing to learn, explore and create, she was an obvious draw for the Dragons. But Corla knew who she wanted. “Going into the show I knew I wanted Brett,”

Corla says, “Because he is such a wise businessman. His ties to Saskatchewan are a benefit, but not a guarantee to get a deal.” She walked out with a partner, and since her appearance, others have lined up to get her products with nearly 40 retailers approaching her, interested in selling her wares. And what does this entrepreneur have to say about her new business partner? “Brett doesn’t just invest money and disappear, he invests in you!” Rounding out the four businesses that have made their way into the den and lived to tell the tale is 3twenty Solutions. The group of Bryan McCrea, Channing McCorriston, and Evan Wiloughby, came up with the idea to create mining industry offices and building solutions from old shipping containers. The group presented one the best pitches in the show’s history and landed Brett Wilson in the process. What makes Wilson an asset to the startup of entrepreneurs is his knowledge of the industry they are trying to break into, and his belief in the group and in the province of Saskatchewan. Appearing at a Dragons’ Den viewing party on February 2, Wilson made his commitment to Saskatchewan and the group of young entrepreneurs known. The capacity crowd at Louis’ pub gathered to watch the 3twenty’s episode and catch a glimpse of Wilson. For his part Wilson knows that his background and connection to the prairies is a big part of the audiences’ and contestants’ draw to the show. With the next season of Dragons’ Den going ahead without Wilson on board, there will be a loss felt by both viewers and pitch-makers. As a champion of entrepreneurship, Wilson always strived to celebrate the people and the causes he came into contact with on the show. What fans and contestants alike can take solace in with Wilson’s departure is the long line of businesses to come out of the show with his involvement. These four Saskatchewan businesses were fortunate enough to have this particular dragon on their side, both inside the den and in the real world.

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June June 7 - 12 A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline

Follow the legendary country and western music sensation as she climbs to stardom from small town Virginia to Carnegie Hall in this musical featuring her greatest hits such as “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “Crazy” and “I Fall To Pieces!”

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June 23 Brian Wilson Conexus Arts Centre

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June 17 Edmonton Eskimos vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders Mosaic Stadium

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June 15 - 17 Western Canada Farm Progress Show Brandt Centre

June 23 Jethro Tull Casino Regina

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June 24 Ian Tyson Moose Jaw Cultural Centre


ABBA dabba do it! BY CAROL TODD Singing. Dancing. Performing. And now co-owning and managing a theatre and production company. All while helping raise seven kids—three each from her and her new husband’s earlier marriages and one from their own— and building a career that spans continents. Stephanie Thomson has done it all. Born in Regina and raised in the Qu’Appelle Valley, Thomson has done what few others can ever claim—launching a new life and a career at the same time. She started her career at Applause! Dinner Theatre back in 1994 when she was pregnant with her second child. In 2004, Stephanie became the lead role of Agnetha in the North American ABBA tribute show Bjorn Again. She is also the first woman to produce more than 10 Canadian Armed Forces Show Tours, entertaining our troops in war-torn countries such as Bosnia, Egypt and Israel. The multi-talented performer is now back under the Applause! footlights—this time as coowner and manager, as well as performer. “I’ve travelled the world,” Thomson says. “Now I can give back some of what I’ve learned and experienced to Regina audiences.” Thomson’s fifth album, ‘Second Chances’ will be released June 11 and she is working on a

companion novel to go with it, Second Chances—Finding Paradise. The album and book are devoted to giving people hope in the face of hardships and finding second chances. Both are based on the true story of how she survived domestic abuse, and her husband’s struggles to overcome near death in a gold mine. Both found second chances. Both music and story reflect her overall positive approach to life. “Life’s short,” she says. “Laugh and live while you can.” Whether in text or song, on stage or on CD, whatever’s next for Regina’s Dancing Queen, you can be sure that audiences will dig it! Find out more on Stephanie on Facebook.

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Stand Up and Cheer! BY CAROL TODD Regina residents have enjoyed the sights, sounds and tastes of Applause! Dinner Theatre since the early 90s. Now, they can savour entertainment and great food even more with new ownership, a new look, fresh faces and a brand new all-you-can-eat buffet. The new Applause! gives audiences even more reason to applaud. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner for two or an evening out with the family, Applause! Dinner Theatre, in the lower level of the Regina Inn on Broad Street and Victoria Avenue, will sate both your stomach and your mind. “Where else can you go if you don’t want to go to a nightclub or restaurant, or if you need to take the kids?” asks part-owner, manager and performer Stephanie Thomson. “There are excellent theatre productions in Regina, but we are different because we are the only dinner theatre. Here at Applause, people can eat, have an alcoholic beverage even if they bring their kids, and be entertained right at their table,” she says. Thomson and her father Denis Palmier took over the business May 1, 2010 and have completely renovated the 350-seat venue. “The space is

simply beautiful,” Thomson says, describing the intimate, cascading seating plan. “There is not one bad seat in the house.” Most recently those seats have been filled by audiences taking in the theatre’s latest production, The Miner and the Madame. Set in a brothel house in the 1880s boom town of Silverton, Colorado, it revolves around the efforts of a local woman to revitalize the community by replacing silver mining and shady ladies with tourism. The show features local celebrities, and Thomson herself, romping through numbers such as “Cowboy Casanova” and “Little White Church,” all with Glee-full type participation by the audience. Tickets are selling out fast! Call 791-6868 or visit www.applausetheatre.ca The NEW Applause Dinner Theatre: Life’s Short, so Laugh While You Can!

Applause Dinner Theatre 1975 Broad Street 306.791.6868

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Mandarin Orange Chicken 1 pound boneless chicken breasts 1 tablespoon canola oil 1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced 2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced 2 teaspoons flour 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6-ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed 2/3 cup water 2 chicken bouillon cubes 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11-ounce can mandarin orange sections, drained

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Cut chicken into 1-inch chunks. Heat oil in large skillet and cook chicken until browned and cooked inside. Remove chicken from pan. Cook mushrooms and green onions. Sprinkle flour over mushrooms and onions, stirring quickly to combine. Gradually stir in orange juice concentrate, water and bouillon cubes, stirring constantly. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, add chicken and simmer 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in orange segments and heat. Serve over rice.


Global Travellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Press Is proud to announce the top 10 restaurants 2010 selected for their commitment to environmental awareness, original menu design, and efforts to educate the public on food related topics.

1. La Bodega, Regina SK winner of the Global Golden Leaf Award of $10,000 for their continuing commitment to environmental excellence 2. Suser, Toronto ONT 3. Nobu, New York NY 4. 4 Seas, Regina SK 5. Cafe Luxy, Vancouver BC 6. Calories, Saskatoon SK 7. Gotham Steakhouse, Vancouver BC 8. Green Olive, Calgary AB 9. Salt, Vancouver BC 10. Ardour, Washington DC

GTP 2228 Albert Street, Regina, SK 306.546.3660 www.labodegaregina.com

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La Bodegaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ice Bar voted the number 2 winter travel destination by the Globe and Mail

GTP La Bodega wishes to express our sincere gratitude to Global Travellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Press for their awesome award! It is our deepest desire to give back to the community that we take such pleasure in serving. We also send our condolences and prayers to those in Japan beset by disasters both natural and man-made. Now, more than ever it is important to focus on the events of daily life that we so often take for granted. We promote the values of conviviality, linking together those who enjoy good food with the environmentalists who want to

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preserve and support local, small scale producers, especially those using organic farming methods. La Bodega has proudly supported charities in the local community for the past 6 years. We are proud to announce that in 2011, we will be providing a 2 year masters course scholarship to the University of Gastronomy in Pollenzo, Italy. The University is the only one of its kind in the world. We would like to invite all past, present and future sponsors of the Ice Bar to participate in this scholarship. La Bodega 2228 Albert Street 306.546.3660 www.labodegaregina.com food.wine.conviviality


Now more than ever it is of the utmost importance to consider not only what we eat, but how it is raised, handled and ultimately prepared. The treatment of our food supply as a commodity, the inhumane living conditions of the animals raised for profit, the chemical pollution of fertilizers used to increase yields, and the unscrupulous use of flavour enhancers in the food industry all contribute to our world out of balance. There are four groups of people that we have irresponsibly taken for granted...

La Bodega encourages all of us to slow down! Enjoy the company of those you love. Savour the flavours of our beautiful world. La Bodega 2228 Albert Street 306.546.3660 www.labodegaregina.com food.wine.conviviality

The indigenous people who hold the secrets to the earth and to medicine. The seniors who have the knowledge. We need to listen to what they have to say and learn from their mistakes. The farmers that provide us with the food we eat every day. The women who are raising the generations of our future. To sum it up, when my daughter asked me if humans were on the endangered species list, how do I explain to her that by our greed for energy, that we have indeed, placed the entire planet on the endangered species list?

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Internationally recognized, part of the neighbourhood Pictured Left to right: Greg Hooker, General Manager, Applebee’s Southland Cary Snyder, Executive General Manager, Apple Blossom Restaurants Ltd., Jamie Bashnick, General Manager, Applebee’s on Quance

Applebee’s rolls out the red carpet BY TRILBY HENDERSON At Applebee’s, being a part of the neighbourhood means more than simply providing a place for friends and family to gather and enjoy a good meal. It’s about supporting the community in ways that reflect the values of the business, its staff and its customers and spreading the restaurant’s feel-good atmosphere beyond its front door. This approach to business is one of the reasons why former Regina resident Cary Snyder is excited to return to the neighbourhood as Applebee’s new Executive General Manager. Cary’s new job is to oversee both locations and ensure Applebee’s high standards are met. “I think the concept is awesome,” he said. “It’s a really casual, family-orientated place. And later in the evening we want Applebee’s to be the place for teams and friends to get together in a relaxed, social atmosphere.” Snyder grew up in Regina and spent the

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early years of his career here, starting with his first job as a cook at a local restaurant. He worked his way up from there, taking on various roles with a number of wellknown restaurant chains in both Alberta and Saskatchewan, and even operating his own bar and grill. Now, more than 20 years after starting his career in the restaurant industry, Snyder is back in Regina and ready to put his expertise to work building Applebee’s into the best casual dining restaurant in its class. “I’m really happy to be back,” he said. “I love the friendliness of the Regina community and the Saskatchewan people.” Applebee’s made its Saskatchewan debut in December 2008 when the Quance Street restaurant opened for business on Regina’s east side. A second restaurant, this time located behind the Southland Mall in the city’s south end, opened less than a year later.

Although Applebee’s is relatively new to the city, Snyder’s goal is for the Regina restaurants to become leaders in the Canadian market and for the Quance Street location to serve as a training site for Applebee’s Canada. “We’ve got great staff and great management teams,” he said. Applebee’s is the largest casual dining chain in the world, but both Regina restaurants are locally owned and operated. This has enabled management and staff to combine the advantage of being part of an internationally recognized brand with a reputation for delivering great tasting food and excellent service, with an ability to cater to the local Regina neighbourhood in which they operate. Over the past two years, Regina’s Applebee’s team has embarked on several successful campaigns to give back to their city, building many valuable relationships along the way.


One of Applebee’s most rewarding efforts occurred on Remembrance Day when they provided complimentary dine-in entrées to armed forces personnel and delivered more than 50 complimentary meals to veterans in care homes in Regina. Another was their ‘Burgers for Babies’ fundraiser, through which the restaurants raise money in partnership with Z99 for the Rawlco Centre for Mother Baby Care and the Regina General Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. On four Wednesdays in February and March, Applebee’s customers enjoyed a burger and fries along with their choice of a pint of beer, a coffee or a pop for only $15 and $5 from every meal sold was donated to the cause. After raising more than $2,800 last year over only two days, Applebee’s set a goal to raise more than $5,000 during their 2011 campaign. “Its just such a good cause,” said Applebee’s manager Jamie Bashnick, adding that the campaign is especially meaningful because so many members of the Regina Applebee’s management and staff have children of their own or know someone who has personally benefited from the centre’s services. Applebee’s is also a great supporter of local sports organizations, including the Regina Pats hockey team and the University of Regina’s Cougar Athletics program. One of the more entertaining

aspects of the restaurants’ partnership with the Pats is the “Dance for Your Dinner” contest. In between periods at home Pats games, dancing fans are captured on the big screen and the person with the best moves is awarded an Applebee’s gift certificate. Applebee’s sponsors gift certificate giveaways at numerous Cougar home games throughout the year through the Applebee’s Hot Shots program and offers special discounts for Cougar athletes. Plus, Applebee’s sponsors all University of Regina students by participating in the Student Price Card (SPC) program. They also support Regina minor hockey. With photographs and jerseys of local sports teams and athletes displayed on the wall, sports fans will find that Applebee’s is the perfect place to catch the game and cheer on their favourite team in the excellent company of their fellow fans. On top of supporting local athletics programs, Applebee’s contributes to a healthier neighbourhood through its partnership with Regina’s Gold’s Gym and by offering guests a choice of several tasty menu items under 550 calories. “You can come to Applebee’s and have a wonderful meal with fewer calories,” said Snyder. “By offering a selection of menu items under 550 calories, including steak,

pasta and shrimp entrées, our guests can enjoy a low calorie, delicious and satisfying meal while having a good time with friends and family.” Of course, it’s not just the promise of an appetizing meal that draws friends and families to Applebee’s front door. They come to enjoy the entire Applebee’s experience—the relaxed atmosphere, the comfortable decor, and the outgoing and energetic staff. “The environment here is amazing,” Snyder said. “We want to be the best at what we do. We focus on giving you value, to serve the best quality food at very competitive prices and give each guest the best possible outing for the money they are spending,” he continued. “At Applebee’s, we want every guest to leave happy and look forward to their next visit. Try us out, get to know us, and see why Applebee’s truly is the best destination in the neighbourhood.”

Applebee’s Neighbourhood Grill & Bar 2619 Quance St. E. Regina, Sk. 306.352.8646 2665 Gordon Road. Regina, Sk. 306.545.8646


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OLIVE TREE makes restaurant magic BY SUZANNE PASCHALL

We’d only had a light brunch that day, so by 7 p.m. on that clear and crisp Sunday in March, we were good and hungry. My partner and I headed north of Saskatoon on a leisurely drive 50 kilometres up Highway 12. Our destination: the Blacktop Diner, soon to be known as The Olive Tree Restaurant. Our mission: to consume fabulous, authentic Mediterranean-inspired dishes created by chef Georgia Sinaki and Michael Pantermarakis and soak in the kitschy ‘50s diner atmosphere. To me, the best restaurants share a few important characteristics, all of which the Olive Tree Restaurant has in abundance. First, it has great dishes that can’t be

found anywhere else. Second, it is owned and run by fascinating, accessible people who truly care about their customers’ experience. Third, the physical environment creates an atmosphere in which the first two can truly be appreciated. When all three are present (and my experience is that this is rare), it is truly restaurant magic. The fact that the Olive Tree is also located 30 minutes out of the city makes an evening out an adventure, something special—as dining out always should be, but rarely is. Michael is from island of Crete, where he owns an olive grove. His award-winning organic Minoan Olive Oil is exported around

the world, and it is the star ingredient in the authentic, traditional Mediterranean cuisine presented by Chef Georgia Sinaki. Georgia’s experience includes cooking in one of a small handful of 7-star hotels in the world, luxury resorts whose guests are kings, other heads of state, ambassadors and presidents of the world’s largest corporations. When Chef Georgia is in full stride, she’s creating two-foot high towers of fire flambéing one of her signature steaks, or mincing eggplant and vegetables into impossibly tiny and perfect squares at amazing speeds. Every great chef is as interested in the presentation of dishes as in

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the making of them, and Georgia is amazingly skilled at creating beautiful works of art on the plates arriving at the table of Olive Tree diners.

Getting down to the business of eating We relax in the red vinyl booth seats and take in the vestiges of Black Top Diner décor…classic ‘50s movie posters, melamine tabletops and even a diner stool that Dief once sat on…and tap our toes to music to match. Though the room oozes ‘50s, there is also evidence of Greece… two olive olive trees from Mike’s grove in Crete have managed to survive another Saskatchewan winter in the cheery dining room. After getting to know Mike and Georgia a bit over a bottle of Greek Alfa beer, we get down to the business of eating and drinking. Though all the traditional Greek dishes are present on the menu (Spanokopita, Moussaka, Souvlaki, and more), I ask to try Georgia’s signature dishes (remember my first characteristic of a great restaurant?). She blesses us first with a

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delicately seasoned, flavourful cold Eggplant Salad, blending feta cheese, onion, tomatoes, peppers, parsley, eggplant and, of course, olive oil (see recipe) served with pita triangles. A beautiful plate of Spaghetti Fruit de Mare arrives, rich with a rose tomato-based sauce, spiked with sundried tomatoes and full of mussels, clams, shrimp and scallops. Soon Mike sweeps this plate away, while I’m still savouring these flavours with a glass of 2009 La Cravia chardonnay from Sicily. Everything is made from scratch, at the moment of ordering, Mike says, and we can tell. Two entrees arrive with a glass of 2004 Grade Reserve Naoussa Boutari. Flambéd steaks are a specialty of the house, and we try two that are the Chef’s own creations. Steak Siciliana is covered in a sweet and spicy sauce topped with candied ginger. Zigara Steak is bathed in a unique sweet red wine and fresh grape sauce. Both are 12 to 14 ounce steaks, cooked to perfection as ordered at medium rare, and are accompanied by a beautiful fruit display and potatoes and broccoli vegetable por-

tions. The plates are so artfully arranged that we take a moment to savour the visual presentation before cutting into the steaks. For dessert, we are again, simply, blessed to taste Georgia’s Tiropita, a heavenly blend of three cheeses wrapped in filo pastry triangles and baked. They are presented with a silky drizzle of Greek thyme honey, also imported from Crete. While on the menu as an appetizer, they serve well as a dessert when topped with the honey. We leave, and believe. We will be back. We will tell all our friends (including you) that this is the area’s newest and most worthwhile cuisine adventure…a destination you will surely re-visit. Black Top Diner/The Olive Tree Highway 12, before the Petrofka Bridge Reservations: 945-5551 or 945-4766 mpantermarakis@hotmail.com Hours: Noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday


CHEF GEORGIA’S EGGPLANT SALAD Serves 6 Eggplant Preparation 6 large eggplant, washed Grill on high fire, turning, to roast, until skin is blackened (about 15 min) Peel skin and toss. Spoon out insides (seeds and pulp). Mash on board. Put in strainer and let sit for 2 hours (DO NOT PUSH THROUGH STRAINER). Mince eggplant

Salad Assembly 2 bunches green onion, minced 2 T (heaping) minced garlic in oil Pepper & salt 250 g feta cheese grated in big hole of grater 1 red & 1 orange pepper – julienned and minced 1 T parsley, minced 1 t. vinegar 3 T olive oil – drizzle over top

Extra-special, extra-virgin organic olive oil Produced exclusively by Mike’s olive grove on the island of Crete from the prime variety “Koroneiki,” his healthy Minoan Organic Olive Oil is used in all of Georgia’s cooking, and you can use it in yours too. It has won numerous awards from the International Olive Oil council for its balanced taste and extremely fruity scent. It is among the lowest acidity in the world (one of the prime measures of olive oil quality) which makes it light and healthy. If you didn’t already know, olive oil has been proven to promote health and longevity in those who use it regularly. Medical studies show that it is a shield of protection – keeping the heart strong, reducing bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol, reducing triglycerides that contribute to cardiovascular disease, and lowering blood pressure, decreasing the chance of stroke. Other studies show that it contains anti-oxidative agents which help protect against diseases like gastro-intestinal and breast cancer. It also improves liver function, and is perfect in the diet of diabetes sufferers.


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The original Saskatchewan Brew Pub continues to please and grow BY G.H. LEWMER For the past 22 years, Saskatchewan’s First Brew Pub has been the place to go for premium-quality, locally-brewed beer and a diverse food menu. The original Brewsters Brewing Company and Restaurant was founded by the Reginabased Lanigan family on May 12, 1989. Now with three locations in Regina and a total of 14 across Saskatchewan and Alberta it is Canada’s largest brewpub and restaurant group. The western Canadian success of the company is due to the hard-work and vision of the Lanigans. When they started the company in 1989, they anticipated that the future of restaurants and bars was changing dramatically. Instead of the traditional hotel-style pub and main street restaurant that dominated Saskatchewan, they had the vision of combining the two archetypes into an atmosphere that would be inviting for everyone, singles, couples and families alike. The owners always had an interest in locally-brewed beer and knew that by

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brewing their own brand, people in Regina would support a beer they could call their own. Beer is a Saskatchewan tradition after all! In Regina, you can choose from the Landmark Brewsters (4180 Albert Street), the Normanview Brewsters (480 North McCarthy Boulevard) or the Brewsters that started it all, at 1832 Victoria Avenue East. But don’t think that because they share a

name, you will be walking into identical premises. By design, every Brewsters has its own distinct personality and that is one of the main reasons for its continuing popularity. At Brewsters Landmark on Albert Street there is a private function room that can hold up to 50 people. It’s a perfect room for family gatherings or parties of all kinds including birthdays, anniversaries, stags or stagettes, bridal showers, wedding gift openings, wedding


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receptions, baby showers, retirement parties, going away parties, graduations, hockey drafts, ladies splurge nights, high school and other reunions, or work/organization team building, meetings, training sessions etc. It even has AV equipment—a projector, a screen, and the ability to have slide-show presentations on flat screen TVs—available. Everything from the sound system, to the lighting, to the televisions can be controlled right within the room and there is a washroom, a place to hang coats and numerous other amenities. At the Victoria Avenue East location, there’s a private loft area. The Normanview location is a terrific fit for families or people just looking for a relaxing place to hang out. The ownership is very conscious of creating a different character for every Brewsters. They are not a chain and want people to be aware that each location has its own unique ambiance and local ownership. To find comprehensive descriptions of the 14 different products created by Brewsters, as well as an in-depth, step-by-step guide on how Brewsters creates its flavourful and unique tasting line of world-class brands visit www.brewsters.ca. Brewsters has been a proud participant of Festiv-Ale, Taste of Spring and Mosaic and

was the official food vendor for the Irish Club of Regina’s Irish Pavilion at the Caledonian Curling Club by the Regina International Airport in 2010. In all cases, they have received wonderful feedback from the public about how great the beer and food are. That’s not such a surprise though, because quality and integrity is paramount to Brewsters and the company is proud the public recognizes that. Public recognition of the Brewsters trademark for quality has remained constant for 22 years. It’s a quality that you can always continue to count on.

Brewsters Landmark 4180 Albert Street 306.757.2739 (BREW) Brewsters Normanview 480 North McCarthy Boulevard 306.552.2739 (BREW) Brewsters Victoria East 1832 Victoria Avenue East 306.761.1500 www.brewsters.ca


(Left to Right): Regina Women’s Network Members: Tammy Cox, Heather Anderson, Nancy McKewan

When It Has To Be Perfect BY RYAN HOLOTA When you have cultivated a reputation of excellence in the food industry, people take notice. Red Seal Certified Chef Tina Marie Zelinski has worked for years to hone her skills as one of the best chefs in the province, and people have noticed. She has been chosen to serve food to a very impressive list of clients, including people like The Queen of England and former the former United States President Bill Clinton. Tina Marie has also catered events for Motley Crue, Dire Straits, and many more notables. When Tina Marie became the owner of LB Café in 2005, her dream of making a mark in the culinary world was one step closer, a dream that she is fulfilling each day. The

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careful attention to detail and a zest for the creating the highest quality food has resulted in the LB Café being known as a destination for great food and catering.

Local Food LB Café has developed long-standing relationships with local suppliers for all of their needs. Local groceries and butchers provide all of the supplies for their menu, and fresh local produce is used when it is available. Buying locally allows Chef Tina the opportunity to pick and choose every vegetable and cut of meat. Her Ukrainian Dinner features homemade cabbage rolls, each lovingly created in her kitchen, and sausage made to her specifications by a

local butcher. All of her stocks and soups are made from scratch, the old-fashioned way.

Cinnamon Buns Every Chef has something that they become known for, and for Chef Tina, it is the cinnamon bun. Light and fluffy, Chef Tina’s cinnamon buns have developed a loyal following across Canada. She receives many requests for her cinnamon buns, shipping them as far as Saskatoon, Prince Albert, and Toronto. Of course, they are available every day, right here in Regina.


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Breakfast, Lunch, and Banquet Located in the CBC building at 2440 Broad Street, LB Café is nestled into a warm and comfortable spot in the rear of the building. With floor to ceiling windows looking out onto Wascana Park and a mural by famed artist Victor Sagansky, the restaurant is awash in natural light and cheery colours. Open for breakfast and lunch from Monday to Friday, Chef Tina and her staff can be found during the day preparing a variety of wonderfully crafted meals. In addition to regular restaurant hours, LB Café is also available for private and semi-private functions. A private room on the premises can host up to 20 people at any time, and the entire facility is available on evenings and weekends. The location is a natural choice for events of all kinds, from weddings, Christmas parties, or any group meeting. In addition to the private room, the LB Café can host private and semi-private functions for up to 100 people.

Event and Office Catering From cold sandwiches to prime rib and Angus beef hamburgers to succulent lobster tails, Chef Tina can cater any event, anywhere. When you need to feed a group of people, LB Café has choices starting as low as $5.99 per person, and can deliver the food right to you. With low minimums, LB can cater events from small to the largest corporate or entertainment function. To learn more about how LB Café and Chef Tina can make the food at your next event the talk of the town, visit www.LBCafe.com or call (306) 586-0800. This May, LB Café will be hosting its very first Mother’s Day brunch, and it is expected to be very popular. Call for reservations now.

LB Cafe 2440 Broad Street 306.586.0800

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From Northern India to Southern Saskatchewan Comes the Exotic Spices Of Punjab Butter Chicken, Saffron Rice Those who love Indian food probably love it because they were introduced to it through these two signature dishes. Their tastes may have expanded since they were first exposed to those dishes, but they remain the most popular items on the menu at Spices of Punjab. Long known as leaders in Indian Food in Regina, the Singh family owned and operated the popular India House restaurant until 2007, when they sold the business. Raised in the traditions of

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creating excellent Indian food, Dharam Singh opened Spices of Punjab on the corner of 4th Avenue and Albert Street in 2008. The restaurant quickly became known for the quality of the food it produced, the authenticity of the recipes, and before long, there were line-ups out the door. This is a mixed blessing for any restaurateur, explains Singh, because while it means that the food he cooks is enjoyed by many people, nobody likes waiting in line to eat. This prompted Singh to look for a new location for his restaurant. When he found the old Mr.

Rib location at 320 Victoria Avenue East, he knew he had found a winner. Located prominently on the Northeast corner of Victoria Avenue East and Francis Street, the new Spices of Punjab has loads of parking in front, as well as much more space inside. This means that when a group of people want to enjoy the city’s best Indian food for lunch, they don’t need to wait in a line. Indian food is full of flavour, rich and not necessarily spicy. Spices such as turmeric, garlic, ginger and saffron are used plentifully, adding a richness that most food simply doesn’t have. When many


people think of Indian food, they think curry, and automatically assume that it will be spicy. In reality, a curry is just a mix of spices, and each one is different. Some can have a lot of heat, but many curries are not spicy at all. The secret to great taste? Charcoal. Two authentic tandoori ovens are used in the kitchen, clay drums heated by real wood charcoal, slowly cooking flavour into food. These ancient ovens have been used for thousands of years, and are one of the reasons that great Indian food has such a distinct flavour. The lunch buffet runs Monday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is full of all of your favourite Indian food such as Tandoori Chicken, Butter Chicken, Pakoras, vegetables, and much more. In the evenings, a full menu of northern Indian food is available, featuring ingredients such as lamp, beef, and pork. The staff and servers are well-trained on the intricacies of Indian cuisine, and can help novice diners to assemble a mouth watering menu. There is even a wide selection of vegetarian dishes for those looking for something a little different. Spices of Punjab is licensed, and features Kingfisher beer, proudly imported from India. Spices of Punjab is open from Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Dine in, take-out, and delivery options are all available, so that you can enjoy great food from the comfort of your own table. The restaurant also caters events from large to small, bringing hot and healthy Indian food right to your location. On request, they can even send a chef and a full-sized Tandoori oven to your location for the freshest food imaginable. For more information call 543-1000 or visit www.spicesofpunjab. com. See you soon! Spices of Punjab 320 Victoria Avenue 306.543.1000

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF RICKY’S RESTAURANTS OF CANADA

The Thrill of the Grill BY CAROL TODD From the extraordinary to the ordinary. From the exotic to the homegrown. Whatever your preference, your taste buds will be tickled by the fare at one of Canada’s fastest-growing restaurant chains. Ricky’s All Day Grill, at 777 Albert Steet, offers more than 110 menu options to please any palate. Originally founded in British Columbia in 1960 as a pancake house, the Canadian franchise expanded to all-day menus in the late 1970s and quickly spread across western Canada. It opened its first Saskatchewan restaurant in Saskatoon, followed by ones in Prince Albert and, in October 2007, here in Regina. The Ricky’s franchise recently spread into Ontario and now includes 60 restaurants across Canada.

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The restaurant appeals to a broad range of customers because of its diversified menu, quality service, warm and friendly décor and signature breakfasts, featuring items like the delicious-sounding Spiced Crab Cake Benny on the menu during research for this article. The combination of those factors are what sets Ricky’s apart from the myriad of other casual family restaurants in the city, says general manager Tammy Wright. “Ricky’s is known for its wide selection of breakfasts and home-cooked dishes made from scratch with fresh ingredients,” she says. “Our menu offers delicious options for all ages, at prices everyone can afford.” Ricky’s customers can enjoy a wide variety of meals, from Asian fusion to baby back ribs and chicken. In addition to its famous big

breakfasts, the menu also offers favourites like thin crust pizza with homemade tomato sauce, huge burgers, big bowl salads and prime AAA Canadian steaks. As if the extensive regular menu isn’t enough, Ricky’s has four special feature menus each year that introduce new items or give familiar items a new twist. And, each year, the top customer favourites from those features are added to Ricky’s main menu, providing new options all the time. The 200-seat restaurant is adjacent to the Best Western Seven Oaks hotel. The partnership with Best Western is a perfect fit for Ricky’s, says Wright. “The (restaurant) business mirrors the clientele the hotel caters to,” she says. “Everyone— families, travelers, business people—all feel


comfortable here.â&#x20AC;? The major factor contributing to that comfort level is the customer service provided by the front-end staff of 20-plus people. Wright says the service, along with the varied menu, make Rickyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A strong crew is what makes people come back,â&#x20AC;? she says of her staff. Even more special are the offerings of executive chef Chris Diana, who creates not only the delectable delights on the menu, but will create a one-ofa-kind cake or ice sculpture for special events, which can be held in the private party room. In addition to the meeting room and the 5,000 square-foot main restaurant, Rickyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All Day Grill features a licensed lounge with raised seating, VLTs, large flat screen TVs, two signature fireplaces and a bold, modern dĂŠcor. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even an outdoor patio for relaxing over a meal with family or friends in the warm Saskatchewan summer. So, wherever on the premises youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to sit and whatever your tastes, Rickyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All Day Grill will ensure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thrilled with the experience. And, the coffeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great, too! 777 Albert Street Regina, SK (306) 775-3000 wwwgotorickys.com

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Food, Coffee and Style She was young and sophisticated. Her friends had already found a place to sit; they had pushed together several comfortable black leather chairs around a table, and were visiting. She turned to the barista and ordered a Caramel Macchiato. Across the room a lawyer was meeting with a client. They were sitting on a sofa near the fireplace, away from the other people in the room. Documents were spread out on the table for discussion. In the back corner a man in a suit sat, computer on his lap, holding a Skype call on the free Wi-Fi network. The location was, of course, Subway.

WAIT. What? When Scott Love and Bob Priebe opened Canada’s very first Subway Cafe on January 26, they expected to surprise people. It’s not that the Subway Cafe doesn’t have all the things that you would expect from any other Subway Restaurant—fresh and healthy sandwiches, salads, and soups—

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no, the Subway Cafe is about all the things that no other Subway has. Things like an upscale décor with a full coffee bar with an actual barista, serving Seattle’s Best coffee (one of the world’s leading coffee chains, owned by the world famous Starbucks Coffee). Or the spacious and luxurious eating area with black leather chairs, fireplace, and fireside lounge. Or the spacious outdoor patio with sun umbrellas and comfortable chairs. Open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on the weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Subway Cafe is part of the exciting revitalization of the former Superstore building in downtown Regina. Now reborn as Regina Centre Crossing, construction has been underway at this location for some time, but this winter was the first time many of the citizens of Regina have had the opportunity to explore the new development. As the snow melts, the parking lot is going to be developed with green spaces, flowers, and trees; the

perfect place to sit with a nice cold drink on a nice hot day.

Locally Owned and Managed “We want our customers to know that we are involved in the community around us. The Cafe isn’t owned by a corporation in another city, it’s owned by two long-time Regina residents,” Love explains. “It is also important to us to run the business ourselves,” adds Priebe. “We work in this restaurant everyday, so everything is maintained to the standards that we expect. We know that the levels of customer service are the best because we interact with our customers and staff continually.” If you haven’t already experienced the difference, come in to meet the owners, have a specialty beverage, enjoy a freshly baked muffin or cinnamon roll, read a newspaper, or simply lounge in front of the fireplace in an environment that will invigorate your day.


Fueled By Coffee? Is all of the energy and excitement around Regina Centre Crossing due to the espresso machine at the Subway Cafe? No, but the Subway Cafe is quickly becoming a gathering point for all of the other employees in the building. As a place for the business professionals in the building to gather, to brainstorm, and to hold impromptu meetings, the Subway Cafe is a great place to gather. A spacious parking lot means that there is no trouble finding a spot to leave your car, whether you are meeting a group for lunch or just picking up a morning coffee. It also means there is no reason to wait in a long line of cars for your morning pick me up—just set the emergency brake and pop inside. You’ll be back on the road before those other guys have even placed their order. The Subway Cafe is located at 1621 Albert Street, right at the forefront of the Regina Centre Crossing development, and right in the heart of Regina. Subway Cafe 1621 Albert Street 306.949.5000 provenfoods@sasktel.net

BUY ONE, GET ONE Buy one Medium Uncommonly Smooth™ Seattle’s Best Coffee® Specialty beverage and receive a Medium Seattle’s Best Coffee Specialty beverage on us. Good only at Subway Cafe 1621 Albert St. Expires April 30 2011

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There’s no place like homeunless it’s Peg’s Kitchen Home-style restaurant and catering perfect for rehearsals and receptions Peg’s Kitchen, at 1653 Park St., is Regina’s destination for Ukranian home-style cooking, just like your beloved grandma used to make. Peg’s Kitchen is proud to be Regina’s finest caterer serving traditional Ukranian fare, hand-made using traditional techniques and ingredients. They offer a full dinner menu appropriate for any occasion, and weddings are certainly a specialty. From supper to midnight lunch, the delectable dishes include beef, ham, or turkey with all the fixings, Kolbasa sausage, cheddar-cheese perogies, and their famous hand-rolled German-style cabbage rolls. Peg’s Kitchen makes banquet planning as easy (and delicious) as their amazing Saskatoon pie. They offer a choice of six different meat entrees plus sides, salads, rolls, accompaniments, and after-dinner dainties. Lunchtime and midnight lunch menus featuring contemporary and traditional foods are ideal for rehearsal dinners, night-before family gatherings and showers, too! Peg’s Kitchen is a true made-in-Saskatchewan success story. From their humble beginnings in a kitchen near Kronau, proprietors Peg and Vern Leippi have built a thriving enterprise. They contract with growers from the Craven area to supply the tens of thousands of cabbages they require to meet the demand for their ever popular cabbage rolls. In fact, their cab-

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bage rolls are almost as famous as they are! Their humble rolls are served in some of Regina’s finest restaurants and at other commercial venues. Peg’s Kitchen isn’t just your source of great, home-made foods for special events. Come in and sit a spell! Peg’s is also a restaurant and their home-cooked breakfasts and lunches will hit the spot as you take a break from running wedding errands. Breakfast is hot off the grill starting at 6 a.m. weekdays and 6:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Their home-made sausage patties and thick-cut bacon are a great, energizing start to the day. Lunch runs from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., and be sure to come hungry. With different items featured each day, there are always plenty of tasty options to choose from. The Ukranian lunch--sausage, a cabbage roll, six perogies and a bun--is a perennial favorite. Other featured items include beef on a bun, savoury smoked sausage, Peg’s famous perogies, hearty sandwiches and soup/sandwich combinations. Peg’s signature hand-rolled cabbage rolls

are the business’s number one product and the product that made them famous. “Our cabbage rolls are definitely the best seller,” says Peg. And she ought to know; she and her staff hand-roll as many as 6,000 of these tasty, savoury favourites each day. Peg’s Kitchen sells four varieties of cabbage rolls: beef and pork rolled in sweet cabbage, beef and pork rolled in sour cabbage, rice and onion in sweet cabbage, and vegetarian. The most popular by far are the meat varieties, which are made with a filling that is 66 per cent meat. In the same way they get the cabbage from their local supplier, Peg and Vern proudly buy Saskatchewan and get their meat from local producers. “It is important to us, as a business and individuals, to support the people and businesses in our area,” Peg says. “The big chain stores will always be around, but if we don’t support our local producers, we all lose out.” Peg’s Kitchen 1653 Park St. Regina, Sk. 306.781.2830 www.pegskitchen.ca


Fusion East Indian Cuisine Exclusive maker of East Indian sweets in Saskatchewan All foods and treats made fresh daily Family owned Authentic East Indian Cuisine Dine in / Take out / Catering & Delivery Lunch Buffet Monday - Saturday Dinner Buffet Friday & Saturday Hours: Monday- Saturday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm 5:00 pm - 9 pm Sunday 4 pm - 8 pm

Da India Curry House 227 Victoria Ave. Regina, Sk. 306.522.1331 www.daindiacurry.com


REGINAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NEWEST HOT SPOT RESTAURANT AND COCKTAIL LOUNGE GREAT FOOD/ HOMEMADE PASTRY AND DESSERTS SOPHISTICATED AND RELAXING ATMOSPHERE

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2118 Robinson St. Regina, Sk. 306.543.8836 www.table10restaurant.com

Royal Saskatchewan Museum Dinosaurs are big but these creatures are mammoth! Come see the Tertiary and ice age creatures that lived in Saskatchewan after the dinosaurs. Hours May 1 through Labour Day 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily Tuesday after Labour Day to April 30 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily For more info: (306) 787-2815 www.royalsaskmuseum.ca We are located at the corner of Albert Street & College Avenue in Wascana Park, Regina, SK

For more info: (306) 787-2815 www.royalsaskmuseum.ca

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Chateau Regina Hotel & Suites

Great location off of Highway #1 and Ring Road Complimentary parking Complimentary wireless Internet Indoor pool, fitness center and meeting space Different rooms types for all types of travellers including family suites, executive suites, and spa suites Majority of rooms have pillowtop mattresses and 42’’ flat screen TV Pet friendly On site lounge called Zahir’s Lounge On site family restaurant

1110 Victoria Avenue East Regina, Sk. Toll free 1-866-937-1131

www.chateaureginahotel.com Email: reservations@chateaureginahotel.com


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Experience with franchising leads to rapid expansion Based in Saskatoon, d3h Hotels Inc. is a hotel management company that owns and operates nine hotels across Western Canada with two new hotel builds in Yorkton and Swift Current which will start in the Spring of 2011. Over the past 13 years, d3h Hotels has gained extensive knowledge and experience in the design and construction of hotels. The company recently celebrated its 10th hotel build, pushing this young management company to retain the

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honour of being the largest franchisee of Days Inns in Canada and having the 2008 and 2009 Management Company of the Year awards bestowed upon them by the Days Inn national franchise. “d3h Hotels exemplifies the very best in hotel ownership and management”, said Irwin Prince, president and COO of Realstar Hospitality. “Every member of their team is fully engaged in providing “above-andbeyond” service to their guests, and d3h’s ongoing focus on customer satisfaction

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and operational excellence is testament to their success. Everyone in the company, from corporate office to hotel level, is truly a delight to work with!” Saskatchewan’s “best kept secret” was formed in 1998 by 3 Saskatchewan businessmen. Since then, two of the original founders recognized that a change in ownership would allow for new and fresh ideas, which would help keep the company relative to its market, as well as, ensuring they maintained their competitive


edge. This new ownership group consists of Don Urzada, Don Rosten, Carolyn Genest and Candy McBride. d3hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision is to work together as a team to provide customers with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;stay experienceâ&#x20AC;? that makes them feel they were at home. d3h attributes its success as a company to its people, both staff and management, who share the same culture that they have created. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our company has extremely talented people who have made d3h a leader in the hotel industry and a fun and exciting company to work forâ&#x20AC;? says Don Rosten, CEO of d3h Hotels Inc. d3hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans over the next few years are to continue to aggressively expand its hotel portfolio by building two new hotels per year under their ownership and one for a third party ownership. In the short time since its inception d3h Hotels Inc. has developed its own franchise, HomeSuites by d3h and Home Inn & Suites by d3h, the first products of their kind in Canada, consisting of modern technology, free hot breakfast and amenities that would rival each market they are built in. The HomeSuites franchise is a unique product to the market because d3h has integrated the â&#x20AC;&#x153;best of the bestâ&#x20AC;? limited service hotel amenities into its designs. Starting in Spring 2011, d3h will construct two new Home Inn & Suites in Yorkton and Swift Current and expected completion of

both projects will be early to mid-2012. This new brand will be a mixture of limited service type rooms and larger suites which include the full kitchen and living room. Each property will offer 80 beautifully appointed hotel rooms and suites and include some new amenities that are not typical of hotels in these markets. Home Inn & Suites in Swift Current and Yorkton will be the only hotels in their markets to feature a full-service salon & spa on the main level of the hotel, meeting rooms, and a free hot breakfast. The two hotels will also feature an indoor pool, waterslide and whirlpool for added fun for the guests. Both hotels are located beside the casino in each city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The HomeSuites and Home Inn & Suites brand philosophy is to provide the best mix of hotel amenities and home comforts to todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traveller looking for an upgraded stay experience at a reasonable price point,â&#x20AC;? says Carolyn Genest, CFO of d3h Hotels Inc. At HomeSuites they understand the importance of respecting the environment, and are committed to several green initiatives which are helping create a positive impact on the place they call home. These green initiatives include: t 1SPWJEJOH B )PNF4VJUFT SFVTBCMF UPUF bag in all suites to use for groceries or laundry to cut down on plastic bag waste. HomeSuites also provides a recycling pro-

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completed this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Though d3h Hotels is rapidly expanding, we believe that it is our people that are the heart of our company,â&#x20AC;? says Candy McBride, Chief Human Resources Officer of d3h Hotels Inc. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A good portion of each of our day is spent with the people we work with and this time can either be a positive or negative in our lives. It is our desire for our staff in the hotels and head office to feel appreciated, valued and respected when they are part of our d3h Family and in turn, this will resonate with our guests.â&#x20AC;? For more information about d3h, please visit its newly redesigned website at www. d3h.ca


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Days Inn - Regina 3875 Eastgate Drive East Regina, SK S4Z 1A4 P: 306.522.3297 W: www.daysinnregina.ca Manager: Chris Regier Days Inn - Regina Airport West 4899 Harbour Landing Drive Regina, SK S4W 0B7 P: 306.584.3297 W: www.daysinnreginaairportwest.ca Manager: Natalie Cherry Days Inn - Red Deer #1000, 5001 – 19th Street Red Deer, AB T4R 3R1 P: 403.340.3297 W: www.daysinnreddeer.ca Manager: Lance Homstol Days Inn - Calgary Airport 2799 Sunridge Way NE Calgary, AB T1Y 7K7 P: 403.250.3297 W: www.daysinncalgary.ca Manager: Helena Borges Days Inn - Medicine Hat 24 Strachan Court SE Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4R7 P: 403.580.3297 W: www.daysinnmedicinehat.ca Manager: Leslie Squires Days Inn - Edmonton South 10333 University Ave. NW Edmonton, AB T6E 6N3 P: 780.430.0011 W: www.daysinnedmontonsouth.ca Manager: Zelia Silva Motel 6 - Medicine Hat 20 Strachan Court SE Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4R7 P: 403.527.1749 W: www.motel6mh.ca Manager: Melissa Davies Motel 6 - Red Deer #900, 5001 – 19th Street Red Deer, AB T4R 3R1 P: 403.340.1749 W: www.motel6rd.ca Manager: Audrey Ruff HomeSuites by d3h 3841 Eastgate Drive East Regina, SK S4Z 1A4 P: 306.522.4434 W: www.homesuites.ca Manager: Julie Levesque

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Six Days in May: Regina takes to the streets for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Thousands of people throng the streets of Regina’s Cathedral Village for six days in May, rain or shine, to take part in the annual Cathedral Village Arts Festival. “Our mandate is to widen the audience appreciation of the arts, and we do concentrate on all the art forms,” says Deb Jones, executive coordinator, “so it’s bringing the arts to the people.”

As usual, it will mix experienced and emerging artists in a variety of art forms. For specifics on the performers as they’re chosen, and on day-to-day events during the festival, interested festival-goers may check the Facebook page, or the website at www.cvaf.ca.

Highlights of 2011 This year, the event will kick off on Monday May 23 with a mini parade and community family picnic in Les Sherman Park. “It always starts on Victoria Day weekend,” Jones adds. Events take place every evening during the week, as well as, throughout the day and evening on Saturday May 28. The final day’s highlights include a street fair along six blocks of 13th Avenue with over 250 artisans, performance stages, and food vendors. As well, family activities take place throughout the day, along with entertainment in Holy Rosary Park, various other indoor venues, and businesses and restaurants in the evening. During the festival, about 300 volunteers will handle such duties as technical set-up and take-down, greeting participants at events, food preparation, children’s helpers, ticket-taking, security, and eventually, clean-up as well.

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The theme this year is “Hats off to 20 years!” Exploring that theme begins even before the festival, with community workshops in hat-making. Jones and the rest of the committee will be encouraging children in schools to get involved in hat-making workshops as well. “I don’t wear hats, so I’m the hat-off person,” she jokes. This year, the festival will also return to making use of a type of venue they’ve used in the past, she adds, with local residents offering their garages as art galleries or performance spaces. Two years ago, the festival included several garages along the same alley, and even a corner snack stand to round out the experience.

Located in the heart of the Cathrdral Village 2115 RETALLACK ST. REGINA, SK. 306.757.7025

Located in the heart of the cathedral area, The Mercury Cafe & Grill has Regina’s best homemade burgers, pies, soups and milk shakes. With daily Breakfast specials and full lunch and dinner items served with a Glass Bottled Coke or a Cold Beer, The Mercury Cafe will quickly become one of your favorite spots to eat.

Come enjoy a BIG taste at our Out of This World Cafe Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 8am to 8pm 8am to 10pm Friday and Saturday Sunday 8am to 4pm

2936 13th Avenue Regina, Sk. 306.522.4423


Izakaya The origins of Izakaya are the traditional pubs in old buildings frequented by japanese salary men who would, after a long hard day at work, unwind over large amounts of sake, wine and spirits together with snacks and still go home for dinner. Today Izakaya style dining is enjoyed all over the world by young sophisticates out for a good time with friends and family and are fast overtaking sushi and ramen restaurants in popularity as the ďŹ rst choice for a special night out. ~ FROM TOMO IZAKAYA

Japanese & Korean Cuisine Speciality Drinks Live Jazz Band Great Appetizers, Spirits, Sake Open Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

HOURS: Mon- Thurs: 8 am - 11 pm Friday: 8 am - 2 am Saturday: 9 am - 2 am Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm

2136A Robinson St. | Regina, Sk. | 306.779.0779 | www.orangeizakaya.com


“We’re always looking for ways to improve on our products”

It’s A Matter of Taste BY TOBIE HAINSTOCK The first time you walk into the Cathedral Bakery in Regina, you know it won’t be your last. As you take a deep breath in, the sweet comforting aroma of fresh baking catches in your nostrils and, for a brief moment, you are taken back to childhood memories of your Grandma’s kitchen. You may remember the great times you had baking sugar cookies for a holiday or special event and, of course, the tastetesting afterward. Perhaps your memories take you to a time when, coming home from school meant cutting off a slice of freshly baked bread, smothering it with honey and telling your Mom all about your day. No matter what the memory, it is one you can hang onto for just a little longer in the storefront at the Cathedral Bakery.

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You are warmly greeted from behind the counter and engage in some light conversation about the weather. Your mouth waters as you peer through the glass display case. Mmmm...what to pick...there is so much to choose from. You are offered to sample some of the feature item...today it is focaccia bread. You are thankful as you take a piece and lay it on your tongue. The bread sample melts in your mouth as it releases flavoursome sensations and embraces your pallet. The fullness of the flavour is clear; you know you’ve walked into a little piece of culinary Heaven on Earth. Now, back to the difficult task of choosing what to buy...do you want something

sweet or savoury? You look over the spectacular cupcakes...you examine the rich red velvet cake....you eye the flavourful sausage rolls...you study the sweet pastries and dainties... You really just came in for a loaf of bread, but there is so much more selection... finally you decide on your purchase but promise yourself that you will return for more delectable treats. As you leave you are given a friendly wave good-bye. On the street you meet another person walking toward the quaint business. You smile knowingly, another person who will be captivated by the charms of the Cathedral Bakery. As you walk down the street with your


purchases, you wonder what the secret is to making such palatable morsels. As an experienced baker, Darrell Dickson knows that the definition of great baking is in the flavour. There is no cutting of ingredients here, at the Cathedral Bakery their motto “When Taste Matters” is more than just a slogan, it’s the way they do business. “We like to shop around for only the best ingredients,” Darrell says. His wife Diane nods in agreement and adds, “We don’t want to produce something you can find anywhere else.” “We’re always looking for ways to improve on our products”, continues Darrell. The Dicksons take it a step further by taking popular base recipes and modifying them to make them unique to the Cathedral Bakery. They explain that they will take the time to add different ingredients to enhance the flavour or to create a new variety. The quality of their baking is not the only thing that will bring you back to the Cathedral Bakery. Once you walk through the doors you are greeted by front staff who not only enjoy taking time to assist you but are encouraged by the Dicksons to make you feel welcome. They go on to emphasize that being part of the neighbourhood is also extremely important to them. Whether that means spending a few minutes chatting in the store or taking part in local community functions such as the Cathedral Village Arts Festival, to the Dicksons and their staff, it’s about being more than a retailer; it’s about being a good neighbour as well. “We want customers to come back for the flavour, the quality and the friendship,” states Darrell. To experience the full flavour of the Cathedral Bakery, drop in and see them at 2130 Robinson Street. Your palate will thank you.

Cathedral Bakery 2130-B Robinson Street 306.522.3764 ddickson@cathedralbakery.ca www.cathedralbakery.ca

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Argento has been accessorizing clients for almost ten years with the latest handmade jewellery by Canadian designers Karyn Chopik, Pyrrha, Soul Flower and Andrea Waines. Local artists Megan J. Hazel and Frost from Regina also adorn the showcases. Argento also offers a large selection of Handbags by Kenneth Cole New York, Matt and Nat and Big Buddha. Watches by Michael Kors, Toy Watch and DKNY are a must to see! A few new lines from the USA have been added for the Spring/Summer season which include wrap bracelets by Chan Luu and a collection of jewellery inspired from old Parisian workshops in France sparkles in the elegant designs that have been rendered from original molds by artists from the 1900 through 1930â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. We offer a great selection with a cozy atmosphere. Visit our facebook page for details on new products and special promotions. 2728 13th Ave | Regina, Sk. | 306.347.9905

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DRINKS WITH FRIENDS full wine menu, scotch lists, delicious martinis, 14 types of draught on tap and local beer. Amazing people, local entertainment, unique art. Come check out the unique atmosphere today.

2062 Albert Street | Regina, Sk. | 306.359.1661 www.thefreehouse.com


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What will you do with all the extra time? Imagine coming home to a house that has already been cleaned. No toilets to scrub, no dusting to do, no countertops to scrub. Just an extra few hours a week to relax, spend time with your family, or curl up with a good book. Call us today!

Tidy Time Saver is proud to be Saskatchewan’s only professional cleaning company affiliated with Cleaning For A Reason – an association that provides free cleaning services for women undergoing cancer treatments. Over 5,000 + women have been helped, along with over $1.2 million donated for cleanings.

TIDY TIME SAVER Professional House Cleaning Service

Sharla Shaw - 306.591.7969 | sharlashaw@tidytimesaver.com | www.tidytimesaver.com


McKenzie Lane Townhomes

NOW SELLING IN WHITE CITY ASPEN VILLAGE PROPERTIES Contact Blair at 306.539.1027 or Ken at 306.529.5456

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Aspen Village Properties Ltd. | 310 Emerald Park Road | Emerald Park, Sk. | 306.539.1027

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FineLifestyles Regina Spring 2011