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Hunger in Moose Jaw lunch program moving to pick-up format Packages can now be picked up as of June 22 Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Hunger in Moose gram through the Jaw is taking steps City of Moose Jaw to make sure their parks program in lunch-bag packages the past. But with the COVID-19 are as fresh as pospandemic shutting sible for their famidown parks along lies in need. with everything As of June 22, doorelse, a change was to-door deliveries of necessary. supplies will come “It’s all different to an end, with famthis year, as is evilies able to pick up erything,” Sept their packages at the said. “So we’re just Hunger in Moose going to support Jaw facility itself, families directly located at 269 Stadfrom our buildacona St. West. ing… We’re just “We have a specific working with the date and time, that changes and doing way every week at what we can to supthat same date and port our families.” time they can pick up throughout the The Hunger in Moose Jaw lunch program will move to a pick-up only format as of Those who are involved in the prosummer,” said Shar- June 22. gram are asked to la Sept with Huncontact the Hunger in Moose Jaw. “We’re just noticing now that people are more out and about, ger in Moose Jaw office in order to advise whether or not and we don’t want to leave groceries out in the elements and weekly lunch supplies are still needed. You can do so by heat and all that. We want to make this a little bit easier for messaging through their Facebook site, by e-mail at hunger. moosejaw@sasktel.net, or by phone at 306-692-1916, and people to come out and grab them.” It’s all in the name of keeping the fresh produce from spoil- are asked to do so by June 15. ing – packages contain enough food to supply a family Patrons will be provided a day and time to pick up their lunches for a week, including bread, cheese, meat, eggs, lunch bag in a contactless manner. milk and fresh fruit and vegetables. Leaving that out in the For more information on Hunger in Moose Jaw – and to hot summer sun for the better part of a day while someone make a donation to their cause of supporting children and is at work could be problematic, leading to the change to their families through education and nutritional programming that nurtures their potential -- be sure to visit their pick-up. This is the first year Hunger in Moose Jaw has moved to website at hungerinmoosejaw.org. this model for the summer months, after having run the pro-


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Solidarity Rally sees incredible support

Close to 100 vehicles take part in procession in support of battling racism and equality everywhere Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The call for support went out, and Moose Jaw answered. Close to 100 vehicles and double that number in supporters descended on the Town’n’Country Mall parking lot on Saturday morning for a special Solidarity Rally in support of battling racism and equality everywhere. The event coincided with mass protests all over the United States and Canada happening that same time, including an expected crowd of over 200,000 for rallies in Washington, D.C. Like other events supporting the Black Lives Matter cause and protesting the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in recent days, the rally was completely peaceful and supportive, something organizer Paulette Snell had called for from the beginning. And to say she was impressed with what she saw from those who came out is an understatement. “This is great, it really is great,” Snell said as car horns honked and rally supporters gathered at the Kinsmen Sportsplex at the close of the event. “What can

Supporters of the Solidarity Rally take a knee at the end of the event.

I say? My heart is filled with happiness, I’m so encouraged that there is so much interest and that people are showing so much of the same awareness.” Supporters decorated their vehicles with signs and messages covering a variety of causes involving racism, discrimination and inequality, with Floyd’s death only one of many sources of concern and frustration on display. First Nations subjects were especially prominent, given the ongoing issues Canadian society sees today. Snell herself delivered an impassioned

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15-minute speech touching on her experiences and the many problems and difficulties those of non-white races see on a daily basis, and how they might be solved. “This is the beginning and we have a long way to go, we just have to keep it going,” Snell said. “We have to remind our community that it’s hard work, but it’s work that has to be done.” One of Snell’s fellow organizers, Andrea Dyck, was also impressed with what she saw from her fellow Moose Javians. “Absolutely incredible,” she said. “We’ve seen it before in Moose Jaw, and we were hoping this would be the kind of turnout we’d be getting and we’re very thankful. Everyone came to support the right cause and standing together in solidarity can

make a difference.” Participants drove a procession route down Main Street before heading over to South Hill, and back up north on Ninth Avenue to the Sportsplex. The event concluded with the close to 200 participants taking a knee in memory of those fallen. Plans are starting to be put into place for a much larger march and rally once more COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, with a possible date in July being considered. “We didn’t have a permit this time because it was such short notice, but next time we’ll have a walk down Main Street and then we’ll end up in the park for a rally,” Snell said. “And we’ll involve more people, people in power.”

TRADING THOUGHTS

Moose Jaw Express newspaper observes 10 years local coverage

Time does fly by quickly. It seems like yesterday when Yours Truly was leafing through a free television guide magazine delivered to every home in Moose Jaw. Having worked until two years before that day for the Moose Jaw Times-Herald, this little magazine was of peculiar interest. It was a mystery. Who owned it? Who ran it? Why out of Lethbridge, Alberta? How did they manage that? An advertisement from the publisher in this particular issue grabbed my attention. It asked for applications for freeby Ron Walter lance reporter/photographers for a new weekly newspaper in Moose Jaw called the Moose Jaw Value Express. Just over two years into retirement after 34 years reporting for daily newspapers and nearly nine years ownership in publishing I was ready to get back in harness. The chosen photography hobby that had consumed many hours travelling was still interesting but to photograph new objects meant more travel and stay away nights. Since the 2008-09 recession money that was once available was cut back to try and ensure it didn’t run out before I became breathless. The time was ripe for another shot at reporting. I consulted with my partner and wife. She too was ready for an opportunity like this. Her position at the Times-Herald had just been abolished as a cost-cutting measure. She discovered the cut by accident while on bereavement leave for her brother’s funeral. Yours Truly was a cradle robber so she still wanted to work for many years. We didn’t have much discussion before we made the decision to apply. The worst that could happen was: we didn’t like the place and quit. We sent in our resumes and heard back rather quickly from publisher Rob Ritchie, one of the shareholders. He had contacted another shareholder, Bob Calvert in Moose Jaw, asking if he knew “these people?’’ Bob had been our publisher at the Moose Jaw Times-Herald and general manager at Moose Jaw This Week, before the Times acquired it. He encouraged Rob to hire us. When the first issue of the weekly Moose Jaw Express came out June 15, 2010 there were no full-time reporters, just Joan Ritchie the editor covering most of the local news herself at the time, and very few freelancers who wrote on request for the new paper. There’s been a lot of ink on paper since then. The newspaper has flourished, losing and gaining freelancers. Around two years ago the full-time newsroom employees increased with the addition of a number of former T-H reporters and a number of full time journalist/reporters that do an excellent job in local coverage. An online news service MooseJawToday.com provides daily news, covering local news, local and national sports, national, global and business news, with Scott Hellings as online editor. Time sure has passed fast since we met Joan and Rob Ritchie and started our careers over. Never dreamed the day I read the ad for freelancers that we would be writing 10 years later or that we’d have such great experiences. 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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Saskatchewan Economy On The Rebound Our economy is recovering faster. Saskatchewan has the second lowest unemployment rate in Canada and the number of people working rose in May.

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Rowan Clothing opens doors in new, renovated location on Main Street Larissa Kurz

Owner Heathir Coakwell had to close the doors to Rowan Clothing Co. back in March just like every other retail location following provincial mandates during the pandemic, but it was less frustrating to do as she had big plans on the horizon. Rowan Clothing Co., previously located on River Street, was right in the middle of a location move, and the pandemic shutdown was only a small blip on the radar for Coakwell. The clothing store reopened on June 1 in its new location on the corner of Fairford Street and Main Street, in the corner boutique space that previously held fellow clothing store Gingerbread Square. “We love both spaces, and this one is more what we needed,” said Coakwell. “We’re so happy that it became available at the right time, and it feels like just the right move.” Coakwell snatched up the property back in January and set to work on extensive renovations of the space almost immediately — with the finishing touches wrapping up the day before the store’s reopening. Coakwell said she wanted to create a very chic, modern feel in the new storefront, reminiscent of the famous SoHo shopping district in New York City, and she’s quite happy with the results of her hard work. “This building was built in 1912 and we just ripped right back to the bones of the building and kept them exposed, and we love it the way it is, just really simple,” said Coakwell.

The new space is larger than the store on River Street, and makes great use of the huge windows and vaulted ceiling.

Rowan Clothing Co. has taken over the corner of Fairford Street and Main Street, filling the shoes of previous tenant and clothing boutique Gingerbread Square. The new location is larger than the storefront on River Street, said Coakwell, but Rowan Clothing Co. was ready to grow. With the move, the store will be able to offer larger quantities of merchandise and expand its product lines to include more options for customers. “We’re going for a little more elevated, upscale feel, to what we were before,” said Coakwell. “Before, we were quite casual, and now we’re still quite casual but a little more upscale as well.” The COVID-19 closures that swept the province in March happened right in the middle of Coakwell’s project, and while it was an unexpected twist, she didn’t feel

like it affected her progress too much. “Back in January, no one knew anything about [what was coming] and then come March, it was like full-blown madness. It was like, ‘what have we done?’ But it all worked out in the end,” said Coakwell. “It was very bizarre, having almost the whole business shut down, but hopefully we’ll just look back on it as a weird time that we’ll just try to forget.” Rowan Clothing Co. navigated the closure by directing customers to its online store, which meant Coakwell and her staff were well prepared to reopen in the new space come June. “I think a lot of people assumed we were

closed because of the pandemic when we didn’t open back up on May 18, when we were allowed to,” said Coakwell. “But we are still open, we’ve just moved.” For Coakwell, being able to finally open her doors after several months of renovations and relying on online sales brings both a feeling of relief and excitement. “We’re just really happy to be open again, and in the new space, and we’re excited to show it off,” said Coakwell. “People should just come check out the new space, let us know how they feel.” Customer reception at the new location has been positive so far, and Coakwell is looking forward to the future of Rowan Clothing Co. on the corner of Main Street — a very successful location for the previous tenants and hopefully for the new ones too. Rowan Clothing Co. is now located at 304 Main Street North and is open daily.

Great Plains Power Station on Track MLA’s Column

Warren Michelson

Moose Jaw North

Warren Michelson, MLA

Construction of the new natural gas power station in Moose Jaw is on track. The plant is to be named the Great Plains Power Station. I probably wasn’t the only one in Moose Jaw wondering if the COVID-19 pandemic had delayed progress, however I have been reassured by SaskPower that the project is on schedule. Initially, when the natural gas power plant was first being proposed by the province in November 2016, Moose Jaw was not even being considered as a site for possible locations. I commend Mayor Tolmie, our City Council, city administration, the Economic Development Team and the Planning Department for their efforts that resulted in Moose Jaw being the chosen site in November of 2018. A significant step was taken last February when the project entered the request for proposal phase. Burns & Mc-

Donnell Canada Ltd. and Kiewit Construction Services ULC, two companies with project experience in Saskatchewan, have been shortlisted to proceed in the competitive process. SaskPower is committed to maximizing local opportunities throughout this project. Their last power station project led to $140 million of work for Saskatchewan businesses and workers and they would like to see even more local involvement for this project. Approval has been granted to move on to the permitting phase for this project. This is because the Ministry of Environment completed their review of the project and has determined no formal environmental assessment is needed. SaskPower has signed a land purchase agreement and finalized a services agreement with the City of Moose Jaw. Upon contacting the office of Dustin Duncan, Minister responsible for SaskPower, requesting an update on the project, I received the following information: The planned Moose Jaw power station is still on track and has not experienced delays. We adjusted proposal development meetings, outreach activities etc. to take place virtually instead of face-toface. We continue to work with our two proponents in preparation of their proposal submissions. We look forward to

receiving the proposals. We still plan to break ground in early 2021. The exact timeline will be determined with the selected contractor. Road work is planned for this fall to support the project. The project is expected to result in significant economic spinoff for our region. SaskPower is committed to providing opportunity to local and Indigenous suppliers, subcontractors and labour. At its peak during construction, there is expected to be more than 500 workers on site. Once operational, Great Plains Power Station will create approximately 25 permanent jobs. In a conversation I had with Mayor Tolmie, he pointed out that the Power Station is not only important to the City of Moose Jaw but to the province as well. The Province without this power plant would lose power independence and become reliant on outside producers such as Manitoba Power. It will be a few years before Great Plains Power Station is complete due to the magnitude of the project, but we will see its benefits to Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan for years to come. 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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Jason Antonio Larissa Kurz

Randy Palmer Dr. Steven Heidinger Wanda Smith

As far as City Hall goes, talk is cheap… We hear and read all the propaganda the city claims to be doing to care for the business community in Moose Jaw; very small gestures like the mayor taking a walk up Main Street to speak to some small businesses to make sure they are doing alright in the last year or so (and the few times he has done it, it seems he always makes the same stops). Joan Ritchie Interestingly enough, not once to EDITOR my knowledge has current mayor Fraser Tolmie nor any of his councillors dropped by our office or even called just to see how business was going for us. It has been a known fact that the newspaper industry across the country and beyond has had some challenges over the last few years. You would think that as a city’s mayor and council, they would consider the fact that Moose Jaw Express/MooseJawToday.com employ 51 individuals that live in this city and support this community and would want us to flourish as a viaible entity in Moose Jaw, rather than seemingly hoping that we disappear. Apparently, according to Dawn Luhning and maybe all of the other entities she was corresponding with, she could give a “rat’s ass” about this newspaper and the fact that we are fighting for the freedom of press in a country that still allows it. Sure the pandemic did tighten gatherings to 10 but just to let the readership know, city council has been doing everything in their power over the last couple or more years to stop the media and community from questioning anything that is going on there by having frequent in-camera meetings and making decisions that affect the community but without any debate or questioning. City hall promotes their website as the place to get information…and as it is information from their communication’s department, it is exactly what they want the people to hear and think. The definition of propaganda is “information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.” We (The Moose Jaw Express and MooseJawToday.com) are the only local press with qualified journalists writing accurately the information that is public from city council meetings and otherwise, as well as publishing letters to the editor that allow people to express their concerns and questions. This is freedom of press. And one of the biggest hoots is the current mantra the city has implemented under Mr. Puffalt’s administration that says, “Our Mantra is: 1. We are solution focused and ask “How can we help you?” 2. We resolve issues with a sense of urgency in a positive manner. 3. We have the courage to be innovative, try new ideas and suggestions and accept feedback. 4. We create opportunities for others to succeed. 5. We do not blame or make excuses. 6. We leave negativity and egos at the door. 7. We are in this together, we are TEAM.” Wow! Solution-focused? Resolve issues? Accept feedback? Do not blame or make excuses? Leave negativity and egos at the door? I guess City Hall has a little work to do to make the community believe their words; as I stated in the opening sentence, “Talk is cheap…” The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication. Send your letters to the editor to: letters@mjvexpress.com or 888-241-5291 All columns, letters to the editor and editorials are solely the personal opinions of the writers themselves and not necessarily the opinions of The Moose Jaw Express. The contents of this publication are the property of the Moose Jaw Express. Reproduction of any of the contents of this publication, including, but without limiting the generality of the following: photographs, artwork and graphic designs, is strictly prohibited. There shall be no reproduction without the express written consent of the publisher. All ads in the Moose Jaw Express are published in good faith without verification. The Moose Jaw Express reserves the right to refuse, classify, revise or censor any ads for any reason in its sole discretion. This paper may include inaccuracies or errors. The Moose Jaw Express does not under any circumstances accept responsibility for the accuracy or otherwise of any ads or messages in any of the publications editions. The Moose Jaw Express specifically disclaims all and any liability to advertisers and readers of any kind for loss or damage of any nature what-so-ever and however arising, whether due to inaccuracy, error, omission or any other cause. All users are advised to check ad and message details carefully before entering into any agreement of any kind and before disclosing personal information. If in doubt, please take legal advice.

Old Eaton’s house withstood impact of aircraft trainer

By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express This advertisement from the Moose Jaw Times-Herald was found in the attic of a three-storey farmhouse in the Archydal district north of Caron. Featuring a doctor and boy admitting it could have been him, the ad promotes safety and careful driving behaviour. The T. Eaton house was part of the Sybil farm Preston Smith bought in 1925 when he settled in the district, having come five years before from New Brunswick. The Eaton’s catalogue sold houses and barns in pre-marked bundles by mail order from 1910 until the 1920s. The old three-storey Eaton’s house had a large “widow’s walk” on the top. The widow’ walks were built so family could watch family sailings come home and leave. Made of metal the five-foot by 16-foot metal fenced widow’s walk was impressive and unusual in a prairie setting. And durable. During the Second World War a Tiger Moth trainer aircraft from the nearby Royal Air Force flying school at Caron hit the smack on the widow’s walk. “It bent the lightning rods, no other damage,” recalls Cecil Smith, a retired Palm Dairies driver, who grew up in the house and later ran the farm. The aircraft strike “sure shook the dust out of the place.” The pilot was unharmed. The house was intentionally burned down years ago when vandals kept damaging the once elegant home. “I hated to see it go,” says Smith, now in is 90s. “What can you do?” There was another Eaton’s house “exactly like it north of the Caron cemetery. It was burned by kids.” The Smith property, about eight miles north of Caron, was homesteaded in 1918. The land has been sold twice since Smith sold.

Director’s film about immigrant women captures deep emotions Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Artist Jeremy Ratzlaff has been making videos for 10 years, but he believes his newest video — which the prestigious Yorkton Film Festival (YFF) recently selected to showcase — is the most touching. Ratzlaff, 27, directed a video called Madhu Kumar’s Stories of Immigrant Women, a four-minute film about the female artist who paints pictures of immigrant women and uses augmented reality to help tell their stories. Ratzlaff — a video producer for CBC Arts — had seen Kumar’s work at an art gallery in Assiniboia and decided this was a project worth pursuing since he wanted to know more about her and her creative methods. “A lot of the art world attempts to be abstract and it would be harder to connect with, but this (video) isn’t one of those,” he chuckled. “This is a story that I think you can connect with very, very quickly (and is easily accessible).” Ratzlaff — who has spent his career following and working with other artists — met Kumar beforehand to discover what she was like and what she would be doing. With video camera in hand, he followed her as she visited the homes of several immigrant women. He spent two full days over two weeks filming, followed by nearly two months of working on the video. It took that long to create, he explained with a chuckle, since he is a “slow, painfully slow, meticulous perfectionist.” It was also tough to put together since he shot more material than he needed — his video had to be fewer than five minutes — or had ever done before. Eventually, he whittled his project down to under four minutes. “But it was tough to choose what to leave out,” Ratzlaff added. Ratzlaff has never directed a documentary before, but he knows documentarians attempt to capture real emotions and human drama for their work. He managed to unexpectedly do that while visiting the home of a Syrian woman. The Syrian woman had experienced abuse there and had fled to Canada with her son. She was working two jobs and barely making ends meet. During filming, Kumar pulled out an envelope filled with money and gave it to the woman to help with rent. The woman broke down crying since she was so overwhelmed. “I got to capture that and it was beautiful,” Ratzlaff recalled. “When you watch the film, you see them embracing on the couch after the money got exchanged … I just

A screen grab from the short film Madhu Kumar’s Stories of Immigrant Women shows Kumar talking about the process she uses to create paintings of the women and to use augmented reality to tell their stories. Photo by Jason G. Antonio used a snippet of that emotion in there without you fully understanding why or what’s around it.” Ratzlaff completed his film last June and posted it to the CBC Arts website. He then submitted his video to the Yorkton Film Festival once nominations opened in the fall. The event was supposed to occur May 21 to 24, but organizers cancelled it due to the pandemic — a first for the 73-year-old international festival. However, YFF still produced a slate of final nominees for this year’s Golden Sheaf Awards competition. Organizers selected Ratzlaff’s video for the category of short subject non-fiction. He considered it a milestone since this was the first time the YFF has short-listed his video. “That’s very exciting because ever since moving to Saskatchewan five or six years ago, and dipping my toes into the film community, everyone talks about Yorkton … ,” he said. “Yorkton is the longest-running film festival in North America. It’s got a lot of history and prestige, and that’s sort of the crown jewel of what you can achieve as a filmmaker in Saskatchewan.” Before the pandemic hit, Ratzlaff had built up a successful business and was receiving paid projects. However, with the coronavirus cancelling everything, he now has time to work on a long-delayed personal project. “(It’s) a narrative short film, because every filmmaker eventually wants to build their own narrative film,” he added, “and that’s the end goal for me.”


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Sask. students, teachers to return to in-person classrooms in the fall Larissa Kurz

The government has announced that Saskatchewan schools will be resuming in-person education for the upcoming 2020-21 school year, meaning students and teachers will be back in classrooms in the fall. Schools are set to resume as early as Sept. 1, according to most school division calendars, and will be following set safety guidelines provided by public health. Deputy Premier and education minister Gordon Wyant made the announcement on June 9, noting that officials have reached this decision after watching and evaluating other provinces as they return to classrooms. Guidelines for the return to in-class learning are still being developed, said Wyant, and will largely depend on the state of the pandemic closer to the fall. Those guidelines are to be provided to

school divisions as early as next week. “There will be a lot of things to give some consideration to as the school divisions start to plan, but the key element is ensuring that we provide a safe learning environment for our children and a safe working environment for staff,” said Wyant. “And so we will be careful to make sure that’s the guiding principle as those rules are developed and implemented.” Social distancing will be less practical for young children, said Wyant during the live stream press conference, and so public health officials will be discussing alternative ways of physical distancing in order to create a safe environment for children and staff. Suggestions offered by Wyant during the conference included separate entrances to schools, staggered class times, and use of scheduling to reduce physical

contact. “We’re hoping, of course, to have schools fully open, but there will be challenges when it comes to different schools in terms of social distancing, making sure that kids are as distant as possible with regard to the fact that we want to continue to provide that learning,” said Wyant. The decision comes from the Education Response Planning Team, as well as from the continued public opinions of teachers and parents over the past few months. “We think that in-class learning is the best way for their children to gain their education, notwithstanding the fact that we’ve had some success with online learning and other delivery models over the last few months,” said Wyant. “I think it’s fair to say that parents want their kids back in classrooms and teachers want to be teaching in those class-

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REFLECTIVE MOMENTS

Many stories exist from behind the lilac bushes

Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express ronjoy@sasktel.net

The house has been torn down, the barn is listing to one side, and the corrals that once held some horses have fallen down, leaving only a suggestion of a once thriving homestead. Similar scenes dot the landscape as we drive here and there on a recent spontaneous road trip to look for wildlife and for me to put my replacement vehicle through

the paces. It is sad to see the remains of these farmsteads and the in-town spots where once a family lived, raised a garden and planted flowers and bushes to enhance their property. The one bright spot in this changing landscape is the spirit of the lilac bush. The families have come and gone, but the lilacs bloom every year, some deep purple, some light purple, some white — glorious to see with a fragrance that tickles the nose and brings back so many precious memories of past years. As we drove along a particular road into a community much diminished in size, the rows of lilac bushes greeted

us, and we commented that with the exception of rhubarb patches, lilacs, if they could talk, would have many stories to tell about the farmsteads that they proudly sheltered. It is said that Pan, the god of forests and fields, fell hopelessly in love with a nymph named Spriorga which in Arabic is the word for the flower, lilak. What a story Harlequin could make out of that. The more modern lilac is native to Europe and temperate climate areas in Asia. The first lilac bush in North America was planted in 1750 in New Hampshire with Canada’s interest in lilacs being noted in 1816 in Ontario. My first recollection of the lilac bush came when my Mother decided she needed a row of bushes on either side of our front yard driveway. The neighbour lady two houses away had a prolific growth and was more than happy to allow my family to dig and transport as many bushes as my Mother’s heart desired. She dug and dug and transplanted for days. I was her tiny helper, probably getting in her road, but still contributing with my red metal shovel and my matching red metal watering can. When she (we) were done with the transplanting, I recall how proud she was to have those bushes in place for the coming spring. As I recall, the majority of the bushes survived being in a new spot over the winter and in the spring, burst forth

with blossoms that made our hearts swell with pride. When my parents left that yard in 1971, alas the lilacs were left behind for the new owners, and then allowed to stand guard around an abandoned yard. More than a half-century later, a smattering of blooms could be seen every spring and annually we tried to arrive at the old home place in time to check out the blossoms. Last year there seemed to be fewer than normal. A trip west might still be in time to catch a sniff of their perfume. In our city yard, lilacs welcomed us to this home but the bushes grew and spread so much they were blocking the driveway and sidewalks and had to be trimmed back. The enthusiastic trimmer took them down to their roots and alas, they never did revive. But while we had them it was entertaining to stand at our window and watch passersby sniff the blossoms, look furtively around and break off a few blooms for a bouquet, then scurry up or down the sidewalk. This neighbourhood watch never did call the lilac police. 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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New outdoor escape room from local business perfect for staying socially distant this summer Larissa Kurz

All of the event cancellations due to the pandemic have left the summer calendar looking empty, but one local entertainment business may be perfectly primed to help people explore Moose Jaw without any personal interaction. Moose Jaw Mysteries is a fairly new addition to the tourism and entertainment scene in the Notorious City, having launched in 2018 with its app-based outdoor “escape rooms� that take players all over the downtown core of the city like a scavenger hunt. The instructions are simple: select one of the offered games from the Moose Jaw Mysteries website, purchase a session, and download the app to start playing. “The closest kind of comparison has been to an escape room, the kind of style where you use logic to try and solve clues and make your way through,� said owner Joel Gritzfeld. “People that enjoy those styles of games have said they really enjoyed our tours.� The entire transaction is digital, no human interaction required, and the games themselves are self-guided — which is why Moose Jaw Mysteries could be a great way to fill this summer of social distancing. Gritzfeld describes the games as an “es-

The self-guided adventures from Moose Jaw Mysteries are perfect for some social-distanced fun this summer, especially with the newest tour that features Moose Jaw trivia that even the locals might not know. cape-room style scavenger hunt,� where players are given a background story before being given a series of riddles and clues to solve using their phone as they trek around the city. There’s no time limit on any of the adventures, which means that each game also doubles as a walking tour of Moose Jaw’s downtown sights and businesses. Players are encouraged to explore the murals, the local businesses, and the tourist spots in Moose Jaw as they work their way through the scavenger hunt. “The idea is that you don’t have to do this as quickly as possible,� said Gritzfeld. “So, if you think, ‘oh, that looks like a

cool place,’ you can go in and shop or have a drink and have lunch, and then continue on.� It’s a perfect way to highlight local business, said Gritzfeld, which was largely why he and his wife decided to create the outdoor tours. “It just started out as something fun and we realized that we had a good idea,� said Gritzfeld. “And we wanted to capitalize on Moose Jaw being a tourist town. It’s set up perfectly for what we wanted to do, [with] all the things people notice the city for.� Moose Jaw Mysteries originally launched with two different games available to play. Capone’s Interview is the most like an outdoor escape room — players are put in the shoes of a new recruit fresh off the bus from Chicago, running around town to complete a list of errands for Al Capone in order to impress him and save themselves from his temper. Scavenger Hunt at Crescent Park is simpler, asking players to explore the famous park at the centre of the city on the hunt for certain items to check off their list. And now, Moose Jaw Mysteries has just released a new adventure, one designed to fit perfectly with the current social dis-

tancing recommendations. Whereas the other two tours are focused largely in the downtown core, the new Moose Jaw Trivia Tour is designed as a driving tour, taking players all over the city to learn about the history of Moose Jaw and take in the local sights. “This one gets you to go to different locations around the city, so that you’re not just located in one area,� said Gritzfeld. “You kind of get that full breadth [of the city] this way.� The team has been working all winter to design the new adventure, and felt like now would be a great time to launch a driving tour that will get families out of the house for an afternoon while still staying safe. In fact, all three of the Moose Jaw Mysteries adventures are social-distance friendly, said Gritzfeld, if players choose to play them that way. They’re also designed to be entertaining for both out-of-town tourists and local residents of the city, so he hopes to see more people give the tours a try this summer. For more information about Moose Jaw Mysteries, check moosejawmysteries. com for details about tours or follow them on Facebook for updates.

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Day trip series takes the highway south to Wood Mountain hills Most of us are waiting for the freedom day when we can shake off the COVID-19 fears and go places. This is the second in a series of pieces suggesting day trips from Moose Jaw to the district. This trip takes you to the South Country and the Wood Mountain hills and can be done now. There will be more places to see when the quarantine is eased. Watch for deer, hawks, pelicans and turkey vultures. Take Highway Two south of Moose Jaw to Assiniboia, continue west on Highway 13 to Limerick, then south on Highway 338. A short distance south of Limerick, which has great food at the hotel, you will see a few trees and rock ruins. That is where the Romanian Orthodox priests used to live. A spring once flowed by the trees, and was used by farmers to water their horses while hauling grain. Further south the hills and valleys show the distinctive Wood Mountain Hills, second highest in Saskatchewan. South of Wood Mountain you will find the Wood Mountain Regional Park, home of the oldest rodeo in Canada. The Ranch Rodeo Museum, located in the park, tells the story of rodeo and the Wood Mountain racing/rodeo events. The concession, now open, has pie on the menu. An impressive view can be seen by climbing the hill behind the museum along with a plaque observing the days when Sitting Bull and 5,000 Sioux fled the United

States Cavalry to live in this areas for five years. A reserve created for some Sioux who refused to leave Canada is located just south of Wood Mountain. Just south of the park sits a national historic site, the partially re-built Royal Northwest Mounted Police post, whose members kept an eye on Sitting Bull and the region’s horse thieves. Keep driving south past the sign for Killdeer to Rockglen, one of the prettiest communities in the south, built on a hillside overlooking a broad valley. The Burning Hills Cafe should be open with pie on the menu. Continue back on Highway Two through the hills to Assiniboia and Moose Jaw. Total time about four to five hours. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net


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Annual Bent Wrench Run car show will look different this year Larissa Kurz

Car enthusiasts in Moose Jaw look forward to the enormous gathering of colourful hot rods and classic cars at the Bent Wrench Show and Shine every year, but the pandemic has forced organizers to rethink this year’s event to keep attendees safe. The show, organized by Those Guys Car Club, takes place every Father’s Day weekend down in Wakamow Valley, usually featuring around 100 cars on display for people to enjoy. This year, however, the huge car show has been scrapped, as organizers were unsure about maintaining safe social distancing practices due to the large crowds the event usually draws. But Those Guys weren’t willing to give up their car-centric weekend entirely, said club representative Kevin Brown. The Bent Wrench car show always kicks it’s weekend off with an evening cruise, and the club is keeping up the tradition this year with a no-contact version of the spin, called the Bent Wrench Run. There’s no registration required and no official meeting place for the cruise, which will start at 6 p.m. on June 20. Instead, to ensure proper social distancing practices,

A lineup of cars on display at the 2019 Bent Wrench Car Show in Moose Jaw, which won’t be happening this year due to the crowd restrictions and pandemic safety measures. (photo by Randy Palmer) drivers are encouraged to just join the cruise wherever they come across the parade of classic cars, which will start their route on Main Street. Those Guys Car Club will also have a table set up outside of Wired Up Auto on High Street, where they will be taking monetary donations before the cruise. Every donation will receive a special Bent Wrench sticker, and every

dollar raised will go to the usual charity of choice of the Bent Wrench Show and Shine — Hunger in Moose Jaw. “[The idea] is to get classic cars out and we’re still looking to raise money for Hunger in Moose Jaw,” said Brown. “And we’re just hoping that people keep on cruising. Usually, turnout is pretty good, and we’re hoping this year is no different.” Club members were disappointed to have to cancel the annual show and shine as it’s a favourite of many, said Brown, but the club is hoping to at least keep some of the spirit alive with the cruise. “With so much stuff being shut down, and people having to stay distant, we wanted to still get out and do something as a community,” said Brown. “There’s been lots of people on Facebook and emailing us to make sure it’s still going on, so we’ve got lots of interest.” The Those Guys Car Club welcomes people to join their Facebook group to keep up with the Bent Wrench Run, and to consider stepping outside to enjoy the cruise as it passes by on June 20.

Saskatchewan economy on the rebound

Economic data shows province in strong position compared to others across Canada Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan in the early days of the pandemic continue to pay dividends, with a series of surprisingly positive economic numbers released providing the latest example. Job numbers released by the Government of Saskatchewan for May show that while things are far from perfect compared to other provinces in Canada, the news isn’t all that bad. The most prominent number, of course, is the unemployment rate. For the month of May, that number sat at 12.5 per cent, more than a full percentage point better than the national rate of 13.7 per cent. Saskatchewan added 600 jobs compared to April, and 87 per cent of those who were working in February were still doing so in May. The total number of hours worked in the province fell by 9.1 per cent over that same time

span, a number that shows the greatest discrepancy compared to the rest of Canada – the average decline nationally was 19.3 per cent. “The Saskatchewan workforce is still being seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but there are a number of signs that show Saskatchewan’s economy is both recovering faster, and was less impacted, than other provinces,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “We have the second lowest unemployment rate in Canada and the number of people working rose in May, which is a strong, positive sign in the COVID-19 era. The Saskatchewan economy is positioned to strongly improve as we move forward with the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan.” Phase 3 of the Re-Open plan has begun and will likely have an even greater effect on employment numbers

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Kinsmen Cafe happy to be reopening doors to customers next week Larissa Kurz

The Kinsmen Cafe, located on 4th Avenue SW, will be reopening its doors on June 16, after being closed for three months thanks to the pandemic regulations. Located on 4th Avenue SW, the Kinsmen Cafe is just a few doors down from parent organization Moose Jaw Families for Change at the Kinsmen Inclusion Centre, and members are really looking forward to being back in the Cafe. “We didn’t want to go ahead and reopen too soon, we wanted to ensure that we had all the proper protocols in place to ensure we’re taking extra precautionary measures,” said community coordinator Katie Statler. “But it is very exciting, [to be back].” Reopening will require a few changes, including fewer tables in order to maintain physical distancing, a reduced menu to make the comeback easier, and an increase in safety practices for both staff and customers. The changes at the cafe aren’t the only things looking a bit different for the MJFFC at the moment, as the Kinsmen Inclusion Centre has been closed to the

public and likely will be for a while yet. Regardless, the MJFFC has been keeping busy over the past weeks with lots of programming for its in-house clients. This includes the usual inside activities like crafts, games, cooking and sewing classes, and more — but the staff have also been getting creative in planning outdoor activities as well. Clients have been enjoying the good weather by exploring the local landmarks in town, visiting the parks, canoeing, gardening, and playing drive-by bingo. MJFFC has also been doing some virtual programming on its Facebook page, with clients starring in craft videos and a virtual book club series, which has been well-received so far. The goal has been to keep things feeling as normal as possible amid the chaos of pandemic shutdowns, said Statler, and to continue providing the needed supports to clients that the MJFFC has always offered. “We’ve been working very hard to ensure that our folks are staying active and healthy, but also while maintaining their

The Kinsmen Cafe is ready to reopen, with new safety precautions and guidelines to stay safe in the wake of COVID-19. health and safety,” said Statler. “In regards to inclusion and diversity, we’re still working hard at that too, just in-house with clients that live with us residentially.” For the MJFFC, it has been a bit tough to have things essentially shut down. Clients taking part in the employment program at

the Kinsmen Cafe were especially disappointed to see the cafe put on hold for so long. “I think one of the biggest things our clients have struggled with is that not only was it a job, but it’s also a social aspect for them,” said Statler. “And for some folks, they’re not quite sure of the severity of the virus itself, so it’s a bit hard to understand, so we’ve done our best to ensure that everyone has a bit of an understanding.” The MJFFC chose to take their time, rather than joining other restaurants on June 8, in order to make sure their clients would be safe and comfortable returning to work. The reopening of the cafe is an exciting announcement, continued Statler, and the MJFFC is looking forward to being back in business on June 16. The Kinsmen Cafe will return to its regular business hours, open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. To keep up with the Kinsmen Cafe or Moose Jaw Families for Change, make sure to check their respective Facebook pages for updates.

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In my time in Parliament, I have become a little infamous among my fellow MPs and staff for being a history buff. An interesting Tom Lukiwski fact from the Second World War: MP Moose Jaw-Lake during the London Blitz, when Centre-Lanigan bombs were falling all around the city, the British Parliament continued to sit. In contrast, today, during the pandemic crisis, the Liberals have sought every opportunity to suspend our democratic institutions. At the very outset of the pandemic, they tried to introduce a bill that would have given them effectively unlimited power to pass laws and spend money for up to two years in the future without having to seek approval from Parliament. This attempted coup was stopped only because the Conservative Party blocked it.

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We Need to Protect Democracy Justin Trudeau seems to think he’s some sort of monarch. He appears to be blissfully unaware that he did not, in fact, win the last election. He lost the popular vote and holds only a weak minority government. Yet, every day, he emerges from his castle, avoids Parliament and ensures that 100 per cent of the focus is on him. His contempt for Parliament knows no bounds. The Liberals recently, with the support of the NDP, suspended Parliament until September. Just as we are beginning to emerge from the pandemic restrictions, Liberals and NDP have deprived Canadians of their democratic voice. To add insult to injury, the Liberals and NDP have conspired to produce a sham or façade of Parliament to fool Canadians into thinking that it is still operating. What you see on TV these days is not Parliament but rather the Special Committee on Health on Coronavirus. This committee cannot pass laws and cannot present or pass a formal budget. The tools by which the Opposition can hold the government to account are extremely curtailed. In the face of the largest deficit in Canadian history – over $150 billion in just the last few months – the Liberals restricted Opposition examination and debate of

these spending measures to just four hours. Going back into my history buff mode, you might remember from high school that the Magna Carta – the basis of parliamentary democracy – was originally a document that forbade the king from spending money without approval of Parliament. In that context, the Liberals’ actions are unconstitutional on the deepest, oldest and most fundamental level. There is no precedent and no excuse for this. Canadians should be outraged. Justin Trudeau is counting on the confusion of the pandemic to seize unilateral control of the country, which he did not earn in the election. We need to fight back. Call, email and find other pandemic-safe ways to protest. We cannot let him get away with this. MP Tom Lukiwski Suite 1 – 54 Stadacona St. W. Moose Jaw, Sask. S6H 1Z1 Phone: 306.527.9942


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MJMAG opens registration for adapted summer kids programs Larissa Kurz

The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery may be closed to visitors for the time being, but the summer art programs are moving forward with a few new changes to keep kids engaged with both art and their community over the next few months. The Summer Art & Culture Programs will begin on June 29 and run weekly until Aug. 28, featuring a number of themed classes for all ages from toddler to teen. Education coordinator Christy Schweiger is excited to be able to offer summer camps this year amid all of the changes that have followed COVID-19 to Moose Jaw, and she shared some of the ways that this year’s programs will be a little different. The biggest change is the most obvious: instruction is moving to a virtual space, as organizers want to provide programming that abides by the no-contact guidelines still in place. Instead of the usual in-person classes, participants will get one hour of live video instruction each day of the week-long program, paired with some projects to round out the activities. Some instructors are also working on creating an outside component to each program, where participants will be encouraged to get outside and interact with monuments or installations in the community on self-guided “field trips.” “It could be a scavenger hunt or looking at different monuments or architecture in the community and connecting that into the art classes for that week,” said Schweiger. “There’s some really cool little treasures in our community, where maybe we’ll look at nature or do some drawing or painting, along that line.” Each program will provide a creative kit full of necessary materials for the class, and parents will know more about how and where to pick up those kits closer to the

MJMAG summer kids classes: Last year, some of the summer programming had kids outside sketching in Crescent Park, which may return this year. (supplied) date of the program. Another change, said Schweiger, is that the registration fee for programs is actually less this year and can only be paid online as the MJMAG staff are working largely from home. Otherwise, the summer art programs will once again offer a fun, hands-on art experience meant to keep kids connected with their creativity throughout the summer. “We want to support our community and support families and youth, and also encourage creativity and art in our programs,” said Schweiger. “We’re hoping to show some of the artwork on our community art page we have on our website, as the end of each week too.” A number of instructors are returning this year, including Charles Buchanan for a teen program about creating comics and graphic novels, 10-year summer program

veteran Cora Melanson, and last year’s summer student Bryson Quilliams who is running an art-mashup program exploring different mediums together. This year’s themes include a number of interesting topics, including space, community heroes, Disney, and animals, among others. Age categories have also shifted slightly this year, which Schweiger explained is to accommodate a family scenario where several children of different ages are watching the same program at the same time. The focus has largely been on making sure the online programming is as accessible as possible, said Schweiger, by lowering fees and choosing free-to-use Zoom as the delivery platform. The MJMAG is also looking into partnering with daycares in the city to provide the programs to children who may not have financial or technological access on their own, and Schweiger encourages families to think about the program as flexible in terms of where kids can take part. “The beauty of this program is that if you’re at the lake, on a farm, or in Ontario or something, you can still access it. As long as you have an internet connection, you can take part in our program,” said Schweiger. A schedule for the upcoming summer kids programs launched on June 2, which is when registration opened to families interested in joining any of the program weeks. To find more information on programming, as well as to register and pay fees, visit mjmag.ca and check out the details under the Classes, Tours, and Programs tab. For any questions about joining the summer kids programs this year, or to inquire about financially sponsored spots for low-income participants, email Christy Schweiger at educator.mjmag@sasktel.net.

ANAVETS make donation to Running Wild Rescue – and issue challenge

Local service club challenges everyone in city to make donation to local animal rescue group in memory of Capt. Jenn Casey. Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans have made a donation to Running Wild Rescue and now want to see the rest of Moose Jaw do the same. The local service organization donated $100 in honour of Capt. Jenn Casey recently, a number they hope will grow exponentially once the rest of the city and beyond get on board. Casey was the Snowbirds public affairs officer who was killed when her jet crashed into a residential neighbourhood last month. Her family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to local Humane Societies. ANAVETS member Gail Hoffos helped put a different spin on things, though, through personal experience – as a foster for Running Wild’s menagerie of critters,

she was well aware of how much help the organization can use. “They go out to lots of different places and rescue animals. They have rats; they have bunnies, lots of animals they look after and care for,” Hoffos said. “So we decided to donate to them instead of the Humane Society since they’re basically the same thing, saving animals.” Running Wild celebrated their first anniversary in December and have continued to expand since, growing from taking in dogs and cats to smaller animals like rabbits and guinea pigs, and are considering expanding to helping farm animals in the future. All of Running Wild Rescue’s animals are housed in foster homes, and they work with potential families across Canada to

Jasmine Wenarchuk with Running Wild Rescue accepts a cheque from Don Purington, president of the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans. rehome the pets — finding the animals a ride to the proper province however possible.

That kind of effort hasn’t gone unnoticed, and led ANAVETS #252 president Don Purington to issue a challenge to everyone in the city to match their donation, if not more. “He wanted people to get together and donate to these places, because they’re very vital,” Hoffos said. “If you look on Facebook, they’re always looking for donations because a puppy just came in strangled and things like that. There’s always something.” Doing so to honour Capt. Casey and her love of animals is the icing on the cake. “It’s not just a challenge for other charity organizations; it’s for everyone. It’s in memory of Jenn Casey and we’d like to see as many people donate as they can,” Hoffos said.

Together We’re Strong honours fallen Snowbird Charity video featuring host of Canadian country music artists honours Capt. Jenn Casey, raising funds for Unison COVID-19 relief program Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

A group of Canadian country music artists has joined forces to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jenn Casey while at the same time raising funds for their industry in the era of COVID-19. The inspirational song “Together We’re Strong” was released both as a single and Youtube video on May 29 and has already been viewed close to 22,000 times. Co-written by Brian John Harwood of Kansas Stone and Country Music Association of Ontario Rising Star Dustin Bird, the video features 18 artists from across the country including Cory Marks, Jason McCoy, Aaron Pritchett, Alee, and Jason Blaine as well as Saskatchewan’s own Ches Anthony. That’s on top of the nearly 70 artists and groups ranging from Tom Cochrane to Washboard Union who appear as special guests in the slickly produced video, holding signs with the #TogetherWereStrong hashtag. Casey herself is specially featured in the video along with the Snowbirds team. The squadron’s public affairs officer, Casey was killed when her Snowbirds Tutor jet crashed into a neighbourhood in Kamloops, B.C. during

Brian John Harwood of Kansas Stone is one of the writers and producers behind the Together We’re Strong project the Operation Inspiration cross-Canada tour. Pilot Capt. Richard MacDougall survived with serious injuries but is expected to recover. “We were devastated to learn of the tragic loss of Capt.

Casey,” says Bird, who also served as a performer and producer on the track alongside Harwood. “As Canadians we wanted to use the power of music to encourage and bring people together in a time of adversity.” You can view the song by searching “Together We’re Strong” on Youtube. In addition to honouring Casey, the video is also acting as a fundraising drive for the Unison Benevolent Fund, a Canadian music industry charity whose mission is to help professional music-makers in times of hardship, illness or economic difficulties. “Staying positive together is the one thing that we have the power of doing,” said Harwood, songwriter and artist with Kansas Stone. “Unity is strength.” To make a donation to Unison’s COVID-19 Relief Program, text UNISON to 45678 or visit unisonfund.ca and have every donation matched by Spotify. All proceeds will go to provide direct relief for music-makers and music professionals. To learn more about the Unison Benevolent Fund, go to www.unisonfund.ca.


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They wereResearched JustandKids – Many were Teenagers complied by Richard Dowson, Moose Jaw

D-Day, June 6, 1944 – the invasion of continental Europe at Normandy has been researched and reviewed often. The ‘Infantrymen’ were just kids. Most never appreciated the danger and assumed if someone was going to die – it would not be them. They were just like the young guys seen today at the Mall – in a Bar or at a Rider game. Not much has changed. They sought adventure – hoped for the best and did what was expected of them – fight and die, if necessary. These are two typical ‘kids’ of the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade (RCIC) hamming it up aboard their Landing Craft (Light) at Southampton, England on June 4, 1944. They were ready for the invasion of France – not a care in the world. On the left, Private Art Robertson, Nova Scotia Highlanders, holding a Bren-gun. His buddy Kenny Mardon, Highland Light Infantry of Canada holds a Sten Gun. They are ‘horsing around’. Each carried a Lee Enfield 303 when they landed at 11:00, June 6, 1944. They were able to land on Juno Beach without firing a shot. They moved inland. Things changed. On June 8, 1944 at 0500 Kenny Mar-

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don and his unit, the Highland Light Infantry from

Waterloo County, Ontario, readied themselves for an attack on the small Normandy village of Burton. They were assisted by Tanks from the Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment. They attacked the 25th SS Panzergrenadier Regiment, a radical NAZI Hitler Youth Regiment. The short, bloody battle cost the Highland Light Infantry 262 casualties, of which 62 died on the battlefield and several died of wounds later. Eleven of the 15 Sherbrooke tanks were knocked out. Private Kenneth Mardon, # D/139018, age 19, 9th Infantry Brigade, 1st Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry of Canada, was wounded and evacuated to England. He died of his wounds July 12, 1944 and is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, UK; 52 D 10. His Platoon Sergeant in the Highland Light Infantry, Sergeant Herbert ‘Bert’ Edward Francis of Galt, Ontario, was wounded in the same battle and died the next day. He is also buried in the Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey There is no record of his buddy Art Robertson. It is assumed he survived the war.

Local organizations hold low-key Decoration Day services

Dragoons joined by Legion and Anavet members at Crescent Park cenotaph to lay wreathes in honour of those who gave their lives in conflict before the World Wars Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Decoration Day in Moose Jaw traditionally features all the honour and remembrance one would expect from the city when it comes to recognizing those who gave their lives for Canada in conflicts before the World Wars. That means a full-scale military parade to and around the Crescent Park cenotaph by soldiers from the Saskatchewan Dragoons, airmen from 15 Wing, cadets of all stripes and, of course, the Legion and Anavets.

But these are not traditional times. With restrictions on gatherings in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of the remembrance activities that traditionally take place the first weekend after June 2 – Decoration Day proper in Canada – were put on hold. That included the placing of flags on veterans gravesites and, yes, the entire parade and all the pomp and circumstance it entails. But that wasn’t going to stop folks from at least making something happen.

The Saskatchewan Dragoons were joined by the local Legion and Anavets branches on Sunday morning for a lowkey wreath-laying ceremony, featuring about a dozen people in total and a far cry from the hundreds who would take part normally. “We all recognize that safety comes first, and most of our people who come out are in a high risk category so we wanted to protect people and keep everyone safe,” said Royal Canadian Legion Branch #59 president Sharon Erickson, who was joined by her counterpart from the Anavets #252, president Don Purington. “We have to remember our veterans not just today, but every day; we think about them every day,” he said. “We’re involved all the time, the Legion and the Anavets, and this is something we felt we needed to do.” Decoration Day pre-dates Remembrance Day by decades and was first held on June 2, 1890 when veterans placed decorations at the Canadian Volunteers Monument in Toronto on the anniversary of the Fenian raids. Once Canadian soldiers became more involved in international conflicts – and especially after the Boer War – the event became more celebrated and higher profile. Today, it honours those who have fought for Canada in all conflicts, both before, during and after the First and Second World Wars. While it was naturally disappointing to not have the large-scale event, doing something was heartening for both vet-

Sharon Erickson, president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #59 Moose Jaw and Don Purington, president of Anavets Local #252, salute after laying their Decoration Day wreath at the Crescent Park Cenotaph.

Maj. Mack Driscoll, commanding officer of the Saskatchewan Dragoons, lays a wreath on behalf of his unit during a low-key Decoration Day ceremony Sunday morning.

erans organizations. “There’s a lot we can’t do that this year because of COVID-19, so we wanted to do something in partnership with our fellow veteran organization to honour those who came before us,” Erickson said. Originally, the Legion and Anavets had expected to be on their own at the cenotaph. But, coincidently enough, the Dragoons were wrapping up their own Zoom ceremony at the same time, adding a little bit of a positive twist to the whole thing. “That’s a happy coincidence and it’s meaningful for all of us,” said Maj. Mack O’Driscoll, commanding officer of the Dragoons. “I think that’s something that’s inspiring about the pandemic, that people are finding so many ways to do similar things. It was nice to have our unit members join us from their homes and still honour the sacrifice Canadians made over the many years of conflict.” Decoration Day usually marks the time of year when the Dragoons see their activities begin to wrap up for the summer, especially with many of their soldiers heading out on courses. That gives the event some extra meaning to the reservist group, and an extra reason to take part. “It was really important for our unit to so something, even though it was different,” Driscoll said “It’s definitely nice to have everyone come together, but it was certainly important to capture the essence of Decoration Day, which is to commemorate the actions of service members in the past.”


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Regina Rifles D Day Landing Researched and complied by Richard Dowson, Moose Jaw

The Royal Regina Rifles, 3rd Infantry Div., 7th Infantry Brigade – June 6, 1944

For the invasion of Normandy – called Operation Overlord – Canadian troops coming ashore were organized into the 3rd Canadian Division and the Division was divided into Brigades and Brigades are divided into Battalions. The Regina Rifles were part of the 7 Infantry Brigade that included: 1st Battalion, The Royal Winnipeg Rifles 1st Battalion, The Regina Rifles Regiment 1st Battalion, The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Vancouver Island) 7th Infantry Brigade Ground Defence Platoon (Lorne Scots)

War Diaries Royal Regina Rifles Regiment

June 5, 1944 1000 All Craft Underway – Weather Cool and Cloudy – Sea None to Smooth Landing Zone near Courseulles Sur-Mer, Normandy, France June 6, 1944 Operation Overlord 0010 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion dropped inland 0100 Bomber Command bombing the Normandy Coast until about 0500 – overcast weather meant fighter cover not possible on June 6, 1944 The 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and the 2nd Canadian Armourded Bridge would be landing on an eight Km stretch between the villages of (from left to right – facing the beach) Saint-Aubin, Bernières, Courseulles-sur-Mer and Grayesur-Mer and La Riviere. The length of beach was code named “Juno” and it was divided into sections. The voyage in larger ships across from England was rough and most men got seasick. The LACs hung from davits on the troop transport ships and were lowered close to shore and the men climbed down and into the LACs for the run to the beach where they exited on bow ramps. The 8th Brigade would land at Saint-Aubin at the left of the Regina Rifles at 0810. Assault Begins Time: 0630 First landings on beach planned 0700 Troops Landing along the Normandy Coast – some delays 0735 First Canadians Land – Royal Winnipeg Rifles and the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada (There were delays – many landed 30 minutes later)

LAC reference number PA-132651 Royal Winnipeg Rifles aboard LCA (Landing Craft Assault) head for Juno beach - June 6, 1944. The LCAs were carried on the troop ship and lowered close to the beach. They men climbed down into them. Each carried a Platoon of 31 with 5 extra spaces. Most of the soldiers are wearing the new Mk III helmets (turtle helmets) - better protection for the side of the head.

War Diaries – Regina Rifles Continues

Time 0805 Regina Rifles Regiment lands on NAN Green Beach, Courseulles SurMer, Normandy, France. A Coy first in at 0805 – then B Coy at 0815; C Coy at 0835

LAC Photo reference number PA132790 LCA (Landing Craft Assault) going ashore from HMCS Prince Henry off the Normandy beachhead, France, 6 June 1944 – Assumed troops are Regina Rifles

Juno Beach showing Landing Sections

War Diaries Continued

0830 A Coy report being held up by heavy fire 0855 Two LCAs (Landing Craft Assault) ferrying D Company troops from ships to shore strike mines 250 yard from shore – blown up – Major J.V. Love, Company ‘D’ Commander is killed as is Lieutenant R. B. Murchison, the Signals Officer and a number of Other Ranks. Some were rescued by the RN and others swam to shore.

CVWM News Clipping Major John Vernon (Jack) Love of Yorkton was killed when his LCA hit a mine and expled a mine about 250 yards from the beach landing area. He was the son of John Norman and Ethyl Annie Love and is buried at Bény-sur-Mer Canadian war cemetery near Reviers, Calvados, France. Jack was born in Napinka, Manitoba on August 8, 1918 and was enrolled in premed classes at the University of Saskatchewan when he enlisted in Regina, June 1, 1940. He was part of the Canadian Officer Training Corps while at University. He was married to Margaret (Ferguson) Love, the daughter of Dr. George Ferguson of Fort San Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Qu’Appelle. Lieutenant Robert Bruce Murchison was born November 29, 1920 at Saskatoon, the son of Gordon and Edna Virginia Murchison. He was married to Mary Florence Murchison of Ottawa, where he enlisted October 9, 1941 Ottawa, Ontario, directly from school and was eventually assigned to the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. For the Normandy Invasion he was assigned as the Signals Officer to Regine Rifles.

War Diaries Continued

0900 Command Group with Lt. Col. F.M. Matheson, R.D., touch down 0930 ‘D’ Coy consisting of 49 all ranks

CVWM News Clipping under command of Lieutenant H. L. Jones begin advance against Reviers 1000 Bn. HQ at (number) A Coy in particular still engaged in heavy fighting on the beach and behind the beach 1100 Bn HQ moves to new location – Civilians of the village of Courseulles SurMer, Normandy, France greet troops with flowers – Many a bottle of wine was dug up and presented to the troops who at the moment had a more serious task at hand 1215 ‘C’ Coy reports bridge at La Riviere clear 1330 Bn. HQ moves to La Riviere 1550 Bn. HQ arrives at La Riviere 1555 Queens Own Rifles of Canada report they have taken Magny and advancing on Easly 1800 ‘B’ Coy and ‘C’ Coy support 5 Squadron, 6 CATR to Fontaine-Henry – ‘C’ Coy instructions were to bypass Fontine-Henry and proceed to La Fresne Gamilly 1850 5 Squadron report withdrawing of Tanks – 6 knocked out by 88s 1900 ‘B’ Coy at Le Fresne-Camilly 1950 ‘C’ Coy at Le Fresne-Camilly 1950 Objectives Reached 2100 Consolidation for the night 2115 ‘B’ Coy – subjected to heavy fire – Major F. L. Peters, “B’ Coy Commander killed – and Lieutenant G. D. Dickins killed END of reporting for June 6, 1944 – The Regina Rifles were on the move just after Midnight, June 7, 1944 and continued advancing. Note: Lt. Glenn Dodsworth Dickin and Maj FL Peters were killed by mortar fire just outside the church in the village of Fontaine-Henry.

Lt. Glenn Dodsworth Dickin; Born: January 20, 1922, Manor, Saskatchewan; Enlistment: October 3, 1941, Regina, Saskatchewan He was the son of George Dodsworth and Martha Amelia (Christopher) Dickin and is bured in the Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian war cemetery, Calvados, France Major Francis Lionel Peters Born: May 17, 1916, North Battleford, Saskatchewan. He enlisted on July 4, 1940, at Saskatoon. Son of Sidney George and Lillian May Peters, of North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Husband of Wilma D. Peters, of North Battleford

Major Peters graduated in Commerce and Finance at the University of Alberta and was on the staff of Sterling Hardware and Millwork in Saskatoon when he joined the active military. A Moving Tribute to ‘B’ Coy, Royal Regina Rifles The following Story appears in the New York Times on June 9, 2004, the 60th anniversary of the Normandy Landing. Although the writer never knew the names of the Canadians killed there, piecing it back together two of them were Major Francis Lionel Peters and Lieutenant Glenn Dodsworth Dickin of ‘B’ Coy, Regina Rifles. The other name remains unknown – for now. A memorial to all the ‘Farmer Johns’ who fell on June 6, 1944. “D-Day / 60 YEARS LATER: Sacrifices in Normandy live on in the European memory” By David Stafford, International Herald Tribune June 9, 2004 “It is a pretty place called Fontaine-Henry, its houses built of a warm golden stone, and on one side of the village green a memorial to the dead of World War I.” “Not many places move me to tears. But this is one, because I know what happened here. On the evening of June 6, 1944, as dusk fell, a 22-year-old Allied soldier, along with two members of his company, walked up these steps looking for German snipers. He had landed at dawn with the first invasion wave, survived the hail of bullets across the beach, helped clear a small coastal town of enemy troops, then moved steadily along narrow Norman lanes toward his regiment’s target for the night. “He was almost there. But as he topped the steps he was hit by mortar fire, and he and his comrades died instantly in the hail of shrapnel that still pockmarks the wall. “They were Canadian prairie boys from far away who had taken their first steps on European soil just earlier that day. All were volunteers, and not one was over 25. No one there knew them before, nor afterward could they say they had ever met them. But when darkness came, women from the village emerged from their houses and covered their bodies with fresh-cut flowers. The next day, tenderly wrapped by the women in their best household linen, they were temporarily buried in the churchyard, and then, when peace finally came to Europe, transferred to a military cemetery a few miles away. They still lie side by side, in a row of white crosses, along with thousands of other young men from overseas who died on D-Day and in the battles that followed. It seems even now as though their hands can touch.” Reference https://www.nytimes. com/2004/06/09/news/dday-60-yearslater-sacrifices-in-normandy-live-on-inthe-european.html


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Prairie South School Division

No more public consultations on new South Hill school, PSSD says Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The proposed joint-use school on South Hill will be constructed in the Westheath neighbourhood, but one public school board trustee wants more consultation on the site selection. Jan Radwanski, a Moose Jaw trustee with the Prairie South School Division (PSSD), introduced a motion during the board’s recent meeting to have the division provide public presentations — virtually if needed — and allow residents to submit formal input about the site selection process, along with the possible expenditure of $2.5 million for the purchase of municipal property, before the division completes any financial transaction. The new joint-use school in Westheath will be constructed west of the 1700-block of Glendale Street and Spadina Drive and likely open in September 2023. The board voted 9-1 against the motion, with Radwanski the only one in favour. This is not the first time Radwanski has attempted to stall this process. Last October, he attempted to have the PSSD board ask the Ministry of Education to complete a feasibility study as part of the site selection process and potentially single-use schools on existing sites. Project background The board directed division administration to pursue the Westheath property about a year ago, while Holy Trinity Catholic School Division and the Ministry of Education also made similar decisions, explained education direc-

tor Tony Baldwin. The opportunity to provide input on the site selection has passed —consultants are currently designing the building — while it would be inappropriate to change now since there are two other partners. The financial issue is not in PSSD’s control since the transaction is between the developer and municipality, he added. Board discussion “This has been in the works for a number of years behind closed doors,” said Radwanski. “The opportunity for the public to participate … was severely limited.” PSSD suggested to Holy Trinity in 2015 that a new school was required on South Hill, while the ministry suggested in 2017 that a joint-use building would be appropriate and space was available on the four existing schools, Radwanski said. Both divisions held public consultations on a joint-use school last March and June, although most people at the June meeting were division staff and ministry officials. Board trustees received a report from consulting firm KPMG in September that said Westheath was the best site. This didn’t allow enough time for stakeholder feedback, especially from affected community schools, he said. Nor, he alleged, did the board even discuss the Westheath site during an open board meeting. The decision for this site even surprised the City of Moose Jaw. This process goes against the division’s foundational

statements of public participation and the sharing of information, Radwanski said. The division should conduct public consultations rather than eradicate four schools from South Hill and force students to take the bus or have their parents drive them to “a remote warehouse-style school.” “A thousand kids, it’s … not (going to be) a pretty sight,” he added, while “the traffic will be bad” and similar to École Palliser Heights. As a representative for schools on South Hill, it’s been great to hear parents on school community councils (SCCs) talk about having a new, first-class building in that area, said trustee Lew Young. It has been exciting to hear all of the positive comments that parents have made. The purpose of this motion is questionable and is clearly about delaying the process instead of having actual consultation, said trustee Shawn Davidson. He disagreed with Radwanski’s assertion that the school would “warehouse” students since that was “a vastly inappropriate use of the English language.” Davidson pointed out the ministry has already given approval to this project and provided significant funding. “When you hear comments about exploring the possibility of not consolidating the four schools into one, the intent of the motion, I believe, is disingenuous,” he added. The next PSSD board meeting is in September.

Proposed PSSD budgetJason generates lively debate among trustees G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express The proposed 2020-21 budget for Prairie South School Division provoked passionate debate among board trustees, with some arguing as to whether it meets most needs while others argue it doesn’t do enough. Division administration presented the proposed 2020-21 budget to board trustees during their most recent meeting. A one-page report indicated Prairie South School Division (PSSD) expects revenues of $85.2 million and expenses of $89 million, along with $2.4 million in capital expenses. The board voted 7-3 to accept the budget, with trustees Shawn Davidson, Al Kessler, Darcy Pryor, Giselle Wilson, Lew Young, Mary Jukes and Robert Bachmann in favour. Opposed were trustees Tim McLeod, Jan Radwanski and Brian Swanson. Also, trustees voted unanimously to allow division administration to re-designate $1.45 million for classroom composition mitigation instead of tangible capital asset expenses. Hold your horses “It’s a budget, folks. It’s not carved in stone,” said Davidson. The budget is the best guess of the board and division administration; it could be out of wack for next year, he continued. Students could return Sept. 1, a coronavirus outbreak could occur, and then school divisions would have to move online by Oct. 1. Trustees should pass the budget so division administration can implement it, Davidson continued. There could be significant variations that the board will have to address, which could force trustees to pass further motions about expenses and revenues. “One of the big (outcomes) learned through the pandemic is being nimble is a lesson we need to learn,” he said. “And the 2020-21 school year, we’re all going to become acutely aware that we need to be nimble and make changes on the fly.” While the budget projects a deficit of $3.8 million, the division will spend more to maintain school buildings, including installing new windows and doors in schools

that need them, Davidson continued. Furthermore, the board has operating reserves that other divisions don’t that trustees can use to address classroom complexity. “We have prudently managed our surplus funds … This budget is fair and reasonable for students of Prairie South,” he added. Band-Aid solutions This is a difficult budget and trustees can’t do as much as they would like because they didn’t receive a meaningful increase for next year, said McLeod. Trustees could do more and increase the deficit, but he would oppose that. They are doing their best for students and families, even if they don’t agree on how to do that or what to prioritize. He commended division administration for attempting to balance the board’s various opinions while crafting a palatable budget. “That being said, it’s my personal view that this budget doesn’t go far enough to address the classroom complexity issues that our staff and students face,” McLeod added. “I believe we are applying a Band-Aid where surgery is required.” Less funding to schools It’s unfortunate that the division office plans to reduce the amount of decentralized funding it provides to schools, money that they use to address their needs, said Swanson. He asked education director Tony Baldwin to clarify the situation. In 2017 the division distributed $3.3 million in decentralized funding but reduced that to $3 million the year after, Baldwin said. Next year the division plans to distribute $2.4 million in such funding, which is a decrease of $600,000. However, there is $750,000 in carryover to next year since some schools did not spend their entire amount. The amount of available decentralized funding can affect the pupil-teacher ratio (PTR) and classroom complexity, said Swanson. PSSD supposedly has one of the lowest PTRs in the province, but based on the numbers of division staff, 70 per cent are dedicated to the classroom in some way and 30 per cent are not.

“Issues that arise from classroom complexity could be mitigated by small classer size, which we could accomplish by having less teachers outside the classroom and having more classrooms,” he continued, noting it’s easier for teachers to deal with 18 students than 26. “We are putting a Band-Aid to something that requires a paradigm change. We have the financial resources and legislative authority to deal with this differently than we do now.” Listen to the ratepayers The reduction in funding for school divisions has become worse over the years, said Young. The provincial government is providing $85 million for next year with an increase of only $50,000, which doesn’t go too far. Young was part of this year’s budget discussions and heard many comments from his fellow trustees, he pointed out. He hoped that division administration listened to what trustees said and stopped to think of how they could spend money differently, especially since trustees represent the ratepayers and division employees. Follow the board’s will What trustees are doing is debating a road map that financially describes their priorities and how they want administration to implement them, said Baldwin. The budget is his best attempt to respond to those priorities and interpret their will. The board — as elected members — is responsible for providing direction to division administration through resolutions, countered Swanson. “It’s a quagmire — and unfair expectation — that the director’s job is to interpret the will of the board. That will lead to nothing but problems,” he added. When the board is in agreement, it’s easy to interpret the will of the board, said Baldwin. It’s more challenging to do that when the board is not of one mind. That’s why trustees authorized him to act on their behalf. “Until such time as this board changes that decision,” he added, “that’s what I do for a living.”


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Prairie South School Division

Prairie South to run third-straight deficit due to status quo funding Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Prairie South School Division will run a deficit for the third year in a row in 202021 and will have to dip into its reserves to cover the $3.8-million shortfall. Division administration presented the proposed 2020-21 budget to board trustees during their most recent meeting. A one-page report indicated Prairie South School Division (PSSD) expects revenues of $85.2 million and expenses of $89 million, along with $2.4 million in capital expenses. The board voted 7-3 to accept the budget, with trustees Shawn Davidson, Al Kessler, Darcy Pryor, Giselle Wilson, Lew Young, Mary Jukes and Robert Bachmann in favour. Opposed were trustees Tim McLeod, Jan Radwanski and Brian Swanson. Also, trustees voted unanimously to allow division administration to re-designate $1.45 million for classroom composition mitigation instead of tangible capital asset expenses. Making do with less “Government funding is essentially the

same as last year,” said Steve Robitaille, PSSD chief financial officer, while “most of the funds necessary to cover the associated (Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation) agreement negotiated provincially last fall (is covered).” With almost a status quo budget, there is no additional funding to address cost of living increases, hiring more staff, student growth, inflation, or improvements to services for families, he continued. Therefore, the division has diversified its investments, while it has explored —and been successful in finding — additional sources of revenues, such as building infrastructure. This budget is aligned with the board’s strategic plan, while trustees have reviewed the budget in detail during previous planning sessions, said education director Tony Baldwin. In particular, trustees have explored the budget areas for band programs, rural transportation, early childhood education, extracurricular athletics, classroom composition, and other priorities.

“We do not have the money we need … but we are doing what we can,” he continued. “With any budget, we can’t do as much as we’d like to, but we need to celebrate what’s happening in schools in Prairie South.” PSSD faces an operational deficit of $600,000 next year, but it could have been more than $1.2 million had the division not received a windfall of money this year, Baldwin remarked. Three-quarters of the $3.8-million overall deficit is related to infrastructure and not operational issues. However, the board will need to make difficult decisions in the future to return to a balanced budget, or at least one with a small operational deficit. Extra money for building upkeep There is $815,000 in surplus funds for maintenance of school buildings, which will support the overall preventative maintenance and renewal (PMR) budget of $3 million. Meanwhile, the division will spend $375,000 next year on school bus replacement, while its accumulated surplus of $30 million will decrease by

$1.9 million due to this budget. The board wants to lessen the issues facing classrooms and address teachers’ concerns, so there will be increased spending in classrooms next year, Baldwin said. This means the division office has maintained the current staffing formula for teachers in schools; Prairie South has one of the lowest pupil-teacher ratios (PTR) in the province, at 16.82 students per teacher, compared to the provincial ratio of 19.07. PSSD will be the only school division in Saskatchewan to designate more than $1.4 million to address classroom complexity and related issues, he continued. Meanwhile, more than $17 million — 25 per cent of the budget — is being spent on teachers’ salaries for next year. Baldwin then praised the quality work that division staff have put forward during the past 10 weeks. “We are a world-class school division,” he added. “My comments today highlight only a small fraction that is done every day, every week, (and) every month to support our students and staff.”

‘It can happen to anyone:’ Sask. Brain Injury Awareness Month is underway Larissa Kurz

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association has launched a national campaign alongside other brain injury associations to talk about the prevalence and challenges of living with an acquired brain injury. SIBA executive director Glenda James shared some staggering statistics to emphasize the reality of brain injuries. Every day, 452 Canadians suffer a serious brain injury, which equates to one person per minute. National data shows that almost 1.5 million people are currently living with an acquired brain injury, and approximately 165,000 serious brain injuries are sustained in Canada every year. “The message we’re sending out with our multi-year campaign is that brain injury can happen to absolutely anyone, anywhere, anytime,” said James. This year’s campaign will be largely done online and through social media, as the current pandemic restrictions are preventing the SIBA from hosting events in person like usual. But despite the changes on the calendar, the overall message once again this year is one of prevention, said James. The most common cause of serious brain injury in Saskatchewan is motor vehicle and recreational vehicle accidents, continued James, next to any situation that causes a lack of oxygen to reach the brain. “The number of young people who are just out having fun on these expensive, dangerous toys, and lose all of the things they expected life to be for them, it’s overwhelming,” said James. The SBIA works year-round to spread its message of safety, as preventing brain injuries from occurring is really the only way to lower the number of brain injuries in the country. “Prevention is the only cure,” said James. “We seek to prevent because there are too many injuries that happen and we’d like to reduce that number, but while we do that people also need support.” What makes Brain Injury Awareness Month so important is that the awareness aspect is actually two-fold — with one goal being to promote safety and prevention, and the other to shed some light on the realities of living with an acquired brain injury. People living with brain injury are also the least supported group of people with disabilities, said James, in terms of government funding. There are very few specialized care programs and no brain-injury specific housing available in Saskatchewan, to provide appropriate supports. Care often falls to families and spouses, said James, which can be difficult. “The need [for housing] is real, and it’s a huge issue that needs to be addressed,” said James. “Brain injury does not happen to only the individual who received the trauma. It affects absolutely everybody in their circle, their

Drumming is a favourite activity at the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association’s annual camp retreat, which is why the organization is looking to include it in their distance programming plan for members this summer. (supplied) family and their friends.” As part of an ongoing project to raise more awareness, the SBIA has collected stories from people whose lives have been changed by a serious brain injury, available to explore on their YouTube channel. The SBIA is also asking the community to support the association through donation, as it is a charitable organization that works to prevent brain injuries through education and supports survivors and their families. The national campaign feels especially important this year, as the province’s pandemic regulations have forced the SBIA to cancel all of its local member programming activities and the annual summer camp event.

People living with a brain injury already experience isolation due to their injury, as it can interfere with hearing, vision, and cognitive function, and so the loss of programming has been tough on many of the SIBA’s regular members. “It’s been very difficult for people, many people live alone and don’t have a support system and that’s a problem,” said James. “And [camp] is the highlight of some people’s year, it’s usually their holiday and losing it has been really tough.” To help fill the gap and alleviate feelings of isolation, the SIBA is instead organizing in-person, socially distanced visits to member’s homes, for the time being, to drop off care packages and stay in touch. This past week, SBIA staff dropped off protective face masks for members, and James is in the process of organizing a doorstep version of the drumming program normally offered to members. “We felt it was important, to stay in touch with people and make sure they’re okay,” said James. “There’s an awful lot of awkward moments, [doing things six feet apart] but in general, people are just so happy that we’re checking in on them, they’re happy to regain that contact.” The extended program is more costly than normal, said James, and with all of the associated fundraisers cancelled indefinitely, the SBIA is in need of support to continue. “If people think that’s a worthwhile project, they can make a donation through our website,” said James. More information about the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association can be found online at sbia.ca, which is also where anyone interested can make a financial donation to the charitable organization.

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Festival of Words guest, author Lindsay Wong debuting new novel

Author Lindsay Wong made her debut on the CBC Canada Read’s list in 2019 with her harrowingly honest memoir The Woo-Woo, and now the Canadian author has released her second novel this June — only this time, she’s writing young adult fiction. Wong’s new book My Summer of Love and Misfortune follows the story of Iris Wang, a Chinese-American teen who has no idea what to do with her life post-high-school graduation. After her family sends her to live with relatives in Beijing for the summer to help her “find herself,” she embarks on a journey that teaches her new things about herself, her family, and her future. It’s Wong’s first foray into the world of young adult fiction, but she’s excited to release the novel out into the world of teen readers. Making the jump from writing a personal memoir to writing fiction for a teenage audience was a really fun experience, said Wong, especially given the contrast between the two genres. “When you’re doing a memoir, you’re kind of looking at the past and all these memories that you maybe don’t necessarily want to remember, so you go to all these dark and really uncomfortable places,” she said. “But with YA, because it’s fiction, it’s light and it’s fun. You get to really kind of experiment with characters and plot and voice, so that was such a great thing to do.” But while My Summer of Love and Misfortune may be lighter than Wong’s previous work, that doesn’t mean she avoids important topics within the narrative. “It’s a little lighter, a little more summery, fun. Like, I think it’s a beach read, in many ways, it’s something that you can really just enjoy in front of the pool with a drink,” said Wong. “But it definitely does talk about family and it talks about self-esteem, toxic relationships, and kind of knowing or not knowing who you are.” The novel’s main character, Iris, struggles with her identity as both Chinese and American, especially as she emerges from high school with no college acceptances, a fresh breakup from her boyfriend, and no idea what to do next. For Wong, telling a story that touches on all of these issues of personal identity and explores the complexity of cultural connections was something she felt was very

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Author Lindsay Wong is excited to be debuting her first young adult novel — and second published book — this June. (photo credit: Shimon) important, especially for young readers. “Family is something that I like to write about and the idea of like, who are you as a person, right? And as a young person, you’re sort of put in all these roles and how do you navigate that?” said Wong. “I think culture is also really important to me because growing up as a Chinese Canadian person, you’re kind of torn between ‘what is Chinese and what is Canadian?’” she continued. “It’s such an interesting phenomenon to be like, ‘I’ve never been to this country but I’m connected to it somehow.” To also tell that story using the perspective of an Asian heroine was equally as important, said Wong, to build diversity within the YA genre and subvert some of the stereotypes often attached to Asian characters. “We’re always seen as really meek, passive, really good girls, right? And with My Summer of Love and Misfortune, I was hoping to have this character who is so flawed and so imperfect [to contradict that],” said Wong. “And I think it’s really important to sort of widen the genre, and for Asians Canadians to see themselves in literature, especially young people.” As an author, Wong wants Iris’s voice to make a connec-

tion with readers, to validate the shared experience she knows many young people have — like the response she received when she wrote The Woo-Woo. “I had high school students or really young university students come up to me and they’re like, ‘I connected to the voice, I really understood what it was like because that’s my experience too,” said Wong. “And I think that’s partly why I write.” My Summer of Love and Misfortune, released June 2, just in time for Wong’s appearance as a guest author at this year’s Festival of Words on July 13-19. Since the Festival is taking the entirety of its events online this year, thanks to the ongoing safety concerns with the coronavirus pandemic, Wong won’t be visiting the Friendly City in person but she is still looking forward to taking part in the literary event. “I’m really excited. I mean, I’m sad that I don’t get to visit,” said Wong. “But it will be great to have a virtual festival.” If things were different and she was headed here this summer, Wong said she would be looking forward to sampling the local food scene the most — as she does every time she travels somewhere new. “I always just take a bunch of other writers or whoever’s there and I’ll be like, ‘take me to your food places,’” laughed Wong. “And that’s what I do, I usually end up eating my way around the festival.” But regardless, Wong is excited to join the other featured authors for this year’s event — even virtual — because she finds writing festivals to be a great way to connect with both readers and other writers. “I’m always the first person who is like, ‘yes, I’m coming to your festival!” said Wong. “Readers are why we write, essentially, in many ways and just knowing that your book can sort of reach so many people that you didn’t expect it to reach, I think that’s such a great way to bring us all together during a festival.” For those looking to read both of Lindsay Wong’s works before she debuts at the Festival of Words, My Summer of Love and Misfortune will be available to purchase either from Amazon, Indigo, or your local bookstore. The WooWoo is also available anywhere books are sold.

National Blood Donor Week thanks donors for support amid coronavirus restrictions Larissa Kurz

June 8 marked the beginning of National Blood Donor Week, with Canada Blood Services thanking and celebrating all of the donors who have made a contribution throughout this past year. The national recognition took on a special note this year as Canada Blood Services also took a moment to thank donors for their continued support through the coronavirus pandemic, and express the need for that support to continue. Following the COVID-19 pandemic in March and April, Canada Blood Services saw 20 per cent increase in new donors joining the program for the first time, alongside long-time donors who remain dedicated. “In many ways, COVID-19 turned our world upside down, but it also proved that patients in Canada can still count on the unwavering support of donors,” said chief supply chain officer and vice-president of donor relations Rick Prinzen, in a press release.

Moose Jaw resident Heather Gardiner (left) donated blood during a December clinic, like many other individuals across Canada who helped Canada Blood Services this past year. (photo by Jason G. Antonio) The pandemic actually caused a dip in the demand for blood, stem cells, and plasma across the country, but as many provincial health authorities resume elective ser-

vices such as surgeries, demand is now on the rise once again. All of the required restrictions that came with the pandemic has limited the collection capacity of the national blood bank to 90 per cent, and so Canada Blood Services is asking donors to continue to help meet the demand for blood, plasma, and stem cells. “We cannot predict how many surgeries and medical procedures will occur, but we know we need donors to book and fill every available appointment over the next few weeks and months to ensure there is an adequate supply of blood products for patients in the longer term,” said Prinzen. Canada Blood Services is currently only taking donors by appointment, to ensure proper sanitation and physical distancing practices are happening. But Canada Blood Services is working to meet the incoming need for donations by increasing its capacity to collect donations and extending clinic hours in certain regions

to help meet the needs of donors. “Donors have shown incredible flexibility and commitment throughout COVID-19 and we need that to continue as demand rises over the summer months and we adjust and respond to this next phase,” said Prinzen. National Blood Donor Week ran from June 8-14, ending on World Blood Donor Day. To celebrate donors and all they do, Canada Blood Services encouraged donors and people who have been affected by blood donations to share their stories on social media during the week, by tagging @CanadasLifeLine or using the hashtags #CanadasLifeline, #WhatsYourReason, #NBDW2020, or #WBDD. “There are many reasons to support Canada’s Lifeline and just as many to say thank you to donors, especially during National Blood Donor Week,” says Prinzen. Donors can book an appointment to donate using the GiveBlood app, by calling 1 (888) 236-6283, or online at blood.ca.

Sask. small businesses protected from eviction, announces government Larissa Kurz

Landlords who were eligible for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program but did not apply are now facing a moratorium on evicting small business tenants who are unable to pay rent due to COVID-19. The Government of Saskatchewan announced the temporary commercial eviction protection to protect small business owners facing financial stress due to loss of revenue. The eviction protection has gone into effect immediately. “This is great news for tenants to buy them some time

to get their business back to some form of normal,” said Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce CEO Steve McLellan, in a press release. “It should be seen by landlords and tenants as a tool to sustain a long term relationship. COVID-19 has impacted all businesses and this provides positive news and some welcome temporary protection for many. We thank the province for taking this proactive step.” The CECRA program began on May 27, offering rent relief to small businesses whose operations have been

impacted by COVID-19. Property owners who applied to the program were to provide a 75 per cent rent reduction to tenants who have experienced a minimum 70 per cent loss of revenue, with the CECRA providing 50 per cent of rent as a loan to the landlord. The moratorium is issued under section 18 of the Emergency Planning Act. For more information on COVID-19 support for businesses and workers in Saskatchewan, please visit saskatchewan.ca/covid19-businesses.


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Report shows local care homes in slightly better shape than rest of province Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The Saskatchewan Health Authority’s (SHA) 2019 CEO Tour report shows that three long-term care homes in Moose Jaw are in better condition compared to similar buildings in the rest of Saskatchewan. The SHA released the report at the end of May, with the document summarizing the visits to each provincial long-term care (LTC) home that the organization’s CEO — or other executive members — took last year. The Saskatchewan Health Authority — and previously, regional health authorities — has conducted these annual tours since 2013. The goal is to find out what’s working well and what can be improved. The Saskatchewan NDP jumped on the report days after it was released, saying the document reveals how there are significant problems in long-term care in this province. The party used the report to call for legislated minimum care standards with adequate government funding. The three care-homes here that the SHA leadership visited last year were Extendicare Moose Jaw, Pioneer Lodge and Providence Place. Extendicare Moose Jaw Karen Earnshaw, vice-president of integrated rural health, and other SHA executives visited Extendicare Moose Jaw on Sept. 24, 2019. Their report showed: What works well • There are 160 employees, 125 beds, a special needs unit, and two nursing units; • The residents’ council meets monthly; it discusses menu choices and good fundraising opportunities; • Department heads and nurses huddle daily and meet using Extendicare format; • Patient satisfaction surveys are positive and completed by Extendicare staff; • There is a secure outdoor space; • Tub rooms have ceiling tracks and a good preventative maintenance contract for lifts; • There are a low number of viral outbreaks per year;

Pioneer Lodge is located on Albert Street West. Photo by Jason G. Antonio Extendicare Moose Jaw is located on Coteau Street West. Photo by Jason G. Antonio • Breakfast is relaxed and there are different food choices. Staff serve residents at their tables, corporate office develops the menu and families are happy with staff. Areas of improvement • Families want more private rooms; there are mostly semi-private and four-bed rooms. There are 21 private rooms, but residents only get such beds when they become available; • The home is old; there is asbestos labelling; the hallways are crowded; there is mould in the tub room; residents have to do their own laundry; there are shared washrooms; there are no ceiling tracks in small rooms; • The home struggles to find cooks • Hallways need to be decluttered and the number of four-bed wards needs to be reduced; • Daily visual management does not happen effectively or consistently; • There is no emergency generator; • The home is having challenges with its new pharmacy contract. Pioneer Lodge Brenda Schwan, executive director of primary health care of integrated rural health, and two other SHA executives visited Pioneer Lodge on Sept. 5, 2019. Their report showed:

What works well • The home added a bariatric room; • Wall protection was installed in residents’ rooms; • Call bells were installed in residents’ washrooms; • Families know who to contact if they have issues; • The home has a partnership with Heartland Hospice. Areas of improvement • The building needs to be painted; • Families would like the residents to have more choice; • There needs to be a greater emphasis on a resident-centred model of care; Providence Place Scott Livingstone, the CEO of SHA, and other executive members visited Providence Place on Aug. 26, 2019. Their report showed: What works well • The building is clean and well-maintained; the paint and interior are looking a little dated but will be renewed; • Staff respond to resident requests and concerns quickly; • There is a strong residents’ council; • Staff are kind to residents and care is excellent; • Employees work to make activities visible through daily visual management, while they are working to formalize daily visual management, including safety hud-

dles; • The leadership of the building is positive, patient and resident-focused.Areas for improvement • An evaluation of staffing on nights needs to happen; • Staff have been seen interacting too often throughout the building; • The menu needs more variety; • The outside spaces and gardens need to be maintained for activities; • Residents have concerns about the provincial linen service, especially washcloth quality; • Replacement of windows is now underway in a staged manner, while blind replacement could happen. NDP concerns “It is heartbreaking, but sadly not surprising, to read this report,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “When families face the decision to move a loved one into long-term care, the findings detailed in this report are exactly what they worry about. Staff and administrators are run off their feet in these facilities, doing their best with limited resources. “It is simply not right for seniors – the people who built this province – to be neglected and worried about asking for help because the staff are so busy and overwhelmed. We need to take action. We need to do better than this.”

Providence Place is located on Second Avenue Northeast. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Artist helps preserve city’s oldest mural for the future Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Neither the wind nor old brick walls with crumbling mortar could prevent artist Grant McLaughlin from updating one of Moose Jaw’s oldest murals. From the last week of May and until the first weekend of June, McLaughlin worked to repaint the mural “Opening Day Parade,” located on the side of The Crushed Can Rec Room and Bar. Painted by community artist Gus Froese in 1990, the mural is one of the oldest in Moose Jaw. McLaughlin and the mural committee decided it was time to rejuvenate the baseball mural since it is 30 years old, he explained. A mural usually needs a few touch-ups after 10 years, while it requires a little more care after 20 years since — similar to a house — the paint fades. “At 30 years old, it’s pretty much outlived its life span without some type of major work,” he said. “I’ve watched (it) the last few years (and) done some touch-ups, but I was aware that it had really faded. Some of the original colours were even hard to figure out what they were.” McLaughlin encountered some challenges while restoring the mural, such as the artwork’s age and the fact it was composed of multi-layer latex paint brushed on brick and mortar that is 107 years old. He knew that could lead to parts of the mural peeling off, while the surface would need more work for the new paint to take hold. “I will say it’s one I really reluctantly worked on because it is likely the oldest, and it was done by a good friend, Gus Froese, and I love the look of that old brick,” he said. The poor quality of the wall forced McLaughlin to scrape away most of the mortar. From that, he realized this would be a significant project. If money was available, he would have sandblasted the wall, repointed all the bricks with a similar style mortar and then repainted the same mural. However, he didn’t think it would have lasted due to the wall’s age. That is why he waited until the last minute before he decided to repaint the mural on panels and then attach them to the wall. While it took him longer to recreate the

After two weeks of work, the “Baseball” mural has been completed. The colours pop out of the artwork more than before, while the objects in the mural are more crisp. Photo by Jason G. Antonio Artist Grant McLaughlin works on one of the Model T Fords in the mural entitled “Opening Day Parade” which can be found on the side of The Crushed Can Rec Room and Bar. Photo by Jason G. Antonio mural, it also allowed him to be accurate and use bright colours. Many murals that the municipal committee wants restored are being repainted on wood panels. This is because they are a more accessible surface on which to paint, last longer, require a coat of varnish about once a decade, and are easy to move if necessary. The other challenge McLaughlin faced was the weather, specifically the wind, which made using a scaffold an adventure. However, he pointed out nothing would ever be accomplished in this province if people waited for the weather to co-operate. McLaughlin took several pictures of the mural to guide him, while he also had the maquette design from Froese’s original painting to show him the shapes of the objects. However, not all the colours matched since some had

faded and brush strokes diff between artists. “(Froese) had nice, controlled strokes (and) a nice blending technique that I probably don’t do the same,” said McLaughlin, adding restored murals will always look different from the original. This refurbished mural could last 15 years before it requires any touch-ups, based on experience working with similar murals in Moose Jaw, said McLaughlin. The paint manufacturer recommends applying a layer of varnish every 10 years; if that happens, he doesn’t anticipate the paint fading too severely. McLaughlin is satisfied with how the repainted mural turned out. To his eye, it looks like a fresher version. “There’s probably some people who wonder about our mural program. This year isn’t going to be a tourist year, but (the mural committee) has added a lot to the downtown (over the years),” he added. “It’s still good to preserve some of the things that are interesting about our history, both for the visitors … but even for people who are here. “I’m not sure what the future holds, but as long as I can get up and down the ladder, I’ll still help them out.”


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Rhino’s Ramblings - Ready Or Not By Robert Thomas Opinion/Commentary

...As I told my friends abroad way back in March, if I didn’t go out there [because of the pandemic] down to the corner of Fairford and Main, [City Hall] would love nothing more than to push the over-inquisitive media or let’s just say democracy aside. Believe it or not there are in my opinion more than a few with the mentality of get things done without any “whining” from the media and the public. Move forward without being held accountable. This for me is not democracy. In many ways it has already happened. They can use whatever excuse they chose to do so whether it be the pandemic, the good of the City or my favourite is it’s nobody’s business – to accomplish their goals. Rat’s Ass Comments In my opinion this is probably the most arrogant comment I have personally heard in a long time and it comes from Councillor Dawn Luhning. In documents obtained by MJ Independent through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request it is in my opinion fairly obvious Councillor Luhning has lost sight of what the media’s role is in a democracy. The “I could give a rat’s ass…” comment about the MJ Express in my opinion is just one of the latest outrageous outbursts from Councillor Luhning when it comes to the media. See the email below. Another outburst, which I can say for more than a few around town, makes the entire Council look like they all ride to work on the same Belarusian turnip tractor. It is for many in this community downright embarrassing. If you are looking for irony in any of it, take a look at the motto below Councillor Luhning’s emails - “Service Above Self.” But the sad thing is, this is not the first time Councillor Luhning has taken a run at the local media. She did it to some extent when it came to revelations of the improprieties going on at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre. Revelations this media source partially dug out through the use of FOIs. To quickly paraphrase what happened at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre, the former manager wrote off over $30,000 in Rubarb Productions debt without board approval. Additionally, a long-time tenant who owed rent virtually from day one was hidden in the books. Debt which led to a lien against the said artist’s home by the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre. Once the board discovered what had occurred, they terminated the former manager and his assistant, who, due to their age, used a legal clause to obtain approximately $80,000 in severance pay. When the public was told about the “different direction” the Cultural Centre was taking, of course none of this became public and RuBarb simply secured a lease where they seemingly took over every nook and cranny of the Cultural Centre. In the end, if you read the public filing RuBarb made to the Canada Revenue Agency, it’s pretty obvious in my opinion by not saying the truth upfront there is an additional bill of $22,336 owing to the Cultural Centre. So if you want to add it all together, the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre is out about $140,000 all on Councillor Luhning’s watch. The response from Councillor Luhning was let’s get rid of the on-line bloggers as they are a nuisance. The said Councillor, along with Mayor Fraser Tolmie, not only tried to reign in “the bloggers” through a restrictive City of Moose Jaw media policy but also went so far as to bring it all up behind closed doors with the then called Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association. A further probe through FOIs by this publication found

out Mayor Tolmie shut down an investigative probe by the now defunct Moose Jaw Times-Herald into criminal allegations made in Germany against the main director of Canadian Protein Innovation (CPI). You remember CPI and their proposed $80 million pea protein plant which in the end cost the taxpayers of Moose Jaw an unknown sum plus years of lost opportunity; something a media probe by the Moose Jaw Times-Herald may have very well nipped in the bud. A similar situation occurred when former Times-Herald staffer Jane Gerster wanted to proceed but was shut down with a sexual harassment story involving a former City staffer at the Kinsmen Sports Plex. The story was never written, shut down only to re-appear years later in the Mosaic Place Scandal, easily swept under the rug and seemingly forgotten. A scandal in my opinion, if the Times-Herald had been able to proceed never had to occur. Another issue nipped in the bud. How do I know this? Because I have the Times-Herald’s reporters’ notes and files on all sorts of issues. I’ve had them for a long time. So if you really want to be adventurous take a look at the time line and then ask yourself what really happened at Mosaic Place? And how could someone in the City allow it to happen? Or better yet, has it happened before or even again? You might not like the answers you find. Behind Closed Doors Debates Executive Committee is where Council meets and discusses and hashes out the issues. The votes in Executive Committee are, unlike Council votes, not binding. In order for the votes to be binding, they must come from Executive Committee to Council for ratification. The space between the two meetings – Executive Committee to Council – is usually two weeks…more than enough time for any opposition or concerns to the proposal to be heard, now isn’t it? Or is it? But here is the problem with the system. With the transmission from SHAW cut after the Council meeting, if Executive Committee more often than not goes in-camera, nobody knows what has come out of camera and then is “publicly” voted on. There is a note in the minutes about it, but minutes which are not publicly distributed until the Thursday or Friday just prior to the Monday evening Council meeting. So how does a person raise their concerns on an issue if they do not know about it? How does the media know about it if they are not allowed to be present at Council or at least the feed returns for the “public” vote? Or what about someone who is opposed or has concerns? They have no way to be present before Council as they are too late to get on the agenda; they cannot access the Council chambers due to COVID – 19 restrictions or they have two days (on a weekend) to summon any opposition. This is why they need the media at all of their Council and Executive Meetings. More so during the COVID 19 pandemic. It is not whining on the media’s part - far from it. Now here is the kicker when they go to the Committee of the Whole they ask if there are any Council members who want to bring forth any issue arising from the previous Executive Committee minutes. If no Council member raises the issue, then the issue is approved and life goes on. Residents are none the wiser until the decision impacts

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STOP 5-G FROM COMING TO THE COMMUNITY 5G “super-speed” wireless technology is being rolled out worldwide without any testing of its effects on human or animal health or on the environment - and despite thousands of peer-reviewed studies showing the ill effects of electromagnetic radiation, in general. Canadian governments at all levels are currently green-lighting the 5G rollout despite many studies showing that it harms humans, animals, insects, and trees. This health damage will be exacerbated greatly by 5G technology, as this “super-speed” wireless technology would expose us to electromagnetic frequency that is many times stronger than the current 4G technology. In addition, many more 5G towers will be installed - one tower for every few houses! Each of those towers would produce high levels of electromagnetic radiation. In addition, there are plans for up to 50,000 new satellites that will be beaming dangerous 5G frequency down on us from space, altering the frequency of the ionosphere and of Earth itself. Hundreds of these satellites (the SpaceX StarLink fleet) are already in orbit. A 2004 study showed that people were three times more likely to develop cancer if they were living within 400 metres of a cell tower. Because 5G requires so many more towers than 4G, most people on Earth will be living within 400 metres of a tower. Unlike 4G, 5G technology will be using both microwave radiation and millimetre waves. We have never before been exposed

to high levels of millimetre waves, especially on a continual basis. Even the ex-head of Microsoft Canada, Frank Clegg, has spoken out about the dangers of millimetre waves used in 5G technology. These waves are similar to those used in directed-energy weapons called Active Denial Systems or “heat rays” in the United States and Israeli military that are used for crowd control. Non-ionizing radiation has been shown to disrupt calcium in the cells, causing a range of health damage including hormone problems, DNA damage, cell death, and oxidative stress. Other documented effects of electromagnetic frequency exposure include: lowered fertility in men and women, neurological effects like depression, fatigue, insomnia, and memory dysfunction, suppressed immune system function, and increased incidence of cancer. These effects have been shown to occur even at low to moderate exposure levels. In a March 2020 report, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the body representing the people who actually make the technology, changed its stance to say that electromagnetic radiation from from multiple wireless sources is harmful to health: “People should be made aware that the EMR from using day to day cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices are harmful to human health. The levels of radiation observed in most cases such as phone calls, internet browsing on laptops

and smartphones, using wireless routers and hotspots, Bluetooth smartwatches and smartphones are unsafe when compared with radiations limits determined by medical bodies. According to the current medical literature, various adverse health effects from exposure to RF EMR have been well documented.” More than 26,000 scientists have signed a petition protesting the roll-out of unsafe, untested 5G technology. The International EMF Scientist Appeal has called the roll-out of 5G a human rights issue. More than 150 communities worldwide have now passed ordinances halting the rollout of 5G. Switzerland, Belgium, and Slovenia have halted 5G citing human health concerns. In addition to the health dangers, there are concerns about surveillance and the influence of artificial intelligence associated with 5G technology. Moose Jaw City Council must do everything in its power to stop 5G from coming to the area, including making a formal request to the federal government that 5G be stopped from coming to the community. Please support a worldwide ban on unsafe, unnecessary, and dangerous 5G technology. Jillian MacPherson

ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITY Mayor, Council and Senior Managers, An ethical breach occurs when someone within a system or community makes an ethical choice that sets a standard by which others can make a similar decision. The danger of ethical breaches is that they are a fundamental change in the ethics of your organization. Moral muteness occurs when people witness unethical behaviour and choose not to say anything. It can also occur when people communicate in ways that obscure their moral beliefs and commitments. When we see others acting unethically, often the easiest thing to do is look the other way. Let me remind our fine councillors and senior managers you are required to follow the following bylaws: Code of Ethics Bylaw 4381 (1986) Elected Members Code of Ethics Bylaw 5530 (2017) Bylaw 4381 Whereas “public officials” and employees and members of Boards, Commissions, and Committees of the city of Moose Jaw have an obligation not merely to obey the law but to act in a manner that is so scrupulous their

conduct will bare the closest public scrutiny. And whereas the private interests of public officials, and employees and members of Boards, Commissioners and Committees of the city of Moose Jaw must not provide the potential for or the appearance of, an opportunity for benefit, wrongdoing, or unethical behaviour. And whereas the council of Moose Jaw deems it desirable to adopt certain principles and guidelines for the conduct of its public officials and employees and members of its boards or commissions or committees. 5. GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF CITY EMPLOYEES, OFFICIALS AND APPOINTED MEMBERS OF BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES 1. City officials and employees are agents for the public purpose and hold office for the benefit of the citizens. In that regard, they are to uphold and carry out the laws of the city, as well as applicable federal and provincial law, so as to foster respect for government. As public servants, they are to observe in their official act a high standard of morality and to discharge faithfully the duties of their office regardless of personal considerations and interests.

(Scrupulous definition is - having moral integrity: acting in strict regard for what is considered right or proper.) Councillors, in these trying time I believe it’s important to remind you of your words: Standards and Values (Words taken from Bylaw 5530 (2017) 4.1 Honesty 4.2. Objectivity Members of council shall make decisions carefully, fairly and impartially. 4.3 Respect Members of council-shall treat every person including other members of council, municipal employees and the public with dignity, understanding and respect. Members of council shall not engage in discrimination, bullying, or harassment in their roles as council members. 4.4 Transparency and accountability 4.5. Confidentially 4.6. Leadership and Public Interest 4.7. Responsibility Sadly, I don’t believe you. Let me share one other fact: Cities Act 66.1(1) A council shall, by bylaw, adopt a code of ethics that applies to all members of

the council. (c) set out the process for dealing with contraventions of the code of ethics. Councillors correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t reading and understanding bylaw 4381 a requirement of your swearing in as councillors? 1. There isn’t a “process included” for a citizen to file an ethic’s complaint? 2. That process has been missing since the creation of the bylaw 30 plus years ago. 3. The fact that this bylaw hasn’t seen any updates or improvements in that same 30 plus years flies in the face of council’s responsibility to (update) bylaws a requirement of the Cities Act. Let me hypothetically say I wanted to file an ethics complaint against say Rod Montgomery or Jim Puffalt; where’s the process in bylaw 4381? The ethics complaint filed against members of council were handled by outside council and paid for by taxpayers; shouldn’t that be an option available to citizens? Counsellors, all the fine words are meaningless if you fail to allow citizens to hold you and administration accountable as required by the Cities Act.

MAYOR AND COUNCILLORS (ETHICAL BEHAVIOUR OR A CITY OUT OF CONTROL) Councillors and administration, do you understand how serious individuals take your actions or more preciously “lack of action by the council and administration.” Whereas “public officials” and employees and members of Boards, Commissions, and Committees of the city of Moose Jaw have an obligation not merely to obey the law but to act in a manner that is so scrupulous their conduct will bare the closest public scrutiny. 1. Canadian Tire deal “Land sales is something we do not put out to the public…it interferes with our ability to do land sales,” Puffalt said. 2. City administration should have given a report saying the deal had expired, but instead, someone at city hall negotiated a new agreement without authorization, said Swanson. 3. “This is a landmark deal for the City of Moose Jaw,” Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie said. “This is the largest land deal in our city’s history, and we are poised to see tremendous economic growth with this development.”

4. A previous mayor of our city went to China to attract business, and the taxpayers of Moose Jaw footed the bill. 5. The additional $20,000 that Puffalt was recently paid is not part of the pay raise, Tolmie added. That money was for Puffalt’s work in “managing Mosaic Place” during its transition to a new management company. a. Have you councillors ever heard the words, “any other duties as required,” a standard line in most manager’s contracts. 6. When the city manager was first hired on May 7, 2018, one of the negotiation points that Puffalt put forward was this pay increase, explained Mayor Fraser Tolmie to bring his pay in line with 2 other cities. 7. City council at that time said it wanted a performance review first to ensure all standards were being met before it would consider a pay raise. 8. City Manager Jim Puffalt in a written release. “Jim has been aggressively working to attract and facilitate investment in the City of Moose Jaw, and we believe he’s the right

person to help us change the narrative about what our City can accomplish.” Jim Dixon Manager of Economic Development for Moose Jaw, yet we have Tolmie and Puffalt doing this to little or complete failures. 9. Maybe if the mayor and council spent more time making sure the citizens they serve are getting the best governance for those citizens, they may have noticed this gem, that has been ignored by the mayor, council, and administration, yet is part of Bylaw 4381 for over 30 years. Use of Public Property (bylaw 4381) 4. No official shall request or be permitted the use of City owned vehicles, equipment, materials, or property for personal convenience or profit, except when such services are available to to the public generally or are provided as city policy for the use of such officials or employees in the conduct of official business. 5. Obligation to Citizens (bylaw 4381) No official or employee shall grant any special consideration, treatment, or advantage to any citizen beyond which is available to every oth-

er citizen. a. Those city owned vehicles that sit in front of private residences and of course the vehicle that the city manger drives at the expense of taxpayers. b. Not to forget the free admission to Yara Centre that the city manager granted to city employees to “improve moral”; what about the rest of Moose Jaw’s citizens moral. 1. The “temporary assignment policy”, are very generous and changing the policy to 11 days from two days would still mean the municipality still has a “generous policy compared to other municipalities.” Swanson stated. Lastly, how many of the above statements could be grounds for an ethic’s review, if there were a process in Bylaw 4381 as required by the Cities Act 66.1? Just in case some may think I don’t have fond memories of Moose Jaw, let me say 52 years ago, I met the love of my life in Moose Jaw. And we got to walk in Crescent Park. Carter Currie


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City Hall Council Notes

MAKE A COMPLAINT

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

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

City manager accuses local media of pushing ‘conspiracy theory’ about council meetings Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

City manager Jim Puffalt has accused the local media of pushing a “conspiracy theory” about the possible reason why city administration locked out the media from city council meetings. In an email on April 10, Puffalt provided council with an update about the measures the City of Moose Jaw was taking to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in the community. He also provided an update about city administration’s weekly pandemic updates that it was holding at city hall. ‘Conspiracy theory’ about crisis “We held our weekly press briefing on Thursday (April 9) and were berated by the Moose Jaw Express, who stayed with their conspiracy theory and are using the Covid-19 crises to advance their narrative that the virtual Council Meetings were implemented to prevent the press from being able to personally view Council Meetings and Press Briefings, at a Press Briefing where we were being live-streamed and interacting with the media,” Puffalt wrote in the email, which the Express obtained through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request about council’s communications from January to May 2020. During that April 9 press briefing, the Express asked why the municipality had suddenly locked out the local media from attending council meetings and the pandemic press briefings in person. The media was allowed to attend the first pandemic press briefing on March 19 in person — with proper physical distancing followed — but was then locked out starting on March 27. Also, media were allowed to attend the March 23 regular council meeting in person — again, with proper physical distancing followed — but was then locked out starting April 13. ‘Ridiculous conclusion’ “This is not logical and Councils are following a similar process, yet they are the only media in the country that we can find that came to such a ridiculous conclusion. A virtual meeting does not prevent them from doing their job,” Puffalt continued. “Further, it is unreasonable and

City manager Jim Puffalt speaks during a city council meeting. File photo increases the risk to our staff for the Express, as the Radio stations have not raised the issue, to demand to be in present in the Council Chambers regardless of restrictions on size of groups, distancing guidelines and safe work zones.” During one of the online pandemic press conferences, the Express suggested that the media be allowed to have one reporter attend the press briefings in person and act as a pool reporter. This is an approach Regina media takes when it covers the provincial government’s weekly pandemic press conferences, where one journalist sits in the room and asks questions on behalf of others. However, city administration and the mayor were not receptive to this suggestion. Municipal advertising “We took it (the conversation about media access) off-

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line as they (the Express) were very argumentative and at one point completely self-serving suggesting that we should put more advertising in their paper to let the seniors know what is happening,” wrote Puffalt. During that April 9 meeting, it was the reporter from the MJ Independent blog — and not the reporter from the Express — who suggested that the municipality advertise more in the newspaper since not all seniors are on social media. The City of Moose Jaw appears to advertise more online than anywhere else. “In an e-mail later that afternoon, the new excuses they came up with were that they could not hear or see how everyone (council) voted,” Puffalt added. “Those might be valid concerns and easily corrected by recorded votes and having them join as observers in the public portion of the teams Council Meeting so they can hear as well as for future briefings in team meetings.” Media simply ‘whining’ In response, Coun. Dawn Luhning blasted the Express over its concerns. “I could give a rat’s ass how MJ Express feels about our virtual meetings. If they have a problem with it, that’s their issue,” she wrote. “They can join the meetings virtually also; no one is stopping them. What the hell else are we supposed to do when social distancing in this province is mandated that there be no more than 10 people in a room at once? I actually believe that is still too many. “I will NOT put myself at risk or anyone else, for Council to operate in person. Sorry. Technology is too advanced for this bogus argument,” she added. “What a waste of admin’s time and ours to be listening to their whining. Especially with so many other important issues to focus on.” Coun. Scott McMann’s reply was a little more charitable. “Until meetings resume at a face to face level, I think all votes should be a recorded vote,” he wrote. “That should appease the media and any citizens who may also be wondering.”

EVIL TRIUMPHS

DISCRETIONARY USE APPLICATION

DISCRETIONARY USE APPLICATION

The Council of the City of Moose Jaw, pursuant to Zoning Bylaw No. 5346 is considering an application to allow for a proposed “Pet Training” on Lots 21-30, Block 71, Plan No. OLD96 Ext 0, civically known as 710 Fairford Street West, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, which is a discretionary use within the M2 - Heavy Industrial District. The application, and any representations, will be considered by City Council on Monday, June 29th, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 228 Main Street North.

The Council of the City of Moose Jaw, pursuant to Zoning Bylaw No. 5346 is considering an application to allow for a proposed “Personal Service Establishment” on Lot 10, Block 70, Plan No. OLD96 Ext 0, civically known as 833 Ominica Street West, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, which is a discretionary use within the M2 - Heavy Industrial District. The application, and any representations, will be considered by City Council on Monday, June 29th, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 228 Main Street North.

Written submissions must be received by the Office of Planning and Development Services, 228 Main Street North, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3J8, by 10:00 AM on Monday, June 29th, 2020 in person or by email at planning@moosejaw.ca.

Written submissions must be received by the Office of Planning and Development Services, 228 Main Street North, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3J8, by 10:00 AM on Monday, June 29th, 2020 in person or by email at planning@moosejaw.ca.

Myron Gulka-Tiechko City Clerk/Solicitor

Myron Gulka-Tiechko City Clerk/Solicitor


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City hall wants $25,000 before it will hand over info on industrial park Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The City of Moose Jaw wants nearly $25,000 before it will release documents related to the Southeast Industrial Park. The Moose Jaw Express submitted a freedom of information (FOI) request to city hall on May 11, asking for all records from 2018 to 2020 about anything and anyone related to the Southeast Industrial Park, South East Industrial Park, Industrial Park, Moose Jaw Agri-food Industrial Park, and SEIP. The Express was interested in finding out more about this topic, especially in the aftermath of the collapse of the agreement between the municipality and Carpere Canada. Heralded as the largest land sale in city history, Carpere Canada — a private investment and management company that focuses on agricultural opportunities — planned to purchase 312 hectares (780 acres) of municipal land in the southeast corner of the city for $7.8 million. In preparation for this purchase, the municipality spent millions of dollars to upgrade the industrial park and install services such as sewer and water. Now, the only noticeable things out there are wood stakes and a single fire hydrant. On June 4, city clerk/solicitor Myron Gulka-Tiechko emailed the Express with an update about the FOI request. “The City has done a preliminary search in furtherance of your request. Given the two-year time span covered by your request, as well as the non-specific account holders, the City estimates it will take approximately 60 hours of time to complete the review requested. As such, FOI legislation authorizes a fee estimate based on $15.00 per half hour, half of which is payable prior to the search continu-

The two letters that the City of Moose Jaw emails to the Moose Jaw Express explaining that the newspaper would have to pay large costs if it wants access to internal documents. Photo by Jason G. Antonio ing,” he wrote. “The fee for the 60 hours’ effort is $1,800.00. The City will require a payment of $900.00 in order to proceed. In addition, there is a photocopying fee of $0.25 per page for each page provided. For your information, there are approximately 98,447 items related to the search terms requested. This additional potential photocopying cost would be approximately $24,620 applied to this request. “I should note that in the event the actual time preparing the records for release is less than the estimate, you would be credited the difference,” he added. “In the event the time required is greater, however, there would be no additional charge.”

Gulka-Tiechko suggested that, as an alternative, the cost for the search could be reduced if the Express narrowed the time frame of the request and/or the individual records desired. As a comparison, the Moose Jaw Express office charges 10 cents to photocopy a single side of a black and white document, while it charges 16 cents to photocopy a double-sided document in black and white. City hall wants the Express to pay another large fee — but not nearly as outrageous as the first request — to access documents related to a different topic. On May 15 the Express submitted an FOI asking for anything and anyone to do with Vancouver businessman, Chinese businessman, Asian businessman, Chinese investors, Asian investors, Vancouver investors, Morris Chen, Yiming Luo and Yee-Ming, from 2017 to 2020. These keywords appeared in other documents city hall provided about Carpere Canada. In a separate email, Gulka-Tiechko explained it would take about 14 hours to complete this search, which at $15 per half hour, would be $420. Since there are roughly 800 pages to search, at 25 cents per page, that would add an extra $200, for a total of $620. The city clerk again suggested that, as an alternative, the cost for the search could be reduced if the Express narrowed the time frame of the request and/or the individual records desired. The Moose Jaw Express is still determining what course of action to take on these documents.

From The Kitchen

Ba k i n g m e m o r ie s w i t h c e l e b r ato r y c a k e s With many restrictions gradually being lifted, one way to safely celebrate within one’s circle is with cakes that are glamorous to view and call out for seconds once tasted. This week’s recipes come from a Robin Hood brochure, Bake Some Memories.

••• Vanilla Chocolate Chip Layer Cake 1 cup butter, softened 1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar 3 eggs 2 tsps. vanilla extract 3 cups Robin Hood cake and pastry flour 1 tbsp. baking powder 1 can Carnation evaporated milk 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips Icing: 1 cup butter, softened 7-8 cups icing sugar, divided 1 jar butterscotch topping 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1-2 tbsps. milk, divided

By Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 9 inch cake pans. To make the cake, in a large bowl beat butter and sugar until well combined. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift flour and baking powder. Add half the dry mixture to wet ingredients. Add milk and then remaining dry mixture. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool completely. To make the icing, using an electric mixer, beat butter and 3 cups of icing sugar until well blended. Beat in butterscotch topping and vanilla. Beat in remaining icing sugar, 1 cup at a time, until thick enough to spread. Add milk 1 tbsp. at a time, if necessary, to smooth out icing. If icing thickens, beat in a bit more milk. Place a layer of cake, top side down, on a serving plate. Spread with approximately 1 cup of icing. Place second layer, top side

up, over icing. Spread with remaining icing on top and sides. Serve cold.

••• Black Bottom Cheesecake Batter: 1 egg 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil 1/4 cup unflavoured yogurt 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/4 tsp. baking soda 1/4 cup baking powder 1/2 cup boiling water 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips Cheesecake filling: 2-250 gram pkgs. cream cheese, softened 1 can Eagle Brand condensed milk 1/2 cup unflavoured yogurt 2 eggs 2 tsps. vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, divided Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a

By Moose Jaw Express staff

The Moose Jaw Police Service has arrested Matthew Charles Gray after conducting an investigation into possession of child pornography. The police serviced charged Gray, 35, with possession of child pornography contrary to the Criminal Code. The police had been investigating Gray for other criminal offences and executed a search warrant at his residence a few months ago, according to a police news release. During the search police seized computers, laptops and other devices. The Moose Jaw Police Service worked in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE), and through the investigation, was able to discover child porn on the devices. Gray is scheduled to appear in provincial court on Monday, July 6. Police continue to investigate the situation.

Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net

VILLAGE OF BELLE PLAINE TAX TITLE PROPERTY FOR SALE

Provincial Court

Police charge man with possession of child porn

10 inch, four litre tube pan. Filling: In a large bowl beat cream cheese until fluffy, about one minute. Gradually beat in milk until smooth. Add yogurt, eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Batter: In a large bowl beat egg, sugar and vanilla until combined. Add oil and yogurt. Add flour, soda, baking powder and cocoa. Mix until combined. Slowly stir in boiling water and then add chocolate chips and mix. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Spoon cheesecake batter on top. Sprinkle with remaining 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Remove from oven. Cool on wire rack. When cool wrap well with plastic wrap and chill for four hours or overnight in refrigerator.

The Village of Belle Plaine is offering for sale by tender the following tax title property:

PUBLIC NOTICE R.M. OF RODGERS NO.133 NOTICE OF DISCRETIONARY USE APPLICATION Pursuant to Section 55 of the Planning and Development Act 2007, the Council of the R.M. of Rodgers No. 133 gives notice that discretionary use applications have been received and the details are as follows: Discretionary Use Permit DU 1-2020: Description: Intensive Livestock Operation (I.L.O.) Location: SE 20-13-3-W3 I.L.O: The applicant would like to expand operation to feed cattle. Public Hearing: Council will discuss the above noted Discretionary Use Permit at 10:00 am on Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Board Room #2, 1410 Caribou St W, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. For further information please call Colleen Ferguson Administrator at 306-693-1329. Dated at the City of Moose Jaw in the Province of Saskatchewan this, 17th day of June, 2020. Colleen Ferguson Administrator

109 Jennifer Crt Lot 10 Blk Z Plan 102007808 Frontage: 67.0’ Flankage: 130.0’ Assessment: $16,400 (land) Approximate o/s taxes & costs: $14,406.40

110 Jennifer Crt Lot 14 Blk Z Plan 102007808 Frontage: 75.5’ Flankage: 130.0’ Assessment: $16,900 (land) Approximate o/s taxes & costs: $14,209.73

106 Jennifer Crt Lot 16 Blk Z Plan 102007808 Frontage: 70.0’ Flankage: 130.0’ Assessment: $18,400 (land) Approximate o/s taxes & costs: $14,243.56

Tender Conditions:

1. A tender shall be submitted in a sealed envelope on which the address of the property is clearly marked. A certified cheque in the amount of 10% of the offer shall accompany each offer. Tenders must be postmarked, or hand deliver by 4:00pm, Tuesday July 7th, 2020. Village of Belle Plaine Box 63 Belle Plaine, SK S0G 0G0 2. Highest or any tender will have 30 days to provide the balance of cash to complete the purchase. 3. The purchaser is responsible for fees of Transfer of Title. The purchaser must provide the name of the solicitor who will be undertaking the registration Tranfer Authorization on the purchaser’s behalf. The Village of Belle Plaine will provide a Transfer Authorization to the purchaser’s solicitor upon receipt of the balance of the purchase price. Property taxes will be adjusted as per the possession date. 4. The Village of Belle Plaine reserves the right to reject any or all offers.


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Correction:

Re: Article in June 10th edition: City refuses to fix bridge that families need to access their homes Incorrect information appeared in the article “City refuses to fix bridge that families need to access their homes” in the June 10 issue of the Moose Jaw Express. Tim Avery developed his property in 1979 and Jim Thorn developed his property in 1998. We apologize for the error.

Part 2: City delaying repairs to bridge since it wants province to pay for fixes, lawyer says Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The City of Moose Jaw continues to delay fixing the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge since it is attempting to leverage the provincial government and force it to pay for repairs, a lawyer says. The municipality barricaded and closed the bridge in Wakamow Valley in 2015 after a flood and ice flow damaged the structure. City hall applied to the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP) for funding to repair the bridge. However, the project did not exceed the municipality’s deductive of $2.2 million, so the provincial government declined the application. The closure of the bridge — constructed in 1954 — threatened the ability of the Thorn and Avery families to access their properties, since they used the bridge to reach their homes, explained David Chow, a lawyer with Chow McLeod Barristers and Solicitors. Therefore, they have accessed their properties during the past five years by crossing over the Valley View Centre (VVC) property and using Highway 2 to reach Moose Jaw. The provincial government informed the families in March 2019 that access through VVC would cease on March 31, 2020, since it planned to sell the property — to Carpere Canada. After attempting to engage the municipality without success, the families hired Chow in December 2019 to fight on their behalf. This is the second part of a multi-part series on this situation. Subdivision of land The City of Moose Jaw issued building permits to Avery and Thorn in 1978 and 1999, respectively, so they could construct their homes. Thorn’s property is one parcel to the east of Seventh Avenue Southwest; he accesses it via a legal easement over Avery’s property. “In 1998, when Thorn developed, the city made Thorn sign an agreement that Thorn would not force the city to develop an access road (Green Avenue) …,” Chow told the Express. “That is why this is so frustrating. The city forced Thorn to accept access via Seventh Avenue in 1998, but then shut the Seventh Avenue access off in 2015.” Along with the request for the bridge to be repaired, Thorn — through Sunflower Developments — has applied for a subdivision of property that would see

the municipality suggested the province could — as an alternative to access agreements — contribute to the repair or replacement of the bridge. “The Ministry of Central Services is not prepared to repair or replace this cityowned asset,” Cherney said, but it was interested in identifying other alternatives — Nine Avenue Southwest, perhaps — to access the two parcels. Conditions on property would be ‘restrictive’ The ministry received a suggestion to attach conditions to the property titles for all VVC parcels, which would force a new purchaser to provide access through the site’s existing roadways. However, this seemed “impractical and unnecessarily A barricade prevents anyone from accessing the Valley View Centre site, after the restrictive” since the new purchaser might province sold the property to Carpere Canada. The Thorn and Avery families can not be able to meet those requirements only access their property by going through the VVC site since city hall shut down while redeveloping the property. “Our proposed purchaser, Carpere Canthe Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge in 2015. Photo by Jason G. Antonio ada, intends to develop this site for residential purposes, which will involve the both physical and subdivided legal access er indicated that the municipality would development of road and/or street access,” granted between his property and Seventh not repair the water line, even though a she continued. Avenue Southwest. 1952 agreement with the provincial gov- The lift station is yours, mine, no one’s Troubles reaching city officials ernment shows the city is responsible for There is a lift station at VVC that Puffalt suggested the municipality could take City officials indicated early on that they maintaining the line. ownership of it if the province first upwere working with the province on this Contacting the province and would notify the two families when In his email, Chow added that he con- graded it for $132,500 and then paid the there was news. With the March 31 dead- tacted the Ministry of Central Services city $75,000 to decommission it and deline looming, the parties met on Jan. 24; about who had the responsibility in this molish the site since the municipality had one day before, city hall released a portion situation. This prompted Puffalt to send a no long-term use for it. of a 2017 Stantec report on the communi- letter to the ministry on March 18 about Cherney wrote that the ministry saw no need to transfer the structure since the ty’s bridge inventory, according to docu- issues with the former VVC complex. ments that Chow provided. Municipal of- Nancy Cherney, assistant deputy min- municipality intended to demolish it. ficials later said they would be in contact ister of property management division, The ministry planned to tear down the about the next meeting. responded to the city manager’s letter on lift station in June anyway. However, the However, in an email on March 11 to March 27. Chow provided a copy of the ministry would return the property to the municipality. Mayor Fraser Tolmie, city manager Jim letter to the Express. The province can also fix the water line Puffalt, and city clerk/solicitor Myron The province can fix the bridge Gulka-Tiechko, Mr. Chow wrote that Puffalt wrote that access agreements Puffalt also indicated that the city would he hadn’t heard from them since Feb. would be required to authorize a plan take ownership of the VVC reservoir and 17 about when their next meeting would for the proposed subdivision for a parcel water lines, as long as the ministry upbe. Furthermore, he had not heard about that Sunflower Corporation wanted to graded the reservoir and repaired the frowhether city hall planned to fix a munic- purchase, and for the transfer of another zen water line. In response, Cherney said ipal water line that had ruptured in Janu- parcel to Wakamow Valley Authority. In the ministry had already decommissioned ary. This line provided water to VVC and response, Cherney wondered what type of the reservoir and closed it. the residents’ homes. access agreements would be appropriate “With regard to the water lines, as indiThe parties met on April 17 by Zoom con- to meet the municipality’s needs and for cated previously, we believe the water line is the responsibility of the City of Moose ference, with the new city engineer and future access to those parcels. MLA Greg Lawrence also attending. The The historic and approved access route to Jaw, as per the 1952 agreement between municipality provided no new informa- service both parcels is via Seventh Ave- us,” she added. “As such, Central Services tion to the families prior to the meeting, nue Southwest, she pointed out. However, will not be repairing or removing that wathe documents show. The officials lat- since that bridge is unsafe for vehicles, ter line.”

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Warriors Lang invited to Czech Republic World Junior Camp High-scoring forward among nine WHL players to receive opportunity to suit up at World Junior Championship Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Moose Jaw Warriors fans didn’t get to see a ton of forward Martin Lang in action this past season, but you can bet most liked what they saw in the short time he was with the team. As it turns out, scouts with the Czech Republic World Junior squad felt much the same way. Lang, who will be entering his 19-yearold season fall, was one of nine players from the Western Hockey League selected for the Czech World Junior training camp, beginning June 14 in his hometown of Rockycany. The 5-foot-11, 172-pound forward joined the Warriors at the WHL trade deadline this past season, with general manager Alan Millar acquiring the speedy winger

in exchange for 19-year-old defenceman Libor Zabransky. Interestingly enough, Zabransky also hails from the Czech Republic and was one of the standouts for his country at the 2020 World Juniors. It didn’t take long for Lang to have an impact once he joined the Warriors, picking up a pair of assists in his second game in a Tribe uniform. He would go on to score eight goals and 24 points in 26 games and finish the season with 15 goals and 43 points in 57 games between Moose Jaw and Kamloops. It won’t be his first world championship rodeo, either. Lang has represented the Czech Republic in international play throughout his career, on top of his eye-popping numbers

Martin Lang as a 16-year-old in league play back home, where he scored 54 goals and 84 points in only 27 games in his final season with HC

Plzen U16. Lang put up three points in six games at the U17 World Hockey Challenge in 2017 as the Czechs won the bronze medal and added three goals and four points in five games at the World U18 Championship the following year. Joining Lang from the WHL are forwards Filip Koffer (Prince George), Pavel Novak (Kelowna), Michal Teply (Winnipeg) and Matej Toman (Swift Current) alongside defencemen Simon Kubicek (Seattle), Radek Kucerik (Saskatoon) and goaltender Lukas Parik (Spokane). The 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship is slated for Edmonton and Red Deer from Dec. 29 to Jan. 5.

“It’s a gamechanger”: Moose Jaw Soccer Association announces partnership with Celtic of Scottish Premier League Legendary European soccer club offer training curriculum, international tournaments, opportunities to play overseas to local players. And that’s just the start. Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

As early as last week, the chance a player from the Moose Jaw Soccer Association would set foot in legendary Celtic Park in Glasgow and play a game was little to none. Not anymore. In fact, it’s probably likely. And there’s a very real chance the reason it could happen will change the face of Moose Jaw soccer forever. “We’ve partnered with a bit of powerhouse,” MJSA technical director Jordan Jeffery said with a laugh. The MJSA announced Friday that they had officially partnered with Celtic FC of the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership, one of the winningest teams in European soccer history and an absolute monster of a high-level professional soccer program unlike anything seen in North America. Nine straight Premiership titles dating back to 2011-12, with 51 titles overall and 31 second-place showings. Add on 39 Scottish Cup club championships and you get the idea. And now Moose Jaw will have a chance to benefit from all that experience, all that winning. “It’s a pretty big deal and it’s going to be a game changer, I think,” Jeffery said. “On top of their curriculum, we’ll have access to sending our players and coaches over to Glasgow and will also have some partner

clubs in the U.S. that host things as well that we can go and participate in, player programs and training camps and international tournaments.” Elite players will have the opportunity to move overseas and train in Celtic player development programs in Glasgow. The potential will also be there to send teams over to receive training from Celtic FC coaches as well as play opposition from around Scotland. A pattern that might be followed could see U12 players train with an elite program in New York, U14 players take part in an international tournament ran by Celtic in the U.S. and older players and teams ending up face clubs in the Celtic program in Glasgow during an overseas excursion. “So there are a few extra things you get now as a Moose Jaw Soccer Associa-

Could Moose Jaw Soccer Association players find themselves playing in Paradise, as Celtic Park is know to the locals?

tion-registered player that will offer an extra scope for development and an extra experience for our players,” Jeffery said. Even in the short time the deal has been in place – Celtic FC announced it on their team website on Friday morning – Moose Jaw has seen benefits, with one immediate boon coming from the Return to Play program as soccer in Saskatchewan aims to resume from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Just having access to their curriculum is mind-blowing in terms of the detail,” Jeffery said. “They even went through their own curriculum for partner clubs and took everything from it and made a social distancing curriculum for us yesterday. That’s how much they’ve put into it, and they didn’t have to do that. They could have told us to figure it out for ourselves, but instead they took it on themselves and took a hands-on roll in helping us getting back to playing.” So just how did this all happen? Backroom negotiations, multiple trips overseas and smoke-filled rooms? “Just a chance encounter via e-mail,” Jeffery laughed. “I was talking to someone who was involved in a club in the U.K. and he mentioned that Celtic were looking to expand their partner program in Canada. They have one in Ontario and one in B.C., but they were looking to get more of that western Canada hub set-up and ended up choosing Moose Jaw.” The timing of the partnership couldn’t be

much better when it comes to player performance in the city. In addition to their wild success on the indoor circuit this past winter that included a provincial title and top three performance almost across the board, Moose Jaw FC has seen more and more of their players moving on to higher levels, including seven who recently signed with Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference schools. That has Jeffery excited for what might come with the additional training and opportunities. “We’ve seen lately we can get players signed to the next level, but what other levels can we explore, how much further can we push them and enhance our own development of players at younger ages,” Jeffery said. “I think with the facility we have in town and the things we have access too, it’s fitting for us to have a program of that stature involved with us. We can develop a program that warrants having that facility… we have goals where we want to be in terms of a club in Saskatchewan and western Canada and something like this is going to help that happen.”

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Cheer Infinity Athletics: Abrupt end to season 4, staying positive for future! Submitted

Cheer Infinity Athletics is a local Sports Organization offering recreational and competitive programming for boys and girls aged 3-18 in Cheerleading, Tumbling and Dance to Moose Jaw and surrounding area. For our competitive teams competitions run from December - April. This year due to covid our season went unfinished. We are so very proud of each and every athlete and wanted to share some amazing opportunities and achievements of these athletes as well as what we are offering through this unforeseen time. Everytime you walk into the gym there is excitement, passion and hard work in each and every athlete. These competitive athletes work all season on their skills in tumbling, stunting and dance as they grow together as friends and teammates to create a routine to take to competition. This year the Saskatchewan Cheerleading Association Provincial Championships was cancelled due to Covid -19. This is the final competition in Saskatchewan and one that everyone loves. Although they didn’t get to showcase their routines one last time their hard work throughout the entire year is clear to see not only through their excitement and passion but also the standings. CIA finished the season in Saskatchewan with the following placements and awards! 41 first place rankings, 9 second place, 1 third place, 1 fourth place, 5 outstanding performances, 2 Grand Champions, 1 Ultimate Grand Champion as well was also awarded the Cleanest Routine and Most Energetic Routine as specialty awards. While most athletes’ season was to end following provincials this year we also had 20 athletes that were to travel to international competitions. CIA had an elite travel team selected in the Fall of 2019, this team had been working hard all year as they planned and prepared to compete at the American Showcase in Anaheim California that was to be April 2nd to 6th. This team was made up of 15 athletes ages 7-11, they would have been the youngest cheer team in Saskatchewan to

compete internationally. With a competition of this calibre came additional competition and travel fees. These athletes not only developed physically in their athletic skills but also learned and gained attributes of leadership, hard work and communication in the gym and out as they put on many fundraisers and approached businesses for sponsorships. A great group of hard working young ladies, future leaders in the making! Cheer Infinity Athletics then had 5 young ladies on our Senior Dance team that had been training together for the last 4 years. This year one Saskatchewan Competition

was awarding bids to the Dance World Championships in Orlando Florida in late April. The Liberty Ladies (Senior Dance Team) was awarded the first ever Partial Paid Bid to the World Championships. This was a huge accomplishment not only for the girls but also the cheerleading community as a whole. They were not only the first team in Saskatchewan to receive this award but also the first team in Western Canada. They would have represented CIA, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and Canada very well if Covid-19 didn’t put an end to their world debut! With that we again are so proud of each and every athlete and the work and passion they put into their teams throughout the season! Covid doesn’t stop the passion it has made our athletes and coaches thankful for the opportunities they had and looking to the future and to when we can be back in the gym doing what we all love! Until we can be back in the gym Cheer Infinity Athletics has shifted to the Virtual world since the middle of March! Finished up team practices through virtual gatherings and then dove into Virtual classes in April & May. After an amazing couple months of classes with athletes from across the province we are excited to offer something new. Infinity on Demand, your one stop for fitness, workout, stretching and more all from the comfort of your own home or anywhere on the go. With a subscription to Infinity on Demand you will have 24/7 access to the entire video library including drills for all levels of tumbling, stretching, dance, conditioning, flyer training and more. Email info@cheerinfinity.ca . Follow our Facebook page Cheer Infinity Athletics for more on Infinity on Demand, family fun challenges and Season 5 info! Stay active and engaged during this time with CIA! Where a sport feels like a family! Email us today for info on our virtual classes or Season 5 information: info@cheerinfinty.ca or visit our website www.cheerinfinity.ca

Sowden Flanagan Baseball Training firing up after COVID-19 shutdown Off again, on again situation officially ‘on’ as indoor facility prepares to open Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Sowden Flanagan Baseball Training is officially getting ready for the season. But not after a fair amount of wrangling just to get to this point in the first place. The local facility endured a bit of an offagain, on-again situation in recent days as plans to re-open were held in limbo, but the word came down from the Saskatchewan Government earlier this week that yes, once and for all, they were good to go. And now the preparations begin at their Hillcrest Sports Centre facility. “Everybody in general is wondering what’s going on, and it was nice to get some clarity last Monday,” said Shane Sowden, who runs the SFBT alongside fellow longtime Moose Jaw baseball standout Craig Flanagan. “Now all the fun paperwork and prepping the facility has begun, and it’s nice to get going again.” There was some question as to whether or not they’d be able to open at all before Phase 4 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, questions that lingered well longer than Sowden would have liked, but lobbying for a simple fair shake worked out in the end. “After talking to the government (Tuesday) for the 10th time or whatever, they basically told us that we sit underneath the gym and fitness facility protocols, even though technically baseball isn’t supposed to be open until Phase 4,” he said. “The other three [baseball training] facilities in the province were open and doing baseball stuff, Gymtastiks opened up, the tennis club in the Hillcrest had opened up, so it was really frustrating. We understand that baseball isn’t opening until Phase 4, but why are other places being given the

The hitting cages at Sowden Flanagan Baseball Training and the facility in general will have a bit of a different look when things re-open on Monday. green light, what’s going on? So after all those conversations, one government official said we fit under the gym stuff, and that was then we got the go-ahead.” Since then, SFBT has been keeping in close contact with RBI baseball training out of Regina to create a consistent system with what they’re doing. And to say things are going to be different is quite an understatement. “Basically, we’re going to be down to three or four activities, since you can do whatever you can without sharing equipment,” Sowden said. “We have to follow all the cleaning and sanitizing and stuff, follow social distancing, everything that gyms and places like that have to go through.” Social distancing means only four or five players will be allowed in the facility at a time, with SFBT putting down a six-foot grid through their entire building in order to label that distance. Things get really stringent went comes to practices themselves, with the biggest issue coming out of the aforementioned no sharing of gear. Which includes baseballs and softballs.

“Kids can only throw into a net, we’re not allowed to play catch because that would be sharing the baseball,” Sowden explained. “Some of the training we do with the kids, we already to do that, but not there’s no playing catch at all, which is too bad because especially for the younger kids that’s a major skill to develop.” Players can hit off a tee in batting cages and pitchers can throw to a target, and ground balls can be taken off the wall, all of which have drills and plans that can be used to make things more entertaining. “From a baseball standpoint, it’s bare basics that we’ll be able to do, but it’s better than nothing,” Sowden said. “We’re happy that we can provide this and at least give kids a chance to work on some things before they get outside… we’re busy right now, but we’re thankful to be busy and even though it’s been a bit of a gong show

the last week we’re looking forward to getting going. The feedback has been really good and we’re excited to have a chance.” That excitement will only increase once they can head out and actually take the field – something that will hopefully happen within the next month. “This is our first year running this, and when we shut down in March, it was just where we were seeing kids’ growth and how much more they’re improving after working with us all winter,” Sowden said. “Craig and I are coaching our teams, but we wanted to go out and see these other guys and how they’re playing and growing… Then the last two months, almost all that progress just stops. That’s the frustrating part, but it is what it is and we’re going to try and make up some ground in the next two weeks.”

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AAA Warriors’ Ernst named to Program of Excellence goaltending camp Hockey Canada prospect among nine WHL goaltenders to take part in four-day virtual event Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

After the kind of performance he put together in the Saskatchewan U18 AAA Hockey League and beyond this past season, it stood to reason that Moose Jaw Warriors goaltender Dylan Ernst would be high on Hockey Canada’s radar. As it turns out, that’s exactly the case, as the Kamloops Blazers prospect was one of nine Western Hockey League goaltenders chosen for the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence goaltending camp running virtually from June 9-12. The camp brings together the top goaltending talent and elite-level instructors from across the country and serves as the initial evaluation stage for summer development and selection camps for Canada’s national teams. While the event traditionally assembles the crew of players – 23 in total from the entire Canadian Hockey League this year – in a central location, COVID-19 restrictions have made that all but impossible and forced everything online this year. As a result, the 2020 camp will focus on evaluation and development through online education, “The Program of Excellence goaltending camp is a great opportunity to bring together the top young goaltenders in the country and assist with the development process

Moose Jaw U18 AAA Warriors goaltender Dylan Ernst in action this past season. for these athletes,” said Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada, in a press release. “Despite the unique nature of this year’s camp and the switch to an online delivery for our programs, we believe all 23 goalies will benefit from world-class instruction as we continue to prepare for a new season.” Online sessions will include goaltender development,

mental and physical performance, planning for shortterm competition, environments for success, embracing the role of a back-up goaltender and more. Ernst, 16, completed his first season of U18 hockey this past winter and got full marks for his effort, posting a 2.35 goals against average and .920 save percentage in 17 games to go along with a 12-4-0 record and three shutouts. He also saw action at the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland and played well in his single appearance, coming off the bench in the first period and only allowing a pair of goals in a 6-2 loss to Russia. Canada would go on to win the bronze medal at the event. Ernst - who was selected by the Blazers in the second round, 28th overall in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft – isn’t the only Kamloops player invited, as he’ll be joined by starter Dylan Garand, one of three U20 player selected. Edmonton’s Sebastian Cossa and Prince George’s Taylor Gauthier are the others, while the Cougars’ Tyler Brennan and Seattle’s Thomas Milic were chosen from the WHL in the U18 age group. Joining Ernst as U17 players are Calgary’s Ethan Beunaventura, Swift Current’s Reid Dyck and Regina’s Matthew Kieper.

Calvert, Fitzpatrick selected in SJHL Bantam Draft

Moose Jaw U15 AA Warriors standouts chosen by Nipawin, Estevan; AAA prospects Ekren-Bratton, Wilson also selected; WHL Warriors hopeful Mansuy also chosen. A pair of Moose Jaw Minor Hockey products will have a chance to play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League in the near future after being selected in the 2020 SJHL Bantam Draft. Forwards Rowan Calvert and Liam Fitzpatrick both saw their names called during the event – Calvert by the Nipawin Hawks, Fitzpatrick the Estevan Bruins which was held online recently. For Calvert, it marked the second time he’s been drafted this off-season, after being selected in the ninth round, 187th overall by the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL Bantam Draft. He didn’t have to wait quite as long this time around, with the Hawks waiting only 28 picks to land Calvert in the third round. Standing in at 5-foot-9, 170-pounds, Calvert led the U15 AA Warriors in scoring this past season with 24 goals and 45 points in 31 games.

Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express Right behind him among the Warriors offensive leaders was Fitzpatrick, who picked up 20 goals and 44 points in 30 games. The 5-foot-6, 135-pound forward also played four games as a U18 AA Warriors call-up, scoring twice and putting up three points in four appearances. The Bruins landed Fitzpatrick in the sixth round, 67th overall. A pair of prospects who recently signed with the U18 AAA Warriors were also Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL, where picked up in the SJHL Draft. he was selected in the third round, 61st Blake Ekren-Bratton – who signed with overall. the AAAs on May 2 – was selected in the Swift Current product Anthony Wilson – fifth round, 56th overall by the La Ronge also a signee of the AAA Warriors back on Ice Wolves. The Porcupine Plain defence- May 2 – was selected in the sixth round, man scored 19 goals and 37 points in only 64th overall by the Kindersley Klippers. 27 games with the North East Wolfpack Playing with Northern Alberta Bantam U15 AA squad, and also suited up for Prep last season, the 5-foot-8, 165-pound three games with the U18 AAA Tisdale forward scored nine goals and 27 in 29 Trojans, but didn’t have a point. games and added another goal and four Ekren-Bratton was also a high pick by the

points in their two playoff appearances. The Moose Jaw Warriors also saw one of their prospects picked up. Defenceman Keelan Mansuy went in the fourth round, 38th overall to Estevan after the Tribe had selected him in the eighth round, 156th overall in the WHL Bantam Draft earlier this spring. The Regina product scored nine goals and 40 points in 31 games for the U15 AA Monarchs and added four assists in the playoffs. Mansuy also played two games with the Pat Canadians but was held scoreless. Overtime… Three of the five players have older siblings who were standouts for the AAA Warriors – Atley Calvert finished second in team scoring, Caelan Fitzpatrick one point behind him and Wyatt Wilson was the team’s highest scoring defenceman.

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USports cancellation a hard hit for Moose Jaw’s Buettner

Standout quarterback was set to lead University of Regina Rams after two seasons with Ottawa GeeGees, but COVID-19 has brought those plans to a halt Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The upcoming USports football season was supposed to be a homecoming of sorts for Moose Jaw’s Sawyer Buettner. The standout quarterback – who never lost a game and won four straight provincial championships with the Peacock Tornadoes – was set to return to Saskatchewan and suit up for the University of Regina Rams this season, after playing the past two years for the Ottawa GeeGees. It would have been a chance to play in front of family and friends on a regular basis for the first time since Buettner made the trip out east, and a chance to be part of a Rams team that carried a whole lot of potential. But that all came to a crashing halt. USports officially announced that all fall sports under it’s purvey are cancelled due to COVID-19, bringing an end to the campaign before it even began. And while Buettner had remained hopeful that things would work out, in the end, the writing was on the wall. “It was definitely always a possibility, I kind of expected it at first when I heard that school would be online and there’d be no students on campus,” Buettner said. “But when they kind of proposed this five-game schedule everyone was hoping we’d get some games in, then we got the news yesterday. It sucks, it’s definitely disappointing, but you have to move forward the best you can.” Until COVID-19 hit, it was business as usual for Buettner. He had officially committed to the Rams back in January and had been able to begin working out and familiarizing himself with his teammates and coaches. “I was working out with the team and throwing with the team and getting ready to go with our winter practices and spring camp when this whole COVID thing got start-

Sawyer Buettner in action with the Ottawa GeeGees. Martin Bazyl/TheFulcrum.ca photo. ed, so that was too bad,” Buettner said. “And obviously we haven’t been able to work out this summer as a team, but we’re hoping to get back together soon.” The concussion that brought his season to an end in his first game last year was a thing of the past, too. “I feel 100 per cent; I was working hard and training hard and I’ll keep doing all the same things that I was doing,” Buettner said. “The end goal has been pushed back a year, but all we’re going to do is keep working, I know that’s what I’m going to do and what the team will be doing, too.” Buetter played three seasons of junior football with the

Regina Thunder before heading over to Ottawa for the 2018 season, where he enjoyed a solid rookie season in USports – 1,470 yards passing and 14 touchdowns against only five interceptions in seven games. While this would have marked his fourth of five years of USports eligibility, Buettner is running up against another limit – players have to be 24 or younger as of Aug. 31, and that’s exactly how old Buettner will be heading into the 2021 campaign, which would make it his final season. “I’m just hoping they bump that up for guys like me, and especially the senior guys who otherwise won’t be able to get a season,” Buettner said. “It’s the right thing to do, I don’t think there’s any question about that, even if it means changing the rules for just one year. “If there’s one thing COVID has taught us, you have to adapt to the circumstances and that’s what we’re hoping USports will do. It’s out of our control and all we can do is wait and see.” One thing that’s certain for everyone is that once things are back on the field, however long it takes, there’s plenty of potential for success. “Our goal was to win the Hardy Cup and get to the Vanier Cup and win that, too,” Buettner said. “I think that has to be the goal, we had a really up-and-coming team and I was really excited about it… Obviously I’d played with a bunch of the guys and I’d been gone a couple years in Ottawa, but seeing some of the young talent and some of the guys I know, and the great coaching staff, too, I was looking forward to a good year. “Hopefully we can get all those guys back, get that extra year of eligibility, put in some work over this long off-season and get ready for 2021.”

Baseball Sask cancels provincial championships

Safety of players and teams at forefront even with potential for return to play Baseball Saskatchewan might have released their Return to Train and Play protocol but the news 24 hours later was far less positive. The governing body announced that all provincial championships had been officially cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We were holding out hope, however, seeing that we have not even been given a date for Phase 4 to open; it was not fair to our current and future host sites to plan adequately,” Baseball Sask said in a press release. Provincials traditionally take place in late July and early August. “We also carry the responsibility to look out for the health and safety of our members. Provincial championships bring with them mass gatherings from different teams from all over Saskatchewan. We cannot estimate what the allowable outdoor maximum gathering limit will be for late August. Due to this, we cannot guarantee

Moose Jaw Express that our championships would even be approved by the Government of Saskatchewan at that time.” Phase 4 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan – which would see re-opening of indoor and outdoor recreation facilities and increasing the size of indoor public and private gatherings to 30 people – has not been announced, with Phase 3 having officially taken hold as of June 8. Plans have not changed when it comes to potentially playing locally if and when Phase 4 occurs, with Baseball Sask using that as a factor in making the decision: with no set date for a start-up, jamming in a schedule in order to accommodate a provincial tournament deadline did not seem feasible. “In conclusion, we realize that there are members who will be very disappointed with this decision and we fully understand that. We appreciate your love and dedication to our great game. Unfortunately, with so many

unknowns in such a fluid situation, we have made this difficult decision.”

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Safety issues with Moose Jaw Trolley come to forefront

Concerns raised by former driver being addressed with major overhaul of vehicle, no timeline for return to road in time of COVID-19 Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

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Makeshift repairs have kept the Moose Jaw Trolley running, but the safety and effectiveness was a concern for a former driver. tently since the most recent season ended. The bad news is more problems are cropping up all the time, and that could put the Trolley tours in jeopardy for the coming year, on top of the loss of service due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re getting to the point that we have to decide what we were going to do with it, it is becoming more and more work every year,” said Jacki L’Heureux-Mason, executive director of Tourism Moose Jaw. “We started with an exterior renovation, and as we’ve needed to put repairs into it, we’ve put repairs into it, and we decided it was getting a little to excessive and ended up

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On the Front Porch by Wanda Smith Silence is Not Golden I’ve been reading the Book of Daniel with the true historical accounts of Daniel in the lion’s den, the fiery furnace, interpreting dreams and more. It reminded me of a book I read in my early teenage years, although, I can’t seem to recall the name of that book. It was a study about several teenagers who’s lives were documented in the Word of God, whose stories inspired me to be bold and courageous as I traversed through the difficult teenage years. I was just thinking about that book today and how it influenced me to live my life pure and chaste before the Lord in those days. I’ll tell you, it wasn’t easy. I remember the school bus sports trips when I would listen to my walkman to try drown out the inappropriate talk in the back seats (not to mention the inappropriate behavior) that was going on. I learned to take my thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5) and chose to think on what was true, pure, right and good. It was hard to be the fish swimming upstream, I’m not gonna lie. It was difficult to not go with the crowd. But it was the choice I made. I did have a strong example, besides those in the Word of God, who lived a life devoted to Jesus. You may remember Rob Reimer, the young man who played with the Moose Jaw Warriors in the late 80’s. He did not compromise. He lived his life fully devoted to following Jesus and I admired that. Daniel was one of those daring teenagers who was bold enough to follow after God rather even when it was difficult. During his three year training course to prepare for service to the King, he made a bold request that he and his friends not eat meat, sweets or drink wine for ten days. In the end, he and his friends were stronger and in better physical shape than their counterparts. What about the time when Daniel was appointed one of three national governors but his jealous colleagues devised a plan to have him killed. Daniel was bold enough to continuing praying three times a day, as was his custom, even though it was a set-up to trap him and eventually eliminate him. We all know the end result of that story; God shut the lions’ mouths and he was saved while his jealous colleagues and their wives and children were, in turn, thrown in the den and were devoured even before they hit the floor. We find ourselves in a war for our nation. We are seeing our freedoms being taken away. Not a day goes by that I am not conscious of the dangerous path we are walking down. It is necessary that we become bolder to stand up for what is right. Edmund Burke, who served as a member of parliament from 1766-1794 in the House of Commons of Great Britain said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.� Silence is not golden. We must begin to make bold moves through prayer, petition and education to change the course of this country back to God. We cannot be silent any longer and let our country, which was founded on Biblical principles, lose the ground it has taken. It’s time to let our voices be heard in the airwaves... praying, boldly declaring and decreeing God’s vision for our nation. It’s time to put our boots on the ground and move 60 Athabasca Street East forward, not backing down. 306-692-0533 Minister: Rev. Jim Tenford The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Music Director: Karen Purdy the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this Sunday, May 14th, 2017 publication.

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EDWARD LIBERET 03 July, 1936 – 05 June, 2020 It is with great sadness that we announce that Edward Joseph Liberet, aged 83 years of Moose Jaw, SK passed away unexpectedly on Friday, 05 June, 2020 after a short illness. Ed was born in Moose Jaw and raised on South Hill, and never wanted to live anywhere else but there. He worked at the CPR for over 30 years and could tell you the number on any engine coming or going. He had also been an excellent ball player, a coach for youth softball, and a very good umpire. He liked gardening, deriving much satisfaction from it, and from seeing his children shell peas for hours. People also marvelled that Ed’s garden didn’t have a single weed in it, nor did the entire yard! Ed was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Maggie Liberet. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Patsy; daughters, Diana and Kelly (Gerald); son, Randy (Marlene); sister, Joyce Colenutt (Jack); grandchildren Aaron, Chantal, Jeff, Amber, and Sydney; greatgrandchildren Alyvia, Ella, and Emma; and many nieces and nephews. The family extends a special thank you to Ed and Pat’s niece, Shelley McSween. The family would also like to express much gratitude to the excellent staff at Extendicare Moose Jaw. In keeping with Ed’s wishes, a Private Family Service will be held. Gifts or flowers are gratefully declined. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Ed’s name may be made to the Extendicare Moose Jaw Family Support Group, 1151 Coteau St W, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 5G5. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Andrew Pratt Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome. com

Southern Saskatchewan crops have less moisture than most of province By Ron Walter For Agri-Mart Express AGRIMART

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When explorer John Palliser ventured on the open prairies about 160 years ago he concluded a large

region was unfit for agriculture. Palliser spent two years on the plains when rainfall was low and decided a large chunk of southern Saskatchewan and southeastern Alberta was arid, an area later labelled the Palliser Triangle. This spring a large part of the Palliser Triangle is short of moisture. Canada Droughtwatch lists most of Southern Saskatchewan as abnormally dry. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture crop report for the week ended June 6 shows much of the province in the west central, north and northeast received an inch or more of rain during the week. Most of the Palliser Triangle —the southwest and southeast received much less rain.

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Rainfall in the Mossbank-Moose Jaw- Regina region during the week was between five and 10mm with small area east of the city getting less than one mm. An area around Central Butte got 30 to 50 mm while rain in the Assiniboia-Gravelbourg-Mortlach area ranged between 10 and 20 mm. South of Ogema got 20 to30mm as did an area along the border south of McCord. Most of Southwest Saskatchewan got 10 to 20 mm. Cropland moisture in the Moose Jaw area is less than average for the province with 35 per cent short or very short compared with 21 per cent in the province. Hay and pasture around here is 43 per cent short or very short of moisture compared with 34 per cent in the province. Seeding was 98 percent complete. Dry conditions has created emergence issues for canola and heavy winds have blown some seeds out of the soil. The winds make spraying without chemical difficult.

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WATSON Allan William Watson, aged 91 years of Moose Jaw, SK. Passed away peacefully on Monday, May 18th, 2020. Allan was born and worked on the family farm near Cardross, SK. Allan later worked as an automotive mechanic in Moose Jaw, SK. He married Marjorie Stevens on November 16th, 1957 and together they raised two children David and Carolyn. Marj and Allan loved to dance and Allan was an avid Blue Jays fan. He loved spending his days with his grandchildren and great grandchildren whom were the light of his life. He always got down on the floor to play whatever game the kids wanted. Allan got back into farming and cattle later in life. He tried his best to make cowboys and cowgirls out of his entire family. He enjoyed rebuilding vehicles, snowmobiling, going to the casino, and numerous trips to Las Vegas. He had a contagious smile that could light up a room and always cried whenever he laughed. Allan is predeceased by his parents; two sisters, Sarah (Gene) Garrioch, Pheme (King) Fitzsimmons; brother, Reg (Audrey) Watson; mother-in-law, Rose Stevens; sisters-in-law, Annetta (Alvin) Emmons and Florence (Ed) Gies. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years, Marjorie; son, David (Suzi); daughter, Carolyn (Kevin) Banilevic; six grandchildren: Chris (Tara) Watson, Trevor (Jessica) Watson, Ashley (Taylor) Watson, Chantal (Eric) Leaman, Cody Banilevic and Conrad (Kyla) Abram; ten great grandchildren: Grace, Oliver, Cali, James, Jace, Kinley, Kate, Lily, Jaxon, and Ella. As well as brother, Duncan (Pat) Watson and numerous other relatives. In keeping with Allan’s wishes, a Private Family Service will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank the amazing staff at Extendicare for the incredible care Allan received there. Donations in Allan’s name may be made to the Extendicare Residents Fund 1151 Coteau St. W. Moose Jaw, SK S6H 5G5. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Todd Sjoberg, Funeral Director 306693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome.com

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Mosaic Food Farm missing volunteers, but not lacking produce this year Larissa Kurz

HEMMETT It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Patricia (Pat) Viola Cecilia Hemmett on Sunday, June 7th, 2020 at the age of 94 years, at her daughter’s home, surrounded by family. She was predeceased by her mother and father, Cecilia and Harvey Vermette; husband, Joseph Hemmett; father-in-law, Archie Hemmett; mother-in-law, Mary Miller; beloved uncle, Adelaird Labossiere; sister, Yvonne Rafter and her husband Bill (Yukon); nephew, Bill Rafter Jr. (Yukon); as well as numerous other family members and friends. Pat was born in Regina, SK on February 28th, 1926. She moved to Moose Jaw as a young girl and attended St. Agnes School and Zion High School. She worked as an usherette and ticket clerk at the Orpheum, Royal and Studio Theatres, Kresge’s lunch counter, and Woolworth’s in cosmetics. When she was 16, she left school to work for the war effort at Prairie Airways upholstering airplanes. It was there that she met Joseph Hemmett, married and had 2 children, Rick and Grace. She was a member of the Pioneer Ladies Bowling League for many years and acquired many trophies that accented her bowling skills. Pat enjoyed the big bands at Temple Gardens, ladies baseball, and especially family picnics at the Wild Animal Park. She was a member of the CWL for many years until health woes dictated otherwise. She enjoyed church bingo, festive gatherings, and playing cards after these special meals. Pat welcomed everyone into her home and is fondly remembered by so many for doing so. All were welcome at her table, she gave of herself without questions or discrimination, and family was everything to her. Pat will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by her son, Rick Hemmett; daughter, Grace Keay (Randy Allen); granddaughter, Stacia Hemmett (Joe Dick); great-grandson, Eric Hemmett; and great-granddaughters: Lana, Scarth and Juliann Hemmett-Dick; as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family wishes to especially thank Dr Volker Rininsland for his continuing quality care, attentiveness and wonderful demeanor while caring for Mom for all these years. Also, thank you to his receptionist June for being so helpful and encouraging, Doctors Howe, Waldner and Allie, as well as the numerous ER doctors, nurses and all staff involved with Mom’s care at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital in Moose Jaw. Thanks to Dr Tse (Regina) and all the doctors, nurses, techs and aides from the Angio Wing at the Regina General Hospital. Thank you Moose Jaw Home Care – everyone included, all the home care ladies, co-ordinators, nurse, aides, lab techs, office staff, scheduling – the list goes on. We’d like to thank Moose Jaw Ambulance Service for the utmost care and safety shown to our Mom all the numerous times she took those rides. Thanks to Dr Mark Lazurko (Ominica Dental), Dean Edwards (City Centre Denture Clinic), and Todd Sjoberg, James Murdock and Andrew Pratt from Moose Jaw Funeral Home for their compassion and support. Thanks to Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists, Prairie Oxygen, Sask Abilities and Amils Taxi. In addition, a special thanks to Bev and Larry Pettigrew who were always there for her. Thanks to Mom’s dear friend, Maxine Jones, for being such a huge part of Mom’s life, and thanks to 3 special ladies, Nancy Couzens, Rhonda Nicholson and Veronica King (Calgary), who always made Mom feel special and treated her as if she were their own. Not to be forgotten, thanks to all Mom’s family and friends who helped celebrate her birthday every year. Lastly, and especially meaningful and heartfelt thanks to Mom’s son-inlaw, Randy Allen, who welcomed her into our home when her health was failing. A truly wonderful man who looked after her, loved and cared for her for almost 10 years. Please excuse if we’ve forgotten anyone and God Bless You All! Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a Mass, Celebration of Life and luncheon will be announced when restrictions are lifted. Flowers are gratefully declined. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Pat’s name may be made to the Allan Blair Cancer Centre c/o Pasqua Hospital, 4101 Dewdney Ave, Regina, SK S4T 7T1. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Todd Sjoberg, Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome.com

It was a bit unusual for Wakamow Valley Authority staff to do the spring planting at the Mosaic Community Food Farm without the help of volunteers this year, but the seeds are in the ground and working to provide just as much produce to the farm’s partner organizations as any other year. Last year, dozens of volunteers helped harvest 5,700 pounds The Mosaic Commu- of fresh fruits and veggies from the Mosaic Community nity Food Farm usu- Food Farm in September. (photo by Jason G. Antonio) ally holds a spring planting day in late May, where a large group of volunteers from local organizations around the city come out and plant the garden space over the course of a day. However, the pandemic’s safe physical distancing measures meant that volunteers weren’t able to help plant the food farm this year. Instead, staff stepped up and took care of the work. “This year we just had staff doing the planting, so it’s taken us a little longer but it’s also keeping everyone safe,” said Todd Johnson, general manager at the Wakamow Valley Authority. The decrease in volunteer help didn’t change how much of the garden was planted this year, as staff did a staggered planting over several days to ensure that the food farm would be producing as many fruits and veggies this year as usual. Because planting was spread out over several days, harvesting the produce in the fall will also look a little different as well. Johnson and the staff are expecting to see one larger harvest, with several smaller, staggered harvests interspersed throughout August and September. “We’ll be able to spread the items [produced] out over the summer, rather than in one large harvest,” said Johnson. “So we’ll be able to provide the [partnered] organizations with food in stages rather than one big lump sum.” It’s unclear about whether volunteers will be allowed to help with the harvest season, said Johnson, as that decision will depend on what changes in the COVID-19 situation between now and then. With volunteers or without, staff are prepared to complete the harvest at Mosaic Food Farm themselves — which is expected to be in the usual range of over 5,000 pounds of produce again this year. All of the produce will once again be distributed to local charity organizations that provide food security in Moose Jaw, including the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank, Hunger in Moose Jaw, the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council, and Riverside Mission. Mosaic Potash has agreed to be the core sponsor of the food farm project for another two years, and Johnson is glad to have the continued support from such a valued partner, especially during a year like this one. “Mosaic has been fantastic with this whole thing, they’ve really provided us with the ability to do this,” said Johnson. “We’re just excited to still be able to plant a garden and make sure that we can feed people and make sure that in this difficult time, we’re there to help.” The Mosaic Food Farm is located on the south end of Wakamow Valley, and those interested can stay updated with the season by checking out the food farm’s Facebook page.

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COVID-19: What’s cancelled and closed in Moose Jaw The following is a running list of groups, businesses, and organizations that have been closed or 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 be returning to in-class education in September, provided that there is no surge of COVID-19 cases in the province. 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 reopened on June 8 to commercial and bulk customers by appointment only. Recycling services for the general public resumed on June 15. SGI has reopened office branches to the public as of June 8, as asks that customers adhere to safety regulations when visiting in person. Road tests have also resumed, by appointment only, and drivers are asked to wait in their cars up arrival for their examination. SGI is also available to contact by phone at 1 (306) 691-4570 or by email at sgiinquiries@sgi.sk.ca. 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 reopened on June 8 at half-capacity. Pool, darts, and meat draws will not be resuming yet. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 59 reopened 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 are allowed to resume services as of June 8, as part of Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. Capacity is limited to one-third of available seating, up to 150 people. 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 closed to the public until further notice. Material lending services resume on June 15 using a pick-up format, and library programming is being offered virtually until further notice. To learn more about the curbside pickup service or to request items for pickup, contact the branch at 1 (306) 692-2787, by email at ask@moosejawlibrary. ca, by messaging the Moose Jaw Public Library Facebook page, or through the live chat option at 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 online at mjmag.ca and programs beginning on June 29. Grief support groups from Jones-Parkview Funeral Home resumed beginning June 10. The Bereaved parent Grief Support Group will meet on June 17 at 7:20 p.m., and the Survivors of

Suicide Greif Support Group will meet on June 24 at 7 p.m. 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. 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 open to the public for adoptions, cremations, and volunteer activities. Visits to the shelter are being taken 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 reopened 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 are available for use as of June 8, provided social distance precautions are taken. All playgrounds and beaches in the city reopened to the public on June 12, provided that safety precautions and restrictions on group sizes laid out by public health are followed. 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. 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 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 it’s 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 Hangout on June 16 at 2:30 p.m., another session of Death Cafe on June 18 at 2:30 p.m., and a meeting of the MJPL Virtual Book Club on June 23 at 7:30 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 the final week of an online variety show on their Facebook page on 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 15. 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.

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Clinics that provide services in dentistry, physical therapy, opticians, podiatry, occupational therapy, and chiropractic services will be allowed to reopen regular services to clients beginning May 4, as Phase One of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. Some retail businesses reopened 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, were allowed to open on June 8 with Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. Childcare facilities reopened on June 8, as part of Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. The Saskatchewan Health Authority began 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 still 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. Dance Images by BJ has closed the studio, and classes will be made available by video. The Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital Gift Shop and Canteen are closed until further notice. Casinos Moose Jaw and Regina have suspended operations. Leisure Time Bingo is now closed until further notice. The Tunnels of Moose Jaw is closed, but can be contacted by phone at 1 (306) 693-5261 or email at info@tunnelsofmoosejaw. com. The Moose Jaw Exhibition Company has cancelled all upcoming events for the time being, and will not be accepting drop-in, overnight, or new tenants on the grounds until further notice.

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For over twenty years, Saskatchewan has been the only place in North America to observe Native Prairie Appreciation Week during the month of June and the time has come around once again. From June 13-19, the Saskatchewan Conservation Action Plan (SCAP) organized a number of activities focused on promoting the native prairie ecosystem that covers a large portion of the province. “The purpose is to raise awareness and appreciation of the native prairie ecosystem, which is important to provincial environmental and agricultural sectors,” said SCAP manager Carolyn Gaudet. This year’s events will look a little different from past years, as the SCAP has decided to adapt things to fit a more socially distant model amid coronavirus concerns. Normally, the appreciation week is accompanied by an educational tour of a site somewhere in the province that provides both technical training about the native plants and animals in the area, as well as a family component to enjoy the outdoors. This year would have featured the Buffalo Pound area outside of Moose Jaw, but the tour is unfortunately cancelled due to the ongoing crowd restrictions. Instead, the SCAP is offering a series of webinars

throughout the week that will provide the same kind of informational training and education as the tour — including a presentation from nature enthusiasts on why they love the prairies, a discussion with author Candice Savage who features the prairies in her writing, and range health assessment and plant identification training. There will also be a webinar to check-in with the Ministry of Environment’s ongoing landscape mapping project that is working to determine how much native prairie is left in Saskatchewan. “We tried to make the webinars both technical, so people can get something out of it, but also [interesting] for the

general audience so they can learn more,” said Gaudet. “[They] won’t replace being out there and being able to see it themselves, but it’s a proxy and we’re doing the best we can under the circumstances.’” The webinars are free to the community, and organizers are asking that people register online at pcap-sk.org on the Native Prairie Appreciation Week page in order to take part. The SCAP will also be announcing the winners of their youth poster contest from this spring, and displaying submitted photos for a social media contest on Facebook from June 15-19, where people can cast their votes using likes on each photo. Gaudet also encourages people to take some time to just get outside and enjoy the nature of the prairies, as the ultimate way to show appreciation. The SCAP will be sharing a list of fun outdoor activities on their website for people to check out, to help plan their next outing. “I think it’s going to be a good week with lots of things for people to learn, especially about the native prairies,” said Gaudet. The SCAP will also be sharing lots of information on its Facebook page throughout the week.

Reduced home prices across province not as bad as expected By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express

The Covid-19 quarantine month of May was not pretty for the real estate business in Saskatchewan, according to the Saskatchewan REALTORS Association’s monthly report Prices, sales and new listings fell as buyers, sellers and realtors hunkered down at home for the lockdown. “I had expected it would be worse than it was,” commented Jason Yochim, CEO of the association. “We had expected that it might be down by 70 to 75 per cent” as it was with the SARS pandemic “April was down 50 per cent; May was down at 80 per cent of last year’s transactions. “If I can toot our horn, it was because we were proactive 106 Hodges Cres

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now 39 per cent below the 10-year average. Only 63 new listings were placed on the market in May, down from 111 last May. Thirty-two homes sold in the city compared with 49 the previous year, a decrease of 34 per cent. Listings year-todate of 336 are about one-third less than in 2019. Homes sold in Moose Jaw stayed on the market an average of 83 days, 10 days longer than last year. The report says a sales to listing ratio of 50.8 per cent indicates a balanced market. Median home prices in the region outside Moose Jaw fell almost 15 per cent to $175,500. Moose Jaw prices took the second largest decline among nine regions at 16.7 per cent. Largest decline was southeast Saskatchewan with a 21.1 per cent drop to $162,000. Next largest declines were North Battleford, 14.5 per cent to $195,000; Melfort, 8.8 per cent to $199,500; Yorkton, 8.2 per cent to $220,250; Swift Current, 3.6 per cent to $257,700; and Regina, 2.9 per cent to $282,000. Saskatoon bucked the trend with a 3.7 per cent price increase to $338,000. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

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