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It was a busy day for “I’m not going to let SARCAN in Moose it go to the dump; Jaw on June 15, as this seems like the the recycling depot good thing to do, on Manitoba Street [but] I might look at opened its doors to other options for disthe public for the posal,� said Trevena. first time in almost “So whatever they three months. won’t let us take in, Employees were we’ll probably just greeted by a lineup give away.� of people, many of A number of local whom had arrived charity organizaand begun queuing tions have been acup before the facilicepting donations ty opened at 9 a.m., of recycling for this and the line hardly exact reason, indiminished throughcluding the Humane out the day. Society, Moose Jaw By the afternoon, SCRAPS, and InfinMoose Jaw SARity 4-H. CAN still had a lineFor Ashley Sorensen up of people scatand Ryan Thomptered throughout the The lineup at SARCAN stretched down the building and out into the parking lot as son, waiting just furparking lot, waiting patrons waited to drop off their bottles and cans. ther down the line together while atwith their own colFor Curtis Trevena, the long wait time tempting to remain several feet apart to was just an irredeemable fact. With near lection, the feeling was much the same. follow public health orders. a dozen garbage bags of recycling to drop “[It’s a relief], big time, it was filling up Most patrons in line had numerous bags off, Trebena and his son had been waiting my balcony. Nothing that you want the of recyclables with them. Some created a for over an hour when the Moose Jaw Ex- neighbours to see,� said Thompson. pile around their feet as they waited, like press stopped by. He was unsure if he’d An employee estimated that they had a small mountain of cans, bottles, and be able to take all of his bags in — but he seen and processed over 100 patrons by cartons. Others had their bags in shop- was trying not to be upset about it. mid-afternoon on Monday, with still sevping carts and wagons to transport them. “We’ve got four kids and we collect [cans] eral hours in the day left to go. Prior to the reopening, SARCAN was pretty quick,� said Trevena. “It definitely The long lineups, they said, were parrecommending that patrons consider us- adds up and we tried to bring it in today tially due to the reduced number of staff ing the Drop n’ Go service, where people but I don’t know if it’s going to happen. . working in order to be in compliance can label and drop their recyclables off . It will be disappointing if we can’t get it with public health orders about social disand have the deposit delivered to them in, but I guess there’s not much you can tancing, but also largely due to the huge electronically, in order to avoid such long do. It is what it is.� influx of material hitting SARCAN’s lineups. Trevena was just hoping to get his col- counters. But by 3 p.m., Moose Jaw SARCAN had lection of bags out of his basement, he The lineups continued to be long again closed its Drop n’ Go service due to an said, especially as the family was mov- on Tuesday, and it’s likely that standing overwhelming amount of items pouring ing in a few days. But the long wait had in line outside of SARCAN will be the in, meaning people had no option but to him thinking about taking his bottles and new normal for at least a little while yet. wait patiently in line outside the building. cans elsewhere.

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‘Any time could be train time,’ so stay away from tracks, police urge Jason G. Antonio Moose Jaw Express

The CN Police Service is reminding residents to cross rail tracks at designated points and not wherever they want since the shortcut could lead to trains injuring or killing people. The police service has been particularly concerned about residents crossing the rail line near the Hillcrest Golf Course between Main Street and Happy Valley Park to reach the nearby commercial and shopping districts, explained Const. Dean Solowan. The organization is working with the golf course to post signs as part of a deterrence and education campaign. “A quick walk up and over (the tracks) is $300 (for trespassing). We’d like to educate over education through enforcement,” he continued. “But unfortunately, sometimes it’s gotta go that way if we can’t get the community on (board) with the dangers.” While only three trains run across that track every week, this can lead to complacency, Solowan continued. This

can also lead to a domino effect, where one person starts doing it, and then families do it and then children — who lack danger awareness — follow suit. These little ones are then likely to get hurt by a passing train. Many people have started walking outside since the pandemic has forced them to isolate or physically distance themselves from others. Sometimes those walks can take people near railway property, but to walk along or over the tracks at non-designated areas is illegal and against the law. Even attempting to get close to a passing train to take a picture will lead to a financial penalty. Solowan has heard all of the excuses for why people cross the tracks, but he noted they are all still inexcusable and reveal the wrong mindset that people possess. “We wouldn’t tell people to go play on the road,” he remarked. In 2019 in Canada, there were 230 incidents involving railway crossing and trespassing incidents, with 66

deaths and 46 serious injuries, according to the website Operation Lifesaver. In Saskatchewan, there were 28 incidents, with eight deaths and seven injuries. So far this year in Canada, there have been 73 incidents, including 24 deaths and 13 injuries. In Saskatchewan, there have been two incidents and one death. “It’s a little tragic reminder to stay away from the tracks,” said Solowan. Residents should have the proper mindset and cross train tracks at the right access points to set an example for others, he continued. It might be tempting to take a shortcut, but that leads to people using those undesignated access points more often. While there might not be a train during the first three times you cross the tracks, one could fly by on the fourth crossing and leave you injured or dead. “Any time could be train time,” added Solowan. For more safety information, visit stoptracktragedies.ca oroperationlifesaver.ca.

Welcome rains droppedBy half to one inch on many regional fields Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express Rainfall through most of the province during the second week of June was welcome but more is needed, says the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture weekly crop report. In this area, Wilcox received 28mm rain, Briercrest had 15mm with 23mm at Marquis. In the south and southwest, Mortlach had 29mm, Bengough had eight mm, and Mossbank had 16mm.

The report for the week ending June 15 noted that strong winds dried soil, delayed spraying and blew some seedlings out of the ground. Crop development is good with normal growth in 79 per cent of fall cereals, 70 per cent of winter cereals, 63 per cent of oilseeds and 80 per cent of pulses. Canola emergence is spotty in places. Across the province, cropland soil moisture is rated two per cent surplus, 70 per

cent adequate, 25 per cent short, and three per cent very short. In the Moose Jaw, Regina, Weyburn region crop land soil moisture has declined with 55 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short, and six per cent very short. In the southwest topsoil moisture is rated one per cent surplus, 62 per cent adequate, 30 per cent short and seven per cent very short. Provincial hay and pasture soil moisture

is rated two per cent surplus, 58 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and eight per cent very short. In the Moose Jaw Regina Weyburn area hay and pasture moisture is less with 39 per cent adequate, 48 per cent short and 13 per cent very short. Hay and pasture moisture in the southwest are 59 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and 15 per cent very short.

Elk’s Children’s Charity Lottery a rousing success

Over $100,000 in tickets sold in first-ever lottery of its kind for provincial service organization Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

When the Elks of Saskatchewan launched their first-ever Children’s Charity Lottery this spring, it came with a few questions. Could such a fundraiser succeed when more and more large-scale lotteries are being held all over the province and funds were stretched a little thin due to the COVID-19 pandemic? The answer is most definitely ‘yes’. More than $100,000 in tickets sold on top of a 50-50 draw that brought in over $20,000. With all proceeds going to help the provincial service organization with their many requests for assistance on an annual basis. “It was our first year doing this kind of lottery, and it turned out well,” said lottery chairman and longtime Moose Jaw Elks member Harold Claffey. “Up until this year, we were doing a ‘two-dollars-each, three-for-five’ lottery at malls and shopping centres and stores, where this year we went with more of an online thing, which was a good thing with how the pandemic turned out. It looks like we’re going to make a nice profit which is great for the first time.” The Elks are also involved in children’s hearing, having recently played a major role in developing a newborn hearing screening program throughout the province. They’re also the primary sponsor for the Saskatchewan Pediatric Auditory Rehabilitation Centre in Saskatoon, one of the cutting-edge facilities in the world for the development of hearing aids like cochlear implants. “We’re Elks because we can help children like that,” Claffey said. “A child that can’t hear, can’t hear birds or

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The Saskatchewan Elks Association held the grand prize draw for the Children’s Charity Lottery on June 13 in Saskatoon. Pictured are Charlotte Watson, executive administrator (left); Kevin Boyle, Exalted Ruler of Saskatoon Lodge; Joe Calder, Chairman of the Sask. Elks Foundation; Chris Svab, President of the Sask. Elks Association; Tony Koval, Chairman of the Sask. Elks Senior Homes Committee and Harold Claffey, Lottery Chairman and Publicity Director of the Sask. Elks Association. wind noises or revolving doors in stores, anything. So that’s where we try and help with our five hearing centres across Canada supported by the Elks. We’re community

people helping community people.” Winning the grand prize of $50,000 cash, $1,000 a week for a year or a new Dodge or Ford 4x4 truck are Derris and Judy White of Moose Jaw. Five second prizes of $2,000 or a one-week all-inclusive trip for two to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic were won by Perry Leipert of Kindersley, James Geres of Moose Jaw, Vivian Barber of Moose Jaw, Mych Soron of Swift Current and Eleanor Mack of Estevan. Three third prizes featuring $1,500 or a five-day bus trip for two to two Blue Jays games and two shopping stops were won by Jeff and Allison Slabik of Gull Lake, Bev Murtagh of Moose Jaw and Ron Duscherer of Prelate. Three fourth prizes of $1,000 or a fishing excursion to Jan Lake featuring four days cabin rental with the use of a boat and motor included were won by Jackie Beaulieu of Estevan, Sandy Krauchek of Hodgeville and Arthur Young of Canwood. The $50 Lottery Early Bird draw was held on May 14 and featured $5,000.00 or a two-week all-inclusive trip for two to the Mayan Riviera. The winner was Andrea Guillaume of Moose Jaw. The 50-50 draw featured a total of $45,460 in sales, with the winner’s share of $22,730 won by Drew Kenke of Tisdale. You can watch video of the draw by checking out the Saskatchewan Elk’s Association Facebook page at facebook. com/SaskElksAssoc/.

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Moose Jaw-partnered mental health app for youth expanding thanks to leadership grant Larissa Kurz

At 17 years old, Kelli Lemstra launched a mobile app dedicated to providing resources and accessible support to youth struggling with their mental health. Now, thanks to a youth leadership grant from the Prairie Action Foundation, Lemstra is getting ready to launch an expansion and reach more teens in need. The Daily Difference is a project that Lemstra imagined when she was in the tenth grade and struggling with her own anxiety, depression, and self-image, and found herself searching for help. “I didn’t feel comfortable going to a counsellor, and I was honestly kind of embarrassed to talk to my family about it,” said Lemstra. “I thought I was just being dramatic.” She found that it was tough to find useful information about coping with mental health without approaching a counsellor or a parent, and so she wanted to create a platform where teens could access helpful resources, with no barriers. “I wanted young people who also don’t know where to go or how to deal with [their mental health] to have a resource that’s easy and free,” said Lemstra. “A safe place that anybody could go to, where everything would be anonymous [and] there was no way anyone could get in trouble from it.” This is where The Daily Difference began, and Lemstra started her journey of advocacy. The app is entirely free and features a number of useful resources that are simple to use, including information about different issues like depression, suicidal thoughts and bullying, in addition to selfhelp techniques, a section for self-reflection and personal growth challenges to help pay it forward. It also has a chat feature where users can contact either a counsellor or a member of the Moose Jaw Police Service with their questions about mental health, legal advice, or for help reaching out to parents or counsellors. “You don’t need permission from your parents or anything. You don’t have to pay anything. There’s no strings attached,” said Lemstra. “I just wanted to make it as

The Daily Difference app offers mental health support and resources to youth with no barriers, in addition to the option to contact a counsellor or a Moose Jaw Police Service member with anonymous questions or in seek of advice.

Kelli Lemstra, creator of the youth mental health app The Daily Difference, is one of this year’s Prairie Action Foundation Youth Leadership Award winners. (supplied) easy as possible, and what’s more accessible than an app?” It was important to Lemstra to provide help with a whole range of issues that youth often face because she knows it can be difficult to reach out, especially for teens, and mental health is a topic that remains somewhat taboo for many people. “I know there is a lot of people whose parents aren’t supportive when it comes to mental health,” said Lemstra. “So being able to have something to use if you feel uncomfortable reaching out, or have parents who won’t let you or don’t support it, that was important to me.” Lemstra launched The Daily Difference in 2018, and the app is nearing 8,000 downloads as of the time of this publication. Since then, Lemstra has continued to be an advocate for mental health supports for teens, using her own experiences to help others with theirs. “I was speaking at a youth camp last summer and this girl pulled me over after, [and] she gave me a big hug and told me that my app saved her life,” said Lemstra. “It was amazing [to hear] because there was a time when I didn’t think I could save my own life, and to go from such a low point to being able to help others who are in the same position [was a life-changing moment.]” Lemstra herself is from Saskatoon but said she has received the most support from her partners in Moose Jaw, like the Moose Jaw Police Service. When she first approached the MJPS to ask for their partnership, they were immediately on board, and it was actually the MJPS who submitted her project to the Prairie Action Foundation Youth Leadership Award for consideration. Lemstra is honoured not only to win a $3,000 grant from the Prairie Action Foundation, which is supported by Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan Russ Mirasty, but also to be held in such high regard for her work. “To be noticed by an organization like [the MJPS] is so important, just as important to me as winning the award was, it was

a huge honour,” said Lemstra. “I couldn’t have done it without their help.” Lemstra and The Daily Difference are one of eight Youth Leadership Award winners this year, and Lemstra is actually the only individual recipient out of the group. “I’ve been putting my heart and soul into it for the last two and a half years, and [now] just to know that such a small idea that I had in high school became this, where I’m getting recognized and getting awards, it’s mind-blowing,” said Lemstra. “It really makes me feel like people actually care about what I’m doing and I’m making a difference.” Thanks to the award grant, Lemstra is ready to release yet another update to The Daily Difference on June 29, to expand the app’s resources to include nutrition and fitness advice. She enlisted the help of a Moose Jawbased kinesiologist and several nutritionists to develop different workout programs and dietary programs that will be made available on the app, to partner with the overall message of improving mental health. “Exercising has helped my anxiety and depression in a way that I can’t even ex-

plain, and that has been kind of my way of coping with it, so I wanted to present that option for everybody else,” said Lemstra. Lemstra will also use the remaining portion of the grant to expand the promotion of the app even further, using social media and speaking opportunities to reach out to more youth in the hopes of providing needed support. The main message that Lemstra hopes her story gives teens is that it’s important to always go after your dreams and that reaching out for help is okay. “It’s not shameful to reach out for help,” said Lemstra. “I would never have been able to do anything that I’ve done in the past three years without reaching out, and now I’m here.” The Daily Difference app is available to download on all mobile devices from the appropriate app stores, and Lemstra is an active advocate for mental health on her Instagram page. Lemstra also encourages any teens or youth seeking help with bullying and mental health to reach out to trusted resources like Kids Help Phone, by calling 1 (800) 668-6868 or texting TALK to 686868.

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To all the dads out there, I hope you had a great Father’s Day! You make your kids proud! Although parents do their best in raising their kids, it is such a blessing to hear the impact of a father on his children and the love and respect that they have for him right from their very Joan Ritchie own lips. EDITOR *********************** I hear it over and over again, even though I’ve known it for years. The pleasure of nurturing a garden is fastly becoming a favourite pastime for all ages. As I’ve said before, the man of our house decided to give it a try a few years ago and now he’s hooked and can hardly take his eyes off his plot; I’m almost getting a little jealous, as he makes a point of checking it out at least three times a day. Competitive by nature, he eyes up his in comparison to others and of course, his rates full marks…at least compared to my garden this year. He did, however, have at least a three week start. I was a little tardy getting my garden in as I had two little moles digging in there everyday…aka my two precious grandsons. In fact, maybe I should have had the 4 ½ year-old help me plant mine, as he helped his grandpa do his and look at the results. And then I heard yesterday from my bros, how he (who has never let any moss grow under his feet) is getting soft to puttering in the garden patch, too, telling me how much he is enjoying it this year. Up to now, I think he thought gardening was women’s work. Look what COVID has done! *********************** I sure am glad that the lakes, parks and campsites are now open for the outdoorsy. If you can’t get away too far, at least you can enjoy a change of scenery and routine, even for a weekend, to do some fishing, camping or glamping, and stargazing or maybe gazing starry-eyed into your sweetie’s peepers under a full-moon. I can’t forget to mention the pleasure it will be to sit around an open campfire shooting the breeze with friends social distancing. And as the temperature forecast climbs offering a few degrees more of comfort, let’s hope the winds disappear, because it almost makes it impossible to shoot the breeze comfortably in hurricane force elements. So whatever you do, have fun, stay safe and appreciate each day for what it is… The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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The Cause of Multiple Sclerosis Many Express readers know I am an Unfunded Researcher investigating the Cause of MS. I have written 3 Major Projects, have interviewed 27 People with MS and cited more than 115 Papers. I investigated popular, well-funded Canadian Papers on the Cause of MS. Although peer reviewed, most were silly, illogical; lacked scientific rigor and were mostly nonsense. Meaningful Research The most meaningful research was done in 1973 by Rutgers University Neurologists Dr. Stuart Cook and Dr. Peter Dowling. They concluded, “Canine Distemper Virus plays a Major Role in the Etiology of MS”. (Re-affirmed position in 2019). Contracting a Virus is not simple. Many factors are at play, including age and/or health. Cook and Dowling identify ‘adolescence’ as the likely time most people contracted the CD Virus. Of the people with MS I Interviewed, 100 % had a pet dog and/or cat during puberty. Two even knew their pet had Distemper and was ‘put-down’. Humans and animals share about 65% of known viruses.

Knowing the Cause of MS will prevent MS; save Health Care Millions and Improve Medication. Testing Testing provides proof of the presence of a Virus. Serology (antibody) tests are inadequate for people with MS. These test show antibodies for Measles, a ‘double first cousin’ to Distemper. The April 2019 Paper by Dr. Elizabeth Uhl, et al, University of Georgia, proved Distemper developed in dogs infected with Human Measles, in the ‘New World’ between 1500 and 1780. Health Canada says Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Testing for a Virus is the “Gold Standard”. It’s a “DNA” like test for viruses. An RT-PCR test will prove or disprove the Cook and Dowling statement that “Canine Distemper plays a role in the Etiology of MS”. The Romanow Provincial Lab in Regina can do RT-PCR tests. To the best of my knowledge no one has used a RT-PCR test for CDV in people with MS. Kind regards Richard Dowson, Moose Jaw

Culture change: SGI reports lowest number of fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving Totals decline by nearly half in both fatalities and injuries as Saskatchewan says ‘no more’ to impaired driving Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

There was a time when Saskatchewan had some of the highest per capita injuries and deaths from impaired driving in all of Canada. But it seems that decades of campaigns and awareness of the issue are finally paying dividends – and people in the province are saying ‘no more’ to driving while drunk or high. Preliminary numbers released by SGI last week show 21 people in Saskatchewan were killed in impaired driving accidents in 2019, compared to an average of 54 per year between 2009 and 2018. On top of that, injuries also continued to trend downward, with 332 last year compared to 595 annually over the previous decade. All told, the numbers for 2019 are the lowest SGI has on record. “Our government has worked with victims’ families, law enforcement, advocacy groups and other stakeholders on a number of fronts to improve safety on our roads and fight Saskatchewan’s impaired driving problem,” said Joe Hargrave, Minister Responsible for SGI. “The 2019 numbers are further evidence that Saskatchewan is making major progress on the province’s historically high impaired driving rates. The result is more lives saved and fewer families having to experience the unspeakable tragedy of seeing someone they love killed or severely injured due to impaired driving.” The anti-impaired driving organization MADD also expressed their pride in seeing the province seeing such a steep and sudden downturn. “Reducing impaired driving in a significant way requires strong and effective laws, consistent enforcement, impactful awareness and the cooperation of the public,” said MADD Canada CEO Andrew Murie. “Saskatchewan is achieving all those goals.” Hargrave credited the work of MADD and the stories of those who lost lives to drunk drivers as having a major impact. “I truly believe the work those families do – whether it’s in an SGI campaign, working as MADD ambassadors or simply by sharing their experience in conversations – has saved lives,” Hargrave said. “It’s impossible to hear their stories and not be touched by what they’ve gone through.” From 2009 to 2012, Saskatchewan average more than 65 impaired driving fatalities a year, a number that began to trend downward in 2013. There were 39 fatalities in 2017, a total of 43 in 2018. The trend in injuries is even more dramatic. From 889 in 2009 to nearly half that only eight years later, the numbers have continued to fall, dropping to 367 in 2017 and 360 in 2018. In addition to the work by MADD and other awareness group, Hargraves pointed to a handful of other initiatives that helped along the way: • Increased enforcement – An additional 120 traffic enforcement positions funded by government and SGI since 2014 via the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan initiative. • Stronger legislation – New provincial impaired driving laws put in place in 2014, 2017 and 2018, which brought in tougher consequences for impaired drivers including vehicle seizures, licence suspensions and steep financial penalties. • More options – The introduction of ridesharing, providing an additional safe ride option in some communities. “I want to thank everyone who has made the decision to never drive impaired, and everyone who has stopped someone they cared about from getting behind the wheel in no condition to drive,” Hargrave said. “We need to not just sustain these numbers; we need to improve upon them. We will continue to work hard to change the culture around impaired driving in Saskatchewan.”


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Public Library resumes lending materials with contactless pickup Larissa Kurz

The Moose Jaw Public Library is back in the stacks this week, after beginning its no-contact pickup program to resume lending materials to library patrons that started on June 15. “It’s going really well, and it’s nice to be able to put books in people’s hands again.” said acting assistant librarian Carolyn Graham. The MJPL had to close all of its services back in March, after the outbreak of COVID-19 began in the province and public health enforced a state of emergency. But now, the entire Palliser Regional Library system is using a contactless pickup and drop-off system in order to resume lending services, the first region in the province to do so since the pandemic began. At the MJPL, the pickup program has several ways for patrons to begin borrowing again. The easiest method, said Graham, is to reserve materials online through the Palliser Library catalogue — which is also the best place to browse available materials right now. “If people have a pretty good idea of what they want, or of an area or topic they’re interested in, [they can just] browse through the books and make a selection,” said Graham.

Patrons can also email ask@moosejawlibrary.ca or message the MJPL through their Facebook page with hold requests, or call the MJPL Help Desk at 1 (306) 692-2787 and leave a message. The MJPL has also launched a new live chat system on their website, where patrons can reach out directly to MJPL staff with questions or requests for materials. The live chat is totally new to MJPL staff, who are usually available to offer immediate answers to messages throughout the day. “Not everyone uses the online catalogue, so that’s why we have other options,” said Graham. “We’re trying to make the service accessible to everybody, whether or not you’re a regular computer user.” For now, materials available to borrow are books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and video games, with some borrow limits on certain items. As well, only items located within the Palliser catalogue are currently available. After placing a request, MJPL staff will track down the items and call patrons with a set pickup time. The entire process is contactless, with materials left for curbside pickup at the front doors of the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery building in Crescent Park.

Patrons can also begin returning items through the book return slot, and all borrowed materials will have a fourweek borrow period and no overdue fees until the end of September. All materials are being cleaned and quarantined as well, said Graham, as safety is a huge priority for the program. It’s been a long few months without library lending or programming, said Graham, but resuming material lending has been a huge relief for both patrons and staff alike. “I think people really were missing being able to come and get books,” said Graham. “It’s been great [so far], and we’re so glad that we put in the planning and deployed staff who are ready to handle it.” Online programming from the library has helped fill a few gaps and many patrons have been making use of the digital resources available from the library, but the large influx of material requests already this week shows that patrons are certainly ready to have library materials in their hands again. The Moose Jaw Public Library remains closed to the public, and will only be able to reopen its doors when the second part of Phase Four of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan occurs.

Summer reading programs at Moose Jaw Public Library in the works Larissa Kurz The summer reading program at the Moose Jaw Public Library is usually a favourite of patrons of all ages, and so staff are working on adapting the program to a no-contact format to fill the next few months. This week, the MJPL shared a soft-launch of the children’s and teen summer reading challenge on their Facebook page, inviting readers to join the free mobile app the MJPL is using to facilitate the program. It’s called Reader Zone and using a specialized code, Moose Jaw readers can register for the summer challenge by downloading the app and making an account. The app multitasks as both a place that readers can keep track of the books they’ve read and log time spent reading to win awards, and also a portal to borrow books from the Moose Jaw Public Library.

The Moose Jaw Public Library is using a free mobile app called Reader Zone to help facilitate its summer reading programs this year. “You can check out ebooks [through the app] and now, residents can also request real books and pick them up [curbside],

Trees near powerlines a serious hazard, reminds SaskPower

Larissa Kurz SaskPower is once again reminding res- er Vice-President of Asset Management, idents to avoid planting trees near power Planning and Sustainability in a press relines, as vegetation management crews lease. “Always consider the height a tree are hard at work keeping trees and branch- will reach when fully grown, and plant es clear of any fire hazards this summer. accordingly. Never trim trees near powerCrews practice vegetation management lines yourself as this creates a serious risk throughout the year, said a press release, of electric shock.” but the current dry conditions are prompt- To plant safe, residents are to keep all trees ing the company to remind Saskatchewan and bushes at least three metres from any residents to “plant safe.” powerlines. Trees that will reach 12 meAbout 2,000 power outages occur each tres in height have to be at least six metres year because of trees growing into power away from any power lines, and trees that lines, said SaskPower, and can also cause will reach more than 12 metres in height serious wildfires and sparkfires. must be planted at least 15 metres away. SaskPower crews do their best to clear SaskPower also noted that vegetation hazardous vegetation by machine mulch- deemed to be growing in unsafe places ing, applying herbicides, and manual may be cut back or removed by SaskPowremovals with chainsaw, but the Crown er crews, and that planting trees anywhere corporation is also asking residents to join in the area of transmission lines is not althe effort. lowed. “We ask that the public do their part as More information about safe planting well by planting trees a safe distance guidelines can be found at SaskPower. from power lines, poles or other electrical com/plantsmart. equipment,” said Tim Eckel, SaskPow-

which I think really is a nice addition to the program,” said acting assistant head librarian Carolyn Graham. The app is just the beginning of the program, shared Graham, as the MJPL is also still working on launching additional activities and reading challenges for people to enjoy as well. Beginning June 29, the MJPL will have games, activities, and specific challenges available for patrons to either pick up via the library’s curbside service or download from the library’s website. Readers who complete the activities and challenges and return them to the library will be entered into prize draws throughout the summer, much like in past summer programs. The online delivery of the summer read-

ing program will hopefully be an appreciated replacement of the usual in-person version of the program, as Graham has been hearing how much patrons miss the regular programming from the MJPL. “We’ve been asked if we’ll be having any ‘real’ programs and at this point, there is nothing planned because it’s going to depend a lot on the provincial reopening plan,” said Graham. “If suddenly we were opening to the public again, I think we would pull together some on-site programs, but it’s difficult to know right now.” More information about the reading programs will be released in the coming weeks, said Graham, and the best place to keep an eye on the library is on their Facebook page.


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Festival of Words taking donations of recyclables to fundraise Larissa Kurz

The Festival of Words has launched a new way of fundraising to help support their annual literary event, and this time it’s focusing on cleaning up people’s recycling bins. Like many other organizations around town, the Festival of Words has partnered with SARCAN to accept donations of recyclables at the local Drop n’ Go as a virtual bottle drive in support of the Festival. Anyone can donate the monetary proceeds of their recycling to the Festival of Words by using the organization’s phrase, SaskFOW, when they drop off their items. For those who are unable to make it to SARCAN themselves but would still like to donate their recyclables, Festival board members are also offering pick-up service. People can contact the Festival of Words either by phone at (306) 6910557 or by email at gjulian@sasktel.net to request someone to stop by and grab

Avoid the long line-ups at SARCAN by donating your recyclables to the Festival of Words.

their items for donation. “Obviously, we can’t do regular fundraisers as normal, so we thought this

would be a great way to get people involved who couldn’t necessarily donate money to the Festival this year, but still

wanted to contribute in some way,� said operations coordinator Amanda Farnel. The Festival of Words is just one of many organizations around town that accepts recyclables as a donation, especially with COVID-19 closing SARCAN depots for the last several months. Choosing to donate recyclables to the Festival is an easy way to avoid the long line-ups at the local SARCAN depot now that it has reopened, while simultaneously helping to support future Festival events. “If you’re still worried about going down and social distancing or you don’t want to deal with the lines, we can do that for you and it will go towards a good cause,� said Farnel. “Fundraising is one of the ways that we’ve been able to host the Festival for free this year and continue it online, as well as all the programs we run outside of Festival events too, so it’s definitely a good cause.�

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Tough times don’t last, tough people do: Kissel

Thirteen years ago Brett Kissel went on stage at a Western Canada Fairs convention to showcase his talent before entertainment buyers from fairs and exhibitions throughout the Western provinces. At the end of the perforJoyce Walter mance, Kissel received a For Moose Jaw Express standing ovation and graronjoy@sasktel.net ciously signed autographs for dozens of new fans who stood in line to meet this young man who had come to the convention in the company of his parents from their ranch at Flat Lake, Alta.

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Prior to the showcase the young country music singer was nervously walking back and forth in the hotel foyer, humming and politely ignoring anyone who tried to engage him in conversation. Later that evening he apologized for not visiting prior to his performance and asked if I thought he might get a few bookings for the next fair season. I assured him he would likely receive several contracts to sign before the weekend ended. He shook my hand and thanked me for the opportunity. Those of us at that convention knew deep in our hearts that Brett Kissel would go far in the music business. He has not disappointed and his achievements since that showcase have gained him many headlines and awards. Kissel most recently performed in Moose Jaw as part of the Brad Paisley concert at Mosaic Place, and prior to that at the Cultural Centre as a guest of Freddie and Sheila Pelletier. While the COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled hundreds of concerts throughout North America, Kissel has been busy playing drive-in concerts first in Edmonton and then Regina and on June 27 will move his show to Saskatoon. He is performing to raise money to support food banks that are currently seeing higher demand for provision of food.

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Congratulations to Brett Kissel for his humanitarian efforts and for recognizing that as he says in his song: “tough times don’t last, tough people do.â€? ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• On another musical note, anyone who attended dances at Temple Gardens would have likely heard and enjoyed the music of Barry Allen (Rasmussen) who graced that stage many times over the years. He passed away in April at the age of 74 in Edmonton. He was best known for the song, Love Drops released in 1966. At a book launch for R. Harlan Smith in 2018, Barry recalled the days when he and his bands played Temple Gardens and expressed his regret that the dance hall had been torn down. He remembered the late Trudi Temple who he said ran a tight ship. Condolences to his family. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• And some good news from the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Club — there will be fireworks in Moose Jaw for Canada Day. That is something to celebrate indeed. Thanks Kinsmen Club members for planning to start July with a bang. 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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Wakamow Valley playgrounds open with some guidelines Larissa Kurz

The Wakamow Valley Authority opened its playground areas to the public on June 12, and general manager Todd Johnson provided a few guidelines for people to consider before they head outside to enjoy the weather. Anyone planning on making use of the public playground facilities in the park is asked to do so at their own risk, and to follow public health orders to maintain everyone’s safety. This includes staying home if you are sick or have symptoms related to COVID-19, practicing proper hand hygiene, and respecting the current gathering limit of 15 people laid out by public health. Park patrons are also recommended to carry their own hand sanitizer and to respect the personal space of others when visiting public spaces. Additionally, if play areas are busy or at the maximum number of people allowed according to public health guidelines, patrons are asked to come back later or use another play area to avoid overcrowding.

Public health guidelines are also recommending sticking to parks that are located close to your neighbourhood when possible, to limit the number of people you are coming in contact with, and to avoid gathering with others when entering, leaving, or supervising children on playgrounds. “Our parks employees have been working on important work related to shutting down and reopening Wakamow facilities in light of COVID-19,� said Johnson, in a press release. “The reopening of the park facilities is complex and given the financial impacts of the pandemic on the Wakamow Valley Authority, some services will not return or be delayed this season.� The above guidelines will apply to all parks and playgrounds within the city, according to the City of Moose Jaw and the Saskatchewan public health order. Play structure at the Kiwanis River Park pavilion in Wakamow Valley.

Congratulations Saskatchewan’s 2020 Graduation Class MLA’s Column

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Warren Michelson, MLA

Congratulations; Saskatchewan’s 2020 Graduation Class. It is unfortunate that classes were disrupted by COVID-19, however this year’s grads have achieved a momentous milestone. This conclusion to your years of hard work may be unfortunate; however, it is no less significant in recognizing your accomplishments and I applaud you for your efforts to finish your school year through continued distant learning with school assistance. You are also to be commended for finding innovative ways to celebrate your graduation appropriately and safely. This year’s ceremonies and celebrations are certainly not what you may have envisioned for your graduation but your ingenuity and creativity will ensure that the experience is well organized and will be remembered throughout your lifetime.

I wish you success in achieving the goals you set as you take that next step in life’s journey. There are many opportunities for a promising future right here in our community and across our province. More than anything, I encourage you to choose a direction that you are passionate about. Saskatchewan is a great place to live, to learn and to work. Many graduates may choose to enter the workforce immediately, while many may wish to continue into higher education. Saskatchewan has an impressive variety of high quality post-secondary education institutions including our two major universities, trade schools and colleges. Students planning to advance their education can take advantage of more than 20 programs at Saskatchewan Polytechnic here in Moose Jaw. Many of the credits gained can be

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Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship (SAS) provides eligible grade 12 graduates $500 per year, to a lifetime maximum of $2,000. I encourage you to learn more about these and other programs at https:// www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/education-and-learning Our province continues to undertake the most aggressive youth retention plan in Canada, while exploring new incentives to keep life affordable for young people and create more opportunities to realize their future right here at home. Congratulations and best wishes for a prosperous future working toward the goals you have set. I encourage you to follow your dreams and aspirations. 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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Improvements to stage area to come as result of $7,500 contribution Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Centennial Auditorium in Peacock Collegiate is about to become even better for groups to work with after a significant donation by the Moose Jaw ACT/UCT service club. The ACT/UCT recently presented a cheque for $7,500 to Peacock principal Dustin Swanson, with the funds earmarked for the theatre’s stage area. It’s the latest improvement as part of the Centennial Auditorium Renewal Campaign that has seen the heavily-used facility go through wholesale improvements over the last couple of years. “As someone who is in the building on a regular basis, I know it’s a very important facility not only for Peacock students, but the community of Moose Jaw and surrounding communities,” said UCT/ACT Council 1027 president Mark Gilliland, who also works as an education assistant at Peacock. “You have the dance festivals that take place, there are hundreds if not thousands of dancers and parents and family members that use that facility. “So we know it’s very worthwhile because it serves so many people and it’s such a good facility now. It’s money well spent and will be for many years in the future, and that’s why we wanted to do what we could to help out.” The funds will help towards completing

Ritchie Yee and Byron Benson with the Moose Jaw ACT/UCT Council 1027 present a cheque for $7,500 to Peacock Collegiate principal Dustin Swanson for renovations to the Centennial Auditorium phase two of the project, which includes new stage rigging, lighting, upgrades to the curtains and various other improvements. Phase one was completed last year and involved all seating, house lighting and flooring, with the improvements quickly garnering rave reviews. “It’s really a centrepiece for performing arts for youth, and it’s exciting to know we’re going to keep it as an open, available space for youth and they’re going to be working with contemporary equipment,” said Peacock principal Dustin Swanson.

“It’ll be a great space for audiences as well, we had our musical here and Central had their musical here before Christmas, and everyone was impressed with the comfort that the upgraded seating provided. It’s a huge change to the experience you have as a user of the facility and that’s just going to continue once phase

two is finished.” It’s hoped the latest round of work will start soon and the auditorium will be ready for when schools start staging performances in the late fall. “We’re very close,” Swanson said. “The board has been very supportive of the work that needed to be done and the community has really rallied around to be supportive as well, with many individuals and businesses stepping up to partner with us. It’s going to be a great performance space for the next 100 years for anyone in the community or in the school. “It’s very exciting to see it coming forward.” And donations like this have helped it all come along that much faster. “This is a big piece you maybe wouldn’t see as an audience member, but certainly as a user of the facility, it’s a critical part for how you put together a show,” Swanson said. “So the fundraising continues and we’re extremely grateful to the UCT/ ACT for their donation to support the renovation project.”

TRADING THOUGHTS

By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Cast iron water main line replacement responsibility clarified Our house and our block is scheduled for cast iron water main replacement this summer. Unfortunately the open houses explaining the project, costs and so on to home owners in March had to be cancelled once the COVID-19 lockdown started. The cast iron water main program planned over 20 years to re-lay about 25 km of this aging pipe is in its fifth year with $5 million to $6 million funding this year. Fixing broken cast iron water mains costs the city $2 million a year. Not replacing them would endanger water supply safety. Some small United States communities delayed line replacements until the system collapsed and now distribute potable bottled water. Cost was the big issue when this city began talking about replacement in 2014-15. Under the formula home owners pay 68 per cent and the city pays 32 per cent. But there is a catch. The city shares only costs from the water main to the property line. Anything on the private property is up to the home owner to pay and includes replacing porches, steps, private sidewalks, trees and pipe. Owners can pay for the work on their tax account over seven years at four per cent interest. Homeowners are encouraged to replace water connection lines with 163 in this year’s program. Lead water lines are targeted for health concerns. Lead lines can cause issues with children’s learning, speech, nerves and kidney health. The program with a city subsidy to the property line has drawbacks. If the homeowners choose not to replace the lead pipe from their property line or into the house, the lead issue isn’t resolved. Indeed, the connection will likely disturb the lead and cause more lead in water.

Some homeowners have water pipes running under the house for up to five metres, making lead pipe replacement prohibitive cost wise. The situation creates a small group of houses with permanent lead pipe issues and fails Canada Building Code standards. If any replacement is done after the current projects are complete, be prepared for much more expense than now. Sewer lines will be replaced in the current project when necessary. All no corrode lines must be replaced. HBT Enterprises of Moose Jaw can be hired to take a video of the sewer lines and determine if replacement is needed. Estimated water and sewer line costs, according to the city, will vary depending on the method chosen to replace the lines and factors like lot size and amount of work. To do a replacement of water and sewer by an open trench is estimated at $9,500. Trenchless replacement to avoid disturbing trees and landscaping is estimated at $12,500. The cost of new pavement and curb amounts to about $4,000 in either case which makes the cost seem more reasonable. Ironically when the city first broached the replacement plan six years ago, the city manager told a public meeting that replacement included a free coat of new pavement. Nothing is free, especially when bureaucrats or politicians say so. 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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Board of Police Commissioners

Police responded to fewerJason calls in May due to pandemic restrictions G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Moose Jaw police responded to fewer calls for service in May, but that’s because officers interacted with fewer people as part of the organization’s pandemic response plan. The Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) received or generated 1,346 calls for service in May, compared to 1,527 calls during the same time last year, a difference of 181 incidents or a decrease of nine per cent, according to the latest statistics report. The report also shows almost every area of crime dipped in May — mostly due to the lockdown — but police believe the numbers could be different in June. “I was surprised by this (but) pleased by what I saw..,” said Police Chief Rick Bourassa. “We need to be careful (though) because there is the expectation that there are certain levels of violence occurring in homes. With everyone being isolated, we expect there will be an increase in that; we’re just not hearing about that yet.” The Board of Police Commissioners reviewed the May statistical extract during their latest meeting. Mitigation plan When the federal government declared a pandemic in mid-March, the MJPS instituted a mitigation plan to limit the risk of exposure to its front-line patrol officers, explained Deputy Chief Rick Johns. This ensured there were adequate resources available and that officers remained healthy enough so the organization could provide uninterrupted services. Police headquarters reallocated some officers to work remotely while it ordered other officers to patrol the streets to provide additional cover. The organization also imple-

mented procedures related to safety and personal protective equipment. “At the end of the deferred readiness program when COVID first hit, there were officers (who) did come into contact with COVID-positive people in the community,” said Johns. “I’m pleased to report that no officers were infected and there was a limited decrease in staff who had to self-isolate. Those who did were quickly replaced by other officers.” While overall calls for service declined, calls per officers increased since there were fewer front-line members to respond to incidents, Johns added. However, he provided no numbers to indicate how many calls each street officer attended. Drugs, drugs, drugs In May, there were zero charges for cocaine, one for cannabis, zero for methamphetamines and two under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA), compared to one, zero, four and one, respectively, in 2019. Commissioner Mary Lee Booth noticed the decrease in drug charges — especially in meth — and wondered what the current status of meth was in Moose Jaw. Since the MJPS redeployed officers during the pandemic — and even closed its front office counter — police had less contact with people they would typically encounter when such persons would come in to report drugs or tell them on the street, said Johns. There was also a decrease in proactive work in the enforcement of, or investigations in, CDSA issues. When COVID-19 was nearing its peak, officers also refrained from contacting certain people in certain situa-

tions, which meant the opportunity to encounter potential drug activity was also reduced, added Supt. Devon Oleniuk. “It doesn’t mean the use has decreased, but it just means there’s more emerging, more important things going on,” said Booth. Statistics There were 35 incidents of crimes against the person in May, compared to 59 during the same time last year, for a decrease of 24 incidents or 3.5 per cent the report said. There were 16 assaults compared to 36 the previous year. The types of assaults in 2020 versus 2019 by incident were: • Sexual assaults: one / 5; • Common assaults: 10 / 27; • Assault with weapon/cause bodily harm: four / three; • Aggravated assault: 0 / 0; • Assault police: one / one; • Domestic disputes: 12 / 15. There were 78 incidents of crimes against property in May, compared to 141 last May, a decrease of 63 incidents or 20.3 per cent. A breakdown of different property crimes by incidents were: • Breaking and entering: 13 / 18; • Motor vehicle theft: four / 13; • Theft over $5,000: zero / two; • Theft under $5,000: 34 / 76; • Arson: three / one; • Mischief over $5,000: 24 / 31. The next Board of Police Commissioners’ meeting is in July.

Framework needed to govern the use of body cameras, police chief says Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Moose Jaw police would likely wear body cameras if officials ensure that a sound public policy and practical framework were in place to govern their usage, the police chief says. The Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) has been exploring the implementation of body-worn cameras with other police services and governance bodies for several years, Police Chief Rick Bourassa said during the recent Board of Police Commissioners meeting. There are four questions that officials need to answer before police start using the cameras. The first question is whether the use of cameras would be consistent with a valued public goal. “In brief, the cameras increase transparency and accountability, which engenders trust in policing,” said Bourassa. “Trust in policing is a valued public goal.” The second question is whether the use of cameras helps achieve that valued goal. “Increased transparency and accountability (are) associated with increased trust,” the police chief remarked. The third question is whether this goal can be achieved within the law and be consistent with constitutional principles. By ensuring that appropriate governance and regulatory bodies help inform the process, said Bourassa, the implementation of cameras could be achieved within legal and constitutional frameworks. The final question is whether the use of body cameras would be acceptable to the public. “It is more than acceptable; it is being demanded by the public,” the police chief added. “We (already) use cameras in our detention centre and in our police cars.” Another level of analysis is required to address the practical considerations of using body cameras. The implementation and ongoing use of such devices would require financial and human resources, such as the purchase of equipment, training officers to use the devices, digital storage

and retention, retrieval and disclosure of images, and ongoing software and hardware maintenance. Deputy Chief Rick Johns is researching the use of body cameras, Bourassa reported. That research will include equipment analysis and cost, discussions with other police services, and consultation with the appropriate governance bodies such as the Board of Police Commissioners, the Saskatchewan Police Commission, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. “We will continue to explore this. We are at the very early stages,” he added. The use of body cameras would increase transparency, which is important to the board, but it would also make the devices standard equipment, said chair Mayor Fraser Tolmie. The public would then be aware that the MJPS has these body cameras and that these devices are part of its usual operating procedure. It’s good to discuss the use of body cameras now with all the discord happening in the world, said commissioner Dawn Luhning. She commended Bourassa for how the MJPS responded to the Black Lives Matter event here recently, saying it was right for the MJPS to stand with people who feel disenfranchised. Luhning then asked Bourassa to produce a report about the organization’s hiring practices and ongoing training protocols, especially in light of the “systemic racism” in society. She noted the organization wants people working for it who are not racist, especially since some residents feel targeted. Bourassa agreed to produce a report for a future meeting. “We’re always happy to participate and discuss the notion of systemic racism,” he said, adding another quality the police service wants in officers is character. The police chief and his team have been proactive in creating a more welcoming community, with one example being how Bourassa helped bring the first round

dance to Moose Jaw, said commissioner Mary Lee Booth. “I have been watching the last couple of weeks (throughout North America) in

shock, but with pride of what Moose Jaw has done … ,” she added. “(The police have) made inclusive strides to create an inclusive community.”

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Residents still supportive of police despite upheaval across North America Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

While many communities in North America are demanding changes to their police services, residents of Moose Jaw appear to be mostly supportive of police efforts here. Two polls conducted recently show that residents hold favourable views of the Moose Jaw Police Service. One poll was conducted in late 2019 before riots and protests broke out over the mistreatment of minorities by police. A second poll occurred in early June during the continued protests of the Black Lives Matter movement. Website poll MooseJawToday.com featured a poll on June 8 and asked, “Do you trust the police?” The poll received 742 responses, with 416 people (56.06 per cent) saying yes, 203 people (27.36 per cent) saying no, 110 people (14.82 per cent) saying it depends, and 13 people (1.75 per cent) saying I’m not sure. By combining the “yes” results with the “it depends” results, the poll shows that 70.88 per cent of total respondents hold favourable views of police here. Reaction to website poll The Moose Jaw Police Service’s (MJPS) work is not truly finished until the public’s trust in the organization is 100 per cent, Police Chief Rick Bourassa said in response to the online poll. “What (the poll overall) says is we have to continue our work because it’s of absolutely fundamental importance that we have the trust of the people in our community, that we earn their respect, and that we have their consent to continue policing them,” he said. “Those numbers are a bit troublesome for me. What that says is I have more work to do because this all comes to me.” Police poll The MJPS had a telephone survey conducted last October that determined how much trust residents have in the organi-

zation. The police service released the results this past March. Of the 325 residents who responded: • 81.9 per cent ranked the MJPS’s overall quality of service as very good or excellent; • 85.3 per cent somewhat agreed or strongly agreed that the MJPS is an organization with integrity and honesty; • 82.4 per cent agreed or strongly agreed that the organization demonstrates professionalism in its work; • 71.9 per cent agreed or strongly agreed that the MJPS understands the issues affecting the community; • 81.3 per cent of respondents ranked their overall satisfaction with the MJPS as very good or excellent; • 87.8 per cent agreed or strongly agreed that they have confidence in calling 911 in emergencies, while roughly 75 per cent of people who had called 911 in the previous two years rated the MJPS response to their calls as very good or excellent; • Of the 43.5 per cent of respondents who had contact with police during the previous year, 72.7 per cent reported being satisfied or very satisfied with the level of service received. Reaction to police poll While these results are positive, the survey also revealed that respondents want the MJPS to do a better job of communicating with issues such as crime prevention, Bourassa pointed out. The organization knows it has to — and is working to — increase that communication, transparency and openness, so the situation improves. “We just haven’t been as diligent in that daily communication,” he continued. The ways to communicate have expanded, from relying on the traditional media to now having many social media outlets. The challenge in harnessing social media is the need for more human resources, which makes this topic a budget issue.

Yet, Bourassa noted he has a plan he intends to implement to increase communications. Positive attributes of the MJPS Based on the comments of community partners, Bourassa has heard that his officers are responsive to residents’ needs and they have the desire to help solve problems. Furthermore, those partners also say the organization works collaboratively with other local and provincial agencies. The police chief praised the efforts of MJPS’s Police and Crisis Team (PACT) unit, which is composed of officers and mental health workers who divert specific calls away from the justice system. Bourassa was thankful for the funding the province had provided for this unit. “This is absolutely the type of thing we need to do more of moving forward,” he added. How the public sees police With the problems facing policing in the United States, how the public views police is a good conversation to have, especially since society has reached a tipping point, Bourassa said. However, this conversation has been happening in Canada for much longer based on events such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry. “All of those keep saying that our (justice) system has inherent biases built into it… And we all acknowledge that, that the structure of the system at large needs to change,” he said.

While policing does need to change — Bourassa would welcome changes that have a defined end goal — the question is how those changes should look and how agencies should implement them. “Sometimes, it takes moments of crisis to propel those changes forward. It’s been a trickle and now it’s become a deluge,” he added. “I’m not surprised it’s come to this crisis point. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.” Building positive relationships Bourassa still believes Moose Jaw residents hold a favourable view of the MJPS but knows the organization can always do better. Based on available information, there is both a level of trust and distrust in policing in general, which can also be applied to Moose Jaw. This is one reason why the MJPS needs to continue to listen to the community and its governance oversight bodies. It requires considerable effort to build good relationships, Bourassa said. It takes a lifetime to build trust and only seconds to see it crumble; one negative interaction with a police officer can undo decades of positive engagements. This is why officers need to hold themselves to the highest standards of accountability. Using body cameras It’s acceptable to wear body cameras, it’s good public policy to wear the devices, and the public is demanding that officers use them, said Bourassa. Wearing body cameras would also keep police services accountable, transparent and engender more trust. Using body cameras would become a budget and resources issue, although the retention, disclosure and privacy of the recordings would be a more significant concern than purchasing the technology, he continued. That is why the MJPS would have to work with other policing and privacy organizations to answer questions in this area. Bourassa does not have a timeline or date established yet of when he wants to have the body cameras purchased. However, he wants to purchase these devices in the next one to two years.

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MJPS welcomes two new recruits in closed swearing-in ceremony Larissa Kurz Two new constables joined the Moose Jaw Police Service during a small swearing-in ceremony on June 15. Jacques Geyer and Michael Neilson took the oath of police, code of ethics, and oath of secrecy and were sworn in as MJPS members in front of a small crowd of officials and family, as the ongoing public health order forced the usually large ceremony to be limited in size. Judge Brian Hendrickson was present to oversee the oaths. MJPS Chief Rick Bourassa, Mayor and police board chair Fraser Tolmie, a handful of other MJPS members, and the immediate families of the new recruits were also present. Both Geyer and Neilson come to the MJPS from previous careers in law enforcement, meaning the two new constables will undergo in-house training before beginning their probationary periods on patrol with another MJPS mem-

Cst. Jacques Geyer (L) and Cst. Michael Neilson (R), newest members of the Moose Jaw Police Service.

Normally the Chief of Police would pin the badge on new recruits during the ceremony, but the social distancing requirements meant that Cst. Michael Neilson (here) and Cst. Jacques Geyer had to do it themselves this year.

ber. Bourassa and the MJPS were pleased to welcome these two new members to the service, who will be filling some vacant positions left by retirements. During the ceremony, Bourassa shared that while both recruits had important skillsets thanks to their previous careers in police work, the MJPS selected their applications because of character. “We can teach people skills, that’s easy,” said Bourassa, during his remarks at the ceremony. “What we looked for was character, for people who got it, who understand policing and that we treat everybody with dignity and respect; that we police with the consent of the community.” Geyer, who is originally from Moose Jaw, is returning after time spent in the

Saskatoon Police Service. He is looking forward to being home with family and to serve the community as an MJPS member. “I wanted to be back in my home community and contribute back to the awesome place that I grew up in,” said Geyer. “I think, like every police officer, I want to be able to help people, to be a part of the community and give back, and to be able to prevent crime.” Neilson, originally from Red Deer, Alta., joins the MJPS after several years with the RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs Branch. He is looking forward to settling in a smaller city such as Moose Jaw with his family, and joining the municipal service. “We always came here when I was in RCMP training, in Regina, and we just

kind of fell in love with Moose Jaw,” said Neilson. “I [chose policing because] I just always wanted to serve, to help people and try to make a difference.” Bourassa addressed the current social climate during the ceremony as well, speaking briefly about the recent anti-racism rallies and criticisms of policing that are happening across North America. “We can’t ask for trust. We can’t demand trust. We have to earn trust and we have to earn respect. We have to police with the consent of the community, and there is really only one way to do that, which is to conduct ourselves in the way that people expect us to conduct ourselves,” said Bourassa. He emphasized that the MJPS does more than just policing the community and tries to provide supports in situations where they are needed. He spoke about the value of the MJPS Police and Crisis Team (PACT), which pairs a uniformed member with a mental health professional to respond to calls involving mental health concerns. “That’s just the type of value that comes through this, just to resolve situations peacefully and move people to the proper supports rather than to the justice system, which is just not the way to deal with so many of these situations,” said Bourassa. “And we’ll keep moving that way. That’s exciting for me, and I’m happy to see that happen, and I firmly believe that’s what people expect from police.” The MJPS is also increasing the size of its service in the near future. Bourassa is working to welcome new recruits to the service and to expand the PACT unit with provincial funding.

Sask. introduces reform bill to include more public oversights for police Larissa Kurz

The provincial government has announced an amendment to the police act that will allow more public oversight when investigating deaths or serious injuries that occur in police custody. The Police Amendment Act 2020, tabled in the Legislature on June 17, introduces a number of changes to the Investigation Observer process to improve transparency and increase the involvement of civilian members. Under the currency legislation, Investigation Observers are appointed by the Deputy Minister of Justice in a situation where a serious injury or death has occurred in police custody or as a result of a police officer’s actions. These investigators are always members of a provincial police service or RCMP detachment, or are retired police officers. Investigations are also kept private, sent directly to the Ministry of Justice. The new legislation would instead place the responsibility on the Public Complaints Commission to conduct investigations into these incidents, and require the summaries of investigative reports to be made public. It would

also allow the PCC to appoint individuals who are not of a law enforcement background to be investigators. Further changes under the new legislation include: • allowing the PCC to investigate cases of sexual assaults and off-duty incidents involving police officers; • requiring the appointment of a second investigation observer of First Nations or Métis ancestry in incidents involving individuals of First Nations or Métis ancestry; • creating a process to address complaints against specific classes of constables, such as conservations officers or highway traffic officers; • requiring police to ask another police organization to investigate serious injuries, deaths, or sexual assaults that occur in police custody or due to actions by an officer; • and updating the Lieutenant Governor in Council’s authority to make regulations respecting special constables. It would also allow police officers and civilian staff to submit internal workplace harassment and sexual harassment complaints to the PCC, who would then investigate them as a neutral third party.

“This expansion to the jurisdiction and responsibility of the Public Complaints Commission represents the most significant changes we have made to independent police oversight in this province since the commission was first established in 2006,” said Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell, in a press release. “As a government, we will continue to work with our partners in policing and the larger community to ensure that police oversight in Saskatchewan is transparent and accountable to the public.” To support these changes, the PCC has been allocated $350,000 in the provincial budget, which was released on June 16. The funding would be used to hire more staff in anticipation of the increased workload and additional responsibilities that would follow the passing of this bill. Saskatchewan is one of the last provinces to develop an independent civilian oversight body for investigations into police activity, but the inclusion of an internal harassment complaint process in the proposed bill is the first in Canada.

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SCRAPS finding new ways to fundraise for ongoing programs during COVID-19 Larissa Kurz

Although the ongoing pandemic restrictions have put a damper on most fundraising activities in Moose Jaw, the local SCRAPS organization is still continuing its programs as usual, to look after the stray cat population in the community. Volunteers with the organization haven’t slowed down their work in any way, said SCRAPS coordinator Ann Marciszyn, as the stray cats in Moose Jaw seem largely unaffected by the global health crisis. The trap, neuter, release program — the cornerstone of the SCRAPS mission — has been as busy as ever, shared Marciszyn. In fact, things are actually picking up as kitten season is well underway, and it’s vital to keep on top of spaying and neutering the stray cat population. “It’s critical now that we are rescuing cats and doing our program because we don’t want our work to be undone by leaving kitten season unchecked,” said Marciszyn. “We don’t want those kittens to grow up to be adults who start reproducing.” One adult cat can have up to three litters of four kittens each per year, said Marciszyn, which means SCRAPS has to stay on their toes with the TNR program every spring to keep track of new adult cats in the area. Working in partnership with the Moose Jaw Animal Clinic, the TNR program works to locate and safely neuter and vaccinate feral cats to help humanely reduce the population and promote a healthier environment for Moose Jaw’s stray cats. Volunteers work as a widespread team, from monitoring the local stray cat colonies for new faces that need to be neu-

tered to rescuing litters of kittens and moving them into foster care. “We’re right on track with any other year, and we’ve actually been more proactive than even last year, as last year was a slow year for kittens,” said Marciszyn. Marciszyn also noted that the foster program has continued to stay strong, with volunteer teams checking in on foster homes to ensure they have supplies and are doing alright. Adoptions of rehabilitated cats have also continued as usual, although SCRAPS has been a bit more reserved in their process. “We haven’t been as aggressively pursuing adoptions through the acute phase of COVID,” said Marciszyn. “We’ve been really cautious about that because we want people not to be impulsive in adopting a cat while they have free time.” The organization is currently working on adapting the home visit portion of its application process to fit pandemic guidelines, which is just one step of the selective adoption process. “We’re actually very cautious about adoptions, and I think most people respect us for that,” said Marciszyn. “It sometimes takes many months to get these cats to the point where they’re ready for a home and when they’re ready, they’re really wonderful animals, but when we get them they’re diamonds in the rough.” The largest way the pandemic has affected operations at SCRAPS is financially, as implementing social distancing measures among volunteers hasn’t been too difficult. Rather, it’s the inability to host any kind of fundraiser that gathers people togeth-

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Band City SCRAPS here in Moose Jaw monitors and supports the stray cat population to keep numbers low, including their TNR program and adoption program. (supplied) er that has been tough, which is why SCRAPS had to put together some minimal-contact ideas to help them through this time. Marciszyn said the organization has been wary of asking the community for large donations, considering the current economic situation that many are dealing with, but any kind of support is more than welcome. “We’re trying to be respectful, not wanting to ask people for money when they might be in a position where they want to support us but might not be able to,” said Marciszyn. “So we’re kind of relying on fundraising through different measures, ones that respect distance or are online.” The 9 Lives Boutique in the Town n’ Country Mall is once again open, after the province-wide retail shutdown closed its doors in March, but only in a minimal capacity. The storefront is open on Satur-

days from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for social distance shopping, and customers can also call the store and order items for pickup or doorstep delivery. SCRAPS also has a few other things going on, including a Pizza Fur Paws promotion with Family Pizza — $15 vouchers for an extra-large pizza are available to purchase at Pet Valu, Family Pizza, and the 9 Lives Boutique, with a portion of the proceeds going back to SCRAPS. Another new idea to raise some funds is Recycle For SCRAPS & Save a Litter, where people can donate their recyclable items to SCRAPS, who will come pick it up and get it out of their hair while SARCAN is busy. The last ongoing fundraiser is the Through A Lens of Hope raffle, featuring three photographic prints from Wolfen Photography available to win. Tickets for the raffle are $5 each or 3 for $12, and will be available until the raffle’s extended draw date on Oct. 31. Of course, the organization always welcomes donations of any kind, to help support the TNR program and the stray cats in the community. The best way to offer help currently, said Marciszyn, is to consider donating — either money, items for the boutique, or volunteer time. For more information about what SCRAPS is up to, including adoptable cats available and ways to get involved, check the group’s Facebook page or reach out to SCRAPS at 1 (306) 693-0718.

BIZWORLD By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Solar energy costs have moved below natural gas, oil energy development

Heat from the sun has always provided the energy to grow food on this planet but until recently harnessing that heat for human needs has been too expensive. According to the U.S.-based International Energy Agency, the cost of solar panels has been halved since 2010, putting solar costs lower than natural gas, oil or wind. Increased solar development, motivated in part by subsidies in some countries, contributed to lower costs and returns of six per cent on investment in solar. Technology in 10 years has increased the amount of energy captured by solar to 23 per cent from 18, improving efficiency and reducing cost. Solar installations globally are estimated to double in the next five years. In Australia, 21 per cent of rooftops are solar, compared with 2.5 per cent in the U.S.A. and even less in Canada. Solar is the next big thing in energy. Saskatchewan would do well to realize that and adopt more solar instead of shutting out solar with restrictive policies. A number of strong publicly-traded companies compete in the solar industry but Bizworld has chosen to target one based in Guelph, Ontario, even if only traded on a U.S. exchange. Canadian Solar Inc. started in 2001 and has grown to 13,000 employees operating 17 manufacturing plants across the planet. The company has two divisions providing $3.2 billion revenue last year. The integrated operation, building everything from panels, inverters, cells, modules, solar storage and so on, accounts for three quarters of revenue. Building power projects and operation make up the rest. Canadian Solar has over 1,000 megawatts installed and operating, with 512 under construction this year. The backlog runs at 3,700 megawatts with another 1,170 in the pipeline — assuring lots of business in

future years. Almost half of existing installations are in China, with Japan and Asia Pacific at onefifth. Most of the rest is in North America and Latin America. Two-thirds of the backlog is in the Americas and three-quarters of the pipeline work is in the Americas — reducing reliance on China. The company’s debt seems at a reasonable level — one-quarter of assets. Listed in 2006 on the Nasdaq Exchange, Canadian Solar shares have performed well entering 2010 at $10.38US, hitting a high of $41.75 in early 2014, and recently priced at $17.90. Most remarkable is the ratio of price to earnings, currently a low 3.6 times earning, almost unheard of for a growing company. The share price is less than two times cash flow. The market sees risks ahead: COVID-19 delays, reduced government subsidies and low oil prices. In the March collapse, shares fell from $25.19 to $14 and change. The company views low oil and natural gas prices as a benefit as they reduce the investment return on fossil fuel and make solar returns look better. Canadian Solar is financially strong, profitable, and has a 19-year track record of growth creating a great candidate for investment. CAUTION: Remember when investing, consult your adviser and do your homework before buying any security. Bizworld does not recommend investments. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.


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Western Development Museum to offer virtual summer camps Series of four week-long events set to begin July 13 and run until mid-August Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Western Development Museum is preparing to do their part to help youngsters pass some time during the summer months and learn a whole lot of cool things in the process. The WDM is planning to host a series of week-long virtual summer camps beginning on July 13 and running through to mid-August, with each of the four branches located in Moose Jaw, Yorkton, North Battleford and Saskatoon contributing content and materials, offering a unique opportunity for anyone interested in seeing what they have to offer and learning along the way. “To my knowledge, this is probably one of the first times the four branches have collaborated in this way for one project,” said Karla Rasmussen, education and public programs coordinator with the Moose Jaw WDM. “We all have very similar education programs and public events we run throughout the year, and some of them we even share scripts, but quite often those are developed in our education department and

disseminated that way. This time, from the brainstorming sessions we’ve been working on with the programmers at each of the locations, we’ve been able to really think things through and put together an interesting and fun program.” Different themes will be featured each week, and will offer games, stories, crafts and more. • Week 1 – July 13 - 17: In the Air; • Week 2 – July 20 - 24: Daily Life in the 1910s and 1920s; • Week 3 – July 27 - 31: Love This Land (Nature and Saskatchewan Geography); • Week 4 – August 10 - 14: Make Your Own Museum. A major positive of the program comes from the variety of the WDMs being involved – while some folks might not have had a chance to visit the Yorkton or North Battleford branches, this will show a bit of what they have to offer as well. “Maybe you’ve never seen a demonstration of baking bread that’s done in only one location, something like that,” Rasmussen said.

Youngsters will be able to take part in a wide variety of museum-based activities as part of the Western Development Museum virtual summer camp program. Plans are in place to make the whole event as accessible as possible, including for those who might not have an internet connection or printer at home. Those who wish to participate can pre-register and pick up printed kits filled with activities for each week. “Each week will have five days of activities and each day should have about two to three hours of activities, so there’s lots to think about for sure,” Rasmussen explained. “You can do as much or as little

as you like, and if you’re registering for a week, we ask that you register at least a week prior to the commencement of the week you’re interested in.” The cost for the program is taking a ‘pay what you can’ model, with registration and further details available on their website in the near future, with Rasmussen expecting thing to be up and running that regard around June 22. The camps will remain on the website throughout the summer, meaning anyone who heard about them late can follow through them at any time. Anyone looking for something to do in the meantime can check out the WDM’s at-home activities page at wdm.ca/ at-home-activities/. “We miss our visitors, and this is one way we can stay engaged with them a bit in our communities, exchange that knowledge and information and also have some fun with this,” Rasmussen said. For more information be sure to check out the Western Development Museum website.

From The Kitchen

N ew l o o k fo r C a n a d a D ay p a n c a k e c e l e b r at i o n s Canada Day will be celebrated much differently this year, thanks to the restrictions that COVID-19 has placed on our summer fun. In Saskatchewan our gatherings are limited to 30 people, with physical distancing being a requirement so many community pancake breakfasts will not kick-start July 1 celebrations. This week’s recipes give two ideas for stay-at-home Canada Day breakfasts or brunches. Happy Canada Day. •••

Canada Day Pancakes

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Topping: 4 oz. cream cheese, softened 3 tbsps. whipping cream 1 1/2 tsps. milk 1 tbsp. maple syrup To make the pancakes, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add cocoa powder and mix. Add sugar, milk, vinegar, eggs and oil and whisk until batter is completely smooth. Add food colouring and whisk until batter is fully coloured. Heat some butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour 1/3 cup of batter into centre of pan and cook for 2 minutes per side. Transfer pancake to a warmed plate and continue cooking until all batter is used. To make the topping, use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese, sugar, cream, milk and maple syrup. Beat until smooth and slightly thick. Serve pancakes with topping. Cover all with warmed maple syrup. Topping recipe may be doubled. Left over pancakes may be frozen.

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Canadian Sugar Pie

2 cups brown sugar 2 tbsps. all-purpose flour 1 cup milk 2 tbsps. unsalted butter 1 egg, beaten 1-9 inch pie crust Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large pot, bring brown sugar, flour and milk to a boil then cook slowly until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Add beaten egg and butter and whisk briskly until fully mixed but being careful not to over-cook. Pour quickly into pie shell. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and cover rim of crust with foil to prevent burning. Return to oven and bake another 15 minutes. Cool until set then serve with a dollop of whipped cream. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

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Canada Day celebrations still on with no-contact scavenger hunt, car show Larissa Kurz

Canada Day is always a favourite holiday and while the ongoing pandemic is making it impossible to gather for the usual celebrations here in Moose Jaw, there will be some social-distance-friendly things to do on July 1. The Moose Jaw Express / Moose Jaw Today and a number of local businesses have come together to plan a Canada Day that’s both fun for the whole family and also public health compliant. A great deal of thanks goes to Jody Chell and Krista McDonald who were instrumental in spearheading this whole event. Things kick off in the morning with the Rolling Car Show, which will gather car enthusiasts and their impressive wheels at the Town n’ Country Mall for a drive-through style car show, before heading out for a parade to show off. Full Bellies food truck will also be parked at the mall, offering a chance to enjoy some great food while perusing the display of cars. Like any car show, there are several prizes to be won for the coolest rides. Judges will choose the top three Best in Show entries, who will receive one of the impressive prize packs that include swag from sponsors, free hotel rooms, and a number of gift certificates. There will also be prizes for the top ten honourable mention entries, and the first 75 attendees who arrive for the show will be gifted a swag bag put together by event sponsors. Registration for the car show will be done on the day of the event, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m., when judging begins. The entry fee is $10, and all

proceeds will be donated to the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank. The Rolling Car Show will head out at 1 p.m., for a casual cruise down Main Street and around the city, for people to enjoy while staying safely distanced. Cars maybe not your thing? Don’t worry, that’s not all. There is also plenty going on downtown, including a city-wide Scavenger Hunt that will begin and end in the parking lot at the Moose Jaw Express office, on Manitoba Street West. Teams can begin registering for the Scavenger Hunt at 11:30 p.m. on the day of the event, at no cost. The hunt itself will begin at noon and teams will have until 1 p.m. to work their way through the clues and return to the starting point — ideally as quickly as possible, as there are prizes for the first three teams to return with a completed list of clues. There will also be sponsored swag bags filled with goodies for the first 75 attendees who arrive at the Scavenger Hunt, and a number of downtown businesses are also planning on being open July 1, for inside-outside sidewalk sales throughout the day. For those who missed Full Bellies up at the mall in the morning — or maybe want a second serving — the food truck will also head down to the Moose Jaw Express parking lot in the afternoon, to join the Cone Artist Ice Cream Truck in serving up treats and eats both before and after the Scavenger Hunt. Both the car show and the scavenger hunt are designed to be done without leaving one’s vehicle, to help main-

tain the safety of everyone in attendance while also offering some way of celebrating the national holiday. “It’s been a rocky start to this year as it is, and Canada Day generally tends to be a celebration that brings the community together, so we found a way to do that with social distancing in mind,” said organizing committee spokesperson Krista McDonald. Attendees at the Canada Day activities are asked to observe all of the recommended pandemic safety practices, such as being aware of proper social distancing, staying in their vehicles where applicable, and practicing proper hand hygiene. “We just hope everybody comes out and has a lot of fun, take in the food trucks, the car show, scavenger hunt, the shopping, and the really great prizes from around town,” said McDonald. Title sponsors for the events include Deja Vu Cafe, Comfort Inn & Suites, Ramada Moose Jaw, Town n’ Country Mall, the Cone Artist, Devo’s Car Wash, Full Bellies food truck, and Moose Jaw Express / Today. The Moose Jaw Kinsmen has also donated $10,000 for the annual fireworks display once again this year, which will begin around 10:30 p.m. out at Hamilton Flats. Anyone planning on attending the display is asked to remain in their vehicles this year, and respect public health guidelines. For more information about the Scavenger Hunt, the Rolling Car Show, and the available prizes, check out Moose Jaw Today’s Facebook page for updates.

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Family-friendly Canada Day festivities Canada Day is always a big celebration in Moose Jaw. In a typical year, the day kicks off with the annual Moose Jaw Charity Road Race, which acts as a fundraiser for the Moose Jaw Health Foundation. That is traditionally followed by a pancake breakfast and entertainment at the Cosmo Senior Centre. Then, the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery hosts ParkArt in Crescent Park. ParkArt is a large outdoor event where vendors from all over the province come to sell unique, handmade items. It is the MJMAG’s largest fundraiser of the year and is always well attended. Throughout the day, there is usually a wide variety of food and entertainment available at Crescent Park. In recent years, this has included a “living library,” which sees community groups arm the public with information as to what they do. Due to the ongoing pandemic this year and restrictions on crowd sizes, these events will not be taking place, but be of good cheer, people in this community have cared enough to provide the community a great day of activities to celebrate the wonderful country we live in. Please read the story in this section, “Canada Day celebrations still on with no-contact scavenger hunt, car show.” Check the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Canada Day Family Festivities Facebook page for the latest information on fireworks that evening. Although this year’s Canada Day will look a lot different, you can be sure that Moose Javians will be celebrating Canada and donning their red and white gear. One thing is for sure — Canada Day festivities will only get better from here on in.

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Part 3: Bridge closure means families have no access to basic city services Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

No garbage collection. No water service. No sewer service. Restricted emergency service. Restricted school bus service. Those are some of the realities the Avery and Thorn families have faced during the past five years, after the City of Moose Jaw closed the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge in 2015 when a flood damaged the structure. They had used the bridge to get to their properties near the Valley View Centre (VVC) site, but now have to take Highway 2 and go through the VVC site itself. The families want the municipality to fix the bridge immediately since the provincial government plans to close their access to VVC in July permanently; the province has sold the land to Carpere Canada. The Moose Jaw Express is chronicling the families’ struggles with city hall by running a multi-part series on this situation. This is part 3 in the series. A man’s home is his castle “Access to one’s property is a fundamental entitlement and must be guaranteed by a municipality,” the family’s lawyer, David Chow, told the Express. “The whole idea of creating municipal corporations is to provide services and to treat ratepayers as equally as possible.” While the family has little to no essential services, city hall has “happily collected their property taxes over the years, however.” What stings is the municipality replaced the Blackfoot and Corstorphine bridges years ago for very few residents, he continued. He thought there was no reason why the residents of Kingsway Park should be discriminated against and left without basic municipal services, especially when this issue is out of their control. Three main requests The Averys and Thorns have three main requests, Chow explained: • That the municipality discharge its obligation and immediately repair or replace the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge and restore vehicle access and legal and physical access to the families’ residences;

• The installation of a suitable turnaround point for the Prairie South School Division at the bottom of the Seventh Avenue Southwest hill so a bus can pick up the Avery children until the city installs a new bridge • That city hall approves a subdivision application from Jim Thorn’s Sunflower Corporation that would subdivide land and connect the Thorn’s property to Seventh Avenue Southwest Access to homes threatened While the municipality continues to delay fixing the bridge since it’s attempting to force the province to pay for the repairs or replacement, the two families have had their ability to access their homes threatened, Chow said. Furthermore, Wakamow Valley Authority has also been unable to access its property for landscaping purposes, while there is no vehicle access to Tatawaw Park — formerly the Wild Animal Park. Tim Avery and Jim Thorn are already limited in access to fire, ambulance and police services. When the province fences the VVC property in July, they will be with-

out emergency services, he continued. There have been three significant fires in the valley in the past and the Thorns helped fight two of them until fire trucks could access the area through Valley View. Chow stressed that the province has been co-operative, understanding and sympathetic in this situation, along with MLA Greg Lawrence. “The city cannot now turn its back on Thorn and Avery simply because the city has mismanaged the allocation of capital dollars to the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge during the last five years,” remarked Chow. Too much behind closed doors What has irked Chow about meeting with city council is someone at city hall forced this issue into the behindclosed-doors portion of the May 25 executive committee even though there was nothing sensitive or private about their submissions. Chow laid out the problems with speaking during in-camera, including presenters have only 10 minutes to speak; elected officials rarely ask follow-up questions; presenters must leave the meeting before executive committee asks city administration questions and discusses the issue; and delegations are denied the chance to hear the questions that executive committee asks and the answers city administration provides and rebut anything administration says. The municipality has become too comfortable using the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (LA FOIP) to suppress public debate and discussion on important matters, while city administration unduly influences elected officials without appropriate public scrutiny in executive committee, Chow continued. “The executive committee process lacks transparency and due process for the citizens of Moose Jaw,” he added, “and fosters an environment of distrust in our local government.”

Part 4: Parts of legally binding document obligate city to fix bridge, families argue Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Sections of a legally binding document that governs cities do not appear to hold much weight at city hall, considering it has done little to fix the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge in the past five years. The City of Moose Jaw is obligated under sections 12 and 306 of The Cities Act — a provincial statutes document — to repair that bridge and make it accessible for the Avery and Thorn families, who require the structure to reach their homes near the Valley View Centre (VVC) complex, lawyer David Chow says in arguing on behalf of the families. The Cities Act Section 12 of the act deals with control of streets and says that “a city has the direction, control and management of all streets within the city.” Furthermore, the Lieutenant Governor in Council may, by order: (a) direct that the whole or any part of any public highway or bridge not wholly within a city is subject to the direction, management and control of the council for the

public use of the city; or (b) in the case of an overriding provincial interest, direct a city to open any public highway that the city has closed pursuant to this act. Under the Liabilities of Municipalities chapter, parts of section 306 state: 1) A city shall keep every street or other public place that is subject to the direction, control and management of the city, including all public works in, on or above the streets or other public place put there by the city or by any other person with the permission of the city, in a reasonable state of repair, having regard to: (a) the character of the street, other public place or public work; and (b) the area of the city in which the street, other public place or public work is located. And: (2) The city is liable for damage caused by failing to perform its duty pursuant to subsection (1). The Moose Jaw Express is chronicling the

families’ struggles with city hall over the closure of the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge by running a multi-part series on this situation. This is part 4 in the series. Duty to restore access Not only does the municipality have a legal duty to restore access to the bridge, it must also formally apply to the provincial government to permanently close the Seventh Avenue Southwest roadway, said Chow. As far as the Tim Avery and Jim Thorn are aware, city hall has never served noticed to the minister of Government Relations pursuant to section 15 (2) of the act to even temporarily close that roadway. Both residents believe the closure in 2015 must have been considered temporary in nature. This is based on the fact city hall applied for provincial funding to repair or replace the bridge in that year after a flood damaged the structure for a second time. “The fact the closure has persisted for approximately five years is unacceptable,” Chow said. “Temporary, by definition,

cannot be indefinite or permanent.” Urgency to reopen bridge City council must pass a bylaw in accordance with the act to permanently close the roadway if it is unprepared to reopen the bridge to vehicle access, he continued. If that happens, though, both families would move to quash the bylaw in court. There is an urgency to reopen the bridge so the residents to access their properties, since the provincial government has said they can continue to access their properties through the VVC complex only until July 31. After that, the province will erect a fence around the entire complex. Carpere Canada, which purchased the property, will be under no legal obligation to supply access to Thorn or Avery, said Chow. As MLA Greg Lawrence made clear during an April 17 meeting between the families and city officials, no one will be permitted access over the property if the province demolishes the VVC’s buildings. This multi-part series will continue.

City Hall Council Notes Out-of-scope city staff receive pay increase of 2.75 per cent Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

More than three-dozen out-of-scope employees with the City of Moose Jaw will receive a pay increase as part of a new two-year contract. The City of Moose Jaw reached a tentative agreement with CUPE Local 9 on March 12, while CUPE members voted in favour of the agreement in late May. Historically, out-of-scope (OOS) employees are provided with the same remuneration and benefit enhancements tied to CUPE settlement agreements. As part of the new agreement, 36 OOS staff received an increase of 1.25 per cent for Jan. 1, 2019 and an increase of 1.50 per cent for Jan. 1, 2020. Furthermore, employees with more than 22 years of experience will now receive

six weeks of vacation; one employee will benefit from this change. The personnel committee approved a motion on June 8 to provide increases to OOS remuneration for 2019 and 2020. For pay increases in 2021 and 2022, the personnel committee directed city administration to defer OOS increase discussions to the new council. “In Moose Jaw, out-of-scope salaries mimic what inscope salaries are,” Al Bromley, director of human resources, told city council during its June 15 regular meeting. Most municipalities in Saskatchewan follow the process of awarding the same wage increases to OOS employees

as to CUPE, he continued. For example, 10 municipalities awarded an average of 1.64 per cent last year; Moose Jaw plans to provide 1.25 per cent. Furthermore, nine municipalities awarded an average of 1.74 per cent for this year; Moose Jaw plans to provide 1.50 per cent. Each one-per-cent increase represents $37,250, including associated benefit costs, which means this two-year pay increase will cost the City of Moose Jaw $74,500. Council voted 6-1 to approve the pay increase and the additional vacation time. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed.


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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.

Resident wants city to regulate residential beekeeping Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, honeybees must visit about two million flowers to make 0.45 kilograms (one pound) of honey. However, that’s not sweet news for Tabitha Fielder, who wants city council to enact a beekeeping policy since a neighbour has six hives and she is concerned for her family’s safety. “I have a family member with severe allergies to insect stings (who requires) an EpiPen (if stung),” Fielder told council by video during its June 15 regular meeting. Freestanding water sources will attract bees, she continued. Bees will make a path to a water source once they know they don’t have to travel far for it; this has led to bees stinging Fielder, her husband, and her dog several times. “I have put vinegar into my fountain, which doesn’t do much,” Fielder continued. “Our son cannot even go out in the yard because numerous bees collect there … . We as citizens should not have to feel that we cannot have any pools, fountains or bird water bowls, or not be able to enjoy our yards.” There are usually many bees in the Fielders’ yard, sometimes buzzing around them as if threatened. Through research, she discovered there could be 10,000 to 60,000 bees per hive. With her neighbour having six hives, this means there could be between 60,000 to 360,000 bees

there. Fielder notes she does not have a problem with beekeeping, but believes regulations are required. Fielder spoke to a bee specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture, who suggested it’s up to the municipality to enact a bylaw or policy about beekeeping within city limits. Based on a document from the City of Edmonton about animal licensing, Fielder found that beekeeper applicants must inform their neighbours of their intent. Edmonton also has the discretion to deny the applicant if there is enough pushback. “… (I) hope that council can take consideration of the severity of a person with severe allergies and stings, as well as any schools, daycares, parks, (or) anyone close to anyone wanting to bee keep,” Fielder added. This has been the only beekeeping concern that city administration has received, Michelle Sanson, director of planning and development, told council. City hall surveyed other communities and found none have prohibited beekeeping. There have also been very few complaints about property owners using their properties in this way. City hall has not sent the municipal bylaw officer to inspect these hives, either, since Moose Jaw doesn’t have regulations against it. City administration does not know how many people keep bees here, she continued. Beekeepers have to reg-

ister with the province, but the province does not inform the municipality about these people; the province has not shared any information with city hall. Does the province have regulations on how many hives per square foot are allowed, wondered Coun. Crystal Froese. She discovered through research that Vancouver has such regulations. The Saskatchewan government stipulates that it is four hives per square foot, said Sanson. However, she doesn’t understand all the regulations since she doesn’t handle this issue. Instead of voting to receive and file this issue, Coun. Scott McMann thought it would be appropriate to refer this issue back to city administration for a report for further discussion. “Maybe we just need to have a bit more teeth in the bylaw if we run into situations … ,” he added. Froese agreed and asked city administration to include how many hives per square foot should be allowed since beekeepers could turn their hobbies into home-based businesses by selling honey. Council then voted 4-3 to refer the issue back to city administration for a report. Opposed were councillors Dawn Luhning, Chris Warren and Brian Swanson. The next regular city council meeting is June 29.

Company receives green light to create 20-bed care home Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Moose Jaw will soon have a new residential care home that will be able to look after 20 people while providing affordable accommodations. During its June 15 regular meeting, city council voted unanimously to approve a discretionary use application from AMN Royalty Care Inc. to convert a former two-storey office building at 290 Fourth Avenue Northeast into a care home. Coun-

cil had to give approval since the property is zoned CS – Community Service/Institutional District, while care homes with more than 15 residents are considered type 3 care homes and are best located in high-density areas. “We believe the demand for personal care homes is high,” Michelle Sanson, director of planning and development, told council. She added that the application meets

all the necessary requirements, including having underground parking. City administration recommended that council approve the application due to the proximity of community amenities, a demand for personal care homes and a low negative effect on adjacent land uses. Furthermore, the discretionary use application meets several criteria in the zoning bylaw.

The proposed care home is also located near the downtown, with sufficient access to transit and other services, Sanson added. The application is compatible with the surrounding land uses and aligns with future development opportunities in the area.

CN Rail rides the brake on fixing broken line across Main Street Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

City administration continues to hound CN Rail about fixing the rail line across Main Street North, but it appears the rail company is riding the brakes on this problem. Coun. Crystal Froese raised the issue of when the company would repair the rail line during city council’s June 15 regular meeting. She pointed out that she knows some residents have been asking as well.

“We’ve been working quite diligently with CN. They move at their own schedule,” said city manager Jim Puffalt. “We’ve been stressing with them (a) number of times to get this done. Darren Stephanson (director of the public works and utilities department) is working hard (on this). We’re hoping soon. It’s CN.” Froese then asked if the company would resolve this problem by the summer.

“The amount of times we raised this with them, you would think they would get it done,” replied Puffalt. “But we’ll stay on it and stay on them.” The Moose Jaw Express reached out to CN Rail for comment but did not hear back from the company by deadline.

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City Hall Council Notes Chamber likely to continue paying rent of $1 per year under new lease Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce will likely continue to pay $1 per year in rent to the municipality based on a new lease agreement proposal. The Chamber of Commerce owns its office building at 88 Saskatchewan Street East, but leases the land from the City of Moose Jaw. The most recent lease agreement between the two organizations ran from June 1, 2001 and expired on May 31, 2020. During its June 15 executive committee meeting, city council unanimously approved a recommendation to approve a new lease agreement between the chamber and municipality for a 20-year term June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2040. Council also authorized the mayor and city clerk to execute the agreement on behalf of the City of Moose Jaw. The recommendation will have to come to a future regular council meeting for official approval. Agreement highlights

Some of the notable terms and conditions within the lease include: • Either party may terminate the agreement with a oneyear notice; • Rent will remain the same at $1 per year; • The chamber will be responsible for all utilities and maintenance of the building and grounds; • It will be required to carry property and liability insurance; • The chamber cannot sublet its building without municipal approval; • It cannot use the property except as a general office, as permitted in the C2 high-density commercial district guidelines; • The chamber cannot display any sign or advertisement on the property without municipal approval; • It cannot make any changes to the property without municipal consent; • The building remains the property of the chamber and

the organization is responsible for removing it upon termination of the agreement. Alternatively, the municipality is also entitled to purchase it at fair market value; Council discussion There is an assessed value on the property, although in the past, the municipality has dealt with that assessment through tax exemptions, finance director Brian Acker explained. While he was unsure of the exact assessed value on the building, he thought it could be around $1,000 or $1,500 per year. The original lease agreement was for 10 years, but this latest one is for 20 years, noted Coun. Scott McMann. He wondered if that would lead to any legal issues. The parks and recreation department decided to go with a new 20-year lease this time instead of a 10-year agreement based on the existing terms, explained Derek Blais, director of parks and rec. The department made some minor amendments while drafting this new lease agreement.

City’s unionized staff to Jason receive six-per-cent raise over four years G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express City hall recently signed a new tentative collective bargaining agreement with CUPE Local 9, but one concession the municipality made — and that irked one city councillor — was the phase-out ofa student pay rate. The two parties had their final meeting on March 12 and concluded with a tentative agreement. After a long delay due to the coronavirus and physical distancing, CUPE members voted 82 per cent in favour during online voting on May 27 and 28. The four-year agreement guarantees labour costs until 2022. The total wage package is a six-per-cent increase over four years, including 1.25 per cent on Jan. 1, 2019, 1.5 per cent on Jan. 1, 2020, 1.5 per cent on Jan. 1, 2021 and 1.75 per cent on Jan. 1, 2022. Retro pay will also be awarded to all employees who have resigned, retired or are currently working to the date of the expiry date of the last collective agreement. During its June 15 regular meeting, city council voted 5-2 to approve the new collective agreement terms. Councillors Brian Swanson and Scott McMann were opposed. Agreement highlights This agreement is favourable in comparison to other municipalities’ collective agreements, said Al Bromley, director of human resources. Some enhancements to employee benefits include: • Employees on standby on statutory holidays will receive an increase to two hours’ pay from 1.5 hours at

their straight-time wage for each eight hours, adding $10,047 in annual costs; • Health and dental enhancements such as vision care of $250 every 24 months, para med coverage at 80-per-cent reimbursement at $500 every 12 months, an increase to basic/major dental maximum to $1,750 every 12 months and an increase to basic dental co-insurance to 90-percent reimbursement, adding $66,746 in annual costs; • Effective Jan. 1, 2021, employees with more than 22 years of service receive six weeks of vacation, adding $5,471 to annual costs; Since a one-per-cent increase in wages is equal to $99,473, the cost to the municipality for this agreement is $596,838. Council discussion While Swanson appreciated the union’s desire for increased wages, he thought the community was facing difficult economic times and wouldn’t receive any wage increase. What he found bothersome, though, was how the student pay rate would be phased out by Dec. 31, 2022. He was on council when that council agreed to that stipulation in 1993, so he disliked how CUPE didn’t bring this issue to the personnel committee for negotiations. While Bromley’s report indicated the student pay rate was “a contentious and unfair practice” where lifeguards and park labourers were paid differently for performing

the same job, Swanson pointed out there were zero unfair labour practices launched over this rate. Moose Jaw’s pools and parks operate at significant financial losses each year, he continued. So, in 1993, in exchange for concessions, the municipality negotiated a student rate for lifeguards and park labourers that lowered costs to operate those places. “Without any advance notice, we just gave it away. It’s a gratuitous giveaway,” Swanson remarked. Taxpayers to foot the bill Bromley’s report indicated that if the parks and rec department hires four high school student lifeguards and 20 student labourers annually, the increase in labour costs would be $40,000 per year. Swanson thought that would be closer to $50,000, which could mean the municipality is giving away more than $246,000 during the next couple of years and taxpayers will foot the bill. There are other items in the collective agreement that are also important, said Coun. Chris Warren. If the municipality had not given up the student rate, council would have to pay more annually, which would have a ripple effect over time. “We had a fairly good negotiation that had some give and take from both sides,” he added. “That helps with employee morale and that helps with overall negotiations and dealing with people who work for us.”

City hall adds beautification work to cast iron program Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

A “philosophical change” prompted city administration to add more aesthetic-type work — such as trees and medians — to this year’s cast iron replacement program instead of focusing strictly on installing new pipes. The initial tenders that city administration received for the program were under budget by $1.8 million, so it crafted a change-order worth $1.4 million that included completing projects within the downtown local area plan (DLAP), explained city manager Jim Puffalt. Meanwhile, city hall has scheduled additional replacement of underground pipes since construction crews continue to find lines that were not in the blueprints. “We’re pretty excited about this one,” Puffalt added during city council’s June 15 regular meeting. During the meeting, council voted 5-2 to award the change order to N.I.S Contractors Ltd. for $1,413,061.77, including PST and a 10-per-cent contingency. City hall separated the total into two components: charges of $686,006.60 specific to road rehabilitation, and $727,055.17 for increased

water main replacement, DLAP improvements, and associated surface work. Councillors Brian Swanson and Scott McMann were opposed. Project additions City administration is upgrading roads, sidewalks and storm sewer systems on Fairford Street East, High Street West and Third Avenue Northwest, while it is adding asphalt milling, full road overlays and DLAP initiatives, explained Bevan Harlton, director of engineering services. Specifically, construction crews will install a traffic bulb at the southeast corner of Main and Fairford East and a centre median on High Street West between Second and Third avenues northwest. Meanwhile, Second Avenue Northwest from Fairford Street to Manitoba Street has been added, with construction crews to upgrade 335 metres of water mains, conduct road and sidewalk rehabilitation, and complete DLAP initiatives. City administration added Second Avenue Northwest for several reasons, Harlton added. This includes the fact Mosaic Place is shut down; construction

and co-ordination efficiencies could be gained; and crews discovered an unexpected connection between water mains at the intersection of High Street West and Second Avenue Northwest. Council discussion It was exciting that tenders came in lower than budgeted, since that meant city administration could complete more cast iron work, said Swanson. Yet he was apprehensive since they were focusing less on replacing extra cast iron pipe and more on building unnecessary medians or ripping up sidewalks to plant trees. “I would have preferred to have had a couple of options to look at (in the report) … but the only option we have is we can reject this change order,” he continued, “when I had mentioned three times in the past few months that if we have low tenders, we should do more cast iron. This does lip service to that.” A ‘philosophical change’ This change order happened because of what construction crews were finding underground, said Puffalt. Furthermore, there was a pressing need to continue to

do work and not have construction crews stand around. There was also a “philosophical change” within city administration about adding DLAP improvements now since crews were working in these areas and city hall didn’t want to come back to them for another 20 years. “If we come back in 10 years and rip up (the streets) and put down concrete, that doesn’t make sense,” he added. There were three items that Coun. Heather Eby thought were extras, including the installation of a traffic bulb, removing sidewalks to plant trees, and installing a centre median. However, she didn’t think any of them were poor options. Council said early in its term that it wanted a methodical approach with this project since it would cost more to go back to complete extra work, said Mayor Fraser Tolmie. Residents have told him the municipality tears up streets often for problems that work crews could have addressed earlier, such as replacing water lines that property owners initially didn’t want completed.


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City Hall Council Notes Council officially approves tax increase of zero per cent for 2020 Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Cash-strapped taxpayers whom the coronavirus has affected won’t face a tax increase this year after city council officially approved a motion to have a zero-per-cent property tax increase in 2020. During its June 15 regular meeting, council adopted the 2020 property tax bylaw after giving it third and final reading with a 6-1 vote. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. Council initially approved the 2020 operating budget last December, which featured a property tax increase of 2.3 per cent. However, once the coronavirus struck the country in mid-March, council recognized the negative economic effect the pandemic was having on residents and municipal finances. So, council and city administration worked to roll back the tax increase to zero per cent. According to a council report, the approved property tax bylaw will: • Establish the municipal rates of taxation for this year; • Define the classes and subclasses for taxation purposes; • Enumerate the mill rate factors for each subclass;

• Exclude property assessments from the supplemental role for this year that generate fewer than $100 in municipal tax revenue; • Set a uniform base tax that contributes to the waterworks capital fund to partial support the annual cast iron water mains replacement program; • Indicate the taxation rates for school divisions; Since March 16, city council has approved more than $800,000 in economic support for the community, including for businesses, a news release said. Other measures council has taken include: • Creating a small business support program; • Allowing free transit until further notice; • Allowing free downtown parking until further notice; •Waiving penalties for late payments of property taxes and utility bills until Sept. 30. City hall’s financial services department is preparing property tax notices and plans to have them delivered by mail by June 30. Council also gave three readings to a zoning amendment

bylaw, voting 6-1 on all three readings; Swanson was opposed each time. The bylaw will likely come back to the June 29 council meeting for official approval. This zoning amendment proposes to remove a pre-existing building restriction on semi-detached dwellings in the R1 district. Currently, the zoning bylaw allows only semi-detached dwellings to be re-constructed in this district if they have previously existed on the property. Removing this restriction would allow contractors to build new semi-detached dwellings in the R1 district on a discretionary basis. This amendment is in response to an application from Habitat for Humanity Moose Jaw, which wants to construct new semi-detached dwellings on two existing 25foot lots. The organization recently purchased two lots at 1015 Ominica Street East and wants to construct two residential units, one on each lot, with a shared wall along the property line.


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CONSPIRACY THEORIES ABOUND AT CITY HALL I take it none of you fine councillors and our fine city management realize that essential services including health care workers, store employees, newspapers and businesses in the city are risking to care for us, keep food on our table, provide news, continue the essential city services, and so much more; you should be applauding their sacrifice to keep the city going during this COVID-19 pandemic and lead by example. So we are all clear, I consider this pandemic very serious and unless necessary my brave wife and I have sheltered in our home. We both wear masks and respect social distancing when we are out so I understand the fears and frustration this pandemic has placed on all Moose Jaw citizens, including council and administration. So councillors, the “email” obtained through a [Moose Jaw Express] Freedom of Information request: Is this how you, talk about citizens of Moose Jaw when you’re challenged to explain your actions or lack of action while you are in Executive Meetings or sharing E-mails with one another? Frankly, this would explain a lot concerning the property at 1511 Hastings St. and the lack of action to restore or demolish that property. [I have been asking the City of Moose Jaw to investigate and do something about], but I digress. 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 a recent article, Puffalt was quoted to say in another FOI request received by the Moose Jaw Express, “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. 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. However, city administration and the mayor were not receptive to this suggestion. Did all of council reject this suggestion? Yet, Premier Moe seems to think it’s important enough for Provincial briefings to be attended by one press person representing Regina. I applaud the Premier, It’s called “accommodating” so Saskatchewan residents, including seniors, can get updates on the COVID-19 pandemic. So is the Premier wrong to his approach to the press? Municipal advertising Puffalt also wrote, “We took it (the conversation about media access) off-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.” (editors note: Which THEY did not suggest ever) So, Mr. Puffalt, let me remind you of your words spoken, “I really believe in customer service and that starts with me, and that starts with me and council. We have to create a working relationship and be able to work with people, and we have to do that for our citizens. We all have the same end goal in mind and we want to provide the best possible service we can to our customers, and look after people in the community”. Do you not think the Moose Jaw Express is trying to provide the best possible service to those same citizens? Since I’ve not been able to get answers from council or Jim Puffalt concerning the above mentioned house [the property at 1511 Hastings St.], I’ve turned to editorials in the Moose Jaw Express, and they have been kind enough to share our story. One thing I’d like to mention is that the publisher of the Moose Jaw Express made an effort to personally check out the property

at 1511 Hastings St. after being made aware of my concerns. City manager Puffalt, drove by the house twice and finally checked out the property after my constant emails. The mayor or council have never to my knowledge inspected the property. Unlike this council and administration, the Moose Jaw Express haven’t treated us to “silence and indifference.” The have shown compassion and understanding for our problem with the city. Media simply whining. “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,” Councillor Dawn Luhning wrote in a correspondence that the Moose Jaw Express received through a Freedom of Information request. So Dawn, that tells me when I turned to you for assistance and you said, “I’ll find out and get back to you,” and you never did get back to me, should I conclude, “You give a rat’s ass?” This, seems to be the resounding theme at city hall, “we don’t give a rats ass,” what the citizens or small businesses think. Democracy is an inherent right. Arrogance and poor leadership are the first steps to dictatorship. Carter Currie BACKGROUND INFORMATION: On October 1st, 2019 the Moose Jaw Express received the third Letter to the Editor from Carter Currie regarding the Derelict Property at 1511 Hastings St as below: “City Manager Jim Puffalt, Dawn Luhning, Brian Swanson, Scott McCann, Crystal Froese, Chris Warren, Frazer Tolmie, Greg Lawrence, Greg Reeves “What does it take to have the city take a citizen’s concerns seriously? Amazingly two drive by’s, by the city manager at night gave him the information to correctly assess the property at 1511 Hastings St. “The fire chief, deputy chief, fire inspection officer and building inspector did a fire inspection and were operating as bylaw enforcement officials when they inspected the property at 1511 Hastings St. on August 5, 2018 according to you. “You seriously want me to believe it took 3 of the highest paid officials from the fire department and a building inspector to do an inspection that missed the rotten structure in the roof and the potential health issues in the house itself. Was there a notice on the door to inform anyone of these potential health and safety issues? “The first I knew of what Rod and his staff were doing was when Chris Warren told me in an email on September 3, 2018.” Jim Puffalt your words: Good Evening Mr. Currie: Sept 26 Again, my apologies for misunderstanding the information provided to me and the Fire Chief did apologize for any misconception that he provided to you in your discussion with him. The Fire Chief and the Building Official are aware of the requirements of the Property Maintenance and Nuisance Bylaw and are considered Enforcement Officers under the terms of the Bylaw. I drove by again this evening and will discuss with the Building Department tomorrow to get an update and will correspond further. Publisher of the Moose Jaw Express/MooseJawToday.com, Rob Ritchie made an effort shortly after receiving the 3rd Letter to the Editor in October, 2019 to go see firsthand the said house to make his own judgements on the situation. Shortly following, on November 14,2019 publisher Rob Ritchie sent a note to the mayor and councillors stating that we were not necessarily interested in getting involved, as seen below in this correspondence : From: Ritchie <rrflyer@gmail.com>

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Seven players from Moose Jaw Soccer Association sign with ACAC

Six headed for Portage College in Lac La Biche as opportunities to move on in soccer careers becoming more common for local players Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Soccer Association hasn’t seen a large number of players move on to post-secondary play in recent years, but that’s something they hope will change in the near future. And the recent announcement that seven players from the local organization had signed with schools in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference for the coming campaign is just the first step. Six of those – Tata Mugisha, Rhylan Tremblay, Mukire Kiroro, Laura Korthius, David Bayinagana and James Ruhinga – have signed on with the Portage College Voyageurs, while Swift Current’s Felix Danquah, who has trained with the MJSA the last few years, will join the Medicine Hat College Rattlers. “That’s an incredible achievement for them,” said MJSA technical director Jordan Jeffery. “We were fortunate enough to attract a couple of different coaches from a couple of different colleges to run identification sessions with our players to see how many of them would fit their plans for the future, and between the between the two camps we ran for the ACAC teams, 17 players were offered scholarships.” While some players chose to stay closer to home, the ones who jumped at the opportunity will have a chance to play high-level soccer in one of the most competitive college leagues in the country. The Portage crew might end up a long way from home in Lac La Biche -- located a two and

Swift Current’s Felix Danquah battles with a Peacock defender during the Moose Jaw boys league final this past season. The high-scoring Danquah trained with Moose Jaw the last few seasons and signed with Medicine Hat of the ACAC recently. a half hour drive north east of Edmonton – but the familiar faces will certainly help with that adjustment. “It’s quite a long way away, but with all of them going in together, there will be that culture and feel of knowing some people there and not being on their own, and hopefully that helps them make a quick adjustment,” Jeffery said. A handful of the players are well outside of their high school years and were actually taking courses at the University of Regina, which doesn’t have a men’s soccer

program to speak of. Tremblay, for example, will be 20 when he suits up for the Voyageurs, while Ruhinga, Kiroro and Bayinagana will be in their 20s. “So it’s never too late; work hard and you never know what can happen,” Jeffery said. “Even if you are older, you can come and play in the adult program and chitchat with me about your goals and we can see if we can match-up and put you in front of somebody… That’s a crucial message to let people know, that even though you took a year off, it’s not too late, if you can play they’ll look at you. If you have the talent, the work ethic and the desire, it can still happen, it doesn’t have to be right out of high school.” Tremblay and Danquah are models of what work ethic and desire can create. For Tremblay, the return to the pitch will be almost miraculous after he suffered a catastrophic knee injury in February of 2019. Hard work, rehab and a simple will to get back in the game will have paid off once he puts on the Voyageurs jersey for the first time. “I don’t think I’ve seen someone come back that quick from something that severe,” lauded Jeffery, who also pointed out Tremblay’s dedication as a coach and referee for MJSA. “As soon as he had the surgery we wanted to get back on the field and get things moving again, so all the effort he’s put in has ended up with a scholarship.”

Danquah, meanwhile, decided to travel into Moose Jaw in order to train during the winter. One of the highest scoring players in Moose Jaw high school league history, he made it his business to show up at YaraCentre regardless of what it might take. “There were some nights where the weather would be awful and we’d be like ‘yeah I don’t think we’re going to see Felix tonight’ and he shows up five minutes later,” laughed Jeffery. “He was dedicated and he’s being rewarded for it.” The key now is to keep the college train rolling, something Jeffery plans work on by hosting more coaches for identification camps throughout the year. And if that helps keep kids playing soccer well into adulthood and using the sport in order to gain an education, mission accomplished. “I think for a long time, players were dropping out because they didn’t think there was a pathway beyond high school,” Jeffery said. “A lot of players have that goal of becoming a professional and that’s great, but at the very least we want to make sure at our end that we help put you into a program that’s going to lead to a career for you if being a professional doesn’t work out. “That’s where you can see the hard work pay off, the value from the time and effort and money you put into it as a youth player.”

Former Miller Express pitcher Hoffman selected in MLB Draft Standout college hurler goes in fifth round, 138th overall to Pittsburgh Pirates Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

It’s always a risk when you’re drafted by a major sports league and decide not to sign with the team that selected you, hoping for better days – and more opportunity – in the future. For former Moose Jaw Miller Express pitcher Logan Hoffman, it couldn’t have turned out better. Hofmann, who played for the Express in the 2018 Western Canadian Baseball League season, was selected in the fifth round, 138th overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates during the second day of the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft on Thursday. And you want to talk about making a good decision? Hofmann, 21, opted not to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals after the 2019 MLB Draft, deciding to take his chances in NCAA Division I baseball with Northwestern State as a fourth-year player. He was all but unhittable for the Demons, posting a 4-0 record and not allowing an earned run, with his total of 28 scoreless innings the best in the NCAA. And he didn’t allow a lot of contact, either: Hoffman had at least nine strike-outs an outing, twice fanning 11 while allowing only 14 hits. “A right-hander with a three-pitch mix and a fluid delivery with over-the-top arm action,” Hoffman is described as having by Prospects Live. “His changeup flashed above-average with some nice tumble and run. It was an effective offering, stealing strikes from left-handed

hitters to his arm side. His curve ball has 11-5 break with some twist at the end. The curve ball was his best swing-andmiss pitch. Overall a decent pitch mix, good mechanics and a pair of good secondaries make Hoffman a legit bullpen option in pro ball, even if he’s below average size and lacks huge fastball velocity.” As a freshman out of Colby Community College in 2018, the Muenster native suited up for eight regular-season games with the Miller Express, posting a 4-1 record and striking out 21 against eight walks and only six hits. The following summer Hofmann played with Falmouth in the prestigious Cape Cod League, going 3-0 with a 3.37 ERA while striking out 22, walking seven and giving up only 11 hits. That led to Northwestern State and this past spring, which saw the NCAA season shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hofmann went into the draft ranked 477th in Baseball America’s Top 500 combined high schoolers and collegians as of May 8; 235th on Perfect Game’s combined list as of May 24 and the 10th ranked Southland Conference prospect according to D1Baseball.com. Oh, and about that decision? Hofmann was drafted in 10th round, 1,055th overall in the 2018 Bantam Draft. That’s eight rounds and almost a thousand places better. Not a bad choice indeed.

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Baseball Sask given go-ahead for start of season in Phase 4

Phase One of Return to Train and Play protocol originally given immediate go-ahead but now paused for foreseeable future Baseball in Saskatchewan has been given the go-ahead to hit the field, but unlike earlier information they’ll have to wait for a while longer to hit the field. Baseball Sask announced they had been given clearance by the Sask Business Response Team to officially return to the field as part of Phase One of their Return to Train and Play protocol, but further information on Friday revealed that any kind of play outdoors will have to wait until at least the first part of Phase 4. What that means is local organizations once again find themselves on hold - hopefully for only a short time - before they can start taking registrations and start hitting

Randy Palmer -Moose Jaw Express the field for sanctioned practices effective immediately. When they do, they’ll be doing so under a stringent set of rules and regulations designed to eliminate the potential spread of COVID-19 as much as possible, as noted in a recent article on MooseJawToday.com. The ability to play actual games will likely be held off until Phase 4.2 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, when the number of people allowed at outdoor gatherings is raised beyond the current limit of 30. The full Baseball Sask Return to Train and Play Guidelines are available online.

Moose Jaw Minor Baseball to hold tryouts

Players in 11-and-under and 13U divisions to return to the field at the end of the month; Rally Cap also gearing up Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Minor Baseball Association received the news they were hoping to hear and now it’s time to get things back in action. The Government of Saskatchewan announced on June 16 that Phase 4.1 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan would begin on June 22, allowing for activities that take place on outdoor sports fields to officially resume. That includes baseball, and after a false start last week, plans are now moving forward in Phase One of Baseball Saskatchewan’s Return to Train protocol. Locally, things are cranking up with the

swiftness. Registration in the Rally Cap division – a learn-to-play league for players age 4 to 8 – will re-open on June 24 and will see player taking the field for a one-month season beginning June 29. Practices and games will take place twice a week and start at 6:15 p.m. Sessions will focus on fundamentals for the first half of the season and games for the second half. Due to the reduced schedule, registration fees are now $75 and those who paid in advance will receive a refund for the extra amount. Additionally, tryouts for the 11-and-un-

der and 13-and-under divisions have been reset and will now take place on June 27 and 28 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Andrie Diamond, located on South Hill by Westmount School. Players who attended previous tryouts before the COVID-19 shutdown do not have to attend the new dates, but players who didn’t and wish to take the field in either age class must attend at least one of the sessions. Baseball Sask also announced earlier in the week that a new series of National Coaching Certification Program online modules would take place beginning June

23. The clinics will cover Teaching & Learning (June 23), Absolutes (June 25), Planning (July 7), Strategies (July 8) and Pitching and Catching (July 9) with each taking place at 6 p.m. Only 20 spots are available on a firstcome, first-serve basis. All modules will be instructed through the Adobe Connect online networking program. To register, go to baseballsask.ca/online-nccp-coaching-clinics-new For the latest updates on Moose Jaw Minor Baseball as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, be sure to checkmoosejawminorbaseball.com.

Aquadell Flyers Baseball Team selected to be inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame

Team will be inducted under Team Category, this year on August 15, 2020, in Battleford. The Aquadell Flyers operated from 1947 to 1972. The team began with a bunch of farm boys who resided in the Aquadell District which is halfway between Chaplin and Riverhurst. Aquadell now no longer exists, but consists of an old store and a storekeepers dwelling. Back in the thirties, there were 3 grocery stores, a Pool elevator, a box car for a railroad station, a blacksmith and welding shop, a fur buyer and a poolroom operator at which some of the locals would gather for a friendly poker game. If a player was up $5.00 he was a big win-

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ner! There was also a baseball team, the Aquadell Flyers, often referred to as ‘those guys from the hills’. This team was started in 1947 and continued for 25 years. Occasionally players from other districts played with the team. This talented team was a very enthusiastic group of baseball players. The team played in the South Saskatchewan River Baseball League, which consisted of Riverhurst, Central Butte, Lawson and Thunder Creek. As well they played in 20-25 baseball tournaments each year, much to the chagrin of their parents who thought they should be home working! Tournament competition included games against such notable teams as Sceptre, Delisle and Lake Valley. At the end of the season a competition was held for the South Saskatchewan River Baseball League Halstrom Trophy which was donated by Geo Halstrom, an avid baseball fan. The Aquadell Baseball Team won this trophy in 1948, 1949 and 1950. This trophy is displayed in the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Apparently both Elgin Myketiak, a very good pitcher and Maurice [Moe] Vold, a very good catcher, were scouted and offered tryouts in Detroit. This, however, never materialized. The reasons why has never been determined but Elgin’s son, Bill, recalls his father’s version was that he did not want to leave his wife to go to Detroit. Names of the many players over the years include Mel Biggs, Elgin Myketiak, Geo Jennings, Ron Polley, Moe

Vold, Art Nelson, Gus Peterson, Bill Jennings, Pat Jennings, Merlin Peterson, Norman Peterson, Joynes Peterson, Henry Lindquist, Ken Hamilton, Dick Gidik, Lloyd Nelson, Dennis Nelson, Lorne McInnis, Ron McInnis, William Gall, Grant Gall, Doug Scott, George Myketiak, Jack Webb, Clarence Giles, Roy Gower, Bob Chapman, Vernon Lindquist, Ernest Olson. The Halstrom Trophy # 38, is displayed in the Saskatchewan Baseball Museum.


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COVID concerns lead Southern Rebels to take leave of absence from PJHL Citing risks from ongoing pandemic, Assiniboia opts out of Junior B hockey for 2020-21 campaign Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

One of the Prairie Junior Hockey League’s (PJHL) most storied franchises has decided to call it quits for next season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Assiniboia Southern Rebels – who for much of the 2000s stood over the then-South Saskatchewan Junior B Hockey League like an iron colossus – announced on June 14 that they had requested and received a one-year leave-of-absence due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The decision comes on the heels of widespread uncertainty when it comes to fall and winter sports leagues all over Canada, and before the PJHL itself made any kind of official announcement. “Based on the impact COVID-19 has had on individuals, businesses, and the fact that there are more unknowns than knowns, we feel trying to field a hockey team for the 20/21 season would be irresponsible to our commu-

nity, fans, sponsors, players, and all individuals involved within our organization,” the Rebels said in a Facebook post announcing the decision. The Rebels finished fourth in the Bill Johnston Division

during the 2019-20 season, posting a 11-25-0-4 record before being swept in four games in the first round of the playoffs by the Regina Capitals. The season was then cancelled by Hockey Canada. Assiniboia has been part of the SSJHL and PJHL since its inception in 1992, with the exception of the 2005-06 season when they were unable to field a team. The Southern Rebels reeled off seven SSJHL titles in the first 10 years of the league’s existence and tagged on five provincial titles along the way. Then there are the seasons that put Assiniboia hockey on the Canadian hockey map – their Keystone Cup Western Canadian championships, won in 1996, 2001 and their most recent title in 2003. The PJHL itself remains optimistic with regards to having a season, with no decision made as of yet with regards to potential delays or cancellations.

Ackerman receives second Spirit of Sandra Scholarship Moose Jaw curler coming off impressive season on provincial scene Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Skylar Ackerman’s incredible year on the provincial curling scene just keeps on getting better. The Sandra Schmirler Foundation announced last week that Ackerman was one of six competitors being honoured with Spirit of Sandra Scholarships, marking the second straight year the 18-yearold former Moose Jaw competitor had received the accolade. The Spirit of Sandra Scholarship comes with a $5,000 award as well as mentorship and guidance from five-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion Cathy Overton-Clapham. “Each of our scholars excel both athletically and academically. And, they are all engaged with their communities and committed to giving back to curling and keeping Sandra’s legacy alive,” Overton-Clapham said in making the announcement. Ackerman – entering her second year in the Kinesiology program at the University of Saskatchewan – hosted a wildly successful fundraising tournament as part of her scholarship requirements last season, with the event receiving consideration as an annual stop on the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre calendar. The tournament also had the additional bonus hosting of Schmirler teammates Jan Betker, Joan McCusker and Marcia Gudereit and the Scotties Tournament of Hearts trophy during a special reception. Speaking of the Scotties, Ackerman was

from across Canada and include Saskatchewan native and Alberta junior provincial medalist Dustin Mikush, Canada Winter Games gold medalist Bella Croisier, B.C. junior silver medalist Johnson Tao, former B.C. junior silver medalist Michael Nunn

and Youth Olympic Games gold medalist Nathan Young of Newfoundland. Each of the scholarship award winners will receive a $10,000 grant at the end of the 2020-21 season to go towards the neonatal care unit at a hospital of their choice.

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Skylar Ackerman (Facebook) in action there, too, working the Mosaic Place crowd for donations during the draw-by-draw Crowd Sweep to raise funds for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation Ackerman also had success on the ice. Ackerman and her Saskatoon Nutana rink of third Emily Haupstein, second Taylor Stremick and lead Abbey Johnson reached the championship final at the junior women’s provincial championship and took things to the final shot before falling 7-5 to Saskatoon’s Ashley Thevenot. Ackerman wasn’t done there, though, joining forces with skip Daymond Bernath from the junior men’s provincial runner-ups for the first-ever U18 mixed doubles championship and would post an 8-1 record on their way to winning gold, defeating Regina’s Joshua Bryden and Shayla Moore 6-4 in the final. The other five scholarship winners come

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Pandemic forces residentJason to G.build backyard gym to manage COPD Antonio - Moose Jaw Express With the coronavirus forcing the closure of all gyms and rehabilitation centres, Dale Roach knew he needed to find an alternative way to exercise and keep his health issues under control. Roach, 71, has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a type of obstructive lung disease characterized by longterm breathing problems and poor airflow. The main symptoms include shortness of breath and coughing with mucus production. COPD is a progressive disease and typically worsens over time. “With lung disease, the most important thing you can do is exercise and diet and take proper medications,” he said recently. Roach has participated in pulmonary rehabilitation classes three days a week through the Lung Association of Saskatchewan at Providence Place for the past five years. However, the provincial government closed all long-term care homes during the pandemic, eliminating Providence Place as a location where Roach could exercise. Forced to improvise, Roach built a modified gym in his backyard that he and his classmates could use. He built a set

of stairs for step-ups, installed a pipe for pullups, used ropes, pulleys and pails filled with sand to create a strength-training machine, and added an existing pair of dumbbells. Participants can use bodyweight for callisthenics and Yoga. A doctor diagnosed Laura Halyk, 35, with COPD in 2011. She has been with the rehab class for nearly five years and thought having access to the backyard gym was great. “It’s nice to have a time and place to be. Then you are committed,” she said, otherwise she would either sleep in or work out for 10 minutes before quitting. “(Exercise) helps my lungs big time. It makes me feel better. It helps everything in my body.” Using the home gym has gone well, Roach said. He and his classmates are thrilled with the setup and it has exceeded their expectations. The only barrier is the size of his backyard, which limits how many people can work out due to pandemic restrictions. Masks and hand sanitizer are available to ensure people are safe, though. “You have to be motivated (to work out). It’s hard to be motivated when you’re just

Resident Dale Roach undertakes several resistance training exercises in his backyard. Photo by Jason G. Antonio doing it by yourself,” he added. “So we made it a social activity and everybody’s up instead of sitting on the couch.” “Exercising outside (is great) compared to being in a building,” echoed Halyk. “You have the sun, the birds, squirrels. Everybody’s just happier.” Lil Christmann, 70, suffers from heart problems and shortness of breath, so her doctor recommended that she join the pulmonary rehab group. She has been with the group for a year and appreciates the

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Hundred-year-old Brownlee church building burns down in windstorm

On the Front Porch

Larissa Kurz

by Wanda Smith

Summer Blooms Flowers bring me joy. I revel in the beauty of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creation; stopping to smell the flowers and breathing in the picturesque beauty of our land of living skies. It is truly magnificent. I marvel at the myriad of colors and designs in nature and more specifically in plants and flowers, both wild and domestic. I enjoy keeping up with the ever-changing landscape trends. This year, I did a little research (scanning Pinterest) to see what was trending and then chose plants to mimic the designs I admired. It seems ferns are having a big impact while succulents have been around for a few years now. Trailing plants, lots of greenery and color variety are all the rave. Cut flowers have also been emerging as a catchy trend for a few years now. The arrangements one can buy are far from the formal rose or carnation bouquets we once bought. It is interesting to see the choice of fillers in those bouquets such as dill, eucalyptus, ferns, and you name it... any greenery you may have in your garden or yard would likely fill the bill. One of those vintage flower-types that has made its way into the cut flower market is the peony. When I think of the peony, I think of a plant that has been in almost every gardenerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yard since I was a child. I have always enjoyed their beauty. Did you know that peonies can bloom for over 100 years! They are definitely a worthwhile investment, leaving a generational legacy of blooms. Their period of blooming, however, is only a week to ten days per year. Interestingly, you can store the peony buds in the fridge for 8-12 weeks. They will then take 8-24 hours to bloom once removed from the fridge. Sometimes, you may notice ants climbing all over the buds or flowers, however contrary to popular belief, they are not necessary to help the buds to open. They are attracted to the sweet nectar on the buds. To remove ants off the buds, simply turn the fully opened flowers upside down and dip them in a bucket of water. I am so grateful that our Creator God saw fit to bring so much beauty to this earth. It is incomprehensible when one stops to think of the diversity of nature. From the deep cavernous gorges in South Africa (that I had opportunity to explore as a child) to the grandeur of the Rockies to the golden wheat fields waving on the flat prairies to the crashing of the ocean waves and the fertile rainforests of Brazil, we see the hand of our Divine Creator who has fashioned our world for us to explore and enjoy. And yet, the One who created this vast world, our earth, also created the most miniscule fragile blooms and ants and hummingbirds and seeds. How intricate. How detailed. How incredible. And to think, He created us to tend this Garden and to enjoy the fruits of our labors. We get to bask in the beauty. We get to allow this beauty to penetrate deep into our souls and let it bring joy. Oh what a gift! I pray that you will take the time to allow the beauty in our world to minister sweet joy in the depths of your soul this week. â&#x20AC;&#x153; For behold, He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and reveals His thoughts to man, the One who turns the dawn to darkness and strides on the heights of 60 Athabasca Street East the earth, the LORD, the God of Hosts, is His name.â&#x20AC;? 306-692-0533 Amos 4:13 Rev. Jim Tenford Minister: Music Director: Karen Purdy The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of th , 2017reflect the position of this the Sunday, author, and May do not14 necessarily Worship Service 10:30am publication.

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The town of Brownlee lost a historic building to fire on June 13, as the original town church burned down in the midst of a heavy Saskatchewan wind. Volunteer firefighters from both Eyebrow and Tugaske detachments attended to the blaze, which is believed to have started due to a tree branch catching a nearby powerline and igniting the roof of the church building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was one of the big evergreens on the side, it caught and it just went like a torch,â&#x20AC;? said Don Baum, who owned the old church and was using it largely for personal storage. Baum purchased the property from the United Church of Canada in 1996, after the pastoral charge closed the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doors to worship. Originally built in 1910, the church itself was over one hundred years old. It was one of the first buildings to appear in the town of Brownlee when the village was first incorporated in 1908. It was used as a place of worship for both Methodist and Presbyterian congregations, according to local amateur historian John Howard, until it

The United Church in Brownlee, pictured sometime in the 1950s. (Moose Jaw Times-Herald / courtesy of the Moose Jaw Public Library Archives Department)

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animals used for human consumption. A United Kingdom study predicted more people could die from antibiotic resistance by 2050 than from cancer. Globally, 60,000 tonnes of tetracycline are used annually on livestock with the U.S.A. using 6,000 tonnes. Jehoshua Sharma, director of research for the team, said they wanted to build an affordable unit farmers can use to monitor health of their livestock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our group very much knew that we wanted to start looking at the antibiotic resistance crisis,â&#x20AC;? said Sharma. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really know how we could physically helpâ&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually stop antibiotic use in agriculture as yet so we thought this would be a really good alternative.â&#x20AC;? The device was created in four months as the team competed in the International Genetic Engineering competition in Boston, MA., and won gold out of 6,000 students from 45 countries. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

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came under the United Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charge in 1925. The church avoided a fire that ravaged Main Street in 1929 and demolished many of the other historical buildings from the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beginnings, including the general store and the hotel. It was moved onto a new foundation in 1955, when the siding and shingles were redone, but otherwise, the church itself remained original. The building is now entirely gone, said Baum, leaving only the basement and the chimney foundation standing in the foundation. Volunteer firefighters were able to contain the blaze from spreading to the trees and residential homes that neighboured the church building, even in spite of the heavy winds carrying sparks and burning ashes throughout the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The volunteer firefighters were great,â&#x20AC;? said Baum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They had trucks and people snubbing out hot ashes, trying to keep it under control, and they did an excellent job.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thankful to the fire departments for the effort they put in, because it could have been a lot worse. If the wind would have been from a different direction, it could have taken out most of the town,â&#x20AC;? said Baum.

Student bio sensor can detect antibiotics in animals

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Brownlee church went up in flames on the afternoon of June 13. (photo submitted by Janice Parker)

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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

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Sullivan, Patrick March 28, 1943 to June 25, 2018

NO FAREWELL WORDS WERE SPOKEN. NO TIME TO SAY GOODBYE. YOU WERE GONE BEFORE WE KNEW AND ONLY GOD KNOWS WHY. It's been 2 years since you left us and my heart is as heavy now as it was that terrible night. My only comfort is knowing you are with the rest of our loved ones. Pat loved his family and friends so much. Nothing pleased him more than getting together and sharing a drink and having a laugh. It meant so much to him. His grandsons were the light of his life and he fought so hard to stay. The last two years of Pat's life were not kind to him but he was never one to complain. He fought the fight valiantly and bravely and anyone who knew him knew this. I want to sincerely thank all who reached out to us during that horrible time and to those who attended Pat's memorial, sent cards and food. Your kindness will never be forgotten. As one of his friends wrote “Vaya Con Dios Sully”

DIFLEY, MABEL We are sad to announce the death of long time Moose Jaw area resident, Mabel Difley, on June 19, 2020. Born Mabel Church, June 10,1936 in Chamberlain. She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon Difley; daughter Tracy Hoium; sister Darlene Emes and her parents Cliff and Ida Church. She is survived by her son Brent Difley; daughter Tara Leicht (Jeff); grandsons Jordan Hoium, Tyler Difley and Bryce Difley; great granddaughter and light of her life, Riley Hoium. Family meant everything to Mabel and she treasured her role as Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Daughter. She had a nurses’ heart, a graduate of the first nursing class at the University of Saskatchewan in 1957. She was a caregiver her entire life, spending her nursing career at the Union Hospital. She sacrificed a lot to care for family that went on before her. She was a caring and compassionate person with an indomitable spirt, strong and stubborn. She had a deep appreciation for nature, the livestock and all that ranch life entailed. Mom treasured her time at her home on the ranch at Buffalo Pound Lake and even late in her life, that’s where she wanted to be. Her ashes will be spread in the valley, in a private family ceremony, and she’ll again be in the company of her beloved husband, Gordon and daughter Tracy. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all of the staff at West Park Crossing and Dr. Kerrie Hetherington for their kind and compassionate care over the last two years. Her care and quality of life far exceeded our expectations and for that we will always be grateful. In lieu of flowers, those who desire may make a contribution in memory of Mabel Difley to Nature Conservancy of Canada by visiting conservegrasslands.ca or directing donations to 2230A 6th Avenue, Regina SK S4P 0S1. In living memory of Mabel, a memorial planting will be made by Jones - Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: www.wjjonesandson.com or www.parkviewfuneralchapel.ca (Obituaries). Dayna Chamberlain - Funeral Director

TRESSEL Constance “Connie” Marlene Tressel (née: Low), aged 74 years of Moose Jaw, SK passed away on Thursday, June 11th, 2020. Connie was born in Davidson, SK and received her education there and in Melville, SK. She married Craig Tressel on August 14th, 1965 and together they raised 4 children. Connie was a loving wife and mother who dedicated her life to raising her children. She was predeceased by her parents, Nancy and David Low. Connie will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Craig; son, Tracy; son, Jody (Jill) and their sons Sammy and Cole; son, Curtis; daughter, Leah; sister, JoAnn (Ed) Friesen; nephews, Sean and Christopher and their families; as well as numerous other relatives. In keeping with Connie’s wishes, a Private Family Service will be held. Flowers are gratefully declined. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Connie’s name may be made to the Providence Place Foundation Inc., 100 – 2nd Ave NE, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 1B8. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Todd Sjoberg, Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome. com

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CYNTHIA MARIE ROLFE February 07, 1958 – June 4, 2020 It is with great sadness our family shares the news of the sudden passing of Cindy Rolfe. Cindy was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. During her formative years in Moose Jaw, her work experiences at The Valley View Center developed a passion in Cindy for working with special needs adults and children. She went on to attend Lethbridge Community College where she obtained her registered nurse designation. In 1981 Cindy moved to Edmonton, Alberta which became home to her and her 34 year nursing career. She worked at The University of Alberta adult then pediatric ICU unit, then onto the Stollery Children’s Hospital for most of her working years, retiring in 2015. One of life’s greatest gifts for Cindy was volunteering at Camp Del Corazon – a camp for pediatric heart patients where she made an impact on many patients and their families and they on her life. Cindy was an avid Saskatchewan Roughriders fan watching every game and was thrilled to be able to attend a home game at the new Rider’s Mosaic stadium. Cindy was predeceased by her parents Donald and Shirley Rolfe. She will be lovingly remembered by her brother Grant Bjerke (Joan), her nieces Angela Baldwin (Jason) and Kristina Earle (Gary) and her numerous great nieces and nephews Kathleen, Emily, Hailey, Benjamin, Hannah and Mitchell. Cindy will also be deeply missed by her lifelong friend Joanne Dodd (Scott) and her god-sons Mitch and Ben. She will also be forever remembered by many cousins, extended family and friends. A Celebration of Cindy’s Life and internment service with close family and friends will be taking place in Moose Jaw at a future date to be confirmed by family. Those who so desire may make a memorial donation in memory of Cindy to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation – 800 College Plaza, 8215 112 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8. In living memory of Cindy, a memorial planting will be made by Jones Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: www.wjjonesandson.com or www. parkviewfuneralchapel.ca (Obituaries). Stephanie Lowe - Funeral Director

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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 is now in the first part of Phase Four of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. Public gatherings are still limited to 30 people, and Public Health highly encourages all residents to continue practicing social distancing and hand hygiene.

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. Guidelines for this return are now available. Saskatchewan Polytechnic has cancelled all programming and classes on campus but online courses and alternative delivery options are available. All non-essential events are also cancelled. Campuses remain open but with limited services. The University of Regina will be providing instruction from a distance for the remainder of the semester.

Organizations:

SARCAN has reopened to commercial and bulk customers by appointment only. Recycling services for the general public have resumed. SGI has reopened office branches to the public and 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 upon 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 has reopened at half-capacity. Pool, darts, and meat draws will not be resuming yet. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 59 has now reopened 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 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 have resumed 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 online at mjmag.ca and programs beginning on June 29. Grief support groups from Jones-Parkview Funeral Home have resumed. The Survivors of Suicide Grief 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 are reopened. 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, provided social distance precautions are taken. All playgrounds and beaches in the city reopened to the public, 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 are in full swing. 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 its 2020 season. Cheer Infinity Athletics has returned to in-gym classes and workshops, and also continues to offer Virtual classes for the whole family. Classes are open to members and non-members 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 its 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 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. The Moose Jaw Trap and Skeet Club is open for the season, with shooting available on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. More information about the club can be found on their Facebook page, or by calling Nolan at 1 (306) 694-8093.

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 the second part of Phase Four of the Re-Open 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 the Teen Digital Discord Hangout on June 23 at 2:30 p.m.and the monthly Virtual Book Club at 7:30 p.m., Teen Digital Dungeons and Dragons on June 24 at 6;30 p.m., and the Teen eBook Club on June 30 at 2:30 p.m. Teen events will be hosted on Discord and adult events on Zoom, and the links to join the events can be found on the library’s website. The Good Food Box from Hunger in Moose Jaw has resumed 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 has moved 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 is back on Langdon Crescent every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Precautions are in place for entrances & exits, and there will be plenty of room for social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be made available. The 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. 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 in-person but will instead move to a virtual platform on July 13-19. Attendance will also be free, but organizers encourage donations to help keep the festival running. Registration 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. The 50th annual Canadian Western Agribition in Regina on Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 has been postponed until Nov. 22-27.

Businesses/Facilities:

Clinics that provide services in dentistry, physical therapy, opticians, podiatry, occupational therapy, and chiropractic services have reopened regular services to clients. Many retail businesses are now open, 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, are now open. Childcare facilities are now reopened. The Saskatchewan Health Authority have been phasing in health services, 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.

Restaurants:

Restaurants, lounges, bars, and nightclubs are re-open and will be limited to 50 per cent capacity at that time.


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