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Despite the board of “There have been a director’s best efforts, lot of successes,” conRegina-based publishtinued Currie. “And er Coteau Books has there just won’t be any declared bankruptcy more.” and ceased operations To see the long-standentirely - a reality that ing publishing comfounder, author, and pany close its doors is board member Robert going to be a huge loss Currie says is “heartto the literary commubreaking” to witness. nity in Saskatchewan, “It’s really heartsaid Currie. breaking to see CoHe imagines it will be teau Books go down. harder for first-time It’s a terrific loss for authors to have their writers, not just in this work published in the province but across the future, which could, prairies,” said Currie. unfortunately, leave “I can tell you that the many Saskatchewan people on the board Coteau Books has its own display in Moose Jaw retailer Post Horizon Booksellers, voices unheard. fought really hard to which will eventually feature empty shelves as the publisher has ceased operations “It’s a sad thing for a try and find a way to lot of people and I’ve keep it going, but we been hearing from a just couldn’t find the lot of people how dismoney.” appointed they are that it’s happened,” said Currie. “I just feel Currie, a Moose-Jaw based writer, originally helped found the really sorry that it’s gone and feel sorry for the writers that we company in 1975 alongside authors Barbara Sapergia, Geoffrey won’t be publishing now.” Ursell, and Gary Hyland. Now that the company has entered into bankruptcy protection, The original idea was to make publishing opportunities available Currie also expressed concern for those authors whose projects to Saskatchewan writers in an industry that was, at the time, not were currently in production, as they are not going to be comeasily accessible to many in the prairies. pleted. Coteau Books quickly expanded to include not only poetry but all There’s also a number of past titles that will no longer be printgenres of work and has been an important fixture in the prairie ed and distributed, like Lois Simmie’s recent memoir, and while publishing scene for decades. Currie hopes to see those titles taken on by another publishing They have published hundreds of titles, many of which have col- company for the future, that remains up in the air. lected awards and nominations, in a large range of categories — Currie credited part of the publisher’s struggle to the decline of something that not many publishers can claim. independent bookstores creating a tougher market for titles from “A lot of writers got their start with Coteau and went on to big smaller publishers like Coteau Books. things,” said Currie. “It was often those small bookstores that recommended small Authors like Bonnie Burnard, who won the Commonwealth Best press books and made a point of carrying them, and so many of First Book Award and later on, the Giller Prize. Or Dianne War- them are gone now,” said Currie. ren, who published her first titles with Coteau and went on to win As one of the three larger publishing presses in Saskatchewan, the Governor General’s Award for fiction. the closure of Coteau Books is certainly going to leave a large Coteau Books has also published many books that didn’t win hole in the industry for both writers and readers alike. awards but were largely popular, such as Mary Harelkin Bishop’s “There’ll be some good books that never see the light of day, famous novel Tunnels of Time, which has sold over 40,000 copies probably, and that’s a sad fact,” said Currie. “And it’s a sad thing in its time. for readers, that they won’t get a chance to read those books.”

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New storefront featuring products from local makers opens in Moose Jaw Larissa Kurz

A newly opened storefront is using a unique cooperative business model to make local handmade products easily available to Moose Jaw consumers, and owner Starla Wilson is happy to finally see the store open. With These Hands officially opened its doors on Mar. 16, with a newly renovated space at 30 Mackenzie Lane that already features lots of handmade products from Saskatchewan makers. “I think it’s [important to] support small businesses. Hand makers offer unique products that you can’t find in a big box

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store,” said Wilson, who is a maker herself here in Moose Jaw. Each individual maker rents space to display their products in the storefront, where they receive one hundred per cent of any sales that take place. “It’s like their own storefront,” said Wilson. “And so we’re the front for them and they can stay home and keep making their things, and we just sell them for them.” Currently, With These Hands in Moose Jaw has products from 43 different handmade businesses across the province. Makers from places as far as Regina, North Battleford, Weyburn and Estevan are part of the store, selling everything from purses made from seatbelts to dream catchers to artwork, and more. Ten local makers from Moose Jaw are also among the shelves, including baking connoisseur Farmhouse Sugar, White Lotus soy candles, pottery by Luscious Creations, and more. ”We’re excited to join everybody together in one place,” said Wilson. “And we have a really big space, so we’re looking forward to bringing on as many [others] as we can.” 20034DE0 20034DE1

With These Hands has opened a location in Moose Jaw to feature plenty of prairie makers and their products. Wilson has her own products on display as well, as the owner of Starlight Creations. She specializes in hand made wooden signs and other custom items, and teaches workshop paint classes as well. “This really gives me a chance to have my own storefront and just not have to bear the brunt of that cost all on my own,” said Wilson. The storefront is an extension of the Regina-based organization of the same name, which began in 2018. This unique way of sharing a storefront is a rising trend that offers an opportunity for smaller handmade business owners to make themselves available to regular retail shoppers. The decision to expand to Moose Jaw was something Wilson was very excited to be involved with, as an opportunity for not only her own business but other prairie makers as well. “It’s hard for home makers to put out the expense for their own retail space. So this way, everybody shares those overhead costs,” said Wilson. “And this gives everybody an opportunity to be seen by more people than just by going to trade shows, [to] have a retail location where everybody can find our stuff.” With These Hands in Moose Jaw is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays

through Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Those interested in the storefront and the makers they feature can follow the store’s updates on Facebook and Instagram, and the Moose Jaw location can be contacted at 1 (306) 693-2670.

Starla Wilson, owner of the Moose Jaw location and hand maker at Starlight Creations, is excited to open the new storefront full of other makers.

Luscious Creations has a selection of pottery work available in the storefront, including mugs and brown sugar savers.


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Amendments to employment act guarantee workers access to job leaves during pandemics Larissa Kurz

The Government of Saskatchewan has announced that retroactive amendments to The Saskatchewan Employment Act will give workers access to job-protected leaves in the midst of a public health emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic. The amendments include removing the employment requirement of 13 weeks before an employee may access their sick leave, as well as the requirement of a doctor’s note. It also includes the introduction of a new, unpaid public health emergency leave that employees may access when the province undertakes official measures to reduce the spread of a disease, under orders from the province’s chief medical health officer and the World Health Organization. These amendments have been in effect since Mar. 6th. “We want to thank workers across Saskatchewan for everything they do,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said in a press release. “No one should lose their job for continuing to prioritize health and safety during this public health emergency.”

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Annual Dance for Hunger fundraiser brainstorming new format for this year’s event Larissa Kurz

With the closure of schools across the province, Dance Images by BJ will unfortunately not be able to host their annual Dance for Hunger weekend at Peacock Auditorium on Mar. 22 — but it isn’t the end for the fundraiser. Dance For Hunger is the studio’s annual showcase, which doubles as a fundraiser for the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank. Dance Images dancers put together a show and ask attendees to bring a non-perishable food item with them when they attend, to donate to the Food Bank. Last year, the fundraiser collected nearly 2,000 pounds of food to donate, and while the province’s precautionary measures have certainly hampered the studio’s usual method of supporting the Food Bank, Dance Images isn’t giving up. Because the showcase isn’t moving forward as planned, assistant director Shauna Bzdel and the team at Dance Images are brainstorming other options for their annual food drive. “At this point in time, we’re just working on coming up with some creative solutions for our studio and our

dancers to do some online and virtual things,” said Bzdel. “We are not calling it quits on the food drive.” The studio is working on revamping the format of the fundraiser, to still be able to support the Food Bank as they do every year. “Just because the event and the location have been cancelled, it’s not something that we are taking off the table,” said Bzdel. “We definitely are still planning on moving forward in the future and still doing something for the Food Bank, so we can make that nice big contribution to them.” For Dance Images, being able to make such a large donation to the Food Bank each year is important, as is the chance for the dancers to perform on stage before they head into their competition season. “We’re definitely disappointed for our dancers, not having that opportunity to take part and perform at that venue,” said Bzdel. “But for now, it’s a matter of reimagining how we’re going to do this.” Dance Images will decide on an alternate method of fundraising, which they will announce in the future once details are more concrete.

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Even when life gets complicated, there’s always a little humour in it. It was only a brief few weeks ago that I fell in Vancouver and broke my hip and had to have surgery there. Returning home, I basically was housebound for just days and didn’t do much of anything except concentrate on Joan Ritchie walking. Of course, the regular EDITOR mundane chores that I regularly do, like grocery shopping, were out of the picture so I sent my sidekick to do the task at hand, with a list…a very short list of basic necessities which did not include the coveted toilet paper that’s now in high demand. Let me affirm, he is not the grocery shopper in our household. As I love to review the flyers prior to shopping, I always make a list of what I need and want and where I can buy it. This is not to say that I only buy what I need because if there’s Campbell’s mushroom and tomato soup on sale, I always buy a flat of each to have on hand, as well as meat like chicken breasts and prime rib roasts if they are on sale, and of course a little of some things just in case. In this case, my list was comprised of basic necessities. The man of the house was happy to accommodate and headed off to the store. Quite some time later he returned happy as a pig in mud, very proud of his accomplishment and boasting about all the ‘great deals’ he got. Yes, he got the eggs and whatever other essentials were on the list…and more…18 tins of Stagg Chili (which we have never purchased ever - always homemade at my house), 15 boxes of snack crackers (a really good price and just in case????), 3 boxes of decadent cookies (purchase driven by his sweet-tooth), 6 rolls of tinfoil (because he couldn’t believe the great deal), 1 large box of Minute Rice (...jasmine, long-grain, brown...but never Minute...), 2 large containers of unsalted cashews (good deal/good purchase!) and more. Over $100 of extras not deemed necessities. Well, let me fast track to now. Now that we are in a country shutdown because of Covid-19, I am certainly thankful for the extras in our pantry. The chili will certainly heat things up and hopefully we have enough toilet paper on hand to get the job done; not to mention all the other super-deals we will be able to enjoy as we hunker down at home. Life has a funny way of working things out, even if we don’t see the full picture at the start. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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Moose Jaw hospitals overwhelmed during 1918 Spanish Flu Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The Spanish Flu arrived in Canada in 1918, and after its two-year rampage, left 55,000 people — including hundreds of Moose Javians — dead out of a population of about eight million. With no vaccine or effective treatment, this devastating pandemic affected every inhabited region in the world. It started in Eastern Europe and then crossed the battlefields of the First World War, following soldiers returning home. The epidemic spread like wildfire and came in multiple waves. The first wave occurred in the spring of 1918, and then again that fall, when a mutation produced an extremely contagious, virulent, and deadly form of the disease. This second wave caused 90 per cent of the deaths during the pandemic. Subsequent waves took place in the springs of 1919 and 1920. The deaths claimed between 2.5 per cent to five per cent of the global population, or about 50 million people. Most victims were between ages 20 and 40, although seniors were also affected. Saskatchewan affected In Saskatchewan, the height of the epidemic was in November 1918 when 300 people died. The death rate declined into 1919 but increased to 50 deaths in February 1920 before tailing off for good. There were 159 deaths in Moose Jaw from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 during the height of influenza in the community. The flu began with a sudden onset of chills, a headache, sore throat and high temperature. It reached its peak in two to three days, followed by a rapid recovery. However, relapses were common and the bronchial pneumonia that followed was the real killer. First Moose Jaw deaths Harry Land, a young Lancashire immigrant, died on Oct. 7, 1918 and is said to have been the community’s first flu victim, according to a column by the late Leith Knight. A report in the Moose Jaw Daily Herald from Oct. 15, 1918, however, indicated the first Spanish Flu death might have been Robert John Brown. “Asked this morning if he intended to take any action in the way of closing up the public places, Medical Officer of Health (Dr.) Turnbull stated that such was not his intention at present,” the newspaper article said on Oct. 15. “If such should prove necessary there is every probability that the moving picture places would be the first to be closed down for a time, but the spread of the disease does not yet warrant such action being taken.” On Oct. 16, the provincial government announced new regulations for

Photo of Alberta farmers protecting themselves from the Spanish Flu. Photo courtesy of Library and Archives Canada. the closing of public places. The regulations indicated all cases must be reported to the local medical health officer; any place of amusement or entertainment could be closed for however long the health board saw fit; and anyone who disobeyed could be fined up to $50 — a hefty sum back then. Public spaces closed An Oct. 17 Daily Herald headline said, “There is no cause for alarm — nothing serious in condition of any cases — health authorities active — people are taking care of themselves.” However, city council decided to close all public places including churches, schools, theatres, bowling alleys, pool halls and dance halls, while it banned public meetings with more than 10 people. Even though 75 cases were recorded a day later, the epidemic was still not considered a threat since there had been no deaths, the newspaper reported. However, by Oct. 19 the situation had become “fearful,” Knight wrote. With both hospitals at capacity, temporary hospitals were set up in the Moose Hotel, now Cecelia Court on South Hill, and in Prince Arthur School. Sixty-two cases were recorded on Oct. 23 to bring the total to 222 infected residents, the newspaper said. Dr. Turnbull indicated the epidemic was becoming serious. He was also worried there were many unreported cases in private homes. He later pleaded for volunteers to care for the sick and dying. Police searched for gravediggers to help bury the dead, which were in temporary storage in the Moose Jaw Cemetery vault. As the deaths increased, a citizens’ health commission was organized, Knight wrote. The group made pneumonia jackets and gauze masks, which were soaked with eucalyptus oil. A group of volunteers was organized to visit every affected house-

A gym has been converted into a makeshift hospital.

hold. On Oct. 24, the Daily Herald reported that the municipality wanted residents to take in healthy children whose parents were affected. The town would also establish a children’s home that would be volunteer-run. Deaths pile up Stricken households were asked to switch on their porch lights to indicate their status. “One of the most appalling cases was reported from Buffalo Pound, where a family of 16 were all stricken,” wrote Knight. “Two had died, four were on the verge of death and the others were too ill to get up.” The Daily Herald reported on Oct. 24 that 11 residents died of influenza in 24 hours. While a new rule was only doctors could report flu cases, not enough could be found so the number of new cases was unknown. Total deaths at this point were 28. Mrs. Harry Mead, wife of the proprietor of the Royal George Hotel, died of pneumonia after having the flu for one week. Others who also died include Morris Bacon, 25; William Steele, both 49; Charles Switzer, 19; George Eric Dell, 3; and Adam Gabel, 2. Neighbourhood support Community churches turned their basements into soup kitchens to support home-bound residents. Most church women’s groups made gallons of soup, sandwiches, scalloped potatoes, custards, rice and tapioca puddings, eggnogs, oatmeal gruel and tea biscuits. Others made simmered beef bones. Dr. Turnbull informed residents on Oct. 25 that they should wear masks for preventative measures. The masks couldn’t be worn for more than two hours and had to be boiled to be sterilized, the Daily Herald reported. Meanwhile, 11 deaths in 24 hours brought the total to 39. The influenza peaked in Moose Jaw at the end of October. There were 22 deaths from Oct. 26 and 27, while another 17 died on Oct. 28. Dr. Turnbull kept all theatres and schools closed, but churches were allowed to open for public worship. The disease began to abate when November arrived. On Nov. 16, Dr. Turnbull reported there had been a 50-per-cent decline in deaths, with only one reported in 24 hours. The Daily Herald reported on Dec. 26 that the influenza had exited the epidemic stage, while a day later Dr. Turnbull said the epidemic was practically over.


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Resident nearly left homeless after bank refuses to cash cheque Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Joseph Harvey was looking forward to renting his first apartment, but a dispute with TD Bank over cashing his rent cheque nearly left him homeless. Harvey, 20, has used the bank’s services since he was a child. He recently became a recipient of welfare and had just received his first cheque from Social Services on March 3. Having found a suitable apartment, he went to TD Bank to cash the $900 cheque so he could pay his $600 rent and purchase groceries. However, after the bank deposited his cheque, it refused to give him the money. Both the bank teller and branch manager, told him they would hold his cheque for 10 days, as was supposedly the policy for cheques. “I didn’t know what to do at the time,” Harvey said. “I just said, ‘OK,’ and went with it because I didn’t know what to do. I figured if I got angry it would end bad … (It) was very stressful to say the least.” Upset and confused, Harvey called his new property manager, Janice Baigent, to explain the problem. Harvey was stressed because he didn’t think his apartment would be held for him, Baigent said. It also didn’t help that welfare cheques for March were late for everyone in Saskatchewan. She went down to the bank to help out.

Upon arriving, the branch manager reiterated that this was the bank’s policy for holding cheques. “I said it’s illegal (to do that). It’s federally mandated across Canada (that) you can’t hold a cheque under $1,000 for more than four business days,” Baigent recalled. “No, she argued and (said) that is their policy and wouldn’t change it … . I said it is a Social Services cheque. It’s not like a third-party cheque. “No way would she release that cheque. I said … ‘that is so wrong.’” March 13 was when TD Bank released the money to Harvey. During those 10 days, Harvey said he struggled and couchsurfed longer than he wanted at a friend’s place. Meanwhile, he relied on family to provide him with food. He was later able to move into his apartment without having to pay rent immediately. Based on this incident, Harvey — along with his friend — decided to move his banking business to a different institution. The Moose Jaw Express reached out to the Moose Jaw TD branch for comment. The branch manager initially provided the bank’s hold funds policy, but then deferred all other questions to the national media relations office in Toronto. According to the policy, holds are placed

Prairie South offers update on continuation of school year Larissa Kurz

Following the announcement that schools in Saskatchewan will be closing effective Mar. 20, Prairie South School Division has now issued a letter to parents explaining that teachers will be offering resources to parents to help continue children’s learning while they are at home. The Ministry of Education announced a pause period until Mar. 27, during which all school programming and non-essential services will be ceased entirely. Following Mar. 27, teachers will be reaching out to parents with instructional support and resources for students at home while the indefinite closure of schools is happening. The Ministry of Education and the school division are continually working on creating a plan for students and families to access continued learning opportunities, as well as providing the resources needed for grade 12 students to graduate on time. “We know there is much uncertainty for families and staff, and wish we had all of the answers to your questions,” said the release. “Our goal continues to be to support your children and your family, and we are committed to providing information as we become aware of it.” Families in the division will be contacted as things progress, and Prairie South will be keeping its website and social media current as updates occur.

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The TD Bank branch in Moose Jaw is located on the corner of Main Street and High Street West. Photo by Jason G. Antonio on “cheques or other instruments issued in Canadian dollars that are encoded with magnetic ink character recognition, are not damaged or mutilated, are drawn on a Canadian financial institution including TD Canada Trust” for a certain number of business days. The restrictions include: • Accounts open for less than 90 days: five-day hold • Accounts opened for more than 90 days, but for cheques up to and including $1,500: four-day hold • Accounts opened for more than 90 days

but for cheques more than $1,500: fiveday hold • Cheques or other instruments issued in U.S. dollars drawn on a Canadian financial institution: five-day hold • Cheques or other instruments drawn on a U.S. financial institution: 15-day hold • Cheques or other instruments drawn on a financial institution located outside of Canada or the U.S.: 30-day hold Based on TD Bank’s policy, Harvey’s cheque should only have been held for a maximum of four days. “Please also note that providing immediate access to funds from a cheque is a credit decision that is applied differently for each customer based on a variety of factors including credit history, the length of time a customer has banked with us, and the current status of a customer’s existing accounts,” Ian McColl, manager of corporate and public affairs, said by email. “We cannot comment on specific customer concerns due to privacy regulations. However, we take customer issues very seriously and that’s why we’d like the individual to contact Customer Cares to discuss her/his concerns directly with us.” Customer Cares can be reached at 1-833259-5980 or customer.service@td.com.


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Heartland Hospice stated, “In light of the current COVID 19 developments and in the best interest of all attendees, we have made the decision to postpone the Heartland Hospice “An Evening Under the Stars” slated for Thursday, March 26th, 2020 at the Grant Hall Hotel. “We are excited to announce that the event has been RESCHEDULED for Thursday, September 24th, 2020 at the Grant Hall Hotel “This amazing awareness event promises to be a very special evening and we look forward to sharing it with you in September. “At this moment, tickets are almost sold out and for that amazing response we are truly grateful. As we navigate through this time, we are happy to honor all current ticket purchases for our event on September 24th. If the rescheduled date does not work for

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through this uncertain time in our world today.” About Heartland Hospice Moose Jaw: Heartland Hospice Moose Jaw is committed to providing compassionate, holistic care to those nearing the end of their physical life. The Heartland Hospice vision is to establish a Hospice Palliative Care facility in our community that provides physical, spiritual, social and psychological care for individuals and their families. More information can be found online at www.heartlandhospicemj.com If you have any questions regarding Heartland Hospice Moose Jaw, My Wish or if you wish to provide a donation to Heartland Hospice Moose Jaw please feel free to contact them.

South Hill Fine Foods sees more delivery requests due to COVID-19 fears Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The COVID-19 virus has caused panic-buying among customers all over, particularly for toilet paper and sanitizers, a phenomenon from which South Hill Fine Foods (SHFF) has not been immune. So far the grocery store is doing well and has actually seen an increase in business, said general manager Perry Chambers on March 17. Similar to other stores, SHFF has been short of toilet paper and most cleaning and sanitizing materials. However, a shipment of such supplies was expected to arrive on March 18. “It was crazy in here (last Monday),” he chuckled. “We were busier than at Christmas or Easter or the Thanksgiving weekend. We appreciate the business.” Another item that has been in short supply has been flour and sugar since more people have decided to make their own bread. Chambers pointed out store shelves were filled with flour last weekend, while there was also half a pallet of bags in the back. However, that was all gone by Sunday night. The number of presumptive cases of coro-

navirus in Saskatchewan was eight as of March 17, so the threat — so far — has been low. For cashier Ryland Hutchinson, he hasn’t been too concerned about dealing with customers who could be potentially infected. Instead, he has simply used more hand sanitizer when needed. Most customers have been calm when shopping, but Hutchinson can tell when certain individuals have engaged in panic-buying. Such people have bought more bread, milk, flour, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies. Most staff have not been affected by the hype surrounding COVID-19, said Chambers. Instead, they have stepped up and have increased their customer service. “Deliveries have really picked up,” he continued, “(especially with) phone-in delivery service. It is good, but it takes more manpower, amongst everything else we’re trying to (do to) get everything stocked back up. We’re just trying to keep everything filled (and) try to keep up with all the customers’ wants and needs.” Pratt’s Wholesaler in Winnipeg supplies

Ryland Hutchinson (right), a cashier with South Hill Fine Foods, assists a customer during a relatively quiet Tuesday. The store was busy during the previous weekend, with people stocking up on supplies over fears of the coronavirus. Photo by Jason G. Antonio South Hill Fine Foods with its products and materials. Chambers talked to the warehouse and learned it is still receiving and sending out shipments, but is limiting what it sends. Chambers expects to continue to receive groceries and other items in regular installments.

Some grocery stores in Moose Jaw are offering different shopping hours for customers who are elderly or who might have compromised immune systems so they shop without the regular crowd. The Real Canadian Superstore has set aside Tuesdays and Fridays from 6 to 7 a.m. for seniors and residents with poor health to shop before everyone else. Administration for Prairie Co-op is still determining whether it will offer modified hours for seniors and others. Monitor its social media pages for updates or call the store. Safeway, at this time, has said it is not offering any modified hours. However, that possibly may have changed since Friday, March 20. Check its Facebook page for updates. Walmart has said it is not offering different hours for seniors or residents with compromised immune systems either. Check its website or phone the store for updates.

Working Together in Challenging Times

MLA’s Column

Warren Michelson

Moose Jaw North Warren Michelson, MLA

Premier Scott Moe declared a State of Emergency last week in response to the COVID-19 situation. As the people of Saskatchewan always do, we are working together for the well-being of all. Legislative action has been taken to minimize the financial impact on families and individuals. Amendments to The Saskatchewan Employment Act, supported by all parties, passed to ensure employees have access to job protected leaves during a public health emergency. The proposed amendments to the Act will remove the requirement of 13 consecutive weeks of employment with the employer prior to accessing sick leave; remove the provision requiring a doctor’s note; and introduce a new unpaid public health emergency leave. The impact of COVID-19 on the economy is monumental. As a result, revenue forecasts prepared for the March 18th Provincial Budget release are no longer accurate. Instead of a full budget, Finance Minister Donna Harpauer tabled government spending plans for the upcom-

ing year. The 2020-21 estimates represent an increase of 3.1 per cent from 2019-20, including important investments and spending increases in health care, education, social services, public protection and infrastructure. Once the situation has become more stable, a financial update including revenue forecasts will be released. Fortunately, we have a very strong cash position of $1.3 billion, so we are well-positioned to manage through this challenging time, and are able to provide additional resources to address the health and economic challenges of COVID-19 as required. The government will provide the Saskatchewan Health Authority with a $3.74 billion grant this year, an increase of 3.9 per cent over last year. This funds the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals who today are on the front lines in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, while meeting the health needs of Saskatchewan residents. An increase of $12 million over last year has been targeted for mental health and addictions supports and services. The disruption of the school year is a concern for students, parents and educators. Supports will need to be in place now and when our classrooms re-open. Saskatchewan will increase investment in the coming fiscal year, with capital investments, as well as a $42 million operating budget increase over last year to address enrolment growth, inflation and collective bargaining. The cooperation and compliance of all the people of

Saskatchewan is essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Up–to-date information will continue to be available at http://www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19. It will be challenging for those who are required to be isolated, but support from friends and neighbours will make it easier. Running errands for them and keeping in touch by phone or email are ways we can help. A phone call to someone confined to a care home can relieve their loneliness. The Government of Saskatchewan continues to work collaboratively to maximize the health of the people of our province, and to ensure that families can recover financially when the COVID-19 outbreak has subsided. The Legislative Spring Session has been suspended to limit the spread of infection. Our constituency office will continue to respond to phone calls and emails, but we ask that you do not visit in person at this time. Should you have a matter you would like to discuss, please feel free to call or send an email. May God bless our efforts as we work together in these challenging times. Moose Jaw North Constituency Office: 306-692-8884; moosejawnorthmla@shaw.ca. 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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TRADING THOUGHTS

Paisley concert awesome; Mosaic place management not so awesome The Brad Paisley concert at Mosaic Place was an outstanding entertainment evening. From the first song to the guitar he autographed onstage and handed to a young girl in the front row to his fishing song “I’m Gonna Miss Her” to the remarkable video by Ron Walter screen, this was a fantastic show. The video screens captured members of the large audience enjoying the night, featured global scenes and turned in a cool tribute to the Grand Ole Opry stars. Opening act, McKenzie Porter, showed why she had two number one singles back to back. Alberta star Brett Kissel certainly has grown even more from the time we saw him showcase in Saskatoon at age 15, This was the end of the tour, suddenly cut short by coronavirus precautions. Paisley suggested we in Moose Jaw are lucky to live in the middle of nowhere (supposedly avoiding the virus) and invited everyone to forget their troubles and enjoy the night. We did enjoy. But we still had some nagging troubles that had nothing to do with Paisley’s performance.

We along with hundreds of others paid full price for our tickets. We were disappointed to see these tickets selling at half price in the weeks before the show. Guess we just got sucked in. That discounting practice for concerts is unfair and self-defeating. Once concert-goers catch on — and this discount deal has been offered at Mosaic before – fans will wait until the last minute for discounted ticket prices. This ticket price discounting, done to put bums in the seats when fans hold off, comes to us from the American company Spectra Management contracted by city council after the Mosaic Place board scandal. There are a limited number of Canadian managers who can manage concert venues but when the Mosaic Place board scandal broke I’m told the word got out not to touch Moose Jaw with a 10-foot pole. There would be no need to discount Brad Paisley tickets had Spectra not booked two country music shows backto-back without considering capacity of the market to pay for seats. The Bamford Redneck show, announced in November before Brad Paisley’s concert, was a success, partly from tickets given for Christmas. Days after announcing the Redneck concert Mosaic Place management announced the Brad Paisley concert to happen the day before the Redneck event. It seems as if the Paisley concert was tacked on by Spectra head office to fit the schedule of dozens of facilities

managed by the company. Certainly it seems no consideration was given to the Moose Jaw market’s capacity to fill two country concerts back-to back, thus the ticket discounting. There is no loss to Spectra if these shows lose money. Moose Jaw taxpayers pick up the losses with no limit in the contract. Taxpayers are stuck with this peculiar arrangement for five years. Another troubling matter at the concert was our seats. The row of floor seats we had tickets in no longer existed when we arrived. Middle rows were largely unsold. To make things look better, management eliminated rows of seats and moved fans around to other seats. Staff was great about moving us to new seats and meeting our needs. Why move fans to start with? This was the third concert in a row where our seating was switched in this manner. One time we were moved four times. Great concert, but arena management leaves us in a sour mood. 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.

Lukiwski Constituency Office Closed to Public in Response to COVID-19

Tom Lukiwski Report

MP Moose Jaw-Lake Centre-Lanigan

Lukiwski’s constituency staff will continue to work on-site for the time being but will not receive in-person walk-in visits or appointments from the public. “My staff and I are still here to serve the constituents of Moose Jaw-Lake Centre-Lanigan but, in the interests of public health concerns, we ask

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, Tom Lukiwski MP announced that his Moose Jaw-Lake Centre-Lanigan Tom Lukiwski constituency office was closed as MP Moose Jaw-Lake of Monday, March 16. Centre-Lanigan

that the public contact us by phone or email,” Lukiwski said. Constituents can call 306-691-3577 or email tom.lukiwski@parl.gc.ca “The health and safety of the public and our staff is our top priority. I would like to thank my constituents for their understanding and patience during this difficult time. I would

also like to encourage everyone in the constituency to abide by the advice of health care professionals and follow the recommended practices of hand-washing and social distancing to protect themselves and others from the spread of the disease.”

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Chamber postpones all upcoming events, including MJBEX awards Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce has postponed all of its upcoming events because of Corvid-19 virus, including the annual business excellence awards. The current situation is concerning and there are several issues of which businesses and chamber members need to be aware, Rob Clark, chamber CEO, said in a news release. This includes ensuring members have access to the facts; ensuring the chamber leads with a safety-first message; ensuring it effectively plans for things it can control; and thinking about the post-disaster phase to help enhance economic recovery. “We are following the advice from health experts advising against events and gatherings,” Clark said. “By tak-

ing these precautions, we can mitigate the number of cases.” The chamber has postponed all of its events in March and April until further notice, including: • Finance minister luncheon (March 19, cancelled) • Connects Momentum (March 20) • Business Excellence Awards (MJBEX; April 8) • Energy on Tap (April 16) • Administrative Professionals’ Day luncheon (April 22) “Our first priority is to ensure the wellbeing and safety of our members, our staff and our community by taking the appropriate precautions that contribute to the cessation of any potential spread of COVID–19,” said Clark in the news release.

Besides human health, there will also be the negative effect on the health of the economy to think about, he continued. Companies are seeing their stock prices drop substantially, which means less purchasing of products and services by chamber members. Travel has been reduced dramatically, while more people will simply stay home. Many companies will adjust budgets downward and may have to pass on event tickets or sponsorships. The economy was not stellar before the coronavirus hit and residents should not expect it to grow at double digits afterwards, said Clark. The chamber has the responsibility to help the economy recover quickly, but at the right time. The organization is researching best practices and will provide more

information as necessary to businesses. “Above all, stay positive. Businesses will be seeing their cash registers slowing, and as the voice of business, we must remind people that as with all big economic storms, this too shall pass,” he added. The Moose Jaw Chamber has added to its website links from the Canadian chamber of commerce and provincial government with more information about the coronavirus and business-related topics. The chamber intends to be an information portal for its members during the COVID-19 crisis. For more information visit www.mjchamber.com.

REFLECTIVE MOMENTS

Musical tastes evolve with age and peer pressure

The household in which I was raised was always filled with music, and not just one style. Musical tastes in the family ranged from gospel music from the radio broadcasts of church programs Joyce Walter from the Alliance Tabernacle and ApFor Moose Jaw Express ostolic Temple with ronjoy@sasktel.net Dr. Breen leading the singing in his booming voice — to old-time dance music on Saturday nights from CKCK Radio with Porky Charbonneau. In between there was the rock music of the 1950s and early 1960s, the Beatles, Bobby Curtola and Paul Anka. When television arrived in the house we were exposed to Don Messer and the Islanders, Andy Williams and the Osmond Family, Perry Como and Bing Crosby, the Carlton Showband on the Pig and

Whistle, Anne Murray and friends on Singalong Jubilee and of course, the Ed Sullivan Show. Closer to home, accordion band and solo music was part of the household musical genre, accompanied by Dad on the violin, and in later years, with Mom playing along on the portable organ. We enjoyed band music at the Kinsmen Band Festival, choral music at the music festival, and some light opera at Music in Colour performances at Zion United Church. When CHAB changed to a mostly country format, I as a teenager was not a happy person until I started listening closely to the lyrics which were understandable and told stories of love and heart break. My girlfriends and I quickly learned the songs and belted them out on our road trips to Chaplin or Caronport or Moose Jaw. We especially did excellent versions (in our opinions) of “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” “The Race is On,” “The Last Kiss,” “Brown Eyed Girl” and “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” to the round, “Row Row Row Your Boat.” I still don’t understand why our vocal careers didn’t progress past my Dad’s car.

All of these memories were generated by a news story that suggested musical tastes are developed early in one’s life and are cemented in place by the age of 13 years. A study of musical habits said musical tastes are influenced by friends, what is played on radio, sound tracks from movies and by parents. It appears fathers have the least influence with their children while mothers are more adaptable to what teenagers want to hear on their digital devices. Most parents, according to the study, indicated disappointment with the musical choices of their teenagers. Maybe that explains why my Mother quite often stuffed her ears with Kleenex tissues when she travelled with her singing daughter and her friends. Dad just whistled louder. 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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Cancer affects Mortlach man’s ability to work, support family Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

A diagnosis of a rare form of cancer has affected Wade Johnson’s ability to work and could force the family to move out of their Mortlach home. Johnson, 44, was diagnosed with basal cell adenocarcinoma in March 2019, after doctors found a cancerous lump on the roof of his mouth. It took 15 hours to remove the cancer, in which they used a vein from his foot and skin grafts from his leg to repair his mouth. He then faced several weeks of radiation, which left him without the ability to produce saliva. He has been fed partially through a stomach tube since then. Johnson’s vision began to deteriorate in December, and after an MRI and PET scan, he learned there were spots on his lung. This led to a biopsy and another CT scan, which revealed the same type of cancer was scattered throughout his body and bones. Doctors were unsure how to treat Johnson since they didn’t have any other cases with which to compare this. His oncologist decided he would undergo chemotherapy treatment once a week every three weeks with no expected end date. He would also receive an extra 10 days of radiation to attack the cancer cells. Since Johnson can’t work, his sister Heather Phillips has started a GoFundMe

Wade Johnson and his family. Photo courtesy Heather Phillips campaign to help the family. As of March 13, it had raised $4,590 of the $5,000 goal. Johnson’s morale is not great considering this was a big diagnosis, Phillips said. He had his first chemo treatment on March 11, which left him tired and sick. Howev-

er, that doesn’t mean he has given up. “He has been dealing with this for a year now, so he was ready to fight and do whatever he needs to do…hopefully to get rid of it if he can. However, the (second) diagnosis was worse than any of us were

anticipating or expecting it to be … ,” she continued. Johnson is looking at alternative treatments that might help treat his cancer, said Phillips. He is open to just about anything right now. The family is renting a home in Mortlach but will soon have to move since the property owners want to take back the home. While the Johnsons might have to re-locate, he would prefer to stay in town instead of moving to a bigger centre. To have almost reached the $5,000 GoFundMe goal in one day is awesome, Phillips said. She thought it was amazing that so many people would support the campaign in such a short time. She hoped the money would help her brother’s family, especially since Johnson hasn’t worked in a year. His wife, Laurel, works part-time but is required to drive her husband to his appointments. “They are in a tough spot right now,” Phillips added. Phillips plans to keep the GoFundMe campaign going for awhile longer. She is still receiving emails and other communications from people interested in helping out. Once the goal is surpassed, she might increase it again.

BIZWORLD

By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Silver/green lining appears in impacts from coronavirus clouds The coronavirus sweeping the globe will change our lifestyle practices. Some changes will be swift, some gradual. A new worry about hygiene and public health will come swiftly and increase the use of alcohol-based sanitizers. Political campaign promises might extend to providing hand sanitizers in every room, on every street corner. The practice of distancing to avoid infection has already seen thousands of people being asked to work from home – a practice that could become much more common after coronavirus is beaten. An estimated 1.7 million Canadians already work from their homes, with eight million Americans doing the same. The implications of a gradual and partial shift of employees to home work from the work place are immense. Less real estate will be needed and less energy will be used to heat and cool all that real estate. Society will begin turning back the clock by 250 years to the pre-Industrial Revolution era when the home was the most common place of work, then replaced by factories with dehumanizing machines. This shift has the opportunity to improve the quality of family life. More family presence in the home and time to play, even partake of meals together, could change lifestyles and family togetherness. The restaurant industry could suffer as people choose

to stay at home and cook at home. Certainly all the workers at home will cut into the lunch hour business. On the food scene, a larger stay-at-home population could ingrain general acceptance of the booming $1.5 billion annual meal kit delivery industry. Out-of-home day care centres could sustain loss of clients as more parents are home to care for their children. The entertainment business faces revolutionary changes from fewer live concert events, even greater use of online media to use of movie theatres to simulate live concerts. Shopping habits, already experiencing significant shifts to online purchases and home delivery, will only grow online buying. Staying at home and spending less on outside items could result in a decrease to the overwhelmingly high consumer debt. Proposals by government to send cheques to persons left without income due to coronavirus present an experiment in guaranteed income. Once governments start printing money to replace lost income the temptation to continue on an intermittent or permanent basis will be overwhelming. The most significant impact from coronavirus could be on the environment. Fewer workers in offices will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution from transportation and cut

highway congestion. Twice now, the world has witnessed sudden reduction in pollution from measures taken to stem the sweep of coronavirus Just a week after the closure of the Wuhan region in China, satellite maps clearly showed pollution had practically disappeared. Days after northern Italy was closed the same reduction in pollution over that region was noticed. The incidence of coronavirus has shown the world how pollution and climate change can be tackled, how a truly sustainable world would work. The cost of tackling pollution in this manner, higher rates of unemployment during the shift, low growth or no growth economies, may be too high for political leaders and the public to accept. A sustainable economy under these conditions would require a change of lifestyle from producing and consuming/accumulating ever more stuff to providing just the basics we need to live. The opportunity is there. Is the price too high? 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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From The Kitchen

D o u b l e re c i p e s to s h a re w i t h e lde r l y, f r ie n ds i n n e e d By Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express

In a time of crisis, community members are known for assisting their neighbours and checking in with the elderly to make sure they are safe and healthy. One way to help would be to make extra batches of homemade soup or stew to share with residents who might not be up to preparing their own meals. Most recipes may be doubled to provide extra servings that may be shared immediately or frozen in small portions for easy use when needed. ••• Diet Miracle Soup 5 cups water 2 cans tomatoes 1 medium cabbage shredded 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 celery stalk, diced 1/4 green pepper, chopped 1 pkg. onion soup mix

Simmer all ingredients for 45 minutes, adding more water, if necessary. Makes 14 cups. Spoon into two-cup containers for sharing or freezing. One cup equals 40 calories. •••

Sweet and Sour Stew 2 lbs. round steak, cubed 1/4 cup flour 1 tsp. salt 1/4 cup shortening 1 cup water 1/2 cup ketchup 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup vinegar 1 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce 1 cup chopped onion 3 cups carrots, celery, parsnips, etc., cut into 1/2 inch pieces

Coat meat pieces in a mixture of flour and salt. Brown in hot shortening. Add water, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar and Worcestershire Sauce to meat and mix well. Add onions and mix again. Cook, uncovered on low heat for 60-90 minutes. Add vegetables and continue cooking until meat is tender, about one more hour. Scoop into individual, microwave safe containers, freeze for later use or share to be reheated. Makes 6-8 servings. •••

Oatmeal Cookies 1/2 cup butter 2/3 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/4 cup milk 1 cup flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. nutmeg 1/2 tsp. salt 1 cup rolled oats

Combine butter and sugar and cream well. Beat eggs then add with the milk to the butter mixture. Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix with rolled oats then add egg and milk mixture. Mix well. Drop by teaspoons onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Cool on racks. Store in cookie bags, freeze or share. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

Session on camera tips at Public Library creates conversation The Moose Jaw Public Library hosted a public information session about how to use a camera and smartphone, which led a handful of members of the public to exchange their tips and knowledge about photo-taking. The hour-long session welcomed anyone with an interest in learning more about using different types of cameras, and Library facilitator Christina Hinds was pleased to see the group gathered offer their own knowledge to each other. “That’s what we’re all here for, is to help each other out because it can be a scary road when you’re learning about technology like phones, cameras, everything,” said Hinds. Topics discussed ranged from using different types of storage devices for photos like external hard drives, USBs, and photo sticks — which plug right into a smartphone and download photos from the camera roll — to different ways to

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edit photos. Smartphones offer different editing selections, as do most basic photo programs on computers, and there are many free photo editing software programs available to download online — such as GIMP, a popular editing program similar to Photoshop that is free to use and download. The most important piece of advice of-

fered to anyone hoping to learn their camera was to play around and discover the device’s settings and become familiar with what you can do. Hinds was pleased with the turnout at the session and was glad to see the attendees offering each other advice to answer the questions that were raised. “Everybody has questions and answers

and we want to be able to help people out,” said Hinds. “Today they were able to bounce them off each other, back and forth, and get ideas and suggestions and that was wonderful.” Hinds also noted that the MJPL also hosts a weekly technology help program called Tech Time, every Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. that may be of interest. Please confirm if the program is still on-going during the Covid-19 health issue. Library employees are on hand for halfhour sessions where they will help patrons, one-on-one, with any questions they have about their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. “For some, it’s as easy as ‘how do I use my phone to get on the internet or my laptop?’ or ‘how do I download my photos on my tablet?’” said Hinds. “It could be basic questions, it could be difficult ones. We try to do what we can to help you.”

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A Moose Jaw teacher has been honoured with a national award for her efforts to promote fitness in school and encourage kids to be active while at home. Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) recently recognized St. Michael School teacher Malinda Strueby as a quality daily physical education (QDPE) champion. PHE Canada has featured one QDPE champion per month since September; Strueby is the featured educator for March. QDPE provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and habits to lead physically active lives now and forever, according to the PHE Canada website. A QDPE program consists of balanced, planned and meaningful content taught by competent and enthusiastic educators. “It was certainly an honour. Working with the staff and the teachers and the (school) administration, it’s very easy to deliver QDPE,” said Strueby, who has spent the past two years at St. Michael. “We have students who are very active and appreciate physical education and health … . It was definitely a collective effort of more than one person. It involved all of us. “It’s also an affirmation that staff, students, family and community members are taking physical and health literacy as an important part of their education — that was a nice a-ha moment.” This is the third time Strueby has been recognized in her 12-year career in this area. In 2017 the Saskatchewan Physical Education Association (SPEA) presented her with a career award for her dedication to physical education. PHE Canada also recognized her with a young professionals’ award a decade ago.

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Malinda Strueby teaches at St. Michael School. She was recently recognized with a national award for promoting healthy living and physical fitness in school. Photo courtesy Malinda Strueby Meanwhile, PHE Canada recognized St. Michael School for the 2018-19 year as a QDPE institution. The school received one star — out of a possible four — along with a banner and plaque to honour its efforts in physical education. This was the second-straight year the school had been recognized. It’s important to stay connected to the curriculum and current trends in physical education and health literacy, Strueby explained. She has had many different career experiences that she can communicate to students. She also feels lucky to work with students, staff and the school community who embrace QDPE. The school’s administrative team shows great leadership since promotes a healthy lifestyle regularly, she continued. Team members coach sports and even help with in-

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tramurals, which shows that they are good role models. Strueby embraces the curriculum’s focus on relationships, with PhysEd classes as the vehicle to achieve that. Students are encouraged to create relationships with one another, their space, their activity, and with themselves. This is connected to the other goal of PhysEd of skilful movement, where students learn physical literacy skills or basic movement patterns. The third strand of physical education is active living, where students learn well at an early age so they can be confident and active movers, will participate, can relate to others and can be positive role models in the gym, Strueby added. While Strueby taught high school system for a decade, she tells her young students today that they have physical education activities for the rest of their lives. This means their job is to go home every day and play, be active, or find an activity they like. Being healthy ensures they will learn better since physical literacy is as important as math literacy or learning to read and write, she continued. Her job is to make moving as fun as possible so they have positive experiences for life. She also likes to check on the students to see if they are following her advice if she runs into them at a recreational centre. The response from elementary students is usually positive; they smile, wave, give her hugs and give her high-fives. “Activity doesn’t have to be competitive; it has to be fun and meaningful,” Strueby added. “They need to understand that moving is meaningful and a part of life and it keeps them healthy and well … and happy.”

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Province to spend $14.15 billion this year, up 3.1 per cent from last year By Moose Jaw Express staff

Finance Minister Donna Harpauer tabled the provincial government’s 2020-21 estimates on March 18, which shows the government’s spending plans for the coming year. The 2020-21 estimates represent $14.15 billion of government expense through ministries and agencies, an increase of 3.1 per cent from 2019-20, which includes important investments and spending increases in health care, education, social services and infrastructure, according to a news release. The government is taking the unusual step of tabling the spending estimates without revenue forecasts for the coming year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “This is an unprecedented and challenging time in our province, our country and the world,” Harpauer said. “We are all feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our government’s first priority is the safety and health of Saskatchewan people. That is precisely why we need to proceed with these expenditures now, providing stability and much needed new spending at the start of the fiscal year. It is particularly important our health-care funding flows and our infrastructure investment is in place to help our economy. “We have a very strong cash position of $1.3 billion, so we are well positioned to manage through this challenging time, and are able to provide additional resources to address the health and economic challenges of COVID-19 as required.” Capital investment of $2.7 billion by Crown corporations and executive government will serve as an important economic stimulus during this challenging time, the news release said. Health funding The Ministry of Health’s expense is $5.77 billion, a record investment and an increase of more than $211 million, or 3.8 per cent, from one year ago. The government will provide the Saskatchewan Health Authority with a $3.74 billion grant this year, an increase of $140.6 million, or 3.9 per cent over last year. This funds the doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals who on the front lines against the COVID-19 pandemic. Health funding includes $434.5 million for mental health and addictions supports and services, including a targeted increase of $12 million compared to last year, with nearly $5.8 million to support addictions initiatives and a further $6.2 million to fund enhanced mental health

services. This spending will establish specialized crystal meth in-patient treatment services in Estevan, increase access to mental health and addictions treatment beds and supports, and provide for intensive supports for children and youth. An additional $20 million is being provided to address surgical wait times and pay for about 3,700 additional surgeries, helping thousands of Saskatchewan patients receive their procedures sooner. The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency will receive a further $18.4 million, up more than 10 per cent compared to last year, bringing its annual grant to a record $196.4 million. Nearly $8 million in new funding for 36 acute care beds at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon and $2.3 million for 100 new community-based long-term care beds in Regina and Emerald Park are being provided. Education funding The Ministry of Education’s expense is $2.57 billion, an increase of $86 million, or 3.5 per cent from 2019-20. Saskatchewan’s 27 school divisions will receive $1.94 billion in operating funding for the 2020-21 school year — a $42 million-increase over last year to address enrolment growth, inflation and collective bargaining. The Ministry of Social Services’ expense is $1.29 billion, up $50.6 million or 4.1 per cent from 2019-20. Increased funding of $10.9 million to third-party service providers includes a $6.8 million-increase for those who work with people with intellectual disabilities. Service providers supporting at-risk children, youth and families will receive a $2.5 million increase. There is $739 million, an increase of $11.2 million, for the Ministry of Advanced Education for post-secondary institutions

and to strengthen supports for students and graduates, including maintaining the Graduate Retention Program — the most aggressive youth retention program in Canada, the news release said. Vaccine funding There is an increase in funding to the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Organization (VIDO) to support construction of a new vaccine manufacturing plant. A VIDO research team is working with colleagues across Canada to develop and fast-track the testing of a coronavirus vaccine. A record $278 million in Municipal Revenue Sharing is being provided through the Ministry of Government Relations. Revenue sharing is up nearly $27 million from last year, or 11 per cent, and up almost 119 per cent since 2007-08. This year’s estimates include more than $213 million in targeted investment to help meet the priorities of Aboriginal communities, businesses and organizations — up $6.1 million, or nearly three per cent, from last year. There is more than $85 million for the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency, which supports the province’s people, municipalities and service providers, and is positioned to address any emergency that may arise. There is a $1.7 million-increase in expense for the Gang Violence Reduction Strategy to address gun and gang activity. There is also an increase of $14 million to fund operations of community-service organizations that provide vital contributions —strengthening families and assisting those who are most vulnerable. PST rebate A PST rebate for new home construction is being provided, of up to 42 per cent of the PST paid on a new house contract up to $350,000, excluding the land, for new

homes purchased after March 31, 2020, and before April 1, 2023. This not only helps the construction industry, Saskatchewan’s homebuilders and associated trades that are important job creators, it helps families afford a newly built home, the news release said. The Oil Infrastructure Investment Program is being introduced. It is a SaskFirst new growth tax incentive that the Ministry of Energy and Resources is administering to support new and expanded pipelines, as well as new pipeline terminals, to flow oil to markets. The government is also committed to investing in capital, the news release said. In 2020-21 seven new school projects and three major renovation projects are part of $130.4 million in education capital funding — up nearly $35 million, or more than 36 per cent, compared to last year. New school construction This year’s projects include a new jointuse elementary school in Harbour Landing in Regina, as well as a joint-use consolidation of St. Peter, St. Michael and Imperial elementary schools in Regina. Other new school projects include St. Frances Elementary School in Saskatoon, the consolidation of Princess Alexandra, King George and Pleasant Hill elementary schools in Saskatoon, and a new consolidated elementary and high school in Carrot River. Nearly $142 million in health care capital spending this year includes $15 million to support the planning, design and procurement activities for the more than $300 million project for a renewed and expanded Prince Albert Victoria Hospital. Also, a $15.7 million investment will continue construction of a new, 72-bed, long-term seniors’ care home in Meadow Lake. There is also $4.0 million for diagnostic imaging equipment, including $2.0 million to fulfil government’s commitment for a new CT scanner in Melfort. Infrastructure upgrades Nearly $648 million will be spent to improve safety and increase the capacity of Saskatchewan’s highways. More than 1,000 kilometres of provincial highways will be upgraded in 2020-21, the news release said. This year’s estimates include nearly $166 million for municipal projects. There are also plans by the Crown corporations to invest $1.7 billion over the next year for upgrades to improve services provided by SaskPower, SaskTel and SaskEnergy.

Province will act to protect residents during COVID-19, says finance minister Saskatchewan Finance Minister Donna Harpauer delivered the 2020-21 budget on March 18 and acknowledged that the provincial government was asked to wait to announce the budget until after normalcy returned. “Today’s 2020-21 budget estimates are being delivered at a challenging time in our province, our country and the world. Given everything that has changed in the past few weeks, some are asking, why go ahead with the estimates at all today? Why not wait?” Harpauer said in a news release. The main investments in this spending plan for the upcoming year provide stability and include significant spending lifts in many areas — including health — and significant economic stimulus through capital spending, she continued. The people of Saskatchewan need that right now. If the province didn’t proceed with tabling the estimates, it wouldn’t be able to move ahead with any new spending initiatives or stimulus as it starts the new fiscal year. “Is it enough to fully address the impact of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan? Nothing is certain right now. More may have to be done to address both the health and economic impacts of COVID-19,” Harpauer said. “At this point, the full impact of federal measures is uncertain.

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We may have to make adjustments to address the economic fallout caused by this pandemic. “We fully recognize that this may mean a deficit. Our government will act to protect Saskatchewan people. We will take the necessary actions, provide the required resources, and provide regular financial updates throughout the year.” This year’s estimates include record-spending for the Ministry of Health of $5.77 billion, an increase of $211 million or nearly 3.8 per cent from last year, the news release said. That includes $3.74 billion, an increase of $140.6 million or nearly four per cent, for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. This funds the doctors, nurses, and other health-care professionals who are battling against COVID-19, while also meeting all the other health needs. The 2020-21 estimates will initiate $2.7 billion in infrastructure investment that will create an economic stimulus and create jobs at this challenging time, added Harpauer. Saskatchewan is in a strong financial position to meet these challenges head-on. Saskatchewan has: • One of the lowest net debt-to-GDP ratios in the country; • $1.3 billion in cash reserves;

• Shifted reliance on resource revenues from a high of 32 per cent to the current 12 per cent, of which oil has declined from 13.3 per cent to 4.7 per cent; • A significant increase in health funding that delivers major capital funding to keep the economy strong. For more information visit www.saskatchewan.ca.

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Rebecca Garner, Kirsty Kindrachuk, Ashley Erickson and Elicia Weibe pose with their ‘diplomas’ with WestJet fight attendants. Briercrest.ca photo

Flying High: Clippers women’s volleyball team hold grad ceremony at 39,000 feet Cancellation of classes as team travelled home from national championship leads to special gesture by WestJet flight crew Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

When the Briercrest Clippers women’s volleyball team saw their season come to an end at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association national championships, there was still plenty to look forward to back home. Especially for the team’s four fourth-year players, the chance to wrap up their classes and graduate from the local college and seminary was an opportunity all were looking forward to. But moments before they were to board their flight from Quebec City, dire news came from back home in Caronport: Briercrest College was suspending on-campus education effective that Monday, and the graduation ceremony for Apr. 17-18 was likely to be cancelled. And just like that, not only was the Clippers’ season over, but for many their academic careers as well – an especially tough situation for seniors Ashley Erickson, Rebecca Garner, Kirsty Kindrachuk and Elicia Weibe. Disappointment and sadness followed, to say the least But WestJet was having none of it, as revealed in an article by Julie Thiessen on www.briercrest.ca detailing exactly what happened next. “It was a whirlwind of finishing our volleyball careers and then that night finding out that school was closing for the rest of the year and we were going to have to do online classes,” Erickson said. “No grad ceremony, no athletic banquet, everything was an abrupt ending from that day.” Team chaplain Joelle Epp mentioned the situation to a TOWN OF ROULEAU 2020 ASSESSMENT ROLL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Assessment Roll for the Town of Rouleau for the year 2020 has been prepared and is open to inspection in the office of the assessor from 8:30am - 4:00pm on the following days: Monday to Friday, March 30th to April 30th, 2020 A Bylaw pursuant to section 214 of “The Municipalities Act” has been passed and the assessment notices have been sent as required. Any person who wishes to appeal against their assessment is required to file their notice of appeal in writing accompanied by a $75.00 fee for each assessment being appealed which will be returned if the appeal is successful, with: The Assessor, Town of Rouleau, Box 250, Rouleau, SK S0G 4H0 by the 30th day of April, 2020. Dated this, 16th day of March, 2020. Guy Lagrandeur, Assessor

WestJet flight attendant, setting off a chain of events that would lead to one of the most memorable graduation ceremonies in recent history. “As soon as they heard her say that, they got so excited and started asking us to write down the degrees we would be receiving,” Erickson said. “About five minutes later they started our impromptu, 39,000 feet above ground, graduation ceremony.” As described by the website, using the on-flight announcement system, the crew of Flight 655 called out the names and diplomas of each senior player, humming “Pomp and Circumstance” as they walked the center aisle to receive homemade diplomas that read “West Jet Diploma of Excellence.” “It was honestly the sweetest act during such a confusing and changing time in our lives,” said Kindrachuk. “But as small and impromptu [as] the ‘ceremony’ may have been, it was so kind that they took the time to do something out of the ordinary and celebrate with us during a flight. “The four of us felt extremely blessed to experience that, and we need to recognize these small acts of kind customer service that make people feel valued and important during times like these!” And the Clippers received some good news upon returning home – they would graduate after all, during a re-scheduled ceremony this fall. For the full article, including video of the ceremony, check out https://www.briercrest.ca/post/graduation-inthe-air-for-Briercrest-senior-athletes

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Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame may extend nomination deadline New website offers look at past inductees, forms to nominate potential new entrants Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

It might seem like it would be immune to the effects of COVID-19 on society, but even the Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame is having to alter their plans as things gradually shutdown throughout the country. The nomination deadline was originally set for Mar. 31, but based on current events, the deadline might be extended depending on how things turn out in the near future. While no nominations have been submitted as of yet, past induction classes have filled up closer to the deadline, something Hall of Fame president Larry Graham expects will be the case this time especially if everyone who has inquired about nominations sends one in. “We’ve had some feelers from people who are thinking about submitting nominations, so we’re hopeful for that,” he said. “We have people who said they were going to send them in but we just don’t have them in hand yet.” The deadline is well in advance of the October induction ceremony in order to give plenty of time to prepare. But if COVID-19 pushes things back, they’ll find a way to make things work. “In light of the pandemic and stuff, we suspended our recent meeting schedule and we’re going to do everything by e-mail and phone calls,” Graham said. “I think we’ll review how many nominations we get after the 31st and then make a decision if we want to extend the deadline. “We have some slack there, it’s not unusual to extend it to April 15th or even the 30th, and considering the state

Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame board member Ken Bradley and Jana Garinger – on behalf of 2019 inductee Bill Johnston – unveil the 2019 inductees. of the country right now, we might even postpone to later because we aren’t even going to meet to process nominations [until later], anyway.” One thing that’s for certain is there are still plenty of folks in the community that could be added to the Wall of Fame, located on the second floor mezzanine in Mosaic Place. “Last year we had another good crop again, and we get word from people who are working on them, but then we get people out of nowhere that we never expect,” Graham said. “So that’s always good news. Then every year we get some nominations we have to send back to folks and

ask for more information or not the kind of nominations we’re accepting just yet. But it’s still a pretty good piece of work, we probably reviewed an inch and a half of paper just looking through,” he added. “It makes for some pretty interesting reading, what people have done and certainly lots of stuff I’m not familiar with. There’s always something that surprises you that you didn’t know about or hear about.” Folks looking for more information and to find nomination forms can check out the Hall of Fame’s redesigned website, which now features information on the current inductees as well of plenty of other tidbits about the Hall’s history. The new look site came through a partnership with Sask Polytech, where a business information class offered to redesign and improve the page as part of their regular classwork. “The four of them completely redid it and did a fantastic job,” Graham said. “It’s nice to have another community partner in the fold, it’s a partnership that’s worked out really well. Grandma and Grandpa can show it off and say ‘hey, there’s grandma, look what she did’ or look at what their friends did. So that’s always a nice thing to have for people.” The Hall of Fame website can be found at http://www. mjdshf.com.

Clippers Erickson named CCAA player of the year

Women’s volleyball fifth-year caps career with national honour, Coleman named CCAA All-Canadian for men’s volleyball Moose Jaw Express Staff

The Briercerst College Clippers women’s volleyball team enjoyed one of their best Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference seasons in team history, and when it came time to honour the best players in Canada, it became that much better. Fifth-year setter Ashley Erickson was named the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Player of the Year during the CCAA national championship banquet on Mar. 11, capping an impressive season and career that saw her emerge as one of the offensive leaders on the team. Erickson, a two-time CCAA All-Canadian, commanded Briercrest’s offence, which averaged 11.23 kills per set. She ranked second in the conference with 9.05 assists per set and in October became the ACAC’s all-time assists leader with 3,727 assists. She joined fellow final year players Rebecca Garner and Kirsty Kindrachuk in leading Briercrest College to a 22-2 record and first place in the South Division, emerging as the top-scoring team in the ACAC in the process.

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“Ashley is first and foremost a tremendous person whose selfless leadership has set the culture of our team for the past five years,” said Clippers head coach Nolan Weinmaster. “Her whole career, she has been making everyone around her better and giving our team the opportunity to succeed because of the often unnoticed, but incredibly important things she does so consistently well.” The Clippers also received good news from the men’s volleyball side of things,

as Karym Coleman was honoured as a CCAA All-Canadian. A second-year player who hails from Belize City, Belize and plays for the Belizean national team, Colman had earlier won ACAC player of the year honours after leading the league with five points and 4.36 kills per set. He added 36 aces and 119 kills in 91 sets through the season. “Karym Coleman has been such an asset for our team this year,” said men’s volleyball head coach Nigel Mullan. “He has an

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exceptional ability to rise to the occasion and perform under pressure. He understands how to be effective in many situations and against a variety of opponents. I have also appreciated Karym’s desire to see the team be successful and how hard he has worked in games to make that happen.” Off the court, Coleman values the relationships he’s built during his time in Canada. “What I have enjoyed about playing on the team is the brotherhood that it brings,” Coleman said. “The guys try so hard to make everyone feel welcomed and important. On and off the court, the guys do things together that build strong bonds and better chemistry. And overall, I like that everyone tries hard to contribute and be a meaningful part of the team.” The Clippers finished the ACAC season with a 14-10 record and reached the semifinal before falling to Red Deer.


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Warriors season continues in virtual arena

Team playing games on NHL 20, streaming to Twitch as source of extra entertainment for fans If the Western Hockey League were currently playing, Jagger Firkus and Garrett Wright would likely be among a handful of Moose Jaw Warriors up for weekly league awards. With Firkus coming off a hat trick against the Prince Albert Raiders and Wright a four-goal performance against the Brandon Wheat Kings, the potential would be there for a positive piece of news for the Tribe heading into their final weekend of the season. Now, you’re asking, how is this possible, considering the WHL cancelled the remainder of the regular season earlier this week and games haven’t be played since Mar. 13? Through the magic of EA Sports NHL 20 video game, an Xbox 1 console and Twitch.tv! The Warriors played five simulated games after the COVID-19 pandemic brought sports across Canada screeching to a halt, falling 20-19 to Prince Albert on Mar. 14, dropping a 9-2 decision in Winnipeg on Mar. 16 and scoring four in the third to take an 8-6 win over Brandon on Mar. 18.

Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express They followed this past weekend with a 4-2 win in Regina on Mar. 20 and 9-7 victory on Mar. 21 to close out the season. All five contests have been treated as actual games by Warriors manager of video and web services Steven Turner, who has posted video highlights to Twitter much as the team would on a regular game night. “He made sure our roster was up to date, we didn’t go anything with the lines and just hit simulate and let it go,” explained The Warriors celebrate the game-winWarriors director of hockey administra- ning goal in Brando tion James Gallo. “No one is playing it, two weeks remaining in the regular seawe just let it do its own thing and see what son. happens. “[General manager] Alan [Millar] kind of “Then the way we would do a game, the talked to Steven and I and we were lookset-up is Steven would do the tweeting ing for ways to try and engage the fans a of the goals and the hits and that kind of bit more in what is a tough time,” Gallo stuff, so we just decided we’d do the same explained. “We did this last Thursday and thing we do as a normal game. The games then on Friday night we saw Brandon had are being simmed, he’s clipping and putdone one and that kind of sparked us some ting those clips out on social media and more, so we went ahead and did it. it’s pretty much the way we’d do a regular “It went over really well and we’ve just game.” kind of kept at it.” The plan came out of the Warriors looking The games can be found at http://twitch. to find a way to continue fan engagement tv/mjwarriors and are free to view. in light of the season being cancelled with

In case folks are wondering about the realism of watching such a stream, well, Mosaic Place has a distinctly NHL-arena feel to it and the video presentation is similar to an NHL broadcast, but the players and teams right down to the uniforms and rosters are identical. EA Sports has been involved in the CHL for over a decade at this point, including a ‘Be A Pro’ mode where player can start their career in the WHL as a 16-year-old and play right through their NHL hockey career through to retirement. The realism of on-ice play can be jarring at points, seeming as realistic as an actual game at first glance. And that’s what drew the Warriors to the idea. “Right now, everybody is looking for something to smile about and something to have fun with in a serious situation,” Gallo said. “It’s just a fun way to engage, I think right now at a time like this sports is secondary and this is also a way to have fun and make people smile, and having a chance to smile in a time like this can be pretty important.”

Visitor Restrictions at all SHA Facilities The Saskatchewan Health Authority is asking for the public’s support and cooperation to contain the spread of the COVID-19 illness by following visiting restrictions now in place at all SHA facilities throughout Saskatchewan. VISITORS are not permitted in any Saskatchewan Health Authority operated hospitals, clinics, community and continuing care facilities, except for compassionate reasons. Compassionate reasons may include immediate family during end-of-life care, family of patients prior to a major

surgery or visitors aiding in clinical care (at the discretion of the patient’s care provider). These enhanced restrictions came into effect Monday, March 16, 2020 and are in place until further notice. The Saskatchewan Health Authority said in a press release, “We acknowledge the importance of family support to both those who are healing within our hospitals and residents in long-term care homes. However, we are asking families and visitors for their cooperation in following these restrictions. We encourage families to consider virtual visiting through electronic applications such 20034BS0 20034BS1

as Facetime, Skype and WhatsApp.” Under no circumstances should you visit if you have a respiratory, gastric or flu-like symptoms (common cold/ diarrhea/ vomiting), or if you have travelled outside of Saskatchewan in the past 14 days. All community, foundation and other public and spiritual gatherings within any SHA-operated facility remain on hold effective immediately until further notice. Services provided by community volunteers who are 65 years of age or older, in non-essential service areas are also suspended.

Some explanations for toilet paper hoarding By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express

The toilet paper hoarding craze began soon after corona virus was discovered. Images on television and social media of people struggling to buy toilet paper and emptying store shelves in Hong Kong swept across the globe like a wild prairie fire. People saw the craze. Fearing a shortage they bought all the they could, assuming that toilet paper, like so many products on store shelves, comes from China. North America supplies its own toilet paper and manufacturers have said there will be no shortage. That is a so-called rational explanation for the hoarding madness. According to some experts from Australia where the craze caught on after Hong Kong, the toilet paper craze has deeper roots. Niki Edward of the School of Public Health and Social Work at Queensland University had this take on the issue for the World Economic Forum online service. “Toiler paper symbolizes control. We use it to “tidy up” and “clean up.” It deals with a bodily function that is somewhat taboo. “When people hear about the corona virus they are afraid of losing control. And toilet paper feels like a way to maintain control over hygiene and cleanliness.” Alex Russell from the Queensland University School of Health Medical and Applied Sciences had a different outlook. “People aren’t only stockpiling toilet paper. All sorts of items are sold out like face masks and hand sanitizer. “People are scared and they’re hunkering down. They’re buying what they need and one of the items is toilet paper. Some people “use toilet paper as tissues” and feel they will need it if the virus strikes. And there are no substitutions for toilet paper. The corona virus does not cause diarrhoea. The toilet paper craze has become so strong armed robbers in Hong Kong stole $600 worth in a heist. In Moose Jaw two older men had words over the last rolls on the shelf in a local grocery store. The store had a large toilet paper display near the front door. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net


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Provincial gov’t to provide health-care staff with child-care services

The provincial government plans to re-purpose childcare centres in schools to support health-care staff and employees who are delivering pandemic-related services, beginning March 23. Child-care centres in schools have been closed to clients since March 20, while parents have been receiving communication directly from their child-care providers about this change, according to a news release. “We thank the child-care providers in schools for working with us during this extraordinary time to provide this essential service for our health care and other pandemic response service employees,” said Gordon Wyant, deputy premier and education minister. “We know the impact this change has on families, but during these times we are looking for everyone to contribute to the support for the broad community response to the COVID-19 virus.” Priority for these spaces will be given to staff in health care and other pandemic response workers who have infant, toddler, pre-school or school-age children, and

Moose Jaw Express staff who require care as those individuals continue to provide support in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The list of eligible people for the emergency and pandemic response child care spaces includes: • Employees directly related to providing essential services in health care including employees working in hospitals, long-term care homes, community and primary health, home care, personal care homes, labs, pharmacies, COVID-19 assessment and testing sites, scheduling departments, and payroll departments including nurses, physicians and physician clinic staff, emergency medical services staff, and other staff essential to the operations of these buildings/departments; • Employees working directly in child protection, income assistance, and community living connected to the Ministry of Social Services; • Employees working directly in residential services connected to the Ministry of Social Services; • Child-care centre employees of licensed child-care

buildings; • Employees directly related to providing essential services in SaskPower, SaskEnergy, SaskTel, water and wastewater management; • Employees directly related to providing essential services for police and fire. Employers have been notified to provide information to those workers related to the pandemic, the news release said. An application and information about the process for those who are delivering services related to the pandemic response is available on www.saskatchewan.ca/ coronavirus. Child-care centres not located in schools can continue to operate as normal, while government funding will continue to be provided. Any changes regarding closures will be based on the advice of the chief medical health officer of Saskatchewan.

Food Bank adapting amidst coronavirus measures and expected rise in need

The Moose Jaw & District Food Bank is doing its best to continue providing its services to Moose Jaw amidst the province’s updated COVID-19 precautionary measures and the expected influx of clients. As of now, the Food Bank remains open and is offering hampers to the public as usual, and staff are working hard to ensure that they are prepared for clients each day. The Food Bank has implemented a change in safety measures to protect both its clients and volunteers and staff. “These measures are also in place to ensure we can keep our doors open, especially at this critical time right now. So we just ask that everyone can be patient with us,” said Deann Little, development manager at the Food Bank. Volunteers are still welcome to offer their help, although some have chosen to stay home for personal reasons, said Little. Little is expecting to see a rise in need over the coming weeks, and so the Food Bank is doing its best to be prepared for the increase in traffic. “We have been extra busy, above our normal [amount of traffic] but we have been able to meet it so far with not a problem,”

Larissa Kurz said Little. “The staff here are moving at which issues a charitable receipt, and lit- vices will be provided on their Facebook double speed to get things done, some- tle encourages anyone with questions to page, which is also where clients may times coming in early and staying late just reach out at 1 (306) 692-2911. message the organization if the phone line to ensure that we’re ready always for the Updates about the Food Bank and its ser- is busy. next day.” They have even added an extra hamper pickup day on Wednesday for the foreseeable future, to help meet demand. The Food Bank has been open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Monday to Friday as of Mar. 18. Little said that this week saw a drop in the number of items gathered from the Food Bank’s donations bins around the city — possibly due to more people avoiding public places like grocery stores — but for now, they are feeling well-stocked The Moose Jaw & District Food Bank is now open every day from Monday to Frito handle what’s coming due to the reday, as they expect to see more people using their hamper service in the next while. cord-breaking number of donations last year. For right now, the most useful way to help the Food Bank in the coming weeks is to give monetary donations. “At this point in time, it is vital that we do get the monetary donations coming in because then we can purchase what is needed the most at our Food Bank to help those in need right now,” said Little. The Food Bank can accept monetary donations online through their website,

Moose Jaw Police Service suspends some services during pandemic

Moose Jaw Express staff The Moose Jaw Police Service is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and is in constant communication with the community’s public health office, but is changing its operations to keep its staff safe. “The Moose Jaw Police service is committed to the safety of the citizens of the community and its staff and has implemented policy and procedures to maintain policing levels during this difficult time,” a news release said. “It is important to remain informed and diligent during this time and to gain information and advice through reliable sources.” The police service directed anyone with questions about the pandemic to visit www. saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus. The Moose Jaw Police Service will continue to provide all essential emergency services to the community through this challenging time, the news release continued. Though the building at 21 Fairford Street West remains open to the public, if possible all general police-related inquiries should be made by calling the non-emergency line at 306-6947600, rather than attending the police station. For immediate emergencies call 911. Until further notice criminal record checks, inspection tickets and civilian fingerprinting will be suspended. Where necessary other arrangements may be made by calling 306-694-7611. The police service is asking the public to co-operate in reporting any symptoms of COVID-19 when using emergency services to assist members in determining an appropriate response. Additional questions may be asked by officers or communications staff as the service aims to ensure everyone’s health and safety. “The Moose Jaw Police Service wants to again reassure the public that we are well trained and prepared to manage our community’s safety in the face of COVID-19,” the news release added. “We ask that you consider the best way we can serve you as we work hard to keep our staff safe so that we can keep the community safe.”

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Sask Polytech cancels classes amid COVID-19 outbreak Online classes among methods planned to reduce risk of disease transmission Moose Jaw Express Staff

As measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 continue throughout the province and across Canada, Saskatchewan Polytechnic is doing its part to help ensure both students and the public are as safe as possible. As a result, all classes and programming will be cancelled for the remainder of the week, with programs offered online or through alternate delivery options as of Monday, Mar. 23. “We recognize that these are unusual and challeng-

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On the Front Porch by Wanda Smith

Uncertain Days What does one write about when we are in a global crisis? What does one write about when situations change hourly? What does one write when everything we know seems to be falling apart? I’m glad you asked, dear one. I am incredibly thankful and so humbled to come to you today into your home to encourage and speak hope into your heart. I am so thankful that in upheaval, we can still have hope. Our hope is not wishy washy. Just like that old hymn says, “Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.� I am so thankful that we serve Almighty God who promises to never leave us nor forsake us. It is vitally important that we know Jesus. Have you surrendered your life to Him? He paid the ultimate price for your peace. He paid the ultimate price for your eternal life. As I’ve been processing the dramatic changes that are going on all around me, I have been more convinced than ever that our only hope is found in the One True God. Our hope is not in our money, in our job, in our health, in our sports, in our activities or in our family. Our hope is found in Christ alone. In His Word, there are hundreds of promises for us to hold fast to during this time. Spend time reading and meditating on those promises. The Lord is removing all the things that have hindered us. His desire is that we are a pure Bride, totally devoted to Him. We have had many things distract and pull us from having a devoted relationship with the One who made us. Lord God Almighty is giving us opportunity to make things right in our hearts as so much has been stripped away. Can I challenge you to break free of fear? DO NOT FEAR... Take no thought for problems or situations in your life and take rest in His provision in miraculous ways. Be open to His Ultimate Love, Protection, Provision, Healing and Peace. Get to know Him in a personal way. Establish a fresh relationship with Your Creator, Your Abba Father, The Lover of your soul. And then can I ask you to open your heart for a reset of priorities? First, we make Jesus our first and foremost priority! Secondly, let’s take this opportunity to connect with our family in our homes and with our neighbors around us. I pray that as you gather with your neighbors and family in small groups that you are willing to share your lives with each other and speak love and encouragement to each other. My prayer is that Jesus will be revealed around your kitchen tables. I pray that He will touch your homes with peace, provision and protection in these uncertain days. The world has gone silent but Jesus is speaking louder than ever. Listen for Him. Look for Him. He says, “When you seek Me, you will find me.� Keep your focus on Jesus and take one day at a time. Take courage, dear friends. You are not alone. You are not forgotten. You have true Hope. Use this time to sit at His feet and receive His love, joy and peace in this unusual and uncertain time. Much love. I am praying for you. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.� John 16:33 The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

Final service postponed for closed Mortlach United Church By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express

A final service for the Mortlach United Church has been postponed due to the corona virus concerns. The final service was to be March 29. The church closed last fall, said Bonnie Drake, a long time member. “We made the decision to close. We just couldn’t go on.� Attendance had been averaging eight per week. Looking through the records Drake noted attendance averaged 70 per week with a high of 134 in 1960. “That’s quite a difference.� Getting a minister to hold services has been difficult, said Drake. “I can’t remember when we had the last minister. We had student ministers for six years or so.� Three Moose Jaw ministers – Tim Ellis, Jim Tenford and Linda Tomlinson-Seebach – were student ministers at Mortlach. For the last two years members of the congregation have conducted most services. Members will transfer to Moose Jaw churches of their choice. Drake will attend Zion United Church which will receive a stained glass window from the Mortlach church. The window, called the Good Shepherd, was installed in 1977 after coming from the Mount Pleasant United Church northeast of Moose Jaw. The Mortlach church held a garage sale last fall and then sold the rest of the pews, fixtures and office furniture by word of mouth. The building has been sold with funds shared by the local group and the United Church in Saskatchewan. In remembrance of 115 years of worship service the congregation has built a gazebo along the main road into Mortlach. A plaque will be placed in the gazebo. The Methodist Society organized church services in town in 1905. The church was completed in 1907. Two manses for the minister have been developed, one in 1911 and another in 1962. Both were sold. “We’re all really sorry to see it close.� Hundreds of Mortlach and district residents have been baptized, married and had their funerals in the church. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

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CLIVE CRAIG Clive Ross Craig was born on November 30, 1942 in Moose Jaw, SK to parents Albert and Dorothy Craig. He passed away on February 14, 2020 at the Kamsack and District Nursing Home in Kamsack, SK. Clive is predeceased by his parents Albert and Dorothy, his son Michael, and Sisters Dianne Craig and Roberta Nowicki, and his brother Ken. He leaves behind to mourn his loss his wife Beverly, his son Cory (Silke) grandson Ben, and granddaughters Mia from Germany and Madison (Michael’s daughter) from Calgary AB, as well as his Brothers Murray (Judy) Calgary, Doug (Cheryl) Moose Jaw, Bob (Angie) Regina; Sister Karen Craig (Edmonton), and many nieces and nephews in Winnipeg, Moose Jaw, Lethbridge and Calgary. His step-children Margaret Kopchynski (Kim), Sherry Miller (Dustin, Byron (Chelsea), Braeden) and Mark Miller will also mourn his loss. It has been said that “Clive was a living legend in Saskatchewan’s recreation community� mentoring many recreation professionals throughout his career. Clive graduated high school in Moose Jaw and tried his hand at working in media, community programing and the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1976 he attended recreation Tech School in Calgary AB and he became the Recreation Director in Elrose, a few years later he moved to Martensville and then after 22 years as the Recreation Director in the community of Esterhazy Clive retired. Clive was an active volunteer in every community that he lived in helping out with sports and recreation; holding many different positions on community boards. He volunteered on the boards of the Qu’ Appelle Recreation Association, Parkland Recreation Inc. and Zone 4 Sports Council, he was a member of the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA). Provincially, Clive was involved with many committees and served on the Board of Directors for twelve years. His dedication was so admirable that the SPRA formally recognized him in 2004, granting him the Award of Merit, and in 2011, he received the SPRA President’s Award of Distinction. On October 18, 2019 Clive was named as the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association. Clive’s dedication to sports and recreation touched the lives of many, the impact that he made will always be remembered. A memorial service for Clive was held on Wednesday March 11, 2020 from Christie’s Funeral Home and Crematorium Yorkton SK. Interment to take place at a later date.

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St. Andrew’s United Church

Traditional Anglican Parish Now worshipping at

27 Hochelaga St. W., Moose Jaw

Celebrating Inclusion For All

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

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Lent V Sunday, March 29th, 2020

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Sanctuary Services and Sunday School at St. Andrew’s United have been canceled until further notice.

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1954 ~ CALVIN JOBLING ~ 2020

JOAN ARTHUR 1928 ~ 2020 Joan Archibald Arthur (nee Peachey), passed away peacefully at her home in Medicine Hat on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at the age of 91 years. Joan was born in 1928 in Briercrest, Saskatchewan, third daughter to Eugene and Gertrude Peachey. She grew up in the Briercrest area and often recalled fond memories of farm life and riding horses. In 1948, Joan completed normal school and taught in various schools throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta. She was married September 1950 to William ‘Bill’ Arthur and the couple moved to Edmonton the same year. In 1977, Joan and Bill left Edmonton and moved to Medicine Hat to open their auto dealership – Dunmore Honda. Joan enjoyed spending time with family and her friends. She was a wonderful host of many family occasions where one could count on favourites like, devilled eggs, flapper pie and cream puffs, to enjoy. Playing cards, doing crossword puzzles, drawing and painting were some of the things Joan liked to do. Joan had a ready smile for all she encountered and freely expressed her gratitude to those who helped her in any way. She will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her. Joan’s memory will live on within her sons, Robert, Ken (Linda), and Hugh (Melinda); sister, Shirley Bowler and family; grandchildren, Rhyan (Darren), Adam (Jocelyn), Nigel, Nathan, Derek and Jacqueline; great-grandchildren, Dylan and Brody as well as all those who held a special place in her heart. Joan was predeceased by her husband Bill; parents, Eugene and Gertrude Peachey; sister, Marion (Bob) Smith and brother-in-law, Joe Bowler. A Private Celebration of Joan’s Life will be held. A public interment and reception will be held at a later date. Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at www.cooksouthland.com. Honoured to serve the family is Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4V4. Telephone toll free 1-877-528-6455

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Calvin Harold “Cal” Jobling announce his passing on March 12, 2020, at the age of 65 years. Calvin is survived by his four children, Caylen, Tyler (Bailey), Nicole (Brandon), Katerina (Cody); the mother of his children & best friend, Amy Jobling; and his grandchildren, Sapphire, Cameron, Haysten, Brianna; a new granddaughter, expected in April; his brother, Jim (MaryAnne); and sister, Lael (Brian); and numerous nieces and nephews. Calvin is predeceased by a granddaughter, Audrey; niece, Nancy-Jean; sister, Catherine; and his parents, Norman & Audrey. Calvin had a big personality and he loved to tell stories. He made friends everywhere he went. In his younger years he was an avid hunter, skier, and golfer. Cal was a talented artist who loved to paint prairie landscapes and was inspired by C.M Russell. He was a great man who worked hard for his family, loved spending summers by our pool surrounded by family and friends, and later puttering around the acreage on his tractor. He was a proud Oilfield Consultant for 31 years, and upon his retirement he taught the Rig Tech Program at MHC for several years. At Calvin’s request, there will be no funeral service. There will be a family gathering and celebration of life at a future date. Calvin will be dearly missed and always in our hearts. We love you dad. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, 200, 119 – 14th Street NW, Calgary, AB T1A 7L5 or Alberta Diabetes Foundation, 1 – 020 HRIF-East, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1 or the charity of one’s choice. Condolences for the family may be sent at www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Calvin Jobling. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, “The Chapel in the Park”, Medicine Hat, Alberta. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone 1-800-3172647.

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We the family of William A. Seida (Bill or Willy) as he was called would like to thank everyone for their caring and support on the passing of their much loved husband, father & grandfather. To the Nurses who cared for Bill at the Regina General SICU, thank you from the bottom of our hearts; your care & compassion will never be forgotten. Thanks also to Bill’s siblings, extended family and his friends for making his “Celebration of Life” special. To those who sent cards, flowers, food and donations to the Diabetes Association thank you. A special thanks to Terry Miller for making Bills internment urn, it depicted exactly who he was and the things in life he loved. To Deanna and Brett for the picture slide show with music thank you. Our family would like to extend our thanks also to James Murdock of the Moose Jaw Funeral Home for his caring and guidance. If we have forgotten anyone please accept our thanks for your help, it was appreciated. Linda Darren, Edna Seida Shannon, Blaine Miller Ryan Seida Grandsons & granddaughters

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ROBERT “BOB” GEORGE SPERLING November 5th, 1941 – March 13th, 2020 It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Robert “Bob” Sperling. Bob was born on the family homestead near Aylesbury, SK. He grew up on the family farm, actively helping his parents raising livestock and grain farming. He completed his Grade 10 at Aylesbury School and then joined the Army at 17 years old. Upon joining, Bob headed to Calgary for training and then off to his first posting in Germany as a member of the Queen’s Own Rifles. He spent 3 years in Germany and then was transferred to Victoria, BC for a few months. His last posting was in the Republic of Cyprus as a Peacekeeper for 6 months, then returned back to Victoria. Ready for change, Bob went into Commercial Fishing. In 1979 he moved back to Moose Jaw, working at Canada Packers for over 30 years. Bob was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #59 and a Past-President of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3395. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved to dance, and was known for his “Sperling Sausage”. Bob and Bernice enjoyed travelling to Hawaii and many other states. They would have celebrated their 37th Wedding Anniversary on March 15th, 2020. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph; mother, Frances; and step-son, Tim. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Bernice; son, Ron; step-children: Curtis (Carol), Denise (Ed), and Tim’s wife Bonnie; grandchildren: Shavonni, Keri (Elvis), Marissa, Tiarra (Travis), Risa (Derrick), and Jeremy (Keri); great-grandchildren: Eva, Anna, Ronan, Nolan, Paizlee, Deirks, Brooks, Blake, and Cooper; siblings: Gordon, Lloyd (Denise), Janice (Larry), Seann, and Debra (Scott); as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s name may be made to the Fraternal Order of Eagles Moose Jaw Branch, 561 Home St W, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 4X9. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Andrew Pratt Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome. com

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Disclaimer: In light of Covid-19, please check to confirm with the venue as to whether the event listed is still on or cancelled As of Friday, March 20, the listing was updated with the information supplied to Moose Jaw Express and all cancellations have been noted below if we have received the information.

All western development museum locations closed All Western Development Museum locations in Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Saskatoon and Yorkton are CLOSED to the public due to the Covid-19 virus. The Covid-19 situation is being monitored closely and the decision to close is in the best interest of visitors, vol-

The following is a running list of groups, businesses, and organizations that have been closed or cancelled upcoming events due to concerns about COVID-19. Moose Jaw Today.com staff will be updating this list as needed. If you would like your notice added to this list, contact us at news@moosejawtoday.com.

For information about the status of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, or for more information on symptoms and preventative measures, check saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.

Saskatchewan has declared a provincial state of emergency, limited public gatherings to 25 people and implementing restrictions on businesses and health facilities. Education:

The provincial government has announced that all schools in Saskatchewan, from pre-kindergarten to high school, will be closed beginning Mar. 20. Distance learning resources will be made available from teachers beginning Mar. 27. Saskatchewan Polytechnic has cancelled and programming and classes. Online courses and alternative delivery options will begin on Mar. 23. All non-essential events are also cancelled. Campuses remain open but with limited services. The University of Regina has suspended all classes, including on-campus and online courses, from Mar. 16-19 and will be providing instruction from a distance for the remainder of the semester. A decision about how final exams will be conducted is yet to be made. Organizations:

SGI is no longer offering road tests until further notice. Those who have already booked an appointment will be notified to reschedule.

Riverside Mission has suspended its daily lunch program until further notice, but is still providing supper service with increased safety protocols. The shelter is also not taking leftover food donations or clothing donations at this time, and men's emergency shelter capacity has been reduced from 10 beds to 4 beds only available to Saskatchewan residents at this time. The Western Development Museum is now closed to the public, beginning Mar. 17, cancelling all upcoming events. The Wakamow Valley Authority office is closed to the public as of Mar. 18, with staff continuing to take phone calls and emails. The Moose Jaw Police Service is suspending some services such as criminal record checks, inspection tickets and civilian fingerprinting until further notice, although the building on Fairford St. remains open. City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. The Festival of Words office is closed to the public beginning Mar. 18, but can be contacted by phone or email. Tourism Moose Jaw will be closed until further notice but is available to be contacted by phone or email. 1856 Moose Jaw Schools Cadet Corps Royal Canadian Army Cadets is cancelled until at least Apr. 3. The Moose Jaw Elks Lodge No. 7 has cancelled its Friday meat draws and Wednesday night dart league until further notice. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 59 has cancelled the following events until further notice: darts, curling, Tuesday cribbage, Friday night suppers and the Legion's annual Sports Banquet. Trinity United Church is now closed. For further information, call the church office at 306-692-5445. TOPS Chapters across Canada are cancelling weigh-ins and meetings until Apr. 12. The Moose Jaw Multicultural Council is closing its office and the Newcomer Centre to the public beginning Mar. 17 until further notice. Staff and settlement workers are still available to contact through phone or other digital communication. The Moose Jaw & District Senior Association will be closing Timothy Eaton Gardens and Timothy Eaton Cafe on Mar. 17 at 4 p.m. until further notice. The Cosmo Centre will be closed until April 30. The Moose Jaw Public Library is now closed until further notice. Book deadlines will be extended to accommodate, and overdue fines will be waived for the time being. The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery will be closing from Mar. 16-30. All events and programs during this time will be postponed

unteers and staff. The WDM Board of Directors and the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport support this decision. Management will be in contact with organizers of upcoming events booked into the facilities and we will ac-

and rescheduled at a later date. The AGM will be held on Mar. 26 at 7 p.m. as a Zoom Meeting video conference, so that members can participate from home. All grief support groups from Jones-Parkview are cancelled until further notice.

The Moose Jaw Exhibition Company has postponed its AGM scheduled for March 24. South Central ECIP has indefinitely suspended all home visits and has cancelled all Learn and Playu and Zumbini groups effective immediately. Hunger in Moose Jaw will be closing from Mar. 20 to Apr. 1, postponing all programming indefinitely. The Good Food Box will be cancelled for Mar. 24.

Yara Community Garden's registration night for returning members on Mar. 25 has been cancelled, to be rescheduled at a later date. Prairie Hearts Quilters Guild will not have meetings in March and April. Bel Coro, which meets on Monday evenings at the Moose Jaw Public Library, has cancelled meetings until further notice. All Girl Guide meetings and events have been cancelled until at least April 14. The Moose Jaw Humane Society is suspending all volunteer activities and opportunities at the shelter until further notice and will be closed to the public for the next two weeks. Adoptions and cremations are still available by appointment, as are emergency services. SCRAPS has closed its 9 Lives Boutique at the Town 'n' Country Mall until further notice. The Moose Jaw Genealogical Society has cancelled their monthly meetings at the Moose Jaw Public Library until further notice. Joe’s Place Youth Centre has closed its weekend drop-in program on Mar. 13, and has cancelled its Tuesday night program on Mar. 17.

Moose Jaw Pride has cancelled its scheduled events for Gender Diversity and Awareness Week on Mar. 22-28, to be re-scheduled at a later date. Moose Jaw Families for Change has cancelled all upcoming community events and has postponed regular programming.

Heritage Saskatchewan has cancelled all heritage fair events in the province. Sports and Recreation

All gyms, arenas, and fitness centres are closed by mandate of the provincial government, as part of the state of emergency declaration. The Western Hockey League has suspended the remainder of the 2019-20 season indefinitely. The Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League has been cancelled. Moose Jaw Minor Hockey has closed the office to the public, effective immediately. You can reach the MJMHA via admin@mjhockey. com. Gymtastiks has cancelled pre-school drop-in gymnastics for the rest of March. As of Mar. 16, classes are suspended. Martial arts classes, including programs at Empire School, are cancelled. Moose Jaw Little League has postponed the 2020 season evaluations that were scheduled for Mar. 21. Moose Jaw Special Olympics has cancelled all programming until May 1, including bowling, floor hockey, curling, bocce ball, and the Active Start and FUNdamentals youth programming. The board meeting will also be rescheduled for May 7. The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins have cancelled all training until further notice. Ringside Wrestling has postponed its show in Moose Jaw scheduled for Mar. 27. Wrestling Canada has postponed the Junior and Senior Championships on Mar. 27-29 and the U17 and U19 Canadian Championships on April 3-5. The Moose Jaw Wildlife Federation has cancelled its Walleye Challenge, which was scheduled for June 12 and 13.

commodate refunds on deposits made. The WDM apologizes for the inconvenience but the safety of everyone in our communities is of the utmost priority. Please check wdm.ca for updates.

Tenille Arts has postponed her Apr. 9 show at the Cultural Centre to a later date.

Little Chicago Entertainment has postponed their Murder at the Juice Joint event on Mar. 29 until further notice. Tickets that have been purchased already will be honoured on the rescheduled date, which will be announced later.

The Moose Jaw Express office will be closed to the public beginning Mar. 23. Staff can still be contacted by email, and will still be taking news tips by email.

The Festival of Words has cancelled the upcoming Library Book Club meeting on Mar. 26. The Heartland Hospice event, "An Evening Under the Stars" has been postponed. It will now be held on Sept. 24.

All city arenas and facilities, including YaraCentre and the Kinsmen Sportsplex, are now closed until further notice.

The Performer's Cafe on Mar. 27 has been cancelled.

Always ABBA at the Cultural Centre on Mar. 27 will be rescheduled for Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. All tickets purchased already will be honoured at the later date. The Little Princess Ball on Mar. 28 and 29 has been postponed. The Musical Swing Concert VII, sponsored by 15 Wing Fellowship that was scheduled for Mar. 29 has been postponed to a date to be determined in September. PIGS: Canada’s Pink Floyd Tribute at the Cultural Centre on Apr. 2 will be rescheduled for Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. All purchased tickets will be honoured for the rescheduled date. Yesterday Once More at the Cultural Centre on Apr. 3 has been rescheduled to Oct. 9, and all tickets will be honoured for the later date.

The Australian Wildfire Relief fundraiser concert with The Whiskey Fits, Jolie Blue, Chris Edwards & Friends, and Shawn Adams & Band at the Silo on Apr. 4 has been postponed to a later, undetermined date. Briercrest Onstage's classical concert scheduled for Apr. 5 has been cancelled.

Artist Laura Hamilton will be changing her annual spring home studio tour on Apr. 5 to an online show and sale through her website from Apr. 3-5. The upcoming Cineview Series viewing of Military Wives on Apr. 8 has been postponed.

The Saskatchewan Country Music Awards in Regina on Apr. 17-19 will no longer take place due to the ban on gatherings over 250, and the SCMA is considering an alternative option that will be announced on Apr. 5. The Colours of Spring Fashion show at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery on Apr. 18 has been rescheduled for June 13.

The Cultural Centre will be closed to the public beginning Mar. 16, with all events to be rescheduled at a later date. The Box Office can be contacted by phone or email during regular operating hours during this time. Effective immediately, Points West Living condos are restricted to essential visitors only. Essential visitors are defined as those who provide care necessary for the wellbeing of a resident and visitors attending to a resident who is an end of life situation. Visitors are restricted to one or two persons at a time and must be immediate family or designated support persons. Visitors will be required to go through a screening process.

Dance Images by BJ has closed the studio for the time being, and all classes are cancelled as of Mar. 16. The Gift Shop and the Canteen Cart at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital will be closed until further notice. Casinos Moose Jaw and Regina have suspended operations. The Moose Jaw Warriors office is now closed. Twenty Eight Decor is closed until further notice.

Leisure Time Bingo is now closed until further notice. Primary Eye Care Centre is closed until March 29. They will re-evaluate at that time. You can still contact the office by phone or email for emergencies. Behind Closed Doors is closed until further notice. Discount Plumbing & Heating will be closed beginning Mar. 20 until further notice. Reitmans will be closed until Mar. 28. Seaborn's Insurance is closed to walk-in customers for the time being.

The Moose Jaw Music Festival, which was scheduled to begin April 25, has been cancelled.

The Tunnels of Moose Jaw will be closing its doors beginning Mar. 18, but will be monitoring phone and email.

Luncheons, Banquets, and Coffee Groups, etc.

The Perfect Find is closed until further notice.

The Moose Jaw Shriners' annual gourmet wind-up banquet has been postponed. A new date is to be determined, with the May long weekend a possibility.

Ellen's On Main Flowers has closed its storefront but is continuing to take orders for deliveries.

The Ham & Turkey Bingo hosted by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Gilpin Council on Mar. 29 has been cancelled.

Jillian's Design Elements will be closed beginning Mar. 21.

The Canadian Mental Health Association's Masquerade Ball, which was scheduled for May 2, has been postponed. A new date has yet to be determined.

Little Chicago Entertainment is closing their board games lounge until further notice. Escape rooms and axe throwing are still available by booking.

The Moose Jaw Humane Society has cancelled its upcoming Jail & Bail fundraiser in April.

Wrapture Spa & Boutique has suspended its spa and massage services until April. Staff is still available for contacting and the boutique remains open at this time.

The upcoming Coffee Club at the Western Development Museum on Mar. 25 has been cancelled.

Main Street Dental will be closed beginning Mar. 20 in the afternoon until mid-April. Clients with appointments will be contacted about cancellations.

The Order of the Eastern Star soup and sandwich luncheon on Apr. 6 has been cancelled. The Maundy Thursday Coffee Party at St. Andrew's on Apr. 9 has been cancelled. Conversation & Coffee: How to Run for Local Leadership at the Hive on Apr. 19 has been postponed until a later date. The Moose Jaw Right to Life Annual Banquet, which was scheduled for Apr. 24, has been cancelled. Trade Shows/Craft Shows, etc.

All recreational and entertainment venues are closed by mandate of the provincial government, as part of the state of emergency declaration.

The Thunder Creek Model Train Show at the Western Development Museum on Mar. 2829 has been postponed until a later date.

Arts and Culture:

Businesses/Facilities

Effective Mar. 16, visitors are no longer allowed in any hospitals, clinics, or continuing care facilities operated by the Saskatchewan Health Region. Some exceptions may be made for compassionate reasons, such as family visiting a patient at end of life care, or family of patients prior to a major surgery. All community gatherings at SHA-operated facilities are on hold, as are volunteer services from those over the age of 65.

The Humane Society Bookstore will be postponing it's Fill-A-Bag for $10 sale while the shelter is closed over the next two weeks. The sale will return when the shelter reopens to the public.

JJ Soccor Ltd. will be closed until further notice. Events

24-25 has been cancelled.

The TLC Art & Craft Fair on Mar. 27-28 has been cancelled.

The Moose Jaw Family Home Show scheduled for April 3-4 has been postponed. The What Women Want trade show on Apr.

Restaurants:

Beginning Mar. 23, all restaurants, lounges, bars, cafés, coffee shops, or nightclubs will be closed to the public by mandate of the provincial government, as part of the state of emergency declaration on Mar. 18. Deliver, take-out, and drive-through services are still operating. Saigon 75 is temporarily closed until further notice. The Flats Eatery + Drink will be closed beginning Mar. 19 until further notice. The Kinsmen Cafe is closed until further notice. Maple Leaf Bakery will be closed indefinitely beginning on Mar. 23. Smitty's Restaurant and Bugsy's Irish Pub at the Town 'n' Country Mall will be closed until further notice beginning Mar. 19. Veroba's Family Restaurant will be closed beginning Mar. 20 until further notice.


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Sask. confirms 8 new cases of coronavirus, totalinto rises to 52 your life! Larissa Kurz

Saskatchewan has eight more confirmed cases of COVID-19, which brings the provincial total to 52 cases. Of those cases, 33 are now confirmed positive and 19 are still presumptive positive. Since opening earlier this week, the Roy Romanov Provincial Laboratory has processed 4,536 potential COVID-19 cases in the province.

The majority of cases now in Saskatchewan are individuals who are adults, with one case occurring in an individual in their late teens. Public health is also reporting that 62 per cent of cases are male, and 38 per cent are female. Officials are continuing their contact investigation, and those who have been in contact with these new cases will be notified directly.

Saskatchewan residents are to continue practicing social distancing, by avoiding contact with others and keeping a minimum distance of 2 metres when in public spaces. Information about self-isolation measures and COVID-19 symptoms is available on saskatchewan. ca/COVID19.

Sask. declares state of emergency in province to combat pandemic Larissa Kurz

The Government of Saskatchewan has declared a provincial state of emergency in order to address the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective immediately, a number of public measures will be in place to prevent further spread of the virus, such as: • public gatherings of 50 people or more are no longer allowed; • Seating capacity at all restaurants, bars, and venues is now limited to 50 per cent of their usual capacity or to 50 people, whichever comes first; • Retail spaces including grocery stores,

pharmacies, and gas stations must implement a one to two metre separation between customers and staff; • Gyms, fitness centres, casinos, and bingo halls will be closed until further notice; • Licensed restaurants and taverns may now sell alcohol as an offsale according to Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority guidelines; • All non-essential employees at government ministries, agencies, and Crown corporations will be taking on a workfrom-home policy beginning Mar. 23. Additionally, all Crown utilities will be

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