Moose Jaw Express December 18th, 2019

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Each year at the Festival of Trees, the Moose Jaw Health Foundation takes bids from the crowd for the honour of lighting up the majestic 18-foot Christmas tree in the lobby of the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Hospital — and this year’s winning sponsorship reached heights as tall as the tree. Dr. Mike Prestie and Dr. Mark Lazurko of Ominica Dental offered a winning bid of $20,000, which was generously matched by the previous year’s sponsor Charles Vanden Broek of Murray GM to donate a total of $40,000 to the Health Foundation. “It was one of those special moments that you never forget,” said Kelly McElree, executive director of the MJHF. The two local businesses will share the spotlight over the holiday season, with both their business names displayed in the lobby alongside the enormous, festive Christmas tree that is modelled after the tree in Rockefeller Plaza, New York. “Coming to the hospital over the holidays is never an easy occurrence, and what that tree symbolizes is hope for people needing medical treatment,” said McElree. “It not only provides comfort to people when they come in the hospital, but it actually saves lives, so it is truly the tree of giving.” The Health Foundation has run the Light Up the Holiday Tree auction at the Festival for about five years now, collecting a total of $86,750 for Foundation initiatives. All of the funds this year will go towards the Mammography Matters campaign,

L:R: Dr. Mike Prestie and Dr. Mark Lazurko of Ominica Dental, Moose Jaw Health Foundation executive director Kelly McElree, Charles Vanden Broek of Murray GM, and Moose Jaw Health Foundation board member Camron Howe. which will bring new mammography equipment to the hospital that will detect cancer better, faster, and with less radiation exposure to patients.

What began as a friendly competition has resulted in a partnership that benefits many people. “Murray GM has had the sponsorship of the tree for a few years and I figured, well, I don’t necessarily want them to have it by default,” said Prestie. “And then Charles came over and offered to share the sponsorship with us, which I thought was great.” “I’m pretty happy to be here, with a new partner in Ominica Dental as a co-sponsor,” said Vanden Broek. “Dr. Mike Prestie and his team, we always had a heated battle on the auction floor, so it’s good to be partnering with him and his group.” The partnered donation received a standing ovation at the Festival this year, much to the Foundation’s appreciation, and for both Ominica Dental and Murray GM, the most important part of the donation is how it helps their community. “We’re lucky to have a hospital of this magnitude, and so this is just another way for us to be able to contribute to the hospital to make sure that . . . all families in the area get the best care and the best out of this facility,” said Vanden Broek. Lazurko and Prestie echoed the sentiment. “Our practice thrives and goes because people in the community put their trust in us to help them with what we can help them with, so it’s always good, in a way, to give back,” said Lazurko. “Any way we can contribute, I’m sure it will go to a good cause.”

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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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‘That Mac thing’ led to big increase in tourism numbers this year Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Tourism Moose Jaw had expected visitor numbers in 2019 to be either steady or drop slightly based on past trends, but then the Moose War erupted and all expectations evaporated. “We had noticed that Canadian tourism was picking up because there was a ton of (promotional) money being pumped into China, so those numbers were anticipated to be up this year,” explained Jacki L’Heureux-Mason, executive director of Tourism Moose Jaw (TMJ). “But we were expecting a hold-steady or a little dip because of the economy. And then that Mac thing happened and our hopes went up.” The visitor centre on Thatcher Drive saw more tourists pass through its doors this year — about 33,000 people — than ever before, while anecdotally, L’Heureux-Mason knows almost every business had a great summer and above-average numbers. The ambassador booth downtown also saw an increase in people. “Overall, we will have the highest number of visitors (in 2019) that we’ve ever had since we started recording at least 15 years (ago) … ,” she added. Trends and blips Millions of Canadians took trips in 2017 since it was the country’s 150th birthday, which meant the visitor centre saw a record number of people pass through its doors. Tourism Moose Jaw expected to see a lull in 2018 since it assumed people wouldn’t travel as widely for a second consecutive year. An economic slowdown was also expected to hamper tourism in 2019. However, said L’Heureux-Mason, TMJ found that the number of American visitors this year was larger than expected, especially since the United States economy is doing so well. “We had every single state represented this year, so that was pretty cool,” she added. Tourism Moose Jaw considers July and August to be the main tourism months, while it considers May, June, September and October to be the “shoulder seasons” when things slow down. Those particular months actually saw an increase of 1,300 to 1,400 people that, although small, is still tremendous since anything that extends the tourism season is good for businesses, said L’Heureux-Mason. One regular trend sees seniors visit during the shoulder-season months since those are quieter times. However, what TMJ noticed this year was many families came for multi-day vacations. L’Heureux-Mason noted many of those families had heard about Mac the Moose and wanted to visit to see the infamous critter. Tourism numbers Two years ago was the best year that Tourism Moose Jaw had ever seen, while last year its numbers dipped since the trolley broke down and foot traffic to the visitor centre declined. The numbers that the visitor centre records each year are

only representative, L’Heureux-Mason explained, since not every person goes inside the building — or even goes there - while visiting. Typically, the centre’s numbers represent one in eight people who visit Moose Jaw. Furthermore, not every business provides its visitor information to Tourism Moose Jaw. The following data show how many tourists attended the visitor centre in 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively: May: 2,229 / 2,100 / 2,828 June: 3,694 / 3,811 / 4,538 July: 9,784 / 6,630 / 9,074 August: 8,241 / 5,895 / 8,283 September: 2,799 / 2,437 / 2,965 October: 998 / 922 / 1,441 This means during those six months, 27,745 people were recorded two years ago; 21,795 were recorded last year, and; 29,129 were counted this year. Numbers from Tourism Saskatchewan show about 424,000 people visited Moose Jaw two years ago and 438,000 tourists visited last year. The average number of people who visit each year is between 405,000 and 450,000, according to L’Heureux-Mason. “We’re not far off what Regina and Saskatoon bring in and they are 10 times our size,” she added. Economic effect Tourists spend more than non-tourists by shelling out on average $180 per day, or $500 per day for families, said L’Heureux-Mason. That means between $70 million and $90 million is generated in tourism revenue here each year. This puts tourism in the top three industries in Moose Jaw. “It’s critical,” she said. Jobs in the tourism industry — even if they are minimum wage — help put food on people’s tables. Business owners typically reinvest that money back into the community in various ways. Many

also contribute between $30,000 and $40,000 in property taxes. Tourists comprise between 70 per cent and 80 per cent of all business for about half of all shops downtown, L’Heureux-Mason continued. Many doors would close if not for tourists, especially since plenty of businesses generate most of their revenue in those six months. In 2018 when the trolley was not running, five businesses reported seeing a decrease in sales. Moose Jaw’s hotel occupancy rate per year sits around 61 per cent, compared to the provincial average of 51 per cent, according to Tourism Saskatchewan. The vacancy rate at all hotels and campgrounds — Tourism Moose Jaw has seen an increase in camping the last few years — was zero during this year’s air show, L’Heureux-Mason said, while most hotels should be full during January’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Sights and destinations The top destination is the Tunnels, followed by the spa and casino, which makes them the anchor pillars of the tourism industry, said L’Heureux-Mason, who thought it interesting that visitors who came here as children are now bringing their own kids. Visitors are coming pre-educated about what they want to see, particularly local businesses, such as Cask 82, Rosie’s on River Street, axe throwing, and the escape room, which L’Heureux-Mason hears regularly is worldclass. The Western Development Museum also draws massive crowds. “We are a city that has a lot of history for being a young settlement,” she added, “so a lot of people are interested in the heritage buildings. We get asked a ton about that,” which is why daytime tours are popular. The future L’Heureux-Mason is confident that the spinoff from this year will roll into 2020. The gift horse that was the moose feud was great, but managing that publicity was a challenge. L’Heureux-Mason was thankful for the advice city hall provided and help in handling social media. “When it’s in your hands, you don’t want to drop it,” she said. “We learned what keeps things going versus how to stop a conversation quickly. Sometimes answering questions too quickly stops a conversation.” The main project in 2020 will build on the notorious theme, of which Mac the Moose will feature prominently. Since the 1920s were a heyday for the community, Tourism Moose Jaw wants to segue to a new Roaring ’20s with many activities. “We want to help businesses play up the questionable parts of our past” since they each have a story to tell, said L’Heureux-Mason, who noted the community’s history plays a big factor in why it is the way it is. “It’s going to be good,” she added. “We have a decade to play with that (theme) … It will be a lot of fun.”


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Have A Safe Christmas Season MLA’s Column

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Travel is part of the Christmas season for many families. Even if we aren’t leaving town, many of us will be going out to more social gatherings this time of year. While each of us has a responsibility for the safety of ourselves and others, the Government of Saskatchewan takes very seriously the safety of everyone in our province. Sometimes in the busyness and excitement of the season, it helps to be reminded of safety practices. If you’re planning to travel, checking the weather forecast and The Highway Hotline is a good start. The Highway Hotline, which can be found online at, provides up-to-date information on conditions and emergency road closures. Information is also available by calling 511. Winter weather can be unpredictable and it is good to be prepared for the worst by keeping a shovel, warm clothing, blankets, a snow brush, an ice scraper, snacks and water in your car. Before venturing out, you should en-

sure that your vehicle and windows are free of snow and ice. Giving yourself more time to reach your destination is always a good plan in case you encounter poor conditions and need to slow down and allow more time to stop. Never use your phone while driving as it is against the law and extremely dangerous. Please plan ahead so we can all make it home safely to our loved ones and ensure our memories of the season are happy ones, not sad memories of a needless tragedy. SGI is encouraging all of us to Be a Good Wingman this holiday season. You can show your loved ones how much you care by making sure they get home safely – arrange for a sober ride, or offer them a place to stay for the night. Wing in the New Year is available in Moose Jaw to help. SGI is pleased to partner with bus services in Moose Jaw once again; as in Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert providing free transportation to party-goers on New Years Eve. The City of Moose Jaw Transit webpage has full details. Another good tool for a safe ride home is the SGI free Safe Ride app. This app puts all Saskatchewan taxis, rideshare and transit services, and even your own designated drivers, in the palm of your hand. May all your journeys during the 2019 Christmas season lead to pleasant memories. Be safe! Be careful, and enjoy your new year celebration. 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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The Saskatchewan Health Authority has issued a reminder that medical clinics may have reduced operating hours over the holiday season, which could limit the availability of medical services. For those needing to address chronic conditions or to fill prescriptions, they are encouraged to make the appropriate appointments with their

family physicians prior to Christmas and New Year’s. For those seeking advice regarding health care needs or managing symptoms over the holidays, the Health Authority suggests calling HealthLine 811 for 24/7 medical advice and mental health and addictions support. Pharmacists are also able to prescribe

medications for a limited number of minor ailments, such as diaper rash, oral thrush, cold sores, bladder infections, as well as birth control. For any situation requiring emergency care, the Health Authority asks residents to call 911 or visit their nearest emergency medical department.

Wood Mountain Lakota First Nation Reaches Tentative Settlement of 100-Year-Old Land Dispute According to a recent news release, Wood Mountain Lakota First Nation announced they have tentatively reached a settlement of a 100-year-old land dispute relating to the size of its reserve, bringing to an end more than 10 years of litigation and negotiations. With a vote scheduled to take place on January 11, 2020, Wood Mountain members will ratify the agreement. The dispute centered around a unilateral decision made by Canadian officials to take away half of Wood Mountain Lakota’s original reserve around the time of the First World War. The Government of Canada gave those lands to returning non-Indigenous soldiers and settlers, effectively turning over the First Nation’s land to private owners. Under the proposed settlement agreement, approximately $50 million will be compensated for the loss of use of the lands with the agreement that the First Nation can buy nearly 5,700 acres of land to replace what was taken. The First Nation will use a portion of the compensation to provide a reasonable distribution to its members

and to target economic and cultural initiatives, with the funds placed in a trust to benefit future generations. “While it’s been a long time coming, the proposed settlement agreement shows the commitment of both our leadership and the Government of Canada to move past simply talking about reconciliation. This is truly ‘reconcili-ACTION’”, said Chief Ellen B. Lecaine. “We will use this settlement to assist our families and communities today and to protect the interests of future generations. We faced many challenges when the land was taken and this settlement is about moving forward. We will use the lessons of the past to address the needs at the heart of our Nation and our families.” Wood Mountain Lakota First Nation members are the descendants of Sitting Bull’s tribe. It is the only Lakota First Nation in Canada and one of three First Nations in Saskatchewan that has not entered into Treaty. The Nation’s reserve is located approximately 65 kilometres southwest of the Town of Assiniboia.

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Longevity applauded for city employees The visible face of the city is the councillors and managers who regularly have their voices heard at council meetings and through Joyce Walter conversations with media For Moose Jaw Express outlets. However, the faces that truly make a difference in the operation of the city are the ones seldom identified by name or title and would pass on the street without residents having any knowledge of their identity. These individuals were before the cameras recently at a city luncheon to honour long service employees and the employees who have retired or will soon complete their service to Moose Jaw. It is often suggested that in today’s society, it is unusual for a person to stay in the same job for an entire work career. Longevity is put forward as an old-fashioned standard in the workforce of the 21st century. That might be true for some workers but that is definitely not the standard with the men and women receiving commendations earlier this month. Just look at the list: Les Rigden has been employed in the engineering department for 45 years. Just imagine what he has seen below ground and on the city streets in all those years. When he decides to retire, he will take with him a vast understanding of what it takes to maintain the streets and roads and sewers and water mains of our city. Three employees were on the list for 35 years; four for 30 years; one for 25 years; 11 at 20 years; and five for 15 years. In addition, seven are finishing their jobs in engineering, fire department and the transit department. The mayor conveyed a message of thankfulness to the men and women who hold the life of the city in their hands. Citizens of Moose Jaw should add their appreciation and in doing so acknowledge that the employees are following the policies set by others and are doing their jobs diligently and with little fanfare. They deserve this time in the limelight. Thank you. Joyce Walter can be reached at

Inaccurate information appeared in the Moose Jaw Express/Moose Jaw Today Dec. 4 article, “Toronto law firm paid $228K to help mediate dispute with fire dept.” It was the City of Moose Jaw, and not the Moose Jaw Firefighters Association, that hired the Toronto labour and employment law firm Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP to handle labour disputes with the fire department. We apologize for the error.

100 years young:

Shirley Bowler shares memories of a long life well lived Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Normally when writing a story about someone who has lived a long life, there’s quite a bit of research that has to go into it. Facts that have to be checked and tales that have to be corroborated with others, simply because, well, when a person starts getting near their second century, memory can become an issue. That’s not the case with Shirley Bowler. No, when a Moose Jaw Express reporter chatted with her on the day of her recent birthday, it was Shirley who was doing the fact-checking with her son Dave, rolling through memories and dates and places like they were yesterday. What makes it utterly remarkable is that birthday, on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, saw Shirley Bowler turn 100 years old. To put it simply, Shirley is as sharp as a tack. And her life has spanned growing up in the Great Depression, living through the Second World War, two journeys across the Atlantic Ocean, decades of teaching in Moose Jaw and on and on. So where to begin? At the start, naturally. Shirley Peechey was one of three girls born to Gertrude and Eugene Peechey on a farm “four miles south and half-a-mile east” near Briercrest on Dec. 8, 1919. It was there she grew up until she was nearly 20, attending grade school in Roseville and high school in Briercrest before going to college in 1941 to become a teacher. She ended up teaching in Clinton for two years before her life would take a rather dramatic turn. “That’s when I met Joe,” Shirley said, referring to the man who would become her husband of more than 50 years. Training as a pilot as the Second World War raged in Europe, Joe was a policeman from Manchester, England. The two just happened to be at the same dance at Temple Gardens one night and the two hit it off. “That’s how it all started,” Shirley said. “That was a terrible winter out at Clinton, it was minus-60 some of the days, so we never got in from Moose Jaw. Then we come in from Moose Jaw in the spring and we had letters to mail and I walk into the post office and who did I meet, slam-bang, none other than Mr. Bowler. And it went from there.” They were married on Oct. 30 of that year, and when the time eventually came for Joe to enter the war, Shirley followed. Travelling in the late 1940s wasn’t the simple drive-and-fly over a few hours it is today. From Regina to Winnipeg to Montreal to Hoboken, New Jersey to a ship across the Atlantic, it was a month of travel to get to Devonshire, England where they’d make their home for three years. Joe only had to fly a single survey mission before Germany surrendered, and it wasn’t long after that the young couple’s oldest son Gene was born on Dec. 3, 1945. Of course, life in war-torn Great Britain wasn’t pleasant at the time, and it wasn’t long before they made a major decision. “We had to queue up for fish, I had Gene in the pram and it was a cold winter day,” Shirley explained. “Then just

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Shirley with Joseph Bowler in 1944 right around the time of VE Day.

Shirley Bowler poses for a photo in her home with some of the flower sent over by friends and family in honour of her 100th birthday.

as I got to the end of the line, the last piece of fish went ahead of me, so I go back and open the door and Joe is coming down the stairs from night duty [as a police officer] and I think my face was a little bit long. So he said ‘that’s it, we’re going back to Canada.’” So back across the Atlantic it was, including a “beautiful, beautiful” trip down the St. Lawrence and into Montreal. An uncomfortably warm train ride to Regina and soon after Shirley’s parents got to meet Gene for the first time. After a few years farming with Shirley’s family, they decided to move to Moose Jaw, where Joe would eventually become a superintendent at Cushing Millworks. He ended up building a trailer and moving it to River Street for one year before buying a home on Ominica St. East. Into every life difficulty must sow, though… “We found out we were on an old garbage dump,” Shirley said, laughing at a not-so-funny memory at the time. “So we moved to Brown Street, cost us $5 to move and that really bothered me because we had no idea there was a dump there. We went to start a garden and were digging up tin cans and everything.” It was on Brown Street they’d make their home, and it was in 1950 when their youngest son Dave was born. The family lived there for 30 years before Joe retired and began building the family’s current home on Daisy Crescent. Shirley, meanwhile, resumed her teaching career and spent 15 years at William Grayson and another six at Palliser Heights before retiring in 1979. Joe passed away in 1997 at the age of 82, and the family lost Gene due to cancer in 2008. Shirley, meanwhile, has plenty of support from Dave, who lives in Moose Jaw and keeps a close eye on his mom. Then there are the other residents who live around her on Daisy Crescent. “Oh, my neighbours!” she said excitedly when asked how she keeps going. “That’s why I’m in my house, you know. If it wasn’t for them and David and [wife] Nora, I’d have to be somewhere else.” Shirley feels those friendships are also a major part of how she lived to be 100. “It’s because of all the people,” she said. “It’s not what I ate or drank or anything, it’s because I’ve had wonderful people around me my whole life, 99.9 per cent of it, and that has helped so much. It’s definitely not what I ate because I pig out on chocolate, etcetera… but Dad lived to be 90 and my mom lived to be 105. December babies in our family tend to live long lives.” As one might expect, this Christmas holiday will be a hum-dinger for the Bowler family. The whole crew will be in town, including Dave’s son and daughter Brad and Megan, along with Gene’s sons Steven and Chris. The families will have their six great-grandchildren along for Shirley to fuss over. And then there’s the party. Shirley’s family and friends are holding a 100th birthday celebration on Sunday, Dec. 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Zion United Church Social Hall. All are welcome to stop by and say hello, have a piece of cake and a cup of coffee. Just be sure to bring only yourself – the Bowlers have asked for no gifts.

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Chamber optimistic about future of business community despite economic slowdown Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Moose Jaw’s economy is softer than it was in 2018, but the president of the chamber of commerce is still optimistic about how the business community looks overall. It was noticed last year that the provincial economy was starting to slow down compared to previous years, explained Rob Clark, president of the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce. Other communities such as Weyburn, Estevan and Swift Current were the first to feel the crunch. “Everyone was envious of the communities in the energy sector, but they were the first to feel the softer economy. We rode a couple of years out before it started to hit us,” he continued. It has been a mixed bag of which sectors in Moose Jaw have felt the slowdown, said Clark. Retail has been hit and miss, while other companies have found different ways to do business, such as pursuing more innovation, rethinking their strategies, or adapting. During construction this past summer, the attitude among some chamber members was, if it didn’t happen last year then it had to happen this year, said Clark. Yet, the chamber felt sorry for those businesses that were negatively affected. “But those things have to get done. It’s infrastructure. They (city hall) are improving our city,” he continued. “I heard the complaints. (It’s) human nature. You have to understand them. I agreed with them … It’s a necessary evil.” The chamber is expected to start a membership blitz soon. As of late November, the number of members was 520, which is average for the last few years and where it

will likely be next year, according to Clark. There are between 875 and 890 total businesses in Moose Jaw, the chamber estimates. Those numbers are based on the amount of mailouts sent through Canada Post. Clark noted that the quantity of business licences can be skewed since people come from Regina to perform shortterm work, while there are also home-based businesses. Based on numbers from October, seven new businesses opened up, five closed and three changed names. The total number of new businesses that opened from January to October was 189, while the total number that closed was 140, for a gain of 49. In comparison, during the same timeframe last year, 178 new businesses opened and 155 closed, for a gain of 23. Clark acknowledged that he has seen several empty storefronts, but chalked it up to a cycle since some people shut down when the tourism season ends. For others, they simply decided to retire or couldn’t get their business to flourish. There are not many vacant buildings on Main Street

during the summer months, said Clark. However, the chamber’s worry is about the empty ground-level shops on streets leading away from the downtown, such as on High Street West. “This is concerning. We don’t know what the problem is,” Clark continued, musing it could be financial troubles, a poor business plan or even landlord issues. One noticeable thing about some of the new shops starting up or changing hands is how Chinese immigrants are involved. Clark noted they are coming to Canada with money to buy businesses. Clark visited four new Chinese-operated businesses while promoting Shop the Jaw campaign. He observed that they had a full inventory and had staff working, and didn’t simply have one desk in the room. He hoped they remained for the long-term and paid property taxes to help the economy. Some sleuthing by the Moose Jaw Express has found some Chinese business owners are here for only a few years so they can acquire their citizenship and then move to a bigger centre. “It’s a worldwide reality. I don’t know how you stop it,” Clark said. “I know that’s why they’re doing it. It might be nice if they put down roots here. We need a bigger tax base.” Clark is optimistic about Moose Jaw’s future and thinks it’s “really, really positive and bright,” especially since the Southeast Industrial Park is moving forward and the SaskPower natural gas plant is coming. If everything works out, he believes the population could increase beyond 35,000.



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Five Moose Jaw residents (plus friends from Edmonton and Regina) made the long trip to the Operation Christmas Child warehouse in Calgary to help inspect gift-filled shoeboxes before they are sent to children in Central America and west Africa. It is the fourth year that leader Mary Ellen Willis has led a group making the seven-hour drive to volunteer with Operation Christmas Child. “I live Operation Christmas Child year-round,” said Mary, explaining her involvement in the program. “I travelled to Costa Rica (with Samaritan’s Purse) and saw the difference these boxes make in kids’ lives.” Moose Jaw residents can still help children by packing shoeboxes with school supplies, hygiene items and toys. Just visit and do it online from the comfort of home.





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Professionals create common space to grow businesses Shawn Slaght - Moose Jaw Express

Three businesses have teamed up to create a one-stop shop for professionals at the Diefenbaker Common Professional Building on Diefenbaker Drive. Amy Jane Chartered Accountant, Sun Life Financial and Bukola Afolabi Law Office have come together to offer services to their clients in one space. Amy Lunov of Amy Jane Chartered Accountant opened her Moose Jaw office in August of 2018 on Thatcher Drive. When her lease came up she started talking to other professionals about location opportunities. “One of the opportunities here is to provide more of a network of services to clients in terms of there is an insurance agent in the building, there’s a lawyer. We’re kind of a location with like-minded professionals,” Lunov said. Dwight Cameron, an advisor with Sun Life Financial, was working out of his home before moving to the new locations. As a father of four, working out of his own

Bukola Afolabi, Amy Lunov and Dwight Cameron run their businesses about of the Diefenbaker Common Professional Building. house was becoming difficult. “I wanted something of a more professional environment,” Cameron said. “I did look downtown but when I came across this building it had accessible parking. I don’t know how long my meetings with

clients might be so to have them go to plug the meter and those kinds of things I though ‘nah this is a great fit.’” Cameron said, for example, one of the first pieces of advice he gives clients is to get a will and power of attorney. He now

has a lawyer across the hall he can refer them to. “The other side of it is, when you are dealing with finances there are certain tax implications and so when Amy and I crossed paths we pitched around the idea of being able to work together as well because again I’m not an accountant so I can’t give tax advice,” Cameron said. Afolabi was initially running her law office out of the Hammond building downtown. She says moving to a building where clients can be interwoven between the businesses helps when to comes to referring clients. “For example, I’m dealing with somebody that has a real estate transaction and they need insurance advice I can say ‘right around the corner is Dwight.’ I find it is a big difference,” she said. While three business are currently in the Diefenbaker Common Professional Building, there is space for other entrepreneurs to set up shop as well.

Near-Tragedy in Guernsey Caused by Pipeline Inaction, Lukiwski Says

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MP Moose Jaw-Lake Centre-Lanigan Moose Jaw-Lake Centre-Lanigan Tom Lukiwski MP Tom Lukiwski expressed his MP Moose Jaw-Lake Centre-Lanigan concern and best wishes for the first responders dealing with the oil care derailment in Guernsey, Saskatchewan on December 9th. A CP railcar hauling crude oil derailed near Guernsey

around midnight and subsequently burst into flames. “This time we were lucky. This could have been a tragedy on the scale of the Lac Megantic derailment in Quebec. This time, thank heavens, no one has been injured so far,” Lukiwski said. “However, this is still a volatile situation. On behalf of the Conservative Opposition, our thoughts and prayers go out to all the first responders risking their lives to bring the blaze under control.” Lukiwski noted that the derailment and blaze are further proof of the need for more oil pipelines. “They are not only vital to the economy of Western Canada. Pipelines are also the safest way to transport oil, period.” Lukiwski blamed the Trudeau government for its inac-

tion on pipelines. “How many more incidents like this do we need to prove that rail is the most dangerous way to transport oil? How many more environmental disasters? How many more lives put at risk?” Lukiwski asked. “They say that all politics is local and this is a prime example. The Liberal government’s failure to build pipelines is not some far-away policy debate. It’s affecting the quality of life and safety of real people right here in Saskatchewan,” Lukiwski said. “Mr. Trudeau continues to twiddle his thumbs on pipelines, trying to appease the Greens, the NDP, the Bloc and the radical environmentalist lobby. To stay in power, he’s willing to gamble the lives of the millions of Canadians who live near rail lines.”

Moose Jaw housing market appears on the upturn By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express

The local residential housing market seems to be crawling out of the gently sloping trough of the last few years with some strength in average price and sales volume. The average benchmark price year to date on the Multiple Listing Service for Moose Jaw homes was $205,000 at Nov. 30 — an

increase of one-half per cent from a year ago. One-storey homes, averaging $203,900, were down 1.3 per cent. Sales volume, year to date, was $97.6 million, an increase of 3.8 per cent and the first increase in a year. The sales to new listings ratio, a market

barometer, was 45. According to realtors, if the ratio is between 40 and 60 market conditions are balanced. During November, 29 houses sold, a decline of 12 per cent from last November. Dollar volume of $5.25 million was down 21 per cent. New listings at 74 fell by 11 per cent.

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Western Development Museum offers programming during the holiday season by Shawn Slaght

The Western Development Museum will bring in the ghosts of Christmas past this holiday season. Their Christmas public program will put visitors in a holiday scene “at Grandma’s house” in 1910. It will show how families celebrated Christmas with wood burning fireplace and wood cook stove. The museum will also demonstrate how families prepared for the holidays by cleaning rugs and washing clothes by hand. Participants will see how houses were decorated in 1910 and have the chance to open gifts from that era, many of which would be handmade. The program initiated in at the Saskatoon Western Development Museum for Kindergarten students. The Moose Jaw location adapted the program for elementary school students and grew to include the general public program as well. While the program was first made for school children, the public program wel-

Public programs coordinator Karla Rasmussen reads a book at the Western Development Museum’s 1910 Christmas scene. Photo by Shawn Slaght comes all ages. “We’ve even had a few seniors come on their own with no young people because they think it’s a nice idea to come and maybe reminisce a little about how things were when they were young, maybe things they remember from their grandparents homes many years ago,” public programs

coordinator Karla Rasmussen said. The public program is sold out for Dec. 14. There are still spots available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 21 and 10 a.m. on Dec. 24. To register contact the Western Development Museum at 306-693-5989. The cost is the museum’s general admission.

Along with the Christmas program, the Western Development Museum will also be showing nine films for the National Film Board from Dec. 21 to Jan. 5. The films will be shown for no additional charge. “A lot of people have family visiting over the Christmas holidays, kids are off school, so why not spend a few more moments in the museum and check out some of our great Canadian Films,” Rasmussen said. Some of the films being shown include Lord of the Sky, The Great Toy Robbery, Meltdown and Snowcat. Over the holidays, the museum will be open until 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. They will reopen Dec. 27 until 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The WDM will be closed New Year’s Day. The museum will then move into their winter hours from January to March. They will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.


Two provincial governments getting away with ignoring fundamentals of law

by Ron Walter

Two actions by two provincial governments show a disregard for the fundamental rule of law principle that is the foundation of our democracy. One of the actions was governing Alberta United Conservative Party’s legislation to abolish the Alberta election commissioner’s job and office to supposedly save $1

million. Premier Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party loudly denied accusations that abolishing the job had anything to do with the work being done by the commissioner. The commissioner had been investigating the 2017 party leadership race won by Kenney. Under investigation were allegations that online voting was irregular and abused by Kenney operatives who obtained online passwords of party members and voted for them. In addition, the Kenney government prevented publi-

cation of names of people from his campaign already fined in the investigation. This case of flaunting the law should not be tolerated. In what world would we allow the accused to fire the police and quash the investigation into their alleged crime? The other flaunting of law matter came under the spotlight in the Saskatchewan provincial auditor’s fall report on the state of government. The auditor investigated the controversial matter where construction of commercial buildings was allowed in Wascana Park, the park surrounding the Legislature in Regina. The provincial government, unsuccessful in an attempt to have the Wascana Authority approve the development, placed the park under the Provincial Capital Commission. Stacked with government members the commission approved development of two commercial buildings — Conexus Credit Union and the Brandt Industries headquarters. The justification – both building owners financially supported existing park operations — the McKenzie Art Gallery and the CNIB.

Protests followed and the government halted construction of the Brandt building until the auditor had completed an investigation. Auditor Judy Ferguson came to one conclusion: the government “cannot show that it complied with the provisions of the Provincial Capital Commission Act.” Nor had the government established the public consultation process expected by the public. The government action amounted to an outright flaunting of the law – another blow to the rule of law that is so fundamental to our system of democracy and justice. Hopefully the weak Opposition will keep this issue alive. If these two provinces had laws allowing impeachment, these actions would serve as the basis for impeachment proceedings. Yet most voters in both provinces seem apathetic to the issue. 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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Some old decorations have been found stored in a box but Santa’s belly is squashed and he’s lost some of his locks. Still he sits proudly there

on a table and soon won’t be alone as he’s joined by one of the Nativity scenes that this household owns. Last year’s wreath has weathered the summer-time rays of the sun and is already on the door, to greet visitors who come by for fun. A niece and nephew are cooking this year to lessen the load, so a sauce and some pudding is all we will take on the road. There’s sure to be turkey and gravy and don’t forget the dressing and cranberry sauce, and a piece of pie would be an extra


Christmas baking treats are filling the freezers here and away, done by friends and left over from our 50th anniversary day. We have cookies and slices and pies, plus raisins in the butter tarts, with apologies to a niece whose dislike of dried grapes we haven’t taken to heart. Housemate has been plotting and shopping and hiding things away but he won’t tell me what, just smiles and says, “wait for the day.” Greeting cards are hung up so we know year-long from where they came but we’ll wonder for months about the one that was sent without even a name. The message talked about darts and cousins and wished us a healthy new year so now we ponder and ponder again about who might have mailed it to us here. Decorative Christmas lights and displays brighten the streets all around the city but still we have none at our house, now isn’t that a shame and a pity. But even without lights to lead the way, we are thankful for good fortune,

for family, long-time friends, colleagues and sincere wishes that are spoken. So in conclusion, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to friends old and new. May your new year be healthy, happy, and your troubles, if any, be only a few. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• There is much for which to be thankful this Christmas season and we realize we need to count our blessings not only now but throughout the year. Moose Jaw has once again come forward with love and friendship as citizens support a wide variety of charities and agencies whose mandate is to assist the less fortunate among us. Food drives, toy and clothing collections, hamper distribution and simple acts of kindness at the drive-through windows signal a community with heart and a social conscience. But this generosity isn’t a seasonal attitude — it exists all year long when a need is established. Thus it has been for as long as most of us can remember and hopefully, with attention to historical documentation, this brand of love thy neighbour and stranger will continue. From our home to the homes of readers everywhere, Merry Christmas. 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.

Humane Society warns a pet is a lifelong Christmas present Shawn Slaght - Moose Jaw Express

With the Christmas season upon us, the Moose Jaw Humane Society is warning that adopting a pet for the holidays is a life-long commitment. Fundraiser co-ordinator Amanda Tetarenko recommends that adults that would like a pet for Christmas should come down to the shelter themselves to pick out the animal. On the other hand, she said children should not receive an animal as a Christmas gift unless the parents are ready to take on the responsibility. “You need to be prepared to take it on for you, not for the child,” Tetarenko said. “The child cannot be responsible. Even if they are 12 or 13 they still cannot be responsible for the life of a pet, the bills associated, the vet bills, food bills, just the general upkeep of having a dog.” Some of the animals at the shelter wouldn’t mind receiving a few gifts for themselves. The Humane Society is open to all donations to go towards the shelter, whether it is food, toys or money. “Of course, for us, money is always a big one because we can use it on the things we need. So we have some pretty high medical costs right now and it would be great if we could have money towards the vet bills,” Tetarenko said. This season the shelter has a Christmas tree in the lobby lined with animal toys. Visitors can choose to purchase a toy from the tree for their own pet or for the shelter animals. Toys purchased for the shelter animals will go home with them when they are adopted.

Tetarenko says they have seen a large influx of kittens this fall and people are still finding kittens in odd places. As well, they are finding a lot of people who are feeding stray cats during the summer and then bringing them into the shelter once winter hits. “We would prefer in the future if they bring them when they find them, not keep them all summer,” Tetarenko said. She also recommended that they contact the shelter before bringing the animal in to make sure there is room. “We would often say if we are really full can you hold on to it for a day or two and then we can take it in,” she said. Anyone interested in donating to the Moose Jaw Humane Society or would like to learn about volunteer opportunities can contact the shelter.

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Downtown association highlights some successes from this year Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express There are many business achievements worth celebrating this year, the Downtown Moose Jaw Association Inc. (DMJA) believes, while there are also areas that require further work to ensure a healthy community. The association was created this summer to provide a unified voice for the downtown business community and contribute to the community’s economic growth. Its objective is to aid, stimulate, develop and beautify the downtown development area, while also working with business owners, managers and building owners in an efficient and successful manner. “The downtown community is driven,” Anita Minter (Temple Gardens Mineral Spa), first vice-president of DMJA, said in an email. “All around we see businesses working hard to ensure they are putting their best forward, not only in Moose Jaw but to be seen across the country. “We live in a vibrant city and the framework is there to encourage growth. We are all working hard on the rest.” Since the executive formed only this year, it did not want to speculate on how the past year has been for downtown businesses, especially without any hard data, she said. However, it did want to highlight several positive items:

• The association was established • The City of Moose Jaw and Tourism Moose Jaw performed good work, particularly during the Moose War • The municipality won a national marketing award for the Moose Jaw • The Scotties curling championship was announced • Moose Jaw rebranded to be Canada’s “most notorious city” One issue that DMJA noticed was how summer construction resulted in less foot traffic in the downtown during that time, which was to be expected.

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“Overall, the sentiment is the work needs to be done to ensure the viability of the area,” Minter said. There seem to be many more empty storefronts these days in the downtown area. To counteract this, explained Minter, one of the association’s major projects in 2020 will be to work to encourage economic growth in the area. This will include a program to assist entrepreneurs through mentorships and to assist business owners with grant opportunities. The primary objective of the association moving forward will be to not only see storefronts filled but also existing storefronts to look shiny and new, she continued. “Providing support and fostering a sense of community is what we are here for,” added Minter. “We have members in this association from large and small business, (so) each of us plays a role in the other’s success.” Since the downtown has existed for generations, it is the job of the association and other businesses to ensure its vitality for many years to come, Minter remarked. She thanked everyone for working to ensure a positive future for the downtown and encouraged everyone to watch out for the Downtown Moose Jaw Association’s annual general meeting in March.

Housing makes up 41 per cent of city construction By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express A near doubling of single family residential construction dominates the building scene in Moose Jaw. City hall issued permits for 27 new houses by the end of November, up from 16 last year. The 78 per cent increase in housing value to $10.1 million from $5.7 million failed to offset lower commercial construction. Total permit values to Nov. 30 of $24.34 million amounted to a 7.5 per cent decline of $1.97 million. Construction activity in November fell $1.4 million from last year to $542,000 — the first month under $1 million this year.

Largest commercial projects included a $225,000 permit at the Jiffy Lube site, 7 Thatcher Drive East; and $190,000 for an office building at 341 Fairford Street West. Other permits included $38,000 for an outdoor recreation facility at Hlillcrest Golf course; $18,400 for a restaurant at the former Original Joe’s site, 930 Main Street North; and $10,000 for work at Union Grocery, 855 Athabasca Street East. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@

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Mediator called in to settle lawsuit between city and former contractor Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

A mediator has been recruited to settle a lawsuit between the City of Moose Jaw and G. Ungar Construction that the contractor initiated over an alleged “unlawful breach of contract” by the city. The Theodore, Sask.-based company launched the lawsuit by issuing a statement of claim in Moose Jaw Court of Queen’s Bench on Nov. 8, 2018. The municipality then issued its statement of defence on Dec. 31, 2018. None of the statements in either claim has been proven in court. Since the matter has not been settled, mandatory mediation was scheduled, with the first meeting to begin Dec. 5, Craig Hemingway, communications manager for the City of Moose Jaw, told the Moose Jaw Express in an email. “The process will likely extend well into 2020, and the city cannot comment on any ongoing legal matters. When the matter is resolved, it will be made public,” he added. Financial compensation In its statement of claim, Ungar Construction alleges the City of Moose Jaw owes it $2,469,684 in unpaid contract fees, plus GST, PST, and interest. In its statement of defence, the municipality alleges the value of the revised contract was $4,334,941, of which Ungar

High Street West was a pothole-strewn, gravel-covered mess in May 2018 after work on the cast iron water main replacement program took longer than expected. Matthew Gourlie photograph

was entitled to $3,237,672.32 and earned $2,597,759.09 before it was fired. Therefore, the remaining contract balance is allegedly $640,003.23. Since the municipality incurred “liquidated damages,” nine damage claims from property own-


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ers and contract breaches of $610,033.91, its statement of defence suggests it really owes Ungar $29,969.32. Ungar Construction The municipality sought bids from contractors in March 2017 to complete phase 2 of the cast iron water main replacement program, Ungar’s statement of claim says. The project included, among other things, installing 2.7 kilometres of water mains of different sizes along with associated fittings, valves and hydrants. The start date was May 1, 2017 with a completion date of Nov. 30, 2017, the statement said. Ungar was allegedly prepared to start on May 1, but the municipality supposedly changed the start date. “Ungar did diligently, and in an appropriate manner undertake, the required construction, as well as additional requested work,” the statement added. Ungar allegedly provided progress invoices as work progressed, with some invoices allegedly paid with holdbacks and other invoices not paid at all, the statement continued. “Failure to pay this amount (of $2.46 million) is an unlawful breach of contract by the city,” the statement said, adding around May 11, 2018, the municipality “wrongfully, unilaterally, took over the contract. This was an unlawful breach of contract by the city.” According to the statement of claim, Ungar demanded that the municipality pay the amount, but the City of Moose Jaw allegedly refused or neglected to pay and now owes the unpaid money. Ungar Construction worked through the winter and into the spring of 2018 — contrary to instructions from city hall — before it was fired, past news stories said. City of Moose Jaw In its statement of defence, the municipality said it denied every allegation in Ungar’s statement of claim. The municipality explained the original tender was supposed to close on April 18, 2017, but was extended one week to April 25. Ungar allegedly submitted its bid on April 25, 2017. The municipality supposedly notified

Ungar of its successful bid on May 11, 2017, pending the satisfaction of certain conditions such as submitting copies of its insurance policies and obtaining a business licence, as required in the tender. “… the city explicitly denies that Ungar was prepared to start the project on May 1, 2017,” the statement of defence said. “It had not satisfied the conditions required by the contract before work could commence.” Ungar allegedly delayed providing its labour and material payment bond form, performance bond and certificate of insurance until May 29, 2017, as the tender agreement required. Ungar had allegedly not yet received its business licence by that date, either. Due to these delays, the municipality signed the contract with Ungar on June 7, 2017, said the statement of defence. At no time beforehand did Ungar allegedly object to the completion date of Nov. 30, 2017. Furthermore, all the work schedules Ungar allegedly submitted before that date indicated it could complete the work on time. “… the city denies the assertion of Ungar that it diligently, and in an appropriate manner, undertook the work required by the contract, as well as additional work,” the defence statement continued. When the municipality allegedly expressed its concern in August 2017 about Ungar’s ability to complete the work by the deadline and requested revised schedules and plans, Ungar supposedly said it would use additional crews and equipment to complete the work by Nov. 30, 2017. As Ungar was doing the work, and after the municipality took over the contract on May 15, 2018, the municipality discovered Ungar had allegedly committed 31 contract breaches. Contract breaches Some of the alleged contract breaches include: Failing to excavate trenches safely and comply with regulations of Occupational Health and Safety; Closing the parking lane and sidewalk on High Street and Caribou Street without receiving approval; Damaging private property and damaging a sanitary sewer connection on Fairford Street West that caused it to be non-functional; Failing to provide prompt documentation of compaction testing, or for testing of asphalt and concrete, and using unsuitable material for backfill and failing to compact backfill properly; Shutting off water service without notice and failing to provide a continuous, uninterrupted water supply to affected homeowners. “… the city denies that it wrongfully and unlawfully breached the contract with Ungar,” the statement said. “As a result of the breaches and the delay of Ungar in completing the work, the city was entitled to and did exercise its rights under the contract to step into the shoes of Ungar (on May 15, 2018) in performing the contract and completing the work.”

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From The Kitchen

Tr a d i t i o n c a l l s fo r j e l l ie d s a l a ds, p u mp k i n p ie By Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Some noses turn up at the idea of jellied salads, but in many homes, tradition calls for those salads to be part of the Christmas meal. This week’s recipes include favourite jellied salads from the family’s recipe box. The pumpkin pie is also a family recipe. The stuffing ball recipe is one shared by a family friend. ••• Mandarin Eggnog Salad 1-10 oz. can mandarin orange sections 1/2 tsp. rum 1-3 oz. pkg. lemon Jello powder 3/4 cup eggnog Drain oranges, saving juice. Add water to juice to make 1 1/4 cups. Heat to boiling. Pour over Jello powder and stir to dissolve. Add rum and eggnog and mix well. Chill until slightly thick. Fold in orange sections and pour or spoon into a three cup mold. Chill until firm. Serves 6. ••• Lime Jello Salad 1 small pkg. lime Jello powder 1 cup boiling water 1/2 cup cold water 3 tbsps. mayonnaise 1 cup diced apples

1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts 3/4 cup chopped celery Dissolve Jello in boiling water. Add cold water and stir. Add mayonnaise and beat well with egg beater. Place in refrigerator and chill until Jello begins to set. Add the apples, walnuts and celery and beat until Jello covers all the ingredients. Place in refrigerator to set. If apples and celery begin to separate from Jello, mix again. ••• Stuffing Balls 4 cups finely chopped celery and leaves 2 large onions, finely chopped 1 tsp. celery salt 2 tsps. thyme 2 tsps. sage 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 tsp. poultry seasoning 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 cup chicken broth 8 cups soft bread cubes Saute celery, onion and seasonings for five minutes in melted butter. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Shape into balls and place one in each of 12 well-greased muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes.

Doric-St. George Officers Doric-St. George Masonic Lodge #71, held their Installation of the 2020 Officers on Wednesday, December 4, at the Masonic Temple.

Pictured (l-r): Back Row: Ralph Wilson; Morley Munn; Rick Tilson ; Middle Row: Adam Tilson; Shawn Pulvermacher; Shawn Robinson; Greg McPhee; John Hupe; Kirby Froese; Al Rivers; Front Row: Jim Forbes, Pier-Luc Doyon; Trevor McPherson; Graham Lynds; Damian Peterson

Eastern Star Officers Mizpah Chapter #1, Order of the Eastern Star, held their Installation of the 2020 Officers on Monday, December 2nd, at the Masonic Temple. The Chapter will be guided by Worthy Matron Lynne Moffatt and Worthy Patron Ray Moffatt.

Pictured (l-r): Back Row: Joel Newman; Tim Smith; Paul Tysdal; Cheryle Svab; Middle Row: Liz Andrei; Amy Moffatt; Dianne Sanborn; Desiree Moffatt; Cathy Forrester; Gillian Moffatt; Marjorie Pritchard; Front Row: Lynann Pethick; Barbara Webb; Lynne Moffatt; Ray Moffatt; Lloyd Pethick; Sue Butz.

Remove from muffin tins, place in casserole or foil pan, cover and keep warm in oven until ready to use. ••• Pumpkin Pie 9-inch pie shell, unbaked 2 cups pumpkin puree 1 can Eagle Brand Milk diluted with milk to make 1-1 1/2 cups 5 large eggs, beaten 1-2 tsps. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. cloves 1 tsp. ginger 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 cup brandy or 1 tbsp. vanilla extract Combine all ingredients, beating until thoroughly blended. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 425 degrees F for 10 minutes then reduce heat to 325 degrees F and continue baking until pumpkin filling is firm, about 40 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Serve with whipped cream, flavoured with cinnamon, if desired. Joyce Walter can be reached at

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Transition House honours work against gender-based violence on massacre anniversary Larissa Kurz

On the 30th anniversary of the Montreal massacre, the Transition House took a moment to remember the 14 women left dead and 14 injured after the attack and to address the continued fight against gender-based violence. At the first iteration of the Change Makers Breakfast, the Transition House welcomed members of the community, donors, and community partners to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign calling for prevention and elimination of violence against women. Those gathered shared in a moment of remembrance for the women who were murdered in the 1989 shooting at École Polytechnique, which is still considered the largest mass shooting in Canadian history. After reading their name, volunteers lit a candle for each victim: Anne-Marie Lemay, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie Turcotte, Annie St-Arneault, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Geneviève Bergeron, Maud Haviernick, and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz. Jenn Angus, executive director of the Transition House, then spotlighted seven men from the Moose Jaw community who have encouraged change for women and an end to gender-based violence. Those acknowledged included Chad Topp, executive director of the Thunder Creek Rehabilitation Association; Sgt. Kevin Pilsworth, of the Moose Jaw Police Service; Kyle Sereda, chief of Moose Jaw & District EMS; Geoff Anderson,

L-R: Transition House director Jenn Angus; Transition House supervisor Marlene Borthwick; Darrell Andrei; Geoff Anderson; Chad Topp; Sgt. Time Schwartz; Sgt. Kevin Pilsworth; Kyle Sereda; Blaze Bailee.

general manager of Moose Jaw Co-op; Sgt. Tim Schwartz, of the Moose Jaw RCMP; and Darrell Andrei, organizer of the former Silent Voices fundraiser. Each recipient was given an award of recognition as well as a superhero doll, to remind them of how important their efforts are to the community. “These men are very deserving and I’m so thankful that they accepted, so happy that they came out today,” said Angus. “I’m just so thankful for all the staff and the community, the funders and the general partners that make this a priority, that make eliminating gender-based violence a part of what they do in not just their work but in their lives.” The Transition House also recognized high school student Blaze Bailee, who

worked with the shelter and shared his experiences with his classmates through an emotional video about hope. Taking this chance to recognize the genuine efforts from men is an important step in the march towards equality, said

Angus, especially as the theme of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence this year is “Our actions matter.” “We really wanted to take it a step further and include what we can be doing as a community,” said Angus. “Men are such a vital part of that and should be recognized, not just as perpetrators or potential perpetrators, but as the heroes that they are, doing this work every single day.” The Transition House hosts a remembrance event every year on the anniversary of the massacre and continues to support and encourage change to end violence against women. Angus encourages the men of Moose Jaw to continue working for change and to pick up a white ribbon from the White Ribbon Campaign. The ribbons indicate a declaration to never commit, condone, or stay silent about gender-based violence. Moose Jaw’s campaign organizer Sgt. Pilsworth and Sgt. Schwartz also had ribbons available at the Moose Jaw Warriors game at Mosaic Place on Dec. 6.

Bin saved seed as good as certified product

By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express Seed companies encourage farmers to buy certiAGRIMART fied seed every year to avoid loss of yield from EXPRESS bin saved seed. The Irrigation Crop Development Centre (ICDC) performed wheat yield trials this year comparing bin saved seed with certified seed. The bin saved seed was two years removed from planted certified seed. “The bin saved seed was as good, if not better than the certified seed,” head researcher Gary Hnatowich of ICDC told the Saskatchewan Irrigation Projects Association conference in Moose Jaw. Saving their own seed saves farmers on cost of certified seed. The centre’s 4,400 plus plots included 90 in wheat, 14 in durum, 18 in barley and 13 in oats. In oilseeds there were 35 canola plots, 20 flax and three soybeans as well as 70 herbicide-tolerant soybean plots. Three special purpose wheat varieties for ethanol and feed were planted. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel. net

A candle was lit for each victim of the Montreal massacre and donations to the Marilyn McCrea Scholarship Fund were being accepted.

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Award-winning country artist and music superstar Brad Paisley is coming to Moose Jaw in March during the only Saskatchewan stop on his 2020 World Tour. Paisley and his band perform in The Friendly City on Thursday, March 12, 2020, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale on Monday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. and are available at, at the Mosaic Place box office, or by calling 306-624-2050. Tickets start at $75, excluding taxes. “We are excited for the opportunity to showcase Mosaic Place hosting the world-class entertainer Brad Paisley, (who is) making Mosaic Place the only Saskatchewan stop on his world tour,” Ryan MacIvor, district general manager

of Spectra Venue Management at Mosaic Place, said in a news release. Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three Grammys, two American Music Awards, 15 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. Paisley has written 21 of his 24 No. 1 hits and has accumulated more than 20 million career total worldwide album sales, track downloads and streaming equivalents. More information about Brad Paisley can be found at, on, on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Feds working on developments to double irrigation in Saskatchewan By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express AGRIMART

EXPRESS Two irrigation projects with potential to add between 400,000 and 550,000 irrigated acres in Saskatchewan are part of federal initiatives. The federal agency, Western Economic Diversification (WD), has been asked to make a recommendation on the projects by March next year. WD Assistant Deputy Minister Dr. Abdul Jalil was at the Saskatchewan Irrigation Projects Association conference in Moose Jaw to get the perspective of irrigators about the projects. Since June, the agency has engaged with the province and a number of organiza-

tions to better understand the potential, he told the conference. Building one or both projects will “require public investment” to tap water potential more efficiently and revitalize rural communities. “We can increase the production. We can have processing. We can have different varieties of crops.” While the 85,000 acre irrigation expansion planned by the province by 2030 is appreciated the “west side and the Qu’Appelle South have opportunity to contribute to the economy.” The Qu’Appelle South proposal, linked to a water conveyance from the Qu’Appelle dam to Buffalo Pound Lake, would irrigate between 100,000 and 150,000 acres between Tugaske and Marquis.

The West Side proposal, located around Conquest, would irrigate between 300,000 and 400,000 acres. “How do we change the trajectory to where we want to be and where we can be?” Jalil said Saskatchewan’s untapped irrigation can help feed nine billion people by

2050. “When we are talking about irrigation we’re not talking about my generation. It’s not about us. It’s about generations to come. Water is becoming more and more scarce.” In food producing areas like California “there are some projections that those aquifers are not storing as much water as is being pumped out. Some of those aquifers in the food production areas will be depleted significantly. “They won’t have a capacity to produce food as they have now,” creating an opportunity for Saskatchewan. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@


By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Irrigation project proposal now in Sask. government’s court

The irrigation conference session hadn’t started. One of the suppliers at the table was talking to a Riverhurst irrigator about his products. Noticing my notebook and camera the supplier asked: “Are you a reporter?” “Yes,” I identified myself as with Moose Jaw Express. “You interested in irrigation?” he followed up. “Yes,” I replied. “I grew up in southern Alberta just a few miles from the irrigation. They wanted to put us in the irrigation district but we stopped them.” “So you have a negative view of irrigation?” he questioned. “No, I don’t. Those were the days when irrigation meant wearing rubber boots and digging little channels with a December 2, 2019 spade from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guys were lucky if they could farm a half section.” Modern technology, the irrigation pivot, covers almost by Lion Michael Mullins (President/Publicity Chair) December 2, 2019 a quarter section with water, making the process much easier. He nodded knowingly and the conversation shifted.

I explained a visit last year into southern Alberta irrigation country and how irrigation had helped small communities grow and develop from the first potato processing plant Yours Truly wrote about in 1965. The conference heard that seven-year-old proposals for the Qu’Appelle Conveyance line aren’t just collecting dust on a shelf. Western Economic Diversification is working on the provincial government to develop the project, which entails an open water supply channel from the Qu’Appelle Dam on Lake Diefenbaker to Buffalo Pound Lake, supplying industrial and consumer water needs for southern Saskatchewan and irrigating between 100,000 and 150,000 acres from Tugaske to Marquis. The $1 billion plus investment holds back the province, which would like private investors to join the venture. That investment could have come from the $1.8 billion overbuilt overpasses just completed for the Global Transportation Hub. Oh, well, it’s just taxpayers’ money. The Parsons study detailing the project impact over 40

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years, found it would add $130 billion to Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product and create 468,000 jobs during that time. The return on investment for the federal and provincial governments over 40 years is around $18 billion each in taxes – certainly much better than the return from one of those $300 million overpasses the province built. The 2012 study notes that with cheap debt financing and contributions from the federal government, Saskatchewan’s share could be limited to $300 million – or cost of one of those overpasses. The Qu’Appelle Conveyance and irrigation project will be developed for a generation with tremendous impact. Given the federal government’s desire to appease angry Westerners, now is the time to seek federal funds for the project. 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.


Moose Jaw Lions Club: Christmas is Upon Us!

We had our Lions Christmas Social & Zone Chair Meeting on Friday evening November 22, 2019 at the Timothy Eaton Center. Along with our members of the MJ Early Bird Lions were members of the Tugaske & Riverhurst Lions as well as The Lions ofChristmas Social & Zone ChairChristmas 3rd Supper Quarter-$100.00 John Wilkinsonthe members the White Cane’s to enjoy a wonderful with all the trimmings supplied by Volunteer Ladies from the Timothy Center. evening NoMeeting was held Eaton on Friday Moose Jaw SK West 27 East 12

vember 22, 2019 at the Timothy Eaton Center. Along with the members of the MJ Early Bird Lions were members of the Tugaske & Riverhurst Lions, as well as the members of the White Cane’s to enjoy a wonderful Christmas Supper with all the trimmings supplied by Volunteer Ladies from the Timothy Eaton Center.

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Festival of Words teases upcoming lineup at open house Larissa Kurz

The Festival of Words welcomed the public to their Holiday Open House on Nov. 29, sharing treats, cider and a sneak peek at the upcoming lineup for the 2020 summer festival. Sarah Simison, executive director, was excited to share a few of the big names already on the roster for July, including fiction author and Governor General Award-winner Joan Thomas, Giller Prize-winning poet Ian Williams, as well as author and former host of Daily Planet Jay Ingram. “This year, we also traveled to Toronto for a week and met with all the publishers in Toronto and they pitched us on authors and books,” said Simison. Also making an appearance will be short-fiction writer Alicia Elliott, Giller Prize finalist Marina Endicott, poet and novelist Steven Price, two-spirit poet and novelist Joshua Whitehead, and author Lindsay Wong, whose memoir was featured on CBC’s Canada Reads. The Festival of Words is also featuring writers from here in Saskatchewan — such as award-winning Regina poet Bruce Rice, northern Saskatchewan author Harold Johnson, young adult fiction writer Kristine Scarrow, and poet Berna-

Operations coordinator Amanda Farnel (L) and executive director Sarah Simison (R) from the Festival of Words, enjoying the Holiday Open House. dette Wagner. Simison even shared the musical guests to be featured for this year’s concert on the Saturday night of the Festival. “We just booked the Andino Suns, [who are] a Saskatchewan band and they have members in Moose Jaw,” said Simison. “We’re pretty excited to have some local guys. They have Latin-inspired music and they’ve won a Western Canadian

Salami and the health of your prostate by Dr. Steven Heidinger, Moose Jaw Chiropractor If my family history serves as a predictor for any future health challenges, my prostate does not stand a chance. The prevalence of prostate cancer in prior generations is not enviable and it weighs heavy on my conscience as I age. My hope, however, comes from my belief that most health issues that are passed down are due to familial reasons, rather than from pure genetics, and are therefore preventable. Regarding issues related to health, familial means the issues run in families and not necessarily related to genetic predispositions. Obesity often occurs in multiple generations not because of genetics, but rather people in the same family tend to eat similarly.

Music Award.” The Festival is heading into its 24th year and has blossomed into a highly lauded celebration of literature and Canadian authors, poets, and more. In the past few years, Festival organizers have been working hard to broaden the collection of voices spotlighted at the festival, reaching out to artists in more mediums with different perspectives.

I believe the predisposition to prostate cancer in my family tends to be due to the shared love of preserved meats, especially salami. My parents’ families were from Europe, and times were tough during the periods of war. Preserved meats were very common in their diet and that carried over when they came to Canada. A weekly trip to the local German delicatessen usually resulted in a very dry salami hanging in our cold cellar and afternoon snack trays always had salami on German rye breads. It is fair to say, preserved meats were a staple in our home. While I may be singling out salami, this food falls into a category of being high on the Dietary Inflammatory Index (DII). In recent decades, there is a growing body of evidence relating the role of inflammation in chronic disease like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Chronic inflammation has also been linked to depression and Alzheimer’s. The DII was developed to be able to identify which foods stimulated (and to what degree) the formation of inflammatory markers in the blood stream. These markers, which are related to the immune system, such as C-reactive protein, fibrinogen and interleukins, can result in damaging the body’s tissues. Too many of these markers

“We have a very large focus on diversity and inclusion,” said Simison. “We don’t usually have the same people back year after year, so our lineup is super exciting.” The Festival of Words always has more than enough interest from writers wanting to attend, which means organizers have a huge task in narrowing down the names to just 25 authors. “We work from a very large database of anywhere between 150 and 200 authors usually,” said Simison. “We’ve been reading furiously and trying to decide who to invite, but we’ve been really successful so far.” The Festival of Words will return to Moose Jaw this summer, from July 1619, with an official lineup to be released closer to the date. In the meantime, the Festival of Words will continue hosting its monthly Performer’s Cafe, on the last Thursday of every month at Mitsu Sweet Cafe, as well as another round of the Cineview series beginning in January — movies to be announced soon. To keep up with the Festival’s various events and updates, follow their Facebook page or check their website.

can result in chronic disease states. It has been determined that diet plays a large role in the number of inflammatory markers traveling in the blood. The body does not like anything it considers foreign or unnatural. Preservatives most definitely fall into this category. The immune system gets ramped up when exposed to things it does not recognize. Red meats, refined carbohydrates, sugary beverages and fried foods also score high on the DII. The opposite is true for foods like green leafy vegetables, nuts, most fish, most fruits and healthy oils like olive, flax and avocado oil. Just Google “anti-inflammatory diet”, and you will get an excellent idea on which foods will help reduce inflammation and potentially protect you from chronic disease. Now if you Google “Charcuterie tray”, you will see how my prostate will not be happy with my choice of menu for our Christmas party.

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

Investigation into storage unit theft results in charges of firearm trafficking Larissa Kurz

The Moose Jaw Police Service has made several arrests in relation to a break and enter that occurred at a storage bay unit on the 100 block of Diefenbaker Drive in October of last year. A safe containing over 25 firearms and ammunition was stolen in the incident, and after a lengthy investigation with the National Weapons Enforcement Support

Team, the MJPS has made several arrests in relation to the theft. Several of the stolen firearms have also been recovered since the 2018 theft, in both Regina and Moose Jaw. Over 80 criminal charges have been laid against a handful of people, three of which are from Moose Jaw. Charges include break and enter to steal firearms,

possession of firearms in a motor vehicle, firearms trafficking, and numerous other firearms-related charges. Five individuals have appeared in court on those charges, including Brian Thorne-Bitternose of Regina, Jordan Shields of Eyebrow, Nicholas Connolly of Moose Jaw, Ryan Tatum of Moose Jaw, and Dakota Desjarlais of Moose

Jaw. The MJPS has also issued an arrest warrant for Kristen Desjarlais in connection to the incident, and ask the public to contact either the MJPS at 1 (306) 694-7600 or Moose Jaw Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477 with any information about Kristen’s whereabouts.

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Polar Bear Run sets a brisk pace for Terry Fox Foundation Larissa Kurz

The ninth annual Polar Bear Run at A. E. Peacock Collegiate braved the cold

Brendan Fedoski and his running companion Flynn were dressed for the occasion.

weather in support of cancer research on Dec. 8, after bundling up and finishing their warm coffee. Around 70 runners and walkers signed up for the charity run, which travelled a scenic five-kilometer route beginning and ending at Peacock. Over the years, the Polar Bear Run has raised over $40,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation. This year, organizer Sarah Clarke estimates around $3,000 was raised. Although the route this year was new, the sentiment surely was not, and Clarke was

The group set off on their winter run with plenty of enthusiasm.

The group of runners assembled for the 2019 Polar Bear Run at A.E. Peacock Collegiate. pleased to see the community and students brave the chill for a good cause. “We always encourage our students and their friends and family members, but also everyone in the community is welcome,” said Clarke. “It’s nice to see everyone come together and be a part of something great.”

The slightly frosty runners enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate following the run, and Clarke is looking ahead to the remaining week, as she and her team of volunteers continue to collect donations from students who were unable to make it to the run itself.

UN-NATO Veterans donate to Riverside Mission Shawn Slaght - Moose Jaw Express

The Veterans UN-NATO Moose Jaw group gave back to the community once again this Christmas season by donating food, clothes and toiletries to Riverside Mission. This is the second year that the group has gotten together to collect items to be donated to help the homeless shelter. “Guys are here for a reason, because they are in a position in their life where they need help and we’re glad to give it to them,” Don McDonald of UN-NATO Veterans Moose Jaw said. Riverside Mission manager Rachel Mullens said donations are always welcome and she appreciates the great partnership the shelter has with the UN-NATO

Veterans. “Two years now they’ve made an effort to gather together things as a group and bring them down. Every little bit helps,” she said. Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year at the Mission. With the weather getting colder, they are seeing more and more people using the shelter. “They come with very little and it’s great to get donations like this of clothing, toiletries and things to be able to hand out to them and help them to get back on their feet,” Mullen said. Those interested in donating or volunteering at Riverside Mission can call the shelter or visit their website (

Residents reminded to keep sidewalks clear of snow Shawn Slaght - Moose Jaw Express With the white stuff falling from the sky, the City of Moose Jaw is reminding residents and businesses to keep their sidewalks clear of snow. According to the city’s Clean Sidewalks Bylaw, snow must be removed from the sidewalk before 9 a.m. the day following the snowfall. If the snowfall is particularly heavy, the city will extend the time limit to 48 hours. “It has not been a particular problem for us but again we just ask everyone to comply,” said City of Moose Jaw communications manager Craig Hemingway. The same guidelines apply to residential sidewalks. The city does ask that those who clearing off sidewalks not shovel snow onto city streets or alleyways. Sidewalks are enforced on a complaint basis. If a complaint is received, a bylaw officer will issue a notice to the property owner as to what needs to be done. Failing to comply with the notice can result in fines ranging from $100 for the first offence to $300 for three or more offences. “Certainly if there are concerns people can get in touch with our bylaw department but our experience has been that business owners have been very good at this and they realize the importance of keeping their sidewalks clear so their customers can shop and be downtown,” Hemingway said. With shoveling also comes safety concerns. Chief of Moose Jaw and District EMS Kyle Sereda says this time of year they often see a lot of heart attacks because people are overexerting themselves. “Often you don’t realize you are overex-

erting yourself until after you start getting pain and because you are outside, you’re cold, your extremities are a little bit (cold), blood vessels are constricted so you don’t realize it as much as if you were outside running,” he said. Sereda recommended that if anyone who is shoveling and experiences shortness of breath or chest pain should stop immediately and rest. If the pain doesn’t go away with rest, 9-1-1 should be called. He says the best way to prevent overexertion is to shovel in short intervals, especially those with a history of heart or respiratory problems. “That can be a 15 minute break, go out for half an hour and sit down for 15 minutes,” Sereda said. “Let your body catch up, warm up in the event you are overexerting yourself and not realizing it.” Other tips Sereda gave include wearing the proper attire to protect against the cold and having the proper footwear to protect against slipping and falling. Not clearing off your sidewalk can be a safety hazard for others as well. Sereda said they get a lot of calls of people slipping and falling on snowy sidewalks. “The snow hits the ground, covers the ice, people don’t see it, they are walking — boom — they hit the ground and then we get called,” he said.

The UN-NATO Veterans Moose Jaw group donates food, clothes and toiletries to Riverside Mission on Thursday. Roy Kilbride, Don McDonald and regional vice-president Bud Roy presented the donation to Rachel Mullens, second from the left, manager of Riverside Mission. Photo by Shawn Slaght

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Kinsmen Safe Ride program ready for another busy holiday season Larissa Kurz

The Kinsmen Safe Ride program is at its busiest over the holidays, offering transport home for party-goers from company Christmas parties, weddings, and more. The program is a staple of the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Club and has grown so popular that for the first time this year, the service group has officially teamed up with the Moose Jaw Kinettes Club to handle the amount of requests they’ve received. “It was such a busy program that we were struggling to meet the demands of the community with our one club, so putting the two clubs together seemed to be a good fit,” said Allen Proust, member of the Kinsmen and the Safe Ride committee. “This way, we have two pools of people to pull from for the Safe Ride driving service and bartending, which we do as well.” Safe Ride is available to book for specific events for a fee, and the Kinsmen and Kinettes will provide two drivers and a van of their own to ensure that party-goers — and their vehicles, if desired — make it home safely at the end of the night. The service is exclusive, meaning the volunteers will only be offering rides to the hired event’s guests and will stay at the party until their services are no longer needed.

Kinsmen safe ride: (supplied) “We try not to step on the toes of the taxi drivers and the guys that are in the business of doing a ride to and from a destination,” said Proust. “We try to do our own entity of staying at the party, like we were hired to do.” The end of the night can get busy, so Proust offered some advice to party-goers to make things a bit easier. “Some people plan ahead and will get picked up by a coworker and then they have less vehicles at that party, which makes our job a little easier at the end of the night,” said Proust. Volunteers work on tips from those who utilize the ser-

Friendly City Optimist Club donates to Pediatric Ward

Pictured (l-r) Bailey Kohler (RN); Teigin Loftsgard (Patient); Brenda Nicholls (Nurse Manager); Lynann Pethick (Optimist); Chris Turcotte (Optimist President); Eihab Dehab ( Patient); Logan Costley (Patient) and Logan’s dad Chad. The Friendly City Optimist Club did their annual donation of toys, books, games, etc. to the Pediatric Ward at the Dr. F. H. Wigmore Regional Hospital, this being their 30th year.

vice, and all the funds raised will remain in the community to fund local programs and functions that the Kinsmen and Kinettes operate in Moose Jaw. “It’s to kind of support the groups and functions that we fund in the community, so all the money stays local, tha we make off the project,” said Proust. The Safe Ride program is highlighted most during the holidays, but the program is actually available from September to June, and occasionally by demand through the summer. The Kinsmen continue the program each year largely for benefit of the community, and to get out into the community in a good way. “It’s not a real big moneymaker, but it’s more a good community service that gets a lot of recognition for wha it is,” said Proust. The groups have eight vans rented for the holidays and are still open to bookings. Those interested in having the Kinsmen Safe Ride service at their party can emai to inquire about availability or contact Allen Proust at 1 (306) 630-3022.

Zion United Church UCW gathers for lunch to celebrate end of year

Photo by Larissa Kurz. Members of the Zion United Church UCW, Minister Tim Ellis, and ladies of the congregation gathered for their annual Christmas lunch to celebrate another successful year for the ministry. “Thanks to generous donations from the

congregation for the recent bake sale, Zion UCW enjoyed dispersing the funds at year-end. They supported Zion and gifts to the staff at St. Andrew’s College, the Salvation Army Stocking Fund, Riverside Mission, and the Transition House.”

SCRAPS fundraisers taking place throughout the Christmas season By Shawn Slaght The Band City Stray Cat Rescue and Protection Society (SCRAPS) is keeping busy this Christmas season with fundraisers at the Town ‘n’ Country Mall. A silent auction has been set up at their store in the mall with donated items including everything from artwork to sports memorabilia. “We even have coal from the Titanic. It’s kind of an exciting little addition,” SCRAPS board member Anne Marciszyn said. “We have an original print here from Su-

Anne Marciszyn, Georgina Yates and Marg Jones from SCRAPS show off some of their silent auction items at their store at Town ‘n’ Country Mall on Thursday. Photo by Shawn Slaght

san Franklyn, who is an artist who lives locally in Mossbank, and she supports SCRAPS and has donated her print.” The silent auction winners will be announced on Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. SCRAPS opened their store, sponsored by the Town ‘n’ Country Mall, for December. The store includes many items that have been donated to the group and have been bought for resale. SCRAPS is also selling their calendar for the second year in a row. Many of the items at the store are geared towards cats or have a cat-theme to them. “People can just come in and buy their gifts,” Marciszyn said. “Right now we are focused on Christmas items but we’ve had this for months in the past and had different things to offer.” Along with the silent auction, the group will be be gift wrapping at the mall for the month of December with donations going to SCRAPS’s operation costs. The SCRAPS store is open Sunday to Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 5:30 p.m. until Dec. 24. The store will reopen on Dec. 26 and 27 from noon to 4 p.m. The store also acts as a satellite adoption centre, allowing shoppers to meet a few

Adoptable cats Hickory, Tiger, Tigress and Tiglet wander their pens at the SCRAPS store at Town ‘n’ Country Mall on Thursday. Photo by Shawn Slaght

of the cats available for adoption through SCRAPS. SCRAPS goal is to control the cat population by having stray cats spayed or neutered. The organization is funded through fundraisers only and run by volunteers. Marciszyn says there are many ways person can help out, from volunteering to fostering cats. “Another way people can help us is if they are actually not able to physically

adopt a cat or physically help in some way, they can sponsor a spay or neuter or sponsor a cat for adoption,” she said. “We have a lot of cats in our care and some of the older ones are ones that are more difficult to adopt like black cats, older cats or cats with disabilities sometimes need that extra little bit of inspiration to give them a great home.” Information on how to donate to SCRAPS can be found on their Facebook page.

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Dozens of city employees recognized during annual service awards luncheon Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The City of Moose Jaw honoured its long-serving employees and those employees who have retired during a yearly service awards luncheon on Dec. 11 at Mosaic Place. Municipal employees who were honoured include (* indicates absent from luncheon): 15 years’ service • Melanie Padfield (engineering) • Jamie Tatum (engineering) • *Matt Crocker (fire) • *Paul Patterson (parks and recreation) • Gary Couzens (transit) 20 years’ service • *Kelly Anakaer (engineering) • *Dave Deagle (engineering)

Fire Chief Rod Montgomery – 30 years with the City of Moose Jaw. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

• *Amber Spicer (engineering) • Rhonda Penner (engineering) • *Carla Wallace (finance) • *Rob Halsall (fire) • Ryan Hopkinson (fire) • *Chris Luiten (fire) • Chasidy Guy (human resources) • Karla Terry (parks and recreation) • Bob Gagnon (transit) 25 years’ service • *Kevin Acorn (parks and recreation) 30 years’ service • Kate Goudie (fire) • Bill Howes (fire) • Rod Montgomery (fire) • Tracey Cook (parks and recreation) 35 years’ service • *Rick Folster (engineering)

Bob Gagnon (transit) 20 years with the City of Moose Jaw. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Les Rigden - 45 years of service with the City of Moose Jaw. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Karla Terry - 20 years of service with the City of Moose Jaw. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Orval Coates was honoured for his retirement from the City of Moose Jaw after working for the municipality for 19 years. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Gary Couzens (transit) 15 years with the City of Moose Jaw. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Jamie Tatum - 15 years with the City of Moose Jaw. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

• *Kurtis Klemenz (engineering) • *Bob Duchak (parks and recreation) 45 years’ service • Les Ridgen (engineering) Retirees • *Bill Anderson (engineering) • Wayne Angus (engineering) • Orval Coates (engineering) • *Earl Harding (fire) • Dale Nash (fire) • *George Paterson (fire) • *Dean Steinhoff (transit) Special achievement award • Rhonda Penner; Penner was selected for her work to sponsor families with Christmas dinners through the Salvation Army and for setting up a fundraiser to help an ill co-worker.

Chasidy Guy - 20 years of service with the City of Moose Jaw. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Rhonda Penner - 20 years with the City of Moose Jaw. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Dale Nash was honoured for his retirement from the City of Moose Jaw after working for the municipality for 41 years. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Melanie Padfield - 15 years with the City of Moose Jaw. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Bill Howes - 30 years with the City of Moose Jaw. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

During the luncheon, Mayor Fraser Tolmie told the crowd that Moose Jaw’s potential is contained within its residents and employees. The luncheon is in recognition of that potential. “We do recognize the efforts you do in your daily work to make our community better,” he said, such as keeping parks clean, roads in good repair, water flowing, and recreational amenities functional. The employees’ efforts ensure the community is safe and is a nice place to live, Tolmie added. He thanked the employees, especially their families, since sacrifices sometimes have to be made to ensure the municipality runs smoothly.

Tracey Cook - 30 years of service with the City of Moose Jaw. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Rhonda Penner receives the special achievement award. Penner was selected for her work to sponsor families with Christmas dinners through the Salvation Army and for setting up a fundraiser to help an ill co-worker. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Kate Goudie - 30 years with the City of Moose Jaw. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Ryan Hopkinson - 20 years with the City of Moose Jaw. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Moose Jaw’s first ride-sharing service launches with goal to reduce impaired driving Larissa Kurz

A new rideshare service will debut in Moose Jaw with a soft launch this weekend, becoming the first of it’s kind to operate in the city. Uride is an app-based rideshare service that pairs drivers with passengers based on request and will be available in Moose Jaw beginning Dec. 13-14 with a soft launch. Founder and CEO of Uride Cody Ruberto is looking forward to expanding the service to another small city. “We’re excited and I think people are really going to enjoy it, compared to the traditional way of calling a taxi, waiting outside in the cold, not knowing if your ride’s going to come or not,” said Ruberto. Uride is already operational in five provinces, with Humboldt being its first venture into Saskatchewan. Ruberto describes the service as having an average wait time of ten minutes and a lower price than other transportation services. The free-to-download app allows users to request quotes on prices before booking a ride and keeps the user in contact with the driver until they arrive. Users can even book a ride in advance, and Uride also provides emailed transaction receipts and the opportunity to rate a driver’s performance following the ride’s completion. “It’s just a seamless way to get a ride,” said Ruberto. Ruberto, who hails from Thunder Bay, ON, first devel-

Uride utilizes a free-to-download app to connect drivers and passengers. oped the app to serve what he saw as a need. “Every time I would go out, I’d be in crowds of people stranded when the bars would close, with very few taxis on the road. It was a major problem and it led to a lot of issues with drinking and driving,” said Ruberto. Now, Ruberto is focusing on smaller cities that are in need of an alternative to busy taxis. He hopes that Uride’s flexibility and shorter wait times will reduce the frustrations of those trying to get home after a night out and deter driving under the influence. “That’s how Uride was started, just to prevent impaired driving and help people get home safely,” said Ruberto. “It’s really been incredible to actually see how you really

can solve a real-life problem, with an idea.” Following Uride’s initial launch on Dec. 13, Uride drivers will once again be available from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Dec. 20-21. Outside of those guaranteed availability hours, some drivers will be available but Ruberto warns that Uride in Moose Jaw is still in its building stages. “Throughout the week, passengers are welcome to open the Uride app and if you see a car available, great, you can get a ride,” said Ruberto. “But just during the soft launch stage, we’re going to have limited coverage outside of those hours.” As more drivers join the Uride roster, the availability of services is expected to improve and expand. “Over the next couple of weeks, we will be adding more drivers to the platform and then transition to a 24-hour service,” said Ruberto. Uride has already sparked interest in the city, with a number of messages on social media reaching out, said Ruberto. He’s excited to see the service finally available in Moose Jaw. “We just wanted to give the people of Moose Jaw a taste of the service, how the app works, and just give them a little bit of an introduction with our soft launch,” said Ruberto.

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Safety on councillors’ minds as police get 3.26-per-cent budget increase Coun. Heather Eby no longer feels safe walking home after Moose Jaw Warriors’ games due to more crime, so she hopes supporting the Moose Jaw Police Service’s 2020 budget request can rectify those issues. “The use of crystal meth is driving a lot of things in our city ‌ ,â€? Eby said during a recent budget meeting. “Police officers make a very good wage. They make more money than some of us, for sure. I wouldn’t want to do their job.â€? When police officers work nights, they are patrolling and working hard, she added. She participated in a ride-along in 2013 and found that to be an eye-opening experience. She had assumed she knew what officers faced, but admitted, “You don’t know what you don’t know.â€? During the meeting, council voted 5-2 to approve the 2020 police operating budget of $10,129,563, which is an increase of $319,916, or 3.26 per cent, over this year. Councillors Brian Swanson and Scott McMann were opposed. Council unanimously approved a motion to direct $110,000 from the traffic safety reserve to the police service; this reserve is funded from net proceeds from the automated speed enforcement program. Council also voted 6-1 to provide $67,500 in capital funding to the police service. Swanson was opposed.

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Council discussion The feeling of safety in the community is gradually changing, something Coun. Crystal Froese now experiences while walking in South Hill. Froese, who serves on the Board of Police Commissioners, has also heard from residents who don’t feel safe walking through Crescent Park. “From the police, they have been affected (with) such a high level of stress because of the opioid crisis,� she said. Dealing with crystal meth brings on a whole new challenge since someone on it can be unpredictable, Froese continued. Furthermore, police have to stay with the individual at the hospital because of violent tendencies. Having to deal with this takes officers off the streets. The police commission has worked hard to get the provincial government’s attention about how underfunded Moose Jaw is when it comes to having enough officers, she added. Moose Jaw might have more officers for the combined traffic safety program, but those officers spend 70 per cent of their time patrolling the highways and not doing municipal police work. Swanson was also concerned that other Saskatchewan cities have more provincially-funded police officers than Moose Jaw, which has a disproportionate ratio of police officers per 100,000 population. He noted this is a reflec-

tion of how the Ministry of Justice approaches crime in those other communities. His other concern was the police service wants to hire another officer in 2020, starting in August, but is using a method that charges 30 per cent of that officer’s salary next year and 70 per cent the year after. Swanson added that the Moose Jaw Police Service consistently receives higher funding than anyone else, which he believes is unsustainable in a community not seeing population growth. The Board of Police Commission has been advocating for the police service to receive a fair share of provincially-funded officers from the province, said Mayor Fraser Tolmie. However, until that happens, police here will continue to face stress while on duty, which can’t be measured by charts or graphs. Council shouldn’t want to put the police service in a hole where its officers can’t deal with increases in crime and violent crime, which is what meth does to communities, he continued. “We are in a corridor that goes from Edmonton to Winnipeg. We are a stop-off point. It is a challenge and stress for existing police officers,� he added. “That is why this request is being brought forward now.�

2020 council schedule set for appointments to deputy mayor, committee chair positions Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The rotation of who on city council will act as deputy mayor and chair of standing committees has been established for the next year, which is also the final term for this council. During its Dec. 9 regular meeting, council unanimously approved the schedule, which starts on Jan. 1 and runs until Nov. 9. Traditionally, the appointments for dep-

uty mayor, executive committee chair and personnel committee chair have been for a term of two months and on a rotational basis. From Jan. 1 to Feb. 29, Coun. Crystal Froese will act as deputy mayor, Coun. Dawn Luhning will act as chair of the executive committee and Coun. Scott McMann will be chair of the personnel committee.

From March 1 to April 30, Luhning will be deputy mayor, McMann will be chair of executive committee and Coun. Heather Eby will be chair of the personnel committee. From May 1 to June 30, McMann will be deputy mayor, Eby will be chair of executive committee and Coun. Chris Warren will be chair of the personnel committee.

From July 1 to Aug. 31, Eby will be deputy mayor, Warren will be chair of the executive committee and Froese will be chair of the personnel committee. From Sept. 1 to Nov. 9, Warren will be deputy mayor, Froese will be chair of the executive committee and Luhning will be chair of the personnel committee.

Updated policy gives Yara Centre groups better idea of their rights when using the building Groups that use the Yara Centre will soon have a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities to use the building, based on changes to the booking and usage policy. A clearer description of some of the rights and responsibilities of user groups is not the only change to the policy. Based on suggestions from the parks and recreation advisory committee, several other items were added to the document: • Turf allocation timelines and booking processes for prime tenants, regular users and new users • General usage and booking conditions for activity at the Yara Centre • Payment, refund and cancellation policies that will be acknowledged at the time of bookings The suggested changes were presented to city council during its Dec. 9 regular meeting. Council voted 5-1 to adopt the updated booking and usage policy. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed, while Coun. Chris Warren was absent. The main concern Swanson — a retired school teacher — had about the policy was how badly it was written. He pointed to several sections in the document where words had been left out of sentences or sentences were simply grammatically incorrect. Coun. Heather Eby raised the issue of the Yara Centre no longer allowing a winter golf program to take place inside the building. Scott Osmachenko, recreation services manager, acknowledged this to be true, saying anything related to

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balls of any kind being hit inside is a concern, along with concern about damage to the turf. A new baseball training centre has started up at Hillcrest Curling Rink, with many community teams going there to use its batting cages since they believe the Yara Centre outpriced itself, Eby said. She wondered if the parks department notices any trends when it loses user groups. “We do do an analysis of our competition,� said Osmachenko. “We understand there are a lot of professional sports groups in Moose Jaw and they are using their own facility. They feel they need more time (and) more

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space ‌ . “We are aware of that and we continue to engage (user groups) to make sure they have proper time (and) proper location, but cost definitely does appear ‌ to be one of the issues.â€? 19123DS3 19123DS2

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City Hall Council Notes Over $3M in interest earnings to help fund capital projects in 2020 Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

More than $3 million in interest earnings will be taken from the City of Moose Jaw’s investment portfolio next year to fund areas such as transportation and parks and recreation. During a recent special budget meeting, city council voted 6-1 to approve the withdrawal of $3,067,341 from the investment portfolio for use in 2020. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. Report background More than $100 million in reserve money is being managed by professional portfolio managers on behalf of the municipality, explained finance director Brian Acker. There is more than $70.9 million in the long-term portfolio and more than $30 million in the medium-term portfolio. The expected returns in the long-term investment portfolio are six per cent; 4.25 per cent in returns is expected in the moderate term investment portfolio, and; inflation is expected to be two per cent. Since the municipality uses the investment interest to fund programs and services, it is necessary each year to estimate

the required drawdowns and incorporate them in the proposed budgets, Acker continued. For example, $1.5 million in interest is being withdrawn from the capital expenditure fund equity and $658,465 is being taken from the land development funds — for a total of $2.61 million — to use in the general capital budget. Similarly, $130,000 in earnings is being withdrawn from the perpetual care fund to fund cemetery maintenance, while $161,300 is being withdrawn to fund the Southeast Industrial Park subdivision. If there are any shortfalls arising from the 2020 withdrawals due to poor portfolio performance, the amounts taken will be adjusted in the 2021 drawdown request, Acker said, adding these proposed drawdowns have been discussed with the investment committee. Council discussion Swanson was in favour of using the interest from reserve money to fund core infrastructure. However, he suggested that that reserve money was being played in

the stock market and thought the six-percent return was unrealistic since the stock market could return higher or even negative returns. Instead, Swanson wanted to see interest earnings withdrawn based on what was earned in the previous year. He suggested the worst-case scenario that could be faced in 2020 is a negative interest rate return, which he said history has shown to be possible. Coun. Dawn Luhning, a member of the investment committee, pushed back against Swanson’s “harsh and just not true” comments, saying the committee was not gambling with the municipality’s money. “This is not doom and gloom with what the investment committee has done. This could be very good for the City of Moose Jaw over a long, long time,” she added. “It’s a long-term investment.” So far there has been $2.19 million in interest generated from the invested funds, which is substantial, said Acker. This provides some comfort that the money is being invested properly.

Swanson’s suggestion of waiting nearly a full year to see what the reserve accounts generated in interest would put a $2.6 million hole in the 2020 capital budget, he continued. It has been well-documented that a balanced portfolio that invests money in a prudent manner produces good fruit. Acker added that the interest is withdrawn throughout the year and not all on Jan. 1. Council’s intention has been to reduce the tax burden on residents, and while there are many projects that could be considered gold-plated, council needs to wisely steward its finances, said Mayor Fraser Tolmie. This ensures money can be maximized and provide better benefits for residents by ensuring yearly budgets are properly funded. “We have to be optimistic …,” he added. “There will be dips. But as we all know when we go to financial advisors, we have to ride the storm.”

Re-formed city committee has hint of political correctness, councillor suggests Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

There is a hint of political correctness in the composition of a re-formed municipal committee, a city councillor suggests, with certain constituent groups represented that may not add anything to discussions. The environment advisory committee and the public works advisory committee recently combined to form the public works, infrastructure and environment advisory committee, after city administration reviewed all municipal committees and boards and suggested to city council that changes be made to those structures. The re-formed committee held its first meeting recently and made four recommendations about how it should operate. Those recommendations were discussed during city council’s Dec. 9 regular meeting. Council voted 5-1 to amend the committee’s terms of reference to include one representative each from 15 Wing Canadian Forces Base, Holy Trinity Catholic School Division and Prairie South School Division, bringing the committee’s total number to 12. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed, while Coun. Chris Warren was absent. Council voted unanimously to set the meeting dates of the committee to the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. or at the call of the chairman. Council voted 5-1 against a motion that all agenda items SALE BY TENDER Land - RM of Caron No 162 SE 31-18-28-W2 - 160 acres. Buildings included: 1 - 3300 bu Westeel Rosco Steel Bin. Land - RM of Marquis No 191 SE - 13-19-28-W2 - 150 acres. Buildings included: 60 x 40 quonset, 2 - 3300 bu Westeel Rosco steel bins, 1 - 2700 Westeel Rosco steel bin, 1 - 4000 Westeel Rosco steel bin, 1 - 1600 bu hopper bottom bin. SW - 13-19-28-W2 - 128 acres. The undersigned as Solicitors for the Owner will receive written tenders for the purchase of this land until 4:00 p.m., Monday, January 20, 2020, subject to the following conditions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

Highest or any bid not necessarily accepted, and the right is reserved to reject any or all bids; Bids may be on all three quarters or on individual quarters. A certified cheque for TEN PERCENT (10%) payable to WALPER-BOSSENCE LAW OFFICE, of the amount of the bid must be submitted with the written tender, for the bid to be considered; Unsuccessful bidders will have their certified cheques returned uncashed; Bidders must rely on their own research and inspection of the property and confirm acreage (acreages shown are approximate), condition and other particulars. The successful bidder will be responsible for GST reporting. Bins and other buildings are sold ‘as is’ and ‘where is’. Seller shall pay all property taxes to December 31, 2019. Mineral Titles exist on all three quarters. Price negotiable. Balance of purchase price payable by noon, on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. All bids shall be kept confidential.

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be received 10 days prior to the meeting date. Coun. Dawn Luhning was in favour. Council voted unanimously to amend the terms of reference to ensure all members appointed to this committee be residents of Moose Jaw, with the exception of the representative of 15 Wing airbase, who can reside in Bushell Park. Discussion The public works, infrastructure and environment advisory committee can advise city council about issues around roads, bridges, sidewalks, waterworks, and environmental issues, Swanson pointed out. However, he continued, it is composed of one representative each from city council, the chamber of commerce, the Wakamow Valley Authority, the seniors’ community, a youth, and the Aboriginal community, the special needs community, plus two members of the general public, along with the three new members just added. “To me … other than the political correctness of all that, I’m not sure why that would bring anything extra to a discussion of public works and infrastructure … ,” he added, “when I think a committee like that should be more open to the general public and we would be looking for people with interest in those areas, as opposed to being a certain age or representing a school board. “This restructuring of committees, we’re down this path, but I don’t know if it makes much sense.” Swanson was also concerned about the motion that wanted all agenda items added 10 days before the meeting. He noted that’s not a common practice, since he could see The Rural Municipality of Eyebrow No. 193 is accepting applications for the following position Grader Operator The municipal shop is located in the Village of Eyebrow. This is a full-time, year-round, grader operator position with the municipality. Applicants must have at least a minimum 3 years or more experience running a grader year-round including snow removal. They must possess a minimum class 5 driver’s license and Power Mobile Equipment certification. The successful candidate must be able to work independently and be willing to perform additional duties as directed by the Reeve and Council members. They would also be required to patrol the RM roads year-round and completing work as needed. This position requires excellent management and communication skills with council, staff and ratepayers is an absolute must. Self-motivation to work independently, careful care of equipment, general shop upkeep, good organizational skills, detailed work logs and attention to the quality of work completed is definite asset. This is a year-round position. Please include desired salary. This position also includes a benefits package containing health, dental and life insurance along with a municipal pension plan. Please include work related references. Resumes can be mailed or dropped off at the address below on or before January 30, 2020. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position but only persons selected for interviews will be contacted. R.M. of Eyebrow No. 193 Box 99 Eyebrow, SK S0H 1L0 Phone: (306) 759-2101 Fax: (306) 759-2026 Email:

when an item might need to be added after that 10-day deadline. He wondered what problem was being solved with this motion. Committee members said they sometimes had reports added at the last minutes and weren’t able to read them, not unlike what happens at city council, explained city clerk Myron Gulka-Tiechko. This suggested motion is a show of respect so the members can read the reports beforehand and have the information to make decisions. The reports are usually kept at the clerk’s office and can be circulated to committee members, Gulka-Tiechko added. This motion would put the onus on people who want to bring reports forward to do so in advance. “That is what tabling motions for,” replied Swanson. “The committee always has the right to table for further information and to wait.” Special needs committee Council voted unanimously to have a representative from the special needs advisory committee be included on the public works, infrastructure and environment advisory committee. There used to be a special needs member on the transportation committee, which has since been folded into the re-formed public works, infrastructure and environment group, explained Coun. Scott McMann. The special needs committee believes it needs a representative on that group since some residents have certain transportation requirements. Swanson supported the addition of the special needs representative, but reiterated his concern that the committee members were there based on their age or ethnicity, which he thought “wreak(ed) of political correctness.” He added that having 12 members set up that committee was unproductive and ineffective.

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City Hall Council Notes Program to remind homeowners to keep property off city-owned land Homeowners who store or build anything on municipal-owned property will be encouraged to voluntarily remove those objects as part of a public education program, although mandatory enforcement would follow for non-compliance. Encroachment on municipal-owned or – controlled property has been an ongoing issue for years, according to a report from the planning and development services department. Encroachment is defined as any portion of a building, structure, vehicle or other objects that extends onto municipal property. The City of Moose Jaw has historically enforced encroachment issues on a complaint-driven basis. This process has been effective to address specific circumstances but does not always allow the municipality to act on issues of damage to public spaces or misuse of public lands. The report was presented at city council’s Dec. 9 regular meeting. Council voted 5-1 to authorize city administration to proceed with public education about encroachments on municipal-owned or – controlled property. News releases will be sent out as a general reminder, followed

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express by letters to property owners explaining tracks or other utilities and provided rear how they are encroaching on municipal access to commercial and industrial opproperty and reminding them of munici- erations. But as tracks and other services pal requirements. were removed, adjacent property owners Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed, while took over the lands for additional yard Coun. Chris Warren was absent. space. Administration has received inquiCouncil discussion ries from property owners about possibly There are three categories of encroach- buying these lands. ment issues that require proactive solu- Closing a legal laneway takes time and tions, explained Michelle Sanson, direc- money, said Sanson. The goal is to detor of planning and development services. velop a policy that will standardize the These categories include vehicle access process and establish criteria to identify through park spaces, legal laneways, and the appropriate situations to close or sell structures on municipal land. a laneway. Some homeowners use park space to ac- As for structures on municipal land, there cess their properties from the rear. City are temporary encroachments such as administration has identified several loca- gardens, RVs, boats, trailers, and vehicles, tions where continuous vehicle traffic has and permanent structures such as sheds, damaged public property, which costs the fences, driveways, or buildings. municipality time and money to fix. The best way to address temporary enIn cases where vehicle access is not re- croachments is by sending homeowners a quired, the parks and recreation depart- letter asking them to remove the objects, ment intends to plant trees allowing for said Sanson. Meanwhile, it could be posonly foot traffic, she continued. Tempo- sible to lease land to homeowners who rary obstructions will be installed if vehi- have permanent structures already there. cle access is required for maintenance of There are hundreds of encroachments on green spaces. municipal property, Sanson told Coun. Legal laneways accommodated railway Dawn Luhning. It will likely take six to

eight months to send letters to all homeowners who have encroachments. “We have only two bylaw officers. Winter is quieter, so that’s a good time to start doing this (sending letters),” Sanson said. There are many temporary structures placed on municipal land and park space in the summer, which makes maintaining those areas difficult and delays productivity, said city manager Jim Puffalt. It’s important to notify residents during the winter and spring and ask for voluntary compliance. City hall will move forward with enforcement after the education period, Sanson told Coun. Scott McMann. However, city administration wants to start with education and ask for voluntary compliance. Councillors Heather Eby and Crystal Froese both expressed their surprise at how widespread encroachment is throughout the municipality, with Eby saying she was disappointed damage is being done to parks where traffic is happening where it shouldn’t be occurring.

Appeals board grants approval for projects that oppose zoning bylaw rules After initially being denied development permits by city hall, two homeowners will be able to proceed with their construction projects after the Development Appeals Board gave them the go-ahead. The board heard the appeals of Ken Quan and Curt Lorge on Nov. 19 and issued the approvals a week later. A report about the appeals and the subsequent approvals was later presented at city council’s Dec. 9 regular meeting, where council voted unanimously to receive and file the report. Ken Quan Quan lives at 1054 Monk Avenue and wanted to develop a three-season sunroom that would result in a site coverage of 42.6 per cent, contrary to the 40 per cent as laid out in the zoning bylaw. According to the report, there were several miscommunications between Quan and city administration, which led to Quan beginning construction of the deck and additional porch space, specifically, pile installation, deck framing and structural beam installation. After reviewing the appeal, the Development Appeals

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Board granted Quan’s request based on three reasons: • There would not be any special privilege since city hall has granted similar variances to other properties in the R1 district over site coverage. The board indicated it would grant a similar variance to anyone else in the same circumstances • The request is not contrary to the bylaw since the additional 2.6-per-cent overage of on-site coverage would not be enough for the project to cause harm to the neighbourhood; a contractor is completing the project with blueprints, and; the variance does not contradict the goals of the Official Community Plan • The request does not injuriously affect the neighbouring properties and the neighbours have not brought forward any concerns Curt Lorge Lorge lives at 1117 Henleaze Avenue and requested a permit to replace his existing front porch with a new one. However, city hall denied his permit since the front yard setback would not adhere to the minimum front yard setback requirement as laid out in the zoning bylaw.

The building on the property was constructed in 1930 and is considered a non-conforming building due to the front yard setback, the report explained. Lorge had started construction on a new front porch and was unaware that a permit was required to build. The new front porch would have the same dimensions as the old one. After reviewing the overall case, the Development Appeals Board granted Lorge’s request based on three reasons: • The replacement construction is the same as the old porch with the exception of the roofline, which does not deter from the neighbourhood aesthetics; the development is consistent with neighbouring properties, and; neighbouring properties also have small frontages • Since the house has existed 85 years, Lorge is simply replacing a worn-out porch with a new, safe porch that meets the building code, which is not contrary to the zoning bylaw • The replacement porch would not injuriously affect the neighbouring properties; in fact, two neighbouring property owners sent letters that support the construction

Parks and rec needs budget increase of 114 per cent to adequately fund all structures The parks and recreation department would need its annual budget increased by 114 per cent to ensure that all recreational structures are adequately maintained and funded, according to the department. The average annual capital funding provided to the parks department during the past 10 years has been $1,096,181, although the 2020 budget proposes providing $1,072,995, which is a two-per-cent reduction from the average. Next year’s funding equates to 0.69 per cent of the approximate replacement value being put toward building and structure renewal, the department’s 2020 budget report says. If the municipality provided capital funding based on 1.5 per cent of the replacement value of structures, the annual funding would need to be increased to $2.3 million. A past report from the parks and rec department to the budget committee indicated the replacement value of all capital assets and recreational structures — buildings, parks, trails, cemeteries — exceeds $155 million. The department has a five-year plan to complete several projects, with all funded projects to cost $5.9 million and all unfunded projects to cost $8.7 million. A large portion of that unfunded account is for the outdoor pool replacement, the report said. The current funded plan con-

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sists of building and structure renewal and does not include any new infrastructure projects. Besides the outdoor pool replacement, other priority projects that remain unfunded include: the demolition of the YMCA building, Iron Bridge pathway lights and landscaping upgrades, Memorial Field upgrades, city hall bell restoration, Yara Centre LED lighting conversion, and upgrades to the outdoor pickleball/tennis courts. The parks and recreation department presented a report during a recent special budget meeting that indicated the department faced a capital shortfall of $295,000 and needed additional money for projects. Council voted 6-1 to spend $109,000 to upgrade the Pla-Mor Palace dressing rooms; Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. Council voted 4-3 to spend $80,000 to upgrade the interior lighting at the cultural centre; Swanson and councillors Scott McMann and Dawn Luhning were opposed. Council voted 6-1 to spend $51,000 to upgrade the irrigation system in the Iron Bridge development; Swanson was opposed. Council dropped a fourth project that would have created a master plan for $55,000. Council discussion

This is an opportunity to create a capital fund for the parks and rec department since it is underfunded and city administration needs to find a way to increase that funding, explained city manager Jim Puffalt. This coming year seems to be the time to create that fund, which is why one per cent of the proposed 2.02-per-cent tax increase is dedicated to the parks department. “From administration’s point of view … it’s absolutely critical that we carry forward in this process and ensure we are looking after everything as much as we can,” he added. The department is monitoring how active parks are in the community, parks director Derek Blais told Coun. Scott McMann. There is an audit planned next year for all playgrounds that will help determine the population around those parks and whether a plan is needed to upgrade some of those green spaces. Parks and rec will also consult with the community on what its needs are in those areas, he added. Moose Jaw’s population has remained unchanged for decades and it has the economy of a community of 25,000 people, but it has the cultural and recreational amenities of a municipality double or triple in size, said Swanson. The list the parks department presented of its capital projects

shows it has been one of the “most richly funded areas” within the last 10 years. More and more recreational amenities continue to be built but they are not adequately funded for maintenance, Swanson continued. Every group wants its own special project, but that is not working financially for the municipality and is unsustainable. “The money required off of the tax base to do maintenance properly would sink the tax base,” he added. If council doesn’t move to make its recreational buildings a priority, then there will be many structures that will sit unused and will look derelict similar to the Natatorium, said Coun. Crystal Froese. She knows many residents wouldn’t want to see that happen. There are also thousands of people who live in Moose Jaw but commute for work to Regina, she continued. They choose to live here because of the recreational amenities and quality of life. This is why council needs to treat all recreational structures as complete assets, similar to how it treats roads. “If we do not include these in the budget,” Froese added, “they’ll cost us more money down the road and we’ll have to write a cheque one way or another” to upgrade or demolish the buildings.

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A Budget Hidden In Plain Sight By Robert Thomas - Opinion/Commentary

It is designed ostensibly to allow the 2020 Budget - both Operating and Capital - to be finalized earlier than usual to allow the City to get tenders out early and take advantage of lower rates from contractors more likely to submit lower bids. A potential economic win for the taxpayers but for some there is something very nefarious or is it notorious going on with the 2020 Budget. Yes the rumours and the conspiracies whether true or not - are starting to circulate throughout the community and it has a lot of long-time Council watchers asking exactly what is going on with the 2020 Budget? Some are even saying it is a move by a hidden power within City Hall to not only eliminate controversy which surrounds civic budgets but also write out the critics and a good portion of the politics in 2020 which is after all an election year. But is such a thing possible? Has some great evil force taken over the budget process for 2020 and made it so the ordinary resident of Moose Jaw has more access but in the end a lot less say in the way your hard earned tax dollars are spent? Is it all part of some contrived plan to make not only the budget come out sooner but also lacking in the critical second look most in the community demand? Has transparency been used to subvert accountability as some of the critics in the community are now saying? Or is it all just part of some great unfounded conspiracy theory floating around out in the community? To get an understanding of it all, one needs to take a good look at the entire budget process this year and how structurally it differs from other years. Once you understand that then you need to ask the question ‘does the streamlined budget process lend itself to the open and accountable system most of those elected promised just over three years ago?’ For those who are unfamiliar with how Moose Jaw set its budget in years prior, it was a multi-step system. First Administration draws up all of their needs and then they would submit preliminary budgets at a regular meeting of Council. From these preliminary budgets - both Operating and Capital - Council would then move to Budget Committee where they would go through the two budgets in what was akin to a fine tooth comb approach. Often times Budget Committee would seemingly go through the budgets line by line. It was slow and methodical and for many people who have attended, well let us just say - really boring. Budget Committee was a less formal atmosphere than what a regular Council meeting is and because a seconder is not needed, any member of the committee

could easily ask for discussion on any expenditure. It may have been slow and tedious but it could help to not only get a better understanding about what exactly was being spent and what for but it also could lead to changes as in cuts. It is not the greatest thing you may want to hear as a member of Administration that something small and routine is not only being questioned but at the same time it may end up not only just being scrutinized but cut. If it was not cut by Budget Committee there was a second opportunity to make changes when it came to a regular meeting of Council where before the television cameras and broadcast on Shaw Cable 10 the issue may come up once again. This year though, there is no Budget Committee. That second sober thought and fine tooth more informal look at the budget is gone. Rather, things are being handled straightforward and up front in a Council meeting. Sound confused? In all of this, you are not the only one confused. Even Council has been a little bit confused with some questioning throughout the budget process exactly what is happening and what exactly is the process. It has come up now twice at the special meetings of Council (which are scheduled) to handle the budget. At one of the special meetings of Council, Councillor Scott McMann questioned the entire process and if Council was voting on something final or not. Or could Council tentatively vote in favour of something and then if they so choose to deal with it later to see exactly how it all fit into the entire budget. If Council approved a certain expenditure, exactly how much did that add to the projected tax increase and could Council later go back and vote not to have that measure included? The answer given is that a vote on the budget measure by Council was a final vote on the measure - once voted on, it was in - only by tabling it, could Council reconsider how it all fit into the overall budget. There was no time left to reconsider as the two step Budget Committee and final Council approval approach whether or not it could be left in or not. Councillor McMann was not the only member of Council to ask questions about the budget process and exactly what each measure would have on the overall tax increase. Councillor Dawn Luhning made a constructive criticism to Administration to include a single sheet of paper in addition to the budget documents to show exactly how each initiative proposed would affect the bottom line and how much of a tax increase to expect. At another meeting, there was a bit of confusion by Committee of the Whole

chair Councillor Chris Warren as to the exact procedure and the fact that they were in a Council meeting and not Budget Committee. Yes, for those of you who watch Council on a regular basis and caught the meeting on the City of Moose Jaw YouTube channel, you may have noticed the procedure has been a bit non-traditional. It is a little bit difficult at times determining who seconded items for discussion - unnecessary in Budget Committee. And unlike a regular Council meeting and Committee of the Whole, nobody is standing when they are addressing a Council meeting. It all looks like a hybrid between a Council and a Budget Committee meeting at times. Then when the questions about the format were being asked, Councillor Heather Eby said she distinctly remembered it was discussed in the past and this was the format. This got me thinking and people can correct me if I am wrong but I personally do not recall any meeting I watched or attended this being said. So if it was not said and more or less agreed to in a public meeting, where else could it have been? The only answer would be those in-camera and no minutes taken Strategic Planning Sessions. So could it be the format on how the City spends your hard earned tax dollars was actually decided behind closed doors? If so, is this not something which could have or rather should have been discussed and decided in public? Should not a policy or is it a procedure change be discussed and decided in public? Especially now that by all appearances, many budget items are not being for many I have spoken to at least be adequately scrutinized? For instance, take a look at the third party budget submissions, especially two of them. One is from Tourism Moose Jaw where executive director Jacki L’Heureux made a presentation with a request for City funding. It is something done standard and routine. The thing is, after her presentation, Councillor Brian Swanson asked about the financials provided to Council and how there was something seriously wrong with what was presented. Under questioning, L’Heureux admitted somehow Council had been provided with incorrect figures and she would provide them later. For those of you who are unaware, Tourism Moose Jaw receives a fee for service from the City and as such, should they not at least be looked at when it comes to all of this? Now I am not saying there is anything notorious going on there but I know I never received those documents when they were forwarded later. The second deals with the Moose Jaw and District Seniors, who are seeking $50,000 from the City and likewise the Cosmo Se-

nior Citizens Centre who are asking for same and equal treatment. At the third party presentations, Talon Regent representing Moose Jaw and District Seniors did not provide a copy of his presentation to Council; beforehand it was requested by Council but the media never received it. The Cosmo Senior Citizens Centre though did provide theirs, although they admitted they were seniors and did it old school on paper and were not using Powerpoint. And, no, I am not inferring anything nefarious is going on but isn’t the media and the general public supposed to hold Council’s decisions to fund any group accountable?... but without documents how do you do it? Now are the budget proceedings available to watch and review? Yes they are. The City tried to get Shaw Communications to televise them but unfortunately, because it would cost Shaw to bring in staff to produce, they declined. To make it accessible to the general public, the City broadcast the proceedings live on their YouTube page. It does make the entire budget procedure accessible but only if you have access to a computer and know how to use it. Something which may leave the less tech-savy people in the community lost when it comes to what Council has finally decided and most importantly why? So into this budget which is streamlined and hidden from the regular Shaw Cable 10 viewing audience, you had Councillor Swanson asking how did the Coteau Street Bridge come to rank so high in priority in this year’s Capital Budget when there isn’t enough money to go around? It does leave more than a few people thinking as I have spoken to ask about the entire budget process. Some are suggesting it is all political and they point to Mayor Fraser Tolmie’s statement from the last special Council meeting where he said he is trying to forge a united team and there is at least one player who does not want to join. It is something to remember in light of the loss of the Canadian Protein Innovation pea protein plant with the media silenced and a 6 - 1 vote. To help rectify it all at a Monday evening’s regular Council meeting, Councillor Swanson was set to make a motion to have the final decision on the 2020 Budget decided at a regularly televised meeting. The thing is, will it happen or is the Budget process this year to remain hidden in plain sight? The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

Municipal budgets keep citizens in the dark: C.D. Howe Institute December 10, 2019 – Bad budgeting practices impede councillors, taxpayers and voters seeking accountability from city staff and elected representatives, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “From A to F: Grading the Fiscal Transparency of Canada’s Cities, 2019,” authors William B.P. Robson and Farah Omran grade the clarity, comprehensiveness, and timeliness of the financial presentations of 31 major Canadian municipalities, based on their most recent budgets and financial statements and suggest how the many laggards can raise their game. “The differences between how the numbers appear in budgets and in year-end financial statements matter in the real world,” says Robson. “Budgets that exclude key services such as water and the user fees that fund them, for example, understate the city’s cost to citizens. Budgeting infrastructure projects on an up-front, cash basis, rather than writing them off over time as they deliver their services discourages infrastructure investments.” Of the municipalities assessed, Durham Region, Wind-

sor, London, Quebec City, Laval and Longueuil fail, providing little information in reader-friendly form. At the head of the class were Vancouver, with an A+, as well as Surrey and Richmond, each scoring an A-. By comparison, Toronto earned a D, Montreal a C+ and Calgary a B-. Among the flaws in the financial accountability of the cities with the worst marks: • Budgets that don’t match financial statements, making what should be simple comparisons of plans to past results, or results to past plans, difficult or impossible. • Burying key numbers deep in budget documents where readers cannot easily find them, and may not recognize them if they do. • Budgets voted after the fiscal year has already started, and financial statements released six months or more after year-end. The report recommends: • Municipal governments present budgets using the same public sector accounting standards and format that they use in their year-end financial statements.

• Provincial governments that impede the preparations of PSAS-consistent municipal budgets – for instance by mandating that cities present separate operating and capital budgets – should stop doing so. • Budgets and financial statements should be timely, so elected representatives vote money before it is spent, and problems come to light while they are fresh and fixable. For more information contact William B.P. Robson, President & CEO; Farah Omran, Policy Analyst; or David Blackwood, Communications Officer, the C.D. Howe Institute

PUBLISHER NOTE: Although these have been some of the complaints we have heard for years, Moose Jaw was not rated, we have requested they do so. However both Regina and Saskatoon were rated, the cities that the City of Moose Jaw tail wags with when convenient, both scored D-, leaving one wonder how we would fair. Personal opinion, not that high, but I suggest we give them a participation ribbon.

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The 19-year-old defenceman is headed to the Czech Republic where he will be vying for a spot on the Czech national junior team that will represent their country on home ice at the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship. “For me as an older guy, it’s my last year I can make the World Juniors and I’ll do my best,” Zabransky said before leaving the Warriors on Wednesday. This is the fourth time that the Czech Republic has hosted the World Juniors and Zabransky says the country is excited to get things underway and he wants to be a part of it. “It’s in my home country, it will be huge. It’s sold out every single game,” he said. “We’re a hockey country too, so it will be nice.” Zabransky is in his first season with the Warriors and his third season in the Western Hockey League. He has two goals and 11 points in 28 games this season, while also serving as a leader on the backend for a young team in Moose Jaw. He expects to play the same role with the Czech junior team. “From the summer camps, I had feedback that I should be one of the leaders, so hopefully that will happen and I’m excited for it,” Zabransky said. “I’ve been captain for three years there, so hopefully it will happen again and it would be nice at home, but it’s a camp before the tournament and I’ll do my best to earn a spot.” Just like Canadians, hockey players all over the world

Photo credit Nick Pettigrew. grow up dreaming of playing for their country one day. Zabransky said getting to play for the Czechs, at home, would be an experience he would cherish. “It’s always nice to put a jersey on and as a kid you dream of it and this will be really special for us,” he said. “It’s the World Juniors, the best tournament for juniors and it’s in my home country, so I’m super excited.” The Czechs last found their way onto the podium at the World Juniors when they won bronze in 2005. Their highest finish since was fourth place in 2018. Zabransky is confident that they can use their home ice advantage and pick up some big wins at this year’s tour-

nament. “We have to play smart and skilled, and we have to take advantage of the home ice, it’s bigger ice, so it will be harder for the Canadian team,” he said. “We can take advantage of it and hopefully we can beat some teams, so it will be interesting… We don’t have that many good players like Canada, but we can beat them and be good team.” Playing on the bigger ice surface in Europe is always a challenge and Zabransky says you must play smart. “It’s bigger ice so you can’t really go and try to hit someone, you have to play smart, you have to play skilled and you have to play with the puck, so that should be our advantage,” he said. The World Juniors start on Boxing Day with the Czech Republic in a group with Canada, the United States and Russia, as well as Germany. If he makes the team, Zabransky will be gone for the next month, which will leave a big hole in the Warriors’ defensive group, but he said it is a big opportunity for the younger players to step up. “It’s good for them, I remember my first year in Kelowna when Cal Foote was gone for the world championship, it was my best games in a couple years, so take it as a chance,” he said. The Czech Republic opens the tournament against Russia on Boxing Day in Ostrava. They face Germany on December 28, the United States on December 30 and then they will finish the round robin against Canada on New Year’s Eve.

AAA Warriors rebound with shootout win over Pat Cs Warriors continue to hold down first place despite weekend split Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Warriors didn’t take long to get right back on the winning track in Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League action. One day after falling 4-2 to the Saskatoon Contacts at home, the Warriors rebounded with a 4-3 shootout win over the Regina Pat Canadians on Sunday at Mosaic Place to further solidify their hold on first place. The Warriors now hold a 21-7-1-0 record, good enough for 43 points and a fourpoint lead over a logjam in second place between the Contacts, Saskatoon Blazers and Pat Canadians – three teams the Moose Jaw Warriors forward Kirk MulTribe just happen to have a series of games len and Saskatoon Contacts goaltender against in recent league action. Ethan Chadwick keep their eye on the On Sunday, Davis Fry scored the only goal puck. of the shootout as the Warriors emerged victorious from a back-and-forth battle. The Pat Cs built a 2-0 lead by the 11 minute mark of the first period, but Connor McGrath would get one back with 29 seconds left in the period and Austin Reschny would tie things up 3:27 into the second. McGrath would then put Moose Jaw ahead 3-2 with a power play goal 1:39 into the third, but that lead wouldn’t last long as Regina tied the game just over two minutes later. Overtime would solve nothing, setting the stage for Dylan Ernst to stop all four Regina attempts in the shootout to secure the win. One day earlier, the Warriors outshot the Saskatoon Contacts 47-23 and carried the play much of the game but were only able to solve goaltender Ethan Chadwick a couple of times as they dropped a 4-2 decision at Mosaic Place. The Warriors will have one more game before the Christmas break as they’ll travel to Saskatoon for a rematch with the Contacts on Thursday. Overtime… the Mac’s Midget AAA tournament announced their schedule for the upcoming event on Tuesday… the Warriors will open their tournament appearance against the Calgary Royals (Alberta AAA Midget) on Thursday, Dec. 26 before taking on the Cariboo Cougars (B.C. Major Midget AAA) on Friday, Dec. 27, the Airdrie CFR Bisons (Alberta AAA Midget) on Sunday, Dec. 29 and St. Albert Nektar Raiders (Alberta AAA Midget) on Monday, Dec. 30 to close out the round robin.

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Central, Vanier pick up wins in boys and girls basketball Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

It was a good night for Central and Vanier in Moose Jaw high school boys and girls basketball league action on Tuesday night. The Cyclones picked up a pair of wins at home, taking a 95-65 win over Peacock in boys action to go along with a 69-34 win over Briercrest Christian Academy in girls play. The Vikings, meanwhile, won 80-48 over the Rockets in Assiniboia, while the Spirits battled to a 48-33 victory in the girls contest. Cyclones 95, Toilers 65 The cross-town rivals found themselves in an epic battle in the first half as Peacock rode a hot start and nine points from Dominick Mall to take a 26-17 lead out of the first quarter. Provincial team member Dylan Boughen was having none of that for the Cyclones after the break, though, scoring his team’s first 10 points and 15 in the quarter as Central battled back to take 45-44 lead at half. The Toilers were unable to recover, as Central built a 73-56 lead through three quarters and would go on to hold Peacock to only nine points in the final frame. Boughen would finish with 32 points, Mohamed Jabateh 15 and Jake McLean with 14. Mall capped the contest with 14 points, while Devin Baumann led the Toilers with 19. Cyclones 69, Briercrest Christian 34 Central used a solid defensive performance to take an early lead and build from there, holding the Cougars to only four points in the first quarter while taking a 15-4 lead. They’d extend their edge to 33-14 at

half and go on to the comfortable victory. Nylah Seaborn led the Cyclones with 12 points while Malea Keltzel added 13 and Quinn Barber 10. Lily Matthies had 18 points for Briercrest Christian. Vikings 80, Rockets 48 Nathan Meili picked up right where he left off in this past weekend’s Helping Hoops tournament, scoring 11 points in the first half and 22 in the contest as Vanier picked up a solid road win. Josh Auger added 10 points – all in the first half – as the Viking took a 68-42 lead through three quarters and held the Rockets to six points in the final 12 minutes. Rainer Olson scored 13 points for Vanier, Kyle Gotana added 10. Ty Montgomery had a 16-point outing for the Rockets, Josh Martel added 10. Spirits 49, Rockets 33 The two teams found themselves in a bit of a battle through the first half before Vanier’s defensive game took over after the break. The Spirits led by 10 31-21 at the half, but Assiniboia would only score seven points in the third quarter and six in the fourth, just enough for Vanier to pull away. Gracie Bzdel led the Spirits with 12 points, Grace Waldenberger added 10. The Rockets had 16 from Maura Belles and seven from Jessie Rood.

Dylan Boughen and the Central Cyclones took a commanding win over Peacock on Tuesday night.

Anderson, Armstrong, Humphries to be inducted into WarriorsRandyand Legends Hall of Fame Palmer - Moose Jaw Express When they were players with the Moose Jaw Warriors, seeing Chris Armstrong and Harlan Anderson on the ice in their respective eras meant two things: you were going to see some shutdown defensive play and a few points from the blueline on top of it all. The Warriors announced Wednesday that the duo, along with original builder Lorne Humphries, will be the 2019 inductees into the Conexus Warriors and Legend Hall of Fame. Armstrong made his debut with the Warriors during the 1991-92 season and would go on to play 240 games for the Tribe through the 1994-95 campaign. He drew Canada-wide accolades for his performance in 199394 as he recorded 13 goals and 55 assists for 68 points and was named to the Western Hockey League’s First All-Star team as well as the Canadian Hockey League Second All-Star Team. Armstrong followed that campaign with a career high in goals (17) and points (71), finishing his WHL career with 41 goals, 151 assists and 192 points to sit third all-time in Warriors defencemen scoring. With numbers like that, it was all but inevitable that the National Hockey League would come calling, with the Florida Panthers selecting Armstrong in the third round, 57th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. While Armstrong wouldn’t crack the NHL with the Panthers, he’d play three regular-season NHL game during the 2000-01 season after being selected in the Minnesota Wild in the first round, 13th overall. Armstrong would go on to play 488 games in the American Hockey League, putting up 63 goals and 294 points, to go along with 162 games in the International Hockey League, where he had 71 assists and 88 points.

Harlan Anderson (left), Chris Armstrong and Lorne Humphries were recently announced as the newest members of the Warriors and Legends Hall of Fame.

He followed his domestic career with six seasons in the German Elite League where he had 27 goals and 131 points in 265 games. Armstrong has also played for Team Canada’s gold medal-winning crew in the 1994 World Junior Hockey Championship in addition to the 2002-03 Spengler Cup and 2009 Deutchland Cup. Armstrong now lives in Raleigh, N.C. where he is a community sales manager for Smith Douglas Homes. Anderson, a Vernon, B.C. product, made his Warriors’ debut in the 1999-2000 campaign and would play four seasons for the Tribe, racking up racking up 32 goals and 139 points through 258 games. He served as the Warriors’ 19th captain in the team history during his overage season. ‘Harpo’ would go on to play five seasons with the University of Alberta Golden Bears, where he would score

55 goals and 156 points in 176 games while emerging as one of the top defencemen in Canada West and the USports. Anderson was named the USports University Cup MVP at the USports national championships in 2006 and in 2008 was the Canada West Most Outstanding Defenceman and Most Valuable Player for the USport national champion Golden Bears. While at the University of Alberta, Anderson graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and in 2013 obtained his chartered accountants designation. Today, Anderson lives in Salmon Arm, B.C. where he is a partner in an accounting firm. Lorne Humphries played an integral part in the Moose Jaw Warriors moving to the city from Winnipeg, with initial correspondence with the league dating back to 1982, with inquiries looking into a new or re-located franchise for the 1984-84 season. On Dec. 30, 1983, Humphries and his group were informed that the WHL had approved the sale and transfer of the Winnipeg Warriors to Moose Jaw. Armstrong, Anderson, and Humphries will be inducted to the Conexus Warriors and Legends Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Mosaic Place on Friday, Feb. 7. They will be honoured again Saturday, Feb. 8 before the Hall of Fame Game against the Saskatoon Blades at Mosaic Place. Tickets for the 2019 Conexus Warriors and Legends Hall of Banquet are $75 each or $500 for a table of eight. They are available at the Warriors Office located in Mosaic Place or from Hall of Fame Committee members.

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Vanier posts .500 record in senior girls basketball tournament Spirits go 2-2 in four close games at Vanier, Briercrest Christian 1-3 on weekend Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Vanier Spirits saw many close and competitive games during the recent basketball tournament and ended up with a 2-2 record – but three of those contests saw the final score within three points, with Vanier winning two of those barnburners. Vanier opened the tournament against Briercrest Christian on Friday night and took a 49-46 win before battling to 34-31 victory over Yorkton Sacred Heart, falling 58-42 to Oxbow and dropping an epic 40-39 decision to Indian Head to close out action Saturday. “It was wonderful,” Spirits coach Christa Lapointe said of the showing. “We have a young team this year and they’re growing and learning tons, but the best thing is they all have a good attitude and they’re very coachable, they hustle and they play with a lot of heart out there.” That heart was especially on display in their final game, where the Spirits trailed 14-8 after the first quarter and 28-15 at

the half. The Spirits managed to whittle the lead down to 10 after the third quarter before putting on a surge through the final eight minutes and nearly battling back to tie in the dying seconds. Playing close games like that will only help with development going forward, said Lapointe. “It’s the excitement and learning how to work under pressure, learning how to execute and work against another team that’s just as committed and passionate, which is awesome,” she said. “It raises the bar, and the more you play in these games, the more you’ll be prepared for them and the Vanier’s Gracie Bzdel battles an Indian better you’re going to be when you see Head defender for position late in their contest. close games later in the season.” Grace Waldenberger had 19 points for ing into the fourth quarter and eventually Vanier. complete the comeback. Against Sacred Heart, it was another Waldenberger scored 12 points, Fiona comeback effort as the Spirits trailed 17Tolentina, Madison Miller and Jewellyn 11 at the half but held Yorkton to only 13 McDonald had seven points each. points after the break. That was enough The shoe was on the other foot against for Vanier to close to within three head-

Oxbow, as the Spirits led throughout before being outscored 22-2 in the in final quarter. Waldenberger had 10 points. Briercrest Christian fell 73-39 to Oxbow in their second game Friday, with scorers unavailable. The Cougars rebounded the following morning with a 56-30 win over Sacred Heart, holding Yorkton to only 11 firsthalf points on their way to a 30-11 lead. Briercrest’s Lilly Mathies led all scorers with 16 points, Emma Carter scored 12 and Alexa Aikens added 10. Briercrest Christian’s final game against Indian Head saw things go the other way, as they managed only six first quarter points and five in the second to trail 26-11 at half. Things were a different story after the break, though, as the Cougars clawed back to within three points before eventually falling 46-38. Mathies scored 16 points, Aikens added eight.

Local teen takes talent to Germany for international dance competition Larissa Kurz

Hazel Hutchinson is back home after an exciting trip overseas, as a member of a prestigious team of dancers who took the stage at the World Tap Championships in Riesa, Germany. The championship is hosted by the International Dance Organization, which has over 250,000 members from six continents. The four-day tap competition is considered the Olympics of the dance world, with gold, silver, and bronze placings in each category. From Canada, two groups of dancers competed as a part of Team Canada Dance, representing the “best of the best” from either the western provinces or the eastern provinces of the country. Hutchinson submitted her audition via video, and was one of 24 talented dancers selected for Team Canada West, alongside team members from Alberta, B.C., and Manitoba. The dancers competed both as a group and as individuals and while Team Canada didn’t place for any medals this year, the Team Canada East group and one soloist from Team Canada West did make it to the finals in their categories. For Hutchinson, age seventeen, returning home without having placed has not soured the experience. “Unfortunately, Team Canada West didn’t make it into

Hazel Hutchinson, preforming at a previous competition. (supplied) the finals, but I mean, it was a good experience anyway, so I don’t really regret anything,” said Hutchinson. Hutchinson has been dancing at Dance Images by BJ for fifteen years and receiving the call to be on Team Canada Dance is certainly a highlight for her. She was honoured

to be able to represent Canada on an international stage. “There’s no better feeling than to be able to represent your country in something, especially something so prestigious as this competition was,” said Hutchinson. “I’m just really grateful and really humbled to be able to get to do something like this. It was something that I’ll remember forever.” The entire trip was invaluable, said Hutchinson, and she is more than willing to do it all over again next year. “If the opportunity ever came up again, I would jump on that,” said Hutchinson. Dancers are able to audition for the team each year, for a chance to return to the competition, and Hutchinson already has her eye on the future. “I’ll definitely be thinking about that for next year and in years to come. I’d say that’s something I want to do again,” said Hutchinson. For now, Hutchinson is just glad to have had the opportunity to take her tap shoes overseas for the first time. “I met lots of awesome people and some new best friends that I miss already, but it was just an amazing experience to meet other people from different countries and see how tap dancing is around the world,” said Hutchinson.

Falcons gain valuable experience during Cornerstone tournament Senior girls squad battles to 1-2 record through trio of close games

the Cornerstone Christian School Falcons closed out the weekend with a 40-27 loss to Unity on Saturday after battling to a 46-41 loss to Meath Park earlier in the day during their high school senior girls basketball tournament this past weekend. Both contests saw the Falcons generate all sorts of chances under the basket but just unable to find a way to get shots to drop – not the best results, but when the idea at this time of year is to simply build and gain experience, a job well done just the same. The contest against Unity essentially served as the gold medal game, with the Falcons at 1-1 and Warriors at 2-0. Cornerstone would actually carry the play much of the way through, something head coach Al Block felt was promising. Reagan Nyhof led Cornerstone with eight points against Unity, Chiamaka Aghamelu scored seven and Trista Lang had six, all off a pair of three-pointers.

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Against Meath Park, Aghamelu picked up 14 points to go along with a nine-point showing from Brooklyn Artavia. Cornerstone opened the tournament with a 49-37 win over LCBI, led by a 15-point outing from Aghamelu. The Vanier Spirits junior team were also in action and went winless. The Spirits opened with a 68-36 loss to Meath Park, with Anne Marie Rouault scoring 15 points. Their second contest was a 63-36 loss to LCBI, with Vanier getting 15 points from Danamay Maneso. The Spirits closed out the weekend against Herbert and had their closest game of the weekend, winning both the second and fourth quarters but falling 41-29. Rouault had 14 points, including all 10 of Vanier’s fourth quarter points, Maneso and Taya Mohr had six points each.

Tianna Watt goes up for a rebound for the Unity Warriors against Cornerstone.

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Warriors rebound with impressive effort against Kelowna One night after 11-1 loss to Brandon, Tribe pick up point in hard-fought 5-4 overtime loss to Rockets Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

After what the Moose Jaw Warriors went through the night before against the Brandon Wheat Kings, there were some question as to what they’d have to offer against one of the B.C. division’s top teams, the Kelowna Rockets. And while the Warriors would go on to drop a 5-4 decision in overtime, seeing the improved result was a positive for head coach Tim Hunter. “It was a big response from us challenging them from last night; it was a disappointing game and that’s going to happen,” he said. “We’re the youngest team in the WHL and played a game against Saskatoon awhile ago where we had 13 rookies in the line-up, no other team in the CHL total has had that many rookies. So we’re going to have some tough nights, but getting beat 11-1 is not the way we want to go about business. ‘Tonight was a tough pill to swallow but we competed a lot harder and managed pucks a lot better and it was a much better effort. The guys responded and that’s what you want to see as a coach… Sometimes with these young teams it’s hard to get them turned around. We talked to them again today and showed them some video about what it looks like when we’re managing pucks correctly and incorrectly and they got it. They played really hard tonight, to a man. That’s all you ask for as a coach that guys keep competing, keep trying and keep learning and keep understanding the importance and the message of what we’re trying to do.” The Warriors led almost the entirety of the game, beginning with a three-goal outburst over 2:25 early in the first period. Alex Swetlikoff gave Kelowna a 1-0 lead with a power play goal 6:07 into the contest, but Kobe Mohr

The Warriors’ Calder Anderson attempts to chase down Kelowna’s Michael Farren. would tie things up 1:26 later, and only 59 seconds after that goal, Brayden Tracey would give the Tribe a 2-1 lead. There the score would stay until Micheal Farren tied things up 4:59 into the third, leading to the most backand-forth 15 minutes of hockey seen at Mosaic Place in quite some time. The game’s next goal was a milestone marker for Warriors rookie defenceman Denton Mateychuk, who scored the first goal of his WHL career in only his second game. The 15-year-old first round Bantam Draft pick was the youngest player to score for the Warriors since Daemon Hunt scored as a 15-year-old two seasons ago. “We got the turnover in the defensive zone and then I just tried to join the rush and it was good for Ryder [Korczak] to find me there and I was able to get off the shot,” Mateychuk said of his goal. “The coaching staff was just telling

me to play my game and that’s what I was able to do.” The youngster drew rave reviews from Hunter, especially when it came to his puck-moving abilities. “We drafted Denton because he’s a real heads up and high IQ hockey player,” Hunter said. “He has a great efficiency rating passing the puck to his teammates and he’s going to be a future star in this league. That’s why we drafted and signed him and we’re really excited about what we saw from him the last two nights. “Last night he was our best defenceman passing the puck, and tonight again. That’s what you ask from your D, your D are puck movers and not puck transporters and he follows the rush well, sees the play and that’s how he scored his goal.” Kaiden Korczak – the older brother of Warriors standout Ryder (see sidebar) – would tie the game with a shorthanded marker at 8:32 before Ryder Korczak again gave the Warriors the lead just over five minutes later. The edge wouldn’t stand, though, as Pavel Novak would tie the game on a deflected shot that just barely crossed the line behind Adam Evanoff with 4:06 to play, and Kaeden Korczak would wrap things up 31 seconds into overtime. Adam Evanoff had 32 saves in goal for the Warriors, Roman Basran turned aside 23 for Kelowna. The Warriors improved to 10-17-2-0 with the win and sit nine points back of Brandon for the second Eastern Conference wild card spot. The Warriors are now off until after Christmas, with their next game Friday, Dec. 27 against the Regina Pats at Mosaic Place. Game time is 7 p.m.

All in the family: Korczak brothers go head-to-head for second time in WHL Kaiden takes bragging rights after two-goal effort, including overtime winner Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

When the Moose Jaw Warriors and Kelowna Rockets took to the ice at Mosaic Place on Saturday night, two opposing players had a little more familiarity with one another than most. That would be brothers Ryder and Kaiden Korczak, a pair of Yorkton products who would end up putting on a bit of a show for the fans. The Warriors’ Ryder would finish with a goal and two assists in the 5-4 overtime loss, but it would be Kaiden who had the last laugh, as he scored a shorthanded goal and then added the game winner in OT. “It was fun playing my brother,” Ryder said after the contest. “Always growing up we were competitive kids and I think he got the better hand on this one, that’s how it goes.” It theory, it stands to reason that Kaiden would get the upper hand – the 18-year-

old defenceman is touted as one of the top rearguards in the WHL and was drafted in the second round, 41st overall by the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Draft this past summer. But 17-year-old Ryder has put together an incredible season of his own, leading the league in scoring through much of October and currently sitting 16th overall with nine goals and 37 points in 35 games. Kaiden, meanwhile, is sixth in defenceman scoring with five goals and 27 points in 31 games. The two crossed paths a few times during Saturday’s contest, including one fateful moment when Ryder took a hooking penalty by hauling down Kaiden. “I kind of gave it to him after because he kind of flopped, but there’s nothing I can do there,” Ryder said. Given the age difference between the two,

The Warriors Ryder Korczak and older brother Kaiden Korczak crossed paths a few times during Saturday’s contest. the duo have rarely had a chance to play together. In fact, they’ve played only one game on the same team when Ryder was called up to Midget as a 14-year-old, and were on the ice opposite one another last season when Ryder was with the Calgary Hitmen. The younger Korczak got the last

laugh in that game, as he scored the final goal in a 5-1 win Calgary. Coincidently, current Warriors forward Kyle Crosbie had the lone goal for Kelowna that night. But this time around? Advantage Kaiden. “He’s definitely going to bring it up at the supper table, but I’ll just try to block it out when that comes up,” Ryder said with a grin. Outside of family affairs, Korczak is happy to see the team heading into the break with points in two of their last three games and having rebounded from a tough loss in Brandon. “Last night wasn’t our best effort and tonight we had a lot better effort and it showed,” Ryder said. “It was just an unfortunate bounce that led to the overtime goal, but hopefully we’ll come back after Christmas holidays as a more mature team and have a good second half.”

Fish, Team Canada win bronze medal in speedskating team pursuit Second medal on world stage for Moose Jaw product in as many events Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Another meet, another International Skating Union World Cup speedskating medal for Moose Jaw’s Graeme Fish. This time he also had a bunch of his teammates to celebrate with him on the podium. Fish – who was recently announced as one of the nominees for the 2019 SaskSport Male Athlete of the Year – joined Ted-Jan Bloeman, Jordan Belchos and Tyson Langelaar to finish third in the team pursuit during World Cup #4 in Nagano, Japan on Friday. And is often the case in the pursuit, things were exceptionally close at the top of the standings. Canada finished in a time of three minutes, 44.876 seconds to end up only 1.93 seconds behind Japan, who themselves landed only six hundreds of a second behind the gold medalists from Russia. It was the second medal in as many events for Fish after winning bronze in the 10,000 metres at World

Cup #3 in Kazakhstan last weekend. Fish, 22, was back on the ice Saturday and finished 13th in the 5,000 metres in a time of 6:26.446, just under seven seconds off of a medal and 7.84 seconds back of gold medalist Danila Semerikov of Russia. Bloeman – the reigning world record holder in the distance – finished fourth and Belchos landed eighth. The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Speed Skating Club standout now sits fourth in the World Cup distance standings, which include results from the 5,000 and 10,000 metres. His 150 points through the first four events see him sit 17 points back of Russia’s Alexander Rumyantsev and eight points ahead of Bloeman. The ISU now takes a break through the holidays before resuming action with the Four Continents Graeme Fish picked up another medal on the International SkatChampionship in Milwaukee Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, foling Union World Cup circuit this past weekend. lowed by World Cup #5 in Calgary Feb. 7-8.

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Daughter of Sandra Schmirler taking a shot at Scotties glory with Englot rink

It might have been 20 years since her mom passed away, but Sara England rarely steps into a curling club without seeing some sort of memory or hearing a few stories about what she meant to fans and fellow players alike. This isn’t much of a surprise, considering Sara’s mom is none other than Canadian curling legend Sandra Schmirler. With the 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts taking place in Moose Jaw Feb. 14-23 and marking the 20th anniversary of Schmirler’s death, expect the three-time world champion and 1998 Olympic gold medalist to loom large over the proceedings. And if things go according to plan, England will be right there on the ice soaking it all up. The 22-year-old Regina product currently plays third for one of Schmirler’s greatest rivals in Michelle Englot and saw action in the recent Moose Jaw stop of the Sask Women’s Curling Tour. “Probably at least once an event,” England said with a laugh, when asked how often fans approach her to talk about Sandra. “That happens a lot, but I love when it happens. The best way for me to get to know my mom is through everyone she impacted, so I enjoy when everyone comes up and talks to me about her.” England was only two when her mom passed after a lengthy battle with cancer. She’s followed in Sandra’s footsteps, though, and has already put together an impressive resume: England has won the last three Jiffy Lube provincial junior women’s championships, the last two as a skip. When it came to moving up to the women’s ranks this season, Englot and her decades of championship-level

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Sara England delivers a shot during the Moose Jaw Sask Womens Curling Tour stop. curling seemed like a perfect fit. “She has years and years of experience and every time there’s discussion on the ice, we’re learning from that discussion,” said England, who takes the ice alongside second Shelby Brandt and lead Stasia Wisniewski. “She’s sharing a lot of wisdom and her thought process on shots and that’s giving us a lot of new angles on the game.” It’s all paid-off through the early going, as Englot landed the top Scotties provincial qualifying spot through the SWCT standings. Playing for a provincial women’s title and potentially following in Sandra’s footsteps is an opportunity England is looking forward too – especially with the national Scotties only 45 minutes west on the

Trans Canada. “I got to play in my home province last year in juniors in P.A. and it was a ton of fun,” England said. “It was probably the best nationals I’ve been too, just knowing all the volunteers who worked to make it that way and all the school kids who came out and were cheering for us. I think that’s more what I want to experience, just being part of that again.” England will have no shortage of support in that quest, too. In addition to Englot and her eight provincial titles, Sara also has her mom’s teammates – Jan Betker, Joan McCusker and Marcia Gudereit – to chat with, even if she doesn’t cross paths with them as much as she’d like. “I think Marcia is coaching a junior team so I still see her quite a bit around the rink and that’s always nice,” England said. “I wish I saw them more than I did, but once in awhile I’ll see them at the rink and it’s fun, I love them. They’re kind of like my aunties; I’ve known them so long. They know me well and whenever we have success I still get text messages from them, so we’re still really close.” And if she does have a chance to take the ice in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts? “It would be a dream come true,” England said. “One, just to play in the Scotties has always been one of my major goals. Then playing it in your home province, just a couple of minutes away from home would be the best experience. I know now how to thrive off that energy and that will help if we get there. Even going to provincials, it’s going to be in an arena in an open setting, so just being able to pull from everybody’s energy instead of blocking it out will be a lot of fun, too.”



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SERVICES Will do general painting & contracting interior & exterior. Free estimates. 30 years experience. Ph 306-972-9172 Will fix & sell Lewis Cattle oilers. Ph 972-9172 Junk to the Dump in and around Moose Jaw - $40/load and up 306-681-8749 Winter is here and have openings for snow removal, free estimates, senior’s discounts, and reasonable rates, please call triple A yardcare 306-3130134. WORK WANTED Retired accountant seeking part time employment. Phone 306-630-3960 Looking for Part Time Work, I have 35 years cleaning experience including working in office buildings and cleaning after people move out of their homes and suites. I am now working for seniors in their homes doing all aspects of cleaning and other work such as laundry, cooking, yard work and other odd jobs. Can supply references. If you feel you need a hand PLZ> call 692-3061 HELP WANTED Seeking committed, evangelizing Christian business partner. To open up and operate a second-hand/flea market store in Moose Jaw, SK. Male, female or family. Computer/internet knowledge helpful. 684-0506 Wanted: Someone who knows painting & construction who is not working or is retired and can come when is needed for work. Ph 972-9172

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4:00 p.m. NET NHL Hockey Calgary Flames at Minnesota Wild. 6:30 p.m. NET NHL Hockey Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins. 9:00 p.m. NET NHL Hockey Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks.

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“Noël et cie” (2017, Comédie) Alain Chabat. Véronic Dicaire: autre Le téléjournal (N) “Forever Christmas” (2018) Chelsea Hobbs. Private Eyes Global News at 10 (N) Big Bang Big Bang Magnum P.I. Blue Bloods Big Bang etalk (N) (6:00) Evenings on The Weather Network Evenings on TWN Global Citizen Prize (N) Dateline NBC (N) News J. Fallon Rudolph, the Reindeer ››› “Arthur Christmas” (2011) Hugh Laurie The National (N) I Love Lucy Christmas Magnum P.I. Blue Bloods Two Men Late-Colbert Christmas 20/20 News J. Kimmel “Christmas Unleashed” (2019) Vanessa Lachey. Hudson & Rex Nordic L Nightclub NBA Basketball: Wizards at Raptors SportsCentre (N) SportsCentre (N) NHL Central NHL Hockey Pittsburgh Penguins at Edmonton Oilers. (N) Sportsnet Alberta Primetime (N) Big Bang etalk (N) One World Kitchen “Marry Me at Christmas” “Hearts of Christmas” “Christmas at Dollywood” (2019) Niall Matter. “The Christmas Note” (6:35) ››› “Win Win” (2011) (:25) ›› “Jingle All the Way” (1996) “Jingle All the Way 2” 3’s Comp. 3’s Comp. King of Hill King of Hill King of Hill King of Hill Frasier Frasier 90 Day Fiancé Anna’s friends have concerns. 90 Day Fiancé 90 Day Fiancé Lone Star Law Lone Star Law Aussie Gold Hunters Highway Thru Hell Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang ›››› “Zorba the Greek” (1964) Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates. ›››› “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) ››› “Ice Age” (2002) Voices of Ray Romano. ››› “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” NHRA in 30 NHRA Drag Racing Auto Club NHRA Finals. From Pomona, Calif. NHRA in 30 (6:55) ›› “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” (:25) “Mistrust” (2018) Jane Seymour. ›› “Brightburn” (2019) (:05) ›› “American Assassin” (2017, Action) › “The Intruder” (2019) Michael Ealy. Molly (6:00) “The Aftermath” (7:55) › “The Snowman” (2017) Michael Fassbender. ››› “The Post” (2017) (6:25) Andre the Giant (7:50) “Beware the Slenderman” (2016) Anissa Weier (9:50) Barry (:25) Barry





Sunday 6:00 p.m. NET NHL Hockey Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars. 9:30 p.m. NET NHL Hockey Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks.

District 31 Infoman (N) “La passion d’Augustine” (2015) Céline Bonnier. Le téléjournal (N) ››› “Kong: Skull Island” (2017, Adventure) Tom Hiddleston. Border Sec. Global News at 10 (N) Sheldon Big Bang The 5th Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Extrava Big Bang etalk (N) (6:00) Evenings on The Weather Network Evenings on TWN Miss America 2020 Hopefuls from all states compete. Gwen Stefani - Christmas News J. Fallon Coronation Coronation Family Feud The Great British Baking Show The National (N) Sheldon The Unicorn (:01) Mom Carol’s-Act Evil “Let x 9” Two Men Late-Colbert Landing Prep & The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition News J. Kimmel Mod Fam Mom (:01) Mom Mod Fam Mom Mom Bridging Bridging (6:30) NBA Basketball Utah Jazz at Atlanta Hawks. SportsCentre (N) SportsCentre (N) Misplays NHL’s Best NHL Hockey Montreal Canadiens at Calgary Flames. (N) Sportsnet Alberta Primetime (N) Big Bang etalk (N) Flour Power Flour Power “Every Day Is Christmas” “Ice Sculpture” “Rocky Mountain Christmas” (2017) Kristoffer Polaha. “The Christmas Club” (6:05) ››› “Sense and Sensibility” (:25) “Santa’s Little Helper” (2015) › “Deck the Halls” 3’s Comp. 3’s Comp. Engagement Engagement Engagement Engagement Frasier Frasier Dr. Pimple Popper Dr. Pimple Popper Holiday ER Untold Stories of the E.R. Twin Turbos (N) Bitchin’ Rides (N) Diesel Brothers (N) Graveyard Carz (N) Big Bang Big Bang Goldbergs Fresh-Boat The Office The Office The Office The Office ›› “Topper Returns” (1941, Comedy) (:45) ››› “Cry Havoc” (1943) Margaret Sullavan. Off-Record ›› “All I Want for Christmas” (1991) Thora Birch ››› “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994, Children’s) Motorcycle Race Motorcycle Race MotoAmerica Rewind Motorcycle Race (6:55) “His Perfect Obsession” (2018) (:25) “Mommy’s Little Princess” (2019) “Fast Color” (2018) (5:25) Us (:25) ›› “The Curse of La Llorona” “Stockholm” (2018) Ethan Hawke. Mobile “Maze Runner” (7:55) “Breakable You” (2017) Holly Hunter. “Through Black Spruce” I Love You (:25) I Love You, Now Die “Finding the Way Home” “Behind the Candelabra”



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Le vrai nouveau monde ››› “Joyeux Noël” (2005, Guerre) Diane Kruger. Téléjour. Humanité Security Security Home to Win Private Eyes News SNL Kitchen Kitchen Christmas With Bonacini “A Twist of Christmas” (2018) Vanessa Lachey. (6:00) Evenings on The Weather Network Overnight on TWN Dateline NBC Dateline NBC Saturday Night Live (N) News SNL NHL Hockey: Red Wings at Maple Leafs NHL Hockey: Penguins at Canucks Sheldon The Unicorn Carol’s-Act Bob Heart 48 Hours (N) Two Men Two Men College Football: Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl News ThisMinute NHL Hockey Montreal Canadiens at Edmonton Oilers. T.O in 24 Nightclub Nordic L Basketball NBA Basketball Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs. (N) SportsCentre (N) NHL Hockey Montreal Canadiens at Edmonton Oilers. NHL Hockey: Penguins at Canucks Corner Gas The Social “Looks Like Christmas” (2016, Drama) Anne Heche. “A Wish for Christmas” “Merry & Bright” (2019, Romance) Jodie Sweetin. “Christmas in Montana” (2019, Drama) Kellie Martin. “Austin Powers-Spy” (:20) “Austin Powers in Goldmember” ›› “The Family Stone” Frasier Frasier Frasier Frasier Engagement Engagement Engagement Engagement 90 Day Fiancé “Darcey’s Continuing Journey” A look back at Darcey’s journey. Unpolished North Woods Law North Woods Law North Woods Law North Woods Law Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang ›› “Losing Ground” (1982) Bill Gunn. (:45) ››› “The Sandpiper” (1965, Drama) Elizabeth Taylor. ››› “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (:15) ›› “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas” Beyond the Wheel 2018 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series NextEra Energy 250. NASCAR (6:15) “Victoria & Abdul” (:10) ›› “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” (2017) “The Sun Is Also a Star” (:05) “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women” ››› “Marshall” (2017) Chadwick Boseman. Shameless (:45) ››› “All the Money in the World” (2017) Michelle Williams. “Family” (2018, Comedy) (6:05) Elizabeth I “Jane Fonda in Five Acts” (2018) Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden. Trench 11






























22 minutes ›› “Alice au pays des merveilles” (2010, Enfants) J’aime Téléjrnl. TJ Sask “Four Christmases and a Wedding” (2017, Romance) Private Eyes Glbl News Border ›››› “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) James Stewart, Donna Reed. Big Bang etalk (6:00) Evenings on The Weather Network Evenings on TWN ›››› “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) James Stewart, Donna Reed. News Christmas Coronation Family Feud ››› “Scrooged” (1988) Bill Murray, Karen Allen. The National (N) NCIS “Hail & Farewell” FBI “Closure” FBI “Scorched Earth” Two Men Marvel Landing Prep & Santa Is Comin’ to Town Conners Bless This News J. Kimmel “No Time Like Christmas” (2019) Rachel McLaren. “Double Holiday” (2019, Romance) Kristoffer Polaha. SC (N) SC (N) SC (N) SC (N) SC (N) Plays of the Year Misplays of the Year Plays of the Year Misplays of the Year Alberta Primetime (N) Big Bang etalk Kitchen Kitchen “A Christmas Carol” “Christmas in Rome” “The Christmas Club” (2019) Elizabeth Mitchell. “Angel Falls: A” (6:50) ››› “Arthur Christmas” (2011) ››› “Phantom Boy” (2015, Fantasy) ››› “The Goonies” 3’s Comp. 3’s Comp. King of Hill King of Hill King of Hill King of Hill Frasier Frasier Babies, Babies, Babies Outdaughtered The Busbys go on a Disney cruise. Outdaughtered Gold Rush: Pay Dirt (N) Gold Rush (N) Gold Rush: Miner Details Gold Rush: Miner Details Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang ››› “The Bishop’s Wife” (1947) Cary Grant. ››› “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944) Judy Garland. “To Grandmo.” ››› “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” “The Sons of Mistletoe” Burton Snowb. Burton Open Snowboarding Burton Open Snowboarding “The Sun Is Also a Star” (7:55) ››› “Home Alone” (1990) Macaulay Culkin. “Miracle on 34th Street” ››› “The Insult” (2017, Drama) Adel Karam. ››› “The Post” (2017) Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks. (6:10) ››› “The Post” (:10) ›› “Rampage” (2018) Dwayne Johnson. Letterkenny Letterkenny Silicon Silicon Valley Catherine (:15) Catherine the Great (:15) Catherine the Great




22 minutes ››› “La reine des neiges” (2013) Idina Menzel J’aime Téléjrnl. TJ Sask “Snowed Inn Christmas” (2017) Bethany Joy Lenz. Private Eyes Global News at 10 (N) Big Bang Big Bang “Let It Snow” (2019) Isabela Merced, Shameik Moore. Big Bang etalk (N) (6:00) Evenings on The Weather Network Evenings on TWN Holidays With the Houghs Saturday Night Live News J. Fallon Coronation Family Feud ››› “Scrooge” (1951, Fantasy) Alastair Sim. The National (N) The Price All Rise Bull Two Men Late-Colbert “Same Time, Next Christmas” (2019) Lea Michele. The Good Doctor News J. Kimmel “A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love” (2019) Mom Mom Nightclub Nightclub (:15) NFL Football Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings. (N) SC With Jay NHL Hockey: Capitals at Bruins Sportsnet NHL Hockey Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks. Alberta Primetime (N) Big Bang etalk (N) Kitchen Kitchen “Best C’mas” (6:00) “Holiday Hearts” “Our Christmas Love Song” (2019) Alicia Witt. “Holiday for Heroes” (:05) ›› “Cats & Dogs” (2001) “Cats & Dogs: Kitty Galore” Ramy Ramy 3’s Comp. 3’s Comp. Man-Plan Man-Plan Man-Plan Man-Plan Frasier Frasier 90 Day Fiancé 90 Day Fiancé 90 Day Fiancé 90 Day Fiancé Dave Turin’s Lost Mine Gold Rush: White Water Highway Thru Hell (N) Homestead Rescue Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang ››› “The Shop Around the Corner” (1940) ››› “In the Good Old Summertime” (1949) ››› “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (:15) “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” Burton Open Snowboarding Burton Open Snowboarding Burton Snowb. (6:35) “Alex & Me” (2018) (:05) ››› “Wonder” (2017, Drama) Julia Roberts. Funny Tweets (N) ››› “Us” (2019) Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke. “Fast Color” (2018) Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Mistrust (6:45) “Mistrust” (2018) Jane Seymour. (:20) ›› “Happy Death Day” (2017) “Stockholm” (2018) (6:35) The Defiant Ones The Defiant Ones “Well Groomed” (2019) His Dark Materials (N)




Découverte Bébéatrice “Junior majeur” (2017, Drame) Nicolas Canuel. Téléjour. Infoman Kids Say Darndest Things “Mistletoe & Menorahs” (2019) Damien Doepping. News Block “A Perfect Christmas” (2016, Drama) Susie Abromeit. Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang (6:00) Evenings on The Weather Network Overnight on TWN (:15) NFL Football Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears. (N) News Frosty ›››› “White Christmas” (1954) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye. The National (N) The Price A Home for the Holidays NCIS: New Orleans Joel Osteen The World’s Kids Say Darndest Things The Year: 2019 Memorable moments from 2019. (N) News Sports “Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas” (2018) Mom Mom Paramedics: Bridging (:15) NFL Football Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears. (N) SC With Jay (6:00) NHL Hockey Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars. (N) Sportsnet NHL Hockey: Golden Knights at Sharks Football (:20) NFL Football Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears. (N) Corner Gas “A Cheerful Christmas” (2019) Chad Connell. “Christmas on My Mind” (2019) Ashley Greene. (6:10) “Steel Magnolias” (:10) ››› “Edward Scissorhands” (1990, Fantasy) “River Runs Thr.” Raymond Raymond Raymond Raymond Man-Plan Man-Plan Man-Plan Man-Plan 90 Day Fiancé (N) 90 Day Fiancé (N) Unpolished (N) Alaska: The Last Frontier Alaska: The Last Frontier Alaska: The Last Frontier Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang ›››› “Going My Way” (1944) Bing Crosby. (:15) ››› “The Bells of St. Mary’s” (1945, Drama) (5:30) ›› “Fred Claus” ››› “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (1987) “The Polar Express” Formula E Formula E Burton Open Snowboarding Snowb. “One Starry Christmas” (7:55) ›› “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” (1992) Shameless “Citizen Carl” (6:50) ››› “Darkest Hour” (2017) Gary Oldman. ›› “Little” (2019, Comedy) Regina Hall, Issa Rae. “The Clovehitch Killer” (:15) ››› “Isle of Dogs” (2018) Edward Norton “Curse-Llorona” Robin My Favorite Shapes (:45) Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh Ramy Youssef: Feelings














22 minutes ›› “Alice de l’autre côté du miroir” (2016) J’aime Téléjrnl. Ciel vanille ›› “Minions” (2015) Voices of Sandra Bullock. Private Eyes Glbl News Border 4th Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Russell Peters Christmas Big Bang etalk (6:00) Evenings on The Weather Network Evenings on TWN The Grinch ›› “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000) Jim Carrey. News J. Fallon Coronation Coronation ››› “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994, Children’s) The National (N) Neighbor Bob Heart Mom Carol’s-Act All Rise Two Men Late-Colbert NBA Basketball Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers. (N) black-ish News J. Kimmel “You Light Up” “Christmas at Grand Valley” (2018) Brennan Elliott. Paramedics: Paramedics: (6:30) Tennis (N) 2019 CFL Grey Cup Revisited (N) NBA Basketball Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers. (N) NBA Basketball: Pelicans at Nuggets How/Made How/Made Big Bang etalk Kitchen Kitchen “A Perfect Christmas” “Christmas at Dollywood” “Christmas on My Mind” (2019) Ashley Greene. “A Family Christmas Gift” (6:50) › “The Smurfs 2” (2013) (:40) “The Ladybug” (2018) Haylie Duff ››› “My Dog Skip” 3’s Comp. 3’s Comp. Raymond Raymond Raymond Raymond Frasier Frasier Untold Stories of the E.R. Stories: Creepy Crawlies Untold Stories of the E.R. Untold Stories of the E.R. Moonshiners (N) Moonshiners Moonshiners (N) Moonshiners: Whiskey Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang Big Bang ›››› “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) (:45) ›› “The Sea Bat” (1930) (:15) “The Happy Road” “Nat’l-Christmas” (:15) ››› “The Polar Express” (2004) Voices of Tom Hanks. Santa Burton Snowb. Burton Snowb. Burton Open Snowboarding “Swan Princess” (7:55) ›› “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” (1992) “Miracle on 34th Street” Pitch 3 “Best Christmas Party Ever” (2014) Work- Pro. Shameless “Citizen Carl” Donovan “Ready Player One” (7:55) › “The Snowman” (2017) Michael Fassbender. “Bohemian Rhapsody” (6:05) “Clear History” (7:50) ››› “61” (2001, Docudrama) Thomas Jane. “Deadwood: The Movie”

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KRAUS CARL December 18, 1928 December 9, 2019 It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved Dad, Grandad and Great-Grandad, Carl Manford Kraus, aged 90 years of Providence Place, Moose Jaw, SK on December 9, 2019. Carl is predeceased by his parents Godfred and Doris Kraus, sister Flora Longhurst and wife Lillian in 2011. He is survived by his two sons Keith (Lorraine) of Saskatoon, Wayne (Wendy) of Regina and their children Jared (Jocelyn) Ayden and Lukas; Megan (Chris); Kyle; Cody; Clay (Jesse) and Jackson. Carl was born on December 18, 1928 on a farm near Mossbank, SK. His family moved to the Mazenod area in the late 1930’s where they farmed until the 1960’s. Carl enjoyed the farm life and liked trying his hand at growing different crops and raising his own cattle. On December 15, 1962 he married Lillian Abbott of Assiniboia, SK and they raised two boys Keith and Wayne. They left Assiniboia and moved to Moose Jaw where Carl was a journeyman painter at Valley View Centre for 20 years. He was active in the Odd Fellows Lodge for years and a longtime member of Central Lutheran Church. A very special thank you to Bryce for all the kindness, care and compassion shown to Dad over the past few years. Many thanks and appreciation to the staff at Providence Place for their great care. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday December 13, 2019 at 12:00 Noon in the Jones-Parkview Chapel, 474 Hochelaga St W. Pastor Marvin Seaborg will officiate. Interment will take place at Sunset Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donation may be directed to a charity of choice. In living memory of Carl, a memorial planting will be made by Jones - Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: www.wjjonesandson. com or (Obituaries). Dayna Chamberlain - Funeral Director

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GLEN E. LINTON April 10, 1945 – December 6, 2019 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Glen E. Linton of Drayton Valley on the afternoon of Friday, December 6, 2019 at the age of 74 years. Glen was a man of great integrity, honesty and humility. He could sometimes be a man of few words as he believed his actions spoke clearly. However, Glen was never one to turn down a chance to socialize, dance or listen to good music with friends and family. Glen was very involved in his communities and spent a lot of his time coaching. His abundance of care would help change many young lives and mould them into the people they have become. A lover of all sports, baseball, curling and golf were among his favorites. He also had a great fondness for animals, gardening, and specifically his family. Glen will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Joyce (neé Ball); children, Scott (Beatriz) Linton, Denise (Gerald) Perry and Jackie Linton; grandchildren, Ethan Perry and Matthew Perry, Laura (Ciro) Puentes and David Linton; great-grandchildren, Gabrielle and Jazlyn Puentes; siblings, Shirley Andrews, Gloria Kesslering and Garnet (Vicki) Linton and his true companions, Gracie and Kooper, as well as by several extended family and life-long friends. Glen is predeceased by his parents, Glen and Vesta Linton; brothers, Harvey and Elroy Linton and sisters, Glenda McLeod and Gail Nister. Glen is predeceased by his parents, Glen and Vesta Linton; brothers, Harvey and Elroy Linton and sisters, Glenda McLeod and Gail Nister. Glen’s life will be celebrated at Chaplin Community Complex on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 11 a.m. with Dwayne Henley officiating. For those wishing to do so, memorial donations in Glen’s name may be made directly to Moose Jaw Humane Society, 1755 Stadacona St. W, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan S6H 7K7. Glen’s family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Murphy, Tanya Hines and all of the wonderful nurses and staff at Drayton Valley Hospital and Care Centre for the care and compassion shown to Glen and his family during his illness and hospital stay. Condolences may be sent or viewed by visiting: Arrangements in care of Joelle Valliere at: 10:30 am Worship Service & Sunday School Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Worship Leader: Joan Rennie-Laing Affinity Funeral Service

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St. Andrew’s United Church

TRINITY UNITED CHURCH 277 Iroquois St W Moose Jaw, SK Next Service: December 22, 10:30am Rev. Ron Cairns

Celebrating Inclusion For All

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

Dec 24 - Christmas Eve Service 7pm Rev. Ron Cairns

MCGILLIVRAY Ronald Allan McGillivray, born July 24th, 1953 of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, December 12th, 2019 after battling esophageal cancer since May. Ron loved going to the lake in the summer as he felt peaceful surrounded by nature, and the time spent with family there was very special to him. He loved camping at Chitek Lake and Danielson Provincial Park at Diefenbaker Lake. He looked forward to fishing, listening to the birds, and sitting by the campfire. Ron was dedicated to his family; he was always ready to show love and support. He loved to laugh and tell jokes to make people smile. Ron put his faith in Jesus, and going to Sunday Mass at Church of Our Lady with his family brought him comfort. At Church events where there was music, he would enjoy dancing and he was very good at it. Ronald grew up in Vegreville, Alberta. He was predeceased by his parents, Don and Rita McGillivray; and daughter, Amy McGillivray. Ron is survived by his loving wife, Colette; sons, Brent and Ian (Tayler Ross); and brothers, Gerry (Lynn) and Ken (Mary) McGillivray. Our families would like to express gratitude for the compassionate care extended to our family from Dr. Geyer, Dr. Hetherington, all of the staff at Pioneer Lodge in Moose Jaw, Pasqua Hospital, Dr. F. H. Wigmore Regional Hospital, and our many friends for their support and comfort. We are so thankful for the palliative care room at Memory Lane, Pioneer Lodge. The Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, December 19th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Church of Our Lady, 566 Vaughan St, Moose Jaw, SK. Ron will be laid to rest with his daughter Amy in Rosthern, SK. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Ron’s name may be made to Heartland Hospice Moose Jaw in hopes that more rooms can be offered to families in need. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Michelle Surtees, Funeral Director 306-693-4550

DAVE HUGHES James David “Dave” Hughes passed away Tuesday, December 10th, 2019, at the age of 94. He is predeceased by his wife Joyce; his parents Benjamin and Gladys; and his siblings Gordon, Helen, Benny, and Doug. Dave is survived by his sister Gladys; his daughters Cheryl (Wayne), Brenda (Russell), Gayla (Ed); his grandchildren Steve (Jozell), Jen, David (Jennifer), Warner, and Greg; and his great grandchildren September (Ryan), Brendin, Sadie, Evan, Sabrina, and Quinn. A Celebration of Dave’s life will take place Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 2:00PM, at Parkview Funeral Chapel (474 Hochelaga St. W., Moose Jaw). Pastor Marvin Seaborg will officiate. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (55 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2Y7). In living memory of Dave a memorial planting will be made by Jones - Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: www. or (Obituaries). Stephanie Lowe - Funeral Director

Music Director: Karen Purdy • Choir Director: Jenna Nash

Advent IV Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 10:30 am Worship Service & Sunday School Christmas Eve Service Tuesday, December 24th, 2019; 8:00pm Communion & Candlelighting Service Everyone Welcome! The Christmas Inn Wednesday, December 25th, 2019; 3:30pm Christmas Dinner with friends old and new If you wish to volunteer at the Inn or you are planning on attending Call Carol Moran at 306-690-8001 or e-mail

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Traditional Anglican Parish Now worshipping at

27 Hochelaga St. W., Moose Jaw

The beautiful home of Central Lutheran Church Holy Communion Book of Common Prayer Sunday 11:30 am (new time) Coffee & fellowship after the service For more information contact: Fr. Glenn Galenkamp, Rector 306-691-2715

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AMBROSE, Beatrice Irene Beatrice Irene Ambrose (Shephard), age 80, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 6, 2019 in Regina surrounded by loved ones. Bea was born in Moose Jaw in 1939 and attended Victoria, Westmount, and Peacock High Schools in Moose Jaw. Bea met her husband Ken in Moose Jaw in 1957 and they were married in 1960. Ken and Bea resided in Moose Jaw where they had two children, Brian and Dennis. The family moved to Winnipeg in 1972, then back to Saskatchewan in 1979. During her time in Regina, Bea raised her family and worked for the federal government. Bea enjoyed spending time with family and friends at home, at the cottage and also while traveling to Disney World, Arizona and Europe. Bea was a creative person and loved crafting and gardening. Bea loved all of her family, her husband Ken, sons Brian (Shawna) and Dennis (Laura), Grandchildren Dakota (Tom), Brittany (Spencer), Mercedes (Brett), Quinton (Kelsey), Emma, Amanda, and Great Grandchildren Jason, Athena, Autumn and Hunter. Bea was grateful for her family and friends and was loved by all. She will be missed by all who knew her. A MEMORIAL SERVICE was held at Regina Funeral Home and Cemetery, 4001 East Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bea may be made to the Saskatchewan Lung Association, 1231 8th St. E, Saskatoon, SK S7H 0S5. Family and friends are invited to sign the online obituary and tributes page at www.reginafuneralhome. ca. Arrangements entrusted to Regina Funeral Home and Cemetery (306) 789-8850.

John “Jack” Arthur Knox passed away with his family around him on Dec. 3, 2019 at the age of 98. Jack was born on Oct. 8, 1921 to William “Billy” Knox and Ida (Barkley) Knox on the family farm northeast of Limerick, SK (NE 28-8-2W3). He took his schooling at Orinoco and Limerick Schools. After finishing high school in Limerick, Jack took motor mechanics at Balfour Collegiate in Regina in 1940, before enlisting with the RCAF on November 18, 1941. Following basic training at Manning Depot in Edmonton, and radio/radar training at McGill University and CFB Clinton, Jack was sent to England in 1942 to serve as a radar mechanic. Returning to Canada in 1943, he trained as a pilot and air gunner. He received his commission as Pilot Officer on February 2, 1945. Following the war, Jack received veteran assistance to study Agricultural Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. While there, he met Marjorie Ruemper of Saskatoon, and they were married on Aug. 30, 1947. After Jack received his Engineering degree in 1950, they moved to Limerick to farm, eventually settling on the original Knox homestead (SW 21-8-2-W3) where they lived until they retired to Assiniboia in 2001. Their first child, Graham, was born in 1949, followed by daughters Lenore in 1951 and Colleen in 1963. Jack and Marjorie celebrated 65 years of marriage on August 30, 2012, just before Marjorie passed away in October. Jack continued to live in Assiniboia until January 2019, when health issues necessitated a move to Moose Jaw, first to Providence Place, and then finally to West Park Crossing. Jack and family greatly appreciated the love and friendship that he received from the other residents and the excellent staff there. Jack was known all his life for his kindness, gentleness, integrity and unconditional love. The most important thing to Jack was his faith in Jesus Christ. He read his Bible daily and prayed for each member of his family by name, as well as for many others. He will be missed by all who knew him. Jack is survived by son Graham (Marjorie) Knox, grandchildren Michael Knox (Ketklao New Chaiwut), Leah Knox, Rochelle Knox (Anders Bergstrom), great-grandchildren Soren and Christian; daughter Lenore (Derek) Palmer, grandson Matthew (Tabitha) Palmer, great-grandson Thomas, granddaughter Tamara (Mark) Rempel, great-grandchildren Simon, Ivan, Eliana, granddaughter Sherry (Craig) Engel, great-granddaughter Judith, grandson Luke Palmer; and daughter Colleen (Nathan) Epp, grandchildren Joshua (Kate) Epp, Andrew Epp (Mikayla Coad Epp), Kathryn (David) Netmaker, and Jaclyn Epp. Jack was predeceased by his wife Marjorie; his parents Billy and Ida; siblings Maureen, Madeline, and Murray; and his grandson Andrew Palmer. The funeral service will be held at the Assiniboia Alliance Church on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Limerick, SK. Donations in memory of Jack can be made to Broken Arrow Youth Ranch, Box 44, Wood Mountain, SK S0H 4L0. Online condolences can be shared at

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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In tears we saw you sinking, we watched you fade away; you suffered much in silence. You fought so hard to stay you faced your task with courage your spirit did not bend, but you still kept on fighting until the very end. so when we saw you sleeping, so peacefully, free from pain, We could not wish you back to suffer that again in God’s own time We will meet you again Eddy, Joelle, Michael, Brody, Gordon and the rest of the Moore Family


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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.

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. SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP will meet on Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. at our Parkview Location (474 Hochelaga St. W.) Please use east doors. MULBERRY ESTATES CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AND BAZAAR will be held Thursday, December 19 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The afternoon will include the Cornerstone Christian School Choir, a few vendors, and complimentary holiday drinks and snacks. THE PRAIRIE HEARTS QUILT GUILD will have their December 19th meeting a bit earlier this week. It is our Christmas party, starting at 6 p.m. There will be potluck goodies, a gift exchange, show and share, coffee … and be prepared for fun. We meet at the Masonic Temple, Main Street North, Moose Jaw. 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. RENEW YOUR 2020 LEGION MEMBERSHIP NOW! Deadline for renewal is December 31st to remain a member in good standing. GENERAL MEETING – Saturday, December 21 @ 1:30 p.m. in the lounge – All Legion members are encouraged to attend in order to conduct the business of Branch 59. The new 2020 Executive will be sworn in and ‘Years of Service’ pins will be awarded to members who qualify. ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S LEVEE - January 1st at 12 pm in the Memorial Lounge. Complimentary lunch and moose milk will be served. Adults only please MOOSE JAW & DISTRICT SENIORS’ ASSOCIATION @Timothy Eaton Garden – 101-510 Main St N. For more information or the regular listing


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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. COSMO SENIORS’ CENTRE, 235 Third Ave. N.E. For more information call (306) 692-6072. SOCIAL DANCE on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21. Time: 8 p.m. BAND: Leon Ochs. $14/person (includes lunch). COSMO NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE. BAND: Al & Company. Date: Tuesday, December 31. Time: 8 p.m. $25/person (includes turkey lunch). 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. 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 . ASPERGER’S PEER SUPPORT GROUP FOR ADULTS meets at Moose Jaw Public Library the last Monday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Come and share ideas, experiences and have some fun. For more info call CMHA at 306.692.4240. TUESDAYS BINGO AT CHURCH OF OUR LADY PARISH HALL; 7 p.m. start. Doors open at 6 p.m. MOOSE JAW MULTICULTURAL COUNCIL INC. WOMEN’S GROUP meets every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Church of God Basement, 50 Hochelaga St. E. Practice English; coffee & snacks; build new friendships; clothing swaps; activities & support. Everyone Welcome. Places for children to play. Contact Melissa for more information at 306-693-4677. MOOSE JAW BAND CITY BAND: Band practices held Monday evenings 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. in the Legion (upstairs ballroom), 268 High Street W. Can you play a reed or brass instrument? Amateur or advanced musicians welcome. Bring your favorite swing melodies. To learn more, come to band practice or contact the band leader at 693-6262. SEA CADETS is Open to Teens 12-18: the program is free and is sponsored by the Department of National Defence and the Navy League branch. You have the opportunity to learn to sail, learn rope work and other ship operations as

in navigation semaphore and communication, and also have the opportunity to travel with the Sea Cadet deployments to places like India, Japan and other coastal communities, but let’s not forget about summer training. You can go to summer camp for 2,3 or 4-week courses and you are given a training bonus, so that’s like getting paid to go to camp. Cadets meet Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. at the Armouries at the top of Main St. THE FRIENDLY CITY OPTIMIST CLUB invites everyone to meetings at the Heritage Inn on the second Tuesday of each month. Social at 5:30 p.m./ Supper at 6:00 p.m./meeting at 6:30 p.m. Socials dates and places vary. Contact Lloyd Pethick for more information at 306.694.4121. INFORMED CHOICES PREGNANCY CENTRE. 679 Hall St. W Regular Open Office Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10-5. Free confidential and non-judgmental counselling and support available for women and men experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Text 306-690-8462. SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLASSES are held on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at Moose Jaw Public Library, the Herb Taylor room on the second floor. You do not have to be Scottish. You do not need a partner. It is similar dance to square dancing. Everyone welcome. For information call Mike at 306-690- 5182. DR. F.H. WIGMORE REGIONAL HOSPITAL AUXILIARY meets the third Tuesday of every month except December, July, and August at the regional hospital. For further information regarding the auxiliary, call 306-694-0355. MOOSE JAW ROTARY CLUB meets Mondays at noon at the Heritage Inn. Information available at 306692-3842. ROTARY CLUB OF MOOSE JAW WAKAMOW meets the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Heritage Inn. K-40 CLUB OF MOOSE JAW generally meets the second Tuesday of the month. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS MOOSE JAW meetings can be found on THE MOOSE JAW SCRABBLE CLUB meets every Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the Craft Room at the Cosmo Centre, 235 Third Ave N.E. Come join us for several games of brain challenging fun. For information call 306 692 0731. MOOSE JAW DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB plays at the Comfort Inn three times per week: Mondays – 7 p.m. – Rookie-Master Night/Thursdays – 7 p.m. – Stratified Open Pairs/Wednesdays – 1:00 p.m. – Stratified Open Pairs. For more information contact Donna @306.692.4447. THE FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE CLUB meets every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Cosmo Senior Center in Moose Jaw for an enjoyable evening of stressfree bridge. Newcomers are always welcome. Phone Valerie at 306.693.1427 or Debbie at 306.690.4690 for further information. TOPS CHAPTER SK2211 meets at St Andrews United Church Tuesdays at 5:30 pm, 60 Athabasca St E. Please use side parking lot door. Handicapped friendly building. Take off Pounds Sensibly is a nonprofit weight loss support group. Weights are kept private. New members are welcome. Weight loss encouraged via healthy food choices and exercise. for more info call 306-692-0991 or 306-690-8001

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On the Front Porch

Find Joy in Unlikely Places

by Wanda Smith

There’s a true story of a young lady who taught ESL in Senegal, West Africa and was going to be alone at Christmas for the first time in her life. She found a dusty old Christmas tree in her teacher’s quarters and hung a “sad little string of white lights” outside her room. She was feeling sad and sorry for herself as she headed to the grocery store for some groceries. On her way out of the store, she grabbed a bag of oranges, paid for the food and walked out onto the streets of Senegal. As she headed down the steps of the store, she met Smiley Joe, a beggar, who often called out to her in his native language, “Got a gift for me, lady?” She went to offer a coin but then noticed his interest in her oranges and asked if he’d like one. He had leprosy.There was no point giving him the full orange so she sat down to peel his orange for him. Offering him the first piece, he indicated he wanted her to eat the first bite. When he had the next bite, he smiled with great enjoyment as the juice hit his tongue. Soon, little kids who lived on the street gathered round. One boy, getting up the nerve asked for an orange. In a blink, the teacher had given her whole bag of oranges away. Heidi Hess Saxton said, “That encounter with Smiley Joe taught (her) that the secret to a happy life is in the ability to find joy, even despite our immediate circumstances, despite the individuals who seem determined to make us miserable. However, no one — no matter how difficult, rude, or broken — can steal our joy without our permission.” This is the third week of advent; the theme being

“joy.” When it comes to celebrating joy, I am reminded of Habbakuk 3:17-18... “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in the God of my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength: He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to go on the heights.” The context of this passage comes from Israel being devastated by their enemies in which they lost all their crops of corn, livestock and other forms of food. Habbakuk, though in a desperate state, chose to determine that his joy came from God, regardless of the circumstances surrounding him. Like Heidi, he chose to find joy in the midst of difficulty. Christmas is the time of year in which hardships seem to be amplified; the loss of loved ones, financial strain, layoffs, relationship stress, and even the colder weather we may encounter in southern Saskatchewan. However, Christmas, truly, is the time to find joy in the midst of those difficulties. The birth of Jesus is a significant symbol of joy for all if we will see it. He came to this earth to bring love, joy, hope and peace to us! And his life was an offering poured out for you and me to come into a full and living relationship with Him! Now, in the season of anticipation, we celebrate not only His birth but the assurance of His love in our everyday circumstances. I pray you will choose to find true joy in unlikely places. God bless you! 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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Located 20 minutes north of Moose Jaw with paved roads the whole way! cabin with large lakefront lot is flat and one of the best you can get your hands on! The cabin features a massive concrete patio overlooking the lake, spacious Quonset and tons of parking. Inside the cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a spacious kitchen. They also have a shed finished with a full bathroom and laundry as well for extra guests! Appliances included as is.

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