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Joe’s Place ‘Levels Up’ with this year’s Voltage Shawn Slaght - Moose Jaw Express

Joe’s Place Youth Centre is encourage kids to Level Up at this year’s Voltage, Saskatchewan largest chem-free New Year’s Eve party for teenagers. The yearly event will have a superhero theme, as teens get to hang out with Batman, Spiderman, Captain Marvel and other caped crusaders. But the Level Up theme has a deeper meaning, according the Joe’s Place founder Joe Dueck. “There is so much pressure nowadays to be perfect, to appear perfect on social media and all these things and anxieties that come out of that and we just want to challenge kids to realize that they are amazing, they’re incredible and they’ve got gifts and talents that can be used to make a difference,” said Dueck.“Their ‘superpowers,’ if you will, are to not only really rise up and level up in their own lives but to help their peers around them level up as well.” The night will kick off at Hillcrest Church with registration from 8 to 9:30 p.m. With over 500 kids expected, it’s recommended those planning to attend show up no later than 9 p.m. Once registration is finished, the fun begins. Several rooms will be filled with activities including axe throwing, laser tag, bazooka ball, nine square in the air and virtual reality games. This year Joe’s Place have teamed up with several of the local dog rescues to fill a room with puppies. “We have a chance for kids to get swarmed by adorable fur balls

in the puppy room,” Dueck said. Robertson Implements will be giving rides in a 1,000cc turbo-boosted Maverick X3 dune buggy. A mobile escape room will be parked outside and kids have half an hour to escape. A number of contests will take place through the night, as Joe’s Place will be giving away a number of prizes including an X-Box One, a Nintendo Switch and a Canon professional DSLR camera. Two $600 mountain bikes will be given away in the Canadian Tire Bike-In-A-Box contest. In this contest, the youth must break down an old rusty bike using only a hammer and a few tools and put it into a small box. The first team of two to get the bike in the box wins the brand new mountain bikes. “If you ask the youth to take apart a mountain bike with a hammer it does create some entertaining spectator moments,” Dueck said. Juno award-winning band The Color will be ringing in the New Year at midnight and will hit the stage a second time at 4 a.m. Also at 4 a.m. will be the mega prize session where the winner will get to choose between an iPad, a 55-inch Sharp Aquos Smart TV, a mountain bike or a full-sized suit of Ironman armour. Tickets to the event are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Dueck recommends buying tickets in advance in case the event is sold out. Tickets are available at Joe’s Place, John’s Music, The Shop and Hillcrest Church.

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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Ethan Brentnell returned home for intimate show before holidays, amidst work on new album Ethan Brentnell last preformed in Moose Jaw for the release of his debut album in June, and he’s finally returned for another show just before the holidays. Brentnell took the stage at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery theatre on Dec. 22, backed by a full band to fill the venue to the brim with music. The show featured both Brentnell’s original music, alongside some classic holiday tunes and Christmas songs to commemorate the season, including three new Christmas covers to fill out the setlist. Brentnell’s rendition of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” was released earlier in November, and the singles “Silent Night” and “Edelweiss” — from the beloved musical, The Sound of Music — followed on Dec. 20. His previous appearance was at the Mae Wilson Theatre, but the smaller venue this time around is exactly what Brentnell was hoping to do. “I really wanted to go for more of like

Larissa Kurz a cool little club feel for the show,” said Brentnell. “I haven’t been home in around six, seven months because I moved away from home to pursue music, so I wanted to do a little bit of a show.” Brentnell has been in Windsor, Ont. for the last few months, preparing for the next step in his music career. “I’ve been really, really working on starting a little bit of a career,” said Brentnell. “I haven’t gotten to do much work in [Ontario] yet, but I will next year because I’m planning to do a tour for the album I’m going to be putting out next year.” The new album is in the works, set to release sometime in the summer, and will Local musician Ethan Brentnell. (supfeature 17 tracks. Brentnell will once plied) again be playing a number of instruments on the tracks himself, including guitar, “The new album, it’s still unnamed. I have bass, drums, and piano — and, of course, all the songs written and arranged,” said Brentnell. “And it’s something that I’ve vocals. He’s also got an impressive brass selection been wanting to put out for most of my lineup up to accompany, including trum- life.” pets, trombones, saxophones and the like. The new album is a milestone for Brent-

nell, one that he’s put a lot of himself into. “I wasn’t disappointed [with my last album], but I just didn’t go for it, you know. I just recorded some stuff and put it out, and that’s basically all I did and it wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do,” said Brentnell. “So this album, even if it costs lots of money, I don’t really care. I’m going to really go for it.” The show at the MJMAG is prefacing the exciting year lined up for Brentnell, and also served as a homecoming for the musician. “I’m very excited to come home and see my family. I’m excited to see Moose Jaw again, that’s for sure,” said Brentnell, prior to the show. Brentnell’s debut album “This Much I Know” is available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify, and his new singles are available on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.


By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Two food-based royalty trusts fail to qualify as gifts under the Christmas tree Royalty trusts were invented by stock market gurus for investors seeking a relatively safe vehicle that yields cash returns to offset historically low interest rates on savings. Investors have jumped at the opportunity to earn better returns than the paltry interest offered on safe, stable savings accounts. Four years ago in March, Bizworld reviewed two restaurant royalty trusts that had offered investors better than average payouts of cash and substantial capital gains. In cash distributions and the price gains, both trusts had exceeded the general stock market. The trusts — A&W Royalty Trust and Boston Pizza Royalty Trust— had performed well. A&W royalty trust price at $26.94 had returned 183 per cent since 2002. Plus the $15.61 cents in distributions added another 173 per cent. Boston Pizza unit holders experienced 112 per cent price gain from 2003 to 2012 with distributions of $15.22 cents adding another 148 per cent. Boston Pizza profits haven’t baked any gourmet returns since 2014, reaching a high of $22.84 in 2017, settling at a recent $13.51. The recent price is about 30 per cent higher than in 2003. Unit holder distributions since 2015 have added $8.08 for a 21 per cent return. Boston Pizza Royalty’s price in the last few years re-

flects several circumstances, from hitting a ceiling on the number of new stores, suffering regional economies, and higher wages in key regions. Sharply higher minimum wages in Ontario and Alberta ate into profit margins. The sluggish energy economy in Alberta where BP has 113 of 397 stores cut into profits like a hot knife in butter. Rapid growth over the years from a regional western chain to a national enterprise limits new stores to population growth. Previously, growth came from tapping new markets. BP has expanded into the United States. Unfortunately for unit holders the U.S. stores are not part of the royalty trust. This further limits expansion. The trust is paying out $1.38 a unit, but only earned $1.20 in the last 12 months, scaring unit holders with the prospect of a burning cut in distributions. Competition is stiff, mirrored by Moose Jaw. BP’s lone outlet had only Bonanza as stiff competition until Original Joe’s, now closed, Brown’s Social House, Rock Creek, Montana’s, Canadian Brew House and another BP, opened. The current 10.3 per cent yield is too juicy, representing a red flag to investors. A&W has fared somewhat better with a price gain since March 2015 of 42 per cent and another 39 per cent in

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$9.18 of distributions. The difference: A&W developed a slick marketing campaign appealing to the health-conscious perceptions of new and existing customers. The no antibiotics, no hormones in its beef and chicken, although a bit misleading, have been a hit. The campaign has driven continuous growth in the benchmark same store sales and profits. The Beyond Meat plant-based, highly processed burger has kept A&W on the growth trend. Investors might consider the future with scepticism. Will A&W be able to continue this pace now that most competitors have adopted plant-based protein burgers? A&W at a recent $33.87 pays out $1.90 a year for a yield just under five per cent. But it earned only $1.80 in the last 12 months, placing it in the questionable column for investors — except for 44 new restaurants With 970 stores, A&W’s expansion potential is also limited. 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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The Moose Jaw branch of the Royal Canadian Legion will be joining numerous other Canadian municipalities in hosting a levee on New Year’s Day, a tradition that dates back to the 1600s in Canada. A levee is a social gathering, usually hosted by the lieutenant governor or military establishments or organizations, where the public is invited to a reception with invited officials to pay respect and celebrate the year to come. The Moose Jaw Legion has been holding a levee of their own since the Legion has existed, with invited guests from 15 Wing, local MLAs Greg Lawrence and Warren Michelson, Mayor Fraser Tolmie, and others expected to make an appearance this year. “It’s just to welcome in the new year, basically, and welcome everyone into the lounge and a lot of our members show up just for some camaraderie and visiting,� said Norma Richardson, from the Legion. The levee is open to the public, with a come-andgo mentality, and will begin at noon on New Year’s Day in the Memorial Lounge at the Legion. Guests are welcome to come out, socialize, and enjoy a glass of the traditional drink served at the event: moose milk, which is usually made of ice cream, cream, and either rum or whiskey. The Legion will also provide lunch, which is also free of charge for guests. “Anybody can drop in and say Happy New Year, have a glass of moose milk. Bring a designated driver if you want to have moose milk,� joked Richardson. Invited dignitaries will be dropping in throughout the afternoon, and the Legion will likely wrap things up around 5 p.m. As the event is taking place in the lounge, it is adults only.

by Dr. Steven Heidinger, Moose Jaw Chiropractor Until recently I thought the 12 days of Christmas began 12 days before December 25th, with the 12 drummers drumming on the day most open their presents. I was wrong, as the 1st day of Christmas is apparently Christmas day and the drummers come drumming on January 5th of the new year. Anyway, here is my rendition of the 12, not-so-healthy, days of Christmas: On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... gout. If your true loves are wine, gravy and anything baked, then there may be a reason why your big toe is as red as Rudolph’s red nose. Hopefully there’s allopurinol in your stocking. On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me‌a hangover. This is your punishment for saying yes to this year’s signature drink of whiskey and amaretto. Good luck battling boxing day sales with nausea, headache and the sweats. On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me‌ a fractured hip. Seasonal variations exist with most injuries and hip fractures rise in the winter months. Be kind and help those who are challenged with their strength and balance. On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me‌ Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Holiday depression, anxiety and stress can be magnified by the real effects of SAD. The bleak, dark winter months are known to contribute to this mood disorder. Maybe hang full-spectrum lighting on your next Christmas tree. On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me‌ hypertension. Financial strain, family stress, salty and rich holiday fare can all increase one’s blood pressure. Prioritizing quiet time, going for a walk and starting your resolutions early may keep you from peaking. On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me‌ lumbago. Extra traveling, sleeping on different

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Mandate letters herald benefits for farmers, seniors and pipelines By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express

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

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Finally, Christmas is here and whether expectations are met or not, it’s a wrap. Looking outside this morning, the trees are glistening with hoar frost but there’s a warmth in the air that has nothing to do with the weather. Even though our home Joan Ritchie will be quiet through ChristEDITOR mas this year without the company of family and grandchildren, the love, peace and joy of the season is evident. So long ago, a baby was born in a manger, the Saviour of the World. Jesus came to earth as a human born in a stable and was first revealed to lowly shepherds who were keeping their flocks by night. As well, three Kings of the Orient saw the star overhead where the baby Jesus lay and brought their lavish gifts to give. How symbolic that both the lowly and the affluent acknowledged the newborn Christ. He came as a gift to man but his work as the Saviour was not accomplished for a few decades until his death and resurrection as the mediation between God and man. We are just humans with human frailties, weaknesses and we sometimes do not exhibit the best within us, but God knows and that is why He made the decision to not hold man accountable for his sins but sent his only Begotten Son as the sacrifice for them, that through Him we have the forgiveness of sins and an eternal home in heaven, all that is required is to believe. My hope is that in this season of love, peace and joy, each of you will find greater meaning in what this season really means and the hope that it brings to mankind. In this day and age, God knows we really need to have something good to put our hope to and I want to let you know that if you put your hope in the Saviour of the World, you will not be disappointed. I know, I acknowledged Jesus as my Saviour many years ago and even though I am not perfect and do lots wrong, He is still with me guiding me along life’s pathway, forgiving me for my erring’s and giving me hope for a future. Merry Christmas to One and All! Only Believe!

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The prime minister’s mandate letters to ministers show government intenEXPRESS tions for this Parliament. The letter to federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau indicates significant benefits may be developed for farmers. A first priority for the minister will be a review of risk management programs, in particular AgriStability. Benefits from the program used to kick in when the farm’s gross margin fell below 80 per cent of revenues. The Harper Conservative government reduced benefits by cutting the gross margin eligibility to 70 per cent. Many farm lobby groups, the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan included, have lobbied to restore that margin to 80 per cent. The minister is to work on tax measures “to facilitate the intergenerational transfer of farms.” One priority will seek a new entity called Farm and Food Development of Canada to be a one-stop service for farmers with added capacity to lend farmers money. Responses to export challenges such as with canola, beef and pork will require “faster short-term support for the industry when required.” A new fund will help producers and processors close the technology and infrastructure gap to develop markets. And the minister will support the Pest Management Reg-




ulatory Agency in making science-based decisions on safe and sustainable crop protection products. One of the mandate letter priorities for Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan involves “working to construct and complete the twinning of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. This work is anchored in a commitment to protect and create jobs, create economic opportunities for Indigenous communities and use revenues to finance Canada’s clean energy transition.” The minister will also work on “a plan to help Canadians make their homes more energy efficient and climate resilient. This will include providing free energy audits to homeowners and landlords, up to $40,000 in interest-free lending for retrofits that will save Canadians money on their energy use, a cash incentive for borrowers to maximize their energy savings, and creating a net zero homes grant of up to $5,000 for newly built homes that are certified net zero-emissions.” Seniors Minister Filomena Tassi is expected to develop a plan for a 10 per cent increase in Old Age Security for seniors over age 75 with indexing as well. And the seniors’ minister will work on increasing Canada Pension Plan survivor benefits by 25 per cent as well as affordable housing, programs combatting elder abuse, wellness programs and pharmacare. Ron Walter can be reached at

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I’m from Windsor Ontario where our council voted 6 years ago to stop artificial water fluoridation as recommended by our very own utilities company. The 2002 Safe Drinking Water Act states, dilution is no defense for adding a contaminant to drinking water. The chemical agent most commonly used to fluoridate water (H2SiF6) is toxic, synthetic and contaminated with trace amounts of arsenic and lead. http:// pdf Since cessation the Cochrane Review concluded there wasn’t enough evidence to determine that fluoridation helped change disparities in oral health across socio-economic status levels, or that stopping fluoridation would cause an increase in caries. They also concluded the majority of studies that have shown fluoridation to be effective were at least 44 years old and had shown a high level of bias. The CDC (NHANES) reported a huge leap in dental fluorosis rates (damaged tooth enamel from fluoride over-exposure) which now effects the majority of U.S. teens. In a meta-analysis, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health stated that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development that should not be ignored. The lead author of the report stated, “Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain” Large scale, government funded, peer-reviewed studies from York University demonstrated that pregnant women living in fluoridated communities across Canada had double the fluoride level in their urine than in non-fluoridated communities. There are now 5 human studies linking these same levels of fluoride in urine to lower IQ and ADHD symptoms in offspring…one such study was published in JAMA Pediatrics. Health Canada and the National Academies of Sciences are currently reviewing the association of Fluoride Exposure and Neurodevelopmental and Cognitive Health Effects while several other organizations like the Kidney Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association have completely stopped endorsing artificial fluoridation. Incredibly, against most of this backdrop of information, our new council recently voted to re-introduce artificial fluoridation and are awaiting new reports from the utilities company. Why? Because of one very biased, non-peer-reviewed “report” conducted by our Health Unit which failed to consider confounding factors, made disingenuous claims of zero cases of dental fluorosis, ignored fluoride’s toxic and bio-accumulative nature, and used opinion surveys that were not

randomized. Questions that should be asked: Ask your water treatment plant to see the NSF Certificate of Analysis of H2SiF6. Ask them why it is transported, measured and handled as a highly corrosive, hazardous and dangerous good and why it is illegal to dump it anywhere in the environment. Ask Health Canada why they have failed to regulate this chemical as drug, nutrient or even a food-grade additive. Ask them how it can be labelled a water treatment chemical when it contaminates and doesn’t treat the water. Submit an FOI request to your Health Authority for any peer-reviewed study that demonstrates fluoride is safe for the developing fetus. Submit an FOI request to Health Canada for any peer-reviewed study that shows consuming H2SiF6 treated water is safe for thyroid health, brain health, or that it is even effective at preventing cavities. Dr. William Ghali is the scientific director of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary. He just reviewed all the science, ask him if he believes fluoridated water is safe for pregnant women. Ask the authors of the new studies out of York University (Till, Green, etc.) and the editor of JAMA Pediatrics if they believe pregnant women should be advised to avoid fluoride exposures with the same caution they are informed about lead, caffeine, and even raw cookie dough. Ask why the Ministry of Health in B.C. is boasting that their children’s oral health scores are better than Canadian averages even though they have virtually no fluoride in either their tap or well water. publications/year/2014/provincial-kindergarten-dental-survey-report-2012-2013.pdf Ask why states like Georgia (92% fluoridated), Illinois (98% fluoridated), and Kentucky (99.9% fluoridated) are still experiencing an oral health crisis especially among their low income households and still have above U.S. national averages in tooth loss due to decay. Ask your water engineers how they can possibly justify this statement... “As a plant that serves the entire region, it is absolutely essential that we have a modern facility that produces the highest-quality drinking water for its customers, including the City of Regina. You cannot achieve the “highest-quality” drinking water when you add a fluoride contaminant and all of its co-contaminants to it. My own OB/GYN recommended I avoid fluoride decades ago. He was pro-active and protective. My children (now adults) have nearly perfect teeth. Regards, Donna Mayne Windsor, ON

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Veterans daughter organizes walk in Netherlands for 75th anniversary of Dutch liberation By: Anam Khan for Guelph Today

Guelph resident Karen Hunter is rallying up descendants of the Second World War Liberation of the Netherlands veterans so they can walk in the footsteps of Canadian troops in the Netherlands. The walk that begins in May 2020 will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Dutch liberation where Canadian troops freed the Netherlands from Nazi occupation. “We are the next generation—the baby boomers—and it’s now up to us to carry the remembrance torch,” she says. Hunter says In Our Fathers’ Footsteps will be an educational, cultural, spiritual experience inspired by the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage where participants will have a chance to honour those who engaged in the deadly battle. “I hope to attract 200 descendants from across Canada who, like me, want to honour these 175,000 Canadian veterans,” says Hunter. She says the decision to organize this entire event was triggered by a curiosity to learn more about her father. Karen Hunter’s father was a Dutch liberation veteran from the Second World War, and she says he never spoke about it. When he turned 80 years old in 1999, Her father Gilbert Hunter gave her a book of memoirs chronicling his journey in the war. In his memoir, Hunter says there were many events from the battle missing and when her father died in 2009, she was left with a yearning to bridge gaps of information presented in her father’s memoir. “It was sort of my first journey toward self-discovery

Karen Hunter sits in her home with a book of war memories that details the Liberation of the Netherlands. Anam Khan/GuelphToday and self-reflection,” says Hunter. And so she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and walked the Camino Santiago, she even walked in the Himalayas and stayed at a shrine and came to the conclusion that she must walk in the footsteps of her father’s journey in the Netherlands to be at peace. “I don’t know whether it was when he gave me the book on his birthday or when I climbed Kilimanjaro or when I walked the Camino, but the seed had been planted that I would use those memoirs as a map or a guide to walk his journey.” And so she began to research for other war diaries through Veteran Affairs Canada, found chronicles of her father in them and pieced it together with other pieces of the puzzle to create a unique experience. With the help of the Van Der Meij Family, a Dutch fam-

ily in the Netherlands, she organized the places, times and events to make this walk memorable not just for her, but for everyone participating. The experience will take the group on a 60 km walk of researched routes of the first, second and third Canadian divisions in platoons with professional guides. During the routes, they will carry candlelight vigils, participate in flower ceremonies at Canadian war cemeteries and monuments, attend official Dutch remembrance ceremonies and celebrate the veterans’ legacy of freedom and friendship with Dutch residents at liberation festivals. Hunter says along the way, they will eat from mess kits, plant maple saplings and dedicate a memory box of veteran memories. “The highlight will be our walk, as a large contingent, with Canadian flags and a military band, into Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn where we’ll be met by Princess Margriet,” says Hunter. The 13-day journey leaves Canada on April. 29 and returns to Canada on May 7. and May 11. Excited about this journey, Hunter says she always knew she would go on this walk, it was just a matter of when. She says her father participated in the 1985 and 1995 anniversary celebration in the Netherlands, and it only seemed appropriate to go back there to celebrate her father for the 75th milestone of the liberation coming up next year. “Now is the time. This is a whole new thing for me because I always travel alone,” says Hunter.

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May the Toys be with You: local Star Wars collector known Canada-wide A sense of awe usually washes over every nerd and geek who steps forth into Ryan Johnson’s man cave — Jedi Temple, perhaps? —to see a shrine dedicated to the greatest science fiction franchise ever created: Star Wars. Walking into Johnson’s home, the casual or hardcore fan is led into the living room and kitchen and through another door before entering the hallowed space that contains thousands of action figures, toys, playsets, vehicles, Legos, books, role-playing games, computer games, board games, card games, helmets, a gaming table, and home theatre system. Canada’s largest collector Johnson — not to be confused with Hollywood’s Rian Johnson, who directed the much-maligned Episode VIII: The Last Jedi — was four years old in 1978 when he received a stormtrooper figure as his first Star Wars toy. His collection hobby then took flight, to the point where he now owns 50,000 Star Wars items, with 30,500 of those pieces being unique non-duplicate one-offs. Only about 20 per cent of his collection is on display, while the rest is stored offsite. Some of his more precious pieces are kept in a safe. Johnson is Canada’s largest known collector of Star Wars toys. However, his collection pales in comparison to Steve Sansweet, former head of Lucasfilm’s Fan Relations Department. Sansweet — whose collection has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records — owns an estimated 300,000 pieces that are kept in a former chicken barn 840 square metres (9,000 square feet) in size and managed by three full-time staff. “When I bought this house, I decided I was going to put an addition on for the man cave Star Wars collection,” Johnson explained, joking that he wished he had built the structure two storeys tall. “I designed it so I would be able to display all the action figures that came out, which was the primary focus of it.”

This is a one-of-a-kind stormtrooper covered in 24-karat gold plate. Johnson’s ex-wife’s manufacturing company made it while attempting to attach gold to plastic.

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Ryan Johnson has collected more than 50,000 Star Wars items since 1978, with about 20 per cent on display in his man cave. About 10 per cent of his collection is valuable, while the rest is considered common. All photos by Jason G. Antonio Look up, waaay up Pointing up at the northeast corner of the room and then slowly rotating clockwise, Johnson runs through all the action figures he has collected since 1978. He lists off facts about each line of figures, such as how they have improved and some of the unique ones issued for anniversaries, and even characters from the comics, books and video games. He keeps the valuable packages up high since he doesn’t want them damaged if his kids play in the room. Johnson then talks about the playsets, Lego sets, vehicles and other non-figurine toys he has. He has not collected as many toys since 2015 when Disney bought Lucasfilm. If he does buy anything, “it has to be really cool or an original thing in better shape” than what he has. “If I win the $60 million, guaranteed I’d have a museum,” he laughed. Johnson possesses databases that catalogue everything he has and that tell him where he stores items or how many he has of each figure. The database is in print and digital formats, while he also has another that lists everything he still wants to collect. “I’ll only trade my dupes,” said Johnson, who noted 10 per cent of his collection is unique and valuable. “I won’t want to trade my original stuff because to me that’s just wrong.” A fan of the Empire Johnson’s favourite action figures are stormtroopers, followed by Boba Fett and then Grand Admiral Thrawn from the Expanded Universe books. He still has the stormtrooper figure his mother gave him as a four-year-old, which is stored in his safe. Laughing, he said while it’s not worth anything, in a fire he would grab that, along with a rocket-firing Boba Fett figure, a rare plastic-caped Jawa, his paper binder database, and other items with interesting collection backstories. “I think to me (collecting is) a lot of the nostalgia now,” he said. “If you go to Walmart and you see the new figures but on the old cards … that’s the feeling I remember as a kid. Some of that brings it back,” he said. “This is my insane hobby. I just love it too much.”

Protecting the collection Johnson wouldn’t say how much money he’s spent on this during the last 41 years. However, he pointed out he has no other hobbies and he isn’t spending as much anymore since he’s run out of space. He also received plenty of criticism when he first announced in 2015 that he had this collection. “The problem is getting insurance on it (since it) is extremely expensive. Nobody wants to touch it but Lloyd’s, and Lloyd’s wants their premiums (that) are stupidly high,” he laughed. He built the room to be fireproof and reinforced for security. The space is energy efficient, while it helps cuts down on dust and ensures his items will be preserved. “There are some people who live and breathe (Star Wars). But I still have a 9 to 5 job I have to do and I have a family, so I have to balance all these things,” he said. “I’m more of a collector than the biggest fan, but I’m definitely a huge fan.” Let’s watch the movies Johnson saw his first Star Wars movie in 1980, when he was taken to a theatre in Regina that was showing both The Empire Strikes Back and A New Hope. Johnson admitted that director George Lucas’ Star Wars is better than Disney’s sequels. He believes the original trilogy is the best, the prequels were “OK” and Disney’s movies are “not as good” since they are too commercialized.

“Lucas, I fully expect, if he could buy it back for $4.5 billion, I think he wouldn’t even hesitate to write a cheque. He’s probably pretty pissed over what’s happened,” said Johnson. “He was willing to come in to bail out (Episode) IX, but I heard all those scenes were cut.” Johnson rates the movies from best to worst as: The Empire Strikes Back, A New Hope, Return of the Jedi, Revenge of the Sith, The Force Awakens, Attack of the Clones, The Phantom Menace, The Holiday Special, the Ewok movies, and The Last Jedi. He enjoyed Rogue One and Solo since he thought they were fun movies. He didn’t like The Last Jedi since, among other things, it portrayed Luke as a sulking coward who ran away from his mistakes. Johnson believes director J.J. Abrams can salvage Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker and hopes to be “pleasantly surprised” when it comes out Dec. 19. He and his friends will dress up and see the new movie on opening night. The other Disney material Johnson finds awesome is the TV series The Mandalorian. This series, he said, is what Star Wars used to be: fun, exciting, entertaining, a service to fans, and similar to old cowboy spaghetti westerns. If more Star Wars movies are ever made, Johnson would like to see either The Old Republic era, set 25,000 years before A New Hope, or jump 200 years beyond The Rise of Skywalker to focus on Expanded Universe book characters. Anything in those eras, he added, as long as Lucasfilm stays away from the core timeline of the nine-part Skywalker saga.

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Winter GAX preparing to see even more gamers for biannual weekend marathon Larissa Kurz

Winter GAX registration is open for what the Moose Jaw Gamers Association is anticipating will be their biggest weekend of gaming yet. MJGA spokesman Kristian Sjoberg is encouraging gamers near and far to start prepping for the largest marathon gaming convention in Saskatchewan, which will be returning to the Cultural Centre on Feb. 7-9 for the Winter Gamer’s Expo. “It’s just an entirely fun weekend, instead of your boring old steak night [fundraiser],” said Sjoberg. “This is a totally different way of just having fun.” For those that have been to a previous GAX, the weekend will have all the favourites gaming opportunities returning again — including video gaming, board games, card games, and role-playing tabletop games. For the newcomers to the event, Sjoberg promises there will be something of interest for everyone. “We’re really excited for this one. There’s a lot of new stuff, we’ve got triple the number of sponsors we’ve ever had, so that’s really good,” said Sjoberg. The MJGA has paired up with a number of sponsors to make the Winter GAX as impressive as possible, including The Matrix Gaming Centre who will provide a dozen Xbox consoles and Sask Polytech who are sponsoring two virtual reality rigs. Attendees are welcome to grab a seat in the LAN area sponsored by Moosenet Computers, where people bring along their gaming rigs and utilize the free internet for their game of choice. There’s also plenty of chances to get in on any one of the many tournaments the MJGA is hosting through the weekend, including Super Mario Kart and Smash Bros, as well as tabletop sessions of Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer 40K, and Battle Tech sponsored by Dragon’s Den from Saskatoon. “It’s a great weekend of fun and games, board games, card games, video games,” said Sjoberg. “There’s something for everyone.” The MJGA is also in the midst of picking out this year’s raffle item up for grabs. The Summer GAX sent a replica of Thanos’s gauntlet, with working lights and everything, home with a lucky winner, and this year they’re thinking just as big. “It’s probably going to be something Star Wars, with the

The Smash Brothers console tournament brought in players from all over Saskatchewan during the 2019 Summer GAX. (photo by Randy Palmer) new Star Wars coming out and with the Mandalorian being on Disney,” said Sjoberg. The proceeds collected from both the Summer GAX and Winter GAX this year are heading directly to the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank for their Mighty Munchies program, which supplies school-age kids with snacks for their lunch bags. D








“The Mighty Munchie program kind of bridges the gap between breakfast and lunch for kids who are on hampers, gives them the Goldfish and things like that,” said Sjoberg. Sjoberg encourages people to pre-register for the event, which can be done online. The Summer GAX saw a record-breaking number of attendees, and the MJGA are expecting to only see those numbers rise. “This summer we actually doubled our numbers from the previous summer, so we have a feeling this winter might even be double what the summer was,” said Sjoberg. “We’re actually using absolutely every room except the theatre, so we’ve kind of taken over the whole Cultural Center.” The MJGA are also hosting a number of fun, free Dungeons and Dragons sessions at the Public Library in the weeks leading up to the Winter GAX, for new players and experienced dungeoneers alike, as well as their weekly board game meetups on Sundays. “Everything they need to know is on our website, and they can follow us on Facebook as well,” said Sjoberg. Registration for the Winter GAX is $20 for general admission or $30 to reserve a LAN spot, and can be done either online or at the door.










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Albertans’ distaste for the federal government in Ottawa goes back more than a century. In 1891 when Edmonton was a growing village of 700 people it competed for dominance with the community of Strathcona on the south side by Ron Walter of the North Saskatchewan River. The new Calgary to Edmonton Railway ended at Strathcona, requiring Edmontonians to cross the river to get home. In a bid for dominance Strathcona prevailed upon the distant federal government to move the critically important land office across the river from Edmonton. On June 20, 1892 The Edmonton Bulletin ran a headline that rejected the move: ROBBERS ATTEMPT TO STEAL LAND OFFICE BUT THEY WON’T GET AWAY WITH IT According to the Bulletin 500 men came out and demonstrated. When “moving day” arrived Edmonton residents surrounded the movers, even unhitched horses from the wagons that were to cart the land titles records across the river. Following two days of blockades a telegram from faraway Ottawa declared the land office would stay in Edmonton.

It would be incorrect to assume this incident was the start of western alienation. Albertans had already had their fill of distant government. The first settlers came to southern Alberta and were for the most part adventure seeking souls from the East and from England. They had little use for government other than locally elected councils. These southerners were joined by an influx of Mormon settlers, also bearing a dislike of distant government controls. Because they were free traders, Liberal Party candidates won most elections in Alberta until 1922 when the United Farmers of Alberta (UFA) won the legislature. A farmer-based protest movement, the UFA lost power 13 years later to Social Credit, a party based on private enterprise and religion. Social Credit opposed restraints from federal governments. The party promised to pay every resident an annual dividend, a rather attractive promise in the depths of the Great Depression. Social Credit locked horns with Ottawa. A Social Credit law placing all banks under the province’s control was declared void by the Supreme Court of Canada. And a law that would have allowed censorship of the media was also killed by the federal court. Once oil was discovered in 1947, Alberta always had enough money for expensive social programs and didn’t need Ottawa as much. Western alienation rose to prominence with Prime Min-

ister Pierre Trudeau’s National Energy Policy limiting domestic price increases and with federal government acquisition of an oil company Petro-Canada, since sold to the private sector. When oil prices collapsed in 2014, Albertans, accustomed to their province being the Canadian engine of growth, became frustrated. Inability to build pipelines to move oil offshore and release Alberta oil from the American price discount raised the alienation level once more. In court, Alberta challenged the federal government’s right to levy a carbon tax that will limit the use of oil. History indicates Albertans have always felt alienated from the distant federal government, but the current alienation must be taken seriously. When Pierre Trudeau managed the feat of returning the Canadian constitution to Canada from the United Kingdom he made one major concession to the premiers. It was the notwithstanding clause that allows a province to withdraw from a law it cannot accept. The notwithstanding clause offers provinces a weapon to disrupt, perhaps destroy, the Canada we know and love, by removing some provinces from federal laws. 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.

SaskTel TelCare donations reach four local organizations in Moose Jaw Larissa Kurz

The SaskTel TelCare fund has once again made its annual donations to a handful of charity organizations here in Moose Jaw, thanks to the dedication of SaskTel employees. This year, TelCare distributed almost $3,000 between Riverside Mission, Hunger in Moose Jaw, Moose Jaw & District Food Bank, and Moose Jaw Families for Change. The funds raised for TelCare are provided by over 900 SaskTel employees, who contribute regularly through optional payroll deductions. For every dollar donated by an employee, SaskTel contribKristian Sjoberg presenting a utes an additional 50¢. With no overhead, 100 per cent of funds donat- TelCare donation to Deann Lited go directly back to the community, and since tle from Moose Jaw Food Bank. employees are the primary donors, they are also (supplied) the ones who decide what organizations in their community to support each year. “TelCare is another way that our employees give back,” said Kristian Sjoberg, president of the local branch of the SaskTel Pioneers. TelCare has raised and donated over $1.4 million throughout the province in the last five years and is just one of three charity wings operating within the company — alongside the SaskTel Pioneers and SaskTel Kristian Sjoberg presenting a EnviroCare. TelCare donation to representa“When you’re doing good for the community, tives from Moose Jaw Families for it shows how Change. (supplied) much you, the corporation, cares and how much the people at that corporation care,” said Sjoberg. “I look at that as the major difference between SaskTel and any other Kristian Sjoberg presentcorporations ing a TelCare donation to Kristian Sjoberg presenting a TelCare around the Dan Mullins from River- donation to Donna Gabel from Hunger country.” side Mission. (supplied) in Moose Jaw. (supplied)

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REFLECTIVE MOMENTS Old year zooms away with blazing speed

It is astonishing to think about the blazing speed with which 2019 is coming to an end. It seems like yesterday that we were thinking of all the positive possibilities for this new year and wham, it is nearly over. I recall laughing at older and Joyce Walter mature friends and relatives who claimed that time goes For Moose Jaw Express faster as one ages. “What an old wives’ tale,” I remember thinking, not then realizing the truth of that statement. Now I share the same sentiment with my own mature acquaintances and get the glazed look from younger people who are obviously seeing a nursing care facility in my future. So regardless of how quickly time has passed, (or how slowly for some people) the end is nigh and some kind of reflection on the past 12 months seems timely, considering how quickly the baby new year will grow and mature. On the political front, the federal election produced a minority government, and Andrew Scheer resigned as leader of his party as the knives came out and pundits began smelling blood in the water. With the election came more talk of Western alienation and even separa-

tion, goaded by premiers with their “them against us” approach to negotiations and talks between “them and us.” Locally the city’s leaders and administration faced a year on the hot seat as taxpayers became more engaged with trying to figure out how the community’s future is being managed by elected and hired officials. As we head into 2020 a city budget that passed without much public scrutiny was not a Happy New Year greeting. It leaves one wondering how some families and individuals will manage to pay all the extra costs associated with this budget. But there is self-congratulations going around that for the first time a year’s budget was passed before the new year began. Small comfort to taxpayers already taxed beyond their ability to pay. The agreement for a planned construction project along Thatcher Drive was lauded as an accomplishment after delays which saw considerable changes to the final contract — and more costs being taken on by the city — by that we mean city taxpayers. There is come confusion as to why the project faced so many years of delays but one fact is definite: the burrowing owls near the proposed site had absolutely nothing to do with the deal’s delay. Shame on the elected official who made that claim, and shame on city administration for not being able to answer legitimate questions about the costs related to the project.

On a personal level, the year had some ups and downs for our family, but the major “up” event was the celebration of our 50th anniversary with family and friends. We were blessed to have so many people gathered to join us as we looked back on 50 years and ahead to a few more. Getting Housemate on the dance floor for two mini dances was a major accomplishment for our friend Kelly Bourdages of Trick Ryder. Our hearts were definitely full — and racing. We will continue looking back on that gathering with thankfulness for having such wonderful friends and family. Our travels for the year were shorter than usual but still interesting as we explored and got lost on roads going here and there in pursuit of new adventures, interesting museums, the best grilled cheese sandwiches, classic car displays, musical concerts and of course, the wildlife for Housemate to photograph. In retrospect, 2019 was a fairly decent year. What will 2020 hold for all of us? Ask me on Dec. 31, 2020 and I will be able to answer that with the perfect vision and hindsight that 20-20 offers. Happy New year to one and all. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

SaskPower warns customers of smart meter scam Larissa Kurz

SaskPower is warning its customers to be aware of a phone scam claiming that smart meters are available to them for a cost. Scammers are reportedly calling customers to offer installation of a new smart meter for $900 and providing a callback number that directs to a menu that sounds like SaskPower. These calls are not legitimate, as SaskPower’s smart meter program is being provided to selected customers free of charge. SaskPower’s smart meter program is underway, with 20,000 smart meters to be installed at businesses in Saskatchewan. Those receiving smart meters were notified by letter, through a message on their bill, and by a phone call from SaskPower with the option to opt out. SaskPower warns customers not to call the number or to give any payment information if contacted by the scam phone calls. If you receive a call, let SaskPower know by calling 1 (888) 757-6937.

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Catholic division to give 15 extra food hampers to families this Christmas Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Holy Trinity Catholic School Division has ensured 15 extra families will have a fulfilling and nourishing Christmas this year after purchasing hampers with support from two community organizations. School division administrators gathered at the board office with representatives from Moose Jaw Co-op and Hub Meats on Dec. 18 to celebrate the donations received for this new initiative. Hub Meats contributed 15 hams, while Co-op provided a $500 grocery gift card, which the division used to purchase the food necessary to create a meal, such as oranges, potatoes, bread, cereal and rice. The hampers will then be distributed to families identified through the schools. “It’s nice to give something back (to) people in need,” said Bryce Downey, manager of Hub Meats. Division administrators launched this initiative since they saw a large need in their school communities — especially at this time of year — and decided to do something about it, explained Gerry Turcotte, a teacher with the division who spearheaded the project. What was great is the Co-op and Hub Meats stepped up to provide the additional food for the hampers. Some schools were already putting together hampers, while both Catholic parishes were also contributing, but the division asked if there were additional needs that could be met. It was identified that 15 extra hampers

Sean Chase, director of education for Holy Trinity Catholic School Division, Bryce Downey, manager of Hub Meats, and Michaela Turner, manager of marketing and communications for Moose Jaw Co-op, gather at the school board office to display all the food both businesses contributed to the division’s Christmas hamper program. Photo by Jason G. Antonio would support all the Catholic schools in Moose Jaw. “We had a gap and we wanted to address it,” Turcotte added. One school that will receive a couple of extra hampers is Phoenix Academy, which saw that some of its students

and their families that could use extra support during the holidays, said education director Sean Chase. The school’s principal was thrilled with the acts of generosity displayed by the Co-op and Hub Meats. “I think (the donations are) incredible. I think it’s just an absolutely incredible example of the community here listening to us and (the) schools put forward a pitch where we’re trying to do something beyond academics to help our families,” Chase said. School staff have a direct look into the struggles of some households based on the students in their classrooms, he continued. Teachers and principals used their intuition, insight and developed relationships to determine which students were most in need and could use additional support with a Christmas hamper. “It’s a great news story for us,” he added. Two particular groups the division supports — and that a school identified — are single moms and new immigrants, although there is a wide cross-section of people the division helps overall, said Turcotte. All the support going toward building Christmas hampers shows this is a complete community effort, added Chase. Since some students use the schools’ breakfast and lunch programs regularly, and because a two-week Christmas break can be difficult for many families, these hampers will go a long way.

Major irrigation projects not in Saskatchewan Growth Plan By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express


EXPRESS Irrigation is important to the 10-year Saskatchewan Growth Plan according to Dianna Emperingham of the Ministry of Agriculture. The growth plan targets 45 million metric tonnes of crop production by 2030 compared to 37.4 million metric tonnes in 2019 and the record 39.1 million in 2013. She described the goal as ambitious to the annual Saskatchewan Irrigation Projects Association conference in Moose Jaw. The irrigation part of the plan expects development of 85,000 acres of additional lands by 2030 – a rate averaging two per cent a year increase on the current 400,000 acres.

Director of irrigation services Jason Drury said about 35,000 acres of new irrigation will come from infill in the existing irrigation districts with 50,000 from individual projects drawing water from lakes and rivers scattered around the province None of the major-project proposed proj-

ects are included in the plan, said Drury. “We would be supportive if some organization and private investors came forward.” Two significant projects have been proposed – 300,000 to 400,000 acres on the west side of Lake Diefenbaker and the Qu’Appelle South project — between 100,000 and 150,000 acres from Tugaske to Marquis. Asked what strategy the government is pursuing to develop more irrigation he replied that private investors are needed. The government has limited money and the updated irrigation act encourages private investment in irrigation by allowing irrigation districts the opportunity to make financial agreements with non-agricultural parties. Reducing red tape and ensuring infrastruc-

ture is built are two things investors need to locate, said consultant Judy Dyck, who has worked with potential investors. Three southeastern Saskatchewan reservoirs are being investigated by the Water Security Agency for irrigation potential Two of them — Boundary Dam at Estevan and Rafferty Dam north of Estevan – are used to supply water to coal-fired power plants with all water allocated. If coal plants are shut down, they may provide irrigation water but studies are needed to figure out if they store enough water to get through drought cycles. The Grant Devine Dam at Alameda needs the same study. The need to send 50 per cent of water to the United States may hamper irrigation potential. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@

New streaming service available through the Public Library Larissa Kurz

The Moose Jaw Public Library is now offering a free media streaming service alongside all of the other databases and collections at their disposal, and all patrons need is their library card. Kanopy is the newest online resource offered with a library membership, and access to the site officially launched on Dec. 9. The streaming site offers access to movies both current and classic, international films, documentaries, educational video lessons, short films, and TV shows and educational content for kids by signing up with a library card number. “There’s lots of content on there, it’s great

for watching stuff that maybe you haven’t seen before, like maybe you’ve never watched a film from Korea, or never seen a documentary about crazy men climbing a mountain,” said Shevaun Ruby, assistant librarian at the MJPL. After logging in, members can save movies to their watchlist, check on their watch history, browse the numerous genres of content available, and start watching right away. Each member has 10 credits per month, with one credit giving access to one item in Kanopy’s library. Once a movie or an episode of a television show is selected, one credit is used and the member

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Love and Hope at Christmas

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Warren Michelson Moose Jaw North

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I very much enjoy getting out and about in our community this time of year. The smiles, the greeting and the upbeat attitude of citizens is inspiring. It’s heartwarming to see the generosity and consideration of residents and community organizations that is so evident during the Christmas season. The Salvation Army does an incredible amount of work to make it easy for the rest of us to help others. They start with the Moose Jaw Cycle Association Toy Run in September, set up the Christmas Kettle campaign and Stocking Fund, and partner with Golden West Radio and Canadian Tire for Toy Days. We see generosity in our churches, service clubs, businesses and workplaces. I’ve seen trees decorated with mittens or socks, to be donated to keep people warm during what has already been a cold winter. Employee groups and church congregations come together to adopt families through the Salvation Army. The Food

Bank staff, volunteers and donors make extra efforts for those they serve around this time. Riverside Mission shared a special Christmas meal on December 23rd. Especially notable are those who spend their Christmas Day with those who otherwise might be alone. As they have for over 40 years, St. Andrew’s United Church will host a Christmas Day feast to anyone who shows up. Bobby’s Place staff will also spend a good part of their Christmas Day to serve a free turkey dinner. More so than ever, seniors are being remembered in a special way at Christmas. Providence Place gives us the opportunity to connect personally with a senior through their “Gift of Presence” program. On December 24th, individuals and families can go to Providence Place and be matched with a resident to visit. Sahara Spa and some dedicated volunteers organized “Christmas Spirit for Seniors” to provide gifts for seniors in our community. In their Christmas greetings to the people of our province, Premier Moe, Lieutenant Governor Mirasty, and Leader of the Opposition, Ryan Meili, all noted the generosity of the great people of Saskatchewan. It’s particularly noticeable at Christmas but that generosity is at the heart of our province all year long. The message of the Christmas Story is love and hope.

In his Christmas message, Premier Moe spoke of that hope. “More than 2000 years ago, the Christ-child was born, and our world changed forever. That child grew up to be a man, who showed us what loving others is all about. He showed us that every person matters. He inspired with his example – a life lived with humility, with courage and with compassion. He sacrificed everything for us. The Christmas story reminds us to look around, and to lend a helping hand where we can, to give a little extra to those in need, to comfort those who are lonely or discouraged. And to do this, not just on one day, but on each and every day, all year long.” I see the people of Moose Jaw doing that, and I am very grateful. My wife Debbie and I wish you and your families a Christmas blessed with hope and love that will fill your life now and forever. Merry Christmas. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

Save the date! New Year’s Eve Dinner Tuesday December 31 • 5:00 pm Come celebrate the New Year at West Park Crossing. Enjoy fine dining in candlelight while accompanied by a live Harpist. Menu selections include a fresh baked cheese biscuit and chicken stuffed with crab and shrimp in a lobster sauce. Live entertainment ‘Magic by Chris’ following dinner. Party favours included! Tickets $20 and can be picked up at West Park Crossing by Friday, December 27th. Seats are limited.

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From The Kitchen

To m Tu r k ey o f fe rs o pp o r t u n i t ie s fo r l ef to ve rs By Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express

After Santa Claus returns to his North Pole home and the Christmas meal has been enjoyed by one and all, the leftover turkey will demand that it not be wasted. And after family and guests have consumed all the turkey buns they can handle, it will be necessary to look for other ways to use what remains of a glorious bird. This week’s recipes offer some ideas. ••• After-Christmas Turkey Soup 1 turkey carcass 4 qts. water 4 chicken bouillon cubes 3 stalks celery, chopped in small pieces 3 carrots, cut into small pieces 1/2 cup chopped parsley 1 onion, diced salt and pepper and selected seasonings, to taste 3 tbsps. cornstarch 1 pkg. frozen peas, defrosted

6 egg yolks 1 cup heavy cream Remove any meat from the carcass. Discard skin and fat. Cut meat into bite-sized pieces, Set aside. Place carcass with bones in large pot and cover with water. Add bouillon cubes, seasonings, celery, carrots, parsley and onion. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Cover and simmer one hour. Remove bones from the broth and when cool, pick off any bits of meat. Strain broth. There should be about 10 cups. Mix cornstarch with 3 tbsps. broth and add to soup. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Add peas. Beat egg yolks with cream. Gradually add 1 cup broth to the egg mixture, stirring constantly. Slowly add to the simmering broth and keep stirring. Add reserve turkey and cook over low heat until soup is slightly thickened. Add seasonings to taste. Makes about 10 servings. Note: Car-

rots and celery may be pressed through a wire strainer to make soup easier to thicken. ••• Broiled Turkey Salad 2 cups diced, cooked turkey 1 1/2 cups diced celery 1/4 cup French dressing salt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/3 cup sour cream 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted 1 cup grated cheddar cheese Marinate turkey and celery in French dressing for one hour. Season with salt and pepper. Mix mayonnaise and sour cream and add to turkey mixture. Mix lightly. Sprinkle with almonds. Chill in refrigerator. Sprinkle with cheese before serving. Note: Alternately, 15 minutes before serving, put salad in four broiler-proof ramekins or a 9 inch pie plate. Broil until cheese melts. Turkey mixture will stay cold. Serve as soon as re-

moved from broiler. ••• Turkey Pot Pie 1 can cream of chicken soup, or cream of mushroom soup 1-9 oz. pkg. frozen mixed vegetables, thawed 1 cup cubed cooked turkey 1 cup milk 1 egg 1 cup biscuit mix Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix soup, vegetables, turkey and 1/2 cup milk. Pour mixture into a 9 inch deep dish pie plate or casserole dish. Stir remaining milk, the egg and baking mix in a small bowl. Spread the batter over the turkey mixture. Bake for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown, Joyce Walter can be reached at

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Wakamow Valley says farewell to 2019 with horse and wagon rides Moose Jaw Express staff

The Wakamow Valley Authority will be hosting their annual horse and wagon rides on Dec. 28 to say “goodbye” at 2019. The event is free of charge and runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kiwanis Park Pavilion near the skating oval. “It is a nice Saturday afternoon, not dark yet, so it shouldn’t be too cold hopefully,” said Wakamow Valley Authority administrator and event coordinator Trish German. Hot chocolate will be served out of the skate room. German says that turnout for the event is very dependent on the weather. “If it is cold we do have diehards that’ll bundle up and come out. When it’s mild we’ve seen 500-600 people come through,” The horse and wagon will be supplied by the Prairie Percherons owned by Blair and Tracey Bickford from Marquis. More information about the winter wagon rides can be found on the Wakamow Valley Authority’s website The Prairie Percherons horses pull a wagon during last ( or Facebook page ( year’s wagon ride through Wakamow Valley. This year’s event will take place on Dec. 28. File photo

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Spirit of the Season: Vanier hosts Christmas Dinner High school students design and organize special holiday event at local high school Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Students, parents, friends and family of Vanier Collegiate had an opportunity to enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner on Saturday, Dec, 7 thanks to a special initiative put together by the students themselves. The event was part of the annual Christian Action Project at the local high school, and featured a month-long project to fundraise, organize and prepare a holiday feast for more than 300 patrons. “So we combined three of our classes to tackle this job because putting it all together and getting sponsors from Moose Jaw and raising awareness for a community event would be a really neat thing to do,” explained Brooke Buchko, one of the student organizers. “We say a couple times in our speech that it’s really all about the Christmas spirit and getting people into the mood and I think this is a really good way to kick off the season,” added fellow Grade 12 Paige Beausoliel. “You get a chance to meet new people and have great conversations, it’s just a great event to put on.”

Vanier Collegiate held a special Christmas Dinner organized and designed by students on Dec. 7. Students went into the community to fundraise and find donations for the event and found all sorts of support. “We were able to get a lot of sponsors for the event, which is really awesome,” Beausoliel said. “We had a lot of fun organizing it and we’re really grateful to everyone who donated to it.” While teachers were on hand to supervise, the students

themselves pretty much ran the show: many showed up early on the morning of the dinner to begin preparation and set-up, including cooking multiple turkeys, preparing stuffing and all the usual Christmas dinner fare. “We’ve been here since about 9:30 a.m. preparing all the food and stuff and we have lots of it donated,” Beausoliel said. “Then students from our classes brought in lots of items as well, so that kept the costs down, then everyone pitched in the kitchen and helped out doing everything.” Doing almost all the work themselves made the event that much more appealing. “It’s really cool since a lot of us haven’t had the opportunity to put on an event like this,” Buchko said. “This is the first one Vanier has ever done, so it’s the kick-off to something we hope will be a yearly things so other generations can enjoy it as much as we did. It was a really good opportunity to take leadership and deal with all the different parts of the event, so everyone is happy to be a part of it.”

Christmas at the Ex once again brings the spirit of the season Show includes song and special performances before concluding with Nativity light show Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

One of the most popular Christmas events of the season took place on Dec. 7 as the Moose Jaw Exhibition Company held their Christmas at the Ex performances and light show.

Riata Elford and Sierra Good with the Moose Jaw Over the Top Vaulters pause for a photo as the Christmas at the Ex Nativity light show plays in the background.

The theme for 2019 featured a Nativity light show scene, along with a host of fun performances during the hour-long event. “It’s just something for Christmas and something for families to enjoy,” explained event organizer Glenn Tomyn. “Many places have drive-throughs for Christmas, but the weather is so unpredictable that with that far wall back there, we thought ‘that’s the perfect place, let’s do it there’ and it worked out great. There’s a really big one in Edmonton were you actually walk through it and it’s huge. But this is small enough to make a nice show for everyone to enjoy and not take up a lot of time.” The event began with a selection of carols from the Moose Jaw Community Choir before the Moose Jaw Dog Club ran through a series of agility trials and even staged a race between youngsters from the crowd and the pups themselves. The Moose Jaw Over the Top Vaulters showed off their artistic horse-riding skills and the Moose Jaw Pony Club – including provin-

cial equestrian champion Mya Viczko and her horse Elliott – wowed the audience with a jumping demonstration. The highlight of the day wrapped up the event as a Nativity light show played to musical accompaniment. All in all, the two afternoon shows drew around 500 people total, offering a rewarding experience for the fans and workers who put plenty of time in to make things go off without a hitch. “It took a couple of weeks with a bunch of people jumping in on it,” Tomyn said of building the show. “We buy the music and buy the program and put it all together, then there’s a lot of experimentation with extension cords. We have different music every year and it’s just an hour long, so it’s just the right amount of time for the kids sitting up in the bleachers.” Including the performances outside of the light show itself is just a natural extension of regular exhibition company activities. “The dogs are here all the time and the ponies are here regularly, so we thought

Jordan Reece performs her routine during the Over the Top Vaulters performance. we’d show them all off,” Tomyn said. “And they’re happy to do it and present what they do to the public, and everyone really enjoys watching them.”

Churko family band reuniting on stage in memory of those lost to cancer Larissa Kurz

It’s been three decades since Churko! has taken the stage in full force, but the talented family of musicians will be reassembling for one night to support the Moose Jaw Health Foundation and honour the memory of the brother and son they lost to cancer. Cold Night for Cancer is a show that features all of the Churko musicians, from the opening act by classical pianist Casey Churko to a nostalgic set from the family band, to the main show by Canadian rock band Toque — a passion project that features Cory Churko as a guitarist. Three generations will be coming together for the reunion, with parents Bonnie Watson and Roman Churko being joined by their kids Kim, Casey, Cory, and Kevin, and grandchildren Alethia and Kane. The entire night is a family collaboration with a great soundtrack, all done in the memory of Kelly Churko, who lost his battle with cancer about five years ago. Where Churko! all began, and where the group is now Kim Churko remembers the first time she and her brothers hopped on stage to perform with their parents as a family band, with her brother Kevin on drums, her brother Cory on guitar, and Kelly and Casey tagging along. It was her aunt’s wedding, by request, and it sparked a whole era of performing for the family. “Cory used to sing two songs with us when he was seven, and then he’d go behind the amplifiers and sleep until we finished,” said Bonnie. “Everybody thought he was so cute, so they’d come up and give him tips,” laughed Kim. The family band grew in popularity, finally embarking on a full-blown tour across Canada in the 1980s after spending every weekend playing shows together. The kids took their schooling by correspondence, doing their homework in spare moments between gigs and travelling across the country. Churko! played together for ten years, and upon the kids graduating high school, the band went their separate ways. But music continued to be a trade of choice. Cory has toured with Shania Twain and Slash, and is now

Roman Churko (L), Bonnie Watson (centre), and Kim Churko (R) posed with a framed family photo and a headshot of Kelly, just before they picked up their rehearsal for the upcoming reunion show. an L.A.-based musician, music director, and mix engineer, while Casey continues to perform as a classical pianist. Kevin is the mastermind behind a production studio in Las Vegas, where he and his son Kane have worked with names as big as Ozzy Osborne, Five Finger Death Punch, and Skillet. Kim’s daughter Alethia is also joining the roster, performing not only with the family band for the charity show but also with Alethia and the Ally Kats, alongside Bonnie — who will be performing a show at Hopkins Dining Parlour on Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. as a sort of pre-show peek. Kelly became an internationally renowned guitarist, taking permanent residence in Japan before his 2010 diagnosis of cancer. “He totally immersed himself in the culture,” said Kim. “He was accepted and respected by the Japanese people there, and in his field, so, we really want to make it a special night for his memory.” More than just a charity appearance Music has always been a part of the family, agreed Bonnie and Roman, and the opportunity to perform all together

was one they couldn’t quite pass up — especially with everyone’s schedules lining up. “We don’t often have this opportunity because we’re so far away from each other and we’re so busy with different careers,” said Roman. “Since Cory was already going to be here with Toque, this was a good time,” said Bonnie. “They talked us into opening for them.” But the decision to finally reunite was something more than just coincidence, especially when the cause is so close to heart. “It was more about the cause; it was for Kelly,” said Kim. “And music is so powerful, it really just touches people.” The Churkos were amazed to see the show sell out within the day. With only a day or two with the whole crew together to practice, Bonnie hopes the set lives up to Moose Jaw’s expectations — although lips were sealed about the details of the setlist. “There’s lots of pressure now, since it’s sold out so fast. I guess they’re expecting a good show,” laughed Bonnie. “We tried to pick out all the [songs] that we kind of remembered and that we remembered people liked.” Supporting the Moose Jaw Health Foundation is a worthwhile cause for the family, as is doing what they can to help out families in Moose Jaw dealing with cancer. “The people in Moose Jaw have been so supportive, it’s such a good community here. If anybody’s hurting, they all seem to feel it,” said Kim. “There isn’t a family that hasn’t been touched by cancer, it seems, and it’s just got to stop.” “We appreciate all the sponsors and people that are putting this show together, to take so much pressure off us,” said Bonnie. “We feel honoured we were invited [to perform].” The Churkos will be taking the stage on Jan. 4 for their show with their son and brother Kelly in mind, as they join Moose Jaw Health Foundation’s campaign for better cancer detection equipment.

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Holiday Train brings plenty of gifts for the Moose Jaw Food Bank Larissa Kurz

The CP Holiday Train rolled into Moose Jaw with as many brightly coloured lights as could be expected from a train that’s been travelling the country delivering the spirit of holiday giving. The impressive crowd that gathered in the cold December air greeted the festive train with a rousing swell of applause, as the train brought with it not only a fun tradition but also a huge donation for the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank. Upon arrival, Canadian Pacific happily presented the Food Bank with a cheque for $10,000, alongside the hefty donation of food items collected from around the community. Terri Smith, operations manager at the Food Bank, thanked both CP Rail and the Moose Jaw Co-op for their support after receiving the cheque, before adding another thank you to the crowd. “I would especially like to thank all of

you because without all of you our doors would not be open. It’s been a really hard couple of years but I’m really proud to be a part of a community that will help each other when we’re down, thank you so much,” said Smith. This year, over 1,300 bags of food equaling over 9,000 pounds were collected during the week prior to the train’s arrival, supported through a partnership with the Moose Jaw Co-op. That total is nearly double what was collected last year through the campaign. “We are just absolutely thrilled with what came in, we are going to be able to keep our hampers nice and filled for a long time to come. I’m just so grateful for the people of Moose Jaw, they continue to give to our Food Bank year after year and they never let us down,” said Deann Little, development manager at the Food Bank, who was braving the cold to continue col-

The crowd was suitably excited to see those bright colourful lights pulling into the train yard, as the CP Holiday Train arrived in Moose Jaw.

Kelly Prescott opened the show, enticing the crowd into a sing-a-long to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” lecting donations from the crowd. This is the 21st year that the CP Holiday Train has toured the country for the charity program, which has collected over 4.5 million pounds of food that has stayed in all of the communities on the train’s route. “I just want to say thank you to the busi-

Tanika Charles joined the stage, rocking a tambourine and a huge smile.

nesses and citizens of Moose Jaw,” said CP representative Gabrielle Belanger. “Keep it up. It’s fantastic and next year we can only go higher!”

CP representative Gabrielle Belanger (L) and Food Bank manager Terri Smith (R) were proud to show off the generous cheque that came with the train.

Knights of Columbus Winners for Christmas Lighting Contest The winners of Council 9760’s Knights of Columbus Keep Christ in Christmas Lighting contest held on 14 Dec 2019 are: 1st – 18 Blue Sage Dr 2nd – 1213 Algoma Ave 3rd – 1156 13th Ave NW 18 Blue Sage Dr

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SaskTel Pioneers donate over 6,000 pounds of books to local school divisions Larissa Kurz

Sorting through two stacked pallets of books took nearly all morning, but the gathered teachers and SaskTel employees were an efficient team for the job — sorting, stamping, and packing books away during the SaskTel Pioneers’ annual book drive. The books were certainly in good hands, as volunteer teachers worked together to fill boxes with books in preparation for delivery to a number of schools around the city. The book drive is an initiative that the SaskTel Pioneers have organized for the last four years, with each branch around the province purchasing an incredible number of children’s books from First Books Canada to donate to their local schools. In Moose Jaw, both the Prairie South School Division and the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division received a donation of books to distribute within schools. “It’s part of our literacy objectives to try and help promote literacy, so we do this across the province,” said Kristian Sjoberg, president of the SaskTel Pioneers here in Moose Jaw. Sjoberg estimated that the Pioneers had around 6,000 pounds of books delivered to Moose Jaw this year, most of which

Teachers spent the morning stamping books with the SaskTel Pioneers logo, before the books head to schools across the city as a donation from the charity club. are titles that have been on shelves for a while and have returned to storage. The books are purchased from the distributor’s warehouse at an incredibly low price — pennies on the dollar, Sjoberg shared — and given away by the Pioneers for free. “[This way], the school divisions can do whatever they want with them. They give them out to kids, give them to the teach-

ers to use in their classrooms, whatever they want,” said Sjoberg. The books will be utilized in a number of different ways, either kept in the classrooms or sent home with kids as donations or prizes. Some titles will be made into take-home reading kits with fun activities to encourage reading. The superintendents of learning from both school divisions were very pleased

to see the support from the Pioneer’s donation. “The love of literacy is something that’s so important for kids,” said Ward Strueby, from Holy Trinity. “And so for some families and for some kids, this helps build those libraries in their homes . . . and we really appreciate all the support that we get for our schools.” “Anytime we can get new books for kids, it’s a great day,” said Lori Meyer, from Prairie South. “We’re really pleased to be able to offer those to our schools, thanks to the generosity of the club here.” The SaskTel Pioneers is just one wing of charity under the SaskTel umbrella, including the TelCare fund and the EnviroCare program. The Moose Jaw branch actually has a number of initiatives they implement in the community — like providing teddy bears to emergency responders as comfort for kids in the midst of tragedy, and donating backpacks full of school supplies to kids at the beginning of the school year. “The international Pioneers . . . look at us as a shining example of how the Pioneers should be run and how, when a corporation stands behind its charity wing, how it benefits everyone,” said Sjoberg. “And it’s just fantastic.”


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Levy Just when thought I’d have my $90 back, after paying for years, YOU decided to keep and add to it. (By You...I mean city council). Fine for council, they all have other jobs, some wives work also. You never think of us, Seniors who live on a small pension. Time you wiped your eyes and see how others live. Marlene Steele

Reference: Moose Jaw City Council Budget Activities As a Taxpayer, I followed the City Budget deliberations with considerable interest and was very disillusioned and disgusted by the new sly tactics that Council used in minimizing public visibility of their budgeting activities. The City budget and how Council is planning on spending taxpayers’ money (our money) is by far the most important issue that Council deals with! Thus, in my mind it was very unprofessional, perhaps sneaky, to move the process into poorly publicized special meetings away from the public eye! However, it was even worse to hide the final Budget approval, with the associate discussion and debate, from the high visibility of a regular Council meeting!

No doubt Council didn’t want to deal with the public backlash of their significant tax increases; however, this clearly demonstrated a new low for this council! It certainly demonstrated a disrespectful attitude toward taxpayers’ and their hard-earned dollars! Taking our Taxation dollars seems to have become an underhanded, annual philosophy of “taxation by stealth”, since they are reducing their spending visibility while hitting the taxpayer with yet another tax increase, plus the addition of a levy which is really just a flat tax!! Ever year they want more and more money from taxpayers to support their increased spending! But in reality, they should be looking inward for fiscal efficiencies and living within their means; just like taxpayers are forced to do! Taxpayers, especially those on fixed in-

come, don’t and never have gotten the big annual increases that Council keeps approving and handing to administration! It’s as if they are divorced from taxpayer everyday fiscal realities! Consequently, the Taxpayer is left to “cut-back” and find internal home and personal efficiencies in order to pay for the bloated “gold plated” bureaucracy of City Hall! We have had other incompetent Councils, but this Council – other than Swanson – with their lack of transparency and poor leadership really take the prize for being the worst Council ever! They clearly deserve to be voted out of public office next election! Michael Dolan, HBsc.

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The Mayor’s Cruise Up Main Street It came with the mandatory hoopla of a job well done - an annual job that nobody likes to do - but this year it was done well ahead of when it usually gets done so that is reason enough for celebration. And no it was not your teenage grandchild taking out the trash without being told to do so; it was the City of Moose Jaw passing their 2020 Budget before the end of the year. The big question to be asked in all of it is how did they do it so fast and what does Mayor Fraser Tolmie cruising up Main Street have to do with how Council finally decided to spend your money…OOPS! I suppose I should say the City’s money for 2020. It all has to deal with a presentation made by local banker Greg McIntyre and how he said given an analysis of the City’s cash flows and present borrowings, the City had plenty of room to borrow money. Furthermore, given the historically low interest rates available, the City could potentially make more money on investment interest than they would have to pay back the banks if Council took full advantage of the opportunity being presented to them. But for avid Council watchers out there this is the same advice, albeit from a different source we heard in 2019 and the City last year taking on a $30 million loan. It is a bit of Deja vu when you think about it. Sage advice? Perhaps, but if you take a look at the advice from economists, 2020 may well be the end of the 10-year bull market and the inevitable stock correction is coming. If you are interested in what the experts are predicting for 2020 please visit articles/wall-streets-2020-prediction-the-stock-marketwill-have-a-so-so-year-11575038295. Are the growing number of economists going to be correct this year? Or will the bull market continue? But for those of you who read further into the Greg McIntyre presentation, you will find some very negative economic information in the discussion which bears out things the City is not really going to admit; that is Moose Jaw and our trading area are in the midst of a 24 or more month economic recession. Things are not as good and as rosy out there as some are leading you to believe. It is something we wrote about in the past regarding the economic pinch local businesses are facing. As well, the Chamber of Commerce has admitted an economic slowdown in the recent article published in last week’s Moose Jaw Express interview with Chamber of Commerce President Rob Clarke. Even Premier Scott Moe, speaking at a SaskParty Fundraising Event this past August in Moose Jaw, said the Province is still fighting “economic headwinds” and when you take a look at exactly what McIntyre told Council, Moose Jaw is right in the middle of that economic storm. In his presentation to Council, what was said by McIntyre about the recession was the Royal Bank had extensive reports which show the Province is economically doing good in the two major centres but elsewhere in the province - including Moose Jaw and its trading area there is an extended economic recession. “...we have some fairly detailed reports within RBC that go into more RMs and surrounding areas it should sug-

By Robert Thomas - Opinion\Commentary gest as though outside of Regina and Saskatoon the majority of the province has been going through 24 or more months of an actual recession.” — GREG MCINTYRE - SENIOR COMMERCIAL ACCOUNT MANAGER ROYAL BANK OF CANADA And what does McIntyre attribute the poor local economy to? It is the poor harvest in the past couple of years area farms have experienced. For those who have been following the 2019 crop it is number three with the drier conditions cutting production in the growing season and the wetter conditions during harvest costing grades to area farmers. It was one of the longest and worst harvests in recent memory, as getting the grain dry and into the bin was a lot longer than the averages - including the Moose Jaw trading area. When coupled with austerity moves by the Province, it has led to a situation where Moose Jaw being so heavily reliant as a service centre for agriculture and government jobs and/or projects finds itself in an economic recession. It is a situation where some economists (especially Keynsian) would call for an immediate government cash infusion to break the cycle of recession. In the background playing away while McIntyre gave his presentation is The Conference Board of Canada that said Saskatchewan, as a province, has slipped into a mild recession this year. They attribute it to the same reasons McIntyre said the regional economy has been in recession for the past 24 months or longer - poorer crops and harvest conditions. The Conference Board of Canada is predicting one percent growth next year in Saskatchewan. I personally thought back to the September 31, 2019 Quarterly Report of property tax arrears of $1,315,369 and taxes owing of $8,249,804 with only one percent in assessment growth as the report was given and thought, is this actually affordable or are we being asked to use the City’s Visa to pay off the MasterCard? And yes the Province is set to spend literally hundreds of millions of dollars in Moose Jaw with the proposed new South Hill school - which Council was told during budget discussions has yet to finalize a location - and a new SaskPower natural gas fired electrical generating station, but the question needs to be asked how much actual construction work is going to happen this summer? Is it just going to be sod turnings or actual jobs in what is a Provincial and Civic election year when Moose Jaw and its residents need an economic influx right now if not in the past summer of 2019? Is it all just politics? The same goes for Canadian Tire; after three years the deal to sell just under 12 aces of land along Thatcher drive is now finalized. When will the infrastructure servicing start on the project and when will the actual construction begin? Certainly, there are some in the community who are pointing to new small business investments by foreign investors as a sign the good economic times are on the way, which to some extent is true. But on the other hand, some of the new entrepreneurs are just taking advantage of immigration programs offered by the Province to buy their way into Canada. The CBC has even tracked down how this has been marketed just next door in Regina and the Province’s reaction. If it is

happening elsewhere in the Province, does it not make sense it could be happening to some extent in Moose Jaw as well? Then you need to look abroad with the massive rise of Black Sea Grains - from Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Romania - onto the world market and the impact they are predicted to have on the foodstuffs Moose Jaw now wants to get more involved with agri-food processing. It is already cutting into Australia’s market and you have to ask yourself how long until it impacts Canada? Competition for the same investment dollars as Ukraine is set to finally allow private land sales this year and the predicted explosive growth in one of the world’s last great land rushes for high value agricultural land - even the World Bank agrees. It all will compete with Moose Jaw and area, as lentils are set to be grown in larger acreages in Ukraine, giving them a decided transportation advantage to such places as Turkey. So far, if you want to be serious and point some fingers of blame of what has truly happened at City Hall, it was the overspending in the past on people’s legacies and how they made their mark on Moose Jaw which has left us in the shape we are in. The present Council has been left with one hell of a mess to clean up during a major economic downturn and very few of them are brave enough to say it publicly. So out of the blue, there was Mayor Tolmie doing what a community’s mayor is supposed to do, saying that things are not so bad and efforts are headed in the right way. It all had to do with a cruise he took up Main Street and the Mayor only seeing four signs which were For Sale or For Lease in windows - two of which had been in the windows for a long period of time - to proclaim all is well. What the Mayor did then was put a notorious spin on it all by stating the partners (Downtown Business Group, Tourism Moose Jaw, Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce) he has been meeting with either informally or behind closed doors are doing a great job and Moose Jaw is by all appearances in great shape. “I took some time today to drive up Main Street and I went from Manitoba Street all the way up to Ross and I wanted to see how many storefronts that there were lease signs and for sale signs and from Manitoba all the way up to Ross Street I noticed there were four vacancies... for the efforts we have been making with the Downtown Business group strengthening our Downtown core that looked very positive to me.” — MAYOR FRASER TOLMIE In the end, I could not but just sit back and wonder if people would actually believe it and would the little bit of rah rah be able to hide the true economic realities so many in Moose Jaw are facing. Editor’s Note - The writer Robert Thomas attended university in Russia and has a family member who is an Odessa, Ukraine based grain dealer set to increase the sales of pulse crops into Turkey. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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City Hall Council Notes Parks and rec to carry $1.1 million in projects into next year The parks and recreation department will carry over more than a dozen projects valued at $1.1 million into 2020 since many of them were unable to be completed in 2019. The city manager and finance director issued a call for estimates for the 2020 operating and capital budgets to all city hall departments on June 25, a department report explained. Preparation, review and revision of departments’ budgets occurred from June 26 to Sept. 12, with final submissions on Sept. 13. Included in the parks department’s 2020 capital budget submissions were requests to carry forward capital projects from this year, which were based on their incomplete status by September. Many projections were changed in that month, with the original carry-forward request pegged at $1,053,464 and then amended to $1,158,784. The following 13 projects will be carried into 2020 for completion, including their original cost and the amended cost that the department submitted: • City complex mechanical upgrades: $235,000/$235,000 • Library/art museum humidifier installation: $17,000/$6,500 • Crescent Park storm drain cleanout: $0/$1,100

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express • General parks upgrades: $78,000/$68,510 • Buildings improvements: $65,835/$59,265 • Pathways upgrades, including development and repairs in Crescent Park: $15,590/$15,590 • Reforestation of city: $880/$0 • Energy management program with city hall LED lighting: $0/$132,510 • Special needs upgrades to Smith Park building: $45,301/$45,301 •Kinsmen Sportsplex Arena upgrades: $425,000/$425,000 • City hall elevator replacement: $146,645/$146,645 • Community projects: $11,513/$11,513 • Parks dedication reserve of boulevard tree program: $12,700/$11,850 The increase in the carry forward amount is directly linked to the city hall LED lighting project being delayed, parks director Derek Blais told city council during one of the budget meetings. The project was expected to be completed by Dec. 31, but delays following the tender process resulted in timelines being pushed back. The expected completion date is now Jan. 31, 2020. Furthermore, the elevator installation at city hall was expected to be completed by the end of December, but was

also pushed back into January. “This a good report that shows an extra couple of months would have helped us get work done. It is our shared goal of having the budget done and having a full year to get work done … ,” said city manager Jim Puffalt. “Every second counts.” Puffalt added that $425,000 in funding was allocated to the Kinsmen Sportsplex Arena upgrade only in the summer, which was not enough lead time to have the project completed this year. Several residents have said the Kinsmen rink seems to be colder than usual, which makes it especially difficult for little children to skate, said Coun. Heather Eby. She wondered what the issue seemed to be this year. The lights in the Kinsmen Sportsplex arena were replaced with LEDs, which reduced how much heat was given off, explained Scott Osmachenko, recreation services manager. The glass was also replaced, so there was a reduction in airflow and no heat in the system. Council then voted 6-1 to approve the parks and recreation department’s carry forward projects. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed.

Topic of council pay likely to be settled by March A report about how much remuneration members of city council should receive could be presented and approved in March, well ahead of the November municipal election, according to city administration. Council authorized the creation of a three-member committee in April to make recommendations on council’s remuneration and expenses. The committee’s creation was in response to the federal government eliminating the tax exemp-

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express tion on one-third of all remuneration for council remuneration and the status of elected officials. This move resulted in a that project during the Dec. 9 regular net pay cut for all mayors and council- meeting. lors; mayors were affected the most since The committee met in the fall and decidthat position is usually full-time. ed to conduct a public survey to let resiAs of 2018, the salary of Moose Jaw’s dents provide feedback to the panel, exmayor was $68,221, while the salary of plained city clerk Myron Gulka-Tiechko. a city councillor was $22,740. With the The survey will be distributed in January, removal of the tax exemption, the mayor while residents will be able to submit now receives $53,475 while councillors their comments in writing or in person receive $20,819. during a meeting later that month. Coun. Heather Eby raised the issue of City administration also suggests that

the report describe the time commitment elected members have to give for the role, he continued. Space will be made during the January public meeting for past and current councillors to describe the effort and time they give so anyone considering running for office is more informed. Once that meeting is held, a final report will be created and presented to council in March, so that the topic of remuneration is settled before the November election and finished for budgeting purposes.

Homeowner gets approval to build decks despite encroaching on neighbour’s property Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Homeowner Cynthia Watson will be able to build two decks on her property even though the proposed construction would violate the zoning bylaw since it would encroach on her neighbour’s property. The Development Appeals Board met on Dec. 3 to hear Watson’s appeal. After listening to presentations and reviewing the material submitted, the board granted the 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.

WALPER-BOSSENCE LAW OFFICE Prof. Corp. Barristers and Solicitors 84 Athabasca Street West Moose Jaw SK S6H 2B5 Telephone: (306) 693-7288 Fax: (306) 692-6760

appeal on Dec. 5, which means city hall must now issue Watson a development permit. A report about the appeal and subsequent approval was presented at city council’s Dec. 16 regular meeting, where council voted unanimously to receive and file the report. Decision The board decided the development appeal would not be a special privilege since the requested variance would not deter from the neighbourhood aesthetics, while the board would grant a similar variance to anyone else in similar circumstances. 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:

Furthermore, the appeal would not be contrary to the purpose and intent of the bylaw since this project is in an unusual situation as the house is already located on the property line of the neighbouring property to the south, the report said. Moreover, the neighbouring property owner is aware of the development proposal and provided a letter of consent. Additionally, Watson noted the side yard would be kept clear of bushes and shrubs to provide easier access to the rear yard. Lastly, the board did not believe the appeal would injuriously affect the neighbouring properties, while no letters of concern were received from property owners within the 75-metre area. Background Watson is the homeowner at 1011 Main Street North and requested a variance to construct a front and rear deck, with a proposed side yard setback of zero metres that is contrary to the 1.8 metres prescribed by the municipality’s zoning bylaw, the appeals board report explained. A surveyor’s certificate from 1989 shows the house encroaches on the property to the south. The proposed location of the front deck would align with the wall of the house and encroach on the adjacent property. The location of the rear deck would extend past the wall of the house and encroach further onto the neighbouring south property. The only way to construct the decks here would be to appeal the setback requirement and sign an encroachment agreement with the neighbouring property owner. During the appeal meeting, Watson told the board that when she purchased the house in 2012, the existing deck butted up against her neighbour’s fence and she didn’t realize the house was right on her neighbour’s property line. Watson understood that an encroachment agreement must be registered on the property title for future purchasers and was in full agreement with it.

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City Hall Council Notes Housing committee members concerned about lack of future plans for housing initiatives With the housing advisory committee having been disbanded, its former chair says committee members are concerned that the municipality has no alternate plans to support housing initiatives. City council eliminated the committee as part of an overall review of all municipal boards, commissions and committees, and their effectiveness. Several groups were kept, some were combined and a few were eliminated. The housing advisory committee was shut down since it had not met in more than a year. Don Mitchell, chair of the housing advisory committee, expressed the committee’s concerns during a presentation at city council’s Dec. 9 regular meeting. He told council that the city clerk put the situation into context and elaborated more on council’s decision to eliminate the group during its last meeting on Nov. 27. They also heard how council and city administration might use an ad hoc approach to address future housing needs. While it was not the role of committee

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express members to question the specific deci- city council initiated — with the support sions council made to eliminate the group, of federal funding — the largest postMitchell noted some members had a long war public housing initiative in Canada history of involvement on the committee through the construction of 75 housing in identifying and supporting projects that units for families. addressed the needs and gaps in available Mitchell can remember the view from his Grade 5 classroom at Empire School of housing. “We were really faced (with) — and the houses being built down Coteau Street. community is faced with — a blank page Many of those houses are still there, but and question mark regarding this coun- he lamented the fact the provincial govcil’s intentions (with) housing initiatives,� ernment recently sold those social housing he said. “There were important concerns units for private ownership. raised in the discussion by committee More than 850 social housing units have members. I think your constituents de- been built for families, seniors, group serve to have more clarity about the inten- homes, health care, and mental health since that time, with a large chunk built tions and direction of future policy.� Committee members identified three re- between 1960 and 1980. alities that affect — and have affected — “I think in reflection on that, residents housing in Moose Jaw and that Mitchell and civic leaders should be proud of what Moose Jaw has been able to create in civil asked council to consider in the future. First, there has been a strong history of housing,� Mitchell said. “These projects support for public and social housing pol- would not have happened without leadericies and projects in Moose Jaw, Mitch- ship at the time in various stages of city ell said. Residents and civic leaders have council. been on board since 1953, when that “Mayor Scoop Lewry was a big proponent

at the time (in the late 1950s). We believe that should continue with some form of leadership at this level.� The second item Mitchell asked council to consider was how many municipalities in Saskatchewan and Canada have active housing strategies to meet the needs of their residents and have councils committed to that planning. The third item is the fact the federal government has expanded its commitment to define and implement a national housing strategy. This was committed to before the 2019 election, Mitchell said. He pointed out there is growing income equality and high costs with homeownership, which have affected some places more severely and have required a return to federal aid. Moose Jaw would need an active housing policy structure to access those funds, he added. Council then discussed two motions that the housing advisory committee submitted, approving one and defeating another.

Most homeowners to pay extra $121.80 next year after 2020 budget approved Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Most homeowners should expect to pay an extra $121.80 in property taxes next year, or $10.15 a month, based on the recently approved budget. City council voted 6-1 to approve the budget — composed of the 2020 operating budget, 2020 to 2024 capital budgets and 2020 to 2024 equipment reserve budgets — during a special council meeting on Dec. 11. The budget includes a property tax hike of 2.30 per cent that will generate an extra $679,479.80 in revenue, an increase in water of six per cent and an increase in sewer of five per cent. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. All increases in property taxes are based on an average assessed single-family dwelling worth $246,000, or on property owners who pay $1,480 a year in municipal taxes. The effect in additional municipal taxes will be: • 1.30 per cent for the operating budget: $1.59 per month or $19.08 a year • One per cent for the general capital budget, specifically, to support maintenance projects in the parks and recreation department: $1.22 per month or $14.64 a year • Infrastructure levy: $1.25 per month or $15 a year In total, the average property owner will pay an extra

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

Notice is hereby given that Terry Zwarich, Cody Schulze, Cory Schulze has applied to the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) for a Manufacturer Micro Brewery permit to sell alcohol in the premises known as Moose Jaw Brewing Company 2012 Stadacona Street West Moose Jaw, SK S6H 7N5 Written objections to the granting of the permit may be filed with SLGA not more than two weeks from the date of publication of this notice. Every person filing a written objection with SLGA shall state their name, address and telephone number in printed form, as well as the grounds for the objection(s). Petitions must name a contact person, state grounds and be legible. Each signatory to the petition and the contact person must provide an address and telephone number. Frivolous, vexatious or competition-based objections within the beverage alcohol industry may not be considered and may be rejected by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Licensing Commission, who may refuse to hold a hearing.

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

$4.06 per month or $48.72 per year in municipal taxes next year, which represents an increase of 3.29 per cent over this year. For most homeowners who pay $725 annually in water utility costs, they will pay an extra $3.64 per month or $43.68 per year. Homeowners who pay $590 annually in sanitary sewer utility costs will pay an extra $2.45 per month or $29.40 per year. In total, the average property owner will pay an extra $6.09 per month or $73.08 per year in water and sewer costs. Combined, the increase in municipal taxes and utility costs will be $121.80 next year, which represents an increase over this year of 4.07 per cent based on $2,995 in yearly municipal, water, sewer and solid waste costs. This is the first time the City of Moose Jaw has approved a budget prior to the start of the new budget year. “We’re very proud of this accomplishment,â€? Mayor Fraser Tolmie said in a news release. “We stuck to the budget principles that were approved earlier this year, which included living within our means and finalizing the budget prior to the start of the new year. Additionally, we are able to provide a number of benefits to Moose Jaw residents with the 2.30 per cent property tax increase.â€? The 1.30 per cent operating budget increase — that ensures no service cuts — adds several projects for next year, such as: • Enhanced urban forestry program for $60,035 • An additional peace officer for about $100,000 • Updated and upgraded information technology, including a new website and phone app • Concrete and asphalt crushing for $179,200 • Grants to the Cosmo Senior Citizens Association of


CITY OF MOOSE JAW All Departments in City Hall will be closed: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2019 from 12 noon to 5:00 pm WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2019 (All day) THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2019 (All Day) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2019 from 12 noon to 5:00 pm WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2020 (All Day)

$15,000 and Moose Jaw and District Seniors Association of $35,000 to assist with annual operations • Economic development initiatives for $30,000 • Support to the Southeast Industrial Park development • Support for SaskPower’s 750-megawatt power station in the industrial park • Two 100-kilowatt solar projects for $1.2 million • $3.6 million for roadway paving • Upgrades to the Kinsmen Sportsplex for $425,000 The one-per-cent increase in the operating budget will support the maintenance of city buildings and recreation department capital projects. Some projects include: • Upgrades to the Pla-Mor Palace change rooms for $109,000 • Irrigation upgrades to the Iron Bridge subdivision for $51,000 • Upgraded lighting at the cultural centre for $80,000 A $15 levy was applied in the past to help fund the new hospital. That levy has now been increased to $30 per year and renamed the infrastructure levy to support the cast iron reserve fund. This is one part of the increased funding that will allow the municipality to spend $9.1 million on the cast iron water main replacement program next year and in 2021. The water and sewer utility budget feature projects such as: • A second in-house construction crew to address a backlog of repairs and support water main replacements for $597,000 • A new reservoir project for $16 million • Repairs to the fluoridation system of $1.2 million • Sanitary sewer upgrades of $1.8 million The Moose Jaw Express will continue to publish followup stories from the budget meetings that look at some issues city council discussed.


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City Hall Council Notes Community partners to be included in planning of future housing projects Although the housing advisory committee no longer exists, at least one of its final recommendations will be pursued when the time is right. During its Dec. 9 regular meeting, city council voted 5-1 to have the municipality develop a structure, process and policy that includes community partners in future processes for the planning of housing projects and initiatives. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed, while Coun. Chris Warren was absent. Council also voted 4-2 against adopting a new housing incentive and reserve account policy and amending the tax phase-in policy. Councillors Brian Swanson, Scott McMann, Heather Eby and Dawn Luhning were opposed, while Mayor Fraser Tolmie and Coun. Crystal Froese were in favour. Motion 1 Housing is an important issue and needs to be dealt with in a timely manner and when it best makes sense to act, said Eby. The time to act on housing initiatives would be when projects come forward or the federal government provides funding. A task force could be put together that would engage with the issue and be a champion for it, versus having a committee that is inactive.

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Council made the right decision to eliminate the housing advisory committee since it had not met in more than a year, she added. The group did great work in the past and was the brainchild of former mayor Glenn Hagel. A housing update was provided to city council in 2018 that became aligned with certain policy changes, said Froese. Due to this, council is not simply letting housing initiatives fall to the wayside. Froese suggested that an annual report be sent to members of the now-defunct housing committee to ensure communications are up-to-date with that group and to solicit feedback. Motion 2 McMann was concerned about the proposed tax phasein exemption, pointing out one section of the document talks about a tax phase-in but another section indicates the policy is a 100-per-cent exemption over five years. He was also uncertain about legislation around infill housing. The phase-in bonus applies to the construction of multiunit dwellings, explained Michelle Sanson, director of planning and development. For infill housing, a capital grant of $5,000 per unit may be given, to a project maximum of $20,000.

The grant could be applied to any new unit as part of a renovation, she continued. If it’s a commercial building and the owner wants to add a residential unit, the owner could apply for that funding. If it’s in the downtown, the building owner could receive a bonus as well. About five such renovations from commercial to residential occurred in the downtown in the last few years. In a section under capital grant incentives, McMann pointed out the criteria for accessible housing says five per cent of units must be barrier-free. He thought that was a low number and wondered who made that decision. Sanson indicated that number is part of the national building code regulations. Other than the infill housing program, attempts by the City of Moose Jaw to provide incentives to homebuilders have not done very well, observed Swanson. He didn’t think the municipality should be involved in providing such incentives, especially with Moose Jaw’s housing prices under pressure, while noting a government has to first take money from someone in order to give it away to others.

Roles of deputy mayor, committee chairpersons set for next two months Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The role of deputy mayor and chairpersons for the executive committee and personnel committee have been set for the next two months. During its Dec. 16 regular meeting, city council voted 6-1 to appoint Coun. Crystal Froese as deputy mayor, Coun. Dawn Luhning as chairwoman of the executive committee and Coun. Scott McMann as chairman of the personnel committee from Jan. 1, 2020 to Feb. 29, 2020. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. Bylaws Council approved several bylaws during the meeting as well.

Council voted unanimously to have city administration determine how the bylaw that deals with the Board of Police Commissioners can incorporate two particular principles: • That the chief of police be considered the chief administrative officer of the police service and shall be directly responsible only to the board for the discharge of powers, duties and authority conferred upon him • That the municipality continues to provide services to the board upon such terms and conditions as agreed upon between the board and council

Meanwhile, council gave third reading to a bylaw to repeal a bylaw and voted 6-1 on the motion. This motion repealed bylaws relating to the transportation services advisory committee, the environment advisory committee, the economic development commission and the housing advisory committee since they have been disbanded. Swanson was opposed. Council gave third reading to two bylaws and voted 6-1 in favour of both motions. One bylaw deals with the murals project management committee by laying out the length of time members can serve. The second bylaw deals with the public works,

infrastructure and environment advisory committee by laying out its terms of reference and mandate since it is new. Lastly, council gave three readings and voted unanimously on a bylaw about repaying advances of trust money made under an agreement with Ticket Rocket Enterprises (TRE). This company provided ticketing services, equipment and box office support for the operation of the Mosaic Place box office when the former Moose Jaw Downtown and Soccer/Fieldhouse Facilities Inc. corporation existed and managed the building.

Councillors appointed to committees for final term before 2020 election Members of city council now know what committees and boards they will sit as representatives of the City of Moose Jaw from now until the end of their term in November. The city clerk’s office forwarded a letter to members of city council on Nov. 18 soliciting their interest in appointments to the municipality’s boards, committees and commissions. Responses were received from council members indicating their preferred appointments. Council voted 6-1 to approve the appointments during the Dec. 16 regular meeting. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. With the confirmation of the appointments, the city clerk’s office will update each councillor’s website portfolio with a list of their respective board, committee or commission appointments. The municipal election is scheduled for Nov. 9, 2020.

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Appointments Mayor Fraser Tolmie has been appointed to the Moose Jaw Public Library from Jan. 1, 2020 to Nov. 9, 2020, or until a successor is appointed. Coun. Heather Eby has been appointed to the Moose Jaw Public Library board, Palliser Regional Library board, murals project management committee, and the community-based coalition Moose Jaw South Central Region from Jan. 1, 2020 to Nov. 9, 2020, or until a successor is appointed. Coun. Crystal Froese has been appointed to the heritage advisory committee, Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery board, South Central Transportation Planning committee, Tourism Moose Jaw, and Wakamow Valley Authority from Jan. 1, 2020 to Nov. 9, 2020, or until a successor is appointed. Coun. Dawn Luhning has been appointed to the Down-

town Moose Jaw Association from April 1, 2020 to Nov. 9, 2020, or until a successor is appointed, and; to the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre and Moose Jaw Humane Society from Jan. 1, 2020 to Nov. 9, 2020, or until a successor is appointed. Coun. Scott McMann has been appointed to the special needs advisory committee and the Moose Jaw Exhibition Company from Jan. 1, 2020 to Nov. 9, 2020, or until a successor is appointed. Coun. Chris Warren has been appointed to the parks, recreation and facilities advisory committee and the public works, infrastructure and environment advisory committee from Jan. 1, 2020 to Nov. 9, 2020, or until a successor is appointed. Council voted to appoint Eby and Luhning to the Board of Police Commissioners from Jan. 1, 2020 to Nov. 9, 2020 or until successors are appointed.





The Council of the City of Moose Jaw intends to consider a bylaw pursuant to The Planning and Development Act, 2007 to amend the City of Moose Jaw’s Zoning Bylaw No. 5346. The purpose of the amendment is to rezone 834 Alder Avenue and 844 Alder Avenue from R3 – High Density Residential District to C2 – High Density Commercial District, to allow the properties to be used commercially. A map and copy of the proposed Bylaw may be inspected by any interested person at Planning and Development Services, 3rd Floor City Hall, 228 Main Street North, or may be found under the “announcements” section at, from Tuesday, December 24, 2019 to Monday, January 13, 2020 from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Written submissions must be received by Planning and Development Services, 228 Main Street North, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3J8, by 10:00 AM on Monday, January 13, 2020 in person or by email at Questions may be directed to the Department of Planning and Development Services by email or by phone at 306-694-4443. The proposed Bylaw and any submissions regarding the proposed Bylaw will be considered at the regular meeting of City Council to be held in Council Chambers, City Hall, at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020. DATED at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan this 18th day of December, 2019.

The Council of the City of Moose Jaw intends to consider two bylaws pursuant to The Planning and Development Act, 2007 to amend the City of Moose Jaw’s Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw No. 5346. The purpose of the amendments is to remove all references to the Municipal Planning Commission and restructure the process for the review of planning applications. Planning applications will now proceed directly to City Council for review. Copies of the proposed bylaws may be inspected by any interested person at Planning and Development Services, 3rd Floor City Hall, 228 Main Street North, or may be found under the “announcements” section at, from Tuesday, December 24, 2019 to Monday, January 13, 2020 from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Written submissions must be received by Planning and Development Services, 228 Main Street North, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3J8, by 10:00 AM on Monday, January 13, 2020 in person or by email at Questions may be directed to the Department of Planning and Development Services by email or by phone at 306-694-4443. The proposed bylaws and any submissions regarding the proposed bylaws will be considered at the regular meeting of City Council to be held in Council Chambers, City Hall, at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020. DATED at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan this 18th day of December, 2019.

The Council of the City of Moose Jaw intends to consider a bylaw pursuant to The Planning and Development Act, 2007 to amend the City of Moose Jaw’s Zoning Bylaw No. 5346. The purpose of the amendment is to rezone 303 Coteau Street West from R1 – Large Lot Low Density Residential District to CZ – Contract Zone, to allow the property to be used as a Retail Store and other Neighbourhood Commercial uses. A map and copy of the proposed Bylaw may be inspected by any interested person at Planning and Development Services, 3rd Floor City Hall, 228 Main Street North, or may be found under the “announcements” section at, from Tuesday, December 24, 2019 to Monday, January 13, 2020 from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Written submissions must be received by Planning and Development Services, 228 Main Street North, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3J8, by 10:00 AM on Monday, January 13, 2020 in person or by email at Questions may be directed to the Department of Planning and Development Services by email or by phone at 306-694-4443. The proposed Bylaw and any submissions regarding the proposed Bylaw will be considered at the regular meeting of City Council to be held in Council Chambers, City Hall, at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020. DATED at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan this 18th day of December, 2019.

Myron Gulka-Tiechko - City Clerk

Myron Gulka-Tiechko - City Clerk

Myron Gulka-Tiechko - City Clerk

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Dozens of residents appointed to sit on municipal committees More than two dozen residents have been appointed to a municipal board, commission or committee for the next two years as part of the regular appointment of citizens to such groups. The city clerk’s office advertised for nominations from Oct. 30 to the beginning of December, while it also issued letters to all members who sit on a board, commission or committee and whose terms expire on Dec. 31. During its Dec. 16 regular meeting, city council voted unanimously to appoint the recommended residents to the boards, commissions and committees. Moose Jaw Board of Revision Terry Gabel, Judy Maisonneuve, Fred Anderson, Tara Gish and Jeffery Hawkebe were appointed to the Board of Revision from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021, or until other successors are appointed. Development Appeals Board Rece Allen and Jeffery Hawke were appointed to the Development Appeals Board from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021, or until successors are appointed. Parks, Recreation and Facilities Ad-

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express visory Committee Council voted to have Gayle Jones, Kim Robinson and Wei Qi were ap- Sarah Simison, Tracey Moody, David pointed to the Parks, Recreation and Howick, Jaimie Atkins, Rae Trites and Facilities Advisory Committee from Christie Saas sit on the library board for Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021, or until a term commencing Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. successors are appointed. 31, 2020. Special Needs Advisory Committee Cultural Diversity Advisory CommitJames Allonby has been appointed to tee the Special Needs Advisory Committee Dalise Hector (and Stefanie Palmer as from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021, or an alternate) from the Moose Jaw Muluntil a successor is appointed. ticultural Council, Gerry Turcotte from Municipal Airport Authority Holy Trinity Catholic School Division, Levi Wood has been appointed to the and Amanda McMann (and Lori MeyMunicipal Airport Authority from Jan. er as an alternate) from Prairie South 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021, or until a suc- School Division were appointed to the cessor is appointed. Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee Wakamow Valley Authority from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020. Rece Allen has been appointed to the Council voted to have Selinda England Wakamow Valley Authority from Jan. and Don Mitchell sit on the committee 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021, or until a suc- for the same term of office, or until successor is appointed. cessors are appointed. Board of Police Commissioners Heritage Advisory Committee City council voted to have MaryLee Todd McIntyre from the Moose Jaw Booth and Darrell Markin sit on this and District Chamber of Commerce has board. Booth and Markin will begin been appointed to the Heritage Advisotheir term on Jan. 1, 2020 and finish on ry Committee from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. Dec. 31, 2020. 31, 2020, or until a successor is appointMoose Jaw Public Library Board ed.

Council voted to have Scott Hellings, John Bye and Janie Fries sit on the committee from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021 or until successors are appointed. Public Works, Infrastructure and Environment Advisory Committee Sean Chase with Holy Trinity Catholic School Division and Todd Johnson (with Trish German as an alternate) from Wakamow Valley Authority were appointed to the Public Works, Infrastructure and Environment Advisory Committee from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021. Council voted to have Rece Allen, David Kanz and James Allonby act as citizens-at-large on the committee from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021 or until successors are appointed. Council also voted to have the city clerk’s department advertise for a second call for nominations in an attempt to fill the vacancies remaining on all boards, committees and commissions. The next regular council meeting is Jan. 13, 2020.

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Canadian Tire to pay $3.1M for land on the exhibition grounds Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The City of Moose Jaw will receive more than $3.1 million for selling property on the exhibition grounds, although once costs to service the land are considered, that profit will shrink to about $690,000. During its Dec. 16 regular meeting, city council voted 6-1 to approve the sale of 11.95 acres to Canadian Tire Real Estate Limited (CTREL) for $3,171,725, or $265,500 per acre. Also, city administration was authorized to proceed with acquiring a qualified contractor to perform the work to service the parcel, along with pursuing a partial connection to the remaining 66.05 acres to the north that is being serviced at the same time as the Canadian Tire parcel, for $2,484,000, with the land reserve account to fund the project. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. CTREL will pay $3.1 million for the property, which is $265,500 per acre. However, once expenses are factored in for servicing the 11.95 acres, this leaves the City of Moose Jaw with a profit of $688,725, or $57,634 per acre. Council discussion Tenders could be issued in March for the servicing of the 11.95 acres (0.478 hectares) and then awarded in April when a detailed design is completed, said city manager Jim Puffalt. There are many conditions that have to be reached before Canadian Tire Real Estate will pay in full, he added. Since the company has 180 days — or until June — to do that, city hall will issue the tenders but not award them until full payment has been received. If the conditions are removed and the path is clear, then site development work could start before payment is received in full, added legal counsel Elaine Anderson. “I do not want to give legal advice in open council, but there are safeguards,” she added. Contract concerns The way the contract is worded, it is possible to award the tenders before full payment is received, Swanson said, which is something he didn’t want to see happen since Canadian Tire could walk away from the deal

without paying a penny. He understood that everyone was optimistic about this agreement, but pointed out optimism has been floating around this long-delayed deal for 38 months — a delay attributed to Canadian Tire. Anderson replied that she didn’t anticipate Canadian Tire walking away, while council could decide that no work would start before the deal is closed. Servicing costs were pegged at $2 million in 2016, but have increased to $2.4 million, Swanson said. He asked city administration during a meeting behind closed doors and by email for a list of those additional expenses and a revised estimate but did not receive anything. As an elected official working on this project, Swanson was concerned that administration wouldn’t let him see those extra expenses that have increased by 20 per cent. Changes in expenses and revenue City administration does not provide detailed analyses to the public on land sales since it would affect administration’s ability to complete agreements, Puffalt said, which is why no information was provided. However, one reason costs have increased is PST was not applied to construction prior to 2017. All the costs are reasonable, while this is a fair and reasonable deal, he added. “Costs to the city to service this land have increased by $400,000, but revenue for the city on this deal was originally going to be $316,000 an acre (and) now it’s $265,500 per acre,” Swanson said. This land was originally not for sale, so city council paid the exhibition company a fee to free up this property, he remarked. No other company could bid on this land, while Canadian Tire has put restrictions on more than 20 extra acres that make them unsellable for years. “I do not believe they should have the power to place restrictions on land that they’re not paying any deposit on … (or) paying for at this time,” Swanson continued. Too much vacant retail already He was also concerned that council was helping relocate several businesses into one central location, thereby increasing retail space when there are already too many vacant retail locations. The new Canadian Tire store and

its subsidiaries would also minimize the visibility to the north and further restrict the saleability to future businesses. There have been five concept agreements discussed over the years, but this one is the most restrictive, said Swanson. It was estimated in 2016 that the municipality could receive $1.3 million in net profit from this deal, but now it is receiving half that. This purchase would not have crossed council’s desk if it had been a “straight deal,” he continued. However, council is dealing with it due to all the concessions and “granting of extraordinary circumstances” in the agreement. This includes providing tax exemptions, allowing the purchaser to place restrictions on additional unpaid land, and helping relocate other businesses. Jumping through hoops This is a deal this city council inherited from the previous council, said Mayor Fraser Tolmie. The delays were due to bureaucracy, such as communication issues between city hall and the exhibition company. There were also challenges with provincial regulations around possible burrowing owls in the area. “That’s part and parcel of doing a deal, that you have to go through some hoops,” he said. Council received an email from Puffalt saying the 11.95 acres would cost $265,000 per acre, compared to other properties in the Grayson Industrial Park that cost $200,000 an acre, Tolmie remarked. Administration has said the municipality will still recoup its overall costs on this deal when the service expenses are subtracted. “We have been working very hard on this deal. This has taken a lot of effort to get moving … . This creates opportunity,” he said. Council did have concerns about how long it was taking and reached out to Canadian Tire, which helped get the agreement finished, Tolmie pointed out. Canadian Tire Real Estate is a billion-dollar company with more than 1,600 stores in Canada. The company said this is the fastest deal it has ever reached, which is positive for council and city administration. City council next meets on Monday, Jan. 13.

Land sale with Canadian Tire positive for community, says mayor Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The sale of property to Canadian Tire is positive, says the mayor, since it shows residents growth is happening and indicates a billion-dollar company wants to be here. City council recently approved the sale agreement with Canadian Tire Real Estate Limited (CTREL), which will see the corporation pay $3.1 million for 11.95 acres on the exhibition grounds, or $265,500 per acre. The municipality will have to service those acres for $2.4 million, leaving a net profit of about $688,000. As part of the agreement, the municipality will, at its expense, install utility and service connections, such as sanitary sewer, storm sewer, water, electricity, natural gas, and telephone and communications services. The municipality will also install infrastructure such as roadways, traffic signals, curbs and curb cuts, easements, and right of ways. As well, the property needs to be rezoned as C3 vehicle-oriented commercial district. If this work is not completed by Sept. 30, 2020, then CTREL will — but is not obligated to — undertake the work to ensure

the property is ready for business. The closing date for the purchase is 180 days after the acceptance of the agreement, the report says. This means the closing date would be sometime in early-June. “(We’re) very happy. We have been working a long time with Canadian Tire,” Mayor Fraser Tolmie said after city council’s Dec. 16 meeting. “It seems like a long time for council (at 38 months), but according to Canadian Tire, this is one of the quicker deals they have been able to work on.” Council faced some challenges in completing this agreement, such as provincial regulations around burrowing owls in the area, he continued. However, council persisted, which Canadian Tire recognized and is important to attract growth. Residents like to see growth and the opportunities that come with it, said Tolmie. CTREL — which is a billion-dollar company with more than 1,600 stores across North America, such as Canadian Tire, SportCheck and Mark’s, and owns clothing line Helly Hanson — obviously saw the potential in the community. “They are very forward-looking and we

like to partner with companies like that,” he added. When asked whether the municipality received a fair deal for the property, especially since net profit will be around $688,000, or about $57,000 per acre, Tolmie replied council and city administration worked with Canadian Tire on the negotiations. “It’s always about the deal you got (and) the cash in the hand. As the saying goes, a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush,” he said. The business community’s confidence depends on whether another new deal is forthcoming in Moose Jaw, Tolmie remarked. Many business people continually asked when this deal would happen, since it would increase vehicle and foot traffic on Thatcher Drive and Main Street. Canadian Tire Real Estate has the first right of refusal to purchase an additional 21.44 acres (0.8576 hectares) located on the northeastern edge of the property, the agreement says. CTREL has 60 days to decide whether to purchase those acres. If that doesn’t happen, then the municipality can attempt to sell that property. Under the contract, the municipality is

obligated to ensure any portion of the 21.44 acres under the first right of refusal option is not used for any purpose for up to 20 years. The agreement lists 27 business possibilities that are forbidden, such as: auto parts, service station, sporting goods, home improvement, plumbing, electrical, a garden centre, pet products, an auto rental agency, footwear, supermarket, a cinema, bowling alley, bingo hall, auction house, church/house of worship, strip club, or marijuana shop. “I wouldn’t say (the restrictions are) a chokehold,” said Tolmie. Instead, it’s simply the company having a say over what is built near it. Council believes Canadian Tire is a “very reasonable corporation” based on past conversations, which could reflect well for any future developments in that area. Tolmie also thought it was reasonable to put restrictions on what can be built on nearby property since the municipality does that to land it owns. The next regular council meeting is Monday, Jan. 13.

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Hunt named to CHL Top Prospect Game

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Cyclones win Yorkton girls basketball tournament

Central posts pair of victories to land top spot in senior girls tourney

Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Daemon Hunt, 17, was among 13 Western Hockey League players named to the Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Thursday, marking what would be the latest step in his quest to be chosen in the 2020 National Hockey League Entry Draft. But a serious injury to his left arm will most likely keep him from playing in the highly scouted and nationally televised contest. Daemon Hunt in action earlier Hunt suffered a severe cut by a skate blade to his this season against the Vancou- right forearm in a game on Dec. 3 in Edmonton, ver Giants. with the damage severe enough to require surgery. Those repairs were successful and Hunt was back in Moose Jaw for the Warriors most recent contest against the Kelowna Rockets, sporting a black handbrace as the damaged forearm muscles heal. He estimated his return time for February, meaning he’ll be out of the line-up for the Top Prospect Game on Jan. 16 in Hamilton. Hunt is currently ranked as an ‘A’ prospect by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau, meaning he is projected to go in the first or second round of the 2020 Draft. The Warriors are now off until after the Christmas break, with their next action on Dec. 27 against the Regina Pats at Mosaic Place.

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This time of high school basketball season is all about building towards the big games in March – and with that in mind, the Central Cyclones girls squad are off to a pretty good start. The Cyclones won a trio of games at a tournament in Yorkton this past weekend to take first place, defeating North Battleford John Paul II in the final. The Central Cyclones won a tournament Malea Kletzel, who starts at guard despite only being in Grade 10, scored in Yorkton this past weekend. 28 points in their tournament opening win over Melville, while third-year veterans Alexa Watterson, Emily Blackmore and Sage McCulloch led the Cyclones to victories over Yorkton Regional in their second contest and John Paul II in the gold medal game. Central is now off until the new year, when they face Peacock in a highly anticipated league match-up on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Arguin and Gamble win Fonger Wealth Management Two-on-Two Bonspiel Standout duo go undefeated through event, defeat Murray and Sonder in ‘A’ final Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

It stands to reason that a team featuring two of the top skips from the Original 16 Cash League would find themselves earning a bit of success in a two-on-two curling tournament. That’s exactly what happened as Lorraine Arguin and Ben Gamble would go undefeated through the weekend to take first place in the Fonger Wealth Management Two-on-Two Bonspiel this past weekend at the Moose Jaw Ford Curlng Centre. The event – which follows traditional mixed doubles curling rules – featured a total of 16 teams in action and has quickly become one of the most popular events in the first half of the season.

Arguin and Gamble defeated Brett Murray and Rob Sonder in the ‘A’ final after rolling to a commanding win over Derek and Chadd McKenzie in the semis. Murray and Sonder edged Ana Cornea and Daniel Moerike in their semifinal bout. The Rochelle Rugg team won the tournament’s ‘B’ side, while Barry Silk and Bob Desjarlais won the ‘C’ and Donna Ackerman joined Shannon Gattrell to win the ‘D’ event. The tournament also featured a drawto-the-button competition, where Derek McKenzie won $550 with his shot landing closest to the pin but was unable to completely cover the button with a follow-up draw for $50,000.

Bob Sonder and Brett Murray sweep a shot into the four-foot during the ‘A’ semifinal.

Lorraine Arguin and Ben Gamble with tournament sponsor Errol Fonger of Fonger Wealth Management.

Cyclones finish seventh in high-level Brandon tournament Central turns in solid showing against some of top senior boys basketball teams in Manitoba Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

When it comes to finding elite-level high school boys basketball competition in western Canada, you’ll find few events stronger than the Brandon Sun Spartan Invitational that was held the weekend of December 14/15th. The annual event draws all the top teams from throughout Manitoba, as well as a handful of the best teams in Saskatchewan – a total of 32 in all, divided over two tiers – with the Central Cyclones one of those competitors. The defending 4A provincial champions ended up giving a solid accounting of themselves with a seventh-place showing while taking on some of the top Winnipeg-based teams in the Tier I division. Central 98, Winnipeg Maples 68 The Cyclones got off to a solid start and showed a balanced performance in their commanding win over Maples, who finished last season as the 10th ranked 4A team – Manitoba’s equivalent to 5A – in the province. Dylan Boughen led Central with 12 points, Jake McLean and Mohamed Jabeteh had nine each. Vincent Massey 98, Central 68 When it comes to Manitoba high school basketball, they don’t come better than Winnipeg Vincent Massey. The reigning 4A provincial champions took an impressive win over the Cyclones and would go on to defeat Winni-

peg Dakota in the final. Jabeteh continued his impressive start to the campaign with a 28-point outing while Ewan Johnson and Dylan Boughen had 12 and 10 points respectively. Central 98, Regina Luther 80 Central faced a familiar opponent in their third game, and things went as expected in their comfortable win. Jabeteh had 17 points, McLean and Boughen 14 each. Winnipeg Glenlawn 101, Central 84 The Cyclones trailed 48-45 at half but were unable to keep pace after the break. The Mo Show continued as Jabeteh had a 21-point outing, Boughen and Johnson 17 each. McLean added 11 and Quinton Ross nine points. Central 98, Winnipeg MBCI 95 What better way to close out a weekend with a great game, and the Cyclones got just that against Winnipeg Brethren Collegiate Institute. And sure enough, it was Jabeteh who provided the late game heroics, hitting a three-pointer with three seconds left to provide the margin of victory. It was part of another impressive outing as he’d finish the game with 24 points. Ewan Johnson would led the way with a 32-point outing, while Ross and McLean had 10 and 11 points each.

Quintin Ross and the Central Cyclones finished seventh in a tournament in Brandon recently.

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Stick curling league aiming to see new members Version of popular game designed to offer accessibility to almost everyone Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

As anyone who has played the sport can tell you, curling can be surprisingly taxing on the joints, especially the knees and hips as players are constantly getting up and down out of the hack. That can be an issue for people with mobility difficulties, taking those who might otherwise love to play the sport and forcing them to the sidelines. That’s where stick curling comes in. Played standing with a specially designed stick with a implement designed to hold a curling handle at one end, it’s a version of the sport that finds itself growing in popularity, Moose Jaw included. There is currently a stick curling league that meets every Tuesday and Thursday at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre, with some mornings seeing six sheets of ice in action. “It lets a lot of people curl who would otherwise be on the sidelines,” said league organizer Gord Stewart. The format sees two-person teams – one throwing, one acting as skip – with no sweeping between the hog lines. Players throw six rocks an end, alternating throwing and skipping. “So you get to try both sides of the game, and you get to

Al Empey delivers a shot during a recent stick curling league contest. throw 36 rocks instead of 16,” Stewart said. “And then a lot of people don’t get a chance to look at the game from a skip’s point of view, when you get a chance to do that you have to look a little more into the strategy.”

Games include a three-rock rule for all rocks in the house, making for a game with plenty of shot-making. Contests are quick, too: games are six ends and take around an hour and a half to play. Then there’s the social aspect of it all. After each draw, players gather for coffee and cookies and talk about the game that was. The league just finished their most recent square on Thursday but will be starting up again in the new year. And with a new set of games, organizers are hoping to see lots of new faces. “We’re always looking for new curlers, too,” Stewart said. “All anyone has to do is phone the rink and talk to [curling manager] Rhonda [Wenarchuk] and she’ll get you set up… If someone wants to come out, we’ll fit them in. We have six sheets on Tuesday and three sheets on Thursday and we have room in both for players.” Players looking for a more competitive experience can hone their skills in the league before taking part in the SaskCurl Stick Curling provincials running Mar. 13-15 at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre. For more information, contact Rhonda Wenarchuk at 306-624-2048.



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Charity Funspiel to be held in support of Sandra Schmirler Foundation Special event to feature unique format, funds to go towards neonatal intensive care units Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Moose Jaw curlers will have a chance to play in a unique bonspiel while raising funds for charity at the same time. The Sandra Schmirler Foundation Charity Funspiel will take place Jan. 10-11 at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre and is being hosted by local junior curling standout Skylar Ackerman as part of a scholarship she received from the Foundation earlier this year. “It’s going to be a unique format and a lot of fun, so we’re hoping to get a lot of people out to raise some money and have a good time,” Ackerman said. Players enter as individuals, with a $30 entry fee. The first game will be a one-on-one head-to-head contest, the second game will see names drawn out of a hat for a mixed

doubles game and the third and final game will once again see names drawn to form four-player teams. “And there will be a few funky rules, but I don’t want to give away too much there,” Ackerman said with laugh. Ackerman is hoping to see a total of 64 players and raise over $1,000 for the Foundation, with the cheque being presented during the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw Feb. 14-25. While hosting a charity event is a requirement of being awarded the scholarship, Ackerman felt that holding a quirky bonspiel would be a way of doing something different to support the organization. “I figured this would be a good way to get the community

together and have some fun and all play the sport we love while saving people’s lives,” Ackerman said. The Sandra Schmirler Foundation raises funds for neonatal intensive care units throughout Canada. Organizing charity bonspiels isn’t all that the Peacock grad has has been up to around the rink as of late – Ackerman, third Emily Haupstein, second Taylor Stremick and lead Abbey Johnson recently booked their spot in the junior women’s provincial championships after winning the ‘B’ side at the junior women’s Q-spiel #1 in Yorkton. Provincials begin Dec. 27 at the Saskatoon Sutherland with the eight-team round robin running through Dec. 31 followed by a four-team Page playoff.

AAA Warriors close out pre-Christmas schedule in first place

Loss to Contacts sees AAAs tied for top spot with Saskatoon; Mac’s Midget AAA tournament up next Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw AAA Warriors gave a pretty solid accounting of themselves in the scheduling torture test they ran into prior to the Christmas break. Four straight games against teams near or literally just behind them in the standings, all with some of the best records in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. Of course, that list includes the SMAAAHL-leading Warriors – and after they closed out the stretch last Thursday with a tough 5-3 loss to the Contacts in Saskatoon, they’re still in top spot, albeit with a bit of company. The Warriors sit at 21-8-0-1, good enough for 43 points and a tie for first with the Contacts, who hold a 21-8-1-0 mark. Throw in the goals-for goals-against differential, though, and the Tribe are still the best in the league with 128 goals for and 67 against for a plus-61 total.

Interestingly enough, the Warriors probably deserved a better fate in Saskatoon. Ben Wourms-Rowe, Caelan Fitzpatrick and Atley Calvert all scored in the first two periods to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead heading into the final frame. It was there the game would turn, though, as the Contacts used their quick-strike offence to score twice early in the period with goals 1:33 apart before tying the game with 5:43 to play and taking a 4-3 lead 42 seconds later. They capped the five-goal period with an empty netter. Chase Coward got the start in net after recently returning from the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL and turned aside 26 shots. The Warriors had a week off before heading out on their longest road trip of the season – to Calgary for the Mac’s Midget AAA tournament. And if league records are any indication, they should have a decent shot at making the playoffs.

Ben Wourms-Rowe looks to get his stick on the puck in front of the Saskatoon Contacts net during their most recent match-up at Mosaic Place. They open the event against the Calgary Royals on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 2:30 p.m. Moose Jaw time, with the Royals holding a 7-12-3 record and sitting seventh in the Alberta Midget AAA Chrysler Division. Next up on Friday, Dec. 27 are the Cariboo Cougars of the B.C. Major Midget AAA league, owners of a 15-5-1-1 to sit

in fifth place. Game time is 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the Mac’s website at FDB. The Warriors take on the struggling Airdrie Bisons of the Alberta AAA league in their third contest on Sunday, Dec. 29 in a rare 8 a.m. game. The Bisons have a 2-16-2 record and are eighth in their division, with that game broadcast at https:// That sets up what promises to be one of the marquee round robin match-ups of the tournament as the SMAAAHL first-place Warriors will take on the Alberta AAA leading St. Albert Nektar Raiders (17-13) on Monday, Dec. 30 at 11:30 a.m. The top two teams in each division advance to the playoffs beginning New Year’s Eve Day, with the semifinals in the afternoon and gold medal game on New Year’s Day at 3:30 p.m.

Mavericks shut out by Fillies in battle of league leaders East Central takes 4-0 win over Moose Jaw in Sask Female Hockey League Midget showdown

Randy Palmer 0- Moose Jaw Express The Moose Jaw Mavericks have shown that they’re a team to be reckoned with through the pre-Christmas portion of the Saskatchewan Female Hockey League Midget A season. Sporting a 10-1 record heading into their first-place showdown with the East Central Fillies on Saturday afternoon at the Bert Hunt Arena, the Mavericks have emerged as a contender for the league and provincial titles despite carrying one of the youngest line-ups in the league. That’s what made their 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Fillies – who improved to 10-0-2 and took over first place with the win – that much tougher to take. But it also left the Mavericks hungry for more, and ideally another showdown in the future. “We didn’t have a lot of sustained pressure in their end, but we had our moments and chances to score but just couldn’t find the back of the net,” said Mavericks head coach Mike Botterill. “They are a skilled team, they’re an older team and experienced team and they were the better team on the ice tonight. Sidney Ellingson of the Moose Jaw Mavericks battles “But I think we have a lot more in the tank and we have East Central Fillies captain Bridgette Vedrees in the a better game than we put on the ice tonight. And like I corner. told these girls, we’re going to have a rematch against

them in the league final or provincial final and I can’t wait to play them again. They haven’t seen the best of the Mavericks.” League scoring leader Lauren Hinz – who has averaged three points a game through the first two months of the campaign – scored once and added a pair of assists as East Central took a 2-0 lead out of the first and led 3-0 through two. Jacelyn Kelly and Kassadi Klapak scored their other goals. Sydnee Christmann was in net for the Mavericks and turned aside 25 shots, Moose Jaw had 26 on the Fillies’ Jensen Kelly. The Mavericks now have four games remaining in their campaign, all in January. That includes a two-game set on the road in Lafleche and Gull Lake on the Jan. 10 weekend before closing out the regular season on Thursday, Jan. 23 at home against Wood River (Bert Hunt, 7 p.m.) and Friday, Jan. 24 against the Southwest Cyclones (Red Knight Arena, 7 p.m.). “It’s been a great season, we have a really great group of girls, they work hard all the time and they’re learning,” Botterill said. “That’s the big thing, they’re getting better, they’re coachable… they’re smart hockey players and it makes it pleasure to come to the rink every day.”

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High school wrestlers turn in impressive showing at Kelly Dumont Memorial Local competitors pick up 12 medals at Regina Thom pre-season tournament Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The first high school wrestling tournament of the season saw plenty of positive results for Moose Jaw competitorsA. A total of 17 wrestlers – 11 from Peacock, six from Central – took part in the Kelly Dumont Memorial at Regina Thom this past weekend, bringing home 12 medals from the pre-season event. Leading the way was Peacock’s Kyle Yamniuk, who posted a 4-0 record while winning each of his matches by technical fall. The 2019 provincial team member and junior nationals contender competed in the Elite 6064 kg division and took a 10-0 win over Regina Martin’s Greg Reed, 10-0 win over Regina Leboldus’ Nate Burton, 10-0 victory against Regina Balfour’s Sameer Sameer and 11-0 win over Regina Miller’s Josh Van Betuw. Miheret Cridland didn’t have nearly as busy a draw in the Elite female 55-kg division, but claimed gold just the same, winning by fall in 3:59 over Miller’s Mimashi Gunasinghe and then taking the rematch by fall in 3:34. Two Novice competitors also landed gold, with Central’s Zarek Sand posting a 4-0 record to take first place in the male 56-60 kg class. He defeated Kenneth Espanola by fall in 40 seconds and needed 59 seconds to down Pea-

Members of the Moose Jaw high school wrestling team include Matthew Knox (front left), Kayce Owens, Miheret Cridland, Cassandra Bowles, Liam Vargo, Makayla Holmes, Alexis Bradish, Nigel Fang. Kelly Busch (coach, back left), Brennan Daradich, Tanner Stelgen, Jason Railton, Zarek Sand, Sam Eros, Zach Berardi, Ulrik Tondevold, Kayla Kwan, Connor Rowsell, Ethan Larose (assistant coach), Rob Villeneuve (coach).

cock’s Jason Railton by fall. Sand’s other two matches saw an 11-0 win over Regina Campbell’s Keith Arcaya and 10-0 win against Leboldus’ Jerome Nagtalon. Railton would finish in fourth place with a 1-3 record, taking a pinfall win over Espanola. Central’s Brennan Daradich also claimed gold but had

Warriors gearing up for annual New Year’s Eve bash DJ Anchor to spin tunes, plenty of fun to be had while welcoming in 2020

Moose Jaw Express Staff Fans looking to ring in the new year with their favourite Western Hockey League team will be able to do so during the Moose Jaw Warriors’ annual New Year’s Eve Bash. The night will kick off with the final WHL game of 2019 for the Warriors, as they’ll take on the Brandon Wheat Kings at Mosaic Place. Immediately following the contest, fans are invited to head over to the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre for a massive party to kick off 2020 with plenty of The Moose Jaw Warriors will be ringfun and music. “We’ve partnered again with Mosaic Place ing in the new year against the Branto bring the Bash back with some new don Wheat Kings on Dec. 31. twists and excitement that the fans are going to love,” Warriors director of business operations Corey Nyhagen said. “They can come to the game, enjoy the game and then following that, it gives them the opportunity to stay here and take in the New Year’s festivities all under one roof.” Highlighting the event will be DJ Anchor of Saskatchewan Rush fame. “The last few bashes that we’ve gone with different cover bands and tried to play to the likes of everybody, but this year, we’ve been able to secure DJ Anchor,” Nyhagen said. “Anybody who’s been to the Saskatchewan Rush games and has seen that party there, DJ Anchor is their official DJ at all of those games and creates that party atmosphere.” Fans can also purchase VIP tables with a host of extra perks – your own bottle of champagne, hot appetizers, close access to the dance floor and other treats throughout the night. The popular Mirror Me Booth will make its return for fans to get photos in their finery, and there will be plenty of prize draws taking place as the evening continues. “This year, we’ll be giving out some great prizes, on the hour throughout the evening, we’re going to be doing some draws and then just after midnight, we’re going to be doing a draw for a $2,500 travel voucher,” Nyhagen said. The New Year’s Eve Bash is for ages 19 and older and tickets can be purchased for $35, or fans can purchase a game and Bash ticket bundle for $50. Contact the Mosaic Place Box Office to get your tickets today.

a bit of a tougher road in the male 65-69 kg class, posting a 3-1 record with a 10-0 win over Regina Sheldon’s Braden Thomson to go along with pinfall victories over Regina Winston Knoll’s Christian Rogers and Romeo Callimore. The lone blemish on the day came in a pinfall loss to Regina O’Neill’s Vince Giner. Moose Jaw competitors put together plenty of second-place finishes, including Peacock’s Makayla Holmes (female Elite 60-64), Liam Vargo (male Elite 55-60), Davin Miller (male Elite 64-70), Alyssa Roney (female Novice 52-54), Kayla Kwan (female Novice 6467) and Matthew Knox (male Novice 56-60). Reigning Western Canada Summer Games gold medalist Alexis Bradish went 1-2 in the Elite female 67-70 kg division to finish in third place for Central; Peacock’s Dylan Yamniuk claimed third place in the male Elite 7783 class. Also seeing action on the weekend for the Tornadoes were Connor Rowsell (fourth, male Elite 88-92) and Cassandra Bowles (fifth, female Novice 50-51) while Central’s Ulrik Tondevold was fifth in the male Elite 5355 division. A total of 16 teams and 186 wrestlers took part in the tournament.

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La revue culturelle 2019 ›› “Le crime de l’Orient-Express” (2017) Téléjour. Humanité Security Security “Along Came a Nanny” (2014) Cameron Mathison. News Private Eyes W5 “The Narco Riviera” “Murder She Baked: A Deadly Recipe” (2016) Jann Arden: One Night (6:00) Evenings on The Weather Network Overnight on TWN Dateline NBC A mother of two mysteriously vanishes. Saturday Night Live (N) News SNL NHL Hockey: Rangers at Maple Leafs NHL Hockey: Kings at Canucks NCIS: Los Angeles S.W.A.T. “Lion’s Den” Faces-Family Separation Two Men Two Men Brad Paisley Thinks The Rookie “Safety” 20/20 News ThisMinute NHL Hockey: Canadiens at Lightning Just Arrived Nightclub Nordic L PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Clemson vs Ohio State. (N) SportsCent. NHL Hockey: Rangers at Maple Leafs NHL Hockey: Kings at Canucks Corner Gas The Social The Social: Year in Gos Kitchen Kitchen “All of My Heart” “Christmas Everlasting” (2018) Tatyana Ali. “Journey Back to Christmas” (2016) Oliver Hudson “The Devil Wears Prada” ››› “Little Women” (1994, Drama) Winona Ryder. “Robin Hood-of Thieves” Frasier Frasier Frasier Frasier Engagement Engagement Engagement Engagement 90 Day Fiancé Relive the highs and lows of Colt and Larissa’s journey. (N) 90 Day Fiancé 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 ›› “Claudine” (1974) Diahann Carroll. › “The Split” (1968) Jim Brown, Diahann Carroll. ››› “Taken” (2008) Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace. ››› “Star Trek” (2009, Science Fiction) Chris Pine. NHRA in 30 NHRA Drag Racing Auto Club NHRA Finals. From Pomona, Calif. NHRA in 30 (6:45) ›› “Happy Death Day 2U” ›› “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (2019) “Men in Black” “Through Black Spruce” (2018) Tanaya Beatty. ›› “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018) (6:15) ›› “On the Basis of Sex” (:20) ››› “The Mustang” (2019) “Ready Player One” (6:30) “Twisted” (2018) (:05) ›› “The Hummingbird Project” (2018, Drama) Gemstones






























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Sukanen Ship Museum 2020 calendared featuring salute to the Snowbirds aerial team, $15, available at  Moose Jaw

Express, Moose Jaw Western Development Museum, or call 306-631-3666 For sale: Camping coolers & items. 972-9172 For sale: 1 fold up table 5ft by 30in. 1 spin mop & pail. 1stand up steel astray with round black ashtray. 972-9172 Various sizes of used lumber. 306-972-9172 For sale: Hardcover books in excellent condition $8.00 each. Empire of the Czar by the Marquis de custine whirlwind, Noble house, and Gai-Jin by James Clavell. Trojan Odyssey, black wind and white death by Clive Cussler. Blue horizon and warlock by Wilbur Smith. Call 306-692-5091

Crocheted Items For Sale “Make Great Christmas Gifts� Baby Afghans & Double Size Afghans, Hooded Baby Sweaters, Girls Scarves & Hats, Slippers (Small, Medium & Large), Dish Cloths & Kitchen Towels (Christmas & Regular). Priced to Sell. Call or Text Joan at 306-631-3777 HOUSEHOLD ITEMS For sale: Household items - TV Stand & staking stools, one small vacuum, other small items. Phone 972-9172

For sale: 1 single bed frame on casters - 1 set of king size sheets. Ph 972-9172 For sale brothers VCR with telephone - new condition $75. Phone 306-692-4592 FOR SALE SHAW CABLE BOX HDPVR - 500GB (DEX3400) WITH ALL KINDS OF EXTRAS. CALL 306-692-8737 OR JELYBN@LIVE.CA OFFICE FUNITURE & EQUIPMENT FARM PRODUCE BISON MEAT. 30 years experience. Moose Jaw delivery available. 306-475-2232 SPORTS Figure skates, size 9 - $3 306681-8749 WANTED Wanted: Garage to rent proferably in downtown area. 306684-0506. Wanted: Downtown rental space for a store. Reasonable cost or will also supply security maintenance, cleaning. Can be boiler licensed and have a excellent recommendations for last 50 years. 306-684-0506. Wanted: Portable storage unites. Discarded or wrecked, old, semi-trailer unites, large buses, bins, or what have you. Must be cheap price and moveable. 684-0506 Wanted a Stihl Chainsaw running or not. Call or text with model number to 306-6414447 Guns Wanted, I’m a licensed gun buyer paying cash for guns, parts and ammunition,

Moose Jaw Regina, and surrounding area. Call or text 306641-4447 I am looking for a lever or pump 22 rifle, and a smaller 22 bolt action rifle in either 22LR or Magnum. Call or text 1-306641-4447 Free pickup of your unwanted snowblowers, tillers, generators, ice augers, or any other yard and garden equipment, in Moose Jaw and area. Call or text 1-306-641-4447 Tractors. I pay cash for tractors up to 50 HP running or not, and 3 point hitch equipment. Call or text 1-306-641-4447 SERVICES Will do general painting & contracting interior & exterior. Free estimates. 30 years experi-

ence. Ph 306-972-9172 Will fix & sell Lewis Cattle oilers. Ph 972-9172 WORK WANTED Retired accountant seeking part time employment. Phone 306-630-3960 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

Birthdays, Anniversaries, & More! Place an ad celebrating your special event in the Moose Jaw Express! - As low as $50 a week. Call 306-694-1322 or Stop by our office at 32 Manitoba St. W. Today to book your space!

Gamers take in Dungeons and Dragons at the Moose Jaw Public Library Moose Jaw Express staff

The Moose Jaw Gamers held a Dungeons and Dragons meet recently as part of a bi-monthly adult program at the Moose Jaw Public Library. All skill levels are welcome. Everything from handbooks to dice are available to borrow for inexperienced players. “We will teach you all of the basics, we’ll help you create a character, we’ll introduce you to the game for very beginners,� Moose Jaw Gamers event organizer Roberta Hebron said. The Moose Jaw Gamers is a group that promotes playing all aspects of gaming from board and card games to video and computer games in a safe and entertaining environment. “Our main goal here is to introduce other players to each other so they can find their own games and go and play themselves and also to have an open and inclusive, welcoming, place where people can come and learn the game in a non-judgmental environment,� Hebron said. The meets are for ages 16 and older. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Along with the drop-in gaming session, the Moose Jaw Gamers host GAX (Gamer’s Association eXpo), Saskatchewan’s largest gaming expo. This year’s expo takes place Feb. 7-9, 2020 at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre. More information and schedules for the Moose Jaw Public Library’s adult programs is available on their website (

A group of gamers compete in Dungeons and Dragons at the Moose Jaw Public Library on Saturday. Photo by Shawn Slaght

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Local artist’s debut show focuses on hope through a personal journey Larissa Kurz

Local artist Jess Zoerb is embarking on her first solo exhibition, featuring a collection of artwork that encompasses the past year of her own personal growth. “Hope on a String” is a show that presents a journey of introspection, exploring mental health and personal growth. Zoerb considers her work to be expressionist and conceptual in nature, especially as it explores her sense of self using art as the language. “The concepts that I paint are often metaphors of how I understand myself, but they’re also quite universal concepts that others can relate to,” said Zoerb. “They are often an expression of emotion and understanding that I’m not able to articulate through words.” The recurring theme in her collection, Zoerb explained, is the balloon that represents the concept of hope. “All my pieces kind of have an element of dark and light and I try to capture the holistic experience of being a human, so the balloon is often that little splash of hope,” said Zoerb. For Zoerb, painting is an outlet to release emotion through creativity, which has led to a very personal collection of work — although she wants her art to be open to the perception of her audience. “I do see my work as a collection of experiences and it’s a combination of all the people in my life and the experiences I’ve gone through,” said Zoerb. “[But] I also like to leave the paintings open to interpretation by the viewer so that they can perceive whatever they need to receive from the image.’ The show is certainly an empowering next step for

“Untitled,” by Jess Zoerb. (supplied)


St. Barnabas

Traditional Anglican Parish Now worshipping at

27 Hochelaga St. W., Moose Jaw

The beautiful home of Central Lutheran Church Lorem ipsum Holy Communion Book of Common Prayer Sunday 11:30 am (new time) Coffee & fellowship after the service

Wires Crossed

Jess Zoerb has been working on her exhibition pieces for the past year, putting her personal journey on canvas to share. Zoerb, and she finds that sharing her art — even though it is a very personal process — has so much value. “Art is something I do for myself first,” said Zoerb. “[But] sharing my art has become really important to me because I can see how it reaches other people at a very deep emotional level, and I’m seeing the power behind that.” Most of the pieces that will be on display as part of “Hope on a String,” Zoerb has completed within the last year. The exhibition is her first as a painter, and with her debut show on the horizon, Zoerb dreams of seeing more creative connections making their way across the city. In the past, Zoerb has done live painting demonstrations to bridge a unique connection between art and the public, and she is currently working on creating new ways to bring art to the public eye. “Everybody is creative and I’m kind of brewing up ideas of how I can bring that to other people and help them find that process of creating that helps them balance their emotional health, their mental well-being,” said Zoerb. Zoerb hopes to see many come out for her debut and encourages the community to keep an eye out for future endeavors. “I’d love to see art everywhere and I’d love for it to be just intertwined into our culture, so there’s some ideas that I’m going to be working on in the new year,” said 60 Athabasca Street East Zoerb. 306-692-0533 “Hope on a String” will Tenford be open for viewing at the Minister: Rev. Jim Moose Jaw Cultural Centre Jan. 3 to Feb. 14. A reMusic Director: Karenfrom Purdy ception with the artist, featuring music from Brian Paul Sunday, May 14th, 2017 D.G. and refreshments, will take place on Jan. 25, from Worship Service 10:30am 2 - 4 p.m. & Sunday School

St. Andrew’s United Church

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

All Are Welcome!

TRINITY UNITED CHURCH 277 Iroquois St W Moose Jaw, SK Next Service: December 29, 10:30am Dwight Baron

On the Front Porch by Wanda Smith

Celebrating Inclusion For All

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

Music Director: Karen Purdy • Choir Director: Jenna Nash

Sunday, December 29th, 2019 10:30 am Worship Service & Sunday School Worship Leader: Sheila Leahy Coffee Fellowship after the Worship Service

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I thought I had my wires crossed when I was preparing to write the column for this fourth week of Advent. For some reason, I found conflicting information for the weekly themes. One source mentions this is the week of “joy”, which I touched on last week. Another one assures me I’m on the right track with the theme being “love” for this last column before Christmas. Whichever source is correct I am unsure, but I can’t turn back the hands of time to change it for this column so we will just run with some “love.” Do you ever get your wires crossed? In the early 1900’s there were literally telephone and telegraph wires that would be accidentally crossed and disrupt calls people would be trying to make. This is where we got this saying today. “Getting our wires crossed” means to have a different understanding of the same situation. It is easy, today, to misunderstand or misinterpret something that was said and get our “wires crossed.” The opportunity to get offended has been available to all of us many times in our lives, even many times in one day. As a society, we seemed to have lost our broad shoulders and take things much more personal than we used to do so. We all have our opinion and are entitled to it. Coupled with the fact that we have many more convenient ways to express our opinions and make them known makes for a pretty eruptive environment in which to live. It is so easy to get our wires crossed and take things the wrong way. This is where love comes in. In the spirit of advent this week, let’s have a quick review of what true Bible love is. Jesus is the perfect example for us. The good news is that He has equipped us to live like Him. Love, according to the Infallible Word of God, never fails. “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Insert your own name in that passage. Aim to allow the love of Jesus flow through you, especially into the difficult relationships you may encounter this Christmas season. Keep your love on and spread some around to those who least deserve it. Christmas gives us opportunity to pause and reflect on what Jesus has done for us. He provides us the love that we need in order to love those around us. The good news is that we don’t have to drum up that love; it comes from Him! The more confident we are in His love, the less offended we will become. The more confident we are in His love, the less worried we are about what others think of us. The more we are confident in His love, the more loving we become! Fill up on His love for you and watch it overflow to others. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5”:8 That is the best gift of all! My prayer is that you will encounter the real, true, lasting love of God this Christmas. May you see family restitution and forgiveness flow. May you embrace His hope, peace, joy and especially love this Christmastime. From my heart to yours, Merry Christmas. 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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RUSSELL “RUSTY” CHARLES MODELAND 1943 -2019 Russell “Rusty” passed away on December 16, 2019, from an aggressive form of cancer, Metastatic Melanoma. Russell was a kind loving husband, father, brother and uncle. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife and soul mate Juanita Modeland; his daughters Auralee and Chantelle (Cam); his son Sheldon (Kate); his sisters Diane (Susan), Karen (Subhash), and Marian; as well as his grandsons, nieces and nephews. Russell loved nature, animals and all things outdoors. He studied Forestry at the University of British Columbia. In his work with the Department of Natural Resources, he was instrumental in planning several provincial parks throughout Saskatchewan. Russell loved life and kept active, working as a security officer in many facilities in, and around, Moose Jaw and Regina. Russell will be remembered for his gentle spirit, strength and determination to overcome life’s obstacles. We want to extend our gratitude to the staff of Dr. F.H Wigmore Hospital in Moose Jaw who provided excellent care and comfort in his final days. A Private Celebration of Russell’s life is planned for the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Moose Jaw Humane Society, Box 1658, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 7K7. In living memory of Russell, a memorial planting will be made by Jones - Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: wjjonesandson. com or (Obituaries). Stephanie Lowe - Funeral Director

JOYCE COOPER Joyce Genevieve Cooper (nee Mooney) was born on the family farm in the Stalwart, SK district on May 19, 1936. As a young girl she enjoyed and excelled in sports, the piano, and began her lifelong love of gardening and animals. Although a shy girl, her love of community and social gatherings was rooted in her growing up in a large family which included 6 sisters and 5 brothers. In 1955, Joyce moved to the Demeester farmstead in Imperial, SK, where she had her children: Shannon Demeester, Laurel Janzen, Roxanne Demeester, Vonda Demeester and Alann Demeester. In 1967, she moved to Moose Jaw and pursued a career as a psychiatric nurse where she worked for many years. Later in her career, she branched out as a Community Mental Health nurse, servicing the Assiniboia and ultimately the Humboldt areas. Joyce and her husband Joseph (Joe) Cooper settled in the Archerwill area building an acreage created for enjoying nature. There was always a pot of coffee on for anyone who stopped by and if you were lucky maybe Joyce had an apple pie or fresh baked cinnamon buns ready for tasting. There was always a cat ready to cuddle, a flower to smell, a deer to admire, a game of cards to be played, and a laugh to be had. Joyce’s (also known as Gram) family eventually grew in size to include 11 grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren. Joyce passed away on November 28, 2019 at the age of 83. Although she was preceded by Joe, they were laid to rest together at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Saskatoon where they had lived their last years. Joyce loved her community, her friends, and especially her family and she was loved by them in return. Given her long struggle with arthritis, Joyce wished any charitable donations to be given to the Canadian Arthritis Association or the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Lisa Bos, Hillcrest Funeral Home, Saskatoon, SK, 306-4774400.

Gordon William Gabel May 10, 1931 - Dec. 27, 2018

You never said I’m leaving You never said goodbye You were gone before we knew it And only God knows why. In life we loved you dearly In death we love you still In our hearts we hold a place That only you can fill. It broke our hearts to lose you But you didn’t go alone. A part of us went with you The day God took you home. Missing you always Wife Jennie, Son Gary (Shirley), Daughter Bev (Cory), Grandchildren & Great-Grandchildren Honour the memory of a loved one with a memorial gift to support the Moose Jaw 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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Love Always From Diana, Lesley, Jessica, Family and Friends

Parkview Funeral Chapel 474 Hochelaga St W 306.694.5500

Craft and trade show raises money for Sacred Heart teachers’ wish list Shawn Slaght - Moose Jaw Express

Local businesses and artisans came together recently for the Sacred Heart School Community Council’s third annual Christmas craft and trade show. The event took place at the school’s gym with 29 vendors taking part, making it the largest Christmas craft and trade show put on by the School Community Council (S.C.C.). All of the funds raised from the event went to helping the teachers at Sacred Heart School. “The funds raised go to our teacher’s wish list, which is money that we set aside specifically for our teachers so if there is anything that they want for their classroom instead of using out of pocket, they come to the S.C.C. and we can provide that for them,” Sacred Heart S.C.C. chairperson Nikki Ebbett said. A silver collection was taken at the door and a penny parade took place with items donated from the vendors. There were also activities for the kids with craft tables and glitter tattoos. Even Jolly Old St. Nick made a guest appearance. “It’s our first year having Santa here. We were really excited to find out he had a day off and he could come here,” Ebbett said.

Saskatchewan’s population keeps climbing

If tears Could build A stairway and memories A lane, I'd walk Right up to Heaven And bring you home again. Missing you terribly Leslie George Farnel

Tradename for W. J. Jones & Son Ltd & Parkview Funeral Chapel

Twenty-nine vendors took part in the Sacred Heart School Community Council’s third annual Christmas craft on trade show on Saturday. Photo by Shawn Slaght

More people are calling Saskatchewan home than ever before. The province’s population increased by 4,195 people in the third quarter of 2019. That means Saskatchewan’s population is now at an all-time high of 1,178,657. In a press release, Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison noted a connection to this increase and the Government of Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan. “Our new Growth Plan includes goals of 1.4 million people living in Saskatchewan and 100,000 more jobs in our province by 2030,” Harrison said. “More people, jobs and opportunities means a better quality of life for everyone who calls Saskatchewan home.” This is the 54th consecutive quarter of population growth in Saskatchewan.

Seasons Greetings from Our Families to Yours’

Going ABOVE and BEYOND expectations is what sets us apart

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Please note that coming events are placed where space is available and that priority is given to local non-profit groups and organizations. 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. GOOD FOOD BOX – Hunger in Moose Jaw, contact Kathleen Dempkey 306.693.0754: Now accept debit and credit card payments. Money due Jan. 8th for food pick up on Jan. 14/ Money due Jan. 22nd for food pick up on Jan. 28th/Money due Feb. 12th for food pick up on Feb. 25th/Money due March 4th for food pick up on March 10th/Money due March 18th for food pick up on March 24th/Money due April 1st for food pick up on April 7th/ Money due April 22nd for food pick up on April 28/Money due May 6th for food pick up on May 12th/Money due May 20th for food pick up on May 26th/Money due June 3rd for food pick up on June 9th/Money due June 17th for food pick up on June 23rd. 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. The Legion will be CLOSED December 25th & 26th VETERANS’ MORNING COFFEE - Monday-Saturday @ 10:00 am MEAT DRAW FUNDRAISER - Saturdays @ 3:00 pm – Open to the public -- Everyone welcome RENEW YOUR 2020 LEGION MEMBERSHIP NOW! Deadline for renewal is December 31st to remain a member in good standing. 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 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. December 25 & 26 – Closed and January 1 - Closed Saturday January 4 – Military Whist Tournament 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Cost $12.00 Saturday January 4 – Social Dance featuring “Al & Company”. 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm with lunch to follow.

$15.00 Monday January 6 – Special Members Meeting @ 1:00 pm Thursday January 9 – Mini 500 Tournament - – 1:00-3:30 pm, Cost $5.00 Saturday, January 18 – Crib Tournament 9:30-3:30 pm. Cost $12.00 Sunday, January 19 – Potluck –5:00 – 8:00 pm Cost $1.00 Wednesday, January 22 – Mini Crib – 1:00-4:00 pm, Cost $5.00 Saturday, January 25 – Robbie Burns Celebration Cocktails & 5:30, Supper 6:15 pm, Program 7-9 pm. Adults $30 | Children (5-12 yrs) $10 Tickets available at Reception Desk COSMO SENIORS’ CENTRE, 235 Third Ave. N.E. For more information call (306) 692-6072. 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

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On the recent passing of our mother, mother-in-law, grandma and great grandmother, sister, aunt, Ruby Zumstein, we would like to thank the following. First, the wonderful staff at Pioneer Lodge for their kindness and compassionate care of Ruby for the last year. Dr. Jansen for her early care, Dr. Vermaak for her care when she was in Extendicare and later Pioneer Lodge and Dr. Mr. Van Heardon for her last weekend. We would also like to thank Pastor John Kreutzwieser for tending to his flock. He prayed with Ruby and Joan that last morning and did the beautiful funeral that Ruby had requested. The members of the congregation who visited Ruby was appreciated by the family as well as the lovely lunch put on by Emmauel Lutheran. We would like to acknowledge W.J. Jones and Dana Chamberlain for their part in the passing of Ruby. They did excellent work and craftsmanship. We would like to thank friends, neighbours, relatives for flowers, food, cards, acts of kindness, and expressions of sympathy. Finally to the people of Moose Jaw. I am glad I was born and raised here. A place where the traffic still pulls over for the funeral procession.

The family 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 306690-8462. 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.

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It’s become a tradition for Blue Whale Financial Solutions employees, and one that they all look forward to each year: putting together a full-fledged Christmas dinner for an elementary school in the city. This year, they brought their serving spoons and Santa hats to Prince Arthur School. Students and staff were treated to a full turkey dinner, complete with Jell-O and

A surprise appearance by Santa got an uproar of excitement from the younger students, who lined up for a hug from the jolly icon.

cake for dessert, as well as an appearance from Santa himself. “This is the only time that we kind of get together for anything like this, so it’s pretty special for a lot of the staff and students,” said Brad Raes, vice-principal at Prince Arthur. “When we found out that this was going to happen at our school this year, we were pretty excited and the kids have been talking about this for a few days.” The Christmas dinner is something that Blue Whale Financial Solutions has done for the last five years, and was an idea born out of a desire to do something good for the holiday season. “Sort of the key focal point is giving the kids an opportunity to hope and dream and really enjoy all the Christmas has to offer,” said Joe Moffatt, president and CEO of Blue Whale Financial Solutions. “It really makes us feel wonderful when we can reconnect with our community and reconnect with the children in our community.” They alternate which school they attend each year, but one thing remains the same each time they host the holiday meal: Blue Whale employees are excited to meet

The team at Blue Whale Financial Solutions serve a Christmas dinner to one Moose Jaw school each year. the kids, and the kids are equally excited to enjoy the food together. “It’s a staple within our team and it’s something that everybody in our family of Blue Whale really enjoys providing,” said Moffatt. “We love doing it every year and I think we’ll continue to do it.”

Craft and trade show raises money for Sacred Heart teachers’ wish list Shawn Slaght - Moose Jaw Express

Local businesses and artisans came together recently for the Sacred Heart School Community Council’s third annual Christmas craft and trade show. The event took place at the school’s gym with 29 vendors taking part, making it the largest Christmas craft and trade show put on by the School Community Council (S.C.C.). All of the funds raised from the event went to helping the teachers at Sacred Heart School. “The funds raised go to our teacher’s wish list, which is money that we set aside specifically for our teachers so if there is any-

thing that they want for their classroom instead of using out of pocket, they come to the S.C.C. and we can provide that for them,” Sacred Heart S.C.C. chairperson Nikki Ebbett said. A silver collection was taken at the door and a penny parade took place with items donated from the vendors. There were also activities for the kids with craft tables and glitter tattoos. Even Jolly Old St. Nick made a guest appearance. “It’s our first year having Santa here. We were really excited to find out he had a day Twenty-nine vendors took part in the Sacred Heart School Community off and he could come here,” Ebbett said. Council’s third annual Christmas craft on trade show on Saturday. Photo by Shawn Slaght

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