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MJ EMS deputy chief talks Saskatchewan women in paramedicine for national magazine Larissa Kurz
When members of the Moose Jaw & District EMS were asked to be a part of the 2019 women’s issue of Canadian Paramedicine, deputy chief Angela Sereda was more than happy to see local faces featured on the cover. This year, Sereda thought that the Saskatchewan representation could be even stronger, which is why she suggested a feature story on the women leaders in paramedicine on the prairies. “I knew that the issue was coming out again, and so I contacted them and said, ‘we have a lot of amazing women leaders in Saskatchewan, is it possible to do a story on us?’” said Sereda. “And they kind of put it back to me and said, ‘why don’t you write something?’” Sereda’s article, titled “Individually Strong, Collectively Influential,” ran in the April/May issue of Canadian Paramedicine this year, and featured an impressive collection of successful women in the industry. The article includes voices from 10 different sectors of paramedicine in Saskatchewan, as Sereda realized were all being led by women which perfectly lent itself to a discussion on support and empowerment in the field. “It was just a natural fit,” she said. “And it was so nice to see because I got into this industry back in 1992, and it was a very male-dominated profession, so there were a lot of hurdles back then to prove yourself as a female.” Sereda spoke with administrative leaders like senior program consultant Christina Backlin from the Ministry of Health, Saskatchewan College of Paramedics executive director Jacqueline Messer-Lepage, the provincial director of EMS and medical first responders Krista Remeshylo, and board member of Paramedic Services Chiefs of Saskatchewan Jennifer Larre. She also spoke with research experts like Lindsey Boechler from Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Saskatoon Medical Institute for Medical Simulation CEO Jan Hiebert, and service leaders like Northeast EMS chief Jessica Brost, STARS provincial director of operations Cindy Seidi, and Medavie Health Service West deputy chief of communications LeAnn Osler. The article discussed topics ranging from the roles that women are playing in the current field to the important mentorships and inspiration that women are providing each other. It also touches on how important embracing diversity and encouraging ingenuity in women is a step forward for the industry — especially as paramedicine continues to evolve and improve patient care goals. For Sereda, as both a woman and a leader within the industry herself, it was important to highlight the accomplishments of women within the greater network of paramedicine and how it will affect other women as they move forward in their careers. “It’s really nice to see the industry to where it is today, to have women not necessarily recognized because they’re women, but
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New book about police support dog offers hope to traumatized victims Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
One of the Moose Jaw Police Service’s four-legged officers is the subject of a new book that talks about how the canine can provide comfort during stressful situations. “Kane’s Tale” is about Kane, a yellow Labrador retriever that operates with Moose Jaw Victims Services and is accredited to work in any justice-related building such as courthouses or police headquarters. A canine-assisted intervention dog, Kane has been with the Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) since 2015. He was chosen for his role due to his personality traits such as calm temperament, stable demeanour and willingness to engage with people of all ages. Written by his handler, Donna Blondeau, “Kane’s Tale” is an eight-page flip-book that informs adults and children that Kane can help them if they need assistance, can provide them with comfort and support, can help them feel safe, and is a trustworthy companion. MJPS hosted a book launch on June 30 with Kane, Blondeau, representatives from both the public and Catholic school divisions, and other dignitaries in attendance. The plan is to distribute the book for free to families with children in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and grades 1 and 2 this fall if schools return. Kane has worked hard these past five years to support the community, Blondeau said. He has brought joy and hope to people young and old, especially those who have been traumatized. “One of the other things I find extremely important is he is available for us here at the police service,” she continued, “and the days when things maybe aren’t going so well, and you just need to give Kane a pet. He just seems to be there. So we do our daily and weekly rounds if we can and ensure people get to meet him.” While working in Victim Services before Kane arrived, what became apparent to Blondeau was that she was en-
Kane, a yellow Labrador retriever, and his handler Donna Blondeau pose with a new book that talks about how the four-legged officer can support children and adults who have been hurt by events. Photo by Jason G. Antonio countering many children and adults who had been hurt by events. She thought it would be great to have something to support them, so she approached the school divisions and other officers about producing a book that was small enough for kids and could have food smeared on it. However, the book had to have a message; while Kane was well-trained and good looking, Blondeau didn’t want a simple picture book even if that would have brought
happiness to kids. Instead, she wanted something with a message that children could take home and enjoy with their families. “I still believe that parents (and grandparents) … (still) sit down and read storybooks to children,” she said. “I think it’s important to have that.” It can sometimes be frightening to come to the police station since uniforms can be intimidating, Blondeau continued. She hoped that if the public knew about Kane, it could make a difference when they come in after a devastating event. Kane “has had a definite impact” on the thousands of people he’s met, whether in this community, in other communities such as Humboldt, and even at 15 Wing Air Base, she pointed out. While this book was important to her, Blondeau credited other members of the MJPS for helping put together the book. “This was my passion. It was easy to do,” she added. “I’ve already written another book on Kane. And I will continue to do so.” Lori Meyer, learning superintendent with Prairie South School Division, praised the timing of the book and how necessary it is. She pointed out the student services department works with counsellors and psychologists about how to handle traumatized students. “There’s lots of little kiddos that will come from different situations and come into (different situations),” she said. While the target of this book is children, it can also help adults, said Lois Saunders, co-ordinator of student supports with Holy Trinity Roman Catholic School Division. Children can sometimes have interesting insights about a book, which can help adults with their healing. “(This is) another piece of trauma-informed work we can bring into our schools,” Saunders added, “and really support those kids and families that we’re concerned about.”
BIZWORLD By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express
Saskatchewan-grown watermelons beat any other on the continent The tasty fruit, watermelon, is popular in Canada, so popular that our grocers import more than $400 million of the oval green melons every year. That amounts to 300 million pounds of melon, or 49.5 million melons. Watermelons are so popular in Saskatchewan they have become associated with the Saskatchewan Roughriders “melon head” fans. Love of watermelons was perhaps best explained by American writer Mark Twain, who said watermelon tastes like what the angels eat. Watermelon has a rich history from the first cultivation in West Africa and Egypt some 5,000 years ago to its racist connotation in America since the 1800s. Watermelon became a symbol of food eaten by blacks. When black slaves were emancipated they grew a lot of watermelon and sold the melons, according to The
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on from Mexico and Central America with late spring and summer imports from the United States. Saskatchewan can grow watermelons. Yours Truly recalls a chap named Daniels from Rouleau who grew a truck load of them every year on his farm along the Moose Jaw River. The challenge for Saskatchewan growers is to develop a watermelon production system and market for the tastiest watermelons in America and replace some of that $400 million plus import bill. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.
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The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery has announced that it will remain closed to the public until further notice, despite being allowed to reopen as early as June 29 with the second part of Phase Four of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. The decision mirrors those of the Moose Jaw Public Library and the Western Development Museum, who both announced shortly after the province’s press release on June 23 that they will also be delaying their reopening. “We were under the impression that we would be back working in the gallery [with staff] in August, and basically open to the public in September,” said curator Jennifer McRorie. “Now that the phases have opened quicker than anticipated, we will move that timeline up, but we want to ensure the safety of community members and staff.” As the MJMAG shares a building with the Moose Jaw Public Library, staff will be working in conjunction with each other and with the City of Moose Jaw to develop an appropriate safety plan for the future. “There so many factors to consider so that the staff can operate in a safe manner and that the public can feel safe
Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery. (photo by Larissa Kurz) coming in and visiting our space,” said McRorie. “We want to take the time we need to prepare.” McRorie is excited to see the gallery cleared to reopen,
especially as the spring exhibits by Robert Froese and Peter Tucker were only available to view for a handful of weeks before the pandemic forced the gallery to close. The MJMAG is aiming to reopen sometime in early August, if safety protocols can be confirmed by then, and it may consider doing a gradual reopening like many other public spaces. “We may ask people to make an appointment to come in and tour the exhibits, so that we can prepare for numbers of people,” said McRorie. “We’re still kind of working out what the best practices will be.” For now, the MJMAG will remain closed and continue to offer programming virtually for residents. The virtual Summer Art & Culture Programs will continue as planned, beginning on June 29, and the MJMAG will continue with offering virtual art programs in partnership with local care facilities and through the new CreateABILITIES summer program for individuals with special needs & learning differences. The upcoming fall exhibit from Marsha Kennedy is also still set to open on Oct. 1 as planned.
Local students awarded industry scholarships from provincial program Larissa Kurz
The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) has announced the winners of this year’s Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship Industry Scholarships, and a number of this year’s recipients are from within the local school division. A.E. Peacock Collegiate graduate Jerri Bruce received a machinist scholarship from PTW Energy. Cornerstone Christian School graduate Caleb Kaminski received a scholarship for interest in truck and transport mechanics, from CoJay’s Heavy Truck Repair Ltd. Vanier Collegiate graduate Julian Allen received a cook and carpentry scholarship, sponsored by the Moose Jaw Construction Association. In addition to these Moose Jaw winners, a number of graduating students from other parts of the Prairie South School Division also received scholarships this year, including: • Ian Cristo from Assiniboia, automotive service technician; • Rainier Volke from Big Beaver, industrial mechanic and machinist;
• Derek Bryan from Central Butte, agricultural equipment technician; • Levi Edwards from Craik, auto body and collision technician; • Tyler Bouffard from Kincaid, carpenter; • Gregory Empey from Kincaid, carpenter; • Fletcher Starke from Lafleche, powerline technician; • and Braydon Gardner from Tugaske, agricultural equipment technician. The Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship
scholarships are worth $1,000 each, and are awarded to 100 graduating students across the province each year. Over 59 industry sponsors help fund the scholarship program, in partnership with the provincial government. Each recipient must participate and complete the SYA program, which allows students to explore the trades in a hands-on capacity, and indicate their intent to pursue a career in the skilled trades within two years of graduation to receive their scholarship. Those who finish the SYA program also reap other benefits — such as waived apprenticeship fees and Level 1 training fees, and 300 trade time hours added to their resume.
Past scholarship winners have said that the program was a great opportunity to experience different trades before making any decisions, and appreciated the program benefits that helped get their foot in the door of their chosen industry. “The skilled trades are essential to our province’s economic growth,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said, in a press release. “The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes how important it is to build a diverse skilled trades workforce, one that is responsive to industry’s needs. Congratulations to the scholarship winners. We wish you all the best as you embark on your career paths.”
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The Moose Jaw Express 9th edition of the Explore Moose Jaw magazine is hot off the press and will be delivered to your door in this edition. It certainly was compiled in interesting times during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, most annual events to take place have been cancelled, but we at the Express have endeavoured to bring you what information was available, as well as maybe some new options to consider. We hope you enjoy it. ***** Joan Ritchie Wow! What great participation and EDITOR support there was on Canada Day when hundreds of Moose Javians paraded their prized vehicles up and down Main Street, as well as the hundreds of on-lookers who eagerly social-distanced to catch a glimpse. Personally, I don’t remember ever seeing that much traffic on Main... Notably, there were 85 other vehicles that participated in the Canada Day Scavenger Hunt, too Thanks to Jody Chell and Krista McDonald, Brandon Richardson, and Moose Jaw Express/MooseJawToday.com staff Wanda Hallborg and Gladys Baigent-Therens for their facilitation and hands-on work, as well as to Moose Jaw Express and a number of local businesses who sponsored this year’s Canada Day celebrations. All of the registration fees for the car show are to be given directly back to the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank, topped up by the Moose Jaw Express for a total of $3,500. A big thanks goes to the Kinsmen Club of Moose Jaw for their sponsorship of the fireworks. They went off with a big bang! Good job all! ***** Through the ongoing pandemic, it has been a good time to reflect on how grateful we are for our health care providers, including paramedics. Here is Moose Jaw and also the province, we can be so thankful for the work they do. Congratulations to Angela Sereda, a member of the Moose Jaw & District EMS who compiled an article “Individually Strong, Collectively Influential” that featured female paramedics locally and across the province and was included in the 2019 women’s issue of Canadian Paramedicine. The MJ & District EMS team currently has approximately 10 female paramedics out of a total of 25 within the province. In dealing with trauma and life and death situations, you are a special breed of individuals. We appreciate the work you do and thank you very much for the care you give. ***** And then there is Moose Jaw Police Service’s four-legged version of compassion, Kane the yellow Labrador retriever and his handler Donna Blondeau that provide comfort during stressful situations to both children and adults. A big thanks goes out to Ms. Blondeau on the book that was recently released that is to be distributed free to families within the Public and Catholic School Divisions later this fall, if and when school resumes. ***** Thinking of our Saskatchewan farmers and the continued stress they endure year-in/year-out when their livelihood depends on so many variables that are out of their control, it is great to see the Ministry of Agriculture launch an app that will be an integral support to farmers’ mental health. Calls to the province’s farm stress line doubled in 2018-2019, but this year with the additional stress of the pandemic, it is expected that farmers’ tensions will increase into the future. 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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Province testing new technology to improve farmer’s mental health
New mobile app offers private counselling, online information to help those struggling in difficult times Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
An innovation challenge launched by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture this past spring has quickly paid off, and will result in the development of a new app that will track farmers’ mental health and link them with support. Developed by Bridges Health in Saskatoon in conjunction with Innovation Saskatchewan, the new app – called ‘Avail’ – analyzes information supplied by the user and replies with articles, videos and online tips to improve one’s mental health. If more immediate help is needed, the app can refer the user to a personal support network. Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan Tina Beaudry-Mellor said the app will be especially valuable to those who may feel uncomfortable seeking more conventional assistance. “Despite progress made, there is still stigma associated with asking for support when it comes to mental health,” Beaudry-Mellor said in a press release. “Having access to an app in the privacy of one’s own home will enhance the likelihood of people asking for help when they need it the most.” The timing of the app’s creation is by design, as calls to the province’s farm stress line doubled in 2018-19 compared to the previous year. With COVID-19 throwing additional difficulties into the works, some sort of further assistance was needed. “Saskatchewan producers face unique challenges when it comes to dealing with mental health and we are committed to providing resources and strategies to help support them,” Agriculture Minister David Marit said. “We know there is a need for solutions like this and I’m looking forward to working with Bridges Health to provide a resource custom-built for the agriculture industry.” The innovation challenge itself offered $10,000 in funding and a 16-week collaboration with the government to develop the app. Bridges Health emerged with the best plan, and work is underway to bring the project to the public in the near future. “As a company founded and based in Saskatchewan, the agriculture sector touches both our business and our families,” said Leon Ferguson, Bridges Health vice president. “We are honored to have this opportunity to work with government and partners to develop and advance this mental health and overall wellness tool.” Saskatchewan has run innovation challenges on an annual basis, focussing on issues that require unique solutions to ongoing problems. Previous competitions include the Rural Property Access challenge in 2019, which developed an app that hunters can use to receive permission for land access from property owners. The beginning of 2018 saw the Waste Diversion Challenge, which saw two companies emerge with winning ideas: one that used artificial intelligence to estimate the weight of waste entering landfills, and another that weighs vehicles in motion and calculates the amount of waste even in extreme weather conditions. For more information on previous Innovation Challenge winners, be sure to check out innovationsask.ca.
PollWatch: Tell us where COVID is, Theo belongs in the Hall and shut down Major League Baseball A look at some of the more interesting results from the MooseJawToday.com polls Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
It should come as little surprise that the vast majority of those polled on MooseJawToday.com want to see Theoren Fleury in the Hockey Hall of Fame. What folks think about the NHL returning to play and the precise location of COVID-19 cases in the province might come as a surprise. All three issues were subjects of poll questions over the last week, and all three had definitive answers. With regards to the former Moose Jaw Warriors standout and his long quest to be bestowed with hockey’s highest honour, MooseJawToday.com asked ‘Does Theoren Fleury belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?’ in June 26. Of the 180 votes cast, over 66 per cent – 119 total – answered ‘Of course!’ And for good reason. The Warriors and Legends Hall of Fame member had one of the most storied careers of any player in the NHL through the through the 90s and early 2000s. In addition to winning the 1988 World Junior championship, Fleury had his name carved onto the Stanley Cup in 1989 and would go on to also win the 1991 Canada Cup and gold in the 2002 Olympics. His stats are off the charts: twice he put up 100-points plus in a season, and four times hit 90 points, and finished his career with 455 goals and 1,088 points in 1,084 games. Numbers that are similar to or exceed players currently enshrined in the Hall of Fame. A total of 41 voters said ‘No. He was good, but I don’t think he was good enough’ and 20 replied ‘I don’t know’. Hockey was also the subject of a question on June 22, asking ‘Several NHL players have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. Should the league scrap its plans to return to the ice?’ Once again, the answer was clear. A total of 106 of the 151 votes cast said ‘Yes! It’s not
worth the risk!’, a 70.2 per cent margin. At the time of the poll, 11 NHL players had tested positive for the disease, a number that has risen to 26 as of July 1. Just under a quarter of voters, 22.5 per cent, said ‘No, I’m sure it’ll be fine’ and 11 voters said ‘I don’t know.’ The most clear-cut of the week’s polls came on June 29 with the question ‘Does it matter that the provincial government does not provide the exact location of COVID-19 cases?’ An overwhelming 236 of 290 voters – or 81.4 per cent – said ‘Yes! I would like to know if there are cases in our community.’ A total of 50 said ‘Not really, I’m being cautious regardless’, and four said ‘I don’t know.’ Saskatchewan is one of the few provinces that doesn’t reveal where cases are found on a community-by-community basis, releasing that info only if there is currently an outbreak or the potential of one. Examples include the most recent cases June 29 in Emma Lake, the Hutterite outbreak on June 17 and La Loche outbreak in late April. New MooseJawToday.com polls are posted every few days, so make sure to check often and make your vote count!
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Number One meat packer moves into production of plant-based burgers Cattle producers around the world must be feeling betrayed with an investment in plant-based meat by the world’s largest meat packer. The Brazilian by Ron Walter meat packer JBS Inc. has invested in its own plant-based burgers under the OZO brand being released in 12 U.S. states. With operations around the globe, including Lakeside Packers at Brooks, Alberta processing one-third of Canada’s beef, JBS is number one in meat packing and processing. The investment by this $216 billion US revenue company hedges its bets between real meat and the fake meat created from
plant materials. The JBS plant-based meat producer, Planterra Foods, is located in the heart of beef country, Colorado. “We’re not saying meat is bad,” Planterra CEO Darcey Mackey told Forbes Magazine. “People getting their heads wrapped around plants can be for all different motivations, whether it’s about earth and sustainability or just not eating animals.” To be fair to JBS, this investments in plant-based meat is a catch-up move with competitors. Competitors from Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods to Tyson Foods in the United States beat JBS into this market months, even years before the Planterra deal. It must hurt beef producers to realize the biggest meat packer in the world is producing plant-based meat to sell side by side with the natural beef grown on the range. Producers can take some comfort in the knowledge that plant-based meat is still
G3 completes two Alberta grain terminals By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express
EXPRESS The G3 grain handling network has completed construction of two new high throughput elevator facilities for the company’s operations in Alberta. The new facilities are located at Carmangay, south of Calgary and Morinville, north of Edmonton. They bring the company’s inland terminals to 16 on the Prairies with five in Alberta. Five are under construction including Swift Current and in Alberta — Stettler and Wetaskiwin. The new elevators each have 42,600
tonnes storage and feature spots for 150 rail cars and a loop track system for easy rail car movement. The company is building a terminal in Vancouver to complement terminals at Thunder Bay, Hamilton, Quebec and Trois Rivieres. G3, which has a terminal at Pasqua east of Moose Jaw, was formed out of the remnants of the Canadian Wheat Board with some farmer ownership, based on patronage. Major shareholders are Bunge and a subsidiary of the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company.
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a small part of the $7.2 billion retail beef market in the U.S. According to Good Food Institute data, retail sales of plant-based meat in the United States amounted to $942 million in 2019. That equates to about 13 per cent of sales. One in every seven U.S. families has bought fake meat. The amazing growth of plant-based meat has come from nowhere in a few years. Good Food Institute data shows double digit growth rates for five of the 10 categories. Plant burgers grew over 45 per cent; sausage links by 25 per cent; patties by 20 per cent; nuggets and cutlets just under 20 per cent; and grounds, 17 per cent. At this rate the plant-based meat industry could capture one-third of the beef sales within 10 years. The future of real meat production isn’t nearly as bright as five years ago. Real meat production has relied for growth on export markets to the growing middle classes in lesser developed countries like China. The Chinese have issued new dietary guidelines to reduce meat consumption by 50 per cent.
The real meat industry faces stiff challenges to stay competitive. The industry needs to convince consumers it has the tastier product, that it is healthy and friendly to the environment. The industry needs to convince consumers replacing meat with plant food will not change livestock methane emissions much. The land used to grow livestock, for the most part, is marginal and unsuitable for growing plants. It will always be used by animals, whether domestic or wild. The livestock industry has to find a way to convince consumers and the media of the mistake the United Nations made when calculating the amount of methane emissions from agriculture — a mistaken calculation admitted to by the UN but never really publicized. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.
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Fire pits and barbecues are okay in Moose Jaw, but safety first Moose Jaw Fire Department offers rules and guidelines for fire pits and barbecues in the city Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
There are few things more relaxing and enjoyable than a gathering of friends and family around a blazing fire pit or outdoor fireplace on a warm summer’s evening. That is, until the fence right next to the good times catches on fire, spreads to the eaves of the neighbour’s house and minutes later has reduced the whole thing to an unsalvageable inferno. The Moose Jaw Fire Department wants to make sure that doesn’t happen to anyone in the city and recently released a reminder of the guidelines and bylaws surrounding fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and barbecues in the city. The good news is even with the beautifully warm weather and comfortable evenings we’ve seen as of late, moisture conditions still remain safe throughout the city, meaning fires are good to go. “We haven’t put a fire ban in the City of Moose Jaw so far, and hopefully we don’t have to put one; it’s relatively safe as long as they adhere to our guidelines for fire pits and open fires,” said Cathie Bassett public education officer with the Moose Jaw Fire Department. “We have put in bans before when it was really dry, but we’re not there yet. So right now, citizens can have fire pits as long as they follow the guidelines.” A complete list of those guidelines for fire pits can be found on their Facebook page in postings on June 24 and June 26. Fortunately, the fire department hasn’t had to deal with any blazes caused by fire pits in recent times, as the vast
Outdoor fire pits and barbecues are perfectly safe in Moose Jaw, as long as everyone is smart about their usage. (Getty Images)
majority follow the rules and are as safe as can be. “If it’s a legal firepit, they’re checking their stuff and it’s in a good place in the yard, not too close to anything that could catch fire,” Bassett said. “And we’re getting calls all the time for information, so we do anything we can to help people know the safest way to do things.” Barbecues, on the other hand, have posed an issue –
local firefighters recently had to help with a situation that ended up melting the siding off a house and nearly caused far more damage. “It was just too close to the house,” Bassett explained. “That’s more of a concern at this time, people remembering to keep them away from fences and siding and things like that.” Vinyl siding is especially vulnerable to excessive heat, with plenty of horror shows found with a quick search on Google. A major factor in barbecue incidents is cleanliness of the cooking device – the more gunk, the greater the chance of something bad happening. “With barbecues, I can’t stress cleanliness enough, because when you have grease and everything else, that’s what’s going to start a fire if you get your barbecue too hot,” Bassett said. “So cleanliness is the key for barbecue safety, as well as location.” As with everything involving fires, common sense is key: keep fires to a reasonable size, pay attention and most importantly, be smart. “People have to think about what they’re going to do, should I or shouldn’t I, especially when there’s any kind of a wind,” Bassett said. “It’s always a concern, but just have to be smart and think of their fire safety when they’re in their yards doing their thing.” For more information, be sure to keep an eye on the Moose Jaw Fire Department Facebook page or contact the fire department at (306) 692-2792.
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As the warnings on television sometimes say: “This program may contain violence, nudity and coarse language. Viewer discretion is advised.” Ditto with today’s musings: “This column may contain topics that might be an embarrassment to some. ReadJoyce Walter er discretion is advised.” For Moose Jaw Express Despite having been firstname.lastname@example.org posed to the internet for many years, I am still uncertain as to how exactly it works, and even whether it is safe to use, that indeed, someone in Russia or Washington has my information and might, right at this moment, know that I’m sitting
where I’m sitting, and researching what I am researching to share with my portion of the public. I recently did fairly extensive research into various models of cars, trucks and SUVs with the idea of figuring out which one might be compatible with my driving abilities and my wallet. Almost instantly, even when not on car dealership sites, car and SUV deals would pop up on the side of the computer screen. “That’s creepy,” I told Housemate. He laughed at my chagrin. Even after I had made my vehicle choice, the pop ups continued, and by the end of a month, I wondered how much longer I would be bombarded with vehicle options. But that is the least disconcerting ability of the internet. Because I have an interest in recipes (even ones I would never consider making), I have been known to sign up to a number of free sites that on a daily basis offer a single recipe or a variety of recipes to read and think about creating. But lately the recipes seem to be buried among ads for other products or videos by supposed authorities on what to eat and when, and even how to make visits to the bathroom more enjoyable. Yikes. Right there in the middle of the directions for making the dessert of the day (a lemon juice pound cake) up popped an opportunity to learn how to “entirely empty one’s bowels every morning.” I did not click on the link because I feared that once again I would be subjected to chances to buy products that might or might not work, even if I were interested. Usually these messages involve long and convoluted videos that eventually lead into the pitch for buying a pill or powder that will cure all ills, from top to bottom. No thanks, not today, nor tomorrow. A most disturbing trailer for a vegetable that we are advised to avoid came as part of a grouping of salad reci-
pes. Buckets of carrots were dumped into the commode and flushed, suggesting some ingredient in carrots will eat our insides. That was disturbing, not only because I love carrots but because I worried about the possibility of a clogged sewer. Besides, one of the salad recipes had carrots as a main ingredient, leading me to wonder at the compatibility of the messages. Some chemical on corn will lead to a leaky gut, an ailment I assume one should avoid. Celery, apples, strawberries, potatoes, soy beans, squash and potatoes are also on the list of items to avoid for the safety of one’s health. Again, on the dessert site came a photo of a large person with an extremely large belly, accompanied by the cure: drinking a cup of a special beverage every night before bed to burn off belly fat while one is asleep. Ads also promote German hearing aids, cures for skin tags, and breakthrough brands of CBD oil that amaze doctors. I was absolutely amazed by one pop-up ad aimed at solving the problem of thinning hair. The man sits there with half of a red onion on his head. I convulsed with laughter. Could the onion then be chopped into a salad or sliced for onion rings? Did the man cry when the onion was sliced or did he save his tears for when he realized he was supposed to use the juice of the onion and not a hunk of the onion? So to recap: I’m off to bed and hope to rise in the morning with all my belly fat burned off. The rest of what might happen in the morning is no one’s business and is part of that readers’ advisory. Joyce Walter can be reached at email@example.com. 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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Familiar summer scenery greets me here on High Street as I arrive at our office each day; pylons and barricades indicating construction and road closures. It is said that there are two seasons in Saskatchewan: winter and construction. While it is encouraging to see necessary work being done to our roads and water mains, unfortunately, the impact to our local businesses can be significant. I recognize the struggles many local businesses are going through. When the street in front of our office was closed for water main replacement just a year ago, businesses saw their sales decline. The businesses affected by construction this year have also had the unprecedented impact of COVID-19. This is probably the most challenging time small businesses have seen since
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COVID-19 revenue decline results in $319 million provincial deficit Larissa Kurz
The provincial government has released the final details of the 2019-20 fiscal year and reports are showing a $319 million deficit at the end of the fourth quarter. Finance minister Donna Harpauer attributes the deficit to a sharp decline in revenue due to COVID-19 and the resulting economic downturn, as the province was on track for the balanced budget promised by the Saskatchewan Party this time last year. Revenue declined by $490 million in the fourth quarter, including a $431 million decline in net income from investment losses in the Government Business Enterprises. Total revenue in the 2019-20 year was $14.89 billion, which is $138 million or 0.9 per cent less than expected. In comparison, this year’s revenue was up $386 million from the previous year. The decrease in expected revenue, reports say, is due to a lower-than-expected net income from GBEs renewable resources and taxation revenue, as well as an increase of expected transfers from the federal government and other revenues. Expenses totalled $15.21 billion, which is $216 million or 1.4 per cent more than budgeted. This is an increase of $437 million or 3 per cent over the previous year. The province attributes this increase in expenses to education, specifically non-cash pension and health expenses offset by a lower-than-expected income from agricultural insurance claims. The final report on the 2019-20 fiscal year follows the announcement of a pandemic-focused budget for 2020-21, released on June 15. The 2020-21 budget is forecasting revenue of $13.6 billion and $16.1 billion in spending. “Our government will continue to assist Saskatchewan people through the pandemic while continuing to invest to stimulate the provincial economy and create jobs,” said Harpauer, in a press release. “Every province in Canada and every jurisdiction in the world has been impacted financially and economically by the global pandemic. However, Saskatchewan is better positioned than most on the path to economic and financial recovery.”
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a business through the pandemic. The COVID-19 Resources page on their website, www.mjchamber.com/covid-19-resources, offers a very helpful list of links to all the support programs for businesses. Their latest initiative, in partnership with Tourism Moose Jaw and other businesses, is encouraging Pop-Up Patios and Outdoor Shops to generate support for small businesses and eating establishments. Small businesses are crucial to our local economy. Close to one-third of workers in Saskatchewan are employed by small businesses. The variety of services offered by small businesses adds vibrancy to our community. It takes hard work and courage to take risks to run a small business. In the end, we all need to show our support and purchase their services for them to survive and to thrive. They are community builders and our friends and neighbours. Please check out SmallBusinessEveryDay.ca and support our local Moose Jaw businesses. 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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Exploring the Elbow on Lake Diefenbaker/Gardiner Dam Exploring rural Saskatchewan can be fun and builds our knowledge of the province. Today’s edition of Where We Can Go explores part of a gigantic man-made lake and dam that has changed the face of the province. The day trip up Highway Two North to the junction of Highway 42 goes past or through the well-groomed communities of Tuxford, Keeler, Brownlee and Eyebrow. Don’t be afraid of touring the towns. At Brownlee you might get a tour of a distillery. From just west of Eyebrow, turn onto Highway 357 and head to the junction with Highway 19 that takes you to Elbow and the Gardiner Dam. On the way to Elbow the highway cuts through Douglas Provincial Park. Three hiking trails on the east side of the park offer exercise and insight into the sand hills and and trees terrain. Two of the trails are short. The third is longer but
Yacht club rewards hikers with the awesome sight of a 500 foot high sand dune. An interpretive display in the park office explains the natural features and wildlife. Be prepared. Visitors spotted a bear in the area a year ago. Once a sleepy farming community Elbow has gradually been transformed into a summer resort community. It all started in 1967 with opening of the $21 million Gardiner Dam/Lake Diefen-
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Peace tower and ice cream. The big attraction on Main Street is the replica settler’s sod shack built in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s Centennial. The road north takes you to the impressive dam via Highway 44 and Danielson Provincial Park. Estimated driving time: 3.5 hours one way. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net.
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There’s little question that advances in medical science and medications have made lives easier and more manageable for cystic fibrosis patients all over the world. But it remains a disease without a cure, and the current range of drugs used for it offer a small break from the worst of the symptoms, any of which could worsen at any time and without warning. Now imagine there were medications currently available that not only improve the lives of those with cystic fibrosis but could actually reverse the disease, increasing life expectancy and offering hope for those who have to deal with the debilitating symptoms on a daily basis. As it turns out, those medications exist – according to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Society, the drugs Kalydeco, Symdeko and Orkambi are three currently approved by Health Canada and a fourth, Trikafta, is even more promising and is in the process of approval – but none are currently covered by Sask Health, making their availability prohibitive in the province due to the high cost. The Evans family is well known in Moose Jaw for their cystic fibrosis awareness fundraisers, the most famous of which is Cassidy’s Lemonade Stand. Cassidy, now 12 and continuing to thrive in spite of her battle with cystic fibrosis, started a small drink stand back in the mid 2010s as a fundraiser for CF, only to see the project blow up into a full-on campaign that now includes a lemonade truck that tours the province, a website filled with information on her current projects and CF information, and further fundraisers that include the popular SOAR for Cystic Fibrosis. Kim Evans has been a tireless supporter of her daughter the whole time, and that includes the current situation surrounding the unavailable lifesaving medications. “It’s one of those things where Cassidy already does two to three hours a day
Cassidy Evans continues on in her battle with cystic fibrosis, and promising new therapies are on the horizon, pending approval by Sask Health.
of treatments and therapies and medications, just trying to keep her body at bay,” Evans said from her home in Saskatoon. “They’re bandaid therapies; there’s nothing that’s making her CF better with any of the stuff she’s currently doing. She’s just trying to keep the disease at bay. “These new medications are actually shown to reverse some of the CF symptoms in the body. “That’s the part for me, I can’t sleep at night unless I know I’m doing every single thing I can for her; it feels like a golden carrot being dangled in front of us that this medication exists and I know how much it will change her life and it’ll extend her life. “But we can’t access it right now, so the fight continues.” Similar situations It’s much the same situation that Moose Jaw residents Shailynn Taylor and Cole Pringle found themselves in as they attempted to have lifesaving medication approved by Sask Health to battle spinal muscular atrophy. That battle was eventually won, with the government covering costs for the drug Spinraza in April
of 2019. Evans is hoping the same happens for Cassidy and cystic fibrosis patients all over Saskatchewan. “It’s challenging because Canada on a worldwide level is known for how amazing our healthcare is. It’s one of our claims to fame; we have free healthcare and there are a lot of incredible things about our system,” Evans said, briefly pausing to, coincidently, receive Cassidy’s pharmacy delivery. “But we have a huge missing piece in regards to rare diseases in Canada. “Most people aren’t aware of this, and fortunately, most people who don’t have anything to do with a rare disease or somebody specifically they’re connected to, they don’t have to be aware of this. But with Cassidy, it’s become a huge point of concern as a parent making sure she had access to the best care possible.” Evans has been in regular contact with provincial health minister Jim Reiter, who has thrown his support behind their cause and is seeking a solution. CF and COVID-19 Cassidy, meanwhile, soldiers on.
A daily regimen of inhalers and oral medication have her living a fairly normal 12-year-old life, even in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic. Naturally, the Evans family is very careful in that regard, knowing that catching such a potentially lethal disease could have devastating effects for someone with CF. The connection between COVID and cystic fibrosis is unique in that many of the same symptoms present in an infection by the novel coronavirus are present in CF, although while COVID-19 goes away over time, cystic fibrosis is for life. “That’s the irony of it this whole time,” Evans said. “People are so scared of this disease, and we in the CF community are like ‘well this is every single day for our kids, this is their normal, it doesn’t go away.’ There’s no cure, no vaccine, she will always have this, and these drugs are as close to a miracle as you’re ever going to see until the day you can remove all your genes and get new genes.” Summer plans With COVID-19 still an issue in the province, the Evans family plan to have a lowkey summer, keeping the lemonade truck off the road and holding off on any major fundraisers like the SOAR event. “We’re taking it pretty safe,” Evans said. “We were supposed to be in Moose Jaw with the lemonade stand at the end of May, but unfortunately because of all of this we weren’t there. So we’re still trying to think creatively about how we’d be able to pop in and do door-drop lemonades or something along those lines and how we’d make it work. And obviously Cassidy’s health is the top priority, so we’re always doing our due diligence there.” The family moved to Saskatoon three years ago, but still hold Moose Jaw close in their hearts. “The Moose Jaw community is bar none unlike anything we’ve ever experienced, and we’re so grateful to be able to come back there and feel connected to Moose Jaw.”
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“On the cusp of something:” local musicians, COVID-19, and a changing industry by Larissa Kurz
Right about now, local songwriter and musician Megan Nash would be reminiscing on her trip to the Junos in March, working on recording a new album, and maybe even hitting the road for some shows — that is, of course, if COVID-19 didn’t exist. But, unfortunately for Nash and many other musicians across the province, the music industry was one of the first to cease operations when the pandemic reached Canada earlier this spring, dealing a blow to artists and venues alike. “Life changed the day the Junos were cancelled, for me. That’s when it hit home,” said Nash. “I remember sitting on the couch [after the message from her label], and I left my bags there for a week. I didn’t touch them because it was such a shock, the whole thing. We knew we wouldn’t be performing for a very long time.” Nash and her band were absolutely correct. Venues large and small closed doors to abide by public health regulations, while tours and festivals have postponed and even cancelled as gathering in such large groups is most definitely out of the question for now. The situation is disappointing for music fans of course, but really it has been the artists left struggling the most — torn between disappointment and relief. “As much as it’s disappointing when things are cancelled, because you were looking forward to that performance and you wish there wasn’t a pandemic, it is absolutely the right decision,” said Nash. “I don’t want to be performing on a stage until I know that everybody in that audience is going to be in a safe environment.” Navigating quarantine time The pandemic has left the entire music scene in a state of upheaval, as artists look ahead to a future that is, for the most part, still pretty unclear. “It’s open-ended, you know, it’s a matter of time. This is going to pass eventually, we just don’t know when, so you’re just like, ‘okay, well, not much to do besides wait,’” said local musician John Dale, better known as Johnny 2 Fingers of Johnny 2 Fingers & the Deformities. With shows tabled indefinitely, musicians like Nash and Dale have been left with an influx of spare time. Nash has been taking some time for herself amid the chaos, focusing more on spending time with her dog and newly established garden. “For my own mental health, I’ve had to find some personal silver linings because it is difficult to not be able to work,” said Nash. “I’m spending time with my old dog right now and that’s amazing, [and] I planted a garden, because that’s something I used to just admire through a moving window and think ‘oh, wouldn’t it be nice to have a garden one day.’” With recording on the new album put on hold, Nash has instead turned her attention to the occasional private Zoom concert and songwriting — not her own, but rather in a mentorship role. “I have a complicated relationship with songwriting right now, because I’m not able to work on my record and just for me to go through my own feelings, I don’t want to do that right now. It’s just too intense,” said Nash. “But to be able to facilitate other people’s songwriting right now, that’s [a] great joy for me, to be able to help other people with their ideas and feelings and form them into songs.” Nash is one of the guest artists working with Resonate Live, where she has done workshops via video with Saskatchewan youth songwriters. “[The students in the Resonate program] wanted to write a song about staying together but apart, and that was really cool,” said Nash. “It was really inspiring to hear how young people in Saskatchewan are dealing with this.” She is also one of the mentors taking part in the virtual Songs 4 Nature youth songwriting camp this fall, and she is also looking ahead to releasing the recorded tracks from the spring version of the youth songwriting camp that happened earlier this year, thankfully finished before the pandemic hit.
Megan Nash & the Best of Intentions. (Yellow Bird Photography)
Saskatoon-based musician Brodie Moniker. (supplied) Moose Jaw musician John Dale, of Johnny 2 Fingers & the Deformities. (supplied) Dale shared similar sentiments as those expressed by Nash, admitting that while he misses the social aspects of touring, he’s also enjoying the time off to relax with family, despite it being mandated. “I’m enjoying not having to go on tour, because there’s that invisible pressure to keep up some sort of status quo, ‘do it for the fans’ kind of thing,” said Dale. “[But] I do miss travelling and doing the whole thing, the excitement of it, there’s nothing like it,” he continued. “I miss jamming and playing music with groups of people instead of with, like, a loop pedal. That’s fun for some, but nothing beats playing with your buddies.” He has been continually working on new music, as picking at his guitar is a daily norm for him, and thinking about how to evolve with the new expectations of COVID-19. “I have to become more savvy at producing, like getting it online. We’re good at travelling the road and getting a few dozen people out or whatever, but it’s easier to do it online [right now],” said Dale. Johnny 2 Fingers & the Deformities took part in a live concert series on Sasktel On Demand several weeks ago, recording an acoustic version of their set that aired on the local channel, and Dale has been working out the details on releasing a new album — a collaboration with alt-rock legend Ian Blurton from a few years ago, called Time Child. The album will likely drop sometime this summer, Dale decided, although he said it will feel strange not planning a release tour to accompany it. “I feel like whatever the next tour is going to be, it’ll be called ‘COVID-free and flying,’ something like that,” he joked, adding that now might be the time for the band to get back into filming music videos. For both Dale and Nash, although they are taking somewhat different approaches to the pandemic-enforced time off, they shared the same question: where does it go from here? So, what does the future hold? “I think a lot of us in the music industry are curious what our industry will look like on the other side of COVID-19,” said Nash. For someone like Nash who does a lot of international touring with her music, there are plenty of questions about things like travel, venue sizes, and even whether people will feel comfortable coming out to shows. “It’s a very human instinct to want to go to these festivals, to want to be with people, and it’s not in our nature necessarily to be isolated, so will we want to gather afterwards, or will we be too afraid?” questioned Nash. “I think it’s going to be really hard for venues and especially for emerging bands to regain their foothold on their careers after this.” Smaller venues will likely be at a disadvantage as people consider what acceptable capacity looks like, especially with “social distancing” as the catchphrase of 2020. Larger venues and annual festivals will have to completely reimagine things like sanitation practices, said Nash, as people are almost certainly going to have more anxiety following this situation. And even as public spaces continue to reopen and return to normal, there’s a large chance that the way the music industry operates may just remain changed forever. Artists of all types have had to change gears and utilize social media more than ever before, just to stay connected with fans and even with each other, and one local artist feels like that’s going to leave a huge imprint moving forward. “We’re on the cusp of really connecting the world in a lot of ways,” said Brodie Mohninger, stage name Brodie Moniker, formerly a Regina-based musician who now resides in Saskatoon.
In addition to his music, Mohninger works part-time in retail at a local music store, and he has found that the pandemic has already caused an industry shift in that companies are now looking at musicians as sound tech experts as well as artists. As well, the sudden move to almost exclusively online content has prompted more collaboration between artists than ever before. Industry veterans are sharing files, soundbites, and expertise with each other, and the Internet is making it easier than ever. Live stream concerts are now a staple for musicians and new music releases are keeping streaming platforms like Spotify, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud busy. It’s no longer enough to be an artist and a musician — now, it’s a role combined with social media marketing guru and live stream sound technician. Even music instructors, like Mohninger, have turned to video chat services to keep the live component of teaching music to students. “It’s been inspiring really to watch people bounce back and figure out how to do it, how to manage everything that’s going on,” said Mohninger. The shift has really emphasized the gradual path to digital content the industry was already on, but now the route seems to be a much shorter road. Mohninger was luckily on a natural break with his fellow bandmates and had to cancel an upcoming tour when the pandemic settled in, and although he misses the camaraderie of playing alongside other musicians in person, he’s also seeing a ton of potential for the future. He feels as though the rising trend of digital content is a great advancement in terms of accessibility. Live stream concerts eliminate any geographical limitations, and releasing new music online is changing the way artists and fans consider new content. “Right now it’s very difficult to do the typical model of build-up for an album, with a single promoted across formats,” said Mohninger. “But I’m noticing that [music listeners] are getting more into this vibe that artists are just putting out stuff and you latch onto it when it gets out there, and there isn’t this big build-up to it.” He’s found that the open-ended schedule has changed the way he thinks about his own creative process, as he continues to write music and collaborate with other local artists. “[This way] it just doesn’t become a product. The music can go online and produce revenue just by existing because people will stream and download it. I like that model. It just takes the weird stress out of things,” he said. “It’s a lot more relaxed this way and it doesn’t seem to take music out of my life. I’m doing much more of it, to be honest.” Streaming could be a whole new revenue source for some artists, he continued, and a huge change for the entire music industry. “I think for the music industry, streaming is awesome,” said Mohninger. “And there is a possibility on the horizon where we could be streaming shows on a service that pays you for your set that night, and people watch it from the comfort of their home.” Like most artists, Mohninger will just have to wait and see what happens next — whether live streaming proves to be here to stay, and how venues will fare once they begin rebooking shows. Nash, Dale, and Mohninger are hoping to be able to return to Moose Jaw stages soon but for now, fans will have to continue to keep up with these artists through social media. Megan Nash has been posting on her Facebook page, including updates about what she’s up to next. Johnny 2 Fingers & the Deformities are promising that any new music and merchandise they release this summer will be available on their Facebook page and website. Brodie Mohninger is also promising new music this summer, to be released on his Facebook page as well.
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Knight Ford Lincoln showing support for community with charity campaigns Larissa Kurz
In the era of COVID-19, Moose Jaw residents have had to swallow some tough pills as events were cancelled and celebrations postponed, but one local car dealership has been working hard to lift people’s spirits up despite everything else going on. Knight Ford Lincoln has been keeping up with a few community-focused charity campaigns this spring that general manager Matt Ponto hopes has helped Moose Jaw weather the proverbial storm. Back in April, Knight Ford launched a challenge to Moose Javians: go out and purchase a gift card from a local business here in the city, and Knight Ford Lincoln will match that purchase dollar for dollar. “[We wanted to see people] spend some money in the community, and the idea was just to stimulate the local economy,” said Ponto. Knight Ford Lincoln pledged a limit of $5,000 for the gift card campaign, which promised to provide at least $10,000 going right back into the local economy. After launching the campaign, Knight Ford partnered up with the Moose Jaw Kinsmen who also pledged another $5,000 worth of gift cards, which were then auctioned off as a fundraiser event that even further helped out the community. All of the proceeds were donated to the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank, Hunger in Moose Jaw and the Moose Jaw Transition House. Knight Ford Lincoln is also a big spon-
General manager Matt Ponto and sales consultant Meagan Hudson, in the showroom at Knight Ford Lincoln.
sor of the Prairie Hockey Academy in Caronport and has been involved with the Moose Jaw Warriors in the past, in addition to sponsoring jerseys for other community sports teams. “Anybody who comes to us, we’re on board with helping,” said Ponto. “We love when people come out to us with ideas to help the community, and we’re always open to being involved locally.” The dealership has also been the prime sponsor of the June graduation insert
in the Moose Jaw Express for the past three years, which highlights the graduating classes of all four Moose Jaw high schools and the new Phoenix Academy as they celebrate their achievement — in addition to the new scholarship opportunity they have started offering students. Knight Ford Lincoln has three scholarships available to Moose Jaw graduates, in addition to some prize draws that will be gifted to applicants. "I think it's important to support our grad-
uates. The young people of today are the future of Moose Jaw and its surrounding area,” said Ponto. “We are always excited to support local, as they support us." Helping out the local community is important to Ponto, especially as a local business. He is constantly impressed by the way Moose Jaw responds to charitable initiatives, as well as how the community values support. "I've always admired how community-driven the town of Moose Jaw is. The people and businesses here really look after each other and I'm glad Knight Ford can be a part of that," said Ponto. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a perfect example of how Moose Jaw is notorious for its unwavering goodwill and supportiveness. "We really appreciated how Moose Jaw and surrounding area stood behind us during COVID-19,” said Ponto. “We were happy to see everyone coming in for service and shopping for new vehicles. People were very patient with us as our increased safety precautions added a little more time to their visits." The Express has appreciated Knight Ford Lincoln’s continued support over the years, a sentiment that is likely true for a number of local charities and organizations. Knight Ford Lincoln is located on Thatcher Drive East. The showroom and service centre are now completely open and ready for customers to drop by.
Clare’s Law coming to Sask. to Larissa aidKurz potential domestic abuse victims As of June 29, municipal police services in Saskatchewan are allowed to share information to proactively help protect potential domestic abuse victims. The Interpersonal Violence Disclosure Protocol Act, also known as Clare’s Law as it was modelled after the legislation that began in the United Kingdom in 2014, allows police to share information about an intimate partner’s past violent or abusive behaviour with residents who may be at risk of domestic abuse. Clare’s Law requires an application to municipal police to release any information, which will undergo a review process to determine if any privacy laws could be violated by doing so. Applications can be made on a right-to-ask and right-toknow model, meaning that any residents may request the information if they may be at risk of domestic violence (right to ask) or they have been identified by police as at risk (right to know). Saskatchewan is the first province to bring Clare’s Law to Canada, first introducing the legislation in 2018. The final draft of the bill was voted through unanimously in the spring of 2019, after careful development in consultation with a number of provincial policing bodies, including the Provincial Association of Transition Houses.
“We’re very pleased about Clare’s Law coming into effect,” said PATH executive director Jo-Anne Dusel. “If we can save even one life, this will be well worth the work and the effort of implementing this legislation. I hope to see individuals who are having a gut feeling that something’s not okay taking advantage of this legislation to find out if there is something about a partner’s history that they need to know.” PATH was also consulted as a provincial committee developed the protocols for how the new legislation will be implemented and will also be involved in the application review process once Clare’s Law is in full effect. “We understand that Clare’s Law isn’t a piece of legislation that’s going to be helpful for everyone experiencing intimate partner violence,” continued Dusel. “But our hope is that people who are just beginning relationships and are starting to see warning signs [or] perhaps a family member or friend is concerned about someone who may be at risk, this would allow them to make an application under Clare’s Law to see if there’s a history to be shared for a person’s safety.” For Dusel, as a transition house representative, implementing protective legislature like Clare’s Law is an important step for the province, especially as Saskatchewan
has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in Canada. Dusel hopes to see the province continue to build supports for victims of domestic violence, and raise awareness of the issue to help protect potential victims before they become victims. “One of the things we’ve been advocating for some time is the need to denormalize this kind of violence in Saskatchewan, and we feel there are a couple of levels that needs to be done on,” said Dusel. Dusel would like to see more provincial programs, including a public awareness campaign about domestic violence and the addition of healthy relationship education into school curriculums. All municipal police services will be participating in Clare’s Law. Saskatchewan RCMP will not be participating, indicating that while it played a role in the development of the legislation, it is subject to federal privacy legislation that is not compliant with Clare’s Law. Minister of Justice Don Morgan has reached out to federal ministers to address the RCMP’s decision.
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From The Kitchen
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The fruit stand and grocery store produce departments are brimming with the seasonal fruits that make us all so happy to greet spring, summer and even autumn. Cherries, plums, strawberries, apricots, pears, peaches — all full of juicy goodness — entice shoppers to buy in abundance to enjoy from the hand, or through various processes to ensure their taste lives on. This week’s recipes are from a favourite cookbook, World of Baking. ••• Strawberry Jam 12 cups sliced strawberries 2 tbsps. lemon juice 8 cups sugar 6 oz. pkg. strawberry gelatin Wash jars then sterilize in canner of boiling water. Place strawberries in a large heavy pot, add lemon juice and sugar then stir until well mixed. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce to medium heat and boil for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add strawberry gelatin and boil for two more minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat and skim. Pour into sterilized jars
and seal. Wipe jars clean and cover to allow to cool. Makes about 5 pints. ••• Cherry Pie pastry for a 2-crust, 9 inch pie 1 1/3 cups sugar 2 1/2 tbsps. quick cooking tapioca 1/8 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. almond extract 1 tsp. lemon juice 4 cups fresh, pitted red or yellow cherries 2 tbsps. butter Combine sugar, tapioca and salt and stir to blend. Add remainder of ingredients except butter. Blend well. Pour into pastry-lined pie plate and dot with butter. Arrange top crust and pinch down edges. Cut steam vents in top pastry shell. Bake at 425 degrees F for 40-45 minutes until golden brown and cherries bubble. ••• Saskatoon Nut Bread 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 3/4 cups milk
SHA Board of Directors approves annual report for 2019-20 Larissa Kurz
The Saskatchewan Health Authority Board of Directors met during a public teleconference meeting on June 26 to approve the 2019-2020 Annual Report. Scott Livingstone, SHA chief executive officer, shared with the board that the content of this year’s report is “slightly abbreviated simply because of some of the aspects around the COVID-19 pandemic.” Kim McKechney, vice-president of community engagement and communications, shared that the annual report also includes details of the mechanisms the SHA has been using to release information to the public, such as news updates on their website and social media, as well as management details from the past year. The financial statement is also included in the report, which was approved by the board at the previous meeting on May 29, and confirmed by the provincial auditor. The annual report was approved unanimously by board members in attendance. Board members Robert Pletch, Dr. Preston Smith, and Rosalina Smith were not present. Following the board’s approval, the annual report will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly, pending review and potential adjustments from the Minister of Health. The document will be made available to the public on the SHA’s website on July 27. The next public meeting of the SHA Board of Directors is on Aug. 19.
Antelope faces off with oncoming vehicle The antelope stood her ground, even walking towards the oncoming car. Moments before, two antelope were flushed out of the grassy ditch, running ahead and across the pavement, only to run back towards the car. One headed back into the ditch and green wheat field. The other seemed determined to face the car before running back into the ditch and field. This unusual behaviour signalled that a baby was probably hiding in the grassy ditch. Photo by Ron Walter
2 large eggs 1 tsp. salt 5 cups sifted flour 2 tbsps. baking powder 2 cups saskatoons 1/2 cup chopped nuts Combine sugar, butter, milk and eggs. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Sift together salt, flour and baking powder. Add the berries and nuts and carefully stir them through the dry ingredients. Stir this mixture into the egg mixture until thoroughly moistened. Pour into two, well-buttered loaf pans and let stand for 15-20 minutes. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for one hour or until browned and tester comes out clean. Cool on racks then remove from pans. Cool completely before slicing. Wrap in foil. Note: blueberries may be substituted for saskatoons. Joyce Walter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fewer workers died last year compared to 2018, Sask. WCB says By Moose Jaw Express staff The number of workers who died on the job in Saskatchewan last year declined by 12 compared to 2018, which the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) says is positive but shows more work is needed. Last year, 21,473 workers were injured in Saskatchewan workplaces, with 36 individuals dying from these work-related incidents, a news release from the WCB explained. Of those deaths, 17 were from occupational disease, seven were from traumatic events, five were from heart attacks, four were from motor vehicle incidents and three were from medical complications. The top five body parts injured were the hand, back, leg, arm, and multiple parts at once. In comparison, 22,371 workers were injured on the job in 2018, with 48 of those people dying from their injuries. “Every single one of these work-related deaths is a tragedy. The impact of each loss is felt by family members and communities. It is so important for all of us to continue working to keep our workplaces safe,” Phil Germain, WCB CEO, said in the news release that provided highlights from the organization’s annual general meeting on June 24. Last year the total injury rate decreased to 4.95 per 100 workers, while the Time Loss injury rate decreased to
1.86 per 100 workers. In comparison, the total injury rate in 2018 was 5.44 per 100 workers and the Time Loss injury rate was 1.99 per 100 workers. In 2019, for the fourth year in a row, 88 per cent of Saskatchewan employers had zero injuries and zero fatalities in their workplaces. “Thanks to the health and safety efforts of workers, employers, safety associations and labour unions, our workplace injury rate has dropped from the second-highest in Canada to fourth among Canadian provinces,” said Germain. “While this suggests we still have plenty of work to do, it also demonstrates that we are heading in the right direction.” The WCB remained fully funded last year, which allowed it to support its customers, the workers and employers in the province. At 115 per cent funded at year-end, the organization was able to cover costs of all claims in the system. This upheld the WCB’s commitment to workers and employers to operate an effective and efficient compensation system. The WCB’s 2019 funded position was within the targeted range of 105 to 120 per cent. According to the WCB’s annual report, it received $281 million in claims costs last year, had premium revenues
of $267.2 million, had investment income of $277.1 million, and paid out $222 million in compensation costs. However, while last year was positive for the organization, 2020 might not be as rosy due to the pandemic’s effects. “Because of COVID-19 and the impact of the pandemic response on global, Canadian and Saskatchewan economies, a decrease in employer payroll in 2020 – combined with a decline in investment markets – has put pressure on the WCB’s strong financial position,” WCB chairman Gord Dobrowolsky said. The leading challenges the WCB will face this year include a new operating paradigm due to the coronavirus, financial management and market volatility, the news release said. Since the pandemic has affected workers and businesses, the WCB expects to see the fallout for a while. However, the pandemic response has also created opportunities for the organization to improve its customer service. For more information, visit wcbsask.com.
Holy Trinity Catholic School Division Holy Trinity mixes Church’s teachings on justice into yearly themes Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
Moose Jaw’s Catholic school division is helping its students better understand their faith’s teachings on social justice by incorporating those concepts into the yearly themes. The Roman Catholic Church has seven themes on social justice, including life and dignity of the human person; call to family, community and participation; rights and responsibilities, option for the poor and vulnerable; dignity of work and the rights of workers; solidarity; and care for God’s creation. “The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents,” says the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website. “The depth and richness of this tradition can be understood best through a direct reading of these docu-
ments.” The 2019-20 school year was the first year that Holy Trinity Roman Catholic School Division incorporated the social justice teachings as part of its faith theme. The division has chosen the second teaching — call to family, community and participation — as its theme for the 2020-21 school year. The Bible reference that accompanies the theme is “God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1). Trustees with the Holy Trinity board of education reviewed the theme during their recent board meeting and also approved the Bible passage to accompany it. “They do provide a really great framework and are really well aligned, not just with the overall concept of the Catholic faith, but they’re nicely aligned with what happens in our local parishes,” said education director Sean Chase, “and the Catholic Studies curricula at the high school level, as well as a renewed Catholic religion cur-
ricula that are available at the elementary school level.” The feedback that students and families have provided is one reason Holy Trinity chose to incorporate the teachings as themes over a seven-year cycle, he continued. Each teaching reflects how some students today envision and develop their Catholic faith and put it into action. One recent example has been high school students who have participated in protests or taken a stance on issues, such as that black lives matter or all lives matter. “We feel that this approach to our overall education in the school division is best aligned to (how) students see it, perhaps more so than the traditional Catholic Church doctrine or Scriptural scenarios,” Chase said. “We’ve tried to meet the kids where they’re at in terms of their understanding and their interpretation of their own faith journey.” The next Holy Trinity board meeting is in August.
Carbon tax money to help schools make energy-efficient upgrades Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express While some people may dislike the carbon tax, the federal government is directing money from the program to various organizations, including school divisions, to help them make energy-efficient upgrades to buildings. The Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF) is a new Environment and Climate Change Canada program funded from the proceeds of the federal carbon pollution pricing system. Programming is available in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick since these provinces have not committed to their carbon pollution pricing systems, according to an outline of the initiative. Under the carbon pollution pricing system, the federal government is returning most of the proceeds from the fuel charge to residents of these provinces through Climate Action Incentive payments. The government is returning the remainder of the money through CAIF, which will support small- and medium-sized businesses, municipalities, universities, schools, hospitals, and not-forprofit organizations in these jurisdictions where proceeds are collected. Aside from businesses, the other organizations receiving funding through the CAIF’s retrofit stream can use the money to make energy-efficient improvements and retrofits to reduce energy use, costs, and carbon pollution. The federal government has allocated $12 million in funding to Saskatchewan school divisions, with 25 per
cent divided into equal parts for divisions and the remaining 75 per cent allocated to address enrolment. School boards have to identify and prioritize projects, submit the proposed project list to the Ministry of Education, and then have the province submit the list to the federal government for consideration. Trustees with the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic School Division board of education discussed the CAIF fund during their recent board meeting. Through the fund, Holy Trinity will receive $226,626. The buildings team has recommended seven projects for consideration, including replacing rooftop heating units replacing lighting with energy-efficient models. The projects in Moose Jaw include: • Vanier Collegiate: replacement of three rooftop units with three new units for $31,800, and replacement or upgrade of existing light fixtures in the gym, hallways and building exterior with LED lights for $45,000; • St. Margaret School: replacement of two inefficient rooftop units for $35,000, and replacement or upgrade of existing light fixtures in the gym, hallways and building exterior for $30,000; • St. Agnes School: replacement or upgrade of existing light fixtures in the gym, hallways and building exterior with LED lights for $27,413 • St. Michael School: replacement or upgrade of existing
light fixtures in the gym, hallways and building exterior with LED lights for $30,000. “From a school division’s point … it was nice for us to see (that funding), so we’re in a position to move forward with some of those projects that we’re really looking to advance,” said education director Sean Chase. Some of the initiatives, such as replacing rooftop units, can be expensive to fit into the division’s yearly preventative maintenance and renewal (PMR) plan that the division has to submit to the ministry, he continued. Holy Trinity is anxious to take advantage of the savings it will see in utility costs with the replacement of its equipment. “We have every reason to believe that the studies that are out there in terms of the cost savings down the road will be realized for us,” Chase added, “and that’s a good news story.” The next Holy Trinity board meeting is in August. Prairie South School Division will receive roughly $450,000 from the CAIF program, which it will invest in high-efficiency lighting projects in Coronach, Central Butte and Assiniboia, explained education director Tony Baldwin. “As a school division, we have already done a great deal of investment in energy efficiency projects,” he added, “and we’re happy to be able to continue this work.”
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Canada Day in Moose Jaw: a huge hit from a distance Larissa Kurz
Although COVID-19 meant that the usual Canada Day festivities like Park Art weren’t able to happen, that doesn’t mean that Moose Jaw sat at home with no Canadian spirit. The day kicked off with a free workout class with the instructors of The Strong Studio, held in the shadow of Moose Jaw’s favourite mascot, Mac the Moose. Later in the morning, tons of friendly faces ventured out — some decked out in holiday-appropriate attire — and took in the sights at the first-ever Rolling Car Show at the Town n’ Country Mall. Over 230 vehicles large and small registered for the socially-distanced show and cruise, and car enthusiasts were blessed with some incredible sunny weather to make their shined-up rides sparkle. All of the registration fees collected at the car show will be given directly back to the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank, topped up with a donation of over $1,100 from the Moose Jaw Express, for a grand total of $3,500. “Organizing a first-time outdoor event is stressful on a normal day, and then you have to worry about the safety of all and complying with the Public Health orders, but I think we can now say the First Ever Rolling Car Show was a success,” said car show organizer Jody Chell. “To be able to raise money for the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank was another highlight, it feels amazing to be
The organizing committee for the recent Canada Day events, from L-R: Jody Chell, Krista McDonald, Brandon Richardson, Wanda Hallborg, and Gladys Baigent-Therens.
able to give to such a worthy cause.” Prizes were awarded to the top ten judges’ picks, before everyone headed out for a sweet afternoon cruise down Main Street, where plenty of people were already waiting to see the impressive mo-
Some downtown stores even got in on the action with Canada Day sidewalk sales, like Past Time Photography and Gifts.
Full Bellies Breakfast, Burgers, and Fries was a huge hit at the car show.
torcade. Meanwhile, over 85 other vehicles were out on a cruise of their own — trying to work through the Canada Day Scavenger Hunt clues to spell out the word of the hour, “together.” The first nine teams back with a completed list of clues took home prizes, while everyone else had their pick of gift certificates and fun Canada-themed swag. Both the car show and scavenger hunt were organized through a partnership of local businesses, to offer something COVID-19 friendly for Moose Javians to enjoy on Canada Day. Full Bellies food truck, Deja Vu Cafe, Ramada Inn Moose Jaw, Cone Artist Ice Cream Truck, Town ‘n’ Country Mall, Devo’s Car Wash, Totally Hitched Travel Trailer Rentals, and Moose Jaw Express / Moose Jaw Today all donated time, prizes, and support to the events. The response to the Canada Day events this year was astounding, agreed orga-
nizers, and attendees were certainly appreciative to have something to get out and enjoy. “When you put planning and work into something and then see people show up for it like that, it just makes it all worth it,” said organizer Krista McDonald. “The payoff, for me, is seeing the kids have fun. The turnout I think surprised all of us, because we didn’t really know what to expect, but it turned out amazing. We just want to thank everyone who came and made the day so awesome.” “We were so happy with the turnout. During the COVID 19 pandemic, our community needed something positive and safe to look forward to. We had to think outside the box to create a safe event for Canada Day,” echoed Chell. “This community is amazing and I am so thankful to live in Moose Jaw. Our team worked hard and I am grateful to be apart of it.” The festivities ended off with the annual fireworks display sponsored by the Moose Jaw Kinsmen. A huge thanks goes out to all the sponsors who made the event possible and to all of the volunteers who lent a hand during the day’s events, including the Next Gen Car Club, as well as to organizers Jody Chell, Krista McDonald, Brandon Richardson, Wanda Hallborg, and Gladys Baigent-Therens who worked so hard to bring Canada Day cheer to Moose Jaw.
A free workout class from The Strong Studio started the day off right.
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SCAVENGER HUNT WINNERS: 1st: The Coad family 2nd: Chris Kelly and Alexa Ziegler 3rd: Aaron, Serenity, Zatanna, Tanner, and Nikki Vance 4th: Karlie Lucas and Katelyn McDowell
The Coad family took home first place in the Canada Day Scavenger Hunt. The eight clues to the Canada Day Scavenger Hunt spelled out the word “Together,” for those who successfully located all of the Moose Jaw landmarks. (photos by Krista McDonald)
Chris Kelly (L) and Alexa Ziegler (R) came in second place in the Scavenger Hunt, hot on the tails of the firstplace winners.
Aaron, Serenity, Zatanna, Tanner, and Nikki Vance took third place in the Scavenger Hunt.
Karlie Lucas (L) and Katelyn McDowell (R) came in a close fourth place for the Scavenger Hunt.
When we say “cars large and small,” we certainly mean it.
It’s not a Saskatchewan car show until there’s a little Roughrider pride on display.
The Moose Jaw Motorcyclists Facebook group put out the call for bikes to join the motorcade, and they certainly answered.
Troy McLaren (L), Mila Foss (C), and Kendra Curp certainly dressed the part for a Canada-themed cruise down Main Street with the show.
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CAR SHOW WINNERS:
The Moose Jaw Shriners brought along their 2020 raffle car, a 1987 Corvette, to join the show and cruise.
There were over 230 entries to the first-ever Rolling Car Show on Canada Day, much to the organizers’ amazement.
1st: Norman Carrobourg — Peterbilt semi 2nd: Reece Barrett — 1956 Chevy half-ton 3rd: Lloyd Sperling — 1925 Roadster Coupe Convertible 4th: Wendy & Vie Legare — 1928 Model A 5th: Harold Heisler — 1969 Rs-SS Camaro 6th: Jeff Trail — 1948 Chevy Fleetmaster 7th: Wally Pankratz — 969 GTO 8th: Mike Bouvier — 2000 Plymouth Prowler 9th: Scott White — 1971 Oldsmobile 10th: Kelly Hoffart — 1934 Ford Coupe Honourable Mention: Warren Michelson, MLA Moose Jaw North — 1965 Pontiac Parisienne
#1: Jordan Krause 1969 Charger aka the General Lee #2: Lisa DaCunha 1970 Chevy Camaro SS (she entered this car in memory of her husband Paul DuCunha 1958-2020) #3: Mike Chow – 1991 Nissan Skyline GTS-T #4: Shaylynn Gordon and Justin Leier 1978 Pontiac Firebird #5: Robert Thronberg 1957 Chevy Belaire Some entries got a little extra care while they waited for the cruise to start.
Totally Hitched Travel Trailer Rentals Weekend Getaway: Ken Daniels — 2013 Mustang Boss
A Very Special Thank You to our Judges: • Ron Walter • Phil Adkins • Glen Blager
You’ve probably seen this one out and about in Moose Jaw, but maybe without the Canada-themed spinners on the hood.
Phil Siggelkow and Wayne Anthony brought out their road-restored 1917 Model T, possibly one of the oldest entries in the show.
Kari and Charlie Fiset were some of the first motorcycles to join the party on Canada Day.
Norman Carrobourg (back), Brigitte Verville (middle) and Hannah Verville (front) took first place in the judges’ choice at the Rolling Car Show.
Reece and Carolyn Barrett, 2nd place winners Lloyd Sperling won 3rd place in the Rolling Car of the Rolling Car Show. Show.
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Maesa (L) and Bohdi Johnston (R) found some Canada-themed wind spinners to go with their red and white spirit.
Everyone who finished the Scavenger Hunt had their choice of donated prizes, and for some, it was a tough choice.
The instructors from The Strong Studio certainly brought some Canada Day enthusiasm to their workout. Bailey (L) and Grayson Monteith (R) enjoyed some colourful ice cream and cotton candy from the Cone Artist Ice Cream Truck after finishing their scavenger hunt.
The Rolling Car Show headed down Main Street at about 1 p.m. and were still cruising over an hour later. There was plenty of waving and honking during the cruise.
There was some serious shine on display as car enthusiasts gathered in the mall parking lot.
Chelsea Little and Jason Ameer-Beg were in full spirit as they joined the lineup for the Canada Day Rolling Car Show.
Happy Canada Day 2020!
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PART 8: Blunder in the 1950s affected access through ValleyJason View today, document suggests G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Miscommunication between municipal officials and the provincial government about access through the Valley View Centre property in the 1950s may have contributed to the accessibility issues through that area today. The provincial government constructed Valley View Centre (VVC) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; known then as the Saskatchewan Training School â&#x20AC;&#x201D; between 1952 and 1955 on land within the Rural Municipality of Moose Jaw. It was also during the final year of construction that the City of Moose Jaw constructed the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge. Since there was no all-season road to the VVC property, that road became the primary access point to the complex. Premier Tommy Douglas helped open the $8 million centre on May 18, 1955, saying this was an important milestone for the care and training of people with mental disabilities, according to the website eugenicsarchive.ca. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s launch was, according to Douglas, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The most outstanding event involving this community.â&#x20AC;? He believed the province would have a continued need for the institution, while it would last into the future. This is why he was grateful to Moose Jaw and the entire province for their support. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are monuments that will tell our children and our childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children that the people who lived in Saskatchewan in 1955 had a concern for those less fortunate than themselves,â&#x20AC;? he added. Moose Jaw mayor L. H. Lewry was also excited about the opening, saying residents were grateful to have the school in their backyard. The mayor also thought the complex would bring additional financial stability to the community.
A map of the Valley View Centre and surrounding area. 1) The proposed Argyle Road, 2) Seventh Avenue Southwest, 3) Ninth Avenue Southwest, 4) Highway 2, 5) Highway 363, 6) Tatawaw Park (former Wild Animal Park). Photo contributed
â&#x20AC;&#x153;(The institution would) bring to this community a very substantial increase in population and add a great deal to the total volume of spending power that is available to purchase services and goods in the business places of the city,â&#x20AC;? he added. In 1963, the City of Moose Jaw annexed a portion of the VVC farmlands into the municipality. The city then annexed the remaining VVC property â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including its building improvements â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in 1970. The provincial government operated Valley View Centre from 1955 until 2019, when it closed the complex and blocked the entrance. That caused problems for residents Tim Avery and Jim Thorn, who can reach their properties â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which are adjacent to VVC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; only by an access road through the VVC site. They wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to do that much longer, though, since the province plans to erect a permanent fence this July 31 since it has sold the property to Carpere Canada.
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Another map of the area showing where proposed residential development could be. The yellow highlight is Seventh Avenue Southwest, the green highlight is roughly where Valley View Centre is, and the pink highlight is where the proposed Argyle Road would have been and connected to Highway 2 on the right-hand side and Highway 363 on the left-hand side. Photo contributed
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR EDITOR@MJVEXPRESS.COM CALL FOR NOMINATIONS NOTICE OF VACANCIES ON THE CITY OF MOOSE JAWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COMMITTEES Applications are now being accepted from citizens interested in taking an active role on one or more of the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committees for the following: Murals Project Management Committee (6 citizen-at-large vacancies) Parks, Facilities and Recreation Advisory Committee (2 citizen-at-large vacancies including 1 vacancy for a representative of the youth community 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 23 years old) Public Works, Infrastructure and Environment Advisory Committee (2 citizen-at-large vacancies; with 1 vacancy for a representative of the youth community 16 to 23 years old; and 1 vacancy for a representative of the First Nations or Metis community) Provided Covid-19 public health regulations are lifted, the City of Moose Jaw expects that Committee meetings will reassume starting September 2020. Application forms and additional information regarding the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boards, Committees and Commissions can be obtained from the City of Moose Jawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at www.moosejaw.ca OR by contacting the City Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 228 Main Street N., Moose Jaw, SK, (306-694-4424). Applications may be submitted on line through the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, by mail to the City Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office, 228 Main Street N., Moose Jaw, SK, S6H 3J8, or by email to email@example.com. THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 12:00 noon, THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020. Tracy Wittke Assistant City Clerk
The familiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lawyer, David Chow, provided the Moose Jaw Express with some historical information about the property and what might have been had elected officials kept better records. According to Chowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s document, before the province constructed VVC, the pre-existing survey plan for the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intended residential development provided for an east-west street, with the proposed name of Argyle Road. That road â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which was to connect Highway 2 south with Ninth Avenue Southwest at the Highway 363 intersection â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was never constructed. When the province built Valley View, it constructed the main administration building over top of the road allowance that had been proposed for Argyle Road, the document said. It is unknown if that road was ever in the final survey plan or if any legal road allowance was altered when the province constructed the school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Given the magnitude of the project and the support from (municipal) officials, it is inconceivable to imagine that the (RM of Moose Jaw) did not provide its permission to build across the non-existent Argyle Road,â&#x20AC;? Chow said. A private roadway was constructed on the property more than 50 years ago to allow vehicles to travel back and forth there, the document added. The private roadway was never legally surveyed or registered as a road allowance. The province still owns the title to the area upon which the private road sits. So, based on the available information, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear if the RM of Moose Jaw provided permission for the provincial government to build VVCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration building over the planned Argyll Road. Regardless, the proposed residential development and its placement along the Valley View property further complicate issues between city hall and the provincial government today. This is part eight in a series. This series will continue. 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Communication Structureâ&#x20AC;? on Block/Parcel B, Plan No. 101171483 Ext 111, which is a discretionary use in all zoning districts. The parcel is located north of Coteau Street West, and west of 16th Avenue Southwest. Additional information may be found on the City of Moose Jaw website. The application, and any representations, will be considered by City Council on Monday, July 27th, 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 27th, 2020 in person or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Myron Gulka-Tiechko City Clerk/Solicitor
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Notice is hereby given that The Roundup has applied to the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) for a Restaurant permit to sell alcohol in the premises known as The Roundup 111 Rose St Mortlach, SK S0H 3E0 Written objections to the granting of the permit may be filed with SLGA not more than two weeks from the date of publication of this notice. Every person filing a written objection with SLGA shall state their name, address and telephone number in printed form, as well as the grounds for the objection(s). Petitions must name a contact person, state grounds and be legible. Each signatory to the petition and the contact person must provide an address and telephone number. Frivolous, vexatious or competition-based objections within the beverage alcohol industry may not be considered and may be rejected by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Licensing Commission, who may refuse to hold a hearing.
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As it seems that Moose Jaw City Hall does not seem to acknowledge citizen complaints, if you are disgruntled about the lack of communication at City Hall or feel you have a viable complaint with how the City of Moose Jaw is conducting their affairs and spending our taxpayers’ money, please make your voices known to the Ombudsman’s office in Saskatchewan. Ombudsman Saskatchewan promotes and protects fairness and integrity in the design and delivery of government services. They take complaints about provincial government ministries, agencies, Crown corporations and many health entities. They also take complaints about municipal entities.
Ombudsman Saskatchewan offices are located at 150 – 2401 Saskatchewan Drive Regina Sask. S4P 4H8. Back in July the Ombudsman was Mary McFadyen; she can be reached by phone at the Regina office at (306)787-6211, Fax 306.787-9090 or e-mail email@example.com. Let them know how you feel and get them to investigate.
Mayor, councillors likely to get double-digit pay raise in 2021 Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
Moose Jaw’s mayor will likely receive a 20-per-cent pay increase starting next January, while councillors will likely receive an increase of 28 per cent, based on recommendations from a panel that looked at council remuneration and expenses. Council appointed a three-member panel in 2019 after the federal government removed the one-third tax exemption that had been applied to elected officials, thus reducing their take-home pay. To offset the reduction, council approved a motion last year to set the mayor’s salary at $79,108 and councillors’ salaries at $24,918. Those salaries increased to $82,303 and $25,924, respectively, on July 1, based on continued adjustments. To officially determine what pay the mayor and council should receive, city clerk/solicitor Myron Gulka-Tiechko, labour union member Brenda Berry, and RBC commercial banker Greg McIntyre were appointed to the three-member panel. After a year of reviewing what councils and mayors earn in other Saskatchewan cities, acquiring public feedback, and talking to past Moose Jaw councillors and mayors, the panel presented its recommendations at the executive committee meeting on June 29. After discussing the report, council voted 5-2 to accept the recommendations. Councillors Brian Swanson and Crystal Froese were opposed. Council must now approve the recommendations at the July 13 regular meeting for them to become official. Panel recommendations The report that the panel produced included a two-sided page with 16 recommendations that affect the pay, expenses and perks of the mayor and councillor positions. The estimated annual cost to increase the pay of the mayor and council is $65,000. Paying the mayor The panel recommended that the mayor’s position be based on that of a Saskatchewan MLA and be adjusted annually every July 1, as determined by the provincial Board of Internal Economy. This means the mayor will earn $100,068 starting on Jan. 1, 2021, which is an in-
crease of $17,765 or about 21 per cent. Paying the councillors The panel also recommended that councillors receive remuneration equivalent to 33.33 per cent of the mayor and have their pay adjusted in the same manner and time. This means as of Jan. 1, 2021, a councillor will earn $33,323, an increase of $7,399 or about 28 per cent. Councillors should receive a per diem at the current rate of $161.30 per day for their travel/education allowance for attendance outside the municipality for conferences, conventions, seminars or similar functions or programs related to municipal business. Meanwhile, when councillors hold the role of deputy mayor, they should receive remuneration of $420.92 per month. This is the current rate they receive now. Supporting the mayor The mayor’s position should have office space, equipment and support staff comparable to the city’s management, the report said. The panel initially suggested the mayor have a travel budget of $13,099 and an in-city car allowance of $150 per month. However, after discussing the issue, council approved changes that would decrease the travel budget to $10,000 and increase the car allowance to $500 per month. This means the mayor would receive an additional $6,000 per year for a car allowance, compared to $1,500 per year under the panel’s recommendation. This would bump the mayor’s pay to $106,068 per year. The report did not say how much extra in pension the mayor would receive. The mayor would also be entitled to out-of-city mileage beyond 250 kilometres in the same manner as a municipal employee, while the mayor would be eligible for all benefit programs on the same terms and conditions as municipal out-of-scope staff. Supporting the councillors Councillors should receive an annual travel/education allowance budget for out-of-city conferences, conventions, seminars and similar functions of $4,756 per year, the report said. This would be adjusted in the same manner as an MLA salary and would also permit reimbursement
for admission costs to events held within the city, such as awards dinners. Expenses from this budget should be paid through the same processes and at the same rates as travel reimbursement policies applied to municipal staff. Perks for council The panel recommended that councillors should receive an iPad/tablet and municipal email account for city business, that they receive no other additional support services, and that they don’t receive any benefit coverages other than accidental death and dismemberment that is currently covered. The councillor per diem, deputy mayor pay and travel/ education allowance should increase annually by the same percentage — 33.33 per cent — as applied to the mayor’s remuneration in relation to the MLA indemnity, the report said. If a council member is elected or appointed to a board or committee on a provincial or national organization, that person should be reimbursed for travel and per diem from the travel/education allowance, unless the organization pays for these expenses. Council may, by resolution, authorize extra travel or per diem expenses for any outof-city travel to conduct municipal business where council deems it advisable to have the mayor or councillor(s) attend. All amounts paid out under this policy should be discreetly and individually budgeted and reported publicly by posting the expenses to the municipality’s website every quarter, as well as disclosed through public accounts disclosure, the report suggested. Council should review this policy one year before the 2024 municipal election and make recommendations about remuneration that would commence Jan. 1, 2025. Furthermore, council should review and bring forward potential leaves of absence policies to permit parental leaves of absence for younger members who might be elected and require short-term accommodation to permit continuing community service.
Notice of Call for Nominations Municipal Election
Notice of Call for Nominations Municipal Election
Notice of Call for Nominations Municipal Election
PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that nomination of candidates for the office of:
PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that nomination of candidates for the office of:
Mayor: Resort Village of Sun Valley
Mayor: Resort Village of South Lake
Councillor: Resort Village of Sun Valley Number to be elected: 2
Councillor: Resort Village of South Lake Ward of South Lake: 1 Ward of Sand Point: 1
will be received by the undersigned on the 25th day of July, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Village Office, # 7- 1410 Caribou St W, Moose Jaw, SK and during regular business hours on Tuesday, July 9, 2020 to Friday, July 24, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Village Office, # 7-1410 Caribou St W, Moose Jaw, SK.
will be received by the undersigned on the 25th day of July, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Village Office, # 6- 1410 Caribou St W, Moose Jaw, SK and during regular business hours on Monday, July 8, 2020 to Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Village Office, # 6-1410 Caribou St W, Moose Jaw, SK.
Nomination forms may be obtained at the following location: # 7-1410 Caribou St W, Moose Jaw, SK
Nomination forms may be obtained at the following location: # 6-1410 Caribou St W, Moose Jaw, SK
Form H (Section 66 of the Act)
Dated this 9th day of July 2020. Melinda Huebner Returning Officer
Form H (Section 66 of the Act)
Dated this 8th day of July 2020. Melinda Huebner Returning Officer
Form H (Section 66 of the Act)
PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that nomination of candidates for the office of: Mayor: Resort Village of North Grove Councillor: Resort Village of North Grove Number to be Elected: 2 will be received by the undersigned on the 25th day of July, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Village Office, # 5- 1410 Caribou St W, Moose Jaw, SK and during regular business hours on Monday, July 6 2020 to Thursday, July 23 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Village Office, # 5-1410 Caribou St W, Moose Jaw, SK Nomination forms may be obtained by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or at the following location: # 5-1410 Caribou St W, Moose Jaw, SK Dated this 6th day of July 2020. Tracy Edwards Returning Officer
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City Hall Council Notes Appeals board denies resident’s application for first time in ages Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
For the first time in a while, the Development Appeals Board denied an application from a resident who wanted to alter his property contrary to the zoning bylaw. The appeals board met by conference call on June 16 to hear applications from three residents who wanted to change their property and whom city hall had already denied. After review, the board upheld city hall’s decision to deny the application from Mackenzie Hamilton at 951 Hawthorne Crescent but approved applications from Jeff Kwasney at 1011 Iroquois Street West and Karrin Salinger at 446 Ross Street West. City council reviewed the board’s report during the June 29 regular meeting and approved a motion to receive and file the document. 951 Hawthorne Crescent Hamilton asked for permission to construct a front addition with a proposed front yard setback of 5.5 metres (18.08 feet), which is contrary to the 7.5 metres (24.6 feet) in the zoning bylaw, the report explained. He explained that the house is a bi-level with a small front entryway and no front closet, which makes it challenging to get his children in and out of the entryway since it is small. He wanted to build the addition to provide more space at the front. The board voted to deny Hamilton’s application for three reasons: • All houses along Hawthorne Crescent conform to the setback requirement of 7.5 metres, so granting the appeal would negatively upset the neighbourhood aesthetics; • Granting the variance would be contrary to the purpose and intent of the zoning bylaw, which aims to maintain a uniform building line along each block; • One resident provided a negative letter about the proposed change, while another resident sent in a letter saying he had no concerns, but did not give the reasons for this attitude; the board decided to deny the application since it would “injuriously affect neighbouring properties.” 1011 Iroquois Street West Kwasney asked for permission to construct a rear addition with a proposed side yard setback of one metre (3.3 feet), which is contrary to the 1.2 metres (four
feet) prescribed in the zoning bylaw, the report said. City hall argued against allowing the proposed construction, saying side yard setback requirement allows for sunlight to reach neighbouring properties. It also provides greater privacy, allows easier access to the rear yard for utility and other services, provides space for landscaping, allows windows on the east side of the buildings, and provides a transitional space between buildings of different heights. After review, the appeals board approved for three reasons: • It would not be a special privilege since city hall has granted similar variances to neighbouring properties in the same zoning district, while the proposed variance is only 200 millimetres (seven inches) different from the zoning bylaw; • It would not be contrary to the intent and purpose to the zoning bylaw, while the variance is minimal with the enclosed deck aligning with the setback of the house; • It would not injuriously affect any neighbouring properties. 446 Ross Street West Salinger asked the board for permission to construct a deck with a proposed side yard setback of zero metres, which is contrary to the 0.9 metres (three feet) in the zoning bylaw, the report said. She explained her property is a corner lot with an alley on one side, an alley at the back and no houses to the rear. The proposed deck would come off a covered deck, while she proposed to build a fence on the property line behind the deck. There would be a five-foot boulevard separating the fence from the alley. The appeals board granted Salinger’s application for three reasons: • It would not be a special privilege since city hall has granted similar variances to neighbouring properties in the same zoning district and the location of the property would not interfere with other properties; • It would not be contrary to the intent and purpose to the zoning bylaw, while the variance would not affect sunlight or privacy to neighbouring properties; • It would not injuriously affect any neighbouring properties.
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City Hall Council Notes Repair of rail crossing to shut down busy intersection for nearly 10 days Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express he added. “So for CN to take responsibility — which they should — and get this fixed and properly, is a good move forward.” Coun. Chris Warren was concerned about the road being closed the entire 10 days and hoped it could be closed for only four days. While he understood there was much work to do, he wondered if city hall could phase in some of it and whether two-way traffic could occur. The public works department has to pull out the damaged pavement more than a day before CN Rail starts its work, which will make the road unpassable, Stephanson said. There’s no way to have two-way traffic, although the department did discuss that with the rail company. This entire project is based on CN Rail’s schedule, so city hall must work around that. There will be four electronic signs — three on Thatcher Drive and one on Main Street — that will direct traffic away from the area, he added. The department hopes to finish the project by July 11. Working around the clock The intersection of Main Street and Thatcher Drive is one of the busiest in Moose Jaw, said Coun. Dawn Luhning. She was disappointed construction wouldn’t take place around the clock since this particular project warrants it. She also thought many businesses would be negatively affected by the potential 10-day closure of the intersection. Luhning wanted assurances from city administration that a detailed and stringent communications plan would be in place to inform residents about the construction. “… I think this needs to be a boosted social media cam-
City hall plans to shut down one of the busiest stretches of roadway for nearly 10 days to fix an infrastructure issue, a length of time that concerns some city councillors. Starting on July 5, the municipality closed northbound and southbound lanes of Main Street North from Town and Country Drive — near Canadian Tire — to Thatcher Drive so it can repair a section of road that has been a problem since 2019. The southbound railway crossing on Main Street North started to deteriorate last year and became a hazard to motorists. City hall subsequently closed two of three driving lanes until repairs could occur. The repairs — to be done in conjunction with CN Rail — could take 10 days to complete, weather permitting. City hall will spend $120,000 on this project, while CN Rail plans to spend $60,000. Council discussion “I’m very excited to see this finally underway,” Coun. Crystal Froese said during the June 29 regular meeting. She wondered if there was a detour plan to direct traffic through the site. Traffic will not be allowed to drive through at all since CN Rail needs the full roadway to install the concrete blocks, explained public works director Darrin Stephanson. City hall will direct traffic to use Ninth Avenue Northeast and Northwest during construction. Driving over that stretch can cause anxiety among motorists sometimes since they don’t know what the road quality is like and whether it could damage their vehicle, said Mayor Fraser Tolmie. “This area has been a problem area in the community for the longest time. Band-Aid solutions have not fixed this,”
paign that that intersection is closed and residents have to go to wherever the routes are going to be. Signs and detours on roadways are not going to be enough,” she added. The 10-day shutdown might be inconvenient, but it has been inconvenient driving over that damaged road, said Coun. Heather Eby. It didn’t upset her that residents would be frustrated for 10 days since this would be a long-term repair. Residents have been frustrated with work on the cast iron replacement program too, but that needs to be completed. Council later voted to receive and file the report. Project background The public works department will work with CN Rail on this project, with the railway company to fix the issues adjacent to the rail line and the department to address the surrounding road infrastructure and drainage issues, Stephanson explained. Since city hall has patched potholes there repeatedly, it will install concrete panels that can withstand the heavy volume of traffic. The department will also address damaged concrete on the centre median at the CN signal, while it will pave the northbound lanes from Town and Country Drive to 16 metres north of the crossing. To ensure the crossing doesn’t require repeated maintenance, the department will address deficiencies with drainage issues at the northeast corner of Main Street North and Town and Country Drive, such as improving storm retention and run-off and repairing catch basins. The next regular city council meeting is July 13.
Hair salon allowed to open in industrial area on Ominica Street West Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
The zoning bylaw lays out four criteria for the review of a discretionary use application, the report explained. For example, the application must conform to the Official Community Plan (OCP), detailed land use, servicing, or renewal studies. The OCP’s future land use map designates this area as future light industrial. “City policy recognizes that the central nature of this location will lead to a gradual transition away from heavy industrial to light industrial use,” the report continued. Heavy industrial operations that produce nuisances would likely choose to locate away from populated areas and toward the fringes of the municipality. The creation of the Moose Jaw Agri-Food Industrial park could offer a better option for operations with larger land and servicing requirements. The second criterion looks at the demand for the proposed use and supply of land currently available to accommodate. City administration estimates there is sufficient commercial space to accommodate this land use. The third criterion discusses the effect on existing com-
With Ominica Street West expected to transition to light industrial use from heavy industrial eventually, city administration believes a hair salon business would fit the changing nature of the area. During its June 29 regular meeting, city council approved a discretionary use application from business owner Sarah Krueger to operate Sarah’s Hair Salon at 833A Ominica Street West. City hall has zoned the property as M2f2 — heavy industrial district (flood fringe overlay), which lists “personal service establishments” as a discretionary use, according to a council report. The commercial uses listed in this district typically see residents visit properties in higher numbers. From a landuse perspective, commercial uses are best located in areas where infrastructure and services are available to accommodate public use, such as sidewalks and parking. This unit is currently being used as storage, Krueger wrote in her application. She would be the only person working in the proposed hair salon; there are two existing hair salons in the area.
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munity infrastructure, such as roadways, transit or servicing. City administration doesn’t believe the application would require extra infrastructure. However, as the area transitions to more commercial businesses, there could be an effect on municipal infrastructure. Some businesses here have already asked city hall to install sidewalks in front of their properties to accommodate the public, the report said. If the area becomes more commercialized, it might become necessary to install pedestrian infrastructure for public safety, which could be done as a local improvement project. The last criterion is the effect of the business on the adjacent land use and development. The report noted the hair salon would share the property with an auto body business, while a flooring retailer and low-density residential area are also in the area. The only conflict that could arise is with the auto body business. The next regular council meeting is July 13.
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Correction: Letter to the Editor in Moose Jaw Express July 4th edition; pg A4: “Hey, I have an idea!” Gerry & Fran Rushworth
The line, As you know, there are numerous charities that have a difficult time squeezing and “stretching their friends,” should read “squeezing and stretching their funds.” Our apologies.
As city council dismisses communicating with seniors through printed media, the paper is appreciated by many I want to commend Robert Thomas for his recent ‘Rhino’s Ramblings - Ready Or Not’ column in the Moose Jaw Express, June 17. The media has a job to do and City Council has a responsibility to make itself available and accountable to the public through all media. Notice I said City Council – elected politicians. Councillor Dawn M. Luhning needs to learn a basic rule when it
comes to expressing herself: once you put something on paper or in an email it becomes the record. Her comment, ‘I could give a rat’s ass about how MJ Express feels about our virtual meetings. If they have a problem with it, that’s their issue.’ Whatever happened to trying to work together and accommodate another’s need? Pious is the word that comes to mind, Councillor Luhning, I happen to be a resident who does care and it would be helpful to know how you and other councillors are voting on issues. A councillor’s job is to care, and to care about how residents of our city think when evaluating City Council decisions. As a former director of public affairs for a large corporation I would suggest you and your colleagues need some media training.
By the way, I am a senior along with many others who do not use social media. Others do not use computers or have email addresses so we rely on the local paper to stay informed. Yet, City Hall likes to use social media to communicate with residents. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought the City was to communicate with all residents and keep them informed, and that includes print media. Stay on the front line Robert Thomas, along with your colleagues. It’s appreciated by those of us who still like to read and stay informed through the local paper. A.W. Allan
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Showtime: Moose Jaw Minor Girls fastball set to begin play next week Practices underway as sport set to make return after delay due to COVID-19 pandemic Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
The crack of the bat. The snap of the glove. The hiss of disinfectant spray. One of these things is not like the other, but all will be common at Optimist Park beginning next week when Moose Jaw and District Minor Girls Fastball kicks off their new season. Members of three Moose Jaw Ice select teams were out practicing on Thursday night at the local complex, gearing up for what will be a short, but most welcome campaign. “They’re really eager,” said commissioner Shawn Okerstrom. “Usually we get started back in February or March and have two or three months before we start playing, where we only had two weeks this time, but we’re all looking forward to getting back out there and playing games.” Things were starting to gear up in early April with registration and planning being put in place for the coming campaign when the COVID-19 pandemic brought literally everything to a screeching halt. But as Saskatchewan recovered and the Re-Open plan reached it’s final phase in order to let sports return to
A member of the Moose Jaw U12 Ice holds off on a swing during a practice at the Optimist Park diamonds Thursday.
The City of Moose Jaw has signs up all around the fastball diamonds at Optimist Park.
Moose Jaw U14 Ice coach Paul Litzenberger lays out the practice plan to his troops. action, leagues all over the province began to ramp up. Moose Jaw is no exception – games begin early next week, after a flurry of activity that included finalizing registration, drawing teams and putting together a schedule. Things won’t be quite the same when the games do start, though – and it could have turned into almost a completely different sport had things not relaxed as quickly as they did. “There are obviously some things we have to implement and some restrictions where catchers and umps can be, that sort of thing, some procedures we have to implement with wiping down equipment, but it could be a lot worse,” Okerstrom said. “Their first crack at what we were going to have to do was pretty strict.” “Strict” as in no tags at bases, commitment and safe lines, no stealing home, no warm-ups and on and on. Fortunately that’s been pared down to a handful of smaller but vital changes.
Catchers have to be two metres behind the plate and umpires two metres back from there, or they can call the game from behind the pitcher. Each team will have a ‘sanitation champion’ in charge of disinfecting bats and equipment, and social distancing is to be used as much as practically possible. A few extra chores, for sure, but all worth it if it means teams can get back playing the game they love. The Ice programs received good news recently from Softball Sask, where it’s expected they’ll be allowed to play teams from Regina. Things still have to be absolutely finalized, but it’s possible regular doubleheaders featuring the representative teams will be a thing at Optimist Park. As for house league play, registration numbers took a bit of a hit from the combination of summer holidays, farming and COVID-19 concerns, but just under 200 players will take the field across the seven age divisions. Teams in the oldest U19 age class will see action in the Moose Jaw Senior Ladies Fastball League. For more information and schedules, be sure to keep an eye on the Moose Jaw and District Minor Girls Fastball Facebook page and website. https://www.facebook.com/groups/51671886153/ http://www.mjfastball.ca/home.php
Canadian Hockey League responds to hazing, abuse claims with review panel Independent review comes with condemnation of actions detailed in recent class action lawsuit against major junior hockey Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
When former National Hockey League enforcer Dan Carcillo came forward with claims of hazing, abuse and bullying through his time in the Canadian Hockey League, it opened a greater conversation about how hockey teams across the country conduct their locker room business. Things took an even more dire turn when horrific descriptions of abuse were revealed, detailing almost barbaric hazing practices that caused literal physical injury to players, never mind the emotional toll. Carcillo – who played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, including three with the Sarnia Sting, and went on to a 10-year NHL career – filed a class-action lawsuit against the CHL on June 18, alleging players were “routinely victims of hazing, bullying, physical and verbal harassment, physical assault, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.” Former Lethbridge Hurricanes and Prince Albert Raiders player Garrett Taylor is also part of the suit, claiming the humiliation of receiving the ‘garbage-bag treatment’ after being released from the Hurricanes caused life-long trauma. That was where things stood until this week, when a former WHL player who played for two teams in the league re-
Players from the Canadian Hockey League have been coming forward with tales of horrific abuse and hazing in recent days, prompting the CHL to conduct and independent investigation. (Getty Images) vealed his own story of abuse that largely fit in with the awful claims laid out in the class action suit. The name of that player and the teams he played for hasn’t been revealed. On Friday, the CHL released a statement condemning such actions and announcing the formation of an independent review panel “to thoroughly review the current policies and practices in our leagues that
relate to hazing, abuse, harassment and bullying and the allegation that players do not feel comfortable reporting behaviours that contravene these policies.” “We are deeply troubled by the allegations in the recently announced class action, many of which are historic in nature and we believe are not indicative of the leading experience our players receive in the CHL today,” the league said in the
statement announcing the panel. “Regardless of the timing, we are taking the claims very seriously as the protection of our players has been and will always be our primary concern.” A panel chair will be announced in the near future, and the review process is expected to be completed in time for the coming season. The CHL has taken steps in recent years to combat abuse, largely stemming from the Sheldon Kennedy and Theoren Fleury revelations in the late 2000s. Their Players First program includes provisions that provide zero tolerance of any kind of abuse, harassment or bullying. The statement also included a reminder that players are encouraged to raise complaints to their coach, general manager, police liaison, player liaison, governor or board member or any league official. If the complaint is of a criminal nature, those involved are encouraged to contact police. The class action is the most recent lawsuit of its kind to hit the U21 loop -- which includes the WHL, OHL and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League -- as the CHL settled a minimum wage dispute for $30 million on May 15, with insurance covering the payout.
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Women Fore Women Golf Tournament presents first scholarships
Vanier’s Thul, Central’s McCulloch, Peacock’s Mowchenko all honoured with $500 awards from Hillcrest Golf Course event When the first-ever Women Fore Women Golf Tournament was held at the Hillcrest Sports Centre last year, there were the usual questions surrounding an inaugural event of its kind. How popular would it be? Would it be a success? And would they raise enough money for a planned annual scholarship? The answer to those questions? Very, absolutely and most certainly yes. In fact, the tournament – which was hosted by the Hillcrest Ladies league on July 6 of last year – raised so much money multiple scholarships were made available after only a single event. On Thursday, three local athletes received the first of those honours. Central’s Sage McCulloch and Vanier’s Madison Thul were joined by Peacock’s
Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express Olivia Mowchenko in accepting $500 scholarships during a special presentation at the Hillcrest. “We’re very proud to be able to do this, we have a really great ladies league here and they’re very civic minded and wanted to do something for young women,” said Hillcrest Ladies league president Bev Barber. “They fully supported it through the whole thing and it was absolutely wonderful.” Each of the recipients came from a solid sports background: Thul played fastball for the Regina 222s last summer and won gold with the Vanier girls soccer team; Mowchenko suited up for the Toilers city champion volleyball team and competed in track and field; McCulloch took the The first recipients of the Hillcrest Golf Course’s Women Fore Women golf tourfield for the Cyclones in soccer and startnament scholarships were presented with their awards on Thursday. Pictured are Bev Barber (Hillcrest Ladies league president), Madison Thul (Vanier), Olivia Mowchenko (Peacock), Sage McCulloch (Central), Deb Negraiff (scholarship coordinator).
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ed for the senior basketball team. Applicants also wrote an essay discussing the role sports and academics have Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express had in their lives, how sports will impact Fans of sports in Moose Jaw, get ready their future and the leadership and confito get busy. dence they built through sports. With Phase 4 of the Re-Open SasThat athletics-based focus was for a very katchewan plan now hitting full stride, good reason, said scholarship coordinalocal sports organizations are rapidly tor Deb Negraiff. gearing up for the coming campaigns. “The focus on young women and their The Moose Jaw Soccer Association development in sports is important,” she is one of the latest to announce plans said. “The more we support these young to return to the field, with registration women in sports, the more it will help officially opening on Thursday and them. And they don’t have to go on and games beginning on July 20. play sports, it’s what sport does for their The cost for players in the Under-5, U7 and U9 divisions is $99 a player, for life later on.” U13, U15 and U17 $139. Players in the Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic Moose Jaw FC program can register for $30 in the U7 and U9 classes, $55 for U11 and will prevent the second annual tournaU13 and $175 for U15, U17 and U19. Players in the FC program may return to the field earlier, with coaches making that decision. Schedules and playing dates will be released once registration has been completed and teams have been drawn. The men’s and women’s leagues are also preparing, with players having to be 16-yearsold. Men’s games will be six-versus-six and women’s games three-versus-three, with one game a week on Sundays. The registration fee is $175 and players can email email@example.com for more information. Players are asked to register as soon as possible, as spots may be limited in order to deal with social distancing. Other measures will be in place as per the Saskatchewan Return to Soccer Plan in order to maintain safety of players and officials and minimize the danger from COVID-19. Anyone who registered prior to the season shutdown is still registered. Registration will be completed through the Moose Jaw Soccer RAMP site, which can be found by visiting the MJSA website at mjsa.ca.
Players across all age groups can now register for upcoming campaign, games start July 20
ment from occurring next month. But there’s little question that when it returns in 2021, things will be even bigger and better given how well things went the first time around. “When we started the tournament process we had no idea what would happen and there was a lot of nailbiting when you don’t know,” Barber said. “But two weeks before the tournament, we were sold out and we could have had a lot more participants… Everybody that day was so supportive of our cause, they spent money buying tickets and our sponsors were fabulous. They supported us in any way they could and it made a huge difference.”
Canada Day Hole-in-One at Lynbrook Golf Club On Wednesday July 1, 2020, the Lynbrook Golf Club had a Canada Day hole in one. The Lynbrook would like to congratulate Gary Ross who accomplished the hole in one with his 4 iron on hole #7 (115 yard par 3). His witnesses were Marv Schaitel, Bob Travale and Gary Dahlman…congratulations Gary!
Congratulations Bill Sawers on Hole-in-One at Lynbrook Golf Club On Wednesday June 24 2020, the Lynbrook Golf Club had another hole in one. The Lynbrook would like to congratulate Bill Sawers who accomplished the hole in one with his utility club on hole #3 (115 yard par 3). His witnesses were Bob Cobbe, Lynn Jerred and Greg Bathgate…congratulations Bill!
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Miller Express drop opener in Sask Summer Sim
Access7 venture sees Moose Jaw fall 2-1 to Swift Current in tournament opening contest Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
The Moose Jaw Miller Express got off to a rough start in the opening game of the Sask Summer Sim tournament, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Swift Current 57’s. The special Western Canadian Baseball League event is being staged by Access7 Sports in Regina, and features all six Saskatchewan WCBL teams playing a virtual double-knockout tournament simulated on the Playstation 4 video game MLB The Show 20. Each of the team uniforms are faithfully rendered, and teams are randomly drawn from current Major League Baseball rosters prior to each game. With the loss, the Express now drop to the ‘B’ side, where they take on the loser of the ‘A’ side semifinal between the
Yorkton Cardinals and Weyburn Beavers. Yorkton took a 5-0 win over the Regina Red Sox in the other Week One game; Weyburn received a first round bye. Swift Current
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duels the Melville Millionaires in their other ‘A’ semi. The tournament will feature two games a week broadcast live on Access7 through the month of July, with the Sask Summer Sim final taking place at 7 p.m. on July 31. Each game runs approximately two hours and will feature commentary from Regina Red Sox broadcaster Brendan McGuire and Regina baseball guru Leo MacDonald. The Express will be back in action on July 17 at 7 p.m. against their undetermined opponent. To keep up to date with the tournament, check out Twitter using the hashtags #SaskSummerSim and #Access7Sports.
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On the Front Porch
Moose Jaw Lacrosse Association gearing up for start
by Wanda Smith
Time for a Turnaround God has given me a love for the south country of Saskatchewan. Born and raised in the heart of the prairies in the midst of a diverse agricultural landscape, I admire and respect those who are close to the land. The people of Saskatchewan have, in my opinion, some of the warmest, kindest, biggest hearts youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find anywhere. I see incredible amounts ingenuity, creativity, determination, compassion, adaptability and perseverance in the fabric of our society. Common sense runs deep. And you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find that everywhere... we Saskatchewanians know that! It is not long ago that our ancestors paid a great price to establish what we know today. We are truly blessed to be living in this region of Saskatchewan, Canada! My great-grandmother spent her first winter in Saskatchewan as a wife and mother in a makeshift shelter of an overturned flatbed hay wagon due to not getting a house built before winter set in. I just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even imagine how my family survived those months! It was test of the wills for sure. And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m confident, leaning on Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s provision and protection. We can look over the years and be reminded of the hard times weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come through. I particularly remember when BSE hit. A devastating blow to the cattle producers Or more recently, the snow storm last September that crippled many farmers for the entire fall or the falling cattle prices in a volatile market while beef prices on the grocery store shelves are setting all-time records? Our friends and families are experiencing mental health struggles, heart attacks and suicides in an ever-increasing pressurized society of fear, doom and gloom. Can I be a beacon of hope for this region? I am carrying so much in my heart at this time. The cry of my heart is for righteousness to come forth. For hope to come forth. For justice to come forth. For peace and prosperity. For deliverance. For joy to come forth. God has given me such a deep love for the land and for those who live in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Land of Living Skies.â&#x20AC;? There is a movement within the ekklesia (meaning the â&#x20AC;&#x153;legislative assemblyâ&#x20AC;? who have been given the spiritual keys of governmental authority in the Kingdom of God) that is growing and gathering to pray as Jesus has taught us to pray: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.â&#x20AC;? The â&#x20AC;&#x153;ekklesiaâ&#x20AC;? has been given keys that will open doors in the Spirit realm that no man or demon can shut. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been given keys that will shut doors that no man or demon can open. I like to refer to this body of believers as the sleeping giant that is waking up. The Word of God says â&#x20AC;&#x153;the fervent, effectual prayers of the righteous man availeth much.â&#x20AC;? To translate that, it means that prayer works! As we give ourselves to prayer, we will see the devastation, the doom and gloom around us begin to turn around! We will see restoration in our homes, our communities, our cities, our province and our nation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to get on our knees to pray, pray, pray! As we rise up to take our place of spiritual 60 Athabasca Street East authority, knowing who we are in Christ, we are going to 306-692-0533 see this regionRev. turn around! Sleeping giant, arise in Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Minister: Jim Tenford name! Hold onto hope and only believe! Music Director: Karen Purdy , 2017 May 14 TheSunday, views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Worship Service 10:30am the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this & Sunday School publication. th
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New focus on field game this summer, beginning with series of camps at 1996 Summer Games park this week
Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express To say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been an interesting last couple of weeks for teer, with a long-term idea in place. the Moose Jaw Lacrosse Association is a bit of an under- â&#x20AC;&#x153;That way (parent volunteers) can be out there encourstatement. aging the social distancing aspect, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also encourWith the provincial government reaching Phase 4 of the aging them to learn the game and show them itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, a flurry of activity has tak- intimidating as someone might think at first,â&#x20AC;? Nidesh en place in order to cobble together a plan for the coming said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then that ensures having coaches and volunteers season â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a plan that has finally come together in the last in future years. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a different way to look at it and try week after Phase 4.2 officially took hold. and promote the game within the city of Moose Jaw, too.â&#x20AC;? And things will be quite a bit different than what local Currently, the plan is to run the season until the end of fans are used to. August, but it remains up in the air the precise format Given the restrictions surrounding indoor gatherings and things will take. indoor contact sports, MJLAX has decided to go with Once registration numbers are finalized, competitive a field-exclusive program for the first time, and will be teams may be formed in the traditional 10-aside format, holding a series of camps beginning this Thursday at the in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sevensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; version of the game or literally anything 1996 Summer Games Park, located on South Hill at 16th that works and gets a stick in playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hands. Avenue Southwest and Coteau Street West. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You look over in Alberta, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re putting in some â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately, the last couple of years our field program leagues that are 3-on-3 and things like that, kind of like has kind of fallen by the wayside, and for a long time a summer hockey league where you just get together and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been known as a predominantly box association,â&#x20AC;? play with your buddies,â&#x20AC;? Nidesh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk MJLAX president Cody Nidesh said in explaining the of 4-on-4 and things like that. Every association has their decision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With everything thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been going on this year return to play template, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to each association for and the guidelines, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until this week that we knew what they do. We all build our own thing according to the whether or not indoor facilities were going to open at template and guidelines.â&#x20AC;? allâ&#x20AC;Ś So we actually shifted our focus into field lacrosse, For the moment, travel between communities is not albecause box is pretty much at a point where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to lowed and plans are to keep everything in house, but be tough to do anything.â&#x20AC;? that could change at a moments notice if the government While plenty of details have to be ironed out, registration gives the go ahead. is currently open at the moosejawlax.com website. After â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the end of the day itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exciting because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going the initial camp on July 9, play will continue Tuesdays to be able to offer the kids some kind of program where and Thursdays in 11-and-under and 13U from 6 p.m. to they can get the ball on their stick and have some fun,â&#x20AC;? 7:15 p.m., followed by the 15U and 18U divisions from Nidesh said. 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. For more information and regular updates, be sure to Plans are also in place to run a U8 program depending keep an eye on the Moose Jaw Mustangs Lacrosse page on registration numbers and player interest. To that end, on Facebook and on their website at www.moosejawmusMJLAX is asking each registered family to offer a volun- tangslacrosse.ca.
Ross Wells Park getting into shape for season Miller Express members putting in time to get things ready as baseball season set to kick off
Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express The Moose Jaw Miller Express might not have a Western Canadian Baseball League season to play â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at least in real life â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t kept the local crew from doing their part to get things in shape at their home field. Volunteers from the team have spent many an hour at Ross Wells Park getting things in shape for minor baseball and senior menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baseball now that Phase 4 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan has taken full force and games are preparing to be played. Saturday, that crew included the likes of Express president Darryl Pisio, general manager Cory Olafson as well as fellow gameday volunteers James Gallo and Pete Iat- Moose Jaw Miller Express board member James Galridis, all of whom were doing some heavy lifting as grass lo (front), general manager Cory Olafson and team president Darryl Pisio were among a clean-up crew clippings and debris were hauled from the park. The park being open gave a handful of visitors a chance from the team working on Ross Wells Park on Saturto check things out, too â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Blair Tweet was back home vis- day afternoon. iting family and made a visit to his old stomping grounds Be sure to keep an eye on MooseJawToday.com for his crew, including sons Dawson and Wyatt. plenty of baseball, fastball, soccer and every other Dawson is a Miller Express prospect, having played for sport as things finally kick into gear after the Spring of Team Manitoba in the 2018 Baseball Canada Cup, and COVID-19! launched a handful of pitches off the right field wall during an impromptu photo session.
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DAVIES, ALLAN O.
Dec. 6, 1927 - June 17, 2020
DRYHERB, Irma Margaret
November 14, 1931 – June 25, 2020
Irma Margaret Dryherb (nee Kuorikoski) (88), beloved wife of Michael (Mike) Dryherb, went to be with her Lord and Saviour on June 25, 2020. Irma was born November 14, 1931, in Nipigon, Ont. to Uuno and Toini Kuorikoski. In her early 20’s, she met Mike, who became the love of her life and after a whirlwind romance, followed him back to his roots in Saskatchewan, living in various communities throughout the province. She was a devoted wife and mother and loved her family deeply and was a good friend to many. Living in the country by Aberdeen, SK., she enjoyed her 21 years as a Sears cafeteria employee in Saskatoon where she made many lifelong friends; it was evident that she was greatly loved by them as they continued to maintain their relationships into retirement. Irma and Mike retired to Blaine Lake, SK. and later moved to Saskatoon where she resided until her passing at Samaritan Place. Irma’s faith sustained her to the end. She loved the Word of God and always took every opportunity to share it with those she met. She was predeceased by her parents, Uuno and Toini Kuorikoski, sister Iris Hurd and great-granddaughter Brielle Wruck. Irma will be lovingly remembered by her husband Mike, who together would have celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary on July 15, 2020; their children Joan (Rob) Ritchie of Moose Jaw, SK., Cindy (Terry) Wruck of Saskatoon, SK., Dale (Sheila) Dryherb of Grande Prairie, AB., and Leanne (Darcy) Gust of Lethbridge, AB.; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Irene Warpula, and brother, Leonard Kuorikoski, as well as numerous nephews and nieces. Irma was a great cook and worked in the food industry throughout her working years; she enjoyed writing and reading as pastimes. She loved the glitz and glamour of the movie industry and enjoyed watching movies, but the highlight of her life were the special times she shared with her sister Iris when they were together in either Ontario or Saskatchewan. They were known to gab the whole night long. Her grandchildren were also a great joy to her. Our family remembrances are many, but our confidence and joy is in knowing that she is with the Lord, free of pain and dancing on the streets of gold in heaven with all the loved ones that have gone before her. Due to current pandemic restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date.
DAVIES, SHIRLEY C.
April 12, 1927 - Dec. 15, 2019 Allan and Shirley passed away within six months of each other, at Sylvan Lake, Alberta. They were predeceased by daughter, Sherry, in 1992; and are survived by their daughter, Teresa Davies, of Sylvan Lake; Sister-in-law Hilda Davies, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and many nieces, nephews and their families. Allan was born at Buttreess, Sk., and is predeceased by his parents, Edward and Sarah Jane Davies; Sisters, Uretta Mews, Bella Bugg, Gertie Erickson; Brothers, Archie, Harold, Harvey and Claude; Half-Sister, Mary (West) Erickson and half-brothers, Matthew West and Mark West. Shirley was born at Calderbank, SK, and is predeceased by parents, Harry and Alice O’Shea. Allan and Shirley were married in Moose Jaw, July 16, 1960. Shirley worked at Can. Forces Base, Moose Jaw. Allan worked at Canada Post, Moose Jaw until re-locating to Edmonton. He later worked in road construction all over Alberta. They made their permanent home in Sylvan Lake. There will be no funeral at this time. Burial of cremains later at Sylvan Lake, Ab.
Mary Helen Smith Born: July 4th, 1927 Passed away: January 24th, 2018 at 91 years old. Married to Cecil Smith for 65 years. You are sadly missed on your 4th of July birthday.
Till we meet again my dear Helen -Cec
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Marie Augusta (Oberding) Lucas died peacefully at the Foyer d’Youville, Gravelbourg, SK on June 24, 2020, with family at her side. She was the second and last surviving child of Anton and Emma (nee Schneck) Oberding. Marie was born on November 5, 1921, in Cottonwood, SK. Her family moved to Viceroy, SK where she attended Sussex School and in 1947, she accepted a job at the post office. Marie met her soulmate, Roy Lucas, while he was working as an Assistant Municpal Administrator in Viceroy. They were married in Wilcox, SK on November 23, 1951, and settled in Courval, SK. Here they purchased land, began raising cattle and hogs and became busy with activities of raising their family. Marie enjoyed knitting, crocheting, needlework, puzzles, and bingo. She loved the Blue Jays and was a fan of curling. In 1990, following a serious accident Marie and Roy moved to Gravelbourg, where they enjoyed the companionship of friends and family. Unfortunately, this time was marred by the passing of Roy in 1997. She was a proud active member of the Prairie Pride Lions. She gave generously of her time, volunteering for meals on wheels, blood donor clinics, Villa bingos, and the Low Vision support group. In 2005, she was chosen volunteer of the year by the Lions. Marie’s greatest passion was loving her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She cherished time spent with each and every one of them. She will be deeply missed. Marie is survived by her loving family, daughter Wendy (André) Lorrain; granddaughter Codee (Ray) Kyle and great-grandchildren Tanner, Kipton, Macee; grandson Lee Lorrain (Alicia Pronyshyn); daughter Lois (Maurice) Doran; granddaughter Jenna Rattie and great-grandchildren Andi Lynn, Dylan Rae; grandson Brock Doran; daughter Donna (Roland) Piché; grandson Blaize Piché; granddaughter Hayley (Derek) Quesnel and great-grandchildren Mason, Nova. Marie is predeceased by her husband Roy Lucas (1997); son Mark Lucas (1956); parents Anton and Emma Oberding; siblings Melvin, Clara Striha, Frank, James and Shirley Doll; parents-in-law John and Rosalina Lucas; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Lawrence, Leonard, Ruth Wallace, John Jr., Geraldine, Mary, William, Bob, Betty LeBlanc, David, and Thomas. Family & Friends Visitation was held on Sunday, June 28, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., Piche-Hawkins-Grondin Funeral Chapels, Gravelbourg. SK. The Private Family Funeral Service was held Monday, June 29, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., Church of Christ, Gravelbourg, SK, with Pastor Darrell Buchanan officiating. The Eulogy was given by Donna Piché & Hayley Quesnel. The Active Pallbearers were André Lorrain, Lee Lorrain, Maurice Doran, Brock Doran, Roland Piché, Blaize Piché. Interment at Rosedale Cemetery, Moose Jaw, SK. Memorial donations in Marie’s memory the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation Box 810, Gravelbourg, SK S0H 1X0 were greatly appreciated. Online condolences can be shared at www.pichehakinsgrondinfuneralchapels.ca
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the status of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, or for more information on symptoms and preventative measures, check saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus. Saskatchewan is now in the last part of Phase Four of the ReOpen 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Campsite booking is now available. The Moose Jaw Police Service is suspending some services such as criminal record checks, inspection tickets and civilian fingerprinting until further notice. The building on Fairford St. is now open to the public, with a limit of three individuals in the lobby at a time to maintain proper social distancing. MJPS asks individuals to still call the service ahead of visiting the lobby, at 1 (306) 694-7600. City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. Payments can be deposited in the mail slot on the front of the building or processed online. The Festival of Words office is closed to the public, but can be contacted by phone at 1 (306) 691-0557 or by email. Tourism Moose Jaw will be closed until further notice but executive director Jacki L’Heureux-Mason can be contacted by phone at 1 (306) 692-0555 or by email at director@ tourismmoosejaw.com. All cadet activities with the #1856 Moose Jaw Schools Cadet Corps Royal Canadian Army Cadets, the #40 Snowbird Royal Canadian Air Cadets, and the #99 Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps Assiniboine have been cancelled until August 31. The Moose Jaw Elks Lodge No. 7 has cancelled its Friday meat draws and Wednesday night dart league until further notice. The Moose Jaw branch of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles has reopened at half-capacity. Meat draws have resumed, while 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 will be open for in-person meetings with settlement workers by appointment only. Phone and video appointments are still preferred, if possible. 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. The Moose Jaw & District Senior Association has closed Timothy Eaton Gardens and Timothy Eaton Cafe until further notice. The Cosmo Centre began some activities in a limited capacity. Shuffleboard resumed 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. 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 email@example.com, 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 mjmag.ca. Programs have begun. 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. 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. Questionyaras 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. Moose Jaw Minor Hockey office is closed to the public and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 nonmembers in Beginner and Advanced Dance, tumbling drills, stretch, flexibility, conditioning and Ninja training. Email info@ cheerinfinity.ca today for more information on how to register. Special Olympics Saskatchewan will be offering limited activities throughout the summer, in select communities. The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins has cancelled all training until further notice. The Moose Jaw Soccer Association is open for registration online as of July 2 and will be resuming it’s season on July 20, with COVID-19 precautions in place. Anyone who registered before the shutdown is still registered. 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. The Moose JAw Lacrosse Association will host a shortened outdoor season with a series of training camps begining July 9. registration is now open online. The Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame 36th Annual Induction will be held on Oct. 3 in Battleford. For information call 1 (306) 446-1983 or email saskbaseballmuseum@sasktel. net.
Events: Movie theatres, live theatres, art galleries, museums, and libraries are allowed to reopen, although some in Moose Jaw are not doing so and patrons should check with individual venues before visiting. All Cultural Centre events have been rescheduled, and the venue is closed to the public. The Box Office can be reached during regular operating hours at 1 (306) 693-4700 or info@ moosejawculture.ca. The Moose Jaw Public Library is now offering virtual programming while the building is physically closed to the public. Upcoming events include the Teen Digital Discord Hangout on July 7 at 2:30 p.m., Teen Digital Dungeons and Dragons on July 8 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 beginning July 6. Family Day at the Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum, usually held in July, is cancelled. The Country Thunder Music Festival in Craven on July 8-11 has been cancelled. Tickets will be honoured for the 2021 festival. Justin LaBrash will be performing a drive-in concert at the Town n’ Country Mall on July 10, with proceeds going towards supporting Joe’s Place Youth Centre. Tickets are available online at labrash.net. Motif Multicultural Festival on July 10-12 has been cancelled. The Moose Jaw Gamers Association has cancelled the 2020 Summer GAX on July 11-13. The Highway to Heroes Car Show from 15 Wing Fellowship on July 12 has been cancelled. The Festival of Words will no longer be taking place inperson, but will instead move to a virtual platform on July 13-19. Attendance will also be free, but organizers encourage donations to help keep the festival running. Registration opened on June 15. The Gateway Music Festival in Bengough on July 24-26 has been cancelled. Ticket holders may contact organizers at email@example.com for ticket refunds, or they can choose to donate this year’s ticket to the festival or hold onto it for the 2021 festival. Brickspo at the Western Development Museum on July 25-26 has been postponed to a later, undetermined date. The 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 TerryFox.org. 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, with prior guidelines still in place. 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 limited 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. Acute long-term care, personal care and group homes are now allowing in-person visiting from up to two identitied support individuals or family members. 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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Former Canada Winter Games alpine skier Morgan Waldo is looking to do her part to raise awareness of the sport in Saskatchewan. And she plans to take on a unique challenge to help do that. Waldo – who hails from Moose Jaw and competed for Team Sask at the 2007 Games in Whitehorse and was a regular member of the provincial alpine team throughout the 2000s – will be participating in the “Roll For SaSki Sisters’ inline skating run from Moose Jaw to Regina on Sept. 5. The event will take place in support of the SaSki Sisters all-girls ski camp, which offers youngsters taking up the sport a chance to learn the fundamentals of ski racing, encourage skiing for life and develop relationships among fellow racers, coaches and the entire ski community. “It’s a way to bring our small alpine community together and hopefully encourage people who aren’t part of our community become part of our community,” said Waldo, who will be joined by fellow coaches Heather Sten and Naomi Ottenbreit in making the trip. “Saskatchewan and alpine skiing, not that long ago you’d say it’s an oxymoron and it certainly is. But what’s really special about our community is how inclusive and tightknit we are. If someone is new to it, it’s ‘hello, let us show you the ropes, lets ensure you’re having fun and you want to be here for the long run. And what’s the point of doing it if you’re not having fun?” Obviously, a question many will come up with when hearing of the endeavour is “why inline skating?” As it turns out, there’s a very good reason: many of the basics
The SaSki Sisters alpine skiing group gather for a photo this past winter. of rollerblading also translate into downhill skiing, to the point that a strong base from the summer sport can make a big difference in hitting the hills. “In some ways it’s more than familiar, it’s the same,” Waldo explained. “It’s all about building on the athletic position and in skiing, using all joints. The ankle movement, the ankle rolling the fore and aft movement, is such a simple concept but in reality, is such a challenging piece of the puzzle for technical for skiers to perform… Rollerblading creates that accessibility that being in a ski boot just can’t do.” To that end, on top of their journey down the Trans-Canada, the SaSki Sisters will be holding a pair of fundraising camps next Tuesday in Regina and Thursday in Saskatoon. Participants can reach out to Waldo and her fellow coach-
es through firstname.lastname@example.org, through Instagram @saskski_sisters as well as their Facebook page in order to register and for the time and place. “This way, they’re no just dreaming about skiing in the summer and they’re practicing the skills we teach them to be able to use in the winter,” Waldo said. Participants will need their skates, a helmet and wristguards, with elbow pads and knee pads encouraged. COVID-19 concerns are being addressed, with social distancing and groups being kept to 15 or fewer and additional sessions planned if enough interest is shown. The fee will be a ‘pay-what-you-can’ format and will go to the SaSki Sisters program. As for the event in September, Waldo and her fellow coaches are looking forward to the challenge, but are more than aware of how the 72-kilometre journey between the two City Halls could be challenging. That has them planning to take advantage of the wind and possibly switch to a Regina to Moose Jaw skate if it’s more favourable. “That distance, the three of us, none of us are spring chickens and we want to have fun too,” Waldo said. “We’re going to have the best day we can, and it’s going fun, so not having to deal with a bad headwind will make it a lot better.” The SaSki Sisters have started a GoFundMe page ‘Roll For SaSki Sisters,’ which currently has raised $1,350 of its $5,000 goal. Donations can be made there or by contacting the group via e-mail for a more secure donation. “If what we’re doing resonates, donate! Whatever you can or what you feel, whatever you want to donate, please do,” Waldo said.
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