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The Moose Jaw Shrine Club Festival last year featured face painting and farm animals, but this year the festival has to be replaced with a virtual event. (photo by Randy Palmer)

Shrine Club replacing cancelled Children’s Festival with online show

Larissa Kurz The Moose Jaw Shrine Club made the tough call to cancel their book with the kids. It’s a great time for them to come together.� annual Children’s Festival that usually takes place at the begin- The Children’s Festival is something that the club hosts every ning of June, but the charity club has something else up its sleeve year for the benefit of local children, to provide something fun for them to enjoy with no cost barriers. It replaced the Shrine Club’s to entertain the kids this year. Instead of the usual festivities, the Moose Jaw Shrine Club has circus a number of years ago and is an event that’s very important lined up several local performers to do a series of live shows on to the club each year. the Shriners Facebook page, for children to tune into and watch Although pandemic concerns have made the usual festival imfor free. possible this year, the Shrine Club decided that the spirit of the The interactive show series began on June 6 at 10 a.m. — featur- event was something they still wanted to pursue. ing entertainers offering magic, comedy, hypnotism, and more The online show is also something that the Shrine Club is think— and will continue on June 13, June 20, and June 27. ing of continuing, even after the pandemic restrictions have lifted Anyone is welcome to tune in, said the Shrine Club, and the hope because they feel as though it could be appreciated in the new, is that the interactive show will offer some entertainment to chil- high-tech world. dren and families at home during this time. “We think that it’s one more way of delivering an idea of what we “It’s all designed purely for the entertainment of the kids because Shriners do, and how the Shriners are all about the children and we know they have been locked away, so to speak,� said Shrine making a difference in their world,� said Ruston. Club member Aaron Ruston. “And maybe even mom and dad More details about the show will be announced on the Moose Jaw need a break and would like to watch something new on Face- Shrine Club Facebook page.

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Tokyo film festival picks up local producer’s first feature film Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The pandemic has forced the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) to move its event online and showcase entries digitally, including one feature film that a Moose Javian wrote and co-produced. The 33rd annual festival occurs online from Oct. 31 to Nov. 9, where independent producer Dustan Hlady’s film, Nolan: Here Nor There, will be shown. This is the first full-length feature film Hlady has produced, while — aside from the director of photography and sound technician — this was also the first full-length feature film for everyone who worked on it. “It feels really great (to have the film selected). I had a freak-out moment, for sure,” Hlady said, explaining that he was sitting in front of the library when he received the email announcement from TIFF. He then jumped around in his vehicle in excitement before calling his wife and then the director and director of photography. “It was exciting,” he added. The film is a coming of age story, focusing on a young Aboriginal man whose reserve is experiencing a suicide epidemic. His mother sends him to live with family in Fort Qu’Appelle, where he meets a residential school survivor and a girl who is the comedic foil of the film. While the film deals with serious material, it is also hopeful, said Hlady. The characters come out more hope-filled than before, even if the ending for them is not perfect or fixed. It took nearly three years to put the film together, including writing the script, casting actors, finding suitable locations, shooting, and then the end process of editing, sound and colour. Almost everyone donated their time and effort to put the film together, from the actors to the director, said Hlady. This was Wilfred Dieter’s first time directing a full-length feature film, as he usually shoots short pieces. After filming in the summer of 2018, a small group went to work to put the film together, completing it this

A scene from the film Nolan: Here Nor There, written and co-produced by resident Dustan Hlady. Photo courtesy Dustan Hlady

February. “It is kind of an amazing experience, that this idea we had a couple of years ago is now (coming together),” Hlady continued. “I wrote the script. It’s crazy to me, how a line I thought of in the middle of the night, this actor is saying now. The creative process is really fun, to see nothing become something.” The filmmaking process is usually refined and filtered as it is put together, he remarked. It starts with one idea, before everyone puts forward an idea to make the project better, whether it’s the director making the script his own or the actors adding their interpretation to their characters. Some directors consider themselves geniuses and don’t work well with others, but Dieter was great on set and was able to pull intense performances out of the actors, added Hlady. Once the film was finished, Hlady sent it off to different film festivals and then waited to hear back about whether any festival had selected the movie. He had thought the film was a lock to make the Regina International

Film Festival and Awards (RIFFA), but then COVID-19 hit, and organizers cancelled the festival. This disappointed him since it is an important film festival in Saskatchewan. After developing friendships on the film set, Hlady had also looked forward to screening the film for the cast and crew at the Saskatchewan Film Pool, but then the coronavirus struck a month before that could happen. “One actress in particular … she almost didn’t do the film. I told her, ‘This is going to be an amazing experience. You’re going to be a red carpet … . You’re going to have these amazing film festival experiences,’” Hlady said, adding with a laugh, “Then COVID(-19) hit and it’s like, ‘You’re going to love seeing this online.’” Hlady’s dream is to have a distributor pick up Nolan: Here Nor There and then show it on a streaming service, of which, he pointed out, there are many such platforms. Until then, he’ll continue to work on his next feature-length film that could start shooting in July.

Cast and crew of the film “Nolan: Here Nor There,” take a break from filming the movie in Fort Qu’Appelle. Photo by Dustan Hlady

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Sask. Lego Users still brainstorming for Brickspo despite uncertainty Larissa Kurz Normally right about now, members of the Saskatchewan Lego Users Group (SLUG) would be signing up to build a display for the annual Brickspo show at the Western Development Museum in July, but the indefinite postponement of the event has left them with some free time for personal builds instead. The SLUG and organizers from the WDM made the disappointing decision to postpone the fan-favourite exhibition until a possible fall date, due to concerns about the large crowd it attracts every year that would make it tough to properly follow the current social distancing rules. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s the way things are right now,� said SLUG member Adam Dodge. “We’re kind of half-hopeful [and] in the back of our minds, we’re thinking maybe it’ll happen [later this year].� Lego builders attend Brickspo from all over Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, and even British Columbia each year, which means the show serves a dual purpose for the local club. “As much fun as it is to take the things that we build and to be able to show them to the public and let them enjoy it, it’s a bigger thing for us to just be able to get together as a group,� said Dodge. “It’s the community of builders that I think, personally, I am going to miss this summer.� In better circumstances, the ongoing isolation would have been a perfect situation for Brickspo participants to put in some serious hours on their exhibition projects. But as it stands, members are instead us-

ing the time at home to work on their own projects — or maybe not, in some cases. For Dodge, working from home during the pandemic has cracked open his “builder’s block,� sparking new interest in the hobby. “I was going through a bit of what we call a dark age [where he was taking some time away from building] because I didn’t have an inspiration or anything,� said Dodge. “But being at home and being around the stuff all day. . . I’ve actually been building a whole lot more than I have for the past six months.� For other members of SLUG, having more spare time is drying up the well of inspiration. “I also know, for some people the opposite is actually true, like this whole experience of having to stay at home in isolation has been a bit of a detriment and they haven’t been inspired or spent too much time building,� said Dodge. For the most part, Dodge finds that the isolation is really just testing his creativity. Lego builders like him have usually built up an extensive collection of pieces that they use for all of their projects, which means each build comes straight from the mind of the builder — no instructions included. Tracking down specialty pieces for those invented projects has become a bit trickier, with a number of retail dealers currently not shipping due to the pandemic, but Dodge doesn’t think the issue has slowed SLUG members down too much.

SLUG member Jim Jo shared one of his most recent projects, a 3D build of Baby Yoda from the popular Star Wars spinoff show The Mandalorian. (supplied by Jim Jo) “There’s a little bit more difficulty in getting things, but on the whole, I think a lot of us have a fair bit of what we need, so we’re able to do at least a little bit of what we want to be,� said Dodge. In fact, a large part of what makes Lego building fun is actually the challenge of having limited pieces, shared Dodge. “It can be more interesting sometimes working within limitations because the bricks can only do so much,� said Dodge. “It makes you push your imagination as to where it is you could go, or what else you could use.� Keeping in touch has also been tough for SLUG, said Dodge, as the group had to indefinitely cancel its usual monthly meetings with members. Meetings were a

place to bounce ideas off each other and talk shop, and now members have to find other ways to discuss their shared interest. An ongoing group chat is helping to bridge the gap, as is the SLUG Facebook page where they have been sharing some quarantine building challenges for people to try. April’s challenge was recreating iconic movie posters and earlier in May, Lego enthusiasts were tasked with creating a vignette showing how they’ve spent their time in quarantine or what they will remember most about the pandemic. For now, Dodge and the rest of SLUG are trying to stay positive that a fall version of Brickspo will be possible. Between SLUG and the WDM, many ideas have been floating around to make sure the annual show happens in some capacity — including hosting a smaller version, or limiting the number of visitors at a time, among others. “Of course we would like to hold it as best we can,� said Dodge. “If we have to do some sort of alternative thing where we at least get to show what we do in some sort of limited way, we’d be open to that, but it’s all going to come down to what things look like in the fall.� For more information about the Saskatchewan Lego Users Group and its members, check out their website at sasklug.yolasite. com and follow the SLUG Facebook page for updates about ongoing build challenges.

Mining: Essential to Local and Global Communities MLA’s Column

Warren Michelson

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Warren Michelson, MLA

Moose Jaw residents usually think of potash when they hear the word mining; and for good reason. The Mosaic Potash mine has been an important part of our community since the 1960’s. In 2012, K+S Potash broke ground in the Moose Jaw area, and quickly become involved supporting our community and helping to build our local economy. Saskatchewan Mining Week underlined just how diverse our mining industry is, and how much it contributes to our Saskatchewan economy. The Government of Saskatchewan, with the Saskatchewan Mining Association, celebrates Mining Week every year. This year’s theme was “Mining: Essential to Local and Global Communities�, highlighting Saskatchewan’s world-class mining sector and its extensive contributions to local communities and the provincial economy. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and temporary market

conditions, Saskatchewan’s mining sector is well-positioned to emerge as a leader in the provincial economic recovery, promoting food security and supplying critical resources; including clean energy to the world. Saskatchewan’s mining industry generated $7.4 billion in sales in 2019 and more than $72.3 billion since 2010. In 2019, Saskatchewan produced more potash than any other country and about 30 per cent of the world total. Saskatchewan is also the world’s second-largest uranium producer, accounting for approximately 13 per cent of global production. Saskatchewan has a variety of other minerals including: gold, base metals, clays, coal, diamonds, platinum group metals, sodium sulphate, silica sand and rare earth elements. Saskatchewan remains a favourable jurisdiction for investment in mineral exploration and development, and energy resources. The province has a stable regulatory environment, competitive royalty structures, and various incentives, including a Provincial Sales Tax exemption for exploratory and downhole drilling activity. Saskatchewan also offers the Targeted Mineral Exploration Incentive, which supports exploration for precious and base metals and diamonds. Incentives like these are bringing lithium exploration and development to Saskatchewan. The global demand for lithium is forecasted to grow by ten per cent, per year,

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between 2019 and 2024 due to the expanding use of rechargeable lithium ion batteries in electric cars and portable electronic devices. Prairie-LiEP Critical Mineral Joint Venture will begin a two-stage pilot project that will produce lithium hydroxide from Saskatchewan oilfield brines. The first stage is expected to begin this July, based in Regina. Stage two is planned for the second half of 2021, with field operations in southern Saskatchewan. It will include the construction of one of Canada’s first lithium extraction and refining facilities, which will produce approximately one tonne of lithium hydroxide per day. More than 30,000 people in Saskatchewan are employed directly or indirectly by the mining industry. On top of that, in 2017, Saskatchewan mining contributed $1.8 billion in provincial, federal and municipal taxes, which created revenue for health care, education and infrastructure development. I know the mining companies including K&S and Mosaic contribute to our local community in sponsorships, donations, and gifts in kind. I’m grateful for all those ways the mining industry helps our community and our province be a great place to live.

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It’s with nervous anticipation and excitement that we are be embracing the opening of Phase 3 in our province. As a couple with no family or relatives in town and also working together in the same office, we do enjoy a social lunch or brief outing on ocJoan Ritchie casion in the mundane rouEDITOR tine of day-to-day life. When COVID-19 hit, though, our life drastically changed. With social restrictions in place, we hunkered down at home 24/7 but also had some of our precious family with us for a couple of months. With two grandkids in the mix, 4 ½ yrs and 1 ½ yrs, there was no lack of action and excitement around the house. No longer with us now, our house is eerily quiet and I find myself sort of lost in my own world with lots to do, although lacking the ambition to do it. I’m really looking forward to getting out socially, even if it’s just for a quick lunch in a hopefully sterile environment or even some chit-chat with acquaintances through a plexi-glass haze. And of utmost priority in the openings, I finally will be able to have my ‘do’ redone, with hopefully a pedicure sometime in the very near future. With the size of gatherings extended, too, I am really looking forward to getting together with relatives and friends to catch-up on the last three months, even if it’s around a campfire at the lake. But the biggest encouragement is the possibility of seeing my aged folks eyeball to eyeball rather than through a metal fence, and really visiting with them rather than just a quick hi and bye. My heart has broken for seniors confined to their small spaces in homes during this time with no options of having family come-by or the ability to leave the establishment even for an outing. I know it has been for their own well-being and safety, but instances where there has been neglect and abuse make one really anxious to visually see what’s really going on presently in senior homes. Personally, I am thankful that the residence where my parents reside offers exceptional care, as well as the personnel that are very caring and compassionate and interact with my folks like they are their own. 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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Crisis in long term care This phrase sounds so immediate and current, but this isn’t the first time I’ve talked about or written about this…the only difference is this time it’s a crisis in the whole health care system across the ountry. For well over a decade, unions have been sounding the alarm about understaffing in health care; our members have talked about one Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) on shift providing care for 24 residents; or having to feed eight residents in a short time span; or not being able to provide a resident their weekly bath for three full weeks due to staffing shortages. There is no time to answer questions or to reassure a resident; no time to sit for a break and sometimes not enough time to go pee. Running to provide care isn’t a catch phrase, it’s a way of life for health care staff. When health care workers have raised these kinds of issues with managers, they shrug their shoulders because their hands are tied with budgets; they KNOW that we need more staff, but they can’t get more staff. When we talk to politicians about these kinds of issues, they appear shocked! Outraged! How can this happen? But ultimately they do nothing that actually results in real investment in hands on care. Instead of pouring dollars into another study that is ultimately ignored or into LEAN projects, they could have chosen to listen to front line health care workers who have been offering the secret to compassionate, quality, and dignified care: more staff and better wages to keep and attract new staff to the sector. But they choose to ignore invitations to walk a day in health care provider’s shoes; they refuse to meet with front line health care workers; they condone their representatives to walk away from bargaining tables; and they get other government Ministers to create a form letter to reply to corre-

spondence from health care workers. Passing the buck, pretending things are okay, and ignoring facts doesn’t solve any problems. It creates mistrust, false hope, and despair for those who are on the receiving end of this kind of dismissiveness. When our own Premier talks about the 191 pages of guidelines for long term care, my only response is that these guidelines are failing all of us: residents, their families, the care providers and the long-term care community. Similarly, we hold out no real trust that the long-awaited report regarding the status of long-term care in our province will be independent or a true reflection of the chronic understaffing that exists in this sector. We need something stronger – legislated minimum hours of care that employers can be held accountable to uphold. Our governments ought to do whatever is necessary to keep citizens safe. They need to ensure we have the resources to fight a pandemic or a natural disaster or whatever comes our way. People want to know in times of crisis, that their government will be honest, transparent and have a plan. They should not play political games to score cheap points – but have integrity to lead and be fair – not try to penny pinch because they’re trying to protect their budgets. Whether its ideology or fear, governments have abdicated their responsibility to protect ALL citizens by ensuring that we have solid public services for all residents. This doesn’t mean they have a backdoor to push their own agenda to privatize public services. Health care workers may not be in shiny new buildings with a ribbons on them but they are the ones who work in them and make them run and they need to be invested in too. But for the heroes you applaud each night, for front line health care workers, the chaos is just the same as every day. Barbara Cape, President, SEIU-West

Yara Community Gardens digging into new season with updated safety guidelines Larissa Kurz

Yara Community Gardens isn’t letting coronavirus stop the gardens from flourishing this summer, as all three of the community gardens locations have implemented a variety of safety measures to keep gardeners in their plots this year. Gardens coordinator Cassidy Bochek from Hunger in Moose Jaw, the parent organization of the community gardens, shared the number of ways that staff are making sure gardeners remain safe while they attend to their plots. “It’s certainly been interesting this year,” said Bochek.” With the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had to make sure that we put enough precautions in place to keep everyYara Community Gardens on Home Street West are one safe while they’re using the gardens.” open and ready with some new, social-distanced changes. For starters, only the 140 ground plots were made available to gardeners this year and not the plant boxes, as the boxes are located too close together to ensure proper social distancing. The community gardens communal tools are also not available for use, and access to the sheds is restricted. Staff are visiting each site regularly to sanitize all of the communal public surfaces — such as tap handles and gates. There is also plenty of signage posted throughout the gardens, reminding everyone to keep their recommended two-metres of distance and to avoid attending to their plots if they have travelled recently or are feeling ill. Gardeners are also asked to wear gloves at all times while using the communal watering taps, and hand sanitizer is also being made available to all gardeners on site. The community gardens are also currently operating on specific hours, to ensure that staff are able to keep up with the sanitation routine. All of the new changes have been implemented following recommendations from the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Bochek said there was just as much interest in community garden plots this year as any other year, with lots of people returning and new gardeners alike. Because of the unusual nature of this season, Yara Community Gardens gave returning gardeners the option of leaving their plots for staff to maintain and return to next year with no penalty, but most gardeners chose to plant as usual. “We gave everyone the choice, gave them all of the new rules and said if you’re not comfortable because of the pandemic, if you don’t think you want to be in public or if these new rules aren’t going to work for you, we have [this option],” said Bochek. Bochek also noted that there were lots of new gardeners interested in getting a plot within the gardens this year, as the popularity of growing one’s own food products continues to rise amid the pandemic. “I think the returning gardeners are business as usual in what they’re growing, but we have heard from quite a few people that are interested this year that have never gardened before,” said Bochek. Despite all the new changes, the Yara Community Gardens are set to thrive once again this year, with safety remaining top-of-mind for everyone. “Health and safety have been our biggest priority,” said Bochek. “Any changes that we’ve made, we’ve made sure that we’re using the information provided by our provincial government and the Saskatchewan Health Authority. We just want to make sure that everyone is safe this year.”


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Snowbirds hold private change of command ceremony

Lt. Col. Bandet takes over from Lt. Col. French as new officer in charge of 431 Air Demonstration squadron. Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds have a new commanding officer, and he’s someone from just down the Trans Canada Highway. Lt. Col. Denis Bandet was officially named the newest officer in charge of the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron during a private change of command ceremony held at 15 Wing on June 3. Bandet takes over from Lt. Col. Michael French, who had served as commanding officer of the team since 2017, with the ceremony overseen by 15 Wing commander Col. Ron Walker. The event – traditionally held with all the pomp and circumstance of a military parade – was held behind closed doors due Lt. Col. Michael French, outgoing Snowbirds commander, is joined by 15 Wing to restrictions from the COVID-19 pancommanding officer Col. Ron Walker and new Snowbirds commander Denis Bandemic. det at the conclusion of the change of command ceremony. The change of command was also a longplanned event unrelated to the recent tragedy that claimed the life of public affairs first joined the Snowbirds in 2010, when ed to 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron at 4 officer Capt. Jenn Casey and hospitalized he was selected as Snowbird 6 and per- Wing Cold Lake, eventually becoming formed three full seasons from 2011 to the base’s Deputy Commanding Officer. pilot Capt. Richard McDougall. He also served overseas during Operation Lt. Col. Bandet hails from Regina and 2013. From 2013 until 2017, Bandet was post- Impact in support of the Middle East Sta-

bilization Force. That all led to Bandet’s return to 15 Wing and the Snowbirds on July 17, where he took over as Snowbird 1 and Team Lead, also serving as the squadron’s deputy commanding officer. Flying under the callsign ‘Yuri’, Bandet has over 4,000 hours flying high-performance aircraft. There is no timeline in place for the team to return to the air, pending a full investigation into the crash.

Lt. Col. Denis Bandet signs on as the new Snowbirds commanding officer.

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John Austin was a top-notch conversationalist, being able to engage just about anyone in a discussion of a variety of topics, for any length of time. John Austin passed away May 21 at the age of 94 having lived a full and active life, becoming a wellJoyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express known part of the Moose ronjoy@sasktel.net Jaw community. After retiring from the RCAF after a 20-year career, he became a recreation consultant with the provincial department of culture and recreation and it was in that capacity that we became acquainted. He was a much appreciated adviser when the local committee was planning both Summer and Winter Games in Moose Jaw. He was a top volunteer recruiter and was quick to share his methods with communities

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across the province. As an organizer of an interprovincial conference, I recruited John to be a workshop leader on the topic of finding, training and working with volunteers. He had 90 minutes to share several years of knowledge. At the end of the 90 minutes he approached me in some disgruntlement, noting that he still had things to say and needed more time. As it happened, another workshop leader had cancelled without any advance notice and I had an empty spot right after the luncheon. John was excited to be able to possibly complete his remarks in another 90 minute segment. His audience increased at the second time slot and more chairs had to be moved in. He smiled the whole time. Then like a gentleman, he signed over his gratuity to my organization. John successfully ran for Moose Jaw City Council in 1982 and won re-election again in 1985, providing some common sense approaches to municipal government. In later years he commented to me that he was sorry to hear

the lack of understanding of governance and the lack of respect between council members and towards city administration. John ran unsuccessfully for mayor in the 1988 election. He would have been an excellent mayor, knowing when to stand firm and how to turn city council into a team. John was an avid hunter and on a number of occasions shared his hunting treasures with us, accompanied by his recommendations on how to cook the wild meat. We appreciated his generosity. We valued his friendship over the years and admired his work ethic, his willingness to be a mentor to others and for the respect he showed everyone, in all circumstances. We offer sincere condolences to his family. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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Park west of Moose Jaw always a special place By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express

Besant Park, located 20 minutes west of Moose Jaw, is one of the best-kept secrets in the region. The sign just off the Trans-Canada Highway leads down a narrow paved road among prairie grass and sage then is flanked by rows of spruce and poplar trees to the valley bottom. The park is built along the meandering Sandy Creek with plenty of picnic turnouts, parking and open spaces for the kids to run and play. Barbecues are installed all over the park. A natural outdoor swimming hole, now closed for Covid-19 quarantine, is set behind the park office.

About 100 campsites, many with long term campers, sit among the trees and sand hills on the west end of the 300-acre park. Three events scheduled for the park this year – July 1 celebrations, a car show and the renewed Sandy Creek Gospel Jamboree - have been cancelled during the lockdown. Besant has been a special place for centuries. Located along the Red Deer Trail, early settlers used it to travel from Moose Jaw to the Red Deer River forks on the Alberta border. Actually the trail was used for hundreds of years by the First Nations who camped in the valley and hills for water, firewood and shelter. Trail ruts can be seen near a historical marker. Birders enjoy the park, often seeing great horned owls, northern flickers, gray catbirds, and swallows. Besant Park was built by district residents around a picnic spot on Sandy Creek with planting of trees, enlarging the water hole, bridges and grass. The park then became a provincial-regional park. In the 1990s the deficit-cutting government planned to close it. Local farmer Bill Campbell and his family came to the

rescue with successful negotiations to lease the place. Thirty years later the park is as exceptional as ever. Nearby on private land archaeological digs in the sand hills discovered a midden with evidence of 13 layers of campsites by different cultures during the last 3,000 years — showing that Besant is indeed a special place. The park is now open following COVID-19 regulations. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

BIZWORLD By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Announcements offer Moose Jaw hope for future employment

Things are looking up for Moose Jaw with three recent announcements on the potential for a hog processing plant, the $12 million upgrade of the local Sask. Polytechnic campus, and SaskPower’s continued commitment to the $700 million natural gas cogeneration plant. With the pandemic and the pandemic-induced recession, some observers feared SaskPower would shelve plans for the plant, but the plant is needed for Saskatchewan to meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. The two-year construction project at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Campus in Moose Jaw will renovate parts of the campus to increase use. Affected departments include construction, electrical, welding, automotive and civil water. This investment, part of $17.5 million announced by the province for four Polytechnic properties, will restore focus on the Moose Jaw campus. Job and program losses at the local campus had some wondering about its long term future. That future is still quite dependent on the need for trade apprentices in the province as some of the other programs have been shifted to other campus locations.

Moose Jaw needs to be more protective and proactive of this education jewel. The announcement that Donald’s Fine Foods, the owner of Thunder Creek Pork, is doing a feasibility study on re-purposing the closed XL Beef plant to a sow processing plant is much welcomed. We should have the study results by late summer. The company says a plant specialized in killing and processing sows would end concerns about open borders. Currently, 80 per cent of sows are shipped to the United States for slaughter. About 200,000 culled sows are available annually. The large animals need different sized equipment than the average market hog. That is an interesting turn. A few years after the current Thunder Creek plant, then called Moose Jaw Pork, started killing six head a day, the owner switched to killing sows and grew successfully for years. Years later, new owners shifted that production to market hogs but now see sows as viable. Donald’s Fine Foods employs 800 people in four plants, including 250 in Moose Jaw. The new plant would employ 100 workers once retrofitted.

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When the family-owned Donald’s acquired Thunder Creek Pork 10 years ago, the goal was processing pork for the Japanese market which took 31 per cent of Canada’s pork exports. The local plant employed 130 workers with plans to kill 1,200 hogs a day, and has grown to 250 workers. During the last 10 years Donald’s has developed markets in 25 countries from North America, South America, Asia, and Australia. Founded in 1993 the B.C.-based company expanded in 1997, 2005 and 2010, building the Sakura hog farm in 2012. The potential expansion in Moose Jaw is no doubt related to the need for pork processing to meet global demand until China recovers from the loss of almost half its 600 million pigs from swine flu. These three announcements are so welcome after disappointments when the city lost the $50 million pea plant and the $7.5 million land sale for an industrial park. 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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Will we get time off for good behaviour from pandemic lockdown? The television was showing a serial/ soap program When Calls the Heart, based on life in an early 20th Century resource town in Ontarby Ron Walter io. The Bad Guy has just been caught and was on his way to a larger city and jail when Yours Truly wondered if he would get time off from jail for good behaviour. Then I blurted to my partner and wife: “Are we going to get time off for good be-

haviour from this COVID lockdown?” She didn’t answer, apparently preferring to concentrate on the show. The idea of time off from the lockdown for good behaviour appealed to me, as I’m sure it does for most of us, tired as we are of being restricted to our homes for almost two-and-one-half months. Regular grocery shopping has become a tense chore with worry: did I go down the one-way aisle the right way? Did someone infected touch that apple? Is that masked person across protecting me from their symptoms? In our chosen grocery store the one-way aisles are opposite the route we usually take, causing me to miss some items and requiring frequent retracing of steps.

Sask. Polytech to modify how it delivers education this fall Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Saskatchewan Polytechnic will take a two-pronged approach to how it delivers education this fall in light of the pandemic and the fact physical distancing will likely still be in place. Starting in September, the institution will provide a combination of online/distance instruction and limited in-person courses where needed to ensure students who require hands-on experiences to complete their programs can get it. The polytechnic believes this approach will give students the best opportunity for academic success during the changing environment of a global pandemic. Sask. Polytech is responsible for the health of its students and staff, and as part of the provincial government’s reopen plan, the school will manage the number of students on its campus, explained Has Malik, vice-president of academics and provost. The Ministry of Health gave the polytechnic permission to allow limited in-person gatherings for students who need to use shops or laboratories. The educational institution began that approach this week to ensure students could complete their programs. Malik noted this approach has been successful so far. “We’re using that same method for our fall planning … ,” he said. “We’re planning for students to come in in a very structured manner and take the learning in a face-to-face modality.” To ensure the polytechnic could meet physical distancing requirements, it looked at the layout of each lab or shop to determine how students could work more than two metres apart. It also decided to install signs on every campus to indicate

the direction in which students should move. Similarly, the school is co-ordinating with faculty to ensure each has a designated time for classroom bathroom breaks, along with a designated washroom. Each floor and wing in each building on the four campuses will have specific bathrooms to use; classrooms will have designated entry and exit points; and some classes will start at different times. When the pandemic struck in mid-March, Sask. Polytech acted quickly to move classes online — it did this in four days — and shut down its campuses to ensure there was nothing hands-on, Malik said. Staff and teachers also worked diligently to make the transition online smooth. “It’s gone really well,” he continued. “More than 90 per cent of classes are now delivered online or remotely. It’s been a resounding success.” Even before the pandemic hit, though, some classes already had an online component or were already delivered online. Malik noted the school was able to capitalize on that experience when moving more courses onto the internet. While moving online has been a success, the school still faced some challenges. One challenge, Malik explained, was how some students and faculty found it difficult to move online so late in the semester when courses were already being delivered in-person. “At the same time, we’re really heartened and encouraged by the fact everyone is determined and dedicated to succeed,” he continued. While education might look different in the fall, Sask. Polytech will continue to enhance learning, Malik said. The quality of its education and value of its credentials will remain the same; it will work with industry partners to develop and update curriculum; and it will ensure students have an enriched educational experience. “We will do the best we can to maintain our high standards,” he added, “and also to ensure we are following the chief health officer’s guidelines (on physical distancing) … .”

These are just tiny inconsequential matters blown out of proportion by the lockdown. I miss the fun of being with my partner on these shopping trips. Because of age and underlying medical causes I was to be the stay-at-home member during the lockdown until someone ran a red light and hit her car on one of those grocery runs. She still suffers from deep soft tissue injuries. Having grown up on a farm in the middle of nowhere and having been an only child for years, Yours Truly always thought there was no concern in being alone. Now being alone in the midst of thousands has become a depressing matter of concern. I miss a whole lot of little things from coffee/ice cream with friends, tedious regular lab tests, social events like the meat draws at the Legion, meeting friends over Friday night supper. Thank Heavens for the technology that allows us to connect so easily. A benefit off the lockdown has been establishing connections with a second cousin in South Africa whom I had not seen in 30 years. South Africa’s lockdown is stiffer than in Canada. He tells me they are allowed one

trip daily outside the home for groceries or medications. Military constantly patrol the streets. Anyone caught breaking the lockdown rules faces six months in a South African jail, which is not a nice place. Liquor stores are closed in South Africa, leading to a resurgence of home-brewed pineapple beer and bootlegging of real beer. Hearing about that situation removed some of the depression about our lockdown. We have it pretty good by comparison. The limited re-opening is a partial substitute for time off for good behaviour. Once we fully re-open there should be a rush of people to take part in all activities. Just two hitches: Who will have money to spend and how many businesses will be left to take our cash? Stay safe and keep two metres apart. 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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Unique system could treat wastewater with natural methods, student believes

Building a natural wastewater treatment system as part of a new Trans-Canada Highway interpretive centre and rest stop could protect the environment and water sources, a Saskatchewan Polytechnic student believes. The educational institution’s recent Applied Research Student Showcase featured 39 videos of students explaining how their projects could help solve real-world problems. The provincial college shared the videos of the applied research projects online for judges and industry partners to adjudicate. The adjudicators then named projects as first-, second- or third-place winners, along with an Industry Choice winner and a Joseph A. Remai School of Construction winner. The virtual showcase was an example of Sask. Polytech’s efforts to maintain annual celebrations and traditions through online events during the coronavirus pandemic. Edward LaFayette, a student in the architectural technologies program in Moose Jaw, won $500 as the Joseph A. Remai School of Construction recipient for his project entitled, “Integrating a ‘living machine’ into a building design.” Andrew Brittner, a student in Environmental Engineering Technology in Moose

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Jaw, won $500 as the Industry Choice recipient for this project entitled, “Development of a project geographic information system (GIC) for the former Husky Refinery site in Moose Jaw.” LaFayette’s project focused on building a natural wastewater treatment device that could be included in the construction of Edward LaFayette, a student in the a hypothetical Trans-Canada Highway inarchitectural technologies program terpretive centre and rest stop. in Moose Jaw, discusses in a video his According to Environment Canada, more year-end project that looks at using than 250 billion litres of wastewater flow natural wastewater treatment methinto Canada’s watercourses every year. In ods that could better protect water contrast, society rarely discusses sewage sources. Photo by Jason G. Antonio and wastewater during public discourse about humanity’s effect on the environment, he explained in his video. However, greenhouse environment that is attractive sewage and wastewater can harm the en- and educational while contributing to visitors’ health and well-being. vironment, the economy and air quality. “An appealing solution to these impacts Created by ecologist John Todd, each is a natural wastewater treatment system living machine is unique to the specific known as the living machine, or some- project, but all follow the same principle times called the eco-machine,” LaFayette of using bacteria to break down solids and absorb the nutrients. A booster tank at the said. Living machines are natural wastewater end of the process would pump the water and sewage treatment technologies that through a UV filter, while a holding tank emulate wetland ecosystems by filtering would use the treated water for sinks and waste, nutrients and pollution without the toilets. use of toxic chemicals or excessive ener- LaFayette used information from Texas gy, he continued. This system can be in- State, the Government of Saskatchewan, tegrated into a building design and offer a Statistics Canada and the Water Security

Agency to determine how much wastewater is generated at a highway rest stop. He determined that 18,706 litres would be created per day, which was too much for the limited building size of the hypothetical scenario. Therefore, wastewater from only a family washroom should be treated. Since “living machine” is trademarked, LaFayette suggested the term “natural wastewater treatment system” would have to be used for the highway rest-stop building. The building should face south so it can act as a greenhouse to promote the growth of plants, while energy-efficient materials should be used. Transparent treatment tanks would allow visitors to see the process of how the wastewater is treated, along with a video kiosk explaining the process. “The building can act as a living system that can educator visitors in their role in the natural wastewater cycles,” he added. Quoting the late ecologist Eugene Odum, he added, “‘We are able to breathe, drink and eat in comfort because millions of organisms and hundreds of processes are operating to maintain a liveable environment.’ … This is also a reminder that our waste must function as part of the system.”

Sask Polytech could use student’s year-end project in engineering course this fall A Saskatchewan Polytechnic student’s year-end project about the former Husky refinery site in Moose Jaw could be used as part of the environmental engineering program this fall. The educational institution’s recent Applied Research Student Showcase featured 39 videos of students explaining how their projects could help solve real-world problems. The provincial college shared the videos online for judges and industry partners to adjudicate. The adjudicators then named projects as first-, second- or third-place winners, along with an Industry Choice winner and a Joseph A. Remai School of Construction winner. The virtual showcase was an example of Sask. Polytech’s efforts to maintain annual celebrations and traditions through online events during the coronavirus pandemic, a news release said. Andrew Brittner, a student in environmental engineering technology, won $500 as the Industry Choice recipient for his project entitled, “Development of a project geographic information system (GIS) for the former Husky Refinery site in Moose Jaw.” Also, Edward LaFayette, a student in the architectural technologies program in Moose Jaw, won $500 as the Joseph A.

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Remai School of Construction recipient for his project entitled, “Integrating a ‘living machine’ into a building design.” Brittner undertook the project to produce a GIS software application since it would allow future students to access thousands of data points that already exist within data tables about the site, he explained. Prior classes and extensive technical re- Andrew Brittner, an environmental ports dedicated to the site produced sev- engineering student in Moose Jaw, eral environmental assessments and con- explains in a video how his software program brings together thousands of tamination monitoring documents. As part of his project, Brittner generated a pieces of data to create a more coherent geographic information system, a geoda- way to analyze the former Husky refintabase with information, a data manage- ery oil site. At left is a map of the site, ment system, and student assignments for while at right is a spreadsheet with the the new school program. The GIS is now data. Photo by Jason G. Antonio available for students and faculty to use, while the school will be built upon it and it is a clay-till soil with very low permeability; the groundwater flows southeast; upgrade it if necessary. Brittner and a small team compiled 300 and there are an estimated 80,475 square pages of information about the site, locat- metres of contaminated soil. ed on Ninth Avenue Northeast, just north A GIS is a system designed to store, manage, analyze and manipulate geospatial of the railroad tracks. The information indicated that Husky data to present it in a legible format, such decommissioned the refinery in 1971; the as on a map, Brittner explained. It uses area was a heavy industrial zone with a geographic data, or data that has a physi30-metre residential buffer; it was 800 cal component, which is expressed in the metres by 320 metres in size; some of real world and is referenced to a location the contaminants in the ground include on Earth. BTEX, hydrocarbons, and heavy metals; An ArcGIS geodatabase is a software program of geographic data sets held in a

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In the late 1800s Charles Knox developed the world’s first pre-granulated gelatine, a product of pure protein, that quickly became a common household staple. The Knox Gelatine Company was operated by the Knox family for three generations before being sold in 1972 and again in 2000. Despite new owners, the unflavoured gelatine bearing the Knox name continues to be used in today’s kitchens. In 1963 the Knox company produced a booklet, Gel It, featuring, it said, easy ways to be a spectacular cook. It reminds cooks that the unflavoured gelatine takes on the flavours and colours of the liquids and other ingredients being used. This week’s recipes come from the Gel It booklet, offering ideas for a casserole, salad and even a cake. ••• Quick-gel Casserole 1 envelope Knox unflavoured gelatine 1 1/4 cups milk 1 can frozen cream of potato soup,

half thawed 1 1/2 cups diced ham 1 cucumber, peeled and diced 2 tbsps. minced chives, optional 3 radishes, sliced into small pieces parsley for garnish Sprinkle gelatine on milk in a cooking pot and let stand to soften. Stir over low heat until gelatine is dissolved, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat then spoon in partially frozen soup and stir until soup is completely thawed and mixture mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon. Fold in remaining ingredients and place in a flat casserole dish. Chill until firm. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired, as a garnish. Makes 4 servings. Note: A frozen clam chowder could be used with canned tuna or salmon as a substitute for the ham. ••• Easy As Pie Supper 2 envelopes unflavoured Knox gelatine 1 cup tomato juice 1 can beef broth 1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 tsp. salt 2 tbsps. lemon juice 1 cup diced raw vegetables or fruit (no pineapple) 2 cups diced chicken, seafood or hardcooked eggs 1 baked 9 inch pie crust In a cooking pot, sprinkle gelatine on juice to soften. Stir over moderate heat for 2-3 minutes to dissolve the gelatine. Remove from heat and stir in the beef broth, mayonnaise, salt and lemon juice. Beat mixture until smooth with a rotary beater. Chill, stirring occasionally, until mixture mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon. Fold in remaining ingredients and turn into the cooked and cooled pie shell. Chill until firm. Makes 6 slices. ••• No Bake Chocolate Gelatine Cake 4 envelopes unflavoured Knox gelatine 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided 1 cup cocoa 6 eggs, separated

5 cups milk 1 tbsp. vanilla vanilla wafers whipped cream Mix gelatine, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and cocoa in the top of a double boiler. Beat egg yolks and milk together and add to gelatine mixture. Cook over boiling water, stirring constantly until gelatine is dissolved, about 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Chill until mixture mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon. Beat egg whites until stiff. Beat in remaining 3/4 cup sugar. Fold chocolate gelatine mixture into egg whites. Turn mixture into two 9 inch layer cake pans. Chill until firm. Unmold one layer on a cake plate. Top with flat layer of vanilla wafers. Turn out second layer of gelatine over the wafers. Decorate and garnish with whipped cream. Chill until serving time. Makes 12 slices. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net

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One of Saskatchewan’s largest and most celebrated events has become the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. Country Thunder – the massive country music festival held annually in Craven Valley – was officially cancelled for 2020 last week, after organizers held out hope as late as possible that the world-wide outbreak would calm enough to allow the show to go on. The event was originally set to take place July 9-12 and would have featured headliners Clint Black, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay and Kane Brown. Don’t worry, though, it will all be back in

2021. “I think it’s going to be even more special,” said Country Thunder Saskatchewan CEO Troy Vollhoffer in a press release. “This is where we come from and this is where it all started. “We want to thank all the fans in Saskatchewan for their patience, loyalty and enthusiasm as we navigate details for next summer. We look forward to delivering the kind of world-class experience that the greatest country music fans anywhere have come to expect.” For those who have purchased tickets, all options will be automatically rolled over

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The union representing janitorial staff in Prairie South School Division is concerned that the division plans to cut staff and reduce hours during a time when the coronavirus is still present. The division (PSSD) recently announced plans to start the 2020-21 school year with a reduction in custodial services at six Moose Jaw schools and two other school board buildings. The affected schools include A.E. Peacock, Riverview Collegiate, Central Collegiate, Prince Arthur Elementary School, Westmount Elementary School and William Grayson School. The affected school board buildings include the board office on Ninth Avenue Northwest and the maintenance building. The reduction equals 2.53 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff and is equal to 20.3 fewer daily hours of custodial services, according to CUPE Saskatchewan. There are 30 janitorial and maintenance staff in Moose Jaw. That number will remain the same, but the number of part-time workers will increase to 11 from four. The cuts go into effect on Aug. 15. “I think schools are very important to be kept clean. I think during the pandemic when cleanliness is absolutely of the utmost, if anything, I would think they (PSSD) would be looking at increasing hours to ensure that the children and the workers are safe, not reducing (hours),” Judy Henley, president of CUPE Saskatchewan, told the Moose Jaw Express. Henley questioned the reason to reduce hours when the division plans to reopen schools in September. Furthermore, employees won’t be able to perform the same cleaning as before, let alone extra cleaning required during a pandemic. She wanted to see more guidelines and stringent procedures in this area. During the most recent PSSD board of education meeting, trustee Jan Radwanski (subdivision 6, Moose Jaw) raised the issue of cuts to janitorial staff. In response, board chairman Robert Bachmann noted the budget had not yet been passed and cautioned Radwanski against characterizing the budget as hurting

cleaning services. “It impacts the number of hours that certain people will be at certain locations. It should not impact the quality of cleaning services at all,” Bachmann added. “That’s a fair summary,” said education director Tony Baldwin, adding this issue was included in a board motion in March about minimum staffing levels. “That news is a couple (of) months old at this point.” In a later news release, Baldwin explained the division adjusted these staffing numbers as part of a regular process. He also expressed his disappointment in CUPE’s approach and criticized the union’s decision to play on the public’s fear of COVID-19. Baldwin assured the public about PSSD’s approach to managing the pandemic, saying the division has kept its staff safe and supported continued learning since schools closed. The division expects the Ministry of Education to provide more direction soon. “(The ministry’s) direct connection to the Chief Medical Health Officer ensures that we are doing the right things for students and staff,” he added. Instead of reducing hours and staff, PSSD should have had a temporary increase in janitorial employees until the pandemic is over, said Henley. “People know children are children (and) students are students. They don’t wash their hands … like maybe an adult would do … she continued. There was “no rhyme or reason” why PSSD made these cuts, especially since the division plans to increase the budget in this area for the 2020-21 school year. Specifically, the division plans to increase the Plant and Maintenance budget line by four per cent, or $393,000. That money won’t cover the shortfall in hours, though, Henley added. It might not even lead to a wage increase for the remaining custodial staff, some of whom make less than $50,000 a year. CUPE represents more than 7,000 education support workers in Saskatchewan, including 350 members in PSSD.

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Lift-chair donation a kind gesture in difficult times

Timothy Eaton Gardens raffle brings in over $1,500 for facility after donation by Easy Care Living Centre Timothy Eaton Gardens is $1,500 richer thanks to a generous donation by Easy Care Living Centre. And for longtime member Shirley Thul, getting up and around in her home will be just a little bit easier.

Timothy Eaton Gardens is $1,500 richer thanks to a raffle donation by Easy Care Living Centre. Thul was recently announced as the winner of a raffle for a Tuscany lift-chair from the local supplier of personal care and mobility products. Normally, the story would end there with a photo of a Shirley receiving her chair and that would be that. But these are different times and nothing is normal. Not even a simple raffle. Let’s start with just getting through basics of the raffle itself, as described by Elaine Parsons with Timothy Eaton Gardens. “Easy Care Living Centre approached us in 2019 and offered us this chair if we’d like to raffle it off, and we said ‘yeah, we’ll do that, it’s a $900 chair!’” Parsons exclaimed. “It took us awhile to get our lottery licence but we got it and started the raffle, and everything we made was ex-

Randy Palmer tra money for us to keep us going. It was really jigsaw puzzles in the meantime, a hobby that great.” has become wildly popular during these days of Once the COVID-19 pandemic hit, public tick- self-isolation. et sales became an all but impossible feat. The Parsons and her fellow Gardens board members draw for the raffle was delayed, as well, and in have done their best to keep in touch with their the end, Timothy Eaton ended up making just patrons, especially since it appears it will be a over $1,500. long time before they’ll be able to reopen for ac“We were hoping for more, but it was just a bad tivities. time,” Parsons explained. “When I was pulling “What we’ve also done, we’ve hand delivered in the tickets, they hadn’t been able to go out and ‘Thinking of You’ cards to all our members, just sell them. The nice thing is that’s $1,500 more to let them know we’re still here, and they’re than we had before, and we’re just so thankful saying ‘thank you for remembering us’,” Parsons to [Easy Care Living Centre’s] Greg Moore for said. “We’re seniors and being at the Eaton Cendonating the chair to us. He’s just a fantastic per- tre we can’t just say ‘oh, we’ll just let 10 people son.” in’. It has to be a full open before we can open. In Moore’s eyes, it was just a chance to help out “People want to come down to play cards, get an organization going through tough times. some exercise, play shuffleboard, come for lunch “With Timothy Eatons and the Cosmo Centre, and breakfast and how can you do it with only 10 there was a time when we weren’t sure if they people allowed in? So we’re just go to wait and were going to stay open or not,” Moore said. “So do what we can to make sure everyone is okay.” I approached Timothy Eaton’s with the idea of doing a raffle for a lift chair and all the tickets they sold would go toward the facility… We’re just happy to be able to help out in tough times, and especially with how things are going now with COVID-19.” Thul, of course, was ecstatic with the win. But even that came with a caveat. “It’s rather ironic,” she laughed. “I had just bought a chair and it was delivered on Friday, and then Elaine phoned to say I won this chair on Wednesday, so having that other new chair kind of took the edge off it. But my reaction was surprise, and I was really pleased. If only I’d have known I was going to win!” The chair will be put to good use once Thul finds room for it, as she deals with arthritis and occasionally could use something to help her get her feet up – a situation the lift chair is absolutely perfect for. Normally a regular card player at Timothy Eaton Gardens, Shirley has kept herself busy with

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Resident Dot Swenson received a great surprise for her 95th birthday, after coming outside her house to find a group of friends singing Happy Birthday and holding birthday gifts. More than a dozen ladies from Minto United Church’s United Church Women (UCW) gathered in front of Swenson’s house on May 29 to celebrate their friend’s birthday. With coronavirus restrictions in place, the group wasn’t able to celebrate the birthday inside the church. “Our president suggested we come sing Happy Birthday … ,” member Marg MacDonald said while standing on the sidewalk waiting for the event to start. “So this was the best way to go. (Swenson will) be so floored.” President Jan Howard came with cupcakes, along with a bouquet the group had won in a radio contest. Another UCW member, Kathleen Froese, came with a sign that wished Swenson a happy birthday. “She’s going to shoot us,” MacDonald chuckled. “None of us are spring chickens. We’ve really missed getting together. We really have.” Swenson’s husband, Don, knew about the surprise birthday, added MacDonald, but Swenson herself did not. At 11 a.m., the group marched up the Swensons’ driveway and stood near the front door. Swenson walked out the front door a few seconds later and broke into a big grin as the group began to sing Happy Birthday. She then walked down her steps to accept the flowers, cupcakes, birthday sign and other gifts. “I’m going to have a piece of cake,” Swenson exclaimed when her friends asked how she would celebrate. She added that the flowers were great, noting her daughter and sister had also sent her bouquets. “Thank you so much — and six feet away,” she remarked. “This is such a surprise … . I’m just

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Palliser Regional Library system resuming book lending services in mid-June Larissa Kurz

The Palliser Regional Library system — which includes the Moose Jaw Public Library — is getting ready to be back in the stacks after announcing that it will be resuming material lending services the week of June 15, in a no-contact capacity. They’re calling it “library takeout,” as the service is going to mirror what restaurants and retail businesses have been doing since the pandemic closed their doors. Library patrons are now able to request their books, DVDs, or CDs of choice and indicate their home branch of the Palliser Regional Library network, and staff will contact them once the material is available so patrons can pick their items up curbside at the branch beginning June 15. “It’s curbside delivery, but for books,” said director Jan Smith. The emphasis is going to be on no-contact, continued Smith, from the beginning to the end of the experience. Materials have to be ordered online through the Saskatchewan Interlibrary Loan System (SILS), and pickup times will be set up as appointments, where items will be placed outside of library branches in white plastic bags, just before patrons are asked to arrive. “We won’t have people overlapping each other in order to maintain social distance, enabling the staff to provide touchless delivery,” said Smith. Also beginning June 15, patrons will be able to drop off their borrowed materials in designated drop-off locations at their local branches. Additionally, as things move forward, individual branches will also begin taking material requests by phone during a designated time frame each week, which will differ depending on the branch. “We acknowledge that people don’t all

have online access, so we’re also setting up hours where they can phone the branch,” said Smith. “Because they still want their books [too].” Locally, the MJPL is giving patrons the option of either picking up their materials on foot at the front doors in Crescent Park or by pulling up to the side door of the building and staying in their vehicle while library staff place their materials in the trunk of their vehicle. For all of the other branches in the Palliser regional network, pickup and drop-off practices will depend on the branch. Smith assures that there will be plenty of safety precautions in place during the resumption of these modified services, including a short isolation period for all materials travelling around the library system’s interlibrary network. Staff will also be handling materials using sanitary practices to protect both themselves and patrons throughout the process. Both the Palliser Regional Library here in Moose Jaw and the MJPL are excited to resume services in some capacity, especially as patrons have expressed how much they’ve missed the library. “It is a giant relief [to do this] because we’ve had constant requests from people [for library books],” said Smith. “It’s just a huge, huge relief.” Smith noted that the use of the library’s online resources, such as ebooks, has jumped 85 per cent since the pandemic hit, and the recently launched online programming from the MJPL has also been quite popular. The Palliser Regional Library network — and as such, the city of Moose Jaw — will be the first libraries in the province to resume lending services in this way, with larger cities planning to follow suit in the

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ing materials immediately through SILS, to pick up after June 15. Only materials within the Palliser Regional Library system are available for right now, as the provincial inter-system loan network is still on hold while other library systems work to reopen as well. Smith encourages patrons to follow their local Palliser Regional Library branch for more specific details about pickup services as more details are released in the next few weeks. Palliser Regional Library is posting updates to its Facebook page, and so is the Moose Jaw Public Library on its Facebook page.

The stacks at the Moose Jaw Public Library, along with all other libraries in the province, will remain empty of patrons for a while yet, even though library materials are once again available to borrow beginning in June.


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Organizers learn lessons after hosting first-ever virtual Heritage Fair Jason G. Antonio

Heritage Saskatchewan says its first-ever virtual provincial Heritage Fair went very well, while it will use the lessons learned from this year to improve the event in the future. The organization put together a virtual fair in May after the coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of schools and cancelled of all in-person fairs at the school, regional and provincial levels. Much to the organization’s surprise, it received a greater-than-expected response from youths, with 346 students — some working in teams — submitted 295 projects. “… It was wonderful to have so many students share their projects in this new format,” Katherine Gilks, projects co-ordinator, told the Moose Jaw Express. Some schools that were participating for the first time in the program decided to wait until next year to fully take part, while others chose to get involved in the new format wholeheartedly, she continued. Since this year’s virtual fair was a pilot project and was put together quickly, organizers learned many lessons about how to improve it in the future. This should also make it a more straightforward process for students, parents, judges and the organization itself. Heritage Saskatchewan plans to include the digital aspect of the fair in future Heritage Fairs. However, it will still have the in-person component where judges talk to students and families can visit each booth. The virtual Heritage Fair will again be open to all students in Saskatchewan in grades 4 to 8. “Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were uncertain as to what response we would get for our virtual Heritage Fair. We tried to make it as open as possible. This meant we had a wide variety

in terms of what was submitted for each entry,” Gilks explained. “In the future, we will better define expectations from students and from judges. However, because schools were in different stages of completion of their projects in mid-March, what happened was best under the circumstances.” There were some unfortunate outcomes in moving to a virtual format, such as how some students were unable to participate due to technological or economic barriers, said Gilks. In the future, Heritage Saskatchewan could mitigate this by giving students access to their schools and libraries. Some questions that Gilks received from the public were about why heritage is important to celebrate during the pandemic, why Heritage Saskatchewan launched this contest during a crisis, and why it simply didn’t cancel it altogether. In a blog post, she pointed out that heritage and culture are what guide society through tough times, for better or for worse. There has been much discussion lately of how Canada’s ancestors survived during crises, how life was in the past, and how society today might change in the future, she wrote. Knowing that crises of the past eventually ended should provide people with hope. Learning about how people overcame challenges should also inspire people to rise to the current challenge. “Heritage and culture are also keeping our spirits up in other ways. Many Heritage Fair projects are about sports or art. While sports have been postponed or cancelled for this year, learning about them reminds us of happier times and that they will be back again. We will also have music and tourism again,” Gilks

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Two students place in top 10 at virtual provincial heritage fair Jason G. Antonio

Two Moose Jaw students finished in the top 10 at the first-ever virtual Heritage Fair, a provincial event that Heritage Saskatchewan organized in response to the pandemic cancelling all in-person fairs. Dani Brazeal, a Grade 6 student at King George Elementary School, placed fifth for her project about the Canadarm. She also picked up secondary awards for best project in the Moose Jaw region, second place for best video presentation, and third for innovation award. Olivia Hawley, a Grade 5 student at Sunningdale Elementary School, placed sixth for her project about the Dionne Quintuplets. She also picked up secondary awards for: highest score for a Grade 5 student, second place for most passionate and compassionate about topic, and third place for society and justice award. Other Moose Jaw students also received awards in other secondary categories. Visit heritagesask.ca for a complete list. The Dionne Quintuplets “I think it’s exciting,” Hawley said about how she finished. “I’m kind of shocked because I didn’t think I would place in the top 10. They sent an email (with the results) to my parents; we looked at it … and I jumped around.” Hawley would have advanced to regionals from the school level to compete if the coronavirus hadn’t hit. When the pandemic forced schools to close, her teacher told her about how Heritage Saskatchewan was running a virtual provincial fair. One thing that surprised her was students from other communities — such as Swift Current and Regina — were also participating and it wasn’t solely Moose Jaw youths. What Hawley enjoys about history is learning about difficult events that occurred and how Canadians overcame them. For example, she wanted to create a project about the Great Depression since

she learned about it in school. During her research about the decade-long depression, she came across the Dionne Quintuplets. It was easy to find websites with material about the five identical sisters, but Hawley realized it was difficult to determine what type of impact they had on the country. She had to develop a hypothesis of the quintuplets’ effect on the country and their importance. “I just thought it was so sad that these little girls went through (their ordeal), that I just wanted to let people know what happened … ,” Hawley said. “I thought it was interesting that their parents would let the government kind of take over their life, and then after, the parents just expected them to come home and be OK with all of it and not feel uncomfortable at all.” Hawley does not expect to compete in the Heritage Fair next year since she wants others to have a turn. The Canadarm “I was really proud of myself (for placing in the top 10). Like, I didn’t think I would make it but, I’m just really proud that my hard work paid off and other people get to see what I worked on,” said Brazeal. It was exciting to do so well, she continued, but she wasn’t keen on all the attention she received, especially from her large family, since they annoyed her by bombarding her with congratulatory text messages. This was Brazeal’s first year participating in a Heritage Fair and she was excited to show off her project. However, she was frustrated that she couldn’t display it in-person after the pandemic cancelled all heritage fair events. Choosing to focus on the Canadarm seemed natural for the Grade 6 student, as she and her father have studied the stars and space since she was little. However, it was only during the past year that she

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As part of the project, the division and RMIS are also readying design drawings, specifications, and tender documents. Holy Trinity is excited about this roof project, said education director Sean Chase. The division has already gone through the request for proposals (RFP) process and is close to finalizing the proponent to complete the work. The partial roof replacement will take place this summer and should be ready for school in September. The portion of roof the division is replacing is not a safety risk, he continued. However, roof repairs are a challenge for all schools across the division. Holy Trinity has been monitoring Vanier’s roof for the past few years and has attempted to save up money for this project. The good news has been the roof is not in poor shape, according to consultants who analyzed the structure.

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The director of education for Holy Trinity Roman Catholic School Division is excited about the progress taking place on the development and construction of a new school on South Hill. The project manager for the proposed joint-use school has completed several significant activities during the past couple of months, a report to the division’s board of education explained. His focus has included the creation of an expression of interest for the Westheath site and development of virtual engagement sessions with school communities and the public Other activities have also occurred with the acquisition of the site and community engagement, including the finalization of the P3 contract and evaluating all expressions of interest that were submitted. The architectural firm that is looking after the building’s design has also supported the engagement process, which has allowed education director Sean Chase to review some of the most updated information. For example, surveys went to teachers of the four affected elementary schools — Empire, St. Mary, Sacred Heart, and

Westmount — that asked them questions such as what they liked about their current location and their hopes, dreams and vision for the future school. A similar survey went to parents of students at those schools. “We were quite pleased with the response rate. We know that parents are heavily engaged — and some of them quite exhausted — from the work they’re doing to support their children at home with distance learning,� Chase said. Middle-years students also had the opportunity to reply to a similar online survey, while the division asked teachers to work with younger students in a guided process to see what they thought of the new school. Teachers then compiled the comments from the younger kids, while older students created physical models of how they wanted the school to look or what they wanted to see in it. The division hopes to have the information put together by late June and then produced in a package for the public. Division administration is beginning to work on that package now. “I received from them all sorts of wonderful videos of little ones who had used Lego or Plasticine (putty-like clay) or all

sorts of household materials to build models of what they think the new school should look like,� Chase continued. “So (I’m) really excited about that because it shows the kids’ creativity. You couldn’t help but have a huge smile on your face to see what they’re thinking.� It’s also exciting that a student in Grade 1 who submitted an idea by video could walk into the new building in a few years and see that suggestion implemented, he remarked. That would be a powerful moment. Meanwhile, division administration is excited that that work has been ongoing and that the consultant group designed a great process to ensure the architectural design of the building could reflect the community’s desires. The next step is to create and send out a request for proposal (RFP) to land developers who would be interested in developing the Westheath property. Both Holy Trinity and partner Prairie South School Division want to find a company that would purchase the 10 acres of land and develop it while adjusting the original plans that the City of Moose Jaw initially laid out for it. The next Holy Trinity board meeting is June 15.

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Normally Catholic schools would celebrate Catholic Education Week with in-person activities, but the pandemic forced Moose Jaw’s separate school division to change how it recognized this faith-related week. Catholic divisions throughout Saskatchewan celebrated Catholic Education Week from May 17 to 24, using the coronavirus-enforced online learning environment to develop the theme of Igniting Hope. Divisions created materials that schools could share with students, families and communities on platforms such as video conferences, social media, emails and websites. Some materials included daily prayers and reflections, as well as suggested social media posts.

The Archdiocese of Regina, in conjunction with the four Catholic school divisions in southern Saskatchewan, live-streamed a World Catholic Education Day liturgy on May 21, with Archbishop Donald Bolen leading the service. The subthemes for this year’s Catholic Education Week were: Our Hope is in Christ, The Hope Within Us, The Hope Among Us, Hope for the World, and A Future of Hope. Trustees with Holy Trinity Roman Catholic School Division in Moose Jaw discussed the week during their recent board meeting. Catholic Education Week went well, even though the pandemic has made life more challenging in how schools celebrate this period, education director Sean Chase told

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Firstly I would like to thank all the people who keep us safe; Thank you! Now my Questions and Complaints: 1. When you move to Saskatchewan you are required by SGI to have a vehicle inspection and a wheel alignment in order to get a vehicle insured. Inspection…yes I agree with that, but a wheel alignment? This usually costs you between $200 and $300 if not more. Why...so you can drive home from the mechanic shop and boom you hit a pothole? 2. Moose Jaw is to receive close to $5 million dollars from the provincial government. I just hope they don’t blow it on stupid useless things and do something about the roads and sidewalks. It is like a mine field dodging potholes and bumps. An example for you is the

intersection at Caribou and 9th Avenue NW: Yes, I realize there was a water main break but wasn’t that fixed? Since then they have been back there 2 more times to fix the road. So the question is how many times does it take Moose Jaw road repair crew to fix the road—or is this a ‘make work project’ and no one has clued the rest of us in? 3. Main Street at the CN railroad tracks: those barricades have been there since February and I have seen zero work being done... WHY? 4. The bar-b-cue gathering of 60 peoples and no one was charged...explain that to me when we have been told a limit of 10. Heather Clark

What has Happened to the Adults in City Hall? But first let me say, I hope all the citizens are coping with this Coronavirus pandemic. To the hero’s the front line workers, the store clerks and others, you need a heart felt thanks and our support for the courage that puts you in harms way daily during this pandemic the city is blessed to have you as neighbours. I want to thank The Moose Jaw Express/ MooseJawToday.com team that continues to put out a paper to let us know what’s going on in our city, thank you. Now here’s the…but; not all the citizens are happy with the Moose Jaw Express/MooseJawToday.com because of the coverage that isn’t always flattering to some at city hall. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Fundamental Freedoms Marginal note: Fundamental freedoms 2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:

(a) freedom of conscience and religion; (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication; (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and (d) freedom of association. For those on council or senior managers who think trying to muzzle the press is expectable the answer is no, it is a fundamental right. For the councillors and senior managers that think the council chamber belongs to them, let me remind you the citizens of Moose Jaw own all assets of the city. The citizens trust and expect that the mayor and council are holding all senior managers accountable, including the actions of all city employees. If not they are replaced. As a citizen of Moose Jaw I too have an opinion and I’ve expressed it thanks to The Moose Jaw Express/MooseJawToday.com, allowing my editorials to be published in their publications. Carter Currie

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Fight with ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend lands man in jail Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express While Justin Gordon may have received injuries during an altercation with his ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend, it is Gordon who will spend the next 141 days in jail for the assault. Gordon, 29, appeared by video in Moose Jaw provincial court recently, where he pleaded guilty to common assault and three counts of failing to attend court. As part of a joint sentence, the Moose Javian will spend the next six months in custody for the common assault charge. He was given 39 days’ credit for time already served in jail (26 days), which means he has 141 days left before his release. He also received 30 days’ custody

for each charge of failing to attend court, which will run concurrently as the main sentence. The Crown stayed six other charges. Gordon arrived at his ex-girlfriend’s house on April 29 around 7 p.m., where the woman and her current boyfriend were living, Crown prosecutor Stephen Yusuff said while discussing the facts. A disagreement broke out among the three people, with Gordon and the other man engaging in a fight. During the fight, Gordon struck the man in the head with his fist several times while the man stabbed Gordon in the side once, Yusuff continued. However, police

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The City of Moose Jaw is refusing to fix a bridge that would allow two families to access their properties near the former Valley View Centre complex. The municipality barricaded and closed the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge in Wakamow Valley in 2015, after a flood and ice flow damaged three of the wooden piles holding up the bridge. This was the second time a flood had damaged the structure after ice flows ruined 10 wooden support piles in 1998. In response to that event, the municipality replaced the 10 piles with steel piles. While barricading the bridge was supposed to be a temporary measure, the municipality has made little effort since then to fix the structure, according to legal documents submitted to the Express. This has affected the ability of the Thorn and Avery families to access their properties that sit adjacent to Valley View Centre (VVC). Jim Thorn developed his property in 1979, while Tim Avery developed his property in 1998. The municipality permitted both developments based upon legal and physical access via the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge. With the bridge closed for the past five years, the families have had to access their properties through the VVC property. The problem is, the provincial government is preparing to sell that property and close all access in July, thus preventing the two families from reaching their properties from any direction. Since the City of Moose Jaw has refused to fix the bridge — there has been no funding for it during the past five years and council has not allocated funding for it during the next five years — the legal counsel for the two families has given the Express comprehensive documentation of this situation. This includes communications between the families’ legal counsel and city administration, and city administration’s refusal to let the families speak during an open council meeting. The Express intends to run a multi-part

The City of Moose Jaw closed the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge in 2015 after floods damaged the structure. Two families who used this bridge to access their properties have been forced to go through the Valley View Centre property since then. However, the provincial government will soon cut off their access to the centre property, so the families have approached city hall about fixing the bridge; the municipality is refusing to do so. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

series looking at this issue and how the City of Moose Jaw has reneged on its responsibility to support these property owners. Municipality refuses to take responsibility The urgency to find a solution to fix the bridge and access issues began last year when, on March 21, 2019, the provincial government notified the Thorn and Avery families that their access to their properties through Valley View Centre would cease on March 31, 2020. This prompted Jim Thorn and Tim Avery to contact city hall in April 2019, seeking confirmation about when the municipality would reopen the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge. However, city hall was not responsive to the residents’ concerns, their legal counsel said, so in January 2020, they sought a lawyer to support them. Acquiring a lawyer helped the two families secure a meeting in January with Mayor Fraser Tolmie, city manager Jim Puffalt and city clerk/solicitor Myron Gulka-Tiechko. The three municipal officials “promised to study a report” about

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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.

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Two advance polls to be open late for this fall’s municipal election Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Two advance polls for this fall’s municipal election will be open until 8 p.m., which should give residents enough time to vote if they can’t cast a ballot on election day. City administration has scheduled seven advance poll days at city hall a week before the actual voting day on Nov. 9. From Oct. 29 to 30, and then again from Nov. 2 to 5, advance polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while an advance poll will be open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 31. “This would enable voters to drop by city hall virtually any time they are downtown in the week-and-a-half prior to election day. The likelihood of lineups should greatly diminish,” city clerk Myron Gulka-Tiecho told city council during its May 25 regular meeting. “The availability of mail-in ballots will also be aggressively promoted.” The polls will be open on election day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. so voters can cast their ballots for a mayor and city councillors, and trustees with both school divisions. Council voted 6-1 to approve city administration’s plan for this fall’s election. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. Council discussion A handful of voters cast mail-in ballots in 2016, Gulka-Tiecho told Coun. Heather Eby. This method is mainly for people who missed the advance polls, such as seniors who travel south for the winter or students who attend post-secondary elsewhere. City administration used statistical information to revise the polling locations and boundaries for this year’s municipal election. The data shows there are voting-age 25,915 residents. Therefore, there will be four polling boundaries and two polling locations. The city clerk’s office has secured two locations for voting: the Moose Jaw Exhibition Convention Centre south end meeting room and Church of Our Lady on South Hill. The estimated cost to conduct the election is $70,000, with the cost split between the municipality and the school divisions. More locations desired City council passed a motion in 2019 saying it was disappointed that the provincial government selected Nov. 9 for election day, said Swanson. He thought the province was disrespecting the municipalities, especially since the provincial election is two weeks earlier, while the weather could be poor. Another concern Swanson had was how there would be

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only two voting locations. He recalled how the municipality once had 18 polling stations and exercising one’s democratic right to vote was a matter of walking to the nearest polling station. Now, however, access will be easy for people with a vehicle and difficult for voters who lack transportation, he continued. While there is a bus stop at Superstore, it’s 150 metres away from the convention centre, which could be a cold walk in the winter. The South Hill location will be expected to accommodate roughly 6,000 voters, while the exhibition grounds will have to handle about 19,000 voters, Swanson said. While there might be concerns about lineups, a greater concern would be if 800 voters showed up at one time. “… A number of highly educated epidemiologists are anticipating this second wave of the pandemic to occur in the fall. I would hope that consideration might be given, should that arise, to delaying the municipal election to the spring, however painful that might be to some people,” he added. Polling stations

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City administration recommends the convention centre’s meeting room as the “Super Poll” location for voters who reside north of the rail yard, said Gulka-Tiecho. This space provides 876.6 square meters (9,740 square feet) of space to host three polling stations in one location, each with multiple registration tables. “More tables mean fewer lineups and more social distancing,” he remarked. A Super Poll location ensures residents know where to vote, provides adequate parking, ensures easy access for transit riders, and avoids parking issues and traffic safety concerns with school-based polling locations. Such a location also provides greater administrative efficiencies, continued Gulka-Tiecho. On-site supervision is more effective with two locations, while consolidated locations can help address technical issues that arise with the electronic vote-counting equipment. The municipality’s voting machines are more than two decades old, so city hall will lease two new poll scanners and tabulator machines, he added. Limiting voting to two sites will assist in monitoring and resolving any logistical issues. It cost the city $14,340 during the 2016 municipal election to own and operate the equipment. In 2020 the cost to lease will be $7,310. The election plan Other parts of city administration’s plan for the municipal election include: • Appointing Tracy Wittke as returning officer for the municipal election and as associate returning officer for both school divisions; • Establishing a poll at the Dr. F. H. Wigmore Regional Hospital for 1.5 hours; • Establishing special polls at care homes, retirement homes and seniors’ centres; • Creating a mobile poll for electors with physical disabilities or limited mobility; • Registering voters at advance polls or polls on election day; • Removing the reference to occupation from the candidates’ nomination papers and the ballot. The next regular council meeting is Monday, June 8.


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City subdivides land to encourage sale for industrial use Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The City of Moose Jaw plans to subdivide property on the west end of town to help encourage the sale of the land for industrial development. During its recent regular meeting, city council voted 6-1 to approve the subdivision of parcels D and E, subject to two conditions. Those conditions include deferring the dedication of municipal reserve land for a propose parcel H; registering an interest on the property title under the Planning and Development Act, 2007; registering easements on all existing area municipal infrastructure; and having the mayor and city clerk authorize the issue of a certificate of approval that incorporates the conditions. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. Background The two parcels in question are located on the southwest corner of 24th Avenue West and Caribou Street West. Each parcel is a separate piece; D was 3.604 hectares (8.91 acres) pre-subdivision and post-subdivision is 3.554 hectares (8.8 acres), while E was 10.551 hectares (26.07 acres) pre-subdivision and 8.531 hectares (21.08 acres) post-subdivision. Historically, the municipality developed the area for a mix of heavy industry, farmland and pastureland, Michelle Sanson, director of planning and development explained to council. There are currently two leases on

the property. The city will carve out parcel MU1 (0.05 hectares/0.11 acres) from D to accommodate an existing SaskTel lease. The Crown corporation has used this piece as a utility parcel to accommodate communications growth in Moose Jaw. The municipality will carve out Parcel H (2.02 hectares/4.99 acres) from E, as there is an offer to purchase agreement for $96,600 with MackSun Solar Corporation for a solar farm on H. There is also an additional 125 to 130 acres south of H — located in The Flats — included in that proposal. The deadline for the purchase agreement for E — which council has extended four times — is Dec. 31. There is also an additional 82.21 acres available in this area for $180,000, or roughly $2,189 per acre. Parcels D and E are under offer to purchase agreements with numbered company 102089713 Saskatchewan Limited. After some investigation, the Express has determined the owners of the numbered company are Vancouver businessmen Allen Leung and his brother Donald. They own Donald’s Fine Foods, the Thunder Creek Pork Plant, and the former XL Beef plant. The brothers also own numbered company 102050303 Saskatchewan Limited, which also has dealings in Moose Jaw.

Scrutinizing the details he area is zoned M2 — heavy industrial district, with the purpose to provide for large-scale industrial development that could produce problems for other land uses, Sanson said. Any development on the new parcel H must comply with the provisions of this zoning district. “No land use is proposed at this time,” she remarked. Subdivision does not usually get into the future use of properties, but rather, ensures the proposal meets the requirements of the Planning and Development Act, Sanson later told the Express. City hall would scrutinize the development details during the development permit stage. Right now, the municipality is leaving it to the developer to announce the specific type of development that will happen there. Under that act, the municipality may also collect land or cash-in-lieu for five per cent of the land involved in an industrial subdivision for a municipal reserve, she continued. Municipal reserve lands are transferred to the municipality, while it can use the property in different ways that would benefit the public. “Collecting MR land or cash-in-lieu at this time is not necessary since there is no development plan for this area which would require public space,” Sanson said, adding city hall would collect land or cash-in-lieu in the future if there were further subdivisions for parcel H.

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City Hall Council Notes Fewer water main breaks not a reason for optimism yet, city manager says Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

While there were fewer water main breaks during the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same time in 2019, the city manager is offering a cautious tone of how the rest of the year could unfold. The engineering department recorded 12 water main breaks from January to March this year, compared to 34 during the same time last year, city manager Jim Puffalt told city council recently while discussing city hall’s first-quarter activities. “It’s been a really good year so far. (However), we caution you not to get too optimistic,” he added. “In 2016, we had 16 water breaks (in the first quarter) and finished with 85.” The department diverted staff from a second utility crew, which allowed it to add a second construction crew to focus on patching potholes this spring and summer, said Puffalt. It took a while to get the second construction crew trained and established, and now that it is, the department does not want to lose this crew that it created. Solid waste

The engineering department took in 334,950 kilograms of recyclable materials during Q1 of this year, of which 326,799 was allowable under the recycling rules. In comparison, during the same time last year, the department collected 351,651 kgs, of which 340,835 kgs were allowable. Sewer and water From January to March of this year, the department pumped 1.03 billion litres (228.18 million imperial gallons) of treated water, compared to 1.14 billion litres (251.41 million imperial gallons) during Q1 2019. Meanwhile, the amount of wastewater that the municipality treated during the first quarter of 2020 was 988.8 million litres (217.8 million imperial gallons) compared to one billion litres (222.02 million imperial gallons) during the same in 2019. For reference, an Olympic-sized swimming pool holds 2.5 million litres of water. Sanitation Municipal sanitation workers collected 6,914.32 kilo-

grams of residential, private and commercial refuse during the first three months of this year, compared to 6,272.94 kilograms of refuse during the same time last year. Regular transit Bus ridership numbers strong during the first three months of this year compared to the same time last year. The coronavirus pandemic did not strike until midMarch, which then caused ridership numbers to shrink by more than 90 per cent. Those numbers, though, will be reported in the second quarter report sent to council in the next couple of months. From January to March, 80,144 residents rode the bus in Moose Jaw, compared to 79,918 riders during the same time last year. This represents an increase of 226 riders. Meanwhile, 7,217 residents rode special needs transit during Q1 of 2020, compared to 8,521 in Q1 2019. The next regular council meeting is Monday, June 15.

Library saw increase in circulation and programs accessed in 2019 Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express The Moose Jaw Public Library might be quiet now due to the coronavirus, but it was a lively place last year and saw an increase in items borrowed and programs accessed. The library circulated 282,682 physical and digital items in 2019, which represented an increase of 500 items compared to two years ago, explained Sarah Simison, library board chairwoman. The areas that saw a dramatic shift were digital circulation, which increased 15 per cent over 2018 levels, and circulation of video games, which increased 24 per cent over levels from two years ago. Last year the library added Nintendo

Switch and a streaming TV and film platform called Kanopy since there was a demand for those. It also supported other databases such as Hoopla and OverDrive since the circulation of some physical materials declined. “The library continues to analyze the community’s use of our physical and digital collection in order to ensure the funds allocated to materials are directed to areas with the greatest impact,” Simison told city council during its recent regular meeting while giving a presentation on the library’s activities in 2019. There were 163,031 people who visited the library in 2019, which — although a

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decrease from 170,395 in 2018 — still represented an average of 52 visits for every hour the library was open. The library had 14,756 active cardholders, which was an increase from 14,688 in 2018. Meanwhile, there were 11,955 logins at public access computers, which was a decrease from 14,166 in 2018. One of the organization’s aims is to be a centre of lifelong learning and to offer the community equal opportunities to access materials that are informative, educational and recreational, she continued. Patrons visit the library for many reasons, including to borrow materials, to find a quiet space with regular hours to study, and to use the archives. Despite the notion that the Internet can answer every question, library staff answered 25,427 questions last year — an increase of 4,525 from 2018 — with 10,932 of those questions reference-related. Other questions were about computer use and technology training, in-depth research, genealogy, book recommendations, and selection assistance. Library programs are a significant way the library meets the community’s needs, Simison said. Last year 8,873 people — children, young adults, and adults — attended 541 programs. In particular, attendance for adult programs increased to 2,041 attendees from 123 participants in 2018. “We accomplished that by working strategically with our community partners to offer high-value programs that were

meaningful to our community and aligned with library goals,” she continued. The library fostered partnerships with the Moose Jaw Chinese Association and the Moose Jaw Gamers Association. It also expanded the Imagine Learning Program with Moose Jaw Families for Change and added a site to its outreach with seniors’ homes. While it’s difficult to assess the library’s success with its online promotions, staff did devote more energy to growing the library’s social media presence to showcase its resources and programs, Simison said. Due to its efforts, the “likes” on the library’s Facebook page increased to 1,524 last year from 1,222 in 2018. Simison highlighted how the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) awarded the MJPL for its 2019 summer reading program. The library also conducted successful outreach efforts with the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Literacy Network, while the chamber of commerce nominated the Friends of the Library group for the 2019 group of the year award. “We look forward to working hard in 2020 to continue the delivery of high-quality service to the community. While this year has presented its own challenges, we are very proud to offer these services to our community despite our physical closure,” Simison added. Council then voted unanimously to receive and file the report.


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City Hall Council Notes City hall working to provide ‘exceptional service,’ city manager says Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

City hall’s focus on providing better customer service should reduce the problem of municipal departments working in silos and being less responsive to residents’ concerns, the city manager says. “What we have to do — and we have talked about this (internally) — is we need to provide exceptional service. We have worked that into our daily lexicon,” city manager Jim Puffalt said during city council’s recent meeting. “In the last quarter, we included (departmental) leaders in our meetings and discussed how we can provide better service.” This issue of departments not always working with each other concerns some residents, Mayor Fraser Tolmie said. During his visits throughout the community, residents have told him about their interactions with city hall. Spe-

cifically, they have discussed how — mostly in the past now — those departments worked alone on the problem, which posed a challenge to address residents’ issues. With the recent organizational renewal that city hall has gone through, Tolmie wondered how city administration planned to ensure the departments worked together as one unit to serve residents better. Puffalt pointed to a new “mantra” that city hall had adopted, which included seven points to provide better customer service: • We are solution-focused and ask, ‘How can we help you?’ • We resolve issues with a sense of urgency in a positive manner; • We have the courage to be innovative, try new ideas,

and suggestions and accept feedback; • We create opportunities for others to succeed; • We do not blame or make excuses; • We leave negativity and egos at the door; • We are in this together; we are TEAM. “It … takes an effort of all the strategic leadership team to work together with council to ensure silos don’t happen,” he said. “We can’t guarantee that never happens, but we’re working hard to correct those issues that come forward …. “So it’s us working together as a team, holding each other accountable, having a sense of urgency and getting our projects done in a timely fashion,” Puffalt added.

Greater focus on safety led to fewer injured city workers during first quarter Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

City of Moose Jaw employees experienced fewer injuries during the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same time in 2019, a decline the city manager attributes to better internal communication. From January to March this year, 15 employees injured themselves on the job, including seven slip and falls, four incidents of overexertion, three incidents of something striking staff, and one employee being burned, according to the first-quarter report of city hall activities that city council received recently. In comparison, there were 20 incidents of injured employees during Q1 of 2019. The fact most of the numbers are down is promising since it shows how much work the senior leadership team has done, city manager Jim Puffalt said. Senior leadership held a meeting in January to discuss safety and how city hall wanted to take

a more focused approach with this issue. Injury statistics Other injury statistics show, for this quarter compared to Q1 2019: • Medical aid: seven / four incidents • Lost time: three / two incidents • Days lost: more than 53, some due to layoffs related to COVID-19 / 10 • Motor vehicle incidents: five / 11 incidents • Property damage that city employees caused: one / 14 incidents • Dangerous occurrence: two / two incidents Human Resources The human resources department laid off 35 people in March since the municipality had to close many buildings due to the pandemic, Puffalt explained, while city hall redeployed permanent staff to other departments and duties.

“It was not something (staff layoffs) we wanted to do, but we can’t be open and we can’t keep staff,” he added. “We had to divert staff from our summer programs. Parks and recreation did a great job. We got work done on the Kinsmen pool. That allows us, when we reopen, for that facility to be ready to go.” City hall hired a consultant to evaluate out-of-scope positions and compensation, said Coun. Brian Swanson. He wondered when the consultant planned to submit a report. Human Resources has not completed it yet — it put the project on hold due to the pandemic — but will likely have it finished in six weeks, explained HR director Al Bromley. The department is looking at a new framework to evaluate those types of positions. However, many out-of-scope positions had to be re-worked since there

were changes in the engineering and public works departments. Council remuneration A committee is looking at how much council should be paid, Swanson pointed out. He wondered when city administration expected that committee to provide a report on remuneration. That report should come to council during the June 29 meeting, said city clerk Myron Gulka-Tiecho. According to the city clerk’s first-quarter report, the council remuneration committee held an open house in January for the public to provide feedback about how much council should be paid. There was also an online survey that saw more than 400 people respond. The committee then met in March to review the results of that survey.

Do more infrastructure work with savings from tender contracts, councillor says Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

With tenders for infrastructure projects coming in lower than budgeted, the City of Moose Jaw should pursue more work and go beyond what city hall initially planned, a city councillor says. City administration told city council during the latter’s recent meeting that the contracts for paving and cast iron water main replacement came in below estimates, while the tender for sidewalk repairs was close to what city hall budgeted. This news excited Coun. Brian Swanson, who encouraged city administration to undertake more work. “I make the point because it’s very rare when a municipal government finds itself in a position where it’s getting really good bids. Usually we’re the easy pickings, so to me, this is something we should take advantage of,” he said. “In a year when we could most take advantage of an ultra-competitive environment from contractors, we should be looking to fill our plates with tenders and go beyond what we budgeted because we’re low on the ones we have. We should be going after more.” However, it doesn’t appear as if city council can do that since it is facing shortfalls in revenue, Swanson remarked. It had budgeted for $5.5 million in revenue for the capital budget. But with $49 million in guarantee investment certificates (GICs) generating $1.7 million at 2.35 per cent, this leaves council with a shortfall of $3.9 million. He pointed out that a report from city manager Jim Puffalt indicated city administration hopes it won’t have to withdraw any funds from its stock investments during the next couple of months to cover the shortfalls. “It’s (the situation) not as rosy; 2.35 per cent on $49 million (is) significantly less than what we were earning before. We’re not in a position where we can do a drawdown in capital reserves because they are in a negative position,” Swanson said, before reiterating that city council has the opportunity to do more infrastructure work with lower tender contracts. There is the potential to put 25-per-cent more funding onto the cast iron and pavement projects, said Puffalt. The provincial government has provided an additional $4.8 million in funding through the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP), while there is federal transit funding — up to $6 million — that could go toward the cast iron project. This would allow city administration to complete more work this year. “We delayed a lot of projects to focus on the primary areas and that was why we did that … ,” he continued. “When we get into the capital funding discussion, those will be the things we recommend and will come back to council in June with the process and a further discussion on capital programming.”

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Wendy Parsons and Zach Dietrich first realized they could make a living as functional potters in the spring of 1976, after participating in a successful department craft sale at the University of Regina. “As students, we didn’t have much money and we had a lot of pottery, so we advertised a sale,” laughed Parsons. “And there was a lineup a block long, and we realized we can make a living from this.” Now, over 40 years later, the husband and wife duo are doing exactly that, still deeply entrenched within the Saskatchewan arts community and working out of their studio and gallery space here in Moose Jaw. The couple first moved to Moose Jaw in 1980, where Parsons was welcomed as the Saskatchewan Arts Board artist in residence at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, and Dietrich rented a studio space in a small church on the edge of the city. “At the end of the year, we loved Moose Jaw so much that we just thought, ‘let’s buy the place and stay,’” said Parsons. “And so we did.” Parsons Dietrich Pottery originally shared the building with a partner, Diana Clark, who set up an antique store in the upstairs while the pottery studio remained downstairs. In 2000, Parsons and Dietrich bought out the whole building and transformed the upstairs into their personal gallery. The little church and surrounding property still house Parsons and Dietrich’s entire operation, from the downstairs studio where they build their pieces, to the woodfired kiln and gas-fired kilns outside, to the gallery on the main floor of the building. It’s a unique set-up that has allowed them to continually experiment with their craft. “It’s really just the perfect setup, and we’re able to have the kilns right outside,” said Parsons. Parsons Dietrich Pottery has only grown over the decades since the couple settled in Moose Jaw. They build their pieces on a fairly large scale, as they regularly ship their work to storefronts all over the prairie provinces — and even as far as B.C., Ontario, and the Maritimes. Even with so many storefronts featuring their work, the gallery at Parsons Dietrich Pottery is always full of functional pieces of all shapes and sizes as well, built with graceful curves and glazed in earthy, nature-inspired tones. Plates, mugs, vases, bowls — the range of pieces is nearly endless. Most pieces in their catalogue are created through a collaboration between the couple, with Dietrich throwing the shape and Parsons adding the decorative details and glazing each piece. The more whimsical pieces, such as the intricate monster jars and wall-mounted tiles, come from Parsons imagination, who hand-sculpts the decorative embellishments.

L-R: Zach Dietrich, Devon Dietrich, and Wendy Parsons, the creative hands and minds behind Parsons Dietrich Pottery.

All of their work uses as many Saskatchewan or prairie-sourced materials as possible, said Dietrich, including their clay which comes from East End. When their son Devon Dietrich joined them in 2013, the studio became even more of a family affair. After completing a Bachelor’s of Computer Science, Devon decided to return to the family passion of pottery after spending so much of his childhood surrounded by the craft. “As a kid, I would come out here [to the studio] and make little coiled cups and things, and playing with it right from the start,” said Devon. “He’d been doing it since he was [young], helping us go to craft sales and setting up and all that. I really didn’t realize how much we’d been training him,” laughed Parsons. “There was no getting away from it.” Specializing in hand-thrown work, Devon also brought with him a vast scientific knowledge that has only expanded the slip and glaze techniques that all three potters use in the studio. “He’s developed a couple of really innovative, nice glazes and he keeps us right on track,” said Parsons. “Every third kiln firing [used to be] just a mess because we didn’t measure the glazes right or calculate the chemistry right, but when Devon came in, he straightened all that out.” The creativity has never waned in the Parsons-Dietrich studio, either. All three potters are constantly ex-

perimenting with new shapes, techniques, and colours, pushing the boundaries of their clay in every direction — including the technique of 3-D printing pieces with clay. For a craft that the two accomplished potters “just fell into,” as Dietrich puts it, both Parsons and Dietrich have made an impressive impact on the arts community in the province. Both artists are widely respected for their work and have received numerous art grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board over the years. Parsons and Dietrich have also played an important role in bolstering the pottery scene just in the Moose Jaw community — showing their work in exhibitions, teaching classes around the province, and keeping in touch with other local artists. “I think we really expanded the pottery base [in Moose Jaw],” said Dietrich, adding that they’ve worked very closely with the Moose Jaw Pottery Club, among other artists. “Yeah, we’ve taught a lot of classes throughout the years and made a lot of good friends with those lovely people,” continued Parsons. The couple has nothing but good things to say about the art community of Moose Jaw, describing it as a very tight-knit and supportive group of people. “I think that was part of the reason we loved it here so much, because we had such kindred spirits right away,” said Parsons. “We would have these huge potlucks and kiln firings [in the wood kiln], and loading and unloading parties, and that’s just the way pottery is, it’s a very sociable thing.” Parsons and Dietrich plan on celebrating the 40th anniversary of their Moose Jaw studio space on June 27, right down to the day, with an open house and giveaway at their studio just off Highway #1. “We’re thinking of putting a few tables outside, if it’s a lovely day, with some balloons and having a giveaway [with every piece purchased],” said Parsons. “And we’ll also open up the studio, for people to wander about too.” The June event will also double as a re-opening celebration of sorts, as the gallery has been closed during the recent retail shutdowns due to the pandemic. Parsons Dietrich Pottery is hoping to see plenty of people come out for the anniversary, especially given that the support they’ve received from Moose Jaw so far has been phenomenal. “We have such good customers that have supported us for 40 years. People have so much of our work, it’s crazy,” said Dietrich. Visitors from all over have stopped to visit Parsons Dietrich Pottery in the little church with “POTTERY” stamped on the roof in white, and the Parsons-Dietrich family has certainly loved doing what they do for the last forty years - and don’t plan to stop.

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Farming way up north not intended for the meek of heart Farming in the far north Yukon Territory sounds EXPRESS like an impossible mission but a small group of farmers grow food there for the local market. Yukon had 142 farms in the 2016 Census of Agriculture — a slight decline from the 2011 census. Yukon farmers have a brilliant advantage – more than 45 days of 20 hours-sunlight days during the growing season to offset the short frame between seeding and snow. Hay and livestock farmer Wayne Grove, operating 450 acres, told the Country Guide the sunlight is a big factor. “When those plants start growing it’s like they’re in overdrive,” he said. “Our growing window is very short.” With a 50-day growing season, harvest needs to start in mid-July. Seeding has to be in May, risking an early killing frost. Average precipitation of 10.5 inches a year is evenly split between rain and snow.

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territory for fresh chickens, eggs, meat and vegetables. Farming in Yukon is not for the meek of heart or those with limited repair skills. Long distances from suppliers and dealers means planning ahead and do-it-yourself machinery repairs. Surplus machine parts that break often need to be stocked to avoid losses. “I’ve seen a guy who had a $6 bearing go on his baler and he lost $30,000 worth of hay because he missed the (harvest) window and it rained,” says Grove. Yukon farmers need the right attitude and a passion for the business. About 70 per cent of Yukon farmers work off farm, almost double the national average. The Yukon does not have land for homesteaders. The government sets a price, sells the land and the buyer is responsible for clearing. The Northwest Territories had 16 farms in 2016. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

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Imperial farm implement maker to buy Morris Industries of Yorkton By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

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ris Group of companies owed $84 million to secured creditors with the Bank of Montreal owed $63 million; Farm Credit Canada, $6 million; and a partnership connected to the owners, $8.5 million Unsecured creditors were owed $13 million. Morris Industries was started in 1924 by George Morris, who was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1977. Known for rod weeders, the company has grown to make air carts, drills, seeders, packer harrows and bale carriers. The Morris family sold the business in 2007 after 58 years of ownership. New owners took over in 2017. Morris is the second largest agricultural business on the Prairies needing creditor protection within the last year. Ilta Grain, with a buying/processing facility in Belle Plaine, went into receivership last June and was sold to various buyers with Viterra buying the Belle Plaine facility. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

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With seeding of provincial crops 92 per cent complete by June 1 attention turned to the need for moisture to get the emerging plants developed. The moisture situation had deteriorated by June with short or very short crop land topsoil moisture up by one-half to 34 per cent. Hot dry winds have sucked moisture from the soil and made life difficult for emerging plants. Mortlach had six mm of rain with up to eight mm southwest of Moose Jaw and four mm at Fife Lake. In the Moose Jaw-Regina-Weyburn area crop land topsoil went drier with 59 per cent adequate moisture by June 1

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Hockey Canada lifts national ban on sanctioned activities Games a long way from returning, but first steps underway Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Hockey is one step closer to returning in Canada – but there are plenty more steps to come before we’ll see games on the ice. Hockey Canada announced last Thursday it was lifting its blanket ban on sanctioned activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic and leaving the decision on return to play up to each regional body, including the Saskatchewan Hockey Association. “It has been determined that the best approach for a return to hockey in Canada is to allow each member the opportunity to work with authorities in their respective regions to determine when it is safe to return to the ice in areas that fall under their jurisdiction,” Hockey Canada said in a press release. “We expect the timing of each member’s return to hockey will be different, but will be based on the advice of their government and public health authority.” For the SHA, that will likely mean waiting at least until Phase 4 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, which will allow gatherings of 30 people. While that won’t allow for conventional games with fans, it would allow players to get on the ice and even hold organized practices. As for actual games, that will mean Phase 5 at the ear-

liest, and likely the lifting of all restrictions across the board. There is no timeline or date for either phase. Hockey Canada stressed that even with this first step in the right direction, there is still a very long way to go. “It is imperative to note that we are not ready to return to the game across the country,” they said. “As we have seen in respect to flattening the curve, the impact of the pandemic varies from region to region. Permitting our

members the opportunity to decide on an appropriate return-to-hockey timeline will allow them to work directly with public health authorities to determine when it is safe to return while also implementing specific safety measures and rules within their associations and leagues.” The return to hockey plan won’t be a one-size-fits-all, either. Different associations will have different timelines – Saskatchewan, with a low COVID-19 case count well on its way to becoming negligible, will likely see icetime before Quebec, which continues to see high numbers in cases – meaning some provinces could be playing games while others are still unable to even take the ice. How the sport will look from an overall perspective could change, too, especially when it comes to social distancing and fan support. “Be assured, we continue to work on our multi-faceted return-to-hockey plan that includes health and safety regulations, communications and seasonal structure. As with so many people across the country, we look forward to returning to the game when it is safe to do so, and we will support our 13 members as we continue to work towards getting back on the ice.”

Soap Box Derby races cancelled for 2020

Uncertainty over COVID-19 sees annual event postponed to next summer Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Even with Saskatchewan quickly moving in a positive direction on all fronts during the COVID-19 outbreak, there is still plenty of uncertainty as to what the months ahead might hold. That’s left some organizations with summer events in a difficult position: keep things as scheduled and hope for the best or see the writing on the wall and save the difficulties of a cancellation closer to the date. The Moose Jaw Soap Box Derby has chosen to take the latter route and announced Monday they had cancelled the races for the 2020 season. “We’ll have 100 people at our banquet the night before, so that kind of goes over the 10 people limit,” organizer Heather Carle said with a rueful laugh. “All the kids are upset because they don’t get to race this year, and Swift Current has cancelled theirs and Cabri has cancelled theirs. So we just have to wait and see.” The Moose Jaw races were originally scheduled for Aug. 16 on their usual track set up on Alder Avenue. The event has seen steady popularity, with dozens of racers and hundreds of supporters and fans in and around the area. With Saskatchewan likely needing to be fully re-opened before that kind of gathering can happen, it would make any kind of planning a potentially futile endeavour and any kind of rescheduling just as difficult. “Because we have to do so much reserving the street and letting the residents in the area know and stuff,” Carle explained. “We’re hoping to maybe get a race together for interested people in the fall if we can, but if not, it’ll be

race, one just making the transition to senior cars – are among the affected. “It’s disappointing, but there’s nothing you can do when all this is happening.” If there is a silver lining, it’s that things might be even better when the races resume in August 2021. “We’re trying to get new timers now and everything like that, since the one we had has finally given up the ghost after 30 years,” Carle said. “So that’ll be nice to have when we do come back.”

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Dance Images celebrates end of season, graduates from a distance Larissa Kurz

As the usual dance season comes to an end, the Dance Images crew made sure to plan a few special ways to celebrate with dancers and families while respecting the ongoing social distance measures. The end of the season is usually a big deal for Dance Images, as it’s a time for staff and students to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments, and so it’s no surprise the studio did its best to keep that feeling alive despite the pandemic limitations. In place of the studio’s annual end-of-theyear Dance Recital, instructors instead hosted a DI Drive-By Goodbye on May 16 to connect with dancers as they head off to summer after so many months out of studio. Dancers drove past the studio on South Hill, smiling at waving signs at the instructors on the decorated front lawn, as Dance Images staff did the same. “It was such a special way for us to see all of our dancers and families, and give them the best celebration that we are allowed to do right now due to COVID-19 and social distancing,” said assistant studio director Shauna Bzdel in an email with the Moose Jaw Express. The event was a parade of sorts, especially since lots of dancers joined the lineup

ers all throughout the studio’s shutdown, with virtual classes and group chats to stay in touch. “Things may be different due to COVID-19,” said Bzdel, “ but Dance Images is proud to continue to come up with new and creative ways to stay connected with our dancers, families and the community.” Dance Images continues to stay in touch using their Facebook page, where they post regular updates.

Dance Images by BJ put on an incredible display outside the studio on May 16 for its Drive-By Goodbye for dancers to celebrate the end of the season. (supplied) with decorated vehicles for the occasion, and signs and balloons everywhere. The studio also used the event as a chance to spotlight the dancers who are graduating this year, posting signs in front of the studio congratulating them as the driveby went on. The families of those four graduates led the motorcade of dancers, and the four graduates made sure to stop by the studio for photos with their signs. Dance Images had to close its studio several months ago due to the pandemic, which was disappointing for everyone as spring is usually the time for showcases and competitions. The drive-by was meant as a way for

everyone at the studio to see each other again and served as a kick-off event for several other virtual special events that followed later in the week. On May 19, Dance Images members hosted a celebration over Zoom for studio assistants and helpers, on May 20, the studio celebrated their graduate dancers over Zoom. On May 21, the evening Zoom meeting was dedicated to the Dance Express Troupe, who did a special surprise performance to honour studio director Barb Jackman and the studio’s 30th season. Jackman and her staff have been working extremely hard to keep up with their danc-

Studio owner Barb Jackman and her staff were decked out with signs and everything, to greet dancers and their families during the drive-by parade. (supplied)

Moose Jaw Minor Football taking registrations

Season schedule on hold pending COVID-19 outcome, but preparations underway Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

With the raft of cancellations due to COVID-19 that came through Football Saskatchewan back in midMay, any chance of playing organized football in the province this summer came to a disappointing end. But for the moment, at least, all is not lost. While Football Sask continues to work on a plan for the potential relaunch of the sport this fall, Moose Jaw Minor Football is doing their part by essentially running business as usual. The local organization began taking registration a short time ago, and continues to do so in case they’re given a go-ahead sometime in the late summer. The one caveat is that fees don’t have to be paid at the time of registration like in the past, and will be collected once the go-ahead is given. Divisions are as follows: • Under-10 division, eight- and nine-year-olds (born 2011 and 2012), $125. • Under-12 division, 10- and 11-year-olds (born 2009 and 2010), $200 by July 15, $250 after. • Under-14 division, 12- and 13-year-olds (born 2007

and 2008), $200 by July 15, $250 after. • All first-time players in any division, $125. The Under-10 division is largely treated as a learn-toplay league and features games in a six-man format with coaches on the field to help with player development. Teams will play in Jamboree-style gatherings designed for as much fun as possible in a football setting. The Under-12 division featured six teams last season – the Moose Jaw Spartans and Lions along with squads from Weyburn, Estevan, Assiniboia and Moosomin. The Under-14 division was a seven-team league in 2019, with the Moose Jaw Vikings, Razorbacks and Raiders joined by a pair of teams from Weyburn, as well as teams from Assiniboia and Estevan. To register, visit www.mjfootball.ca, click on the registration tab and go from there. For more information in the season and when a start date might occur, check out their website or follow them on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/MooseJawMinorFootball

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Deals, deals everywhere: AAA Warriors veterans see trades, SJHL signings Busy last few weeks see Fitzpatrick trade, McGrath, Jasper, Schmidt join Sask Junior squads Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

It’s an inevitable reality for every team in the Saskatchewan U18 AAA Hockey League. Have a good season and it’s almost certain you’re going to see a whole lot of players move on in their hockey careers – especially when it comes to signing on with Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League teams. And while that might be disappointing for fans if players could have been back in a AAA uniform, when one of your main goals is player development and seeing your young up-and-coming standouts advance to higher levels of the game, it’s all fine and well. The Moose Jaw AAA Warriors are no exception. The team recently saw four of their top players from last season involved in trades or sign ons with SJHL teams in recent weeks, making it a possibility they won’t be back in a Warriors jersey next season if they had eligibility remaining. The Weyburn Red Wings wasted little time signing Warriors scoring leader and second team all-star Connor McGrath, bringing their 2018 first-round SJHL Bantam Draft pick into the fold back on Mar. 20. McGrath, 16, scored 23 goals and 49 points in 44 games last season, and also suited up in three games for the Red Wings, tacking on his first assist in his first game, a 3-2 overtime loss to Nipa-

Moose Jaw AAA Warriors forward Caelan Fitzpatrick saw his rights recently traded from the SJHL’s Battlefords North Stars to the Nipawin Hawks.

win. The 5-foot-8, 130-pound forward – also ninth round selection by the Everett Silvertips in the 2018 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft – also had four goals and eight points in six playoff games. Forward Lucius Schmidt was the next to sign, officially joining the Estevan Bruins on Apr. 20. Drafted in the fourth round by Estevan in the 2017 SJHL Bantam Draft, the 18-year-old forward had used up his U18 eligibility and was com-

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ing off an impressive first season in the league, scoring 12 goals and 29 points in 43 games. Just as impressive was his physical presence, as he showed little fear when it came to using his 5-foot-10, 215-pound frame to mow over opponents. He could be joined in the Bruins line-up by a Warriors teammate in the near future. Estevan announced Wednesday that they had acquired the rights to Warriors for-

ward Caelan Fitzpatrick from the Battlefords North Stars for a fourth-round SJHL draft pick. Fitzpatrick, a Moose Jaw Minor Hockey product and grad of the Prairie Hockey Academy, is entering his 17-year-old season and coming off a stellar rookie campaign that saw him score 16 goals and 45 points before adding another 10 points in six playoff games. He also played one game for the North Stars, picking up an assist in a 3-2 win over Melville on Jan. 25. Defenceman Parker Jasper was the most recent SJHL signee, officially joining the Yorkton Terriers on Tuesday. Yorkton’s first-round, second-overall pick in the 2018 Bantam Draft, the 5-foot-10, 150-pound defenceman is also about to play his 17-year-old season after a stellar rookie campaign that saw him score three goals and 29 points in 44 games. Jasper also took the ice for two SJHL games with the Terriers, and like his compatriots picked up an assist in his first-ever game, that coming in a 5-2 win over Estevan on Dec. 21. Overtime… The AAA Warriors will be keeping an eye on the internet on Friday as well, as the SJHL holds its 2020 Bantam Draft. The first pick is slated to be taken 1 p.m., and you can follow all the selections on www.sjhl.ca

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Visitation at Saskatchewan Health Authority facilities remains limited due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but as cases in the province slow, the SHA has updated its visitor restrictions to include more flexible guidelines regarding compassionate care visitation. Following the recommendations of a Family Presence Expert Panel of patient and family advisors and public health experts, the SHA has loosened restrictions to support family presence in care at this time. Currently, only visitation for compassionate care reasons is allowed in any SHA facility. Under the updated guidelines, compassionate care now includes all critical care and intensive care patients, rather than the previous limitation of just those at high risk of loss of life. Family presence during palliative care will now allow two support

visitors to be present at a time. Quality of life considerations for residents in long-term care will now be considered in addition to care needs when determining whether they require the additional support of a family member or support person. In situations where support is deemed necessary, two support people may be designated, with one present at a time. Additionally, a support person or family member is now allowed to be present with inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care patients who have specific challenges that could cause compromised comprehension, decision-making, or mobility. This includes mobility, hearing, speech or communications barriers, intellectual or mental health disabilities, and visual or memory impairment. The new guidelines have also been modified to allow safe outdoor visits with pa-

tients that are not limited to one visitor present at a time. “Compassionate care means different things to different people, so we worked hard together to review this and come up with adjustments that still ensure we are protected when living or coming into these facilities,” said Heather Thiessen, member of the advisory panel and cochair of the SHA provincial patient and family leadership council, in a press release. SHA care teams will make the decision on whether a patient or long-term care resident can have a family member or support person with them, and will be tasked with upholding safety guidelines. This includes screening practices, hand hygiene, and limited movement within a facility. Moving forward, all outpatients and facility visitors will be provided with a medical grade mask to wear while in

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On the Front Porch by Wanda Smith Character Reference I was recently asked by a couple people for permission to use my name for a character reference. As I contemplated the aspects of character I admire in one of those people, I decided to look up a list of attributes in order to help me narrow down their most dominant strengths. The internet did not disappoint; I found many lists of good character qualities. This sparked an interest to dig a bit deeper and I found myself being reminded of the importance of having a strong character. Not only are the benefits of having a good reputation and a strong character lifelong, they take a lifetime to hone and perfect them. We can never stop improving our character. When we are of reputable character, we reap the benefits of the choices we make. One of those benefits is that others will respect and trust us. Our influence grows. The foundation of our relationships is strong and it encourages health and happiness in those connections. We experience greater success in our lives in our work and play, which in turn, also builds our self-esteem and confidence. Also, during this time of uncertainty, it is reassuring to know it helps to sustain us in during difficulties. As a parent, I’m challenged to renew my thinking about good character traits and to be purposeful to continue to not only teach them to my children but also increase in expanding them in my own life. The first step to improving our character qualities is to determine what is most important in terms of principles we want to live our lives by. As we make that list of qualities we’d like to encourage growth in, we can decide to pick a couple to practice for a couple of weeks and then move onto the next ones on our list. I’m going to print off a list to hang on my bathroom mirror. Next, First Corinthians 15:33 warns, “Bad company corrupts good character.� I can attest to that. Show me the five people who you spend the most time with. You will become like them. Surround yourself with those who emanate the kinds of character traits that are important to you. Moving forward, as I think about some qualities I wish were more evident in my life, I admit I feel a bit hesitant to push myself yet no risk equals no reward. We need to be stretched and reach toward high standards. Even though we may experience setbacks and maybe even failures (I understand that in my weightloss journey!), our confidence builds and we begin to develop strong muscles of confidence and reap the realization of our goals. As we learn more about ourselves in this process, we will begin to see growth, self-respect and confidence emerge. This is a lifelong endeavor. With each failure or slip-up, we just push the reset button and try again. As I wrap up, I’m going to include a short list of some character qualities I found on www.liveboldandbloom. com that we may desire to cultivate in our lives: integrity, honesty, loyalty, respectfulness, responsibility, humility, compassion, fairness, forgiveness, authenticity, courageousness, generosity, perseverance, politeness, kindness, loving, optimism, reliability, conscientiousness, self-disciplined, ambitiousness, encouraging, considerateness and thoroughness. Add to this list as you see fit for your life. My choice of character attributes to cultivate in the next couple weeks are going to be: ambitiousness (spending less time online and more time on maintaining my home) and self-discipline (do weekly cleanses to detoxify my system). How about you? 60 Athabasca Street East 306-692-0533 James 1:22 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers Minister: Rev. Jim Tenford only, deceiving yourselves.� Music Director: Karen Purdy th TheSunday, views and opinions expressed in this article are those of , 2017 May 14 theWorship author, andService do not necessarily reflect the position of this 10:30am publication. & Sunday School

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Larissa Kurz The 2020 Festival of Words season has officially begun, with the release of the festival’s full schedule of events. This year’s festival will be a little different from usual, as the pandemic has prompted organizers to get creative and take the beloved literary event entirely virtual — but that doesn’t mean the schedule isn’t as packed with fun literature-focused events as usual. “I’m excited for everything,� said operations coordinator Amanda Farnel. “For all the people that have always wanted to come to the Festival and it’s never worked out, hopefully, this is the year you’ll be able to attend and see something you like.� The usual four-day weekend event has been extended to cover a week from July 13-19, and will feature author readings, workshops, and performances that festival-goFestival of Words attendees will have to purchase ers have come to expect from the Festival of Words. Organizers have yet another incredible lineup of Canadi- their favourite author’s works from either McNally an authors, poets, and musicians joining this year’s Festi- Robinson or their local bookstore this year, thanks to val, and they are excited to see the Festival take shape in the virtual platform the Festival of the event. a virtual landscape for the first time ever. All of the events this year will be taking place on the Festalk about the behind-the-scenes of what slam is and how tival of Words YouTube channel, as the planning comit started, and how it’s different in the prairies as opposed mittee felt it was the most universally accessible platform to bigger centres like Vancouver and Toronto.� available. In fact, Farnel and the rest of the Festival team are simply Chat rooms will be live during all of the interviews, panexcited about every part of this year’s Festival. els, workshops, and so on, with Festival staff moderating “I think we have a really great lineup and I think they’ll the chat and sharing it with presenting authors. work really well together. They’ve been really on board “You’ll still be able to ask questions directed at your fafor everything,� said Farnel. “Releasing the schedule this vourite authors [and] interact with them like you normalyear seemed more terrifying than normal, for some realy would,� said Farnel. “We’re really trying to keep that son, [but] I am really excited about the different things [interactive] aspect alive.� we have planned.� While the new virtual format certainly caused some hicRegistration is still required to tune into any of this year’s cups in the Festival’s planning — especially as technolevents and can be done through the Festival of Words ogy knowledge became wildly important to have — the website beginning on June 15. new format has also opened some doors for the event. All of this year’s events are free to attend, much to the This year’s Kids Ink workshop will be focusing on easy excitement of organizers, but those considering taking animation techniques with Miss Haley from the Moose part are still encouraged to consider making a donation Jaw Public Library, a medium that is entirely new to the to the Festival to help support next year’s 25th-anniverFestival’s history. sary event. “We’ve done zines and comics before, but not animaWorkshops this year will once again include topics pertion,� said Farnel. “It’s really hard to teach in person, but fect for all types of authors, from teens to adults. this is something that actually lends itself to the virtual Writing From Art with Saskatchewan Poet Laureate world.� Bruce Rice will talk about how writers can improve their The dramatic reading taking place this year will also be descriptive techniques by bringing imagination to the tasomething different, as it will actually be prerecorded ble. by the Hardly Art theatre company, and Farnel promises Creative Writing for Teens with Lindsay Wong will cover they are doing something really interesting. tips and techniques on building memorable characters, The virtual format also hasn’t stopped the Festival from narratives, and conflicts when writing. This workshop is offering an evening of Saskatchewan music along with aimed at the 13-17-year-old age group but is open to all the literary events, as the Andino Suns will still be perskill levels. forming in a live stream directly from the stage of the Writing Disabilities with Amanda Leduc will help writMae Wilson Theatre, to a theatre of empty seats. ers in their quest to increase disability representation in Fan favourite events of the Festival are still happening, their work, in ways that respect the disabled experience. such as Readception, the Great Big Book Club, and the Writing the Real with Joan Thomas will discuss the imTeen Writing Experience and read-out. portant line between the imagination and reality when The many author Q&A’s are also still on the schedule. writing contemporary fiction that is rooted in real events. Usually featured on the Friday and Saturday of the FesInners and Outers with Marina Endicott will help writers tival, this year they will span the entire week as a noonto deepen their characters using exercises and techniques hour series called Lunch is Lit. from Endicott’s experience in theatre. A variety of workshops are back this year as well, with Attendees are also encouraged to purchase the works of one scheduled for each day of the Festival — meaning their favourite Festival guest authors from either local it’s entirely possible to take part in all of them this year. bookstore Post Horizons Booksellers or online from McFarnel is excited to feature two author interviews with Nally Robinson, where Festival patrons can identify as both Jay Ingram and Paul Seesaquasis, as well as a new such during checkout to make sure part of the proceeds version of the usual poetry slam event. are returned to the Festival of Words. “Usually [the poetry slam] is kind of a competition, but A full schedule of events is also available on the Festithis year we didn’t think that would lend itself well to a val of Words website at festivalofwords.com, along with virtual setting,� said Farnel. “So we thought it would be more details about this year’s lineup of Canadian authors. interesting to get some of those same poets together to

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ALS Month aims to raise further awareness of debilitating disease

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Lou Gehrig’s Disease remains a scourge even after years of research and awareness Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

It was back in 2014 that a little known golfer dumped a bucket of ice water over his head and challenged his wife’s cousin to do the same. That cousin’s father had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and that challenge was answered. And she challenged someone else. Now, six years on, the summer of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is long behind us. But the debilitating disease continues on, with close to 3,000 Canadians currently living with the affliction and its litany of horrific effects. June 1 marked the beginning of ALS Month across Canada, and here in the Land of Living Skies, the local chapter of the ALS Society of Saskatchewan is working hard to help spread awareness and help find a cure even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re doing the best we can in the circumstances,” said Denis Simard, executive director of ALS Saskatchewan. “We are hopeful. We’re hopeful that in the next couple of years we’ll find something to help our clients and help find a solution… in a short amount of time, someone goes from being able to throw a football around with their kids to being in a wheelchair, it’s one of the most devastating things you’ll ever see if you witness it.” A rapidly progressing neuromuscular disease – Gehrig went from playing Major League Baseball in 1938 to passing away in 1941 – ALS is first noticed through the deterioration of voluntary muscles, resulting in loss of strength and mobility, while having little to no effect on cognitive ability. The degeneration eventually becomes total, as seen in physicist Stephen Hawking, with no cure. No less than 80 per cent of those diagnosed with ALS die within two to five years of diagnosis. The ALS Society of Saskatchewan, like that of many non-profit organizations battling through the situation and COVID-19, plans to take as many activities as they can online and use social media to help build that awareness and support. First off are the daily challenges that began appearing on their Facebook page /www.facebook.com/alssocietysask/ recently. They’re simple events, designed to give a feel for how ALS can change lives and make even the

simplest of tasks all but impossible. “People can realize that even if they don’t have someone in their family who is sick, this can help understand what it would mean to have ALS,” Simard said. “The feel-good challenges are a way to do that. Yesterday’s challenge was ‘go for a walk in your neighbourhood’, something really simple. Today’s challenge is ‘cook a meal with your family’, taking advantage of those key moments that add value to what we’re doing and sometimes take for granted.” Things will take a turn for the dramatic in coming weeks, as further challenges designed to show just what it’s like to have ALS are created. One planned for the near future is to wear a heavy woollen sock on your dominant hand for an hour, so show how strength and mobility is affected. “Imagine going through that and how tough it’s going to be,” Simard said. “You’re going through that for an hour, where when people who are diagnosed with ALS, once they get to that point of losing muscle control, there’s no coming back. So it gives you an idea of what it feels like.” An online 50/50 is also currently underway, with tickets available at www.als5050.ca/als5050/. The major event of the month will take place on June 21 with their annual Walk to End ALS. This year, it will take place virtually and will feature a number of online events designed to spread awareness. “During our physical walks, we get a chance to be together, do a [five-kilometre walk], and get a sense of what it’s like to have ALS because of the people who are right there with you,” Simard said. “For the actual virtual walk day, we’ll have a silent auction that will wrap up that day and then basically there will be a one-hour live event with some great videos, people who are going to talk about their experience, and for at least one hour people will be able to immerse themselves in our community and understand what’s going on.” For more information on ALS and the ALS Society of Saskatchewan, be sure to check out their website at www.alssask.ca, the national website at www.als.ca or catch the latest information on their Facebook page.

Longest ever grain train carries equal of 388 semis By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

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ic rail lines. The train running from Paterson’s Bowden, Alberta terminal to the Alliance Grain Terminal in Vancouver had 167 new hopper cars carrying 16,300 metric tonnes of grain. That’s about 388 semi loads of grain. The train took less than 14 hours to load and less than four days to get to the port, according to the company. “Our new third generation grain terminals are among the most efficient grain facilities in the world today,” said Andrew Paterson, Paterson’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “From the producer to the supplier to the

end-use customer, our system can process and ship grain to exceed expectations.” The grain industry has invested significant capital in high-throughput loading systems at elevators and railways have added new hopper cars capable of bigger loads. CP has invested $500 million for 5,900 new hopper cars with 15 per cent more volume per car than previous units. The railway is also switching to longer 8,500-foot long high efficiency product trains. The rail company says 14 grain elevators are now capable of loading them. With the new hopper cars, the company says these longer trains carry 40 per cent more grain than 7,000-foot trains. Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railway (CN Rail) reported record monthly grain movement in April. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

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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 reopen 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 Moose Jaw branch of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles will be reopening on June 8 at half-capacity. Pool, darts, and meat draws will not be resuming yet. 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. Youth summer art programs will be delivered virtually, with registration available on June 2 on the MJMAG’s website. 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. This doesn’t include the Yara Centre, which will open at a later date announced by the City of Moose Jaw. The skateboard park, BMX bike park, and basketball courts operated by the City of Moose Jaw will be available for use on June 8, provided social distance precautions are taken. All playgrounds, sports fields, and spray parks in the city remain closed to the public until Phase Four of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. 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 non-members. Classes in Beginner and Advanced Dance, tumbling drills, stretch, flexibility, conditioning and Ninja training. Email info@ cheerinfinity.ca today for more information on how to register. 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 has reopened their outdoor courts, as per provincial guidelines for outdoor recreation. 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 are closed by mandate of the provincial government and will be allowed to reopen at an undetermined date during Phase Four of the ReOpen Saskatchewan Plan. The Moose Jaw Humane Society has cancelled all in-person 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 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. Additionally, beginning June 22, the kids Lunch Bag Program will move to a pick-up format rather than delivery. 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 13, June 20, and June 27 at 10 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 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. The Canada Day activities in Crescent Park on July 1 are cancelled. Park Art at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery 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 Country Thunder Music Festival in Craven on July 8-11 has been cancelled. Tickets will be honoured for the 2021 festival. Motif Multicultural Festival on July 10-12 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 opened 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 25-26 has been postponed to a later, undetermined date. The Moose Jaw Soap Box Derby in August has been cancelled. 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.

Businesses/Facilities:

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.

Restaurants:

Restaurants, lounges, bars, and nightclubs will be allowed to reopen on June 8 as part of Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, and will be limited to 50 per cent capacity at that time. Until then, pick-up and delivery services are being offered at most establishments.


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Public Library virtual programs continue with new archives series into your life! Larissa Kurz

The Moose Jaw Public Library is adding to its list of virtual programming once again with a new history-focused series from the Archives department. On June 11 at 2:30 p.m., local history buffs are invited to join Archives technician Stephanie Jeanes for Archives History Mystery, a new program featuring interesting photos from the archives’ collection. Hosted through Zoom, Archives History Mystery will feature a selection of photos for attendees to try their hand at identifying the people, places, and timeframes in them. Attendees are also welcome to share memories and stories attached to the photos once identified. The virtual program is a spin-off from the in-person programming the Archives was hosting before the pandemic closed the building to the public, where people were invited to themed open-house style sessions to explore the materials in the archives. It was a great way to promote the Archives and all of the interesting things they possess, said acting assistant head librarian Carolyn Graham, and the in-person sessions were a hit before the pandemic. Now, the new virtual program is hoping to continue highlighting the archives but with a social distancing spin. “There’s a lot of history buffs in Moose Jaw, so we’re hoping to see lots of people come out to the program,” said Graham. All of the materials housed in the Archives have been donated from within the community, and the idea of hosting programs like these is to show off the resources and remind people that the Archives thrives on donations.

“There’s a tremendous amount of resources in the Archives and I think a lot of the time, people don’t realize what an extraordinary collection we have,” said Graham. “And so part of it just to share information with the community, but the other part of it is to promote the Archives department more to the community, so that they can come in and use it more.” Archives History Mystery is just one of the many virtual programs the MJPL has begun offering to patrons, after the pandemic cleared their events calendar completely. The virtual programming has gone over well so far, said Graham. Community response has been varied depending on the program, but overwhelmingly positive. The children’s storytime events are wildly popular, some days seeing even more attendance than the in-person version of the program. Library staff are even looking into maintaining some of the virtual programming after the pandemic regulations are lifted, to further increase the accessibility of their services. Although things are going well, library patrons and staff alike are still missing having the building open for regular services. “We wish we were open, there’s no doubt about that,” laughed Graham. “But I think we’ve adjusted and the virtual programming has been going well.” “Even if we don’t have high attendance [to every program], it is getting the library out there in the community, so people realize that we are really doing something and doing our very best to provide some kind of service,”

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The Moose Jaw Public Library’s archives department is a treasure trove of resources, and the focus of the MJPL’s newest virtual program. (photo by Jason G. Antonio) continued Graham. Lending services at the MJPL are set to resume later this month, using a no-contact curbside pickup model, and staff are expecting to see plenty of patrons jumping on the chance to once again borrow books and other materials. ‘We won’t be open to the public, but people can phone us, email us, message us on social media, with what they would like, and they can also place holds through our online catalogue, and we will take it from there,” said Graham. But a complete reopening of the library building and a return to in-person programming is still far off on the horizon, so staff at MJPL are pushing forward with more virtual programming — including virtual summer reading programs for children, teens, and adults, and the return of the MJPL Book Club. Details about the summer reading programs are still in development, said Graham, but the launch of the curbside pickup model is perfect timing for thinking about such programs. “With the curbside pickup, we would be able to distribute [summer reading] materials with those packages, which is a real positive,” said Graham. “That’s a real advantage.” More details about upcoming virtual programs can be found on the Moose Jaw Public Library’s website and Facebook page.

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