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Sewing fabric face care home nurses who work masks is a trend that at The Bentley for $1 each. has swept the nation As those nurses travelled to since the coronaviwork in other care home farus pandemic settled cilities, the word about her in, and local resident project spread and Beaulieu Laure Beaulieu has found herself making more joined the movement and more fabric masks to by starting up her fill the gap for local essential own mask project at workers. The Bentley retireTo date, Beaulieu has made ment residence. over 90 fabric masks, and it Beaulieu, 90, is a has kept her very busy over resident of The Bentthe last few weeks — but ley and has been she’s glad to do something to sewing protective help. face masks since the “It sure helps to even pass the middle of March. time, it’s been really good,� She first began the said Beaulieu. project to help out Beaulieu has sewed all her the care home worklife, said her son, and she alers at the Bentley, ways has some kind of helpwho were dealing ful project on the go. She’s with a shortage of created quilts and sewed manufactured face storage baskets for walkers masks early on in the and is an expert at hemming pandemic measures. pants and fixing pockets on Beaulieu says herself sweaters. and other residents in At The Bentley, she regularly the facility have been mends and alters clothing for lucky enough to be people, although she had to clear of the coronatake a break from that while virus so far, but she she was focused on making was worried about masks, and she also helps the rest of Moose other residents with their erJaw being properly Laure Beaulieu, 90, has made almost 100 fabric masks for care home rands and appointments. protected, especial- workers all around the city, using nothing but her own materials and her While the demand for her fabric masks has slowed ly with the shortage time. (supplied) down now, Beaulieu is more of protective equipthan willing to continue ment. “I just wanted to give a little bit of extra help,� said Beaulieu. making them as long as there’s interest. She has nine masks So, Beaulieu took to her sewing machine and turned her per- currently made, and is prepared to keep going until everyone sonal collection of fabric into masks, which she “sold� to the has the protection they need.

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Moose Jaw businesses adapting to coronavirus closures in creative ways Larissa Kurz

When the provincial government declared all non-essential businesses in the province had to close to the public on March 25, local business owners in Moose Jaw were left to quickly brainstorm new ways of doing business that would keep their doors open despite being physically closed. Restaurants adapted relatively quickly, after being one of the first industries to face limiting pandemic measures. Most moved to a pick-up and delivery model that other retail businesses soon adopted. The phrase “curbside pick-up” has become more common than ever, and many business owners are now spending their days with a skeleton staff in their storefronts, answering phone orders and doing their best to keep customers happy and connected. From local delivery to taking things online, Moose Jaw businesses have found some creative ways of adjusting their services now that customers are no longer allowed in their storefront. Each business is doing something a little different, and every business owner is hoping that the provincial government will have some good news for them soon. Clothes Encounter missing the encounters For owner Rick Klien at Clothes Encounter, the pandemic closure left him and his staff working frantically to build a website for the well-known clothing store. “It was a lot of work, a lot of frustration, just knowing how to do it and getting a handle on it,” said Klien. Klien wouldn’t have pursued an online presence for his business if it weren’t for the pandemic, but he wanted to be sure that customers still had access to Clothes Encounter’s merchandise. Since launching the website, Klien feels like customers are both enjoying the ata-distance service and also missing the

Clothes Encounter have their doors closed to the public because of the pandemic measures, which left them to build and launch a website in a matter of days to keep up their sales.

ability to shop in person. He said that rural customers now have the ability to ship things to their homes, but lots of local customers are still calling the store to ask more questions about items they’re interested in. Online sales can be tough for clothing retail, said Klien, because lots of customers want to try sizes on or pair an item with an outfit, or maybe aren’t online savvy in the first place. “It’s probably been a new thing for our customers, to learn how to do this too,” said Klien. “It’s sort of hard taking a local consumer who comes into the store every day, who maybe don’t even know what size they are but we could help them [and now] they go onto the site and they’re lost.” And while he’s seen plenty of engagement with the website so far, Klien is still expecting to see a notable dip in revenue because of the situation and hopes that Clothes Encounter can reopen its doors soon. “We’re hoping that in the near future, we’ll be able to have an open sign on even if it’s just limited to a few people at a time,” said Klien. Clothes Encounter can be reached at 1 (306) 693-7766 for local purchases and curbside pickup, or customers can purchase goods online at clothesencounter. ca for shipped delivery. Prairie Bee Meadery playing dingdong-ditch Prairie Bee Meadery is also missing having customers in their storefront, where they feature locally sourced products and their own Moose Jaw-brewed range of flavoured meads. While the meadery was not actually mandated to close, the sharp decrease in foot traffic made co-owners Crystal Milburn and Vicki Derksen decide to close the storefront anyways, which meant they had to come up with a different way to share Prairie Bee’s products. Prairie Bee Meadery is now offering what it’s calling wine-o-grams: doorstep delivery of any bottle of Praire Bee product with a personalized message, to any address in the city for an extra $5. Milburn is also delivering wine-o-grams to Regina three days a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Delivery is not something Prairie Bee Meadery did before the pandemic, said Milburn, although they were licensed. She feels that the interest in having specialty wine delivered has been more or less tied to people’s current isolation. “People seem to want to do something for somebody else,” said Milburn. “And

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Prairie Bee Meadery has a selection of products that Moose Jaw customers can have delivered as a wine-o-gram while the downtown storefront is closed, complete with a personalized message. it’s been really nice for us too, doing the deliveries, where we can see people happy and excited about something unexpected.” Prairie Bee Meadery has also had to put most of its retail staff on hold for the time being, as there are no farmer’s markets or trade shows to travel to right now. Milburn has certainly had to adjust her sales expectations to reflect the change in foot traffic to her storefront. “It hasn’t been huge, it hasn’t necessarily replaced our usual expected retail traffic, but it’s something. It’s better than nothing, which is what we were at,” said Milburn. “We’re trying to be optimistic about the future, and we’re looking forward to summer or a time when things can get back to something a little more normal.” Prairie Bee Meadery can be contacted at 1 (306) 313-7817 or through Facebook to order a wine-o-gram delivery. Rosie’s planning to reconvene in future Rosie’s on River Street has also made some pretty significant adjustments, even before the province’s mandates closed the restaurant’s doors to the public. Owners Chris Schubert and Zach Schutte decided to flip the switch on Rosie’s open sign early in the shutdown, closing up their dining room entirely on March 22 with a promise to work on a new and exciting menu for the restaurant’s return in the summer. With the kitchen shut down but messages from regulars still asking how they can help, the popular restaurant decided to take a different approach to keep itself afloat in the meantime. While Rosie’s does offer gift cards, Schubert thought it would be more fun for patrons to pre-purchase pints of Saskatchewan-brewed beer to enjoy when Rosie’s reopens in the future.


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Rosie’s on River Street was packed during the recent Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, but the restaurant has been empty since mid-March due to the pandemic.

Schubert has seen lots of engagement with the idea already, with many buying pints for friends instead of themselves — which has extended to Rosie’s other pandemic project, selling branded Rosie’s clothing. “We just had this time to think about things, like what would we sell that isn’t food or drink,” said Schubert. “And there seemed to be a lot of sentiment from people looking to buy something to give somebody, so that’s where that idea came from.” Rosie’s has always had t-shirts, tank tops, and hats featuring their logo available for purchase, but the pandemic closure and public interest prompted Schubert to ramp up production of new items like hoodies to help fill the gap in business. Both ideas are certainly helping Rosie’s handle their overhead costs while staff can’t be serving food like usual, said Schubert, although it’s not quite the same compared to the restaurant’s usual revenue. “We shut down just because logistically, it was kind of tough for us [and] hard to wrap our head around,” said Schubert. “[But] I wouldn’t think our situation’s too unique to any other place.” Schubert is forecasting that Rosie’s might have to open back up for take-out in the future, if the provincial government doesn’t lift closure mandates soon, but for now, the restaurant is taking it slow. “We’re just adjusting on the fly and following information as it comes out so we can adjust accordingly,” said Schubert. Rosie’s on River Street can be contacted via Facebook or by emailing for both pre-purchasing pints and ordering Rosie’s merchandise, which can be delivered locally.



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It’s okay to go for a walk, folks: Moose Jaw police

People being outside in small groups not an illegal offence, even if in parks and playgrounds Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

With the current public health orders in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19, concerns have recently been expressed by Moose Jaw residents with regards to any kind of outdoor activity. The Moose Jaw Police Service has a simple message for those worries – go ahead and take a walk, but use common sense, and keep any gatherings to groups under 10. “People who are allowed to go out are anyone who wants to go out, and our parks aren’t closed to the public,” said MJPS Staff Sergeant Randy Jesse. “But with the Sask Health public health order, we encourage everyone to read that and understand the definitions, such as self-distancing and those sorts of things. “There’s a certain public misconception about people going out, where if it’s a husband and wife and they want to go out and have a walk, they’re certainly allowed to do that. What does become a problem is when people go out from different households. They’re encouraged not to break social distancing and physical distancing.” The local police have received calls about people gathering in public, but unless it’s literally in contravention of the current public health order, it’s all fine and well. “That’s all that in place for public gatherings right now,” Jesse said. “We’ll get a call saying, ‘there’s two people in the park’, but if they’re from the same household, that’s fine. What the province doesn’t want is people gathering from multiple households because that causes a spread from household to household.” The key word in all of it is ‘encourage’. While people can gather, say, for a game of pick-up basketball or shagging some flies at the ball park, unless they’re all from the same family, it’s encouraged that they not do so just to help maintain public safety even if the law allows it. “There’s a strong encouragement for people to keep their distance, even if there’s nothing enforceable, where someone would come up and give a ticket,” Jesse explained. And, of course, things change dramatically if one has been travelling or has actually come down with COVID-19 and is in self-isolation. “A lot of it is just common sense, and everything is different depending upon the situation,” Jesse said. “If you’re somebody who has COVID and you’re self-isolating, of course you’re not to leave your house or do anything since there’s a high probability you’re contagious.” For more information – and before contacting the police about a public gathering – be sure to check the public orders section on the COVID-19 page at the Government of Saskatchewan website. “I really encourage people to read the COVID-19 website and asking us the interpretation, the public health order is very clear on all of that,” Jesse said.


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The ghost of an old friend seems to have returned to our neighborhood. Since all of us have been encouraged to “stay home” by just about every health official and all levels of government leaders, Joyce Walter something special has For Moose Jaw Express been taking place every day, at about noon. The bells of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church on Third Avenue Northwest ring out as arranged by parishioners Janie Fries and Rosalie Boots. The first time for the bells was on March 29 with 10 tolls. I heard the bells that day and saw several people standing on the sidewalk opposite the church. I applauded from the safely of our kitchen, thinking this was perhaps a special day during the Lenten season. But the bells rang again the next day and the next and the next, continuing daily, for only a few dongs, in consideration of the neighbours, Fries told the Moose Jaw Express when explaining the idea to bring hope and positive thoughts and to remind people no one is alone. I almost called Janie to let her know the neighbours in our house appreciated hearing the bells and had no problem if they maybe wanted to go to 20 tolls a day. I didn’t make the call but I’ve listened closely most days, remembering the time in our life when I was only able to sleep in on Saturday and Sunday mornings because of my work-related schedule all those years ago. At that time the bells were rung by our friend, the late Doug Biden, who had an interesting sense of humour. Occasionally I wasn’t amused by his attempts to make me laugh — especially just prior to the 9 a.m. Sunday service at the church across the street. Those bells rang with Doug’s version of “making a joyful noise” until I was fully awake and wishing we had bought a house somewhere else.

Those bells rang not with 10 tolls but 50 or 60 every Sunday morning, and they weren’t gentle chimes but enough to rouse one and all from any kind of slumber. At the beginning we didn’t realize that Doug was the ringer. But another friend, the late Reg Nieszner, gave Doug up without much friendly torture because he was in on the joke from the very beginning. It turns out Doug knew I would be trying to sleep and he wasn’t about to let that happen. And so the church bells clanged loudly and long every Sunday morning, but did we give Doug the satisfaction of knowing we were just a bit annoyed by the Sunday morning disturbance? Of course not. That would have made his day. So we kept quiet and made sure our windows were shut Sunday morning. And often we would wave to Doug as he left the church after the completion of all his tasks. After Doug passed away, we confessed to friends that we sometimes missed those extra chimes on Sunday morning because the new bell ringers did not have the same motivation to make the sounds heard for blocks away. Then on Saturday, April 18 the noon hour bell ringing began, quietly at first and then with more vim and vigour and on and on it went, 50 or 60 rings or perhaps more before the daily ritual was completed. Immediately it reminded me of Doug and his total dedication to a rousing chorus of church bells. I listened to the very last chime and thought of the many Sunday mornings he greeted the neighbourhood and our house especially with his joyful noise. It was a beautiful memory of an old friend. Thank you to Janie and Rosalie for making those bells ring every day, reminding all of us that we are not alone. Joyce Walter can be reached at The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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I would like to explain a little about how a newspaper operates. There have been a few individuals over the course of time that do not like what appears in publications and ours are no exception ( and Moose Jaw Express), because Joan Ritchie EDITOR it may draw a negative light to them or someone they love; this could be in sections like City Hall Council Notes, Provincial Court Rulings or possibly an article. We have accredited journalists/reporters that report on what is covered. The City Council and Provincial Court articles written contain public information that has been presented in a public forum and is available for publication. Our job is to present the information to the public in a straightforward and honest manner without prejudice as it has been presented to us. If we have written something in error that is not accurate, we have always been happy to publish a correction if the error is ours. Our journalists usually tape the information presented to ensure accurate reporting. If the information that has been presented to us is not accurate, it is then the duty of the entity that made the mistake to correct it or let us know they made the error. People take note, we write and publish the news; we do not make it. It is sadly unfortunate that some may not like their name in print, especially in a negative connotation like in the sections noted above, but the community has the right to be made aware of what’s going on whether it be criminal activity within our city and region or otherwise. Unfortunately, we cannot take preferential treatment to one individual above another asking us to remove an article that is public information. It is also very unfortunate that many who have violated the law are dealing with many hardships, we acknowledge that but just as the courts have to do what they do, we also have a job as media to report the news. Of another note, columns and letters to the editor are of a different breed, as they are written in the eye of the beholder and may include certain controversial views. For those wishing to make their voice known, we are happy to receive letters to the editor for publication with their name attached to qualify the content. Letters to the editor can be sent to 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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Girl Guides partnering with Canadian Tire to sell cookies this year

Larissa Kurz It’s going to be an unusual year for the Girl Guides of Canada, but the national organization is making adjustments to its biggest fundraiser to keep things feeling as normal as possible during the pandemic measures. Through a partnership between Girl Guides of Canada and a number of retailers across the country, this year’s long-awaited spring cookie sale will be a little less door-to-door and a little more online. Instead of Guides making sure that their famous cookies are available to their community, this year in Moose Jaw, the cookies will be available to purchase at Canadian Tire. “[That’s] typically is not allowed because we like the girls to fundraise themselves, and our cookies have never been available online,” said Melanie Pilloud, Brownie leader for the Moose Jaw Girl Guides. The classic boxes of cookies have been available to add to any purchase from Canadian Tire here in Moose Jaw since April 14, both through the new curbside pickup and online delivery options. Canadian Tire in Moose Jaw has received a limited supply of chocolate mint cookies, leftover from last fall, and lots of the classic chocolate and vanilla cookies. Girl Guides of Canada will still be receiving 100 per cent of the profits from cookies sold. “It’s pretty wonderful, considering the situation we’re in,” said Pilloud. “Girl Guide cookies are our biggest fundraiser for girls and the only one that’s ap- Canadian Tire has partnered with proved nationally, so if we don’t sell cookies, we don’t make money for our Girl Guides of Canada to sell cookies for the organization’s annual units and we don’t run them.” Girl Guides of Canada made the decision to change their annual spring fund- fundraiser this year, due to the social raiser because of the pandemic measures, a decision that came down the chain limitations of the pandemic. (supplied by Moose Jaw Girl Guides) just five days before the usual sale would have begun. It’s disappointing that Girl Guides in Moose Jaw won’t be making the rounds through their neighbourhoods this year, said Pilloud, especially since the group has so many Cookie All-Stars in its midst and meetings have been cancelled indefinitely. “I think the girls are disappointed, but we haven’t actually seen them [because] national cancelled all our meetings,” said Pilloud. “And that’s the sad part, is we never got a goodbye or any of that.” Canadian Tire in Moose Jaw has only taken on 200 cases to distribute for now — much less than the usual 600 cases Pilloud usually orders for the fundraiser — but Pilloud will be happy to deliver more to the store if things go well. And hopefully, things will go well, said Pilloud, as this will be the only chance to get ahold of Girl Guide cookies this year. Girl Guides of Canada has cancelled their fall sale, featuring the chocolate mint cookies, due to financial concerns and pandemic shutdowns — meaning the spring sale is the Girl Guides’ only chance to do their fundraising in 2020. “It’s just a little sad that we’re not out there helping, and to see the girls singing cookie songs with a smile on their face, but it’s for the best. It keeps them safe, and I think they know that,” said Pilloud.

Eyebrow-born student inducted into college’s prestigious honour society Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

It was quite the surprise for student Josée Aitken to receive an email from her college saying she had been inducted into one of the institution’s most prestigious societies. Aitken, 21, from Eyebrow, Sask., northwest of Moose Jaw, is in her third year at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., where she is majoring in junior environmental science with minors in geography, chemistry and biology. She is also a member of the college’s Sustainability Club, which runs a community garden; the multicultural club, which promotes diversity on campus; the environmental and biology club; the women in science and engineering club; and the women’s ice hockey, rugby and golf teams. She learned recently that she is one of 42 students to be inducted into the Aquinas Society this year. Named after St. Thomas Aquinas, the society “recognizes students of superior academic ability and achievement who are involved in significant extracurricular activities,” according to the school’s website. Membership is open to juniors and seniors with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 — on a scale of 4.0 — who have attained the dean’s list for at least four of their semesters. Aitken’s GPA has been 3.7. “It’s pretty cool,” she said by phone from her parents’ farm near Eyebrow. “It’s a pretty good way to show how students are not just there for academics, but for other things too.” Aitken admitted she didn’t even know what the society was about before receiving the invitation. However, she thought it was an honour to be asked to join. She had to meet certain entry requirements, though, before she was fully accepted. This included writing an essay about all

of her extracurricular and volunteer activities for the last three years. The third-year student explained she participates in these activities since she enjoys them and it’s a way to stay busy. It also allows her to meet people and make friends. Aitken particularly enjoys hockey since she can volunteer with her teammates off the ice. Being a member of the science and engineering club allows her to encourage more women to enter the field, while she also supports initiatives that help keep the campus green. While minoring in three subjects might seem overwhelming, Aitken explained she started in chemistry but wanted to focus more on the outdoors since she is passionate about that area. “And my parents (Robert and Éleese) were shocked that I wasn’t going into environmental to start,” she remarked. Since Aitken had already started her first year as a chemistry student, she only needed a couple more classes to make that program a minor. Meanwhile, her biology minor “was a mistake” since she took classes thinking she needed it for her major, but was told she didn’t. So those classes also ended up counting as a minor. With her geography minor, she didn’t have to take a full set of classes, but only had to pursue one class that was considered a core requirement. Aitken is considering pursuing a master’s degree after her bachelor’s program finishes, which could include studying geography, environmental information analysis, or zoology. Having grown up on a farm near Eyebrow is one reason Aitken is passionate about the outdoors, she explained. Her family also visited

Josée Aitken was recently inducted into her college’s prestigious honour society. Originally from Eyebrow, Sask., Aitken now goes to school at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. Photo courtesy King’s College

national parks in Canada and the United States, where she enjoyed taking photographs of those locations and reading every sign along the trails. Aitken moved home in mid-March after her college closed its doors due to the coronavirus. However, the learning hasn’t stopped, since she is taking online classes and still submitting homework. “It’s been hard. I am very much an in-person, in-class person,” she said. “I enjoy being in classes. I benefit strongly from actually being face to face with professors. With the online, while I’m still learning from them, I don’t seem to be as motivated to do work. “I am a good test taker, but I struggle with assignments a bit more sometimes.” For more information about King’s College visit

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COVID-19 test an uncomfortable but life-saving measure By Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Being tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus can be a brief, uncomfortable experience, but the results could determine whether you are in the clear and healthy or need medical support immediately. So how does a coronavirus test work? Residents might have that question since Moose Jaw is one of 40 testing centres that collect samples and ships them to provincial labs. The Moose Jaw Express turned to Dr. Joseph Blondeau, the provincial lead of clinical microbiology and head of clinical microbiology at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, for an explanation. A specimen is taken from a patient’s sinus cavity through the use of a nasopharyngeal swab, which is “a long swabby thing they stick up your nose,” he laughed. “It’s a flexible swab that has some absorbent material on the end of it … .” The swab goes up and is twisted to collect “some good material,” Blondeau said. While the test doesn’t hurt, it can be uncomfortable and cause patients’ eyes to water. Once removed, the swab is put into a tube of media to protect it during trans-

portation to the laboratory for testing. There are two main testing laboratories in Saskatchewan: the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory in Regina and the microbiology laboratory at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. Once the specimen is at the lab, researchers take the sample and extract the nucleic acid. A test is conducted to see if specific components of the COVID-19 coronavirus are on the specimen. The test checks for two genes within the virus. Once that is completed, a process called amplification occurs to see whether the specimen is positive or negative for the genetic markers for COVID-19. The test can occur quickly depending upon when the tube is delivered. If the specimen is delivered in the morning, a result could be produced by noon, said Blondeau. “We have a province which is a vast landmass, where patients live in almost every corner of it. … What we say is our turnaround time is less than 24 hours, but the reality is, once you take transportation out of the equation, once the specimen is

in the laboratory, a result could be available in as little as four hours,” he added. The tests are completed at the two licensed labs in the province to ensure accuracy. Every test is controlled, which means there are known positive or negative samples on hand. For the test to be valid, the internal controls have to give the expected response. Those controls guarantee that the expected reactions have occurred. These are quality control factors that guarantee the accuracy of the tests. If researchers amplify a product and don’t see an increase in the number of copies of that product, the assumption is those targets are not there and researchers can

infer COVID-19 is not present, Blondeau explained. Conversely, if the product is amplified and extra copies are produced, then the sample is positive with the virus. Besides the two main testing labs in Saskatchewan, there are point-of-care testing kits that have been delivered to communities for quick results. These kits can perform a low volume of testing and conduct tests if the situation is urgent. The results are accurate enough to determine the patient’s health. For about 80 per cent of the population, most people will come down with a hardly noticeable symptomatic infection, said Blondeau. For the other 20 per cent, they will require hospitalization and admission to intensive care and would need to be put on a ventilator. “Because of the global spread of this virus and the number of deaths worldwide, this is not a virus to be taken lightly. This is a serious problem,” he added. “The steps we’re taking to deal with this virus and limit its spread are so vitally important it’s beyond statement.”

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Should starving investors be gobbling up food retail stocks?

Food retailers are considered defensive stocks – a place to hide when markets become turbulent as they are in these days of pandemic. The idea goes: Everybody needs food and will keep buying. Experience shows food retailing stocks are stable in rough markets. Indeed, the three food retailers in the City of Moose Jaw’s stock portfolio held up better than most stocks in the $1.4 million loss in value from December 31 to March 31 in the Canadian stocks portion. (The total value decline was $7 million including international equities and bonds.) The question for investors becomes: should I fill my financial pantry with the three Canadian grocers? The short answer is no. Share prices of these companies are no bargain; dividend yields range around a low 1.5 per cent. Given the pandemic food buying spree they might appear as good investments. Combined with the pandemic buying spree, often described as better than the high-volume Christmas season, are increased costs. Pandemic regulations have required extra staff, danger pay increases, and costs to increase safety — all causing

a drag on the bottom line. Once the pandemic distancing relaxes and consumers realize they have zillions of toilet paper rolls, canned goods and pasta, sales should decline below previous levels as pantry inventory is reduced. Gas bar sales will be a drag too. In a nutshell, these grocers face a reduction of the sales curve with higher costs. Loblaws, largest of the three with over 2,000 food stores and 1,300 Shoppers Drugs stores at the recent price of $73.93, is only $3 off the high of the year. The company operates Loblaws Real Canadian Superstore, Extra Foods, Shoppers and other banners. The price to earnings ratio of 25 to one seems rich for the low margin grocery business. Investors buying at the March low of $59.01 reaped a nice 25 per cent gain. Empire Company, owner of Sobeys, Safeway, Freshco, Big Boy, in-store pharmacies and part owner of Crombie REIT, has almost 2,000 stores. Priced at a recent $32.25, the shares are less than $5 from the high and trade at a 16 times price to earnings ratio. Shares bought at the low of $23.88 on March 11 have gained 35 per cent. Metro Inc., with 950 grocery stores and 650 drug stores in

Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick, has a recent value of $61.75 and trades at a price/earnings ratio of 22 times. Investors buying at the low of $47.89 gained 28 per cent. All three have low debt levels. Long term potential exists from the pharmacy divisions as an aging population requires more medication. That along with stable growth in the food business bodes well for the future. Those investors interested in the three food retailers might want to wait for: A - another test of March lows, and B - price declines once we find out how bad the flattening curve of grocery sales is. The lessons from this: keep some cash powder dry for opportunities like March 12 and be patient. CAUTION: Remember when investing, consult your adviser and do your homework before buying any security. Bizworld does not recommend investments. Ron Walter can be reached at 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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Metis Nation - Saskatchewan moves to implement federal business stimulus package Metis businesses to access up to $40,000 in emergency funds Moose Jaw Express Staff

The federal government’s recent announcement of a $306.8 million stimulus package to assist Indigenous businesses will have an effect in Saskatchewan. Metis Nation – Saskatchewan announced Tuesday that Metis businesses would move quickly to take advantage of the up to $40,000 in emergency funds through the Sask Metis Economic Development Corporation (SMEDCO). The funding allows for short-term, interest-free loans and non-repayable contributions. “Businesses are the economic drivers in our communities, employing Metis citizens, offering financial stability to residents and a better quality of life for families,” said MN-S president Glen McCallum in a press release “Many of our remote communities are facing the tough

realities of COVID-19 physical distancing measures and this funding can help offer some relief to make it through.” In making the announcement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that government is working hard to make sure Indigenous business owners have needed support while dealing the ongoing pandemic. “Entrepreneurs are at the heart of communities right across the country, and we’re going to help them bridge to better times,” Trudeau said. Metis entrepreneurs and business can contact SMEDCO at 306-477-4350 or visit for more information.

Provincial Métis group to provide $2.88M to households affected by pandemic By Moose Jaw Express staff

The Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S) is providing interim funding of $2.88 million to help Métis households across the province whom the coronavirus pandemic has affected. The funding will be allocated for emergency relief to address child-care supports, personal protective equipment, regional capacity and the needs of households in financial distress due to COVID-19, according to an MN-S news release.

The funding is part of a broader relief effort that includes another $7.25 million from the federal government. This plan also includes ongoing negotiations with the province to ensure adequate and timely access to needed health services, plus any other relief efforts yet to come. The organization continues to refine a pandemic plan to address the short-, medium- and long-term effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The health of our citizens is paramount to the MN-S. Since COVID-19 became a growing concern in Saskatchewan, the MN-S leadership has reacted proactively and has been working very hard to determine the needs of our citizens in all corners of the province,” president Glen McCallum said in the news release. This funding will address the immediate cost of living in hardships that the pandemic has created, the release continued.

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We Will Beat COVID-19 MLA’s Column

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Warmer days and a reduction in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the province are among the many reasons for optimism in the past week. COVID-19 recoveries have outpaced new and active cases since April 11th with health facilities managing the demands placed on them by the pandemic. Thank you first and foremost to all health care workers and medical professionals. We know the increased infection control measures make your demanding work even more taxing, and your dedication is greatly appreciated. Thank you to educators and many who have been finding new ways of reaching those they serve through distance technology. To those in our grocery stores and other front-line services who are providing for our essential needs; thank you. And to everyone for adhering to the necessary requirement, thank you;

we continue to make progress in reducing the spread and flattening the curve in the fight against COVID-19. It is with these things in mind that our government recently announced our plan to gradually and cautiously begin to reopen businesses and services that have been ordered to close. Businesses that are currently closed should prepare themselves to operate under physical distancing and sanitation conditions as we look to reopen through phases in the weeks and months ahead. Our Re-Open Saskatchewan plan introduces five phases to methodically, gradually, and cautiously re-open businesses and services across Saskatchewan beginning May 4th, 2020. The latest COVID-19 updates, including our Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, can be found online at

The timing and order of the businesses and workplaces included in each phase is subject to change throughout the process based on a continuous assessment of transmission patterns and other factors. Residents should remain diligent in maintaining physical distancing and practicing good hygiene. The severity of the impact COVID-19 will have on Saskatchewan’s economy is still uncertain. Fortunately, strong management of the province’s finances in recent years has provided a solid fiscal foundation from which to manage the pressure of the current pandemic crisis and ultimate recovery. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and oil price collapse, Saskatchewan was on track for a surplus in 2019-20 and 202021. Our province has maintained the second highest credit rating in the country, continues to have among the lowest netdebts as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and continues to maintain a solid cash position. Setting a budget became a challenge for all levels of government as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded. The Saskatchewan provincial budget had to be delayed with

only spending estimates announced March 18. Despite this, our government believes that it is important to let Saskatchewan people know just how much of an impact the pandemic is having on our economy and revenues. Our government has committed to providing the financial resources needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Finance Minister Donna Harpauer recently provided a range of preliminary revenue impacts, using three different scenarios related to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As can be expected, this is challenging with so many unknown variables. It is important to remember that the resulting 2020-21 deficit is not a structural deficit, it is a pandemic deficit. The province of Saskatchewan will manage through this because we have the strength, resiliency, fiscal foundation and the people to do it. 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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Sidewalk Days announces cancellation of 2020 festival due to pandemic Larissa Kurz

Yet another beloved event has taken the precautionary route and cancelled due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions, and this one is a tough one to swallow for Moose Jaw. The Sidewalk Days committee announced that the 2020 summer festival will not be taking place this July, due to the pandemic restrictions regarding large gatherings and the uncertainty of when such measures would be lifted. “We tried to hold out,” said committee member Jacki L’Heureux-Mason. “[But] we were getting so many phone calls and I think the writing was just on the wall.” Sidewalk Days attracts about 20,000 visitors over the weekend, but government officials remain unable to say whether a gathering of that size will be possible by July. “We would have loved to have been able to put this on for everybody, but it just feels like it’s a letdown for us and we feel like we’re letting everybody down,” said L’Heureux-Mason. Committee organizers felt that postponing Sidewalk Days would only cause uncertainty for vendors and performers, especially financially, and decided to cancel the event. “We didn’t really have much of a decision; we are going

The annual street festival will not be taking place this summer because of COVID-19, although the committee will be bringing Sidewalk Days back for 2021. (file photo) to be held to legislation,” said L’Heureux-Mason. “[And] we have some responsible decisions to make when it comes to giving some deposits back and keeping the festival financially responsible.” Vendors who have already registered for Sidewalk Days 2020 will be given the option of requesting a refund on their fees or placing a hold on them to save their spot for 2021, by contacting the committee at

The organizers working on Moose Jaw’s Canada Day celebrations are continuing to plan for the holiday, as that event is smaller and more flexible. L’Heureux-Mason is sure that the committee will be able to put together something for Canada Day even if the gathering restrictions are still in place at that time. Sidewalk Days will return in 2021, said L’Heureux-Mason, and will potentially be able to feature some new ideas from the committee that just missed the deadline to be a part of this year’s festival. “This does give us a little bit extra time to access some ideas that we’ve thought of, that were too late for this year, and hopefully a couple of little surprises that we’ll be able to bring up for next year,” said L’Heureux-Mason. Support for the announcement continues to be largely positive, and L’Heureux-Mason is grateful to see that Moose Jaw understands the difficult choice. “People know that we’re not the first to make that decision,” said L’Heureux-Mason. “There’s a lot bigger events than us that have cancelled [and] we don’t know, the future is so uncertain with how things are going to roll out that it seems like the right decision to give people that heads up at this point and make that decision.”

Sacred Heart staff wave hello to students with South Hill parade Larissa Kurz

Sawyer Alton, with his sister Ivy and mom Laura Alton, made sure to park nearby the school so they could wave to Sawyer’s kindergarten teacher, Ms. Trodd — who paused to say hi as she passed.

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Students and staff in Saskatchewan have been working from home for over a month now, and the staff at Sacred Heart Community School felt like it was time to reunite, even from a distance, using Moose Jaw’s new favourite trend: a parade. The entire staff from Sacred Heart, including teachers and support staff, gathered at Sacred Heart on April 22 to embark on their first-ever staff parade — with no less than a police escort to take the lead, plenty of excitement, and a school bus to bring up the rear. The parade route meandered all over South Hill, with each staff member in their own vehicle waving to students and families who were present. Sacred Heart families were notified of the parade route beforehand, and all of the teachers encouraged their students to step outside onto their porches or into their yards to wave hello to the line of vehicles as it made its way by. “We’re doing this just to connect with the kids, see their faces, and try to have some kind of connection through all of this,” said principal Rita Giroux. Students from outside of South Hill drove up to sit on the parade route and take part, and some students even made signs for their teachers. The event was put together by a group of Sacred Heart teachers, as they found they were missing the connection of physically being in the classroom with their students. “Being away from them has been really hard and we hear that they miss us,” said teacher Kaelyn Turberfield, as fel-

A police escort led the charge for the first Sacred Heart Staff Parade on April 22, with lights and sirens included.

The entire staff joined the lineup, including one of the neighbourhood’s bus drivers in a big yellow school bus, and many decorated their rides to really make a splash. low organizers Deanna Gallipeau, Kailey Anuik, and Krista Fisher agreed. “[So this is] our way of making them feel loved and like they’re not forgotten, and a reminder that just because they’re not necessarily within the building of Sacred Heart that those bonds we’ve created throughout the year can’t be broken.” They thought the no-contact parade idea would be a great way to re-connect with their students and with each other, as social distancing measures have really changed the way they work as educators. It was also a great chance for the staff to see each other again as well, said Giroux, since everyone has been working from home. “We miss each other and we miss the kids,” said Giroux. “So as much as this is for the kids, it’s for us too.” The group is now hard at work with more fun, no-contact ideas to share with their students in the future, especially after the excitement the parade stirred up. “I think this is probably the start of multiple creative attempts to reach out and remind our kids of that relationship as we go on,” said Turberfield. Sacred Heart staff are hoping to plan a few more events like this one before June and to hopefully finish off the school year with something exciting despite being out of the classroom for the time being.

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Local businesses organize gift card giveaway for Moose Jaw’s frontline workers A gesture meant to bring together local businesses in support of local essential workers has morphed into an incredible show of Moose Jaw’s supportive spirit. A collection of around 30 businesses here in Moose Jaw joined together to donate $10 gift cards to Moose Jaw’s Ultimate Thank You Giveaway, a Facebook project first imagined by Dalton Duzan, of Duzan Construction. The idea was to put together “thank you” bundles of gift cards for frontline workers who are still keeping the community functioning, as a way of supporting not only those in essential services but also those businesses working hard to stay open. “It’s just really nice to be able to put something together that the community actually engaged in,” said Duzan. “And good on all of these businesses for putting a little bit out there when it’s not the best time to be doing so.” Duzan was overwhelmed by how quickly his idea “blew up way bigger than expected” within the business community, as businesses rallied together to donate gift cards to the cause. He was expecting to put together maybe six or seven thank you bundles and ended up with nearly $500 in gift cards that were handed out to 34 individual winners in the community for their continued dedication as frontline workers. “We thought we would provide each winner with a bundle of $10 gift cards, and never did I imagine having [this many] bundles to give away,” said Duzan. Each business shared Duzan Construction’s Facebook post about the giveaway and encouraged the public to tag

Larissa Kurz

Thirty local businesses took part, and 34 winners were drawn to receive gift card bundles. (supplied) essential workers on the post to be nominated for a thank you package. Nominations included an incredible range of essential workers, including health care workers and care home workers, but also more: grocery store attendants, heavy-duty mechanics, bank tellers, delivery drivers, corrections workers, construction workers, and more. Just before Duzan drew the winners on April 17, his post alone had reached almost 22,000 people on Facebook — not taking into account all of the other businesses that had their own audiences. “It definitely reached a mass amount, for sure,” said Du-

zan. “I think businesses really needed this and it’s just a nice way to give back to those who are putting themselves at risk.” Duzan delivered the bundles of gift cards to the winners on April 18, dropping them off in mailboxes and on doorsteps to stay in line with the social distancing recommendations. “We did get a few delivered [where we] talked to people, and they were all really happy,” said Dalton. “They were very appreciative, the reactions from some people we dropped [bundles off with].”

Cranberry Collective mystery box project raising funds for Humane Society Larissa Kurz

Local business Cranberry Collective launched a unique kind of fundraiser earlier in April, and owner Christine Keck is feeling great about the response she’s received so far. Cranberry Collective has partnered with an Alberta-based mystery box company Parcel & Vine to put together curated Mystery Boxes full of handmade products, and Keck is donating a portion of the sales to the Moose Jaw Humane Society. The Mystery Boxes come in three sizes — $50, $75, $105 — and features maker products from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Keck couldn’t reveal what products are inside each box — so as not to ruin the mystery — but promised that each size features something different and exciting. “Not only are you supporting the Humane Society, but you’re also kind of supporting these small makers too when you purchase a box, so that’s kind of a bonus as well,” said Keck. Cranberry Collective is donating $10 from the sale of every box to the Humane Society and is offering pick up or local delivery in the city, as well as shipping options for those outside of Moose Jaw interested in snagging a box. Keck wanted to lend the Humane Society a hand, as they had to cancel their April fundraiser due to the pandemic, and the organization means a lot to her and her adopted pup Gertie — who came from the Humane Society. “You’re hearing a lot in the news about businesses that are struggling and stuff, but the same goes for non-profits,” said Keck. “[And] it’s an organization that’s

Cranberry Collective is raising funds for the Humane Society through a fun mystery box preorder, featuring prairie-made products. (supplied) pretty close to my heart.” The Mystery Boxes have already had plenty of interest, said Keck, and so has the giveaway contest she launched in tandem with the fundraiser. Cranberry Collective purchased a Mystery Box to give to a local frontline worker, selected randomly from Facebook nominations on May 1. But, after the giveaway launched, Keck had four other individuals ask if they could purchase a Mystery Box to add to the giveaway. “So, we actually have five boxes to give away now,” said Keck. “So, I think that’s pretty darn cool.” Cranberry Collective’s Mystery Boxes are still available to purchase until April 30 and will be ready to ship and deliver by May 15. They can be purchased at or by calling the store at 1 (306) 693-7779.


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Spotlight: The Kinsmen Club of Moose Jaw Larissa Kurz

The Kinsmen Club of Moose Jaw has been a staple in the community for nearly 80 years, and it’s no secret that the non-profit charitable organization has lent a helping hand to tons of projects over the years. Kin Canada is celebrating its centennial this year, making now a perfect opportunity to spotlight the ways in which Moose Jaw’s local Kinsmen Club stays involved each and every year. The Kinsmen motto is “Serving our community’s greatest needs,” and Moose Jaw member Cory Olafson feels like the local club really works hard to do exactly that. The club has just over 20 members this year, many of which have been part of the Kinsmen for over 20 years. The service club makes an estimated $100,000 in donations around the community every year, and they make sure each dollar goes to a good cause right here in Moose Jaw. “I think every Kinsmen Club does something a little bit different for their communities,” said Olafson. “I guess around town here, we focus on wherever we think we can make a difference.” For starters, a large number of Moose Jaw Kinsmen initiatives focus on supporting kids and sports, often at the same time. The Kinsmen make an annual donation to KidSport, to help make athletic activities available to every child in the city, and they run the Kinsmen Beaver and Cub Scouts group for boys age 5 to 10. They also have many long-standing partnerships with lots of athletic groups in the city, helping cover the costs of uniforms, equipment, or training space to keep fees down for athletes — like the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Wrestling Club, Moose Jaw Kinsmen Minor Football, Moose Jaw Kinsmen Speed Skating

Club, the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Cobra Cheerleading Club, and the Kinsmen Flying Fins and Aqua Otters, to name a few. “Our take is that the more kids that you can keep involved and keep playing sports, the more they have some sort of organization and structure,” said Olafson. One of the club’s largest fundraisers every year is the much anticipated Sports Celebrity Banquet, which is always a fantastic night out on the town for attendees. It’s not surprising in a sports town like Moose Jaw that a service group like the Kinsmen are involved in so many different sports, but they also offer a hand in other ways as well. “We take multiple requests every year,” said Olafson. “There’s so much that we do.” The Kinsmen give a standing donation to the Moose Jaw Health Foundation every year and are just coming to the end of a sponsorship contract with Mosaic Place. They offer high school scholarships to

Santa and Mrs. Claus made their annual appearance at the end of last year’s beloved Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade in December. (file photo)

Members of the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Cobra Cheerleading Club gather for a group photo with Kinsmen members Cory Olafson and Dave Stevenson after receiving the first sponsorship installment of $5,000 in May 2019. (photo by Randy Palmer)

The Moose Jaw Kinsmen, Moose Jaw Kinnettes, and K40 members gathered to raise the Kin Canada flag on the centennial Founder’s Day on Feb. 20.

the students in the city and co-sponsor the 10-foot tall Christmas tree that goes up in front of Mosaic Place every holiday season. They also sponsor other non-profit groups like Moose Jaw Families for Change. The Kinsmen helped MJFFC open the Kinsmen Inclusion Centre in 2018 and then the Kinsmen Cafe at the end of 2019. A few notable Moose Jaw spots have been named after them: the Kinsmen Sportsplex, Kinsmen Wellesley Park in Wakamow Valley, and a green space in West Park that will soon be upgraded. Of course, all of the Kinsmen’s supports are provided through the club’s ongoing fundraisers throughout the year. In partnership with the Kinnettes Club, the Kinsmen Safe Ride program is able to provide safe transportation for about 30 holiday parties every season, getting party-goers home safely and collecting donations for the club. The Kinsmen Club also organizes the annual Santa Claus Parade every December, and it was the Kinsmen who put on the International Band and Choral Festival in the spring for decades before handing the reins over to a committee. There’s also the club’s Chase the Ace fundraiser that takes place at Cask 82 every Wednesday night, which is on its way to becoming the group’s number one fundraiser in the last few years. “I think what matters the most to us is that all the money we raise stays in

town, here in Moose Jaw, and it’s Moose Javians and organizations in our city that are benefitting from the work that we do,” said Olafson. For Olafson, being a member of the Kinsmen Club is a satisfying way to serve the community alongside a positive group of guys. “When you give a cheque to an organization or an individual, it really makes you feel good as a member. It’s really self-fulfilling for most of us, I would say,” said Olafson. Olafson is proud to see that the service club has enjoyed such longevity in the community of Moose Jaw, which he attributes partially to their continued success in finding new members but also because the Kinsmen always work very hard to be there for Moose Jaw. The Kinsmen Club can be contacted by email at

The Aqua Otters, pictured here, and the Flying Fins are some of the Moose Jaw Kinsmen’s longest-standing sponsor ships with an athletic group. (file photo

Kinsmen continue community support despite pandemic Local service club meeting commitments despite COVID-19 outbreak Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

As the largest service organization in the city, the Moose Jaw Kinsmen and Kinettes have become synonymous with charitable acts and impressive donations to local groups and sports organizations. In fact, if it weren't for the Kinsmen, many of those wouldn't be able to even exist let alone provide the services they do to the community. But in a time where large-scale gatherings are prohibited and the danger of COVID-19 is ever present, even organizations with the best of intentions have to take a step back from the public eye. “Right now, we've kind of put everything on hold,” said Moose Jaw Kinsmen president Mike McKeown. “We keep in touch on Messenger and stuff and have some dialogue back and forth, but there's not much going on as far as clubs and stuff. But we are fulfilling all our donations and commitments.” The problem is keeping the coffers full. With no opportunity to conduct live fundraisers like their popular weekly Chase the Ace event, there's little if any money coming in on a regular basis. Even with that situation, though, things continue to look positive in the near future. “I think once everything wraps up here, we'll still get cheques out to everybody,” McKeown said. “Things might be on hold, but we're still surviving.”

Of course, there's always the question of the longterm. What happens if we're well into August and there's still no end in sight? “We're hoping it's done soon, but if it goes on for something like three months, it's something that will have to be looked at,” McKeown said. “We know that times are tough for everybody and donations might not be at the top of the list. We're hoping to try and help some businesses out somehow, maybe see if we can help some keep their doors open. “It'll be interesting to see how we go about that if it comes to it, maybe do some fundraisers online.” With numbers as low as they are in Saskatchewan right now, there's a chance things could open far sooner than that. And while the Kinsmen remain hopeful that will happen, time will only tell. “Our main fundraisers right now are Chase the Ace and the Sportsman's Banquet, and the banquet isn't until next February,” McKeown said. “So hopefully between now and then we can have things figured out.”

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Premier announces re-openingLarissa plan for Sask., to begin early May Kurz The Saskatchewan government has released its five-phase plan to begin re-opening businesses and services in the province, which will begin its first phase on May 4 with the reinstatement of some medical clinics and outdoor recreation. The Re-Open Saskatchewan plan will be a gradual approach, said Premier Scott Moe and the province’s chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab in their provincial address on April 23. Each phase will be re-evaluated as the plan progresses and may be subject to adjustments as restrictions are lifted and officials monitor the effect on the province’s health. “Without having dates on Phases Three, Four, and Five, I think that what that speaks to is those dates will be determined as per the results that we see with the implementation of Phase One and Two,” said Moe. “I don’t think we would be looking much past the next phase over the course of the coming months.” Over the next few weeks, businesses will be added to the allowable services list and given the option to re-open to the public if they choose. During the re-opening process, all public spaces will still be expected to practice social distancing methods and continue to sanitize surfaces for the protection of employees and the public. Phase One: Phase One of the plan will begin on May 4, with the re-opening of medical services

Saqib Shahab, chief medical health officer, right, speaks while Scott Moe, premier of Saskatchewan, looks on at a COVID-19 news update at the Legislative Building in Regina. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell) that are currently restricted under the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s public health order. This includes dentistry, physical therapy, opticians, podiatry, occupational therapy, and chiropractic services. These clinics will resume regular practice for the public. Phase One will also include reinstating access to low-risk outdoor activities, such as fishing and boat launches, provincial parks, and golf courses. Golf services will still be subject to social distancing practices and will open beginning May 15. Online camping reservations will be available on June 1. Phase Two: Phase Two will begin on May 19 and will

focus on re-opening some retail businesses and personal services that are currently deemed non-essential. Retail businesses that may re-open include clothing and shoe stores, flower shops, gift shops, jewelry stores, sporting goods stores, vape supply stores, toy stores, pawn shops, bookstores, and music and electronic stores. This phase also includes travel agencies, and boats, ATV, and snowmobile dealers. Personal services that may return to business include hairdressers and barbers, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and acupressurists. Businesses that re-open will be required to continue social distancing and sanitation protocols, and public and private gatherings will still be limited to 10 people. Stores selling merchandise such as clothing stores will have to adopt protocols to limited customers from touching merchandise and trying on clothes will not be allowed. Phase Three, Four, and Five: The remaining phases have yet to be determined, said officials, and will be dependant on the outcome of the first two phases before those dates are announced. Phase Three will re-open the remaining personal services, restaurant-type facilities, gym and fitness facilities, and childcare facilities. The limit on the size of public gatherings will increase to 15 people at this time.

Phase Four will be dependant on an evaluation of transmission patterns of COVID-19, and will include the re-opening of indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, and entertainment facilities. The limit on the size of public gatherings will increase to 30 people at this time. Phase Five will be determined based on the previous four phases and will consider lifting the remaining long-term restrictions from the province. Long-term restrictions in high-risk areas will remain in place for now, including the provincial state of emergency, and the public is urged to continue following protective practices throughout all five phases. Those restrictions include recommendations against non-essential travel both between provinces and outside of Canada, mandatory two-week self-isolation following any international travel or positive COVID-19 results, and visitor restrictions at all SHA health care facilities. The provincial government has yet to determine whether school divisions will be returning before the end of the school year in June, and more discussion is taking place about the return of elective surgeries, diagnostics, and non-essential services within the health authority. More information on COVID-19 updates in Saskatchewan and the full details of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan can be found at


Pandemic crisis puts political leadership skills on the front burner Motivational speaker/author Brian Tracy once wrote “the true test of leadership is how you function in a crisis.” The pandemic crisis facing the globe presents our leaders with an epic test of leadership skills. One of the leadership principles revolves in showing confidence and feeling somewhat by Ron Walter comfortable. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to have done that, even gaining confidence from some folks who bristle with anger at the mention of his name. His flashy wannabe rock star image has been replaced by a serious, compassionate leader. Some will say the former drama teacher is just acting well. U.S. President Donald Trump’s leadership, by contrast, makes him a chump. First, he denied the seriousness of Covid-19, calling it a Democratic Party hoax. Then he pretended all was well and America would soon be out of harm and blamed the disease on the Chinese. When he realized the gravity of Covid-19, he wanted border closure and absolute authority over the 52 states. Deflecting blame for his mistakes in recognizing the

pandemic’s nature, Trump pulled $500 million from the World Health Organization – about one-quarter of its budget. Trump’s “leadership’’ is what we’d expect from a juvenile. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, a bit of a follower of other provinces at first, has turned out to be a steady hand at the wheel, earning his high approval rating among premiers. A steady Scott is what we need in this situation. Ontario Premier Doug Ford, at the bottom of premier approval ratings in December with 28 per cent over his destruction of government services, seems to have redeemed himself. He has projected strength and comfort. His outrage at people not social distancing or self-isolating and price gouging on hand sanitizer won him respect. Declaring the Easter Bunny an essential service showed a human touch. Ford’s concern at all the long-term care home cases seemed genuine until it was revealed that annual unannounced weeklong inspections of these homes by the Ford government health inspectors had been substituted for pre-warned shorter inspections – mostly in reaction to complaints. The nursing home association had asked for relief from excessive documentation. Ford complied in the name of

reducing red tape. Lesson: be wary of politicians who promise to reduce red tape. Contrary to popular belief bureaucrats do not spend their time devising unnecessary red tape to torment us. In contrast to Ford, Quebec’s Stephen Legault appears grandfatherly. His essential service declaration of the tooth fairy re-assured anxious young folks and relaxed older ones. Among the other premiers, Alberta’s Jason Kenney seemed to throw off his separatist slicker when he promised to share protective equipment with other provinces. Alberta had recognized the need early and stocked up. You can be certain Kenney’s sharing will come up when he proposes more oil pipelines down east. B.C. Premier John Horgan has preferred to let his health officials handle the crisis while Manitoba’s Brian Pallister and Nova Scotia’s Stephen McNeil have led the charge. McNeil’s “stay the blazes home’’ comment hit a chord with voters. Ron Walter can be reached at The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.


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Future of WDM could look more digital due to pandemic’s effects Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The closure of all Western Development Museums (WDM) in Saskatchewan has given employees the time to learn how best to inform, educate and reach people using digital methods. A software company called Cuseum has been offering the organization webinars and courses that discuss, among other things, how to move educational programming to digital platforms, explained Karla Rasmussen, the education and public programs co-ordinator in Moose Jaw. Other webinars have focused on helping staff think outside the box to reach people at home; how to more effectively use social media; and how to translate tours to the digital age. “It’s been very interesting …,” Rasmussen said, adding these professional development programs have been of great interest. “With the change in the way we are doing things now, and into the future, those professional development opportunities I’m hoping will give me the tools to go forward with this in our new world, our new normal.” Working from home has been a different and bizarre experience for Rasmussen since she hasn’t worked full-time from home before. It has been a learning curve in managing a new routine of work, catching up on projects at home, and fulfilling family commitments. She has even acted as an educational assistant with her children.

The Western Development Museum’s Vickers Vedette. File photo “I am very much a people person. I love interacting with the public — with our visitors — at the museum. And that’s certainly changed,” she added. Rasmussen has worked with her colleagues and the organization’s education department to develop new ideas to promote to the public. Many ideas have been posted to the WDM’s website and Facebook page. Most school programming activities have been pulled and supplemental learning home projects have been uploaded. For example, the WDM hired Regina artist Timothy Senko to update the graphics and illustrations used for school and pub-

lic youth programs. These colouring pages were going to be released in September, but with students now learning from home, the first five colouring pages have been released early. Some crafts and projects normally done in-person have been moved online as well. This includes connect-the-dot pages that reveal artifacts; making train conductor’s hat; and making a winter travel caboose. Not a train caboose, Rasmussen said, but a wood-structure on skis — a mini school bus, essentially — that horses pulled during the winter to pick up students from their farms. Further activities include spotting the dif-

ferences between pictures; learning about agriculture in Saskatchewan; watching a storytime video featuring staff reading their favourite book; and a video project that explores heritage recipes and how to make them. “We always say there is lots to do at the museum. We are finding that there is a lot to do when we’re taken out of the routine of booking school tours (and other programming),” continued Rasmussen. “It has changed … the way we do (things), for sure.” The future will look different for the WDM once the shutdown is lifted and things will not be the same when the doors reopen, but the webinars have helped create a roadmap for the future, Rasmussen said. For example, if the museum brings in a speaker, that presentation could also be livestreamed or a portion recorded and then posted online. Furthermore, the pandemic has made WDM employees and management more cognizant of the accessibility of the buildings. Rasmussen pointed out some visitors face barriers that are visual or physical. “Doing things in a different way, it helps us maybe walk in those people’s shoes a little bit more and re-evaluate the way we’re delivering our programs and that sort of thing,” she added. “Only good can come of this and we’re trying to look for those silver linings.”

8 tips to reduce parenting stress during pandemic

Family stress can go through the roof when managing social isolation or pandemic anxiety By Leslie Roos, University of Manitoba and Jennifer Flannery, University of Oregon

Parenting can be tough at the best of times, but family life has changed dramatically during social isolation that’s been mandated by COVID-19. The good news is that children thrive in an incredible variety of settings. Emerging evidence suggests that a little stress, particular in the context of a supportive parent-child relationship, can actually be beneficial because it builds resilience when taking on future challenges. As clinical psychology scholars, our research looks at how parent-child relationships can promote healthy development, particularly in the context of stress. Here are a few research-based strategies to make this unprecedented time more enjoyable. 1. Notice what’s going well Living in close quarters, it’s easy to pay attention to all the things going wrong, which can make children more resistant to helping out. Praising your kids and letting them know you appreciate their effort pays overtime by promoting more positive behaviour and enriching your relationships. You have permission to praise anything that you want to see more of. “Thanks for saying please when you asked for (your third) snack,” or “Nice job sitting so calmly!” 2. Plan (a little) Children benefit from being able to predict small things and having some control. If you’re into making a daily schedule —

great — but it might work just as well to chat about choices for upcoming activities a couple times each day. If a task needs to happen, like schoolwork or cleaning, try sandwiching it between child-chosen activities. Research suggest that child choices can increase pro-social behaviour. Look for patterns and use that to your advantage by setting up extra incentives to prevent problems. 3. Get down to their level Getting in multiple chunks of high-quality playtime throughout the day can help kids manage their emotions and behaviour, build cognitive skills and support parent-child bonds. It’s easier to participate when you are sitting on the floor and can give play your full attention. If you’re having a hard time being distracted, try being over-the-top with silly voices, jumping jacks or getting messy. Imaginative play can be a welcome escape for adults too. 4. Give good directions When you need something done, it’s wonderful to only ask once. Increase the likelihood of this by giving good directions: get close to your kids and make eye contact first. Ask them to do a specific, time-limited task, with no more than two or three steps, depending on child ability. “I need to you put away this game then come to dinner.” Wait there and count to 20 to make sure you receive a response. If not, try “Dylan, can I get an OK to cleaning up the game? It’s dinner time.”

Make sure the demand is realistic given their mood and energy. Using a “whenthen” statement can be a powerful way to maintain control. “Dylan, when you clean up the game then you can choose an ice cream for dessert.” If that sounds too much like a sugary bribe, offer a family movie or playing with Super Soakers. 5. Take a step back Pay attention to what your body feels like or your thoughts sound like right before you react. If you can step away from an escalating situation, chances are you’ll have a more pleasant day. Identify what you might do to take a break — hand off parenting to a partner if possible, splash cold water on your face or take in a breath of fresh air. Even five deep breaths and reminding yourself about your love for your kiddo can provide the space you need to tackle the situation with a clear(er) mind. 6. Choose not to react (when you can) Sometimes planned ignoring of a minor challenging behaviour is the most effective way to move through the day. Another option is to describe what you’re seeing and offer some choices. “Wow, you have a lot of energy and just kicked the door.… Can you show me your 20 best clucking chicken moves?” Saying the unexpected can move kids into playful compliance. If exhaustion is making this hard, try a grandparent-approved adage: “Add water or fresh air.” This can include ice cubes,

baths, coloured water, a walk around the block or even spotting birds or dog poop piles from an open window. 7. Reset and move on (when you can’t) Unpleasant outbursts or harsh words can happen to everyone. It’s sometimes helpful for parents to offer a brief apology and gently move into new activities. It’s equally important not to force an apology from your child, which can have the unintended consequence of making things worse. When you’re in this “resetting” mode, try think back on the points above — getting down to their level, being goofy or noticing small positives will make it easier to move on with your day. 8. Be generous with affection Across species, physical comfort is a powerful way to manage stressful events. As much as your sheer quantity of family time might not make extra squeezes or hand-holding automatically appealing, that’s often exactly what kids need to manage big emotions that are simmering under the surface. We hope this list provides some assurance that you can offer your kids exactly what they need to feel loved, safe, and supported. If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re already providing just that. Leslie Roos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Jessica Flannery is a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oregon.

Tentative agreement reachedBy Moose with teachers on collective bargaining Jaw Express staff A tentative agreement has been reached around provincial collective bargaining between the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee and the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee. The provincial government made the announcement on April 22. The next step

includes the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation taking the agreement to its 13,000 teacher members to vote on the new contract. “This tentative agreement balances our respect and appreciation for teachers with the fiscal realities of the province,” Gor-

don Wyant, deputy premier and education minister, said in a news release. “The terms of our offer mean that Saskatchewan teachers will have stability for years to come and be paid at five per cent above the Western Canadian average.” The four-year tentative agreement in-

cludes a two-per-cent salary increase in years two, three and four. No mention was made of classroom composition or size, which have been sticking points in the bargaining between the two sides.

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Ontario food rescue offering grants for food security to small cities across Canada Larissa Kurz

Following the federal government’s dedication of $100 million in funding for food security non-profits in Canada on April 3, Ontario-based charity Second Harvest quickly put to use their allotted portion of that funding to reach out to organizations in smaller communities in need of help during the pandemic. Second Harvest is launching $4.5 million in new grants available to food-focused organizations in communities across Canada, to help address the rising need for food security in the face of COVID-19 effects. The grants are available to any non-profit organization that provides access to food to the community, and groups can apply to receive up to $20,000 from Second Harvest to help their programs. This includes food banks, shelters, community meal programs, and any group or non-profit providing food security to their community. CEO Lori Nikkel wanted to offer the financial support to smaller communities and groups that maybe don’t always see as much support at larger ones, as she expects much of the funding being provided by the government will go to large cities and organizations. “We know that well-established charities and non-profits can access resources that smaller organizations, local groups, shelters, meal programs —they just can’t,” said Nikkel. “I’m sure everybody needs money, don’t get me wrong, [but] we really want to make sure that smaller ones and rural ones get something because that work is valuable.”, from Second Harvest, partners with stores and food retailers to save excess food from heading to the trash. (supplied) The grants are non-specific as well, meaning they can be used for more than just purchasing more food — things like overhead costs, equipment costs, or staff wages, for example. “It’s for food or if there’s staffing that you need or maybe it’s equipment that you need,” said Nikkel. “As long it’s being used to support food access for people during COVID, then we’re happy to accept the application.” Second Harvest is also using their federal funding to ex-

pand their food rescue services to all of Canada, whereas before they only operated with partners in Ontario and B.C. Second Harvest’s website works with large corporations, small businesses, and even local producers to “rescue” perishable foods from going to waste — taking excess food from within the Canadian food chain and making sure it is made available to the community rather than thrown away. “There’s so much surplus food. We actually lose and waste 58% of it every year, so we need to make sure that food gets to people,” said Nikkel. The website is a matchmaking system, said Nikkel, that connects food retailers with their local community, providing food to non-profits and organizations, Second Harvest had plans to expand their website’s coverage to all of Canada over a period of a few years but have now done so in the span of a few weeks thanks to the coronavirus outbreak. Communities all over Canada, including Moose Jaw, are now able to join Second Harvest’s network of food rescue and apply for the new grants now being offered. “Money for those groups really means food on the tables for families across Canada, and Second Harvest wants to make sure that we capture all of those organizations that are typically under-resourced and overlooked.” To apply for one of Second Harvest’s food security grants, head to to learn more.

Don’t panic about any hair-y situations yet, says local stylist Lockdown has been in effect for about a month and local stylists across Moose Jaw have started to see some of that isolation impatience reaching their clients as roots grow out and ends split. The stylists at Chic Hair Lounge have been fielding phonecalls from clients looking for some do-it-yourself solutions to their hairstyle woes, and so stylist Beckie Andrews shared some of the tips she’s been offering to help steer folks away from any bad COVID-19 cuts. For the most part, Andrews and her fellow stylists have been hearing the most panic about grown out roots and too-long styles in need of a trim. She’s had to share her expertise so that clients can become temporary at-home hairstylists, and she’s amassed some standard tips to help. Her first bit of advice is fairly easy: just stay calm and try not to do anything drastic. “Everyone’s in the same boat and that doesn’t necessarily make it easier,” said Andrews. “Everyone has roots showing and overgrown hair and really, in the midst of what we’re going through, it’s just hair.” In fact, Andrews suggested that now is actually a great time to give your hair a break. For many, being at home means it’s possible to use less heat styling daily and let hair recuperate from past damage without stress. With so much spare time, she encourages people to look into hair masks and treatments to help address any hair issues that might be popping up. “We stress our hair every day with our flat irons, blow dryers, curling irons, and taking the time to do a mask once or twice a week is really good,” said Andrews. Clients with dry hair should look for a mask that focuses on moisture and for damaged hair, one that features proteins to help rebuild. Andrews recommends avoiding the do-it-yourself route even though it may seem tempting — coconut oil and mayonnaise are for cooking, she joked. “We’ve all heard about using different products out of the kitchen [for hair masks] and there’s nothing saying that there’s any benefit there, so I would say leave the kitchen products where they belong,” said Andrews. For those overgrown bangs, bobs, and split ends, Andrews strongly suggested waiting until a stylist can handle the sit-

Larissa Kurz self,’ or ‘look what I did to my husband,’ because everyone just grabs the scissors and starts cutting,” said Andrews. Most stylists are happy to offer product recommendations for any concerns, said Andrews, and many salons in the city are still offering delivery or pickup for products to help tide over clients until stylists can have people back in their chairs.

LETTER Stylist Beckie Andrews, from Chic Hair Lounge here in Moose Jaw, shared her expertise about at-home hair maintenance to help people handle their isolation-related hair panic while salons are closed right now. (supplied) uation for you. Now might even be a perfect opportunity to grow out those bangs or try a new length of style and see how you like it. For those who can’t wait for a trim any longer, Andrews said to use sharp scissors or clippers to avoid shredding the hair and remember that wet hair is always longer than it will be when it dries. Cut sparingly, said Andrews, because it’s always easier to trim a little more than to wait for that length to grow back. Her next bit of advice may be the hardest to follow for some. She warned all clients watching their roots grow out to stay away from the tempting box dye at the pharmacy, as it can be very unpredictable — and pricey to fix, once salons reopen. “It’s not just the product that’s in the box that’s very unpredictable. How you apply a colour can also go wrong very quickly,” said Andrews. “You can end up with lighter roots and darker ends, and it truly can just be a bigger mess in the end than the bit of root that is showing now.” Instead, she recommends reaching out to your usual stylists and asking for temporary solutions to grays or root grow-out, like coloured root sprays or touch-up solutions. Andrews is glad to offer her expertise in any way she can right now, especially when her usual clients message her with questions, requests, and funny photos of their at-home hair adventures. “I have had some really funny texts and pictures, like ‘look what I just did to my-



“We’ve had a lot of clients asking us for recommendations, and that turns into us finding the product and getting it to them,” said Andrews. “I’ve had so many great outreaches from clients, something funny or even just an ‘I miss you,’ and I believe that all stylists are missing their clients just as much right now.”

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April 27th, 2020

Dear Council Members: We are writing you today in response to your recent decision to demand a $200,000.00 non-refundable deposit from Canadian Tire Real Estate Limited regarding the purchase and development of the land at Thatcher Drive East. We at the Moose Jaw Construction Association (MJCA) believe that your decision is bad for business and will reflect poorly on the City. It is our understanding the reasoning for the postponement in the project is related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, which we should be sensitive to as this has greatly affected our global economy. The MJCA and our members rely on your group to facilitate opportunities brought to our community and promote growth within it. A decision like this breaks trust and negatively affects the ability of the City to create future business partnerships with potential owner groups and is contradictory to your message that the City of Moose Jaw is OPEN FOR BUSSINESS. This is a 20-million-dollar development that could potentially result in substantial work for local trade companies and suppliers, not to mention it could be a stepping stone to attracting other large retailers to do the same and invest further in our community. The MJCA asks you to please reconsider your decision and try to salvage the deal, whatever that may look like, if it’s not already too late. Sincerely,

Justin L. Hoyes President

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From The Kitchen

Ve g et a b l e s j a zze d u p fo r m o re p l ate app e a l By Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express

A cookbook from the early 1980s took into consideration that vegetables should form part of every main meal. It also recognized that sometimes vegetables need some extra oomph to make them appealing for a variety of ages. This week’s recipes put the spotlight on how to serve favourite vegetables in ways that will give them a new good-for-you appeal. •••

Peas in Cream

1 1/2 cups frozen peas 1 tsp. sugar 2 green onions with tops, thinly sliced 1/4 cup water 1 tsp. butter 1/4 tsp. salt dash pepper 1/4 cup light cream Combine peas, sugar and onions in a small saucepan. Add water, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently

for three minutes. Do not drain. Add butter and heat until melted. Add salt, pepper and cream. Heat but do not boil. Serve immediately in individual dishes or spooned over toast. Two servings. •••

Broiled Tomatoes

2 medium tomatoes salt and pepper to taste dash of dried basil 3 tbsps. fine, dry bread crumbs 2 tsps. butter, melted Cut each tomato in half crosswise. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and basil. Combine bread crumbs and melted butter and sprinkle thickly on top of each slice of tomato, patting down lightly. Place tomato halves on broiler pan and broil about 6 inches from heat until topping is lightly browned and tomatoes are warm. Serves two. •••

Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage

1 tbsp. vegetable oil 2 cups shredded red cabbage 1 cup cubed and peeled apples 1 tbsp. brown sugar 2 tbsps. white vinegar 2 tbsps. water 1/4 tsp. salt pepper to taste 1/4 tsp. caraway seeds, optional Heat oil in a skillet and add cabbage and apples. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over cabbage. Cover tightly and cook over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until cabbage is tender. Serve immediately with pork chops or strips of garlic sausage. •••

Butter Steamed Broccoli 3/4 lb. broccoli 1 1/2 tbsps. butter 4 tbsps. water 1/4 tsp. salt

dash pepper 1/2 pkg. cream cheese, cubed 1 1/2 tsps. lemon juice Wash broccoli, cut off flower ends and set aside. Cut stems into slices 1/8 inch thick. Heat butter in an electric skillet set at highest heat. Add broccoli stems and stir. Add 2 tbsps. water, cover tightly and cook 4 minutes, stirring several times. Add broccoli flowers and remaining water, cover and continue cooking about 3 minutes, stirring several times. When water has evaporated, turn off heat and sprinkle broccoli with salt and pepper. Add cubes of cream cheese. Stir gently until cheese melts. Sprinkle in lemon juice and serve immediately with any main course meat. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@

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Former police officer can appeal dismissal despite being on probation at the time A hearing officer has decided that a former Moose Jaw police constable, Alan Murdock, can appeal his dismissal even though he was on probation at the time of his firing. Furthermore, the hearing officer determined that he has the jurisdiction to hear the dismissal complaint, even though section 67 (2) The Police Act says a hearing officer cannot review a complaint from an officer on probation. Murdock’s second public hearing was held by telephone on April 20. The hearing officer produced a written interim decision and posted it to the Saskatchewan Police Commission website. Murdock was a police officer in Moose Jaw from 1999 until his dismissal on June 19, 2019. Hearing officer’s decision Hearing officer Jay Watson explained that he had to consider two questions to determine whether the appeal could proceed. One question was whether a “probationary member” had the right to appeal an order made under section 60 of The Police Act. A second question was whether Murdock was a “probationary member” of the Moose Jaw Police Service at the time of his dismissal. Question 1 Watson pointed to section 60 of the act, which allows a chief of police to take action — to dismiss, demote, reprimand, suspend or place on probation — against an officer if the member: • Has “rendered himself or herself unsuitable for police service by having been found guilty of an offence” under the Criminal Code, an act of the Parliament of Canada, or any other act; • Or in a manner that, despite the best remedial efforts, renders the member unsuitable, or establishes the member as incompetent, for the police service; The chief must also be satisfied that the member’s de-

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express ficiencies were brought to the member’s attention; the member was given opportunity to bring his or her performance to an acceptable level or standard; and the member was afforded treatment, training, guidance, coaching or counselling to reach that acceptable level or standard. Section 67 says the police chief may take any of the above actions against a probationary member, Watson wrote. Furthermore, section 67 “makes it clear that a probationary member cannot appeal a section 60 dismissal.” Using previous case law examples to bolster section 67’s authority, he wrote that the probationary member does not have the right to appeal, “and therefore, a hearing officer does not have jurisdiction to hear the matter.” Question 2 Since the act does not define a probationary member, Watson turned to the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) for an interpretation. The SCC ruled in 2002 that “the words of an act are to be read in their entire context and in their grammatical and ordinary sense harmoniously with the scheme of the act, the object of the act, or the intention of Parliament.” At the April 7 hearing, Moose Jaw Police Chief Rick Bourassa argued there were two ways to define a probationary member. First, a probationary member could be someone new to the police service and a first-year member. Second, a probationary member could be someone who has completed an initial work period but is later placed on probation due to disciplinary issues. Conversely, Murdock argued a probationary member should only refer to a new member and should not apply to someone placed on disciplinary probation. After consideration, Watson decided a new member on probation is different from an established member placed on disciplinary probation, since the law states a new probationary member cannot appeal his or her dismissal. “The situation with a long-standing member is quite dif-

ferent,” Watson wrote. Such a member placed on probation has committed a breach that requires discipline short of dismissal. In contrast, the police service could dismiss a member if he or she committed another infraction, he continued. It seemed reasonable that the member had the right to challenge the dismissal order. It seemed “incongruous” to Watson that a member could have a hearing for actions that led to probation, but could not appeal or have a hearing over actions the member allegedly committed while on probation. Therefore, Watson decided Murdock could appeal the dismissal order since the term “probationary member” means someone who is new and has not passed his or her initial period of work probation. Facts of dismissal According to evidence presented during the hearing, Chief Bourassa issued a remedial order of discipline on May 22, 2019, an order that Murdock consented to and where he agreed to be placed on probation for 12 months. The remedial action also included a reprimand for neglect of duty, suspension without pay for five days (60 hours), probation, and close supervision for six months. While on probation, Murdock committed two acts contrary to section 60 of The Police Act: • On May 31, 2019, as a result of multiple violations of The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, a superior officer gave Murdock a direct order to contain breaches of privacy, an order he disobeyed; •On June 19, 2019, Murdock provided misleading, false and inaccurate statements to an interviewer in an internal investigation about his misconduct. These acts, and the fact they occurred while Murdock was on probation, were included in the section 60 dismissal order provided to him on June 19.

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Provincial Court The Provincial Court section holds articles that have been written without prejudice with the information that has been presented in a public court of appeal available to the media and public.

Fifth conviction for impaired driving lands driver in jail for year Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Coronach resident Dustin D. Hendricks will spend the next 12 months behind bars after pleading guilty to his fifth impaired driving conviction, after an incident nearly resulted in a head-on highway collision. Appearing in Moose Jaw provincial court on April 20, Hendricks, 35, pleaded guilty to driving while prohibited, unauthorized possession (of a firearm) in a motor vehicle, breaching probation and impaired driving. He received a one-year jail sentence for the impaired driving; a concurrent four-month sentence for operating a motor vehicle while prohibited; and two concurrent 30-day sentences for the unauthorized possession and breach of probation. He was also banned from driving for three years and had to forfeit his firearms. The Crown stayed four other charges against him. Coronach RCMP received a call on March 1 about a possible impaired motorist driving south on Highway 36 near Crane Valley, explained Crown prosecutor Rob Parker. The officer attempted to pull over the vehicle several times, but each time Hendricks swerved from side to side and even into oncoming traffic.

The officer called headquarters and said he would stop his pursuit of Hendricks by turning off the lights and sirens but would continue to follow at a reduced speed and from a distance. Parker noted the officer saw a vehicle cresting the top of the hill while Hendricks was in that lane, but he swerved back into his lane at the last second. Hendricks travelled to the Village of Verwood — northeast of Willow Bunch — and pulled into the driveway of a home. The officer pulled in behind him, which caused him to flee and later crash into a light pole on Main Street, continued Parker. Hendricks staggered out of the vehicle and was arrested. A search of the truck found two unsecured firearms: a 12-gauge shotgun and a .30-06 rifle. Hendricks has several prior convictions for driving under the influence or driving while disqualified, the Crown prosecutor said. This essentially makes him a “chronic offender.” Hendricks works as a farmhand and has a son; he is also an alcoholic, said Legal Aid lawyer Suzanne Jeanson. He has taken treatment twice at the St. Louis Rehab Treat-

ment Centre, while he significantly reduced his alcohol consumption between 2010 and 2018. Inquiries have been made about Hendricks attending programming at Pine Lodge Treatment Centre in Indian Head, which is where his dad successfully took treatment. However, due to the pandemic, going there is currently not an option, she continued. Being given a one-year jail sentence for his fifth impaired conviction is much harsher than his past convictions, Jeanson said. He received a fine and probation in 2018; jail is “a huge jump from the last conviction.” Jeanson asked that the victim surcharge be waived since she doubted Hendricks would be working in a year. This sentence is appropriate, but, unfortunately, a jail sentence had to be imposed, said Judge Brian Hendrickson. However, the sentence has to follow the criminal code recommendations for serial drunk-driving offenders. “The driving actions themselves were a great risk … ,” the judge added, before imposing the sentence on Hendricks, who was then led by the court sheriff to jail.

‘Outrageous’ driving actions lead to six months’ jail for motorist Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

For his “egregious” and “outrageous” driving actions that included nearly ramming a police cruiser and almost running over pedestrians, Elijah William Dustyhorn will spend the next six months in jail. Dustyhorn, 19, from Key First Nation near Kamsack, appeared by video in Moose Jaw provincial court on April 20 and sentenced for his actions. He had pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop after an accident during a previous court appearance. As part of a joint submission, Dustyhorn was sentenced on both counts to jail for the next 180 days; the two six-month convictions will run concurrently or at the same time. However, since he has been in custody since Feb. 20, or for 61 days, he was given credit for 92 days. This means he will have 88 days left to serve on his sentence. The Crown stayed two other charges against him.

Dustyhorn’s charges occurred around 11:44 p.m. on Feb. 20, where he drove eastbound in the westbound lane of Manitoba Street West, explained Crown prosecutor Rob Parker. He drove directly at a police cruiser coming his way; the officer activated the car’s lights but Dustyhorn continued driving forward for half a block. He then drove over the median into the eastbound lane and continued away from the police officer, who followed Dustyhorn northbound on Second Avenue Northwest. Dustyhorn, Parker continued, barely missed hitting a group of pedestrians who were walking across the street toward Mosaic Place. The group jumped back onto the sidewalk to avoid being hit. Dustyhorn failed to stop at stop signs along Second Avenue Northwest and eventually collided with a vehicle stopped at Athabasca Street West. He jumped out of the vehicle while it was still in motion and ran; the vehicle continued onward and

hit another parked car and a light post before stepping on a front lawn. Police captured Dustyhorn after chasing after him on foot. Dustyhorn has a lengthy criminal record, although most of it is convictions from his youth in Yorkton, said Parker. These two particular charges are his first vehicle convictions as an adult. His record consists of charges that make him a danger to the public; these charges continue him along that path. “It is an extremely egregious circumstance as it relates to driving, with the serious potential for bodily injury or death,” Parker continued, adding while Dustyhorn should receive a driving prohibition, he won’t since that condition was not part of the conversation between the Crown and defence. Dustyhorn is aboriginal and is one of nine children, explained defence lawyer Julian Nahachewsky. His dad went to a residential school and his mother was adopted;

his dad was an alcoholic and his mother was a drug user. He experienced and he saw violence as a youth, Nahachewsky continued. He struggles with alcohol; wants to take programming to recover; wants to reconnect with his religion; wants to attain a job in the construction industry; and wants to reconnect with his mother. He has also shown remorse in all this. “The Crown described the driving as being egregious. I agree with that,” said Judge Brian Hendrickson, who accepted the joint submission. “I would also add outrageous. The driving actions of Mr. Dustyhorn represented a real danger — a potential danger — to not only other drivers but other pedestrians … that time of day in Moose Jaw, there could have been major, major, major problems for users of the roadway. “It’s very fortunate that nothing serious happened in terms of injury or potentially death to people.”

Addictions, mental illness Jason prevent man from receiving full treatment G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Mental health and addiction issues have fueled many of Shane Lorance Stephens’ recent problems, including an inability to receive treatment and run-ins with the justice system. Stephens, 30, is an inpatient at the Dr. F. H. Wigmore Regional Hospital and was unable to attend Moose Jaw provincial court on April 20. Instead, Legal Aid lawyer Suzanne Jeanson handled his situation and explained to Judge Brian Hendrickson the challenges the man faces. Mental illness is Stephens’ main problem, followed by addictions, which includes the use of crystal meth, she said. Stephens has struggled to receive regular treatment in the community since his mental illness is too complex for drug treatment centres to handle, while he is unable to stay sober long enough to receive help from mental health services. His last offence was this past October, continued Jeanson. After that he briefly went to the

Wakamow Detox Centre, followed by some time in the hospital’s mental health ward. Once released, Stephens went to live with his grandparents in Lucky Lake. One reason Stephens is in the hospital now — and can remain there — is to become sober; once that happens, he can get back into the Teen Challenge Saskatchewan program, which helps people overcome drug addictions, said Jeanson. Jeanson asked Judge Hendrickson to waive any surcharges since Stephens is unemployable and wouldn’t be able to pay. Jeanson noted Stephens understood the allegations against him and wanted to take responsibility and pleaded guilty to some of them, including: • Three fail to attend court charges; • One fail to report charge; • Three thefts under $5,000;

• Five breaches of probation; • One break and enter; • One count of knowingly conveying a threat; • One charge of possessing an illegal substance.

The Crown stayed 21 other charges against Stephens. Judge Hendrickson accepted the joint submission recommended by the Crown and defence. Stephens had already spent 86 actual days in jail but was credited with 129 days based on the court’s 1.5 days credit system. His time in jail was considered time served. He also received a 30-day sentence on all other guilty charges, but those sentences were considered to have been served concurrently during his time in jail. For his charge of possession, he received a five-day concurrent sentence. Hendrickson also agreed to waive the victim surcharge.

About $13,000 in drugs seized during traffic stop There was plenty of commotion in the Town N Country Mall parking lot recently as Moose Jaw police conducted a vehicle stop that turned up drugs and money. Police initiated the traffic stop at 2:30 p.m. on April 21 since the vehicle in question was connected with an ongoing investiga-

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tion, a news released explained. During the course of the vehicle stop police located methamphetamine and cocaine for a combined amount of 4.5 ounces, as well as Canadian Currency. An adult female and two adult males from Moose Jaw were arrested. All three now

face numerous charges including possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, and proceeds of crime. One male was also charged for breaching his parole and the other male was charged with breaching several

court-ordered conditions. All three are being held in custody for court. The approximate street value of the drugs seized is $13,000. Police continue to investigate and more charges could be laid.

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Hillcrest, Lynbrook getting ready to open May 15

Local courses excited for opportunity as first stage of COVID-19 restrictions are lifted Randy Palmer -Moose Jaw Express

You’ll find very few people in Moose Jaw more excited about Re-Open Saskatchewan right now that Jasmine Cameron and Dwight Bearchell. Cameron, the general manager at the Hillcrest Golf Club and Bearchell, pro shop manager at the Lynbrook Golf Club, were both over the moon last week after the Government of Saskatchewan announced Phase One of the COVID-19 recovery plan would include the reopening of golf courses across the province as of May 15. That gives both courses two weeks to get ready, and both were quick to say that when tee time comes, they’ll be ready to go. For Cameron and the Hillcrest, the news came at the perfect time, even with the myriad of restrictions that will be in place. “It’ll be a lot different, but honestly the news today is so good,â€? she said. “We knew we were one of the first businesses in the soft opening of phase one, but we didn’t know what date they were going to throw out. It could have been July 1 or even later. “So we’re happy, we’re going to follow all protocols to make sure everyone is healthy.â€? Naturally, Bearchell carried much the same sentiment. “We think it’s great,â€? he said with a tone of happiness and relief. “There’s still some time but it’s nice that we have a definite plan and we can plan to match that plan. They’ve included a whole bunch of rules and it’s good to have them because we want our people to be safe out and the golfer to be safe as well‌ People have to get some normalcy back in their lives again, but we want everyone to be safe.â€? The Lynbrook appears to have wintered well, and their grounds crew have been keeping up with maintenance just in case good news came. Now that it’s arrived, it’s all hands on deck. “The course is pretty decent shape, our people have been out there working, the course is looking good and it’ll be more than ready by the 15th,â€? Bearchell said. “They have lots of time to do some prep work on it, some things that weren’t quite up to par. We didn’t have a lot of snowfall this winter, and that can hurt your golf course, but I’m sure by the 15th we’ll be ready. It’s important that we get all that stuff straightened around, so when people can finally get out there, it’ll be well worth their time and the course will be in good shape.â€? Over at the Hillcrest, it’s been a skeleton staff working on keeping things going: Cameron and a handful of course workers and volunteers, in time when they’d normally have more than 20 staff on the go. “Our superintendent is out there working on the greens and the course with some volunteer help, but they’ve been working some long, hard hours to get the course ready and maintained,â€? Cameron said. Once things do open, it won’t be the same game people are used to. From raised cups your ball has to hit to finish a hole, to 20-minute staggered tee times and rules when it comes to clubhouses, the list is long and encompassing. Those clubhouse rules are rather ironic, too, considering the situation at the Hillcrest. “It’s disheartening for us, we’re just finishing up our brand new clubhouse,â€? Cameron said with rueful laugh, referring to the major renovation that added new bath-

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rooms, expanded kitchen facilities and a host of other improvements. “But if we have to wait and it keeps people safe, then it’s all for the best.â€? Bearchell is taking much the same approach. “There’s a long list of rules, but to avoid COVID-19, that’s what we have to do if we want to get out and play,â€? he said. The key to it all going forward will be seeing the public continue to take the intelligent and thoughtful approach Saskatchewan has seen throughout the pandemic, ensuring the restrictions don’t come back in place. “Fingers crossed, too, though, that society still understands the whole social distancing thing,â€? Cameron said. “We’re lucky enough where our province is at and we’ve been given a green light. But there’s nothing keeping that way, nothing saying that in a months time that if the numbers get bad we’re closed again. “It’s a huge deal that we all work together with this, but it’s truly a blessing for us to see a date of May 15 for us to open.â€? Both golf courses have their offices open and are renewing and taking new memberships, be sure to contact the Hillcrest at (306) 693-1921, the Lynbrook at (306) 6922838 or check out their websites and for more information. *** A look at the rules and restrictions for when golf reopens on May 15 to keep public safe as possible from COVID-19 With golf courses throughout Saskatchewan set to open on May 15 as part of the provincial government’s ReOpen Saskatchewan plan, a host of stringent measures have been put in place in order to limit and prevent the spread of COVID-19. • Expand cleaning and disinfection of common/hightouch surfaces in accordance with the public health order. • Physical distancing must be observed at all times, with a minimum of two metres between individuals. • Employees must have access to gloves and sanitizing wipes, and are required to stay home if they are unwell or symptomatic. • Signage must be posted to caution players about the risks of COVID-19. • Players exhibiting signs of illness will not be permitted to play. • All players must have a tee time, no walk-on players will be permitted. • Payment must be made in advance by telephone or online – cash cannot be accepted. • Tee times must be a minimum of 20 minutes apart to avoid congestion on the course. • Flags must remain in place and cups elevated so the ball does not drop into the hole. Play is concluded when the ball makes contact with the cup. • All rakes and ball washers must be removed from the course. • Washroom facilities on the course must remain closed to players and the public. • Driving range and practice putting/chipping greens must remain closed at all times. VILLAGE OF BRIERCREST 2020 ASSESSMENT ROLL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Assessment Roll for the Village of Briercrest for the year 2020 has been prepared and is now open to inspection by appointment in the office of the assessor on Tuesdays from 9:30am - 2:30pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm and Thursdays from 9:30am - 2:30pm, beginning April 28th to June 29th, 2020. A Bylaw pursuant to section 214 of “The Municipalities Actâ€? has been passed and the assessment notices have been sent as required. Any person who wishes to appeal his or her assessment is required to file his or her notice of appeal, accompanied by a $30.00 appeal fee which will be returned if the appeal is successful, with: The Secretary of the Board of Revision, Aileen Swenson, 2405 Gordon Rd., Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 4M4, by the 29th day of June, 2020. Dated this 28th day of April 2020. If you have any questions please call me at (306) 799-2066. Linda Senchuk, Administrator, Village of Briercrest

• Walking is encouraged. • Limit of one person per golf cart, unless the occupants reside in the same household. • If rental golf carts are used, they must be fully sanitized between uses. • Golf club and pull-cart rentals are prohibited. • Remove bulk scorecard, pencil and tee holders from starter areas. • Retail sales must be restricted to curbside pick-up or delivery. • All food and beverage service is suspended, except curbside pick-up or delivery. Call-ahead for pick up. • Washrooms at the clubhouse will be sanitized regularly, with only one individual allowed at a time. • Drink/snack carts may not operate. • Locker rooms must be closed. Players can change footwear in the parking lot. • The clubhouse (with exception of the washrooms) and common spaces (decks, gazebos, and picnic areas) must remain closed. • Private/group lessons, league play and tournaments are prohibited. For additional information, please call the Business Response Team at 1-844-800-8688 or email

VILLAGE OF DRINKWATER 2020 ASSESSMENT ROLL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Assessment Roll for the Village of Drinkwater for the year 2020 has been prepared and is open to inspection in the office of the assessor from 9:00am and 4:00pm on the Fridays, beginning April 24th, 2020 until June 26th, 2020. A Bylaw pursuant to section 214 of “The Municipalities Act� has been passed and the assessment notices have been sent as required. Any person who wishes to appeal his or her assessment is required to file his or her notice of appeal, with: The Assessor, Village of Drinkwater, P.O. Box 66, Drinkwater, Saskatchewan S0H 1G0, by the 26th day of June, 2020. Dated at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan this, 24th day of April, 2020. Colleen Ferguson Assessor VILLAGE OF BELLE PLAINE TAX TITLE PROPERTY FOR SALE The Village of Belle Plaine is offering for sale by tender the following tax title property: 108 Jennifer Court Lot 15 Blk Z Plan 102007808 Frontage: 70.0’ Flankage: 130.0’ Assessment: $18,400 (land) Approximate o/s taxes & costs: $14,243.56 Tender Conditions: 1. A tender shall be submitted in a sealed envelope on which the address of the property is clearly marked. A certified cheque in the amount of 10% of the offer shall accompany each offer. Tenders must be postmarked, or hand deliver by 4:00pm, Tuesday June 2nd, 2020. Village of Belle Plaine Box 63 Belle Plaine, SK S0G 0G0 2. Highest or any tender will have 30 days to provide the balance of cash to complete the purchase. 3. The purchaser is responsible for fees of Transfer of Title. The purchaser must provide the name of the solicitor who will be undertaking the registration Tranfer Authorization on the purchaser’s behalf. The Village of Belle Plaine will provide a Transfer Authorization to the purchaser’s solicitor upon receipt of the balance of the purchase price. Property taxes will be adjusted as per the possession date. 4. The Village of Belle Plaine reserves the right to reject any or all offers.

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Warriors’ Millar pleased with selections in WHL Bantam Draft Overall depth of 2020 class has teams throughout league looking for big things in the future Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

When the Moose Jaw Warriors went to make their first pick in the 2020 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, they knew they were going to land an extremely high-end recruit from Saskatchewan. The question was just who it was going to be. The Warriors ended up selecting Saskatoon Contacts forward Brayden Yager with the third overall selection, kicking off their run through what is widely considered to be one of the deepest WHL Drafts in recent history. “I think the day started out very well; we had a pretty good idea that Yager would be our guy,” said general manager Alan Millar. “We’re very excited to add a guy who has elite hockey ability and skill sense combined with a real will and determination in his game, a strong compete. He’s a complete player with a 200-foot game

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and has a lot of intangibles that make him a high-end prospect, so we’re really excited to have Brayden.” The Warriors used their second pick on speedy Balgonie Prairie Storm forward Ben Riche before selecting their lone goaltender of the draft, Jackson Unger from the Calgary Bisons in the third round. “Our guys are real high on Riche in the second round, a kid out of Regina whose speed and compete our guys really like,” Millar said. “And when we got to our third pick, we were debating a couple guys, but our number one goalie was still on the board and our guys believe there is a big upside in this young man and he has a chance to be a top goaltender. We felt at that point in the draft, that was a smart pick for us.” The Warriors didn’t have another draft pick until the seventh round, but testament to the depth of the draft, there were plenty of their top-rated prospects still available even at that point. “You have 22 teams that are evaluating 300, 400-plus 14-year-old players, and he draft gets to a certain point and you get to a certain point on your draft list where it’s all over the board,” Millar said. “For us, we were still drafting guys we had rated fairly high. We stuck to our principles in terms of hockey sense and compete, and we’re real comfortable with the skating and speed of the group we drafted today. “It was a great job by Jason Ripplinger leading our group, we had some challenges the last four to six weeks in terms of doing thing differently and we’re really pleased with how well things went.” One thing that was easily noticeable is the amount of talent that came out of Saskatchewan. Word going into the draft was the province would see plenty of players picked, but what ended up happening was beyond the pale. “The first two rounds, every name that went up on the board, our guys were ‘good player, good player’, and a lot of those guys were from Saskatchewan,” Millar said. “To have seven picks go in the first round and over 50 young men drafted from our home province, we were fortunate to draft five players from Saskatchewan so it was a great day all around.” An aspect of the draft that sometimes gets overlooked is


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what happens to those youngsters who didn’t see their name pop up on Millar has a simple message for that crew. “Keep your head up. Give yourself an opportunity by working hard,” he said matter-of-factly. “At the end of the day, it’s a challenge to evaluate 14-year-old hockey players and there are late bloomers. The listing of players, inviting them to camp and adding them to our list is a big part of what we do in terms of putting our teams together.” One doesn’t have to look very far to see just what can happen if that hard work is put in. “We had a local guy here in Atley Calvert who didn’t get drafted out at Prairie Hockey Academy,” Millar said. “We listed him early in his 15-year-old year and he earned his way to get signed, he played 14 games as a 16-year-old last year, captained the AAA Warriors to a great season last year. He got recognized because he worked his butt off and combined that with some good hockey sense and skill. “So the guys went later in the draft, at the end of the day the number doesn’t matter and if you didn’t get drafted, keep your head up, there are other opportunities to play in the league so just keep working hard.”

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Calvert excited for opportunity after WHL Draft selection

Newest member of Saskatoon Blades looking forward to chance to crack Western Hockey League line-up Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

For many players, the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft is a time of nervousness and anticipation, especially if you know someone somewhere is going to select you. But for those who are likely later-round selections or have flown under the radar, there’s also the unknown if you’ll be picked at all. That’s the situation Moose Jaw Bantam AA Warriors standout Rowan Calvert found himself in as draft day progressed last Wednesday afternoon, as he watched and waited, and then waited some more. “I was looking at the live feed, and as the rounds went by I just kept hoping and hoping that someone would take a chance on me and give me an opportunity,” Calvert said. The rounds started getting late, and by the time round nine came around, Rowan himself wasn’t paying close attention. But his dad Jeff – himself a former member of the Warriors – most certainly was. And then it happened. The Saskatoon Blades selected Rowan in the ninth round, 187th overall. And just like that, welcome to the Western Hockey League, young man. “My dad was watching and he told me, and then everyone was really happy and it was just a great moment,” Rowan said. “It was definitely an exciting day for my family here.” It stood to reason Calvert would attract some attention – the 5-foot-8, 180-pound forward had put together a

Rowan Calvert in action with the Moose Jaw Bantam AA Warriors last season. Photo courtesy the Calvert family. stellar year for the Bantam Warriors, scoring 24 goals and 45 points in 31 games while also showing plenty of discipline with only 18 penalty minutes. It certainly doesn’t hurt that it was the Saskatoon Blades that came calling, either. “It’s a great organization and it’s close to home, which helps. I couldn’t think of a better place to go; I’m excited for the opportunity they’ve given me here and I’m excited to go to camp in the fall,” Calvert said. “It’s nice to get drafted and nice to know someone wants you, but all the work starts from here. This is just motivation to keep working; obviously I have a long way to

go, but if I just keep using that as my motivation I’ll keep working and getting better and better and hopefully I’ll play there one day.” Rowan doesn’t have to look very far to see just what that kind of hard work can accomplish. Older brother Atley essentially willed himself into the WHL Warriors lineup after going undrafted and signing as a list player and is now considered one of the team’s top prospects. “A few years ago he didn’t get to hear his name called, but I know it’s possible because he put in a lot of work and I have to too, to get a chance to play as well,” Rowan said. Of course, there’s the ongoing issue with the COVID-19 pandemic playing havoc with any kind of ice time and training for preparation for the coming season. But having a solid home gym and a couple of decent workout partners has helped off-set the lack of ice work. “It’s a setback not being able to go to the rink, but we have a pretty nice set-up here with our gym in the garage,” Calvert said. “I work out with my brother and my dad; we have kind of intense workouts in the morning and then we just kind of relax and hang out as a family the rest of the day. But other than that we can play basketball or shoot pucks, anything to get active when we’re not on the ice. “We’re just looking forward to when we have a chance to get back on the ice.”

Yager excited for opportunity with Warriors

First-round Bantam Draft pick looking forward to joining team for camp in the fall

Brayden Yager found himself in an interesting situation heading into the 2020 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. While other players were settling in for what could have been a long day of screen watching, the Saskatoon Contacts standout knew he wasn’t going to have to wait long at all. And in the end, it was about 15 minutes. Shortly after the Regina Pats selected Connor Bedard with the first overall pick and the Prince George Cougars followed with Yager’s teammate Riley Heidt, the Moose Jaw Warriors made Yager the third overall selection in the 2020 Bantam Draft. “We talked to quite a few teams, and I think our family knew from the early part of the season that Moose Jaw was one of the front runners,” Yager said from his home in Dundurn. “They were ran so well by Al Millar and Jason Ripplinger and head coach Mark O’Leary and then the rest of the staff as well, it was definitely someplace I wanted to go. “We talked a few times and I told them I was interested in playing there, and I think we hoped they would take me, but there was no guarantee.” Basically, the way Yager’s draft was going to shake out boiled down to what the Cougars decided to do – either he was going second and the Warriors would

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Brayden Yager poses in a Moose Jaw Warriors jersey shortly after being drafted with the third overall pick

land Heidt third, or vice versa. But that didn’t make it any less cool when things played out. “It’s exciting, you wait for this day for such a long time and then for it to finally happen is pretty unbelievable,” Yager said. The Warriors themselves didn’t waste any time locking down their elite prospect, either – he signed the WHL standard player agreement the next day and just like that officially became the newest member of the Moose Jaw Warriors. “We believe Brayden is an elite young player who combines a great skill set with

speed and has a strong two-way complete game,” said Millar, the Warriors general manager, during a Zoom conference call on Friday morning. “For us, for him having that talent complemented with a complete game, and a real strong compete and a will and determination in his game to make a difference to win battles, that makes him a perfect fit for our hockey club.” Warriors head coach Mark O’Leary also weighed in with praise for his future young standout. “As a coach and our staff, we had a chance to watch Brayden a little bit this year, we certainly heard a lot about him leading up to the draft,” he said. “The two things that stand out for me are his passion and enthusiasm for the game, you can see that in the way he plays and how he talks about his game and his true compete level at both ends of the rink. That’s something we’re really excited to work with and it’s really exciting to see a family and a kid excited to be a Moose Jaw Warrior.” The story of how Yager got to this point has been recounted many times – the 5-foot-10, 161-pound forward burst onto the scene while playing up in Bantam as a second-year Pee Wee during the 2017-18 season, scoring 35 goals and 59 points in 31 games. His first year back in

his own age class was a horror show for his Martensville Marauders opponents, as Yager would score 44 goals and 103 points in only 31 games. That led to this past season, where the 14-year-old suited up for the Contacts in the Sask Midget AAA league. Despite playing against players three years older, Yager still managed to score 18 goals and put up 42 points in 44 games. That all means people will be looking for big things from Yager when he finally hits the Warriors line-up, but he’s not worried about that kind of pressure just yet. “I think the easiest way to deal with pressure is to try and be prepared, and I’m just going to try my best to have a good season in Midget and after that prepare for the WHL and hopefully make the team as a 16-year-old,” he said. The plan going forward for the short term is simple: stay healthy, stay in shape and get ready to tear things up in the Sask U18 loop next season. “I think with the pandemic going around, we’re just trying to make the best situation out of an unfortunate one and preparing for the season,” Yager said. “I’ve been shooting pucks in the back and getting as much exercise as I can to stay in shape and I’m looking forward to getting back on the ice.”

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Dance Images staying connected with dancers in plenty of ways Larissa Kurz

Owner Barb Jackman has been very busy adjusting Dance Images by BJ to a more distant, online version of the studio, but instructors and students have really only been feeling the distance physically thanks to the ongoing schedule of activities. Jackman and the Dance Images instructors have been keeping up with their students in a number of different ways since the studio was mandated to close because of the pandemic measures in March. For starters, all classes on the Dance Images schedule have moved onto Zoom and Youtube for now, said Jackman, running four days a week. It’s less than the studio usually has happening during the week, but it’s important to Jackman to keep her dancers connected. “We’re just trying to offer our kids alternatives. Dancing in their living room isn’t perfect, but it’s better than not dancing at all,” said Jackman. The studio is also running regular video meetings with dancers in all the studio’s age groups just to talk, where they do activities together and check-in with one another. “This little connection is going to hopefully help put a little bit of a bandaid on all that the dancers are going through right

Dance Images owner Barb Jackman and two of her fellow instructors spent Easter Sunday delivering Easter goodies to the competition team who had to cancel their overseas trip this spring. (supplied) now,” said Jackman. Jackman has also been posting weekly dance challenges in the Dance Images Facebook group, daring her dancers to get creative at home and have fun while in isolation by creating their own choreography videos to share. “We’re trying to kind of keep connected

with our families and help the kids stay focused on something exciting every day,” said Jackman.

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On Easter Sunday, Jackman and two other instructors even took the time to deliver gifts for a secret gift exchange between the competition team that had to cancel their overseas trip this spring. Dance Images also organized a studio drive-by on April 18, where instructors opened the doors of the studio and stood on the lawn to wave hello to dancers as they drove by with their families. “It was really our first time we’ve seen [our dancers], except on a Zoom screen, in four weeks,” said Jackman. “So that was really amazing and I think we’re going to try doing it again because we all found it really uplifting.” Dance Images has also just launched a

new community outreach series called Let’s Dance Together, where Dance Images instructors run free online classes for anyone to join. On Tuesday evenings, instructors run a hip-hop class on Zoom for ages six and up, and on Wednesday evenings is a creative movement class. On Saturdays at noon through Instagram live, Dance Images instructors have been offering a video class focusing on a new genre each week — like jazz, musical theatre, contemporary, and more. The next live Instagram class will be on April 25, featuring hip-hop. Since the change, Jackman has seen nothing but enthusiasm from her Dance Images family. She’s made it a priority to keep up with her dancers both in terms of their dance education and also socially. It has been tough to be out of the studio right now, said Jackman, especially when dancers should be right in the middle of competition season. “Our dancers train so hard at our studio and they’re so committed, and our families are so committed and [this time of year] is the payoff, so it’s really a bummer,” said Jackman. “We’re just trying to keep the positive vibe going.” She’s also disappointed for the handful of dancers who are graduating this year, as usually, the studio plans a few special things to celebrate with them that may not be possible this year. “It’s really tough for them because there’s lots of special things that they were looking forward to,” said Jackman. “And I’ve got a few things that we’re planning to do, but it won’t be quite the same.” Jackman hopes that by continuing a semi-regular class schedule and staying engaged through social media, dancers won’t feel like their season is over just yet — because even she’s not ready to call it just yet. “I have not cancelled my [final] show yet, but we’ll see what the next two weeks brings,” promised Jackman. For more information on any of the video classes Dance Images is offering, or to request an invite link to the next Dance Images online class, contact the studio at 1 (306) 631-0584 or

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Dance Images families joined an informal parade of their own on April 18, to wave hello to the instructors they’re missing at the studio during the closure. (supplied)

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Warriors looking forward to playing up Yager-Bedard rivalry Interesting times ahead after impressive WHL Draft for Saskatchewan Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Warriors and Regina Pats aren’t going to waste very much time taking advantage of their incredible windfall in the 2020 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. You have the Pats, who won the lottery both literally and figuratively and selected the WHL’s first exceptional status player in Connor Bedard. Two picks later, it was the Saskatoon Contacts’ Brayden Yager who went to the Warriors. What makes things interesting is both players appear to be generational talents, with Yager himself applying for exceptional player status but being turned down. That’s the kind of turn of events that can lead to all sorts of intrigue when the teams meet, and it’s something Warriors general manager Alan Millar expects will be a feature any time the two teams play.

“I think we have a great opportunity here with Bedard in Regina, Yager in Moose Jaw,” he said during a Zoom press conference announcing Yager’s signing with the team on Friday. “With what we’re going through, we’re going to have to find different ways to be creative and different ways to excite our fan base. [Pats general manager] John Paddock and I have talked about it, I think we’re going to have a lot of fun with what I consider the two elite players in this age group. With the rivalry with the Pats and these two young guys, the Bedard-Yager comparisons and competitiveness, we’re going to be having fun for the next three, four, five years.” Bedard will get a head start, with his exceptional player status allowing him to play a full WHL season as a 15-year-old. Yager, meanwhile, will be limited to the usual five games for regular Bantam draft picks – in theory. Much like happened with Matthew Savoie with the Winnipeg Ice last season, players can be called up as affiliates for any number of emergency personnel reasons, something that led to Savoie playing 22 games last season in spite of also being denied exceptional player status.

Factor in the Warriors having the most affiliate player games played in the WHL last year, and you see how things might go. “So we’ll manage that as we go, we want Brayden to spend as much time with our team as he can, certainly balancing his education and respecting his club team,” Millar said. “We like our prospects to spend as much time with us as they can, get to know our environment, get to know our culture, spend time with our veteran players and get to know our coaching staff.” Regardless of how much action Yager gets into in 202021, hell be seeing plenty of familiar faces – and possibly re-forging old rivalries – given the number of players taken from Saskatchewan in the 2020 Draft. A total of 53 players were selected, more than any province other than Alberta, including seven in the first round. “We’ve all been texted back and forth, and we’ve all been congratulating each other,” Yager said. “I think being able to play against them the next few years sounds pretty cool. Saskatchewan is a really good hockey province, it’s a tough brand of hockey out here and it’s a pretty special accomplishment to have that many payers drafted.”

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One-third of farm/ ranch input prices fell year over year By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express



About one-third of Alberta farm input prices fell between March 2019 and

March 2020. Seventeen of 47 input categories fell over the 12 months according to the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry survey. Most price declines came in the feed category. At $4.46 a bushel feed barley fell 3.7 per cent while feed oats, $2.84 a bushel, fell 1.8 per cent Number one feed wheat, $5.27 a bushel, lost 6.2 per cent while 50 per cent alfalfa dropped five per cent to $164 a tonne. A 25 kilo bag of calf starter was up 8.3 per cent to $18.06 and a 25 kilo bag of cattle mineral increased 14.7 per cent to $33.80. Only one of seven items under machinery and parts declined. Truck tires. at $302, fell 3.5 per cent. At $18.41, four litres of anti-freeze was up 3.7 per cent. Plastic round baler twine increased 7.4 per cent to $36.45 a roll while a 12-volt battery jumped 12.8 per cent to $122.73. Farm labour, no board, increased 4.3 per cent to $3,841 a month. Repair shop costs jumped 14.5 per cent to $140.78 an hour. Energy and seed classes saw six increases and three declines year over year. Diesel fuel at 90.4 cents per gallon jumped 14.5 per cent while unleaded purple gas at 83.9 cents a litre, fell 15.9 per cent. Electricity was up 15.6 per cent to 7.08 cents a kilowatt while natural gas was down 32.8. per cent to $2.97 a gigajoule. Propane gas was up 11 per cent to 64.2 cents a litre. At $24.37 for five litres, motor oil was up 4.5 per cent. Among seeds, barley at $43.05 per 100 kilos increased 3.5 per cent; herbicide tolerant Liberty canola was up 2.9 per cent to $705.50 per 22.7 kilos; and herbicide tolerant Roundup canola increased 3.5 per cent to $619.40 per 22.7 kilo bag. Five increases in seed, fertilizer and drugs were led by a 29.5 per cent boost in 50ml, penicillin to $29.76 and a 15.5 per cent hike for 250ml vitamin AD and E supplement to $42.30. Among fertilizers, 11-51-0 bulk at $676.63 a tonne was down 15 per cent; 46-0-0 urea bulk was down six per cent to $524.68 a tonne and anhydrous ammonia,82-0-0, at $874.37 was down two per cent. Ten litres of Roundup WEATHERMAX at $88.78 increased 6.9 per cent. Prices increased in all classes of machinery with a three-quarter tonne truck up 1.6 per cent to $53,777. An air drill, 40 to 42 feet, increased 5.1 per cent to $345.25 while an 800 to 900-gallon pull type sprayer was up 4.5 per cent to $67,133. A four-wheel drive tractor, 325-375hp, increased 5.1 per cent to $427,172 while a front wheel drive unit, 205-130hp, increased three per cent to $178,025 A class seven self-propelled combine increased 3.6 per cent to $538,814 A PTO round baler jumped 9.1 per cent to $67,133. Ron Walter can be reached at


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Five and Twenty warriors From Dominion’s western side Fiesty little fighting ships Full of hometown pride The wild roses of Alberta The Yukon and BC Manitoba and Saskatchewan Western flowers of the sea Vancouver and Regina Lethbridge and Quesnel Calgary and Rosthern Weyburn fighting hell Brandon and Nanaimo Here comes Chilliwack Moose Jaw ramming U-boats Kamloops striking back Saskatoon and Dawson Agassiz and Trail Battleford and Dauphin Mighty Morden setting sail Kamsack and Drumheller New Westminster on the guard Alberni and Wetaskiwin With Camrose charging hard Royal Canadian Navy Western Canada Corvettes On the water fighting bravely Lest we all forget The wild roses of Alberta The Yukon and BC Manitoba and Saskatchewan Western flowers of the sea ------------------------------------------------ⓒ 2019 Garth Paul Ukrainetz In celebration and remembrance of the 75th Anniversary of the end of

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On the Front Porch by Wanda Smith Out of the Ashes Already this spring, we are seeing random prairie fires starting; some due to negligence like throwing cigarettes out the window and others due to sparks from machinery or other modes of transportation that ignite the dry prairie wool. Local municipal governments are cautioning rural landowners to use discretion when it comes to burning on personal land. If rain doesn’t fall in the near future, we may see fire bans established again. There is nothing like a bonfire shared with friends and family; my hope and prayer is that we can share the outdoors with those we love, sooner rather than later. Hubby has taught me, through his love of the land, how spectacular native grass is. Historically, this bunch grass provided year-round nutrition for many bison. Any rancher who appreciates native grass does what they can to protect it through rotational grazing, the use of bale grazing as well as not over-grazing and eliminating unnecessary disturbances such as driving on it. Hubby was very insistent when we were first married that we could not check cows with the truck; he is a true land manager through and through. Over time, he softened some... as we took random family rides in the old Suzuki Sidekick (redneck version of the Side-by-sides now).However; he still checked cows and treated on horseback until we sold our small ranch four years ago. He encouraged incredible growth on our calving grounds as he used bales for added grazing options on the days when the weather was good. The older I get the more I respect the land because of Hubby’s tireless love to protect and sustain it. As I think of the fires that have ravaged pastureland this spring, I contemplate the hardiness of prairie wool. The richness of this perennial rough fescue endures drought and prairie fires. The roots of this grass are incredibly long and extensive reaching more than 4 feet in depth in our good Saskatchewan soil. A cool season grass, it tends to emerge early in spring and cures around the first week of October. Ranchers suggest putting calves on this grass in the fall to help put pounds on before they are taken to market. The versatility of this grass can prolong the grazing season into the early winter months if the producer manages his grass well. After a prairie fire, one can see this spectacular rough fescue grass make a comeback as a fresh new blanket of green emerges from the earth. Out of the ashes emerges beauty and resource. I’d like to think we have similar characteristics of prairie wool. We get hit by undesirable conditions but have the ability to come through with beauty and resources on the other side. Out of the ashes, we rise. The depth of our roots will determine how we go into the next season. One of my favorite scriptures of all time that I’m sure I’ve shared with you before is Psalm 1: 3: “He shall be like a tree planted by rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither and whatever he does shall prosper. He is never dry, never fainting, every blessed, ever prosperous.� As we navigate into a new normal in our global community, my prayer is that your roots will go down deep and that your heart is steadfast, trusting in God to sustain you and bring you through with beauty and the resources to emerge from this COVID-19 storm. Be encouraged dear ones. As God’s sons and daughters, we will rise from the ashes. 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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Bread-making can be a relief from all kinds of grief Jason G. Antonio Moose Jaw Express

MACLACHLAN The family of Doreen MacLachlan, née Francis, announces her peaceful passing, with family by her side on 21 April 2020. Doreen was the youngest daughter of six children, to the late William and Mabel Francis; born 29 December 1934. Raised on the Francis farm north of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan along with siblings Jean, Betty, Gordon, Shirley, Harold and Donald. Doreen and Clare MacLachlan were married on 25 June 1960 and their two sons Perry and Keith soon followed. The new family settles on the MacLachlan farm south of Eyebrow, Saskatchewan. After the untimely loss of Clare on 10 May 1985, Doreen courageously carries on the family farm with the MacLachlan family. Welcoming Perry and Maxine’s daughters, Jamie and Meagan; Doreen was enthralled as a grandmother. When tragedy struck with the unfortunate loss of Perry, Doreen once again headed the farm and was a strong presence for her grieving family. Continuing her and Clare’s love of Arabian horses, passing down her wealth of knowledge to her granddaughters, participating in horse shows and trail rides with her Miniature Horses was a passion. In her aging, Doreen moved from the farm to Waldeck, Saskatchewan with her son Keith. To be closer to granddaughter Jamie and her great-grandchildren Daynan and Elayna; where she soon found her place again as an adoring grandmother. Soon Meagan and Scott welcomed their two boys, Ethan and Ryan who travelled from Dilke, Saskatchewan often to visit. Meagan, Jamie and Keith were supportive by Doreen’s side when she needed them the most, transitioning her life into the care of the Providence Place in Moose Jaw after her scare of a stroke. Doreen was very appreciative to the nursing staff who with dignity made her comfortable for her last few months. The immediate family will attend her burial in the Eyebrow cemetery alongside Clare and will be hosting a memorial celebration of Doreen’s life at a later date to be announced. Doreen will be affectionately missed by her surviving brothers Harold and Donald; countless cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. James Murdock, Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.

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With many people deciding to make bread during the pandemic, one Saskatchewan woman chose to analyze the phenomenon from a folklore perspective since bread has been a staple in times of change. Kristin Catherwood, director of living heritage with Heritage Saskatchewan, wrote a blog post about how bread has had cultural significance over the centuries, including in this province. Catherwood had thought about writing about bread as living heritage for years, but it was only when she moved to the family farm recently and took a sourdough starter kit from her fridge that she had the time to write. The Moose Jaw Express has republished the blog post in an edited format. A symbol of culture “I hold onto the power of simple, everyday themes to serve as portals into our most deeply held cultural values. Bread is one such (aspect),” she wrote. Besides being a tangible and indisputable foodstuff, bread is also a symbol of culture. Think “give us this day our daily bread” in The Lord’s Prayer; in Christianity and other major religions, bread takes on symbolic potency, Catherwood continued. One of the core tenets of Roman Catholicism is transubstantiation: the process whereby bread is actually transformed into the Body of Christ. The cultural connotations of bread are informed by historic realities; the flour and lard rations that the federal government provided to Aboriginal people in the 19th and 20th centuries were inadequate to stave off starvation. These ingredients were combined to make bannock, a traditional Scottish staple that has now become a culturally significant food for Plains Aboriginals. “… Without cultural context, bannock is just ingredients baked together. It is the weight of history and culture that imbues it with its meaning and significance, and thus it becomes an example of living heritage,” said Catherwood. An indicator of change Folklore scholars examine the everyday items, practices and beliefs that inform people’s understanding of themselves and their belonging to place. Folklorist Diane Tye published a study on bread’s cultural significance in Newfoundland, arguing that bread touches all aspects of life and is a sensitive indicator of change. Catherwood discovered that in today’s current circumstances, bread making has become almost a hobby or recreational pursuit. In earlier generations, as Tye noted, the demand of bread-making filled women’s days and was the main core activity since it was essential to a family’s survival. Tye also discussed ways parents encouraged their kids to ALLAN MUNROE 1934 ~ 2020 Mr. Allan Duncan Munroe, beloved husband of Mrs. Gwen Munroe, passed away at the Masterpiece Southlands Meadows in Medicine Hat on Monday, April 20, 2020, at the age of 85 years. The Celebration of Allan’s life will be announced in the future, closer to the date of the service. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at Honoured to serve the family is Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4. Toll free 1-877-528-6455

Bread making. Photo courtesy Getty Images eat the bread crusts and not waste precious food. A “crust man” would steal children if they didn’t eat all the bread. Other parents said eating the crusts would make children strong, their cheeks rosy and their hair curly. This last idea hit home for Catherwood, after eating sandwiches at her grandmother’s house. Protection from the supernatural A study by folklorist Barbara Rieti of Newfoundland fairy lore found it was common to carry bread in one’s pockets for protection from fairies or supernatural entities. Rieti argued that bread “provides a talisman of domesticity (and culture) against the perils of the wilderness.” If wilderness also means “the unknown,” Catherwood wrote, then it could be argued the use of bread is a comforting symbol of home and culture against today’s uncertainty. In her article, Tye spoke to the connection of bread with a nostalgic yearning to return to earlier times, particularly, to rural lifestyles that were self-sufficient and grounded in family closeness and connection to place. “My perspective on our current bread frenzy is closely related to this. The act of baking bread is symbolic of … (how) most of our ancestors lived. They did not have the option of whether to eat our or cook at home, or even go to the grocery store for that matter …,” wrote Catherwood. Panic buying not irrational The panic buying seen in recent weeks might not be irrational after all. Rather, society is responding to fundamental human fears of survival, with these fears culturally informed, she continued. Bread represents food in general, while COVID-19 is revealing the fragility of our food systems and the complicated transport networks that get supplies to supermarkets. We don’t normally consider this supply chain during “normal life,” but we are confronted with our vulnerability when a disruption occurs. The act of baking bread — of producing our own food — is perhaps an assertion of self-sufficiency and personal survival during uncertainty. Cultural heritage embedded in us While bread hasn’t been scarce in stores, through instinct society acts upon cultural heritage embedded in our bones, said Catherwood. The very question of survival and essentials of life increases when our world is brought to a sudden halt. For her, nurturing her sourdough starter to life took two weeks. “The symbolism was not lost on me even as I performed the daily ritual of feeding the starter until finally, it was ready to produce a loaf of bread,” she continued. “… the pandemic is forcing us to be close to hearth and home, and bread is inextricably linked with that … we reach for something solid to hold onto. A daily food usually taken for granted, sometimes demonized because of its heavy carb load, and other times brought into the spotlight for religious or cultural ritual, bread is now returning to its place on our tables and in our collective cultural consciousness as the very stuff of life.”

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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 have 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 For information about the status of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, or for more information on symptoms and preventative measures, check coronavirus. Saskatchewan declared a provincial state of emergency on March 18, 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. On April 23, Premier Scott Moe announced the Saskatchewan government’s plan to begin reopening the province’s economy as early as May 4 for some sectors.


All schools in Saskatchewan, from pre-kindergarten to high school are presently closed. Distance learning resources are now available.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has cancelled all programming and classes on campus but online courses and alternative delivery options are available. All non-essential events are also cancelled. Campuses remain open but with limited services.

The University of Regina is 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.


SARCAN is closed 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. SGI offices are currently closed to the public, but appointments to complete transactions in person can be made by calling the Moose Jaw branch at 1 (306) 691-4570.

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, with all upcoming events cancelled until further notice. The Wakamow Valley Authority office is closed to the public, with staff available to contact by phone at 1 (306) 692-2717 or email at net.

The Moose Jaw Police Service has suspended some services such as criminal record checks, inspection tickets and civilian fingerprinting until further notice. The building on Fairford St. is now closed to the public without an appointment, which can be made by calling 1 (306) 694-7600. City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. Payment can be deposited in the mail slot on the front of the building or processed online. The Festival of Words office is closed to the public, but can be contacted by phone at 1 (306) 691-0557 or by email.

Tourism Moose Jaw is closed until further notice but executive director Jacki L’Heureux-Mason can be contacted by phone at 1 (306) 692-0555 or by email at

Cadet activities with the #1856 Moose Jaw Schools Cadet Corps Royal Canadian Army Cadets, the #40 Snowbird Royal Canadian Air Cadets, and the #99 Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps Assiniboine have been cancelled until August 31.

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 1 (306) 6813835. All churches in the city are closed to the public, with most still available to contact by phoning their individuals offices.

TOPS Chapters across Canada cancelled weigh-ins and meetings. Please check with TOPS to see when they will resume activities. The Moose Jaw Multicultural Council office and the Newcomer Centre is closed to the public until further notice. Staff and settlement workers are still available to contact through phone or other digital communication by calling the MJMCC at 1 (306) 693-4677 or the Newcomer Centre at 1 (306) 692-6892.

The Moose Jaw & District Senior Association has closed Timothy Eaton Gardens and Timothy Eaton Cafe until further notice. The Cosmo Centre is closed until further notice.

The Moose Jaw Public Library is 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. Grief Support Groups from Jones-Parkview Funeral Home 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 is closed to the public, but is available through phone, email, and social media messages. The Good Food Box will be cancelled until further notice, and families taking part in the children’s lunch program are to contact Hunger in Moose Jaw directly at 1 (306) 692-1916. Hunger in Moose Jaw staff are checking messages from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. Yara Community Garden’s registration night for returning members will be rescheduled at a later date.

Prairie Hearts Quilters Guild has cancelled meetings until the end of May, and the General Meeting will be postponed until a later date. Bel Coro has cancelled meetings until further notice.

Girl Guides meetings and events have been cancelled until further notice. Girl Guide cookies are available for purchase from Canadian Tire, both online and in-store for pick-up.

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, cremations, and emergency services are still available by appointment by contacting the shelter at 1 (306) 692-1517.

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 is closed to the public and is only offering online programs until further notice.

Moose Jaw Families for Change has cancelled all upcoming community events and has postponed regular programming. Questions can be directed to MJFFC at 1 (306) 693-2271.

Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers Raffle Draw on May 8 is postponed until Aug. 17, and a COVID-19 relief fund through the Stephen Lewis Foundation is now open to take donations. More information can be found online or by calling 1 (888) 203-9990.

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Gyms and Fitness Centres are closed by mandate of the provincial government, and will re-open as part of Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan at an undetermined date.

Golf courses will be allowed to open as early as May 4 as part of Phase One of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, as will low-risk outdoor activities, such as fishing and boat launches, provincial parks, and golf courses. The Western Hockey League has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 season. The Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League has been cancelled.

Moose Jaw Minor Hockey office is closed to the public and can be reached via

Gymtastiks has cancelled pre-school drop-in gymnastics until further notice; classes are suspended until further notice. 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 has 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 Soccer Ltd. is closed until further notice.

The Moose Jaw Tennis Club is now shut down until further notice, including both indoors and outdoors.

The Lynbrook Golf Club is closed until May 15 when it is set to re-open, but members are currently able to purchase their 2020 memberships or any golf-related items from the clubhouse by phone, from the ProShop at 1 (306) 692-2838. Credit card payments and E-transfers are accepted.


All recreational and entertainment venues including Yara Centre and the Kinsmen Sportsplex are closed by mandate of the provincial government, and will be allowed to re-open at an undetermined date as Phase Four of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.

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The Humane Society Bookstore will be offering it’s Fill-A-Bag for $10 sale by appointment only, while the shelter is closed to the public. The Moose Jaw Humane Society has also cancelled the Jail & Bail fundraiser in April, but is still holding the 2020 4 Paws Lottery. Both fundraisers are available by calling the shelter at 1 (306) 692-1517. The Performer’s Cafe on April 30 has been cancelled.

The Saskatchewan Country Music Awards will host a Virtual Awards Show on May 16 at 8 p.m., airing on Access7 Cable TV and streaming on their website. The Moose Jaw Music Festival has been cancelled.

The Cultural Centre events/concerts have been rescheduled. The Cultural Centre is closed to the public with all events rescheduled. The Box Office can be contacted during regular operating hours by phone at 1 (306) 693-4700 or by email at info@moosejawculture. ca The Moose Jaw Shriners annual gourmet wind-up banquet has been postponed. A new date is to be determined, with the May long weekend a possibility.

The 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 Early Childhood Intervention Program’s Mother’s Day Craft and Trade Show on May 9 has been cancelled. The Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival on May 11-14 has been cancelled.

The Moose Jaw Royal Canadian Legion has cancelled its annual Decoration Day Memorial on June 7. Sidewalk Days on July 2-4 has been cancelled.


Clinics that provide services in dentistry, physical therapy, opticians, podiatry, occupational therapy, and chiropractic services will be allowed to re-open regular services to clients beginning May 4, as Phase One of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. Some retail businesses will be allowed to re-open beginning May 19 during Phase Two of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, in addition to some personal services such as hairdressers, massage therapists, and acupuncturists.

The Moose Jaw Express is closed to the public but staff can still be contacted by email or phone at 1 (306) 694-1322. If no one is available to answer, please leave a message. Our newsroom is still taking tips and both The online daily and Moose Jaw Express newspaper are operational as an essential service and putting out the news. 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 major surgery. All community gatherings at SHA-operated facilities are on hold, as are volunteer services from those over the age of 65.

Points West Living condos are restricted to essential visitors only. Essential visitors are defined as those who provide care necessary for the well-being of a resident and visitors attending to a resident who is at an end of life situation. Visitors are restricted to one or two persons at a time and must be immediate family or designated support persons. Visitors will be required to go through a screening process. Dance Images by BJ has closed the studio for the time being, and classes are available by video. Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital Gift Shop and Canteen Cart are closed until further notice.

Casinos Moose Jaw and Regina have suspended operations. The Moose Jaw Warriors office is closed.

Leisure Time Bingo is closed until further notice.

Primary Eye Care Centre will be re-opening on May 4, and clients will be contacted to reschedule appointments. Until then, the office is still able to provide treatment for emergencies, and can be contacted by phone at 1 (306) 693-8584 or email at

The Tunnels of Moose Jaw is closed, but can be contacted by phone at 1 (306) 693-5261 or email at Wrapture Spa & Boutique has suspended its spa and massage services but the boutique remains open for deliveries at this time. Staff can be reached Tuesday through Saturday by phone at 1 (306) 692-4341.


Restaurants, lounges, bars, and nightclubs are 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. Restaurants will be allowed to re-open at an undetermined date as part of Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, and will be limited to 50 per cent capacity at that time.

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of their objectives, including the high ground. They then held their positions against 21 determined German counterattacks over the next four days. The Canadians lost more than 9,000 soldiers at Hill 70 but killed or wounded an estimated 25,000 Germans. “He said after the slaughter at Hill 70, after the Newfoundlanders were slaughtered and he had to crawl through the corpses, the only reason (Edmon’s) unit got up the hill was because the Germans ran out of ammunition. That was his story,” recalled Vern. Edmon also talked about the kilt he and his men wore while in France. Vern recalls his father saying that as soon as the unit arrived in the trenches, they removed the kilts because they became so full of mud that it was impossible to move. The Great War veteran was discharged in late 1917 and came back to Saskatchewan, where he moved to Aylesbury — northwest of Chamberlain — and became a garage mechanic. The federal government later offered him some land, an offer he gladly took up. That property is still in the Mittelholtz family today. Holding the helmet, Vern pointed to a noticeable dent on the top of the headgear. That dent, Vern remarked, happened after his father was hit by a piece of shrapnel while fighting at Vimy Ridge. “It (the helmet) means a lot to me. I can’t let it go. It’s going to one of my sons in the army. It’s not going out of the fam-

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Vern Mittelholtz holds the helmet his father Edmon wore during the First World War. The dent on top of the helmet occurred when Edmon fought at Vimy Ridge from April 9 to 12, 1917. Photo by Jason G. Antonio


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