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Although residents in personal care homes are currently unable to see any visitors due to COVID-19 measures from the health authority, the staff at Moose Jaw Extendicare are doing their best to help the situation by organizing video calls with loved ones for residents. Sienna Stewart, recreation supervisor at the facility, saw on social media that other care homes in eastern Canada were helping their residents set up video calls with family and decided to bring it to Moose Jaw. “We figured it was kind of a good thing to start here,� said Stewart. She sent out an email directly to family contacts with the offer, and there’s already been lots of interest from loved ones requesting time slots. “For at least the month of April, it’s something we’re going to heavily rely on just because we do have a lot of really involved Residents at Moose Jaw Extendicare are connecting with loved family members,� said Stewart. “They’re really having a hard ones through video calls rather than in person, while visitation time with not being able to come in and see their loved ones.� is limited due to COVID-19 protective measures. Currently, Stewart and the staff are organizing FaceTime and Skype calls every morning from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and afternoon from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday to Friday, and select art, especially since many are already dealing with the stress o evenings for those who need a special time. moving into a care facility and making big life changes. “So far it’s been pretty smooth. We’ve only just done a couple, so “On top of that change moving in here, now all of a sudden th we’re just waiting for more confirmations from family and then world hits them with this and the few people that they rely on can’ for us to make time for everyone,� said Stewart. come in and visit, and they can’t see them,� said Stewart. Staff at the facility are doing all of the technological heavy-lifting Since the protective measures have started, there have already to connect the video calls, making it an easy and hassle-free way been big birthdays missed and grandchildren born that can’t visit for residents and loved ones to see each other. and Stewart said that has certainly dampened spirits for many. “We’ve managed to work it out with a couple of our iPads, and “You don’t understand until you kind of work in long-term car some girls working here on the floor are bringing additional iPads that it’s already kind of an isolating place to live, and now with from home,� said Stewart. this on top of it even worse,� said Stewart. The calls are currently being limited to ten minutes maximum, to The limits on visitation have not only affected family member ensure that everyone is able to take advantage of the opportunity but also the volunteers who come in for entertainment and activi with the limited smart devices available. ties with the residents. The loss of visitors has been difficult for the residents, said Stew- To fill the gaps, staff have been continuing to organize smalle social programming events for residents, such as baking or musi activities, but they have to work with smaller group sizes. “Everything’s just kind of been scaled down, as much as we can, said Stewart. Stewart hopes that by offering the opportunity to at least see loved ones through a video call, residents will feel less alone during th pandemic measures. Loved ones interested in setting up a video call with a resident a Extendicare are encouraged to contact the facility either by emai at sistewart@extendicare.com or by calling 1 (306) 693-5191, with their contact information and a preferred time for their call. Details have also been included in the monthly newsletter from the facility.

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Sask. government clarifies ‘essential services,’ limits public gatherings to 10 Larissa Kurz

The Government of Saskatchewan has determined what businesses are being considered essential and non-essential services, with businesses deemed non-critical required to close public operations on Mar. 26 to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Public gatherings have also been limited even further to just 10 people at a time, provided the two-metre social distancing recommendation can be upheld, beginning Mar. 26. “As we impose further restrictions to fight the spread of COVID-19, we know this creates challenges for businesses in Saskatchewan and we know that providing as much clarity as possible is important,” Premier Scott Moe said in a press release. Businesses deemed “non-allowable services” will no longer be able to provide public-facing services, but may move to a delivery, pick-up, or online model to adhere to social distancing requirements.

The list of non-allowable services includes most retail stores, pawnshops, and travel agencies. This is in addition to the Mar. 23 announcement of restrictions on the restaurant industry, recreational facilities, medical clinics outside of non-elective procedures, and personal services such as salons, tattooists and other estheticians. Allowable services that have been deemed critical moving forward will continue operating to provide their service to the public in accordance with social distance practices. Those services include all health care and public health workers, as well as medical personnel providing emergency services; social services, addictions workers, and community supports; caregivers including those in seniors’ residences. Also deemed essential are law enforcement and corrections workers, public safety and first responders, legal services, fire departments, and emergency services.

Media and telecommunications businesses are also being considered critical services that will continue to operate Government and community services such as educators waste collection or disposal workers, utility providers and animal shelters will also stay open. Allowable business services that will remain available include banking and financial services, production and transportation services for the supply chain, all types o transit services, postal services, and construction ser vices. Select retail services will be able to remain open to the public, including grocery stores, pharmacies, hotels, ca dealerships, gas stations, liquor and cannabis stores, fu neral homes, and more. These measures will begin on Mar. 26, and will remain in place until further notice.

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Book talks about problems men face with mental health issues By Moose Jaw Express staff

Men are less likely than women to ask for help if they are suffering mentally, statistics show, while many men suffer in silence because of this deeply rooted societal stigma. Furthermore, most men will say they’ve spent their entire lives hiding their feelings, learning from the action — or inaction — of their fathers, mentors, and friends, that when it comes to mental health, vulnerability equals weakness. To address this issue and give men tools to overcome the stigma, Allan Kehler, an author, advocate and motivational speaker from Saskatoon, has written MENtal Health: It’s Time to Talk. The book takes readers on a journey through the stories of 16 rural and urban Prairie men that are told in their own raw and honest words. The men have all persevered through various mental health challenges — including Kehler, along with Chris Beaudry, former assistant coach of the Humboldt Broncos — and together, they put a voice to issues such as masculinity, mental illness, addiction, sexual abuse, shame and suicide. Kehler is one of Canada’s most sought-after speakers about mental health. Having learned valuable life lessons, he has produced three books, including Stepping Out from the Shadows: A Guide to Understanding and Healing from Addictions; Goodbye Stress, Hello Life!; and Born Resilient: True Stories of Life’s Greatest Challenges. “Men are taught to be strong, powerful, brave, independent, and in control … ,” Kehler said. “Every child is a product of what (he or she) observe. Children and youth are always watching, and if men can’t model showing emotion and getting help, then why should young people?” Readers can expect to find several ideas woven through each topic and story, such as: • A better understanding of why men are closed off about their emotions; • Acknowledging the human need to be seen, heard and understood; • The importance and power of breaking down stereotypes; • Why we need to change how we view mental health in the workplace;

• How talking can help balance energy in the body and the mind; • Mental health resources including how to support a loved one with mental illness. “If there’s one thing that men like to do, it’s to fix things,” said Kehler. “It’s too bad that mental health can’t be fixed with duct tape. The problem is that men don’t come equipped with the necessary tools to fix themselves. Meanwhile, they cling to the idea that their gender should make them strong enough to get through the darkest and deepest times of despair.” The men in this book have chosen to speak because they understand that the conversation doesn’t start until someone starts talking, he continued. The time to talk is now. “Today,” Kehler remarked, “we are the ones who will redefine what it means to be a man.” Kehler grew up in Drake, Sask., and suffered from a mental illness when he was in high school. He went through this issue by himself for years and used various methods to cope with the pain, including prescription drugs and alcohol. His path toward wellness didn’t start until he opened up and shared his story with others who were facing similar challenges. “I know what it feels like to suffer in silence. There’s still so many men who carry their pain for so long,” Kehler said. “But I’m really seeing a lot of people who are reaching out for support, who are being vulnerable and I figured, what better way than to gather (men’s) stories so that (men) can connect in that way.” Well-known mental health advocate Michael Landsberg wrote the foreword to the book. Kehler pointed out Landsberg has paved the way for many men to voice their challenges. He has also said mental illness is not contagious, but sharing stories of pain and healing can be contagious. “That’s the power of this book,” Kehler added. MENtal Health: It’s Time to Talk can be found at all book stores or through Kehler’s website at www.outfromtheshadows.ca.

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For all those who have a business and employ others, do not avert your dreams but look to probabilities. I am focusing on the wisest person in history, King Solomon. He was a man who sought knowledge and wisdom rather than riches. From a young age, he knew that in order to set himself apart from his peers he had to seek wisdom over Joan Ritchie EDITOR fortune, knowledge over fame, and understanding over power. He knew that if he sought wisdom and knowledge, fame and fortune would come. He understood the benefits of wisdom that are not visible to all, hidden opportunities or traps and secret enemies. Wisdom allows an individual to do what others don’t to succeed. The trusted newspaper has always been a mainstay in the home for even longer than a century, through wars and plagues and all kinds of disasters. We would just like to say thank you to the numerous people who have contacted us over the last few weeks to let us know that they look to the Moose Jaw Express newspaper being delivered as their trusted source of news each and every week. We adhere to bringing Moose Jaw and area the news that isn’t corrupt or propagating an agenda. You are not able to trust social media - what you read on facebook or even the internet as they aren’t held to the same high standard as newspapers and are full of fallacies. We, however, endeavour to continue bringing you the hard copy news that will be both encouraging and keep you informed as to what is happening locally and in our region. What is rather astonishing to me are those in our community who believe that there is only one source of news out there via Facebook, social media, etc. I find it very disrespectful to our seniors who build this province and many others, to disregard the fact that many of them are not technologically savvy or even interested in getting their news that way and appreciate getting a newspaper each and every week. We are entering the Easter season and the most veered as a believer in the Christian faith. At the same time, we are at a humanitarian crossroads where nothing is familiar and we are battling an enemy that we cannot see, the COVID-19 virus. As an individual we need to extend our faith to believe in a God that is also not visible but can be reached at a whisper’s breath, so that we are able to come to terms with who we are, questions regarding eternity and a promise that all will be ok even in the midst of the storm. Although we are all continuing to social distance, I am hoping that you will find the time to ponder on the good news of Easter and be encouraged. 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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Assiniboia hosts social media talent contest to cut the coronavirus blues Larissa Kurz

It may not be quite the same as America’s Got Talent, but Steph VanDeSype was hoping to see just as many wacky and impressive talents during the Town of Assiniboia’s social media contest Assiniboia Has Talent. As the recreation and community wellness manager in Assiniboia, VanDeSype wanted to debut a fun community activity to boost people’s spirits while stuck at home and social distancing. “Right now my department’s not fun because all the fun stuff’s cancelled. And so I’ve been dreaming of something that’s fun and can make people laugh,” said VanDeSype. Assiniboia Has Talent began on March 30, welcoming anyone with an interesting talent to share their photos and videos on Facebook and Instagram to participate. VanDeSype started the project hoping to see the full spectrum of fun talents, and that means everything from the expected like singing and dancing to the unexpected, like cool tricks, trampoline flips, or lip-synching performances. “It doesn’t have to be singing or dancing or musical instruments. I want to see their dogs do fancy tricks or kids showing off stick-handling skills, or if somebody has a recipe they’ve perfected to post pictures of the finished product and share the recipe, said VanDeSype. “Anything that somebody is good at and proud of, I want to see it.” The online talent contest ran will run until April 10, and contestants were entered into a random draw at the end of each day for a gift card to a local Assiniboia business — which will be mailed out to winners, to comply with social distancing. VanDeSype has been keeping the Town of Assiniboia’s Recreation & Community Wellness Facebook page updated with her own daily joke videos, and the online talent contest was her way of seeing some new faces to help entertain the community. “The whole point is to make people laugh, and show each other and get people talking about something other than what is going on in the world right now, even if it’s just a distraction for two minutes,” said VanDeSype. Entries started coming in almost immediately, featuring exactly what VanDeSype was hoping for: jokes, cool tricks like hula hooping and trampoline flips, musical performances, and more. All of the entries can be found on the Assiniboia Has Talent Facebook group, or posted on Instagram using the hashtag #AssiniboiaHasTalent.

Circus poster capital of America thrivedBy Ron inWalter Rouleau print shop - For Moose Jaw Express The sleepy town of Rouleau, 30 minutes east of Moose Jaw, is best known as the scene for filming of the popular television comedy Corner Gas. The local grain elevator still carries the name Dog River. A century ago Rouleau was the circus poster capital of North America. In those days travelling theatrical troupes and circuses played routes from town to town. Since this was before television the main form of promotion by the various operators was colourful posters, usually 28 inches by 42 or larger. In 1912 Andrew King, owner of the weekly Rouleau Enterprise since 1909, had a stroke of luck, as he calls it in his autobiography, Pen, Paper, and Printing Ink. A desperate advance agent for a travelling theatre company came to the Enterprise newspaper and print shop. He came in several times that day impatient that his posters hadn’t arrived from Chicago and wondered why there was no poster printing around Rouleau. Joking, King suggested starting one then and there. When the advance man agreed, King had second thoughts about printing these oversized posters in the middle of the Prairies. His attitude slowly changed once the advance agent informed him a poster printing plant only needed good train service and that showmen never visited poster printing plants. The posters required large handset type, larger than any of the metal type in the shop. King went to work and hand carved the block type from wood for hand set printing. Each letter was set one at a time. Thus began Enterprise Show Print located in a Prairie town of 800 in the middle of nowhere, Word got out and King printed posters for circuses and theatrical companies all over North America. By 1914 he was mailing poster catalogues to fairs and exhibitions in the West, and began selling the rosettes used in fair and sports day competitions. In 1919 luck arrived with the Winnipeg General Strike.

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Without railway transport posters from a Winnipeg printer could not be sent. King’s print shop got the poster work. “From the time we began to serve circuses there was rarely one that entered Canada, particularly west of the Great Lakes that we did not serve.” Posters were printed for Al. B. Barnes and Clyde Beatty among others. One year the world famous Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus, the oldest circus in America, offered him a poster contract worth $90,000. King decided the extra journeyman printers and investment in another press was too much for a one year contract. He turned down the job. When King purchased the Estevan Mercury newspaper in 1944 the poster business moved with him. The heyday for circus and travelling posters was over once the Second World War ended, but the shop still employed 30 persons. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

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Riverside Mission still providing meals despite volunteer, donation limitations Larissa Kurz

With provincial warnings to avoid public places with large crowds, organizations like Riverside Mission that rely on volunteers and donations are finding themselves in a difficult position in their daily operations. The mission is continuing operations with a number of adjustments, as they were granted an exception from the province’s closure order to the food industry due to status as a not-for-profit community kitchen. Since that order on Mar. 23, Riverside Mission has suspended the usual lunch service and is providing supper as a take-out meal only. To ensure the safety of guests and staff alike, guests are now asked to wait outside, before entering one at a time to receive a meal in a takeout container, a drink, and a pamphlet on how to protect themselves from COVID-19. “We’ve done all of that with social distancing in mind,” said Joe Miller, executive director from Souls Harbour Rescue Mission. “Things are a little slower this way, but we’re still serving the public.” The kitchen has also ceased all volunteer activity, save for a small number of dedicated people who are taking precautions at home to make them eligible to work at the kitchen, and is no longer taking donations of leftover food or clothing items for the time being. They have also limited the capacity of their men’s emergency shelter, from 10 individuals to four individuals to prop-

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erly practice social distancing. “Everything was done keeping in mind social distancing and really trying to ensure the safety of everybody involved,” said Miller. “We wanted to focus on what’s safe for the guests, what’s safe for the staff, what’s safe for the volunteers.” The pandemic measures have caused a challenge for the mission, said Miller, but staff are working extra hard to keep the doors open and provide services for those in the community in need of them. “I just want people to know that Riverside Mission’s doors are still open,” said Miller. “We serve society’s most vulnerable people. A lot of them have health conditions or immune deficiencies, and we want to take care of them

as best we could.” Riverside Mission is still serving an average of 55 people each evening during their supper service and is also giving out food items to help fill the gap that the missing lunch service has left. The Salvation Army is also handing out bagged lunches during the week from 11 a.m. to noon, and St. Aidan Anglican Church is providing bagged lunches on

Saturdays and Sundays at 11:45 a.m. Donations to the Mission are still being accepted and greatly appreciated, said Miller, who listed toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and protective gloves to be some of the needed items right now. Food items like Kraft Dinner, milk, and cases of bottled water would also be useful at this time. Any large donations will be evaluated on an individual basis, by contacting shelter director Rachel Mullens at rmullens@shrmsk.com. Monetary donations would be the most useful, however, as it cuts down the risk of public contact and allows the shelter to purchase exactly what they need at this time. Cash donations can be made online at shrmsk.com, by noting it is for Riverside Mission in the comment section. “We couldn’t do what we do without the support of the community, and the community has supported us financially, with donations, and with their time as volunteers,” said Miller. “Whatever we needed, people have always responded so well, and I want to thank them for that.”

A & W grass-fed beef program offers new cattle market By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

Fast food chain A&W started a food fight with ranchers seven years ago by introducing horEXPRESS mone free burgers, then plant-based burgers. The products caught on with consumers but ranchers believed the advertising belittled their beef product. And the beef industry complained not enough beef meeting A&W standards was produced in Canada to meet the needs. A&W agreed it had to buy meat from outside Canada. Now the fast food chain has decided to switch to grass fed beef – beef that cannot be fed grain or feed additives. A&W is working with packers and the industry to develop a supply of grass-fed beef. The chain’s move opens up opportunities for beef producers but industry players are skeptical of much grass fed supply being developed within three years. Australia, which supplies much of the chain’s beef, has lost one-fifth of beef production to prolonged drought and wild fires. The beef feedlot industry is relatively new with beginnings in the post-war 1950s as a way to use surplus grain stocks. Before that all beef was grass-fed. Moose Jaw had one of the first Prairie feedlots in the 1940s built by Albert Lister.

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As the Scotties Tournament of Hearts took over Moose Jaw, and before the COVID-19 outbreak had become a concern, family and friends had an opportunity to do a little celebrating with Irene Gaudaur at Providence Place. That’s because it’s not every day you get a chance to celebrate your 90th birthday, and do so with plenty of well-wishers around to offer congratulations – and thanks – for a long life well lived. Irene Gaudaur – nee Worrall – was born on Feb. 27, 1930 in Birmingham, England and grew up in a tumultuous time for the United Kingdom. The clouds of war were gathering when she was still in grade school, and it was only a matter of time before the worst came to Birmingham. “We lived through the war, I was nine years old when the bombing started, and they bombed Birmingham because it was an industrial city,” Gaudaur said as a steady stream of well-wishers stopped to chat. “I lived on the outskirts of the city, not far from Coventry, either, so it was tough for awhile.” But into every life some good must come, and for Irene back in those dark days, it was meeting air force pilot John Gaudaur. The two dated and fell in love, setting in motion an epic journey that would see Irene cross the Atlantic and settle in Canada. “The war brides were all coming here at that time, but I wasn’t married,” she said. “My husband paid for tickets for me to travel, to come here by plane, and he made arrangements to be looked after by Canada House in Lon-

Irene Gaudaur poses next to a photo board showing her as a youngster. don.” Modern aircraft can make a trans-Atlantic crossing in only a few hours, city to city. Back in the late-40s, things weren’t quite as simple, as Irene would explain. “I had a telegram from Canada House telling me I was to be in London on the Monday and I left on the Tuesday on a plane,” she said. “It was a double decker plane, and we ended up landing at Gander, Newfoundland, went from there to Sydney, Nova Scotia, landed again and then from there to Montreal. Then a train ride from Quebec to Trenton, Ont.” They were married a month later in Frankford, Ont. near Trenton, where John had found work as an electrician. Their oldest son, John Jr., was born in 1978 and Peter,

James and Linda followed soon after. James was born with spina bifida and required constant care before passing away at the age of 20 in 1972. It was shortly after James passed that the family would find themselves making stops in Ottawa and Rivers, Man. before coming to the Friendly City where John was stationed at then-CFB Moose Jaw. It was around that time Irene found her passion – working as a nurses’ assistant at Valleyview Centre, where she would spend 10 years. And when Providence Place opened in 1994 she was one of the first volunteers to set up in the new facility. “I came with the residents, they moved from St. Anthony’s up on the hill and we had a tour, there were 100 people in the volunteers at that time,” Irene said. “I had a car and I used to take the residents to their appointment with the doctor and to the park in the summer time.” When she wasn’t volunteering, Irene also spent plenty of time at First Baptist Church back when her family lived on Vaughn Street before moving to Westmount Baptist Church closer to her apartment on South Hill. Irene still lives in that apartment on Couteau Street, and with the help of some of her 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, lives a regular, active life. “There are so many great memories, there were some tough times but I’ve always had family and friends and that’s the most important thing,” she said.

The Power of Hope MLA’s Column

Warren Michelson Moose Jaw North

Warren Michelson, MLA

“Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.” ― Emily Dickinson The people of Saskatchewan, and indeed around the world, are finding ways to look out for others and keep their spirits up through the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to all those within health care for their diligent work and dedication to this emergency issue. Thank you also to those doing their part to follow the restrictions implemented by our health officials and our government to reduce the spread of infection and save lives. Easter is this coming weekend, when Christians will observe the most im-

portant day in their faith, the Resurrection of Jesus. The suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of the Christian faith, and at its core is the timely message that life and hope follow suffering and death. We can share this hope in action as we hear over and over again, “we’ll get through this together.” Easter celebrations will be very different as churches and families comply with restrictions on physically gathering together. People and faith communities are finding creative ways to feed their faith, whether it is religious programming on television, livestreamed services, or online reflections. Churches are keeping in touch with members through various social media channels and direct phone calls. Some churches

are ringing their bells to provide encouragement and invite people to pray. Our education system is also implementing different and creative ways for students to continue learning. What I’ve heard about the educational opportunities being provided is very encouraging. Following a “pause week,” staff were remotely connecting with students and families. In Holy Trinity School Division, virtual meeting calls took place between teachers as they planned together, and they were excited to reconnect with students and families. Their Distance Learning Plan will allow teachers to offer supplementary learning opportunities to their students. For those families who don’t have a device for distance learning, Holy Trinity School Division is offering a limited number of division-owned devices that can be borrowed by students. Prairie South School Division has acquired online software to assist teaching students at home. For those who may not have the appropriate electronic requirements, other forms of communication are being discussed. While

there are challenges, staff are focused on working through them with a positive attitude. High school students have the option of supplemental learning in most subjects. They can choose to take the mark they were assessed in a course as of March 13, or they can take advantage of the supplemental learning, and will receive whichever mark is greater; the mark as of March 13th, or the supplemental learning mark. As was announced when classes were suspended, all students will move on the next grade or will graduate if eligible, regardless of their marks on March 13th. Thank you to our educators, students, families, businesses, and community organizations as well as those volunteers who are making efforts to minimize the disruptions and impacts of the pandemic. Have a blessed Easter as we all look to the power of hope and prayer, and the power of working together. 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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Pandemic shows us new heroes; how dependent we are on others Looking out the front window these days shows us a weird world out there. The usual traffic patterns down our street have changed to infrequent sights of vehicles. On Sundays the strange view is an empty street usually churchgoers by Ron Walter where compete for parking spots. The church across the street has a sign saying closed on the front door. On school days, the parking lot for the school down the street is empty as is the street usually jammed with parents dropping off and picking up students. What we saw as a nuisance is missed. On a rare drive down the once busy streets of Moose Jaw it is disquieting to see hardly any traffic. Gas bars, once bustling with re-fueling vehicles, have plenty of open spots. Our favourite downtown restaurant has no lights on, now closed. Shuttered businesses greet drivers all the way down Main Street. One is reminded of early days on the farm in the middle of nowhere when winter set in. During the worst

months of winter a weekly trip into town, often on horseback, was the family’s only contact with the outside world — that and the radio, played only at news time to save juice in the precious lead battery. We had a fence phone connecting with four other neighbours, once again used sparingly to save the battery in the old wooden wall phone. Today, with all the communications technology powered by continual electric current those days seem odd. We live in the same eerie situation as then, except we are in a city of 36,000 souls with access to immediate communications. Without smart phones, without the internet, we would be even more isolated in this social/physical distancing stay-at-home mode. As we enter the fourth week of stay-at-home life we ponder about the heroes in our midst. We have always admired the men and women in the jobs of police and firefighters for the uncertain dangers they experience on the job. Veterans and those serving in the military are counted among our heroes. Although people joining the military in the two world wars often had no idea of what they were getting into. Some joined to support king and country, some joined

to get three square meals a day, shelter and some cash to send home, some joined for adventure, some joined because others were, something like the toilet paper buying craze of today. This pandemic has shown a new set of heroes, frequently taken for granted – health care workers. They know the risks out there but are on the job, staring into the face of infection, to help others. And they don’t give up even though they know they or some of them or their colleagues will become sick. Some will die. The pandemic has shown other classes of hero — the employees from retail clerks, cleaners and truckers to businesses. Without them we would be unable to buy the food, fuel and all the other furbishments we acquire. Words alone aren’t enough thanks. The pandemic shows how dependent communities and countries have become on each other. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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15 Wing grounds all planes during pandemic to protect personnel Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express The skies over Moose Jaw will be relatively quiet the next few months after 15 Wing Air Base grounded all planes to protect its students’ health during the pandemic. General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), informed the CAF community that all institutions should cease all training and educational activities immediately. He explained that all students and staff must be protected to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 in all training complexes, which could overwhelm community medical centres. The Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont., the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean, Que., and all other schools across the CAF are to temporarily cease operations, he said. This will allow staff and students to safely go home, where and when feasible. Those people who cannot make it home will be urged to continue to live in their quarters, where support will be given to them. All personnel on the bases and at the schools are to isolate themselves and be confined to ensure their care. Civilian staff will be allowed to voluntarily isolate themselves within the lines.

2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School at 15 Wing Moose Jaw has complied with Vance’s directive and paused all pilot training, Lt. Camille MacKenzie Dolphin, public affairs officer, said in an email. Furthermore, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron — the Snowbirds — has also paused training as it prepares for the 2020 air demonstration season. “While we remain flexible on how long this pause will last, we are currently focusing our efforts on the critical ac-

tivities necessary to ensure we are protecting our most important asset — our people … ,” she said. “The Wing has also reduced regular services to limited hours of operation to only those essential for support to our troops.” The base community is taking the Canadian Armed Forces’ health protection measures seriously to maintain operational effectiveness and preserve its capacity to carry out core missions in support of the Government of Canada,

Dolphin continued. The base has closed access to sports complexes and dining hall buildings; however, meals are still available for pick-up by individuals who live on the base. “15 Wing Moose Jaw takes the health and safety of our personnel and the members of our Defence community very seriously,” echoed Col. Ron Walker, 15 Wing base commander. “At this moment our priority is to protect our people and their families as much as possible from contracting the virus COVID-19 and to allow a return to flying training as soon as possible.” 15 Wing is still accepting deliveries of essential supplies, while some non-essential work and deliveries are being delayed at this time. Meanwhile, all social events, graduations, Wing tours and visits have been cancelled until further notice. Dolphin confirmed that only critical and essential members of 15 Wing are allowed to access the base. Following instructions from the Department of National Defence (DND) and the CAF, all precautionary measures are being taken to avoid illness or additional exposure to DND employees and CAF members.

Gravelbourg counsellor offers advice on handling anxiety as businesses Larissa Kurz

In a recent video conference with Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce members, counsellor Andre Lorraine from Prairie Counselling & Meditation talked through some of the ways that the coronavirus pandemic measures could cause anxiety in business owners, employees and customers alike. Because Lorraine offers his counselling services in Gravelbourg and Assiniboia, he thought that rural communities might be in need of an outlet to voice their concerns and seek advice on how to deal with their anxieties during this time. “This is an unprecedented time for us because we don’t usually prepare for a pandemic,” said Lorraine. “I think that’s causing a lot of anxiety and stress in people because you don’t know when it’s going to come or where it’s going to come from.” Many businesses are experiencing customers who are frustrated that they cannot run their errands the same way they used to, or that things take longer or they have to wait outside. Nerves are already frayed, said many business owners, especially in rural areas where businesses are now seeing more out-of-town customers travelling from other communities and potentially putting others at risk. “Moving away from face-to-face contact is quite a challenge [for many],” said Lorraine. The ongoing uncertainty is surely causing heightened levels of anxiety in everyone for a number of reasons, Lorraine noted, and businesses are no exception. Because it’s expected that these measures will contin-

ue for the near future, Lorraine offered some advice on how to help manage those increased levels of anxiety during times like this. “As the days and weeks goes on, it’s going to be a struggle because we’re all worried,” said Lorraine. “But [it’s good to] know that you’re not alone in this and we’re all going through the same issues and struggles in trying to navigate this.” The first thing to remember is to look after your own mental health as much as anyone else’s. It’s important to maintain a regular schedule, said Lorraine, and that includes sleeping and eating properly and trying to get at least a little exercise every day. It’s also important to think about how much time you spend watching TV, to avoid overstimulation or fatigue, and to do something relaxing that doesn’t involve screens before going to bed to properly relax the eyes. The most important thing to do right now, agreed both

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Vital Canadian oil industry caught in price war crossfire Canada’s oil industry is caught in the middle of a fight between two oil-producing bullies. On one side an emotional juvenile Saudi Arabian king has cut oil prices sharply, promising to add 2.5 million barrels of oil a day to the 10 million already being pumped by his fields. On the other side a sly Russian dictator refuses to go along with production cuts proposed by the OPEC oil cartel. Russia saw no reason to prop up oil prices with lower production when U.S.A. producers kept pumping more new oil. The Russian dictator Putin saw a price war as the opportunity to shut down the shale oil industry in America. The shale oil fields need $30 oil to survive. So he thumbed his nose at the Saudi-led OPEC. In a fit of anger the Saudis started dumping oil in Russia’s traditional European

markets at $22 to $23 US a barrel, cutting the price from $30. Oil prices had already fallen from $45-$50 as reduced demand caused by COVID-19 impacted markets. Canadian heavy oil has been trading as low as $4US, well below the $30 to $50 needed for break even. Oil producers and consumers wonder who will blink first in this stand-off. Both parties are determined and bullheaded. Both have extensive war chests to subsidize the low oil revenues. The Saudis have already depleted much of their oil price war chest since kicking off the oil price plunge in 2014. According to the financial press the Saudis have $502 billion US to subsidize government revenues. Russia has $570 billion US currency reserves, including $170 billion in a national

wealth fund, accumulated since 2017 from surplus oil revenues. Our politicians could learn to accumulate surplus oil revenues. Russia has indicated its funds can sustain a price war for 10 years. The Russians have a big bonus, paying for cost of oil production in devalued rubles but receiving US dollars in payment. The benefit at 13 rubles to the dollar outweighs the benefit Canadian exporters receive. The ruble, incidentally, owes part of the low value to sanctions imposed by the Trump presidency in America. Low oil prices harm Russian producers less than in the U.S. or Canada as Russian oil royalties decline with prices. According to a Bloomberg analysis, Saudi Arabian reserves have fallen from half of GDP to less than one per cent since 2018. Oil prices at these levels will create financial challenges within months.

While the two dictators take part in the oil fight Canada suffers as do American oil producers. Canadians will have little choice but reducing production and massive job layoffs. Reduced production will start with less drilling to replace dwindling flow from existing wells. To shut down any of the numerous steam-assisted gravity fields would cut pressure and future production. This is a vital industry in Canada, accounting for 10 per cent of Canada’s GDP and considerably more in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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With the threat of COVID-19, assisted living centers and care homes for senior citizens across the country have had to go on lockdown for the safety of their residents and patients, which is better for their physical health, but has left a lot of people feeling more alone in a stressful time. Complying with social distancing and self-isolation measures in response to COVID-19 has meant that lockdown or not, seniors just aren’t getting out as much, getting to see their families and/or friends, or getting the social connection they may need to carry them through this difficult time. Moose Jaw’s Age-Friendly Committee has come together in an attempt to address this issue and support Moose Jaw and Area seniors through this unprecedented time. Made up of representatives from varied sectors and agencies, including: Health, Community, Moose Jaw Salvation Army, Moose Jaw Public Library, The Moose Jaw & Senior Citizens Association Inc., Moose Jaw Literacy, Moose Jaw Housing Authority, ect., Moose Jaw’s Age-Friendly Committee collaborates to learn from seniors about challenges, needs and opportunities in Moose Jaw; inform seniors on issues of concern/interest to seniors; and advocate for the needs of seniors in Moose Jaw and Area. Age-Friendly Moose Jaw’s Vision is to see a community where seniors are

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supported to thrive and attain a high quality of life. Their Mission is to educate, advocate and collaborate with community stakeholders to support the senior community in Moose Jaw. Following some preliminary research on initiating a letter writing campaign to address heightened social isolation experienced by seniors in the wake of COVID-19, Moose Jaw’s Age-Friendly Committee identified some potential risks of a traditional ‘mail exchange’ with a vulner-

able population. As such they are proposing a ‘virtual’ letter writing campaign, in which children, youth, and adults in our community can email generic letters/scanned copies & pictures to older adults in care homes, ect. Specifically, the committee has created an email address (keepingmjseniorsconnected@gmail.com ) where they will receive and screen generic letters of support & encouragement, scanned pictures, ect. from the public. Those participating assisted living centers, care homes, and retirement communities will then receive weekly emails with compiled content to print and post, or share with all residents as they see fit. • Moose Jaw’s Age-Friendly Committee is inviting Moose Jaw and Area residents to help in boosting the morale and brightening the day of a senior, by sending some virtual mail their way! Email your generic letters of support & encouragement, stories, scanned copies/pictures, ect. to: keepingmjseniorsconnected@gmail.com and Moose Jaw’s Age-Friendly Committee will distribute them to all participating assisted living centers, care homes, and retirement communities. If you are representative of a facility interested in participating, please email request with heading ‘Sign Us Up’.

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COVID-19: Remain Vigilant and Keep Healthy It is important not to get complacent with precautions for COVID-19. It’s as important as ever to stay home whenever possible, and to avoid close contact (a minimum of two metres) with others to prevent spreading the virus. People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, travellers returning from international destinations, including the United States, and those who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 are required to self isolate under the current public health order. There are reports of people across the province disregarding these directives, which will only increase the amount of time it takes to flatten the curve. Do your

part to help protect yourself, your neighbours and your community. How to Protect Yourself and Others • Practice proper cough and sneezing etiquette (into the bend of your elbow); • Wash your hands often with soap and water; • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; • Maintain safe food practices; • Avoid close contact with people who are sick; • Avoid unnecessary travel – inside and outside your

community; • Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited and you must practice social distancing; and • If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or breathing issues) use the self-assessment tool at www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 to determine if you should contact HealthLine 811. Please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 for upto-date information on COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. Public inquiries may be directed to COVID19@health. gov.sk.ca.

Coronavirus testing centre now set up in Moose Jaw Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The City of Moose Jaw is one of 40 Saskatchewan communities in which the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has established a testing centre to test people for the coronavirus. To help manage COVID-19, the SHA has been setting up different types of health-care locations in places throughout the province that have not been traditionally used for this purpose, explained SHA spokeswoman Amanda Purcell. Some locations may be testing centres, assessment centres, or other care spaces required to meet the needs of residents of those communities and the surrounding areas. “Unless they are open for access to the public, we are not publicly disclosing the location of any of these health-care centres, to ensure that patient privacy is protected and that infection prevention and control measures are followed,” she said.

The SHA understands that through community dialogue, media outlets will likely discover these locations, and might want to take photos or publish information that would identify the personal health needs of the individuals seen accessing the buildings, Purcell continued. Patients have sent their concerns to the SHA about media being present, as they might feel vulnerable about entering the centre. Even if the media isn’t taking pictures, just the mere presence of media can cause anxiety. “We would appreciate the support of Moose Jaw (media), along with the support of all community media outlets, to ensure we can provide a safe and comfortable environment for those (who) are coming to these centres, even when they are walking outside on public property,” she said. “We need to encourage people to follow through with their tests

and care needs for health-care concerns without worrying about privacy or media.” The Moose Jaw Express has agreed not to disclose the location for privacy reasons. As for the process of testing, it’s important to note that testing for COVID-19 is done by referral only, Purcell emphasized. What the SHA is asking residents to do is to know whether they should be tested and to use the self-assessment tool online at saskatchewan.ca/ covid19. Through a series of questions, the self-assessment tool will help people understand whether they should be tested. From there, if the assessment determines that residents should be tested, they will need a referral to be directed to one of the SHA’s testing centres or to access local testing (in rural areas). People can access a referral by calling

HealthLine 811 or by calling their family physician’s clinic. The number of tests performed at a particular site will vary by day and will depend on demand in a particular area, said Purcell. “It’s important to note that testing sites are where specimens are collected. Once the specimen is collected at a testing site, it is transported to a laboratory COVID-19 testing location,” she continued. Laboratory confirmations of infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 are currently being performed at both the Royal University Hospital (RUH) Laboratory in Saskatoon and the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory (RRPL) in Regina. For residents or business owners concerned about the coronavirus, more information can be found at saskatchewan.ca.

Legion remains focused on helping members through COVID-19 crisis Local branch of veterans organization doing what it can to help all stay safe and healthy Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

When you’re dealing with a problem, it never hurts to have a legion at your back. And when you’re a member of the Royal Canadian Legion dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, you can be assured that your fellow compatriots will be there for you as much as they can. That is the exact situation for Legion Branch 59 in Moose Jaw; despite the hall being closed, they continue to do as much as possible for one another. “Right now, we’ve put it out on our Facebook page and a wide e-mail that we’re available for assistance to help anybody that needs assistance, and we’ve been helping a couple,” said Moose Jaw service officer Christine Simpson. “The numbers, I expected a bit more, but everyone seems to be doing fine. We’re keeping in touch with different organizations and such to see what they require, and our head office had been really good. So far it’s all

been fine.” Making the situation all the more serious is the general age of their membership – an average of around 65 for most Legions in the country -- and with COVID-19 seeming to impact the older population harder, keeping an eye out for one another has become paramount. “Even while some of our older veterans have conditions that might make them susceptible to things, we’re all being careful, keeping an eye out, phoning and FaceTiming and doing what we can to help,” Simpson said. Then there’s the national response. Legions across Canada have been in contact with one another with the goal of making sure all is well, or at least as well as it can be, for their members from coast to coast. “We’ve been talking to our military friends across Canada and we have one another,” Simpson said. “Our families may be someplace else, but we have our military

The Moose Jaw Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is doing what it can to help it’s members through the COVID-19 crisis

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Tools for Saskatchewan residents to navigate COVID-19 information The Government of Saskatchewan has made a number of tools available for the public to ask questions, access information and obtain support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in Saskatchewan, a number of these tools have been introduced or optimized to provide residents with reliable forums for questions and information. HealthLine 811 The Government of Saskatchewan has acted on concerns regarding technical difficulties resulting from the high volume of calls received by HealthLine 811. On March 17, the HealthLine 811 system was replaced resulting in an immediate improvement in service. Originally capable of handling 32 concurrent callers, the 811 system replacement expanded capacity to handle more than 900 concurrent callers, with an option for further expansion as needed, and added a convenient callback feature providing an unlimited number of callbacks. More than 250 additional staff have been trained to receive calls on the expanded system, which has received almost 50,000 calls since the system replacement. Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency Toll Free Line The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency’s (SPSA) toll free line, 1-855-559-5502,

is now being offered 24 hours, 7 days a week. The SPSA toll free line was established in order to answer non-health specific questions about the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure compliance with public health orders that are mandatory under the state of emergency, the SPSA toll free line is able to receive and coordinate alleged violations of the mandatory public health orders. Non-compliance concerns can also be submitted online. The form can be found under the Public Health Orders section at saskatchewan.ca/COVID19. SPSA operators will work with public health officials and policing agencies to follow up on compliance concerns to ensure compliance with public health orders. Any non-health related questions regarding COVID-19, including concerns regarding compliance with public health orders, can be directed to the toll free line at 1-855-559-5502. COVID-19 Health System Information The saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 website is an online source for all COVID-19 information in Saskatchewan. Since being launched, the website has had more than 4 million visits. The Saskatchewan Health Authority’s Self-Assessment Tool has been used more than 350,000 times in March. This online resource, hosted at saskatchewan.ca/

COVID19, helps people determine whether they need a referral for COVID-19 testing. The COVID-19 public inquiry email at COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca has responded to more than 4,200 email inquiries since it began operating on March 15. Members of the public with email inquiries can expect a response within 24 hours from the dedicated response team. To make residents aware of actions they can take to help mitigate the effects of the pandemic, a COVID-19 public health advertising campaign has been running online and in print throughout March, and will continue to run in April. Public health advertising promotes messages of healthy infection control practices, and help educate people about practices such as social distancing and self-isolation. Further advertising will occur in the coming weeks. Business Response Team The Business Response Team, led by the Ministry of Trade and Export Development, has worked with businesses to identify program supports available to them both provincially and federally, and to answer questions regarding allowable businesses. Since its creation, the Business Response Team has assisted 1,613 clients over the phone and 690 clients via email for a total of 2,303.

Businesses can contact the Business Response Team by calling 1-844-8008688, emailing supportforbusiness@ gov.sk.ca or by visiting saskatchewan.ca/ covid19-businesses. Single Point of Contact for Donations and Supplies Government has encouraged individuals, businesses, manufacturers and organizations that are offering to donate or manufacture supplies to contact procurement@ gov.sk.ca. Since its inception, more than 800 emails have been received from individuals, businesses, manufacturers and organizations offering supplies, solutions and innovations. Staff are working to verify and contact all those who have submitted. Through the generosity and resources of Saskatchewan individuals, businesses and manufacturers, 57 donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) including N95 masks and other equipment and an additional 85 purchase opportunities have been identified. Government is also pursuing a number of opportunities to repurpose production, technologies and accommodations for health and safety needs that have been identified through the single point of contact.

Provincial government making changes to social services supports due to pandemic Larissa Kurz

The Government of Saskatchewan announced that it will be shifting resources and adapting policies within the Ministry of Social Services to provide more support to those in need during the new coronavirus pandemic. “Our government is committed to providing supports to vulnerable citizens in Saskatchewan through this time of uncertainty,” social services minister Paul Merriman said in a press release. The ministry’s pandemic response includes an additional $171,000 in funding to emergency shelters experiencing financial pressure due to the COVID-19 situation. Shelters receiving extra funding include Souls Harbour Rescue Mission in Regain and Riverside Mission in Moose Jaw. The government’s Emergency Shelter Response also includes adapting the cold weather strategy to provide those in need with emergency hotel stays when shelters are at capacity and will help transition clients to permanent housing.

Clients who have tested positive with COVID-19 will be given safe accommodation in one of the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation’s 1,700 vacant units, where they can self-isolate. Additionally, those who are homeless or lack the means to provide themselves with basic needs are encouraged to apply for federal benefits, and contact the Client Service Centre at 1 (866) 221-5200 for emergency help. Youth currently in social services care who will be “ageing out of care” during this time will also not be transitioned out of their current housing, and will continue to be provided supports and services. For households who are currently receiving part-time benefits through the child care subsidy, the ministry will be retroactively giving them full-time benefits as of March 1 to help with the cost of licensed childcare. The reporting requirements for income assistance have been lessened effective March 19, and all IA clients will continue to receive their benefits even if they are late re-

porting. Sask Housing will also begin accepting applications for the new Saskatchewan Housing Benefit on April 1 as part of the ministry’s pandemic response. The SHB will be available to households of all sizes, including seniors and renters, and will offer a benefit of up to $250 a month based on the client’s household size. Among all of the new measures, social services offices will remain open and the first hour of every day is reserved for clients who have disabilities or health problems that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19. To reduce the risk of infection, frontline child protection workers will be equipped with protective equipment and will provide child and family services through alternate means if possible. Clients are also asked not to come into social services offices unless it is an emergency or they cannot contact their worker. Instead, contact the Client Service Centre at 1 (866) 221-5200 for assistance.

Blood plasma treatment for COVID-19 coming to Canada

Therapy currently underway in other countries, results undetermined as fight against coronavirus continues Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Canadian Blood Services announced last Thursday they have begun contributing to a global initiative to determine if convalescent blood plasma is an effective treatment for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Canada joins a group that includes several countries hit severely by the disease – but who also have a large number of recovered patients who would have antibodies for the virus in their system. Blood plasma treatment in this case works somewhat like a vaccine: the antibodies present in the recovered persons plasma – the clear liquid present when blood is broken down into it’s basic parts – would fight the disease and give the affected person more time to create antibodies on their own. “The reason we’re interested in that is because when you’ve recovered from an illness, your immune system has developed a set of antibody molecules that are

now present that weren’t there before,” explained Dr. Dana Devine in a video interview. “In the context of COVID-19, it’s possible to treat patients who have active COVID-19 with the antibodies from the plasma of the person who recovered, which would then attack the virus in the person who is still ill.” CBS isn’t currently recruiting patients for the trial, but will be contacting those who have recovered from COVID-19 once the trial begins. There is no information how this will affect Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan at this time, but as cases occur in the province and city, those who recover could potentially become candidates. Plasma will be collected in the safest way possible, frozen and shipped to testing sites across Canada. The decisions about who will be treated will be made by physicians, and the pa-

A new treatment for COVID-19 involving convalescent blood plasma is coming to Canada tients who receive it will be determined by doctors after COVID-19 convalescent plasma has been received. As mentioned, Canada isn’t the only country currently part of these studies, as many others that have been fighting the virus earlier like China, South Korea and Singapore, and they’ve actively been collecting convalescent plasma for this same

purpose. How it is administered and to whom has yet to be determined. “Because we don’t know how it affects this virus, two approaches that are being used are as a prophylactic for health care workers who have been exposed but are not yet sick,” Devine said. “Another approach is for those in early stage disease as opposed to those who are very severely ill, since convalescent plasma has so many antibodies in it that it can make the disease worse.” Given the size and scope of the trial, it’s expected to take many months to complete, meaning results likely won’t be seen until mid-summer. For more information or to book an appointment to donate blood, check out blood.ca, download the GiveBlood app or contact the CBS at 1-888-236-6283.


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Campers looking for a respite from the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing procedures will find themselves waiting awhile longer – and that includes Buffalo Pound and other provincial campsites in the Moose Jaw area. Saskatchewan Provincial Parks announced last week they will delay campsite reservation launch until further notice from the original date of Apr. 13, and that parks throughout the province will remain closed through the May long weekend. “We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and will follow the advice of health officials to adjust our business practices as needed,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said. “The health and safety of our visitors and staff is the priority. We know campers will be eager to enjoy the outdoors in our beautiful parks, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back when it is safe.” Group campers with reservations in May will have their reservations automatically cancelled and fees refunded. In the coming weeks, Sask Parks will assess the situation and will provide an update. Parks throughout the province remain closed for the season, meaning there is no access to washrooms, visitor centres, picnic areas as well as campgrounds and websites. Staff remains available to answer questions at 1-800-205-7070 or by email at parks.info@gov.sk.ca. For the latest information and for updates on potential openings, visit www.saskparks.com.

During the 1918 flu epidemic, individuals in Moose Jaw took precautions to protect themselves from the epidemic. Gayle Jones of Moose Jaw provided this photo of her mother at 3 years old (front of picture) and her 2 sisters (Jean and Alice) on the right and two of their friends on the left. The picture was taken on Skipton Road on South Hill. Submitted by Gayle Jones

REFLECTIVE MOMENTS / From The Kitchen

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Birthdays are always special occasions in our house — eating out with friends, planning a meal at home, maybe a cake, or a muffin festooned with a single candle. This year various circumstances come into play as Housemate’s birthday looms and that means perhaps a virtual celebration. Or a celebration in which he cooks his own Joyce Walter birthday meal. For Moose Jaw Express In preparation for his birthday, I asked: “If you could pick what you want to eat for your birthday dinner, what would ronjoy@sasktel.net you pick?” He thought a minute then came up with strudel noodles, risen dumplings, lasagna, veal cutlets and fried chicken. For dessert he selected chocolate cake and cherry preserves. I was shocked at his choices, thinking he might choose one or two dishes that I know how to make. I’ve got chocolate cake, fried chicken and lasagna covered and I probably German Risen Dumplings 2 pkgs. active dry yeast 4 tsps. sugar 1 cup plus 2 tbsps. warm milk 1 lb. flour 1 tsp. salt 2 large eggs, at room temperature 3 tbsps. butter, melted

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in milk. Combine with 1/2 cup flour. The mixture should be the consistency of heavy cream. Cover and let rise until doubled. In a large bowl combine remaining flour, salt, eggs and yeast mixture. Mix by hand for about five minutes or longer until it pulls away from sides of the bowl. Add cooled melted butter and mix well. Let rise in bowl until double in size. Turn out onto a floured surface. Knead in more flour if too sticky. Pat out to one inch thick-

could manage the veal cutlets. But risen dumplings and strudel — give me strength and someone who has a reliable German cookbook, time and patience. As a young bride I was in awe of his grandmother as she prepared the strudel dough. She stretched it like a piece of elastic from one corner of the table to the other, without it breaking. Then she raised her arms and swung that dough around and around. If I tried that, it would no doubt land on my head. So needless to say, I have never attempted this dish that Housemate cherishes from his childhood. I’ve made dumplings but not the risen ones he prefers. Mine, when I take the time to prepare them, are made from a Bisquick mix and quite often are heavy and could be used as street hockey pucks. So, if Housemate decides to help with his own celebratory meal, I’ve found him a recipe for dumplings, and for a chocolate cake that will be candle worthy. In case he decides the dumplings will be too much work, there is a box of Bisquick in the cupboard.

ness and cut with a 3 inch cutter or glass. Re-roll scraps and cut again. Cover cut pieces and let rise until doubled. Fill a large pot to 3/4 full with water. Place splatter screen on top of pot and place as many dumplings as will fit on the screen without touching. Cover. Steam about 15 minutes. Do not lift lid during steaming because dumplings will collapse. Transfer to a wire rack to cool or if eating immediately, serve hot with roast beef juices or gravy. Makes about 16. For a sweet treat, after dumplings have been boiled, fry in butter until both sides are golden. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and eat hot. ••• Chocolate Cake 1/2 cup butter 2 cups brown sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup sour milk

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Cream butter and sugar then add eggs, sour milk and vanilla and cream thoroughly. Mix flour, salt and cocoa and add to butter mixture. Dissolve soda in boiling water and add to mixture. Mix well. Grease and flour a 9x9 inch pan then pour in batter and bounce out bubbles. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and bake until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not over bake. Cool on rack then frost, or sprinkle top with icing sugar. Serve warm with ice cream. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

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Thank You Health Foundation postponing annual Radiothon until further notice Larissa Kurz In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and extensive measures to slow its spread, the Moose Jaw Health Foundation has decided to postpone the 14th Annual 800 CHAB Family First Radiothon until a later date. The annual fundraiser was set to take place on May 8-9, but the Health Foundation has taken into consideration the current state of the community and decided not to host the Radiothon at this time. “It is surreal and we definitely know that there’s a heightened level of anxiety in the community, and so we don’t want to add to that,” said executive director Kelly McElree. “We just want to kind of brighten people’s world at this point.” The Health Foundation made the decision to protect all donors, volunteers, healthcare workers, and radio station staff involved in the event, to help reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the community. Once the coronavirus outbreak is more under control, organizers will look ahead at determining a new date for the Radiothon. “The work of the Moose Jaw Health Foundation never stops. The Foundation will continue its efforts to equip our hospital to meet the current challenges from the pandemic and long-term medical needs of patients,” said the press release. “Thank you to everyone for your support and understanding. Together we are stronger.”

Golden West Radio’s Rob Carnie (L) and Moose Jaw Health Foundation executive director Kelly McElree on the air at last year’s Family First Radiothon. (photo by Randy Palmer) Last year, the Radiothon raised $299,684 to purchase a lithotripsy unit for Dr. W.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital, which dissolves kidney and bladder stones inside the body. This year’s Radiothon, when it is rescheduled, will be raising money to purchase medical equipment for cardiac patients.

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Meat packer closes over coronavirus scare By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express One of three beef packing plants on the Prairies has closed — at least temporarily — over the coronavirus. The Calgary meat processor was closed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) when it was discovered one plant employee might have the COVID-19 virus. CFIA meat inspectors refused to work March 27 and their employer backed them up until assessment of health risks is completed. The COVID-19 virus cannot be transmitted by food. The virus is transmitted in droplets from a person coughing or sneezing, or the virus from these droplets coming into contact with the mouth, eyes or nose. Meat contamination is not a threat in this situation, said Dr. Deena Henshaw, Alberta chief medical health officer. The plant, which daily screens every worker for COVID-19 virus symptoms, was hoping to re-open soon. Alberta premier Jason Kenney, citing the demand for meat, mused about replacing the CFIA inspectors with Alberta meat inspectors. Harmony Beef has slaughter capacity of 750 animals a day compared with 6,500 head a day by the other two beef packers in Alberta. An Olymel pork processing plant in Quebec closed because of COVD-19 scares. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

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Thank You Essential Services POLICE UPDATE Police change internal, external activities to handle pandemic’s effects The COVID-19 pandemic forced the Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) to implement several changes to its administrative and operational activities, including updating its existing pandemic plan to reflect coronavirus-specific elements. There were more than a dozen enhancements the police service made to its administrative work, while there were a handful of changes it made to its operational activities, police Chief Rick Bourassa explained on April 1 during the Board of Police Commissioners meeting. Administrative Besides enacting and updating the pandemic policy, the police service also had to — and must continually — assess its staffing needs and levels, he said. Some employees were away for a few weeks since they had to self-isolate after returning from overseas. However, they are now back to work and the MJPS is fully staffed. The police service created ways for employees to work from home. This proved challenging for some staff since they deal with unique intelligence- and reporting-related systems that can only be accessed at the police station. This means they have to come into work, but they are maintaining the required two-metre distance from others.

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Another step taken was ensuring there is an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). “Each one of our front-line members has a kit that contains the protective equipment necessary should they encounter a situation when they need to use it,” said the police chief. “Our policy spells out when those situations would be.” Efforts were made to establish and maintain communications networks with agen- said. “We’re (hearing) that in talking to cies and bodies working on containing the other police agencies as well.” pandemic. This includes the Saskatche- Crime doesn’t sleep, so the police service wan Health Authority and the provincial has ensured it has sufficient quantities of government. food, water and supplies for people who The MJPS assigned an officer to work are incarcerated. The detention centre with the business community and other acts as a regional correctional centre and residents to help them comply with pub- provides custody services for the RCMP, lic health orders. The police service also the Ministry of Corrections and Policing, assigned another officer to the Police and the military, and other agencies as reCrisis Team (PACT). This unit combines quired. officers and mental health professionals Besides hiring another building maintewho respond specifically to mental health nance employee to help clean the buildissues and divert individuals away from ing, equipment and vehicles, the scope the hospital. and frequency of cleaning have also in“There are a number of reasons we’re creased. beefing that up. Number 1 is, with the The MJPS has increased the amount of stressors that accompany these sorts of information it sends to the public, includsituations, we have predicted — and are ing the fact it is still operating. Bourassa now beginning to see — an increase in the emphasized that residents should call if number of calls that are related to stress- they need help and the police — after takors and those challenges … ,” Bourassa ing precautions —will respond.

Other administrative changes include initiating enhanced pandemic-specific data collection and analysis; developing and implementing coronavirus-specific PPE protocols and training; implementing daily pandemic response briefings; and conducting legal analyses and reviews of the orders police must follow. Operations Moose Jaw police have responded to more public health complaints, especially for calls about large groups that gather in parks. Bourassa noted that the police will respond “in a flash” if the public health inspector needs backup with a situation. Additionally, the police station now screens calls by asking callers if they have symptoms and what their health is like. It has also begun to screen all individuals who have been arrested. “The Moose Jaw Police Service continues to provide comprehensive policing services throughout this challenging time,” Bourassa said. “Initially there’d been a bit of a decrease in calls for service when the isolation started. Now it’s been a pretty steady increase in calls to us and we expect that. We’re prepared for that as well.” The next Board of Police Commissioners meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19.

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Thank You POLICE UPDATE Property crimes declined 16% in February from 2019, data shows Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express The Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) responded to slightly fewer calls this past February compared to a year ago, data shows, with total crimes against property seeing a significant decrease year-over-year. There were 1,137 calls for service made to the police station in February, compared to 1,170 the year before, which equates to a decrease of 33 calls or 3.6 per cent. Total calls as of this past February were 2,252. The police service presented a statistical report for February during the Board of Police Commissioners’ April 1 meeting. The commissioners received and filed the report. Crimes against the person Assaults were up slightly this February compared to last year, at 25 versus 19. Specifically: • Sexual assaults: 5/2 • Common assaults: 13/14 • Assault with weapon/cause bodily harm: 6/1 • Aggravated assault: 0/1 • Assault police: 1/1 There was one incident of robbery in February, compared to two a year ago. There were eight incidents of people making threatening comments that instilled fear in their victims compared to six in 2019. Meanwhile, there were eight calls about domestic disputes, compared to 16 the year before. There were 42 total crimes against the person in February, compared to 45 the year before, for a slight decrease of three incidents, or 1.2 per cent. Crimes against property There were 20 reports of break and enters this past February, compared to 27 the year before. Specifically: • Business premises: 6/5 • Residence: 6/10 • Other break and enter: 8/12 There were also fewer thefts overall this February compared to 2019, including: • Motor vehicle: 6/10 • Theft over $5,000: 0/0 • Theft under $5,000: 39/58 There were 21 mischief charges in February, where the property damage was less than $5,000, versus 13 last year. Overall, there were 86 total cases of crimes against property in February compared to 108 the year before, for a decrease of 22 or 15.7 per cent. Other incidents The roads this past February were a little safer compared to a year ago, with only seven calls reported for impaired driving, compared to 10 last year. Meanwhile, 67 people failed to comply with a court order, compared to 73 the year before. There were 17 motor vehicle accidents over $1,000 during the second month of this year, compared to 41 the year before. Police handed out 124 summary offence tickets to people, compared to 52 the year before. Police also responded to fewer incidents with drugs this February (one) versus last year (four). This includes: • Cocaine: 1/1 • Cannabis: 0/0 • Methamphetamine: 0/2 • Other illegal drugs: 0/1

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Festival of Words taking their Larissa monthly Book Club virtual for April Kurz

With the Moose Jaw Public Library closed due to COVID-19 regulations, the Festival of Words has gotten creative with their monthly book club meeting by taking it online. Book clubbers are invited to check out the chosen book of the month using their library membership on Hoopla, and check into the Virtual Book Club Facebook event to join the discussion on the novel. As usual, the book club will wrap up on the last Thursday of the month with a discussion online at 2:30 p.m. on April 30, but the page is open to participants to share their thoughts before then. Amanda Farnel, operations manager, is excited to give the new virtual method a try, to keep people talking about the literature they’re enjoying even while social distancing. The book of choice for April is Harold Johnson’s novel Corvus, a post-apocalyptic fiction set in northern Saskatchewan that was longlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads last year. Originally, before the pandemic measures changed the calendar, the monthly book club had planned to read Johnson’s new-

est novel Cry Wolf, which is why Farnel selected Corvus as the replacement. “It’s a fun read and it’s a quick one. There’s lots of interesting things to talk about,” said Farnel. “It’s one of my favourite books, so I figured that would be a good one to start with.” Moving to a virtual platform will change some of the elements of the usual book club, said Farnel, but she’s hoping that people will be just as enthusiastic about interacting with one another in an online format. The Facebook discussion will feature questions specifically about Corvus, but participants are also encouraged to talk about whatever else they may be reading as well. “[We wanted it to be] a place for people to just congregate and not talk about COVID-19 or what’s happening in the world, just the getaway kind of place,” said Farnel. “We figured it’d be a good place to bring people together and talk about different books and some positive things.” Farnel plans on continuing the book club this way for the foreseeable future and

(supplied) will continue choosing future books that are all available on Hoopla so everyone can find them. “We’re just trying this out and we’ll continue to revamp it, as time goes on,” said Farnel. Farnel also figured Facebook would be the

most accessible platform for most participants, and said she is already seeing excitement in the community to take part in the new virtual version of the club. The Virtual Book Club is the first bit of programming that the Festival of Words has altered due to the pandemic precautions, and Farnel said that they are hard at work trying to reimagine other programs as well. “We’re in the very, very early stages of possibly trying to move our Performer’s Cafe virtually,” said Farnel. “We’re trying to do as much virtual programming as we can right now, in order to help people out in this time where you can’t really do much else, to at least get them engaged with the community still in a different way.” The Virtual Book Club will be taking place on Facebook, available on the Festival of Words page, and is open to anyone wanting to participate. This month’s book, Corvus by Harold Johnson, is available to borrow on Hoopla in both ebook and audiobook format. Anyone with a library membership has access to the website.

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Provincial Court

Man accused of attempted murder makes first court appearance Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

A show-cause (bail) hearing has been scheduled for April 2 in Moose Jaw provincial court for Jordan Reinhold Dean Shields, who is accused of several offences, including attempted murder. Shields, 36, from Eyebrow, appeared in an empty provincial court courtroom on March 30, where his charges were read into the record. The Crown was opposed to his release, so he was remanded back to jail until he appears by video for his bail hearing. All of Shields’ charges stem from an in-

cident on Friday, March 27 in Moose Jaw. According to the court, Shields had been placed on a probation order on Nov. 26, 2019, where he was to keep the peace and be of good behaviour, and stay inside his residence from 10 p.m. to 6 p.m. unless given permission. However, he is alleged to have breached that condition on March 27 when he allegedly assaulted Nathan Forbes. As part of that alleged assault, Shields is accused of allegedly assaulting Forbes with a weapon (a cane); allegedly assaulting

Forbes with a dog; allegedly attempting to murder Forbes with a prohibited weapon (handgun) and allegedly discharging the firearm at Forbes; and allegedly conducting a break and enter into a place with intent to commit an indictable (serious) offence. According to information previously released by police, officers were dispatched to a residence on Ninth Avenue Northeast around 3 a.m. on March 27 for a report of a shooting. Police arrived to find an adult male who had been shot in the lower ex-

tremities. He was transported to Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital and is recovering from serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Police arrested Shields in connection with the matter without incident later in the day. An arrest warrant was also issued for Shaun Clayton Robinson, 41, of Moose Jaw, for attempted murder and numerous other charges.

Second suspect in attempted murder case makes first court appearance Shaun Clayton William Robinson, the second man accused in an attempted murder case, made his first appearance in Moose Jaw provincial court on April 1. The Crown opposed the release of Robinson, 41, from Moose Jaw. Legal Aid lawyer Tyne Hagey asked for a bail verification report (BVR) to be produced to determine if Robinson could live with a family member. She simply needed more personal information to go along with the report. Judge Brian Hendrickson agreed to adjourn Robinson’s charges to Tuesday, April 7 so the BVR could be discussed. Robinson was remanded back into custody until then.

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Robinson is accused of assault, assault with a weapon (two), break and enter into a dwelling place, attempted murder, and a weapons offence. According to information previously released, Moose Jaw police were dispatched to a residence on Ninth Avenue Northeast around 3 a.m. on March 27 for a shooting. Police arrived to find an adult male who had been shot in the lower extremities. He was transported to Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital and is recovering from serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Police arrested Jordan Shields in connection with the matter without incident later in the day. Then on March 31 at 9:45 a.m., police located and ar-

rested Robinson at a motel on Athabasca Street East on his outstanding warrant for attempted murder. Robinson was taken into custody without incident after police found him hiding in the motel room. Police also arrested an adult male from Punnichy who had numerous warrants. The Punnichy man has also been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000 after police located a stolen vehicle on scene. Throughout the investigation police also seized a firearm that matched the description of the firearm used in the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

Motorist gets heavy fine for driving wrong way on highway Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Motorist Brenda L. Newsham is lucky she didn’t injure herself or another person after driving in the wrong lane on Highway 1 near Mortlach. The Moose Jaw RCMP responded to call around 9:47 p.m. on Feb. 13 about a vehicle driving west in the eastbound lane of Highway 1, Stephen Yusuff, Crown prosecutor, said in Moose Jaw provincial court on April 1. Officers found the vehicle driving into oncoming traffic and managed to pull it over. Police took two breath samples from Newsham, 55, of Moose Jaw, with one sample reading .200 and a second sample reading .180; both were more than twice the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit. Yusuff suggested to Judge Brian Hendrickson that, as part of a joint submission, Newsham be fined $2,000 and given a one-year driving ban. She can participate in Saskatch-

ewan Government Insurance’s driver interlock program if she wants. “I’m very sorry I did it. I can’t change what happened,” Newsham said by phone, after pleading guilty to having a BAC over the legal limit; the Crown stayed a charge of impaired driving. “The manner of driving, while there was no accident, that was a risky activity,” the judge said. “Going the wrong way on a major highway had the potential for an accident (or) real potential to hurt yourself.” Due to Newsham’s current financial situation, along with the effects of the coronavirus, Hendrickson gave Newsham nine months to work off the fine and waived the 30-per-cent victim surcharge.

Crown denies release of man accused of home invasion Jason G. Antonio Moose Jaw Express

A man accused of participating in a 2018 home invasion will remain in jail until he can secure a lawyer to review his case and set up a bail hearing. Marcus Lonechild made his first appearance in Moose Jaw provincial court on March 30 by video link from Prince Albert, where his four indictable (serious) charges were read into court. The Crown was opposed to his release. According to information presented, Lonechild is accused of allegedly using a firearm (handgun) during a break and enter; allegedly committing an assault; allegedly breaking into an apartment

suite on 11th Avenue Southwest; allegedly committing robbery armed with an offensive weapon or imitation; allegedly assaulting Miles Chartrand; and allegedly stealing Chartrand’s medications with a value less than $5,000. All the offences are said to have occurred on Dec. 22, 2018. Lonechild is one of our men accused of similar offences during the same incident on Dec. 22, 2018. During an appearance on March 10 in Court of Queen’s Bench, Ryan Ernest Tatum was found guilty of break and enter and guilty of committing a robbery while armed with an offensive

weapon or imitation. Tatum will return to court on Thursday, May 7 at 9:30 a.m. to be sentenced. Charles Henry Wohlers, 69, was released on probation and ordered to follow several conditions until his next court appearance in Assiniboia on June 11. Wohlers is accused of breaching a previous court order and committing a common assault in Willowbunch. As part of his release, Wohlers, from Willowbunch, will have to keep the peace and be of good behaviour; give the court his address and phone number; report to a probation officer; not possess alcohol or

drugs or visit any place that sells alcohol; have no contact with the woman he assaulted; not be within five metres of her; and not be within 50 metres of her work or home. When Judge Daryl Rayner asked if he had any questions, Wohlers replied he was concerned about the no-contact clause since the woman was living in his house and wouldn’t leave. He claimed that when the offence occurred, he called police about her being there but she allegedly lied to officers about what happened. “Call the RCMP,” advised Rayner. “They can assist you if she is still there.”

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City Hall Council Notes Pursuit of federal funding would support different water project Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

With tenders for the proposed fluoridation project coming in under budget, city administration now plans to undertake another water-related project by pursuing funding from a similar federal program. During its March 23 regular meeting, city council unanimously approved a motion to have the wastewater treatment plant fan blower replacement project become the main priority under the Public Transit Infrastructure Funding Program. The application submitted would seek $879,960 in federal funding. City council approved a motion in February to include upgrades to the fluoridation equipment at Buffalo Pound as one of the municipality’s priority projects under the Public Transit Infrastructure Funding Program, with a request to re-allocate $1.2 million to fund the construction of the fluoridation system, a council report explained. Tenders were recently received for the project, with the lowest qualified bidder submitting a bid of $333,000.

“When we talked about it at budget, we were concerned that additional funding would be required,” said city manager Jim Puffalt. “When tenders came in, (the fluoridation project) was able to be included in the existing budget.” The current budget for phase 2 of the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant transmission line of $7.2 million is sufficient to cover the overall pumping upgrades at the plant, including the reservoir tie-ins and the fluoridation system replacement, said the report. With the tender under budget, the department of engineering is proposing to exchange the fluoridation project with the wastewater treatment plant fan blower replacement initiative, Puffalt added. There is the opportunity to save $173,000 annually in electrical costs by installing a new turbo blower system. The municipality’s main wastewater treatment plant uses four centrifugal blowers to provide air to the treatment

process, the report explained. The existing blowers are constant speed units, were installed in the 1980s and were sized to provide air for the previous aerated lagoons. Since the treatment plant was upgraded for more efficient bioreactors about 10 years ago, the air requirements have been reduced. The four existing 250-kilowatt (300-horsepower) blowers account for the most significant power consumption at the plant. In the 2020 budget, $1.46 million was approved for the treatment plant upgrade, with $235,000 already committed to the project. The conceptual estimate for the blower replacement is $2.1 million, leaving a budget variance of $889,305, the report added. City administration plans to submit a funding application of $879,960, while the remainder would come from the municipality’s existing approved budget.

Fewer property assessment appeals made to review board last year Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Moose Jaw’s board of revision received fewer appeals for property re-assessments last year compared to previous years, with only five per cent of appeals heard since errors in assessment were discovered. The board of revision (BOR) is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal whose function is to hear assessment appeals and determine if an error has been made in the valuation of property. The BOR is the first step in the appeal process. Either party — property owners or the municipality — to an assessment appeal has the right to appeal a decision to the Saskatchewan Municipal Board (SMB). In some cases, appeals can also be made to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, but only on questions of law and errors in jurisdiction. Property assessments in Saskatchewan occur every four years, with 2017 the most recent assessment. In 2019, 104 regular appeals were received compared to

133 appeals in 2018 and 216 appeals in 2017, according to a city council report. Ten appeals were withdrawn before reaching the hearing stage. Of the remaining 94 appeals, 29 were resolved under a section of the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA) that deals with agreements to adjust. The board of revision, therefore, heard 65 appeals last year; 12 were allowed since an error was found, while 53 were dismissed since no error was found. The supplemental assessment roll also received two appeals last year. One was settled by an agreement to adjust that SAMA offered, while the other was withdrawn. The monetary change to the roll was a reduction of $153,000. Thirteen BOR decisions were further appealed to the provincial board of revision. Property owners appealed four decisions; SAMA appealed eight decisions; and one was appealed by both parties.

There were losses and gains in certain property classes based on the re-assessments, which will affect the budget, explained finance director Brian Acker. The commercial/industrial property class saw a loss in tax revenue of $200,000; the elevator class saw gains in tax revenue of $45,000; multi-unit residential (condo) saw gains in tax revenue of $35,000; and other classes saw small gains and small losses. Each appeal submitted to the BOR is subject to an appeal fee, the report continued. The municipality received $39,840 in appeal fees last year, with $14,740 of that returned to appellants whose appeals the BOR allowed or for those who signed agreements to adjust. This left a surplus of $25,100, but since there were $17,943.35 in costs to operate the BOR — per diems, postage, independent legal advice — the City of Moose Jaw’s actual surplus was $7,156.65. Based on the number of appeals that the

BOR received and how many were allowed, the overall result shows the system works, said Coun. Brian Swanson. However, he thought it unusual that property assessment appeals were still coming in three years after the initial assessment and that there were still significant appeal losses happening. Swanson pointed to one property that had an assessed value of about $21 million but, after an appeal, was re-assessed at about $10 million. He hoped council receives a report about the details of that re-assessment. He also thought the overall decrease in property assessments would have major ramifications on other commercial properties since they would have to pay extra to cover the shortfall. Council later voted unanimously on a motion to receive and file the assessment appeals report.

City hall to haggle for access rights through Valley View property Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express City administration believes there will be no cost to negotiate access rights through the former Valley View Centre property but will report back to city council if any financial concerns arise. To facilitate the sale of the Valley View Centre (VVC) property, the Saskatchewan Property Management Corporation (SPMC) wants to subdivide lands that are not intended to be part of future transactions, a city council report explained. The property contains a protected portion of 14 hectares (35 acres) of the Wakamow Valley that will be transferred to the Wakamow Valley Authority following the subdivision, as well as a portion of a private RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF CARON NO 162 2020 ASSESSMENT ROLL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Assessment Roll for the RM of Caron No. 162 for the year 2020 has been prepared and is open to inspection in the office of the assessor during office hours from 8:30am - 12:00noon and from 1:00pm - 4:00pm on the following days: Monday to Friday, April 6th, 2020 to May 7th, 2020. A Bylaw pursuant to section 214 of “The Municipalities Act” has been passed and the assessment notices have been sent as required. Any person who wishes to appeal against his or her assessment is required to file his or her notice of appeal with: The Assessor, RM of Caron No. 162, #2-1410 Caribou St W Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan S6H 7S9, by the 7th day of May, 2020, accompanied by a $25 fee for each property or parcel of land being appealed, which will be returned if the appeal is successful. Dated this, 6th day of April, 2020. John Morris Assessor rm162@sasktel.net | Phone: 306-692-2293

residential road and pasture land that is 32 hectares (80 acres) in size. The SPMC intends to shut down vehicle access through the VVC property by March 31. During its March 23 regular meeting, council voted unanimously on two motions to have city administration negotiate and approve the arrangement of primary physical access through the two pieces of property, with the existing property owners to provide access to the new parcels. Wakamow Valley This land — SW ¼ Sec 29-16-26-2 — contains several zoning districts, including river valley conservation district (RVC), urban holding (UH), flood fringe (F1), and slump zone (S1/2), the report said. A requirement of all subdivision approvals in the province is there must be a provision of both legal and physical primary access to the new parcel, explained Michelle Sanson, director of planning and development. There is legal access to the property over the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge, however, flood damaged the bridge in 2013 and affected its structural integrity. This means all affected properties are accessed either on foot across the bridge or by vehicle through the VVC property. Council has been told repairs to the bridge will cost $500,000, which means the bridge would only last until the next flood, said Coun. Brian Swanson. Council could also replace the bridge for $4.5 million. However, neither amount is in the five-year capital budget. What concerned Swanson, though, was how the motion seemed to suggest that city administration did not

need council’s approval to negotiate for the property. “Our intent would be to have zero impact on the budget,” said city manager Jim Puffalt. “If there was more than that, we would come back to council for discussion.” Specifically, city administration would report back if the provincial government said it would continue to provide access to the VVC property, while it would also report back and seek further authorization if an agreement on the bridge can be reached, he continued. Projects such as this are sensitive, large in undertaking, and have many issues to work out. There is currently no money in the budget for the provision of access through this property, Puffalt added, which is why negotiations must happen. Valley View Property This piece of land is part of SW ¼ Sec. 29-16-26-2 Ext. 1. The subdivision application will affect two existing parcels and would include the creation of a new agricultural parcel and the re-arranging of boundaries of an existing residential property, the report explained. The land is primarily zoned UH, with some portions as RVC and S1/2. The continued use of the land for agriculture aligns with the existing zoning and the Official Community Plan. The residential use is grandfathered in and cannot be expanded without a zoning amendment. The additional land to be added to the residential property can be used for yard space only. The subdivision will allow continued access through a private road to two existing residential properties, the report added. It will also separate pasture lands that the adjacent residential property uses.


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City Hall Council Notes

Kinsmen Club gets 25-year naming rights to upgraded West Park greenspace Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Moose Jaw’s Kinsmen Club has received the naming rights to West Park’s upgraded park, which means children living there today will bring their kids to the same-named park in 25 years. During its March 23 regular meeting, city council voted unanimously to approve the naming rights sponsorship agreement between the municipality and community organization for the soon-to-be upgraded park within West Park, with the agreement to start on Oct. 1, 2020 and expire on Sept. 30, 2045. Furthermore, in exchange for the naming rights, the Kinsmen Club will pay the municipality $100,000 over 10 years in installments of $10,000. Important agreement clauses A report to council discussed some of the important clauses contained within the naming rights’ agreement: • The municipality would give the club

favourable consideration for renewal, provided the club has performed its obligations under the agreement in a satisfactory manner; • The municipality will provide the club with the right to name the park as Kinsmen West Park for the duration of the agreement; • The municipality will co-ordinate the installation of the park naming signage, with all production and installation costs to be split equally with the club; • The municipality will recognize the club’s contribution on the donor wall that will be installed near the new outdoor recreation amenities identified for West Park; • The municipality will provide reference to the park name on all municipal communication platforms, including but not limited to news releases, the city’s website, social media and directional signage; • The municipality will co-ordinate the

grand opening and invite the media to the ceremony, where the club will be publicly recognized for its contributions and provided the opportunity to speak about the project; • The municipality will be responsible for the regular maintenance and repair to all sign structures; • The club will have the ability to install additional naming signage at the other entrances to the park, at its own expense and with the approval of the municipality. The immediate funding needed to complete the West Park project will come from the land development funds within the parks dedication reserve. All revenue received from the Kinsmen Club of Moose Jaw for the naming rights sponsorship agreement will be credited back to the land development funds within the parks dedication reserve. Background

The West Park Community Association received approval last October to designate the outdoor recreation amenities project as a municipal project. The association has taken the approach of acquiring partners to help support the project, which includes a community fundraising campaign. In early March of this year, city council approved a resolution to fund the park improvements within the West Park neighbourhood for $372,700. Of that cost, $38,600 would come from community fundraising efforts; $100,000 from the Kinsmen Club; $10,000 from community service clubs; $10,000 in accessibility grant funding from the Kinette Club; $24,100 of in-kind contributions from community contractors; and $190,000 from the parks dedication reserve.

Businesses won’t be forced to pay extra to cover shortfall in tax revenues, council decides With businesses already hurting due to the pandemic, city council will not force commercial properties to pay extra to cover a shortfall in taxation revenue, and instead, the money will come from the accumulated surplus. Every year commercial property owners can appeal their property’s assessed value and, if successful, can have their values reduced. This harms the budget since it leaves a gap in commercial taxation revenues. What council has generally done is shift the tax burden onto other commercial properties so they pay for the loss. However, that won’t be the case this year. In a fairly significant vote, during its March 23 executive committee meeting, council voted 4-3 against a recommendation to adjust the mill rate for the commercial and industrial property class to reflect the 2019 commercial appeal losses and the projected 2020 commercial appeal losses. Councillors Brian Swanson, Crystal Froese, Scott McMann and Dawn Luhning were opposed, while Mayor Fraser Tolmie and councillors Chris Warren and Heather Eby were in favour. This was a small victory for Swanson who, for the past 12 years, had lobbied against forcing other commercial properties to pay extra when similar properties have their land values reduced. Besides this recommendation, council voted on several others: • That the mill rate factor for agricultural land and non-arable agricultural lands be established so these properties pay the same taxation rate as if they were in the RM of Moose Jaw and that city administration calculate this mill rate factor and include it in the bylaw once the right information is available (unanimous vote); • That the 2020 municipal tax increase be shared between residential and commercial property classes based upon the percentage of taxable assessment in each class and that this split be accomplished by adjusting the appropriate mill rate factors for each class of property (unanimous vote); • That $337,500 be taken from accumulated surplus to cover the taxation shortfall this year due to commercial property assessment appeal losses (unanimous vote). All the recommendations will have to be approved during the April 13 regular meeting to become official. Council discussion Commercial property losses It’s absurd to make other commercial properties pay for the loss of revenue from the successful assessment appeals, Swanson said. An increase of 3.30 per cent — composed of the commercial mill rate and surcharges — would have to be placed on the commercial rate this year to cover the losses. “I don’t agree with doing that. A lot of talk is about the impact of the pandemic. But Moose Jaw’s commercial sector has been under great assault before that. This is only adding insult to injury … ,” he added. Assessment appeals There were 361 commercial assessment appeals in the last six years, with most happening since 2017, explained finance director Brian Acker. The municipality agreed to adjust 48 appeals since an error was detected in the as-

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express sessment. Fifty-seven appeals were sent to the Saskatchewan Municipal Board, while the rest were dismissed or withdrawn. The net loss in commercial and industrial assessment in 2019 was two per cent, or $12.8 million. While an appeal loss allowance covered that, the municipality was still short $184,000, so that was charged against last year’s municipal tax revenues. “We are short $337,500 (in total from last year and this year). That would require an overall tax increase of 1.14 per cent on top of the 2.3-per-cent increase you have already approved,” said Acker. One option is to reduce expenses, said Swanson. Another option is to use money from the accumulated surplus. Using the accumulated surplus is an option, but only for one year since that lost income will continue forward every year, said Acker. Meanwhile, the budget has already been passed and the year is growing old. It would be difficult to adjust the budget to find this revenue. There is about $1.7 million in the surplus account. Community fears “… This is a situation where I am really quite fearful for the businesses and commercial community in our city right now,” said Froese. She has spoken with many businesses that have laid off workers and even closed their doors. She didn’t think an extra taxation burden was right. She was thrilled to hear that taxes aren’t due until June 30, which might provide a buffer against the coronavirus’ negative effects. Moose Jaw faces major issues that other cities don’t, Froese continued. She thought the process was flawed when other commercial properties are burdened with paying more due to successful assessment appeals. “This is a tough one. These policy issues come to us every year,” said Luhning. She, too, didn’t agree — and never agreed — with taking extra taxation from the entire commercial class. “In the current state of affairs, we may need that accumulated surplus for something else,” remarked Eby. “This is not a creative solution. I am not in favour of it at all.” ASSESSMENT NOTICE RESORT VILLAGE OF SUN VALLEY

Eby later clarified that she didn’t like using the surplus for one-time issues. Furthermore, she begrudgingly supported the use of that money and still supported the business community — she is a business owner, after all. While she didn’t think using the surplus was the right answer, it was the right answer right now. Making decisions ‘on the fly’ Defeating the original recommendation before coming up with something else was wrong, said Tolmie. Council learned recently that there are 135 properties in tax arrears this year, compared to 115 last year. He was concerned that council might add another burden on residents. Tolmie was also unhappy with the process and thought council was making decisions “on the fly” about its accumulated reserve, which might be needed in the longterm. “The idea that somehow we’re flying by the seat of our pants because we turned down a motion that dumps it all on the remaining commercial owners — I don’t agree with that,” Swanson said. “We should start living within our means … . I think our leadership calls upon us to do something other than just dig deeper into the property tax base of Moose Jaw.” Surplus is for rainy days Taking money from the accumulated surplus isn’t the worst thing to do since bigger issues are facing the city, said Luhning. It’s foolish to debate this issue since council will likely have to re-adjust the budget. That could also mean attempting to help businesses, some of which might never open again. The money there or in other accounts is for rainy-day situations, and right now, it’s pouring, said Froese. Moose Jaw businesses have closed and people have been laid off; nationally, more than 500,000 people have applied for employment insurance. Therefore, to alleviate even some pain among community businesses right now might help a little.

ASSESSMENT NOTICE RESORT VILLAGE OF SOUTH LAKE

Notice is hereby given that the Assessment Roll for the Resort Village of Sun Valley for the year 2020 has been prepared and is open to inspection from April 9, 2020 to May 22, 2020. Office hours are from 9:00am - 3:30pm on Thursday and Fridays. With the temporary closure of the municipal office building due to COVID-19 precautions, please call (306) 694-0055 or email sunvalley@sasktel.net if you have any questions regarding your assessment.

Notice is hereby given that the Assessment Roll for the Resort Village of South Lake for the year 2020 has been prepared and is open to inspection from April 9, 2020 to May 22, 2020. Office hours from 9:00am - 3:30pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. With the temporary closure of the municipal office building due to COVID-19 precautions, please call (306) 692-7399 or email southlake@sasktel.net if you have any questions regarding your assessment.

A Bylaw pursuant to section 214 of “The Municipalities Act” has been passed and the assessment notices have been sent as required.

A Bylaw pursuant to section 214 of “The Municipalities Act” has been passed and the assessment notices have been sent as required.

Any person having an interest in any property who wishes to appeal the assessment of that property is required to file his or her notice of appeal in writing to: The Assessor, Resort Village of Sun Valley, #7-1410 Caribou St. West, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 7S9 on or before the 22nd day of May, 2020. Or, you may drop it in the mail slot on the west door of the office building along with the $50.00 fee. Dated this 2nd day of April, 2020. Melinda Huebner Assessor

Any person having an interest in any property who wishes to appeal the assessment of that property is required to file his or her notice of appeal in writing to: The Assessor, Resort Village of South Lake, #6-1410 Caribou St. West, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 7S9 on or before the 22nd day of May, 2020. Or, you may drop it in the mail slot on the west door of the office building along with the $200.00 fee. Dated this 2nd day of April, 2020. Melinda Huebner Assessor


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City Hall Council Notes External stakeholders not needed yet to help city battle pandemic Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

No other community agencies or groups are required yet to help the municipality battle the coronavirus since city hall’s approach is sufficient for everyone, the city manager says. The current emergency measures organization (EMO) is composed of municipal employees who have already had several meetings with the provincial health authority, city manager Jim Puffalt explained during city council’s March 23 regular meeting. City hall is also in close contact with the province and submits any inquiries it might have, which is typical in emergencies such as this. “Most emergencies are bam!, and then things have to happen at once,� Puffalt continued. “We would bring external agencies in. But because this is a long-term project, we endeavour to communicate back and forth and ensure the city’s response is appropriate and looks after our staff and citizens.� Other communities include outside stakeholders in an emergency, such as the chamber of commerce and police chief, who can help think proactively, said Coun. Crystal Froese, who wanted to see more people added to the EMO group.

“I’m thinking of the economic impact, as well as the dramatic change in the community,� she explained. She thought it would be great to include medical professionals — who could provide information on what else city hall could do — and personnel from 15 Wing Air Base. City administration is aware of the issue and with whom it needs to speak, while having more people in the room is unhelpful, Puffalt replied. The EMO office can sometimes be run paramilitary fashion, so extra people would not add to the discussion. Froese explained that her intent with wanting more stakeholders added to the table was not only to address fears and anxieties in the community now, but help prepare for the recovery once the pandemic is over. She thought specifically of the chamber of commerce and other economic development stakeholders. “I’m not trying to critique city staff by any means. I’m just asking if that would require a motion of council or if we need to set up a committee such as that,� she added. “At this time it would be premature,� said Puffalt. City hall and the EMO will have a better idea during the next several weeks of how the pandemic is progressing in

the province and in Canada, he continued. City administration is already in close contact with many community groups. It will come back to council for discussion if it believes such an expanded committee is necessary. Other council inquiries Canadian Tire has not yet paid for the property it bought at the exhibition grounds, Michelle Sanson, director of planning and development, told Coun. Brian Swanson. In the meantime, the municipality has engaged external contractors for engineering and design work. Their work isn’t done yet since city hall won’t issue tenders until Canadian Tire makes it full payment by Monday, April 13. “We would not enter into any contracts for service of the land should something happen,� said Puffalt. “It is important that we get the groundwork done so we can meet our obligations in the contract.� Canadian Tire purchased 4.78 hectares (11.95 acres) for $3.1 million from the City of Moose Jaw in December. The company intends to develop a retail shopping centre in the southeast corner of the property, which will likely combine SportChek, Canadian Tire, Mark’s, and PartSource under one roof.

Stock market selling avalanche sweeps away over $1 million from city in three months By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express

Mayor Fraser Tolmie and city councillors may wince when they see RBC’s March statement of city stock market investments. Some of them may even regret their plunge into stocks, chasing higher yields and capital gains. City investments in stocks plunged 20.8 per cent since Dec. 31 to $6.7 million from $8.4 million for a $1.7 million decrease in value. The largest decline was almost $1.1 million in four Canadian and global mutual funds, according to calculations. The calculations compared year-end prices provided the city by RBC Securities to March 31 prices.

Another $600,000 was swept away in stocks that the city bought. Only one group of stocks, three utilities, gained value increasing by 2.8 per cent. The worst performing sector was energy with values declining 59.8 per cent, or $236,000. The largest loser was oilpatch producer Cenovus Energy, shedding 75 per cent, followed by Canadian Natural Resources, declining 54.1 per cent. Losses of 30 per cent were common among the 58 stocks in the portfolio. Among the few gainers other than the three utility stocks were food retailers Loblaws, up 8.2 per cent, and Metro Inc., up 5.9 per cent. Technology company

Thomson Reuters increased 3.2 per cent. Gold mining royalty buyer Franco Nevada gained 4.8 per cent. City council decided about two years ago to invest part of $100 million reserves in stocks. RBC was chosen as adviser. At the end of 2019, the city had invested $8.4 million in Canadian and international stocks and RBC placed $20.3 million in fixed income securities such as bonds. The city still manages about $70 million in reserves with funds invested in safer fixed income bonds. Lower interest rates since year-end will increase the value of bonds and offset some of the lost stock value. The international portion will increase

about half a million dollars from the 10-per-cent loss in value of the Canadian dollar since year-end. The average yield of the city portfolio was 2.56 per cent. The city reserves have been accumulated from taxpayers since the 1950s. The city doesn’t lose money unless stocks are sold, but no one knows how long the stocks will take to recover, or if they will rebound. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net

Updated boulevard bylaw needs one more vote to be official Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express A proposed new bylaw to govern how boulevards are maintained will return to the next city council meeting for official approval. During its March 23 regular meeting, council gave three readings to Bylaw No. 5610, the Boulevard Bylaw, and voted 6-1 on each reading. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed all three times, which means the bylaw must come back for final approval since the vote was not unanimous. The next regular council meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 13. The proposed new bylaw, when enacted, would reflect current practices and standards; would provide improved

clarity and consistency; and would align this topic with other municipal bylaws such as the zoning bylaw, the property maintenance and nuisance bylaw, the traffic bylaw, the miscellaneous bylaw, and the private crossing bylaw. The previous bylaw had been enacted on May 25, 1992, and had not been amended in more than 27 years. Several items have been added, subtracted and amended in the new bylaw. Zoning bylaw amendment Council gave three unanimous readings to amendments to the zoning bylaw, which means they are now in effect.



  





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City Hall Council Notes City spent over $48,000 to smooth deal with Carpere, report says Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The City of Moose Jaw spent $48,557.56 on external legal services to help facilitate the now-failed Carpere Canada deal to build in the Southeast Industrial Park, documents show. That cost was expended to help complete several tasks in an attempt to solidify the deal with the agriculture-focused private investment and management company, a report to city council explained. The information gained from this work was expected to provide important background knowledge and templates to help negotiate future land sale agreements and development agreements in the Moose Jaw Agri-food Industrial Park and the municipality itself. Those specific tasks included: • Assistance in negotiating a fair land sale/purchase agreement of this type; • Creation of a template and actual offers to purchase for land in the industrial park and a large-scale residential purchase; • Creation of a template and actual purchase agreements for land in the industrial park and a large-scale residential purchase; • Formation of a template and actual development agreements for land in the industrial park and a large-scale residential purchase; • Formation of a template and actual servicing agreements for land in the industrial park and a large-scale residential purchase;

• Creation of templates and actual amending agreements; • Access to the municipality’s external legal counsel’s trust account to hold the deposit and earn interest on the deposit as required under the purchase agreements; • Assistance to complete the required subdivision and land title consolidation; • Advice on how to handle the leases on the industrial park property at the time of sale; • Advice on the SaskPower land sale as it pertains to and affects the industrial park land intended to be sold to Carpere Canada. The deal with Carpere Canada was heralded as the largest land sale in Moose Jaw’s history when it was announced last May. The private investment company had offered $7.8 million — or $10,000 per acre — to purchase 312 hectares (780 acres) in the industrial park. Carpere put down a deposit of $780,000 as it began to work with city hall to create a long-term servicing agreement. If such an agreement had been completed, the municipality could have received an extra $38.6 million — or $49,600 per acre — after Carpere had developed all the land. As part of the deal, city council agreed to spend $2.1 million to upgrade the area roads and install underground infrastructure. “I’m very excited about this potential partnership,” Mayor Fraser Tolmie said at the time. Moose Jaw “is poised to see tremendous economic growth with this development.”

Tolmie also said he had little concern about the deal. He was excited to see how the concept plan would look, while he thought it would suit Moose Jaw since it is ideally situated for processing, value-added manufacturing, rail transportation, plus the municipality’s desire to advance technologically. Full payment was supposed to have been made last October, but Carpere asked for a four-month extension to February. On March 3, Carpere Canada told municipal officials it was pulling out of the deal after “extensive due diligence” and would not move forward with the agreement to purchase land in the Southeast Industrial Park. Another report showed $1,247,008.74 has been spent so far on the industrial park. This includes costs associated with the concept plan, engineering consulting, legal fees, surveying, subdivision, consolidation, construction, water testing, geo-technical report and environmental studies. The federal contribution was 50 per cent, or $623,504.37; the provincial contribution was 25 per cent, or $311,752.19; the municipal contribution was 12.5 per cent, or $155,876.10; and the SaskPower contribution was 12.5 per cent, or $155,876.10. The next regular council meeting is scheduled for April 13.

More changes made to bus service after ridership drops ‘right off’ Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express With so few residents taking public transit because of the coronavirus, city hall has decided to change when bus rides are offered and even implement a “dial-abus” service. “Our ridership has dropped right off,” city manager Jim Puffalt said on March 27 during a news conference. “We’re coming practically to a point that it doesn’t make any sense to drive vacant, empty buses around the city.” City administration has developed what it believes is a solid solution that would maintain service while still meeting residents’ needs, he continued. As of March 30, all regular routes were revised and all regular hours have changed to 9:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. The dial-a-bus service is offered and filled based on availability between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. To support seniors and higher-risk residents, the transit department will take bookings to help these affected groups reach grocery stores — Safeway, Co-op, Superstore and Walmart — that have changed their hours specifically for these people. Residents who need the dial-a-bus service are encouraged to call ahead of time since bookings will be filled on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Water treatment plant Puffalt praised the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant (BPWTP) for its work during the coronavirus, saying it has been “flying under the radar” as it continues to provide services. He learned from the plant’s general manager that many operators are still working, physical distancing is in effect, and at least half of all employees work at one time. “To me, it was important that we communicate to the public and express our thanks to them. They are also absolutely an essential service. Without water, we can’t do a whole bunch,” Puffalt said. With no data was available, Puffalt was unsure if there had been an increase in residential water use since more people

are at home and likely doing more washing and cleaning. However, he pointed out more waste collection has occurred since residents are homebound. There have also been conversations about increasing the frequency of weekly waste collection. City employees tested Puffalt confirmed that two municipal employees have been tested for COVID-19. One employee tested negative, while the other result had not been returned by March 27. These two employees do not interact with the public as part of their jobs. One challenge employees face is maintaining their distance from each another, which means there are more vehicles on the job site, Puffalt said. The public has been understanding about these changes. Mayor Fraser Tolmie said during the news conference that he had no symptoms of the coronavirus and had not been tested. He was unsure if anyone on city council had been tested. During the March 23 council meeting three councillors participated by video link. Even though they were not physically present, there was “absolutely” still quorum, said Tolmie. Councillors have called into meetings in the past by telephone, so the ability to participate has been enhanced with video. “We’ve had to adapt. This will probably be happening in our next meeting,” he added. Parks and playgrounds Health care is a provincial responsibility, so whenever the Saskatchewan Health Authority has announced new restrictions, those usually take about 24 hours to go into effect in Moose Jaw, said Tolmie. However, city administration is looking at ways to reduce that time so those edicts happen faster. This includes the instruction that all playgrounds should be closed since it’s impossible to clean them. There will be signs put up telling people to stay away

from those areas, said Puffalt. However, the community’s parks and walking trails are still open. Residents are en-

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City Hall Council Notes Cast iron project to still proceed this year on two busiest streets Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Although it will likely cause hardship to businesses on Fairford Street East and High Street West, the replacement of cast iron pipes on those streets will still proceed this construction season. City council reaffirmed during its executive committee meeting on March 23 that 360 metres of pipe on Fairford Street East from Main Street to Second Avenue Northeast and 540 metres of pipe on High Street West from Main Street to Third Avenue Northwest will be fixed as part of the program’s phase 5. The Fairford Street project will run in front of such businesses as Casino Moose Jaw and Temple Gardens Min-

eral Spa. The High Street project will affect businesses up to the Royal Canadian Legion building. Council discussed the issue in-camera — behind closed doors — before re-opening its meeting and voting 6-1 to receive and file a report from city administration about the project. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. Due to the pandemic and the order that two metres (six feet) need to be maintained between people, councillors Dawn Luhning, Heather Eby and Chris Warren participated in the meeting from home via technology. Mayor Fraser Tolmie and councillors Swanson, Crystal Froese and Scott McMann sat further

away from each other. After the vote, city clerk/solicitor Myron Gulka-Tiechko informed the three house-bound councillors that the Moose Jaw Express and MJ Independent had returned to council chambers. This prompted Eby to speak up and say she had been in favour —and was still in favour — of replacing the cast iron pipes on these two particular streets this season. She didn’t want to see businesses on Fairford Street East or High Street West negatively affected, she said, but she wanted to see this work finished since it would complete the replacement. “I know there will be some hardship

during the time of construction, but I believe that administration and those people who did the work learned valuable lessons in the past … on High Street,” she continued. “In the long run, this will be the best thing for those businesses.” There is still good access to businesses on High Street, especially with back alley entrances and parking lots, Eby remarked. It’s not ideal, but it will be ideal to complete the work and have long sections of cast iron pipes replaced. This will also lead to fewer rampant pipe breaks in the future. The next executive committee meeting is set for Monday, April 13.

More appointments made to municipal committees and boards Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

City council has appointed several more residents to sit on municipal boards, slowly filling in empty positions on committees that could use more volunteers. Doug Blanc has been appointed to the parks, recreation and buildings advisory

committee for a term to start immediately and conclude on Dec. 31, 2021 or until a successor is appointed. James Benn has been appointed as a representative of the Moose Jaw Chamber of Commerce — with Rob Clark as an alternate — to the public works, in-

frastructure and environment advisory committee for a term to start immediately and conclude Dec. 31, 2021, or until a successor is appointed. Matt Heisler has been appointed as an alternate representative of Holy Trinity Catholic School Division to the public

works, infrastructure and environment advisory committee for a term to start immediately and conclude Dec. 31, 2021, or until a successor is appointed. Council unanimously approved the appointments during its March 23 regular meeting.

Suspension of rental evictions the wrong move, says landlord group Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express The Saskatchewan Landlord Association (SKLA) is concerned with the provincial government’s decision to suspend evictions for non-payment or late payments of rent without providing renters with financial support such as a rent bank. Justice Minister Don Morgan announced on March 26 that the Office of Residential Tenancies would suspend evictions during the coronavirus pandemic, with any hearings scheduled for non-urgent matters cancelled and to be re-scheduled. “We are extremely disappointed that Minister Morgan would make an announcement like this without providing financial support to renters,” Hillary Sayed, SKLA president, said in a news release. “Without dedicated financial support to renters who are unable to pay rent, landlords in effect provide free housing, as they cannot evict renters who are in arrears or who withhold rent.”

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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

Suspending evictions will create repercussions for the rental housing industry in the coming months, as renters may abuse the system and withhold rent since there are no longer any consequences, she continued. If the suspension continues for months, major financial pressures could jeopardize the industry. There are fixed costs to provide housing, such as insurance, maintenance, and salaries of about 10,000 full-time employees who work in Saskatchewan’s rental housing industry, Sayed added. These costs will not disappear and must be paid by landlords. Noel Busse, spokesman for the Ministry of Justice, told the Moose Jaw Express in an email that the provincial government took action to suspend evictions since it was concerned that evicted tenants would be unable to self-isolate or physically distance themselves from others. This could potentially increase the risk of transmitting or contracting the coronavirus. “This action doesn’t absolve tenants of the need to pay now or in the future,” he said. “Government expects that any tenants receiving federal or provincial support related to the impacts of COVID-19 will use that support to pay for necessities, such as rent.” This decision was due to ongoing talks about the rapidly developing situation with the pandemic, Busse contin-

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

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ued. He noted that the Office of Residential Tenancies continues to work with landlords and tenants on this issue, while the provincial government continues to monitor the situation to see if more steps are needed. Busse added that the Office of Residential Tenancies encourages landlords and tenants to communicate with each other about their respective situations so they can come to mutually agreeable situations during the pandemic. “The Government of Saskatchewan has essentially told landlords, most of whom are small businesses, that it is our job to bear the brunt of this pandemic,” Sayed said in the news release. “Just like a grocery store provides basic needs such as food and water, landlords provide the basic need of shelter. Any law-abiding individua uses the goods of a grocery store and pays for them. This transaction ensures that the grocery store can continue to provide those goods into the future. “Allowing tenants to not pay rent without any consequences jeopardizes a landlord’s ability to provide the basic need of shelter because there is no revenue to sustain operations.” To prevent financial pressures on landlords that could jeopardize their ability to provide safe, secure and well-maintained housing, they need tenants to fulfil their rent responsibilities, said Cameron Choquette SKLA executive officer. Tenants also need the government’s support through programs such as a rent bank so they can pay their rent and maintain their housing.

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF MOOSE JAW All Departments in City Hall will be closed on: Friday, April 10, 2020 (Good Friday) In addition, there will be NO TRANSIT SERVICE on Friday, April 10, 2020

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Warriors looking forward to Bantam Draft in spite of losing Bedard sweepstakes

Top-flight players throughout top six have general manager Millar anticipating important selection for team’s future Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

As the old saying goes, one player does not make a team, but the Moose Jaw Warriors would really have liked to have landed THIS player. Instead, they’ll undoubtedly watch Connor Bedard – the first-ever player to be granted exceptional status in the WHL – go to the Regina Pats with the first overall pick of the 2020 Bantam Draft. And despite finishing with the second worst record in the league this season, they’ll pick third overall after the Prince George Cougars vaulted past them into second place during the draft lottery last week. But this is a very interesting year when it comes to future young talent, something that has Warriors general manager Alan Millar as excited for the player they’ll bring into the organization as opposed to lamenting the one that got away. “I think this lottery is a lottery in every sense of the word, we had a chance to jump to one or fall to three and that’s just how the ball landed,” Millar said. “At the end of the day, it’s a strong draft

at the top end and we feel real comfortable with where we’re at and we know we’re going to get a very good player.” Bedard comes by the hype honestly. The 14-year-old played up an age group for West Vancouver Academy in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League Midget Prep division and tore the league apart, scoring 43 goals and 84 points in 36 games. That led the WHL to grant him exceptional player status earlier this month, meaning he’ll be able to play a full season in the league as a 15-year-

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old as opposed to only nine games. He would have undoubtedly looked good in a Warriors uniform. As good as Bedard is, the kids behind him aren’t too shabby either – and two from the Saskatoon Contacts might have landed as the top pick themselves if not for his presence. Brayden Yager led the Contacts in scoring with 18 goals and 42 points in 44 games as a 14-yearold, while Riley Heidt scored 17 goals and 37 points to finish second in team scoring. While having players from the same province on the team would be good public relations, that doesn’t win championships, and that has Millar simply looking at the next name on the list no matter who it is. “We’ll finalize our draft list with the due diligence we have on and off the ice,” Millar said. “In fact, Jason Ripplinger and James Gallo and myself are doing six calls tonight to talk to families about the draft and our organization. That’s the reality that we’re in, there are no home visits right now, so we’ll get them

up on the big screen in my office and we’ll get to know the players and our families a little bit better. “We’re a team that works real hard on our draft list and we’re going to take the next player up on our list. We’ll have then ranked accordingly and depending on what P.G. does, we’ll take the next guy on our list no matter where they’re from.” After the first couple rounds, it’ll be business as usual as the team once again looks for the diamonds in the rough in the later rounds. “One thing that we talked about after the lottery was the ball falling and not going our way was the end of what was a tough year,” Millar said. “No one is going to help us turn this thing around, especially a lottery ball, and the challenge this off-season is to build our team over the next couple of years and that’s what we’ll do… We have to be ready for different scenarios and we feel real comfortable and confident in terms of the young players we’re going to add.”

Warren Michelson MLA for Moose Jaw North

Moose Jaw’s Most Notorious Golf Course! A Message to All Lynbrook Golf Club Members:

March 27, 2020

Dear Members, The Lynbrook Golf Club, the Board of Directors and all members have a common goal, to get the golf course open and create a fun and safe atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. As you are aware, the effects of COVID-19 are being seen right here at home. The Lynbrook Golf Course is taking the appropriate measures to help ensure the health and safety of all golfers, staff and board members and minimize the potential effects of COVID-19 at the golf course. As a result, there are a few important and timely things that we would like to bring to your attention: ➢ The Lynbrook Golf Course is currently closed to the public, as per the orders of the Government of Saskatchewan. Therefore, until we are given the green light from the Government of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Heath Authority, and/or the Government of Canada; we will remain closed to the public. ➢ Preparations, planning and work have begun at the course to ensure that the Lynbrook Golf Course can open when it is deemed appropriate to do so. The greens crew has already started their seasonal opening and will be working hard to ensure that the course is ready, when the time comes. ➢ We are asking that you please refrain from coming to the Lynbrook Golf Course, driving range or Clubhouse. The building and course are closed to the public. However, should you choose to walk the course trails, to enjoy the outdoors and get some fresh air and exercise, please practice safe social distancing and avoid coming into contact with any of the people working on the course, for your safety and theirs. ➢ The Spring Annual General Meeting that was previously scheduled for Sunday April 19 th at 1:30pm, will be postponed until a time has been determined that it is appropriate to hold the meeting and it will then be rescheduled. All members will receive notification of the meeting as well as it will be advertised as it is usually. ➢ The Lynbrook Golf Club is setting up an all-new online booking system called Chronogolf. All members will need to register for Chronogolf this year. All you need to do is go to Chronogolf.ca and register. You can also download the Chronogolf app on your smartphone at either the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. If you need assistance in setting this up, please see the Pro Shop after the course has opened and we will have someone assist you.

Thank you to all essential workers who are on the front-lines. Your dedication to our community is greatly appreciated. to assist with government services and programs. Please contact us by phone or email to maintain social distancing. moosejawnorthmla@shaw.ca 306-692-8884

We are in uncertain times, but one thing is certain…we WILL get through this together! Please take care of yourselves, and each other! We look forward to seeing you all very soon at the Lynbrook Golf Club! To our loyal membership and tremendous sponsors, we thank you for your continued support! Sincerely, The Lynbrook Golf Club Board of Directors PO Box 142 Moose Jaw, SK S6H 4N8 | (306) 692-4459 manager@lynbrookgolf.org | www.lynbrookgol.org

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Pandemic forces police to hire extra staffer to keep building clean Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

When the coronavirus was declared a pandemic, the Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) realized it needed one more employee to help keep its building and vehicles extra clean. To fill this position, the MJPS asked the board of police commissioners during its April 1 meeting to be allowed to hire another employee for its building maintenance team for $3,000 per month, for the duration of the pandemic. The police commissioners unanimously agreed. The organization already has one full-time building maintenance position, with the functions of this position augmented when required by contracted suppli-

ers for specific additional purposes, such as electrical or plumbing services, explained police Chief Rick Bourassa. The declaration of the pandemic has led to an increase in sanitation demands, including the need to keep the MJPS’s building, detention centre and vehicles better maintained to minimize any transmission of the virus. “We’ve been very, very happy with our maintenance, however, we also knew with this increased risk, we had to bump that up,” he said. Since some municipal-owned buildings have closed due to the coronavirus, the police service temporarily hired one of those city employees to help with main-

tenance. The organization plans to reimburse the municipality the full cost of using that employee. The MJPS will absorb the cost of having to hire the full-time building maintenance employee, Bourassa said. There is some surplus money that can be accessed, but the police chief thought the cost could be managed with what’s available. “These are extraordinary times and we have to do what we need to do,” said Commissioner Mary Lee Booth. “It’s a no-brainer at this point.” The next board of police commissioners meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19.

Ethanol demand cuts to impact all grain prices By Ron Walter - For Agi-Mart Express

Cuts to oil prices from an oil price war and reduced demand during the self-isolation from coronavirus could weigh heavily on grain prices. With lower gasoline demand ethanol plants are scaling back production. Ethanol is mandated as part of a gasoline blend in the United States and Canada. The mandate has fueled ethanol growth to the point where 40 per cent of the U.S. corn crop is devoted to ethanol

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Lack of painted lines on First Avenue NW frustrates motorists Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The City of Moose Jaw changed the traffic flow on First Avenue Northwest last year, but the lack of painted lines to indicate the lanes has caused frustration among some motorists. The municipality adjusted the traffic pattern there at the end of August by designating one lane going north and south, with a shared centre-left turning lane, starting at Manitoba Street and going to Oxford Street. Instructional signs were posted and lines were painted on the road. However, that paint faded and very little remains. This has frustrated resident Steven Heidinger, who told the Moose Jaw Express that he accepted the traffic pattern change but questioned its timing, specifically, that it happened near the fall. “Over the winter most drivers have reverted back to the old way, even though it conflicts with the signage,” he said. “Now with the paint gone, there is so much confusion out there with some drivers using old rules and some the new rules.” This confusion hit home for the Heidingers’ oldest son, who failed his driver’s test twice because of the uncertainty with First Avenue Northwest. The first time, he drove by the old rules since that was what other drivers were doing. The second time, he told the examiner he planned to use the new rules; the examiner docked him points again. “We then spoke with a driving instructor just recently and the instructor is telling everyone that the old rules are in effect,” Heidinger added. “There is a lot of confusion out there regarding the situation. The city has new signs, yet all the paint has worn off.” The Express reached out to city hall for an answer. In an email, communications manager Craig Hemingway explained the change along First Avenue Northwest was introduced as a safety improvement to address sightlines. The change was planned for early 2019, but due to the late summer water main construction on Main Street, city hall did not want to cause further traffic disruption when many vehicles were already being re-routed one block west. Lines are painted once a year using the current industry standard for road paints, he said. The liquid’s lifespan has decreased significantly, however, since lead has been removed from most paints. Last year the municipality spent $117,500 to paint lines along First Avenue Northwest, with $42,000 related to labour costs. “In 2020 it is our goal to implement Thermoplastics at

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Here is the sign that says which lane to use on First Avenue Northwest, but where are the painted lines to indicate where the lanes are? This problem is causing frustration among some motorists. Photo by Jason G. Antonio key locations on First Avenue and around the city,” Hemingway added. “Thermoplastics-based paint have a lifespan of between four to six years, but these materials generally cost 10 times more to purchase and significantly longer times to install.” Wendy Dreger, a driving instructor with Thomas Driver Education, explained that when she asked city hall about these changes, she was told this was a big city idea. However, she pointed out that since Moose Jaw is more of a small town, residents usually revert to what they know since not all change is good change. “I suggested they send out a leaflet … when you change and make such a major change and the people can’t see the lines, send out a leaflet to everybody. Tell them what it is,” she said. The confusion around which lane to use has made it difficult for Dreger when teaching her students. New students have caught on easily, while those who were already practising or who needed a refresher course became frustrated. However, she doesn’t believe driver examiners are using the centre lane and have attempted to stay away from that street. “It’s new. We have to get used to it,” she added, “and I’m just hoping in the spring they paint the lines earlier enough so that everybody can say, ‘Oh, that’s what you’re supposed to be doing.’”

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Dr. Lillian Barbara Yoemans, a renowned doctor, born in Montreal, Quebec in 1861, specialized in women’s and children’s health issues. She was surrounded by the problems of the poor, often treating prostitutes, drug addicts and the unemployed. Because she was a doctor, she had easy access to drugs and became a drug addict herself. She knew it was wrong but thought she had it under control until one day she realized drugs were her master and she was their slave. She was taking 50 times more than prescribed by an adult male. She tried to quit the deadly habit countless times; with at least 57 attempts. It seemed no matter what she did; she could not kick the habit until she was bedridden and placed in a healing home in Chicago in 1898 at 37 years of age. In her many hours of loneliness, she turned to the Word of God and began to see that throughout the entire Bible, healing was a part of every section. As she spent time in the Word of God, one day, she realized she had been delivered from drugs and was fully healed and never did touch them again. Soon after her healing, she quit doctoring and went to be a missionary to the Cree Indians in the northern part of our nation. Her life was a living testimony of the healing power of God and everywhere she went, she prayed for the sick and taught on healing. In her book, “Healing from Heaven,” Lillian tells of a missionary who went to China who contracted small pox. At that time, small pox had no known cure so everyone was just left to die. She was destitute, quarantined and dying in a foreign country. So, since she didn’t know what else to do, she began to seek the Lord for what to do. The Lord gave her a vision of two baskets: one contained the test and trial (the smallpox). This basket was full. The other one contained her praise. That basket was only half full. The Lord told her that her praise basket needed to outweigh her test and trial basket and when the praise basket was full, she would receive her healing. Day and night, she praised and worshiped the Lord. Others in her building thought she was delirious. But, she continued to praise God. She praised and praised and praised. She thanked Him for all He’d ever done for her. She lifted up praises for His faithfulness to His Word, for her healing, for His greatness. After several days of heartfelt praise, Jesus showed her that her praise basket was full and she walked out of her quarantined room with no smallpox scars or marks on her body. She had taken what she called “the praise cure.” C. S. Lewis penned, “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” As I mentioned last week, King David encouraged himself in the Lord. Once he set his mind on praising God, the answer came for the problem he was facing. That makes me think of the saying “Complain and remain. Praise and be raised.” We need to open our mouth and start praising God in the midst of the storm. When you’re praising, God is taking care of things! Things you are facing right now can vanish and leave without a trace when you put the praise cure into effect. No matter what situation you are facing: COVID -19, unemployment, fear, depression, or lack... begin to praise and you’ll rise above every evil plan for your life!

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Local musician continuing concerts for seniors homes through Youtube Larissa Kurz

ROY, ALICE 1928-2020 Alice Roy passed away peacefully March 31, 2020 at Extendicare in Moose Jaw, SK. Alice was born June 15, 1928 in Lafleche, SK. She was a long-time resident of the Fir Mountain District. Alice loved sports, especially softball and curling. She married Omer Roy in 1948 and they farmed until 2000. She loved cooking, baking and always had goodies available for visitors. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She moved to Moose Jaw after Omer’s passing in 2000. She is predeceased by her husband Omer; brother Rene Dejaegher (Lorraine); sister Germaine Brackx (Charles); in-laws Theresa (Lawrence McDougall), Lionel Roy (Darlene), Yvon Tetrault, Norman Roy and Annette Eyre (Bud) and Walter Ryzak. She is survived by her son, Leon (Sheila) and their children Dane Roy (Natalie) & great granddaughter Stevie and Penny Barker (Kelly) and great grandson Luke; son Mark (Audi) and their children Bryn and Denver; sister in law Laurette Tetrault, Armance Ryzak; Gloria Hysuick (Gerald) and Betty Roy and numerous nieces and nephews. A special thank you the staff of Extendicare for the care they provided to Alice during her time there. Memorial service to be held at a later date. In living memory of Alice, a memorial planting will be made by Jones Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: www.wjjonesandson.com or www. parkviewfuneralchapel.ca (Obituaries). Dayna Chamberlain - Funeral Director

EILEEN MITCHELL 1920 – 2020 It is with sadness the family of Eileen Mitchell announces her passing with family by her side, on March 5, 2020 just shy of her 100th birthday. Eileen is predeceased by her husband Colin (1990); sons Robert (1945) and Bruce (1980) and great-grandson Raymond Joseph (1987). She is survived by her loving family of 9 sons and daughters, Ken (Jeanne), Don (Martha), Lois (Lloyd), Keith (Bobbi), Gord (Jaye), Colleen (Dennis), Wayne (Colleen), Liz (Rick), Chriss (Dave); 35 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren all of whom will miss her greatly. Due to the Corona Virus impact, the Celebration of Eileen’s Life scheduled for April 10, 2020 has been postponed to Friday, June 19, 2020 at 1:30 pm at the Cosmo Senior Centre, 235- 3 Ave NE, Moose Jaw, SK. Eileen will be laid to rest beside her husband Colin at Sunset Cemetery in a private family ceremony. In living memory of Eileen, a memorial planting will be made by Jones - Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: www.wjjonesandson.com or www.parkviewfuneralchapel.ca (Obituaries). Dayna Chamberlain - Funeral Director

Duncan Blackman has the musical repertoire he been volunteering his brings with him when he is time playing the cello at able to perform in person. numerous seniors homes He finds that when he plays and care facilities around for a crowd of residents, Moose Jaw since 2010, they always find a connecand he isn’t letting the tion with an upbeat tune or coronavirus restrictions recognize a song that’s atstop him from sharing his tached to a personal memmusic with his audience. ory. Usually, Blackman visits “I try to bring back songs about 10 different care that will bring good memfacilities each month with ories for the residents,” said his cello and preforms Blackman. “As the brain for the residents, most of starts ticking away, some whom join him month afpeople even start joining ter month. in with melodies that they He appears at Moose Jaw once heard.” Extendicare, Providence His musical repertoire inPlace, and Chez Nous in Celloist Duncan Blackman is just one of the usual lo- cludes over 600 songs, the city, and he also takes cal entertainers that visit care homes around the city, ranging from Scottish who won’t be able to do so this month amid coronavitrips out to rural facilities and Irish tunes, to classic rus measures. (supplied) in Central Butte, Craik, crooners like Elvis Presand Davidson. ley or Frank Sinatra, to the But due to the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s un- Beatles. wavering restrictions on visitors because of the out- “Usually I get a blank stare for [the Beatles] because break of COVID-19 in the province, Blackman isn’t the memories that they associate with are the ones of able to make his usual appearances this month. their teenage and young adult years,” chuckled Black“I was so disappointed that this COVID virus shut man. things down,” said Blackman, who had a lineup of Of course, offering recordings of music isn’t quite Irish tunes ready for March and at least one resident of the same as playing live and engaging with residents Irish descent greatly looking forward to hearing them. — who more often than not have requests for certain Instead, Blackman has recorded himself playing songs. what would have been his March lineup of music and But Blackman hopes that his videos might be able to shared the videos on YouTube, sending links to the provide a smile or two to his usual audience, residents and staff alike, during a tough time like this one. care homes he cannot visit personally this month. He was concerned about the residents he regularly vis- “I find that for that moment [when I’m playing], I can its with his cello, especially as care homes have had bring a little bit of joy into different people’s lives,” to cancel many other entertainers and activities to be said Blackman. in line with provincial mandates, leaving residents of Blackman’s videos are available on his YouTube channel, which can be found at youtube.com/user/ many care homes more isolated than ever right now. Blackman’s videos are his way of alleviating that iso- DHBlackman. lation at least a little bit, and they’re just a taste of

CCA president wants national calf insurance program By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

The president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has called for a national calf price insurance program. Bob Lowe, The Nanton, Alberta rancher wants the current program extended east of Manitoba. He suggested the program change in a Real Agriculture interview with a cost sharing of calf price insurance premiums by the government and the insuring producer. “Nobody’s going to insure a $1,200 calf for $80 or $90 (premium). If it is at $30 or $40 they would. “Crop insurance has had cost sharing forever.” Under crop insurance, producers pay 40 per cent of the premium with federal and provincial governments picking up 60 per cent. Lowe said government needs to declare a natural disaster for the COVID-19 pandemic to allow funds from the Agri-Recovery program be released to producers. The United States has announced a $9.5 billion payment to agriculture producers to compensate for COVID-19 losses. Lowe urged government to declare the entire food chain Please include the Moose Jaw Health an essential service so farmers can get a crop seeded Foundation in your estate plan to help and the industry can keep producing food. your community for generations to come. And government needs to ensure beef packing plants Please contact us for more stay open. A beef and a pork plant have closed over information. COVID-19. Moose Jaw Health Foundation “We need the borders kept open provincially and na55 Diefenbaker Drive Moose Jaw, SK S6J 0C2 tionally” to provide stores with beef.

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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 Today.com staff will be updating this list as needed. If you would like your notice added to this list, contact us at news@moosejawtoday. com. For information about the status of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, or for more information on symptoms and preventative measures, check saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus. Saskatchewan has declared a provincial state of emergency, limited public gatherings to 10 people and implemented restrictions on businesses and health facilities, and public health urges all residents to avoid public contact whenever possible. Education: The provincial government has announced that all schools in Saskatchewan, from pre-kindergarten to high school, will be closed beginning March 20. Distance learning resources will be made available from teachers beginning March 27. Saskatchewan Polytechnic has cancelled programming and classes on campus. Online courses and alternative delivery options will begin on March 23. All nonessential events are also cancelled. Campuses remain open but with limited services. The University of Regina 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: SARCAN is closed as of Mar. 21 until further notice. 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 March 17, cancelling all upcoming events. The Wakamow Valley Authority office is closed to the public as of March 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 March 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 further notice. All cadet activities with the #40 Snowbird Royal Canadian Air Cadets have been cancelled through the month of April. 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 is now closed to the public. Veterans in need of assistance can contact the Legion service officer at (306) 681-3835. Trinity United Church is now closed. For further information, call the church office at 306-692-5445.

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TOPS Chapters across Canada are cancelling weigh-ins and meetings until April 12. The Moose Jaw Multicultural Council is closing its office and the Newcomer Centre to the public 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 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 is closed. All events and programs during this time will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date. The AGM will be held on March 26 at 7 p.m. as a Zoom Meeting video conference, so that members can participate from home. All grief support groups from JonesParkview are cancelled until further notice. 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 closed from March 20 to April 1, and will “reopen” its doors on April 6 to only phonecalls, emails, and social media messages. 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 is now only offering online 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 All gyms and fitness centres are closed by mandate of the provincial government, as part of the state of emergency declaration on March 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. Gymtastiks has cancelled pre-school drop-in gymnastics until further notice. As of March 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. The Moose Jaw Wildlife Federation has cancelled its Walleye Challenge, which was scheduled for June 12 and 13. JJ Soccor Ltd. will be closed until further notice. The Moose Jaw Tennis Club is now shut down until further notice, including both indoors and outdoors. Events All recreational and entertainment venues are closed by mandate of the provincial government, as part of the state of emergency declaration. Additionally, all gatherings of over 10 people both indoors and outdoors are currently not allowed. 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 Performer’s Cafe on April 30 has been cancelled. The upcoming Cineview Series viewing of Military Wives on April 8 has been postponed. The Travellin’ Band: Tribute to CCR show at the Cultural Centre on April 16 is being rescheduled, new date undetermined. The Saskatchewan Country Music Awards in Regina on April 17-19 will no longer take place due to the ban on gatherings. The SCMA will instead host a Virtual Awards Show on May 16 at 8 p.m., airing on Access7 Cable TV and streaming on their website. The Colours of Spring Fashion show at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery on April 18 has been rescheduled for June 13. National Canadian Film Day at the Cultural Centre on April 22nd has been cancelled. The Moose Jaw Music Festival, which was scheduled to begin April 25 has been cancelled. Trevor Panczak at the Cultural Centre on April 25 will be rescheduled for a later date. Hotel California at the Cultural Centre on April 30 has been rescheduled to April 29, 2021. 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 Fitzgeralds at the Cultural Centre on May 6 will be rescheduled for a later date. BeeGees Gold at the Cultural Centre on May 9 has been rescheduled for May 8th, 2021. The Moose Jaw Band And Choral Festival on May 11-14 has been cancelled. Luncheons, Banquets, and Coffee Groups, etc. The Moose Jaw Humane Society has cancelled its upcoming Jail & Bail fundraiser in April. 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 Moose Jaw Wildlife Federation will be postponing its annual Fish Fry on March 20-21 until June 12-13. All tickets purchased will be honoured at the rescheduled event. 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 April 19 has been postponed until a later date. The Moose Jaw Right to Life Annual

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, mjexpress@sasktel.net or by leaving a message at 306 694 1322. News items can still be emailed to editor@mjvexpress.com, 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, sales@mjvexpress.com. As many of you know, operating a small business during this unique time can be challenging and the Moose Jaw Express and MOOSEJAWTODAY.com 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 rob@mjvexpress.com.

Banquet, which was scheduled for April 24, has been cancelled. The What Women Want trade show on April 24-25 has been cancelled. Businesses/Facilities Effective March 26, all non-essential business services as outlined by the provincial government are no longer offering public-facing services, but may continue offering online, take-out, or delivery services. The Moose Jaw Express office will be closed to the public beginning March 23. Staff can still be contacted by email, and will still be taking news tips by email. Effective March 16, visitors are no longer allowed in any hospitals, clinics, or continuing care facilities operated by the Saskatchewan Health Region. Some exceptions may be made for compassionate reasons, such as family visiting a patient at end of life care, or family of patients prior to a major surgery. All community gatherings at SHA-operated facilities are on hold, as are volunteer services from those over the age of 65. All city arenas and facilities, including YaraCentre and the Kinsmen Sportsplex, are now closed until further notice. The Cultural Centre will be closed to the public beginning March 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 well-being 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 classes will be made available by video. 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. Leisure Time Bingo is now closed until further notice. Primary Eye Care Centre is closed until further notice. You can still contact the office by phone or email for emergencies. The Tunnels of Moose Jaw is closed. Wrapture Spa & Boutique has suspended its spa and massage services. Staff is still available for contacting and the boutique remains open for deliveries at this time. Main Street Dental will be closed beginning March 20 in the afternoon until mid-April. Clients with appointments will be contacted about cancellations. Restaurants: Beginning March 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 March 18. Deliver, 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. The Flats Eatery + Drink is closed until further notice. The Kinsmen Cafe is closed until further notice. Smitty’s Restaurant and Bugsy’s Irish Pub at the Town ‘n’ Country Mall is closed until further notice. Prairie Oasis Restaurant is closed until further notice.

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