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Car club donates $2K to Hunger in Moose Jaw’s nutrition program Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Up to 100 children will be able to eat healthy meals this summer due to the generosity of a car club in Moose Jaw. The “Those Guys” Car Club presented a donation of $2,150 to Hunger in Moose Jaw on July 16, with nearly a dozen members from the group on hand for the presentation. The club accumulated the money during the past six months thanks to people who typically sponsor the group and from donations made during a cruise night, explained club president Kevin Kincaid. Due to the coronavirus, the group didn’t want to pressure anyone to donate since money was tight. However, many people said they would give since it was to a good cause. Hunger in Moose Jaw has been the car club’s charity of choice for many years, he continued. The group fundraises for the non-profit organization because the charity helps children in the community and the car group is a local service club. “It’s good to help them,” Kincaid added. Sharla Sept, executive director of Hunger in Moose Jaw, was thrilled to receive the donation. “That’s fantastic. It’s another successful year (for them) in a dif-

ferent kind of year,” she said. “They support us every year, so it’s great.” The money will go to support the non-profit organization’s child nutrition program, which will run through the summer even though it usually finishes in June, Sept explained. Usually, the organization would work with the parks program and feed 80 to 100 children that way, but she pointed out this year is different due to the pandemic. So, Hunger in Moose Jaw will provide a week’s supply of lunchbag items that contain healthy ingredients and items. Families will pick up the bag of supplies every week until school resumes — hopefully — in September. Some food items included in the lunch bags include meats, cheeses, vegetables and cereals. “We can be a little different because they’re going into their homes. So they can do things like Kraft Dinner or Alphagetti, things like that,” Sept said. Sept added that families should call the Hunger in Moose Jaw office if they need food support, no questions asked. The office number is 306-692-1916.

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Province spends $1M to find better ways to manage drainage on farmland Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The provincial governEXPRESS ment will distribute $1 million to 10 agricultural groups for projects designed to find better and more effective ways for farmers and ranchers to manage water on their lands. The 10 stakeholder groups will work on 11 agricultural water management demonstration projects, which should help strengthen the operations of farmers, producers and ranchers in the future and help protect communities, infrastructure and the environment with drainage issues, a news release explained. The ag and environmental communities will test compelling solutions and discover best practices to help producers manage water on their land and mitigate water quality and quantity effects downstream. Each organization is expected to bring a different perspective on water management and should contribute expertise in agronomic, environmental, infrastructure and economic areas, the news release added. The province announced the initiative during an online news conference on July 20. The Water Security Agency (WSA) is spearheading this initiative — it will start this year — since it is responsible for drainage. MLA Greg Ottenbreit, minster responsible for the WSA, explained this is a unique program that would strengthen the agricultural industry while protecting the environment. It would also ensure that the province listens to and learns from producers and hears their concerns af-


ter the WSA implemented a new drainage strategy a few years ago. “The issues in Western Canada are different from the East,” he said. “That holds true with our province as well …. One size doesn’t fit all, so that’s why we needed to evolve our strategy.” Some of the demonstration projects will test how farmers and ranchers can irrigate with water drained from fields. Other projects will strategically retain wetlands to reduce the downstream effects of flooding on infrastructure, water quality and habitat. Still, other projects will look at applying fertilizer in different ways to minimize nutrient runoff. Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm near Langham will conduct a two-year study to assess the economic and environmental effects in draining agricultural land and figure out how to maximize agricultural productivity and reduce nutrient export in runoff water, Blake Weiseth, applied research lead at the Discovery Farm, explained during the news conference. The organization will start the project this fall by constructing drainage works on 40 acres at the 640-acre (256-hectare) farm site west of Saskatoon. The construction will consolidate several small wetlands into a larger and more permanent wetland. The goal will be to optimize land productivity and design a drainage plan that meets regulatory requirements. “This is a unique opportunity to collect background soil chemical and physical characteristics prior to construction so we can truly evaluate the impact of drainage and management practices on wetland soils,” he said, adding

this demonstration will help producers reclaim marginally productive low-lying areas. After construction, a field study will commence in spring 2021 to evaluate several management practices to reduce nutrient runoff, Weiseth continued. The two-year study will give producers the chance to see what it takes to receive regulatory approval for a drainage works, what obstacles might get in the way, and how their management practices could improve the economics and environmental conditions of soils prone to flooding. Another outcome from these 11 projects is the province could develop a wetlands policy that is similar to Alberta and Manitoba, said former Saskatchewan ag minister Lyle Stewart. The province would like to establish a policy that is science-based and backed up with evidence. Other bits of information from the news conference included: • The water management demonstrations could shed light on issues that affect the Quill Lakes and how the province could address that problem; • The funding will help groups monitor the water situations, allow them to acquire essential data and even leverage other agricultural funding for further studies; • Glacier Farm expects to draw conclusions about drainage issues in spring 2024; • In evaluating the projects, the WSA will look at the effects of flooding and water quality on areas, while it will also study how endangered birds are affected. For more information about the agricultural water management strategy,

BIZWORLD By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Bulk ocean shippers carrying improved profit potential

The maritime bulk shipping industry is often overlooked as an investment vehicle even though it generates $183 billion U.S. annually. The risky industry generally is highly leveraged with debt and experiences frequent up and down cycles with little advance warning. The benchmark barometer for shipping industry health is the Baltic Dry Index — a composite reading of current shipping rates. The index started falling in December and kept on until June when it took a sharp jump, dipping slightly in July. The upturn came as the outlook for commodities demand from China improved. Once the index got ahead of itself the decline set in. Three factors making bulk shippers attractive are lower fuel costs, a higher rate of scrapping old ships and a lower new build rate – all pointing to higher future profits. This Bizworld will look at four maritime investment possibilities. Atlas Corp. of London England, currently $7.09US, operates with less risk than most competitors, leasing vessels only to major companies like COSCO, Maersk and so on.

In the last year Atlas Corp, formerly Seaspan, has become a hybrid with a new division based on developing renewable energy. A significant investment by Canada’s Warren Buffet, Prem Watsa, allowed fleet expansion two years ago. The shares sell at 54 per cent of book value with a dividend yielding seven per cent. Eagle Bulk Shipping of Stamford Conn., currently $2.15US., with no dividend sells at 34 per cent of book value. Iron ore and coal make up almost half of the freight carried by 50 vessels. The fleet averages nine years age, thus requiring less maintenance and having better fuel economy. Stockholders equity is about one-quarter of assets, showing less leverage than some shippers. Genco Shipping and Trading of New York, currently trading at $6.11US, has a 1.9 per cent dividend yield and sells at 30 per cent of book value. The 53 relatively young vessels carry a range of dry bulk commodities from iron ore to grain and coal. Shareholder equity after subtracting cash amounts to

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New Buffalo Pound pool opens after old one closed in 2018 Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Buffalo Pound Provincial Park finally has a new pool that is more accessible to all users, after the provincial government shut down the aging structure two years ago. Politicians, dignitaries and parks staff were on hand for the reopening of the pool on July 17, with the picturesque Buffalo Pound Lake providing a perfect backdrop to the unveiling. Built for $2.4 million, the pool is 360 square metres (4,000 square feet) in size, can accommodate 250 people, and uses universal design principles, including a sloped accessible entry for young children or anyone with mobility conditions. The pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from now until after the September long weekend. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a maximum of 50 people will be allowed inside the pool area at one time. Each group will have two hours before lifeguards kick them out to disinfect the area and then welcome in a new group. The new pool replaces the former structure that the province constructed in 1972 and closed in 2018. Moose Jaw North MLA Warren Michelson was one dignitary on hand for the re-

MLA Gene Makowsky, minister of parks, culture and sport, speaks during the opening of the new Buffalo Pound Provincial Park pool on July 17, while MLA Warren Michelson looks on. Photo by Jason G. Antonio opening event. “I’m very impressed,” he said. “It feels like a complete park now that the pool’s back.” Michelson encouraged Moose Jaw residents to swim at the pool, especially since

the Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool is closed this summer and the Kinsmen Sportsplex pool opens in August. He added that promoting the pool is positive since anything good for Buffalo Pound can benefit Moose Jaw as well.

MLA Gene Makowsky, minister for parks, culture and sport, said he was excited to see the pool reopen and knew many families would also be excited that structure was back in operation. “It’s a beautiful facility. It will create memories for many more years to come,” he said, adding replacing the pool was one of the provincial government’s priorities. He pointed out the province has spent $10 million recently to upgrade and enhance other provincial parks. Parks employees noticed a considerable drop in campers during the past two years while the pool was closed, said parks manager Dave Bjarnason. The pool is one of the busiest places in the park. Bjarnason laid out some steps that the park’s management has taken to ensure users’ safety. Arrows guide people in one direction, there is one entrance and one exit, physical distancing signs are in place, pool staff will regularly remind people about safety, and hand sanitizer is available. The province has also implemented these safety features at the pools in Cypress Hills and Pike Lake, and so far, the measures have been successful.

International medical team staying closer to home this year Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw International Medical Mission team has travelled to Guatemala for the past five years to provide health care there, but this year the group will stay closer to home. The volunteer medical group has put its travel plans to Patzun on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced the Central American country to close its borders temporarily. The group’s goal is to travel to the country in March 2021. “But for now, there’s no plans for it, other than our wishes and dreams, because it’s just not safe to travel there yet,” said Jackie Wilson, a registered nurse who works in the operating rooms and recovery rooms while in Guatemala. “We love going down there and doing our part to help out.” Since the Moose Jaw International Medical Mission (MJIMM) team can’t be there physically, it plans to fundraise so it can send supplies instead. Some supplies it will send are sterile equipment, medications, bandages and other surgical gear. It is encouraging everyone to donate money through its Bridges of Hope website; the group had estimated it would cost $55,000 to support the Clinica Corpus Christi in Patzun this year. The website is Members of MJIMM plan to work in Moose Jaw in 2020 and possibly next year by helping other community organizations. Wilson noted the team is not sure who to support yet but is open to suggestions. One initiative already lined up is to serve meals to young people when Joe’s Place Youth Centre reopens.

Members of the Moose Jaw International Medical Mission gather for a picture during a recent trip to Patzun, Guatemala. Photo courtesy MJIMM Facebook page For the past five years, Moose Jaw International Medical Mission has sent a team composed of surgical, medical and non-medical members to the Latin American country. This year it had planned to bring two full operating room teams, a medical team, and a work team, the latter that would install water filters and energy-efficient stoves in residents’ homes. Those nurses and doctors would usually travel to clinics in communities around Patzun, a city of more than 26,000 people that is nearly two hours west of the capital of Guatemala City. The need for health care in the Patzun area is immense

since many suffer without any hope of treatment, the team’s Bridges of Hope webpage explained. Even installing water filters and stoves would help families change their lifestyles so they face fewer health risks. “The health-care situation with the people that we work with is quite challenging,” Wilson said. “They’re very remote up in the mountain areas and they don’t travel very much for any sort of health care. They’ll just kind of count on home remedies and those kind of things; they’re just maybe not willing to leave their home for it.” There are few health-care clinics in most areas that residents can visit, at least not until the MJIMM brings its mobile services to remote communities, she continued. Once on scene, it becomes quite rewarding to help those people who need support. What Wilson particularly enjoys is working with the local nurses and teaching them more health-care skills so they can better serve their communities. Since the Canadian medical team has a higher level of education and training, members are excited to team up with the nurses since they work hard and love learning how Canadians handle medical situations. “The patients are (also) so grateful for our care while we’re down there,” continued Wilson, adding with a laugh that she speaks the language “very poorly,” but does her best while there. Besides the Bridges of Hope website, Moose Javians can also donate to the Moose Jaw International Medical Mission through its Facebook page.

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Congratulations to Executive Director Sarah Simison and the whole team of organizers of this year’s Festival of Words (FoW) for being innovative and providing a first-rate virtual rendition of the festival to replace what otherwise would have been a no-go because of on-going pandemic restrictions. The Saskatchewan Festival of Words has been held in Moose Jaw for the last 24 years and is one of the leading and most celebrated Joan Ritchie literary festivals in the country. It EDITOR has always been a highlight for all those who participated to come to Moose Jaw to celebrate the ingenuity in writings of our Canadian authors over the course of a week of author readings, social events, workshops and even an annual concert. The FoW this year was provided free to all those who wished to join in and the audiences tuned in to the live stream events from literally all over the world, with some even saying hello in the chat from places like the U.K., India, the Philippines, France, as well as from all over Canada and the U.S. It’s incredible that when the chips are down, brilliance can triumph over the odds to make a way where there seems to be no way. Way to go Festival of Words! ************** As the province opens up more and more to pandemic restrictions, it’s great to see that some sports like ball are now an avenue for kids of all ages to get out to release some of their pent-up anxiety. Not only is it good for their mental wellness but also for their bottom line, if you get what I mean… Golf is also one of those sports where individuals of all ages can maintain social distancing and still have a great time socializing, driving their frustrations around the course. For some it’s just entertainment but for others it’s an exhibition of skill. Congratulations to Moose Jaw’s Leighton Bearchell who recently closed out the 109th annual Saskatchewan Men’s Amateur provincial golf championship with a 14th-place finish. ************** The weather this year has been very unpredictable… Has anyone else noticed that even when temperatures are seasonably warm during daylight hours, when the sun goes down sweaters need to come out to enjoy the evenings? There seems to be a big fluctuation in degrees this summer, anywhere from daytime +30 to a chilly unseasonable evening low of +10. I remember when you could sit out into the wee hours of the morning enjoying the sun’s warmth that continued long into the nite… On another vein, on some country drives, it’s great to see flourishing crops thanks to some well-needed rain in our region. Even though we haven’t seen the rains like when I was a kid where the rain fell gently continually over the course of a few days, the brief rain showers that continue to suddenly appear have provided the moisture needed, although let’s hope and pray that hail and damaging winds are nowhere in our local forecast. Our farmers need a reprieve from all of the stress they’ve endured at the hand of a few years of drought conditions, crop prices, and pandemic problems. As the farmer goes, so goes our country’s food supply…. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication. Send your letters to the editor to: or 888-241-5291 All columns, letters to the editor and editorials are solely the personal opinions of the writers themselves and not necessarily the opinions of The Moose Jaw Express. The contents of this publication are the property of the Moose Jaw Express. Reproduction of any of the contents of this publication, including, but without limiting the generality of the following: photographs, artwork and graphic designs, is strictly prohibited. There shall be no reproduction without the express written consent of the publisher. All ads in the Moose Jaw Express are published in good faith without verification. The Moose Jaw Express reserves the right to refuse, classify, revise or censor any ads for any reason in its sole discretion. This paper may include inaccuracies or errors. The Moose Jaw Express does not under any circumstances accept responsibility for the accuracy or otherwise of any ads or messages in any of the publications editions. The Moose Jaw Express specifically disclaims all and any liability to advertisers and readers of any kind for loss or damage of any nature what-so-ever and however arising, whether due to inaccuracy, error, omission or any other cause. All users are advised to check ad and message details carefully before entering into any agreement of any kind and before disclosing personal information. If in doubt, please take legal advice.

Retired lawyer could have played hockey with NHL’s Red Wings Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Resident Lyle Phillips recently retired as the longest-serving lawyer in Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan, but if history had turned out differently, he could have played for the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings. Phillips, 91, retired at the end of June after 66 years working in the legal profession — all of it spent in Moose Jaw. He initially focused on criminal law in his career, but the closer he came to retirement, the more he focused on wills and estate planning. He worked for Chow McLeod during the last 13 years of his career, before deciding it was the right time to retire, especially since he was turning 92 in September. “I enjoyed the people and trying to help them,” he said recently. “Before Legal Aid (existed), the Moose Jaw Bar took turns doing criminal law. We were assigned a case. It was strictly pro bono, but at least people got some help.” Another enjoyable aspect was the other lawyers in Moose Jaw, who were all good at what they did, Phillips continued. Everyone got along, they were friendly to each other, and it was easy to trust people. Working for Chow McLeod was also an enjoyable experience, he continued, because from 1985 until 2007, he was the sole practitioner in his office and was responsible for hiring people and acquiring office space. He liked not having to worry about that during the past 13 years, where he could focus on wills and estates while working three days a week. He indicated that he would miss the other lawyers in the Chow McLeod office and the other staff. In 2018 the provincial government awarded Phillips the Queen’s Counsel Designation for significant contributions to the legal profession,

Lyle Phillips recently retired as the longest-serving lawyer in Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan. He spent 66 years in the law profession. Photo courtesy the Government of Saskatchewan justice system and community. Hockey scholarship Phillips went to King George Elementary School as a youth and then later graduated from Central Collegiate in 1947. From there, he travelled to Ann Arbor, Mich., to play hockey on a scholarship. It was during his second semester when he was studying engineering that his relationship with the team turned fractious. He became ineligible to play hockey, so he decided to play in an international hockey league in Detroit. During that time, he received an offer from Detroit Red Wings’ coach Jack Adams to attend a training camp with the team. Accepting the offer, Phillips moved to Windsor, Ont., to attend Assumption College — now the University of Windsor — where he played three years in the international league with the Red Wings’ affiliate team, the Windsor Spitfires. “It was interesting,” Phillips said

about his hockey experience. “It was pretty good hockey. There were some young people who ended up with the Red Wings. Some went to other leagues.” It was also during his time there that the Moose Javian decided to switch his educational focus to law. He applied to the University of Saskatchewan and was accepted; he spent three years at the U of S — he was the captain of the men’s hockey team — and graduated in 1953. He later articled with his father, John E. Phillips, before the law profession called him to the Bar in Moose Jaw in 1954. Longest-serving It never crossed Phillips’ mind that he was the province’s longest-serving lawyer until one of his colleagues at Chow McLeod brought it to his attention, he chuckled. Many changes occurred in the legal profession during the last seven decades, but two of them stood out in Phillips’ mind. One was a change in technology, particularly, moving from a typewriter to a computer. With a typewriter, if he wanted to change a document or add something, he had to re-write the entire thing. With a computer, it took him 10 to 15 minutes to put together a document. A second significant change was how the profession became more citizen-oriented. Ordinary people began to have a better understanding and realization of what lawyers did. Even though Phillips has retired, he doesn’t plan to slow down. “I still golf a little bit. I will do a little more reading and watch the idiot box a little more,” he said. “I’m sure I will (be able to handle all the free time). We have a cottage, so we’ll also spend time there.”

Desperate for Haggis happily returns to jammingLarissa at Bobby’s Place Kurz

It was a perfect afternoon to be set up out on the patio at Bobby’s Place Olde World Tavern, and the three members of Desperate for Haggis were more than happy to be there on July 20 — their first public jam session in months. The group, comprised of Terry Lavineway, Doug Shephard, and Don Mitchell, gathered a small crowd for their returning debut to their usual haunt, and the small numbers allowed outside for the show certainly didn’t damper any spirits. “It’s really nice to be here,” said Shephard, before the group got started. “The next step will be to L-R: Don Mitchell, Doug Shephard, and Terry Lavineway during their rebe [playing] inside.” turn to Bobby’s Place, although without the kilts that usually appear during COVID-19 has kept the group from larger event performances. performing at Bobby’s Place since March 14, a disappointing reality as the local group has been spending their Saturday afternoons there for 14 years. The last big events that Desperate for Haggis made an appearance at included the Robbie Burns celebration at the Timothy Eaton Centre in February and the Rotary Carol Festival in December. During the long months of spring quarantine, the trio played together a handful of times but nothing beats the fun of jamming in person at Bobby’s, they agreed — not just for the music but also for the socializing. “It’s always good fun to be together again, and this is where we hang out,” said Shephard. “We usually start with a laugh and we kid each other and have a pint, and then we start playing.” Which was exactly what happened as the musicians talked, joked around, cheers-ed and took song requests from the audience. Desperate for Haggis is certainly a Moose Jaw favourite, specializing in playing Celtic music that features all kinds of instruments, and it seemed as though both the band and their fans were relieved to be one step closer to normal.

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TRADING THOUGHTS By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Do mayor and councillors deserve steep increases in paycheque?

by Ron Walter

Among the issues voters will consider in the November civic election is the matter of the pay increase council voted itself for the next term. The pay raises — 28 per cent for councillors to $33,323 and 21 per cent for the mayor to $100,068 — were recommended in an independent report. The recommendations were based on a formula linking their paycheques to a pro-

vincial MLA’s salary. Mayor Fraser Tolmie, who was most aggressive in advancing his $1,746 a month pay increase, claimed that councillors went above and beyond their obligations: He said Coun. Heather Eby served hot dogs at an event when High Street was re-opened after a water main replacement. Coun. Crystal Froese, he said, supported women entrepreneurs, and Coun. Scott McMann took some days to promote city business. Are those not things we expect of councillors anyway? Council voted for the pay raise knowing it had just agreed to a mere 1.5 per cent wage increase for city employees, knowing that in these pandemic times leaders should

sacrifice to give residents hope, or it should have known that sacrifice is expected. Our mayor will be paid more than the mayor of booming Lloydminster. His increase will near the total amount a minimum wage earner gets in a year’s pay. Councillors kept talking about the hours put in, as if this were an hourly pay gig. Voters expect their political leaders to go above and beyond putting in hours. Council should remember U.S. President Harry Truman’s comment: “If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.” A better way to determine if council and the mayor deserve these whopping double digit increases would be to review the track record of the last 45 months in office. This council attacked the long standing water main replacement need with gusto. This council hired the contractor who walked away from the Manitoba Street and underpass job to do High Street. And when he screwed up High Street, the city took another year to finish the job. That explains why Eby was serving hot dogs on High Street. This council has been taxing residents over $800,000 a year for a recycling program that recovered less than one per cent more than when recycling was voluntary. This council leaped on the Mac the Moose band wagon after two young men did a video telling us how Mac was

no longer the biggest moose in the world. This council promoted a pea plant, knowing the promoter was under investigation for fraud in Germany. When the Moose Jaw Times-Herald was going to expose the scandal the mayor leaned on the publisher to kill the story. The story was hushed up. The pea plant promoter went to jail. This council boasted about a $7.5 million industrial land sale to an unknown firm and committed thousands of taxpayer dollars to put the industrial park in shape for Carpere, only to have it back out of the deal, leaving taxpayers to pick up the costs. This council agreed to give the new Canadian Tire project a 20-year no competition clause on land next to it and lost the deal. And this council signed a long term deal with the management company that operates Mosaic Place and leaves taxpayers on the hook for all losses. Incidentally, the mayor and council at Thunder Bay, Ontario (population 95,000) gave up scheduled annual wage increases this year as a symbolic gesture to taxpayers. That mayor is paid $80,000 a year. Councillors get $27,000. Ron Walter can be reached at The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

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The Saskatchewan RCMP is launching its first Youth Advisory Committee, in response to a youth survey it distributed last year. In 2019 the organization circulated a survey to detachments across the province and received 3,750 responses from youths aged 12 to 17, according to a news release. The youths identified issues affecting them, with 70 per cent of the comments focusing on having positive interactions with the RCMP. In response to the feedback, the Saskatchewan RCMP is launching this youth committee with the aim of working with 100 youths to develop solutions to address the root causes of crime in communities. The goal is to increase and enhance RCMP engagement with youths so they feel their voices are valued and they are contributing to effective change. “In this first year, we are looking to engage with 100 youth by piloting nine detachment committees, and 10 additional youth from communities across the province,”

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Francophone community to offer arts and sports camp for kids Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Moose Jaw’s Francophone community is holding its fourth annual Franco-Fun Summer Camp in August for kids in French immersion or those interested in learning the language. The Association Communautaire Fransaskoise de Moose Jaw (ACFMJ) will run the two-week camp for kids aged six to 11 from Aug. 17 to 21 and from Aug. 24 to 28 at École Ducharme on 340 Ominica Street West. Both camps will run Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with child-care service provided from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. The cost is $30 per child per day or $130 per week, or $240 for siblings. The deadline to register is Aug. 2, while you can contact Corrinne at 306-692-8112 or This will be a fun 10 days filled with sports, arts, discovery and friendships, explained Corrinne Dourleent,

École Ducharme is located at 340 Ominica Street West. File photo ACFMJ community director. The parents in the Francophone community encouraged her to hold the camps

this year since they were worried about their children’s French-language skills; they had not spoken French regularly since March due to the pandemic forcing schools to close. Dourleent has lined up two artists to be part of the camp, with one individual who will teach kids how to draw and another individual who will help children learn to sing. All children are welcome to come, but she pointed out the instructors will lead the camp entirely in French. However, they are bilingual and can speak English if necessary. The ACFMJ is taking all the necessary precautions to protect children from the coronavirus, she said. This year all the camp activities will occur in Moose Jaw since the instructors don’t want to expose the youths to any viruses or illnesses from outside the community. For more information about the camp, call 306-692-8112.

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“From Many Peoples, Strength” MLA’s Column

Warren Michelson Moose Jaw North

Warren Michelson, MLA

The motto on our Saskatchewan coat of arms, “From many peoples, strength”, describes our province so well. This brought to mind all we have to celebrate this upcoming Saskatchewan Day weekend; the diversity not only of our people, but of our geography, our natural resources and our opportunities. From before recorded history, different First Nations had unique ways of living, creating and celebrating. Each wave of immigrants brought their own culture and talents, which continues today. Our many cultures and backgrounds, and the great variety of skills and abilities, have built a strong and diversified province. The quality of life in our province is one of the best in the world. We have universal education and health care. Our library

system is top notch; with one library card, we can access books, DVDs, videos and more from across the province. People of many faiths and backgrounds can worship according to their beliefs and celebrate their own cultural traditions. Our province has one of the highest volunteer rates in Canada. Most summers in Saskatchewan are filled with the vibrancy of cultural celebrations. Our museums help keep the engaging stories of our past accessible. I really missed Sidewalk Days and Motif this year, and we’ll have to wait until next year to ride the Western Development Museum Shortline 101 train, or take part in the Sukanen Ship Museum Threshing Bee. From the prairies with far-reaching vistas to the lakes and forests in the north, the

diversity of our geography provides so many opportunities. These opportunities, along with our vibrant cultural attractions, help strengthen our tourism industry. Tourism injects $600 million annually into our local economies. Events like the Scotties last February, and attractions like the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa and the Tunnels of Moose Jaw are important economic drivers. I acknowledge and thank all who work and contribute to our tourism industry. Saskatchewan’s numerous provincial parks and recreation sites are a big part of the tourism industry. Provincial parks span Saskatchewan; offering camping, hiking, water sports, fishing and seasonal recreation activities. Saskatchewan has approximately 94,000 lakes that contain around 50,000 fish of 69 different species. Aquatic invasive species has become a disturbing problem in many parts of North America, and our government has taken precautions to prevent it from entering Saskatchewan waters. Over the past few years, fishing and boating enthusiasts have been encouraged to take

measures to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Saskatchewan’s Aquatic Invasive Species program focuses on ongoing public education, promoting the Clean, Drain, Dry Program for watercraft, roadside boat inspections, decontaminations and regular monitoring of Saskatchewan’s busy waterbodies. Prevention of zebra and quagga mussels remains a top priority for the province. Efforts have been successful to date, with no invasive mussels found in Saskatchewan waterbodies. I encourage people to make the most of our incredible Saskatchewan summer, which means keeping safety in mind; on the roads, on the water and around machinery. Also, this summer, please continue to follow the advice and requirements of our medical health authorities to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Enjoy Saskatchewan Day, celebrating the tremendous diversity of our province. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

Giant hogweed can cause blisters and lead to blindness if touched Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Giant hogweed is an invasive plant species that can grow 12 feet tall and injure you if you touch it — but so far, scientists have not seen it in Saskatchewan. A reader of the Moose Jaw Express submitted a picture of what looked like a giant hogweed plant growing in the ditch of Tatanka Drive at Buffalo Pound Lake. To find out what this plant was, the Express contacted the Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council to confirm whether this plant was indeed the dreaded Heracleum mantegazzianum. After reviewing the picture, Chet Neufeld, executive director of the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan and member of both the Saskatchewan and Canadian Invasive Species councils, quickly determined the plant was not giant hogweed but was instead cow parsnip, a plant native to Saskatchewan. “I get 50 to 100 emails every summer on this,” he chuckled. These two plants belong to the same genus, or family, which is why they look similar, Neufeld explained. Some people will react after touching cow parsnip and develop a rash, which usually causes them to think it’s giant hogweed. However, there are several plants that can have that effective on skin. The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council appreciate receiving these calls or emails since it means the information about giant hogweed is sticking in people’s minds and they are on the lookout for

A reader submitted this photo in concern that it might be giant hogweed. However, it is actually cow parsnip, a plant common to the province. Photo submitted it, he continued. He would rather receive 100 emails about possible sightings that turn out to be cow parsnips than one giant hogweed that is missed. “With new invasive species coming into the province, we really have one chance — and that’s a very small window — to act on it and eradicate it before it spreads across the province and then we’re stuck with it forever,” said Neufeld. An invasive species that arrived in Saskatchewan and was not detected is leafy spurge, while a species called salt cedar was discovered and quickly eradicated. So far giant hogweed has not reached the Prairies and instead is mainly found in the lower mainland of British Columbia and Ontario. In B.C., because of the climate, it can grow to be 12 feet tall and have large leaves that can damage the skin. Specifically, it can cause painful blisters and lead to temporary blindness if the plant’s juices

get in your eyes. There are two ways to get rid of giant hogweed, Neufeld explained. If the plant is small, then you should dig up the plant — including the roots — and throw it in the garbage. You should also wear longsleeved shirts and long pants, gloves, and eye protection when doing this. However, if the plant is much larger and you can’t dig it up, you should call a professional to take care of it. This includes phoning the office of the nearest rural municipality or even city hall.

“I’m hesitant to tell them to chop it down because of the juices that can get on you,” said Neufeld. If people are uncertain of what the plant is, they can email a picture to Neufeld at If he confirms that the plant is giant hogweed, he can also notify the proper authorities, including RM offices or even the province. “If it was giant hogweed,” he added, “we would move very, very quickly to eradicate it.”


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Car radios outlast 8-tracks, cassettes and some CDs

What with all the attention to such topics as COVID-19, the on-again-off-again soap opera of professional sporting events, city council activities, who We did or didn’t pay, and the upcoming provincial and civic elections, the big day was easy to miss. Back in June, in a normal Joyce Walter year, North Americans for For Moose Jaw Express sure would have been brating the 90th anniversary of the first radio to become part of an automobile. For a mere $130, owners of the Model A Deluxe Coupe could have a radio installed in a vehicle that had only cost them $540. A deal not just anyone could afford. This historic moment was created by the Galvin Brothers and the radio was the first of the Motorola brand of electronics. Six years earlier a much cruder form of speaking box was fitted out in certain models of vehicles in Australia, but these devices had little success and thus all the attention goes to the 1930 date. Back in those days, and even as car radio designs were refined and upgraded, such entertainment centres were considered “dangerous distractions” and were frowned upon

by law enforcement. But car and truck radios gradually took off, being especially popular among the younger set who even back years ago must have enjoyed cruising the streets, playing songs at volumes that no doubt made the dogs howl and the adults cringe in dismay and mutter, “what is this younger generation coming to?” Learning about the car radio anniversary brought up some memories of family vehicles that did not have a factory-installed radio and there was no way the family could afford to have one installed after the fact. I was especially excited when my brother had a radio put in one of his cars. He wasn’t too excited to find me sitting inside it listening to the radio and running down the battery. What did I know as a kid about engines and batteries and jalopies? I thought using the auxiliary setting would be sufficiently safe. Imagine, though, the excitement when the family was able to buy a car that came with an in-dash radio as a standard piece of equipment. It was a proud moment when we drove that car off the lot and headed home. I would have been happier if Mom had moved to the back seat so I could have picked my favourite station, but she insisted on riding shotgun and listening to the Mail Bag all the way home. And so what followed in entertainment systems in motor vehicles included 8-track players in 1965; cassette players

in 1968; CD players in 1984; satellite radios in 1999; and bluetooth systems in the early to mid 2000s. While the radio is still the basis for inclusion in most vehicles, 8-tracks and cassettes disappeared long ago in new models. But when I recently purchased a brand new replacement vehicle, I was astonished to learn that CD players are no longer included in many new vehicles. It was pointed out that most drivers now have playlists on their smart devices and simply plug those in and listen away without having to change stations when the music doesn’t meet one’s criteria. The devices we own might be “smart” but it doesn’t necessarily follow that we are smart enough to figure them out. Thus it was devastating to learn we would have to get along without a CD player if we decided on certain vehicle models. Imagine our relief when the vehicle we bought still provided a CD player as a standard feature. But we were warned: this would be the last model to do so. So now we have to select favourite CDs to be played in the vehicle — so many choices, so little time and only a certain amount of battery life available while sitting in the driveway. Joyce Walter can be reached at The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

Invasive mussels foundMoose in Jaw out-of-province boat purchase Express staff Inspectors with the Ministry of Environment intercepted a boat that was contaminated with invasive mussels during a routine inspection recently. The ministry employees checked the watercraft — purchased outside of Saskatchewan — at an inspection station on Highway 16 near the Manitoba border on July 3, according to a news release. When inspectors discovered the mussels, they informed the owner and completed a full decontamination of the boat. “This is very good news, and shows that Saskatchewan’s efforts to protect our water bodies from aquatic invasive species are working,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said. “It also highlights the importance of making sure all watercraft purchased outside the province, especially from jurisdictions known to have such species, are inspected before being launched in Saskatchewan waters.” The ministry now has eight mobile watercraft decontamination units to support its aquatic invasive species (AIS) inspection and decontamination program, set up at fixed points on the Manitoba border.

in annual management costs,” Duncan said. “In addition to roadside boat inspections and decontaminations, our program focuses on public education, including the Clean, Drain, Dry Program for watercraft, and ongoing monitoring of our province’s water bodies for AIS threats.” The ministry reminds boat owners to remove drain plugs on all watercraft while transporting watercraft in the province —

There are also others strategically placed throughout the province. Meanwhile, the U.S. border remains closed to non-essential travel at this time. Saskatchewan co-ordinates watercraft inspection with Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia to prevent AIS from entering Western Canada. The inspection station that intercepted the mussels opened in 2020, as part of the ministry’s expansion of its watercraft inspection program. “It can be almost impossible to get rid of these invasive species once they become established, so investments in prevention are critical, potentially saving millions

it’s the law. To find out if your watercraft is high-risk and requires an AIS inspection, call the ministry’s Inquiry Centre at 1-800-567-4224. AIS are plant, animal and invertebrate species that threaten our waterways and can damage aquatic habitat, fisheries, valuable recreational resources and important power generation, irrigation and municipal water infrastructure.

Sukanen Museum to host IHC collectors’ show next July By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express

The Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village and Museum will host a four-day International Harvester Collectors event in 2021. Chapter 38 of the IHC Collectors annual show will come to the museum July 2325, show chairman Darald Marin told the museum’s first membership meeting since February. The show will feature displays of vintage IHC farm equipment and the IHC building will be complete by then. No threshing bee will happen as there won’t be any sheaves from this year. The museum didn’t plant oats this spring, leaving the fields fallow. A tractor pull may be held to substitute for threshing. Marin is planning a tractor drive on the Thursday before the show to view the Baildon effluent irrigation system which

irrigates 2,500 acres with treated effluent from Moose Jaw sewage lagoons. Museum president Gord Ross said the Sukanen museum is negotiating to relocate a private museum to a new building here. The Stoughton Museum, which is closing has donated numerous items, including a six-foot tall hand-built replica steam engine tractor. The meeting set dates for Sukanen events in 2021 with the antique and collectibles show March 19-20; opening day May 12; Spring Fling Car Show June 6; Family Day, July 17; Threshing Bee Sept. 11-12; closing day Sept 12; and the Haunted Museum October 23. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@




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Spectacular Killdeer badlands located in Grasslands National Park The east bloc of Grasslands National Park remains one of the untouched places on the Prairies. The sprawling combination of bald Prairie, hills and badlands were ranch pasture before the park was established some 40 years ago but few signs of human occupation on the land remain. Travelling south from Moose Jaw visitors to the park see an unusual display of hills that bely the common “Saskatchewan is all flat” theory. The park headquarters are located at the former McGowan Ranch in a broad valley. Eleven years ago on my first visit, the ranch house and a few outbuildings were left with a plank to cross the creek. No park staff. Since then the ranch house became park headquarters, the outbuildings are gone,

a campground has been built as well as some rustic cabins. Two Indigenous teepees are available for campers but one park employee noted people thinks its creepy at night to hear mice scrambling around and coyotes howling. Part of the enchantment of this wilderness park is the Killdeer badlands south of the

headquarters. These badlands run south of the U.S. border and form part of the Outlaw Trail through the badlands all the way to Mexico. In 1874 the first dinosaur fossil ever found in Western Canada was uncovered in the Killdeer badlands. Until a few years ago visitors wanting to see the badlands had to walk into them, or

take a road south and get a glimpse from a short Prairie trail. The last Stephen Harper federal budget provided a bundle of money to the long underfunded national parks system. After consultation with locals the park built a paved road meandering through grasslands and along parts of the badlands. The road offers visitors a good view of the natural spectacle with parking lots in several places allowing a walk to the edge of the coulee for a better look at the awesome natural features. Driving to the park gates takes about 2.5 hours from Moose Jaw on Highway Two South, Highway 13 west from Assiniboia, turning south at Limerick on Highway 358. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@

Gaming profits from casinos were headed higher until lockdown By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express The operator of Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw was looking forward to improved revenues and profits until closure by the COVID-19 lockdown in late March. Guest visits of 2.75 million people were trending up at both casinos before the closure, according to the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation annual report. Still, the average amount dropped on each visit increased nearly 14 per cent to $41.50 from $36.43 for the year ended March 31. Forced closure for the health quarantine caused an estimated net income loss be-

tween $5.2 million and $5.8 million based on last year’s income. Slot machine profits fell $3.1 million with a $900,000 decline in table game profits. Revenues dropped $4.5 million to $114 million with profits of $20.8 million down by $2.3 million. Payments of $20.1 million to the Saskatchewan Government general revenue fund was $2.3 million less than in 201819. These payments are split 50-50 with the First Nations Trust and the Capital Initiatives Fund.

Operating expenses declined by $1 million with $400,000 less in entertainment costs for 188 events attracting 70,000 visitors to the Regina Show Lounge. No entertainment events were sponsored at the Mae Wilson Theatre. The corporation retained $6.8 million profit and paid a $13.3 million dividend to the Crown Investment Corporation. During the year renovations at Casino Regina’s Last Spike Restaurant cut into revenue. When Casino Regina renovations are complete in 2023, work will start on

Casino Moose Jaw renovations. Capital expenses of $3 million included software upgrades to all machines. Layoff of 549 employees occurred April 3, with all promised their old jobs back when operations resume. The casinos gave $383,000 to 17 charities. No projections were given for the 2020-21 fiscal year due to uncertainties from the pandemic. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@

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Recent rains have been a blessing to area farmers and their crops Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The recent rains that passed through the Moose Jaw area have been a blessing to many farmers who are in the midst of the growing season. Producer Dean Gerbrant farms north of Chaplin near the Central Butte district. He was encouraged by how well his crops were growing so far. “It couldn’t be better for us out here. Lots of timely rain,” he said. “A little bit cool (in the ground) to start the season, but as it started to warm up and we started to get the rains in early June, it’s just been great (and) perfect.” Having that warmth and the showers provided a good mixture, but it was also a combination that could lead to disease, Gerbrant continued. However, as long as farmers spray their crops and monitor them regularly, they should be able to manage any problems that arise. Gerbrant has heard in farming circles that diseases have popped up in lentil crops, but he has escaped that problem so far since he has already sprayed his 324 hectares (8,100 acres) of canola, durum and spring wheat. The area farmer was excited about how his crops were growing, saying — as long as hail stayed away — this could be his best year ever. In comparison, Gerbrant explained, last year he had an OK growing season; the rains came a little too late while early snow in the fall flattened his crops, which forced him to harvest it this spring. While the quality of the canola was good, the wheat was less so. Gerbrant was unsure what effect the pandemic would

Dean Gerbrant stands in the midst of a blooming canola field that looks great after recent rains went through the Chaplin/Central Butte area. Photo courtesy Dean Gerbrant have on his operations, especially since the situation changes daily. However, if the world is in a panic for food, that could drive prices and demand in the market. While he doesn’t have to hire guys from Mexico, he was taking a cautious approach to his crops. “It’s not in the bin yet,” he added. “There’s definitely a ways to go before we’re in the clear.” According to the recent crop development report from

the Ministry of Agriculture, most crops are at a normal stage of development, with fall cereals at 86 per cent, spring cereals at 75 per cent, oilseeds at 70 per cent, and pulses at 82 per cent. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate, six per cent short and three per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 16 per cent short and five per cent very short. Producer Travis Bunnell farms west of Moose Jaw and said his crops are looking decent. He received enough timely rain recently to ensure the health of his crops of lentils, chickpeas, barley, durum and canola. “It’s encouraging. It could be a heck of a lot worse. I mean, you can always go for a drive and find crops that look worse in drier areas, and even (in) some wetter areas of the province right now,” he said, noting while it’s dry west of Moose Jaw, the area is luckier than other parts of Saskatchewan. In comparing this year’s growing season to 2019, Bunnell believes he is in roughly the same situation as he was at this time last year. The growing season in 2019 started drier, while this year started with more soil moisture at seeding. Bunnell hoped that the pandemic had a minimal effect on his operations this year. He usually hires a few men to help with the harvest in the fall, so he hoped that no one in the area or on his staff came down with the illness.

Library offers scavenger hunt, craft bags to develop kids’ literacy skills Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Public Library (MJPL) is promoting several interactive activities that encourage families and kids to get out into the community and practise their literacy skills. One activity encourages youths to become jungle explorers and to search for wild animals. This Jungle Scavenger Hunt encourages kids to search the jungles surrounding Crescent Park and the library building for chalk drawings of eight ani-

mals. Once found, children should check off boxes with the animals and then email a photo to of the completed board game or deposit it at the library book drop. The eight chalk animals to find are a giraffe, lion, snake, fox, flamingo, elephant, turtle and crocodile. The library’s Haley Klassen designed these wild creatures for the enjoyment of the kids. The library wants children to run around


and have fun while finding these animal pictures, said children’s librarian Tina Dolcetti. These chalk animals should last a while — a least, until it rains and washes away the hunt. The prize for completing the scavenger hunt is books — lots of books. Children and youths can pick their prize from a bucket with assorted fiction and non-fiction titles. Another activity coming soon is a nature-themed scavenger hunt that uses outdoor art. “It’s designed pretty well to match up with

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the times people come for the farmers’ market,” Dolcetti said. Dolcetti reminded everyone that the library is offering a summer reading club for all ages. There is a printable board game for kids up to age 12, while there are reading challenges for youths aged 13 to 19, and then a reading program for adults older than age 19. The children’s activities are to be done outside and at a low cost or no cost to families. Another initiative the library is promoting this summer is it is donating craft bags to the City of Moose Jaw’s playground program and to Hunger in Moose Jaw to encourage families to have fun at the playgrounds. Recently, the library donated supplies to make spoon catapults, while it will also provide supplies to make bead pets. All these crafts, Dolcetti said, are little things that help families engage in literacy activities. “Some families don’t really realize this, but when they run outside and they say, ‘Yeah, that’s a flamingo,’ they’re teaching kids brand-new vocabulary,” she continued. “And then once kids have heard the vocabulary once from their mom and dad or teacher, it’s easier to learn how to read it later on when the need arises.” For more information about the Moose Jaw Public Library’s literacy activities and all other upcoming initiatives, follow it on social media.

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PSSD, Holy Trinity makeJasontentative plans for school’s return in fall G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Moose Jaw’s two school divisions have been preparing since June for the return of classes in September, but those plans are more tentative than concrete due to the ongoing pandemic. Prairie South School Division (PSSD) and Holy Trinity Roman Catholic School Division had to submit their contingency plans to the Ministry of Education by June 30. Both organizations — along with the other 25 school divisions — also expect to receive more detailed guidance from the province’s chief medical health officer when the ministry returns their plans. Prairie South School Division “We are currently finishing our regular summer cleaning processes so that schools are ready to go in the fall. We have ordered materials for schools centrally and are moving them to school as they arrive. These include some PPE (personal protective equipment and) lots of hygiene and cleaning products …,” explained education director Tony Baldwin. Educators will also use a web-based content management system to teach, whether kids are at school or home, he added. This will allow the school division to adjust on the fly if needed. Prairie South’s division office has ordered roughly 1,200 litres of hand sanitizer to

kick off the year, while it doesn’t expect to need too many face masks since they will be used only in specific situations. “… but generally speaking, we won’t be masked at school,” Baldwin said, adding if more is needed, a provincial tender is available to school divisions if their items are back-ordered or if they require more PPE in August. Usually, PSSD uses masks and gloves for specific situations with students or when working with dangerous materials. Each school will have a PPE kit that staff can use if a student becomes ill, he continued. Students and staff who are symptomatic likely won’t be at school if sick, so PSSD’s need for PPE probably won’t be as high. While Baldwin thought it was difficult to say what the budgetary effect would be to order additional PPE, he noted the division had ordered roughly $200,000 in extra supplies so far. Based on how the fall goes, that could be the total expense, or it might be the beginning. Holy Trinity Roman Catholic School Division The Catholic school division shared its draft plan with staff in late June, explained education director Sean Chase. Based on safety guidelines from the Sas-

katchewan Health Authority and Ministry of Education’s Response Planning Team (RPT), the division has incorporated measures for transportation, the cleaning of buildings, and personal hand hygiene. The schedules of staff and students will also be adjusted to limit exposure. “Technology has been refreshed and increased to meet current needs, building upon the learnings of the distancing learning experience in the spring, and prepare for any distancing measures that may be invoked in the fall,” he said. Holy Trinity has purchased “a significant amount” of PPE gear from several sources, including a large quantity of hand sanitizer from a local distributor, Chase continued. The division will make future purchases based on how the first few months go. Meanwhile, the RPT has issued a pro-

vincial tender for PPE that closes July 31. Once it posts the list of qualified tenders, Holy Trinity can purchase additional materials if necessary. “… we are (also) in close communication with our partners at Prairie South and Chinook School Divisions to align best practice in both procurement and deployment,” Chase continued. “We have also partnered with other large school divisions in the province should the need arise to capitalize on increased buying capacity.” Besides the typical PPE supplies, the Catholic division has also researched other solutions to handle the coronavirus. This includes foggers for cleaning buses, Plexiglas partitions for high-traffic areas in schools, and portable hand-washing stations for schools. The division office will make its final decision on those once the RPT provides further guidance. Chase was unsure of how much extra it would cost to purchase additional PPE material. However, Holy Trinity’s 202021 budget does allocate several hundred-thousand dollars to pandemic contingencies from money saved during the spring.

Look for lower beef prices at your supermarket: analyst By Ron Walter - For Agri-mart Express

Beef eaters can look forward to moderation in prices at the grocery counter in the weeks ahead, according to analyst Anne Wasko. “We’ve got lots of beef,” she said in a Real Agriculture interview. “There’s no question that beef prices got out of line with pork and poultry.” But more supply has come to market as beef processors in Alberta are back to full slaughter volumes, making up 81 per cent of Canadian slaughter. “Today we’ve got lots of beef to sell at

what looks a pretty good price.” The two main Alberta packers, normally accounting for 75 per cent of Canadian beef processing, had lines shut down in April and May over coronavirus. Boxed beef prices at $2.15 a pound in early July were half the peak price. Wasko of the Gateway Livestock Exchange said beef slaughter numbers are impressive. In the last week of June, 66,580 head was an eight per cent increase from one year ago.

“We talk so much about the problems they had. They’re chipping away at the backlog” created by the virus outbreaks. Her confidence in clearing the backlog of fed cattle is boosted by reduced average animal weights. Steer weight is seven pounds higher than last year. “A few weeks ago it was 45 to 50 pounds higher.” Fed cattle prices looked higher by three

cents a pound in early July and live cattle futures offer confidence in the outlook with $99.40 for October, $103 for November and $106 for December. United States trends are also positive. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@

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The pickling season is here and homemakers will be shopping for equipment and ingredients to make those homemade pickles, whether they be from cucumbers, beans, carrots, watermelon rinds or beets. This week’s recipes offer ideas for some uncommon pickling opportunities. •••

Salt-Free Dill Pickles

3 1/2 lbs. small cucumbers, or large ones cut into small pieces 1/2 lb. pearl onions, or white onions cut into 1 inch chunks 12 stalks fresh dill with seed heads 9 cloves garlic, peeled, optional 1 qt. white vinegar 3 cups water 1 tbsp. sugar 3 tsps. pickling spice, salt-free 1 tbsp. red chilli flakes 1 tbsp. mustard seed 1 tbsp. black peppercorns 3 qt. jars, with lids, sterilized

Scrub cucumbers with a vegetable brush. If using large cucumbers, cut into smaller pieces, lengthwise. Rinse dill in water, shake off excess, and cut to fit into the jars. Place vinegar, water and sugar in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Divide all spices into equal amounts per jar and pack jars with layers of dill, garlic, onions, red chilli flakes, mustard seeds, peppercorns and cucumbers, beginning and ending with spices. Add 1 tsp. pickling spice to each jar. Pour boiling brine into jars, filling to 1/2 inch of top. Seal with sterilized lids. Cool then place jars in refrigerator to pickle. Do not open until one week has passed. Pickles can be stored in refrigerator for up to 8 weeks. •••

Pickled radishes

1 lb. radishes, halved lengthwise 12 dill sprigs

1 1/2 cups white vinegar 5 garlic cloves, crushed, optional 5 chiles, halved 3 tbsps. kosher salt 1 tbsp. sugar 1/2 cup water 1 qt. jar, sterilized

Pack jar with radishes and dill. In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, garlic, chiles, salt, sugar and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a fast boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Pour hot brine over the radishes and dill. Seal and let cool to room temperature. Store in refrigerator. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Pickles will keep for up to 3 days in refrigerator. •••

Pickled Watermelon Rind 9 cups water 4 cups watermelon rind 1 cup white vinegar 3 1/2 cups sugar 3 cinnamon sticks

1/2 tsp. whole cloves Remove red flesh from watermelon rind. Use a vegetable peeler to remove most of the green skin from the rind. Cut rind pieces into 1 inch chunks. Bring 8 cups water and rinds to a boil over high heat. Boil 15-20 minutes until the rind is fork-tender. Drain and return rinds to saucepan. Add remaining 1 cup water, vinegar, sugar, cinnamon sticks and cloves and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook 3540 minutes or until liquid has thickened slightly. Stir frequently. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Transfer to an airtight container and chill overnight before serving. Makes about 2 cups.

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The Western Development Museum (WDM) has been closed for nearly five months due to the pandemic, but the organization’s head office recently announced its four locations would soon reopen. “We’re really excited about being able to reopen. Since the province announced the date that we were allowed to open, we’ve been working really hard to get all the pieces in place, all the PPE (personal protective equipment) we need and the signage just so that we can reopen,” CEO Joan Kanigan told the Express. “So we’re very excited to be welcoming people back into our spaces.” Western Development Museum locations will reopen in August with revised hours and limits on how many visitors are allowed inside at one time. Volunteering activities will not resume yet, as the WDM head office is reviewing the results of a volunteer survey and intends to form a

plan from that data. Some changes that the institution has made include ensuring there is plenty of hand sanitizer for visitors, that PPE is available for employees, that Plexiglas partitions are installed at admission counters, and that signage is in place to direct visitors in one direction through the galleries, Kanigan explained. The organization has developed protocols for increased cleaning where possible, while it has also posted signs to remind people not to touch artifacts since the items can’t be disinfected with chemicals. It has also developed policies and ensured staff have training to implement these changes. Museum members and volunteers will be able to visit the WDM in Moose Jaw, North Battleford and Yorkton starting on Aug. 5. These locations will welcome the public on Aug. 12. The WDM in Saska-

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Moose Jaw Police Service expands, swearing in two new officers Larissa Kurz

The Moose Jaw Police Service added two new constables to its ranks on July 24, increasing the size of the service by two new positions. The swearing-in ceremony remained small, to comply with the ongoing pandemic concerns, with only a handful of officials and guests present to witness new officers Cesar Suarez and Anureet Kaur take the oath of police, code of ethics, and oath of secrecy. Judge Brian Hendrickson oversaw the oaths, alongside MJPS Chief Rick Bourassa and a small number of friends and family. Bourassa was pleased to welcome Suarez and Kaur to the service, explaining that the MJPS selects recruits based on more than skillsets. “We really look for character and integrity [because] we can work on the skills, teach those skills. That’s the easy part of this,” said Bourassa. “We go through a really rigorous process and what happens during that process is we identify the people that would be a good fit for our community.” Kaur comes to the MJPS after immigrating to Canada at 19 years old, first living in Toronto before settling in Saskatchewan and deciding to pursue a career in policing. “I’ve been in Saskatchewan for four years and the plan was to go back to Toronto [but] I just fell in love with Saskatchewan and now its home,” said Kaur. “Canada has been a home to me and it welcomed me so well, so I want to give back to the community and help other immigrants feel accepted, that this country is welcoming.” She will be the tenth female constable in

Constable Anureet Kaur (L), Chief Rick Bourassa (C) and Constable Cesar Suarez (R) of the Moose Jaw Police Service. the MJPS, and she is looking forward to serving her community both as an MJPS member and as a role model to help build trust within the community. “[I want to] help other people, other immigrants, to see that they can do anything. If I can do this, they can do this too,” said Kaur. “If they see someone looking like them [in uniform], I want to be an inspiration for them [and as a female police officer] I am up for that challenge.” Suarez came to Canada from Mexico, settling first in Regina before deciding to answer the MJPS call for recruits. “I’ve lived in Regina for about seven years now, [and] when we moved here, it was time for me to grow some roots and step up and follow my dreams,” said Suarez.

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“This is my calling, and this is what I’m meant to be [and] this is my opportunity to give back to the community and be part of the community.” After considering both the Regina and Moose Jaw Police services, Suarez chose Moose Jaw and is looking forward to offering his service to the city. “Moose Jaw is a beautiful community and everybody’s friendly here, and I think that’s where I belong,” said Suarez. “And it’s very important for me to represent not only my country, but my family and Canada, and be here to help.” During the ceremony, Bourassa also spoke about the importance of diversity in the MJPS, as he welcomed both Kaur and Suarez to the service.

“We live in such a diverse country, such a diverse province, such a diverse city, that to have a police service that’s representative of that diversity is really fundamentally important to us. We have to connect with the people in our community and we do that best by reflecting our community,” said Bourassa. “We should look like our community, that’s the way it should be, and we’ve got a ways to go but we’re on that path and we will stay on that path.” Bourassa has spoken often about being dedicated to expanding the representation in the MJPS, including increasing the female representation and Indigenous representation in members. “Even the value in specific incidents or calls to service where we can have [a member] connect with someone in their home language, or have the experience of a shared background, that has proven very valuable to us, so we’re going to continue this as a police force,” said Bourassa. The two new constables are stepping into positions that became vacant after provincial funding created a new position on the Police and Crisis Team and a new position created by the Board of Police Commissioners. Bourassa said the MJPS is continuing to recruit new members and expects to add a few more early next year. Kaur and Suarez will now head to Regina to attend the Saskatchewan Police College, before returning to Moose Jaw and beginning their probationary periods on patrol with another MJPS member. If the pandemic forces the college to close before their training period is complete, Kaur and Suarez will return to Moose Jaw and undergo in-house administrative training until the college resumes.

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Moose Jaw Pride launches new volunteer, bursary programs this summer Larissa Kurz

Moose Jaw Pride has added a few more helpful programs to its list of services, beginning with new volunteer opportunities for anyone across Saskatchewan paired with a new bursary program. Moose Jaw Pride is now one of the non-profit organizations participating in the Canada Student Service program, where participants under 30 can volunteer and earn up to $5,000 in bursaries for their education costs in the fall. The program launched in June and is geared towards filling the gap in summer work and scholarship opportunities that many university students are likely experiencing due to COVID-19. For every 100 volunteer hours completed, participants can collect $1,000, which Pride executive director Taylor Carlson feels is a great intersection between helping with an individual’s finances and also helping the community at large. “When we’re thinking about the community we serve, it’s an easy way to bring them into the loop and get some much-needed funds and experience out to those folks, because we know they’re struggling just like everyone else,” said Carlson. “I think it’s great all around, for the person and the community they’re working in.” Moose Jaw Pride is equipped to accept around five to 10 volunteers for the new bursary program, said Carlson, but really the limit is defined by how much volunteer work is available at the organization. It also joins Moose Jaw Pride’s other bursary program, the Trans Hope Fund, which is in its second year of availability. In partnership with Journey to Hope Moose Jaw and the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, the

three organizations have made available a pool of funds for transgender and non-binary individuals in need of help accessing services like identification changes and trans-affirming health care, including help with travel costs. “Unfortunately in Saskatchewan, particularly in small communities, finding trans-affirming health care and supports is quite challenging, so that often requires folks be able to travel a distance to access that care,” said Carlson. “It’s good work to do, because small towns can be hard.” Both of these bursary programs intersect, in a way, with the launch of Moose Jaw Pride’s new outreach position. In partnership with OUTSaskatoon and UR Pride in Regina, four peer navigator positions have been created across the province to help provide support for LGBTQ2S+ residents and families in navigating services and resources in their communities. There will be one peer navigator in Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw and the northern region of the province, as well as oppor-

tunities for volunteers across the province to help peer navigators create a network of supports and assets across many smaller, rural communities. The position in Moose Jaw will be dedicated to providing service to both Moose Jaw and surrounding communities, said Carlson, especially as Pride organizations across Saskatchewan are seeing a real need for supports in rural areas. “It’s going to be really good. We’ve been doing this kind of work for years as part of the Saskatchewan Pride Network, so to expand it is exciting,” said Carlson. “And it’s a good time to be doing this, as LGBTQ people and other marginalized groups are feeling the effects of COVID

a little more acutely, in the sense that they’re more likely to work in industries that have been shut down.” The four peer navigators will begin offering services in August, which is also when volunteer opportunities with the support program will be available. For Carlson and all of Moose Jaw Pride, being able to launch these new programs has been a silver lining to the summer, especially after having to cancel Pride Week and other in-person programming over the last few months. “Any way that we can support the community that we serve, the LGBTQ community but also the community more broadly, that’s what we’re hoping to do,” said Carlson. “It’s so important because LGBTQ2S people live here and in communities all over Saskatchewan, [so] let’s not forget about each other and support each other.” For those interested in taking part in the student volunteer bursary program, email For more information about the Trans Hope Fund and the new peer navigator support program, visit or reach out to Moose Jaw Pride via email at Following the Moose Jaw Pride Facebook page is another way to stay up to date with the organization’s activities.

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Incoming development manager Jason Moore (L) with outgoing development manager Deann Little (R), outside of the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank. with Jason taking over, he brings so much experience and past knowledge [that] I know he will push this job even further than what I’ve done. I have not one fear at all about leaving it to Jason.” Moore has a background working with non-profit organizations that spans 15 years, including organizations in North Battleford and Saskatoon, like The Lighthouse Supportive Living. He is excited to return to Moose Jaw, as

he lived here previously, graduated from Central Collegiate and also has family here in the city. “I’m really excited to be taking over from Deann, and it’s obviously big shoes to fill, but I’m really looking forward to working with the Food Bank and bringing some of my experience here and seeing what we can accomplish in the community of Moose Jaw,” said Moore. “I’m really passionate about helping people and I love an

opportunity to serve a community and be a blessing for less fortunate people.” Moore is looking forward to bringing his expertise to the Moose Jaw Food Bank, as well as jumping in on the new opportunities that a new, larger building will provide for both space and services. “I couldn’t be coming in at a better time, with the possibility of a new building and the expansions that have happened because of Deann. She just set the track for success for me, so I appreciate that,” said Moore. The fundraiser for the new building is still going well, said Little, and the Food Bank always welcomes more help from the community. The fundraiser goal is $100,000, with approximately $50,000 of that set towards the purchase of a new walk-in fridge and freezer unit. The last time the Moose Jaw Express checked in, the Food Bank had reached nearly 60 per cent of its goal so far. Monetary donations are still the Food Bank’s focus at this time, and anyone interested in donating can do so by mailing a cheque to the Food Bank’s current location at 305 Fairford Street West, by donating online via its website at mjfoodbank. org or sending an e-transfer to


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The 24th annual Saskatchewan Festival of Words took place from July 13-19, featuring a jam-packed schedule of 20 events with 17 award-winning Canadian authors and a collection of local and industry guests. This year’s festival made history as the first time

the event has taken place entirely online and free of charge, with all of the live readings, workshops, panels and interviews happening via live streaming on YouTube. Authors and guests tuned in from all over the country — and some viewers from all over the world.

Although festival guests and patrons missed the in-person aspect of the annual literary event, organizers are overall pleased with how the new virtual format performed and are looking forward to celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Words next summer.

Festival of Words features creative kids workshop on easy animation styles Usually, the Kids Ink workshop at the Festival of Words features a cool new writing or story building technique for young attendees, and this year’s rendition of the favourite event certainly stepped out of the box. This year, Kids Ink ran a video tutorial from local animation filmmaker Haley Nicole on two easy forms of animation that anyone can try out at home: flipbook animation and stop motion animation. Nicole shared a few tips and tricks to get started, including how to use the free mobile app Stop Motion Studio to really simplify the process of stop motion and claymation. The virtual nature of this year’s Festival really lent itself to the topic, said organizers in a previous interview with the Moose Jaw Express, and they were excited to bring the brand new medium of animation to the kids creative series. Nicole did a short question and answer

Larissa Kurz period following the video tutorial, sharing that she first became interested in live action filmmaking at a young age and attended the University of Regina for filmmaking — which is when she discovered animation. “I really love 2D computer animation, and I love the paper cut style, which is when you incorporate 2D computer animation with paper elements or hand-drawn elements and I really love that texture it adds,� said Nicole, of her favourite type of animation styles. Nicole has recently been working with the Moose Jaw Public Library, creating other craft tutorial videos since the library moved to online programming earlier this spring. The piece of advice that Nicole left young Festival of Words operations coordinator Amanda Farnel (L) shared some quesanimators at the end of her session was tions with local animation filmmaker Haley Nicole (R) after she demonstrated very simple: flipbook animation, stop motion animation and claymation during her Kids Ink “Just always keep creating,� she said. workshop, pictured on bottom.

Weeklong teen writing workshop concludes virtually with Teen Read Out Larissa Kurz

The Teen Read Out event at the Festival of Words is an annual favourite, wrap-

ping up a weeklong writing experience that gathered teen writers together in a

Some of the writers featured at this year’s Teen Read Out, with mentor Kristine Scarrow (top centre): Vanessa Souter, Matt Anton, Gabby Blayone, Grace Freeland, Ren and Bella Brett, Clara Slote, and Fiona Delmo. Missing: Lyla Taylor, Ethan Gaber, Auriel Constantinopla and Bethany Shevalier.

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virtual space this year. The Teen Writing Experience is a staple of the Festival, taking place over a week before events begin and concluding with participants presenting their work to a captive audience. After a warm introduction from both Sage Hill Writing executive director Tara Dawn Solheim, author and retreat instructor Kristine Scarrow took the screen to introduce each of the twelve teen writers who presented their work. The readings ranged from fiction to poetry and covered all kinds of themes and topics — body dysphoria, mysterious attics, saving baby birds, and the experience of love. Some of this year’s writers were returning participants, said Scarrow, and all of the participants enjoyed connecting during the retreat despite the physical distance

of the virtual format. “One of the comments I’ve heard most from the kids this year is how as young writers, they’ve never really been able to be in relationship with other young writers and share in the kinship that writers seem to have with one another. Each of them expressed gratitude at the chance to talk shop with one another and speak with their peers about their passion of writing,� said Scarrow. “It’s like finding out you were a part of a club that you weren’t even sure existed.� This is the second year that Scarrow, a guest of the Festival of Words last year, has mentored the Teen Writing Experience. “I applaud these teens for their hard work and the incredible support they’ve given one another this week,� she said.

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Lunch Is Lit: Lindsay Wong and Farah Heron This year’s Festival of Words featured the Lunch is Lit series, a daily noon-hour session featuring two guest authors offering readings of their selected work followed by a live question-and-answer session from viewers. The Lunch is Lit was held on Thurday, July 16th. Farah Heron read a chapter from her debut romantic comedy novel The Chai Factor, before sharing some of the details of why she decided to write the story. Lindsay Wong shared two selections from her award-winning memoir The WooWoo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family and her new young adult fiction novel My Summer of Love and Misfortune. Following the live readings, both Heron and Wong spoke to the importance of

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Authors Lindsay Wong (L) and Farah Heron (C) in conversation with moderator Hannah Elich (R) during their Lunch Is Lit session at the Festival of Words. writing characters of Asian-Canadian and Asian-American backgrounds, as there is a definite lack of diverse representation in both the fiction world and the memoir world. “I’m always writing stories for myself and growing up there wasn’t a lot of Asian representation. I didn’t see myself reflect-

ed in YA literature or even memoirs, there was very few,” said Wong. Heron agreed, sharing that she wrote her Muslim-Canadian main character as brash — and sometimes not nice — to push back against some of the stereotypes that Asian characters are often typecast into, such as submissive, meek and shy.

“Some people have called her ‘an unlikeable heroine,’” said Heron. “But that was one the things I wanted to do for other Asian women who read [The Chai Factor], was to give the idea that if you are ‘unlikeable’ you are also still entitled to a happily ever after and a big joyful romance, and also that it’s okay to be angry at the world, to sometimes snap at people, and that doesn’t mean you aren’t a good person inside.” Both authors are currently working on new manuscripts, with Heron in the developmental stages of her second romcom fiction set to release in 2021, and Wong writing another YA fiction about a teen with OCD as well as a collection of immigrant horror stories currently in revision.

Lunch Is Lit: Alicia Elliott and Joshua Whitehead

Larissa Kurz tities themselves, they agreed it’s very important to acknowledge the writers that came before them and helped pave the way to the current, more accepting climate for authors. “You have publishers being put in this position where they are editing Indigenous lives to make them more palatable for white audiences,” said Elliott. “And Moderator and chair of the Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association Lori so it’s so important to situate those things Deets (L) in conversation with authors Alicia Elliott (C) and Joshua Whitehead when we talk about Indigenous writers (R) a Lunch Is Lit session at the Festival of Words. who came before us, who were the first [because current Indigenous writers] are This year’s Festival of Words Lunch Is separate sections of Jonny Appleseed doing so much amazing work and they’re Lit series held on Friday, July 17th fea- were very intentional and were meant to tured two guest authors offering readings show how storytelling, especially Indigeof their selected work followed by a live nous storytelling, often subverts the idea question-and-answer session from view- of time as linear. ers. “I think in a way it’s more like a photo alTwo-spirit and Oji-Cree author Joshua bum [than a novel], or just the way that InWhitehead shared an excerpt from his digenous people talk, like ‘let’s sit down, award-winning novel Jonny Appleseed, I have a story to tell you but first I have to while Mowhawk writer Alicia Elliott read tell you this story and this story and this a series of selections from her essay “Son- story,” said Whitehead. “That was exacttag, in Snapshots” which is included in ly what I wanted [the narrative] to be beher non-fiction book A Mind Spread Out cause this is how I talk, how I think, and on the Ground. how my community has conversations, so The ensuing discussion broached the top- this was the best way for me to write and, ics of how each author approached nam- at that point, the most applicable way for ing their works, as well as how they chose me to decolonize the form of the novel.” the structure for their published books. The session concluded with both authors Elliott explained that her collection of talking at large about the experience of personal essays is largely her way of ex- being Indigenous writers in the Canadian amining herself in the larger context of literary scene, both in the past and cursociety, meant to inspire the reader to do rently. the same self-reflection for themselves. For both Elliott and Whitehead, as both For Whitehead, the roman numerals that Indigenous and often-marginalized iden-




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only able to do that because these people did that grueling work that no one wants to do.” “I’m really glad that we have more opportunities to do that, and I think there’s more willingness from publishers to critically think outside of what they imagine Indigenous literature to be, and actually ask us what we envision Indigenous literature to be,” she continued. “I think that’s the role publishers should be playing [and] I do think it’s changing because audiences don’t want the stuff we’ve been told they want.”

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Marina Endicott on building three-dimensional characters using theatre training Larissa Kurz

During the Festival of Words, award-winning author Marina Endicott joined Saskatchewan Writers Guild president Jack Walton for an informative workshop on in-depth character building titled “Inners and Outers.” The key to taking characters from a flat image to a three-dimensional personality, Endicott shared, lies in some detailed prep work that takes place before the first draft of a manuscript even begins. “I think this is the most useful in the early stages, when you’re first creating characters, as it’s useful work to do when you begin to think about them and inch your way forward in figuring out who this person is,” said Endicott. Developing deep characters requires considering the inner and outer aspects of their personality — which Endicott aptly refers to as “inners” and “outers.” Inners are the integral aspects of a personality that are innate and sometimes hidden on the inside, whereas outers are the forward-facing traits that can be more adaptive — but are also deeply influenced by the inners. As both a former actor and director, in addition to being a writer, Endicott explained how training she received in the theatre has helped shape the way she approaches character development in her writing. “As they approach a script, actors have a whole suitcase of exercises that are all about expanding imagination, about memory, about delving deeper into a char-

acter’s history, going beyond psychology to emotional and physical understanding of another human being,” said Endicott. “And that’s the same work we have to do when we’re working on a novel or a short story or poem.” Endicott begins by considering the character in terms of not only their physicality but also their individual aspects, creating a base list of personality traits, idiosyncrasies, and adjectives that describe their nature — admitting that her own lists can get “embarrassingly large” — and noting which traits are the most important and influential. “Anything you do that makes you do more work is going to make that character richer and deeper because you’ll know more about them and that will insidiously infect the way you write about them,” said Endicott. That list of traits can sometimes change as a writer progresses through writing scenes, said Endicott. “I think [adjustments] happen more from the initial thinking and planning rather than when I get into writing,” said Endicott. “There’s a natural alteration in the inners and outers and the way you think about the character as you write, as you progress from one scene to another and the logic of the character takes over.” She finds that by doing an extensive search of a character before even beginning to write a manuscript, she enters the narrative with a clearer grasp on how to shape that character’s voice and actions

Award-winning author Marina Endicott talks about how important shaping characters can be for a manuscript during a workshop at the Festival of Words. — and, she admitted, the first draft can be the toughest stage for many writers, including herself. “My favourite part is once the character is there and all their idiosyncrasies are

there, I love the editing process. I love to try and make it better and make each scene and sentence reveal the character more clearly and more truly, organically,” said Endicott.

Andino Suns takes stage for Saturday night concert Larissa Kurz

The Festival of Words kept true to its tradition of offering a Saturday night full of musical entertainment, opening up the stage of the historic Mae Wilson Theatre — and the Festival’s screen — to Regina-based band Andino Suns. The show streamed live on the Festival’s YouTube page as part of the virtual event this year, in addition to welcoming a limited number of guests into the theatre to help the band make the night fantastic. Andino Suns began with Andrés Davalos and his desire to recreate the music of his parents, who fled Chile in 1976 and came to, coincidentally, Moose Jaw. Joined by friend and fellow Chilean exile Andrés Palma, the pair formed what became the band that now makes music together — with three members on the stage having lived in Moose Jaw at some point in their lives. The concert was sponsored by Casino Moose Jaw.

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Lunch Is Lit: Naben Ruthnum and Steven Price Larissa Kurz

During Saturday’s (July 18th) Lunch Is Lit series, Naben Ruthnum, pen-name Nathan Ripley, first shared a short essay about the villain from his latest novel Your Life Is Mine, followed by a reading from the novel itself. Steven Price read a selection from his most recent book Lampedusa, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Giller Prize. During the question period with the live chat, audience members were curious about the behind-the-scenes processes that helped Ruthnum and Price shape their respective novels. Setting, said Price, was important as he was working from a real story based in real places, and as an author writing about a setting that takes place in the past and, in some cases, doesn’t exist anymore, Price felt like it was an interesting challenge to recreate setting in that way. “When I was promoting [my previous novel] Gaslight, I used to talk about how it’s set in the nineteenth century in Victorian London, and how I was writing about a place that doesn’t exist anymore,” he continued. “It’s been heavily documented, but it’s gone and there’s no

Author Steven Price (L) with moderator Gayle Jones (C) and author Naben Ruthnum (R) at the final session of the Lunch Is Lit series at the Festival of Words. way [to know the experience] of walking down a particular street.” For Ruthnum, he began to approach psychological thriller as a genre thanks to an interest in writing a true crime-esque story for a different audience. “The cue to my first book, in some ways, came from being a bit distressed by certain kinds of true crime books that I’d read and wondering what the audience was for them, those 80s and 90s ones that sort of focused on violence and particularly violence against women,” said

Ruthnum. “I had no interest in how they were depicting the stories [and] so actually writing my story was a way to process and handle that.” Ruthnum also shared what prompted him to write under both his own name as well as a pseudonym — which had a simple and a complicated answer, he admitted. “I get this question a lot and I love answering it, because my greatest worry is that people think I’m hiding and concealing my race, which is the last thing I’m doing,” said Ruthnum. The easy answer, he continued, was that he wanted to work under a pseudonym to separate the types of literature he was interested in writing in his career, both “big brilliant literary novels” and pop culture inspired fiction. The more complicated answer is that as an author with a South Asian name, he felt as though there was an expectation from the publishing industry for him to write a certain type of book, and so a pseudonym gives him a type of anonymity when approaching editors and agents, as well as readers.

Great Big Book Club at FoW features bestselling author Joan Thomas Larissa Kurz

Author Joan Thomas (top) spoke about her historical fiction novel Five Wives with fellow author Angie Abdou (bottom) during the Festival of Words book club, and shared some historical photos of the missionaries the novel is based on. Award-winning author Joan Thomas dug in deep when dissecting her most recent novel with the Festival of Words patrons and moderator and fellow author Angie Abdou at the Great Big Book Club. Thomas’ historical fiction novel Five Wives was the topic of discussion during the virtual event, where Thomas spoke at length on her process when approaching the novel. Five Wives, published in 2019, is a fictionalized account of the journey a group of evangelical Christian missionaries took into the rainforest of Ecuador in 1956 to convert the Waorani people, an indigenous group that had not had contact with the outside world at that time. The men of the families were killed during the trip, and the wives and children remained to continue pursuing the mission. The missionaries’ trip has been widely written about, both in journals from

the missionaries themselves and in other memoirs and biographies about the event, but Thomas chose to approach the narrative from the perspectives of the women involved for a particular reason. “The men’s point of view is better represented in some ways, because we have their journals [but] I always wanted to explore the women,” said Thomas. “I felt the families’ eyes upon me as I was writing this, and I wanted to be respectful. I didn’t want to invent anything that wasn’t congruent with the historical record [and] some of the things I write about are not in the missionaries sources but are included in different perspectives,” she said, later in the session. “I tried to explore the kinds of things they might not acknowledge themselves, in terms of their thoughts and feelings, but I didn’t impose negative facts.” For Thomas, she approached the book

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audience rather than an evangelical audience. “I expected people to find it a little tough, going into the terms of the religious mindset, and I’m amazed and gratified, I love the responses. I’ve heard that people are not necessarily put off by entering the psyche of characters who are referring to God with every second thought,” said Thomas. “I’ve actually been thrilled with how receptive people have been to this book and how they’ve read it and the connections they’ve made to contemporary times.” Five Wives won the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2019 and the Winnipeg Free Press Fiction of the Year award. It has also been named book of the year by NOWToronto, Apple Books, CBC Books, and The Globe and Mail.

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Slam poetry panel on spoken word replaces usual Festival of Words competition Larissa Kurz

The annual Slam Poetry Competition is an absolute staple of the Festival of Words every year, looked forward to by poets and audience members alike, but the virtual format of the literary festival this year had organizers looking for another way to include the world of slam poetry in their events. In place of the competition, the Festival instead hosted a Slam Panel with three Canadian poets who talked about the nature and experience of spoken word poetry in their respective cities. With Edmonton poet laureate Nisha Patel moderating — and in some instances, sharing her input — Tamil-Canadian poet Namitha Rathinappillai in Ottawa and Somali-Canadian poet Amina Mohamed in Edmonton shared some of their work and answered some illuminating questions. The history of spoken word poetry was an important topic the panel broached, as all three guests were people of colour and the form of spoken word historically comes from Black traditions. For Mohamed, spoken word is something that she came to through her family’s history with the art form. “Spoken word is so much of my history and my family’s history, and when I started to write it was just kind of a natural progression [and] it’s just such a big part of me and my past and it’s a place for me to tell my story that will last for the future and is also in the present,� said Mohamed. The conversation turned to the nature of spoken word in comparison to written, or page, poetry. All three poets spoke about the form as being very personal, a space to share experience, trauma, and self. “I think that element of presence is really to me what spoken word brings, versus page poetry,� said Rathinappillai. “I think especially when you hear poems, I just think there’s something to be said about that kind of very personal connection.� Patel pointed out that spoken word really can’t be done

to respect safe spaces when sharing their work — both to protect themselves from inner trauma and their audience from triggers. Patel, the only panelist who has participated in more than just her home scene, shared that the spoken word and slam poetry scene across Canada is certainly unique in its own way. “I’ve toured across Canada and I know that each scene has its own kind of character, but there’s also similarities between scenes,� said Patel. “You always have these really young people doing really amazing work kind of Moderator Nisha Patel (L) in conversation with spoken across the board, and then you have these pillars of the word poets Namitha Rathinappillai(C) in Ottawa and community who come in and kind of help people, show them the ropes as they go, and I think that’s true of every Amina Mohamed in Edmonton(R) community.� alone as it relies on the performance aspect, and both As seems to be a trend during this year’s Festival, one Rathinappillai and Mohamed agreed that in many ways, viewer asked both poets if they keep the first drafts of pospoken word communities feel like more open spaces for ems that are born out or rawness or vulnerability, which prompted a fairly passionate “no� from both Rathinapdiverse voices in comparison to the art of page poetry. “It feels accessible because, at least in my experience, pillai and Mohamed. a lot of the times with page poetry you end up with a “I’m maybe very millennial but I do all of my poetry on very white-centric space where you have folks that have my laptop and I type it so I don’t even have a paper copy the power to publish you or not publish you [and] it ends of my first draft,� said Rathinappillai. up leaving it up to consumption in a way I don’t feel in “For me, I think my poems are never finished and I’ll spoken word,� said Rathinappillai. “[With spoken word] keep editing them months or years after they’re made,� I don’t feel the need to dilute it or water it down the same agreed Mohamed. “I’ll keep editing it until it’s like, written down in a book and even then, I’ll probably get the way I often feel with page poetry.� Mohamed agreed, adding her own experience in spoken book and annotate it in the margins.� Sometimes, both poets agreed, changes can happen right word spaces. “The community is so great and so welcoming, that’s before a performance, often based on comfort level or something you can’t always get with page poetry,� said perception of the audience, or to create the aforemenMohamed. “But when you’re speaking to a group of peo- tioned safe space for everyone at an event. ple who look like you and sound like you at an open mic, Both Rathinappillai and Mohamed agreed that they hope to see more spaces and supports created for BIPOC — it’s way easier for you to do.� The sense of community within spoken word scenes ac- Black, Indigenous, and people of colour — poets in the tually came up several times, with both Rathinappillai future, and encouraged people to support their local artand Mohamed speaking to the responsibility of the poet ists and poets in their city.



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Festival of Words panel discusses rights, responsibilities of writers with four authors Larissa Kurz

L-R: Moderator and author Amanda Leduc, with authors Naben Ruthnum, D.M. Ditson, and Alicia Elliott during the Rights Vs. Responsibilities panel at the Festival of Words.

The final day of the Saskatchewan Festival of Words began with a panel discussion on the contrast between the rights of a writer to write what they choose and the responsibilities of writers to their subject matter and represented narratives. Author Amanda Leduc moderated the panel, titled “Rights Vs. Responsibilities As Writers,” which included fellow authors Naben Ruthnum, D.M. Ditson and Alicia Elliott. All of the authors involved in the panel shared a short reading of their work, to

preface the conversation that would follow. Ruthnum shared an excerpt from his first novel Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race, while D.M. Ditson shared part of a journalistic piece she wrote about attending a doctor’s appointment with a source regarding medically assisted suicide. Elliott shared a section of the essay “On Seeing and Being Seen,” included in her book A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, regarding cultural misrepresentation. All three authors agreed that there is a


responsibility for writers to approach their subject with the appropriate considerations and to think about the effect certain elements might have on the audience when writing a particular story and narrative — including how that portrayal might be the first time a reader encounters that topic, culture, or perspective. “As a writer, your words carry weight, or presumably they carry weight, so why would you put out work that might potentially damage the very communities you’re purporting to write about?” said Elliott. The conversation about responsibility continued, addressing topics like the responsibility to the truth when writing from real events and the responsibility to respect voices or cultures included and represent them in an accurate way. In terms of the rights of writers, the group agreed that it’s difficult to consider an author’s right to write on any subject of their choosing without simultaneously considering the writer’s responsibility of approaching that subject in the correct way. “Those concepts are really interrelated and in general I think that a writer has the right to approach any subject but then it’s a matter of whether they can possibly do a good job of it,” said Ruthnum. “There’re so many different things that outweigh your right to write a story, [like] in the

case of a journalistic experience.” “I think there’s something that happens where people conflate the right to write with the right to be published, [especially] on a large platform,” added Leduc.

“As a writer, your words carry weight, or presumably they carry weight, so why would you put out work that might potentially damage the very communities you’re purporting to write about?” -Alicia Elliott All four authors also agreed that the consideration of responsibility is universally important across all genres, from journalism to nonfiction and fiction writing, but sometimes the inner conversation occurs differently depending on the genre. The panelists also spoke on the responsibility of publishers to consider the implications of marginalized perspectives and how they are represented in writing. The panel concluded with several thought-provoking questions from the audience through the live chat feature.

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That’s a wrap: 24th annual Festival of Words finishes with a swell of applause Larissa Kurz

After a week full of workshops, panels, interviews, readings, trivia and more, the 24th annual Saskatchewan Festival of Words concluded with a round of thunderous — but still relatively virtual — applause from organizers and audiences alike. Executive director Sarah Simison is simultaneously relieved and excited about how the festival went this year, especially after reworking the entire iconic event for an online delivery rather than in-person as per usual. “There was a big cheer in the room when our last session ended, because we not only survived moving the Festival online, [but] everything came together so great,” laughed Simison. “The whole thing was really exciting because we did so much planning leading up to it, and even then you’re not sure how it’s going to go, [so] to pull off the events the way did felt really gratifying.” Audiences tuned in to the live stream events from literally all over the world, with some even saying hello in the chat from places like the U.K., India, the Philippines, France, as well as from all over Canada and the U.S. “It was so exciting to see people accessing it from all over the world, and to see a lot of comments from people saying “hey, I’ve wanted to come for years but it never works out for me, and now I can be a part of it,’” said Simison. “It’s really exciting to engage with them in this way too.” Shifting the four-day festival to a week-long virtual format was a daunting task for the organizing team, said Simison, but she felt like the finished result really delivered what Festival patrons love most about the annual beloved event.

Operations coordinator Amanda Farnel (L) and executive director Sarah Simison (R) from the Festival of Words, during the fall open house announcing the 2020 lineup.

Simison shared that some of the most well-attended events this year included the interview between local Saskatchewan TV personality Nelson Bird and author Paul Seesequasis, as well as the workshop on writing from real events with Governor General Award-winning author Joan Thomas and the online live concert from Regina band Andino Suns. “The final event was really exciting too, because it was very Saskatchewan-centric and I loved that we were kind of bringing the Festival to people who may normally not be here, and they got a flavour of our province and who we are,” said Simison. Both Simison and the rest of the organizing team felt the technological side of things also went very well,

considering this was the first time the Festival has ever put together live stream events in this way. “A lot of it was like sitting on pins and needles while the event’s happening because you’re [worried but] it all went really smoothly,” said Simison. “A lot of people were happy we were able to find a captioning service, because it made it way more accessible.” The final panel of the week concluded with the announcement of ten guest authors already lined up for next year’s 25th anniversary Festival of Words, which Simison is already excited about. Names already on the schedule include Festival favourites like lawyer and writer Harold Johnson, memoirist and broadcaster Jael Richardson, author and botanical expert Lyndon Penner, and former Moose Javian author Angie Abdou, in addition to novelist and nonfiction writer Sharon Butala, author and speaker Farzana Doctor, travel writer Will Ferguson, Griffin Prize-winning poet Silvia Legris, critically acclaimed nonfiction author Linda Spalding, and Saskatchewan heavyweight novelist and short story writer Guy Vanderhaeghe. “We’ve got some big names already lined up and we’re really excited,” said Simison. “Because it’s our 25th Festival, we wanted to have a good mix of Festival favourites that people have loved over the years, and emerging artists and a good Saskatchewan contingent as well.” Overall, the Festival of Words is marking 2020 down as a rousing success, despite the change in venue, and is already looking ahead to returning to normal for next year’s events — with a plan in place in case a physically distant Festival is required again.

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Internet provider delivers high-speed access to Moose Jaw residents Internet provider delivers high-speed access to Moose Jaw residents Exciting news—Rural Saskatchewan residents can now access fast and reliable Internet for both work and play. In June of 2020, Xplornet introduced SAT-50 high-speed Internet service with speeds up to 50 Mbps (megabits per second) to local residents who were previously unable to gain access to wireless internet. “We now have a satellite beam covering the area that allows us to offer speeds up to 50 Mbps,” Rhonda Adair, Xplornet’s District Manager for Saskatchewan says. “This allows us to keep everyone connected at a stronger rate, and for a longer period of time.” Canada’s leading rural high-speed Internet provider, Xplornet Communications, provides remote residents access up to 50 Mbps of full-speed unlimited data. The company is also committed to ongoing service improvement in Saskatchewan. Dating back to 2017, Xplornet launched two satellites and focused on building and improving nearly 150 wireless towers to connect residents of Saskatchewan, providing them with even more rural Internet access. “Our belief is that everyone should have access to the online world,” Adair says. “Our mandate involves improving our networks to offer our customers bigger and better service, allowing for more flexibility.” Adair believes that Xplornet’s presence is even more impactful during these unprecedented times, as the remote-working population continues to expand as a result of COVID-19. “Many residents are working from home and participating in Zoom meetings, while other family members in the home may also need access to high-speed Internet,” Adair says. “The type of speed we offer allows customers the flexibility to run multiple programs without the inconvenience of buffering and freezing. Prior to this service, individuals may have encountered difficulties working remotely because they just didn’t have the bandwidth to do so.” With their new high-speed wireless service, Xplornet is providing fast Internet access for its rural Saskatchewan customers. “We want people to know that we’re here for them,” Adair says. “Customers are our main focus. We’re making sure we can offer them a product that will help keep them connected during any time.” To learn more about their rural high-speed Internet packages, visit, call 1-844-883-3811, or connect with Xplornet on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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City Hall Council Notes MAKE A COMPLAINT

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

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

Project near mall could address water pressure issues in the area Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Homeowners who live on the east side of the Town ‘n’ Country Mall and have low water pressure or water quality issues could soon have relief from those problems. The engineering department plans to spend $300,000 to install a water main line north of the mall to create a service loop at Oak Street and eliminate a dead-end water line from the system, according to a council report. The pipe would be 150 metres long and would replace a hydrant in that location. It would also ensure there is increased redundancy and remove the problems that homeowners face. During its July 13 regular meeting, city council unanimously approved a motion to transfer $300,000 from the WW1 water distribution system account to the WW9 east feeder main water replacement account for this project. There is $400,000 in the WW1 account, so transferring out $300,000 would leave the engineering department with $100,000 to replace valves and hydrants. The department required additional money for the east feeder main project since tenders came in above estimated costs, while it had to use most of the contingency funds as well, the report said. City crews will have to bore a line under Main Street to replace the cast iron under that road. This should eliminate any future water main breaks and help the department prepare for the

replacement of the cast iron lines under Laurier Street. The current phase of the project includes the installation of 1,166 metres of pipe connecting the high service pump house into the feeder main at the northwest corner of the mall. The department has already started work on this phase. It expects to finish by Dec. 31. City administration wanted to move forward with this project since the tender had closed and it wanted to schedule the work, explained city manager Jim Puffalt. This is a sensitive issue since the construction affects the golf courses; city hall wanted to consult with them and give their comments to the contractor beforehand. City hall had to shelve the WW1 project during the pandemic, but since it needed to address the dead ends, it thought using the funds would be appropriate, said Bevan Harlton, director of engineering services. It can use the rest of the funds to install new valves and hydrants. Part of the pandemic measures city hall took was to have a second construction crew work on roads and drainage, Puffalt pointed out. Since more residents were at home during the pandemic, city administration did not want to shut off the water across several blocks to replace valves. Replacing valves and hydrants has been a significant issue for council, yet there’s only $100,000 left in the WW1 account to handle them, said Coun. Brian Swan-

son. Meanwhile, city administration recently wanted to spend $247,000 to upgrade the Pla-Mor Palace. He wondered where that funding for those projects stood in comparison to this water project. “To me, it’s a more important thing to put core infrastructure ahead of hockey rinks,” he added. Council hasn’t approved those projects yet, while city administration plans to bring forward a report for council to discuss, replied Puffalt. This project will be negative on the golf courses, observed Coun. Scott McMann, so he wondered if city hall had considered going further south to install the pipes and not disrupt the clubs. City administration reviewed the map and saw that there would be adverse effects on the golf courses, said Puffalt. They looked at different options, but the topography on the south end prevented them from drilling there, while boring lines under the Lynbrook Golf Course would also be a problem. The engineering department priced out three options and found the current choice is the most affordable on the capital side and offers the least amount of risk on the operational side, said Harlton. There are also fewer changes in topography, while the department can align the new pipe adjacent to the existing pipe.

City’s ad policy has generated over $14K in new revenue this year Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express The City of Moose Jaw’s advertising and sponsorship program has generated $14,150 in new revenue this year, with the advertising firm hired to help producing about 28 per cent of that amount.

The municipality’s advertising and sponsorship policy has been in place since April 2019. Its purpose was to “create a consistent approach surrounding the soliciting of advertising and sponsorship


Notice is hereby given under the Tax Enforcement Act that unless the arrears and costs appearing opposite the land and title number described in the following list are fully paid before the 30th day of September, 2020, an interest based on a tax lien will be registered against the land. Note: A sum for costs in an amount required by subsection 4(3) of the Tax Enforcement Act is included in the amount shown against each parcel.

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Dated this 29th day of July, 2020 Carol Bellefeuille, Administrator

opportunities and the execution of advertising and sponsorship agreements,” according to a recent city council report. The municipality has used EMJ Marketing since at least 2015 to help find advertising and sponsorship opportunities for the Yara Centre, Kinsmen Sportsplex Pool, city parks and city programs. This is an extension of the previous contract that the Downtown Facility and Field House (DFFH) held with EMJ for advertising at the Yara Centre, the report continued. The municipality also has an agreement with the WHL Moose Jaw Warriors for advertising sales at Mosaic Place. During the most recent executive committee meeting, city administration presented a reporting summarizing how much revenue had been generated in 2018, 2019, and 2020. As of June 30, 2020, $67,575 in advertising and sponsorship money had been generated from the Yara Centre, playground program, municipal arenas, and naming rights to the Yara Centre and West Park. Of this amount, $14,150 was new money for this year, while $53,425 came from previous agreements already in place. After commission money for EMJ Marketing and the Warriors is subtracted, $64,980 is left for city coffers. EMJ Marketing generated $900 in new revenue for the playground program and $850 in new advertising for the Yara Centre, for a total of $1,750 or about 12.5 per cent of all new revenue generated this year. City administration put the advertising and sponsorship program on hold when the pandemic forced the municipality to close its buildings and put city programs on hold, the report said. This prevented the marketing firm from finding advertising for the entire year of its contract, which expires on Aug. 31. Thus, city administration recommended extending the

agreement by one year under the same terms as the previous contract. During the executive committee meeting, council voted 6-1 on a recommendation to receive and file the report as information. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. Council must approve the motion at the next regular meeting for it to become official. What this annual report shows is that agreements that have been in place for years generated most of the revenue for 2020, Swanson pointed out. The playground program is the one new initiative and EMJ Marketing raised $900 for it. If council factored in the time and effort it took the firm to raise these funds, this turns into a money-losing proposition. “I think it’s overestimated that the desire of people in Moose Jaw (is) to give the city money to rename a park (or) playground, so I don’t think this program is worth it, to tell you the truth,” he added. Derek Blais, director of the parks and recreation program, pointed out that the Kinsmen Club has committed to providing $100,000 over the next 10 years — or $10,000 a year — for the naming rights to the new West Park community park. Therefore, that money is also new this year. Coun. Scott McMann was curious about whether city administration had set any minimum standards or expectations of what it wants from EMJ Marketing for when the firm looks for sponsorship opportunities. Sometime in the future, he thought city hall should set minimum standards of what it expects any advertising firm to achieve instead of merely relying on existing contracts. “I would support something like that,” replied Blais, adding city administration could explore that in a future request for proposals and include a type of sales guarantee in the contract.

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Infamous derelict property gets brief mention at council meeting Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express One of Moose Jaw’s more infamous derelict properties finally received some recognition that it’s a problem during the most recent city council meeting. During the July 13 regular meeting, Coun. Chris Warren pointed out city council has received many emails in the last few months from resident Carter Currie about 1511 Hastings, which is adjacent to his property. The councillor wondered what steps city administration was taking

to address the property. Many people are frustrated with this particular property, including city administration, said city manager Jim Puffalt. City hall has issued more than 20 cleanup orders in the last 10 years to Dr. Elizabeth James, who owns this property and another one in town. City hall issued a remediation order on June 15 and then another one on July 10.

Moose Jaw Police arrest man wanted for assault, confinement charges

Larissa Kurz The Moose Jaw Police Service located and arrested Frederick James Hafner early the morning of July 18th, according to a press release. At approximately 8:30 a.m., Hafner was found at a moSALE BY TENDER tel on the 1000 block of Athabasca Street East, where IN RM OF MARQUIS #191 he was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. The Land Approx. Acreage MJPS K9 unit was involved. NE 32-19-27 W2 160.24 The MJPS recently shared Hafner’s information on their NE 01-19-28 W2 160.39 Facebook page, asking for the public’s help in locating NW 01-19-28 W2 159.66 Under the provision of The Tax Enforcement Act the Village him. NE 09-19-27 W2 161.46 of Drinkwater offers sale thewarrants followingfrom land: the Moose Hafner was wanted forforseveral SE 07-19-27 W2 140.95 1: LOTS 7-13 BLK/PAR 4 PLAN NO W3480 EXT 0 JawPACKAGE Police and Regina Police Service, including two SW 07-19-27 W2 160.37 PACKAGE 2: LOT 5 BLK/PAR 2 PLAN NO 55818 EXT 0 counts of unlawful confinement, assault with a weapon LSD 1-19-19-27 W2 38.91 LOTS 17-19 BLK/PAR 6 PLAN NO W3480 EXT 0 andPACKAGE theft and3:robbery. LSD 2-19-19-27 W2 39.13 4: LOT 19 BLK/PAR 7 PLAN NO W3480 EXT 0 HePACKAGE will be remanded into custody, where he will remain LSD 7-19-19-27 W2 40.12 PACKAGE 5: LOT 16 BLK/PAR 4 PLAN NO AW413 EXT 0 until his court appearance at a later date. Blk/Par A-Plan 101090517 60.00 PACKAGE 6: LOT 15 BLK/PAR 4 PLAN NO AW413 EXT 0 MJPS are continuing to investigate. PACKAGE 7: LOT 21 BLK/PAR 7 PLAN NO W3480 EXT 0 PACKAGE 8: LOTS 2-6 BLK/PAR 4 PLAN NO W3480 EXT 0 PACKAGE 9: BLK/PAR A PLAN NO 101334125 EXT 45

ENFORCEMENT LIST tenders from The VillageTAX of Drinkwater is now accepting interested parties for theOF sale of the above land aquired VILLAGE EYEBROW throughPROVINCE tax enforcement proceedings. The Village of OF SASKATCHEWAN Drinkwater reserves the right to reject any or all bids received. Tender given packages can the be picked up at the Village Notice is hereby under Tax Enforcement Act of Drinkwater, 118 Main Street, Drinkwater, Saskatchewan. For that unless the arrears and costs appearing opposite the more information contact the Village of Drinkwater at (306) land and title number described in the following list are 693-5093. fully paid before September 28th, 2020, an interest The deadline receipt is August 14, 2020 3:30pm. based on a taxfor lien willofbetenders registered against theatland.

Tenders should be marked “PROPERTY TENDER/LAND Note: A sum for costs in an amount required by subsecTENDER”.

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“We continue to monitor and inspect and issue orders on that property and many other properties throughout the city,” Puffalt said. City hall has sent this file to the provincial ombudsman for review, he continued. City administration hopes this independent review can shed some light on the situation since Currie has not believed anything they have told him. They offered to have the municipal Administrative Review Officer look at this issue, but Currie was uninterested in that proposal. “And of course, we do not respond to letters to the editor. We don’t respond to letters or emails that are bullying or harassment,” Puffalt added. “That is contrary to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. So we continue to try to get this property to a reasonable standard.”


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Moose Jaw U12 A Ice pick up three wins, tie in recent action Ice battle to 16-15, 8-7 wins over Regina Lazers, follow with 24-6 victory, 17-17 tie against Regina Saints Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw U12 Ice have found themselves on a bit of a roll as of late. The local girls fastball squad picked up three wins and a tie in a pair of recent doubleheaders, battling to 16-15 and 8-7 wins over the Regina Lazers during the July 12 weekend, before following with a 24-6 victory and 17-17 tie with the Regina Saints in their most recent doubleheader July 19th. That gives the Ice a 3-2-1 record on the season, with a doubleheader set for this Sunday, July 26 against the Lumsden Cubs at the Optimist Park diamonds. Ice 16, Lazers 15 The Ice scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth, with Blake Maltais walking, stealing both second and third and coming around to score the game-winning run on a wild pitch. The run capped a back-and-forth contest that saw the Lazers take a 4-2 lead out of the second inning and maintain that two-run edge even as runs piled up for both teams: 9-7 through three and 14-12 through four before Regina took their three-run edge into the final inning. Rachel Ward led the offence with a 2-for3 night that included a pair of runs and three RBI. Maltais, Marisa Montgom-

The Moose Jaw U12 A Ice improved to 3-2-1 on the season with three wins and a tie in their last four games. ery, Taya Molde, Kyra Menzies, Zoey Chesney and Peyton Klemenz all crossed the plate twice. Walks were an issue for the Ice, as they surrendered 18 through the contest. Ward, Molde and Kensington Demassi all saw action from the circle. Ice 8, Lazers 7 It was Regina who almost pulled off the comeback in the second game, as they sent two runs across the plate and had the tying run at third before Kiarra Adrian was able to land the game-ending strikeout. The Lazers led 3-1 early, but a five-spot


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in the fourth gave Moose Jaw control of the contest. As many walks as there were in the first game, there were just as many strikeouts from the Ice pitchers in the second. Avery Garthus got the start and gave up three runs on three hits in two innings, striking out three, before giving way to Montgomery, who struck out five and allowed a single run in her two frames of work. Adrian closed things out striking out six and surrendering three runs. The Ice had only five hits in the game but made them count, as Chesney led the way with a hit and pair of runs scored, while Ward was 1-for-2 with an RBI and run scored. Ice 24, Saints 6 The Ice scored five runs in each of the first two innings and never looked back, taking advantage of eight Regina errors to secure the commanding win. Maltais, Chesney and Garthus scored

three runs each, Menzies and Adrian each had a pair of hits. Adrian toed the rubber to start the game and struck out five while allowing a single hit and one run over two innings. Demassi struck out three and gave up a pair of runs on two hits in two innings of relief, Montgomery closed things out with four strikeouts and one run on a pair of hits. Ice 17, Saints 17 The Saints overcame 7-3 and 10-5 deficits, scoring four runs in the sixth and another five in the seventh to earn the tie. Every member of the Ice would reach bases in the game, as Montgomery crossed the plate three times, while Gracelyn Blanchard had a pair of hits and scored two runs. Demassi and Chesney were also 2-for-4 with a pair of runs. Demassi, Garthus, Blanchard, Ward and Molde all saw action in the circle, striking out 12 and surrendering 13 walks between them.

Tremblay, Folk record aces on same day at Lynbrook Six holes in one recorded this season, fifth since June 29 Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

It’s not quite as crazy as the hole-in-one flurry a couple of years ago, but aces are still coming at a rapid pace at the Lynbrook Golf Course. And this past Wednesday took it to an extreme. The Lynbrook saw a pair of holes-on-one on the same day, with Fred Tremblay and Jerry Folk both doing the honours. For Tremblay, the ace came on the 129-yard par-three seventh hole using an eight iron. His accomplishment was witnessed by Terri Tremblay. It wasn’t long after that Folk only needed a single shot to get past the 125-yard third hole, with his ace also coming off his eight iron. Folk’s witnesses were Dean Holbrook, Russ Ayerst and Denis Paquin. The holes-in-one were the fifth and sixth of the season, and gave the course five since June 29. Ben Peterson hit the first ace of the season on May 17, followed by Bill Sawers on June 29, Gary Ross on Canada Day and Regan Seiferling on July 17.

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Former Miller Express pitcher and fifth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates tosses live bullpen, offers tips and tricks to handful of local players Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

All you need to know about the calibre of pitcher Logan Hofmann is compared to the average Midget AAA or Bantam AAA hitter in Moose Jaw could be seen in his live bullpen session at the Sowden Flanagan Baseball Training facility last Wednesday afternoon. Not only did none of the players manage an actual hit in the batting cage, only a couple of the dozen or so taking part in the special training opportunity were even able to make contact. And Hofmann estimated he was only going at around 80 per cent or so. Turns out, when you’re a fifth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the highest-ever selection for a player from Saskatchewan in the Major League Baseball Draft, you can pretty much mow down players four and five years your junior at will. That kind of fun aside, Hofmann was in town to put in a bit of work while also offering a few tips and tricks to the handful of youngsters taking part in the event. “Craig (Flanagan) called me to come down here and check out the facility and I figured I could get some throwing in too, so it worked out well,” Hofmann said prior to throwing an inning or two worth of pitches in the session. “One thing I love is giving back to younger baseball players in our province, now that they have access to great facilities it’s easier to get that work in and it’s a chance to give back. So I’m really happy I’m here.” Hofmann is plenty familiar with Moose Jaw, having suited up for the Miller Express in the 2018 season, posting a 4-1 record and striking out 21 against eight walks and only six hits. “It was a good stepping stone for me after my first year of college, there were older players in the league so it

Former Miller Express pitcher and current Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Logan Hofmann delivers as Craig Flanagan checks on his velocity. was really good for me to get my development in, get some innings in against some higher-level college hitters,” Hofmann said of his summer in the Friendly City. “It forced me to put the work into be able to face those guys and pitch at a higher level.” That was proto-Hofmann, though. And it would be what he did this past season that seriously put him on the baseball map. Suiting up for the NCAA Division I Northwestern State Demons, Hofmann went 4-0 and didn’t allow an earned run, with his total of 28 scoreless innings the best in the NCAA. And the youngsters he faced Wednesday had a

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lot in common with NCAA hitters -- Hofmann had at least nine strikeouts an outing, twice fanning 11 while allowing only 14 hits. That led to NCAA All-American honours, and that led Pittsburgh to draft the Muenster native in the fifth round, 138th overall in the 2020 MLB Draft back in June. If you think that whole experience is a touch surreal, you’d be right. “I’d say a little bit,” Hofmann said with a laugh. “Now that I have more going on, doing different lessons and coaching, I guess people look up to me a little more now. It has sunk in, but at the same time it hasn’t because we haven’t been able to play yet. I think once we get out in the minor leagues and that kind of thing, it’ll really start to sink in more.” The fact Hofmann was in Moose Jaw at all was a product of the COVID-19 pandemic: with minor league baseball shut down, the 20-year-old decided to make the trip down south with dad Chad – himself a highly respected coach in the province – and get in a bit of a change of scenery. “Right now, I’m just working out and training, that kind of thing every day,” Hofmann said. “I’m actually going back to the school I was at this fall and take classes since there’s no minor league season. So I’ll try and finish up my degree and see what happens from there.” Losing the summer isn’t too much of a concern given the time he’s been able to put in during the off-season. “I’ve been able to get my workouts in and run and throw, that kind of thing, so I don’t think it’s going to affect me too much,” he said. “You kind of have to just keep doing what you did all fall in college before the season, so it’s just kind of a longer version that.”

While practicing Safety measures for everyone’s well being! Selling? Consider these tips

Open & Illuminate Leave lights on and closet doors open to minimize surface touches from potential buyers

Just Say No (If Sick) If you or any family member shows signs of illness, postpone the showing.

Clean! Clean! Clean! Wipe down or disinfect all surfaces, including switches and doorknobs after each showing.

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Drive Yourself Drive your own car to showings.

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Canadians victorious, Giants defeated in Rambler Park Fastball League action

Canadians battle to 3-0 win over Gordon Hawks, Giants drop 10-3 decision to Earl Grey at Lyle Helland Ball Diamond Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Dean Holoien delivers for the Canadians earlier this season.

When Dean Holoien is on the mound, odds are the Moose Jaw Canadians aren’t going to need a whole lot of run support in order to emerge victorious. So when Bryce Crosbie - the first batter of the game for the Canadians - walked, stole second and eventually came around to score the game’s first run, that would be enough to get the job done. Holoien would scatter five hits while striking out 11 as the Canadians would take a 3-0 win over the Gordon Hawks in Rambler Park Fastball League action at Lyle Helland Ball Diamond last Tuesday night. The warm weather saw the ball flying out of the park in the opening contest of the evening, as the Moose Jaw Giants and Earl Grey would hit five home runs between them on their way to Earl Grey’s 10-3 mercy-rule win. Canadians 3, Gordon 0 The Hawks looked to have a chance to tie the game in the fourth inning, when Jayden Isaac reached on a oneout single and went to second on a wild pitch before attempting to score on a single to centre field by Les George. Riley Almasi would be up to the task, though, gunning

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the throw home to catcher Joel Jordison, who would tag out Isaac at the plate. That close call needed a reply, and the Canadians got it in their half of the inning: Holoien hit a lead-off double and Dane Roy promptly followed with a two-run home run to extend the lead to 3-0. George would take the loss, giving up five hits and striking out 11. Earl Grey 10, Giants 3 The Giants simply didn’t have an answer for Earl Grey’s Jason Kid at the plate, as he’d put up a 3-for-3 night that included a double, home run and four runs batted in. One of those round-trippers came in the second as part of a five run inning that put the visitors ahead 7-1. Drew Wilde also had a two-run shot in the frame. Kevin Knelson, Joe MacDonald and Darryl Callaghan all hit solo home runs for Moose Jaw. Al Muhle got the start for the Giants and gave up nine runs on 11 hits and five strikeouts before Derek Ross closed things out in fifth. Devin Kress held the Giants to three runs on four hits to earn the win.

Daemon Hunt to take part in National Junior Team camp by Scott Hellings

Daemon Hunt will be kept busy in the coming weeks. The Moose Jaw Warriors defencemen has been added to the roster for Canada’s virtual National Junior Team Sport Check Summer Development Camp, which will be held July 27 to 31. Hunt was added along with Gage Gonclaves of the Everett Silvertips. The pair will join 15 other WHL players who will be participate in the camp. Alan Millar, general manager of the Warriors, is part of the team’s management group. Hunt, a native of Brandon, Man., appeared in 28 games with the Warriors this season, recording 15 assists. He played for Team Canada Black at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, represented Canada at the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship, and won a silver medal at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup. He is eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft, ranked 25th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship is scheduled to take place this December and January in Edmonton and Red Deer.

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Action from the 11U Prairie Dogs win over the Regina White Sox.

Prairie Dogs roll to commanding win in 11U baseball action

Moose Jaw scores maximum runs in final two innings on way to 15-1 mercy-rule victory over Regina White Sox Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Prairie Dogs’ bats were just as hot as the weather on Wednesday night as they rolled to a 15-1 victory over the Regina White Sox in Baseball Regina 11-and-under league action at Gattinger Park. Things were plenty close in the early going, though, as the two teams found themselves in a pitching duel: after Zaid Guillaume walked and came around to score in the first, Regina would come back to tie the game in their half of the inning, followed immediately by the Prairie Dogs putting up two more runs for a 3-1 edge through

two. Moose Jaw would take control of the contest the next inning, sending 11 hitters to the plate and racking up eight runs before doing the same the following inning and scoring another six runs, bringing the contest to an early end. Guillaume would finish with a 2-for-3 night at the plate, scoring three time, while Jackson Boyle scored three runs on three plate appearances. Ronan Tonge, Brady Meacher and Burke Bechard all crossed the plate twice

in the contest. The Prairie Dogs pitching staff proved to be all but unhittable, racking up 10 strikeouts through the four innings and allowing only five baserunners into scoring position after giving up the lone White Sox run. Next action for Moose Jaw took place on July 27 when the team travelled to Lumsden to face the Bears. Results were unavailable at press time.

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Venza. I’m the second owner of the vehicle. It has and still is being used as a commuter vehicle. Have Air/tilt/cruise, sun roof, and grocery hooks. It had the engine redone at 185,000 KM at MJ Toyota with the previous owner. It has a 2 in receiver for towing that is rated for GVWR of 3500lbs without a weight distribution hitch and 4500lbs with a weight distribution hitch. There are some paint chips and chips in the wind shield from highway driving. It also have a small dent in the driver’s side door. Overall has been a very reliable vehicle. $8,000. 2006 Ford Taurus 6 cyl 306692-9439 Wanted: 1960 to 1965 Ford Falcon car, in good condition. Phone 693-1380 AUTO PARTS For sale: Chev & GMC 1/2 ton Haynes auto repair manual 1988 to 1993 2WD & 4WD. Phone 306-972-9172

AUTO WHEEL COVERS JUST THE THING FOR WINTER TIRES 17 INCH/ GEORGE 306 693 7935 Raider truck cap fits ranger truck. 306-692-9439 Pair roof rack cross bars to fit 2013 - 2017 Ford Escape. Yours for only $20.00. George 306-693-7935. Wheel covers 17â€? Great to dress up your winter tires $20.00. George 306-693-7935 RV’S & MARINE BOAT. BOAT AND TRAILER. FIBERGLASS 16 FT POWER 80 HP MERC. HAS COVER. LIFE JACKETS OPPEN BOW VERY GOOD CONDITION. GEORGE 306 693 7935. TRAILERS For sale: One 2006 snowbear trailer 4 by 8 ft. New take off sides. Wired with lights. Phone 972-9172 FARMS, SUPPLIES & LIVESTOCK 9280 Case 4x4 tractor with auto steer dual wheels 12 spd standard trans. No PTO. 2470 case 4x4 tractor with power shift duals new tires PTO nice condition. 1992 case 1680 combine with 1015 header and pick up. Also case 1020 30 ft flex header with or without transport. Also 810 case 30 ft rigid header. 2 swath rollers. 693-4321- or 690-7227 Case 830 gas tractor, with factory front end loader, and power steering, $2700. Phone 306693-1380 or 306-631-1454

TOOLS & EQUIPMENT For sale: 100 gal rectangular fuel tank with electric pump. Also 2 oval 100 gal fuel tanks with electric pumps. 693-4321 or 690-7227 FOR RENT Adults Only. Self-contained 2 bedroom apt available now off street parking, private entrance with stove, fridge and microwave, all utilities included except power. Carpets in bedrooms, hallway and front room. Damage deposit of $790.00 required, rent $790.00 per month. No pets, smoking, or parties. More info call 306693-3727 REAL ESTATE For sale by owner: small lot with mobile home 14’ x 65’, built by Nor Fab Homes Ltd, Fort MacLeod Alberta. Living room 14’x16’. Kitchen/ dining area 14’x16’. Three bedroom & bathroom has bath, shower, sink, washer & dryer. Natural gas furnace. Kitchen has cooking range & fridge. Living room has large chesterfield with two Lazie Boys built in and large love seats with Lazie Boys. Totalof four Lazie Boys. Also screened desk 10’x16’. And opened desk 8’x8’. And closed in deck 8’x8’. Very nice decks & driveway. Asking Price $28,500.00. Address 352 3rd Ave Chaplin, SK. Phone .306-684-6000. MISCELLANEOUS For sale: sum tools & tv stand & spin mop & pail. One small vac-

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Kenmore 8 cu f upright deep freeze 24�x27. Excellent condition. $200. 306-692-4592 Selling a solid oak table with six

chairs and a buffet. Upper cabinet of the buffet lights up. Table set also includes two leaves. (Not shown in picture). Asking $900.00 for entire set. Please call 306-631-6408 FARM PRODUCE BISON MEAT. 30 years experience. Moose Jaw delivery available. 306-475-2232 SPORTS Ladies bike JUST LIKE NEW

6SPEED. GEORGE 306693 7935. Ladies bicycle. Just like new. $65.00. Made in Canada. 6 speed. 306-693-7935 WANTED Guns Wanted, I’m a licensed gun buyer paying cash for guns, parts and ammunition, as well as from estates. Moose Jaw, Regina, and surrounding area. Call or text 306-641-4447 Free pickup of your unwanted snowblowers, tillers, generators, ice augers, chainsaws, or any other yard and garden equipment, in Moose Jaw and area. Call or text 1-306-6414447 I am looking for a lever or pump 22 rifle, and a smaller 22 bolt action rifle in either 22LR or Magnum. Call or text 1-306641-4447 Wanted a Stihl Chainsaw running or not. Call or text with model number to 306-6414447 Tractors. I pay cash for tractors up to 50 HP running or not, and 3 point hitch equipment. Call or text 1-306-641-4447  I am looking for a John Deere LA tractor or parts, in any condition, Call or text 306-641-4447 SERVICES Will do general painting & contracting interior & exterior. Free estimate. 30 years experience. Phone 306-972-9172 Will fix & sell Lewis Cattle oilers. Phone 972-9172 Junk to the dump in and around

Moose Jaw - $40/load and up 306-681-8749 Will pick up, move, haul and deliver any appliances anywhere in and around Moose Jaw - $40 and up 306-681-8749 Will pick up and haul away organs - $50 and up and pianos - $100 and up 306-681-8749 HELP WANTED Seeking committed, evangelizing Christian business partner. To open up and operate a second-hand/flea market store in Moose Jaw, SK. Male, female or family. Computer/internet knowledge helpful. 684-1084 Need someone to help me with email issues. I need help accessing my Yahoo account again on my tablet. Phone 306972-8855

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Moose Jaw U16 Ice post pair of commanding wins over Carlyle

by Wanda Smith

Doubleheader sees local squad roll to 20-0, 20-8 victories at Optimist Park

Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express The Moose Jaw U16 Ice knew coming into the season Newberry and Taylor Luciak split time on the mound they had some offensive potential. What they put togeth- and allowed only six runners into scoring position while striking out 16 and allowing six hits. er on Friday night was good. The Ice scored a total of 40 runs in a doubleheader with Ice 20, Carlyle 8 the Carlyle Supernova, taking a 20-0 victory in the open- The second contest of the doubleheader ended up being plenty interesting despite the lopsided final score. er and following a 20-8 victory in the nightcap. The Ice got things going right off the hop, following the Ice 20, Carlyle 0 Things were relatively tight in the early going as the Ice same script as their big final inning of the first game by found themselves leading 1-0 through two and holding a sending 12 batters to the plate and this time scoring seven runs. After Carlyle got one back in their half, the Ice 4-0 edge after three. Things started to break open the very next frame, though, would tack on another in the second to lead 8-1 would as a four-spot extended the Moose Jaw lead to eight, with take a 9-1 edge into the fifth inning. another three runs in the fifth making it 11-0. The Ice There, the dam broke completely – 16 batters, 11 runs, took a 12-0 edge into the final frame and proceeded to with Malea Kletzel even coming around to score twice in send 12 batters to the plate, racking up eight runs and the frame. Carlyle would score five in the bottom of the frame but would get no closer. making the final 20-0. Sidney Miskiman had a solid game at the plate, going Simmons and Kletzel each scored three runs, while 2-for-3 and scoring four runs, while Makenna Simmons Newberry, Luciak, Rusu and Cassia Montgomery all had and Katie Newberry were each 2-for-4 with a pair of two runs apiece. runs. Jasmine Kohl, Camryn Rusu, Paige McClinton and Kalena Adrian got the start for the Ice and allowed three runs in four innings, striking out eight. Brook Hammond also had two runs each.

Bearchell lands 14th in Sask Amateur Men’s provincial golf championship

Final-round two-over 74 caps solid week for Hillcrest Golf Course competitor Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Moose Jaw’s Leighton Bearchell closed out the 109th annual Saskatchewan Men’s Amateur provincial golf championship with a 14th-place finish last Friday. Bearchell – who a day earlier had finished 10th in the concurrent Mid-Amateur championship for players 25 years and over – carded a two-over-par 74 during the final round at The Legends Golf Course in Warman. That was good enough for a four-round total of 294, two shots back of Regina’s Tyler Zaba in 13th place. The Hillcrest Golf Course competitor had as steady a front nine as he had all week, recording a bogey on the second hole but recording six straight pars after that to finish with a 37 at the turn. Bearchell would birdie the 529-yard par-five 12th hole

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Skeletons in the Closet As always, you know I am as authentic as possible and through that, I hope the testimony of my life gives you the assurance that you are not alone in your journey through life. We may not encounter or struggle with the same issues, but each of us has circumstances, concerns and problems that we face. There is a song, “Secret�, sung by country-gospel artist, Carol Hogner of Gordon, Texas, that I often think of when it comes to the “stuff� that we are walking through. The lyrics go like this: “Everybody looks at her as if she’s just the perfect girl cause that’s the only side that she can show. Mom and Dad could not be prouder all that they had dreamed about her of who they see in her but don’t they know? ...everybody’s got a secret, struggling with how to keep it, something we don’t ever talk about... So just remember when you’re throwing stones at someone else God knows that, you’ve got something, too, that might come out. Everybody’s got a secret.� I think one of the biggest struggles we may all have in common is that of shame. Shame takes on my forms. But just the same, it holds us in a jail of self-deprecation. We have skeletons in the closet of shame that can’t be brought out because it may bring light to our shameful activity or the shameful activity of others. In light of this, you also know that I am put on this earth to bring encouragement to those around me, so my desire is that you are not left with a life sentence of bondage, torment and fear masked in shame. The One whom I serve, His name is Jesus... wants to breathe life into your secret life and give you a fresh start, a new beginning. There is NO amount of sin that He will not redeem if we want freedom. I can’t say the road would be easy; some issues are complicated but I can assure you that He will bring deliverance one step at a time, if you reach out. He has countless ways of freeing you from your prison of shame and secrets; it’s a supernatural plan for your life. It starts with a “Yes, God. I want to be free of these shackles.� As I’ve walked through exposing skeletons in my closet, the pain of healing trumps the pain of staying in torment. Remember: we’ve all got stuff! Don’t allow the fear of pain hold you back any longer. Jesus takes us through a step-by-step process (custom-made for each of us) if we are willing and obedient to His leading. He will leave the 99 to help the 1 (you!). God SO loved the world, that He gave His one and only son, Jesus to take your sin and your pain and make you a new creation. He can supernaturally breathe new life into the dead places in your heart of hearts. I’m reminded of my favorite true historical accounts in Ezekiel 37:1-14, of the Valley of Dry Bones. The people of Israel were saying, “Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone...� Maybe you feel this way today. Maybe you feel that parts of you have died; the skeletons in the closet are well buried under the walls of hurt, bitterness, betrayal or shame. Today, allow the breath of God to blow on those dead places to bring life back into you. 60freedom Athabasca True beginsStreet when East we reach out to Him. It’s 306-692-0533 time to clean out our closets! Minister: Rev. Jim Tenford Music Director: Karen Purdy

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YASCHUK Michael Yaschuk, aged 92 years of Moose Jaw, SK., passed away at Providence Place on Sunday, July 19th, 2020. Michael was predeceased by his parents, John and Francis; sister, Helen and brothers, Nik and Frank. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 67 years, Margaret; daughters, Karen (Gerry) Tollifson and their children: Kasia (Jeff) with daughter Esther; Karlee and her son Theo; and Casey. Janice Yaschuk (Darryl Holt) and her children: Megan (Robert) and their children, Wyatt, Griffin and Glasslyn; Kristopher (Zen) and their son, Zachary; Dylan (Morgan); Tess (Chris) and their children, Londynn and Jada. Michael worked at Cushing Millwork for 43 years before retiring to spend more time with his family. A Private Family gathering will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael’s name may be made to Timothy Eaton Gardens c/o Moose Jaw & District Senior Citizens Assoc. 101 – 510 Main St. N. Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3K3. “Ladies at Edgar Hall, he’s winking at you” Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Michelle Ellis, Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome. com

POWE BOB and ANNE Together until the end, Anna (Anne) Mae Powe (Wakish) and Robert (Bob) Frederick Powe passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of family in Ottawa, ON. Bob and Anne were married in 1955 and were inseparable ever since. They were the beloved parents of Brad Powe (Bonnie), Cheryl Hanna, Cathy McCarthy (Scott), Ted Powe (Maureen), and Della Morrison. Just like all typical proud grandparents, they bragged about their grandkids every chance they got: Nickole (Ryan), Darroll (Denise), Colleen, Mark (Katie), Traci (Marty), David, Jeffery (Stephanie), Megan, Clarrisa, Alyssa, Samantha, Kyle (Lindsay), Cassandra. They adored their great-grandkids Koen, Kody, Makensie, Lucas, Owen, Thomas, Carter, Brooke, Grace, Jayden, and Laila. They were like parents and grandparents to many others and their kind hearts and generosity will be missed by all. Bob was an air traffic controller at the Moose Jaw base for several years until he moved on to sell real estate with Century 21. Anne was a stenographer at the Moose Jaw clinic and continued to document and file everything perfectly after retirement. Bob and Anne moved from Moose Jaw to Ottawa shortly after retiring in order to be closer to their kids and grandkids. They had many happy years of making memories with family that will be cherished forever. After a short battle with cancer, Anne passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love of family on Monday, March 23rd. Those who knew and loved Anne will miss her perfectly baked cookies and pierogies, unwavering strength and determination, her contagious smile, gentle nature, kind heart, outstanding organization, generous soul, and all the love she shared. Bob courageously battled dementia for the last few years, and on Monday, July 6th, passed away peacefully in a Long-Term Care Home where he had been loved and cared for since January. Bob’s sense of humour, outstanding work ethic, perfectly vacuumed house, endless talk about money, references to the weather, stories about fast cars, and his pride and love for his family will be greatly missed. At both Bob and Anne’s request, no funeral service will be held. A private internment will take place in London, ON with immediate family at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the Powe family at

In Loving Memory

Wade Letilley June 19, 1989 - July 28, 2018

Always Loved Forever Missed Never Forgotten


MARTHA MARY GORRIGSEN Martha Mary Gorrigsen peacefully passed away at home in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on Thursday, July 16th, 2020 in her 93rd year of life. Martha was born on the family farm at Lawson, Saskatchewan. She was one of 16 children born to Mary and David Schulties. She left the farm and moved to Moose Jaw at the age of 14 to live with her sisters, Doris and Julia. Martha worked for over 35 years, first at the Union Hospital and then for the city of Calgary. She met and married Art Gorrigsen and they moved to Moose Jaw upon retirement. She spent many hours gardening and socializing with friends. They enjoyed vacationing south 6 months every winter. She was predeceased by her parents, David and Mary; husband, Andrew Moseanko (1973); husband, Art (2013); stepdaughter, Sylvia Ewans; sisters: Julia (Alan) Baldwin, Ruth (George) Sawchuck, Doris (Carl) Anderson, Fran (Harry) Lohr, and Betty Learned (Chuck); brothers: Walter Schulties, Gordon (Clara), Elmer, and Kenneth; sister-in-law, Carola Schulties; and brother-in-law, Don Widenmaier. Martha is survived by her daughter, Bev (Ted) Dowdy; stepson, Arthur Jr.; brothers, Charles (Carol) and Doug; sisters: Dorothy (Wayne) Hall, Jenita (Ernie) Schulties, Shirley (Ed) Parker, and Donna Widenmaier; grandchildren: Diedree (Derek) Booth, Derek Dowdy, Greg (Dayane) Dowdy, Phionna (Tyson) Wall, and Jeremy Gorrigsen; great-grandchildren, Sarah and Harmon Booth; sistersin-law, Gladys Gray and Sharon Schulties; as well as many nieces and nephews. Due to the current Covid-19 heath situation, a Private Service will be held at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Martha’s name may be made to SCRAPS, PO Box 1653, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 7K7. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Todd Sjoberg, Funeral Director 306-693-4550



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COVID-19: What’s cancelled and closed in Moose Jaw The following is a running list of groups, businesses, and organizations that have been closed or cancelled upcoming events due to concerns about COVID-19. Moose Jaw Express staff will be updating this list as needed. If you would like your notice added to this list, contact us at For information about the status of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, or for more information on symptoms and preventative measures, check Saskatchewan is now in the 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 Riverside Mission has suspended its daily lunch program until further notice, but is still providing supper service with increased safety protocols. The shelter is also not taking leftover food donations or clothing donations at this time, and men’s emergency shelter capacity has been reduced from 10 beds to 4 beds only available to Saskatchewan residents at this time. The Western Development Museum will remain closed to the public until further safety guidelines are developed. Virtual summer camps will begin on July 13. The Wakamow Valley Authority office is closed to the public, with staff available to contact by phone at 1 (306) 692-2717 or email at Campsite booking is now available. The Moose Jaw Police Service is suspending some services such as criminal record checks, inspection tickets and civilian fingerprinting until further notice. The building on Fairford St. is now open to the public, with a limit of three individuals in the lobby at a time to maintain proper social distancing. MJPS asks individuals to still call the service ahead of visiting the lobby, at 1 (306) 694-7600. City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. Payments can be deposited in the mail slot on the front of the building or processed online. The Festival of Words office is closed to the public, but can be contacted by phone at 1 (306) 691-0557 or by email. Tourism Moose Jaw will be closed until further notice but executive director Jacki L’Heureux-Mason can be contacted by phone at 1 (306) 692-0555 or by email at director@ All cadet activities with the #1856 Moose Jaw Schools Cadet Corps Royal Canadian Army Cadets, the #40 Snowbird Royal Canadian Air Cadets, and the #99 Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps Assiniboine have been cancelled until August 31. The Moose Jaw Elks Lodge No. 7 has cancelled its Friday meat draws and Wednesday night dart league until further notice. The Moose Jaw branch of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles has reopened at half-capacity. Meat draws 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, 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 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 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@ 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@ 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 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 for ticket refunds, or they can choose to donate this year’s ticket to the festival or hold onto it for the 2021 festival. Brickspo at the Western Development Museum on July 25-26 has been postponed to a later, undetermined date. The annual Legion Fun Day at the end of July is cancelled. The Moose Jaw Soap Box Derby in August has been cancelled. The annual Threshing Bee at the Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum on Sept. 12-13 is tentatively cancelled this year. The 2020 Terry Fox Run in Moose Jaw will take place virtually on Sept. 20. Register online at The 50th annual Canadian Western Agribition in Regina on Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 has been postponed until Nov. 22-27, 2021.

Businesses/Facilities: Clinics that provide services in dentistry, physical therapy, opticians, podiatry, occupational therapy, and chiropractic services have reopened regular services to clients. Retail businesses are now open, in addition to personal services such as hairdressers, massage therapists, acupuncturists, tattoo artists, manicurists, estheticians, and more. Childcare facilities are now open, 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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Sask. government providing funding for deaf, deafblind support services Larissa Kurz

The Government of Saskatchewan will be providing an additional $350,000 in funding to help address service gaps for residents belonging to the deaf and deafblind populations. The increase in funding was committed in the 2020-21 budget and will be divided between Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada (VLRC) and Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (SDHHS) to expand services within the province. “It is important that we continue to look at removing barriers in our communities so people can participate to their

fullest,” said Social Services Minister Paul Merriman, in a press release. “This funding increase will help people who are deaf and deafblind do just that. I’m looking forward to more of this work as we start to engage with the province on accessibility legislation for Saskatchewan in the coming months.” VLRC will receive $96,500, which will be used to establish Deafblind Community Services in Saskatchewan. This process will include hiring one deafblind intervenor and providing daily one-to-one intervenor services to four people who are Deafblind.

SDHHS will receive $253,000, which will be used to hire one American Sign Language interpreter and two sign support professionals and enhance their 24-hour line to include access to intervener services. ASL services from SDHHS are used for persons dealing with the courts, police, medical, educational and employment sectors, allowing people who are deaf or hard of hearing assistance in participating in their community. The funding supports the province’s Saskatchewan Disability Strategy, stated the press release.

Durum, canola planted acres cut across Canada: Statscan By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

Canadian farmers seeded more barley, EXPRESS peas, lentils, corn and oats than last year, but cut acreage in durum wheat and canola. Canola, which has been the number one crop saw acreage reduced by 8.2 per cent to 21 million acres as farmers responded to lower prices and loss of the lucrative Chinese market. Saskatchewan farmers reduced canola acres by 6.5 per cent to 11.6 million, according to the Statistics Canada estimate of seeded acres.


Alberta farms cut canola by almost 13 per cent to 5.6 million acres while in Manitoba the crop lost 3.2 per cent to 3.3 million acres. Wheat acres dropped a marginal .6 per cent across the country but durum took a hit with a one-fifth decline to 4.9 million acres. The durum decline responded to low prices and the reduced premium over spring wheat. Spring wheat acres were up 8.4 per cent to 18.78 million acres. In Saskatchewan total wheat edged down .4 per cent to 12.9 million acres with spring wheat up 11 per cent and durum falling off almost 18 per cent.

Lentil acres across Canada barely moved up by 11,000 acres to 3.8 million even with tariffs imposed by India. Pea acreage went up almost one-fifth to 4.3 million with Saskatchewan adding 399,000 acres. Barley acreage was up 14 per cent to 7.4 million in response to low stocks and increased feed need. Similarly oats was up 18.1 per cent to 3.6 million acres with this province expanding by 390,000 acres. Grain corn acres across Canada were up 1.9 per cent to 3.7 million. Ron Walter can be reached at

Hay yields below average with no second cut in sight By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express



Hay yields have declined across the provinces as early forage growth was stalled by low rain-

fall and cool weather. Most producers don’t expect a second cut this season, says the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture cop report for the week ended July 20. Provincially, hay yields average 1.3 tonnes per acre for alfalfa, 1.2 tonnes for alfalfa-brome, one tonne for tame hay, .8 tonnes for wild hay and 1.8 tonnes for greenfeed

hay. In the Moose Jaw region, yields are lower with one tonne per acre for alfalfa and alfalfa-brome, .7 tonnes for tame hay, .8 tonnes for wld hay, and 1.5 tonnes for greenfeed. Southwest hay yields are low too with alfalfa at 1.2 tonnes, alfalfa-brome at one tonne, tame hay at .9 tonnes, wld hay at .7, and greenfeed at 1.9 tonnes. Even with showers delaying the hay process, 22 per cent is cut and 20 per cent baled or in silage across the province. In the southeast, which includes Moose Jaw, 23 per cent of hay is cut and 25 per cent is baled or in silage.

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