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Child care centres dealing with uncertainty, anxiety while remaining open as essential services Larissa Kurz

Executive director Crystal Kober-McCubbing is trying extremely hard to keep things feeling the same at the Northwest Child Development Centre in Moose Jaw, but the empty classroom and packed away toys are hard to miss. Child care centres have been deemed an essential service by the provincial government, and although the government has allocated 2,300 spaces across the province for frontline health care workers and pandemic response workers, other child care services in Saskatchewan have yet to receive mandated closure. This means that for now, Kober-McCubbing and her staff remain at work, providing their services during the coronavirus shutdowns. Changes have left the centre and its staff trying to adjust, and with those changes have come some challenges, said Kober-McCubbing. They have also raised some anxieties for her and her staff, especially concerning their increased risk of exposure to the virus. “There is anxiety everywhere. The anxiety of the not knowing, of the fastness that this came on,” said Kober-McCubbing. “There’s anxiety about how long this is going to last.” For many child care centres right now, the lack of a set plan from the provincial government is a large source of tension, as is the lack of recognition for child care workers as essential workers continuing to expose themselves to the public to provide their service. “[We’re] like second families. We have some kids more than their own families have them,” said Kober-McCubbing. “The biggest concern right now for everyone is if we’re going to get [COVID-19] because we’re still coming to work every day. We can’t social-isolate because we have families coming in and out.” Changes to the day-to-day Kober-McCubbing and her staff have already made some pretty big changes to stay in line with the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s guidelines for child care centres, many of which make day-to-day activities more complicated. For now, staff are screening every parent and child who enters the building, using a symptoms checklist provided by the Ministry of Health. Hours of operation have also been reduced. A third of the centre’s toys have been packed away, and staff are doing extra work to sanitize every surface in the centre daily. “We always do a lot of cleaning anyways,” said Kober-McCubbing. “But now we’re wiping top, bottom, legs [of the furniture], just going the extra mile to make sure everything’s disinfected and clean.” Although child care centres have been deemed an essential service during the pandemic, Kober-McCubbing is in charge of obtaining her own sanitary supplies

Empty playmats are a reality for many child care centres across the province right now, including the Northwest Child Development Centre here in Moose Jaw. and other groceries — leaving her susceptible to empty grocery shelves just like anyone else. The centre has also dropped from 75 spaces to 24, in order to maintain proper space allocation with 8 children in a room at a time. Groups of staff and children are isolating from one another to avoid cross-contamination within the facility. Many parents have been keeping their children at home voluntarily, as recommended by public health. The majority of kids still attending the centre come from households with health care workers. Because of the drastic drop in children, Kober-McCubbing has also had to reduce her staff. Fifteen employees have been laid off indefinitely, uncertain of whether they will be able to return and when. “It was very hard for me to lay off the world’s best staff,” said Kober-McCubbing. “Nobody knows, basically, when they’re coming back at this point.” Biggest concern is exposure, says staff Many parents are choosing the option of keeping their children home from the Northwest Child Development Centre, said Kober-McCubbing. Of the 24 spaces available, the centre has filled 17 of them currently. Priority is being given to children of healthcare workers and people working in essential services, but because there is still some room, other families are able to bring their children in for care. “Some of the children I have here don’t have to be here. They’re coming because parents need a break, and I get it,” said Kober-McCubbing. “[But] I have no control over what they do when they leave this building, so I don’t know where they’ve been and what they’ve done when they come in here the next morning.” The situation leaves Kober-McCubbing’s staff vulnerable, she said, even with the increased screening measures and constant hand-washing practices. “The staff that I have here are staff that want to be here,” said Kober-McCubbing. “[But] when that happens, it’s putting my

staff at risk.” Kober-McCubbing isn’t turning away any families in need of child care, but she is asking parents to be aware of the social distancing recommendations from public health and to adhere to them. “I just think it’s important for people to know that you need to stay home if you don’t have to be out because those of us who don’t have a choice, we have no control over that,” said Kober-McCubbing. Finances are also creating concerns There’s a lot of uncertainty about the situation, said Kober-McCubbing, and it’s causing stress and anxiety in not only the staff but in parents as well. Provincial funding for child care is still being provided until the end of April, at which time the situation will be re-evaluated and could possibly change. But for places like the Northwest Child Development Centre, the uncertainty is not helping their financial situation. The decrease in staff wages and continued grants are so far supplementing operating costs, but Kober-McCubbing worries what will happen if the situation changes further. “You can’t make informed decisions when you don’t know,” said Kober-McCubbing. “[But] if the government decided that we weren’t getting our grants, we most likely would probably close, because we’re notfor-profit and we don’t have a lot of money to begin with.” For now, Kober-McCubbing is not asking parents to pay child care fees if they are keeping their children home. But she admits that she isn’t sure if she will be able to continue doing so if the situation persists. “I feel like it’s probably a challenge for parents right now, too,” said Kober-McCubbing. Kober-McCubbing wants to hold child care spots for families as long as she can, but the financial instability means she can’t promise parents anything further than May. “It’s so up in the air and the problem is

[parents are] up in the air too,” said Kober-McCubbing. “Some are laid off and they don’t know when they’re going back to work, but they don’t need a spot if they’re not working.” Concerns mirror those of critics For Kober-McCubbing, as she looks to the future reality of her centre, she feels like child care staff are being overlooked as essential workers. “We’re deemed essential, but when you look at every list of essential workers who are working right now, we’re not listed on there,” said Kober-McCubbing. “Anybody who works in child care knows how important we are and how many other beneficial skills we have and do.” The realities that the staff at Northwest Child Development Centre are facing are exactly the same concerns that many have voiced about the current situation for child care centres. In a press release on March 27, CUPE Saskatchewan called for immediate action from the provincial government to put measures in place to protect child care workers, including offering funding to supplement workers’ wages and parents’ fees if child care services are mandated to close. Opposition leader Ryan Meili and the NDP are also calling on the provincial government to issue a blanket closure of child care services in Saskatchewan, and a move to in-home care services for essential workers needing child care. “Child care centres are still able to operate in the province, and that’s really putting parents and their kids, and the people who work with their kids in a really tricky situation. They need this support but at the same time, we know it’s not the safest way for us to be doing things,” said Meili in a live video stream on April 1. “Right now, we need a better approach.” Children First Canada has also expressed concern about the well-being of children during the pandemic, and how the increasing pressures on their parents could result in a negative impact for children. The Northwest Child Development Centre is just one of many child care centres in the city who are facing this same situation. Southwest Daycare & Early Learning Centre on South Hill has had to reduce their capacity and limit their spots to children of essential health care workers. The Moose Jaw College Daycare is asking parents who don’t need care to keep their children at home, among many other centres in the city. Kober-McCubbing hopes to see the situation improve for her staff and for other centres, especially as the future remains unclear. “People have wishful thinking, like the end of April, but we don’t know that. Nobody knows that,” said Kober-McCubbing.

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Further changes hit Moose Jaw and District Food Bank

New pick-up rules, monetary donations only among COVID-19 precautions being taken Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw and District Food Bank put in COVID-19 measures a little over two weeks ago they hoped would be enough to keep them operating and assisting local residents as conveniently as possible.

Social distancing at it’s best – Deann Little slides a hamper out the side door loading ramp at the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank

Now, further changes are necessary. The charity announced Friday that further restrictions and a change to how hampers are distributed had been put into place as the battle against the outbreak continues. “It’s all so we can continue to give out hampers to those who need it and so far it’s working out really well,” said Deann Little, development manager with the Food Bank. One of the most prominent moves is the decision to completely close down their facility to the public, with hampers now available by appointment only and through a series of steps designed to be as safe as possible for all involved. Those in need are asked to call ahead at 306-692-2911 or message the Food Bank on Facebook on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for same-day pick-up. With the building closed, drop ins are no longer possible. From there, it’s simply a matter of following directions. “Our building is staying locked, we have a window at the front of the building up top where Terry is talking to clients below, and then we’re directing them around to our loading dock, where we have hampers pre-made and ready, and bags and boxes that are ready to go,” Little explained. “Then we slide those

hampers out to them so we can stay a safe distance away when we’re giving it to them.” The Food Bank is also no longer accepting food donations, having switched over to monetary donations only. “Those are the most needed at our food bank right now,” Little said. “With those donations we can purchase milk, eggs and meat as needed and anything else that might help those in need.” All in all, things have stayed fairly normal outside of the changes since COVID-19 shutdown much of the province. Numbers haven’t ticked up too severely, and using the right practices has Little and her fellow workers hoping even when they do, they’ll be able to stay safe. “It’s just three of us, Terri (Smith) the operations manager and my husband Ian, and we’ve been able to stay on top of things,” Little said. “Keeping our social distancing is just enabling us to stay open, because if Terry or I get sick, we’ll have to see if we can keep our doors open or come up with some other plan.” The good news is that at the moment, the Food Bank is well stocked, in large part due to the generosity of Moose Jaw citizens in the months leading up to the crisis. “We are grateful that our community

Ian Little with the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank packs hampers in preparation for distribution

continues to support us, especially over the last year when we had record breaking numbers in donations received, so we can help out a larger number of clients who we are anticipating for our food bank,” Little said. For more information, to receive help or make a monetary donation, check out or check out their Facebook page, as it’s regularly updated.

APAS survey shows farmers concerned about COVID-19 The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) has launched a weekly survey to get a better understanding of the issues farmers will face this season. There will certainly be challenges. Data from a survey of over 250 farmers was collected between March 24 and April 5. The results show that over 70 per cent of respondents believe the pandemic will result in reduced commodity prices, lower revenue, and reduced cash flow. Almost half believe they will be not be able to pay their



bills. “So far, the government’s COVID-19 support to farmers has been to increase our access to loans, but going into even more debt isn’t the answer,” said APAS President Todd Lewis in a press release. “Just look south of the border, where agriculture has received huge subsidies for years. Canadian farmers can’t compete with that, especially not during a global crisis like this. If agriculture is essential for the Canadian economy, it’s time for governments to directly invest in our farmers.”

Lewis acknowledges that the situation continues to evolve quickly, and that more data is needed. “We want to collect real-time data from farmers that we can share directly with the government on an ongoing basis,” he explains. “We’ve updated the survey with new questions and will continue to do so weekly. We know that the situation is going to change significantly over time, so we’re asking farmers to complete the survey every week.”



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What a different Easter weekend we all experienced in social isolating, with no family and friends around to celebrate our hope in the risen Savior of the world. But in whatever state we are in, our hope is still the same through whatever circumstance we are going through. And although we have no ought Joan Ritchie with individuals because we reEDITOR spect that we are all walking our own walks in this life and are answerable for that, I do have some problems with some institutions that continually seem to disappoint…and I mean with City Hall. Reflecting back, I had such high aspirations of where this current leadership was headed touting that there would be changes and more transparency with community input but what we have seen is totally the opposite. As the Moose Jaw Express/Moose Jaw Today are the voice of the people of Moose Jaw without prejudice, we have been speaking the concerns of the community and the disappointment that many feel towards the civic leadership of this city. Decisions seem to continue without any regard for the taxpayers and their views, as the city continues to spend frivolously. Such a sad state of affairs regarding the money they gambled with, and now we hear that the city is looking to borrow more money because of their poor mismanagement. They have so little regard for the citizens of Moose Jaw as they continue to dig a hole that will be harder and harder to crawl out of at the end of this term. To add fuel to the fire, we don’t hear from our elected officials any longer but through appointed hired personnel as the spokespersons for what is going on behind closed doors (the city manager and also the communications person) …sort of an anomaly when you consider other cities. Look at Regina, the mayor is recognizable and the reputable voice there. Where is our mayor these days? Does he have aphonia? People of Moose Jaw, remember that we are the taxpayers; the city of Moose Jaw is supposed to be working for the people here. We need to take back our civic rights working towards exposing and eliminating this rule of tyranny we feel we have been experiencing, where decisions are made without allowing citizens a voice in council or media allowed to attend to question decisions, even during this time of social-distancing and group restrictions. This certainly sounds like control to me. Our elected representatives were elected to represent the people, not to rule over them. 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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Health Foundation announces emergency fund for pandemic needs at hospital Larissa Kurz

The Moose Jaw Health Foundation has created an emergency fund dedicated to supporting the highest priority needs at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital here in Moose Jaw, and are calling on donations from the community to help. The COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Response Fund is meant to support frontline healthcare workers so they can continue their battle in treating coronavirus cases in the area. “Every day the pandemic is changing and every day it seems the role of the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Hospital is changing as well,” said MJHF executive director Kelly McElree. “And so the pandemic fund is really designed to support the changing needs of patients and health care professionals as the pandemic continues to evolve.” The MJHF Pandemic Emergency Response Fund will leverage the work of the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the provincial and federal governments, and help prepare Moose Jaw’s hospital for incoming coronavirus patients. “The Dr. F.H. Wigmore Hospital will play a key role in helping patients with critical care needs for all of southern Saskatchewan, in the provincial plan, so its vitally important that everyone helps out for the coming surge of patients,” said McElree. The fund will be used to provide healthcare professionals at the hospital with the resources and equipment they need to give the best care to patients during this crisis, in both the intensive care unit and the emergency room. Specifically, the Health Foundation is looking to raise enough to purchase more critical care monitors for the ICU, a defibrillator and crash cart, and a telemetry system to use alongside critical care monitors. “But as the needs change, so might that equipment, but rest assured that all those pieces of equipment will be used today to help patients and also leave a legacy of care for all future patients as well,” said McElree. The MJHF welcomes donations from the community to help support the fund. All donations will stay in Moose Jaw, and donors will be recognized on the digital donor wall in the hospital lobby. “A donation to the COVID-19 pandemic fund will be greatly appreciated,” said McElree. Donations can be made through the Moose Jaw Health Foundation’s website at or by calling the office at 1 (306) 694-0373.



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In response to two articles that appeared recently online on Moose Jaw Today and in the Moose Jaw Express: • Moose Jaw has lost the most provincial government jobs since 1991, report says (posted online on Moose Jaw Today on March 26th) • Concerns over Government Employment Numbers (posted online on Moose Jaw Today on March 25th) Dr. Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech’s President and CEO responded with a letter in response on March 30th, 2020. Please note below:

President’s Office

March 27, 2020

I wish to add some clarity and context to two recent articles regarding employment numbers at Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Moose Jaw Campus. Our mission is to educate students and provide skilled and successful graduates. This means ensuring that our graduates have the skills necessary to thrive and prosper in a changing economy, and in times of disruption like the one we are experiencing now. Because these skills are constantly changing, our programs must change with them. Each year, we review programs in order to properly invest in the resources that will maximize benefits to both students and employers. Resources are allocated to growth areas to ensure our institution remains responsive to industry needs and student demand. Sometimes this analysis includes moving programs from one campus to another to better meet student demand. In other cases, it may result in additional programs offered or programs cancelled, which may affect employment. As a steward of taxpayer dollars, this approach is not only prudent, it is the responsible thing to do. While acknowledging that full-time equivalent (FTE) figures have decreased over a five-year period at the Moose Jaw Campus (from approximately 301 FTEs in 2014-15 to 251 FTEs in 2018-19), it is important to point out that this was the overall trend for the entire institution—including Saskatoon. In 2014-15, Sask Polytech had approximately 1,715 FTEs. Last year it was 1,597. While FTE figures are important, however, they only tell a partial story. In a larger context, we believe that our greatest impact stems from the education, skills training, and career enhancement we provide students, many of whom end up settling in Moose Jaw to raise families, buy homes, purchase vehicles, and serve the communities in many positive ways. Jobs and the nature of work have, and will continue to change. As a result, our programs must change to ensure Saskatchewan’s workforce remains innovative and competitive. What will not change, however, is our commitment to student success and to the communities they serve, including Moose Jaw. Sincerely,

Larry Dr. Larry S. Rosia President & CEO

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Clients of Riverside Mission adapt to changes with meal program Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Changes that the pandemic has forced on society — such as physical distancing — are tough on many people, but perhaps none more so than on impoverished residents in the community. Clients of Riverside Mission would normally be welcomed inside with open arms to eat lunch and supper. However, due to physical distancing requirements and the limited number of people in a room, lunch has been eliminated. Meanwhile, supper runs from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and users must line up outside before entering individually to grab a container with the evening’s meal, a loaf of bread or bag of buns, and other goodies. Resident Robert Andersen and his sister Peggy were the first people lined up at the door — two metres away from each other and others — to receive their supper on April 7. Similar to almost everyone else, Robert noted the coronavirus had affected him financially. He had been attempting to engage in self-employment by selling walking sticks but had to put that on hold. He acknowledged that the changes made to Riverside Mission’s lunch and supper programs were for the best, especially the owners and staff. “It’s pretty frustrating, but there’s nothing they can do,” he said. Andersen added that even though the mission no longer offers lunches, other community non-profit organizations do, so he has been able to survive. Fellow Riverside Mission user Rick Corbeil has also been getting by during the past few weeks. However,

Robert Andersen waits in line in front of Riverside Mission before entering to grab his hot to-go supper and a loaf of bread or bag of buns. The organization has changed how it feeds residents to ensure they and mission staff remain healthy and safe. Photo by Jason G. Antonio the pandemic has been a major setback for him in many ways, such as finding a job as a trucker. “Personally, it’s lonely because you can’t go to a coffee shop or spend time with friends because you have to social distance,” he said. “But I think Moose Jaw is doing well. (Riverside Mission is) taking good care of us here. They’re organized and good people.” The fact Corbeil can’t go inside to sit down to eat has saddened and depressed him. He sometimes managed to acquire a job contact through table conversations, while

Housing leads MJ building decrease By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express

Less housing construction has cut city hall permit values to under half last year’s total after the first quarter. Housing starts sit at two worth $571,000 – a reduction of $3.1 million. Building values year to date of $2.76 million are down 58 per cent from March 31 levels in 2019. March 2020 permits fell $1.5 million from last March to $1.2 million, Major permits during March included $384,000 for a retail building in the Civic Centre Plaza; $255,000 for Dr. Ramadan’s office on Highland Road; and $400,000 for Main Street Dental office development.

he enjoyed talking with his friends, learning how they were doing, and cheering them up. “Even here, this is kind of a meeting place — sorta,” he said about the outside lineup. “But we gotta keep our distance because they said they would shut it down if we got too close. We’re all friends here (though). It’s a way to get together at a distance.” Riverside Mission usually has an extravagant sit-down meal at Easter, but that won’t happen this year. Instead, the Easter meal on Friday, April 10 will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. and will follow the same format as the suppers: users will line up outside and then pick up their container. “We’ve done all of (those changes) with social distancing in mind,” Joe Miller, executive director with Soul’s Harbour Rescue Mission, told the Express. “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 take precautions at home to make them eligible to work there. The organization is no longer taking donations of leftover food or clothing items for the time being, either. It has also limited the capacity of its men’s emergency shelter, to four individuals from 10, to properly practise physical distancing. “I just want people to know that Riverside Mission’s doors are still open,” added Miller. “We serve society’s most vulnerable people. A lot of them have health conditions or immune deficiencies, (so) we want to take care of them as best we could.”

Chinese relaxing canola dockage causes confusion By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

For a few days in early April there was hope and confusion among canola growers. EXPRESS China, which blacklisted canola exports from Canada last year, seemed prepared to re-open the market. The Chinese relaxed a restriction on dockage of canola to one per cent from 2.5 per cent. Dockage is a reduction in weight to allow for unwanted matter like weeds. The relaxed dockage requirement had the canola industry thinking China will accept canola exports from here. Federal Agriculture Minister Anne-Marie Bibeau said that Viterra and Richardson International remain delisted for Chinese imports of canola. External Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said that positive talks to allow Canadian canola exports to China are ongoing. Canada shipped about 30 per cent of usual canola exports to China in 2019. Usually Canada exported 40 per cent of the $2.7 billion crop to China.


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Humane Society seeing spike in adoptions despite closed doors Larissa Kurz

Although the Humane Society closed its doors to public traffic on March 17, the shelter has still seen a heartwarming increase in animals leaving the shelter and being adopted to loving homes. Executive director Dana Haukaas said that since the closure and the suspension of volunteer activities three weeks ago, the shelter has seen 36 animals adopted out new families. “We definitely saw a little spike,” said Haukaas. “We’ve actually had quite a few people reach out to us to offer to foster [as well].” Because of this increase in adoptions, the shelter currently has no dogs available to adopt, and only 28 adoptable cats left. “We kind of say every day that we’re so surprised that even though we are closed, it still feels like we’re open,” said Haukaas. “The upside of [the reduced traffic] is that we are seeing a lot of cats and dogs going to what we hope is their forever home.” Haukaas couldn’t say whether the in-

creased interest in adopting a new pet may have something to do with so many families being at home right now, but she did agree that now is a great time to adopt because people likely have more time to help their new pet settle into the home. “People are spending a lot more time at home. There’s no sports to run your kids to, there’s no school events, there’s just a lot of family time,” said Haukaas. “And that is a great time to consider adding a little furry friend to your family.” She also emphasizes that it’s important to be sure of the decision to adopt right now, as bringing an animal back to the shelter is always a sad occasion for all. “We really have tried to do our due diligence on our end and make sure that we’re asking the important questions to make sure that people are adopting this pet with the intent of giving it their forever home, not just while they’re home during the COVID isolation,” said Haukaas. “It is hard on a pet to go home and then come back.”

Princess is just one of the adoptable cats left at the Humane Society, waiting for her forever family to join the adoption blitz the shelter has seen in the last few weeks. (supplied) The Humane Society remains open to adoptions by appointment and all their available animals can be viewed on their website,

which is updated daily, and their Facebook page, which is updated weekly. Haukaas encourages people to keep an eye on both those sources for new animals, as the shelter is expecting a litter of puppies from another shelter in the next few weeks as well as some more cats to join the adoptable ranks. “We also have 17 mama cats and babies in foster care and those will be coming back to the shelter during the next four to eight weeks,” said Haukaas. She also encourages people to consider supporting the shelter, as animals in need are still entering their care and requiring medical care despite the slow in traffic elsewhere in the building. “Any financial support from the community is greatly appreciated because those funds do go directly to help all of the animals in our care,” said Haukaas. The Humane Society is hosting an online lottery, where participants can win up to $12,000. Tickets can be purchased by giving the shelter a call at 1 (306) 692-1517.

Enhanced Supports and Encouraging Research MLA’s Column

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People are willing to do their part to help others through the COVID-19 crisis. I’ve heard that when community groups have contacted their elderly or alone members, those individuals are doing quite well. Neighbours and family often keep in touch by phone, and make sure they have the practical help they need. Many of us now have the time to do some long overdue sorting and cleaning. However, as much as generosity is appreciated, everyone will have to wait to bring donations from their closets to the Salvation Army or the Diabetes Donation Bins. These organizations are not able to accept donations during the COVID-19 restrictions, and leaving items beside the bins, or outside the Sorting Centre, only causes problems. Please delay delivering those donations at this time. Social Service support is being adapted and resources added for vulnerable individuals and the organizations that serve them. Social Services offices remain open with STILL OPEN • CALL FOR APPOINTMENT MONDAY TO FRIDAY 8AM - 5PM PICK UP & DROP OFF SERVICES AVAILABLE

physical distancing enforced, however, clients are asked not come into the offices unless it is an emergency and they are unable to call their worker, or they are asked to come in. All Income Assistance clients will continue to receive their benefits. Reporting requirements have been lessened so that, if a client is late reporting, their payment will still be processed. More staff have been shifted to the Client Service Call Centre to help serve those in need. People who would like to apply for assistance can do so online at or by calling the Client Service Centre at 1-866-221-5200. Extra funding will be provided to emergency shelters to accommodate clients within the regulations of physical distancing. $171,000 has been targeted at meeting the extra cost pressures emergency shelters are experiencing. Soul’s Harbour (Riverside Mission in Moose Jaw) will receive some of this funding. If a client is required by Public Health to self-isolate due to COVID-19 symptoms or exposure, that person will be transitioned to safe, individual accommodation. Our infectious disease researchers at the University of Saskatchewan, who are among the best in the world are being provided with $200,000 to help find a vaccine for COVID-19. The University’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre is at the forefront of a global search, having previously worked on vaccines for SARS and the Zika Virus. Collaborating with the World Health Organization and researchers in several countries, the Saskatoon team received a significant grant earlier this month from Canadian federal


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An Army private from Moose Jaw, wounded slightly during the First World War, rejoined the war effort in the Canadian Engineering Corps, rising to captain by war’s end. The construction supervision post in the Engineering Corps gave Hubert J. Bird a taste for the construction business. In Moose Jaw during 1920, he and two partners bought Navin Construction, starting a business that has become national and celebrated 100 years of operation at the end of March. Bird bought out his partners and went on to grow the company. In a four-year period, the company went from $150,000 volume to $2 million. Revenue is now over $1.3 billion. When the crash of 1929 came Bird had secured enough contracts to see the company through to 1931. Just some of the Moose Jaw buildings Bird built include Moose Jaw General Hospital, Providence Hospital, Royal Bank on High Street, Natatorium, Timothy Eaton Centre and St Joseph’s Church. Bird built an arts-and-crafts style bungalow at 1122 Redland Avenue in 1924. The home features a broad eave with exposed rafters, low-pitched roof overhanging the

porch supported by columns. Narrow clapboard siding was placed above a stucco foundation sprayed with small stones. Cedar shingles went to the top of the gables with oak wood floors in the living area. The Bird family left the home in 1937, when the company moved the head office to Winnipeg. Now restored the house is Redland Cottage Bed and Breakfast. When the Second World War came Bird was awarded huge contracts from building half the air training schools in the west to military bases. Miraculously the projects were all completed in six months, allowing the British Air Commonwealth Training Program to function and fight the war. By the mid-1940s, Bird was the largest home builder in Canada., awarded a contract with Wartime Housing Ltd. to build 15,000 houses. The wartime houses were in the Atlantic provinces, Calgary, Kildonan, Elmwood, Fort Rouge, Kenora, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Moose Jaw, Portage la Prairie, Redcliff, St. James, Transcona, and Winnipeg. The compact sturdy wartime houses are still in use today.

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Bird got a federal government contract to build more than 5,000 peace-time homes in western Canada for returning veterans, in Redcliff, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Bow Island, and Moose Jaw Bird Construction grew further across Canada with Hubert Bird stepping down in 1953 to become board chairman. Major projects in Saskatchewan included the CPR postal station in Regina, Casino Regina, then the CPR station, Alwinsal Potash Mine, regional Royal Bank headquarters in Regina, Weyburn Hospital addition, Outlook bridge, Saskatchewan Landing bridge, and the Royal Museum in Regina. Bird died in 1964 and his son took over. He died in 2018. The family still holds a

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Please, I really, really need to go Christmas shopping

Tell a child he or she can’t have something and that’s exactly what the child will continually demand. Adults aren’t much different in dealing with the forbidden, even if the forbidden is something totally unnecessary or even frivolous. Since we’ve been told to “stay home” it has become human nature to want to do exactly what we should not be doing during self-isolation and proper distancing. I am not a shopper. At Christmas time we make a list, dash into a store where we are confident of finding what we need, pay and get out. Mission completed. Joyce Walter So why do I have this urge to wander the aisles of a deFor Moose Jaw Express partment store, with absolutely no need to buy anything. But I want to browse the kitchen department to check out the new gadgets, most of which I would never use even if I could figure out what it is they do. I want to run my hands over the non-stick frying pans and muffin tins and even though I have no use for either, being able to touch is a desire I am barely able to control. We have a new cousin so of course sending a cheque suddenly becomes an impersonal way to greet the little guy. The mom wants clothing in vibrant colours so checking out the tiny overalls and t-shirts or the infant shoes and slippers is a shopping experience that I suddenly want to do. Then I would naturally pick a gift that the mom and dad would not appreciate — like a drum or cymbals on which to bang. They live far away so why not. Purchasing items to enhance my wardrobe is a task undertaken only when someone looks at my top and comments “you’ve been wearing that for a long time,” suggesting it might be time to spend a few dollars. Wouldn’t it be nice to have something new to wear when we once again are able to gather? Not an essential purchase, but gosh I wish I could browse some of the stores that carry my impressive size. I’ve never been much for spending time in museums but suddenly I wouldn’t mind a voyage to spend a few hours learning about people I don’t know and why they settled where they did. Because I know I shouldn’t, I want to visit all the grocery stores in town to pick out our fresh fruit and vegetables. Before Easter I wanted to poke the hot cross buns to find the freshest packages, and I “needed” to find Easter treats that might last us to Victoria Day. I still want to linger over the tomatoes and talk with other shoppers as they pick out cauliflower and celery. I don’t drink coffee but it is suddenly imperative that I visit family and friends to share cakes and cookies, a glass of water, maybe a hot chocolate. The tables inside the fast food outlets and favourite cafes beckon and it is difficult to stay away. And it goes without saying that my hair do needs doing by a professional. I have been advised not to do any heavy lifting until my injuries heal. So that means no house cleaning. Darn. I am barely able to resist getting out the vacuum cleaner to chase down those dust bunnies that grow daily. But resist I will.

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Churches reach out to helpJason isolated, lonely residents during pandemic G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing most people into isolation, some Moose Jaw churches are reaching out to help their members and any residents who need support. Victory Church of Moose Jaw As soon as they heard that residents had to quarantine themselves, Victory Church on Main Street jumped into action by printing and erecting several billboard signs with messages that encouraged people to call or email for help, explained Pastor Dan Goddard. The message on the signs is simple: Quarantined? Need help? Contact us at 306681-8947, or email admin@victorymj. com. The church then created teams that pickup groceries, personal items or medications for residents isolated, quarantined, or simply unable to get out of the house. The teams were trained to stay healthy while dropping off items and keep their physical distance. “And also, funnily enough, we also have some folks just call to chat. They feel isolated or lonely. They’d like somebody to talk to or to pray with them. So we’ve had our teams working on that as well,” Goddard said. Twenty people are officially on the teams, although the church can call on another 100 members if need be. Since the church has more than 500 members, it can mobilize many to provide support. “It’s just people helping people. People love helping one another. Organically, it’s a wonderful thing,” he added. Victory Church has been forced to close its doors just like every other house of

worship. However, it has moved all of its services and group meetings online. Since the church has been online for years already, it has used that experience to help other churches also get online. Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina — of which St. Joseph Parish on Third Avenue Northwest and Church of Our Lady Parish on Vaughn Street are a part —has two programs it is offering parishioners and all residents. One initiative is the Good Samaritan Project, while the other is called Compassionate Listening. Anyone who needs the services of either initiative should call 306-541-3086 or email The Good Samaritan Project delivers groceries and other essential items to people who can’t leave their house. This initiative, explained communications officer Deacon Eric Gurash, grew out of conversations held at the archdiocese office. Staff recognized that not every senior has a family to call for support. The archdiocese had planned to hold a large youth rally at the end of March, an event that required many volunteers. But when that event was cancelled, the archdiocese asked those volunteers if they would serve in a different capacity; 40 to 50 people stepped forward to help in Regina alone. “Very quickly, people in rural areas were asking if this was something that we could co-ordinate throughout the diocese,” said Gurash. After putting out the call, more than 100 volunteers from across southern Saskatchewan put their names forward. “It’s quite uplifting to see people so eager

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St. Aidan Anglican Church is located at the corner of High Street East and First Avenue Northeast. Photo by Jason G. Antonio and interested in being able to help out their neighbours and be present for them.” The Compassionate Listening initiative meets the need of maintaining relationships, especially during this time of physical isolation and loneliness. The diocese’s spiritual directors are available to speak with people by phone and offer support during the absence of face-toface conversations. “Our faith is centred not just around looking out for ourselves, but looking out for all of our neighbours … for those who are not necessarily connected to a faith community,” Gurash said, adding the archdiocese hopes these projects inspire others to help on their block. St. Aidan Anglican Church The telephone has become one of the main communications tools keeping parishioners of St. Aidan Anglican Church connected, explained Deacon Arleen Champion. A phone tree has been established, with 28 members given a list of parishioners to call regularly as part of the outreach. During this time, parishioners can ask to have items picked up and delivered, while they can also submit prayer requests, which are forwarded to the prayer team. The phone tree has been “very, very positive” and successful, she continued, as many people appreciate receiving a call versus simply receiving a text or email. “Some of the younger ones feel that everything is OK … . Occasional calls would be nice, but they don’t need a call once a week,” said Champion, who uses

the phone regularly for ministry outreach. “But others are thankful to be called weekly … particularly the seniors (and those in care homes).” Normally St. Aidan offers a Sunday morning outreach lunch for residents in the community. However, that has now changed to handing out bagged lunches — composed of fruit, sandwiches and granola bars — on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:45 a.m. at the First Avenue entrance. This initiative is done with Riverside Mission and the Salvation Army. “On (a recent) Sunday, they were handing out bagged lunches and a lady drove by and … came over and handed us a $50 bill,” said Champion, adding with a laugh, “It certainly was (well) received. It was not declined.”

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Pork is sometimes the forgotten meat, taking a backseat to beef and poultry. However, pork is “a powerhouse of nutrition,” says pork councils throughout Canada. They say every bite of pork provides a high quality of protein, energy and key vitamins and minerals. Pork is naturally low in sodium and saturated fat — and it tastes good. This week’s recipes come from a favourite Mennonite cookbook and the pork council of Ontario. ••• Scalloped Pork Chops 6-8 pork chops 4-6 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced 1 small onion, chopped 1 can cream of celery soup 1 soup can of milk salt and pepper to taste 1/2 tsp. sage In a large baking dish arrange pork chops, potatoes and onions in layers.

Combine soup, milk and seasonings and pour over chops. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Serves 6-8. ••• Dill Pork Chops 4 loin pork chops salt and pepper to taste 2 tbsps. flour 1 tbsp. vegetable oil 2 tbsps. Worcestershire sauce 2 onions, cut finely 1/2 cup water 4 tbsps. finely chopped dill pickles Season pork chops with salt and pepper, then roll in flour. Brown on both sides in the shortening in a deep frying pan. Add Worcestershire sauce, onions and the water to the pan with the chops. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes until chops are tender. Turn over at the 20 minute mark. When chops are done, drain off any fat. Place

a heaping tablespoon of the chopped dill pickle on each chop. Spoon some of the meat juice over the chops and pickle. Simmer 5-10 minutes then serve. ••• Pork Sausage Pie 1 medium onion, chopped 3 tbsps. butter 2 cups potatoes, grated 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 1 1/2 lbs. pork sausages 2 cups water 8 thin cheese slices Batter: 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup flour 1/2 cup milk Dough: 1 1/2 cups sour cream 3/4 tsp. baking soda 2 cups flour

3 tbsps. butter 1/2 tsp. salt Saute onion in butter. Add shredded potatoes, salt and pepper and cook until soft. In another pan, brown sausages. Drain and add water and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, mix batter ingredients until smooth then add to sausages and cook until thickened. Mix dough ingredients as for pastry and split into two pieces. Roll out dough and line the bottom of a 9x13 inch deep pan. Place sausage mixture then potato and onions over the dough. Top with cheese slices then cover with remaining piece of dough. Score a few holes in centre of top layer of dough. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Joyce Walter can be reached at

Sask. Country Music Awards going virtual for 2020 show Larissa Kurz

The Saskatchewan Country Music Association has decided to host the annual Saskatchewan Country Music Awards this spring despite the many coronavirus pandemic cancellations — because they’re taking their awards show virtual. The SCMA will be airing the Virtual Awards Show on May 16, in partnership with Access TV who will put together the video version of the usual show. Access Communications was originally meant to film the live awards show on April 17-19 to broadcast on their channel, but the limitations on gatherings and other services means that the show will instead be a compiled video. “Access has a piece of software that allows all the participants in the award show to call in at a certain time, and Access will record all the presentations and acceptance speeches, and they will produce essentially an awards video,” said SCMA president Wes LaBrash. The Virtual Awards Show will air on Access7 cable at 8 p.m. and will also be available to watch online through a link on the SCMA website at The new format will still feature everything people love about the awards: the presentation of each award to the winning Saskatchewan artist or group, the acceptance speeches from the winners, and performances from artists to showcase their music. “We not only recognize the best of the best every year in Saskatchewan Country Music, but we also try to present opportunities for showcases, and the virtual awards show allows us to still do those things.” The artists who will be performing in the show have yet to be announced, but LaBrash said to stay tuned for further details in the coming weeks. Although the virtual awards will still

honour the talent and accomplishments of Saskatchewan artists, LaBrash did express some disappointment that the behind-the-scenes shows and workshops that usually fill out the awards weekend won’t be happening. “It’s a whole weekend affair, when we do [the awards] usually,” said LaBrash. “But we’re thinking we might be able to do some of those later in the year.” Performers and nominees are excited to have the awards going forward in this way, said LaBrash, especially thanks to the support of the event’s many sponsors. “Everyone’s very understanding. Of course, we’d all love to come together and have three days of music and awards and getting to see each other, but these are challenging times,” said LaBrash. “Everyone is getting creative and they appreciate that we’re still going through a lot of effort and some expense to try and have an awards show.” LaBrash hopes that the new virtual format will do its part in celebrating Saskatchewan musicians. “Stay tuned, [and] it would be awesome if we could make this the best-attended award show ever because no one has to travel to Regina,” joked LaBrash. The list of 2020 nominees can be found on the SCMA website, and the streaming link for the awards show will be released on the SCMA website and social media in the next few weeks.

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- Moose Jaw’s Source for News! Local news, sports Lineups outside banksweather just partand of pandemic’s effect Your connection to the world Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Resident Jean Wilson was one of several people standing in a line outside Conexus Credit Union recently, attempting to do her banking while adjusting to changes caused by the coronavirus. This was Wilson’s second time visiting the bank — but her first time standing in line — since the institution made major changes to how it functions during the pandemic. During her first visit, she performed her business smoothly since no one else was ahead of her. Normally she would speak to a teller, but a bank employee had to show her how to use the automated teller machine (ATM) to make deposits and withdrawals. Before the coronavirus changed everything, Wilson didn’t have to wait to bank when she visited since everything was “usually pretty quick, very quick.” However, on April 7, she had to stand in a line for a few minutes waiting to use the ATM. “We’re lucky they do this for us,” she added. “It’s fine with me. I’m OK with it.” Gone are the days — for now — of waltzing into the Conexus Credit Union to do business regularly. Residents are actively being discouraged from even visiting; if they have to attend, they must wait outside in a line for an ATM or teller to become available. Users must stand two metres away from each other, while Plexiglas shields have been installed to protect tell-

Lineups outside of Conexus Credit Union are now a regular feature after changes were made inside in response to the coronavirus’ effects. Photo by Jason G. Antonio ers. Bank employees — dressed in orange vests — stand at both entrances, encouraging users to bank online if possible. If that’s not possible, then they manage the lineup and ensure only one person goes inside each time. They also wipe down every surface after someone has used the machines or visited a teller. Similar to most banks, Conexus has also reduced its hours and limited who can go inside. Provincial health officials have told everyone to stay inside and go out only to do essential things, so the bank has attempted to respond to that mandate with these changes, explained Conexus CEO Eric


Dillon. The good news, though, is banking has changed drastically during the last few years and most financial activities can be done in other ways. “Whether it’s staffing up at our call centre … just making sure we can serve people remotely so they don’t have to put themselves or others at risk by going out,” he said. Conexus’ preference would be for people not to visit at all. For those who can’t bank digitally, bank employees will attempt to

help residents at the ATM as much as possible, for such actions as depositing a cheque to protect both members and staff. “People are all very aware of the circumstances we’re all in in terms of fighting the pandemic of the coronavirus,” Dillon said. “I think most people are very understanding (and) are very appreciative that we’ve taken extra steps to protect them.” “It is incumbent that if people don’t have to go out, that they don’t.” Another resident who is still becoming used to the changes is Mavis Evans, who came to the bank with her grandson. Evans normally visits Conexus every two weeks to bank, she explained, but had not been there since March 19 and did not realize what changes were in place. “You have to learn to use new stuff,” she said. For her, that meant learning how to deposit a cheque into the ATM. However, since she forgot to bring her debit card she couldn’t do that and would have to come back. “They should have closed the border quicker,” she added with a smile, before walking away with her grandson.


By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

City council’s plunge into stock market “casino” shows lack of common sense Any reasonable person on a hike who is told to avoid the edge of a cliff would comply, fearing a fall off that cliff. When it comes to Moose Jaw City Council that advice may not be heeded – at least when it comes to investing city taxpayers’ $100 million reserves. Two years ago when city council began talks about piling city reserves into the stock market, also known as a casino, it was warned. Coun. Brian Swanson warned of the risk in investing entrusted funds in the volatile stock market. This Bizworld column warned of the same risk paying particular attention to the fact stock markets had been in an upward trend for nine years, a historic length for a bull market. Rising markets tend to last four or five years before moving down. This Scribbler argued that the shoe was about to fall. If council insisted on playing the stock market, wait for the downtrend first, then buy in. It made sense. The stock market price boom was fuelled by central banks’ artificially low interest rates and computer trading programs. Council insisted on ploughing ahead with a full purchase last summer, rolling the dice with $8.4 million in stocks. The case for investing in stocks: gaining a higher rate of return and mimicking pension plan investment returns. Following successive high points this year the market was waiting for an event to sell off. Any experience investor knew that. Two events fed a massive rapid sell-off – the Covid-19 pandemic and an oil price war. Stock prices fell 30 per cent within days. The city’s stocks were down almost 21 per cent at March 31, decreasing value by

$1.7 million. That was after a week of recovery. Now the city and its investment advisers will spin a response claiming these stocks fell by the same percentage as market averages and that no money is lost until stocks are sold, if then. That defence ignores the risk from putting hard earned reserves accumulated over 65 years at risk of a loss. That defence ignores the possibility that these reserves could have been used to relieve property taxes during this once in a lifetime pandemic. And that defence ignores the warning to not play the market when a falling-offthe-cliff event is imminent. The stock market was in its 11th year of increasing values, compared with the average fouror five-year bull run. Nor does anyone know when and if prices of these stocks will recover. If the city wanted to reduce risk instead of plunging in headfirst, there is a long-standing formula for spreading and avoiding risk. Buy one-third of the planned position, wait some time and check out the market performance, then buy one-third. Repeat. Had council waited until now to buy stocks taxpayers might be applauding the prudent action. Instead, council and administration look like a bunch of rubes sucked in by a snake oil salesman. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@

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

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Restaurants battling to remain open in face of COVID-19 crisis Delivery options abound throughout city as local eateries continue to offer services Randy Palmer Moose Jaw Express

On any average night, Deja Vu Cafe has easily been one of the busiest restaurants in the city. From dinner time on, it’s almost impossible to find a seat, and you’d often find people waiting to grab a table to sample some of the restaurant’s famous chicken and legendary milkshakes. But fairly recently it was a barren building. And not just figuratively. All the tables, the chairs? Gone. Empty booths, no customers. And a skeleton staff running things. All by design as owner Brandon Richardson and his crew did what they could to help keep the COVID-19 pandemic at bay. “It’s not going too bad, we’re down at least 70 per cent, but we’re staying afloat,” Richardson said on April 3rd. “We have five of us still working out of 15 on a Friday night... our take-out and delivery was always pretty good and it’s better now, but for the inside there’s nothing and that’s how it has to be. “We’re still coming to work every day, we don’t know what day it is, but we’re still showing up,” he added with a good-natured laugh. “I haven’t worked so hard in the last couple weeks than I have in the last couple years.” The situation at Deja Vu is mirrored throughout the city – restaurants with shuttered doors, relying on delivery services to attempt to remain open in the face of a government-mandated shutdown of public gatherings

Brandon Richardson as seen business drop off precipitously Deja Vu Cafe since the COVID-19 outbreak but remains positive they’ll ride out the storm. throughout the province. Beyond the financial side of things, it’s a matter of also putting in the time and effort to keep things as clean as possible. “The chairs, we put in quarantine, they’re in the back room, and we just put everything away so people don’t think we’re open inside, out-of-sight, out-of-mind kind of thing,” Richardson explained. “We have enough room for physical distancing for people who pick up their orders, and then we’re sanitizing everything all the time... we’re using (industrial-strength sanitizer) Quat on all the door handles and everything people might have touched. It’s

all stuff we’ve been doing since this took off.” Their delivery driver is just as fastidious, wiping down much of the vehicle and the debit machine after every stop. Other businesses, such as well-frequented pizza places like Family Pizza, T.J. Pizza and Rodo’s Pizza report things being steady, while the Crushed Can has also seen brisk business on their take-out end. The popular The Mad Greek took advantage of slower time to refurbish their restaurant with some fresh paint but will be re-opening this Thursday for delivery. Major chains also continue to offer delivery services, and fast-food restaurants remain open with regular drive through hours. Restaurants offering Chinese and other similar fare are also following COVID-19 practices, with most offering delivery on a store-by-store basis. Provincial decree has closed the sitting areas of all restaurants in the province until further notice, with a further limit of 10 people in any gathering limiting a chance of remaining fully open. That is how things are going to remain for at least the next month, something that businesses will have to work through in order to continue functioning. “(We’ll keep going until) the government says that’s enough or when my wife says that’s enough,” Richardson laughed.

What you need to know about Zoom before using the video chat service Larissa Kurz

For those who have made the transition to working from home in the last few weeks, it’s likely you’ve encountered the video conferencing website Zoom as it rises in popularity among workplaces. Or if not, perhaps you’ve used Zoom to video call with family or friends to stay connected while also staying at home, or you’re a student whose class is using Zoom to deliver educational supports while school is currently out. Whatever the reason, the video conferencing software has blossomed during the spread of self-isolation, and there’s a few reasons why. The largest draw to Zoom is that it offers video conferencing, online meetings, and typed chat on a free-to-use platform that is available to anyone — no sign-up required, unless you are the host. Chat attendees don’t need to sign up with the website to join a call, and they can log in to a chat from their computer, smartphone, or tablet with no restraints. It’s as simple as clicking a link sent to them from the chat’s host. This is a feature that sets Zoom apart from other free video conferencing giants like Skype, which works best through the Skype application. Another draw for many is that unlike

other video chat companies like Skype, Zoom allows as many as 100 different attendees to join one video call for up to 40 minutes — making it easy to include an entire staff or class on one call, for example. Creating a Zoom meeting is as easy as heading to their website,, and clicking “Host a meeting” at the top of the page. The system then generates an invite code to send to all attendees. People are also able to decide whether to join by video or by audio and can toggle those settings on and off during the call, and they can even add a virtual background to cover up their real background. For the most part, this is what makes it so appealing to most — it’s easily accessible to everyone, it’s free, and it can include as many people on a call as you want with little to no hassle. While the newly-popular video conferencing system offers a great alternative to device-specific competitors like FaceTime, Zoom does have some issues that may be of concern to users. Most of the features that make Zoom easy to use are also the features that create a few privacy and security risks that come with using the product. Zoom’s easy invite-based system uses randomly gener-

Assiniboia RCMP investigating shopliftingMoose from grocery store Jaw Express staff On Feb. 13, the Assiniboia RCMP received a call for service about a shoplifting incident at a food store in Assiniboia that had occurred on Feb. 11. The Assiniboia RCMP is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying the male in the attached picture, who is believed to have information regarding this incident. Video surveillance shows the male may walk with a slight limp. If you have information on this individual please contact the Assiniboia RCMP at 306-642-7110 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at The investigation is ongoing.

ated access codes and passwords, which anyone can guess and potentially join a call they aren’t supposed to be on — known as “Zoombombing.” An easy way to make a Zoom meeting more secure to something like this is to set a password for the meeting, which is an option the host can choose when creating the meeting. Hosts can also enable a “waiting room” feature, which means any newcomers joining the meeting must be approved by the host before they have access. Additionally, Zoom calls aren’t end-toend encrypted which means that the personal data collected during calls — such as IP address and device details — could be leaked or provided to third-party companies without the user’s knowledge. Since the privacy issues have been point-

ed out, however, Zoom developers have publicly announced their intent to improve their privacy measures over the next few months. For those with concerns about data privacy, Zoom might not be the best place to host that company-wide meeting — especially if the topic is sensitive — but that’s not to say the service isn’t worth using. Zoom remains the easiest free video chatting service to connect a large amount of people on the same call, without hitting up against feature paywalls or device incompatibility issues. Some other free alternatives to using Zoom include Skype’s new Meet Now feature, Cisco Webex, Jitsi Meet, Google Hangouts, Houseparty, and even Facebook Messenger’s video call option, to name a few.


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Health Authority outlines readiness plan to handle potential spread of coronavirus in Sask. Larissa Kurz

The Saskatchewan Health Authority has released its data modelling the potential coronavirus spread within the province and shared what the next steps will be to help “flatten the curve” in Saskatchewan. The SHA’s dynamic modelling data suggests that even in a low-range scenario, Saskatchewan could see 153,000 total cases, which is an estimated 13 per cent of the population, and 3,075 deaths from the novel coronavirus. These numbers were determined by assuming that one individual infects 2.4 other individuals and the current pandemic response measures in the province, including public restrictions and health care response, remain the same. The high-range scenario showed 408,000 total cases, or 34.5 per cent of the population, and 8,370 deaths within the province, if individuals are expected to infect 4 other people and the current pandemic response measures in the province remain the same. Those numbers are two of three scenarios outlined by the SHA’s modelling, and officials are warning Saskatchewan residents not to look at these numbers as predictions for the future. “The strategy that the Saskatchewan Health Authority put forward with the modelling is a set of projections, not predictions but projections so that they can build our healthcare delivery model around these projections,” said Premier Scott Moe during the province’s daily update on April 8. In a press release, the SHA emphasized that the dynamic modelling scenarios are meant to provide the health au-

thority with “what-if” scenarios to inform the next steps in their pandemic response. The SHA has set forth a number of future measures to make sure the health system is prepared to handle the continued outbreak, including an important request to the public. Data shows that the current interventions in place are making a difference, said the SHA, and the general public’s adherence to the ongoing isolation measures will be key in managing COVID-19 moving forward. Continuing to practice physical distancing and diligent hand-washing is very important at this time, and so is abiding by mandates to self-isolate, avoid travel, and follow gathering restrictions. “No health system in the world can manage this challenge without the sustained help of the general public,” SHA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Susan Shaw said, in a press release. “Demand will exceed our capacity as a health system if we are not diligent about these measures.” The SHA has also outlined the measures they will be implementing gradually over the next several weeks. Access to the 38 testing centres in the province has been increased, and staff working to trace contact cases has been tripled. As of April 5, a slowdown of non-essential services to increase bed availability has left almost half the acute care beds in Saskatchewan available for use in preparation of the expected surge in the pandemic. The SHA will also be increasing the acute care capacity by 57 per cent over the next several weeks, by creating

field hospitals in Saskatoon and Regina and potentially other locations if needed. There will also be designated spaces for COVID-19 patients in many facilities, and 20 hospitals within the province have been proactively identified to be designated COVID-19 hospitals if needed. The Dr. F.H. Wigmore Hospital has not been designated as a COVID-19 hospital right now. “Our job as a health care system is to provide care for those in need and to be ready for any scenario,” SHA CEO Scott Livingstone said, in a press release. “We need to continue to escalate our response to ensure we are prepared for the worst-case scenarios and we need the public to help us avoid those scenarios.” The provincial government has said that lifting the current restrictions is still “weeks away,” and that when that lift does happen, it will happen gradually and slowly. “Even if we are able to engage in opening up some portions of our economy in some kind of way [in the near future], it will be very different than it was two months ago,” said Moe. For now, Saskatchewan residents are to continue following public health and government mandates as instructed — and to be prepared to continue doing so for potentially several more weeks. The full report released by the Saskatchewan Health Authority detailing COVID-19 models and the SHA’s plan for future measures can be found at COVID19.

Pandemic plan helped Prairie South get ahead of coronavirus crisis Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express It’s always important to be prepared for any type of crisis, including a pandemic, so Prairie South School Division was ready to act in mid-March when the coronavirus began shutting down society. Prairie South (PSSD) first implemented portions of its pandemic preparedness response plan on March 12, when the provincial government announced Saskatchewan had its first presumptive case of COVID-19. PSSD fully deployed its preparedness plan on March 20 — after gatherings were limited to 250 people — and implemented its business continuity strategy throughout the school division. Division administration presented the pandemic preparedness response plan to board trustees during their most recent meeting. A summarized version of the document is presented below. The strategy Business continuity plan In the event of a phase 6 pandemic — one that is in progress — or at other times under the direction of public health author-

ities, the school division may determine that activation of a business continuity plan is appropriate, the report explained. This plan considers essential services in light of other circumstances connected to the outbreak, while it ensures these services continue to exist while other services may be suspended. The director of education is responsible for this plan. The business continuity plan can be implemented in a single school, group of schools, other school division buildings or across the entire school division, depending upon the spread of the influenza outbreak. Services deemed essential would vary according to circumstances, but decisions related to business continuity would be made with the safety of students, staff and the community in mind. Examples of essential services in the division include teaching, yard supervision, cleaning and disinfecting, strategic planning activities, building security, payroll functions, information technology support, network security, and collaborating

with other school divisions or local authorities. Operations When a pandemic is declared, the director of education — with the support of superintendents of school operations — will be responsible to direct the system on a dayto-day basis, the report said. The director of education would have the general responsibility for the management of the division and all major decisions declared during the pandemic. Some of the director’s duties during this time could include liaising with the Ministry of Education and Saskatchewan Health Authority; consulting with the board chair; and communicating with trustees, staff, community, parents and students. If the schools are still open, students and staff would be taught and encouraged to practise cough and sneeze etiquette; to use correct handwashing/hygiene techniques; to practise frequent hand cleaning; and to learn how to take care of themselves when caring for ill friends or family.

The report also goes into detail about how to manage ill students and staff; how to sufficiently clean school environments; and recommendations for school administrators on how to manage the pandemic. Some of those recommendations include promoting good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette; refraining from using masks in schools; maintaining cleaning and disinfecting policies; reinforcing food- and container-sharing policies; keeping parents/caregivers informed about any measures taken; supporting individuals/families who are self-monitoring or self-isolating; managing students/ staff with possible influenza virus; and reporting to the appropriate school superintendent if principals think they have a suspected case of the virus, unusual absenteeism, or other concerns. For more information on the pandemic preparedness plan visit The next board of education meeting is Tuesday, May 5.

RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF MOOSE JAW NO 161 2020 ASSESSMENT ROLL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Assessment Roll for the RM of Moose Jaw No. 161 for the year 2020 has been prepared and is open to inspection from 8:30am - 12:00noon and from 1:00pm - 4:30pm on the following days: Monday to Friday, inclusive, except holidays beginning April 9th, 2020 to June 8th, 2020.

Notice is hereby given that the Assessment Roll for the RM of Rodgers No. 133 for the year 2020 has been prepared and is open to inspection in the office of the assessor from 9:00am 4:00pm on the following days: Monday thru Thursday, except holidays beginning April 15th, 2020 to May 28th, 2020.

RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF HILLSBOROUGH NO 132 2020 ASSESSMENT ROLL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Assessment Roll for the RM of Hillsborough No. 132 for the year 2020 has been prepared and is open to inspection in the office of the assessor from 9:00am - 4:00pm on the following days: Monday thru Thursday, except holidays beginning April 15th, 2020 to May 28th, 2020.

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.

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 accompanied by a $25.00 appeal fee, which will be returned if the appeal is successful with: The Assessor, RM of Moose Jaw No. 161, #3-1410 Caribou St W Moose Jaw, S6H 7S9, by the 8th day of June, 2020.

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 Rodgers No. 133, #4-1410 Caribou St W Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan S6H 7S9, by the 28th day of May, 2020.

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 Hillsborough No. 132, #4-1410 Caribou St W Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan S6H 7S9, by the 28th day of May, 2020.

Dated this, 9th day of April, 2020. Mike Wirges Assessor

Dated this, 15th day of April, 2020. Colleen Ferguson Assessor

Dated this, 15th day of April, 2020. Colleen Ferguson Assessor


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City Hall Council Notes

MAKE A COMPLAINT As it seems that Moose Jaw City Hall does not seem to acknowledge citizen complaints, if you are disgruntled about the lack of communication at City Hall or feel you have a viable complaint with how the City of Moose Jaw is conducting their affairs and spending our taxpayers’ money, please make your voices known to the Ombudsman’s office in Saskatchewan. Ombudsman Saskatchewan promotes and protects fairness and integrity in the design and delivery of government services. They take complaints about provincial government ministries, agencies, Crown corporations and many health entities. They also take complaints about municipal entities.

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

Council locks out local media from personally attending April 13 meeting City council has locked out the local media from personally attending its April 13 meeting even though the provincial government has said media is an essential service during the pandemic. The announcement was contained in a news release that city hall issued on April 8. Also in the email was information about the April 9 news conference update on the coronavirus situation in the community. The news release said, “The next regular meeting of Moose Jaw City Council will take place Monday, April 13. Several members of council will join via Microsoft Teams, though some will attend in-person. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, city hall will be closed to media and the public.” During the April 9 news teleconference, the Moose Jaw Express attempted to learn more about the decision to shut out the media from the meeting. The first question the Express asked was which coronavirus restriction the provincial government had created that was being used for this decision. “Well, I think it’s the 10-person requirement that’s been placed upon us. And, I mean, you have to know that the strategic leadership, our EMO team, meets in the council chambers on a regular basis. We have to ensure a safe work zone for everybody,” replied city manager Jim Puffalt. “So provincial requirements and safe work-

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express zones.” The provincial government has said media are an essential service and allows at least one reporter to attend in-person to the daily briefings, the Express said. Regina also allows the media to attend in-person to the daily news briefs and council meetings. Why wouldn’t Moose Jaw city council and city hall follow those examples? “We are an independent organization and we make our own decisions,” said Puffalt. “Again, I believe we are limited by the 10 people in an area and maintain the sixfoot distancing. And we ensure our council meetings and briefings are broadcast and (provide) easy opportunity for interaction with reporters, as we are doing right now.” If Moose Jaw is supposedly an independent organization, it should have to follow the instructions of the provincial government, the Express countered. Therefore, why isn’t the municipality following the province’s example? “We’re talking about the City of Regina. We are independent from the City of Regina,” Puffalt said, before the Express jumped in and pointed back to the provincial government. “We are doing what the City of Moose Jaw is doing,” replied Puffalt. If that’s the case, then why couldn’t a pool reporter —

someone who gathers information for a wider group of media — be allowed in-person access to the weekly briefings and council meetings, if city council and city hall is concerned about the number of people in the room? the Express wondered. “Again, safe work zone. I think the questioning, we’re not carrying on with that questioning. I think we’ve answered it,” said Puffalt. Communications manager Craig Hemingway then jumped in and said if the Express had any further questions, they could be discussed offline. When the Express contacted Hemingway afterward, the Express asked that Mayor Fraser Tolmie be on the call so he could be questioned directly. Hemingway asked for a list of questions — but only if they were related to COVID-19 — to be submitted. The Express said the questions were related to the coronavirus, particularly since the pandemic was being used as an excuse to lockout media from the council meeting. “As far as that goes, you’ve kind of asked and answered that line already. There’s really not much more to say there,” said Hemingway. The Express said it had more questions and later emailed them to city hall.

Attempt to speak with mayor by phone about media lockout fails Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Express attempted to speak by phone with Mayor Fraser Tolmie to discuss the decision to lockout media from the April 13 city council meeting, but that attempt failed. The Express was told during the April 9 news teleconference that if it had any more questions about the decision to ban local news outlets from the upcoming — and likely future — meeting, it should call city hall. The newspaper did ask three questions during the news teleconference — city manager Jim Puffalt answered them — but was prevented from asking any further. The newspaper called communications manager Craig Hemingway just before noon to request a phone interview with Tolmie and was told to submit the questions by email. The Express said it would — it did at 12:10 p.m. — with the reiterated request that it speak verbally with the mayor. At 4:15 p.m. on a Thursday of a long weekend, the mayor emailed answered his re-

sponses to the questions the Express had submitted. This prevented the newspaper from asking any follow-up questions. The questions from the Express and Tolmie’s replies are below. Express: Who made this decision to shut out the media from the meeting on Monday? Was every councillor in agreement with the decision? Tolmie: Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, an operational decision was made to adhere to Saskatchewan Health’s 10-person limit. Several councillors are adhering to the province’s recommendation and will be participating in the council meetings through virtual means. They have made this decision due to their own concerns and for the safety of themselves and their families. Express: The media have concerns that the single-camera broadcast by Shaw will not capture all of the activity in the meeting, including votes, and that the audio, particularly for the council members attending remotely, will not

pick up their comments. Even the weekly news briefs are of poor audio quality. How will council ensure that media, as surrogates for the public, will be able to see and hear all components of the council meeting, including the comments from council members who are attending the meeting remotely? Tolmie: Thank you for raising those concerns. We were made aware by one of our councillors concerning this issue with Shaw communications. Currently, our city clerk’s department, communications manager and IT department are looking at a way for the media to be included in the same Microsoft Teams meeting as the councillors. We are sorry that this was an issue at our last meeting and we are learning our way forward on this. Thank you again for raising this concern and we will do our best to correct the technical problems. Express: Since you are worried about the number of people in the room, you should prioritize who is in there. So

limit it to a few city hall staffers — mayor, city manager, finance director, two councillors, city clerk, fire chief/ EMO manager, one assistant — and then two media. Has city hall thought about this? Why wouldn’t it follow this process? Tolmie: In order to eliminate confusion and allow for fairness, all media is given equal access to media releases, media conferences and to the public virtual meetings being held. We are asking media to respect the fact that others (including our staff and council) may feel differently about this pandemic. Due to the sensitivity of this issue, we are using technology as a means to keep the community connected and informed. The Province of Saskatchewan is fully aware of how the City of Moose Jaw and other communities are conducting virtual meetings. The next city council meeting was Monday, April 13, however, local media was personally locked out of the meeting.

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Peacock’s Maelde named to high school all-star team

Toilers standout to play in Basketball Sask All-Star Senior Classic Anyone who saw Anna Maelde take the court with the Peacock Toilers girls basketball team this past season saw just how much skill she brought to the floor. With a deft shooting touch and a game that makes full use of her 5-foot-11 frame, her ability to direct traffic and simple team presence helped make the Toilers all but impossible to beat in the local league and a serious threat anywhere they played. So when the Basketball Saskatchewan All-Star Senior Classic rosters were recently announced, it was no surprise to see the Toilers senior in the line-up. Maelde was one of 10 players named to the 4A/5A girls South team, putting her among the ranks of some of the top players in the province. “It’s definitely a nice surprise to see that I was nominated and then chosen, and it feels special that I’m a member of Team South,” Maelde said. “It’s a very talented group of players so I’m just very surprised and I feel honoured.” Teams from throughout the province nominate players for the teams, after which Basketball Sask whittles down to the final selections. “It means a lot to know they saw the dedication I had to the team, I try hard every practice and try and encourage everyone to improve,” Maelde said. While the high school basketball season ended prematurely due to the teacher’s union job action, the 2020 Classic is being pushed back to a later date due to the

Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express COVID-19 crisis. It was was originally scheduled to be played on Mar. 28 at Luther Collegiate in Regina. “I’m sad we couldn’t play it, but Basketball Sask has been saying they’ll just keep postponing, so I hope once the restrictions for COVID are lifted we might play it in the summer,” Maelde said. “Hopefully!” Outside of basketball, Maelde, like students across the province, has been self-isolating as much as possible at home since classes were cancelled throughout Saskatchewan two weeks ago due to the outbreak. With no timeline for schools to re-open as the virus continues to spread, it’s a matter of simply hunkering down and waiting it out like everyone else. “I’ve been staying at home every day, [but we have started online courses, so that helps being kept more busy,]” Maelde said. As for the far future, Maelde hasn’t made any plans to play basketball in college or university just yet. “A few colleges have reached out to me about basketball, but I haven’t made any final decisions,” she said. The Senior All-Star Classic brings together the top players in the 1A, 2A, and 3A divisions as well as the 4A/5A teams, creating a four-game extravaganza designed to showcase players from throughout the province. Last year, Peacock’s Piper Ingalls suited up for the girls team while Central’s Kyle Boughen and Riley Seaborn took the court on the boys’ side.

Anna Maelde in action with the Peacock Toilers during the city final last month.

Warriors select high-scoring forwards McEwan, Halliday in U.S. Prospects Draft Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

In the old days, Western Hockey League teams scouting for hockey talent from the United States found themselves with a bit of a chore. It was either travel to far-flung tournaments all over the U.S. with the hope of finding some diamonds in the rough or simply relying on local scouting and word-of-mouth with a hope for the best. Those days are long gone. In addition to scouting availability simply through the internet, the WHL has taken it upon themselves to directly expand scouting opportunities with the U.S. Challenge Cup in Seattle this past February. That’s on top of the myriad of events attracting elite traveling teams to Canada from all over the U.S., specifically with the goal of attracting WHL eyes. The Moose Jaw Warriors have been one of those teams looking on, and that had general manager Alan Miller looking forward to the U.S. Prospects Draft last week. The Warriors ended up selecting forward Cameron McEwan from Coppell, Texas with the 20th pick overall, and followed

The Warriors drafted Cameron McEwen from the Dallas Stars Bantam AAA team with their first pick in the U.S. Prospects Draft. Brian Liesse / Elite photo by choosing forward Joshua Halliday from Santa Clarita, Calif. with the 25th selection. “I think our league did some real good business here, the U.S. markets are really important to us and we need to strengthen our scouting and recruiting initiatives across our league,” Millar said. “From


the U.S. Challenge Cup through the U.S. prospects camp, there are a lot of people engaged in the process and it was a very positive step for our league.” Millar himself had a chance to join assistant general manager Jason Ripplinger at the U.S. Cup, where he was able to first get eyes on the 5-foot-11, 174-pound McEwan. “There’s lots upside there,” Millar said. “He’s a bigger bodied guy and has a scoring touch, we had really good conversations with his family.” McEwan averaged nearly a point a game last season with the Dallas Stars Bantam Minor AAA team, scoring 22 goals 56 points and going plus-50 in only 59 games. This past season, he scored once and added seven assists in nine outings with the Stars Bantam Major AAA squad to go along with two goals and five points in four games at the Challenge Cup. Halliday, meanwhile, suits up for the Calfornia Golden Bears AA team and has shown a ferocious scoring touch – putting up 46 goals and 95 points in 56 games in

the 2018-19 campaign to go along with 37 goals and 84 points in 44 games this season. “Josh was maybe a little more under the radar because he played for a AA program, but he’s somebody we had good viewings on and some good information, so we think he’s a guy with a lot of upside as well,” Millar said. “So we’re certainly looking forward to working with these young men and working with their families, and once we return to some normalcy here from this pandemic, we look forward to visiting with those players and their families and getting them up here for training camp.” Finding McEwan and Halliday was a matter of plenty of due diligence, and something the team was able to work through thanks to their overall preparation. “It’s an area we have to be engaged in and with Jason’s leadership I thought we were very well prepared, a number of players who were on our list went off the board, and credit to Jason and his team, they did a really good job getting us ready for this draft,” Millar said.

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Warriors’ Hunt ranked 25th in final Central Scouting rankings Highly touted defenceman a likely second-round pick; Gould ranked nine among goaltenders Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

It would be easy for Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Daemon Hunt to think he was the victim of some sort of curse by a particularly vindictive member of the hockey gods pantheon. Take away the fact that in his draft year, the Warriors had one of their least-successful seasons in over a decade – the Brandon-born rearguard played well in spite of it all, regularly skating in the team’s top-two pairings despite playing only his second full season in the league. Then came the injury. A fluke accident in Winnipeg at the beginning of December saw Hunt cut by a skate blade on his right forearm, suffering muscle damage and needing emergency surgery. That kept him out of the line-up until mid February. And finally, just as he was set to close out the season with a flourish, everything ground to a halt due to the COVID-19 crisis. For a player in his NHL Draft year, and a top prospect to boot, it was as tough a season as could be. But the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau didn’t waver in

Brock Gould makes a save in close against Swift Current.

their assessment of the Warriors’ blueline stalwart, and the news was finally good when the CSB Final Rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft were revealed on Wednesday. Hunt remained close to where he was in the mid-term rankings, slotting in 25th overall among North American skaters after sitting at 22nd mid-season. Based on past drafts, Hunt – who had no goals and 15 assists in 28 games this season – could find himself jumping as high as 13th, as Ty Dellandrea did in 2018 when he was ranked 25th but went to Dallas far earlier in the first round. He’ll more likely end-up similar to Brett Leason, though, with the Raiders standout landing in Washington with the 56th overall pick in 2019. Hunt wasn’t the only Warrior to hit the rankings. Goaltender Brock Gould, who was acquired from the Victoria Royals in the Brayden Tracey trade deadline blockbuster, was ranked ninth among North American goaltenders after sitting fourth in the mid-terms. Gould finished the season with a 4.29 goals against average and .884 save percentage. His ranking indicated a late-round pick, as Cole Brady went in the fifth round, 127th overall to New Jersey in 2019 after sitting ninth in the final ranking, while in 2018, Winnipeg selected Jared Moe in the sixth round, 184th overall. Prince Albert’s Kaiden Guhle is the top ranked skater from the Western Hockey League, sitting at eighth overall. Alexis Lafreniere of Quebec’s Rimouski Oceanic is the top ranked player in the draft after his MVP showing at the World Junior championships and putting up 35 goals and 112 points in 52 games during the abbreviated season. Viersen, Germany’s Tim Stuetzel is the top-ranked International skater after being named the rookie of the year in the top German professional league while scoring sev-

Sports Hall of Fame extends nomination deadline

New date of Apr. 30 set for potential inductees for 2020 Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw and District Hall of Fame felt there was a very good chance they’d have to extend their deadline for nominations for their 2020 class, and that time has come. The Hall announced Wednesday that the nomination deadline had been pushed back to Thursday, April 30 from the original date. While the step isn’t unusual – Hall of Fame president Larry Graham pointed out previously that deadlines have been extended in the past – the circumstances surrounding it are, as the COVID-19 crisis continues to hit the country. Potential nominees should be individuals or teams who had exceptional performances or historical success, or played a major role in defining and shaping the Moose Jaw and area sports scene over a long period of time. Those honoured will be enshrined on the Hall’s Wall of Fame located on the second-floor concourse in Mosaic Place. Once nominations have been finalized, the selection committee will meet to determine who will be selected for the 2020 class. For a look at past inductees and further information on how to nominate, be sure to check out the Hall of Fame’s new website at

DISCRETIONARY USE APPLICATION The Council of the City of Moose Jaw, pursuant to Zoning Bylas No. 5346 is considering application to allow for a proposed “Parking Area� on Lots 13 & 14, Block 27, Plan No. OLD96 Ext 0, civically known as 73 Hochelaga St E & 630 1st Ave NE, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, which is a discretionary use within the R4 - Core Mixed Residentioan District. The application, and any representations, will be considered by City Council on Monday, April 27th, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 228 Main Street North. Written submissions must be received by the Office of Planning and Development Services, 228 Main Street North, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3J8, by 10:00 AM on Monday, April 27th, 2020 in person or by email at Myron Gulka-Tiechko City Clerk/Solicitor

VILLAGE OF TUXFORD 2020 ASSESSMENT ROLL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Assessment Roll for the Village of Tuxford for the year 2020 has been prepared and is open to inspection in the office of the assessor from 9:00am 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Monday to Thursday. With the Temporary closure of the municipal office building due to COVID-19 precautions, please call 306-972-9987 or email 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, accompanied by a $200.00 appeal fee which will be returned if the appeal is successful, with: The Assessor, Village of Tuxford, #5-1410 Caribou St W Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan S6H 7S9, by the 15th day of May, 2020. Dated this, 14th day of April, 2020. Tracy Edwards Assessor

Warriors defenceman Daemon Hunt in action earlier this season.

en times and putting up 34 points in 41 games. The first round of the NHL Draft is slated to take place on June 26 in Montreal, with the remaining rounds on June 27. RESORT VILLAGE OF NORTH GROVE 2020 ASSESSMENT ROLL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Assessment Roll for the Resort Village of North Grove for the year 2020 has been prepared and is open to inspection in the office of the assessor from 9:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Monday through Thursday. With the Temporary closure of the municipal office building due to COVID-19 precautions, please call 306-694-8300 or email 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, accompanied by a $200.00 appeal fee which will be returned if the appeal is successful, with: The Assessor, Resort Village of North Grove, #5-1410 Caribou St W Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan S6H 7S9, by the 15th day of May, 2020. Dated this, 15th day of April, 2020. Tracy Edwards Assessor


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St. Aidan’s giving out bagged lunches to help fill gap for those in need Larissa Kurz In order to help the community through the coronavirus pandemic, volunteers from St. Aidan’s Anglican Church have been spending part of their weekends providing bagged lunches at the door of the church for anyone in need, free of charge. Beginning at 11:45 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday, volunteers will be on hand to give out prepared bagged lunches on a first-come-first-serve basis, as a service to community members in need. “These are more difficult times, and there are going to be people who are more vulnerable and [that] some of the people who were able to take care of their food needs may not be able to at this point,” said Michelle Josefson, parish administrator. The parish usually serves a lunchtime meal after their Sunday service that is open to anyone in the community, and they decided to continue the idea even after government measures closed the church’s doors to the public. “When the pandemic stuff came into play, we recognized that the need for food was not going to diminish,” said Josefson. “So, if there’s a way for us to be able to help in that way, whatever limited way we can, it’s really important to us to be able to feed the hungry.” After consulting Riverside Mission and the Salvation Army about the meals they are offering, St. Aidan’s found that there was a gap in service during the weekend. “Lunches and suppers Monday to Friday were being

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covered by those two places,” said Josefson. “But then there was nothing happening on Saturday and Sunday.” St. Aidan’s volunteers chose to step up and fill that gap, first offering the to-go lunches on Mar. 15 and Mar. 22, before deciding to include hand-out times on both Saturdays and Sundays moving forward. Josefson estimates they are providing around 40 people with their meal, which usually consists of a sandwich, granola bar, some kind of fruit, and a bottle of water. The entire project is run by volunteers, who both put together the bagged lunches and hand them out, and all

of the ingredients are being supplied either by the parish itself or through donations from parishioners. “Some parishioners are willing to just go and buy some supplies if they’ve signed up to make lunches,” said Josefson. “But if not, then the church picks up whatever the rest of the cost is to be able to make reasonably substantial meals for people who are potentially not getting another meal on those two days.” Being able to continue providing a meal to the community on Sundays was important to the church, said Josefson. For many parishioners, she felt, being able to offer a meal like this is helping to ease some of the anxiety and helplessness many are feeling during the pandemic. It’s also an opportunity to continue supporting the community that St. Aidan’s has built through their usual Sunday lunches. “Some of these people have actually become part of our community, our church community,” said Josefson. “And so they’re people that we know and care about and we want to make sure that they’re not going hungry in this more difficult time.” Bagged lunches will be available for pick-up at the 1st Ave door of St. Aidan’s every weekend for the foreseeable future, said Josefson. Riverside Mission is continuing to provide a takeout supper service from Mondays to Fridays from 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Salvation Army is providing bagged lunches from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays.

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Western Canadian Baseball League announces potential schedule changes Concerns over COVID-19 see Miller Express season potentially in jeopardy, with early June deadline for cancellation of campaign Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

With hockey, basketball and every spring and winter sport on hiatus due to the COVID-19 outbreak, eyes are now turning to the near future. As in where things will be right around the time summer sports are set to take centre stage. That includes baseball, with the Western Canadian Baseball League announcing Sunday that plans were in place not only with a deadline for a full season to be played, but potential shorter schedules if the pandemic hasn’t cleared in time for the late-May Opening Day. The Moose Jaw Miller Express are slated to kick off the season on Wednesday, May 27 when they host the Swift Current 57’s at Ross Wells Park. The current plan sees a deadline of May 2 for the full 2020 season to take place. Provisions are also in place for a start date near Father’s Day (June 21) or Canada Day if possible, but if by early June health and travel restrictions haven’t been lifted, the season would likely be cancelled. Given how things have progressed with COVID-19, the announcement came as little surprise to Miller Express general manager Cory Olafson. “You look at the professional leagues and they aren’t at the mercy of an end date,” Olafson explained. “We have an end date we have to keep in mind, and that’s the start of the U.S. collegiate school year. So we have a window, but the more it starts to close, the more it’s going to be difficult to get in any kind of season. “We’re just a small fish in a big pond right now, we obviously can’t do anything until restrictions on travel have been lifted, and the quarantine thing, we’re in a waitand-see holding pattern as everyone else.” The press release also contained a dire warning about franchises potentially needing to take emergency leavesof-absence if the situation doesn’t improve soon. Fortunately for the Miller Express, they aren’t one of those teams. But the situation isn’t going to be a positive one if things are still in purgatory when preparations for the campaign would begin in earnest. “We have a roster that’s really, really close to being full,

The Moose Jaw Miller Express will likely see their season delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. we could start the regular season tomorrow and we’ll have enough guys to play. So that’s not an issue,” Olafson said. “But I’m a businessman and I’m in the business community a lot, and the thing that probably scares me the most if we have any season at all is picking up a phone and calling these businesses that might not know if they can keep the power on next month. It’s going to be really tough, and uncharted waters we’re entering.... we know that without our sponsorship, we’re sunk. It’s well over half our budget and it’s probably between 60 and 70 per cent of our budget.” One thing that isn’t a concern what kind of response the Miller Express sponsors will have once the COVID-19 crisis has passed. “We have some wonderful sponsors who, if we can pull this out of the fire, they’re going to want to get people out of the house and come to the ballpark,” Olafson said. “By then everyone is going to be cooped up for quite a while and getting out will be a treat. “Maybe it could be perfect storm for us that way, too. Maybe people will say ‘hey, let’s go to the ballpark, let’s do something, let’s go feel alive today’.” The league expects to release a new update on or around April 20.

COVID-19 has caused a shocking increase in Drive-by Shoutings

Richard Dowson shares a little encouragement for Moose Jaw: Perfected by Wanda’s neighbour Brock, a Drive-by Shouting is driving to the home of a friend or relative, blowing the car horn until he or she opens the front door and shouting Hi or Hello from the vehicle while staying 10 meters away. Then you drive away. Drive-by Birthday Shoutings are also on the rise as are Seniors’ Residence Shoutings Leave it to Moose Jaw to lead the way.

Yesterday, Today and Forever In the blink of an eye, everything has changed. There is nothing newsworthy to report on except the global crisis. Piano lessons, the weekly TOPS meeting, the Friday lunch with co-workers, the weekend ball clinic, and the Stanley Cup Playoffs aren’t written in our day planners or milling through our thoughts. We’ve just missed Easter gatherings in our homes and our churches... never in a million years, would we think that was possible. But, yes, it has happened as our world has been shaken to the core. We still haven’t even found a new normal. We are reeling from the hourly changes, not even just the daily changes, to our personal lives, our personal responsibilities and governmental expectations. Life seems to be falling apart at the seams. Life is just hard right now for countless dear people. Dear readers, I am carrying you in my heart. The people of this region are in my heart. I love this region. I love the readers of this paper. I have never written this column for the pay (although I was thankful to be paid!). In fact, at this time, as cutbacks have been delivered I am no longer on the payroll. But yet, I consider this opportunity an assignment from the heart of Father God to deliver words of encouragement from His heart to yours. My prayer is that you will be impacted and changed by the words in this column, as always and going forward. As I listen into what is on the Lord’s heart for this week, I know He wants to impart strength, hope and peace deep into the recesses of your heart. I know He wants to reassure you that He is with you and will never leave you. And I know He wants to calm your every fear. This morning, as I spent time with Him before the rest of the household was up, I sensed Him asking me to list the fears I have believed; both old and new. I began to confess them and ask Jesus to speak truth over each fear. It was such an intimate precious time in His presence. He reassured me that those are fears... they are not the truth. He reminded me that fear is a liar. He reminded me of His steadfast love and promises and faithfulness. He told me that He would protect my family and provide for me and keep us under His shelter. He is no respecter of persons (meaning He treats all of His followers the same). What He has done for me, He will do for you! It’s as simple as having a visit with Him over coffee! Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. In this world of shifting shadows when you don’t know if you can even trust your neighbor, He reminds us that we can trust Him! He is with you! He is beside you! He is behind you! He never changes. He is always the same. He is filled with love for you. Overwhelming love. And He promises to carry you through these uncertain times! As I close this week, please listen to “The Blessing with Kari Jobe & Cody Carnes”on Youtube. It is my prayer that you will sense His unending, unchanging faithfulness as you walk through this one step at a time. He is for you, dear readers. Rest assured. “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:2426 60 Athabasca Street East 306-692-0533 Minister: Rev. Jim Tenford The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Music Director: Karen Purdy the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this Sunday, May 14th, 2017 publication.

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ARGUIN It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father and grandfather, Sylvio Bernard Arguin on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 with his children by his side. He was predeceased by his wife, Mabel (2017); parents, Joseph and Yvette Arguin; parents-in-law, John and Barbara Smith; sister, Diane Dunlop; brother, Yvan Arguin; brothers-in-law, Bruce Dunlop and Rene Huel; and sister-in-law, Stella Smith. Sylvio will be greatly missed by his daughters, Debbra and Vickie (Steve) Gould; son, Brian; grandsons (Papa’s boys): Nolan and Connor Gould, Logan and Jaron Arguin; sister, Rina Huel; sister-in-law, Leona Arguin; brothers-in-law, Clayton and Cameron Smith; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and many very dear friends. Syl was born April 21st, 1937 in Gravelbourg, SK. He grew up on the family farm north of Courval, SK and attended school in Courval and College Mathieu. He worked as an x-ray technician for Trans Canada Pipeline for over 35 years. His job took him away from home a lot as his territory covered Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Syl married Mabel on June 24th, 1961 and they spent 56 years together. He has missed her so much these past two years. Hunting, fishing and the love of the outdoors were a huge part of his life. Many weekends were spent camping with friends and family, or later at the cabin at Buffalo Pound Lake. After Syl retired, he and Mabel enjoyed some travelling – like a trip to the East Coast and on an Alaskan Cruise. He loved to travel, seeing new places and meeting new people. He was a very sociable person and enjoyed talking with people, whether they were friends or someone new. He loved when people would stop in for a visit and enjoyed going out for coffee. Syl will be greatly missed but is now reunited with his beloved Mabel. The family wishes to thank the medical floor staff at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital for their compassion and kindness shown during this difficult time. We also wish to extend our gratitude to Father George Thattuparampil for his blessing and prayers via phone with Dad. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Syl’s name may be made to the St. Joseph’s Parish Revitalization Campaign, 1064 3rd Ave NW, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3T9. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Gary McDowell, Funeral Director 306-6934550



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LOUISE MAY VANKOUGHNETT Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Born September 13, 1940. Louise passed away peacefully in Moose Jaw, SK on Friday, March 20, 2020 at the age of 79 years. Louise was predeceased by her parents, Harold and Jennie Tomlinson and her cherished granddaughter Amanda Rae VanKoughnett. She will be missed by her husband of 62 years Lloyd; daughters Debbie, Carol (Glenn); sons Brent, Blake, Kelly (Debbie); granddaughters Stephaine (Jack), Kayla (Ryan); and great grandchildren: Jenna, Cameron, Kiera, Jayda Buggy. Louise lived for her family. Sunday was the favourite day for Louise. Her family would gather together to make a lot of noise in her kitchen for she loved to cook and bake. Mom was born with a competitive spirit; therefore, we grew up playing a variety of games. She loved to travel with her husband, children and friends camping and sailing on cruise ships. In moms personal time, she loved to read, play computer games and work in her garden. Mom enjoyed going to Timothy Eatons Center, Cosmos and gathering with her friends to play cards and dice. Mom will be greatly missed and loved by her family and friends and we take comfort and peace in knowing her spirit is at rest with the Lord. In memory of Louise, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In living memory of Louise, a memorial planting will be made by Jones Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: or www. (Obituaries). Dayna Chamberlain - Funeral Director

LENNOX, DELBERT “RUSTY” On Saturday, April 4, 2020 Mr. Delbert “Rusty” Lyle Lennox of Lloydminster passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 76 years. Rusty will be forever loved and remembered by his Loving Wife Grace Lennox of Lloydminster; Children Lyle Lennox (Margaret) of Saskatoon, Terry Lennox of Moose Jaw, Murray Falcon of Lloydminster, Sandra (Jim) Brown of Lloydminster, Andria Falasca of Moose Jaw, Shane (Joan) Falasca of Moose Jaw; Furbaby Harley; Grandchildren Delbert, Logan, Stephanie, J.R., Montana, Devon, Raelynn, Dana, Jerico, Zachary; 10 Great-Grandchildren; 1 Great-Great-Grandchild; Sisters Phoebe, Eva, Francis (Ron) Cheryl (Jerry) Arlene (Don); Brothers Louis, Eugene (Pat), Reg (Maurice); as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Rusty was predeceased by his Daughter Sherry-Anne; Parents Hank and Jacqueline Lennox; Sisters Velma, Patricia, Verna, Juanita; Brothers Thomas and Ernie. In keeping with Rusty’s wishes cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. If so desired donations in Rusty’s memory may be made the the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital or charity of donor’s choice.

WALSH Dwaine (Ben) Walsh passed away April 6, 2020. Ben was born in Spy Hill, Sask. to Walter and Lillian Walsh on January 9, 1933. A long-time employee of Sasktel, Ben retired in 1988. Predeceased by his parents, Walter and Lillian Walsh; brothers, Morley and Gerry; sisters, Pat and Donna and son, Kevin. He is survived by wife, Marj; son, Dwaine of Burnaby, B.C.; daughter, Karen (Randy) of Kelowna, B.C.; daughter-in-law, Tracey (Jason) of Moose Jaw, SK.; grandchildren: Ky of Vancouver, BC. Sadie of Moose Jaw, SK. and Kali of Moose Jaw, SK. In keeping with Ben’s wishes, a Private Family Service will take place at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. James Murdock, Funeral Director 306-693-4550

ROBERT “BOB” MUNRO Robert “Bob” Munro passed away Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the age of 90. He was born on a farm at Secretan, Saskatchewan on December 11, 1929, to John and Gertrude “Minnie” Munro. He grew up on the farm and worked there for a number of years. Bob worked for the PFRA for a couple of years before working at the Moose Jaw Union Hospital, where he worked for thirty years, until his retirement. On October 12, 1959, he married Frances Crane and lived in Moose Jaw with her until her passing. In February of 2007 he married Irene Nagel. Bob’s yard was his pride and joy and his love for flowers was obvious. His yard was like a park, with flowers of all kinds blooming constantly. His vegetable garden was small but productive and he always shared the harvest with his friends. Bob also enjoyed having a cup of tea and visiting with friends. Bob will be remembered for his beautiful yard, his generosity and for always being ready to lend a hand. Bob was predeceased by his first wife, Frances; his mother and father, John and Gertrude “Minnie”; his brothers, Douglas, Ken and Bill. He is survived by his wife, Irene; her children and grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers Memorial Donation can be made in Bob’s memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Arthritis Society. In living memory of Bob, a memorial planting will be made by Jones - Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: or (Obituaries). Stephanie Lowe - Funeral Director

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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 Express staff will be updating this list as needed. If you would like your notice added to this list, contact us at news@ For information about the status of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, or for more information on symptoms and preventative measures, check 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 prekindergarten 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 non-essential 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. TOPS Chapters across Canada are


cancelling weigh-ins and meetings until April 12. All churches in Moose Jaw are closed to the public, but most can be reached by phone. 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. 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 to the public, and available by phonecall, email, 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 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: 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 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. 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 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

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

offering public-facing services, but may continue offering online, takeout, 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 SHAoperated 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 is closed to the public, with all events to be rescheduled at a later date. The Box Office can be contacted by phone or email during regular operating hours during this time. Effective immediately, Points West Living condos are restricted to essential visitors only. Essential visitors are defined as those who provide care necessary for the wellbeing of a resident and visitors attending to a resident who is at an end of life situation. Visitors are restricted to one or two persons at a time and must be immediate family or designated support persons. Visitors will be required to go through a screening process. Dance Images by BJ has closed the studio for the time being, and 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 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. Prairie Oasis Restaurant is closed until further notice.

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Before he became leader of the Saskatchewan NDP, Ryan Meili was – and remains – a physician in the province. And that offered the Moose Jaw native a perfect opportunity to offer some positive advice to residents when it came to the new World Health Organization directives regarding facemasks. The WHO recently reversed course on the effectiveness of homemade cloth masks, saying they now support the usage of those kind of protective measures while at the same time insisting that surgical masks be reserved for medical professionals. Meili stepped up last week with a press release and a pair of videos explaining how to build a mask yourself and just why they’re becoming more and more important. “Saskatchewan people are staying home as much as they can, but every day, essential workers are going to work,” Meili said in the release. “Every day thou-

sands of people are going to pharmacies, grocery stores, medical appointments, their jobs. Because they have to. Which is why we have to use every measure available to protect people. “That’s why we’re now encouraging people to take one additional measure to slow the spread of COVID-19: wearing a non-medical grade cloth mask when you have to leave the house.” Meili carried the same tact as the WHO in emphasizing that protection like N95 and surgical masks should be left for healthcare workers. “You can easily make a simple mask to help keep yourself and others safe when you need to leave the house,” said Meili. “This is not a replacement for physical distancing. But it can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.” The first video, Mask Use and COVID-19 and the second, More on Masks and COVID-19 can be found by searching the titles on Youtube.

NDP leader and physician Ryan Meili offered tips and tricks on how to make your own cloth facemask after the WHO threw it’s support behind homemade masks.

New noxious weed infesting Western Canada By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

A noxious weed that EXPRESS reduces crop yields between 10 per cent and 44 per cent has made its way into Western Canada. Already damaging crops in Ontario and most of the U.S.A., tall waterhemp has been found in Manitoba. Tall waterhemp has been found in four fields in southeastern Manitoba. In one field, 30 acres had to be destroyed to control the weed.


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