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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.
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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Cover Story: W. Brett Wilson
79 At the End of his Leash: Brad Pattison 118 Got Golf? 132 Raj Manek Remembered with Arlene Dickinson 136 Wilson Centre: Helping Saskatchewan Entrepreneurs 140 Still A Burning Light: Bruce Cockburn 146 Tales from the Dragons’ Den 14
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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 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’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.
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.
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?
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.”
Wilson with Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed and cocommander of Operation Western Front (OWF), Warren Spitz at the Vancouver gala in March. OWF raised $1.5 million for Canada’s soldiers and their families. FineLifestyles REGINA
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W. Brett Wilson (cont’d)
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.”
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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
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
the right way. “My family always keeps me on my toes and they’ve taught me the importance of building dreams,” he explains. “I’ve taken that understanding and applied it to the work that we do at Rock Hammer Industries. No matter what the size of the budget you have to work with, I always want people to believe in their dream and that they can have a great house or a great yard. We want to make the impossible possible.” With sod and irrigation, grading and skid steer services, as well as, snow removal in their arsenal, Rock Hammer Industries can also address all of your home’s landscaping maintenance requirements. Having two full-time crews on call has allowed the company to diversify their services to fit whatever need the customer has. “There are times when people will just need something as simple as getting their driveway cleared in the wintertime or replacing the old sod with new sod in spring,” Kevin says.
“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
concrete, The Gardens On Rose will be constructed more like a commercial highrise than an apartment building. Heavy floors and walls insulate sound from other units, while a brick and stucco exterior create a classically beautiful façade. Topping the building is the crown jewel, a 15,000 sq ft roof top garden featuring hot tubs, gas fireplaces, gas barbecues, a full kitchen, and an extensive collection of irrigated trees, shrubs, and plants. The retractable roof covering the hot tub room allows you to stay warm even on the coldest Saskatchewan night, or open everything to the sky and let your tensions rise away like steam from the surface of the water. The final plans also include an expansive exercise room with stateof-the-art cardio and weight training equipment. Of course, all of these accoutrements would be meaningless if the condominium units themselves didn’t deliver the same
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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 Canadaâ€™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 doesnâ€™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
security is the number one goal. What if you have a line of credit? Most, if not all, individuals carrying the majority of their household debt on a line of credit are paying too much interest. The option to have a variable rate mortgage at 2.25 per cent with a line of credit attached is far more financially attractive than a line of credit at 3.5 to 4 per cent. Simple Math says ((4.00% – 2.25%) x Mortgage) = A GREAT DEAL Of UNNECESSARY INTEREST PAID! There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to whether you should float or lock in. The decision should be based on your own situation and made in consultation with your mortgage professional and financial advisor. If there is any issue with you sleeping at night, lock in your mortgage today below 4 per cent. PUBLICATION SPECIAL – Mention this article and receive $500 toward legal fees on your purchase or refinance transaction in 2011.
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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
flooring providers in the region. Working in Regina, as well as across southern Saskatchewan, Caltec regularly trains its employees on the latest methods and products to make sure that each installer is given a chance to become the best. “Materials are always evolving in this business, so you need to know what is happening in the marketplace. One area that sees constant change is adhesives. While some installers use standard adhesives for all of their jobs, we are very careful to use only the adhesives
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
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“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.
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