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The Dr. F.H. WigThis is the second more Regional Hostime the foundation pital will be providing has supported the better neonatal serMoose Jaw Health vices for newborn inFoundation, said fants thanks to a genMcElree. The first erous donation from time was in support the Sandra Schmirler of the former Union Foundation. Hospital and the capThe foundation doital campaign to build nated $38,000 to help the new hospital. He equip the women’s was able to give memhealth unit during a bers of the Sandra presentation on Feb. Schmirler Foundation 15. Named after Sana tour of the new hosdra Schmirler, the pital recently. Olympic, national and To help present the provincial curler from cheque on behalf of Saskatchewan, the the foundation were foundation provides Sara and Jenna Enfunding for equip- Members of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation — including Jenna and Sara En- gland, daughters of ment that enhances gland, daughters of Schmirler, front — present a cheque for $38,000 to the Moose the late Schmirler. neonatal services at Jaw Health Foundation so it can purchase neonatal equipment for preemie babies It’s great to see the hospitals across Can- at the hospital. Photo courtesy Sandra Schmirler Foundation effect Schmirler had ada. on people and to see The foundation ather legacy continue tends every Scotties Tournament of Hearts curling champion- on across the country, Sara said. It’s also exciting to learn how ship and a telethon is conducted to raise money. much Schmirler meant to her home province of Saskatchewan. “It’s (the Scotties) such a tremendous event to have in our com- “I would love to see (the foundation) not end,” said Jenna, 20. munity … and working with the Sandra Schmirler Foundation “Our mom had such an impact on so many people and is conis an absolute treasure,” said Kelly McElree, executive director tinuing to have an impact on people. That’s how we’re getting to of the Moose Jaw Health Foundation. raise so much money for such a great cause. I don’t ever want to The donation allows medical professionals in Moose Jaw to pro- see it end. I want to have her strength and her spirit still around vide the best possible care for newborn babies from the commu- and by this foundation it’s definitely doing that.” nity and area, he continued. The hospital will be able to add a The foundation’s efforts have not slowed down across the counnew infant incubator, a neonatal SiPAP to help babies breathe try, even though it has been 20 years since Schmirler’s death, said Sara. Every year the organization raises higher and higher and a neonatal blanket. These items would not have been possible without the founda- totals, and this year, since the Scotties is in Moose Jaw, just tion’s generosity, McElree said. The foundation’s support is tre- down the road from Schmirler’s hometown of Regina, both mendous, especially since it has helped many hospitals across girls hoped to see as much money raised as possible from the Canada. He pointed out the curling championship is all about telethon. By the end of the telethon on Feb. 16, a new record of $450,500 heart and community, while curlers are caring people. “It’s a treasure to have the event come here and benefit the com- had been raised. munity as well. It leaves a lasting impression (and) truly leaves Visit www.sandraschmirler.org/english/ for more information. a legacy … we’re just so thrilled with the support we’ve gotten,” -With files from Randy Palmer he added.

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Browning can be caused by winter desiccation, what that means is winter air can get so cold it freeze-dries branches on deciduous plants and leaves of Evergreens. Winter

winds and air temperature pull the moisture out of the branches of deciduous and Evergreen plants; there is a way to prevent this by applying anti- desiccant product in the fall before winter comes. Once a plant has lost moisture in its branches or leaves due to desiccation, it is not possible to repair those leaves or branches. What you can do is prevention. There are few tips and tricks that will help you help your plants on the prairies. All good plants begin with being planted in the ground and watered appropriately every plant needs one gallon of water for every foot of height or spread whichever is greater. when fall comes usually around September it is

recommended to reduce the number of watering days. Make sure you do not fertilize your plants after July 15th on the prairies. These tips are to help your plant prepare for winter. Prairie winters can be very extreme, when we can go from -10 to -40 overnight and stay -40 for 2 weeks straight it is hard to maintain life outdoors. Another tip that you can use to help your plants prepare for winter is to avoid pruning any plant after August 15th. The goal here is to prevent the plant from making any new growth in the fall. New growth on a plant in the fall that must be maintained over the wintertime is often too lush to survive are harsh winters.

Sculptural exhibit by Peter Tucker exploring identity through growth Larissa Kurz In a bustling opening night on Feb. 7, Peter Tucker unveiled his new exhibit in the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery titled Predisposition. The collection features Tucker’s sculptural work, done in various types of wood and aluminum. Each piece explores the idea of identity construction and the continuously shifting process of becoming a person. For Tucker, the installation is a culmination of many years of ideas. Each piece represents the experience of creating an identity and the disruptions that can occur during that journey. “As I was building, so many more ideas and ways of looking at it came about, because as you build them, they grow themselves and they become their own beings, almost,� said Tucker. “And then I had to learn how to relate to them as I was building it, so then my ideas have changed.� The large floor-mounted sculpture titled “Effort� is reminiscent of a new plant emerging from the ground because that was what inspired Tucker to consider the effort of creating our own selves. “When I was sprouting a lot of my own microgreens and watching these sprouts come up to the earth, I was relating that to the beginning of human life. How we are born into the world and then we have to emerge into the world and create a life for ourselves,� said Tucker. “Effort� is actually hollow inside, and so the process of determining the inner and outer parameters of the piece only furthered Tucker’s connection between the sculpture and human identity. “That’s who we are, right? We have this inner world and we have this outer world for others that view us, that help create our identity and we navigate that space,� said Tucker. Identity is a topic that Tucker chose to tackle because of his personal background as an adoptee of mixed-race descent, as it has affected the way he views things around him. The piece featured at the entrance of the gallery, “Pest,�

Artist Peter Tucker, who recently debuted his new collection at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery. for example, began as a scrap from another unrelated project that struck a chord with Tucker. “When I looked at the off-cut that I would normally just throw in the waste, I saw life and I saw something in it,� said Tucker. “I think I’m prone or driven to do that because I’ve been adopted. I felt like I was a discarded piece and somebody picked me up and nurtured me, and so I’ve continued that process.� Predisposition is also a unique exhibition in that the large suspended installation at the centre of the gallery will be transforming during the collection’s time on display. Tucker will be working on the piece throughout the next two months, with 2,500 pieces to be installed before it is complete. People can stop by the MJMAG and witness Tucker work, or return throughout the exhibition to see the sculpture evolve. “People can come and visit and they’ll be part of my decision-making process that way to create, again, that exterior that is exhibited to the world, but which also has an

interior aspect,� said Tucker. Tucker will also be appearing in an In Conversation artist talk with MJMAG curator Jennifer McRorie on Apr. 25 at 1 p.m., which is open to the public. Predisposition is on display alongside Robert Froese’s exhibition Measured Composition, sharing the MJMAG’s gallery space — which McRorie thought created a fascinating dialogue in the gallery space. “I decided that it would be interesting to feature two local artists together, but also they were both working on sculpture and installation,� said McRorie. “And it turns out they’re both exploring performance in the way that they’re presenting their installations, which is really interesting.� Both Measured Composition and Predisposition will be available to view at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery until May 3.

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Steady Job Growth for 18 Consecutive Months With 3,900 more jobs in January 2020 than in January 2019, Saskatchewan can now boast a year and a half of consecutive monthly job growth.

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Robert Froese unveils new exhibition combining ceramics and music at MJMAG Larissa Kurz Robert Froese, a Moose Jaw artist who has continually shown his work here at home throughout his impressive career, debuted a new exhibition on Feb. 7 at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery. The show, titled Measured Composition, is an exploration between the physicality of Froese’s ceramic pieces and the sensuality of musical composition. Froese saw a connection between his creative process as a potter and also as a pianist and began visualizing the rise and fall of improvised music performed in a physical space. The combination of pottery, wood platforms, colours, and spatial design in the exhibit are meant to express the connection between the creating of clay shapes and the creating of musical melodies, laid out in a physical experience. “Generally this show is about spatial composition and musical composition, and the parallel that exists for me and my attempt to kind of express the elements of music like rhythm, syncopation, tone, harmony, all those things through objects,” said Froese. Measured Composition is laid out in a certain way, guiding visitors on a path through different movements of the exhibit. This makes for a unique experience, one that is as fluid as music itself. “There’s an entrance with the tape, the paint. It’s kind of a tuning note, and then the introduction and flow, and there’s space to walk through the sort of sectioned off areas,” said Froese. “I want things to connect, but I want to show them as distinct pieces too.” Froese has utilized different colours and textures alongside physical arrangement, with some pieces glazed and some still bisque, which was inspired by the time he spent in Japan. “I would go to the beach every day in Japan, walk the beach and all that study of really strange objects that you find washed up on the shore after a typhoon, for example, that kind of found its way into my sculptural work,” said Froese. From there, Froese made the connection between how he

shapes music on the piano through improvisation with how he shapes clay as a potter. “I began to think of that way of resolving chords as the way you resolve a finished piece of clay, like spinning on the wheel,” said Froese. As the exhibit visits other galleries, it will change its shape to fit the gallery space and potentially become an entirely different show. “It’s very improvisational,” said Froese. “The goal, for me, is to initiate some kind of a feeling for people. Like, it might remind people of diving or walking the beach or some experience they might’ve had and that is open to everyone.” Some of the pieces are works that were developed as part of Froese’s Master of Fine Arts at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2018, while the rest is more recently created. Froese was pleased with the opening night of the exhibit and followed the evening with an In Conversation artist talk on Feb. 8, with MJMAG coordinator Jennifer McRorie — videos of the event are available on the MJMAG Facebook page. Measured Composition opened alongside Peter Tucker’s exhibit Predisposition, which takes up the front part of the gallery with Froese’s exhibition in the back. Both Measured Composition and Predisposition will be available to view at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery until May 3.

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- Guest Editorial City’s new logo a topic of debate The talk in the coffee shops, on the sidewalks and in corridors of gathering spots in the city has been about an animal. Joyce Walter Even though it isn’t officially hunting season, the talk For Moose Jaw Express ronjoy@sasktel.net is about moose, elk, antelope and caribou — and not where one might find such animals if it were hunting season. The conversations are laced with some amusement, a little bit of horror, considerable consternation, a bit of derision and a few comically raised eyebrows. The topic relates to the city’s new logo, the animal with an impressive rack of antlers that was a heavily guarded secret until being unveiled just before the Scotties Tournament of Hearts began at Mosaic Place. Anyone who happened to be at the curling venue would have seen the infamous logo displayed on the surfaces of the four sheets of curling ice. The moose was out of the bag, so to speak, making an official announcement necessary to explain the identity of the animal and how it came about. Some people like the svelt-looking animal, saying it reflects the “new Moose Jaw.” But there is confusion too: is it a caribou, an elk, an antelope. A moose? Yes indeed, that is a moose, one described by city officials as “bold, proud and looking towards the future” just as Moose Jaw looks to the future. Hmmmm. If one were wont to ponder where the moose is looking, one might suggest he is looking to make sure none of his moose friends from the bogs and fields see him and laugh, for indeed, there would be laughter. But we have him as our new city logo, designed, we are told, by an out-of-city company who took the city’s vision and came up with this interpretation of a moose — because city officials insisted the logo had to include a moose. Surely a local design company would have had a better appreciation for the kind of moose that would have appealed to city taxpayers. Change is difficult and possibly this logo will eventually be embraced by the population that currently has reservations about the vision that came up with this creature. Right now, the conversation is leaning towards “oh deer.” Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

Send your letters to the editor to: letters@mjvexpress.com or 888-241-5291 All columns, letters to the editor and editorials are solely the personal opinions of the writers themselves and not necessarily the opinions of The Moose Jaw Express. The contents of this publication are the property of the Moose Jaw Express. Reproduction of any of the contents of this publication, including, but without limiting the generality of the following: photographs, artwork and graphic designs, is strictly prohibited. There shall be no reproduction without the express written consent of the publisher. All ads in the Moose Jaw Express are published in good faith without verification. The Moose Jaw Express reserves the right to refuse, classify, revise or censor any ads for any reason in its sole discretion. This paper may include inaccuracies or errors. The Moose Jaw Express does not under any circumstances accept responsibility for the accuracy or otherwise of any ads or messages in any of the publications editions. The Moose Jaw Express specifically disclaims all and any liability to advertisers and readers of any kind for loss or damage of any nature what-so-ever and however arising, whether due to inaccuracy, error, omission or any other cause. All users are advised to check ad and message details carefully before entering into any agreement of any kind and before disclosing personal information. If in doubt, please take legal advice.

Moose Jaw’s Partners against Violence Committee brings together a number of local service agencies, as well as local RCMP and Moose Jaw Police to work towards building a safer community for all. Research shows that bullying is a major issue for Canadian youth. The Canadian Red Cross is the leading provider of bullying prevention education in Saskatchewan and provides the following tips to guide you. If your child is being bullied: • Listen to your child entirely before reacting • Involve your child in finding solutions • With your child’s help, create a team of support for you and your child (teachers, school counsellors, and trusted family members, etc.) • Help your child learn how to cope with stress and anxiety • Build your child’s capacity to respond effectively to the bullying by: • Abstaining from violence • Not counter-bullying • Help your child to build their self esteem by: • Engaging them in activities they enjoy • Praising their good efforts and accomplishments • Remind your child that you love them • Know when the problem is getting too big for them, and seek appropriate intervention • To get help: Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 or kidshelpphone.ca If your child is engaging in bullying behaviour: • Stay calm and be firm—let your child know that bullying is not acceptable • Find out what motivates your child to bully, and encour-

age an open and honest discussion • Use non-violent and age-appropriate consequences; set rules • Discuss how your child can take steps to repair the damage caused by the bullying behaviour • With your child’s help, create a team of support for the both of you (teachers, school counselors, trusted family members, etc.) • Be a positive role model in your child’s life by being aware of how you use your own power If your child is witnessing bullying: • Explore the different options for your child to stand up against bullying • Educate your child to intervene immediately to stop the bullying, but to get an adult to help with the • intervention if it’s unsafe to act without an adult present • Approach the person being bullied to provide support • Explain the difference between “tattling” on someone as opposed to reporting in order to stop someone from getting hurt • Encourage your child to come up with creative ways to intervene in a bullying situation, such as changing the subject or starting a game • Set a good example for your child by showing that you care about others Visit www.redcross.ca for more information about helping your child through difficult situations.

Strong future markets seen for Canadian oat crops By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

The impact of corona virus on the agri-food industry is still unclear but Farm Credit Canada Principal agricultural economist Sebastian Pouliot sees four connections. A weaker global economy could result from restricted movement of people, goods, delayed investment plans and closure of plants. The SARS outbreak in 2013 reduced the global economy by .1 per cent but China was a less important factor then. Since then Chinese output has quadrupled to make up 15 per cent of the world’s economy. A slower economy will push commodity prices down, as already experienced by oil prices. Demand for food isn’t expected to fall but restricted travel and port unloading rules could create concerns. Lower incomes from a slower economy could hurt ability to pay for food. Reduced oil prices should reduce value of the Canadian dollar acting as a cushion to farm income. Pouliot expects a slow economy will keep interest rates low, even cause central banks to reduce rates.

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A day in the life of a farmer often includes back pain by Dr. Steven Heidinger, Moose Jaw Chiropractor Most of my patients know that I am not Saskatchewan born or raised. I barely get away with being a Buffalo Bills fan first and a Saskatchewan Roughriders fan second. Before I moved here, I had no idea what minus 50 windchill felt like, what a bunny-hug was or what a perogy tasted like. Since then all that has changed. I have learned all of that and much more. As a chiropractor in Saskatchewan, you are bound to see farmers in your office on nearly a daily basis. Surprise, surprise… farmers get spinal pain. My staff knows I how much I like to get to know my patients (it is usually the reason I may get behind with my schedule). Getting to know my farming clientele has given me some insight into what it is like to work in agriculture and the stresses they deal with, especially with respect to stress on their backs. Research is telling us that over 85% of Saskatchewan farmers report musculoskeletal pain, with the majority of that being back pain. Many of my farming patients wonder if back pain is genetic because many of their family members have back pain as well. The reason is actually familial, rather than genetic. Farming itself runs in the family and so will the stresses of farming. Back pain is more prevalent in farmers for a variety of

reasons. Firstly, even with improved technology, farming is still, and always will be, physically challenging. Heavy and repetitive lifting, long term sitting, long hours, vibrating machinery, unpredictable livestock and mental stresses all contribute to the incidence of back pain. There are certain times of the year when farmers tend to hurt themselves more often. Seeding, spraying, harvest, and calving seasons seem to be the more common times. For obvious reasons these are also times when farmers don’t seek the care they may need soon enough. When the weather is good or when calving is at its peak, I never tell farmers when to come in, they tell me when they can get in. This can result in back issues that are slow to recover or ones that get worse. Because farmers cannot easily just leave the farm for care (being too busy or just too far away to come to the city for a quick treatment), they must often self-manage their back issues. Taking time to stretch before, during and after a long day, using ergonomic back supports in their tractors, and even asking for help can get farmers through tough times. I am meeting more and more farmers who are putting more emphasis on not only their back health but their overall health in general. Many farmers are farming less by renting out their land or hiring custom workers during key times. I see more farmers taking time for vacation and for exercise in their not so busy times of the year. You don’t realize the importance of a healthy back until your back actually starts giving you problems. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.


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Brownlee’s Wayne Cozart being honoured as Hall of Fame inductee for dedication to horsemanship Larissa Kurz The Saskatchewan Horse Federation has announced this year’s list of Hall of Fame inductees, including local Brownlee breeder, volunteer, and horseman Wayne Cozart. Cozart, who passed away in 2019, is being honoured for his decades of contributions to the equestrian community that created awareness of the role horses play within this province’s culture, industry, agriculture, and sport. For 40 years, Cozart raised Percheron draft horses alongside Paint, quarter horse, and miniature breeds as well. He dedicated his life to his horsemanship, sharing his passion with everyone he could. “He really pursued volunteerism, horsemanship, all of it tied to equestrian activity and just a love of horses,” said SHF executive director Audrey Price. “There are so many different accomplishments that the family noted in their nomination.” Cozart’s draft and miniature teams travelled the province, making appearances both at competitions and in communities giving wagon and sleigh rides. He gave clinics, sat on many organizational boards, and helped form the Mini-Might Trail Riders Trail Group. He dedicated much of his time to the younger generation, said daughter Susan McNutt, and was very involved with several different light horse 4-H clubs in his area — including the Purple Sage Riding Club in Central Butte and Marquis Light Horse 4-H Club. “He’s always been involved with horses, he took a whole pile of kids under his wing,” said McNutt. “Anytime we went to shows, he always rounded up kids the same age as ours and showed them how to show and drive, and

Wayne Cozart, an avid member of the horse community in Saskatchewan and new inductee to the Saskatchewan Horse Federation’s Hall of Fame. (supplied) kind of look after the horses.” For over 30 years, Cozart would hitch up his team on Christmas Eve and pick up families around Brownlee to go caroling, and hosted an annual poker run in Brownlee where plenty of other sleigh teams could gather and socialize. From 1980 and onwards, Cozart had a large role in organizing the heavy horse division of the Moose Jaw Hometown Fair, and was a regular competitor at shows across the province, including Agribition and Buffalo Days, as well as shows in Arcola, Prince Albert, Swift Current, and more. Horsemanship was a family tradition for the Cozarts, with McNutt remembering how her father was always involved in his kids’ showing careers and his grandkids’

rodeo appearances. “I don’t think they ever missed a high school rodeo with our kids,” said McNutt. “Horses were always his life, horses and cows and family.” The Cozart family was largely involved in the South Sask Riding and Roping Club, and Cozart was one of the main organizers for the Quarter Horse Show in Saskatchewan. Cozart was also a large Percheron breeder in the province, with some of his bloodlines present in the Praire Percherons team that does annual rides in Wakamow Valley. The family is grateful for the spotlight on Cozart’s life, recognizing the large role he played as a part of the equestrian community. “It’s a very big honour, for him to win this award,” said McNutt. “I just wish he was here to get it.” The SHF is also recognizing four other inductees for their influence in the equestrian community, including driving expert Jean Bogner, horse and hitch champion Harold French, chuckwagon racing legend Raymond Mitsuing, and hunter-jumper and dressage pioneer Elaine Portington. “The Horse Federation, the board itself, are really excited about this program, about being able to honour and recognize those people that are why we still have a very active breeding program in the province and why equestrian sport continues to thrive and grow,” said Price. The Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized during the SHF Annual General Meeting on Mar. 14 in Regina. Tickets for the event are available by contacting the SHF.

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Youth songwriting camp connecting student musicians with Sask. songwriters Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express

A unique retreat meant to inspire young songwriters with nature is now open for registration from youths all across Saskatchewan, and it’s featuring a handful of local songwriting mentors from here on the prairies. The Songwriting 4 Nature youth camp is a program organized by the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina, meant to gather young songwriters together to learn from each other and find inspiration in the nature around them. The retreat will take a group of songwriters to Last Mountain Lake Regional Park from May 28-31, for a weekend of camping and activities to further their songwriting skills. The students will have a chance to learn from prairie songwriters about the writing process and spend time with a group of people interested in music like themselves. This year’s retreat will feature Juno nominee Megan Nash, Proudly Saskatchewan Showcase winner Kara Golemba, and Prairie Dog Best of award winner Ryan Hicks as songwriting mentors. Alongside workshops and writing sessions, the group will also take part in things like hiking, yoga, group writing opportunities, and more to build connections with both the surrounding landscape and each other. While working on their own songwriting, the group will also work on a song together over the weekend. Glenn Sutter, the program organizer from

Youth songwriting retreat: The youth retreat was last held in 2015, and was an inspiring weekend for many young songwriters from around the province. (supplied) the RSM as well as a folk-rock musician himself, is hoping to see the young musicians discover a sense of inspiration from the weekend. “The idea is that it’s a chance for students who are interested in music and nature to bring those interests together and create music,” said Sutter. “You get to rub shoulders with active songwriters in Saskatchewan, [and] it’s a chance to really gain some insight directly from people who are doing this kind of artistic work.” Attendees are encouraged to bring along

things they’ve already written, like lyrics or poems, as well as their own guitar if they’d like, although there will be instruments provided. There is no minimum requirement for musical skills, as the retreat is focusing on fostering creativity, invoking a sense of inspiration from nature, and making connections between youth with similar interests. “You don’t have to be a really strong musician, you need just to be creative and interested in and have a little bit of music understanding to get something out of it,”

said Sutter. The youths will also have an opportunity to record an individual demo of their own if they choose, which may be included in the RSM’s “Nature Inspires” exhibit at the museum. They can also choose to perform in the Songs for Nature Showcase at the museum on June 10. The youth camp was first held back in 2015, and Sutter felt that it was time to bring the youth program back this year. The RSM has held adult songwriting retreats each year, and the youth retreat is a welcome addition. “[We hope to inspire] a sense of inspiration and a deeper appreciation for nature as a source of inspiration,” said Sutter. “I think they’ll come away with improved skills and a whole raft of insights about how they can take an idea and pursue it, form it into something.” Students from grades 9-12 are eligible to register for the retreat, and there will be a limit of 15 attendees. Registration is now open and can be done online through the Royal Saskatchewan Museum website. The weekend cost is $80 per person until March 20, after which registration increases to $115 per person. More information about past songwriting retreats from the Royal Saskatchewan Museum is also available on www.songs4nature.ca.

Wear Pink to Stop Bullying

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Warren Michelson

Moose Jaw North Warren Michelson, MLA

The Pink Shirt Day movement, started by two high school boys who wanted to support someone being bullied, is now worldwide; educating and inspiring others to stand together and take action against violence and bullying. It is recognized on the last Wednesday in February, this year on February 26th, and sponsored in Saskatchewan by K+S. Bullying is not limited to youth but also happens in workplaces, organizations, and relationships. Bullying can be: Verbal: usually involving taunts, name-calling, putdowns, slurs, offensive gestures, incessant mocking, threats, intimidation and laughing at someone else’s expense; Social: excluding, ganging up, ridiculing, gossiping, spreading rumours, stealing of money and possessions; Physical: involving physical harm often from kicking, punching, hair pulling, pinching and pushing; Sexual: involving unwanted physical contact or sexually

inappropriate comments; and Cyber: using a computer or other technology to forward or spread hurtful messages and/or images. Our government recognizes that with accurate information and resources, the kindness of the people of our province will reduce bullying in Saskatchewan. Partnerships between the Ministry of Education, SaskSport, Red Cross and SaskTel provide resources and support to youth, parents, teachers, coaches and anyone who wants to be empowered to reduce bullying. Last fall, the Government and Sask Sport Inc. teamed up to launch a joint marketing campaign to increase awareness on the tools and resources available to assist coaches, athletes and parents on bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination in sport. The marketing campaign will increase awareness and use of important resources, contacts and training available online. Expert staff provide information, bilingual support, resources and referrals by phone, text or email. This confidential and anonymous resource is intended to assist coaches, athletes and parents in determining the most appropriate course of action. The Canadian Red Cross “Beyond the Hurt” program supports a school or organization-wide approach to preventing bullying and building empathy and respect. “Beyond the Hurt” resources are available for youth and adults. Resource content can also be incorporated into the Health curriculum in classrooms.

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Prolonged pipeline protests risk loss of empathy for First Nations There’s an old shopworn joke that describes the circumstances that pipeline blockades have created. The body organs were arguing over which was the most important. The brain declared it was number one, since it was the body’s nerve centre transmitby Ron Walter ting messages to the other parts. The heart, seeing itself as the body’s engine, claimed most importance while the lungs, which refresh the body with crucial oxygen, claimed importance. The stomach and intestines claimed importance as they digest nutrients and make them available. The liver and kidneys claimed importance for their role in body waste disposal. The anus made no claim, just closed the sphincter valve and waited two days. By then the body was writhing in discomfort. All major organs were unable to function properly. Total shutdown was imminent. That is not to say the current pipeline blockade protests are anal but some of the protesters are anal about the matter. The protesters have made a point: they can shut down the country’s economy. Now what? The Wet’suwet’en have a legitimate claim. They have never ceded their territory to Canada by treaty. The land

is theirs. Until moves by B.C. a year ago, their situations has been ignored simply because the First Nations have much bargaining power. Further complicating matters: Fifty per cent of B.C. territory has never been ceded by First Nations, but the overlapping claims by different bands amount to 110 per cent of B.C. lands. But what are the consequences of prolonged protest? During the last 10 years most Canadians have altered their perception of First Nations peoples from the stereotypes of lazy, drunken heathens. The stereotypes have been overcome by education. The federal Truth and Reconciliation Commission played a significant role in that education. Commission hearings and subsequent media coverage revealed to non-First Nations Canadians the broad extent of the horrible mistreatment of First Nations children by the residential school system, a system planned to destroy First Nations culture and language, to turn these young people into “white� people. Sympathy and concern for the First Nations peoples and their culture has been on the rise in recent years. By and large Canadians are tolerant and fair-minded about protests by people not wanting certain decisions affecting their lives, as long as the protests are peaceful and don’t disturb day-to-day life. The blockades shutting down two railways, preventing people from getting to work, preventing movement of goods to market and preventing production are disturbing

Live cattle imports increase 40 per cent By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

Imports of live cattle to Canada from the United States increased 40 per cent year over year. The increase is the fourth year over year increase, says Jason Wood, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry agrologist. Just under 243,000 head of non-purebred cattle were imported during the period January to November 2019. Alberta took 145,000 head of the imports, up from 92,000 the previous year. Exports of live cattle to the U.S. of 722,000 head were substantially larger than imports, showing an increase of 14.6 per cent. The five year average is an 11 per cent increase. Slaughter cattle exports increased by 26 per cent, also lower than the five year average. He expects an increase in fed cattle exports to the U.S. based on numbers on feed. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

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day-to-day life. Prolonged protests risk unravelling much of the good will toward First Nations’ causes that has developed over recent years. Protesters should cast aside their euphoria at stopping the economy and consider the long term implications of their actions. Reconciliation does not give the few a right to veto the majority. Both federal and provincial governments have been slow to react, passing the buck to each other. The call for immediate action to stop the blockades is fraught with consequences from breeching our cherished freedoms to creating a more dangerous situation. Sudden action or martial law is not the solution and could lead to guerrilla actions that make terrorism look like a Sunday school picnic. The protests appear well-organized. Evidence exists that protesters are being encouraged by anti-capitalist anarchist groups south of the Border. A decision by First Nations on who speaks for them – elected or hereditary chiefs — would do much to resolve the situation. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.


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Pig spleen prognosticator predicts a ‘big snow event’ for end of February Jason G. Antonio Moose Jaw Express When it comes to predicting the weather, who would you rather trust: professionally trained meteorologists with so-so track records or a pig spleen prognosticator whose predictions prove to be more accurate? Jeff Woodward, from the Gull Lake area, has been using porcine spleens to predict the weather for the last 12 years. He took over from his late uncle Gus Wickstrom, who was well-known as the pig spleen weather forecaster for decades. Wickstrom became a celebrity in his hometown of Tompkins and even appeared on The Daily Show to talk about his hobby. The prognosticator later died in 2008. More accurate than Environment Canada To engage in pig spleen prognostications is entertaining, Woodward said on Feb. 6. He enjoys the social aspect of talking to people during the annual prediction parties. Woodward thinks his predictions are more accurate than those of Environment Canada (EC). In general, the spleens get the warm and cold aspects of winter correct compared to EC’s long-range forecasts. They also do much better with the weather cycles and temperature swings, but not the short-term weekly outcomes. “I think if you did an analysis of it, you would see (the spleens are) 80- to 90-percent accurate versus Environment Canada’s … 55-per-cent (accuracy), which is just a little bit better than tossing a coin,” he said. It’s party time Each year Woodward holds a pig spleen party to make his forecasts. This past November, he held the party at the farm of his aunt and uncle Lynette and Del Collier to predict the weather in 2020. The spleens came from free-range pigs raised near Gull Lake. The spleens had plenty of fat on them in two bands, which meant Saskatchewan

would see a colder winter and more snow than average. The webs of fat showed the temperatures would be erratic again, with periods of deep cold followed by warmer weather. Forecasts for January and February Woodward’s prediction for January was pretty good, he said. He was slightly nervous since he forecasted that winter would be cold but with various temperature swings. The warm weather lasted longer than he thought, but then the cold spell aligned with his predictions. He believes his forecasts will get back on track for February. The month was supposed to start warm but dip to below normal temperatures quickly. Snow is supposed to happen around Feb. 10, while sleet and freezing rain could happen around Feb. 13 to 15 and again later in the month. The end of the month is expected to see “the big snow event of the year.” Woodward makes his determinations by looking at the spleen’s thickness and dividing it equally into six strips for January to June. The temperature is measured in the thickness and the precipitation by the fat. The places where the fat is very thick indicate cold weather or precipitation events. “What I usually do is create a graph of the different characteristics and then translate that into what it means for the weather,” he said. There is always uncertainty in looking at the spleens, Woodward continued. Since none of the spleens are ever the same, he look at several spleens — usually four or five — and then figures out what the average might be. Woodward attempts to align when the weather events might happen with Jan. 1, and depending on where the fat is, that could give the approximate date of those events during the next six months. Family tradition This is a family tradition stretching back several hundred years to when Wood-

winter by fattening up. Swedes were only concerned about the forthcoming winter and had no problems with the summer. Woodward is not the only pig spleen prognosticator in Saskatchewan. There are at least three other guys who make predictions irregularly. With a chuckle, he joked that they should form their own club. Future forecasts Woodward has predicted the following for the months of March/April and May/June: March/April The end of February or the first part of March should see the biggest snowstorm of the winter. Temperatures in March will still tend toward cold until about March Jeff Woodward, the pig spleen weather 20. After that temperatures will return prognosticator, analyzes the fat content to average, with daytime weather being of a pig’s spleen to annually predict the minus-2 Celsius to plus-5 Celsius and weather. Submitted photograph will remain that way until the end of the month. ward’s ancestors lived in Sweden, he ex- Snow days include “the big one” on plained. As farmers who raised hogs, they March 1, followed by more precipitation butchered a pig before each winter to de- on March 10, April 2 and April 20. The termine what the weather might be. end of March will be cold but have low They noticed that the spleen had varying precipitation. The variable temperature amounts of fat and deposits on it, which will likely melt most of the snow early. they believed showed the weather for April will start cooler than normal and which the hog was preparing. gradually warm to average near the end When Woodward’s family came to Sas- of the month. Expect the weather to be katchewan, his grandfather and father quite unsettled with plenty of wind into would jokingly predict the weather every the month of May. time they butchered the animals. At some May/June point, Wickstrom decided to rejuvenate Temperatures in May will be average with the tradition and take it seriously. little precipitation. The cooler tempera“I would say my Uncle Gus was very tures and low precipitation will provide a good. He did some predictions that were good opportunity for seeding, but it will very outlandish — snow in June and likely be very dry. things like that — and they came true,” The period between the snow melting Woodward told CBC two years ago. “My and spring rains coming will be dry and predictions probably haven’t been quite as windy, so residents should be aware of good as his, but ... they’re always better possible spring fires. There will be only than the long-range forecast from the sci- intermittent and local rains during this entific organizations.” time until mid-June. Temperatures will Woodward does not make predictions for remain relatively cool, but rain is predictJuly to December since the spleens he re- ed for June 15. ceives are only good for January to June. Traditionally, pigs in Sweden prepared for

REFLECTIVE MOMENTS

Some new fans of curling thanks to Scotties

The curlers have returned to their homes across Canada and in a few hours the Warriors will reclaim their spaces in the dressing room and on the ice. Moose Jaw is gradually coming down from the “high” of being the host city for the country’s top women’s curling event — the Scotties TournaJoyce Walter ment of Hearts — but the exFor Moose Jaw Express cited talk about a successful “bonspiel” will continue for ronjoy@sasktel.net many days in the future. Thanks to some tickets that Housemate placed under the Christmas tree for me, we ventured to Mosaic Place on the first Sunday of the 10-day event. Because of his aversion to my annual dedication to TSN coverage of the Scotties, the Brier and world women and men’s curling, I wondered if he meant to attend with me, or if I should call a friend. He agreed to accompany me for the two draws that day, although he did threaten to put a book in his pocket to get him through the six hours of on-ice activity. He was teasing, of course, and I venture to say that he’s come to understand my dedication to viewing the sport and cheering for certain teams. The excitement of the event was evident that day as fans lined up to access the venue, stopping on the first level to watch or maybe participate in some curling-like shuf-

fleboard competitions offered just for fun but with some prizes available for the best shooters. Adults and youngsters put their skills to the test and found there was some geometry involved in getting out those opposing rocks. From the top of the bowl, we had excellent seats until the seats below us filled in and we discovered the side of sheet D was hidden to us as was the house at the other end of the rink. But because we were at the top, we could stand up when necessary without anyone shouting “get down in front.” It seemed odd that security didn’t enforce the rule about standing behind the yellow line behind Row 15, but by having other fans, and some drinkers, breathing down our necks, we learned many lessons about the game and why some shots missed and others were on the mark. Just as they do at hockey games, the folks not on the ice had more knowledge than the players on the ice. “She should have played the out-turn.” “I would have thrown a take-out instead of a draw there.” “Why did they sweep that? It was hot out of her hand.” You get the idea. And the lack of knowledge was entertaining too. One lady wondered if five or six ends would be played in a game that went to an extra end. The stranger beside me grinned at me but couldn’t answer because of his contained laughter. It was somewhat disconcerting to realize that attendees would move in and out of their seats with a frequency that would have had hockey fans suggesting they wait until a

stoppage of play. There is no simultaneous stoppage in curling even though someone wondered why the fifth end break wasn’t universal across the sheets. But veteran fans simply smiled and stood to allow the comings and goings. The gift shop offered a glimpse of items that would have been nice to have as souvenirs of the event, but for me that didn’t translate into any exchange of money, especially for the coffee mug in the shape of a curling stone. Although I don’t drink coffee, it would have been perfect for hot chocolate. The price of $25 and lack of cupboard space for something that size contributed to the non-sale. Pity. It was crowded in the HeartStop Lounge but we were hungry and anyway, that was the place to be between draws. Strangers made room for other strangers to sit and didn’t grump when extra chairs were slid into tiny spaces. Local residents were elbow to elbow with fans from across Canada. At the end of the day we were tired but happy to have seen the event up close and personal. A highlight was the fact that after that day Housemate stopped objecting to my control of the television remote. He’s fallen in love with the skills of Rachel Homan and sits there with me as I watch and marvel at the shots being made. Next up is the Brier. Curl on. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.


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The casserole, by definition, any food cooked and served in the same dish, is a popular addition to the family dinner table or made for a potluck supper. Casserole experts suggest a typical casserole will contain five points: protein, starch, vegetables, sauce and cheese, plus many variations of those points. This week’s casserole recipes come from my favourite Mennonite cookbook. ••• Hamburger Potato Pie 1 onion, chopped fine 2 tbsps. fat 1 lb. ground beef 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 1 cup cooked peas 1 cup canned tomatoes 1/2 cup ketchup 3 cups hot mashed potatoes 1 egg, beaten Cook onion in hot fat until golden brown. Add meat and seasonings. Cook until meat no longer shows pink. Add peas, tomatoes and ketchup and mix well.

Pour into a large, greased casserole dish. Combine mashed potatoes and beaten egg and spread over meat mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes. May be topped with shredded cheddar cheese in last 5 minutes. ••• Golden Carrot Casserole 1 tbsp. chopped onion 3 tbsps. butter 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 2 eggs, well beaten 1 1/2 cups milk 1 cup bread crumbs 2 cups grated raw carrots Brown the onion in the butter and add the bread crumbs. Mix well then add other ingredients. Pour into a buttered casserole dish. Bake in a moderate oven until brown. Serve hot with boiled eggs and a white sauce. ••• Macaroni and Cheese Bake 1 1/2 cups scalded milk 1 cup soft bread cubes 1 tbsp. minced onion

1/4 cup butter, melted 1 1/2 cups grated cheese 1/2 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper 3 eggs, slightly beaten 1 cup cooked macaroni Prepare macaroni in boiling water, drain and set aside. Pour scalded milk over soft bread cubes in a large bowl. Add minced onion and melted butter and stir. Add grated cheese, salt and pepper and mix lightly. Add the beaten eggs (do not over beat.) Add the cooked macaroni and mix gently. Pour into a greased shallow baking dish. Bake at 325 degrees F for 45-50 minutes. Note: may be served with a hot mushroom sauce made by heating a can of cream of mushroom soup with 1/4 cup milk. This sauce may also be mixed in with the macaroni and cooked in the casserole. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

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Guthridge Field track unavailable this year due to upgrades Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

High school track athletes will have to find an alternate venue at which to train and compete this season since Guthridge Field will undergo major renovations to give it new life. Renovations were actually scheduled for last year, but weather issues hampered the contractor in finishing prior projects and when it could start on the field, trustees with the Prairie South School Division (PSSD) board of education heard recently. Furthermore, once the contractor began digging up the track surface, it found larger problems underneath with the sub-bed. It could not start any major work since the fall weather was becoming colder. Trustee Al Kessler, a representative with the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletics Association (SHSAA), explained that at least 10 straight days of 15-degree weather is required for this project to be completed. That means it would likely be late May or early June before the project commences and around July when it is finished.

“Part of the work was done last fall and we talked a little bit about using the hard surfaces for just practices. Like, if it was a muddy or rainy day, if you wanted to go run on the cement, no one was working, I guess you could,” he said. It will now be up to individual schools to rent a venue in either Swift Current or Regina to hold a meet, Kessler continued. Three days are required to hold two regional and district meets, but that has been difficult. SHSAA officials have also looked to those communities to hold events, but the problem is those places have given the organization the leftovers for dates. Kessler noted the tracks in both of those communities are regularly busy. What’s also difficult is track athletes sometimes don’t want to compete on the dates that have been set aside for them because of other commitments such as graduation or other club sports, he continued. Many students don’t want to participate

on Fridays since they will be away for the weekend. “So we’ve had all kinds of issues about Guthridge Field not being available,” Kessler added. Besides the weather, the contractor found further problems with the asphalt bed underneath the rubber surface that division administrators thought was in good shape, explained education director Tony Baldwin. Officials realized there were problems once the rubber top was ripped off. “Because it’s a pretty expensive improvement to Guthridge, we wanted to make sure the stuff underneath was really good so we’re only having to do this once every 15 to 20 years,” he said. The asphalt has to be perfectly clean when the rubberized top coating is applied, explained CFO Steve Robitaille. That’s why lines were not painted on top nor were activities held on it. “Anything that sullies or damages the as-

phalt will have to be repaired before we do the final two rubber coats,” he added. “It’s quite an expensive project and it comes with a five-year warranty that we don’t want it voided by anything that might happen because it’s not clean or has been damaged underneath.” An opportunity for track meets is to use the venue at École Palliser Heights School, Baldwin said. The division has begun to improve the track there, which included adding and spreading gravel in the winter. Once spring arrives, compaction work will occur so it can be ready for activities. PSSD will have one of the best track sites in Saskatchewan again when Guthridge Field is finished, said Kessler. Furthermore, the division is lucky and fortunate to have such a field in Moose Jaw. “It will be an exciting opportunity for kids in the school division when it’s finished,” echoed Baldwin. The next PSSD board meeting is March 3.

About 80 per cent of PSSD teachers show high satisfaction levels: survey Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

A majority of teachers in Prairie South School Division (PSSD) either agree or strongly agree that their overall satisfaction with the division is positive, according to a recent survey. When asked about their overall satisfaction levels working in PSSD, on a scale of one to four, nearly 80 per cent of educators indicated they were satisfied (three) or very satisfied (four). In comparison, when teachers were asked the same question in 2018, about 72 per cent indicated they were satisfied or very satisfied. In 2016 their satisfaction level was about 86 per cent and in 2015 that level was again around 80 per cent. The results of the survey were presented during the PSSD February board of education meeting. Background PSSD began a staff engagement process during the 201415 school year. One part involved creating a satisfaction survey, where employee groups — teachers, CUPE, and out-of-scope such as division office employees and bus drivers — could provide information about their work, the survey report explained. This survey was conducted in 2015 and 2016, followed by every second year in 2018 and 2020. The most recent survey was administered for two weeks beginning on Jan. 5, with the data collected in late January. A detailed analysis of the data is expected and could lead to a school division response that would guide the work with staff satisfaction for the next two years. Division response It’s too early to comment on the feedback received since the board report is only a summary and there are more than 400 pages that haven’t been reviewed yet, said education director Tony Baldwin. Digging through that

information and those comments will be where the interesting pieces of the survey lie. However, a cursory review of the survey results indicates some staff groups are more satisfied now than in 2018, although CUPE members are less satisfied, he continued. “The collective bargaining (process) was a challenging one and lots of comments related to that process (were received),” Baldwin said. “That’s a necessary evil when you’re in a unionized environment, but I do think we need to go through that pretty carefully.” Someone from the union reached out to Baldwin to help analyze the data, which he thought was exciting since it’s not often a staff member does that. “Overall, we continue to have a very satisfied staff … ,” he continued. “But we certainly have lots of work to do as an organization in individual cases and right across staff groups to make the place a good place to teach and work and make a living and make a difference for kids and families.” Baldwin wanted to say PSSD teachers were more satisfied than teachers in other school divisions but couldn’t since he didn’t know how many other divisions had similar surveys. “I am sure our teachers who have challenging work to do, I’m sure those challenges impact them in many of the same ways that teachers in general in Saskatchewan are impacted,” he added. “But I also know, because of this, that in general teachers think that Prairie South is a great place to come and teach and learn.” Survey results The survey asked all three employee groups the same questions. As of June 2019, the division had around 906 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. This included 468

FTE teachers and principals/vice-principals, 318 FTE staff in education support, administrative, finance, plant operations and maintenance, and 115 FTE members in transportation. The highest percentage went to out-of-scope employees’ understanding of their role expectations, at 93 per cent. This was followed by 93 per cent of teachers having positive relationships with their co-workers and 90 per cent of CUPE staff having positive relationships with their co-workers. At the low end, only 52 per cent of CUPE members said they felt included in the division. Teacher results for 2020 vs. 2018 Effective communications (PSSD): 80 per cent/75 per cent Effective communications (workplace): 76 per cent/82 per cent Feeling included (PSSD): 71 per cent/61 per cent Feeling included (workplace): 82 per cent/85 per cent Physical work environment: 78 per cent/72 per cent Positive relationships (co-workers): 93 per cent/92 per cent Positive relationships (supervisors): 87 per cent/89 per cent Feeling respected (PSSD): 78 per cent/73 per cent Feeling respected (workplace): 86 per cent/90 per cent Understanding role expectations: 89 per cent/91 per cent Available tools/resources: 67 per cent/68 per cent Feeling valued (PSSD): 74 per cent/67 per cent Feeling valued (workplace): 85 per cent/89 per cent Work/life balance: 59 per cent/55 per cent The next PSSD board meeting is March 3.

Prairie South predicts school division to grow by 47 students next year Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express An extra 47 students are expected to enrol in Prairie South School Division (PSSD) for the 2020-21 school year, according to projections for next year. Each December the division uses a program called Baragar and local knowledge from school principals to determine enrolment projects for the following school year. The Baragar projection is based on enrolment data from PSSD, information from Canada Post, Canada Revenue Agency, Statistics Canada census data and the provincial bureau of vital statistics. Information gleaned from the vital statistics includes births, population, migration and participation rates in the school division’s regular programming. A report about the enrolment projects was

presented to PSSD trustees during the recent board of education meeting. As of Sept, 30, 2019, PSSD had 6,863 students enrolled throughout the division. Projections for the 2020-21 school year indicate that number is supposed to increase to 6,910. In Moose Jaw, the data projects for student enrolment: • Central Collegiate to decrease to 519 from 534 • École Palliser Heights to increase to 666 from 649 • Empire Community School to decrease to 110 from 110 • King George Elementary School to increase to 379 from 374 • Lindale Elementary School to decrease to 310 from 321

• A.E. Peacock Collegiate to jump to 590 from 559 • Prince Arthur Community School to decrease to 210 from 219 • Riverview Collegiate to decrease to 94 from 96 • Sunningdale Elementary School to jump to 455 from 429 • Westmount Elementary School to decrease to 315 from 3216 • William Grayson School to increase to 169 from 162 The use of the Baragar computer program concerned trustee Lew Young (Moose Jaw Schools). He thought the division had decided against renewing the contract with the program. Division administration has talked about how useful the program is every year, said

education director Tony Baldwin. Moreover, the Ministry of Education wants Baragar used for the joint-use school project. This actually forced partner Holy Trinity Catholic School Division to acquire the program since it wasn’t using it. It’s not possible to partition the school division in the program, he continued. Baragar is not needed to project enrolment in the rural areas, but it is needed in Moose Jaw. Therefore, the division will stick with the program and local knowledge as it arrives at enrolment projection. “And is a really important number for us because that’s what determines our initial budget funding, so when we miss, sometimes that is painful when we actually get our budgeting,” he added. The next PSSD board meeting is March 3.


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BIZWORLD

By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Canada’s smaller tier of banks deserves scrutiny from investors Analysts around the world love to recommend the Big Five Canadian bank stock as investments. They are diverse, stable, safe, sharing the bulk of the Canadian market with a good portion of revenues from outside Canadian borders. Dividend yields are pretty hefty compared with banks in other jurisdictions. What many investors don’t realize is the lesser known layer of Canadian banks offering reasonable dividend yields and, because of their size, greater mobility at seizing opportunity. Three of the four banks could be classified as regional banks but all have taken measures to diversify. Most regional of the group, Quebec-based Laurentian Bank offers a 6.21 per cent dividend yield – high enough to act as a red flag. Laurentian ran into mortgage security issues a few years ago and remains in the

investor penalty box. The unionized bank’s business has been diversified in the last five years with Quebec loans at 45 per cent reduced from 58 per cent while other provinces’ loan share increased. Share price slipped from $49.45 to $43.96 in that time frame. National Bank of Canada shares increased from $52 to $73.85 in five years as assets bloomed from $216 billion to $281 billion. The Quebec-based bank dividend yields a respectable 3.85 per cent with 38 per cent of assets outside La Belle Province. Only 27 per cent of income comes from loan interest with the rest from fees and transactions. Strong in wealth management, National has a small but growing specialty U.S. finance arm. Alberta-based Canadian Western Bank took a hit after the oil price slump but less than one per cent of loans are oil and gas related. The dividend yields a reasonable

3.55 per cent. In five years, loans have been diversified from 50 per cent in Alberta to 32 per cent as loans grew in other provinces. Leasing operations make up 18 per cent of revenues. Assets grew from $22.19 billion in 2015 to $29.3 billon in 2019 while share price went from $23.56 to $33.28 in five years. The newcomer to Canada’s smaller banks is Equitable Bank of Canada with one branch in Toronto. An online bank, Equitable offers investors a lower expense ratio, wth none of the real estate and fewer employees than traditional brick and mortar banks have as costs. Dealing mostly in mortgages and personal and commercial loans, Equitable assets between 2014 and 2018 grew from $12.85 billion to $25 billion. Share price of this 1.26 per cent dividend yielder moved from $75.12 to $111.12 in

five years. With its lower cost structure Equitable can offer 2.41 per cent interest in savings — putting other banks to shame. Not having a network of bank branches forces reliance on dealers for sources of deposits, a less than ideal situation, if dealer deposits dry up. Higher interest on savings is changing that reliance. This column offers a brief synopsis of operations by the four banks, all of which deserve to be on investors’ watch lists. CAUTION: Remember when investing, consult your adviser and do your homework before buying any security. Bizworld does not recommend investments. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

PSSD struggling to find bus drivers, especially in rural areas Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Prairie South School Division (PSSD) is struggling to ensure it has enough spare and casual bus drivers to meet its needs, with this issue most acute in the rural areas. There were 105 regular bus drivers during the 2018-19 school year, which is a decrease from five years ago when there were 123 regular drivers, according to a division report. Meanwhile, the number of casual/spare bus drivers has also decreased over the last five years. There were 83 such drivers during the 2018-19 school year; during the 2014-15 year, there were 94. “It is our single biggest risk to our operations at this time,” Barry Stewart, transportation manager, told PSSD trustees during the February board meeting. The division’s aging population of regular drivers is also a concern and is putting pressure on recruitment and retention, which are both ongoing initiatives, he said. The strategy to increase the number of spare drives includes putting notices in school newsletters, word of mouth, and telling other drivers. The problem in rural areas is depopulation and aging residents. “What the province doesn’t realize is the (rural municipalities) don’t maintain every road,” he stated. “So it could take one kilometre to get a kid (home) but the driver would have to drive five kilometres over to do it. “The community has to step up. It really does come down to the community.” The wheels on the bus During the 2018-19 school year, PSSD provided daily transportation to 2,563 students — 839 urban and 1,724 rural — on 105 bus routes for a daily distance of 17,776 kilometres or 3,288,560 kilometres per year, the 2018-19 transportation accountability report said. The division also provided transportation for 57 students from Holy Trinity Catholic School Division and 23 students from Cornerstone Christian School during the 2018-19 year. In comparison, the division transported 3,048 students during the 2014-15 school year. The average ride time for urban students in 2018-19 was 10 minutes, while for rural students is was 34 minutes. VILLAGE OF AVONLEA ASSESSMENT ROLL 2020

Notice is hereby given that the assessment roll for the Village of Avonlea for the year 2020 has been prepared and is now open to inspection in the office of the Assessor from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., on the following days: Monday to Friday, inclusive, February 28th to March 30th, 2020. A bylaw pursuant to Section 214 of The Municipalities Act has been passed and assessment notices have been sent as required. Any person who wishes to appeal his or her assessment is required to file his or her notice of appeal, accompanied by a $25.00 appeal fee per parcel with: The Assesssor, Village of Avonlea, Box 209, Avonlea, SK S0H 0C0, by the 30th day of March, 2020. Dated this 28th day of February, 2020. Jaimie Paranuik Assessor

Barry Stewart, transportation manager for Prairie South School Division, (right), speaks about transportation issues in the division. Photo by Jason G. Antonio These numbers have stayed roughly the same during the previous two school years. In Moose Jaw specifically, the minimum time on the bus for students in the morning was one minute and the maximum time was 37 minutes. In the morning, 951 students made it to school in at least 15 minutes, while 37 students were on the bus for more than 75 minutes. Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ In the rural areas smaller buses with 54 seats are used since it’s not possible to use 72-seat buses, said Stewart. That can cause problems for the department since a computer program is used to find efficient routes; it can make suggestions that are not possible. For example, the software suggested adding more routes for Lindale School, which did not make sense. Stewart joked that it was an art form to manage routes and keep ride times as low as possible. There were 1,406 charter trips scheduled for curriculum-related activities during 2018-19, including 927 for Moose Jaw. Meanwhile, there were 208 sports charter trips throughout the division, including 77 for Moose Jaw teams.

Fleet information The bus fleet consisted of 150 units, with 105 units used on regular routes and 45 used as spares when maintenance is happening on regular vehicles or buses are needed for extracurricular trips. In comparison, PSSD used 177 total buses during the 2014-15 school year. Buckle up PSSD has bus garages in Moose Jaw and Assiniboia. Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) licences both as vehicle inspection centres for school buses, the report said. Such buses are required to be maintained to provincial standards and pass a formal comprehensive inspection annually. Specifically, buses are scheduled every 6,000 kilometres for service and inspection checks. This happens every four to eight weeks. The maintenance program is designed to keep PSSD buses safe, reduce delays and limit costly repairs to a minimum. During the 2018-19 school year, there were 918 inspections, compared to 1,306 checkups in 2014-15. Be safe out there Eighteen new drivers were trained last year, 23 received refresher training, 31 received recertification through SGI, and nine were recertified in First Aid, the report said. There were four vehicle accidents last year, including two where the other driver was at fault, one where the bus struck another vehicle and one where the bus struck a fixed object. In comparison, during the 2014-15 school year, there were 17 bus accidents. The next PSSD board meeting is March 3. PUBLIC NOTICE RM OF RODGERS NO. 133 Public notice is hereby given that the Council of the RM of Rodgers No. 133 intends to adopt a bylaw under The Planning and Development Act, 2007 to amend Bylaw No. 4-2015, known as the Zoning Bylaw.

NOTICE THE TAX ENFORCEMENT ACT RICHARD LONEY AND HAROLD A. LONEY

INTENT The proposed Zoning Bylaw amendment will allow Council to consider adding dwelling units as a Discretionary Use accessory to a commercial development in the Hamlet District.

TAKE NOTICE that the Resort Village of South Lake intends to be registered as owner under the above Act of the land described as Lot 4 Blk/Par 16 Plan No EX1470 Ext 0, Title No. 100739268 and Lot 5 Blk/Par 16 Plan No EX1470 Ext 0, Title No. 100739279.

AFFECTED LAND The amendment will affect lands and future developments in the Hamlet District.

The municipality claims title to the land by virtue of an interest based on the tax lien registered against the existing title to the land in the Land Titles Registry as Interest Number 185568878 and 185568889 and you are required to TAKE NOTICE that unless you contest the claim of the municipality or redeem the land pursuant to the provisions of the above Act within six months from the service of this notice on you and, subject to the further provisions of The Tax Enforcement Act, a certificate of title will be issued to the applicant and you will thereafter be forever estopped and debarred from setting up any claim to, or in respect of, the land. The amount required to redeem the land may be ascertained on application to the Clerk, Treasurer or Administrator of the municipality. For any questions about the tax enforcement process please contact Taxervice at 1-877-734-3113. Dated this 10th day of February, 2020. Melinda Huebner, Administrator Resort Village of South Lake

REASON The reason for the amendment is to allow for dwelling units as a Discretionary Use accessory to commercial developments in the Hamlet District, to accommodate for a proposed commercial business with a dwelling unit. PUBLIC INSPECTION Any person may inspect the bylaws or the proposed plan of subdivision at the RM of Rodgers No. 133 office located at #4-1410 Caribou St. W, in Moose Jaw, SK during regular office hours. Copies of the bylaw will be made available. PUBLIC HEARING Council will hold a public hearing for the Zoning Bylaw amendment on March 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm in Boardroom #2 at the Regional Municipal Plaza located at #4-1410 Caribou St. W, in Moose Jaw, SK. The purpose of the public hearing is to hear any person or group that wants to comment on the proposed bylaw. Council will also consider written comments received at the hearing (or delivered to the undersigned at the municipal office before the hearing). Issued at the RM of Rodgers No. 133 on February 26th, 2020. Signed: Charlene Loos


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City Hall Council Notes MAKE A COMPLAINT As it seems that Moose Jaw City Hall does not seem to acknowledge citizen complaints, if you are disgruntled about the lack of communication at City Hall or feel you have a viable complaint with how the City of Moose Jaw is conducting their affairs and spending our taxpayers’ money, please make your voices known to the Ombudsman’s office in

Saskatchewan. Ombudsman Saskatchewan promotes and protects fairness and integrity in the design and delivery of government services. They take complaints about provincial government ministries, agencies, Crown corporations and many health entities. They also take complaints about municipal entities.

Ombudsman Saskatchewan offices are located at 150 – 2401 Saskatchewan Drive Regina Sask. S4P 4H8. Back in July the Ombudsman was Mary McFadyen; she can be reached by phone at the Regina office at (306)787-6211, Fax 306.787-9090 or e-mail ombreg@ombudsman.sk.ca. Let them know how you feel and get them to investigate.

Amount of land sold for joint-use school project concerns councillor Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express While construction on the joint-use school on South Hill is nowhere close to starting, one city councillor is concerned about how much land the municipality is selling for the project. During an in-camera — behind closed doors — executive committee meeting on Jan. 30, council approved a recommendation to direct city administration to sell phases 5 and 6 of the Westheath property to Prairie South School Division and Holy Trinity Catholic School Division for $2,541,848. Both school divisions would be allowed to market and lead the development of these 34 acres (13.6 hectares) at $15,000 per acre, while they would be responsible for the development levies and all costs associated with the existing concept plan. Coun. Crystal Froese asked that that recommendation be voted on again during

council’s Feb. 10 regular meeting. “Our citizens need to understand how we landed on this decision and the circumstances around it. We had been in the process of developing this part of our city and now we are moving forward with allowing the school board to act as a realtor or broker to actually sell this whole property at $2.5 million,� she said. Most residents on South Hill are in favour of the new school since one is vitally needed, Froese continued. She was also wholeheartedly in agreement and understood why amalgamating several public and Catholic schools into one was necessary. However, she didn’t understand why council would sell 34 acres to the school divisions when the new school would likely require only 10 acres. Froese added that during the recent Municipalities of Saskatchewan convention,

she spoke with councillors and mayors who had dealt with the construction of joint-use schools in their communities. They told her they had never had to approve a similar agreement for the location of the school. One thing council needs to understand is it must respect the decisions of other elected bodies, such as the provincial and federal governments, said Coun. Brian Swanson, who is also a trustee with the Prairie South school board. With this issue, the school divisions chose the site for the new school in a new subdivision that Moose Jaw has not yet developed, nor was the municipality about to develop it. They did this without consulting with the municipality. Swanson supported not developing the Westheath area since he didn’t want to see council sink millions of dollars into

installing underground infrastructure and roads when the community is not ready for that area yet. He pointed to how few housing starts there have been in Moose Jaw to support his position. “I recused myself from site selection decisions at the school board. I do not want to see the property taxpayers of Moose Jaw upfronting a whole bunch of money for a subdivision development that we really don’t need at this time,� he added. “If the school divisions want to pursue that site, the costs associated with doing so should be borne by the school divisions.� Council then voted 6-1 to approve the motion to sell the property to the school divisions for $2.5 million. Froese was opposed. The next regular council meeting is Monday, Feb. 24.

Amended boulevard bylawJason toG.clarify duties of nearby property owners Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Residents could soon have a better understanding of the minimum standards for maintaining boulevards near their properties once a new bylaw is in place. The current boulevard bylaw dates back to 1992 and has not been amended in more than 27 years. The parks and recreation department wants to update the bylaw so it reflects current standards and practices; provides improved clarity and consistency; and aligns with other municipal bylaws. City administration presented the proposed bylaw changes during city council’s Feb. 10 executive committee meeting. Council voted 6-1 to have city hall advertise the changes to the public for two weeks before bringing back the bylaw to an upcoming regular council meeting for approval. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. Council discussion A requirement in the updated bylaw says residents must maintain the boulevards near their residences, said Coun. Chris Warren. He wondered if city hall received complaints from residents about that. Directors for the parks department and planning and development services department indicated neither reNOTICE OF INTENTION TO AMEND ZONING BYLAW NO. 5346 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 proposed amendment will rezone 480 Athabasca Street East from R4 - Core Mixed Residential District to CZ - Contract Zone. The purpose of the amendment is to allow a business in the area to use the property as a staging area for their products prior to shipping. 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 www.moosejaw.ca, from February 18th , 2020 to March 9th , 2020 from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Any written comments or submissions must be received by Planning and Development Services, 228 Main Street North, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3J8, by 10:00 AM on Monday, March 9th, 2020 in person or by email at planning@moosejaw.ca. Inquiries 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, March 9th, 2020. DATED at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan this 29th day of January, 2020. Myron Gulka-Tiechko - City Clerk

ceived many complaints about having to abide by that direction. However, Derek Blais, director of parks and recreation, noted his department does receive complaints about homeowners modifying boulevards near their properties, specifically, installing retaining walls, fences or hedges on municipal-owned boulevards. One notable section in the old boulevard bylaw that was removed focused on the reconstruction of boulevards after municipal construction, he continued. If residents want the boulevards adjacent to their homes rebuilt, they now have to pursue a local improvement program (LIP) policy. There are some subdivisions in Moose Jaw — particularly newer areas — where the boulevard is on the property side of the sidewalk, Blais told Swanson. It is a valid point, Blais acknowledged, that homeowners there are not allowed to develop near those boulevards, even though that conflicts with what has been done in those areas. “We might be making a whole bunch of properties non-compliant in doing that,� Swanson said. One big concern Swanson had about the proposed boulevard bylaw is it now allows the bylaw enforcement officer to enter homeowners’ property without permission. He thought it was acceptable for a water meter reader to enter properties but didn’t think it was appropriate for the bylaw enforcement officer to do so. There are other bylaws that allow that officer to enter properties without permission, such as the property maintenance bylaw, explained Michelle Sanson, director of planning and development. However, that can only happen during the day during normal business hours. Bylaw enforcement officers would have to leave and come

back with a warrant if homeowners tell them to go away. Proposed bylaw changes There are 18 changes that the parks and recreation department is proposing to be made to the boulevard bylaw. Some changes include: • Definitions have been updated for terms such as boulevard, private tree, public tree, city lands, working day and private crossing • A list of items has been added that indicates what is not permitted on boulevards, such as litter, weeds, hazardous objects/materials, domestic animal feces, building materials, holes or ruts that pose actual or potential health, fire or safety hazard, anything that attracts rodents, abandoned machinery, and graffiti • A requirement has been added for owners to keep private trees trimmed above sidewalks and streets • Property owners are now wholly responsible for maintenance of the boulevard and any vegetation, structures or other improvements on it other than trees, which the municipality looks after • A section has been added that the municipality may disturb an existing boulevard treatment without notice in emergency situations or for service connection replacements, but in scheduled work will provide four days’ notice; • Removed the 15-day period for adjacent property owners to submit written concerns but kept the requirement to notify property owners of adjacent properties that an application has been approved; • Increased the maximum fine amounts to align with other bylaws.

 

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City Hall Council Notes Council could receive preliminary 2019 financial info by March Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

While city council has an idea of how the municipality’s fourth-quarter financial picture looks, it won’t know how Moose Jaw finished 2019 financially until at least March. City administration provided a report about how the final three months of 2019 looked economically for the municipality during the recent city council meeting. The report provided information on financial condition indicators, a summary of capital expenditures and statistical information for the entire year. However, revenue and expenses for the fourth quarter were not provided since year-end work is underway on that data, explained finance director Brian Acker. If council wanted that information right now, it would not receive a clear picture of the final results. City administration expects to have preliminary year-end information by Feb. 28 and complete year-end information by April 3. However, if council wanted the preliminary year-end information, the results could be shared during a March meeting, or in April if more accurate re-

sults are requested, he added. The final audited statements are expected to be presented to council by May 25. Also provided with the fourth-quarter statement was a summary of Mosaic Place’s financial statement, which included a balance sheet and income statement that Spectra Venue Management Services — which now manages the building — produced. That report was from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2019. The former Downtown Facility and Field House (DFFH) organization will produce a financial report from January to September since it looked after the building during that time. “I’m still absolutely amazed it takes until the end of February to get year-end done … why do we need two months to finalize year-end? Is that consistent with municipalities? I used to work in an organization that two weeks after year-end, you get it done,” said Coun. Scott McMann. Other Saskatchewan municipalities have similar deadlines of when they complete year-end reports, said Acker. One issue city administration discovered is it’s dif-

ficult to have suppliers submit their costs in a timely fashion. City hall is unable to complete year-end work until payables are completed. Major work is required to make adjustments for up to 250 entries for year-end, he continued. That involves four to six weeks of work, followed by the preparation of the financial statement. City administration is now working with the auditors on this. Even though city hall is working on year-end financials, that doesn’t mean it has quit collecting payables for this new year, Acker remarked. All entries are still coming in and being counted, while a first-quarter report will be produced. “One advantage this year is we are not doing budget as well. That’s a huge (amount of time and effort) for the finance department in terms of bringing it forward,” he added. A section in the fourth-quarter update indicates 70 per cent of the money budgeted for paving roads was used, while the rest was unspent due to the weather, said McMann. He wondered if the municipality

would pursue that work sooner this year so it wouldn’t be affected by poor fall weather. The engineering department lined up many projects in a timely manner last year, and after it received favourable tender prices, it put out a second group of tenders later in the season, explained engineering director Josh Mickleborough. That was good since the budget was completely expended. Similar expectations are anticipated for this year. “Our locations are being planned as we speak and the tenders will be to market in decent time, allowing contractors to bid,” he added. “We’ll get those bids in again and hopefully we’ll get favourable pricing again and we have the same problem where we have to release a second tender package later in the season.” Council later voted to receive and file the report. The next regular council meeting is Monday, Feb. 24.

Property tax arrears have Jason gone up nearly 80 per cent last three years G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Total property tax arrears have increased by nearly 80 per cent during the last three years, according to a fourth-quarter financial report from city administration. Total arrears by Dec. 31, 2019 were $1,050,698, which was composed of $933,213 in liens and $117,485 in arrears payment plans. Meanwhile, total arrears by Dec. 31, 2018 were $934,059 ($855,296 in liens and $78,763 in payment plans) and by Dec. 31, 2017 were $591,111 ($536,166 in liens and $54,945 in payment plans). Property taxes receivable Property tax receivable means the right to collect revenue from a tax, assessment or other charge on a real property that has become delinquent in whole or in part, including interest. The total amount of receivable property taxes outstanding as of Dec. 31, 2019 was $2.9 million, of which $1.92 million was current and $1.05 million was arrears. In comparison, total property taxes receivable that were outstanding in 2018 were $3.02 million, $2.59 million in 2017, $2.2 million in 2016, $1.9 million in 2015 and $1.7 million in 2014. Mosaic Place Spectra Venue Management Services, which is now managing Mosaic Place, provided a financial statement for the period Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2019. During those two months, there were 16 events that brought in 13,116 people for total gross revenue of $77,843. After promoter proceeds were considered, that left an event operating income of $46,153. Total indirect expenses — such as administration, operations and overhead — were $194,966, leaving a deficit of $148,813. After other income was considered, and excluding the management fee of $16,940, the net operating loss for those two months was $60,944. The total net operating loss from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31, 2019 was $105,355. Financial condition indicators By Dec. 31, 2019, the municipality had received 100.9 per cent of its budgeted taxes, compared to 97.7 per cent by Dec. 31, 2018, according to the report. Long-term debt per capita was $1,745.94 per person by Q4 2019, compared to $1,879.38 per person in Q4 2018. Meanwhile, debt as a percentage of the debt limit was 62.3 per cent in Q4 2019 compared to 67 per cent in Q4 2018. Status of capital projects Eight capital projects were considered to be in jeopardy for completion, the report said. Delays were experienced in mechanical upgrades to the municipal complex on High Street West, since obtaining tender-ready drawings was proving difficult. Phase 1 of this project is expected to be tendered and started this year. Repairs to catch basins attached to a storm sewer project

have been deferred to this spring for completion. The replacement of sprinkler heads at parks throughout Moose Jaw is only 25 per cent complete, while the construction of a retaining wall at Ross Wells Park was only five per cent complete. These projects are expected to be finished by September. The development of pathways in the community will occur later this year once the Trails Master Plan is adopted. The LED lighting project at city hall is expected to be completed by the end of February, while the elevator modernization project is expected to be finished by March. Renovations to the Smith Park building are on hold — but will be completed this year — until the final decision is made on the location for the joint-use school. Meanwhile, projects to upgrade the Kinsmen Sportsplex Are-

na will be completed this year. City administration had been waiting for final confirmation from the provincial government about using federal Gas Tax funding for these upgrades. The next regular council meeting is Monday, Feb. 24.


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Inaugural I Read Canadian Day event encouraging enjoyment of Canadian authors Larissa Kurz

The Moose Jaw Public Library played host to local authors Melanie McFarlane and Robert Currie for the first I Read Canadian Day celebration, and head librarian Gwen Fisher was pleased to see Moose Jaw out to take part. McFarlane and Currie read a few of their own works for the crowd gathered, before stepping back to mingle and talk Canadian literature. “I’m really happy to be a part of I Read Canadian Day because I write Canadian,” laughed Currie before his reading for the crowd. The morning readings were Moose Jaw’s way of celebrating the national day dedicated to spotlighting Canadian writers. Originally the idea of author Eric Walters, I Read Canadian Day will take place on Feb. 19 across the country every year, to encourage people to look for Canadian authors to add to their reading lists. “This is an opportunity to rediscover Canadian authors, support Canadian authors, hear Canadian voices, which is really important to our cultural fabric and the well-being of our communities,” said Fisher. Libraries and schools across the country signed up to host an event for the new celebration, with over 20 participants in Saskatchewan. The day conveniently fell on the winter break for the

Those present for the Moose Jaw Public Library’s celebration of I Read Canadian Day took a moment to open one of the many Canadian books available from the library. school divisions here in Moose Jaw, which felt like a lucky happenstance for organizers. “It’s really cool that we got people out, and also I think that it speaks to the fact that Moose Jaw is aware of our local talent, that we didn’t just get kids out,” said Keri Hennenfent, from the library region. “Bob and Melanie

drew all kinds of people out.” The coffee and treats following the readings were enjoyable, but so was the many books the MJPL had set out to show just how many great Canadian authors are hiding within the library’s stacks. The live readings from Currie and McFarlane were also an opportunity to spotlight some of the talent from here in Moose Jaw, which organizers were excited about as well. “It’s so enjoyable and so magical to hear poetry being read, about our province, about growing up here, so I think that we’re happy. We’re just stoked about Canadian authors,” said Fisher. The MJPL also challenged the community to take a selfie featuring a Canadian book they’re enjoying and share in on social media today, using the hashtag #IReadCanadian, as the national initiative was for everyone to take 15 minutes today to read something Canadian — especially kids. Fisher also thinks the initiative is important not only for readers but also for writers. “If you are a writer, this is also kind of encouraging because people are paying attention to what you’re writing, so keep writing because you’re part of a community and your voice matters,” said Fisher. “There’s a spot for you.”

Moose hide campaign pushes back on violence against women The Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) and several of its community partners are banding together to take a stand against violence against women and children. As part of this commitment against sexbased violence, the police service helped launch the inaugural Moose Hide Campaign on Feb. 19 at the police station. The campaign — which originated in British Columbia — is a grassroots movement of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men and boys who stand up against violence toward females and youths. To signify that officers and other partners are participating in the campaign, a one-inch by one-inch square piece of felt was pinned to shirts and jackets and worn from Feb. 19 to 24. “Wearing the moose hide signifies your commitment to honour, respect and protect the women and children in your life

By Moose Jaw Express staff and to work together with other men and the initiative since that day worked well boys to end violence against women and for everyone. Afterward, resident Kayleigh Olson children,” a news release said. The MJPS has teamed up with several helped Blondeau with a smudging cereorganizations as part of this campaign, mony, where those in attendance could such as 15 Wing Military Police, Transi- participate in the Aboriginal activity by tion House, John Howard Society, Moose using their hands to waft smoke over Jaw Literacy, Wakamow Detox Manor, themselves as a form of purification. both school divisions and Saskatchewan Participants then helped pin the piece of moose hide onto the chest of another perPolytechnic. Donna Blondeau, co-ordinator of Victim son. Services with the MJPS, led the cere- This year’s event included a voluntary mony that kicked off the campaign. She fast from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. the same noted this was the first time it had been day. Those who participated were then held in Moose Jaw. She had discovered invited to return to the police station to this initiative while looking online and break the fast with complementary soup was so touched by it that she thought it and bannock. For more information visit moosehidecould work here. While Feb. 24 is the official day for the campaign.ca. Moose Hide Campaign, Blondeau noted the police service chose Feb. 19 to launch

Kayleigh Olson pins a piece of moose hide — actually a small piece of felt — onto Police Chief Rick Bourassa as part of the Moose Hide Campaign kick off on Feb. 19 at the police station. The campaign takes a stand against violence against women and kids. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Kinsmen Club celebrates national centennial with Founder’s Day flag raising Larissa Kurz

Members of the Moose Jaw Kinsmen, Moose Jaw Kinnettes, and K40 auxiliary club members gathered at Tourism Moose Jaw to commemorate the founding of the service club 100 years ago in Canada. “It’s huge for us. A hundred years is a big milestone for anything, so we thought we better do something to commemorate it,” said Kinsmen president Mike McKeown. Founder’s Day is a national celebration, with Kinsmen Clubs across the nation planning flag raisings and other events to recognize the long-lasting mark that

Kinsmen members have made on their communities. The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Club began in 1942, making it 78 years old this year, and they have about 22 members this year. McKeown finds that the club has been supported here in Moose Jaw really well over the years. “It’s just been so strong in the community and I think it’s so well known, and everybody just loves to support what we do. We give back, right to the community,” said McKeown.

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The Moose Jaw Kinsmen, Moose Jaw Kinnettes, and K40 members gathered to raise the Kin Canada flag on the centennial Founder’s Day. The Kinsmen credit their success to both members and the community, as well as their partnership with the local Kinnettes Club. “The Kinnettes have been huge, and especially helping out with our Safe Ride program,” said McKeown. “So, we thought it’d be great to have the Kinnettes, Kinsmen and the K40 kind of all come together for such a great day.” The Kinnettes deputy governor for Zone G Tanya Heisler was also happy to join in the flag raising alongside McKeown and the Kinsmen. “It’s really amazing what we’ve done in a hundred years, lots of money raised, and we’re excited to be here,” said Heisler.

For Heisler, joining the Kinnettes here in Moose Jaw was about more than just helping her community — she was new to the city and got to know people through her Kinnette work. “It’s about becoming part of the community, giving back to your community,” said Heisler. “It’s a great way to meet new people and opportunities for personal development.” McKeown and Heisler raised the Kinsmen flag together, and headed over to Mosaic Place to make an appearance at the Scotties, with Kinsmen and Kinnette members bearing the signs during the opening ceremonies at the afternoon draws.


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Report from the Legislature

Lyle Stewart MLA Lumsden-Morse Saskatchewan has seen steady job growth for 18 consecuLyle Stewart tive months – growth that MLA, shows our Lumsden-Morse economy is resilient and providing opportunities in a province that continues to enjoy the longest and strongest sustained population growth since the 1920s. Last year, my colleagues and I canvassed our constituents for ideas on how we can keep Saskatchewan moving in the right direction. In November, we officially unveiled Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan for The Next Decade of Growth 2020-2030. We’ve got work to do to ensure we have

a strong economy to support strong communities and strong families, and that’s the essence of our new plan which aims to create 100,000 jobs and grow our population to 1.4 million people. The past decade provides plenty of examples of how a growing Saskatchewan is a strong Saskatchewan. Our population has grown by more than 170,000 people because our economy has grown with nearly new 80,000 jobs and over $180 billion in capital investment. In spite of economic headwinds, there is momentum in our major and emerging industries. Production and exports continue to climb, increasing by more than 60 per cent, with Saskatchewan product shipping to more than 150 countries around the world. This growth has given us a greater ability to invest in our overall quality of

life. Our government has made the largest investment in infrastructure in the province’s history – more than $30 billion. There is a new hospital in Moose Jaw, and new hospitals being planned for Weyburn and Prince Albert. We recently opened the new Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford and the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon. There are 42 new schools in communities across the province with new elementary schools on the way in Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw. More than 14,000 kilometres of road have been built or upgraded while major projects, like the Regina Bypass, have greatly improved public safety. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in water and waste water projects – treatment plants, lagoon expansions, reservoir expansions and lift stations. We have undertaken – collectively – the most significant upgrade of water and waste water infrastructure in the province’s history, with more work to do. We understand that significant capital investment is crucial to building strong

communities. That is why in next month’s budget, we will see one of the largest investments in provincial infrastructure in the history of our province. At the same time, we will also see Saskatchewan’s largest investment in municipal infrastructure. In the upcoming fiscal year, Saskatchewan municipalities will receive record revenue sharing. Overall funding under the municipal revenue sharing program will increase to a record of $278 million – nearly an 11 per cent increase in 202021 from the current fiscal year, and almost a 119 per cent increase from the 2007-08 fiscal year. Municipal revenue sharing has provided municipalities a stable and predictable source of provincial revenue and our government is proud to continue supporting key local priorities that help lay the foundation for a growing Saskatchewan. Strong communities and strong families are a major focus of our government’s Growth Plan.

NDP worried gas plant project will exclude Saskatchewan companies, workers Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The Saskatchewan NDP is concerned that the construction of SaskPower’s proposed natural gas power plant will exclude contractors and workers from Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan in favour of American companies. Flanked by two Moose Jaw tradesmen and two MLAs, Saskatchewan NDP leader Ryan Meili expressed his concern about the procurement process during a media scrum at the Timothy Eaton Centre on Feb. 19. He explained that the final two companies bidding to complete the project — Kiewit Corporation and Burns and McDonnell — are from the United States. The former company is based in Omaha, Neb., while the latter company is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. Two American companies making the shortlist to build this project shows that another Saskatchewan project will be built by companies from out of province and out of country, he continued. This follows a trend similar to that of major projects such as the Regina bypass, Swift Current power station and North Battleford hospital. “And you know what? The Sask. Party is once again leaving Saskatchewan companies and Saskatchewan workers out in the cold,” Meili said. “We’ve got lots of people in the province — people in the building trades — who need those jobs.” Money generated from this project needs to go back into communities and the provincial economy instead of the pockets of an American company, he remarked. When Saskatchewan tax dollars are building schools, roads and buildings, provincial companies and workers should be doing the work. Those groups will spend money in com-

Little Gus Meili hangs around with his dad, Saskatchewan NDP leader Ryan Meili, during a media scrum at the Timothy Eaton Centre on Feb. 19. Standing beside Meili are welder/boilermaker Shawn Johnson and MLAs Carla Beck and Yens Pederson. Photo by Jason G. Antonio munities and pay taxes so more schools, hospitals and roads can be constructed. Since the Saskatchewan NDP believes the provincial government is taking the wrong approach on this project, it wants the province to start over and look to Saskatchewan companies to build this project and others, Meili continued. “They have way too narrow of a bottom line. They work for the very cheapest. Sometimes it’s actually cheap —

the quality isn’t as good,” said Meili. “And you’re also not reinvesting that money locally in the local economy.” In a news release issued after the scrum, the NDP said the province’s construction industry is struggling due to the Sask. Party’s alleged failure to make Saskatchewan workers a priority. The news release indicated the value of building permits decreased by 57 per cent year over year, which was the largest drop among all provinces. Furthermore, job numbers from Statistics Canada indicated there were 6,300 fewer construction jobs in January compared to last year, and a decrease of 6,800 construction jobs overall compared to 2018. SaskPower’s vice-president of supply chain told a chamber of commerce luncheon recently that the project vendor would be encouraged to hire local and provincial workers and seek out local building materials. Meili indicated during the scrum that the NDP is not confident that would happen based on past history. For example, only 20 per cent of the Swift Current power station was built using provincial workers or building materials. “The premier bragged in the house (legislature) that 20 per cent of that money stayed with local contractors. That means 80 per cent went outside the province,” he continued. “If we had an in-Saskatchewan company to keep 100 per cent of those dollars here, have 100 per cent of the workers from Saskatchewan, that’s the way it should be … . It would be much better if we had a Saskatchewan company as the main builder.”

Local contractors to be favoured during build of natural gas plant Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express The company chosen to oversee the construction of SaskPower’s natural gas plant will be encouraged to prioritize hiring businesses and contractors from Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan, according to a company executive. Grant Ring, vice-president (supply chain), spoke to more than 200 business leaders at the Heritage Inn on Feb. 12 during a luncheon that the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce organized. Ring’s talk focused on the new plant — projected to open in 2024 — and the opportunities the community can expect to see during and after construction. One question from the floor asked how SaskPower would ensure the winning firm that looks after the project hires skilled employees from the community and the province. There will be hundreds of millions of dollars worth of materials that will go into building the plant, explained Ring. That leads to concerns about how to build a project without increasing power prices. This is where the engineering, procure-

ment and construction (EPC) process comes in since it is a cost-effective way to reduce the risk of construction. “But when you do that, you let the vendor make a lot of choices. What we’re saying is, we want the best of the EPC, but we also want more for our people and for our province (on) the economic side besides having the price of the plant be effective,” he said. “So we’re trying to walk that line.” SaskPower has built commitments into the project where community and area contractors are included in providing content. The Crown corporation intends to sit down with the winning vendor — either Burns & McDonnell Canada Ltd. or Kiewit Construction Services ULC will be selected later this year — and suggest local contractors. SaskPower opened its Chinook Power Station in Swift Current this past December. One construction challenge was that while some community contractors received work, others did not since they were too late or didn’t have the qualifica-

Grant Ring, vice-president (supply chain) for SaskPower, speaks with business leaders before the start of a chamber of commerce luncheon. Photo by Jason G. Antonio tions, Ring said. This forced the vendor to bring in companies from the United States. “We’re happy it was going well, but we missed some opportunities … We plan to do better and we know we can,” said Ring, adding community contractors and businesses should jump on the radar now

of the two project proponents. Standing up, Mayor Fraser Tolmie explained city administration informed the Moose Jaw Construction Association that this project was coming. The association was encouraged to tell its members about this and encourage them to speak with the proponents so they had a better chance to contribute to the project. “That’s why we fought for this project. We fought for the businesses of Moose Jaw. That’s what we’re going to do,” he added. “We understand there are some items that cannot be done here in Moose Jaw, but we also have some very unique trades and people.” It has been great to work with the City of Moose Jaw since Tolmie has been a “super proponent” of the project, Ring said. SaskPower received a positive, top-notch reception from the City of Swift Current when building the Chinook power plant, so the Crown corporation believes it will receive the same level of support from The Friendly City.


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PRISM Awards | Nominees 2020 Introducing Nominees for Business Women of Moose Jaw 2020 PRISM Awards

The Business Women of Moose Jaw held their first PRISM Award ceremony seven years ago, with little idea of how large and important to the community the event would become. This year there were a record number of 36 women nominated for the awards that will be celebrated on March 7th. The awards – which honour women in the city and surrounding area represent categories Perseverance, Role Models, Influential, Successful or Mentor. The award winners will be honoured at the Spring PRISM Awards Gala, which will take place on Saturday, March 7 at the Macoun Lounge at Sask Polytechnic. Tickets are $85 each or a table of eight for $600. All proceeds go to Moose Jaw Transition House. More information can be found and tickets can be purchased at www.businesswomenmoosejaw.com/prism-awards-2020. Ha’Keena Maneso Youth Achievement Ha’Keena is an outstanding student, maintaining her position on the honour roll at Vanier Collegiate, achieving awards for academic success as well as for citizenship and school participation. She is a leader at her school, as demonstrated by her membership on the student representative council. She also serves as chair of the youth advisory committee to Moose Jaw city council. In her work with this organization she has sub chaired committees, made presentations to city council and represented the YAC at various events. She is a member of YAC cultural subgroup working with Moose Jaw ethnic groups and organizations such as Motif, local Metis and Indigenous organizations and the Multi-cultural Centre. In her work with the youth advisory committee she has shown herself to be an engaged, considerate and knowledgeable team player In addition to this work, she is one of Moose Jaw’s premiere dancers and singers, performing on stage with Vanier collegiate, achieving top marks in vocal competitions and winning several dance scholarships. She is a wonderful role model for young girls, working as a dance class assistant at Dance Images by BJ, and as a summer camp counselor and volunteer. Olivia Moyse Youth Achievement Olivia is an outstanding young woman, a strong leader, mentor and role model. Olivia is an accomplished athlete, achieving multiple awards and titles in speed skating, both long and short track, soccer and track and field. She currently receives a scholarship from the U of S Huskies Track and Field team of which she is a member. She has also achieved considerable success in her academic life as well. She was an honour roll student and class valedictorian at Vanier, earning over half a dozen scholarships, and continues to maintain a high GPA at the University of Saskatchewan where she is currently studying Regional and Urban Planning. Olivia is also a dedicated volunteer, both past and present. In addition to her studies and her athletic commitments, she is currently a volunteer coach for the Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club and the Special Olympics in bocce ball, track and field and soccer. Jaimee Lynn-Hodgson Youth Achievement Jaimee is a hard-working and diligent young woman dedicated to her community and her country. At school, Jaimee is an honour roll student and peer tutor, winning awards for academics, band and vocal jazz. She was also selected to mentor an annual grade 9 girls camp for Central Collegiate, collaboratively planning activities, meals and sup-

plies and providing leadership and teaching by example. She is also an active member of the Sea Cadets in our community. As a senior Sea Cadet she teaches classes on Leadership, Team Building, History and Naval Skills. As coxswain at the Saskatchewan Navy League camp she was in charge of 88 younger cadets. She participated in the Menin Gate Memorial ceremony Belgium, and stood as a Canadian cadet at the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. She was also one of 8 cadets from the western provinces to attend the Great Lakes Deployment in 2018, aboard the tall ship HMCS Oriole. In addition to volunteer commitments with the cadets, Jaimee has also volunteered with the multicultural centre, acted as school liaison for immigrants joining the community, volunteered weekly with the Saskatchewan Health authority and with the meals on wheels program in the summer. Currently in grade 12 at Central Collegiate, Jaimee has already been accepted to the University of Alberta College of Engineering for September 2020. She is passionate about improving the health and well being on the lives she will touch with her career goals in nanotechnology. Bev Pettigrew Perseverance For 28 years Bev, with her husband Larry, has operated a Therapeutic Foster Home for vulnerable youth with difficult behaviours, some with mental and/or physical disabilities. It takes a lot to persevere through the situations that this can present, requiring love and patience to manage behaviours and in some extreme cases, to meet the needs of children requiring 24/7 care. Bev meets all challenges head on and is a strong advocate for the children in her care. In addition, for several years now Bev has hosted an annual Christmas party for all foster children in the city. She has served for 22 years as Chair of the Moose Jaw & District Foster Family Association, organizing monthly meetings and working with Social Services to recruit and train foster families. Heather Coleman Perseverance Heather and her spouse Stephen had their first born son in 1997 when Heather was still in high school. Despite the challenges of teenage motherhood, Heather finished her high school education, then went on to University to become a pharmacist, convocating in 2004. Heather and Stephen moved to Moose Jaw with their children in 2007, working part time at the Co-op and managing partner of the Pharmasave on Lillooet St. In 2010 they found themselves full-time managing partners and opened a compounding lab, with Heather taking her compounding lab training in London, Ontario at the Professional Compounding Centres of America. This business was sold in 2019 and Heather is now a store operator for Rubicon Corporation. Heather managed to overcome all roadblocks from being a teenager in high school with a baby to finishing high

school and going to University with a child to become the successful Pharmacist and mother than she is today. Julie Knox Perseverance Julie Knox dreamed of being a lawyer. Her first stops in that journey led to completing biology and land use and environmental studies degrees in 1993. She was married in 1995 and blessed with two children. In 2009, despite a lack of support from her husband, she made the decision to pursue her dream and attend law school. In November of that year Julie experienced a life-threatening arterial dissection. With the help of doctors and medication, she completed her law degree in 2012. However, her challenges were only beginning as her marriage ended that same year, leaving her financially and emotionally devastated. Despite this she was called to the Bar on July 5, 2013. Then, on February 20 2014, her young daughter, Rachel Dawn Deugau had a fatal accident while skiing in BC. That same year Julie faced anxiety and depression while also pursuing a court order to allow her son to move from his father’s custody. Hoping to move to relocate to Moose Jaw in 2017 after her son’s graduation, she approached Chow Mcleod for work; they had no opening at that time, but through perseverance and continued follow up, she secured a position with that firm in January 2019. Kallie Wood Perseverance Kallie is one of the children taken from her family, her culture, her language and the possibility of a traditional Indigenous upbringing as she was taken at birth from the hospital and placed into Photo not available Adopt Indian Metis (AIM). at press time She was moved from home to home before being adopted by a non-Indigenous family. She was able to re-connect with her First Nations community around age 17, and made a conscious decision to make a difference for those around her and for society as a whole. While raising her three biological children and one adopted child, she worked full time and pursued Bachelor’s and Masters Degrees, and has begun her Doctorate in International Development, in order to be a strong voice for reconciliation in all settings. Kallie is the owner of Coverging Pathways, a global company which bridges the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people by promoting education, motivation, inspiration and relational action. Having experienced the atrocities of our history and trained in the truth and reconciliation process, Kallie is a keynote speaker and Indigenous advisor on Indigenous issues and is recognized as advocate, researcher and change advisor who transforms Indigenous leadership and methodologies.


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PRISM Awards | Nominees 2020 Kara Viczko Perseverance Ten years ago Kara built GAIT equestrian, dealing with each unique challenge posed by mortgages, inspections, certifications, contractors and hopeful clients. Each day Kara pulls over 20 bags of hockey netting over 70 pound bags of hay, caring for over 30 horses, feeding by hand in all weather conditions, praying that the waterers remain serviceable in winter. She channelled her vision to certify with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association, allowing her to take on differently abled riders. and puts in countless miles handwalking them during therapy sessions. She attained certification as an equestrian vaulting coach, and volunteers her services to the local club, as well as engaging inspiring clinicians and hosting events to advance the collective equine knowledge in our community. Kara had the perseverance to plan, build and operate an equine facility and to carry on through gruelling weather, endless chores and financial challenges, building not just a barn, but a community. Laura Angus Perseverance Laura is the owner small boutique/adult store in Moose Jaw, Behind Closed Doors, operating since 2015. Laura has had to overcome a number of obstacles since opening her doors for business from having traffic detoured away from her store due to road to conditions to having a high incidence of theft. In addition to the usual small business difficulties of unpredictable sales and high rent costs, Laura has also had to contend with special stigma issues due to the nature of her business, as many people are reluctant or hesitant about coming into her store for personal reasons. With tenacity and determination Laura has worked to overcome these barriers to her business success by extra advertising, additional security measures and adjusted store layout, and by offering discreet home delivery for those that cannot make it into her store. Andrea Amiot Role Model Professionally Andrea had been a part of running one of Moose Jaw’s longest serving retail businesses, Clothes Encounters. She started working there with her dad 16 years ago, during which time she learned invaluable lessons in work ethic, customer service and attention to detail. These skills led her to start her own business, the Attic Spin Studio. Twelve years ago Andrea began marathon running and has run in San Francisco, Boston, Vancouver and Regina in both full and half marathons. She has also sought out new challenges in triathlon competing both before and after having children, and has recently joined the coaching staff of the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins. Running 2 business with her partners, Andrea is an inspiring and successful business woman, loving mother and wife and amazing athlete. Anita Bauk Role Model Anita is an award winning dancer who had taught at the Doris Sitter School of Dance for 27 years, providing an amazing role model for the students. She is a positive influence, a con- Photo not available fident and inspiring leader at press time and a creative and innovative choreographer. Anita demonstrates her commitment to and passion for dance in the long hours that she puts

in, helping her students achieve success in their dancing, and models the values of time management, organization, respect and love for dance and education. Aubrey Shpaiuk Role Model Aubrey is an excellent role model as a business owner, mother and athlete. She is the owner and lead personal trainer of Main Street Strength and Conditioning. She is a positive role model for children and adults in the community, and is the steadfast rock in many people’s wellness and fitness journeys, motivating with encouragement and positivity. As a certified personal trainer, children’s fitness coach, Femsport Coach and Femsport competitor, she has led by example, inspiring many to begin and stay committed to their own personal goals, wellness habits and fitness accomplishments. Blasia Benko Role Model Blasia is a successful and inspiring young woman with ambition and initiative. This year she achieved not just a primary care paramedic certificate, but Photo not available worked to obtain an adat press time vanced care paramedic diploma, and is a certified instructor for the Canadian red cross first aid course. She teaches youths the basic life saving skills of CPR and First Aid, and took part as an instructor of a medical first responder course for the employees of Moose Jaw’s Thundercreek Pork Plant, helping to improve workplace safety. Blasia leads an active lifestyle, dedicating her time to training, and participating in this year’s 2019 Paramedicine Across Canada Expo fitness competition in Winnipeg, where she placed in the top 3. Jackie Wilson Role Model Jackie is a nurse at Moose Jaw’s Wigmore Hospital, who dreamed of using her skills to improve the lives of those living in developing nations. 5 years ago she and a medical team that she organized set out to bring medical relief to the residents of a poverty-stricken community in Guatemala. After facing the severity of the medical issues in the community, they knew they had to go back. Over the past 5 years, Jackie has given up more relaxing holidays in favour of the Moose Jaw Medical Mission, assisting in over 200 surgeries and working 15 hour days offering medical support to over 3000 individuals. Every year, Jackie and her team use their off time to petition pharmaceutical companies to donate supplies to be used on the medical mission, and participate in intense fundraising initiatives to gain the financial support required to fund the mission. Jackie saw a problem, was moved by compassion, and became the solution. She is a world changer, role model and inspiration to all, intentionally choosing to better our world one patient at a time. Jean Landry Role Model Jean began working as a teacher in 1970 after two years at the University of Saskatchewan, before becoming a stay at home mom. At the age of 50 Jean pursued the classes she needed to obtain her Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Saskatchewan and convocated in 2000.

Jean taught in the Early Childhood area. She was an educator with Holy Trinity School Division for 18 years, embracing the new Play and Exploration program. Through the Ministry of Education, she became a mentor to teachers and daycare workers who came to her classes to observe her methods. She is an active volunteer in her community and parish, leading marriage preparation courses and acting as a faith leader for Vacation Bible School as well as serving as president for Moose Jaw Right to Life for the past nine years. Jean has worked tirelessly in this volunteer position to promote the dignity of all human beings regardless of gender, age, ability, circumstances or health through advocacy and public education. Shauna Sinclair Role Model Shauna is an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer who has been busy breaking gender molds in a male-dominated field. Shauna was the first Photo not available at press time female apprentice selected at NFTC, the first female technician there to obtain a ground run qualification and the first female technician to obtain ARA certification on the Hawk aircraft. For the past three years, she has been a mentor during the Moose Jaw International Day of the Girl events encouraging young girls to do what drives them and makes them happy, even if it means going against the grain to get there. She has been a role model and activity leader at Sask polytechnic GETT Camp and a speaker at a number of women/girls in trade activity events. She supports our local women’s hockey team, coordinating ice time in a volunteer capacity, and acting as a strong advocate for older women to join the team. She also works with the Moose Jaw Medical Mission and this February returns to Patzun, Guatemala to assist in building stoves for families in the community. Brandi Kuntz Influential Brandi is a young entrepreneur who has been influential and inspiring to many people in our community. She inspires others to overcome self doubt and self defeat to improve their physical and mental health through fitness, wellness and fellowship. Her primary role as a personal trainer is to positively motivate others and constantly encourage their success. Understanding that mental hurdles are often more of a barrier to personal fitness than physical ones, and as an advocate for mental health, she is influencing entire classes through positive leadership and consistent encouragement. Carrie Hlady Influential Carrie volunteered for over a decade with World Vision, planning and leading several “30 hour famine” events to raise awareness in yoth participants about poverty and hunger and equip them for meaningful advocacy. She was twice selected for World Visions Destination Life Change program that takes volunteers into the aid field to see first-hand the work that is being done, and serving each time for a year as a World Vision ambassador. As an ambassador she was invited to speak at the World Vision Canada headquarters in Toronto and have her volunteer experiences featured in World Vision’s advertising and marketing campaigns several times. Closer to home, she participated as a team member in the Blended Visa program, supporting the resettlement of a new family starting life in Canada after nearly two decades in a refugee camp in Ghana. Carrie has been using her efforts and influence to create global change and directly affect the lives of those in need.


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PRISM Awards | Nominees 2020 Melissa Macneil influential A caring and giving young woman, Melissa is a nurse at Dr. F. H. Wigmore Regional Hospital, working in the post-surgery and recovery ward. She also sits on the executive board as the treasurer of the Moose Jaw International Medical Mission. For the past 5 years, she has demonstrated her passion for helping others by being part of the team that contributes their personal vacation time and funds to travel to Guatemala to help care for a community in need. Mia Van Dyke Influential Mia runs a private speech therapy practice in Moose Jaw, Prairie Basic Speech and Language Services where, in addition to oneon-one therapy, and working extensively with Indigenous families, she also delivers parent programs and teacher workshops, helping to equip educators with necessary tools for helping students. Outside of her professional life she possesses an inspiring vision to ensure that every parent have access to high quality support and a baby-friendly environment. Mia has devoted much of her personal time helping our small community on its journey to becoming a more baby friendly community as a member of the Baby Friendly Action Committee in Moose Jaw as they work to roll out a regional Baby Friendly Initiative policy. In addition, she has done considerable work with and for the Moose Jaw Breastfeeding Matters Group in multiple initiatives to support breastfeeding mothers in Moose Jaw. Roberta Fonger Influential Motivated by a commitment of involvement and contribution to her community, Roberta has been an influential leader for many organizations in Moose Jaw. A few of these include being Co chair of Curl Moose Jaw, working on committees for the 2015 and upcoming 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, subcommittee chairperson for the 1979 World Junior Curling Championship, 1983 world ladies championship and 1994 Canadian Senior championship. She served 6 years on the board of directors for Hillcrest Sports Centre, volunteered for meals on wheels, canvassed for the lung association, sat on the board of directors for the Moose Jaw Tennis Club, and has served as president of the Moose Jaw Ladies Curling Club. She has also been a strong leader for the Business Women of Moose Jaw, serving 4 years as treasurer, 1 year as president, 2 times chair of the PRISM awards, 1 year chair of the funding committee. Sommer Amare Influential Sommer is a change maker in our community who has significantly and meaningfully influenced the lives of thousands with her dedication to positive change. As Moose Jaw prepared to welcome over 100 Syrian refuges, Sommer started the Facebook group “I Will Help Moose Jaw” to support newcomers with anything that they might need. It continues to run today with over 1400 members. Sommer is a founding member of the Moose Jaw Farmers Market Board of Directors and recipient of the Rotary Humanitarian Award. She uses her background in herbology and ethnobotany to teach other about the uses and benefits of native herbs, started a One Million Trees campaign and founded a Children’s Nature Club.

Angie Jones Successful For years Angie longed to turn her passion for photography into a full time job. In 2017 she did two mentorships with a local photographer, and a workshop with professional photographer Alicia Marie. During this time, she spent her free time practicing, learning new techniques, investing in software and researching their use online. In 2018 she started the facebook page Angie Leah Photography, still working a full time job, and filling her weekends with family photo sessions. That summer she had the honour or photographing the women at Knallhart Women’s Retreat, which she left wanting every woman to love herself. At the end of 2018 she finally quit her job to allow herself to pursue a career in photography full time. She is known for amazing images of women loving themselves, using her boudoir photos to promote self-love and body confidence. Her love of photography and female empowerment has made her successful. In this past year she has had her images featured in two magazine; the March issue of Elegant Magazine and Lensational Model and Photographer Magazine – The Beauty of Women, November issue. Courtney Hicke Successful Courtney is a true entrepreneur, opening her own salon 6 years ago, Chic Innovation. They had a fire at their first premises in January of 2018, but Courtney was back up and running the fol- Photo not available lowing day at a temporary at press time location. Six years later, she has a beautiful new expanded location, a team of 7 including herself and has rebranded her business as Chic Hair Lounge. Courtney’s determination and passion has helped her build her successful business, Moose Jaw’s 1st licensed and full service hair salon, offering hair extensions, esthetics, spray tans and luxury hair care product lines. She is also a part of the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship Program, working with new and upcoming Stylists. Courtney successfully juggles being a wife, mother, business owner, stylist and friend. Crystal Milburn Successful Partner owner and meadmaker at Prairie Bee Meadery, Crystal’s high energy and drive have helped to propel Prairie Bee into the spotlight across the province. In 2016, while her husband remained working in Calgary, Crystal juggled a move to the Moose Jaw area with her four children, with business development, product development and construction of a new home. With her parents as partners, the meadery opened in June of that year. Many of the wines produced since that opening have won international medals, and in spring of 2018 Prairie Bee Meadery was honoured with the MJBEX Best New Business Award. In July of 2019, the meadery became one of eleven women-led businesses in the province to receive a federal grant under the Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy program, which they are using to develop a new product line for release this year. Crystal also sits on the boards of the newly formed Downtown Moose Jaw Association and the Moose Jaw Community Players, volunteers time with the Business Women of Moose Jaw and acts as a parent representative for the Riverview Collegiate School Community Council.

Kyleigh Coad Successful Kyleigh began with a dream of starting an affordable faith based dance studio with a fun and relaxed environment. With that goal, Born 2 Dance started in 2012 with a total of 25 children taking ballet and tap, and building confidence and self-worth. The studio has grown every year, and now has 3 teachers working alongside Kyleigh with classes that include ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, pointe, musical theatre, creative movement and acro. It has grown to the point that students are able to enter competitions, demonstrating the quality of their dance education by coming out with multiple awards and scholarships. As of 2019 Born2Dance has 375 children enrolled. Mackenzie Dutton Successful Mackenzie started Hawke Masonry Services with her husband in 2017, growing both a successful business, and her family in the last 2 years. Mackenzie handles administration, marketing and public relations for their company, while also helping out on job sites and working with suppliers. She is an assertive voice in a male-dominated field and has become a recognized and respected member of the masonry community. Hawke Masonry received the 2019 MJBEX award for marketing, which her husband and partner credits as being largely due to her efforts. They have also been nominated two years in a row for the Young Entrepreneur award. Mackenzie is a full time mom and full time business owner, tending a toddler and baby while simultaneously tending to business. Her nominator unabashedly attributes the success of their business to Mackenzie’s hard work. Marcy Duffey Successful In 2008, when the owner of Keon Garden Centre was leaving and looking to close the business, employee Marcy Duffey convinced her husband and sisters to invest with her and took over the business. Marcy has successfully grown sales every year since purchasing the business. She is always looking for ways to evolve the business, while ensuring that the foundation of good knowledge and customer service are paramount. She has focussed on growing her business by reducing costs, seeking efficiencies and finding new ways to meet customer needs and breaking into new markets by becoming a landscaping supply centre and opening a Christmas store. Marcy is a dedicated supporter of the Moose Jaw Hospital Foundation, Moose Jaw Heartland Hospice, Human Society and Moose Jaw Mental Health and Journey to Home.


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PRISM Awards | Nominees 2020 Sonya Hulgan Successful Early in Sonya’s life, tragedy struck when she lost her dad, a loss that changed her family’s life drastically. Her dad was the only income earner, and her mother was a stay at home mom. Sonya attributes this life changing event to the reason she is passionate in helping young families with their life insurance needs. In October 2016 Sonya achieved her goal and became a new agency owner of the Moose Jaw and Assiniboia Co-operators agencies where she now has the opportunity to coach and mentor her own team. In a male-dominated industry, Sonya is one of five women advisor/owners with the Co-Operators here in Saskatchewan. This speak volumes of her devotion, competitiveness and determination for success. She provides excellent customer services and tailored insurance and financial advice to each of her unique clients. Aaron Ubell Mentor As a seasoned teacher as well as a dedicated and determined mentor, Aaron has devised a unique way to encourage both reading and fine motor skills with children when they are at the Bert Hunt and Kinsmen arenas in Moose Jaw. Aaron persisted with the City administration and by fall of this year she had obtained approval to install Little Libraries at these ice rinks. Aaron enlisted her father to build them and she has taken on the responsibility to keep them stocked with books, colouring books and crayons as well as keeping them clean and maintained. Children who are not participating in on-ice activities take advantage of these little libraries, realizing Aaron’s vision of children using that spare down time to improve their reading and fine motor skills. This is a shining example of what can happen when a teacher uses her skills, creativity and determination to extend her mentorship to many children in the city, by going above and beyond the classroom. Brandi Toplak Mentor Brandi has given generously, volunteering her time and skills for the betterment of others. She is on the Board of directors for Moose Jaw Transition House and Business Women of Moose Jaw. She also provides volunteer advisory services to the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce in the development of Moose Jaw’s Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, and is a member of the RNIP Advisory

Committee. She has provided support and school settlement services for Government Assisted Refugees arriving in Moose Jaw, completes pro-bono citizenship applications for low-income applicants, mentors students in the immigration practitioner program, and is a project leader for groups of youth volunteers participating in Katimavik, a civic engagement program. Jocelyn MacLeod Mentor Jocelyn is a dedicated mentor to young women in our community. As an accomplished hockey player, she has given back by coaching girls hockey with both Moose Jaw Minor Hockey and the Saskatchewan Hockey Association. In addition, for 4 years she has been integral in developing and delivering a Girls Leadership Program and organizing the International Day of the Girl events throughout the city. She teaches young women the importance of being a team player, nurtures their self-confidence, and instills the importance of kindness and respect towards one another. Jocelyn’s enthusiasm and dedication to betting the lives of girls and young women is inspirational, both to those she has mentored and those that have bene able to work alongside her. Lynn Chiasson Mentor Dr Lynn Chiasson is a licensed Naturopathic doctor practicing in Moose Jaw since 2003, currently at her Main Street Naturopathic Clinic. Passionate about helping others, Lynn mentors her clients to feel hopeful and empowered to understand and actively engage in managing their health, generously sharing her wisdom and years of experience. She is continually building on her own knowledge and skills and her dedication to mentoring the community shines when she does classes at the library or hold workshops for the people of Moose Jaw. Patty Belbin Mentor Patty Belbin has been nominated in the Mentor category for her exemplary efforts in volunteerism, giving her time to a variety of organizations to enrich other people’s lives. She has volunteered with Hunger in Moose Jaw since it’s inception, previously serving on the board of directors, and for the Child Abuse Prevention Council, when it was in Moose Jaw.

She also gives her time at the Mae Wilson Theatre, the Prairie Arts Festival, and the Hospital Gift Shop. Joan Buckmaster Lifetime Achievement When Joan first started out as a teacher she had a 1 year diploma, but never lost sight of her educational goals, completing her Bachelor of Education Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma over 20 years while working full time, raising two daughters, and coaching Minor Girls Fastball. Joan provided mentorship throughout her 35 year teaching career, and after retirement continued support for Prairie Valley and Prairie South school divisions for 17 years, providing assistance to special needs students, and coaching curling teams. She has been a volunteer for 4 Summer Games events, and is volunteering again for the 2020 Summer Games. Now in her early 80s, she is a fitness role model for all of us, playing and instructing tennis for the Moose Jaw Tennis Club, and curling at least 3 times a week, including playing in a 2 person league with her granddaughter. Barb Jackman Lifetime Achievement Barb Jackman is a successful business women, owning, directing and instructing at her studio Dance Images for 30 years. She is an examiner for ADAPT and is a Past President, Past Secretary and Lifetime Member with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association. For 36 years she has been the Co-director of the Moose Jaw Invitational Dance Carnival, annually hosting over 1200 dancers from around the province. Barb teaches her students not only dance, but self-care and community outreach with initiatives like the Dance for Hunger Showcase and Kids Helping Kids Danceathon. In 2019 she acted as a mentor at the International Day of the Girl event here in Moose Jaw. Dance Images provides inclusion and acceptance to all students, and all of Barb’s teachers are graduates of her studio.


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FINAL STONE Manitoba’s Einarson wins Scotties Tournament of Hearts First title for rink - and Saskatchewan-born Val Sweeting comes after back-and-forth 8-7 win over Ontario’s Rachel Homan Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

For Manitoba’s Kerri Einarson final draw attempt of the tournament in an extra end of the championship final against Ontario’s Rachel Homan, it was apparent there was a bit of pressure – and only in part because her draw to win outright an end earlier had slid a few inches too far and led to a steal of two.

Kerri Einarson delivers during Scotties championship final

But this time, Einarson was money. And with third Val Sweeting calling line, lead Briane Mielleur and second Shannon Birchard sweeping, the shot settled nicely in the four foot, giving Einarson an 8-7 win and her first ever Scotties Tournament of Hearts championship on Sunday night at Mosaic Place. “This means absolutely the world to me, I really wanted to do this for myself and my teammates and especially Val, she’s lost two big finals,” a teary Einarson said shortly after celebrating with her teammates. “We really put it together this week and I’m so proud of everyone… if it wasn’t for them, I don’t know where I’d be today. They’re such great teammates and supporters, all those shots we made out there were because of them. The sweeping, the line calling, I just absolutely love my teammates.” It looked in the early going as if not only would an extra end not be needed, the two teams might have been shaking hands early, as Einarson – who was named the tournament’s MVP during the closing ceremony – roared out to a 7-3 lead through eight ends.

Team Manitoba’s Kerri Einarson, third Val Sweeting, second Shannon Birchard and lead Brianne Meilleur with the Scotties Tournament of Hearts trophy. But when your opponent is Rachel Homan, even that kind of an edge wasn’t safe. Homan, third Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney and lead Lisa Weagle would pick up their deuce in the ninth and played a near perfect 10th to force Einarson to the aforementioned draw for the win.

“We really put it together this week and I’m so proud of everyone… if it wasn’t for them, I don’t know where I’d be today.” -Kerri Einarson

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Despite curling 92 per cent at the time of the shot, she would come in a touch heavy, giving Homan the steal and forcing the extra. That comeback was a source of pride for the three-time former Scotties champion, even if it ultimately came up short.

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Brianne Meilleur and Keri Einarson show the emotion of winning the Scotties. “We fought to the end, it means we’re right there, and that’s curling, it’s a game of inches and a game of one shot here and there,” Homan said. “We’re excited that we were right there. There are a lot of teams who would have loved to have been here, so I’m really proud of the girls that we battled right to the end and made her throw her last one… so it was a great game and they’re going to be great representatives for Canada. Einarson will now represent Canada at the 2020 World Curling Championships in Prince George, B.C. beginning Mar. 14.

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From moose hats to painted beards, fans go all out for Scotties Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Whether it’s a chicken or moose, or multi-coloured wigs, fans at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts have been demonstrating just how much they love their teams and curling in general.

Curling fans Mary and Tom Miharija travelled from Thunder Bay, Ont., to watch Team Northern Ontario compete at the Scotties. Tom wore a toque with floppy moose antlers during the event, which attracted some questions from curious onlookers. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Nice to moose you Thunder Bay, Ont., is 1,358 kilometres away from Moose Jaw, but one thing they both share is a love of moose. Curling fan Tom Miharija and his wife Mary travelled to the Scotties to cheer on their daughter, Ashley Sippala, who plays second on Team Northern Ontario. This was the first time they had been to Moose Jaw, but Tom didn’t look out of place: on his head sat a toque with floppy moose antlers. “Our girls (and) the parents of Northern Ontario went for supper one day and somebody bought us all apple-spiced shooters. It was really nice of them,” he said. Mr. Miharija’s headwear has also attracted attention while walking through Mosaic Place. On one occasion a little boy saw the toque and pointed it out to his mother, who remarked that it was obviously a “Moose Jaw hat.” He found it funny but didn’t attempt to correct the woman. The Miharijas are staying at the Quality Inn and Suites Hotel, so they see Mac the

Moose every day. Both of them remarked that it is a nice-looking statue. Curling is a great game and they both love it, said Tom. It was Mary who encouraged Ashley to start playing since she had high regard for the sport. For Tom, he thought the bagpipes that introduced the curlers got the adrenaline pumping. “You’re just so proud and happy to be a Canadian or even representing the province. It’s a lifetime dream for whoever’s here,” he added. The Miharijas have attended four Scotties over the years. They had only been in Moose Jaw briefly when the Express spoke to them and hadn’t been downtown. However, they both noted the tournament was well run and Mosaic Place is an amazing building. Returning to the roost Nipawin native Delores (Dee) Hopley and her husband attend every provincial curling event they can. Since her husband was recovering from surgery, it was just her at the Scotties this year. Both are originally from Moose Jaw but moved north about 15 years ago. She felt wonderful about returning, she said, since she attended mass at her former church, saw old friends, and met some of her daughter’s former kindergarten classmates who are now all adults. Normally Hopley attends curling events as a fan, but this year she decided to volunteer as well. She joked that volunteering expands her budget a little further. “I have done a few different areas (but) I like the lounges,” she said. “(I’m) getting to meet all the new people and there’s no stress. We’re behind the scenes. Apparently, we’re very popular at 7 a.m. when the coffee arrives … I get to find that out (soon).” Hopley thought holding the Scotties at Mosaic Place was a good choice since the building was a great venue. With a laugh, she noted that parking had improved since 2015. She was fine paying $150 for parking since she knew she wouldn’t receive a parking ticket. Two pieces of clothing have helped Hopley stand out. One is a toque similar to Miharija’s, except hers is of a chicken. She wears it to make people smile and engage people in conversation — of which she has had many. A second piece was a yellow sweater with the Nunavut logo on the front. Hopley explained she listens to a podcast by team skip Lori Eddy that is hilarious. When Hopley learned during a podcast that Eddy had been selected to skip the team, she decided to support the team. The last time Eddy was at a Scotties was around 1997 when she played Saskatchewan’s Sandra Schmirler. “She’s got this team and they’re just so starry-eyed,” added Hopley. “It’s wonderful to watch.” The beard and the wig Yorkton’s Hans Madsen is hard to miss: if one of his 700 colourful wigs doesn’t catch your eye, then perhaps his painted

It’s difficult to miss Yorkton’s Hans Madsen, who brought along 700 wigs and painted his face and beard to match the teams or themed days during the Scotties. Photo by Jason G. Antonio beard with curling-inspired designs will. The curling superfan noted he and his wife enjoy the sport immensely. They enjoy meeting people and find the sport thrilling. His goal is to make fans and players smile when they see his outfits, which can also be good conversation starters. He will spend about $400 during the 11-day tournament painting his beard and face each day. “It adds up, but … it’s worth it,” he said. Madsen is one of the most recognizable curling fans in Canada. Fans and players alike come to him for photos, autographs or simply to talk. He has watched some of the best female curlers compete since they were young, such as Jennifer Jones, Chelsea Carey and Rachel Homan. While he doesn’t have one favourite team, he wears outfits and paints his beard to support teams if they ask. For example, he painted his beard with Quebec’s fleur de lis, while he also drew a husky to support Team Yukon. The Madsens had a busy few weeks. They were in Melville recently to watch both the men’s and women’s provincial championships. They drove to Rivers, Man., for one day to watch that province’s women’s provincial championship before driving back. He volunteered with the Grand Slam tournament in Yorkton, and while he attempted to do the same in Moose Jaw, was turned down since there were already enough helpers. “It’s fun to be here and see this stuff,” he remarked. Over the decades, the Madsens have racked up thousands of kilometres attending women’s curling tournaments in North America and across the world. This year they attended nearly all the Grand Slam tournaments in Canada. The next tournament after the Scotties is the women’s world championship in Prince George, British Columbia from March 14 to 22. The final tournament of the season for the Madsens will be Okotoks, Alta. “It costs a lot of money to attend this stuff … ,” he added. “But it’s what we enjoy. It’s worth it all the way through.”


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There are many family ties at this year’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts, including a husband and wife duo who are co-coaching Team Nova Scotia. Stuart and Carole MacLean hail from Halifax, N.S. This is the first time they have co-coached a team together, but Carole noted it has been a wonderful experience. They both have different strengths, and while they have enjoyed bringing out the best in the team, it has also brought out the best in them. Stuart — in his first year as coach — looks after the on-ice coaching, while Carole — now in her fifth year with the team — is the off-ice coach who handles the statistics. She also watches the players’ body language for morale issues and to ensure the systems that have been put in place are working. She will also look for ways to help the team improve its game. “I know what they should be doing when, so I’m watching to make sure all the little things we do to make our team better, that it’s happening,” she added. Carole competed competitively for many years, but does not any longer, she said, noting she is almost old enough to be the mother of most of the girls on Team Nova Scotia. However, the great thing about curling is older players can still remain connected to the sport at a high level. This has helped the MacLeans develop friendships with younger people. The MacLeans were at the Scotties in Moose Jaw in 2015 but in a different capacity. CArole competed with the team as the fifth player, or spare. Mrs. MacLean is slightly more visible sit-

Carole MacLean shows off the sailor’s hat — filled with many curling pins — she wears in the stands while keeping track of statistics for Team Nova Scotia. Carole and her husband Stuart are co-coaching Team Nova Scotia for the first time this year. Photo by Jason G. Antonio ting in the stands since she has been wearing a yellow fishing hat one might see on fisherman in the Atlantic. The yellow headwear has the Scotties logo stitched into it, while it also has many pins she has acquired from attending curling tournaments over the years. She began collecting pins in 1981 at age 20 after attending her first men’s Briar tournament. She has acquired more than 1,000 pins since then, but since the hat became too heavy, she has only a handful of her favourites attached. “Now I’m starting to collect more Scotties pins as opposed to Briar pins,” she said.

West Park Crossing at the Scotties The residents, friends and family from West Park Crossing would like to say a huge thank you to the folks at Primary Eye Care Centre for sponsoring a few opportunities to take in some of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts curling action at Mosaic Place. Watching on TV is one thing but getting to see the live action was an experience that was truly appreciated.

The couple will head home for two weeks after the Scotties, but then travel back west to Portage la Prairie, Man., so Stuart

can participate in a senior men’s tournament. They start attending bonspiels in September before preparing for provincials and Scotties qualifies in December. The MacLeans will be somewhat melancholy after this Scotties ends since skip Mary-Anne Arsenault will move to British Columbia later this year. Carole noted this will be their “last dance” with the skip unless the team can win the tournament and compete at world’s in Prince George in March. “We’re really happy to be here. It’s (also) a dream come true,” she added. “MaryAnne’s niece, Emma Logan, is on the team. This is her first year playing with us and it (was) her very first provincials … . This was (Mary-Anne’s) only opportunity to play with her niece. It’s pretty cool. “It feels like a family affair, really. Everybody is working together to have success.” Team Nova Scotia eventually lost out in a tiebreaker game to Team B.C. A TSN camera focused on Arsenault afterward and she could be seen wiping away tears.

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FINAL STONE Team Saskatchewan looks back on the Scotties that was Pride in performance and joy of playing at home cap impressive run for Silvernagle crew Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Often when a team is eliminated from the Scotties Tournament of Hearts – and especially after coming close to reaching the playoffs – it can be a heartbreaking moment. For Team Saskatchewan, it was anything but because of the support of the province. Robyn Silvernagle and her North Battleford crew of third Stefanie Lawton, second Jessie Hunkin and lead Kara Thevenot, alternate Stephanie Schmidt and coach Lesley McEwen spent time signing autographs, posing for pictures and just generally milling about the Mosaic Place boards interacting with fans. Finally they made their way for media interviews after their 7-6 win over B.C.’s Corryn Brown, and when they did so, it was with huge smiles and a sense of utter accomplishment from the week that was. “Oh, 100 percent,” said Silvernagle. “I think every Scotties experience is something you’ll never forget and getting to play here in Moose Jaw was unbelievable, the crowd was amazing and we had a lot of fun.” It certainly didn’t hurt that they pulled off a win in their last game, and had a Silvernagle draw to the four-foot to the roar of the crowd with her final shot to do it. “We’d come to terms with the fact we’re not in the playoffs, but we played a great game tonight and that’s how we wanted to end this week, leaving on a high note,” Lawton said. Hunkin and Thevenot both played through the entire week while pregnant – Hunkin is due in July, Thevenot a month later – and as a front end, had plenty of hard work in the process. That included their three-game day on Thursday that saw the squad play through a tiebreaker and two championship pool games. It wasn’t long until the conversations turned to specifically playing in the Scotties in their home province and Moose Jaw. Hunkin pointed to the whole thing as something the play-

ers will carry with them forever. “Oh absolutely, I think this will go down as one of our favourite weeks for sure, it’s been so much fun,” she said. “I think it’s the hospitality of everybody. The volunteers are fantastic, everybody in the town is fantastic, everywhere we go everyone is friendly and everybody is really supportive of the event and that goes a long way when you’re hosting it.” The event marked the second time Lawton had played in the Scotties in Moose Jaw, the last naturally being in 2015 on Sherry Anderson’s rink. Her experiences in both were much the same. “Playing at home is pretty incredible, playing in front of this crowd and having this support here, playing in front of family and friends with so many of them here, it’s just

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incredible to have that, Lawton said. Then there’s the city itself. “It’s just everything,” Lawton said. “This building is phenomenal and everything is so well organized. And the town is so supportive of having Canada here, you look at Main Street and every single window is decorated with Scotties symbols and they’re very welcoming. . . It was incredible, obviously Moose Jaw does a fantastic job here, the volunteers are all incredible and it’s definitely exceeded our expectations.” For Thevenot, the whole experience was summed up in one word…‘Amazing!’


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Sandra Schmirler Telethon rang in 20 years back at home in Saskatchewan Larissa Kurz

It was twenty years ago that the first Sandra Schmirler Foundation telethon collected $13,000 from Canadians all across the country, and it’s incredibly fitting that the fundraiser rang in its 20th iteration here in Schmirler’s home province of Saskatchewan. The telethon runs every year at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, taking pledges over the phone that will help hospitals in every province purchase state-of-the-art life-saving equipment for premature and critically ill babies. “It’s a wonderful, wonderful day each year when we do this, and it just makes you really grateful for the support we get at the Sandra Schmirler Foundation,” said organizer Robin Wilson. A line of local volunteers, keeping their ears to the reThis year, the heartwarming trend of support continued. ceiver to take donations from across Canada. The goal of this year’s telethon was to raise $500,000, which amounts to enough to purchase 30 infant ventipresented the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital with lators, to top last year’s grand total of $430,000 raised. With 40 phones ringing from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Sun- a $38,000 donation to the Moose Jaw Health Foundation, day, the telethon raised an impressive $450,500 — from as it does each year to the tournament’s host city. just under 3,400 donors, a record number for the fund- This year, the provincial government officially declared Feb. 16, the day of the telethon, to be Sandra Schmirlraiser. er Day, a pleasing addition to the already heartwarming Being in Saskatchewan was a highlight for Wilson, who fundraiser. felt that this province always shows a special kind of supCalls came in from all across the country, from the west port for the Foundation and for Schmirler’s memory. “When you come to Saskatchewan, it’s just different coast to the Maritimes, and a dedicated army of volunthan the rest of the country,” said Wilson. “People are so teers took pledges throughout the long day — a record generous with their time, generous with their money and number of volunteers, actually. The telethon usually needs 120 bodies to man the phones we just love being here.” The Foundation, bearing the name of the Regina-born throughout the day, and Moose Jaw stepped up to the Olympic gold medalist, was formed shortly after her task in abundance. passing from cancer. Over the years, the telethon has “We could have had 200 [volunteers]. It was just amazbeen able to provide over $4.7 million in grants to every ing. We were here five years ago and same thing,” said Wilson. “It’s not often you have to turn away a volunteer, province and territory across Canada. The day before the phone lines opened, the Foundation it’s not something you ever want to do.” There were plenty of exciting names on the business end of the phones, including Schmirler’s three teammates from that legendary gold medal win: Jan Betker, Joan McCusker, and Marcia Gudereit. Schmirler’s two daughters Jenna and Sara England also spent some time on the phones, taking pledges, alongside each team competing in this year’s championship and some past championship players for Team Saskatchewan. “It’s just really special when you take a call and you’re talking to Joan McCusker, Jan Betker, Marcia Gudereit, it makes a difference,” said Wilson. “People like to reLocal MLA Warren Michelson is one of the faces member Sandra and they love it when they talk to family from local government who took a shift manning the members, so it’s very special.” phone lines today, in honour of the provincial governAlso taking up the task was one Moose Jaw family with a ment naming Feb. 16 as Sandra Schmirler Day. special connection to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.

Team Wild Card skip Jennifer Jones was on the phone almost immediately after sitting down, joking with a caller who was from Manitoba as well.

Kaylee Hogeboom, Abby Hogeboom, Barb Owens, and Shayne Hogeboom, a local Moose Jaw family who utilized neonatal equipment supplied by the Sandra Schmirler Foundation’s donation after both daughters were born prematurely. Barb Owens and Shayne Hogeboom were on the phones all afternoon alongside their two daughters Kaylee and Abby, both of whom were born premature and required neonatal care that was funded through the Sandra Scmirler Foundation’s grants. Kaylee and Abby happily took phone calls, telling their story to generous donors and collecting autographs from the teams who joined them on the phone lines — with callers requesting to speak with the girls rather than their parents. Wilson felt that this year’s telethon was outstanding, from the generosity of donors right down to the venue. “This is probably the best setup we have anywhere in the country, best arena, best fans, best layout for us to do a telethon,” said Wilson. “It’s nice to be in Saskatchewan, and it’s nice to be Canadian because people are very, very generous.”

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Curling Canada honoured Aly Jenkins with emotional tribute at Scotties Larissa Kurz

The entire arena at Mosaic Place paused for a moment before the afternoon draw on Feb. 16 for an emotional tribute to Saskatoon curler Aly Jenkins, a moment that touched each person in the crowd. Jenkins died on Oct. 20 after complications giving birth to her third child, and the Scotties honoured her memory with a video tribute and a presentation of honourary Team Saskatchewan jackets to Jenkins’ three children, with her husband Scott present. Also there for the presentation were three former teammates who played with Jenkins, skip Sherry Anderson, third Nancy Martin, and second Meagan Frerichs. It was a tough moment for husband and father Scott, as Curling Canada presented the kids Brady, Avery, and Sydney with jackets emblazoned with “Jenkins” on the back. Frerichs spoke about how tough it has been in the wake of Jenkins’ passing, and how the support from the curling community really helped both the team and the family. “We’re coping as best as we can and mov-

Members of the Sherry Anderson rink are presented with Team Saskatchewan jackets during the memorial ceremony. (photo by Randy Palmer) ing forward,” said Frerichs. “It’s been unbelievable, the way that everybody has just supported everybody through it. We’re such a tight-knit community, it’s been amazing.” “People get behind people, especially in Saskatchewan and especially because of the very tragic way that it happened,” add-

ed Anderson. Being such a close community of women who have all shared a rink, this kind of tragedy weighs heavily on everyone. “We’re all teammates at the end of the day,” said Martin. “You switch teams [over the years] and so we all end up being teammates and I think that’s what con-

nects us. There’s a lot of moms out there, a lot of moms to be, they feel for how tragic this is.” Skip Rachel Homan for Team Ontario was on the road when she heard the tragic news and as a new mother herself, the loss was emotional in more than one way. “It just really hits home and we’ve been in touch with the family and have been able to give as much support as we could,” said Homan. Saskatchewan skip Robyn Silvernagle was too emotional to offer a comment to media about Jenkins, displaying the feeling that every curler in the community is feeling this week. In honour of Jenkins, the Ontario team is keeping the late player in mind, ensuring that she gets to be on the ice here at the Scotties like she should have been. “I know that it was her goal to be here, I know she would’ve been. So she’s on our brooms this week and she’s in our hearts when we’re out there,” said Homan. Story written with files from Randy Palmer, Moose Jaw Today.

Prince Albert curling umpire honoured with Joan Mead Award at Scotties Larissa Kurz

During the opening ceremonies of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Curling Canda took a moment to honour the late Deanna Rindal for her impact on the sport as one of the top on-ice officials in the country. Rindal had an enormous impact on both the Prince Albert and Saskatchewan curling communities and gave her expertise as an umpire at numerous national and international events throughout her career — including the World Championships in Japan & the Continental Cup of Curling. In 2017, Rindal was inducted into the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame as a Builder, and earlier this month, the Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club — Rindal’s home club — announced an annual doubles curling event named in her memory. Rindal’s legacy was more than just her professionalism as an official on the ice. With numerous coaching credits, continuous volunteer work, and a personality that made the game, the curling community was left with sadness after her passing in November of 2019 following a battle with cancer.

Curling Canada recognized Rindal’s contributions by naming her this year’s recipient of the Joan Mead Builder Award, given annually to a member of the curling community who has significantly contributed to the development of women’s curling in Canada. The crowd at Mosaic place took a moment to honour Rindal’s accomplishments and positive influence on the game as Curling Canada welcomed her husband, Bryan Rindal, to the ice to receive the award on her behalf. “I really want to thank Curling Canada, just for even thinking of my wife for this award. It’s special. My wife Deanna, those that knew her or know of her, know that she did not do this for recognition,” said Bryan, in an emotional address to the stadium. “She did this for the love of the game, a love of the sport,” he continued. “She was a volunteer for everything, so we’re accepting this award on behalf of all volunteers across Saskatchewan, across Canada that make this game great.”

Bryan Rindal accepts the Joan Mead Builder Award on behalf of his late wife Deanna Rindal during the 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. (Photo courtesy of Curling Canada)

Nova Scotia lead using communications tech to become first deaf player on Scotties ice Larissa Kurz

Lead Emma Logan and the rest of Team Nova Scotia made history just by stepping on the ice at this year’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts, as Logan is the first deaf player to take part in the championship. Logan lost her hearing after contracting meningitis as a baby, but the disability has not slowed her down on the path to her dreams. At just 22 years old, Logan played her first Scotties championship alongside aunt and skip, Mary-Anne Arsenault, second Jennifer Baxter, and third Christina Black. “This is my first Scotties and that alone is a dream come true for any curler, and then to do it with my aunt makes it even more special,” said Logan. Logan played the previous season as the fifth member of Arsenault’s team, before moving up into the lead position for this season. This prompted the team to come up with a way to circumvent Logan’s hearing disability. “Before this season I never realized how much my disability would be a challenge for me, with team communication,” said Logan. “[It] has been been a big focus for us, an ongoing conversation. In the end, we’ve found ways to make it work.” With communication being such a crucial part of the game, the ability to convey sweeping and line calls to Logan as she travelled the rink was a priority for the team as they worked their way through the season. It took some trial and error, but Logan and her team have finally found a technology-reliant system that’s working

Emma Logan has medical clearance for the microphone that second Jennifer Baxter wears, transmitting her voice directly to Logan’s hearing implants. well for them. Baxter wears a Bluetooth microphone that transmits directly into Logan’s cochlear hearing implants, allowing her to hear exactly what Baxter is saying while the pair are sweeping. Arsenault has pink and green tape on her mitten, which she flashes as a visual cue for when to sweep and when to hold off. To begin the season, Arsenault was the one wearing the microphone, but that still left Logan missing some calls from Baxter. Changing the microphone over to Baxter really changed the game for them as a team. “That was a huge difference for us. We’ve stuck with technique ever since,” said Logan.

Skip Mary-Anne Arsenault (L) and lead Emma Logan (R) from Team Nova Scotia, the aunt and niece duo making history at this year’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts. “At the start of the season, communication was a big struggle for us, but it brought our focus to team communication, not just for myself,” said Logan. “I’m so thankful that [my teammates] have worked together with me to find alternate solutions because in the end, I think our team communication is really strong now, and it’s almost our advantage.” Logan was excited to be a part of this year’s Scotties, and curling with a team of Scotties veterans is only helping her to grow her game. The knowledge that she is the tournament’s first deaf player is something Logan hopes will inspire other future curlers to pursue their ambitions.


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FINAL STONE Therapy dogs bring comfort to fans, curlers during Scotties Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Lola the labradoodle and other therapy dogs received plenty of attention while wandering through Mosaic Place, stopping often to be petted and offering comfort to anyone in need. The five K9s and their handlers were at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts on Feb. 17 on behalf of St. John Ambulance. The therapy teams made their way throughout the building, making stops in the HeartStop Lounge and even visiting some of the curling teams. All five therapy teams remained at the tournament for the week. The organization reached out to the Scotties’ organizers about having a presence at the tournament, explained events man-

Service dogs and their handlers with St. John Ambulance take a break in the HeartStop Lounge at Mosaic Place during the Scotties Tournament of Heart. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

ager Marcy Hrechkosy. Since she has dogs of her own, when she received the call, Hrechkosy was fully supportive of inviting the teams. “The fact I could make an email folder that said ‘dogs,’ I was very excited,” she said, adding with a laugh that she wanted to keep the animals to herself in her office. “We’ve been looking forward to them. I think it just makes everyone feel at ease (such as members of Team Quebec). Who doesn’t like to have that experience?” One reason for bringing the therapy dog teams was St. John Ambulance wanted people to know it offered this service and can bring it to anyplace, said Hrechkosy. She pointed out the animals have a calming effect and help people reset their focus if they are nervous or anxious. “I’m happy to have them here and meeting with the fans,” she added. Dog handler Tracy Sabo has lived in Moose Jaw for 10 years. She uses Lola as a service dog to assist her with her balance since she has fibromyalgia. Lola can also pick up items that Sabo drops and is unable to grab herself. The duo has worked as a therapy team with St. John Ambulance since 2016. “I like the organization. It’s been around for a long time. I thought it would be a

How ya doing? Weyburn’s Jaxon Porter shakes a paw with Lola, a therapy dog with St. John Ambulance, during the Scotties at Mosaic Place. Photo by Jason G. Antonio nice thing to do (to join), and I’m retired,” Sabo explained. “(Lola’s) my service dog, so I get to volunteer. She’s also children-accredited, so I can work with children as well, so it’s good. “And I think it’s very worthwhile,” Sabo continued, “(because) in Saskatoon especially, there’s a lot of research being done with therapy.” Lola wears either a service vest or a vest and bandana while in public. The vest tells people that she is working and should not be bothered, while the bandana indicates she can be approached and petted.

Sabo noted this allows her to educate the public — especially children — what the differences are when Lola wears each piece of clothing. People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can’t have their dogs bothered at all, but Sabo noted she has the time to speak with people about the differences. Sabo will give Lola the command of “greet,” which tells the dog it is OK to approach others or that it is OK to be petted. Lola is six years old and can work for another three years. Sabo is training the dog’s nephew to take over. It takes two years to properly train a service dog. St. John Ambulance is a good organization since it vets its volunteers, Sabo continued. The dogs have to be tested first, while the handler and dog have to have at least 60 hours or one year of experience with the organization before they can work with kids. “You can’t just go walk in willy-nilly and go, ‘I have a dog,’” she added. Sabo encouraged people to sign up with St. John Ambulance and become a volunteer since the organization needs such support. In Moose Jaw, St. John Ambulance can be found at 2-15 Lancaster Road, or by calling 306-692-1600.

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FINAL STONE Young Saskatchewan curlers given unique Scotties experience with Future Stars program Larissa Kurz

Throughout the week at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, 64 young curlers were down on ice level with the teams to experience exactly what it’s like to curl in a tournament of this calibre. Curling Canada runs its Future Stars program at tournaments throughout the year, selecting applicants between the ages of 9 and 12 to be honourary members of each team competing on the ice. “Every one of the teams gets four Future Stars and they get to come out for practice with the teams, meet the teams, they get their autographs, have a little chat with them,� said Curling Canada director of ceremonies and game day Shelley Meadows. With the Scotties here in Moose Jaw this year, the Future Stars committee put their focus on young Saskatchewan curlers, choosing kids who play the game here in the city — like Avery Wakeford, Bryson Patsack, and Dayna and Abby Mutschler. “I think it’s really eye-opening, getting to see everything up close and see how the teams are actually practicing out on the ice,� said Abby. “It actually helped me to understand what goes on in more professional games.� “It’s really cool just being able to see the ice and just being able to experience the Scotties, in general, is something you don’t always get to do,� said Patsack. Each Future Star gets a commemorative Future Star jacket for their team, in addition to the unique opportunity to rub el-

Future Star Kiara Benson with Team Saskatchewan and a special guest athlete from the Special Olympics team. bows with some of the most elite players in the sport. As special guests, the Future Stars are invited to watch their team during practice, chat with the professional curlers, get autographs and photos, and — most exciting — join them out on ice level for pre-game ceremonies. Future Stars get to carry their team’s sign during ceremonies, walking the blue carpet alongside the curlers, as their names and faces flash on the jumbotron for the entire arena to see. “[They get to] see their pictures on the sideboards, wave at their parents and have their names announced. It’s a really neat experience, to actually be down on the ice level,� said Meadows. The young curling enthusiasts are also

given a tour of the behind-the-scenes area of the rink and talk to the ice-makers about what they do. The opportunity is one that Curling Canada loves to offer, especially to young curlers who could become the next generation of Scotties contenders. “Stepping out here in the arena is amazing, and so I hope that these kids then step out and think ‘wow,’� said Meadows. “And also just realize also that these are just people that they’re out there with and that they then aspire to become great curlers like these women and men.� The Future Stars program has been running for a number of years, although it has seen some changes since the year that Team British Columbia skip Corryn Brown took part.

Brown attended a curling camp and had the opportunity to meet a few professional curlers there, and she felt that the experience certainly prompted her to pursue the sport. “It was really cool and it makes you aspire to be that good one day,� said Brown. “I think it showed what hard work can get you, and it definitely gave me some people to look up to.� For Brown, it’s also satisfying to be on the other end of the Future Stars program as one of the professional curlers. “I definitely always try to give them the time of day whenever I see them, because I know I was one of those kids trying to get autographs,� said Brown. “So it’s definitely important to acknowledge those people because you don’t really know what impact you’re making on them.�

Head ice technician Dave Merklinger gives this group of Future Stars a rundown of how the icemakers keep the ice in perfect condition throughout the tournament.

Ontario champion Jo-Ann Rizzo made Scotties debut as oldest “rookie� on rink Larissa Kurz

Although this was Jo-Ann Rizzo’s first appearance at a national Scotties Tournament of Hearts, making her the oldest rookie playing in this year’s draws, she is a veteran of the game in every other way that counts. Rizzo, 56, is playing fourth rock for Team Northwest Territories, alongside champion skip Kerry Galusha,

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Skip Kerry Galusha (L) and fourth Jo-Ann Rizzo (R) on the rink during their draw against Newfoundland and Labrador. (photo by Randy Palmer) Rizzo joined the team this 2019 season, and winning the Northwest Territories Scotties Tournament of Hearts made her career’s dream a reality. Rizzo joined the team originally to take up the position of second, but midway through the season, Galusha began dealing with a reoccurring injury to her leg. Now, Rizzo throws fourth rock and feels like the new structure has been working well so far. Despite her 46 years throwing rocks and making calls, Rizzo admitted that she had some nerves coming into this championship but her experience has definitely made it easier on the team to adjust to this level of play. Regardless of the nerves or lack thereof, Rizzo enjoyed her Scotties debut, especially as the sport is something close to her heart. “I’m just soaking it all in. Like I said, enjoying it, trying not to let the nerves get to me and enjoy the experience,� said Rizzo. “I did learn [the game] from my mom and she’s gone now [so] it means a lot to me because it was a family adventure and she was my biggest fan.�


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FINAL STONE Nunavut skip has plenty of Scotties material for popular curling podcast If Team Nunavut skip Lori Eddy seemed like she’s great behind the mic during media scrums at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, then it could be because she has had some experience holding the mic and asking the questions. Eddy is the co-host of a curling podcast she started back in 2018 with co-host, former teammate, and friend Mary Chilvers. Chilvers and Eddy played together at the Scotties in 1997, with Team Ontario, where they lost the final game to Saskatchewan’s sweetheart Sandra Schmirler. “We just have tons of history and we’ve been best friends since,” said Eddy. The two knowledgeable curlers talk about the game, the community, and whatever else they are interested in for colour on 2 Girls and a Game, which is approaching 95 episodes and 5 seasons and boasts a whopping 120,000 downloads. “[We] decided it would be something fun to do, a little hobby and it’s really taken its own way,” said Eddy. “It’s just us talking our normal stuff that we like to talk about, so the fact that people would want to listen in on that, I think it’s really hilarious, but we love doing it.” Eddy and Chilvers do their own breakdowns for tournaments, travel to cover games, talk to players, and even speculate on upcoming championship results — including the Scotties this past week. “We’ve had some really neat opportunities that have come

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Nunavut skip Lori Eddy is pictured here in the team’s draw against Chelsea Carey and Team Canada, a match that is certain to feature on the next Scotties episode of Eddy’s podcast. from it. We’ve got media credentials so we can go to the big events and talk to all the players,” said Eddy. “We met Darren Molding, who plays with Brendan Bottcher, and he invited us to go to Hollywood for a summer spiel with him and his friends and that was really hilarious.” Being both media and a professional player has created a kind of surreal experience for Eddy. “At the beginning of the week [at the Scotties], I didn’t know how to handle it because I’m like, ‘wait a minute, I’m used to asking the questions, what is happening

here?’” laughed Eddy. 2 Girls and a Game is certainly a passion project that Eddy enjoys doing, but it also a way for her to keep her knowledge of the game, as a professional curler, continually sharp. “It definitely helps [my game] because we literally watch every game that’s ever been on television, because we want to be in the know when we’re discussing what’s happening on the podcast, said Eddy. Having put up a good performance at this year’s Scotties — defeating Team Northern Ontario in an impressive upset and taking Team Canada and Chelsea Carey to a tenth end that finished so close it needed a measurement — Eddy is confident that the next episode of 2 Girls and a Game will be plenty interesting. “When we get home, we’re definitely going to break down the Scotties,” said Eddy. Chilvers is ready to give her perspective, being at home watching the tournament on television, and Eddy will certainly have a few things to say about being here on the ice. “It actually should be a really fun episode. We’re a little worried it might be about three hours long, though,” she joked. Anyone interested in tuning in to 2 Girls and a Game can do so through the podcast’s website, at 2girlsandagame. libsyn.com, and Eddy keeps the podcast’s Twitter and Facebook well updated.

Attending 32 Scotties tourneys has created many fond memories for fan Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Curling fan France Isabelle has attended every Scotties Tournament of Hearts except one during the last 33 years, and in that time, has developed many fond memories of the places she’s been and famous curlers she’s met. Isabelle, who has lived in New Brunswick since 2014 and works as a photographer for that province’s curling association, was stationed in Germany with the Canadian military in the 1980s when she was introduced to the sport. She would curl twice a year at bonspiels in Germany and Switzerland. It was during one tournament in 1985 where she met and became friends with curler Linda Moore, who later became a commentator for TSN. Moore won the Scotties and world championship that year, while her team became the first to act as Team Canada during the 1986 Scotties. After attending the 1987 world championship in Kelowna, British Columbia to watch Moore throw out the first honorary stone, Isabelle began attending the Scotties as a fan. She even went to the 1988 Calgary Olympics to watch Moore’s team compete. Moore’s team won gold, but it didn’t count in the standings since curling was then a demonstration sport. It’s all about sportsmanship “I am (a big curling fan). I get to meet many people. I’ve never met a curler I didn’t like,” chuckled Isabelle, who noted she only missed the 2008 Scotties in Regina since she had surgery nine days before. Curling is all about sportsmanship, the Montreal native continued. Curlers shake hands before and after games, while they also compliment each other when someone makes a good shot. In comparison, in other major sports players simply aim to destroy their opponents. Curlers are classy people,” she continued. “I can name 300 people right off the top

of my head, that if you looked up class in the dictionary, you’d find their name in the definition … you want to meet someone nice, meet a curler, and not just a competitive curler. “It’s part of who we are. (We’re) genuine.” Scotties a family game Isabelle loves the Scotties immensely, she said. To her, curling is a generational, family game. The curlers she watched in the 1980s — such as Scotties’ legend Colleen Jones, who won three championships and has the second-most tournament wins — now have daughters who play in the Scotties. For example, the father of Team Canada skip Chelsea Carey play in the Briar decades ago. Now he is the coach of his daughter’s team. Furthermore, Isabelle watched Cathy Cunningham, Kim Dolan, and TSN commentator Russ Howard throw rocks; their daughters now play or have played at the Scotties. “When the granddaughters start curling, I quit,” joked Isabelle. As an accredited media photographer, Isabelle has moved from shooting pictures of the curlers to taking pictures of their children in the stands. Sometimes they even seek her out to take photos of their families. She feels privileged to be part of the curling community in this way. Wearing the coveted jacket The first curler Isabelle ever met was New Brunswick’s Heidi Hanlon in 1987. Since Isabelle was by herself, Hanlon’s family invited her to sit with them to cheer. Years later, Isabelle received a jacket in the mail from the 1995 Scotties. Hanlon had mailed it to her since she was the only fan in the group who didn’t have one. Isabelle cried for an hour in her living room. The team from the Northwest Territories/ Yukon was the next group to ask Isabelle to wear their jacket. While visiting their table during one tournament to seek autographs, the team asked her if she would

With a game between Saskatchewan and Quebec taking place to her right, New Brunswick Curling Association photographer France Isabelle shoots a match (on another sheet) between New Brunswick and Manitoba at the Scotties on Feb. 18. Photo by Larissa Kurz wear their jacket when they played. “I can tell (you), this is almost 30 years ago, and my knees are still shaking at the thought of that,” she said emotionally, “because you don’t expect it.” Other teams to ask Isabelle to wear their jackets over the years included British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan’s Michelle Englot — whom Isabelle also met in 1987 — represented Team Canada at the 2018 Scotties and gave Isabelle her spare jacket. “Every player has brought me joy,” she added. The legendary Sandra Isabelle was also lucky to meet Sandra Schmirler. Isabelle noted the curling world will never know how good Schmirler could have been since she died in her prime at age 37 in 2000. However, while the Olympic gold medallist was a great player, Isabelle considered her an even better person. Since Isabelle took pictures of the players

so much, the team — known as Team Peterson before Sandra married — sent her a poster of them after a world championship with all their signatures to thank her. A few years later, they sent another signed poster, this one of their 1998 Olympic gold medal win. The Sandra Schmirler Foundation sprung up in the wake of the curler’s death to help fundraise for preemie babies. Isabelle has volunteered with the organization and been a part of the annual telethon for the last nine years. A strong memory Isabelle is unsure how she remembers so much about attending the Scotties over the years. However, with almost clear recall, she can name the winners of the Scotties and world’s up to 1998. “I don’t remember everything. But … I (do) have a memory for curling — only for curling,” she laughed. “This is my Christmas holiday every year … so that’s why I have so many memories.” Isabelle has seen many changes at the Scotties over the years. She says the biggest change has been parity among teams. At one time it was simply Team Colleen Jones versus the West since she was the only good team from the east. However, Isabelle believes there are now at least eight teams that would represent Team Canada well at worlds. The two pools format has also benefited weaker teams since it allows for upsets, she continued. The game could never grow if weaker teams were sent home early due to few victories. She pointed to Team Nunavut, which won its first game at this tournament against powerhouse Team Northern Ontario. She thought this was history-making and would lead to Northern kids wanting to play the game. “I’m really happy to be here every year,” she added. “I love this game.”


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The games have been played and the cleanup has begun, and the organizers of this year’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts are feeling good about the overall success of the week-long event. “I’m a happy guy and my other two vicechairs, they’ve done a fabulous job and they’re just ecstatic with the way things are going,” said Kevin deDelley, one of three vice-chairs for the event and the president of Curl Moose Jaw. The Scotties totalled a whopping 56,000 attendees throughout the ten-day tournament, which may be just shy of the turnout at the 2015 Scotties here in Moose Jaw but is nothing to brush off. “Moose Jaw itself has responded very well. Every restaurant’s making money, gas is up, snacks are up, hotels are full,” said deDelley. “And look at the national exposure the city’s got. It’s great.” As an organizer this year, deDelley is impressed with how smoothly the event has run with Curling Canada’s expertise and

familiarity from the 2015 event, as well as the 2012 Canada Cup. “They’re more refined in what they’re doing. They see value in coming to a place like this, when we have a history,” said deDelley. “It’s been phenomenal, the volunteers have been fabulous. The players have given us a great show. Curling Canada’s done a great job, and we look forward to doing it again.” The biggest change from 2015 was the inclusion of electronic scoreboards, which actually lessened the burden on volunteers throughout the week but required a change in setup. It took over 400 volunteers keeping things running, and the setup and takedown crew will have spent a full two weeks creating the Scotties and then returning Mosaic Place to its original state. “It was actually pretty smooth sailing,” said Maddie Kelly, marketing coordinator from Curling Canada. “We organized it well enough to know our issues ahead of

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FINAL STONE Saskatchewan woman continues tradition of gifting homemade quilt to Team Saskatchewan Larissa Kurz

Sue Amundrud is always in the stands when Team Saskatchewan takes the ice at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, and it’s certainly hard to miss her if you walk by. It’s not because she’s wearing anything particularly funny, or because of her Saskatchewan jacket and plethora of Scotties pins. It’s because she is always cozied up under a unique, handmade Team Saskatchewan quilt — and those green and golden hues certainly catch the eye, even in a sea of Saskatchewan fans. Amundrud went to her first Scotties in 1998 when the tournament was in Regina, and then again in 2004 in Red Deer, Alta. where she noticed that the stands were filled with fans decked out in team spirit. “People tended to have something to cheer their team with. And sometimes it was signs and sometimes it was flags, and so I’m thinking, ‘okay, what could I do?’” said Amundrud. The following year, when Amundrud travelled to St. John’s, N.L. for the Scotties in 2005, she made a Saskatchewan quilt and took it with to show her provincial spirit as she cheered from the stands. A friend of hers was curious, however, about what Amundrud was going to do with the quilt once the tournament was over, and a heartwarming Saskatchewan curling tradition was born. “I hadn’t thought about it, I guess, but [I said] you know what, if the team earns it, I’ll give it to the team,” said Amundrud. “So if they make the playoffs, they get the quilt, and that’s what I have been doing ever since.” And so she has. Amundrud makes a new Saskatchewan Scotties quilt each year, and if Team Saskatchewan makes it out of the round-robin draws and into the championship pool, she

L-R: Jessie Hunkin, Stefanie Lawton, Sue Amundrud, Robyn Silvernagle, and Kara Thevenot, with their 2020 Scotties quilt for Team Saskatchewan. (photo by Randy Palmer).

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Sue Amundrud, from Melfort, Sask., shows off this year’s Team Saskatchewan quilt as she takes in the team’s game at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. gives them her quilt to celebrate. “Sometimes I have to take it home with me because they don’t do as well as we would hope, but I’ve given away several and made some special ones,” said Amundrud. She gifted a quilt to Amber Holland’s team in 2011, when Team Saskatchewan last took the gold, which was given to the team’s alternate Jolene Campbell who was expecting a child at the time. “Stephanie Lawton’s gotten a couple of them, and last year her husband was telling me that one of them the kids take on picnics,” laughed Amundrud. When Amber Holland’s team competed at the World Women’s Curling Championship in 2011 as Team Canada, Amundrud actually made them a second, Canada-themed quilt to commemorate the accomplishment — which was given to third Kim Schneider. “I don’t always know what they’ve done with it, but it’s up to them,” said Amundrud. “They have to earn it.” Each year’s quilt is unique, but it always features the same few elements: that rich Saskatchewan green with gold or white complimenting colours, at least one curling rock in the design, and the four hearts of the Scotties logo. Amundrud has even made a few special quilts aside from her annual Team Saskatchewan project. In 2011, on the 30th anniversary of the Scott Paper and Kruger Inc. sponsorship, Amundrud made a Scotties quilt as a gift for the company that featured the winning team’s flag from each of the last 30 tournaments. The following year, she made a custom quilt for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, which was auctioned off as a fundraiser during their annual telethon. Amundrud enjoys being in the stands to cheer on her home province each year at the national tournament, no matter where it’s hosted, and she feels it’s particularly special this year being on home ice. “It’s become a tradition now, at least on my part,” said Amundrud. “And I guess some of the curlers have gotten to know that, ‘okay, she’s up there [in the stands] with the quilt.’” Robyn Silvernagle and her team received a Scotties quilt from Amundrud last year, after making it to the semi-final draw in Sydney, N.S., and Amundrud is already prepared to customize her Saskatchewan quilt for the team again this year. “This time there are six [curling rocks] and we’ll see, if they win the quilt, their names might go on the rocks,” promised Amundrud. Ultimately, win or lose, Amundrud is a fan from Melfort, Sask. who enjoys being able to support her province’s team and offer some recognition for their achievements using the craft that she knows best. “It’s just because I’m a fan, and quilting is something that I enjoy doing, so I feel like this is something I can do,” said Amundrud. “If they do well, then they have something to take home with them.” Much to the excitement of Amundrud — and the rest of the crowd — Saskatchewan battled their way into the championship pool after a nail-biting tiebreaker game against New Brunswick, which means the team will have to decide what to do with their Scotties quilt once again this year. Amundrud gifted the quilt to Silvernagle, third Stephanie Lawton, second Jessie Hunkin, and lead Kara Thevenot following their final game of the tournament against British Columbia on Feb. 21, after the team knew they wouldn’t be heading into the playoff arm. And in the end, Amundrud did write in the team’s names on the curling rocks to commemorate their 2020 Scotties victories.

On the Front Porch by Wanda Smith Puppy Love No animal melts my heart like a dog. I think I may have received that trait from my dad; he always had a dog at his side when I was growing up. In fact, my mom had to marry him and his dog, Sandy, a little wire-haired terrier. Once my sis and I came along, Sandy was old and a little grumpy. After he went to the “happy hunting grounds,” as my dad called it, we got a German shepherd-mix dog named Toby. Each consecutive family dog had their own personalities, to which I still find intriguing to this day. Buddy, our 5 year old Husky-Labrador cross, is just as full of personality as the myriad of canine companions that were at my childhood side. Our long-haired gentle, quiet-natured pet just wants to be with us, his family. He will swing on the swing with us, push his nose under our armpits or sit on our feet. He is also the most hilarious dog I’ve ever been with and makes us laugh every day. He doesn’t sulk or pout; has a real upbeat way about him and in fact, he brought laughter into our home just when we needed it. Before anyone gets their shirt in a knot about his health and well-being, be assured he is well taken care of! First off, nature has provided him with a double coat of insulation; that Husky undercoat, dense and thick. In fact, he loves to lay outside on his back in a rain storm or in snow mid-winter when he could rather be in his insulated dog house. He also has his fair share of porch time, especially when the temperature dips. Never mind, the soft bed in his condo, I mean garage, that is nice and toasty where his meals are also regularly delivered morning and night. All of his needs are met. But yet, he just wants to be close; the closer the better. All he wants is relationship. Buddy’s main job is to keep deer and other wildlife at bay as well as any unwanted visitors. Rest assured, his protective instincts are sure to kick in if necessary. He’s also a great snake sniffer-outer. He seems to have an uncanny ability to sniff out snakes and let us know when there is one in the yard. He will bark at the snake and keep it in one spot until someone deals with it. Besides his talented outdoor protecting skills, his most obvious job for our family is companionship. And he seems to need it just as much as we do. When I think of his need to be close, I think of the deeper need that we have as humans to be close. We were made for relationship. We were made to be close physically, emotionally and even spiritually. There is an intimacy that comes when we share life together; not just romantic love of a husband and wife but a sharing of lives (appropriately) with others. The temptation is to hold back because of past hurts, betrayal, or pain yet God has designed us to be in fellowship with each other. . “This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing, because we need each other! In fact, we should come together even more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward as we anticipate that day dawning.” (Hebrews 10:25) Let’s take a tip from Buddy: don’t forget the importance of developing closeness with those around us. It makes life much sweeter. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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FINAL STONE Small army of volunteers ensures Scotties runs smoothly Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Most people will only see the on-ice action at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, but behind the scenes, a small army of volunteers ensures the event runs as smoothly as possible. Around 410 volunteers filled numerous roles at Mosaic Place during the 10-day national championship. Whether it’s transportation, security, food services, accreditation, 50/50 sales, ticket scanning, ice maintenance, or manning the lounges and bars, you can bet that blue-jacketed volunteers will be there. While the majority of volunteers hail from Moose Jaw, there are others who have come from British Columbia and Ontario. Chantal Lagasse, from St. Adolphe, Man., — located 12 kilometres south of Winnipeg — loves curling and competes with club teams at home. Having volunteered with the Roar of the Rings in Winnipeg in 2013, she thought it would be a good experience to help at the Scotties. Lagasse helped sell 50/50 tickets since she wanted to be close to the curling and to interact with more people. This has allowed her to socialize with some of the curlers, including Team Manitoba. She also spoke with Team Nunavut, jokingly telling them that since she is moving there

Volunteers work on maintaining the ice after the completion of several afternoon games. Photo by Jason G. Antonio she could join their team if they wanted her. One volunteer who probably faces more stress than others is Moose Jaw’s Les Sydiaha, who — along with a team of 16 other volunteers — works with the two head icemakers to ensure the ice is in tip-top shape. The volunteers also use six vacuums to ensure the kilometres of blue carpets leading from the locker rooms to the ice are kept clean; keep the batteries in the rock handles — to detect hog line violations — charged; and adjust the bumpers and signage. The group has worked together since Feb. 10 when the ice was being installed. During the 14 days, the volunteers will have worked six to eight hours every day. There is some stress in maintaining the ice, Sydiaha admitted. Many factors can affect the condition of the ice, such as having a full crowd, cold weather outside, or even rain. These are things they can’t always control. Sydiaha volunteered with curling events in Moose Jaw in 2013 and 2015, each time helping with the ice. His background, he explained, includes work in buildings and facilities, so he was a natural choice this time to lead the volunteers managing the ice. Working with a good group of people for 14 days is a fulfilling experience, he continued. They become a closeknit team, develop camaraderie and get to know each other. Retired couple Wally and Ollie Zapisocki have volunteered at more than 10 curling events in the last few years,

including in Moose Jaw in 2015. The St. Paul, Alta., duo used to be avid curlers, but now they simply watch games and do their part to support tournaments. They particularly liked working in the HeartStop Lounge. There they served drinks, fill cups, fill coolers and clean tables. They also enjoyed interacting with people the most. Another couple, Ellen and John Earle from Shilo, Man., volunteered at the 2019 Brier in Brandon and had so much fun that they thought about working at a Scotties. During this year’s event, Ellen worked mainly in the lounges and John at the events services and accreditation booths but helped in other locations when necessary. They volunteered because they have a service-oriented mindset, explained Mrs. Earle. John is a military cook, so he likes to help at events with that kind of thinking. “It’s been an eye-opener to see something like this pulled off,” he said. “If your city wasn’t what it is (welcoming and open), there would not be this type of event. It has been an amazing experience.

Mildred Kistner from Bethune restocks cups and coffee at one of the refreshment stations in the basement of Mosaic Place. This was her second time volunteering at the Scotties in Moose Jaw. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

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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Moose Jaw’s Les Sydiaha managed 16 volunteers while working with the two head icemakers to ensure the curling sheets were in tip-top shape for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Delanna Busch (Moose Jaw), her cousin Chantal Lagasse (St. Adolphe, Man.) and Gaylene Knutson (Cochrane, Alta.) help sell 50/50 tickets in one of the offices in the rink at Mosaic Place. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

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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. 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 ARCHIVES PROGRAM: MOOSE JAW WILD ANIMAL PARK will take place on Tuesday, February 25th at 7:00pm in the Archives Department at the Public Library. This program will exemplify the resources available our Archives Department by inviting people to look at photos, documents, articles and other information about the Moose Jaw Wild Animal Park. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. THE MOOSE JAW BRANCH MEETING OF SASKATCHEWAN GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY will be held in the Herb Taylor Room at the Public Library on Tues., Feb. 25th at 7pm. They will be hosting Scott Hellings, chair of the local Heritage Committee. Scott is passionate about local history and being able to preserve and share it. He will provide us with a history and overview of the committee, their mission and future projects. Everyone welcome. THE MOOSE JAW STAMP CLUB will meet Wed., Feb. 26 at 7:00pm, in the Lindale School staffroom, 1322 11th Ave. NW (north entrance). Visitors are always welcome. Call 306-693-5705 for information. WDM COFFEE CLUB will be held on Wednesday, February 26th at 10am. Join for a time of visiting and learning as a short program is shared about how the White Motor Company went from building sewing machines to unique steam-powered cars. Program includes coffee and cookies. Everyone welcome. Cost $3 (does not include gallery admission.) WDM members FREE. SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE Grief Support Group for those who have experienced the death of a Loved One by Suicide Next Meeting: Wed. February 26 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at Parkview Reception Centre, 474 Hochelaga St. W. (Please use east door off east parking lot). Everyone is Welcome. WDM COFFEE CLUB will be held on Feb. 26th at 10am. Join in for a time of visiting and learning as a short program is shared about how the White Motor Co. went from building sewing machines to unique steam-powered cars. Program includes coffee and cookies. Everyone welcome. Cost $3 does not include gallery admission. WDM members FREE. FESTIVAL OF WORDS BOOK CLUB will take place on Thursday, February 27th at 2:30 – 3:30 at the Public Library. The Book Club is open to all interested adults and no registration is required. The featured book this month: Geography of Blood by Candace Savage. Candace Savage writes a thought provoking account of the Cypress Hills region of Saskatchewan in her memoir, Geography of Blood. Savage explores the many aspects of the area including the history of the people and of the wildlife which leaves the reader with much to ponder. Copies are available

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on a first-come-first-served basis from the Library for anyone wishing to take part in the discussion. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. ST. VLADIMIR UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH DIVINE LITURGY will be held on Sat. Feb. 29th. Join for lunch and fellowship after. GIFTS SEMINAR will be held on February 29th at Twin Lakes Ranch. Have you ever wondered what your gifting is? Come learn about it. Through this seminar you’ll discover and develop the gifts God has already placed inside of you. This seminar will inspire you to serve God and to serve others. The seminar will be taught by Larry Seeman, pastor of Foundation of life Church in Weyburn. Registration is required – free will offering. Details on website www.tlrm.net GRIEFSHARE offered at Minto United Church will offer 2 separate classes– a 13-week seminar and support group will be held on Tuesday afternoons, starting March 3rd from 2-4pm or on Wednesday evenings, starting March 4th from 7-9pm at Minto United Church. Cost is $25 and includes workbook. This is for people experiencing grief from loss of a loved one. Videos, workbooks and discussion time give participants encouragement, useful advice and hope. For information and to register call Minto @306.693.6148r Leon @306.631.9044. ANNUAL MOOSE JAW GUN SHOW will be held on SAT MAR 7 - 10am-5pm & SUN MAR 8 - 10am3pm at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Centre 250 Thatcher Dr East. There will be over 175 vendor tables - BUY SELL TRADE. Admission $5 per adult/Children 12 and under FREE if accompanied by an adult. Concession on site. Sponsored by the South Sask Wildlife Association. SPRING VALLEY WILL HOLD A CHILI COOK OFF on March 7. You are invited to bring Your Best Chili to be in the running for People”s Choice 1st and 2nd Prize! Please RSVP to enter your Chili to any of the Board Members. Tickets Adults $10, Kids 12 under $5, Preschool Free. Sample all varieties of Chili, Buns, Drink and ice cream bar included. Cash Bar. For more information please call. Patricia @ 306-690-9706 SPRING VALLEY POKER DERBY (SLEDS, TRUCKS, QUADS) in case of snow shortage. Registration 10am-12pm at the Hall Hands are $20 each or 3 for $50. 1st prize 20%, 2nd prize 15%, 3rd prize 10%, and 4th prize 5%. Lunch will be available at the Hall. Contact Joe 306-631-5757 for more information NAFR BRANCH 23(NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FEDERAL RETIREES – FORMERLY FSNA) ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on March 18 ( Wed) at T. Eaton Centre. Turkey Supper starts at 6 pm with meeting following. Tickets for supper are $10pp. Last date to buy tickets March 16 ( Mon). No tickets sold at the door. NAFR membership is open to all retired Federal workers and their spouses. Call President Barry 306-692-7978 for info. THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, FATHER GILPIN COUNCIL #9760 EASTER HAM & TURKEY BINGO will be held on Sunday March 29, 2020, at Church of Our Lady Community Centre. Doors open at 6:00 P.M. games start at 7:00 P.M. There will be a lunch counter. The whole family is welcome. 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. VETERANS’ MORNING COFFEE - Monday-Saturday @ 10:00 am CRIBBAGE – Tuesdays @ 1:30 pm - Please sign-in by 1:00 pm DARTS – Thursdays @ 7:00 pm - in the auditorium – everyone welcome SUPPERS - Fridays @ 5:30 pm - Please purchase tickets or call put tickets on hold by the previous Wednesday SHUFFLEBOARD – Fridays @ 7:00 pm - Drop-in League – Bring friends!! MEAT DRAW FUNDRAISER - Saturdays @ 3:00 pm – Open to the public -- Everyone welcome FOOT CARE CLINIC for Legion Members – February 26th - please call for an appointment MEALS ON WHEELS Volunteers and Coordinator needed for March 2-7th. Please call the office if you can spare just one hour a day during this time. ZION’S VILLAGE FLEA MARKET – Fri, Mar. 20-1-6 p.m., Sat, Mar. 21--10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Zion is looking for entries for their upcoming flea market. Accepting application on a first come first basis, apply early to avoid disappointment. $25/table or two for $40, maximum three tables. Table rentals are not confirmed until payment is received. Free Admission, collecting food bank items at door. Concession & Penny Parade Table. For more info please contact the church office at 306-692-3842. 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@ sasktel.net ONGOING PROGRAMS: EVERY WEEKDAY. Please check with MJ & District Seniors to find out what these are. Centre Dance with “Len Gadica” Sat. March 7 - 7:3011pm in XYZ Auditorium COSMO SENIORS’ CENTRE, 235 Third Ave. N.E. For more information call (306) 692-6072. TOPS COSMO BRIDGE LEAGUE COSMO FLOOR SHUFFLEBOARD LIBERTE DANCE

SCRABBLE COSMO MINI BRIDGE TOURNAMENT COSMO HAND & FOOT CANASTA COSMO JAM SESSION FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE SWING INTO SPRING CRAFT & TRADE FAIR that will be held on Saturday, April 4th from 10am-3pm. Free Admission/Lunch Available. If you would like to rent a table, please call Doreen Bye @306.692.2118. ARMY NAVY AND AIR FORCE VETERANS, 279 High St. W. Phone 306.693.1656. ANAVETS Wednesday, we do Bingo’s at Leisure Time Bingo. Come on out and Support Us! Thursday- Friendship Crib @ 1:30pm. Everyone Welcome! Pool Fun League Starts @ 7pm. Everyone Welcome! Friday Afternoon Fun Shuffleboard @ 1:30 pm. Everyone Welcome! All our sports are fun leagues, so no commitment come play when you can. Saturday Afternoon Fundraiser Meat Draw Starts @ 4:30. Everyone Welcome! Jam Session on February 28th from 7pm till 11pm. Come on out for a variety of musical entertainment Everyone Welcome!! 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 moosejaw@taoist. org 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 kurt.gillett@gmail.com . 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 Defense and the Navy League branch. You have the opportunity to learn to sail, learn rope work and other ship operations as in navigation semaphore and communication, and also have the opportunity to travel with the Sea Cadet deployments to places like India, Japan and other coastal communities, but let’s not forget about summer training. You can go to summer camp for 2,3 or 4-week courses and you are given a training bonus, so that’s like getting paid to go to camp. Cadets meet Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. at the Armouries at the top of Main St. THE FRIENDLY CITY OPTIMIST CLUB invites everyone to meetings at the Heritage Inn on the second Tuesday of each month. Social at 5:30 p.m./ Supper at 6:00 p.m./meeting at 6:30 p.m. Socials dates and places vary. Contact Lloyd Pethick for more information at 306.694.4121. INFORMED CHOICES Pregnancy Centre. 679 Hall St. W Regular Open Office Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10-5. Free confidential and non-judgmental counselling and support available for women and men experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Text 306690-8462.


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