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With fundraising goal met, Food Bank now looks for new building Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
With the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank surpassing its fundraising goal for a new building, the organization now turns its attention to finding a suitable location to serve its clients. The Food Bank announced recently that it had raised $118,282.99 during its summer campaign that would be put toward purchasing a new building for its growing operations and increase in clients. This amount exceeded its original goal of $100,000. Jason Moore, development manager for the Food Bank, was blown away by the generosity that Moose Javians has shown to the organization. “Oh wow. I am new to the Moose Jaw Food Bank and I sort of stepped in at the end of this campaign,” he said, “and as I was stepping in (at the end of July), they informed me already we had achieved our goal. And I couldn’t believe it. “Moose Jaw has just proven itself, not just in this situation, but every time the Food Bank steps forward and asks for a hand, Moose Jaw just steps forward and gives generously. So huge kudos to this city … and what a great place to call home.” It was impressive that the Food Bank managed to reach and exceed its fundraising goal within three months, Moore said. He
has a long history of working with non-profit organizations and he has yet to see one achieve a goal as quickly and efficiently as this one did. The Food Bank is looking forward to having a new location since it has outgrown its current place, he continued. The non-profit did have two offers in on possible buildings, but those proposals fell through after the sellers decided to take their locations off the market. What the non-profit organization requires is a location that is 5,000 square feet in size, with most of that being warehouse space to accommodate its needs. It also wants a location that is in a central location so clients can easily access the food bank’s services. The food bank doesn’t have any ideas as to where it’s new location could be, Moore said, but would be open to any suggestions from the community. The organization is currently using a real estate agent to help it secure a new, bigger location. If you have any ideas for a new location, or want to make a donation to the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank, call 306-692-2911 or visit its Facebook page.
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New theatre company gives youths a chance to develop their skills Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
After theatre company RuBarb Productions closed permanently nearly two years ago, two mothers decided to start a theatre group to ensure youths could continue to develop their acting skills. Jan Nelson and Kelsey Warren recently created Harmony Arts Program Children’s Live Theatre, designed to give kids ages six to 17 the opportunity to learn skills in drama and then put them into action. The co-creators held online tryouts in July and then selected the youths to participate in dramatic plays in early August. Nine children and eight young adults took part in a Theatrix Day Camp from Aug. 4 to 8 at Moose Jaw Alliance Church, where they explored expression and body language. Having received scripts ahead of time, the young actors rehearsed plays that they then performed on Aug. 8; the children put on Snow White Lite and the young adults performed Whispers. Snow White Lite was a shortened version of Snow White, while Whispers was about the experiences of children whose parents died during military service. Bryce Johnson, a Moose Jaw-born theatre actor studying choreographer in Toronto, also provided advice during the week. Acting is nothing new for Alex Sauer, 11. He explained that he enjoys performing for a crowd — he has acted in five plays — and wanted to participate when he heard about the summer drama camp. He hadn’t been able to act in a while due to the pandemic. His previous performance was last summer when he took part in a Frozen Junior show.
Younger children who participated in a summer drama day camp gather for a picture on Aug. 7. At far right is Jan Nelson, who led the group and helped found the theatre company in which the kids participated. Photo by Jason G. Antonio “I love the improvisation (taught during the camp). You can do anything,” he added. “You just have to think of it as it goes. I just find it a lot of fun.” When RuBarb dissolved its school of performing arts, there were still youths who wanted to put on a show, explained Nelson, who led the children’s group. Her children had participated in Rhubarb productions and she saw the loss they experienced. She noticed that parents also felt the loss of the production company.
It was because of that experience with RuBarb that Nelson and Warren started Harmony Arts Program. “It’s been a lot of work … But the goal was to put on a show, and these kids are here because they love theatre …,” she said. Nelson added that some youths have already signed up for next year’s drama presentation due to the camp’s influence. Warren, who led the older youths, helped Nelson start the drama company since her children had also participated in RuBarb productions. She, too, noticed how a void was left after the company shut down. “I know the benefits it gives to youths,” said Warren. “It is important we provide this experience for them.” One of the best parts of the summer camp for Warren was watching the youths grow during the week. She also liked guiding the group of mostly high school students and interacting with them. Having Johnson help choreograph the drama productions and share his knowledge was a benefit, said Warren. It was also great that three other residents shared their experiences — via Zoom — of acting, provided audition tips, and suggested how to pursue a job in the industry. With a chuckle, Johnson said he offered to help with choreography and thought he would be needed for only an hour. However, that hour turned into a full week. According to the young adults, Johnson did a great job of helping them; they met many interesting people, and; it was nice to see people in the flesh instead of interacting with them online.
Megan Nash brings new music to recent Regina drive-in concerts Larissa Kurz
In partnership with Summer Bash, Regina Folk Fest tapped several local musicians and bands to hit the stage for a physically distanced, pandemic-approved series of drive-in concerts this past weekend — including folk-rock singer-songwriter Megan Nash, who was definitely looking forward to performing again. The weekend series of concerts ran from Aug. 14-16, with showtimes at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. each day, welcoming audiences to
enjoy live music for the first time in a long while. Nash was the headlining act on Aug. 15, joined by The Best of Intentions which includes members of Regina band Bears in Hazenmore. Opening the show was Bree & Brown, two members of the Regina indie-folk quartet Suncliff. “I’m really impressed with the way it's set up and really looking forward to being able to perform safely for an audience,”
Megan Nash and The Best of Intentions, masked up for a recent project at TCU Place, with Nash boasting a mask from Rainbow Retro and Moose Jaw Pride here in the city. (supplied) said Nash, in an interview prior to the show. “I was over the moon [when Regina Folk Fest reached out] because this format is huge and there’s so much that goes into these shows, and I’m just really grateful to be a part of it.’ Fellow headliners included Regina country artist Marshall Burns on Aug. 14, with Ava Wild opening his show, and Chilean rock band Andino Suns — who most recently performed a virtual concert at the Saskatchewan Festival of Words in Moose Jaw — on Aug. 16 with opener Davy Sage. Nash was really looking forward to hitting the stage once again, especially as the upcoming show is likely to be only live show she and her band get to play until next year at the earliest. “This is a little bit bittersweet for me because this is probably our show of the year,” said Nash. “I’m saying that with optimism, because hopefully the world will be different next year, but with the
reality of us going into fall, winter very soon, this is probably our last show of the year, which feels like our first show of the year.” Safety concerns have been top of mind for Nash over the past few months, as she joined other performers in cancelling tours, recording schedules and live performances to help protect both fans and band members. But Nash was in the midst of working on a new album this spring, which meant she has some new music that she was able to debut at the show. Nash said that at least two of the new songs had never been played in front of an audience before, and so she was very excited to share at the first — and possibly only — live show since the beginning of 2020. Regina Folk Fest announced the drive-in series shortly after cancelling this year’s festival, which was set to take place in Victoria Park from Aug. 6 to 8.
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Habitat for Humanity Moose Jaw seeking next two families for homeownership program Larissa Kurz
The Habitat for Humanity Moose Jaw chapter has opened applications in search of the next new homeowners to take part in its housing program. The organization is looking for two families to become homeowners through the Habitat Homeownership Program, which offers a chance to purchase a new home without qualifying for a traditional mortgage. “The Habitat Homeownership Program helps families break the cycle of poverty through affordable homeownership,” said chapter lead Donna Watts. Applicants must meet certain qualifications, including minimum income requirements, proof of residency in Moose Jaw and a need for safe and affordable housing. Chosen families are also expected to provide 500 hours of volunteer work during the home build. Families chosen for the program are able to purchase their Habitat for Humanity home at market value with a zero down payment and interest-free mortgage, with monthly payments set at 25 per cent of the families’ gross annual income. Habitat for Humanity’s usual process is looking slightly different this year, shared Watts, as the pandemic has de-
Habitat for Humanity Moose Jaw is beginning its ninth and tenth build with a duplex planned at 1015 Ominica Street East. (photo by Larissa Kurz) layed the application process slightly. Information sessions this year will be smaller than usual and hosted for applicants who meet the necessary criteria, followed by in-home interviews and the final partnership agreement.
The delay in the process means that applicants have a unique opportunity this year, however, as potential homeowners will get to know where the new build is located before they apply. Moose Jaw’s ninth and tenth builds will be a duplex located at 1015 Ominica Street East, with construction to begin later this fall. “I think it’s exciting that we already know where it's being built, so they can see the neighbourhood and see the progress starting as they’re applying,” said Watts. “And I would encourage people to apply even if they’re unsure, and I would definitely encourage them to contact me if they have any questions because it's a great opportunity for people.” Habitat for Humanity Moose Jaw cut the ribbon on its most recent build in February, handing over keys to new homeowner Tanya Legare and her daughters. For more information or to request an application for the Habitat Homeownership Program, contact Habitat for Humanity at 1 (306) 347-4670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIZWORLD By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express
Canadian company’s technology pinches pennies, manages industrial processes mCloud Technologies Corp. sounds like the name of a penny-pinching Scottish Corporation. This Vancouver-based company is in the business of helping industry pinch pennies by digital management and remote inspection of assets. Under the asset care programs, the company uses artificial intelligence and analysis in the Cloud to stop energy waste in buildings — promising up to 25 per cent cost savings. The asset care program also remotely inspects industrial processes for maintenance and ensures less down time from interruptions like power outages. A third division uses software to optimize electricity production on wind turbines. The capital cost to sign up is low, with mCloud receiving a long-term stream of recurring revenue. Six acquisitions in the last year have added capabilities to operations in seven countries. Recent asset connections included 2,000 oil and gas wells and 1,000 United Kingdom wind turbines. Easily-recognized mCloud clients are food wholesaler Sysco, oil sands miner Suncor, telecom provider Telus, Starbucks Coffee and 3,300 bank branches in the U.S.A. The bank realized $40 million annual savings.
The company has offices in seven countries. A job for asset care of a Chinese shopping centre has been delayed by the COVID-19 issues. The company is aiming at a $25 billion market with plans to grow revenues to $400 million in five years. That is a tall order considering revenues for 2019 were $18.4 million — quite a leap from $1.8 million the year before. Revenues for the first three months this year leaped to $6.5 million versus $1.4 million last year in that three months. Losses have been horrendous as the company transitions from a concept development phase to the commercial phase. Losses amounted to $30.6 million in 2019 and $12.2 million the year before. Loss for the first quarter this year of $10.6 million came from $5.5 million increased wages as mCloud ramped up operations, $1.5 million in increased depreciation and $1.4 million in new interest costs. Last year as part of the ramping up process the company issued $23.5 million in convertible debentures paying 10 per cent interest, convertible at $5 a share. A loan for $13 million was taken out. At a current $3.04, the shares trade at less than half the estimate by two analysts following the venture, and less
than half the high of $6.50 on the year. Instead of the shares investors might want to look at the convertible debentures, trading at $93 for an 11.8 per cent yield. One risk with the debentures convertible into 200 shares at $5 by May 2024 is that mCloud will raise enough cash to buy them back before conversion. Fast-growing companies often issue convertible debentures with the intent of redeeming them before conversion takes place. The shares need a 65 per cent increase to put them in the money. mCloud is a relatively small company with ambitious plans to grow big in five years. That poses a lot of risk. But the rewards of success would be great too.
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Sheesh! How do you scratch out something somewhat intelligent, humourous or possibly interesting at the spur of a moment? I have never been a person who liked to ‘fly by the seat of my pants.’ I don’t like to be put on the spot but prefer to mull on things and write with a sense of intent from the heart, but today time is short due to other last-minute final deadline changes. In spite Joan Ritchie of the obstacles, I will attempt to EDITOR provide a few thoughts anyway, as our Moose Jaw Express is full of interesting local tidbits to glean from. I hope you all had a chance to read the publisher’s note in this issue; it addresses some things that may be of interest to many in the community. Kudos to the City of Moose Jaw gardener Sarah Regent for thinking outside the box and putting together a lovely ornamental vegetable garden in Crescent Park and even possibly expanding it to future years, with a focus on increasing the interest of growing fruits and vegetables to help promote food security. Great idea! Interesting that the park settings may now be produce-productive, as well as beautiful. It’s quite a change from talk about a year ago when the city manager seemed to be hot on the heels to possibly fine residents in Moose Jaw who were utilizing alleys in the city to grow produce. I find it interesting that every time I venture out to get groceries or do some shopping, more and more people seem to be using PPE and wearing masks inside public facilities. The talk about masks sure has changed since it first came out; first it was to protect others from you but now it seems that it may protect you as well. I sure don’t think it’s a bad idea to wear a mask in indoor public settings, as well as stay a distance away from those you are unfamiliar with and wash your hands often or sanitize. It’s rather unfortunate that those in communal settings seem to not be heeding the warnings of congregating together but have even been seen still venturing out into the community shopping or whatever. It’s also unfortunate that they are stereo-typed but you sure can’t blame others for standing back when coming in contact because for the last while, almost all COVID-19 new cases in Saskatchewan are from communal settings. I find it extremely impressive when women climb to great heights in their careers, especially when those careers are male-dominant. Congratulations to Captain Denise Walters, formerly from Moose Jaw, for pursuing her passion in aviation to pilot one of the largest passenger jets in the Air Canada fleet. At the top of her career, she is flying to new heights after years of hard work and a sensibility of the great responsibility it is to be entrusted with lots of lives in the balance. The 777 can carry up to 450 passengers. All this and more in this edition of the Moose Jaw Express/MooseJawToday.com. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Moose Jaw PEO Chapter A is proud to announce that Madison Thul has received a $2 500 STAR Scholarship for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year. Madison is in impressive company being only the second young woman in Moose Jaw to receive this scholarship along with Shailyn Taylor in 2014. Madison is the daughter of Kristen Craig and Greg Thul. The PEO STAR scholarship was established in 2009 to award scholarships to deserving high school senior women who are pursuing a post-secondary education in North America. The young women must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and exhibit excellence through extra-curricular activities, leadership and community service (being a STAR in the community). With this scholarship Madison is attending the University of Calgary to pursue a Bachelor in Science Degree in Nursing. In the spring of 2020 Madison graduated from Vanier Collegiate with an impressive 97% average. In addition to her academic excellence, she is passionate about giving back to the community as well as her school. Madison participated in dancing for over 10 years, completing several national exams. She has also participated in extracurricular sports throughout her high school career including: track and field, volleyball, and softball (Saskatchewan Summer Games and Canadians) just to name a few. Madison will be playing for playing for University of Calgary Dino’s softball team this fall. She attributes her success to her teams over the years, working with great team mates and coaches. Madison also has a pas-
From the Desk of the Publisher Rob Ritchie
Lately I have been getting quite a few questions that generally go like, “What’s going on with you (your publications) and city hall?” The simple answer I found was in comments from a pen America study: Does democracy work without local news? “The need for reliable local reporting is increasing, while in many places across the country once-vibrant local outlets have become “ghost newspapers”. Local news makes a huge difference, as local journalism declines, “government officials conduct themselves with less integrity, efficiency, and effectiveness,” and corporate malfeasance goes unchecked. According to the study, with the loss of local news, citizens are less likely to vote, less politically informed, and less likely to run for office. In essence, democracy loses its foundation. Local publications are the lifeblood of a strong democracy providing readers with coverage they can’t get anywhere else. Basically, we need good reporting, which is something that cannot be refuted with our publications. I guess you could call that our “narrative” as we have been accused of having one. Lately we have found through FOI (Freedom of Information) that the city manager has been spreading inaccurate information about myself the publisher, and our publications in an internal email, which apparently does not build good relationships [within their communication network] and in fact, does the opposite. Excerpts from an April 10th email from city manager Mr. Puffalt to all councillors: “We held our weekly press briefing on Thursday and were berated by the Moose Jaw Express. “We took it off-line as they were very argumentative and at one point completely self-serving suggesting that we should put more advertising in their paper to let the seniors know what is happening.” So here’s the thing, we have never asked them to put more ads in our paper ever; the comments were from another unaffiliated media source and one would have to conclude, either the city manager is ignorant of other news sources in Moose Jaw or has an intentional personal vendetta against these publications. He as a city manager has never picked up the phone to call me or has never stopped by our office. I met him only once in a 3-minute stand-up meeting regarding Mosaic Place. Does this show real leadership? The same applies to almost every councillor and the mayor, it seems it’s head-in-the-sand management. The issues from City Hall seem to always come from their legal team, even when I offered an AMA (ask me anything) to him (city manager), the mayor and council and anyone else they would like to attend. They de-
Madison Thul presented with her STAR award by PEO members Donna Forbes and Julie Henrickson.
sion for self-care, and living a healthy lifestyle. Madison was known as a go-to person throughout her high school career by volunteering for sporting events, Habitat for Humanity, and fundraising for local soup kitchens. As part of her Entrepreneurship class she was part of a five-member team that organized a Christmas Craft and Trade show which she received the Human Resource Management Award (Saskatchewan Junior Achievement). The craft show had over 900 shoppers attend and donated the proceeds of $2000 to the local Riverside Mission. Madison’s superior achievements have made her a STAR in the community of Moose Jaw. For further information on the local PEO Sisterhood, please contact Donna Forbes at (306) 692-3540.
clined. Bottom line: We just write the news and have no axe to grind. That said, we have always said, ‘we are the media that can’t be bought; we prefer to keep our honesty and integrity in place, rather than look for a little jingle in the jeans.’ We have also been attacked on where we stand on issues. So here, hear it from me, so you know it’s right. My positions on things: Canadian Tire - In favour of them coming; it would be good for Moose Jaw. My issues are the way the deal was handled; you don’t hold something with no money down. Carpere - In favour of them being here; again, it’s good for the community. My issues are the same. I bet the deal could have been saved if you had experienced people dealing with this situation. My thinking is that if someone wants to buy and someone wants to sell, then there has to be a way to make this work. Pea Plant (CPI) - Bad people, bad deal and I suspect in the excitement to get a deal, details were overlooked, again, because of perhaps a lack of experience. Sask Power - Good win, especially when this was headed out the door. Only question I have is why they pay less per acre than what the city was asking of Carpere. XL Beef Plant - Good win again; however, the adjacent land at $2000 per acre? Ouch, we lose on that one. We really deserve an explanation on this one. Carter Currie: Derelict Property 1511 Hastings St Agree with Coun. Chris Warren who said, “It’s disappointing this has played out in public, especially since city hall deals with hundreds of bylaw issues every year and almost none of them reach council’s table. This issue has created problems in the community, especially due to the media.” However, if heed would have been paid to my email of November 2019 to the mayor, all councillors and the city manager, I suspect this might not have played out how it did. This was my email of November 2019: “Hey Folks, I really don’t see this as an article or letter to the editor we want to run, but I have been to the house in question and believe his complaints are valid. It has been empty for the past 15-plus years according to another neighbour and looks pretty moldy on the inside to me. “I think there is validity in his claim and think he is owed an explanation or response, or perhaps I am missing something. “It is not our job to be dealing with these issues. “Please at least do him the courtesy of a response.” Bottom Line: Our office is always open for comment and discussion, and whether you live in Iron Bridge or under a bridge, you have the same rights and the publications we operate are here for the citizens, to entertain, inform and engage. Cheers, Rob Ritchie, Publisher
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Vegetable garden arrangement in Crescent Park flower bed a new city project For those strolling through Crescent Park in the summer, seeing the park’s flower beds filled with colourful blooms is totally expected, but one of the city-maintained garden beds is breaking the norm this summer with an arrangement of vegetables instead. Located on the path that curves behind the park’s outdoor tennis courts, the garden bed includes several different types of edible plants, arranged to be as aesthetically pleasing as a bed full of flowers. “We wanted to show that ornamental doesn’t have to exclude veggies,” said city gardener Sarah Regent. The arrangement includes purple basil, kale, hot peppers and cherry tomato plants, as well as sunflowers whose seeds can be consumed, pansies which have edible flowers, and a variety of corn that pro-
Larissa Kurz duces coloured kernels that can be cooked gent. “And options are kind of open, it's sort of a test project for this year.” like popcorn. The veggies have been thriving, said Re- Part of the project was meant to increase gent, and people are welcome to stop by interest in growing fruits and vegetables, and pick some of the produce as the sea- to help promote food security for resison continues — in moderation of course. dents curious about gardening. “It is in a public space so we do expect “We wanted to bring awareness because people to do some sampling out of it and a lot of people think of gardens are just that’s fine with us, as long as people are these ornamental spaces that maybe aren’t being respectful with it,” said Regent. always practical, in a way, and we really
wanted to show that we can grow our own food here and we can grow a lot of different foods here,” said Regent. Regent is finding the response from the community has been positive so far, with plenty of people stopping by to check out the unique public garden bed. She encourages Moose Jaw to continue to visit the edible garden bed — and reminds everyone to wash your veggies.
“Absolutely go check it out, taste a little bit, give it a try.” This is the first year that the city has planted veggies in the park, and Regent said the department is considering expanding the veggie project to a few more locations next year if she sees enough interest. “So right now we don’t have any plans for the produce. That will depend on what’s left [at the end of the season,]” said Re-
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someone else. Roughing it would mean no phone or television in the room and having to put a chair under the doorknob to make sure the drunks down the hall can’t get in without making a ruckus. On our limited, day-long voyages this summer, I find myself wondering about the various styles of recreational vehicles that we meet or pass on the highway, or see nestled into the trees at various parks and campsites in nearby locations. In my family camping experience, my Dad built a plywood hut to fit the back of our half-ton truck. It was furnished with a Winnipeg couch for the parents and an air mattress with plenty of quilts for me. We had coolers filled with ice to keep our food safe. Each morning Mom and I would made sandwiches for lunch, and in the evening we’d find a campsite along the road and cook hamburgers or hotdogs for our supper. It was primitive but it worked. When the truck was traded in, the plywood box remained behind as my playhouse and then as a repository for gardening utensils. It wasn’t until I left home that the parents invested in a factory-made camping unit that fit over the back and cab of the truck and had amenities like a sink, bathroom, fridge and sleeping space for six. In today’s RVing world, that camper would be viewed as bottom of the ladder in comparison with the glamorous homes on wheels that one now sees everywhere during the warm season. I’ve wandered through some of them during indoor RV shows and think to myself that camping wouldn’t be much of a
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hardship nowadays. The only requirement would be for us to hire a driver to safely get those behemoths safely around corners and into camping spots. I could likely manage driving ahead but backing up would be another matter. And I don’t think I am the only one lacking in such an important skill. Just recently, while visiting friends at a provincial park, some of the amusement for the evening was listening to the lady giving directions to the gentleman who was attempting, without much success, to park their large RV. Her directions were not working and we couldn’t help but be amused while some of us surreptitiously checked out the activity at the nearby site. There was the definite temptation to offer some advice, either directionally or as a driver, but all of us stayed in our space and settled for chuckling quietly. I was especially pleased I hadn’t offered an opinion when later in the evening we got lost trying to find our way back to the park entrance. Our friends laughed and waved in amusement. On the return trip to Moose Jaw we commented on how much fun it was to sit around the fire pit with friends, several of them young children, and enjoy the outdoors. Even though the fishermen did not return with fish for a fish fry we thoroughly enjoyed the homemade sausage cooked for us under a summer sky. Along the way home we saw antelope in full view and thankfully did not have a collision with the deer we saw munching on weeds in the ditch. A wonderful day without having to reverse direction in a extremely large piece of camping equipment. Housemate mourned the fact we didn’t stop for ice cream — but that would have meant putting the vehicle in reverse and I wasn’t prepared to bear the amusement from perfect strangers.
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TRADING THOUGHTS By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express
Who are the real losers in government scandals like WE charity? The WE charity scandal has exposed “memory flaws’’ or arrogance of ethics by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau. We don’t know which and likely never will. The prime minister failed to recuse himself from voting on the proposal to give the WE charity a sole source $500 by Ron Walter billion federal contract to pay students for summer volunteering and get them some money for the fall tuition. That contract would have given WE $43.5 million to administer the program. Morneau accepted $41,000 in travel from WE without repaying the amount, but in the same breath donated $50,000. As a former Bay Street businessman he might have thought his actions put WE ahead and paid for the gift of travel but he failed on the ethics factor. He also failed to recuse. This was Morneau’s third public breach of ethics — an indication he has been slow to move from the less monitored ethics of Bay Street to the detailed ethics scrutiny that is supposed to operate in federal politics. Trudeau’s family members were paid almost $300,000
in fees and expenses by WE in his third public breach of ethics. In our daily lives it matters not if we choose to do business with friends or family or people who have been generous to us. Politicians are bound by ethics laws to avoid any actions that may favour friends or family. Those laws are the holes that generations of politicians have dug themselves into. Despite the ethics commissioner’s investigation and investigations by two Parliamentary committees, voters won’t know what happened. The ethics commissioner’s investigation is too narrow. Both Parliamentary committee investigations are politically motivated with the usual stream of lies spouted in them. Only a national public inquiry will come close to getting to the bottom of this scandal. For the Liberal government the WE scandal is the sixth in office since 2015. In nine years, the previous Conservative government had no less than a dozen scandals from Bev Oda’s $16 glass of orange juice to who cut Sen. Mike Duffy a $90,000 hush money cheque? and did Prime Minister Harper know about it? The takeaway by voters from this record of scandals can only be more disdain for politicians, less belief in their utterings, and an erosion of belief in democracy. The real losers are politicians whose credibility falls be-
low that of used car sales persons. The losers are many on the WE charity scandals. Thousands of student volunteers who looked forward to the federal pandemic program won’t have the money to pay for fall tuition and books. The charity has fallen from grace with substantial donors departing to distance their companies from becoming enmeshed in the mess. Only 25 years old, the WE charity, run by the Kielburger Brothers, has done so much for the needy. The charity has pulled up one million young people in poverty with programs for better education and health care, as well as being involved with 18,000 schools around the globe. Donations hit a record $63 million last year. The charity may not exist in a few years as the blowback from the scandal continues and as the spotlight shines on the complex WE structure built by the brothers to support the operations. ______ My piece on the mobile app that connects farm gate meat sellers with customers drew a lot of attention. The app is called Meatocracy. Ron Walter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.
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Moose Jaw Families for Change host second annual fundraiser for Autism Speaks Members of the Moose Jaw Families for Change were once again set up outside the Kinsmen Inclusion Centre on Aug. 14 with the Bubly Smile Stand for Autism Speaks Canada, offering a refreshing can of Bubly to those looking to beat the heat. This was the second year MJFFC has participated in the nationwide Bubly Smile Day event, which seeks to raise public awareness about autism and also raise funds for autism research. The group was once again pleased with the community’s response to the fundraiser, especially after last year’s inaugural event sold out of Bubly drinks. “It’s been really busy, lots of people com-
Larissa Kurz ing and buying in bulk, so it's awesome to see the support from Moose Jaw,” said MJFFC program coordinator Mariah Horsnall. “I know with COVID, lots of people are kind of staying away from these kinds of things, but it’s been good this year.” The cause is one close to heart for the MJFFC, as it falls in line with the sorts of things they do at the Kinsmen Inclusion Centre every day. “We like to raise awareness because we do support a lot of individuals that do have autism have varying and different MJFFC autism speaks: Neighbouring resident Usha Sharma (R) stopped by the abilities, so it’s good for us to get out Moose Jaw Families For Change Autism Speaks Bubly Stand to gift (L-R) Jason there and do something,” said Horsnall. Nanan, Greg White, and Makula Boikay a watermelon to snack on later.
Moose Jaw school divisions announce mandatory masking policies for students, staff Larissa Kurz
Prairie South School Division and Holy Trinity Catholic School Division have now announced that schools in Moose Jaw will be requiring some students to wear masks when they return to school this fall. Both school divisions will be beginning the school year following level two safety protocols, which require staff and students in grades four and up to wear masks in high traffic locations and on school busses. Masks may also be required in classroom settings where physical distancing is not possible or more than 15 people are present, and both divisions are strongly recommending students of all ages wear masks at school. Prairie South has also specified that parents and non-teaching staff will also be required to wear a mask when students are present. Holy Trinity is recommending that staff wear masks.
The mandatory masking policy at Prairie South schools will be in place for the month of September at least, said the division’s statement, after which it will be reassessed. “It is unlikely that we will need widespread mask use in all of our schools for an entire year,” said Prairie South’s social media statement. “At the end of September, we will reevaluate mask protocols on a school by school basis.” Holy Trinity did not detail a timeline for its masking policy at this time. The announcements follow a press conference with education minister Gordon Wyant and chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab on Aug. 11, which shared that the province will be leaving policy decisions up to individual school divisions. The decision to implement a higher level of safety protocols follows recommendations from Shahab during the press con-
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will be in popcorn chicken while supplies last. In addition to the colonel’s secret 11 herb and spice concoction the fake chicken sandwich contains a host of ingredients plus protein from peas, mung beans, canola and coconut oil among others. Meanwhile the meat substitute bandwagon is being financed by our pension funds. The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has invested $50 million in a Perfect Day’s $300 million project to produce casein and whey proteins in the lab through micro-fermentation instead of from cows. Perfect Day began selling lab-made ice cream last year. The CPP invests $409 billion on behalf of 20 million contributors in Canada. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net
ference. Moose Jaw parents are expected to provide reusable masks for their children at this time, as the government remains at level one in terms of protocols and will not be providing masks for students until
level two. Prairie South shared its update on social media on Aug. 12, and Holy Trinity revised its safety plan available on the division’s website.
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Moose Jaw school divisions release their back-to-school plans for fall Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
Parents concerned about sending their children back to school in September now have a better idea of what both Moose Jaw school divisions plan to do to keep kids safe. Prairie South School Division (PSSD) and Holy Trinity Roman Catholic School Division — along with the other 25 school divisions in Saskatchewan — recently released their back-to-school plans. School divisions were required to develop detailed plans that meet provincial guidelines and the eight components for a safe return to school. Those eight components include safe attendance, safe transportation, safe access, safe buildings, safe classrooms, safe supports, safe activities and safe alternatives. The full plans for PSSD and Holy Trinity can be found on their respective websites. Below is a general summary for each division. Prairie South School Division Prairie South has 18 headings in its contingency plan for the 2020-21 school year, with areas such as teaching and learning, hygiene, limiting physical contact, extracurricular activities, before and after school programming, cleaning guidelines, and mental health and social-emotional supports. All schools are to promote proper hand hygiene practices, which include using soap and water or hand sanitizer. Schools will be expected to post signs and leave washroom doors open to reduce high-
touch situations. Soap and hand sanitizer stations will be placed near entrances, while disinfectant wipes will be used to wipe down surfaces regularly. While general use hand sanitizers will be available, students and staff will be encouraged to bring their own, while teachers will supervise how much liquid young children use. Schools will be expected to provide sanitizer and wipes starting on Dec. 1, the document said. Schools will schedule handwashing breaks five times per day for as long as is needed — all year perhaps. Minimizing physical contact instead of physical distancing will be the goal for younger children since that is more practical, the document said. Educators will teach young kids about being “two-arm lengths apart,” avoiding hugs or handshakes and encouraging “air (high-)fives” and waving. Other practices include staggering times for recesses, lunches, snacks, class transition times, and entry into classes and the building. Teachers should also do as much outdoors as possible, including regular lessons and gym time, even into the winter. “Young children can be harmed by too much emphasis or regimentation on the virus well as being chastised for not physical distance,” the document continued. “Be cautious about the language used and how children are redirected positively and reminded of good hand hygiene, cover-
ing their nose and mouth when coughing (and) keeping their hands to themselves as much as possible.” Educators should make the teaching about physical distancing the first lesson of the year and repeat that instruction as necessary. Kids could be encouraged to bring a picture of an object for Show and Tell, while they should bring bottled water to school. Following the release of the document, Prairie South School Division made changes to its stance on mandatory masking, making it a requirement for staff and students from grade four and up. Holy Trinity Roman Catholic School Division Holy Trinity’s plan is similar to Prairie South’s plan, as one would expect. However, the Catholic division’s plan uses a question-and-answer format to address concerns people might have. Some notable answers include Vanier Collegiate will implement a block schedule to address students and teachers staying in the same room; all field trips and international travel are cancelled; and face masks will be required but temperature checks will not. “As Holy Trinity plans for the future — re-opening our schools and offices and determining what our new workplace needs will be — one thing remains crystal clear to us. We will continue to prioritize the safety of our students, employees, families and communities,” Sean Chase,
director of education, said in the report. “That may mean being more cautious than the guidance of a health authority or government. We have a senior and seasoned team working on our return to school plan to ensure that when we do so, it is done intelligently and with the health and well-being of our people as the foundation of our decision making.” The document’s overarching themes include education will continue and learning will be mandatory; teachers will teach — and be responsible for — the curriculum; students will be required to participate; the division will work with families who decline to send their children to school; and the division will help ensure a smooth return. Some lessons Holy Trinity learned from March to June that helped it refine its reopening plan include addressing technological learning curves through a supportive, patient and planned approach; honouring the division’s mission, vision and guiding principles; high-quality learning — often outside the classroom — during the suspension of in-person classes is possible; and collaboration and adaptability will be important to address health and safety guidelines. Also contained in the document are guidelines for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten education, administrative procedures about working from home, and floor plans for each school building that could help address spacing.
Appreciating our Agriculture Industry MLA’s Column
Warren Michelson Moose Jaw North
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Agriculture is the major industry in the Moose Jaw area. The colour of the crops signals the waning days of summer as harvest has started in some areas of the province. I am always amazed at how quickly our fields turn from yellow blossoms and deep green to gold; ready to harvest in such a short period of time. Agriculture and the potash industry are the main economic drivers in the Moose Jaw region. Wheat was the main crop grown for decades, however that has given way to a much greater diversity of crops. It is incredible to understand that Saskatchewan is the world’s leading exporter of dry peas, lentils, durum, mustard seed, canola, canary seed and oats.
Livestock production is also a major industry for our area with Moose Jaw being the largest livestock distribution centre in Saskatchewan. Our government has seen how appropriate investment can enhance the efforts of our hard-working agricultural producers. The Agriculture portion of the 2020-21 budget is $363.9 million. The budget includes funding for research to keep the industry growing and competitive. It also includes funding for business risk management programs, such as Crop Insurance, with significant investment in the Livestock Price Insurance Program. Seeing the combines operating in the fields brings memories of harvest time
when I was growing up on a farm. The crops are bigger and more diversified. The equipment is much bigger, with a lot more technology. Harvesting was always the most exciting, yet most stressful time of the year on the farm. There are few industries as financially risky as the agricultural industry. That was evident last year when many crops could not be harvested in the fall because of the wet weather. In the past, many of our farming and ranching families suffered through this stress in silence, to the detriment of their health and their families. I strongly encourage individuals to access the supports available to help manage the stress of running a farming operation today. The Farm Stress Line has been around for a number of years. Calls to the Farm Stress Line are answered by Mobile Crisis Services, a non-profit, community-based agency, and are completely confidential. Farm Stress Line calls doubled in 20182019 compared to the previous year. While this is concerning, it is also a signal that individuals are recognizing how
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important it is to look after one’s mental health. Another tool is being developed for farmers to track their mental health and link them with supports. Innovation Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Agriculture have partnered with Bridges Health to develop an app called Avail. Avail will analyze wellness data supplied by the user and offer supports including articles, videos, online tips or more immediate help from a personal support network. Our agricultural producers deserve a tremendous amount of appreciation for the work they do in feeding our world and our province while supporting our local community. When we see equipment in the fields in the next few weeks, or if we need to slow down for farm machinery on the road, let’s be grateful for our farmers and say a prayer for their health and safety. To all involved in our agriculture industry, I wish you a safe and successful harvest.
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Booster Juice celebrates successful first year despite pandemic New manager hopes to see business increase, possibly expand, now that COVID-19 restrictions have relaxed Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
When the new owners and management took over the local Booster Juice franchise last year, the hope was they’d easily be able to build on the success seen by previous owner Jody Oakes and her family. Sure enough, things were going pretty well at the onset with a solid customer base that continued to support the store located in the strip mall at 710 Main Street North. Then in March with COVID-19, just like everyone else, things took a bit of a downturn. The good news is, as the COVID-19 pandemic started to wane in Saskatchewan and things re-opened, Booster Juice was right there to keep going. And this past weekend, they celebrated the first year of new ownership in the city. “We’re still learning a lot, but things are going well,” said Kevin Situ, who manages the Moose Jaw franchise for new owner XingJuan Huang. “The most important thing at this point for us is to treat this business as a local business even as a franchise. We really care about the peo-
Trista Lang serves up a Strawberry Storm to a recent Booster Juice customer. ple here, we’ve joined the Chamber of Commerce, we’ve talked to the city, and we want to do what we can (to have a good connection with the community).” That level of care extended into their pandemic precautions – the store went through heavy cleaning, social dis-
tancing measures were put in place, product was removed from display and they even had moments where they had to have customers wait outside the store if things were too crowded to maintain six feet of separation. Having things back in order has been more than welcome. Situ reports that business is steady and things have picked up over the summer, but the COVID-19 outbreak took its toll like it did for everyone. “It changed everybody’s life, not just ours,” Situ said. “Sometimes you think ‘do I want to go out in public or not’ and the people coming here, are they safe or not. That’s always our biggest concern.” For now, the plan is to keep things rolling along, maybe even expanding elsewhere in the city if the demand is there. And given how solid nutrition can help fight off disease… “We want people to stay healthy and eat healthy, and we can help them do that here at Booster Juice,” Situ said with a smile.
First group of Canadian Agricultural Youth Council members named by minister Larissa Kurz
Minister of agriculture and agri-food Marie-Claude Bibeau shared the names of the 25 youth who form the new Canadian Agricultural Youth Council, which includes three Saskatchewan representatives. The council includes members from all provinces and the North, representing a number of subsectors across the agriculture and agri-food industry including organic farming, animal science, environmental science, veterinary medicine, food stability, and more. Members also represent a mix of multigenerational and first-generation experiences, as well as rural and urban experiences. Acting as a consultative body to Agriculture and AgriFood Canada, members on the new youth council will offer insights from their respective fields of experience and help prioritize issues and identify problems in the agricultural industry. Over 800 applications were submitted, with the selection process considering each candidate’s experience within
the sector and proposed solution to a significant issue facing youth in the sector today. From Saskatchewan, representatives include Andrea De Roo, an agronomist with South Country Equipment; Sameeha Jhetam, a Masters of Animal Science candidate studying poultry at the University of Saskatchewan; and Brent Kobes, a policy intern at the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan. De Roo and Kobe both cited their background growing up as part of multigenerational farming operations as assets, in addition to education in their respective agricultural sectors. For Jhetam, her experience in the research and science sector of the industry is her strength. Developing the youth council is meant as an opportunity for young members of the sector, aged 15 to 30 years old, to share their voices and build professional relationships, while also offering a diversified perspective for policies in the industry moving forward. “I’m looking forward to virtually meeting the members
The 2020 members of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council. (supplied) of the first-ever Canadian Agricultural Youth Council. Each of these young leaders will bring a unique experience and perspective to the table. Together, the members will help shape the future of Canada’s sustainable agricultural industry,” said Bibeau, in a press release. The first meeting of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council will take place in August, and the new council will continue to meet regularly throughout the year.
Canadian Pacific Rail moves record grain shipments With one month to go in the current crop year Canadian Pacific Railway was on track to beat a record shipment of grain. At June 30 the 139-year-old railway had moved 26.7 million metric tonnes and was on pace to exceed the record 26.8 million tonnes set in the 2018-2019 crop year. The High Efficiency Product (HEP) train model with 8,500 feet length is credited for record grain shipments along with higher capacity hopper cars. The HEP units carry 40 per cent more grain than previous trains. By the end of this year 3,300 of the 5,900 new hopper cars in a four-year renewal plan will be in service. CP will accelerate the $1.6 billion investment upgrading
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By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express the rail network with plans to move 31.4 million metric tonnes of grain in the next crop year. During the current crop year the railway recorded the best ever month for grain shipments in 10 months. The crop year ends in July. The company’s grain service outlook noted that employee protection during the COVID-19 pandemic has not interrupted service. CP expects another strong year in 2020-21 with 73 million metric tonnes of grain to harvest in Western Canada. Throughout the next crop year the railway plans to pro-
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Former Moose Jaw resident Denise Walters says she has wanted to be a pilot since she could walk, and now her dreams are soaring even higher as she finishes her training to pilot the largest passenger jet included in the Air Canada fleet. “I always knew it's what I wanted to do, and I love it. I think I was just born to fly,” said Walters. “I love everything about it. I love the travelling, the intellectual aspects where I always have to be studying, the people at the airport and the support staff it takes, it’s pretty amazing.” After graduating from Vanier Collegiate, Walters pursued her dream of flight, which wasn’t strongly encouraged at the time. While in university working on her degree, she began the process to attain her private pilot license. Walters has now been a certified pilot for 30 years, with over two decades flying under the Air Canada logo. Before joining the airline, she flew cargo planes for a time. Prior to the pandemic halting many commercial flights, Walters was primarily flying Boeing 767 jets with the national airline, which are large and impressive in their own right. Now, Walters has just finished her training to take the helm of the Boeing 777, the
Captain Denise Walters, formerly from Moose Jaw, during one of her last flights piloting a Boeing 767 for Air Canada. (supplied) largest twin-engine in the world and the highest position possible at Air Canada. The 777 carries up to 450 passengers, and currently flies all over the world to countries in South America, Asia and Europe. “I feel very fortunate to be at the top of
my career but it's also a tremendous sense of responsibility to my passengers, who entrust me with their life, and to Air Canada who entrusts me with their $400 million airplane,” said Walters. “It's a huge responsibility but I take it very seriously.”
Air Canada pilots are only trained to operate one aircraft at a time, said Walters, and the training to change positions usually takes around three months to complete. Training includes ground school, home study and simulator training, finishing with in-air flight tests with a fellow training pilot. Walters feels proud of herself for the hard work she has put into her career, especially as a female pilot in a largely male career. Air Canada employs around 4,400 pilots and just under five per cent are women. Walters is one of the less than one per cent of female pilots at the airline who hold the rank of captain. “I had flown for 22 years before I ever flew with another female,” said Walters. “So, it's nice to see more women around.” Walters said that her career doesn’t even feel like a job as she enjoys it so much, and shared a tidbit of advice for those left in her hometown contemplating their dreams for the future. “Follow your passions and pursue them no matter what,” said Walters. “There will be good time and bad times, but just stick with it.”
From The Kitchen
Ex p e r t s i n c a n n i n g p ro v ide a d v i c e a n d re c i p e s By Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express
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5 cups prepared fresh apricots (about 4 lbs.) 2 cups prepared tart apples (about 4) 2 cups granulated sugar 1/2 cup liquid honey
2 tbsps. lemon juice 1 cup brandy Pit and slice apricots to obtain 5 cups. Peel, core and chop apples to obtain 2 cups. Combine apricots, apples, sugar, honey and lemon juice in a large saucepan and let stand for 40 minutes. Bring fruit mixture to a full boil, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Then boil gently until mixture thickens and reaches gel stage, about 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat, skim foam using a metal spoon, then stir in brandy and return to heat. Boil 5 minutes longer, stirring constantly. Ladle mixture into 6 sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Wipe jar rims and place sterilized lids on jars. Place jars in canner, cover and return wa-
ter to a boil. Process 5 minutes. Remove jars from canner and cool for 24 hours. Store in cool, dark place.
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2 cups prepared oranges 8 cups prepared peaches 1 tsp. whole cloves 1 tsp. whole allspice 4 inch cinnamon stick 7 cups granulated sugar 1 cup maraschino cherries, halved 1/2 cup blanched, slivered almonds Remove seeds and finely chop oranges, including peel, for 2 cups. Blanch, peel and coarsely chop peaches for 8 cups. Combine oranges and peaches in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil gently for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Tie cloves, allspice and cinnamon in a
large square of cheesecloth to make a spice bag. Add spice bag and sugar to the fruit mixture. Slowly return mixture to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil hard for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until mixture reaches gel stage. Stir cherries and almonds into mixture and cook for 5 minutes longer. Remove from heat and discard spice bag. Ladle mixture into 10 hot sterilized halfpint jars. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rims clean and put on sterilized lids. Place jars in water in canner, cover and return water to a boil. Process 10 minutes. Cool for 24 hours. Store in cool, dark place. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net
Gov’t to give province’s tourism industry a boost by Scott Hellings
Tourism is an important industry for Moose Jaw and many other Saskatchewan communities, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has kept tourists at home. Fortunately, the Government of Saskatchewan has a plan to support the province’s tourism sector. Last week, the provincial government announced $35 million in funding under the Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program. Through this program, eligible hospitality and event/attraction operators will be able to apply for a one-time, non-repayable emergency payment. Payments will range from $10,000 to $50,000, depending on sales revenue, for the accommodation sector and large event facilities. Payments will range from $7,500
to $15,000 for attraction, tour or event operators with ongoing fixed costs. Of the $35 million, $5 million will be used to support marketing and increasing the demand for Saskatchewan tourism experiences. There were nearly 12 million visits to and within Saskatchewan in 2019, with visitor expenditures totalling $2.2 billion. Locally, 2019 proved to be an outstanding year for Tourism Moose Jaw, with record sales in trolley tickets and increased revenues, while nearly 32,000 people visited the Tourism Centre last year. Estimates indicate Saskatchewan’s tourism industry could see a decline of at least $730 million in visitor spending in 2020-21. A government press release notes
it may take two or more years for the industry to recover. “The COVID-19 pandemic delivered a devastating blow to our province’s tourism sector,” Minister Responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan Gene Makowsky said. “The new Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program will provide critically needed support to accommodations, venues, attractions and tourism businesses. The $35 million investment will stimulate the sector’s recovery, build resiliency and help tourism operators continue to deliver remarkable Saskatchewan experiences.” Applications will be accepted as of 2 p.m. on Aug. 24. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 1. For more information, please visitsaskatchewan.ca/tourism-sector-support.
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Part 2: Two Brothers Died at Dieppe, Wednesday, August 19, 1942 Compiled by Richard Dowson, Moose Jaw, SK.
Brothers Melville and Earl Beatty of Carlyle, Saskatchewan served with the South Saskatchewan Regiment. Both were killed at Dieppe, Wednesday, August 19, 1942. L12993, Private Melville Douglas Beatty was born in 1919. He is buried in the Dieppe Canadian war cemetery, Hautotsur-Mer, Seine-Maritime, France. L12903, Private ‘Walter’ Earl (Squeak) Beatty was born in 1920. He has no known grave. In 1979 the boys mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Beatty of Carlyle, Saskatchewan was the Silver Cross Mother. The following is courtesy Veterans Affairs Canada. 1979 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother – Eliza Beatty. “Mrs. Eliza (Elizabeth) Beatty of Carlyle, Saskatchewan, was the 1979 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother. During the national Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa on November 11, 1979, she laid a wreath at the base of the National War Memorial on behalf of all mothers who have lost a child in military service to Canada.
“Mrs. Beatty, née Keal, was born on July 25, 1891 in Saskatchewan. In 1911, she married Walter Wellington Beatty and together they raised seven children: Keal, Erma, Lois, Thelma, Melville, Earl and Reginald. Reginald, who also served in the Second World War survived, returning home. “Mrs. Beatty was widowed in 1967. She died in 1985 in Saskatchewan.”
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"This will continue to benefit the practice of medicine and the province’s health system for years to come," said Konstantynowicz. “With the agreement now in place, physicians can work with a degree of certainty during these uncertain times created by the COVID-19 pandemic.” The contract includes an agreement to continue to provide virtual care, following feedback from citizens, and plans to develop primary care compensation models to support family physicians in developing the vision outlined in the Patient’s Medical Home project. Physicians will also receive an overall wage increase of one per cent annually for five years, beginning retroactively in April 2017 and active until March 2022. Over 90 per cent of SMA physicians who cast ballots voted in favour of the new contract.
Swift Current/Moose Jaw region adds 1,400 jobs in two month period By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express
Labour force statistics indicate the Swift Current/Moose Jaw region had 700 fewer unemployed workers when July ended than in June, The region had 5,000 unemployed at July 3, a reduction from 5,700 at the end of June, according to the Statistics Canada monthly labour force survey. Businesses added 1,400 jobs as numbers of employed increased from 48,600 in June to 50,000 while the region’s economy recovered in the re-opening after the pandemic lockdown. Last July payrolls had 51,300 persons. The region’s unemployment rate of 9.1 per cent was tied for third lowest of the province’s five regions but well above the 4.3 per cent of one year ago. Highest unemployment rate among the regions was 14.5 per cent in Prince Albert northern region compared with 6.8 per
The Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) have confirmed that Saskatchewan physicians have ratified a new five-year contract with overwhelming support from members. “We are very pleased to have a new contract with our valued physicians, to help support patient care and continue to make Saskatchewan a preferred location to practice,” said Health Minister Jim Reiter, in a news release. “This positive step will maintain one of the most competitive remuneration and benefits package for physicians in Canada, in order to recruit and retain physicians in our province. It will help ensure that Saskatchewan residents are able to access vital physician services, not only during the current pandemic but into the future.” SMA president Dr. Barb Konstantynowicz shares the same sentiment as Reite.
cent a year ago. Second highest rate was 12 per cent in Saskatoon-Biggar which was 5.6 per cent a year ago. Tied for third lowest rate were Swift Current/Moose Jaw and Regina-Moose Mountain at 9.1 per cent. One year ago both regions had 4.3 per cent unemployed. Yorkton-Mellville unemployment rate of 7.3 per cent compared with 2.5 per cent a year ago. Saskatchewan added 12,000 private sector jobs in July, lost 3,100 public sector jobs and lost 3,000 self-employed jobs last month. Major sources of private sector job gains were: information, culture and recreation, 3,000; accommodation and food, 2,800; and finance, 1,500. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net
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Sask. Brain Injury Association hosting annual Brain Boogie online this August Larissa Kurz
This year’s annual fundraiser for brain injury awareness is taking a new spin on things, moving from an in-person charity walk to an online series of concert videos and social media connections. The Brain Boogie, organized and hosted by the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association (SBIA), is using the entire month of August to fundraise to support programs for individuals with brain injuries. Instead of collecting donations in preparation for a group walk, like charity walk events usually do, participants can fundraise all throughout the month and choose their own day — and activity — to celebrate the Brain Boogie this year. All of the fundraising at this year’s event will be done online, with all donations staying in Saskatchewan communities to support local programs. The SBIA is encouraging participants to share their chosen Brain Boogie activities on social media this year, using photos and videos in order to stay connected and help raise awareness. They’ve even designated their own hashtags, #BrainBoo-
This year’s Brain Boogie isn’t quite going to look like previous years, where participants gathered to take a photo like this one. (supplied) gie2020 and #GetYourBoogieOn, and are encouraging people to tag the SBIA in posts. To help get things rolling, the SBIA has also planned a series of doorstep concerts in communities throughout the province to help spread the message about brain in-
juries. The entire campaign kicked off on Aug. 9 with a performance from the event’s partner and local musician Kyla Grace, who has shared a Brain Boogie dance routine to her recent single “Young & Free” for participants to learn. The doorstep concerts will continue throughout the month in several locations, with the SBIA sharing videos on social media of the events. The series will perform on Aug. 19 in Moose Jaw and wrap up on Aug. 20 in Saskatoon. Brain injury awareness is the mandate of the SBIA, whose goal is to reduce the number of brain injuries that occur and improve the lives of those impacted by brain injuries currently. Anyone interested in taking part in the online Brain Boogie for Moose Jaw this year can register online through sbia.ca and begin fundraising at any time. Donations are also being accepted online this year as well. Moose Jaw has a target goal of $10,000 for this year’s fundraiser, which will wrap up on Aug. 30.
Agricultural pests unlikelyJasontoG. Antonio be a- Moose problem this year, researcher says Jaw Express Farmers should be able to breathe a little
EXPRESS easier this year when it comes to dealing with agricultural pests, as an entomologist says Saskatchewan will be better off than other places. Sean Prager, a professor in the Plant Sciences Department at the University of Saskatchewan, explained this province would be fine in general since most pests don’t like it when it’s wet. “It looks like we’re probably having a little lighter year overall, but (there are) some things that will like the rain,” he said. “And as it’s been drying out, things have been coming back to a little bit more normal …. The dry parts (of the province), they were going to have more grasshopper issues than usual.” It will be only certain parts of Saskatchewan that will have higher numbers of grasshoppers than is typically expected, Prager added. He has not heard anything about how agricultural pests might affect the Moose Jaw area, but he figures it won’t be anything “particularly unusual.” According to the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network, the Moose Jaw area is expected to see an average density of zero to two grasshoppers per square metre this year. That has been the forecast since at least
2016. The network also predicts for this area that there will be fewer than 600 wheat midges per square metre; one to three cabbage seedpod weevils per 25 sweeps; an average of zero to one pea leaf weevils per plant; and 300 to 600 Bertha armyworm moths. Some pests do come in cycles, but it depends upon the bug and their biology, Prager explained. Some cycles are annual; some are bi-annual; some depend upon the weather. Tent caterpillars, for example, have a cycle that takes several years to complete. “For us, a lot of what we have is dependent upon weather, and a lot of our pests come
in on the winds from other places … (such as) the southern U.S.,” he added. “They’re small; it’s easy to get blown around. Some can actually fly along with it. Many are capable of moving up and down in the wind column.” On the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network website, besides information about pests, it also features biographies of entomologists from across Western Canada. The organization featured Prager recently and asked him several questions about insects and crops. How do you contribute to insect monitoring or surveillance on the Prairies? “I co-ordinate the Lygus surveys in fava bean as part of the provincial monitor-
ing and survey efforts in Saskatchewan. Our lab also occasionally conducts other studies that result in pest information for crops in the prairies.” In your opinion, what is the most interesting field crop pest on the Prairies? “The first insects I worked on were mosquitoes. Because of that experience, I have always been really interested in disease vectors. On the Prairies, Aster Leafhoppers are a vector and pest that have some pretty neat aspects to their biology. They can be a major problem in canola, although the events are rare. Finally, they are also really useful for many of the ecological questions our lab asks.” What is your favourite beneficial insect? “As a postdoc, I studied a small parasitoid wasp called Aphelinus rhamni. It is a species that parasitizes aphids, especially soybean aphid. It was collected in Asia and has potential as a classical biological control agent.” Tell us about an interesting project you are working on right now. “I think the work we are doing to develop thresholds for aphids in pulse crops will be very useful on the Prairies and is quite interesting. Similarly, the work we have been doing on Lesser clover leaf weevils in red clover has been interesting as well and will hopefully be important to industry.”
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Upcoming drive-in movie night set to take over Moose Jaw Toyota’s new location Larissa Kurz
Moose Jaw Toyota is preparing to host its first-ever drive-in movie night, right on location at their new building on Main Street, and all of Moose Jaw is invited. Or, at least, as many cars as can fit into the parking lot space dedicated for the Reels on Wheels event, taking place on Aug. 22 to help out the community. Reels on Wheels is an initiative from Prairie Toyota Dealers that is travelling across the prairie provinces to provide a fun night out for communities while also raising money for local charities at each stop. “I’ve heard from several people myself that have said they’ve missed going to the movies and this kind of gives them an option to be able to do it safely,” said Moose Jaw Toyota operations manager Cody Connatty. “And it means a lot to be able to do something for the community like this, especially for such a good cause.” The drive-in movie is a ticketed event, with all of the proceeds going toward a local charity of choice. In Moose Jaw, organizers have chosen Hunger In Moose Jaw to receive the event’s donation. “We’re partnered with Prairie Toyota Dealers and Toyota Canada and they said to pick something in Moose Jaw you felt would be a good cause, [and] Hunger in Moose Jaw just stuck out to us, and we thought it would be a good idea,” said Connatty.
Reels on Wheels will be showing Disney’s Onward, projected on a four-story movie screen for the entire parking lot to see. Movie-goers can simply show up, park their vehicle and tune into the dedicated FM radio station to hear the movie’s audio. Physical distancing rules will be in place at the event, with everyone in attendance asked to stay in their cars and avoid close contact with others. There’s also a handful of prizes available to be won by joining Moose Jaw Toyota at the event, including a draw for a one-year lease of a 2020 Tundra or Tacoma or a VIP Backyard Movie Ex-
perience, among others. The cost of tickets is by donation with the suggested amount set at $20, but any amount is welcome, and one ticket covers the whole vehicle. Connatty shared that there is room for 50 vehicles — and he expects tickets to go fairly quickly as the other movie drive-ins on the tour have been very popular so far. Those interested in attending will have to purchase their tickets in advance, and there is a limited number available — only as many tickets as there is space in the parking lot. Connatty and the team at Moose Jaw Toyota are excited to host the event at
their new location, which just opened this spring, as we are to offer Moose Jaw residents a fun evening out under the stars during a tough time. “We thought, considering we didn’t get to do a grand opening because we opened right when everything went sideways, we figured let’s do it right on our lot,” said Connatty. “We’re just excited to have people come up and enjoy a night out, watch a movie and see the new store.” Gates will open at 8:30 p.m. for the event and the movie will begin at 9:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at eventbrite.ca.
Come watch Disney’s ‘ONWARD’ on a 4-storey drive-in movie screen at Moose Jaw Toyota on Saturday, August 22. $20 per car. Must have a ticket to attend. Proceeds will support Hunger Moose Jaw. MOVIE WILL START AT 9:30PM | GATES OPEN AT 7:30PM Follow this link for tickets - https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/prairie-toyota-dealers-reels-on-wheels-moose-jaw-sk-onward-2020-tickets-115244669910
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New police UAV has thermal imaging to track missing people Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
If you are lost in a rural area or simply attempting to hide from police, the Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) now has new technology to find you either way. After more than two years of research and training, Const. Todd Booth is now certified to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in commercial and police settings. Three other officers have also begun the training process and are preparing for exams to acquire certification. Booth has conducted several practice flights and has already deployed the UAV for policing purposes. “The technology has advanced so far that it is an incredible tool for us to use,” he told the Moose Jaw Express, “and the operational ease is so much better than what it was when it first came out.” Including a UAV for police work is different for Booth, whose background is in technical collision investigations. However, using a drone is now an extension of that work since the machine can acquire an aerial view of a crime or accident scene, he said. This makes it easier to describe what a scene looked like to a court or judge. Booth gave a presentation about the MJPS’s remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) during the Board of Police Commissioners’ Aug. 11 meeting. History The board expressed interest in UAV technology in 2017 and recommended that police research using UAVs to support their activities, Booth explained. He presented a business plan in February 2018, which prompted board
members to approve the creation of an RPAS system. “Due to the commercial, evidentiary, and tactical nature UAVs are used for in policing, considerations of the type of UAVs purchased was taken into account,” a report to the board said, “including, but not limited to, the ability to operate in cold temperatures and high winds, flight time between battery charges, and attached equipment such as thermal infrared imaging allowing for night vision.” The first members of the MJPS and Moose Jaw Search and Rescue completed pilot ground school in September 2018. The police service then ordered and received the first RPAS in March 2019, Booth said. However, Transport Canada changed the rules that June and required all RPAS pilots to have basic and advanced certification licences. Booth received his basic pilot certificate in August 2019 and then his advanced pilot certification in March 2020. New technology
In May, the MJPS received the Matrice M300 RTK, the newest and most weather-capable RPAS from DJI Enterprise Dual. It can operate in -20 C weather, can withstand winds over 50 kilometres per hour, can handle rain and dust while in the air, weighs 3.6 kilograms unloaded and can handle a payload up to nine kilograms. Other UAVs the police service has purchased include the Mavic Dual, which is 899 grams in weight and used for fast deployment, and the Mavic Mini, which weighs 249 grams and is used for training. Booth used the Mavic Mini during test flights this past February when the temperature was nine degrees Celsius, he said. The Moose Jaw Radio Control Aircraft Club allowed the MJPS to use its field since the topography is suitable for training. Meanwhile, in July, Booth tested the M300 RTK UAV while training with Moose Jaw Search and Rescue in River Park, including its camera’s zoom and thermal imaging features. Police can use thermal imaging when searching in the dark for people who are injured or hiding. The pictures the UAV takes can also be stitched together and used in court. Since the UAV’s camera has a wide-angle and zoom, Booth used the device to acquire information during the recent train derailment. This was helpful, said deputy police Chief Rick Johns, since police and firefighters could see what had spilled and whether they were dealing with hazardous materials.
Police see increase in callsJasoninG. Antonio July, especially crimes against people - Moose Jaw Express July was a busy month for the Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS), as it responded to more calls — particularly for crimes against people — compared to the same time last year.
The MJPS handled 1,571 calls for service last month, compared to 1,495 calls during July 2019, according to recent statistical data. Crimes against people jumped by 30 per
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cent last month, to 53 incidents from 39 incidents a year ago. This category — comparing 2020 to 2019 — is composed of: • Attempted murder: 1 / 0; • Sexual assaults: 5 / 4; • Common assaults: 19 / 12; • Assault with weapon/cause bodily harm: 3 / 3; • Aggravated assault: 0 / 1; • Assault police: 1 / 0; • Robbery: 1 / 1; • Threats: 8 / 7; • Domestic disputes: 15 / 11. Meanwhile, crimes against property declined by eight per cent, to 105 incidents from 114 events last year. This category — comparing 2020 to 2019 — is composed of: • Break-enter into businesses: 4 / 1; • Break-enter into residences: 7 / 11; • Other break-enters: 6 / 5; • Motor vehicle theft: 11 / 8; • Theft over $5,000: 1 / 2; • Theft under $5,000: 29 / 58; • Arson: 1 / 2;
• Property damage under $5,000: 46 / 27. The numbers for crimes against people and crimes against property are not surprising, police chief Rick Bourassa said during the Aug. 11 Board of Police Commissioners’ meeting. The police service expects to see movement in these numbers as the year progresses. “This is unique times, so I’m surprised there has not been a huge change,” said board chair Mayor Fraser Tolmie. “That kind of would reflect the stable city we’re living in and the positive policing that’s been going on.” Other statistics comparing 2020 to 2019 show: • Impaired driving: 6 / 7; • Fail to comply with court order: 71 / 86; • Motor vehicle accidents over $1,000: 29 / 19; • Provincial liquor infractions: 11 / 13; • Summary offence tickets: 67 / 108; • Cocaine: 1 / 0; • Cannabis: 1 / 0; • Methamphetamine: 3 / 1; • Other CDSA drugs: 1 / 1.
Harvest operations take off behind long-term average By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express
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EXPRESS The biggest industrial operation in Saskatchewan got underway after the long weekend in August. By August 10, one per cent of the 10 million cultivated acres had been combined with three per cent swathed, The five-year average, according to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture crop report, is two per cent combined, three per cent swathed. Lack of rain in most of the province and warm weather matured some crops early and caused some yield damage. Rain in this area dropped three mm at Mortlach, 12 mm at Briercrest and 7.5 mm at Marquis. The Ogema/Coronach/
Assiniboia region had no rain during the week. Harvest in the southeast, including Moose Jaw, saw 66 per cent of fall rye, 26 per cent of winter wheat, nine per cent of field peas, seven per cent of barley and three per cent of lentils in the bin. Harvest in the southwest wasn’t quite as far advanced with 54 per cent of fall rye, 14 per cent of field peas, eight per cent of barley and three per cent of lentils combined. Dryland hay yields across the province are below normal with 1.2 tonnes per acre for alfalfa, 1.1 for alfalfa/bromegrass, one tonne for wild hay and 1.8 for green feed Irrigated hay yields are three tonnes or alfalfa, 2.7 for alfalfa/bromegrass and 2.8 for green feed.
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Grant Hall to host dismissal appeal hearing of former officer Murdock Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
Grant Hall will be a busy place at the end of August, as the building will play host to the high-profile dismissal appeal hearing of former police constable Alan Murdock. The hearing kicks off on Aug. 31 and runs every day for three weeks until Sept. 18. The hearing will likely attract major media attention from across the province due to its seriousness. Many witnesses will be called to provide evidence relevant to the reasons for the dismissal, explained police chief Rick Bourassa. The Moose Jaw Police Service will provide many witnesses, while Murdock could provide some of his own. He will also have the opportunity to cross-examine those people who take the stand for the police service. “When that hearing is concluded, the hearing officer will make a ruling,” Bourassa said during the board of police commissioners’ meeting on Aug. 11. “There are a number of outcomes that can be decided by the hearing officer in relation to that hearing.” Destiny Gibney will act as legal counsel for the police chief during the hearing. Since the police service is bearing most of the costs for this process, the organization will provide a report to the board during its October meeting. Before the hearing begins, though, the hearing officer will hold another conference call on Aug. 21, to deal with a procedural matter. Murdock spent about 30 years in the service before his dismissal.
The Moose Jaw Express attempted to reach Murdock by phone but was unsuccessful by press time. Background The police service dismissed Murdock on June 19, 2019, under section 60 of the Police Act. The organization issued a news release that day, saying it had fired him after several investigations turned up many allegations of misconduct. Section 60 of The Police Act provides the framework to dismiss a member, the Bourassa’s report explained. A police chief may dismiss a member if the member “has conducted himself or herself in a manner that, despite remedial efforts, if it was reasonable in the circumstances to make remedial efforts, renders the member unsuitable for police service or establishes the member as incompetent for police service.” Notice order of dismissal Also attached to Bourassa’s report was the notice order of dismissal given to Murdock on June 19, 2019, listing 25 points why the chief was firing him. This document was not made public when the former officer was released. Some reasons why Bourassa dismissed Murdock included: • He had a history of misconduct and remedial orders, including from May 22, 2019, March 28, 2012, and Jan. 6, 1999; • Specific examples of his misconduct included harassment of a citizen in 1998; • inappropriate physical contact with a female co-worker in 2003, and;
• inappropriate text messages with a 15-year-old girl; • He disobeyed a direct order and explicit instructions from his superior officer about using the police service’s record management system while on probation; • He provided false information during an internal investigation while on probation; • He accessed other people’s data without a lawful purpose; • He failed to return exhibit videos containing child pornography and failed to follow exhibit handling and documentation procedures; • He provided misleading, false and inaccurate information to the public complaints investigator; • He failed to exhibit and properly store a video card despite receiving remedial discipline for multiple counts of mishandling evidence; • He entered untrue information into his reports about incidents in which he was involved; • He subjected his female co-workers regularly to inappropriate remarks and physical contact; • His consistently displayed insubordinate, unaccountable and suspicious attitudes while being interviewed about misconduct or when his superiors corrected or advised him; • He subjected his step-children to physical assaults; • He engaged in inappropriate behaviour with a minor; • He has a repeated history of poor profes-
sionalism; • He exhibited a long-term pattern of unsuitable behaviour, including intimidating and threatening others; • He regularly stored his firearm in an unsafe manner; • He attempted to have an RCMP officer provide a fraudulent receipt for financial gain; • He did not follow proper procedure when dealing with victims of domestic assault; • He turned off the in-car video system more than one time; • He was oppressive or abusive toward other police members, including physical assaults or “bodychecks” and hitting them with objects. “I cannot trust that you will exercise your duties as ordered and with the due diligence and honesty required … ,” Bourassa wrote in the dismissal report. “Integrity, honesty and loyalty are inherent qualities of an individual’s character. Your conduct and your behaviours reflect an intrinsic and intractable deficit in integrity, honesty, loyalty and good judgment. “Further, you have participated in remedial efforts previously and you continue to conduct yourself in the same manner,” he added. “I, therefore, do not consider that remedial efforts are reasonable in these circumstances … . I have ordered your dismissal from the Moose Jaw Police Service effective on this date (of June 19, 2019).” The next board of police commissioners’ meeting is Sept. 15.
Part 10: With bridge closed, family forced to get creative when sending kids to school The closure of the Seventh Avenue Southwest bridge has been stressful for parents Tim and Corrine Avery, as they have had to find creative ways to get their kids to school and themselves to work. It would take the Averys about two minutes to drive into Moose Jaw if the bridge were repaired, but since it’s closed, it takes them at least 10 minutes to drive through the Valley View Centre (VVC) property and up Highway 2, Mr. Avery explained recently. This is a struggle since they — along with neighbours Jim and Deb Thorn — have to move barricades whenever they come and go. Meanwhile, when she drove her kids to school, Mrs. Avery had to make six trips back and forth daily through the VVC property. This is because the kids — ages five and seven — start and finish school at different times, he continued. Making that amount of trips through that area can also be unsafe since many people use the Seventh Avenue Southwest road for regular walks. “The major thing is (the bridge closure is) a huge inconvenience when you’re two minutes from town. And it’s such a small issue in my eyes, but I guess maybe not,” laughed Mr. Avery. The Averys have managed to find a workable solution to ensure their children get to school. They have friends and family who wait for the kids on the north end of the bridge and then take them to school. This process is then repeated when the kids return. This system might be awkward, but it’s
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The Avery family — including parents Corrine and Tim and kids Evan and TaraJean — pose for a picture on the Seventh Avenue Southwest bridge. The closure of the bridge makes it difficult for the kids to get to school and the parents to work. Photo by Jason G. Antonio necessary, especially since Mrs. Avery works at 4 a.m., Mr. Avery works at 6 a.m., and their babysitter cannot drive. What’s also problematic is Prairie South School Division won’t send buses to the bottom of the bridge since there is no legal turnaround. “I can’t blame them. They’re worried about getting the bus back up the hill. There’s no runway to get the bus up to speed. And if the city doesn’t clean the hill, that’s another issue they would have,” said Avery. It’s a hassle for Avery to reach his home
without a functioning bridge, he said. His father developed the property in 1979, while he moved his family there three years ago. He knew when he moved in that the municipality had closed the bridge in 2015. However, he figured city hall would do something to address the issue. “They didn’t do anything. You would expect for them to put something on the capital budget plan, you know, when you have some sort of damaged infrastructure,” Avery said. The Averys began receiving letters from the provincial government more than a
year ago about their access through the VVC property after the province announced the complex’s permanent closure. This was when both families approached city hall to see what its plan was for the bridge. It’s been “very, very frustrating” to deal with city hall, Avery said. City hall said it would keep them updated about the progress made on the bridge. However, Avery believes that promise fell short and communications broke down. This forced the families to hire lawyer David Chow to help them. Avery thought it was “absolutely ridiculous” since he didn’t believe families should have to hire legal counsel to gain access to their property. The last time Avery heard from city hall was two months ago. “There’s not much feedback. They just keep telling us, ‘We’re working on it,’” he said, adding the city was supposed to make an announcement by July 31. “We’re running out of time.” The Averys have no services of any kind, while Mr. Avery had to fight to have their garbage picked up. He pointed out that even residents in the adjacent rural municipality receive more services than them. Avery wants city hall to fix the bridge, or at least allow the families to drive over one lane of the structure since part of it is steel. If pedestrians can cross a bridge that has inadequate guardrails, the families should be allowed to have vehicle access. This is part 10 in a series. This series will continue.
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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 taxpayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; money, please make your voices known to the Ombudsmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Let them know how you feel and get them to investigate.
Council one step closer toJasonpay raise after approving bylaw change G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express The double-digit pay raise for mayor and councillors is one step closer to reality. During its Aug. 10 regular meeting, council gave three readings to the Remuneration Bylaw Amendment, voting 6-1 in favour each time. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. Since the vote was not unanimous, it must come back to the Aug. 24 regular council meeting for official approval. Once that happens, some of the resolutions will go into effect on Nov. 16, while others will kick in on Jan. 1, 2021. Furthermore, city administration can complete the candidatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; handbook, which will contain general information to anyone interested in running in Novemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s municipal election. City administration presented more than a dozen recommendations about council remuneration during the June 29 executive committee meeting, while council later adopted the motions during its July 13 regular meeting. Some of those motions include:
â&#x20AC;˘ The mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pay will be based on that of a Saskatchewan MLA, which is $100,068, and will be adjusted annually every July 1; â&#x20AC;˘ Councillors will receive remuneration equal to 33.33 per cent of the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pay, so $33,323, which will be adjusted in the same manner and at the same time as the mayor; â&#x20AC;˘ Councillors will receive a per diem rate of $161.30 to be charged against their travel/education allowance for attending conferences, conventions, seminars or other functions or programs related to city business outside the city; â&#x20AC;˘ Councillors will receive extra remuneration at the current rate of $420.92 per month when they are deputy mayor; â&#x20AC;˘ The mayor will have a travel budget of $10,000 and a car allowance of $500 per month. The mayor will also be entitled to out-of-city mileage for destinations greater than 250 kilometres;
â&#x20AC;˘ The mayor will be eligible for all benefit programs on the same terms and conditions as city out-of-scope staff; â&#x20AC;˘ Councillors will receive an annual travel/education budget of $3,000 and would be adjusted in the same manner as MLAsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; salary changes; â&#x20AC;˘ Councillors will receive an iPad/tablet and city email account for municipal business; councillors will not receive any additional support services, nor will they receive any benefit coverage other than accidental death and dismemberment, which they already receive; â&#x20AC;˘ Councillorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; per diem, deputy mayor pay and travel/ education allowance will be increased annually by the same percentage that is applied to the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remuneration in relation to the MLAsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; indemnity. The mayor currently makes $82,303, while councillors currently make $25,924. By increasing the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pay to $100,068, this would be an increase of 18 per cent, or $17,765. Hiking councillorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pay to $32,323 would be an increase of 28 per cent, or $7,399.
City honours four properties through Beautification Awards program The City of Moose Jaw has recognized four properties as being the best looking in the community as part of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beautification Awards program. During the Aug. 10 regular city council meeting, the parks and recreation department honoured property owners Jeff and Jana Kitts, Stacey and Colleen Statler, Brenna Wells, and Jarryd and Tiffany Denne as this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program winners. The Kittses had the best property in the Sunningdale/VLA/West Park/Iron Bridge area; the Statlers had the best property in the Northwest; Wells had the best property on South Hill; and the Dennes had the best property in the East End. The municipality has handed out the Beautification Awards since 1981 and uses them to recognize outstanding properties and promote civic pride among residents, explained city horticulturalist Sarah Regent. This year there were 10 entries and they were all difficult to judge, as many of the submissions were of top quality. In other years, the recipients would appear at city coun-
Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express cil to receive a plaque and congratulations on their win. However, none of the winners was in attendance this time due to the pandemic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I congratulate all the winners and participants and thank the judges for what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done,â&#x20AC;? said Mayor Fraser Tolmie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no less important (to honour them) due to the challenges weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re facing, so we want to say thank you and recognize your efforts â&#x20AC;Ś Thank you for keeping Moose Jaw beautiful.â&#x20AC;? Coun. Dawn Luhning noted that the Statlers live near her, so she was thrilled that they had won since they have a beautiful property. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been admiring it for years,â&#x20AC;? she said, adding the Dennes also have a great passion for their yard. Council then approved a motion to receive and file the report. The next regular council meeting is Aug. 24.
The parks department selected the property of Stacey and Colleen Statler as the best in Northwest area. Photo courtesy City of Moose Jaw
The parks department selected the property of Brenna Wells as the best on South Hill. Photo courtesy City of Moose Jaw
The parks department selected the property of Jeff and Jana Kitts as the best in the Sunningdale/VLA/ West Park/Iron Bridge area. Photo courtesy City of Moose Jaw
The parks department selected the property of Jarryd and Tiffany Denne as the best in the East End. Photo courtesy City of Moose Jaw
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City Hall Council Notes
‘Reckless reporting,’ ‘spurious information’ about run-down property causes owner stress Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
Property owner Dr. Elizabeth James blamed the local media’s “reckless reporting” and a resident’s “spurious information” for causing her stress over her property’s condition and its overall fate. James, who lives in Brockville, Ont., is the owner of 1511 Hastings Street West and 749 Stadacona Street East in Moose Jaw. Residents near those properties have raised concerns about them during the last several years; the Hastings Street property has received the most attention during the past two years. City hall issued cleanup orders in June 2016 and December 2017 for that property, but James did nothing to correct the deficiencies, a city council report said. However, she has taken steps since September 2018 to ensure the house complies with municipal bylaws. City hall issued another cleanup order for 1511 Hastings Street West on July 10, demanding that by Aug. 15, James should address unpleasant odours coming from the house; replace the shingles and roof sheathing; and repair the fascia, eaves and downspouts. If she didn’t comply, city hall would take action to address the situation, including up to the demolition of the home. In response, James appealed the order and asked for an extension to Nov. 30. She also appeared by video during city council’s Aug. 10 regular meeting to request an extension. Council eventually voted 6-1 to uphold the cleanup order and give James an extension until Aug. 21 to address all the concerns. Coun. Dawn Luhning was opposed. Presentation It takes about 62 days to sell a home in Moose Jaw, based on the most recent data, James told council. That would be beyond the deadline of the cleanup order. She would have to have a fire sale to comply with that demand. James blamed the neighbour adjacent to the property, Carter Currie, for allegedly dumping his garbage over the fence into her yard. She blamed him for his continuous complaints, while she also accused him of interfering in her affairs, including harassing the people hired to clean out her house in 2019. This forced her to contact the
Moose Jaw Police Service. “I expected interference, but not to this degree,” she remarked. “I have never had contact with the complainant despite there having ample opportunity … Although I have never even met this individual, (he) has been waging a one-sided war in the press.” James contacted the ombudsman, but the ombudsman said she shouldn’t appeal the issue, she said. The ombudsman also told her to tell city hall that she does not own 749 Stadacona Street East. However, research by the Moose Jaw Express shows she still owns that property. Possibility of demolition James received a cleanup notice on June 25, with the issuance date from June 15. She wondered how a situation could go from a cleanup order to the complete demolition of her home by August. She questioned whether it was enough in Moose Jaw for “incessant complaints” about cosmetic issues to force the demolition of a home. Lisa Eritz, the municipality’s building official, emailed James in July and told her city administration wanted to use one of her emails or portions of it as evidence in a legal case against the Express for publishing Currie’s opinion pieces, James claimed. “‘The defamation, stress and bad publicity caused to you by articles they published in their paper would further demonstrate the harm they have caused by reckless reporting,’” she said while quoting Eritz’s email. The Express published a statement from city administration that said it does not respond to letters to the editor or emails that harass and bully people, and would continue to have the property reach a reasonable standard, James said. Yet, she was told demolition was the only option city council was considering. James is a front-line health-care worker and believes this situation is an opportunity to increase the pressure and stress on her. Quoting from one of Currie’s letters to the editor, she wondered if he was a “media vigilante” out to get her. She also thought council was folding from the onslaught of complaints.
A screenshot from Information Services Corporation (ISC) shows Dr. Elizabeth James is the owner of the 1511 Hastings Street West property. Photo courtesy ISC
A screenshot from Information Services Corporation (ISC) shows Dr. Elizabeth James is the owner of the 749 Stadacona Street East property. Photo courtesy ISC “It’s an unsatisfactory situation all around. I certainly empathize with the elected officials who appear to be targeted,” added James. “However, demolishing a private citizen’s house due to complaints based on spurious information does not seem democratic.” After her presentation, city council discussed her appeal.
Demolition of house on infamous property a last resort, city says While city council received some reassurances from Dr. Elizabeth James about her intention to clean up her property, she was slightly vague about her plans to renovate the house. James, who lives in Brockville, Ont., appeared by video during council’s Aug. 10 regular meeting to appeal a cleanup order for 1511 Hastings Street West and request an extension to Nov. 30. After some discussion, council eventually granted an extension to Aug. 21 while upholding the cleanup order. Selling the house James plans to sell the house since she has no intention of living here, she told council. She has already contacted a real estate agent to sell the building quickly. Since James is not a contractor, she does not know how much it would cost to renovate the home to make it sellable, she said. It would depend upon whether she sold the house as a fixer-upper or as something already upgraded; the house is not liveable right now. She has already spent enough money on the building while facing more obstacles than she anticipated; her goal is to minimize her losses. There is still a tarp covering part of the roof, Coun. Scott McMann pointed out. While there has been pressure from the media about this issue, city hall needs to bring this property to an acceptable level. The house needs work, whether James does it or someone else does it. Demolishing the house Besides demolition, McMann wondered what other actions city hall had considered taking against this property. The municipality could sue James for the cost of addressing items in the cleanup order, said Michelle Sanson, director of planning and development. City crews would complete the work and city hall would charge the cost to her. A separate order for demolition could be issued if city council wanted the house — currently vacant — gone, she continued. City hall would issue a tender for dem-
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olition and then issue another cleanup order. The entire process would take two to three months to complete. Timeline of property ownership While James said she has owned the property since November 2018, council’s report indicates cleanup orders were issued in 2016 and 2017, said Coun. Dawn Luhning. “This property has been in a fair bit of disrepair for much longer than two years,” she added. “Whomever the owner is or has been, neighbours in that neighbourhood have been dealing with the property for quite some time. There are some inconsistencies in either the neighbour’s report or yours. Something is not jiving with me that this has been going on for so long.” James acknowledged that she received the orders, but did not own the property then. However, she paid the property taxes and did what she could with the home. Some problems already addressed James’ contractor, Glenn Batke, told council he expects to address the roof issue by Aug. 15, while the odour has disappeared. He is now working on touching up the exterior. Yet, he expressed surprise that city hall wants the eavestroughs and downspouts fixed since they are rela-
tively new. Batke explained that he helped James clean out her house last year. He later ripped out the carpets since the neighbour, Carter Currie, allegedly let his cats into the house to defecate. Currie also allegedly created a path for his pets to her house through the fence. That gap was later boarded up. City administration has not registered any of the cleanup orders against the property’s title, said city clerk Myron Gulka-Tiechko. If council gives the extension, city administration could register the interest payments, so future purchasers are aware of the issues. Those issues would then become their responsibility if they are not remedied before the sale date. “It’s disappointing this has played out in public,” said Coun. Chris Warren, “especially since city hall deals with hundreds of bylaw issues every year and almost none of them reach council’s table. This issue has created problems in the community, especially due to the media.”
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City Hall Council Notes Convenience stores could sell liquor openly with change to zoning bylaw Jason G. Antonio -Moose Jaw Express
If you visit your local convenience store in the future for some chips and decide you also want to purchase alcohol, that option — not currently available — might be a possibility. The zoning bylaw states that licensed liquor establishments have to be attached to restaurants in the C1 and C1B districts. However, Viridian Property Corporation in Moose Jaw wants to change that, so the Getty Foods convenience store near the corner of Wood Lily Drive and Thatcher Drive West can add a standalone retail liquor off-sale to its current operations. City council agrees with this change, as it unanimously approved a motion during its Aug. 10 regular meeting to amend the zoning bylaw to remove the restaurant requirement from the land use for licensed facilities in the C1 and C1B districts. This change will allow Getty Foods to apply for a discretionary use application to operate a retail liquor store at its C1 property. The change also makes it easier for any business owner to open a standalone liquor store. City administration recommended the change since the
amendment fits within the Official Community Plan. This amendment aligns with the new land-use trend of co-locating liquor stores with grocery and other convenience-type stores, Michelle Sanson, director of planning and development, said during the meeting. Coun. Dawn Luhning thought this topic was similar to an issue she dealt with during her first term on council, where a business owner wanted to install a pub in a neighbourhood and residents said no. She noted she was the only councillor to vote in favour of that idea. The provincial government controls liquor licences and the sale of alcohol, particularly among restaurants, some of which have sold their liquor licences for thousands of dollars, Coun. Brian Swanson pointed out. He wondered if city hall was now allowing corner stores to sell liquor and whether Getty Foods purchased a licence from another business. “The applicant has acquired a liquor permit to operate from a previous location he owned …,” Sanson replied. “That business closed, so he acquired a permit through that process.”
Swanson reiterated that the control of liquor is a provincial matter and thought this decision could anger residents in affected neighbourhoods. A business on South Hill attempted to acquire a liquor licence a few years ago, but the province denied the application, said Coun. Crystal Froese. However, the criteria must be changing since Sobeys has a standalone liquor store and Superstore has a similar establishment inside its building. Council will have to determine if moving the liquor licence from one business to another will enhance services on the property or encourage more sales, she added. There are very few standalone liquor stores around, Coun. Chris Warren pointed out. However, since this property owner has access to a provincially approved liquor licence, this request isn’t much different than what the current bylaw says. He will still have to submit a discretionary use application — and have it approved — before he can officially open the standalone liquor store.
Voting by mail-in ballot in fall election just became easier Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
City hall is making it easier to vote in this fall’s municipal election by changing how mail-in ballots work, which should help voters who are afraid to leave their home because of the pandemic. Normally voters who choose to cast their ballot using the mail-in process would have to visit city hall and make a declaration of their identity, so election officials could ensure those people are who they say they are. This method helps prevent voter fraud or fraudulent impersonations. Due to the pandemic, and to avoid the requirement for voters to leave their homes and come downtown, city council has agreed to relax the regulations of who can attest to a voter’s identity and who can sign the form as a witness. During its recent regular meeting, council unanimously gave three readings to an election bylaw amendment that would expand voters’ ability to apply for a mail-in ballot by increasing the number of persons authorized to wit-
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ness the voter’s registration form and declaration of the person requesting a ballot. These actions would remove the need for the voter requesting the mail-in ballot to visit city hall and have municipal officials witness the form. For example, family members could vouch for a voter as long as relatives have known the voter for at least two years and are also eligible to vote in the election. “The precautions are still in place for people who get a mail-in ballot. (They) will have to still provide a photocopy or fax or email with their photo ID and signature, and they will have to sign a declaration that will be witnessed,” explained city clerk Myron Gulka-Tiechko. “We will have an ability to cross-check the signature with the ballot that comes by the election date. “The checks and balances are still there, but the ability for people to make application is being relaxed, particularly because of COVID,” he added. Election officials have been monitoring the coronavirus
pandemic and its possible effect on the 2020 municipal and school board elections, a report to council explained. Officials have also been working with the Ministry of Government Relations, Elections Saskatchewan and other municipalities to develop processes and address changes required to aid the election while protecting the health and safety of election workers and voters. The pandemic could affect voter turnout as voters might not feel safe visiting a polling station in person, the report continued. To address this concern and increase voter participation, election officials recommended amendments to the election bylaw so voters could exercise their right to vote in other ways. These amendments have also been made possible after the provincial government made legislative changes to this process.
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To All City of Moose Jaw Property Owners and Taxpayers You may or may not be aware that approximately 40 City of Moose Jaw Employees have cost the taxpayers over $250,000, a cost that is rising daily as long as CoVid-19 is with us. Let me explain. CERB (Federal government benefit) pays workers who lost their jobs because of the pandemic. However, the City of Moose Jaw chose to reassign those 40 city workers with full salary and benefits rather than take advantage of CERB and hire summer students who needed the work. Students who would receive a much lower hourly wage.
The city lost the opportunity to benefit from the CERB subsidy and consequently, the taxpayer bears the brunt of that decision. The problem this created is more than the dollars. A city administrative employee commented at City Council on August10, 2020, “ Grass cutting and trimming is below past standards due to staff retraining and safety instruction” Therefore, the city paid premium salaries that cost many more dollars than hiring summer students. On top of that, this decision had inadequate and often poor results. The question was asked of councilors Ebby, McMann and Swanson, ”Who is running the city concerning this reassignment?” They were unanimous that this was not voted on by council. In these terrible economic times it is unconscionable not to access
“COVID-19 and “communal living” [On Saturday, August 8, 2020 it was reported in another online media outlet,] ... “Eight of the 24 new cases and 112 of the 168 active cases are people living in communal settings.“ We all know what is meant by “communal living” and “communal settings” and YES it targets a specific group of highly recognizable people in our community. It was reported that there were 23 new cases with 19 being from “people living in communal settings” ... Each day brings more cases aimed directly at this group. Why? Why are they continuing to disregard the rules that most everyone else is making an attempt to follow? This commentary is not meant to be racist or discriminatory. It is based upon the facts. It is extremely disconcerting and frankly quite terrifying to hear a report concerning a distinctly recognizable group of communal living individuals gath-
Federal monies and to draw on municipal tax dollars instead and, might I add with less than satisfactory results! For Example: Summer students earn $17.00 to $18.00/hour Reassigned staff earn $26.00 to $32.00/hour The cost differential per day is about $6,000 Final cost amounts to 40 employees times $6,000 which equals $240,000 per 100 days of CoVid reassignment. In closing, I am glad I am three score and ten and can leave the bill for the next generation. Regards, A. King
ered together in the Moose Jaw mall and not making, at the very least, some attempt to protect themselves from us and, as importantly, protecting us from them by simply wearing some form of ppe (a mask). In light of all the negative press this communal population is getting it would have reflected upon them (i.e. those living in a communal setting) significantly to set a positive example and show the rest of us that they understand and that they care. We can’t paint all those living within this communal setting with the same paintbrush however, the chances and probabilities that Covid-19 could be present is significantly increased simply due to a choice of lifestyle. This is a serious situation that must be addressed by any and all means necessary - our lives depend on it. Jim Ursan
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City Hall Council Notes Finances at Mosaic Place sink further during the pandemic Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
Finances at Mosaic Place sunk further into the red during the second quarter of this year, as the lack of events due to the pandemic eliminated nearly all sources of revenue. The one positive thing that might be gleaned from the Mosaic Place financial statement is the net operating loss in the second quarter was less than expected, according to Spectra Venue Management Services. The operations company indicated that it had expected a deficit of $111,039 by the end of June, but that loss was smaller than anticipated, at $92,017. However, the actual deficit for the first six months of the
year was $307,395, compared to the expected deficit of $165,334. Spectra has pegged the overall net operating loss for this year at $582,638. City administration presented a summary of the entertainment venue’s finances as part of an overall second-quarter financial report for the municipality during the most recent city council meeting. While no one on council seemed concerned with the large net operating loss, Coun. Dawn Luhning — who sits on the city’s investment committee — did ask about Mosaic
Place’s equity investments. She did not understand how any of the numbers presented in the document added up. Brian Acker, director of finance, explained the retained earnings deficit of $221,518 was the loss for all of 2019. The current retained earnings deficit of $307,455 is the loss to the end of this June. Offsetting that loss is the money the municipality contributed, of $404,766. Therefore, the current total equity deficit is $124,207. The document also showed assets and liabilities totalled $597,731, leaving a total liabilities and equity net of $473,524 halfway through this year.
Tax arrears have increased by triple digits in the last five years Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
Property tax arrears and tax liens against properties have both increased by triple digits during the last few years, which seems to concern only one member of city council. City administration provided a report of the City of Moose Jaw’s finances for the second quarter of this year during the most recent regular council meeting. Included in the report was a summary of property tax arrears and property taxes receivables up to June 30. At the end of June, there was $2.25 million in tax arrears owing to city hall. In comparison, there was $1.9 million owing at the end of June 2019 and $1.66 million owing
A graph showing the collection of municipal taxes in Moose Jaw at the end of the second quarter for the years 2015 to 2020, along with how much of those taxes are arrears. Photo courtesy City of Moose Jaw
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at the end of June 2018. This is an increase of roughly 33 per cent during the last three years. Although this report shows tax arrears up to the end of June and not the end of the year, it still indicates a disturbing trend that should be highlighted, Coun. Brian Swanson said. There are two components to the statement of property tax arrears: payment plans and liens, he pointed out. There was $901,705 through payment plans at the end of June, compared to $1.06 million on a repayment plan at the end of June 2018. What’s more noteworthy, though, is there is $1.32 million in tax liens registered against properties. Two years ago, that was $605,698, which represents an increase of 218 per cent in three years. “To me, that is very alarming,” Swanson said. The finance department’s second-quarter report shows that the total amount of municipal taxes collected by the end of this June was $27.4 million, of which, $2.22 million was tax arrears, Swanson continued. This is 8.1 per cent of all municipal taxes collected so far, which “is getting awfully close to 10 per cent.” The report also shows that tax arrears were $839,846 by the end of June 2015, but increased to $2.25 million by
A graph showing property tax arrears in Moose Jaw for the second quarter in the years 2018, 2019 and 2020. Photo courtesy City of Moose Jaw the end of this past June, he remarked. That is an increase in tax arrears of 165 per cent during the last half-decade. “When I read that (recently), the thing that popped into my head was we had a cast-iron tender come in under budget. Instead of doing the maximum amount, we started doing aesthetic improvements, which delayed opening those streets for those commercial businesses …,” Swanson said. “I would suggest to you it just doesn’t add up.” Council then voted unanimously to accept the second-quarter report for 2020.
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City hall’s pocketbook hard-hit by effects of pandemic Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
The pandemic’s effects have hit city hall’s pocketbook, as revenues were down and expenses were up during the second quarter of this year, documents show. City hall took steps in late March and early April to “flatten the curve” by shutting down municipally-owned buildings and sporting venues. Municipal officials then watched from April to June as most revenues from these sources dropped while expenses increased, as officials ensured that municipal services were still provided during the shut-down. The effects of those decisions were revealed during the recent city council meeting, as city administration provided a financial report on all second-quarter activities during those three months. Council voted 6-1 to accept the report; Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. Overall, the municipality reported revenues of $41.8 million during the first six months of this year, compared to $36.9 million during the same time last year. Revenue was ahead of 2019, primarily due to the provincial government advancing revenue-sharing money to communities during the pandemic. Revenues down Several revenue categories saw large declines in revenue from April to June, a change that city administration noticed during that time, said Brian Acker, director of finance. Revenue from the collection of municipal taxes was down by roughly $7.3 million compared to the same time in 2019. This is because council waived all penalties and
surcharges on taxes. City administration is uncertain about the collection of actual tax revenue once the penalty-free period expires at the end of September. From Jan. 1 to June 30, city hall collected $28.3 million in municipal taxation. Income for licensing and permits dropped to $532,406, compared to $734,257 during the same time last year, Acker said. Most of this decline is due to less income from parking meter receipts and building permits. The amount of revenue for fines and penalties dropped compared to the first half of 2019 — $395,856 versus $815,698 — as the municipality is now receiving only a fraction of the proceeds from the Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) camera program, he continued. The main reason is the provincial government changed its policy around how much revenue communities with speed cameras receive. “In a given year, we would see a net contribution of $500,000 to the city. This year it will be a little over $100,000,” Acker added. The other decline in this category was due to city hall discontinuing parking meter penalties in April. Revenue for interest and tax penalties came in at $84,355, which was down compared to $385,099 during the same six months last year. This was due to a reduction in interest rates in the city’s bank accounts and because city hall waived penalties and surcharges on taxes through Sept. 30. The recreation services department saw a decrease in
revenue of roughly $400,000 over the same time frame in 2019 due to the closure of recreational venues, Acker said. This means revenues declined to $903,610 from $1.3 million. Revenue for provincial grants and subsidies increased by more than $6 million compared to 2019, as the provincial government provided the municipality with all of its revenue-sharing grants in June. Normally city hall receives this money throughout the year. Regular transit revenues decline by $50,000 compared to 2019 since council waived transit fees. Expenses, though, increased by $278,000 in the administration area due to the timing of the annual equipment reserve contribution of $278,000. Expenditures up Expenses in the public works department decreased by 31 per cent to $1.5 million compared to $2.3 million during the same time last year, Acker said. This decrease is mainly due to a timing issue with entries related to utilities. Snow operations also saw a decrease of $125,000 compared to 2019. Expenses in the parks and recreation department jumped by $640,000 to $4.9 million compared to $4.3 million during the same time last year. These expenses were related to the increased funding to Mosaic Place, along with providing the Moose Jaw Public Library with its second-half payment in June rather than July.
Business pandemic relief program had little uptake, council report says Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
City hall had determined that 315 non-essential businesses were eligible for a one-time pandemic tax credit, but fewer than 10 per cent of those businesses applied for the funding. After reviewing more than 2,000 businesses in the spring and eliminating transient businesses, home occupations, and category C companies, city administration determined that 315 category A and B businesses were eligible for the relief program since they were most affected by the pandemic. City council agreed to set aside $157,500 — or $500 per business — for this program. The surplus reserve account — which contains $1.4 million —funded this initiative, while the credit was only applicable to the outstanding municipal taxes. Category A companies are those with gross annual revenue of less than $50,000, category B businesses are those with gross annual revenue between $50,000 and NOTICE OF INTENTION TO AMEND ZONING BYLAW NO. 5346 The Council of the City of Moose Jaw intends to consider a bylaw pursuant to The Planning and Development Act, 2007 to amend the City of Moose Jaw’s Zoning Bylaw No. 5346. The proposed amendment will allow new licensed facilities (liquor stores) on a discretionary basis in the C1- Neighbourhood Commercial District and CIB Mixed Use Neighbourhood Commercial District. A copy of the proposed Bylaw may be found under the “announcements” section at www.moosejaw.ca from August 19th, 2020 to September 8th, 2020. Any written comments or submissions must be received by Planning and Development Services, 228 Main Street North, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3J8, by 10:00AM on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 in person or by email at email@example.com. Inquiries may be directed to the Department of Planning and Development Services by email or by phone at 306-694-4443. The proposed Bylaw and any submissions regarding the proposed Bylaw will be considered at the regular meeting of City Council to be held in Council Chambers, City Hall, at 5:30PM on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. DATED at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan this 13th day of August, 2020. Myron Gulka-Tiechko City Clerk
$500,000, and category C companies are those with gross annual revenues of more than $500,000. During the most recent city council meeting, city administration provided an update on the program as part of the overall second-quarter activities at city hall. Results showed there were 38 applications to the Moose Jaw Small Business Support Program, with 30 approved and eight denied. Municipal officials denied the eight applications since those businesses were category C. Thus, city hall handed out $15,000 based on those 30 applications. Council discussion The grant program had a one-page application that business owners had to fill out that was fairly simple to do, Michelle Sanson, director of planning and development, told council. Businesses would receive the funding if they answered all the questions. “We are unsure why we did not get more applications.
We have not heard. We’re not sure why we did not get a higher uptake,” she added. The director of economic development was somewhat perplexed by the low number of businesses that applied, echoed city manager Jim Puffalt. One provision of the program — which may have had an effect — was that businesses had to have applied for provincial and federal pandemic funding to be eligible for this initiative. City administration was pleased that city council came forward with this grant-based program, he said. It was a needs-based initiative, and while maybe not every business needed it, the program was still available. City council agreed to set aside $157,500 for this program, but that funding was not part of the overall budget for this year, said Coun. Brian Swanson. If city administration handed out only $15,000 through this program, he didn’t want council to create the impression that there was still $142,500 sitting around. “The program had only a 10-per-cent uptake,” added Swanson. “We should just take that for what it is and not be looking for innovative ways to spend the remainder … .”
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Southwest District for Culture, Recreation and Sport welcomes Ronovsky as community consultant
Former director of recreation for Town of Eatonia joins community development organization Brennen Ronovsky is joining the South West District for Culture Recreation and Sport in some very interesting times. As a community consultant for the public development organization, Ronovsky would normally find himself putting on many miles as he travelled from community to community throughout the south west portion of the province. But in the days of COVID-19, that travel has been all but impossible. And that’s made things a little different when it comes to how things work not only for someone in his position, but for the entire SWDCRS. “It definitely it is,” said Ronovsky, who joined the organization in the first week of August. “A large portion of the job would be actually doing face-to-face meeting with community members and going on the road and doing workshops in person. So to take the job on and not actually be able to physically meet with people is a little bit difficult. But it’s just something we have to get used to.” Ronovsky joins the SWDRCS after most recently working as the director of parks and recreation for the town of Fox Creek, Alta., and had previously served as the recreation director for the town of Eatonia, located two hours
Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express northwest of Swift Current. A graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a kinesiology major, he aims to bring a lifetime of experience in sports and recreation to the job, including a host of work with volunteer organizations over the years. That means hitting the ground running in what has turned out to be a surprisingly busy time. “A lot of it will be meeting with committees, and right now we’re doing that through e-mails or virtually,” Ronovsky explained. “We tell them a lot about the resources available and the funding opportunities, so for instance it could be anything from a museum looking for grant opportunities or some of the programs that run over the summer that are funded by grant opportunities. Then we do a lot on the structure of the board, such as board development and running an effective meeting, that sort of thing.” He’ll be working alongside fellow SWDRCS community consultant Elizabeth Heatcoat, who is based out of Leader. For more on the South West District for Recreation, Culture and Sport and the many programs they have to offer, be sure to visit their website at gosouthwest.ca.
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Canucks down Prairie Dogs in all-Moose Jaw 11U baseball battle Fast start leads to 15-3 victory for Canucks in meeting between local AA clubs Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
They’ve been beating up on their Baseball Regina 11U AA opponents all season, and last Thursday night gave the Moose Jaw Canucks and Moose Jaw Prairie Dogs a chance to test themselves against each other. And as it turns, it was the Canucks who would come away with the decisive win, scoring six runs in the first inning and going on to a 15-3 victory at Gattinger Diamond. “It was a lot of fun, we’ve been looking forward to playing these guys for a long time and I think they were looking forward to playing us,” said Canucks coach Shane Sowden. “There’s a lot of buddies, and the fun part is seeing a lot of these kids from last year and then new kids
Canucks coach Shane Sowden chats with his pitcher and catcher in the game’s later stages.
Prairie Dogs hitter Drayson Silbernagel just missed getting ahold of this pitch.
coming into the program. It’s just fun seeing this age group get stronger and get better together… these guys are all going to be teammates for the next five or six years, so it was a lot of fun.” As mentioned, the Canucks got things going quick – their first eight batters all reached base, and they scored the maximum six runs while giving up a single out. That 6-0 deficit marked one of the few times the Prairie Dogs have trailed in a game this season, and coach Craig Flanagan felt his troops took things a little too hard. “It was kind of a challenge to keep our attitudes up a little bit, this is kind of our team’s first little bit of (adversity) getting down big in a game,” Flanagan said. “They have to learn that as young kids, and as coaches we have to keep them pumped up and in the game with positive attitudes… They got down a little bit on themselves and that made it tough.” The Dogs were able to settle down and got three runs back in their half of the second, and the score was 7-3 through four innings when the Canucks once again struck big. Another six runs, another trip through the order, and this time there was no coming back. The Prairie Dogs would manage only two more baserunners the rest of the game, and the Canucks would go on to their lopsided win. “I think getting six runs in the first inning, when we hit the ball really well, that took the wind out of their sails a little bit, and
Ramsey Thompson delivers for the Canucks. then we were off to the races,” Sowden said. “Guys threw strikes, made some nice plays, and at this level sometimes it comes down to who makes the least amount of errors and throws the most strikes and that’s what we did tonight.” Flanagan, meanwhile, will look to see his troops rebound the next time out. “I think they had a very good game and our team played a bit of a below-average game and I think that’s why the score got out of hand a little bit… we had a good chat afterwards, and I told them they’re not going to have their best game every
Zaid Guillaume pitches for the Prairie Dogs. day. They’re young kids, they’re learning this stuff and this was the first time we got behind a bit. “We had a good winning streak coming in here, they got us tonight and our kids will be excited to get another winning streak going next game.” The Canucks were in Regina on August 11th to face the Pacers, while the Prairie Dogs are on the field the next night against the Regina Buffaloes.
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Disc golf learn-to-play event coming up this week
Wakamow Valley course holding Introduction to Disc Golf at local course Aug. 19 and 20 Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
Want to learn the difference between a driver and putter in disc golf? Figure out how to throw hyzer and anhyzer? What under stable and over stable mean? Maybe even become the next Paul McBeth or Eagle McMahon? Wakamow Valley has just the thing for you. An Introduction to Disc Golf event for youngsters age 8-to-11 and hosted by players from the Moose Jaw Disc Golf Association will take place on Aug. 19 and Aug. 20 at the local course, located on Wellesley Street just off the No. 2 highway. The classes will mark the latest step in sport’s rapid growth in Moose Jaw, which will soon see the expansion of the course to a full 18-hole layout from the current nine-hole set-up. “I think the best thing is we’ve seen young kids playing, all the way up to seniors playing, they’re all trying to learn and learn off each other,’ said Wakamow Valley general manager Todd Johnson. “It’s a great group of people that seem to just want to advance it and make sure everyone just gets a little bit better every time they play. It’s done really well for us and it’s a really welcoming sport, so we’re really happy to have it in the valley.” One of the most popular aspects is how everything involving the sport is free – players can show up any time and play a round, prior to COVID-19 disc sets could be rented free-of-charge from the Wakamow Valley office
Disc golf is growing rapidly in Moose Jaw, with the local course in Wakamow Valley expanding to 18-holes this fall. and the upcoming introductory course is free and will even come with a free disc for players to keep. Best of all, it doesn’t take much at all to play a round. A simple Frisbee will get the job done. “We have everything from Frisbees to people with full
sets of disc golf discs, people are starting out just with what they have,” Johnson said. “That accessibility definitely helps a lot.” Of course, like any sport, the proper equipment makes a difference, and that’s where the learn-to-play event will come in handy. Youngsters will learn the difference between drivers, mid-range and putter discs, how to throw properly – including getting the type of flight shape to deal with proper approaches, which brings the aforementioned hyzer and anhyzer throws into play – as well as some of the intricacies that can help lower scores. “It’s an eye-opener,” Johnson said. “Some of these guys show up and they have multiple discs in their backpack, and it’s extremely fun to golf with guys like that, because they can walk you through each hole and teach you some of the tricks and just how to play the game.” To get an idea of how the sport looks at its highest level – including two of the world’s top players in McBeth and McMahon - you can check out the 2020 Memorial Championship on Youtube. For the Introduction course, two classes will take place each day, running from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Limited spots are available and players are asked to register at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (306) 692-2717.
Moose Jaw Lawn Bowling Club in full swing
New and old members more than welcome as sport back in action after COVID-19 delay Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
If you want a sport with plenty of strategy that anyone can play with the least amount of impact, lawn bowling could be for you. The Moose Jaw Lawn Bowling Club has been back in action since the end of July and has seen fewer members taking to the pitch than in recent years, but hope that the sport will take off once again now that COVID-19 restrictions have relaxed somewhat. “It’s weird times, the problem is we had quite a few members decide not to renew, so we’re in survival mode once again,” said club president Daniel Morin. “At least we can actually bowl, it’s a gorgeous little park and it’s been so nice out lately, we’re hoping we’ll start to see more people coming out.” Morin himself is a perfect example of how the game fits anyone. After having hip replacement surgery two years ago, he was looking for something that would offer therapeutic exercise and a chance to get out of the house. “I just thought ‘this would be good therapy’ and it’s turned into the funnest therapy ever,” Morin said with a laugh. “This is just the perfect sport for someone who wants something low impact, I’ve seen guys in their 90s who are still playing the game. The way I look at it, I’m not getting any younger, and if you aren’t doing something it isn’t going to get any easier… It can be mental therapy, too, nothing else matters when I’m out on the
Daniel Morin delivers a shot during a recent practice session at the local club. pitch and it’s just fun to be out there.” The club currently has around 13 members, down from 29 a year ago, and that’s left plenty of room for anyone who wants to come out. Players can visit the club – located in Crescent Park just off Third Avenue Northeast, a few hundred metres north of the tennis club – Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., and Tuesdays at 9 a.m. throughout
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the month of August. Tuesday nights are booked by Moose Jaw Pride, who have started a regular night of bowls that has drawn as many as 20 players at a time. The first three visits are free for newcomers, and newcomers are welcome as long as a member is on site. After the third visit there’s a $5 drop-in fee or a $50 membership, $250 for families. Membership comes with privileges as players can visit the club and play any time they wish, making for a perfect family activity. “If you want to come out and only play half an hour, that’s fine, or you can come out and play five, six hours straight if you want to,” Morin said. “Anybody who is just walking by can drop in, too. I’m not going to turn anyone down because it’s just fun to have people playing.” Of course, there are COVID-19 precautions in place. Everyone has to sign a waiver, and regular sanitizing will take place throughout games, as well as social distancing as much as possible. Other than that, though, it’s game on. “It would be really nice to get enough players out to have regular tournaments again, and we’re hoping that as people are looking for something to do they’ll decide to come out and give it a shot,” Morin said. For more information, check out Moose Jaw Lawn Bowling on Facebook or give Morin a call at 306-313-4434.
Aces continue to come fast and furious at Lynbrook Brown, Higgins record holes-in-one to give local course 12 on the season
Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express The Lynbrook Golf Club is once again seeing a crazy run of aces. The local 18-hole layout saw two more holes-inone recorded in recent weeks, bringing the total to 12 for the season and bringing back memories of a few years ago when seven were recorded in only a few weeks – a run that even included an albatross. There’s been no such craziness this time around, but reaching double digits at this point in the season is still rather impressive. Ron Brown recorded the 11th ace of the season on Tuesday, July 28, draining his first shot on the 157-yard 14th hole. Witnessing the shot were Victor Basky, Dean Larson and Bud Guidos. Don Higgins was the latest to accomplish the feat, acing the 169-yard fifth hole on Monday, Aug. 10. Witness his hole-in-one were Greg Wallace, Barb Wallace and Jack Forsyth.
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SHSAA delays start of high school sports season to mid-September, most sports to start Sept. 28
Wide variety of changes and contingencies being planned in order to allow play in midst of COVID-19 pandemic Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
The Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association has announced that high school sports will proceed this fall – only quite a bit later than the usual start dates. And even that comes with so many ‘ifs’, things could change almost overnight. The SHSAA executive council met on Aug. 12 to review information with regards to the many plans and public health orders surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, deciding that sports other than golf would start no earlier than Sept. 14 across the board, including cross country, soccer, football and volleyball. Golf – which has seen regular play and provincial championships played this summer – will start on Sept. 8. “The executive believe that a gradual and methodical approach to re-introducing school sport is warranted to assist the entire process of re-opening schools,” said SHSAA executive director Lyle McKellar in a press release. “A gradual return to school sport will allow teacher coaches and student athletes an opportunity to gain an understanding of, and become comfortable in the new school environment while looking forward to a re-introduction of school sport.” Sept. 14 will mark the overall beginning of the season for
High school football in SHSAA 12-Man Rural Football League – or whatever version it takes - will be delayed until Sept. 14, with games starting no earlier than Sept. 28. four fall sports, with the registration of teams and players, formation of mini-leagues and future competitions and team training beginning at that time.
Competition will begin on Sept. 28, with cross country meets running as late as Oct. 17, while league play in soccer will go until Oct. 31, football until Nov. 14 and volleyball until Nov. 28. As an example, the opening games for the SHSAA 12Man Rural Football League took place on Sept. 9 in 2019, Yorkton won the championship on Nov. 3 and the Vanier Vikings boys volleyball team capped their season with their school’s third provincial title of the year on Nov. 21. On the subject of provincials and even league playoffs, no plans have been put in place yet and will be dependent on SHA public health orders, sports and activity guidelines and the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan at that time. Furthermore, tournaments and interprovincial travel will not be allowed, and crowds could be severely limited unless provincial guidelines change, as indoor gatherings of up to 30 are permitted where space allows for two metres of physical distancing between participants. Outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people are still permitted with appropriate physical distancing. The SHSAA plans to review and update their plans on a regular basis as more information and further guidelines
Pickleball Moose Jaw looking for new home, but sport kicking back into gear after COVID-19
With schools unable to host outside events, courts for the rapidly growing sport aren’t available. But Cosmo Centre and Timothy Eaton Gardens are keeping things going with their programs Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
You can count Pickleball Moose Jaw among the many sports organizations negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. While regular games have started up at Timothy Eaton Gardens and Cosmo Senior Centre, Pickleball Moose Jaw proper has found itself without a place to play due to school gyms in the city no longer available for outside groups. Combine that with a lack of outdoor courts in the city, and one of the world’s fastest growing sports suddenly finds itself searching to find a way to restart now that COVID-19 restrictions have relaxed. “We’re looking for spaces we could maybe rent that aren’t schools but we don’t have anything definitive just yet,” said Lori Haukass with Pickleball Moose Jaw. “We have well over 50 members who are looking for a place to play this fall that
won’t be able to play anywhere if we don’t get into the schools… so hopefully we can round up something up soon.” The club had previously played at the Kinsmen Sportsplex, but renovations prevented them from playing there this summer. Fortunately, there may be other options – the 15 Wing gymnasium has hosted pickleball in the past, and courts are taped off at their outdoor tennis facilities, making that a potential option if things work out in that direction. Fortunately, the news isn’t all bad when it comes to pickleball in Moose Jaw. The aforementioned Cosmo Senior Centre program is running multiple nights in their auditorium, which recently had brand new lines painted on their two courts. They also have paddles and balls available for beginners looking to give the sport a try.
Through the month of August, games go Tuesday and Thursday at 1 p.m., Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. The cost is $2 to play for members and $3 for nonmembers. Over at Timothy Eaton Gardens, games are taking place daily: 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Mondays, 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, 1 p,m. for beginners and 2 p.m. for experienced players on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursdays and at 1 p.m. on Fridays. The cost is $2 for members each night. When things do get going again for Pickleball Moose Jaw, big things could be in the cards. The club had received a grant they planned to use for a learn-to-play
program at Sask Polytech, a potentially months-long event that could greatly expand the sport in the city. “The plan was to make it available to anyone to learn pickleball, and then even have accredited coaches come in and teach lessons and learn-to-play lessons,” Haukass said. “We’re really looking forward to that, we just have to wait until the space is available or we can move back into some of the buildings we were in before. We’ll keep working on it and hopefully get things going again soon.” For up-to-date information on Pickleball Moose Jaw, be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ pickleballmoosejaw.
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Hustlers win pair and tie Colts as Moose Jaw Senior Ladies Fastball season comes to an end
Hustlers tie Colts 1-1 in epic pitching duel, take 11-10 win over Assiniboia, roll to 7-0 victory over Heat in final week of season Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
If the Moose Jaw Senior Ladies Fastball League were allowed to hold playoffs, there would be a whole lot of anticipation for a meeting between the Hustlers and defending champion Park Hotel Colts. As the MJ Senior Ladies Fastball season came to an end after a four-week run of scheduled games, the Hustlers battled to an epic 1-1 tie with the Colts, rallied to defeat the Assiniboia Aces 11-10 and rolled to a 7-0 victory over the Heat in a trio of league games at Caribou Heights. Hustlers 1, Colts 1 There haven’t been many games as low scoring as the showing between the Colts and Hustlers on Aug. 12, and you have the Hustlers’ Krissy Rusu and Colts’ Jade Waiting to thank for it. It was the Colts who struck first, when Ceanna Bruce drew a one-out walk and later came around to score. That 1-0 lead stood up until the seventh inning when the Hustlers were finally able to break through against Waiting, as Kianna Avery hit a lead-off single before coming
around with the tying run. Bruce drew her third walk of the game to make things interesting in the bottom of the seventh, but that would mark the final baserunner of the night. For Waiting, it was a matter of escaping trouble no matter what the Hustlers threw at her – bases loaded in the first, a runner in scoring position in the second inning and runners on second and third in the third. She’d retire the side in order the next three frames, though, before the Hustlers managed their tying run. All told, Waiting would allow five hits on the night and strikeout three. Rusu also found herself facing runners in scoring position in five of seven innings, but used the ole adage ‘bend but don’t break’ to escape each time outside of the third. All told, Rusu would scatter six hits and strike out five. Hustlers 7, Heat 0 The opening game last Thursday night saw Rusu and Adriana Phillips combine to allow only three Heat hits on their way to the mercy-rule shut-out win.
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Things were especially close until the fourth inning as Phillips and Heat pitcher Megan Auger went toe-to-toe, leading to the Hustlers holding a 2-0 lead after three. Everything changed in the next Hustlers’ next at bat, though – nine batters leading to five runs on three hits and three errors. Tanya McLean finished the game 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored, Nicole Ansell 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Taylor Phillips with two runs scored. Hustlers 11, Assiniboia 10 Rusu and Sherri Logan scored runs in the top of the seventh to cap a back-and-forth battle in the nightcap on Thursday. The Hustlers picked up right where they left off in the opening game, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs for a 7-3 lead after the first inning. They led 8-4 when the Aces themselves batted through the order in the fourth, putting up a five-spot to lead 9-8. The two teams exchanged single runs the next two innings, setting up the comeback finish. Rachelle Grado went the distance for the Hustlers to take the win, Brianne Welder took the loss for Assiniboia. Logan reached base five times and scored four runs for the Hustlers, Taylor Logan scored a pair. Jessie Rood had a three-run night for Assiniboia, Welder and Raina Peterson crossed the plate twice for the Aces.
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Kids summer literacy camps head to the park with Moose Jaw Literacy Network
Larissa Kurz Every August, the Moose Jaw Literacy Network hosts a summer literacy camp for local students to brush up on their reading skills and while this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s camps are still happening, they are looking a little different. The Summer Success literacy camp is well underway already, with a dozen students gathering at Elgin Park every morning for two weeks to take part in reading and writing activities designed to help build their skills for the return to school in the fall. But the new, green backdrop is something totally new for the MJLNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x20AC;&#x201D; usually, the camp is hosted in two different elementary schools in the city, not outside The group taking part in the Summer Success litin the park. The camps are also a little smaller this year, with six stu- eracy camp was happy to show off their crafts from dents from St. Agnes School and six students from Ă&#x2030;cole Animal Day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; animal masks and drawings of their Palliser Heights School rather than ten students from favourite creatures. each school, and everyone has had to adapt to physical distancing and sanitation rules due to the pandemic. Both Prairie South School Division and Holy Trinity Catholic School Division work with the Moose Jaw Literacy Network for the annual summer camps. Despite all the changes, the teachers and volunteers involved in the camps are having a blast so far, and the feeling is certainly shared by all of the kids in attendance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and organizers are actually enjoying the outdoor setting as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just really a great program and it gets better every year,â&#x20AC;? said Moose Jaw Literacy Network board chair A second group of campers joined Miss Kendra to Jodie Bzdel. learn more about different kinds of animals. The Moose Jaw Literacy Network began hosting the summer camp four years ago, to help students with what Literacy Network. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And that slide is really significant beexperts call the â&#x20AC;&#x153;summer slideâ&#x20AC;? that kids experience cause every year, the gap gets wider between students.â&#x20AC;? while out of school for the summer. Boyczuck is also the host of the weekly outdoor storyâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Kids slide backward [in terms of reading levels] and a time event, where kids are invited to join her in the park lot of children need a little extra help with their literacy,â&#x20AC;? every Wednesday at 10 a.m. to read a story, pick up a fun and said Christine Boyczuck, member of the Moose Jaw craft, and even take home a book courtesy of the Moose Jaw Literacy Network. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just storytime for younger children, just to have some fun. There arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t many programs for children this year, and here they get lots of reading practice, they get books, they hear a story,â&#x20AC;? said Boyczuck. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It turns out really lovely, for the people that come.â&#x20AC;? For Boyczuck and the entire literacy organization, it seemed extra important to host events like these to help kids maintain their reading skills, as COVID-19 has left many kids out of school for five months now. The Summer Success camp will finish up this week for those registered, and the morning storytime sessions will Christine Boyczuck read â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Three Little Pigsâ&#x20AC;? to a continue on throughout the rest of August and into Sepgroup of kids in Elgin Park on Wednesday morning. tember, said Boyczuck.
Province invests $15 million for agriculture technology startups
Evan Callaghan puts a 57â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offering into play.
Canucks lose by one run to Swift Current â&#x20AC;&#x201C; again â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in SPBL AAA action
Amazing pitching duel sees 57â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take 5-4 victory at Ross Wells Park Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
Kaleb Waller did just about everything he could to help the Moose Jaw 18U Canucks find a win over the Swift Current 57â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League action last Thursday night at Ross Wells Park. But for the third meeting in a row between the two teams, it would be the 57â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who came away with a one-run win. Waller would go seven innings, allowing a single run on four hits while striking out 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a performance that would normally have been plenty enough to earn the win. Instead, the two teams would go back-and-forth for two extra innings before Swift Current would take a 5-4 win. With the game tied 1-1 after regulation, the 57â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s would put up a pair of runs in the eighth, only to see the Canucks rally to tie the game in their half of the inning. Swift Current put another deuce on the board in the ninth, and the Canucks would get the tying run to second before falling short. Dylan Reed finished the game 3-for-5 with a run batted in, while Kaedyn Banilevic was 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with his two ribbies coming on a clutch single in the bottom of the eighth that scored Nathan Varjassy and Kayden Hudson to force the second extra inning. The Canucks (3-12) will look to get back in the win column Sunday when they host the Regina Wolfpack at Ross Wells Park.
The Government of Saskatchewan will be providing $15 million to help develop new technologies in the agriculture sector through Innovation Saskatchewan. The funds will be put into a privately managed fund for agtech companies needing venture capital for startup and scaling up phases of their business. Innovation Saskatchewan will now seek fund opportunities in the private sector for the investment, which is expected to leverage more money from private investors and complement Innovation Saskatchewanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing programs supporting agtech startups. The investment is also expected to help speed up the provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic recovery from COVID-19 effects, said a provincial news release, and put Saskatchewan in a
position to be a global leader in the agtech sector. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The proper support, combined with strong research in agricultural innovation and the success of agtech startups, can make Saskatchewan a global force in agtech,â&#x20AC;? said Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan Tina Beaudry-Mellor, in a press release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This investment will bring jobs and new growth to our province and equip farmers and producers with game-changing technology.â&#x20AC;? Global demand for food is expected to rise 70 per cent in the next several decades, and the investment and other financial programs from Innovation Saskatchewan and other provincial infrastructure aims to help Saskatchewan farmers gain a competitive edge to meet those needs.
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FARRIS BABA 1928 – 2020 Celebrating a life well lived. Farris passed away on August 12, 2020. He was predeceased by his wife Norma (2003); parents Ajaj and Lily Baba; siblings Johnny, Jo and Gen. He is survived by children Jim (Penny), Tim (Susan), Kathy (Marcel) Bolen, Gary (Nicole); grandchildren Jamie (Chris), Mitch (Lianna), Melani (Steven), Travis (Ashley), Robyn, Stephanie (Danny), Brooklyn, Kaitlin, Ashlynn and Zack; great grandchildren Violet, Emma and Hayden; siblings Eve, Jewel and Tom; sister in law Colleen Frank. Farris was born in Rush Lake, SK on Sept. 25, 1928, spending his childhood there working on the farm. After moving to Swift Current, he met Norma and they were married in Swift Current on October 5, 1955. Moving to Moose Jaw in 1961, Farris worked for Cargill and eventually he opened his own business Baba’s Feed Hut. Farris will be remembered for many things, but his family will always be thankful for his loving, caring and generous personality. He led by example, if you wanted your child involved in activities as a parent you got involved. In his case it led to coaching, umping with baseball and managing bowling teams. Farris was recognized for his efforts by being awarded Moose Jaw Sportsman of the Year and being inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame. Farris loved playing cards and passed that love onto his children and grandchildren. He couldn’t outsmart those grandkids though, they always caught him trying to cheat, which lead to lots of laughs as he tried to play innocent. He became a member of the Timothy Eaton’s Senior Centre, where he took on any role asked of him. What we will miss most, however, is his charming smile and quick wit. He loved his family, and nothing gave him more pleasure than just being together and sharing life stories. The family would like to thank the staff at Crescent Park Retirement Villa, and the medical unit of F. H. Wigmore Hospital and Providence Place for the wonderful care Farris received. A Private Family Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday August 19, 2020. For those so wishing memorial donations may be made to the Baseball Sask c/o Sport Legacy Fund, 1870 Lorne St, Regina, SK, S4P 2L7, www. sasksport.ca, or to Timothy Eaton Gardens, 510 Main St N, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3K3. In living memory of Farris, a memorial planting will be made by Jones Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: www.wjjonesandson.com or www. parkviewfuneralchapel.ca (Obituaries). Stephanie Lowe - Funeral Director
“A great man with a great heart”: Moose Jaw celebrates the life of legendary baseball supporter Farris Baba
Long time coach, umpire, organizer and everything else passes away at age 92 Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express
For the last few years, it almost didn’t seem like a complete Moose Jaw Miller Express game if you didn’t see Farris Baba rolling into Ross Wells Park on his mobility scooter, setting up in the picnic area next to the concession to watch the boys take the field. His dedication to the sport was so complete that even in his advanced years, Baba would do all he could to get to as many games as he could. Sadly, he won’t be there when the WCBL returns next season. Baba passed away at the age of 92 on Aug. 12, leaving behind an unbelievable legacy of support and kindness that has resulted in tributes pouring in from those who knew him. Longtime local baseball coach and organizer Charlie Meacher is one of those folks, taking time to chat about Baba with Moose Jaw Express/MooseJawToday.com during a break between Moose Jaw Prairie Dogs games on Saturday afternoon. He related a tale about Farris that told you all you needed to know about the man. “It wasn’t my first experience with Farris, but it was fairly early, and everyone knew he’d just had heart surgery,” Meacher began. “We go to Ross Wells and it had rained and we were mopping up water to try and get a tournament in. So everyone comes out, and Farris grabs a rake and he’s out on the field. “Someone says ‘you can’t let Farris rake because he has a bad heart’ and at the time, we took the rake away from Farris… but Farris didn’t have a bad heart. He never had a bad heart. Farris had a great heart, it might not have worked that well, but he had a great heart. He was a great man, all the way around, and I learned a lot from him and it’s a shame he’s gone.” There are people who leave behind legacies that touch many, but for Baba it goes beyond the pale – beyond his many years working with youngsters coaching, he ran leagues, served on the Ross Wells Park Association board and did just about everything imaginable to advance the sport not only in Moose Jaw but all over Saskatchewan. The love of the game passed on to his son, Jim Baba, who went on to serve as the head of the Baseball Canada national team and was inducted into the Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. Even in his later years, Baba was as active as he could be in helping with the sport – even as of right now, he’s currently the president of the Ross Wells Park Association. “There was some talk about someone else taking over and I was like ‘why, as long as he wanted to be there he should be there and when his time is up he’ll tell us… He’d always say ‘you guys are doing fine without me’ and I’d say ‘well, you’re still our top guy’ and he’d say ‘well, okay then’ and invite us to his place. Even when he was a bachelor at Timothy Eatons, he’d say ‘come up here, I can
Harvey Ruehs April 29, 1936 - August 22, 2019
IN LOVING MEMORY
LARRY DUTCHAK July 3, 1949 - August 18, 2019 Everyday in some small way Memories of you come everyday Though absent you are always near Still missed, loved and always dear!
God called your name so softly, That only you could hear And no one heard the footsteps, Of angels drawing near, The garden gates stood open, God saw you needed rest, His garden must be beautiful He only takes the best.
Farris Baba throws out the first pitch during a Miller Express game last season. Baba passed away at the age of 92 on Aug. 12. get the room at Timothy Eatons’ and he’s bring cookies and drinks out of his apartment,” Meacher said with a laugh. “He was just a great person.” Tributes to Baba also came in on social media, with many local players and coaches passing on their memories and thoughts: “For the longest time always sat in the scorekeeping booth with him during the Selects Tournament in Moose Jaw on the long weekend of May. I would be behind the radar gun and Farris doing the score and him shaking his head and chuckling after a really poor play.” – Greg Brons, Baseball Sask high performance director. “Farris was always at Ross Wells during my time with the Cardinals. He would be at our practices and our games. He always had a smile and time for a chat. It was always great seeing Farris at the ball park and taking a few minutes to say hi and talk a little baseball.” – Shane Sowden, Sowden Flanagan Baseball Training founder, 11U AA baseball coach. “Farris and Grandpa Stan coached together for years. One of the nicest guys you'd meet. Always asked how I was playing or how was the team.” – Scott Montgomery, 18U AAA baseball coach, grandson of local baseball legend Stan Montgomery. “Just an absolute beauty of a guy. Always had a smile on his face and wanting to talk ball. Farris and Jim Baba helped imprint baseball in these parts especially for my generation,” Lee Smith, longtime local player and coach. “Mr. Baba was a fixture at games at Ross Wells or Montgomery Field because he just loved to watch the game. I would sometimes ask him how I did after a game just because he was there,” Tom Montgomery, U12 A Ice girls fastball coach, grandson of local baseball legend Stan Montgomery. The Baba family will be holding a private graveside service next week, and those wishing to make memorial donations can do so to Baseball Sask c/o Sport Legacy Fund, 1870 Lorne St, Regina, SK, S4P 2L7, www.sasksport.ca, or to Timothy Eaton Gardens, 510 Main St N, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3K3.
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COVID-19: What’s cancelled and closed in Moose Jaw The following is a running list of groups, businesses, and organizations that have been closed or cancelled upcoming events due to concerns about COVID-19. Moose Jaw Express staff will be updating this list as needed. If you would like your notice added to this list, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the status of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, or for more information on symptoms and preventative measures, check saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus. Saskatchewan is now in the last part of Phase Four of the ReOpen Saskatchewan Plan. Public gatherings are still limited to 30 people, and Public Health highly encourages all residents to continue practicing social distancing and hand hygiene.
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 email@example.com. Riverside Mission has suspended its daily lunch program until further notice, but is still providing supper service with increased safety protocols. The shelter is also not taking leftover food donations or clothing donations at this time, and men’s emergency shelter capacity has been reduced from 10 beds to 4 beds only available to Saskatchewan residents. The Western Development Museum has reopened to the general public on Aug. 12. COVID-19 precautions are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Campsite booking is now available. The Moose Jaw Police Service is suspending some services such as criminal record checks, inspection tickets and civilian fingerprinting until further notice. The building on Fairford St. is now open to the public, with a limit of three individuals in the lobby at a time. 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 are in place, including screening of visitors and sign-in procedures. Free parking at downtown metres remains in effect. The Festival of Words office is closed beginning Aug. 1 and will reopen on Sept. 8. The Tourism Moose Jaw office is now open to the public every day from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All cadet activities with the #1856 Moose Jaw Schools Cadet Corps Royal Canadian Army Cadets, the #40 Snowbird Royal Canadian Air Cadets, and the #99 Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps Assiniboine have been cancelled until August 31. The Moose Jaw Elks Lodge No. 7 has cancelled its Friday meat draws and Wednesday night dart league until further notice. The Moose Jaw branch of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles is now open at half-capacity. Meat draws have resumed, while pool and darts will not be resuming yet. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 59 is now open, with veterans coffee on Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m. and the lounge open on Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Meat draws 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 is now open 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 email@example.com, by messaging the Moose Jaw Public Library Facebook page, or through the live chat option on the website. The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery reopened to the public on Aug. 10, with a limit of 20 visitors at any time, ten allowed in each gallery. The Discovery Centre and gift shop 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 not open for the season, and will be cancelling all summer events for the time being.
Sports and Recreation:
Gyms and fitness centres have reopened. Yara Centre is now offering outdoor fitness classes and summer day camps, and the fitness centre and walking track reopened to the public on Aug. 10. Registration for activity blocks is required. 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 reopened to the public on Aug. 13. Registration for activity blocks is required. Swimming lessons will resume in September. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration for the 2020-21 season is open until Sept. 1. The Western Canadian Baseball League has cancelled the 2020 season. Cheer Infinity Athletics has returned to in-gym classes and workshops, and also continues to offer Virtual classes for the whole family. Classes are open to members and nonmembers in Beginner and Advanced Dance, tumbling drills, stretch, flexibility, conditioning and Ninja training. Email info@ cheerinfinity.ca today for more information on how to register. Special Olympics Saskatchewan will be offering limited activities throughout the summer, in select communities. The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins has cancelled all training until further notice. The Moose Jaw Soccer Association began it’s outdoor season on July 20, with COVID-19 precautions in place. Registration is open with limited space, anyone who registered before the shutdown is still registered. JJ Soccer Ltd. began it’s season on July 5, with the U5, U7 and U9 recreational programs now running until Aug. 26. Adult CoEd Soccer 4 Life is now running until Aug. 23. Developmental Training Centre programs for all ages are also now running until the end of August.. Sunday night soccer remains postponed. For more information, visit jjsoccer.ca. The Moose Jaw Tennis Club has reopened it’s outdoor courts, as per provincial guidelines for outdoor recreation. Lawn Bowling has resumed for the 2020 season. Play has been expanded to twenty players on the greens at one time. Social distancing precautions will be strictly enforced. To reserve your time on a rink, call 1 (306) 313-4434 or email mjlawnbowling@ gmail.com. The 2020 Saskatchewan Summer Games in Lloydminster have been postponed until July 2021. The Canadian Football League announced that the 2020 Grey Cup will not be hosted in Regina this year and instead will take place in the city of whichever team qualifies for the final and has the best season record, provided that the 2020 CFL season is allowed to take place at all. Currently, CFL organizers are looking at a September start, with the Grey Cup pushed back to December. The Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame has cancelled its 2020 induction ceremony and banquet in the fall, and will not be adding any new hall of fame inductees this year. The Moose Jaw Trap and Skeet Club is open for the season, with shooting available on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. More information about the club can be found on their Facebook page, or by calling Nolan at 1 (306) 694-8093. The Prairie Gold Lacrosse League, which includes Moose Jaw senior and junior teams, has cancelled the season this summer. The Moose Jaw Lacrosse Association is hosting a shortened
outdoor season. Registration is now available online. The Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame 36th Annual Induction will be held on Oct. 3 in Battleford. For information call 1 (306) 446-1983 or email saskbaseballmuseum@sasktel. net.
Movie theatres, live theatres, art galleries, museums, and libraries are allowed to reopen. 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 email@example.com, or by purchasing online at moosejawculture.ca. 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 Moose Jaw & District Seniors Association has cancelled its Annual General Meeting at Timothy Eaton Gardens on Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. 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. Reels on Wheels drive-in movie will take place at Moose Jaw Toyota on Aug. 22. The movie of choice is Disney’s Onward and will begin at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are required in advance, and can be purchased by donation online. 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. A Puzzle Sale hosted by Friends of the Library will take place on Aug. 29 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Reading Room at the Moose Jaw Public Library. Face masks are required and social distancing rules will be in place. 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 D-Day Juno Beach paintball reenactment from Joe’s Place Youth Centre on Sept. 19 has been cancelled. The 2020 Terry Fox Run in Moose Jaw will take place virtually on Sept. 20. Register online at TerryFox.org. An Evening Under the Stars fundraiser for Heartland Hospice has been rescheduled to take place on Sept. 24. Tickets are available for purchase online. The 50th annual Canadian Western Agribition in Regina on Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 has been postponed until Nov. 22-27, 2021.
Health clinics, businesses, and all other services are now allowed to be open to the public. Childcare facilities are 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.
Restaurants, lounges, bars, and nightclubs are open at full capacity, following physical distancing guidelines.
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Claim about cats in abandoned home ‘an outright lie,’ resident says Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express
Listening to the presentation during the recent city council meeting about 1511 Hastings Street West, disappointed Carter Currie felt the accusations lobbed at him were untrue. Dr. Elizabeth James, owner of the property and her contractor, Glenn Batke, spoke during the Aug. 10 regular meeting about the condition of the property and the home on it. In particular, Batke claimed that Currie let his cats into the house to defecate and allegedly created a path to her house for his pets. “When he piped in about that, that was the worst thing I’ve heard in the last while because it’s an outright lie,” Currie told the Express recently. His six cats have not been the problem since he keeps them in his house, he explained. Instead, the problem has been the presence of feral cats birthing litters of kittens. During Currie’s six years on the board of the Stray Cat Rescue and Protection Society (SCRAPS), they dealt with feral cats having kittens in the house or under the deck. Members managed to capture and tame five or six litters of kittens, before finding them adoptive homes. About five years ago, SCRAPS caught another two adult female cats and spayed them. All of Currie’s six cats are feral-born and were birthed
either in the backyard or in the home at 1511 Hastings Street West. He later adopted them from SCRAPS after they had been tamed. He has not been a board member of SCARPS for several years now. Anne Marciszyn is the executive director at SCRAPS and has been involved with the board since 2016. She explained that she heard about cats in that area and in that house — along with the organization’s efforts to catch, spay and re-home them — before joining the board, but had never gone inside herself. “Typically, we don’t go on properties (to catch cats) unless we have approval by owners …,” she said. “Our current team, we haven’t been involved in that house since the end of 2016. I know there have been cats that have allegedly been in the house and there have been lots and lots of kittens and cats caught in the vicinity. But I personally don’t know what’s inside the house.” Unless there is a good reason, board members don’t go into abandoned homes to catch animals due to safety issues, Marciszyn said. Meanwhile, SCRAPS will usually seek the permission of area homeowners before putting out traps to catch feral animals. “Oftentimes, there are locations where people will feed
stray cats,” she added. “I think Carter has always been compassionate to feeding animals (that) are hungry and homeless.” One reason the wild cats — along with skunks and raccoons — gained access into the house more than five years ago is that the property management company replaced a glass back-patio door with plywood, Currie said. That sheet of wood did not fit properly, while youths often snuck inside and dislodged the blockade. James had the back deck removed several years ago and the patio door completely covered, which has prevented any access into the home aside from the front door, he continued. The only way animals can now get inside is if a window is broken. James can blame his cats all she wants, Currie said, but she has never lived there, the house has been abandoned for 17 years, and it was used as a dog kennel for 15 years before that. Moreover, there’s no way Batke could know about the cats since he only started working on the house last year. Whatever information they have, Currie added, is thirdhand and coming from other people.
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