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Joe Miller, executive director for Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, at the soup kitchen in Regina.  Photo by Don Healy QC

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IN THE CITY — 4 The Hanukkah celebration at Beth Jacob Synagogue

BOOK CLUB — 20 Remembering a simpler time in Wally Lamb’s Wishin’ and Hopin’

READ MY BOOK — 6 Deana Driver’s The Sailor and the Christmas Trees


OUR FAVOURITE THINGS — 7 COVER — 9 FASHION — 13 The holidays call for multiple party outfits PARENT TO PARENT — 14 Tips on hiding presents from curious youngsters

WHAT MOVES YOU — 23 MEET MY PET — 24 Kitties posed in scenes from classic holiday films OUTSIDE THE LINES — 25 WINE WORLD — 26 Chilean cocktail mix easily substitutes mimosas


MUSIC — 30 Sask. artists’ favourite holiday tunes

SPACES — 18 Decked-out Christmas decor in this Regina home

SHARP EATS — 31 Staff family favourite holiday baking recipes

Rev. Robert Kitchen at Knox Metropolitan United Church, his favourite place in Regina.  Phot0 by BRYAN SCHLOSSER QC QC is published by the Leader-Post – a division of Postmedia Network Inc. – at 1964 Park St., Regina, Sask., S4N 3G4. Marty Klyne is publisher. Rob McLaughlin is deputy publisher/editor-in-chief. For advertising inquiries contact 781-5221; editorial, 1-855-688-6557; home delivery, 781-5212. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The contents of this publication are protected by copyright and may be used only for personal, non-commercial purposes. All other rights are reserved and commercial use is prohibited. To make any use of this material you must first obtain the permission of the owner of the copyright. For more information, contact the editor at 1-855-688-6557.


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Daniel Badalian (left) and Benjamin Katz light a menorah during a Hanukkah celebration held at Beth Jacob Synagogue on Sunday, Dec. 16. QC PHOTO BY MICHAEL BELL

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For Rev. Robert Kitchen, Knox Metropolitan Church is his favourite place in Regina. QC PHOTO BY BRYAN SCHLOSSER

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this church. The sanctuary is certainly the most beautiful part.

Whether religion has a role in your life or not, there’s no denying the importance of Knox Metropolitan United Church to the city, be it the building itself or the good things it does for Regina. It should come as no surprise that it’s the “favourite place” of Rev. Robert Kitchen. He goes to work in what many people believe is one of Regina’s most spectacular buildings.

Q: Where do you get the best view? A: One of the best places to be in the church is up in the balcony. Looking down at the area of the church where the organ (and pulpit) are is pretty great. The balcony offers an unparalleled view. We always have a good group of people who always sit in the balcony during the worship service. And at the concerts, that’s the area that gets filled up the fastest. People can get a better view and the sound rises and all the rest of it. When you’re up there, you see the organ and the pipes — you get the whole perspective up there. It offers

Q: What is your favourite part of the church? A: The church is really the building, but it’s the sanctuary that most people think of when they talk about

a great view — a very stunning one.

Q: How many groups use the church when you’re not hosting services? A: We often say, though I don’t know that it’s 100-per-cent accurate, that there are 50 groups that use the building during the month. And it ranges from anonymous groups to musical groups. It’s a very long list. There is a large number of groups that come once in a while to host meetings of various types. It’s something that most churches like to see, which is to see groups outside the church use the church. We charge rent. We think it’s fairly modest, but it helps us pay the bills. But primarily, it’s about opening

up our church and ministering to the community at large. It’s something that we haven’t done enough of. We have enough groups meeting in the church. But in terms of having an outreach to the community, we still need to do a lot more.

Q: Do you try to attract more activity to the church? A: There are a number of things that are on our list that we pick away at in terms of getting more people in the building. We want to be serving our community by giving them a space but ultimately we’d like to get more people involved in the life of the church.

Q: Because you’re a downtown church, do you help a lot of people who are in distress? A: A lot of people come into the church who need our help all the time. The Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry has been here for many years. And we work together. They do the majority of the work but we often deal with people who come in with different problems, but that is typical of a downtown church. Q: Sounds like the place to be if you like meeting people. A: It’s a very busy place where you see all sorts of people coming and going. Some you get to know and some just pass through.


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The Sailor and the Christmas Trees About a year ago, a friend of mine erator in the Royal Canadian Navy told me about a true story he during the Second World War. In thought would make a great book. late November 1944, while docked in St. John’s, Nfld., he It involved a sailor from realized that he and his Manitoba who unselfcrewmates would likely ishly warmed the hearts be at sea on Christmas of others on Christmas Day. He suggested to his Day 1944 during the Secfriends that they go up a ond World War. I was nearby hill and cut down intrigued and I travelled some evergreens, then to Brandon, Man., earhide them on the ship lier this year to meet for almost a month until John Hanlon. John had Christmas morning. So told his special Christthat’s what they did. mas story to family On Christmas Day and friends for decades Deana Driver 1944, the HMCS Royand was pleased when I asked permission to re-create it in almount was part of a 62-vessel convoy heading back to Canada book form. John Hanlon was a wireless op- from England. After their morning

watch, John and his friends pulled the evergreens out of storage and surprised their fellow shipmates with a hearty ‘Merry Christmas’ wish. Some of the men decorated the trees and all on board were buoyed by this unexpected treat. Later that day, they learned that another ship in their convoy had some little children among its passengers. The Royalmount pulled alongside that ship and John and his friends shared their Christmas spirit with the children as one could only do at sea — by throwing a line across and sending a tree over to the other ship. The children were thrilled. John never forgot that moment and although he knew the children had made it as far as New-

foundland, he wondered for decades if they had ever made it safely to Canada’s mainland. Fifty years later, he found the answer when he met one of those children, now an adult with a huge appreciation of the Canadian Navy. Six days after I met John and Audrey, John died peacefully in his sleep. His story will not be forgotten. This book is an ideal Christmas gift for children who are learning to read and for anyone who enjoys true stories of unsung Canadian heroes. The Sailor and the Christmas Trees is available online at www. (306-545-5293) and from select book stores. (ISBN 9781-927570-02-9, 48 pages, 14 illustrations, 9 photos, $14.95 + GST)


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Bridges/QC staff give their wish list Here are a few of our favourite things, from the staff at Bridges and QC. Can you connect the writer with his or her coveted Christmas item? Check the answers on Facebook Dec. 24.

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Nesting chair $2,199.00 — Metric Interior Design Inc. — 160 2nd Ave. N., Saskatoon Big enough for two, this beautiful custom design was handmade in Guadalajara, Mexico. The poly-blend fabric feels like velvet but is much more durable. All I want to do is snuggle into it!

Three Farmer’s Camelina Oil 500 ml $20 — Little Market Store at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market The Three Farmer’s Camelina Oil got a big boost recently when it was featured on the Dragon’s Den, but those in foodie circles have been touting its goodness long before. Made by a group of Saskatchewan farmers, the cold-pressed artisanal oil is the only

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one of its kind. Camelina seeds lend a delicious nutty flavour, while packing an Omega-3, Omega-6 and vitamin E punch. Visit for a vendor near you.

Fender Blacktop Jaguar HH Electric Guitar, Mexican made $545, Long & McQuade (any location) Jaguars were instrumental (pardon the pun) in the development of punk and new wave music. Grunge legend Kurt Cobain also played a Jaguar and the members of Sonic Youth are known to have a few of these in their collection. Fender Jaguars make me swoon.

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This guitar has seen me through a tour of Europe and a trip to NXNE in Toronto. I’ve since traded up for a Japanesemade, Special Edition Jaguar, but I’d like to be able to keep this one as a backup guitar. It’s budget-friendly, solid and reliable, handles airplane travel well and has fewer knobs and switches than a regular Jaguar. Less room for error, more room for rock.

Craftsman Sander $279.99, Sears One of the life lessons from my father that still resonates is this: “Always buy Craftsman.” My dad was a talented do-it-yourselfer, and he owned many Craftsman power tools, including a heavy sander that he likely bought in the late 1960s or ’70s. I am not my dad, but I still like to fiddle in my makeshift workshop in my garage. One of the things on my list is this baby — it’s the Craftsman Variable-speed 11-amp sander ($279.99). I already own a couple of cheaper sanders. They do the trick, but the sandpaper seems to fall off way too soon on one of them, and my orbital sander only works if you buy sandpaper

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that has a fancy Velcro back. I suspect that this sander, which is among the best you can buy, would help make for a smooth 2013.

I’m a huge tea drinker during the winter. I was drawn to Merlin’s Elixir tea because it has an awesome name but also an awesome taste. I love sniffing out the large variety of teas at McQuarries — it’s way more enjoyable than chancing it with a sealed box of tea. The Elixir has a combination of apple bits, grapes, rosehip peels, lemon myrtle and marigold blended in Germany. This tea is deliciously light, sweet and low in acid with a fresh citrus note of lemon myrtle.

15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display $2,799.99 - Neural Net in Market Mall (#62 2325 Preston Ave. S.), Saskatoon The world’s highest resolution notebook display with all-flash storage would bring editing photos to a whole other level. My current MacBook Pro has lasted me over five years and is on its last leg so I can’t wait until I have my hands on this new beast. It’s a little bit crazy to spend $3,000 to have an apple on my computer but I just love everything about it. It has a 2.6GHz quad-core intel Core i7, 8GB 1600MHz memory, 512GB Flash storage, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT. Merlin’s Elixir tea $3.50 per 50g - McQuarries Tea & Coffee Merchants at 708 Broadway Ave., Saskatoon

Long legwarmers $22, American Apparel, 130 21st St. E. in Saskatoon or Warm and stylish, two dozen colours to choose from. At almost two feet long, these legwarmers are super practical — they will stretch all the way up to your thighs. The green ones are great to wear to those cold fall Rider games.


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For a lot of people, Christmas isn’t associated with a happy time in their lives. — Rebecca Cochrane

S O U L S H A R B O U R r e s c u e m i ss i o n

Preparing for Christmas, leading by example

Joe Miller, executive director for Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, with six-year-old Brody Carrier inside the Little Souls Daycare in Regina. QC Photo by Don Healy

By Andrew Matte Souls Harbour, a Regina agency known for helping people every day of the year, has especially fun — and difficult — work to do at Christmas. Workers and volunteers are preparing for the holidays when they

ramp up activities, swap gifts and cook traditional Christmas food like turkey and stuffing. And this year, like last season, the point of Christmas is to help provide a little “normalcy” to the people who use Souls Harbour. Development and program director Rebecca Cochrane said one of

the most important goals this year is to help provide a Christmas similar to those celebrated by more affluent Reginans. “We go out of our way to make this day special,” said Cochrane of plans for the Souls Harbour-operated Shayil Home where eight mothers and their children live full-time

and receive counselling. “We know that for a lot of people, this is a very difficult day for them. Addictions have destroyed significant seasons of their lives. ” Among the goals, said Cochrane, is to help women and their kids create positive memories of Christmas in hopes they can replace memories

from holidays past. “In my experience, there is traditionally a lot of substance abuse around drugs and alcohol. So what we do is encourage them to have a sober Christmas so that they can generate some positive memories,” she said. Continued on Page 10


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You have people who were functioning quite well until housing prices come into play and they’re not able to meet their obligations. — Cochrane

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Joe Miller (centre) with Emma-Lee Whiteland (from left), Brody Carrier and Raven Bellagarde making snowballs inside the Little Souls Daycare. QC Photo by Don Healy

“We start the day with a brunch followed by a group time that includes Christmas carols and the opening of presents. All of the women will receive gifts that morning. We try to meet some needs that they have. And in the afternoon, there are games. The typical thing that families might do, we try to do as a big family. And there’s a big turkey dinner at night.” One of the best-known Christmas activities that happens at Souls Harbour is the Christmas meal, which is laid out for anyone interested on Dec. 22. More than 75 volunteers will be on hand to serve close to 300 people who come for turkey with all the trimmings. It takes place between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Dean Smith Youth Centre, Zeike’s Place Gym, 1475 Athol St. “Whoever comes, it’s an opportunity for us to help them out, as well as give a gift to those who come. There are usually lots of children and families. There are people here from different walks of life,” said Cochrane. Donations will pay for the meals, which costs Souls Harbour $3.11 a plate. The other Christmas initiative at Souls Harbour is the day set aside for the 55 children to attend the agency’s Little Souls Daycare. A

private session gives both the kids and their parents a chance to enjoy activities and gifts they likely couldn’t provide without the help of Souls Harbour volunteers and staff. Cochrane admits that it’s especially difficult watching families and children struggle at Christmastime. However, being able to help at a time when many families find it difficult is rewarding for staff and volunteers. “It’s a pretty neat place to be,” she said. Cochrane said that while the growing economy might be good for most Saskatchewan residents, it takes its toll on many of the working poor. She said there are added pressures on the agency because growing numbers of people need services, if only for a short time. “We definitely see that the gap seems to be widening. You have people who were functioning quite well until housing prices come into play and they’re not able to meet their obligations. It’s pretty incredible,” said Cochrane. “We can’t fix everything. You reach out and do the best you can. We can’t fix all the rental prices. But we can help a family where we can, if it’s only a matter of giving someone a place for a month until they can save up enough money so that they can find a place on their own.”

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I wanted to do something that, at the end of the day, I was feeling like I was doing something meaningful. — Joe Miller

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Joe Miller, the busy executive director at Souls Harbour, knows a little about self-improvement. The recovering alcoholic and former gambling addict understands many of the challenges faced by the men and women who come to him for help. “To me, my addictions are like books on the shelf,” he said. Miller was married with two young children when his wife had “had enough.” That was more than a decade ago. Since then, Miller, 48, graduated from an addictions treatment program in Manitoba and hasn’t looked back. After joining as a staff member at Souls Harbour, he was promoted to business development officer. In 2010, he became executive director after Souls Harbour founder Michelle Porter left for Halifax to help launch a similar agency. Michelle and her husband Ken established the Regina Rescue Mission in 2000, which merged with Souls Harbour Mission House in 2007 and was renamed the Souls Harbour Rescue Mission. Miller, who grew up in Warman as the youngest of 12 children, said working for Souls Harbour has been uniquely rewarding. With his addictions in the proverbial rear-view mirror, he understands the plight of the homeless, the poor and people who suffer from addiction. “It’s why I’m doing what I’m doing,” he said. “I wanted to do something that, at the end of the day, I was feeling like I was doing something meaningful.” In Miller’s few years at the helm, he has not shied away from making difficult decisions or calling attention to himself for the sake of the agency. Last year, he raised more than $25,000 after spending five days and nights on the roof of Souls Harbour’s Athol Street facility. Passersby tossed a rock and a beer bottle at him, but he raised more than his goal and kissed the ground after his effort. One of the more controversial moves Miller and the board of directors have made is to pare down the services Souls Harbour offers. Miller said the agency, its staff and volunteers were stretched too thin

Joe Miller shoots baskets at the Dean Smith Youth Centre in Regina. QC Photo by Don Healy

after trying to solve the growing number of issues around homelessness and addiction. Instead, Miller has concentrated on what the agency has been able to do well, which is to operate a soup kitchen, daycare and facility for mothers who face addiction issues. Souls Harbour closed its Good News Chapel and shut down its men’s shelter. When Miller took over, Souls Harbour had seven properties.

Only four remain. “Sometimes, you have to make the tough calls,” he said. “Some people have said, ‘How can you do that?’ Other people tell us, ‘I get it.’ “For instance, we looked at our men’s shelter and decided that there were agencies that offered that, but there weren’t the same number of similar services available to women,” he said. “We have women

come in who have addiction issues and they’ve lost their kids. And they know that they need to get their lives in order so they can get their kids back.” There are plans to expand the mothers’ addiction facility, and Souls Harbour officials are also considering expanding their services to Saskatoon, Miller said. The agency has been able to con-

centrate its efforts on the Souls Harbour headquarters at the corner of Athol Street and Dewdney Avenue. Bought for $50,000, the building came with $150,000 in back taxes and needed more than $1 million in renovations. Today, the building serves as a drop-in centre, a daycare and offices for Souls Harbours managers. “This building, in a way, illustrates what Souls Harbour is all about.”


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Sometimes, you have to make the tough calls. Some people have said, ‘How can you do that?’ Other people tell us, ‘I get it.’ — Miller

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For those interested in contributing to Souls Harbour, here are the options: Buy A Gift: Go to, read their stories and choose a special gift to buy for someone this season. Gifts can be delivered to Glen Elm Church of Christ, 825 Rothwell St., between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Call ahead at 757-1825. Be sure to write the person’s name and ID on the gift. All gifts must be new and be dropped off by Dec. 17. Operation Christmas Stocking: Buy a pair of socks and stuff one inside the other and fill it with items like toiletries, toques, mitts, washcloth, combs, pen and pad, postage stamps, bus tickets, etc. Socks can be dropped off before Dec. 18 at 1836 Halifax St. between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays. Toys: Children’s toys are accepted weekdays at 1836 Halifax St. between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays. Gifts: Financial donations will be accepted in person at 3535 8th Ave. weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., by telephone at 543-0011 or by mail to P.O. Box 3356 Stn. Main, Regina, S4P 3H1. To make a donation in a loved one’s name for a Christmas gift, contact the Souls Harbour financial office at 543-0011 to ensure it is recognized properly. Volunteer: Call 543-0011 to learn what’s available. Volunteers are being sought for events from Dec. 21 to 25.

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Joe Miller at Shayil Home, a year-long residency-based program where women overcoming addiction issues can live in a safe environment with their children, living in community with other women who are on similar journeys. QC Photo by Don Healy

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Irene Elliott: Going glam for holiday party season By Jeanette Stewart Irene Elliott loves dressing up for the holidays. “Any excuse to get dressed up, that’s my bag. In Saskatoon there’s few and far opportunities,” she said. “Christmas is just another excuse to really get glammed up.” Elliott is a model, pianist and music student at the University of Saskatchewan. Her personal style features a lot of vintage pieces. “It’s better quality and nobody else is going to have it,” she said. “It’s always nice to be unique.” Her style tip for the holiday is “go for it.” She recommends sticking with your own style that you are comfortable in and “something you don’t mind getting turkey grease on.” Elliott agreed to provide some holiday style inspiration and put together two holiday party outfits for QC.

1. Dress: Flashback: “I love green with my red hair and I like the ’60s style, the Edie Sedgwick kind of style. It’s really glam, it’s comfortable, it’s unique. It goes with Christmas. Not your typical red dress.”



2. Shoes: Matisse boutique in Soho, New York: “I’ve always really liked style. Being a creative person, representing yourself with your style is really important. Other cities, they’ve got it going on.”




1. Hat: Shopper’s Drug Mart: “It’s like a ball cap. It has the ball cap snaps.”

Earrings: (Not shown) Great grandmother’s. “My mom had them and I think that my grandma gave them to my mom. My mom was holding on to them, had them in the china cabinet and knows my style. She asked me if I’d like them. But strictly said ‘be careful.’ ”

2. Necklaces: Her grandmother’s: “She gave them to me last Christmas actually. All my grandmother’s jewelry means a lot to me. She’s still alive. My mom dresses younger than I do, so she wouldn’t wear them.” 3. Dress: Flashback Clothing Collective: “I think she has the best quality for old party dresses and vintage stuff.” 4. Ring: Reincarnation. “I got it at the Mix and Match market.” 5. Shoes: WIN Store, Victoria: “They were never worn. They’re designer shoes, they’re Pino Ferri. Italian shoes, and I got them for six bucks. They’re red velvet.”

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“Our bedroom closet has stuff stashed all over inside. Some various things are also in our dresser drawers.” — Nikkie Railton “I have started hiding gifts in my youngest son’s closet. My two older boys have figured out that I hid the gifts in my closet. I also hide some in the furnace room, they are scared to go in there.” — Nicole Fraser “Very carefully. And since my kids sometimes use the newspaper to practise reading, I can’t tell my secrets here.” — Regan Seidler “There are places at home, such as daddy’s cave or Kunshi’s (grandmother’s) room that our girls know not to go into. As always, that is where all our presents go.” — Shawnee Delorme “The kids are still young enough and haven’t started looking for hidden treasures yet. For now, I keep the presents in bags and/or boxes tucked away in my bedroom closet, behind the clothes. This has even proved successful for hiding my husband’s gift right under his nose!” — Carla Contreras

basement under the stairs with a blanket draped over them. My kids are 6 and 3 so really don’t try and find anything yet!” — Chera Miller “This year I hid them in storage bins in the garage. The kids never go in them.” — Angie Nicholson “In drawers, closets ... though my little one is young (not a baby though)!”— Christine Gatzke

“The way we hide our gifts, we either leave them with a neighbour or by the washing basket; the kids never go there.” — Debbie Amor

“Great question. My 2.5-year-old just found all his presents in my closet this morning. I’m hoping he’ll forget about them.” — Ladonna Funk

“In the craft room in unmarked boxes. Although this technique is not foolproof. So when it fails, the found gifts are always for their ‘cousins’ and they are none the wiser!” — Alysia Czmuchalek

“Behind my bedroom door, which is always open. It creates a great little nook to hide all the presents and the girls never look behind it because it’s open all the time.” — Sherry DeBray

“I buy them while they’re at school, then I wrap them and keep them in the storage room up high.” — Dee B.

“Hide them in the laundry room or anywhere near cleaning supplies. No one goes near those places except me. Not even the husband.” — The Dance Shack Inc.

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“As I buy Christmas items I put them in our bedroom or the basement. Our kids don’t go into these areas so they’re pretty safe to hide things in. As they get older, I’m sure I’ll have to start stashing things in the garage.” — Michelle Grodecki


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“My husband and I discuss what we are going to buy and then one of us goes out to get it. Sometimes we will get a sitter and go together if it works out. When it comes to hiding them, we just hide them in the garage. They are still pretty little and haven’t become little snoops yet.” — Shelly Lambert


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“I will usually them in the basement, in unused suitcases. (Shhh!) I am a terrible procrastinator when it comes to buying Christmas gifts though, and your question has finally given me a positive for my problem. Less time in the house means less time for them to be able to find the presents!” — Angela Wells “The gifts for the kids are all in the house and they don’t even bother looking! Everything is in the closet but the girls have told me they don’t want to find their gifts before Christmas! I remember ALWAYS snooping!” — Terri Leniuk


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In the next eight years, Valjean creates a new identity and life for himself as a factory owner and mayor. A woman in the factory, Fantine, has an illegitimate daughter, Cosette. When her coworkers find out, they demand her dismissal. On her deathbed, Valjean promises to find Cosette and care for her. Parental Guidance Comedy Artie (Billy Crystal) and his eager-to-please wife Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandkids when their parents go away for work. Their old-school methods of tough rules, lots of love and old-fashioned games cause conflict within the family.

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The 12 trees of Christmas By Ashley Martin

WHO? Jan and Phil Deutscher WHAT? The Christmas decor in their two-storey home in east Regina’s University Park neighbourhood WHEN? The couple moved into this house about 3 1/2 years ago, but Jan’s love of Christmas decorating started way before that. When her son Clark (now 31) was about four years old, Jan’s grandmother sparked a new family tradition. “(Clark) came home (from play school) with all these wonderful little handmade things like the reindeer with the pipe cleaners on the candy canes and that kind of stuff. I was not really wanting it on my so-called ‘good’ tree,” explained Jan. Her grandmother was downsizing at the time and gave her large Christmas tree to the Deutschers. “It kind of went from there” — Clark’s ornaments went onto his own tree. When his younger brother Rob got older, his ornaments went on there too. WHY? With her two sons, Jan developed traditions of her own. One day each year, she’d pull her boys from school; they’d have lunch, then choose one new ornament and one new piece to add to a Christmas scene under the trees. “We’ve got the trees and some movable marionettes that get set up with moving Santas and elves. They used to have display windows in Simpsons and Eatons where the little figures moved and my kids loved that and I just wanted to recreate it for them,” said Jan. At the height of this tradition, the vignettes under the trees spanned 12 feet across the floor. Once the boys graduated from high school, the traditions changed to a themed tree in each room. QC Photos by Don Healy

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HOW? This year there are 12 trees in a variety of rooms in their home: In bathrooms, bedrooms, the office, the front entrance, living room and dining room. Each tree has a specific theme, including Tiffany’s blue and gold, retro, Canadiana and peacock. The large tree in the living room is done up in designer colours — brown and copper with Gucci and Burberry accents. The nine-foot tree easily fit in their last two living rooms, which had high ceilings, but moving here meant reconfiguring the tree to fit their new eight-foot ceiling, which is why the tree now extends right to the floor. Jan typically takes a holiday from work during the last week of November and spends the week decorating by herself. This year was a little different though: Her mother passed away on Nov. 29 from cancer and “I couldn’t have done it without my family and friends,” said Jan. “The Sunday after mom passed ... we had a major tree-decorating party and everybody chipped in.” With the help of 12 friends and family members, the project was completed in a weekend. “It was very heartwarming.” The whole family looks forward to the decked-out decor every year. “We will often just go sit room to room and savour the Christmas lights ... That’s sort of a reflection time,” said Jan — even though the decor takes about just as long to undo after Christmas. In a basement storage room there are about 26 large Rubbermaid containers, at least one for every tree.

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Travel back in time with this cute Christmas story By Jenn Sharp and Ashley Martin Though it was published in 2009, this easyto-read novel by Wally Lamb is set in 1964. It tells the story of 10-year-old Felix Funicello, a student at a Catholic school in Connecticut, and follows his life leading up to his Grade 5 Christmas pageant — from causing one of his teachers (a nun) to have a nervous breakdown, to spending time after school at his parents’ restaurant, to admiring his famous cousin Annette Funicello. With its Americana references, Wishin’ and Hopin’ is a fun read to put you in the Christmas spirit. ASHLEY MARTIN: Did you like this book? JENN SHARP: I liked Wishin’ and Hopin’ for the simple fact that it’s a fun, easy read. There are no major themes or underlying messages, thus not a lot of thinking is involved. It was nice to just sit back with a cup of tea on a cold winter day and be transported to a time when one’s biggest concern was the tattletale girl in class or trying to figure out what the birds and the bees is all about. Despite the book being based on Felix’s youth in the 1960s, did you find any parallels between his experiences growing up and your own? AM: Felix was the youngest boy with two older sisters, while I was the oldest with two younger sisters — but the sibling dynamics were similar. They teased each other and fought a little bit, although there seemed to be a lot less crying in the Funicello household than there was in mine. I didn’t go to a Catholic school and none of the teachers at my public school were as strict as the nuns at St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Having gone through French Immersion though, I identified with having a French teacher. When Mme. Frechette asks the children what they think “tableau vivant” means and Felix says “tablecloth,” it takes me back to the very early days of my education, when the teachers would speak French and we’d have no idea what they were talking about. I thought the author did a good job of portraying a child’s logic and reactions in Felix — he really sounded like a fifth-grader. What did you think?

JS : Yes he did and I was impressed with Wally Lamb’s embodiment of what a fifthgrader would think and say. It reminded me of one of our first Book Clubs when we read Emma Donoghue’s Room. That story was brilliantly told from the perspective of five-year-old Jack, who was held captive in a small room with his mother. I think it would be incredibly difficult to nail a child narrator’s voice but Lamb succeeded so much so that it brought back a lot of memories and emotions from my own childhood. Who was your favourite character and why? AM : Since he’s the narrator, it seems obvious to choose Felix as my favourite character in the book, but I really liked him. He’s always striving to be smarter than goody two-shoes Rosalie and doesn’t quite succeed. He tries to broach “the birds and the bees” with his dad, who tells him you can get diseases from a water fountain, then changes the subject. Felix is very confused about sex, which results in some awkward situations, including telling a dirty joke on live TV because he didn’t know it was a dirty joke. He’s in that awkward stage — trying to fit in with the potty-mouthed sailors who eat lunch at his dad’s restaurant, yet he still needs his parents to coax him back to sleep when he gets nightmares. I think I liked him so much because he was sweet and kind-hearted as a 10-year-old in 1964, and today kids seem to grow up too quickly. What was your favourite moment in the book? JS : I really loved Zhenya Kabakova, the 13-year-old newcomer from the Soviet Union. She’s bold, unapologetic and confident — traits I think any woman, no matter her age, can benefit from (although perhaps in smaller doses than Zhenya possesses). My favourite moment was when she was teaching Lonny Russian swear words. At one point in the conversation Lonny has an embarrassing situation, not uncommon for boys hitting puberty. Her reaction to it was hilarious. Instead of running away in shocked horror like most of the girls in her class likely would have done, she made fun of him and compared him to Mick Jagger and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” She later asked him what happened to the fishing pole inside his pants. Priceless.







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No shiny noses on these reindeer By Ashley Martin

Norman Mitchell and his wife Bonny have been raising reindeer since 1998 on their acreage near Fort Qu’Appelle. They have a group of six that they keep — including one called Spirit, who was named in a contest last Christmas — and they sell calves each year to people across the United States to be used in parades and Christmas villages. It’s all about “Santa Claus, kids and Christmas,” said Norman.

Q: How did you get into the reindeer game? A: I’m retired RCMP and we were stationed up north quite a bit, like up in Inuvik, Spence Bay and Fond du Lac, so we’re used to seeing lots of the caribou. Then my last posting was Fort Qu’Appelle and we have an acreage here. We thought, ‘What are we going to do? Oh, we like reindeer,’ so I went up north, to Yukon, Alaska and northern B.C. and brought back some reindeer. Q: What do you do with them? A: We raise them, we sell our calves to the States and our little hobby is to do the (Christmas events) in Regina. Our primary business is selling the calves. It is an industry in the province if you’re looking at agriculture; we had 21, (now) we’re back down to six; I had 11 this fall. Q: Do you view the reindeer as pets? A: They’re pets. They’re really smart. (Spirit) pokes me in the bum with his antlers to make me speed up when we go for walks. I take him for coffee at the Dairy Queen and I get a horn at my backside like, ‘Hey, hurry up.’ He hangs around the shop with me. They’re about as smart as a horse, but I’d say almost a little more. They’re way smaller (than horses); 200, 250 pounds. Reindeer, they’re a really nice animal to raise. We’ve totally enjoyed them, especially with the kids at Christmastime. Q: Do they ever hang out in your house? A: No, no, no, no, no. They stay in the barn; they’ve got their own area. You could if you wanted to; the reindeer would do it. Q: Where do you take the reindeer? A: I go to the seniors’ centre here in Fort

Qu’Appelle ... I go inside with the reindeer and all the little grandmas get their Christmas pictures taken with the reindeer. They love it just as much as the kids do. I take (Spirit) swimming in the summertime out at the lake and the kids are all over him.

Q: Tell me more about Spirit. A: We took him for his first sleigh pull (on Dec. 2); he’s a year and a half old, so Spirit had to pull the sleigh for the first time. He did good. We only went about 100 metres and he goes, ‘OK, I know what to do,’ and away we went. That’s pretty easy. He’s never been in a harness before, and after 100 metres we’re walking and he’s moving a big heavy sleigh. Last year CTV asked us to come into the studio. Spirit goes walking in the door, no problem, he’s just prancing with me. We go in there and my wife sits on one big white chair and I sit on the other. He’s looking straight ahead and he’s not doing anything; he’s in between us. He sees himself on the TV monitor and what’s he start doing? He starts barking at the TV monitor and I’m trying to shut him down. So when we came back to Fort Qu’Appelle everybody in town’s just chuckling at us: ‘That goofy little reindeer.’ Q: When you decided to raise reindeer, did you have Christmas in mind? A: Yeah. Basically it’s the comments; we enjoy working with the kids and listening to the different Santa Clauses get caught. ‘What would you like for Christmas?’ ‘Didn’t you get my email?’ You can’t fool kids. We get some really good comments. Q: What do your reindeer eat? A: University of Alaska-Fairbanks made a ration for us back in 1998. They don’t eat hay (or) straw, and no water in the winter — they prefer snow, they won’t drink water. They have a ration made by Masterfeeds at Cowtown: rolled oats, corn, barley with minerals and soaked beet pulp — that replaces the tundra grasses from the Arctic. Each day they get one cup of soaked beet pulp per animal plus 3 1/2 pounds of Masterfeeds ration. It costs us about 70 cents to 80 cents a day to keep a reindeer; I spend more (to feed) my cats. Q: Can you ride a reindeer? A: They do in Mongolia. We were the first in the world to do artificial breeding on reindeer. I go to China and teach them. I’ve been to northern China artificially breeding reindeer for them.


Norman Mitchell with his reindeer Spirit in Regina earlier this month. QC Photo by BRYAN SCHLOSSER


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Cats re-create classic holiday movie scenes

By Jeanette Stewart When Biliana Velkova recently became the caretaker of two new pets, her first instinct was to create art with them. Velkova, the executive director of PAVED Arts in Saskatoon, started publishing a blog that pairs classic shots from Hollywood films with two house cats in various poses. “I don’t actually make them do it. It’s all natural, then I match it with the Hollywood films,” she explained. Velkova grew up in Bulgaria and was enamoured with classic Hollywood films. The blog has become a way for her to celebrate those films she loved growing up and spend some quality time with her two new pets. For Christmas she re-created four classic holiday scenes she’s shared with QC. More of her work can be found at

Q: Why did you start this project? A: I’m a recent cat owner. My partner is moving in and those are his cats.

They’re from Vancouver. It’s been a new thing for me to live around cats. I just noticed that they’re just so expressive. One day, if you see the very first photo ... Mumu was sitting on the chair and to me he looked just like Greta Garbo. They have the same aloofness. I love that photograph, so I found it on the Internet. Then I did a few more because I just had them in my phone and it just started from that. Since then, now all I see is Hollywood stars. In my own work as an artist, appropriation is very important. I think of this as an art project. Or as a stage mom with the cats.

Q: What are your cat’s names? A: Momo and Genki. Momo is a half Himalayan, half Siamese and Genki is a Ragdoll. They’re both designer cats. Q: How did you prepare yourself to become a cat owner? A: I went to Pet Smart. It was a whole different world. I’ve always been a dog person. I got the litter box and the food. They’re really easy cats.

Q: Do you take a lot of pictures of them? A: Momo is a wonderful actor. Literally one or two takes and he does it. He’s trained. Genki is a bit shyer, so that’s why there’s not that many pictures of Genki. Q: What would happen if this became a big Internet sensation? A: Oh yeah. Bring it on. I’m super excited. It’s kind of become a joke but somebody told me that the Internet is the new ancient Egypt because we just keep worshipping cats. So I’m really interested in that fascination of cats on the Internet. I think it appeals to a wild amount of people. Not just cat lovers but film buffs too. Q: Do you put out more content online than you take in on the Internet? A: I don’t know. I work with the Internet a lot at work so I’m always constantly facing it. I think with this project … I didn’t grow up with a consumerist culture, so I feel like I banked all these images that are now just coming out. This is a really good vehicle for that.

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PROGRAM ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT 6 month term position Prince Albert, Saskatchewan The Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA) is seeking an individual for the position of Program Administrative Assistant. NITHA is a dynamic and evolving healthcare agency that provides health program support to its four northern partners - Prince Albert Grand Council, Meadow Lake Tribal Council, Lac La Ronge Indian Band, and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. The four partners have more than 20 years of combined experience in the provision of health services in the Health Canada “transfer environment” and in the delivery of nursing, public health and primary care treatment services in 33 First Nations communities. Under the supervision of the Executive Assistant, The Program Administrative Assistant supports operations and information needs of assigned programs by developing and applying appropriate technical administrative functions. The incumbent develops and maintains program related information gathering and recording processes, understands program objectives and standards and applies the relevant legislation policies and procedures to all activities. Qualifications and Experience: The position requires one year of post-secondary education in office administration or business administration as well as a minimum of 2 years relevant experience. Essential qualifications include expertise in professional minute taking, proficiency in both verbal and written communication as well as being knowledgeable in software applications such as MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Desktop Publishing, Access and PowerPoint. Must have a good knowledge of standard office equipment, administration practices and procedures and be familiar with standard business correspondence formatting. Must possess strong organizational skills with an ability to work independently, multitask and collaborate as a strong team member. The incumbent must possess interpersonal skills, including tact and diplomacy, in dealing with a variety of situations. Experience in coordinating meetings and events, making arrangements for travel and accommodation and maintaining the filing system is required. Occasionally, the incumbent will adjust personal and work schedules to fit the needs of the moment. The incumbent must possess a valid Class 5 Driver’s License. The ability to speak a First Nations Language is an asset. The Interview Process will include practical assignments in the areas of minute taking, business writing/communication and knowledge of core office procedures and equipment. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. NITHA thanks all applicants, but only those chosen for interview will be contacted. If you are qualified and attracted to this opportunity, please provide your resume, cover letter and three references in complete confidence by Friday January 04, 2013 to: GLENNA THOMAS Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority Box 787 Prince Albert SK S6V 5S4 Email: Fax: (306) 922-0166 Website: REG33102519_1_1


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Who: Jason Hattie Band: The Steadies, 911 Turbo, Jasonhattie4ever Song: I Want You For Christmas Why: All they changed in it was they threw the word Christmas over the original lyric (I Want You to Want Me). The song is exactly the same and it would say ‘Christmas.’ This should be all Christmas music. It’s just like normal radio, but it puts you in the spirit. Everyone should just have the Christmas edits to their hits. Who: Shawn Karpinka Band: The Karpinka Brothers Song: Rudolph Why: Everybody sings along to it. We play it at Parkridge, and they always get worked up and sing along. Who: Aaron Karpinka Band: The Karpinka Brothers Song: Any Boney M Christmas song, any John Denver and the Muppets Christmas song and I will also accept any Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton Christmas song. Why: I grew up with it. It’s pure magic. If I get stranded on an island for Christmas, I’m taking that triple threat. Who: Dan Smolinski Band: Lady Deathstryke Song: A Christmas to Remember by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton Why: They put the sexy back in Christmas on that album. When she sings ‘Tahoe Ski Chalet’ and ‘some slow burning wood’, it’s like ‘wow, this is not about Christmas at all.’ Who: Rylan Schultz Band: The Pistol Whips, The Rebellion, Whiskey Songs Song: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Why: I like the Burt Bacharach with Elvis Costello. It’s got that cool 3/4 time part to it and Burt Bacharach sings it better than anyone else.

(Clockwise from top left) Rylan Schultz of The Rebellion, Daniel Smolinski of Lady Deathstryke, Chad Reynolds of Chad Reynolds & The Sex, Aaron Karpinka of The Karpinka Brothers, Shawn Karpinka of The Karpinka Brothers and Jason Hattie of 911 Turbo. qc photoS by Michelle Berg

Who: Chad Reynolds Band: Host of Open Mic Night at The Fez Song: Let it Snow, as performed by Vaughn Monroe or Frank Sinatra Why: It’s just jazz. It’s such a good song. It’s been covered by a lot of great musicians and it’s one of the few Christmas songs you can hear a million times and still love it. I love this song because of it’s quirky old jazz lyrics — with an indirect way of saying something so simple. If snow is an excuse to stay inside with your loved one and be lazy, let it snow!

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Staff’s favourite Christmas baking recipes Next to seeing your family and opening presents, what’s the best thing about the holidays? Eating delicious, sinful baking. These recipes are family favourites for the staff at Bridges and QC. Most only make an appearance once a year, at a time when we give ourselves licence to indulge. We invite you to share in the home-baked goodness of the season. Let us know which recipes you try and how the end result turned out.

Jam-Jams Jenn Sharp: My mom has been making Jam-Jams during the holidays for as long as I can remember. The recipe originated in 1968, from her mother, Reg Wildfong. The best part about these sandwich cookies is getting to the middle!

INGREDIENTS: > 1 cup butter > 1 cup brown sugar > 2 large eggs > 6 tbsp. corn syrup > 3 to 3 1/2 cups flour > 1 tsp. baking soda > 1/4 tsp. salt > 1 jar of your favourite jam METHOD: 1. Mix first five ingredients. Add flour in small amounts with soda and salt. Add just enough to allow the dough to stay together. Chill for eight hours. 2. To make the sandwich-type cookies, roll out in small portions. Cut bottom and place 1 tsp. jam in centre, cover with the same size cut-out dough. 3. Bake on cookie sheet at 375 for 10 minutes. Makes about six dozen.

Magic Cookie Bars Ashley Martin: My sisters and I look forward to these squares every Christmas. They don’t last long around our house. It’s such a simple dessert to make, but so delicious. The original recipe came from an Eagle Brand magazine ad, but my mom has adapted it over the years to make it even better.

The following recipe is her adaptation — it uses up all the ingredients, making for a more efficient cleanup! INGREDIENTS: > 1 cup butter > 1 box of graham cracker crumbs (400 grams) > 1 can of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk > 1 bag of Presidents Choice semisweet chocolate chips (300 grams, or 1 1/4 cup) > 1 small bag of sweetened flaked coconut (approx. 1 1/4 cup) > 1 small bag of chopped walnuts (approx. 1 1/4 cup) METHOD: 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 13x9 glass pan. 2. Melt butter. Mix in the graham crumbs; press them evenly into the bottom of the pan and use a decent amount of pressure or you’ll end up with a mess. 3. Pour condensed milk into the middle of the pan; tilt the pan so the condensed milk evenly spreads. 4. Layer the chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts (in that order). Press firmly with a spatula, starting in the centre and working your way out to the edges. 5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until the coconut looks toasty brown. 6. Cool and cut into squares. Makes 24 squares.

Mom’s Marshmallow Squares Jeanette Stewart: This is one of my favourite recipes at Christmas time because I love peanut butter and my mom usually makes it for special occasions. Last time I promised a friend I’d bring some back for him and actually had to hoard a couple pieces because I noticed how quickly they were disappearing off the dessert table. It’s really easy to make and everyone seems to love it.

INGREDIENTS: > 1/2 cup butter > 1 cup peanut butter > 1 (300g) bag butterscotch chips > 1 (200g) bag mini marshmallows METHOD: 1. Mix first three ingredients together on a pot over low heat. Stir. 2. Once these ingredients are melted together, let them cool for a while to avoid melting marshmallows. 3. Once everything is coated and mixed, transfer it to a greased 11×13 baking dish and refrigerate. 4. When the pan has cooled, cut into squares and try not to eat them all!

Christmas Cookies Andrew Matte: My wife has many talents, but one of her most unique skills is being able to create wonderful meals even when I believe there to be no real groceries in the house. Carmelle Ottenbreit can take a recipe, swap out ingredients for better ones, alter cooking times and veer dramatically from the preparation instructions and wind up with something much better than what the recipewriter had in mind. However, this is a cookie that’s rare in my house at Christmas because the recipe comes from a book and Carmelle actually follows the instructions. It was invented — or discovered — by someone named Betty Crocker. Sometimes, but not always, following the rules is the best way to go. (These cookies have an attractive light and dark contrast perfect for an interesting addition to a cookie tray or for serving by themselves.)

INGREDIENTS: > 1/2 cup vegetable oil > 4 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled > 2 cups granulated sugar > 2 tsp. vanilla > 4 eggs > 2 cups of flour > 2 tsp. baking powder > 1/2 tsp. salt

> 1/2 cup powdered sugar

METHOD: 1. In large bowl, mix oil, chocolate, granulated sugar and vanilla. Stir in eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover; refrigerate at least 3 hours. 2. Heat oven to 350 F. Grease cookie sheet with shortening or cooking spray. 3. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls into powdered sugar; roll around to coat and shape into balls. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. 4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until almost no imprint remains when touched lightly in centre. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Makes 6 dozen.

Sister’s Sweet Stacks Michelle Berg: My sister is the baker in the family. She always outdoes me with the Christmas baking. Her classic hay stack recipe is my family’s favourite. They’re easy to make but you have to be quick or you’ll be stuck with a sticky mess. My

dad always grabs a few stacks and eats them up for breakfast because he believes the oatmeal and coconut somehow turn these snacks into a ‘healthy’ Christmas breakfast. These treats are best eaten right away, preferably with a cup of coffee, but they’re also really good crumbled onto ice cream with a little bit of Bailey’s drizzled on top. INGREDIENTS: > 2 cups sugar > 1/2 cup milk > 1/2 cup butter > 1/2 cup cocoa > Dash salt > 1/2 tsp. vanilla > 3 cups rolled oats > 1 cup flaked coconut METHOD: 1. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, milk, butter, cocoa and salt. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently. When it has reached a rolling boil, cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. 2. Remove pan from heat and mix in vanilla, oats and coconut. 3. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Work quickly! Let cool. Makes 2 dozen.




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