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A small village in the United Kingdom is joining Moose Jaw in expressing their sorrow and support for the Snowbirds after the fatal accident on May 17. The village of Burn, population 400, is the original home of 431 Squadron â&#x20AC;&#x201C; now 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds â&#x20AC;&#x201C; dating back to the Second World War from 1942 to 1943. All told, the squadron flew around 320 sorties from the Burn airfield, losing 17 Wellington Bombers and 85 crew members. When 431 Squadron returned home, Burn, the city of Moose Jaw and CFB Moose Jaw maintained a close relation-
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ship. That culminated with then-Snowbirds commanding officer Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael and CWO Alan Blakney travelling to the U.K. in 2012 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of 431 Squadron. Residents of the Burn Parish Council were named â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;honourary Snowbirdsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; during the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great honour to be here in Burn to see our squadron commemorated like this,â&#x20AC;? Carmichael said at the time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really appreciate what the village has done to recognize the contribution made by our wartime colleagues and the great sacrifices they made in the eight months they served at Burn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those early members of the squadron are not forgotten, but what Burn has done today has helped us remember how significant it was. We feel a real bond with the village where 431 Squadron was born all those years ago.â&#x20AC;? That connection meant the accident -which saw a Snowbirds Tutor jet crash into a residential district in Kamloops, B.C., claiming the life of Capt. Jenn Casey and seriously injuring pilot Capt. Richard McDougall â&#x20AC;&#x201C; also hit the tiny village hard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Parish Council and residents of Burn village, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, and the Yorkshire Air Museum would like to extend their deepest sympathy and condolences following the sad loss of Captain Jennifer Casey of The Snowbirds Air Demonstration Squadron in the accident over Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, on
Flowers can been seen at the 431 Squadron memorial in the village of Burn in the United Kingdom
Sunday 17 May,â&#x20AC;? the Burn Parish Council said on their website. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also extend our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery to Captain Richard MacDougall.â&#x20AC;? The website included photos of flowers laid both at the 431 Squadron memorial as well as at the RCAF flag, which continues to fly at half-mast. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burn Parish Council and residents and Yorkshire Air Museum share the squadronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss and hopes that this message of support brings some comfort in these difficult times,â&#x20AC;? the website continued. To read the full message of condolence, and for more on the community of Burn itself, be sure to visit www.burnparishcouncil.co.uk/village-news/
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Organizations have adapted during pandemic to support special needs clients Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
Social agencies that support residents with intellectual disabilities have been working during the pandemic to ensure clients keep a routine as a way to maintain their physical and mental health. The Moose Jaw Express spoke with two organizations to see how they and their clients have thrived the pandemic lockdown. Moose Jaw Families for Change Clients with Moose Jaw Families for Change (MJFFC) have used FaceTime to communicate with family and friends ever since the lockdown began, explained Mariah Horsnall, a HIP house manager. Staff started an initiative called driving
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bingo, where they drive clients throughout the community to find objects on their bingo cards. Clients have also participated in scavenger hunts, while they have also explored new parts of the community. Many clients have learned how to bake and cook and then delivered the food to the other group homes. Some clients have also learned how to manage money, to sew — one resident can now make face masks — and to play bocce ball. “Definitely for them, to limit any behavioural issues, or to keep a routine with them, is very, very important,” Horsnall said. “We definitely want them to have a routine, so every day they know we go for a walk, just so they have something to look forward to at the end.” The biggest thing participants have struggled with has been not seeing their families or their friends, or even volunteering, she continued. However, they understand there is a virus floating around, while staff keeps them informed regularly. Most clients have support workers who help them. Those workers still come into the group homes to work with participants and to take them outside for trips, but they can only work at one home until the coronavirus has passed. “It’s definitely made sure we keep any cases out of our group homes,” added Horsnall. Christian Horizons Christian Horizons is a national organization that has 3,500 employees who work
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at group homes in Saskatchewan and Ontario. Three-hundred employees work at 22 group homes in five communities in Saskatchewan; there are four homes in Moose Jaw. The organization’s primary concern has been the health and safety of its clients and staff, said Ann Gyurmanczi, executive director of Saskatchewan. It has supported those efforts by sticking to its core values of valuing people, fostering belonging and a sense of community, serving others, and respecting clients’ gifts and abilities. Staff have had to be nimble during the pandemic to express those core values, added Logan Runnalls, area manager of Saskatchewan. More activities have been held inside, including teaching people to bake. Clients have also painted messages on the windows to thank health-care workers. While some families have come over and spoken with relatives through the window, it has been a godsend for clients to use technology to communicate with friends and families, Runnalls continued. “… We need to keep stretching our social skills, and I know those are being met now through media,” he added. “I’m lovin’ it.” The lockdown has encouraged Christian Horizons to slow down and pay more attention to the simple things in life, Runnalls explained. He thought it was exciting to see staff and clients rise to the occasion by further building their relationships. As a faith-based organization, Christian
Clients with Moose Jaw Families for Change hop on the bus for a special trip throughout the community during the pandemic. Photo courtesy Mariah Horsnall Horizons know its clients have many needs, including spiritual requirements. While many clients attend church, the organization recognizes not everyone’s spiritual needs are met at church, said Runnalls. Besides online church, they have held province-wide hymn sings online with their group homes. Staff have also organized prayer gatherings and led Bible studies. The Ministry of Social Services has worked closely with the organization as co-labourers during this time to ensure it has the necessary support, he added. He has been impressed with the relationship that both groups have developed during this time.
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The good news just keeps on coming for Saskatchewan when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Saskatchewan Health Authority has revealed the opening date for Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan being Monday, June 8. In Phase Three restaurants and licensed establishments will be able to open at 50 per cent capacity. Gyms and fitness facilities will also be able to open for business, as will childcare facilities and places of worship – subject to guidelines that are being developed. Personal service businesses that did not open in Phase 2 are also allowed to begin providing services, including: • Estheticians; • Tattoo artists; • Make-up applicators; • Electrologists; • Manicurists; • Pedicurists; • Sun tanning parlours; • Facilities in which body piercing, bone grafting or scarification services are provided; and • Other personal service facilities. The size of indoor gatherings will be increased to 15 people and the size of outdoor gatherings raised to 30.
Further guidelines are currently being developed for restaurants and licensed establishments, and gyms and fitness facilities. They will be included in the updated plan, which was available at saskatchewan.ca/re-open on May 22. Guidelines for the safe re-opening of places of worship will be developed in consultation with faith leaders. Further information will be added to these guidelines and others will be developed as the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan continues to be updated. SARCAN is also preparing to resume its recycling operations in the near future. Beginning Monday, June 8, commercial and bulk customers will be able to bring in their recycling by appointment only. SARCAN will open to the general public on June 15. All businesses that are eligible to re-open must follow the guidelines in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan and the current public health order. However, businesses are not required to open at this time and can determine when they are ready to open and operate in a safe manner. Find the most up-to-date version of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan at saskatchewan.ca/re-open.
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Dare to Dream Lotto to once again help community of Mossbank Annual event to feature $50,000 cash as grand prize, host of other draws for cash and prizes Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
For the last 13 years, the Dare to Dream Lotto has supported recreational facilities in the town of Mossbank. And while other organizations and groups have seen their high-profile fundraising events cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, lotteries are all but immune to the restrictions and guidelines in place. That’s why the 14th annual Dare to Dream Lotto is currently well underway, featuring a $50,000 cash grand prize or one of three impressive prize packages, a massive 50-50 draw and a handful of smaller draws taking place leading up to the main draw on June 6. “This year the town has helped organize it since we haven’t had a full-time co-ordinator, and everything seems to be going really good,” said Christa Fortin, assistant administrator with the Town of Mossbank. “We have brand new online sales, we’ve been able to take advantage of a bit of newspaper advertising and Facebook advertising, Instagram and that kind of thing. The calls are coming in and it’s definitely not stopping.” Only 3,000 tickets are being sold at $50 each, three for $125 or 10 for $400. The grand prize winner can choose the $50,000 or one of three optional packages: Option #1 with a pair of 2021 Arctic Cat snowmobiles and side-by-side off-road vehicle; Option #2 with a package of John Deere machinery including a sub-compact utility tractor, Ztrack mower
(File photo) and Gator utility vehicle; or Option #3 with a 2020 Case IH FarmAll Series II Tractor. A VIP cash draw for $5,000 will be held on May 30. That will be followed by a trio of prizes drawn 8 p.m. each evening at the Mossbank Town Hall, featuring a $500 Visa Gift Card on June 3, $500 in Mossbank gift certificates on June 4 and a $500 Temple Gardens Mineral Spa gift certificate on June 5. Five subsidiary gift certificates will be selected before the main draw on June 6 at 1 p.m. at The Bent Nail Café, including two for $500 from South Country Equipment,
and $500 each from Bourassa & Sons, Southland Co-op and Young’s Equipment. The 50-50 tickets are $20 each, with the prize value up to $30,000 on a sell out. All in all, not a bad line-up. “We’ve definitely always had some good prizes,” Fortin said. “We have some good dealers we work with, good farmers and local businesses who are very supportive. And even all the way up to P.A., we get pretty good support for this lottery.” All proceeds from the event will remain in Mossbank and are earmarked for a variety of recreational projects – in 2019, the boards in the hockey rink were replaced and prior to that funds went to the community’s outdoor pool. “There’s always something that needs to be renovated or created or built or maintained,” Fortin said. “Recreation is a really big part of this community, and there are a handful of projects we want to see some funding go towards.” Tickets can be ordered through the toll-free lotto line at 1-866-359-2WIN (2946), through the website at mossbank.ca/daretodreamlottery or by filling out and returning one of the 16,000-plus entry forms found in the Moose Jaw Express. For up-to-date information on the Lotto, be sure to check out their Facebook page.
Research into 1918 flu neglected family history
In the morgue of the newspaper office in the fall of 1968, this junior/ rookie/cub reporter was given the task of going through newspapers from 1918 to write about the Spanish Influenza. The city editor of the day explained to me Joyce Walter that in order to hone For Moose Jaw Express my journalistic research skills, reading firstname.lastname@example.org through those newspapers would serve several purposes: I would learn how stories were composed in that era; by studying headlines I would glean what events were important in the community in those days; and possibly the most important of all, I would have the background to be able to write a story for a future Saturday edition, explaining to the folks of that year what was happening 50 years previous. He bamboozled me into thinking it was an honour to be chosen for this assignment and it wasn’t until two other reporters laughed and said this kind of story was always
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offered to the senior staff members first and when they declined, as they always did, it was then sloughed off on the rookie. I lost the ball, but ultimately won the game. Reading today’s historical stories of the 1918 pandemic, how it was covered up initially and following the timeline of its spread, brought back the memories of that 1968 research project. Who knew that 50 plus years later a pandemic, often compared to the Spanish Influenza, would strike and that I would be recalling what I had learned from the coverage of the 1918 event. The city editor was absolutely correct in his assumption that I would learn a few things from the assignment, one of them being that no one wanted to talk about the Spanish flu as it was known. One of the reasons was fear it might someday return in an enhanced format. The other was that some of the people I told about my assignment had lost family members to the flu. Being a typical teenager, unaware or disinterested in family history, I failed to realize that my family too had at least one relative die. Nor did I stop to figure out through simple math that both my parents lived through the flu as youngsters of 10 and seven years of age or thereabouts.
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My Uncle died at the age of 28 years in 1918 from the Spanish flu. Family history indicates he likely caught the virus because he drove the local doctor from patient to patient over several months. My Aunt, his widow, remarried and lived on for many more years. If I had been on top of my game after only a few months on the job, I likely could have interviewed her about losing her husband and what it was like to live through and survive the flu. Alas, I did not conduct that interview, and today, I cannot remember if my story was worthy of the much-coveted spot on the Saturday City Page in the daily newspaper. Someday I might find the clipping of that story and as a personal assignment, look at how stories were composed in that day and age. Joyce Walter can be reached at email@example.com 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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Approaching the season of love and the month designated as favourable for weddings, COVID-19 has certainly messed with cupid’s arrow making the love connection a little more difficult these days. We can all see that the dating scene is extremely different than it was just a few months ago, in Joan Ritchie isolation and with physical-disEDITOR tancing measures keeping individuals at a 2-metre bay. It’s probably hard to start a romance now with few options to meet a prospective mate, and even at that, it’s only at a bird’s-eye view or through a virtual lens. Thankfully, I personally haven’t had to experience this; our love story is pretty seasoned after many years. In jest, although we have always had a strong relationship and are basically ‘tied-at-the-hip’, there are now occasions in the confines of our home during this season of coronavirus where we desperately need to escape to find ‘social distancing’ instead of working on making a connection. Many years ago our son was in Dubai on a business trip and told us he had “eye sex” that day; a very humorous description of attraction to a woman who’s face was draped in a veil, only exposing her eyes. Not dissimilar to the here-and-now, as individuals around the world face wearing a mask and practice social-distancing in public. But there is an interesting twist to this pandemic dating scene; many people have started virtual dating. This premise of getting to know someone at a distance seems to be based not-so-much in the physical realm of attraction but rather in making a deeper emotional connection. It may be a better way to seal a long-term relationship, rather than just ‘hooking-up’ for immediate self-gratification. The thought is that, as measures are lifted in physical distancing, dating couples will probably start to implement a new set of priorities in finding a mate as they look for a more solid and dependable partner. And as for me, I just fall back on the words of an old song to affirm my experience… “Does he love me, I want to know How can I tell if he loves me so Is it in his eyes, oh no you’ll be deceived Is it in his eyes, oh no you’ll make believe If you want to know, if he loves you so It’s in his kiss…” 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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Resident celebrates 106th birthday outside after two months of quarantine inside Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Resident Violet England received a special birthday gift recently after she was allowed to celebrate her 106th birthday outside after being quarantined inside for the past two months. Employees at Chez Nous Senior Citizens Home wheeled England outside on May 18 so she could enjoy the fresh air and spend time outside the walls of her room. England was born on May 18, 1914 and survived the Spanish Influenza, the Great Depression, the Second World War and — so far — the coronavirus. Since restrictions are still in place, none of England’s family were able to come to the care home to celebrate with their family matriarch. Instead, Surrounded by staff from the Chez Nous care home, Violet England (seatstaff bought England a small cake ed centre) celebrates her 106th birthday outside after two months of quarwith some balloons to celebrate. antine inside. Photo courtesy Chez Nous
Knowing when to take a break
Rewrite your life by Sheila Webster, MA Certified Counsellor and Coach Weeks of being at home can strain the best parent, can blur what is ok for impatience and what is not. Warning signs you need a break: • Irritable with normal play or distress; • Impatient when being asked for help or necessities; • Feeling numb towards children; • Panicking about when you will get a minute; • Feeling like you have no personal space or possessions. Coping Tips • Go to room for a few minutes; • Drinking water; • Giving kids a snack and a special movie; • Take kids outside for a walk and focus on nature.
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More extreme signs that it is urgent: • Wanting to runaway from situation; • Not wanting to get out of bed; • Wanting to hit the children; • Exploding in rage. Coping Tips • Call a professional; • Get someone to come watch kids; • Make a dr. appt for yourself. Emergency signs: • Hitting child; • Thoughts of self harm; • Thoughts of harming child. Coping Tips • Get immediate professional help; • Be honest about what you have done; • Access family supports. Assessing the level you are at and the supports you need, are essential steps to individual and family mental and emotional health. Good modelling of the first stage of recognizing and implementing healthy breaks will help your child learn important ways to manage their own stress and emotions.
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COVID-19 has created a spirit of fear One thing that has gripped many people during Covid-19 is a spirit of fear. While governments have a challenge and responsibility to deal with the pandemic, leaders must also realize instilling fear in people is negative and wrong. Between politicians, health officials and the media, our nation is constantly being bombarded with an overabundance of extreme restrictions and negative information. The result has been a social breakdown, not to mention the economic fallout. One thing history has taught us is that if government can create a spirit of fear in people the government can control them. The story is told of Joseph Stalin plucking the feathers from a live chicken and then putting the distraught bird on the ground. He then threw some grain at the chicken and the chicken began to eat it. Stalin is reported to have said, “Even though I have done the most terrible acts on this creature it still follows me if it is given a small, meaningless treat every now and then. This is how to govern stupid people.” As Canadians we must not allow the spirit of fear to rule in and control our lives because of what we lose to fear; the likelihood of getting it back is slim. How many times have we heard the way things are today is the new norm? Social distancing; hospital services on
hold; public gatherings banned; and families waiting to bury their deceased loved ones (mine included). We must not allow government and the media to persuade us that social distancing, government control over our ability to work and forfeiting our freedom of movement are the ‘new norm’. Yes, measures need to be taken to control Covid-19. However, now it’s time for governments to realize the path they continue to take is not only destroying our economy, but breaking down the very social fabric of our society by drumming up a spirit of fear throughout the nation. There is a need for those with special medical needs to take extra precautions for the sake of their health. And most were doing so before Covid-19. However, continuing with extreme restrictions on the masses is not necessarily going to create a healthy nation. I wonder if there is a plan in place to deal with the mental health issues isolation practices and prohibiting people to work are creating on those who were not burdened with fear before. Men and women did not go to war in the past so that we could live in fear today. They fought for our freedom and what they believed would be democracy. A.W. Allan Moose Jaw
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With the Conexus Cultivator tech start-up program set to begin a new round later this summer, Moose Jaw folks don’t have to look very hard to find a local success story out of the bi-annual event. Krugo – the brainchild of Moose Jaw’s own Kirk Morrison – was one of the first start-ups to go through the program and launched three years ago. Designed to help group travel outings, the app helps build itineraries, from viewing the venue, confirming attendance and even sending reminders and keeping track of tickets. The app also aggregates event listings in your community, acting as a one-stop shop for Moose Jaw’s Kirk Morrison, front right, is the CEO of Krugo, things to do at any given time. The site has continued to grow, and while in one of the Conexus Cultivator’s success stories. (Krugoapp.com the days of COVID-19 is less busy than usu- photo) al, they’re still doing their thing, with 10,000 downloads as of late December. It’s all a product of Cultivator, which begins its next cohort – and the search the next success story, of which there are already 14 listed on their website – this July. “In just the last two years, Saskatchewan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has flourished as new resources, space and funding was introduced into the province,” Conexus said in a press release. “With these new resources and supports, local startups are no longer looking to leave our province, but build their companies right here at home, in turn adding fuel to our economy and creating new jobs.” Working through the Conexus START program, Cultivator is a three month ‘pre-revenue accelerator’ designed to help founders take their project from idea to reality, or their already existing product to the next level. Two 12-week cohorts are held a year, focussing on problem validation, customer discovery, product development, investor readiness, pitching and overall founder development. At the program’s conclusion, founders will pitch their start-ups to a panel of expert judges for a chance to win $10,000 toward helping grow their companies. While located in Regina, Cultivator will be available online during evenings and weekends, and further changes could be in the works depending on the changing COVID-19 situation. Saskatchewan-based founders and start-ups can complete a pre-screening application through the Cultivator website, and those who meet eligibility requirements may be contacted for a discovery call. An advisory committee will then select the group for the newest Cultivator class. For more information, be sure to check out cultivator.ca.
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Why the federal government isn’t in a hurry to bolster agriculture
The talk in farming these days asks the question of why doesn’t the federal government do more for the industry in this pandemic? The same question is being asked by the airline industry and even more pointedly by the oil and gas industry, the economic engine which seems to have been forgotten. True, the federal government has made lots of assistance available to agriculture: the Agri-Recovery plan for disasters, $5 billion interest-free in extra lending, $252 million for food processing and the cattle industry, and buying surplus food for distribution to food banks. Naturally, farmers are also included in the wage subsidy and pandemic business programs. Farm leaders say that isn’t enough, raising the question of how much is ever enough? Besides the Agri-Recovery program, described as a disaster relief program, agriculture has three significant business risk management programs. Agri-Insurance, AgrInvest and AgriStability programs form the farm income safety net programs. Under Agri-Insurance, the federal and provincial governments share the costs and pay 60 per cent of crop insurance premiums. Producers pay 40 per cent of the premiums. Government makes the payouts. AgriInvest is a savings account plan where a small portion of saved farm revenues is matched by government. Farmers have the option of using the money to offset losses, support cash flow or do investments. Many farmers have been using this plan to save for retirement, not for the proverbial rainy day. The foundation of the farm safety net programs is the AgriStability program. This is the closest to an income guarantee that farmers have. Program payments kick in when the individual farmer’s income falls below the 70 per cent threshold of the opera-
tion’s average margin. Sounds great but when the program started, payments kicked in when income fell below 85 per cent of the margin. That extra 15 per cent means a lot to farmers. The margin was reduced by the Harper Conservative government to save $525 million annually in payments. The Conservative-supporting farmers didn’t complain at lot. Times were pretty good then. Recent years of low commodity prices and volatile international markets have made farmers yearn for better program payouts and a return to the 85 per cent margin. With this suite of programs in place the federal mandarins advising the politicians apparently saw no need for fast delivery of new money. Before the pandemic, the federal government share of these business risk management programs was estimated at $10.8 billion for the 2020-21 fiscal year. That was half of the amount allocated to marketing agricultural products. And the Liberal government, with no elected members from the agricultural West, went along with the mandarins’ advice; hence the reluctance to put more cash into agriculture. It took 30 years from the original GRIP farm safety net program to develop a plan government hoped would end the regular call for multi-billion dollar payments every time agriculture faced a crisis. But the plans didn’t foresee a pandemic like this one. Ron Walter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org 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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New signage, closed public areas in place at Buffalo Pound for 2020 campers Larissa Kurz
Campers heading to Buffalo Pound Provincial Park this summer can expect things to be a little different, as the park has imposed a number of changes in order to comply with pandemic safety regulations. Park manager Dave Bjarnason shared the details about what visitors can expect when they head out to Buffalo Pound, once the park is officially open for camping on June 1. “We’re going to operate as safely as possible, using physical barriers where we can, and a lot of emphasis is going to be on contactless transactions,” said Bjarnason. As a part of the May 4 reopening, Buffalo Pound was able to open both the boat launch and local hiking trails around the park, but there are a few caveats for outdoor patrons to remember. All of the hiking and mountain biking trails now feature directional signage, with the more narrow trails actually limited to one-way traffic when possible, to help maintain the mandatory six-foot distance between hikers. Bjarnason understands that while the new signage will play a part in ensuring safety regulations, a large amount of effort will
Camping at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park will be a little different this year, with the new restrictions on public services.
have to come from hikers themselves. “Common trail etiquette is going to come into play,” said Bjarnason. “We’ve put up a lot of signs, in addition to the directional arrows, reminding people of the safe distancing requirements and how to be safe as possible out on the trails.” Park staff have also removed as many picnic tables and benches from public ar20055PR0 20055PR1
eas of the park, including common rest areas on the trails, and roped off remaining areas with signage reminding visitors of the restrictions. “You can go in there, you can have your hike, you can have your ride, you can launch your boat, but the socializing aspect is still not permitted,” said Bjarnason. Park visitors will have to get used to signage around the park this year, as all public areas will be closed and marked with similar signs. This includes Buffalo Pound’s Camp Easy sites, group camping sites, all public showers, public beaches, and the swimming pool. The public playground will also be fenced off to restrict access. Buffalo Pound will also only be booking 50 per cent of the park’s capacity, which park staff have carefully mapped out to ensure campsites aren’t in close quarters to one another. “It wasn’t as simple as just going even numbers, odd numbers, with the way the campgrounds are laid out,” said Bjarnason. “We physically walked through the park and looked, [and] said okay, this site doesn’t impact the use of this one.” Flushable washrooms will be operating
in a limited capacity, said Bjarnason, provided park staff can maintain the cleaning and sanitation protocols required. Water points will also be restricted to the public for the same reason. Buffalo Pound is also cancelling all educational programming and events in the park for the time being, including the annual Homestead Picnic at the Nicolle Flats Homestead. Staff will be replacing the usual in-person programming with a more informational role, helping to keep the public updated with the new rules to maintain public safety during this time. “Public education is going to play a huge role in how — and I hate saying it this way, but — how we get through this summer,” said Bjarnason. “We want people to come out, we want people to enjoy the park this summer even in this reduced capacity, but also [we] appreciate their patience and their understanding, because it isn’t easy for any of us.” Bjarnson hopes that visitors this summer will be respectful of the new rules, as he and his staff feel as though following the sometimes inconvenient regulations is a better option than closing the park entirely. “It’s not perfect, but in March we didn’t think we were going to have anything, so we can count ourselves lucky that we do have some means of enjoying some of what the park has to offer,” said Bjarnason. The new regulations will remain in place until further notice, said Bjarnason, but could be subject to change later on if provincial regulations change. Campsite booking is available online through the provincial parks website at saskparks.com. For more information about the restrictions in place at Buffalo Provincial Park, call the office at 1 (306) 694-3229. Following provincial regulations, Saskatchewan provincial parks are limited to use by Saskatchewan residents only, to limit travel between provinces.
Sask. lifting limits on prescription refills as supply chains stabilize Larissa Kurz
The Saskatchewan government has lifted the previously imposed limit on prescription refills as of May 20, leaving residents free to refill their long-term prescriptions as they did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions were put in place on March 18, limiting residents to only one month of prescription refills at a time, to protect pharmacies from suffering further supply shortages of certain medications. There will be some situations in which residents continue to be limited in refills of specific drugs, such as salbutamol inhalers, some sedatives, and certain antibiotics. Pharmacists are instructed to dispense these medications based on their own judgement. “As we navigate the unknowns presented by COVID-19, ensuring the availability of medications for all Saskatchewan residents is a priority,” said Health Minister Jim Reiter in a press release. “Today, the drug supply is in a more stable position due to the actions of pharmacists, patients and other stakeholders in response to the prescription limits. We sincerely thank them for their support and understanding.” The restrictions did not affect the majority of Saskatchewan residents, the press release revealed, but were put in place to help stabilize the supply chain to ensure patients had continued access to necessary medications.
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Pandemic plan helped regional library prepare for shutdown of province Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
When the coronavirus shut down the province in mid-March, Palliser Regional Library (PRL) was prepared after its director created a pandemic plan only weeks before that focused on providing online services. Director Jan Smith began writing a plan at the end of January and had it ready by March. She then sent it out to all rural municipalities, towns, villages and library boards within the PRL area, so they knew what the organization’s plan was for the impending pandemic. PRL activated the plan immediately on March 16 after the provincial government ordered all schools to close, Smith explained in a report that was part of the organization’s annual general meeting documents. Within two hours of the provincial government shutting things down, the City of Moose Jaw also closed all recreational and library buildings, while the mayor of Davidson phoned Smith to ask what PRL’s plan was for the library there. He was relieved to hear the library would close the next day, she continued. Library organizations throughout Saskatchewan shut down users’ ability to place holds on books, but they continued to move books that were already in
the system during the next two weeks. Directors of regional libraries decided there would be no fines for any materials already signed out, while the due date would be May 1. They extended that deadline to May 31 and are looking at changing it again. Smith pointed out in her report that she wrote it on April 15 and expected the pandemic situation to have changed by May 1, when the AGM documents were posted to the organization’s website. “Information was sent out to all (PRL) branches on the 16th with the decisions made, their implications, and that we would be keeping them all on until the 14th (of April) while we tried to figure out things,” Smith wrote. “We were so naïve.” Staff continued to work in the branches throughout March and were relieved the buildings were closed since they were concerned about students overwhelming the branches with schools closed. PRL headquarters made it clear that the public was not allowed inside and curbside drop-offs of materials were not permitted either. “In this age of symptomless transmission, the level of contamination of books rates right up there with the toilet. People sneeze, cough, breathe and expel drop-
Jan Smith, director of Palliser Regional Library, speaks about the organization’s digital literacy program and how popular it is, during the regional library’s fall meeting on Nov. 1, 2019. Photo by Jason G. Antonio lets and sweat on almost every page,” said Smith. “And as of April 15, we still do not have a good measure of how long the virus can last on or in a book cover or on its paper, hence the mandated stop in service.” Staff activities included writing and submitting statutory declarations, annual reports, financial statements, and collection inventory, while all branches performed housekeeping activities. Rural branches also discussed programming and gave PRL HQ a list of volunteers who ran cof-
fee circles, baby lap time, and other programs that PRL hoped to continue running online. Palliser purchased 10 Zoom licences for programming and bought a program called Niche for online courses. The Moose Jaw branch produced YouTube videos for children and young adults, while it worked on more videos for all age groups. The branch hopes to use Zoom for its book clubs and knitters’ club. The City of Moose Jaw sent PRL information about a federal supplemental unemployment benefits (SUB) plan, for which PRL applied after its executive committee and union gave permission on April 3, said Smith. Much to PRL’s surprise, the federal government approved the organization’s plan a day later. This plan allows PRL to top up EI payments to 95 per cent of employees’ regular pay without deducting anything from their EI payment. PRL sent out layoff notices on April 25 to its staff since it feared it wouldn’t have a plan in place by them. Most PRL employees earn minimum wage to $20 per hour and need the support to make it through the forced closures, Smith added. The organization expects to apply any savings incurred through the rural levy against the 2021 rural budget.
Pandemic support for livestock producers Larissa Kurz
The provincial government has deEXPRESS clared an additional $10 million of funding to support livestock producers as they navigate market disruptions caused by COVID-19. The additional funding includes $5 million to cover costs for Saskatchewan to participate in the national AgriRecovery program, a set-aside framework offered through a provincial and national partnership designed to help producers financially while they hold onto slaughter-ready cattle. With this additional funding, Saskatchewan will fund the 40 per cent provincial contribution to take part in the AgriRecovery framework, while the federal government will provide the remaining 60 per cent contribution. Saskatchewan farmers will be able to access a total of $12.5 million from the set-aside program, which will be
delivered to producers by the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation. An estimated 3,500 head of market-ready cattle would normally be headed from Saskatchewan to processing facilities in Alberta, but the pandemic has caused a number of closures that have greatly reduced that number. Recently, a weekly total of less than 400 head of cattle have been processed in Alberta facilities. “Our livestock sector is facing tremendous challenges, with producers facing higher costs to feed animals that cannot move along the supply chain as they normally would,” said agriculture minister David Marit, in a press release. “Participation in the AgriRecovery set-aside program will compensate producers for the cost of temporarily holding cattle back from market until supply more evenly matches demand and processing capacity.” The remaining $5 million in new funding will be provided to offset higher premium costs under the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program, making livestock
price insurance more easily attainable to producers. WLPIP premiums saw an increase at the end of February, due to the pandemic, and the provincial government will now be providing 40 per cent of the increased premium costs dating back to Feb. 25. “Today’s funding to offset increased livestock price insurance premium costs will help ensure our risk management programs meet the needs of Saskatchewan producers,” Marit said. “The Government of Saskatchewan is taking steps to ensure livestock producers have the support they require during this unprecedented period.” The deadline to apply for calf price insurance from the WLPIP has also been extended to June 18. Premium adjustments will remain in place until Sept. 1, when the provincial government will review and assess the industry’s needs. The Saskatchewan Government continues to work alongside the federal government, other western provinces, and the livestock industry to provide help to producers.
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The news of a Snowbird crash came as a tremendous shock across our country, and especially to the aerobatic team, the residents of 15 Wing and to every citizen of Moose Jaw. Our thoughts are with all of them. The accident occurred during Operation Inspiration; an initiative to inspire Canadians during COVID-19 pandemic. Those who live in and around Moose Jaw have an immeasurable pride in the Snowbirds team of highly-skilled pilots, engineers, instructors and support staff. I speak for everyone when I say we appreciate the talent, precision and excitement generated by these professionals as they soar through the sky with the red
and white jets trailing a banner of smoke, thrilling every heart. Our community is deeply saddened by the unfortunate event that took the life of Captain Jenn Casey, the Snowbirds Public Affairs Officer, and injured pilot Captain Rich MacDougall. Our prayers and condolences go to the family and friends of Capt. Casey, along with our wishes for a healthy recovery for Capt. MacDougall. It is a time for healing and caring, and for great appreciation of the Snowbirds, for the members at 15 Wing and for those who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces. As the Snowbirds inspire our country, the people of Saskatchewan never cease to inspire me, especially as we work to weath-
er the current global health pandemic. It is with gratitude that I acknowledge our health care workers. The added demands placed on them to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are significant. Many of them work in situations where they could be exposed to the virus. In care homes they take extra effort to comfort residents who have been unable to see their family or friends for over two months now. Their efforts have made a huge difference in the lives of those they serve. On April 30, a temporary wage supplement at essential care facilities was announced. The supplement offers $400 for each four-week period, up to 16 weeks, for the period from March 15, 2020 to July 4, 2020. You can learn more at www. saskatchewan.ca/wage-supplement-program. Thanks to the diligence of the people of Saskatchewan, our province was able to move ahead with Phase 2 of Re-Open Saskatchewan this past week. This is to be done very cautiously. It also means we must remain vigilant in continuing the
precautions that have helped us retain a low infection rate. Please keep the following in mind: Respect the rules of the businesses you visit; Refrain from loitering in stores or malls; Do not gather in groups; Now is not the time to browse – only shop for what you need; If you purchase food at malls or stores, it must be taken home to eat. Food court seating areas remain closed and eating is not allowed in other areas; and All elements of the public health order remain in effect. You can find the most up-to-date version of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan online at www.saskatchewan.ca/re-open. Our constituency office remains open to serve you by email: michelsonmla@ shaw.ca or by phone: 306 631 8825. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.
Virus highlights need to stop warehousing seniors like canned sardines The care of our senior citizens has undergone change with significant consequences in the last few generations. Social values have switched from the extended family where grandparents lived with several generations of the family, creating a social unit that allowed the elderly to by Ron Walter act as buffers between parents and children, to offer the wisdom of their years of experience, and act as babysitters. From that social model we have evolved to the out of sight, out of mind warehousing model that places seniors in homes dedicated to their care and leaves the rest of the family to their own devices. Supposedly the radical switch was the result of privacy wants and needs by the younger generation and a mobile work force. More likely the cause was general affluence of society and the desire to get rid of anything like seniors’ care at home that cramps lifestyle and the two-family income stream. The government funding shift from public homes to for-profit didn’t help care. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown the warehousing care has some glaring gaps for this older generation. Our seniors’ population may as well be acting in a Rod-
ney Dangerfield — I don’t get no respect — movie. Once in a care home, many seniors are warehoused and never seen or heard from other than by those relatives choosing to visit. Being lonely isn’t the only hardship seniors suffer in some care homes. The pandemic experience illustrates how badly society treats seniors stuck in these warehouses. From underpaid employees to health care standards, seniors are at greater risk of deadly health issues. A special kind of person with patience and loving attitude is needed to care for other people. The reward has been minimum wage and cutbacks on hours to save on paying benefits. Reduced hours have forced employees to work at multiple seniors’ care homes, ensuring rapid spread of disease. The consequence of this practice sees four out of every five Covid-19 deaths being among seniors in care homes. The reluctance of minimum wage employees to take further pandemic risks by staying home placed more work on those still working. The concept of shared bathrooms and even shared rooms in care homes in some provinces added fuel to the infection. Moose Jaw’s St. Anthony’s Home had some shared bathrooms until the 1990s when it was closed and Providence Place opened As a private seniors’ boarding home, the former St. Anthony’s Home continued to rent rooms with shared bathrooms until the owner realized no one wanted to rent
them and renovated the place. Adding to woes in the out of sight, out of mind seniors care model is the lack of regulations to ensure proper care. The regulations vary from province to province. The public was surprised to learn the stiff unannounced weeklong inspections of Ontario care homes had been watered down recently. Under the guise of reducing red tape and management’s paperwork, the austere inspections were replaced with shorter pre-announced inspections demanding less paperwork. So much for cutting red tape. In Saskatchewan, the local health districts started about 10 years ago having their senior executives visit and inspect long term care homes. That practice seems a little cozy and open to abuse. Police aren’t allowed to investigate their own officers, so why should health officials be allowed to inspect seniors’ homes? An independent inspector is needed. The one aspect begging for a law is minimum employee-to-guest ratios that ensures more than 25 minutes a daytime for each guest to have medications administered, help getting dressed, help eating, bathroom assistance and bathing. Ron Walter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org 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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N a m e s i n t i t l e s ide nt i f y re c i p e’s o r i g i n s By Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express
Sharing recipes with friends is a long-standing tradition of saying one cook to another, “I enjoyed that cake or cookie or slice.” In some cases, recipes were guarded as sacred trusts to be kept in the family from one generation to the next. Such was not the case in an old, hand-written collection of recipes that had obviously been shared and their sources identified in the recipe’s name. This week’s recipes come from Marion, Bertha, Georgia and Gladys — all cooking friends of the late Clara T. Lett. •••
Marion’s Date Loaf 1 lb. dates 1 tsp. soda 1 cup boiling water 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup butter 2 eggs 1/2 cup walnuts
1 3/4 cups flour 1 tsp. vanilla
Cut dates in small pieces. Sprinkle with soda. Pour boiling water over. Let cool. Cream nuts, eggs and vanilla. Add to cooled dates and stir. Add flour and walnuts and mix. Place in a large, greased and floured loaf pan. Bake slowly at 325 degrees F for about 3/4 hour. •••
Bertha’s Ginger Lace Cookies 2/3 cup butter 1 cup white sugar 1 egg, beaten 4 tbsps. molasses 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. ginger 2 tsps. soda 2 cups flour
Mix butter, sugar and eggs. Mix dry ingredients. Alternately add molasses and dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix well.
Roll into balls and roll in some sugar and cinnamon. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Do not press down. Bake for 12 minutes at 375 degrees F. •••
Georgia’s Coffee Bars 1 cup raisins 2/3 cup strong coffee 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 2/3 cup shortening 1 cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 1/2 cups sifted flour 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. soda 1/4 tsp. salt Glaze: 1 1/2 cups icing sugar cold coffee to thin
Combine raisins, coffee and cinnamon and let stand. Cream shortening and sugar then add eggs, one at a time, beating well after
each. Mix and sift flour, soda and baking powder. Add to the shortening mixture then add the raisins and mix well. Spread batter in a shallow, greased pan. Bake 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees F. While still warm spread with the coffee glaze, adding enough cold coffee to the icing sugar to make a thin glaze. Cool before cutting. •••
Gladys’ Parfait Pie 1 strawberry Jello 1 1/4 cups boiling water 1 qt. vanilla ice cream
Add water to Jello and mix to dissolve. When semi congealed, mix in ice cream and mix well. Pour into a baked pie shell and allow to set completely before serving. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net
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Pandemic causing more incidents of domestic violence, police say Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
The Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) is starting to respond to more calls about domestic abuse, which the police chief says is connected to the pandemic and twomonth lockdown. It’s not just the number of calls to which police are responding for domestic violence, it’s also the severity and the level of violence that is troubling, police Chief Rick Bourassa explained on May 19 during the board of police commissioner’s meeting. Nationally, there is a concern among police and social agencies that victims — such as women and children — have been unable to report these problems since households have been quarantined, he continued. The MJPS knows it’s not hearing the complaints it usually should, but as the pandemic lifts, it expects to hear more about those abusive situations, especially for children. The police service would generally hear about child abuse through schools, but those institutions have been closed during the pandemic. “It is something that is happening, but it hasn’t come to our awareness yet,” he added. According to data from police, there were six calls about domestic disputes in April, compared to nine during the same month last year. From January to April this year,
the MJPS received 40 calls about domestic violence, compared to 35 incidents from January to April last year, an increase of 14.3 per cent. Total crimes committed against persons in April was 31, while the overall figure during the first four months of the year was 175. This overall number is an increase of six calls compared to the same time last year. There were 15 calls about assaults in April, composed of common assaults (10), assault with a weapon/cause bodily harm (four), and assault police (one). In comparison, there were 23 calls about assaults in April 2019. Beside regular police officers, the organization’s two Police and Crisis Team (PACT) units have also been busy responding to domestic conflicts. “The domestic situation is a little bit more desperate than usual, and that’s, in turn, causing a consistent workload for our PACT teams,” explained Supt. Devon Oleniuk. The two units have been working in unison, which has allowed them to do consistent work and hand off duties if necessary, he added. In the past, there was one complete PACT unit and another team that augmented what the other did. Besides an increase in domestic violence, police are also seeing an increase in crimes against property, data that
they are analyzing to determine a cause, Bourassa said. There were 375 calls about property crimes from January to April of this year, compared to 315 during the same time last year. This is an increase of 19 per cent. Most notable has been calls about break and enters, with police responding to 18 calls in April compared to 20 during the same time last year. However, the total number of B&Es during the past four months was 98, compared to 83 during the same time in 2019. Many break-ins have occurred in storage units, while an incident also happened at a church and a truck-and-trailer compound, Oleniuk explained. There were 27 calls during the past four months about break-ins into business premises, compared to 14 calls during the same time last year. This is an increase of 92.9 per cent. Thefts under $5,000 have also spiked, with police responding to 168 calls during the first four months compared to 131 last year. This is an increase of 28.2 per cent. Total calls for service this year have decreased to 4,514 incidents from 4,916 incidents a year ago, said Bourassa. This is interesting since while calls for service decreased by half in March and early April, they are on the rise again. This is something police will continue to monitor.
Red Cross now offering Babysitter’s Course online for youth Larissa Kurz
In order to continue offering babysitting training to youth and teens, the Canadian Red Cross has adapted its program to a virtual setting and is offering it on a flexible schedule during the pandemic. The Babysitter’s Course is available to youth aged 11-15 years, and covers everything one might need to know to take care of younger children. This ranges from first aid to leadership qualities, and all of the skills in between. Because the pandemic has made it impossible to offer the course in-person, like usual, the Canadian Red Cross has instead adapted the program to be delivered online by local youth leaders. Instead of a full day of learning, the virtual Babysitter’s Course is being broken into three sessions of about two hours each, delivered using a video classroom method. In Moose Jaw, Red Cross youth leader Carolyn Korte is teaching the course using Zoom, which she finds has been very useful so far. During the course, students are able to interact with Korte, asking questions and learning the material from the babysitter’s manual with her guidance.
(supplied) “The kids can mute their mic while I’m instructing and then when they want to ask a question, they sort of wave their hands [for] my attention, and then they can unmute their mics and ask their question,” said Korte. “It’s been working out really well.” After hosting a course last week and receiving great feedback, Korte is ready to take on more youth interested in the course. She is limiting each run of the course to 12 students at a time.
Province gives Moose Jaw nearly $5 million to stimulate economic growth By Moose Jaw Express staff
The provincial government is providing the City of Moose Jaw with nearly $5 million as part of an economic enhancement initiative to support infrastructure projects, stimulate economic recovery and encourage job creation. Under the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP) 2020, the provincial government provided Moose Jaw with $4.8 million to support infrastructure development and other economic projects. MEEP 2020 will provide $150 million overall to municipalities to support in-
vestments in these areas. The program is an essential component in the provincial government’s $7.5 billion, two-year capital plan, which it announced on May 6, a news release said. This plan will help build a strong Saskatchewan and stimulate the province’s economic recovery from the effects of the Wuhan Flu pandemic. Municipalities must spend the money by March 31, 2022. For a full list of project categories and community funding allocations, visit www.saskatchewan.ca.
Korte is planning upcoming course dates based on interest from the community. The first course was offered last week and if more potential students express interest, more dates will be planned. “If there’s lots of interest, I will keep going because normally I offer it several times throughout the year,” said Korte. She encourages interested youth to consider registering to take the Babysitter’s Course, as it covers lots of useful safety information that kids can use even when they’re not taking care of children. “It’s very worthwhile material to learn, not only for if kids want to babysit others, but even for themselves,” said Korte. “There is some basic first aid in there, prevention of injuries, stuff like that, so they
can be acquainted with things that will be helpful for themselves.” The cost to register for the Babysitter’s Course is $40, which includes a copy of the Babysitter’s Manual and any other materials needed for the course, which will be delivered to each registrant. Following completion of the course, certificates will either be mailed to participants or delivered by Korte herself. To join an upcoming Babysitter’s Course in Moose Jaw, contact youth leader Carolyn Korte by emailing her at carolynrk@ hotmail.com, texting her at 1 (306) 6303320, or calling her at 1 (306) 693-2466. For more information about the Red Cross Babysitter’s Course and its certification, visit the Canadian Red Cross website.
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Royal Canadian Legion honours fallen Snowbird
Members lay wreath at Snowbird Tutor jet in memory of Capt. Jenn Casey and support of Capt. Richard MacDougall The Moose Jaw branch of the Royal Canadian Legion did their part to remember fallen Canadian Forces Snowbird Capt. Jenn Casey last Friday morning. Members of Legion Branch 59 Moose Jaw were on hand to lay a wreath at the impromptu memorial at the base of the Snowbirds Tutor jet display by the tourism office. Capt. Casey – the public relations officer for the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron – was killed when the Snowbird jet piloted by Capt. Richard MacDougall suffered a malfunction on take-off and crashed into a residential area in Kamloops, B.C.. MacDougall survived and is recovering from his injuries in hospital. The accident hit home a little harder for Legion Branch 59 vice president Sue Knox, who had prior experience with the team as a record keeper and later during her time in service. “Because Moose Jaw is the home of the Snowbirds, we felt it was fitting to memorialize Capt. Casey and to provide something on behalf of the Legion in that respect,” Knox said.
Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express “She made her home here for the last few years as part of the Snowbirds community, and even though the Legion is closed as part of the pandemic, we thought we would get as many as we could together on short notice and have a bit of memorial on behalf of the Legion membership.” Legion members held an official ceremony, laying a wreath and playing Last Post and Reveille. Their tribute wasn’t the only one, as the number of flowers, wreathes and special memorial messages has grown exponentially in the week since the accident, with the City of Moose Jaw even watering the new flowers to keep them fresh. “It’s beautiful and a really nice guesture,” Knox said. The event wrapped with members expressing their support for everyone involved. “We certainly extend our best wishes to Capt. MacDougall and his family and hope for a speedy recovery on his behalf,” Knox said. “They’ll both be missed until he can get back in the saddle, and certainly Capt. Casey will be sorely missed by her comrades.”
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59 Moose Jaw vice president Sue Knox and president Sharon Erickson salute after laying a wreath at memorial set up at the base of the Tourism Moose Jaw Snowbirds jet.
Senator Pamela Wallin on the passing of Captain Jenn Casey, May 19 2020 Along with so many Canadians, I am heartbroken at the loss of Captain Jenn Casey. My thoughts and prayers are also with Captain Rich MacDougall and his family. The Snowbirds are iconic and have brought so much joy to Canadians over the years. It is the sad irony of Operation Inspiration that as the Snowbirds set out to honour our front-line workers across the country, their sacrifice continued. But the Snowbird team remains an inspiration to the thousands of young boys and girls who watch their dedication, discipline and daring. And for so many of us across the country seeking to be free of the constraints
of lockdown, watching the Snowbirds soar has given us hope! I have wonderful memories of flying with the Snowbirdsfirst as a young reporter, and then years later as HonCol of the RCAF. Flying over Parliament Hill on Canada Day in 2012 with now Major Denis Bandet was both thrilling and life changing. It was also an honour and privilege to have the opportunity to meet the team. It was with great pride that I was able to present RCAF Lt.Col. Mike French with a Senate 150 Medal on Parliament Hill in 2017, honoring all Snowbirds, past and present. As a Senator from Saskatchewan, I am very proud of
Fellow Canadians, Like all of you, I was deeply saddened to hear of the Snowbird tragedy and the death of Jennifer Casey in Kamloops. She died far too young. Canada mourns. I’m not a pilot, however, from hanging around with a few pilots it sure seems like they LOVE to be in the air. They love to fly. That’s where they feel the most free and euphoric. Like many other Canadians, my main experience with the Snowbirds has to do with football games. Almost all the times I’ve seen the Snowbirds do their fly-over was right around the same time the crowd sang the national anthem at the beginning of a football game. Watching the Snowbirds flyover fills me with pride and emotion every time. The Snowbirds seem so majestic and confident as they fly over. It’s always an emotional experi-
15 Wing Moose Jaw, the home of the Snowbirds, for their commitment to community and country. As a former Honorary Colonel, I still feel part of the extraordinary RCAF family. Please know that my thoughts are with the team and the community. I know that they will soon be flying again, into that incredible Saskatchewan sky and beyond. Per aspera Ad Astra. The Honourable Pamela Wallin, O.C., S.O.M. Independent Senator for Saskatchewan
ence. Our lives are full of joy and pain. That’s the story of life. Life has both triumphs and tragedies. Tears of joy and tears of sadness flow from our eyes. I’m sure many people, like me, get teary eyed when they see the Snowbirds fly by. I hope the Snowbirds never stop flying! Following is a very little poem personally written in memory of Jennifer Casey and in honour of the Canadian Snowbirds. Sincerely, Garth Paul Ukrainetz Poet Laureate of the Blackmud Creek
“Majestic Snowbirds” By Garth Paul Ukrainetz
Poet Laureate of the Blackmud Creek --------------------------------------------------------
Majestic inspiration With the sky and clouds above Noble pilots in formation In the air they feel the love On the ground a nation witness Glowing hearts we look up high Through our tears of joy and sadness Watching Snowbirds flying by ----------------------------------------Ⓒ2020 Garth Paul Ukrainetz
Moose Jaw Gamers resuming monthly D&D sessions with new online format Larissa Kurz
Members of the Moose Jaw Gamers Association have certainly been keeping busy since the pandemic imposed self-isolation orders on most households, and now the local group has decided to get back to running their regular Dungeons & Dragons sessions for interested adventurers. The group had to cancel their bi-weekly D&D sessions when the Moose Jaw Public Library closed its doors to the public in early March, but they have chosen to revive the idea using a number of online resources. Beginning on May 23 at 1 p.m., MJGA members started to play Dungeon Master for three separate one-shot adventures of the popular tabletop RPG, hosted on the MJGA’s Discord server. Adventurers will be able to play their way through a three or four hour story using the 5th Edition of the Dungeons & Dragons handbook, with a handful of other players along for the ride. The one-shots are geared towards the early character levels, so no experience is necessary. MJGA spokesman Kristian Sjoberg said it will be the first in a continuing series of similar sessions moving forward, taking place on every second and fourth Saturday of the month so long as Dungeon Masters are up for the task. Sjoberg said there has been plenty of interest in recent online D&D sessions hosted by members, with sometimes up to 20 players taking part, which is why the group decided to return to their regular sessions with a new vision. “We did one two weekends ago, and it went really well,”
said Sjoberg. “We even had people from North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee joined in on that one, so it was kind of neat.” He also said that the library sessions had collected a number of loyal players, and the MJGA felt like turning to online RPG sessions would be a great way to stay connected. “It’s a good way of just hanging out,” said Sjoberg. The sessions on Discord will be set up like a video chat, said Sjoberg, so that players can interact with one another and with the Dungeon Master — to keep alive the best parts of playing a tabletop RPG. “The whole point of D&D is to be sitting in a group and really being able to read people’s faces as they do things and as they think about what they’re going to do,” said Sjoberg. “When people get that evil twinge in their eye,
it’s nice to be able to see that. [And] it definitely helps keep your level of interest when you can visually see the people you’re playing with.” Preparing to take part in these online sessions is relatively low maintenance, said Sjoberg. Players will need to have their character already created beforehand, as the session won’t be covering that process, but there are online resources to help with the process. Sjoberg recommended visiting DnDBeyond.com, which features free access to the basics needed to create a character and familiarize oneself with the player’s handbook. He also recommended tracking down a dice-rolling website or app, for those who don’t own a physical set of tabletop dice. Discord can be used on both computers and smartphone or tablet devices, so the sessions are available to anyone interested in taking part — and the MJGA encourages anyone to join in, regardless of experience. Those interested in joining can do so through the MJGA Facebook page. The Moose Jaw Public Library has also begun its own weekly Teen Digital D&D sessions and will continue every Wednesday moving forward. Dungeons & Dragons is certainly still alive in Moose Jaw, much to the enjoyment of plenty of MJGA members, and the local gamers group encourages any new adventurers to reach out to them with any questions. The Moose Jaw Gamers Association is very active on Facebook, which is the best place to send them a message and keep up with the group.
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Tribute to fallen Snowbird appears in Moose Jaw following B.C. crash Larissa Kurz
A heartfelt memorial to fallen Snowbirds team member Capt. Jenn Casey has appeared underneath the Snowbird plane at Tourism Moose Jaw, covering the base of the display with flowers and well-wishes for both of the Snowbirds involved in Sunday’s crash. Capt. Casey, public affairs officer for the aerobatic team, was killed in a crash during the Snowbirds’ flight over Kamloops, B.C. on May 17, during the team’s Operation Inspiration tour across Canada. Snowbird pilot Capt. Richard MacDougall also sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the incident and is now recovering. Canadians across the country certainly felt the loss following the fatal crash, especially those in Moose Jaw where the Snowbirds call home at 15 Wing airbase just south of the city. The first flowers appeared at the base of the decommissioned Tutor jet on Sunday evening, which soon turned into a flood of flowers and signs left for Capt. Casey and Capt. MacDougall in the wake of the tragedy. Tourism staff were already discussing laying flowers at the base of the jet when, after heading out to lower the Canadian flag to half-mast for Capt. Casey, they realized that Moose Jaw was already paying their respects. The impromptu memorial has only grown since Sunday and is expected to continue to do so as more people find the need to grieve the devastating loss.
The memorial is meant for both Capt. Jenn Casey and Capt. Richard MacDougall, the pilot injured in the B.C. crash.
“I think people need a place to connect to a tragedy, and having the Tutor right here seems to be a logical option,” said tourism executive director Jacki L’Heureux-Mason. She expects to see many more people stop by the memorial, to both grieve and offer condolences, especially with the limitations on public gatherings in place. “It’s something important for people to have a place to spend a moment, to pay their respects to Jenn and also give some well-wishes to Capt. MacDougall as well,” said L’Heureux-Mason. L’Heureux-Mason was touched by the immediate response from the community, although it wasn’t exactly surprising given that the Snowbirds have such deep ties with the local community. “People still line the streets when they’re out practicing, and so when something like this happens, I think we all feel very much so like it’s part of our family that this happened to,” said L’Heureux-Mason. Tourism Moose Jaw is already looking at ways to make the memorial more permanent, possibly by planting the flowers in Crescent Park or creating a living memorial of trees to honour all eight of the Snowbird pilots who have died in the past 50 years. “They are out there doing something amazing for us, to risk their lives for something that brings this country together. I think it’s noble, and it’s also a little awe-inspir-
The Tutor jet has long been a display of Snowbirds pride in the community, and has now become a place of mourning for many residents.
The collection of flowers are from Moose Jaw residents seeking to pay their respects to Capt. Jenn Casey, who died during a crash in B.C. on May 17. ing too,” said L’Heureux-Mason. An investigation of the crash is underway by a Royal Canadian Air Force Flight Safety team, said representatives during a press conference at 15 Wing Moose Jaw on May 18, and more details are expected to be released in the coming weeks.
The memorial for fallen Snowbird member Capt. Jenn Casey sits at the base of a decommissioned Tutor jet, put on display at the Tourism Moose Jaw building in 2009.
Change to bylaw lets Habitat for Humanity submit request for project Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
Habitat for Humanity can submit a discretionary use application to city council for a building project after council instructed city administration to amend the zoning bylaw so the project could proceed. The non-profit organization submitted a zoning bylaw amendment application to city hall recently, asking that it be allowed to construct a new semi-detached dwelling — essentially a duplex — in an R1 large lot low-density residential district. It recently purchased two lots at 1015 Ominica Street East and wants to construct two residential units, one on each lot, with a shared wall along the property line. Under the current zoning bylaw, applicants cannot construct new semi-detached dwellings on their property, Michelle Sanson, director of planning and development services, told city council during its May 11 regular meeting. Since the property is zoned as R1, the reconstruction of existing semi-detached dwellings is discretionary. An amendment to the zoning bylaw is required to remove this pre-existing condition. Keeping semi-detached dwellings as discretionary allows council to decide which locations are appropriate for this form of housing, she continued. It also incorporates a public process into the decision. If and when council approves the zoning bylaw amendment, Habitat for Humanity will have to come back for a discretionary use approval. It wasn’t that long ago that the municipality renewed the zoning bylaw, so there must have been some reason administration didn’t make this change then, observed Coun. Brian Swanson. He thought the bylaw amendment was a “pretty fundamental change” since it would allow for potential duplexes when none were initially envisioned. He thought the zoning
bylaw didn’t allow that for a reason. When city administration renewed this particular bylaw, it didn’t make any changes to this clause and moved it forward from the previous bylaw, Sanson explained. City administration doesn’t believe this will become a significant issue since it’s not possible to subdivide lots. “It would have to be an existing lot that you could build this on, so the density wouldn’t be increased in any neighbourhood because it would have to be a separate lot to begin with for each unit on each side,” she continued. “It is discretionary, so it would come down to a case-by-case basis.” That can often become a contentious issue, Swanson pointed out. In the past, the municipality used to approve “spot zones,” so he wondered why that wasn’t happening here. Spot zoning is the application of zoning to a specific parcel or parcels of land within a larger zoned area when the rezoning is usually at odds with a city’s master plan and current zoning restrictions. City administration would prefer not to spot zone in the middle of a block, since it could set a future precedent where council could approve an R2 zoning district in an R1 district, Sanson said. Since R2 allows for more than two dwelling units, someone could construct a building with four or six units, or however many fit on the lot. “This one seems easy upfront, but I wonder what implications will arise later by changing the zoning in R1 districts,” said Swanson. Council then voted 6-1 to have city administration amend the zoning bylaw and remove the pre-existing building restriction on semi-detached dwellings in the R1 district; Swanson was opposed.
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Prairie South School Division PSSD needs $9 million for building projects over next four years Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
New lighting at Riverview Collegiate and a new floor at Ă&#x2030;cole Palliser Heights Elementary School are just two projects Prairie South School Division plans to complete during the next four years. The division (PSSD) intends to spend $8.53 million on 50 projects from 2021 to 2024 as part of its preventative maintenance and renewal (PMR) plan, which lays out the infrastructure initiatives division administration believes are necessary to complete at some of its 38 schools throughout west-central Saskatchewan. Specifically, the division plans to spend $3 million on 22 projects during the 2020-21 school year, $3.34 million on 18 projects during the 2021-22 year and $2.19 million on 10 projects in the 2022-23 school year. Board trustees approved the new PMR plan during their most recent board of education meeting. This will allow them to start the Ministry of Education process of acquiring grant funding for the upcoming school year. Board discussion PMR funding is part of the divisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget, so when
the ministry provides the yearly operating grant, part of that amount goes to the repair of buildings, trustee Brian Swanson explained. The ministry asks all school divisions to submit their list of yearly projects, so it has a better idea of what each organization needs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth noting that Prairie South School Division uses some surplus funds to enhance the budgeted amount provided by the province, somewhere in the neighbourhood of $700,000,â&#x20AC;? he continued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This allows for planning, so one can get projects on the list. We have some 33 schools we have to take care of and $3 million a year doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t very far in doing so. This is part of the planning process, and hopefully, this eliminates surprises, although they do pop up from time to time.â&#x20AC;? Projects The projects PSSD intends to pursue in Moose Jaw during the next four years include: â&#x20AC;˘ Energy-efficient windows for the board office on Ninth Avenue Northwest (2021): $200,000; â&#x20AC;˘ Section 4 roof replacement at A.E. Peacock Collegiate
(2021): $450,000; â&#x20AC;˘ An asphalt crescent at Central Collegiate (2021): $400,000; â&#x20AC;˘ Flooring for Lindale School (2021): $60,000; â&#x20AC;˘ Lighting at Riverview Collegiate (2021): $200,000; â&#x20AC;˘ Asphalt and concrete cap at Peacock (2022): $100,000 â&#x20AC;˘ Phase 1 of curbs, paving and sidewalks at Central Collegiate (2022): $200,000; â&#x20AC;˘ Fence relocation and extra electrical at the Moose Jaw transportation shop (2022): $30,000; â&#x20AC;˘ Section roof replacement at Peacock (2022): $300,000; â&#x20AC;˘ Safety straps for gym backboards at Peacock (2022): $15,000; â&#x20AC;˘ Flooring replacement at Ă&#x2030;cole Palliser Heights School (2022): $50,000; â&#x20AC;˘ Section six roof replacement at Palliser (2023): $200,000; â&#x20AC;˘ Asphalt upgrades at Riverview (2023): $85,000; â&#x20AC;˘ Flooring upgrades at Central (2023): $150,000; â&#x20AC;˘ Change room upgrades at Riverview (2023): 100,000.
Public division declines to pay bill for street project in Avonlea Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unlikely Prairie South School Division will pay an outstanding bill to the Village of Avonlea since board trustees believe its money should fix schools and not municipal roads. The village sent the school division a letter in March demanding that it pay its portion of a local improvement levy since the municipality paved a road near the school in that community. In April the board of education instructed division administration to look into this problem. At the May board meeting, trustees instructed administration to write a letter to the village explaining its position. The division did not publish the letter with the rest of the public board documents for Mayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, while edu-
cation director Tony Baldwin declined to issue a copy to the media when asked, saying the village needs to see it first. However, it is possible to strain out the content of the letter based on comments PSSD trustees made during their meeting. Board discussion â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a sensitive item,â&#x20AC;? said trustee Shawn Davidson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clearly, the board feels the use of our limited funds for facility projects and operating the school division (are) not appropriately allocated. Our money is for our schools and not streets. We need to communicate that position to the Village of Avonlea.â&#x20AC;? After hearing more about the situation, trustee Lew Young thought the board should continue along the path
on which it initially started for this issue and stand firm about its priorities. He pointed out this is a problem that occurred because the Ministry of Education took away school divisionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; abilities to levy taxes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At some point, we are going to see school boards get caught in this position because of something that took place many, many years ago,â&#x20AC;? he continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and the Is were not dotted and the Ts were not crossed.â&#x20AC;? Young added that the only way to get out of this problem is to continue to have discussions with the village and the ministry, while the ministry and provincial government will have to clarify this issue in the future and have it rectified.
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Prairie South School Division Prairie South allows someJasonrural families to attend different schools G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Trustees with the Prairie South School Division (PSSD) will allow a rural familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children to attend the school in Mortlach next year since it is closer to them than Chaplin. The kids will be in kindergarten and Grade 1 for the 2020-21 school year, so the parents asked the division to allow their children to attend the school permanently. PSSD is currently using alternate yard service and providing the family with the No. 3 bus to Mortlach since the child going into Grade 1 attended Mortlach School this year for kindergarten. Trustees approved the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request during the most recent board of education meeting. Trustees voted down another motion that PSSDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rural catchment review committee had recommended denying the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request. Board discussion â&#x20AC;&#x153;The family has indicated that they will never go to their catchment school (in Chaplin) â&#x20AC;Ś. It is cost-neutral when we look at, say the kilometres, if they were to go to their designated school or the school that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re requesting,â&#x20AC;? said trustee Darcy Pryor, whose subdivision includes the two affected schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is an example of us doing the right thing for the right people and to use common sense.â&#x20AC;? Approving the motion for a catchment change would permanently move the boundary and would not just be a simple accommodation, clarified board chair Robert Bachmann. This means the family wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to
come back every year with the same request. Trustee Shawn Davidson disagreed with providing this new service, saying the division couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be everything to everyone. Costs would likely increase by going ahead with this request. He thought maintaining the alternate bus yard service was a fair and appropriate option to transport the kids. Trustee Brian Swanson wondered how many other alternate yard service busing options the division provided, while he also wondered if division administration had a summary of how many kilometres would be involved with this change and if it would be cost-neutral. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There would be a decreased cost to not doing this, in that, we would not have to run a bus from this location to the other location four times a day,â&#x20AC;? said education director Tony Baldwin. While that may be the case, Swanson warned there could be â&#x20AC;&#x153;cascading requestsâ&#x20AC;? from other families due to a change like this. Other catchment area changes Besides this request, board trustees approved five other recommendations that the rural catchment area committee presented: â&#x20AC;˘ Changing the catchment area for a family in the Assiniboia area whose designated school is Coronach. A family has two children going into kindergarten next year. They are currently riding the No. 5 Assiniboia bus since an exception was made earlier this year for pre-kindergarten.
The Coronach bus would have to travel into the Assiniboia catchment area, while the children would be on that bus longer and transportation costs would be higher ; â&#x20AC;˘ Changing the catchment area for a family near Caronport, whose designated school is Lindale. The familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land is 400 metres south of the Caronport catchment boundary. The student is already attending Caronport School for pre-kindergarten and the parents are driving their child there ; â&#x20AC;˘ Approving bus yard transportation service for one year only and creating a pilot project for a feeder bus concept for a family near Bengough. The family has students going into grades 3 and 5 next year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one is already attending Bengough â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the designated school is in Coronach. The familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land is about eight kilometres south of the Bengough catchment area; â&#x20AC;˘ Changing the catchment area for a family near Coronach. The family has children going into pre-kindergarten and Grade 1 next year and the designated school is Bengough, but the family wants to attend Coronach. The familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location is 6.5 kilometres from the closest Bengough route and seven kilometres from the nearest Coronach stop; â&#x20AC;˘ Maintaining alternate yard service for families near the Village of Briercrest. Several families made multiple requests to have their children attend Lindale School over Avonlea. The next PSSD board of education meeting is June 2.
PSSD trustees select Deloitte as auditor for next five years Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
Deloitte will be the auditor for Prairie South School Division (PSSD) for the next five years after division administration recommended it to trustees over three other proponents. The current auditor, Stark and Marsh CPA LLP, has reviewed the divisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finances for the past few years, but its contract expires this year. So, the division posted a request for proposals (RFP) for a new five-year term with an option for five more years. An administrative team reviewed the submissions from four proponents and then created a shortlist of two proponents to interview.
The team reached a consensus after the interviews and then submitted a recommendation to the board of education, encouraging the hiring of Deloitte for the next half-decade. Trustees agreed with the recommendation during their most recent board meeting and vote in favour of the company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good governance to switch up our auditor so we can get fresh eyes on things,â&#x20AC;? trustee Shawn Davidson said. Trustee Lew Young was curious as to how the administration team landed on Deloitte, asking how the company was selected, why it was selected, whether it had a lower
price, and whether it offered services that others didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. The team used a scoring matrix that gave grades to such areas as cost and previous experience, while it scored each proposal using that matrix and then included the interviews as well, explained board chair Robert Bachmann. After that process, Deloitte was the consensus choice among the administration team. Deloitte will carry out the 2019-20 school year audit once this year is finished.
Gateway Music Festival officially cancelled Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
The Gateway Music Festival has become the latest major event to be cancelled due to COVID-19. Organizers recently announced that the 16th annual edition of the concert festival near Bengough had been officially called off due to the ongoing pandemic, with plans to return next year. It had originally been scheduled for the July 24 weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know many of you have been expecting this announcement and we thank you for your patience through this difficult time,â&#x20AC;? the announcement on social media said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has been an unprecedented challenge for our organization. With that said, our number one priority is everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health and safety. The cancellation will have a significant impact on our community but we are determined to overcome it. We will return!â&#x20AC;? The three-day event was to be headlined by Corb Lund, Chilliwack, the Northern Pikes and Moose Jawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Megan Nash, alongside close to 30 other performers. It has an-
The Gateway Music Festival has been cancelled for 2020 but will return next year.
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nually drawn hundreds of music fans to the community of around 400 people, acting as a major boost to businesses of all kinds. Ticket refunds will be available, but organizers are asking if fans could donate their tickets to the Festival or simply roll them over to next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show, running July 23-25, 2021. Those who purchased physical tickets are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, and tickets purchased online through Showpass will be automatically transferred to 2021. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We must thank you again for your patience and understanding,â&#x20AC;? organizers said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will miss all of you this summer, but we encourage everyone to practice social distancing and respect the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guidelines through the reopening phases. We also must acknowledge all of the amazing musicians, techs and crew. We will all get through this together.â&#x20AC;?
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Settlement reached in Canadian Hockey League class action lawsuit Member teams to pay around $250,000 each as part of $30 million settlement
The class action lawsuit regarding Canadian Hockey League teams and player pay has been settled – and while the final price tag will be a hefty one, it’s not expected to come at a cost to member teams. Press releases from the plaintiffs in the case and a joint release from both parties revealed that a total of $30 million will payed by the CHL to the class, with Elliott Friedman of Sportsnet reporting the total will work out to approximately $250,000 per team – including the Western Hockey League’s Moose Jaw Warriors. Teams likely won’t have to pay that out, though, as according to an open letter to the CHL community from the WHL, insurance is expected to cover costs. The lawsuit was launched in 2014 by former players from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, claiming that players were actual employees of their respective clubs, not student athletes as claimed by the CHL. Players who took the ice in the league from 2010-19 were eligible to join the lawsuit, which was seeking $180 million in back wages, overtime pay, vacation pay as well as punitive damages, per a 2017 Sportsnet report.
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It wasn’t long after the suit was filed that provinces began to take action, enacting legislation in favour of member teams stating that major junior players were not employees within the meaning of applicable employment standards. Alberta was the final province to enact such a measure, after which both parties entered into settlement discussions. “We launched these class actions to fight for the rights
of the players and to make a positive change, and we’re proud of what these lawsuits and this settlement have achieved,” said Sam Berg and Lukas Walter, the two initial plaintiffs in these actions, in a press release. “While we can’t do anything about the legislative amendments exempting players from employment standards legislation across the country, this settlement will put millions of dollars into the pockets of the hardworking players and will make a real difference in their lives.” Berg played for the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs in the 201314 season, Walter played two seasons with the Tri-City Americans from 2011-13 and one for Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL in 2013-14. They were among a group of five players who were part of the initial class action launched by Charney Lawyers PC. As Sportsnet reports, “the plaintiffs argued junior hockey contracts were an actual employment contract, entitling them to minimum wage and the benefits described above. The CHL’s defence was that players were student athletes, and that its education package, development, equipment and off-ice programs exceeded what would be earned via minimum wage.”
Solo rides and that’s about it: Moose Jaw Pavers working around COVID-19
Opening of provincial parks and relaxed restrictions offer more options for cyclists in Saskatchewan Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
At first glance, it would appear that cycling and all its related activities would be immune to the effects of COVID-19 – the very nature of the sport expects and creates social distancing, and it stands to reason that would make road or trail riding a perfect activity. And while that remains the case, doing so as a club is something else entirely. Even with some restrictions being lifted as the province moved into Phase Two of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan this week, the Moose Jaw Pavers cycling club remains in limbo as bans on club activities and gatherings of more than 10 remain in place. Riders are still out doing their own thing, though, especially with the beautiful spring weather seen around Moose Jaw over the last week. “It’s nice to be back out and at least having solo-based activities,” said Pavers president Rob Walcer. “As a club we can’t have any group-based activities, like our Tuesday night ride that have been going on forever, we can’t do that. So much of being a club depends on group rides, whether it’s on the road or mountain bike. The social aspect where you get together for a coffee before the ride or stopping for a beverage after, it’s just the social part that’s being missed. “This is a rapidly changing situation, and we’re looking to see what happens in a six week window and make a decision in the next period of time.”
Riders compete in the Moose Jaw Pavers’ Spring Classic criterium last May. The event was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Much like every sports organization throughout the country, the Pavers have seen their share of lost events. Their annual Learn to Mountain Bike program for children has been at best postponed for the time being, and their annual Spring Classic slated for early May was outright cancelled. That’s on top of groups like the Prairie Pedals women’s morning ride group that was hoping to expand into evening rides this summer.
Things haven’t been all bad, though. With Phase One came the opening of provincial parks throughout the province, and that means trails at Buffalo Pound were good to go. Walcer reports that things are in exceptional shape for this time of season, and with the nice weather more folks are hitting the trails in Wakamow and going out for solo road rides, as well. “A few of us have seen each other at Buffalo Pound, it’s been really busy out there since the provincial parks opened,” Walcer said. “That was a blessing, with parks opening up in Phase One, that really provided an opportunity and place for us to go out and enjoy a bike ride. There have been a lot of riders, a lot of hikers, people who are just happy to be outside.” The Pavers have also been able to keep in touch through riding apps like Trailforks.com, which can track the trails you’ve ridden while recording your time and other information. Some clubs have even gone further and set up virtual racing sessions from riders’ homes. One thing that’s for certain is once this is all said and done with, good times will be had. “I know we’re all looking forward to getting together again and maybe even seeing some new faces,” Walcer said. For more information on the Moose Jaw Pavers, visit their website at moosejawpaver.ca or find them on Facebook for the most up-to-date club news and events.
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Kim’s Taekwondo staying engaged with students despite closed studio Larissa Kurz
Students at Kim’s Taekwondo Moose Jaw may be missing their studio time while stuck at home during the pandemic closures, but that doesn’t mean they’re completely missing out on their training with the martial arts school. Instructors Nathan Douglas and Warren Miller have been keeping up with students and families through their screens, dropping weekly training videos and workouts to keep everyone at Kim’s Taekwondo on their toes. “We find that it’s really been helping to keep our school connected,” said Douglas. “Lots of students are seeing what others are doing and it helps encourage them to keep up with doing classes, while we can’t be actively training together.” The studio has been posting workout videos to Facebook regularly and privately sharing pre-recorded video classes with all of their studio members to maintain their training schedule. They’ve also been issuing weekly challenges at the end of each class, for families to conquer and share with instructors. “Students, family members, whoever’s in the household can partake in the challenge, and then what they do is they’ve been messaging in, sending videos of them doing these challenges as a family,” said Douglas. Engagement has been great, said Douglas, who is seeing tons of students interacting with the weekly challenges and going through their training classes with dedication — sometimes more than once, according to the view counters on some videos. “It’s been actually quite incredible,” said Douglas “Stu-
Although the studio itself is closed due to the pandemic mandates, Kim’s Taekwondo Moose Jaw is still staying in touch with students using weekly classes and challenges. (supplied) dents are taking the classes and completing them, not just kind of starting the first five minutes and then shutting them off, so that’s been awesome to see.” The studio is even keeping up with its Student of the Month initiative while at a distance, a recognition that really just works the same way as it did when students are training in-person. “When we have a student that’s been really showing that they’ve been doing lots of the challenges and participating in classes, we like to recognize that effort,” said Douglas.
Vanier shows off what track season in 2020 might have looked like
Hilarious video shows off ‘highlights’ of ‘meet’ at Gutheridge Field
Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express High school track and field season might have been cancelled along with the rest of the in-person school year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but that’s not stopping at least one school having a little bit of fun with the whole mess. Vanier teacher Samantha Douglas recently posted a video on Youtube showing just what students could have expected from track season in 2020. Featuring Vanier coaches and students, the result is as hilarious as it is a fairly accurate representation of what happens at Gutheridge Field in any given May and June. From proper footwear -- just put your foot in a shoe, good to go -- to coaches encouraging struggling athletes, dealing with the long jump pits, wrangling competitors to their events and yes, even the thrill of victory, sort of. And sunscreen, remember your sunscreen. Vanier coach Daniel Atkins offers an important tip for track You can check out the whole thing by searching and field footwear -- wearing shoes. for Vanier Track 2020 on Youtube!
Student of the Month is still chosen based on enthusiasm and participation, even while training is relegated to everyone’s living rooms rather than the studio, and the chosen student is featured on Kim’s Taekwondo social media each month. It’s important to Douglas and the studio to keep everyone connected while in-person classes are cancelled, and he feels like the Kim’s Taekwondo community is in agreement with the sentiment. “We want to make sure that our families and students feel like we haven’t just disappeared,” said Douglas. Kim’s Taekwondo offers classes for all ages, from toddlers to adults, but the studio really likes to focus on the family aspect of the sport. Training together is good for both the physical and mental health, said Douglas. “We very much are a family school and we’re really encouraging families to train together,” said Douglas. “We just love to see that happening because we feel like it’s just something that families can do to keep themselves active . . . especially in times like these.” Reopening the studio in the future is unclear as of yet, said Douglas, but Kim’s Taekwondo is elbow deep in plans to move into a new, renovated location where they hope to be able to resume regular training by the fall. “It’s going to be a top-notch martial arts training facility for our school, and we’re just kind of waiting to see how things look throughout the summer,” said Douglas. Keep up with Kim’s Taekwondo and their weekly workout videos on the studio’s Facebook page.
First Hole-in-One at Lynbrook Golf Course On Sunday May 17 2020, the Lynbrook Golf Course had their first hole in one of the season. Despite the fact that the weather was not ideal, one young man had no trouble finding the bottom of our modified cup. The Lynbrook would like to congratulate 17 year old, Ben Peterson who had just purchased his membership for the season was the proud recipient of such a feat. His hole in one was accomplished with his 7-iron on the fifth hole. His witnesses were his golf partners Carter Benallick and Sheadon Prebushewski along with Shaun Jordan who was standing on the next tee box. We would like all golfers to recognize that even with the modified conditions that some things can be achieved.
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Legion makes good progress on renovations during pandemic-induced closure With the pandemic forcing the temporary closure of their building, executives with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 59 realized it was a good time to accelerate necessary renovations. Two large dumpsters — one red and one green — have sat in the legion’s parking lot during the past couple of weeks as executive members slowly tossed out old building materials and furniture that was broken and unusable. A detached semi-trailer has also been parked nearby so the legion can store other materials that it wants to keep but has no room inside to store. With the sale of its 94-year-old building to new owners last fall, the legion began the process in February of cleaning out the second and third floors of everything it owned. The items it removed were donated to museums, thrown away, or moved to the bottom floor that the organization now leases. When the provincial government forced the closure of all businesses and organizations in mid-March over the coronavirus, executives realized they could move faster with renovations and downsizing since members would not be in the way. “We’ve been busy. We’ve been very busy,” Rene LaChance, first vice-president, said on May 21 as he and two other members threw out broken chairs and tables.
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Dave Dryburgh and Rene LaChance toss broken tables and chairs into a dumpster as part of overall renovations and downsizing projects that are occurring at the legion. Photo by Jason G. Antonio As part of the renovations, in a room off the main area, they installed rows of cabinets against two walls for storage, he explained. They also installed a sliding door in the sports room — where pool and darts happen — since that is where they will now hold their monthly meetings.
In the main room where members socialize, one corner has been cleared of tables and chairs so poppy gear and supplies can be stored there. A section of the ceiling has been removed since engineers are working upstairs to ensure the floor doesn’t sag. The engineers expect to com-
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Some health services resume as Sask Health cautiously moves forward
On the Front Porch by Wanda Smith
Phase One of Re-Open Saskatchewan plan includes select every day services Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
May Flowers I finished potting my plants last night. That is, unless I hit another greenhouse or two. Honestly, I do have a couple spaces left to fill in. To top it off, it was such a calm, peaceful night to work outside Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just me, but it has seemed that this spring has been extremely windy in my neck of the woods. Of course, living in the country adds to that. Just before I hit dreamland, the wind got up again so I brought all my pots in. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thankful I did since the wind was crazy in the night. I have one plant I like to add to my pots that does not like wind at all. Did you guess it? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the sweet potato vine. I love how it cascades over the sides of my pots; I have one very large planter at my kitchen garden door where I can see it from the inside looking out. The sweet potato vine adds so much visual interest; it is a favorite for sure. However, I find it takes an extensive period of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hardening offâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to make it viable for the windy conditions we seem to have. Hardening off is a lot of work; carrying plants in and out of the house for several days isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fun by any stretch of the imagination however, it is what has to be done in order for those fragile plants to become accustomed to the outside conditions. Once they are acclimated, they tend to fare pretty well over the summer months. As I planted my tender, young plants last night, I was thinking of how they have to put down roots to withstand the prairie winds that are inevitable in our area. What would cause the plant distress in the early days would have no effect once it is well-established. In fact, did you know that wind is good for plants? Wind disperses seeds. There are several plants such as milkweed, dandelion, samara and cattail seeds that depend on anemochory (dispersal of seeds by the wind). Wind is also used to create seeds. Pollen is dispersed that will travel and hopefully fertilize a viable egg, especially for pine and oak trees, essentially passing on the legacy of those trees. Many flowers are pollinated by the wind; they do not pollinate with the aid of insects, birds or mammals, but depend on the wind to act as pollinators. Aside from the reproductive benefits of wind, the effects of wind on a new spring plant or seedling, is that their stems become stronger. Each time the wind pushes on the plant, a hormone called auxin is released that encourages the growth of supporting cells. So we see that the prairie winds, albeit nasty at times, do boast of a few benefits. As I contemplate the growth of my plants, I am reminded of the times in my life that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve felt tender and fragile; certainly not wanting to face the winds of adversity or change. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been tempted to stay in a bubble (like the greenhouse) and hide from hurts and the rawness of real life; yet, realizing that truly, the only way I will become strong is to allow those winds to push my roots deeper, developing a firm foundation that will withstand the onslaught. James 1:3,4 says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The testing of your faith develops patience. Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete; lacking nothing.â&#x20AC;? That is my desire. I want to be strong, able to withstand the storms; blooming beautifully all the while. Do you? Join me! The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority has taken their first steps as part of the plan to relax restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but at the same time is warning that any further moves in a positive direction will only come when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s verifiably safe to do so. Tuesday marked the continuation of Phase One in the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, and with that came resumption of a handful of medical services that had been shuttered for nearly 10 weeks. Among those are outpatient physiotherapy appointments, kidney health services, some laboratory services, home care and expanded immunizations, with some ser- Wigmore hospital vices resuming immediately and some being phased in on a gradual basis. SHA CEO Scott Livingstone said in a press release, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teams have and will continue to balance service resumption plans with the necessary health system capacity required for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients; including the need for ongoing expanded testing capacity, long term contact tracing demands and maintaining the ability for the foreseeable future to surge to meet the requirements when localized outbreaks happen.â&#x20AC;? One of the more contentious issues with the shutdown of the province and limiting hospital activities was the cancellation of elective surgeries. That has now been expanded, with the previous guideline of only accommodating emergencies and those needing urgent surgery within three months to those needing surgery within six months. A pause on non-urgent and elective surgeries two months ago was necessary to minimize risk to those not needing emergent care, while ensuring hospitals had capacity for a surge in COVID patients, the SHA explained. While that need has not changed, the importance of cautiously increasing surgeries for the physical and mental well-being of those on waiting lists is being taken into account. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s priority on the surgery list will be determined based on a clinical assessment by their physicians, in consultation with the patient,â&#x20AC;? said the SHAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dr. Rashaad Hansia, Physician Executive of Integrated Health Urban. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not based only on the type of surgery needed. Given the complexity of the work involved to resume surgical services in as safe a manner as possible, we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see a significant increase right away. What we are seeing is surgeons working with their patients to assess their needs and determine who qualifies for the six-week urgent category, then scheduling those for today and in the weeks ahead.â&#x20AC;? Even with the relaxed restrictions, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect a regular hospital routine. Additional measures have been put in place to protect staff and patients, including adaptation of waiting room practices to promote physical distancing, additional emphasis on virtual care wherever possible, and additional screening at health care facilities. While the additional precautions may be inconvenient, the SHA asks patients to be patient with the process, as the actions are being taken to ensure the health and safety of all. And further to that point, if a situation occurs where COVID-19 is found in the community or re-emerges, everything can change in an instant -- considerations around localized outbreak status, capacity, requirements around adhering to public health orders and other factors used to ensure safety and readiness will all be taken into account. For more information on the SHA service resumption plan, be sure to go to saskatchewan.ca/COVID-19.
$100 million ag fund to address unexpected disruptions By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express
Farm Credit Canahas developed a EXPRESS da $100 million venture capital fund to assist agricultural businesses to get through major unexpected disruptions such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Announced by Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau as offering flexible innovative solutions to preserve investments and jobs, the fund will offer solutions like con60 Athabasca Street East vertible debt. 306-692-0533 Convertible debt can be paid back or converted into equiMinister: Rev. Jim Tenford ty shares of a company. Music Director: Karen Purdy The Agriculture and Business Venture Solutions Fund , 2017 May willSunday, be launched with14 anthFCC partner, Forage Capital of Worship Service 10:30am Calgary. The Alberta-based venture capital organization & Sunday School
will help set up stability for companies with unexpected business disruption. The FCC also recently announced $50 million in funds towards three new venture capital funds. They include $20 million of the $100 million InvestEco Sustainable Food Fund, $20 million of the $100 million District Ventures Fund and $12 million of the $24 million Ag Capital Fund to nurture developing ag business. The federal governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous pandemic assistance to agriculture involved $5 billion interest-free lending capacity, $252 million for the food processing sector, and a food buying project as well as the wage subsidy and business programs offered to business.
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Five seniors’ projects receive $15,000 in federal funding By Moose Jaw Express staff
DYCK Donald Gene Dyck, aged 76 years of Moose Jaw, SK passed away on Thursday, May 7th, 2020. Donald was born on November 7th, 1943 in Herbert, SK. He was the youngest of 11 children. Donald married Leonora Dueck on November 28th, 1964 and they resided on the family farm, where they began their family. They left the family farm in 1971. In 1974, they moved to Moose Jaw to begin Donald’s career as a Heavy Duty Mechanic for the Department of Highways. In 1992, he and Leonora moved to Riverhurst, SK where he continued working for the Department of Highways for the surrounding area, including the Riverhurst Ferry. Here he served as the mayor for a short time. Donald retired from the Department of Highways after 30 years of service. In 2015, He and Leonora moved back to Moose Jaw. Donald enjoyed woodworking and spent a lot of time with family and friends building and remodelling. He built many things for his family members and spent countless hours working on the remodelling of the Riverhurst Retreat. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, hunting and playing cards. Family gatherings were also very important to him. He was predeceased by his grandson, Tim; parents, David and Katherine Dyck; brothers: Irvine (Sarah) Dyck, Clarence (Toots) Dyck, Alfred (Suzie) Dyck, John (Edna) Dyck, Verchal, and Harold (Marg) Dyck; sisters, Arlene (Doug) Funk and Caroline Reimer; and brother-in-law, Henry Funk. Donald will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Leonora; children: Rockie (Lana), Michele (Gregg), Colleen (Mark), Todd (Stacey), and Stacey (Pam); 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; brother, Herb (Nettie) Dyck; sister, Alvina Funk; and brother-in-law, Bill Reimer. Special thanks to the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital and to Providence Place in Moose Jaw for the care you provided over the last seven months. Due to the current health situation, a Private Family Service will be held at Herbert Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Donald’s name may be made to the Alzheimer Association of Saskatchewan, 301 - 2550 – 12th Ave, Regina, SK S4P 3X1. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Andrew Pratt Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome. com
The United Way of Regina is providing $15,000 for five seniors’ projects in Moose Jaw as part of the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. This money is part of an overall grant of $88,000 that the federal government provided to the Regina organization so it could distribute the funding to agencies and organizations that help vulnerable seniors in the area. Specifically, the funding is intended to help community agencies provide support to isolated seniors throughout Canada — including rural and remote communities — during the pandemic, a news release from the United Way explained. The non-profit organization provided funding to the following area groups: • Canadian National Institute for the Blind ($2,246): to support programs primarily for individuals older than
age 55 who are blind or partially sighted, using teleconference or video check-ins to reduce isolation and anxiety • The Salvation Army ($3,877): to assess the needs of vulnerable seniors in Moose Jaw and distribute seniors’ care packages and activity kids for those identified as being at increased risk of isolation • The Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Corporation ($3,877): to provide healthy meals and basic cleaning ser-
vices for identified high-risk seniors within the community through their tenant services department and after hours team • Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan Inc. ($2,500): to help seniors with physical disabilities navigate and combat social isolation and mental fatigue through telephone check-ins and technology support • Eden Care Communities ($2,500): to provide the simple pleasures program for vulnerable seniors in longterm care, supportive independent living and personal care homes, capturing these moments in photos or video to share with their families and loved ones The federal government provided $9 million in total under the New Horizons for Seniors Program that the United Way Canada network can distribute across the country.
Wheat acreage dethrones canola as king crop in 2020 By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express
Wheat will account for almost one-third of the 91 million acres EXPRESS Canadian farmers will plant this spring. Farmers will seed 25.4 million acres of wheat, according to the Statistics Canada estimate of seeding intentions. That planting is up 3.3 per cent. Saskatchewan farmers will seed 13.2 million acres in wheat for a 2.5 per cent increase. The agency notes an unusually low rate of responses to the annual survey of farmers. Wheat has dethroned canola as the king crop. Canola acreage will decline 1.6 per cent to 20.6 million acres — the smallest acreage in three years In this province canola acres will drop 2.3 per cent to 11.3 million. Club root concerns and longer rotations between canola crops and lost Chinese markets account for the acres cut. Within wheat acres, 18.87 million acres of spring wheat is about the same as last year. Durum acres, responding to higher prices, increase 6.8 per cent to 5.22 million while winter wheat increased 53 per cent to 1.43 million acres. Lentils decline 74,000 acres for a nearly two per cent drop while dry peas fall 54,000 acres for a 1.2 per cent AGRIMART
cut in acres. Chickpea acres fall 35 per cent to 324,000. Among cereals, barley acreage declines 2.1 per cent to 7.25 million; rye increases 34 per cent to 402,000 acres and oats jumps 6.3 per cent to 3.83 million acres. Mustard seed loses 4,000 acres to 395,000 while flax gains 5,000 acres to 942,000. Canary seed acres are up 7.7 per cent to 276,000 acres. Sunflowers gain 37 per cent to 104,000 acres. For the first time in years summer fallow will increase. Farmers will let 2.1 million acres lie fallow, an increase of 22 per cent over last year. Ron Walter can be reached at email@example.com
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Our 20th Annual Tree of Memory Public Ceremony had to cancelled this year, but The Planting Ceremony of the 2020 “Tree of Memory” in Crescent Park can be viewed on our Jones-Parkview website: jones-parkview.com and on our Facebook page.
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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 email@example.com. For information about the status of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, or for more information on symptoms and preventative measures, check saskatchewan.ca/ coronavirus. Saskatchewan declared a provincial state of emergency on March 18, limited public gatherings to 10 people and implemented restrictions on businesses and health facilities. Public health urges all residents to avoid public contact whenever possible. On May 4th, the Saskatchewan government began its reopening plan for the province’s economy.
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 will be providing instruction from a distance for the remainder of the semester.
SARCAN will re-open on June 8 to commercial and bulk customers by appointment only. Recycling services will resume for the general public on June 15. SGI is no longer offering road tests until further notice, save for a limited number of Class 2, 4, and 5 examinations for healthcare and agriculture workers. 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) 6914570. Riverside Mission has suspended its daily lunch program until further notice, but is still providing supper service with increased safety protocols. The shelter is also not taking leftover food donations or clothing donations at this time, and men’s emergency shelter capacity has been reduced from 10 beds to 4 beds only available to Saskatchewan residents at this time. The Western Development Museum is now closed to the public, with all upcoming events cancelled until further notice. In-person summer camps will be changing to virtual summer camps. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Camping booking is now available. The Moose Jaw Police Service is suspending some services such as criminal record checks, inspection tickets and civilian fingerprinting until further notice. The building on Fairford St. is now open to the public, with a limit of three individuals in the lobby at a time to maintain proper social distancing. MJPS asks individuals to still call the service ahead of visiting the lobby, at 1 (306) 694-7600. City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. Payments 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 will be 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 email@example.com. All 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 places of worship in the city will be able to reopen on June 8 as part of Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, following guidelines laid out by the provincial government. TOPS Chapters across Canada are cancelling 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 now closed until further notice. Book deadlines will be extended to accommodate, and overdue fines will be waived for the time being. The Library has a Virtual Help Desk featuring virtual programs for children, youth, and adults, and help troubleshooting library card information. The help desk can be contacted at 1 (306) 692-2787, to leave a message for staff to return. The Moose Jaw Public Library can also be contacted on Facebook or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. For more information about programming, call the Hunger in Moose Jaw office at 1 (306) 692-1916. Hunger in Moose Jaw staff is checking messages from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. Prairie Hearts Quilters Guild are cancelling meetings until the end of May, and the General Meeting will be postponed until a later date. Bel Coro Community Choir 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. 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.
Sports and Recreation
Gyms and fitness centres are closed by mandate of the provincial government, and will reopen as part of Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan on June 8. Golf courses, including the Lynbrook Golf Course and Hillcrest Golf Course in Moose Jaw, are now taking bookings both online and by phone. Tee-times have started 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 is cancelled. Moose Jaw Minor Hockey office is closed to the public and can be reached by email at email@example.com. Registration for the 2020-21 season is now open until Sept. 1. The Moose Jaw Warriors office is now closed. The Western Canadian Baseball League has delayed the start of the 2020 season to the end of June, at the earliest. Gymtastiks has cancelled pre-school drop-in gymnastics and classes are suspended until further notice. Cheer Infinity Athletics continues to offer Virtual classes in May for the whole family, with over 15 hours of unlimited class time each week. Classes are open to members and non-members. Classes in Beginner and Advanced Dance, tumbling drills, stretch, flexibility, conditioning and Ninja training. Email firstname.lastname@example.org today for more information on how to register. Martial arts classes, including programs at Empire School, are cancelled. Special Olympics Saskatchewan, including the Moose Jaw branch, has cancelled all sport training, programs, meetings, competition, and in-person events until June 30. 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. The Moose Jaw Tennis Club is now shut down until further notice, including both indoors and outdoors. Lawn Bowling has resumed for the 2020 season. Play is limited to ten players on the greens at one time. Social distancing precautions will be strictly enforced. There will be two game times available on May 14 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. To reserve your time on a rink, call 1 (306) 313-4434. The 2020 Saskatchewan Summer Games in Lloydminster have been postponed until July 2021. The Riverhurst Walleye Classic this June is cancelled, and will return in 2021 for its 30th anniversary. The Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame Scholarship Award is presented annually to a baseball player under 18 years of age who plans to further pursue his/her baseball career. For information, email saskbaseballmuseum@ sasktel.net for an application form. The Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool will not be open this summer. The Canadian Football League announced that the 2020 Grey Cup will not be hosted in Regina this year and instead will take place in the city of whichever team qualifies for the final and has the best season record, provided that the 2020 CFL season is allowed to take place at all. Currently, CFL organizers are looking at a September start, with the Grey Cup pushed back to December.
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 reopen at an undetermined date during Phase Four of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. 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. All Cultural Centre events have been rescheduled, and the venue is closed to the public. The Box Office can be reached during regular operating hours at 1 (306) 6934700 or email@example.com. The Moose Jaw Public Library is now offering virtual programming while the building is physically closed to the public. Upcoming events include a COVID-19 Cafe on May 27 at 2:30 p.m., and a Virtual Book Club meeting on May 28 at 7 p.m. Both events will be hosted using Zoom, and the links to join the events can be found on the library’s website.
The Good Food Box from Hunger in Moose Jaw has resumed with contactless pickup, and payment can be taken via e-transfer, credit card payments over the phone. The next Good Food Box will be ready for pickup on June 9, and the deadline to order is June 3. Contact Hunger in Moose Jaw at 1 (306) 692-1916 for more details. The Moose Jaw Homegrown Farmers Market will be back on Langdon Crescent for opening day on May 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Precautions are in place for entrances & exits, and there will be plenty of room for social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be made available. The Pet Value Walk for Dog Guides will be taking place virtually on May 31 instead of in-person in Wakamow Valley. For more information on how to donate and register for the charity walk, check the Walk for Dog Guides website or email Moose Jaw organizer Laurie Ewen at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Moose Jaw Health Foundation has cancelled the Concerts in the Park series for the month of June, and will be reassessing the July and August shows closer to those months. The Children’s Festival hosted by the Moose Jaw Shrine Club, usually held at the beginning of June, is cancelled this year. The Moose Jaw Royal Canadian Legion has cancelled its annual Decoration Day Memorial on June 7. The Moose Jaw Hometown Fair and Parade on June 18-21 is cancelled. The Gravelbourg Summer Solstice Festival on June 1821 is postponed to June 18-20, 2021. The annual Moose Jawg Charity Road Race on July 1 is cancelled. Sidewalk Days on July 2-4 is cancelled. The 26th Annual Eyebrow Fair on July 4 has been cancelled. The Moose Jaw Gamers Association has cancelled the 2020 Summer GAX on July 11-13. The Highway to Heroes Car Show from 15 Wing Fellowship on July 12 has been cancelled. The Festival of Words will no longer be taking place in-person, but will instead move to a virtual platform on July 13-19. Attendance will also be free, but organizers encourage donations to help keep the festival running. Registration opens on June 1. The Gateway Music Festival in Bengough on July 24-26 has been cancelled. Ticket holders may contact organizers at email@example.com for ticket refunds, or they can choose to donate this year’s ticket to the festival or hold onto it for the 2021 festival. Brickspo at the Western Development Museum on July 25-26 has been postponed to a later, undetermined date. The 2020 Terry Fox Run in Moose Jaw will take place virtually on Sept. 20. Register online at TerryFox.org.
Clinics that provide services in dentistry, physical therapy, opticians, podiatry, occupational therapy, and chiropractic services will be allowed to reopen regular services to clients beginning May 4, as Phase One of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. Some retail businesses will be reopening soon during Phase Two of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, in addition to some personal services such as hairdressers, massage therapists, and acupuncturists. Personal service businesses that did not open in Phase Two, including estheticians, tattoo artists, manicurists, and more, will be allowed to open on June 8 with Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. Childcare facilities will be allowed to reopen on June 8, as part of Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. The Saskatchewan Health Authority has phased in some health services, including an increase in certain surgeries and diagnostic imaging, immunizations, and mental health services. The Moose Jaw Express is closed to the public but staff can still be contacted by email or phone at 1 (306) 694-1322. If no one is available to answer, please leave a message. Our newsroom is still taking tips and both The MooseJawToday.com online daily and Moose Jaw Express newspaper are operational as an essential service and are putting out the news. Visitors are not 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 will be made available by video. The Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital Gift Shop and Canteen are closed until further notice. Casinos Moose Jaw and Regina have suspended operations. Leisure Time Bingo is now 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. The Moose Jaw Exhibition Company has cancelled all upcoming events for the time being, and will not be accepting drop-in, overnight, or new tenants on the grounds until further notice.
Restaurants, lounges, bars, and nightclubs continue to be closed to the public. Deliver, take-out, and drive-through services are still operating. Restaurants will be allowed to reopen on June 8 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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Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame banquet cancelled due to COVID-19
into and your life! Evaluations future inductees to carry over into 2021 Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
The Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame has made the all-but-inevitable official. The organization announced Friday that their evaluations, induction announcement and banquet ceremony have all been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning there will be no members added to the Hall of Fame for 2020. “All things considered, I think this was the only decision and the best decision,” said MJDSHF president Larry Graham, adding that board members put plenty of time and thought into the move. “There’s a few different options we thought about, but all in all, the people we’re going to induct deserve their time in the limelight and to go through our regular process with the announcement, having everybody hearing about it and everybody be excited about
Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame board member Ken Bradley joins Jana Garinger in revealing the 2019 induction class. The 2020 induction and banquet was cancelled on Friday. it, have their friends and family come to the event… It’s a nice event and we wanted that to be available for our inductees.” The 2020 class would have been the sixth in the history of the Hall of Fame, which currently holds 29 members across athlete,
builder and team categories, covering 14 different sports. The banquet itself is one of the most highly anticipated events on the fall calendar and annually draws the who’s who of the Moose Jaw sports world to Mosaic Place for an evening of fun and memories. “It’s so nice for the inductees to see their friends, and every year I run into someone at the banquet who says ‘oh, I didn’t know you knew so-and-so’,” Graham said with a laugh. “With Moose Jaw being such a small place, a lot of inductees know each other or have common friends...things like that. It’s pretty amazing.” The MDSHF had a solid slate of potential candidates to consider, and those names will remain in the pool for next year when the process is expected to follow much the same pattern as in the past – a nomination
call in January, announcement in September and induction ceremony in October. “If it turns out we have even more evaluations to go through, then that’s a nice problem to have,” Graham said. “It shows the Hall of Fame is in the top of people’s minds and we’re getting valuable candidates for induction. “I’m just glad we were able to make this decision before we went through everything and made an announcement and then had to cancel. That’s the silver lining, we were able to do this early enough that it’s not going to affect things too much.” There is still business to attend to for the Hall of Fame, though, with their annual general meeting set to take place on Tuesday, June 9 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually with details available at www. mjdshf.com.
ACES! Peterson drops first hole-in-one of season at Lynbrook
Windy weather and COVID-19 restrictions? No problem for young player during one of first rounds of the season Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
With the way things are set up for golf throughout the province due to COVID-19 restrictions, it stands to reason that dropping a hole-in-one is going to be a little more difficult. The chief issue being with the way cups are raised up in holes, it’s all but impossible for the ball to drop if it’s carrying any kind of speed. Throw in windy and cool conditions on top of it all, like this past Sunday at the Lynbrook Golf Course, and things become almost impossible. But for 17-year-old Ben Peterson, it was all just a minor inconvenience. Peterson became the first player to hit an ace at the Lynbrook this season on May 17, knocking in a seven-iron from 169 yards out on the par-three fifth hole. When his shot hit the green, Peterson didn’t think there was much of a chance of it dropping. “I hit the ball and it went past the hole, but it’s just in front of a little hill,” he told the Moose Jaw Express in describing the 27 Holly Cres
shot. “So it hit there and started rolling and just went perfectly into the hole… I didn’t think I’d ever get it, because with the cup being raised it would have to go so slow just to get in there.” That kicked off a mad dash off the tee box for Peterson and playing partners Carter Benallick and Sheadon Prebushewski to verify what they had just saw. Shaun Jordan, meanwhile, was on the next tee box and saw the whole thing, giving the proceedings another witness. And when they got to the green? “It was just barely sitting in the hole,” Peterson said. “Oh man, me and my friends were ecstatic, and the funny thing is, on that tee box we were literally talking about how cool it would be to get a hole-in-one. Then I was the first to tee off, and we were just so shocked that it had gone in.” Peterson -- who had actually purchased a membership that day and has played three rounds already this season -- only has two years of golf under his belt.
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