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Two cars the perfect Fit By Andrew Matte

Justin Bender is known in the Canadian heavy metal community for his prowess on the fretboard as a guitarist for the Regina band Into Eternity. He also plays in the local band Magnetic and works as a sound engineer at Touchwood Studios. But it was his need for functionality that prompted him to buy a Honda Fit. His wife, Rachel Morris, liked her husband’s car so much that she bought one too. The economy minded car is plenty big enough for her dog Marshmallow, who rides in a booster seat.

Q: So how did you settle on a Honda Fit? A: I shopped for a car for about a year before I actually bought one. I measured the hatchbacks of a couple of cars because that was a big concern of mine. It wanted to be able to easily carry my gear around. I am always moving cabinets around. Q: What car did you own previously? A: I had been driving a mid’90s Mazda. I have always liked Japanese cars. My previous car was an MX6. It was a sports car and I am not really a sports car kind of guy at all. But it was also inconvenient. Any time I had to take my guitar cabinet anywhere, it would hang out the trunk. Q: Isn’t a Honda Fit essentially the opposite of a Mazda MX6? A: I was more embarrassed that I bought a sporty car. It was sort of a girly sports car. But I didn’t really care about that. But the fact that it was sporty and a bit of a gas guzzler and wasn’t very functional was sort of embarrassing. It was kind of a waste to me. I wanted something that cost me less to operate and left a greener footprint. And I had to be able to carry gear around in it — that was my major consideration.

Rock guitarist Justin Bender and his wife Rachel Morris with their Honda Fits. QC photo by Don Healy

Q: What made you consider Honda in the first place? A: I was always a Honda fan. I used to own a couple of 1980s Accords that were excellent cars. The motors never did die on them. The bodies fell apart before the engine stopped. One car had more than 300,000 kilometres on it. I wanted something small and fuel efficient. I am way more about functionality than anything. Q: What is your favourite part about the Fit? A: The cool thing about the Fit is the

back seats. The bottoms of the back seats lift up and fold up flat with the back of the seats. And the little leg parts snap down inside. Sometimes I just roll my guitar cabinet up into the car on its wheels up behind the front seats.

Q: Isn’t it weird that a tiny car can carry so much of your bulky music equipment? A: There’s still enough room behind the seats. When I need to, I can carry a floor monitor, a head in its case, a four-space rack, my guitar and an-

other monitor. I have routinely made a trip like that. It’s just fantastic. I love it.

Q: How did your family get a second Fit? A: Rachel fell in love with the Fit too. She would take my car as much as she could. At her job at Metro Pet Market, she sometimes needs to haul inventory from one store to the other. With that mind, she thought she’d like to get a hatchback. So to get a Fit, it just made sense for her.

Q: How old is your car? A: I got mine used. It’s a 2007. The car has the Civic engine from the early 2000 era. Q: How is it holding up? A: I am up on the fluids and I have never had any issues. I bought it in 2011 and I have had no problems with it. Q: How old is Rachel’s car? A: Rachel’s car was new. It’s a 2012. It had something like 50 kilometres when she got it.


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Melanie Schnell poses with a map of everywhere she’s travelled. The Regina author’s debut novel, While the Sun is Above Us, is a fictional story set in South Sudan. QC PHOTO BY DON HEALY

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Julie Gobeil loves the Guinness at O’Hanlon’s Pub, her favourite place in Regina.  QC Photo by Michael Bell

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After near-record heavy snowfalls, Regina has been buried in the white stuff for weeks. John Stulberg shovels snow off a roof near the corner of Victoria Avenue and Montague Street. QC Photo by Michael Bell


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Pub feels like home for ex-Reginan By Ashley Martin Of course Julie Gobeil was excited for the Christmas holidays — she was looking forward to coming home to Regina for the first time since May. But she was also eager to revisit her favourite place, O’Hanlon’s Pub. Since moving to Toronto 15 months ago, Gobeil has yet to find a place quite like O’Hanlon’s. It’s homey, fun and holds a lot of memories for the 26-year-old.

Q: Why do you love O’Hanlon’s? A: I guess the familiarity of it. It’s pretty cliche to say everybody knows your name, but it kind of is like that. I just know a lot of the staff and usually most or some of the patrons, and you learn to appreciate that more when you move to a big city where things are kind of impersonal and you don’t have that network of people that you know. Even if they’re not your friends, there’s six degrees of separation with everybody in Regina. It’s changed here and a lot of people who have been coming here for a while commiserate about that. I get it, it’s true, there’s definitely a different crowd that’s starting to hang out here, especially Friday and Saturday nights, but I still love it. It feels like home. The Guinness tastes best out of the O’Hanlon’s taps. Q: Have you been looking for a place in Toronto that’s comparable to O’Hanlon’s? A: I think that the essence of O’Hanlon’s is such that it cannot be found in Toronto, so not really. I guess I’ve become a regular at a pub in Toronto but it’s certainly not the same. Q: What is the “essence” of O’Hanlon’s? A: I guess it’s got some nostalgic value for me too. I kind of started going out and dancing and drinking beer here (when I was) 20, 21. It’s just memories. I never have a bad time here and the staff always treats me really well. It’s just familiar, it’s

Julie Gobeil enjoys a pint at O’Hanlon’s Pub in Regina. QC Photo by Michael Bell

friendly, I can come here alone most nights and not feel weird or out of place or awkward, which is not the case at most places.

Q: What’s your favourite memory of this place? A: When I started coming here, like most younger girls I guess I thought Guinness was really gross. I was here with three other friends and I was wanting to drink Bohemian. We were ordering from Niall (O’Hanlon, the owner) and my friends were drinking Guinness and it was like, “Three Guinness and a Bohemian,”

and he’s like, “Four Guinness?” “No, no, I want a Bohemian.” He’s like, “Four Guinness.” I never looked back. It’s what I drink now, but essentially Niall forced me to start drinking Guinness.

Q: Do you prefer pre-renovation or post-renovation? A: I would say pre-renovation because ... I hate (the new stage). I’ve done karaoke once or twice since then. Maybe if you’re a bigtime band to be six feet above everyone else, but when you’re singing a stupid karaoke song, you want to be

on everyone else’s level, literally and figuratively.

it’s a nice come-and-go, to see everybody. It’s like the hub of activity.

Q: What’s your favourite time to come here? A: I honestly prefer a Tuesday or Thursday. Thursdays especially because then it turns into a dance party later but it’s usually less busy than Saturdays. Trivia, karaoke. I am here a lot of Fridays and Saturdays while I’m home. Even a Wednesday when there’s nothing going on and you can actually sit and hang out and order pizza. I also really love O’Hanlon’s during Folk Fest because

Q: Do you think you’ll ever outgrow your love of this place? A: Maybe. That’s the thing: It’s easy to be like, “Regina’s changed,” or “O’Hanlon’s changed,” but maybe I’m just getting older. It could be me. I’m sure I’ll grow out of coming here every day but I don’t think I’ll ever be over O’Hanlon’s and not come here at all. I love it. It’s a lot to do with the people, like anything else in Regina. I really like the staff and the vibe.


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Each week QC gathers advice from parents to share with other moms and dads. This week we asked:

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“My kids are six and eight and both of them have asked questions about divorce, what is a stepmom, etc. They are exposed to these issues and terms everywhere and we answer their questions simply and honestly as they arise. It isn’t something we had to sit them down and explain to them but deal with through normal conversation as they come up.” — Terri Leniuk “I think that by the time they are six they are probably ready to understand what ‘divorce’ means. I would still keep it as simple and as straightforward

as I could, but I think that it’s important that by this age they know the truth about what’s going on. My daughter is six and I feel that she would understand what it means but I also know that I would need to handle the situation delicately. I would also tell her it’s OK to be sad and angry as I think that’s a normal part of the grieving process.” — Chera Miller “No one in my immediate family is divorced so this hasn’t really been an issue. I think if my kids ever ask I will tell them that some parents just can’t live together and that often everyone is better off if they live apart.” — Nikki Melnyk “My children consider what their family structure is to be ‘The Norm’, so when they hear of divorce, it raises questions. Whenever that age is, is the age to talk about it. Our goal is to teach our kids to have compassion and love toward anyone, especially their friends, going through divorce or dealing with the effects of it.” — Angela Wells “Tough one! I think it depends on the situation. Children should be spoken to by both parents close to when one intends to move out. Explain what divorce is, the changes to their day-to-day life and ensure they do not blame themselves. Engaging a child psychologist could also help after a month or two to determine what impact, if any, has occurred.” — Angela O.

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“We actually had to explain divorce this summer to our six- and four-year-olds. They met another set of children that had parents that were divorced. My kids asked me why their parents lived in different homes. We didn’t go too much into detail, but explained their parents didn’t love each other anymore. They still liked each other of course as they have beautiful children together, but just didn’t love each other for reasons we don’t know why. They will never stop being those children’s mother and father — ever! The kids seemed OK with that answer except they then worried that my husband and I would fall out of love and divorce. We told them that mom and dad have been married for almost 15 years and we love each other very much. We don’t plan on ever getting a divorce. Of course anything is possible, but we pray that we will stay together forever.” — Shelley Stahl Heuchert

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The drive for me to write this story and tell this story in the best way I could was so strong that it overtook me.” — Melanie Schnell

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Author captures Sudanese conflict in her debut novel By Ashley Martin Melanie Schnell’s first impression of Sudan was the certainty that her plane would crash. “I thought I’d experienced turbulence. I’d never experienced turbulence until being in that plane,” she said. It was 10 years ago this month that the tiny aircraft bound from Kenya landed safely in Wun Rok, Sudan — much to Schnell’s relief. After the plane touched down, hordes of people dressed in rags rushed toward it. “I kept thinking, ‘Stay away from the plane, you’re going to get hit.’” Though Schnell first set foot on Sudan’s red soil in January 2003, her relationship with the war-torn country began three years earlier, when a magazine article changed her life. The cover of the April 10, 2000 issue of Maclean’s read “Freeing the slaves of Sudan” in bold type. Inside was an account of the oilmotivated Sudanese war, told in part by Jane Roy and Glen Pearson, a London, Ont. couple who run Canadian Aid for South Sudan (CASS). “(They) would raise money in their hometown and go to Sudan and buy back slaves; people had been enslaved for $50 a head, people who had been enslaved for, like, 10 years.” Schnell might have done as many readers probably did — recycle the issue and file the story in the back of their minds. But she didn’t. “The pictures struck me and I was obsessed with this article. I still have it, actually; I ripped it out and I underlined it and I highlighted it and I read it over and over.” The story of those women and children — in a country more than 11,000 kilometres away from her southeast Saskatchewan hometown of Lampman — stuck with Schnell, a writer living in Toronto.

The article inspired Schnell to create two characters: Adut, a south-Sudanese woman who was stolen as a slave, and Sandra, a Canadian aid volunteer. Schnell started writing their story; then it hit her: “I can’t write a story set in Sudan without going there.” She tracked down Roy and Pearson, took out a line of credit and, to the dismay of her parents David and Kathy, flew to Sudan to volunteer for CASS. She spent five months near Wun Rok in 2003, then seven months near Juba in 2005 and 2006, enduring some difficult times, all in the name of her book. “These characters were so clear to me; they just came along and there they were and that was it, and I had to follow their stories.” ■

After landing in Wun Rok, Schnell was taken to a compound not far from the airstrip. About as large as an average North American residential property, the compound was enclosed by a nine-foot-high thatched grass fence. Inside was a latrine, a shower of sorts (“basically you pour a bucket of water on yourself”), a wooden structure containing the aid organization’s office and kitchen, and a few tukels — round huts about eight feet wide made of local grasses, each with one door and one window. “It was really roughing it.” Schnell and the other volunteers underwent a safety orientation, “just in case our compound was raided,” and after a few days of settling in, she began her volunteer work: distributing school materials and sewing machines, overseeing grain mills and gathering information for grants to finance teacher training. When the heat climbed too high to work — temperatures could reach 50 C — people would laze about in the shade trying to keep cool. Continued on Page 8

Melanie Schnell holds a copy of her first novel, which is set in Sudan.  QC Photo by Don Healy


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I just tried to absorb everything because I was writing from the point of view of a Sudanese woman as well as a Canadian woman. — Schnell

Even the women, whose days consisted of fetching water, harvesting and pounding grain, cooking, bartering at the markets, doing laundry, building tukels and raising children, were afforded a break. When Schnell wasn’t doing CASS work, she pursued her real purpose for being in Sudan: interviewing anyone and everyone about life there. She talked to displaced people, widows of war, returned slaves, family members of slaves, people who’d lost limbs. She came home with a stack of notebooks a foot high. “I just tried to absorb everything because I was writing from the point of view of a Sudanese woman as well as a Canadian woman.” Being there was overwhelming. “You’re in the middle of a war; you can’t take a step without seeing tragedy. Learning about the history and the politics, it was such a huge lesson. Everywhere I turned I was learning something new.” Sudan’s second civil war raged from 1983 to 2005, a conflict between the central government in the Arab, Muslim north and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in the Christian or animist south. Millions of people were killed or displaced in a fight over who would benefit from oil revenues. Thousands of southern people were stolen as slaves to work in cattle camps or residences in the north. Schnell’s observations informed her novel, but so did some of her direct experiences: Sandra’s turning point in the book was based on a harrowing accident Schnell was in. About six weeks after arriving in Sudan, she was travelling in a truck with a Kenyan aid worker and a Dinka translator when one of their passengers, a young man, jumped from the back of the truck and died. Even though it was an accident, the group had to flee for their lives. “The mentality of war was still very alive there and the rule of law there is a life for a life,” said Schnell. The group got back to the compound just in time. They later learned that men from the boy’s village were “on our tails with guns.” That night, the municipal governor rounded up soldiers to guard the

still in slavery. Her translator, who worked for Veterinaires Sans Frontieres, eventually made that happen. She accompanied him on a VSF trip to northern Sudan, past the front lines. On the second day, they saw three figures approaching — two lighter-skinned men and a Dinka man, leading a camel by the reins. They joined the group, the Dinka man sitting behind the other two. The air was tense. Schnell was given five minutes to talk to the Dinka man, a 21-year-old slave who had been stolen from his family at age six. He spent his years working in cattle camps. “He was kind of laughing at me throughout the whole interview and he said, ‘My life’s OK. This is my life, I have to accept it. I can’t leave or I’d be killed,’” Schnell recalled. He stopped laughing when she asked if he thought he’d one day be free. “I hope peace will come someday” was all he said. After the interview, Schnell asked her translator why they couldn’t have stolen the slave back; the two men he was with were unarmed. The translator explained there would be retribution. “How many more would be killed for that one?” she remembers him saying. Viewing constant hardship in Sudan, Schnell would sometimes think “what am I doing?” But she always came back to the same reasoning: “My only answer to it to this day is the drive for me to write this story and tell this story in the best way I could was so strong that it overtook me.” ■ A Maclean’s article from April 2000 inspired Melanie Schnell’s journey to Sudan. She still has the article. QC Photo by Don Healy

compound. Two days later, Schnell was flown out to Nairobi, Kenya. ■

When she returned to Wun Rok a month later, Schnell was ordered to stay inside the compound. With persistence, she was able to move in with a family to see firsthand how Dinka women live and work. For three weeks, she lived with a SPLA

leader’s five wives and dozen children. She stayed in a hut with two of the wives. “I just lived with them and watched them cook and ate with them and watched their lives, and so much of that time informed my research for Adut’s life.” Meals consisted of dura (a grain), okra, and sometimes chicken or goat. The country was in a drought, so there was no fruit.

Even though there was a language barrier, the women seemed excited at the prospect of being interviewed and photographed. Schnell formed a connection with the women through gesturing and smiling, while her translator filled in the gaps — although, because he was a man, she believes the women were not totally honest. Throughout this time, Schnell held onto the idea of meeting a slave

Things were less dangerous during her second stint in Sudan — the peace agreement had been signed in 2005 — but Schnell still had a rough time. She contracted brucellosis from eating contaminated meat. The disease affects the nervous system and can drive a person insane if left untreated. She spent months on harsh antibiotics, preferring to stay in Africa for treatment because doctors there were more familiar with the disease. Continued on Page 10


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I was just so angry at how we don’t see joy. I came from a place that was so dark, learning about the things that were done to these people, and meanwhile they have smiles. — Schnell

In May 2006, “I came home a mess.” Schnell spent the next year living in her sister Nannette’s basement. Sudan had had a profound effect on her mental state. She’d seen true evil, that “people can raid a village and rape and torture a pregnant girl and chop off the limbs of the men, and shove people into a hut and lock the door and burn it down, and take the boys and girls and the women as slaves for years and beat them daily.” Despite the horror, most Sudanese were still happy. But in Regina, people were unsatisfied. “I was so appalled and so disgusted by people who complained about their lives, who complained about nothing,” she said. “I was just so angry at how we don’t see joy. I came from a place that was so dark, learning about the things that were done to these people, and meanwhile they have smiles.” Schnell spent her days writing for a TV company and teaching drama and storytelling in schools — she has a bachelor of education degree from the University of Regina. In July 2006 she began a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, which she tackled online over four years. The novel was her thesis. During that time, she received the “best surprise” of her life: She found out she was pregnant with her son Gabriel, now 3 1/2. “He’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.” Schnell says Gabriel is the reason she has stayed rooted in Saskatchewan for this long. She was previously overtaken by wanderlust, having lived in Boston, Colombia and Thailand, among other places. But she wanted Gabriel to be near family — his father’s family lives in Regina, as do Schnell’s two siblings, Nannette and Bartley. ■

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Writing the novel didn’t come easily. Her two narrators, Sandra and Adut, each experience a lot of trauma. “Whenever I went to write from these characters, one of them being from South Sudan, I’d have to go back there again and I wasn’t always willing to do that every day.” After a decade of having these characters live in her mind, Schnell was eager to move on. She completed the novel in April 2010 and pitched the book to three publishers. While the Sun is Above Us was published by Calgary’s Freehand Books in April 2012. “It’s a difficult read not only for the emotional content but because of the timeline,” in which Adut and Sandra speak to one another through time and space. “I find that it’s a word

Melanie Schnell with her three-year-old son Gabriel. Schnell is now a sessional professor of English at the University of Regina. QC Photo by Don Healy

of mouth kind of book. Book clubs really seem to like it,” said Schnell, who is now working on her second novel, set in Virginia. While the Sun is Above Us has met with positive reviews. Sarah Petz of The Winnipeg Review writes, “Schnell tells her story with such clarity that I could smell the blood on their clothes and feel the hot sun beating down above them.” Schnell’s thesis adviser Lisa Moore, an author, says her “prose is transparent and true, and her voice is haunting.” It was one of Freehand’s best-selling titles of 2012 at around 1,000 copies.

Though she now has a book to show for it, Schnell doesn’t consider the novel to be the most important aspect of her journey. “I gained so many valuable friendships and I learned so much about my role in the world and who I am and what really goes on.” Spending a year in Sudan taught her about being realistic. Schnell says her upbringing was rather sheltered, and she wants to make sure her son’s is a bit less cloistered. “Being idealistic in today’s world creates cynicism and anger, too. I just want him to know what the world’s really like, that there’s

light and dark.” Though South Sudan gained independence in July 2011, slavery in Sudan still exists. “There’s still people in the north who’ve been enslaved for years and years and years, who haven’t been set free since the south seceded,” said Schnell. The number of people still enslaved is impossible to calculate, but the South Sudanese government estimates 35,000 women and children remain enslaved in Sudan. To learn more about Sudan or Schnell’s book, visit melanieschnell.com.


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Fashion appreciation formed in Italy By Ashley Martin Before going to Italy for a university exchange last January, Greg Moore only cared about being comfortable in his clothes. That didn’t last long. “I was there for probably about a week and I was looking around and I was like, ‘Even the kids are dressed better than I am.’ I was in Milan, granted,” he said. Four months in the fashion capital of the world, while working on his University of Regina business degree, gave Moore a different kind of education outside of the classroom. He began to see clothing as art rather than just strategically placed fabric. “For the first time I saw the difference between just dressing well and art. It was neat for me because normally I don’t care.” His wife, on the other hand, cares a lot: Brittany Gogel, who also went to Milan on an exchange, is a fashionista. “She’s my inspiration for wanting to learn this stuff and being exposed to it,” said Moore. Fashion Week was another eye-opener for Moore. While standing outside the Dolce & Gabbana fashion show, the couple was surrounded by bloggers taking photos of the well-dressed masses — “people actually get dressed up for this stuff.”

Moore took his camera and jumped into the paparazzi fray, while Gogel waited on the sidelines. Later, she recognized many of the people in the photos. “She’s like, ‘Oh this is this editor, this is this person, this is this celebrity,’ and she starts freaking out about all these people. Anna Dello Russo? She’s some fashion designer woman (a longtime editor of Vogue). She’s famous, and I was like (two feet away) taking pictures of this woman. (Gogel was) screaming when she saw it.” Though he now has an appreciation for fashion, Moore isn’t style-obsessed. He hopes to strike a happy medium between Italians, who he believes are a little too wrapped up in fashion, and Saskatchewanians, who “care less about having the most up-to-date wardrobe but they know what’s important in life: family, friends, having a good time.” Since returning to Regina, Moore is trying to use fashion as a form of selfexpression. He says his style is a work in progress, but he’s aiming for something dapper with an edge. “It’s been neat trying to take what I learned there and implement it back in my life here,” said Moore, who works as an account manager at Look Matters in Regina.

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118-11th Street East Prince Albert, Saskatchewan S6V 1A1 Phone (306) 953-7500 Fax (306) 763-1723 www.pacsd6.sk.ca

The Prince Albert Roman Catholic Separate School Division No.6 Invites Applications for SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION The Prince Albert Roman Catholic Separate School Division No.6 invites applications for the position of Superintendent of Education responsible for Human Resources and School Operations. If you are innovative, passionate and committed to Catholic education, this position will be of interest to you. Primary responsibilities for the position include human resource management for all employees; labour relations to include collective bargaining, contract management, performance management, job design and descriptions. The Superintendent will promote the highest standards of educational excellence to facilitate the school division goals through staff recruitment, supervision and evaluation. The portfolio will also include overseeing school operations which involve working closely with and advising school based administration. The superintendent is responsible for effective planning, monitoring and reporting student achievement and data management to support both school division and school operations. The successful candidate must be eligible for membership in L.E.A.D.S. and a minimum of a Masters of Education is required. The chosen candidate will have demonstrated the ability to develop relationships, possess analytical, research skills, and advanced skills in the utilization of technology, as well as have successful experience as a school-based administrator. Submission marked confidential, including a letter expressing interest in the position, a curriculum vitae, the names of two professional references, and a priest’s reference is required. Documents must be submitted no later than February 15th, 2013. The position commences August 1, 2013.

Director of Education Prince Albert Catholic School Division Prince Albert, SK Fax: (306) 791-3511 Email: Itrumier@cec.pacsd6.sk.ca

The Board of Education of the Holy Family RCSSD #140 invites applications for the position of DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION to commence on August 1, 2013

Holy Family RCSSD #140 serves 1,100 students in five schools in Southeastern Saskatchewan in the communities of Estevan, Weyburn, Radville and Wilcox. The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and/or experience at a minimum: • Hold or be eligible to obtain a Saskatchewan Professional “A” Teaching Certificate • Have completed a Master’s Degree in administration or a related field • Have a minimum of 5 years administrative/leadership experience within a school division • Be eligible for membership in LEADS In addition, candidates will exhibit many of the following characteristics: • Demonstrated commitment to Catholic Education • A student focused, servant-leadership orientation • A “team” philosophy with regard to decision-making and planning • A clear, coherent vision for educational improvement • Proven ability to build leadership capacity • Demonstrated skills and experience using assessment and data-driven decision-making • Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement and accountability • A working knowledge of Saskatchewan Curricula The successful candidate must be active in her/his personal faith formation. Candidates are asked to forward a resume and the names of three references, including a pastoral reference and a brief statement of their educational philosophy. For additional information related to the school division, please contact: Shelley Rowein, Director of Education at (306) 842-7025 shelley.rowein@holyfamilyrcssd.ca Applications will be accepted until 1:00 pm on January 28, 2013. Interviews will be scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2013 in Weyburn. Applications should be submitted to: Search Committee for Director of Education c/o Bruno Tuchscherer, Chairperson, Board of Education Holy Family RCSSD #140 #23 – 110 Souris Ave. Weyburn, SK S4H 2Z8 Email: office.weyburn@holyfamilyrcssd.ca REG33102650_1_1


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ARE YOU READY FOR THAT CHANGE? TERRITORY MANAGER- AG DIVISION SOUTHERN SASKATCHEWAN POSITION: We are looking for a career minded, confident and results oriented individual to join our Sales Team.Your agricultural background and networking abilities will be a considerable asset as we continue to grow and maintain our sales in Southern Saskatchewan. Most important will be your willingness and desire to directly educate Farmers and Dealers on the Agricultural Industries state of the art seeding options. If you would like to become part of a team of Territory Managers with an unmatched reputation for providing quality products and superior customer service, consider the following qualifications as important to success: QUALIFICATIONS: • Agricultural background is preferred and could include Ag sales, Parts, service, farming or other equivalent exposure to Agriculture. • Previous experience calling on Farmers would be an asset. • A self starter with the ability and maturity to approach your territory in a disciplined fashion. • Willingness to travel extensively throughout Southern Saskatchewan and North Dakota. There will also be limited overnight travel for trade shows. • You will be responsible for planning your coverage between Farmers and assigned Dealers on approximately a 50/50 basis. • Strong influencing skills with a developed level of 2 way communication. • Ability to develop strong client relationships. • Willingness to provide above average work ethic for above average earnings, base salary plus commissions. ALL RESUMES TO BE HELD IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE We thank all candidates for their interest, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Please reply to Dennis Duff, Director of Sales, Email: rhaughey@dutchind.com , Dutch Industries, PO Box 568, 300 Portico Dr., Pilot Butte, Sk. S0G3Z0

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Kindersley Transport Ltd., a member of Siemens Transportation Group Inc., requires a Branch Manager, responsible and accountable to ensure efficient, safe and profitable operations at their Regina, SK branch. Responsibilities • Manage operations, while controlling costs and improving on efficiencies • Ensure Company objectives are achieved • Adhere to key activities • Explore and develop expansion • Work with the Sales Department to explore new and improve upon existing business opportunities Qualifications • Experience in the Transportation industry is required • Excellent understanding of LTL freight and movement • Proven management and supervisory skills • Excellent written and oral communication skills • Self-motivated / organized • Sales experience an asset www.kindersleytransport.com Fax: (306) 668-5849 Email: resumes@kindersleytransport.com

Meadow Lake Tribal Council 8003 Flying Dust Reserve Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan S9X 1T8

Meadow Lake Tribal Council 8003 Flying Dust Reserve Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1T8

Phone: (306) 236-5654 Fax: (306) 236-6301

Phone: (306) 236-5654 Fax: (306) 236-6301

Performance Measurement Coordinator EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The MLTC Department of Education is seeking an energetic and motivated individual to fill the full-time position of a Performance Measurement Coordinator. Reporting directly to the Superintendent(s) of Education, the Performance Measurement Coordinator will support the MLFN Schools’ ability to monitor the progress of students; manage school and program-related information; and make it easier to gather, analyze and report on AANDC National Performance Indicators. The responsibilities of this position will include consultation, development, and monitoring of the school and student performance improvement goals and targets as identified in school success plans primarily in the areas of: Literacy, Numeracy, and Student Retention. For more information and application procedures refer to the MLTC Website @ www.mltc.ca or contact Judy Okanee, Director of Education @ (306) 236-1338; Paul Heselwood, Superintendent of Education @ (306) 236-1322. Deadline: Friday January 25, 2013 MLTC sincerely appreciates and thanks all individuals for their applications, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Educational/School Psychologist Employment Opportunity The Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) requires the services of a full time Educational/School Psychologist. This challenging and rewarding position offers the opportunity to work collaboratively with schools in the nine (9) First Nation communities and other disciplines in MLTC Student Services. The successful candidate will provide support for students with needs related to cognitive, behavioral and developmental functioning. Working under the direction of MLTC senior educational administration, this position requires knowledge of assessment, intervention, and skills training in the areas of learning and behavior. Candidates will also have the knowledge and ability to provide consultation and support to assist others in improving their skills to address programming for students who have significant learning, behavioral, and/or developmental challenges. Finally, this position requires the candidate to be comfortable working collaboratively with First Nations educators and parents in providing direct service for students, families, and school staffs to enhance learning and well-being. Questions regarding this position should be directed to Judy Okanee, Director of Education @ 306-236-1338 or Paul Hesselwood, Superintendent @ 306-236-1322. NOTE: For complete application procedures and position requirements, please refer to the MLTC website @ www.mltc.ca. Deadline: Friday, January 25, 2013 MLTC sincerely thanks all individuals for their applications, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. REG33102651_1_1


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SYSTEM SUPPORT TECHNICIAN The Role At the Leader-Post we are passionate about what we do and the vision we have for our clients and customers. Join our team. We are looking for a Systems Support Technician to provide technical support and services for Postmedia Business Technology primarily from the Regina Leader-Post office.

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• Analyze, diagnose and solve problems and escalate more complex issues for resolution or arrange for outside service when necessary; • Install and support desktop, and server technology related hardware and software; • Ensure security procedures are implemented and enforced; • Provide timely and customer service focused technical assistance for end-user support issues; • Provide basic training and guidance to users; • Process issues using a problem management database/Service desk system using ITIL best practices including problem logging, problem recognition, research, isolation, resolution and follow-up steps; • Maintain existing documentation according to defined standards and develop new procedures and documentation as required; • Recommend solutions and alternatives for related hardware and software purchases and usage; • Maintain IT related assets inventory; • Handle traditional IT operations related functions; • Perform and attend to other duties as required.

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• Preferably have Microsoft and/or Apple Certifications that relate to the above responsibilities, and experience in an Microsoft support environment; • A computer science degree. Technical school and/or a combination of some university will be considered when combined with experience; • In depth knowledge of Windows 2003/2008/XP/Windows7 and/or Apple OS 10.3.x – 10.8.x client and server an asset; • Excellent knowledge using all Microsoft Office applications; • Knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy an asset; • Excellent analytical skills, able to suggest alternatives for problem solving and to effectively question users to resolve problems; • Strong communications and interpersonal skills; • Highly organized and able to work comfortably in a multi-task environment; • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a deadline driven environment and with limited supervision; • A team player with excellent customer service skills with the ability to work with a variety of customers at all levels; • Must be able to work rotating shifts (days, nights and week-ends) and be available to meet response time requirements when on call. • Some travel may be required to work at other Postmedia locations especially The Saskatoon StarPhoenix office for temporary assignments when the need arises.

Interested applicants may apply in confidence before Tuesday, January 22, 2013 to:

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SPACES #R E G I N A ’ S

B E S T S PA C E S

Spaces celebrates beauty both indoors and out. If you have a living space we should highlight email qc@leaderpost.com

History alive and well in this house By Ashley Martin

WHO? JoAnne Friesen and her husband Ed, both retired teachers. WHAT? Their two-storey home in Old Lakeview. WHEN? The house was built in 1933 and the Friesens moved in four years ago. WHY? They were living nearby in another old home when they decided on a whim to check this one out. “We came in and walked out and said, ‘OK, I think maybe we should make an offer.’ The wood and everything was what we just loved.” The house was in great condition, which Friesen believes is because only a handful of families have lived here since the house was built. “We’re basically the fourth, which is neat,” she says. “I think that’s why so much of the house has retained its original integrity because it’s just been the few families and they haven’t painted out the woodwork or done that sort of stuff. The last four years we’ve just been working really hard to spruce it up.” HOW? The house is structurally sound and needed just a little bit of TLC, painting and replacing doors. They chose to modernize the bathroom and kitchen, doing most of the work themselves. They also removed the glass doors to open up the sunroom, which was a 1950s addition to the kitchen, to create a more open space. Other than that, the house was left as is. Friesen loves the character of the home: “The wood itself, the way it turns ... all the decorative details,”

which include stained glass and rounded windows. “I’ve always been so glad that people didn’t go and do anything rash to it. The three families that lived here just kept it as it was, which is so nice.” One of the former residents, a woman who grew up in the home in the 1940s and ’50s, contacted Friesen and has told her stories about the house. “She remembers standing on the back balcony; there wasn’t a house to be seen all the way around. The bus would come lumbering along to go to the airport. “For us that like older houses, (knowing the history) just means everything, so we’re very lucky.” Friesen kept with a neutral colour scheme because she thought the trend of dark colours would look out of place in the home. However, she didn’t want the house to look stale or too dated because of all the wood: “You need to jazz up the wood colours.” In the dining room, for example, she painted out the base of her table and bought some modern leather chairs to make a more dynamic setting. Friesen knows what she likes and decorates to her taste: “It’s not for show, it’s not for impressing friends, it’s me living here.” But for how long is to be determined: The couple is considering downsizing. Friesen believes the house is ideal for a family. She’s also concerned it could become too much work for them as they age. Plus, the Friesens have developed a love for renovating and redecorating homes — this is their third house since they retired.

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Music

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Trio finds inspiration in unlikely places By Ashley Martin The most notable thing about this upstart Regina band is probably its name: Have. To see it there on the page, “Have,” it seems an odd choice for a band name — a verb denoting possession. But in Latin, “have” has a different meaning and pronunciation. The band’s name, pronounced HA-vay, was borne of guitarist Mike Churko’s trip to Italy, explains guitarist/bassist Jared Schlechte. “Have is a greeting in old Latin. It’s like saying hello or hail basically,” said Schlechte. “We just really liked how it sounded. “If anyone knows Latin, there’s a different pronunciation which is HA-way. There’s a bit of confusion on the name but we’re OK with that,” added Schlechte. At least it’s memorable. The band formed about a year and a half ago when Schlechte and Churko started jamming, with Schlechte on drums at the time. When drummer Mitchell Pockett rounded out the trio a few months later, “We had to go through the process of relearning all our songs with a third member,” said Schlechte, who moved to guitar and bass, duties he now splits with Churko. The three bandmates, all in their early 20s, go way back. As students at St. Matthew in Whitmore Park, their musical journey began in elementary school band, in which Pockett started on percussion and the other two played trumpet. The trio moved on to LeBoldus High School and also worked together at Dairy Queen. “We’ve been friends for a long time. That’s kind of what makes it easy for us to play together; we’ve known each other for so long we can be writing a song and just feeding off each other is really easy,” said Schlechte.

Have’s sound is influenced by the Black Keys and the White Stripes, with a tinge of psychedelic rock, funk and blues. Their lyrics are sometimes silly — they find inspiration in anything and everything, including Curious George: “He has a monkey that makes him mad, but together they are never sad. He is just very curious,” the song goes. Writing is a collaborative effort. “Maybe Mike will come up with a little riff and we’ll all like it and then we’ll sit there and whatever feels natural; we’ll just work at until it becomes a song,” said Schlechte. “We’re terrible at writing lyrics so we’ll write the music and we can sometimes have a song done in one hour; other times it takes us months to write a song. “We try and do whatever makes sense and whatever flows and usually it’s just based off of somebody fooling around, ‘I like how that sounds, let’s see if we can work with that.’ ” They each wrote a verse for their song “Friends,” which is on the three-song EP they recorded in Churko’s basement and released in November. “We just said, ‘all right, here’s the idea,’” explained Schlechte. “We all took a verse and went our own ways. We came back and surprisingly enough everything kind of flowed together.” Having known each other for so long, the guys are on the same page most of the time. While longtime friendships can sometimes result in brotherly fighting, Schlechte says it’s not usually a problem. “Say Mitch and I have a different view, we’ll try each way and usually between the three of us we let majority win. It makes it really easy” having three people to break a tie, said Schlechte. Check out Have’s EP at thebandhave.bandcamp.com. To find them on Facebook (searching for “Have” is too vague), it’s facebook.com/thebandhave. Watch for shows this spring.

Regina band Have (pronounced HA-vay). The unique name is a Latin greeting. Handout photo


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The people who operate Precious Earth at 1213 15th Ave. say they have everything people need to pamper themselves, as well as the earth. Half of the eco-boutique is dedicated to baby items like diapers, clothing and wood toys. The other half of the store is for the rest of us. It includes household items meant as a treat to humans and the world around us. 1: GRO -V I A A L L- I N - ON E DI AP E R. Yellow. One size fits all. $26.95 2: WOV EN BA BY W RA P CA R R IE R. Handmade by Girasol. $105-$145.

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The Bentley

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EVENTS #M U S I C Thursd ay, Jan . 17 What Ever McNally’s Tavern 2226 Dewdney Ave. Friday, Jan. 1 8 Bob Moyer Big Band 7:30 p.m. Royal Saskatchewan Museum 2445 Albert St. Winston Knoll Collegiate Jazz 1 and The Donors 8 p.m., Le Bistro, Carrefour des Plaines 3850 Hillsdale St. The Highway Men Live: Tribute to Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings Casino Regina Show Lounge 1880 Saskatchewan Dr. Dirty Rose Band McNally’s Tavern 2226 Dewdney Ave. Way Off Broadway Cabaret A journey through the back door of modern musical theatre; accompaniment by Hart Godden 8 p.m., Creative City Centre 1843 Hamilton St. Wyatt The Pump Roadhouse 641 Victoria Ave E. Satu rd ay, Ja n . 1 9

Way Off Broadway Cabaret A journey through the back door of modern musical theatre; accompaniment by Hart Godden 8 p.m., Creative City Centre 1843 Hamilton St. Wyatt The Pump Roadhouse 641 Victoria Ave E. My Iron Lung: a Radiohead Tribute Regina German Club 1727 St. John St. S u n day, Ja n . 2 0 Marriage of Figaro Government House Jan. 20, 3 p.m. Government House 4607 Dewdney Ave. Into Eternity, Oblivions Eye, Planet Eater and Determined The Exchange 2431 8th Ave. Mo n day, Ja n . 2 1 Monday Night Jazz & Blues: Synchronicity Jazz Bushwakker 2206 Dewdney Ave. Tu esday, Ja n . 2 2 Tuesday Night Troubador jam night Every Tuesday, 8 p.m. Bocados, 2037 Park St.

The Big Gig Finals battle of the bands for opportunity to perform during Juno week noon, O’Neill High School 136 Argyle St.

Julia & Her Piano with Marshall Burns O’Hanlon’s 1947 Scarth St.

Marriage of Figaro Regina Symphony Orchestra Jan. 19, 8 p.m. Government House 4607 Dewdney Ave.

Wednesday Night Folk: The Ben Winoski Project Bushwakker 2206 Dewdney Ave.

Darcy Playground McNally’s Tavern 2226 Dewdney Ave.

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Jam Night Every Wednesday McNally’s Tavern 2226 Dewdney Ave.

What you need to know to plan your week. Send events to qc@leaderpost.com

The Mahones The Pump Roadhouse 641 Victoria Ave E.

#A R T Turner Prize Golden Jubilee Until Jan. 20 Dunlop Art Gallery, Central Library, 2311 12th Ave. Joe Fafard: Cut-outs/Out-cuts Until Jan. 26 Art Gallery of Regina, Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre, 2420 Elphinstone St. Inuit Sculpture Until Feb. 17 MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St. The Artists of Scott Nicholson Fine Arts Until Feb. 24 Government House Art Gallery, 4607 Dewdney Ave. Big Bang Theory Until March 31 MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St. The Synthetic Age University of Regina Fine Arts Faculty and First Nations University of Canada Until April 14 MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St. The Artists of Scott Nicholson Fine Arts Until Aug. 16 Regina Centre Crossing, 1621 Albert St.

#T H E A T R E New Dance Horizons MAGDANCE 2 The Synthetic Age & MAGDANCE 2 opening event “Wolf tone,” a new performance by New Dance Horizons artistic director Robin Poitras Friday, Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St.

Red Hot Riot with Jayden Pfeifer Sunday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m. The Artesian, 2627 13th Ave. Henry and Alice: Into the Wild Jan. 23-Feb. 10 Globe Theatre, 1801 Scarth St.

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Strawberry Shortcake: Follow Your Berry Own Beat with the Doodlebops Thursday, Jan. 17, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Conexus Arts Centre, 200 Lakeshore Dr. Science Pub: A Lake is a Lake is a Lake presented by Bjoern Wissel Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. (Arizona Room opens at 5 p.m.) Bushwakker, 2206 Dewdney Ave. Women’s volleyball U of R Cougars vs. Mount Royal Friday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m. U of R Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport Women’s hockey U of R Cougars vs. Mount Royal Friday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. The Co-operators Centre, Evraz Place Regina Pats vs. Kootenay Ice Friday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. Brandt Centre Men’s volleyball U of R Cougars vs. Mount Royal Friday, Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. U of R Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport Evening of the Arts Winter Gala Singing, acting, artwork, food and more Jan. 18 and Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. Darke Hall, U of R College Avenue campus

Men’s volleyball U of R Cougars vs. Mount Royal Saturday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m. U of R Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport Women’s hockey U of R Cougars vs. Mount Royal Saturday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m. The Co-operators Centre, Evraz Place Regina Pats vs. Swift Current Broncos Saturday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m. Brandt Centre Women’s volleyball U of R Cougars vs. Mount Royal Saturday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. U of R Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport A Wedding Expo Sunday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. Conexus Arts Centre, 200 Lakeshore Dr. Thirteen A poster show and collaboration by 13 designers and 13 photographers in southern Saskatchewan Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. The Artesian, 2627 13th Ave.

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The Last Stand Action After resigning from the Los Angeles police, Sheriff Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) settles down in the quiet border town of Sommerton Junction. Unfortunately, a notorious drug lord escapes from prison and is headed straight for the town. Mama Thriller Five years ago, two sisters vanished from their suburban neighbourhood without a trace. Their uncle Lucas and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), have been searching for them ever since. When the kids are found alive in a cabin, Annabel tries to introduce them to a normal life, but she becomes convinced of an evil presence. Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them? Galaxy Cinemas 420 McCarthy Blvd. N. Call 522-9098 for movies and showtimes Cineplex Odeon Southland Mall Cinemas 3025 Gordon Rd. Call 585-3383 for movies and showtimes --Regina Public Library Theatre 2311 12th Ave. Call 777-6104 for movies and showtimes Kramer Imax 2903 Powerhouse Dr. Call 522-4629 for movies and showtimes Rainbow Cinemas Golden Mile Shopping Centre 3806 Albert St. Call 3595250 for movies and showtimes Paradise Cinemas 1011 Devonshire Dr. N. Call 522-7888 for showtimes


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Author hits literary paydirt I was a teacher — mostly high school English — for 33 years and farmed for 13 of those years. Upon retirement, I finally found time to submit to a burning lifelong desire to write. Thistledown Press published my first two books, The ABCs of Farming, a Dictionary of Stubblejumper Jargon and The ABCs of Retirement, How to Not Work and Love It. I have also written over 600 columns for Saskatchewan newspapers and magazines as well as CBC radio, and have compiled 192 of them, plus some new material, into a book. Stories in the Dirt and Other Rural, Urban, Universal and Comic Themes. Many of the columns, e.g. “A Confession from My Sordid Past,” are whimsical pieces, intended for nothing but fun. But there is also a section of columns on teaching, a section on rural life today, one on homesteading stories, one on

heroes, and nine other sections on storytell- leave to sing and play at local events, go camping, personal opinions and a variety of other ing and promote our books. (Esther is an endless source of material for my subjects. And even the serious columns and sometimes not all pieces generally have dashes of that pleased about it.) humour included. This book is self-published by A sampling of titles: A FoolEsther and I — an unexpectedly proof Solution to Hockey Viohuge task that makes us apprelence; Rural Folk: Wake Up ciate what was formerly done and Procreate; Those Stubborn by Thistledown. It is available Homestead Roots; Quit Thinkat McNally Robinson in Saskaing, Leave It to the Experts; The toon. Bachelor Boys of Homestead Contact us at 306-426-2409 or Days; The Crude, the Lewd, the etathome@sasktel.net for a list Rude and the Nude; Wheatfield to of places in other communities Battlefield. where the book may be purI live on an acreage at the edge Terry Chamberlain chased or to buy directly from of Smeaton village with my wife Esther, where we garden, tap and process ma- us. We have done readings and signings at liple syrup, write, and entertain family. From braries and are willing to do more beginning there we snowmobile, cross-country ski, and in March.

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Merlin’s low maintenance is magical By Jeanette Stewart Brynn Krysa has had her pet corn snake Merlin for six years and enjoys having a pet that’s so easy to keep — if you don’t mind reptiles. The busy young photographer and musician plays bass with local bands Young Benjamins and Pirate Fridays, and recently brought Merlin to star in a music video for the local band Bass Invaders. QC caught up with Krysa and Merlin on set to talk about the unique pet.

Q: Why did you get him? A: It was between a bird and a snake, and I think I realized that a snake would be less annoying. Q: Where did he come from? A: A pet store. He was like a secondhand pet. Someone had him for a year and I don’t think they could take care of him and took him to the pet store.

Q: What’s different about having a snake? A: They’re the easiest pet ever. You feed them once a week and most of the time they’re hanging out sleeping. They don’t make any noise. They shed occasionally and then you have snake skin to deal with, but that’s about it. Q: Where do you keep his food? A: In the freezer. Frozen mice. Q: Does feeding him gross you out? A: No, actually. I thought it would but it doesn’t. I’ll just defrost a mouse and then put it in his cage and he attacks it and coils around it. It’s pretty cool. Q: What kind of snake is he? A: He’s a corn snake, but I think he’s half albino or something because he has a white tummy. Q: Is he poisonous? A: No. I’ve actually been bitten by him. Once. He thought I was feed-

ing him. It was when he was smaller too, so it was like a paper cut, it didn’t really hurt.

Q: Do you think he knows you? A: I read up on it once to see if they recognize their owners. I think they can. They can only really differentiate between ‘food’ and ‘notfood,’ but I think he can. Q: How long can they live for? A: I think they can live for 15 years. Q: What are people’s reactions when they see him? A: Usually not positive. Surprisingly, today everyone here is stoked on snakes but a lot of the time people are freaked out by them and don’t really want to look at him. Q: Where do you keep him? A: Right now he’s at my parent’s house in his tank. Just in the basement.

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Carolina Carignan

Environmentally friendly dry farmed wine By James Romanow

Any number of people are trying to do the right thing by Mother Earth and purchase food and products made in a sustainable way. While I applaud their morality I have to admit to a certain cynicism about some of the certifications that declare a farm or a wine sustainable. My biggest beef with the sustainable certification process is that it seldom addresses irrigation. The single biggest impact farmland has on the planet is from massive reorientation of rivers to grow plants in deserts and semi-deserts (promptly impoverishing fish stocks and drying other parts of the planet). Many appellations in France are forbidden the use of irrigation, but in other countries vines are also proudly dry farmed. Dry farming simply means no irrigation. It makes for stronger vines by forcing their roots much deeper into the soil and theoretically may make for tastier wines. Carignan is a grape from Spain that takes heat and sunlight well. (Spanish vines are probably the perfect climactic match for any number of New World growing sites.) Santa Carolina, a company that makes a surprising number of interesting — and not terribly expensive — wines is cultivating the grape in Chile.

It’s a dark purple wine. The bouquet is meaty and spicy with floral hints. There’s fruit and complexity enough to keep the craziest cork dork happy. It has solid tannins, a decent acidity, and is definitely a Parmesan cheese or barbecued meat sort of wine. You can’t go wrong serving this with dark stews like chili. In short it’s a great winter wine. At this price it’s also a deal. So buy a bottle for dinner and maybe it will even help get you into heaven. Santa Carolina Carignan, Chile, 2010. $13.57 ****

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The dos and don’ts of basement finishing Remodeling a basement is a popular home improvement project. A finished basement makes the space more functional and, when done correctly, can add a considerable amount of living space to a home. Finishing a basement pays dividends in additional space in a home and it doesn’t require the same level of investment as putting an addition on the house. Also, the groundwork for a finished room is already there, as most basements are already set up with a poured concrete floor and walls. Some electrical components, plumbing, the creature comforts of insulation and drywall, and a more inviting floor might be all that’s necessary to finish a basement. The process can be labour-intensive, and many people prefer to leave it to a professional contractor. Whatever finishing method is chosen, homeowners should follow the proper procedures when doing the work. DO start with a detailed plan. Measure out the basement and mark any items that cannot be moved, such as a furnace, water heater or pipes. Create a design board that showcases the materials you plan to use on the project. Think about ways you plan to arrange furniture and consider all of the possible uses for the room. Will it be a home theater? Will someone be sleeping down there? Each scenario will require certain amenities and safety considerations. DON’T plan to finish the entire basement. Doing so will leave you without a storage or utility area where you house holiday decorations, tools, luggage and similar items.

DO get the scoop on building codes. Knowing what the municipality allows in basement remodelling will help you to customize a plan that is functional, safe and legal. No one wants to be slapped with fines for failing to follow the rules. Plus, failure to meet building codes could mean the work that has been done must be torn out and redone. It pays to follow the chain of command and secure permits while having all work inspected. DON’T overlook adequate lighting in your refinishing plan. A basement is likely one area of the house that has limited natural light pouring in. With traditionally small windows, or no windows at all, a basement needs ample lighting in its design scheme. This may include a combination of overhead and task lighting. Ample lighting will help the room feel like part of the house and not just a forgotten storage area. DO take into consideration moisture issues in the basement. Many basements are plagued by moisture issues ranging from water seepage to condensation forming on walls. These situations may vary depending on the weather throughout the year. Certain materials may need to be used to mitigate water issues before finishing can take place. The installation of water-barrier systems, drainage, sump pumps, or encapsulation products could drive up the cost of a basement renovation. It is essential to have a professional assess the basement water issues prior to starting any finishing work. DON’T simply cover up potential hazards, such as mould or mildew. Have them treated instead. Otherwise, you could have a

breeding ground behind drywall that could lead to unsafe conditions in the home. DO have a radon test. Radon is a hidden killer that can cause lung cancer. Because it occurs naturally in the soil and water surrounding a home and is impossible to detect without a specialized test, many people are unaware of the presence of radon until it is too late. Radon may be more concentrated in the basement, where the foundation is touching the soil. Therefore, rule out radon before considering renovation of a basement area. DON’T limit furniture choices to one type. You may need to be flexible in your furniture choices, even selecting modular pieces, like sectionals, because entryways to basements may have small doorways or obstructions that make adding furniture more challenging. DO keep the possibility of flooding in the back of your head. Homes that are near waterways or at low elevation may be at risk of flooding. Basements are especially susceptible to flood damage. Therefore, think about the practicality of finishing a basement if you are prone to flooding. If you decide to move ahead, take certain precautionary measures, such as keeping electrical wiring up higher and using a more water-resistant flooring material, like tile or vinyl. House important electronics and items on shelves so they are not at ground-level. Finishing a basement is a job that can add a lot of usable space to a home. Go about the project in the right way to keep within budget and have a room that is safe and functional.

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Get it laid – properly! Flooring comes in a wide range of materials these days — from hardwood to hard stone. No longer just a question of buying a roll of something and slapping it in, installing today’s floors is best left to the professionals. Quality Flooring of Regina prides itself on supplying floors that are of exceptional quality at a great price. For the past 16 years, it has been one of the most trusted installers, constructors, and dealers for the city’s floor covering needs. Owner Shen Gurhan said that up until recently, the company has devoted itself to installing, and then it began selling the flooring materials as well as putting them in. “I decided it was time to deal directly with the customers,” he said. “We’ve been dealing with the same clientele for years. Once they’ve had us do a job, they always come back. So, I thought we may as well deal with them directly.” Gurhan has worked as an installer from east to west, starting in Ottawa before moving to Calgary and, finally, to Regina. “Even before I went to Calgary, Regina was always on my mind,” he said, citing our city’s booming construction market and his desire to raise his family here. Quality Flooring’s mission, as stated on it website, is “to serve

only the best. We take a pride in what we do. We work hard to provide you with the most up-to-date styles at affordable prices.” And, the company is committed to that goal, said Gurhan, who said dealing directly with the customer allows Quality Flooring to keep its prices down. “We pass the savings on to you,” he said. Gurhan and his team can do the full range of flooring, including carpet, linoleum, hardwood, laminate, granite, marble, glueless vinyl and waterproof laminate. “We have a wide range of product lines at competitive prices to fit every taste and need,” he said. The installers will come right to your home or business to take all the measurements, ensuring that no time, or material, is wasted. They’ll also provide professional advice on choosing the right flooring for your needs. “We take pride in dealing with people to supply everything that’s needed,” Gurhan said. That includes not only the flooring itself, but what goes under and over it. Quality Flooring will ensure it’s all done right, including professional, on-site measurement, removal of old flooring and skilled installation that includes moving furniture and replacing trim, like casings and baseboards. That level of professionalism is just one reason Gurhan

recommends relying on professionals to install flooring. “We do it all expertly, so your floor will look amazing and give lasting satisfaction,” he said. But, it’s more than that. Having it done professionally also means being able to take advantage of the product’s full warranty; doing it yourself can end up costing a bundle if something goes wrong in the future. Gurhan stresses that Quality Flooring is not a retailer, but provides the products the company installs for homeowners, facilities managers, real estate developers or contractors. “We deal with people directly, and do everything from the underlay to the finishing touches,” he said. That quality service extends beyond the home or business, with the company also providing a range of custom/specialty services, such as replacing the flooring in boats, trailers, RVs, fifth-wheels and other campers and vehicles. He credits the Regina customers he has served as an installer with the company’s current success. “We appreciate the loyal customers who have supported us through the years and made it possible for us to serve them,” Gurhan said. As the website states: the work done by Quality Flooring will “floor” you! Check it out at qualityflooringregina.ca.

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Storage made simple with Simply Stowed By Matt Duguid For L-P Specialty Products Building a new home or renovating an existing one is a process filled with major decisions — everything from countertops to flooring and siding to shingles must be selected. With so many options, it’s easy to forget the details that are out of sight, especially those that are hidden behind closet doors. Storage is, however, an important consideration when building or renovating a home. After all, the reason many buyers consider a new or upgraded home is that they feel they have outgrown their current one. Maximizing the storage space in a new or renovated home ensures that everything has a place and that nothing will be cluttering up new countertops and floors. Simply Stowed, a Regina company, specializes in keeping clutter at bay with stylish and affordable storage solutions for every room in the house, from the bedroom to the laundry room, and from the pantry to the garage. “An organized space is a happy space after all,” said Maria Nagel, co-owner of Simply Stowed. Simply Stowed’s closet units add versatility and style to any space. They do away with the inefficient and bland single closet rod found in many homes, replacing it with a custom designed organizer. Built with environmentally friendly HDF, Simply Stowed’s storage units are available in a wide range of finishes, with several different hardware styles to choose from. Getting organized couldn’t be easier with Simply Stowed, starting with the company’s free, inhome consultation. A designer works with the homeowner to discuss everything from measurements and layouts to budgets and finishes. “Budget is always a big concern for a lot of people and we’re competitively priced and strive to work within their budgets,” said Nagel. Within 48 hours of a consultation, homeowners have their custom designed storage plans in hand. Simply Stowed guarantees their designs and installations with a lifetime warranty — a lifetime that is extended thanks to the high level of flexibility of the units, which can be reconfigured to change with the homeowner’s lifestyle.

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OUTSIDE THE LINES # Colouring contest Each week, artist Stephanie McKay creates a timely illustration meant to please kids of all ages. Children can colour the page, have a picture taken with the finished product and email it to qc@leaderpost.com. One winner will be chosen each week for a Leader-Post prize pack. Please send high-resolution pictures and include the child’s name and contact information.

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Prairie artisanal oil earns national attention By Jenn Sharp Appearing on Dragon’s Den is enough to strike fear into the heart of any entrepreneur. However, the promise of investment and expertise from one of the five ‘dragons’ drives many to try their luck. Most are unsuccessful — some, with admittedly terrible business ideas, are literally booed off the sound stage. The Saskatchewan marketers of Three Farmers, Elysia and Natasha Vandenhurk, went into the Den last spring. The episode aired on Oct. 10 and, to the excitement of many in the province’s business community, the sisters were successful. Their product, the only cold-pressed artisanal oil of its kind, has been renowned in foodie circles for several years. The oil is now gaining mainstream exposure and popularity on the provincial and national level, thanks in large part to the Dragon’s Den episode. The moment of tension came when the hard-talking Kevin O’Leary made the sisters an investment offer in exchange for 50 per cent of their company. They turned him down. Arlene Dickinson was next. “We’ve tasted a lot of product in seven seasons on the show. This is as good as I’ve ever had,” she told the Vandenhurk sisters. She then offered $150,000 for 20 per cent of the company. They took her up on the offer and are currently going through the due diligence process. They knew going into the Den that Dickinson, with her marketing expertise, would be an excellent partner for Three Farmers. “It was about strategic cash (and) bringing someone on board that can do something with that cash,” explains Elysia. The Three Farmers story began with the ancient camelina sativa grain. Camelina can be traced back 3,000 years to northern Europe and Central Asia. It’s called an ancient grain because it remains untouched and unmodified. Camelina is natu-

rally high in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and has the best ratio between these fatty acids of any other oil. This factor is just as important as the health benefits found in Omega-3 and Omega-6. Camelina oil has an extremely high smoke point (the temperature at which an oil begins to break down) at 475 F, making it ideal for cooking. Its nutty flavour is also ideal for salads and marinades. (My favourite salad dressing is 1 tbsp. Three Farmers camelina oil, 2 tbsp. raspberry vinegar and 1 tsp. honey.) The men that grow the camelina crops are three Saskatchewan farmers, Colin Rosengran, Dan Vandenhurk (Elysia and Natasha’s father) and Ron Emde. Second and third generation farmers, they founded Canpressco Products Inc. and began to grow camelina crops in the Midale area. The camelina seeds are processed in a facility at Spalding, Sask. The Vandenhurk sisters say sales have picked up tremendously since the October airing of the Dragon’s Den episode but they know they can’t ride on that exposure for too long. “There’s a shelf life to that media,” says Natasha. “It won’t carry us forever. That’s why the partnership with (Dickinson) is so important.” The facility in Spalding currently produces about 1,500 bottles per day. Natasha says they’re planning for an increase to at least 2,000 bottles per day once the deal is finalized with Dickinson and a new marketing campaign begins. The process is currently all manual — they will need to convert to a mechanized system in order to keep up with demand. It’s a challenge the Vandenhurks welcome. As Natasha says on a video taken at a Dragon’s Den viewing party this fall, there’s a long road ahead. “People say this is such a successful moment, we must be so proud and we really are. This has been such a success. But there is so much work to be done and it’s just beginning so back to work tomorrow, bright and early!” With Dickinson’s support, the

Sisters Natasha and Elysia Vandenhurk with the Three Farmers camelina oil, produced in Saskatchewan from an ancient grain, after a luncheon event for Saskatchewan Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (SYPE) in Saskatoon. The sisters accepted a deal on CBC’s Dragon’s Den to expand their product line.QC Photo By Michelle Berg

Vandenhurk sisters are sure to make Three Farmers a household name, while promoting the three farmers’

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