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Ashdown’s Furniture & cal’ mentality and that Interiors has changed businesses support busihands in Moose Jaw, and nesses,” said Lanz. “The new owner Eleisha Lanz amount of people that is excited to be joining the have come in just to say ranks of downtown busicongratulations, hi, stuff ness owners in Moose Jaw. like that, it’s just been reLanz has taken the reins ally nice.” from previous owners Scott Lanz is looking forward and Graham Harvey, who to becoming a part of owned and operated the the Moose Jaw commuwell-known furniture businity, and she is excited ness on High Street for over to bring her own spin to a decade. Ashdown’s in the future “It just seemed like the — which includes exright time. The current panding the store’s merowners were looking to rechandise. tire and I was looking for “Ashdown’s has always an opportunity,” said Lanz. kind of been known as a “My long-term goal was to higher-end store and we own my own business, and do still have some really I’ve always kind of been in good quality brands like the furniture industry and La-Z-Boy and Palliser, I always had an interest in but we’re also bringing interior design, so this is in a lot of new brands, just the right fit for me.” new products, so that Lanz has worked in the there’s something for sales and marketing indus- New owner Eleisha Lanz in the showroom at Ashdown’s Furniture & Interi- everybody,” said Lanz. try for a number of years, ors, located downtown on High Street West. “There’ll be a new owner, including several years as a new look, new product.” sales associate at McKarr’s It’s an unusual time to be Furniture and at Golden West Radio here in Moose Jaw, as well as a new business owner on High Street, between the ongoing panat Paradise LeisureScapes and Rawlco Radio in Regina. demic restrictions and the City of Moose Jaw’s water main replaceShe even previously worked at Ashdown’s for a while, which helped ment project closing the street, but Lanz is feeling very good about solidify her interest in taking over the local business. the future at Ashdown’s. “[Ashdown’s] is a really great business, and it’s been a long-stand- Parking is available at the back of the building during the street ing business in the community so it’s great to take over,” said Lanz. construction, and Lanz said that customers and staff have been “We’re very happy to take over and I do have fantastic staff and very good about following physical distancing protocols during I just appreciate the community and the warm welcome that I’ve COVID-19. gotten already.” “I think we have a really good clientele that respects each other Lanz said she is happy to see all of the staff stay through the tran- and understands that everybody’s going through the same thing,” sition, as most of them have been around for many years at Ash- said Lanz. “We’re trying to do our best to keep our customers safe, down’s. as well as my staff [and] we appreciate all the prior patronage, and She is also impressed by the warm welcome that Moose Jaw has I look forward to all the repeat customers and the new customers shown her over the past few weeks — including flowers from High too.” Street neighbour Evans Florist and many congratulations from vis- Ashdown’s Furniture & Interiors is located at 38 High Street West itors to the store. and although the street is closed for construction, the sidewalks are “It’s a great city and I really like the fact that it’s that ‘shop lo- still open for visitors to stop by.
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Bailey family restores red barn in memory of father and pioneer barns By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express
When a windstorm damaged the big red barn two kilometres north of Moose Jaw a few years ago, the family owning it could have collected insurance and let the barn slowly fall apart. Family members decided instead to restore the barn along Highway Two North and put up the Great West Farms sign as a double memorial to their father, Truman Bailey, and the pioneer barns that dotted the countryside. “The barns now are disappearing in Saskatchewan and we like barns,” said Bailey’s son-in-law Kelly Anaka. “We wanted to restore it. We did it for Dad (Truman Bailey) and to keep it looking good.” Bailey died in 2016 at the age of 98, having farmed near Tugaske and then Moose Jaw for a total of 60 years, retiring at age 88. An avid curler Bailey was well known in the district. The windstorm took out the north wall. “We had it rebuilt, put on some original barn siding,” said Anaka. The siding was milled in Flin Flon, Manitoba and British Columbia. Construction by Martin Gabel of Moose Jaw involved a new roof, new west wall, and new floor.
Kelly, Shelley Anaka and Frank Bailey The six figure bill was expensive but “we had insurance on some of it.” The barn has been a popular photo shoot site. “We get people coming in from different cities taking pictures for weddings and family reunions. They ask permission and we give them permission and they’re good.” Settlement on the site goes back 132 years to 1888 when Moose Jaw was a boom
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Sudden environmental agency switch improves Alaskan mine prospects A controversial Alaskan open pit mining project that has been twice previously rejected by the United States Environmental Protection Agency is suddenly on the way to getting permits for development. The Pebble deposit, 100 per cent controlled by Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. of Vancouver, would produce 11.5 per cent of the United States’ copper. First discovered by Canada’s Cominco in 1985, the deposit was left until 2007 when Northern Dynasty began exploration and expanded the deposit of copper, gold, molybdenum and silver. The measured and indicated resources are 57 billion pounds of copper, 71 million ounces of gold, 3.4 billion pounds of molybdenum and 345 million ounces of silver. Those increase by one-half with inferred resources. Annual production would be 318 million pounds of copper, 362,000 ounces of gold, 14 million pounds of molybdenum and 1.8 million ounces of silver. That’s almost $2 billion annual value at current prices. Opposition to the mine comes from Indigenous residents fearing damage to the Bristol Bay salmon fishery which supplies them with food and income and from a billionaire owner of a local private resort. Two elections in 2018 changed project fortunes. A new Alaska governor favouring the mine replaced an anti-Pebble governor and a state-wide vote defeated an anti-Pebble referendum. One wonders if reversal by the Environmental Protection Agency was influenced by the regulation-cutting Trump administration. The mine will certainly change the pristine landscape extracting 70 million tonnes of material a year for 20 years. Infrastructure for the mine ranges from a year round port to an 82-mile road, to a 164-mile natural gas pipeline to a 270
megawatt natural gas fired power plant, In 2011 the construction cost was estimated at $3.5 billion. The company will pay a three per cent annual royalty on production to a local Indigenous corporation. Northern Dynasty is looking for partners to help develop the project, spread development risk and ease the financing process. Two partners have walked away from the project in earlier years when Northern Dynasty was looking for investors. Mining giants Rio Tinto and Anglo American had invested millions but left when it appeared the salmon fishery opposition and the billionaire’s funding ended any prospect of mine development. Northern Dynasty proposes obtaining the remainder of permits by 2023 with first mine production in 2026-27. At a recent $2.10, the shares reflect optimism from a 75 cent low in the last year. The shares high of $18.34 was in 2011 over prospects that coincided with the last gold price upswing. An investment in the company creates multiple bets: One, the mine can be financed and developed in seven years; two, prices of gold and copper will still be high; three, a different new U.S. administration will allow the mine development. CAUTION: Remember when investing, consult your adviser and do your homework before buying any security. Bizworld does not recommend investments. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.
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COVID and car shows: “We’re spending more time behind the wheel” Larissa Kurz On a sunny Monday afternoon, local car collectors Carol and Dennis Schick pulled up the main door to one of their garages and grabbed a seat to talk cars with longtime friends — and fellow car enthusiasts — Ron Gadd and Loretta Marcil. It’s not usually an uncommon sight, car collectors talking shop with their gleaming autos in the background, except that with COVID-19 making car shows impossible, it has become somewhat uncommon this summer. Both Schick and Gadd have been collecting classic cars for a long time, almost as long as they’ve been going to car shows, but the pandemic cancelling most of those events has really changed the way the pair get out to appreciate cars. Car collectors at heart For both Schick and Gadd, car appreciation is more than just a hobby. It’s something they’ve been doing for most of their lives, and the pandemic hasn’t quashed their enthusiasm for well-taken-care-of vehicles.
Ron Gadd and Loretta Essex have also felt the effects of COVID-19 as car enthusiasts, but they’re enjoying the focus on cruising this summer. “We’ve always had cars, over the years,” said Schick, who shared that he bought his first car as a teenager. The Schicks have a handful of classic cars in their possession, including a 1954 Mercury Sun Valley with a green plexiglass roof and a 1960 Thunderbird with almost entirely original parts and a convertible top, which are affectionately known as “trailer queens” because they’re not really meant to drive the highway. They also have a 2005 SS Monte Carlo from the Tony Stewart Signature Series, created to pay tribute to past NASCAR champions and one of only 1,020 ever made. Gadd, on the other hand, estimated he has around a dozen cars in his collection, including the 1966 Charger he bought as a teenager, a 1959 Fargo, and a 1929 Essex street rod, among others. Both Schick and Gadd agreed that for them, and many other car enthusiasts, part of the draw of classic cars is the nostalgia of reliving teenage dreams of owning certain models. “A lot of people want what they couldn’t have when they were sixteen years old, when we had no money and no time [for cars like these],” said Gadd, adding that he would describe his relationship with cars as “infected and addicted.” The Schicks agreed, sharing that they bought their Thunderbird because it’s just like the one Dennis was driving when the couple first met and their Mercury Sun
Dennis and Carol Schick have only a few cars in their collection these days, including this 2005 Tony Stewart SS Monte Carlo and a 1960 Ford Thunderbird. Valley because it’s just like the one Dennis owned at sixteen. The great thing about car collecting, the pair discussed, is that there’s almost no limits on what you can be interested in — whether it’s wild custom builds or original restorations right down to the exact factory bulbs, the car community is welcoming of all interests. COVID and the car show scene The two couples are regulars in the local car scene, attending shows in Saskatchewan as well as across the border in the United States each year. Feelings seem to be mixed about the state of affairs this year, as car shows are being replaced with no-contact cruises or cancelled outright. “We did [feel like we were missing out] at the beginning, but its actually turning out for the better, in my opinion, because we’re actually having really good turnouts for the cruise events we’ve had,” said Gadd. Gadd is one of the many car guys who have taken part in the popular birthday parades that swept through Moose Jaw this spring, and he and Marcil have also taken a number of other long-distance cruising trips around the local area. The new no-contact cruise trips still have the social aspect, said Gadd, with the added bonus of spending more time behind the wheel. “We’re doing things we never did before, because we’re not supposed to be however-metres together, so we’ve been cruising and driving instead, to all kinds of different little towns,” said Gadd. “In my opinion, it’s more enjoyable to drive these cars than to sit and look at them. I’ve really enjoyed that we’ve gone somewhere, travelling 100 miles, 200 miles is an interesting outing for the day.” Schick, on the other hand, is missing the car shows themselves, as he spends a lot of time perusing those events — in some cases, more than he does driving his collection of “trailer queens.” “It depends on what you like doing. If you just like to go to a show, not drive around, then there’s less of that happening,” said Dennis. The Schicks travel to Minnesota each year to attend the Back to the Fifties car show in Minneapolis, one of the biggest shows in North America featuring only cars from the 60s and older — a trip the
couple won’t be taking this year with the border closed, much to their disappointment. Both auto owners have seen the car scene shift over the years, as people become more interested in resto-modified cars and custom rat-rods, but they agreed that the mentality of car enthusiasts has mostly remained the same. “Different people have different things
they would rather do, in the car world,” said Schick. “One thing you can say about car shows and people, you never see people getting into arguments [at events].” “The community is pretty accepting of one end of the spectrum to the other, for the most part,” said Gadd. “Very seldom does anybody criticize too much. You might criticize your friend, ‘oh, that’s not my cup of tea,’ but people don’t generally insult each other or their cars.” They also agreed that Moose Jaw specifically has an impressive number of classic cars in the city, and that there’s a high calibre community of car enthusiasts and restoration experts within the province. The Schicks and Gadd and Marcil all participated in the recent Rolling Car Show on Canada Day, which they felt was a positive way to adjust to the regulations that have cancelled so many of the usual car shows in the area. The idea of cruising rather than gathering might not entirely replace the experience of attending a car show on a hot summer afternoon, but both couples agreed that the car community is doing a pretty good job at keeping spirits up this year. For now, car guys will just have to be content to sit on lawn chairs in their own garages to talk about cars and wait for the day they can do it at a show instead.
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The philosopher-poet Ralph Waldo Emerson coined a phrase in the 1800’s on friendship stating, “To have a friend, be a friend; the only way to have a friend is to be one.” It still rings true today. As International Day of Friendship is celebrated annually on July 30th, I thought it might be a good time to celebrate the Joan Ritchie friends in our lives. EDITOR I realize that not everyone makes a compatible friend to all; it takes certain characteristics to draw individuals together and that’s what makes friendships so unique. All of us are quirky in our own right; to have someone celebrate who we are as individuals makes them pretty special, at least in my eyes. You know the ones: they laugh at your corny jokes, they cry when you cry and give support when it’s most needed, and they are always there no matter how many years go by or how much water flows under the bridge… It’s been said that friendship is hard to find and even if you have one good friend, count yourself blessed. Courting friendship is about the same as dating; you find commonality and go from there. There seems to be an invisible attraction that draws one to another. Sometimes it happens quickly and oftentimes it’s a pursuing passion and takes time to build. I have also found that a true friend will stick with you through thick and thin. I know some thin-skinned friends who abandoned their so-called best-friends when the chips were down, so contrary to what the meaning of a true friend is: “A friend loves at all times,” Proverbs 17:17 and “…A friend sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24. It’s really not about agreeing with everything a person says or believes in; I think it’s more about appreciating the giftings within our friends and celebrating the joy they bring to our lives. They bring a sense of balance in opinions and thoughts that helps to keep us on track; even if they disagree, it’s nice to have a friend’s perspective on things. As I see it, friends are like the icing on a cake, they sweeten up our lives and make our world a happier place. “It’s always nice to have someone in your life who makes you smile even when they’re not around.” Unknown author. 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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Public Library receives huge influx of book returns after reopening drop-box Larissa Kurz
The Moose Jaw Public Library staff were blown away with the huge amount of materials returned after they reopened the drop-off slot on the building a few weeks ago. Interim assistant head librarian Carolyn Graham estimated that around 6,500 books have been returned to the MJPL over the last two weeks, resulting in a wildly long train of carts filling the library floor for staff to sort through. The large influx can be explained, however, as all materials loaned out before COVID-19 shut down the library in March were allowed to be returned beginning July 15. About half of the library’s staff have returned to work in the building at this time, and all of them are working hard to keep up with both the return slot and the ongoing curbside pick-up program. For now, as the library remains closed, Graham shared a few tips with patrons who may be wondering how book returns and overdue fines are being handled. Materials can be returned using the drop-off slot on the outside of the library’s building, and staff are clearing out that cache several times a day. All materials are being given a four week loan period, after which patrons can choose to renew the material if it hasn’t been requested by another person. Renewal notifications are automatically sent out by the online system, said Graham, and patrons can renew their books either online or by calling the MJPL. Overdue fines have been suspended until at least September, she continued, but charges related to damaged or lost items are still applicable. And, for peace of mind, all materials coming into the MJPL are being quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being made available to loan again, to help mitigate potential contact. “Even though the province announced a few days ago that the quarantine period could be reduced from 72
The lineup of books returned to the Moose Jaw Public Library was shocking for staff to see. (supplied) hours to 24 hours, we decided to continue with 72 hours because we haven’t had a chance to review the science supporting [that decision]” said Graham. “And to be honest, with the number of returns we’ve had, the quarantine period has sometimes been a week or more, as we get through the backlog.” Graham also noted that if patrons are feeling uncomfortable with that period, they can also leave their loaned items in the pickup bag for longer once at home. Although select other branches in the Palliser Regional Library system have announced dates for beginning in-person visits by appointment, the MJPL is not one of those branches at this time. Graham said that they are working hard on a plan to reopen the library to patrons in the future, although details are still being ironed out. Announcements about the next step in the plan are expected next week, on the MJPL’s Facebook page.
Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery reopening in August with restrictions Larissa Kurz
(photo by Larissa Kurz) The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery has announced that it will be reopening to the public in August, although there will be a number of safety precautions in place for visitors. Doors will open to the public on Aug. 10, said the MJMAG’s announcement, and there will be a number of restrictions for visitors to follow. Capacity will be set at 20 people, with ten people allowed in each of the two galleries at a time. Only the Norma Lang Gallery, currently home to exhibitions from Peter Tucker and Robert Froese, and the Heritage Gallery will be open. The Discovery Centre, Gift Shop, and main office spaces are remaining closed for the time being. The gallery spaces have been organized to allow social distancing and will have directional signage for visitors, who are encouraged to practice safety measures when
navigating the space. Increased cleaning measures will also be in place, with public washrooms available for hand washing and hand sanitizer stations available in the gallery. Visitors will also be asked to sign in at the front desk for health screening, and masks will be required for the safety of staff and other visitors. The MJMAG will have a supply of complimentary masks available, but visitors are encouraged to bring their own. While visitors are welcome to drop by during open hours, they are also encouraged to make an appointment to visit the gallery, to help avoid traffic build-ups. Visits can be booked by phoning the gallery or visiting its website for an online booking form. The gallery’s hours will also be changing to Mondays through Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m, with Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon dedicated for seniors and immune-compromised individuals. Like many other public spaces are doing at this time, the MJMAG recommends only visiting with members of your household or social bubble, to help minimize potential contact. The MJMAG’s reopening announcement comes several weeks after the provincial government gave art galleries the green light to reopen. Curator Jennifer McRorie had previously spoken with the Moose Jaw Express about the MJMAG’s decision to remain closed through July, stating that the staff wanted to have more solidified safety measures in place before opening doors to the public.
It’s called Flaxstic, not plastic, you dummy By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express AGRIMART
A Saskatoon-based businessman has developed a new use for flax straw. The company uses polymers from the hardy straw to make telephone cases. The cases’ composition is 10 per cent flax, 25 per cent recycled material, 55 per cent non-renewable resources. Inventor Jeremy Lang says the cases are compostable. The composite material used is call Flaxstic, a play on the word plastic.
Flax producers find flax straw residue difficult to handle as it clogs seeders and cultivators. Current methods of flax straw disposal include animal bedding, firm corral base for fed cattle, bales for insulation, shelter belt mulch or just burning the straw in the field. Ron Walter can be reached at email@example.com
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Thieves more active in summer so protect your valuables, police say Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Residents can sometimes be complacent during the summer and leave their valuables in plain sight, which can attract thieves, so the police are reminding people to take precautions. Summer is generally busier for the Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) than other times of the year, especially since it’s warmer outside and there are more hours of daylight, said Const. Kyle Cunningham. The police service usually sees an uptick in property crime and theft from the spring to the summer. Most crimes are crimes of opportunity, whether it’s a bicycle left in view and not locked up, or vehicles left open or the windows left down. “They make themselves easy pickings, unfortunately,” Cunningham remarked. The police constable did not have numbers available to compare this July to last July for property crimes but pointed out the police service posts every call to its website daily. There are 50 to 60 calls a day to which it responds, with many calls related to theft of vehicles, bicycles or property. Based on crime statistics for this June versus last June: • Break and enter: 12 / 21; • Motor vehicle theft: three / eight;
• Theft over $5,000: zero / two; • Theft under $5,000: 31 / 51; • Mischief under $5,000: 33 / 33. One way to protect bicycles, for example, is to purchase one or more good quality locks that thieves can’t cut through, Cunningham said. Owners should store their bikes either in the garage and out of sight or inside their home. This prevents someone who wanders through the back alley from seeing the bicycle and taking it. Cunningham noted some people walk down the street
and check car door handles until they come across one that is open. They then rummage through vehicles and take loose change or other valuables. He encouraged owners to lock their doors, roll up their windows, hide their valuables, and not store their keys — either the main set or backup set — in the console or glove box. “That’s what we want. We want deterrents in place, where people who may be tempted to commit crime, if residents make it harder, they will move along,” he added. It does fall on residents to safeguard their property, but if they become victims of crime, or see something suspicious, they should call the police, Cunningham said. Officers will investigate using the available evidence and do their best to help property owners, homeowners or individuals recover their goods. “It does help inform us of what we need to do better and what we need to watch more closely,” he added. “If we know that there are certain things being targeted or an area is being targeted, our officers can be out there doing more patrols in that area during certain times. To report crime, call the Moose Jaw Police Service at 306-694-7600.
Accordion festival on TV not quite like being there
It was the spring of 2010 and I spent several hours immersed in research for an upcoming holiday. We had used Air Miles to reserve our seats on a red eye flight to St. John’s, NL and Labrador and upon arrival we would pick up our rental car and begin our Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express three week journey to all the spots we had agreed email@example.com would be worthy of our time. I picked the fairs and festivals while Housemate provided his picks of museums and historical sites. One of the festivals that caught my attention was the week-long accordion festival at Eastport. The website provided enough information to capture my eye and by paying attention to driving distances provided by Google, our journey was planned so we would be in the vicinity of Eastport just in time to take in some of the events of the festival: wharf stages (not sure how that worked), seafood buffet suppers, accordion music and
clinics, dancing and kitchen parties at certain spots nearby. Even Housemate was excited by my excitement. We weren’t able to purchase tickets in advance via online sites so decided to arrive in plenty of time to find a box office and a more detailed schedule than the one offered on the website. Imagine our disappointment and dismay when we learned the tickets for certain events were already sold out and that the schedule we had studied was in fact not very accurate. The only event that we could possibly attend was at the end of the week. After some deliberation we decided to reluctantly move on without hearing one note from a button accordion or even eating a spoonful of cod stew. I pouted and grumbled for much of the holiday and beyond, and threatened to write a letter to the organizers on behalf of other tourists who had come from away just to attend the accordion festival. I never did write that letter. So it was with some excitement on a recent weekend while flicking through television channels that we happened upon a CBC program, Land and Sea, and learned the program would be based in Newfoundland. This show would highlight a group of seniors, Time in the
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Concerns regarding reopening schools I am a teacher in a Saskatchewan high school. My school has over 800 students. I love my job and I can’t imagine doing anything else, but I spend much of my time lately full of anxiety for what the coming school year will hold. The stress is affecting me physically and mentally. I have trouble sleeping and every day I am anxious about how I can go back to work and still keep my daughter safe. It is also affecting my family as they also worry about what the future holds. I have a two-year-old daughter who has Down Syndrome. She has already spent a good portion of her life in hospital and on oxygen. I am extremely concerned about going back to work in the fall, as I don’t feel proper procedures are in place to protect me as staff and, in turn, protect my daughter. The guidelines that have been released are seriously concerning. They lack any specific information on how exactly we as staff and students are going to be kept safe. Other businesses have received specific instructions for PPE and distancing, but nothing specific for teachers and students. It wasn’t up to individual industries to come up with their own guidelines. Restaurants, golf courses, hairdressers, and many others were given specific instructions on how to keep their staff and customers safe. Why haven’t schools? The guidelines also seem to contradict information being given to the general public about how to protect themselves from
An Open Letter to Premier Moe: All students in Saskatchewan have the right to receive a public education, as outlined in The Education Act. This same document states that “Every school shall observe all laws and any regulations with respect to the maintenance of standards concerning sanitation… and communicable diseases”. Why then, does the government refuse to mandate schools follow the same health and safety protocols as every other industry to prevent the spread of Covid-19? You’ve wisely encouraged and
COVID-19. Dr. Shahab has stated that masks help reduce the spread of the virus when you can’t keep the recommended 6ft distance from each other. He has even recommended that people stock up on masks for the fall and always carry one in their pocket. Yet, the guidelines released for schools say that class sizes will not be reduced to allow for proper distancing and they also say that masks are not required. There are more safety precautions in place at my local grocery store, where I spend a very minimal amount of my time than there will be in a classroom that I will spend multiple hours in every day. Arrows on the floor, plastic partitions, masks, sanitizer, 50% capacity, temperature checks of employees, working from home, and virtual meetings are only some of the safety precautions that are currently being taken in other businesses and public places. Why do schools not need precautions in place? A post on the Saskatchewan Health Authority Facebook page advised people to “Avoid the 3 C’s” which it stated were “closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded places with large numbers of people gathered, and close contact with people outside your household.” All of those describe the situation in our classrooms. So, the general public is supposed to avoid those things, but students and teachers don’t have to? These things are apparently unsafe, but it is ok for students and teachers? Teachers recently backed off on our contract negotiations with the government in the last school year as we realized dealing with a pandemic required the government’s time and attention. Teachers stepped up and moved to remote learning to continue
to educate our students at a moment’s notice. In many cases, using new methods never used before, but we did it for our students. Everything we do is for our students. I don’t think it is unreasonable for those teachers to want to be safe in their workplaces and want our students to be safe. As of now, I am unaware of any precautions in place-other than more cleaning than normal. If there is a plan for my school division, teachers are unaware of it. My schedule is set, and I am going to be teaching over 100 students in the first semester. I am very concerned about being in such close contact with so many people without any precautions in place. We do not exist in a bubble. There are many examples from around the world of schools that have returned and what safety precautions they have or have not taken and what the results have been. I would hope that these experiences would be used to inform our government and allow them to implement guidelines that will do their best to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff in our schools. Again, I am very concerned about going back in the fall without any direction from our government. This message has been sent to various places including Scott Moe and Gord Wyant and from either I received no reply or a generic form letter. Something needs to be done. Teachers should not have to be spending their precious time with their families living in fear of the future.
mandated that all businesses and organizations in the province follow the rules of social distancing and PPE for all before being allowed to reopen. Without this mandate, school divisions are forced to create their own health and safety guidelines, resulting in a system where some children and staff in our province may be better protected than others. Set provincial limits on class sizes to allow for social distancing and easier contact tracing. Mandate PPE for all school staff and encourage students to wear it when possible. Create clear guidelines for staff who work in multiple classrooms/schools, for alternative education options for at-risk people, and for isolating
students and families when infected. Be proactive; treat our school system with the same respect for life as other industries in the province. Please don’t wait until all of Saskatchewan, and especially our children, witness great and unnecessary suffering. This letter was written with the support of more than 40 parents, caregivers, small business owners, teachers, school staff, and community members across Saskatchewan.
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An individual contacted the Moose Jaw Express to inquire as to a historical photo in his possession: “Hi, I am tracing my family history and have an old photo which was in an album of my grandfather, Arthur William Jackson. He emigrated to Moose Jaw in 1903 and married his wife Emily in Canada. She had followed him to Canada from the UK. They had a parcel of land in Canada. I have no photos of their life in Canada except the one attached to this email. I believe this was one of their friends or neighbours. In 1912 he returned to the UK to help run a relative’s factory. I wondered if any of your readers could throw any light on the people in the photograph named as Mrs Percy Hale and Artie. Perhaps one of your readers recognizes them as relatives.” If you do have any information please respond directly to Richard Jackson @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Historic Anglican church near the provincial park one of oldest in area Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
When you take Highway 202 out to Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, you will come across a quaint 122-year-old country church that is one of the earliest churches build in the district. St. Columba Anglican Church is a municipal heritage property situated on a 0.8-hectare parcel of rural land roughly six kilometres east of the Village of Tuxford, in the Rural Municipality of Marquis. The property features a small, wood-frame church that the early pioneers build in 1898. The heritage value of the church lies in its status as one of the earliest churches constructed in the area and as the oldest still standing. As was common in Saskatchewan’s homesteading communities, members of the Church of England who had settled in the area held their first services in private homes. Soon, though, they had
raised sufficient funds to build a church on a parcel of land that one of the congregations had donated.
St. Columba Anglican Church is located on Highway 202 east of the Village of Tuxford on the way to Buffalo Pound Provincial Park. The building is a municipal heritage structure. Photo by Jason G. Antonio At view of the inside of the church looking toward the front, or nave, of the building. Photo by Jason G. Antonio
Enjoying the Height of a Saskatchewan Summer MLA’s Column
Warren Michelson Moose Jaw North
Bishop John Grisdale consecrated the church on Nov. 2, 1898. The building was named after St. Columba, the home church of an English supporter of the church building fund. The parishioners held regular services at the church until 1959, when the district’s Anglican congregations amalgamated in a church in Moose Jaw. Today, St. Columba still hosts occasional weddings and baptisms, while the cemetery is still used. The descendants of the early congregants maintain the building and grounds as a value symbol of community heritage. Some character-defining features of St.
Columba Anglican Church include the fact the elements express the church’s historical integrity, its age, and long association with the community, including its wood-frame construction, clapboard siding, shake shingles, wood flooring, trim, wainscoting and ceiling panelling. Other features include the headstones in the churchyard cemetery and the church’s location on its original site. Some elements that reflect the building’s role as a rural church include its simple form, the rooftop belfry, pointed-arch windows, and interior space consisting of nave, vaulted ceiling and raised cancel.
Warren Michelson, MLA
During these days in the height of summer, I enjoy visiting local businesses. I notice people tend to slow down and enjoy shopping in our community at unique shops and retailers. The flowers are blooming on the boulevards, beautifying storefronts, and are an added attraction making our city warm and welcoming. Businesses and customers are adapting to functioning in a different way. Sales are still slow for many retailers, however there are many encouraging indicators. People are making up for restricted indoor activities by doing more outdoors. Recreation and camping sales are positive. Boh’s Cycle reports a very busy season. Keon Garden Centre reports that they have had an increase in customers and, in spite of the extra expenses of infection precautions, revenue should be on par with last year. The Chamber of Commerce initiated a “Pop-Up Patio Plan”, assisting and encouraging restaurants and businesses to make a “pop-up a patio” in their own parking lots, or on the sidewalks surrounding their businesses. Yvette Moore, along with Tourism Moose Jaw, have set up an attractive rest area on the East side of her gallery where locals and tourists can enjoy their take-out food, or just relax at the many tables in the area. Initiatives like these make our downtown an inviting place to meander through unique stores or walk through beautiful Crescent Park and enjoy the summer. Provincial Parks and campgrounds have become very popular this year. Lots of kids and adults are enjoying the new pool at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park since it opened on July 17. Most of the provincial park campgrounds nearby are at capacity for the next couple of weekends; however, for those who can get away during the week, or after mid-August, there’s space to enjoy the great outdoors. This year Pro-
vincial Parks will extend full services until the end of September. The farm boy in me always enjoys seeing the crops flourish when I drive out of town this time of year. The crops in the area are looking good, and some are beginning to turn color and dry-down. Local producers expect harvest operations to begin in the next couple of weeks. Timely rains have kept topsoil moisture adequate in most of our area, however those showers offer a challenge to cut and process hay and other forage crops. Highway construction is always part of a Saskatchewan summer. Although it can be an inconvenience for travellers, it is a sign of improvement and progress. The Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $9.8 billion in highways infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 15,800 kilometres of Saskatchewan highways. Work continues in many areas including the junction of Highway 1 and Kalium Road, with construction of two high speed ramps. Work there is expected to be completed by August 15. Wherever you are travelling this summer, please allow extra time for travelling through construction zones. If you’re planning to travel, check the Highway Hotline at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline or call 511. The importance of slowing down for construction workers cannot be overstated. As you enjoy the outdoors, and support our local businesses, please continue to practise COVID-19 safety precautions and stay safe as you travel, work or play, so you can treasure some happy memories of the summer of 2020. 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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TRADING THOUGHTS By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express
Halloween trick-or-treating to grocery buying experiences to change
by Ron Walter
Not many of us are thinking about Halloween in this pandemic situation. You can bet the suppliers of candy and snacks are scratching their heads about what to do when trick-or-treating night arrives. Depending on the state of re-opening on Oct. 31 there could be limited trick-ortreating, wide open trick-ortreating, or no trick-or-treat-
ing at all. The Hershey Company — makers of popular brands such as milk chocolate bars, Kisses, Kit Kat, Reese’s, Twizzlers, Zero and Skor among others — was planning in June already. Halloween is the biggest selling season for the $7.9 billion revenue candy maker. This one short season makes up 10 per cent of sales — nearly $800 million. Hershey’s annual profits were just over $1 billion last year. Nearly half of Hershey sales are in the “treat-for-me” and “candy bowl” categories — with the rest from one night of collecting candy.
As the company builds inventory for the season it believes that wearing of masks could encourage lots of parents to allow their kids to go trick-or -treating, especially if the candy sits in a bowl on the step. Further encouragement comes because there is no evidence that COVID-19 is passed on through handling of packages. Hershey spokespeople claim they feel pretty good, based on what they’ve seen and on consumer feedback, but the company will focus promotion on “treat-for-me” and “candy bowl” sales. The age-old practice of trick-or-treating likely isn’t the only one to see significant changes in marketing by food processors and retailers. Deloitte’s U.S. national retail lead partner Marty Weintraub told the Canadian Grocer that grocery shoppers will be preoccupied with safety and convenience until a coronavirus vaccine has been implemented. He predicts the endless choice of products in the centre aisles will be reduced as stores base business on more profitable faster selling lines. Slower selling lines may become available only online. We’ve witnessed that in Moose Jaw where some stores have dropped low margin slow selling product lines, it’s forced buyers online or to larger centres.
The wide assortment of different flavours and sizes will decline in many stores as processors adjust production and margins. That will likely become common practice until people have more variety to spend income on than groceries. The days of open-air bins and salad bars are done. Servers may dish out products from open air bins in some high volume locations. A U.S. survey showing 71 per cent of respondents plan to buy more local food indicates another change in habits. The leisurely stroll up and down aisles is a thing of the past. Why bother if selection and choice is reduced? Impulse items — magazines and confections may need new aisle spots. And you can count on more pay-it-yourself cashier stations and tap payments. The Western Canada rollout of New Freshco stores by Sobeys may show us what future stores will look like. Ron Walter can be reached at email@example.com The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.
City, valley authority findJasonsource of tree-killing Dutch elm disease G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
The parks department and Wakamow Valley Authority believe they have found the source of Dutch elm disease (DED) that has plagued the community — especially on South Hill — for several years. Both groups recently discovered a pocket of 38 infected trees in a small area deep in the valley away from walkways, explained city horticulturalist Sarah Regent. “It’s actually a very good thing that we were able to find that pocket, and we are getting things under control,” she said, adding a group of non-elm trees sheltered the infected ones. “Elms are coming out quite quickly, so we are staying on top of it.” Meanwhile, Dutch elm disease has killed 20 trees in Moose Jaw so far. The parks department will continue to monitor the trees’ health until early September, but stop once the leaves begin to change colour as the seasons switch. The department is not seeing a significant spike in DED anywhere in the city, while the number of infected trees in residential areas is as expected, said Regent. “So we’re quite happy with our numbers, actually, given that it’s been really tough on the elm trees the last couple of years, with hard winters and drought conditions, which makes them more susceptible to the
disease,” she continued, “so we were expecting to see a bit more of a spike than we’re seeing.” In comparison, the department detected 31 diseased trees by last August, with the worst cases found on South Hill. The number of cases last year was double the number — 18 — found in 2018. Since there are about 18,000 elm trees in Moose Jaw, the numbers of infected trees represent less than one per cent of the entire elm tree population. DED is a fungus that blocks water from travelling throughout the tree and to the branches. Symptoms include leaves on the affected branches wilting, curling up, turning yellow or brown, and drying out. These symptoms are usually accompanied by brown to black staining in the sapwood, also known as streaking. Elm bark beetles are the primary carrier of the DED fungus and travel from infected trees — where they deposit their eggs — to healthy trees to feed, said Regent. By flying from tree to tree, these beetles effectively deliver spores of the fungus. The insects are also native to Saskatchewan and don’t damage the trees since both have evolved to co-exist. While there are some economic losses to removing trees, another loss is the envi������ � �
Dutch elm disease has killed 20 elm trees in Moose Jaw so far this year, while the disease has killed 38 trees in Wakamow Valley. File photo ronmental value of the flora, she continued. Replacing a large elm tree with a new young tree can affect oxygen production, pollution absorption and storm water retention, all issues that a mature tree can handle easily. The municipality has a program to replace trees on a one-to-one basis and plant a variety of them. The parks department will not plant new elm trees unless it’s in a particular area and under “exceptional situations” where they are far from other elm trees in safe locations. “Part of why we have a problem with Dutch elm disease is because when they planted all these trees in the ’60s and earlier, they didn’t have a lot of options,” Regent said. “So they planted the same kind
of tree up and down these streets, which makes Dutch elm disease easy to spread between them.” Some trees that the parks department is planting are maples and lindens, along with smaller trees such as tree lilacs and ornamental lilacs. The department uses 12 species to ensure there are a variety of trees to plant in the future. This also ensures trees can survive should another disease arise. Regent reminded residents that the ban on pruning elm trees is from April 1 to Aug. 31, while homeowners should watch for any sick-looking elm trees and report them to the parks department at 306-6944400.
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Trip to Eyebrow marsh and Mortlach refreshes mind and spirit It was the second last Friday in July. I awoke wanting to do something to get away from all the pandemic news and political nonsense. My choice: Eyebrow’s Nisku marsh north of that town along the Qu’Appelle River. The drive out was pleasant, viewing the fine crops — a sea of blue flax, brilliant yellow hues of canola. A Manitoba truck hauling a blue-green tank preceded me all the way to Eyebrow, but drove fast enough I had trouble staying in the speed limit. About eight miles north of Eyebrow the gently rolling land dips steeply into the Qu’Appelle Valley and the Nisku Wildlife
Refuge. The 61-year-old Ducks Unlimited project, Nisku, serves as marsh habitat for waterfowl and other birds. Every trip out here rewards me with birds not seen every day. The sighting score includes herons, American bittern, bald eagles, black-necked stilts, black terns, grebes, ducks, geese, blackbirds, sparrows, gulls and hawks. Today was quiet, peaceful and sunny. The air fresh; just right to get away from it all. While walking down the dike between the fast flowing river channel and the marsh, a noisy red winged black bird announced my arrival. Instead of the cheery “Vrree Vrree” song, his shrill call sounded like “yicky yicky.” When I was within 20 feet he flew up almost dive-bombing me as if protecting a nest. A few other black birds and sparrows and some ducks flew around. From the marsh came sounds of other birds. Then a large marbled godwit flew over slowly.
After walking half way to the weir that controls marsh water levels and the flow to Buffalo Pound Lake, I returned. The slough east of the road where ducks used to swim and black terns hovered before diving for bugs is a sea of foxtail weed. Heading back towards Mortlach, the Prius took a turn west on a gravel road to the nice village of Tugaske then to Eyebrow and south to Mortlach and lunch at Franklyn’s. Some of the potholes that had no water in early June have some from recent rains. I wonder where the ducks and geese that usually nest in them went. A trickle of water from the Ducks Unlimited’s Riverhurst channel flowed into Pelican Lake’s low water levels. Lunch choice at Franklyn’s was a BLT with potato salad, rhubarb pie with ice cream and iced coffee. Paul Entz had the cucumber and salmon sandwich. Sue Franklyn was beaming when she told us a couple from Kyle, north of Swift Current, “came all the way here just for our
Red winged blackbird fish and chips.” Paul and I exchanged views on Donald Trump — just can’t get away from politics. Sue refereed. Lunch over, the Prius headed east out of town on the gravel road that once was the Trans-Canada Highway, south at Caron along acreage row and east to Caribou Street. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net
Canadian sales of tractors, combines jump in June
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Sales of tractors and combines in June show farmAGRIMART er confidence in the Canadian market. EXPRESS Dealers sold 32 per cent more farm tractors than in June 2019, with 3,280 units compared with 2,452 last year, according to data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. Forty-two four wheel drive tractors sold compared with 23 last June The majority of farm tractors sold were under 40 horse power - 2,562 versus 1,809 last year. Sales of 40 to 100 horse power units increased from 396 to 474. Sales of 100 plus horse power models declined 20 per cent to 202 from 253. Year to date tractor sales are down 17 per cent. Self-propelled combine sales in June increased from 125 to 144. Year to date sales of 475 are down 30 per cent. U.S. tractor sales of 34,222 increased 32 per cent over last June with year to date sales up 10 per cent. Self-propelled combine sales in the U.S.A .of 485 increased 37 per cent over last June with year to date sales of 2,061 down almost two per cent. Ron Walter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tugaske Library’s garden tour fundraiser features local artist, scenic views Larissa Kurz
The Tugaske Regional Library took advantage of the beautiful weather on July 16 with its most recent fundraiser, a ticketed tour of six local gardens in the Tugaske and Eyebrow area — which was a huge hit. The tours ran in the morning and afternoon, offering guests a chance to wander through a few impressive green spaces while also supporting the local library while it remains closed for COVID-19 precautions. The tour included gardens filled with all kinds of attractions, including impressive vegetable patches, unique decorations, displays of antiques and, of course, beautiful flowers and foliage. Hosts included Verna Enns, Nola Rudd, Jean Wilson, Marion Bueckert, and one more. Although each stop was unique all on its own, the tour featured one garden that has become somewhat infamous in the area. Local artist Joan Foulston is well-known for the expansive, well-groomed garden that covers her farmyard home and surrounds her personal gallery and workspace, which she opened up to the public during the tours. Foulston first moved to the farm she lives
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Foulston has tons of fairy gardens scattered around her yard, including this Jurassic Park-esque display sitting in a century-old wheelbarrow. Tugaske artist Joan Foulston took the Moose Jaw Express on a tour of her garden, featured in the recent garden tour fundraiser for Tugaske Regional Library. on now with her husband in 1979, just a few years after finishing her studies at the Ontario College of Art. She first began painting on rock — what is now a trademark of her work — in 1990. As an artist, Foulston’s connection with nature has been a huge inspiration for her work. She is known for her iconic natureand wildlife-inspired realism painting, often on rocks, wood, and other unique “canvasses.” Foulston has spent over 30 years cultivating her yard into the sprawling green space it is now, which features numerous handmade fairy gardens, two vegetable and fruit gardens, and countless flowers and other greenery. “It was very satisfying, knowing that so many people value it as much as I do and appreciate it as I do,” said Foulston. “To me, the plants are like art and it’s nice to see people are admiring and enjoying them.” She was even offering potted perennials
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for tour guests to take home with them, pulled right out of her yard, while a fellow tour host had some raffle draws for handmade quilted prizes at her stop — reportedly a huge hit with attendees. For her, sharing her garden during the tours offered a certain kind of joy, an opinion likely held by all six of the tour’s hosts. Debbie Grass, who attended the tours and took photos of the event, thought it was an incredible way to appreciate the hard work and beauty of local gardeners. “[It was nice] being able to be outside and enjoying somebody else’s work, and I appreciated it because I have a yard too, so I know hard they must have worked,” said Grass. “And you learn a little bit along the way too, get some ideas when you see what looks nice together.” To abide by the ongoing public health measures regarding groups, librarian Violet Beaudry only sold thirty tickets to the inaugural event but they went extremely quickly, she said. People from as far away as Moose Jaw and Saskatoon drove down for the event. The library raised $600 from the event, which will be used for future programming and adding to the new social distance space for patrons upstairs in the building. The tours were also a chance for local patrons to socialize, as the library has become a social hub for area residents and many have been missing it since COVID-19 closed its doors. “It seemed the day was a day of socialized joy,” said Beaudry, adding that Tugaske Library is more than just a place to loan out reading material. “We’ve been using the library to host social functions and promote mental health and make this a fantastic place to live, and I think it’s really important to promote that it’s not just about going in there and reading a book.” Beaudry said that she already has requests to bring the tour back next year, both from
Joan Foulston giving one of her fairy gardens a sprinkle, to get the water feature to start up again.
Foulston also shared her workspace and gallery, including this current work in progress that’s a study of an onion top. people wanting to attend and others interested in putting their gardens on the agenda too. In the meantime, Foulston is open to giving private tours of her impressive garden and gallery space and anyone interested can take a look at her website at joanfoulston.com to find out more or give her a call at (306) 759-7833.
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Dance Images getting back into shape with Crescent Park classes Larissa Kurz Although Dance Images by BJ has been keeping busy since the studio closed earlier this spring, owner Barb Jackman was thrilled to finally have dancers back together for a three-week shape-up session in Crescent Park. The drop-in workout, called the Summer Shape Up program, took over the Crescent Park Amphitheatre on July 21 and 28 and Aug. 4, featuring an hour of stretching, cardio and combos to get studio members moving once again. “We wanted to get the kids pumped up and remind them why we do what we do, and the response has been great,” said Jackman, as she greeted dancers before the event on July 28. “There’s lots of laughter, lots of spirit, and lots of positivity, it’s been great.” Participants brought their own water,
yoga mats, and other equipment for the session, and remained properly distanced on the grass during the workout, while spectators sat at a distance in the amphitheater’s seats. The first evening of the Summer Shape Up program saw a great crowd, with the second week seeing even more dancers out to take part. Jackman was happy to see so many familiar faces, as she feels the in-person sessions are much-needed for the studio. “We’re not in great shape,” joked Jackman. “So it’s been good to come together and [the amphitheater] is amazing.” Following the workout portion, dancers were also welcome to take part in the second half of the evening: a public showcase for solo, duo and trio routines. As the season was cut short this spring due to COVID-19, Jackman and Dance Images wanted to give dancers a chance to show off their routines after working so hard on them all year. The Summer Shape Up program is the precursor to the upcoming August training camps, an annual event at Dance Images and the opening to the dance season that will begin this fall — which Jackman
Dancers from Dance Images by BJ took over the amphitheater in Crescent Park for the second week of the Summer Shape Up workout and showcase. says the studio is well prepared for this year. “We’re ready, we’ve got a really great format. Parents don’t have to worry about us invading space, our class sizes are very limited,” said Jackman.
The studio will have smaller classes and social distancing squares marked out for students, and will also be extending its hours to stagger how many dancers are in the studio at a time with no overlap on arrival.
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Following the workout, a number of Dance Images students took the stage for a showcase of their routines, including Brian performing a tap solo.
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Ta ste & S e e c o o k b o o k fe at u re s H u t te r i a n Fa vo u r i te s By Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express
Our friend from the Baildon Colony was a convincing salesman as he sold me on purchasing a cookbook, Taste & See, a compilation of traditional recipes and other Hutterian Favorites. We were at the market for fresh vegetables but he knew a potential customer when he saw one and immediately produced the cookbook for my perusal. The introduction notes some of the recipes are traditional Hutterite favorites while others have been collected and tested on colony members. “Serving 50-60 people at three meals we serve daily gives you a pretty good idea if the recipe goes over well.” In addition to dozens of interesting recipes the cookbook is spiritual in nature, offering appropriate Bible verses throughout the pages. I was hoping for string beans and peas that Saturday morning but the cookbook will continue to provide pleasure long after the bean and pea season is over. The book is available for purchase at the
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Province provides funding for city’s three MEEP projects Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
City administration wanted to ensure it could protect its staff and visitors at all municipal-owned buildings when those places reopened to the public, Puffalt explained. It required funding to purchase that protection, some of which included installing Plexiglas dividers. It’s now waiting to purchase other safety equipment and gear. The highlight of the three projects is the high service reservoir initiative, he continued. The city constructed that building in the 1950s and it has been an outstanding issue that city hall needed to address. “There’s a lot of work to do (there),” Puffalt remarked. If city hall had to repair the building — it plans to build a new one — it would have to remove the roof to reach the equipment inside. However, that would then affect the structural integrity of the building. Since that project costs $14 million in total, city administration is waiting to hear from the province about
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Artist wants court’s help to finish monument to early pioneers All artist Jerry Kaiser wants is to complete his monument to early pioneer women, but to do that, he needs the Court of Queen’s Bench to side with him. Kaiser, 72, constructed the Monument to Women in 2016 to honour the women who contributed to the development of the Rural Municipality of Baildon in the early 1900s. One of their most significant accomplishments was raising money to build a Presbyterian Church building, which later became a United Church building in the 1920s. That building still stands today, metres away from the monument. The monument also acknowledges the struggles the women experienced — including isolation, deprivation, and abuse — and how they persevered. Freedom of speech “As an artist, I thought I had the right to express myself (particularly through freedom of speech),” Kaiser said recently. “But the RM said I did not get an application to build this. Their lawyer convinced a court that the monument had to be destroyed.” The rural municipality allegedly told Kaiser that he had to destroy the monument — composed of limestone, field stones and bricks — since it was larger than 107 square feet in size; it’s 198 square feet. He offered to remove a piece — the lintel — to comply, which the RM said was OK. The RM office declined to comment on the allegation, saying and pointing out Kaiser was appealing this issue and it would be inappropriate to comment. In 2019, Kaiser wanted to make the monument whole again, so he applied to make
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SMB’s planning appeals committee. He hopes the court will grant his request for a hearing and allow him to make his case to the SMB about rebuilding his monument. Monument is ‘artistically appropriate’ So what’s the problem with the lintel - a supporting piece that runs across the top of a door - being disconnected from the monument? “It’s an abomination. These women should be celebrated,” said Kaiser. “When they asked me to do that (take it off) … it’s a symbolic decapitation of those women and disrespect of them. It deserves to be put back.” Artist Jerry Kaiser poses with his monument that he built to honour early pioneer The structure is not an eyesore, he argued. women in the Rural Municipality of Baildon. The RM forced him to take off a piece Even the Saskatchewan Arts Board has (foreground) to comply with size issues. Now he wants to reconnect the piece and is called the monument “artistically appropriate.” appealing to the courts for help. Photo by Jason G. Antonio United Church building Kaiser purchased the former Baildon that happen. However, the RM turned ed. He argues this is a new development United Church building in 2012 and spent down his application, so he appealed to permit for a new art project. $30,000 to renovate it. He then moved the organization’s development appeals Ombudsman refuses to help into the building in 2016 and turned it into board (DAB), Gord Krismer and Associ- “The provincial appeals committee claims his residence. ates Ltd. This is the same organization the they do not overturn local bylaws, but the The RM learned about this a year later, City of Moose Jaw uses for its appeals. fact is they do make variances,” Kaiser which triggered a change in property use In letters dated Feb. 24 and March 30 said. “The most questionable claim is that to residential and required Kaiser to obof this year, the DAB denied his request the provincial appeals committee does tain the necessary permits. However, he and said it would not give him a hearing. not rule on questions of charter rights, but did not, and the RM issued a stop-work It suggested he appeal to the provincial jurisprudence proves this type of tribunal order on April 20, 2017. Kaiser then apSaskatchewan Municipal Board’s (SMB) is designed to make such rulings to avoid pealed the order to the SMB, which displanning appeals committee. That orga- reference to the Supreme Court (of Canmissed his appeal. nization told him via a letter on May 11 ada).” While Kaiser claims the RM ordered him that it had already heard this issue and Kaiser attempted to have the Saskatcheto demolish the church building, the rural wouldn’t give him a hearing either. wan Ombudsman review the matter, but municipality told the Moose Jaw Express Kaiser believes the committee was con- the ombudsman said she would not, while in 2018 that it never issued an eviction nofused in thinking this application is the she also couldn’t give him legal advice. tice nor demolition order for the structure. same as a previous development permit So, Kaiser submitted a statement of claim The rural municipality did not seek to enapplication that the court of appeal reject- to the Court of Queen’s Bench against the force the stop-work order.
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Smart phone app connects buyers with farm direct meat By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express
ConsumEXPRESS e r s have a new tool to buy meat directly from the farm. Regina businessman Lyndon Lisitza has developed a smart phone application to connect meat consumers with farmers who have meat to sell, called meatocracy. Growing up on a farm in the Porcupine Plain district he knew the difficulties farmers had connecting with direct buyers so Lisitza developed the app to bridge a gap in the market. Consumers should find beef, pork, chicken, lamb, even bison on the app. The developer worked with several producer groups to make farmers aware of the tool.
The app introduces a new online shopping experience with potential buyers signing in for free and choosing what kind of meat they want. The app will show which producers in their region are online and what meat they have to sell. Producers set their own price and delivery conditions and arrange cutting and wrapping. The app should save consumers money with bulk purchase of quarters, halves and whole animals and offer farmers better market access. The app should be available at Apple and Android online stores. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net
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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 email@example.com. Let them know how you feel and get them to investigate.
Council OKs CPR plan to build antenna on west side of rail yard Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) plans to install a communications antenna on the west side of its rail yard to support the control of locomotives remotely. During its July 27 regular meeting, city council voted unanimously to issue a letter of municipal agreement to CPR so the company can construct the 22.86-metre (75-foot) antenna on its property, subject to any landscaping that city administration deems acceptable. Also, city hall will contact the Moose Jaw Radio Control Aircraft Club to determine whether there could be a conflict in the usage of bandwidth between the community group and
Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express While this is a discretionary use applicaCPR. Council had to approve the construction tion, city administration has no concerns of the antenna support structure since this about it, said Jim Dixon, economic development manager. This is on the west was a discretionary use application. side of the rail yard and city hall has not Structure construction CPR has applied to construct an anten- received any concerns from neighbouring na support structure composed of an residents. 18.6-metre (61-foot) wood pole with a The Moose Jaw Radio Control Aircraft 4.3-metre (14-foot) antenna, for a total of Club has an airstrip in that area and op22.86 metres (75 feet), a council report erates aircraft with a specific range of explained. The railway company plans to bandwidth, said Coun. Brian Swanson. construct a small aluminum shelter adja- He wondered what would happen if there cent to the repeater that is required to sup- was a conflict in that area with bandwidth port the remote control of locomotives. issues. Council discussion “I wouldn’t want the locomotives taking
off and plummeting into the ground,” he joked. “Do we have control in that area to control bandwidth issues?” Federal agencies such as Transport Canada look after those concerns, said Dixon. If there is an issue, it will look into it. Appearing by video, a representative for CPR said it could consult with the community group if council wants that. The representative pointed out there are radio towers throughout Canada where CP operates, so it complies with federal standards elsewhere. The next regular council meeting is Aug. 10.
Officials with school divisions, province meet with council behind closed doors Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
administration to sell phases 5 and 6 of the Westheath property to Prairie South School Division and Holy Trinity Catholic School Division for $2,541,848. Both school divisions would be allowed to market and lead the development of the 10 acres (four hectares) at $15,000 per acre. They would also be responsible for the de-
velopment levies and all costs associated with the existing concept plan. They also want to find a company that would purchase the 10 acres of land and develop it while adjusting the original plans that the City of Moose Jaw initially laid out for it. The Moose Jaw Express will continue to dig into this topic.
From left in front are Derek Hassen, board chair of Holy Trinity, Sean Chase, education director for Holy Trinity, and Tony Baldwin, education director for Prairie South. From left in second row, Robert Bachmann, board chair of Prairie South, two unknown individuals, and Rob Currie, deputy minister of education. Photo by Jason G. Antonio Officials with both Moose Jaw school divisions and the provincial government met recently with city council to discuss an issue behind closed doors. The group attended city council’s regular meeting on July 27 and sat through the proceedings of the meeting before eventually making their presentation during the in-camera — behind closed doors — portion of the executive committee meeting that followed. Seven people were part of the group, but those known to the public were: Tony Baldwin, director of education for Prairie South School Division, Sean Chase, director of education for Holy Trinity Roman Catholic School Division, PSSD board chair Robert Bachmann, Holy Trinity board chair Derek Hassen, and deputy minister of education Rob Currie. The other two individuals were unknown; they could have been with the school divisions or with the Ministry of Education. It is unknown what the group discussed with city council and city administration. It’s likely the men spoke first during the executive committee meeting since they left first. The first topic on the agenda explained that the parties discussed the issue behind closed doors based on sections 16(1)(c) and 17(1)(b), (d), (e) and (f) of The Local Authority Freedom of Information
and Protection of Privacy Act. Section 16(1) of LA FOIP is advice from officials, specifically, “positions, plans, procedures, criteria or instructions developed for the purpose of contractual or other negotiations by or on behalf of the local authority, or considerations that relate to those negotiations.” Section 17(1) of LA FOIP deals with economic and other interests; (b) is about “financial, commercial, scientific, technical or other information,” (d) is about “information, the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to interfere with contractual or other negotiations of the local authority,” (e) is about “positions, plans, procedures, criteria or instructions developed for the purpose of contractual or other negotiations by or on behalf of the local authority, or considerations that relate to those negotiations,” and (f) is about “information, the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to prejudice the economic interest of the local authority.” One could presume that the conversation between the education group and city council was about the proposed joint-use school on South Hill, specifically, in the Westheath neighbourhood. During an in-camera executive committee meeting on Jan. 30, council approved a recommendation to direct city
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Resident feels city attacking his religious freedoms with property cleanup order Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
A homeowner believes city hall is infringing upon his religious freedoms by forcing him to clean up his property even though he is a Wiccan and lives in harmony with nature. Norman Morrell appeared by video during city council’s July 27 regular meeting to appeal a cleanup order for his property at 897 Seventh Avenue Northeast. However, city council voted unanimously to uphold the order to comply, which means Morrell will have to clean up his property or face a financial penalty. Background The bylaw department investigated the property on June 25 after receiving a complaint and found tall grass and weeds growing, along with broken tree branches piled in front, a council report explained. The bylaw enforcement officer notified Morrell about the contravention by sending the order via registered mail that same day, giving him until July 13 to comply. The order indicated that city hall would clean up the property if Morrell didn’t and would charge the cost to his property taxes. Under bylaw No. 5484, Morrell could also be fined up to $10,000 for failing to comply with the order. Morrell then sent a registered letter to city hall on July 8 and filed an appeal with the city clerk. The bylaw officer conducted a follow-up inspection that day and found
Morrell had not completed any cleanup work. In his appeal letter to council, Morrell included an example of a past court case from Alberta that discussed freedom of religion for a Hutterite colony. He also wrote that he was at home when the bylaw officer supposedly came by; no one came to his door since his dog did not bark. Presentation During his presentation, Morrell explained that based on charters of human rights everywhere, an organization such as the City of Moose Jaw couldn’t impose its ethics on another person. “My yard is an expression of my spiritual faith. It’s how I give back to the earth. It’s hard for people who don’t embrace the same things I do (to understand),” he said. “We have taken so much from nature (that) this is my way of giving back … . This is very personal to me.” As a Wiccan, Morrell expresses his faith through the natural preservation of his property. He claimed that he had informed city hall about this many times during the last 20 years, to no avail. He feels this is a form of religious persecution. Morrell told council he doesn’t believe his yard is untidy; he sees it as natural and holy and a place for deer to congregate. While the bylaw officer sees weeds that are noxious or harmful, he uses them to heal and maintain his health. Meanwhile, the broken tree branches are a place
to protect fledgling birds. Council response The property is not fenced and is open to the fields at the city’s edge, Morrell told Coun. Chris Warren. He could harvest the grass with a sickle, but he is unwilling to sterilize his soil to get rid of the weeds. “What about my rights in the charter?” he added, repeating that phrase several more times. The Cities Act permits the municipality to enforce untidy property regulations, said city manager Jim Puffalt. As for Morrell’s human rights, Puffalt said he was not aware of anything that would infringe upon those rights. Warren thought that in the future, the bylaw officer should identify the types of noxious weeds on a property, especially if city hall has to take action through the bylaw. Furthermore, he believed city hall needed to communicate better on these issues, either face-to-face or by phone, since that creates the best outcomes. In response, parks and recreation director Derek Blais pointed out there is purple loosestrife growing on Morrell’s property, which is an invasive species and is considered a noxious weed. Jim Dixon, economic development officer, indicated that Morrell has complied with past cleanup orders. City hall would work with him to ensure he has a fair shot to remedy his property.
Council to receive 2019 Jason audited statements likely in late August G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express City council will have to wait until likely the end of August before it finds out what the official expenses and revenue were for the City of Moose Jaw in 2019. The public accounts are a listing of municipal expenditures broken down by categories, such as employees and contractual expenditures. The audited financial statements provide the revenues and expenditures for the year with the overall surplus or deficit, compared to what was budgeted. City administration usually provides council with a copy about halfway through the new year and uploads a copy to the City of Moose Jaw’s website. This year, though, the production of those statements is
behind schedule and city administration is at a stalemate, finance director Brian Acker told council during the July 27 regular meeting. City hall is waiting for the financial documents from the auditors of the Downtown Facility and Field House (DFFH) Inc. so it can consolidate those numbers with the municipality’s numbers. “Until we get those, we can’t consolidate ours,” Acker said. Once that happens, though, city hall will be able to produce a final audited statement, he continued. This would probably happen by Aug. 24, but it all depends on when it receives the DFFH statements.
Those documents would show revenues and expenses from before Spectra Venue Management took over operations of Mosaic Place, so from January to September 2019, Acker told Coun. Brian Swanson. Aug. 24 would be the latest that city administration has ever provided the documents to city council, said Swanson. He couldn’t understand the delay. City administration had planned to produce the documents by May, Acker replied. But then the pandemic came along and threw off everyone’s work schedules. The next regular council meeting is Monday, Aug. 10. NOTICE OF ADVANCE POLL PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that provision has been made for an advance poll for electors who wish to vote at the advanced polls for the Two Councillors withing the Resort Village of North Grove: Voting will take place on Thursday August 20th, 2020 between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Village Office: 1410 Caribou St. W., Moose Jaw, SK. Tracy Edwards, Returning Officer
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and that voting will take place on Saturday, the 29th day of August, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the polling place listed below, and that I will, at the Village Office, on the 31st day of August, 2020 at the hour of 9:00 a.m., declare the result of the election. Polling Place: Community Shop, Resort Village of North Grove Dated at Moose Jaw, this 27th day of July, 2020 Tracy Edwards, Returning Officer
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Hold The Scotch ?? by Robert Thomas
It was supposed to be a major coup for the city having a Scotch or double malt whisky distillery take up residence. Council granted a tax abatement for Imperial Distillers starting the year they began production. Members of the business community who reported the condition of the proposed distillery site to MJ Independent asked if the project was progressing given the appearance of the facility. It needs to be noted other than a property with weeds growing on it it is NOT KNOWN what stage the $3 million project is at. It may well still come to fruition. Another view of the proposed site - MJ IndeIt is known Imperial Distillers purchased the property. pendent photo
The front of the proposed Scotch distillery has weeds growing on it as of Friday - MJ Independent photo
RCMP detachments resuming some counter services next week Larissa Kurz
Moose Jaw detachment of the Saskatchewan RCMP. (photo by Larissa Kurz)
The Saskatchewan RCMP will be resuming limited services at detachments across the province beginning on Aug. 4. After identifying the services most needed by communities, RCMP will be opening detachment doors to the public for taking complaints, criminal record checks and collision reports in-person. Fingerprinting services will also be available for urgent reasons, such as for criminal record checks required as part of an individual’s employment, and health screening and a surgical mask will be required during the process. RCMP are asking visitors to only attend a detachment in person when it is absolutely necessary and only if there are no signs of COVID-19 symptoms or illness.
Other measures will also be in place, including limited hours of operation, a maximum capacity on individuals waiting in the lobby, increased sanitation practices, and signage directing the flow of foot traffic. The RCMP encourages people to contact their local detachment for more specific details on services available, new hours of operation, and detachment specific protocols. Regular hours at the Moose Jaw RCMP detachment are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed over the noon hour, but visitors are encouraged to call (306) 691-4670 before visiting to confirm service availability and new operating hours next week.
Police arrest three suspects connected to recent home invasion The Moose Jaw Police Service has arrested three individuals involved in a break and enter that sent one person to hospital with minor injuries. Police responded to a home invasion on the 1200 block of Ninth Avenue Northeast on July 26, after several people broke into a residence and assaulted numerous people, according to a news release. The suspects stole personal property, electronics and tools from the residence, before fleeing in a vehicle. Several victims sustained minor injuries, while one victim was transported to the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital with minor injuries and later released. Two days later, Moose Jaw police and Moose Jaw RCMP
By Moose Jaw Express staff attended to a residence in Caron, Sask., and arrested an adult female. Police also recovered numerous stolen items from the residence. Police arrested Kjersten Melnychuk of Caron and charged her with break and enter and commit robbery, uttering death threats, wearing a disguise, breach of court orders and possession of methamphetamines. She has been held for court. Through further investigation, on July 29 police were able to arrest Moose Jaw resident Nigel Wolfe and charged him with break and enter commit robbery and utter death threats. Police located Wolfe in the Central Butte area, with the Morse RCMP making the arrest. Wolfe is being
held in custody until his first court appearance. Meanwhile, on July 30, Moose Jaw police located Teleni Raymond at a motel on the 1100 block of Athabasca Street East and arrested her on her outstanding warrants. Police have charged Raymond with break and enter commit robbery and utter death threats. The suspects and victims were known to one another. Anyone with further information can contact the Moose Jaw Police Service at 306-694-7600 of Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Police continue to investigate.
Sask. RCMP seeking three suspects of multi-million dollar online romance scam Saskatchewan RCMP are still searching for three former Regina residents suspected to be connected to a multi-million dollar online romance scam, after one suspect turned himself in to police in April. Five men, formerly of Regina, are wanted for allegedly defrauding seven women of over $360,000 since 2018 using an online romance scam. Austin Newton, 28, was arrested in Edmonton, Alta. in January, in connection to the investigation, and Kelvin Alwani, 24, turned himself into police in April after RCMP made a plea to the public for information on the remaining suspects’ whereabouts. Newton and Alwani have already made their first court appearances in Regina provincial court. Police have issued Canada-wide warrants for the arrest of the remaining three suspects and are still actively seeking Jonah Eigbuluese, 23, Clinton Newton, 27, and Josh-
Larissa Kurz ua Ometie, 25. They could be anywhere in the country at this time, say RCMP. The Saskatchewan Federal Serious and Organized Crime unit have been investigating the incident since 2018, after Saskatchewan RCMP received a complaint from an individual whose name was used in a fraudulent transaction online. Police have determined that these five individuals are connected to a larger international organization responsible for defrauding victims of over $2 million since 2018, using long-running online romance scams. RCMP also say they were “struck by the apparent authenticity of these online romances” in an earlier press release, and the amount of time the suspects dedicated to their victims. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jonah
L-R: Jonah Eigbuluese, Clinton Newton, and Joshua Ometie. (supplied by Sask. RCMP) Eigbuluese, Clinton Newton, or Joshua Ometie is urged to contact RCMP at (306) 310-7267 or their local police service. Information can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers, either by calling 1 (800) 222-8477 or online at saskcrimestoppers.com.
Mental illness main reason man caused disturbance, court hears Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
Mental illness can have a devastating effect on people’s lives, to the point where their actions can sometimes attract the attention of the Moose Jaw Police Service and the courts. Appearing in Moose Jaw provincial court recently, Christopher Joel Hamre, 36, pleaded guilty to causing a disturbance in public and two counts of breaching an
undertaking. As part of a joint submission, he received a suspended sentence and will spend the next nine months on probation. He will have to keep the peace and be of good behaviour, take personal programming, and complete 25 hours of community service. Hamre is taking counselling since he suffers from severe anxiety and depression, but he also consumes alcohol
to self-medicate, explained Legal Aid lawyer Suzanne Jeanson, noting the man is still on a probation order. The Crown stayed several other charges. Judge Fred Kovach acknowledged that the joint submission was fair and appropriate and agreed to accept it.
Father gets nearly fourJason years in federal jail for sexual offences G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express A Moose Jaw judge has sentenced a father to nearly four years in a federal jail for an incident that involved sexual offences against the man’s young daughter. Wearing a suit and tie, the man appeared in Moose Jaw provincial court on July 27 for sentencing, with his father accompanying him for support. Defence lawyer
Merv Nidesh entered a guilty plea to sexual assault on the man’s behalf. In turn, the judge sentenced the man to 42 months in a federal prison. He will have to provide a DNA sample, will be prohibited from owning a firearm for 10 years, and will be on the national sex offender registry for 20
years. The Crown withdrew several other charges. Judge Fred Kovach instituted a publication ban on the case, preventing the names of the perpetrator and victim from being published.
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Moose Jaw Ice take win, tie against Lumsden in U16 A action Impressive 10-0 win followed by 7-7 draw in Sunday doubleheader Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
The Moose Jaw Ice continued their solid season in U16 A division action on July 26th, taking a 10-0 win over the Lumsden Cubs and following with a 7-7 draw in a doubleheader at Optimist Park. Ice 10, Lumsden 0 Teams can’t win if they can’t score, and ice pitcher Taylor Luciak saw to it the Cubs wouldn’t have a chance in the opening contest. After a one-out triple in the top of the first, Luciak would allow only a pair of singles the rest of the night, retiring the side in order from that point on until sixth and striking out 15. Her teammates, meanwhile, went to work at the plate.
Makenna Simmons led off the game and came around to score and would follow the very next inning with an inside-thepark home run as the Ice took a 3-0 lead. Interestingly enough, two batters earlier Paige McClinton had done the same, turning some nifty baserunning into a round-tripper of her own. Malea Kletzel would finish the game 3-for-4 with three singles and three scored, while Jasmine Kohl reached base three times and scored a pair of runs. Ice 7, Lumsden 7 The Cubs were able to get on the board quickly in the rematch, as four of their first five batters reached base, three coming around to score.
The Ice were able to chip away, though, closing within two heading into the fifth inning before putting up a three spot of their own and taking a 6-4 lead. Kletzel provided the big hit of the inning with yet another inside-the-park home run. Moose Jaw extended their edge to 7-4 when the Lumsden bats came alive in the seventh, scoring three runs to tie the game. The Ice were unable to respond in their half of the frame and the teams settled for the tie. Simmons finished with a pair of runs scored on a pair of walks and a double. Kalena Adrian struck out 15 in going the distance from the circle.
Taylor Luciak had an outstanding showing in the opener, striking out 15 in the 10-0 victory.
Mega runs, Batman: U12 A Ice roll to 23-8 win over Royals
Moose Jaw scores maximum runs in four out of five innings on way to commanding victory Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
Blake Maltais, here sliding home in a game earlier this season, scored four runs against the Regina Royals Raptors on Tuesday night.
The Moose Jaw Ice did just everything right at the plate in Regina Minor Softball League U12 A action last Tuesday night. Facing the Regina Royals Raptors, the Ice would score the maximum number of runs in four of five innings and go on to a 23-8 victory in league action in Regina. Regina managed to escape the first inning with only a threerun deficit, but things went crazy from there - the Royals would record only three more outs the rest of the game and commit 12 errors as the Ice put up five runs in each inning before the mercy rule came into play after the fifth. Zoey Chesney finished the game with a 3-for-4 night that included two runs scored and two runs batted in, while Gracelyn Blanchard was 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBI.
Peyton Klemenz also crossed the plate twice and knocked in a pair; Blake Maltais scored four runs and Kensington Demassi knocked in three. Maltais, Kyra Menzies and Avery Garthus had three walks each. Things were pretty simple on the mound for the Ice, as Marisa Montgomery got the start and allowed a single hit while striking out four over two innings. Kiarra Adrian allowed two runs on a hit and two walks in an inning of work, Demassi an unearned run while not giving up a hit and recording a walk and a strikeout before Taya Molde closed things out in the final frame. The Ice improved to 7-3-1 and are back on the field Aug. 4 in a rematch with the Royals Raptors in Regina.
Walk with me: U12 B Ice rack up 71 runs over four wins last week Doubleheader wins over Lumsden, Regina Saints showcase plate discipline and rules quirk Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
As the old ball saying goes, you take what your opponents give you. And if that means a whole lot of walks, well, so be it. Only a few days after cracking 40 in a doubleheader against Lumsden, the Ice were back at it at Optimist Park on the night of July 28, scoring the maximum five runs each inning in a 20-3 victory over the Regina Saints before following up with a 16-6 win in the night cap. The Ice improved to 8-2 on the season and are back on the diamonds Tuesday, Aug. 4 when they travel to Regina to face the Lazers White. Ice 20, Lumsden 8
Sophia Johnstone and Georgia Fowler had the only base hits for the Ice, who walked a total of 23 times in the game. Part of the issue is new rules sent down from Softball Saskatchewan that don’t allow runners to score on passed balls or wild pitches, meaning only walks or hits can bring runners home. That made for long innings and plenty of pitches, whether they were strikes or not. All told, the Ice scored the maximum five runs in each of the four innings, with every player coming around to score at least once. Joelle Boechler and Jayden Babich had three walks each. The Ice pitchers, meanwhile, were large-
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Joelle Boechler scores one of the 31 Ice runs over the two games.
ly effective against a young Lumsden team, as Avery Funke gave up six runs on one hit and 11 walks while striking out six before giving way to Johnstone, who didn’t allow a run while giving up a single hit along with five strikeouts and three walks over the final two innings. Ice 15, Lumsden 11 The second contest lasted only three innings before running into time constraints, with the Ice again scoring the max five runs in each frame. Funke and Boechler had the lone hits for Moose Jaw. The Ice saw a total of 22 walks over the three innings, with Johnstone and Hardwicke walking twice and scoring, while Tessa Hamdorf and Aurora Wingenbach scored twice each. Ice 20, Saints 3
Fowler had one official at bat but made it count, with her bases-loaded single in the bottom of the third driving in three runs as part of a five-RBI game. Funke was nearly her equal, going 1-for-1 with two walks, two runs scored and four RBI, while Maddie Cruz also scored two runs and knocked in three. All 13 Ice players had at least one run scored, and the Ice would record 25 walks. Funke got the start in the circle and gave up two runs on two hits and four walks, striking out four over two innings. Fowler allowed a single unearned run while striking out two in the third inning; Cruz closed things out by giving up a hit and striking out the side in the fourth. Ice 16, Saints 6 The second game was far closer, as the Ice took a 5-2 lead out of the first inning but ended up scoring max runs in each of the first three frames. Regina would get four back in their half of the third, but would get no closer, and the mercy rule was invoked after the fourth. Funke ended up 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBI, Babich, Wingenbach, Hamdorf and Kayla Chartier all scored two runs each. Johnstone pitched the first two innings, giving up two runs on three hits and striking out four, while Hamdorf allowed four runs on four hits and struck out three in an inning of work. Wingenbach tossed the fourth and gave up one hit while striking out two.
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Steady showing sees U14 A Ice sweep doubleheader
Ice take 8-3 and 10-4 victories in Regina Minor Softball League action at Optimist Park Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
The winning just keeps on happening for teams from the Moose Jaw Ice girls fastball program. The Under-14 Ice were the latest local squad to pick up a doubleheader sweep on July 29, using solid offensive production and just as strong play in the field to take 8-3 and 10-4 wins over the Regina Royals. The Ice improved to 6-1 on the season and are back at Optimist Park on Wednesday, Aug. 5 for a doubleheader with the Lumsden Cubs. Ice 8, Royals 3 The Ice didn’t take long to get on the board in the opener, as Haily Molde, Ashley Breitkreuz and Macy Litzenberger hit three straight two-out singles in the bottom of the first, bringing around Breitkreuz and Litzenberger with the game’s first two runs. Regina came back to take the lead in the top of the fourth, but the Ice would tack on a pair of runs in their half of the inning and score four more in the sixth to secure the five-run win. Breitkreuz would finish the game 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored, while Molde was 2-for-3 and also crossed the plate twice. Litzenberger went 3-for-3 and scored once. Molde got the start in the circle and allowed a single hit over three innings, striking out three, before Callie Klemenz closed things out, allowing three runs – one earned – while striking out four. Ice 10, Royals 4 As well as things went to start the first game, they were even better in the nightcap: the Ice would send nine batters to the plate in the opening inning, scoring six runs to take quick control of the contest. Moose Jaw led 7-1 when Regina put together a bit of a
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Macy Litzenberger got just enough of this pitch to foul it off and stay alive. She’d end up with a single and come around to score. rally with three runs in the fourth, but they’d get no closer as the Ice pulled away in the final two frames. Litzenberger finished 2-for-2 with a walk, triple and three runs scored; Klemenz reached base three times and scored twice. Mallory Tendler and Rylee Miskiman also hit the basepaths twice and scored a run each. Waverly Demassi got the start and turned in a solid showing, allowing one run and a single hit while striking out five in three innings work. Molde took over in the fourth, surrendering three runs on three hits before Peyton Mengel closed things out with two scoreless innings, allowing a single hit.
Fast start not enough as Canucks fall to Pacers in 13U AAA action
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Moose Jaw takes 7-2 lead out of first but can’t hold lead in 15-13 loss in Regina
Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express For the first inning of their Baseball Regina 13-and-un- in a 15-13 win. der AAA league contest with the Regina Pacers, the Rylan Caplette-Tarrant had a solid night a the plate for Moose Jaw Canucks looked like they were on their way Moose Jaw, going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and to an easy night. three runs batted in, while Noah Thul was 2-for-3 with No less than 12 batters to the plate, a bunch of walks and a run and an RBI. Owen Casada also crossed the plate just as many errors, and just like that a quick 7-0 lead. twice and knocked in a pair for the visitors; Owen VarBut this is AAA-level baseball we’re talking about and jassy, Garrett Gulutzan and Janzen Lamey also had two no matter what kind of a lead you might have, things can runs each. turn on a dime. It was another night of pitching by committee, as Casada, One inning later, holding a 7-2 lead heading into the bot- Gulutzan, Thul, Caplette-Tarrant and Riley Cushway all tom of the second, the Canucks would see the Pacers roll saw action on the mound giving up 10 earned runs on 13 through 13 batters of their own, putting a seven-spot up hits and striking out seven while walking 10. and taking a 9-7 edge. As it turns out, that two-run lead The Canucks are back in action this week when they host would also be the final margin of victory for the Pacers the Regina Buffalos.
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Growing pains: Canucks finding way as young team in Sask Premier Baseball League 18U squad learning on the job as AAA baseball returns to Moose Jaw in age group Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
There was a time when Moose Jaw stood over top of the Midget AAA baseball provincial scene like an iron colossus. Not only were there two teams in the city with storied reputations – the Cardinals and Canucks – both squads regularly fought for not only league gold, but provincial titles on the regular. In fact, it got to the point it was almost strange of one of the two teams wasn’t outright winning everything. But as time passed, so did the calibre of baseball in the city. Eventually, AAA baseball went away as more athletes gravitated to other sports, and local teams opted to take the field at the AA level in order to face closer competition. It’s taken half a decade, but local teams are starting to break into the higher echelon once again – and for the first time in years, there’s an 18U AAA team taking the field at Ross Wells Park. The results haven’t been the greatest – their most recent outings were 5-1 and
Kaedyn Banilevic pulls back on a bunt attempt.
Carson Reed delivers for the Canucks.
Kaleb Waller battles the sun before hauling in the throw.
9-6 losses to the Regina White Sox and a 9-0 loss to Swift Current, dropping their record to 0-7 for the season – but given the overall youth of the team and the improvement they’ve seen already, head coach Ray Wareham is optimistic for the future. “We’re definitely playing better lately, we just get put into some pressure situations and with the inexperience we have, we make some crucial mistakes at bad times,” Wareham said. “But we’re playing better than we were at the start of the year and that’s encouraging.” It certainly doesn’t help who they’ve been facing through their first six contests. Five of their first six games have come against the defending SPBL champion White Sox, who include a handful of provincial-team calibre players in their line-up. “So we’ve been thrown into the fire right away,” Wareham said with a rueful laugh.
“It’s the experience of just not being used to that level. That guys I had last year with the 15Us, it was their first AAA experience, and now they’re 18U and they’re in their first year of AAA and it’s tough. We don’t have a lot of depth pitching-wise but the guys that threw this past weekend threw well. It’s just the mistakes at bad times and they took advantage them.” That’s how you learn, though. And getting the game back to the highest level it can will take time, especially if the lofty heights of the past are to be reached. “If you want to get better and develop baseball in Moose Jaw again, we need to play the best teams to do that,” Wareham said. “We knew that this year was maybe going to be ugly at times with such a young group, but you’re not going to learn unless you’re at that level. It’s not fun losing, but in the same breath we’re getting better as we’re going and improving each day and the kids are working hard.”
Of course, there’s always the elephant in the room – the Canucks would have had a couple of games against other teams, most specifically the Swift Current 57’s, but the COVID-19 outbreak in the southwest of the province forced the cancellation of those games. The Canucks have been able to schedule exhibition games, including last week against the Regina Athletics, for example, but the pandemic looms large over all the proceedings. “Just the fact we’re able to get some ball in this year is nice,” said Wareham. “These guys weren’t expecting to get ball in at all, they’ve been sitting around so long. But they keep working, practices have been good, they’re working hard. We have 12 or so games left and we’ll see how it goes.” Against Swift Current, Dylan Reed and Kaedyn Banilevic had the only hits for Moose Jaw, who struck out 10 times in the game. Kaleb Waller got the start on the mound and went 3 2/3 innings surrendering five runs on seven hits and striking out three, Cam O’Reilly tossed the final two frames and allowed four runs on six hits with two strikeouts.
Fast start not enough as Canucks fall to Pacers in 13U AAA action Moose Jaw takes 7-2 lead out of first but can’t hold lead in 15-13 loss in Regina Randy Palmer Moose Jaw Express
An early lead, steady output at the plate and solid performances on the mound. There was little not to like for the Moose Jaw 11U AA Canucks in Baseball Regina league action last Thursday night at Gattinger Diamond as they rolled to a 9-3 victory over the Regina Buffalos. It didn’t take long for the Canucks to get going, either – after Cruz Schwabe and Reid Weiss hit back-to-back oneout singles in the bottom of the first, Ramsey Thompson would clear the bases with a three-run home run. Max Craig tripled and came around to score one batter later, and the rout was on. The Canucks would tack on another in the second to go up 5-2 before pouring three more across in the third to make their edge 8-2. Their pitchers, meanwhile, kept things quiet on the Buffalos side of the diamond. Grady Johnstone got the start and went two innings, giving up a pair of runs on one hit while striking out four and walking four. Reid Weiss took over in the third and was all but untouchable, needing only 17 pitches to get through two innings, striking out five and allowing a single hit. Sam Gaucher closed things out, giving up a run on three hits and striking out five. Thompson finished the game 2-for-4 with a pair of runs
Cruz Schwabe turns on a pitch and laces a since in fourth-inning action. scored and four runs batted in, while Schwabe, Craig and Johnstone all crossed the plate twice. Craig and James Howe also knocked in two each.
Reid Weiss delivers against the Regina Pacers. The Canucks are right back in action this Thursday when they host the first place Lumsden Cubs.
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After a brisk ride early Monday morning, the Prairie Pedals women’s biking group gathered in Wakamow Valley for a demonstration from a local bike expert on proper tire maintenance and emergency repairs. Wade Ariss, mechanic and operator of mobile bike shop Velofix, showed members the basics of identifying and changing a tire tube, cleaning and changing a bike chain and answered any questions the group had about proper bike maintenance. “It was a really good clinic [and] it was an amazing opportunity because a lot of us don’t do our own bike maintenance,” said Laurie Ewen, a representative from the Prairie Pedals. The Prairie Pedals is part of the greater Moose Jaw Pavers Road and Mountain Biking Club, and is focused primarily on encouraging women into the sport of biking. As a club open to all experience levels, an informational demonstration like Ariss’s was extremely informative. “Knowing those basic things really helps give that confidence when you’re going out on the trails because you know if you’re out by yourself and you get a flat, [you] know how to take care of it,” said Ewen. “Everybody from our group was able to make it out that morning, which was wonderful to see everyone.” The clinic-style session was the first-ever hosted by the biking group and also the first delivered by Ariss here in Moose Jaw, and both parties are looking forward to organizing more events like it in the future.
tise as well, especially as this is the first year that Velofix — locally owned and operated by Ariss himself — is available in Moose Jaw. Velofix is a mobile bike shop packed into a van, which means instead of the client hauling their bike to the shop for service, Ariss comes to the client for an accessible, face-to-face maintenance experience with the person doing the work. “We do everything a typical brick-and-mortar bike shop would do, from bike sales to repairs,” said Ariss. “But one of the perks is that you get to hang out in the van, All of the regular members of the Prarie Pedals came chat with the mechanic and ask questions, and you get to out for the morning ride and maintenance demo, stay- see the parts and accessories right there.” ing carefully distanced to keep the event safe and re- The pandemic has shifted the way Ariss and the mobile bike shop operate, in that he is currently providing serlaxed. (supplied) vice to clients’ doors with no contact, but he’s had a good response from both Moose Jaw and Regina clients so far. For Ewen and the Prairie Pedals, more informational sesThe Prairie Pedals will be back on the trails on Aug. 3, sions in addition to group rides are definitely on the horiwith an early morning group ride to celebrate Saskatchzon, to help riders feel more confident and comfortable ewan Day. The group rides in a number of different loout on the trails. cations in the local area and will be meeting at Buffalo “It’s so important, especially for people who are new, Pound at 8 a.m. that morning to enjoy the mountain bikwhich is what the Prairie Pedals are aimed at is the new ing trails in the provincial park. to intermediate level,” said Ewen.”This was the first time To join the Prairie Pedals or find more information on the we’ve had someone come in and do a program for us, and group and their weekly rides, visit the Moose Jaw Pavers it’s definitely something that I think we’ll have to look website here. into doing more.” For more information on Velofix or to book a service apFor Ariss, he’s looking forward to providing more experpointment, visit the website here.
Hustlers fall to Colts, rebound with win over Ice in senior ladies fastball Colts take 13-1 win in opener, Hustlers battle to 15-9 win in nightcap Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
There were plenty of runs on tap in Moose Jaw Senior Ladies Fastball action last Wednesday night, as the Park Hotel Colts rolled to a 13-1 win over the Hustlers before the Hustlers rebounded with a 15-9 win over the Under-19 Ice in a doubleheader at Caribou Heights. Colts 13, Hustlers 1 A close game after the first inning quickly became a lopsided affair in the second, as the Colts sent 11 batters to the plate, scoring five runs on six hits and opening a 7-1 lead. Another two runs in the third and four more in the fourth capped scoring in the contest as Park Hotel would take the mercy rule win. Jasmine Cameron had a solid night at the plate for the Colts, going 4-for-4 with a double, run scored and four runs batted in. Mikayla Swallow reached base four times and scored four runs, while Kim Neithercut scored three runs and Kirah Brown crossed the plate twice. Nicole Whitehead was 3-for-3 with a run scored. Krissy Rusu knocked in Tanya Maclean with the Hustlers lone run in the opening frame. Swallow and Jade Waiting saw action on the mound for the Colts, Adrianna Phillips and Krissy Rusu pitched for the Hustlers. Hustlers 15, Ice 9 Things were back-and-forth and then some in the nightcap. The Hustlers roared out to a 7-3 lead through two innings, only to see the Ice tie the game in the third and tack on another two runs in the fourth for a 9-7 lead. The veteran squad rebounded in style though, batting
Mikayla Swallow fouls off a pitch.
Krissy Rusu delivers for the Hustlers. Jasmine Cameron hits a single in fourth inning action. around in the home half of the fourth and scoring six runs on five hits to take control of the game. Phillips took over in the circle from there and shut the Ice down the rest of the way, not allowing a hit over the final three innings to secure the win. Nicole Ansell led the Hustlers with a 3-for-5 showing that included a pair of runs scored and three RBI, McLean and Kiana Avery scored three runs each. Taylor Logan was 3-for-5 and knocked in a pair, Rachelle Grado 3-for-
4 with two RBI and a run scored. Madison Kemp went 2-for-4 and scored three runs for the Ice, Bryn Giddings scored a pair of runs and Maddie Sills was 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. Grado got the start for the Hustlers, Thul and Vanessa Knox pitched for the Ice.
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Seven-run second inning leads to 13U AA Canucks blowout win Fast start paves way for 13-3 victory over Regina Buffalos at Gattinger Diamond Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
The Moose Jaw 13U AA Canucks appear to be the kind of team that doesn’t give up on an inning very easily. Just look at their most recent contest against the Regina Buffalos as an example. After seeing two of their first three batters go down in the bottom of the second inning, the next eight Canucks hitters would reach base, scoring seven runs and going on to a 13-3 victory at Gattinger Diamond. Tryton Legare started the second-inning rally with a two-out single and was immediately followed by Kyren Ernest and Hunter Scott with back-to-back doubles. All told, the Canucks would rack up six hits and a pair of walks in the frame to take an 8-0 lead. It was all but academic from there, as Moose Jaw would tack on four more in the fourth to go up 12-1 and cruise to the mercy-rule victory.
Brogan Bowes would finish the game with a 3-for-4 showing, scoring a pair of runs and knocking in three. Scott ended up 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI, while Ernest would cross the plate three times. Zayden Anderson also had a decent night at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI. When he wasn’t running the bases, Anderson was outright dealing on the mound – three innings pitched, no runs, no hits, no walks and seven strikeouts. Scott took over in the fourth and scattered six hit over two innings, giving up three runs – one earned – and striking out five. The Canucks improved to 4-2-1 on the season and are back in action Aug. 6 when they travel to Lumsden to face the Cubs. Kaison Skeoch turns on a Regina Buffalos offering.
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Sask. launches chemical fertilizer incentive program to help boost economy growth Larissa Kurz
Saskatchewan has launched its SasEXPRESS katchewan Chemical Fertilizer Incentive program beginning today, to help attract new capital investments in large-scale production facilities within the province. The SCFI program is set up as a non-refundable, non-transferable 15 per cent tax credit on expenditures valued at $10 million or more, used for new construction or expansion of chemical fertilizer production facilities. Trade and export development minister Jeremy Harrison hopes that the introduction of the tax incentive will encourage new investments in the sector and help boost the provinceâ€™s economic growth, as highlighted in the provincial governmentâ€™s Growth Plan.
The SCFI is also expected to create new construction and operational jobs within the province. â€œThis new Saskatchewan Chemical Fertilizer Incentive makes our strong investment environment even more attractive,â€? said Harrison, in a press release. â€œOur province has what the world wants in food, fuel and fertilizer,â€? Harrison continued. â€œThis new program will build on Saskatchewanâ€™s already world-class agriculture and fertilizer sectors, helping to diversify and strengthen those industries, our exports, and grow the larger economy right here at home.â€? The new program is retroactively effective to accommodate projects that have already begun, meaning that any new projects from Nov. 1, 2017 and onwards are eligible to apply. Applications for conditional approval are due before Dec. 31, 2026.
Crops beginning to mature with warm weather By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express
Warm weather and lack of rainfall EXPRESS across the province started winter wheat ripening with early seeded crops beginning to mature. According to the Saskatchewan Agriculture crop report for the week ended July 2, winter cereals, field peas, canola and soybean crops were in fair to excellent condition. Rainfall in the Moose Jaw region varied from 14 mm at Big Beaver to eight at Gravelbourg and four at Briercrest. Haying progressed with 29 per cent baled and 49 per cent cut across the province. Hay quality was rated seven per cent excellent, 68 per cent good, 26 per cent fair and five
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per cent poor. In the Moose jaw area where 46 per cent was baled, 26 per cent cut, only four per cent is excellent quality with nine per cent very short, In the southwest, hay is 68 per cent baled with 21 per cent cut. Sixty-nine per cent was rated good with 21 per cent fair, and five per cent excellent and very short Thirteen per cent of southwest crop land moisture was rated very short with 18 per cent of hay and pasture moisture rated the same. Only three per cent of Moose Jaw crop land and seven per cent of hay and pastureland was rated very short. Five per cent of provincial crop land and seven per cent of hay and pasture was rated very short.
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RE: A CBC News article dated July 28, 2020 titledâ€? Saskatchewan hockey teams attend out-of-province tournament under blanket of secrecyâ€? Then it goes on to state that â€? five AAA teams from Saskatchewan with players ranging from 7 to 12 years old travelled to Winnipeg over the weekend of July 16-19 to play in the privately run North American Hockey Classic at several arenas.â€? I was disappointed and disheartened after reading this but was not surprised. It is just another example of how our society is spiraling down. It was reckless and irresponsible to participate in a hockey tournament in Winnipeg when there are still a number of Covid-19 cases and our Saskatchewan government stated clearly that there should not be interprovincial tournaments. Then to cheat, change names and keep it hush-hush was inexcusable. What are you teaching the next generation? FOR SHAME
Dust on High Street intersection potentially irritating businesses, pedestrians Larissa Kurz
Some residents and local businesses have noticed an increased dust problem at the intersection of Main Street and High Street, as the ongoing construction has left gravel covering the intersection while work continues. The intersection at Main Street and High Street opened to traffic on July 11 after undergoing work as part of the City of Moose Jawâ€™s water main replacement project, which is currently focusing on the 0 to 200 blocks of High Street West. But following the construction, gravel has been left across the intersection and the recent spell of high heat and dry weather means a large amount of dust is being kicked up by vehicles and irritating pedestrians, nearby businesses and residents waiting at the city transit bus stops. Businesses located on the four corners of the intersection are noticing the increased dust in the air the most, including Evolve Coffee who have had customers comment on the conditions outside the storefront. Any kind of wind makes the situation worse, said one business, and even recent rain hasnâ€™t solved the issue for very long. The dust doesnâ€™t seem to be drifting very far down the block, however, as businesses on River Street West like Brownâ€™s Socialhouse havenâ€™t noticed any more dust than is usual for this time of year. Following an anonymous tip, the Moose Jaw Express reached out to City Hall for comment about whether they have any plans in place to remedy the dusty intersection. â€œOur contractor is performing regular maintenance at the intersection, and we acknowledge that prolonged heat and high wind can cause some dust disturbance. Crews are working hard to complete the High St. corridor and anticipate paving the intersection in the next couple of weeks, weather permitting,â€? said communications manager Craig Hemingway, on behalf of the city in an email.
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BULLOCK Margaret Isobel Bullock (nee Ridley), passed away peacefully with her family by her side on July 26, 2020 at the age of 95. Born on December 3, 1924 in Moose Jaw, SK, Marg was predeceased by her husband, George; mother, Elizabeth and father William, and her brothers Bill and Norman. Marg is survived by her son John (Brenda), Moose Jaw, SK; daughter Gail Harrower (Bruce) of Ste. Anne, MB.; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; special cousin Jean Straker, Winnipeg, MB., and several nieces and nephews. She enlisted in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC) 1941 - 1946 doing clerical duties at Camp Ipperwash, ON where she made many friends with whom she continued contact with over the years. She received the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and the 1939-1945 War Medal for her service. Marg met her husband, George in Moose Jaw and they were married at St. Andrews United Church on June 3, 1950. They enjoyed visits with her special cousin, Jean and John Straker in Winnipeg, MB., and many times they were called “sisters” when seen together. She was a stay at home mom until March 1965 when her husband passed away. Marg worked at the Moose Jaw Credit Union, first as a stenographer and then as a loan officer. She was an active member of the Moose Jaw community, being a member and holding positions with the Moose Jaw Hockey Society, Association of Canadian Travelers (ACT), Moose Jaw & District Senior Association Board, and is a Lifetime Member of the Moose Jaw & District Senior Association. Many hours were spent enjoying her garden with roses and flowers, painting ceramics, making porcelain dolls and their outfits, and painting classes at Timothy Eaton Place. Marg loved to watch Calgary Stampede Wrestling, WWE Wrestling and all the WrestleMania, Royal Rumble and Summer Slam events. She was a Saskatchewan Roughrider season ticket holder for many years. The family would like to thank the caring staff and management at Chateau St. Michaels for their care of Marg while a resident at their facility. Special thanks to those staff members who made her days so special. Cremation has taken place. As per her wishes, a private graveside immediate family service will be held. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, they may make a donation to a charity of their choice in memory of her. In living memory of Margaret, a memorial planting will be made by Jones - Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: www.wjjonesandson.com or www. parkviewfuneralchapel.ca (Obituaries). Dayna Chamberlain - Funeral Director
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PHYLLIS JANE PETERMAN (née: Drake) September 13th, 1916 – July 14th, 2020 It is with great sadness that our family shares the news of the passing of our Mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother, and great-great-grandmother, Phyllis Jane Peterman (née: Drake). Phyllis was born September 13th, 1916 at Southport, England and passed away at Extendicare in Moose Jaw, SK on Tuesday, July 14th, 2020, two months short of 104 years. When Phyllis was thirteen, she came by boat with her parents and siblings. Her family first farmed at Eskbank, SK but it was the “Dirty Thirties” and her Dad took a job in Assiniboia, SK. Phyllis worked two summers at Kenosee Lake, SK then did housework at various places and eventually worked for her future mother-in-law, where she met Milton. They married on October 26th, 1938 and settled south of Mawer, SK. They farmed and trucked until 1950 when they bought the General Store in Darmody, SK. Phyllis helped run the store and service station, ran the Post Office, and raised six kids. In 1967 they closed the store and moved to Moose Jaw where they had already purchased a house earlier. She rented the basement to STI students. Phyllis played bingo, bowled, gardened and cut her own lawn until she was 90 in 2006. We then talked her into moving to Chateau St Michael where she stayed until she was 98 in 2014, and then moved to Extendicare until she passed 6 years later. She was predeceased by her mother and father; 5 siblings; husband, Milt; son, Reg; 3 grandchildren; and son-in-law, Len Gallant. Phyllis will be lovingly remembered by her children: Joan (Jake) Schaffer, Olive (Len) Hammel, Brenda Gallant, Howard (Karen), and Sheila Moser; 20 grandchildren; 38 greatgrandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. We would like to thank Extendicare for the wonderful care given to her over the last 6 years. Special thanks to Mom’s nurses and care-aides, too many names to mention. Due to the current health situation, a Private Family Service will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. James Murdock, Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome.com
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ANNA FRANCIS Anna Francis passed away in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on Monday, July 27, 2020, at the age of 92. She had been living in her home on the farm with family close by until three weeks before her passing. Survived by her daughter Geraldine Ballard (Jim deceased) of Pinawa, Manitoba, son Daniel (Allyson Carr), grandsons Daniel, Jay, Brendon and great-grandchildren Danny, Cari, Talon, Myra and Ollie, cousin Hazel, and sisters-in-law Marvis and Helen, as well as many nieces and nephews. Anna was predeceased by her husband Gordon and son Brent; older siblings Bill, John, Glen, and Noreen. Anna was born in Limerick, Saskatchewan and grew up on the family farm of parents Joseph and Mary Cobbe. She attended Orinoco and Limerick schools completing her grade twelve in Moose Jaw. She was married and lived on the farm South of Moose Jaw until her passing. Throughout her life, Anna was a dedicated and kind mother caring for her handicapped son, Brent and her grandchildren. She especially enjoyed young children in the family and their hilarious antics. Over the years there were many “ballgames” on the front lawn with the kids. Anna loved to downhill ski and included her children on trips to Banff. In later years she liked to travel with family, visiting Europe numerous times, as well as Mexico for many winters. Anna took a keen interest in art producing charcoal drawings, paintings and her passion sculpting, even selling her sculptures locally. She was ever modest about her artistic ability. A beautiful farm yard was developed with her efforts, even replacing her old roto-tiller just a few years ago. After Gordon’s passing, Anna attended senior’s dances at the Cosmo Centre, making many friends. Always appreciative of fashion, she indulged in a fine wardrobe for the dances. In keeping with Anna’s wishes, a private family interment will take place at the Limerick Cemetery. In living memory of Anna, a memorial tree planting will be made by JonesParkview Funeral Services. Please see our online book of condolences at www.parkviewfuneralchapel.ca and www.wjjonesandson.com (Obituaries). Kelly Scott, Funeral Director
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COVID-19: What’s cancelled and closed in Moose Jaw The following is a running list of groups, businesses, and organizations that have been closed or cancelled upcoming events due to concerns about COVID-19. Moose Jaw Express staff will be updating this list as needed. If you would like your notice added to this list, contact us at email@example.com. For information about the status of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, or for more information on symptoms and preventative measures, check saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus. Saskatchewan is now in the 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.
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.
SARCAN has reopened to commercial and bulk customers by appointment only. Recycling services for the general public have resumed, and the Drop n’ Go service in Moose Jaw is currently unavailable. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. The Western Development Museum will reopen to members and volunteers beginning Aug. 5, and to the general public on Aug. 12. COVID-19 precautions will be in place, with revised hours and visitor limits. Virtual summer camps began 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 email@example.com. 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. MJPS asks individuals to still call the service ahead of visiting the lobby, at 1 (306) 694-7600. City Hall reopened to the public on July 20 with limited hours, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m on Monday through Friday. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place, including screening of visitors and sign-in procedures. Free parking at downtown metres remains in effect. The Festival of Words office is closed beginning Aug. 1 and will reopen on Sept. 8 The Tourism Moose Jaw office is now open to the public every day from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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 is now open 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 will resume on Aug. 1 but darts, pool, and shuffleboard will not be resuming at this time. All COVID-19 guidelines will be followed. The Saskatchewan RCMP are resuming some limited services at detachments across the province, including Moose Jaw. Residents will be able to visit in-person for complaints, criminal record checks, and collision reports beginning Aug. 4. Safety protocols will be in place, and visitors are encouraged to contact the local detachment for more details. 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 is open for inperson 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 at 1 (306) 693-4677, by calling the Newcomer Centre at 1 (306) 692-6892 or through other digital communication. The Moose Jaw & District Senior Association has reopened Timothy Eaton Gardens and Timothy Eaton Cafe. All activities have resumed with COVID-19 restrictions, with the exception of cards and the regular jam sessions. The Cosmo Centre began some activities in a limited capacity. 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. August 27, 2020 – Our 1st BBQ. Cost is $10.00 and the food is always great! Mondays: 1:00 Shuffleboard Tuesdays: 1:00 Pickle Ball – except 1st Tuesday of each month; 7:00 Pickle Ball 1st Tuesday of the month – Canadian Blood Clinic Wednesdays: 8:30 TOPS; 9:30 Pickle Ball; 1:00 Shuffleboard; 7:00 Pickle Ball Thursdays: 10:00 Line Dance; 1:00 Pickle Ball 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, by messaging the Moose Jaw Public Library Facebook page, or through the live chat option on the website. The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery is reopening to the public on Aug. 10, with a limit of 20 visitors at any time, ten allowed in each gallery. The Discovery Centre and gift shop will remain closed. Hours will be adjusted, with the gallery open Mondays through Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will be asked to undergo screening when entering the facility and are encouraged to book ahead of time by calling the gallery at 1 (306) 692-4471 or going online. Grief support groups from Jones-Parkview Funeral Home have resumed. 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 staff at 1 (306) 692-1517. SCRAPS has reopened its 9 Lives Boutique at the Town ‘n’ Country Mall on Fridays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 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. The MJFFC is sharing some virtual programming through its Facebook page. Questions can be directed to MJFFC at 1 (306) 693-2271. Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum is currently not open for the season, and will be cancelling all summer events for the time being.
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Gyms and fitness centres have reopened. Yara Centre has begun offering outdoor fitness classes and summer day camps, and the fitness centre and walking track will reopen to the public on Aug. 10. Turf rentals will be announced in early August. 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. The Kinsmen Sportsplex is potentially reopening to the public on Aug. 13, provided clearance from the City of Moose Jaw. Swim lessons are expected to be unavailable until fall. The Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool will not be open this summer. All city paddling pools will not be open this summer. 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 email@example.com. Registration for the 2020-21 season is now open until Sept. 1. The Western Canadian Baseball League has cancelled the 2020 season. Cheer Infinity Athletics has returned to in-gym classes and workshops, and also continues to offer Virtual classes for the whole family. Classes are open to members and nonmembers in Beginner and Advanced Dance, tumbling drills, stretch, flexibility, conditioning and Ninja training. Email info@ cheerinfinity.ca today for more information on how to register. Special Olympics Saskatchewan will be offering limited activities throughout the summer, in select communities. The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins has cancelled all training until further notice. The Moose Jaw Soccer Association began it’s outdoor season on July 20, with COVID-19 precautions in place. Registration is open with limited space, anyone who registered before the shutdown is still registered. JJ Soccer Ltd. began it’s season on July 5, with the U5, U7 and U9 recreational programs now running until Aug. 26. Adult CoEd Soccer 4 Life is now running until Aug. 23. Developmental Training Centre programs for all ages are also now running until the ends of August. Additional dates have been added to the Dedicated Player program, including July 26, Aug, 2 and Aug. 9. Sunday night soccer remains postponed. For more information, visit jjsoccer.ca. 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 has been expanded to twenty 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 or email mjlawnbowling@ gmail.com. The 2020 Saskatchewan Summer Games in Lloydminster have been postponed until July 2021. 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 is hosting a shortened outdoor season. Registration is now available 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.
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. The Cultural Centre has reopened to the public, with the gallery and Box Office open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those looking to purchase tickets for upcoming shows can contact staff during regular operating hours by calling 1 (306) 693-4700 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by purchasing online at moosejawculture.ca. The Moose Jaw Public Library is now offering virtual programming while the building is physically closed to the public. 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. and on Wednesday evenings from 4 p.m. to 7 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 are being delivered using take-home activity kits, made available in neighbourhoods around the city. Registration is available online. Twin Lakes Ranch is hosting a Fun Youth Rodeo on Aug. 8 for ages 13 and under, with events for individuals with horses and without horses. Registration is required, with registration forms available online at tlrm.net, to be emailed to twinlakesranch@ sasktel.net. The Soapbox Derby races scheduled for August 16 have been cancelled. The races will return in August of 2021. The Moose Jaw & District Seniors Association will be holding its Annual General Meeting at Timothy Eaton Gardens on Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. Doors will open at noon for registration, and any specific topics must be in written form and sent to the Board of Directors at least 30 days in advance of the meeting. Nomination forms for the three open spots on the Board of Directors are available at the front desk. Country artist Chris Henderson will be playing a parking lot concert at The Music Vault in Wilcox, SK at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 22. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by contacting Gary Island at 1 (905) 242-0505. Drive-In Movie Night will take place at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park on Sept. 5 with a 9:30 p.m. showing of the 2019 remake of The Lion King. The event is free and spots will be on a first-come first-serve basis. The Family First Radiothon in support of the Moose Jaw Health Foundation will take place on Sept. 10-11. The third annual Fall Into Fabric sale hosted by Hunger in Moose Jaw will be on Sept. 12 at Zion United Church. The annual Threshing Bee at the Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum on Sept. 12-13 is tentatively cancelled this year. The 2020 Terry Fox Run in Moose Jaw will take place virtually on Sept. 20. Register online at TerryFox.org. An Evening Under the Stars fundraiser for Heartland Hospice has been rescheduled to take place on Sept. 24. Tickets are available for purchase online. The 50th annual Canadian Western Agribition in Regina on Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 has been postponed until Nov. 22-27, 2021.
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 not allowed in any hospitals, clinics, or continuing care facilities operated by the Saskatchewan Health Region. Some exceptions may be made for compassionate reasons, such as family visiting a patient at end of life care, or family of patients prior to major surgery. All community gatherings at SHA-operated facilities are on hold, as are volunteer services from those over the age of 65. Acute longer-term care, personal care or group homes are now allowing in-person visits from up to two identified support individuals or family members. The Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital Gift Shop and Canteen are closed until further notice. Casinos Moose Jaw and Regina are now open, with reduced hours from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the week, in addition to other COVID-19 safety precautions such as visitor screening, reduced capacity, and staggered seating availability. Gaming services are limited to slot machines at this time, with live tables closed until further notice. Leisure Time Bingo is open, with a reduced capacity of 70 people at a time. Doors will open at 11 a.m. There is no late night program running at this time. The Tunnels of Moose Jaw is closed, but can be contacted by phone at 1 (306) 693-5261 or email at info@tunnelsofmoosejaw. com. The Moose Jaw Exhibition Company has cancelled all upcoming events for the time being, and will not be accepting drop-in, overnight, or new tenants on the grounds until further notice.
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Closing the doors to Timothy Eaton Gardens during the initial outbreak of COVID-19 was a very tough thing to do for the Moose Jaw & District Seniors Association, but it has only made the reopening celebration earlier this month that much more satisfying. The centre officially reopened its doors on July 13, resuming almost all of the Associationâ€™s regular social activities and resuming services at the Timothy Eaton Cafe. Acting general manager Tracey Duncan shared some of the changes that are in place at Timothy Eaton moving forward, including staff wearing masks to help keep visitors safe and increased cleaning routines. â€œWe have all of our activities open right now except for cards, which of course is a government mandate, and our jam sessions,â€? said Duncan. â€œBut all other activi- The sitting area at Timothy Eaton Cafe looks a lot emptier than in this photo ties are going strong.â€? from last year, as staff have removed tables to ensure proper social distancing. This includes pickleball every day of the week, as well as numerous craft sessions, Eaton Cafe. and reserved so people arenâ€™t too close, billiards, table tennis, carpet bowling, The cafe has resumed its food services and thereâ€™s absolutely no napkins or anyboard games, and more. as per usual, open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 thing else on the tables,â€? said Duncan. Visitors are expected to follow all safety p.m., although customers will notice that â€œEverything will be given when you order precautions in force within the building, the napkins and condiments usually on your food, in single packages.â€? including keeping proper physical dis- the cafes tables have been removed for The Seniors Association has also opened tance, utilizing the hand sanitizer at the now. up the walking track and exercise equipentrances and exits, and respecting the â€œWeâ€™ve got our tables kind of spaced out ment in the lower level of Timothy Ealimit of 50 per cent capacity at Timothy
tons, which is currently undergoing some upgrades. Using a grant from the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Seniors Association has purchased some new exercise equipment, including new treadmills, a new rowing machine and new elliptical machines. The walking track is also set to be fixed as well. Duncan and the other staff at Timothy Eatons are glad to be back, and have seen plenty of enthusiasm from visitors since the centre reopened. â€œWeâ€™re elated. Not only is the staff happy to be back, but our seniors are very happy that weâ€™ve opened too,â€? said Duncan. â€œNow they can get out and go somewhere, and feel safe. We really appreciate the fact that theyâ€™re supporting us and we are taking any and all precautions that we need to make them feel safe.â€? The Seniors Association will also be hosting its Annual General Meeting at Timothy Eaton Gardens on Aug. 19 at 1 p.m., for all members to attend if interested. All health precautions will also be taken at the event, including physical distancing and sanitation. The Cosmo Senior Citizens Centre also resumed some activities earlier this month, including shuffleboard and pickleball by registration.
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