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Rachel Mullins, emergency services manager at the Riverside Mission, has been seeing an increase in people attending the shelter’s meals — and for that, she is grateful to offer someplace welcoming. The Christmas season is tough for some, said Mullins, between the holidays and the weather. Every year, the shelter sees an increase in people coming out to meals and seeking shelter with Riverside Mission. This year has been no different, with an increase in attendance at the daily meals offered by the shelter. “As Christmas is coming and people are feeling the strain or the stress or the loneliness of the season, we’re noticing more people coming to our meals and utilizing them,” said Mullins. Mullins also noted there was a brief increase in those seeking shelter as the temperatures outside dropped, but the recent warm streak has eased that need as of late. She has also had people express needs for other things that the shelter doesn’t necessarily provide, like Christmas presents. “We do see that people come, and we see a lot of things like people asking for a little more help,” said Mullins. “And we try to just help out by maybe directing them to different places, but also just making them feel welcome and part of the community.” Mostly, Mullins is glad to see people reaching out to the shelter. “It’s great because we want to create an environment where they feel welcome and they feel like they’re family and so they don’t feel so alone during this time,” said Mullins. The increase in numbers is one of the reasons Riverside Mission is staying open over the holidays. The shelter will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 but will be serving regular meals the remainder of

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Harvey and Star Parker, two long-time volunteers at Riverside Mission, are making perogies for the day’s meal. the week. The other reason is their new partnership with Souls Harbour Mission in Regina. “They like to see as many days open as possible over the holidays, for that very reason of having a place for people to come, and so that’s what we’re going to be doing this year as well,” said Mullins. Mullins is impressed by the way the community has responded to the shelter’s calls for help this time of year, with donations steadily coming in to help with the increase in numbers. “Donations from the community have been pretty amazing, lots of people bringing in socks and underwear, toques, mitts, things that definitely our people can use,” said Mullins. Clothing items are given away during Riverside Mission’s clothing giveaways, and Mullins noted that they could always use more women’s and children’s items. “We have now started, in our clothing giveaways, getting stuff for women and children because there’s a big need for that out there too,” said Mullins. “We find that we’re getting a lot of things for men, not as much for women and children.” Donations are always accepted at the shelter, said Mullins, and they are always greatly appreciated. “Whenever there’s a need, [Moose Jaw] always steps up and we’ve never, ever had a time where we haven’t pushed, put out a need and not seen it met,” said Mullins. “We, as Riverside Mission staff, feel that we live in a great community who’s very, very supportive of us and always reaching out to meet our needs, and we just want to thank the community of Moose Jaw,” she added.

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Canadian police seen more as guardians than as warriors, police chief says Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Residents who watch American police shows likely have a skewed understanding of how law enforcement works since the Canadian and American models are so different, says Moose Jaw’s police chief. Since Britain was one of the founding countries of Canada and had such an influential effect, Canada adopted the British policing system of 1829, explained police Chief Rick Bourassa. The United Kingdom’s policies purposely and intentionally stayed away from a military model. In fact, officers there couldn’t even wear shiny buttons and had to dress similarly to everyone else. Today, Canada’s police agencies follow a model where they operate with the consent of the community and have strong civilian oversight. “The American model is really the military. It’s ... a top-down driven model that they follow … . That leads to all sorts of issues that they’re having there in terms of being seen as an occupying force, (while) they tend to think of themselves as (being) at war,” said Bourassa during the Moose Jaw Board of Police

The Moose Jaw Police Service and Regina Police Service practised together recently at the former YMCA building on Fairford Street. RPS brought its armoured vehicle to help with the exercise. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Commissioners’ December meeting. “We’re not at war. We’re guardians in Canada. In the States, they see themselves a bit more as warriors.” Canada uses a civilian-driven police-oversight process to ensure the po-

lice are doing what citizens want and that officers are guardians of communities, Bourassa added. Even the language in the media in both countries to describe police is slightly different, said Supt. Rick McKenna. In

articles in Canada, reporters usually use “peace officer,” while in the United States, it’s “law enforcement officer.” “So they’re all about enforcement, enforcement, enforcement, while we’re all about peace,” he added. “To me, that’s the difference.” That explains much about policing, especially since officers in Britain don’t carry firearms, noted Commissioners Mayor Fraser Tolmie. They also focus on positive policing, where officers talk to people regularly in the community, especially with children. In the United States, many law enforcement positions are also elected instead of appointed, McKenna said. This includes the district attornies and sheriffs. “That’s why policing in Canada is always separated from politics,” said Bourassa. “That’s why boards are so important. When people are elected — we see it sometimes in the States — they will do things to get re-elected that might not be (appropriate).” The Board of Police Commissioners next meets on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

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.

Moose Jaw collected largest amount of food donations in Canadian stops and 2nd largest in North America Larissa Kurz

The CP Holiday Train rolled into Moose Jaw on Dec. 17 and Canadian Pacific happily presented the Food Bank with a cheque for $10,000, alongside a hefty donation of food items collected from around the community. In fact, Moose Jaw was one of the most impressive stops on the Holiday Train tour, having collected the largest amount of food donations out of any Canadian stops on the 2019 tour and the second largest donation in North America. This year, over 1,400 bags of food equalling over 14,400 pounds were collected prior to the arrival of the Holiday Train, supported through the Good Buy to Hunger campaign at the Moose Jaw Co-op. That total is nearly double what was collected last year through the campaign. This is the 21st year that the CP Holiday Train has toured the country for the charity program, and it has collected over 4.5 million pounds of food that has stayed in each of the communities along the train’s route. “I love the CP Holiday Train and am honoured to be a part of this venture as well as this community. Together, one bag at a time we can make a difference,” said Gabrielle Belanger, support services supervisor at CP. “Thank you Moose Jaw for coming together again to help those who need our community support.”

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The end of 2019 brings me to reflect on the highlights of the past year. Through both blessings and challenges, the year certainly was not mundane. In January, I gave notice to Premier Moe that I would continue to represent Moose Jaw North through to the end of my current term, but would not be seeking re-election. It has been a tremendous privilege and honour to serve the constituents of Moose Jaw North, but for the constituents, my family and myself, I feel this is the right decision. During the Spring Session in March, the Government presented a balanced budget while maintaining social programs with increases to Social Services, Education and Health. The announcement of a new joint-use school in Moose Jaw to replace the aging structures of Empire, Sacred Heart, St. Mary’s and Westmount was most welcome. 2019 was an extremely difficult year for the agriculture industry as the seasons appeared to be opposite

of what would be considered normal; with too little moisture in the spring, then too much moisture for the harvest season. International trade disputes in countries like China and India that were out of the control of our provincial government added to the agricultural challenges. Despite those challenges, harmful federal policies including the imposed carbon tax, and international economic trade headwinds, Saskatchewan did better than our budget forecast. We are $3 million above the budgeted surplus at mid-year as a result of careful spending and priority investments. Though challenges remain in some sectors, economic indicators including population, employment, and wholesale trade are up. Other highlights for the province were the completion of major infrastructure projects including the Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford, the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon and the Regina Bypass. September 22 marked the 50th anniversary of our Saskatchewan flag. It was a pleasure to once again meet the designer of our flag, Anthony Drake and his wife, Joan when they visited from England in July. Our office was a sea of yellow and green for an Open House celebration on September 20. There were a number of memorable highlights for our community of Moose Jaw. The return of the Moose Jaw Air show after a 15-year hiatus was a huge cele-

bratory event. A few weeks later, we said goodbye to Col. Denis O’Reilly, who was instrumental in bringing back the Air Show, and welcomed Col. Ron Walker as the new Commander of 15 Wing. A historic event happened in September when the last remaining residents moved out of Valley View Centre, marking the end of institutionalized-style living for people with intellectual disabilities in Saskatchewan. Collaboration with families ensured the success and well-being of residents as they moved into communities of their choice. Moose Jaw will look forward to an economic boost with the November announcement that the construction of the Moose Jaw natural gas-fired power station will go ahead. It was a positive year for tourism in Moose Jaw, thanks to some good-natured rivalry with Norway about the tallest moose in the world. This created a lot of fun, and with new antlers, Mac the Moose is now once again the world’s tallest moose. I hope each of us can look back at 2019 and see more blessings than obstacles. As we begin the year of 2020, my wife, Debbie, and I wish you and yours a blessed, healthy and prosperous New Year.

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Classical concert series travelling living rooms across the prairies Larissa Kurz

Moose Jaw’s Logan and Jeremy Anderson are just one of the unique hosts for an upcoming tour that has classical musicians performing in living rooms across Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Living Room Live is a non-profit organization that brings classical house concerts to the homes of volunteer hosts, where guests can enjoy the talents of classical musicians in a close, intimate setting. House concerts are a popular venue for acoustic and classical shows, and the Living Room Live tour seeks to broaden the opportunities for both musicians and guests to experience the closeness of a small performance such as this. “It’s just so much more of a personal way to experience the music, I think, because the musicians are up so close and it’s much easier to talk about the music with them at intermission,” said Nicola Davies, from Living Room Live. “I know audiences always love when they can sit so close and see the pianist’s fingers or the cello or whoever’s playing.” The series began in B.C. and is now on

Paul Williams (L) and Gregory Lewis (R) are the duo touring this winter, both hailing from B.C. and having studied music in Winnipeg and the U.S. (supplied)

its second season touring through the prairie provinces, with three different tours featuring three different sets of musicians. The winter tour, which begins in January, is hosting violinist Gregory Lewis and pianist Paul Williamson for a threeweek trip. The duo will be stopping in Moose Jaw on Jan. 15 to take over the Anderson’s living room, with a repertoire of Bee-

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thoven, Stravinsky, Massenet, Elgar, and more. “We thought this would be a great opportunity for us to be able to experience, as well as have our children experience, live music, and we thought that it would be even better by being able to host that in our home,” said Logan. This will be the second time the Anderson’s have hosted Living Room Live, after welcoming the musician on the fall

tour, pianist Benjamin Bertin, in September. Their previous experience was so unique, said Logan, and she is looking forward to once again hosting another group of musicians. “It’s a great opportunity that we were given, to be able to invite the community into our homes to experience the music,” said Logan. “I’m really looking forward to this [tour] because we get to experience something new, having a violin come and play, [and meet] some new people, having some new guests come and enjoy the concert.” The Moose Jaw stop of the Living Room Live house concert series will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 15, and tickets are $20 each. To RSVP to the show, guests can either submit their attendance on the Living Room Live website or reach out to Logan and Jeremy Anderson at Those interested in becoming hosts for the concert series in the future are also encouraged to contact Living Room Live through their website.

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What I really love about embarking on a new year is the connotation of starting afresh, especially if the past year wasn’t that great for some. It’s a time to put the past aside and focus on the future and head into it with optimism, new goals and challenges to Joan Ritchie conquer. The past is past EDITOR at last and there is no use dwelling on what could have been but there’s also a lot of it that isn’t forgotten, those great memories to reminisce with family and friends on some of life’s special moments. I think of how fast life is going by…it just seems like yesterday when our kids were small and underfoot and now they have kids of their own and they in-turn are experiencing some sleep deprivation and sometimes too much activity to handle some days. Sometimes I wish we could turn back the clock of time and experience the same things over, but with a knowing perspective that only comes with age… and if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride because in reality, we can never go back for a doover. Every season of life is a time to embrace and be present so as not to live with regrets. And I think about the past year in the City of Moose Jaw. This coming November is D-day for Moose Jaw’s mayor and councillors, hoping to be re-elected. It is the majority of the same people that are taxpayers and haven’t been allowed a voice in any of the decisions that City Hall has made this past year and longer that will again be voting. The majority of major decisions, tax increases, wage increases, etc. have been done in closed door meetings without the public’s input and the mayor appears so proud that they concluded their budget this year prior to Christmas – without the public’s input. That seems really smug to me. When did Moose Jaw stop being administrated by the City but rather controlled by the City Council and administration? The decisions they make seem to be questionable as they don’t acknowledge the taxpayers who are the base for their spending habits and they seem to not want to be accountable to the people of Moose Jaw. It is with great expectations that many are looking for big changes at City Hall and November will be here sooner than it looks from here. Time will tell. Let’s hope and pray that 2020 will be good to all of us, including Moose Jaw.

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MJPS talks careers in policing to conclude Community Police Academy Larissa Kurz

There are a number of ways to get involved within the field of policing, and Cst. Kyle Cunningham and Cst. Rod Zoerb shared what exactly the Moose Jaw Police Service look for when hiring new recruits. The MJPS currently has 57 members, each of whom went through the same application and interview process — beginning with a lengthy application that includes a resume, educational transcripts, personal history, criminal record check, an ethics and integrity exam, and a long list of personal references. Potential MJPS recruits also undergo a vision and hearing test, as well as a polygraph test — which, if failed, can seriously impede chances of being hired at any police service elsewhere. Completed CPR and first aid certificates are a requirement, and all recruits must pass the Peace Officers Physical Abilities Test (POPAT) upon hiring. The hiring process takes an extremely thorough and detailed look into a person’s past, and the qualities that the MJPS looks for currently may be slightly different than those on the list a decade ago. Maturity and life experience are extremely important, with the service rarely hiring anyone younger than 22, and physicality doesn’t necessarily outrank the ability for quick critical thinking. Gender is also not a factor, although female applicants are often eliminated during the POPAT. For the most part, the MJPS looks for someone who can answer the question of “why pursue a career in policing?” “It’s different for each person,” said Cunningham. “[And] if that one stumps you, the interview’s over, because if that’s not on the tip of your tongue as to why you want to do this, then maybe you’re not quite ready.” Potential constables must be adaptable and able to handle the many responsibilities of an officer, as well as be able to work as a team in a highstress environment and still display good ethics and risk management. “There’s no individual glory or reward that you’re looking for in this job and if you are, you’re doing it for the wrong reasons,” said Zoerb. Becoming a constable with the MJPS isn’t the only route into police work. Positions with the RCMP, the Cana-

The 2019 Community Police Academy group, with Cst. Kyle Cunningham and Cst. Rod Zoerb. dian National Police Service, or the military offer similar opportunities, as does becoming a conservation officer, a corrections officer, or a security guard. There are also a number of civilian positions within the police service, including dispatch, administration, Victim Services, the information management unit, speed enforcement, and more. Policing as a field is in flux Chief Rick Bourassa has expressed interest in hiring two more officers for the MJPS in 2020, due to an increase in calls over the past few years. Although the MJPS has 57 members employed, Cunningham and Zoerb pointed out that rarely are all of those members available for duty — there are always officers sick, injured, or on various types of short-term and long-term leave. Based on its size, Moose Jaw should have at least 70 officers and an increase in civilian positions to efficiently provide service to the city, especially as the job continues to evolve. Two new officers could help alleviate some of the overtime work MJPS members are currently doing, as could the development of a second PACT team to respond to calls dealing with mental health and addictions. Experiencing hands-on helps to understand the nature of policing Police work is a unique career, and anyone considering applying for the career path has a lot to consider. “People don’t realize how rewarding our job can be, how satisfying it can be, but also how stressful it can be. It kind of pulls you in two completely different directions lots of days,” said Zoerb. “It’s very polarizing and

unique. There’s no job like this, no matter what you’re doing, it’s not like police work.” The Community Police Academy is one way that curious civilians can learn more about what MJPS officers experience on the job every day, and one of this year’s attendees certainly felt like it was an eye-opening six weeks. “I feel like people misunderstand what police officers do. . . They’re here to work for you and protect you. You know how it is in the media, ‘one bad cop’ gets twisted into ‘everyone’s a bad cop,’” said Hana Giddings. “It is kind of just nice to see them as people rather than this figure that can’t be touched, that you can’t relate to.” Giddings heard about the program through a personal connection, and as a student who has studied the legal side of the justice system, she felt that seeing this side of the process was informative. “You don’t learn it from a police officer [in the classroom], it’s a professor, so this is kind of more like their real stories, their real experiences,” said Giddings. Although Giddings enjoyed the program, she wasn’t quite swayed to policing as a career, but she did recommend the Community Police Academy to future attendees. “It was really cool,” said Giddings. “It’s only six weeks and it’s a different thing every time: you get to shoot a gun, get to meet all the police dogs, get to go on a ride-along, so like those three things alone are [worth it].” Details for this article were collected as part of the Moose Jaw Express’s attendance at the Community Police Academy.

Concerns surface on collection of irrigation levy By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express



The collection of a $1 an acre levy on irrigated lands located outside certified irrigation districts remains a concern. An estimated 150,000 acres of non-district irrigation is subject to collection of a levy by the Irrigation Crop Development Centre. The levy will compensate for a phased-in reduction of $100,000 from the

Ministry of Agriculture. Problems with collection arise because ICDC doesn’t know who the non-district irrigators are and can’t get access to the landowner names. Neither the ministry of agriculture database of 165,000 acres nor the Saskatchewan Water Security data base of 145,000 acres can release names because of the Privacy Act. Irrigators at the annual conference of the Saskatchewan Irrigation Projects Association (SIPA) in Moose Jaw were asked for suggestions. An idea to have rural municipalities provide names was shot down as RMs do not know who is irrigating. A suggestion to have names of owners with water allocations won’t work because ICDC won’t know if land is transferred. One irrigator suggested a simple change to law making it mandatory for anyone with an irrigation licence to allow sharing of information with the levy collector. SIPA has discussed this issue for two years. Ron Walter can be reached at

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Students at Riverview help keep rock music alive with Christmas show Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The halls at Riverview Collegiate were rockin’ before the Christmas break as the school’s rock band put on a show that displayed everything they had learned during the fall semester. More than 60 people packed into the

Thirteen students in the Rock Band program at Riverview Collegiate put on a toe-tapping Christmas rock concert on Dec. 19 featuring rock songs from the 1960s to today. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

school’s gym on Dec. 19 to listen to the 13 students in the Rock Band program jam out to rock songs, with a little bit of country and disco thrown in for good measure. A paper flying saucer was taped to the gym wall behind the band — dubbed The Wi3Rd$ — with a multi-coloured wave of light beaming down to the ground. “We’re trying to keep rock and rock alive. We’re in an era where everyone listens to rap and hip hop and other things,” said teacher James Irving, who leads the Rock Band program. The students have seen the value of rock music and wanted to give the audience a chance to experience the value of it as well. The Rock Band program is composed of students in grades 10 to 12. Every year students in the program put on a Christmas show and then another show at the end of April. The December performance was a “hard-rocking show” that featured a mix of rock genres from the

A plethora of colour schemes lit up the band and performers during the annual Christmas rock concert. Photo by Jason G. Antonio 1960s to the present day. The musicians performed songs ranging from “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees to “Monster” by Shinedown. No Christmas carols were sung, but some of the songs did have a Christmas influence to them. It was a fun and energetic show that allowed students to showcase what they had learned since September, said Irving. Some students came into the program with some musical talent, while others

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Greg Lawrence MLA Moose Jaw Wakamow It’s hard to believe another year Greg Lawrence MLA, has come and gone. I hope the holMoose Jaw idays have been good to you and Wakamow yours. Looking back on 2019, it was certainly a year of challenges and accomplishments. Despite economic headwinds, there were plenty of highlights at the provincial level. I’m reminded of continued job and population growth, as well as a balanced budget that was recently confirmed as being on track in the Mid-Year Financial Report. Your Saskatchewan Party government proudly stood with farmers and ranchers, energy workers and all those negatively impacted by a costly and ineffective carbon tax. We built upon and strengthened interprovincial relations when Premiers from coast-to-coast-to-coast met in Saskatoon for the Council of the Federation. We advocated for Saskatchewan exports in Asian markets during a very successful 11-day trade mission to Japan and South Korea.

We made new commitments to develop Small Modular Nuclear Reactors that rely heavily on Saskatchewan-mined uranium. And together through partnerships with First Nations we worked toward building a more compassionate, respectful and understanding Saskatchewan. Major infrastructure projects to improve the quality of life for Saskatchewan people were completed in 2019, including the new Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford, the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon, and the Regina Bypass. On a local note, I was thrilled with the announcement of a new consolidated joint-use school to replace four aging facilities on South Hill. Funding in this year’s budget was allocated for the design phase of the project. This new school is going to enhance children’s education for years to come and I want to thank both Holy Trinity Catholic and Prairie South School Divisions for working together to make it a reality. This past fall, the planning phase for a new 350-megawatt natural gas-fired power station in Moose Jaw was confirmed to be moving forward. This is great news for our city and will provide economic and employment benefits for residents and a low-carbon and reliable addition to Saskatchewan’s energy infrastructure. The successful completion of the Valley View transition was another noteworthy accomplishment of the

past year. With a new year – and a new decade – now here I’m reminded of how far we’ve come and the work that’s still ahead. As your representative, I will continue working as part of our provincial government to strengthen our economy, communities and families. It doesn’t seem that long ago when former Premier Brad Wall released Saskatchewan’s Plan for Growth: Vision 2020 and Beyond. That visionary document laid the foundation for much of the growth and success our province and its people have seen. Thanks to the strong leadership of Premier Scott Moe, I am proud to say that Saskatchewan is positioned for a new decade of growth. Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan includes 20 actions for the 2020s and 30 goals for 2030, which include a population of 1.4 million people, 100,000 new jobs, increasing our exports by 50 per cent and increasing agriculture value-added revenue to $10 billion. You can learn more about our plan online at Our government will continue working to strengthen our economy, communities and families now and in the decade ahead. This starts with balanced budgets, lower taxes and priority investments to ensure Saskatchewan remains strong for years to come.

From The Kitchen

T i m e fo r re g u l a r fo o d to c o m e o u t o f c u p b o a rd By Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express

With the holiday season nearly finished for another year, it might be time to think of serving “regular” food, rather than the delicious, but rich items associated with the holiday. This week’s recipes suggest some options for a non-festive but still tasty meal. ••• Cheese Burger Soup 1 lb. hamburger 1 large onion, chopped 2 carrots, shredded 3 stalks celery, finely chopped 1 tsp. parsley salt and pepper to taste 8 cups chicken broth 4 cups potatoes, peeled and cubed 1/2 cup flour 3 cups milk 1 can cheddar cheese soup Saute hamburger, onions, carrots and celery. Add seasonings. Add chicken broth and potatoes. Boil, then simmer until vegetables are tender. Whisk the flour with the milk and add to the soup. When


thickened, add the cheese soup. Heat through, being careful not to boil. ••• Chicken Lasagna 10 lasagna noodles, cooked according to package direction 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 cup onion, chopped 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 tsp. each oregano, poultry seasoning and basil 3/4 cup parmesan cheese 4 cups cooked chicken, diced 2 cups cheddar cheese 2 cups mozzarella cheese Grease a 13x9 inch pan. Mix soups, onion, spices and chicken. Layer cooked noodles, half the soup mixture, some cheese then more noodles and mixture of other ingredients, ending with the cheese. Spray a piece of foil with non-stick spray and place over the mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F.

for about 40 minutes. Take off foil and brown cheese for 10 minutes. Let stand about 15 minutes before serving. ••• Saucy Pudding 1/3 cup sugar 1 cup raisins 1 cup flour 2 tsps. baking powder Sauce: 2 cups boiling water 1 cup brown sugar 1 tbsp. butter 1/4 tsp. nutmeg Combine sugar, raisins, flour, milk and baking powder. Pour into a deep casserole dish. Combine and mix ingredients for the sauce and carefully pour over the batter in the casserole. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes. The sauce will be on the bottom of the pudding. Joyce Walter can be reached at

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How city lost $1 million on the Canadian Tire Development This Trading Thoughts column was going to commend the city for completing the three years of negotiations to get the Canadian Tire project moving. The new development on the eastern side of the Exhibition grounds will offer a shopping hub with Canadian Tire, by Ron Walter Mark’s Work Wearhouse and Forzani’s stores attracting customers and leaving outlets for other businesses to occupy. Then the rest of the story unfolded when Coun. Brian Swanson asked some pertinent questions at the Dec. 16 council meeting. The math on this deal is quite simple. The city will get paid $3.1 million for 11.95 acres of land. After the city spends $2.4 million compensating the Exhibition for loss of the lease, building sewer, water, lights and installing power and phone services the city stands to make a $619,000 profit. Sounds great until we taxpayers realize the city had a better deal three years ago.

Under that agreement the city would have been paid $3.78 million and would have spent $2 million on servicing the property and compensating the Exhibition. Somewhere along the way the city and our council lost just over $1 million profit on the deal. In three years the city land price went from $316,800 an acre to $265,000. How and why will never be answered by this secretive fraternity. When Swanson questioned administration about the loss in profit the city manager retorted this happened before his watch. Just what did that response mean: that he never read the original deal closely? Or was this council so desperate for new development that it scrapped the $1 million profit to get a sale? Remember this is the council that tried to convince voters that a $100 million pea processing plant was coming, even though council knew the main investor was under investigation for fraud and had a remote chance of raising the funds to build the project. The mayor went so far as to convince the publisher of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald to quash a story about the fraud investigation. At the Dec. 16 meeting Mayor Fraser Tolmie defended the deal, saying it was good for Moose Jaw.

The delay, he said, came from bureaucracy, miscommunication with the Exhibition and delays in Saskatchewan Environment approval to build on former burrowing owl nesting grounds. Saskatchewan Environment cleared the site for development when Garry McKay was still city manager. McKay was terminated in 2013 - three years before the first Canadian Tire deal. The miscommunication with the Exhibition middle of the night delivery of city documents to the Exhibition office and refusal to take phone calls from the Exhibition lawyer. It is worth noting once the city completes the $2 million service project, a sod turning can be arranged just before the civic election to make council look like awesome builders. But at a $1 million cost to the taxpayers. That is pretty expensive campaign publicity. ***** Happy New Year to all from our household! May the New Year bring wiser decisions. 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.

RCMP conclude safe driving blitz with over 2,000 charges laid Larissa Kurz

From Dec. 1-7, Saskatchewan RCMP members checked 10,441 vehicles across the province during National Safe Driving Week. The goal was to cut down on instances of distracted driving, unsafe driving, and impaired driving, and RCMP laid a number of road safety charges during the week. Speeding was the largest issue, with 1,291 speeding tickets issued, including one

driver near Kindersley who received a $1,168 fine for travelling 183 kilometres per hour in a 100 km/h zone. Another 44 charges were issued for careless driving — which included driving without due care and attention, changing lanes while unsafe, and following too close to another vehicle — and 83 charges for seatbelt misuse. Drivers continue to use electronic devices while driving despite the announcement

that distracted driving fines will be increasing in the New Year, with 60 charges for using a cell phone while driving issued — including one driver near Balgonie attempting to use a tablet while on the highway. Another 39 drivers were charged with impaired driving during the week-long campaign. The increased police presence during the campaign will likely continue through the

holidays, RCMP noted, and drivers are encouraged to safe driving practices for everyone on the road. This includes making the choice to drive sober or plan a safe ride home, or even staying at a friend’s house, and reporting suspected impaired drivers to police. The RCMP ask everyone to commit to safe driving, so everyone can stay safe this season.

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REFLECTIVE MOMENTS Resolutions might, or might not, be easy to keep In most of the years gone by, I have had limited success in seeing New Year’s resolutions through to at least the end of the second week of January. Most of us have been told by armchair philosophers in our lives that the road to somewhere hot is paved with good Joyce Walter intentions. My good intenFor Moose Jaw Express tions regarding resolutions have never gotten into the car let alone hit the road to anywhere. Perhaps, I thought one day, the result for 2020 might have a happier outcome with a new decade beginning and one’s vision achieving the desired perfection. Thus, I looked around and pledged to at least try to take two visible actions in 2020. First, I would ensure that nothing would occupy our living room except the furniture and knick knacks that are meant to be displayed in that particular room. Of course, there will be some exceptions to that resolu-

tion, one of them being the container in which we store the recyclable materials that will eventually be moved to the blue bin outdoors. The second exception in that room is the old-style blue storage trunk that has been moved upstairs and which now acts as a storage unit for baking pans and containers previously accessed by making trips downstairs. With such repetitive journeys being a burden on an ailing back, a few years ago we moved them upstairs and put them into quickly overflowing totes. So the trunk stays, and in fact, could be used for extra seating if we were ever overrun by large crowds of visitors. The storage boxes related to my volunteer involvement are now out of sight in a room that is off-limits to visitors. Newspapers accumulated over many years have been sorted and recycled and other stuff has been donated to worthy community collectors and to the landfill. I have to admit, it is a relief to welcome visitors and not have to say, “please excuse our mess� and further apologize for making them congregate in the kitchen. And speaking of the kitchen: one side of the table is mine, one side belongs to Housemate and the rest of the table is often a repository for items that seem to mysterious-

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ly accumulate — because we need them close at hand. Visitors are often told my side of the table is my office and I have to say, proudly, that it is set up efficiently with supplies of a regular office easily in reach. I will continue to do my computer work at the table, and I suppose Housemate requires equal space but I do resolve to keep the table free from other clutter, based on my definition of what might be considered clutter. So there they are: my public declaration of two resolutions that should be easy to maintain. But already I am searching for a document and Housemate momentarily lost a magazine that had been close at hand for him. Both the document and magazine were part of the de-cluttering process. Maybe the table resolution will require some modifications. Or perhaps I could move my office into the now-tidy living room. Hmmmm. Maybe. Thankfully there is still time to amend those resolutions. Joyce Walter can be reached at The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

‘Tis the season for snowplow safety, reminds Ministry of Highways Larissa Kurz In order to stay safe on the roads this season, the provincial government is reminding drivers to take care when approaching and passing snowplows this winter. There are about five accidents involving snowplows in Saskatchewan each year, and the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure wants to remind drivers of the etiquette when encountering a snowplow on the road. “Our snowplow operators are out working, often in poor weather, to provide safe roads for travelers in Saskatchewan,� said Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit, in a press release. “At times, our snowplows encounter others on the road that are travelling at speeds or passing in ways that make working conditions risky. We simply ask: be aware, pass with care.� Drivers are allowed to pass snowplows that are moving, provided they do so when it is safe and with caution. Snowplows are considered emergency vehicles, which means drivers must slow to 60

kilometres per hour when passing an emergency vehicle with warning lights flashing. Snowplows use flashing amber and blue lights, with the blues lights activated when the vehicle is plowing, salting, or sanding. Drivers are also advised to stay back from a working snowplow, as they create mini blizzards around them as they work — called the “Snow Zone� — which reduce visibility. When approaching a snowplow from the opposite direction, drivers are encouraged to pull over to the side of the road as far as possible and allow the snowplow to pass. Snowplows also regularly pull over around every 10 kilometres or so, so being patient and waiting for a safe opportunity could prevent an accident. The ministry encourages drivers to be aware of weather and road conditions and be cautious on the roads this winter. The Highway Hotline keeps updated with road conditions that drivers can check either online or by calling 511.

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Although crimes against people and property are down this year over last year, residents shouldn’t draw any conclusions about possible trends based on that information, says the police chief. The reason people shouldn’t draw any conclusions about a decrease in crime statistics is because those numbers are simply a snapshot in time, police Chief Rick Bourassa explained during the Board of Police Commissioner’s December meeting. He pointed out crime statistics have actually been up the last few years. There were 38 crimes against a person this November compared to 32 incidents last November, according to crime statistics for the month. Crimes against a person include homicides, attempted murders, assaults, robberies, threats, and domestic disputes. The numbers for those categories in November 2019 versus November 2018 show: • Homicide: 1 / 0 • Attempted murder: 0 / 0 • Total assaults: 32 / 22 • Sexual assaults: 2 / 4 • Common assaults: 25 / 12 • Assault with weapon/cause bodily harm: 4/5 • Aggravated assault: 0 / 0

• Assault on police: 1 / 1 • Robbery: 2 / 2 • Threats: 5 / 6 • Domestic dispute: 2 / 12 Year to date, total crimes against the person were 412 versus 428, a decrease of 16 incidents, or 3.7 per cent. Officers acted quickly when the first homicide of the year occurred, Bourassa said; within eight hours a person was in custody. “Our people did a lot of good work on that,” he added. The number of crimes against property this November was 69 versus 161 last November, which represents a decrease of 92 incidents. The data between this November and last November shows: • Break and enters into businesses, residences, other: 22 / 25 • Motor vehicle theft: 7 / 16 • Theft over $5,000: 0 / 0 • Theft under $5,000: 22 / 65 • Arson: 0 / 1 • Mischief over $5,000: 5 / 21 Year to date, total crimes against property were 1,455 versus 1,714, a decrease of 259 incidents, or 15.1 per cent. There were nine impaired driving incidents this November compared to seven

Members of the Board of Police Commissioners meet at city hall during their December meeting. Photo by Jason G. Antonio last November — year to date was 97 to 95 — while 59 people failed to comply with a court order this November compared to 80 last year — year to date was 752 to 931. An important category to track is drugs, said Bourassa. There were two incidents involving drugs in November compared to four last November. Year to date, those numbers were 55 and 86, respectively, for a decrease of 31, or 36 per cent. One of the biggest reasons for the decrease is cannabis is now legal, the police chief continued. There was one marijuana charge this November compared to zero

last November. Year to date, those numbers were five and 36, respectively, for a decrease of 31, or 86 per cent. Cocaine charges were zero this November versus one last November — year to date is 11 and 11, respectively — while there were zero methamphetamine charges this November and last year, while year to date, those numbers are 20 and 23, respectively. “We are seeing a lot of meth and cocaine around,” Bourassa remarked. Two 14-year-olds were charged with robbery in December, said Commissioner Coun. Chris Warren. He wondered how incidents like are handled, especially when dealing with youths. The process is the same for all investigations regardless of age, Bourassa said. However, it changes slightly when interviewing youths allegedly involved in crimes. There are more requirements the police have to follow, such as notifying the parents/guardians and informing the youths of their rights to legal counsel. Since youths under 12 cannot be charged, social services takes the leading in handling those cases, he added. The next meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners is Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.

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Legion honours longevity with Years of Service awards Shawn Slaght - Moose Jaw Express

The Royal Canadian Legion Moose Jaw Branch No. 59 means the world to Keith Acott, who has been a member for the past 55 years. Acott was one of over 90 members to receive their Years of Service Awards on Saturday. “I didn’t think I’d live this long,” laughed Acott. “It is an honour, it is definitely an honour.” Acott spent over 25 years serving in the Air Force, starting out in Quebec before moving to bases in Trenton and Borden in Ontario. His service would then take him west to Saskatoon. He’d relocate to Cold Lake, Alta. and Comox, B.C. before returning to Saskatchewan to retire in Moose Jaw. During his time with the Air Force, Acott was lucky enough not a serve in any wars.

Marie Spencer, right, receives her certificate of merit from Sargeant-at-Arms Steve Richardson at the Royal Canadian Legion Moose Jaw Branch No. 59 on Saturday. Spencer was honour for her work as the secretary-treasurer of the Branch Poppy Trust Fund. Photo by Shawn Slaght In his retirement, Acott found a home with the Royal Canadian Legion. “It means a lot. It’s like my home, like my living room and dining room,” he said. “It has been for years and I’m very proud to be a member.” During his time, Acott said he’s served on every position possible on the executive with the Legion from president down. These days, Acott has slowed down and has stepped aside for the younger generations. “My legs are bad, I have a bad hip and I’ve done my share. It’s time for the new people to step forward and start taking over some of these jobs,” he said. As for the future of the Legion, he would like to see younger members as many are getting older and numbers are dwindling. “We are all getting far too old to carry on the way we used to as much as we’d like to,” Acott said. Along with the Years of Service awards, Marie Spencer received a certificate of

The new executive was installed for the Royal Canadian Legion Moose Jaw Branch No. 59 on Saturday. In the back row, from left to right, are Norma Richardson (public relations), Bob Travale (poppy), Rene LeChance (first vice-president), Roy LaBuick (past president), Dave Dryburgh (house) and Steve Richardson (Sargent-at-Arms). In the front row, from left to right, are Barry Young (finance), Sharon Erickson (president), Christine Simpson (service officer) and Sue Knox (second vice-president). Photo by Shawn Slaght

merit for her service as the secretary-treasurer of the Branch Poppy Trust Fund. The Legion also installed its new executive with president Sharon Erickson, past president Roy LaBuick, first vice-president Rene LeChance, second vice-president Sue Knox, Sargeant-at-Arms Steve Richardson, public relations officer Norma Richardson, finance officer Barry Young, poppy officer Bob Travale, service officer Christine Simpson and house officer Dave Dryburgh. Years of Service Awards 2020 Life members 20 Years: Bernice Crosbie. 35 Years: W. Gudmudson. 40 Years: Chuck Macmillan. 45 Years: Alex Cameron. 55 Years: Keith Acott. Ordinary Members 5 Years: Robert Miller, Craig Peterson, Rowland Schmidt, Andrew Weldon. 10 Years: James Cruikshanks. 15 Years: Dennis Biden, Susan Knox, Francis Moysey, Chris Simpson. 20 Years: William Betts. 25 Years: Adam Brade, Randy Crashley, Martin Grand, Lawrence Nicholson, Larry Poitras. 30 Years: Allen Davey, Charles Schulties. 35 Years: Colins Gerber, Ron Ponto. 40 Years: M.J. Gagnon. 45 Years: David Bellegarde, Earl Boan, E.L. Horsman, R.M. Johnson, G.D. Scott, Lawrence Summerfeld. 50 Years: Robert O’Reilly, Kenneth Pilworth. 65 Years: Kenneth Seager. 75 Years: Grant Stevens. Associate Members 5 Years: Adelbert Anderson, Mell Cole, David Dolomount, Robert Glassford, James Keeping, Robert Lane, Scott Mcgregor, Gordon Miller, Murray Rider,

Keith Acott, right, receives his 55-year service pin from Sargeant-at-Arms Steve Richardson at the Royal Canadian Legion Moose Jaw Branch No. 59 on Saturday. Photo by Shawn Slaght Mary Singer. 10 Years: Brenda Brodie, Diane Bruck, Sharon Fraser, Gary Guy, James Pawsey. 15 Years: Jesse Gamble, Robert Keith, Karly Lanz, Lyndsay Morhart, Tracey Schmidt. 20 Years: Loris Bernt, James Black, Mark Darroch, Ruby Douglas, Barbara Fister, Gordon Ponto, Iris Watson, Diana Young. 25 Years: Kathy Crashley, Brent Johnson, Sharon Lanz, Christopher Macaulay, Gilmay Martin, Ernest Terry, Lad Valistin, Joyce Walter. 30 Years: Sandra Davey, Douglas Johnson, Patricia Watson. 35 Years: R.J. Becker, Nancy Bellegarde, Carole Schulties. 40 Years: Laura Catling, Robert Davis, D.J. Horton. 45 Years: D. Darroch, Noel Hoppenreys, John Myles. Affiliate Voting Members 5 Years: Bonnie Craigen, Michael Dougherty, Nancy Dougherty, Mariene Eastwood, David Gilkes, Theresa Lichacz, Nadine Mckechnie, David Mowrey. 10 Years: Gord Ward. 15 Years: Lawrence Odowickuk. 20 Years: Lyle Silzer, Harry Startup.


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Saskatoon company developing mustard seed-based pest control products A tiny Saskatoon-based company has plans to radically alter the way agriculture controls pests and fungus-based diseases. Mustgrow Biologics Corp. develops products from mustard seed for control of nematodes and a host of pests from fungus invasions to aphids. The company isolates pest destroying glucosinolate in the seed and develops blends of products to kill pests. The pest destroying qualities of mustard seed have long been known, but little has been done to develop the products. Currently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has licensed one product with others in various stages of development. Company literature points to European re-

strictions on chemical-based pest control options and the growing restrictions in the U.S. on synthetic chemical products for pest control. Control of these pests increases yields substantially as well as producing better quality plants and food. Valued by the market at a mere $14.5 million, Mustgrow has eyes on multi-billion-dollar markets in pest control. The company estimates the market for its tobacco nematode and disease fumigation product at $4 billion globally. This product has in licensing and offers an estimated $100 million cannabis market with a control for soil-borne disease. Another $100 million market exists in control


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Moose Jaw to see new SaskPower Plant come to city At the end of the year just prior to January 2019, it was announced that SaskPower has chosen Moose Jaw as the site for a new 350 megawatt power generation station, to be located in the South East Industrial Park, with the purchase price of the land at $614,992. The plant itself is to cost in the area of $700 million and is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to the city during construction and 25 high-paying jobs The location of the new SaskPower comupon completion. Apparently at the end of 2019 and one bined natural gas facility. year later, sewer and water lines are now being laid but there has been no visible signs of development of the plant itself, nor a sign of the hundreds of expected construction jobs or the 25 high-paying jobs upon completion that may someday support the infrastructure in Moose Jaw.

Chow McLeod’s Lyle Phillips receives Queen’s Counsel Designation Moose Jaw’s Lyle O. Phillips of Chow McLeod Barristers and Solicitors was honoured with the 2018 Queen’s Counsel Designation (Q.C.). Phillips who has been a lawyer for 64 years, was among 18 Saskatchewan lawyers honoured for their contributions to the legal profession and public service.

First Baby of 2019 The first baby born in Moose Jaw for 2019 was a beautiful baby girl. The Cruickshank family — Steven James and Rachelle Domonique, welcomed their first baby together, Astraea Raelynn Cruickshank on Wednesday, January 2nd. She was born at 3:52 a.m., weighing 6lbs 13oz and 20 ½ inches long.

Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce President Rob Clarke and Welcome Wagon’s Beverley Morrell presented gifts to the Cruickshank family-- Rachelle Domonique and Steven James.

End of an era as Pascoe’s Machine Works closed It was a bittersweet beginning to 2019 for the Ozog family and the end of an era in Moose Jaw. December 31st 2018 was the last day of business at Pascoe’s Machine Works on High Street West. Cecil Frank Ozog bought the business on January 1, 1963 and has owned it ever since. His sons Larry and Larry, left, and Ron Ozog pose in front Ron have been running the business, but of Pascoe’s Machine Works on one of its final days in business. decided to retire at the end of 2018.

Council approved three-year tax exemption for new distillery to brew high-end whiskey As of January 2019 when The City of Moose Jaw announced there would be a fine whiskey distillery here soon with a three-year tax exemption toward the construction of it owned by India-based Imperial Distillery, there has been no further news to date. The distillery was to be located on properties at 1121 and 1127 Ominica Street

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2019 Year in Review

Moose Jaw Fights Back

- City rallies to have #BiggerRackForMac The City of Moose Jaw trended online after popular social media personalities from Regina, Justin and Greg, called on Moose Javians to take immediate action to reclaim their bragging rights for having the ‘World’s Largest Moose’— Mac the Moose. The title for the ‘World’s Largest Moose’ went to rivals Norway, after the country built a Storelgen, meaning “the Big Elk,” that stands just over 32 feet tall (10 meters). According to their website, Norway boasted that their moose, “beats out its fiberglass Canadian rival ‘Mac the Moose’ in Moose Jaw by about 12 inches (30 centimeters).” The moose statue towers above the highway between Oslo and Trondheim in Norway. A friendly rivalry grew with a GoFundMe Campaign set-up dedicated to making Mac the Moose taller than that of the Norwegian’s Storelgen. Norway got wind of the campaign and accepted the challenge.

Gerry Onyskevitch retired after 42 years with Co-op:

Longtime Moose Jaw manager responsible for major upgrades at local supermarket

Lorna and Gerry Onyskevitch with the retirement cake on Gerry’s retirement after 42 years with the Co-op.

Gerry Onyskevitch left an indelible imprint and remarkable legacy on the community of Moose Jaw during his tenure as the general manager of Moose Jaw Co-op. Onyskevitch retired as general manager of the Moose Jaw Co-op at the end of January, leaving behind a history of almost unparalleled repair, growth and success that has the local supermarket standing as one of the top places to shop in the city.

Citizen and Group of the Year announced The Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce announced last year’s Citizen and Group of the Year awards ceremony on January 24. The 2018 Citizen of the Year went to Cory Olafson, while 15 Wing Fellowship received 2018 Group of the Year. The other nominees for the 2018 Citizen of the Year were Joe Gunnis and Lloyd and Lynann Pethick. They were also recognized and given a special award for their out-

standing contributions to the community. Aaron Ruston, president of 15 Wing Fellowship accepted the Group of the Year award on behalf of the organization. The other group nominees were Born2Dance, Dance Fitness with Kyra, Moose Jaw & District Sports Hall of Fame, Moose Jaw Families for Change and Sets 4 Supper. They also received recognition and a special award for their work in the community.

2018 Citizen of the Year, Cory Olafson.

2018 Group of the Year, 15 Wing Fellowship.

Heritage Award Winners The Heritage Advisory Committee announced the 2018 winners of the Heritage Awards at the Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce’s annual Citizen and Group of the Year awards ceremony in January. Five (5) awards were handed out in four (4) different categories. The first category for heritage craftspeople or tradespeople was given to three individuals who volunteered their time to work on the city’s clock towers. The recipients were Brandon Cochrane, Murray Rimmer, and John Trodd. The second category was for heritage advocacy and education. Gord Johnson was one of the recipients; spending years

Heritage Craftspeople/Tradespeople: Brandon Cochrane, Murray Rimmer, and John Trodd.

promoting Moose Jaw and tourism, with a particular focus on the city’s beautiful heritage buildings. The second recipient for this award was Kayleigh Olson. Olson compiled an impressive archive of materials related to the history of First Nations in Moose Jaw. She has also been a vital part of the committee that was working on renaming the former Wild Animal Park land to reflect the Indigenous peoples who originally inhabited the land. The third category was for long-term stewardship of a heritage building. The recipient for this award was Scotiabank.

Heritage Advocacy/Education: Kayleigh Olson

Heritage Advocacy/Education: Gord Johnson

The Heritage Committee saw that Scotia did a great job of preserving their beautiful downtown building, with the earlier refurbishing of their cornice and brick. They are the only bank in Moose Jaw still fully operating out of a heritage building. The final award was for restoration. The award went to Ron Papandrea who is currently living in Michigan. Heritage Committee Chair, Scott Hellings and Councillor Crystal Froese accepted the award on his behalf. The Committee says on a tour of the Moose Jaw cemetery on the east side in September, they noticed that the headstone of Tasnisakawin Brule was missing. The wife of Black Bull, she is the

Stewardship: Scotiabank (accepting is Christopher Chin, small business advisor) only First Nations person buried in the cemetery. The Committee was concerned that the headstone had been vandalized. The Committee took a decision to replace the tombstone but upon return, the stone was back on the grave, fully refurbished. It was later established that Ron Papandrea took it upon himself to repair the headstone. Papandrea is the author of a book titled They Never Surrendered: the Lakota Sioux Band That Stayed in Canada. The Heritage Committee thanked Papandrea for taking this initiative.


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Kinsmen Sports Banquet The annual Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Banquet was an entertaining evening that raised a lot of money to support all of the local Kinsmen’s initiatives in the community. It was the 27th annual banquet and is a major fundraiser for the local Kinsmen, with proceeds going to support local sports, arts, culture and community initiatives. The featured guests were NHL Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler, former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and Amber Balcaen, a race car driver from Winnipeg who is trying to breakthrough in the NASCAR circuit. The Kinsmen Sports Achievement Award was given to two-time Olympic bobsledder Ben Coakwell. The former Saskatchewan Huskies football player sent in a video message, while he prepares for the world championships, but thanked the Kinsmen for their support of his

athletic career. The Moose Jaw Warriors received the Discover Moose Jaw Team of the Year Award after winning the franchise’s first Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s regular season champions and broke franchise records for wins (52) and points (109). Ned Andreoni was posthumously honoured with the Moose Jaw Express’ Sports Builder Award (see sidebar). The live auction items in themselves raised nearly $23,000. The hat draw — in which each hat gave the bidder a 1-in-13 chance to win a five-day trip to see three live sporting events — brought in $22,300. The head table auction for dinner raised $10,100 and the 50-50 brought in $1,585. A signed guitar from the One-Horse Town concert raised $600 for the Special Olympics.

Amber Balcaen, centre, answers a question while flanked by Darryl Sittler, left, and John Gibbons, right, during the 27th annual Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Banquet.

New GM of local Co-op

Lorraine Beler celebrates 100th birthday in February

Geoff Anderson is the new general manager of the Moose Jaw Co-op Association Ltd., having taken over for Gerry Onyskevitch following his retirement after 27 years as general manager here in Moose Jaw. Anderson spent the past five years in Regina working for Federated Co-op Ltd as a retail advisor.

Congratulations to Lorraine Beler who turned 100 years old on February 6th.

The Kanasta group at Cosmo joined Beler for a birthday celebration.

Geoff Anderson is the new general manager of the Moose Jaw Co-op Association Ltd.

Community Recovery Team (CRT) established to expand mental health support in Moose Jaw A new Community Recovery Team (CRT) in Moose Jaw received government funding, enabling them to facilitate more intensive supports for people living with complex, persistent mental health challenges. The Government of Saskatchewan dedicated $4.2 million in targeted funding to launch the team in Moose Jaw and seven other communities. Community Recovery Teams Natasha Gilbert, Team Leader of the (CRTs) use a holistic, team-based Moose Jaw Community Recovery Team approach to help clients manage symptoms, avoid hospitalization, achieve their individual goals, and thrive in the community. The 10-person Moose Jaw CRT includes an Assessor Coordinator, two Occupational Therapists, five Community Mental Health Nurses and two Mental Health Therapists. There are also multidisciplinary activities with psychiatrists, an adult psychologist, adult services and counsellors who are part of Mental Health and Addictions Services in Moose Jaw.

Sukanen Ship Museum recognized service awards The Sukanen Ship pioneer Village and Museum began 50 years of operation this past year by recognizing longterm service and membership. Lifetime membership awards were presented Lloyd Vigar to Keith Jelinski and Ed Willis Alex Rhead at the annual volunteer dinner. Recognition for 40 years service went to Lloyd Vigar and Ed Willis while Ken Cornell was recognized for 35 years service, with 25 years for Stan Bowes. Ken Cornell Alex Rhead Ten year appreciation plaques went to Ron Fissel, Frances Fritschke, Joan and Winston Huenison, Erin Lough, Brenda Mackenzie and Ross Ramage.

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Moose Jaw Co-op purchases Prairie Plains Agro

2019 PRISM Awards highlight influential women at annual gala

In March, the Moose Jaw Co-op acquired Prairie Plains Agro, an independent crop input and protection business based in Moose Jaw. Prairie Plains Agro Ltd. was born in 2009 when Mark LaRoque, his wife Mary and business partner Lisa Martin launched the independent crop input retail business. They carry a range of products for producers, including fertilizer, seed, crop protection and agronomy services. The business also supports growers with crop input products and fertility planning. Moose Jaw Co-op’s acquisition has complemented its existing Agro Centre, which offers small equipment, farm hardware, and bulk fuel to producers.

Prairie Artist and Sculptor Joe Fafard passes away Saskatchewan renowned artist and sculptor Joe Fafard passed away on March 16th, 2019, at the age of 76 years.

The recipients of last year’s PRISM Awards from l-r: Betty Butler, Bonnie Nelson, Nicole Radfelder, Kyra Klassen, Emmy Barr, Crystal Froese. Not pictured: Kaia Isenor.

The 6th annual PRISM Awards, presented by Business Women of Moose Jaw (BWMJ)celebrated the influence of 21 local women, highlighting their accomplishments and contributions to the community. Award winners for each category were as follows: Emmy Barr, Perseverance; Nicole Radfelder, Role Model; Crystal Froese, Influential; Kyra Klassen, Successful; Bonnie Nelson, Mentor; Kaia Isenor, Youth Achievement; Betty Butler, Lifetime Achievement. The PRISM Awards Gala acts as a fundraiser for the Moose Jaw Transition House, and has raised over $100,000 for the group over the years.

Norway arrives for ‘Moose Summit’ Stor-Elvdal deputy mayor visits Moose Jaw for talks over largest moose controversy

All the talk and back-and-forth controversy over the world’s largest moose statue finally came to a head when Stor-Elvdal deputy mayor Linda Otnes Henriksen arrived for Moose Summit in early March. Henriksen’s visit was about more than Mac vs. Storelgen; it was the opportunity to foster relations between two cities on opposite sides of the planet. Henriksen was greeted by a host of well-wishers on her first visit to the Mac the Moose statue at the Tourism Moose Jaw building.

Moose Jaw powerlifters set national records at Canadian championship held in spring Moose Jaw athletes with Unparalleled Performance put together a host of record-breaking performances at the Canadian Powerlifting Union national championships in Ottawa this past year: The competitors were Rhaea Stinn, Kaylee Maruska, Ryan Stinn, Aaron Ziffle, Shantelle Szuch, Maya Brydges. With those records came a near-equal number of gold medals.

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Rhaea Stinn

Dance for Hunger brought in close to a ton of food for Moose Jaw and District Food Bank The Moose Jaw and District Food Bank found their shelves about a ton fuller – the annual Dance for Hunger event, which also acts as a season kick-off for Dance Images by B.J., is one of the major spring donation events for the local charity and once again saw an impressive display of non-perishable food items donated by dancers and their families as well as patrons of the event.

Performers with Dance Images by BJ show off their massive haul of donations headed for the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank.

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Ross Melanson new Operations Manager of Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery Long time employee Ross Melanson took the position as the Museum’s Operations Manager, starting April 1. Melanson came to the position with 14 years of experience with the MJM&AG as its Administration Assistant. He holds a Master of Arts with an emphasis in Historical Theology. He has worked as a professor of theology, philosophy, art history and aesthetics for more than 10 years. Besides working as the Administrative Assistant at MJM&AG, Melanson is an independent scholar and viRoss Melanson. sual artist.

Moose Jaw’s Christine Boyczuk receives Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal

Christine Boyczuk received the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal on April 9 at Government House in Regina.

Music Festival went platinum with its 70th anniversary The Band City and the Moose Jaw Music Festival is one of the cornerstones that helped Moose Jaw earn it’s reputation as the Band City and this past year saw the 70th annual event take place in the city.

The Central Concert Choir performed at the choral concert.

Tim McLeod named Sask Party candidate for Moose Jaw North

Moose Jaw’s Christine Boyczuk was one of 15 recipients to receive this year’s Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal. Boyczuk has always been passionate about collaborating with others in establishing programs for children and youths in Moose Jaw. These programs include summer literacy camps for children, autism camps (The Moxie Club), and planning the Strong Start Family Centre. Boyczuk worked to establish the HUB approach in Moose

Jaw, an intervention program for at-risk individuals, the implementation of the drug treatment court, and the region-wide Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol and Process (VTRA). Boyczuk is the recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, the 2014 Community Safety Award, the 2016 Business Women Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2017 Citizen of the Year Award.

Penna’s Welding honoured with two MJBEX awards Winning both the Job Creation award and Business of the Year, Penna’s Welding stole the show during last year’s Chamber of Commerce annual MJBEX Awards.

Travis and Jen Penna, accepting their MJBEX Award for Business of the Year.

Moose Jaw born Lisa Franks was named new honorary colonel of 15 Wing Fifteen Wing Moose Jaw named Lisa Franks its new honorary colonel, a position that Franks says will allow her to be a bridge between the community and the air force. The air base held the change of investiture ceremony on April 5. Franks replaces outgoing honorary colonel Bert Olson, who held the position since April 2015.

Moose Jaw North MLA Warren Michelson, Moose Jaw North Sask Party candidate Tim McLeod and Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence.

Lisa Franks, Col. Denis O’Reilly and Bert Olson sign documents during a handover ceremony at 15 Wing that installed Franks as the new honorary colonel. Olson is the outgoing honorary colonel and served for four years. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

In April, the Saskatchewan Party’s candidate Tim McLeod was named the nominee for Moose Jaw North by acclamation.

Longtime owner of Cranberry Rose retired end of April As of April 30th, the loving owner of Cranberry Rose on Main Street retired after more than 20 years in business.

Owner Liz Craigen, who began Cranberry Rose out of a passion for shopping and antiques.

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36th Annual Invitational Dance Carnival saw about 900 dancers participate this past year

Liz Craigen sold Cranberry Rose to Christine Keck, who moved from Calgary to Moose Jaw for her venture into the retail business.

Four days. Close to 900 dancers. The 35th annual Invitational Dance Carnival – hosted by Dance Images by B.J. and Denee School of Dance – wrapped up on April 14th and saw plenty of young dancers showing off their skills in front of the judges.

Christine Keck took over proprietorship of Cranberry Rose.

Members of Dance Images by B.J. perform ‘Mamma Mia’ to close out the 35th annual Invitational Dance Carnival on Sunday afternoon.

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Long-time pro-life volunteer retired Cathy Marr retired as a volunteer with Moose Jaw Right to Life after 45 years.

Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael received Honorary Diploma from Sask Polytech Former Snowbirds commanding officer receives special award after distinguished career

Carmichael received her first-ever honorary diploma, an award that came after one of the most distinguished careers the Royal Canadian Air Force has ever seen. Cathy Marr retired as a volunteer with Moose Jaw Right to Life after 45 years with the organization.

President Dr. Larry Rosia bestowed retired Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael with her v-stole as part of her Honorary Diploma presentation.

Trino’s Menswear & Bib and Tucker open Trino’s Menswear opened in Moose Jaw at 33 High Street West — keeping clients’ sizes on file, including a description of their likes, the trends to which they gravitate, and whether they want to dress more conservatively or more fashionably. In Regina and Moose Jaw, the business shares the same building as Bib and Tucker Clothing, a women’s clothing boutique.

Military chaplain received award for promoting sound mental health Fifteen Wing Moose Jaw’s Capt. Rev. Eric Davis received the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation Award for his work in promoting sound mental health among serving members and veterans.

Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay presented Capt. Rev. Eric Davis with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation Award for his work in promoting sound mental health among serving members and veterans. Photo courtesy Veterans Affairs Canada

Finally drug coverage for rare disease for Cole Pringle With a life-threatening disease spinal muscular atrophy, Cole Pringle from Moose Jaw finally got the news he was waiting for when a very prohibitively expensive medication Spinraza was approved for coverage.

Wayne Pringle (left), Karen Pringle (right) and Cole Pringle with Lynbrook Golf Club fundraiser organizer Lynn Perras-Selensky during a fundraiser.

Store manager Kim Martin and assistant manager Keaton Fader pose for a picture in Trino’s Menswear, which recently opened on 33 High Street West. The business shares the same building space with Bib and Tucker Clothing, a women’s boutique. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Moose Jaw Co-op Association returned record $2.6 million cash to members Even through a five-week labour disruption, the Moose Jaw Co-operative Association posted the highest percentage of net earnings in 10 years. The Co-op showed $7.88 million net earnings — nine per cent of sales. Members shared in nearly $2.6 million cash patronage dividends, an increase of $600,000 from 2017.

Annual Day of Mourning remembers those who died from workplace injury or disease The National Day of Mourning ceremony at the Moose Jaw Union Centre carried a bit of a heavier tone of sadness this past year because, despite all the efforts of the various organizations dedicated to the protection and safety of workers throughout the province, a total of 48 workers died from workplace accidents or disease in 2018, almost double the total from the previous year.

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Stacey Landin, president of the Moose Jaw and District Labour Council looked on after the wreath laying ceremony at the end of the Day of Mourning event.

Memorial Field ball diamond renamed New boutique Bella Chic downtown to honour dedicated volunteer Lyle Helland was a dedicated volunteer who looked after Memorial Field for 27 years and the municipality post-humously honoured him by renaming part of Memorial Field after him. Lyle Helland and his wife, Frani, took over operations of Memorial Field in 1991, and for 27 years, ensured that all areas of the fastball diamond and stadium were in excellent condition for players, officials and spectators, the report said. Helland was committed to the field every summer until 2018; he died on Oct. 23, 2019 at age 84. Lyle Helland volunteered at Memorial Park for 27 years.

Bella Chic, located at #12 High Street, opened in April. As a clothing store, Bella Chic features the whole range, from casual to business casual: trendy clothing, jewelry, sunglasses, swimsuits, and even shoes.

New summer stock gives the sunny boutique some color.

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Notorious rebranding to usher in new roaring 20s While Moose Jaw will always be friendly, now it will also be known as being equally notorious. As a nod to the colorful history of both the city and its people, Moose Jaw will now be known as Canada’s Most Notorious City. The campaign officially launched on May 8.

The Notorious campaign is only an addition to what the city is famous for.

Dance festival celebrated 60 years of accomplishment For 60 years, The Moose Jaw Festival of Dance continues on. To honour the 60th anniversary, organizers installed a new dance floor for the performers, while an adjudicator who danced at the festival as a youth was brought in to help judge. Autumn Bruce portrays Little Miss Muffet while performing her nursery rhyme dance during the Moose Jaw Festival of Dance on May 5. Bruce is the great-great-granddaughter of the founder of the festival, Doris Sitter. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Federated Co-ops celebrated 90th anniversary in 2019 The Federated Co-op’s wholesale operations entered its 90th year with record first quarter earnings and sales. The record profit of $322 million came from sales of $2.1 billion. Most of FCL’s profit is returned to the 180 independent Co-ops. The rest is invested in current assets, facilities and preparing for the future.

Margaret Moran retired as new GM at Wakamow Valley Authority; Todd Johnson transitioned into new role Todd Johnson came with 17 years of experience in non-profit organizations and officially started at Wakamow Valley Authority on January 15th. Margaret Moran’s official day of retirement at the Authority was on May 17. Moran started working at Wakamow Valley Authority in 2006 and took up the position as General Manag- Todd Johnson er in 2013.

Margaret Moran

Yvette Moore celebrated two decades in business The Yvette Moore Gallery is an iconic destination in Moose Jaw, something people travel here to see, and the business thatcelebrated 20 years since it opened its doors in 1999. Yvette Moore is the owner and artist.

The gallery is housed in what used to be the Land Titles building, built originally in 1910.

Snowbirds open 2019 season at home By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

The Snowbirds aerial demonstration team flew the first official show of the season at 15 Wing Moose Jaw before family, friends and guests. The aerobatic team kicked off May 18 with the first of three shows in the United States, flying 27 performances this past season with Moose Jaw seeing the Snowbirds in July at the Saskatchewan Airshow at 15 Wing.

Don Mathies, District Federated Co-Op Director.

5th Annual Transplant Trot saw great support Larissa Kurz Organizer Roxanna GaddFrey estimated around 150 walkers and runners took part this year, with a few last minute registrants the morning of, filling out the group. The event is meant to bring awareness about the importance of organ donation, but also to celebrate successful transplants and to remember those who didn’t see success.

About 150 walkers and runners of all ages gathered at Sunningdale Elementary for the fundraiser.

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Music festival provincial finals brought best-of-the-best to Moose Jaw

Prodrome Health Centre doors officially opened

Some of the best young musicians in Saskatchewan were in Moose Jaw for the fourday Saskatchewan Music Festival Association provincial finals in May. The event concluded the com- Moose Jaw’s Alana Karn performs petitive season George Gershwin’s Three Preludes for all divisions during the SMFA senior piano proand the winners vincial finals. advanced to the national championships in Saskatoon held later in the year.

The new Prodrome Health Centre and the first outreach centre from Prodrome Sciences is Dr. Goodenowe’s first motion into public community The new health centre is lo- health. cated at 1350 Lakeview Road. The centre’s purpose is to offer a preventative outlook on health, and welcome people into a like-minded community and give them the information necessary to better both their short-term and long-term health.

Decoration Day honoured Canadian military veterans What started as a protest over the lack of government recognition for soldiers who fought in the Battle of Ridgeway in 1866 has become an annual tradition honouring those who have fought in the defence of Canada. The 2019 Decoration Day ceremonies took place at cemeteries throughout Moose Jaw and during a memorial service at the Crescent Park cenotaph, involving members of the military, Legion and ANAVETS from throughout the area. The honour guard makes it’s way to the Crescent Park cenotaph to open the Decoration Day service.

Realty Executives change in ownership The team at Realty Executives settled into their new location at 70 Athabasca St. W with co-owner Mike Botterill taking over sole ownership of the business, buying partner Jeff Markewich’s share of the company as he was looking for a change.

Mike, pictured in front of the new location, began Realty Executives with his co-owner Jeff in 2010. (supplied)

Moose Jaw MS Walk raised $16,000 The Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk has quickly evolved into one of the top fundraisers for fighting muscular sclerosis in the province – a total of 70 participants and 40 volunteers took part in the walk. In total, local supporters raised around $16,000. Walkers take the course at the beginning of the Moose Jaw MS Walk.

Bella Wellness expands merging with Velvet Hair Salon The team at Bella Wellness expanded to include some of the professionals from Velvet Hair Salon. Owner Michelle Seida-Dodd was happy for the merger and to have Tahnie Macdiarmid and her staff The merged staff has settlied in, and ready to continue providfrom Velvet ing their beauty expertise as #teambella. (supplied) Hair Salon join the Bella Wellness team.

Duck Derby The Lions Club Annual Duck Derby was held on July 7th and the winners were 1st: Marianne Fraser/2nd: Glen Vankoughnett/3rd: Tenielle Bogdan/4th: Wane Nichols/5th: Erica Miller. And taking home the remaining ten prizes: Bertha Henderson, Darrell Deck, Bree Egan, Judy Samoleski, Shelley Burt, Dale Clace, Sandra Towriss, Bernard Dudka, Tamara Ferraton, and Wane Nichfinal winners ols.

Tatawaw Park sign unveiled completed renaming of Wild Animal Park A lot of time, effort and dedication came to fruition for the local aboriginal community and their supporters with the renaming of the Wild Animal Park as the official unveiling of the park’s new name and new sign as Tatawaw Park took its final step into existence.

Dignitaries gathered for a group photo with the new Tatawaw Park sign after the unveiling.

Dietitian with Moose Jaw roots honoured with prestigious award Dr. Laurie Wadsworth grew up in Moose Jaw, spent her high school years at Central Collegiate, and continued her education at the University of Saskatchewan and University of Manitoba. Now, after an impressive career in dietetics and nutrition, Wadsworth was recognized with the highest honor the Dietitians of Canada board could bestow: the Ryley Jeffs Memorial Lecture Award.

Provincial Elks groups 90 years strong Members from Elks lodges across the province gathered for the 90th Annual Provincial Conference in Moose Jaw as a chance to make decisions about the future and catch up with one another. The organization has been doing charity work across this province for over 100 years, donating to a number of local initiatives and to their national charity, providing hearing and speech support for children.

L-R: Talon Regent, chairman of the judiciary for the provincial Elks; Harold Claffey, provincial publiscity director; Ron Potter, Grand Exalted Ruler; Eugene Hartter, current provincial president; Chris Svab, incoming provincial president; Kevan McBeth, executive director of Elks Canada.

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15 Wing pilot and wife presented with Lois Boyle Award Pilot and aerobatics performer Capt. Brent Handy and his wife Rebecca receivied the Lois Boyle Award for community service, strengthening the bond between 15 Wing and Moose Jaw.

15 Wing Fellowship chairman Aaron Ruston presented Brent and Rebecca Handy with the Lois Boyle Award. From left are Wing Commander Col. Denis O’Reilly, and 15 Wing Fellowship members Joyce Walter, Cal Jorstad, Carrie Froehlich and Ron Walter.

Sidewalk Days

A host of patrons lined up and down Main Street from Oxford Street in the north down the Manitoba Street in the south,to check out the wide variety of entertainment, activities and, a little shopping.

Hometown Fair Parade 2019 Although it rained earlier in the morning. By late afternoon the skies over Moose Jaw were blue, allowing the annual Hometown Fair parade to proceed as planned. The Moose Jaw Hometown Parade was held where colourful floats from dozens of community groups made their way down Main Street. Many of the floats reflected the theme for the year, “Candy Land”.

Saskatchewan Air Show an immense success

Canada Day in Crescent Park

The final numbers confirmed a total of 37,000 people took in the two days of fun in the sun at 15 Wing during the Saskatchewan Air Show on July 6 and 7.

Motif brought out the crowds

Moose Jaw’s Annie MacLeod performs after singing O’Canada to open the Canada Day activities in Crescent Park.

Crowds came out to enjoy the annual Canada Day celebrations in Crescent Park. Hundreds of patrons took advantage of the beautiful weather to check out the entertainment at the amphitheatre as well as the host of activities in the living library, the wares up for offer in the farmer’s market and even some of the more artistic fare to be seen at Park Art outside of the library.

Festival of Words After 23 years, the Festival of Words has blossomed into a must-attend event in the Canadian literary landscape. Featured authors, poets, and artists brought something new and exciting to the table and authors, artists, and literature-enthusiasts flocked to Moose Jaw to enjoy the beautiful venues — The Public Library, the Mae Wilson Theatre, Mosaic Place, and so on — and enjoyed the quaint comfortability of the city itself.

Organizers couldn’t have been happier with the return of Motif to Happy Valley. The festival of art, dance, music and food – especially food – drew hundreds of patrons to the event through all three days, and they were treated to all the fineries of international cuisine one could want.

The Blakey Irish Dancers on stage.

Prestige Patching Inc. debuted new, more efficient pothole repair technique A new form of road surface repair debuted as local company Prestige Patching Inc.Dean Lang, company president, brought the spray-injection pothole patching equipment to the country, having partnered with the UK-based company Velocity Road Repair Services who produce the equipment. With a turnaround time that is less than half an hour, road crews would no longer have to block off roadways for extended periods of time to This truck is the first of its kind in Canada. properly repair a defect in the road surface. Prestige Patching Inc. is open to do sub-contracting work and can be found on their website.

The Festival of Words featured many different types of writing again this year.

Local optometrist awarded for work with mobile eye health unit Dr. Shannon Gatrell joined the Primary Eye Care Centre team in Moose Jaw in 2008, and her work here in southern Saskatchewan was recognized with a prestigious award. The Saskatchewan Association of Optometrists (SAO) named Gatrell as the 2018-19 Optometrist of the Year.

Dr. Shannon Gatrell, with her Optometrist of the Year award. (photo credit: Andy Hamilton)

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Dance Images by BJ celebrated 30 years

Lepine claimed first men’s city golf championship

Dance Images by BJ celebrated its 30th season in September, with owner Barb Jackman. Jackman has been a part of the dance community in Moose Jaw for much longer than 30 years, having taken her training here and began teaching at Silver Stars Dance Club before investing in her own studio on South Hill. Since purchasing the building in 1989, Jackman and her loyal team have expanded and renovated to house three studio Owner Barb Jackman stands with the framed article detailing the opening of Dance Images by BJ spaces in the building. 30 years ago.

Col. Ron Walker took over as commanding officer of 15 Wing

Nick Lepine came close to winning the Moose Jaw men’s city golf championship but this year won his first men’s city championship. The win marked the last golf milestone for the season, as earlier in the summer he shot a 63 to set a new course record at the Lynbrook.

Moose Jaw city men’s golf champion Nick Lepine accepted the championship trophy from The Sweet Spot general manager Carlo Berardi.

Old time harvest experience at Sukanen threshing bee

Col. Ron Walker officially became the new commander of 15 Wing Moose Jaw. Walker, 51, became the 27th commander of the local Canadian Forces base in August during the official Change of Command ceremony, taking over from outgoing commander Col. Denis O’Reilly.

Col. Denis O’Reilly hands off the 15 Wing pennant to Brig.-Gen. Leblanc as Col. Ron Walker looks on.

15 Wing held change of command ceremony for The Big 2 When Lt. Col. Blair Springate was last at 15 Wing on a full-time basis 26 years ago, he had little idea that all these years later he’d become the commanding officer of the storied ‘Big 2’. On August 26th, sitting alongside 15 Wing commanding officer Col. Ron Walker and outgoing commandant Lt. Col. Jody McKinnon, signing orders saw him officially take over as boss of the 2 Canadian Forces Flying Lt. Col. Blair Springate took Training School. over as commander of 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School

Fifty continuous years of threshing bees were celebrated at the annual Sukanen Ship Museum bee on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8.

Riverview held 60th anniversary reunion

Parkinson SuperWalk a success Fourth annual event built on more than $40,000 raised over last three years

Riverview Collegiate held their 60th anniversary reunion in mid-August after more than a year organizing the event.

Habitat for Humanity Colour Run brought fun in the sun for a good cause The Habitat for Humanity Colour Run took off as one of the highest-grossing charity events in Moose Jaw. In their first three years, the annual run raised just over $35,000, with the most recent edition held, the total expected to exceed $45,000.

It wouldn’t be the Colour Run without one final group throw to close out the event.

The Moose Jaw fourth edition of the Parkinson SuperWalk has quickly evolved into one of the top fundraisers in the city. This year the annual event took place on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Wellesley Park in Participants in the 2019 ParWakamow Valley, kinson SuperWalk head out drawing close to 100 on their tour of the Wakamow walkers and supporters Valley trails. building on the more than $42,000 raised through the first three years of the charity walk.

Terry Fox Run once again a success Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope almost four decades ago, and now 39 years later, over $750 million has been raised in his name for cancer research. The local event was one of thousands of similar Terry Fox Runs that took place all over the world. This year’s run in Moose Jaw raised $3,197.05; with a grand total of $137,297.04 raised in Moose Jaw since its inception.

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Salvation Army Toy Run

Ron & Brenda Halstead retired; daughter Lynn took over ownership at Halstead Denture Clinic After nearly 50 years at Halstead Denture Clinic, owner Ron Halstead retired from the business at the end of September. The clinic, which was opened by Ron’s father in 1963, was passed over to his daughter Lynn, who was working alongside Ron since 2000.

Hundreds upon hundreds of riders – with estimates hitting the 300 mark – took part in the annual Cycle Association of Moose Jaw event for the local Salvation Army.

15 Wing commemorated Battle of Britain with annual parade

The Honour Guard was comprised of local veterans, carrying the flags in for the ceremony.

Sept. 15 marked the 79th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, a monumental display of the success of not only the Allied Forces during World War II but also the courage and resilience of the Royal Air Force personnel during the conflict.

Moose Jaw’s Wood celebrated 100th birthday Moose Jaw’s Carolyn Wood became a centenarian on Sept. 19 – the biggest change is one she sees around her all the time. Happy Birthday!

Moostletoe Artists Studio Tour Every year in October, local Moose Jaw artists open their studios to visitors. This year the 9th Annual Moostletoe Artists Studio Tour took place on October 19th.

Ceramist Claude Morin with a selection of his new prairie-inspired series of work.

Journey to Hope supporting those affected by suicide More than $20,000 raised for suicide prevention programs

The 12th annual Moose Jaw Journey to Hope took place on Sept. 28, with around 50 people taking part in the remembrance and awareness event at the Jones-Parkview Funeral Services chapel. Fundraising totals were at $21,828.85 with all the funds going to suicide prevention and education programs.

Carolyn Wood celebrated her 100th birthday at Moose Jaw Extendicare.

The return of Mac’s rack puts world -record title back in Moose Jaw

Journey to Hope volunteers with Della Ferguson as she read the role call of those lost to suicide.

New language academy for immigrants A&L Royal Academy is officially open in Moose Jaw. The new private language school caters to international students and is focused on teaching English as a second language (ESL).

The war is officially over, and Mac the Moose won. After a long several months of media coverage, friendly back-andforth with rivals, and one visit from across the ocean, Mac the Moose finally reclaimed his rightful title as the world’s tallest moose statue.

Mac the Moose is once again the proud guardian of Moose Jaw, with antlers intact.

Patty Mohe and Hannah Gao look over some of their homework in their classroom, after a luncheon celebrating the grand opening of A&L Royal Academy on Oct. 10. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

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Five newcomers inducted into Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame; Cormier, Johnston, McGeary, Thiessen,Tollefson officially enshrined The Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame held their annual induction celebration officially enshrining five new members on the Wall of Fame at Mosaic Place: Wayne Cormier played an integral role in the development of Special Olympics powerlifting in Moose Jaw; Roy Thiessen was heavily involved in coaching from the late50s right into the early Wayne Cormier, builder, powerlifting 80s, working with volleyball, track, golf, cross-country and softball programs; Bill Johnston is the legendary builder behind the formation of the Highway Hockey League (mid-60s), Saskatchewan Junior ‘B’ Hockey League (1992) and the man who helped officially form the Western Major Baseball League (2000) in addition to working as a referee both nationally and internationally; Larry Tollefson was as one of the best players to ever suit up for the legendary Moose Jaw Regals teams of the 1960s; The Terry McGeary senior men’s curling team, which included Clare Ramsay, Don Berglund and Hillis Thompson, won the 1980 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championship in dramatic fashion, rolling through the round robin with a 9-2 record, including wins in their final two games, to edge Manitoba for the title. All five had their portraits and stories installed on the Wall.

Roy Thiessen, builder, curling

Son Derrick Johnston and step-daughter Jana Garinger accepted on behalf of Bill Johnston, builder, hockey

Gingerbread Square closing after 15 years downtown Larissa Kurz Darlene Hrechka’s store Gingerbread Square has been selling off their merchandise since officiallydeclaring the store is closing at the corner of Fairford and Main Street.

Darlene Hrechka, owner of Gingerbread Square Ladies Boutique, is closing her doors at the end of the year after 15 years in the store’s Fairford St. location.

Deja Vu Cafe celebrated 10 years in business Brandon Richardson took on Deja Vu Cafe in 2009, which at the time was located in the Walter Scott Building on High Street. The restaurant was small, but quickly became a popular place for the now-famous wings and strips. In 2013, Deja Vu Cafe was featured on the Food Network Canada television show You Gotta Eat Here, and the segment created a huge boom of business for the local restaurant. Shortly after, Deja Vu moved across High street to its current loBrandon Richardson owner and operator of cation, which is where they were Deja Vu Cafe alongside his wife Tammy celwhen their second TV spot aired ebrating ten years in business this December. in 2014 as a part of CityTV’s show Prairie Diner.

Larry Tollefson, athlete, baseball

Bob Berglund, son of Don Berglund and Lori McGeary, daughter of Terry McGeary, accepted on behalf of the 1980 Terry McGeary senior men’s curling team.

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Royal Canadian Legion held 50th annual biennial convention in Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw Remembers Close to 4,000 people poured into Mosaic Place stands on the morning of Monday, November 11 for the 101st annual Remembrance Day service honouring veterans, both past and present, who gave their lives in service of our country and those who continue to serve and protect today.

The Saskatchewan branch of the Royal Canadian Legion held their 50th annual biennial convention in Moose Jaw with well over 100 members of the provincial organization in town for the annual event over four days during the Oct. 19th weekend.

Local woman celebrated 100th birthday with gusto Verna Zimmerman, nee Barry, has experienced an incredible list of sights and sounds in her lifetime, and in her 100th birthday, she was ready to collect a few more stories in the future. Born on Nov. 29, 1919, to parents Bertha and Russ Barry, Zimmerman grew up on a farm just one mile west of Tuxford with her older sister Norma. Happy Birthday

100 years young: Shirley Bowler shares memories of a long life well lived

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

Verna Zimmerman celebrated her 100th birthday in November.

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, saw Shirley Bowler turn 100 years old. Her life has spanned growing up in the Great Depression, living through the Second World War, two journeys across the Atlantic Ocean, decades of teaching in Moose Jaw and on and on. Congratulations on this momentous birthday!

With Hillcrest Golf Club in sound financial shape, it has received the green light to work with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) to expand its clubhouse. The expansion is expected to cost $400,000, so RBC would act as the loan provider and cover 90 per cent — or $360,000 — of the expenses. The loan would be open-ended and could be paid off any time with no penalty. The club is pursuing a repayment plan of maximum 10 years, with the goal to pay off the loan within five years. The current annual payment for a five-year loan is $84,480.

Generous bids at Festival of Trees

Rotary Club of Moose Jaw Wakamow celebrated 35th anniversary

Members of the Moose Jaw Wakamow Rotary Club past and present gather for a group photo after their 35th anniversary celebration When the Rotary Club of Moose Jaw Wakamow first came into existence in 1984, it was with a goal of expanding the legendary service club’s reach in the community and offering more opportunities to do good in Moose Jaw and beyond. From an incredible array of donations to charities to a host of projects taken on both locally and internationally, the Wakamow Rotarians have taken ‘service beyond self’ to heart and have continued serving the community of Moose Jaw for 35 years.

Hillcrest Golf Club to tee off on clubhouse expansion next year

This year the Festival of Trees changed venues to be held at Mosaic Place where they could accommodate a larger number of guests. The annual Festival of Trees continues to be a fundraiser for the Moose Jaw Health Foundation. Each year at the Festival of Trees, the Moose Jaw Health Foundation takes bids from the crowd for the honour of lighting up the majestic 18-foot Christmas tree in the lobby of the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Hospital — and this year’s winning sponsorship reached heights as tall as the tree. Dr. Mike Prestie and Dr. Mark Lazurko of Ominica Dental offered a winning bid of $20,000, which was generously matched by the previous year’s sponsor Charles Vanden Broek of Murray GM to donate a total of $40,000 to the Health Foundation.

L:R: Dr. Mike Prestie and Dr. Mark Lazurko of Ominica Dental, Moose Jaw Health Foundation executive director Kelly McElree, Charles Vanden Broek of Murray GM, and Moose Jaw Health Foundation board member Camron Howe.

Warriors following 40-win season with major rebuild Youngest team in Canadian Hockey League hoping for second-half surge The Moose Jaw Warriors put together a solid second half of the 2018-19 season to open the new year, finishing with a 40-20-6-2 record – their third straight season with 40 wins or more – and landing the third playoff spot in the East Division. The hockey gods weren’t all that kind to the Tribe, though, as they would go on to lose in four straight games to the Saskatoon Blades in the first round of the playoffs.

The highlight of the summer came in early June as Brayden Tracey was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. With the new season came a fullscale rebuild for the Western Hockey League squad, as they went with a rookie-laden team that featured as many as 13 players 17-year-old or younger in their line-up, the youngest roster in the entire Canadian Hockey League, by far.

It’s showed in the standings, as despite getting off to a 5-1-1-1 start, the Warriors sit with a 10-17-2-0 record, good enough for 10th in the 12-team Eastern Conference, 11 points out of a playoff spot. The Warriors kick off the new year with their Alberta road swing, beginning on Friday, Jan. 3 in Edmonton.

Brayden Tracey and the Moose Jaw Warriors are hoping that a solid second half will lead to a playoff spot for the WHL squad.

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High Street West Merchants Hit with Another Road Closure By Robert Thomas

In what should be one of their busiest times of the year, High Street West businesses saw once again their businesses shaken as the vehicle access they depend upon was disrupted by a street closure. And not unlike 2017 and 2018, when High Street was under construction for a good portion of those years, it has business owners once again questioning the wisdom at City Hall. “I am not saying do not do the work, what I am saying is ‘did they have to do it this past week,’” an exasperated business owner Darrell Markin said. The owner of Cross Canada Flooring said the work, to install the sewer and water service lines to a new business on the 300 block of High Street West, could not have come at a worse time for small business. “You issue a permit and you allow them to dig up a street on the busiest weekend of retail shopping…incredible! Why couldn’t they have waited until the next week when it is not busy?” Markin asked. According to Moneris, one of the largest debit and credit card processors in Canada, Markin is correct saying last Friday (December 21st) was the busiest bricks and mortar store shopping day in Canada with customers hurrying to make those last minute Christmas purchases. Last Friday’s sales nation-wide surpassed even Black Friday. Construction work began late last Wednesday (December 18th) and as of (December 23rd) crews were still working on the service line connections. During this time, the 300 block of High Street West was either blocked-off entirely or had restricted traffic on it. “It (construction) changes people’s shopping patterns. They won’t walk a block to get to a business. Nobody is walking by that construction; it’s unsafe to do that,” he said. Markin said one of the toughest things to swallow was the fact there was no warning from the City about the impending construction and road closure to area businesses. A warning which may have allowed the small businesses to ask to have the work done after their busiest weekend of the year. “It is just a real disrespect for small business the City is showing. It is an ill regard to us…they have a communications person and they have all of the resources to contact us and they didn’t.” It needs to be noted before roads are closed by the City the usual procedure is to alert emergency services - police, fire and ambulance - about the closure. Markin had harsh words for management at the City and what he saw as an uncaring attitude towards small business by them. “You look at the guys sitting in the big chairs and collecting the big six figure salaries and they have an attitude of what do I care? They are saying what’s in it for me? What would I (as a senior manager) care about small business, what’s in it for me?” Markin said. Todd Shymanski, owns E-Z-Tech Computers on High Street West, and expressed many of the same concerns as Markin about the road closure’s timing and business owners not being told about it by the City. Asked if he had been alerted prior to the construction

A section of High Street West was totally closed by construction - MJ Independent Photo work he said he had not. “I learnt about it when the crew arrived and put the shovel in the ground. We did not know about it until they started shaking the street and the sidewalk,” Shymanski said, adding “we understand they are working over there very hard. We saw them putting up the siding but we did not have a clue that they were going to be ripping up the street.” Although he agreed with the work happening and needed to be done, the timing could not be any worse for his shop. “I understand the work needs to be done. But couldn’t they (the City) have given it a little thought and consideration for the businesses when they issued the permit?” Shymanski claimed he had spoken to the City’s communications department and they were not aware of the work and subsequent street closure until he had phoned to voice his concerns. “It is one of the busiest times of the year with people coming into the shop. The last three or four days before Christmas are huge and so far this year, it is a serious disappointment…so far this year after the road was fixed I have been in the black making up for the losses when the street was closed.” He estimated his gross sales losses from this road closure in the $7,000 to $10,000 range pointing to previous years’ sales figures and how in the days prior to the present road closure he had sold multiple laptops within an hour time span. On Saturday, December 22nd, he had planned to be open all day with a full staff in anticipation of customers but closed early due to no traffic because of the construction. City of Moose Jaw communications manager Craig Hemingway said the construction work was by a private contractor hired by the developer to do the work and it was not a City project. “A property owner arranged for a service connection with a private contractor, and the schedule would have been set by the contractor. The scope of the project required safety barricades to be in place and the contractor secured the proper permit from the City to accommodate the work.” Hemingway wrote.

He confirmed High Street business owners were not contacted about the work but said there had not been a breakdown in internal communications within City Hall. When asked to respond to claim that the City does not care about the concerns from the small business community because those in the City who collect big salaries are not affected, Hemingway said that was not true but the City cared about local businesses. Allowing the work to take place was done because it was the City’s role to care about all taxpayers. “The City cares about all taxpayers and in this case fulfilled our role to help facilitate a project between a property owner and a business. Unfortunately, construction projects often cause traffic disruption in order to be completed safely and efficiently,” he said. Although there was no breakdown in internal communications, Hemingway said the incident would be reviewed to see if changes were needed. “We will review relevant Policies and see if any changes are warranted.” High Street West was the scene of controversy between the City, its contractor Ungar Construction and the area business community in 2017 and 2018. The project, Phase Two of cast iron water main replacement in 2017, became mired down with the City finally taking the project back from Ungar, claiming the firm had not honoured their contract. Ungar for their part claimed otherwise. The matter is now in mediation before the Court of Queen’s Bench. Due to the lengthy time to get the project done High Street West was either closed or too rough that traffic was limited, and businesses suffered. Area businesses brought their concerns to Council where they requested but were denied compensation. The stretch of High Street West ended up having the dubious honour of being named CAA Saskatchewan’s worst road in 2018. The project was initially slated to take weeks in 2017 but ended up taking over 10 months to be finally completed in 2018 and the street officially re-opened.

Work on the 300 block of High Street West closed not only the road but the north side sidewalk - MJ Independent photo

City Hall Council Notes Consultant could provide plan to help address soil slumping on South Hill Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

A plan could be produced next year that would address the issue of soil slumping in the river valley area, a problem that forced city hall to rezone property in the affected areas. The zoning has been in place for a while and serves as an informational tool to ensure citizens are aware of the risks, a report from the engineering department explained. Over time, the best practices for municipalities have changed in how they conduct due diligence on the oversight, management and communication of slumping areas. Efforts have been made during the last few years to monitor the four slumping areas, the report added. These efforts include regular photographs of the areas to monitor for movement, while also surveying the edge of the slumping areas. To ensure this problem is addressed prop-

erly, during its budget discussions, city council voted 5-2 to engage an expert consultant to evaluate slumping areas and formulate a plan for the municipality about how to manage these areas that is consistent with best practices. The cost to hire this consultant is $110,000, with $70,537 to come from the former flood reserve account and $39,463 to come from the general operating fund. Councillors Dawn Luhning and Brian Swanson were opposed. Slumping can cause safety issues and concerns about the protection of property, said city manager Jim Puffalt. The goal of the plan is to determine potential courses of action to manage the risk and optimize any potential investment. “I think this is an important initiative to have a look at in the city, especially in the southern area,” said Coun. Crystal Froese.

“I think there are some other areas that need to be addressed (as well).” The original intention of the flood-prone reserve account was for the municipality to put money into it every year for a flood program in the river valley, explained finance director Brian Acker. Some of that money was used to purchased affected property and demolish it, before giving it to the Wakamow Valley Authority. The program was discontinued seven years ago, but there is still some money left in the account, he added. Sometimes with one-time expenses, any leftover money is placed into an accumulated surplus, noted Coun. Chris Warren. He wondered what the balance of that account was and what city administration forecasted the balance to be at the end of 2019. There is $1.26 million in that surplus

account, but it’s difficult to predict how much will be left since one major expenditure could be snow removal, said Acker. A “major snow event” could cost a couple hundred thousand dollars. City administration anticipates a surplus of possibly $200,000, with the best estimate being a break-even on that account, he added. The guideline is to five per cent of the operating budget placed into the accumulated surplus, which translates to $2.5 million. The accumulated surplus indicates the municipality took in more taxes than was needed, said Warren. He didn’t agree with having that much money in the bank all the time, especially when it was being used as a buffer for certain needs. The next regular council meeting is Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.

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City Hall Council Notes Selling demolition waste will generate revenue and preserve the landfill, council hears Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

With thousands of tonnes of demolition waste sitting in a storage compound, city hall wants to crush that material and sell some of it for profit while using the rest for infrastructure projects. There are an estimated 18,000 cubic metres (9,200 tonnes) of concrete and 8,000 cubic metres (3,600 tonnes) of asphalt housed at a nearly full storage compound on High Street West, an engineering report to city council explained. This happened after the municipality started diverting construction and demolition waste from the landfill in 2016, beginning with the demolition of Union Hospital. City council agreed with the idea and during one of its 2020 budget meetings, voted unanimously to proceed with a tender to crush the diverted asphalt and concrete stockpiles for about $179,200, with the funding to come from inventory cash flow accounts. The municipality will also sell to private industry all but two years’ worth of the excess materials with profits to offset capital requirements in the water utility. Project background This is an initiative that will have a positive environmental effect since it will divert material from the landfill through the recycling of non-renewable aggregate resources, said Darrin Stephanson, manager of utilities. The entire volume of excess materials represents four

months of diversion of landfill waste during the last 3.5 years, or 10 per cent of the total waste stream. This project will also expand the landfill’s lifespan. There is financial value to asphalt and concrete materials if processed through a crushing operation to turn them into usable aggregate, he continued. The asphalt can be crushed into three-quarter-inch aggregate useful for back lanes and gravel roads, while the concrete can be crushed into seven-eighths aggregate and used in excavations such as water main breaks or service leaks. The cost to crush this material has been pegged at $179,200, the report says. Based on open market value, the potential worth of the materials recovered is $540,000. Since the engineering department believes the possible maximum value of the sold material could be $308,800, once crushing costs are considered, that means the municipality could earn about $129,600 overall from this project. “Once the material is processed, the city can begin to measure and quantify annual diversion and incorporate these practices into normal business activities,” Stephanson said, adding an interim report about the project could be presented in May. Council discussion “I am really happy to see this report come forward. I can

remember when this initiative first came to council,” said Coun. Heather Eby. “It’s great that we are doing it and I am excited that we will see the fruits of the labour of that. It’s also great that we can clean up that spot.” Coun. Brian Swanson was concerned that the municipality might have waived dumping fees at the landfill when the former Union Hospital was being demolished, since that structure was a provincially-owned building and the province should have — if it didn’t — paid to dispose of the materials. City administration was unable to provide an answer to Swanson’s concern. The engineering department did consider that some of the demolition materials have been contaminated with rebar and metals, Stephanson said. The municipality could retain the material for scrap, but a request for proposals would determine that; the price in the crushing costs factors in the additional contamination. The department has also determined it’s not possible to dump the crushed material at the landfill since there is no mechanism to receive it, while the storage yard is far from the landfill, he added. Most municipalities charge a small amount for handling fees anyway. The next regular council meeting is Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.

Provincial Court Second impaired driving offence leads to two-year driving ban for motorist Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Participating in the provincial impaired driver treatment program should help Brandin George Cannon realize it’s unwise to drive while intoxicated, an action that cost him his licence for two years. Cannon, 25, from Moose Jaw, appeared in Moose Jaw provincial court recently where he pleaded guilty to impaired driv-

ing. Since this was the second time since 2016 that he had been charged with this offence, he received — as part of a joint submission — a two-year driving prohibition and had his licence cancelled. He received probation that started Dec. 18 and ends on Jan. 17, 2020 when he is supposed to enter the treatment program in Prince

Albert for 33 days. As part of that probation, he must keep the peace and be of good behaviour, while he is not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs. He must also pay a victim surcharge of $100 within three months. The Crown stayed a charge of having a blood alcohol content over the legal limit

of .08. Cannon provided two breath samples, which came back at .200 and .210 — nearly two-and-a-half times the legal limit. Yusuff added that Cannon pleaded guilty to a similar charge on May 5, 2016.

Impaired motorist receives smaller fine after taking treatment early Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Although he rear-ended another motorist while impaired, Jayson Thomas Gamble will pay a smaller-than-normal fine since he pursued both addictions treatment and anger management classes to address his issues. Gamble, 46, from Moose Jaw, appeared in Moose Jaw provincial court recently where he pleaded guilty to impaired driving. As part of a joint submission, he will have to pay $1,200 — normally $2,000 — within six

months and spend the next 18 months on probation. While on probation he will have to keep the peace and be of good behaviour, report to a probation officer, take addictions treatment, pursue anger management treatment, have no contact with his common-law partner, participate in domestic violence programs, and pay a victim surcharge of $300 within a month. The Crown stayed charges of assault causing bodily harm, having a blood alcohol content level over the le-

gal limit, and two charges of failing to appear in court. Gamble has a previous criminal record, with charges from 2003 and 2008, court heard. The fact Gamble hasn’t had a criminal charge in nine years and came forward early to plead guilty all play into his favour, since he recognizes he has done something wrong and wants to make amends, said Judge Daryl Rayner, who accepted the joint submission.

Ex-DJ to sing the blues while on probation for trafficking cocaine Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Ethiopian-born refugee Thiong Lual Thiong might perform in a band that gets millions of hits on YouTube, but he’ll be playing the blues for a while after being convicted of trafficking cocaine. Thiong, 34, appeared in Moose Jaw provincial court recently, where he pleaded guilty to trafficking drugs (cocaine) and failing to comply with a court order. As part of a joint sentence, he will be placed on probation for 270 days; he was given 74 days’ credit after spending 49 days on remand, leaving 196 days to be served in a correctional centre. He also received five days’ credit for the two days he had spent in custody for breaching a prior court order. Thiong will forfeit all the items police seized during their investigation, including cash and all items related to trafficking. He was also given a 10-year firearms ban and will have to submit a DNA sample.

The Crown stayed a charge of possession over $5,000 and breaching probation, while a charge of failing to comply with a court order was withdrawn. The Moose Jaw Police Service received information sometime in October that trafficking was occurring at 662 Caribou Street West, explained federal Crown prosecutor Brian Smith. After conducting surveillance on the home, police attained a search warrant and hit the house on Oct. 30. Thiong was the only individual in the home; another person had been arrested moments earlier after leaving the dwelling. After searching the residence, police found 85.4 grams of cocaine — powder and crack — with a street value of $8,500, while they also found $3,340 in cash and objects related to trafficking, Smith continued. Officers also found cocaine near a backpack in an upstairs bedroom in which Thiong had been staying.

At the time, Thiong had been bound by a court order in Calgary that, among other things, prohibited him from possessing drugs. “He was not on the police radar at all at the time of the search,” Smith said, a search that also found 10 cellphones that were analyzed to determine Thiong’s involvement in this operation. Thiong came to Canada from Ethiopia as a refugee in 2003 and completed high school in Windsor, Ont., said defence lawyer Linh Pham. He then moved to Brooks, Alta., for work, before eventually moving to Moose Jaw, where he worked as a DJ. When Thiong is released, he wants to find employment again, but he also wants to focus on his passion for music and producing music, something he had done for the last 10 years with great success, continued Pham. He performs with the group The Bebop Boys, which has more than one million views on YouTube and

followers in India. “There is the potential for him to make money in that area (based on his skills),” added Pham. It was only in 2018 when Thiong acquired a criminal record. After this incident, said Pham, Thiong indicated he never wants to be involved with the justice system ever again. He wants to put this situation behind him and took full responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty early. This sentence is lenient, the defence lawyer continued. It does not bring the justice system into disrepute, nor is it contrary to the public interest. “You have a good (career) ahead of you and opportunities ahead of you,” said Judge Daryl Rayner. “Don’t waste it today. This is a relatively light sentence for this type of offence. Normally a minimum sentence is 18 months and up.” Rayner added that he accepted the conditions laid out in the joint submission.

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Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame: Wayne Cormier carries impressive legacy in powerlifting Long-time athlete and coach inducted into Hall of Fame in builder category Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

There’s little question that as a competitor on the Canadian powerlifting scene through the 80s and into the turn of the century, Wayne Cormier was an absolute force to be reckoned with. Between his numerous provincial and national championships, the heavyweight standout was a regular on the medal podium and would go on to twice win the Saskatchewan Powerlifter of the Year award. But it was his work behind the scenes – and especially his dedication to Special Olympics – that saw Cormier honoured as one of five athletes and teams inducted into the Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame for 2019. We’re not talking mere years of work here, either. No, Cormier has been at it as a coach and administrator for decades, beginning with the formation of the YMCA powerlifting club in 1988 and running one of the most successful clubs in the province well into the 2000s. The titles rolled in through those years. “This really is reflective of a career that has spanned five decades, and it’s hard to believe that 38 years ago, one block down from here, I first walked into Pyle’s Gym,” Cormier said prior to the induction ceremony on Oct. 18. “And I’m still involved, I still have kids that I coach and I’m still lifting, I came out of retirement about six years ago… it’s just something I could never walk away from or give up.” It all started when Cormier and his family moved to Moose Jaw from Lennoxville, Que. when he was 17. It wasn’t long after he crossed paths with Dave and Bill Pyle of the legendary Pyle’s Gym on River Street, a hub of weightliftling, powerlifting and wrestling that produced athletes of impeccable ability, including the likes of past Hall of Fame inductee and Canadian Olympian Terry Paice. It wasn’t long after that Cormier himself started winning on a regular basis. With that winning came the desire to pass on his knowledge, just like Dave and Bill did for him back when he was an undersized kid who wasn’t quite the 250-pound plus monster of muscle he would become. And it was in 1989 that he first approached the YMCA about starting a powerlifting program in their facility. “After Pyle’s Gym closed in ’89, we didn’t know where to go,” Cormier explained. “So I went to the YMCA and talked to Norma Gieni and met with the board and said ‘hey, can I bring powerlifting equipment in here and can we start a team’. And she was all for it. So we started with four or five and it grew to well over two dozen. “And when you look at the calibre of lifters out of there, our little group of six who went down to Atlanta to compete at worlds, we won best club. We all won either gold, silver or bronze, and there are a lot of hours of work and coaching that went into that.”

Moose Jaw powerlifting legend Wayne Cormier was part of the 2019 Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame induction class It was a couple years later that a group of Special Olympians started to throw a few pounds around the gym, including an up-and-comer by the name of Randy Luzny. What that led to was nothing short of legendary. Luzny would become a national force on the Special O lifting scene and would become Cormier’s first athlete to be inducted into the Saskatchewan Powerlifting Hall of Fame in 2017. “That was really special because I was inducted as a coach the same year, and I somehow had no idea that Randy was going in as an athlete, too,” Cormier said with a chuckle. He and his family had moved to Swift Current in 2008 and weren’t in as close of touch with the local powerlifting community at the time. “So I’m in the lobby before it starts and there’s Randy and oh, he’s being inducted, too. So to be standing there with him when it happened was really special.” It wasn’t just Luzny who was bringing home all the hardware he could carry – which, by the nature of the sport and all the medals and trophies he and teammates would win, was a heck of a lot. Their crew would win the provincial Special Olympics championship in 1996 and Cormier would move on to coach the Saskatchewan Special Olympics program, which would win the Sask Sport

Special Olympics Team of the Year in 1998. “It went from four lifters at the start to over 20 in the Special O program… it will always be a special part of my heart,” Cormier said. “Even in Swift Current I don’t formally coach anymore but if those guys are around, I’ll do what I can to help them out because they’re so great to work with.” When Wayne wasn’t coaching, he was organizing. He worked as the meet director for the provincial championships in 1992, ’97, ’02 and ’04 in Moose Jaw as well as the 1998 Can-Am Police and Firefighting Games powerlifting competition in Regina. Those meets apparently weren’t big enough, so Cormier brought the Canadian Drug Free Powerlifting Championships to Moose Jaw in 1999 and followed with the International Powerlifting Federation World Masters Championships in 2001 and 2003. More recently, the combination of time off from competition allowed his body to recover from the usual litany of injuries the sport creates. So when his son started lifting in the basement of the family home, Wayne got back into it too. Three national championships in the Masters division later – with Bill Pyle helping coach along the way, of course, why change what works – and Cormier has once again found himself among the sport’s elite. And you better believe he’s thankful for all the support along the way. “Oh man, I couldn’t have done it without all the help I’ve had from so many people,” Cormier said. “Guys like Bill and Dave, Brian Montague, Normie Wilson, they were all mentors to me and they took me under their wing like I was their kid brother. And Jeff Butt was a huge help with the club… just so many people.” Thing is, when you get older, things start to slow down and hurt a lot more than they used to. So it’s looking more and more like coaching will be the main focus of Wayne’s career going forward. “I think the end is closer than I thought a year ago, and it’s the same injuries as before. It’s just getting old I guess,” Cormier said with a laugh. “But it’s good, it’s like it’s all coming full circle, this is where I got my start in powerlifting and this is where it’ll end.” Wayne Cormier was named to the International Powerlifting Federation Order of Merit in 2001, the Canadian Powerlifting Union Hall of Fame as a builder in 2003, Saskatchewan Powerlifting Association Lifetime Achievement award in 2003 and the Saskatchewan Powerlifting Hall of Fame as a builder in 2017. Cormier and his fellow inductees are enshrined on the Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame Wall of Fame located on the second floor concourse of Mosaic Place.

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Warriors make series of roster moves

Tribe add Sass, waive Mohr, release Homola on Saturday night as trade deadline moves closer Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Warriors

Moose Jaw Warriors general manager Alan Millar has never been one to pass up a deal he feels will make his team better – even if it means dipping into senior hockey league rosters. The Warriors announced Saturday that they had acquired 20-year-old defenceman Carson Sass from the Grenfell Spitfires of the Qu’Appelle Valley Hockey League. Sass – a 6-foot-1, 187-pound Melville product with 234 games of WHL experience under his belt – had spent most of the season with the Kelowna Rockets and even had an assist in their 5-4 overtime win in Moose Jaw on Dec. 14. He was released by the Rockets a short time later and had actually played a single game for the Spitfires in the QVHL prior to being picked up by the Warriors. The Spitfires themselves didn’t miss the opportunity to

have some fun, saying on Twitter they had sent Sass down to the Warriors to ‘work on his game’. Sass spent the previous three seasons in Red Deer before joining Kelowna, where he had two assists in 31 games. To make room on their roster, the Warriors waived 20-year-old forward Kobe Mohr prior to his reporting to Drumheller of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Mohr had played eight games for the Dragons earlier this season, racking up six goals and 11 points in that span. He was acquired by the Warriors in the Jadon Joseph trade on Nov. 24 and had played nine games for Moose Jaw, scoring twice and putting up three points. The Warriors also announced they had released Czech import David Homola. The 18-year-old rearguard had been acquired from Tri-City off waivers on Oct. 7 and had two assists in 17 games with the Tribe.

Newest Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Carson Sass (top) covers the play as former Warrior Kobe Mohr nearly scores against the Kelowna Rockets.

Warriors drop weekend pair to Pats

Regina takes 4-2 win in Moose Jaw, 5-0 victory in second game of home-and-home Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Warriors know there are going to be some tough nights ahead as they continue to progress through their rebuild as the youngest team in the Canadian Hockey League. The Warriors dropped a 5-2 decision to the Pats on Friday at Mosaic Place in the first game back after the Western Hockey League’s Christmas break before falling 5-0 in the re-match the next night at Brandt Centre in Regina. The Warriors fell to 10-19-2-0 on the season with the losses, have one win in their last 10 games and dropped into last place in the East Division, two points back of fifth-place Regina. Regina 4, Warriors 2 The Pats didn’t have a ton of high-level scoring chances in the first game of the home-and-home, but were able to get things done nonetheless.

Drew Englot and Austin Pratt scored in the first period before Robbie Holmes and Ty Kolle added markers just over a minute apart late in the second frame to give Regina a 4-0 lead heading into the third. “We felt we had chances the whole game, we passed up some shooting opportunities early in the game and didn’t get pucks to the net,” said Warriors head coach Tim

Hunter on WarriorsTV. “Then they had four scoring chances, I don’t know if they had much more than that, and they capitalized... we could have used a power play goal at the end there, but it’s tough after an 11-day break to get your power play running on all cylinders. It was a good finish to the game, we competed right to the end.” Chase Hartje got the Warriors on the board with 12:51 gone in the third and added his fourth of the season with 3:04 to play to make things interesting down the stretch. The Warriors would get no closer, though, as Riley Krane scored an empty-netter with 29 seconds to play. Adam Evanoff turned aside 30 shots in goal in taking the loss, Max Paddock stopped 28 shots for Regina. Regina 5, Warriors 0

It isn’t often a team gives up five goals and their goaltender is one of the standouts of the game, but that was the case for the Warriors and Adam Evanoff the next night in Regina. Evanoff would make 36 saves on the night and kept the Tribe in the contest despite a steady deluge of Pats scoring chances. Former Warriors forward Carson Denomie scored the game’s first goal 7:06 into the second period and that would stand as the game’s lone marker until Regina blew things open with four goals in the third. Zach Wytinck made it 2-0 1:28 into the period before Logan Nijhoff and Ty Kolle scored 33 seconds apart three minutes later to put Regina ahead 4-0. Ryker Evans closed out scoring with 7:08 left in the game.

AAA Warriors win first three games at Mac’s tournament Local squad all but guaranteed playoff spot in prestigious event Randy Palmer- Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw AAA Warriors have all but guaranteed themselves a spot in the Mac’s AAA Midget Tournament playoffs after putting together a 3-0 record heading into their final round robin game against the St. Albert Nektar Raiders. The Warriors followed their 4-2 win over the Calgary Royals on Thursday with a 3-2 victory Friday before rolling to a 5-2 win against the Airdrie Bisons in the early game Sunday. The top eight teams from the five four-team round robin pools advance to the quarter-finals beginning Tuesday. Warriors 4, Calgary Royals 2 The Warriors found themselves in a back-and-forth battle in their tournament opener, but Connor McGrath would see to it they’d come out on the right side of the scoresheet. McGrath had goals in each period – including the eventual game-winner with 14:12 to play in the second – while Kirk Mullen had their other marker. Caelan Fitzpatrick had two assists. The contest was tied 2-2 after the first and the Warriors led 3-2 through two. Dylan Ernst had 22 saves for Moose Jaw.

Davis Fry and the Moose Jaw AAA Warriors were unbeaten heading into their final round robin game at the Mac’s Midget AAA tournament. Warriors 3, Cariboo 2 Things were even closer in the Warriors second game against one of the top teams in the BC Major Midget AAA league. Ben Wourms-Rowe scored the game-winning goal with 1:11 to play, less than five minutes after Sam Boldt had

tied things up on the power play, to give the Warriors the win over Cariboo. The Cougars took a 1-0 lead out of the first before Wourms-Rowe got the Tribe on board four minutes into the second. The tie wouldn’t survive the period, though, as Cariboo regained the lead with 4:06 left in the frame. Chase Coward turned aside 24 shots in the Warriors’ goal. Warriors 5, Airdrie Bisons 2 The Warriors were overwhelming favourites heading into their contest against the Bisons – owners of a 3-16-2 record in the Alberta AAA loop – and lived up to the advance billing, leading 1-0 after the first and 3-1 through two on their way to the comfortable win. Max Wanner scored once and added two assists for the Tribe, while Fitzpatrick, Austin Reschny, Atley Calvert and Kyle Forster all added single markers. Dylan Ernst had a 36-save performance for the Warriors, who fired 48 shots at the Airdrie net. The top eight teams from the five five-team pools advanced to the quarter-finals beginning Tuesday, with those results unavailable as of press time.

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Living a legacy: Sara England hoping to follow in mom’s curling footsteps Daughter of Sandra Schmirler taking a shot at Scotties glory with Englot rink Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

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

Sara England delivers a shot during the Moose Jaw Sask Womens Curling Tour stop.

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

cially with the national Scotties only 45 minutes west on the Trans Canada. “I got to play in my home province last year in juniors in P.A. and it was a ton of fun,” England said. “It was probably the best nationals I’ve been too, just knowing all the volunteers who worked to make it that way and all the school kids who came out and were cheering for us. I think that’s more what I want to experience, just being part of that again.” England will have no shortage of support in that quest, too. In addition to Englot and her eight provincial titles, Sara also has her mom’s teammates – Jan Betker, Joan McCusker and Marcia Gudereit – to chat with, even if she doesn’t cross paths with them as much as she’d like. “I think Marcia is coaching a junior team so I still see her quite a bit around the rink and that’s always nice,” England said. “I wish I saw them more than I did, but once in awhile I’ll see them at the rink and it’s fun, I love them. They’re kind of like my aunties, I’ve know them so long. They know me well and whenever we have success I still get text messages from them, so we’re still really close.” And if she does have a chance to take the ice in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts? “It would be a dream come true,” England said. “One, just to play in the Scotties has always been one of my major goals. Then playing it in your home province, just a couple of minutes away from home would be the best experience. I know now how to thrive off that energy and that will help if we get there. Even going to provincials, it’s going to be in an arena in an open setting, so just being able to pull from everybody’s energy instead of blocking it out will be a lot of fun, too.”



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Police not always to blame for what happens in court, police board hears Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Some people affected by crime don’t always realize how much work police put into an incident until they receive a copy of the investigative report, the board of police commissioners heard recently. If residents are involved in a neighbourhood dispute, for example, and want to pursue civil litigation, they sometimes come to the police station to find out how many times a peace officer came to the area in response to their calls, explained Supt. Rick McKenna. These people want to see what information the police have and what officers did. This material can be shared, but is redacted to remove all personal information so they can see what actions officers took. “You’re entitled to your information but not the information of others,� he said during the Board of Police Commissioners’ December meeting. McKenna presented a report on how many times the Moose Jaw Police Service received access to information requests under the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (LA FOIP) protocol this year. Some people will receive the information package and call back looking for an explanation since they don’t understand, or don’t realize, how much work police put

into a particular case, he explained. McKenna recalled an incident where a woman wanted to complain about the alleged actions of four officers during a situation. She said the police had “done her wrong� and that they “were horrible people.� However, once she received the information, she called back to say the police had done everything they could and it wasn’t their fault; instead, she blamed the Crown prosecutor for the outcome. “If things don’t happen for them in court the way they think, they think it’s us, but a lot of the times, it’s the prosecutor,� McKenna said. “It has nothing to do with the

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On the Front Porch by Wanda Smith


Highlight Reels As we close out 2019, I want to stir your faith to believe for the impossible in 2020. Your year may not have gone as planned; you may have experienced great upheaval, relationship or financial difficulties or health issues that broadsided you. For me and my family, it has been a year of many changes - big changes. Big Sweet Pea left for college, Hubby and I both got new jobs, Little Sweet Pea tried her hand at switching from western riding to English riding/jumping (which was a big deal in our house!) and I wrote a book which is being published as we speak. Those are just the highlight reels. I didn’t mention the tears I cried when my big girl left home, the challenge of supporting my husband in a job that stretched him (I’ll add that he’s handled it like a champ), the inward struggle of stepping away from a lifelong dream and the growth curve I’ve been on in publishing my first book. These kinds of news stories don’t make the front page but they are my reality. What did 2019 represent to you? Maybe it was good, maybe it was great or maybe it was just plain ugly. Regardless of what it was, the good news is that we can close Chapter 2019 in our Life Book and begin with a fresh, blank slate and turn the page to Chapter 2020. This New Year poses a whole lot of promise. I like the fact that God gives us many chances to start over. I also love that He has given us so many great and precious promises to stand on as we write our own story of our life. What I am sensing for this coming year is that we need to draw nearer to His side and put our ear to His heart and listen closely for His leading each day. Even in these days of global upheaval, we can be at peace. Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 As I ponder the lives of those in the Word of God who overcame huge odds in order to follow God’s plan for their lives, there is one common thread in every one of them. They had faith. They had eyes to see beyond their natural circumstances and trust in their Big God. They based their lives on what He said to them and trusted Him to “complete the work He began in them.” Hebrews 6:12 says, “ imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” My prayer for every one of you who are reading this column today, is that you will know God has a wonderful plan for your life, that He will never leave you nor forsake you and that He will always see you through! Develop eyes of faith to see the impossible come to pass in your life. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 God not only knows your highlight reels, He sees and knows what you are walking through every day. Twenty-twenty is a fresh new chapter. Turn the page and believe for the impossible. May 2020 be your year of turnaround full of His love, peace and joy as you trust Him. Happy New Year! The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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



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. Myron Gulka-Tiechko - City Clerk


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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. MOOSE JAW Myron Gulka-Tiechko - City Clerk .COM


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CLOTHIER, IAN Ian Neil Clothier born September 19, 1951 passed away December 25, 2019 after a short battle with cancer. Predeceased by his father Harold, sister Esther, father-in-law Joe Gignac, mother-in-law Nora Gignac, and brother-in-law Andrew. Ian is survived by his wife Jane, children Chris (Stacy), Jennifer (Jorge), and Pamela; his mother Violet, brother Ray (Karen), sister Heather, sisters-inlaw Joanne, Cindy (Jerome), Jill, and brothers-in-law Paul (Brenda), Mark (Debbie), and Barry; as well as grandchildren Chad (Taylor), Brynn, Cameron; greatgrandchildren Oakley and Brier, and numerous nieces and nephews. Ian grew up on a dairy farm just outside of Moose Jaw and attended Newberry School, Lindale, and A. E. Peacock. After graduating, Ian worked at various jobs. He worked at Duval (now Cory) Potash Mine, drove mail truck, and W.O Wilson International Harvester. He and his family farmed for over 20 years in the RM of Baildon. During that time, Ian also worked at Young’s Case Equipment and Golden West Trailer. Over 10 years ago, Ian opened BNC Truck and Trailer. Over the years Ian enjoyed Toastmasters, serving on the Home Care Board, and stock car racing. Ian loved volunteering at the Sukanen Ship Museum, where he also served as a board member. He was an active curler and enjoyed volunteering to make the ice for the Canada Cup and Scotties. Ian loved traveling and spending time visiting with family and friends. A Memorial Tea will be held on Friday January 3, 2020 at 1:30 at Minto United Church Auditorium, 1036 7th Ave NW, Moose Jaw. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Saskatchewan Cancer Society. Special thanks to Home Care Palliative Program and to all the friends and family who have assisted us during this time. In living memory of Ian, a memorial planting will be made by Jones - Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: www. or www.parkviewfuneralchapel. ca (Obituaries) Dayna Chamberlain - Funeral Director.

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DOWNTON Florence Downton (Ferguson), aged 92 years of Moose Jaw, SK passed away peacefully at Providence Place on Sunday, December 22nd, 2019. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Edith Steer; first husband, Edward; granddaughter, Patricia Flahr and grandson, Gary; sisters: Judy Szerepi, Shirley Higton and Ruth McKeen; and stepchildren, Kelvin and Glenda. Florence is survived by her children: Carol (Kurt) Klepsch, Audrey Flahr, Edwin (Donna) Ferguson, and Bill (Penny) Ferguson; and by her husband, Cyril Downton and his children: Steve (Dianne), Randy (Shir), Glenn (Joanne), Terry (Danie), and Darrell; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-greatgrandchildren. Florence was born in Regina on June 10th, 1927. She was adopted by William and Edith Steer from Cardross, SK. Florence married Edward Ferguson in 1947 and moved to the Ferguson homestead in Mitchellton, SK. In September of 1986, Florence married Cyril Downton and gained a family of 5 boys, spouses and grandchildren. In the early 70’s Florence started working at Valley View and retired in 1987. Florence volunteered to deliver meals on wheels, kept busy with garage sales, and loved to go dancing at the Eagles Club and being a member of the Caron Legion Auxiliary. Thank you to the staff at Providence Place who have cared for Florence the last 4 years. The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, December 28th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Moose Jaw Funeral Home. Reverend Deacon Arleen Champion officiated and interment has taken place at Sunset Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Florence’s name may be made to the Alzheimer Association of Saskatchewan, 301 - 2550 – 12th Ave, Regina, SK S4P 3X1 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, Unit 26 - 1738 Quebec Ave, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1V9. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Todd Sjoberg, Funeral Director 306-693-4550

SIMPSON Helen May Simpson (nÊe: Mintenko), aged 93 years of Moose Jaw, SK passed away on Wednesday, December 25th, 2019, surrounded by her family. Helen was born at Stelcam, SK and attended Cobourg School. She married Jim Simpson on October 28th, 1950 and together they raised 4 children. Helen was a member of the Cobourg Ladies and Petrolia Tea Timers. Family was everything to Helen and she especially loved family gatherings. The family would like to thank the staffs at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital, West Park Crossing and Pioneers Lodge, as well as Dr. A.J. Van Heerden and Dr. Miller for all the kind and compassionate care. She was predeceased by her husband, Jim; parents, John and Elizabeth; and brothers, Steve and George. Helen will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Sandra (Vern) Gunnlaugson; sons: Tom (Cheryl), Greg (Maureen), and John (Brenda); grandchildren: Carl, Stefan, Aaron, Ingrid (Jeff), Tyler (Marcie), Nolan (Pamela), Trevor, Megan (Justin), Alex, Elyce (Hugh), Jamie (Nikki), Tara, Nicole (Justin), Jana (Jeff), and Laura (Adam); numerous great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Whitmore. The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, January 6th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in Moose Jaw Funeral Home. A private family interment will take place at Rosedale Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Helen’s name may be made to the Moose Jaw Health Foundation, 55 Diefenbaker Drive, Moose Jaw, SK S6J 0C2. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Todd Sjoberg, Funeral Director 306-693-4550


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LARRY PAUL WOYNARSKI August 1st, 1957 – December 24th, 2019 It is with tremendous grief we announce the passing of Larry Woynarski on Tuesday, December 24th, 2019 at 62 years of age, after nearly three years spent living with pancreatic cancer. Larry was born in Wadena, SK and grew up on a farm just outside the small town of Mozart, SK. A childhood as a true prairie farm boy instilled in him a tireless work ethic that he would carry with him for the rest of his life. As a teenager, he moved to the town of Strasbourg, where, working in his parents’ hardware store, he picked up an interest in refrigeration, which would go on to be his career for many years. After completing a course at SIAST Kelsey, he moved to Moose Jaw in 1977. A few years later, he co-founded his own business, D&L Refrigeration, with longtime partner Doug Burnett, and he got to know many of the local business owners in Moose Jaw through his frequent visits to service their coolers. He changed career tracks in 1994 when he went to work as an HVAC mechanic at 15-Wing Moose Jaw, where he worked dutifully for more than 20 years before illness forced him to take leave. Larry married his wife Sharon in 1984 and has remained a faithful and caring husband for 35 years, as well as a father to his sons Mark and Blair. As a husband and a father, he never ceased to care and provide for his family. He was always on hand to fix anything that was broken, often before anyone else had realized something was wrong. He was always prepared for any eventuality and whenever anything needed to get done right away, he would be there to do it. Those who knew Larry will remember that he was always the first to step in and lend a hand or fix a problem; they will remember his work ethic and integrity as much as they will his elaborate backyard gardenscape or his homemade bacon and sausage. He was predeceased by his father, Walter. Larry will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Sharon (nÊe: Osmond); sons, Mark (Amber) and Blair; mother, Anne; stepfather, Arnold; siblings: Linda (Clay), Michelle (Gary), Bev (Alvan), and Brent (Danielle); step-siblings, Greg (Melissa) and Shelley (Conrad); in-laws, Janis (Bill) and Glen (Mandy); as well as many nieces and nephews. Larry’s family also owe a profound debt of gratitude to the members of the medical community who have provided stalwart and compassionate support during this terrible time: Dr. H.V. Rininsland, The Allan Blair Cancer Clinic, Home Care and Palliative Care services, and the staff of Pioneers Lodge Memory Lane. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 4th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. in Moose Jaw Funeral Home. Deacon Lamont Dyck will officiate and interment will take place at Rosedale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Larry’s name may be made to Heartland Hospice Moose Jaw. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Michelle Surtees, Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome. com

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

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

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 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 WEEKLY LEGION ACTIVITIES will resume week of January 6th 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).


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ARMY NAVY AND AIR FORCE VETERANS, 279 High St. W. Phone 306.693.1656. Thursday’s Crib starts @ 1:30 pm Everyone Welcome! Thursday’s Pool @ 7:00 pm Everyone Welcome! Friday’s Shuffleboard @ 1:30 pm Everyone Welcome! Saturday’s Meat Draw @ 4:30 pm Everyone Welcome! ANAVETS Sports Drop-in Fun Leagues. You don’t need to make weekly commitments! All Events are Open to Everyone. 2020 Memberships are now available for purchase. SCRAPS HAS MANY ADOPTABLE CATS. They are vaccinated, spayed and neutered and have tattoo identification. If you have a forever home for one of these superstar kitties, please call SCRAPS cat line at 306.684.9048. INFORMED CHOICES PREGNANCY CENTRE IS HOSTING A SUPPORT GROUP for those who have experienced perinatal (miscarriage and stillbirth) and infant loss every first Wednesday evening of each month at 679 Hall St. W at 7pm. It is open to women and men for sharing, understanding and support as a walk through a grief journey that is unique and often misunderstood. FRATERNAL ORDER OF EAGLES 3395, 561 Home St. W, Moose Jaw. Monday Night Crib 7:00pm Everyone welcome. Wednesday Night Darts 7:30 pm Live Music every Friday and Saturday night ELKS FUNDRAISER MEAT DRAW RAFFLES are held every Friday evening at 5:30 PM in the Legion lounge. There are eight chances to win meat, a teddy bear draw and a 50-50 draw. It’s a great way to start the weekend! Funds raised support Elks projects. FLK TAOIST TAI CHI SOCIETY invites you to join in to practice the art of Taoist Tai Chi. Beginner Classes each Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm and each Saturday 11:00 am- 12:00 noon at St. Andrews Social Hall - 60 Athabasca St. Call Elaine (306)693-9034 or email LINE DANCING CLASSES every Monday from 10-11:30am at Church of Our Lady, 566 Vaughn St. Cost $3 per class. Everyone welcome. For more information call Donna Douglas @306.692.7365. MOOSE JAW CONCERT BAND: If you play an instrument, you are welcome to join the Moose Jaw Concert Band. Rehearsals are Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. in the Vanier Collegiate Band room. If you need more info, please e-mail . ASPERGER’S PEER SUPPORT GROUP FOR ADULTS meets at Moose Jaw Public Library the last Monday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Come and share ideas, experiences and have some fun. For more info call CMHA at 306.692.4240. TUESDAYS BINGO at Church of Our Lady Parish Hall; 7 p.m. start. Doors open at 6 p.m. MOOSE JAW MULTICULTURAL COUNCIL INC. WOMEN’S GROUP meets every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Church of God Basement, 50 Hochelaga St. E. Practice English; coffee & snacks; build new friendships; clothing swaps; activities & support. Everyone Welcome. Places for children to play. Contact Melissa for more information at 306-693-4677. MOOSE JAW BAND CITY BAND: Band practices held Monday evenings 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. in the Legion (upstairs ballroom), 268 High Street W. Can you play a reed or brass instrument? Amateur or advanced musicians welcome. Bring your favorite swing melodies. To learn more, come to band practice or contact the band leader at 693-6262. SEA CADETS is Open to Teens 12-18: the program is free and is sponsored by the Department of National Defence and the Navy League branch. You have the opportunity to learn to sail, learn rope work and other ship operations as in navigation semaphore and communication, and also have the opportunity to travel with the Sea Cadet deployments to places like India, Japan and other coastal communities, but let’s not forget about summer training. You can go to summer camp for 2,3 or 4-week courses and you are given a training bonus, so that’s like getting paid to go to camp. Cadets meet Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. at the Armouries at the top of Main St. THE FRIENDLY CITY OPTIMIST CLUB invites everyone to meetings at the Heritage Inn on the second Tuesday of each month. Social at 5:30 p.m./

Supper at 6:00 p.m./meeting at 6:30 p.m. Socials dates and places vary. Contact Lloyd Pethick for more information at 306.694.4121. INFORMED CHOICES Pregnancy Centre. 679 Hall St. W Regular Open Office Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10-5. Free confidential and non-judgmental counselling and support available for women and men experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Text 306-690-8462. SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLASSES are held on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at Moose Jaw Public Library, the Herb Taylor room on the second floor. You do not have to be Scottish. You do not need a partner. It is similar dance to square dancing. Everyone welcome. For information call Mike at 306-690- 5182. DR. F.H. WIGMORE REGIONAL HOSPITAL AUXILIARY meets the third Tuesday of every month except December, July, and August at the regional hospital. For further information regarding the auxiliary, call 306-694-0355. MOOSE JAW ROTARY CLUB meets Mondays at noon at the Heritage Inn. Information available at 306-6923842. ROTARY CLUB OF MOOSE JAW WAKAMOW meets the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Heritage Inn. K-40 CLUB OF MOOSE JAW generally meets the second Tuesday of the month. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS MOOSE JAW meetings can be found on THE MOOSE JAW SCRABBLE CLUB meets every Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the Craft Room at the Cosmo Centre, 235 Third Ave N.E. Come join us for several games of brain challenging fun. For information call 306 692 0731. MOOSE JAW DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB plays at the Comfort Inn three times per week: Mondays – 7 p.m. – Rookie-Master Night/Thursdays – 7 p.m. – Stratified Open Pairs/Wednesdays – 1:00 p.m. – Stratified Open Pairs. For more information contact Donna @306.692.4447. THE FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE CLUB meets every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Cosmo Senior Center in Moose Jaw for an enjoyable evening of stressfree bridge. Newcomers are always welcome. Phone Valerie at 306.693.1427 or Debbie at 306.690.4690 for further information. TOPS CHAPTER SK2211 meets at St Andrews United Church Tuesdays at 5:30 pm, 60 Athabasca St E. Please use side parking lot door. Handicapped friendly building. Take off Pounds Sensibly is a nonprofit weight loss support group. Weights are kept private. New members are welcome. Weight loss encouraged via healthy food choices and exercise. for more info call 306-692-0991 or 306-690-8001 DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS INTO THE SASKATCHEWAN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME, Battleford, Saskatchewan, is March 15, 2020. The categories include individual, team, family and community.”

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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

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.


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

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.

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.

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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.

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

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Open concept with vaulted ceilings, custom kitchen with new Quarts counter-tops, dining area leaking to 2-tier deck (and negotiable hot tub), sunken family room with fireplace, main floor laundry, half bath and an office/bedroom. 2nd floor has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms basement with 9 FOOT CEILINGS, full bathroom, bedroom and large utility room. double attached garage that is insulated, central vac, u/g sprinklers, 2 tier deck, no maintenance vinyl fence!

Extensively Updated major renovations open concept kitchen, new drywall, wiring, plumbing which included jack-hammering the basement floor and replacing that plumbing, spray foamed basement, windows, doors, trim, fixtures, furnace, central air, lighting and both bathrooms, upgraded to underground wiring with a new service to the garage and house,3 bedrooms and renovated full bathroom. Downstairs family room, bedroom, renovated bathroom double garage!

5 spacious bedroom's and 3 bathroom's, Triple Garage finished with RV Plug & high ceilings Inside open concept, custom kitchen with granite, large dining area and living room e durable mat finish hardwood & dura-ceramic floors. main floor laundry basement large family areas with R/I plumbing for a wet bar, 2 large bedrooms room great for an office, craft room or play room, low maintenance 2 tier composite deck & vinyl pergola completed with gas BBQ hook up, vinyl fenced yard on a concrete footing Kids play structure & hot tub are negotiable.

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:


$249,000 This 3 bedroom/2 bath home features a large eat-in kitchen with hardwood in the living room and main floor bedrooms. The master bedroom in the lower level has a walk-in closet and 3-piece ensuite. Large deck, single garage, and apple trees in the fenced yard.

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