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Good news for fans of food trucks, homemade fries, and waffles here in Moose Jaw: there’s a new food truck in town and it’s ready to live up to its name with a menu full of good things. Full Bellies Food Truck hit the streets at the beginning of May, joining a relatively empty scene of mobile food services. Owner Stephanie Shirley thought that adding another food truck to the mix would be a great addition to Moose Jaw, which is why she and fiancé Clara Reid decided to open up Full Bellies. “It’s something flexible and something Moose Jaw could use, so we just thought, ‘why not?’” said Shirley. The menu features a range of options, including breakfast items, burgers, poutine, and occasionally sweet dessert specials. Their specialty, said Shirley, is waffles — and Full Bellies offers waffles for every Owners Clara Reid (R) and Stephanie Shirley (L) opened their food truck in early meal. The chicken and waffle sandwich has May, with a menu full of breakfast, burgers, and fries as advertised. turned out to be a huge hit with customers so far, and the truck also does breakfast waffles, snack-size waffles on a stick, and the Full Bellies chip butty — a toasted Full Bellies is following the recommended sandwich filled with fries, cheese and gra- COVID-19 safety practices, including askeven dessert waffles with sweet toppings. ing customers to respect social distancing Full Bellies also does it’s best to cater to vy. “It’s super good, lots of carbs,” said Shirwhile waiting on their food, and is looking certain dietary restrictions, offering a ley. “But that’s the thing about this, we just into new ways to get their food into peoblack bean patty as a vegetarian option for get to experiment with basically whatever ple’s hands. any of their burgers as well as a burger subwe want, and it really brings us joy.” Shirley and Reid recently finished caterstitute that fits the requirements of a keto Shirley feels like Full Bellies has seen a ing a staff breakfast for a local company, diet. good response from Moose Jaw so far and and are hoping that more local businesses They just started making tornado fries, finds that the mobility of a food truck is might be interested in arranging for Full spiral cut and deep-fried to a perfect crisp, turning out to be helpful in keeping busiBellies to park outside their building for and Shirley recommends that customers ness going. staff lunches and such. who like a little spice should give the pop“It’s nice because if it’s not busy, we can Full Bellies will also be taking part in the ular Spicy Belly Burger a try. just move,” said Shirley. “We’ve been up upcoming Canada Day events organized “It’s very hot, like ‘melt your face off’ hot,” by [Mac] the Moose, for a little bit, and by a handful of local groups, including the she laughed. “But really, everything is just then downtown which is really nice beMoose Jaw Express / Moose Jaw Today. good, and it’s all homemade.” cause people walk by and it’s a lot more The food truck will be joining the celebraAnd she means everything, from the burger sociable.” tions downtown on Manitoba Street West patties to the fries to the batter coating the The pandemic put a bit of a damper on the for those looking to stop by and give them onion rings. Shirley and Reid spend hours opening summer season for Full Bellies, a try. working on food prep, mixing waffle batter as a lot of the festivals and events the food Otherwise, keeping up with Full Bellies is and pounding hamburger into the patties truck was planning on attending have been best done on their Facebook page, to find they serve on all their Belly burgers. cancelled, but the new business is making out where they are located each day and Reid is always thinking up new and tasty the best of things. what tasty items are on special. items to try out, and the latest creation is



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Specialty cheese shop opens after overcoming technical problems, pandemic restrictions Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Business owner Arpit Trivedi is excited to finally open the Sask. Cheese Factory in Moose Jaw, after technical glitches and the coronavirus pandemic caused a sixmonth delay in opening. Trivedi and his business partner, Dhaval Bhatt, were originally going to open in December, but issues with SaskPower prevented the entrepreneurs from throwing open the doors to the community. They then planned to open in mid-March after sorting out the problems, but the pandemic struck and forced them to keep their doors closed for another three months. They finally opened with a soft launch on June 11: Northgate Bakery in Regina provides much of the fresh baked goods, while a recent partnership will see the factory carry hand-crafted cheeses from Coteau Hills Cheese, too. Trivedi and Bhatt searched Moose Jaw and Regina for locations that would best meet their needs. They had a business in the Queen City, but had to close after Costco left its location. “We did not have enough traffic to generate (enough business),” Trivedi said. “(So) we carry on the business in Moose Jaw. That’s why we thought Moose Jaw would be the better market to launch our business.” The business partners opened the Sask. Cheese Factory on 45 High Street West. Trivedi noted they chose the downtown since they thought it was the best area in which to set up, while the building in which they opened suited their needs.

“The Moose Jaw market had limited options (for cheese and baked goods). So we thought this was the best market to get into and give people options,” he added. Trivedi said that while he and Bhatt are excited for the opening of their business here, they aren’t finished yet. Their goal is to also open a sandwich and soup bar at the same location with help from community chefs, which would make them a “one-stop shop” for food and pastries. “Since the beginning, Moose Jaw has been very good to us, especially on social media,” he continued. “Like that’s the thing about Moose Jaw community right now; like we are getting a good support from Moose Jaw people right now.” Some of the cheeses the business will offer include different types of gouda, various offerings of Swiss, several varieties of cheddar, Havarti, and Wensleydale. Trivedi noted the business will rotate its selection regularly and will offer specialty cheeses; it will also bring in cheeses based on suggestions from customers. What makes the Sask. Cheese Factory different is it offers many types of regular cheeses and specialty cheeses, all of which customers can purchase at low prices and that are friendly on the pocketbook, he said. For example, instead of having to purchase four large blocks of cheese, customers could purchase four small chunks for $20. “We want your support,” Trivedi added. “We are (also) thankful for the good support we’ve got so far.”

Saskatchewan Cheese Factory owners Dhaval Bhatt and Arpit Trivedi are joined by customer service specialist Morgan Piche with a selection of their wares. Photo by Randy Palmer

From fires to vehicle extrications, retiring firefighter saw plenty over 37-year career Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express After 37 years of fighting fires, responding to vehicle collisions and educating students about fire safety, senior captain Laurie Evans has retired to focus more on family and the outdoors. Evans, 59, hung up his bunker gear on June 24 after nearly four decades of helping protect the community with the Moose Jaw Fire Department. He retired eight months earlier than he planned — the mandatory retirement age is 60, which he will reach next April — since he thought now was a good time, particularly since the department was moving in a new direction. “It was a tough decision. It’s been a great career. It was a great place to work and great people to work with,” Evans said. “But it was just getting time (with) the stresses of the job. It was just time to retire. “… I enjoyed working with the fellas. Our job is like living with family; you’re there long hours, you know everybody’s little idiosyncrasies and all that kind of stuff. It’s a rewarding job that way.” The memorable and rewarding aspects of the job that Evans enjoyed were being able to help others and alleviate their problems, interacting with the public, working with a like-minded team every day and facing a variety of daily challenges. Evans saw many changes during his 37 years as a firefighter, he said. The fire department focused almost exclusively on fighting fires when he started. However, the role of firefighter evolved during the next four decades. They now attend to vehicle accidents and extrications, handle calls for medical assistance — “That’s now a big

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Senior Captain Laurie Evans has retired from the Moose Jaw Fire Department after 37 years. Photo courtesy City of Moose Jaw part of our job” — and work on different skills, such as confined spaces training, angle rescue and water rescue. “We are trained better to help the public,” Evans added. Furthermore, there is more public education about fire

safety — the fire department gives away smoke detectors for free — and students receive education about fire safety from kindergarten to Grade 12. Another significant change that occurred is who can become a firefighter. Evans explained that when he started, a young person could walk in from the street and apply. Now, applicants have to go to a fire training school and have the skills of a primary care paramedic before fire departments will hire them. This is for the better, he added, since the public is better served with more knowledgeable firefighters who aren’t merely sitting around waiting for a fire call. The fire department hired Evans on May 16, 1983 as a firefighter; 17 years later, the department promoted him to captain in charge of training on Feb. 1, 2002, a position in which he stayed until Sept. 26, 2003 when he chose to return to his firefighter position. The department later promoted him to lieutenant on Oct. 1, 2011, while he recently finished his career as senior captain. Evans became a firefighter since he followed in the footsteps of his father, who worked for the fire department for about five years. “It was always something I always took a fancy to,” he said. In retirement, Evans plans to focus more on fishing and hunting, helping out on an area farm by driving a grain truck and, probably most important to him, being able to spend more time with his family, kids and grandchildren. “I can (also) hang out in the sun,” he added with a chuckle.

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Time to think about sun safety as weather warms Larissa Kurz

With summer comes warm weather and an annual reminder to all Saskatchewanians to keep sun safety in mind when they head out to enjoy the outdoors. Saskatchewan receives the most sun out of all of the Canadian provinces, which is why Sun Smart Saskatchewan, a non-profit coalition of public health partners and experts, has plenty of tips to help people play safely in the sun — beginning with the importance of sun safety. Most already know the basics of sun care — cover up, wear sunscreen, and look for shade when things get hot outside — but the Sun Smart Saskatchewan website offers some extra tidbits that might be new to some. For starters, wearing lightweight clothing is better protection than sunscreen, and dark colours are more protective than light ones. As well, fabrics protect better when dry rather than wet. Some fabrics have an Ultraviolet Protection Factor, or UPF, on the tag, which shows how much UV radiation will pass through dry unstretched material. A higher rating is better, as the higher the UPF, the less percentage of the sun’s rays will reach your skin. Speaking of protection ratings, here’s a sunscreen tip: the best kind of sunscreen to stock up on is one that offers a broad spectrum formula, as that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. It’s also recommended to pick a sunscreen that is SPF 30 at least and is water-resistant. It’s not advised to use sunscreen on children younger than six months of age and to test sunscreen for any allergic reactions before using it on children. But once you

(Shutterstock) find a formula that works, there’s no such thing as too much sunscreen, say experts. Be sure to reapply anytime you hit the water, towel off, or perspire excessively. In addition, it’s best to avoid planning outdoor activities when UV rays are at their strongest during the day, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. This applies even to cloudy days, as thin cloud cover can still offer a high UV index. Wearing a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and light clothing are all ways of protecting yourself from the sun’s harsh rays, and they are tactics that work best in conjunction — alongside utilizing proper shade. UV rays can reflect off of surfaces, so it’s important to be fully protected wherever possible. Sun protection methods should be used anytime the UV index is 3 or higher. Sun Smart Saskatchewan’s mission is to raise awareness about skin cancer, which is strongly linked to overexposure of UV

radiation both outside and in artificial tanning practices. Although there is a genetic factor linked to the risk of skin cancer, 90 per cent of skin cancers are caused by UV exposure causing damage to DNA or cell functions. That damage appears in the form of a suntan or sunburn, although damage can occur even if you don’t experience these visual cues. Alongside skin cancer, too much sun and not enough sun protection can also cause premature ageing of the skin, like the development of wrinkles or age spots, and eye damage as serious at cortical cataracts. Tanning beds are also a serious concern in the fight against skin cancer. Research shows that people who started using tanning beds before the age of 35 had a 59 per cent increase in the risk of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. Experts say that indoor tanning is not a

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Sask. credit rating maintains AA status, stable outlook in S&P report Larissa Kurz

The Friendly City Optimist Club presented their “Friend of Youth” Scholarships to Madison Miller from Vanier Collegiate and Rachel Schultz from Cornerstone Christian School. Congratulations to both girls and we wish them all the best in their future studies! Thank you to all the Grade 12 students who applied for the Optimist Scholarships and Good Luck to all of them as they continue their education.

Standard & Poor Global Ratings (S&P) has confirmed the province of Saskatchewan has maintained the second-highest credit rating in the country despite the downturn of the pandemic, said a government press release. Saskatchewan has a AA credit rating from S&P, which is considered along with Moody investors Service Triple-A rating and the AA rating from the DBRS Morningstar to give the province and overall rating. S&P’s report was issued on June 19, and states that the agency expects the effects of the pandemic to be temporary in Saskatchewan, and there will be “steady improvement in fiscal results over the next two years.” “S&P’s rating confirmation supports Saskatchewan’s strong fiscal foundation,” said Finance Minister Donna Harpauer, in a press release. “The agency’s report also notes that while the effects and challenge of the pandemic are considerable, our province is in a position to move forward and recover. It is a pandemic deficit, not a structural deficit. We will continue to invest in the priorities of Saskatchewan people and develop a plan to return to balance, over time.”

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Fleury ignored by Hall of Fame By Joyce Walter - Moose Jaw Express

There was disappointment in local hockey circles when Thereon Fleury was once Joyce Walter again snubbed by the 18 For Moose Jaw Express members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Listed prior to the nomination process as a possible winner this year, there was hope that 2020 would be his year, that he would be one of the retired hockey players to become a member of the Hall of Fame that is located in Toronto and supposedly displays the best that hockey has to offer. Fleury is still the favourite former player of the Moose Jaw Warriors and made a splash in Calgary as a member of the Flames from 1989-2003. He was drafted in the eighth round in 1987 but wasn’t expected to play many games in the National Hockey League because of his size. He proved his doubters wrong by scoring 1,088 points in 1,084 career games. In his rookie year he had 34 points in 36 regular season games and had 11 points in 22 playoff games, leading to a Stanley Cup win. His personal addiction problems are well-documented as are the steps taken to get his life back on track. He is currently a public speaker, author, singer and advocate for sexual abuse victims. He does not back down from acknowledging his past problems, much like he never, ever backed away from those much larger players in the WHL and NHL. So, why, after 15 years of being on the Hall of Fame ballot, has he been overlooked? To know that we need to guess at the mindset of the committee. Does the selection committee believe he shouldn’t have revealed his personal addictions to the public? Is the committee annoyed that Fleury revealed such stark truths about the sexual abuse and domination he and other players were subjected to by a hockey coach? Is the committee a true representation of the sport? You decide: there are 17 men and one woman. There should be a penalty for that in this supposed time of equality. Maybe it is time for the committee to be overhauled and brought into the 21st century. And maybe it is time for on-ice contributions to the sport to be the only focus of who gets in and who is repeatedly ignored. One can only hope that next year will be Theo’s year. Joyce Walter can be reached at The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication. Send your letters to the editor to: or 888-241-5291 All columns, letters to the editor and editorials are solely the personal opinions of the writers themselves and not necessarily the opinions of The Moose Jaw Express. The contents of this publication are the property of the Moose Jaw Express. Reproduction of any of the contents of this publication, including, but without limiting the generality of the following: photographs, artwork and graphic designs, is strictly prohibited. There shall be no reproduction without the express written consent of the publisher. All ads in the Moose Jaw Express are published in good faith without verification. The Moose Jaw Express reserves the right to refuse, classify, revise or censor any ads for any reason in its sole discretion. This paper may include inaccuracies or errors. The Moose Jaw Express does not under any circumstances accept responsibility for the accuracy or otherwise of any ads or messages in any of the publications editions. The Moose Jaw Express specifically disclaims all and any liability to advertisers and readers of any kind for loss or damage of any nature what-so-ever and however arising, whether due to inaccuracy, error, omission or any other cause. All users are advised to check ad and message details carefully before entering into any agreement of any kind and before disclosing personal information. If in doubt, please take legal advice.


The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities seems quite happy with the provincial

budget delivered in June. The budget featuring a $2.4 billion deficit provided funding for numerous rural-related matters. “Our economy and the livelihood of Saskatchewan residents and people worldwide is uncertain,” commented SARM President Ray Orb. “We are grateful of the support provincially and federally to help everyone through this unprecedented situation, and we will continue to work on behalf of rural municipalities.”



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“Hey, I have an idea!” We seniors receiving the Old Age Security Pension will be receiving $500.00 from the Canadian Tax Payers in July. My wife and I have decided to donate this money to charities. As you know, there are numerous charities that have a difficult time squeezing and stretching their friends at this difficult time in order to provide FOOD and necessities for our

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Increased dollars for rural Saskatchewan are “appreciated.” RMs will receive $79 million in the revenue sharing plan as the pot grew by 10 per cent to $278 million. An extra $15 million will assist rural communities with funding to repair and replace bridges. SARM is interested in hearing more details on the new tax incentives to encourage oil pipelines. The $244.3 million allocated for federal-provincial farm safety net programs was “welcome news.” And SARM supported the $85 million allocated to the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency.

On June 15th, Saskatchewan became the first province MLA, in Canada to table a budget Lumsden-Morse that recognizes the impact of COVID-19. This is an historic time around the world, complete with new challenges due to the pandemic. Saskatchewan people, however, have faced this pandemic together. We are re-opening our province together, and we will rebuild and recover our economy together. While 87 per cent of Saskatchewan businesses were able to stay open during the pandemic, our province is not immune to the financial hit that came along with COVID-19. This year’s budget has dedicated over a billion dollars in spending directly related to the pandemic. As a result, we are currently sitting in a deficit position, but it is important to acknowledge that this is not a structural deficit; this is a pandemic deficit. In fact, prior to the arrival of COVID-19, Saskatchewan was on track for balanced budgets both this year and last. As our province begins to re-open and our economy recovers, we will get back to a balance without having to cut programs and services. Budget Highlights Budget 2020-21 invests in health, education, social services, family, and communities. The Ministry of Health budget is $5.8 billion, which is an increase of 4.6 per cent from 2019-2020. This is the highest investment into health ever made that will ensure our health care system has the resources it needs to serve Saskatchewan people. Our budget also dedicates $435 million to mental health and addictions services, which makes up 7.5 per cent of the overall Health budget to fund critical initiatives including the development of an innovative crystal methamphetamine treatment program in Estevan. Funding will also be available for the development of a mental health program for Emergency Medical Service workers in the province. Also included in this budget is $2.6 billion for the Ministry of Education, which is an increase of $123.3 million to support Prekindergarten to grade 12 classrooms, early

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learning and childcare, libraries and literacy. $8.5 million has been allocated to begin the planning and design for new joint-use schools, replacement schools and renovation projects. As our province continues to grow, we must continue to expand capacity to welcome and accommodate new students. Community-based organizations, including childcare centres, will receive an increase of $2.4 million from the 2019-20 Budget. This includes an increase of $350,000 in provincial funding for specialized Prekindergarten programming to support preschool-aged children with intensive needs. Our government has made a $715 million commitment to safety and economic stimulus in the Ministry of Highway’s budget. Safety will always be our number one priority for our roads but we must also consider the economic opportunity that our communities will need. This stimulus funding will improve our highway system by adding in passing lanes, road improvements and investment into municipal transport infrastructure. As our government moves into the remaining weeks of this sitting, we will continue to be transparent and available to our constituents. Recovering from this global pandemic will take time but we have proven before that we are a resilient province. I applaud everyone in their efforts as we continue to re-open our province. This week we announced a date for phase 4.1 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. This will include the re-opening child and youth day camps, outdoor pools and spray parks as well as outdoor sports. Our children have sacrificed a lot through this so we are very happy that our health officials believe kids can safely get back to these activities. I ask that we all continue to do our part. Please continue to physically distance, wash your hands, and self-isolate if you are feeling any symptoms of COVID-19. Finally, I want to highlight one of the legislative changes that we will be working on. The Trudeau government has continued to change gun ownership rules by stealth over the past several weeks and would also like to give municipalities the option to ban handguns. Your Saskatchewan government believes we need clear rules, not a patchwork of regulations across the country, especially regulations that do not actually address crime and instead needlessly target legal gun owners. Therefore, we are amending The Miscellaneous Municipal Statutes Amendment Act to clarify that banning firearms does not fall under municipal jurisdiction. We have received support from many municipal leaders across the province on making this clarification and I thank them for their support. We will keep working to focus on criminals instead of further restricting legitimate firearm owners.

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The Moose Jaw Public Library has announced that despite the provincial announcement yesterday that it may resume in-person services, doors will remain closed for the time being. The second part of Phase Four of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan began on June 29, allowing spaces like libraries to reopen to the general public, but the MJPL has decided that it will hold off on doing so until more safety guidelines from the Provincial Library office are determined. Carolyn Graham, acting assistant head librarian at the MJPL, spoke to the decision to remain closed. “We want to be sure that it’s safe, because libraries have a lot of nooks and crannies that can be very hard to keep clean, like books [and] public computers, for example,” said Graham. “So every step of the plan moving forward is going to involve developing the proper safety protocols.” Lending services have already begun again, with the

contactless curbside pickup program in full swing. Other services regularly offered by the MJPL will be resuming gradually, although details have yet to be determined. A more concrete plan from the provincial library oversight body is expected within the next few weeks, at which time the MJPL will be better equipped to address

reopening other services to the community. “We are just not ready to proceed and we do feel like we should be following the direction from the Provincial Library,” said Graham. “And [it seems important] to have all libraries on the same page, instead of one library doing this and other doing something different, because that can be quite confusing to the public.” As part of the Palliser Regional Library system, the MJPL’s decision to remain closed was made in conjunction with senior members of the library board. Many other Palliser branches are following the same protocol. The MJPL will continue to operate as it has been for the past few months. Staff at MJPL can be contacted either by phone at 1 (306) 692-2787, by email at, by Facebook message, or by using the live chat feature on

WDM waiting to reopen doors after Phase 4 announcement Larissa Kurz Although museums are one of the spaces that were allowed to reopen to the public on June 29, all four Western Development Museum locations in the province will remain closed for now. After the green light from the provincial government to begin the second part of Phase Four of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, the museums have opted to wait until further safety guidelines are in place. In a press release, WDM CEO Joan Kanigan cited safety

as the top concern for the museum at this time. “The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is our primary concern. As difficult as this is, the WDM must remain closed until we are confident that all the requirements outlined in the Libraries, Museums, Art Galleries Guidelines along with all other applicable provincial regulations are being met to the highest standard,” said Kanigan. In the meantime, virtual summer day camps from the

WDM are set to begin on July 13, using a pay-what-youcan model and online registration. The WDM locations in Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Saskatoon, and Yorkton will continue operating as they have for the past few months, awaiting more information about a reopening plan in the future. As those details are determined, they will be shared on


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If you get the little things in life right, the big ones fall into place Establishing a reputation comes down to consistently performing the little pieces of an operation well, or in one adage: “Look after the nickels and dimes and the dollars will take care of themselves.” The lines painted on roads are among the little things we take for granted. They are just there to show drivers where by Ron Walter to go, where they can legally pass and turn. When the lines fail to do their job, the situation becomes an irritant, one that continues every time the roads are used. Moose Jaw had nice lines on roads, lines that didn’t wear out until about 15 years ago. Suddenly lines began to wear off in a few months. City council was told an environmental regulation banning lead from the road line paint was the culprit. Moose Jaw residents do travel outside the city and discovered other cities also not using the lead paint had long lasting road lines. The excuse then became the high expense of a better paint.

Finally, this year city council was told the longer lasting paint would require repainting only once every seven years. Imagine the cost savings to the city and our property taxes if we only had to paint lines once every seven years. Which raises the question: has our line painting over the years been a make work project? Well, council this year approved using the longer-lasting paint on First Avenue Northwest, one of the highest traffic routes in the city. First is so busy that its width can’t adequately and safely handle the flow of vehicles. That width has led to a series of restrictions – no parking, angular lanes, removal of overhead signs and placement of a temporary left turn only sign at First and Caribou. That temporary sign came about when we had two city engineers from the Calgary area trying to impose big city rules on a small city. They are gone as is the temporary sign – a sign that was often disobeyed by confused drivers. The new situation with the seven-year painted lines turned the centre lane into a left hand turn only lane — a

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change that should smooth the flow of traffic. But the left-turn lane isn’t doing the job. When the line painters did the two wide yellow lines on this lane the outside lines were made solid. The consequence of this: most drivers who have been taught not to cross solid yellow lines are turning left from the right hand only lanes. Just go out and watch for a few minutes. The smaller white turn arrows in the centre lane have faded after two months, creating more confusion. Apparently the city didn’t have enough good quality paint to do all the lines on First. Now do we have to wait seven years for the yellow lines to wear out until the matter is corrected? We’ve been frustrated by this issue for so long our expectations of council are extremely low. Council has a reputation for not getting the little things right.

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SaskTel Pioneers donate over $3,000 to three local literacy programs Larissa Kurz

The Moose Jaw SaskTel Pioneers have made a recent donation of $3,400 to support three local literacy programs within the city, to help encourage summer learning. The donation will be shared between the summer program at the Moose Jaw Literacy Network, Holy Trinity School Division, and the Prairie South School Division. Both school divisions have indicated they will use their funding to improve online resources and other literacy projects, including books for summer reading programs for students. “It is important for students to continue their reading skills over the summer, stu-

dents of both French Immersion and English of all grades will benefit from the generosity of the Moose Jaw Pioneers,” said Lori Meyer, PSSD superintendent of learning, in a press release. Literacy is an important initiative for the Moose Jaw Pioneers, as they also host an annual book drive each winter to provide new books to schools in Moose Jaw free of charge and donate backpacks and school supplies to children at the beginning of the school year. Across the province, members of the SaskTel Pioneers have provided $206,273 in donations, $938,700 in-kind donations, and more than 42,000 hours of volunteer time to community initiatives in 2019-20.

Moose Jaw Pioneers President Kristian Sjoberg (L) presenting the cheque to Prairie South School Division director of education Tony Baldwin (R). (supplied)

Provincial parks reopening full campsite availability for remainder of season

(supplied) Provincial parks across Saskatchewan will be expanding campsite availability beginning this week, after a green light

Larissa Kurz from the provincial government and the safety. announcement of the second part of Phase Campsite availability will be gradual, Four of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. with more sites becoming available withParks are reopening to full capacity, with in a week, and campers are encouraged to all campsites now available to reserve for continue checking the online booking site the remainder of the camping season. No regularly as it updates. more seasonal sites will be available but Shower facilities are also opening to there will not be a maximum stay limit campers beginning June 27, but laundry per site, allowing campers to enjoy the facilities and day-use areas will remain closed for now. outdoors for as long as they choose. Nightly, group, and equestrian campsites Campers can expect to continue the autoare also now available to book, after be- matic check-in process when they arrive ing closed during previous phases of for their reservations, and new campers COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. are encouraged to book online at saskCamp Easy sites will be available to book and purchase a park pass at the beginning July 9 and will open on July same time. 16 with enhanced cleaning measures for “After slowly and carefully opening the

parks in May and campgrounds in June, we are excited to offer more campsite availability,” said Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky, in a press release. “This has been a methodical re-opening and every step along the way has allowed us to implement enhanced cleaning and new operational procedures to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors.” Parks staff will continue to clean and sanitize regularly, and campers are reminded to continue to respect signage and maintain physical distance from other visitors. More information about provincial parks and COVID-19 this summer can be found online at


There was something in the air as summer began

Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express

The day after the final school bell rang to signal the end of classes for a glorious two months, there was something special in the air. It wasn’t so much the

turning of the school calendar, but a spiritual feeling deep down that something wonderful was just beyond the grasp of a varied crew of school friends who had not yet been transported to another town for classes. We were still the original group, 20-or-so of us who shared the one-room school that housed multiple grades. The higher grades were in another school room and we in the lower grades were either in awe or deathly afraid of those older kids. I have always considered myself lucky to

have been schooled in a multi-grade classroom. Eavesdropping on the lessons of the higher grades did nothing but prepare some of us for being moved along at the end of the year - or even being asked to participate in some of the lessons of those advanced grades - as long as we had finished our own grade’s assignments. Getting 100 per cent on a Grade 4 exam while still in Grade 2 was better than a gold star but then the parents of a student in Grade 4 complained that the teacher should have been giving more attention to their Grade 4 child, and thus ended the experimental educational method of the teacher. But I digress. The air simply felt different at the beginning of summer. Maybe it was the freedom to roam at will, to spend entire days outdoors, except for the Saturday dusting chores, of course. Even working in the garden seemed less tedious and more like an adventure — counting the pea pods, racing to pick the most beans and waving at every vehicle that passed by on the road beside our property. And of course every one of those drivers waved back or honked, as was the custom of rural friendliness. Packing a lunch and heading out on gas deliveries with my Dad didn’t have to wait until the weekend or after school. If there were a delivery to be done on Monday, then there I was, plopped in the passenger seat beside my dog, “helping” Dad make his deliveries of farm fuel and pails of lubricants to his customers. At some farms we were invited to stop for coffee or Freshie and home baked cake or cookies. Of course we accepted and it was a foregone conclusion that Mom didn’t need to know about these lunch breaks, especially when we told her we weren’t very hungry when we got home. I suspect she knew what we were hiding! Summer also meant that two of my friends

would join me for the bike ride to our friend’s farm north of the village. Before leaving home we were warned to be extra careful when crossing the busy Trans-Canada Highway to get to the grid road leading to her house. Upon arrival there we would head directly to the corral when her placid, old, fat and sway-backed horse stood. The horse was likely thinking, “Oh Lord, not those giggly girls again.” But she was patient and allowed all of us to climb onto her back for a walk around the enclosure. A rocket could go off and her pace would not have picked up. We’d eat our lunch in the trees with the cats and dogs and then it would be time to head back to town. Her parent quite often put our bikes in the back of his truck and we’d pile in to be delivered to our respective homes. I’m sure by the end of summer he and the horse likely wished his daughter’s friends would go elsewhere. All too soon the days of summer were over and done and it was time to head back to school. We were dressed in our new outfits, carrying a binder of new notebooks, precisely sharpened pencils and a metal box of utensils with which to draw graphs and other mathematical shapes. There was a different feeling at the end of summer, but I can still remember what it was like to be wild and free for two months of every year — until we became too grown up to admit to thinking there was magic in the air. Happy summer everyone. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ 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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Canada celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day at home last weekend Larissa Kurz

June 21 was National Indigenous Peoples Day, and while most celebratory events didn’t happen due to COVID-19 restrictions, people were still encouraged to recognize the holiday in their own ways. National Indigenous Peoples Day always occurs on the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year. Indigenous communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on this day for a number of generations, and the Government of Canada declared the day a national holiday in 1996 to recognize its importance. June is also Indigenous History Month, and the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival based in Ottawa had virtual events planned nearly every day of the month to celebrate, available on its website. National Indigenous Peoples Day is meant to acknowledge the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. Canadians were encouraged to spend time on Sunday celebrating Indigenous culture, recognizing Indigenous contributions, and learning about Indigenous history and experiences. The ongoing pandemic means that many communities weren’t able to hold their usual celebrations, but people were still encouraged to find ways to acknowledge the holiday at home. The Government of Canada shared a list of various activities and ideas to learn about Indigenous culture — including printable games featuring languages and cultural facts, Indigenous-inspired crafts and recipes, and information about history and traditions. All of these resources are available as a PDF for ease of use and can be found by searching “National Indigenous Peoples Day” on the

Two jingle dance performers from last year’s powwow, hosted by the Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association in Tatawâw Park for the first time in 25 years. (photo by Randy Palmer) government website. People were also encouraged to reach out to their local Indigenous community or group, and to explore the history of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people in their area in other ways — something that is worth doing any day of the year. Looking for Indigenous-focused podcasts, music, or film or seeking museum collections featuring Indigenous artists and artwork are just some suggestions. Many traditional pow wows and other events were moved to a virtual space this year and could also be of interest to look for.

For Moose Jaw — located in Treaty Four territory, the original lands of the Cree, Salteaux, Ojibwe, Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota, and the homelands of the Métis Nation — there are a few local resources worth visiting for those interested in learning more about the Indigenous cultures in this area. Although the local community group, the Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association, had nothing planned for this year, they do have a Facebook group where members often share educational resources and information about local events in the community. Also on Facebook, historian Ron Papandrea hosts a group dedicated to sharing the history of the Lakota nation in Canada — much of which features Moose Jaw as they lived in what is now Tatawâw Park for many years before moving to the reserve at Wood Mountain. Papandrea was a special guest at last year’s National Indigenous Peoples Week celebrations with WACA. For those interested in local artwork, the WACA Women’s Cape Project currently remains on display at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery and can be viewed on the gallery website in a virtual exhibit tour. The MJMAG also has in-conversation videos with curator, Cree traditional artist, and storyteller Barb Frazer and artist Ashley Young about the art of beadwork and its cultural significance. National Indigenous People’s Day may be over for this year, but actively seeking out Indigenous voices, experiences, and stories is something that Canadians can do all year round. For more information about National Indigenous People’s Day, visit the Government of Canada’s website.

My Final Week in the Legislative Assembly the people of Moose Jaw and to bring the concerns of constituents to the appropriate Government Ministries. It is an honour to recognize special events, community milestones and people of significant notoriety. I remain committed to doing so in these final months of my term as

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Warren Michelson Moose Jaw North

Warren Michelson, MLA

Happy Canada Day. Thank you to the innovation and determination of those who ensured COVID-19 would not stop a safe and socially distant Moose Jaw Canada Day celebration. Thank you to Moose Jaw Express/Moose Jaw Today, local businesses and the Kinsmen for your efforts and for making this year’s fireworks possible. The current session of the legislature officially comes to a close on Friday, July 3rd. This is my final sitting of the Assembly as your MLA and these final few weeks are much different than anything I could have imagined. The Legislative Assembly was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and re-convened June 15 for a three-week session. The resumption of the Assembly was important to continue the operations of Government on behalf of the people of Saskatchewan. It is a very different experience with only 10 government members and five opposition members in the Assembly at any time to ensure safe physical distancing. Those not in the Assembly participate by video connection. The main priority has been the introduction, debate and passage of the 2020-2021 provincial budget. At the same time, other important work is also being completed. The Government of Saskatchewan introduced The Police Amendment Act, 2020 as an initial step to improving police oversight in Saskatchewan. Amendments were also brought forward to The Miscellaneous Municipal Statutes Amendment Act, 2019, that will better protect the rights of legal firearm and handgun owners within the province. The reduction in provincial revenues and additional costs related to the pandemic

have resulted in a $2.4 billion deficit forecast for 2020-21 Budget. While the 202021 deficit is significant, it is much smaller than the deficits expected in many other provinces this fiscal year. Revenue is forecast to be down $1.2 billion, or about eight per cent from last year, a result of the shuttering of domestic and global economies to contain the spread of COVID-19, combined with the oil price collapse. The budget will, however, provide increased investment in the health, education and social support services that the people of our province need. Investments in infrastructure will stimulate the Saskatchewan economy, and incentives will help our businesses and industries recover. The provincial budget includes a record-setting 11 per cent increase in no-strings-attached municipal revenue sharing. The Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP) will provide an additional $150 million to municipalities for shovel-ready, local projects and investments to further stimulate the economy. The City of Moose Jaw will receive close to $7,000,000 in municipal revenue sharing and almost $5,000,000 as part of the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program. The 2020-21 Saskatchewan Budget meets the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. As Saskatchewan’s economy recovers, our revenues will also recover and we will get back to balance in the coming years without having to cut programs and services. Although this legislative sitting will be completed this week, I look forward to continuing to represent the constituents of Moose Jaw North until the time a provincial election is called. It has always been very rewarding to be able to serve

your MLA. Please contact us if we can serve you in any of these topics by calling our office at 306-692-8884 or emailing 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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- Moose Jaw’s Source for News! Local news, weather and sports Your connection to the world Southwest of Moose Jaw disproves flat Saskatchewan stereotype Around 50 years ago shortly before my partner and I married, her father dropped off a set of car keys. It was, he informed her, to be her car to be paid off at $5 a week until the $500 was paid to a family friend. The English-built Anglia wasn’t made for the hills around Moose Jaw and Yours Truly never mastered the complicated stick shift but it made us a lot more mobile. One of the first trips we took was on Highway 363 southwest of Moose Jaw through the hills, past the potholes, shrubs and Prairie wool. This country reminds me of parts of the Southern Alberta from my early years. The drive down 363 past Old Wives Lake proves Saskatchewan is not just flat Prairie. The potholes and the shallow sloughs are usually full of ducks; Prairie song birds fly about and we’ve seem antelope, deer and once, elk. For the photographer, vacant farmsteads are subject matter. The drive leads to a turn-off at the Francophone communities of Courval and Coderre, once bustling little towns; now with neat houses and few services. Coderre has a hotel with bar and grill opening at 11 a.m. From Coderre, the trip can go straight west on gravel to meet with paved Highway 58, or the drive can go back on 363 pavement to the junction with 58. Caution: Highway 363 has some rough spots; 58 has an

via gravel from 363 to Chaplin on the Trans-Canada Highway. This drive north takes you through the hills and farmland, skirting Chaplin Lake and the shorebirds. Another route from Gravelbourg south goes to Lafleche, with an indoor shopping mall and cathedral, west on Highway 13 to Assiniboia and north on Highway Two to Moose Jaw. For better chances of seeing wildlife take an early morning or late afternoon/early evening drive. As the poet Noel Coward said: “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.” Estimated driving time: four to five hours. Ron Walter can be reached at abundance of them. South on 58 leads to Gravelbourg, where the old buildings – co-cathedral, court house, bishop’s residence, convent, the late Dr. Soucy’s slate covered home and others are of interest. If you’re in need of nourishment, the Paris Cafe serves delightful light meals. Three other eateries offer varied choices. The town has several shopping places with a unique one at Style’s just down the street from the Paris. From Gravelbourg, the trip can return on Highway 58

Eyebrow merchant has interesting display By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express


The operators of Hohner’s Store in Eyebrow have brightened up their part of the main street with flower displays. On one side of the front door an old spray painted bicycle has flowers tucked in the carrier flanked by six old metal pots growing flowers. A spray painted shopping cart on the other side of the door holds five flower pots while three pots, including an old tea kettle, sit beside the cart A sign in the window advises residents: Better Times Ahead.

Commodity price outlook not good for bottom line For Agri-Mart Express

The pandemic will “test the resilience of farms in 2020,” according to Farm Credit Canada. The federal agricultural bank says last year’s farm cash receipts increase of 5.7 per cent suggests a strong year in 2020. The $3.6 billion increase was the best since 2003. Stripping out the increase from newly added cannabis farming leaves the increase at 2.9 per cent. In Saskatchewan a 0.3 per cent decline in farm cash receipts last year was caused by lower grain prices, offset by good live-



stock prices. For 2020, FCC predicts a 1.9 per cent drop in Saskatchewan farm cash receipts from lower livestock and grain prices. This includes direct payments by farm safety net programs. The ag bank says spring wheat is the only commodity with a bright price outlook. Prices will stay average for canola, durum, yellow peas and red lentils with declines forecast for barley, corn and soybeans. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@

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TC Precious Metals will be in Moose Jaw making its way through Western Canada. You can bring your gold, silver, coins and Canadian paper money to the Moose Jaw Ramada Inn between 10am and 5pm Sunday, Monday & Tuesday July 5, 6 & 7. No appointment is required. Terry Burrill is a precious metals buyer and President of TC Precious Metals headquartered in Airdrie, Alberta, and takes this show out to western Canada. “TC Precious Metals has the unique advantage of dealing direct with a smelter” says Burrill. “This allows us to cut out one or even two middlemen. TC Precious Metals purchases gold and silver from other gold buyers, pawn shops, dentists, jewellers and jewellery makers as well as from the general public.” In terms of the US dollar, gold and silver prices appear low but the weak Canadian dollar means prices are strong. TC Precious Metals analyzes your gold, silver, coins and paper money while you watch, with the process explained to you in detail. Coins with numismatic (collectable) value are set aside from those with a ‘melt’ value. Silver items such as jewelry and flatware are analyzed for hallmark identification. Items thought to contain gold will also be analyzed for hallmarks, and then confirmed using precise testing that is done while you watch. Then a cash offer is made, and you decide to sell or not.

“If you decide to sell after hearing the quote, great, but it’s also about information” says Burrill. “A lot of times people just need to know a ballpark price of what items are worth. There is no obligation and we don’t pressure anyone into selling.” “Nearly half of the world’s annual gold harvest comes from recycled gold. Energy costs area about $500 to mine a new once of gold where recycled gold is about $10 per once.” A result of this is gold and silver purchased at the shows and later melted goes back into the market with a lower environmental impact. Out of fashion jewelry, single earrings, broken chains, unloved jewelry, charm bracelets, dental gold, nuggets and fine gold are all accepted. Sterling silver flatware sets. Another valuable item is coin with silver content. Dimes, Quarters, Half Dollars and Dollars from Canada and America can be sorted and the silver content determined in no time at all. People are encouraged to bring in any and all coins for assessment. TC Precious Metals can assess and purchase Canadian and Dominion of Canada paper money. They have extensive experience working with estate, executors, widows and widowers in a respectful and caring manner. No appointment necessary.

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World Refugee Day highlights lives of those who have had to flee their home Moose Jaw Multicultural Centre held a variety of online activities to promote awareness of local refugees during annual day of recognition on June 20 Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

For months, families have lived in squalor, the only shelter a ragged tent surrounded by thousands of similar structures. There’s no sanitation, little water, and less food. Your home is hundreds of kilometres away, bombed into ruin due to some conflict that has nothing to do with you. You walked all that way, desperate to escape the fighting and death that surrounded you each step of the arduous journey. Finally, the day comes. Soldiers in blue helmets with Canadian flag patches arrive at your camp and you and your family are placed on a bus, driven to an airport and begin a long flight over the ocean. You arrive in a small city in Canada, and are greeted by smiling faces, hugs and – amazingly – someone who speaks your rare dialect. A short drive down the highway, with no aircraft strafing you, no soldiers or checkpoints, and you’re in your new community. A warm and comfortable hotel room awaits, and you’ve begun your new life in Moose Jaw. That miracle has occurred many, many times over the years, thanks to Canada’s government-assisted refugee program and the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council. And on June 20th, World Refugee Day was a chance to recognize and build awareness when it comes to the plight of refugees not only in Moose Jaw, but all over the planet. “Each year we welcome several families from refugee backgrounds, both with government-assisted refugees and members of the community who privately sponsor refugees,” said Tyler Bastedo, MJMC community connections coordinator. “So we have lots of new faces each year that

come from difficult backgrounds. Days like World Refugee Day, it’s important both for the community to show that we’re a welcoming place for refugees to come settle, but also it can be important for refugees to show their resiliency and feel accepted.” This year, it was a little bit more difficult – COVID-19 concerns prevented the MJMC from holding their traditional major event on World Refugee Day, pushing everything online. The local organization made the best of it, though, providing a host of resources on their Facebook page to heighten the amount of information available to anyone wanting to learn about those forced to flee war, violence or persecution. “Given the circumstance we weren’t able to do anything in person this year, as long as the social distancing recommendations and all of that are still in place,” Bastedo said. “We just didn’t think it would be right to hold anything while not being safe. So we moved to an online platform and we shared information about World Refugee Day via social media, sharing statistics, information, links to different organizations that work with refugees and other things that help people celebrate World Refugee Day from the comfort of their homes.” While the number of refugees in Moose Jaw wasn’t currently available, more than 100,000 people have arrived in Canada since 2016 from some of the hardest-hit countries in the world, including South Sudan, Myanmar, Syria and the Congo. The MJMC Facebook page offers a glimpse into what those people have been through via their online resources, which includes reading lists with selections of

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fiction and nonfiction stories as well as a handful of short videos. “Anything people can engage in and educate themselves while learning from home,” Bastedo said. “That can make a huge difference, just having people in the know. We’re just trying to find different ways to connect with the community from the safety of their homes and still recognize this important day.” A helping hand all along the way The lead in to this article is actually a fairly accurate description of how a refugee family might arrive in Moose Jaw. But once they’re in The Friendly City, the help doesn’t stop there. It’s just the beginning. Once the families have had a chance to get their bearings, the MJMC helps them

find permanent accommodation, sometimes with the help of a community sponsor. Many religious organizations have stepped up in this time of need, as well as groups like Moose Jaw Pride. And right from day one, it’s setting up a day-to-day life like any other Canadian. Acquiring a social insurance number, setting up bank accounts, getting health cards and medical appointments and if necessary, help with their language skills. “Then we just help them out day to day as needed,” Bastedo said, adding that the process can be incredibly rewarding. “We get to be part of success stories and being able to help families arrive from a situation that might be more dangerous or difficult, having them settle in our community is definitely a great thing to be a part of. “We get lots of positive feedback and we’re always looking for ways to help as well.” For more on World Refugee Day and refugees in Moose Jaw and Canada and beyond, be sure to check out the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council’s website at and their Facebook page for the complete list of aforementioned resources.

BIZWORLD By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Northern B.C. oil-related business has two new developments flowing cash An investment in a company with new divisions just starting to substantially increase cash flow doesn’t come along every day. Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Inc. appears to fit the description with 11 acquisitions in the oil and gas business since 2015. These acquisitions created a modest midstream operation with gas processing plants, gathering pipelines, storage and some natural gas marketing. The company operates 5,800 km of pipelines and 1.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas processing plant capacity. Late last year the company acquired the Prince George oil refinery, actually located at Taylor, B.C. The 12 million barrel a year capacity refinery was built to try and cut the high price of gasoline in the north, often three and four times the Lower Mainland price. Forestry and mining in the region use more than the refinery produces with 45 per cent of output as diesel, 40 per cent as gasoline and 15 per cent as bunker oil and other products. The refinery price of $215 million plus $62 million for inventory was funded largely by borrowing and stretched the balance sheet. Major shareholder Birch Hill Equity Partners of Toronto bought $63 million in new shares when the refinery purchase was announced. The $1.3 billion Birch Hills operation owns 24 per cent of Tidewater and has invested in Home Equity Bank, CCM, and GDI, the cleaning company consolidator among others. With the acquisition came a five-year contract with Husky Oil to buy 90 per cent of refinery product. The bulk of impact from the refinery acquisition will come in the next six months.

Cash flow from the refinery deal will be complemented by full operation of the new Pipestone gas processing plant with large volumes and potential expansion. To reduce debt Tidewater has sold a natural gas cogeneration plant to Transalta for $85 million and half of a major pipeline for $138 million clear. With assets of $1.3 billion, the $353 million net debt may not seem that outsized but Tidewater is focused on debt reduction. Debt runs around three times the flow of cash, a ratio that is uncomfortably high. The discomfort showed up when Husky Oil used an escape clause to only buy 80 per cent of refinery production this spring due to lower demand caused by COVID-19. At 92 cents a share Tidewater is well above the 35-cent low in the March massacre and about two-thirds the $1.45 high. The level of debt and the reduced refinery demand are the main roadblocks to a higher price – that and the fact this is an oil-related business. Tidewater is well positioned to gain long term benefits from natural gas development for LNG plants on the West Coast if they ever get built. The dividend yields 4.8 per cent. 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@ 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 goose came back: local pet goose capturing hearts after impossible fox escape Larissa Kurz

Looks like it’s time to move over, Mac, because Moose Jaw has a new favourite animal in town and he has a much more harrowing story to tell. His name is Steve the Goose, and he’s become an overnight Internet sensation after the story of his daring fox escape hit the front page of the news last week. “I can’t believe how many people have reached out to us [after everything], I’m pretty sure there’s over a thousand people by now,” said Carla Shymko, Steve’s owner and the spokesperson for his roller-coaster tale. Steve’s story begins about nine years ago, when he and his partner Lulu joined the Shymko family as a bonded pair of geese from Free to Be Me Sanctuary. At first, Shymko admits she was hesitant about having geese and thought the pair would just be like any other farm animals, but they quickly became more than just birds to the family. Steve especially attached to Shymko, following her around the family’s acreage southwest of Moose Jaw just like any other pet. “He’s like a dog, he follows me around the yard,” said Shymko. “If I’m in the garden, he’s in the garden right beside me. If I’m reading a book on the patio, he would be beside me and put his head on my lap. All the kids played with him.” “He’s a better watch animal than our Rottweiler ever was,” she joked. “He’s very loving and friendly, [and] he’ll come when he’s called. If he hears my voice, he goes crazy. He’s just a fun animal to have, and he has personality; it’s kind of neat.” Even after Lulu passed away four years ago, Steve kept himself busy and even became a bit of a local celebrity. “He was the talk of the town,” laughed Shymko. “Everybody knew about him, and we have teenage kids who always brought their friends to see him, he was really well-known.” That’s why on one morning about two weeks ago, when

Steve and Lulu, pictured here with one of their gaggles of goslings, came to the Shymko family from Free to Be Me Sanctuary about nine years ago. (supplied)

Steve the Goose has become a bit of a Moose Jaw celebrity, after somehow outwitting a fox and returning to his family’s acreage all on his own. (supplied)

Shymko noticed nothing but an ominous pile of feathers in Steve’s enclosure and no Steve in sight, the family started worrying. “Everything was locked up tight, and he was just gone,” said Shymko. “We didn’t know what happened.” So began the goose chase, as Shymko calls it. After searching for more clues around the area and coming up empty-handed, Shymko reached out on Facebook hoping that someone had seen Steve around — and immediately Steve’s local following stepped up. “I didn’t want people to think I was crazy, looking for a goose, but I put it out there and I had so many responses from people, wanting to come and drive around and look for him,” said Shymko. “There were so many peo-

Steve is like a pet to the Shymko family and although he wanders the property, he usually sticks pretty close to his people — which is one reason they knew something was wrong the morning Steve disappeared. (supplied)

ple wishing us luck.” Finally, however, some unfortunate news came in: early that morning, about half a mile away, a neighbour had seen a fox with a goose in its mouth. The goose chasers resigned themselves to the fact that the search for their beloved pet was likely over. “We were devastated,” said Shymko, who posted the news on her Facebook and received another huge influx of messages full of support. It seemed that the story was over, except that it definitely was not. “The next morning when we woke up, Steve was at our back door pecking away, trying to get in our sliding doors where he would always sit,” said Shymko. He was a bit worse for wear, missing feathers, dirty, weak, and with some blood on him, but relatively unharmed. Despite his poor state, Shymko said Steve was as happy to see her as she was to see him. “He tried coming towards me and he fell over,” she said, fondly. “But it was amazing. We don’t know how [he escaped], but it looked like he was on a pretty big adventure.” Steve’s return was nothing short of a miracle, especially considering he can’t fly and was spotted so far away from home. “He’s never been out of our yard before, so how he made it home, we just keep shaking our heads and going, how?” said Shymko. “How did he know how to get back here? Where was he for 24 hours?” Those answers will forever remain a mystery that only Steve knows. The whole experience has certainly shaken the poor goose, leaving him timid and shy in the aftermath, but Shymko says he’s slowly getting back to his usual self with every passing day. “The first few days [afterwards], he would just go hide and put his head in the corner, and it was so sad because he’s always such a big proud bird, and he was so defeated and sad and tired,” said Shymko. “But he’s coming around, and he’s doing really well.” The entire ordeal has made Steve a bit of an Internet celebrity, as his story made headlines as far away as British Columbia, Calgary, and even Washington. Shymko is still amazed at how many people have reached out to her and how popular Steve has become. “I can’t go anywhere without people [asking about him],” she laughed. “Strangers come up to me on the street and are asking about Steve [and] I have people going, ‘oh, you should make cartoon books, and you should make t-shirts’ . . . It’s kind of cute, it’s fun.” Shymko has received emails and messages from strangers touched by Steve’s escape story, and people have asked to come out and bring him food. A Facebook page has even cropped up campaigning “Steve the Goose for Mayor of Moose Jaw,” which Shymko finds quite funny. “I guess it’s just really a feel-good story, right now when everyone needs a good story,” she said. “And so if it’s making people feel good right now, that’s a great thing. I feel pretty good about that.” Although a mayoral campaign may not be officially on the books for Steve the Goose, Shymko is happy to hear from people about Steve, especially as the goose in question is enjoying his recovery at home and being spoiled by his family.


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N ew n a m e fo r o ld re c i p e: p o k e c a k e o r s h e et c a k e By Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express

As the popularity of jelly salads waned on the potluck tables, the Jell-O company decided to attempt to increase sales in 1969 with the slogan, “Jell-O could fill any void.” The company came up with the idea of poking holes in a baked cake, then adding the prepared flavoured Jell-O into the holes, chilling and then adding icing or whipped cream. Thus what is now known as a “Poke Cake” was born, traditionally using a white cake mix. Since then Poke Cakes may contain Jell-O, milk puddings, condensed milk or even runny icing. But years before, cooks were already preparing Poke Cakes, simply calling them sheet cakes.

This week’s recipes feature a sheet cake with a filling, made often in our family. The Poke Cake recipe comes from a Jell-O recipe brochure. ••• Lemon Lime Sheet Cake 1 pkg. lemon cake mix 1 small pkg. lime Jell-O 3/4 cup boiling water 1/2 cup cold water 1 envelope Dream Whip topping mix 1 small pkg. lemon or vanilla instant pudding mix 1 1/2 cups cold milk Dissolve Jell-O in 3/4 cup boiling water. Add 1/2 cup cold water and stir to fully dissolve. Set aside in refrigerator. Prepare cake mix following directions on the box. Pour into a greased 9x13

inch pan. Bake according to instructions. Cool for 20-25 minutes. Poke deep holes in the cake about 1 inch apart. Pour Jell-O into the holes and refrigerate. To prepare topping, chill a bowl. Blend the Dream Whip mix and pudding with the cold milk. Whip until stiff, about 8 minutes. Immediately frost the cake and return to the refrigerator to thoroughly chill. Serve chilled. Leftovers should be stored in refrigerator. ••• Strawberry Poke Cake 1 white or lemon cake mix 1 small package strawberry Jell-O 1 cup boiling water 1 cup cold water 1 tub Cool Whip

Prepare and bake the cake following instructions on the package. Cool about 15 minutes. Prepare Jell-O with boiling and cold water and stir until all crystals are dissolved. Carefully, using a meat fork, poke holes in baked and chilled cake, about 1/2 inch apart. Pour Jell-O over holes until all Jell-O is used. Chill 3-4 hours. Top with Cool Whip and refrigerate until ready to serve. Store leftover cake in refrigerator. Joyce Walter can be reached at

Hairdressers hang up their scissors after decades in the business Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

While most businesses have reopened to the public, owners of two of Moose Jaw’s long-standing barbershops have packed up their scissors and called it a career. Gordon Lucki, with The Razor Inn, and Marvel Coghlin, with Marvell’s Coiffures, worked together at 107 Main Street North for several years, although both barbershops had been around for decades. Lucki decided during the pandemic that it was the right time to retire, while Coghlin decided to follow suit, primarily since the building had been sold, she would be working alone if she reopened, and she was getting older. “I enjoyed working very much and will miss the people (since they were like family),” said Coghlin. She explained that she had worked steadily as a barber since the 1950s, except for three months in total she took off after the birth of her children. “It was my second home,” she added. Lucki spent all 44 years as a barber with The Razor Inn, he explained. He joked that he could feel the accumulation of those four decades in his hips and feet. The business was in operation long before Lucki took over, he continued, as Doug McCullough was the first owner and Phil Johnson was the second. According to the library archives, The Razor Inn first appeared in the Henderson Directory in 1970, which means the business likely began years earlier. A Times-Herald article in the library archives shows The Razor’s Edge hired one of the first female barbers in


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Marvel Coghlin stands in front of her business Marvell’s Coiffures, which she shut down recently after deciding to retire. Coghlin had been a barber since the 1950s. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

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archives, Marvell’s Beauty Parlor first appeared in the 1986 Henderson Directory, before the name changed to Marvell’s Coiffures a year later. Lucki is originally from Moose Jaw but went to school in Saskatoon to become a barber. He returned to The Friendly City three months after he graduated. “(I) really enjoyed it here. I like Moose Jaw … a lot, that’s why I stayed on so long,” he said. “It’s a great job. You can have X number of haircuts in a day and have different conversations with gentlemen all the time. It was all good.” Lucki, 68, felt fortunate to have customers visit him regularly, even those who came only a few times a year. One customer from Alberta visited him once a year before heading to the lake for the summer. Another thing Lucki enjoyed was spending his entire career working downtown. “A real pleasure was Sidewalk Days. Isn’t that fun?” he added. “Yes, it was a pure pleasure of 44 years.” Coghlin will also miss visiting with her customers, she said. She enjoyed the work since it was interesting and the styles often changed, which forced her to continue learning. Now that she has retired, Coghlin plans to help on the family farm and spend more time with her kids and grandchildren.

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Prairie South School Division Over 200 PSSD students on support plans to manage their behaviour Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

There are 240 students in Prairie South School Division (PSSD) who are on behaviour support plans that help teach them behavioural skills they could be missing. There are 153 students in urban elementary schools who require a behaviour support plan (BSP), 48 students in urban high schools who require a BSP, and 39 students in rural schools who also require such a plan, according to a division report. The numbers are higher in the urban schools compared to the rural schools — 83.7 per cent to 16.3 per cent — since there is a higher proportion of students in Moose Jaw. Four reasons schools put students on BSPs include issues with behaviour, attendance, violence, or other concerns. Background The division established a behaviour support plan training system during the 201415 school year. A staff satisfaction survey drove the creation of this system after employees indicated student behaviour was one of the most pressing issues in the classroom. Teachers, school administrators and student support teachers received professional development in planning for and implementing BSPs through a PSSD-developed behaviour learning cycle, Superintendent Lori Meyer told board trustees recently. In later years, there has been a combination of training and small group/ individual sessions offered at schools. All students receive an individualized plan to help them. The focus is to teach missing skills to students to offer them a permanent solution to their behavioural challenges, Meyer explained. The skills cannot be taught in isolation; often take significant time to become permanent; and may require adults to help students alter their behaviours. Supporting students

The learning support team works through a process to identify the missing skills that lead to the challenging behaviour, understand the function of the behaviour, observe, and then teach the necessary missing skills. The learning team asks four questions to determine how best to help students: • What skill would eliminate the need for this behaviour? • What skill would reduce the frequency or severity? • What skill would aid in coping with unpleasant stimuli? • What skills would reduce dependency and improve the quality of life? After study, the team identified that: • Replacement skills — such as communication, self-regulation, requesting a break — could answer the first question; • Related skills — such as conflict resolution, vocabulary, problem-solving — could answer the second question; • Coping or tolerance skills — such as delayed gratification, resisting temptation, changing habits — could answer the third question; •Function skills — such as reading, toileting, leisure skills — could answer the fourth question; Everyone in the learning department is an educational consultant, said Meyer. The division is lucky to have people who possess various skills and to whom specific work can be assigned. Program partners There are five advocacy and behaviour consultants, including two social works and three teachers. Some of their skills include high school experience, addictions work, middle years’ experience, life skills training, and school administration. There are also four student support consultants, all of whom are teachers. One is based in the south, while three are in

Moose Jaw. All of them work with schools that are pre-kindergarten to Grade 8 and kindergarten to Grade 12, while all have extensive experience as student support teachers. Meyer then listed several agency partners that provide supports for students and families in PSSD and Holy Trinity Roman Catholic School Division. Mental health team There is a mental health and addictions school team, where 1.2 full-time equivalent (FTE) mental health and addictions workers operate in PSSD schools and provide counselling at A.E. Peacock, Central and Riverview high schools. From September 2019 to April 2020, there were 143 intakes in this service. This does not reflect the actual number of students who received counselling, but the number of students whom schools referred to the intake process. Family outreach A family outreach program has a social worker and family support worker who help families who are struggling to meet their children’s needs. Program staff go into families’ homes and provide parenting support and coaching, attend meetings and doctor appointments with families, and help with food security. Twenty families in PSSD receive support through this program. Mentorship A shared services mentorship program provides small group outings for children who need a positive role model. The staff are employees of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, while the authority meets all of the children’s needs. Usually, 20 elementary-aged students in Moose Jaw benefit from this program. Helping high school kids Students from A.E. Peacock, Riverview and Central can be referred to the Steps

4 Success program when students’ behaviour becomes unmanageable at school, but a full suspension is not warranted. Students are sent to the John Chisholm building for up to three days to work on their homework with a support worker, and to work on other life lessons materials that the YMCA provides. There are roughly 50 to 70 students who go through this program every year. Behaviour supports Support workers refer three to six students a year to the enhanced behaviour supports program in Moose Jaw. This program helps students who have challenging behaviours and where no progress is being made to resolve the issues. An SHA psychologist works directly with parents in the home and the school in an attempt to bridge the two. “This is a complex situation. This requires a long-term commitment from the family. We stay involved with them for a number of years,� said Meyer. Autism program An occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, social worker and support workers help 60 families and children each year — mostly in Moose Jaw and mostly with PSSD — as part of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Program. Cognitive concerns Funded by the Ministry of Social Services, a cognitive disabilities strategy financially supports families by helping with access to programming, services, supports, assessments, and children’s supplies. Thirty to 35 PSSD students and their families receive funding annually. The next PSSD board meeting is in September.

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Drug-impaired motorist causes mayhem on highway Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Nearly 10 different drugs were coursing through James Bishop’s system as he drove erratically on Highway 1, weaving from side to side and causing traffic to back up nearly one kilometre. Moose Jaw RCMP eventually arrested the man, but not before he wound up driving in the ditch for some distance. Appearing in Moose Jaw provincial court recently, Bishop pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs. As part of a joint submission, he received a fine of $1,200, a one-year driving ban and the cancellation of his licence.

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The Crown stayed three other charges against him. RCMP received 11 calls from concerned drivers on June 30, 2019 at 8:20 p.m. about an erratic motorist headed eastbound near Belle Plaine, explained Crown prosecutor Rob Parker. Witnesses told police that Bishop was driving all over the road and was weaving from ditch to ditch. Motorists were so fearful of passing him that traffic backed up one kilometre. Officers pulled behind Bishop’s vehicle with lights and sirens activated, but he did not stop or respond. He then drove into the north ditch between the eastbound and westbound driving lanes. RCMP pulled alongside and continued to follow Bishop as he drove before he finally came to a stop. “He was described as wide-eyed. He had to be removed from the vehicle because he wasn’t following verbal commands to exit,� Parker said. “He appeared to be impaired by drugs and, when secured in handcuffs, repeatedly said his methadone was too much.� Officers took Bishop to Moose Jaw and they demanded that he provide a urine sample. While in custody, Parker continued, Bishop displayed “gross signs of impairment,� including falling asleep while standing up and asking police the same question repeatedly. A forensic report based on the urine sample showed Bishop — who had no previous criminal record — had seven drugs in his system, including diazepam and methadone. Usually, a first-time offence such as this would require a $1,000 fine, but Parker thought $1,200 was appropriate

based on what happened on the highway. “I don’t remember what I was doing,� Bishop said when Judge Brian Hendrickson asked him if what the Crown prosecutor said was accurate. Bishop explained that he checked himself into the mental health unit at the Regina General Hospital in January, where he participated in two weeks of programming. The hospital then released him and he then took part in day programming to help with his anxiety issues. “I really needed help. I was really in a bad spot,� he continued. “I’m so sorry for what I did and it haunts me every day. Even though I don’t remember it, it still resonates (with me) when (Parker) reads it. My anxiety goes through the roof. I really didn’t mean for anything to happen.� Bishop added that his last meeting with mental health workers was just before the coronavirus was declared a pandemic in March. Judge Hendrickson accepted the joint submission, saying the fine represents how severe the situation was even though it did not result in an accident. “When you’re weaving all over the road of a public highway, that’s potentially dangerous for other drivers,� he said. “This has haunted you. I do believe you are genuinely remorseful.� Hendrickson agreed to give Bishop one year to pay off or work off his penalty, while he also agreed not to impose the victim surcharge.

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Holy Trinity Catholic School Division Catholic division to spend nearly $3M in next three years to upgrade schools Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Moose Jaw’s separate school division will spend nearly $3 million during the next three years to fix up school buildings and enhance their longevity. During their recent board of education meeting, trustees with Holy Trinity Roman Catholic School Division approved the division’s three-year preventative maintenance and renewal (PMR) plan of $2.6 million, including $1.02 million in 2021-22, $803,779 in 2022-23 and $857,368 in 2023-24. “We’re excited. Any additional dollars there is always helpful to us,” said Sean Chase, director of education. “We’ve been in a good position as a school division where we were able to receive some additional money into PMR in the last few years. The school division has been rewarded for its patience and we’re thankful for that.” That patience has produced a new Catholic school in Swift Current and a forthcoming joint-use school there with the Chinook School Division. Similarly, that patience will soon produce a new joint-use school on South Hill — to replace St. Mary and Sacred Heart — with Prairie South School Division, while the division will be able to replace a portion of roof at Vanier Collegiate this summer. “We’ve had some major funding announcements — that will be to the benefit of Holy Trinity — in the last number of years. We’re very thankful for that gracious allocation … ,” said Chase, noting division administration is con-

fident it will be able to complete many of its proposed projects during the next three years. “The three-year plan for PMR that we submitted to the ministry (of Education) … it’s aggressive and there’s lots to get there.” One challenge the division faces is knowing what parts of each project it will have to tender out to contractors and what can be done in-house, he continued. While there is provincial and federal stimulus money to help with its projects, another challenge is whether a suitable workforce exists to complete these projects considering the pandemic is still raging. “We’re pretty confident and we’re excited about some of the things there (on the PMR list) that their time has come,” added Chase. “We’re excited to advance those projects.” Moose Jaw projects Holy Trinity plans to complete the following projects in Moose Jaw in 2021-22: • At St. Margaret, install a new mechanical systems/ HVAC for $15,000, install new gym floor for $65,000, add new windows for $15,000, remove and replace carpet floor in the library, gym office and administrative area for $52,531, and install a “walk path” between rooftop units for $52,531; • At Vanier, install new LED units for $60,000, renovate the resource centre/library for $105,063, and upgrade el-

evator controls for $132,458; • At Sacred Heart, install a new fire alarm system for $26,922 and replace a section of roof for $264,915; • At St. Agnes, replace a section of roof for $16,557, repair a concrete retaining wall for $30,000, and address sections of floor that are lifting throughout the school for $33,114. In 2022-23: • At St. Margaret, remove outside stucco and install new insulation for $269,223, repaire a section of roof for $45,000, add prefinished metal cladding to the exterior for $350,000, and replace an HVAC system for $15,000; • At Vanier, replacing the carpet in the library for $52,531 and replacing the floor in Sion Hall for $42,025 In 2023-24: • At Vanier, install new LED lights for $30,000, replace three different HVAC systems for a total of $45,000, fix an exterior cinder brick wall for $107,689, and replace two sections of roof for a total of $130,000 • At St. Michael, address exterior walls and stairs for $107,689, install exterior catch basins and address grade of property for $210,125, and replace two forced air furnaces for $40,000 • At St. Agnes, replace a section of roof for $33,114 The next Holy Trinity board meeting is scheduled for August.

Extra money to help Holy Trinity address rise in student enrollment Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic School Division will have a balanced budget for the 2020-21 school year, while a small increase in grant funding will help it address increases in student enrollment. Division administration presented the operating budget to trustees during their recent board of education meeting. Trustees approved the budget, which will see revenues of more than $26 million and expenses of $25.8 million. With other expenses factored in — such as long-term debt, capital repayment and pandemic-related issues — the division expects to have a surplus of $412. “It’s a nice number for us,” remarked education director Sean Chase, who noted it’s also a pleasure to have a balanced budget. One of the significant challenges school divisions have faced recently is determining how much money they saved with the suspension of classes during the pandemic, he said. Holy Trinity has estimated it saved about $350,000 during the last three months; however, it won’t be able to quantify the exact figure until the end of the summer when its budget year finishes. The other challenge the education sector faces is ensuring it has contingency plans in place for the resumption


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of school in the fall. This includes ensuring staff remain healthy, using additional technology to teach students if necessary, and enhancing cleaning protocols with the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and additional janitorial work. Chase highlighted some aspects of next year’s budget: • Extra funding to address an enrollment increase of 1.4 per cent; • Additional funding to meet the new teachers’ collective bargaining agreement, which includes an increase of two per cent next year; • $225,000 through the federal Climate Action Initiative Fund to address projects such as the installation of LED lights and upgrades to schools’ HVAC systems; • A refresh in technology next year, including the purchase of more Chrome books, the implementation of a digital student information system, the replacement of SMART boards with large-screen TVs, and installing wireless connectors in each classroom so teachers and students can project images onto the TVs from their devices. “This (wireless connector initiative) will help us advance some of the learning plans we have for students,” Chase

LAND FOR SALE BY SEALED TENDER Under the provision of The Tax Enforcement Act the Village of Drinkwater offers for sale the following land: PACKAGE 1: LOTS 7-13 BLK/PAR 4 PLAN NO W3480 EXT 0 PACKAGE 2: LOT 5 BLK/PAR 2 PLAN NO 55818 EXT 0 PACKAGE 3: LOTS 17-19 BLK/PAR 6 PLAN NO W3480 EXT 0 PACKAGE 4: LOT 19 BLK/PAR 7 PLAN NO W3480 EXT 0 PACKAGE 5: LOT 16 BLK/PAR 4 PLAN NO AW413 EXT 0 PACKAGE 6: LOT 15 BLK/PAR 4 PLAN NO AW413 EXT 0 PACKAGE 7: LOT 21 BLK/PAR 7 PLAN NO W3480 EXT 0 PACKAGE 8: LOTS 2-6 BLK/PAR 4 PLAN NO W3480 EXT 0 PACKAGE 9: BLK/PAR A PLAN NO 101334125 EXT 45

The Village of Drinkwater is now accepting tenders from interested parties for the sale of the above land aquired through tax enforcement proceedings. The Village of Drinkwater reserves the right to reject any or all bids received. Tender packages can be picked up at the Village of Drinkwater, 118 Main Street, Drinkwater, Saskatchewan. For more information contact the Village of Drinkwater at (306) 693-5093. The deadline for receipt of tenders is August 14, 2020 at 3:30pm.

Tenders should be marked “PROPERTY TENDER/LAND TENDER”.

said. Another highlight is allocating additional classrooms and money to the joint-use school project in Swift Current. The division expects those classrooms to open in the late fall or early winter. During the recent provincial budget, the minister of education provided additional revenue to school divisions in Saskatchewan. Holy Trinity received $870,000, which it will use to address many of the initiatives mentioned above. Some of that money will also go toward student support services and helping students who need additional support, and to support staffing in schools. The next Holy Trinity board of education meeting is in August. DISCRETIONARY USE APPLICATION The Council of the City of Moose Jaw, pursuant to Zoning Bylaw No. 5346 is considering an application to allow for a proposed “Boarding Apartment” on Lot 4, Block 24, Plan No. C4006 Ext 0, civically known as 1007 Main Street North, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, which is a discretionary use within the CS - Community Service/Institutional District. The application, and any representations, will be considered by City Council on Monday, July 13th, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 228 Main Street North. Written submissions must be received by the Office of Planning and Development Services, 228 Main Street North, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3J8, by 10:00 AM on Monday, July 13th, 2020 in person or by email at Myron Gulka-Tiechko City Clerk/Solicitor

DISCRETIONARY USE APPLICATION The Council of the City of Moose Jaw, pursuant to Zoning Bylaw No. 5346 is considering an application to allow for a proposed “Semi-Detached Dwelling” on Lots 7 & 8, Block 7, Plan No. D3174 Ext 0, civically known as 1015 Ominica Street East, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, which is a discretionary use within the R1 - Large Lot Low Density Residential District. The application, and any representations, will be considered by City Council on Monday, July 13th, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 228 Main Street North. Written submissions must be received by the Office of Planning and Development Services, 228 Main Street North, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3J8, by 10:00 AM on Monday, July 13th, 2020 in person or by email at Myron Gulka-Tiechko City Clerk/Solicitor

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Part 5: School buses won’t go near Seventh Avenue Southwest until city fixes bridge Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Imagine if a school bus refused to come near your home to pick up your children, and instead, you had to drive your kids every day to the pick-up point. That’s the reality Tim Avery and his family have faced during the past five years after the City of Moose Jaw closed the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge in 2015 due to damage from a flood. Avery — along with his neighbour, Jim Thorn — had used that structure to access his property near the Valley View Centre (VVC) complex and get into Moose Jaw. He has lived near the complex for 42 years, while Thorn has lived in the same location for 21 years. Five years after the municipality temporarily closed the bridge, the Averys and Thorns are struggling to have city hall either repair or replace the bridge so they can continue to reach their homes. The provincial government has sold the VVC property and will officially block access through it on Friday, July 31. Once that happens, the two families will be permanently blocked from reaching — or leaving — their homes. The Moose Jaw Express is chronicling the families’ struggles with city hall by running a multi-part series on this situation. This is part 5 in the series. School bus issues Barry Stewart, transportation manager with Prairie South School Division (PSSD), confirmed to the Averys that the division will not supply bus service to the bottom of Seventh Avenue Southwest hill due to safety issues and because there isn’t an appropriate turnaround at the

The Seventh Avenue Southwest road ends at the bottom of a hill, where barricades prevent vehicles from crossing the bridge that city hall closed in 2015. Photo by Jason G. Antonio barricaded bridge, David Chow, the families’ lawyer, explained. The primary safety issue PSSD has is attempting to navigate a school bus up the hill in the winter months from a standstill position at the bottom. If the bus could use the bridge, momentum to get up a snow-covered hill would not prevent school bus service. However, for that to happen, load weights on a new bridge would need to accommodate a school bus. A sign near the bridge indicates the structure can handle five tonnes, but that is no longer a guarantee due to the

damage sustained during the flood. Since 2015, Thorn and Avery have cleared snow on Seventh Avenue Southwest to the west gates of VVC. Now that Valley View is closed, the province will no longer clean the roads through the property, which would make winter vehicle access — including emergency response units — to the residents’ properties impossible, especially after significant snowfall. “PSSD has indicated that it will send a bus down Highway 2 south to the east entrance of the Valley View property,” Chow continued. “However, it will not send a bus through the Valley View property irrespective of permission being granted by the province to do so.” The only option Avery has is to travel through the VVC property and transport his children to the east end to meet the school bus. He will not be able to do that much longer, given the impending denial of access through the VVC complex. If the municipality repaired the bridge but didn’t immediately replace it, the load capacity might not be sufficient for a PSSD school bus, said Chow. However, Avery would be able to take the direct route by private vehicle across the bridge to deliver his kids to the bus at the top of the hill. The Express contacted Prairie South School Division for further comment, but education director Tony Baldwin declined to say anything further. This series will continue.

Part 6: Fixing Seventh Ave. bridge could promote future development of VVC area If the City of Moose Jaw can fix other bridges damaged by floodwaters promptly, then why can’t it fix the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge just as efficiently? That’s one issue lawyer David Chow has raised in an analysis of why the City of Moose Jaw has an obligation and duty to restore vehicle access over that bridge. Chow is representing the Avery and Thorn families in their fight to have city hall repair or replace the bridge so they can access their properties near the Valley View Centre (VVC) complex. Other issues that Chow raised about why the municipality should fix the bridge include future development near the VVC property, the availability of provincial funding, and a property subdivision application from Jim Thorn asking for an easement to access his property. 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 article is part 6 in the series. Other bridge replacements There are two other bridges that floodwaters and ice damaged that the municipality replaced without dragging its feet, Chow pointed out. City hall replaced the Blackfoot Bridge in 1999 after it was damaged. The bridge provides access for two residences to the south of the bridge and some group recreational areas.

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express The Blackfoot Bridge is located past the Burger Cabin. Meanwhile, the municipality replaced the Corstorphine Bridge in 2003 after floods damaged that structure. The bridge serves as access to about five residences but not to any collective or group recreational areas for the public. The Corstorphine Bridge is located near A view of the Seventh Avenue Souththe intersection of Corstorphine Avenue west Bridge looking north over the East and Fairford Street East. bridge and up the street. Photo by JaFuture development son G. Antonio The City of Moose Jaw should want to encourage the development of residential west, or by walking across the barricaded or commercial development on the former bridge. VVC property, Chow continued. Devel- Wakamow Valley Authority is also inopment would mean new and exciting op- vesting in the same area with the intent portunities for the municipality and result of having residents access an eco-park, in tax dollars and employment, along with he continued. However, the authority has other spinoff benefits. no way to legally access its new eco-park During a meeting between municipal of- with mowers or other maintenance equipficials and Chow and his clients, officials ment. mentioned that a project consultant had Provincial funding discussed potential funding for the con- The province announced on May 6 that struction of an Aboriginal interpretive it would provide $150 million in funding centre in the old Wild Animal Park, now through the Municipal Economic Enknown as Tatawaw Park. That presenta- hancement Program (MEEP) for infration is said to have occurred before the structure projects. closure of the bridge. Chow and the families were hopeful that It’s unknown if funding is still available city hall might use some of the $4.8 milfor this initiative; however, it’s reasonable lion that Moose Jaw received to repair or to assume that the city wouldn’t invest replace the bridge. Chow even sent a letter money in that park without some form of on May 13 to city solicitor/city clerk Myvehicle access, said Chow. The only way ron Gulka-Tiechko about the issue. to access the park is on foot, by parking il- During the June 15 regular meeting, legally on the side of Ninth Avenue South- city administration put forward a report

that listed six projects that MEEP could support; the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge was not on the list. However, city council tabled that report to the June 29 meeting, so it’s possible the list could be updated to include the bridge. Subdivision application Through Sunflower Developments, Jim Thorn submitted a property subdivision application to city hall that asked for physical and subdivided legal access between his property near Seventh Avenue Southwest and Valley View Centre. This would connect his property to that street. City council reviewed the application in April, Chow said. However, city administration has used the subdivision application to leverage the provincial government to supply access to Seventh Avenue Southwest through the VVC property by way of a formal easement. The province has said it is not interested in providing a formal easement over the property. “City administration has indicated that the requested subdivision cannot be granted because there is no ‘physical’ access,” Chow said. “It is inappropriate to delay or deny the subdivision application on such grounds when, for the last five years, it is the City of Moose Jaw that has neglected to restore physical access over the legal access roadway of the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge.” This series will continue.

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Part 7:City says bridge replacement to cost $5.8M; engineering firm says cost half that Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The City of Moose Jaw thinks it will cost $5.8 million to replace the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge, which is nearly double what engineering firm Stantec estimated it would be. Stantec conducted a re-evaluation of Moose Jaw’s bridges in 2017 and provided a report of its findings on May 30, 2018 to city hall. The municipality then released a portion of that document on Jan. 23, 2020 to Tim Avery and Jim Thorn, a day before they met with Mayor Fraser Tolmie, city manager Jim Puffalt and city clerk/ solicitor Myron Gulka-Tiechko to discuss reopening the bridge. David Chow, the families’ legal counsel, provided the Moose Jaw Express with the bridge re-evaluation report. He also provided documents that lay out the history of this issue, the families’ attempts to meet with municipal officials since April 9, 2019, and the slow response from city hall that forced the families to hire Chow in December. City hall closed the bridge in 2015 after floodwaters and ice damaged the structure. This has forced the Averys and Thorns to reach their properties using a private road through the Valley View Centre complex that joins Seventh Avenue Southwest with Highway 2 south. There is an urgency to reopen the bridge since the provincial government will close all access to the VVC property by July 31. This article is part 7 in a series. The cost from Stantec’s perspective “Thorn and Avery made it clear in no uncertain terms at that meeting (of Jan. 24, 2020) that their intention was to have the city reopen the Seventh Avenue bridge to vehicular traffic,” Chow said, pointing out the families informed the municipal officials that Stantec’s report identified a cost of $300,300 to repair the bridge. An additional $135,000 would be required to

upgrade the guardrails to protect pedestrians. Furthermore, the report showed it would cost $2.97 million to replace the bridge, specifically, $1.2 million to demolish — Stantec suggested this happen by 2022 — and $1.77 million to replace the structure. “City officials were not adequately familiar with the content of the report or the specific information relating to the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge at that time,” Chow continued. Municipal officials committed to obtaining reliable estimates on the repair and replacement and committed to providing that information before a followup meeting scheduled for mid-March. The mayor later spoke with the province in mid-February about giving the families extra time to access their properties through VVC; the province provided no formal access extension. The cost from city hall’s perspective The two parties met by video conference on April 17, with new city engineer Bevan Harlton and MLA Greg Lawrence joining the meeting, documents show. The municipality provided no additional information beforehand, although Lawrence did provide material — a letter from the Ministry of Central Services — that the families had anticipated would come from the city. City administration said it would not recommend to city council that the bridge be repaired or replaced, claiming the cost was more than double what the municipality’s engineering firm estimated, said Chow. Specifically, Harlton said city hall now estimated repairs to be $700,000 and replacement at $5.8 million. “When pressed on the topic, he indicated that he had applied various upcharges to the Stantec report of 2017. When pressed further, the city engineer conceded that

A second table from Stantec engineering’s report shows the basic cost to replace the bridge is $1.9 million and the total replacement cost would be $2.9 million.

A sign indicates the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge should be able to handle five tonnes, but that’s unlikely now after floodwaters and ice and damaged the structure in 2015. Photo by Jason G. Antonio one of the upcharges was a 50-per-cent contingency,” Chow continued. City officials directed Avery and Thorn to ask city council directly to reopen the bridge. Chow later sought more detail from Gulka-Tiechko about the nearly 100-per-cent estimate increase. The two engaged in an email conversation, starting on April 18 and continuing on May 8, 9 and 13. Burying the issue The two residents applied to appear in front of council to request that the city reopen the bridge. However, council and city administration refused to put the topic on the public agenda for May 25. When the two residents appeared that evening, city administration buried their presentation in the non-public portion of the executive committee meeting. “There (was) nothing sensitive or private about the submissions my clients provided to the City of Moose Jaw or what the city administration provided to the elected officials in advance of our appearance … ,” said Chow. “I have been critical of this executive committee process for years and I have previously expressed my concerns with certain members of the current council.” Gulka-Tiechko informed Chow by email on May 26 that council approved a recommendation to have city administration pre-

pare a report on the bridge. Council then officially approved that motion during the June 15 regular meeting; however, when city administration prepares the report, it will bring the document to the in-camera section of a future executive committee meeting for further discussion. Whether this happens before the July 31 closure of the VVC property is unknown. Stantec’s report When Stantec produced its report, the document indicated the structure was 64 years old — it’s now 66 years old — and was composed of five spans with a total length of 40.1 metres and an area of 383.4 square metres. An in-depth investigation showed the bridge’s piles, posts, railing systems, embankments, and piers had cracks, splintering, instabilities, debris caught in the piers, and missing pieces, while the railing did not meet design standards. As a result, the suspected performance delivery of the entire structure was one load, although how heavy that load could be was not indicated. The original load design and gross vehicle weight rating were both unknown, the report said. City hall completed a load rating status in 2007, which found the structure was not safe for non-permit vehicles. Stantec’s report indicated the rating for the bridge was seven tonnes, but city hall revised that to five tonnes in the past two years. Stantec put the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge in the high-risk category — along with the Fourth Avenue Viaduct — due to its “extremely low load carrying capacity, low bridge condition index (of 59.61), and low sufficiency index (of 59.66).” The bridge condition index is a single number assessment of a bridge’s condition based on its economic worth. The lower the number, the lower the structure’s risk rating; any rating over 40 is considered poor. This series will continue.

A table from Stantec engineering’s report on bridges in Moose Jaw shows it would cost $1.2 million to demolish the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge.

Proposed Pea Plant Director Gets Over Four Years In Prison By Robert Thomas

The main promoter and director of a proposed $80 - $100 million pea protein plant in Moose Jaw has been convicted of major fraud and embezzlement charges in Germany. Michael Schoenert, director of Canadian Protein Innovation (CPI), has received a prison sentence of four years and two months in Germany. Schoenert, the former chief financial officer of the Emsland Starke Potato Starch factory in Germany, was convicted of stealing 2.1 million Euros (approximately $3.227 million Canadian dollars) between 2007 - 2014. Schoenert and three co-accused were the subject of the longest forensic investigation in German history prior to the criminal charges being laid. Reached by telephone by MJ Independent EmslandStarke officials declined comment as there are still on-going civil cases to recover funds Schoenert allegedly helped embezzle from his former employers. Emsland-Starke is seeking “tens of millions” allegedly embezzled from the firm. Sources in Germany place the amount sought in excess of 40 million Euros making it one of the largest embezzlement cases in German histo-

ry. In a series of columns and investigative stories MJ Independent has been following the CPI story since this news sources inception in December 2017. In a Freedom of Information (FOI) request MJ Independent discovered documents that Mayor Fraser Tolmie had a meeting with then publisher of the now defunct Moose Jaw Times-Herald Roger Holmes said he had a meeting with Mayor Tolmie on the issue. Holmes told MJ Independent that Mayor Tolmie not only knew about the charges in Germany but the Mayor had also spoken to Schoenert about them. According to Holmes the Mayor said Schoenert had indicated the legal problems were not criminal but rather civil as well as politically motivated. In an emailed response to MJ Independent Mayor Tolmie said the reason he had met with Holmes was because of the unacceptable and inappropriate actions of Times-Herald reporter William (Will) Stoldaka at a public meeting when he questioned Schoenert about the allegations in Germany. The Times-Herald immediately dropped the story and

Stoldaka was later terminated largely for his alleged actions at CPI’s open house in November 2016. In his emailed response to MJ Indepedent Mayor Tolmie said he was unable to recollect what was said at the meeting with Holmes because it had occurred years earlier. In written responses to questions the Province said they were aware of the criminal allegations in Germany involving CPI in 2016. CPI was vetted by the Province before they approached the City of Moose Jaw. Both Stoldaka and Mayor Tolmie were unavailable for comment on Friday. In October 2016 CPI announced plans to build a pea protein fractioning plant which was to serve as the anchor tenant for the South East Industrial Park. After three extensions CPI did not proceed with the project. For more related stories visit Moose Jaw Independent blog m8vcr8va7crrrljq4ibaw1rgtv4jo1

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To the Editor I have become increasingly uncomfortable with the lack of information from our Moose Jaw city council. My only source is our local weekly newspaper. It appears Council has cut these reporters out, along with one of our councillors who they disrepute, but whose voice I pay most attention to, as he most represents our views. If these transgressions have already been brought to your attention, I wish to add my voice, my family’s & some friends.

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The Unbelievable Arrogance of City Hall As citizens, we elect politicians to provide services for the betterment of our lives; through laws, regulations and codes of conduct these are created by politicians. Unfortunately, we are reminded when the system fails we’re to blame for electing the wrong party or individual. Sound familiar? My wife and I live next door to a Derelict Property and if you have followed my editorials in the Moose Jaw Express of the abandoned property that continues to decay, it’s pretty much like dealing with city hall. Silence from our fine elected officials and administration has prompted me to go public. My wife and I are in our seventies and the sales of our house “will be” affected by the aforementioned property. My latest editorials the last couple of weeks talked about the Code of Ethics Bylaw 4381 and its lack of process to file an ethics complaint. I also read a very disturbing story in the Express paper during the same time regarding Myron Gulka-Tiechko, city clerk/solicitor, wanting $25,600.00 fee for the file concerning the failed Carpere Canada deal, requested by the aformentioned paper. So, a couple points on Myron Gulka-Tiechko, city clerk/solicitor fee structure based on his “search,” there’s 99,447 items related to Carpere Canada. The reference to Chinese Investor when key words appeared in other documents city hall provided about Carpere Canada cost an additional $620.00 for a Total Cost of $25,620.00. So, a couple of uneducated observations, Mr. Gulka-Tiechko,

Appreciation for Moose Jaw Express Newspaper As many say this virus has made many changes in how we live and will for some time. But there is one thing that has become very clear, at least to me! Those of us who do not have a computer and do not have a phone with all those items are missing out on things. I for one, and I am sure not the only one in our city and area, read my paper when it ar-

Ms. Laura Johannes

1. You had your staff search through paper items and they counted paper items to a total of 99,447? 2. Or you did a search of city hall’s electronic records and discovered 99,447 items? A citizen making minimum wage ($11.45 per hour effective October 1, 2020); $23,813.00 a year before deductions [makes me realize] it’s quite obvious a minimum wage earner and all senior’s on fixed incomes couldn’t afford your fees for copies. As of 2018, the city clerk/solicitor “earned” $162,640.99 so he could afford this, but according to his fee, it would cost him 15.76% of his salary. Would I be safe to say no-one in Moose Jaw would pay this fee for the above report? As the city clerk/solicitor, you’re a lawyer...are you bound by the following? 1 “The Legal Profession Act”, 1990. (b.1) “competence” means bringing adequate skill and knowledge to the practice of law, (c) complainant” means a person who makes a complaint, (d) “conduct unbecoming” means any act or conduct, whether or not disgraceful or dishonourable, that: (i) is inimical to the best interests of the public or the members; or (ii) tends to harm the standing of the legal profession generally; and includes the practice of law in an incompetent manner where it is within the scope of sub-clause (i) or (ii); adjective: inimical: tending to obstruct or harm. “actions inimical to our interests”

rives to find out what is happening in my city especially and local news. Yes I catch the odd news program on TV but find it pertains more to the east cities in Ontario and Quebec, and Regina. What really hurts is our city mayor and councillors who feel the Moose Jaw Express doesn’t need answers NOW. Well, I want to know what is happening, re: business happenings like new business coming or expanding in our city, why some improvements are not being done, which

City Council Regarding Complaint of Derelict Property at 1511 Hastings St. I begin with our mayor, who has never responded to an email, but I believe he’s too busy whining about part-time mayors getting paid more than him. Maybe they do more part-time than he does full time. This is the mayor that thinks taxpayers are his piggy bank.

harmful, injurious, detrimental, deleterious, pernicious, damaging, hurtful, dangerous, destructive, ruinous, calamitous, antagonistic, contrary, antipathetic, unfavourable, adverse, opposed, hostile, at odds, prejudicial, malefic, maleficent, I have to be honest, some of these words I would have to look up but the jest according to the Law Society is that your statement on fees could be construed to....well you can pick the word that best defines your conduct towards not only the Moose Jaw Express but all citizens that provide your pay check. So what’s wrong with a business that employs Moose Jaw citizens (The Moose Jaw Express) examining and copying these files (items) according to Cities Act 91.1 onto one of the following. “Storage Devices?” · hard drive. · CD-ROM. · DVD-ROM. · flash media. · “thumb” drive” · “memory stick” · iPOD. · digital camera. I had planned to write about the lack of process in Bylaw 4381 yet required by Cities Act 66.1. Guess what, updates to bylaws are a requirement of his (Mr. Gulka-Tiechko’s) job. If city officials’ time and energy were better spent, it might show that they might “give a rat’s ass,” about it’s citizens. Carter Currie

streets are closed for repair and all other information of interest to me and others who live in this city and pay the wages of those people. Perhaps the mayor only wants a few to know what truly is happening in our city and thus our newspaper reporters aren’t given the information any “many” would know. Every place in this city gets the paper unless they phone and say no thanks to it. In my books, our Moose Jaw Express needs to be given all city information and all the

of the communication request otherwise. Councillor Swanson requested a recorded vote on the motion. This was defeated. Tolmie, Froese, and Warren against.” I believe if you don’t at least try you fail, but you should at least try. The city of Estevan accepts letters and emails from their citizens and they end up on their council agenda; you only have to go in front of council if you “choose too.”

Heather Eby, no contact. Scott McCann replied once. Chrystal Froese replied once but failed to call back. Scott Warren replied twice; once to tell me Chief Montgomery and I resolved something, but didn’t. Secondly he could see why were frustrated.

But, I digress, I see Puffalt, is doing the same thing providing misinformation to or lack of information, I like to set the record straight.

Both Dawn Luhning and Brian Swanson have been their since the beginning and I truly appreciate their understanding and support.

· The handyman hired by Dr. James left a mess of branches on our side of our fence and in James; the yard was also full of branches trimmed from Jame’s trees. (picture included) · This mess was left because Dr. James hadn’t “payed the handyman,” she hired to repair the roof, clean out the interior, trim her trees, etc. · This I found out, from a real estate agent from Regina, (not Puffalt), who was taking pictures of the house, and had advised James to sell it as is. · This agent knows this handyman and spoke of him in kind and generous terms; he considered him a friend. Unfortunately Puffalt failed to include this information, to you.

Brian, welcomed me to city hall “Bureaucracy“ in one of two emails. Dawn Luhning, regarding her last email, she didn’t get back to me. I’ve supported their efforts because of this motion: Moved by Councillor Swanson, seconded by Councillor Luhning “THAT any letter or email from a citizen or citizens of Moose Jaw received at City Hall addressed to the Mayor and Council be placed on the following City Council meeting agenda for consideration of Committee of the Whole unless the author or authors

My October 8, 2019 email was to inform him of the following.

Puffalt hired visual landscaping to clean up the yard; it took

support we citizens can give them. What other city of our size has a paper not only printed but delivered door to door and not costing us? Thanks to the advertisers who pay to let us learn of their company or business in the paper. I for one look forward each week to my paper and advertisements. Sincerely, H. Beedle

them 3 to 4 days to accomplish the task. I’ve left out some, but Puffalt is welcome to elaborate. This I concluded not by notification from Puffalt, but seeing the people in the yard. A common theme from Puffalt, his claim of his experience and talent are on full display in the continued decay of the property at 1511 Hastings St. Maybe if Councillors spent more time on the pressing problems of citizens rather then their failure in big business deals or silencing the press, this house would be demolished and a new house on the lot. There never seems to be an end or a serious attempt to resolve this situation by council or administration. The house at 1511 Hastings St. is a constant reminder of the lack of decency from council or administration. Sincerely, Carter Currie

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Re: Disapproval for City Approved Parking Lot at Hochelaga/First Ave. E


About 10 years ago plans had been made to demolish a house on our street to provide parking for the development of a seniors’ home on Athabasca Street. A group of neighbours objected and an agreement was reached with the developer and the City. The house is still there and has remained a family dwelling throughout. Now two houses, with many trees on their grounds, are to be taken down in this neighbourhood at Hochelaga and First Avenue East, to provide parking for a nearby church, already half surrounded by parking lots. In spite of letters of objection, this was recently approved by City Council by a 4-3 vote. It was stated that this would somehow benefit the downtown area. People living nearby is what is good for a downtown, not parking lots for those who do not. Respectfully, Richard Baker, Lynn Hoews and others

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ACAC cancels fall sports, reschedules winter sports to 2021 Decision to affect Briercrest College basketball, volleyball and men’s hockey Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Alberta Colleges Athletic Association became the latest sports organization involving local teams to shut down for the remainder of 2020. The ACAC announced that all fall semester sports had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning the Briercrest College Clippers will see a late start for their hockey, volleyball and basketball teams. The good news is rather than cancelling outright with no future date to resume, plans are in place to pick things up in January 2021 for all five sports the Clipper are involved in, as well as running the regular fall competitions – golf, cross country and soccer – beginning in April 2021. The official start date, format and length of the schedule for each sport has yet to be determined and will depend on when clearance is give to open. A special meeting was to be held on June 25 to further discuss schedules, formats and student athlete eligibility. For the latest information, be sure to keep an eye on

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Prairie Gold Lacrosse League cancels season

Provincial box lacrosse league latest sports organization to bring halt to season Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Chiefs of the Prairie Gold Lacrosse League saw their season officially cancelled on Tuesday.

The inevitable continues to happen. The Prairie Gold Lacrosse League became the latest sports organization to bring an end to their campaign due to COVID-19, officially announcing that their regular season and playoffs had been cancelled. The eight-team senior league includes the Moose Jaw Chiefs, with a six-team junior team also seeing action in a normal year. Action would have began in late-April, with the regular season running until mid-June and the playoffs following immediately after. In a statement released on Facebook, the PGLL pointed to four major factors in their decision, and they’ll be familiar to anyone following the coronavirus outbreak: • Unknowns surrounding the opening of indoor facilities; • A lack of training preparation for the season;

• As a contact sport, there being no guidelines in place from the province as to how games may be played; • Provincial restrictions on travel and competition between teams. “However, we understand that each member association still can have the right to play amongst themselves, which the PGLL encourages, so that players still get some lacrosse in this year,” the statement said. “If there is a possibility of lacrosse occurrence during the out-of-season months, the PGLL would endorse any SLA-sanctioned events.” The Chiefs finished last season with a 5-4-1 record, good enough for fourth place, before running into the undefeated Saskatoon Brewers in the first round of the playoffs and falling 18-8. The Brewers would go on to defeat the Regina Heat 23-4 in the PGLL championship final.

Moose Jaw Little League announces return to train date

First practices set to hit local fields on July 7, games to follow as soon as gov’t go-ahead given Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Sports organizations throughout the province are rapidly gearing up for action, and Moose Jaw Little League is no exception. The local baseball loop announced that they would be returning to the field as of July 7 as part of Phase 4.1 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan. It’ll only be practices, and it’ll be weird, but baseball is baseball, and the anticipation is palpable. “I think people are excited about it, the kids need something to do, right?” said MJLL president Tony Dreger. “It’s going to look a little different, but at least it’s going to be something.” Little League re-opened registration and signed on players until June 26. After that, teams will be drafted, schedules put in place and everything will ready to go when they can officially hit

the diamond. That’s the easy part. When it comes to dealing with the Return to Practice and Play protocol and following Government of Saskatchewan rules, that’s another thing altogether, as Dreger explained. “There will be no dugout per se, we’ll have to have everyone social distancing and hanging out in front of their bag before they go out on the field or to hit,” he began. “So that will be different, then we can’t go out to the mound, we can’t have umpire visits, we can’t have plate visits prior too, but at least at the end of the day we can throw the ball, hit the ball and catch the ball and get the kids out running. “That’s the big thing and that’s what’s going to excite us, even with all the protocols we have to follow.

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“We’ll have some who will drop off because they don’t want to be part of the process or whatever, and that’s fine, but also were hoping that 50 or 60 more kids will sign up,” he said. “So we’re hoping to stay in that range.” As for a potential schedule, the idea right now is to keep everything in-city, meaning no travel to Regina for games and especially no travel outside of the province. “There’s nothing saying we can’t play Regina, but we chose to go with this way because it’s less travelling, less risk, so we decided to stay in the city,” Dreger said. All in all, it’s a sign that good times could be on the horizon. “It’s been a long time coming, we’re all looking forward to it and we can’t wait to get back out there.”

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Warriors looking to make most of high CHL Import Draft pick

Lack of NHL Draft to complicate process, but Warriors hopeful of landing elite player with sixth overall selection Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

It’ll be a bit of challenge even with all the due diligence in the world, but the Moose Jaw Warriors remain confident they will have landed a top-flight player at the 2020 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft that was held on June 30. The Warriors carried the sixth-overall pick into the annual selection of players born outside of North America, a spot that has in the past landed world-class talent. And in a normal year, odds are Warriors general manager Alan Millar and his scouting crew would have a pretty solid idea of who would be available and the kind of player they could bring to Moose Jaw. But, once again, this isn’t a normal year. With the COVID-19 pandemic having thrown almost everything involving sports into disarray, the Import Draft is no exception. And that’s made it even more difficult to pin down player intentions, especially when it comes to the elite ability a top-10 pick brings. “There are some challenges with the Import Draft when you don’t necessarily know when you’re going to start and there’s potential that European leagues could open up earlier, so players may be looking at other options,” said Millar. “We certainly have a challenge of no NHL Draft before the Import Draft, which

again adds another level of adversity. Traditionally as you go through the NHL Draft and European players are drafted, you’re able to gather a lot of information from NHL teams if players are interested in coming to the CHL or the NHL team would like them to come over.” That’s exactly what happened with Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Oleg Sosunov. The 6-foot-8, 220 pound defenceman immediately turned heads when joined the Warriors from Ryazan, Russia at the request of the Lightning, who wanted to see what their late-round prospect could accomplish in the WHL. The NHL Draft is just one tool, though, and the Warriors have put in their time to find other avenues to identify prospects. “We continue to work through those challenges and feel we’re in pretty good shape and will look to take the best player available at six that we’ve got to know through tournaments we scouted last year,” Millar said. “(Assistant general manager) Jason Ripplinger, our coaching staff and myself are doing a lot of video scouting and working with agents… It’s the same for everybody, though, and we’re going to grind through it. We have to be prepared to hopefully add a good young player and go from there.” You don’t have to look very far back into

Moose Jaw Warriors general manager Alan Millar is confident the team will land a top-flight pick in the 2020 CHL Import Draft. history to see what an Import Draft sixth pick can accomplish. The Vancouver Giants selected forward Milos Roman sixth overall in 2017, and the Slovakian centre crafted a decent career for himself, posting 32 points in 39 games as a rookie before racking up 27 goals and 60 points in 59 games during the 2018-19 season. A fourth-round pick of the Calgary Flames in the 2018 NHL Draft, Roman closed out his Giants career as their assistant captain, again putting up 20-plus goals in his final junior season. And then there was the 2016 pick. The Halifax Bulldogs used their sixth se-

lection to land Swiss-born forward Nico Hischier, a choice that turned out fairly well: 38 goals and 86 points as a rookie, the first overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils and NHL All-Star Game appearance three years later. The pick will be the highest selection the Warriors have had since 2009 when they landed Czech forward Antonin Honejsek with the fifth overall selection. Honejsek would go on to have a two solid seasons with the Tribe, scoring 36 goals and 82 points in 113 games. Traditionally, the Warriors would have two picks in the draft, but Czech National Junior Team prospect Martin Lang has locked down one of those slots after a solid showing since joining the team in the Brayden Tracey / Adam Evanoff mega-deal. He would put up eight goals and 24 points in 26 games before COVID-19 brought the season to an end. “We’re really pleased with Langer in terms of how he played, he essentially averaged a point a game on a team that was very young and very banged up, we feel he’s a guy who will be a real offensive catalyst for us this upcoming season,” Millar said. “He’s a great kid, he’s 100 per cent committed to coming back to Moose Jaw so we’re happy to have him back.”

National Junior Team adjusting to COVID-19 for Summer Showcase

Warriors Millar, part of management group for World Junior squad, runs down some of the quirks and features players will go through this summer Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Like every sports group and organization in the country right now, Hockey Canada is working through the restrictions and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. And one would think late June would be a time where they’d have a chance to step back, relax, plan and get ready for what could be a strange and interesting season this fall. But things never stop when you’re the winningest national hockey organization on the planet, even times such as these. That’s why even though the National Junior Team won’t be able to gather for what would have been the Summer Showcase tournament at the end of July, there will still be plenty going on for players during the week-long event July 27-31. “A big part of what we’re doing from a Hockey Canada perspective is sharing information with players in terms of the tournament, logistics and other factors that go part and parcel with playing in a world championship and IIHF rules and all those things. So that’ll be an important piece,” said Moose Jaw Warriors general manager Alan Millar, who is part of the Hockey Canada National Junior Team management group. The 41 players – including 15 from the Western Hockey League - will also have a chance to work with coaches in a virtual setting with regards to messaging, habits and style of play in addition to simply building relationships among the coaches, leadership group, returning players and

Moose Jaw Warriors forward Ryder Korczak and defenceman Daemon Hunt could find themselves on the National Junior Team’s radar with a hot start to the WHL season. newcomers. “There’s no playbook for this type of thing; a lot of people have put time into finding the best way to handle this,” Millar said. “We know we can’t have 60 people on a Zoom call for eight hours, so it’ll be spread out in a number of time frames with some guest speakers. It’s still an opportunity for us to get our group together, get to know each other and talk about some ideals in terms of our team. With what we’re dealing with, it’ll be different, but it’s an opportunity to build our process.”

If things were normal, the National Junior Team would be gathering in Plymouth, Michigan for a series of exhibition games with the U.S., Sweden and Finland, offering observers a chance to gauge the progression of potential World Junior players and start planning for the December selection camp. While the Moose Jaw Warriors won’t have anyone taking part in the event after fielding one of the youngest teams in CHL history last season, Millar was quick to point out that things can – and have in the past – change between the end of July and mid-December. “You look at the Summer Camp last year,

Joel Hofer and Nico Dawes, two goaltenders who were on the team weren’t at the Summer Evaluation Camp,” Millar said, pointing to Warriors such as Ryder Korczak and Daemon Hunt as a pair who could turn heads with a hard and fast start to the season. “So players do pop during the season, they do work their way into the December camp and give themselves the opportunity to play on the team… just because you’re not one of the 41 guys at this point, there are going to be opportunities for those good young players across the Canadian Hockey League, and those players playing Junior A and college hockey as well.”

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Hit the trails: Prairie Pedals preparing for first rides of season Women’s cycling group set to hit Wakamow Valley for first time this year as COVID-19 restrictions relaxed Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

It’s been a long wait, but the Prairie Pedals women’s mountain biking club is just about ready to finally hit the trails. The local group – part of the Moose Jaw Pavers Road and Mountain Biking Club – set aside June 29 for the first ride of the season as the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan hits Phase Four and allows a wide range of outdoor activities to take place. That includes fully opening parks throughout the province, meaning the Wakamow Valley trails are now fair game for anyone who wants to get some fresh air and exercise. But be forewarned, it won’t be business as usual. In announcing their return, the Prairie Pedals ran down some of the restrictions and rules that are to be observed when they head out, leaving from the south end of 7th Avenue SW at the closed bridge. The most important rule revolves around social distancing, which “will be required at all times before, during and after the activity” while warning that breaking the

The Prairie Pedals women’s riding group in action last year. rule could result in the club’s Sask Cycling Association sanction being revoked. Rides are limited to 10 per group, including the ride co-ordinator and ride leader, with larger numbers being split into groups if necessary. Rider membership and waivers must be signed at least an

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Higher portion of crops fall behind normal development By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express


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Farmer’s Market I’m going to take a guess that many breathed a collective happy sigh of relief when they heard farmer’s markets could open up this spring and summer. I have friends who are frequent shoppers and I can understand why many enjoy the Saturday morning experience. Fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers along with honey, jams and fresh baking line the tables under the tents. The variety of fresh, local, edible products is a feast for the eyes and the palette. The camaraderie and small town flavor bring out all the feels. One of the farmer’s market products I am sure to keep in my kitchen pantry is local honey. I learned a few years ago that honey that is native to where a person lives has medicinal qualities that are specific to that area. Raw, unpasteurized honey is high in antioxidants which help protect the body from cell damage due to free radicals. It is also an antiseptic, naturally containing hydrogen peroxide. One can use it as a wound dressing, it is a potent prebiotic, soothes sore throats and is a cough suppressant. The many antibacterial, antifungal, immune-boosting benefits of honey are good reasons to keep raw, local, unpasteurized honey on hand. My dad was a beekeeper during my childhood years. I believe the reason why he gave it up was because my grandpa was deathly allergic to bee stings. I have many memories of extraction day; the day the honey was extracted from the honeycomb and poured into pails. There is nothing like honey right out of the honeycomb! The actual extraction of the honey was therapeutic and mesmerizing. It was a fun family day, working together to bring in the harvest of honey. There are approximately 1100 beekeepers, presently, in Saskatchewan and that number is growing. People get into bees for a plethora of reasons: health benefits, holistic benefits, improving the pollination of neighboring plants, as well as the business opportunities that are available for honey, beeswax, etc. Only about 10% of beekeepers are commercial operators; the rest of the beekeeping community do it more as a sideline or hobby. Bees are incredible creatures. They are an excellent example of the power of teamwork. According to Ian Eaton, who runs a successful beekeeping business north of Saskatoon, “Each bee produces about enough honey to fill an eyedropper, with 70 per cent of it being water. And yet, as a group, they bring in massive amounts ...anywhere between 114 to 160 kg per hive each year.� Saskatchewan is well-suited to the beekeeping industry due to the climate and agriculture. Honey is also the only food that won’t spoil. It has an indefinite shelf life; as long as it is kept sealed and no water is added to it, it will be edible for decades and even centuries. In fact, archeologists excavating Egypt’s famous pyramids found honey that was over 3000 years and it was fully edible. One danger to note, is that raw, unpasteurized honey should not be given to infants, one year or younger. You will find 61 references to honey in the Word of God. It is a symbol of abundance, good health, ease, prosperity and was also an honored gift.� Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.� (Proverbs 16:24) Besides the hard-working, team-working attributes of bees, we can choose to use a little honey in our conversations versus vinegar because as the sayAthabasca East ing60 goes, “You catchStreet more flies with honey than vinegar.� This306-692-0533 weekend, you may wish to check out your loMinister: Jim Tenford cal market andRev. pick up some fresh honey! Music Director: Karen Purdy th TheSunday, views and opinions expressed in this article are those of , 2017 May 14 theWorship author, andService do not necessarily reflect the position of this 10:30am publication. & Sunday School

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Dry conditions and temperatures EXPRESS cool slowed crop growth in the third week of June, especially in the south and southwest. Even though most of the province received rain, crop development is slow, according to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture crop report for the week ended June 22. Rainfall varied from a trace to 15 mm during the week. West of Moose Jaw got from zero to 10 mm. Briercrest and Mossbank had six mm with 15 mm at Rockglen. Most of the southwest has had 75 to 100 mm since April 1 with the Moose Jaw region receiving between 50 and 70 mm, except for pockets from Marquis to Craik, north

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It won’t be the same as in other seasons, but Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Denton Mateychuk and U18 Warriors goaltender Dylan Ernst still find themselves among elite company after Hockey Canada announced the roster for their U17 Development Camp on Thursday. The event acts as one of the first stages for players to crack the three Hockey Canada teams that see action in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, currently slated to take place in Charlottetown and Summerside, P.E.I. in November. “The national under-17 development camp is the first stage in introducing these athletes to the Program of Excellence, and it is a great opportunity for them to develop as players and learn what it takes to wear the Maple Leaf,� said Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams with Hockey Canada, in a press release. “Our three under-17 teams are very fortunate to have these nine experienced coaches, and we know our coaching and support staffs will embrace the opportunity to guide the development of the top young players in Canada.� Mateychuk, 15, was the Warriors’ first pick, 11th overall, in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft, and it didn’t take long for the 5-foot-9, 170-pound rearguard to turn heads at training camp as he quickly showed off the agility and puck sense that had him high on many a team’s draft list. The Brandon product would go on to have a solid rookie season in the Manitoba U18 AAA league, scoring 13 goals and 30 points in 30 games for the Eastman Selects. Mateychuk also saw action in seven games with the Warriors, scoring his first WHL goal in only his second contest in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Kelowna Rockets. He was named the first star of the contest. Ernst, 16, completed his first season of U18 with the AAA Warriors this past winter and posted a 2.35 goals against average and .920 save percentage in 17 games to go along with a 12-4-0 record and three shutouts. He was the Kamloops Blazers second round selection, 28th overall in the 2019 Bantam Draft and played his first WHL game against the Calgary Hitmen on Feb. 22, taking over for the final 2:18 and not facing a shot in a 6-4 loss. The duo were also teammates for a week this past season, as they suited up for Canada’s bronze medal-win-

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Moose Jaw Warriors prospect Denton Mateychuk is one of 35 WHL players invited to the virtual U17 development camp ning squad at the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mateychuk would finish with a goal and two points in four games, while Ernst played one game, coming off the bench and allowing only two goals in a 6-2 loss to Russia. Ernst and Mateychuk aren’t the only Moose Jaw connection at the event, either. Warriors and Legends Hall of Famer Kelly Buchberger, now head coach of the Tri-City Americans, will serve as the head coach of Team Canada White, while former Warriors defenceman Kris Mallette, now the head coach in Kelowna, will work as the assistant coach for Team Canada Red. A total of 113 players were named to the camp, including four goaltenders, 11 defencemen and 20 forwards from the WHL. The week-long virtual camp will see players split into six teams, participating in a variety of sessions with a focus on player development through online education.


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of Assiniboia, south of of Moose Jaw towards Briercrest and Con’s Corner which averaged up to 25 mm. A larger than usual portion of crops is behind normal development, particularly in canola. Provincially, 37 per cent of canola is behind normal, with 21 per cent of pulses, 26 per cent of spring cereals, snd 28 per cent of fall cereals in the same position. Between three and five per cent of crops are ahead of normal. In the Moose Jaw-Regina-Weyburn region 20 per cent of pulses, 29 per cent of oilseeds, 23 per cent of spring cereals, and 22 per cent of fall cereals are behind. In the southwest, 18 per cent of pulses, 30 per cent of oilseeds, 19 per cent of spring wheat and three per cent of fall cereals are behind.

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CAROYLYN FAY THORPE (née: Thomas) 1944-2020 It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Carolyn Faye Thorpe (née: Thomas). She passed away peacefully in her sleep at Providence Place in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on Saturday, June 20th, 2020. Carolyn was born October 18th, 1944 at Sec 34 – Tp 22 – Rge 27 – West of 2nd, Saskatchewan which was known at the time as ‘The Little White House’. Later, in 1949, the family moved to the homestead that her parents built and lived there until 1965, at which time she moved to Moose Jaw where she resided for most of her days. She was predeceased by her father, Jacob Thomas; husband, William Thomas Thorpe; and her long-time partner, Edward Andrew Saathoff. Carolyn will be lovingly remembered by her children: Scott Thomas (Leatta), Melissia Thomas and Virginia Thomas; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; mother, Marjorie L Burgess; twin sister, Charlotte Thomas; younger sister, Scarlett Gates; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Carolyn started school at the Little Country School in Aylesbury, Saskatchewan before going to the Sisters of Zion Boarding School in Moose Jaw. She later attended Technical High School before completing her first year of Secretarial at St. Louis College. Her first job was at Canadays Apparel and then later worked at Valley View Centre. After that, she became a stay-at-home mom. Carolyn was quite known for her love of Elvis music and memorabilia, cats, going for coffee to meet new people, and “Gone with the Wind”. Red was the color she was often seen wearing while she was taking her long walks around town enjoying the scenery of Moose Jaw, especially the flowers. Her favourite pastime was playing cards and nickel bingo with her fellow residents of Temple Towers. Due to the current health situation, a Private Family Service will be held at a later date. Interment will take place at Sunset Cemetery where Carolyn will be laid to rest with her father.

In Memory

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”

IVENS, Madeline February 7, 1927 – June 23, 2020 Madeline Ivens, 93, passed away peacefully the morning of June 23, 2020, at home in Red Deer, Alberta. Born Magdalena Thiele in Spring Valley, Saskatchewan, Madeline moved with her family to Kelowna, BC, at the age of 7. She married John Ivens on October 13, 1947, and they worked the family orchard. As their kids got a little older, she worked at Willits Taylor Drugs in downtown Kelowna; at the Palms Restaurant; a number of years in a rug factory; and she and Johnny swung hammers together as cabinet installers. She was always a very hard worker. They moved back to Spring Valley to be school custodians, and then enjoy their retirement. She loved to visit over hot dogs and happy hour. She avidly knitted and crocheted, and always had 2 novels on the go. She gardened and cut grass with a ride on mower into her 90s. Survived by 3 children, 10 grandchildren, and 11 greatgrandchildren: Jim (Kathy) Ivens: Chris Ivens (Sheila Schindler-Ivens) (John, Charlie), Greg Ivens; Kathy Evans: Brodie (Kelly) Evans (Brendan, Samantha), Tracie (Sean) Craig (Alison, Morgen); Don (Colleen) Ivens: Michael Ivens (Kira, Carson), Debbie Ivens, Beverly Ivens (Hannah); Ed Hunt: Grace Hunt (James Handysides) (Rain), Tyrell (Sara) Hunt (Maddie), Leland (Mandy) Hunt. Also survived by 5 siblings: Carol Leckie, Elly Hamilton, Jackie Gramlich, Bob (Lynda) Fugger and Frank (Gayle) Fugger. Predeceased by her husband, John Ivens (1995); father, Jacob Fugger (1970); mother, Katherine (Thiele) Fugger (1996); daughter, Colleen (Ivens) Hunt (2005); son-inlaw, Russ Evans (2013). A gathering will take place in Spring Valley when it is allowed. Arrangements entrusted to Parkland Funeral Home (Red Deer) 403-340-4040 GORDON MOORE July 23rd, 1923 to June 24th, 2020 Gordon Moore, aged 96 years of Moose Jaw, SK passed away on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020. He was predeceased by his parents, Elizabeth and William Moore, and his 11 siblings. Our father was an articulate man who served as a stoker during WWll, put in over 35 years at a job he excelled at, enjoyed traveling, spending time in his garden and with his family. Gordon’s grandchildren were his pride and joy, providing them with loving memories to last a lifetime. He is survived and will be missed by his children: Eddy Moore, Cathy (Jerome) Engler, and Lori Nixon; 9 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Our thanks to the Moore extended family who treated him like a second father and others who cared about him. A special thank you to Dr. Geyer and the staff at Pioneer Village for the care they provided to dad while under their supervision. Due to the current health situation, a Private Family Service will be held. The time has come,’ the walrus said, to talk of many things: of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings.’ Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. James Murdock, Funeral Director 306-693-4550

We love and miss you dearly Marilyn, Robyn and Ryan

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: or www. (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 For information about the status of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, or for more information on symptoms and preventative measures, check Saskatchewan is now in the second 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 available to contact by phone at 1 (306) 691-4570 or by email at 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 will remain closed to the public until further safety guidelines are developed. Virtual summer camps will begin on July 13. 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 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@ 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. Meat draws resumed on June 28. Pool and darts will not be resuming yet. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 59 is now open, 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 with capacity limited to one-third of available seating, up to 150 people. The Moose Jaw Multicultural Council office and the Newcomer Centre remain 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 reopening some activities beginning June 29. Shuffleboard will resume on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and pickleball on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 1 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. There will be no pickleball on July 7. The TOPS program will also return every Wednesday at 8 a.m., beginning July 1. Members will be required to register in advance for all activities and bring their own masks to maintain safety protocols. Contact 1 (306) 692-6072 for more information or to register. The Moose Jaw Public Library will remain closed to the public until further guidelines are developed. Material lending services have resumed using a pick-up format, and library programming is still 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@, by messaging the Moose Jaw Public Library Facebook page, or through the live chat option on the website.

The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery will remain closed until further guidelines are determined. 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 and programs beginning on June 29. Grief support groups from Jones-Parkview Funeral Home have resumed. 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 have reopened. Yara Centre will reopen in phases, beginning with outdoor fitness classes and summer day camps on July 6 and the fitness centre and walking track reopening on Aug. 10. 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, spray parks, 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 Registration for the 2020-21 season is now open until Sept. 1. The Moose Jaw Warriors office is closed. The Western Canadian Baseball League has cancelled the 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 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. The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins has cancelled all training until further notice. The Moose Jaw Soccer Association has postponed all programming and will be announcing a plan for the outdoor season as Phase 4 and Phase 5 details of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan are confirmed. The Moose Jaw Tennis Club has reopened it’s outdoor courts, as per provincial guidelines for outdoor recreation. Lawn Bowling has resumed for the 2020 season. Play is limited to ten players on the greens at one time. Social distancing precautions will be strictly enforced. To reserve your time on a rink, call 1 (306) 313-4434. The 2020 Saskatchewan Summer Games in Lloydminster have been postponed until July 2021. The Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool will not be open this summer. All city paddling pools 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. The Prairie Gold Lacrosse League, which includes Moose Jaw senior and junior teams, has cancelled the season this summer.

Events: Movie theatres, live theatres, art galleries, museums, and libraries are allowed to reopen, although some are not doing so and patrons should check with individual venues before visiting. 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. The first draw will be on July 4. 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@ 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 Dungeons and Dragons on July 1 at 6;30 p.m., and the Virtual Book Club on July 28 at 7 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 will not be available in July and August, and will resume in September. 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 July and August. 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 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 annual Legion Fun Day at the end of July is cancelled. 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 The 50th annual Canadian Western Agribition in Regina on Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 has been postponed until Nov. 22-27, 2021.

Businesses/Facilities: Clinics that provide services in dentistry, physical therapy, opticians, podiatry, occupational therapy, and chiropractic services have reopened regular services to clients. Retail businesses are now open, in addition to personal services such as hairdressers, massage therapists, acupuncturists, tattoo artists, manicurists, estheticians, and more. Childcare facilities are now open. The Saskatchewan Health Authority is 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. All city arenas and facilities, including YaraCentre and the Kinsmen Sportsplex, remain closed until further notice. The Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital Gift Shop and Canteen are closed until further notice. Casinos Moose Jaw and Regina have suspended operations. 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 have reopened and are limited to 50 per cent capacity.


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McKenzie: Warriors’ Hunt among top-50 NHL Draft prospects

Final draft rankings from TSN analyst have Hunt ranked 44th overall, no timeline in place for Draft to take place Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

In a normal year, Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Daemon Hunt would be getting ready for the biggest moment of his life; plane tickets would be in hand, hotels booked, and the highly-touted rearguard would be preparing for a handful of team meetings fielding a battery of final questions before the 2020 NHL Draft. Then it would be the nervous wait-andsee sitting in the stands at the Bell Centre before making the long walk to the stage, where an NHL general manager would hand him his first jersey and hat for his first professional team. Sadly, none of that is going to happen. There is no NHL Draft, nor is there one planned any time soon. The NHL itself remains in limbo without a set return date. And there are now even doubts that the 2019-20 season will be finished, or that a 2020-21 campaign will even occur. Through all those question marks – and

we’re not even getting into the lack of playoff scouting, a testing combine or any of the other myriad pre-draft events -TSN’s Bob McKenzie has put together his annual top-100 prospects, featuring both North American and European skaters. And the news was most certainly good for Hunt. Despite suffering a severe cut to his right arm in early December, an injury that caused him to miss almost two months of action, the Brandon product was listed as 44th overall in McKenzie’s assessment. That would mean a mid-second round selection in the same ballpark as Joel Edmundson, the St. Louis Blues’ 46th pick in 2011, or Curtis Brown, who went to the Buffalo Sabres 43rd overall in 1994. More recently, the Vancouver Canucks landed Jett Woo with the 37th overall pick in the 2018 draft. Other ranking organizations had Hunt in

Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Daemon Hunt in action against fellow 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Justin Sourdif of the Vancouver Giants this past season. a similar position: McKeen’s Hockey had him 69th overall, Central Scouting 25th among North American skaters, and Elite at 65th overall.

Hunt has been a fixture on the Hockey Canada radar much of his career, suiting up in the U17 World Hockey Challenge as well as the World U18 championship in 2018-19 and the Hlinka Gretzky Cup last season. He put up seven goals and 20 points as a 16-year-old in the Western Hockey League before racking up 15 assists in only 28 games last season. Warriors goaltender Brock Gould wasn’t among the 100 on McKenzie’s list but is also a top prospect for the draft, having been ranked ninth by Central Scouting among North American goaltenders. That spot was good enough to land Cole Brady of the USHL’s Fargo Force a fifthround selection last year, Jared Moe of the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks the 184th overall pick in 2018 and Maxim Zhukov of the OHL’s Barrie Colts a fourth-round selection in 2017.

BMX Jam brings out the high-flying tricks

Dozens of riders of all ages take part in fun event at Moose Jaw Skate Park Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

What better way to take advantage of a beautiful weekend day and celebrate the relaxed COVID-19 restrictions than hit the local skate park, show off a few tricks and win some prizes along the way? The SMB’s II BMX Jam did just that on Saturday, June 20th at the Moose Jaw Skate Park, as a rotating cast of dozens of riders of all ages listened to pounding tunes while flying through tricks, grinds and everything else in between. 943 Grace St

The brainchild of local BMX legend Darren Jones, the event saw a host of prizes from sponsor Boh’s Cycle and Sporting Goods and featured raffles and awards for the best trick in both the 11-and-under and 12-and-up categories. And if what was going on in the later afternoon was any indication, it was some impressive stuff indeed. Here’s a photo from the afternoon of action!

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