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A.E. Peacock Collegiate students are stepping on the stage from Dec. 5-7, to take on the famous story Beauty and the Beast as their annual drama production — and they’re planning to pull out all the stops. Musical director Cameron Church and artistic director Ray Deans have been hard at work with the group of theatre students, putting together the musical version of the beloved tale. With music by award-winning Alan Menken, Beauty and the Beast is a musical that encompasses plenty of musical and dance numbers to recreate all the best moments from the classic Disney movie. “We’ll have some special effects, some quick changes. There’s some big numbers, with 40 or so kids up there, singing and dancing at the same time, which is kind of amazing,” said Deans. All of the familiar elements of the classic tale will be there, including some interesting special effects and impressive costuming to portray not only the Beast but his transformed castle servants as well. “The costuming for the whole show is a big deal,” said Church. “We have stuff coming from all over Canada, including stuff we’re making here to make it all happen.” This will be the first Disney show that Peacock had put on in decades, and Church is happy to have a few community members join the orchestra pit for the student-run

Peacock students performing the musical number “Gaston,” during a rehearsal with the set on stage at Centennial Auditorium. production. The show will take the stage on Peacock’s newly updated Centennial Auditorium, following Central Collegiate’s debut of their annual show, Honk. Both Church and Deans are looking forward to returning to the historied auditorium. Church finds that participating in theatre offers students a number of useful skills, from punctuality to the ability to operate successfully as a team member, and he’s happy to see the students so enthusiastic about the show’s debut. “The number of skills that they need to be successful to put this production on, serves them for a lifetime,” said Church. “(Taking

part in theatre) becomes such an important piece for them, as they move forward in life.” The Peacock drama crew promise that the show will be entertaining for everyone in the family. “We try to do as many family-friendly shows as possible, so no matter how old you are, you’ll enjoy it,” said Deans. “It’s a pretty exciting show, no matter how old you are.” Tickets for Peacock’s Beauty and the Beast are $17.50 each and available online through, until the day of the show.

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The Moose Jaw Express/Moose Jaw Today is pleased again this year to collect funds for the Salvation Army Stocking Fund through to Christmas. The stocking fund raises money for the good works that the Salvation Army does for the community, as the funds are always needed. The goal we have set this year is $10,000, and The Moose Jaw Express/Moose Jaw Today would like to challenge the community to rise up and do what it can toward the Salvation Army, as every dollar helps. You can bring your cheques and cash to the Moose Jaw Express office at 32 Manitoba Street West and EVERY dime collected will

go to the Salvation Army. All cheques should be written directly to the Salvation Army and we will document your donation with a receipt from the office, and publish your name in the Express at the end of the campaign to show our gratitude. Cash donations are also appreciated and a receipt will be issued for those, as well. For those wanting a tax-deductible receipt, they will be issued by the Salvation Army. Come on Moose Jaw, let’s break that goal and remember, a little deed is better than a great intention! Thank you for your support and let’s make this a Merry Christmas for the Salvation Army.

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Rotary Carol Festival ready for 75th annual show Larissa Kurz

The Rotary Carol Festival has three evenings of beloved Christmas music ready to perform from Dec. 9-11, with each song brought to life by local voices. The festival will feature around 25 different musical groups from around Moose Jaw this year, said Rotary Club member Susan Hanna, and each one is sure to light up the room at the festival’s traditional venue, Zion United Church. The majority of the groups that will be performing are choirs, both from around the community as well as from the schools in the city, but there will be an appearance from the Moose Jaw Community Band and perhaps a string quartet. Each of the three shows will focus on car-

ols and Christmas music, with a different lineup of groups each night because there are so many interested in participating. Hanna is looking forward to the three-day festival, as it’s a beloved tradition to get into the Christmas spirit while also raise some money for the Rotary Club. “Everybody knows the Christmas carols and likes them,” said Hanna. “We even have like a sing song. As the groups are changing, we have a choir leader that sings or leads the audience and they sing Christmas carols.” Admission will be collected at the door, as a donation of any amount. All the funds raised will be used by the Rotary Club to support the programs they operate here in

The Zion Sanctuary Choir performs at the 2018 Rotary Carol Festival at Zion United Church. (file photo) Moose Jaw, like the Rotary Track Club, or organizations of their choice, like the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank or The Salvation Army. The Carol Festival began in 1945 as a

night featuring all of the school choirs. Shortly after it began, the Rotary Club began offering their help with the Festival. In 1975, the Rotary Club took over organizing it entirely. The Carol Festival is celebrating its 75th annual show this year, making it the longest running community event at Zion United Church. Hanna encourages people to come out to one of the evenings of music, to enjoy the talent from here in Moose Jaw and experience the Festival itself. “The music is really great, and Zion’s got such beautiful acoustic sound. It really is a nice evening,” said Hanna. Performances start at 7 p.m. each night.

Rotary Club of Moose Jaw Wakamow celebrates 35th anniversary When the Rotary Club of Moose Jaw Wakamow first came into existence way back in 1984, it was with a goal of expanding the legendary service club’s reach in the community and offering more opportunities to do good in Moose Jaw and beyond. To say the least, it’s been mission accomplished. From an incredible array of donations to charities to a host of projects taken on both locally and internationally, the Wakamow Rotarians have taken ‘service beyond self’ to heart and then some. But 35 years ago, it was 14 people who soon became 22, with a lot of dreams toward what could be accomplished in the future. And it was those 35 years that the club celebrated at a special meeting recently at the Heritage Inn. Current Wakamow Rotarians were joined by past members and special guests for the event, which featured plenty of reminiscing about days of yore and all the amazing work that had been accomplished. One of those was Richard Goodnough, the original president of the club. Currently a resident of Vancouver Island, once he heard the local group was celebrating the anniversary, he was quick to make his way back home to take part. Even if that

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Members of the Moose Jaw Wakamow Rotary Club past and present gather for a group photo after their 35th anniversary celebration meant flying in the same day and leaving the following afternoon. “It was quite an honour to be the charter president, so it was important for me to come back and be a part of this,” Goodnough said, adding that even with the determination of the original members, seeing Wakamow Rotary remain so successful over the years was impressive. “You can always hope that something you started will continue on,” he said. “But what makes it last so long is that everyone is working together all the time. I’ve gone through some social and recreational groups and sometimes it seems like everyone is looking out for themselves, where in Rotary we’re not doing that. That makes a big difference in getting things

accomplished and the success they’ve had here over the years.” Those accomplishments are as numerous as they are impressive. In addition to their longstanding support of the Polio Plus campaign in the club’s early days, Wakamow Rotary has made large donations to groups such as the Wakamow Valley Authority, Hospital Foundation, Riverside Mission, Moose Jaw Food Bank, Salvation Army Family Fund, Habitat for Humanity. Essentially, if it’s a charitable organization in Moose Jaw, the Rotarians have lent a hand. Then there are projects like the Trans Canada Trail, which saw major support from Wakamow Rotary, as well as the club’s civic tree-planting campaign that

helped make Moose Jaw the beautiful city it is today. More recently, the club has partnered with Rotarians in Guatemala to help build schools and provide scholarships through annual visits to the Central American country. “I think it’s wonderful,” Goodnough said. “The thing about Rotary is the things that we do tend to be projects that are going to live on. They don’t do something that’s going to last a short time and I think that’s one of the things that helps the club stay together, having that kind of history and knowing the work you do is going to help people possibly for generations.” The event included updates on current club activities with president Sonja Susut and words of wisdom from guest speaker and former Premier of Saskatchewan Lorne Calvert. All in all, Goodnough hopes to see the club thriving much the same way long into the future. “They look like they’re very vibrant and have some really good projects going on,” he said. “So I’m really proud that we started something and 35 years later it continues to do and probably exceed what we were doing in the early years. It’s really quite gratifying.”


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Premier Scott Moe has released Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan: The Next Decade of Growth 2020-2030. This is an aggressive plan to strengthen our economy, our communities and families to build a stronger Saskatchewan. The Growth Plan is a roadmap for a growing province with key targets such as growing our population to 1.4 million people, creating 100,000 new jobs, increasing exports by 50 per cent and increasing agriculture value-added revenue to $10 billion. Our plan outlines 20 key actions our government will undertake over the 2020s to build a strong and growing province and to ensure we remain on track to realize the 30 goals set out in the plan. Our province is home to almost half of the agriculture land in Canada. With that, special emphasis is included to enhance agriculture production and processing of agricultural products right here in Saskatchewan. The strong focus on agriculture and exports will have a positive impact for our local area. An agricultural technology incentive will support the application of emerging digital technologies and will help attract agricultural technology companies to Saskatchewan. A new chemical fertilizer incentive will encourage investment in Saskatchewan’s chemical fertilizer sector. This will be significant for the potash industry in our area. Under the new growth plan, agricultural production and agri-food processing will increase. Our goal is to crush 75 per cent of the canola we grow, process 50 per cent of the pulse crops we grow, and double meat processing and animal feed value-added revenue right here in Saskatchewan. Given that Saskatchewan is the world’s leading exporter

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Publisher: Robert Ritchie - Editor: Joan Ritchie - Sales: Wanda Hallborg - Bob Calvert - Gladys Baigent-Therens - Steve Seida - Special Sales Thank you to all the contributing writers, without your time and support, the paper would not look the same. Send your stories, events and pictures to; Joan Ritchie Ron Walter Joyce Walter

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Higher penalties aimed to stop distracted driving The driver in the pickup truck swerved across the line and nearly missed a vehicle in the other lane. He was talking on a cellphone. Joyce Walter The driver of the sedan nar- For Moose Jaw Express rowly escaped ramming the rear end of the car in front of her. She didn’t realize the traffic light had turned red. Why? She was applying her makeup. Both of those situations are considered distracted driving and both drivers, if caught, will face increased fines when new penalties go into effect on Feb. 1, 2020. If common sense and awareness of the rules of the road have not been effective in curbing distracted driving, perhaps the potential for a major hit to the pocketbook will have the desired results. But it won’t happen quickly because some people feel the rules are for the other person. Police personnel will be vigilant in their enforcement of the new levels of fines because by doing so, they are sending a clear message to drivers who use hand-held cellphones, text, read a book, apply makeup, discipline children in the backseat — you are a danger to yourselves and to others on the roads. On Feb. 1, fines for a first distracted driving offence are to rise to $580 from $280. Add on four demerit points. A second offence in the same year will cost $1,400 plus four more demerits and a seven-day vehicle seizure. If the message hasn’t gotten through and there is a third offence within the year, the fine will be $2,100, four demerit points and a seven-day vehicle seizure. There are reasons for what some say are harsh penalties. In 2018 distracted driving was blamed for more than 6,000 collisions in Saskatchewan, 774 injuries and 22 deaths. Since May of this year, police officials have given out 900 tickets a month for distracted driving. The hit to the wallet is small change when considering the ultimate possibility for failing to follow the rules — serious injury or even death. No cellphone call or extra touch of mascara is worth such consequences. Joyce Walter can be reached at The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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Moose Jaw’s Partners against Violence Committee brings together a number of local service agencies, as well as local RCMP and Moose Jaw Police to work towards building a safer community for all. The White Ribbon Campaign began in 1991, started by a group of Canadian men. It has since spread to 60 countries and is the largest effort in the world of men working together to end gender-based violence. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about gender-based violence. Wearing a white ribbon is a way of saying “Our future has no violence against women.” The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Nov. 25 and ends on International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10. The 16 Days of Activism also include the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women on Dec. 6. This is a time to both reflect on violence against women and to take action to end it. On Dec. 6, 1989, 13 female students and a female administrator at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal were murdered because they were women. A woman or girl is killed every 2.5 days in Canada. Saskatchewan has the highest rate of police reported do-

mestic violence in all the provinces. Family and gender-based violence is not a private matter, it affects all of us. As a community we will support each other through the pain and trauma that surrounds this violence. Become a part of the solution One of the most important things you can do to help promote gender equity, healthy relationships, positive ideals of masculinity, and help end gender-based violence is to speak out against it. • PROMOTE respect, dignity and equality • SPEAK OUT against attitudes and behaviours that contribute to gender-based violence • FIND OUT how to help when you suspect someone you know is a victim or offender of violence You can pick up a White Ribbon at Tax Team - 339 Main St N – during business hours or visit the Partners Against Violence table at the December 6th Warrior Game Submitted by Jenn Angus, Executive Director, Moose Jaw Transition House

Some of the participants in last year’s run, handling the cold like pros. (supplied)

Bundle up for Peacock’s charity run for Terry Fox Foundation Larissa Kurz The temperature is getting lower but it hasn’t dampened the excitement for Peacock Collegiate’s upcoming Polar Bear Run on Dec. 8. Organizer Sarah Clarke is hoping to see more brave souls take the trails with the run than last year, especially as the event is Peacock’s annual fundraiser for the Terry Fox Foundation. Most schools hold their Terry Fox events in September, but Clarke finds that pushing their fundraiser back a few months makes it unique. “Because startup is so busy in September, we do it in the winter. So, it’s the same run, to raise money for cancer research, but we just do it later on in the year when things have settled, Said Clarke, “And it’s a good time to do it because it’s a little different.” The non-competitive, five-kilometre run is family-friendly and open to the public, and all proceeds will be donated directly to the Terry Fox Foundation to aid in cancer research. The Polar Bear Run usually draws about 100 people each year, and the school has been able to raise around $40,000 over the last nine years that the charity run has been held. Clarke hopes to see an increase in participation this year, as well as some positive feedback on the change in venue — the Polar Bear Run will begin at Peacock this year, rather than the usual Wakamow Valley, mostly out of convenience.

There will be warm drinks and snacks available in Peacock’s lounge after the run, to warm up and celebrate the success of the day. A number of Peacock students will be participating, and community members can register up until the run’s start time at noon. The registration fees are $30 for youths, $40 for adults, or $100 for a family. Each registrant will be gifted some Peacock merchandise, to commemorate the day. “With the registration, they get a Peacock souvenir as a thank you for coming, and this year we’re doing a roll-up fleece blanket,” said Clarke. Hosting a fundraiser for the Terry Fox Foundation is an important initiative for the students and staff at Peacock, said Clarke. The cause is one that continues to pull heartstrings. “It’s something dear to everyone’s heart. Lots of people, lots of students have had family members affected by cancer or going through cancer, so it’s something that a lot of kids and staff can relate to.” Registration can be done online through the Running Room, until Dec. 6, or in-person on the morning of the Polar Bear Run at 10:30 a.m. There is a processing fee for online registrations, which Clarke said can be avoided by registering the day of the run. Community members looking to offer support but without the chilly run can donate to the Terry Fox Foundation from the Polar Bear Run registration page.

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Kinsmen Cafe opens doors and opportunity for inclusion Larissa Kurz

The Kinsmen Cafe celebrated its grand opening and is looking excitedly ahead to the future of the newly introduced employment program from Moose Jaw Families for Change and the Kinsmen Inclusion Centre. Located on South Hill, the Kinsmen Cafe is now open every day of the week, serving breakfast, lunch, coffee, tea and snacks with unmatched enthusiasm. “We’ve had a pretty good response so far this morning, it’s been steady,” said Katie Statler, community coordinator for MJFFC, on opening day. “I think South Hill is sometimes forgotten, so we’re happy to provide to the growth of the businesses on South Hill.” The cafe will feature a lunch special that changes every day, as well as regular menu items like breakfast sandwiches, chilli in a bread bowl, waffles, and oth-

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er lunch favourites like wraps, soup, and salads. “We’re kind of saying that we’re a condensed, home-style menu to start. So, what’s on our menu now might not be the same in a month or two,” said Statler. As an expansion of the services already offered by the KIC, the Kinsmen Cafe is a unique project that the MJFFC felt was a natural next step to promote community inclusion and provide a needed opportunity. In debating how to expand their programming into new avenues, MJFFC realized that many at the centre were interested in finding employment, especially within the food services industry. “Unfortunately for the folks that we serve, sometimes finding employment can be a little bit hard,” said Statler. “So, our management team for the agency did some brainstorming and we actually decided on the idea of a cafe.” The Kinsmen Cafe is a part of the Imagine Employment program, a new initiative from MJFFC that offers work opportunities for people of varying disabilities at both the cafe and at Victoria Towers making meals. About a dozen individuals are now employed at the Kinsmen Cafe throughout the week, handling everything from food prep to serving tables to greeting customers at the door with menus. Liz Saldivar, employment program coordinator and job coach, is excited to see the opportunities the Cafe has made available. “Our main goal was that we wanted our participants who were already involved with MJFFC to still feel like they have a purpose. . . that they’re just like you or I and they can have some form of employment,” said Saldivar. “It’s definitely a project I’m proud to be a part of and I’m really looking forward to seeing where it is in a year.”

Agriculture mentorship program receives renewed funding Larissa Kurz The Next Gen Agriculture Mentorship will receive another $100,000 from the provincial and EXPRESS federal governments to continue the youth program this year. The program is delivered by Canadian Western Agribition and aims to give mentees the experience and skills to become active leaders in the agriculture industry through an 18-month mentorship with experts. “Saskatchewan has outstanding leaders in the agriculture industry, and their willingness to share their knowledge and expertise is an invaluable resource,” Agriculture Minister David Marit said, in a press release. “The program builds capacity in future leaders who want to expand their networks and grow their skills to bring Saskatchewan’s agriculture industry into the future.” Mentees are paired with agriculture mentors, based on existing skills, interests and desired outcomes. They then take part in training, industry learning, networking, and one-on-one time with their mentor, to learn the many facets of the agriculture industry. The CWA has collected mentors from across the fields of grain, pulses, and oilseed production, value-added processing, livestock, and entrepreneurship. The renewed funding, provided through a five-year, $388 million investment initiative for Saskatchewan agriculture by the federal and provincial governments, will allow eight new mentees to enter the program, which will begin in February 2020. Applications for the 2020-2021 program are currently open on the CWA’s website, accepting applicants between the ages of 18 and 39 with clear goals and leadership potential until January 10.


The Kinsmen Cafe was a busy place for lunch during the grand opening, much to the delight of staff. Saldivar works with individuals to reach their employment aspirations and does her best to make sure each individual is placed in the right task for them. “We’re trying to be as flexible as possible, for them, because in the long run this is for them,” said Saldivar. “We just want them to feel successful and like they’re a part of us, in their daily lives.” With the employment program now in full

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The Moose Jaw Fire Department is getting a boost, thanks to Gibson Energy. On Nov. 27, Gibson Energy presented a cheque for $25,000 to the MJFD. “Gibson Energy is proud to be a member of the Moose Jaw community and we remain committed to all the communities in which we operate,” said Clayton Leavitt, manager of operations at Gibson Energy. The funds will be used for training purposes. This specialized training will combine classroom presentations and hands-on field exercise. It will teach firefighters how to resolve emergencies involving exterior fires at an industrial facility like the refinery. The fire department already works with Gibson Energy on emergency response exercises.

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Vanier Christmas craft show Students at Vanier Collegiate successfully conducted the sixth annual Christmas craft and trade show. The sold out event had 64 vendors with a variety of merchandise from art, clothes, decorations and personal care to baking and a steady throng of about 1,000 customers shopping to Christmas music. The silver collection raised $2,500 for the Moose Jaw Transition House. This year, the Vanier Choir sang for half an hour just after lunch. Ron Walter photos

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Well, winter is underway for us here on the prairies and now we are huddled up indoors with as many pants as we can possibly keep in our home over winter. Oh wait, is that just me? Our love of plants is not an accident. Plants make the air we breathe and we provide them with the carbon we exhale; it is a win-win relationship!

Tropical plants that you have had outside all summer will have a transition time now that they are indoors. Here are a few tips to help your tropical plants over winter. First, if the tropical plant was outside all summer it may have little hitchhikers (bug pests) that were not a problem outside, but now that they are indoors with no natural predators, no wind or rain, they can get out of hand quickly. Here are some solutions: First: place your tropical plant in the bathtub and give it a shower! That’s right, a shower! This will immediately reduce the number of little invaders and you can now (while in the tub) give your plant a spray with Insecticidal soap or Endall. These products are NOT made from dish soap. They are made from the fatty acid of soap (big difference). Let your tropical plant stay in the tub over night to drip dry. Second: Placement in your home. Bright light for sun

loving plants is about six hours; if that is not possible, the good news is you can use artificial light. It doesn’t need to be fancy lighting; it just needs to be full spectrum lighting (check your local lighting supply store for advice on the best artificial light). Third: fertilize your tropical plant year-round. Tropicals do not have a true dormancy period, but they do grow very slowly in the winter. Use an all-purpose fertilizer half-strength in the winter or use tropical specific fertilizer as directed. Winter for Tropicals is from November to February. The rest of the year fertilize regularly according to the product instructions. Finally: keep your tropical plants away from drafts (heat or cold). These plants will also benefit from being misted (or a full-on shower) monthly. This will keep them hydrated and hopefully pest free. Until next time, have a great winter season.


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The Salvation Army’s official Christmas Kettle Campaign officially began on Nov. 25, marking the first day that the donation kettles are available in grocery stores throughout Moose Jaw. Major Dan Broome, director for the Moose Jaw Salvation Army Corps, has a great feeling about this year’s campaign. The kettles will be stationed at seven locations in Moose Jaw — Superstore, Safeway, Co-op Marketplace, Wal-Mart, Town n’ Country Mall, Sobeys Liquor, and the Liquor Board downtown — on a rotating schedule until Dec. 24. Funds collected through the kettle campaign will be combined with the Salvation Army’s Stocking Campaign and used to provide Christmas fixings to families in need. Last year, the Salvation Army provided aid to 400 families during the Christmas season in the form of gift cards or toys. This year’s goal is to collect $50,000 for

the Christmas aid program, and Broome is confident that Moose Jaw will step up to the challenge yet again this year. The whole campaign runs on volunteers, who donate their time to man the kettles every day between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Don and Dianne Lammle were the first pair of volunteers at the kettle in Superstore, returning for their fifth year as volunteers with the campaign. Both find the experience to be very rewarding and encourage others to consider getting involved. “It always feels good to do something helpful to the community,” said Dianne. “It’s a great organization to volunteer for, and it’s wonderful to help out at Christmas time.” “The Salvation Army do so much good, they’re wonderful,” added Don. “They are good to the down and out and the downtrodden, and they don’t look down on them, they treat them as equals and that’s

Major Dan Broome (L) with volunteers Don and Dianne Lammle at the Superstore launch of the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign. exactly right.” A loyal collection of volunteers return every year, both individuals and members of various community organizations, said Broome, but the campaign is always in need of more people to join the team. “We’ve managed to procure enough volunteers for the first week,” said Broome. “But as it gets closer to Christmas, it gets a little more difficult, so we’re always

looking for volunteers.” Broome also noted that there is still time to submit an application for the Christmas assistance program, as the loose deadline is Dec. 6. “We don’t want anybody to go without Christmas, so please call,” said Broome. “Christmas is a difficult time for a lot of families, with the added expense . . . so we’re here to help.” The campaign exists to make Christmas feel special for everyone, and Broome hopes to see the community get involved in the initiative any way they can — both by donating and volunteering. “There’s a lot of needs in our community and so by volunteering, you help out, you give back,” said Broome. “[We] can’t do it alone.” Those interested in becoming a kettle volunteer or applying to the Christmas hamper program can contact the Salvation Army office at 1 (306) 692-5899.


Consumer education responsibility being thrust on farm community The Canadian agriculture industry and its supporters have their work cut out for them to increase and maintain the level of consumer confidence in the country’s food system. The annual Canadian Food Integrity Centre consumer survey shows a need for more education about food. by Ron Walter Canadians’ overall impression of Canadian agriculture has improved to 60 per cent positive to very positive from 55 in 2018. The low was 41 per cent in 2006. But most Canadians know little about farming practices. Nine out of 10 admit to knowing little to nothing about farm practices. Sixty per cent of survey respondents want to know more about agriculture with the rest uncaring. That offers an opportunity for agriculture and supporters to get the message out there and do it before the so-called anti-farming advocates of the world place their messages in consumers’ brains. The so-called anti-farm movement has already penetrated a lot of consumer minds. Forty-six per cent of food shoppers are concerned about the use of pesticides in crops, up marginally year over year, but way up from 31 per cent in 2012. The pesticide issue is coming front and centre with new class action lawsuits against Monsanto and conflict over glyphosate use in forest management. Use of hormones in farm animals - not allowed in Canadian poultry, pork and dairy - concerns 46 per cent, up four points from 2018 and up from 39 per cent in 2006. Drug residue in meat, milk and eggs concerns 41 per cent, up from 29 per cent in 2012. Genetically-engineered crops concern 38 per cent, up from a low of 29 per cent in 2012. This data indicates agriculture has been losing the public relations struggle with perceptions unfavourable to it. Some of the concerns like hormones in pork, poultry and dairy products are totally unwarranted but remain. Farmers are the most trusted of eight main information sources, with university researchers and Canadian agriculture overall, second and third. Government, with a mere 15 per cent trust rating, is ranked seventh of eight sources, only ahead of food processors/manufacturers. Yet two-thirds of consumers expect government should

be responsible for providing credible information. That compares with 75 per cent expecting farmers to do the job. That disconnect between trust in government and desire to have government offer credible information leaves farmers with an information burden to bear. The food processors/manufacturers have some information work to do as well. Forty-seven per cent of consumers are worried about misleading labels; forty-one per cent are concerned about food fraud. The Food Integrity Centre recommends truth and transparency in communicating to consumers, admitting

you’re not perfect and sharing your stories. And it recommends all parts of the food system work together to tell the story. There is lots of room to educate Canadians, but the rest of the world needs to learn the story too. The perception in some European countries has our farm practices in the old wild west. Ron Walter can be reached at The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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REFLECTIVE MOMENTS Eunice ran Kresge’s lunch counter with precision The community continues to mourn the death of a woman who was a fixture in the life of Moose Jaw. Eunice Rivers passed away Nov. 21 and since then everyone who knew her personally or by reputation has been sharing their stories about their interaction with Joyce Walter this lady who was most For Moose Jaw Express well-known for her 47 years as commander and chief of the Kresge’s lunch counter. It was a treat to visit the lunch counter on trips to the city from our rural community. The day was made perfect with a thick and creamy chocolate milk shake made in a metal container on an elderly shake machine. Eunice would stand there and wait for the first slurp to disappear followed by a smile of appreciation on the face of her young customer. When I moved to Moose Jaw as a teenager, I frequented that lunch counter on a regular basis and was served a toasted chicken salad sandwich and a glass of chocolate milk, or maybe a side of French fries. For several months it didn’t matter if I might have wanted to order an egg salad sandwich instead — chicken salad it would be, thank you very much. One day, the other lady who worked at the lunch counter told me quietly that if you don’t want chicken salad, just

tell her. It took a fair bit of courage on my part, but I finally grew a backbone and advised Eunice one day that I really wanted a hot beef sandwich. “Well why didn’t you say so?” she asked. “Next time, speak up.” And I did, and we became fast friends. I remember day the she took delivery of a fancy mashed potato machine, with its one cup portion control. She was so proud of that machine and insisted I have a cup of mashed potatoes with my sandwich. With her standing there waiting for my opinion, I didn’t dare tell her I wasn’t keen on the consistency of the phoney potatoes so nodded in appreciation. She beamed with pride. As one sat there and listened and observed, it was readily apparent that Eunice was respected by the store managers. She would summon the manager of the day with a motion of her hand, a summons that was never ignored. She was respectful, always calling the manager by Mr. whatever his name was, she made her point or request and he/they nodded and scurried off to do her bidding. They knew on which side their bread was buttered. Eunice had an ability to remember names and matched them to faces she hadn’t seen for awhile. She remembered my brother from his post office days in Moose Jaw and spoke highly of him for his work with the Legion. She was front and centre at his 75th birthday party where she grinned in delight when my nephew talked to her about the milkshakes he enjoyed at her lunch counter. Over the years we delighted in watching Eunice and her husband Stan on the dance floor, putting the rest of us to shame with their footwork and obvious enjoyment of all

kinds of music. I mentioned that to her this summer and she thanked me for the compliment, noting she missed those days when she could get out on the dance floor. And we all learned quickly not to ever sit in her chair at the weekly auction sales at the Sportsman’s Centre, nor was it a good idea to bid against her on an item she had scoped out prior to the sale. She was a valued volunteer at the Cosmo Centre where she managed the trade shows like a kindly drill sergeant. When one fellow had a suggestion on how the tables could be arranged and mentioned it to the president, the response was: “You can tell Eunice that. I’m not going to.” We were honoured to have her attend our recent 50th anniversary celebration and just a short time later we heard she was in hospital. We all signed a get well card for her at the trade show that she had organized before being admitted to hospital. Her friends will continue to share stories about Eunice, always knowing that she was a true friend to all of us, and that she appreciated it when we might dare to offer a differing opinion. The next time I order a chicken salad sandwich, I will eat it in her honour. Rest in peace, Eunice. Joyce Walter can be reached at The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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While most people hang baubles or figurines on their Christmas trees, the Bank of Montreal (BMO) is hanging socks, gloves and toques that will be given to community charities. BMO is hosting its second annual Giving Tree for Christmas from now until Friday, Dec. 20. Employees and residents are encouraged to bring in socks, gloves and toques filled with small gifts and donations for children. These items will then be given to different charities throughout Moose Jaw; last year River- Cori Storozuk (second from right) and other staff side Mission and Transition from the Bank of Montreal help promote a ChristHouse were the lucky recipi- mas outreach project that encourages staff and residents to drop off socks, gloves and toques filled ents of the donations. This initiative was started last with items and gifts for kids. These will then be disyear after BMO staff decided tributed to charities throughout Moose Jaw. Photo to do give gifts instead of the courtesy Bank of Montreal usual gift exchange, explained BMO spokeswoman Cori Storozuk. The bank’s Christmas tree was purposely not decorated; instead, staff were encouraged to purchase a pair of socks and fill them with items for kids. The footwear were then tied to the tree with a ribbon. Customers began to notice the unique display and wanted to participate as well, she continued. So the bank created a sign explaining how they could support the cause. “We just had an overwhelming response from the community and from our staff,” Storozuk said. “(Some of) our staff bought two pares of socks, it was such a neat idea. Then we chose two charities right before Christmas and dropped them off … . I just find that at that time of year, there’s always someone less fortunate than you are, so it’s nice to just give back.” A Christmas tree with heavy ornaments is likely to sag, which is something BMO staff hope to see, chuckled Storozuk. For more information call 306-691-3707.

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Only $5 for a taste of goodness The $5 bills were flowing freely at the Christmas bake walk sponsored Nov. 23 by the Order of Eastern Star. Tables were lined with dozens of cookies — chocolate chip, peanut butter, macaroons, lemon crinkles, tarts and so many more — plus a special display of homemade candy. Shoppers were supplied with containers and allowed to make their selections before turning in the containers at the pay table where each container sold for $5. The general agreement was the money was well-spent for homemade cookies and candy, with a feeling that only a few might make it to Christmas Day. Cathy Forrester and Lloyd Pethick were in charge of the container distribution and payment table, Elaine Lucas and Cheryle Svab looked after the candy table while other members assisted at the various cookie tables. Joyce Walter photos

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Christmas was in the air as Minto United Church Women members held their annual trade show and bake sale on Nov. 23 in the church auditorium. Vendors showed off a variety of items from jewelry, bath salts, needle work, makeup and skin care products, purses, aprons and so much more. A popular corner of venue was devoted to a variety of home baking including pies, cookies, loaves and other dainties. Betty Bellegarde shows off her holders for dishes right out of the microwave, while Andrea Lindsay of Bloomin’ Nook Fibers displays threads and yarns handspun on her spinning wheel and some also produced by a friend. Joyce Walter photos

Moose Jaw moisture experience wettest in 70 years By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express


EXPRESS Mother Nature has presented much of Saskatchewan with the first of three conditions that can lead to spring flooding. Soil saturated by fall rains can’t absorb more moisture from spring thaw, leaving two conditions before flooding can occur. Heavy snowfall and a quick spring thaw could cause flooding. At this point, the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency (SWA) predicts favourable conditions for higher than normal spring runoff in most of southern Saskatchewan, but only potential for flooding. Impacts that would cause potential flooding include snow and fast melt times but the WSA November freezeup report indicates near normal precipitation and above

normal temperatures for the first three months of 2020. The majority of Saskatchewan’s drought was alleviated by above normal rain in summer and fall, setting the stage for potential floods. The Swift Current area and the Souris River basin are among the wettest spots in the south. Year-to-date precipitation in the Moose Jaw census area is the third wettest in 70 years with almost three times normal precipitation. The south-central area around Coronach to Assiniboia had over 200 per cent of normal precipitation. The Swift Current census division got almost three times normal moisture for the third wettest in 134 years. Estevan with 4.4 times normal precipitation is the sec-

ond wettest in 103 years. Not all of the province left the fall all wet. Key Lake and La Ronge, respectively with 75 per cent and 53 per cent of normal moisture, saw the 14th driest years out of 43 and 55 years. The WSA will provide a spring runoff forecast in February. Ron Walter can be reached at

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‘She would light up a room:’ McCurdy family shares Kayla’s story by Larrisa Kurz The mantle in the living room of the McCurdy family’s home is clustered with beautiful photos of their smiling family of six — a mantle carefully curated and designed by Kayla McCurdy Myers, whose creative soul was very suddenly lost to cancer just earlier this month. “Every day, I’d come home and I always tried to keep her laughing and smiling,” said Robert McCurdy, Kayla’s husband. “She had a talent about her that nobody could match. And nobody cared more about everybody.” Kayla had been living with diffuse systemic scleroderma, a chronic autoimmune disease often described as turning to stone from the inside out, because it causes hardening of the skin, most commonly the fingers and other joints. Scleroderma is a painful condition, affecting not only the skin but also the immune system and internal organs, especially the lungs. “She suffered, and you never thought about it because you could never see it. To just look at her pictures, you wouldn’t know how sick she was,” said Doris Myers, Kayla’s mother, gesturing to the photos on the mantle. Despite the difficulty of her condition, Kayla rarely ever let it stop her. She was

Robert McCurdy and Kayla McCurdy Meyers, with their four children Joey, Vadah, Paige, and Logan. (supplied)

extremely crafty, a master of do-it-yourself home decor and thrifting, crocheting, painting. Christmas was her favourite holiday, said Robert, and she put all of her efforts into making it magical for her family. “The house, every little inch, would be like Christmas wonderland,” said Robert. “She’d fight through the pain because she knew that we’d appreciate it and she wanted us to feel that magic.” Between decorating and baking nearly

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every minute before the holiday, Kayla also found time to think about those outside of her home. About six years ago, Kayla began a Christmas sponsorship program for underprivileged kids. She worked with local sponsors to make sure that each of the families who approached her had gifts for Christmas Day, even going so far as making them gifts herself if needed. “She’d have this sponsorship program for absolutely anybody, and it was built on the honour system,” said Robert. “(She made sure) they had something under the tree when it came Christmas time. She bent over backwards, just for everybody. She wanted everybody to be happy.” Her health prevented her from running her sponsorship program over the last two years, but it never prevented her from being involved with her family. “She was so proud of the kids and loved them so much,” said Robert. “She made sure the kids were more than taken care of, made sure they were happy and wanted to know about their day.” Scleroderma more commonly develops in women, at any time in their life, and often leads to lung cancer because the chronic disease kills tissue in the lungs, which can become necrotic as it sits. In Kayla’s case, she developed an extremely rare and aggressive form of lung cancer that migrated upwards. Doctors discovered the cancerous mass in her lungs in early September after a trip to the emergency room, and within a handful of weeks, that mass had grown and spread to an inoperable tumour in her brain. Kayla was rushed to Regina for tests, before returning to the hospital in Moose Jaw with a bleak diagnosis. “They sent her back to Moose Jaw with three weeks (to live), and then she died within 12 hours,” said Doris. She was able to say goodbye to her family, spending one-on-one time with her children and husband, but the suddenness of her death left the family feeling lost. “Everybody keeps asking me if there’s anything they can do,” said Robert. “And there’s only one thing I want or need and nobody can give me it. I just want to see that smile again.” Frustrations with the health system have bubbled within the McCurdy family,

especially with hindsight regarding her condition. Kayla’s cancer was rare and progressed very quickly, but they feel more could have been done to help her. “Had they just removed [the mass] back in back in September when they found it, she might still be here,” said Robert. “[But] the radiologist described it as a benign, tiny little thing, not to be worried about. So, they dismissed it.” “They didn’t know what to do with it,” said Doris. “And the one [specialist] she needed the most cancelled her appointment in January, and that was her lung specialist, and never rescheduled.” Kayla was just 32 years old and having been diagnosed with scleroderma eight years before, she was very conscious of her own health condition. “She was always, always praying, making sure that everybody’s OK and she was never worried about herself,” said Robert. “She said to us quite often that she’s not worried about dying. She’s worried about leaving.” The family is grateful for all of the help from the community in the wake of their loss, and they offered a few words of advice for those who may be in a similar position in the future. “The biggest thing is to pay attention,” said Doris. “You’ve got to pay attention to those warning signs [and] don’t let doctors push it away. . . and be aware of these rare diseases.” “That, and life is too short,” said Robert. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the McCurdy family, as well as a direct deposit account at Conexus Credit Union for those uncomfortable with the online platform. Individuals depositing to the account just need to stop at the local branch and request their deposit be placed in the Kayla McCurdy Trust account. The family is graciously welcoming any support and will use any financial assistance they receive to cover remaining medical bills and ambulance fees, after which they will create a trust fund for the kids.

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An Ideals book, Christmas Gifts From the Kitchen, has been part of my Christmas cookbook treasure trove since it was published in 1976. The magazine-style book offers dozens of recipes to be enjoyed at home or shared in person or via mail delivery to friends and family members at a distance. In addition to the recipes, the authors explain how to package the home-baked cookies, candies and loaves for safe arrival. A special section also explains how to turn cookies into Christmas tree decorations. This week’s recipes come from this Ideals magazine. ••• Chocolate Melt-a-Ways 1 cup butter 1 1/4 cups icing sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp. salt 2-4 oz. pkgs. sweet baking chocolate, melted 2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, melted 1 1/2 cups ground pecans Cream butter then gradually add sugar and cream well. Stir flour and salt together and add to butter mixture.

Blend in melted chocolate. Mix in ground pecans. Pinch off small pieces of dough, about 1 tsp. and shape into balls. (If dough is too soft, chill before shaping.) Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 250 degrees F for about 40 minutes. Cool on racks. ••• Peppermint Delights 1 cup butter or margarine 1 cup sifted icing sugar 2 tsps. vanilla 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp. salt 1 cup quick cooking rolled oats 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candy Cream butter then add sugar and vanilla and cream until fluffy. Sift flour and salt then add to butter mixture. Fold in rolled oats and candy, mixing until dough holds together. Roll out to 1/8 inch thickness on a board sprinkled with icing sugar. Cut out cookies in various shapes or rounds, sprinkle lightly with icing sugar and coloured granulated sugar and place on ungreased sheets. Bake at 325 degrees F for 15 minutes. Do not overbake. Makes about 36 cookies.

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Tips from the Genealogical Society to help uncover the military history in your family Larissa Kurz Janie Fries, a member of the Moose Jaw Genealogical Society, gave a fascinating presentation about her ongoing search for more information about her great-uncles and their service in the Canadian military. For many, it’s a topic of great interest they’d like to dig into but it can also be a daunting task, as there are so many places to begin research — and more sources growing each day with the influx of online databases. During her presentation, Fries shared some of the methods and sources she used to uncover her relatives’ service history from the First World War, to begin piecing together their story. Breaking down service records For the most part, Canada has fairly strict privacy laws regarding service records, but most documents are available for relatives to request copies, and many are even being added to online databases. Military records from the First World War and wars previous are actually available to peruse online, after a huge digitization project undertaken by the Canadian government in 2014. Records from the Second World War, Vietnam, and the Korean War are continually being added as well.

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when they enlisted with the military — is an incredible starting point for research. They provide not only a name and birthdate, but also other details such as what they did for a living prior to enlisting, their religion, their signature, and who they listed as next of kin. Some records even include a photo, although many don’t, and nearly all will include a dental and medical history at the time of enlistment. Most service records also include a war diary, which details things like where they trained, where they served during certain points in the war, and any injuries they suffered in the line of duty. Fries found a number of sources from that information alone: any battalions that are still active can be reached through the Canadian militia armouries for their records, and many ships from the First and Second World Wars have their own websites, detailing any fatalities that occurred on their journeys overseas. When looking for relatives you know died in the line of duty, there are a number of resources to search through. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial is a useful resource, and it has a searchable online database as well. It also contains digital copies of all seven Books of Remembrance, one for each war Canada has taken part in, which lists all the lives lost in the line of duty. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has photos of all the headstones of fallen soldiers overseas, from the First and Second World Wars, as well as known service information. The Halifax Memorial commemorates all Canadian soldiers who died at sea, as they have no formal headstones. Learning about soldiers’ lives after they returned home For Fries, some of her great-uncles’ service records were the end of their stories, but there were many who returned home and built a life for themselves after wartime. Tracking down the details of these stories, of course, requires a broader search. Fries began by asking around her existing family, to see if there were any stories to be told. “Whenever you hear these little family

rumours, there might be a grain of truth in there,” advised Fries. Using resources like archived newspapers or records of land ownership can tell a story about where a veteran settled upon returning home. The Moose Jaw Public Library has an extensive archives collection, including microfilm of Times Herald issues and other useful databases — like the Henderson Directories, which is an expansive collection listing the residencies and building ownerships in Moose Jaw from 1912 to 2004. The Library and Archives Canada site includes entries about service medals, and there is even a section on war brides. Looking through the Canada census archives can even be helpful, if you can locate your relative’s name, to find out where they lived and even worked following their return home. Tips to remember if you find yourself stumped Overall, Fries gave one important piece of advice for those doing this kind of research: don’t think about details in a linear fashion, but rather be open to think in all directions. One of the largest roadblocks she found was the tendency for people to simply list their initials on official forms, or use their first and middle names interchangeably, and to report inconsistent birthdates. But, with some open-minded searching, she was able to piece things together from a variety of sources to find some answers. What Fries found on her ancestors’ service records gave her a wealth of information and built a livelier story than just names and birthdates on paper, which is really all she began with. She encouraged others to do some digging on their family, and to have their research public. She spent time contacting websites to update their information on her relatives, using what she uncovered about their names, service, and history. Fries also mentioned the value of submitting personal family research to the Royal Canadian Legion’s annual Military Recognition Book — a collection of service stories and veteran spotlights to commemorate military personnel both past and present. Copies of the Military Recognition Book are available from local Legion branches each year. For Fries, knowing these details about her ancestors’ allows her to feel closer to them, especially on days like Remembrance Day. She finds this type of research so incredibly important to preserve the past, especially given how many stories simply end when there are no children in the picture. “Every Remembrance Day, I think, ‘that is why [it’s so important to save things],’” said Fries. “We really have to remember . . . and we really need to make the effort to see who you can find down your own line.” For anyone looking for assistance in their genealogical research, the Moose Jaw Genealogical Society is welcome to answer questions and offer advice.

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Canadian net farm income falls dramatically in 2018 By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express


EXPRESS Net farm income fell by over half in 2018 to $3.63 billion from $8.3 billion, according to Statistics Canada’s annual report. It was the worst year for net farm income since 2006. Income would have been less, except for a $488.5 million reduction of inventories of grain and livestock. A $5.1 billion increase in operating expenses accounted for most of the decline in net income This was the largest in-

crease in expenses since 2012. National farm cash receipts increased $218 million to $62.4 billion. In Saskatchewan net farm income fell $940 million to $1.777 billion. The reduc-

tion came from nearly $480 million increase in operating expenses and changes in depreciation. Farm cash receipts in this province fell $144 million.

Neighbouring Alberta saw net farm income fall by 82 per cent from 2,008 billion to $346 million. In Manitoba, net farm income dropped 45 per cent to $671 million. Ontario farmers witnessed a 74 per cent decline to $270.6 million while Quebec farms saw a 51 per cent reduction in net income to $548 million. Realized net farm income, the data used in Statistics Canada’s press release, only fell 45 per cent to $3.9 billion. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@


By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Poor expansion choices led to downfall of hotel chain dream The dream of a Winnipeg real estate operator to build a country-wide hotel chain is on its death bed. The dream started in 2006 when Arnie Thorstensein’s Temple Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) bought Temple Gardens Mineral Spa from the local shareholders who built the hotel. The Temple REIT prospered, paying attractive dividends monthly and expanding from Temple Gardens Mineral Spa to Alberta and other provinces. On the path to owning more than 5,000 hotel rooms, the Temple REIT acquired too many high-yielding, highpriced hotels in the booming Fort McMurray oil centre. At one point, the Fort McMurray properties amounted to nearly 50 per cent of hotel rooms. That was awesome for revenues and profits until the bloom came off the Fort Mac boom. Occupancy and profits fell dramatically, not only in Fort Mac but in other Alberta hotel properties. Profits from several Saskatchewan hotels, including Temple Gardens, and some eastern Canada hotel properties

were insufficient to make up for lost income in Alberta. The Temple REIT reached the point where unit holders had little equity interest left after debt. Certainly there was no profit. The writing was on the wall before the oil price crash in 2014. The REIT restructured into a public company called Temple Hotels in 2013. The process raised $147.5 million in share sales from 2013 to 2015. Those share sales saved the company from going into receivership. Sales of some hotels helped the situation. In 2016, Morguard Trust Canada, by now a major shareholder that had financed the restructuring, named its own CEO, pushing Thorstensein out of the picture. Since then Temple Hotels has repaid $77.8 million debentures or mortgages, sold one hotel for $9.7 million and borrowed $35 million from Morguard. Fort Mac remains a drag on the company’s 3,785 hotel rooms, with just under one-quarter of rooms. Other Alberta hotels, also under-performing, account for one in five rooms.

As of September 30, company loss was $5.6 million, down from $8.6 million the same time in 2017. Shareholder equity is $48.6 million up from a negative $26.7 million out of $442 million value in properties. Room occupancy is still dropping at 59 per cent from 63 per cent. Fort Mac occupancy, once in the 80 per cent range, is now 42 per cent. In the midst of this financial mess Morguard Trust, already owner of 72.6 per cent of shares, offered $2.10 per share for the remainder, representing an 18 per cent premium to the market price. It is now a matter of months until Temple Hotels becomes a private company under the Morguard umbrella. Ron Walter can be reached at

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MJPS constable talks policy for use of defensive tactics Larissa Kurz

The parameters that define the acceptable conditions for use of force tactics have been a hot topic in the media, so Cst. Ryan Forbes shared his expertise as a defensive tactics instructor and a member of the Moose Jaw Police Force. Forbes — who acts as an instructor in defensive tactics, baton use, and use of force strategy at both the MJPS and the Regina Police Academy — began with a rundown of the legislature that addresses defensive actions from police members. The Criminal Code of Canada essentially states that officers are granted the ability to address a situation with the force they deem necessary, but they must be prepared to explain exactly why they chose a certain response. “Everything has to be a balance,” said Forbes. “Section 25 says you have the authority to do what you need to stop the bad guy and save the day. However, turn the page and [Section 26 says] you are also responsible criminally for excessive force.” All officers are equipped with defensive physical training, as well as intermediate tools — a collapsible baton, pepper spray, and a taser gun with two cartridges — and a firearm, with two extra magazines. Every officer in the MJPS follows a set of guidelines during any situation on the job, which Forbes explained. The Use of Force Model is the mandate that determines how officers prioritize their actions on a call, and officers are constantly re-evaluation the situation based on this circular model. The five steps of the Use of Force model determine what level of force an officer might use in response to the level of aggression exhibited by the situation. For example, an individual speaking with an officer and answering questions is met

Cst. Ryan Forbes demonstrated the ready position with a baton, one of the intermediate tools officers carry on them.

Cst. Ryan Forbes gestures to the circular Use of Force Model, showing how a potentially lethal situation — indicated by the red portion on the left — can become a peaceful communication easily, when officers choose a balanced reaction to a situation.

with a low exhibition of force, likely just officer presence and communication. Conversely, an individual who continually walks away may be met with physical restraint, and someone who shows assaultive movements towards an officer could possibly be met with the most appropriate intermediate tool. Individuals threatening bodily harm, either their own or another’s, with a weapon could be met with lethal use of force actions. These tactical considerations are constantly being processed, with every shift in a situation, to find the best method of controlling what is happening. Officers have to consider the lasting effects of whatever type of force they use, and what would be most effective based on a number of factors. Often, those decisions have to happen in an extremely quick process. Time and distance — between a subject and an officer — are extremely important factors and are some of the first things

that MJPS members consider as they assess a situation. “When you’re actually out on the street and the pressure is on, you have seconds,” said Forbes. “The hard part of the job is that you have to make a very hard decision, very quickly, with very limited information.” Every officer creates a line in the sand, which is a set distance that, when crossed, instigates a decided use of force action — whether it is an intermediate or a lethal use of force. This, said Forbes, is where things become complicated — every officer’s line in the sand is different because every officer’s perception in a situation differs. For the most part, MJPS members only utilize their use of force tools as lastchoice options. As a part of training, officers with the MJPS are actually pepper-sprayed, to properly understand the lasting effects. It is also MJPS policy to issue a public statement every time a member uses any

Spend the holidays not with your doctor, but with family and friends by Dr. Steven Heidinger, Moose Jaw Chiropractor We are barely into the Christmas season and I’ve already hurt myself. A twisted ankle retrieving boxed ornaments from high up in our garage, nearly poking my eye out with a Christmas tree branch and cutting my finger on a broken LED light are my yuletide injuries to date. While the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” the up and coming holiday season can also be the most dangerous time of the year.

Even though the following statistics are from the United States, Canadians are not immune to the harms the festive season can bring. For a 10-year period ending in 2016, nearly a quarter of a million seasonal injuries were reported, many directly related to Christmas. The exhaustive list includes traumas related to Christmas trees: cutting more than the trunk of the tree, electrocution from lights and trees falling over; Exterior decorating injuries, particularly falls from ladders and roofs; even mall Santa Claus related injuries: kids falling off Santa’s lap or being scared from Santa and being injured running away. While these all sound rather humorous, the truth is, the Christmas season has its fair share, if not more, of injury or harm. With more travellers on the roads, traffic accidents are more likely, impaired driving incidents are higher and accidents related to weather increase because travellers “must get home for the holidays,” even if there

of their intermediate tools or firearm in an altercation — which hasn’t happened in a long time. “If it’s practicable, we need to use our officer presence and communication,” said Cst. Kyle Cunningham. “If we have time to say, ‘police, stop,’ then we say, ‘police stop.’” Every MJPS officer is trained to continually assess the situation using the Use of Force model, and to make all efforts to mitigate any potential damage to both officers and civilians in any situation. “Every officer is different and that’s what makes this job so dynamic,” said Forbes. “We have all the big problems that bigger cities have, you just don’t hear about them as often because we pride ourselves on doing a better job, of managing it while staying out of the media.” Details for this article were collected as part of the Moose Jaw Express’s attendance at the Community Police Academy.

is a blizzard. Heart attacks also are more prevalent during the holiday season with a peak at Christmas Eve. More drinks, more foods, more stress, and just more of everything is enough to put your heart at risk. Food-borne illnesses increase at Christmas as well. Improperly cooked foods, foods left on tables too long at room temperature and gatherings of large numbers, some of which are non-hand washers and double dippers, can easily lead to food poisoning. The holidays are meant for time with family, not time in the emergency room. Take care and have a happy and safe holiday season!

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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City met with newspaper andBy 2016 Pea Protein Plant probe killed Robert Thomas Mayor Frasier Tolmie and two former members of city administration met with the Moose Jaw Times-Herald in November 2016 to discuss civil and criminal allegations in Germany against the director of a now defunct plan to build a pea protein fractioning plant in Moose Jaw. After the meeting, the story was killed and a reporter investigating the allegations was told that the city would not respond to questions from him. Those are the revelations revealed in a series of internal City of Moose Jaw documents obtained through a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, leaked documents and interviews with individuals directly familiar with what happened at the Moose Jaw Times-Herald in November 2016. Canadian Protein Innovation or CPI was a German firm that planned to build a $100 million pea protein fractioning plant on lands adjacent to the sewage treatment plant. The city annexed lands from the RM of Moose Jaw, applied for funding from the federal government to install the required infrastructure, spent time assisting in the development of the project and was to provide CPI with incentives by holding the water rates at 2015 levels for five years after the plant opened and waving property taxes for five years under a job creation program. The plant was touted as being the anchor tenant at the new Southeast Industrial Park creating 65 highly skilled jobs. The Times-Herald was at the time working on an investigative story into Michael Schoenert, a director of CPI. The Times-Herald probe was based upon published news reports from Germany - they had discovered through a simple Google search - which laid out allegations of

criminal wrongdoing against Schoenert at his former employer, Emsland-Starke. The probe at one time had no less than three staff reporters working on the story in one capacity or another. EmslandStarke additionally had issued a news release dealing with the allegations surrounding Schoenert. A Times-Herald reporter, Will Stodalka, attended an open house for CPI on November 9, 2016, held at city council chambers, and posed questions about the allegations involving Schoenert. After that event, the City of Moose Jaw said it would not answer questions posed by Stodalka. “After your abrupt and inappropriate behaviour at the CPI public event in Council Chambers last week/ we have decided to refrain from providing comment to you completely. Your behaviour has been discussed with Roger Holmes, Matt Noble and Mayor Tolmie. If a Times Herald colleague of yours would like to take over such stories/ we will consider working with them,” former City of Moose Jaw communications manager Carol Reynolds-Wittman wrote in an email to Stodalka. See E-mail below. In a response to a recent series of questions posed, Mayor Tolmie reiterated the city’s comments that Stodalka acted inappropriately. “You are asking about incidents from three years ago, so while it would be difficult to recall every detail, I can confirm that: I was in attendance at a meeting with Mr. Holmes and the then-city manager and communications manager to discuss Mr. Stodalka’s erratic and aggressive physical behaviour at the public meeting. During that meeting there was no discussion about Mr. Stodalka’s job status, only his behaviour. The city has a Policy related to decorum in the Public Gallery and

a policy on a respectful workplace,” the Mayor said in a statement. Roger Holmes, the former publisher at the now defunct Moose Jaw Times- Herald, indicates that he attended a meeting with Mayor Tolmie, former city manager Matt Noble and former communications manager Carol Reynolds-Wittman where the subject matter of Stodalka’s alleged actions at the CPI open house on November 9, 2016, was discussed. Holmes told MJ Independent “I can remember it quite clearly” - the meeting with the Mayor and two former members of Administration. He said that although the reporter in question may have asked questions which were aggressive that there was no discussion at the meeting regarding physical aggression by the reporter in question. Holmes said the subject matter of the meeting were concerns about his reporter asking “too many questions” about the published German reports and “he asked inappropriate questions and was basically embarrassing this guy (Schoenert).” “They didn’t like the questions he asked; they were not inappropriate questions but questions that were uncomfortable,” he said, adding “I think Will asked the right questions.” Asked for comment, Stodalka said that he did not act inappropriately. “I feel that my actions pursuing that particular story were appropriate,” Stodalka said in a statement. Following the meeting between Holmes and the City the editorial staff were summoned to a meeting where they were told the story had been put on hold because publishing it was “embarrassing to the City.” The MJ Independent asked questions of

Mayor Tolmie as to what was known about the allegations surrounding Schoenert in 2016, what efforts were made to investigate those issues and whether the allegations regarding Schoenert were relayed to the rest of Council. Those questions were not answered in Mayor Tolmie’s reply. The Moose Jaw Express asked the councillors the following question: “Good Afternoon, I have read the story posted about CPI on MJ Independent. We have asked to re-publish the story in part, and have had its content updated, edited and vetted by our legal. However, we are still waiting on 2 FOI’s from the provincial government, but we have one question we would like answered by you prior to publication.When were you made aware of the issues surrounding Mr. Michael Schoenert of CPI?There were three extensions given to CPI ,were any of these concerns or issues, that the mayor seemed to have knowledge of in November of 2016, relayed to you and if so, at what time or meeting? I would appreciate you comments by end of day Thursday. Thanks so much, Robert Ritchie Publisher,” We received one reply: “Good evening Thank you for the e-mail. I have not had any communication or information from the mayor or City administration detailing issues of a civil or legal matter concerning Mr. Schoenert. Brian Swanson” The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.


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Impaired driver’s blood Jason alcohol level nearly four times legal limit G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express After his wife locked him out of the house, Michael Todd Luke took a drive — while intoxicated — in search of a warm place to sleep for the night. Luke, 49, ended up parked behind the Esso gas station on Highway 1, which is where police found him. Officers arrested Luke and charged him with impaired driving and having a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit of .08. In Moose Jaw provincial court on Nov. 25, Luke pleaded guilty to having a BAC over the legal limit and received an elevated fine of $2,500. He was also prohibited from driving for one year, his licence was cancelled, and he also has to pay a victim surcharge of $100. The Crown stayed the charge of impaired driving. This event occurred on Nov. 10 around 6 p.m., explained

Crown prosecutor Stephen Yusuff. Police received a call five minutes after Luke left his house and managed to locate him behind the gas station. Officers saw him exit his Jeep Cherokee with the keys in his hand; he staggered backward, had the smell of alcohol on his breath, had slurred speech and had difficulty concentrating. It took officers four attempts to take accurate breath samples from Luke, continued Yusuff. Once they acquired the readings, one came back at .310 and a second reading showed .280; these were nearly four and three times the legal limit, respectively. “My wife reported me,” Luke told Judge Karl Basin. “She locked me out of the house. That’s why I was going to find a warm place … I was going to a friend’s place. I’m guilty.”

The mandatory minimum fine in this case is $2,000, Yusuff said, while a driving ban of one year is the usual standard. “Those readings are so high, do you have an alcohol problem?” Basin asked, to which Luke replied he did not. However, he had been in detox two years ago due to a previous marriage and the drinking he had done then. He pointed out his mother died six months ago from alcohol and drug use. “I made a bad decision and I have to pay for the consequences,” he added. Judge Basin accepted the Crown’s recommendations for sentencing.

Court gives teen more community service for failing to finish initial community service Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

A failure to finish court-ordered community service hours means Joseph Kenneth Evan Harvey will have to complete even more hours on top of the original court order. Harvey, 19, from Moose Jaw, appeared in Moose Jaw provincial court on Nov. 25, where he pleaded guilty to breaching his probation order by not finishing 30 hours of community service. In turn, he will have to complete another 10 hours on top of the remaining 27 hours within six months. Harvey was placed on probation for a prior incident and ordered to complete those hours, explained Crown prosecutor Stephen Yusuff. However, the teenager breached his probation on Aug. 31 by fail-

ing to follow those instructions. Officers were then notified by probation services on Sept. 26 indicating the youth had completed only three hours. The reason Harvey did not complete his community service, he told Judge Karl Basin, is because he had been placed on two different probation orders around the same time. One instructed him to complete 20 hours of community service and another ordered him to finish 30 hours. “I got the set for 20 done, and then it just got too much for me to be able to do all of them in the right amount of time,” Harvey added. Basin accepted the Crown’s recommendation and ordered Harvey to complete another 10 hours.

Thief pleads guilty to poaching eggsJason and milk from store G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

An early-morning hankering for food prompted Robert Bruce Baillie to stroll into 7-Eleven and walk right back out with unpaid hard-boiled eggs and a carton of chocolate milk. Baillie, 50, then began eating the stolen eggs and drinking the pilfered milk in the alley behind the convenience store at 10:30 a.m., before police eventually arrived on scene and arrested him. The Rimby, Alta., native appeared by phone in Moose Jaw provincial court on Nov. 25, where he pleaded guilty to the Nov. 28, 2017 charge of theft under $5,000 and received a $100 fine that is to be paid

in two months. Judge Karl Basin informed Baillie that he had a new charge in court, where he is alleged to have uttered a death threat to his son on Oct. 11, 2019 in Moose Jaw. Baillie replied that his 17-year-old son’s allegation was “farfetched” and he would fight the charge. He added that he wouldn’t need legal advice for the trial since he would act as his own defence. A court-appointed lawyer would be included in the Dec. 9 trial anyway, Basin noted, simply so he can cross-examine Baillie’s son. Further disclosure would be sent to Baillie before the start of the trial.

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International student Divyansh Kumar will have to obey his court orders for the next 12 months or face the possibility of being deported back to India. Kumar, 21, appeared in Moose Jaw provincial court on Nov. 25, where he pleaded guilty to one count of assault. As part of a joint submission, he was given a oneyear conditional discharge, which means he won’t have a criminal record if he obeys his court-imposed conditions. He will have to keep the peace and be of good behaviour, take addictions treatment, pursue anger management, not possess or have alcohol, and complete 30 hours of community service within 10 months. The Crown stayed two charges of breach of undertaking and one charge of mischief under $5,000. There would not be a clause prohibiting Kumar from having contact with his girlfriend – whom he assaulted – since she does not fear him, explained Crown pros-

ecutor Stephen Yusuff. The two had been in a relationship for three months prior to the Oct. 24 incident. On that date Kumar was drinking and became rough with his girlfriend by pulling her hair and slamming her into a wall, Yusuff continued. The woman later showed police a bite mark that Kumar had allegedly inflicted on her right arm a few days before. Kumar could be deported if he breaches his conditions, Judge Karl Basin pointed out. The court system takes breaches seriously. The Indian native told Basin that he is studying business at a college in Moose Jaw. He has five more months and then he could apply for a post-graduate work permit or simply go back home. Basin accepted the joint submission from the Crown and defence, while adding on a victim surcharge fine of $100 to be paid in one month.

Michael Lawrence Martinson Michael Lawrence Martinson, 33, from Moose Jaw, pleaded guilty to breaching an undertaking by consuming drugs and received a six-month conditional discharge – meaning he won’t have a criminal record if he finishes the six months without re-offending – along with a victim surcharge fine of $100 to be paid in three months. Martinson was placed on a recognizance on April 30 for a break and enter, with conditions to keep the peace and be of good behaviour, and not consume alcohol or drugs, explained Yusuff. Police visited Martinson’s house on July 25 at 10:29 p.m. to conduct a curfew check. They also collected a urine sample and conducted an

analysis, which showed it was positive for methamphetamines and Ecstasy. Due to those drugs in his system, the Crown suggested 12 months of probation and instructions to take addictions counselling, Yusuff continued. Martinson must also keep the peace and be of good behaviour, and not possess alcohol or drugs. Martinson told Judge Basin that he had not used drugs in more than a month, a choice he had purposely made. Since Martinson had no long-standing criminal record, Basin decided to give him a six-month conditional discharge instead.

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Bail report ordered for resident alleged to have robbed 7-Eleven Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express An interpreter will soon be required in Moose Jaw provincial court to help translate for Somali immigrant Yussuf Ali, who is accused of armed robbery and two breaches of probation. Ali, 37, appeared in court on Nov. 25 after

being arrested at 3 a.m. that same day for allegedly using a hammer to steal merchandise and money from the 7-Eleven convenience store on Caribou Street West. The Crown opposed Ali’s release and asked that a bail verification report be

provided for when the Moose Jaw man next appears in court, on Nov. 29. According to the Moose Jaw Police Service, Ali fled on foot after allegedly stealing the merchandise and money. He was located a short distance away. Police say

he would not obey any of their commands while he was allegedly still holding the hammer. This is when the police used the Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW), or taser. Ali was then taken into custody.

Man accused of B&E, assault to receive psychological assessment Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Accused of break and enter and assault, Victor Mosquera made his first appearance in Moose Jaw provincial court and attempted to plead guilty so he could receive early psychological support. “I am sorry for my mistakes,” said Mosquera, 22, while standing in the prisoner’s box. He said he wanted to plead guilty so he could “save my sanity” while in a correctional centre. However, Judge Karl Basin rejected Mosquera’s plea on Nov. 25, saying the Crown opposed the Hepburn man’s release and wanted an assessment conducted in Saskatoon under the provincial Mental Health Act. “These are fairly significant charges,” said Basin, noting a bail hearing was required first to determine whether Mosquera should be released. Legal aid lawyer Merv Shaw told the judge that he didn’t

think Mosquera was giving him the best instructions due to his current state of mind. He also couldn’t accept the instructions he was being given since they were contrary to court proceedings. “With these kinds of charges, these are not done in a few minutes,” Basin said, adding under the Mental Health Act, Mosquera would be taken to a hospital for an assessment. This would also determine if he should come back to court or if he needed further psychological assessments. Basin adjourned the charges to Nov. 29, at which point Mosquera teared up before being led back into the cell area. According to information from the Moose Jaw Police Service, at 12:34 a.m. on Nov. 23, police attended to the VLA area for a break and enter in progress. The accused

– Mosquera – had previously allegedly assaulted an occupant of the home and fled, only to return and allegedly force entry into the residence before being forced out by the home owner. Police arrived and Mosquera fled on foot before breaking into another residence and hiding until the homeowner confronted him. Another struggle ensued and the accused again fled on foot. The police canine unit attended and tracked Mosquera through several yards in the area before he was located and apprehended. Neither of the assault victims was seriously injured. Mosquera faces two charges each of break-and-enter and assault, as well as breach of probation.

City Hall Council Notes Buffalo Pound project could add extra $39M to city’s debt level Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Another $39 million could be added to Moose Jaw’s debt level over the next 25 years due to upgrades to the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant, a city councillor has calculated.

The Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant (BPWTP) Corporation is currently engaged in a plant renewal project to help it meet its mandate to provide safe water. The corporation has indicated it has been

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nearly 30 years since the plant was last upgraded, while major components are now at, or near, the end of their lifecycle. The plant renewal project encompasses 30 smaller projects that have been identified since 2005 and reviewed in technical studies. The project’s cost range is $127.2 million to $224 million. The corporation is a non-profit organization responsible for the operation and maintenance of the water treatment plant. The cities of Regina and Moose Jaw jointly own the corporation, with Regina having a 74-per-cent stake and Moose Jaw possessing a 26-per-cent stake. The corporation has already committed $20 million to the project, while the hope is to acquire federal funding of at least $50 million, explained general manager Ryan Johnson. That $70 million would lower the project cost to $150 million. The corporation applied in April to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) for the maximum eligible amount of $215.4 million. “Everything hinges on grant funding,” he told city council during its Nov. 25 regular meeting as part of a semi-annual update, where he indicated it has been a great year overall for the corporation. Since the City of Moose Jaw consumes 17 per cent of all water from the plant, that means it would have to pay $25 million on that $150 million cost, noted Coun. Brian Swanson. That amount would be paid back over 25 years through principle interest payments, replied Johnson. While Regina and Moose Jaw own the plant, Moose Jaw would pay only 17 per cent of the actual costs based on actual usage of water. “So we are looking at $39 million added to city’s debt limit,” Swanson said. “We’re at ($60) million now (in debt). (Therefore), we’re projected with Buffalo Pound to add another $15 million in the five-year plan.” Sighing, Swanson sat back in his seat. The plan is to use all the capital reserves – about $53.7 million – to fund the project that are not already allocated to the project, Johnson said. The rest of it would be offset by the loan.

Ryan Johnson, general manager of the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant Corporation, speaks to city council on Nov. 25. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Another area that caught Swanson’s eye was the proposed 2020 budget for the water treatment plant. In his report, Johnson noted there would be a water rate increase of zero and a capital water rate increase of 14.36 per cent, for an overall “blended rate” increase of 4.79 per cent over 2019. The corporation will continue to charge Regina and Moose Jaw $355 per megalitre (ML) for a water rate. The capital water rate will increase to $215 per megalitre next year from $180 per ML. One megalitre is equal to one million litres. That roughly five-per-cent increase would translate into an increase of less than one per cent for Moose Jaw’s water utility, finance director Brian Acker told Swanson. But production costs are only one component; other components include water distribution. As part of the plant renewal project, the building will be sized for a total capacity of 250 ML. This would allow for growth and ensure the plant can reach its next renewal, which is anticipated in 2050. Full completion of the project is expected to occur by early 2021. Council later voted to receive and file the report. The next regular council meeting is Monday, Dec. 9.

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City Hall Council Notes New exterior lights on Cultural Centre to add to heritage look Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express The two wall-mounted lights on the façade of the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre have been there for decades and need repair, but the necessary parts to fix them have been discontinued. Since the parts are no longer available, city administration recommended that both light fixtures be replaced altogether, according to a report. While the light fixtures contribute to the ambience and character of the building’s exterior, they are not considered a major character-defining element. The planning and development services department believed that a variety of fixtures would be acceptable, but any option should have a globe. For the fixture itself, an ornate option would be preferred, but a simply option would be acceptable given the differences in cost. A colour of off-white was recommended to match the existing trim and other fixtures on the building. Since the property is designated as a heritage property, city council has to give approval to any alterations made to the building. During its most recent meeting, council voted 6-1 to choose globes that had a white colour with LED bulbs for $3,198.50 excluding GST and PST. Coun. Brian Swanson

was opposed. The motion came from the heritage advisory committee, which handles issues related to the community’s history. Swanson had concerns about from which account the money was coming, saying it was also the account being used to fund the city hall elevator upgrade. He didn’t believe upgrading the cultural centre marquee or exterior was the same as the breakdown of an elevator or air conditioner. The few hundred-thousand dollars in that account was insufficient when the municipality has a building inventory worth tens of millions of dollars. “The marquee upgrade is a cultural centre cost. We had this debate previously,” he said. The account to which Swanson was referring is actually the facilities reserve, explained Derek Blais, director of the parks and recreation department. The account that is paying for the lighting upgrades is the capital account that is used for consulting and upgrading elevators. Emergency items are separate from capital, while the Cultural Centre has an equipment reserve that is separate from the capital account. “I look at this building on daily basis. I did think about the marquee going up and how beautiful it looks,” said

Mayor Fraser Tolmie, whose office faces toward the Cultural Centre. He pointed out the lights are exposed and, when the globes were removed, many dead flies were found. Perception is everything, he continued, so to spend money on the building to make it look complete is a good thing. Tolmie believed residents were beginning to notice the new marquee and were impressed with its retro look, which helps maintain the heritage of the community. “I’m glad this is getting done and that we would see the Cultural Centre be pristine and used,” he added. Moose Jaw Non-profit Housing Corporation Council voted 6-1 to approve a $2,500 matching downtown façade improvement grant application from the Moose Jaw Non-profit Housing Corporation at 136 Fairford Street West for exterior improvements. Swanson was opposed. The building now operates as seniors’ housing, but when constructed in 1909, functioned as a fire hall. It was designated a municipal heritage property in 1982. The fire department used the building until the 1980s when it was turned into a 15-unit seniors’ housing development. The total project is expected to cost $5,000.

Miscommunication prevented city hall from advertising rezoning application Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

A miscommunication between city administration and city council over a rezoning application initially prevented city hall from moving forward on the request. However, city administration cleared up the confusion during council’s Nov. 25 regular meeting, which allowed council to approve a motion 6-1 for administration to proceed with advertising the rezoning application in the affected area. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. The motion around the rezoning application originally came to council on Nov. 12, but was tabled for further information. The initial motion — which made no mention of proceeding with advertising this issue — asked council to authorize

city administration to proceed with rezoning parcels 86 and 87, Plan No. D4450 Ext. 27 and 28 to CZ Contract Zoning District from R1 Large Lot Low Density Residential District. The 7,700-square-foot building at 303 Coteau Street West used to be a church, but the new owners want to turn the space into a retail store to sell home appliances and furniture. “All we were looking for was we wanted to move forward to formal advertising so we could move to the bylaw stage,” Michelle Sanson, director of planning and development services, explained on Nov. 25. Normally when a rezoning application is received, city administration brings it

to council for review. If council agrees with it, then administration moves ahead with formal advertising. There have been a couple of times when recommendations for rezoning have come to council and Coun. Scott McMann has been fine with them, he said. But he also assumed that the people in the affected neighbourhoods were also OK with the rezoning of a property. “It’s a chicken and egg process,” McMann continued. He wondered if another step was needed where city administration comes back with the results of the advertising before the application moves to the bylaw stage. It’s frustrating to do all this work and

then residents in the affected area are not in favour of the rezoning, McMann added. He would then have a difficult time supporting such an application if there is pushback. The only issue with that is the rezoning application would have to be advertised twice, replied Sanson. The first would be for the initial process, while the second time would be to announce the formal process for the bylaw reading. That could create confusion for the people affected, who might think they have to go through the process twice.

Toronto law firm paid $228K to help mediate dispute with fire dept. The City of Moose Jaw has paid a Toronto law firm more than $228,000 during the past six years to help with labour relations issues over disputes with the fire department. City administration recently provided city council with an update about how much money had been paid to Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP, a labour and employment law firm from Ontario. Coun. Brian Swanson initially inquired about how much money had been paid out at the Oct. 15 regular council meeting. The law firm was hired in 2016 on behalf of the Moose

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Jaw Firefighters Association to handle labour relations board (LRB) disputes, followed by other disputes over the next three years. According to city administration’s report: 2013: $2,361.70 2014: $66,078,28 2015: $18,254.10 2016: $30,644.06 2017: $2,417.10 2018: $105,815.01 2019-to-date: $3,220.88

Under the provisions of The Alcohol and Gaming Regulations Act, 1997,

Under the provisions of The Alcohol and Gaming Regulations Act, 1997,

Notice is hereby given that Oriental Spice Restaurant Ltd. has applied to the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) for a Restaurant permit to sell alcohol in the premises known as Oriental Spice Restaurant 105-361 Main St N Moose Jaw, SK S6H 0W2 Written objections to the granting of the permit may be filed with SLGA not more than two weeks from the date of publication of this notice. Every person filing a written objection with SLGA shall state their name, address and telephone number in printed form, as well as the grounds for the objection(s). Petitions must name a contact person, state grounds and be legible. Each signatory to the petition and the contact person must provide an address and telephone number. Frivolous, vexatious or competition-based objections within the beverage alcohol industry may not be considered and may be rejected by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Licensing Commission, who may refuse to hold a hearing.

Write to: Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Box 5054 Regina Sk S4P 3M3

Notice is hereby given that Revera Retirement Genpar Inc. has applied to the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) for a Special Use - General Special Care Facility permit to sell alcohol in the premises known as The Bentley by Revera 425 4th Ave W Moose Jaw, SK Written objections to the granting of the permit may be filed with SLGA not more than two weeks from the date of publication of this notice. Every person filing a written objection with SLGA shall state their name, address and telephone number in printed form, as well as the grounds for the objection(s). Petitions must name a contact person, state grounds and be legible. Each signatory to the petition and the contact person must provide an address and telephone number. Frivolous, vexatious or competition-based objections within the beverage alcohol industry may not be considered and may be rejected by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Licensing Commission, who may refuse to hold a hearing.

Write to: Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Box 5054 Regina Sk S4P 3M3

Total: $228,781.13 Research by city administration confirmed that the issue of a specialized fire protective services legal firm to assist the city was brought before the personnel committee on Jan. 14, 2013 and again on July 13, 2015, while the personnel committee provided “broad direction” to administration on July 27, 2015, explained city manager Jim Puffalt in the report. “I was present at the personnel committee meetings at those times. As I stated before, we were only informed after the fact that this firm was engaged,” Swanson said. “I voiced my concerns previously. “It is very dangerous territory for administration to take broad direction to expend up to $228,000,” he continued. “That’s why there are resolutions and motions that provide clear direction. For administration to be interpreting discussion and taking that as providing direction I think is very dangerous.”

City of Moose Jaw


The Council of the City of Moose Jaw intends to consider amendments to the City of Moose Jaw Purchasing Policy and The Development Levy Bylaw. The purpose of the amendments is to allow an exemption to the Purchasing Policy to facilitate a commercial agreement for the provision of infrastructure and to provide a Development Levy exemption for the construction of a public utility in the South Industrial Park (SE 27 - 16 - 26 - 2 Ext 2 & 3). Further information may be obtained from the Clerk’s Office, 2nd Floor City Hall, 228 Main Street North. The proposed amendment will be considered at the regular meeting of City Council to be held in Council Chambers, City Hall, at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019. Any submissions regarding the proposed bylaw amendments must be received by the City Clerk’s Office no later than 10:00 AM, December 9, 2019. DATED at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan this 21st day of November, 2019. Myron Gulka-Tiechko City Clerk

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Councillor’s attempt to save two municipal committees fails Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express The City of Moose Jaw’s municipal planning commission and economic development commission will be permanently disbanded even though an attempt was made to keep them functioning. During city council’s recent regular meeting, Coun. Brian Swanson asked that council re-vote on keeping those two municipal committees around. Planning commissions are the norm in other communities, he pointed out. Although he never sat on this particular committee, he did not support disbanding it since he thought it was important that other groups review documents and recommendations before they come to council. “Most of time the recommendations are adopted. But I do believe the sober second thought component of this is worth having ‌ ,â€? he said. “Planning issues can come back to bite you. To give two chances to look at (something) is worth keeping the committee.â€? Coun. Heather Eby had never sat on the municipal planning commission during her previous time on council, but was appointed this past year. She thought there would be plenty of discussion on everything that came to the

group, but discovered that was not the case; most meetings lasted only seven minutes by her watch. She thought that was unfortunate since reports from the planning and development department were lengthy and two to three staff from city hall were on hand to answer questions about the reports. Eby mused that perhaps the committee’s chair was at fault for not encouraging the meeting to go longer. Sometimes Eby felt committee members passed motions without even reading them. She understood that some members had been on the committee for years and appreciated their experience and the work they put in. But from her perspective, “maybe it’s not really a planning commission but an approval commission.� “Having been there for a year, I feel that it would be OK to have those things come directly to council,� she said, adding disbanding a committee is difficult, but it’s important to value the time of city hall. Coun. Chris Warren agreed with Eby, saying he sat on the commission for months and found the conversations to be short and the meetings to be just as short. In the future, when reports that would have come from

the planning commission come directly to city council, those reports will come as communications, explained city clerk Myron Gulka-Tiechko. Council can table the reports if it has concerns with the information. The overall intent is to fast forward the requests so council can make decisions quickly. Council then voted 5-2 to permanently disband the municipal planning commission. Swanson and Coun. Scott McMann were opposed. Swanson then pointed out that, while no meetings have been called within the past year for the economic development commission, he has been the only councillor to attend those meetings. While infrastructure is important to him, economic development in Moose Jaw is something to which council should pay attention. There is a role for a committee to provide accountability and transparency, he continued. He did think such a commission was important, “especially in Moose Jaw’s current shape.� Council then voted 5-2 to permanently disband the economic development commission. Swanson and McMann were opposed.

New system could let residents pay all municipal bills online Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express City hall plans to make it easier for residents to pay all their municipal bills online by integrating all internal software programs under a more modern system. As part of this new system, a web interface called Virtual City Hall will be introduced that will be accessible from the internet and a mobile app. It will allow residents to sign up for a municipal account, where they can access information such as: Payment manager for online payments Property taxes: history, viewing, payment Utility bills: history and viewing Business licences: viewing, applying, renewing Pet licences: viewing, applying, renewing The system will also be cloud-based, resulting in less hardware to maintain and replace, according to a report from city administration. During its Nov. 25 regular meeting, city council voted 6-1 to award the supply and implementation of an “Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System� to Diamond Municipal Systems for $1.92 million, replacing the current JD Edwards system. The accumulated depreciation of the 2020 equipment reserve budget would account for $1,382,545, while $545,072 would come from the general capital reserve portion of the capital budget in 2021 — which is also the year when the system

would be fully operational. Updates about the implementation and installation of the new system will also be provided every quarter. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. Background The proposed software purchase would cost $417,159, implementation costs would be $735,220 and a 10-per-cent contingency fund would bring the cost to $1.26 million. An extra $660,000 would be added for a full-time project manager and backfill for staff positions that require extra time for the project. This brings the project to $1.92 million. There would also be an annual recurring licensing and support fee paid to Diamond Municipal Systems for $180,799. “To be able to serve its citizens in a timely and efficient manner, the city needs the ability to have an integrated system to manage its business processes and to make the leap forward into the 21st century and implement a fully integrated ERP system,� the report said. Finance director Brian Acker told council that more than 11,000 customers receive utility bills every quarter. It costs $1 per stamp plus work by staff. There could be savings of more than $12,000 per year there, along with savings when sending out tax notices and assessments. Council discussion “This (current) system dates back to 2000

‌ ,â€? said city manager Jim Puffalt. “We have been bolting on systems onto this (current) system for quite some time. A better solution would be to move to an integrated system that took advantage of all the productivity increases that have been possible over the last 20 years.â€? Puffalt reassured Coun. Heather Eby that the new system wouldn’t be outdated anytime soon. One reason is the system is cloud-based, while a second reason is free software updates would be provided regularly. While the current JD Edwards program was great for city hall, it was not initially designed for municipalities. “I believe our citizens would be very disappointed and probably shocked over the current levels of automation in the city and the processes and our inefficiencies,â€? said Coun. Scott McMann, adding it was critical that municipal staff be on-side with this new program. Updating internal software systems is the “biggest piece of the pieâ€? city council has faced in its quest to modernize city hall, said Coun. Crystal Froese. A new municipal website will be launched next year, while Diamond Municipal System will enhance the way the municipality does business internally. One thing residents talk about often is wanting to do more municipal business online and having that accessibility, said Mayor Fraser Tolmie. While some people

still want paper bills and will still receive them, he pointed out the cost of paper and putting bills in the mail adds up. “I’m very disappointed that the JD Edwards program did not work out,â€? Tolmie continued. However, the municipality must move forward if that program does not meet its needs. It would help this council and the next council if progress reports were provided on how quickly the new program is being implemented, said Coun. Dawn Luhning. If the program is not at least 50-per-cent installed by next year, there need to be measurements and follow-up, while council also needs to be made aware. City council gushed about the JD Edwards program when it was first installed too, said Swanson. This new project will cost $2.1 million, with $1.4 million coming from reserves, while $545,000 is unbudgeted and is coming from a reserve already in a deficit position by millions of dollars. “The average person in Moose Jaw will see no change in their service at all from these expenditures ‌ It’s behind-thescenes stuff,â€? he said, adding he didn’t believe there would be any cost savings or efficiencies. “My calculation is we’re going up to $118 million in our debt level in two years.â€? The next regular council meeting is Dec. 9.

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Housing Advisory Committee urging city council for continued public input after disbandment Larissa Kurz

Don Mitchell, acting chair of the Housing Advisory Committee, expressed his concern for the future of low-income housing initiatives in Moose Jaw once his committee is disbanded at the end of December. At the committee’s most recent meeting, Mitchell asked for clarity regarding the City of Moose Jaw’s decision to discontinue the Housing Advisory Committee in a committee re-evaluation policy put forward during the city council meeting on Oct. 28. City council members voted unanimously to discontinue this committee in the 2020 term, citing inactivity regarding citizenship applications to sit on the board and continued lack of quorum at meetings as the main reason. Although the Housing Advisory Committee hasn’t held a meeting since June 13, 2018, Mitchell questioned the blanket statement that there has been an “inactivity” from citizens. He shared that his application as a citizen-at-large board member in 2018 was submitted in November and not accepted until the following August. Eric Bjorge, representative from the city’s planning department, also accepted some

ownership for the committee’s long period of inactivity on behalf of the Planning Department, who had no new or pressing initiative changes to present to the committee that would prompt a meeting. The future has some worried The committee’s main concern now is the future of housing initiatives and the process of planning and creating policy. With the Housing Advisory Committee’s dissolution, the planning department will take over the responsibilities of housing initiatives in the municipality. Myron Gulka-Tiechko, city clerk and solicitor, noted that the Housing Advisory Committee was originally created in 2010 to address a critical need regarding low-income housing and vacancy rates. By consulting current vacancy rates and the results of public online surveys, the city felt that the need is less critical now than previously assessed. However, Jim Cannon, representative of the Moose Jaw Housing Authority and committee member, noted that vacancy rates may not accurately reflect the true reality of housing needs. “(A high vacancy rate) doesn’t mean that Moose Jaw has all the housing that

it needs or that we’re targeting the right people,” said Cannon in the meeting. “I do think (municipal government) needs to be involved and have a committee in place so that they’re looking at the whole picture.” Anne-Marie Ursan, who works with municipal housing initiatives in her role with the Thunder Creek Rehabilitation Association, also expressed concern regarding the future of housing initiatives. “Without safe housing, all other kinds of consequences can happen in a community,” said Ursan. “I think this is a priority that needs to be addressed in a forthright and robust way . . . (because) people don’t fail people, it’s systems that fail people, and we would just like to see a system that works.” In place of the soon-dissolved committees, the new committee policy included the ability to implement ad hoc committees, which will be temporarily created to advise on a current issue and then disband once work is completed. Mitchell’s concern with this solution is the lack of continued, structured input from a public representative familiar with policy, and is urging city council to consider a

different structure, one that features more collaboration with community partners. He cited the municipal and community collaborations in Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert as examples of successful structures that regularly involve community partners from the public, non-profit organizations, and private sectors. “I hope and assume that the community partners in housing initiatives will continue to be a part of the discussion and make themselves available in some new structure and process,” said Mitchell. He also emphasized the need for the community’s efforts on the issue, to ensure effective input is heard. “There’s other ways of drawing in the community in partnership, we just have to make sure that happens,” said Mitchell. Mitchell put forth a motion from the committee to “urge city council to develop structure, process, planning, and policy which includes community partners in future housing projects and initiatives,” in hopes of opening a discussion with Council at the next executive meeting on Dec. 9.



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City to work with golf courses on new irrigation agreement Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

City administration will meet with Hillcrest and Lynbrook golf courses to attempt to hammer out a new deal for irrigation services, something that has eluded all parties for the past three years. During a budget meeting in 2017, city council authorized administration to negotiate a water supply renewal agreement with Lynbrook Golf Course that established a rate structure increase on a cost-plus basis, while administration was also tasked with investigating the water supply operations at Hillcrest Golf Course. A one-year agreement was provided in 2018 to Lynbrook to align its agreement expiration with Hillcrest, according to a city council report. This kick-started the process of evaluating cost recovery features for the irrigation service. However, neither golf course accepted the municipality’s cost proposal. Communication with both golf courses on this issue began again earlier this year, said the report, which was presented during council’s Nov. 25 executive committee meeting. Council voted 6-1 to table the recommendation until city administration meets with both groups; Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. Background The municipality asked the golf courses to work together to determine a mutually agreeable share of expenses to facilitate the new agreement versus city administration

assigning a cost, said the report. The municipality cannot determine the water usage at the two golf courses since water is pumped from Snowdy Springs to a small open reservoir at Britannia Park, which is then pumped into Spring Creek on Thatcher Drive, the report continued. Both golf courses can then access that water. To keep Snowdy Springs and Britannia Park in operation and to supply water to the golf courses, the City of Moose Jaw spent $31,364.43 in 2018, $27,219.73 two years ago and $11,618.22 three years ago. The three-year average was $26,316.73. The report to council suggested both golf courses share that three-year average and each pays $13,158.37 for 2019. In 2020, however, based on an increase in the three-year average, each would pay $16,500. Council discussion It’s important to have this face-to-face meeting to ensure all the information is on the table and everyone is on the same page, said city manager Jim Puffalt. City administration might have to come back and say the deal that has been struck is the best that could be reached. However, it still wants the opportunity to attempt to reach an agreement. A meeting is scheduled in the next few weeks. “I agree with having a face-to-face meeting. Email conversations never work well,” said Coun. Scott McMann. “It wouldn’t have taken two years if we had sat down

with these people.” McMann added that when this report comes back to council, he would also like some indication about what the municipality does to irrigate other fields, especially sports fields. He wanted to ensure the municipality was treating all sports organizations fairly. Council gave approval to Hillcrest two weeks ago for it to pursue upgrades to its clubhouse, pointed out Swanson. He didn’t understand why that was so easy while these negotiations are so difficult. He thought the two could have been packaged together since that seemed like a sound strategy. The two projects are not tied together and are separate, so withholding approval for one project while working on another initiative is not a fair way to negotiate, said Puffalt. Coun. Chris Warren said he was confused since he thought council had directed administration to negotiate a new contract in 2017. He also thought costs for repairs to infrastructure, such as pipelines and pumps, would be included in the agreements. The cost operating agreement is the main area on which the engineering department is focusing, said Puffalt. Capital infrastructure components will be separate projects when those upgrades occur.

City hall seeks more efficient ways to have contracted work done Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

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ularly in electrical, plumbing/mechanical, and carpentry. To find those particular tradesmen, city council authorized administration to issue requests for proposal (RFP) for 2020, with an option to extend the agreement in 2021. Administration would also have to provide a report to council next December about how well this initiative went and if a one-year renewal option should be approved. Council voted 6-1 on this recommendation during its Nov. 25 executive committee meeting. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. The recommendation will have to come back to a future regular council meeting for official approval. Administration’s initial suggestion was for a four-year renewal option from Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2024. However, council disagreed with that length and changed the recommendation. Background From 2016 to 2018, the municipality spent an average of $937,593 on outside tradespeople, with 60 per cent of those costs for labour, 40 per cent for parts, and an estimated 30-per-cent markup, according to a report to city council. Overall, the municipality spent $1.13 million in 2016, $670,917 in 2017 and $1.01 million in 2018, for a total of $2.8 million. With the proposed one-year agreement, administration would analyze the costs over a 10-month period and then produce a report saying whether an extension is warranted. That report would be based on costs, services provided, and satisfaction with the work. Council discussion Acquiring input about how to structure the RFP from construction associations would be beneficial, Swanson said. He also thought that since there was enough work to perform, it should be spread out among companies in Moose Jaw. “That would allow us to evaluate to see the efficiencies and who gives us the best

value … ,” he added. “I would like to err on the side of extreme oversight on this and make sure we are spending taxpayers’ money in a competitive way that is of value to taxpayers.” Rotating the work among different companies would provide no value to the municipality, since administration’s goal is to find the fastest methods to get work done versus attempting to remember to whom resources were allocated, said city manager Jim Puffalt. “We can work together with them but not be beholden to them,” he added. A four-year extension would coincide with the next council’s term but is simply too long, said Coun. Heather Eby. A two-year extension would give council the opportunity to re-evaluate and make a different decision. Eby added that she didn’t think spreading out the work would achieve what council and administration wanted in this process. There is a purchasing policy that council created and that administration must follow, yet it doesn’t appear as if it is being followed since it seems like RFPs are not being issued for work and administration is simply picking contractors, said Coun. Scott McMann. He didn’t understand how administration had been steered away from following the purchasing policy. Administration believes it is following the purchasing policy since much of the work being completed is being obtained based on quotes and values, said Puffalt. McMann then wondered how many contractors provided services for plumbing and electrical. He was also curious how electrical issues — such as a broken wall socket— were handled. Derek Blais, director of parks and recreation, replied that three quotes would be sought for that work. “That is certainly not very effective,” McMann muttered.

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City Hall Council Notes Mayor could visit Asia during Carpere-led trade mission to attract businesses here Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Mayor Fraser Tolmie will likely fly to Southeast Asia in 2020 for a trade mission to attract businesses to the Southeast Industrial Park, as part of the agreement with Carpere Canada. Approaching those companies directly through personal visits is the best strategy to effectively attract businesses and industries to Moose Jaw, especially since those cultures expect the mayor to be present for such deals, according to city administration. The municipality’s commitment to Carpere includes supporting and participating in missions to meet with potential investors and companies. There is also value in the municipality taking part in the trade missions, as addressed through recent strategic planning meetings. The cost for Tolmie and one municipal employee to engage with Asian leaders is being pegged at $10,000, which city administration believes can help achieve the goals mentioned above. Administrators expect land sales in the industrial park will be enhanced by this activity, so they believe funding the project from the land reserve account is justifiable. The $10,000 trade mission is one of three economic development projects the economic development services branch is proposing in the 2020 budget. The projects were presented in a report during city council’s special budget meeting on Nov. 27.

Council voted 6-1 to table the report — Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed — until the last budget meeting when all the departmental reports and motions can be approved together. The other economic development initiatives being proposed for next year include working with contractor MDB Insight to carry out a business retention and expansion triage project, with a focus on value-added agriculture and food production, for $15,000, and, supporting the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program for $5,000, to be rolled out in this coming April. Both projects would be funded through the operating budget. Council discussion Prince Edward Island sends its economic development officer to Europe twice a year to attract businesses, Tolmie said. One of Canada’s biggest trading partners is Southeast Asia, and while this country thinks it knows what those countries want, “until we’re over there and actually pressing the flesh,” Moose Jaw will remain ignorant of their needs. This is a great opportunity for the economic development office and for the entire municipal team as a whole, he continued. He has spoken with community business leaders and the province about what Saskatchewan’s presence is overseas, noting municipalities rely on the

provincial and federal governments to do this kind of thing. “Sometimes you need that local flavour to deal with that (economic issue),” Tolmie said, adding there is a bylaw that requires council to give approval if the mayor travels overseas. These trade mission trips won’t happen until the deal with Carpere is completed, explained city manager Jim Puffalt. He reiterated that council agreed to support Carpere by bringing industries to the industrial park. Moose Jaw has not been invited to participate in any other trade mission yet, but that may change in the future. “I was surprised to read that we are thinking of taking the $10,000 out of the land reserve. Have we done that in the past?” asked Coun. Scott McMann. “Do we have parameters about what are allowable expenses from that type of account?” Parameters will come forward as part of the review of the reserves, said finance director Brian Acker. Although there are no overarching guidelines right now, the intention is to create some and put them into a bylaw form. Money in that reserve came from selling land in the Southeast Industrial Park, he added. The next special budget meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 4.

City manager gets salary increase to match same positions in other communities Jason G. Antonio

City manager Jim Puffalt has received a salary increase of 5.26 per cent, which officially bumps up his overall pay to $200,000. Puffalt’s salary increase goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, while all future increases will be tied to out-of-scope economic adjustments. The personnel committee recommended that the city manager receive a pay increase during its Nov. 12 meeting. City council then approved the recommendation during its Nov. 25 regular meeting by a vote of 5-2. Councillors Heather Eby and Brian Swanson were opposed. When the city manager was first hired on May 7, 2018, one of the negotiation points that Puffalt put forward was this pay increase, explained Mayor Fraser Tolmie. City council at that time said it wanted a performance review first to ensure all standards were being met before it would

consider a pay raise. “We settled on this number,” he said. The additional $20,000 that Puffalt was recently paid is not part of the pay raise, Tolmie added. That money was for Puffalt’s work in managing Mosaic Place during its transition to a new management company. Tolmie later told the Moose Jaw Express by email that during those initial negotiations, Puffalt requested that his salary match that of other city managers in similarly sized communities. The mayor pointed out the city manager in Lloydminster — population 32,000 — earns $199,000, while the city manager for Prince Albert — population 35,000 — earns $219,000. Puffalt began as city manager of Moose Jaw at $190,000, which is the same salary that the previous city manager earned before he left. “Since Mr. Puffalt has been with the city,

he has addressed many issues that were of concern to council and the city,” Tolmie said. This includes providing a solution for the High Street water main construction and road issues; bringing the Yara Centre under the parks and recreation department and ensuring 90 per cent of all costs are recovered through user fees; and helping with the planning and servicing of the Southeast Industrial Park. Temporary assignment policy Council voted unanimously in favour of another personnel committee recommendation that the temporary assignment policy for out-of-scope employees be amended so that pay for temporary performance of higher duties commence on the 11th consecutive business day after those duties are assumed. This issue came up, Swanson explained, after he learned the City of Moose Jaw paid its assistant managers or out-of-

scope employees after only two days when they covered for their supervisors who were away from the office or on holidays. He put forward a motion to change so that staff would be paid after 11 days of coverage. “The City of Moose Jaw policy was most generous,” he continued. Changing the policy to 11 days from two days would still mean the municipality has a generous policy compared to other municipalities. “It was a surprise to me as well, that this policy had come in without input from elected officials. That was a 2011 date on the policy, so it predated this administration and most members of council,” said Eby. “I, too, was disappointed that we had no input into that.” The next regular council meeting is Dec. 9.

Council report fails to indicate funding source for $6.5M water project City administration knew how it would pay for new smart water meters worth $6.5 million, but it neglected to tell city council what those funding sources were until pressed by a councillor. The department of engineering services presented a report during council’s Nov. 25 executive committee meeting about issuing requests for proposal (RFPs) for the purchase and installation of advanced metering infrastructure, including the replacement of municipal water meters with smart meter devices. The department wants to implement a water metering network that is customer-service friendly, effective and efficient. Council initially voted 4-3 against receiving and filing the report; councillors Brian Swanson, Scott McMann and Dawn Luhning were in favour. Council then voted 5-2 to table the motion until the funding-source component of the project could be presented in a future report; Luhning and Swanson were opposed. Council discussion The new system will cost $6 million, with $570,965 in additional construction work, according to the report. Between $15.1 million and $20 million in savings and revenue increases are expected in the short- and longterm, for a net benefit over 20 years between $8.5 million and $13.4 million. Recouping the costs of the project could take between 6.6 years to 8.7 years. City administration believes the project could take two

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years to complete. Luhning raised the concern about from where the $6.5 million would come, noting while there was a good financial analysis in the report, nowhere explicitly said what the funding sources were. “We implied it. We could have been clearer on that,” said city manager Jim Puffalt, noting the money will likely come from borrowing from reserves, long-term debt, and companies financing the project themselves. “We don’t know exactly where the money will come from, other than it will be borrowed from somewhere … .” This was one of the items talked about during the 2019 budget discussions, said Coun. Chris Warren. Talk then was to borrow from reserves and pay with savings. Now with a new investment strategy, it may be cheaper to borrow externally than internally. In the RFP, questions will be asked of how contractors will finance the project, Puffalt told Warren. City administration will provide council with a report of the contractors’ proposals after the RFPs come. If council doesn’t like any of the suggestions, none of the tenders has to be awarded. Background The City of Moose Jaw provides potable drinking water services to 12,416 active customers. Meters are to be read three times a year for 37,248 total reads plus one estimated read. However, according to the report, the municipal-

ity is only able to attain 24,744 actual annual reads and estimate reads for the other billing periods. When staff is unable to obtain a meter reading from a property, city hall relies on residents to report the meter consumption themselves, or place a booking to have a city employee obtain the required read. The report pointed out quarterly billing can be a problem since small leaks or running toilets could go unnoticed and could lead to large bills within a six-month period. Readings with the new meter technology would be automatic and collected on demand remotely and more accurately by two antennae installed throughout the municipality, city administration explained. Municipal staff would not have to visit homes to collect readings, which would also ensure their safety; billing could be done monthly; alarms could warn the homeowner or municipality that a water leak is possible; freezing of connection lines could be eliminated through early detection. The City of Moose Jaw has consumed about 5,532.3 megalitres of treated water annually from the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant in the last three years, the report added. About 952.9 megalitres are lost annually due to problems in the water system, such as leaks and breaks. The next executive committee meeting is Dec. 9.

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Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade once again a hit Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

He only visits Moose Jaw a couple times a year, so when Santa comes to town, you better believe we’re going to throw a parade. The 2019 Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade took place on Sunday night featuring more than two dozen floats decorated in all variation of Christmas themes. And of course, Jolly Ol’ St. Nick and Mrs. Claus made their annual appearance at the end of the festivities, much to the delight of the hundreds of children lining the parade route on Main Street. The weather even cooperated, with temperatures only slightly chilly at – 8 C at the start of the parade, giving even more families a chance to enjoy the show in comfort. Here’s a sampling of the many sights on display and be sure to check out for many, many more photos from the Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade!

Youngsters could barely contain their excitement when Santa came along. Santa and Mrs. Claus made their annual appearance at the end of the parade.

Moose Jaw Remax had their always popular display of festive horses Doris Sitter School of Dance. SaskPower.

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Students forced to make tough decisions during financial literacy event Jason G. Antonio -Moose Jaw Express

Grade 9 student Douglas Cowan now has a better idea of the financial decisions his parents regularly face after being given pretend money to spend during a financial literacy event. “My parents own, like, a lot of property. We own two houses. We were thinking about getting a third, but I don’t think we are anymore. So, like, this really helps me understand their situation,” said the Central Collegiate student. “When my parents grow I old, I still want to have rental property and I want to invest my money into rental properties, so I think this (event) is very beneficial.” Cowan and hundreds of other students recently took part in Reality Check, a two-day event hosted by the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce and Prairie South School Division. Grade 9 students at A.E. Peacock Collegiate experienced the joys — pains? — of being an adult on Nov. 27, while students from Riverview and Central collegiates faced similar money-related conundrums on Nov. 28.

Jada Therens determines what type of housing she wants to purchase, with the help of volunteer advisor Vicki Turley, while balancing her needs and wants based on her monthly budget. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Students were assigned one of 23 individual family scenarios and one of nine careers and had to visit booths such as housing, clothing, transportation, groceries, furniture, childcare, and charities to make virtual purchases from their monthly budget. Although students had to visit every booth, they could make their own decisions about what to buy. Once finished, students returned to the financial services booth to meet with an advisor. Every student received a box of Smarties, even those who had no money left in their virtual bank. This activity was great since the booths offered an accurate picture of what students will face in the future, said Cowan, whose fictitious character was a retail associate who made $20,000 a year, was married, had one child under age five, and had no insurance. “You’re put in different situations. And life throws different situations at you, so what you actually get might be different from what you want,” he continued. The tough part was prioritizing wants over needs, Cowan added. He wanted a sports car, especially since his dad owns two of them, but chose a truck. Central student Bella St-Laurent had a character who was an IT computer programmer who made $45,000 a year and was married with one child. Her biggest choices revolved around a car and house; she decided to rent a car and chose a nice dwelling. “I think it’s kind of cool because we’re learning about how it’s going to be in the future. Like how we’re going to have to pay for things, or what insurance will do,” chuckled St-Laurent. “It’s been OK because my job’s pretty good, but choosing the things that won’t make me go really broke is kinda hard.” Riverview student Tyrell Philipenko managed to save $11 overall, which was positive since he had to make several difficult purchasing decisions, such as housing and a vehicle. His main takeaway from the activity: “Save money,” adding, “I feel good that I didn’t spend everything.”

Volunteer Matt Gray with The Tax Team helped as an

Everybody needs a vehicle, right? Students line up at the transportation booth to secure their wheels during a financial literacy event at Central Collegiate on Nov. 28. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

advisor and noted very few students had actually failed and spent all their money. He thought it was great that students were learning this now so they could be prepared in the future. “The kids are doing better than adults. They are living frugally, even in this simulated world,” he said. “If they failed … (or) overspent what their means are, we can use that as a teaching moment to say, ‘Maybe it would be worthwhile to downgrade your living arrangement on a temporary basis just to get yourself in the black again.’” Gray encouraged students who had money left over to invest it elsewhere, such as extra schooling, a vacation, retirement, or their children’s RRSP. Since this is a game, the students could anticipate some of the issues they might face, Gray said. But if they learned that it’s not always possible to purchase a giant house right out of high school, or they should purchase an older car instead of new, then they’ve done well and learned “a little bit of reality.”

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Barker defends home ice with SWCT win Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

There are a few World Curling Tour teams waiting in the wings, but there’s little question that if the Scotties provincial women’s curling championship were to start today, Penny Barker would be a heavy, heavy favourite. And for good reason: when you’ve won three straight Sask Women’s Curling Tour events, topping some of the best teams in the province and beyond, well, people tend to take notice. Barker, third Deanna Doig, second Christie Gamble and lead Danielle Sicinski went undefeated through the SWCT stop at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre this past weekend, defeating Team China’s Ya Han 7-3 in the

Penny Barker, Deanna Doig, Christie Gamble and Danielle Sicinski ham it up for the camera after winning the Moose Jaw SWCT stop.

Tamara Quinton and Donda Lee Deis are joined by skip Lorraine Arguin in sweeping a shot into the house.

final. “It would be nice if we could keep on rolling and provincials were next weekend,” Barker said with a laugh. “But we’ve known this all year long, gear up all through fall and set yourself up so you have a direct bye into provincials. Then rest up and practice. We’re feeling really good right now, so it’s just tweaking things.” The foursome have now won three of four SWCT stops, including the Regina Highland on the Oct. 25 weekend and – most importantly – the Saskatoon Nutana on Nov.

1, a win that gave Barker a direct berth into the Scotties provincials Jan. 24-28 in Melville. This past weekend opened with a barnburner 7-6 win over a very familiar opponent in Lorraine Arguin followed by a 9-2 win against Regina’s Rae Ann Williamson and 5-3 victory over Saskatoon’s Jana Tisdale. That sent Barker into the playoff round, where she defeated Sherry Anderson’s regular team, skipped by Nancy Martin, 6-4 in the quarter-final before downing Anderson’s senior team, skipped by the reigning world senior champion herself, 5-4. From there, it was into the championship final where a unique opponent in Team China’s Ya Han awaited. A three-ender in the first and deuces in the third and fifth gave Barker a 7-2 lead, and after Han was held to a single point in the sixth, the two teams shook hands. “We managed to put a little pressure on early, it’s nice to get a three-point lead and then you can just focus on more hits, you don’t have to be as aggressive going forward,” Barker said. “So it was nice to get up early and just focus on throwing the rocks.” As fun as it might have been facing a team from out-ofcountry, curling is curling no matter the opponent. “We just play our game and I think we’ve done a really good job staying with our gameplan and keeping that confidence up,” Barker said. “It’s just about making shots, it doesn’t matter who we’re playing and we just want to play well every game.”

Nine-time Scotties contender Englot enjoying new season with young team Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

When Michelle Englot won her first Scott women’s curling provincial championship as Michelle Schneider way back in 1988, little did she know it would kick off a legendary career that would see her winning titles three decades later. Different rinks, different teammates and even a different province, but in the end Englot has always seemed to find a way into contention. And that’s led to no less that nine appearances – eight for Saskatchewan, one for Manitoba – at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts over the years. So when the veteran skip shows up at any kind of a tournament in the province, you can bet there’s a fair amount of interest in seeing her play. Englot and her Regina Highland foursome were in Moose Jaw this past weekend for the Saskatchewan Women’s Curling Tour stop at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre. They ended up reaching the playoff round before falling to Regina’s Ashley Howard in the quarter-finals. Maybe not the perfect weekend, but still as positive a result as can be – especially when the focus is just as much on enjoying the game as much as it has been outright winning. “It’s been fun, a really fun season for me,” Englot said shortly after losing a hardfought 7-4 decision to China’s Ya Han to close out the round robin. “I really enjoy playing with the girls, they’re great to be around. We haven’t put a lot of pressure ourselves, we’re mainly playing close to home and having fun.” A major part of that is who she’s playing with. Englot is taking the ice with Sara England, Shelby Brandt and Stasia Wisniewski, a group of youngsters looking to start building their own legacy in the sport. Even with a crew of kids, they still have Michelle Englot as their skip. That experience at some of the highest levels in the game – both in the Scotties and on the World Curling Tour – has helped through the early part of the season. “It’s different with every team and with this team we’re still building and learn-

Michelle Englot delivers her final stone in the sixth end against Team China during the Saturday afternoon draw. ing each other’s habits and stuff like that,” Englot said. “So, basically, when you have a new team you start from scratch, but the experience definitely helps with strategy and everything.” Making things all the more interesting is who her third is – England is the daughter of Sandra Schmirler, one of Englot’s greatest intra-province rivals alongside Saskatoon’s Sherry Anderson. Schmirler, of course, is the legendary Scotties and Olympic champion who passed away in 2000 after a long battle with cancer. The 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw will mark the 20th anniversary of her death. Englot has been sure to pass on all sorts of tales of the days of yore when she and Schmirler were duelling almost annually for Saskatchewan supremacy. “Definitely, stories like that have come up and I think Sara is a sponge for stuff like that since she never really got to know her mom,” Englot said. Sara was three when her mom passed. “I think it’s good for her to hear some of the stories from the old days, and we definitely have a lot of them.” Those wars were part of a whole ‘steel

sharpening steel’ thing that was happening in the province at the time, where the competitive level had risen so high that extraordinary measures were needed just to stay in touch with the opposition. “I think it was a combination [of making

each other better] and we made curling better across Canada,” Englot said. “It was our teams that first started to practice hard and start to put the time in off the ice, I think it was both for sure.” The duo never fully joined forces, but they did come close. “I went to the ‘87 Scotties as their fifth,” Englot said, pausing before adding with a laugh, “well before my teammates were born.” One thing all that experience brings – having played in Scotties national tournaments over four decades – is an eye for how things have changed over the years. “Just the way teams are getting more competitive across the board,” Englot said. “It’s definitely more intense and there are more trinkets at the end of the line with all of the things that come along with winning it all. It’s a lot more intense where it used to be more social, definitely a lot more competitive. “But it’s always a lot of fun and a great experience.” The 2020 Scotties runs from Feb. 14-23 at Mosaic Place. Ticket packages are available and can be found at

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The Moose Jaw Warriors are busy on the ice every day over a seven-week season, but off the ice, the team stays just as active in the community throughout the year. The players on the Warriors are young exempt of what kind of benefits staying physically active can have and the team passes that message along with their Subway Warrior Workouts program in local schools. “At that age, they like to have their video games, so it’s important to talk to them about eating right, being active, being healthy, getting outside and playing with their friends, and not staying inside all day,” Warriors forward Tate Popple said. The Warriors lead the elementary school kids through stretches to start the workout before they take them through stations that including catching, relay races and much more. “They’re always pretty excited to see us,” Popple said. “We have about 20 minutes of playing dodgeball [at the end] and

them and hang out with them for a bit of the day,” Popple said. “Matt Calvert came to school a couple of times, so it was always pretty fun seeing them. “It’s fun to see the smile on their faces and hopefully we can brighten their day up.” The Warriors also head to schools throughout the season for their Read to Succeed program, in addition to their work with Special Olympics as well.

have some fun with them.” Popple has taken the player lead with the program the past two years, but several players attend each event and Popple says that they all enjoy themselves. “There are some guys that like to have a bit of fun with them, so it’s good for both sides,” Popple said. “They’re the ones that are going to come and support us, so if we’re never hanging

out with them, they don’t really get to know us and that’s a big part is getting to know our community and the people that come out and watch us.” Popple hails from Brandon, MB, home of the Wheat Kings and he said he saw firsthand the impact that the players coming out to school or his practice would have on him and his friends. “It was always nice to see them, meet

The Spirit Stick

By Reah Good

“A cheerleader is not measured by the height of her jumps, but by the span of her spirit.” Spirit is an essential ingredient in the sport culture of cheerleading. The Bring it On movie series featured the “Spirit Stick” as a main thread through the plots. The Spirit Stick is literally a baton, but decorated in team colors, striped, maybe sparkled, maybe with tassles, etc. that is owned by each team. Like Santa Claus, there are many myths that surround the Spirit Stick, where it came from, how it must be protected, and most importantly how to honor the Spirit Stick in order to have good luck when the team performs its routine. Instead of the archetypal stick or baton, teams might also have other good luck charms like a stuffed ani-

mal. Likewise, the stuffie would be dressed in team colors, or perhaps represent the Team name. Most cheerleading competitions have a special award called the Spirit Award that is given to a team who has demonstrated exceptional “spirit” in some way during the competition. The focus is on positive interactions between competing teams and respect for all. The myth of the Spirit Stick promotes the importance of team, loyalty, and sportsmanship in the sport. This philosophy has dove-tailed with the Girl-Power movement to promote positive attitudes, inclusion, athleticism, and empowering girls through sport. Whereas cheerleaders started on the side of the field, cheering for the male athletes who were on the field, cheerleaders now proudly stake their claim at the centre of the field. Not to make the male cheerleaders feel left out, but here is a sport that features female power! Here are a few other popular memes from Instagram. Know your worth. I’m a cheerleader, what’s your superpower? Forget the glass slippers, this princess wears cheer shoes!

It is great to bring a trophy back to the gym, but every cheerleading coach teaches the mantra: You earn your trophies at practice, you go to competition to pick them up. So, practice like you’re in last place, and perform like you’re in second place. Photo submitted by Rhea Good

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Tracey signs entry-level contract with Anaheim Ducks Warriors standout a first-round selection of Ducks in 2019 NHL Draft Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

With the way things have gone for Brayden Tracey since he returned to the Moose Jaw Warriors from Anaheim Ducks training camp, signing an National Hockey League contract seemed almost like a foregone conclusion. But the Ducks still had to make it official, and that they did last Wednesday. Anaheim announced they had signed the 18-year-old forward to a three-year, entry-level contract, capping what has been an incredible run of success for the Calgary product. “It’s crazy, I kind of still don’t believe it,” Tracey said on Moose Jaw Warriors TV. “I’ve been dreaming of this; I was a little kid and now that it’s happened it’s hard to describe. Tracey was chosen 29th overall in the 2019 NHL Draft after an incredible rookie season that saw him put up 36 goals and 81 points in 66 games while playing on the highest-scoring line in the Canadian Hockey League alongside Justin Almeida and Tristin Langan. “I’ve been playing hockey since I was six, and going into last year it’s obviously on your mind and becomes more of a dream. With all the work the coaches put into me becoming better and putting that into work on the ice, then

Brayden Tracey celebrates a goal against the Red Deer Rebels earlier this season. the Draft comes along and I get picked… the work was crazy this summer but obviously it’s paid off.” That performance saw Tracey win the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s Rookie of the Year, and it wasn’t long after that he heard his named called while sitting in the stands at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on the

first day of the NHL Draft. The question from that point on would be just how things would go when he didn’t have his high-scoring, prohockey-bound teammates on his line. It took all of two games back in Moose Jaw to settle that issue. After recording an assist against the Vancouver Giants in his first game back, Tracey went off against the Raiders in Prince Albert, scoring once and adding three assists. That set off a string of solid outings that included backto-back four-point games at the end of October, including a four-goal effort against the Red Deer Rebels at Mosaic Place on Nov. 1. All in all, Tracey had 10 goals and 22 points in only 13 games heading into play this week, and that was more than enough to have Anaheim pull the trigger. “When I was around there a little bit later [during training camp], the word was kind of going around with my agent , myself and the team, but once I got back here the pressure kind of came on that I needed to get this done,” Tracey said. “I pushed myself as hard as I could and then I got a call from my agent two nights ago saying we’re going to do it. So obviously it’s a big relief for me and my family.”

Points for Hunger

Brayden Tracey has been on a tear since returning from training camp with the Anaheim Ducks and that’s good news for Hunger In Moose Jaw. Tracey is this season’s face of the Moose Jaw Warriors and Mosaic Company’s ‘Points for Hunger’ campaign, which sees Mosaic donate $250 to Hunger In Moose Jaw for every point that Tracey gets during the 2019-20 regular season. “It’s a huge honour for me, the organization and my family as well, racking up points to get those kids some food, some lunch is definitely special for me,” Tracey said. There are over 300 kids in Moose Jaw that go without lunch every day and Hunger In Moose Jaw works to make sure that there are not children going hungry in the city.

Moose Jaw Warriors Tracey said he is looking forward to play- “Point is one of the best players in the ing a part in that, “I’ll do my best to get world, Almeida’s total is high, but I’m pushing for it and hopefully I can break those kids some food,” he said. “I’d also like to apologize to Mosaic be- it.” cause I’m going to be trying my hardest to Sarah Fedorchuk with the Mosaic Company said they are incredibly pleased with make them pay as much as I can.” So far this season, Tracey has posted 10 how the program has went over five seasons in partnership with the Warriors and goals and 22 points in just 12 games. The ‘Points for Hunger’ program started Hunger In Moose Jaw. with Brayden Point scoring 88 points for “At Mosaic, our mission is to help the a $22,000 donation during the 2015-16 world grow the food it needs, so investseason. ing in local food security programs, like The program has exploded over the past Points for Hunger, connects to the work three seasons with Jayden Halbgewachs we do every day to achieve this mission,” topping the 100-point plateau in back-to- she said. back seasons (100 in ’16-17 and 129 in ’17- “The amazing support of The Mosaic 18), followed up by Justin Almeida regis- Company for an initiative of this nature is truly overwhelming,” Warriors Director tering 111 points last season. “My goal is to top them,” Tracey said. of Business Operations Corey Nyhagen

added. Tracey has helped make the lunches with Hunger In Moose Jaw, he says it really hit home, “When I went there and made lunches, it put a smile on people’s faces, so putting that smile on a kid’s face is a big booster for me,” he said. Tracey’s ‘Points for Hunger’ total currently sat at $5,000 until the Warriors took on the Medicine Hat Tigers last Friday at Mosaic Place. No current total was available as of press time Monday. Coming up next week the Warriors will have four-games in five-days starting Tuesday, December 3rd when they open a two-game Alberta road trip in Edmonton.

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Warriors take one on chin from Tigers Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

When you’re a rebuilding team, there are going to be nights like this. The Moose Jaw Warriors looked every bit like a squad with a line-up made up of mostly 17-year-olds taking on a team looking to make a decent playoff run on Friday night at Mosaic Place as they dropped a 6-0 decision to the Medicine Hat Tigers. It was one of those game where the scoreboard told the tale, too. The Warriors were outshot 20-2 in the first period and saw the Tigers take a 3-0 lead out of the frame. That’s right, the dreaded ‘the other team could have played without a goalie and still had the lead’ scenario. Things weren’t much better in the second, as Medicine Hat would hold a 34-8 edge on the shot clock before the Warriors managed a bit of a pushback in the third. It wouldn’t be enough to break through, though, and Tigers goaltender Mads Sogaard would need only 15 saves on the night to earn the clean sheet. “I thought our third period was good but I was definitely disappointed in our effort for the first two periods,” said Warriors newly minted captain Owen Hardy. “It was just not what we wanted as a

group, but there’s a lot of things we can take from it. We’re an extremely young team, everything is a learning curve, so I think we can just learn from it and get better, that’s all we can do for now.” Hardy was quick to point out that even with the youth in the line-up, it was the overall team effort that led to the loss. “I don’t know if there’s much to be said, it’s not just the young guys, we’re a team and we can’t just put the blame on them, myself included,” Hardy said. “It’s everybody, not a few individuals, the whole team as a group.” The lack of scoring opportunities was naturally a concern for Warriors head coach Tim Hunter, who would have also would have liked to have seen a better showing in competitive spirit and work ethic. “We weren’t shooting the puck enough in the beginning of the game, we turned down shooting opportunities and that changes things when you shoot the puck a bit more for how teams defend,” Hunter said. “But compete and work is the base of everything and I don’t think we were good in either department tonight. I know it’s a lot and we have to teach how hard you have to compete, and that’s on

Medicine Hat’s Brett Kemp attempts to slip a backhand pass between Warriors goaltender Adam Evanoff and defenceman Cole Jordan.

us as coaches. But the work is simple and it doesn’t take any skill or brains to work hard, so I’m disappointed in that.” Hunter pointed to one example where a better decision could have been made. “A young guy comes down the wing on a two-on-one and he’s on his off wing, so it’s a perfect time to shoot the puck,” Hunter explained “He makes a rink-wide pass on his backhand, and as a 17-yearold you don’t have a very good backhand, so why even do that instead of

putting the puck on the net. And then we have to be willing to get to the front of the net as well. “They’re a better team than we are, but you don’t allow the other team to have opportunities by your failures, make them beat you with hard work and skill and they didn’t have to do that tonight.” The loss was the fifth-straight for the Warriors, who haven’t scored more than one goal in a game in their last four outings and haven’t had more than three going back nine games to Nov. 1 and their 5-1 win over Red Deer. James Hamblin had two goals and an assist for Medicine Hat, Daniel Baker, Baxter Anderson, Jonathan Brinkman and Eric Van Impe all had single markers. Adam Evanoff faced 51 shots total on the night and was named the game’s third star. The Warriors’ schedule picks up this week, as they play four games in five night with stops in Edmonton and Red Deer on Tuesday and Wednesday before hosting the Rebels and Prince Albert Raiders Friday and Saturday. Both games are at 7 p.m. at Mosaic Place.

AAA Warriors vault into first place with weekend sweep Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

With the way things have been going for the Moose Jaw AAA Warriors as of late, it seemed like only a matter of time before they made a major move in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League standings. As it turns out, this weekend was that time. With 4-2 and 6-3 road wins over the Tisdale Trojans on Saturday and Sunday, the Warriors improved to 16-61-0 on the season and, more importantly, moved into a three-way tie for first place in the SMAAAHL with the Saskatoon Blazers and Saskatoon Contacts. Both Saskatoon teams have a game in hand. On Saturday, the Warriors built period leads of 2-1 and 4-2 before holding on for the one-goal victory. Kirk Mullen, Atley Calvert and Lucius Schmidt all had a

goal and an assist for Moose Jaw, while Connor McGrath scored their other marker. Caelan Fitzpatrick picked up two assists. Dylan Ernst got the start in goal and turned aside 21 shots. Things were a little more comfortable in Sunday’s rematch, as the Warriors broke open a 2-2 first period tie with a pair of second period goals before potting a pair of third-period insurance markers. It was McGrath’s turn to lead the way offensively, as he scored twice and finished the contest with three points. Fitzpatrick, Calvert, Davis Fry and Ethan Peters all had one goal each, Schmidt picked up another two assists. Ernst had another solid contest with 29 saves.

The Warriors will have a shot at taking over sole possession of first place when they travel to Swift Current to face the Legionnaires on Tuesday night. Next home action is Thursday, Dec. 12 when they host the Notre Dame Hounds. Overtime… the Warriors were without goaltender Chase Coward for the weekend, as he was called up by the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels and made his first start on Saturday night in the Rebels’ 4-3 loss to the Regina Pats… it wasn’t the best of nights for the youngster, as he surrendered three goals on six shots and was replaced by Byron Fancy in the second period… affiliated player Jaxon Taupert returned to the Warriors and backed up Ernst both contests.

St. Michael sweeps HTCSD volleyball championships Holy Trinity Catholic School Division caps season with city final

The Holy Trinity Catholic School Division held their elementary volleyball city championship tournament recently, featuring some of the top young teams in Moose Jaw battling it out for league supremacy. A large and raucous crowd filled the Vanier Collegiate gym for the event, and when all was said and done, the St. Michael Knights ended up with a sweep of both titles. The boys defeated the St. Margaret Lions in their gold medal game and downed the St. Agnes Spartans in the girls final. Congratulations to all student athletes and coaches in the HTCSD volleyball league for a very successful season!

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Sensational season: Vanier Vikings look back at provincial championship Boys volleyball repeats as provincial 4A champions, win third SHSAA title in a month for school Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

When the Vanier Vikings won the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association 4A boys volleyball provincial championship last season, it came at the end of a long and difficult road through the weekend and featured a handful of epic battles along the way. Apparently, going through that whole taxing process didn’t sit all that well with the team. So when it came time to do it again the weekend of Nov. 23/24, they decided to go out and make it all look easy. The Vikings swept through the tournament, losing a single set in the round robin before blasting through the playoff round without dropping a game. The end result saw the squad honoured with a schoolwide assembly on Monday morning after winning the provincial title for the second-straight year. “From the outside it might have looked like a stress-free weekend, but living it, the boys knew what level they had to be at to be successful and they worked hard to reach that level,” said Vikings head coach Levi Broda. “I feel like we were the most complete team, we were able to utilize all of our offensive weapons and had great defence. The peak level we got to around playoff time was something that even myself, I didn’t know we could get to that level, but the boys performed extremely well.” The key, naturally, was how things were running in all facets of the game. But Broda pointed to their balanced offence as having the biggest impact on the tournament. “There were teams there that had really elite offensive weapons, but the bottom line was with our balanced attack, we were able to run an offence that produced a lot of free balls,” Broda explained. “When you get free balls, their weapons aren’t being utilized. So that was important for us throughout the weekend.” A major part of any volleyball offence is the setter. Grade 12 veteran Kyle Gotana battled injury last season and was forced to the sidelines for the final, but there were no such difficulties this time around, and with the offence running through such an experienced player, things were smooth from the get go. “It’s something that Mr. Broda had us working on every day, to be able to run those good plays and get the ball down,” Gotana said of their refined performance. “It’s just unreal, especially being able to do it in my Grade 12 year. It got a bit emotional at the end, but I was able to keep it together and to be able to do it with all my friends was amazing.” Of course, Gotana had to get the ball to

his hitters to have success. That’s where terrifying smashing machines like Sam Moyse, Josh Auger and Nathan Meili came in, leading to a kill parade like no other. “It was awesome,” Meili said of the win. “There were still some really good teams there, but it was our Grade 12 year, so we wanted to play as well as we can and hopefully it ends up well, and that’s what happened. It’s pretty cool to end off my high school career like that.” And then there was the hallmark of the 2018 team, their defence. Broda made special mention of libero Carter Benallick, who played the purely defensive position all four years of his high school career and evolved into a top-flight dig specialist. “There’s a mindset that no ball is going to hit the floor, and it starts with [Benallick],” Broda said. “Other teams, he’s the first player they identify, ‘your libero is incredible’, and for a kid to accept that roll for four years is super unheard of. But he just embraced the roll and our team was able to take advantage of how well he played.” In Benallick’s eyes, it was all just doing what he could to help the team win. “To be honest, I wasn’t tall enough to be anything else in Grade 9 and Grade 10, so I thought I’d just stick with it,” he said. “There’s nothing like digging the ball for your team and making a big play to get the guys going. “It was just unreal all weekend and especially in the playoffs, our team just clicked like never before. Guys who don’t talk very much were fired up, we were going all weekend and had our best games. It was awesome.” **** The Vikings victory capped what has been an unprecedented run of success for the local high school. And by season, we’re not talking sports; we’re talking the literal season of autumn. That’s because Vanier’s win was the third SHSAA provincial title for the school since the end of October. It all started with the Vanier Spirits girls soccer team, kicking off a trend where the school would hold the aforementioned assemblies to honour their provincial champions. There was another morning mass gathering a month later, when the Vanier Spirits won the 4A girls volleyball title. And only a week later, this past Monday, it was the Vikings’ turn. To say the level of success has been stunning is as severe an understatement as there can be – and even the architects of the amazing runs are in disbelief with what they’ve seen. “It was never something we would have

Every single person in this photo won a Saskatchewan High School Athletics Association gold medal in the past month: the Vanier Spirits girls soccer team, the Vanier Spirits girls volleyball team and the Vanier Vikings boys volleyball team. though we would have been experiencing, we’re just so proud of our programs,” Broda said. “We’re just rolling, everything is coming together. We want to enjoy the moment, have these assemblies and meet together as a school to celebrate.” This winning actually has been going on since the fall of 2018. Allison Grajczyk-Jelinski started it all off with her provincial cross country title and was followed by the Vikings with their first title a month later. Then came the track and field provincial championships and Delaney Townsend’s gold in javelin, Zidane Closs’ title in high jump and the overall 3A team title for Vaner. Add in the current run and you have no

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less than seven provincial championships for the Spirits and Vikings in the last 14 months. The rather funny part of it all is for the school’s younger students, winning provincials is all they’ve known and might come to expect. “You see the Grade 9s just coming in here and I wonder if they realize this isn’t the norm, this isn’t happening anywhere else,” Broda said with a laugh. “So we’re trying to allow the kids to celebrate these successes, and the results of this will be seen for years. Kids will realize we can be successful at this school, we are successful at this school and we’ll try to keep it that way going forward.”

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District 31 Infoman (N) 100 génies “Le Canada” Enquête (N) Le téléjournal (N) Saturday Night Live The Blacklist Global News at 10 (N) Sheldon Big Bang (:01) Almost Family (N) Law & Order: SVU Big Bang etalk (N) (6:00) Evenings on The Weather Network Evenings on TWN (:15) NFL Football New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons. (N) News Standing Coronation “The Christmas Contract” (2018) Hilarie Burton. The National (N) Sheldon The Unicorn (:01) Mom Carol’s-Act Evil “177 Minutes” Two Men Late-Colbert The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Goldbergs Mod Fam News J. Kimmel Mom Mom To Be Announced Four Weddngs Bridging Bridging UEFA CFL Wired 2019 Home Hardware Canada Cup Curling Sixth Draw. (N) NHL Hockey: Devils at Canadiens Sportsnet Central (N) Plays/Month NHL’s Best (:15) NFL Football New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons. (N) Corner Gas (6:00) “Lucky Christmas” “A Midnight Kiss” (2018, Romance) Adelaide Kane. “Write Before Christmas” Colossal (:40) ››› “The Natural” (1984) Robert Redford, Robert Duvall. ››› “Traitor” (2008) 3’s Comp. 3’s Comp. Engagement Engagement Engagement Engagement Frasier Frasier 600 Pound Mom 600 Pound Mom The 685-Lb. Teen 900 Pound Man: Race Goblin Works Garage (N) Bitchin’ Rides (N) Street Outlaws Racers head into the seventh race. (N) Big Bang Big Bang Goldbergs Fresh-Boat The Office The Office The Office The Office ››› “Sitting Pretty” (1948, Comedy) (:45) ››› “Yours, Mine and Ours” (1968, Comedy) You Can’t Christmas Light Fight Christmas Light Fight Christmas Light Fight Christmas Light Fight Drag Racing NHRA Drag Racing Auto Club NHRA Finals. From Pomona, Calif. (6:00) ›› “Rampage” (7:50) ››› “The Shape of Water” (2017, Fantasy) ›› “Superfly” (2018) The (:40) XTC: This Is Pop ››› “Us” (2019) Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke. (6:40) Punk (:35) ››› “Molly’s Game” (2017) Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba. › “Holmes & Watson” (:05) “Fahrenheit 451” (2018) Michael B. Jordan. (8:50) I Am Patrick Swayze Fletcher


7:15 p.m. TSN NFL Football Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks.


6:00 p.m. TSN NBA Basketball Miami Heat at Boston Celtics. 9:00 p.m. TSN NBA Basketball Sacramento Kings at Portland Trail Blazers.

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6:00 p.m. NET NHL Hockey Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins. 9:00 p.m. NET NHL Hockey Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks.












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District 31 La facture Bonne fête ComediHa! (N) Polytechnique Le téléjournal (N) Saturday Night Live NCIS “Daughters” Global News at 10 (N) The Resident (N) The Voice (N) Criminal Minds Big Bang etalk (N) (6:00) Evenings on The Weather Network Evenings on TWN The Grinch Dragon The Voice (N) (:01) Making It (N) News J. Fallon Coronation Coronation Standing Mr. Bean Creek Gags The National (N) NCIS “Silent Service” FBI “What Lies Beneath” NCIS: New Orleans Two Men Late-Colbert Brad Paisley Thinks CMA Country Christmas A holiday celebration. (N) News J. Kimmel Hudson & Rex Mod Fam Mod Fam Mom Mom Brainfood NBA Basketball: Mavericks at Pelicans SportsCentre (N) SportsCentre (N) NHL Hockey Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators. (N) Sportsnet Central (N) NHL’s Best Alberta Primetime (N) Big Bang etalk (N) Criminal Minds “Hamelin” “A Wish for Christmas” “Dashing Through” “A Song for Christmas” (2017) Becca Tobin. “Cherished Memories: A” (:05) “The People Garden” (2016) ›› “Space Jam” (1996, Children’s) “The Final Curtain” (2002) 3’s Comp. 3’s Comp. King of Hill King of Hill King of Hill King of Hill Frasier Frasier Outdaughtered Counting On (N) Welcome to Plathville (N) Welcome to Plathville Gold Rush: Pay Dirt (N) Gold Rush (N) Hellfire Heroes (N) Raising Wild (N) Big Bang Big Bang Goldbergs Fresh-Boat Friends Friends Friends Friends ››› “Humoresque” (1946, Drama) Joan Crawford. Levant ››› “The Band Wagon” (1953) ››› “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (:15) “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” MotoAmerica Rewind MotoAmerica Rewind MotoAmerica Rewind MotoAmerica Rewind “Spirit Unforgettable” (7:55) ››› “The Kid Who Would Be King” (2019) “Family” (2018, Comedy) (:05) ››› “Wonder” (2017, Drama) Julia Roberts. ››› “Us” (2019) Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke. Mike on ›› “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” (2018) Dylan O’Brien. Shameless Flight of the Conchords My Favorite Shapes Enthusiasm Enthusiasm Fletcher Silicon




District 31 Discussions Deuxième chance Ruptures Le téléjournal (N) 9-1-1 “Christmas Spirit” (:01) Prodigal Son (N) FBI “Appearances” Global News at 10 (N) Big Bang Big Bang All Rise The Good Doctor (N) Big Bang etalk (N) (6:00) Evenings on The Weather Network Evenings on TWN The Voice The top 10 artists perform live. (N) (:01) Making It News J. Fallon A Merry Murdoch Christmas Frankie Drake Mysteries The National (N) Rudolph, the Reindeer All Rise Bull Two Men Late-Colbert The Great Christmas Light Fight The Good Doctor (N) News J. Kimmel “Christmas Jars” (2019) Jeni Ross, Tara Yelland. Mom Mom Brainfood (:15) NFL Football Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks. (N) SC With Jay NHL Hockey: Devils at Sabres Sportsnet NHL Hockey Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks. Alberta Primetime (N) Big Bang etalk (N) Criminal Minds (N) The Voice (6:00) “Finding Santa” “Snowed Inn Christmas” (2017) Bethany Joy Lenz. “Holiday Hearts” (2019) (6:35) ››› “Gabrielle” (2013, Drama) (:20) ››› “Frozen River” (2008) Ramy Ramy 3’s Comp. 3’s Comp. Man-Plan Man-Plan Man-Plan Man-Plan Frasier Frasier 90 Day Fiancé “Darcey’s Continuing Journey” A look back at Darcey’s journey. 90 Day Fiancé Bering Sea Gold (N) Alaskan Bush People (N) Highway Thru Hell (N) Escobar’s Millions Big Bang Big Bang Goldbergs Fresh-Boat Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang ››› “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ” (1925) Ramon Novarro. (:45) ›››› “Ben-Hur” (1959) “Dennis the Menace” (:05) ›› “Fred Claus” (2007) Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti. Dennis NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series ARCA Racing Series (6:55) “I’m Going to Break Your Heart” “Patient Zero” (2018) Matt Smith. “Killing Patient Zero” Mean (:25) “The Queen of Sin” (2018) “Mistrust” (2018) Jane Seymour. Peter Rabbit (6:30) “The Breadwinner” (:05) ›› “Little” (2019) Regina Hall, Issa Rae. “The Clovehitch Killer” Fahrenheit (:35) I Love You, Now Die Enthusiasm Enthusiasm His Dark Materials (N)




Découverte Le gros Tout le monde en parle (N) Téléjour. Mod Fam Carol’s-Act NCIS: Los Angeles (N) Madam Secretary (N) News Block God Friended Me Shark Tank (N) The Rookie (N) Housewife Goldbergs (6:30) Evenings on The Weather Network Captured! Overnight on The Weather Network (:15) NFL Football New England Patriots at Houston Texans. (N) News Shrek 2 Shrek/Halls ›› “Shrek the Third” (2007) Voices of Mike Myers. The National (N) 60 Minutes 60 Minutes (N) NCIS: Los Angeles (N) Madam Secretary (N) Joel Osteen Santa Is Comin’ to Town Shark Tank (N) The Rookie (N) News Sports Simpsons Mod Fam Burgers Family Guy Mom Mom Paramedics: Bridging 2019 Home Hardware Canada Cup Curling SportsCentre (N) SportsCentre (N) NHL Hockey Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins. NHL Hockey Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks. Football (:20) NFL Football New England Patriots at Houston Texans. (N) Corner Gas “Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa” (2018) “Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy” (2019) ›› “American Reunion” (7:50) ››› “Philadelphia” (1993) Tom Hanks. ››› “Wild” (2014) Raymond Raymond Raymond Raymond Man-Plan Man-Plan Man-Plan Man-Plan 90 Day Fiancé (N) (:02) Unpolished (N) (:02) 90 Day Fiancé (N) River of No Return (N) Alaska: The Last Frontier Alaska: The Last Frontier Big Bang Big Bang Movie Movie ››› “Executive Suite” (1954) William Holden. ››› “The Bishop’s Wife” (1947) Cary Grant. (:15) ››› “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) ›› “Christmas With the Kranks” (5:30) NHRA Drag Racing NHRA in 30 Motorcycle Racing “The Christmas Parade” ››› “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994, Children’s) Shameless (N) (:10) ›› “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” (2017) ››› “They Shall Not Grow Old” Breakable (6:15) ›› “Mine” (2016) (:05) ›› “Victoria & Abdul” (2017) Judi Dench. “Jumanji: Welcome” “Beware Slender” I Love You, Now Die Enthusiasm Enthusiasm Watchmen (N)














District 31 L’épicerie Les enfants de la télé (N) Plan B “Maman” Le téléjournal (N) Survivor (N) Mod Fam Single NCIS: New Orleans Global News at 10 (N) The Masked Singer (N) Jann Arden: One Night Stumptown (N) Goldbergs etalk (N) (6:30) Evenings on The Weather Network Captured! Evenings on The Weather Network 87th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center (N) Jimmy Hoffa News J. Fallon Coronation Coronation British Baking British Baking The National Survivor (N) (:01) SEAL Team (N) S.W.A.T. “School” Two Men Late-Colbert Goldbergs Schooled Mod Fam Single Stumptown (N) News J. Kimmel “No Time Like Christmas” (2019) Rachel McLaren. Mom Mom Brainfood NBA Basketball: Heat at Celtics SportsCent. NBA Basketball: Kings at Trail Blazers NHL Hockey: Avalanche at Maple Leafs NHL Hockey Ottawa Senators at Edmonton Oilers. (N) Alberta Primetime (N) Big Bang etalk (N) Criminal Minds (N) Goldbergs Big Bang “A Veteran’s Christmas” “Hearts of Christmas” (2016, Drama) Emilie Ullerup. Christmas Cookie “Songs She” ››› “The Big Lebowski” (1998) Jeff Bridges. ››› “Crazy Heart” 3’s Comp. 3’s Comp. Raymond Raymond Raymond Raymond Frasier Frasier My 600-Lb. Life Struggling with food addiction. My 600-Lb. Life Vianey and Allen look to lose weight. Escobar’s Millions Moonshiners (N) Moonshiners (N) Expedition Unknown Big Bang Big Bang Goldbergs Fresh-Boat Seinfeld Seinfeld Seinfeld ››› “Lassie Come Home” (1943) (:45) ›› “Adventures of Rusty” “A Dog’s Best Friend” ››› “Ice Age” (2002) Voices of Ray Romano. ››› “The Polar Express” (2004) Michael Jeter Formula E Racing Formula E Racing Formula E Racing Formula E Racing “Call Me by Your Name” (7:55) “Breakable You” (2017) Holly Hunter. “Jumanji: Welcome” I Am Heath (:20) I Am MLK Jr. Shameless Ray Donovan (6:15) ››› “The Post” (:15) › “The Intruder” (2019) Michael Ealy. › “Head Full of Honey” (5:35) Ava (:25) “Buzz” (2019, Documentary) Enthusiasm Enthusiasm Amanda Seales: I

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On the Front Porch

by Wanda Smith

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Heritage Singers annual holiday concert on the horizon Larissa Kurz

The Heritage Singers will be hosting their annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 8, just one of the two formal concerts the local choir holds each year. Director Brenda Johnson promises the audience will enjoy a lovely evening out at the Central Lutheran Church, as the group makes their way through a program of Christmas songs and carols. The concert is separated into three sections, each one divided by a time where the audience is invited to join in the music. “The audience is going to have a chance to participate singing some good old fashioned Christmas songs as well as carols,” said Johnson. Admission to the concert, which begins at 2:30 p.m., is $10 at the door. The funds raised are used to purchase the music that the Heritage Singers perform each year. Refreshments will follow the show, and a time to mingle. The Heritage Singers began about 10 years ago, as an

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all-female continuation of the Sons and Daughters of the Pioneers. The group hosts a concert at Christmastime and another in the spring, alongside the private performances they do at various seniors’ homes in the city and at the upcoming Rotary Carol Festival. Currently, about 20 active members attend practice, and Johnson is always welcoming more voices. “If anybody likes to sing and would like to join the choir, I’d be happy to speak with them,” said Johnson. “ The group currently practices on Tuesday mornings, at the First Free Methodist Church. Brenda Johnson can be contacted at 1 (306) 631-8095, or interested potential members can catch up with her at the Christmas Concert.

Anglican Church of the Resurrection Moose Jaw

Traditional Book of Common Prayer Communion Service Sunday December 8th, 2019 @ 10:00am Tuesday December 24th, 2019 @4:00pm

Parkview Chapel 474 Hochelaga St W, Moose Jaw

Next Service: December 8, 10:30am

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2017 Sunday, May 14th,Rennie-Laing Rev. Joan Worship Service 10:30am & Sunday School

St. Barnabas

Traditional Anglican Parish Now worshipping at

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60 Athabasca Street East 306-692-0533 Minister: Rev. Jim Tenford

27 Hochelaga St. W., Moose Jaw

The beautiful home of Central Lutheran Church

Music Director: Karen Purdy • Choir Director: Jenna Nash

Holy Communion Book of Common Prayer Sunday 11:30 am (new time) Coffee & fellowship after the service

Lunch after the Service followed by Christmas Concert All are welcome!

For more information contact: Fr. Glenn Galenkamp, Rector 306-691-2715

Advent II Sunday, December 8th, 2019 10:30 am Worship Service & Sunday School

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As we jump headlong into the Christmas season, I would like to touch on each of the themes of advent: the commemoration of Jesus’ birth and anticipation of His return. The first week’s theme is “hope.” Hope is not wishful thinking. It is real Bible hope that is based on our covenant with God and the promises in His Word. It is supernatural expectancy. Hope is like a light shining in a dark place. It is the keeping power of God as we walk by faith, not by sight. There was a man named Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who wrote a poem 156 years ago called, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” He was no stranger to pain. His son, Charles, left home at 18 years old without telling his family that he was headed to join President Lincoln’s Union army to help fight in the Civil War. Not only did his son leave home, his wife tragically died less than two years prior when her dress caught fire. Henry had tried to put out the fire but to no avail, his wife died the following morning. He was unable to attend his wife’s funeral due to the severity of his burns. Overcome by grief, he was sent to an asylum from time to time. Charley, now a private in the army, fell ill with typhoid fever and had to return home to recover. Five years later, his son was severely wounded to which Henry was informed by telegraph. Initially, the severity of the wound was alarming, as a bullet was shot through Charley’s left shoulder and exited under his right shoulder blade. He narrowly missed paralysis. Later, a more favorable report came through that he would require at least six months to heal. Henry was no stranger to loss and pain. Along with tragically losing his wife and his son leaving home then narrowly escaping paralysis, he’d also lost an infant daughter at birth. It was on Christmas Day of 1863 that this 57-year-old widowed father of six children wrote the poem, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” He sought to bring to light the irony of the Christmas bells ringing “peace on earth” while the earth was full of injustice and violence. He ends the poem with hopeful expectation in the midst of tragedy and pain. Dear readers, I pray your heart will be filled with hope this Christmas season. Do not look to people, the government or your bank account to build up your hope. Immerse yourself in the promises of God. Stay connected to the Source of all hope! “And (my) hope for you (our joyful and confident expectation of good for you) is ever unwavering (assured and unshaken)...” (2 Corinthians 1:7a) Father God, I pray that as my dear readers spend time with you, building up their hope, may you confirm your Word with signs following those who believe. Pour out your unwavering hope to let them know that things are turning around in their favor. . May they know their best days are ahead in Jesus’ precious name! Amen. Just as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow developed his hope amidst the pain, I pray you will rise above the pain to live in confident expectation of who God is and what He has planned for you and your family! “Do you hear the bells they’re ringing? (peace on earth) The life the angels singing (peace on earth) Open up your heart and hear them (peace on earth) Peace on earth, good will to men.” The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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In Loving Memory of Martha Witt

August 26, 1922 - December 3, 2015

URSU Joshua Aaron Ursu “Bean�, beloved son of Leona Bennett (Ron) and Norman Ursu, brother to Michael Ursu and Matthew Ursu, and step-brother to Stasia Gartner and Steve Bennett, passed away on Sunday, November 17th, 2019 after a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma (Cancer). Josh was born on March 24th, 1983 at Moose Jaw Providence Hospital. He was predeceased by his grandparents: John and Violet Ursu, and Leonard Maxwell; uncle, Harvey Ursu; aunt, Angela Duke; as well as by a dear friend, Arlen McIsaac. Josh is survived and forever in the hearts of his parents, Leona Bennett (Ron) and Norman Ursu; brother, Michael Ursu (Dacey Ursu) and his nephew Brayden Ursu, brother, Matthew Ursu; stepbrother, Steve Bennett (Cooper and Logan); step-sister, Stasia Gartner (Kevin, Kadyn and Sylas); grandma, Betty Wallace (Maxwell); uncle, Stuart Maxwell (Linda); aunt, Kerry McKerricker (Rocky); aunt, Brenda Duff (Al); uncle, John Ursu (Penny); as well as many cousins and friends. Josh attended King George School and Central Collegiate in Moose Jaw, SK. He moved to Regina, SK where he enjoyed a career in retail. He most recently worked at Walmart in Regina. Josh enjoyed many activities including spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed video games online with many people around the world, as well as with family and friends. He also enjoyed painting and drawing pictures, many of which he gave to family and friends. He enjoyed playing basketball on the school team as well as several years of little league baseball. Josh enjoyed many camping and fishing trips with family, as well as swimming lessons at Oro Lake. Josh loved spending time at both grandparent’s farms, enjoying many good times with his cousins. He was also quite passionate about his favourite team The Boston Bruins. Josh was a kind, caring, gentle soul who indeed loved all of his family and friends. We also loved Josh and each of us will cherish our special memories of him. Josh taught us to face what lies ahead with dignity, self-respect, courage, strength and positive thoughts. May our Boy Rest in Peace.

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Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same...

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But as God calls us one by one, The Chain will link again.

The Funeral Service was held on Friday, November 22nd, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Moose Jaw Funeral Home. Pastor Marvin Seaborg officiated and interment has taken place at Rosedale Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Josh’s name may be made to the Allan Blair Cancer Centre c/o Pasqual Hospital, 4101 Dewdney Ave, Regina, SK S4T 7T1. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Todd Sjoberg, Funeral Director 306-693-4550

Moose Jaw Duplicate Bridge Club: WEDNESDAY AFT SESSION NOVEMBER 20, 2019 1 Don MacDonald - Linda Griffin 2 Frank VanBreugel - Earl Knipfel THURS. STRAT PAIRS THURSDAY EVE SESSION NOVEMBER 21, 2019 1/2 Ken Newton - Len Davidson 1/2 Donna Campbell - Maureen Keal ROOKIE/MASTER PAIRS MONDAY EVE SESSION NOVEMBER 25, 2019 1/2 Len Davidson - Jeff Walpole 1/2 Donna Campbell - Anita Duncan WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON PAIRS WEDNESDAY AFT SESSION NOVEMBER 27, 2019 1 Rae Trites - Nora Bowler 2 Linda Griffin - Don MacDonald THURS. STRAT PAIRS THURSDAY EVE SESSION NOVEMBER 28, 2019 1/2 Linda Griffin - Anita Duncan 1/2 Don MacDonald - Jeff Bryant We did not play on Monday November 18.

Scholarship of Honour awarded to local recipient Larissa Kurz


In Loving Memor y of Raymond Nothing can ever take away The love a heart holds dear. Fond memories linger every day, Remembrance keeps him near. For deep in our hearts there’s a picture, More precious than silver or gold ‘Tis a picture of you, dear Raymond Whose memory will never grow old. Sadly missed and forever loved by Vera, Tiffany, Colten and Jace



Tammy Barclay of Moose Jaw was among the 16 recipients of the Saskatchewan Scholarship of Honour earlier in November, awarded through the Ministry of Education. The scholarship is awarded annually to Canadian Forces members who have seen active duty in military operations after January 2001, as well as the spouses or children of injured or fallen members. Barclay, as a recipient, received $5,000 toward her post-secondary education. “Our government is forever grateful to the many men and women serving in Canada’s Armed Forces,� Advanced Education Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor said, in a press release. “This scholarship will help them pursue their post-secondary studies and is a small way we can honour these brave individuals who have given so much to protect our country and our freedom.� The Scholarship of Honour was created in 2009, and has awarded a total of $1,130,000. Of those recipients, 34 have been family members of fallen or injured Canadian Forces members.



Help patients on their road to recovery with a memorial gift to support the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital Please contact us for more information. Moose Jaw Health Foundation 55 Diefenbaker Drive Moose Jaw, SK S6J 0C2 Phone (306) 694-0373

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COMING EVENTS Please note that coming events are placed where space is available and that priority is given to local non-profit groups and organizations.

THE PRAIRIE HEARTS QUILT GUILD will be meeting Thursday, December 5 at 7 pm at the Masonic Temple on Main Street North. This meeting will feature a general meeting, a secret friends exchange, lottery block, UFO challenge and Panel Round Robin. There will be a show and share – this week featuring Christmas projects, and coffee time. 22ND ANNUAL MOURNING STAR CHRISTMAS SERVICE FOR THE BEREAVED will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7:30 at our Parkview Location: 474 Hochelaga St.W. Theme: “Hope is the thing with feathers...” Music by Joya Johnston. In the midst of the busyness of the Christmas Season, we invite you into the serenity of this sacred space to stop and reflect upon your Beloved. Through music, candlelight, message, and Memorial Christmas Ornaments, we honour all that you feel as you remember. Rides available by calling : 306-694-5500 MOOSE JAW ADULT (18+) FIREARMS LICENSING COURSE WEEKEND will be held in Moose Jaw on Saturday, Dec 7 and 8, 2019. Courses will be conducted at the SOUTH SASK WILDLIFE ASSOCIATION RANGE AND LEARNING CENTRE, 276 Home St. East. Sat Dec 7,2019 will see a Non-Restricted Firearm Safety Course conducted CFSC. Successful completion of this 8hr course will enable candidates to apply for their NonRestricted Possession and Acquisition License (PAL). Course cost 120.00. Sunday Dec 8th will see a Canadian Restricted Firearm Safety Course CRFSC conducted. Course cost 120.00. Successful completion of this 4-6 hr course enables the candidates to apply for a PAL with status for Possession and Acquisition of Restricted Firearms RPAL (handguns and certain designated long guns). Note: one must have successfully completed the CFSC before one can take the CRFSC. Hard copy loaner manuals, PAL(RPAL) applications, and course study guides provided. For more info on Registration procedures, etc. contact Master Instructor and Course Coordinator Harry at 306 693 1324, hshorejda@ MOOSE JAW BUSINESSMEN’S CLUB CHRISTMAS FEST featuring comedian Rob Pue and Comedian Ventriloquist Damien James will be held on Saturday, December 7 at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds. Cost $100pp. Contact your local MJBC member or call 306.631.8893. MOOSE JAW HOMEGROWN FARMERS MARKET is moving indoors and will be on Sunday, Dec. 8, and Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Timothy Eatons Centre, 510 Main St N. Tempt your taste buds with local delights such as pastry, bread, candy, honey, jams and jellies, There will also be homemade bath & beauty products, home décor, handmade jewelry, homemade dog treats, hand knitted items, homemade wine, and much more. HERITAGE SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT on Sunday, December 8 at 2:30 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 27 Hochelaga St. W. Refreshments to follow. A CHRISTMAS HAM & TURKEY BINGO hosted by the Knights of Columbus, Father Gilpin Council #9760 will be held on Sunday December 8 at Church of Our Lady Community Centre. Doors open at 6 p.m. games start at 7 p.m. There will be a lunch counter. The whole family is welcome. ROTARY 75TH CAROL FESTIVAL will be held from December 9 to 11, Monday-Wednesday, starting at 7 p.m. at Zion United Church, 423 Main St. N. Admission is free with donation. Proceeds go to Rotary Community Projects. To register or ask questions, contact Susan at 306.631.8714 or . Group or Single Performers; Vocal or instrumental. THE AVID KNITTERS will meet on Tuesday Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Moose Jaw Public Library. We’re in for harsh winters ahead, so wouldn’t it be nice to have new hand-knit scarves and toques and mitts? Wouldn’t it be nice to have enriching conversations with a community as sharp as their needles? The opportunity to learn a new hobby and make friends is too good to miss! Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. THE MOOSE JAW PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK CLUB will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at the library. Featuring the memoir This Time Together:

Laughter and Reflection by Carol Burnett. In this humorous and touching memoir, Carol Burnett shares life stories and anecdotes about the good times and the bad, always with the delightfully irreverent humor she is known and loved for. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. MOOSE JAW UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS DAY on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church (60 Athabasca St. West). Amnesty International Moose Jaw group invites everyone to learn about what Amnesty International does. We will write letters and have petitions available if you prefer to sign them. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 306-6908739. THE ANNUAL KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS LIGHTING CONTEST is being held by the Knights of Columbus Father Gilpin Council #9760. There is no charge to enter. Entry forms are available on the website or you can contact Pat Meuse at 306-692-8111. Judging will take place on Saturday, 14 December starting at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries. TOWN & COUNTRY CHRISTMAS SUPPER & DANCE will be held on Saturday, December 14th at Church of Our Lady Community Centre, 566 Vaughan Street; Supper at 6pm dancing from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am to the music of Leon Ochs; Come on out for an evening of fun! Everyone welcome! Cost $35:00. Midnight lunch included. Advance tickets available by calling 691-6634. THE NEXT WDM COFFEE CLUB at the Western Development Museum will be held on Wednesday, December 18 at 10:00 am. This edition of our Coffee Club will be a slightly different format that usual, as a “streamlined” version of the family program, “A Christmas Long Ago” will be presented (which also runs for schools and the public in December). This abbreviated program will only feature the story portion (no craft) to accommodate the timeframe and general audience of the Coffee Club. Attendees will learn how the festive season was celebrated in our province over 100 years ago, as we travel back in time to Grandmother’s house in rural Saskatchewan. We will hear how Grandmother and Grandfather prepared for their holiday company and see what types of gifts were given. This program features a photo slide show as well as hands on artifacts that visitors can interact with. Following the program, guests can enjoy some coffee and cookies. As space is limited, those interested are asked to please RSVP prior to December 17; please call 306693-5989 or email ST. VLADIMIR’S UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (673 Grandview St. West) will be having liturgy on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. and on Jan. 19 (Jordan) afternoon services at 2:30 p.m. Blessing of water to follow. Lunch of fellowship after services. Phone 306-692-2593 for more information. A CHRISTMAS LONG AGO at the Western Development Museum will be held on Sat. Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m./Sat. Dec. 21 from 10 2 p.m and Tues. Dec 24 at 10 a.m. only. Pre-registration is required, and regular admission applies. WDM members free. Young visitors are invited to learn about the festive season in Saskatchewan long ago, see what types of gifts were given and make an old-fashioned craft. Recommended for ages five years and up; families welcome. CHRISTMAS INN DINNER will take place on December 25 at 3:30 p.m. You need to pre-register to volunteer and/or attend by calling or text 306-6908001. Email – This year is the 41st presentation of the Christmas Inn Dinner at St. Andrew’s Church. The Christmas Inn has been celebrated since 1978 when it was initiated by Gerhardt and Dicky Scholten to promote fellowship and feasting as done in their homeland of Holland. Each year, the Christmas Inn is sponsored by the St. Andrew’s Outreach Committee. It provides a community time and a meal for anyone alone at Christmas. It takes many volunteers and donations so that individuals, couples or families can enjoy and share the celebration in a homelike atmosphere. Guests may bring a food contribution to the meal but this is not essential. ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION – Branch 59 Moose Jaw, 268 High St W: Contact 306-692-5453 Like us on Facebook @ Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59 Moose Jaw.

Santa Pictures Saturday December 7th from 11am-4pm Sunday December 8th from 11am-3 pm. $15 cash All proceeds are being donated to local rescues!


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RENEW YOUR 2020 LEGION MEMBERSHIP NOW! Deadline for renewal is December 31st to remain a member in good standing. VETERANS’ MORNING COFFEE - Monday-Saturday @ 10:00 am CURLING – Sundays @ 10:00 am @ Ford Curling Centre CRIBBAGE – Tuesdays @ 1:30 pm - Please sign-in by 1:00 pm DARTS – Thursdays @ 7:00 pm - in the auditorium - Nonmembers & New Players are welcome SUPPERS - Fridays @ 5:30 pm - Please purchase tickets by the previous Wednesday SHUFFLEBOARD – Fridays @ 7:00 pm - Drop-in League – Bring friends!! MEAT DRAW FUNDRAISER - Saturdays @ 3:00 pm – Open to the public -- Everyone welcome MOOSE JAW & DISTRICT SENIORS’ ASSOCIATION @Timothy Eaton Garden – 101-510 Main St N. For more information or the regular listing of ongoing daily events call 306-694-4223 or mjsenior@ ONGOING PROGRAMS: EVERY WEEKDAY. Please check with MJ & District Seniors to find out what these are. Saturday, December 7 – Social Dance featuring “Dennis 7 Curtis Ficor”. 8:00 pm - Midnight with lunch to follow. $14.00 Sunday, December 8 – Farmers Market 10 am – 2 pm Saturday December 14 – Military Whist Tournament 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Cost $12.00 Sunday, December 15 – Farmers Market 10 am – 2 pm COSMO SENIORS’ CENTRE, 235 Third Ave. N.E. For more information call (306) 692-6072. ARMY NAVY AND AIR FORCE VETERANS, 279 High St. W. Phone 306.693.1656. Thursday’s Crib starts @ 1:30 pm Everyone Welcome! Thursday’s Pool @ 7:00 pm Everyone Welcome! Friday’s Shuffleboard @ 1:30 pm Everyone Welcome! Saturday’s Meat Draw @ 4:30 pm Everyone Welcome! ANAVETS Sports Drop-in Fun Leagues. You don’t need to make weekly commitments! All Events are Open to Everyone. General Meeting- Tuesday Dec 10th -All ANAVETS members are encouraged to attend. Club Supper Thursday December 12th from 5:30-6:30. Turkey with all the Fixings and Dessert. Price $18 Tickets MUST be purchased in advance. 2020 Memberships are now available for purchase. SCRAPS has many adoptable cats. They are vaccinated, spayed and neutered and have tattoo identification. If you have a forever home for one of these superstar kitties, please call SCRAPS cat line at 306.684.9048. INFORMED CHOICES PREGNANCY CENTRE is hosting a support group for those who have experienced perinatal (miscarriage and stillbirth) and infant loss every first Wednesday evening of each month at 679 Hall St. W at 7pm. It is open to women and men for sharing, understanding and support as a walk through a grief journey that is unique and often misunderstood. FRATERNAL ORDER OF EAGLES 3395, 561 Home St. W, Moose Jaw. Monday Night Crib 7:00pm Everyone welcome. Wednesday Night Darts 7:30 pm Live Music every Friday and Saturday night ELKS FUNDRAISER MEAT DRAW RAFFLES are held every Friday evening at 5:30 PM in the Legion lounge. There are eight chances to win meat, a teddy bear draw and a 50-50 draw. It’s a great way to start the weekend! Funds raised support Elks projects. FLK TAOIST TAI CHI SOCIETY invites you to join in to practice the art of Taoist Tai Chi. Beginner Classes each Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm and each Saturday 11:00 am- 12:00 noon at St. Andrews Social Hall - 60 Athabasca St. Call Elaine (306)693-9034 or email LINE DANCING CLASSES every Monday from 10-11:30am at Church of Our Lady, 566 Vaughn St. Cost $3 per class. Everyone welcome. For more information call Donna Douglas @306.692.7365. MOOSE JAW CONCERT BAND: If you play an instrument, you are welcome to join the Moose Jaw Concert Band. Rehearsals are Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. in the Vanier Collegiate Band room. If you need more info, please e-mail .

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Laurie Lunde’s Open House Saturday, December 7th


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Sunday, December 8th

Food Bank Donation

St. Andrew’s United Church Outreach committee held their Annual Trade Fair at the church on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019. Admission was a donation to the Food Bank.


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