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The federal government’s unilateral decision to immediately ban assault-style firearms without consulting Parliament or gun owners is an attack on Canada’s democratic principles, Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski says. Prime Ministry Justin Trudeau announced on May 1 that the federal government would ban more than 1,500 types of military-grade firearms, barring licensed gun owners from selling, transporting, importing or using these types of weapons. This is being done by changing the classification of these guns by moving them from non-restricted or restricted class to prohibited. Gun owners must comply with the law by April 2022. Those who have not disposed of any banned firearms by then may face sanctions under the Criminal Code. “I’m very concerned,” Lukiwski, MP for Moose Jaw—Lake Centre—Lanigan, told the Moose Jaw Express. “It’s an affront to our democratic process because the Liberals aren’t introducing legislation, they’re just using an order-in-council … to enact the ban, without proper debate (or) proper discussion. “I think that’s absolutely shameful.” The Liberal government is using its minority status and the pandemic as excuses to introduce a regulation to implement this ban that would usually be introduced in a legislative package for debate, Lukiwski continued. Lukiwski thinks the timing of the ban is also suspect, especially in light of the shooting in Nova Scotia — the worst shooting in Canadian history — recently. While he agreed that the incident was a tragedy, he believes it allowed the Liberals to politicize the issue by bringing forward the firearms ban. In a letter to the editor, the Conservative MP said the prohibition of firearms has always been part of the federal Liberals’ playbook. This knee-jerk policy, Lukiwski continued, would not prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future. The accused Nova Scotia murderer did not have a firearms licence and purchased his weapons illegally from the United States. Trudeau’s decision makes it difficult for licensed, law-abiding gun owners to acquire firearms legally for sport, hunting and animal control purposes, the MP added. The prime minister has a minority government that acts like a dictatorship. The Conservative Party of Canada agrees that gun laws need to be strengthened and toughened, Lukiwski told the Express. The party has consistently asked for action on illegal and smuggled firearms since most shootings in Canada have involved illegal firearms smuggled into the country. Instead of spending billions of dollars to ban firearms, the federal government should create a task force within the Cana-

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dian Border Services Agency (CBSA) that works at the Canada-United States border to intercept firearms smuggled into this country, he continued. “There needs to be a major, major crackdown on people who use a smuggled firearm,” Lukiwski remarked, and anyone caught using such a weapon should face a mandatory minimum jail sentence of five years. “What this government has done, instead, is bring forward a ban that does nothing — absolutely nothing — to combat violent crime by the use of illegal and smuggled weapons,” he continued, adding this is the wrong approach that goes after legal gun owners. In June 2019, royal assent was given to Bill C-71, legislation that enhanced background checks, forced retailers to keep records of firearms sales and tweaked the authorization to transport (ATT) rules. The prime minister’s recent decision is not legislation-based, Lukiwski added. It’s regulation without debate among parliamentarians and doesn’t allow for input from legal gun owners. Lukiwski has been participating virtually in House of Commons debates since the pandemic has limited the number of people who can be in the chamber. However, the Conservative Party has a rotation of 12 MPs who sit in the house each Wednesday. Half of the 121 members of caucus participate in person, while the other half participate virtually. Need a quick & easy gift for a special someone while you are staying home? You can order a Sahara Spa gift card online and have it delivered right to your inbox or send it directly to the recipient to brighten their day! When you purchase a $100 gift card we will add an extra $15 as our gift to you! Don’t worry we will be back to full spa operations as soon as we can!

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Landowners asking visitors toLarissa avoid Castle Butte until after May Kurz An increase in traffic to the well-known geographical landmark Castle Butte has prompted owners to ask tourists to refrain from visiting the area until at least June, after calving season has finished. Castle Butte, located in the Big Muddy Badlands near Bengough, is located on private land and serves as a protective area for owner Joey Holbrook’s cattle while they give birth every spring. The butte offers shelter from the elements and provides the newborn calves with a safer place to gather their bearings. The landmark has seen an increase in visitors in April, likely due to many families stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic measures, and cattle are now avoiding the area because of the traffic and birthing in the open prairie instead. Castle Butte is actually closed to the public every year in April and May, and Holbrook and the Bengough Economic Development and Tourism Committee have asked for the public’s cooperation once again this spring. The landmark will once again reopen to visitors in June, when guided tours resume.

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Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery keeping busy on social media

Virtual tours, art challenges and community submissions all part and parcel of MJMAG’s continued engagement

Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express Here’s a COVID-19 isolation question for you: just what do you do when you’re an organization that literally relies on walk-through traffic to engage with the public? If you’re the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, the answer is simple: you just take it all online. The MJMAG Facebook page is a cornucopia of virtual tours, art challenges, artist interviews and just about everything under the sun related to the local art work. It’s all part of a concentrated effort to help keep the art world in the public eye in a time when it’s difficult to see creations live and in person. “We’re just trying to create opportunities for our community and the communities we serve, so they can engage in arts and cultural experience and history,” said curatorial director Jennifer McRorie, who has helped direct traffic on their Facebook site since the museum closed on March 16. “And it’s a chance for the public to come together to connect and dialogue too. We’ve been inviting people to share some community stories and history; we’ve been inviting local artists to share images of themselves working in their studio to promote local artists too, because everyone is getting hit hard by this pandemic.” As for their current exhibitions, the gallery has solved that problem by creating a virtual walkthrough of the artspace, featuring additional photos and further information about each piece, all available for free on their Facebook site. Then you have education co-ordinator Christy Schwieger posting daily art challenges – how to create a paper mache pop art painting being the latest – as well as putting together Facebook Live videos of hands-on art-related activities people can take part in.

One of the aforementioned artist interviews took place recently featuring Moose Jaw’s Peter Tucker in a special live Zoom interview. The event included an online discussion of Tucker’s work and his art career and is one of several such events planned for the near future. And before you get the idea that it’s all keyboards and cameras for the museum and art gallery for the foreseeable future, there’s some actual groundwork for future projects currently underway, too. A retrospective of well-known Regina artist Marsha Kennedy is in the planning stages, with the exhibit to open in the fall. “She was a major influence on a lot of artists in the province and it’s going to feature work over the course of her career,” McRorie said, adding that pieces have been borrowed collections in Vernon, B.C. and Medicine Hat. “And once it comes down in early January, it’ll start touring the country.” For more information on the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery’s online activities, be sure to check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mjmag/.

Concerts in the Park cancelling June shows, may resume later in summer Larissa Kurz

The beloved Moose Jaw summer tradition Concerts in the Park won’t be gracing the Crescent Park Amphitheatre this June as usual, due to concerns with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — but there is hope for further along in the summer. The Moose Jaw Health Foundation announced that while there will be no concerts taking place in June, following the current pandemic restrictions and guidelines regarding public gatherings, and they will be re-evaluating later on in the summer as things change. If the provincial government lifts restrictions as outlined in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, the MJHF may consider organizing the Wednesday evening shows for July and August. “Due to COVID-19 and the size of crowds,

This year’s Concerts in the Park series will be at least one month short, if not cancelled altogether. (supplied) we certainly do not want to put any of our donors and supporters at risk,” said executive director Kelly McElree. “But as the month progresses, we will keep our ear to

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Multiple sclerosis fundraiser moving into virtual arena #WeChallengeMS movement taking place throughout month of May Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Like so many other prominent fundraisers driven into the background by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada’s annual MS Walk slated for the end of May has been forced to change tactics in order to continue their awareness and fundraising campaign. And while that might mean difficult times for some organizations, the new plan has resulted in something even larger and an event that will span the entirety of Canada. The #WeChallengeMS virtual campaign kicked off at the beginning of the month and is currently connecting tens of thousands of Canadians affected by MS through a wide variety of online projects and events. “This is a difficult time for all Canadians and for Canadians living with MS, these are especially challenging times as the global pandemic adds an additional stress to an at-risk population,” said Pamela Valentine, president of the MS Society of Canada. “As we navigate this new reality, it’s important to continue to come together as a community and support one another. Achieving a world free of MS will take all of us and every action taken by

each caring Canadian brings us closer. By communities helping each other, we can all challenge MS together.” Throughout the month, #WeChallengeMS asks Canadians to turn ordinary hobbies likes baking, running or cycling into fundraising opportunities. Their website -- found by searching WeChallengeMS – also offers a host of ideas including hosting a virtual party and using Echoage to raise funds, streaming video games or a music set and asking for your community to support MS research,

of community and support the various events will bring is just as important. And those taking part don’t have to register, simply participating in an event and raising awareness is just fine, too. “By fundraising and participating in #WeChallengeMS, while maintaining physical distancing, Canadians can help provide a sense of community and essential support to people affected by MS while continuing to fund the research that is so fundamental to changing their lives,” Valentine said. Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world, with an average of 11 Canadians diagnosed with the disease every date. Multiple sclerosis attacks the central nervous system and causes a wide variety of unpredictable and often debilitating effects. Most people are diagnosed between the age of 20 and 49 and will live with the effects of the disease their whole lives. The MS Society provides information and support to those affected by MS, while also working to find a cause and a cure for the disease. For more information, visit mssociety.ca or call 1-800-268-7582 for more information.

or even starting a Facebook fundraising campaign. The major event will take place on Sunday, May 24 as individuals and families from Moose Jaw can join those from across Canada in walking on their own to celebrate advances made in MS research while helping future research through their fundraising in the process. Those looking to be a part of a fundraiser can register on the #WeChallengeMS website, but raising money isn’t the whole idea behind the project – the sense

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Vehicle parades bring life to quiet streets

Over the past months we have become so used to the lack of much traffic on our street that when we hear a car, we, (OK mostly I) rush to the window to see what’s happening and who has ventured onto our avenue. Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express Usually it is a single car, perhaps a neighronjoy@sasktel.net bour arriving home from work or it might be someone dropping off an envelope at the church rectory. Occasionally it is a teacher heading to the school down the street. Once a week it is our delivery person for the Moose Jaw Express. And in other instances, it is simply someone pulling over to talk on their cell phone. But one day last week I heard more than one car, with voices exchanging greetings. A horn would blast and another would reply. I don’t care if I’m labelled a nosey person or even the “Neighbourhood Watch.” I simply had to gawk out the window to see the action. Dozens of vehicles lined the

street, some decorated with balloons, others with signs. Adults and children were inside the vehicles and some adults walked up and down the sidewalk talking from a safe distance. Housemate was summoned to view what I thought might be a parade for someone’s birthday. He looked out, nodded at my excitement and returned to whatever it was he had been doing. Being the snoopy person in the house, I opened the front door and stood on the step, looking south towards the end of the avenue. Cars lined the street to the corner where school buses were decorated with balloons. I figured out it must be a parade for St. Agnes students, and learned later, that yes indeed, that was exactly why all those vehicles were on our street. It was fun and exciting to just be a spectator. Imagine how much fun it must have been for the actual participants and for the children and parents for whom the parade was meant. If I had had a vehicle I might have been tempted to join in the procession, getting involved in a community endeavour that brought citizens together while they remained safely apart. Congratulations to everyone who has been organizing such school-related parades and to others who have

been the driving force behind the birthday and anniversary parades and the processions aimed at the city’s seniors’ homes. You are making a difference. ••• In an earlier column I wrote about the bells ringing at St. Joseph’s Church. Rosalie Boots, one of the organizers of the daily bell ringing, mentioned that credit should go to Martin Rossler who rings the bells during the week and to Marcel Gagnon, the weekend bell ringer. Thank you gentlemen! She also pointed out the idea came from the Lashburn Anglican Church where the bells ring every day to remind people to pray during the pandemic. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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This COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on humanity in every way possible. With the loss of many of our senior population in care homes, the working population struggling to make ends meet without a means to an end, and now issues concerning the toll it is taking on our mental health, life isn’t looking that great at the moment. Joan Ritchie People aren’t used to living in EDITOR isolation without the hands-on and emotional support of loved ones and friends. The phrase ‘no man is an island unto themself’ expresses the idea that human beings do badly when isolated from others and need to be part of a community in order to thrive. This pandemic is striping us of our need for physical interaction by restricting closeness, no touching or hugging anyone out of our safety net. Fear is knocking at our heart’s door and at the same time eroding the mental wellness we once enjoyed. But do not despair; there are many opportunities available to get the encouragement and help needed to get through this hard time. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Saskatchewan Division has devised a plan to assist in the wellbeing of our community. The Moose Jaw Branch has been providing information and support via telephone between the days of Monday and Friday to anyone who is feeling isolated or struggling with their mental wellness during this difficult time. This service is offered through a separate line at 306-630-5968 for Moose Jaw; The Provincial Youth Line number is (306) 730-5900 (Please note that the Youth Line is for anyone 12-19 that wants to talk across the province). As well, they are offering direct services for anyone needing support at this time through free online learning sessions available by emailing hopelc@cmhask.com . 211 SK is a provincial resource available day or night for supports such as food, housing, mental health and any other immediate needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Please use this resource in seeking supports on behalf of others or yourself. You can call, text or go on the webpage simply by entering 211 – its just that easy. The Caring Place in Regina offers a variety of options to help those who need help on their website at thecaringplace.ca , counsellors can be reached by calling 306-347CARE (2273) or by calling toll free at 1-877-522-7464 or through e-mail at connect@thecaringplace.ca. In-person appointments are now available as of May 4, and online and telephone counselling can be found at the above. They also offer a free online depression and anxiety support group running Mondays that people can call in and be a part of. While the first intake consultation is free, The Caring Place charges for further sessions based on a client’s income. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication. Send your letters to the editor to: letters@mjvexpress.com or 888-241-5291 All columns, letters to the editor and editorials are solely the personal opinions of the writers themselves and not necessarily the opinions of The Moose Jaw Express. The contents of this publication are the property of the Moose Jaw Express. Reproduction of any of the contents of this publication, including, but without limiting the generality of the following: photographs, artwork and graphic designs, is strictly prohibited. There shall be no reproduction without the express written consent of the publisher. All ads in the Moose Jaw Express are published in good faith without verification. The Moose Jaw Express reserves the right to refuse, classify, revise or censor any ads for any reason in its sole discretion. This paper may include inaccuracies or errors. The Moose Jaw Express does not under any circumstances accept responsibility for the accuracy or otherwise of any ads or messages in any of the publications editions. The Moose Jaw Express specifically disclaims all and any liability to advertisers and readers of any kind for loss or damage of any nature what-so-ever and however arising, whether due to inaccuracy, error, omission or any other cause. All users are advised to check ad and message details carefully before entering into any agreement of any kind and before disclosing personal information. If in doubt, please take legal advice.

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Thank you, Joyce Walter, for the article about the bells Dear Editor, I, and I’m sure many other parishioners of St. Joseph’s Church, appreciated and enjoyed Joyce Walter’s article about the “friendly bell ringer”. The idea to ring the bells came from the Anglican Church in the small town of Lashburn, where they ring their bells every day to remind people to pray during the pandemic. I would like to point out that the people that really should be thanked that the St. Joseph’s bells ring every day at noon, are our maintenance manager, Martin Rossler, who rings the bells weekdays, and Marcel Gagnon, who rings them on weekends. Our parish appreciates their dedication in ringing the bells. It’s nice to know that the neighbours in the area appreciate them too. Thank you Joyce, for letting us know that the bells are a comfort and encouragement to those who hear them. Sincerely, Rosalie Boots St. Joseph’s parishioner

Festival of Words going online could be great for the annual event, say organizers

Larissa Kurz The decision to change the format of this year’s Saskatchewan Festival of Words was a tough one, said executive director Sarah Simison, but the committee is already elbow-deep in planning and excited to shape a new version of the festival for this year. “It was actually a relief to make the decision, even though it was a difficult decision to come to,” said Simison. “But once the decision was made, we got excited about programming and have been coming up with some really great ideas on what we can do online.” For the first time in its history, the Festival will be taking the entirety of its events online in order to comply with provincial and national coronavirus pandemic restrictions. The 2020 Festival of Words was originally set to feature over 60 events over four days at venues right here in Moose Jaw, but organizers had concerns over the uncertainty of when pandemic measures may be lifted — es- for free,” said Simison. pecially given the large crowd the Festival attracts each Organizers are still encouraging Festival fans to consider donating some funds when they register for this year’s summer. Things are still falling into place as of yet, but Simison events, to help keep the organization afloat through this and her team are imagining the Festival being held vir- unusual time. tually over video interactions and other online formats “There’s technology costs, there’s technicians that we to connect literature enthusiasts with Festival guests just need, so there’s still a lot of costs associated with running the Festival [virtually],” said Simison. “But of course if like usual. “The Festival is going to be a mix of things that are sim- people can’t afford, we definitely still want them to come ilar to what you see at our regular Festival, the in-person and participate and enjoy.” version, so we’ll have workshops, interviews, readings, Simison said the decision to move to an online, physicalpanel discussions,” said Simison. “We pride ourselves on ly distanced version of the Festival is one the planning it being sort of an intimate festival, where it’s up close team made carefully. and personal with authors, so we’re trying to find ways “For us, we thought long and hard about how this year is our 24th Festival and it would’ve just felt awful to have to for people to still do that.” Books from the Festival’s featured authors are also still [cancel],” said Simison. “So, we decided to go virtual and going to available to purchase, as well. McNally Robin- the excitement really started building after that.” son will once again be providing book sales through on- It’s going to be an unusual adjustment for both organizers line ordering, where Festival patrons can identify as such and attendees alike, said Simison, but one that will perduring checkout to make sure part of the proceeds are haps set the stage nicely for next year’s 25th anniversary Festival of Words. returned to the Festival of Words. Post Horizons Booksellers is also planning on lending a Organizers are hoping that the online format, paired with hand, so long as they are able to be open, and will be able the extended schedule and free attendance, will make the to order in Festival books locally for those who aren’t the literary event more accessible to attendees — and hopefully draw in a whole new wave of Festival enthusiasts online shopping type. There are currently 14 authors confirmed to be taking this year. part in the virtual Festival setting, including Jay Ingram, “We figured that instead of seeing this as sort of a disapPaul Seesequasis, Bernadette Wagner, and Lindsay pointment, or we have to do it, we’re trying to see it as an opportunity, for people who haven’t been able to come Wong, among others, with more likely to come. Because so many things were on the schedule and orga- to our Festival,” said Simison. “We’re hoping to generate nizers were reluctant to cut any events from the lineup, some more excitement around the 25th anniversary and this year’s Festival will be taking place over seven days maybe people who attend virtually this year will come to the in-person version next year as well.” rather than the usual four, from July 13-19. “It’s going to be in July, and we figured nobody’s going to A full, revised schedule of events for the virtual Festival want to sit on their computer all day long and watch our of Words is set to be released on June 1, which is when attendees may also begin registering for events. Festival, so we’re going to spread it out,” said Simison. Also, for the first time since it began, the Festival will be Organizers are also hoping to have a few more announcements regarding Festival guests in the coming weeks and entirely free to attend this year. “We’re kind of following what other festivals are doing, encourage people to stay tuned to their social media for across Canada, [and] everyone’s kind of offering things updates.


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Conexus now accepting applications for high school leadership awards Moose Jaw Express staff

Conexus Credit Union is accepting applications for its 2020 youth leadership awards, to recognize graduating high school students who attempt to make their communities a better place to live. The credit union will award cash prizes of $1,500 each to 10 young people who show leadership in everything they do, including community engagement and school participation, according to a news release. The Youth Leadership Award is part of Conexus’ community investment program that celebrates Saskatchewan students who make their mark on the world and empowers their financial well-being. Each winner will receive $500 in cash that will be deposited into their Conexus member account, while the credit union will deposit $1,000 into a term account that can be withdrawn in one year, starting on June 1, 2021. “Giving students a savings account allows them to think about their financial goals and how they can use that money to achieve those goals,” the news release said. “Whether it’s exploring other countries, post-secondary tuition, a down payment for a home, or a rainy day, having money in a savings account helps improve members’ financial well-being.”

Students who apply will be considered if they’re graduating from high school in Saskatchewan in the 2019-20 school year; they or their parent/guardian is a Conexus Credit Union member and have been for at least one year, with all accounts in good standing; and they follow the application instructions on Conexus.ca and include the supporting documents with the application, no later than May 31. Applications that are not submitted through the online form on Conexus.ca or are missing information will not be evaluated.

Applicants will know if they have won the Youth Leadership Award when Conexus contacts each winner by email by June 15. A selection committee of Conexus employees from across the province will evaluate all applications. Each application will be scored on a points system, including: • Essay question: one to five points; • Community engagement: 35 to 25 points; • School participation: 25 to 15 points; • Everyday leadership: 25 to 15 points. Applicants must score at least 65 points to be considered. Since the coronavirus ended the 2019-20 school year early, Conexus will recognize the 10 recipients using its social media channels. Students who submit their applications will essentially be giving their consent for Conexus to disclose their names and/or picture for public relations and marketing purposes, the news release added. The organization typically recognizes its award recipients during their high school graduation ceremony when possible. To apply, visit Conexus.ca and seek out information about the leadership award under the About Conexus tab.

BIZWORLD By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Goldspot uses data intelligence to find viable mineral deposits

The days when a prospector and his burro wandered around and found mineral deposits are pretty-well over. Most of the easy deposit finds, often called low-hanging fruit, have been discovered. Looking for mineral deposits today is based on the technology of radio-frequency surveys and compiling from them 2-D and 3-D models of the geology and potential orebody. Even with this technology, only one in every 3,300 bodies drilled becomes a mine. Compare that to the 88 per cent success rate by oil and gas drillers who use more data and computer power to determine targets and petroleum reservoirs — a practice known as artificial intelligence (AI). Toronto-based Goldspot Discoveries Corp. hopes to disrupt mine findings with artificial intelligence. The three-year-old company analyzes millions of data points provided by current technology to discover mineral deposits, and where to drill. The purpose of this data mining, according to Goldspot, aims to reduce costs of finding mines and increasing efficiency in an industry where new deposits are deeper and more complex. The team consists of 25 geologists, including eight PhDs. Perhaps more telling about Goldspot’s prospects are the investors backing the still tiny corporation.

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Palisade Global, a somewhat mysterious global corporation representing institutions, funds and high net worth investors, owns 14 per cent. The South American Hochschild Mining family owns seven per cent. Well-known Canadian mining billionaire Eric Sprott owns 10 per cent of the company. Sprott sprinkles his wealth among many promising companies. U.S. Global and its CEO Frank Holmes own eight per cent. Management and insiders own 14 per cent, giving them skin in the game. Goldspot clients include naturally Sprott Mining, Hochschild Mining, McEwen Mining, Yamana Mining, Integra Resources and global iron/nickel miner Vale of Brazil. The company takes a consulting fee and may take a share in the project or a royalty stream on any future production. To date royalties exist on four junior projects, if they bear fruit. Projects range from United States and Canada to South America and Africa. One of the companies Goldspot is involved with targets rich gold-bearing veins in Newfoundland. NewFound Gold Corp. is still a private company, founded by Goldspot’s founder. NewFound is 62 per cent owned by two of Goldspot’s big

investors with 16 per cent by insiders. Recently TSX venture listed Novo Resources bought 15 per cent for $11.7 million. In three years, Goldspot revenue has increased from $170,000 to $2.3 million, but the company is still losing lots of money. The value of its investments increased $491,000 to $4.8 million. The company entered this year with $4.7 million cash and no debt. While work is focused on gold, other minerals can be found using this machine learning. Goldspot will either find its place as an investment or flounder in the next two years. This is a highly speculative stock at the recent price of 21.5 cents. CAUTION: Remember when investing, consult your adviser and do your homework before buying any security. Bizworld does not recommend investments. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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With warm weather finally settling in, plenty of people will be spending more time outside as of late — which means now is the time to start doing routine tick checks. Ticks are generally very active in May and June and can remain prevalent until fall, said the Ministry of Health, and it’s important for people to protect themselves from the risk of tick-borne diseases. Ticks tend to thrive in tall grass, brush, or wooded areas. Taking precautionary measures when outside — such as wearing long pants tucked into socks and closed-toed shoes, and avoiding contact with tall grass and bush — are simple ways to prevent ticks from coming home with you. Experts also recommend wearing light-coloured clothing to easily see ticks crawling on you, and to spray insect repellent that contains DEET or Icaridin, especially on your legs and feet. When returning home, the first thing to do is search for ticks on both your body and in any gear that went with you outdoors. Perform a full tick check on yourself, children, and your pets, and even

An adult black-legged tick, the species that is most commonly known to carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, that has been found in Saskatchewan but is not common. (supplied by the Ministry of Health)

shower or bathe to wash off loose ticks. Another easy way to ensure ticks don’t bother you after you’ve returned home is to put the clothes you were wearing outdoors in the hot dryer or hang them in the sun for at least 15 minutes. Ticks can be very tiny, so it’s important to be thorough. Different species of ticks can carry different diseases, say experts,

and knowing how to identify and remove ticks safely is a matter of public health. The most common species here in Saskatchewan is the American dog tick, or Dermacentor variabilis, which don’t carry Lyme disease. Rather, it is black-legged ticks, or Ixodes scapularis, who carry the bacteria that may cause Lyme disease and while they are less common within the province, black-legged ticks have been found within Saskatchewan — and bring with them the risk of disease. To properly remove a tick that is attached, use a fine-tipped pair of tweezers to grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible and then pull slowly upward with firm pressure. The Ministry of Health advises not handling the tick with your bare hands, even after removal, and not to squeeze or crush the tick as it could contain infectious fluids. At this stage, most people would dispose of the tick immediately, but researchers at the University of Saskatchewan are actually asking that you hold onto that tick for their new research — an online tick-tracking project launched in April of

this year. The project, called eTick.ca, features both a website and mobile app where users can submit photos of the ticks that have bitten them, to help researchers track the expansion of certain tick species through the country. Users can submit photos of their ticks and where they found them, and professionals then identify the species and add it to the cumulative date on the site. An interactive map plots where and what kind of ticks are being found across Canada, which is updated in real-time, and the entire platform is public and free to use. At the time of printing, Saskatchewan has submitted a total of 143 ticks found already — none of which are black-legged ticks — and researchers encourage people to get on board with the project and participate. The data accumulated will be helpful for health officials, but it’s also a handy resource to use when planning outdoor adventures — taking a look at eTick.ca can tell where the potential tick hotspots may be, so you can avoid tangling with any unwanted guests on your next hike.

Shrine Club raffling off little red Corvette for second annual fundraiser Larissa Kurz The Moose Jaw Shrine Club is once again offering a chance to win a classic car with their second annual car raffle, after a successful first year with the fundraiser in 2019. This year, the Shrine Club has a 1987 Little Red Corvette, as they’re calling it, that is ready to go home with a lucky winner this fall. The Corvette was purchased last year at the Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona — the largest car auction in the world — and features an all-red interior and exterior, and a supercharged engine. “It’s red-on-red, black Targa roof, and an absolutely beautiful little car,” said raffle chairperson Aaron Ruston. The Shrine Club has 3,000 tickets available for the raffle this year, priced at $20 each. Saskatchewan residents can purchase their tickets right up until the draw date on Sept. 19 at 11 p.m, which will hopefully take place at the Little Chicago Trips to Paradise event at the Exhibition grounds.

Last year’s car raffle featured a special edition 1964 Player’s Mustang, which raised a total of $41,900 for the club — $21,000 after factoring in the purchase of the car. Ruston said the tickets sold so well that the Shrine Club

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The Saskatchewan Health Authority has announced a phased-approach to resuming the services that have been limited since earlier in the pandemic response, and it is set to being on May 19. “Recent data does indicate that the province is in a better position now to move forward on reintroducing services in a gradual and thoughtful way because of the interventions that have been taken to slow the spread of COVID-19,” SHA CEO Scott Livingstone said in a press release. The plan, introduced as a part of the SHA’s COVID-19 Readiness Plan, is called the Service Resumption Plan and is divided into four phases. The plan’s implementation will be determined conditionally across the province, as the SHA monitors factors like outbreaks, health care capacities, and availability of workers and key supplies. “As we do so, it is critical to remember that we will be constantly evaluating this process to ensure the safety of our patients, residents and our health care workers, remaining flexible in our approach to adapt to new developments and localized outbreaks,” continued Livingstone, in a press release.

As services open, clinics will continue to utilize online programs and virtual care wherever possible to minimize contact risks and for those in-person appointments that are necessary, physical distancing practices and staggered appointments will limit risk as well. In-person appointments at clinics will be prioritized for those living with chronic diseases or other health vulnerabilities. Patients that will be impacted by each phase will be contacted by phone as appropriate, said the SHA press release. Phase One: The first phase is the only phase with a set date to begin, which is May 19. This phase will include the phased expansion of surgeries, beginning with emergency procedures and surgeries booked urgent within three weeks, then moving to surgeries booked as urgent within six weeks. The SHA is expecting to see a 10 to 25 per cent increase in surgical services through this process. Phase one will also include an increase in diagnostic imaging including MRI, CT, X-ray, and ultrasound services, from the current 50 per cent of normal capacity to 75 per cent, as well as the expanded avail-

ability of primary care clinics. Routine immunizations will resume, and mental health short stay units will reopen for in-person appointments where needed. Mental health and addictions services will also be able to allow more day programming for groups of under 10 people and to resume harm reduction programs. There will also be an increase in public health inspections in places like care homes and group homes, and a gradual reintroduction of services like home care, kidney health clinics, and therapy programs. Phase Two: Phase Two will focus on specialty clinics for services like cardiac outpatients, respiratory outpatients, level three sleep disorder testing, eye care testing, dermatology, cast clinics, tuberculosis clinics, and fetal testing at high-risk antenatal clinics. Virtual appointments will still be used where possible during this phase. Phase Three: Phase Three will increase service delivery for chronic disease management, opioid agonist therapy, wellness programs, and stroke prevention, as well as specialized services for clients with developmen-

tal disabilities such as Autism or brain injuries. There will also be the introduction of more mental health services, such as social detox and addictions inpatient treatment. Phase Four: The final phase of the plan will be the full re-introduction of services, including elective surgeries and hip and knee outpatient clinics. “Our service resumption plans are very much dependent on the health system’s ability to respond, in partnership with the public,” SHA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Susan Shaw said in a press release. “I recognize the feeling of wanting to get back to normal; however it’s essential that we proceed thoughtfully, and continue to maintain those everyday practices that have been so successful to date, including physical distancing, handwashing and staying home wherever possible.” More information about COVID-19 in Saskatchewan and the SHA’s COVID-19 Readiness Plan is available at saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.

Local Walk for Dog Guides tackling social distancing by going virtual Larissa Kurz

Charity walkers looking to take part in this year’s Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides won’t have to worry too much about the weather for once, as the annual fundraiser is embracing social distancing and taking the event online this year. Local organizer Laurie Ewen brought the walk to Moose Jaw two years ago, and she’s hoping to see just as much enthusiasm from the community despite the change in format this year. Instead of the usual group walk through Wakamow Valley, the charity walk will instead ask individual attendees to plan their own personal activity and share it on social media using the hashtag #VirtualWalkforDogGuides. On May 31, participants are to do something active to celebrate guide dogs — take a walk around the block, do some exercise in the backyard, dance in the living room, or whatever feels right. The goal is to put a spotlight on dog guides even with the limits of social distancing, said Ewen, and while she’s disappointed to not be gathering together like usual, she is excited to see what Moose Jaw comes up with for ideas. “We’re asking people to submit pictures of what they’re doing, so if they want to jump on their tram-

Last year’s walk had plenty of participants, some more excited for a walk than others, but this year things will look a little different.

Stephen Walcer, pictured here with his companion Autism Assistance Dog Bingo, is just one of the many Canadians who have benefitted from the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guide Program. (photo by Jason Antonio)

poline for an activity, or lift weights, or whatever they are physically able to do [and] still be safe,” said Ewen. The walk is still working with all of its usual sponsors, including Pet Valu, who covers the administrative costs of the walk each year so there is no fee to register. Despite the change in venue, so to speak, the walk is the largest annual fundraiser for the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides Program — which means participants are still encouraged to collect donations for the cause. Most of the fundraising this year will be done online at walkfordogguides.com, where participants are invited to join as an individual or a team. Ewen has created a Moose Jaw team called Canada’s Most Notorious Team - MJ, where Moose Jaw participants can contribute to the community’s total. Moose Jaw Pet Valu is also collecting cash or cheque donations in-store, for those who don’t want to donate

online, and has donation forms for people who want to collect donations themselves. The deadline for collecting donations is May 31, and there are a few prizes to be won for those who contribute. Pet Valu will be awarding a $50 gift card to someone here in Moose Jaw who drops off a donation, and the national Walk for Dog Guides will be giving away prizes as well. Stephen Walcer, Ewen’s son, will be leading the charge once again this year alongside Autism Assistance Dog Bingo, who joined their family about 4 years ago. AAD Bingo has made a huge difference in Walcer’s life, said Ewen, and she stressed how important it is to support the Lions Foundation training program. Each dog guide costs about $25,000 to train and place with an individual, and the program trains seven different programs: hearing, vision, autism assistance, seizure response, service, diabetic alert, and facility support for trauma assistance. All of the funds raised at the annual charity walk are used to help the Lions Foundation cover that cost to provide another individual or family with a dog guide. Last year’s walk raised just over $2,000, and Ewen hopes to see Moose Jaw at least match that amount again this year, if not surpass it. Donating isn’t necessary to take part, said Ewen, and she just wants to see Moose Jaw take part in highlighting the importance of dog guides once again this year. “Let’s just share a little bit of joy out there. If we get donations while doing it, that’s great, and if we get even just a little smile from the pictures, great,” said Ewen. “Every little bit helps, whether it’s a donation or a smile.” Registration for this year’s Virtual Walk for Dog Guides can be done online, at the Walk for Dog Guides website. Those interested in the Moose Jaw Walk for Dog Guides can stay updated through Twitter and Instagram at @mjdogwalk. Any questions about this year’s walk can also be directed to mjwalkfordogguides@gmail.com.


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Hey buddy, what are you hiding under that beard? Almost two months before the coronavirus lockdown/quarantine grabbed our attention, a news columnist wrote a piece rating men’s beards as no longer in fashion as they would spread this virus. Clearly this writer has bad feelings about facial hair on men. Evidence suggests do not transmit coronaby Ron Walter beards virus, simply because the virus is acquired by droplets from an infected person connecting with eyes, mouth or nose, or from touching infected surfaces. In fact, the common belief that beards are filthy and loaded with bacteria may be an urban legend (old wives’ tale). A 2016 study of 480 health care workers discovered fewer bacteria on bearded faces than on clean-shaven workers. Beard growing is as old as dirt. Why men grow them and how facial hair affect perceptions of them has been the subject of countless studies. Males start growing facial hair at puberty creating an image of beards as a sign of manhood, and, in the pre-metoo society, of dominance. Perhaps the explosion of beards in recent years displays a sub-conscious desire to maintain male dominance, not,

as I had thought, copying some famous movie or music celebrity. Women preferring men with beards has been suggested as a theory for growing beards. Numerous study results are divided on this theory. Female regard for body hair, according to studies, varies with ethnicity. Some results: women from the United Kingdom prefer men with thick body hair while women from the Cameroon, China, United States and New Zealand prefer little or no body hair on their men. One theory backed up by photo studies of men with beards, claims beards are a sign of anger. Personally, Yours Truly never thought much about beards. In the rural Alberta community where I grew up, beards were as rare as rattle snakes. Rattle snakes have appeared in that territory in recent years as beards exploded. Is there a connection? Maybe I should apply for a Canada Council grant to investigate. Bearded people back then were looked upon as scruffy, dirty and vile. My attitude to beards changed dramatically in 1978 when Thomson Newspapers decided I should take a session on advertising in case I wanted to become a newspaper publisher. Super salesman Tom Rush boiled down a semester’s worth of information into three days, teaching us the purpose of advertising, how to design a good catchy ad, how

to help customers manage their ad budget and how to integrate their ad budget with other media. On the first morning, Rush looked at the young bearded salesman from Prince Albert. “What are you hiding?” demanded Rush. “Nothing,” replied the startled fellow. “Nobody grows a beard unless they are hiding something like a weak chin,” said Rush. Until the explosion of beards during recent years, every time Yours Truly saw a beard I wondered what that person was hiding. With so many beards, I gave up wondering. Observation has indicated several traits among those men with and without facial hair. Ever notice how many men with balding hair start growing beards? Is it to show they still have testosterone? Men with longer flowing beards, more often than not, tend to be small ‘l’ liberal and quite tolerant of change. Men with moustaches, more often than not, tend to be small ‘c’ conservative in their attitudes and less tolerant of change. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

Pandemic forces permanent closure of Trinos Menswear Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

There is now one less place to shop for high-end men’s clothing in Moose Jaw, after the pandemic forced the closure of Trinos Menswear on High Street West. The company announced its closure online recently, while it also cleared out its storefront in less than a day. Trina Johnson, owner of Trinos Menswear, thought it was an awful and difficult decision to permanently close her Moose Jaw location. However, since no

customers could shop there or at the Regina location, she hired a truck to clear out the store since there was no point to keep inventory here. This is a permanent closure, she confirmed. She was originally optimistic about remaining here and even put “temporarily closed” on a sign on the front door. However, as the pandemic progressed, she didn’t see the situation improving. So, she decided to focus on maintaining her 20053SC0 20054SC0

Regina location and keeping the overall business afloat. Johnson’s son, Keaton, was the assistant store manager in Moose Jaw and lived above the store, so he was sad to leave, she said. Both of them loved the community — she is from here — and the support residents had shown since the store opened last April. Johnson also praised store manager Kim Martin for her leadership. With the amount of debt Johnson is accumulating to keep her business going, it is

going to take her a while to catch up financially, she said. Since many businesses are in a tough position, she predicts that growth will be slower in the future. This makes it difficult to consider reopening here. “It’s sad … This thing (the pandemic) is going to take longer than I thought,” she chuckled. “I really hope that every small business can survive this and people come together to do everything they can to help … to keep everyone afloat so these small businesses don’t disappear.”

Trinos Menswear on High Street West is now permanently closed. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

General Mills marches into healthy soil program for oats production By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

An interest in the environment motivated cereal manufacturer General Mills to develop a pilot program in EXPRESS regenerative agriculture. Over three years, the pilot program works with oat farmers in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North Dakota, Kansas and Michigan on the path to have one million acres in regenerative agriculture by 2030. Regenerative agriculture, according to General Mills, protects and enhances farming with healthy soil. Keys to measure regenerative agriculture are the farm’s economic resiliency, soil health, efficient water use and biodiversity. Resilience builds farm productivity while cutting the need for chemical inputs to deal with pests, disease and nutrient needs. Healthy soil pulls carbon out of the air and into soil storage. Efficient water use can reduce farming impacts on the environment while biodiversity of plants, wildlife and insects builds soil health. Farmers in the program are asked to look at their farm as an ecology unit on its own. The program started in March 2019 with 50,000 acres and 45 farmers. A similar program for wheat has been launched in Kansas. A self-assessment tool on Generals Mills website highlights the opportunities and takes 20 minutes to complete.

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Recently, when I was traveling through the intersection of 9th Avenue Northwest and Highway 1, I was reminded of my discussions with the Ministry of Highways about safety at that particular intersection. A decision has been made to conduct an independent engineering review to look at options for Highway 1 as it passes through Moose Jaw. The review will assess safety concerns in the area around the intersection of 9th Avenue N.W. and Highway 1, as well as long-term planning for the Highway 1 and Highway 2 interchange and the intersection of Highway 1 and Thatcher Drive. The Ministry of Highways will be working with key stakeholders including the City and RM of Moose Jaw, while collecting input from the public. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a firm date

has not been set for the conclusion of the work. The 2020 highway construction season will begin with extra infection control measures in place to keep workers healthy. The 2020-21 Spending Estimates include nearly $648 million to improve safety and increase the capacity of our highways. Saskatchewan’s new Growth Plan includes a target to build and upgrade 10,000 kilometers of highways over the next decade. Locally, Highway 2 north toward Buffalo Pound Lake is safer and more convenient for travelers with passing lanes constructed last summer. Work continues to improve safety at the intersection of Kalium Road and Highway 1. Safety on Saskatchewan highways is always a priority of our Government. The upcoming Victoria Day long weekend is

Opening week spectacular for local fruit stand operator By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express

Opening week in early May for Todd Bell’s fruit stand was outstanding. “I’ve never seen anything like this, never been this busy,� said Bell. “I saw people I’d never seen here before.� Nice weather may have helped bring customers to his fruit stand on the north side of the 400 block of High Street West. “I think it might be they don’t want to stand in line in the stores� for fear of catching Covid-19. Bell had expected a good run from the inquiries asking when he would open but not this flow. It was the best opening week in 36 years of operating a fruit stand in Moose Jaw. Barring unforeseen weather events, he believes this year will provide a good fruit crop with Washington cherries arriving in about four weeks followed in a few weeks by Canadian cherries, apricots and peaches, Getting the fruit picked won’t be a concern with his suppliers. “They’ve got (foreign) workers here. They bring in 40 at a time.� For now the stand offers a wide selection of apples, berries, grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, kiwis, nectarines and veggies like potatoes, lettuce and tomatoes. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

usually one of the busiest times on our highways. As with many things, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed that. Campgrounds will not be opening until June 1st this year, gatherings are still limited to 10 people, and non-essential travel is not yet advised. Saskatchewan people should be commended for their efforts and commitment to preventing the spread of COVID-19. As part of this focus, our government has also been looking at the best and safest ways to re-open and re-start our economy. The first step was the release of ReOpen Saskatchewan, a methodical and staged approach to re-opening sectors of our economy. We have also announced a $7.5 billion, two-year capital plan to stimulate economic recovery from the impact of the pandemic. This investment in schools, hospitals, highways and Crown utility projects, municipal infrastructure and other important capital projects is designed to build a strong Saskatchewan. This plan will balance the need for smaller, short term projects to jump-start economic activity and get people back to work quick-

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Hunger in Moose Jaw is quickly approaching its 30th year of operations here in Moose Jaw, and it’s likely that many don’t know about all of the nutrition-based programs the charitable organization runs within the community. Since 1993, Hunger in Moose Jaw has focused on providing nutrition and education for both children and their families. The organization was created as a community initiative to address the issue of hunger in the community, and to offer needed resources to the community’s vulnerable families. “We’re not strictly just for children, we’re trying to support the whole family,” said Sharla Sept, executive director at Hunger in Moose Jaw. “We are open for anyone, so any situation that you’re in or anything, we can support and help. All we need is for you to reach out.” The organization works closely with government supports and a number of partnered businesses in the community, with the generous help of dedicated volunteers assisting Hunger in Moose Jaw’s staff with all of their programs every day. Hunger in Moose Jaw runs much like the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank, taking in donations of food items and cash to offer clients nutritional meal supplies on a regular basis. The difference between the two services, said Sept, really just comes down to approach. “We have a variety of different programs, but we’re all doing the exact same thing

Hunger in Moose Jaw also puts together Good Food Boxes twice a month, which are filled with fresh fruits and veggies like these. (supplied)

Hunger in Moose Jaw is located on Stadacona Street West, and has been serving Moose Jaw’s families since 1993. (file photo) and trying to support food security in Moose Jaw, but we just do it in a different way,” said Sept. Hunger in Moose Jaw operates several different programs at the same time. The largest focus of the organization is their child nutrition program, which delivers healthy lunches to children in 18 different schools in Moose Jaw. During regular operations, Sept estimates that Hunger in Moose Jaw provides lunches to over 340 children every day. “That streams out to impact the families [too], but we also have our Good Food Box families and our community garden families,” said Sept. “Our services really trickle down into other areas, so what can affect a child can affect a family and trickle to another family.” Hunger in Moose Jaw also runs free preschool classes every weekday morning called the Headstart Preschool program, which features learning, social interaction, and a healthy snack as its headlining concepts. The preschool program is popular, with all 30 spaces for 3-4 year olds filling up fairly quickly. Hunger in Moose Jaw also runs a Junior Chef program several times throughout the school year. The hands-on program is designed for 9-12 years olds, where they get to plan and cook an entire meal from main course to dessert. The organization doesn’t just run programs for children, either. Hunger in Moose Jaw also has their Good Food Box program, available to the general public,

Hunger in Moose Jaw also oversees the Yara Community Gardens, which feature gardening plots and garden boxes to the community to rent for the season.

which puts together a healthy collection of fruits and vegetables for an affordable price. There are three different sizes of the Good Food Box, which is made available twice every month, and is one of Hunger in Moose Jaw’s most popular programs. The Community Kitchen program is also a great program for anyone who might benefit from learning more about the art of cooking — from planning for proper nutrition to hygiene practices, to tips on how to shop and put together an entire meal from start to finish. And, of course, Hunger in Moose Jaw oversees the community gardens here in the city, an initiative that supports the idea of sustainable nutrition and community involvement. In partnership with Yara International, Moose Jaw has two locations for their community gardens. With 140 plots between three locations, the Yara Community Gardens offer a convenient green space for community members to grow their own fruits, veggies, herbs, or flowers — whatever strikes the green thumb. Hunger in Moose Jaw relies on continued support from the community to be able to do what they do, said Sept. “The community support is unbelievable. We are always surprised and so thankful for the support we do get from the community, it’s nothing I have actually seen before,” said Sept. “It’s a great thing, how people come together and how they sup-

Hunger in Moose Jaw puts together nutritional lunches like this one, which are delivered to 18 schools around the city for children to enjoy. (supplied) port our organization from all different walks of life, but with all the same mission to help support our children and families in Moose Jaw.” Between donations and volunteers, Sept is always pleased to see Moose Jaw continuing to help Hunger in Moose Jaw every year. “I think just being able to support one another is always important, in any way, shape for form that we can do that, and we’re just doing our little part in doing the food security part,” said Sept. “We know there’s a lot of organizations in town that are doing different parts, and we’re just one part of the puzzle.” Most of Hunger in Moose Jaw’s programs are suspended or have changed availability due to the coronavirus pandemic, but questions about any of their initiatives can be directed to hunger.moosejaw@ sasktel.net or by leaving a message at 1 (306) 692-1916. Details about Hunger in Moose Jaw’s programming are available on their website at hungerinmoosejaw. org.

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Star Wars Day takes over Main Street with youth centre’s character parade May the Fourth was certainly with Moose Jaw, as Main Street crowded with cars itching to give a wave to their favourite characters on the evening of Star Wars Day on May 4 — but it wasn’t just Star Wars fans. To celebrate the iconic “nerdy” holiday, Joe’s Place Youth Centre organized an impressive collection of local volunteers who took their place on the sidewalk and meridian outside the youth centre, waving to the cars passing by. It was called Childhood Heroes on Main, and it drew a long line of Moose Javians to up and down Main Street to wave, shout, and honk at their favourite characters. “We figured, hey, we’ve got some cool costumes and its international Star Wars Day, so we might as well put those costumes to use,” said organizer Joe Dueck. Everyone was there, from Marvel hard-hitters like Captain America and Iron Man, to beloved video game faces like Master Chief and Mario, and of course, the Disney princesses made an appearance. But the show was mostly about Star Wars,

Heroines old and new, Rey Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa, wave to passers-by.

Only Star Wars Day could bring together Darth Vader and a Rebel X-Wing pilot without trouble, although it looks like the Sith Lord still can’t quite behave himself.

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This Stormtrooper must be the friendliest in the Galactic Empire.

Characters lined up along the sidewalk outside Joe’s Place Youth Centre, to celebrate Star Wars Day in the current style — socially distanced. with Stormtroopers rubbing elbows with Rebel X-Wing pilots, Sand People sharing a sidewalk with mercenaries, and the heroes of the galaxy waving to their enthusiastic fans — Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Rey, and even the droids of the hour, R2D2 and C-3PO. “It’s a little bit eclectic,” said Dueck. “But we wanted to make sure that every type of superhero and Disney hero was represented for the kids who wanted to come out.” Joe’s Place would normally have been celebrating Star Wars Day with an appearance at either Fan Expo or Saskatchewan Entertainment Expo in Regina, showing off its incredible collection of handmade movie props and costumes from the franchise, but the expo was postponed this year due to pandemic restrictions. It may not be an exact replacement of the

expo experience, said Dueck, but it was something the youth centre wanted to do to spread some cheer to the isolated kids in Moose Jaw. “This was kind of a win-win, because kids in Moose Jaw really need to be doing something right now and so we’ve pulled together a little bit of our own [expo] right here at Joe’s Place,” said Dueck. After pitching the idea to the youth centre’s staff, Dueck had more interest than expected. The parade line-up expanded, Disney princess got involved, and volunteers donned their armour to spread some smiles. The celebration was certainly well-received, with southbound traffic creeping

past for over an hour while characters waved, posed, and danced to theme songs, and Moose Jaw enjoyed yet another social-distanced stroke of community fun. “We were pretty excited to give some kids a bright moment in a weird situation [like the pandemic],” said Dueck.

Moose Jaw may not be Gotham City, but Batman still has his eye on crime — and you, it seems.

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From The Kitchen

T h i n k i n g-a h e a d- re c i p e s fo r f r ie n d l y g at h e r i n g s By Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Someday soon, we all hope, we will be able to sit with an extended family or group of friends to enjoy a meal, complemented with laughter and interesting conversation. This week’s recipes come from the family recipe box and a favourite set of clipped recipes shared by a friend. ••• Cheesy Bacon and Eggs 4 cups caesar salad croutons 2 cups grated cheddar cheese 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 12 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled 10 large eggs 3 1/2 cups milk 2 tsps. prepared mustard 1 tsp. worcestershire sauce 1/4 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper Spread croutons in a greased 9x13 inch pan. Add cheese, onion and bacon in layers.

Beat eggs together until frothy. Add remaining ingredients and beat until blended. Pour slowly over bacon. Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour or until set and bottom is crispy golden brown. Makes 10 servings. ••• Savory Chicken Squares 3 oz. pkg. cream cheese 2 tbsps. butter, melted 2 cups cooked, cubed chicken 1/4 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper 2 tbsps. milk 1 tbsp. chopped green onion 2 cans Pillsbury crescent rolls 3/4 cup seasoned croutons, crushed 1 tbsp. butter Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In medium bowl blend softened cream cheese and 2 tbsps. melted butter until smooth. Mix in chicken, salt and pepper, milk and green

onion. Separate crescent dough and roll out each piece into a square. Spoon mixture into centres. Close dough around meat. Brush tops with second amount of butter and dip in crouton crumbs. Bake on a cookie sheet for 20-25 minutes, until brown. ••• Beef Pot Pie 1 cup chopped onions 2 tbsps. butter 3 tbsps. flour 3/4 cup beef broth 3/4 cup cream 1 cup chopped carrots 2 cups chopped beef, cooked 3 cups cooked rice 1 tsp. curry powder salt and pepper to taste dash of barbecue spice 1 pastry crust topping 1 egg yolk, beaten

1 tbsp. cream In a large skillet, saute chopped onions in 2 tbsps. oil for three minutes. Melt butter in a heavy saucepan. Add flour and cook two minutes. Add broth and cook slowly, whisking to thicken. Cool slightly. Add cream, carrots, cubed beef, rice and broth to onion mixture in skillet. Heat for three minutes. Add spices. Pour into a deep dish pie pan and top with pie crust. Cut slits in crust. Brush with egg yolk and cream mixture. Bake at 375 degrees F for 35 minutes. Makes 4 servings. Note: For individual pies, cut pastry to fit muffin tins, top and bottom and spoon filling into the centre. Disposable foil tart tins may also be used for single serving pies, with only a top crust required. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net

Cash and COVID-19: safe, but be careful

Canadian Association of Secured Transportation data show bank notes are just as safe as phones and bank cards Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Travel around to different retailers in Saskatchewan and you’re likely to find a few that are reluctant to handle cash or have outright shut down its use in their places of business. With the COVID-19 pandemic and continued concern regarding transmission of the disease by surface contact, it would seem a viable source of unease. But the Canadian Association of Secured Transportation begs to differ, pointing out in a recent press release that there’s little data when it comes to the coronavirus and transmission through banknotes and coins – and that frequently touched items such as credit card terminals and PIN pads could be a higher risk. “According to the World Health Organization, there is currently no evidence to confirm or disprove that COVID-19 virus can be transmitted through coins or

banknotes,” Steve Meitin, president of CAST said in a press release. “However, respiratory droplets expelled from an infected person can contaminate and persist on surfaces. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly after touching any frequently-touched surface or object, including coins or banknotes. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose, if your hands are not cleaned.” CAST promotes and advocates interests of Canadian providers of secure transportation of valuables while advancing industry standards across Canada and abroad. Complicating the issue is how heavily cash is used by some of the most vulnerable segments of our population – including the elderly, the blind, young people without bank accounts or those without credit. That’s led to the Bank of Canada asking

(file photo) retailers to continue accepting cash, saying it “strongly advocates that retailers continue to accept cash to ensure Canadians have access to the goods and services they need. Refusing cash purchases outright will put an undue burden on those who depend on cash and have limited payment options. It’s important to keep in mind that the risks posed from handling

cash are no greater than those posed by touching other common surfaces like doorknobs, kitchen counters and handrails. Canadians handling cash should follow the public health guidelines on COVID-19 and wash their hands often, as they would do for other activities.” A Switzerland-based banking organization also recently published a paper suggesting that transmission via banknotes is low compared to objects that are touched on a regular basis, and that banning cash could impact unbanked and older consumers. “CAST believes, based on the best available scientific literature, that handling currency carries little risk of contracting COVID-19, so long as proper procedures are followed – the same precautions that are recommended in handling debit/credit cards or mobile phones,” Meitin said.

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Schools officially closed until September: province

COVID-19 pandemic leads to in-class learning being suspended, online courses continue Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

It’s official; The Government of Saskatchewan announced last Thursday that all in-class learning in Saskatchewan has been suspended until September, meaning that schools in Moose Jaw will remain closed until at least the next school year. The decision covers the province’s 180,000 students and will see classes still being conducted online as they have been since the COVID-19 pandemic essentially shut down the province a little over a month ago.

Saskatchewan Education and their Response Planning Team have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation on a continuous basis and made the decision in light of the outbreak continuing to have a foothold in the province, mainly in northern Saskatchewan. The cancellation of classes will also affect graduation ceremonies for Grade 12 students throughout the province, with school divisions working with graduates and staff to possibly

create virtual graduation ceremonies – as an example, former U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are hosting their Dear Class of 2020 virtual commencement on YouTube on Saturday, June 6 – or even holding off on the ceremonies altogether until the public health order against gatherings of 10 people or more is lifted. Online education and classes from home will continue until the end of the school year.

Classrooms throughout Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan will be closed until September at the earliest.

Sask Polytech commits to zero per cent tuition increase

Students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic won’t have to pay extra next year. On May 7, Sask Polytech announced it will move forward with a zero per cent tuition increase for Canadian and international students for the 2020-21 academic year. The decision was made to support students in light of the ongoing pandemic. “It is critical that we remain focused on the future and on our mission to educate students, and provide skilled and successful graduates,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, Saskatchewan Polytechnic president and CEO.

“I am happy to share that Saskatchewan Polytechnic will not be increasing tuition during this challenging time. I am confident that if we approach our financial situation with the same rigour, flexibility and adaptability that we use to prepare tomorrow’s workforce, we will be successful.” According to a press release, one out of every 24 jobs in the province is supported by the activities of Saskatchewan Polytechnic, its students, and alumni, resulting in a $2.2 billion impact on Saskatchewan’s economy.

Childcare access expands as Sask. prepares to re-open Larissa Kurz

Parents who will be returning to work under either the Phase One or Phase Two re-opening measures in Saskatchewan will be given access to the licensed childcare services currently available in schools. The 2,100 government-sanctioned spaces were previously only made available to pandemic response workers, after the closures and limitations placed on childcare services in March. Those workers included health care workers, social services workers, employees of Crown corporations, water and wastewater management employees, and emergency workers such as police and fire. The Government of Saskatchewan has now announced that there is enough capacity within those spaces to expand availability to other workers who are returning to their jobs as part of the first two phases of the ReOpen Saskatchewan Plan. “As we move to gradually re-open Saskatchewan, we know that parents, caregivers and families returning

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to work will need child care support, and we are helping them by ensuring their children are safe and well cared for,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said in a press release. Phase One includes all non-emergency medical services, golf courses and other outdoor recreational activities, and camping. Phase Two will include retails businesses and personal services like hairdressers and massage artists. The 47 school-based centres will continue to operate within guidelines from the province’s chief medical officer. Other non-school based childcare centres still operating in the province will also be continuing to follow the limitations and guidelines placed on their operations. Parents can now submit an application form for one of the school-based childcare spots which can be found online at saskatchewan.ca/covid19-childcare.

Humour takes edge off serious times By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express

Humour is one of the things that helps us get through trying times like the coronavirus lockdown. We look at what animals may think about our precautions, courtesy of artist Varsha Sheth. • The leader of a V-shaped flock of migrating geese notes to the flock that he hasn’t seen any airplanes and wonders “if they’ve migrated.” • A strange man pets one of two dogs being walked on the street. One dog

says to the other: “I never let strangers pet me. Who knows if they have washed their hands or not.” • One of the dogs in the house tells a resting dog: “You’ve put on weight since you’ve stopped chasing cars.” • Two dogs watch their masked master and mistress preparing dinner. The poodle asks quizzically: “What is that all about?” The cocker spaniel replies: “I think it’s

some kind of human muzzle to stop them from biting each other.” • Two tigers are out hunting. One licks its chops at the sight of a villager gathering firewood approaching them deep in the jungle. “Don’t even think about it,” says the other tiger. “I heard him coughing on the way here.” • Two hikers wearing masks walk through a grove of trees. A tree com-

ments “Foolish humans. Just when the air begins to get clean they start wearing masks.” • A frog wakes up and tells its mate: “I had the worst nightmare. I dreamt I got kissed by a prince who tested positive.” Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net

A little bit of humour extracted from the Moose Jaw Public Library Archives: MJ Story Span Flu Police Stories

Moose Jaw City Police Court and the Spanish Flu Pandemic From the Moose Jaw Evening News Organized by Richard Dowson

The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 hit Moose Jaw pretty hard. In the first 18 days 48 people died. The Police Court Reporter of the day found some humour in that Pandemic – and the same humour works today in this Pandemic. Saturday, November 30, 1918 “Sam Shluker, who was recently fined for loafing and warned to shake the dust of the city from his heels, was again charged with the same offense.” “Rose Moore, or at least that’s the name she gave this time … was found in procession of a quantity of Morphine.”

“Thirst Cost Him $25. “John Johnston, for being too drunk to know at the time whether he was consuming liquor in a public place or not, was fined $25 and costs.” Failure to properly Social Distance, Friday, December 6, 1918 “Tina had ten callers at once last night – the City Police raided a house at 1206 Grafton Avenue, about 11:30 last evening – Mrs. Grace Hendry, also known in the city as Tina Henderson – was charged with being the keeper of a bawdy house and the 10 men were charged with being frequenters of a bawdy house. They all received bail.”


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Moose Jaw heartily celebrated the end of war in Europe in 1945

The end of the war in Europe was presumed by late April 1945, but the actual date was not established until the last minute, so festivities in Moose Jaw were arranged on May 5 for the big May 8 event. Men were returning home in large numbers, with the first to have been sent over coming home first. Prisoners of War were also being released from German PoW camps. The Moose Jaw Times Herald newspaper carried a huge section on May 8, 1945 telling the story of the many men and women who “did their part” in the war effort. However, due to COVID-19, it is not possible to access all of that information. Presented are snippets of articles from that time. Wednesday, May 2, 1945 L. Cpl. E. Hunter Tells of Wiles of Enemy Agents Back after long service overseas, a group of 125 veterans arrived in Regina on Tuesday. Representing almost every unit in the Canadian army, with a predominance of men from the Canadian Forestry Corps and the Saskatoon Light Infantry, the soldiers were happy to be home and were enthusiastic of the welcome they received across Canada. Many of the returning men saw action in Italy and on the European front. Several had been wounded and were sent back due to lowered categories. A tale of counter-espionage work, traffic control under fire, and guarding rivers and bridges was told by Lance Cpl. E. Hunter of Moose Jaw. He went overseas with the 113th Field Battery and served with the field security section of the Provost Corps. “It’s a tough business and I’ve seen families split, part of them on one side of a river and part on the other side,” he said. In order to prevent enemy agents passing information back to their intelligence headquarters the civilian population was kept in districts and no interchange was allowed between districts. Agents could not be singled out from the ordinary peasants. They were cleaver and highly trained and used many tricks to dodge the field security section. On one occasion, four agents-three men and one woman were separated. The woman appealed with great show of emotion to be allowed to join her husband. She was permitted to do so and it was learned later valuable information had passed between them. Sergeant A. B. McCardle of Moose Jaw, one of the eight original members who

Article courtesy of Richard Dowson, arranged by Jason G. Antonio

Flight Lt. Maurice Briggs, and his navigator, Flying Officer John Baker, performed in Moose Jaw in a Mosquito fighter plane to help raise war bonds on May 10, 1945. Unfortunately, a day later, they would die in a fiery plane crash in Calgary. Photo courtesy Richard Dowson

left with the 77th Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery, when the battery left Italy, was among the returning veterans. The 77th Battery was recruited at Moose Jaw and went overseas in December 1939. Casualties and transfers to other units, dwindled the number of original down to eight. Other Moose Javians who returned included Craftsman H. J. Hunt, 109 Main Street South, Moose Jaw and Sergeant A. B.McCrandle, 636 Second Avenue North East, Moose Jaw. Saturday, May 5, 1945 Final Plans Are Announced for V-E Day Final preparations have been completed for Moose Jaw’s participation in the worldwide rejoicing to be celebrated with the official declaration of “V-E Day.” With two alterations, plans as previously arranged will be carried out on that day. The Canadian Legion, who were previously scheduled to perform in Crescent Park, will now hold their V-Day band concert and chorus ceremony in the Arena rink where a platform is to be constructed. It was also announced by VE-Day officials that Lt. Col. A. W. “Pallie” Pascoe has been delegated by Brigadier G. A. H. Trudeau to represent Military District No. 12 at the Moose Jaw celebration. Other army officials are also expected to be in attendance. It was stated that the Young Men’s Section of the Board of Trade and the Princess Patricia Club are sponsoring an “At Home” celebration, which will take

Canadian soldiers in Europe read about the end of the Second World War in Europe in the Maple Leaf newspaper on May 8, 1945. Photo courtesy Juno Beach Centre

place at the Armoury on the night of the official declaration of V-E Day. An orchestra will be in attendance, and tickets are now on sale, and can be obtained from Y.M.S. members or at Eilers in Moose Jaw. Ex-servicemen are to be given complimentary tickets, and the general public is cordially invited. Officials again pointed out that with the announcement of V-E Day, a general holiday will be declared the following day, and again essential industries in the city, such as the bakeries, dairies and so on, are asked to remain open and complete deliveries. A large number of business firms in the city have also expressed the intention of building V-Day floats, and a monster display is expected when the long awaited announcement is flashed to the world. Wednesday, May 9, 1945 Local Soldiers Are Back Home A number of local soldiers were among a group that returned from overseas to Regina on Monday. Those returning included: Cpl H. L. Riome, Wellesley Park; L/Crp J Yoschuk, 142 Lillooet Street West; Sgt D. R. Greene, Boharm; Pte. L. S. Borton, Tugaske; Pte. D. W. Cheshire, Chaplin; Pte. E. H. Mattacok, 316 Athabasca Street West; Pte. A Napier, 306 Home Street West; Gnr. H. J. Thompson, Tuxford; Pte. W. J. Walters, 1344 Redland Avenue; and Lt. G. C. Russell, Fourth Avenue North East. Thursday, May 10, 1945 Swoosh, Freddie was Here, Swoosh,

and He’d Gone “F for Freddie” Mosquito bomber which has made 213 operational flights against the Huns, and which is now acting — with its crew — as a super-salesman for Victory Loan bonds, came to Moose Jaw on Wednesday afternoon, May 9, 1945, astounded the citizens with daring acrobatic flying, and passed on westward to enthuse other Canadians into investing in the best, and buying another bond. In past days airmen have flown at what was called “housetop” height over Moose Jaw, but if that was “housetop” then “F for Freddie” was flown at ground top. This deadly little plane almost came to Earth and shook hands with the hundreds who were peering skywards. “Freddie” was something new to Moose Jaw. Many planes have been seen here, but nothing quite like the speed with which it zipped around. It was just a “swoosh” and “Freddie” had gone. People on the streets thought that it literally was going to drop down to the streets. Rooftops were skimmed with inches to spare, and as the trim little ship passed on to open prairie on the south side of the city, Flight Lt. Maurice Briggs, D.S.O., D.F.C., D.F.M., and his navigator, Flying Officer John Baker, D.F.C., and bar, were in their element. They brought the “Mossey” down to grass level and thundered along with the undercarriage practically touching the ground. People standing on First Avenue West saw “Freddie” pass like a flash of lighting and then he could be heard far away to the west. Next moment he was hurtling through the sky headed for the north, and a moment later a glimpse of “Freddie” could be seen as he passed apparently lower than the top of the top of the Y.W.C.A. building. He tore over Alexandra School with inches to spare. Next he was seen flying at anything up to 400 miles an hour down Main Street with just flying room beneath the plane and the buildings, and it could easily be understood why “Freddie” and the hundreds of other Mosquito bombers like him could pinpoint a target and hit the objective with a 2,000-pound bomb right on the nose. National War Finance Committee officials in Moose Jaw and district are hoping that the example of “Freddie” and what he has done and can do will be taken to heart by those who have not yet bought bonds in the 8th Victory Loan and that they will do so without delay.

People in Toronto celebrate the end of the Second World War in Europe on May 8, 1945. Photo courtesy City of Toronto


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Anniversary of Second World War’s end fills veteran with emotions Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Airman Allen (Al) Cameron was in London, England on May 8, 1945 when a massive celebration broke out in the capital, as thousands of people took to the streets to celebrate the Allies’ victory over Nazi Germany. After six years of heavy fighting on the seas, on the ground and in the air, peace had once again returned to the European continent. Cameron, then 19 and a leading aircraftman (LAC) with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), had just returned to England with his unit after spending nearly two years fighting in Italy. Their war had ended on April 24, 1945, in the town of Bellaria, about 256 kilometres south of Venice, since the Germans there were on the verge of surrender. There was tremendous relief on that eighth day of May — officially dubbed Victory in Europe Day, or VE-Day — since six years of heavy fighting against the German war machine had finally ended, Cameron recalled. In total, the war killed 450,700 English military personnel and civilians. For Canada, about 45,400 soldiers, sailors and airmen perished during the conflict. Celebrating with the English “You can’t imagine how well the English handled the war in Britain,” said Cameron, now 95. “You never saw an English person (who) was down-hearted. They were all, ‘Get up, get at it and let’s get it done and over with it.’ They were amazing people.” With a chuckle, Cameron acknowledged that he celebrated with the English on that joyous occasion. He and his fellow airmen had plenty of time to celebrate since

A picture of Allen (Al) Cameron in his post-war uniform, along with medals from his time in the Second World War. Photo courtesy Al Cameron

their unit had been disbanded and they were waiting to go home. They would have roll call every morning to learn whether a ship could take them home. Seventy-five years after the Second World War ended in Europe — it would rage on in the Pacific Theatre until Sept. 2, 1945 — some of Cameron’s memories are still fresh. Yet, as the years have gone by and Remembrance Days and VE-Days have rolled on, he has had fewer flashbacks to that period. An emotional anniversary “The emotion on the anniversary of VE-Day hits me a lot harder now than it used to because I’m starting to realize how many of my buddies and friends … are so few left,” he remarked, pointing out there are about 33,200 veterans still living in Canada. “When you fought together, died together and came home together, the memories are forever close to the surface and are for keeps,” said Cameron, who believes he is the only Second World War veteran left with the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans (ANAVETS) organization in Moose Jaw. “To go to the Remembrance Day services, it’s a lot more emotional because there are so few of us left.” It is Cameron’s memories that fill him with emotion, he continued. Many of his buddies also survived the war, so they shared beers and jokes whenever they gathered after the war. However, that table became more vacant as his friends died out. “It does bother (me) a bit,” he said, adding he will celebrate VE-Day quietly. For seven years, Cameron sang in a choir at the Remembrance Day services in Moose Jaw but eventually quit since it became too much. He sings at home — something he didn’t think was still possible at age 95 — but it’s tougher than before. One of his favourite songs is the Vera Lynn tune “(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover.” “It’s quite an emotional song when you have gone through what we went through,” he added. Close calls with death Cameron grew up in Saskatoon but trained as an airframe maintenance technician in Moose Jaw for a few months in 1943. He and his unit eventually went overseas to England before being sent to Italy to battle the Germans. “I almost got killed twice, but the good Lord was looking after me,” he said. The first incident occurred around September 1944 on the east coast of Italy in a town called Rimini. The Canadians were told to prepare for a possible German paratroop drop behind the lines, so everyone was on high alert. Cameron and another airmen were patrolling a road carrying sub-machine guns when the airmen strumbled and dropped his weapon. It hit the ground and unleashed a spray of bullets that passed between the two men, just missing both of them. The Moose Javian’s second close call with death occurred months later after the Allies have moved further up the east coast to another small town. One of the

Al Cameron, a Second World War veteran, becomes emotional during anniversaries such as the end of the Second World War. Photo courtesy Al Cameron

duties of Cameron’s unit was to build runways for the Spitfire fighter planes taking off to battle the Germans. One day Cameron walked to a barbershop only to find six people ahead of him. He decided to come back and began to walk away. He made it half a block — about the same distance from Mosaic Place to Rosie’s on River Street — before a Spitfire accidentally dropped one of its bombs on the shop. “I spent the next day-and-a-half digging out survivors,” he remarked. Coming home and marrying After the Italian campaign ended in late April 1945, Cameron and his unit went to Venice to celebrate hard “for a couple of days.” They rode the gondolas for 25 lira — about a couple of dollars Canadian — for a few days. However, by the end of the week, the price had skyrocketed to 1,000 lira. After the war, Cameron eventually became an officer — he jumped five levels in rank but joked he lost $6 per hour in pay — and had the title of flight lieutenant. He also married his sweetheart, Yvonne Lenke, whom he had met while training in Moose Jaw. He had taken her to a few shows before he left for Europe. Much to his surprise — but great delight — she began to write him letters and they corresponded during the war. When he returned, he learned she was still single, so they eventually married — they had known each other for about five weeks — and remained married for 69 years. Yvonne died in 2016. Having served in England, Italy, the Netherlands, France and Germany with the RCAF during his career, Cameron transferred to Moose Jaw in 1965 and remained at the airbase until he retired in 1969 after 26 years of service. He pointed out with much pride that, in 1966-67, the airbase had the busiest runway in all of North America since training planes were taking off every few minutes. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.

Wearing red to honour 75th anniversary of Second World War’s end Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

It’s a strange time for Moose Jaw’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59, as the coronavirus prevented the organization from celebrating some important historical milestones and events. It’s a shame that the pandemic has prevented major celebrations from happening to acknowledge the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe that took place on May 8, said legion president Sharon Erickson. Normally a national legion delegation would travel to Europe to take part in activities, but that wasn’t the case this year. The 75th anniversary is significant since most of the one million men and women who enlisted during that war are no longer living, Erickson remarked. However, those who are still living — around 30,000 nation-wide — deserve as much recognition as possible since their contributions count and matter. Saskatchewan Command asked all provincial legions and legion members to honour this milestone by wearing red on Friday, May 8. Another event that Branch 59 won’t be able to celebrate this year is Participants in a Decoration Day parade across the Crescent Park bridge at the close of the Decoration Day in June. This is when legion members and cadets clean ceremony. File photo up veterans’ headstones in the cemetery and place Canadian flags beside the plots. Instead, explained Erickson, the legion will encourage people to use Facebook to post a picture of the Canadian flag to acknowledge this day. The organization is also encouraging people to post a picture of someone from Moose Jaw who might have served during war. “That’s the only thing that will keep our community safe and honour the people who have served our country so well,” she added.


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Mac the Moose, trolley tours were highlights of 2019 tourism season Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

While Tourism Moose Jaw had a great year in 2019 and milked the attention lavished on Mac the Moose, the organization expects 2020 to be more subdued because of the pandemic. Tourism Moose Jaw (TMJ) held its annual general meeting on April 30 by Zoom conference, with more than a dozen members and executive members taking part. During the meeting, executive director Jacki L’Heureux-Mason and board president Kelly Carty each provided a report about the activities in their areas. Executive director Last year was an outstanding year for Tourism Moose Jaw, with record sales in trolley tickets (an increase of $47,265 from 2018) and merchandise sold (an increase of $14,618) at the Tourism Centre, while the second-highest number of people walked through the building’s doors, L’Heureux-Mason said. The worldwide attention given to Mac the Moose, the popularity of Sidewalk Days, and record-breaking attendance at Canada Day also contributed to a tremen-

dous year, she continued. Tourism Moose Jaw led the new branding campaign of “Canada’s Most Notorious City,” while it launched the first of its Prohibition Days events by holding a “wildly successful” pub crawl. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, TMJ has had to change its plans for 2020. It has cancelled Sidewalk Days and Canada Day — the fireworks might still happen, though — it has postponed the tour guide since many businesses can’t afford to contribute to it. Since provincial governments are recommending against travel between provinces, TMJ will focus on attracting visitors from within Saskatchewan. That campaign will focus on highlighting how Moose Jaw is a great weekend getaway location and is affordable for families. In particular, TMJ will highlight activities that occur here in the late summer, fall, and winter. One concern is the future of the trolley, said L’Heureux-Mason. While repairs are nearly finished, TMJ doesn’t know when

it will get the vehicle on the road in the community safely and responsibly. Staffing issues could also be a concern since the organization won’t be able to run a full complement of employees. The ambassador booth downtown will not happen this year since proper physical distancing can’t be maintained. Meanwhile, only one employee will work at the desk — behind newly installed Plexiglas shielding — in the Tourism Centre, while additional cleaning will continue. The Tourism Centre will space picnic tables further apart outside, while it will give personal protective equipment (PPE) to staff who ask. Finances According to Tourism Moose Jaw’s 2019 financial statement: • Revenues were $395,750 (an increase of $85,802 from 2018), while expenses were $348,083 (an increase of $50,793), leaving a surplus of $7,619, compared to a deficit of $18,894 two years ago; • Cash and term deposits were $104,089; • Membership fees were $22,324;

President’s report Tourism Moose Jaw had a stellar year last year, mainly due to Mac the Moose, echoed Carty. TMJ raised more than $38,000 for the beloved statue; it has spent nearly $10,000 and plans to spend another $2,000. “His high visibility made him a go-to spot to visit, and his (visitor) numbers were 150,000 — that’s huge,” she continued, adding the remainder of the money will go into a reserve account for Mac’s maintenance. There were 31,890 people who visited the Tourism Centre last year, which is an increase of 9,226 people, or 28.93 per cent, Carty reported. Sidewalk Days saw an estimated 21,000 people, while Canada Day saw about 3,500 people. Since the attention with Mac drove record-high trolley and merchandise sales, Carty thought it was important to build on this Moosemania in the future.

Mental health and COVID-19: when to get help, where to find it and how to feel better The Caring Place offers free consultation to anyone feeling down in these tough times Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

When the Saskatchewan government declared a state of emergency on March 18, it signalled the beginning of months of social isolation and self-distancing – a situation that would be tough on a person’s mental health at the best of times. In the fear of COVID-19 and a worldwide pandemic, you have the recipe for depression, anxiety and a host of physical issues that can worsen over time and even lead to potential self-harm. The Caring Place wants to make sure you never get to that point. The Regina-based mental health advocacy and counselling charity continues to take calls and conduct online counselling sessions even in this time of social distancing, offering their services to those who could be most in need as time in isolation continues. “Obviously this is very unprecedented what we’re going through in the entire world together, in a situation where so much of what we’ve seen as societal norms, where we’re able to be close and come together, that’s what we’re being warned to step away from,” said Gwen Friedrich, executive director of The Caring Place. “Part of the challenge is that as people are interpreting that, there’s a huge level of fear, and that fear is there for everybody, whether they’re afraid of the COVID or not. They could be afraid of what it might do to their job, what it does to their finances, and even their loneliness and isolation. The fear of the COVID-19 itself is spreading like the disease and the rest of society and that’s causing a lot of mental health challenges.” Friedrich pointed to her own recent experience returning from a vacation and having to quarantine for 14 days – and even for a mental health professional wellversed in what she was going through, it was difficult. “Oh my, it was tough,” Friedrich said. “I have a nice home with a backyard and by the end I was calling it house arrest.” Fight, Flee or Freeze What it all comes back to is fear. The basic biological response to fear is fight, flee or freeze. Your cortisol levels increase, blood vessels in the hands and feet dilate, heart rate and respiration increase. “Those are all marvelous things if you’re being chased by a bear, but the problem is when we’re afraid of the COVID virus, the same thing happens,” Friedrich said. “It’s not normal for our bodies to be in that state on a regular basis and it’s very destructive. It hurts our mental health, can cause heart conditions and our immunity to go down. So it’s very bad for us.” Dealing with that state of fear and learning that it doesn’t need to exist is where it all starts. “So by leaning into it, acknowledging it and getting to a place of peace and then as we move through the process, we gain a tremendous sense of hope,” Friedrich said. “Then we move into action and start doing positive things.”

With self-isolation and the COVID-19 pandemic, staying aware of your mental health and seeking help if you need it is becoming more and more important.

Lean into the Pain The first step is finding the pain and then going all in dealing with it until a place of peace is reached. “It’s almost like there’s a knife in your rib, and the inclination is to pull away from it,” Friedrich said. “What we teach people is to not pull away from the pain but lean into it. Acknowledge it exists and then just learn to hold space.” For religious folks, that might mean finding help through prayer; for those into mindfulness, through quiet meditation. Hold space, relax into the feeling of depression and loneliness and “just let it wash over you,” Friedrich says. “After a period of time of leaning into it, you actually begin to experience peace.” One way The Caring Place counsellors go about helping get to that place is through reframing. Take a map of Moose Jaw and a three-by-five frame. Centre it on Temple Gardens; that’s Moose Jaw. Centre it on Wakamow Valley; that’s still Moose Jaw. “It’s the same with situations that happen; they have a plethora of ways of looking at them and when we go into depression we have our frame around something that is true and it’s only a small piece of the truth,’ Friedrich explained. “We focus on that small piece and retell that story to ourselves over and over and over and become more and more anxious and it becomes more and more embedded in our minds. So we look at the whole truth with a picture frame; find a place that’s a better fit and work to get to that place. “It’s the fork in the road and a counsellor is a very, very good resource to help.” Don’t be afraid to ask for help The most important part of the whole process is not being afraid to call – and that you don’t have to be at your

absolute lowest in order to seek help. “Call in long before it gets to the point you feel suicidal,” Friedrich said. “Call if you get to a point where you feel your life is being negatively affected and you don’t know how to get to the next place, so it could be at any stage. “It comes down to when a person has something happening to them and they don’t have the tools in their tool box to get to a place that’s good for them. That’s the time to call.” There’s no obligation to continue sessions after the first consultation, either. “Some people will come in once and they get the encouragement and tools that they need and they’re fine. A lot of people will come in three times, some every couple of weeks the rest of their lives,” Friedrich said. For those uncomfortable with talking to a counsellor, the key is to realize that while the stigma of dealing with mental health might have once been an issue, that isn’t nearly the case any more. Not with 20 per cent of people in society struggling with depression and up to 50 per cent of people dealing with depression at some point in their lives. “If there’s four people in a room, if it’s not you guys, it’s me who has depression now or is going to have it,” Friedrich said. “So just call and get your mental health tune-up.” While The Caring Place hasn’t been overly busy since the shut-down, numbers have been increasing as time passes and self-isolation continues. “It’s slowly building as people understand we’re here and that we can work with them online and things like that,” Friedrich explained. “And people who are coming to us really need to be there; they’ve been trying to cope and handle on their own and they’re just exhausted when they get here.” How to get help The Caring Place offers a variety of options to help those who need help. In addition to their website at thecaringplace.ca -which offers a variety of resources including information on their programs and services and an option to book an appointment – counsellors can be reached by calling 306-347-CARE (2273) or by calling toll free at 1-877-522-7464 or through e-mail at connect@thecaringplace.ca. While in-person appointments weren’t available until the first phase of the Re-Open Saskatchewan phase began on May 4, online and telephone counselling can be found at the above. They also offer a free online depression and anxiety support group running Mondays that people can call in and be a part of. While the first intake consultation is free, The Caring Place charges for further sessions based on a client’s income. “It’s set up so everyone can make use of our services,” Friedrich said.


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Part 1 of 3: City’s relationship with Carpere Canada lasted all of 19 months, documents show Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The City of Moose Jaw heralded the agreement with Carpere Canada as the largest land deal in city history, but the relationship lasted all of 19 months before the company quit the project. The Moose Jaw Express submitted a freedom of information (FOI) request to city hall recently that asked for all material around Carpere Canada. City hall later emailed a 146-page PDF with the requested material. However, officials had redacted — or removed — large amounts of information, using The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (LA FOIP) to keep the material private. For pages that had information removed — most had some content, while others were completely blank — officials wrote in the LA FOIP section number to explain the erasure. The five sections most cited were 16 (advice from officials), 17 (economic and other interests), 18 (third-party information), 21 (solicitor-client privilege), and 28 (disclosure of personal information).

The Express has summarized the documents and presents a partial — but incomplete — look at the once-promising business partnership between the Chinese company and Saskatchewan municipality. This article is the first of three in the series. In the beginning Jim Dixon, economic development officer for Moose Jaw, began communicating seriously with Terry Tian, director of business development for Carpere Canada, in the summer of 2018, according to emails from July 30 to Aug. 1, 2018. “It was great to meet with all of your group today, Terry. As indicated, we look forward to a great partnership with you and will do all we can to help facilitate this initial project coming to fruition and future projects down the road,” Dixon wrote. In his email, Dixon attached information about the sewer and water utility rates for SaskPower, SaskEnergy and Moose Jaw. Dixon also promised to provide an electronic copy of the proposal once he had

updated it. Tian thanked Dixon for his reply and wondered if Dixon could send the confidential agreement before their next meeting. Attaching an overview of the Southeast Industrial Park to an email, Dixon indicated city hall could provide a complete package once it knew all of Carpere’s project needs. He also planned to send Tian a package of provincial incentives that Carpere could access. Tian promised to take the park overview to his people, while he again asked for the confidentiality agreement so he could sign it and then submit Carpere’s official request. He also wanted clarification on what the development and permit fees were. Dixon explained the permit fee was the building permit for when the company developed the property. “As for the development levies, we would build these into the price of the land that we determine works for all of us,” added Dixon. Preparing the documents In a second set of emails from Aug. 17, Sept. 21, and Sept. 25, 2018, Dixon emailed Tian saying city hall was preparing a concept plan and design. He hoped to have that document back so “that (the) valuable information” in it could be included in city hall’s response to Carpere’s proposal. Tian told Dixon on Sept. 25 that he had received an inquiry from a Vancouver businessman — whose identity was removed —about progress happening in the industrial park. Tian planned to send city hall’s response about the concept plan and design to the man. The businessman had also asked about an election and if

the mayor would be re-elected, since the businessman “may be worried about the continuity of policy.” Dixon replied that there was no municipal election occurring in 2018, only a byelection to fill a vacant council seat. “The mayor’s term does not end for another two years. So good stability and support there,” Dixon added. A meeting with the mayor Dixon wrote to someone on Oct. 5, saying a Chinese investment group was looking at opportunities in Moose Jaw. The group was pursuing a major industrial project but was also “very interested” in something — land, perhaps? — that the unnamed email recipient possessed. The group also wanted a tour of the unnamed individual’s property for Oct. 10; Dixon suggested Tian contact that individual’s real estate agent for the tour. Tian emailed Dixon on Oct. 7 saying while the unnamed businessman and a group “plan to come over,” the businessman wanted to meet with Dixon earlier. The businessman would cancel his original plans and come to Moose Jaw first if Dixon could meet on Oct. 9. No follow-up email indicates whether Dixon met with the businessman. However, in a redacted email on Oct. 9, Dixon wrote to someone saying Tian, the businessman man, and their investment group would meet city officials on Oct. 10. Another redacted email on Oct. 10 indicated Mayor Fraser Tolmie would meet the businessman, while Dixon would briefly join the meeting before leaving for Calgary. Part one of three.

The cover letter from city hall about the Moose Jaw Express’ freedom of information request for materials on Carpere Canada. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

The first set of initial emails between the City of Moose Jaw and Carpere Canada. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

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Part 2 of 3: Vancouver trip to meet Carpere seemed to prove fruitful for city officials, documents show Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

A trip by municipal officials to Vancouver in 2018 to meet representatives with Carpere Canada about the latter purchasing land in Moose Jaw proved fruitful, documents show. Based on city hall emails that the Moose Jaw Express obtained through a freedom of information request, the newspaper is exploring the business relationship between Carpere Canada and the City of Moose Jaw in a threepart series. This story is part two of three. Vancouver trip In a series of emails with the subject line, “About Vancomycin Trip,” Terry Tian, director of development for Carpere Canada, wrote to Jim Dixon, economic development manager, on Oct. 15 and 16, 2018 saying it was great to meet him, Mayor Fraser Tolmie, and an unnamed individual during a meeting in Moose Jaw. Tian wanted to speak with Dixon about the latter’s trip to Vancouver and wondered if they could meet. Dixon replied that Oct. 16 would work. Dixon also said that Tolmie was unavailable from Nov. 8 to 10, but was available Nov. 22 to 24 for another meeting. Dixon wrote to the unnamed individual on Oct. 16, saying city hall was working closely with a Chinese investment group “on some exciting projects” on agriculture, manufacturing and technology. Tian was interested in meeting this unnamed individual, especially after the person and Dixon spoke about partnerships with the Chinese group. They eventually scheduled a meeting for Oct. 30. On Nov. 5, Tian wrote to Dixon saying he had contacted

A sample land sale agreement that city hall created for Carpere Canada early in the business partnership. Photo by Jason G. Antonio PUBLIC NOTICE RESORT VILLAGE OF SUN VALLEY

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Public notice is hereby given that the Council of the Resort Village of Sun Valley intends to adopt a bylaw, under The Planning and Development Act, 2007, to amend Bylaw No. 04-2017, known as the Zoning Bylaw. INTENT: The proposed bylaw will rezone: 1. The eastern portion of Lot 7, Block 19, Plan 63MJ03441, outlined in red, from RR-Resort Residential District to R1-Residential District; and 2. Lot 12, Block 19, Plan 63MJ03441, outlined in blue, from R1L-Residential Limited District to RR-Resort Residential District as shown on the following map.

City hall removed all specific items in an email exchange between Tian Terry with Carpere Canada and Jim Dixon with the City of Moose Jaw. Photo by Jason G. Antonio an unnamed businessman in Vancouver, who indicated a meeting could occur anytime from Nov. 19 to 30. Besides wanting to know Tolmie’s schedule, Tian also needed eight items for an unnamed project. City hall redacted those eight items in the email since they were considered third-party information. Three days later, Dixon replied that he, the mayor, and city manager Jim Puffalt could fly to Vancouver on Nov. 21 and meet with the unnamed businessman a day later, and then return on Nov. 23. Dixon asked Tian to provide an office location for the meeting and a hotel near the office. Initial offer for land deal On Nov. 15, Dixon emailed a document with background information of Tian’s investment group to the mayor, city manager, and Michelle Sanson, director of planning and development. That document also included the initial offer for an agreement in the industrial park. Dixon was still arranging the Vancouver trip a day later, as he emailed Puffalt to say he had spoken with the Vancouver businessman, with the latter thinking it “fantastic” that Moose Jaw officials would visit him in Vancouver. “He will give us a tour and then would like to have supper with us. The mayor is aware and thought this would be a great opportunity to meet with (redacted),” added Dixon. A flurry of emails from Nov. 26 and 29, 2018 dealt with Carpere’s requirements for its proposed project and a sample land sale agreement. Katelyn Soltys, assistant city solicitor, produced a sample land sale agreement for the proposed project. Howev-

An email exchange about a trip to Vancouver that Mayor Fraser Tolmie, city manager Jim Puffalt and Jim Dixon, economic development manager, planned to take in November 2018. Photo by Jason G. Antonio er, she indicated she did not include specifics since she was unsure of the number of acres involved, the price, infrastructure requirements, or development. However, she thought this would help Carpere understand what purchase and servicing agreements looked like in Moose Jaw. “Also, please note that Carpere Canada Investment Group is not registered in Saskatchewan,” she added, “thus, the highlighted section in the parties’ portion of the document is to indicate we will need to know how they are registered once in negotiations.” Carpere comes to Moose Jaw Puffalt emailed Dixon on Nov. 23 saying the trip to Vancouver had been successful and Carpere Canada wanted to buy about 700 acres in the industrial park. The company desired to have a deal done soon. In a heavily redacted email, Dixon informed Puffalt on Nov. 28 that Tian’s investment group would be in Moose Jaw on Dec. 6 and 7 for a meeting. Tian’s group was expecting an agreement and was anxious to sign; the group would be encouraged to tour the Tunnels and have either lunch or supper with municipal officials. Dixon later informed Tian that city hall needed Carpere’s Saskatchewan incorporation name/number and ID number for the project to proceed. Tian provided the company’s registered British Columbia number and wondered if that was acceptable. Dixon replied Carpere would have to acquire a Saskatchewan number. On Nov. 29, the city manager emailed Carpere Canada representative Yee-Ming — whose last name was redacted — with a sample purchase and servicing agreement. Yee-Ming replied that Carpere would have its lawyer review the document and then respond by Dec. 6, when the investment group was in Moose Jaw. Part two of three.

APAS responds to federal ag funding announcement The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) says the federal government’s $252 million agriculture funding announcement is a step in EXPRESS the right direction — but it is only the beginning. “Any assistance to producers is welcome, but this package is only a small first step in addressing the needs at the farm gate,” said APAS president Todd Lewis in a press release. “We need more action from the government to help reduce our risk and secure Canada’s agricultural industry and food supply.” Lewis says the announcement will address issues faced by cattle and hog producers. “But there are many other issues that still need to be addressed. The Prime Minister himself acknowledged that this is a first step.” Lewis says the May 5 announcement is well off the $2.6 billion targeted by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) as the amount necessary to address food insecurity and to help both farmers and consumers. APAS says the plan also fails to address ongoing shortcomings in business risk management programming. Visit www.apas.ca for more information.

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Part 3 of 3: Carpere Canada abandoned deal with city council 10 months after signing it, documents show Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Municipal officials were excited when Carpere Canada agreed to purchase land in the Southeast Industrial Park last April, but 10 months later, that joy turned to disappointment after the company pulled out of the deal, documents show. Based on city hall emails that the Moose Jaw Express obtained through a freedom of information (FOI) request, the newspaper explores the business relationship between Carpere Canada and the City of Moose Jaw in a three-part series. This is part three of three. ‘We have an agreement!’ Jim Dixon, economic development manager, issued several emails from Dec. 3 to 6 to members of city administration in preparation for the Dec. 6 meeting. City hall had to adjust the schedule since Terry Tian, director of business development for Carpere Canada, and his group were unable to tour the Tunnels or have lunch with municipal officials. Internally, Dixon had a welcome poster created for the meeting. (Municipal officials removed that poster as part of the redactions). He also prepared a background document about Carpere and discussion points that the municipality wanted to communicate. A day after the meeting between Carpere Canada officials and municipal officials, Dixon issued an excited email. “We have an agreement!” he wrote. Carpere had accepted the development levies and the sale price of $10,000 per acre for the roughly 900 acres — actually 780 acres — in the industrial park. The company

would lead the servicing of land — “another yippie!” he wrote — while Katelyn Soltys, assistant city solicitor, would draft a letter of intent. “They agree to all items Katelyn represented from the city’s perspective. What a great day for our city!” he added. Carpere’s connection to Communist China Dixon and Michelle Sanson, director of planning and development, created a confidential eight-page report that focused on the offer to purchase land for industrial development, which they presented to executive committee on Dec. 10, 2018. The entire report was redacted in the FOI package. Dixon and Sanson produced another report on Jan. 21, 2019 for executive committee on the same topic, but again, that 12-page document was entirely blank. However, the actual offer to purchase agreement was attached, and it showed that Morris Chen — a very wealthy Vancouver businessman with connections to the Communist Chinese government — and Yiming Luo signed on behalf of Carpere Canada. City administration presented to city council on April 30, 2019 the final offer to purchase land for industrial development agreement with Carpere Canada. The mayor heralded this as the largest land deal in Moose Jaw’s history. Carpere would pay $7.8 million for the 780 acres and develop the industrial park to attract businesses. However, the situation wasn’t all roses, as Carpere Canada approached city hall six months later and asked for a payment extension. The end of the beginning City administration created a report for a special executive committee on Oct. 22, 2019 about Carpere’s request; full payment was due at the end of the month. However, city hall redacted the four-page document and removed the reason why Carpere asked for more time to pay. Another confidential report came to executive committee on Jan. 29, 2020, but again, municipal officials removed all relevant information from the five-page document. City administration issued an eight-page confidential report for council’s Feb. 12 executive committee about Carpere’s requests for amendments to the agreement. Again, that document is void of information. City administration produced one more confidential report for executive committee on Feb. 24 with an update about the land sale. That document is similarly empty of content. However, this is when council learned that Carp-

Signing the agreement on March 26, 2019 on behalf of Carpere Canada was Morris Chen and Yiming Luo. According to the Globe and Mail, Chen has connections to the Chinese Communist government. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

ere decided to abandon the deal. Less than a month later, on March 3, the deal officially collapsed. City hall issued a news release saying Carpere Canada had decided that after “extensive due diligence,” it would not move forward with the agreement or purchase lands in Moose Jaw’s Southeast Industrial Park (SEIP). On its website, Carpere said it had planned to attract billions of dollars worth of agri-food processing, technology firms, and similar companies to Moose Jaw. It also planned to construct a large residential water garden development. Those plans, as of now, are dead in the water. It’s interesting to note that from the time Carpere agreed to sign the agreement on April 30, 2019 to when it abandoned the agreement in March 2020, there is not a single email from anyone at city hall in the FOI package. Did city administration simply communicate verbally with each other about this? Did they write letters to each other? It’s difficult to believe that city administration didn’t produce any emails in a panic as they attempted to keep this lucrative deal from collapsing. So, besides the proposed pea plant, attracting Syncrude Energy, opening a distillery, and working with Canadian Tire, the deal with Carpere Canada is another failed attempt by city council to create economic opportunity in Moose Jaw. And the beat goes on.

The initial offer to purchase land for industrial development agreement was presented to city council behind closed doors on Dec. 10, 2018. City hall removed all relevant information from this document and others in the freedom of information package sent to the Express. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

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Two of three people accused of trafficking drugs released on bail Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Two of three people involved in a drug bust that turned up $13,000 in cocaine and methamphetamines have been released on strict bail conditions. Scott Bobbett and Kjersten Melnychuk are each charged with possession of methamphetamine for trafficking and possession of cocaine for trafficking. Bobbett is also charged with possession of proceeds of crime less than $5,000, while Melynchuk also faces three charges of breaching an undertaking and two counts of failing to comply with an appearance notice. The Moose Jaw Police Service arrested the two — along with co-accused Nigel Wolf — during a vehicle stop on April 21, since the vehicle was involved in an ongoing investigation, a police news release said. During the vehicle stop, police located methamphetamine and cocaine for a combined amount of 4.5 ounces, as well as Canadian currency. Bobbett appeared by phone in Moose Jaw provincial court on April 28, where Judge Brian Hendrickson granted him bail. Some of the conditions he will have to follow are keeping

the peace and being of good behaviour; reporting to a probation officer; remaining at home under a 24-houra-day curfew; not possess or consume drugs or alcohol, or visit a place that sells such products; give samples of his urine to police when requested; have no contact with Wolf or three other people; not be within five metres of them personally or 50 metres of their work, home or school; and not possess firearms. Judge Hendrickson reminded Bobbett that it was important for him to obey these conditions, otherwise, his failure to do so would negatively affect his bail. The court has scheduled a trial for Bobbett on May 11, but due to the coronavirus, it is unlikely to go ahead. However, Hendrickson adjourned Bobbett’s other charges to that day. Melynchuk appeared in provincial court by video on April 27 from Pinegrove Correctional Centre for her bail hearing. Judge Hendrickson applied a publication ban on the evidence presented during the hearing so its reporting would not prejudice any possible trial. However, the judge’s decision for her release can be reported.

The bail verification report said it would be acceptable for Hendrickson to release Melynchuk, he said. What the report does not include, though, is a recommendation to ban Melynchuk from contacting Bobbett, with whom she is in a romantic relationship. Hendrickson said he understood the federal Crown’s concern that the two co-accused could get together and come up with a unified story that affects any future trial. However, he noted there was no evidence to support that concern since it is only speculation. The Crown will have to base its case on Melynchuk on the evidence it currently has. Melynchuk has a criminal record with 19 prior convictions, while her compliance with court orders is not perfect, said Hendrickson. However, the proposed release conditions are “very extensive” and give him confidence that she will appear in court when required to do so. Hendrickson agreed to release Melynchuk on $800 cash bail, while her release conditions are nearly identical to those imposed on Bobbett. The judge adjourned her matters to Monday, June 15.

Trial set for man accused of possessing stolen items, drugs Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express A provincial court judge has set a trial date for Mark Morison, a Regina man accused of numerous offences in connection to an investigation by Moose Jaw RCMP. Morison, 35, appeared in Moose Jaw provincial court on May 5 by video from the Regina Correctional Centre. Susanne Jeanson, his Legal Aid lawyer, told Judge Daryl Rayner that she was not in a position to run a bail hearing. Instead, she wanted a trial date set, but she would bring forward an application for a bail hearing if and when she was ready. Jeanson added that Morison was pleading not guilty to all the charges before him. Rayner suggested that they hold the trial

from Sept. 2 to 4; the defence and Crown counsels agreed. The judge also suggested that they hold a case management meeting on May 22. This would allow all the parties to narrow down the issues and determine if they can agree on specific areas. The judge then remanded Morison back into custody until his trial in September, or when Jeanson decided a bail hearing was appropriate. According to a previous police news release, the Moose Jaw RCMP began an investigation into stolen property in the Caronport area on April 15. During their investigation, officers came across a sus-

picious vehicle that turned out to be stolen, while they also found and recovered stolen items. Officers executed a search warrant on the same day against a rental vehicle, which resulted in them finding more stolen items. Further investigation resulted in charges against two men. RCMP charged Morison with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of break-in instruments, possession of property obtained by crime, fail to comply with release order conditions, possession of Schedule I drugs and possession of Schedule I drugs for the purpose of traf-

ficking. Ron Potomski, 45, was charged with possession of property obtained by crime, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of break-in instruments, fail to comply with release order conditions and fail to comply with a probation order. His next court appearance is June 4. Officers also executed a second search warrant on a residence in Mortlach on April 30 as part of another ongoing investigation into stolen property. Police recovered several stolen items including a truck topper, boots, and an assortment of tools. This investigation is still ongoing.

Province sets date for appeal by fired Moose Jaw police officer Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

An official with the Saskatchewan Police Commission has scheduled a hearing for Alan Murdock, a former constable who is appealing his dismissal from the Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) in 2019. In a brief four-minute teleconference on May 5, hearing officer Jay Watson set Aug. 31 to Sept. 18 as the dates for when Murdock can appeal his dismissal from the police service even though he was on probation at the time. Both Murdock and Destiny Gibney, a lawyer for the MJPS, acknowledged that they had received disclosure — information — about the case. “I am prepared to do that (set a hearing date),” Murdock

said. “That is the only thing I am here to discuss.” After suggesting the first three weeks of September for the hearing — which would provide flexibility — Watson asked if both parties would be ready by then. Gibney and Murdock both said yes. Gibney said she would put the hearing dates in her calendar. While she was running another trial until Aug. 28, she thought she could make the start date work for the Murdock hearing. Watson suggested that the hearings begin at 9 a.m. each day, although if anyone had an issue with that, they could change the start time with ease.

“We can (also) discuss such things as lunchtimes when we start,” he continued. Since the effects of the coronavirus pandemic could still be in place by September, that could limit the number of people allowed in a room, Watson added. He thought they would have to play by ear the situation, while he would inform everyone when he had selected a hearing venue. For more information about the Saskatchewan Police Commission, visit www.saskatchewan.ca.

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AAA Warriors announce series of signings for next season

All-star defenceman Wilson, high-scoring standouts Fitzpatrick and Mullen among returnees Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw AAA Warriors might not have had the 2019-20 season end the way they wanted to, but they’re doing what they can to keep the band together – and add a few new pieces to the puzzle in the process. The Warriors recently announced that four veterans would be returning to the squad in addition to also signing five newcomers for next season’s campaign. Leading the way is second-team all-star defenceman Wyatt Wilson, who returns for his second season after putting up six goals and 38 points in 55 regular season and playoff games last season. Just as important was his physical presence, though, as the 6-foot-3, 198-pound rearguard made entering the Warriors’ zone a dangerous proposition throughout the campaign. The Warriors are also welcoming back a trio of hometown players – and two of their top-four scorers – in Caelan Fitzpatrick, Kirk Mullen and Ethan Peters. A 5-foot-10, 185-pound forward, Fitzpatrick finished third in team scoring with 16 goals and 45 points in 44 regular-season games before adding another goal and 10 points in 10 post-season contests. Mullen put up 15 goals and 41 points in his rookie season to finish fourth in team scoring, with the 6-foot2, 165-pound forward adding another goal and three points in six playoff games. Peters was the Warriors top academic player on the team in 2019-20 and also used those smarts on the ice, scoring nine times and finishing with 35 points in 51 games. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound defenceman added another five points in six playoff games.

Moose Jaw AAA Warriors all-star defenceman Wyatt Wilson recently announced his return to the team for the 2020-21 season

Among the team’s newcomers is a familiar face to Moose Jaw AAA followers, as Jaxon Taupert returns to the team after suiting up with the Moose Jaw Generals in the 2018-19 season. A Moose Jaw Minor Hockey product, Taupert put together a 3.53 goals against average and .913 save percentage in 17 games with the

Moose Jaw AA Warriors last season. The Warriors looked to further shore up their goaltending with the addition of Kael Depape from the Yorkton Midget AAA Maulers. Depape had a 4.48 goals against average and .890 save percentage while facing 1,235 shots, the second-highest total for any goaltender in the league. The Warriors also kept their Prairie Hockey Academy pipeline going with a pair of signees from the Canadian Sport School Hockey League squad in forward Jackson Allan and defenceman McKale Paul. Allan, 5-foot-7, 131-pounds, finished fourth in team scoring with 12 goals and 27 points in 36 games, while the 6-foot-1, 179-pound Paul had six goals and 17 points in 34 games for the Cougars. Described by his coach as ‘a man-child who plays an aggressive, physical game’, forward Blake Ekren-Bratton joins the Warriors from the North East Wolfpack. The 6-foot-0, 178-pound defenceman was selected in the third round, 17th overall by the Medicine Hat Tigers in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft after a second that saw him score 19 goals and 37 points in 27 games to go along with 107 penalty minutes. The Warriors also kept it all in the family with the signing of Swift Current’s Anthony Wilson, the younger brother of Wyatt Wilson. The 5-foot-8, 166-pound younger Wilson scored nine goals and 27 points in 29 games with Northern Alberta Xtreme Bantam Prep and was selected with the 15th pick of the third round by the Victoria Royals in the 2020 WHL Draft.

Sheldon Kennedy named recipient of WHL Governor’s Award Prestigious honour presented to former Warriors in honour of tireless work as anti-abuse advocate Moose Jaw Express Staff

Former Moose Jaw Warriors forward Sheldon Kennedy has another honour to his name – and this time, it’s the highest award the Western Hockey League can give to one of its former participants. The WHL announced last week that Kennedy – a long-time anti-abuse advocate and founder of Respect Group Inc -- is the 2020 recipient of the WHL Governor’s Award. “As a young boy I dreamed of playing hockey and maybe, one day, in the WHL. I never would have thought that my dream would change so much,” Kennedy said. “By working together, we have no doubt made hockey and the WHL a leader in RESPECT for all. I am grateful and honoured to be recognized for the WHL Governors Award and accept it on behalf of all those who have given their voice to positive change and for those leaders who have shown courage to implement that change.” Kennedy’s story is well documented, having suffered abuse at the hands of a former coach while he played in Moose Jaw and Swift Current. Rather than endure a lifetime of dealing with the after-effects of such trauma, Kennedy opened up about his experiences and has since become a tireless advocate for the elimination of such situations in sports as well as help-

ing those who have been through similar experiences. “For over 20 years, Sheldon Kennedy has been regarded as Canada’s leading advocate for a safe and positive environment for athletes,” said WHL commissioner Ron Robison. “Sheldon’s work in the respect area has been an inspiration, not only to athletes and sport organizations across Canada, but to millions of abuse survivors. “Sheldon had an outstanding junior hockey career, but his legacy will be measured by the contributions he has made to en-

sure young athletes can safely pursue their athletic endeavours without fear of harassment or abuse.” The WHL Governors Award is presented annually to an individual who, through their outstanding hockey and overall contributions to the game, has impact the growth and development of the league. Kennedy began his career with the Warriors in 1984-85 before moving over the Swift Current Broncos, where he’d captain the 1988-89 squad to a WHL and Memorial Cup championship. Appearing in 310 NHL regular season

games between 1989 and 1997, Kennedy played for the Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins as part of his professional hockey career. It was his time after hockey where Kennedy really made his mark. Since disclosing his personal experience of abuse, Kennedy has become a leading advocate for the empowerment of young athletes. A co-founder of the Respect Group Inc. with Wayne McNeil, Kennedy has been instrumental in the establishment of national programming to educate and empower athletes and sports leaders on the importance of respect. Kennedy’s leadership has helped transform the game of hockey and sport throughout Canada. His efforts have helped foster collaborative efforts between governments at all levels and the private sector. Together, they’ve supported respect education initiatives while making improvements to abuse-related policies and laws. In 2020, Kennedy was named an honouree of the Order of Hockey in Canada. He was also invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2014, inducted to the Order of Manitoba in 2015, was appointed to the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2016 and was named a recipient of the Hockey Canada Order of Merit in 2018.


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Bicycle Safety Week takes on a new look in era of COVID-19

Social distancing means no bike rodeos at local schools, but plenty of online resources available Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

In any normal year, Const. Kyle Cunningham of Moose Jaw Police Service would be preparing for a series of presentations in local schools as part of Bicycle Safety Week. But with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing schools to close and social distancing efforts making any significant gathering all but impossible, that won’t be happening when this week kicked off. Instead, Cunningham and his partners at Sask Prevention and SGI are looking to take it all online while offering support to youngsters and families eager to hit the roads and trails in and around Moose Jaw. “We won’t be able to do any in-person training sessions until it’s safe to do so,” Cunningham explained. “There’s no doubt that we’re just encouraging everyone to ride safe and be mindful of the physical distancing recommendations that are out there, and those may change as the plan moves through different Phases over time. So we’ll watch those carefully and we ask the public to watch those carefully when it comes to getting back to some sense of normalcy.” Bicycle Safety Week is often a highlight of the spring school session for youngsters, featuring bike rodeos and special school assemblies all designed to show off proper riding techniques in addition to how to maintain and keep your bicycle safe.

With Bicycle Safety Week beginning on May 10, riders of all ages are encouraged to take care on the trails and streets of Moose Jaw. Getty Images

“That’s always a fun thing for a lot of kids, to blow the dust off their bikes and grease ‘em up, try on their helmets and see if they fit and get out and have some fun,” said Cunningham, who would normally be taking the stage alongside resource officers and his fellow MJPS cycling gurus. “We miss doing that right now, but we’re asking the parents to pick up some of the slack there, to get bikes maintained and ready for the summer.” As for right now, the rules of social distancing that were announced as part of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan

remain in place – families can get together with one or two other families and go out for rides together, much like how limited visits are currently allowed in general. What becomes an issue is mass gatherings, like a recent afternoon where dozens of kids were riding at the skate park across from the Kinsmen Sportsplex. “Having 50 kids showing up at the bike park or the skate park, we’re discouraging that for now,” Cunningham said, adding that he and the MJPS are aware that it’s just kids being kids. “They want to get outside,” he said. “I don’t blame them; we’re not meant to be cooped up, we’re social creatures and we want to be out there socializing. And kids want to be out there having fun and connecting with their classmates and doing it outside. So we’ll just weather the storm here.” That’s not to say the MJPS isn’t going to be doing their part during Bicycle Safety Week. Beginning on Monday morning, educational videos, safety activities and challenges will be posted, and even a few prizes are up for grabs on their Facebook page and Twitter account. Anyone looking for more information on cycling safety can check out the expansive Sask Prevention Bike and Wheel Safety website for an impressive number of tips, tricks and all the info you’ll need to have a safe riding summer.

Little League season on hold in province, but hope remains Saskatchewan aiming to see baseball at some point in spite of regional tournament and World Series cancellations

It was right around this time last year the Moose Jaw Major AAA Miller Express realized they might have something special on their hands. Plowing through the North Regina Little League schedule like they were an age group higher than their opponents, they’d cruise through the regular season on their way to easily winning that title. The rest of their story is well-documented: that crew would become the Moose Jaw Little League All-Stars, who would dominate the Prairie Regional tournament and go on to captivate the city with their run at the Little League Canadian Championship. Sadly, there’s no chance of that happening again this season. Little League International recently announced the cancellation of all regional tournaments and the World Series due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning there will be no repeat of last summer’s impressive run. “It’s a little bit sad but completely understandable when you look at all the planning and travel needed to make those tournaments happen,” said Moose Jaw Little League president Tony Dreger, who was also the All-Stars head coach. But the cancellation came with a caveat – if local leagues can put something together during the summer months on their own while following government guidelines and safety procedures, it would be a-okay.

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The Moose Jaw Little League All-Stars celebrate their Prairie Regional championship.

With the province currently in the first phase of Re-Open Saskatchewan and things looking positive on the recovery front outside of the northern regions, it’s a distinct possibility that by mid-summer teams could be back on the diamond. “We had a meeting over Zoom last Friday and the board decided there’s no sense in cancelling right now,” Dreger said. “We have hope since it’s still early May. We won’t have a spring league but if Premier Moe opens up Phase 4 in late July or August or September and the government allows us to do something with the kids,

we want to have something.” The game won’t be quite the same, though. “As we’re meeting, we’re trying to figure out how we can play the game differently in order to stay safe,” Dreger said. “Our social distancing, having the right amount of people, tweaks that we can make to have it as safe as possible.” The idea is to be ready when the goahead finally comes, whenever that may be – and especially if there’s a late summer opening, a quick start will almost certainly be needed.

“But we’re not forging ahead without listening to what the government has to say,” Dreger was quick to add. “If we’re allowed to get that far in the summertime, we’re just trying to get a little bit ahead of the curve so we’re prepared and they’re prepared for what baseball can do… So we’re kind of excited and hopeful for that, just holding out some hope rather than cancelling it all.” Registration is closed for Little League right now, and those who would like refunds will receive them. But if and when baseball is back, the plan is to open registration again in order to give everyone who wants a chance to get outside and on the field a chance to do just that. “If we open up the season, we’ll open registration, too, because we feel we’ll have the opportunity to get more kids who were into lacrosse or flag football, we might get new registrants just because kids want something to do,” Dreger said. “If we can do something, I think our numbers will be really strong. “We have lots of time; we’ll have to make some decisions in June and if nothing comes from the government in late July, we’ll have to make some tough decisions,” he added. “But right now, we don’t need to. So we’ll see how it goes.” For the latest updates on Moose Jaw Little League and COVID-19, be sure to check their website at www.mjlittleleague.com or catch them on Facebook.

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KidSport poured over $50,000 into Moose Jaw in 2019, helping 255 youngsters play sports

Charitable organization sees over $1.6 million given to families throughout Saskatchewan so no kids will be left on the sidelines Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

We might be in a holding pattern when it comes to sports in Saskatchewan, but there was a time when games were being played and KidSport was there to help every youngster they could get on the field. The charitable organization recently released their highlights for 2019, and the numbers were wildly impressive – a total of 13,858 kids received $1.61 million throughout the province, covering more than 50 sports. In Moose Jaw alone, 255 youngsters were funded to the tune of $51,631, covering the gamut of summer and winter sports and everything in between. “I think even in regular times KidsSport serves a really important purpose, and businesses and families and organizations in Moose Jaw have been really good supporters of us both locally and as a province,” said Moose Jaw KidSport chair John Eberl. “Each individual committee can say the same thing, but really in this city, it’s been fantastic “Yes, there’s a need and yes, people have stepped up to help and we feel really good about that.” KidSport carries a mission that no child should be left on the sidelines and all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports. Among their many activities, the majority of KidSport’s donations go toward registration fees, clearing a tall hur-

dle for many families. “It’s just a win, win, win situation,” Eberl said. “The families are grateful for the opportunity to get a child into sport when it might not have been there otherwise. Sports organizations benefit by having another member of the team he or she is on, the kids get a chance to play, the list goes on and on when it comes to the benefits.” Like many charity groups in the city, fundraising events for KidSport have been put on hold for the moment as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. But they’ll be ready to hit the ground running when the time comes and things open up. “We’re keeping in tune with what’s going on, and with youth sports being on hold and a degree of uncertainty to

a start up date, what it’s going to look like, how much it’s going to cost,” Eberl said. “So we’ve been waiting to see what happens as well and when we’ll be needed.” The question is just what those sports will be, with many like baseball, soccer, lacrosse and flag football having already pushed back start dates and some likely to cancel their seasons outright if they haven’t already. “The spring sports are going to be the tough ones because we have no idea what’s going to happen,” Eberl said. “Usually with baseball, for example, people want it done by June 30 for the most part, except for the elite level, so there’s the question what will happen there. And that will extend into the summer with everything else that’s going on. “We’ll see what happens over the next week, two weeks, thirty days, just like everything that’s happening with COVID-19,” he added. “So we need to be prepared to roll with the punches, we are and we’ll be ready to get at it.” KidSport continues to accept donations online, check their website at www.kidsportcanada.ca/saskatchewan for more on how to do just that. For a look at the complete KidSport Saskatchewan report, visit https://bit.ly/3dkZaIm for a look at community donations throughout the province and plenty of other highlights.

AAA Warriors welcome back trio of veterans, add four highly touted prospects Moose Jaw product Callaghan joined by Otterson and Perkins as returnees for Sask U18 AAA League squad Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw U18 AAA Warriors are wasting little time when it comes to signing returning veterans and bringing new players into the fold for the 2020-2021 season. The club recently announced three players from last season’s Sask U18 AAA Hockey League finalists will be back in the red, black and white for the coming campaign, while also adding four highly touted prospects. Topping the list of returnees is Moose Jaw Minor Hockey product Evan Callaghan. The 5-foot-10, 154-pound forward scored eight goals and 13 points in 44 games in league play last season, but his most important goal of the campaign came far from Mosaic Place – the overtime winner against the Saskatoon Blazers in the semifinal of the Mac’s Midget AAA tournament in Calgary. The Warriors also re-signed the player who picked up the first assist on that goal in Balgonie-born Matthew Perkins. The 5-foot-8, 130-pound forward was signed after appearing as an affiliate player in October and ended up putting together a decent second half of his season with four goals and 10 points in 17 games. Also returning to the club will be

Evan Callaghan attempts to knock the puck away from a Notre Dame attacker during action from the playoffs this past season. hard-hitting forward Chris Otterson. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Gravelbourg product scored seven goals and 18 points in 39 games while emerging as one of the team’s heart-and-soul players. Leading the group of newcomers is

high-scoring forward Riley Niven, who suited up for Winnipeg’s Rink Academy in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League Midget Prep division last season. And what a season it was, as the 5-foot-11, 150-pound Wawota product would score

23 goals and 54 points in 36 games to finish third in team scoring and 17th overall in the league. One of the more experienced players in the line-up next season will be forward Hayden Wilm, who joins the Warriors after spending the last two seasons with the SU18AAAHL’s Saskatoon Blazers. The 5-foot-10, 174-pound Central Butte product scored nine times and had 27 points in 2019-20 after putting up four goals and 15 points in his rookie campaign. The Warriors also added a veteran defenceman from the SU18AAAHL’s Yorkton Maulers in Orin Olson. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound second-year product out of Chaplin scored once and had three points in 34 games as part of an injury-shortened campaign. Joining the Tribe from the Regina Vics Midget AA program is forward Blake Betson. Described by one of his coaches as a player who would “smash through a wall for his team and come back through the other side again” and an “amazing teammate and character player”, Betson scored 15 goals and 35 points in 35 games last season. He also suited up for four games with the Regina Pat Canadians of the U18 AAA league and was held without a point.

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FCC encourages hiring unskilled farm workers By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

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The days when it easy to hire a EXPRESS was farm hand passed over 50 years ago, and in 1966 the federal government developed the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program. Since the 264 Jamaicans hired that year, the numbers of farm workers and temporary foreign workers in Canadian agriculture have swelled to 60,000 a year, with 250,000 in the United States.

The importance of foreign farm workers to Canada is highlighted by Covid-19. Some countries refused to allow their citizens to leave. The requirement for 14 days of self-isolation once here delayed seeding plans. Most of the foreign farm workers are in the vegetable, fruit growing and meat industries. They need to have two years farm experience before coming here. The federal government is providing $2,000 per worker to cover the costs of self-isolation. Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and some governments

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Provincial support guide for victims of domestic violence now available

On the Front Porch by Wanda Smith Pillows or Pillars “I declare our province is in a state of emergency.� When I heard those words from Premier Scott Moe’s lips, my heart sank. What would this look like? We’ve never been this way before. Only a week following, I heard another voice on the other end of my phone telling me there was an emergency and to come quick. My heart leapt into my throat. Then just two weeks later, I came upon another emergency situation that was cause for great concern. Each time it happened, I knew in my head, He would help. I knew in my head, I could trust Him. I knew in my head that He would walk with me. But I also came to the realization that I needed to let my roots grow much deeper in my relationship with Him and become more solid and secure in His love for me. I knew I needed to receive greater strength of heart for anything that may come at me in the days ahead. These situations showed me that I needed to go deeper to “build my ark� and establish my heart in His Word in a greater measure. One of the enemy’s plans in these last days is this: to tire us out. Read with me in Daniel 7:25 “And he (Satan) shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High...� Other words synonymous to “wear out� are deteriorate, fatigue, overtire, weary, exhaust, drain, sap, wash out, deplete, destroy, drain, wear thin or tax. Did you catch the revelation of this word? This is a word for us as believers right now! We see Satan mocking God, downplaying His authority, and challenging the very foundations of our freedoms all the while whittling away at the bedrock of what Jesus came to earth for. Satan is usurping his authority and throwing every kind of attack our way to get us off track or to cause us to faint and give up. Many of you, my dear friends, have become so tired, worn down, depleted and exhausted. During this pandemic, your lives have been thrown in a tailspin as many are seeing your finances being depleted, your relationships breaking down and your mind being tormented. The good news is that we serve the Almighty God who always has a plan. As I was praying this morning, I heard the words “pillars in the house of thy God.� This comes from the verse found in Revelation 3:1: “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God.� My prayer for you, dear ones, is that you, along with me, will develop a steadfast heart; that we will become strong pillars, firmly established in Him. Rusty Tardon says: It’s time for the body of Christ to get off their spiritual pillows and become pillars in the House of God. Pillars do not lean. Pillars support. Are we like a pillar? Steadfast, steady, stable, unmovable... We are not ignorant. We see Satan’s ploy. But, we have great hope because the “Greater One lives inside of us! “Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.� Hebrews 10:36. Father, continue to bring hope to our region. I pray for a supernatural spirit of strength and might to rise up in my brothers and sisters in order that they will fulfill the call of God on their lives in this day and hour. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 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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Larissa Kurz A support guide based on the experiences of people who to leave an abusive situation — including what to have have left abusive relationships is now available to those ready and where to find support. seeking advice on how to deal with violence and abuse in The release of the guide is timely, said PATHS executive their own lives, following a collaboration between three director Jo-Anne Dusel in a press release, as the pandemprovincial organizations. ic isolation could be putting many people, children, and The Getting Out Guide was put together by STOPS to pets at an increased risk of abuse by staying home. Violence, the Provincial Association of Transition Hous- “We want people to know that if home is not safe, there es and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS), and the Sas- are safe places to go,� says Dusel. “Domestic violence shelters are still open.� katchewan SPCA to offer support to those in need. The guide contains information on how to recognize the She states that abuse can happen to anyone, and it can be signs of abusive behaviour, make a plan to leave a violent difficult to access resources such as this one when in an situation, and how to safely seek out supports, services, abusive situation. The Getting Out Guide is available in print from frontand shelters within the province. Information and advice provided in the new educational line service providers throughout Saskatchewan, as well guide was gathered from experts who work to provide as online, but the guide’s developers remind people not supports in the province, as well as individuals who have to share, tag, or send the Guide to anyone in an abusive successfully left an abusive situation and are now living situation unless you know it is safe to do so. The Getting Out Guide can be viewed online at vioviolence-free. The Getting Out Guide is entirely free to access and lencelink.ca/GO, or downloaded as a PDF. also features a Safety Planner, which details all of steps

Service Canada offering online info sessions on unemployment for employees, employers Larissa Kurz Service Canada has always offered informational sessions explaining how the process of applying for unemployment benefits works for both employers and employees, and the government agency is now encouraging Canadian businesses to take advantage of the service amid the country’s current pandemic state. The wake of COVID-19 measures left many businesses suffering, forced to either close or undergo extensive layoffs of employees, which means wage subsidy benefits have been top of mind for lots of Canadians recently. This has prompted Service Canada to extend their usual information sessions to a virtual format, largely because all in-person services are currently suspended but also because the pandemic has created a larger need for informational support regarding unemployment. The informational sessions are meant to address any questions about the process of applying for unemployment benefits and are formatted as a presentation followed by a question-and-answer period that totals about an hour. Employers can expect information on how to issues employee records for those applying to Employment Insurance, and how to avoid issuing layoffs using the Work Sharing Program. Employees can expect a full explanation about how to apply to the EI program, including how benefits are calculated and how to collect. They also now include information about the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit and similar wage subsidies developed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as other Service Canada programs and how to navigate their website. The sessions are provided using WebEx, which offers a video option for attendees to connect as well as an option for attendees to dial in by phone. Attendees don’t need to have any documents on hand for the presentation, but highspeed internet is recommended. Typically, businesses themselves arrange the sessions for the employees who are a part of a layoff at the same time, as the sessions are often tailored specifically to that business’ situation. Businesses or organizations interested in organizing one of these information sessions can contact Service Canada toll-free at 1 (800) 367-5693 or 1 (855) 881-9874 from Monday to Friday, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST.

April real estate action not as bad as industry expected By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express

Real estate activity in Saskatchewan dropped sharply in April but not as much as expected. New listings decreased 48.1per cent and sales were down 45.1 per cent across the province. Average home prices fell 3.2 per cent year over year. This activity “is consistent with the modest price decline experienced in other markets affected by the pandemic,� said Saskatchewan Realtors Association CEO Jason Yochim. During the SARS pandemic activity dropped 72 per 60 Athabasca Streetsales East 306-692-0533 cent in some markets. Activity returned to normal quickRev. Jimand Tenford lyMinister: after past pandemics Yochim expects the same Music Director: Karen Purdy will happen now. th Given re-opening of the , 2017 “we anticipate the real Sunday, May 14economy estate industryService in Saskatchewan will likely emerge from Worship 10:30am & Sunday School

this shutdown with only a few cuts and scrapes.� In Moose Jaw, median home prices dropped 29.1 per cent to $175,500 from $247,500 a year ago. Twenty sales were down from 50 last April. Sales volume of $21.5 million dropped 32.5 per cent. New listings fell to 48 from 123 and active listings fell to 250 from 334. Only Regina saw house prices increase — by 1.7 per cent. Median house prices fell 30 per cent in Saskatoon; 41.7 per cent in Melfort; 27.4 per cent in Swift Current; 21.7 per cent in Prince Albert; 13.3 per cent in North Battleford and the Estevan/Weyburn region; and 6.4 per cent in Yorkton.

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Province planning to invest $7.5 billion into upcoming economic recovery

BARWELL, Blanche Alexandra (nee Fordyce) March 17, 1927 – Assiniboia, Saskatchewan May 1, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta Blanche Barwell, beloved wife of the late Keith Barwell, of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 1, 2020 at the age of 93 years. Blanche graduated from Moose Jaw General Hospital as a Registered Nurse in 1949.Throughout her career she worked in Moose Jaw, Regina, and Saskatoon, SK as well as Coquitlam, BC. She was the neighbourhood Nurse in every community they lived in. Blanche met Keith on a bus traveling between Assiniboia and Moose Jaw. They were married in Moose Jaw, June 14, 1950. She was a loving mother to her two daughters and a Force of Nature in everything she did. Her smile would light up a room. The world won’t be the same without her. Blanche is survived by her daughters, Barbara and Marnie of Calgary; sister Ruth (Wilson) Banbury of Kamsack, SK, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends in Canada and Scotland. Blanche was predeceased by her husband Keith and her parents, Annabella (nee Watt) and Alexander Fordyce. There will be no service at her request. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Blanche’s name to a charity close to your heart. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Blanche’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com. We want to thank Dr. Chacko and all the staff on the 4th Floor Carewest Garrison Green for the incredible care and support they gave Mom. In living memory of Blanche Barwell, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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Larissa Kurz Premier Scott Moe has announced that the Saskatchewan government will be implementing a two-year capital plan to rebuild the province’s economy after the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan will invest $7.5 billion in funding, which is an increase of $2 billion from the existing capital plan. Moe said the funding will be put into schools, hospitals, municipal infrastructure, highways, Crown utility projects, and other important projects “designed to build a strong Saskatchewan.” There is more than $300 million allocated for highways projects, $200 million for health infrastructure, and $135 million for education infrastructure. The plan is committing to using the additional $2 billion in funding to jump-start economic activity that will get people back to work quickly, by helping with long-term, large scale projects in numerous sectors over the next several years. Upgrades to municipal roads and airports will receive $46 million, while another $150 million per capital will be given out to infrastructure projects throughout the province through the new Municipal Support Enhancement Program. This announcement follows the March 18 announcement of government’s 2020-21 Estimates, which promised $2.7 billion in committed capital funding. The government has also committed to providing $2.8 billion in Crown and executive government capital spending through the 2021-22 fiscal year, for a total of $5.5 billion in capital funding over the next two years. Statistics Canada estimates that the new funding supports are expected to support around 10,000 jobs in the province, depending on the size and duration of each new project.

Agristability interim payments increased for saskatchewan producers The 2020 AgriStability interim benefit EXPRESS payment percentage has been increased from 50 per cent to 75 per cent for Saskatchewan producers. Interim benefits can provide producers with a portion of their final AgriStability benefit early, to help support losses and cover costs. With this increase, Saskatchewan producers can apply for an interim benefit to receive 75 per cent of their estimated final 2020 benefit before completing their program year. Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) is also waiving the six months farming and one production cycle criteria for participants applying for 2020 interim benefits. Interim benefits are calculated based on the farm’s es-

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The AgriStability enrollment deadline for the 2020 program year has been extended without penalty to July 3, 2020. EXPRESS This will help producers manage the impact of current market disruptions, increased expenses and production challenges facing many farm operations. AgriStability is a low-cost risk management program offering financial assistance to producers who experience large margin declines due to any combination of production loss, adverse market conditions or increased costs. Coverage is personalized for each farm by using historical data to calculate a program year margin and a reference margin. To assist with cash flow and financial stability, participants in the AgriStability Program can apply for an interim benefit. Through an interim benefit, producers receive a portion of their AgriStability benefit early to help support losses and cover costs before completing their fiscal year. Enrolling in the AgriStability Program is easy. Saskatchewan producers can provide all the necessary information over the phone through a brief conversation. Producers can also complete the short contact form to begin the application process and request a call back from AgriStability staff. The contact form is available at www.scic.ca/agristability/how-to-apply. SCIC AgriStability staff are available to assist producers over the phone at 1-866-270-8450 or through email at agristability@scic.ca, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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timated program year margin, relative to its estimated reference margin. The estimated program year margin must show a decline of 30 per cent or more compared to the estimated reference margin. If a producer receives an interim benefit payment, they must still file all final program year forms and meet program requirements by the assigned deadlines. The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan understand the challenges facing producers during the unprecedented times created by the COVID-19 pandemic. To enrol in the AgriStability Program or to apply for an interim benefit, producers can contact their local SCIC office or call the AgriStability Call Centre toll-free at 1-886-270-8450. The deadline to enrol in AgriStability for the 2020 program year was extended to July 3, 2020.

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

All schools in Saskatchewan, from pre-kindergarten to high school will not be reopening until fall. 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 nonessential 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. Organizations: 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, save for a 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 wakamow.events@sasktel.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 director@tourismmoosejaw.com. 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) 681-3835. 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. Moose Jaw Public Library is offering an exciting range of services while the library is closed. These services include a Virtual Help Desk; virtual programs for children, youth and adults on Zoom and Facebook; and a variety of online, e-library and streaming resources, all free with your library card. Anyone can phone the Help Desk at 306-6892-2787 and leave a message desk. Help Desk staff will return your call promptly. Staff can help you with locating information, registering for a digital library card; troubleshooting problems you are having with your current library card; helping set up with your phone, tablet or other device so you can access our digital resources; and providing information about digital services and how to access them. You can also follow us on Facebook or check our website to keep up with library events. For further information please contact: Carolyn Graham 306631-1651 (not for public distribution) OR Moose Jaw

Public Library Help Desk 692-2787 OR Private Message on Facebook OR Email ask@moosejawlibrary.ca . 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. They will be holding a Drive By Quilt Show May 24 from 10am-4pm. Members will be hanging quilts in windows, on balconies and railings for viewing. 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. Sports and Recreation

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 in Moose Jaw – Lynbrook Golf Course and Hillcrest Golf Course are now taking bookings both online and by phone and have started golfing as of May 15th. Please call the Golf Clubs for any additional information. 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 admin@mjhockey.com. Gymtastiks has cancelled pre-school drop-in gymnastics until further notice; classes are suspended until further notice. Cheer Infinity Athletics continues to offer Virtual classes in May: classes for the whole family and with over 15 hours of unlimited class time each week, there is something for everyone. Classes are open to members and non-members! Classes in Beginner and Advanced Dance, tumbling drills, stretch, flexibility, conditioning and Ninja training! Email info@cheerinfinity.ca today for more information on how to register!! 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. The Moose Jaw Soccer Association has postponed all programming and will be announcing a plan for the outdoor season as Phase 4 and Phase 5 details of the ReOpen Saskatchewan Plan are confirmed. Lawn Bowling has resumed for 2020 season. Play is limited to ten players on the greens at one time. Social distancing precautions will be strictly enforced. Thursday May 14 there will be 2 game times available. 5:30 and 7 pm To reserve your time on a rink call 306 313 4434. 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 Pro-Shop at 1 (306) 6922838. Credit card payments and E-transfers are accepted.

The Hillcrest Golf Course will reopen on May 15, with tee-time available to book beginning May 10 for members and May 12 for non-members. Memberships are available to purchase by visiting the proshop or calling 1 (306) 6931921. The 2020 Saskatchewan Summer Games, set to be hosted in Lloydminster, have been postponed until July 2021. The Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame Scholarship Award is presented annually to a baseball player under 18 years of age, that plans to further pursue his/her baseball career. For information, email <saskbaseballmuseum @ sasktel.net> for an application form.” Events The Moose Jaw Homegrown Farmers Market will be back on Langdon Cres for opening day Saturday May 30 from 8am - 1pm. Precautions are in place for enter & exit as well as hand sanitizer and plenty of room for social distancing. Shop local - it can’t get anymore local than this. Fresh veggies, fresh flowers, fresh baking local artisans showing their very best. 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. Arts and Culture: The Moose Jaw Humane Society has cancelled all inperson fundraising activities but is still holding the 2020 4 Paws Lottery. Tickets are available by calling the shelter at 1 (306) 692-1517. 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 windup banquet has been postponed. A new date is to be determined, with the May long weekend a possibility. 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. The Moose Jaw Hometown Fair and Parade on June 18-21 has been cancelled. The Gravelbourg Summer Solstice Festival on June 1821 has been postponed to June 18-20, 2021. The Moose Jaw Gamers Association has cancelled the 2020 Summer GAX on July 11-13. The Saskatchewan Festival of Words will no longer be taking place in-person, but will instead be moving to a virtual platform on July 13-19. Attendance will also be free, but organizers encourage donations to help keep the festival running. Businesses/Facilities 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. 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. The Tunnels of Moose Jaw is closed, but can be contacted by phone at 1 (306) 693-5261 or email at info@ tunnelsofmoosejaw.com. 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:

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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Homebuyers and Sellers are facing a completely different landscape this year. In most markets, real estate is considered an essential service. Homes are still being listed for sale, and buyers are still able to purchase them. The process, however, is dramatically different and will continue transforming throughout 2020. These changes stem from multiple sources. Federal, provincial, and local public health guidelines are routinely issued and modified, while real estate brokerages are instituting new policies to protect their agents and clients. Buyers and Sellers are making their own decisions about what feels risky and what feels safe, and with all these factors in mind, here are five ways that home buying has changed: 1. Showings. In our market, virtual showings may be offered instead of in-person showings. Where in-person tours are allowed, understand that Sellers may be hesitant about letting strangers into their home. 106 Hodges Cres

You might be asked to leave non-essential items outside and wear a face mask, gloves, and booties over your shoes. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked to stay off the furniture, keep drawers and cabinets closed, or spend as little time as possible in the home. You may need to fill out a health screening questionnaire, asking about any current symptoms and exposure to individuals with COVID-19. While these measures may seem “unfriendly” to Buyers, they are only intended to keep everyone safe, as much as possible, until the risk of infection subsides or better solutions are found. 2. Social distancing. The practice of social distancing may become the new normal for many Buyers, Sellers, and real estate professionals, even after “flattening the curve.” Fortunately, there are several easy ways to practice social distancing with your real estate agent. Instead of piling into your agent’s car, for example, meet your agent at the property in your own vehicle. While touring a home, maintain at least six feet of distance with your agent. After seeing a home, instead of discussing your reactions at a nearby coffee shop, or your agent’s office, consider regrouping over a conference call, using FaceTime, Zoom, or similar platform. Many brokerage offices are temporarily closed in efforts to flatten the curve. 3. Negotiating. All offers and counteroffers may be presented over the

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phone or in virtual meetings, using electronic signatures. Resist any temptation to take advantage of Sellers by tossing out lowball offers or making unrealistic demands. Fair offers usually yield better results, regardless of market conditions. Yes, some Sellers will opt to reduce their listing prices to attract buyers and it’s also possible that pent-up buying pressure will drive prices up, once economic conditions begin moving in a positive direction. 4. Closing and moving. Once you and a Seller have agreed to contract terms, numerous steps must occur before your transaction closes. It’s never a simple process, but the coronavirus pandemic has added complexities. Real estate transactions are still closing but may take a little longer as some professionals are now working from home. Everyone involved in the process, including inspectors, lenders, appraisers, and title companies are creating workarounds, but also encountering unavoidable setbacks. For Buyers, the best way to manage the situation is to give yourself a little more time to move into your new home. If you’re terminating a lease, consider extending it for a month or two to accommodate potential delays. It may also be challenging to schedule moving crews during this time, even though moving services are considered an essential service in most locations. Also, moving companies may prefer to provide estimates by doing a virtual walkthrough of your current home. 5. Mortgages. On the bright side, mortgage interest rates are at near-historic lows making this an extremely favourable time to lock in long-term financing for your home, even if it does take a bit longer to process your application. Undoubtedly, the home buying process will continue to change in the months ahead. Regardless of how it evolves, one thing is certain: Now, more than ever, it’s essential to have a trusted real estate professional by your side, watching out for your interests.

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