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Congress motorcycle club hosting annual toy, poker run for charity Larissa Kurz

Although the Southern Independent Riders had to cancel their spring and summer events, including the St. Victor Boogie on Father’s Day weekend, the local motorcycle club is returning with one last event to close out the summer. The annual Toyker Run is set to take place on Aug. 15, beginning at Centre Street park in Assiniboia and making the rounds through Limerick, La Fleche, Gravelbourg, and back to the clubhouse in Congress. Club president Blake Padfield shared the details of the annual fundraiser, which features the aspects of both a toy run and a poker run combined into one cruise. “We have a buy-in on all the poker hands and then we go from town to town and play a hand of poker in each,” said Padfield. “The winner gets half the pot and then our proceeds are donated to charity.’ The entry fee will be $10 for the first poker hand and $5 for any additional hands, and participants are also asked to bring an unopened toy to donate as well. The group will meet at 11 a.m. to collect entry fees, leaving town at noon. All of the toys collected at the event will be donated to the Salvation Army, said Padfield, and financial proceeds from the event will also be donated to a local charity, which is yet undecided. Things might look a little different this year at the Toyker Run, with the club planning around proper social distancing protocols, but Padfield is looking forward to finally hosting something in-person after a quiet summer — especially after having to cancel the 41st annual St. Victor Boogie. “We’ll be keeping COVID in mind this year, maybe not sending everyone out at once and instead send people in intervals on the road, just to keep distant at each stop and so it doesn’t get too jammed up,” said Padfield.

At the end of the event, the club will also be drawing a winner for its annual bike raffle, which features a Harley Davidson Street Bob FXBB up for grabs.

“We had to cancel the St. Victor Boogie this year, and we’re just looking forward to hopefully putting it on next year.” -Club president Blake Padfield The annual raffle is a big fundraiser for the club and for the Sylvan Valley Regional Park, home to the St. Victor petroglyphs, and the club is feeling the effects of COVID-19 on their ticket sales this year. “[COVID-19] kind of hit us hard because a majority of our events that we go and

sell tickets at were in March, April and May [and] so we’re kind of struggling that way this year,” said Padfield. “So we’ll have lots of bike tickets for sale on the poker run and we’re hoping to get some more sold.” Tickets are still available, however, and people interested in buying a ticket before the draw can contact either Padfield at (306) 630-5445 or Kevin at (306) 2677809, who can accept cash or e-transfers this year. Raffle tickets will also be available during the poker and toy run at each stop. And as for the club, the Southern Independent Riders are just looking forward to next year. “We’re just trying to keep it going business as usual,” said Padfield. “We had to cancel the St. Victor Boogie this year, and we’re just looking forward to hopefully putting it on next year.”

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Sask. school divisions release return to school plans for Sept., no masks required yet The Ministry of Education and the school divisions within the province of Saskatchewan have released the safety plans and protocols in place for the return to classrooms in September. Deputy premier and minister of education Gordon Wyant shared an overview of the protocols now in place on Aug. 4 in an online press conference. “Every effort is being made within the plan to ensure that transmission risk in minimized, but that risk is not eliminated,” said Wyant. “Saskatchewan people have been able to return to a new normal and resume their daily activities, and we now ask for their continued cooperation as we adjust to a new level of normal for schools. We have made every effort to make that adjustment as comfortable and safe as possible for students, for parents, and for our staff.” All of the 27 school divisions in the province were required to submit their drafted safety plans to the Saskatchewan Education Response Planning Team and provincial chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab, to ensure each plan meets the eight central guidelines developed in the provincial safety plan. Those guidelines are currently set on returning to classrooms as normally as possible, said Wyant, with a focus on reducing physical contact between students in the classroom. Details will differ between each school division, but all schools will be expected to adhere to the following protocols. Parents are being asked to keep children home if they show signs of illness, and

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Deputy Premier and education minister Gordon Wyant and chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab during a press conference on Aug. 4. (screenshot) schools will be required to have a quarantine space and protocols in place if a child does show COVID-19 symptoms at school. Increased sanitation in schools will be required, including high touch surfaces in classrooms, and hand sanitizer will be made available to students and staff. Schools will not be reducing classroom sizes at this time but will have procedures in place to control contact between students, including dedicated entrances and exits, staggered breaks and class transition times, and directional flow in hallways. No-contact activities will be encouraged, and schools will be asked to utilize outdoor learning spaces whenever possible. Extracurricular activities will be allowed on a division basis, with outdoor sports allowed at this time.

Safety procedures will be in place on school busses as well — including seating plans, mandatory cleaning between trips, and potentially plexiglass shields — but parents are being encouraged to drive their children to school as an alternative. Wyant noted that protocols in place are considered to be at Level One of a four-level safety plan, which will be adjusted according to recommendation from Shahab if the pandemic changes in Saskatchewan. Masks will not be mandatory in classrooms at this time, unlike other provinces such as Alberta have announced, which Wyant and Shahab addressed. “All of the precautions that are outlined in the resumption of schools plan are meant to minimize transmission within a cohort, a classroom with a teacher, and between classes,” said Shahab. “Many

experts have said you need to provide as normal and reassuring an environment as possible when school starts, especially for younger children, so the plan as outlined today and as designed takes into account that when you have low transmission as we did in June and July, you can start school without masks.” Shahab went on to explain that masks would be most effective in an indoor environment where physical distancing is more difficult. Mandatory masking in schools would be part of Level Two of the province’s plan, which will be provided by the Ministry of Education for students and staff. Wyant shared that the province has 6 million masks ordered in the event that schools shift to Level Two, and Shahab encouraged families to be prepared with their own masks as well. Level Three would involve reduced capacity in schools and a shift to cohort models of education, and Level Four would mean a complete shift back to the online, distance method of education from earlier this spring. With the school year set to begin as early as Sept. 1 for some, individual divisions have been asked to share the details of their safety protocols with parents, students and staff themselves. NDP education critic Carla Beck responded to the provincial government’s return to school plan in a separate online news conference, expressing disappointment in the lack of details regarding level thresholds and the absence of increased funding for schools in the province.

Métis Nation–Saskatchewan pilot program covering cancer-related travel costs Larissa Kurz

Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN-S) has launched a new pilot program meant to help ease the stress of accessing cancer treatments for Métis patients in the province. The Cancer Transportation Pilot Program launched at the end of July, after MN-S heard concerns from Métis citizens about the stress of travelling to receive cancer treatments in larger urban centres. Travel can be a major barrier for some patients, said

MN-S in a press release, as cancer treatment is only available at clinics in Saskatoon and Regina, causing some patients to travel hours in order to receive treatment. Paired with the closure of the public bus service from the Saskatchewan Transportation Company in 2017, travel has become more difficult for many citizens and can become a large out-of-pocket expense. The pilot program offers financial reimbursement to pa-

tients in need of help with travel costs, including gas and parking costs, to help alleviate some stress involved with accessing treatment. In order to apply to the program, citizens must have provincial residence, MN-S Métis citizenship, access to an available driver and vehicle, and contact information of the clinic they are attending. To access the Cancer Transportation Pilot Program and apply for reimbursement, eligible applicants can complete a form online at or contact project coordinator Tanya Pruden at (306) 291-4758 or

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Reflecting On Progress MLA’s Column

Warren Michelson Moose Jaw North

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Moose Jaw is set to benefit from two major projects that will be starting in the very near future. Construction of a much-needed new joint-use school and groundbreaking for the Great Plains Power Station are both scheduled for early next year. With the expected fall provincial election and my time as your MLA coming to concluding at that time, I’ve been reflecting on the progress we have seen in Moose Jaw and across our province. The F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital is no doubt the most significant investment for Moose Jaw. It was a huge privilege to advocate for a new hospital for area residents, and to attend the grand opening. I will always remember getting a call from someone, who lived in Saskatoon, and

had visited a friend who was hospitalized in Moose Jaw. He had so many good things to say about what a great facility it was, what good care his friend was receiving, and how fortunate we are to have this new hospital in our community. Mosaic Place and YaraCentre opened in 2011. I’ve enjoyed many events at Mosaic Place and enjoyed “Turf Time” at YaraCentre with my grandchildren. Concerts and events like the Scotties Tournament of Hearts have brought significant economic activity to our local businesses. In addition to major projects, Municipal Revenue sharing to Moose Jaw has increased 142 per cent. Provincial funding for Moose Jaw is allocated annually in other areas like upgrades at SaskPolytech, and through the Community Initia-

tives Fund. Just shy of $29,000,000 was invested in our city for the 2020-21 fiscal year. I have seen Saskatchewan grow so much stronger in my time as your MLA. Our population has grown by more than 170,000 people because our economy has grown with 75,500 new jobs and over $180 billion in capital investment. Production and exports continue to climb, increasing by more than 60 per cent, with Saskatchewan product being shipped to more than 150 countries around the world. This strength helped our province weather the COVID-19 crisis, coming out on top, or second-best among provinces in terms of economy and employment. However, progress is only meaningful if it improves quality of life for our people. We have seen this with more doctors and nurses, more child care spaces and more education staff. The Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disabilities was introduced in 2009 to better assist those living with a disability. We have built new longterm care homes, and increased income assistance for seniors. Police and Crisis Teams are in place

around the province, including in Moose Jaw. Mental health workers now work alongside police to provide more appropriate support to individuals during a mental health crisis, reducing the number of individuals going into Emergency Departments or police custody. It is always an honour to attend grand openings for new housing. Fifteen million dollars has been invested in Moose Jaw for improved social housing since 2007. Wakamow Place and Wakamow Place II were constructed for hard-tohouse individuals and the province contributed to eight Habitat for Humanity homes in Moose Jaw. Your Saskatchewan Party government has always recognized that there is more that can be done, and it has been my privilege to be part of a government continually looking for the best ways to make life better for all of Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

NDP critic calls Sask. government’s school resumption plan “worst plan in Canada” Larissa Kurz

Saskatchewan NDP education critic Carla Beck responded to the provincial government’s announcement of its plan to return students and staff to classrooms this fall, stating her concerns with the safety protocols outlined by the Ministry of Education. Deputy premier and education minister Gordon Wyant shared the guidelines laid out by the Saskatchewan Education Response Planning Team and the provincial chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab, which all 27 school divisions were required to follow in developing their own draft plans for the fall. “It is the least detailed plan to be delivered in all of Canada and somehow the minster has managed to come up with the worst plan in Canada, despite all of the extra time and ability to learn from the plans of other provinces,” said Beck in an online press conference on Aug. 4. The provincial plan focuses on returning staff and students to school as close to normal as possible, said Wyant during the earlier press conference, with a focus on reducing physicial contact. A number of changes will be made by each individual school division in the province to do so, including staggered class and break times, increased sanitation of high-touch surfaces, and seating plans on school busses, among others. At this time, the Ministry of Education is not requiring masks be worn in schools and is not reducing classroom sizes as part of their Level One response, which is the

NDP education critic Carla Beck during an online press conference on Aug. 4. (screenshot)

first in a four-level contingency plan in place. “I think where we can’t maintain social distancing, for students at least age ten and over, in crowded classrooms, crowded high schools, for sure we should be looking at mandatory masking,” said Beck. “I was very disappointed to hear that there were no thresholds that

have been identified with those new phases.” During the ministry’s press conference, chief medical officer Shahab indicated that the need for masking in classrooms may become more pertinent as classes and activities are forced indoors in the coming months, but that ultimately the requirement for masking protocol will depend on future changes to the province’s active cases. Beck also expressed disappointment that there has been no indication of additional funding for the education sector, to address concerns like additional bussing supports, costs of sanitation supplies, or funding for staff. She also criticized the government for failing to clarify more details of the resumption plan from the initial announcement of a developing strategy made earlier in June. “What I saw today [from the government’s plan], I’m not sure that parents have any additional information to help them make the decision about whether their kids will be safe in the fall or not,” said Beck. “Parents and teachers were really hanging a lot on this announcement today, hoping to hear some details, and I can’t overstate how frustrated and disappointed I am.” Beck and the opposition are calling on the Saskatchewan Party for more details to ensure the safety of staff and students, including increased masking, flexible start dates and threshold targets for the phases of the resumption plan.

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Our country of Canada offers so much beauty from sea to sea to the far north. It would be so wonderful to experience it all, one bite at a time! Unfortunately, I haven’t made it past the middle east yet (Ontario), but looking forward to someday getting to the east coast, God willing. The majesty of the mountains is spectacularly breathtaking, with much of our country remaining fairly pristine wilderness, and Joan Ritchie every vista in-between boasting EDITOR its own beauty. But for me, my heart belongs here on the prairies. Just celebrating Saskatchewan Day, I thought it was time to pay homage to my home province and the land that I love. For the 13 years we lived on the north coast of B.C., I couldn’t wait for the opportunities to come home to the prairies, to see the living skies open up. It was as if a weight was lifted off my shoulders, to be back where my roots were established and the beauty of the prairies rolled out to greet me. This past weekend I took a roadtrip to Lethbridge with my sis to deliver our pops to our other sister’s home for a little reprieve from our house. He has been with us since mom passed away on June 25th. Under bright sunny prairie skies and the XM Radio channel belting out the 60s oldies, it was a happy drive in good company. I must admit the drive may appear boring to some but looking beyond the windshield, there was beauty everywhere. Fluffy white clouds danced across the sky as ripened crops gently swayed in the breeze. The rolling hills were covered in prairie grasses grown to maturity, giving movement to the landscape and then from there to the irrigated regions of Alberta where corn crops are now boasting their delicious golden offerings. Hay crops lay across the land and huge bales litter the fields providing winter feed for cattle. I absolutely loved what my sister’s grandson called these bales of hay when he was about 3 years old. The conversation went something like this: Grandma Cindy asked him if he knew what those things in the field were. He shook his head knowingly and answered, “They’re dinosaur poops!” Sooo…funny and endearing; in the mouth of babes, children’s imaginations abounds. I also think how wonderful it is in this time of pandemic that we can embrace the beauty around us and take opportunities to get out in our local areas, go for drives and take up activities that offer us an occasion to be out and about. There are so many things we can still do. We here in Moose Jaw are so blessed to have a river running through it and a place for kayakers and paddle-boarders to go for a paddle; see page A7 for the story. As well, this edition features a regular summer column by Ron Walter, “Where we can go” that offers some ideas to embrace during a summer’s drive. But whatever you do, take some time to get out and do what you can and appreciate where we live in the here and now. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication. Send your letters to the editor to: or 888-241-5291 All columns, letters to the editor and editorials are solely the personal opinions of the writers themselves and not necessarily the opinions of The Moose Jaw Express. The contents of this publication are the property of the Moose Jaw Express. Reproduction of any of the contents of this publication, including, but without limiting the generality of the following: photographs, artwork and graphic designs, is strictly prohibited. There shall be no reproduction without the express written consent of the publisher. All ads in the Moose Jaw Express are published in good faith without verification. The Moose Jaw Express reserves the right to refuse, classify, revise or censor any ads for any reason in its sole discretion. This paper may include inaccuracies or errors. The Moose Jaw Express does not under any circumstances accept responsibility for the accuracy or otherwise of any ads or messages in any of the publications editions. The Moose Jaw Express specifically disclaims all and any liability to advertisers and readers of any kind for loss or damage of any nature what-so-ever and however arising, whether due to inaccuracy, error, omission or any other cause. All users are advised to check ad and message details carefully before entering into any agreement of any kind and before disclosing personal information. If in doubt, please take legal advice.

National transport company with Moose Jaw roots celebrates 75th anniversary By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express

A 98-pound mother unable to lift a 100-pound milk can onto a railroad station platform inspired the birth of one of Canada’s largest trucking companies. Jack McCaig’s mother was late hauling their milk to Moose Jaw and none of the neighbours who usually helped her were still there. Unable to lift the can and unable to get any help from the railroad workers, she poured the milk out. When McCaig heard the story that night over supper he was incensed. “I decided that’s it,” McCaig recalled in an interview years after the 1930 incident. “I started a run with the truck, picking up milk all the way to Regina. The farmers were delighted.” His business took off. He financed his new $500 Ford with $50 earned that winter hauling coal by wagon and horse. When he was 16 or 17, he had admired the possibilities of trucking that could save three days of time waiting for machine parts to arrive by train. McCaig sold the milk freight business in 1932 to set up McCaig Cartage in Moose Jaw with two used hand trucks and a home-built trailer. In the depths of the Great Depression he prospered, winning job after job. One of his innovations was to seek back haul freight from trips to cut costs. He interrupted the business for three years in 1941 to serve with the Canadian military as an instructor in mountain driving. In 1945 he took a partner Al Cameron and formed Maccam Transport with a second enterprise, Maccam Motors. Maccam Motors, a Ford-Mercury dealership, was located on the current Pizza Hut site.

The company became Trimac Transport in 1960 with the name reflecting two sons Bud and Norm working in the business. The company grew organically and by acquisition. Today, the 75-year-old Trimac operates more than 2,500 tractors and more than 4,000 trailers in Canada and the United States, hauling bulk commodities. By 1954 all the McCaig sons were involved. A new RedMix concrete business opened in Moose Jaw on River Street, still operating under different owners. In 1961 the company bought H.M Trimble and Sons, moving headquarters to Calgary. Over the years Trimac has acquired almost three dozen companies with purchase of the Gibson Energy trucking business in Moose Jaw being one of the latest. The family has never forgotten its Moose Jaw roots with numerous donations ranging from a tourist centre building to McCaig Gardens in Wakamow to funds for the new hospital among the donations. Family plans for a Moose Jaw celebration this summer were postponed by COVID-19 as were plans for a mobile history display unit that would have come to Moose Jaw. Trimac became a public company with shares trading in 1971 and in 2000 became a family-owned company once again. Ron Walter can be reached at

Genealogy society to celebrate 50th birthday with online speaker

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express The Moose Jaw branch of the Saskatchewan Genealog- ly, it agreed to organize a Zoom meeting so that speaker ical Society will celebrate its 50th anniversary this fall, Linda Yipp could give her presentation. The plan is for but there won’t be any in-person activities to honour the Yipp to speak online on Sept. 12, with likely a presentaoccasion. tion in the morning and another in the afternoon. The genealogy society normally meets in an upper room The branch and SGS plan to send out more information at the Moose Jaw Public Library, but the building has closer to that date. been closed to the public since mid-March due to the While the branch has not held meetings in nearly six pandemic. Therefore, the group has not held regular months, its members have been busy with their family gatherings to discuss the plans for the anniversary with trees, said Cleave. During the initial phases of the lockmembers. down, many members contacted her to ask for help to However, the executive board communicated with each find information. While the Moose Jaw Genealogy Soother recently and decided the celebration should be can- ciety has some of the information, the archives at the licelled, explained president Marge Cleave. brary contain most of the information for which people “I’d rather do that and be safe. A lot of our members are were looking. seniors and we don’t want to expose anyone to anything “I think I find a lot more people (are) doing their DNA,” … ,” she remarked. “It is kind of sad to not be able to she continued, “which is keeping everybody really busy. invite everybody to come to a celebration, but we got to Whether it’s through Ancestry(.com) or 23andMe, I’m be safe.” finding a lot more are doing their ancestry (that way).” Once the group can reconvene, it will hold a small party Using DNA can connect people with ancestors they may that will feature a cake and other sweet delights. never have known they had. It can also release many seWhen the branch decided to cancel the anniversary cel- crets that were hidden over the years, Cleave added. Yet, ebration, the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society head it’s nice to find those ancestors — such as grandchildren office stepped in to offer a hand, Cleave said. Specifical- — who share the same genetic makeup.

Humane Society offering microchipping for pets throughout August Larissa Kurz

The Moose Jaw Humane Society will be hosting a microchipping clinic throughout the month of August, giving pet owners in Moose Jaw and area a chance to microchip their pets with little to no hassle. Microchipping is the most reliable form of pet identification, said the Humane Society, as it is tamper-proof and permanent in ways that collars with tags, tattoos or GPS collars are not. The Humane Society receives reports of lost pets every week, and so the shelter encourages pet owners to consider choosing pet identification so that lost pets can be returned to their homes more easily. Microchips also provide proof of ownership and are a life-long safety measure for pets and owners. The clinic will be available to community members on Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., all throughout the month of August. Pet owners are asked to make an appointment, to help the shelter follow social distancing protocols and ensure the

Humane society: Moose Jaw Humane Society. (photo by Larissa Kurz)

safety of visitors, and owners can bring in more than one pet from their household. To help encourage pet owners to consider microchipping, the clinic’s rate will be dropped to $20 for the first two pets and $15 for additional pets brought on the same day. To book an appointment for the microchipping clinic, contact the Humane Society at (306) 692-1517.


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Moose Jaw Public Library opens doors to in-person visits Larissa Kurz

The Moose Jaw Public Library announced that as of Monday, Aug 10th this week, the doors to the library are open and have limited in-person visits from patrons in the next step to the reopening plan from the region. A number of restrictions are in place, according to the MJPL’s website, but patrons will be allowed to enter the building for the first time since doors closed in March to check out items from the library’s collection. “It definitely feels good [to open] but it’s not without its worries,” said acting assistant librarian Carolyn Graham. “It will be limited access, so we’re hoping everybody will be happy with that rather than unhappy that they can’t browse the stacks and spend hours there.” In-person visitors will be able to browse a small collection of new and popular materials available to loan, but physical access to the full collection will be limit-

ed. Instead, patrons can request help from library staff to place holds or find items of interest elsewhere in the building. Patrons will be asked to undergo health screening upon entry to the building, and masks will be mandatory to visit the library in person, which MJPL will provide to those who don’t have a mask. Appointments aren’t necessary, said Graham, but there will be a limit on how many people can be in the library at one time, to help maintain proper physical distancing protocols. The curbside pickup program will also still continue by appointment, and patrons will now have the option to collect their loaned items inside the building rather than outside. All of the MJPL’s online programming will also continue as normal, and online resources will remain available, including the summer reading challenges. Staff can still be contacted by phone,


Best grilled cheese adventure carries on

A friend asked me the other day about where she could get a grilled cheese sandwich made with real cheese that Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express melted to the edges of the bread. When she asked, a bell dinged in my head and I remembered a column I had written two summers ago about my search for the perfect grilled cheese sandwich and the duds I put up with during my unscientific search. I had indicated then that I would reveal the location of the best grilled cheese at the end of the travel season — but I failed to do so, perhaps thinking I needed more research to come up with a conclusive answer. In my opinion there is more to putting together a grilled cheese than glomming a thin layer of Cheez Whiz between two slices of bread, brushing some margarine over the top and bottom of the slices and slapping it onto the grill. The outcome will be disappointing and I have been disappointed many times. That is why I often quiz the server prior to ordering: I ask about the filling - is it cheddar cheese slices, is it Cheez Whiz, is it processed cheese slices, are the slices overlapped to meet the edges of the bread? Does the cook use butter or margarine? On the occasion of ordering grilled cheese and ham, the question could also come up about the quality of the ham: is it shaved, sliced or is it mystery meat that has been labelled ham. So many questions, so few legitimate answers. After the original column appeared, sev-

eral people offered me their opinions of where they had found the best grilled cheese and suggested I patronize those places to check out the cuisine. I appreciated their interest but unfortunately didn’t make it in person to most of those spots. So, going from memory, my favourite grilled cheese still comes from Cavendish in Prince Edward Island. Sandwiches there come with two kinds of cheese complemented by apple or grape jelly. My make-at-home favourite is with apple jelly and double slices of cheddar cheese. I came across several excellent grilled cheese sandwiches closer to home. Not being willing to rate them one, two, three, etc., I will simply list the locations and let readers decide for themselves — Franklyn’s Eatery in Mortlach; Betty’s Rustic Cafe & Gallery in Chaplin; Casino Moose Jaw lunch area; Prairie Oasis Restaurant; and Burning Hills Cafe in Rockglen. In addition to excellent grilled cheese, Franklyn’s has scones, homemade jam and clotted cream that make one want to call for a second order. At Betty’s there’s some interesting art work and crafts to admire while waiting for one’s meal. The Prairie Oasis potato salad adds to the quality of the sandwich. Local art work is also featured at the Burning Hills. I won’t dwell on the establishment that gave me what turned out to be a toasted cheese sandwich after which the server argued that it was indeed grilled. Interesting that the cheese was cold and as solid as processed cheese could be. So, off you go for a day trip looking for tasty grilled cheese. Perhaps phone ahead to make sure of the hours of operation for the rural eateries. And enjoy. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

Moose Jaw Public Library. (photo by Larissa Kurz) email, through Facebook, and using the chat feature on the MJPL’s website. At this stage in the reopening plan, access to the Archives, computers, and the entire collection inside the building will not be available, and patrons will not be able to stay in the library to study. The MJPL’s hours will also be changing for in-person visits. The building will be open only in the afternoons from Monday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will remain closed on Sundays. Further expansion of services at the MJPL will be implemented slowly, said Graham, as the reopening plan continues.

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Hunger In Moose Jaw has announced that the annual Fall into Fabric set for September will be cancelled, but the non-profit organization still offered crafters a chance to pick up some discounted material and help support food security in Moose Jaw. Instead of the annual sale, Hunger in Moose Jaw instead welcomed residents to browse its collection of donated fabric, yarn, and quilting materials by appointment on Aug. 10-12. “We’re just trying to get rid of what we have,” said executive director Sharla Sept, prior to the sale. “Everything is really good prices, very low, priced to sell.” Hunger in Moose Jaw had just over a dozen boxes of donated material to get rid of, made available to interested residents via private shopping appointments. Social dis-

tancing protocols were firmly in place, said Sept. The impromptu sale was partially meant to create some more space at Hunger in Moose Jaw’s office, but also as a way to fundraise at least a little for the non-profit organization. Much like the usual fall sale, all of the funds raised will stay at Hunger in Moose Jaw to help support food security programming in the city. Cancelling the annual fall fabric sale was a tough decision to make, but Sept said that the Hunger in Moose Jaw team isn’t throwing in the towel entirely. “It’s disappointing, but we may look at a different time frame or maybe a different time of year,” said Sept. “We’re looking forward to try and do something possibly different, but for now this is what we can do.”

Grant writing, sponsorship development workshops coming up from SWDCRS Virtual workshops to offer tips and information on how to write a solid grant proposal and how to land sponsorships for your project Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The South West District for Culture, Recreation and Sport will be offering a pair of virtual workshops that could valuable to anyone looking to improve their knowledge of two key areas for non-profit groups – grant writing and sponsorships. A grant writing workshop will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will feature “the eight essential tools to help write a strong grant application and keep all your research organized”. That event will be followed by a Sponsorship Development course on Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., which will offer a chance to learn how to develop sponsorship opportunities, build strong proposals, how to identify and find sponsors and how to build sponsorship relationships. The two courses are free for communities in the South

West District, which runs west from the Regina outskirts to the Alberta border and south from the South Saskatchewan River to the U.S. border. Places outside of the region can take the courses at a cost of $20. All virtual workshops use the Zoom app, and links to join the workshops will be e-mailed to participants later this month. Those interested in participating can sign up by visiting The SWDCRS aims to help member communities in any way they can, offering a wide variety of courses and information on a regular basis, with workshops even available by request by visiting south-west-virtual-classroom. For more information on their programs and what they all have to offer, visit

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BIZWORLD By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Leader in adult diapers, feminine hygiene products shows potential price growth Forest products have long been cyclical, avoided by investors seeking stable revenues and long-term growth. Pennsylvania-based P. H. Glatfelter appears to be a forest products company with a growth trajectory. Glatfelter becomes an exception to forest products by producing engineered speciality products from tea bags to feminine hygiene materials and adult incontinence products. These are essential items with purchase not influenced by pandemics or other socially disruptive situations. Annual sales of $928 million break down geographically to 57 per cent in Europe, 29 per cent in America and 12 per cent in the rest of the world. In 2019, feminine hygiene and adult diapers accounted for 43 per cent and 57 per cent of air laid materials. The company has leading positions in these categories with annual growth rates of six per cent in adult diapers and two per cent in feminine hygiene expected for some time. The engineered and patented air laid materials are highly absorbent, thin, feel like cloth and have multiple layers to manage fluids.

Glatfelter boasts number one market positions in feminine hygiene, adult diapers, and table top products and number two in wipes. Number one market positions are also held in tea bags, single serve coffee filters and non-woven wall covers. Profit margin has improved from 12.3 per cent in 2015 to 14.7 per cent in 2019. A cost reduction campaign hopes to improve margins. The company will have $360 million US$ to reduce the $350 million debt or expand with proceeds from the sale of the specialty papers business that makes paper for book publishing, envelopes and packaging. All three are declining markets or highly competitive. Revenues will be boosted by the 20 per cent expansion of an Arkansas air laid plant and the acquisition of $100 million annual revenues from Steinfurt which makes table top paper and wipes in Europe. The market is open for expansion outside of North America and Europe. One potential downside comes from the movement to reduce single serve use, but forest products are better than

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Hot Pressure Washers!! More people paddling the river after months of indoor isolation Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

After being cooped up inside for months, many people have jumped at the chance to rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboard and take a peaceful tour through Wakamow Valley. Moose Jaw River and Adventure Tours has been busy since it opened its doors for the season on May 1, although traffic picked up once it expanded its hours in July to seven days a week and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., explained supervisor Tim Metka. Since Canada Day, the business has seen double the amount of traffic over last year. When the Moose Jaw Express visited the boathouse in Kiwanis River Park on July 30, there was not a soul anywhere nor was anyone on the river. However, it was 33-degrees Celsius with the humidex pushing that 38-degrees Celsius, so most people were likely taking an afternoon siesta. Aside from that, though, hitting the river has been a popular pastime this summer. “Business has been very good. It’s been very good (and busy) during the week, while it’s been busier in off-peak hours (away from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.),” Metka said. “Because of the coronavirus, people want to get out.” From what Metka has heard, during the first three weeks of July, there was not a kayak anywhere in Canada to purchase — every store had sold out. He joked that people have gone from baking sourdough bread to painting their homes to buying bicycles to purchasing kayaks and canoes. One of the best things about paddling the Moose Jaw

Tim Metka, supervisor of Moose Jaw River and Adventure Tours, demonstrates how to use a kayak during a quiet afternoon in Kiwanis River Park. Photo by Jason G. Antonio River is how much wildlife people will see depending upon the time they go, he continued. Over the past few months, Metka has seen or heard about geese, baby raccoons, baby skunks, beavers, minks, snakes, red-winged blackbirds, killdeers, and turtles. What’s interesting is baby animals haven’t been seen much in the valley the last couple of years, he continued. Furthermore, he was shocked to see Baltimore orioles —

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the birds, not the baseball team — flitting throughout the area this year. Those birds weren’t around much in the 1980s and 1990s, but have made a comeback. One of the few creatures that haven’t returned in large numbers is frogs. Metka can remember the valley being full of the amphibians in the 1960s before their numbers declined. If people want to see more animals, it’s best to come early in the morning or in the evening when it’s not so hot. Most animals — including beavers — will hide in the cool shadows if it’s the middle of the day. It’s great to canoe or kayak on the river this year since there are no treacherous parts, the current is very slow and there are only a few shallow spots, Metka said. Kayaks are generally the popular choice for users, but this year there has been a rush to rent canoes. While most people who rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard are from Moose Jaw, a good portion of users come from Regina since they like how sheltered the river is, he continued. It also helps that nearby are the campgrounds, the Burger Cabin, and the Ice Hut, Metka can send people for burgers or ice cream after their river adventure. For Metka, the best part about paddling the water is how calm it is. “I suffer from hypertension (and) high blood pressure and I take pills for it. But there’s nothing like being on the water to relieve your stress,” he chuckled. “And it’s extremely good exercise … It is a nice little river; it’s a nice spot … People really enjoy it.” To rent, call 631-7524 or 630-7525.

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Eight projects in the Moose Jaw area will receive nearly $114,000 in federal funding as part of an emergency community support fund (ECSF) program. The fund provides financial support to charities adapting their front-line services to support vulnerable Canadians during the coronavirus pandemic. The federal government funds the ECSF while the United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross administer the money in a collaborative partnership. United Way Regina provided an update recently about the recipients that received funding through this program. The organization received more than 60 applications from community programs during the past month for programs and services that support vulnerable community members. To date, the federal government has approved $980,000 in funding to 43 organizations in southern Saskatchewan. In the Moose Jaw area, eight groups will receive $113,580: • Canadian Mental Health Association (Moose Jaw): $20,000; • Eden Care Communities (Moose Jaw area): $6,500; • Iver Main Place Inc. (Central Butte): $20,000; • John Howard Society of Saskatchewan: $20,000; • Moose Jaw and District Food Bank: $20,000; • Moose Jaw Family Services: $22,000; • YMCA of Regina (Moose Jaw area): $5,080. “United Way Regina is very proud to be a trusted community builder,” Robyn Edwards-Bentz, CEO of United Way Regina, said in a news release. “Working together, we were able to swiftly distribute funding to charitable organizations who were quickly adapting their programs to better serve the needs of individuals and families most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in southern Saskatchewan.” Visit for more information.



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TRADING THOUGHTS By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Inter-city comparison seeks fair salary for local mayor The Trading Thoughts column of July 28 about the controversial 21 per cent increase to the Moose Jaw mayor’s salary in 2021 raised some questions from readers. Why, for example, is the mayor’s salary — $100,068 in 2021 — linked to a cabinet minister’s salary? There is no direct link, except both are by Ron Walter supposedly full-time. And the question arose: Why are we just comparing our mayor’s salary to Saskatchewan cities? Why not look elsewhere too? Yours Truly believes in fair compensation for our elected politicians, having previously written how only the rich or retired could afford to be mayor or on council. They have been changed since and become much better. If hooking these salaries to an MLA or cabinet minister’s salary, as many Saskatchewan cities do, is unacceptable, what benchmark measure should be used? Private business executive salaries are linked to their financial responsibilities — the size of revenues and expenditures. Politicians’ salaries in cities should reflect the city operating budget. This column has chosen comparison of mayor’s salary and operating budgets with 12 other cities, ranging in size from 16,343 to 128,000 and includes cities from Al-

Mayor Salary Population Moose Jaw $100,068 33,890 Prince Albert $88,458 39,926 North Battleford $66,884 23,265 Swift Current $78,000 18,500 Yorkton $83, 635 16,343 Lloydminster $101,591 31,410 Fort McMurray $165,790 64,573 Red Deer $131,000 128,429 Medicine Hat $129,650 65,825 Grande Prairie $183,200 69,088 Lethbridge $111,179 98,198 Brandon $102,376 48,559 Thunder Bay $93,900 127,201 berta, Manitoba and Western Ontario. While populations differ, all have one common feature. They are regional service centres. Highest paid mayor, Grande Prairie, gets $183,200 with a $183 million budget — seventh largest. Second highest paid mayor is in Fort McMurray at $165,790 and looks after a $766 million budget — second highest of the group. Third highest paid mayor, $131,000 in Red Deer, oversees a $369 million budget, fifth largest of the sample. Fourth highest paid mayor is in Medicine Hat who gets $129,650 for the third largest budget of $394 million. Fifth highest mayor’s salary, $111,179 for Lethbridge,

oversees a $405 million budget. Sixth highest salary is $102,736 in Brandon, supervising the 10th largest budget of $56.1 million. Seventh best paid mayor is in Lloydminster at $101,591 for a $308 million budget - sixth highest in the sample. Eighth highest paid mayor is Moose Jaw to get $100,068 for a $85.14 million budget — eighth highest of the sample. Ninth best paid mayor is $93,900 in Thunder Bay with a $543 million budget, the highest of the 13 cities. Tenth highest paid mayor, Prince Albert gets $86,078 to oversee the seventh largest budget —$91 million Eleventh highest paid mayor in Yorkton gets $81,755 with a budget of $49 million, 11th lowest of the sample Twelfth highest paid mayor is in Swift Current at $78,649 with a 63.6 million budget - ninth highest. Last on the list is North Battleford at $66,884 with a $42 million budget for 12th lowest budget of $42 million Based on this measure it appears the Moose Jaw mayor’s salary won’t be that much out of line. The mayors of Thunder Bay and Lethbridge are underpaid, with mayors of Brandon, Prince Albert, Grande Prairie, Swift Current and Red Deer overpaid. Data was taken from 2019, or in two cases, 2018 reports. Ron Walter can be reached at The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

Moose Jaw gets $2.2M to upgrade airport and enhance safety By Moose Jaw Express staff

The federal and provincial governments are providing nearly $2.2 million to help the City of Moose Jaw improve its municipal airport, which will strengthen the area economy and increase safety. The Government of Canada will invest $1.2 million through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastruc������ � �

ture Stream of the Investing in Canada plan, while the Government of Saskatchewan will contribute $999,900, a news release explained. The municipality will contribute $500,100 and is responsible for any additional costs. The rehabilitation and expansion of the existing runway and taxiway will help accommodate larger planes, including business class, turboprops and light jets. The construction of a new apron space will increase the parking area and allow for heavier aircraft to be parked. A new hangar access road will reduce the use of taxiways by vehicle traffic. Improvements also include the installation of an additional runway, taxiway and approach lights. “Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued commitment to growing our city and reinforces our confidence that Moose Jaw is moving forward,” Mayor Fraser Tolmie said in the news release. “We thank the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan for recognizing the value of this project and making significant investments. “These improvements to the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport will benefit our local economy, and we thank the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport Authority and local business community for their hard work, support and commitment to the municipal airport.”

The Moose Jaw Municipal Airport Authority team is excited to see this runway expansion and rehabilitation of the airside buildings project start to come to fruition, said Greg Simpson, chair of the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport Authority. “When construction is finished, these upgrades will improve safety and benefit current airport users in the health and agricultural sectors, along with potential new businesses that rely on general aviation,” he added. “This will improve access to critical health-care services and help support economic development in our community, thanks to improved transportation infrastructure. We are grateful for both the confidence demonstrated and the financial support provided.” The federal government plans to spend $180 billion during the next 12 years to support public transit, green infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and rural and northern communities, the news release said. Of this funding, $2 billion will support infrastructure projects that meet the needs of rural and northern communities, such as for food security, access roads and enhanced broadband connectivity. Across Saskatchewan, the Government of Canada has invested more than $715 million under the Investing in Canada plan toward 368 infrastructure initiatives.

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Getting lost part of fun on a Sunday afternoon drive The intent of the Sunday drive was to go to Briercrest, Avonlea, Ogema, Assiniboia and home. We were headed down Highway 39 towards Briercrest when I noticed the station on the radio was different, playing old style country. “That’s Sirius radio,” my partner informed me. “It comes free with the car for a year.” “Seriously!” I countered. “I like it.” The channel playing was Willie’s Roadhouse with older singers like Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Lefty Frizzel, Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, Hank Williams. It was cool hearing songs we rarely hear. My partner just grinned when I teased her

about sneaking off to listen to Sirius. We drove into Briercrest and saw how the school converted into a museum was nicely kept. In Claybank we admired the old Catholic Church, built to withstand earthquakes. Just down the road from Claybank I saw my first poor crop of the year — a lentil field that had flooded in many spots, killing the plants. Seven antelope blended in nicely on one of the dead spots. We noticed the museum was open in Avonlea as was the grocery store. Heading south from Avonlea we saw two bad fields. One was a canola crop that hadn’t come up. The adjacent field was a mixture of weeds, canola and sunflowers



Rainbow — maybe the farmer had planned to summerfallow. We arrived at the former Romanian community of Kayville, now pretty much a ghost town. The hotel and credit union are private residences. Three or four other homes are still occupied. The 112-year-old St Peter’s and St. Paul’s Romanian Catholic Orthodox Church is still well looked after. My partner’s injuries from a March car accident were bothering her. I decided we would head west on the gravel road and connect with Highway 37 towards Moose Jaw. Just outside of Kayville we saw the wellcared for Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, built in 1923.

The gravel road turned, became narrower and then was a dirt trail leading to a gravel pit. We were not going to connect with Highway 37 by going west. After a brief exchange of words my partner, who dislikes gravel roads, decided to return exactly the way we had come. We ran into a shower north of Briercrest and saw two rainbows. North of Briercrest two antelope on a side road grazed while we watched. Total time: Four hours. The route took the Trans-Canada east to Highway 39, south to Highway 338, then south of Avonlea to Kayville. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@

Zero till pioneer being inducted to Canadian Ag Hall of Fame By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

The pioneer of zero till seeding in SasEXPRESS katchewan will be one of four new inductees to the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame this year. James Halford started operating the family near Indian Head in the 1960s after a career as a farm management specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture. Realizing that wind and water erosion were destroying the fragile thin topsoil, he adopted zero-till, a new farming method that was being tried in the United States.


The one-pass fertilizing and seeding practice offers minimum soil disturbance, counters wind and water erosion and stores more carbon in the soil. Realizing the need for air delivery of seeds he invented a direct seeder in 1983. By 1989, he had developed ConservaPak Seeding Systems to build the seeders on the farm site. The seeder business was later sold to John Deere. Halford worked to develop the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association and was a founding member of the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation. Direct seeding and zero till became a common farming practice by 2007.

Halford was inducted to the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2010. Others being inducted into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame with Halford are Jay Bradshaw, developer of CleanFarms, the ag container national recycling operation; Saskatchewan malt barley breeder Bryan Harvey; and Canadian federal agriculture policy developer Douglas Hedley, who worked on programs from Growing Forward to the current Canadian Agri-Food Partnership. Ron Walter can be reached at

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invasive weeds, says the agency statement. The seeds and package should be kept until an inspector from the CFIA contacts you. Planting these unknown seed species could cause serious damage to Canadian plant resources, says the CFIA. The United States Department of Agriculture investigated the mystery seed packages and identified 12 of the 14 seeds to include run of the mill seeds like mustard, cabbage, morning glory, mint. rosemary, lavender, hibiscus

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C r a b app l e j e l l y, b u t te r f ro m b a c ky a rd t re e s By Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express

The trees are showing the ripening crabapples and some tree owners are telling their friends to drop in to pick a box filled with the abundant supply of apples. In addition to eating them the way they come, there are many ways to preserve that fresh fruit goodness for days when the fruit is no longer available on the tree. •••

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13 cups crabapples 2/3 cup sugar for each cup juice 1 tbsp. lemon juice for each cup apple juice water To make the juice from crabapples, stem and quarter apples. Place apples in a large stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Boil gently, stirring frequently to prevent scorching, about 30 minutes. Pour cooked mixture into a damp jelly bag suspended over bowl to catch juice. Allow juice to drip for 6-8 hours or overnight. For a clear jelly, do not press

or squeeze the bag. Set pulp aside. Measure juice into a large pan. Add 2/3 cup sugar for each cup of juice. Add 1 tbsp. lemon juice for each cup of juice. Bring juice to a boil. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved and mixture returns to a full boil. Boil, stirring frequently to prevent scorching, about 20-30 minutes until mixture reaches gel stage. Fill canner with water. Add 5 clean half-pint jars, cover and boil at least 10 minutes to sterilize jars. Boil snap lids about five minutes. Remove jelly from heat and skim foam off top using a metal spoon. Quickly pour jelly into jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Wipe clean, apply lids and screw on bands just until fingertip tight. Place jars in canner. Cover and return water to a boil. Process for five minutes. Remove jars and cool for 24 hours. Label and store in a cool, dark place.


Crabapple Butter

6 cups crabapple pulp grated rind and juice of 1 large orange

2 cups granulated sugar 1 1/2 tsps. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ground cloves 1/2 tsp. ground ginger Sterilize 7 clean half-pint jars. Press the pulp that has been set aside from making the crabapple jelly through a sieve. Combine sieved crabapple pulp, orange rind and juice in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Combine sugar, cinnamon, cloves and ginger and stir into fruit and return to a boil. Boil gently, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens and is translucent, about 10-20 minutes. Remove from heat. Ladle butter into sterilized jars leaving 1/4 inch head space. Remove air bubbles by sliding a rubber spatula between glass and food. Readjust head space. Wipe rims and sides of jars. Place on sterilized lids. Return jars to canner, cover and return water to a full boil. Process for 10 minutes. Remove from canner and cool for 24 hours. Store in cool, dark place. Joyce Walter can be reached at

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Residents of Chateau St. Michael’s have fun with carnival activities Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Residents of Chateau St. Michael’s Care Home and Retirement Living Centre were taken back to their childhoods recently after administrators held a fun-filled carnival that included goats and puppies. Nearly 50 care-home residents spent a sunny Aug. 4 participating in more than a dozen carnival games, such as bean bag toss, mini golf, ladder toss, fishbowl throw, and bubble blowing. Home administrators also brought in a couple of goats, some rabbits and the cutest puppies you ever did see. The carnival was meant to get residents outside for some fresh air and to help them have some fun, explained activity co-ordinator Krista Bakken. It took her two weeks to organize all the activities and shop for the supplies in between her regular duties. Then, she and other care home personnel set up the carnival outside that morning. Residents later took part in a hog dog barbecue in the afternoon. “It’s nice to see some residents come down to participate (who normally stay inside),” she said. “We want to encourage them to get out of the building.” Bakken added that she was thankful the weather co-operated for most of the day.

Kaetlyn, a personal care worker, shows off a cute pooch to resident Dick and his wife Marie. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

How’s the fishing? Florence, a resident of Chateau St. Michael’s care home and retirement centre, spends a sunny afternoon by the pool while taking part in a carnival. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

With a flick of his thumb, Walter tosses a plastic ball into a cup during a ball toss activity at Chateau St. Michael’s, during a carnival on Aug. 4. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Care home resident Betty snuggles up with a tiny pup while taking part in a carnival at Chateau St. Michael’s care home and retirement centre. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

With club in hand, Dennis attempts to sink a putt during a carnival at Chateau St. Michael’s. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

With her eye on the target, Myrna tosses a bean bag while attempting to win a prize, during a carnival on Aug. 4. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Barbara, a resident of Chateau St. Michael’s, pretends to conduct an orchestra while playing with bubbles during a carnival. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Soil moisture reduced with little rain fall By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

Two weeks with little rain made a big difference in soil moisture across the province. EXPRESS Warm weather is ripening crops fast and sucking moisture out of the soil. A few farmers started harvesting on the long weekend with some dessicating pulse crops to ripen them, according to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture crop report for the week ended August 3. In two weeks, crop land moisture ratings have gone from 84 per cent adequate to 57 per cent adequate with 33 per cent poor compared to 11 per cent. The situation is similar in hay and pasture moisture with 26 per cent poor or very poor and 39 per cent fair. Moisture in this region during the week included one mm at Eyebrow and four mm at Bengough.


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Provincial Court Motorist gets jail for impaired driving on Highway 1 Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Swerving on Highway 1 and thinking a church wanted to get him, an impaired Joel Peter Schlamp nearly drove other motorists off the road while in a narcotics-fuelled stupor. It eventually required the RCMP and Moose Jaw Police Service to pull over Schlamp and arrest him, thus adding to his criminal record a third charge of impaired driving. Appearing in Moose Jaw provincial court recently, Schlamp, 34, pleaded guilty to impaired driving and received 120 days in jail, along with a three-year driving prohibition. He will also have to pay a victim surcharge of $120 when he gets out of jail. The Crown stayed two other charges.

Police Reports Driver injured while riding quad in city by Scott Hellings

One man is in hospital after a single vehicle accident. On Aug. 3 the Moose Jaw Police Service, Moose Jaw Fire Department, and EMS responded to an accident on the east side of the city. Upon arriving at the scene, police determined an adult male was allegedly operating a quad within the city limits illegally. This individual lost control and rolled the vehicle. The driver has been transported to the Regina General Hospital with serious injuries. No further details have been released. Police continue to investigate.

Police seek information on stringbyof garbage fires Scott Hellings

The Moose Jaw Police Service and the Moose Jaw Fire Department want anyone with information to come forward. During the week of Aug. 3, the MJPS and MJFD responded to multiple garbage can fires throughout the city. The fires are considered to be suspicious in nature. The fires have caused minimal property damage. Anyone with further information is asked to contact the MJPS at 306-694-7600. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Police continue to investigate.

The train collision on the morning of Aug. 5, courtesy of Rob Thomas / MJ Independent.

Morning collision at Moose Jaw CP Rail contained, no injuries reported Larissa Kurz

The Moose Jaw Police Service issued a second update on the early morning fire following a train collision near the 1700 block of Coteau Street West. At 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 5, MJPS responded to a call to assist CP Rail with a locomotive on fire. Due to concerns that nearby rail cars contained hazardous materials, MJPS asked residents within an 800-metre radius to evacuate the area until further notice. By 7 a.m., the Moose Jaw Fire Department and CP personnel had contained the blaze and removed all loaded rail cars at risk, allowing residents to safely return to their homes in the area. The MJPS issued a statement later that

morning stating that its involvement in the incident had concluded. In an email with the Moose Jaw Express, a representative from CP Rail said that the incident was “a low-speed collision involving two CP trains in CP’s Moose Jaw yard,” which occurred at approximately 5:20 a.m. No injuries to the crew involved have been reported, and the incident is currently under investigation by CP Rail. CP Rail declined to comment on what hazardous materials were present in the area of the incident, and thanked all emergency response parties involved for their quick response.

Police fire weapon during incident with dogs Moose Jaw Express staff

A confrontation with a pair of unleashed dogs led to a police officer firing their weapon. On August 2nd around 7:30 p.m., the Moose Jaw Police Service responded to an impaired driving complaint. During this time, they encountered two unleashed dogs on Ninth Ave. S.W. The dogs entered a yard in the area they did not belong in. The police entered the yard in an attempt to contain the dogs. One officer was confronted by one of the dogs, which resulted in the officer discharging his firearm in order to stop the attack. Both dogs were then contained, with the assistance of the Moose Jaw Humane Society and the dogs’ owner. Police say one dog did receive minor injuries. The dog was turned over to the care of its owner. No members of the public or police were injured during the incident. No further details have been released. Police continue to investigate.

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Police discover loaded firearm, drugs during traffic stop By Moose Jaw Express staff

The Moose Jaw Police Service arrested three people during a recent vehicle stop that produced a loaded firearm and various drugs. The police conducted the traffic stop on Aug. 3 at 7:45 a.m. in the 1000 block of Athabasca Street East, according to a police news release. During the inspection, police saw a firearm in the back seat, and then placed two adult males and one adult female under arrest. Police acquired a search warrant for the vehicle and located a loaded firearm and ammunition inside. They also seized 29 grams of methamphetamine and Canadian currency; the meth had a street value of $5,800. During the investigation, police also executed a search warrant at a residence on the 1200 block of Ninth Avenue Northeast, the news release continued. Inside the residence, police found another firearm, more ammunition, and cocaine. Police charged Randy Payton of Caronport with possession of methamphetamine for trafficking, proceeds of crime under $5,000, and numerous firearm-related offences. Police also charged Christopher Waffle of Moose Jaw with possession of cocaine and numerous firearm-related offences. An adult female from Regina was released without charges. Police continue to investigate.

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Royal Regiment of Canada and

By Richard Dowson

I normally write about Saskatchewan men and women in World War Two. This time the story is about my Uncle, Sergeant Alex Sinclair, Royal Regiment of Canada a Saskatchewan buddy, Private Robert Arthur Wignes, of the Humbolt District. Alex’s family were from Scotland. I think he was born there in 1916. The family moved to Canada when he was young. Alex had an older sister, Kath, and a younger brother Robert. It seems his mother died in the 1930s and he and his brother Bob were ‘raised’ by their sister Kath. She was a secretary with Bell Telephone in Toronto. She never married, was smart with her money and invested wisely. The kids were raised in Toronto through the Great Depression. In 1943 Alex’s father Robert is living in Apartment 4, 40 Doel Avenue, Toronto, now part of Dundas

Photo of gun slits 2008 by J-P Dowson

This photo shows Blue Beach and the ‘slope’. A grey concrete gun emplacement can be seen on the hill just below and left of the house.

Avenue East. Alex joined the “Toronto Royals”, the Royal Regiment of Canada in 1939. By 1942 his bravery, determination, and natural leadership ability propelled him to the rank of Sergeant. Uncle Alex married a favorite aunt, my mom’s sister Sarah in 1951. At age 15 I was kicked out of school and considered a juvenile delinquent. My Mom tried to give me to a passing band of Gypsies. When that failed, I was sent to Sudbury, Ontario to live with my Aunt, Uncle and two cousins. Alex was nice to me – but he was terrifying. He often flew into unpredictable bouts of anger. He could be very violent. He experienced loud nightmares. I kept my mouth shut and did as I was told. I got work running a marina on the French River and moved out. Today we call Uncle Alex’s condition PTSD. While I lived with my Aunt and Uncle, Alex often brought ‘Old Army Buddies’ back to the house after the Legion closed. My job was to open and serve beer. These Army guys talked about their experiences among themselves. I listened. Uncle Alex occasionally talked about the August 19, 1942 Dieppe Raid. He was taken prisoner at Puys and spent three-and-one-half years as a prisoner of war. Veterans Affairs Canada notes, “Of the 554 members of the Royal Regiment of Canada who embarked on the raid, 227 died in or as a result of the raid (212 on August 19th)—more deaths than any other unit involved. In addition, 136 were wounded and 264 became prisoners of war (POWs). Only 65 made it back to England. They were wiped out. Landing at Blue Beach, August 19, 1942 Alex did not have to go on the Dieppe Raid. A friend, another Sergeant had just got married and asked Alex to trade places. Always caring, Alex did. It was the biggest mistake of his life. Alex, one of 554 members of the Royal Regiment of Canada, three platoons of Canadian Black Watch and a few guys from the Royal Canadian Artillery who landed on Blue Beach. On August 21, 1942 Ross Munro, Canadian Press War Correspondent filed an article about the Dieppe Raid. He went to Puys with the ‘Toronto Royals.’ The plan was to land before daybreak and under the cover of smoke. On the way over, Munro writes, “We came under fire first at sea when the German E-boats made a futile attack on our fleet of small craft on the east flank of the main flotilla.” The delay meant it was fully light and the smoke had dissipated when they landed. Munro writes, “… the grimmest and fiercest engagement of the Dieppe raid… (was fought) by the Royal Regiment from Toronto who fought a tremendous action on a small gravel beach. “I was with them when their landing craft crunched onto the shores of France; with them for part of that terrible fight.

German photo of dead Canadians, many of Alex’s friends, at Puys, (Dieppe) August 19, 1942.

This is a Royal Regiment of Canada photo of the bo and looking directly at the camera.

“The Royals’ target was a beach at Puys, one mile e of Dieppe. There is a break in the gleaming white cl at this point and a small valley slopes from the sea to town a quarter mile inland. “The beach was strongly defended. On top of the c were several quaint French houses which had been fo fied. Two concrete pillboxes were on the slope. A cons erable German force was in position here …”To imm bilize the German guns, the men had to cross the op stony beach, scale the heavily wired ten-foot sea w and run up the slope. Munro writes, “As soon as the ramp at the bow of boat fell fifteen Royals rushed the beach and sprinted the slope, taking cover along the cliff side. “I saw a dozen Royals to the right running like deer the top of the slope. Two fell but the rest rushed on, fir Sten Guns as they went. “They disappeared over the hill and others from the s ond raiding party followed. We could hear the battl in the direction of Puys and realized men were try to relieve the pressure on the beach by shooting up German defenders from behind.” Alex made it over the sea-wall and up the slope, twi When he returned the second time the situation w hopeless. Soon enough Ross Munro’s Landing Craft took on a f passengers and backed off the Puys beach. He mad back to England. Surviving on the Beach Alex said he was on the beach talking to an officer wh the officer’s head disappeared. All the officers w killed except one. As Senior NCO, Alex became seco in command. Of the 556 Toronto Royals who land 212 were killed on August 19, 1942. Others died of th wounds. Asked how he survived Alex said because he was a ‘li guy’, five seven, he piled bodies up for protection and

he Dieppe Raid, August 19, 1942

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them. Soon after the Puys trip he got sick. Alex died in Sudbury, Ontario in 1987. Prisoner of War Camp Stalag VIIIB/344, Lamsdorf, Poland Alex escaped twice from the POW Camp during the first year of captivity. It is pure conjecture – I was not able to confirm this, but it is believed he escaped both time with fellow RRC member Private Robert Wignes, B-67003, POW# 25264 of the Humbolt, Saskatchewan District. Robert was born in Humbolt October 16, 1918 and grew up on a farm south of Humbolt. He moved to Ontario during the Depression and found work as a sailor on the Lake boats. He enlisted in Toronto on September 13, 1939, a week after war was declared. The Escapes According to the SVWM Bio by Blair Neatby, the first escape was on October 10, 1942 from Lamsdorf, Poland POW Camp. Robert, and one assumes Alex, were captured on October 16, 1942. The plan was to go to neutral Turkey. They probably went in the wrong direction. The second escape occurred April 17, 1943. They hopped an ammunition train. Alex was captured and returned to the Camp. Private Wignes was shot and killed. The bul-

ng in England. I think Alex is the one holding a cup SVWM Photo

der them until fighting ended. e soldier were shot by machine gun and mortar fire om enemy guns on the upper slope. Those not killed, e Alex Sinclair and Robert Wignes, were taken priser. The seriously wounded were sent to the hospital in uen, France. Those able to walk were marched away. ncle Alex and Aunt Sarah Returned to Puys y Aunt told me that when they reach to walkway above e beach Alex asked to be alone. He sat on a bench erlooking the beach at Puys and cried for more than hour. It was a cathartic experience. He came to grips th the nightmare of war that haunted him for so many ars. terans’ Affairs had programs for men like Alex who re prisoners of War. He finally took advantage of

let wound was near his heart. He then fell under the train. According to a Military Police account conveyed to family by Camp Leader S. Sherriff, RSM, “The dead man escaped from the P.O.W. Camp and was trying to reach safety (going south). At some railway station the fugitive swung on to the moving train and travelled with it. Either a soldier or a railways guard saw the fugitive and fired a shot through the door at the intruder. The escapee fell from the train as a result of the shot, and came to fall on the railway lines. He was run over by a moving train whereby both legs were severed from his body.” Private Wignes died on or about April 17, 1943 at Ryczow, Poland and was buried in the local cemetery. He

was later moved to Kracow Rakowicki Cemetery, Poland, about 257 Kilometres south-west of Warsaw. They travelled about 150 Km south of the POW Camp. Robert was Metis. Following his second escape Alex was assigned to a job in a Silesian coal mine. Alex Sinclair – POW and Miner After the War Uncle Alex worked as a miner in a Nickle Mine at Sudbury, Ontario. He often joked that he began his mining career while a POW. Like many POWs he was assigned to a Working Party and worked underground in a coal mine in Silesia. Conditions were terrible. The mines were dark, damp and wet most of the time. The timber support beams kept falling; there were rock falls and regular power outages. Third Escape Third time lucky. Alex, their German Guard, a New Zealander and a Brit escaped on the Death March. Death March The Russian Army was advancing west. On January 22, 1945 thousands of POWs left Stalag VIIIB/344 for a march west to get away from the Russians. They walked through four-foot snow drifts in bitter cold with little food. Those who fell were shot on the spot; their bodies left to freeze. It was a nightmare. Alex’s German Guard was from New Jersey, USA. He’d gone home to Germany before the war to visit family and was forced into the Army. He was very protective of Alex and the Group he guarded. When Hitler Youth attacked them he chased them off. It was obvious to the Guard that the War was lost. Alex, a New Zealand buddy and a Brit talked the Guard into escaping with them. He agreed on the condition he be turned over to the Americans. It was agreed and off they went. The Guard was turned over the to Americans near the Rhine River. In 1956 Alex and my Aunt visited the Guard and his family in New Jersey. They continued to write each other. As part of their escape they ‘acquired’ a German ambulance and ‘booty’ to go along with it. The plan for Alex and his buddies was to get enough money to move to New Zealand and a new life. When the ambulance ran low on fuel they were going to put gasoline into it but it ran on Diesel. American soldiers mixed gasoline and oil together and sent them on their way. Westbound traffic across the Rhine was for only one hour a day. The fuel mixture made the vehicle underpowered, but they got across the Rhine. Unfortunately, the British Army was there to greet them and that was the end of their escape plans. Alex spent six months in a British hospital recuperating. Back in Canada Alex got his back pay from when he was a POW and headed to Vancouver – then Alaska and then, broke, back to Toronto for a loan from his sister Kath. He met my Aunt in 1950. They had a son who he named Robert, probably named after his ‘escape buddy’ Robert Wignes. Jobs and opportunities weren’t good in Toronto. After 2 weeks in the slammer for Impaired Driving Alex went to Sudbury and, because of his German Coal Mine experience, got a job as a long hole driller in a nickel mine. My Aunt and two cousins followed and they settled in Copper Cliff, which is where I first met him.

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Deja-Vu all over again! S/E Industrial Park – Canadian Protein Innovation (CPI) – Carpere Canada (C.C.) A sordid sago rife with examples of: inadequate negotiations, ignoring bright red flags, rampant use of secrecy, stifling of Freedom of the Press and trashing Freedom of Information requests – all of which appears to have in-effect aided and abetted CPI & C-C. CPI: In 2014, Mr. Schoenert, Chief Financial Officer Emsland Starke of Germany, is dismissed for “serious breach of trust.” 2015, Mr. Schoenert mysteriously becomes Director (and possibly financier) of CPI. Provincial government does vetting and shuffles Schoenert off to Moose Jaw for business negotiations until German courts find him guilty of stealing 2.1 Million Euros. He gets 4 years and 2 months in a German

Pertaining to Senior Residential Care Opinion/Editorial

submitted by Fran Millar. Everyone watched in horror as Covid-19 ravaged senior citizen homes. Although a large number of deaths occurred in Ontario and Quebec, it exposed a problem that could occur right across this country. It took the military, a group of people that is not motivated by politics or greed, to expose the shortfalls within the senior resident home system. Not only did many homes not have adequate staff in place to begin with, there was no one available to replace those who became ill. Residents were left in deplorable conditions; sometimes not getting properly fed or cleaned up for days. That said, what are we going to do about it? Over the years privatization has become a priority of recent governments. The truth is that senior care is very expensive. Governments seem motivated to turn this expense over to the private sector. With less government involvement there is less money being directed towards necessities such as inspectors, which means fewer people keeping tabs on the facilities and its services. Profit motivates. The whole idea of taking on a venture is to make a profit. In order to make a profit, an increase in the number of clientele may be needed. Add to that less staff, fewer supplies, poorer quality of food, and the list goes on. The bottom line is to make money. In the end it is our seniors who pay the price. I have personally experienced putting a family member in a seniors’ home. When I first learned where she was being placed, I will admit that I had a negative attitude. The building seemed old, the hallways cluttered, and the people crammed together. However, the experience was something that I did not expect. Any inquiries and concerns that I had were dealt with in a timely and appropriate manner. I cannot say enough about the wonderful, caring staff. While it is true that my family member sometimes had to wait a long time to have her needs met, I soon came to realize that this was not a lack of caring on behalf of staff. She was always met with an apology and a smile. The problem was a shortage of staff. One person can only do so much in a day. Yes, it costs a lot of money for staff, but who is paying the bill? The seniors and the taxpayers. It is only right that a certain level of care should be experienced. I am not writing about Senior Retirement Villages where people choose to live. Residents there are aware of the costs and the services that are delivered. I’m writing about residential care homes that house level three and level four clients. At this level, complete care is required. Often people are placed here

slammer. More charges for missing 10s of millions may follow. CPI now Kaput. Mr. Schoenert via CPI negotiations gets to know all the information including connections to the scandalous GTH, yet we the citizens are kept in the dark without the information required to judge the performance of our Elected Officials. Carpere – Canada: Their innovative negotiations and questions resulted in Carpere signing an Agreement to Purchase (one signatory having connections to the Totalitarian Government of China). That agreement was cancelled due to Carpere’s “due diligence”. Once again, Freedom of Information requests are trashed by heavily redacted and/or blank pages. Thus, Carpere is privy to all information while we the people are deprived of our right to know. However, thanks to the gleaning of reporters, certain transactions are noteworthy: Sept 25, 2018: Question from Carpere Canada to City Administration: “a businessman” asked about Civic Elections

and City replied, “Mayor’s term ends in two years so good stability and support there.” Oct 5, 2018: City Administration to “someone”, Chinese investment group was also, “very interested” in something – “land perhaps?” Oct 10, 2018: Mayor will meet the “businessman.” Do those questions indicate that Carpere used the S/E Industrial Park deal to get a foot in the door for a land purchase “perhaps?” e.g. Valley View Centre (VVC) Now that the S/E Industrial Park , CPI & C.C. deals have collapsed, Freedom of Information requests should result in complete and immediate disclosure. The abuse of using the Private sector involvement (no matter how much) to hide the facts is a serious breach of the Public’s right to know and it must STOP!

after being assessed by a home care professional. It is a fact that at both ends of our life cycle, we require more help. There is no problem fighting for younger children. Daycares meet quotas per the needs of the children that are in their care. To my knowledge, there are no such quotas for senior care. The demands for care are just as important-sometimes more. That leaves care homes to struggle to give quality care with very few staff. It was my experience that the staff that cared for my relative were loving and caring. They did the best they could to meet her needs. I could see, too, that on any given day an incident could occur that would delay services to my relative. This was not the fault of the staff, but rather the shortage of staff. Here is a scenario that may play out in a residential home: Let’s say there are forty clients that live on one wing. There are two clients to each room, and all the clients are level three or level four. Most days, this is staffed with one nurse and two nurses’ aides. A report, which is information that is exchanged between shifts, is given. The day begins, the nurse goes about her tasks; dispensing meds; doing treatments; doing rounds with doctors; dealing with relatives; charting; ordering any necessary medication; filling out incident reports if someone falls, chokes, or somehow goes missing; to name just a few of her tasks. The nurses’ aides go about their jobs, assisting people to get up, getting clients to breakfast, feeding those who need to be fed, and assisting others who need a little help, then returning clients to their rooms if needed. Next, there are the five or six clients that are scheduled to be bathed, along with the many calls for help from the clients. When lunch time approaches the meal routine is repeated. Once everyone is settled in their rooms, the aides begin to answer the many calls for help from clients. Somewhere in the day’s routine, staff are supposed to get one coffee break and a lunch break. With two people expected to do all of this, sometimes the best services are not being provided. How can they be? You end up with clients having to sit in soiled clothing for long periods of time, (even during a meal) and other clients get fed cold meals. Luckily, in some homes family members and volunteers help with meals. Now, for the sake of argument, let’s throw in the pandemic. We have one nurse and two aides doing everything without the help of relatives or volunteers. Clients are confined to their rooms with little or no contact with anyone but their roommate. Meals are delivered to their rooms to minimize contact. So, there they sit all day long, in a space sometimes smaller than your bathroom. The staff are expected to deal with the additional loneliness and fear, along with everything else they

do. I can see that the endless, time-consuming paperwork that is required daily will go by the wayside. Really, this is not a problem; a lot of it is a way of proving to management that you are doing a good job. The time taken to fill out endless paperwork (which could be streamlined) only takes away from client care. Client satisfaction speaks much louder than the paperwork. We have a tendency to think of the clients that are in these homes as “the elderly.” “The elderly.” That’s all. Stop right there! These are the teachers, rail workers, farmers, doctors, musicians, and homemakers, to name a few, that built this country. It is because of these pioneers that we have the quality of life that we enjoy today! Governments and residential home operators are often blinded by the cost of care rather than focusing on the level of care that is being delivered. What we are seeing exposed, due mostly to the pandemic, has simply been caused by governmental indifference. It is not a problem if you don’t see it, right? Crying foul and vowing to do whatever is necessary is too little, too late. People who work in the industry have been complaining about the myriad of problems for years. As for governments who have been silent because the situation in their respective provinces has not yet been exposed: Shame on you. This is a national problem and it will take teamwork to fix it. So what is the solution? We need to put in place the following, immediately: 1. Long-term care should be placed under the arm of Medicare. 2. Most homes require training in care. It must be made mandatory for all care homes. 3. Professional development courses need to be put in place. 4. Make surprise inspections of all care homes mandatory. 5. Establish quotas for staff to client ratios--How many people can one person care for safely? Keep in mind the rules to prevent injury to both clients and staff. Is the person a one-person lift, or a two-person lift, etc? Is mechanical aid available to help the staff? Finally, if the profit generated is being siphoned by private care home owners into other provinces or countries, then we need to find a way to reinvest it back into seniorhome care improvements such as increased staffing levels. We demand single room accommodation and larger courtyards. We must rethink our treatment of our senior population. Their contribution to our comfortable way of life has been and is still invaluable. It’s simply time for those of us who benefit to pay it forward.

Percy Hill


Vote the Bums Out

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I like to walk each morning. I once read our best thoughts come while walking. This morning, while walking along Spring Creek my thoughts turned to the City of Moose Jaw Mayor and Councillors and their pending pay raise. My Best Thought, “Throw the Bums Out!”. And that includes the Dude who voted against the raise but has not said he will not take the money. Throw them all out this fall! It is outrageous. Businesses ae going under – Main Street stores sit empty – construction in the Province is down – the oil business is in trouble – tourism is down – the school board prides itself in cutting workers hours in tough times, AND – oh yes, there is a COVID-19 Pandemic like no other that has destroyed the hospitality industry; hindered fitness businesses; forced many of those operating businesses to do so on half capacity. AND there is no sign of the Pandemic ending soon. AND the Bums vote themselves a raise on re-elected! Throw the Bums Out!


City Council, at its Council Meeting to be held on Monday, August 24, 2020, will be considering a report on the approval of the High Service Pumphouse Replacement project. Part of that approval consideration involves the potential borrowing of funds to finance a portion of the project. Interested parties may inspect a copy of the proposed report from the Department of Engineering Services at 228 Main Street N. or obtain information by contacting the Department of Engineering Services at (306) 694-4448. Dated at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan the 12th day of August 2020. Tracy Wittke, Assistant City Clerk

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City Hall Council Notes MAKE A COMPLAINT

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

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

Council pulls out $10M from GICs, invests in bonds and equities Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The City of Moose Jaw’s investment committee has pulled several million dollars out of guaranteed investment certificates (GICs) and reinvested the money to take advantage of premium prices elsewhere. During its recent regular meeting, city council voted 6-1 on a motion from the committee to pull out $2 million from GICs. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. Council also voted 6-1 to accept another motion that the committee recommended to pull out $8.1 million from a GIC. Swanson was opposed. Background During its June meeting, the investment committee decided to adopt RBC’s Dominion Securities (DS) Strategy recommendation for the municipality’s moderate-term pool account and redeem $1 million of 2021 GICs and $1 million from 2022 GICs to take advantage of premium prices, council’s report explained. The committee would take $1 million in GIC proceeds, plus $487,523 in interest, and invest it into an equity portfolio that would mature this December. The committee would also take the other $1 million and invest it into a bond pool to take advantage of the yield spread opportunity. The committee attempted to redeem $5.4 million in GICs and invest them in long-term pools during that same meeting. However, service provider RBC wouldn’t allow partial withdrawals, Coun. Scott McMann, a member of

the committee, explained. That is why the committee had to meet in July, so it could delete this motion and recommend another one. From the July meeting, the committee agreed to adopt the RBC DS Strategy that was recommended for the long-term portfolio and sell the 2024 RBC GIC for $8.1 million, plus gains and accrued interest. It would also include the May interest payment of $713,066 to fund the remaining withdrawal requirement of $1.3 million and invest $3 million in a professionally managed, low-cost global bond pool. Lastly, the committee planned to invest the remainder of the money in equal monthly instalments into equities to this December. Therefore, if the committee withdrew $8.1 million and invested $3 million into a global bond pool, the remainder — some or all of $5 million — was invested into equities. In an email to the Moose Jaw Express, finance director Brian Acker would not confirm how much money went into equities since the committee handled that information in private. Nor would he say what percentage value the GICs were worth — i.e. 2.4 per cent — before the committee pulled them out since members dealt with that in private as well. Council discussion McMann confirmed for Swanson that RBC was both

the service provider and financial advisor to the City of Moose Jaw’s investment committee. Swanson then wondered whether it was true that RBC as financial advisor didn’t know that RBC as service provider wouldn’t allow a partial withdrawal of funds from GICs. “That’s my understanding, is how that happened … ,” McMann replied. “It probably should have been something they should have known but didn’t, so I guess we know now.” Swanson’s concern, he explained, was the municipality had a respectable bond portfolio at one point that was earning 3.5 per cent to four per cent in interest before the investment committee sold those bonds more than a year ago. Now, council is about to enter into a bond fund where the returns there are much less than the bonds the municipality previously held. Secondly, Swanson pointed out the municipality pays RBC about $500,000 a year to manage its investment portfolio. “It seems a lot of our portfolio is going into mutual funds,” he said. “So, we hire a consultant to pick a consultant for us.” While the management fees of roughly 0.5 per cent might not sound like much, Swanson added, it becomes a lot of money and council is paying more fees it never did before to have its money managed.

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• Lightbulbs such as fluorescent, LED, and metal halide. There were 502 vehicles that dropped off 5,232 kilograms of hazardous materials at the city complex during the waste day in 2019, the news release said. Residents with oil, oil filters, oil containers and antifreeze can drop off those items at the landfill during regular hours of operation. Any unwanted paint or electronics can be taken to SARCAN for recycling.

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The Community Response Commitee has provided the information below:

Housing options in Moose Jaw Online housing resources: • Kijiji • Discovermoosejaw/Hellogoodbuy htt ps:// real_estate?q[name_or_description_cont]=&q[in_cat_or_children]=31&q[region_id_or_region_province_eq]=56 • Saskatchewan Polytechnic housing lists Apartment Buildings in Moose Jaw • Fairford Place 275 Fairford St E (306) 693-0455 • Fairview Apartments (Property Managed by the Moose Jaw Housing Authority) 665 Fairford E (306) 694-4055 • Forest Gardens Apartments 35 Wood Lily Drive, building D (306) 692-0110 • Gordon Manor Apartments #108C-1350 Gordon Road (306) 692-1561 • Langdon Towers 450 Langdon Cr (306) 692-1262 • Moose Jaw Apartments Affordable apartments in Moose Jaw Phone: 306-631-5220 Website:

Housing options in Moose Jaw • Laurier Apartments & Condos (Most owned by Colliers Int.) Office located in West building, on the right 590 Laurier St (306) 694-4215 • Lynbrook Townhouses Laurier St W (306) 692-0110 • Moose Jaw Apartments 306-631-5220 • Woodlily Court 23 Wood Lily Drive (306) 692-0110 • Wood Lily Garden Apartment #315D-67 Wood Lily Drive (306) 693-7130 • Avenue Living 23 Wood Lily Dr #108b (306) 692-0110 • Ottawa Real Estate Co Ltd 324 Main St N (306) 694-4747 Moose Jaw Co-op housing: • Crestview Housing Coop Ltd. 1325 Wolfe Ave (306) 694-5544 • Silverwood Estates Housing Co-operative Nettle Pl (306) 692-2667 • Rosewood Housing Co-operative 140 High St E (306) 692-2200

Moose Jaw Housing Authority Complexes Certain rules apply, i.e. must be a citizen or permanent resident See for information on how to apply. MJHA 255 Caribou St. W (306)694-4055 Adult Housing (55 years and over) • Heritage Place 245 River St. E. (306) 692-5777 • High Park Towers 220 High St. E. (306) 694-5222 • Regal Villa 1245 – 13th Ave. NW (306) 693-6642 • Temple Towers 750 - 1st Ave. NE (306) 692-4261 • Timothy Eaton Gardens 510 Main St. N. (306) 694-4223 • Victoria Towers 123 Fairford St. E. (306) 692-2818 • William Milne Place 132 Fairford St. W. (306) 691-0720

Affordable Housing and Family Housing • Prairie Meadows Apartments and Townhouses #31-1250-11th Ave SW (306) 692-4419 • Prince Charles Court 1386 Gordon Road Lots of family housing units throughout the city: 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses (bungalows, 1 1/2 storey, and two-storey) 2 and 3 bedroom apartments 3 and 4 bedroom townhouses Moving companies in Moose Jaw • Jay’s Moving and Storage Moose Jaw (306)693-7133 • Gentle Touch Movers Moose Jaw (306) 631-2224 • Alero Moving & Storage Moose Jaw (306) 694-0067 • Prairie Schooner Delivery & Moving Moose Jaw (306) 692-4171 • Detail Moving Moose Jaw (306) 693 3777 • Moose Movers Moose Jaw (306) 631 8122 • Choice Moving & Delivery Moose Jaw (306) 630 3125 • All Secure Storage 2015 Ltd (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer) (306) 693-2344

Employment Resource List Saskjobs/Government of Saskatchewan 61A Ross Street W, Moose Jaw, SK S6H2M2 Phone: 306-694-3699

Transitions to Employment 131-1st Ave NE, Moose Jaw, SK, S6H 0Y9 Phone: 306-691-1610

Service Canada Phone: 866-789-1297

Moose Jaw Transition Association Community Outreach Phone: 306-693-6847 Offers programming to males and females over the age of 13 who reside in the service area.

Moose Jaw Career and Services 61 A Ross St. W. Moose Jaw SK, S6H 2M2 Phone: 306-694-3699 Partners in Employment 8 Wood Lily Dr, Moose Jaw, SK, S6J 1E1 Phone: 306-691-1610

Newcomer Welcome Centre 432 Main Street N Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3K2 Phone: 306-692-6892

Moose Jaw Multicultural Council Employment Coordinator 60 Athabasca St E Moose Jaw, SK S6H 0L2 306-693-4677 Offers programming to newcomers with Permanent Resident status within the community of Moose Jaw. For Entrepreneurs: South Central Community Futures 88 Saskatchewan Street E Moose Jaw, SK, S6H 0V4 Phone: 306-692-6525 Toll Free: 1-800-329-1479 Fax: 306-69401728

Economic Development Services City of Moose Jaw 228 Main Street North (2nd Floor) Moose Jaw, SK, S6H 3J8 Phone: 306-69207332 Cell: 306-690-9713 www.moosejaweconomicdevelopment. com Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce 88 Saskatchewan St. E Moose Jaw, SK, S6H 0V4 Phone: 306-692-6414

Farm Credit Canada loan loss provisions increase 300 per cent By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express In the midst of international trade disputes Canada’s Crown-owned federal agricultural bank grew the loan portfolio by 3.2 per cent. Farm Credit Canada financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2020, show the loan and leasing portfolio grew by $1.2 billion. Net income fell $42.1 million to $632.6 million, driven by higher credit loss provisions and last-minute increased allowance for COVID-19 impacts. Provisions for credit losses increased over three times to $103.3 million from $30.9 million. One of the largest losses likely was on Ilta Grain, which had a plant near Belle Plaine. Ilta was sold in bankruptcy to Viterra, but FCC had lent the grain buyer/processor $86 million. “Offsetting (price and export) challenges in the commodities sector, higher commodity prices for livestock and the expansion of cannabis receipts will support over-

all farm cash receipts,” said the management discussion report. Crop receipts increased 3.9 per cent with livestock receipts up 5.1 per cent last year. Farm prices averaged a two per cent swing up but crop production inputs — seed and fertilizer — prices increased an average 4.2 per cent. Market concerns ranged from Chinese restrictions on Canadian canola, once 40 per cent of our exports, to market access on pork, peas and soybeans over strained foreign relations. Credit impaired loans, not requiring loss provisions. increased from $192.1 million to $297.4 million. Impaired loans for agri-business and agri-food increased 61 per cent to $89 million. Oilseed and grain impaired loans were up 75 per cent to $58.1 million with impaired beef loans, up 100 per cent to $30 million. Loans in three regions declined with $194.2 million less

in Alberta and British Columbia, $133.8 million less in Ontario, and $47.3 million less in Manitoba. In Saskatchewan loans increased by $292.8 million to $7.12 billion with Quebec loans up $66.1 million and Maritime loans were up $1.25 million. Oilseed and grain loans of $11.885 million made up almost one-third of the $38.44 billion portfolio. Other loan categories and amounts are dairy, $6.47 billion; agri-business, $4.02 billion; poultry, $2.74 billion; beef, $2.67 billion. Part-time farmers have $2.2 billion loans with $2.16 billion to other farmers; $1.56 billion to alliances; $1.27 billion to greenhouses; $1.11 billion to agri-food; and $.1 billion to fruit farms. Ron Walter can be reached at

Provincial Archives to reopen its reading room at new location History buffs and researchers will soon be able to access the province’s vast archives once again. The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan will reopen its public reading room on Aug. 10 at their new location at 2440 Broad St. in Regina. The reading room offers reference services for anyone interested in topics like family history, government policy, military history, land settlements, human rights, local

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events, and community development. “This is a big year, with a new location to celebrate our 75th anniversary,” Provincial Archivist Linda McIntyre said in a press release. “We are excited about the opportunities it brings to the delivery of our public services. As well as our public reading room, our archives gallery provides exhibition and meeting space for the public to explore and enjoy the historical collection.”

In-person reference services will be available by appointment. Appointments are available between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday beginning the week of Aug. 10. To book an appointment, call 306-787-4068. Please note that COVID-19 protocols are in place. For more information, visit

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Pense is in the running for Kraft Hockeyville title

Saskatchewan town named to final four for NHL exhibition game, $250,000 for rink improvements Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Moose Jaw might not have made the final four of Kraft Hockeyville, but we certainly have a community to cheer for and support. The annual contest announced recently that the town of Pense – located 42 kilometres west of Moose Jaw on the Trans-Canada Highway – had been named one of the four finalists for the honour of Hockeyville, which includes an NHL exhibition game and $250,000 for arena improvements. The contest began on Jan. 1 with the nomination and rally phase, which encouraged supporters to post stories to the Hockeyville website explaining why their community deserved the honour. Judging then took place from Feb. 10 to Aug. 1, with 80 per cent of the final score coming from nomination stories and 20 per cent from ‘rally points’ earned from posting to social media and other activities. The plight of Pense Memorial Rink won over the judg-

The community of Pense is one of the final four for Kraft Hockeyville 2020. Facebook photo. es: after the community’s original arena burned down in 1989, the community rebuilt the Memorial in its place.

The now 30-year-old arena is in need of major repair to the brine pipe system that keeps the artificial ice in place through the winter months, with a loss of that system likely taking down the whole facility for a season, if not more. Joining Pense in the final four are the communities of Twillingate, Nfld, Saint Felicien, Que. and Tyne Valley, P.E.I. The good news is that by being nominated to the final four, Pense has already won $25,000 for arena upgrades. The next step is all up to you. The final winner will be determined by a public vote, with voting opening on Friday, Aug. 14 at 9 a.m. ET and concluding on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. ET. The winner will be announced the evening of Aug. 15. For more information, be sure to check out

Canadians, Giants post wins in Rambler Park fastball action Livingston hits second grand slam in as many games, Canadians win 13-1 over Regina Gold; Giants battle to 6-5 win over Blues in nightcap Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Jay Livingston belted a pair of home runs, including his second grand slam in as many games, as the Moose Jaw Canadians took a 13-1 win over the Regina Gold in Rambler Park Fastball League action at Lyle Helland Diamond last Tuesday night. The Moose Jaw Giants also came away with a win, scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-5 victory over the Little Black Bear Blues in the second game. Both teams are back in action Aug. 11, as the Giants take on the Regina Gold in the early game and Canadians face the Earl Grey Rockets in the nightcap. Canadians 13, Gold 1 Livingston got things started with a two-run home run in the first inning, singled and came around to score in the second and laced his grand slam in the third, giving him a 3-for-3 night with three runs scored and six RBI in only three at bats. Brad Reaney and Dane Roy added two-run home runs of their own in the second, with Roy finishing the night 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles. Bryce Crosbie also had a solid night, going 2-for-3 with a double and three runs scored. That offensive output was more than enough for Canadians starter Xavier Tremblay, who allowed a single run on one hit in the third inning, striking out three. Giants 6, Blues 5 Tyler Kifferling hit a one-out triple in the sixth inning and scored the game-winning run one batter later on a single by Kevin Knelsen to secure the win over Little

Both Kifferling and Knelsen had solid games at the plate, with the former reaching base four times, including a two-run home run in the first, and scoring three runs, while Knelsen was 4-for-4 with four singles. Derek Ross got the start for the Giants and allowed the five runs on five hits and a pair of strikeouts before giving way to Al Muhle in the fourth, with Muhle allowing the single baserunner and striking out seven the rest of the way. The Canadians improved to 6-1 and sit tied for first with the Rockets, while the Giants improved to 4-3 and sit tied for fourth with the Golden Hawks.

Xavier Tremblay delivers for the Canadians against the Regina Gold. Black Bear. The two teams were neck-and-neck throughout, as the Giants took a 4-3 lead out of the first before finding themselves tied 5-5 through two. Both teams had the potential go-ahead run reach third in the fourth before the Giants were able to finally secure the win.

Hole-in-One at Lynbrook Golf Club, Thursday, July 30, 2020: Congratulations to Lori Burnt

On Thursday July 30, 2020 the Lynbrook Golf Club had another hole in one. The Lynbrook would like to congratulate Lori Burnt, who’s hole in one took place on hole #3…Lori’s witnesses were Debbie Firth, Ethel Akins and Marie Spencer…congratulations Lori!

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With booming numbers, Moose Jaw minor hockey hoping to see ice in local rinks soon

Barkman Arena in Caronport only surface in area currently available as other communities gear up for new season Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Minor Hockey Association is concerned they might find themselves falling behind the eight ball when it comes to the upcoming hockey season. That is, of course, if there is one. But due to the lack of ice in Moose Jaw at the moment – and the installation of skating surfaces in other communities like Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon as well as smaller towns like White City and Lumsden – the worry is that other places will be getting their ice time in before local players even have a chance to put on skates. And it’s not just recreational and practice time that’s an issue: with the number of special instructional camps and events taking place at the Barkman Arena in Caronport, it’s something that minor hockey president Chris Flanagan hopes will lead to the city making a move in the near future. “We have lots of guys in town like Trevor Weisgerber, Shane Smith, Cody Beach, Dustin Ernest, who are running hockey development camps as we speak, it’s just unfortunate that they have to travel outside of the city to run those camps,” Flanagan said. “Lots of kids are on the ice in Caronport these days, we really wish we could get an ice surface here in Moose Jaw and we hope the city looks at putting one in sooner than later.” First things first, though. The MJMHA has done their due diligence throughout the summer in order to prepare for the new season and are moving along as if things are going to happen, that the COVID-19 pandemic will subside enough that games will go ahead. “Our board of directors have been meeting through the

The Moose Jaw Minor Hockey Association is hoping to see a sheet of ice or two installed in a local rink sooner than later. summer to make sure that plans are in place, and obviously we’re in a wait-and-hold period as we wait to hear from Sask Hockey, the Sask Health Authority and the government as they work on a plan for the fall,” Flanagan explained. “So we’re just waiting patiently, but we want people to know that we’re planning and we’ll be ready for the season to start. We just need to get some ice in.” It certainly doesn’t hurt that registration numbers are higher than they have been in recent years, something

Flanagan points to as a sign of how eager players and their families are to see the game return. “Parents are willing to let kids go to the rink and let them skate and just have some fun after so much time away from the game and just off the ice,” he said. “Even for the mental health of these kids, they need to get back into these rinks, hockey was taken away from them in March. Now parents and families have to travel outside the city if they want to help these kids out, and it seems like we’re going to fall behind just because we don’t have any ice. “We’re scheduling our Tier evaluations out in Caronport because we have no ice out here,” Flanagan added. “It’s frustrating, but we’re hoping we can put some pressure on the city and get some ice so we can start playing in a safe and timely manner without having to travel.” For their part, the city is currently non-committal to late-summer ice, with re-opening days for all four local ice sheets, including Mosaic Place, currently under review and information to be released once things are set. When things do get going, minor hockey plans to make it as safe as possible even on top of the SHA recommendations, going so far as to solicit advice from medical professionals as to the best way to go about the restart locally. “When we get a start date from Sask Hockey and we have ice in here, we’re going to create some Return to Play committees in our own hockey association,” Flanagan said. “We’ve had some local physicans in town here saying they would help us out and prepare, and we’re going to co-ordinate with the city to see what we can do to get things going again in the safest way possible.”

Moose Jaw sweeps Fighting Saints in U14 girls fastball Winning streak continues for Ice with 3-2 and 9-3 wins Friday Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw U14 A Ice showed earlier in the week what they can do with their bats against an overmatched opponent. On Friday night, they needed a bit more finesse and solid play to get the job done. Two days after putting up 42 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Lumsden at Optimist Park – check for a full recap of those contests -- the Ice were back in action against the Regina Fighting Saints, and this time things were far closer as local squad scored early and held on for a 3-2 win in the opening game and followed with a 9-3 victory in the night cap. Ice 3, Fighting Saints 2 The Ice did all their damage in the opening inning, as Macy Litzenberger, Haily Molde and Mallory Tendler all scored runs for a quick 3-0 win. And unlike their previous outing, that would be that. Moose Jaw’s pitching and defence took over from there, as Regina got one back in the second inning and had runners in scoring position in the third. The Saints got

one closer in the sixth and had the tying run on third, but Molde would escape the jam and retire the side in order in the final inning. Molde would give up one run and a single hit while striking out five in three innings of relief, with Waverly Demassi getting the start and allowing a run on one hit and striking out nine over three innings. Ice 9, Fighting Saints 3 Things weren’t nearly as close in the nightcap, as the Ice scored three in the first, two in the second and led 7-0 after four innings. Peyton Mengel hit a lead-off home run in the seventh and ended up with a 2-for-3 night, while Callie Klemenz reached base three times and scored a pair of runs. Ava Unser had an outstanding start in the circle, tossing three innings and allowing no hits while striking out eight. Klemenz surrendered two runs over the next three innings and struck out four, Mengel tossed the final frame and gave up one run on one hit.

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Warriors general manager Millar optimistic for new start of WHL season December start date a positive step as Canadian Hockey League deals with COVID-19 pandemic Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Count the Moose Jaw Warriors as one of the many teams more than happy to see an actual, official start date for the upcoming Western Hockey League season, even if it’s more than two months later than usual. When the alternative is no hockey at all for a whole year, something is better than not. And when you take the safety of everyone involved into consideration, it’s the best choice imaginable. The WHL has announced that the season start would be pushed back to Dec. 4 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be an issue throughout Canada and the U.S., with the season carrying into April and playoffs beginning in May. “I think it’s a real good plan, and there’s a lot of confidence that we’ll be playing in December,” said Warriors general manager Alan Millar. “Certainly we need to do it under the right guidelines and the return to play protocols that our league is working with government and health authorities on. But I believe our league is in a good place, we’re motivated to play in December and motivated to play a 68-game

With a season start date in place, the Moose Jaw Warriors are looking forward to getting back on the ice at the end of the year. schedule, with the Memorial Cup pushed back until June and the regular season extended through April.” Back when the pandemic was in its infancy and little was known as to how long it might last, thoughts were that games

could begin as early as October, with a slightly more compact schedule but business as usual. That would mean a close-tonormal start date for training camps and the like, something that simply couldn’t happen at this point given the widespread nature of the disease. “It just wasn’t possible with the best interest of our players and staff and officials and fans and their health and safety,” Millar said. The schedule itself has yet to be drawn up, with plans in that direction taking shape in the coming weeks. An additional factor will be just how things will work for the U.S. teams and players from across the border. With the COVID-19 pandemic considered to be widespread and unchecked throughout the country, concerns exist as to if border crossing will even be allowed if things haven’t improved dramatically. That’s a bridge that will be crossed when the time comes, says Millar. “Our league has said from the get-go that we want to start as a league, and our league is 22 teams,” he said. “We realize there

are different challenges province-to-province and state-to-state, and with the season pushed back to give us some more time to deal with some of those challenges will help. There’s a lot of player travel and player movement, American players into Canada, Canadian players into U.S. markets, the travel of import players, and that all goes hand-in-hand with the season being pushed back and having protocols in place for the return-to-play.” The players themselves have been informed of the start date, with the only difference there being the length of time they’ll have away from the game and prepare for the new campaign. “They have been updated and they understand, they know we have the intent of starting in December and playing a full schedule,” Millar said. “Our players will continue to work at home with onice and off-ice training and we’ll look at how we work with them when it comes to preparing for the season when they arrive in Moose Jaw. Those are all details that as general managers and owners we’ll be looking at in the near future.”

18U Canucks win three of five after seven straight losses Moose Jaw sweeps doubleheader with Parkland, split twinbill with SouthEast, fall to Athletics

If the Toronto Blue Jays played the Washington Nationals almost exclusively for the first half of the season, you can bet they would have a less than stellar record. Substitute the first-year Moose Jaw Canucks and the defending Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League and provincial champion Regina White Sox, and you get the same idea. Taking to diamond this past weekend without a win to their credit, the Canucks had a chance to play a pair of teams other than the White Sox and fellow powerhouse Swift Current 57’s, and lo and behold, they came away cured. The Canucks picked up their first win of the season in a 10-0 romp over the Parkland Expos and followed with a 2-1 win in a doubleheader at Ross Wells Park on Saturday, Aug. 1 before falling 2-1 to the South East Twins and winning 5-3 in a twinbill Aug. 2 in Estevan. They didn’t have quite as much luck on Aug. 5 in Regina against the Athletics, falling 10-4. Canucks 10, Expos 0 Dylan Reed shut out the Expos for five innings, and that proved to be more than enough as the Canucks rolled to a mercy-rule victory. Reed scattered six hits and needed only 56 pitches to pick up the win, striking out a pair. It didn’t take long for Moose Jaw to get on the board, either, as they scored three runs in the first inning and held 3-0 edge until the fifth. There, they’d send 11 batters to the plate, scoring seven runs to invoke the 10-up-after-five mercy rule. Reed also had a solid day at the plate, going 3-for-3 and scoring a pair of runs,

Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express while Nathan Varjassy was 2-for-3 with giving up three runs on five hits over six a run and two runs batted in. Evan Cal- innings, striking out eight and allowing laghan was 2-for-4 and scored twice, only one walk. Waller threw the seventh, while Kaleb Waller also had two runs surrendering a hit and striking out one. scored. Varjassy had a single hit in the game but Canucks 2, Expos 1 knocked in a pair, while eight of the CaVarjassy turned in a quality start to pick nucks’ nine starters had a hit in the conup the win in game two, giving up a single test. run on five hits while striking out seven. Athletics 10, Canucks 4 He also had only one walk, which had The Canucks scored three runs in the secbeen an issue for the pitching staff in their ond to take a 3-2 lead but wouldn’t be able previous losses. to make it stick, as Regina scored eight Waller and Reed hit back-to-back singles runs over the final three innings to take in the first to bring home Waller with the win. the first run of the game. After Parkland Kayden Hudson went 2-for-3 with two Cam O’Reilly delivers for the Canucks tied things up in the top of the fifth, the runs scored to lead Moose Jaw, who had earlier this season. Canucks would see Callaghan single only five hits in the game. five innings; Carson Reed tossed the final home Cole Breitkreuz with the eventual Waller got the start and allowed eight runs frame and allowed a pair of runs. game-winning run in their half of the in- on eight, this while striking out three in ning. 13 oz premium matte banners in sizes up to 16’ x 50’ without seams Twins 2, Canucks 1 The Canucks didn’t manage a hit in their first game against South East, as the Twins’ Kaiden Lyons gave up a single unearned run in the close contest. Varjassy scored the lone run for Moose Jaw in the second, drawing a walk, stealing second and scoring when Orin Olson reached on an error to the shortstop. Kyle Duncan got the start for the Canucks and went five innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out six. Anderson and Kaleb Waller saw action in relief. Canucks 5, Twins 3 The Canucks wasted little time getting things going in the rematch, scoring a pair of runs in the first and three more in the second before riding a solid start from Cam O’Reilly to their third win of the weekend. O’Reilly tossed their second quality start,

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Good news, bad news: Ice fastball teams win pair, but provincials cancelled U12 A Ice roll to 16-1 win in Regina, U12 B Ice defeat Lazers Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Ice U12 girls fastball teams put together a pair of wins in Regina Minor Softball League action last Tuesday night, but the word that came out the following morning put a damper on the whole season. Softball Saskatchewan announced Wednesday that due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic all provincial championship tournaments in the province had been cancelled, citing the risk of gathering so many teams in a single area for each event. That was especially tough for the two teams in action, as both squads had a nifty little campaign going and would have been serious contenders for their respective provincial crowns. As it stands, the U12 A Ice rolled to a mercy-rule 16-1 win over the Regina Royals

and the U12 B Ice battled to an 18-12 win over the Regina Lazers White. The U12 B Ice were right back in action this past weekend as they hosted an exhibition tournament with teams from southern Saskatchewan – check for results from that event -- while the U12 A Ice travel to Regina to face the Royals on Aug. 11. U12 A Ice 16, Royals 1 After a scoreless first inning, the Ice would score the maximum five runs in the next three frames, rolling to a 15-1 lead through four. They only needed six hits to do all that damage, too, as they would walk a total of 15 times on the night. Every player in the Ice line-up scored at least one run, with Tara Bell crossing the plate three times. Kyra Menzies was

1-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Kiarra Adrian also scored a pair of runs. Marisa Montgomery got the start on the mound and pitched two near-flawless innings, striking out six and walking a pair. Adrian allowed a single run and struck out four in the next two frames before Kensington Demassi and Avery Garthus closed things out with a scoreless inning each. U12 B Ice 18, Lazers 12 The Ice built a 13-5 lead before Regina made a bit of a comeback, but in the end the local squad would score max runs in three of the five innings and take the comfortable win. And this time, they did it with their bats as much as their plate discipline. The Ice cranked out 15 hits on top of

walking 11 times, with Sophia Johnstone doing the majority of damage with a 2-for3 night that included three runs scored and four RBI. Avery Funke had a 3-for3 showing and crossed the plate twice, while Tessa Hardwicke was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Chloe Giraudier and Kayla Chartier also scored three runs each, with every Ice player having at lead one run scored and all but one at least a single hit. Funke got things off to a solid start in the circle, tossing two innings and striking out five without allowing a run, while Hardwicke, Aurora Wingenbach and Joelle Boechler combined to pitch the final three innings.

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Assiniboia holds off Ice for ladies fastball win, Heat down Hustlers in epic battle Late rally not enough as Aces take 12-10 victory, Heat score five in seventh to down Hustlers 9-8

Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express At the Caribou Heights diamonds this past week, two lead and had plenty of opportunity to add to their totals Moose Jaw Senior Ladies Fastball League contest fea- throughout the contest, having left runners in scoring tured hard-fought results. position every inning, including bases loaded in each of In action Tuesday, Aug. 4, the Moose Jaw U19 Ice almost the fourth and fifth frames. pulled off the miracle comeback but in the end settled The Heat, meanwhile, did most of their damage in the for a 12-10 loss at the hands of the Assiniboia Aces. One third, scoring three runs as Hustlers starter Adrianna night later, the Heat scored five runs in the top of the sev- Phillips scattered five hits heading into the seventh. And enth inning and held off a furious attempt to tie the game then, everything changed. in the bottom of the frame to take a 9-8 victory. The first four Heat hitters would all record base hits – Assiniboia 12, Ice 10 with Kimberley Michelson and Ali Kowalenko hitting Assiniboia wasted little time getting things going, as they run-scoring doubles – before Bailey Mackie doubled sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning and quickly to knock home Shayla Freeman with the go-ahead run. built themselves a 7-0 lead. They’d carry an 8-2 edge into Krissy Rusu took over in the circle and promptly recordthe fifth when the Ice bats came alive, scoring four runs ed the second out of the inning, but Ashley Blair was to suddenly find themselves down only two. able to single home Mackie with what would turn out to The Aces tacked on three runs in their half of the fifth be a crucial insurance marker and a 9-7 lead. and would need every one of them, as the Ice would score The Hustlers wouldn’t go down without a fight, though. four more in the sixth to head into their final at bat down After Rachelle Grado knocked home Tanya McLean to 12-10. Assiniboia was able to retire the side in order to pull her squad within one, the Hustlers had bases loaded escape with the win. with one out. Dawn Froats grounded to short to force Vanessa Knox reached base four times and scored a pair Rusu at home for the second out, and Heat pitcher Meof runs for the Ice, while Maddison Thul, Maddie Sills gan Auger was able to strike out Taylor Phillips to end and Madison Kemp also had two runs each for Moose the game. Jaw. Interestingly enough, every player on each team reached Sarah Feeley led Assiniboia at the plate, reaching base base at least once, and all but two players had at least four times and scoring two runs, with Amaya Giraudier, one base hit. Raina Peterson and Callie Morhart also crossing the plate Sheri Logan and Taylor Logan each reached base five twice each. times for the Hustlers, with Sheri scoring a pair of runs League action continues Wednesday night as the Colts and Taylor recording three runs batted in. Kowalenko face the Ice and Heat take on the Hustlers. finished the game 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs Heat 9, Hustlers 8 scored to lead the Heat. Heading into the final inning, the Hustlers had built a 7-4

Canucks 13U teams fall to White Sox, Lumsden; AA win in Regina Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw 13U Canucks have been pouring runs across the plate in recent Baseball Regina AA and AAA league action, but last Thursday, Aug. 6 just wasn’t either team’s night. The AAA squad surrendered three runs over the final two innings to drop a 7-6 decision to the Regina White Sox while the AA Canucks struggled against the Lumsden Cubs and dropped an 18-6 decision. The AA Canucks got right back on track on Friday night, though, battling to a 13-10 victory over the Regina Pacers, while the AAA squad was in White Butte for a doubleheader on Sunday. You can check out for the latest scores from those contests! White Sox 7, AAA Canucks 6 The Canucks overcame a 4-3 deficit with three runs in the top of the sixth but would be unable to make the lead stick, as Regina scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning and followed with the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Garrett Gulutzan contributed most of the offence for Moose Jaw, going 1-for-3 with a two-run triple in the sixth, as the Canucks recorded four hits on the day and took advantage of four Regina errors. Max Simmons got the start for the local squad, holding the White Sox scoreless over an inning and a third before giving way to Gulutzan, who allowed four runs on three

hits and three strikeouts. Cameron Beisal and Owen Varjassy tossed the final two innings, giving up three runs on four hits. Lumsden 18, AA Canucks 6 Lumsden scored early and often and did most of their damage in the fourth, when they batted through their line-up and ended up scoring eight runs. Brogan Bowes ended up with a 3-for-4 night, including a run and an RBI, while Kyren Ernest scored a pair of runs, Nick Bechard went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Zayden Anderson 1-for-3 while knocking in a pair. Anderson, Bechard and Tryton Legare all saw action on the mound for Moose Jaw. AA Canucks 13, Pacers 10 The Pacers didn’t seem to want to go away regardless of what the Canucks threw at them, and that made for a high-scoring battle with some rather crazy results. Take the third inning, for example. Leading 2-1, the Canucks sent 11 batters to the plate and scored eight runs, only to see Regina do the same, taking on eight runs of their own to keep the contest a one-run game. Moose Jaw extended their lead to three with a pair of runs in the fourth, though, and the Pacers would get no closer. Bowes was 3-for-3 with three RBI for the Canucks, while Kaison Skeoch also went 3-for-3, scoring three runs. Ernest had three hits of his own and scored twice, Kohl Olson was 2-for-2 with two RBI. Legare started and allowed four runs on four hits, with Skeoch and Hunter Scott closing things out.


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Camping Shenanigans I hate to admit this but... neither Hubby nor I relish camping. I understand, that for all you camping enthusiasts, you may not understand where we are coming from; however, I’ll mention just a few reasons why camping is not high on our priority list. My biggest issue with camping is the lack of showers... that less-than-clean feeling that comes from the few sprinkles in the camper shower or even worse, the mostly cold (and hairy) public showers, leaves me longing for the comforts of home. Maybe if we camped more often, we would grow to enjoy it. Maybe if we had a more updated camper that would help. And perhaps if our home didn’t feel as though we live at a cottage 7 days a week that would make a difference too. Our home is a little piece of heaven on earth; it is surrounded by numerous trees, rolling hills and melodious birds where we enjoy the sights and sounds of water rippling over the waterfall of our pond that is flanked by a brick patio. We camp at home day in, day out. Needless to say, we’ve decided to take a trip to Grasslands National Park this fall; that said... Hubby and I are still a bit gun shy. You see, the last time we had the ol’ girl off the place, we ran into a few glitches. The biggest glitch was the utter embarrassment and frustration we experienced when we filled our onboard water holding tank at the campground water tap. Two hours from home... in a strange campground... set to camp for 3 days... to discover our water heater had a large hole in it! The first clue? Water was pouring out the side of our motorhome. Another glitch was that we didn’t have a working fridge. Now that’s gotta put a crimp in the cook’s world! It was a lot of work to make it a pleasant experience, needless to say, we made do as well as we could but let’s just say the issues put a little “damper� on things. Our excursion to Rowan’s Ravine hasn’t been the only escapade. What about our maiden voyage several years ago? We had spent quite a few hours prepping the ol’ girl for her first trip. We ripped out the original orange shag carpet (I’m pretty sure germs from 1985 were still trapped in those fibers!) and laid a vinyl plank floor. Hubby gave it a good mechanical check and I disinfected it from top to bottom. I spent several hours packing all the necessities in order to be ready to pull out the next day. We were headed to a ranch roping clinic in which Hubby and Big Sweet Pea were participating. We were excited. The excitement soon diminished when we loaded up the next morning to head out. There was no mistaking! Mice had found a fresh new home to make their nests in. I was certainly not impressed to put it lightly and went into a cleaning frenzy, disinfecting top to bottom (again!). Three hours later, I was exhausted but we were on the way with a clean home on wheels. As we lay our heads on the pillows that night, all tucked into our freshly renovated (and disinfected) home away from home, we soon realized we had unwelcome squatters. Wouldn’t you know it?! The mice had come along for the ride! I hope in days to come, we can make some good memories in the ol’ girl. Wish me all the best. I’m hoping our camping shenanigansStreet take a turn for the better! 60 Athabasca East 306-692-0533 Minister: Rev. Jim Tenford The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Music Karen Purdy the author,Director: and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

Sunday, May 14th, 2017 Worship Service 10:30am & Sunday School

St. Andrew’s United Church

Traditional Anglican Parish Now worshipping at

27 Hochelaga St. W., Moose Jaw

The beautiful home of Central Lutheran Church Holy Communion Book of Common Prayer Sunday 11:30 am (new time) Coffee & fellowship after the service For more information contact: Fr. Glenn Galenkamp, Rector 306-691-2715

All Are Welcome!

60 Athabasca Street East 306-692-0533 Minister: Rev. Jim Tenford

Music Director: Karen Purdy • Choir Director: Jenna Nash

Sunday, August 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th, 2020 Rev. Jim Tenford will be having Sunday Services on YouTube and Facebook Sanctuary Services and Sunday School at St. Andrew’s United have been cancelled until further notice.

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PICKARD Virginia Pickard (Petrisor), 86, of Moose Jaw, passed away July 23rd, 2020 with her family by her side. She was born on March 8, 1934 in Avonlea, Sk. Virginia went to school at Capitola School, north of Kayville and High School at Truax. Virginia was an accomplished farmer-partner after marriage in the Crane Valley district until retiring to Moose Jaw in 1996. As a farmer’s wife she helped with everything, from seeding to harvest, priding herself in getting the grain truck unloaded and back in the field in record time. While farming she helped raise two boys, first Blaine and then Mark. After the boys left home she went to work part-time at People’s Jewellery for 12 years, enjoying the staff and meeting people. Virginia always enjoyed entertaining and cooking and nobody left hungry. Above all things she was very proud of her family and their achievements. Virginia belonged to the Eastern Star Verwood #55, Member of the Minto United Church and local clubs in Crane Valley. She enjoyed curling, dancing, travelling and having flowers in her garden. Virginia was predeceased by her loving husband Mervin in 2005, by sister Sylvia, brother David, father Avram, mother Ecaterina (Catherine), Dan Petrisor, Brothers-in-law: Cyril, Sam, Victor, Jack, and Ralph, as well as sistersin-law: Phyllis, Millie, Dorothy, Evelyn and Oma., as well as Mervin’s parents Robert and Jane Pickard. She is survived by son Blaine (Moira), granddaughters Hannah, Tess and Caitlyn with great grandchildren Jaxon, Denley and Dacey and son Mark (Patricia), granddaughters Leticia and Courtney. Due to the health restrictions in place, a Private Family Service for Virginia will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations in Virginia’s name may be made to The Palliative Care Program c/o Moose Jaw Health Foundation 55 Diefenbaker Drive, Moose Jaw, SK S6J 0C2 or to The Moose Jaw Minto United Church 1036 7th Avenue NW, Moose Jaw, SK., S6H 4C4. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Todd Sjoberg, Funeral Director 306-693-4550



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Philip William Manz, late of Regina, SK, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the age of 82 years. He is predeceased by his parents, William and Felicia Manz; son Stewart Manz; brother and sister-inlaw Leslie and Carol Manz and brothers-in-law Jack Taman and Allen McKinnon. Philip is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Joyce; daughters Barb Manz, Sherry (Tim) Ayars, Crystal Manz and Tammy Manz; sons Kevin (Sandra) Manz, Gordon (Linda) Manz and Lee (Brenda) Manz; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother Victor Manz; sister Linda (Norman) Mckay; numerous nieces and nephews. Phil’s greatest joy was his wife Joyce, and their family. He worked as a salesman throughout Southern Saskatchewan for most of his life. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and took pride in his multi-generational stamp collection. Special thank you to Dr. Sabiha Javid, Michell Jesse and the Autumn Personal Care Home and the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Home Care Services. Friends so wishing may make donations, in memoriam, to the Royal University Hospital Foundation – Rajput Research for Parkinson’s, 103 Hospital Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W8, Parkinson Canada, 4211 Yonge Street, Suite 316, Toronto, ON M2P 2A9 or the Allan Blair Cancer Centre, 4101 Dewdney Ave, Regina, SK S4T 7T1. A private funeral service for family and close friends will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday August 13th, 2020 at Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue, Regina, SK S4P 1C5 and Interment will be in Riverside Memorial Park, 815 Assiniboine Ave E, Regina, SK S4V 1A6. To view the livestream of the service or to leave a message of condolence, please click on the link that will appear above the obituary on Philip’s webpage at www.

PAGE, JONATHAN “JACK” DAY It is with great sadness that the family of Jonathan “Jack” Day Page announces his sudden passing on July 25, 2020, at his home in Edmonton, AB at the age of 88 years. He leaves to mourn his passing, former wife Pauline Page; and their children, David Page, Joanne PageShaban and spouse Jim Sangster; grandchildren, Robin Shaban and spouse Daniel Jensen, Jonathan Shaban, Alexis Page, Dewey and his wife Becca Page and great-grandson, Greyson Page. Jack was predeceased by his spouse of 30 years, Irene Lyding and was laid to rest by her side. He is survived by Irene’s family Jim Swaok, Joan Swaok, grandchildren, Kimberly and Blake Grenier, Josh and Mackenzie Swaok, Nic and Natasha Swaok, and greatgrandchildren, Kingston and Jorja Grenier; Elliot, Mahlon and Austin Swaok; Shaymus, Finnley and Josie Swaok. We say farewell to Jack and hope that he has many more adventures on the other side of the stars. In lieu of other tributes, donations may be made to World Vision. Photos, memories, and condolences may be shared through Park Memorial Edmonton 780-426-0050 Family Owned Funeral Home Crematorium, Reception Centre

Participants and staff with Moose Jaw Families for Change hold a barbecue fundraiser on Aug. 7 to help raise funds for a new van. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Barbecue fundraiser helps non-profit with van purchase Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Participants with Moose Jaw Families for Change (MJFFC) were excited to hold a fundraiser to help the organization buy a new van so they could do more in the community. Half a dozen participants and staff gathered outside the Kinsmen Inclusion Centre on Fourth Avenue Southwest on Aug. 7 to sell burgers, pop and cookies. A steady flow of hungry customers during the morning kept the cash register ringing and the barbecue sizzling. By purchasing a new van, the additional transportation will assist MJFFC with community programming, volunteering, appointments, and catering deliveries. To generate more excitement, the organization issued a challenge to area businesses to send as many employees as possible, or provide the largest donation, with the winning business able to advertise for free on the new van. Dressed in a red Kinsmen shirt, Tom Shelly explained that he has been a participant with Moose Jaw Families for Change (MJFFC) for nine years — and he loves it. “You get to do all kinds of cool things (such as minigolf),” he exclaimed. “I’ve (also) really improved a lot in my social communication skills (and) in my social community skills.” Shelly added that he enjoys being able to say hello to the many friends he had made since 2011, when he first began attending MJFFC programming. To donate to the purchase of a new van, call 306-6932271.

Customer Cathy MacNevin accepts her change from Jason Nanan, a participant with Moose Jaw Families for Change, during a barbecue fundraiser. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

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COVID-19: What’s cancelled and closed in Moose Jaw The following is a running list of groups, businesses, and organizations that have been closed or cancelled upcoming events due to concerns about COVID-19. Moose Jaw Express staff will be updating this list as needed. If you would like your notice added to this list, contact us at For information about the status of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, or for more information on symptoms and preventative measures, check Saskatchewan is now in the last part of Phase Four of the ReOpen Saskatchewan Plan. Public gatherings are still limited to 30 people, and Public Health highly encourages all residents to continue practicing social distancing and hand hygiene.


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 until further notice.


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 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 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 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 has reopened to the public 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 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 resumed 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. 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 (306) 693-4677, by calling the Newcomer Centre at (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 – Our 1st BBQ. Cost is $10 and the food is always great! • Mondays: 1 p.m. Shuffleboard • Tuesdays: 1 p.m. Pickle Ball – except 1st Tuesday of each month; 7 p.m. Pickle Ball • 1st Tuesday of the month – Canadian Blood Clinic • Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. TOPS; 9:30 a.m. Pickle Ball; 1 p.m. Shuffleboard; 7 p.m. Pickle Ball • Thursdays: 10 a.m. Line Dance; 1 p.m. Pickle Ball The Moose Jaw Public Library will be reopening to in-person visits beginning Aug. 10. Appointments are not required, but a limited capacity will be enforced and masks are mandatory inside the building. Curbside pickup services are continuing by appointment, and library programming is still being offered

virtually until further notice. To learn more, contact the branch at 1 (306) 692-2787, by email at, by messaging the Moose Jaw Public Library Facebook page, or through the live chat option on the website. The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery has reopened as of 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 switching from online programming to outdoor youth activities, including biking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, golfing, and paintballing. 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 have reopened 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 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@ 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 end of August.. Sunday night soccer remains postponed. For more information, visit 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 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, or by purchasing online at The Moose Jaw Public Library is still offering virtual programming 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. The Moose Jaw Humane Society is offering a pet microchipping clinic by appointment throughout the month of August. Contact the shelter for more details or to book an appointment. 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. StreetCuts Barber has resumed free haircuts in the SARCAN parking lot on Sundays, with the next event set for Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. 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 has been cancelled. The annual Threshing Bee at the Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum on Sept. 12-13 is cancelled. The 2020 Terry Fox Run in Moose Jaw will take place virtually on Sept. 20. Register online at 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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Residents concerned about the provincial government’s back-to-school plan for September demanded wholesale changes to the government’s strategy during a recent protest on South Hill. Twenty-six people — composed of students, parents, union members, grandparents, and NDP candidate Melissa Patterson — gathered in front of Sask. Party MLA Greg Lawrence’s office on Aug. 7 as part of a province-wide #Masks4SaskEd protest. The event intended to push back against the Sask. Party’s supposed failure to plan for a safe return to school for students and staff. In particular, provincial organizers called for the government to provide dedicated pandemic funding for schools, to address overcrowded classrooms, to ensure adequate staffing levels, to update ventilation systems, and to mandate and provide appropriate personal protective equipment for staff and students. Grade 8 student Hunter Nichols attended the rally with his mother and explained he was there since he didn’t think it was safe to go back to school. “I think people should have to wear masks and wash their hands after recesses,” the 12-year-old said, noting his biggest concern was how there were too many kids in

A crowd gathers before the start of a protest on South Hill about the province’s plans for schools to return in September. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

a small area, which would perpetuate the pandemic. He wanted to see smaller class sizes and for the province to make masks mandatory. “Corona will keep spreading and it will spread like wildfire through the school. It will keep businesses from reopening and families will go bankrupt,” he continued. Nichols attends a school in the Prairie South School Division and admitted he had not read the division’s returnto-school document. However, his mother had told him what was in it. Piping up, she laughed and said, “It’s not easily readable.” Standing on the back of a truck, Patterson told protestors that class sizes, understaffing and crumbling schools are issues she has heard on the doorstep. She has also heard how frustrated parents are with the Sask. Party for allegedly letting down families. “People, it’s up to the government to finish its homework and come up with a plan that will see our students return to school safely,” she said. “What we got was an incomplete plan. In fact, what we got was the worst plan in the country.” This produced a chorus of “shame” throughout the crowd. Students are going to suffer, especially kids who are immunocompromised, Patterson said. She criticized the premier and education minister for supposedly failing to do the right thing, while she also pointed out that the Sask. Party has underfunded education for years. In contrast, the Saskatchewan NDP has put forward a seven-point plan to safely reopen schools, she continued. Some points include smaller class sizes, an improved coronavirus testing system and a “phased approach” that scales back in-person learning if transmission of COVID-19 occurs. Patterson then criticized Lawrence for not coming outside to attend the rally even though he was inside his office. She also remarked how the province had cut cleaning staff in schools. “We deserve better. Our people deserve better,” she added. “Saskatchewan deserves better.” Inside his office, Lawrence explained that he understands the protestors’ concerns since he is a grandfather. How-

A protestor holds a sign during a rally in front of MLA Greg Lawrence’s office on Aug. 7 as part of a province-wide pushback against the provincial government’s school plans for September. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

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