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The next time you see paramedics on the street or in an ambulance, wave at them to show your appreciation for their work and everything they do for the community. That’s one tip that Kelly Prime, president of the Paramedic Services Chiefs of Saskatchewan (PSCS), suggests to honour the work of these health-care professionals and their commitment to saving lives, as part of an overall celebration of Paramedic Services Week in Saskatchewan. “You don’t have to come up to give us a hug or anything like that … . Our medics don’t want anything; they don’t want much. Giving them a wave, saying, ‘Congratulations for the week,’ or ‘Keep up the good job.’ As an operator, that’s all I want for my staff, is for people to recognize that they’re valued,” Prime said. Citizens should see paramedics as valued members of the healthcare system, especially during this time of the coronavirus, when paramedics are one of the first lines of defences and generally the first on scene, he continued. Paramedics can make a difference and can bring different attributes to the health-care system; they can adapt on the fly and be innovative with the care they provide. Whether it’s an accident on the highway or in a field, these professionals can bring emergency room procedures right to the patients, stabilize them, and determine whether they need to be flown or taken to a big-city hospital or whether the hospital in a small community can suffice. Other ways to praise these individuals include thanking them on social media and simply being patient with them during the pan-

demic as they do their best to respond. Paramedic Services Week in Saskatchewan ran from May 24 to 30 and had the theme this year of Pandemic: Paramedics on the front line. There are more than 2,200 paramedics who serve throughout the province daily. Paramedics are often the first contact many people have during an emergency. These health-care professionals travel seven million kilometres annually, respond to more than 130,000 calls, and brave the province’s unpredictable weather by putting their patients’ lives ahead of their own when responding to 911 calls. The PSCS hears every day how grateful people are for paramedics, said Prime, who is an advanced care paramedic (ACP) in east-central Saskatchewan. Paramedics have still responded to emergencies during the pandemic and have helped deliver many babies outside of hospital settings. They have also kept people at home as much as possible instead of taking them to a hospital. “But we want them to utilize us more because we were finding that people are waiting too long to call the paramedics, and then it’s really bad when we get there,” he continued. “They’re in a really serious condition and sometimes they’re losing their lives because they’re not calling early enough.” Based on polls that the PSCS had conducted, Prime added, paramedics are the most trusted health-care professionals in the province, with 74 per cent of people favouring them over other healthcare providers.

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Moose Jaw families, frontline workers featured in COVID-19 inspirational video Jared Robinson of Nebulus Entertainment didn’t set out to produce an emotionally charged video about the struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that’s certainly what the Moose Jaw-based producer shared with his audience after all was said and done. What began as a marketing project for local businesses quickly evolved into a more emotional look at the strength of human connections, said Robinson, based entirely here in Moose Jaw. “It kind of took on a different shape, to highlight bits of people’s positive human spirit,� said Robinson. “There’s hope out there, I think, and I definitely wanted to focus on some of those pieces of hope.� The video, titled “The Human Spirit,� was released on April 30 on the studio’s social media, and features Moose Jaw families and frontline workers in a series of moments meant to resonate with anyone struggling through the current self-isolation measures. Robinson’s goal was to capture a realistic look at how people are being affected by the pandemic, while also showing the resilience of the community in coping with those same realities. “People are smart. They don’t want a candy-coated version of something that they don’t feel they’re a part of,� said Robinson. “[But] I think it’s important for people to see the real side of this thing that everyone’s facing together, and that there are positives that are coming out of it.�

A screenshot from Jared Robinson’s video “The Human Spirit,� featuring Moose Jaw residents and paramedics.

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Jared Robinson had to adapt to some new filming features during his most recent project thanks to the coronavirus fear, which certainly tested his skills as an artist. (supplied) He also wanted to focus on how well Moose Jaw specifically is doing at staying connected, which is why all of the people and locations featured in the project are local. “I think we’ve got something here in Moose Jaw that a lot of communities don’t have,� said Robinson. “I’m so proud of the community that I live in, and for me to be able to feature some of that [positivity] close to home is really, really important for me.� Robinson filmed, composed, and produced the entire project himself — which was a new kind of challenge thanks to all of the physical distancing requirements. “It ended up being a project unlike anything else I’ve shot before,� said Robinson. “It kind of stretched my abilities a little bit, but that’s okay.� Everyone on set wore protective masks throughout the

whole project, while maintaining their distance off-camera, and Robinson filmed using a camera attached to an extended metal arm and lenses he normally wouldn’t have to use. The extra safety measures changed the dynamic on set, said Robinson, but hardly dimmed the excitement for the project. Robinson received lots of enthusiasm when he first reached out in his creative circle to put the idea together, which he admitted was surprising. “I expected a little bit more hesitancy from people,� said Robinson. “[But] it seemed like being involved in something that shows pieces of our community and what we’re going through together; that was something to get excited about.� Following the release of the video, Robinson received plenty of great feedback as well — so great that he is already looking ahead at a number of new projects that have stemmed from this one, including a potential feature on frontline workers. “It’s been wonderful as an artist, to be able to flex some artistic muscles a little bit and continue doing a lot of the things that I love doing,� said Robinson. “I think there’s a lot of great things, a lot of great opportunities to be explored and so I’ll keep staying busy as I always have.� As part of Phase Four of the reopening plan, he’s unsure of when exactly he’ll be able to reopen his studio and get back to work with local artists, but in the meantime, Robinson hopes Moose Jaw will be open to a few more projects like this one. Because ultimately, the message Robinson is hoping to share through his most recent video and those on the way is quite simple. “We’re all in this together,� said Robinson. “There’s going to be an end to this thing and I think we’re going to rise out of it, out of the ashes as if we’re a phoenix, rather than crawling out. I think people are going to look back and feel like we’re a little bit better for some of the things, rather than just coping with the negatives.� “The Human Spirit� is available to view and share on Nebulus Entertainment’s Facebook page, as well as on Jared Robinson’s YouTube page.

Grocery competition for food dollar seen easing up: consultant By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

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Agriculture. The second cause of food inflation is increased prices by retailers to boost profits. Consumer packaged goods price increases of four per cent “are the bell weather� showing if retailers have increased margins. The packaged goods, usually located in the centre aisles, range from cookies and condiments to ketchup. The bell weather, in his view, suggests retailers may be easing up a bit on competition. “There’s only one way you can compete on Heinz ketchup or Oreo cookies. Price.

    

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It’s the same if it’s a high-end store or a discount store. “When they start increasing (packaged goods) it makes me think they’re not competing against each other as hard as they often do.� The commodity price increases for meat, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables plus consumer-packaged goods are a recipe for continued food inflation in the four per cent range. Fresh fruit and vegetables make up about 10 per cent of the average food basket. Grier said Statistics Canada data shows the grocery and supermarket sales in-

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crease of four per cent exceeded the general merchandise food sales increase of two per cent for the first time in a while. General merchandisers like Walmart and Costco and dollar stores have been gaining market share. From 2013 to 2018 these retailers averaged 10 per cent food sales gains compared with three per cent for grocery and supermarket food sales. If grocery and supermarket retailers ease up on competition, Walmart and Costco will increase market share. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net

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Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village and Museum year looks like lost effort By Ron Walter -For Moose Jaw Express “It looks like the year is a wash,” says Gord Ross, president of the Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village and Museum. All three of the museum’s events scheduled from June to September will most likely be cancelled due to the coronavirus quarantine. “We haven’t made a decision yet. I was thinking of an (executive) meeting in June. We kind of talked it over and we don’t think we’ll even be open.” Museums are not allowed to open until stage four of the government health plan to reverse the lockdown over COVID-19. “We have no idea when stage four will be. It’s government regulations.” Ross noted the museum, located on 40 acres, isn’t like other enclosed museums. “People could get along with social distancing. They would just have to wait to see a building if there’s more than seven. “If we have to follow the rules, we have to follow them.”

The contractor working on the $100,000 shop said there is a lot of traffic to the museum site south of Moose Jaw. “It’s a hard call to make.” The museum lost the annual antique collectibles show in March to the quarantine. Now the June 7 Spring Fling car show is done. Family Day set for July and the Threshing Bee set for season’s end Sept. 12-13 are

most likely also gone. The oats fields will be left unseeded. The oats are threshed at the bee. Plans are to have manure put on the fields and ploughed in as fertilizer. “We’re going to take a hit here, no doubt about it but we will have enough money to operate next year if we have a normal year.” Ross and a band of volunteers haven’t

let the grass grow under their feet as the quarantine halted public activity. Volunteers have been working on projects from grass mowing to planting the garden to maintenance with other projects on the to-do board. The Glover ranch house, moved to the north last year to allow building of the new workshop, needs some work to put it back into shape for viewing. A new tarp needs installation on the tarp building. “We’re hoping to put some drywall up on the railway station. It’s a good time to do that when there isn’t a lot of people around.” Electrical and heating installation on the workshop was planned for later this year but is now postponed. The museum was supposed to open on May 13 for the 13-week season. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net

REFLECTIVE MOMENTS

I’ve Been Everywhere has gone almost everywhere

I’m sorry to say I had never before, to my knowledge, heard of Chuck Mead and his Grassy Knoll Boys — until a friend shared a song with us through the amazing technological thing called Facebook. Through this social media platform (I am even learning Joyce Walter to talk the lingo) my friend For Moose Jaw Express sent along a song written esronjoy@sasktel.net pecially to be considered the official song of the COVID-19 quarantine. I gave it a listen mostly so I could mock our friend for what I suspected might be some yowling and screeching that would match some of the other at-home concerts making the rounds from the musically-challenged. What a wonderful surprise to hear the melody of a familiar song, “I’ve Been Everywhere,” with words substituted to expressly deal with isolation and boredom of being

confined to barracks. The name of this re-incarnation of the song sung by just about everyone is: I Ain’t Been Nowhere Man. I listened once, twice and a third time and in the immediate hours following I found myself humming along to the melody and trying to fit in my own words. Fiddle, I decided, I would just listen to the Grassy Knoll Boys again and marvel at how much I enjoyed this shared musical event. Thanks to our Friend Doug for sharing. In fact I shared it myself with one or two folks who are “Friends” on Facebook. I imagine Hank Snow would be proud if he were able to hear this version of the song that Snow made famous wherever he sang. Johnny Cash had his version as did Lynn Anderson and other singers like Stompin’ Tom Connors. And Mike Ford did a fully Canadian version that included Moose Jaw. The late Geoff Mack wrote the original lyrics and music in 1959 featuring 90 or so Australian place names. Singer Lucky Starr made the song famous in 1962. Upon request Mack adapted the words for Hank Snow and the North

American market in 1962-63 and the rest is history. Now a half century later many countries have their own version of place names while the melody remains much the same. As I was humming and researching, I came across the information that the third Friday in June has been designated by someone as “take a road trip day.” That fits in perfectly with “I’ve Been Everywhere’ - on a much smaller scale. A few years ago SaskTel had the song modified for an advertisement to promote its mobility coverage in small town Saskatchewan. I admit to not knowing if any of our many talented musicians have expanded the advertisement to include both towns and cities but if not, there’s a project to undertake during isolation. And who knows, by the third Friday in June, we might be able to go almost everywhere in Saskatchewan — there certainly will be a song to sing then. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

Seeding rate advances with good weather conditions By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

A week of good weather allowed farmers to jump from just over half of seeding to 80 per cent comEXPRESS plete. Another good week and this large industrial operation will be completed. At that rate seeding was ahead of the 75 per cent long term average for May 25, according to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture weekly crop report. Most of the province received some rain during the week with 18 mm at Rockglen and four mm at Gravelbourg. Farmers in the Regina/Moose Jaw/Weyburn crop district had 91 per cent seeded. Eighty-nine per cent of southeast crop land was rated surplus or adequate with 11 per

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cent short or very short, compared with the provincial average of 81 per cent surplus or adequate and 19 per cent short or very short. Seeding in the Ogema/Coronach/Assiniboia area was 91 per cent done as well as in the Gravelbourg to Central Butte region. Seeding in the southwest at 92 per cent complete leads the regions with 84 per cent in the southeast, 73 per cent in the northeast, 69 per cent in the east-central region Across the province moisture for crop land was rated three per cent surplus, 71 per cent adequate, 17 per cent short and two per cent very short. Provincially pastureland moisture was rated five per cent surplus, 51 per cent adequate, 33 per cent fair and one per cent very poor. Emerging crops are slow with cool weather restricting development.

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I can see a few good things coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. People seem to be a little more friendly on the streets, with smiles and greetings between almost everyone a person comes across, know them or not. Oftentimes in the past, people couldn’t be bothered to even throw a smile Joan Ritchie EDITOR another’s way as they focused intently on the street below so as not to lock eyes with another. Personally I’m a hugger and can’t wait to get beyond just locking eyes; everyone needs a hug now and then. Have you noticed the extra personal service and attention the grocery stores have implemented? I actually like the fact that there’s an attendant at the door to greet you and make sure that your cart is sanitized, and I must say most of them are extremely friendly and make a person feel welcome, as well as thanking you for supporting the business when you leave. An attention to customer service is one of the best policies a business could implement; no business should take their clientele for granted because tomorrow they may not be there and it’s the customer’s dollars and cents that support it. Neighbours have been interacting and chit-chatting within the social-distancing boundaries, getting to know some neighbours that were previously incognito to now. In fact, I have never seen so many people out and about in their front yards or taking a walk. It’s nice to think that we are still in the land of the living and not in apocalypse. And in fact, reverting to do more exercise by even walking as an excuse to get out of the house is certainly a positive health initiative. My husband says he has COVID-19, referring to the extra 19 lbs that he probably has gained during the pandemic lockdown but I tell him that as long as he fits between his arms, it’s all good. I think one of the biggest positives coming out of the covid lockdown is that it has bonded families together. When there’s no place to run, it’s the perfect time to get to know those who sleep under the same roof. There are a few exceptions, though, when relationships are on the rocks. I have also noticed that some vanity has been thrown out the window because without a hairdresser or barber, it’s just the way it is when you can’t do anything about the situation and home fixes are not necessarily the best way to go. Grey is now in, so wear it proudly. But one of the biggest positives is that people seem to be more willing to help out others in whatever needs arise. It is in all of this that we can be proud that we are survivors and have lived through this pandemic with stories to tell. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication. Send your letters to the editor to: letters@mjvexpress.com or 888-241-5291 All columns, letters to the editor and editorials are solely the personal opinions of the writers themselves and not necessarily the opinions of The Moose Jaw Express. The contents of this publication are the property of the Moose Jaw Express. Reproduction of any of the contents of this publication, including, but without limiting the generality of the following: photographs, artwork and graphic designs, is strictly prohibited. There shall be no reproduction without the express written consent of the publisher. All ads in the Moose Jaw Express are published in good faith without verification. The Moose Jaw Express reserves the right to refuse, classify, revise or censor any ads for any reason in its sole discretion. This paper may include inaccuracies or errors. The Moose Jaw Express does not under any circumstances accept responsibility for the accuracy or otherwise of any ads or messages in any of the publications editions. The Moose Jaw Express specifically disclaims all and any liability to advertisers and readers of any kind for loss or damage of any nature what-so-ever and however arising, whether due to inaccuracy, error, omission or any other cause. All users are advised to check ad and message details carefully before entering into any agreement of any kind and before disclosing personal information. If in doubt, please take legal advice.

City Hall Communications Issues Rob’s Rants Rob Ritchie

It is obvious by our readership of the Moose Jaw Express and the readers and shares on our web page moosejawtoday.com, that we must be considered to be an important and trustworthy provider of news. While others publish the press releases of the City, our publications continue to dig and get to what we deem are the real stories, without an agenda. While the city has largely failed to do business with us (a local newspaper employing people in Moose Jaw), we have determined that we will not vary from truth, honesty and integrity. We don’t make the news, we only write it, and it is written by qualified journalists. In the city where we were promised clear and open communications, we do not receive that. To us, there is an obvious prejudice against our publications, where it seems the city would rather not have us here, and the 56 families that pay taxes, buy groceries and vehicles would be out of a job, but we obviously feel differently. I pulled up the City Mantra the other day. While the mantra is a noble gesture, the city’s actions certainly do not represent the words. Here is the City of Moose Jaw Mantra… “Our Mantra is: 1. We are solution focused and ask “How can we help you?” 2.We resolve issues with a sense of urgency in a positive manner. 3.We have the courage to be innovative, try new ideas and suggestions and accept feedback. 4.We create opportunities for others to succeed. 5.We do not blame or make excuses. 6.We leave negativity and egos at the door. 7.We are in this together, we are TEAM.” Personally, as much as I would support such a Mantra, it would appear to me that, this is not about communicating with citizens, it is all about controlling and managing the self-serving message. I conclude with this chronological timeline, which is more indicative of what we deal with at city hall. A journalist notes to me: 1) I called director of planning and development yesterday around 4:35 p.m., wanting to talk about a subdivision application of land in the west end of town that was discussed at the council meeting. (Tuesday May 26th) 2) They called me this morning (Wednesday May 27th) at about 8:30 a.m. to say they were not allowed to speak to me because of an internal communications policy and I had to go through Craig Hemingway, communications manager. 3) I called Craig at around 8:45 a.m. this morning and asked to speak with the director by phone about this council report. He said he would see what he could do. 4) I did not hear back from Craig for nearly two hours, so I emailed him at 10:03 a.m. asking if I could speak with them verbally. 5) Craig emailed back at 10:31 a.m. and said they could answer my questions, but I had to submit them in writing first.

6) I emailed Craig at 10:33 a.m. and said I wanted to speak verbally so we could have a conversation and I could ask follow-up questions on the spot. I also said it is inconvenient to submit questions about a topic as mild as land subdivision. 7) Craig emailed back at 10:39 a.m. and said, “For proper context and accuracy’s sake we prefer to answer your questions in writing. If, after receiving the answers, you have any follow up questions you may send and we will again respond.” 8) I emailed back at 10:44 a.m. and said I did not understand his comment and asked him to provide me with examples of how my articles have not demonstrated those requirements. I also said this email tag is cumbersome and it would be faster to verbally speak with the department. I also asked if the radio station has to submit questions ahead of time like this. 9) Craig emailed back at 10:53 a.m. and agreed that the email tag is cumbersome, and that I should email my questions and he would get back to me. He also said you told him not to discuss my articles with me. (please see publisher’s email of Jan. 31/2020 below) 10) I emailed him at 10:55 a.m. saying, “OK, thanks for your time.” 11) Craig read the email a minute later. 12) I then gave up on writing the article for the day 13) On Thursday May 28, I emailed Craig at 10:08 a.m. with my questions to the department. He read the message at 10:10 a.m. 14) Craig then emailed me back at 1:23 that afternoon with the answers. That was the last communication in this email chain. Publisher’s email of Jan. 31st, 2020 “Hi Craig, Some of my reporters have indicated that you have contacted them expressing your concern about the coverage of City of Moose Jaw issues. First, thank you for reading our newspaper. It is nice to know that our coverage is being noticed. Second though, I have to ask that you please contact myself and/or Joan about issues that you take with any articles, as opposed to our employees. As you can appreciate, reporters cannot take direction from City Hall employees on how issues are covered at City Hall. Indeed, it is antithetical for a free press to take direction on articles from those they are covering. The Moose Jaw Express has an obligation to raise issues that may be uncomfortable to the subjects of stories; this is the hard reality of our job in the media. I can understand why that may be a matter of consternation for you. It is important to remember though that we are only doing our jobs. That said, the Moose Jaw Express is committed to ensuring that we report matters accurately. Thus, if there are concerns with the factual accuracy of any story, we (Joan and I) would like to know right away so that we can correct any mistakes. Please feel free to contact us in writing if you have any concerns.” Robert Ritchie Publisher moosejawexpress moosejawtoday.com I am perplexed again and can only leave this in the readers’ hands. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

Busyness & Boundaries

Rewrite your life by Sheila Webster, MA Certified Counsellor and Coach One of the hidden barriers to understanding why we allow others to cross our boundaries is busyness. If we are wound tightly with our to do list and thrive on accomplishing that list, we can overlook the emotional energy needed to process requests. A request from a teen could be the constant badgering for use of the car this Friday night. Your gut is saying no; somewhere in your foggy memory you know there was a violation last time that would substantiate a denial this time. You mean to be firm but you don’t have the time to adequately address them and say no, so you give in. You’ll do

better next time you tell yourself. It could be your boss who asks you to work late again with no extra pay but a casual promise of time-off when you need it. You know you promised your partner a night of no work but how can you say no to your boss when so many are out of work? At the same time you know it happened frequently. You waver back and forth and agree knowing you wouldn’t enjoy the free time with that hanging over your head anyway. Or perhaps it is more personal, your partner desires something you know would damage your self esteem. However, you are afraid they will leave, or think you are no fun. You give in but can’t get over going past your comfort zone. From kids to bosses to partners and strangers we all occasionally allow our boundaries to be crossed at times. Making sure there are the margins in life to weighing on options and competing needs is important to keeping a healthy self esteem and not wallowing in fear or resentment.


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PRISM Awards donation to Transition House tops last year once again Larissa Kurz Again this year, the generosity of the Moose Jaw community has helped the Business Women of Moose Jaw make an impressive donation to the Moose Jaw Transition House, thanks to the success of the 7th Annual PRISM Awards earlier this year. The annual awards gala celebrating the accomplishments of local Moose Jaw women took place on March 8, sneaking in just before the entire province began shutting down over coronavirus concerns. This year’s event featured a sold-out crowd, much to the delight of organizers, and produced an impressive donation of $8,652 — over $850 more than the donation that was made after last year’s gala. A donation of this size is incredible to see, said Business Women of Moose Jaw president Kayla Dale (R) BWMJ president Kayla Dale, especially after a difproudly presents Moose Jaw Transition House executive dificult year that has only continued to put stress on rector Jenn Angus (L) with this year’s donation from the local businesses and residents of the city. PRISM Awards. “To me, that’s really inspiring and it really speaks to Moose Jaw as a whole, and the people of Moose Jaw and how supportive they are, how selfless they are,” said Dale. “They don’t just give when things are good and there’s an abundance, but they also find room to give when things are a little bit tighter and I just think that’s really inspiring.” Moose Jaw Transition House executive director Jenn Angus is also extremely pleased to receive the donation, as she is every year that the PRISM Awards spotlight the non-profit organization. A donation of this size will support over 100 women in the community, said Angus, and help to continue an incredible cycle of empowerment and success within Moose Jaw. “For us as a small nonprofit, a cheque of over $8,000 is a huge amount of money for us. This is so big,” said Angus. Both Dale and Angus agreed that the PRISM Awards creates a special kind of cycle within Moose Jaw, as it raises money to support women when they’re most vulnerable so they can become the impressive community leaders who are celebrated each year at the gala. “[With this donation], over a hundred women in the community will receive the support they need and then one day hopefully will be the ones giving back, and the cycle continues,” said Angus. “So, this is the leg-up they need to become those leaders in our community.” Dale expressed gratitude to all of the community support for this year’s gala, as well as the event’s organizer Crystal Froese for making the 2020 PRISM Awards yet another successful event in Moose Jaw.

BIZWORLD By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Saskatchewan’s northern rocks become fertile for gold exploration

There’s gold in them thar Saskatchewan rocks; it just has to be found. That was the conclusion of a 2012 study by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources, a study that declared the province under-explored for gold. That Energy and Resources study outlined over 800 gold occurrences. The first gold here was “flour” gold found in 1859 near Prince Albert. The province has a long history of gold mining that goes back to the early 1900s. Over the years 40 gold mines, mostly small operations, have been developed in the province. Those still open when the Second World War broke out were closed as non-essential. Operations were mostly in the early part of the last century with some in the 1950s mineral boom that developed uranium mines around Uranium City on Lake Athabasca. The 1.5 million ounce low grade Box deposit was revealed near the uranium mines and was mined for three years until the war broke out. The biggest gold production of 3.6 million ounces came as a byproduct of the Flin Flon mines near Creighton. The SeaBee mine district northeast of La Ronge, which was in production twice before the current mine, that had produced over one million ounces by 2012 with about 100,000 ounces a year since. This low cost mine, owned by SSR Resources of Vancouver, is one of three mines the company owns, along with mines in Nevada and Argentina. At $29.35 a share SSR has the financial muscle to develop more of the north. The SeaBee mine has a reported 1.5 million ounces of gold left to dig out. Some of the other small mining company exploration projects may have been encouraged by the 2018 Saskatchewan government Targeted Mineral Exploration Incentive. The program offers $50,000 a year grant to ex-

plore eligible properties. The incentive helped to get the province rated number two most mining-friendly jurisdiction in Canada by the Fraser Institute. Now that gold prices have the momentum to move well past the current $1,700US range, the explorers have turned an eye to Saskatchewan’s Precambrian Shield, which contains geology similar to the gold mining regions of Ontario and Quebec. At least three other mining exploration companies are exploring the northern Saskatchewan mining districts. MAS Gold Corp of Vancouver, trading at 7.5 cents a share, has outlined unproven resources of 140,000 ounces relatively high-grade gold near the SeaBee property as well as 417,000 ounces of low-grade gold. The company has a joint venture on the high-grade property with Golden Band Resources. Saskatoon-based Golden Band has filed for bankruptcy and assigned many of its assets to Procon, an exploration/mine driller. Eagle Plains Resources of Cranbrook, B.C., has a promising gold property near Stoney Rapids close to Highway 905 as well as two copper/zinc deposits among five lake properties. The shares trade at 16.5 cents. Comstock Metals, also of Vancouver, has outlined 429,000 ounces of unproven gold resources north of La Ronge. Comstock shares are a mere two cents. CAUTION: Remember when investing, consult your adviser and do your homework before buying any security. Bizworld does not recommend investments. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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Along with Premier Moe, I thank the people of our province for complying with the necessary restrictions put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Few of us have known a time when the reality of our daily lives changed so much and so quickly. My thoughts and prayers go out to those who are ill, to those whose family members are ill, or those who find the isolation very difficult. Thank you all for doing your part. It would appear most of us are able to make the best of the situation. I hear of people getting to tasks on the “to-do� list that they haven’t completed in a long time. It’s encouraging to see many people out for a healthy walk, and even more encouraging is seeing them move aside to maintain a safe two metre physical distance when encountering others who are walking. Thankfully, today we have many ways to stay connected. Those over the age of 60 will remember the days of writing letters or restricting long-distance phone calls to five minutes because those phone calls were expensive. I miss gathering with our

faith community on Sundays. However, praying together with fellow Christians in a livestreamed Sunday service makes it easier to maintain some degree of familiarity and get through these difficult times. The imposed restrictions are necessary to prevent overwhelming our health care system. I am appreciative for all our medical professionals, the hundreds of doctors, and thousands of nurses working in our communities, hospitals, and care homes. I am grateful for our up-to-date Dr. F. H. Wigmore Regional Hospital which allows health care workers to more effectively care for patients than they could in the former Union Hospital. The addition of more doctors and nurses in recent years, and new or updated hospitals and care homes in Saskatchewan are assets in our health system as we prepare to treat COVID-19 cases and reduce the spread of infection. The biggest factor in fighting COVID-19 will continue to be everyone complying with the restrictions. Up–to-date information is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/ COVID19. Premier Moe has emphatically

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stated; these are not suggestions; this is now the law. Gathering in groups larger than the stipulation is illegal. When returning from outside Canada, it is illegal to go to the grocery store before you go home and self-isolate. If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms, enjoy a healthy walk, but maintain two meters of physical distancing. Plan ahead so you can limit the number of times you go to public places like the grocery store or the pharmacy, and only go out when absolutely necessary. Should you have contacted shared surfaces like grocery carts, handrails, pedestrian crosswalk buttons, door knobs or outdoor playground equipment, sanitize your hands as soon as possible, most certainly before touching your face, moving about your home or handling food. Wash your hands as soon as possible. If you have travelled and have symptoms of COVID-19, call 811 and self-iso-

late. You must remain indoors where you are staying during self-isolation. I know the people of Saskatchewan will support each other in helpful, creative ways as they always do, particularly in this time of uncertainty. Our constituency office will continue to respond to phone calls and emails. In compliance with health policy, our office is closed to personal visits. Should you have a matter you would like to discuss, or need assistance, please call the constituency office at 306692-8884 or send an email to moosejawnorthmla@shaw.ca. Say a prayer for our families, our community, our Province and our Country. Stay safe – stay healthy, and watch out for each other. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

MJGA gets creative in delivering first donation to charity-of-choice Creative Kids Larissa Kurz

The Moose Jaw Gamers Association had to unfortunately cancel their largest summer fundraiser due to the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean the charitable organization won’t be donating to a deserving local cause this year. This year’s charity chosen to be on the MJGA’s radar is Creative Kids Saskatchewan, and the MJGA has already written and delivered a $500 cheque to the grant A screenshot from the Moose Jaw Gamers Association program — after an epic epic movie-trailer style video about their recent donation to Creative Kids Saskatchewan, filmed by MJGA adventure, of course. Because physical distanc- member Kristian Sjoberg, his son, and his red remote ing is a continued concern control vehicle. for many, the MJGA got creative in how they delivered the cheque donation into the hands of manager Gloria Walsh from Creative Kids — taped to the roof of a remote control vehicle, filmed and featured on the MJGA Facebook page as it makes the journey to Walsh’s hands. The donation comes from a revision of the MJGA’s annual budget, where the group found some extra funds going unused due to the cancellation of the 2020 Summer Gamers Expo. “We don’t have the ability to do a full fundraiser with [Creative Kids] this year, so we still want to be able to support them,� said MJGA spokesperson Kristian Sjoberg. “They’re a really good charity that does a lot of good things in the province for arts programs and getting kids into things they might not otherwise get to go if they didn’t have these funds from Creative Kids.� Creative Kids is a provincial program that works to alleviate the financial barriers to arts and cultural programs, so children can participate in art, music, dance, and theatre programs with no worries. The program has provided grants for kids in over 220 communities across the province since 2010, providing over $3.8 million in grants, and all of the funds raised by the MJGA this year will go directly to Moose Jaw kids and programs. Every year, the MJGA chooses a kid-based charity to support through their fundraising efforts, to help the “next generation of gamers� grow and succeed. Last year’s charity-of-choice was the Mighty Munchies program at the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank. Creative Kids will continue to be the charity for 2020-21, said Sjoberg, as the MJGA aren’t tossing in the towel on their fundraising goals yet. The Winter Gamers Expo is still on the calendar for the new year, and the MJGA is hoping they will be able to plan some smaller fundraising events in the meantime to make up for cancelling the Summer GAX. “We’re hoping to do a movie night at the [Crescent Park] Amphitheatre or something, where people can still keep their social groups but be able to watch an outdoor movie,� said Sjoberg. “But if the province has to roll back phases because of outbreaks, we don’t want to plan anything on specific dates because you never know.� Members of the MJGA are staying connected online, using the group’s Discord server to host online Dungeons & Dragons sessions and other games, and posting regular updates on their Facebook page.


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Prairie Hearts quilters see lots of traffic at drive-by quilt show Larissa Kurz

The morning may have started out cloudy, but by the time afternoon rolled around on May 24, members of the Prairie Hearts Quilt Guild were enjoying the beautiful sunny weather and the continuous line of visitors at their Drive-By Quilt Show. Twenty-five members of the guild put up their own impressive display of quilt work on their front yards, driveways, and balconies for the no-contact quilt show, organized to fill the gap caused by so many pandemic cancellations around the province. “It’s just something that we can do to give back to our community and let people know there’s an appreciation for what we do, and we do it for fun and the love of quilting,” said guild president Lizanne Knox-Beam prior to the day of the show. The drive-by show was an astounding success, agreed all the guild members who took part in the tour, and traffic was near-constant throughout the day. Guild member Jo Heron estimated that over 150 people stopped by her display in her front yard, and other members said they had people driving slowly down the street to take a look, stop by while walking past, and even pull over and get out of their vehicle to chat throughout the day. All in all, the first-ever Drive-By Quilt Show in Moose Jaw was a resounding success, and guild members were happy to be able to share their love of quilting with the community — especially during this time of isolation.

Elsie Meacher had a fantastic lineup of works strung up for visitors to enjoy.

Guild members Gayle Lake, Joyce Guernsey, and Leslie Metheral enlisted the help of their neighbours to cover every balcony in their building with one of their quilts for the show.

With “Prairie Heart’s Quilt Guild vice-president Brian Al- Show” written out in chalk in len even included a few antique front of guild vice-president Brisewing machines in his display an Allen’s display, no one could mistake what was going on. for the show.

The Hutchinson’s covered their driveway with an impressive collection of colourful quilts, displayed on beautiful woodworked quilt ladders.

Moose Jaw Community Players acting up during COVID-19

Reader’s Theatres proving to be a popular diversion for local actors in time when hosting productions is impossible Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Community Players find themselves a bit of a dilemma this spring. While they should be preparing for their one-act cabaret to be shown at the Mae Wilson Theatre during Sidewalk Days, they instead find themselves sidelined like every other group and organization in these days of COVID-19. After staging a pair of wildly successful productions in the last year – The Last Five Years in April of 2019 and Paper Wheat this past November that were both smash hits – it stands to reason their anticipation would be high for whatever the Players were about to put on stage. Be assured, the local theatre group continues to hone their craft. And when they can get back on the stage whenever that may be, they’ll be putting out the same entertaining literal song and dance. “[The cabaret] has been cancelled, but it’s not like the scripts are going anywhere, we have them, we’ll just be performing them at a different time,” said Jenna Beaton with the Community Players. “Anyone in theatre, as soon as you’re done one production you’re immediately thinking about the next one, you want to get going again. So it’s kind of a sad point for us right now but this definitely helps keep that spirit alive.” Community Players president Jarrod Jeanson has orga-

nized a series of Reader’s Theatres that people can do from their home and post the results to the group’s Facebook page. That means even without regular rehearsals and a crowd to perform for, acting is still taking place, and folks are refining their craft. “He’s involving children and adults and whoever wants to take part in it, he makes it really user friendly by dropping off scripts in people’s mailboxes and picking them up when they’re done,” Beaton said. It certainly helps that in a time of social distancing and gatherings being limited to close friends and family for the time being, the Reader’s Theatre offers something else to do. “I think it has been well received by the public. Facebook is a little saturated right now with things to do at home; everybody is a Tik Toker now, that kind of thing,” Beaton said with a laugh. “But I think everyone really enjoys it, especially when the kids take part, and there have been a lot of kind words toward everything.” Naturally, there’s no timeline or date for when things can return to some semblance of normalcy, even with Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan allowing larger gatherings of people. But when that time comes, they’ll be ready and able to go,

The Moose Jaw Community Players production of Paper Wheat was an overwhelming success this past fall. “We don’t know when we’ll be able to perform anything again, so we’re just trying to all stay involved the best we can,” Beaton said. Be sure to keep an eye on the Moose Jaw Community Players on Facebook for their latest updates.

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Food Bank raising money for future move to bigger location Larissa Kurz

The Moose Jaw & District Food Bank is in the market for real estate, as the organization launches a summer fundraising campaign to help raise money for the move to a new, bigger location. The goal is to raise $100,000 over this summer, in order to relocate the Food Bank and its services from where the organization currently resides on Fairford Street West, to a more spacious location where employees and volunteers are better equipped to serve clients. The decision to seek a bigger operation space has been in the works for a while, said development manager Deann Little, and the ongoing social distancing requirements in place due to the pandemic have prompted the organization to seriously shorten the project’s timeline. Currently, the Moose Jaw Food Bank has clients waiting outside to pick up hampers, as the reception area is too small to properly social distance. The system is working fine for now, as summer settles in, but won’t be feasible in the colder temperatures during fall and winter. The current space is also too small for volunteers to properly social distance while in the warehouse, said Little, which means they are unable to help sort through food items. “We are no longer able to have volunteers in our warehouse because there isn’t enough room, [and] without volunteers we can’t sort through all the donations we receive on a daily basis,” said Little. The Food Bank is also dealing with a shortage of storage space in general, to a

The Moose Jaw & District Food Bank has been located at 305 Fairford Street West for 29 years, and the organization has finally decided that it’s time to upgrade their space to something bigger. point where they have had to turn away donations because they lack the space needed to accept them. “We have changed the inside of our building here as much as possible, to make it the most feasible use of our space. We’ve accessed every area and now it’s just that we’ve outgrown this location,” said Little. Being able to move into a larger building would open lots of new opportunities for the Food Bank, said Little. Not only would more storage space mean more

availability for donations, but the idea is to also install more cold storage space for perishable items. “With more storage space, we will be able to source and distribute more food, reaching hundreds more of our community’s most vulnerable and at-risk citizens,” said Little. The Food Bank is also interested in being able to expand its services and offer more in the way of food accessibility sources and education.

“We feel that we could do more and that we must do more to meet the needs of our community,” said Little. “Just giving away food is no longer enough. Families need help understanding how to use resources available to them, and with a new space we dream of providing educational programming to help clients maximize their food and finances.” The Moose Jaw Food Bank is actively keeping an eye on potential spaces in the city for the big move, and they were hoping to raise the funds necessary before fall arrives and brings with it colder weather. The goal of moving into a new building will take some help and support from the community, and so Little is hoping to see Moose Jaw join the cause with as much enthusiasm as past Food Bank projects. For now, the best way to help is financial, said Little. Thanks to social distancing, the easiest way to contribute right now is by donating to the Food Bank either online at mjfoodbank.org, or by mailing a cheque donation to their location at 305 Fairford Street West. They are also able to accept e-transfer donations, sent to endhunger@mjfoodbank.org. Once there is a new space and the money to acquire it, the Food Bank will also be looking for volunteers to help with the move, as well as help to purchase and install a new walk-in fridge and freezer system in the new location. After 29 years in their Fairford Street location, the Moose Jaw Food Bank is certainly looking forward to their next step forward thanks to the help of their community.

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Your support of local small business critical to our lifestyle

by Ron Walter

Questions about small business have arisen among the overwhelming majority of Canadians, most of whom know little about business operations. In this pandemic lockdown, so many small businesses sit on the brink of closing from a two-month loss of revenues, raising the questions: Don’t they have any reserves? Why

can’t they build reserves? A simple answer might be that small business owners are human and behave in proportion to the 50 per cent of Canadians who live paycheque to paycheque. The reasons why so many small businesses can’t withstand loss of revenues for a few months goes deeper than that. Without revenues the ongoing expenses, rent/mortgage, utilities, loan payments become a crushing burden on owners, not to mention their living costs and the wages for any employees they still have.

True, small business can write off a lot of things as an expense, but you have to have cash coming in to benefit from the expense write-offs. Small business profit margins, more often than not, are thin and don’t leave spare cash to build up reserves for hard times. Profit margins are paper thin in some sectors, according to Statistics Canada. From 2000 to 2012 food and accommodations averaged a mere 2.1 per cent profit margin. Imagine profits of only 21cents on every $10 of income! The sector profit margins ranged from minus 0.01 per cent in 2000 to a high of 3.7 per cent in 2007. Among accommodation and food businesses, the top one-quarter averaged 17.8 per cent profit margins but the bottom one-quarter averaged a loss of 3.7 per cent — 37 cents lost on every $10 of revenue. That explains why the owner of a local outstanding restaurant once confided that retirement savings plans had been raided to keep the doors open. About 34 per cent of small businesses had debts to service and repay in 2018, according to Statistics Canada. In 2018 small businesses across Canada average $1.40 debt for every $1 the owner had invested in the business,

leaving little opportunity to build reserves. Almost 21 per cent — 55,000 – of the 266,000 small businesses were unprofitable. Out of the 79,000 hair salon operations in the country, about one in five are unprofitable. Almost one in three new businesses don’t survive more than five years. Small business owners face stiff competition from big corporations, so stiff that many find it difficult to hang on. About 7,000 file for bankruptcy every year. These owners place their own money and their own personal psyche at risk to run a business. The small business owners are heroes in the fabric of our lives, providing two of every three jobs and through competition, keeping big corporations honest. We need to support our local small businesses or one day they might not be around. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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The presence of this hardy vegetable/ fruit plant is back for another season, proving once again it is able to withstand just about any kind of winter weather. Rhubarb plants are growing nicely and will soon be ready to be made into jams, jellies, crisps, pies, salsas and so many other tasty items. This week’s recipes come from friends and family members. •••

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7 lbs. (14 cups) rhubarb, red preferred 1 lb. ripe bananas 10-12 cups white sugar Wipe the rhubarb and cut into small pieces with a sharp knife so the skin doesn’t come off in stringy pieces. Place chopped rhubarb into a large enamel bowl and spread the sugar over it to draw out the juice. Let stand overnight.

In the morning, transfer rhubarb and sugar into a large cooking pot. Heat gently to the boiling point, reduce heat then cook slowly for about an hour. Meanwhile peel and mash the bananas finely. After the rhubarb has cooked for an hour, add the mashed bananas and cook for another 15 minutes. Spoon the mixture into sterilized jars and seal immediately. Do not use paraffin as a sealant. Store in a cool spot. •••

Orange Rhubarb Marmalade

4 large oranges 8 cups boiling water 4 lbs. (8 cups) rhubarb sugar Wipe the oranges and drop them whole into the boiling water. Boil steadily for 10 minutes then remove and set aside. Wipe the rhubarb, cut into small pieces to make 8 cups then drop into the

same water in which the oranges were cooked. Boil for 10 minutes. Cut the oranges into quarters and remove the seeds and core. Put through a food chopper. Add the chopped oranges to the rhubarb mixture and then measure the full amount. Return to the cooking pot. Add one cup of sugar for each cup of the mixture. Stir until the sugar is dissolved then boil hard for 20 minutes or until thick. More sugar may be required. Pour into hot sterilized jars, wipe down and seal. Store in a cool location. •••

Rhubarb-Strawberry Pie

1 egg 1 cup white sugar 2 tbsps. all-purpose flour 1 tsp. vanilla extract 3/4 lb. rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 pint halved strawberries

1-9 inch unbaked pie crust Topping 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup cold butter Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat egg. Add the sugar, flour and vanilla; mix well. Gently fold in rhubarb and strawberries. Pour into pastry shell. For topping, combine flour, brown sugar and oats in a small bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over fruit. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Serve warm with ice cream. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net

Lentils donation to help Moose Jaw and District Food Bank Meili, Sand families team up with MidWest Grain to donate over 200 pounds of nutritious pulse beans Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw and District Food Bank will have a nutritious addition to their stock in coming days, thanks to a generous donation by a local business and a bit of work by a couple of Moose Jaw families. Local realtor Wally Meili has made regular donations of lentils to the food bank over the years, including hundreds of pounds on an annual basis around Christmas. In a time where COVID-19 has put additional stress on food donation groups all Zarek and Akela Sand bagged up a little over over the country, an extra helping 200 pounds of lentils for the Moose Jaw and hand seemed like the right thing to District Food Bank. do. Moose Jaw pulse producer MidWest Grain was quick to donate four 50-pound bags of the legumes, which are considered some of the most nutritious on the planet – a single cup contains more than a quarter of the daily recommended value of protein, iron and magnesium along with half of the dietary fibre, all while providing a trim 392 calories. All that generosity created a bit of a problem, as Meili explained. “Normally I’d give them a few big bags and they’d have a few volunteers to package them, but because of COVID, they’re down to minimum staff and haven’t been able to accept the volunteer labour,” he said. That led to a plan that took care of things rather quickly and efficiently. Enter Zarek and Akela Sand, next door neighbours to the Meili family. As members of the 40 Snowbirds Air Cadets, they’re more than familiar with donating their time to worthy causes, and when the chance came to help out Meili and the Food Bank, they were quick to jump on board. “They’re two doors down from me and just great kids,” Meili said. The Sand boys took the bit of extra work in stride, quickly rolling through the project by bagging up the beans in Ziploc bags weighing around two pounds each. “It was pretty nice, my family and I sat down and listened to some standup comedy,” said Zarek, adding that the stylings of Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias were their laughs of choice. “It’s pretty good; it was fun to do,” added Akela. “It took us about an hour…[maybe] half an hour?...not long at all.” Meili planned to deliver the lentils last Wednesday, and they’ll be part of the Food Bank’s hamper program in the near future.

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City Hall Council Notes MAKE A COMPLAINT

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

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

Council dusts off 2017 plan that would enhance the downtown Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

City hall will work with stakeholders to implement a downtown local area plan (DLAP) that will cost $100,000 to create and has been shelved since 2017, while it will also determine if interest from the parking reserve can support the plan’s priorities. During its May 25 regular meeting, city council voted 6-1 to have city administration develop a strategy that includes specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART) objectives in partnership with the Downtown Moose Jaw Association and other stakeholders to implement the DLAP. Furthermore, any spending recommendations and their source of funding must come to council for discussion during the capital budget talks. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. Background The DLAP is a comprehensive report with important initiatives, but few of them have been completed yet, explained Jim Dixon, economic development officer. City administration wants to ensure the plan is used and doesn’t sit on the shelf. The main components of the plan are: heritage conservation strategy, infill strategy, public realm plan, character areas, and implementation strategy. Also included are recommendations for streetscape improvements, public art, and wayfinding. Potential projects could happen in Crescent Park, while there are design guidelines for new buildings and storefront renovations. In previous years — namely, the 1980s — the municipality used proceeds from parking meter receipts and fines to fund downtown improvement projects, Dixon continued. During the past few years, parking interest has gone into reserves, including $48,741 in 2017, $51,248 in 2018 and $55,360 last year.

It’s unlikely there will be similar investments generated for the parking reserve this year due to the coronavirus, he added. Council discussion There is an issue with creating plans such as this and then not aligning them with the budget process or creating a strategy to implement them, said Coun. Crystal Froese. This plan has been shelved since 2017 and not moved once. Council should engage stakeholders and provide enough time to ensure there is a strategy to spend money in future budgets. The plan has a 30-year time frame, so some projects are in the future, but council could have completed many in the past two years, she added. While the projects never lined up with the budget and there was no public engagement, she was happy council was moving forward with this. Enhancing the downtown Council spent millions of dollars in the 1980s on capital projects in the downtown, with money from the operating budget supporting those initiatives, said Swanson. However, that disappeared due to spending fatigue and the fact the cost-benefit didn’t add up. The only thing missing now from this new DLAP is large amounts of money, which council’s five-year capital plan does not have. Swanson also wondered if the downtown association was setting up a business improvement district (BID) so it could levy funds from its members to contribute money to the DLAP. Before the pandemic struck, that association was gathering memberships to contribute to these initiatives since it wants to be involved and wants to organize as a BID, explained Coun. Dawn Luhning. Currently, most mem-

bers are focusing on surviving the coronavirus’ effects. Funding should come from others City hall spent plenty of money in the 1980s in the downtown, on everything from new sidewalks to lights to façade programs, said Swanson. The downtown BID had a budget of $390,000 in 1986-87, but in the end, the results did not justify the expenses. Swanson’s thought was history was repeating itself with the creation of this new DLAP and implementation of its priorities. “There should be — before we get to step 1 — funding from the other organizations that are stakeholders (in this), other than just the taxpayers of Moose Jaw,” he added. Those improvements in the 1980s were useful because you could shoot a cannon down Main Street since it was so empty, said Froese. Moose Jaw’s downtown — which other communities likely envy — is improving today thanks to economic development. Refreshing the community “It’s not just about bricks and mortar. It’s about refreshing our community,” she continued, including refreshing the downtown’s heritage aspect since that industry brings in millions of dollars each year. “I’m very grateful for the vision the people had back in that time,” Froese added. “But it’s time to revisit that. We approved that (DLAP) plan. We need to implement these things.” Swanson refuted Froese’s comment about an empty downtown in the 1980s, saying there was more retail space then than now.

Parks dept. ensures pandemic doesn’t wipe out provincial funding for groups Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

With funding from Saskatchewan Lotteries at risk due to the pandemic, the parks and recreation department will review all community grant applications to determine what programs or events could still happen. The Saskatchewan Lotteries’ Community Grant Program provided $140,298.10 to the City of Moose Jaw for the development of recreation, sport and cultural programs in the community from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. Of that funding, the parks and rec department had approved $60,126.70 for programs and events to occur this spring and summer. However, the pandemic has forced the cancellation — or threatens the cancellation — of those activities. As per Saskatchewan Lotteries’ policy, communities must return any unused funds they didn’t give out during the 12 months. During its May 25 regular meeting, city council unanimously approved a motion to have the parks and recreation department reallocate — on a case by case basis — the Sask. Lotteries grant funding that the pandemic had affected. The department will determine if alternative programs and events can replace the previously approved initiatives. Council discussion The department has contacted some of the groups that had plans for this spring and summer, Scott Osmachenko, recreation services manager, told council. Those groups — many of which still face unknown futures — won’t have to go through another application process, but they will learn how parks and rec could allocate the funding. Any unused money must go back to Saskatchewan Lot-

teries, which didn’t sit well with Coun. Chris Warren, who is a member of the parks and recreation advisory committee. He pointed out that groups that apply for funding from the department don’t always receive what they requested since there are only so many municipal dollars available. He wondered if the department would reallocate more unused funds to specific programs and give the groups the full amount they had requested. “Obviously, I want that money to be used,” he added. “We would look at the applications, and again, we do have some requirements related to how much money is spent on partner groups and how much money is spent on special events,” said Osmachenko. “So we would have to follow those guidelines and criteria. We are definitely looking at reaching out to the groups to ask them what their intent was.”

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Applications for the 2020 Larry Wilson Scholarships are now available for students furthering their studies in literature and the performing arts. These scholarships are available annually for individuals studying in the fields of Drama, Musical Theatre, Traditional Dance, Contemporary Dance, Instrumentals, Vocals and Literature. Applicants must be 17 years of age or older who have permanent residence in Moose Jaw or the South Saskatchewan Economic Region. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2020. Application forms are available on the website at: www.artsinmotion.ca For more information contact Regina Sagal-Hendry at 306-692-3705.

The parks and rec department can provide council with an updated list of which groups will receive the Saskatchewan Lotteries funding, he added. The organization has indicated it will not provide an extension and allow communities to use the funding beyond the March 31, 2021 deadline. The organization will likely reduce the amount of funding it provides next year due to the effects of the pandemic this year.


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City Hall Council Notes Taxpayers will be ‘big loser’ with council’s decision on tender contract, councillor says Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

City council has awarded a tender for sidewalk repair to a contractor who will perform 22-per-cent less work than another bidder who submitted a lower offer for the project. During the in-camera portion of its May 11 executive committee meeting, city council voted 4-3 to award the contract for repair and replacement of sidewalks, ramps, curbs and medians tender for $449,680 plus PST — which is 78 per cent of the original bid amount of $543,880 plus GST — to North Star Concrete Inc. In favour were Mayor Fraser Tolmie and councillors Heather Eby, Dawn Luhning and Crystal Froese. Opposed were councillors Scott McMann, Chris Warren and Brian Swanson. During council’s May 25 regular meeting, Swanson asked that council vote on the motion again. City council budgeted $492,100 in this year’s capital budget to replace sidewalks, curbs, gutters, medians and wheelchair ramps, a monetary amount that city administration has acknowledged to be below an adequate level to maintain this infrastructure, he said.

After the tenders closed for this project, the lowest bid came in at $395,000, while the second-lowest tender was $535,000, with council awarding this project to the latter bidder, Swanson continued. By awarding the contract to the second-lowest bidder, that bid is higher than the project’s cost and means the contractor will perform only 78 per cent of the required work. “We will spend $50,000 more than the lowest bidder to get 22-per-cent less work done. I don’t agree with that when we can take the lowest bidder and get 125 per cent of the work done,� he said. Contractors who receive tenders have to provide a financial bond to ensure they meet specific requirements; the contractor who would do the work for the lowest bidder has done this work for the past four years, Swanson continued. City administration told city council that this contractor’s work has been acceptable, and it has repaired any deficiencies quickly. Furthermore, this contractor has repaired problems on infrastructure that have exceeded warranty. “To accept this motion, I think the big loser is the taxpay-

ers of Moose Jaw, who will pay more for less when they could pay less for more,� he remarked. The bottom line should trump everything else with this project, since the lowest bidder gives taxpayers the best value in a community where the city has not funded sidewalks at sustainable levels, Swanson added. Since council is receiving bids that are lower than initially hoped, it should be “seizing the day with both arms� for this. There were some “intricacies� with this bid that city administration brought forward during the executive committee meeting, said Tolmie. Council’s initial decision aligns with the municipality’s purchasing policy that allows it to give the contract to the lowest qualified bidder. The policy stresses that the bidder be qualified. “The city has determined the lowest bidder did not meet the standards under the clear terms of the tender documents they filled out. These reasons are confidential and will be released to the bidder,� he added. Council then re-voted on the motion, with the outcome the same as the May 11 executive committee meeting vote: 4-3.

Council one step closer to setting mill rate for 2020 Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

City council is one step closer to setting the mill rate for this year, which is one tool it can use to levy taxes from property owners. During its May 25 regular meeting, council gave three readings to the property tax bylaw, which would establish the municipal rates of taxation for 2020; define the classes and subclasses for taxation purposes; enumerate the mill rate factors that city hall will apply to each subclass; and exclude from the supplemental tax roll property assessments that generate less than $100 in municipal tax revenue. It would also set a uniform tax base to contribute to the waterworks capital fund, which partially funds the cast iron water main replacement project, and indicates the taxation rates for the school divisions that the lieutenant governor in council determines. Coun. Brian Swanson voted against each reading, which means the bylaw must return to the June 8 regular meetNOTICE OF INTENTION TO AMEND ZONING BYLAW NO. 5346 The Council of the City of Moose Jaw intends to consider a bylaw pursuant to The Planning and Development Act, 2007 to amend the City of Moose Jaw’s Zoning Bylaw No. 5346. The proposed amendment will allow new semi-detached dwellings on a discretionary basis in the R1 - Large Lot Low Density Residential District. A copy of the proposed Bylaw may be found under the “announcements� section at www.moosejaw.ca from May 27th, 2020 to June 15th, 2020. Any written comments or submissions must be received by Planning and Development Services, 228 Main Street North, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3J8, by 10:00AM on Monday, June 15th, 2020 in person or by email at planning@moosejaw.ca. Inquiries may be directed to the Department of Planning and Development Services by email or by phone at 306-694-4443. The proposed Bylaw and any submissions regarding the proposed Bylaw will be considered at the regular meeting of City Council to be held in Council Chambers, City Hall, at 5:30PM on Monday, June 15th, 2020. DATED at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan this 20th day of May, 2020. Myron Gulka-Tiechko City Clerk/Solicitor

ing for official approval. While council changed the 2020 budget so there was a tax increase of zero per cent, there was a better way to reach that number than how council approached it, Swanson said. Furthermore, he was opposed to applying a $30 levy to all property classes — except for condos — to fund the cast-iron program, since it left the door open to future increases. “It is a progressive tax that penalizes the lower end of the tax base in Moose Jaw,â€? he added. Once council officially passes the bylaw, the mill rate factors will be: • Residential: 0.7636 • Multi-unit residential: 0.7636 • Condo properties: 0.7636 • Commercial and industrial: 1.4236 • Golf courses: 0.4882 • Elevators: 1.3240 • Other agricultural land: 0.2785 In a report, city administration explained it did not implement a council motion that would have reduced the tax gap between residential and commercial/industrial property classes. There was a small decrease in the mill rate, which meant applying the tax sharing based upon propDISCRETIONARY USE APPLICATION The Council of the City of Moose Jaw, pursuant to Zoning Bylaw No. 5346 is considering an application to allow for a proposed “Residential Care Home - Type 3â€? on Lot 10, Block 89, Plan No. OLD96 Ext 0, civically known as 290 4th Avenue Northeast, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, which is a discretionary use within the CS - Community Service/Institutional District, Residential Care Homes - Type 3 are defined as a care home with more than 15 residents, excluding staff. The application, and any representations, will be considered by City Council on Monday, June 15th, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 228 Main Street North. Written submissions must be received by the Office of Planning and Development Services, 228 Main Street North, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3J8, by 10:00 AM on Monday, June 15th, 2020 in person or by email at planning@moosejaw.ca. Myron Gulka-Tiechko City Clerk/Solicitor

erty assessments would have resulted in the commercial/ industrial class receiving less of the reduction. Borrowing bylaw Council gave final approval to establish an operating line of credit borrowing bylaw with a vote of 6-1; Swanson was opposed. This bylaw allows city council to establish a $15-million operating line of credit for the municipality to pay for projects and cover any shortfalls. Uniform rates bylaw Council gave three readings to the uniform rates bylaw and unanimously voted in favour each time. This means the bylaw will go into effect immediately. The bylaw now reflects current standards and practices; provides improved clarity and consistency; and ensures it aligns with other municipal bylaws and policies, such as the Boulevard Bylaw and the local improvement policy. City hall has also updated the bylaw to reflect the costs for infrastructure that might be considered for a local improvement program (LIP) for the next three years. The LIP also establishes parameters and conditions for the use of such programs and governs what type of work is eligible, with a procedure to screen the support of property owners.

  

  

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City Hall Council Notes

Company could turn former XL Beef plant into slaughterhouse Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

After closing in 2010, the former XL Beef Plant could soon have a new purpose, after Donald’s Fine Foods announced plans to convert the building into a sow processing plant. The company — which owns Thunder Creek Pork Plant — said in a news release on May 29 that it plans to undertake a feasibility study to determine the possibility of converting the former beef plant into a slaughterhouse. The study is expected to take six to eight weeks and would consider the financial aspects of the project. It will also determine the support that producers, the public, and the government will provide to create a technologically advanced sow processing centre that serves Western Canadian hog producers. “This is an exciting step forward … ,” Mayor Fraser Tolmie told the Express, noting with so much uncertainty in the economy, it’s good news that the possible opening of this plant could create 100 new jobs. “Today is a result of a lot of hard work and lifting on their end.” This processing plant could solidify Moose Jaw’s position in the future as a leading hub for the hog industry in the province and Western Canada, he added. While he is excited about the next steps, he believes the next steps should be taken slowly. The additional sow processing ability could be a significant benefit for the Western Canadian pork industry

since there is not even a sizeable plant to handle culled sows in Canada, Neil Ketilson, industry relations manager, told the Express. About 80 per cent of producers export their sows — older female pigs — to the eastern United States for processing. “There are very significant transportation costs associated with that. Sows aren’t a high-value product anyway. So when you think about that lower-valued product and transportation costs, there would be considerable savings having a Western Canadian plant,” he said. There are roughly 200,000 culled sows in Western Canada that could be available for this plant, he added, but Donald’s Fine Foods realizes it probably wouldn’t receive them all. The company has worked with the City of Moose Jaw to expand its operations since 2016, Ketilson said. It was within the last six to eight months that Donald’s Fine Foods bought the former beef plant. This new plant will likely create 100 new jobs, which would be a considerable investment in the community, he continued. The company initially estimated it could cost $20 million to renovate the building. However, that was before a team of engineers went inside recently to determine whether significant repairs were needed or specific equipment had to be purchased.

While the former owners of the beef plant shut down the building with proper care, if the engineers determine the entire electrical system and wiring needs to be replaced, for example, that could increase costs, Ketilson pointed out. This processing plant will also benefit the hog industry, he continued. Canadian producers could see some profit for their sows due to reduced transport costs, the ability to deliver direct to a plant, and the ability to alleviate risks of border closures. “Everyone kind of wins in this thing,” Ketilson added. “… Some smaller abattoirs are doing it, but this won’t interfere with their operations.” The announcement is the first step toward a strategic investment to meet the demand for domestic sow processing, CEO Allan Leung said in the news release. The company wants to create more opportunities for pork producers and support the forecasted need for domestic sow processing capacity. “(The) announcement demonstrates our commitment to Moose Jaw and reinforces our confidence in Saskatchewan as a place to do business,” he added. “This investment would build a world-class facility with modern equipment and processes and develop high-quality training and job opportunities for the local workforce in a safe and inclusive environment.”

City to offer modified summer play program for kids for free

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express The parks and recreation department will offer a mod- pick up in neighbourhoods and focus on play, mastery ified Summer Play Program for kids this year and will and physical activity that would be conducted at home or open spaces, while ensuring compliance with the provinlook to provide supply kits to families for free. The program will be funded entirely through grant appli- cial COVID-19 guidelines,” he continued. cations from the Community Initiatives Fund, Saskatch- The department would recall five summer playground ewan Lotteries and Canada Summer Jobs. The parks and staff to deliver the program, as per the funding that the rec department was able to acquire $45,848 from these Canada Summer Jobs program provided. Staffing costs would be $29,709, while program expenses would be organizations. During its May 25 regular meeting, city council unani- $16,139. mously approved a motion to allow the modified program Council discussion The provincial government announced that Phase Three to go ahead this summer. of the reopen plan would occur on June 8, which includBackground The department and the Moose Jaw Community Asso- ed allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people, said ciation Directorate usually offer a summer playground Coun. Chris Warren. He wondered what the typical atprogram and youth activity centre during the summer, tendance was for the outdoor summer program and if with these programs delivered with the support of grant they would be close to that restricted number. funds and the department’s operating budget, explained The three busiest parks — Elgin, Sunningdale, and East End — usually have more than 30 participants, not inScott Osmachenko, recreation services manager. However, due to the pandemic, the operating budget por- cluding program employees. In contrast, some of the tion had been put on hold. Furthermore, city adminis- smaller programs normally see eight to 15 participants, tration had indicated earlier that the program would not said Osmachenko. So, the programs would be near the happen at all this year since the ability to operate a tra- limit of 15 to 30 people in certain locations, especially in ditional program would only be included in Phase Four areas with pools or splash pads. of the provincial government’s Re-Open Saskatchewan If there was more funding, the department could adapt the program, especially if Phase Four allowed for more Plan. The support of grant funding has helped the parks and in-person activities, he continued. Summer staff could rec department design and implement a modified Sum- also organize more neighbourhood activities at nearby mer Play at Home program, Osmachenko said. This pro- playgrounds, which would take the stress off parents gram is similar to the Education Home School Program, since they wouldn’t have to plan a day of activities for in which children ages five to 12 receive activities and their kids. Staff could also provide more equipment to ensure there are no cost barriers to participate. supply kits for free. “Program supplies and resources would be available to The next regular council meeting is June 8.

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City Hall Council Notes UNLESS SOMEONE LIKE YOU STARTS TO CARE, NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE Letters to the editor • editor@mjvexpress.com• jritchie@moosejawtoday.com

Council could use provincial money to reduce borrowing or pursue paused projects Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Nearly $5 million in extra provincial funding could help city council complete projects it paused due to the coronavirus or eliminate the need to borrow money for two major projects. Those were some of the ideas that council and city administration discussed during council’s May 25 regular meeting. The provincial government provided Moose Jaw with $4.8 million on May 15 under the resurrected Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP). Projects, projects, projects May 15 was a busy day for city hall, said city manager Jim Puffalt. Besides the MEEP funding, the deadline for the federal Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) closed, a program in which Moose Jaw is looking for $15 million for its reservoir program and $3.9 million for the outdoor pool. Also, city hall learned it could use provincial transit funding for the cast iron program, its solar initiative, and to purchase

smaller transit buses. Many types of capital projects are eligible under MEEP, with council able to use MEEP to pay the municipal portion associated with other infrastructure programs, Puffalt explained. That is something to consider before council makes any decisions about using this funding. There are three projects council could also bring back that it removed from the budget as part of the pandemic-related financial measures, he continued. Those projects include upgrades at Pla-Mor Palace ($109,000), the YMCA demolition ($288,000) and the Iron Bridge irrigation ($51,000). City administration will report back to council by June about how the new funding could be applied, Puffalt remarked. It will ask councillors if they want to use the funding to pay for the municipal portion of the ICIP funding instead of borrowing money. The municipality plans to borrow $3.9

million for the reservoir project, while it plans to apply a recreation levy and use MEEP funding to generate $1.014 million for its share of the outdoor pool. Council discussion “The recent windfall of federal and provincial funding is good news for Moose Jaw,� said Coun. Brian Swanson. The MEEP funding is to be distributed over two years, since the program runs until March 2022, he pointed out. He wondered if that’s how city administration understood the program. City hall will have to develop a spending plan and then present it to the provincial government, while there is the potential to receive some funding this year and next year, Puffalt replied. However, it’s too soon to say how much money Moose Jaw will receive in each of the next two years. The program parameters are broad, which is why it will take a while for city administration to bring a report to council about how to spend this money, he added. It’s

probably best to spend the money by next year since city hall can’t complete much construction between January and March 2022. In whatever amount Moose Jaw receives the funding during the next two years, Swanson wanted to use that money to reduce council’s need to borrow money for its ICIP projects. While the pool is projected to cost $3.9 million, council doesn’t even have a cent invested for it yet. A past consultant’s report also suggested it could cost $7 million to build a new pool. “I wouldn’t jump for joy for this if the federal government says it will approve (the pool) because then we would have to find $1.014 million,� he continued, adding he would prefer to use the money for the reservoir project and the cast iron replacement program instead. Council then voted unanimously to receive and file the MEEP capital funding report.

City hall divides engineering department for better focus Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The City of Moose Jaw has separated the engineering department into two different areas and created two new director positions to lead the sub-departments. City hall made the separation effective May 19 based on an “organizational renewal� of the department after former engineering director Josh Mickleborough vacated the position, city manager Jim Puffalt explained during city council’s May 25 regular meeting. During discus-

sions, city administration talked about focusing more on core business areas within the city. Engineering services had also become so massive in scope, with city administration adding many major capital investment projects during the last few years and expecting to add more projects in the future, he continued. All these factors allowed city hall to split the department into two areas.

 

      

Darren Stephanson, who is “no stranger to city hall and city council,� is now the director of the public works and utilities department, while Bevan Harlton has been named director of the engineering services department. The public works and utilities department will be responsible for maintenance and operation of infrastructure. It will also oversee the delivery of solid waste, water and wastewater, streets and roads, the ve-

 



    

hicle fleet, and transit. The engineering services department will oversee the delivery of a majority of infrastructure replacement, public works and utilities capital projects, and will hold overall responsibility for tenders and equipment reserves. Puffalt did not give a reason why Mickleborough had left the position. Mickleborough had not been seen at council meetings since at least February.

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Sheldon Kennedy named to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Former Warriors forward honoured as a builder for tireless advocacy against abuse, harassment and discrimination in sports Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Sheldon Kennedy went through hell to get where he is today. For most people, going through what he did during his junior hockey career and beyond would lead to a life of difficulties and struggles to simply cope. Instead, the former Moose Jaw Warriors forward threw himself headlong into making sure his experience could never happen again. And through his tireless advocacy against abuse, harassment and discrimination in sports, Kennedy has become an icon and hero to many, an example of overcoming adversity and doing all you can to help others do the same. That has come with all sorts of accolades, and few are bigger than the honour revealed last week. Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame announced that Kennedy would be a part of their 2020-21 induction class, joining a host of sports luminaries across a wide range of sports. Alongside Kennedy will be Jackie Barrett (athlete, powerlifting and Special Olympian), Sonja Gaudet (athlete, wheelchair curling), Diane Jones-Konihowski (athlete, athletics), Lorie Kane (athlete, golf), Eric Lamaze and Hickstead (team, equestrian show jumping), Steve Nash (athlete, basketball), Duncan Campbell (builder, wheelchair rugby), Judy Kent (builder, sport administration), Willie O’Ree (builder, ice hockey) and Ross Powless (builder, lacrosse). “I can’t tell you how thrilled and surprised I was that I received the call that I would be inducted this year,” Kennedy said in his acceptance video at www.sportshall. ca. “I never set out in my life to be part of a Hall of Fame of any sort, especially Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and receiving such a special award. “I believe over the last 24 years, with the help of many

Former Moose Jaw Warrior Sheldon Kennedy is part of the 2020/21 class for Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. sports leaders across this country, I know that we’ve changed the way we look at these issues not just in sport but in society and we’re taking steps to make sure that we’re educating our members across this country and building confidence to allow that conversation to happen.” Kennedy revealed in 1996, shortly after completing his NHL career, that he had been a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of his coach in Moose Jaw and Swift Current, dating back when he was 14 years old. His revelations were as shocking as they were terrifying, which led to him working with Hockey Canada and quickly developing their ‘Speak Out’ program, now known as Respect in Sport. As part of his commitment to child safety, Kennedy took part in an 8,000 kilometre cross-Canada inline skating journey to raise funds and public awareness. He raised over $1.2 million for Cana-

dian Red Cross abuse prevention programs. In 2004, he co-founded Respect Group, a company that works with schools, sports organizations and workplaces to prevent abuse. His advocacy has continued since and has seen Kennedy work with the International Olympic Committee in their Safeguarding Athletes program as well as the NHLPA substance abuse program, where he provides confidential to support to those battling the same demons he did in his playing career. “I accept this honour and gift on behalf of all the people who have been pulling on the rope to help make a difference in this area, and all those who have found themselves in a situation where they didn’t have a voice,” Kennedy said. “It’s an honour, I’m full of gratitude and I’m full of hope. If I can be an inductee into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, it doesn’t matter where you’re at, there’s hope. Thank you from the bottom of my heart with a lot of gratitude.” It’s the latest honour for Kennedy, after he won the WHL Governor’s Award earlier this year as well as being named to the Order of Hockey in Canada. Kennedy was also invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2014, inducted to the Order of Manitoba in 2015, was appointed to the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2016 and was named a recipient of the Hockey Canada Order of Merit in 2018. Interestingly enough, Kennedy won’t be the only athlete with Moose Jaw connections inducted – Jones-Konihowski, a Pan-American Games, Commonwealth Games gold medalist and multiple time Olympian – is married to Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame inductee John Konihowski.

Former Warriors coach Steve Young named Sask Hockey Outstanding Coach for 2019-20

Former Moose Jaw Warriors head coach Steve Young might not have coached in the Western Hockey League this past season, but that didn’t keep him from having a major impact on youngsters just learning the game. The Saskatchewan Hockey Association announced last Thursday that Young had been named the province’s Outstanding Coach for the 2019-20 season. Young, who hails from Prince Albert, served as the head coach of the P.A. Lehner Electric Female Bantam AA Silver Foxes and led his crew to one of the best records in the Sask Female Bantam AA League this past season. The Foxes put together a 14-5-5 record in the regular season to finish in third place, two points back of league-leading Swift Current and Regina, but really hit their stride in the playoffs. After getting past Warman in the first round, Prince Albert pulled off a surprise sweep against the Regina Rebels in the league semifinal to set up a showdown with the top-ranked Swift Current Wildcats for the provincial title. Unfortunately, it was then that COVID-19 shut down

hockey throughout the province, bringing an end to the season. According to the SHA announcement, Young’s transition to the role of head coach was described as “a professionalism and dedication that is unprecedented.” Parents remarked that their daughters “leave the rink every day feeling good about themselves thanks to Coach Steve.” Making things all the more impressive was the make-up of the team – 16 players from eight different communities, who had played on nine different teams last season – and how they were able to gel in a single season under Young. “Steve Young’s dedication to the development of each of his athletes and the ability to make each individual feel valued is the exact reason for the creation of the Outstanding Coach Award,” the SHA said. Saskatoon’s Sarah McNaught was named the outstanding volunteer for the north and Avonlea Minor Hockey won the outstanding minor hockey association honour. No award was presented for outstanding volunteer for the south, as no eligible nominations were submitted.

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Disappointing but Realistic: Miller Express react to cancellation of WCBL season Western Canadian Baseball League shuts down 2020 campaign due to COVID-19 outbreak Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Western Canadian Baseball League and their teams knew it was only a matter of time, but all that did was make things a little easier to take when the announcement finally came down. The WCBL announced last Wednesday night that after a conference call with the various team governors, the league had officially decided to cancel the 2020 season. ‘I think we all knew it was coming, we were probably more disappointed a month ago as the reality was setting in,” said Miller Express general manager Cory Olafson. “By now, we’ve had weeks, over a month to deal with this and realize there probably wasn’t going to be the season. There are some people who are just finding out, like our billets; they’re disappointed. They obviously know the situation and understand. Ball fans get used to watching ball in the summer time and it’s disappointing we won’t have it this year.” It’s also a tough situation for the players themselves, especially the seniors who would have been playing their final WCBL season. “They have a four-year shelf life in this league, and while they’ll be getting a year of eligibility back, the seniors who have graduated probably aren’t going to go back to take a couple of courses, just to play baseball,” Olafson said. “So it’s tough for them… for a lot of these guys, this is their last hurrah before they join the rat race.” To say the league was going to have a difficult time just getting things started is an understatement.

The Moose Jaw Miller Express saw their Western Canadian Baseball League season cancelled on Wednesday night. The first and largest issue revolved around U.S. college and university players making their way into Canada. With the federal government having closed the border until at least June 22, and a 14-day period of self-isolation to immediately follow for players who did cross over, it would be mid-July at earliest that play could have started. With no sign of let-up in the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., odds are the border won’t be opening at the end of June in any case. The league floated a plan to use only Canadian players and start around July 4, but that solution quickly lead into another host of issues surrounding isolation orders. Even with a provincial decree that gatherings of 50 people are allowed, teams, umpires, scorekeepers and other dayto-day game personnel would likely push over that number well before fans were ever allowed in the ballpark. In Saskatchewan, that size of gathering would mark Phase

5, the final official opening of the province at the end of the COVID-19 outbreak, with no date being even remotely considered at this point. Social distancing factors also play into things. Clubhouses – like the Miller Express dressing in the bowels of Ross Wells Park – are often near-claustrophobic spaces, leaving no room for players to maintain six feet of distance. Throw in the close proximity in dugouts and utterly impossible task of distancing during bus travel, and things get exponentially more difficult. Then, of course, there are the fans. With a gathering of 50 likely being exceeded just by teams and personnel, that would leave no room for the very reason players play the game. Considerations were given to heavily reduced stadium capacities, mandatory masks and temperature checks, but once the financial implications were factored into things given the minuscule crowds that would result, those too were set aside. “Our fans make the WCBL stadiums a special place to play for the players during the summer, giving them a chance to play in front of thousands of people in Alberta and Saskatchewan,” the WCBL said in a press release. “The community support the league and its teams have received over the past number of years is fantastic! As a league we have plans to implement a strategy to stay relevant and connected until we can get back on the field. With no baseball this summer, teams will need community support more than ever as they shift to survive this crisis.”

Silver lining: Cancellation of WCBL season means plenty of time to spruce up Ross Wells Park Miller Express hoping to see plenty of improvements to fan experience next season Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

As the world has dealt with COVID-19 over the last couple months, there have been few silver linings, if any, when it comes to the worldwide pandemic. But the Moose Jaw Miller Express are hoping they’ve found a tiny ray of positivity for the future. What it comes down to is Ross Wells Park. One of the true baseball jewels of Saskatchewan, the facility has long been one of the most popular places to play in the province given the ambience and game-to-game experience – and that goes double for when the Miller Express take over its friendly confines. Although it’s highly likely there will be absolutely no games played there this season,

that means there will be plenty of time to spruce things up for when the WCBL returns in 2021. “The one good thing is a lot of guys are looking at their ballpark and saying ‘what improvements and enhancements can we make so we’re ready for the 2020-21 season’,” said Miller Express president Darryl Pisio. “So that’s the one positive out of this whole thing.” There’s no question Ross Wells Park is old. Originally built in the 1920s, it has naturally seen plenty of improvements over the years but shows its age in other areas. The stands have largely been rebuilt and replaced over the last decade, for example, and constant refurbishment has taken place.

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Now, that work can begin in earnest. “We have some plans in the works; we’ve kind of had them loosely the last couple of years,” Pisio said. “Now we have a chance to take a further step. There’s some stuff we can do in the beer garden area, on the mound and around home plate… it’s great ballpark, but it’s an old ballpark and it needs some work here and there. “The thing is, we don’t have to work around anybody’s schedule, so in 2021 people will be able to come back to an improved beer garden area and things like that. We’re always trying to improve the fan experience and this gives us a chance to work on that.” More good news is that even without a season this year, the Miller Express are still in

decent shape financially – their one major expense in the lead up to the season was the purchase of shirts, shorts, hats and other team swag. Other than that, with everything on hold, there isn’t a whole lot to pay out. “We’re fine,” Pisio said. “We’re on a breakeven budget from year to year, and if we have a good year we can bank a little bit. The stuff we ordered, it can sit in a box for a full season and it’ll be available for next year.” The regular season was originally scheduled to begin on Wednesday with a home game against Swift Current, with the 56game campaign wrapping up on Aug. 6 against Regina.

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TRACTORS -2013 JD 6125M MFWA diesel Tractor, 3 pt. ht. w/JD FEL, QD bucket, grapple fork *2002 JD 7210 MFWA diesel Tractor, 3 pt. ht. w/JD FEL, bucket, grapple fork SKIDSTEER & SCRAPER -Bobcat 843 Skidsteer *Pallet Forks for Bobcat *5 1/2 Yard Scraper TRUCKS & TRAILERS -2003 Dodge Ram 3500 1-Ton Dually Crew Cab Diesel Truck *1978 Chev C65 3-ton Grain Truck *1970’s GMC Truck w/3-way post pounder, wire roller, post rack *1994 GMC 1500 Ext. Cab Truck *2002 Buick Century 4-dr Car *7 1/2’ x 26’ Norbert 5thWh Stocktrailer *6 1/2’ x 20’ Trailtech Flat Deck Trailer SEEDING & TILLAGE -27’ Morris 525 Cult., 3 plex, Morris Tine harrows, shovels for levelling hay land *25’ MM 725 Cult., 3 plex, Morris tine harrows *16’ Cockshutt 247 Cult. CATTLE HANDLING SYSTEM -Cattle Squeeze *18’ Adjust. Alley Way *Crowding Tub *Loading Chute for Sm. Trailer *Loading Chute for Semi *Calf Tipping Table HAYING & LIVESTOCK -NH HW325 SP diesel Swather *36’ Honey Bee Draper Header, fits NH Swather *16’ NH 1475 Hydroswing Haybine, fits NH SP Swather *2005 JD 567 Silage Special Rd. Baler *Highline Bale Pro 8000 Bale Processor *14 Wheel Frontier V-Hay Rake *NH 790 Manure Spreader *Spare Chain for Manure Spreader *JD 750 Mix Mill *NH 276 Sq. Baler *Bale Spears *Panels *Silage Feeders *Grain Troughs *Texas Gates *Rd. Bale Feeders *Calf Warmer on skids, heater *Grain Tank, fits Haybuster 256Plus *Tack *Saddles *Corral Panels *Fence Posts *Power Poles *NH 56R Side Delivery Rake BINS *550 Bu. Westeel Rosco H/B Bin *525 Bu. Behlen H/B Bin *2-3 hp. Inline Aeration Fans *Dolly Wheels EQUIP. *Augers *Melcam Rockpicker *14’ Tsf. Auger SHOP & YARD *1000 gal. Grd. Level Fuel Tank *5’ ATV Cult. *6’ JD 3 pt. ht. Mower *Denbigh Milling Machine *Craftsman YS 4500 Ride-On Lawnmower *Homemade Incinerator For Further Info Call Todd at (306) 741-3292. Note: All machinery will be started and demonstrated 1 hour before machinery sale time. Terms: Cash or Cheque w/Letter of Guarantee. Bins Sell at 12:30 p.m. Machinery Sells at: 1:00 p.m. No Lunch Available

The following Farm Equipment Auction will be conducted as planned. We encourage pre-viewing before the auction. You will be able to bid online, so register and be approved to bid. There will be no online registrations sale day. If you come to the auction, please come by yourself and you can participate in the auction as usual. Due to Covid-19 pandemic ANYONE PRESENTING WITH THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS: FEVER, TROUBLE BREATHING, SORE THROAT OR COUGHING, we ask you to stay home and bid online. Those of you who come for socializing, we welcome you back when the Emergency Order is over, but for now, please stay home. NOTE: Everyone must stay 6 feet apart. You will also be able to bid from your vehicle. There will be no lunch available. TRACTORS -1996 JD 7700 MFWA Diesel Tractor w/JD QD FEL, bucket, grapple fork *1995 JD 7800 MFWA Diesel Tractor *1990 JD 8760 4WD Diesel Tractor *1986 JD 4250 Diesel Tractor w/JD FEL *1964 Case 430 Gas Tractor *1961 Case 830 Diesel Tractor *Case D Gas Tractor *1955 Case 400 Gas Tractor *1977 Case 970 diesel Tractor *7’ Schulte Snowblower TRUCKS *1991 F800 Ford 4-Ton Grain Truck *1986 Ford F250 XL 3/4 Ton Truck *1970 Ford F350 1-Ton Truck *1990 Ford F150 XLT Lariat Reg. Cab Truck (Frame is bent) CRAWLER, SCRAPER & GRADER *Case 450 Diesel Crawler *Midland MD6 Scraper *10’ Richardson Pull Type Grader SEEDING & TILLAGE -40’ Flexicoil 5000 Air Drill w/Flexicoil Tow Behind Tank *36’ MF 360 Discers w/Packers *12’ IH 6200 Disc Drill *100’ Flexicoil 65 Field Sprayer *14’ Kello-Bilt Series 210 Breaking Disc *12’ IH Tandem Disc *45’ Valmar 240 Granular App. on own trailer *50’ JD 1650 Cult. *36’ Morris B3 Rodweeder *48’ Flexicoil Harrow Packer Drawbar *14’ JD Cult. HAYING & LIVESTOCK *JD 568 Rd. Baler *16’ NH 116 Hydroswing Haybine *HayBuster 2655 Shortcut Bale Processor *NH 195 Manure Spreader *Trailtech Bale Wagon *Friggstad Bale Wagon *NH Side Delivery Rake *Hay Spear for FEL *McCoyren Post Pounder HARVEST *30’ Case IH 8820 SP Diesel Swather *24’ IH 4000 SP Swather *JD 7721 pto Combine *30’ JD 730 pto Swather *36’ Case IH 736 pto Swather *45’ x 7” Brandt Grain Auger *35’ x 6” Brandt Grain Auger *28’ x 6” Brandt Grain Auger BINS *2 - 2250 bu. Westeel Rosco H/B Bins *2250 bu. Westeel Rosco H/B Bin *4 - 2000 bu. Westeel Rosco 6-ring F/B Bins *3 1600 bu. Westeel Rosco 5-ring F/B Bins *Approx. 800 bu. smooth wall H/B Bin Bins to be removed by August 1, 2020 ATV *Suzuki 300 King Quad 4x4 ATV SHOP & YARD *1000 gal. poly Water Tank *8’ Case 3 Pt. Ht. Blade *Fuel Tanks/Stands *32” Craftsman Snowblower *400 gal. Stainless Steel Sprayer Tank on own trailer *Tools *40 Ton Hyd. Press *2 Ton Shop Crane *Drill Press/Stand *Acetylene Welder w/cart. Plus Other Items. Please Note: There will be a household & garage sale of household effects, ornaments, some furniture, plus other articles too numerous to mention. This is a partial listing. For Further Info Call Norm at (403) 650-2170. All machinery will be started and demonstrated 1 hour before machinery sale time. Terms: Cash or Cheque w/Letter of Guarantee. Machinery & Vehicles Sell at: 1:00 p.m. No Lunch Available

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www.switzerauction.ca The Dunham Equipment Auction will be conducted as planned. We encourage previewing before the auction. You will be able to bid online, so register and be approved to bid. There will be no online registrations sale day. If you come to the auction, please come by yourself and you can participate in the auction as usual. Due to Covid-19 pandemic ANYONE PRESENTING WITH THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS: FEVER, TROUBLE BREATHING, SORE THROAT OR COUGHING, we ask you to stay home and bid online. Those of you who come for socializing, we welcome you back when the Emergency Order is over, but for now, please stay home. NOTE: Everyone must stay 6 feet apart. You will also be able to bid from your vehicle. There will be no lunch available.

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(306) 773-4200 Swift Current, Sk. SK. LIC. 914494

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Glenn Switzer

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Congratulations to Ben Azouzzi on a double run of hole-in-one golf, not even two weeks apart Ben Azouzzi resides in MJ but is a ‘Snowbird’ to Arizona during the winter. Ben loves to golf and has spent many hours at both the Hillcrest and the Lynbrook golf courses here in town as well as many other courses throughout the province. January 23 of this year Ben was as usual enjoying the warm desert air of Chandler, Arizona on the Bear Creek Executive golf course with his buddies. Playing the 157 yard 8th hole he watched his ball roll across the green until it disappeared into the hole. He had achieved the rare accomplishment of a hole in one. So that represents quite a feat for any golfer but it gets better than that. Playing the 6th hole at 100 yards on Feb. 4th on the same Bear Creek course he did it again. Now once is a golfer’s dream but twice is more than most golfers could imagine. This is a truly amazing story but now it really goes be-

Submitted yond that because just five days later Ben scored another ace at the same 6th hole playing at 89 yards. Three hole in ones in less than three weeks. It’s impossible to calculate the odds of this happening but let’s just say it is rare beyond measure. Making a hole in one is undoubtedly difficult. In fact the estimated odds of an average player making a hole in one are 12,500 to 1. A hole in one is only scored on average of once every 3,500 rounds, showing how particularly hard they are to come by. Apparently Ben either doesn’t know what the stats say about how unlikely it is to score an ace or he doesn’t care. The three aces described above were the 8th, 9th and 10th of his playing career. Ben failed to mention how much it has cost him for the traditional beverages he has had to buy for those who have helped him celebrate these remarkable milestones.

Former Miller Express pitcher Hofmann named All-American after stellar season at Northwestern State

Standout pitcher from 2018 Western Canadian Baseball League season ranked sixth among Canadian MLB prospects Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

There’s little question Logan Hofmann was pretty good as a pitcher for the Moose Jaw Miller Express during the 2018 Western Canadian Baseball League season. What this means is that this could quite likely land him in a Major League Baseball uniform in the near future. Hofmann, 21, recently completed his COVID-19-shortened season with the Northwestern State Demons in the Division I Southland Conference, and after putting together one of the best seasons in recent school history was named a Second Team All-American. And it was utter domination that brought him the honour. Hofmann – who was drafted in the 35th round, 1,055th overall in the 2019 MLB Draft after a stellar sophomore season at Colby Community College, but opted to join Northwestern State rather than sign a rookie deal – was all but unhittable for the Demons, posting a 4-0 record and not allowing an earned run, with his total of 28 scoreless innings the best in the NCAA. And he didn’t allow a lot of contact, either: Hoffman had at least nine strikeouts an outing, twice fanning 11 while allowing only 14 hits. That’s led the Canadian Baseball Network to list Hofmann as the sixth-ranked Canadian prospect heading into the 2020 MLB Draft, which he opted to re-enter after not signing with the St. Louis Cardinals. “A right-hander with a three-pitch mix and a fluid delivery with over-the-top arm action,” Hoffman is described as having

with Falmouth in the prestigious Cape Cod League, going 3-0 with a 3.37 ERA while striking out 22, walking seven and giving up only 11 hits. Hofmann is also ranked 477th in Baseball America’s Top 500 combined high

Miller Express pitcher Logan Hofmann had an incredible college season and is now the sixth-ranked prospect in Canada according to Canadian Baseball Network. by Prospects Live. “His change up flashed above-average with some nice tumble and run. It was an effective offering, stealing strikes from left-handed hitters to his arm side. His curve ball has 11-5 break with some twist at the end. The curve ball was his best swing-and-miss pitch. Overall a decent pitch mix, good mechanics and a pair of good secondaries make Hoffman a legit bullpen option in pro ball, even if he’s below average size and lacks huge fastball velocity.” As a freshman out of Colby in 2018, the Muenster native suited up for eight regular-season games with the Miller Express, posting a 4-1 record and striking out 21 against eight walks and only six hits. The following summer Hofmann played

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header in good condition 306693-1380 or 306-631-1454 TOOLS & EQUIPMENT For sale: (ODJOB) Canister cement mixer (holds up to 60 lbs of premix) $15.00. Phone (306) 692-6800. Please leave message. FOR RENT Adults Only. Self-contained 2 bedroom apt available now off street parking, private entrance with stove, fridge and microwave, all utilities included except power. Carpets in bedrooms, hallway and front room. Damage deposit of $790.00 required, rent $790.00 per month. No pets, smoking, or parties. More info call 306693-3727 Room for rent Available Immediately. A COZY FURNISHED ROOM FOR RENT. Single Occupancy NO sleepovers. Shared facilities. Heat, lights, water, fridge, stove, washer & dryer and car plug in. NO parties, children, pets or smoking inside. 3 blocks from Saskpolytech. Bus stop on next block. Must supply own food/personal items/towel and bedding. $425.00/monthly must be paid on the 1st of every month. $425.00 damage deposit required prior to so as to hold room or on move in day. You are responsible for you own tenant’s insurance. Although no lease is required, one month’s notice is required prior to departure, given on the first of the

month. If all requirements are met and home is left exactly as found when moving in, your damage deposit will be returned upon departure. Please phone 306-631-9800 to arrange a convenient time for viewing. MISCELLANEOUS Saddles and tack. 1 western pleasure saddle, 1 roping saddle, 1 English saddle. Western and English bridles, halters, spurs, boots, hats, shirts, and jeans. Horse blanket. Call (306) 692-8517 Please leave message For sale: Card table $15.00. Phone (306) 692-6800. Please leave message. For sale: Workmate folding saw table $20.00. Phone (306) 692-6800. Please leave message. Saddles & tack.  1 western pleasure saddle, 1 roping saddle,1 English saddle.  Western & English bridles, halters, spurs, boots, hats, shirts, and jeans.  Horse blanket.  Call 306 692-8517 Please leave message. HOUSEHOLD ITEMS Queen size mattress. Very clean in good condition $100. Phone 692-1365 “My pillow” Queen size mattress topper like new in very good condition $150. Phone 6921365 Kenmore 8 cu F upright freezer 24”x27”. $250 firm. 306-6924592

For sale: Household items - TV stand, one small vacuum and other small items. Phone 9729172 For sale: 1 single bed frame on casters - 1 set of king size sheets. Phone 306-972-9172 For sale: 6 silver (rounded bottoms) glasses in chrome carrying stand $20.00. Phone (306) 692-6800. Please leave message. For sale: King size bedspread & shams. Deep green (sating material), reversible with scalloped edges (New Condition) $35.00. Phone (306) 692-6800. Please leave message. Free: Consol TV - beautiful dark wood cabinet. Phone (306) 692-6800. Please leave message. FARM PRODUCE BISON MEAT. 30 years experience. Moose Jaw delivery available. 306-475-2232 LAWN & GARDEN For sale: Northern Ferns $3 each. Phone 692-1365 For sale: Black rubber landscape edging approx. 80 feet. $20. 693-3393 SPORTS For sale: 3 fishing rods, chain & (full) tackle box $40.00. Phone (306) 692-6800. Please leave message. WANTED Carpentry tools wanted clamps, small bench vice, sawhorse, and router. Phone 972-

2257 Moose Jaw Wanted: Small wood stove, air tight or whatever. 691-0050 I am looking for a lever or pump 22 rifle, and a smaller 22 bolt action rifle in either 22LR or Magnum. Call or text 1-306641-4447 Free pickup of your unwanted snowblowers, tillers, generators, ice augers, chainsaws, or any other yard and garden equipment, in Moose Jaw and area. Call or text 1-306-6414447 I am looking for a John Deere LA tractor or parts, in any condition, Call or text 306-641-4447 Tractors. I pay cash for tractors up to 50 HP running or not, and 3 point hitch equipment. Call or text 1-306-641-4447 Guns Wanted, I’m a licensed gun buyer paying cash for guns, parts and ammunition, as well as from estates. Moose Jaw, Regina, and surrounding area. Call or text 306-641-4447 Wanted a Stihl Chainsaw running or not. Call or text with model number to 306-6414447 Looking for a new or used jenn air grill? 3066305700 SERVICES Will do general painting & contracting interior & exterior. Free estimate. 30 years experience. Phone 306-972-9172 Will fix & sell Lewis Cattle oilers. Phone 972-9172 Junk to the dump in and around

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Looking for someone who has worked for a sunroom screen enclosure company before, to do repairs to my screened in deck. Sliders for window need to be adjusted on my 3 season sunroom Call Bob 306-631-8082 Moose Jaw - $40/load and up 306-681-8749 HELP WANTED Seeking committed, evangelizing Christian business partner. To open up and operate a second-hand/flea market store in Moose Jaw, SK. Male, female or family. Computer/internet knowledge helpful. 684-1084 Looking for somebody to cut the grass for the summer. Nine block Caribou St West area, takes 20 minutes. Must agree on a price first. Phone 306692-6640.

Sask. government creates monthly benefit for caregivers Larissa Kurz

The Saskatchewan government has announced that additional funding will be provided to caregivers of people with intellectual disabilities to help them take respite time away from their caregiving role. The funding will provide $100 per month from June to September to pay for respite or respite activities, so caregivers have access to broader options that are individual-focused or family-focused at this time.

The government created the funding program to offer help to parents and caregivers in the wake of province-wide day program closures, summer camp cancellations, and part-time work and volunteer shortages during the pandemic. An estimated 2,800 caregivers will be eligible to apply for these respite payments, including families caring for adult Community Living Service Delivery clients and

families receiving the Family Respite Benefit. Also eligible for the funding are Approved Service Home proprietors and Mental Health Approved Home proprietors. The benefit supports the province’s Disability Strategy recommendation Valuing Families, by offering support during their caregiving role.

Moose Jaw Health Care Workers Receive Gold Status Thank you to Derek Edmonstone for submitting the photos and some inspiration. As the the end of the rainbow visually landed right on The Dr. F.H. Wigmore Hospital in Moose Jaw during a recent storm, it was a poignant reminder to the Moose Jaw Express/MooseJawToday.com and citizens of Moose Jaw to take time to acknowledge the “gold at the end of the rainbow”...putting the gold stamp of approval on our health care workers within the community, around the province and throughout the country that continue to willingly serve as the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all. “In times like these when our front line workers are hard at work to ensure our health care system is safe for all who need and use it, it is nice to see they have received the gold status they deserve.....................” Thank you one and all for your service!

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Calico Junction closes after nearly 50 years in mall food court

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Larissa Kurz

Vice Versa “What is your vice?� Just a few days ago, one of my Facebook friends posed this question asking others how they deal with difficult situations. Several answers came back such as axe throwing, having a drink, going for a drive, turning up the music, punching bags, working out, journaling and more. Another suggestion was going to a rage room. What’s a rage room, you ask? It is a room in which you are given a baseball bat or golf club in which you have full freedom to smash old TV’s, bottles, furniture, etc. It is perfectly legal to go into these rooms and lose your temper, taking out your frustrations on items in that room. Aside from fits of wrath, other vices could include worry, anxiety, over-eating, binge-watching TV, swearing, hitting, or yelling. The question, “what’s your vice,� has not only disturbed and challenged me, it has caused me to reflect inwardly and ask myself that very question. Initially, I thought ‘vice’ meant where one turns when things go bad... And in some respects, that is what it means; however, I’ve come to realize that ‘vice’ actually means an immoral or evil habit or practice. This also leads me to believe that the common perception is that one needs a ‘vice’ in order to deal with troubles in our lives. As I’ve contemplated the answers that were given, I was saddened to see how many handle their struggles and frustrations the way they do. I am also extremely concerned about the state of our general population when we think we need a bad habit or immoral behavior to turn to when times are difficult or heart-breaking. The Word of God warns against allowing our flesh to dominate our lives. It says: “You should know this ...that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!� 2 Timothy 3:1-5 Conversely, when the pressure is on, we can do the opposite of giving into our fleshly nature. When we invite peace into our situation we can enjoy the benefits of it. Instead of falling to vices in our hard times, we can depend on virtues to help us through. Courage, determination, faithfulness, patience, mercy, wisdom and honesty are all virtues that can help us work through difficulties. Ultimately, not leaning to our own abilities but leaning into God’s strength, guidance, and love will carry us through the darkest of times. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.� Joshua 1:9 If we choose to handle our state of distress with anger, drama or bingeing on food, TV or alcohol, we will reap negative results for “whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.� If we choose to go to God, submitting to His way of doing things, we will reap a harvest of righteous, peace joy. Our health thank us. Our sleep pat60 and Athabasca Streetwill East terns will306-692-0533 thank us. And our friends and family will Minister: Rev. Jim Tenford thank us. Music Director: Karen Purdy TheSunday, views and opinions expressed in this article are those of th , 2017 May 14 theWorship author, andService do not necessarily reflect the position of this 10:30am publication. & Sunday School

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When Glady Pierce served the first soft ice cream cone at what would become a staple spot in the Town n’ Country Mall, her naivetĂŠ let the machine dole out far more of the cold treat than expected — but she quickly learned how to handle running a food business. Now, nearly 50 years later, that fast-food kiosk has made the tough decision to close up shop as the financial stresses of the coronavirus pandemic put the proverbial nail in the coffin. Owners and operators Todd and Barb Pierce served their last poutine at Calico Junction on April 25, after a surge of support from the local community made their last week in business one to remember. “The community was absolutely amazing and we had great support over the years, and we’re definitely going to miss seeing everybody every day,â€? said Barb. It was a tough decision to make, admitted Barb, but one that was best for both the Pierce’s and for the business. Foot traffic in the mall had been on the decline for a while, she said, and keeping the restaurant going was becoming less financially feasible over time. As the pandemic forced retail closures, Calico Junction felt an even sharper decrease in customers as the mall shut down entirely. The uncertainty of when businesses in malls and food courts will be allowed to resume services left the Pierce’s worried about their ability to bounce back in a post-pandemic economy. It was then that the Pierce’s made the choice to call it quits. “Recovery from something like that is just not easily done,â€? said Barb. “We just had to make the tough decision and do what was best for all of us.â€? After announcing the closure on Facebook, Todd and Barb were surprised by the outpouring of memories that came their way. Past patrons of the popular food court kiosk reminisced about visiting Calico Junction in years past, while some even drove several hours for one last poutine before it was over. “There was so much community support, which was totally unexpected. I was really shocked and happy and sad all at the same time,â€? said Barb. The Pierce’s have plenty of memories of their own from working together at the business for so many years, and hearing customers’ memories was a special kind of heartwarming for Barb. “I had people [tell me how] they could come up when Safeway was there, as little kids, and have fries after getting groceries with their mom and dad, and now they were bringing their kids up,â€? said Barb. “Just all the different stories like that, that we heard, it was just amazing.â€?

The popular corner joint has been nestled in the corner of the Town n’ Country food court for many years, and will be missed by the Moose Jaw community now that it has closed for good. (supplied by Barb Pierce)

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Some of Barb’s favourite memories as a business owner in the mall included the annual Halloween costume parades and other children’s activities over the years. But what she’ll miss the most, she said, is her loyal staff and customers — many of whom came in every day — as well as working alongside her husband and two daughters. “Todd and I worked together every day for 18 years, and now I go to an office every day and it’s not the same,� said Barb. “I’m going to miss that, working with family.� Todd and Barb took over Calico Junction from his mother Glady in 2003, who first opened what would become the food court giant in 1973 — which at the time was called The Malt Shoppe, before it combined with her second mall venture, Magic Oven Bakery, to form Calico Junction. Over the years, three generations of the Pierce family have worked at the restaurant — and they have served three generations of customers, as many have brought their children and grandchildren to enjoy the famous food. Calico Junction was certainly a family affair, agreed Barb, and that included the many staff members who worked at the food joint over the years who returned year after year to work behind the counter. “Everybody really keeps in touch. I have staff who worked there when they were fifteen and now they’re in their thirties [and] they still always make sure they stop by and visit when they’re in town,� said Barb. “It was like family all the time because we had such continuing, long-lasting staff.� It’s certainly disappointing to see Calico Junction close, said Barb, especially since Glady also made the decision to sell Hopkin’s Dining Parlour earlier this year after over 40 years in operation. But although the popular Moose Jaw joint is definitely closed, Barb did admit that the possibility of a revival in the future isn’t entirely off the table. “We are leaving our options open, but we have to kind of see how everything recovers first before we decide what to do,� said Barb The Pierce’s do have concerns about what the restaurant industry will look like in a post-pandemic world, but they aren’t opposed to revisiting the food business once things look more settled. “I wouldn’t say it’s out of the question,� said Barb. “I think it may be different, thought, maybe looking at a food truck down the line or just doing something a little different, but we have to wait and see what happens, what the new normal will bring.�

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THUL It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of John Thomas “Jack” Thul on Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 at the age of 95 years. He was predeceased by his wife, Olive; and sons, Bill and Tom. John is survived by nine of his children: Dorothy (Al), Linda, Barb (Ralph), Brenda (Aubrey), Helen (Del), Donna (Philip), Grant, Jackie (Doug), Rhonda (Jeff), and daughter-inlaw, Phyllis; his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brother, Duane (Nola); and sister, Deanna. John and Olive loved living in Marquis, SK as it was a community of friends and a great place to raise their 11 kids. In his early years, John enjoyed working for Amil Sagal at Sagal Bros Garage. He married Olive Forsyth of Lake Valley, SK in July 1945 and started work that year at Richardson Pioneer Grain, where he spent 42 years until his retirement in 1987. In 1965, he was able to start buying land and do the farming that he loved. John was an active member of his church and community, as an organizer and fundraiser. He loved sports and enjoyed fishing, hunting, curling, playing baseball and coaching the boys’ ball team for 17 years. After retirement and moving to Moose Jaw, John and Olive continued their love of opening their home to family and friends for gatherings and playing cards. John would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He loved going to the YMCA every day and even won a Western Canadian Weight Lifting Championship while in his 80’s. In recent years, he loved spending time with his family and enjoyed teasing his grandchildren and cheering them on at their many sporting events. John will be fondly remembered for his many sayings. Two of our favourites are: “Keep ‘er between the ditches” “Keep me in mind” In keeping with John’s wishes, a Private Family Graveside Service will be held. Our sincere thank you to Extendicare and Providence Place for the caring and kindness they gave to Dad. As an expression of sympathy, donations in John’s name may be made to the Moose Jaw Health Foundation, 55 Diefenbaker Drive, Moose Jaw, SK S6J 0C2. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Michelle Ellis, Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome.com

KENNETH BRUCE JOHNSON 1955-2020 Kenneth Bruce Johnson of Regina, Saskatchewan reached the end of his life peacefully on May 13, 2020 at the age of 64. Ken was born in Moose Jaw on October 21st, 1955. He grew up on a dairy farm near Moose Jaw and graduated from high school at Central Collegiate. He later received a degree from the University of Regina. He went on to work for the Canada Revenue Agency for 31 years before retiring in 2015. Ken greatly enjoyed playing basketball, volleyball, tennis and curling, and coached many youth over years in several sports. Ken’s approach to life was with humor and compassion. He appreciated the time that his life afforded him to enjoy himself and to bring joy to others and always expressed a strong and positive attitude towards life despite periodically struggling with depression. His greatest joy was his two year old grandson, Kian, and he was looking forward to two more grandchildren in the next three months (Nolan Crompton was born May 21, eight days after Ken’s passing.) Ken is predeceased by his parents, Bette and Scottie Johnson. He is lovingly remembered by his three children, Holly (David) Crompton of Regina, Pamela (Michael) Matheson of Perth, Australia and David Johnson of Coronation, Alberta; his two grandchildren, Kian and Nolan Crompton; as well as the mother of his children Yvonne Thulien of Coronation, Alberta; his siblings, Betty Ann Chalmers and Barb (Jack) Ross of Moose Jaw, Bob (Gail) Johnson of Didsbury, Alberta and Dale Johnson of Calgary, Alberta; as well as many nieces and nephews. Shortly after his retirement he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and pulmonary fibrosis. He spent the last 15 months in hospital, eleven months in Regina General and four months in U of A Hospital in Edmonton. His family wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation for the nurses, physiotherapists and staff on the 6F unit at the Regina General Hospital, the Edmonton Hospital Transplant team and the 3E unit at the University of Edmonton Hospital. Ken was awaiting a double lung transplant. Ken requested that everyone consider being an organ donor. At Ken’s request, no funeral service will be held, but he wanted his many friends to know that he appreciated their contributions to his life. Arrangements entrusted to Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, Edmonton and Jones-Parkview Funeral Services Moose Jaw. In living memory of Ken, a memorial planting will be made by Jones - Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: www.wjjonesandson.com or www.parkviewfuneralchapel.ca (Obituaries). Stephanie Lowe - Funeral Director

LINDQUIST Gladys Irene Lindquist was born on November 4th, 1930 in Riverhurst, SK, the 4th of 8 children of Dave and Emma Coote. She passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 24th, 2020 at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital in Moose Jaw, SK. She was predeceased by her parents, Dave and Emma Coote; husband, Erven; parents-in-law, Albert and Ellen; brothers, Archie and John Coote; sisters: Ethel Peterson, Hazel Hjelte and Maybel Blanchard; brothers-in-law: Carl Peterson, Jim Blanchard, Dave Mason, Ursel Lindquist, Ed Lindell, Keith Holmes, Vern Smith, and Reiny Wendel; and sisters-in-law, Lyla Lindell and Marj Holmes. Gladys is survived by her son, Lloyd Lindquist; sisters, Violet Peterson and Laura Peterson; sisters-in-law: Marilyn Coote, Alice Smith, Vionne Wendel and Ruth Lindquist; brothers-in-law, Merlin Peterson and Norman Peterson; as well as many nieces and nephews. Gladys received her schooling at Emsdale, SK as well as some High School in Riverhurst. After school, she worked for a farm family at Boharm, SK as well as for Jim Hatley before marrying Erven, then settled at the family farm in the Calderbank district. Erven and Gladys had one son, Lloyd, and lived there through till 1966 when they moved to Central Butte, SK. They continued to farm until 2007. Gladys then began work at the Central Butte Hospital in the housekeeping and laundry department until she retired in 1995. Gladys loved gardening so much so that if there was a vacant gardening plot in town, she and Lloyd would plant in it if allowed. Gladys loved her sports and was part of the starting up of the Ladies Fastball team in Central Butte that went on to win 7 consecutive Provincial Championships in the 70’s. She also loved to curl, playing many games in the old Silver L as well as the new rink. Sports on TV were also a great pastime, especially the Scotties, Briers and World Championships. The family would like to thank the staff at the Central Butte Regency Manor for the quality and compassionate care shown to Gladys during her stay. A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at Sunset Cemetery with Pastor Marvin Seaborg officiating. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Gladys’ name may be made to the Regency Manor Auxiliary, P.O. Box 361, Central Butte, SK S0H 0T0. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. James Murdock, Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome. com

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COVID-19: What’s cancelled and closed in Moose Jaw

The following is a running list of groups, businesses, and organizations that have been closed or cancelled upcoming events due to concerns about COVID-19. Moose Jaw Express staff will be updating this list as needed. If you would like your notice added to this list, contact us at editor@mjvexpress.com. For information about the status of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, or for more information on symptoms and preventative measures, check saskatchewan.ca/ coronavirus. 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.

Education:

All schools in Saskatchewan, from pre-kindergarten to high school will not be reopening until fall. Distance learning resources are now available. Saskatchewan Polytechnic has cancelled all programming and classes on campus but online courses and alternative delivery options are available. All non-essential events are also cancelled. Campuses remain open but with limited services. The University of Regina will be providing instruction from a distance for the remainder of the semester.

Organizations:

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 offering road tests on a limited basis, with priority for healthcare and agriculture workers beginning May 11. Road tests in Moose Jaw will not be available until early June. Those who have already booked an appointment will be notified to reschedule. SGI offices are currently closed to the public, but appointments to complete transactions in person can be made by calling the Moose Jaw branch at 1 (306) 691-4570. Riverside Mission has suspended its daily lunch program until further notice, but is still providing supper service with increased safety protocols. The shelter is also not taking leftover food donations or clothing donations at this time, and men’s emergency shelter capacity has been reduced from 10 beds to 4 beds only available to Saskatchewan residents at this time. The Western Development Museum is now closed to the public, with all upcoming events cancelled until further notice. 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 wakamow.events@sasktel.net. Campsite 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 director@ tourismmoosejaw.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 will be opening on June 8, with veterans coffee on Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m. and the lounge open on Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Meat draws, darts, pool, and shuffleboard will not be resuming at this time. All COVID-19 guidelines will be followed. All places of worship in the city will be able to re-open 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. Some in-person appointments are being accepted, by calling ahead. 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 ask@moosejawlibrary.ca. The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery is closed. All events and programs during this time will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date. Grief support groups from Jones-Parkview Funeral Home are cancelled until further notice. South Central ECIP has indefinitely suspended all home visits and has cancelled all Learn and Playu and Zumbini groups effective immediately.

Hunger in Moose Jaw is closed to the public but is available through phone, email, and social media messages. 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 further notice, 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 reopened its 9 Lives Boutique at the Town ‘n’ Country Mall on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Patrons can also order items from the boutique for delivery or in-store pick-up, and donate to the Trap, Neuter, and Release program directly by contacting SCRAPS. 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. Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum is currently not open for the season, and will be cancelling all summer events for the time being.

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 admin@mjhockey.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 cancelled it’s 2020 season. 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 nonmembers. Classes in Beginner and Advanced Dance, tumbling drills, stretch, flexibility, conditioning and Ninja training. Email info@cheerinfinity.ca today for more information on how to register. 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 Re-Open 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. 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. The Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame has cancelled its 2020 induction ceremony and banquet in the fall, and will not be adding any new hall of fame inductees this year.

Events:

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) 693-4700 or info@ moosejawculture.ca. The Moose Jaw Public Library is now offering virtual programming while the building is physically closed to the public. Upcoming events include a Teen Digital Dungeons &

Dragons session on June 3 and June 10 at 6:30 p.m., a Stress Reduction session on June 3 at 2:30 p.m., and Archives History Mystery on June 11 at 2:30 p.m. Teen events will be hosted on Discord and adult events on 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 resumed on May 12 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 every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning on May 30. Precautions are in place for entrances & exits, and there will be plenty of room for social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be made available. 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. Instead, the club is hosting an online variety show on their Facebook page on June 6, June 13, June 20, and June 27 at 11 a.m. The children’s summer parks program from the City of Moose Jaw Parks and Recreation Department will not happen in-person this year. Instead, the program will be delivered using take-home activity kits, made available in neighbourhoods around the city. 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 18-21 is postponed to June 18-20, 2021. Family Day at the Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum, usually held in July, is cancelled. 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 inperson, 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 gatewayfestivaltickets@gmail.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 2526 has been postponed to a later, undetermined date. The annual Threshing Bee at the Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum on Sept 12-13 is tentatively cancelled this year. The 2020 Terry Fox Run in Moose Jaw will take place virtually on Sept. 20. Register online at TerryFox.org.

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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 allowed to reopen beginning May 19 during Phase Two of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, in addition to some personal services such as hairdressers, massage therapists, and acupuncturists. 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 will begin to phase in some health services beginning on May 19, including an increase in certain surgeries and diagnostic imaging, immunizations, and mental health services. 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, 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.

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25 minutes south of Moose Jaw, in Briercrest. Beautiful bungalow over 1100 sqft. Lots of kitchen cabinets, and counter space. Formal dining area with sliding doors to deck. Lower level developed. Heated garage! Small town living!

Caron, beautiful bungalow with walk out basement. Separate entrance to main floor and basement. 3 bedrooms. Sunny living room with gleaming hardwood floors. Garden door to large private upper deck. Many updates have been done. Seeing is believing!

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That farmers had a bad year in 2019 is a given considering the late harvest, poor grades and declines in grain prices. The extent of the ill-fated year shows in the farm income data for last year released by Sta-

tistics Canada. Total farm cash receipts of $66 billion were up four per cent from 2018. Saskatchewan farm receipts were up 0.6 per cent — $39 million — to $14.06 billion. Net farm income across Canada declined 3.2 per cent to $3.711 million. The decline would have been more severe had farmers not sold off inventories of grain and cattle from previous years. The $1.05 billion reduction in Canadian farm inventories accounted for just over one of every four dollars of net income farmers banked. Net farm income in Saskatchewan took a bigger hit than the national average. Net farm income in this province fell 23.1 per cent to $1.36 billion as grain prices fell with loss of international markets, a wet harvest reduced yields and grades, and costs increased for harvest and grain drying. The $322 million sell-off of farm inventory in Saskatchewan amounted to 23 per cent of net income. In neighbouring Alberta net farm income jumped 10.8 per cent to $14.9 billon on a strong cattle market and irrigation crops. Manitoba’s grain-dominated agriculture had a 15 per cent decline in net farm income to $542.7 million. Thirty-four per cent of that was a sell-off of inventory. Ontario net farm income of $444 million was down less than one per cent while Quebec net income increased 14 per cent to $803 million. Much of Quebec farming is dairy and chickens with prices regulated by marketing boards. British Columbia agriculture, dominated by vegetables, fruit, livestock and legal marijuana increased net income by 65 per cent to $66.1 million. P.E.I. farmers saw net income almost double to $80.2 million while New Brunswick net income gained 69 per cent to $123.5 million. Both provinces experienced poor harvest with soaring prices. The loss in Nova Scotia agriculture increased to $50.7 million from $39.9 million. In Newfoundland and Labrador, net farm income losses of $1.8 million increased by $600,000.

Year round living at South Lake, Buffalo Pound Lake. Good size living room, wood burning stove. Lots of cabinets in kitchen, dining area with patio doors to deck. Lots of updates have been done. Perfect rest & relaxation getaway!

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BENSON Donna Marie (Schnell) Benson passed away peacefully in her sleep, in the comfort of her own bed at home, on Monday, May 25th, 2020 when Jesus brought her to Heaven. Donna was born in Yorkton, SK on May 10th, 1946 to Mamie (Mary) and Frederick Schnell. As a teenager she met Garry Benson, the love of her life, and they married when she was 18. Together they lived and worked in Moose Jaw and raised their two children. They were married 40 years until Garry’s passing in 2004. Donna worked at several jobs throughout her life, the last one being STI/SIAST for over 30 years and she retired from her position as the Campus Registrar in 2001. Her retirement gave her time to spend with her new grandchildren and care for our dad and her mother until their passing. She enjoyed annual visits to see Sherri and her children in Texas, and their visits to see her at home in Moose Jaw, and many vacations with Lorraine’s family. The most recent vacation, and one we will always remember and cherish, was our full family vacation to Maui in Feb 2019 where she got to see the ocean again and enjoy the beautiful sights and smells of the Island. Mom was always there for all the special moments in our lives such as ball games, school functions, graduations, weddings and holiday gatherings. She was there for the births of her grandchildren and continued to support them in the same ways as she had her own children. Always in the stands at their ball, hockey, and volleyball games; any time there was a chance to see them, she was there and spoiling them as only grandmas can. Donna loved living in the Park while enjoying tending to her yard and flowers and watching the birds, squirrels and deer around her home. She was very supportive of everyone in her life and this is evident in her home that is filled with Partylite and items purchased from various friend’s businesses. Donna loved crafting and was very creative; she passed that love on to her children and grandchildren. Her home was also filled with needlework, sewing and quilting, dried flower creations, scrapbooks and hand painted projects. Donna was also an avid reader. She was a wonderful and loving Wife, Mother, Mother-in-Law, Grandmother, Sister, Auntie, Neighbor and Friend. She will be remembered and loved by all who knew her. Donna was a devoted Christian, dedicating her life to Jesus in her 20’s. For many years she attended church, and then continued to have prayer gatherings with friends, travel to conferences, daily reading of her Bible and seemingly endless collection of books. Donna was met in heaven by her parents, Mamie and Frederick Schnell; husband, Garry; sister, Gloria Buchan and many cherished pets, family and friends – we imagine the celebration is amazing! She will lovingly be remembered and terribly missed by her children, Lorraine (Gordon) Knox and Sherri Miller; grandchildren: Carly, Vanessa, Matthew, Mitchell and Luke; her brother, Bill Schnell (Carol); her special Auntie Joan Schnell; and her dogs, Sadie and Lucy; as well as her many nieces and nephews and extended family and friends. Due to the current health and travel restrictions, a Memorial Service will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Donna’s name may be made to the Moose Jaw Humane Society, Box 1658 Station Main, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 7K7 or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Gary McDowell Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www. moosejawfuneralhome.com.

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$549,900 1800 feet per floor with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, exterior renovated with new garage door, front doors and window, updated stone, painted stucco and new shingles kitchen is spacious with a large island, walk-in pantry and open to the dining room and family room, living room has a nice gas fireplace , main floor laundry room, spacious bedrooms and the master bedrooms has a large walk-in closet and en-suite. The basement has a large family room 2 more spacious bedrooms, bathroom and a 2nd laundry area with sink 2-tier deck 3 car garage!

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