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Smooth 42 Disthey can only bottilleries co-owntle about 200 units ers Sacha Elez per day because and Adam Domof the re-distillbowsky have ing requirement been hard at work — so, about 1,000 bottling a new bottles per week. version of their But Elez said they high-proof Crea8 have the capacity vodka to give to to be producing emergency ser8,000 bottles per vice agencies as a day, if the SLGA substitute for rubwould adjust bing alcohol. Smooth 42’s per“We are luckily in mit to exclude the a position, being second distillation distillery owners, process. that we actually Smooth 42 Distilleries’ co-owners Adam Dombowsky and Sacha Elez with a bottle of their The business is make a product emergency vodka, distilled at 70 per cent alcohol content. (supplied) currently swalthat’s a lot more lowing the entire useful right now cost of the prod[as a sterilization method] than a beverage,� said Elez. uct, and offering it to agencies across Saskatchewan and Canada if Smooth 42 has diverted all their resources into brewing bottles of they are in need of a rubbing alcohol substitute. vodka with 70 per cent alcohol content, and they’re offering them Because of the huge response to their project so far, Elez is expectcompletely free of charge to any health care provider or public ser- ing to continue production for the foreseeable future. vice agency in need as supply-chains continue to back-up amidst They have taken out a large loan to cover the necessary materials coronavirus panic. and manpower but if the need continues, the hope is that more craft The high-proof vodka is called Cre8 Emergency Vodka, and it’s distilleries in the province might get on board and offer help. a reimagining of Smooth 42’s original product Cre8 Eco Vodka “We’re hoping this is just a stop-gap to kind of tide over the emer— a 90 per cent alcohol product that the distillery launched a few gency services, to keep them going,� said Elez. “We have reached months ago. out to the other distilleries to kind of put them on standby, in case Because they already had the necessary distillation and bottling we can’t keep up.� equipment for such high-proof alcohol, the pair felt it was a per- Elez mentioned that he has also received messages from people fect opportunity for them to offer help to necessary health services asking if they can purchase a bottle of the emergency vodka for personal use, which isn’t likely to happen at this time. during this viral pandemic. “We’re just trying to do our part,� said Elez. “And we’re in a unique “We’re not selling [this product] until we’re absolutely sure that position that we can just flip a switch and instead of making 90% everybody, in Canada that needs it, has it,� said Elez. Eco vodka, we’re making 70% Emergency vodka. I don’t know Instead, the public can use Smooth 42’s 90 per cent Cre8 Eco Vodif you believe in fate or not, but it kind of just feels like we were ka to water down into rubbing alcohol, although it’s only available in Saskatchewan liquor stores. meant to do this.� The idea began as a precautionary measure, said Elez, but he has For Elez and Dombowsky, their focus right now is on making sure had tons of organizations reach out since they originally posted that sterilization products are available to the service providers their offer on Smooth 42’s social media on Mar. 16 — including who need them most. police services, fire departments, paramedics, hospitals, and care “We’re trying to make it as accessible to people as possible, while still remaining legal, with the SLGA regulations,� said Elez. “We homes. “We had no idea that the supply chain was this backlogged,� said might have to jump through a bunch of hoops to get it there, but Elez. “[But] when we saw this thing getting worse, we just wanted we’re going to do whatever we can to make sure that people have what they need.� to take action and just be able to help out in a big way.� Due to Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Regulations,


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Provincial orders on coronavirus measures take precedence over municipal orders, says Sask. officials Larissa Kurz The Government of Saskatchewan issued a statement recently that all provincial orders regarding standards and restrictions implemented due to the COVID-19 virus are to take importance over any municipal orders issued at this time. The statement comes after the City of Regina issued an emergency order for the municipality that differed from the provincial orders already set in place. “I fully understand that Mayor Fougere and Regina City Council intended to set guidelines for residents

of Regina to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said government relations minister Lori Carr in a press release. “However, at this time of great uncertainty, it is of the utmost importance that we provide certainty to Saskatchewan residents and make every effort to minimize confusion.” The clarification from the government is a blanket reminder to all municipalities in the province. All emergency orders from the province are being made based on the advice of Saskatchewan’s chief

medical officer, said Carr in the press release, and should be followed over the orders of the municipality. Municipalities are expected to uphold the provincial measures to avoid confusion among residents, and the government is working with the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association and Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities to provide clear lines of communications moving forward with updates.

COVID-19 has caused ‘economic gash’ in businesses’ revenues, survey shows By Moose Jaw Express staff

The coronavirus has caused an “economic gash” in Saskatchewan’s business community and nearly half of all companies expect to see a major decrease in revenue, according to a recent survey. The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and its partners surveyed businesses on March 16 and 17 about how COVID-19 has affected them, and with more than 1,000 responses received, the results are stark but hold some promise as well, according to a news release. “Businesses told us clearly that they are in a very, very troubled position with so many unknowns. The best analogy is that

we have suffered an economic gash that needs immediate attention and will take time to heal,” Steve McLellan, SCC CEO, said in the news release. The results of the survey demonstrate a clear picture of the current situation, he continued. Some highlights include: • 85 per cent of businesses have felt a negative effect already, while 87 per cent believe the challenges will continue for more than two months. • The greatest negative effects include reduced revenues; layoffs; workers taking time off for health reasons or self-isolating; workers being underused at work;

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and the cancellation of important work-related travel events. • 42 per cent of respondents believe they will see as much as a 50-per-cent drop in revenue. “We were heartened that almost half of the respondents had a plan in place to help mitigate the challenges. We have also seen many creative and impactful actions by businesses to show support for the health of employees and the public, and for Canada’s collective effort,” said McLellan. “From voluntary closures of public spaces, including restaurants and facilities, to donating excess food to food banks, businesses are still focused on doing the right thing for the community, employees and customers.” Survey respondents recommended immediate action by governments to offset challenges. Such recommendations included: • Immediate action on federal Employment Insurance (EI): Open up the criteria on EI to eliminate the waiting periods, allow self-employed persons full access to EI for a certain time, offer extensions on the work-sharing program, extend or temporarily eliminate the length of time a person can stay on EI and offer some form of EI for parents who need to stay at home to provide childcare with the closure of public schools. • Allow layoffs without termination: Revise the provincial layoff policy to allow temporary layoffs of up to eight weeks on a specific period without requiring notice or payment in lieu. Manitoba currently

has this policy in place. • Expand loan access: Provide quick turnaround, low-interest loans to businesses to ensure they have enough cash flow to sustain them during this dramatic loss in revenue. Greater use of the Federal Canada Small Business Loan program facilitated by local credit unions and banks will mean easier transactions. • Extend tax windows: All levels of government should extend all tax payment deadlines to reflect the current situation and to enable businesses to preserve short-term cash flow. • Ensure access of products across the border: Define international border rules for incoming transportation drivers to ensure the sustained flow of products while maintaining effective safety protocols. “Our business people have dealt with this dramatically changing economic landscape as well as could be expected given the circumstances so far. But there needs to be rapid and co-ordinated action by the federal and provincial governments or else we will see closures on a level that we have not seen in this province for decades,” Valerie Sluth, chair of the SCC board, said in the news release. “Most business people are monitoring the government messages and are fully supportive of the level of inter-jurisdictional cooperation that has happened to date, quick action by these levels of government will be required in the next few days to retain a stronger hope of future success.”

Canada banning anyone with COVID-19 symptoms from domestic travel by air, train Larissa Kurz

Beginning on Mar. 30 at noon, Canadian travellers will have to undergo screening when boarding domestic flights and intercity passenger trains for COVID-19 symptoms before being cleared for travel. Passengers exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be banned from both methods of travel for at least 14 days, or until a medical confirmation that their symptoms are not related to COVID-19 can be produced. Travellers will be screened by transit operators by asking questions about their health history, looking for visible signs of symptoms, and reminding travellers of health advice from local authorities. The new measures are another attempt from the federal government to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus between provinces. “The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the transportation industry, travellers, shippers and the economy,” said minister of transport Marc Garneau, in a press release. “We recognize the importance of the continued movement of goods and the ongoing delivery of essential services in Canada’s response to COVID‑19, while taking necessary measures to protect the health and safety of Canadians.” These measures won’t affect buses or commuter trains, as they are not federally regulated, and will only apply to airplanes that carry 10 passengers or more. Provincial borders will remain open for the time being.

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Plagues, Epidemics, Pandemics and COVID-19 Prepared by Richard Dowson, Amateur Historian, Moose Jaw

Britain and the Bubonic Plague of 1665 The history of Plagues, Epidemics and Pandemics is informative. Theses events play a major role in the evolution of societies and economies. The Great (Bubonic) Plague of 1665 wiped out 30 to 60% of the population of Britain. Few adult male workers survived. The labour of those who survived was in great demand. Survivors gained more power and freedom in their daily lives. Great Plains Smallpox Epidemics Several smallpox epidemics killed an incredible number of Aboriginals on the Great Plains. It is thought the 1730 smallpox epidemic killed 50% of the once dominant Assiniboia. The 1836-37 Smallpox Epidemic killed about 17,000 aboriginal people on the Northern Great Plains. The agricultural based Mandan were reduced to 27 people – the Blackfoot, who had controlled vast regions saw their numbers reduced by almost 70%. The result of epidemics was a re-alignment of ‘Power Groups’ on the Northern Great Plains. The last being the Sioux and Cheyenne who moved in to take control over vast regions. Influenza Pandemics Influenza (Flu) Pandemics: 1803, 1830–1833, 1836–1837, 1847–1848, 1857–1858, 1874–1875, 1889–1891(92),

1899–1900 and Spanish Flu 1917-19 (50 Million Killed) In modern times consider these Pandemics: 1957-1958 (H2N2), 1968-1969 (H3N2) (1 Million Deaths), 1977-1978 (1 Million Deaths), and 2009-2010 (H1N1) 0.3 deaths The Russian or Asian Flu Pandemic 1889-90 The Medical Science Monitor published a Paper in 2013 (see reference) dealing with the Russian Flu. This killer Pandemic emerged in early 1889 in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. The Pandemic was spread by people traveling along the railway corridors. It struck big cities, then moved to the countryside. By May 1889 it had reached Britain. By October 1889 it had reached Athabasca, Alberta as well as most of the world. COVID-19, initially, was also spread by (air) travelers. Why are there Flus every Year? Jordan et al writes: “Antigenic drift refers to small changes in the genes of influenza viruses. It happens continually … as the virus copies itself. Antigenic drift is one reason why there is a flu season every year and also a reason for why people can get the flu multiple times in their lifetime.” (see reference) Could the COVID-19 Pandemic have been Predicted? In early 2019 Douglas Jordan, with con-

tributions from Dr. Terrence Tumpey and Barbara Jester, wrote in a CDC Paper that, based on previous pandemics, begged “… the question of whether a high severity pandemic on the scale of 1918 could occur in modern times.” (see reference) Jordan et al went on to write: “One virus in particular has garnered international attention and concern: the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus from China. The H7N9 virus has so far caused 1,568 human infections in China with a case-fatality proportion of about 39% since 2013. However, it has not gained the capability to spread quickly and efficiently between people.” This particular virus was contracted through exposure to infected birds. In simple dumb-ass non-medical terms, it seems serious Flu Viruses ‘appear’ to develop when an avian virus (Bird Flu) crosses to a mammal then crosses to humans. Has the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus cross to a mammal and then to a human? Jordan et al writes, “… results suggested that the ancestor of the 1918 virus infected humans sometime between 1900 and 1915…” was not avian but “… more human-like or swine-like depending on the method of analysis.” Could this be the case with COVID-19? Epidemiology

The what, when, where, why and how mass killer Flu Viruses appear is best left to the brilliant scientists working in the intriguing, interesting and sometimes befuddled world of epidemiology. Impact of a Modern Flu Pandemic – Written in 2019 Jordan et al writes in early 2019 that a Pandemic would, “… likely overwhelm health care infrastructure, both in the United States and across the world. Businesses and schools would struggle to function, and even basic services like trash pickup and waste removal could be impacted. The best defense against the flu continues to be a flu vaccine.”

References: “The Deadliest Flu: The Complete Story of the Discovery and Reconstruction of the 1918 Pandemic Virus” - By Douglas Jordan with contributions from Dr. Terrence Tumpey and Barbara Jester reconstruction-1918-virus.html “The influenza epidemic of 1889–90 in selected European cities – a picture based on the reports of two Poznań daily newspapers from the second half of the nineteenth century”; Medical Science Monitor 2013; 19: Pages 1131–1141. Published online 2013 Dec 10

Sask Polytech offering high-level auto body repair training I-CAR Individual Platinum courses available, along with Canada Saskatchewan Job Grant Moose Jaw Express Staff

While classes are currently suspended at Sask Polytechnic due to the COVID-19 outbreak, upon the return to normalcy the school is offering a program that can help auto body professionals become some of the highest level in Canada. Courses are now available for participants to earn I-CAR Individual Platinum status to help auto body professionals receive the technical training required to repair vehicles to highest industry standard. Technicians who complete the training will contribute to their shop becoming I-CAR Gold Class recognized – the highest rating in Canada. Vehicles are becoming more complex and the I-CAR courses offered by Sask Polytech will help auto body professionals update their skills to repair cars safely. “Sask Polytech is ready to help meet the training needs of auto body professionals through offering courses to help shops achieve I-CAR Gold Class status,” says Paul Carter, dean of the School of Transportation. “Registra-

tion is currently open for courses in eight roles, including Auto Body Repair Estimator and Automotive Collision Appraiser.” Making the program all the more attractive is the courses needed to achieve I-CAR status can be eligible for the Canada Saskatchewan Job Grant. “The cost of training one individual in a body shop to be an I-CAR Canada Individual Platinum employee can be over $6,500. The Canada Saskatchewan Job Grant is a terrific asset to shops that support this training for their employees who in turn become much more valuable to their shops,” says Tom Bissonnette, executive director of the Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers. “The collaboration of Sask Polytech, SAAR and I-CAR

Canada is both effective and timely,” says Andrew Shepherd, executive director of I-CAR Canada. “Collision repair facilities striving to be the best and to meet modern demands for vehicle repair have a terrific local resource as well as an amazing source of funding support. This approach is unique in Canada.” New training is required to become an I-CAR Gold Class recognized shop. Sask Polytech’s courses to achieve I-CAR Canada recognition are blended delivery, meaning there is both online training and a practical shop component. To learn more visit Employers are encouraged to apply online for the Canada Saskatchewan Job Grant for Sask Polytech’s courses to become an I-CAR Gold Class recognized shop.

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Many years ago when our boys were just entering high-school, our family left its roots in Saskatchewan. Due to a career change, in the middle of January and -30 temperatures, we and our two sons, along with our two cats, made a trek across the western provinces in two vehicles to our new digs in Prince Rupert, B.C. If you don’t know where that is, it is about 90 miles as the crow flies from Joan Ritchie the Alaskan border and the isolated EDITOR community of about a population of 10,000 on an island with a mountain in the middle is joined to the mainland in only one location by a small bridge over a channel. That was my first experience at isolation as we know it. Coming from a very close-knit network of family members on the prairies, I felt emotionally like my heart was being ripped out of my chest, along with everything and everyone I had known no longer near. On the other hand, it was an exciting time to embrace a new life adventure; we had never been this way before… For quite some time, I remembered feeling like I was in another world. Demographically the location is much different, but so are the people where environment and life experience moulds individuals into certain careers conducive to where they live. The coastal environment of grizzly-bearded fishermen wearing yellow rain slickers and rubber boots is still embedded in my recollection. Not really where I would have dreamed I would be, ever. This area is a man’s world…a hiker’s paradise where you can fish, go golfing and also skiing on the same day in the winter months. It’s a rain-forest but let me emphasize, not tropical – temperatures barely ever reach the mid-twenties in the summer with a cool off-shore breeze but in the winter, the good news is there is very seldom snow. Let me tell you about the rain…it comes down sideways and pelting hard most days, sounding like a freight train running through your house. Skies are almost always grey and depressive and umbrellas don’t help a lick in the torrential downpours. So, in all of this we lived. I was not a happy girl for quite some time but because of commitment to endure for a season and with a love for my family we made it through 13 years there. I did not only endure but after all was said and done, I thrived. We made the best of things and embraced the season at hand and explored the region, and also invested in lifelong relationships. It was worth every minute. I grew as a person from a so-called ‘chicken-little’ to someone with a greater willingness to go out of my comfort zone to appreciate different experiences. Because we needed to rely on each other for emotional support, our family unit became much stronger. In this world, you realize that the external environment might change but it’s what happens on the inside of each of us that will keep us through in trying times. During this time, do not let fear grip your heart but keep emotionally strong for yourself and others, focused on better days ahead. As the old adage goes, “Do your best and let God take care of the rest!” The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication. Send your letters to the editor to: or 888-241-5291 All columns, letters to the editor and editorials are solely the personal opinions of the writers themselves and not necessarily the opinions of The Moose Jaw Express. The contents of this publication are the property of the Moose Jaw Express. Reproduction of any of the contents of this publication, including, but without limiting the generality of the following: photographs, artwork and graphic designs, is strictly prohibited. There shall be no reproduction without the express written consent of the publisher. All ads in the Moose Jaw Express are published in good faith without verification. The Moose Jaw Express reserves the right to refuse, classify, revise or censor any ads for any reason in its sole discretion. This paper may include inaccuracies or errors. The Moose Jaw Express does not under any circumstances accept responsibility for the accuracy or otherwise of any ads or messages in any of the publications editions. The Moose Jaw Express specifically disclaims all and any liability to advertisers and readers of any kind for loss or damage of any nature what-so-ever and however arising, whether due to inaccuracy, error, omission or any other cause. All users are advised to check ad and message details carefully before entering into any agreement of any kind and before disclosing personal information. If in doubt, please take legal advice.

Facebook group dedicated to connecting needs and sharing resources during isolation Larissa Kurz One Facebook group filled with Moose Jaw residents is doing its best to connect people in the city with one another during this increasingly serious time of social distancing and province-wide closures. Dalise Hector is one of the 11 administrators running the page A Little Help From My Friends - Moose Jaw, which has become a busy forum of local residents offering help to one another however they can. “It’s not a group to talk about news or politics or anything like that,” said Hector. “It’s basically a concept to just help people connect.” Group members are able to post in one of four categories: offering any items, resources, or services to those who need them; asking for help from other members; sharing local information or updates on the topic of coronavirus; or asking for group opinion as a local business or organization. “People who have resources can bring those to the table, and people who have needs can bring those to the table,” said Hector. “And I think by matching some of those resources with some of those needs, we’re going to get through this strange time together.” Hector had the idea to create a social media group to help people in the community connect during such a stressful time after seeing a similar concept work well a few years ago during the Syrian refugee crisis. “It’s by no means a new idea that I came up with, but we just applied that idea to a new situation,” said Hector. “We’re just applying what I think our community has been excelling at for years in a new context.” She saw how the pressure to self-isolate and the closure of so many amenities is already affecting many people, and thought Moose Jaw was already well-equipped to get behind an idea like this. “I think it’s beautiful to see [this group happen], in these times, but I don’t think that it’s anything out of the ordinary,” said Hector. “I really think that’s just how Moose Jaw is.” The group grew quickly, reaching over 750 members

A Little Help From My Friends has grown into a local group of over 750 members, offering help within Moose Jaw. (via Facebook)

within a week, as the community sought some way of sharing their needs while continuing to stay safe in their homes. Members have posted all kinds of useful things, including offers to deliver food or do grocery shopping for others, links to online classes, and ideas to occupy the time while stuck at home. “It’s great to have these social media tools, especially when we’re so isolated from each other right now,” said Hector. The group may be labelled closed on Facebook, but anyone in Moose Jaw and area is welcome to join and be a part of the positive space. “Really it boils down to making critical connections, to deal with wherever things are falling apart because of how different everything is in the world right now,” said Hector. In fact, Hector encourages all of Moose Jaw to get involved and for other communities to create their own social media stronghold of positive energy — to debunk the idea that “social isolation” means being cut off from the community entirely. “I think this group just shows that we don’t want to talk so much about social isolation,” said Hector. “Yeah, we can talk about physical isolation, but we’re social beings and we need to be socially connected, so that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Follow sound advice to manage your mental health amid pandemic Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The COVID-19 coronavirus is stressing out many people and negatively affecting their mental health, so the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Saskatchewan Division has offered several tips to manage this anxiety. It’s normal to feel anxious, especially since there is a heightened level of attention being paid to the pandemic, said executive director Phyllis O’Connor. You should not avoid, ignore or suppress any anxious thoughts. Instead, you should be aware of your anxiety and accept that this is what you are feeling in this situation. Instead, you should keep things in perspective, while you should notice and challenge those thoughts that might be extreme or unhelpful. “Self-care is critically important at this time, as worries can be made worse if we aren’t taking care of ourselves,” O’Connor said. You should lean on social supports, attempt to get enough sleep, eat healthily, exercise every day even if it’s simply going for a walk, and engage in enjoyable activities. O’Connor suggested doing the things you would typically do to support your health, while you should use caution and follow health and safety guidelines while doing them. Take seriously the recommended precautions from Health Canada, the Saskatchewan Health Authority and other credible health agencies. You should remain focused on the factors within your control, such as washing hands, covering your mouth while coughing or sneezing, immediately tossing in the garbage used facial tissues, and avoiding non-essential travel. Perhaps most importantly, you should seek information from reliable news sources only, she continued. You should limit how much you check the news to short, defined periods, while you should refrain from setting related push notifications to your device. Mute certain words or accounts on your social media feeds that might set you off. “Appropriate information consumption may be calming and can lessen the sense of danger,” O’Connor said.

Advice from other sources suggests you should limit your time on social media, and instead, attempt to talk to people face-to-face or in some verbal form as much as possible. Watch non-news TV shows, watch a movie, listen to a podcast or read a book. Journaling can be of value, while praying or meditating is also important. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests you should seek out information mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and your loved ones. You should also seek information updates at specific times once or twice a day. “The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried,” the WHO added. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who may respond more strongly to stress include: • Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for COVID-19; • Children and teens; • People who help with the response to COVID-19, such as doctors, health-care providers, or first responders; • People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use. Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include: • Fear and worry about your health and the health of your loved ones; • Changes in sleep or eating patterns; • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating; • Worsening of chronic health problems; • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs . “Sharing the facts about COVID-19 and understanding the actual risk to yourself and people you care about can make an outbreak less stressful,” the CDC added. “When you share accurate information about COVID-19, you can help make people feel less stressed and allow you to connect with them.”

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Youth asks province to buy new life-saving medicine for cystic fibrosis Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

A new life-saving drug to combat cystic fibrosis is now available and one Saskatchewan girl wants the province to act quickly to access the medicine. Cassidy Evans, 12, formerly of Moose Jaw and now living in Saskatoon, encouraged the provincial government — specifically, Premier Scott Moe and Health Minister Jim Reiter — to work with Vertex Pharmaceuticals to acquire Orkambi and Trikafta, during a news conference in Regina on March 16 that the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Society (CCFTS) organized. These are life-saving gene modulator medicines that the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) department has already approved. Evans is known for raising awareness about cystic fibrosis (CF). She originally started a lemonade stand to fundraise for CF, but in 2017, she expanded that to include a mobile lemonade truck. The new medicines are showing life-changing results for people who have received a clinical trial or have taken the drugs, Evans said. Even medical professionals recognize that these medicines are miracle drugs. However, Canada has not yet met with Vertex to negotiate a price to acquire the drugs. The company said recently there is an offer available for a portfolio deal of all its medicines for one low price, but it is waiting for governments in Canada to negotiate a deal, according to CCFTS. Canada is an outlier since only citizens with private insurance plans can access Orkambi, Evans continued. People who rely on public programs, including pharmacare or the Saskatchewan Drug Plan, are not allowed to have a treatment that could prolong and improve their lives. “People living with CF are the most vulnerable to viruses like COVID-19, (so) the Government of Saskatchewan needs to take immediate steps to ensure this vulnerable population stays out of hos-

pitals during this crisis,” said Chris MacLeod, founder and chair of the CCFTS. “COVID-19 is a real and pressing concern that cannot be ignored.” While everyone fears catching the coronavirus, CF patients already experience breathing problems whenever they catch the common cold, Evans said. She coughs uncontrollably, experiences shortness of breath, acquires fevers and requires urgent health care. She must also isolate herself. “If you (Premier Moe) believe that the health of Saskatchewan residents does come first, please give CF patients access to gene modulators, like Orkambi and Trikafta, so they can have a chance at beating COVID-19 or any other virus they encounter,” Evans said. “Without gene modulators, CF is 100-per-cent fatal.” She challenged Moe to negotiate with Vertex for the medicines. She also expressed her gratitude to Moe for sharing her story with the province. “This is not a difficult decision to make. It’s been made by politicians and government leaders in other major countries around the world, and it saves lives,” added Evans. “It’s time for Canada, and time for Saskatchewan, to make this life-saving drug available to CF patients in our country.” A spokeswoman from the Ministry of Health emailed a statement about the provincial government’s position on these new medications. New drugs are added to the Saskatchewan Formulary based on the advice from the national and provincial drug review processes in conjunction with pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA) negotiations. The decision to list a medication on the formulary is based on both the clinical evidence and the cost-effectiveness of the drug, the statement said. This rigour is necessary to provide access to the best care while sustaining a publicly-funded

Biological fungus control discovery history resembles horror flick By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

Twe n t y-six EXPRESS years ago an Agriculture Canada researcher discovered a multi-use biological fungicide. The story of ACM 941, from patented to now, is a horror story of commercializing new fungicide products. Allen Xue discovered the biofungicide at the Morden research station, received a patent in Canada in 2000 and from the United States in 2002. The Agriculture Canada website has for years listed the biofungicide as a promising product to replace synthetic products and battle fungicide resistance. Testing showed when used as a seed treatment ACM 941 protected pulse crops, beans and peas, from root rot. Spraying on wheat cut fusarium head blight and reduced mycotoxins. In the early 2000s Agriculture Canada formed a partnership with ICUS Canada of Newfoundland to commercialize the


product. ICUs declared bankruptcy in 2012, requiring Ag Canada to start all over. The ACM 941 was tendered with 10 bidders. The winning bid was submitted by a small Kingsville, Ontario company called Adjuvants Plus. Adjuvants applied for a joint Canada U.S. registration in 2012, but withdrew the application a year later after learning it needed a battery of environmental and toxicology test data on the product. The company will re-submit the applications separately for Canada and the U.S. hoping for fall 2021 approval. Adjuvants CEO Laurent Dumaine told the Western Producer that producers are so accustomed to synthetic products there was no appetite for the biological product even seven or eight years ago. Fusarium head blight has cost producers $1.5 billion in losses since the 1990s. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@

Cassidy Evans speaks during a news conference in Regina on March 16, where she asked the provincial government to purchase new life-saving drugs. Photo submitted drug plan for future generations. Trikafta, a new cystic fibrosis medication that consists of three drugs (elexacaftor, tezacaftor and ivacaftor), is not yet available in Canada. To receive market approval for sale in Canada, the manufacturer has to submit information to Health Canada for review; however, this has not yet happened, the statement continued. Additionally, the manufacturer has not yet submitted clinical and cost information

for review by the national health technology agency. As a result, Trikafta is not an eligible benefit under the drug plan at this time. The national Common Drug Review reviewed Orkambi (lumacaftor-ivacaftor) and all the evidence submitted by the manufacturer was assessed. The review found there was uncertain clinical benefit with this medication, the statement said. However, Saskatchewan and select jurisdictions considered Orkambi further and have agreed on case-by-case criteria for Orkambi for children with cystic fibrosis who are rapidly deteriorating. Broad coverage of Orkambi is not being considered at this time and the funding status will be monitored and re-evaluated if appropriate. “The Ministry of Health recognizes and understands that drugs for rare diseases present many challenges for patients and their families, as well as the health care system,” the statement added. “New treatments and technologies are continually being considered and Saskatchewan will continue to collaborate with other provinces and territories on this complex topic.”

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Police say pandemic has not led to an increase in crime - yet Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) has not seen an increase in crime because of restrictions related to the coronavirus, but it believes offences could increase the longer the pandemic continues. It’s still too early to determine how much crime right now can be connected to COVID-19 since it has been only a couple of weeks, while there has been nothing striking or irregular with the calls for service received every day, explained Police Chief Rick Bourassa. However, the police service is tracking the data, watching for shifts and continually monitoring the community. “We certainly anticipate with some increased stress levels among people, we know we’re going to see that. We can’t help but have that (since) we’re humans,” said Bourassa. People become stressed during “interesting times” like this since their regular routines have become disrupted. However, the police chief remarked, there has not been an increase in property crimes. “The toilet paper supply is safe,” Bourassa laughed. Police services across Saskatchewan are in constant communication and are making each other aware of issues that have arisen due to the coronavirus. Therefore, if one community sees a rise in crime, it’s likely similar offences might happen elsewhere. The MJPS is aware that domestic violence issues could also increase since spouses are closer in proximity than normal, Bourassa said. There hasn’t been a spike in this area — he hoped there wouldn’t be — but the police would watch for it. The police service encourages anyone who isn’t in a safe

Police Chief Rick Bourassa poses in his office at the police station . File Photo by Jason G. Antonio. situation at home to call and it will respond as best it can. “We are happy to continue to provide policing services and we will continue to provide that,” Bourassa said. “When this is behind us — as it will be — we certainly will look back and see what things we did (and) what things we could have done better.” Internally, Bourassa and MJPS management have been busier than usual, as they ensure there is enough equipment to protect officers. While they normally prepare for disruptive events, they are now implementing the different levels of their preparedness plan. This takes time and effort, but will ensure officers stay safe through the pandemic. Externally, the police service is still conducting its regular business and community functions as normally as

possible. Aside from no longer offering criminal record checks, all other services continue to be provided. Bourassa encouraged anyone who needs the police to call for assistance. One thing that’s changed with calls to police, however, is callers are asked to say whether they feel well. This ensures police — if they have to respond — do not participate in transmitting the coronavirus. Besides the provincial health authority, the police service is also working with the chamber of commerce to help the business community understand the restrictions it faces. One police officer now visits businesses to help them comply with all provincial orders about whether they can remain open or should close. Police encourage everyone to self-isolate and obey all public health orders, especially if they have travelled out of country or are sick, said Bourassa. Most residents have been happy to obey those instructions and no fines have been handed out. Police would rather hand out information instead of use enforcement. This is why the MJPS directs everyone to the provincial government website for info about the coronavirus. Moose Jaw police have not had to break up any large parties, laughed Bourassa. Instead, police have received only a few calls from people concerned about their neighbours and self-isolation. “We’ve got a great community. People just pull together in these times — and maintaining social distance — we pull together in spirit,” Bourassa added with a chuckle. “It really has been heartening to see (that).”

Thank You For Doing Your Part MLA’s Column

Warren Michelson Moose Jaw North

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Along with Premier Moe, I thank the people of our province for complying with the necessary restrictions put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Few of us have known a time when the reality of our daily lives changed so much and so quickly. My thoughts and prayers go out

to those who are ill, to those whose family members are ill, or those who find the isolation very difficult. Thank you all for doing your part. It would appear most of us are able to make the best of the situation. I hear of people getting to tasks on the “to-do”

list that they haven’t completed in a long time. It’s encouraging to see many people out for a healthy walk, and even more encouraging is seeing them move aside to maintain a safe two metre physical distance when encountering others who are walking. Thankfully, today we have many ways to stay connected. Those over the age of 60 will remember the days of writing letters or restricting long-distance phone calls to five minutes because those phone calls were expensive. I miss gathering with our faith community on Sundays. However, praying together with fellow Christians in a livestreamed Sunday service makes it easier to maintain some degree of familiarity and get through these difficult times. The imposed restrictions are necessary to prevent overwhelming our health care system. I am appreciative for all our medical professionals, the hundreds of doctors, and thousands of nurses working in our communities, hospitals, and care homes. I am grateful for our up-to-date Dr. F. H. Wigmore Regional Hospital which allows health care workers to more effectively care for patients than they could in the former Union Hospital. The addition of more doctors and nurses in recent years, and new or updated hospitals and care homes in Saskatchewan are assets in our health system as we prepare to treat COVID-19 cases and reduce the spread of infection. The biggest factor in fighting COVID-19 will continue to be everyone complying with the restrictions. Up–to-date information is available at Premier Moe has emphatically stated; these are not suggestions; this is now the law. Gathering

in groups larger than the stipulation is illegal. When returning from outside Canada, it is illegal to go to the grocery store before you go home and self-isolate. If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms, enjoy a healthy walk, but maintain two meters of physical distancing. Plan ahead so you can limit the number of times you go to public places like the grocery store or the pharmacy, and only go out when absolutely necessary. Should you have contacted shared surfaces like grocery carts, handrails, pedestrian crosswalk buttons, door knobs or outdoor playground equipment, sanitize your hands as soon as possible, most certainly before touching your face, moving about your home or handling food. Wash your hands as soon as possible. If you have travelled and have symptoms of COVID-19, call 811 and self-isolate. You must remain indoors where you are staying during self-isolation. I know the people of Saskatchewan will support each other in helpful, creative ways as they always do, particularly in this time of uncertainty. Our constituency office will continue to respond to phone calls and emails. In compliance with health policy, our office is closed to personal visits. Should you have a matter you would like to discuss, or need assistance, please call the constituency office at 306692-8884 or send an email to Say a prayer for our families, our community, our Province and our Country. Stay safe – stay healthy, and watch out for each other. 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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Province’s decision to keep building projects will maintain jobs, incomes and taxes

With all the focus on COVID-19 prevention, release of the Saskatchewan budget barely made a ripple in the sea of news coverage. Voters and the media could be excused for that oversight. Our attention is on matters of more urgent conby Ron Walter cern. Moreover this wasn‘t really a budget. Budgets require two main parts, expenditures and revenues – how we are going to pay for things. This one had no revenue section. For three weeks after oil prices collapsed the province refused to postpone the budget or redo revenues with a different oil price estimate. Once thought to average $60 a barrel, oil prices have sunk to $22 with some heavy oil grades trading at $10. No matter, the province proceeded with an expenditures only document. The expenditures Finance Minister Donna Harpauer tabled in no way reflect a pending election with goodies designed to lure votes. With some arguably unnec-

essary exceptions in increased spending the budget was a more of the same document. Some increase was offered where absolutely needed. Expenditures increased 3.1 per cent to $14.15 billion. Last year oil and natural gas revenues were expected to rake in $1.8 billion, or about 12 per cent of income. If current oil prices stay at these levels oil revenues will be a fraction of last year’s take. Harpauer somehow found $1.3 billion in a cash stash to offset lower oil revenues. Low oil prices combine with funds being used to offset income losses from self-quarantining measures could still create tsunami proportion deficit waves. Some will argue the province’s continued spending on highways — upgrading more than 1,000 kilometres – and schools is unnecessary. That money could have been saved. Or less debt would be incurred. True. But the savings come at the expense of jobs and the income/sales tax revenues associated with jobs. The highways budget, construction of seven schools, a long term care facility and $22 million dam and waterway works by the Moose Jaw based Water Security Agency could have been postponed. Spending by the Saskatchewan Government amounts to about 17 per cent of the province’s output, better known as gross domestic product. The provincial

government spends one in every $6 spent. The government chose to continue spending on major projects and maintain employment. After all, Saskatchewan has lost 13,000 construction jobs in five years. Moose Jaw may be disappointed at exclusion from the new school projects. Capital spending will increase $93 million over last year with $28 million extra for schools and $83 million more for highways infrastructure. Interest on the debt of $513 million increases by $23 million and stands at 3.5 per cent of expenditures – a reasonable proportion. For some observers, attentive to the never experienced COVID-19 circumstances, this accounting of expenditures has no meaning. They reason no one knows what the public cost of combatting this disease will be. Nor do we know how much expenditures will be reduced by quarantine practices. Or how we pay for it. Ron Walter can be reached at The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.



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Humane Society continuing services behind partially closed doors amid pandemic Larissa Kurz

The Moose Jaw Humane Society closed their shelter to public traffic on Mar. 17, just ahead of the province’s official mandate, but staff are still doing their best to take care of the animals in the city. The shelter will be closed to the public until Mar. 31, but operations are continuing as usual inside the building — and the animals are still getting all the attention they deserve. “Without customers coming in, there is a bit more free time [for staff], so we are actually spending more time with the animals in place of the volunteers,” said Amanda Tetarenko from the shelter. Adoptions are still available, said Tetarenko, although there are some restrictions in place in light of the current state of the province. Patrons interested in adopting one of the Humane Society’s animals will have to call and make an appointment to see a specific animal, and staff are asking that only one or two people come to the appointment. All of the Humane Shelter’s animals are featured on their Facebook page, and potential adopters are encouraged to check out the animals online instead of coming into the shelter to browse. “If they see an animal that catches their

eye and they do want to look at adopting that animal, then they can give us a call, make an appointment and come in and we will assist them,” said Tetarenko. “We do ask that you do not bring children in, and if you can help it, preferably just one or two of you at a time.” The Humane Society is also still offering cremation services by appointment, and accepting donations provided they are left in the shelter’s front porch — things like food and blankets, for example. Tetarenko also noted that the shelter is still taking emergency calls about stray or lost animal sightings, although they are not always able to respond. They will not be able to take surrendered animals for the time being, and volunteer activities are suspended until further notice. “Part of the reason for the closure is to be in line with what the Saskatchewan Health Authority wants, to minimize contact with other people,” said Tetarenko. “But we do also recognize that there are immunocompromised people in our community and we have staff here that have a condition that would make them more susceptible, and we have to take that into consideration.” Tetarenko expects the most noticeable

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The Humane Society is home to lots of cats and dogs who would love to be adopted, even at a time like this. way the Humane Society will be affected by all of the social distancing measures will be in terms of their fundraising efforts. The Humane Society has already cancelled their Jail & Bail event originally scheduled for April, as they felt this would be the wrong time to host a fundraiser. “In this current economic time, with not knowing and with so much uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19, situation, we

don’t feel it’s an appropriate time to be running our fundraiser,” said Tetarenko. However, donations are always needed at the Humane Society, especially monetary donations to aid with medical bills and other needs. The Humane Society will continue with holding their upcoming lottery beginning Apr. 1, as it can be done remotely and without too much interaction. Tetarenko is not concerned about the future of the shelter as of yet, but that doesn’t mean Moose Jaw isn’t welcome to help out however they feel able. “We’re people too, that are in the same crisis and we recognize that people could be getting less hours, being laid off, or any number of things,” said Tetarenko. “We just don’t want to put any extra pressure on people.” Staff at the Humane Society can still be reached during the shelter’s regular hours by calling 1 (306) 692-1517.


Ice cream treats must be retrieved before they melt

The knack for proper packing of groceries was a lesson passed on by The Parents, observed by Yours Truly as I tagged along to the old Safeway Joyce Walter stores on For Moose Jaw Express Main Street and then on Ninth Avenue Northwest and Caribou Street. My Mother taught the packers that the tins of pork and beans do not go on top of the pears and peaches in the same brown bag. The fruits and vegetables were considered perishables and thus went into separate bags and when packed into the box of the truck or trunk of the car were placed in the boxes or picnic hampers that were cooled by frozen cans. Ice cream bricks, Fudgsicles and Revels were placed in another bag and also placed in the cooled containers so they wouldn’t melt on the trip home. On the journeys into the city on the Saturdays when we were purchasing milk and butter, all our other shopping stops were done in advance and on those days there was no time to stop for an early movie or even a meal at The Uptown. We picked up our 12 pounds of butter and our 12 quarts of milk — in bottles— in the crate designed by the Co-op Creamery, and given to us for use on the promise that we would return the empty crate and washed bottles. In those days our regular order was 10 quarts of homogenized milk, one bottle of buttermilk for the pancakes and for the spoiled one in the house, one quart of chocolate milk. If our favourite dairy person were on duty, the spoiled one also received an ice cream treat. We’d make a quick stop at Martha’s Coffee Bar for hamburgers to eat in the car and then head west on the highway to our

home about an hour away. The perishables and frozen items were unpacked first, then the exteriors of the milk bottles were washed before they went into the fridge. The butter was put into the fridge drawer that held exactly 12 pounds, and then we proceeded to put away all the other groceries, washed the fruit, then stashed the paper bags for other uses long before recycling was fashionable. All these years later I insist that the fruit be packed separately from the tin cans, that heavy items be double bagged for easier handling, and that frozen items be placed in a separate bag, and not in a bag with the toilet bowl cleaner or the still-hot barbecued chicken. The packers of today are pleasant and receptive to my directions. Thus on a recent Saturday morning, on a trip of mercy to buy essentials for our house and for my sibling’s house, the bag bearing the chocolate ice cream treats held a place of honour in the seat beside me. Perhaps it was their proximity or the favour in which I hold chocolate ice cream treats, but after meeting another vehicle in the same intersection, my main concern was not how I was being removed from my vehicle, but whether my ice cream treats would melt before they could be rescued by Housemate who had been summoned for that exact purpose. No one seemed put out by my concern for ice cream treats and I was assured that Housemate was on his way. I left in the ambulance before he arrived, thus I had

to trust my treats to the merciful care of others. I am pleased to report that my treats did not melt nor did they pop out of their packaging — unlike the blueberries and potato chips that ranged freely throughout my crinkled vehicle. Joyce Walter can be reached at The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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Small increase in student enrolment positive, says education director Jason G. Antonio Moose Jaw Express Moose Jaw’s Catholic school division projects that student enrolment will increase by 1.4 per cent next year, something the director of education says is positive. As of Sept. 30, 2019, the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division had 2,399 students attending its nine schools throughout west-central Saskatchewan. The division expects that number to increase by 33 pupils to 2,432 for the 2020-21 school year, according to a recent board of education report. “It’s a good news story. Our division has seen a steady increase in terms of student population over the last handful of years,” said education director Sean Chase. “In our world of education … there are people out there who are choosing a faith-based education and obviously, it’s a stamp of approval for our staff for the good things that are going on in our schools.” The division has asked the Ministry of Education for two extra relocatable classrooms (portables) for a school in Swift Current since space there is tight, he continued. The building is at 123-per-cent capacity with its student population; if 15 more students enrol there, that would put more pressure on the school to accommodate those

youths. When the provincial budget has been unveiled, Holy Trinity hopes to learn that its request for extra portables is approved. Moose Jaw schools The following data indicate the student population of Moose Jaw schools as of Sept. 30, 2019, and the projection for next year: • Vanier Collegiate: 406/430 • St. Michael School: 310/330 • St. Mary School: 146/141 • St. Margaret School: 239/207 • St. Agnes School: 327/354 • Sacred Heart School: 266/275 • Phoenix Academy: 90/95 Future concerns While enrollment has grown by 150 students since Sept. 30, 2017 — or 6.3 per cent — infrastructure has continued to age and has required repairs, the report said. The division has not recovered from funding cuts that the provincial government initiated in 2017. This year’s school division budget included accessing reserve fund-

ing, which “cannot continue as time is required to replenish the reserves used for capital purchases.” In preparing for the 2020-21 budget, the division believes its finances will be based on a zero-percentage increase in funding received in this fiscal year, or could be unless the ministry advises otherwise, the report continued. While all salary lines have been adjusted to reflect changes in staffing levels and increment increases, other salary-related employer costs — such as CPP, EI, WCB, benefits — are expected to increase next year by $100,000. Due to the uncertainty of provincial bargaining, teacher increments are likely to increase by $150,000. The average cost of a teacher in Holy Trinity is $90,000. Historic staffing levels have been based on a pupil-teacher ratio (PTR) of 20:1 for kindergarten to Grade 3 and 25:1 for grades 4 to 12, the report said. An alternate PTR model was presented to board trustees to consider in the budgetary process that would align the organization with other school divisions. That particular model proposes changing the PTR levels to 22:1 for kindergarten to Grade 3 classes, 26:1 for grades 4 to 6 and 27:1 for grades 7 to 8.

YMCA to charge a fee next fall for use of early learning program Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Families that use the YMCA’s free early learning centre programs in Moose Jaw could have to pay fees in the fall depending upon the location their children attend. The YMCA and Holy Trinity Catholic School Division have worked together for several years to offer this pre-kindergarten program at St. Mary, St. Margaret and St. Michael schools for children ages four and five. However, changes are coming to the program’s funding structure for the 2020-21 year, which means the Y will charge a monthly fee to offset costs to deliver the services, according to a letter that both organizations issued recently. The fees will apply to families who send their children to either St. Michael or St. Margaret to use the program. Full-time participants will pay $125 per month while part-time participants will pay $75

per month. The St. Mary School location will continue to be subsidized for the coming year for families that may face barriers to accessing the program, the letter said. The Y plans to monitor the situation to ensure the program continues to be sustainable, accessible and affordable for families in Moose Jaw and area. “Our sincerest appreciation to Holy Trinity School Division for their continuing partnership in the delivery of these programs with significant investment of inkind spaces to host the programs and their continued financial support,” the letter added. The partnership with the YMCA has been good over the years, said Sean Chase, education director for Holy Trinity. When the board of education initially decided to enter into this program, it used non-bud-

geted money to support this pre-school program. This means the Ministry of Education did not provide specific funding for this program, nor are the pre-kindergarten spots ministry-designated. “With the challenging times where everyone is feeling the pinch with funding dollars, the decision that that letter reflects is we have scaled back some of the funding that we have provided to the program … ,” he continued. The division is still offering in-kind space and subsidy funding to keep these programs afloat, Chase added. The division is hopeful that families see the value and worth of the program for their children and support it financially as part of a fee for service. It’s difficult to say if this will have a negative effect, he said. Division administration has been in constant contact with the

YMCA staff at the three schools. Administration hopes, based on an environmental scan of the two affected locations, that there won’t be a big dip in registrations. There are 70 kids enrolled in the early learning program across the three schools. “We still think this is an incredible bargain for what you’re receiving there,” Chase said. “The level of programming that is offered by the wonderful staff … they are tremendously skilled and dedicated folks, and the quality that you have there is significantly above (other community programs).” There is actual educational programming that occurs at these locations to help prepare children for school, he added, and is not simply a daily daycare.

Ecole Ducharme Science Fair

Henry, Justin, and Georgia (left to right), along with all the Grade 2/3’s presented information and conducted experiments on Electricity and Magnetism.

For grades 6 and 7, the prizes won were as follows: In third place, Jack Heiman et Jérémy Hamel (both in the far left of the photo) won for their project on Radioactivity. In second place, Sakina Stationwala (second from the right) won for her project on Tropic Pyramids. In first place, Gabrielle St-Laurent (far right) won for her project on the Evolution of Humans.

Thank you Dianna and Emma (left to right) and all the Grade 1’s who presented the five senses.

Kayden Cletheroe, Avery Pike et Amina Mnaymneh from Grade 4/5 were recognized for their project about Staying Healthy.

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From The Kitchen

C h e e s e p l e a s e ! Fr ie n ds w i l l p l e a d fo r m o re c h e e s e By Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Cheese, in any of its many forms, is considered a comfort food or an ingredient that will take a recipe out of the ordinary category. This week’s recipes offer three ideas for making use of cheese to give a boost of taste. ••• No Yeast Cheese Buns 1 cup flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 1/2 cup milk 2 tbsps. mayonnaise 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spoon into greased muffin tins. Cook at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until golden brown. While still warm, top with melted butter. When cool remove from tins. ••• Bacon Cheeseburger Soup 12 slices bacon, chopped 1 lb. ground beef 4 tbsps. butter 1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup) 1 cup carrots, shredded

1 cup celery, diced 1 3/4 lbs. potatoes, cubed and peeled (4 cups) 3-4 cups chicken broth 1 tsp. parsley flakes 1 tsp. dried basil 1 tsp. dried oregano 3/4 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 cup heavy cream or whole milk 1/2 cup sour cream 16 oz. shredded Velveeta Cheese In a large pan over medium heat, fry bacon until crisp then set aside. In drippings, brown ground beef for 3-4 minutes then crumble. Cook until no longer pink. Drain and set aside. Reduce heat to medium low, add butter and melt then add onion and cook about 5 minutes. Add vegetables and cook 7-10 minutes until tender. Add 3 cups broth, dried herbs and seasonings. Add in beef and stir. If too thick, add 1 more cup broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered until potatoes are tender, about 10-12 minutes. Reduce to low. Add cream and milk. Turn off heat. Add cheese

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and stir until it melts. Stir in 3/4 of the chopped bacon. Serve, garnished, with rest of bacon. Serves 8. ••• Broccoli Cheese Omelettes 4 tsps. vegetable oil 1-10 oz. can condensed broccoli and cheese soup 8 eggs 2 cups cooked, chopped broccoli dash ground black pepper grated Parmesan cheese Whisk eggs and gradually mix into soup. Stir in half the broccoli and pepper. Heat 1 tsp. oil in non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add 3/4 cup of the egg mixture. As it begins to set, lift edges allowing uncooked egg mixture to flow to bottom. Cook until set but still moist. Top one half with 1/4 cup broccoli. Fold omelette in half using a spatula and slide onto plate. Sprinkle with cheese. Repeat for each of the 4 omelettes. Serve with crusty bread. Joyce Walter can be reached at

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What does all the coronavirus terminology really mean? As coverage about the new coronavirus continues across the world, it’s likely you’ve encountered a number of terms and phrases relating to the virus that may create some confusion. To help clarify what some of this terminology means, Moose Jaw Express/ Moose Jaw Today staff staff has put together a list of terms that are being used in relation to the current coronavirus pandemic and laid out what, exactly, is meant when those words are being used. Coronavirus and COVID-19 The terms “coronavirus” and “COVID-19” are currently being used interchangeably to reference the respiratory virus that is spreading through populations right now, but a coronavirus is actually a family of viruses that are all related but somewhat different. The World Health Organization prefers the term COVID-19, as that references the disease caused by the virus known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). COVID-19 is an acronym for “coronavirus disease 2019.” SARS-CoV-2 is a coronavirus that is related to the coronavirus that caused the SARS outbreak in 2003, but the two are different viruses. To avoid confusion, the WHO has chosen to refer to this coronavirus as COVID-19. COVID-19 is caused by a respiratory virus spread primarily through the saliva or nasal discharge when a person sneezes or coughs, or through other methods of encountering those bodily fluids. Novel coronavirus or new coronavirus Many media sources are also referring to COVID-19 as “the novel coronavirus” or “the new coronavirus.” This simply means that it is the coronavirus that has most recently been discovered affecting humans. The WHO referred to this virus as 2019 novel coronavirus until the virus was named SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes was labelled COVID-19.

Pandemic The current outbreak of coronavirus is being referred to as a “pandemic,” which often holds connotations that create fear in some. The term pandemic simply refers to a new disease that has become prevalent over a whole country or world. Because the new coronavirus has been reported present in 190 countries so far, the WHO has classified it as a pandemic. Presumptive positive cases As new cases of COVID-19 are being reported, it’s likely they are being described as presumptive positive cases. This means that the case in question has tested positive by a testing kit at a local public health location. That presumptive positive case will then go on to be tested in a formal laboratory for confirmation, where it then becomes a confirmed positive case. The Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory is handling such testing in Saskatchewan. Presumptive positive cases are being treated as positive cases by medical professionals. Symptomatic cases and asymptomatic cases It’s important to remember that the number of cases being reported in your area are cases that have been tested — or symptomatic cases, as they are individuals displaying symptoms. There are also asymptomatic cases, which would be individuals who do not exhibit any symptoms but are still carrying the virus. Asymptomatic cases are still able to transmit the virus, officials say. Social Distancing The Government of Saskatchewan is encouraging everyone in the province to adhere to the practice of social distancing, but it may be unclear as to how that differs from self-isolation or quarantine. Social distancing, during this time, means avoiding close contact with others. The Government of Saskatchewan has implemented a recommended policy of remaining 2 metres in distance away from other

people when in public.

Self-isolation Self- isolation, when used in the context of the COVID-19 response from the Government of Saskatchewan, means isolating oneself for 14 days and practicing social distancing even within the household. This means staying home from all public places and activities, including work, school, public events or meetings, religious gatherings, errand running, and social obligations, to name a few. The individual is also meant to be remaining separate from other members of the household to avoid spreading the virus and using separate living quarters and bathroom if possible. They should also not have any visitors enter the home. The mandatory self-isolation has been set at 14 days because experts say that it can take up to 14 days after exposure for symptoms to develop. If the individual in self-isolation is possibly exposed to the virus again during the initial 14-day isolation, for example by a household member who is ill, they must start their isolation period over again. Close-contact Public Health continues to warn people to avoid close contact, which can mean a lot of things. In terms of social distancing, close contact refers to touching other people in any way. In most situations, touching public surfaces — like door handles or counters, for example — cannot be avoided, which is why washing your hand with soap and water as often as possible is hugely recommended. For those discussing the possibility of exposure to the virus, close contact can

mean being in physical contact with a person with COVID-19 without wearing appropriate protective equipment or have been in contact with bodily fluids of a person with COVID-19. It is also considered close contact if you have been within two metres of someone with COVID-19 in your living situation, or shared personal items such as utensils drinking cups with someone with COVID-19. Airplane passengers seated within two metres of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 are also considered to have been in close contact. Fleeting interactions with a person with COVID-19, such as walking past them on the street or standing less than two metres apart in the same room, are not considered close contact. Self-monitoring Saskatchewan residents have also been asked to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. This just means paying attention to your body — watch for a rise body temperature or development of a cough or shortness of breath, which could be symptoms of COVID-19. Self-monitoring is not practiced only in self-isolation, but it is recommended to practice social distancing while you self-monitor. State of emergency On Mar. 18, the Government of Saskatchewan declared a state of emergency in the province. The phrase “state of emergency” gives the government the power to make social changes to limit the threat in question — in this case, the spread of the new coronavirus. While being in a state of emergency does not automatically mean that all public life is shut down, it does mean that the government now has the ability to move around resources or impose policies that normally they are not permitted to do.

WHO shares several myth-busting facts about COVID-19 A lot of information about the rising strain of coronavirus has swept across the world, and the World Health Organization wants to be sure that the public knows the facts about the virus. Using what is currently known about COVID-19, WHO has put together 14 helpful graphics to debunk a number of popular myths to help the public understand how the virus spreads, which are all available on their website. The most important thing to remember is that the best-proven way to protect against the COVID-19 virus is to regularly clean hands using soap and water, or with an alcohol-based hand rub, and to avoid touching the face with unclean hands. Moose Jaw Express/Moose Jaw Today staff have summarized the myths address by WHO below: Myth: Only really old or really young people can catch coronavirus. People of all ages are susceptible to COVID-19, and older people or people with pre-existing medical conditions like asthma, heart conditions, or diabetes are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill. Myth: COVID-19 can’t survive in certain climates. The COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in both hot and humid climates as well as cold and snowy climates. There is no reason to believe that cold temperatures can kill the virus. Myth: Coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquito bites. There is no evidence that mosquito bites are transmitting the COVID-19 virus, as it is a respiratory virus that spreads through the drops created during sneezing, coughing, or in saliva.

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Myth: Altering your body temperature with a hot bath can prevent catching coronavirus. The human body sits at a regular 37 C, and taking a hot bath or shower will not alter the body’s internal temperature or prevent the body from contracting the COVID-19 virus. Myth: Using a saline rinse in your nose can prevent infection of coronavirus. There is no evidence that regular use of a saline rinse through sinuses can prevent catching COVID-19 or aid in the recovery of a respiratory illness like this virus. Myth: Eating garlic will help fight the virus off. The WHO has no evidence that eating garlic has helped protect people from the COVID-19 virus. Myth: Spraying alcohol or chlorine on your body will kill the virus. Applying alcohol or chlorine topically to the body will

not kill viruses that have already entered the system, and can be dangerous to the eyes, mouth, and clothing. Myth: Using UV lamps and hand dryers can kill the virus. UV lamps are not effective for sterilization and can harm the skin, and hand dryers are not effective in killing the COVID-19 virus. Myth: Thermal scanners can tell when you’re infected. Thermal scanners are effective in detecting individuals that have developed a fever, but cannot tell if an individual is infected with the COVID-19 virus before they begin showing symptoms. It can take between 2 to 10 days before fever symptoms appear in an infected individual. Myth: Vaccines for pneumonia also protect against coronavirus. COVID-19 is so different from previous respiratory viruses that it requires its own vaccine, which researchers are working to develop. Vaccines against pneumonia and influenza type B will not protect against COVID-19 but can offer protection against respiratory illness to improve health. Myth: Taking antibiotics can help prevent the virus. Antibiotics are meant for bacteria, not viruses like COVID-19, and are not meant to be preventative measures. Some individuals in hospitals are receiving antibiotics due to the possibility of bacterial infections arising alongside coronavirus symptoms. There are currently no specific medicines to treat COVID-19, but researchers are working on a solution.

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Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Saskatchewan The Moose Jaw Express/Moose Jaw Today staff have gathered all of the necessary information about COVID-19, to help residents be prepared for the virus as it continues to affect the province. All of this information has been collected from the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the World Health Organization, and the federal and provincial government’s provided resources. What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is the disease caused by infection of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), also being referred to as “the novel coronavirus” or “novel coronavirus 2019.” This respiratory virus can be spread through contact with saliva or nasal discharge when a person sneezes or coughs, or through other methods of encountering those bodily fluids. The World Health Organization has declared the current outbreak of this coronavirus a pandemic because it has been reported present in 197 countries around the world. Symptoms of COVID-19 The public is being asked to continually be looking for developing symptoms of COVID-19, which are: • fever (temperature greater than 38 C or 100.4 F) • sore throat; • respiratory symptoms like cough, shortness of breath, or difficulties breathing. More severe cases of COVID-19 infection can cause: • pneumonia; • severe acute respiratory syndrome; • kidney failure; • and possibly death. Symptoms can take up to 14 days after exposure to the virus to appear, and experts believe it’s possible for individuals to still spread the virus if they are not exhibiting symptoms yet. The majority of cases in Saskatchewan at the time of publishing have been contracted due to travel that caused exposure, but the number of cases caused by exposure within Saskatchewan is rising. What to do if you may be sick with COVID-19? Residents are asked to know whether they have been exposed to recent travel and could be at risk, and to self-monitor for any symptoms to develop. Both the provincial government and federal government have self-assessment tools available on their websites for individuals to use, to determine if they may be infected with COVID-19 and should seek medical attention. According to Saskatchewan’s self-assessment tool, if you are having difficulty breathing or severe chest pain, having a hard time waking up, feeling confused, and/or lost consciousness, seek emergency medical attention or call 911. If you are short of breath at rest, limited physically because of breathing difficulty, and/ or having difficulty managing your chronic health condition because of respiratory illness, seek emergency medical attention or call 911. If you are not experiencing those severe conditions, but have at least two of the following: fever, cough, or shortness of breath; have been in close prolonged contact with an individual who may have been exposed or their fluids within the last 14 days; have been in close contact with an individual with a respiratory illness in the last 14 days; or have returned from travel outside of Canada within the last 14 days; Officials encourage you to begin self-isolation immediately and call HealthLine 811 for assessment and further instructions. Do not go to any medical centres or clinics unless you are given those instructions by HealthLine 811. Also, while you wait for test results to return, follow instructions to self-isolate and do not interact with the public in any way. Who is at risk of infection? Anyone can be diagnosed with COVID-19. The risk of contracting the virus differs between communities. The risk increases in public spaces that are high-traffic, such as public transit, shopping centres, or large gatherings and events. Individuals at high-risk include people: • aged 65 or over; • with compromised immune systems; • with underlying medical conditions;

• people who have recently travelled. These people are encouraged to be careful and avoid public interaction if possible, and to practice preventative measures. How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Because COVID-19 is spread through contact with saliva or nasal discharge from coughing or sneezing, the most common way it is expected to spread is through contact with infected surfaces. This includes contact with people, such as touching or shaking their hands, or contact with any infected surface and then touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth. The best way to avoid coming into contact with the virus is to practice everyday preventative measures. Everyone is recommended to: • wash their hands with soap and water often, especially after using the bathroom or while preparing food. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is also effective. • cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue to reduce the spread of droplets, and wash your hand immediately after. • avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, or mouth with unwashed hands; • clean and sanitize high-traffic surfaces, like counters, doorknobs, and so on. Currently, experts have no reason to believe that animals can be infected with this coronavirus strain, but they do urge pet owners to avoid close contact, like snuggling or letting the lick the face, with their animals just in case. The Saskatchewan government is also encouraging all residents to practice social distancing, which means maintaining a distance of two metres from other people when in public and avoiding contact with other people. The Canadian government is asking citizens to abide by travel restrictions currently in place, including: • avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada; • avoid all travel on cruise ships; • if you must travel, be aware of the health risks and border restrictions in the country you are travelling to; and adhere to self-isolation mandate upon returning from travel, even if you are not exhibiting symptoms. As part of the Saskatchewan state of emergency mandates, residents are asked to limit all non-essential travel outside of the province until further notice. When should you self-isolate? Although self-isolation is not mandatory for all residents at this time, it is highly recommended by officials to prevent the spread of the virus. Even individuals who aren’t exhibiting symptoms but have travelled recently could be carrying the virus, and are encouraged to avoid unnecessary ventures into the community. All residents are encouraged to practice social distancing. Self-isolation is different from social distancing. Self-isolation means an individual is to remain at home for 14 days, avoiding contact with other individuals and any kind of public place. Individuals who are self-isolation should be: • staying home from work or school; • staying home from events and activities in public places, like meetings, religious gatherings, social obligations, and so on; • avoiding public places and public transportation; • be practicing social distancing even with other members of the household, and using their own separate living quarters and bathroom. If you come into contact with the virus again during your self-isolation, that 14-day period must begin all over. Public Health recommends self-isolation as a precautionary tactic, to those who have been in close contact with COVID-19 and those who have not been in contact. If you have been in contact with COVID-19 or are showing symptoms, do not have visitors in your home and avoid going outside for any reason. If you have not been in contact with COVID-19, stay home and self-monitor for any symptoms, and avoid public space when possible. You may go outdoors into your backyard, but continue to practice social distancing and avoid contact with shared surfaces. All travelers returning from outside Canada are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon

return. The Canadian government has declared this mandatory, and violating this order can result in a large fine. Public Restrictions Due to COVID-19 Due to coronavirus concerns, a number of restrictions are now in place for Saskatchewan residents. Saskatchewan declared a state of emergency on Mar. 23. Public gatherings are now limited to 10 people, and as of Mar. 20, the federal government mandated that all travelers from international destinations must self-isolate. Grocery stores will remain open as an essential service using social distancing practices, as will financial institutions. Health care services, law enforcement, and emergency services will also remain operational as essential services. Pharmacies will remain open, but some are operating with reduced hours and special pick-up requirements. Many pharmacists are asking clients to keep their prescriptions up to date and not to stockpile any medications, as it could create a shortage in the future. In Moose Jaw, parking fines are still operating but residents can ride the transit service for free. The municipality has also issued the discontinuation of disconnecting water utilities and seizing properties during the pandemic. The Saskatchewan Health Authority has discontinued all non-urgent surgeries and 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. Provincial courthouses are closed to the public, and all proceedings will be conducted over the phone or video when possible. Courts will also not be holding eviction hearings until the state of emergency is over. Restaurants and most retail stores are no longer open for public-facing services, but can still provide pick-up, take-out, or delivery options that comply with social distancing guidelines. Dental, optometrist, chiropractic, registered

massage therapy and podiatry clinics are closed except for non-elective procedures. Personal care services such as salons, estheticians, massage therapists, and more are closed to the public. Recreational facilities — such as arenas, libraries, museums, pools, and event venues — are closed. Treating COVID-19 As COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, there are currently no treatments available. Most people with COVID-19 are expected to recover on their own. Individuals with more severe symptoms may be hospitalized. Call HealthLine 811 if you feel your symptoms are worsening, and they will give instructions on how and when to access acute care. There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, and no health products are approved as effective to treat or protect against the disease. Saskatchewan has testing clinics operating throughout the province and is confirming test results at the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory in Saskatoon. Resources about COVID-19 The Government of Saskatchewan has provided all resources and information pertaining to COVID-19 in the province on their website, The website is updated regularly as more information becomes available and more positive cases are reported. The Government of Canada is doing the same on their website, at Questions about COVID-19 that are not personal health concerns, can be emailed to The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency has also launched a toll-free phone line for questions about COVID-19. Saskatchewan residents can call 1-855-559-5502 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. This line is not for personal health concerns. If you have personal health concerns or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, call HealthLine811 for assessment and further instructions.

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Annual General Spring Meeting Sunday, April 19 at 1:30 PM. Committee Reports and General Business for the Golf Club. Auditor’s Report for 2019, All members are welcome

Saskatchewan public safety agency launches toll-free line for non-health related questions

Today, the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) is launching a dedicated, toll-free phone line for people who have general questions about the COVID-19 pandemic that are not health-specific. The 1-855-559-5502 (for Regina residents: 306-787-8539) line will be staffed 18 hours a day, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., by emergency operators who will be able to answer questions or point people to information ranging from government services to travel restrictions. “We expect this new line to free up room for 811 healthcare professionals to reach more people who may be

experiencing medical issues,� SPSA President Marlo Pritchard said. People are encouraged to access the latest, most accurate information on COVID-19 in Saskatchewan at If people have symptoms or health concerns, they are encouraged to phone 811. To learn more about the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency visit government-structure/crown-corporations/saskatchewan-public-safety-agency.

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VILLAGE OF EYEBROW 2020 ASSESSMENT ROLL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Assessment Roll for the Village of Eyebrow for the year 2020 has been prepared and is open to inspection in the office of the assessor by appointment only from 8:30am to 3:30pm on the following days, Monday to Thursday, March 30th, to April 30th, except holidays. 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 his or her assessment is required to file his or her notice of appeal in writing accompanied by the applicable fee; Residential $200.00, Agricultural $200.00, Railways $200.00, and Commercial and Industrial $400.00 for each assessment being appealed which will be returned if the appeal is successful, with: The Assessor, Village of Eyebrow, Box 159, Eyebrow, SK S0H 1L0 by the 30th day of April, 2020. Dated this, 26th day of March, 2020. Assessor

SALE BY TENDER The Village of Tugaske will be accepting sealed tenders for the following property: Lots 11 & 12, Block 5, Plan A1301 A tender must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked “Lots for Sale� addressed to the, Village of Tugaske Box 159 Tugaske, Sask. S0H 4B0 Inquiries may be made by contacting the Village of Tugaske office at 759-2211 or email Sealed tenders will be received via mail, fax (759-2249) or email until 1:00 p.m. On Wednesday, April 15, 2020. A cheque made out in the municipalities name “Village of Tugaske� in the amount of the tender must accompany the tender. Highest, or any tender, not necessarily accepted. Some conditions may/will apply. Successful tender will be notified in due course. Dated this1st day of April, 2020, at Tugaske, Saskatchewan.

Under the provisions of The Alcohol and Gaming Regulations Act, 1997, Notice is hereby given that

Moose Jaw Co-operative Association Limited

has applied to the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) for a Retail Store Stand-Alone permit to sell alcohol in the premises known as

Moose Jaw Co-op at 500 1st Avenue North West Moose Jaw SK, S6H 3M5.

Written objections to the granting of the permit may be filed with SLGA not more than two weeks from the date of publication of this notice. Every person filing a written objection with SLGA shall state their name, address, and telephone number in printed form, as well as the grounds for the objection(s). Petitions must name a contact person, state grounds, and be legible. Each signatory to the petition and the contact person must provide an address and telephone number. Frivolous, vexatious or competition based objections within the beverage alcohol industry may not be considered and may be rejected by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Licensing Commission, who may refuse to hold a hearing.

Write to: Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Box 5054 REGINA SK S4P 3M3

Is city council using the pandemic to hide from local media? Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

It appears the coronavirus pandemic has provided the perfect excuse for city council to conduct more business behind closed doors or at least be less transparent than usual. Let’s make this clear: the provincial and federal governments have both said the media is an essential service during the coronavirus. This means the media should still have access to all council meetings and news conferences, even if reporters are spaced apart two metres as is recommended. This city council conducts too much business in-camera already. How will a vote from executive committee’s closed sessions be known if media are excluded from the building? We would only find out two weeks later by reading the minutes or from a news release. Case in point: the media only learned about phase 5 of the cast iron replacement program when one reporter stuck around to the end of the closed meeting. The issue of accessibility arose on March 17, when city hall sent out a news release saying council meetings would continue but would be closed to the public. There was no mention of the media, so the Moose Jaw Express and MJ Independent questioned whether reporters still had access. In reply, city hall said media could attend, as long as journalists assessed their health and signed a waiver saying they had no symptoms of COVID-19. “The city is committed to being as transparent as policy allows ‌ ,â€? said city hall. What was also concerning was the news release said Shaw Cable would not broadcast regular council meetings during the pandemic due to staffing issues. Although the municipality can’t force Shaw to film anything, it is city hall’s responsibility to ensure it has a reliable backup plan so citizens can view meetings to see what decisions were made and how council voted. A similar problem arose during the 2020 budget deliberations in December when Shaw Cable refused to broadcast the discussions since they were on Wednesday nights instead of the usual Monday evenings. City hall addressed this issue for the March 23 regular

meeting by broadcasting it live on its YouTube page. It was only later that Shaw decided it would show the meeting, but only use one camera with a wide shot. During a news briefing on March 19, Mayor Fraser Tolmie said Moose Jaw would follow all instructions from the provincial government when dealing with the coronavirus. The briefing was broadcast live on the municipality’s Facebook page but not its YouTube channel, which was experiencing technical difficulties. City hall’s approach to news briefings changed on March 26, however, when media were told they could only participate by phoning in; there would be no in-person attendance. The Express and Independent vociferously pushed back against this ridiculous demand, but city hall refused to budge. The sound quality during the news conference was poor, while it stuttered at certain points and made it difficult to hear certain words. Council’s first meeting under the new provincial rule of fewer than 25 people in a room was March 23. The mayor and three councillors attended physically, but were seated further apart; three councillors and the economic development officer attended by video link; six members of city administration were seated throughout the gallery; and the Express and Independent represented the media. It took a city hall IT technician about 20 minutes to link all three councillors into the meeting. This shows that technology is not always reliable. While the city clerk said media could watch online if necessary, the video quality is not always good and it’s not always possible to see how council votes. This pandemic appears to be giving council the perfect chance to act secretively and to control the message even more from its meetings. We live in a critical time; reporters should still be allowed to report the facts accurately and truthfully without being inhibited. That means we should be allowed to attend — in person — all council meetings and news conferences

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City Hall Council Notes

Pandemic forces city council to readjust future agendas Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Only essential business items will likely be added to future city council agendas due to the coronavirus’ disruption of municipal operations, including the work of city hall employees. The provincial government has mandated that people remain two metres (six feet) away from each other to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, while people should also physically isolate themselves if sick. Based on that, along with the order that no more than 25 people can meet in one place, city administration has ordered that any city hall staff who can work from home should do so. However, this means employees won’t have as much direct access to each other or all the resources to complete reports. This will probably lead to council dealing with fewer — but more important — issues for the foreseeable future. Delivering those important day-to-day services that residents expect was one concern that councillors raised during the March 23 regular meeting. Providing access to the meetings was another concern. To obey the order of physical distancing, councillors Heather Eby, Dawn Luhning and Chris Warren participated from home via online technology. Mayor Fraser Tolmie and councillors Brian Swanson, Crystal Froese and Scott McMann sat further away from each other at the council table. There is an agenda item for April 13 — borrowing funds to establish a line of credit — that has been advertised, so city administration is obligated to present

that issue, explained city manager Jim Puffalt. While administration recommends holding that council meeting and presenting that item, the situation could change by then. Since administration has tested the online meeting process and has worked out most glitches, should the number of people in a location be reduced again, everyone would have to participate through technology, he added. Under The Cities Act, all meetings that have been advertised are open to the public, but due to the pandemic and social distancing, city hall is closed and operations are taking place by phone and email, explained city clerk/solicitor Myron Gulka-Tiechko. However, if there are bylaws that affect residents’ property, they would have the right to address council. “We’d ask people to self-declare that they haven’t had any COVID-19 symptoms and travelled outside the province. That is key to join the meeting,” he said. The media would still be allowed to attend meetings or could watch online, Gulka-Tiechko stressed. However, beyond councillors and city administration, city hall is unable to expand the system to allow the media to attend virtually. There are 12 items on the regular council agenda — some of which are minor

City manager to vote for new directors with Buffalo Pound Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The City of Moose Jaw will use its voting rights during the upcoming Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Corporation membership meeting to elect three members to sit on the board of directors. During its March 23 regular meeting, city council voted 6-1 to re-appoint incumbents Ben Boots and Daryl Posehn, and appoint new member Patricia Warsaba, to the corporation’s board of directors for three-year terms, ending April 2023. The city manager, as the proxy, will be authorized to use the municipality’s voting rights to elect the three individuals. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. Moose Jaw and Regina are voting membership holders of Buffalo Pound and must exercise their voting rights at a membership meeting to appoint members to the board, a city council report explained. However, both city councils must delegate authority to their respective city administrations to exercise the voting rights. There are currently six directors who sit on the board, with their terms expiring at a staggered rate, from 2020 to 2021

to 2022. The corporation’s governance and nominating committee has recommended that Boots and Posehn be re-appointed, considering the organization is about to launch a major water plant renewal project, the report said. Boots is a professional engineer and former general manager of the water treatment plant. Posehn is a professional engineer and former vice-president of SaskEnergy and TransGas. The corporation recently changed its bylaws to expand its board to seven members so that there is more variety, skills and experience among directors. This also simplifies the voting process since it removes the chance for equal votes for or against a motion. The committee recommended Warsaba to filled the seventh board position. She is a senior corporate commercial lawyer at McKercher LLP in Regina, has served on other boards, has legal experience that the board identified as a desirable skillset to have, and expands the board’s diversity.

— and one item on the executive committee agenda, Warren pointed out. He hoped city administration was focusing on the daily business that residents expected, while he wondered if preparing for council meetings would become an issue due to the pandemic. This agenda package was prepared 10 days before March 23 and some of these reports were going to be presented when it was “business as usual,” replied Gulka-Tiechko. Since that has changed, administration intends to restrict future agenda items to only those that are critical. “With that said, we need to maintain as normal as possible a schedule because we are anything but normal,” said Puffalt. “It is important that we maintain what we do. If anything needs to be addressed, we need to get it to council … . “We should have a council meeting in three weeks. The world may have changed substantially by then but we don’t know. Working to deadlines is important.”

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Hot Pressure Washers!! Federal government implements mandatory quarantine measure on all travellers entering Canada Larissa Kurz

The federal government announced Mar. 25 that beginning at midnight, all travellers returning to Canada from outside the country must self-isolate for 14 days regardless of visible symptoms, or possibly face hefty fines and even jail time. These measures include travellers entering Canada by air, land, or sea, and only excludes “essential workers” such as health care workers and truck drivers ensuring the delivery of goods. All travellers, upon crossing the border on Mar. 26 or after, will be given the order to self-isolate for 14 days and told to return immediately to their homes with no stops along the way. For those arriving in any of the four international airport hubs, they will have to remain in that city for a 14-day quarantine before continuing any further travel. Accommodations and meals will be provided to those who are on connecting flights. Travellers exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will also not be allowed to use public transportation to return home for their self-isolation and will be provided transportation in its place. Those exhibiting symptoms who live with vulnerable

people, such as immune-compromised individuals or seniors, will be given an alternate place to stay during their isolation. The order has authority under the Quarantine Act, and individuals who don’t comply can face up to $75,000 in fines or up to six months in jail or both. Anyone who “causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while willfully or recklessly contravening” this order may face a fine of up to $1 million or three years in jail or both. “The number of cases of COVID-19 is increasing daily— both at home and globally. Earlier this month, we asked travellers entering Canada to self-isolate for 14 days to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. To protect the health and safety of returning Canadians and those who are around them, we are strengthening our measures at the border,” said Minister of Health Patty Hajdu in a press release. Previously, the government had strongly recommended that travellers self-isolate for 14 days upon returning from international travel but did not limit travellers’ movement once they crossed the border. The more serious measures are an attempt to limit the

spread of the virus by catching asymptomatic carriers as well as symptomatic carriers before they spread the virus further. “This is of utmost importance that we take this seriously,” said Hajdu in a scrum with reporters on Mar. 25. “We are implementing the Quarantine Act so that there is no confusion about the need to [self-isolate], whether you are symptomatic or not.” Canadian Border Services Agency officers will be issuing the quarantine order to travellers upon arrival on Canadian soil and administering the screening for symptoms. “There will be follow-up, there will be random screening, and there will be spot screening based on particular situations,” said Hajdu. “My officials are working with CBSA right now to ensure that people know that this will be serious and that there will be significant penalties if people violate the quarantine.” Border security officers began informing travellers of the mandatory isolation measure as early as the morning of Mar. 26.

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Warriors hand out year-end awards by Scott Hellings

Normally, the Moose Jaw Warriors have their year-end awards night at Mosaic Place in front of the team’s fans. Of course, that simply could not happen this year, given the COVID-19 pandemic and the abrupt end to the WHL season. Regardless, the Warriors still wanted to honour the standout players on this year’s team. To that end, the Warriors hand-

ed out their 2019-20 Yara Belle Plaine Awards last week. Award winners were announced on the team’s Twitter page. This year’s award winners are as follows: Top Scorer: Ryder Korczak (18 goals and 67 points in 62 games); Three Stars Award: Ryder Korczak; Most Sportsmanlike Player: Logan Doust; Vanier Scholastic Achievement Award;

Eric Alarie; Most Improved Player: Cade Hayes; Mark MacKay Hustle Award: Owen Hardy; Humanitarian Award: Tate Popple; Rookie of the Year: Eric Alarie; Top Defeceman: Daemon Hunt; Fan’s Choice Award: Owen Hardy; Cody Smuk Unsung Hero Award: Tate

Popple; Player of the Year: Owen Hardy and Ryder Korczak. Next up for the Warriors is the WHL Bantam Draft. This will be held April 22. The Warriors will select third. Visit for more information.

Pats to select first in Bantam Draft, Warriors will pick third The Moose Jaw Warriors had a tough time on the ice this season and that has continued into the offseason. The Warriors saw the balls bounce the other way for their opponents, meaning they will drop a spot in the WHL Bantam Draft. Meanwhile, their rivals the Regina Pats are one step closer to drafting phenom Connor Bedard. The Western Hockey League held its 2020 WHL Bantam Draft Lottery earlier today at the league office and the Regina Pats emerged with the first overall pick. The Pats previously acquired the first round selection from the Swift Current Broncos. Bedard is the presumptive first overall pick in the draft. On March 24, BC Hockey announced that Bedard had

been granted exceptional player status, which means he is eligible to play in the WHL as a 15-year-old. He is the first player to be granted exceptional status for eligibility in the WHL. For comparison, some of the players who have previously been granted exceptional status in the Ontario Hockey League include Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers), John Tavares (Toronto Maple Leafs), and Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers). All three went on to be selected first overall in the NHL Entry Draft. The Bantam Draft Lottery involved the six lowest-place Clubs (Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Tri-City, Prince George, Regina, and Red Deer) from the 2019-20 WHL

Regular Season. Teams were only able to move up a maximum of two positions in the draft. The Prince George Cougars moved up two places and will select second overall in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. This means the Moose Jaw Warriors will drop to third. The order of the second round and all other rounds will be the inverse order of final 2019-20 WHL Regular Season standings. The Warriors will select second in each of the following rounds. The WHL Bantam Draft will be held online on April 22.

WHL changes plans for some events, Bantam Draft to be conducted online Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Western Hockey League has altered its plan for several upcoming events. Two events that were to be held in Red Deer in May — the WHL Awards and the 2020 Bantam Draft — have been cancelled. Instead, the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft will be

conducted online on April 22. The 2020 WHL Bantam Draft Lottery and the 2020 WHL U.S. Prospects Draft proceeded as originally scheduled on Wednesday, March 25 (see related story).

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Hunger in Moose Jaw finding new ways to feed kids during pandemic Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

With schools closed until at least September, Hunger in Moose Jaw has pursued new ways to continue to feed young minds and ensure students have the supplies they need. The non-profit organization decided to operate its child nutrition program a little differently during the week of March 23 to 27. It elected to deliver lunch-making supplies on March 25 and March 27 to families registered in the program. “We are all in the midst of a crisis right now and we still need to feed our children, whether we’re there at school or not,” said Sharla Sept, executive director of Hunger in Moose Jaw. The organization is providing supplies to help supplement lunches a week at a time,

she continued. This means students will receive the basics, such as fruits, vegetables, a loaf of bread and meat. While these items are expected to help families get through the week, Hunger in Moose Jaw knows it will have to find a different way next week and in the shortterm to continue to feed families. “… This is a whole new way of looking at things and (this is) a program that’s been running for 20-plus years and we’ve had to change it within a matter of four or five days,” Sept remarked. “There’s a challenge there. That presents the challenge.” Using social media and word of mouth, the organization asked its families to call the office at 306-692-1916 or send a private Facebook message and provide the


By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Saskatchewan public company offers top yield, stable growth Investors looking for a company with strong dividend returns and stable but mild growth might consider Information Services Corporation of Regina. The Saskatchewan-based public company, 31 per cent owned by the Government of Saskatchewan, offers income investors attractive features. Currently trading at $13.76 a share the 80 cent a year dividend yields 5.8 per cent yield plus the dividend tax credit benefit. The Information Services Corporation was a Crown corporation but the Saskatchewan Party Government converted the operation into a public company while retaining a controlling share interest. By 2014 revenues were $80.5 million. The just released 2019 financial data posted revenues of $133 million, increased from $119 million in 2018. Armed with a long term agreement for registry of land title, personal property, liens, surveys, maps and corporations in Saskatchewan, the company has evolved with acquisitions. Three divisions are registries, similar services provided to other jurisdictions, and technology services. Last year registry revenue was flat at $70.3 million. Services revenue increased 20 per cent to $51 million. Technology consulting revenue increased 15 per cent to $24 million. A number of acquisitions and contracts during the last three years have added revenues, profits and promise of future stable growth. In 2017, a $21 million purchase added automated software operation for lending, leasing and credit issuers. A $14.3 million acquisition added a registry technology service. The next year saw a contract with the Irish companies registration office, land titles agreement with the Yukon, and a

short term deal with the State of Missouri to support titles registry, and an agreement to do corporate registry for Nova Scotia. Last year was less expansive but an agreement with Irish Aviation Authority for a new safety regulation system penetrated a new market. Another $6.8 million acquisition brought an ownership identity operation into the fold. Corporate outlook for 2020 – provided before the coronavirus outbreak — estimated 2020 revenues between $135 million and $139 million — not a great change like most years. The corporation offers investors stable revenues with low growth. Growth is based on local economic trends, but should keep pace with inflation. Given the high yield that is all investors can ask for. High yielding shares are generally a trade-off for lower growth. With government control of ownership, investors need not worry about takeovers or multiple analysts’ enthusiastic outlooks driving stock price. Only one analyst follows this relatively small company and put an $18.50 price target on the shares. One caution. The company pays 72 per cent of earnings so any substantial drop in net income could endanger the dividend, with a reduced yield. CAUTION: Remember when investing, consult your adviser and do your homework before buying any security. Bizworld does not recommend investments. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

child’s full name, the school he or she attends and their address. Hunger in Moose Jaw planned to deliver lunches by March 25 and asked families to confirm before 5 p.m. the day before. Any requests received after that would be delivered on Friday. To comply with the order to remain physical distant from others, the organization’s staff plan to ring the door bell or knock and then leave the bags of food at the door. If families are not home during drop-off times, employees will still leave the bags at the door since they can deliver only to the address provided.

There has been a steady uptake by registered families in accessing the nutrition program in this way, said Sept. She expected that number to grow during the coming weeks. She encouraged families to call the office number; even though employees are working from home, messages are checked every day. “We’re taking longer to get our ducks in order,” she added. “We are doing what we can.” Hunger in Moose Jaw can be reached at 306-692-1916, via Facebook, or by visiting


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and microwave, and all utilities included except power. Carpets in bedrooms, hallway and front room. Damage deposit of $790.00 required, rent $790.00 per month. No pets, smoking, or parties. More info call 306-693-3727 Self contained bachelor suite - near South Hill shopping centre for rent. Rent $450 a month includes heat & power. Call 306-692-8456 Presently have two one- bedroom suites for rent near store, park, library, bus stop and downtown. Rent is $600/ month with a $600 Damage Deposit. Parking available. Email at hjk51karner@hotmail. com or call 1-306-313-6219 to arrange for viewing. REAL ESTATE “House for sale” 1055 Oxford St E Moose Jaw. Built in 2013 & 2014 bungalow style. Front terrace 2’ w/ accent stone, main floor, country oak hardwood, linoleum in kit, baths, laundry. Lots of maple cabinets. 9’ ceilings. Built in dishwasher. Main laundry ‘floor’ w/ sink & cabinets. Main floor w/ two full bath w/ med cabinets 30” x 36” plus 3 beveled glass doors plus basement. As above, basement completely finished w/ all RVC plus gas fireplace, air to air exchanger, water heater, water softener, central air conditioner, central vac. Garage 26’x24’x12’ ceiling overhead door two row windows, walls are GIS 1/2” plywood, gas heater 45000 BTU’s, 220 plug, 10’x18’ covered wood deck, garden shed, 10’x10’ w/ tin roof, vinyl siding. Triple pane windows w/ argon filled fenced two sides w/ 4x4 hollow structural steel w/ cement footings. At rear lots & lots of parking & RV’s, no smokers, no family or pets, no building across street, very quiet area, turn key spotless. Lot: was native land so water & sewage lines where new in 2013. Plus power, cable tv, sasktel underground. Asking Price $429,900.00 will consid-

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For sale: Rowenta garment steamer. New condition. $50. Includes attachments and instruction book. Ph: 306-6928593.

Cast iron and brass cylinder pump. Asking $180.00. Call 306 692 3765 to have a look.

A brand new traction engine

model in original box with all original accessories. Asking $150. Call 306 692 3765 for more information. For sale: 2 greenhouses; 2’x2’x6’ 3 tier and 4’x6’x6’ 3 tier. Large rocking chair, good shape. 4’x6’ pool table slate top. Call 972-7174

A late 1970s Cox HO scale train set with 2 engines, 10 cars, 1 transformer and lots of track. Asking $125. Call 306 692 3765 for more information. HOUSEHOLD ITEMS For sale: Household items - tv stand & stacking stools, other small items, one small vacuum. Ph 306-972-9172 For sale: 1 single bed frame on casters. 1 set of king size sheets. Ph 306-972-9172

For sale: Cherry wood china cabinet. 2 piece. Top part 50” high, 54-1/2” wide. Bottom piece 32” high, 54-1/2” wide. Please call 306-692-0036 or leave a message. Cell phone # 306-631-0347

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Health Authority meeting coronavirus demand with creation of dedicated COVID-19 hospitals Larissa Kurz

The Saskatchewan Health Authority has announced it will be expanding capacity to meet the increasing demand for services due to COVID-19 in the province. A slow down of non-essential services in order to increase the availability of beds and supplies is already underway, as is a labour pool reallocation. Additionally, the SHA plans to create dedicated spaces within hospitals for COVID-19 patients, as well as COVID-19 hospitals in Saskatoon and Regina. The health region will also be creating field hospitals in available community spaces where needed. Experts in other jurisdictions are estimating that COVID-19 could affect up to 30 per cent of the popula-

tion in Saskatchewan, and the SHA is concerned that the current system will be overwhelmed. “Based on what we know from other jurisdictions, it is critical we act immediately to expand acute care capacity to mitigate the impact of COVID-19,” SHA CEO Scott Livingstone said in a press release. An Emergency Operations Centre has also been established, and so have four Integrated Health Command Centres — one in Saskatoon, one in Regina, and one each for rural areas and for northern Saskatchewan. These four centres will be responsible for deploying services on a local level in the coming months. The SHA is also asking the public to help mitigate the

spread of COVID-19 by washing their hands regularly and practicing social distancing, as well as abiding by all travel and gathering restrictions from the provincial and federal government. Residents are also asked to use medical supplies effectively to help mitigate shortages, and avoid visiting hospitals or health care facilities unless completely necessary. “This plan will ensure we are prepared,” Livingstone said. “But it won’t be enough; it has been proven over and over with this virus that no health system in the world can address this challenge alone without the sustained help of the general public.”

It is our goal to remain available providing necessary services to keep vehicles safe and reliable during this challenging time.

Should you visit us, please follow instructions posted with this header when doing business. At Panda Tire & Auto, we believe it is our role and responsibility during this time to prioritize two things: the health and well-being of our customers and employees while also playing a constructive role in supporting local health officials and government leaders as they work to contain the virus. We will continue to make decisions guided by the latest science-based information, Our Mission and Vision. We wanted to personally reach out to you and provide an update on the actions that

Panda Tire & Auto is taking to help prevent the spread of the virus and support the health and well-being of our customers, our employees and our communities. We have increased our cleaning and sanitizing procedures for our facility. As a customer of Panda Tire & Auto, your experience may look different as we navigate through this time together. Our facility has modified operations with options that still allow us to serve you and service your vehicle.

Our staff is using protective equipment and products wherever possible while in contact with your vehicle, eg: steering wheel covers, as well as personal coverage such as gloves and sanitizers. As you may know, we can service and maintain your vehicle with no personal direct contact if you would prefer. We are available to communicate by phone, text or email. We offer an after hours drop off service where you can deposit your keys securely within our facility. You may even use it during normal business hours if you prefer.

We are here to serve you and are available to work with you and your needs and preferences. We want to also thank you for supporting Panda Tire & Auto. We have a long-standing history of caring for our customers and employees. Thank you for being a loyal customer. We are privileged to serve you and our community and look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank You Curtis, Rosemarie and Staff.


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On the Front Porch by Wanda Smith

Provincial Court

Operations of courthouses to change due to coronavirus


Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Saskatchewan’s courtrooms are quickly turning into ghost towns, as the province’s law community reduces its court operations due to the coronavirus. Moose Jaw provincial court had barely a handful of people in courtroom 1 on March 18, with the lawyers outnumbering everyone else. Many signs were posted on doors of different offices indicating users or potential clients should call or email the office if legal services were required. The Saskatchewan Law Courts’ website has provided an update about how the court system is handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Provincial courts specifically are reducing operations to protect the health and safety of court users and contain the spread of the virus, the website explained. However, meaningful access to courtrooms will still be available for people with urgent matters. “Cleaning protocols have been increased inside courtrooms as well as secure and common areas of the court facilities. All persons in court facilities are asked to co-operate with recommended handwashing and use of hand sanitizer practices and ensure social distancing by keeping one to two metres of space between yourself and other individuals,” the website said. Effective March 23, access to provincial court courthouses in Saskatchewan will be restricted to only those persons who are necessary to the proceedings before the court. This includes counsels, litigants, accused, witnesses, support workers, treatment court workers, and the media. People showing COVID-19 symptoms No one who is experiencing any COVID-19-related symptoms or who has been advised to self-isolate should attend court, the website advised. Persons who fall within that category and who have scheduled court appearances, including those who have been subpoenaed, are to immediately contact the appropriate court office or, if not available, the provincial prosecution office for directions. In Moose Jaw the provincial court office can be reached at 306-694-3612, while the Court of Queen’s Bench can

be reached at 306-694-3602. Criminal matters: in-custody accused All 13 permanent provincial court locations will remain open. The scheduling and hearing of in-custody criminal trials, preliminary hearings, sentencing, and bail hearings will proceed unless adjourned by the court by its own motion or from an application by the party. Wherever possible, the court will use video and audio technology to effectively address criminal matters involving accused persons who are in custody. If possible, bail or sentencing hearings will be conducted by use of video/audio conference, unless the judge directs otherwise. Lawyers are urged to appear by telephone on behalf of their clients, with arrangements to be made in advance. Criminal matters: non-custody accused Effective March 23, trials and preliminary hearings for accused who are not in-custody will be adjourned to after May 31. Where feasible, lawyers are encouraged to arrange early appearances in docket court. Police will make all new first appearances returnable after May 31. Those matters already scheduled will still be spoken to at that docket time and date, except that judges will be urged to use video and audio technology. Lawyers are urged to appear by telephone for their clients, with arrangements made in advance. If further adjournments are requested, matters will be adjourned to dates after May 31. People without lawyers should call the court ahead of the scheduled date to arrange to appear after May 31. If you do not appear on the new date you may be arrested. Provincial tickets All tickets and trials requiring court appearances — including Traffic Safety Court — between March 23 and May 31 will need to be adjourned. You can: • Make a voluntary payment online, by mail, or by telephone at 306-787-7821 or toll-free at 1-888-935-5555 • Ask for time to pay extensions, to pay requests and enter not-guilty pleas by contacting the court office by phone For more information visit

In-person payments of court fines no longer accepted By Moose Jaw Express staff

Provincial court offices will no longer accept in-person fine payments to help protect the health and safety of court users and staff during the COVID-19 emergency.


St. Barnabas

Traditional Anglican Parish Now worshipping at

27 Hochelaga St. W., Moose Jaw

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

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Effective March 19, enforcement measures on fines were temporarily suspended for the next six months, according to a government news release. This includes: • Late payment fees; • Files sent to SGI related to driver’s licenses suspensions; • Files sent to the Canada Revenue Agency for set-off; • Files sent to Collection Agencies; This does not mean fines do not need to be paid, however. Fine payment options are still available to residents through the following methods: • Online at; • A toll-free phone call to the Fine Collection Branch at 1-888-935-5555; • Mail to the mailing address on the back of your ticket. If your payment is necessary to obtain an SGI driver’s licence because it has been suspended, Court Services will forward payment information to SGI within 48 hours of processing your payment. Provincial court offices are still open to receive bail and restitution payments. Please phone the local provincial court office to arrange these payments beforehand. In Moose Jaw, that number is 306-694-3612.

There are many questions whirling around us as we navigate through this unprecedented time in history. Not only has the globe gone into a complete upheaval, our own personal lives have been rocked. There are a myriad of unanswered questions. What we have known to be normal has become a thing of the past. We have all experienced the moment in time when everything has changed. Together, we have experienced a life-altering event that will forever change the way we do life. I think one of our first reactions to a crisis is to try to bring some normalcy to our lives. We grasp for whatever we can find that will give us a foothold, so to speak. I think it could be much like the feeling of drowning... it feels as if there is no bottom to this ocean. My dear readers and friends, I pray that in this worldwide upheaval, you will find that bottom... that solid rock to stand on. “Everyone who hears my (Jesus’) teachings and applies it to his life can be compared to a wise man who built his house on an unshakeable foundation. When the rains fell and the flood came, with fierce winds beating upon his house, it stood firm because of its strong foundation.” Matthew 7:24-25 It is not too late to build that foundation. It starts by acknowledging that you need Jesus. “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” Isaiah 55:6 Next, start taking steps to build your life by reading His Word and fellowship (pray, talk) with Him each day; developing a lifestyle based on godly principles. As we build on that solid foundation, there are a few other steps we can take to help bring some normalcy to our lives in this worldwide crisis. If you are mostly at home, try to create some type of routine. Regular bedtime and wake-up times will bring continuity to your home. Make a list of projects you’d like to attempt. Create a schedule of sorts... keeping meal times regular and eating together as a family. Keep talk light-hearted around the table to ease tension and fears. Watch old comedy shows. Spend some time doing something creative. The sweet peas and I spent some time watching an online drawing video and created a few pictures just for the fun and experience. It felt great to create and to sit down together, working on a fun project for no reason except for togetherness and experience. Phone a friend or share with your partner the emotions you are dealing with during this uncertainty. If you know of a praying friend, ask for prayer. Play calming music or upbeat music, depending on your mood. Have a bath. Take a walk. Ride your bike. Throw a ball around. Walk your dog. Write your book. Do an online class. Get filled up with great online teaching and preaching. Sing. Or read a book. Before I sign off, I also want to encourage you to encourage yourself. I’ve had a few hard days (not because of COVID 19);and knowing I needed to encourage myself, I’ve taken extra time to rest, read the Word, read a good book and listen/sing to some worship music to feed my soul. I feel faith rising and strength returning. The Psalmist David had to encourage himself when the troops were gathering to kill him. In his great distress, he “strengthened himself in the Lord His God.” Stay tuned 60 Athabasca Street East for more on this next week. Be encouraged dear readers! 306-692-0533 We’ll get through this! Minister: Rev. Jim Tenford Music Director: Karen Purdy The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of th , 2017 the Sunday, author, and May do not 14 necessarily reflect the position of this Worship Service 10:30am publication.

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DALE NICHOLAS GRADO September 21st, 1942 – March 19th, 2020 It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Dale Nicholas Grado. Dale was born, raised and lived his entire life in Moose Jaw, SK. He attended St. Agnes and St. Margaret Elementary Schools, and then St. Louis College. Dale spent his entire life as a residential and commercial painter. He was versatile and talented in many activities which included baseball (Moose Jaw Mallards), football (St. Louis Crusaders), judo, archery, hunting, scuba diving, salvage diving and later, slow pitch. Motorcycles were a part of Dale’s life and he enjoyed many trips to the Sturgis bike events. Dale was also a talented oil painting artist. He was predeceased by his parents, Nicholas and Cora Grado. Dale is survived by his sons: Todd (Jessica), Troy (Alison), and Tyler (Debbie); as well as his siblings: Darcy, Duane (Wendy), Dodie (Al), Derrick (Barb), Dennis (Pam), and Dwight (Claudia). The family would like to thank the excellent staff at Extendicare, as well as Dr. Geyer and Dr. Hugo for all of their compassionate care. In keeping with Dale’s wishes, a Private Service will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Michelle Surtees, Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome. com

SPICER, CAROL AILEEN APRIL 1, 1952 - MARCH 14, 2020 It is with heavy hearts that the family of Carol Aileen Spicer announces her sudden passing on March 14, 2020 at the age of 67. Carol was born and raised in Moose Jaw, SK until her move in 1971 to Calgary, AB, where she worked for TELUS in various roles until her retirement. Carol was a beloved daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend. She was an avid reader, lover of Rod Stewart music, and a Coronation Street enthusiast. She loved cats, especially her own cat Taffy, and was a supporter of local cat rescue organizations. Carol was generous, caring and sentimental; she loved to give and receive cards. She was a huge cheerleader for all her family and her favourite sports team, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, dedicatedly wearing green each game day. Carol regularly said her greatest joy was being an aunt and she was always ready to give big hugs while reciting: “One, two, hug-a-few, ninety-nine, onehundred!” Carol will be lovingly remembered by her three siblings, Vic, Edward (Lynn) and Brent; eight nieces and nephews, Tara (Kay), Kerry (Tyler), Jason (Lena), Kelsey (Gene), Amber, Brianna (Keating), Dean (Alicia) and Jessica (Sean); and five greatnieces and nephews, Dylan, Dayna, Drew, Grady and Gwenith. Carol was predeceased by her parents, Gwynneth and Ken Spicer; her brother Keith and her sister Roberta. A Celebration of Carol’s Life will take place at a later date. Carol will be laid to rest at Rosedale Cemetery in Moose Jaw. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to MEOW foundation or to a charity of one’s choice. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family at

FLEMING, Donald August 17, 1947 - March 23, 2020 Don passed suddenly from a heart attack on Monday, March 23, 2020 at the age of 72 years. He grew up in Drinkwater, Saskatchewan, the eldest son of Dick and Gwen, and big brother to Wanda and Gord. On the family farm, Don learned the value of hard work and began his love of animals, caring for his special horse, “Lady” until he struck out West as a young man. In Vancouver, British Columbia, he lived with his Auntie Anne and Uncle Mel, who he looked up to as a father, and began his career in construction. Eventually, he met the love of his life, Diane and they moved to Red Deer, Alberta to start a family. Together they built a life he loved; including his two cherished children, Ashley and Carson. The Pines Community Association, Gaetz United Church and Cub Scouts were just a few organizations that Don devoted himself to and he loved supporting the LTCHS Raider girls, long after his own had graduated. He was generous and helpful, knowing from his childhood that neighbours take care of each other. A true Saskatchewan farm boy, he was a diehard Roughriders fan who always stayed in touch with his friends and family back home. He relished the simple pleasures like puttering in the garden, or tinkering in the garage; and took joy in watching his nieces and nephews grow to have families of their own. Don lived his wildest childhood dreams by travelling the world - from Disneyland to Down Under, the Maritimes, across to the UK. He was known as Baloo, Pines Patrolman, Big Friendly Giant, Dutch, Uncle Donny and Pops, and of course, Chrome Dome. More than anything, Don loved his family and he will be forever missed by everyone he leaves behind. Until we can safely congregate, the family asks that if you wish to honour Donny, please light a candle in your window at sunset on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 and savour a slice of your favourite pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, to come together in gratitude and remembrance. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040.



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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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situation. Farm Credit Canada has an extra $5 billion to support producers, processors and agribusiness. The funds will assist with cash flow issues created by the impact of coronavirus. The plan allows deferral of $173 million interest-free loans to producers with Advanced Payment Program loans that are due by April 30. Farmers with APP loans may apply for another $100,000 as long as the loans are under the $1 million cap. Producers who took part in the 2018 stay of default this summer should contact their administrator for details. The stay of default gave producers six months longer to repay APP loans as an assist for loss of export markets. New deadlines for APP loans for livestock, grains, oilseed and pulse producers are Sept. 30, 2020. In announcing these measures Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the action will offer more flexibility to meet the challenges ahead. “Farmers and food producers work hard to put food on tables across our country and they should not have to worry about being able to afford loan payments or having enough money to support their own families.” Meanwhile the Beef Research Council has issued guidelines for cattle sales that use social distancing such as no handshaking and keeping a two-metre distance between people. Those hosting sales are asked to make cattle available for prior viewing and prospective buyers are asked to view cattle before the sale with one person per farm operation at the viewing or at the sale. Use of online videos and photos and online bidding of stock is suggested. Sales should not have more than 25 people present and restrict access by the general public. Hand washing stations and frequent hand washing are on the list along with sanitizing seating and eating areas. Ron Walter can be reached at

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COVID-19: What’s cancelled and closed in Moose Jaw 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 staff will be updating this list as needed. If you would like your notice added to this list, contact us at

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Saskatchewan has declared a provincial state of emergency, limited public gatherings to 10 people and implementing restrictions on businesses and health facilities. For more details, read the article here. 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 for the remainder of this week. Online courses and alternative delivery options was to begin on Mar. 23. Students were to receive more information on Mar. 20. 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 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. 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 centre to the public and has cancelled programs until further notice.

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

Because the Covid-19 crisis is now expected to extend beyond mid April, the committee for SW district Sask Seniors Fitness Assoc (SSFA) games have cancelled the spring games until a future date. Registrations for the games will be refunded upon request. For information about participation and future events Phone Keitha 306-672-3547; Lorna 306-693-8739 All gyms and fitness centres are closed by mandate of the provincial government, as part of the state of emergency declaration on Mar. 18. 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. The Moose Jaw Skating Club has postponed its annual Ice Show from Mar. 15 to a later, undetermined date. 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 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. Wrestling Canada has postponed 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.

JJ Soccer Ltd. will be closed until further notice.

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.


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

The Moose Jaw Tennis Club is now shut down until further notice, including both indoors and outdoors. All recreational and entertainment venues are closed by mandate of the provincial government, as part of the state of emergency declaration. Arts and Culture:

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

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. The Heartland Hospice event, “An Evening Under the Stars” has been postponed. It will now be held on Sept. 24.

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.

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 at 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.

Briercrest Onstage’s classical concert scheduled for April 5 has been cancelled.

Leisure Time Bingo is now closed until further notice.

The upcoming Cineview Series viewing of Military Wives on Apr. 8 has been postponed.

Discount Plumbing & Heating will be closed beginning Mar. 20 until further notice.

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.

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.

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.

Reitmans will be closed until Mar. 28.

The Colours of Spring Fashion show at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery on Apr. 18 has been rescheduled for June 13. The Moose Jaw Music Festival, which was scheduled to begin April 25, has been cancelled. 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. The Moose Jaw Humane Society has cancelled its upcoming Jail & Bail fundraiser in April. Luncheons, Banquets, and Coffee Groups, etc. 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. The Order of the Eastern Star soup and sandwich luncheon on April 6 has been cancelled. The Maundy Thursday Coffee Party at St. Andrew’s on April 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.

The Moose Jaw Family Home Show scheduled for April 3-4 has been postponed. The What Women Want trade show on Apr. 24-25 has been cancelled. Businesses/Facilities:

Effective Mar. 26, all non-essential business services as outlined by the provincial government are no longer offering publicfacing services, but may continue offering online, take-out, or delivery services. 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. 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

As of today, the Moose Jaw Express are still printing the paper and delivering the news and flyers to your door. Access to our office will be suspended to the public for the next 7 days, however, you can still contact accounting/circulation by email, or by leaving a message at 306 694 1322. News items can still be emailed to, as our team will continue to bring you weekly and daily news. Our sales team will be exercising safe social distancing practices, meaning, readily available by cell-phone, email or text, for any ads, print orders or signs you may require, As many of you know, operating a small business during this unique time can be challenging and the Moose Jaw Express and are committed to being available to serve you. We encourage everyone to continually support local small businesses. We are all in this together. Let's help each other to see this through together. Stay Safe. Moose Jaw Express and MOOSEJAWTODAY.COM. For any other concerns, please email the publisher

Seaborn’s Insurance is closed to walk-in customers for the time being. The Tunnels of Moose Jaw will be closing its doors beginning Mar. 18, but will be monitoring phone and email.

Little Chicago Entertainment is closed until further notice. The Perfect Find is closed until further notice. 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. Ellen’s On Main Flowers has closed its storefront but is continuing to take orders for deliveries.

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

Jillian’s Design Elements will be closed beginning Mar. 21. Keon’s Garden Centre is closed and will re-assess on April 1st. They are still taking telephone or email orders.

Prairie Auto Sales will be closing to the public beginning Mar. 24, but will still show cars by appointment. Restaurants: Beginning Mar. 23, all restaurants, lounges, bars, 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. Delivery, take-out, and drive-through services are still operating. Rosie’s On River Street is closed until further notice. Mitsu Sweet Cafe is closed until further notice beginning Mar. 24. 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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USask lab researching coronavirus vaccine receives $28 million in government funding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the federal government has created a $275 million fund for COVID-19 health research, and has allotted $23.3 million of that initiative to the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infection Disease Organization. This new funding for Usask researchers is in addition to the $4.2 million in funding the provincial government has provided since the initial coronavirus outbreak in January. The federal funding will be provided to the International Vaccine Centre, known as VIDO-InterVac, for its ongoing vaccine development for the new coronavirus pandemic.

Larissa Kurz Of those funds, $12 million will be used in federal funding to build a pilot-scale to help address a national shortage of vac- manufacturing facility on campus in Sascine manufacturing capacity. katoon to aid in vaccine manufacturing. The other $11.3 million will be used to The Saskatchewan government also recontinue operation at high containment cently pledged $400,000 in the provincial laboratories for the coming year. budget for this project. “This new federal funding recognizes Construction on the facility is expected to that VIDO-InterVac is at the forefront begin in just over a year. of global efforts to develop a vaccine for VIDO-InterVac is one of few Canadian COVID-19 and other infectious disease research facilities working on the new threats,” said USask Vice-President of coronavirus and is also testing antivirals Research Karen Chad in a press release. and therapeutics from other Canadian and “This is critical work at VIDO-InterVac international companies, alongside its rethat will help protect the health and safety search on vaccines. of all Canadians, as well as people around There is currently no vaccine for the world.” COVID-19, but VIDO-InterVac is the first VIDO-InterVac will use the $12 million lab in Canada to have begun animal test-

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Few homeowners qualifying for mortgage payment deferrals, expert says Larissa Kurz

Canada’s big banks recently announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they would be allowing homeowners to defer their mortgage payments for up to six months if needed, but the offer is more complicated than many think. Local mortgage associate Lisa Kopchuk is hoping to clear up any confusion about how the deferral program actually works — for homeowners, landlords, and renters. “I think there’s some miscommunication that’s happening with a lot of the social media, that’s saying deferrals are like taking six months off of your mortgage, and that’s not quite how it works,” said Kopchuk. “It sounds like a mortgage holiday, but really it’s more like a payment schedule.” A mortgage deferral program from any bank or lender is simply a payment arrangement in which the property owner postpones their payments until a later date. Banks have always had these programs available and have simply waived the usual fees required to use the program, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. What Kopchuk feels some people aren’t realizing is 426 Fairford St W

that these programs are not going to be automatically applied for any property owner, and they are not guaranteed. They must be applied for and approved by the bank or lender, usually on the basis of financial need. Currently, Kopchuk is hearing that few applications are being approved and even fewer are being granted the full six months of payment deferral because of the uncertainty of how long COVID-19 closures will affect people’s work. Right now, property owners would have to prove that their income has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak — either they have been laid off, or their self-employment income requires face-to-face contact, for example. Some rental properties, depending on the lender, are not being approved because of the availability of government contingency plans like employment insurance and the federal emergency employment benefit recently announced. “This essentially creates a bit of a vicious cycle, when the renter doesn’t qualify for EI or the emergency fund

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Homemade hearts and chalk messages filling Moose Jaw windows and driveways Larissa Kurz

An outpouring of community solidarity is sweeping its way through Moose Jaw as residents display their hearts to the public — paper hearts, that is. Across the city, windows have been filling up with heart-shaped decorations featuring messages of love and support to lift spirits in the community as more people begin to self-isolate. The new trend stems from a Facebook group called Sharing Our Hearts of Moose Jaw, created by admins Jody Chell and Jody Oakes on Mar. 20. “I saw that somebody had done this in B.C. and I just thought it was something really awesome,” said Oakes. “This was a way that everyone, from the smallest little children to our seniors, they could contribute. Because everybody can make a heart.” The idea invited people to display a heart of some kind on their window, for anyone walking or driving by to see and

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recognize as a symbol of support, as an easy way to connect with neighbours while maintaining recommended social distance measures. “Our hope is that it would just help brighten people’s day,” said Oakes. “We know that it’s a really difficult time for people, and people don’t always know what to do, but they want to help.” It was also meant as a demonstration of solidarity for those frontline workers still providing needed services for the community — healthcare workers, emergency services workers, grocery store employees, teachers, and more. “We wanted to do it for everybody, but especially for the [frontline staff] who are working so hard to keep us safe,” said Oakes. “So many of those people deserve the hugest hugs, right, and we can’t hug them all. So we thought if we created these hearts and people hung them up, [then], hopefully, they’ll see a heart in the window and know that we’re thankful for them.”

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It’s clearly a sentiment that Moose Jaw can get behind, as the hearts aren’t the only way that residents are showing their appreciation this week. Chalk messages offering words of encouragement have also been popping up all over the city, as part of a national idea called Chalk Your Walk. Residents have written thank you’s and messages of appreciation on their own sidewalks as well as outside of places such as Crescent Park Retirement Villa and the SEIU-West office. There have also been hearts hand-delivered to places like Providence Place and the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital, while others displayed in homes offer messages of gratitude to certain professions. The hearts and chalk messages have been spotted in neighbourhoods all around the city, and the Facebook group boasts over 2,000 members and 15,000 posts and comments so far.

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“It’s just awesome to see and I just feel so happy for everybody that we can, all of us, feel like we can do something,” said Oakes. Oakes is pleased to see the overwhelming response to the Facebook idea, but it doesn’t surprise her too much as she’s familiar with Moose Jaw. “I just think it truly shows what Moose Jaw is, we’re just that kind of community,” said Oakes. “Moose Jaw literally puts their hearts into stuff, and that’s what they’ve done. They’ve literally put their hearts into this, not just hanging in their windows, but in their hearts and that’s amazing.” The initiative itself was meant to remind the community that they’re not alone, and sharing photos on social media is a great way for everyone to see the hearts, including those who may be self-isolated in their homes or needing a quick pickme-up. “[This way,] people can go back and look at those, maybe a week from now when they’re just sitting home,” said Oakes. “People can hopefully pop on that page for two seconds and just see all these hearts. Everybody’s hearts, all over the whole city.” The Facebook group is staying open for business, so to speak, for the time being. Oakes encourages anyone to join and see the hearts, and to continue creating and sharing their own hearts with the community.

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