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It will be a time Heart.’” Raffle tickets can to come together to remember be purchased via and honour email. That is because organizthose we have ers want to limit lost, as Journey the number of to Hope presents its annual person-to-person walk for suitransactions this cide awareness year. Thus, the group is also askand prevention ing that pledge on Sept. 26 in forms be filled Crescent Park. out and returned The walk is ahead of time. held annually Pledges should in conjunction be turned in by with Suicide Sept. 25 at noon. Prevention Because of the Aw a r e n e s s COVID-19 panMonth. It is a demic, such adpeaceful, contemplative aptations are necessary. walk through Last year’s event was held indoors, but this year’s walk will once again be in Crescent Park. “It will be a litthe park. tle different this Although the event itself is still weeks away, organizers have been busy raising year. We had started going indoors because of the weather, but of funds to support local mental health initiatives. It’s all a part of course we have moved it back outdoors. We are saying masks are required because we want everyone to be safe and we want it to ‘Getting Loud for Mental Health.’ Recent efforts include a peach sale fundraiser, in partnership with feel like a safe atmosphere.” Aside from masks and social distancing, the walk itself will look B&B Fruit Stand, which raised $2,500. The group is currently selling ‘Soles for Hope’ placards at South and feel much the same. One thing is for sure — its purpose has not changed. Hill Fine Foods. “We are so grateful to have them as hope ambassadors,” said or- “The event is very much about hope, healing, and honouring. We ganizer Della Ferguson. “They are at the till and they ask ‘would have found one of the biggest parts of the event is it is a time you like to contribute towards the Soles for Hope program with of memorial, honouring the memory of those who have died by Journey to Hope?’ In that moment we have broken silence. Every suicide,” said Ferguson. “It is a way of us standing together in time they say it out loud, well, we are fighting against a stigma solidarity and for people who have had a loved one die by suicide and we are breaking silence.” feel connected and not isolated. In our social distanced way, we A dollar from the sale of every Soles for Hope will go towards are going to do that.” The day will begin at 10 a.m. with live music at the Amphitheatre. Journey to Hope. There is also an ongoing quilt raffle. This year’s quilt was made A short ceremony will follow from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The walk by Joyce Aitken. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $2 itself will commence at 11:30 a.m. To obtain or return pledge forms, or to purchase raffle tickets, each. “She has made a quilt that last three years in memory of her email Ferguson at dferguson@sasktel.net. More information is husband, Gord Aitken. This year’s quilt is called ‘Pieces of My available on Journey to Hope’s Facebook page.

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Local SARCAN has collected over 3.6M containers since reopening Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

SARCAN depots across Saskatchewan have been so busy since reopening in June — hours-long lineups are still happening in Moose Jaw — that the organization collected a record amount of containers in July. Saskatchewan residents turned in more than 61 million containers last month, which is an astonishing amount since that is a record haul for one month, spokesman Sean Homenick said. Summer is always the organization’s busiest time, as it usually collects about 50 million containers during that time. “To do 10 million more than that is staggering and (is) straight up a testament of all the hard work of our employees,” he remarked. “They’ve just been doing an amazing job, as we shut down and then as we prepared to reopen, and then have now reopened to the public.” Homenick was unable to say how much money SARCAN paid out in July. However, after reopening in June, the organization was averaging $1.8 million a week, while it paid more than $8 million from June 8 to July 15. SARCAN believes the sale of beverage containers increased dramatically during the past five months, said Homenick. Normally people consume beverages in restaurants or bars, places that produce few containers. However, there has been a shift toward single-serve containers and more consumption of beverages at home. “That’s been something we’ve kind of no-

Chris Friebus, a 30-year employee at the SARCAN depot, sorts containers during another busy day, on Aug. 19. Photo by Jason G. Antonio ticed that’s of interest to us and probably another reason why we’re slightly busy,” he continued. The Moose Jaw depot has been steady since reopening on June 15, with some customers having to wait up to 1.5 hours in line outside, said manager Jennifer Robb. This is not surprising, considering the depot was closed for nearly three months and summer is the busiest time. Robb reported that from June 8 to Aug. 19, the depot had collected 3,628,802 containers.

Besides waiting in line, customers have also heavily used SARCAN’s Drop ‘n’ Go program, which has been around for three years, said Homenick. The system allows people to skip the line by printing out tags that they can attach to their bags and then drop off. The organization then pays people electronically or by cheque. The use of Drop ‘n’ Go has been at the forefront of SARCAN’s reopening, he continued. It has the least amount of contact between employees and customers, while it’s also one of the quickest ways to

use the organization’s services. “We didn’t know how many people would want to start using Drop ‘n’ Go, but it has been staggering,” Homenick added. Before everything shut down, customers in Moose Jaw used the Drop ‘n’ Go program two per cent of the time. After reopening, that number jumped to nearly 40 per cent. There were times when SARCAN Moose Jaw had to close the bin for a day since bags piled up faster than employees could count the containers. “That’s a really cool thing. We’ve got a lot of positive feedback from customers about that. That’s great,” Homenick said. “It’s been crazy how many people have been using it there, which is a really good thing.” The Moose Jaw depot has hired an extra seven to 10 employees to keep up with the demand. Normally a depot the size of Moose Jaw would add a couple of students over the summer to help. Meanwhile, other locations have added shifts for staff, while some employees have worked evenings and Sundays to get through the backlog. SARCAN staff have been impressed with how patient most customers have been, especially in Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, where lineups have been two hours long, Homenick added. Most customers have also been receptive to following the organization’s safety guidelines, particularly after the safety guidelines are explained to them.

Organizers cancel this year’s D-Day Juno Beach paintball event By Moose Jaw Express staff

Hundreds of eager soldiers will not be storming Juno Beach at Prairie Storm Paintball this year, as the coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of the annual D-Day event. Joe Dueck, owner of Joe’s Place Youth Centre, and Levi Dombowsky, owner of Prairie Storm Paintball, issued a news release recently saying they had to cancel the fun gathering due to all the restrictions related to the pandemic. They had expected to hold the massive paintball get-together on Sept. 19, but instead, will hold a smaller-scale event on that day. “It is with heavy hearts that we make this announcement. Most of you probably assumed this was the case since big events across our nation have been cancelled due to COVID; however, we still needed to make the ‘official announcement,” they said. “Due to current regulations,

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Trip into hills south of Moose Jaw discovers plenty of wildlife

The highways department salt storage tank on Highway Two South to Assiniboia is located on a scenic spot. From this vantage point the hills are visible far to the south as well as Old Wives Lake to the west. An historic marker briefly tells about the massacre that gave the lake its unusual name. We popped into Ardill, home of the first hotel in Saskatchewan to get a licence to sell hard liquor and one of the smallest bars in the province. The hotel is closed, the structure deteriorating from the elements. On a visit to Assiniboia we stopped at the spot, but overcast conditions made for low quality photos. We headed to Assiniboia which has an interesting museum, the world class Shurniak Art Gallery and the Safari exhibit of African animals in the nearby museum. Near Mitch’s Meats we drove to investigate an old barn that had always interested us. More than the barn greeted us. A killdeer kept running head of the car. A horned

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Barn lark protected a baby and a mourning dove was teaching two babies how to fly The barn in the wheal field was a treat. A hay sling once sat in the middle loft opening ready to lift the loose hay into the loft. Tin siding that covers the north wall is rusting. Some has fallen off. Another small outbuilding was left in the

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trees beside the barn. We wondered what stories the barn could tell about the family that once lived in the yard. Lunch at Assiniboia was at the local A&W where we tried the nice limited time only fish and chips and we were off. My suggestion to see Willow Bunch fell on deaf ears so we headed west on Highway 13 then north on Highway 36 past the Rose Valley Hutterite Colony. South of Crane Valley, we saw a doe and fawn on a hillside then a huge hawk. Hawks usually fly away when a car approaches. Not this one. The hawk sat there unfazed until I opened the car door and stepped out, then it flew off. We drove around the hamlet of Crane

Valley. The now privately-owned grain elevator still bears the faint Saskatchewan Wheat Pool sign. The elevator was one of the first sold when the rail line was abandoned. North of the hamlet we saw another large hawk perched on a fence post. This guy didn’t want us invading his space, sitting and screeching eerily at us. Eventually he flew up still screeching and was joined by a screeching mate we had seen sitting on a nearby rock. Further up the road we spotted a white tail deer on a grassy ridge. We stopped and I got out to photograph it. The deer jumped high in the grass, soon joined by its fawn as both ran up the hill out of danger from the invading humans. It was a rewarding four hour drive for wildlife sightings. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net

Habitat for Humanity cancels 2020 Colour Run

Popular annual event in September shut down due to COVID-19 concerns Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

One of Moose Jaw’s most popular single-day late-summer events has officially been called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Habitat for Humanity – Moose Jaw Chapter announced on Aug. 5 that the 2020 edition of their Colour Run had been cancelled, marking the latest event to be affected by the ongoing outbreak. “We looked at different ways that we could celebrate the event, while considering the safety of our partners, staff, volunteer and participants, and it was not feasible this year,” said Donna Watts of Habitat for Humanity Regina. “The most exciting element of the Colour Run is the colour bomb. We couldn’t facilitate this and de-

cided that cancelling the event would be the best decision for the organization.” The event, by its very nature, attracts a large number of people to the Wakamow Valley oval, and features a variety of special donations leading up to the five-kilometer run itself. Buckets of coloured powder are prominent throughout the day, and things wrap up with the aforementioned ‘colour bomb’, with participants tossing large handfuls of powder high into the air in an impressive display. All told, the whole thing attracts hundreds of participants – a problem when dealing with social distancing and gathering size rules set out by the provincial government - and raises more than $12,000 each year.

That money would have come in especially handy this time around. The Moose Jaw chapter is currently in the beginning stages of their ninth and 10th builds, with a duplex being constructed at 1015 Ominica Street East. “We need the community’s help so that we can continue to build homes in the community,” said Watts. “If you were planning to participate in this year’s 5K Colour Run, please consider making a donation to Habitat for Humanity Regina – Moose Jaw Chapter to help cover the shortfall.” If you would like to donate to Habitat for Humanity, please visit habitatmoosejaw. ca.

Runners take off from the line to kick off the 2019 Habitat for Humanity Colour Run.

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Far south of the border, states are preparing for a momentous event of two storms emerging and bombarding the coast almost at the same time. Those who are wise are preparing and boarding up their homes, taking care of immediate necessities and making a getaway plan before the event happens. I think one of the most important tips on storm preparedness is to stay calm and use common sense to make smart decisions; prepare with a strategy. Use safety precautions and be aware of fundamental dangers that could occur. Be aware of others standing by, whether it be children or animals. Keep them all out of harm’s way. Most importantly, pay attention to your own health, stay hydrated and make sure you have the necessities of life at arm’s reach to sustain you and your family for a few days following a disaster. On another level, storms happen in our lives, too. I don’t think I have ever experienced a season in my life with so many challenges happening one after another. 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Masks have become more and more prevalent as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, with Walmart among many businesses having recently implementing a mandatory mask policy.

Science has spoken: Masks work to stop the spread of COVID-19, no matter what social media tells you Dr. Lanre Medu with the Saskatchewan Health Authority helps explain. Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

As is always the case when it comes to a new disease and especially one like COVID-19, science and knowledge is ever-evolving and ever-changing. In only five months, we’ve learned of the myriad effects the disease has on those who catch it – from virtually asymptomatic, to mild flu-like symptoms, to crippling fever and pain, to respiratory damage so severe it requires respirator support, to life-long difficulties from the damage caused, and yes, even sudden death. And in that same time, we’ve learned how to prevent the spread and mitigate the damage. Basic stuff, like hand sanitation, social distancing and isolation if you have symptoms. Full quarantine if you contract the disease. And constant medical support and intervention through the entire process. But one simple item has emerged as the largest public front-line weapon in the battle against COVID-19. The face mask. From a simple medical mask you can buy in bulk at any store, to a cloth mask or face covering with colourful graphics, the prevalence of covering your mouth and nose in public has grown exponentially alongside the growth of the disease, as more and more people decide health and safety of themselves and those around them is of utmost importance. But issues have arose. A Moose Jaw Express reader recently called in asking if masks were effective, because she had heard from other sources and social media that they weren’t, and may even worsen the disease. Anyone who has used Facebook or Twitter or paid even remote attention to United States politics will have read and heard the same, multiple times from multiple sources. And in every case, universally, it’s straight-up bunk. “It’s not that they don’t work or they do work. They do work, the evidence is very, very clear,” said Dr. Lanre Medu, medical health official with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. “They work particularly well in areas where you aren’t able to maintain distance of six feet from one another and they work best when they’re used consistently. “Beyond that, it’s just one part of the whole. You have mask use and you’re pairing with good hand hygiene in addition to that. Then if you’re working in a congregated setting, if you’re sick, stay home. Those are three components that are important, and if you’re sick, you should perhaps not be going into areas where you can’t maintain the minimum distance. If you can’t maintain that six feet, then it’s advisable to wear a mask and still use good hand hygiene at all times. So it’s a package deal, not just one part.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer a further explanation as to how facial coverings of all

types work to prevent the spread of disease. “COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing). These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies how that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms (are “asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (are “pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. “To reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” The level of protection provided depends on the type of mask worn, as Dr. Medu explained. Cloth masks, both homemade and industrial manufactured, have varying levels of protection, but all offer some protection – a level that varies from around 35 per cent to 85 per cent of potential spread of droplets. The now-famous N95 masks take that to another level, with the ‘95’ referring to their ability to filter 95 per cent of particulates in the air. But the key point is, when protection is needed, something is better than nothing. “It’s impossible to judge how all cloth masks perform, if you made it or a company made it, you don’t know, they could fall anywhere in that spectrum,” Dr, Medu said. “But even at the low end, that’s better than no mask at all.” While it would be easy for medical professionals to become frustrated with the deluge of misinformation and outright lies surrounding masks and almost every aspect of COVID-19, they rely on one key factor. Education, and getting the message out as much as possible. “We know one of the best sources of information we have is education,” Dr. Medu said. “This is what the information is and addressing it through different modes of information and sharing the information that it does work and showing evidence is what’s important.” And as word gets out and the public becomes more aware, masks will become more prevalent. In the end, the hope is simple knowledge will be enough to overwhelm the misinformation, especially should a time come when wearing masks in public becomes all-important. “What we know compared to a few months ago, even right now we see more people wearing masks,” Dr. Medu said. “It’s not common or usual that we wear masks, but we need to get to the point that we all know that masks work and we’re confident wearing them.”


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New art display a chance to build bridges between artists and residents Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

A new art showcase at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre is an opportunity to build bridges between artists and residents and create an appreciation of such work, an artist believes. Jess Zoerb helped organize “Space Holders: A collection of local art,” a display now showing in the cultural centre’s art gallery until Friday, Sept. 25. The collection features the work of 16 community artists, many of whom have never shown their work before in public. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Moose Jaw has a lot of hidden local talent. I would love to see that displayed in the community,” -Jess Zoerb

The showcase is a filler event for the gallery, Zoerb explained. Staff asked her if she had artwork she wanted to hang since the art gallery would be empty until October. She put out a call on social media asking for submissions, and within a week, enough people had stepped forward. “I saw it as an opportunity to give artists a chance to hang their art and share it with the public,” she said. “And this is part of a bigger vision I have for the Moose Jaw art community, in bridging connections between artists

Laura Hamilton’s artwork, “Faith” and “Grace,” both made of oil on canvas. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

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Jess Zoerb stands beside a portrait she created and that is now on display at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre, as part of showcase featuring 16 other artists from the community. Photo by Jason G. Antonio and the public.” One reason to create these connections is to raise the value of art in people’s minds, while another reason is to display art where many people can see it, Zoerb continued. She was in Saskatoon a year ago and was inspired by the art scene there and the efforts to bring art into the public. She came home with a desire to do the same and build the arts scene here. As an artist, she also wanted to build a supportive network among the arts community in Moose Jaw. Zoerb hoped that the new art collection would help some of the 16 artists take the next step with their work and in their careers. While some of the artists are known in the community, she noted others have been more humble in sharing their works publicly. When asking for submissions, she did not apply criteria or qualifications since she didn’t want to have a particular theme. Instead, she wanted to showcase a section of artists in the community. That theme-less aspect is apparent in the collection. There is a diverse collection of styles and mediums being showcased, she said, and while most of the works are paintings, there is also some pottery, photographs and

Beth Barrett’s artwork, “Simplicity,” made of stoneware pottery. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

recycling wood. “Just the feeling in the gallery when it was bare compared to when this exhibit went up was pretty profound, and is a reminder what art can do in an environment and how it can change the whole feel and energy of the room,” Zoerb said. Unlike other gallery displays, there won’t be a public reception to celebrate the work due to capacity issues and pandemic restrictions, she pointed out. Instead, the artists will have a private get-together where they can network and support each other. “Moose Jaw has a lot of hidden local talent. I would love to see that displayed in the community,” she continued. “I see that as one of many possible opportunities to do that. And because the gallery happened to be vacant due to changes from COVID, we were able to jump on this unique opportunity and display our work in the gallery.” Zoerb has three paintings on display in the collection, all of them portraits of people. She rents a studio at the cultural centre and had her first solo show last January. That showcase, she added, gave her the confidence she needed to keep showing her work in public. Zoerb encouraged residents to visit the gallery and be exposed to some community creativity.

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A pop-up patio has appeared in the parking lot beside Veroba’s restaurant, giving downtown workers and tourists a place to eat their meals while getting some fresh air. The idea came from online discussions that the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce held with other businesses during the pandemic, as the organization wanted to find ways to support downtown businesses, particularly restaurants, explained chamber CEO Rob Clark. The idea was customers could order their food to-go and then have a commons area to sit and eat. “It took longer than we thought (to put together),” he chuckled, as there seemed to be hurdles every time progress was made. “(However,) it was a great learning experience for the future.” Since the discussions about the patio occurred around June, the chamber and some of its partners — including the City of Moose Jaw, WOW Factor Media and Tourism Moose Jaw — attempted to launch the downtown patio for July 1. However, they could not meet that deadline and instead opened mid-month. The group was interested in increasing the capacity of some restaurants at a time when those businesses were still

A new patio has popped up in the parking lot between Veroba’s Restaurant/ Moose Jaw Times-Herald building. The patio is a place for downtown workers and tourists to eat and socialize. Photo by Jason G. Antonio restricted in numbers, explained Jacki L’Heureux-Mason, executive director of Tourism Moose Jaw. They started with the idea of having a pop-up patio outside of each restaurant, but that did not prove possible. “In different conversations, we decided there were a couple of really great spaces we could look at beautifying in Moose Jaw and utilizing as a patio,” she continued, including the parking lot [by Veroba’s]. The pop-up patio did not cost the downtown businesses any money, as almost

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everything — from the flowers to the benches — were donated. L’Heureux-Mason noted it was a community effort that put this project together and that created this gathering spot. Members of the Moose Jaw Wakamow Rotary look after the cleaning and receive a small stipend for their efforts. “It’s something we are hoping to continue,” she added. “It’s not just a COVID initiative. I think there is some really strong evidence that this could be something great for us moving forward.” Clark has sat on the patio a couple of times, while he knows of others who have posted pictures to social media showing themselves eating there. Sometimes while driving past, he will also see a couple of people sitting. While he admitted it has been a slow process to attract more people, Clark said this

has been a great experience for next year since organizers want to build on what they’ve learned. These insights include expanding the pop-up patio to other locations, such as Crescent Park and other downtown parking lots; having Tourism Moose Jaw promote the patio as part of a “staycation,” and; being better prepared in general. “I’m satisfied with it because it did happen. It did go,” he said. “Some of the businesses … thought it was a great idea in general” but were unable to create something at their locations due to the need for extra cleaning and extra staff. “It changes the culture a little bit downtown,” Clark added. “We put a good effort into it and we’ll continue on with the effort and make it bigger and better next year.”

TRADING THOUGHTS By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Ultimate gentleman, businessman Bill Shurniak passed away

It was about 15 years ago while I was on the phone with then Assiniboia mayor Renaud Bissonnette who told me an inter national by Ron Walter businessman from nearby Limerick was going to do something big for Assiniboia. He urged me to contact Bill Shurniak at his Limerick farm home, but warned he wasn’t often home. I’d never heard of Shurniak. Sometime later Bissonnette revealed that Shurniak would build an art gallery and gift it to the town. Bissonnette said they had a hard time convincing the community to accept that gift. My experience is that folks in Assiniboia have an obsession with any recreation facility becoming a burden on the taxpayer, be it the impressive Prince of Wales Centre, the rink or an art gallery. When the gallery opened, Shurniak told the crowd his money would fund the art gallery housing his extensive collection from five continents. If at any time in future the community no longer wanted the gallery, it and the art collection would be sold with proceeds going to the University of Saskatchewan for scholarships. Shurniak’s business and negotiating skills developed over 50 years helped reach the compromise. What surprised me was how many people in the crowd who he addressed by name. He was rarely home but clearly kept in close touch with his community. The impressive art gallery and awesome collection was his way to thank the community and the people he started with as a bank teller in Assiniboia. The gallery

has become a major tourist attraction to this rural service centre, pulling in busloads of visitors. As Shurniak’s career progressed he became executive director and chief financial officer of the massive Hong Kong based Hutchison Whampoa Limited with $133 billion US assets. His career took him to five continents, where in his spare time he prowled the back roads looking for promising artists to add to his collected works. Bill Shurniak never forgot his roots, where he came from, the boyhood days herding cattle on road allowances during the drought. His art gallery dedicated rooms to the communities in the region with the cafe dedicated to his parents, who homesteaded near Wood Mountain, later moving to the Limerick district. The gallery has an office for the Assiniboia Arts Council and regularly exhibits local and regional artists. Shurniak loved to get up at daybreak to sip a coffee on the deck at the farm and listen to the symphony of bird songs coming from the trees. He hired a manager for the art gallery but Shurniak did the gardening, something he really enjoyed. Soft spoken, thoughtful, humble, a gentleman all describe this man who helped build the Hutchison Whampoa empire. He absolutely declined to talk about his business career on or off the record. It was private and had nothing to do with the art gallery. We lost Bill this month at age 89 after a long battle with disease. He was one of a kind. He will be missed. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.


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BIZWORLD By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Newfoundland gold exploration company not half an hour behind the rest of Canada There is more in central Newfoundland than moose, salmon fishing and bogs. The rocky terrain south and west of Gander apparently contains high grade gold deposits — gold that was discovered by mining giant Noranda in the 1980s. But the small deposit of one-third an ounce per tonne was too low grade back then to warrant expanding exploration. At today’s prices one-third an ounce per tonne is considered high grade. How things change! The “gold belt’’ lay there with intermittent small scale exploration right beside the Trans-Canada Highway until four years ago when New Found Gold spotted and staked the 65-mile long geological belt. New Found isn’t the usual run of the mill mining exploration company. Senior management and insiders have a lot of experience finding and building mines.

Founder Collin Kettel of the merchant bank Palisades which owns a 17 per cent stake in New Found, is also founder of Gold Spot. Gold Spot technology was used to help outline the potential mining district. Two other mining companies — Marathon and Daldarian — are advancing gold deposits just to the south and west of the New Found site. Company owners kept the New Found development privately-owned until this summer when over 30 million shares were sold to the public, raising $33 million for exploration of the huge area. Exploration drilling of 75,000 feet will target two spots. Ownership is now Palisades, 33 per cent; legendary mine investor Eric Sprott, 18 per cent; Novo Resources, 11 per cent; insiders, eight per cent; management, four

Risk of West Nile Virus very low in Moose Jaw area Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Coming down with the West Nile Virus can be a painful experience for some people, but luckily, the risk of a Culex tarsalis mosquito biting you is almost non-existent. According to the provincial government’s weekly surveillance and transmission risk report for West Nile Virus (WNV), officials detected a low number of Culex tarsalis mosquitos in southeast Saskatchewan, while all mosquito pools that were tested for West Nile Virus came back negative. This means the transmission risk is minimal to low; the Moose Jaw area is in the range of both. Historically, the last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August are when the risk for transmission is the highest, the province reported. “The risk of humans acquiring WNV infection depends on various factors, including time of year, number and location of infected Culex tarsalis mosquitos, and numbers of days with sufficient heat,” the province added. Sean Prager, an entomologist with the University of Saskatchewan, confirmed that there are zero cases of West Nile Virus in Saskatchewan, while he and other experts believe the virus will not flare up anywhere in the province. “We don’t commonly have West Nile with any frequency, certainly not in people in Saskatchewan,” he said. “We expect it to come in when you have mosquitos and birds. If you don’t have a lot of birds, or as the birds start turning around and going the other direction (south), you’re increasingly less likely to get it, probably.” So far this year, there have been higher numbers of mosquitos of all species than is average due to all the rain, Prager added. However, none have tested positive for the virus. West Nile Virus typically doesn’t bother humans since it’s more of a mosquito and bird virus, he explained. The virus cannot reproduce in mammals, but it can in birds. If a mosquito bites an infected bird and then bites a human, that’s when people can become sick. However, if there are few birds around, humans are less likely to come down with the virus. If a mosquito with West Nile Virus does bite you, you are unlikely to feel any effects — eight in 10 people usually have no symptoms, Prager said. Some people might come down with a moderate cold, or they could have headaches, fevers, or joint pain. “A very, very small portion of people will have severe issues,” he added, such as hypertension or kidney problems. Since there is no cure or vaccine for West Nile Virus, Prager recommended that people simply don’t get bit. According to the provincial government, to avoid being bitten, people should use repellents, cover up with long-sleeved clothes, and limit your time outside during peak times of mosquito activity. Mosquitoes can be active at any time but are most active in the evening and throughout the night. Visit saskatchewan.ca and search for West Nile Virus to find the weekly surveillance results.

per cent; and the public 19 per cent. The first drill, hole hit an unheard of three ounces of gold over a long distance. Few holes in the drilling since have encountered uneconomic gold. Few have been as spectacular as the first but have been well into the money. The geological structure in the Gander region bears similarity to gold deposits in Ireland, the Carolinas and the prolific Abitibi region of Quebec. Considerable drilling is still required to outline an economic deposit, then develop and confirm reserves for a potential mine, making New Found Gold a risky speculative investment. The potential rewards in share price gains have more than usual possibilities – high grade drilling results, lots of financing and investors with Midas touch in mining — not your run of the mill mining explorer. New Found Gold warrants the stockwatch list if not being in that small mad money part of investors’ portfolio. At a current $1.62 a share the stock has moved up sharply from the $1.30 issue price in July.

GoldSpot Discoveries, currently trading at 12.5 cents a share, might be worth adding to the watch list. Founded by New Found Gold founder Collin Kettel, Gold Spot uses artificial intelligences connected with various industry tools and existing science to spot highly prospective gold potential. Crunching the data with sophisticated math, Gold Spot has worked with Yamana, Sprott, McEwen Mining, Hochschild, Vale, and Integra Resources among others. In addition to payment, Gold Spot takes a royalty on future production. As well as identifying the best drill prospects Gold Spot works on optimal mine development open pit or underground. CAUTION: Remember when investing, consult your adviser and do your homework before buying any security. Bizworld does not recommend investments. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.


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New exhibit honouring the Métis Nation to visit Western Development Museum

Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada on display from now until Dec. 6 Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

When the Métis Nation Resistance first began back in 1869 in the Red River region of Manitoba and later spread to Saskatchewan in 1885, it marked one of the first times many in Canada had heard of the people and their culture and identity. Unfortunately, that information often had the words ‘rebellion’ and ‘treason’ attached to it, and that made self-identifying as a person of Métis origin somewhat dangerous in many parts of the country. That led to a unique situation that a new exhibition at the Western Development Museum is attempting to shed light on. Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the The George McPherson family, from an unknown artist as an albumen print, from 1872. (Library and Archives Canada)

Manitoba Settler’s House and Red River Cart, by William Hind, oil on academy board, from around 1862. (Library and Archives Canada)

Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada officially opened on Aug. 12 and will remain on display until Dec.6, offering a look at some of the many photos, paintings and other items that were discovered in an exhaustive search through the national archives. The project – which was developed by Library and Archives Canada in conjunction with the Manitoba Métis Federation

and the Métis National Council – involved scouring thousands of items, many of which were misidentified or wrongly categorized because individuals were afraid to identify as Métis, or simply due to disregard for First Nations and Métis people when the objects were stored. The search found and identified items through written clues such as place names and image titles, as well a visual indicators of Métis culture. That’s where the ‘Hiding in Plain Sight‘ comes from – the items were always there, hidden away, often under names that wouldn’t identify them as Métis unless someone was specifically looking for them. The exhibition encourages individuals to: • discover the great variety of archival documents in our collection about the Métis Nation; • explore the portrayal of Métis Citizens some of whom are "hiding in plain sight" - in art and photographs; • obtain a better understanding of the history and the culture of the Métis Nation. The Western Development Museum – which is located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories and the Homeland of the Métis – is holding viewings of the exhibit from

A ferrotype of Louis Riel by William James Topley, from around 1875. (Library and Archives Canada)

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. The first hour of each day from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. is reserved for those 65-plus and anyone more vulnerable to COVID-19. Regular museum admission applies, WDM members are free.

Privileged to be Part of a Strong, Growing Saskatchewan MLA’s Column

Warren Michelson Moose Jaw North

Warren Michelson, MLA

I have seen so much growth and progress in Saskatchewan since I was first elected as part of a new government in the fall of 2007. Just four days after the election, I proudly represented our Province at the annual Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Moose Jaw Civic Centre, even though I wasn’t sure if my slim margin of victory would trigger a recount or be upheld to provide me the honour of representing our city and the residents of Moose Jaw North. Brad Wall and the newly-elected Saskatchewan Party Government were excited to get to work to bring growth and renewal in Saskatchewan. There was a new attitude of optimism and innovation throughout the province. A bold vision

was laid out in “Saskatchewan’s Plan for Growth – Vision 2020 and Beyond”, and the government set out to help the people of Saskatchewan create positive change. Our population grew for the first time in decades. We went from the worst job creation record in Canada under the previous government to the third best in Canada. Strengthening the industry and resource sector put money into provincial coffers and our province attracted more investment. This was a notable change from the state of the province previous, as we were seeing schools and hospitals close and long-term care beds disappear. Over the past decade our government has worked to build 46 brand-new or replacement schools along with 23 major school reno-

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MLA Lumsden-Morse As summer starts to wind down, students, teachLyle Stewart ers and school staff are preMLA, paring to get Lumsden-Morse back to the classroom. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has ensured that the coming school year will be unlike any other. The Government of Saskatchewan, alongside our Chief Medical Health Officer and education officials, is focused on providing more information, more time, more testing and more resources to ensure a safe return to school in September. Recently, it was announced that an addi-

tional $40 million will match and complement $40 million that school divisions have realized in savings, making for a total of $80 million available to divisions for a safe return to school. This funding will cover pandemic-related costs such as staffing and sanitation supplies, non-classroom options like distance learning to help ensure immunocompromised and medically fragile students, as well as the procurement of masks, PPE and other supplies. School-specific operation plans are being finalized, posted online and communicated to parents and students. Working within provincial guidelines and public health guidance provided in the Safe Schools Plan, school divisions are implementing initiatives like block scheduling, cohort-

ing, and considerations for alternating school days. Additional staff to reduce class sizes in exceptional circumstances will also be considered. Students will not be returning to the classroom until Tuesday, September 8. This extra time will provide an opportunity for teachers and staff to return to schools across the province to get training on new protocols, properly reconfigure classrooms and, where possible, hold virtual meetings with parents to discuss new procedures. The province is also working toward daily testing capacity of 4,000 tests and will continue to offer universal testing for anyone who wants it. Regina and Saskatoon will be introducing drive-thru testing sites which will require only a health card, not a referral. All teachers and school staff are being encouraged to seek testing prior to returning to school and at frequent points throughout the school year. Priority access to testing will be established for teachers and school staff, with referrals available through 811. Targeted school testing is a key focus of

expanded testing plans which include targeted monitoring, testing of students with parental consent, and priority testing for teachers and school staff. Participating schools will be selected based on a number of factors such as number of students in the school and if the community is experiencing a recent surge of new cases. In-school public health visits for routine childhood vaccinations will now include COVID-19 testing, where parental consent is granted. As part of the school specific plans, parents will receive detailed information that includes instructions about what to do if a child tests positive, and what a classroom and school would do to follow up and protect others. While there is uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Saskatchewan’s Safe Schools Plan takes the necessary steps to ensure students, teachers and school staff can return to the classroom safely. You can learn more at Saskatchewan.ca. And as always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact my constituency office at 306-693-3229.

Local senior rides for Sick Kids Submitted

Cliff Reynolds, a resident of Caronport, is planning to ride 400 kilometres and raise $700 during the month of August for The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in support of its 5th annual Great Cycle Challenge Canada. Founded in 2016, Great Cycle Challenge Canada has grown to become one of the biggest cycling events in the country. In just three years, over 63,000 riders from all provinces and territories have ridden 10.3 million kilometres, raising more than $12.4 million for research, care and the development of better treatments and cures for childhood cancer. This year, SickKids Foundation hopes more than 30,000 riders will take part to support of kids’ cancer. “Cancer is the largest killer of Canadian children from disease and over 1,400 Canadian children are diagnosed with cancer every year,” said Jamie Lamont, Director of Special Events at SickKids Foundation. “Thanks to riders like Cliff, we’re fueling ground breaking research to save lives and give kids the brighter future they deserve.” “This is the second time I have participated in Great Cycle Challenge,” said Cliff Reynolds. This year, I was aiming to raise $700 and ride 400 kilometres. However, at this, the beginning of the third week of the Challenge I have ridden 245 kilometres and raised $1987.95. I am on track to ride at least 400 kilometres and would love to see the donation total reach $2500 or more. As of July 29th,

I turned 75 years old and am enjoying this opportunity to support the SickKids Foundation. God has given me the health and strength to ride nearly every day so this is a great way to use His strength to help others.” To learn more about Cliff’s Great Cycle Challenge Canada and to make a donation, please visit greatcyclechallenge.ca/Riders/CliffReynolds/e . To participate in Great Cycle Challenge Canada, visit GreatCycleChallenge.ca. About Great Cycle Challenge Canada: Great Cycle Challenge Canada encourages cyclists across Canada to challenge themselves and set their own personal riding goal throughout August to fight kids' cancer. Riders fundraise to save lives and give kids the brighter future they deserve. For more information, visit greatcyclechallenge.ca. About SickKids Foundation: Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada. Philanthropy is a critical source of funding for SickKids – one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions. For more information, please visit sickkidsfoundation. com.

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From The Kitchen

P ro l i f i c z u c c h i n i h a r ve st p ro d u c e s m o i st s we et s By Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express

The harvest of zucchinis of all sizes and shapes is once again abundant, with sharing going on between friends, and some on sale at farmers’ markets. It could be said that zucchinis on their own are tasteless but add them into cake recipes or stir fry them and they take on the exciting tastes of other ingredients, making them versatile for use now or frozen for later. This week’s recipes have been shared by friends. •••

1/2 cup coconut, optional Mix all ingredients together in order given. Pour into greased and floured loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees F for one hour or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack then remove from pans. Cool completely. Wrap and store in refrigerator or freezer. Note: maple flavouring may be substituted for the vanilla. Sugar may be split between one cup white and one cup brown sugar. •••

3 eggs, beaten 2 cups sugar 3/4 cup vegetable oil 2 cups grated raw zucchini 2 cups flour 1 tsp. salt 2 tsps. baking soda 1 tbsp. vanilla 1 tbsp. cinnamon 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries

1 1/4 cups white sugar 6 tbsps. extra virgin olive oil 2 eggs 1/3 cup milk 2 tbsps. lemon juice 1 tsp. almond extract 1 cup all-purpose flour less 2 tbsps. 2 tbsps. cornstarch 1 1/4 tsps. baking powder 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini, drained and squeezed dry

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Glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar 1-2 tbsps. lemon juice. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a large loaf pan and line with parchment paper. Combine flour, starch, baking powder and salt and whisk then set aside. Combine sugar and olive oil then whisk in milk and eggs. Add lemon juice and almond extract and stir to combine. Add flour mixture and stir until just incorporated. Fold in zucchini. Pour into loaf pan and bake 45-55 minutes until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Top of cake should look dry. Cool 15 minutes on rack then remove from pan to serving tray and cool. To make glaze, combine powdered sugar and lemon juice and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over cake. Slice and serve. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

Senior Financial Abuse Do you know who you’re giving your money to? The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) wants to educate seniors on how to protect themselves from financial scams and frauds. “As financial abuse affects many seniors in Canada, we want to protect seniors by providing information and resources that will help them identify and avoid exploitation,” the FCAA Securities Division Director Dean Murrison said. “Seniors can protect their money by understanding the warning signs of financial fraud and by being cautious when speaking to people on the phone they do not know.” In some cases, seniors end up losing money by giving out

their credit card or banking information to fraudsters or occasionally dishonest family members. Here are some red flags and preventative tips to help avoid exploitation: • If you receive “prize offers” without engaging or enrolling with the business offering the prize, do not reply to them; • If someone emails, texts, or calls asking for personal or banking information, do not provide the information; • If you are asked to keep information secret, that’s a red flag; • If a new friend, relative or caregiver suggests they start taking control of your finances, do not let them;

• If someone calls asking for access to your computer, do not give them access; • If a stranger sends you a cheque, do not accept it as the cheque may bounce after you deposit it; • If someone asks you for large sums of money, do not give it to them; • If you receive an email with an attachment from people you do not know, do not open or download the attachments. For more information about senior financial abuse and tips for family members and caregivers visit: https:// fcaa.gov.sk.ca/financial-literacy/seniors/senior-financial-abuse.

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A survey funded by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture sheds light on land rental practices across the province. Eighty-two per cent of the 1,054 respondents to the Insightrix Research Survey reported having at least one cash rental agreement for cultivated land with an average of 2.3 agreements. The average rental rate in the province is $51.90 per acre but varies by district. Average rates in the Moose Jaw crop district range from $35 to $150 an acre. Agreements range from 100 acres to 400. Average rent in the Assiniboia crop district of $33.84 an acre varies between $37.50 and $45. Agreements range from 160 acres to 1,000. Average rent in the Gravelbourg/Central Butte crop district runs at $48 an acre varying from $30 to $80. Agreements ranged from 160 acres to 1,800. Twenty-seven per cent of those surveyed had at least one crop share rental agreement. Average size was 619 acres. Renters averaged 60.6 per cent of the crop with land owners getting 39.4 per cent. One in five landlords shared crop inputs. Of those herbicide involved 86 per cent; fertilizer, 85 per cent; seed, 78 per cent; insecticide, 73 per cent; fuel, 65 per cent; and fungicide 64 per cent. Sixteen per cent of those responding had pasture land agreements averaging three quarter sections (480 acres). Just under two-thirds of the land was

native pasture with one-third perennial grass and the rest cereal pasture. Average pasture rent is $1 per day per animal. In the pasture land agreements 58 per cent had renters responsible for fencing with 22 per cent making landlords responsible and 23 per cent sharing costs. Forty-one per cent of agreements had renters responsible for water source with landlords responsible in 32 per cent and shared cost in nine per cent. In handling facilities 59 per cent of renters were responsible with 16 per cent of landlords and seven per cent sharing Eighty-nine per cent of renters did care of animals while five per cent of landlords handled that and six per cents shared care. Seventy-two per cent of renters were responsible for maintenance with one in 10 landlords doing that and 18 per cent sharing. Seventy per cent of cash agreements for cultivated land were with landlords with family at 20 per cent. Fifty-seven per cent of crop share agreements were with landlords while 68 per cent of pasture land agreements were with landlords. Landlords paid property taxes in 86 per cent of pasture land agreements. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net


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Eat living, plant-based foods. “The energy contained in living foods supports a joyful, calm being, while dead foods and/or excessive animal products and highly processed foods often contribute to feelings of sadness and irritation,� says McGregor. “When you grocery shop, try buying 80 percent fruits and vegetables. When you eat out, try choosing meals that are veggie-forward (not hiding in some corner of the plate).� Set yourself a ten-day challenge that solidifies your new calm and joyful state of being. It could look like this: No complaining for ten days, and no blaming anyone or anything for ten days. Replace the complaining and blaming with gratitude. Or try a healthy risk challenge: For ten days, step outside your comfort zone, lean into your intuition, and take risks that move your life and business in a positive direction. Journal each of the ten days, reflecting on insights and lessons learned. McGregor claims that by simply trying on these tips and tricks for size, you will soon come to enjoy and look forward to them on a daily basis. “Ignore your mind if it wants to keep you safe in your old ways that are based in fear,� she said. “Simply acknowledge the thoughts that resist the above practices, knowing that the more you release and let go, the closer you are to true freedom from the traps that keep you in stress and unhappiness.�


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Heat shrivelling some crops as harvest advances By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

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ling late crops and reducing seed size of earlier stands. Crop land moisture conditions have declined with province -wide ratings of 44 per cent adequate, 39 per cent short and 17 per cent very short. Hay and pasture are similar with ratings of 33 per cent adequate, 67 per cent short or very short. Provincially, 62 percent of fall rye, 37 per cent of winter wheat, 22 per cent of field peas, 19 per cent of lentils, six per cent of barley and four per cent of canola was harvested.

In the southeast, which includes Moose Jaw, 67 per cent of fall rye, 47 per cent of winter wheat, 42 per cent of field peas, 23 per cent of lentils, 12 per cent of barley and six per cent of canola was harvested.

In the southwest, 75 percent of fall rye, 42 per cent of winter wheat, 42 per cent of field peas 23 per cent of lentils, 23 per cent of barley and six per cent of canola was in the bin.

Chirping food coming soon to a grocer near you By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

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MBA science project on insects as food. Along the way Aspire researched insect food and developed insect farms in Ghana, Texas and Mexico. The Texas plant was developed to meet a growing demand for cricket flour. Insects are high in protein and iron. By comparable volume cricket flour has 65 per cent protein with 33 per cent for beef jerky, 23 per cent for chicken, 22 per cent for salmon, and 12 per cent for eggs. An acquisition of the promising Exo brand of insect protein bars, developed by two college students, has boosted the

operation’s sales and offerings. Aspire will use robotic technology from larvae hatch to harvest on the London farm. Eating insects is common for more than two billion people in 80 countries around the globe. Not only nutritious, insects are often eaten as a delicacy. Aspire produces energy bars, protein bars, whole roasted crickets, cricket powder (flour) and swag. Men’s Fitness Journal ranked the energy bars fourth of 13 varieties tested. The crickets take one gallon of water and

hardly any feed to raise. Producing an equal amount of chicken takes 567 gallons of water with 800 gallons for pork and 2,000 gallons for beef. Research and operations by Aspire have enabled 400 Thai farmers to raise palm weevil larvae for food. Aspire is not alone in the quest for insect food. Bugburger lists more than 70 global firms and brands of human insect food. They include 12 Canadian operators.

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It is always a pleasant surprise to see credit figures on the monthly credit card bill. Unfortunately, several of Joyce Walter the credits For Moose Jaw Express since lateronjoy@sasktel.net March have come as a result of refunds for concert tickets we had purchased at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre. While I haven’t kept track of the total amount of the refunds, it would have quickly added up, for indeed we had been super excited to get our favourite seats in our favourite row for many of the excellent shows scheduled for the concert theatre. But one after another the performances were postponed, rescheduled or finally, cancelled because of COVID-19. One or two shows are still pending for 2021 so we have our fingers crossed but we’re not holding our breath.

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their credit card companies. So indeed, the Cultural Centre staff should be proud of how it operates, proving that dealing with local business outlets most often provides the desired outcome — without any of the hassle. Besides, unlike that other venue, not once has the Cultural Centre ever changed our seats. And that’s a bonus to be appreciated. Applause. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.


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ELECTION 2020 We Want You to Run for Municipal Council! (Mayor or Councillor) What You Need to Know? Saskatchewan municipalities need citizens to take on leadership roles as elected officials (council members) to represent the people in the community and provide direction on the policies and programs that will lead to better quality services. Serving in an elected position is not easy, but being a member of council offers a lot of personal satisfaction; as it is an opportunity to help shape the future of the municipality.

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The idea that our entire civilization could depend on millions of foreign slaves that we pretend don’t exist is like something out of a dystopian novel. But it’s the world in which we’ve lived for decades. COVID-19 is proving to be the wake-up call we needed. With cheap goods comes cheap labour, and with cheap labour comes poor standards of living and extreme poverty. To Western nations, viral outbreaks like the pandemic we’re experiencing are entirely avoidable. We live comfortably in less densely populated communities, our meat is individually packaged and thrown away the moment it’s about to spoil, and even those working minimum-wage jobs can afford a meal that won’t make them sick. But it’s not the same in China, with many of those living in poverty and manufacturing goods for Western economies depending on wet markets for food. A 2018 study from the Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., looked at the impact of proximity to wet markets and supermarkets on household dietary diversity, looking specifically at Nanjing City. This is a city of more than eight million people, and the study found that three-quarters of its residents visit a wet market five times a week. That means most people mingle on an almost daily basis in markets that Westerners would describe as dirty, surrounded by caged live and exotic animals. This is an everyday reality for the workers who keep Western economies stocked up and given that COVID-19 may well have originated in a Wuhan, China, wet market, it poses a few questions. Is it the responsibility of the West to govern how other people live? And if so, at what point do we intervene, how do we intervene and is it even possible to successfully encourage change at the very core of the Chinese

economy? To the Chinese Communist Party, Canada and the rest of the world are just customers who will pay money for cheap products with zero regard for the health and well-being of the people tasked with manufacturing those products. It’s a moral dilemma for the West and an economic one for China. Asking China to end wet markets isn’t that simple when it’s a source of food for millions of the country’s citizens. It’s a big demand that can’t be achieved by simply telling the country what to do. The fact that it requires a new approach to ensuring citizens are fed is obstacle enough. But the fact that this is a communist nation too proud to admit fault makes it an even bigger demand. With tens of millions of Westerners out of work, though, it’s a demand that more people are making. If China is unwilling to change its ways, domestic manufacturing will remain a big point of discussion and it will likely become a popular policy adopted by politicians looking to gain power. And that should frighten China. If China wants to keep trading with the West, it needs to do something about the living standards of its working people. That’s largely because Westerners realize that dirty conditions in wet markets breed bacteria and viruses that can bring the entire global economy to a grinding halt. Suddenly, the poverty suffered by the Chinese underclass is affecting the rest of the world. China must end its communist trait of propagandizing and lying at every turn. A tall order, but perhaps one that can be achieved through soft power and diplomacy. This isn’t a time for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s unique blend of sappiness and sycophancy, and perhaps it’s not even time for U.S. President Donald Trump’s aggression and anger. Diplomatic matters with China can’t be approached in conventional ways.

The level of trust between China and Canada is undoubtedly low, and diplomatic discussions are tainted by propagandized comments and postulations. Perhaps, instead, the only way to get China to do something about these wet markets and become more co-operative with the rest of the world, is simply to walk away. Canada imported $75.55 billion worth of goods from China in 2028 and without the rest of Canada’s allies, the Chinese economy would crumble. Is it time to set an example to the rest of the Western world and walk away from China? Words can only go so far. Even suing China or demanding that debt owed to the country be wiped out can only go so far. Britain’s Henry Jackson Society think-tank recently published a report that argued China should be sued by G7 nations for £3.2 trillion ($5.6 trillion) for the monumental damage done to our economies. But such a move depends initially on China’s willingness to even consider such a possibility and later its willingness to act on it. At that point we must ask whether our expectations are realistic. Canada has both resources to restart the domestic manufacturing of key medical supplies and equipment, and good relationships with other big manufacturing economies. Perhaps the best influence we can have on China, and the lives of its citizens who are also struggling at the centre of this, is walking away until they’re willing to make meaningful changes to how they operate domestically and communicate with the rest of the world. Jack Buckby is a research associate with Frontier Centre for Public Policy.

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Major renovations at Co-op include new liquor store, building rejuvenation

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The City of Moose Jaw has reopened both the Yara Centre and the Kinsmen Sportsplex, after closing the facilities back in March at the beginning of the pandemic. Yara Centre opened its doors on Aug. 10 for general use, fitness classes, and track use inside the fitness centre. The outdoor field has been available for booking since July. The Kinsmen Sportsplex opened as of Aug. 13, with Kinsmen Sportsplex. (photo by Larissa Kurz) aqua fitness classes, lane swim and public swim times resuming. Swimming lessons will be returning in September. Both city-operated centres have adopted a number of new protocols to guide their reopening, including advance registration now being required to use the facilities and a limited capacity according to each activity. Activity blocks now have to be booked and paid for in advance, either online through the City of Moose Jaw website, using the city’s mobile app, or by calling the facility of choice. Enhanced cleaning measures are also in place, and both facilities are requiring visitors to consent to contact tracing. Locker rooms are also being limited to 50 per cent capacity at this time, to ensure proper physical distancing is possible, and washrooms will be open. Masks are not required but are recommended. Yara Centre Fitness Centre is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., with a limit of 20 people in the building at a time. The track will have two lanes open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a limit of ten people. The whole facility will remain closed on weekends throughout August. Kinsmen Sportsplex is open every day of the week from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., with set activity blocks on the schedule every day and a limit on the number of people allowed during each activity. For more information on the City of Moose Jaw’s guidelines for both facilities, check their website.


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Former GM of DFFH names three city councillors in lawsuit Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The former general manager of the Downtown Soccer/ Field House Facility (DFFH) Inc. has launched a lawsuit against four members of the board over his wrongful termination in May 2018. Graham Edge submitted a statement of claim to Moose Jaw’s Court of Queen’s Bench this past April — it was amended in July — alleging that defendants Ted Schaeffer (acting DFFH CEO) and city councillors Brian Swanson, Scott McMann and Crystal Froese are liable for his wrongful dismissal since they fired him without cause. They also did not pay him severance to which he was entitled, in place of reasonable notice given the senior position he held and the circumstances of his termination. “The Plaintiff states that aggravated and punitive damages are warranted in the circumstances due to the Defendants’ conduct being suppressive, harsh, vindictive and malicious,” the document says. According to the statement of claim, the defendants should have known about the internal policies of DFFH but failed to learn or engage those policies. Furthermore, they were allegedly negligent in failing to protect Edge for following the internal harassment and professional conduct policy and the resulting responsibilities of his employment. Also, they are liable for breaching the Saskatchewan Employment Act. Demands of the plaintiff The remedy that Edge wants includes severance in place of reasonable notice for termination without cause; damages for loss of wages during his unemployment; damages for loss of pension benefits he would have received during his employment; damages for irreparable harm to his reputation; and damages for breach of the board members’ duty of care to act honestly and in good faith as part of the responsibility as board members. Also, Edge wants aggravated damages for breach of the defendants’ duty to act in good faith and fair dealing with employees; punitive damages for the harsh, vindictive and malicious treatment of him before and after his termination; punitive damages for attempting to suppress rampant verbal and sexual harassment in the workplace; counselling fees; costs of this action and goods and ser-

vices tax and provincial sales tax on the costs; pre-judgment interest, and; any other costs the court sees fit. The statement of claim has not yet been proven in court. The four accused had not filed statements of defence as of Aug. 21. The Moose Jaw Express reached out to Schaeffer, Froese, Swanson and McMann for comment but did not receive a response by press time. City’s response “The city was thorough in its response at the time of the investigation and council acted within the full extent of our authority under The Cities Act,” Mayor Fraser Tolmie said in an email. “I cannot comment any further as the matter is now before the courts.” Facts of the situation The City of Moose Jaw hired Edge on Jan. 16, 2018 as the general manager of DFFH. Soon after, he received a complaint from a female employee of Mosaic Place, alleging that Myles Fister, director of building operations, was verbally and sexually harassing her, the statement of claim explained. Edge investigated and was persuaded that the allegation had merit. He reported his findings to Al Bromley, director of human resources at city hall. With his encouragement, Edge commenced a more thorough investigation into Fister’s conduct. Between Jan. 19, and Feb. 2 2018, Edge and DFFH finance manager Jamie Ansell became aware of allegations of verbal, emotional and sexual abuse that Fister was perpetrating against other employees, and spoke with other women who confirmed the allegations. In total, eight women made allegations against Fister. The investigation was kept to Edge, Bromley and Ansell since Fister was a long-standing employee, was in a director position, was well-known among staff and had a close relationship with Swanson, the document said. Edge requested an emergency meeting with the DFFH board on Feb. 8, 2018 to discuss his investigation. Schaeffer, Swanson (board chair) and Froese and McMann were present. The general manager presented his findings and recommended that Fister be fired and his behaviour reported to police.

The board was split, and ultimately, took no action against Fister, while board members discouraged Edge from reporting Fister to Moose Jaw police, according to the statement of claim. “Councillor Brian Swanson vehemently objected to the termination of, or indeed any action against, Myles, and suggested giving him another chance,” the document said. The board does nothing The board did not keep minutes of the meeting nor follow official meeting procedures, which resulted in no formal vote. Board members failed to address this issue reasonably and undermined and minimized Edge’s investigation, thereby breaching The Non-Profit Corporation Act, alleged the document. Edge continued to raise the issue with board members afterward while looking for a solution, the document said. Swanson remained opposed to putting Fister on administrative leave, firing him, or reporting him to police. The board fired Edge on May 25, 2018 for “incompatibility with staff” and he was only paid until June 15, 2018 despite having held the top position at DFFH. This violated an internal policy that protected employees from retaliation and in contradiction to Saskatchewan’s employment legislation protecting whistleblowers. Outside investigation City council directed the city solicitor on July 12, 2018 to hire an investigator to undertake a third-party review of the DFFH board’s conduct and whether it handled the personnel matter appropriately. The investigator then conducted his investigation and reviewed the information Edge compiled, before providing recommendations to the municipality, the statement of claim said. After this, on Aug. 15, 2018, city council dissolved the DFFH board while Fister was then fired. After his firing, Edge acquired a lawyer since the DFFH board threatened him with litigation to remain silent, the document added. This contributed to his mental distress and difficulty finding a job.

Murdock complains during phone hearing about police not giving him evidence Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

A teleconference hearing to discuss the wording of Alan Murdock’s amended dismissal appeal notice and whether it can be made public eventually turned into a forum for Murdock to air his grievances. Hearing officer Jay Watson held the hearing on Aug. 21, with Murdock, Moose Jaw Police Service lawyer Destiny Gibney, and a court stenographer on the line, along with dozens of other parties listening in. Watson reviewed the amended dismissal appeal document and all 29 allegations in it, along with whether Murdock’s wording of the dismissal was valid. The hearing officer said that for each allegation, he either would accept the amendment or it could be edited to say “I deny the allegation” or “This is a false allegation.” “Mr. Murdock, when I say that it doesn’t have to be there and if I rule that parts of your submissions are to be removed, I can tell you that it doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to make that argument at the hearing, nor does it mean that you can’t adduce any evidence to show what you referred to there,” Watson said. “It simply means as pleadings, it doesn’t need to be there in that document.” Gibney questioned some of the solutions Watson offered to make the amended dismissal motions more easily understandable. The parts left in to show “intentionality of the actions” by Murdock need to be clear, she said, so that police

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Chief Rick Bourassa understands whether the dismissed officer is admitting the action or denying the action. “A denial of the intentionality appears to us to be an admission of the action,” she said. “We shouldn’t have to guess what the case is going to be.” While Gibney attempted to discuss the police service’s concerns further, her statements became inaudible at times since she was on speakerphone and there was audio feedback. After discussing other aspects of the document, Watson asked Murdock if he had any further comments. “The wording (of the dismissal document) has been challenged by Chief Bourassa, similar to everything else I’ve submitted for the past seven months,” Murdock said. Gibney sent Murdock an email on June 8 saying if he wanted the decision reviewed, he had to file a notice of appeal and state why the decision was wrong, which would be his case or grounds for appeal, he continued. The notice of appeal sets out the reasons why he believes the original decision is incorrect, with those reasons forming the basis of the appeal. “My amended notice of appeal does just that,” Murdock remarked. “It states why I believe the decision was wrong, the reasons why the original decision is inaccurate, using whichever reasons I provide.” Murdock received another email on June 16 from Gib-

ney, who suggested his appeal should state which of the police chief’s determinations and grounds for dismissals are wrong and his reasons for saying so. Murdock pointed out he did that in his amended notice of motion. “This process has been unnecessarily delayed because police Chief Bourassa and Ms. Gibney have challenged every step of my appeal since I chose to represent myself last January,” Murdock said. Murdock had asked for all relevant evidence during the past seven months that was originally given to his former counsel, but had been denied since the police service had withheld the information, he continued. However, he had reviewed the disclosure with his former lawyer, which is where he found proof of “exaggerated, embellished, and even fabricated information.” Gibney then objected to Murdock’s rant, telling Watson that while Murdock wanted to speak on certain topics, if he was going to discuss the case itself or allege that information had been embellished, then the police service had a problem with that. Watson allowed Murdock to finish and then told both parties he would make his final ruling on the amended notice of appeal and send a final version, before the three-week dismissal appeal hearing begins on Monday, Aug. 31 at Grant Hall.


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Can you believe this is what our Sask Party government calls ‘fairness’? As a result of COVID, the temporary wage supplement was introduced by the federal government and primarily funded by them but it’s up to the provinces to implement this payment for essential workers – and it’s for a limited four month period. In most Provinces it is automatically given to all health care workers because they are considered essential. But not here in Saskatchewan! In Saskatchewan if you are a Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) and you provide personal care to a resident in a long term care home, you are eligible to apply for this supplement. However, if you are a CCA and provide bedside

Government Absenteeism: The other side of the ‘COVID Crisis’ As the world attempts to come to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic, our economic future is in jeopardy. People have lost their jobs and many businesses are on the verge of bankruptcy. Formerly employed people are sitting at home wondering what’s going to happen to their families and careers. Our legislators have responded with subsidies from the public coffers which are creating a mounting debt load that will eventually have to be reconciled. This is a real and difficult dilemma. Strong and courageous leadership is sorely needed. WE ONLY HAVE A PART-TIME GOVERNMENT Unfortunately, we only have a part-time government at the moment. Normally the full legislature is obligated to sit for 45 days. Presently our government has voted to reduce that number to 14 days. Additionally they have only had 1/3 of the elected members actually in attendance during this drastically shortened schedule. If there was ever a time when we needed extra effort from those who we elect to manage and protect our interests it is now. It is hard to fathom how these needs for leadership and direction can be fulfilled when our leaders choose to vacate their jobs for more than half the time available while still collecting salaries for full time attendance. No business model we can think of would succeed with this policy. WE NEED FULL-TIME LEADERSHIP It is frustrating to many when we observe our legislators telling us to re-open barber shops, tattoo and massage parlors, bars and restaurants along with retail facilities while they withdraw from service by agreeing to meet for 14 days out of their entire working schedule due to concerns over Covid. To cite recommendations from health authorities as the reason to suspend the activities of government in order to comply with these recommendations is not just contradictory and confusing, it also appears to be blatantly hypocritical. ANSWERS ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED Now more than ever we have a critical need for clear guidance, direction and intervention on the part of our elected and appointed officials. There are a number of critical issues with critical timelines which must be addressed now. For example, the education system is told they are to ramp up preparations to re-open schools without clear interpretation of guidelines or the associated resources needed to re-open safely. We note that environments where people gather together in larger numbers are the ‘hot zones’ for transmission. Bars and restaurants can provide some form of social distancing, but it is apparent that these are locations where PPE cannot be used by patrons while receiving the services these businesses provide. It is now clear that this kind of environment has proven to be the cause for the numerous instances of the localized spreading of Corona. Our government has not been attending to these unfolding lessons as they are not even on the job at this time. OUR CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE - THEY NEED PROTECTION Focusing on schools, a number of obvious and potentially dangerous scenarios emerge. For example, what are the realistic expectations that PPE can be mandated with kindergar-

care to patients in a hospital you are not eligible. If you are a Licensed Practical Nurse that provides nursing care such as medication administration in a long term care home or an integrated facility, you are eligible to apply. However, if you are a LPN in home care and you are doing the same work, you are not eligible. It doesn’t stop there. At Saskatoon City Hospital, there is a whole unit (8700) where the patients cannot live independently so they are receiving care until a spot can be found in a long term care facility. If you are working in this facility, you are not eligible. Some might say this doesn’t make sense and I am one of them!

ten and primary school students, not to mention the middle school populations? Most teachers will tell you that enforcing rules of any kind can be full of challenges with any developing age group. Furthermore, who will be ensuring that effective sanitization of equipment and facilities for multiple classrooms are being done multiple times each day? The current custodial staff in our schools would need to double at the very least. Who will pay for this? The traditional approach taken by government in recent years has been to restrict and reduce funding for education. Teachers are constantly being asked to do more with less and have been at the bottom of the priority list for any review of their remuneration contracts. What about the school washrooms? With many public washrooms are presently off-limits, it would seem that conflicting regulations or recommendations are causing further confusion. The present government’s implied attitude toward the education system is evident in their policies and record. It is best described as reprehensible. EFFECTIVE EXAMPLING IS ABSENT We see an ‘ostrich’ mentality pervading our leadership in these critical times. The optics are poor and speak loudly as to the real priorities of our present government. Public service demands a sacrificial philosophy from those we elect and financially support. So far, the only thing being sacrificed is the future financial status of our country and our province. We have no clear examples either being provided or often even suggested as to how we need to be functioning in this unusual time. We are forced to draw our own conclusions about how we should be protecting ourselves and most of the time based only on anecdotal evidence. Most people in Saskatchewan think the COVID-19 pandemic is overblown simply because they have no direct experience with any victims. This breeds a false sense of security when we see so many other parts of the continent dealing with escalating infection rates as economies begin to re-open. Some health experts have commented that there are three facets to the effects from the pandemic. There is the threat to one’s physical health, the added financial stress brought about as a result of employment interruptions, and the resultant depression and anxiety which in itself is a real and debilitating phenomenon. One wonders what it will take to get the attention of those who are responsible and provide clear direction in light of these harsh realities. THE CHICKENS WILL RETURN TO ROOST The solution to all of these problems is admittedly elusive. However, it would be refreshing to hear from our leaders how they propose to address these concerns. We acknowledge that the provincial budget has been severely impacted by a nation-wide productivity slowdown, combined with pre-existing resource sector falling revenues. When we add the CERB and other subsidies into the mix, we have a significant fiscal disaster looming over our heads. Some point out that there is no answer to this dilemma but to borrow from the future. This means that financial recovery can only be secured through increased taxation or rampant inflation. As a result, some who study this situation suggest we prepare for the GST to increase significantly along with other forms of taxation by this time next year. Unfortunately, this kind of honest disclo-

What makes matters worse is the cohorting. An employee with 2 part time jobs; one in hospital and one in long term care may be directed by the SHA to work exclusively in the hospital, thereby depriving them of their eligibility. And if you are one of these workers and you write to the Minister of Health asking why you aren’t eligible – guess what? You will receive a form letter from the Minister of Finance. This is what our Sask Party government calls ‘fairness’ – is this how you would treat health care workers in the midst of a pandemic? Janice Platzke Treasurer of SEIU-West

sure is not politically safe. We should not expect the current government to prepare us for the economic recovery process by communicating potentially unpopular messages. Why do we not hear from our governing authorities as to whether or not they acknowledge these concerns and what steps they are taking to address them? Could it be that they themselves are frightened for their political futures in a post-pandemic world? THE COST OF MISMANAGEMENT The pattern of fiscal irresponsibility has been present in our province for several years. There is a litany of mysterious behavior from provincial and civic authorities which has resulted in serious economic harm suffered by more than one group. In an on-going pursuit for government action, transparency and accountability some have repeatedly echoed the need for light to be shed on examples of government mismanagement which has had adverse effects on individuals. We rank as one of several taxpaying business owners who have suffered at the hands of indifferent and partisan members of the present government. We have had long and similar experience with the afore-mentioned ‘ostrich’ approach to dealing with the failure of government to listen to our concerns. We seem to lack the connections and influence needed to be heard and taken seriously. When our elected authorities make decisions that demonstrate favoritism toward the interests of a select group of well-connected individuals at the expense of others who suffer from the lack of these connections, the resulting consequences are not pretty. We continue to demand answers to our long-standing concerns over the litany of inexplicable financial decisions made by our provincial government over the last few years. There has never been a greater need for accountability now that we have so many challenges before us to our economic recovery. While Covid is rampant throughout the world, it has served to draw attention to how things are being managed by that same governing body. Long before Covid created these fiscal challenges, the mishandling and extraordinary cost overruns for the largest infrastructure project in our province’s history (the New Highway #1 Regina Bypass and the G.T.H.) had already placed a disproportionate burden on Saskatchewan taxpayers. The financial hole we must dig out of is now several generations deep into our future. A VACCINE IS AVAILABLE The difference with these two forms of virus is important to emphasize. The ‘vaccine’ to protect us from fiscal mismanagement is actually within our ability to produce. All that is needed is a Public Judicial Inquiry and a Forensic Audit into the land acquisitions and contractor awards associated with this project. Strong and courageous leadership would not shy away from dealing with all the issues we have identified in this commentary. However, it would appear that the sitting government feels the cure to this pandemic is worse than the disease. We on the other hand, do not agree. The time for part-time and partisan government is over. Change is desperately needed. Submitted by Kelly Black; Article supplied by Nestor Mryglod; Email: nlmryglod@sasktel.net


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City Hall Council Notes MAKE A COMPLAINT

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

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

Water main breaks declined 67% in Q2 compared to 2019, says report Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The number of water main breaks declined significantly during this year’s second quarter compared to the same time in 2019, a reduction that will likely save money at city hall. There were seven water main breaks from April to June of this year, compared to 22 during the same period last year, a second-quarter report showed. It’s unbelievable that those breaks stayed so low during that time, city manager Jim Puffalt said during the recent city council meeting. That’s exciting because, from what he’s heard, that has never happened before in Moose Jaw. â€œâ€Ś we’ll see in the financial records that we’re saving money because we’re not doing repairs. We’re pretty pumped about that and we’re keeping our fingers crossed,â€? he added.

Public works department During this year’s second quarter the public works and utilities department diverted 13.3 per cent of all recycling material from the landfill, the report said. That is a slight decrease from 15.1 per cent during the same time last year. In real numbers, the amount of recycling materials collected during this year’s second quarter was 371,022 kilograms, compared to 416,435 kilograms during the same period last year. Meanwhile, the landfill accepted 11,587.79 tonnes of refuse from April to June, which is an increase of 1,348.6 tonnes from the same time last year. The amount of refuse collected from residential homes was 2,439.02 tonnes, compared to 2,247.97 tonnes in Q2

of last year. The amount of garbage the landfill accepted from private organizations increased to 3,524.58 tonnes from 2,068.74 tonnes last year, while garbage collected from commercial declined to 5,624.19 tonnes from 5,922.48 tonnes in Q2 last year. Citizen complaints The public works department received 1,227 complaints from residents during the second quarter, resolving 1,027 issues by the end of the quarter and having 186 issues that were still outstanding. This represents a resolution rate of 84 per cent. The top complaints were about garbage, streets and roads, water, sidewalks, recycling, street signs and traffic lights, sewers, and animal control.

Iron Bridge needs almost $300K to address defects, report says Jason G. Antonio Moose Jaw Express

It could cost city hall almost $300,000 to make design improvements to the Iron Bridge subdivision, an area that residents have expressed concerns about due to ongoing maintenance problems. Recently, those residents — including their newly formed Iron Bridge Community Association — have told city hall they have problems in their area, such as: • Poor maintenance of parks, particularly grass cutting and weed trimming; • The presence of foxtail and broadleaf weeds and their spread onto private properties; • The poor condition of the west and south berms, including weeds and dead trees; • A gopher infestation on private properties; • The poor condition of pathways and roadways, manholes and catch basins, and pathway lights. These issues made their way to city council’s recent executive committee meeting, where council discussed the problem of having to repair infrastructure in new subdivisions after developers finish there. Design improvements The parks department conducted an assessment of design improvements in the Iron Bridge subdivision and provided a list of recommended upgrades: • West berm upgrades: $68,265 • South berm: $65,490 • West municipal reserve: $65,379 • Central municipal reserve: $38,850 • East municipal reserve: $29,748 • Total: $267,732 Council discussion It’s interesting that the catch basins in Iron Bridge need to be repaired almost eight years after developers built them, that the infrastructure on Maplewood Drive has started to crumble, and that the catch basins on Diefenbaker Drive need replacing even though the municipality has fixed them twice already, Coun. Brian Swanson said.

“The city allows these developments (to happen), and then we sign off on them and assume responsibility,â€? he continued. “And much too soon, we are spending money to repair them. Whatever we’re doing is adequate in monitoring the work ‌ It’s an expensive and unnecessary cost to taxpayers. Our policies need to be spruced up.â€? When the municipality took over the Iron Bridge subdivision, there was no requirement for the developer to address any deficiencies, which was probably an oversight, parks and recreation director Derek Blais said. However, the department has identified the issues after enough time maintaining that area. The $267,732 in design upgrades wouldn’t be done all at once, he continued. There are soil quality issues in the subdivision, including alkaline near the playground. Some homeowners have even replaced their lawns due to that issue. So, the parks and rec department will attempt some land upgrades and, if they stick, will expand the program. The municipality doesn’t seem to have quality policies for when it takes responsibility for neighbourhoods from developers, which is why these problems happen, Coun. Dawn Luhning said. City hall should have policies so residents don’t have these concerns; councillors received 25 emails from residents of Iron Bridge, [and don’t] want to see this happen to them every year. City hall has had such policies for two years, said city manager Jim Puffalt. In West Park, for example, it refused to take ownership of the subdivision until the developer addressed the defects. That stipulation is in servicing agreements and holds developers accountable. “Going forward, the beautification of our community is key to our community,â€? he continued. â€œâ€Ś We don’t have a lot of time to spend to go back and repair things that should have been (done) right in the first place.â€? Municipal officials have spoken about reviewing work

before it’s completed, but that requires additional manpower, said Mayor Fraser Tolmie. Council could pay upfront to ensure the work is done properly, but it sometimes balks at that when creating the budget. “You can have a policy and it can be written,� he added, “but if it’s left in the top drawer and not followed up, then it’s just a policy.� Background The engineering department reviewed the affected catch basins in Iron Bridge in 2019 and confirmed there are deficiencies to address, a council report said. The three catch basins are considered higher traffic and a priority, as they are at intersections of a sidewalk and the bike paths. Iron Bridge is composed of municipal reserve lands and environmental reserve lands, so city hall develops maintenance schedules around land use and other factors such as irrigation, the report continued. The maintenance here is at the same level of service as other locations throughout the community. If the municipality falls behind in maintaining this neighbourhood, then it has also fallen behind in other subdivisions. City hall did fall behind in July in maintaining the west berm due to reseeding issues [after planting grass] and excess moisture from rain, the report noted. A summary of annual maintenance budgets for park spaces shows that Iron Bridge receives $13,856 in support; West Park receives $9,260 in support; Elgin Park gets $7,107 in maintenance; Sunningdale Nature Park gets $13,608 in support; and Spring Creek receives $12,682 in work. The parks department has created a maintenance plan to address the concerns residents of Iron Bridge have and planned to share the document with the community association during a recent meeting.



  

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City Hall Council Notes Public transit schedule could return to normal in September, city says Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express City hall made changes to public transit in the spring to handle the pandemic’s effects, but a more normal bus schedule could return in the fall to deal with returning students. City administration presented a report during the recent city council meeting about all second-quarter activities at city hall and within its departments. The state of public transit was part of the report for the public works and utilities department. City hall collected no fares during the second quarter of 2020 as part of its pandemic relief measures to help residents. The number of passengers who used transit in April declined to 3,287 compared to 5,366 in 2019. However, that number rebounded in May by 20.4 per cent and climbed to 4,256 passengers. More passengers used transit in June, with 4,863 users taking the bus.

Overall, though, during the second quarter, 12,406 people used public transit, compared to 13,293 users in 2019. This represented a decline of 6.7 per cent. Special needs transit saw the biggest plunge, as the number of users declined to 517 in Q2 compared to 9,833 users during the same time last year. This was a drop of 94.7 per cent. City hall will start running early morning bus routes in September once school returns, city manager Jim Puffalt said. Municipal officials have tracked numbers and the data shows the bus routes are full when students are in class. It’s the late-day routes that have fewer passengers. It’s good that a regular bus schedule might return in the fall since many people will be returning to work, said Coun. Crystal Froese. Some people have struggled to get to work since there has not been an early bus route. However, she has received good feedback about the Dial-

A-Bus program. “Some feedback I have received on Dial-A-Bus is it’s full, (especially) first thing in the morning,� she added, while wondering if it could be expanded for the remainder of summer. “Dial-A-Bus has been in effect since we revised the service. (There) has not been a big uptake on that,� Puffalt replied. City administration will determine if that program is more efficient on Saturdays in September than running regular transit since it’s a long wait for buses that day, he continued. Dial-A-Bus is a good option in most areas, but statistics show running additional buses on a route is the answer when school happens. Puffalt added that transit users need to call a day in advance to book a Dial-A-Bus and city hall would do its best to accommodate.

More city workers injured in Q2 of 2020 than last year, report shows Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The number of injuries among municipal employees jumped during the second quarter of this year compared to 2019, although property damage and motor vehicle incidents decreased, a council report shows. City administration provided an update during the recent city council meeting of all second-quarter activities for each department at city hall. One report from the city manager’s office looked at the number of safety incidents that occurred between April and June. There were 20 injuries during the second quarter of 2020, compared to 14 during the same period last year, the report said. These 20 injuries included seven slips and falls, 10 over-exertions, two employees struck by or against something, and one burn. So far this year, there have been 35 injuries, compared to 34 at this time last year. Five employees required medical aid from April to June,

compared to four who required similar services last year. Those five injuries included one slip and fall and four over-exertions that affected an elbow, back, neck and ankle. So far this year, there have been 12 medical aid incidents compared to eight during the same time in 2019. There were three incidents of lost time during this year’s second quarter, compared to one at the same time in 2019. The three injuries were due to slips and falls. So far this year, there have been six incidents of lost time compared to three during the same time last year. All of these injuries resulted in 50.5 lost days during the second quarter, compared to nine lost days during the same period in 2019, the report said. So far this year, there have been 103 days lost due to injuries compared to 19 lost days in 2019. There were some significant decreases in motor vehicle incidents and property damage, city manager Jim Puffalt

told council. During the second quarter, there were 16 motor vehicle incidents, compared to 18 at the same time last year. Those 16 incidents included 10 for inattention, one for environmental, two for backing up, and three where citizens were at fault. Overall, there have been 20 motor vehicle incidents this year, compared to 29 during the same time last year. There were four incidents of property damage in the second quarter of 2020, compared to nine incidents during the same time last year. Overall, there have been six such incidents this year compared to 23 during the same time last year. “They were fully preventable accidents if people followed guidelines,� Puffalt added. “So, we made some good progress on (those two areas).�

Provincial Court

Young men lose licences for a year after driving impaired Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express While Saskatchewan has a problem of residents driving impaired after a night of socializing with others, that issue is most acute in rural communities with little public transportation. As two young men found out in Moose Jaw provincial court recently, driving impaired leads to a hefty fine and hitching rides with friends or family for a year. Brody Scott Brown Brody Scott Brown, 21, pleaded guilty to having a blood alcohol content (BAC) level over the legal limit of .08 and

received the mandatory minimum fine of $1,500, a oneyear driving prohibition and the loss of his licence. He was also forced to pay a victim surcharge of $450. The Crown stayed a charge of impaired driving and failing to attend court, while other, older charges such as failing to attend court, assault and animal cruelty will be dealt with during a case management conference on Sept. 25. Rayner accepted the Crown’s sentencing recommendations, giving Brown until Sept. 18 to pay the victim sur-

charge and until January to pay the fine. Devon Layne Cochrane Devon Layne Cochrane, 20, pleaded guilty to having a BAC over the legal limit and received the same sentence and fine as Brown. The Crown stayed a charge of impaired driving. As with Brown’s matter, the judge accepted the Crown’s sentencing recommendations of a $1,500 fine, one-year driving ban and loss of licence.

Teen sent to youth centre for sexually assaulting pre-teen girl Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express A teenager will spend nearly a year in custody after having sexual intercourse with a pre-teen girl, while he will later spend a full year on probation for other offences. The 19-year-old — who was 17 at the time of the sexual assault and can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act — appeared in Moose Jaw provincial court recently, where he pleaded guilty to sexual assault, two assaults, breaching two court orders, and failing to appear in court. As part of a joint submission, for this incident, the teenager will spend eight months at the Paul Dojack Youth Centre followed by four months served in the community

with supervision. He will have to report to a probation officer, take sex offender programming, have no contact with the girl, provide a DNA sample, and be prohibited from owning weapons for two years. As part of a joint submission, the boy received an adult suspended sentence and will spend 12 months on probation after finishing his 12-month youth sentence. He received 12 months of probation for four crimes, but they will be served concurrently, or at the same time. After reviewing the case, Judge Hendrickson accepted the joint submission and agreed to waive the victim surcharges.

   

 

  

  

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Sidewalk repair example of how ‘dismally stupid’ city is, homeowner says Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

A sidewalk repair on Hochelaga Street West has turned into a big joke for some area homeowners, one of whom thinks the work is “another example of city council’s stupidity.” Contractors recently finished repairing part of the sidewalk in front of 440 Hochelaga Street West and an adjacent property. However, according to one homeowner, the company left the rest of the walkway untouched even though it was in the same poor condition down the entire block. “I just thought it was laughable what they did with the sidewalk across the street from me … ,” the homeowner said. “They replaced maybe a third of it, and the part they replaced was no worse than the stuff they left. Makes no sense.” The homeowner spoke with the contractors, who said they have worked in Swift Current and would likely have replaced the sidewalk down an entire block at one time. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case in Moose Jaw. “The whole block is laughing about it,” said the homeowner. “We said, ‘Well maybe they (city hall) need that money to pay our mayor an extra 20 per cent next

year.’” According to city hall, sidewalk repairs can occur as a public works project — when there is water service work to a property that requires the removal of the existing concrete — and as part of annual capital work. “We completed a comprehensive sidewalk condition assessment for the entire City in 2019, which now drives our replacement program,” city hall said in an email.

Another option is the Request for Service system: If city hall receives complaints about deficiency, it reviews the location, surveys it, records in assessment and checks its rating against the current list. If the sidewalk is rated high enough, the municipality fixes it; otherwise, it can grind it down or address it in some remedial way. “We encourage all residents who have questions or concerns about sidewalks (or any issue) to contact us (in this case, our

Engineering dept.) and we will follow up,” city hall added. The sidewalk on Hochelaga Street West has been in poor condition since the resident moved to that street in the 1990s, he said. The sides of it are crumbling, while it’s easy to damage the tires on a vehicle. The homeowner joked that he and his neighbours had worked themselves into a tizzy just thinking about the unfinished work that the contractors performed. “It’s so dismally stupid. When you see something like that, you just feel you gotta tell somebody,” he remarked. One of the homeowner’s neighbours did allegedly call city hall to complain about the state of the sidewalks. The neighbour told municipal officials that he wanted to make his house appealing, but couldn’t with the sidewalk’s condition. City hall officials supposedly told the neighbour that they would call him back, but never did. “It’s a comical story,” the homeowner added. “They did this last year on Athabasca (too) and they nitpicked a sidewalk and then had to come back (to repair it) … It’s an irritation. The city irritates me.”

Carpere Canada demands city perform tasks before it develops Valley View, documents show New documents show that Carpere Canada’s pursuit of the former Valley View Centre property hinges on the City of Moose Jaw fulfilling several conditions before the land purchase agreement can be executed. The Vancouver-based company submitted an offer to purchase proposal to the provincial government in early December 2019. It contained the number of acres the company wanted, how much it would pay per acre, terms and conditions, a schedule and task list, the proposed mixed-use residential development, and information about Carpere Canada. The Ministry of Central Services redacted parts of the document, including how much Carpere would pay per acre, Carpere’s cost to demolish the 23 buildings and structures, an outline of the proposed residential development, and information about who Carpere Canada is. Terry Tian, director of business development for Carpere Canada, signed the document on Dec. 10, 2019, 10 months after the company quit its deal with the City of Moose Jaw to purchase 780 acres in the Southeast Industrial Park. The document indicates the proposal was effective until June 30 but could be extended by mutual agreement in writing. It is unknown what the status is of the agreement, as the Moose Jaw Express did not hear from the provincial government by press time. Project sale The document shows that Carpere planned to purchase 160 acres of the Valley View Centre (VVC) property, including parcels that are 78.37 acres, 50.85 acres and 30 acres in size. However, it excluded the

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A copy of the offer to purchase proposal that Carpere Canada submitted to the provincial government in December 2019. Photo by Jason G. Antonio purchase of 39 acres deemed ecologically and archaeologically sensitive. The company understood that a citizens’ group was petitioning to protect the ecological zone from future development on the northern portion, the document said. This area has also been zoned flood (f1) and slump (s1) and is archaeologically sensitive due to the potential of Aboriginal burial grounds. Along with the 160-acre purchase, Carpere Canada also wanted all the buildings, structures, and equipment and machinery such as a zero-turn mower and snowplow. However, it did not want an X-ray machine. City’s response Carpere may have given the province a list of requests in its proposal, but the municipality is not a party to the agreement, nor is it obligated to follow the conditions,

A view of the Valley View Centre complex. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Mayor Fraser Tolmie said in an email. The City of Moose Jaw has had discussions with Carpere representatives Terry Tian and Deb Thorn since early 2020, and on multiple occasions, the city has advised Carpere of the steps required under the planning and development act to move forward on a residential subdivision in the Valley View property, the mayor continued. The most recent letter city hall sent to Carpere was on July 29, with an invitation for further dialogue on the matter. Carpere had yet to respond as of Aug. 20. “The City is eager to promote private development, but it is not the City’s policy to fund private development,” Tolmie added. “The City will continue to work in the best interests of our community.” Terms and conditions There were 22 terms and conditions that had to be satisfied before the agreement would be ratified. Some of them include: • The City of Moose Jaw must approve the concept plan, including the rezoning application (mixed-use residential) and the plan of the proposed subdivision; • The city must confirm that all Valley View lands are exempt (in-fill development) from development levies; • The city must confirm that it assumes all responsibility for the existing water and sewer infrastructure to the property line, including the lift station;

• The city must provide a property tax exemption that is acceptable to Carpere; • Written confirmation from both school divisions to bus children from the new subdivision to school; • Carpere’s engineer must confirm that the current capacity of municipal infrastructure would accommodate the planned development, including peak fire flows; • Carpere’s engineer must confirm that the existing reservoir and pumps could accommodate the planned development and peak fire flows; • Carpere and the city must enter into a servicing agreement that is acceptable to Carpere; • Written confirmation that the city will repair or replace the Seventh Avenue Southwest bridge at the city’s cost, and that the work would be completed within the timelines required to service Carpere’s development; • Confirmation that the irrigation pump for landscaping still works and that pumping agreements can be extended suitable to Carpere, while the city approves the continued functioning of the pump house located on municipal land at the entrance of the former Wild Animal Park; • The province must conduct a geotechnical study of all lands to confirm the property is suitable for development and at no risk of slumping; Carpere would pay for this study; • The province must take full responsibility for the cost to clean up any environmental spills or on-site contaminations and provide copies of assessments; • Written confirmation from Wakamow Valley Authority that it supports Carpere’s developmental concept plan. Schedule and tasks list There were 16 tasks that Carpere wanted to be completed, starting on Jan. 15 to the closing date of July 1. After the closure date, the company expected to start demolition of the buildings and perform site work in the summer, while it planned to start construction and sale of lots and homes in the fall. There is no indication of whether this schedule has been followed or is still in effect.


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Cuts to janitorial staff hours ‘really, really unwise’ during pandemic, mother says Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Parents, janitorial staff and union members are concerned about Prairie South School Division’s decision to cut the hours of some custodians, especially, they say, during a pandemic when enhanced cleaning is needed. About 50 protestors gathered at the board office on Ninth Avenue Northwest on Aug. 17 to demand that the school division reverse its decision to cut hours from custodians’ workloads. The reduction equals 2.53 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff positions and is equal to 20.3 fewer daily hours of custodial services, according to CUPE Saskatchewan. There are 30 janitorial and maintenance staff in Moose Jaw. That number will remain the same, but the number of part-time workers will increase to 11 from four. The decision affects janitorial staff at A.E. Peacock, Riverview Collegiate, Central Collegiate, Prince Arthur Elementary School, Westmount Elementary School and William Grayson School. The board office on Ninth Avenue Northwest and the maintenance building have also been affected. The cuts went into effect on Aug. 15. A concerned mom Erin Hidlebaugh has two sons with respiratory issues who will return to school this fall. She was concerned that PSSD had reduced janitors’ hours by 20.3 hours per day, which, based on 181 instructional days this school year, would be 3,674 fewer hours dedicated to keeping schools clean. “This just seems really, really unwise when we have a global pandemic going

on,” she said. PSSD covers the south-central and central-west parts of the province, areas that have 45 active coronavirus cases, she pointed out. She believed that was far too many when attempting to keep students safe. “The case remains that little kids are gross and big kids are careless and thoughtless,” Hilelbaugh chuckled. “(So) the janitors need to be there to help our kids grow up.” The affected custodian Melody Stark is a custodian at Prince Arthur School and had two hours per day cut from her schedule. That represents a reduction in income of 25 per cent. “This is a really tough time for myself and the other people who have had their hours reduced. We’re scared because when we go to work every day, we want to do the best job possible … ,” she said. “We do it for the kids.” Custodians do so much more than people could imagine, Stark continued. They cut grass, conduct weekly fire alarm checks, remove snow, change air filters, replace lightbulbs, and clean up when children become sick. They even chase after bats that get into schools. “The best thing we can do is get all hands on deck because our schools don’t work if we don’t,” she said, adding that means returning all full-time, permanent staff to full-time and ensuring all casuals are working. Union chairwoman fired up Jackie Christianson, chair of CUPE’s Education Workers’ Steering Committee, pointed out education director Tony Baldwin cut $125,000 from the division’s jani-

CUPE members express their concern about the cuts to the working hours of janitorial staff in Prairie South School Division during a protest on Aug. 17. Photo by Jason G. Antonio torial budget while allegedly giving himself a raise that is more than the $172,848 the premier makes. Moreover, it was the elected trustees who approved the cut, including trustee Shawn Davidson, president of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA). Prairie South submitted its back-to-school plan for approval in June to the minister of education, who in July approved the plan — including the reductions — and then in August said all school divisions would have enhanced cleaning, Christianson continued. “I just think that Tony, Shawn and the minister of education all approved this and they’re basically saying seven communities are not worth it — they’re worth less,” she said, “while giving themselves raises (and) adding more management.”

Concerned mom Erin Hidlebaugh holds a map showing active coronavirus cases in the areas where Prairie South School Division has schools. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Christianson added that the extra $40 million the province is providing to the 27 school divisions means each one will receive about $1 million. To her, that was unacceptable. The national perspective PSSD does have the right to reorganize its operations, but it didn’t make sense to cut cleaning staff when other divisions are enhancing that aspect during a pandemic, said Dave Stevenson, the national staff representative for CUPE. The union has questioned the division about this move but has not received a satisfactory answer. “I don’t anticipate we will (receive an answer). The board chair (Robert Bachmann) has indicated … that it’s far less than the numbers we’ve shared,” Stevenson added. “So I would tell him to pick up the phone, call us and have a meeting with us … . Why have you cut (20.3) hours of cleaning staff per day? I think it’s a fair question.”

PSSD board chair disputes union’s claim of reduced cleaning hours By Moose Jaw Express staff

The board chair of Prairie South School Division has attempted to calm staff, students and parents who are worried about school cleanliness by explaining the changes made to janitorial staff hours. Prairie South (PSSD) posted a letter on its website on Aug. 18 from Robert Bachmann, who explained that the division planned to release a document soon that would outline the organization’s five priorities for when students return to school this fall. He noted the No. 1 priority would focus on safety, cleaning and hygiene, with responsibilities identified for staff, parents and students and how they could contribute to this goal. “All must work together as a team to help preserve the health of each one,” he said. “If at any point, Prairie South feels that the staffing levels are inadequate for us to fulfill our responsibilities, then staffing levels will be adjusted.” Bachmann attempted to refute some of the criticisms that the Local CUPE 5512 had lodged against the division over staffing adjustments made as part of the new budget for the 2020-21 school year. About 50 union members, students and parents protested in front of the division office on Aug. 17 over PSSD reducing hours for some custodians. “In their information sheet, they state that there will be a reduction of facility operators in Moose Jaw. Every Moose Jaw school will continue to have a full-time faTAX ENFORCEMENT LIST RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF EYEBROW NO.193 PROVINCE OF SASKATCHEWAN Notice is hereby given under The Tax Enforcement Act that unless the arrears and costs appearing opposite the land and title number described in the following list are fully paid before October 26, 2020, an interest based on a tax lien will be registered against the land. Note: A sum for costs in an amount required by subsection 4(3) of The Tax Enforcement Act is included in the amount shown against each parcel.

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Trustees with the Prairie South School Division board of education. Board chair Robert Bachmann is front row right. Photo courtesy PSSD cility operator” with a minimum daily cleaning of eight hours,” he said. “Larger schools like (A.E.) Peacock Collegiate will receive 51 hours of daily cleaning.” There has been a lessening of hours paid, but this does not equal a reduction of the same amount of cleaning time, Bachmann continued. Before, some building operators worked a partial shift at one school and then moved to another school to complete their shift. The staff were paid for this transition time, but the time to put away equipment, travel to a new location, and prepare to start cleaning again did not contribute to the actual cleaning. This means, he pointed out, that the time dedicated to cleaning would only be reduced slightly and not signifiTAX TITLE PROPERTY FOR SALE

Tenders will be received by the Planning and Development Services Branch, 3rd Floor, City Hall, Moose Jaw, SK up to 2:00 p.m. C.S.T. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 for the following property: 544 Athabasca Street East Civic Address: Legal Description: Lot 15, Block 22, Plan Old96 Ext 0 & Lot 21, Block 22, Plan 101154440 Ext 90 0.070 ha (0.17 acres) 60ft x 125ft Parcel Size: Residential Land Description: R1 Low Density Residential District Zoning: $35,000.00 + GST Reserve Bid: The City of Moose Jaw reserves the right to reject any or all offers. For further infomation call: (306) 6924428 or E-mail: Mloney@moosejaw.ca

cantly. It also meant that PSSD would have fewer staff members who travel between buildings, in a year when the division will attempt to limit the movement of people from one school to another. “Concerns have been raised that high-touch areas will not be able to get the attention they need. Because schools will have less non-academic use — evening sports and other community-use — in 2020-21, facility staff dedicated to support evening use may be partially reallocated to daytime cleaning as this is necessary,” said Bachmann. “Also, staff have had more time than normal through the spring and summer to ensure facilities are fully ready to receive staff and students (again).” Bachmann encouraged everyone to contact him or other board trustees if they have concerns. He also asked that people consider more than just the union’s perspective as parents, students and staff reflect on the safety, cleaning and hygiene of PSSD for this coming year. If anyone has additional questions or concerns, please call the Prairie South School Division’s board office at 306-694-1200. 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 planning@moosejaw.ca. 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


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Province provides updatedBy Moose safeJawschool plan to address concerns Express staff

The provincial government plans to provide more resources, information, time and testing to ensure students can safely return to school in September, it announced in a news release. “Over the past few weeks, our government has been listening to concerns about our students returning to school while we are still managing our way through the COVID-19 pandemic,” Premier Scott Moe said. “Today, we are acting by providing more information, more time, more testing and more resources to ensure a safe return to school in September.” More resources The province will allocate $40 million from the $200 million provincial COVID-19 contingency fund for extra costs related to the safety of students and staff through the pandemic, the news released explained. The $40 million in new funding for education will go toward: • $20 million will be available to school divisions on an application basis for pandemic-related costs including staffing and sanitation supplies; • $10 million will be available to enhance non-classroom options such as distance learning to help ensure immunocompromised and medically fragile students have continuous access to learning across school divisions, available on an application basis; • $10 million will be allocated to the Ministry of Education to centrally procure masks, PPE and other supplies for school divisions. This $40 million in additional funding will match and complement the $40 million school divisions realized in savings, making a total of $80 million available to school divisions for a safe return to school, said the news re-

lease. The application process was communicated with all school divisions on Aug. 18. More information To provide parents and students with information about what a return to individual schools will look like, school-specific operation plans are currently being finalized and will be posted online and communicated to parents and students no later than Aug. 26, the news release said. School divisions have been working within the provincial guidelines and public health guidance provided through the Safe Schools Plan to implement initiatives such as block scheduling, cohorting, and considerations for alternating school days. Under the new funding made available to divisions, additional staff will be considered to reduce class sizes in exceptional circumstances. School divisions are preparing plans for submission to the Ministry of Education this week for possibly altering operations of high density schools, primarily in collegiate settings, under Level 3 of the Safe Schools Plan. More time Students will now be rescheduled to return to class on the Tuesday after Labour Day, Sept. 8. Students were set to return to class between Sept. 1 and 3, the news release said. This extra time will provide teachers and staff two to four additional days to be in the schools to be trained on the new protocols, properly reconfigure classrooms, and where possible hold virtual meetings with parents to discuss the new procedures. The terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement currently held with the Saskatchewan Teach-

ers Federation will be honoured, said the news release. Instructional hours will not be extended, meaning depending on the school division, there will be two to four fewer instructional days this school year. More testing The province is working toward daily testing capacity of 4,000 tests by the beginning of September and will continue to offer universal testing for anyone who wants to be tested. Regina and Saskatoon will also introduce drive-through testing sites that will require only a health card, not a referral, the news release said. All teachers and school staff are being encouraged to seek testing prior to returning to school and at frequent points throughout the school year. Priority access to testing will be established for teachers and school staff in the coming days, with referrals available through 811. Targeted school testing is an important focus of the expanded testing plans, with plans including targeted monitoring, testing of students with parental consent, and priority testing for teachers and school staff, the news release said. Participating schools will be selected based on factors such as number of students in the school and if the community is experiencing a recent surge of new cases. Inschool public health visits for routine childhood vaccinations will now include COVID-19 testing, where parental consent is granted. As part of the Aug. 26 school specific plans, parents will be provided with detailed information that includes instructions about what to do if a child tests positive, the news release added, and what a classroom and school would do to follow up and protect others.

Premier Moe announces $40 million for resources for safe classrooms Social media post reveals plan, says more to come; NDP decries as too little too late Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Saskatchewan government will be providing an additional $40 million to the province’s schools for resources to create safer classrooms, Premier Scott Moe announced. The announcement comes in the midst of much discussion as to how and when schools in the province should open in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “As a father, I know what it means to want to take every step possible to protect my kids,” Moe said in his Facebook video post. “As an uncle, I know my nieces and nephews are excited to get back to school, but both them and their parents have questions about what it’s going to look like. “I want each of you to know I hear you, our government hears you. That’s why a joint announcement with Dr. Shahab was made to announce a number of measures that will provide more information, more time, more

testing capacity and more resources to ensure a safe return to school for all Saskatchewan students.” Moe added that on or before Aug. 26, school divisions will provide details on each individual school plan for safe operation this fall and that school would begin classes on the Tuesday after Labour Day, Sept. 8. “This is a few days later than students would normally return to class and will provide teachers and school staff a few additional days to prepare their classrooms and common areas for a safe return,” Moe said. A COVID-specific testing plan will also be in place, with voluntary testing in school for students, teachers and staff. NDP leader Ryan Meili was quick to respond to the surprise announcement, calling it “too little, too late”. “The Sask. Party is spinning its wheels,” said Meili. “For months we’ve pushed for a serious plan for the safe re-

opening of schools. They have no plan, and no clue what to do. Now Saskatchewan families are paying the price, with widespread fear and frustration as our kids return to the classroom.” NDP education critic Carla Beck also weighed in on the government’s plan. “While any investment is welcome at this very late stage, the dollars teased today are completely inadequate to address the needs in our classrooms as teachers and students prepare to go back to school this fall,” she said. “Even with this small investment taken into account, the Sask. Party will still be spending less per student than they were in 2016. The Sask. Party’s failure to plan is letting our parents, teachers, students and school staff down.”

Swine fever export boom seen over by next year By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

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EXPRESS The impact of African Swine Fever in China has abated with herd recovery on large farms. A Reuters report indicates hog farms with 5,000 head have increased production.

Small farmers are experiencing difficulty getting back into production. Some small farmers lack the funds to get back in business. Yet others who resumed hog production found the new herd decimated by a return of swine fever. China admits to having lost 40 per cent of the national hog population, which was 418 million at the end of 2018.

The swine fever outbreak has increased pork exports from the United States and boosted prices. The chief financial officer of hog processor WH Group, Guo Lijin predicts that export boom will be over by the end of this year. WH Group owns Smithfield Foods, the largest pork processor in the world. But Lijin says spread of COVID-19 will impact hog slaughter and prices. Five of seven Smithfeld plants are running below normal capacity due to Covid-19 and costs are higher. Chinese hog prices are 137 per cent higher than one year ago. Meanwhile, two international agricultural bodies have issued an appeal for global

action to stop swine fever from spreading. A joint release by the World Organization for Animal Health and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization warns swine fever has spread to 51 countries and will intensify current health and socio-economic crises. Pork makes up 35 per cent of global meat consumption. The disease, which causes 100 per cent mortality in pigs has spread to Africa and Europe as well as Asia. There is no cure and no vaccine. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net

Turkey vulture Resident Percy Hill was out for a walk recently in the Wakamow Valley Authority when he snapped this picture of a turkey vulture sitting in a tree in Maryland Park. While these birds normally migrate through Moose Jaw in the fall, Hill believes there was a nest since he saw other young turkey vultures flying nearby. According to the internet, if you see a vulture in your dreams it represents good luck, while if you see one in flight, this means you are going to achieve your goals. Also, the Old Farmer’s Almanac says if a turkey vulture lands on your roof on a Monday, you will come into some money. Photo courtesy Percy Hill


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Standout University of Saskatchewan wrestler to join Huskies program in official capacity through inaugural program When you’ve had a career as one of the top wrestlers in Canada West and throughout USports and have faced literally the best in the world, odds are you’re going to have a whole lot of information to pass on to those who follow in your footsteps. Moose Jaw’s Taylor Follensbee fits that role perfectly; she will be among 18 former student-athletes selected as participants in the inaugural USports Female Apprenticeship Coach Program. She’ll join her alma mater, the University of Saskatchewan, as an assistant under head wrestling coach Daniel Olver. Follensbee enters the program with a resume filled with accomplishments – on top of provincial and national championships as a youth wrestler, the former Moose Jaw Kinsmen Wrestling Club competitor won three Canada West medals with the Huskies– including gold in 2017-18 – to go along with two USports national bronze medals. Most recently, Follensbee put together a fourth-place finish in the women’s 76-kilogram division at the 2019 Canadian Senior Olympic Wrestling Trials, a division that included reigning Olympic champion Erica Weibe and world champion Justina Di Stasio.

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Taylor Follensbee was recently accepted into the first USports female apprenticeship coach program. “I am excited to have Taylor join us, our goal is to build a USports championship-winning program and in order to do that we need to improve in all aspects, including our coaching capacity,” said Olver. “Taylor brings a recent perspective on having been an athlete and there is no doubt that she will help our program. “Above all else I am happy for Taylor. Coaching is some-

thing that is in her future, she is taking this opportunity to develop herself as a coach and we are happy to support that in any way we can.” The 18 participants in the program come from all aspects of the USports world, with nine having already having taken on assistant coaching roles. Follensbee herself has worked with the Huskies in practices since graduating, making the new step a perfect fit. The program is funded through Sport Canada, with the aim of increasing the number of female coaching positions at Canadian universities by matching graduated athletes with a mentor coach in their respective sport. All participants in the program will be a member of the coaching staff at their schools. They will take part in team practices and games or meets at both the conference and national levels, and will also have a chance to further develop their coaching skills through the National Coaching Certification Program. If everything goes according to plan, it won’t take long for Follensbee to find herself back on a winning team – the Huskies men won the most recent Canada West championship back in February; the women’s team finished second, only four points back of the Calgary Dinos.

Fast start leads to mercy-rule win for Giants over Canadians

Giants put up six in first, take 11-4 victory in Rambler Park Fastball League action at Lyle Helland Ball Diamond Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Giants figured out how to defeat the Moose Jaw Canadians in Rambler Park Fastball League action last Tuesday night. And their solution was – score a whole bunch of runs early, play solid defence the rest of the way, and get things done in mercy-rule fashion as quick as you can. The Giants batted through their order in the first inning, scoring six runs on four hits and rolling to an 11-4 victory at Lyle Helland Ball Diamond. Brad Flanagan provided the big hit of the opening frame, launching a Blake Dixon offering over the left-field fence. His two-run home run put the Giants ahead 4-0 before Terry Danberg’s two-run single three batters later gave the eventual victors their six-run edge before the Canadians even had an at bat. Trailing 7-1, Jay Livingston got two of those back for the Canadians with a two-run shot of his own in the third, but the Giants would tack on two more in the fourth. Darryl Callaghan added another two-run home run in the sixth to put the Giants in a mercy-rule position, and Derek Ross closed things out in the sixth to earn the win. Ross would give up the four runs on six hits while striking out three; Dixon allowed the 11 runs on 11 hits. The Canadians fell to 9-2 on the season continue to hold down first place in the six-team Division 1; the Giants

The Giants’ Kevin Knelsen lunges back for the tag at second as the Canadians’ Brad Reaney scrambles to the bag. improved to 7-4 and are tied for second with the Earl Grey Rockets. Both were back in action Friday, Aug. 21 when they took on the Piapot Aces at Kaplan Field in Regina. Next home action is Tuesday, Aug. 25 when the Canadians taking

Derek Ross delivers for the Moose Jaw Giants in action Tuesday night. on the Piapot North Stars at 7 p.m. and the Giants take on the Highway 22 Cowboys in the final regular season games for both teams. Results unavailable at press time.

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Blue Jays face As in Little League showdown Moose Jaw squads take field in Minor AA battle Randy Palmer Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Blue Jays and Moose Jaw As took the field in North Regina Little League Major AA action recently at Gamble Field, and turned in the expected hardfought contest one would expect from two of the league's top teams. While the final score was unavailable, here are a selection of photos from the contest — and expect another good game when the two teams meet again on Aug. 26!

Prairie Dogs sweep trio of recent games, sit second in standings Commanding wins over Lumsden, Pacers have 11U AA squad looking to finish strong Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Prairie Dogs continue to find themselves on a roll in Baseball Regina 11U AA league action – and that made a first-place showdown all the more intriguing. The Prairie Dogs faced the Lumsden Cubs in pair of games on Aug. 15 and ran into a bit of adversity in the first game of the doubleheader before securing a 10-6 win. The Cubs would do all their damage in the second inning, batting through their order and scoring six runs. Moose Jaw would get two of those back in the third, though, and tack on a six-spot of their own in the

fourth before salting things away with another two runs in the fifth. Drayson Silbernagel, Ronan Tonge and Dillion Flanagan scored two runs each in the game, while Burke Bechard reached base three times. There were no such concerns in the second game, as the Prairie Dogs would put up plenty of offence on their way to a 21-5 victory. It was more of the same in their next game on Aug. 17 as Moose Jaw picked up another blow-out, rolling to a 22-7 win over the Regina Pacers. The Prairie Dogs improved to 11-2 in the

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first match-up between the two teams in commanding fashion, taking a 15-3 victory back on Aug. 3, leaving both squads looking forward to the rematch. Be sure to catch next week’s edition for a full recap of the first-place showdown!


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High school sports start pushed back to early, mid-October Golf cancelled, training to begin Sept. 28, league play to begin no earlier than first week of October, most sports start in middle of month Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association has pushed the start of high school sports even further back than originally planned. Information released by the sports governing body revealed that after consultation with the provincial government and the recent announcement that school would start on Sept. 8, a week later than normal, a multitude of changes were made from the original SHSAA plan released on Aug. 13. Primary among those was the announcement that golf season for 2020 campaign had been cancelled outright. “Unfortunately, similar to badminton and track and field in the spring, the pandemic has forced the executive to cancel a season of play impacting many students who are typically involved in school sport,” the SHSAA explained. “The executive believed that the restrictions related to the re-opening of schools would not allow for a safe and effective qualification process leading to a provincial championship event.” The remainder of outdoor activities will begin with two weeks of promotion and education of school sport preparedness, beginning on Sept. 14. That plan will in-

In a normal season, high school volleyball would be almost at the end of its season by mid-October. This year, the sport will be starting on Oct. 19. clude familiarizing all with COVID-19 precautions and return to sport protocols, modifications to competition and, most importantly, how much interest there is in school sport participation. Practices and preparation for the sports themselves will begin on Sept. 28 for outdoor activities, including cross country, soccer and football, and odds are lit-

tle will be normal – there will be no inter-school competition in cross country, and league sports will likely see ‘minileagues’ established, possibly within each city or highly localized region. The jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction plan has already had one casualty, as the Saskatoon Secondary Schools Athletic Directorate announced earlier this week that all

fall school sports have been cancelled in the province’s largest city. Soccer season will be allowed to start on Oct. 5 and will run to Oct. 31; a onemonth football season will start on Oct. 13 and run until Nov. 14. Volleyball will establish their teams and begin practice on Oct. 13, with games beginning Oct. 19 and running until Nov. 28. All told, sports under SHSAA direction will be starting league play on average a month later than usual. When it comes to league playoffs and provincial championships, no announcements have been made and any decisions will depend on current Saskatchewan Health Authority public orders and the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan. “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,” the SHSAA said. “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 modified SHSAA-sanctioned activities.”

Canucks cap Sask Premier Baseball League season with pair of wins Campaign of steady improvement ends on winning note for 18U AAA squad

After a rough start to the season, the Moose Jaw Canucks have capped their Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League campaign as winners. The Canucks finished off their 18-and-under AAA campaign with a 9-6 win over the Swift Current 57’s on Tuesday night, a day after pounding out a 10-5 win over the Regina Athletics. The two wins saw the Canucks finish with a 5-13 record, good enough for 10th place in the 12-team league and a far cry from their first few games of the season when mercy-rule losses were far too often the order of the day. Canucks 9, Swift Current 6 After three-straight one-run losses to the 57’s in their previous match-ups, the Ca-

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nucks used a big inning to take control of the contest and hold on for the comfortable win. Trailing 3-0 heading into the bottom of the third at Ross Wells Park, the Canucks sent 10 men to the plate, scoring runs on four straight plays on their way to putting up a six-spot and taking a 6-3 lead. Another three runs in the fifth put Moose Jaw ahead 9-4, and there was no looking back from there. Cole Breitkreuz finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in, while Nathan Varjassy was 2-for4 with two RBI and Carson Reed scored a pair of runs. Kaedyn Banilevic also scored a run and had a pair of RBI. Kyle Duncan got the start on the mound

Nathan Varjassy – here sliding into third against the 57’s late last week – had four hits in the Canucks’ final two gams of the season.

and went four innings, giving up three runs on three hits, while Evan Callaghan and Kaleb Waller combined to toss the final three innings and close out the win. Canucks 10, Athletics 5 After all the big innings they’d seen scored against them through the season, it was poetic justice that the Canucks were able to turn in one of their highest scoring showings of the year in the second last contest of the season. Tied 2-2 heading into the top of the seventh, the Canucks would score eight runs to blow things open, taking advantage of six hits, a pair of walks and an error to put up their snowman.

It was a fitting cap to a solid performance on the mound for Varjassy, who tossed 102 pitches over six innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits and striking out six. He couldn’t quite finish things off, though, and Kyle Duncan recorded the final three outs for the win. Varjassy helped out his own cause with a 2-for-4 showing that included a run and an RBI; all told every player in the Canucks line-up would cross the plate at least once. Waller was 2-for-2 with two runs, Dylan Reed 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Banilevic had another two RBI, Orin Olson had a pair of hits.

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Canucks back on winning track in 13U AAA action Fast start paves way to solid win over Regina Pacers at Andrie Diamond Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Canucks have apparently figured out a solid plan in order to win games in the Baseball Regina 13-and-under AAA league. Score a huge amount of runs in the first few innings, wait out a lightning delay, and cruise to an easy victory as the light

begins to fail. The Canucks put up six runs in the opening frame, tacked on another three in the third to go ahead 9-2 and would cruise to a 10-4 victory over the Regina Pacers in action at Andrie Diamond last Thursday night. Moose Jaw’s fast start saw the first seven batters reach base, scoring five runs before Regina was able to record their second out of the inning. All told, they’d send 10 batters to the plate and put up all the offence they’d need to find victory on the night. That took all the pressure off Canucks starter Owen Casada, who would allow a single run on three hits over two innings, striking out three in the process. Rylan Caplette-Tarrant took over in the third and allowed two runs on two hits, Garrett Gulutzan closed things out over the final

two innings, allowing a run on three hits and striking out three. It was in the fourth when a storm blew in over the western edge of the city, delaying the game for around 45 minutes and playing into the contest’s end when they ran out of daylight heading into the seventh. All told, the Canucks would rack up 14 hits on the night. Gulutzan had a solid night at the plate, go-

ing 3-for-3 with three runs scored an a run batted in, while Riley Cushway was 3-for3 with two runs scored and Csada 2-for-2 with three RBI. Wesley Olson and Tyson Ross also had a pair of hits each. The Canucks improved to 9-4-1 on the season and were back in action Sunday when they took on White Butte in a doubleheader at Andrie Diamond. Results not available at press time.

Canucks drop pair in recent 15U AAA action

Moose Jaw drops 11-1 decision to East Central in twinbill opener in Balcarres, fall 17-2 to Regina Buffalos at Swarbrick Diamond Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Canucks had a solid start but couldn’t keep the momentum going in Baseball Regina 15U AAA league action on Friday night, eventually dropping a 17-2 decision to the Regina Buffalos at Swarbrick Diamond. The Canucks were right back in action for a doubleheader Saturday against the East Central Mils in Balcarres, falling 11-1 in the opener. The final score was unavailable for game two. The two losses saw the Canucks drop to 3-13-1 on the season and sit in seventh place in the eight-team league. They’re back in action for their final game of August when they travel to Assiniboia to face the last-place Aces on Thursday, Aug. 27. Buffalos 17, Canucks 2 The Canucks used a solid start from Brennan Daradich to stick with the Buffalos through the first three innings, but wouldn’t be able to hold on from there as Regina poured on the runs late. Daradich would allow one run in the second inning and surrendered a single hit while striking out five. He left the game trailing 1-0, and a platoon of five pitchers were unable to hold the Buffalos offence

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Canucks second baseman Javin Boynton turns a double play.

Shaune Reimer makes a diving catch in right field for the Canucks. in check the rest of the way, allowing the 16 further runs on 11 hits and nine walks. Regina would score four runs in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead, add another two in the fifth and four in the sixth to go up 11-2 before closing things out with a sixrun seventh. The Canucks got on the board in the fourth when Caleb Newkirk drew a leadoff walk, went to second on a sacrifice by Tate Macdairmid, took third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch. Nathan McDougall took a similar path to score Moose Jaw’s second run in the sixth – reaching on a dropped third strike, going to second on a passed ball, third on a wild pitch and scoring on a wild pitch. All told, the Canucks had only two hits in the game, with Newkirk and McDougall doing the honours. East Central 11, Canucks 1 Moose Jaw got off to the start they were hoping for against the Mils, scoring in the first inning and once again finding themselves in a close game through four frames. Max Simmons opened scoring when he led off the game by reaching on an error,

going to second on a Brennan Gerbrandt walk, third on a single by Cooper Gregor and scoring when Macdairmid singled to centre field.

And that would mark the entirety of their offence, as the Canucks would only have a hit from Simmons the rest of the contest. Gerbrandt got the start and was victimized by two of six Moose Jaw errors, allowing six runs, only three earned, on three hits. McDougall took over in the fifth and surrendered three earned runs on a hit and four walks, Javin Boynton closed things out allowing a run on three hits.

Another day, another ace: Baron hits hole-in-one at Lynbrook Latest ace comes on eighth hole, 13 of season at local course Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

After going through what passes for a drought when it comes to holes-inone at the Lynbrook Golf Club, the local golf course has another on its ledger. This time around, it was Dwight Baron doing the honours, holing out on his first shot on the 220-yard eighth hole. Witnessing the feat were Michael Tremblay and Doug Trithardt. It was the 13th hole-in-one of the season at the Lynbrook and came nine days after the last ace – which was one of two that took place in the same week.


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Back on the winning track: 13U AA Canucks take win over Lumsden Canucks take 10-4 win over fellow league lead contenders day after dropping 16-15 decision to White Sox Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

It didn’t take very long for the Moose Jaw 13U AA Canucks to get right back on the winning track after suffering a tough loss on Friday night. Less than 24 hours after surrendering eight runs in the final inning to drop a 16-15 decision to the Regina White Sox, the Canucks rebounded with a 10-4 win over the Lumsden Cubs on Saturday afternoon at Andrie Diamond. The victory kept the Canucks in the hunt for the league lead with a 10-5-1 record. They’re back in action Wednesday when they host the Regina Pacers. White Sox 16, Canucks 15 It isn’t often everyone in your line-up has at least one hit and all but one player scores a run and you still take a loss, but that was the case for the Canucks in Regina. Moose Jaw led 9-5 through three innings, 13-8 through four and took a 15-8 lead into the final frame before the White Sox put up their snowman to steal the win. Kaison Skeoch led the offensive outburst with a 3-for-3 showing that included a pair of runs scored and four runs batted in. Brogan Bowes and Nick Bechard were each 3-for-4 with three runs scored; Rhett Prior crossed the plate twice, Kohl Olson and Karsen Pruden had two RBI each. Prior, Hunter Scott, Spenser Craig and Zayden Anderson all saw action on the mound.

Kaison Skeoch slides home with the Canucks’ ninth run on Saturday. Canucks 10, Cubs 4 The Canucks bats didn’t cool off much on a hot afternoon, as they would rack up 19 hits on the day and have all but one player record a base knock. It was Moose Jaw’s turn to use a big inning to help secure a win, as trailing 3-0 in the third, they’d send 10 batters to the plate and score seven runs to take a lead they’d never relinquish.

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Volunteers repair historic church damaged during wind storm Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The repair of a historic Anglican church was a nice birthday gift for Jerrold Delahey, whose family helped construct the country church more than a century ago. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purely coincidental that Delahey turned 84 years old on the same day that volunteers reinstalled the bell tower and cross onto the 122-year-old St. Columba Anglican Church, he said with a chuckle on Aug. 13. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was quite pleased to see (the repair) done by a local fellow. He did a very good job on it,â&#x20AC;? Delahey remarked while watching as two cranes lifted the bell tower and repair bucket to the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roof, so volunteers Dan Goud and Dave Delahey could reinstall the structure. St. Columba Anglican Church is a municipal heritage property located roughly six kilometres east of the Village of Tuxford on Highway 202. The senior Delahey was one of more than a dozen people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including many relatives of the original parishioners and a few area neighbours â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who came to watch. His grandfather and parents are buried in the adjacent cemetery, while he acted as caretaker from 1994 to 2018. His grandfatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original homestead is three-quarters of a mile east; his son and grandson farm that area. A wind storm blew down the bell tower in late May, so Sandra Luchia, her brother Dave, and his wife â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who became caretakers after their father retired â&#x20AC;&#x201D; called area residents Dan and Linda Goud for support, Luchia explained. Dan had previously expressed interest in volunteering and putting his carpentry skills to use. After receiving the call, Goud drove over on May 30 and recovered pieces of the tower. He took them back to his shop, where he spent the next few months rebuilding the structure. Goud saved the original 1898 top portion and incorporated it into the new tower. The Goudsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; two grandchildren also contributed to the project by painting the wooden frame. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very important icon in the community,â&#x20AC;? said Mrs. Goud. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearts â&#x20AC;Ś (Dan) enjoyed doing it; he really did.â&#x20AC;? The Delahey family has been involved with the church since it was consecrated on Nov. 2, 1898, Luchia said. Her great-grandfather, grandfather and father were volunteer caretakers for decades. Now she, her brother and sister-in-law volunteer their time to cut grass and trim weeds. Every 10 years, they request a grant from Saskatchewan Heritage to maintain the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior. So far, the or-

Dan Goud and Dave Delahey add some cosmetic touches to the reinstalled bell tower, damaged during a wind storm in May. Goud recovered the pieces and rebuilt the structure. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Wait and see and hope: Plenty of decisions still to come for Moose Jaw high school sports Prairie South commissioner Pethick hoping to see fall sports, but only time will tell

Two cranes were used to help repair the bell tower on the historic St. Columba Anglican Church on Aug. 13. The church is located east of Tuxford on Highway 202. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Two cranes were used to help repair the bell tower on the historic St. Columba Anglican Church on Aug. 13. The church is located east of Tuxford on Highway 202. Photo by Jason G. Antonio ganization has given them $2,000 to paint the outside, while all other funds have come from donations. It was a surprise when the bell tower fell off, the senior Delahey said. He always thought it was strong enough to remain on the roof, but they found out that was untrue in the face of strong winds. To prevent a repeat, Goud drilled in eight-inch nail screws to solidly anchor the tower. Delahey, who now lives in Moose Jaw, still drives past the church every week to visit his sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farm. However, he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop to look as much now that he has retired as caretaker. It was a pleasure to maintain the property after taking over from his father, Delahey said. What made looking after the property easier was having lawn equipment with attachments that could navigate the small area. That wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the case for his father, who had a large tractor and mower and couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t navigate between the headstones. St. Columba Anglican Church is the oldest building in the Rural Municipality of Marquis and even predates the creation of the RM. If you have the patience, you could search through all eight guest books to find the signature of former governor general Adrienne Clarkson, who visited Moose Jaw in 2001 while attending the Festival of Words with her husband.

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Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express As most people will agree these days, when it comes to everything related to the re-opening of schools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a whole lot of questions that will need to be answered before things officially begin on Sept. 8. You can count the South Central District Athletic Association â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which encompasses Moose Jaw and surrounding communities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in that group looking to solve all sorts of riddles in the next little while. The Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association has helped get things going in that direction with their recent directive that fall school sports will be significantly delayed, starting at the end of September at the earliest, with most not even seeing the field or court until mid-October. But what version those sports â&#x20AC;&#x201C; cross country, soccer, football and volleyball â&#x20AC;&#x201C; will take in Prairie South, and if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll happen at all, is still very, very much up in the air. Meetings next week and beyond will get things moving along, but what those discussions will determine is anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guess according to SCDAA commissioner Leigh Pethick. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be meeting soon to look at the SHSAA guidelines and see what kind of decisions we make,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really want to say anything until we get back to work, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six of one and half dozen of the other. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to upset people either way, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see these kids have these opportunities, but you have to think about safety first, soâ&#x20AC;Ś.â&#x20AC;? Of course, the first priority is getting back in class and simply seeing how thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all going to work. In that case, sports is so far on the back burner as to almost not even be part of the meal. But the time will come when things will be somewhat set in stone. And how thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to look is anybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guess â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in-city mini-leagues have been floated by the SHSAA, but how that would affect rural teams that rely on travel into larger communities to play is something that will need to be solved. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the question of fans being allowed to watch games, especially indoors. And what happens in the case of an outbreak? Is everything cancelled or just certain games? Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the biggest question of all â&#x20AC;&#x201C; do you go ahead at all, or do you follow the lead of Saskatoon and just cancel everything outright? No answers for now, and all those question are only part of what meetings next week will try and solve. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prairie South wants to do whatever they can for the 60 Athabasca health and safety of Street our staffEast and students, and if they 306-692-0533 need to ere on the side of caution, I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smart,â&#x20AC;? Minister: Rev.athletics Jim Tenford Pethick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But is an important part, it gives Music Director: Karen students something else to doPurdy other than schoolwork, it th getsSunday, them exercise them outside. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important, , 2017 Mayand 14gets 10:30am andWorship if we can Service we will, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to wait and see.â&#x20AC;? & Sunday School

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

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Sunday, August 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th, 2020 Rev. Jim Tenford will be having Sunday Services on YouTube and Facebook Sanctuary Services and Sunday School at St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s United have been cancelled until further notice.

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DAVIS Aletha Evelyn Davis, aged 97 years of Moose Jaw, SK passed away on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019. Aletha was born in Mawer, SK on April 22nd, 1922, the 5th child of Joseph and Florence Nouch. Aletha’s younger years growing up in Mawer were busy with school and church activities. She took part in school plays, choir, playing the piano and singing. She played some sports but said she was never very good at any of them. As a teenager she attended local dances with her sister and friends. Aletha always talked about the beautiful dresses her Mother made for her and her sisters. She said they were the best dressed girls in town, so her wonderful fashion sense began at an early age. During her high school years Aletha began seeing John Beck. John joined the service and Aletha went to Normal school to become a teacher. She married John on June 20th, 1942 and 5 months later he went overseas and was killed in action. She continued to teach at Wilson Hill School. Following the war Aletha went to a dance with her sister Mary and met a young man named Robert Davis. They were married on March 14th, 1946. She moved to the farm near Riverhurst, SK where she had to adapt to living in the country and being a farmer’s wife. Aletha and Robert later moved to town and she became involved in the community while raising 4 children. She taught kindergarten in her basement, taught Sunday School, 4-H & CGIT. She belonged to the UCW, Co-op Ladies Guild and the Legion Auxiliary. She was involved in all the activities of our family as well. Aletha and Robert moved to Moose Jaw in 1967 and she again became involved in the community. They had a cabin at Buffalo Pound Lake and later a mobile home at Diefenbaker Lake, and our family enjoyed many good times at these summer homes. Aletha and Robert also had several travel trailers, a

KWAN On Wednesday, August 12th, 2020, Mon Fay Kwan, loving husband and father of four children, passed away at the age of 86 years. Fay was born February 2nd, 1934 in Toisan, China. He immigrated to Canada in 1951 and settled in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan where he married his wife Pinky and they raised their four sons: Eugene, Glen, Gordon and Thomas. He began work at the National Cafe and eventually became a partner in the Landmark Restaurant. In 1987, he opened the Dugout Cafe and worked alongside his family until 2002. Fay was known for his easygoing attitude, was quick with a smile and to make a joke. He had a passion for Chinese Opera, and enjoyed performing with the Chinese Athletic Club when his kids were young. He enjoyed watching football and hockey, and just spending time “hanging out” with his son Gordon. Fay is survived by his wife, Pinky; children: Eugene, Glen, Gordon, Thomas and Thomas’ wife Amanda. Due to the current Covid-19 health situation, a Private Family Service will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. James Murdock, Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome.com

motorhome, and travelled in Canada and the U.S. They began spending the winters in Mesa, AZ and enjoyed a busy social life, golfing, dancing and Happy Hours with friends and neighbours. They sold their home and lived in several apartments before moving into “The Bentley”. Aletha continued to live there after Robert’s passing following 64 years of marriage. She continued to be involved at The Bentley, singing in the choir, painting, crafts, attending church, playing bingo and rummoli. She loved to shop and enjoyed her weekly outing with Crystal for lunch and shopping. Right up until her passing, Aletha was always dressed in bright, colourful, perfectly coordinated outfits which everyone admired. The most important thing in Aletha’s life was her family. She was interested in all the activities of each and every one of us and did a pretty good job of keeping track of each of us. She was proud of everyone’s accomplishments and took every opportunity to brag about them. Her apartment was overflowing with pictures of all of her family. She loved the visits from her family and extended family. Aletha spent the last several months of her life at Chateau St. Michael’s, where she was able to receive more care. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert; daughter, Margaret; and all of her siblings and their spouses. Aletha is survived by her children: Deanna (Trevor), Crystal (Garry), and Monty; son-in-law, Paul; grandchildren: Audra (Darren), Jeffrey (Rhonda), Ryan (Deanne), Sheena (Ryan), Cody (Reanna) and Nora; great-grandchildren: Jade, Brandon, Hunter, Reid, Chase, Carter, Makenzie, AJ, Josh, Hudson, Bailey and Braelyn; as well as several nieces and nephews. A Private Family Interment will be held at Central Butte Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations in Aletha’s name may be made to Transition House, Box 1866, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 7N6, Ronald McDonald House, 1101 University Dr, Saskatoon, SK S7N OK4 or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. James Murdock, Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome.com

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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 editor@mjvexpress.com. For information about the status of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, or for more information on symptoms and preventative measures, check saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus. Saskatchewan is now in the last part of Phase Four of the ReOpen Saskatchewan Plan. Public gatherings are still limited to 30 people, and Public Health highly encourages all residents to continue practicing social distancing and hand hygiene.

Education:

All schools in Saskatchewan, from pre-kindergarten to high school will be returning to in-class education in September, provided that there is no surge of COVID-19 cases in the province. Guidelines for this return are now available. Saskatchewan Polytechnic has cancelled all programming and classes on campus but online courses and alternative delivery options are available. All non-essential events are also cancelled. Campuses remain open but with limited services. The University of Regina will be providing instruction from a distance until further notice.

Organizations:

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 now open. 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 sgiinquiries@sgi.sk.ca. 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 reopened to the general public on Aug. 12. COVID-19 precautions are in place, with revised hours and visitor limits. 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 wakamow.events@sasktel.net. 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, from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. Meat draws have resumed, while pool, darts and live entertainment 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 business decline. 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. 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 ask@moosejawlibrary.ca, 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. Big Country Toastmasters meetings will resume on Sept. 9 via Zoom meeting. Members can join the virtual meetings with meeting ID # 444 824 1910. For more information on the club, visit 3418.toastmastersclubs.org.

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 admin@mjhockey.com. 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 its season on July 5. 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 w on Oct. 3 has been rescheduled for May 22, 2021. The 2021 Annual Induction will take place on Aug. 21, 2021, with the deadline for nominations on March 15. For information call 1 (306) 446-1983 or email saskbaseballmuseum@sasktel.net.

Events:

Movie theatres, live theatres, art galleries, museums, and libraries are allowed to reopen. 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 info@moosejawculture.ca, or by purchasing online at moosejawculture.ca. The Moose Jaw Public Library is still offering virtual programming to the public. Upcoming events include the Teen Virtual Ebook Club meeting on Aug. 25 at 3:30 p.m. and the MJPL Book Club meeting on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. Teen events will be hosted on Discord and adult events on Zoom, and the links to join the events can be found on the library’s website. The Good Food Box from Hunger in Moose Jaw will not be available in July and August, and will resume in September. Contact Hunger in Moose Jaw at 1 (306) 692-1916 for more details. The Moose Jaw Homegrown Farmers Market is back on Langdon Crescent every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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. 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. Habitat For Humanity Moose Jaw Colour Run has been cancelled this year. Participants who were considering taking part in the annual fundraiser are encouraged to instead make a donation to the organization to help with their upcoming 202021 projects. 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. A smaller, restricted event will take place on that day instead, with details yet to be determined. 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. Journey To Hope Suicide Awareness Walk will take place on Sept. 26 in Crescent Park, beginning with a memorial service at the Amphitheatre. Pledges for the event are available by contacting Journey to Hope and must be returned by Sept. 25 at noon. Yesterday Once More performance at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre, originally rescheduled to Oct. 9, has now been cancelled. The 50th annual Canadian Western Agribition in Regina on Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 has been postponed until Nov. 22-27, 2021.

Businesses/Facilities:

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:

Restaurants, lounges, bars, and nightclubs are open at full capacity, following physical distancing guidelines.


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While home sales in Moose Jaw increased in July compared to the same time last year — indicating strength in the short-term — year-to-date sales decreased compared to 2019, data shows. Sales in Moose Jaw this July increased to 83 units compared to 60 last year, or a rise of 38.3 per cent, according to a report from the Saskatchewan Realtors Association. Sales were above the fiveyear average of 60.4 homes sold and above the 10-year average of 56.2 homes sold. However, year-to-date (YTD) sales fell to 284 at the end of July, compared to 294 during the same time last year, for a decrease of 3.4 per cent. Sales volume increased to $21.2 million compared to $14.5 million last July, for an increase of 46.1 per cent. YTD sales volume was $66.5 million, which was a decrease from $70.7 million — or 5.9 per cent — last year. The number of new listings for this July increase to 108 compared to 100 last July, for a rise of eight per cent, the report said. This is above the five-year average of 100.8 homes listed and above the 10-year average of 98.4 homes listed. However, YTD new listings fell to 537 units, compared to 643 during the same time last year. Meanwhile, active listings decrease to 239 from 333.

Homes in Moose Jaw stayed on the market for an average of 62 days in July, which is down from 91 days last year. It is also below the five-year average of 67 days on the market but above the 10year average of 59 days. Median home prices increased to $235,000 from $211,750, or an increase of 11 per cent, the report showed. This price was above the five-year average of $227,150 and above the 10-year average of $226,375. YTD, the median home price in Moose Jaw was $214,429, which was below the

$217,386 price from the same time last year. Saskatchewan Realtors Association update While there has been an uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases across the province, the precautions that the SRA put in place earlier this year seem to have reduced people’s anxiety about home buying, the report said. “When the pandemic hit, we put measures in place to make sure that our members and their clients would be safe while buying homes,” said Jason

Yochim, CEO of SRA. “And we’re seeing how effective those measures have been. People feel safe and they’re buying,” suggesting that while COVID is still a concern, people and the economy are adapting. Although prices are down in some markets — reflecting the local nature of real estate — the number of sales were up in all markets that the SRA tracks, while the number of new listings were up in all but one. Again, this suggests the sector is doing well despite the pandemic’s effects on the province, and that the sector has recovered in two to three months. The strong performance seen in June and July — supported by increasing confidence in the real estate sector — is promising for August as well. “Members are still receiving multiple offers and some properties continue to be sold almost as soon as they’re listed,” said Yochim, suggesting there is still pent-up demand. As a result, would-be sellers may be encouraged to list and help ease the declining inventory burden. With children scheduled to return to school in September, August could also see another strong push before life gets back to “normal” and Saskatchewan real estate activity begins its cyclical slow down.

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