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Envelope Campaign The Salvation Army The Salvation Army uses works year-round to Specialized in the funds from this cammeet residents’ needs, Energy Efficient Furnaces paign to meet the needs but the next six weeks of clients and families will be particularly busy Custom Sheet Metal Work throughout the year by proas it undertakes aseveral We Service ALL Makes and Models viding items such as clothwell-known Christmas ing and furniture. campaigns. The organization also The Stocking Fund uses this fund to support Campaign, the envelope transient people passing campaign and the evthrough the community, er-popular Kettle Camsaid Ward. Sometimes paign all kick off in the people need winter boots next couple of weeks. or a winter jacket, so the The Stocking Fund Salvation Army helps to launches on Nov. 18 meet those needs. through the Moose Jaw Kettle Campaign Express; envelopes for This year’s Kettle Camthe envelope campaign go out in the Nov. 25 Major Dan Broome (left) with volunteers Don and Dianne Lammle at the Su- paign will look much difedition of the Express; perstore launch of the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign, during a previous ferent than previous years, particularly due to the panand the Kettle Cam- year’s campaign. File photo demic, said Ward. The bigTHE WEARHOUSE paign kicks off at the gest issue the organization faces is finding enough volunteers to Co-op grocery store on Nov. 27. All campaigns run until Dec. 24, although donations would still be operate the eight kettles. Most volunteers are seniors, but many are worried and fearful of the coronavirus. 429 River St. W. Moose Jaw accepted afterward. “That’s totally understandable … ,” he continued. “If anyone has a Stocking Fund The Salvation Army sees it as a privilege to serve and meet the longing to help their community, we would love to hear from them community’s needs, said Cadet Lester Ward. Christmas is usually … . With low volunteers, it just puts us in another situation where a difficult time for many people and the organization doesn’t ex- we may not necessarily get to where we would like to go and be able to meet the needs of the people.” pect that to change, especially this year. The Stocking Fund meets the financial needs of families and indi- Anyone who wants to volunteer with the Kettle Campaign should viduals who are struggling. It allows the Salvation Army to supply contact Sonya Bowles at (306) 692-5899 to register. families with food hampers and children with toys, while any re- Residents can also call Boles if they want to adopt a family for maining money helps the organization support people into the new Christmas. There are several options to donate during this year’s Kettle Camyear. “There are always ongoing needs, and what a better way to repre- paign. Three of the sites will be fitted with a “tiptap” machine, sent the love of Jesus than to provide that support that’s needed,” where people can hold their debit or credit card over the scanner THE WEARHOUSE added Ward. and give that way. If people require assistance through the Stocking Fund, they will A second option is through a virtual kettle on the Moose Jaw SalBuy 1 Pair of Pants and Get The 2nd Pair for 1/2 PRICE! have to submit an application to be considered eligible. Salvation vation Army’s Facebook page — you don’t even need to leave your Army staff will then conduct interviews with applicants at the home to give — while a third option is the traditional method of Bring this coupon to purchase 1 pair of pants at our ‘regular’ low price and buy the second pair for 1/2 downtown location — 175 First Avenue Northeast — from Nov. depositing money into kettles. price (of equal or lesser value) Meanwhile, the Salvation Army will participate in a toy drive at 16 to Dec. 11. Interviews in Moose Jaw will occur from Monday to Friday from Canadian Tire from Dec. 4 to 5. Residents can drop off an un9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. to 3 p.m. Interviews in Assini- wrapped toy or provide a financial donation. boia from Tuesday to Friday during the same time.

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Sunningdale students remember soldiers who died in Afghanistan Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

One-hundred-fifty-eight mini Canadian flags flutter along the sidewalk leading into Sunningdale School, a reminder to students, staff and visitors of the Canadians who died serving in Afghanistan. About eight youths, five student pilots from 15 Wing airbase, and members of Friends of the Forces Fellowship (formerly 15 Wing Fellowship) gathered at the school on Nov. 6 to set up the display. The school has been providing the visual reminder for six years, with fellowship members usually joining students to drill holes into the hard ground to plant the flags. “It’s a very unique (activity) … it’s not the kind of thing everyone gets to have,” fellowship member Lyle Johnson said. “The Friends of the Forces are honoured to participate with students to continue that tradition of honouring the veterans of Afghanistan.” Helping with the activity was a great way for airbase trainees to engage with the students since they could talk more about Remembrance Day and its meaning, said Sgt. Patrick Porter. Members of the airbase — especially the younger aviators and operators — will always pursue the chance to speak with students as they can also encourage the kids to join cadets and potentially the military. “It’s a good way for kids to chart a path into adulthood,” Porter said. “It gives them good direction.” Besides children and youths, 15 Wing also works regularly with veterans to help tell their stories and ensure civilians remember the past.

Sunningdale School students and staff, 15 Wing airbase trainees, and members Friends of the Forces Fellowship gather near the front doors of the school after erecting mini Canadian flags to honour those soldiers who died in Afghanistan. Photo by Jason G. Antonio “Their experiences are important and should not be forgotten,” added Porter. “That is what we want to impress upon the kids at the school.” Many students who planted the flags expressed their excitement in helping and their appreciation for what veterans have done. “It was fun,” one youth said. Continuing to erect the flags is important because it promotes Canadian history and recalls those men and women who sacrificed their lives, another student said. She pointed to a message on the school’s outside sign that read, “They gave their tomorrows so we could have our today.” Principal Dave Osberg thought planting the flags was a meaningful activity, especially since there are many military families in the school community. The school

Armistice Day in the UK Submitted by Bryan Wilcockson

was able to show its thanks to those military members for all they have done for Canada. “It’s so important that kids learn those values and appreciate the sacrifices (and the magnitude of them) that others do for their freedom,” he remarked, pointing out teachers are still able to promote remembrance through the curriculum even with an ongoing pandemic. Osberg had one uncle who fought in the First World War and two great-uncles who fought in the Second World War, so this activity had great meaning for him. He noted that the school created paper poppies and stuck them to the windows, allowing passersby to remember veterans’ sacrifices as well. Remembering Canada’s 158 war dead from Afghanistan by placing these flags

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was a great thing to do, said fellowship president Roy LaBuick. It gave him goosebumps and chills to see the flags lining the sidewalk. He also thought it was important to have the students — both kids and the airbase trainees — involved, especially after eight months of dealing with the pandemic. “It’s important to remember what veterans past and present have done. We should remember them more than once a year. We should remember what they do for us every day,” he remarked, pointing out Canada has military personnel serving all over the world. “Remembering the ones we lost is also important. It’s that much more reason to remember them.”

Stocking campaign for Salvation Army

The Moose Jaw Express/Moose Jaw Today is pleased again this year to collect funds for the Salvation Army Stocking Fund through to Christmas. The stocking fund raises money for the good works that the Salvation Army does for the community, as the funds are always needed. The goal we have set this year is $10,000, and The Moose Jaw Express/ Moose Jaw Today would like to challenge the community to rise up and do what it can toward the Salvation Army, as every dollar helps. You can bring your cheques and cash to the Moose Jaw Express office at 32

Each year on Armistice Day in the UK (a.k.a. Remembrance Day here in Canada), the children of the town (Selby, UK) 'adopt' a war grave and plant a poppy cross on it. This year, the children have also taken to painting rocks. Here's a couple of photographs taken by friend of the Moose Jaw Express Bryan Wilcockson who lives in the UK of the grave of a brave Canadian. Can you see the little rock on the right of the poppy cross with the Canadian Maple Leaf painted on it? The flags are a bit weather worn though. Armistice Day itself was a bit unusual due to lockdown with the COVID restrictions. The Government would not allow residents to attend the ceremonies, so everyone stood on their front doorsteps to observe the silence. Very eerie when you can hear a bugler sounding out all across the town.

Sunningdale School student Gavin Kicenko drills into the hard-packed earth so Aviator Dustin Poirier can install a flag. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

Manitoba Street West and EVERY dime collected will go to the Salvation Army. All cheques should be written directly to the Salvation Army and we will document your donation with a receipt from the office, and publish your name in the Express at the end of the campaign to show our gratitude. Cash donations are also appreciated and a receipt will be issued for those, as well. For those wanting a tax-deductible receipt, they will be issued by the Salvation Army. Thank you for your support and let’s make this a Merry Christmas for the Salvation Army.


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ber the values that underlie the sacrifice In the era of COVID-19, even rememand the service of those who paid the bering those who gave their lives for price for us.” our freedom has to take place in as The Last Post and Rouse were persafe an environment as possible. formed by retired Capt. Rick Elmer, That meant the annual Remembrance with piper Michelle Gallagher offering Day ceremony in Mosaic Place - an The Lament. event that regularly attracts close to The event concluded with a selection 4,500 supporters, if not more - had to of dignitaries honouring the pre-placed be scaled down by the Royal Canadiwreaths, including Member of Parliaan Legion Branch 59 into a smaller ment Tom Lukiwski, MLA Greg Lawformat designed to protect everyone rence, Mayor Fraser Tolmie as well as involved. members of 15 Wing, the Sask DraThe Moose Jaw Funeral Home served goons, Canadian Armed Forces and the as host for the 2020 Remembrance Royal Canadian Legion and Anavets. Day ceremony, a gathering limited to A look at the cross and wreaths in place for the 2020 Remembrance Day ceremony. Padre Cairns also offered his thanks to members of the Legion and Anavets pre-placed to prevent the risk of COVID-19 spread. The as well as special invited guests and dignitaries. Saskatchewan Dragoons Cenotaph Guard stood sentinel, those at home watching. Around 25 people took part in the 2020 ceremony in as is the case during every Remembrance Day and Dec- “I would like to recognize all those among us in our virtual audience who have been a part of our great brothperson. But close to 1,000 more took advantage of the oration Day ceremony. erhood and sisterhood of the Canadian Armed Forces… opportunity to watch the service from home as the event your service and sacrifice have kept our country of Canwas broadcast live on Facebook and on the Moose Jaw ada and our allies safe and free, in times past and now, in Funeral Home YouTube page. air and on the ground and the seas,” Cairns said. “Thank Viewers were greeted with a miniature cenotaph with you for your service.” ‘Lest We Forget’ emblazoned along the front and wreaths The full half-hour ceremony can be found on the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59 Facebook page. -Linda Tomlinson-Seebach, Dragoons chaplain

“...we remember the values that underlie the sacrifice and the service of those who paid the price for us.”

Piper Michelle Gallagher delivers The Lament.

Padre Rev. Ron Cairns conducted the service, with Dragoons chaplain Linda Tomlinson-Seebach offering the Remembrance Day message, touching on the silence of the ceremony between the Last Post and the Rouse and the meaning behind it today. “(The bugle) was to signal the duty officer had completed their inspection of the camp, and the silent hours had begun. Silent hours,” Tomlinson-Seebach explained. “The Rouse was sounded in the morning to wake the soldiers up… every time we re-enact this ceremony every time the trumpet is sounded and there is the silence, this deafening, long uncomfortable silence, a silence that speaks to our hearts and souls. A dead silence that says life matters, and so does peace. “Every time we hear that ugly, dead silence, it’s a time to remember what mortality truly means and we remem-

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59 public relations officer Norma Richardson was the master of ceremonies for the Remembrance Day ceremony.

Sask. RCMP launching new multicultural youth program for high school students Larissa Kurz

The RCMP announced the beginning of a new program for newcomer youth in the province, to learn more about the youth criminal justice system and issues that affect youth such as online safety and bullying. Organized in partnership with the Saskatchewan Association of Immigrant and Settlement Integration Agencies (SAISA) and Saskatchewan SWIS Coordination, the Multicultural Youth Program began its first session on Nov. 12 with an introduction to the RCMP delivered in English. “This is an important program that we are excited to be a part of. We are inviting youth to work with us to build

trust and understanding,” said Laili Yazdani, community program officer for the Crime Prevention/Crime Reduction Unit, in a press release. Offered to youth in grades nine to 12, the new program will include workshops on numerous topics chosen according to a survey of SWIS workers in schools and students. Each session will be done over Zoom once or twice a month from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and given in languages other than English. Translation services will also be provided by request. Youth taking part will work through five sessions to re-

ceive a certificate of participation from the RCMP and a unique opportunity to create a bridge between the RCMP and the youth population in the province. “Our youth are our future so their ideas should be encouraged, celebrated and supported as they will be laying the building blocks in shaping a stronger, more compassionate and inclusive society,” says Ahmad Majid, executive director of SAISIA, in a press release. Youth are asked to register online here prior to the session’s beginning. For more information, contact Yazdani by calling 1 (306) 830-1136 or emailing laili.yazdani@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

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The day prior to the announcement that masks were to be mandatory in Moose Jaw and basically across the province in all public places, I was berated by an individual in Moose Jaw who was also a patron of an establishment for wearing my mask in the public facility. In fact, the guy was absolutely ruthless when it came to his comments that were baJoan Ritchie sically directed at me, mask or not. EDITOR Believe what you will, conspiracy theories or not, I have the right to wear a mask if I so choose and if you prefer not to, that is your prerogative…Thankfully I won’t be seeing this person without a mask for the next couple weeks, at least, because if he chooses not to wear one in public, he will just have to stay home. Honestly, the ignorance of some individuals. It seems that some think that bullying others into submission to conforming to their wishes is acceptable. Sorry man, when it comes to me and my health and my choices, I will do what I feel is right for me, especially when I have no problem with you doing what you do as long as it doesn’t affect me. ************************** In this era of covid and a little more time to isolate in our surroundings, I find it exhilarating to fashion the nest for Christmas, possibly a little earlier than usual. Things are changing, and this past week I did something I haven’t done for more than two decades. We said goodbye to a thing of the past. About 25 years ago, I went rogue and bought an artificial Christmas tree defying the fact that we lived in an environment in Northern B.C. where firs were plenteous and within hand’s reach. You may wonder why? The reason being that live trees only have a short lifespan inside and being a close kin to Santa Claus, I wanted to stretch the joy of the season out as long as possible. After 25 years of being the object of ornamentation and the centre of attention, we had to bid adieu to our treasured friend because its branches were shedding more than a real coniferous. In its place now stands a seven foot stately but slim artificial tree that doesn’t need the space the other one garnered. As well, the square footage of allowable branches for decorating has been diminished to a two metre base decreasing gradually to the peak just short of the ceiling where an angel sits that has been perched at the top of the tree for most of those years. The best thing about this new item of adornment are the lights that are already fastened, thanks to advancing technology that I am a little late in appreciating. The fact that I have less space to deck the boughs means boxes of ornaments, treasured memories, will be shipped to the kids to include in their holiday trimmings. That is a good thing because after years of accumulation, it is with joy that I can let go of the old…and maybe make room for the new… The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication. Send your letters to the editor to: letters@mjvexpress.com or 888-241-5291 All columns, letters to the editor and editorials are solely the personal opinions of the writers themselves and not necessarily the opinions of The Moose Jaw Express. The contents of this publication are the property of the Moose Jaw Express. Reproduction of any of the contents of this publication, including, but without limiting the generality of the following: photographs, artwork and graphic designs, is strictly prohibited. There shall be no reproduction without the express written consent of the publisher. All ads in the Moose Jaw Express are published in good faith without verification. The Moose Jaw Express reserves the right to refuse, classify, revise or censor any ads for any reason in its sole discretion. This paper may include inaccuracies or errors. The Moose Jaw Express does not under any circumstances accept responsibility for the accuracy or otherwise of any ads or messages in any of the publications editions. The Moose Jaw Express specifically disclaims all and any liability to advertisers and readers of any kind for loss or damage of any nature what-so-ever and however arising, whether due to inaccuracy, error, omission or any other cause. All users are advised to check ad and message details carefully before entering into any agreement of any kind and before disclosing personal information. If in doubt, please take legal advice.

Whitewood resident Zachary Miller spoke during the 2019 Victims and Survivors of Crime Week luncheon at the Heritage Inn. Miller was kidnapped at age 10 and sexually abused. This year will feature retired CFL player JR LaRose. File photo Retired Canadian Football League player and Grey Cup champion JR LaRose will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Victims and Survivors of Crime Week gathering. LaRose — who played for the Edmonton Eskimos and British Columbia Lions during his career and has spoken to 400 groups since 2008 — is an ambassador for Aboriginal people and will speak about how his path to success has been a long and hard-fought journey. The retired CFLer is set to appear at the Heritage Inn on Nov. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. LaRose will speak to community service providers during two private sessions, while he will speak to the public in an open session. However, seats are limited, so you must register by Nov. 19, by contacting Moose Jaw Transition House. Victims and Survivors of Crime Week was initially scheduled for May, but the federal Department of Justice changed the date to Nov. 22 to 28 to ensure organizations could still follow local pandemic guidelines. This year’s week — with the theme Recognizing Courage, Renewing Commitment — will commemorate the 15th annual Victims’ Week, the 20th anniversary of the Federal Victims Strategy, and five years since the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights came into force. “He will be talking very similarly to the service providers and the public. JR’s story is a lot about his resiliency in what he experienced as a young man and as a child,”

explained Jenn Angus, executive director of Transition House and chair of the Partners Against Violence Moose Jaw and District committee. “He’ll be speaking about the barriers and violence he experienced — family violence and sexual violence — and how he came through it on the other side.” The service providers — such as the police, RCMP, justice officials, probation services, John Howard Society, both school divisions, and Canadian Forces — will learn how to create resiliency in their clients. The public will learn how to build resiliency in themselves while also supporting their neighbours. Members of the Partners Against Violence committee brought in LaRose after hearing positive reviews of a talk he gave in Saskatoon. Angus pointed out the retired football player is “an incredibly engaging and dynamic speaker” who will move people with his testimony. LaRose’s presentation is one of several activities the committee has planned for Victims and Survivors of Crime Week. One initiative is a white ribbon campaign, which three men on the Transition House board of directors — Kevin Pilsworth, Geoff Anderson and Jared Matheson — are taking the lead on to promote. The trio is encouraging other businessmen to showcase white ribbons and put up posters that indicate there is no room for violence against women in the community. “So it’s a men for men initiative, and they’ll develop a slide show of pictures based on that that we’ll be able to share on social media,” added Angus. A second project is the creation of a service guide — either a poster or booklet — that provides information about the services available to victims and survivors of crime and who they can contact. A third initiative will include a campaign wrap-up on social media at the end of November. Angus said she hoped the speaking engagement with LaRose would occur, especially with so much day-to-day uncertainty around pandemic restrictions. “We know that domestic violence has increased during this pandemic and that other crime (has happened) as well,” she added. “And we really want to support community members. We want them to know their voices are heard and that there are supports and services are available, and that these service providers want to learn … the best ways to continue to support everyone in our community to live healthy and safe.” Further information about Victims and Survivors of Crime Week will be posted to the Transition House Facebook page.

Grains, oilseedByprice outlooks improved: FCC Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express Farmers can look for higher prices in corn, canola, spring wheat, soybeans and barley this fall according to a Farm Credit Canada analysis. The analysis by FCC principal economist Craig Klemmer suggests canola prices will hit $520 a tonne in the next six months, up from $443. Spring wheat should hit $256 a tonne, up from $227 with grain corn at $217, up a mere $2 a tonne. Soybeans will jump $50 to $494 a tonne. Yellow peas should increase $4 to $267 a tonne. Durum wheat is forecast to drop $3 to $271 a tonne while feed barley will go down $9 to $228 a tonne.

The analysis notes that a second wave of the pandemic will make recovery of the Canadian economy slower. World GDP is expected to contract by 4.4 per cent this year but China is expected to grow 1.9 per cent with 8.2 per cent growth in 2021. Growth in China could support demand for grains and oilseeds. Lentil and pea prices will depend on India reducing import tariffs. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

Southwest region regains half pandemic job losses By Ron Walter - For Moose Jaw Express

Half of the 2,200 jobs lost in this region at the height of the pandemic have been regained. In March and April, the Moose Jaw-Swift Current labour region lost 2,200 jobs. By the end of October, the region had regained 1,100 for a total of 51,500 workers, according to the monthly Statistics Canada labour survey. The regional unemployment rate of 6.2 per cent was up from 4.7 per cent a year ago. The region also has 600 fewer workers looking for work than at the end of February. This region was tied with the Saskatoon-Biggar region for the second highest unemployment rate at 6.2 per cent

Highest unemployment rate was Prince Albert-Northern at 7.2 per cent with 7,400 fewer employed than one year ago. Fourth highest unemployment at 5.9 per cent was Regina-Moose Mountain with 11,500 fewer jobs. Yorkton-Mellville had the lowest unemployment rate of five per cent with 3,100 fewer jobs than one year ago. The Saskatchewan unemployment rate of 6.8 per cent is the lowest of 10 provinces. Alberta with 11.5 per cent unemployment has the highest rate in the country. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net


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“They bring the charm:” two Mortlach businesses partnered together for ultimate boutique It’s a bit of a family affair at the Farmstand General Store in Mortlach, but the four entrepreneurial owners involved in the homey boutique are more than happy to be sharing their space with one another. The Farmstand is located on the main drag of the small town, occupying a century-old heritage site that was once an Anglican church but now features a pair of local businesses spicing up the local shopping scene. “We were just looking for a little something extra to do in town, and she had a love for clothing, I have a love for home decor and so we amalgamated the two ideas,” said Angela Molde, who co-owns the boutique with neighbour Noelle Bossence. The Farmstand is one of several interesting shopping and cuisine destinations in Mortlach, and Molde and Bossence have gone out of their way to carry products from local Saskatchewan makers. The Farmstand carries plenty of different home decor and other items, including pottery handcrafted by ClayChic Ceramics in Caronport, organic coffee roasted near Regina from Duck Mountain Coffee Roasting Company, and soy candles from Match Candle Co. in Swift Current. The store even carries honey from hometown supplier The Honey BuZzz Apiary in Mortlach. “There’s a little bit of something that could suit anyone really,” said Molde. Almost everything else in the store is sourced from Canada, said Molde, and the Farmstand is set apart as the only shop in town currently carrying clothing. Molde and Bossence recently celebrated one year in business at the Farmstand, as well as one year in partnership with the church’s original inhabitants — Painted Brush Creations, owned by mother-daughter duo Dolores and Lindsey Unger. Painted Brush has called the space home for about three years, said the Ungers, and they were more than happy to welcome the new boutique into their studio and storefront space for a beneficial collaboration. “It was just us with our painting and workshops in here, but [Molde and Bossence] approached us and were looking for a space,” said Dolores, who first began the business doing workshops in her home several years ago and let it grow from there. And collaboration is certainly the right

The Farmstand General Store and Painted Brush Creations are located in a century old church, dedicated as a heritage site in the town of Mortlach.

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The Farmstand General Store celebrated it’s one-year anniversary recently, after joining Painted Brush Creations in their storefront space in a century-old church in Mortlach.

L-R: Co-owners Noelle Bossence and Angela Molde of The Farmstand General Store and co-owners Dolores and Lindsey Unger of Painted Brush Creations under the only sign in the store not for sale — because it sums up how they feel about their business. term. With the tall vaulted ceiling and large windows of the church, the store is open and airy and filled to the brim with charming mismatched furniture completely refinished by Painted Brush and displaying all the different items curated by the Farmstand. “The two businesses complement each other so well, they really do,” said Lindsey. “They definitely brought the charm, and nothing really competes with each other, it just compliments so well.” In addition to selling their refinished furniture and custom signs at the store, Painted Brush is also happy to offer advice for at-home DIY projects and they stock the supplies needed, including paints, transfers, brushes and stamps. Their signature product is Toronto company Fusion Mineral Paint, which features a built-in topcoat, and they also just stocked the new Milk Paint line over the weekend. The Ungers also offer workshops for curated sign projects or furniture refinishing tips, and they even recently opened another store space in their home base of Swift Current. “We’re excited about that, but this one definitely has the charm, there’s no question,” said Dolores. “People come in for a can of paint and then they get looking, and they grab a scrunchie or try on some clothes, or vice versa,” said Lindsey. Molde and Bossense agreed that since opening their doors, they have seen nothing but support from not only the local community but from visitors hailing from all over. “I think we add a little something that makes new people come to Mortlach to see everything else we have to offer,” said Molde. The Farmstand is definitely one of the reasons the small town has become a day-trip destination, said the pair, alongside all the other interesting stops that attract new visitors to Mortlach. “It's something for people to do, and it’s nice to have a few different places to go, like Little Red [Market Cafe] and other different restaurants. It gives people a day out on a Saturday, or whatever,” added

Bossence. “People come out from Regina and Moose Jaw [when they] want something to do, to get out of the city and go somewhere for the day.” Both The Farmstand General Store and Painted Brush Creations are feeling confident in their continued success, and are

looking forward to seeing more new faces dropping by to check out their unique space and locally made products. The Farmstand General Store and Painted Brush Creations are both located at 213 Rose Street in Mortlach, Sask. To keep up with the Farmstand General Store, visit their Facebook page for regular updates on products and hours. To contact Painted Brush Creations about booking a workshop, check out their Facebook page or email them at paintedbrushcreations@outlook.com.

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Local artist turns broken instruments into art with unique painting technique Larissa Kurz

Most people would look at an unuseable guitar as a bit of junk to get rid of, but local graphic artist Henry Buitrago sees something a little more exciting — an entirely unique canvas perfect for custom artwork. Buitrago has had an interest in art for most of his life, with over two decades of experience as a graphic designer and illustrator, but his most recent passion has been exploring airbrushing as a medium. Specifically, Buitrago has been using the airbrush technique to create custom artwork on the bodies of guitars — both broken and functional. “Keeping a broken guitar can maybe have a lot of meaning for some people, who don’t want to throw it away even though it's unplayable and old,” said Buitrago. “And so there’s a kind of reward with creating art on it, something inspired to honour it. It gives a new meaning to it and people are happy to keep it.” His interest in guitar art began a few years ago, with a personal project to repair an old bass back to working condition. That journey prompted Buitrago to get into airbrushing, as a way to achieve the look he was going for with the custom instrument. After bringing the completed guitar with him to a jam session with his band at the time, a bandmate immediately offered to buy the piece and Buitrago realized there was likely plenty of people who might be interested in custom work of their own. From there, airbrushing became a passion for Buitrago. He’s done plenty of commission work for clients, custom-designing their vision in his own distinct style on the instrument of their choice — including guitar bodies for display and working guitars for local musicians. To name a few: bassist Dan Mason from Saskatoon hard rock band Saintvicious has Buitrago’s art on his favourite bass, and guitarist Chris Hunter from Moose Jaw metal outfit Northern Fallout has two custom instruments in his collection that tour the country with him. Each piece is unique, offering a special kind of connection between art and client, especially for those with an emotional tie to the guitar boasting the art. “His craft could be compared to tattooing, in that the instrument is an extension of the artist, and the final piece

Henry Buitrago began creating custom guitars a few years ago, using airbrushing techniques to turn instruments into artwork. (supplied)

Buitrago’s career in art is longstanding, and designing custom guitar faces is just a recent combination of his passion for art and design, classic horror movie figures and music. (supplied) is a special link between the owner and the canvas,” said Mason, in a testimonial for Buitrago’s work. Buitrago’s most recent project is something new — an inherited piano from a client who’s offered him free reign creatively. Much of Buitrago’s work reflects his personal interest in classic horror movies, especially as clients with similar tastes gravitate towards his sample work, but he’s also done a number of pieces catering to specific client requests. But he welcomes the challenge that comes with creating the perfect custom design for whatever ideas clients bring to his table, while still offering his own interpretation and style. “For them, it's a piece that’s going to be in their hearts, something important,” said Buitrago. “People have kind of a concept in their heads and they give you a starting point, but they let you create and I love that because when they come back to pick up the piece, they are really amazed to see what happened with that little idea they had, and how it expanded.” There’s a lot of planning and consideration that goes into designing art for a guitar top, especially if it's an instrument that will be put to work onstage. Buitrago has to consider things like the shape of the body and the placement of images, making sure to avoid putting important images in high-scratch areas or in places where the art may be blocked from sight by the musician’s hands or other equipment while they perform. Painting custom art on guitars is something very few people in Saskatchewan are doing, said Buitrago, and us-

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Village of Keeler ends more than a century of existence By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

The Village of Keeler, located northwest of Moose Jaw on Highway 42, is no longer. After 115 years the village petitioned to become part of the Rural Municipality of Marquis. Reasons for ending the village given in an advertisement included lack of voters willing to stand for council and low assessment on which to collect property taxes. Assessment in the village of 15 residents is listed at just over $1 million in the Saskatchewan Municipal Directory. That directory lists Duncan Keeler as mayor. Keeler has been a long time mayor of the village named for his family. The village phone has been disconnected and Mayor Keeler was unavailable.

In recent years the village and the mayor received some notoriety from a dispute with Saskatchewan Environment over water quality. A 2006 court case ruled in favour of Saskatchewan Environment and found the village guilty of violating a provincial order to chlorinate water from the village well. No penalty was assessed. Keeler supplied its then population of eight with bottled water. Once a bustling little town, Keeler’s hotel along Highway 42 was the only watering hole between Moose Jaw and Central Butte on the highway. The hotel was closed in the 1980s when the owners stripped it of furnishings and left. The vacant building was destroyed by fire a few years ago.

According to the community history, Our Heritage, the place once had four grain elevators, several general stores, two implement dealers, several garages, lumber yard, hardware store, hotel, restaurants, boarding house, pool hall and churches. The Bank of Hamilton, later Bank of Montreal, had a branch and the Security Bank which closed in 1956 was the last privately owned bank in Saskatchewan. The development of better roads and the loss of small farmers gradually caused decline in the community. In 1899, during the Yukon Gold Rush Joseph Keeler rented a buckboard and team of horses in Winnipeg to tour the Prairies. Keeler returned in 1902 to homestead in the district then known as Rutland. The place was renamed Keelerville in his hon-

our. In 1905 the town was moved five miles south to the present site and re-named Keeler. Joseph Keeler and residents from Keelerville, Eskbank and Brownlee met to lobby for a railway connection. Residents complained that construction had come to a standstill because of the 30-mile trip by horse and wagon to Moose Jaw lumberyards. CP Rail had no interest in building a line but reversed itself when the Grand Trunk railway (now CNR) started building a line from Moose Jaw. Keeler grew into a busy town with population peaking at 115 in 1926. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net

Royal Sask. Museum hosting Dinovember with online events all month Larissa Kurz

The Royal Saskatchewan Museum is celebrating “all things dinosaur” in the province with a series of online events for Dinovember. The month-long event will take a look at Saskatchewan’s rich history of dinosaurs and paleontology, which includes Scotty the World’s Largest T.Rex who was discovered near Eastend and now resides at the RSM. All Dinovember programming will be taking place online this year for residents to enjoy from the comfort of home. This includes a Dinos in 3D contest running for the entirety of the month, featuring a set of downloadable dinosaur postcards from the RSM’s website and an interactive phone app that brings them to

An imagined recreation of Scotty the T.rex, the world’s largest T.rex who was discovered in Saskatchewan. (supplied) life in 3D. The RSM is challenging residents to snap a photo of their 3D dinosaurs and enter the contest to potentially win a copy of

the book Mega-Rex: A Tyrannosaurus Named Scotty. Photos will be judged on a few categories, including “silliest,” “hungriest” and “best friends.” Also as a part of Dinovember, the RSM is offering virtual tours of dinosaur-related exhibits. A tour of the CN T.rex Gallery — home of the famous Scotty himself — is available through the GuidiGO app for anyone to explore. An educational virtual field trip for students grades one to three is also available, using a live video with a museum educator to explore how fossils form, how they’re found and how RSM’s paleontologists study them. This tour can be arranged by contacting education@royalsaskmuseum.ca.

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There will also be a few special events taking place, beginning with a Live Paleo Lab Tour on Nov. 19 at 1:30 p.m. through Facebook Live. The tour will head behind the scenes with a paleontology team answering questions and talking about a 70-million-year-old plesiosaur fossil. A Facebook Live discussion with Dr. W. Scott Persons will take place on Nov. 24 at 4:30 p.m., to talk about the new book Mega-Rex: A Tyrannosaurus Named Scotty. The RSM in Regina is also open to visitors on Friday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Visitors over the age of three years old are required to wear masks. For more information about RSM programming, visit royalsaskmuseum.ca.


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Indoor Farmers’ Market

The Moose Jaw Homegrown Farmers’ Market is continuing indoors with markets open Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and Dec. 19 at the Timothy Eaton Gardens Seniors Centre. The Nov. 7 market vendors carried a range of items from clothes, jewelry, art work and woodwork, COVID masks to honey, lots of home baking and preserves. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ron Walter photos

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Low voter turnout in civic election continues disturbing trend

Shameful, a disgrace, unacceptable! That should be the reaction to the low voter turnout for the Moose Jaw City elections. The result of hundreds of years of fighting for the right to vote for leaders and to maintain that right are slowly being gutted as voters refuse to go to the polls in election after election. The low turnout, ironically, occurred during a week when we honour and respect those who gave life and limb in wartime that we might vote. Not voting disrespects their sacrifice. Civic government is closest to the people, yet by the turnout the right to choose city council and school board members is furthest from peoples’ thoughts. Congratulations to the elected members and the many candidates with the courage and confidence to run for office. Perhaps in their term of office, elected members can come up with a way to increase voter participation. About half as many voters turned out in Moose Jaw for the election as in 2016. The 22 per cent turnout is the lowest in memory in an election when half of council was going to be new faces.

The mayor’s $100,068 a year job was contested in a threeway race and three new councillors were assured. Incumbent Mayor Fraser Tolmie won his second term with 55 per cent of the ballots but only 15 per cent of the eligible voters chose him. A number of factors contributed to the low turnout aside from the slowly eroding interest in voting. Premier Scott Moe could have chosen a less weather risky date when he decided not to run the provincial vote over the municipal. And he could have given municipalities a day or two notice of the rule change allowing postponement of the election. The blizzard, not that unusual for this time of year, cut into turnout. One-third of votes were cast in the heavy advance poll turnout. Advance poll turnout was increased by avoidance of potential COVID-19. City administration should try to encourage voter interest when organizing the election. Administration dawdled in getting out candidate and voter information. The setting of only two voting locations certainly didn’t encourage voters to get out. The desire to save money and avoid COVID led to a

poorly planned election event. Administration will whine that the usual school poll sites were unavailable as the school board was extra cautious about COVID but there are other potential polls across the city. The certainty of three new councillors being elected when three chose not to run should have stirred enough interest among voters for at least a 30 per cent turnout. The three councillors stepping down didn’t really tell many people of their decision leaving potential candidates little time to decide and organize in the midst of a provincial campaign. Next time you hear someone complain about city government ask if they voted. By not voting they should give up the right to complain. 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.

Mandatory masks just one of new COVID-19 restrictions beginning Nov. 16 in Sask. Larissa Kurz

Minister of Health Paul Merriman and chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab announced a handful of new public health measures to be in effect beginning Nov. 16, as a response to curb rising COVID-19 numbers in the province. Public health is expanding the mandatory masking policy to include all communities in the province of more than 5,000 people, including Moose Jaw. Previously, masks were declared a requirement in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. The masking policy began on Monday and will last for a minimum of 28 days, to be reviewed after that initial period. For communities smaller than 5,000, public health is strongly recommending residents wear masks in public spaces. Public health is also placing limitations on alcohol service in the province, requiring licensed establishments to stop serving liquor by 10 p.m. and end consumption by 11 p.m. There are no exceptions for private events or outdoor serving spaces, said the press release. Fitness facilities are also facing new restrictions, with group fitness classes limited to a maximum of 8 participants who must be properly spaced three metres apart. A distance of three metres is also required in individual activities in fitness centres, with equipment properly distanced. All hookah and waterpipe services are now disallowed under public health orders. Public health is also recommending that high schools with over 600 students consider moving into Level 3 of

the Safe School Plan, which would see a reduction of inclass learning. The provincial government has also updated the guidelines for arenas, sports organizations, performing arts and transportation in the province. The updated guidelines are available under the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan on the government website, and a list of communities now under the mandatory masking order can be found at Saskatchewan.ca/masks. “We are taking our recent increase in case numbers, especially over the last few weeks, very seriously,” said Shahab, in a live stream press conference on Nov. 13. “We need to take measures today to affect the future.” Shahab shared that the new policies are a response to the strain that the increased number of COVID-19 positive cases has been putting on health facilities, with intensive care units at capacity, and on contact tracing resources. “We have to re-adhere, get back to where we were months ago in being vigilant with what we are doing and how we are doing this, because what we feared could happen is starting to happen,” said Merriman. “We have a very unique opportunity right now to able to flatten that curve again or at least bend it as much as we possibly can, otherwise there will be some challenges [within the health system.]” Shahab said that there is transmission occurring in numerous settings within the province and that while there hasn't been a super spreader event yet, public health is hoping to avoid the possibility with the help of the public. He also shared that the province’s test positive rate is at 6

per cent, which is considered high and of concern. Merriman and Shahab asked residents to stay diligent in practicing all safety measures, including maintaining distance from others in public, practicing regular hand washing, and limiting your personal bubble of contacts to just the household. “If we all sat at home, transmission would be low, but that’s not practical. People have to go and work in healthcare, children have to go to school, [and] there’s lots of other discretionary activities that have started again,” said Shahab. “If the guidelines are not enough, and cases continue to rise, we will have to look at specific sectors, where they may be slowed down or see stoppage for a period of time. The ideal thing is we don’t have to go there, but it will depend how collectively and conscientiously we follow these guidelines.” Merriman and Shahab asked residents to stay diligent in practicing all safety measures, including maintaining distance from others in public, practicing regular hand washing, and limiting your personal bubble of contacts. Shahab also recommended residents keep track of public spaces they visit, to help with potential contact tracing efforts. "I think we do need to give this a good solid try before we move into more restrictive measures," said Shahab. The announcement came after Manitoba announced a code red closure of public spaces that began on Nov. 12. More information on COVID-19 in Saskatchewan is available at saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.


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the dark while growing up. Suddenly I recalled not wanting to walk by myself after dark, being afraid of what lurked behind the hedges and fences. There were no street lights back then to illuminate the way, just as there are no lights in the back alley of today. And the flashlight in my purse came with a suddenly dead battery. I took one terrified look down the dark alley after an evening meeting and as fast as my arthritic legs could carry me, I hurried around to the front sidewalk, where street lights showed the way, aided by extra lighting from the church yard. I was out of breath when I rushed into the house and locked the door behind me. During the alley experience neighbours chatted and waved and commiserated about the lengthy process of water main replacement and its inconveniences to our daily lives. And we chatted about the possibility that skunks populated some yards in the area, at least judging by the occasional odors. The final nail in the alley’s coffin came when a neighbour told his story of avoiding the back alley when he indeed saw a skunk walking towards him in the alley. In fact, he said, the animal tried to get into our yard and was foiled by the fence. That information was incentive enough for me to take the long walk to and from our vehicles, staying carefully out of the way of large pieces of equipment being operated with precision and excellence by workers employed by the various contractors. I just wish our household had qualified for a new sidewalk, similar to new concrete installed in front of several houses on our block. My nose is out of joint because our sidewalk now looks shabby in comparison. No wonder I was tempted to leave a handprint on the newly-poured concrete just to the north. I overcame that temptation only because I was afraid a skunk might just come walking by. 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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Grasslands preservation efforts continue with new conservation site near Consul, Sask. Larissa Kurz

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has announced that an expanse of grasslands located south of Maple Creek is now a protected conservation site. The property, referred to as Zen-Ridge, is 195 hectares in size and situated near the village of Consul, Sask. in the Milk River Basin Natural Area. It is home to grasslands and seasonal wetlands habitats, as well as several species at risk. Parts of the property have been designated as critical habitat spaces for the endangered greater sage-grouse, as well as the threatened species the chestnut-collared longspur and ferruginous hawks. Also listed as a special concern is the rare dwarf wolly-heads plant, which grows on the dried-up edges of the wetlands.

Coyote pups, photographed at Zen-Ridge. (photo supplied / Jason Bantle) “The grasslands on NCC’s Zen-Ridge property are at risk, including many of the plants and animals that live here.

Our focus on conserving grasslands in Saskatchewan represents an opportunity to protect and revitalize what remains,”

said Michael Burak, program director of southwest Saskatchewan for the NCC. Grassland habitats are one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world, with less than 20 per cent of natural grasslands remaining in the province. Preservation of the property is possible through federal funding from the Natural Heritage Conservation Program, which is part of Canada’s Nature Fund, and provincial funding through the Fish and Wildlife Development Fund. Many individual donors also contributed to the campaign. The announcement follows on the heels of a conservation site dedication along the shoreline of Buffalo Pound Lake in August.

TRADING THOUGHTS By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Federal Conservative leader’s speech wants increased union membership

Supporters of the federal Conservative Party must have been surprised, even upset, at a speech supporting unions given by their leader Erin by Ron Walter O’Toole. His speech sounded more like a left-wing agitator than a true Conservative business supporter would expect. Much of his speech to the Canadian Club

of Toronto, according to news reports, was spent on defending and promoting unionized labour. Not what one would expect from a Conservative leader, for business operators supporting that party are mostly anti-union. To them, unions are enemies needing to be kept in their place or eliminated. ‘‘Private sector union membership has collapsed,” said the Conservative leader. Union membership is an “essential balance between what is good for business and what is food for employers. “Today, that balance is dangerously disappearing.” The data bears him out. Statistics Canada surveys show union membership at 30.2

per cent of employees in 2019, only down .4 per cent in five years, But that’s way down from 38 per cent in 2012 and 43 per cent in 1940. The most heavily unionized sectors are public administration, 72 per cent; education, 72 per cent; and utilities, 67 per cent. Only 16 per cent of private sector employees are union members. Has O’Toole decided that unions are needed to ensure a fairer division of GDP than happens when employers solely determine wages and salaries? To a left winger that is a fundamental principle as is the notion that unions keep some profits from leaving the country or region and spend them locally. “Do we want a nation a of Uber drivers?” O’Toole asked while warning that younger generations face an endless cycle of dead end contract jobs without benefits or security - strong talk coming from a Conservative leader. It’s ironic too since he was part of the Harper Conservative government that made it more difficult to form unions. Across Canada, Conservative governments have erected barriers to union activity and reduced labour benefits. When he was elected O’Toole promised to reach out and spread the party tent wider over more voters than the current base. Some of his Canada First comments have sounded like he has imported a winning

idea from south of the 49th Parallel. The about face on union organization is a significant departure from standard Conservative platform policy. The departure perhaps recognizes that labour-management jostling over splitting income from business becomes too one-sided when management sets the priorities and labour’s only option in unpleasant circumstances is to find another job. Whether O’Toole’s outreach to labour succeeds remains to be seen. This speech didn’t receive wide coverage in the media. Unless an idea is well spread voters won’t know about it. Labour voters will be skeptical about his ideas until they see something concrete. Will he, for example, get behind an October decision by the Washington State Supreme Court that farm workers are entitled to overtime pay after 40 hours work in one week? Supporting that would grab labour voters’ attention but erode support from the business base. 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. 201056G0 201056G1 201056G2


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LETTER TO CITY COUNCIL Dear City Council:

All West lane pilings are completely undamaged

Re: REQUEST TO RE-OPEN WEST LANE OF THE 7TH AVE BRIDGE RESTRICTED TO LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY We are requesting the City re-open the undamaged west lane of the 7th Ave Bridge. Cornerstone to our argument is our “right of access to our property”. This is the law! When we built our homes over two decades ago, our access was 7th Avenue Bridge. Avery and Thorn Residences Are Without Access: The City temporarily closed the bridge due to ice damage in 2015. Our families must access our properties by crossing Valley View land and through a locked gate. Carpere owns the property and installed a gate to deter unwanted vehicular traffic, as required by their liability insurance provider. Unfortunately, and absolutely at no fault of Carpere, our families are “imprisoned” behind a locked gate.

One Lane Open to “Local Traffic Only”

Close East Lane

Trespassing, then opening and closing a locked gate located 2 km from our home is extremely inconvenient. When a visitor arrives, we must drive to the gate to unlock the gate, then repeat the entire process when they depart. Imagine unlocking a gate in the middle of a blizzard and 40 below!

Pedestrian Sidewalk

Open West Lane

The Manitoba Express Way bridge, damaged in the same 2015 flood, is an example where the City opened one lane – the lane with undamaged pilings - closing the other. Access to Emergency Services Ambulance and police cars would have much quicker access to both river valley park users, as well as our two residences. (Unfortunately, heavy fire trucks would still need to access through the locked gate.) Opening one lane would allow the Avery family to use a taxi service when needed to get their kids to school. And our family and friends can visit again! No Through Traffic On 7th Avenue - “pedestrian only” to reduce current on-going conflict between Avery & Thorn vehicles with hikers, kids on bikes, moms with baby strollers, and off-leash dogs. Wakamow Valley Authority would have easy access to their ecological zone park.

Impacts our Quality of Life the Avery family is a young family with two school age children, Evan and T.J.. Corinne works at Canada Post and often starts work at 4:30am; Tim is an Operator at Yara. They depend on family to help drive kids to school (the school bus will not cross over private land). I am a working senior, while my husband Jim is seventy-five years old and retired. Jim has done snow removal since 2015. If there were ever and emergency, we wonder if ambulance, police or fire trucks might respond in time. 1. OUR SHORT-TERM SOLUTION: The City re-open the west lane of the 7th Ave Bridge restricted “Local Traffic Only”. ALL of the pilings under the west lane of the Bridge were completely undamaged thanks to the iron ice deflectors installed in the late 1990’s:

2. MEDIUM TERM SOLUTION: The City simply repair the three damaged pilings under the east lane of the Bridge to return it to its “status quo” condition prior to the 2015 flood!

Only three east-lane pilings damaged by ice since 2015

The City’s Stantec Bridge Repair Report did NOT recommend that the 7th Ave bridge be closed or demolished, even though it did for the other bridges in the city. 3. LONG-TERM SOLUTION: The City think long term development and plan now for the eventual upgrade or replacement of the 7th Avenue Bridge within the next decade. On behalf of the Avery/Thorn families, we appreciate your urgent attention to resolving this serious situation. We maintain that as tax paying citizens is our fundamental right to return our legal access immediately. This no-access issue has dragged on far too long – most of the discussion is occurring behind closed doors without our involvement. We are asking City Council to re-open west lane of the 7th Ave Bridge as an urgent and immediate fix to a dangerous situation. Respectfully submitted, Deb Thorn, on behalf of the Tim and Corinne Avery, and their children Evan and TJ, and Jim Thorn

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A naturopathic doctor’s perspective on oversanitizing Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Society has increased the amount of hand sanitizer it uses to help combat the coronavirus, but a naturopathic doctor says that could have harmful effects on our immune system. “Absolutely. This isn’t something new to the medical community,” Dr. Joel Guillemin said on Nov. 5 during an online Zoom meeting through the Moose Jaw Public Library. “I know a big community in the medical world is dentists. They’ve been saying this for a long time: oversanitizing everything — especially in oral health — is then causing problems for everything.” Research shows that the overuse of antibiotics can kill off good and bad bacteria in the gut, which leads to long-term problems, he continued. With hand sanitizers, eliminating all the good bacteria from the skin can open people to the same issues. “It’s definitely a hot topic right now. A lot of the literature is supporting the state of saying, ‘Don’t get rid of too much of your good bacteria,’” Guillemin remarked. “A lot of it is coming down to public health initiatives. What is more important? Are they saying getting rid of COVID or protecting against all these other things?

“… It’s definitely a debate happening out there, and there are pros and cons, but I would say — just from my opinion — more cons by using too much hand sanitizer over and over again.” Residents should continue to wash their hands with soap and water to eliminate the bad bacteria while keeping good skin contact. For example, Guillemin pointed out most babies are born without bacteria as they grew in the womb. Since doctors want

babies to acquire as much good bacteria as possible, they recommend that women have vaginal births over C-sections, that babies be placed into their parents’ arms right after birth for skin-to-skin contact, and babies be breast-fed over bottle-fed. Wearing masks Wearing masks could affect people’s health, especially the respiratory system, Guillemin said. The research he has read indicates there isn’t too much of a negative effect on the immune system specif-

ically. “What we do want to have happen, though, is good (and) different exposure to different molecules,” he continued. “I talked about how the digestive system is like an immune organ. Our respiratory tract is just as much like an immune organ, where it’s going to be that last line of defence before things get in.” People should use their immune system to strengthen it, including exposing oneself to different bacteria to build up immunity, said Guillemin. Not exposing oneself to different bacteria is most clearly seen in children. Many don’t have good immunity between ages one and three, leading to autoimmune disorders, allergies, eczema or asthma. This is why acquiring some of that exposure is a positive thing. “So just based on that alone, with the masks, we do want to have some sort of exposure,” he continued. “Now, whether it’s the virus we want to get exposed to or not, I don’t know. But it’s definitely an interesting topic right now with masks and our immune strength — the pros and the cons and what’s going to happen with that.”

Our complex immune system needs special management, naturopath says Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Humans’ immune system is complex and constantly in a state of fluctuation, which means everyone requires an individualized approach to manage that system, a naturopathic doctor says. Our immune system protects us from our environment — including microbes, bacteria and pathogens — and keeps most other systems in balance throughout our body, explained Dr. Joel Guillemin. Large amounts of research data about the immune system come out every decade, with most of that information about cancer and healthy bacteria in the body. Besides being complex, the immune system is influenced by the hormones coursing through us. “A big thing that I see in (my) practice is that a person’s digestive health or gut health plays a huge, huge role overall,” Guillemin said on Nov. 5 during a Zoom

meeting through the Moose Jaw Public Library while discussing how to boost the immune system. “Why is it important? I like to picture it as an immune organ … because it’s kind of that last line of defence. That’s where things are going to get into the body, and we have to check to make sure it’s safe or not safe to get rid of.” There are 100 trillion bacteria — it would take 31,709 years to count to one trillion — in our digestive system, with researchers believing there are more bacteria cells than human cells in the body, continued Guillemin. These microorganisms can help support healthy intestinal cell growth, fight off bad bacteria, trigger an immune response, and contribute to many physiologic activities, including serotonin, melatonin, and estrogen production.

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“The relationship we share with our gut bacteria is so, so important,” he said. While most immune system responses are positive since they keep us healthy, depending upon genetics or environmental exposure, white blood cells can attack something they shouldn’t, he pointed out. This is most notably seen in food allergies or sensitivities to lactose, gluten or sugar. Another part of our immune system that is helpful is the lymphatic system, mainly comprised of vessels and nodes. It helps filter and clean out debris from cellular activity and is the first step to detoxify our bodies. Lymphatic vessels are different from blood vessels, Guillemin explained. While blood vessels have the heart to pump blood through, the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump to push debris out. A pump can be created around these

vessels to help drain the debris, which can be done by dilating or constricting blood vessels or moving our muscles frequently. “Our muscles will almost, like a tube of toothpaste, will start to push things along so we can get rid of it,” he said. Another factor that can affect the immune system is inflammation. When inflammation increases — specifically caused by molecule Interleukin 6 — the immune system sees a greater degree of dysfunction and can lead to arthritis, Crohn’s, or celiac, said Guillemin. Researchers estimate that 75 per cent of all autoimmune conditions are due to inflammation and lifestyle factors, while 25 per cent are due to genetics. “That just indicates a huge role that what we do, what we eat (and) how we live our lives plays a huge role in these orders and conditions that we may see,” he added.

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Naturopathic doctor shares four actions he considers good in building better health Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

A proper diet, a lifestyle that involves physical activity, managing stress and acquiring enough sleep are four ways to build a solid foundation for better health, a doctor suggests. “Regardless of what we do in medicine, whether it’s supplements, pharmaceutical medication, surgery (or) treatments of any sort of modality, if we don’t have this foundation of health imprinted, then we’re never going to get 100 per cent of our outcome here,” said naturopathy Dr. Joel Guillemin. The Moose Jaw Public Library hosted Guillemin via Zoom on Nov. 5. The naturopathic doctor talked about how people can boost their immune system and maintain good overall health. Proper foods Diet — including what to eat and how much water to drink — is one of the biggest factors in a healthy system, Guillemin said. Healthy diets should limit sugar intake, processed foods, and alcohol, and be high in whole foods. “It’s just interesting that after decades of all the research on diet and nutrition we’ve done, we’re still hitting these important messages,” he remarked. “It shows in our North American diet (that) we’re still struggling with this concept here.” Each person requires an individualized diet or food plan since that’s the best approach, he continued. A person’s genetics and environmental factors can play a big role in what the body can handle.

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Three popular fad diets right now are the Mediterranean diet, Paleolithic diet and ketogenic diet. The common link among them is they all propose to limit sugar and carbs or starches. “Sugar is the biggest problem for our body. It messes up our immune system,” said Guillemin, noting people should limit their intake of it. The best foods to boost the immune system include mushrooms, garlic, onions, shallots, turmeric, ginger, cayenne, spinach, kale, leafy greens, almonds, nuts, seeds, Greek yogurt, olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil. Healthy lifestyle and physical activity Whether people take part in strenuous exercise or light activity, they should engage in it regularly and take an individualized approach to it, Guillemin said. Exercise options could include running, lifting weights, yoga, qi gong, prayer or meditation, along with daily activities such as chores or gardening. “I like to see people get a little bit of everything (for exercise) … ,” he remarked. “Muscles need to move to rid the body of cellular debris.” Stress management Stress can be good since it prepares us for our day or readies us to give a speech, said Guillemin. However, many people experience negative stress; the body produces cortisol, which suppresses or turns off the immune system and makes us prone to illness.

Immune Support and PPEs Hello, I hope you are doing well and staying warm and safe! My name is Dr. Joel Guillemin and I am sending this email in regards to the recent articles that have been posted in the Moose Jaw Express and Moose Jaw Today on immune health and supporting our immune system! Thank you for posting them as I appreciate getting the message out there on how important it is to support our immune system. I wanted to send this message to add some important points of clarification, specifically regarding the use of masks. I feel it is in my due diligence for the community as a whole to add further clarification to the topic. During the zoom discussion (through the Public Library), the messaging regarding masks and sanitizers was in reference to our overall microbiome and supporting the growth of good bacteria. And although there continues to be concern regarding the use of these PPE measures (masks, sanitizer,

Some ways to reduce stress include breathing exercises, meditation or prayer, journaling, art or music therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Sleep habits Sleep hygiene is the actions we take to prepare ourselves for bed, including reducing screen time before bed, he explained. An increase in screen use at bedtime or in bed is getting worse, especially among children. The white and blue lights that our devices produce stimulate the brain, but red light tells the brain to produce melatonin and go to sleep. Some ways to encourage the body — or the parasympathetic nervous system specifically — to sleep include drinking warm herbal tea, gargling with salt water and reducing the blue and white lights of screens and devices. Other ways to boost the immune system include taking supplements such as vitamin D, zinc, glutathione, probiotics, fish oil, and vitamin C. Antiviral options include amino acid lysine, oregano oil, grapefruit seed extract, and vitamin A. Physical medicine could include massages, acupuncture, infrared saunas, IV vitamin therapies — known as Myer’s cocktail — and hydrotherapy. “The immune system is very complex and constantly in a state of fluctuation,” Guillemin added. “Everyone requires an individualized approach when managing their immune system.”

etc) and its role in long term outcomes, the research is still ongoing and I want to stress the importance of following the current SHA guidelines. Unfortunately during these times, the coronavirus seems to be causing a great threat to global health and safety. Wearing masks and social distancing appears to be the best approach to reduce exposure to covid 19. Therefore, I would be remiss not to highlight the current need to adhere to SHA guidelines regarding PPE. If I can summarize, the role of our immune system is very complex and there are a lot of things we can do to support it (diet, lifestyle, etc). During today’s times, it’s especially important to focus on this to ensure long term health. However, it is equally as important to consider the immediate public health threat in front of us and it is important to adhere to covid-19 reduction practices (wash your hands, wear a mask, and social distance). Best regards, Dr. Joel Guillemin, ND


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Moose Jaw – Spanish Flu and COVID-19 – Lessons from History By Richard Dowson

The Spanish Flu reached Moose Jaw in the first week of October, 1918. People began dying. The ‘infection reservoir’, the Active Cases, grew exponentially. Sick returning solders stayed at the Armoury and spread Flu. Dr. Turner was the Moose Jaw and District Medical Officer in October 1918 and had complete control over what was done do to stem the spread of Spanish Flu. After consultations, action was taken. The Military District sent soldiers home directly and stopped housing them at the Armoury. Their Discharge Papers would be mailed to them. Reducing the ‘Infection Reservoir,’ what we call the Active Case Count, was critical. Dr. Turner ordered all gathering places closed until further notice. That meant schools, places of worship, pool halls and so on, were closed. Dr. Turner converted Prince Arthur School and the Hotel on the South Hill into hospitals. He asked for volunteers to work with the sick; for people to wear masks and not gather. The WW I Armistice Celebrations saw thousands of people jam Moose Jaw streets in the second week of November. Dr. Turner was terrified; certain another out-

Dr. Turner lived in this house, now Jones Funeral Home. break of Flu would follow. It didn’t. The five weeks of closure saw the worst pass. The estimated Active Cases were down (there were no tests for Flu in 1918), the infection reservoir shrank. Dr. Turner re-opened schools, pool halls, places of worship; gathering places and closed

one ‘relief’ hospital. People continued to die but in much smaller numbers and those deaths were usually within the same family. 102 years ago the Pioneers of Moose Jaw discovered, by accident, shrinking Active Cases shrank the Infection Reservoir, the source of new infections. Lesson from History: 2020 daily COVID infections run about 10% of the Active Case Count. To control COVID-19 “Flu”, reduce the number of Active Cases.

Journey to Hope hosts Hope Summit 2020 online to inspire changes in mental health Larissa Kurz

Journey to Hope Moose Jaw has made some huge changes to this year’s Hope Summit 2020, but the bi-annual inspirational event has moved forward with its launch to offer what organizers hope is another inspiring message in a difficult year. Hope Summit began in 2016 as a Ted Talk-style event meant to share personal stories of strength and recovery while struggling with mental health. Journey to Hope hosts the event in Moose Jaw every two years, usually bringing forward a lineup of local speakers to take the stage at the Moose Jaw Public Library theatre for a live audience. “Inspiring hope is our mission,” said Journey to Hope representative Della Ferguson. “And it is our great hope that we can support people in breaking down the barriers holding them back from living life to is fullest potential.” This year, Hope Summit is taking place through a series of videos to both follow the COVID-19 restrictions on crowds and, organizers hope, to reach a wider audience than ever before. The goal of the event is to open the conversation about mental health and normalize the act of sharing, to create a more

comfortable space for those feeling affected themselves. “One of the big challenges people are facing is stigma, and we wanted to find a strategy that helps break down that stigma,” said Ferguson. “We all agreed that storytelling, the sharing of a personal story that speaks to how we broke down barriers, is very empowering and inspiring.” Hope Summit 2020 launched on Nov. 7 with four videos produced with the help of Greg Olsen, which are available to view on Journey to Hope’s Facebook and YouTube pages as well as at hopesummit. ca. Each video has a special message to share, including an intro video featuring Ferguson on behalf of Journey to Hope, which explains what the organization hopes the event will do for those on the other side of the screen. The main part of the event this year is two separate videos featuring two local speakers sharing their journeys with mental health — Nicole Hebert on grief and loss, and Alison Thomson on recovering from an abusive marriage. “The goal is that [the speakers’] story might make a difference in someone’s life, that they see it as something that res-

Nicole Hebert (L) and Alison Thomson (R) are the spotlight speakers at this year’s Hope Summit from Journey to Hope Moose Jaw. (supplied) onates for them, that they see they aren’t alone and there are helpful strategies that might inspire in them some change,” said Ferguson. Journey to Hope even created a video checking in with the speakers from the previous Hope Summit in 2018, for an update on how their lives have changed since speaking out publicly to help break stigma. “For some, it has been really life-changing. It was an opportunity to find their voice, to speak their truth, to process their journey and it was empowering,” said Ferguson. Although the change in venue has altered the event, Ferguson shared that Journey to Hope had no desire to cancel this year’s Hope Summit because of the pandemic. She said the local organization felt it was more important than ever to continue breaking down barriers in the conversation about mental health, considering the ongoing strain of the pandemic.

“Other years, we had it in the [MJPL] theatre, which was so wonderful and it was an intimate setting which really makes a difference for the speakers,” said Ferguson. “But we were passionate about this going forward [this year] because people need it.” Journey to Hope spends many hours working with speakers to help them bring their stories to the public eye for Hope Summit, and Ferguson encourages anyone who feels inspired to share their own story thanks to these spotlighted individuals to reach out to the organization. Applications to be a speaker at the next Hope Summit in two years are welcome, as well as any interest in being part of a smaller video project headed up by Journey to Hope member and Hope Summit speaker Hebert. Hebert is working on the Voices of Hope project, which features smaller video interviews with individuals about their challenges, sources of hope and strategies in dealing with mental health. The interviews are being shared on the Journey to Hope Facebook page and have received lots of positive feedback. “This is all about speaking up and out, and de-stigmatizing things that have been kept silent so that people know they’re not alone,” said Ferguson. To contact Journey to Hope, email Ferguson at dferguson@sasktel.net or reach out through the group’s Facebook page. To get involved with the Voices of Hope project, contact VoicesofHope2020@outlook.com.

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National Child Day offers a chance to look at work of Early Childhood Coalition Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

It was during the National Early Years Development Conference in Moose Jaw back in May of 2015 that Nobel Prize-winning economist Dr. James Heckman offered a surprising bit of information on child development. Speaking on investing in early childhood, Heckman revealed through his years of research, that for every dollar invested in childhood development before they reached the age of five, society in general could see seven dollars in return, with “short-term costs more than offset by the immediate and long-term benefits through reduction in the need for special education and remediation, better health outcomes, reduced need for social services, lower criminal justice costs and increased self-sufficiency and productivity among families.” The Heckman Equation has since become a framework and proof that early education and other development work is cru-

cial to the future of children, especially from their time as babies until they start school. That support and focus on improved outcomes is in part of what the Early Childhood Coalition is all about. A network of education, health, early learning, and childcare organizations from throughout Moose Jaw and the South Central region, the organization focuses on improving and developing the lives of children ages zero to five through a wide range of programs. Christine Boyczuk with the Moose Jaw Literacy Network - the office of which can be found in the soon-to-be-opened Early Years Family Resource Centre, located in the former John Chisholm Alternate School - is one part of that group. And with National Child Day declared in Moose Jaw for Nov. 20, the importance of supporting children and securing their future through strong foundational devel-

From The Kitchen

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Finding new recipes to try out in time for the Christmas season is one way to keep the mind engaged during a blustery day or when what’s on television no longer holds one’s interest. This week’s recipes come from a variety of sources, including the family recipe box. •••

Chocolate Oat Slice

1 cup butter 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed 1 tsp. vanilla extract 3 cups rolled oats 1/2 tsp. or more cinnamon 1/4 tsp. nutmeg or cloves 1/4 tsp. kosher salt 1 cup chocolate chips 3/4 cup chunky peanut butter Line a 9x9 inch pan with parchment paper. In a saucepan combine butter, sugar and vanilla and heat over low heat until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Add oats and seasonings and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour half the oat mixture into the prepared pan, spread evenly and press down. In a small microwave bowl, place the chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave in increments of 40 seconds, stirring after each, until thoroughly combined and smooth. Spread 3/4 of the chocolate mixture over the oats. Top with remaining oats, press down then top with drizzles of remaining chocolate. Refrigerate for four hours or until set. Use a sharp, hot knife to slice. Store in refrigerator in a covered container. •••

Sugar Cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup shortening 1 2/3 cups sugar 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cream of tartar 1/8 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. vanilla 3 egg yolks 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Cream butter and shortening then add in sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt and beat vigorously until combined. Beat in flour a small amount at a time. Divide dough into 24 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. Place on cookie sheet. Bake 15-17 minutes or until just set. Do not allow to brown. Cool on sheet for 3-4 minutes then transfer to rack to cool completely. •••

Christine Boyczuk reads to children as part of her role with the Moose Jaw Literacy Network (Sask Health Authority photo) opment is once again a focus. “This is our future, really,” Boyczuk said. “And I think it’s so important because this is the most critical part of brain development, and the more we can do to support and help families and help children, the better start they can get off too. There’s no way you can make those years up, because they’re so critical to human development.” The Early Childhood Coalition meets

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once a month to help brainstorm and plan activities and events for children and their parents. That includes one of their upcoming fun contests, a National Child Day Bingo, which will see families filling out a bingo card filled with local places and organizations beneficial to children before dropping it off at the Early Years Family Resource Centre to claim a prize. A post explaining the rules can be found on the Early Year’s Coalition Facebook page. Then there’s the Family Resource Centre itself. Plans have been in place to fully open the facility since the new year, but COVID-19 put a damper on that occasion. That hasn’t kept them from running a Facebook page loaded with interesting activities and information, though, and Boyczuk is among the many who look forward to seeing the facility open its doors. “It’s an amazing, amazing spot, they’ve worked so hard to develop for early year’s children and their families,” she said. “They’ve done a wonderful job and it’s beautiful.” For more information on the Early Childhood Coalition and other organizations in the city, be sure to follow them on social media.

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Returning councillors win back seats, to be joined by three new faces on city council Larissa Kurz

Following the closure of polls on Nov. 9, it took poll workers less than an hour to announce the unofficial results of the municipal election, determining which of the 15 city council candidates would be taking a seat in one of the six positions up for grabs in Moose Jaw. Only three city councillors ran for re-election this year, alongside twelve new names coming from various backgrounds from around the city. In order of votes received, the new city councillors are Jamey Logan, incumbent Crystal Froese, incumbent Heather Eby, incumbent Dawn Luhning, Kim R. Robinson and Doug Blanc. Logan, a local businessman who owns Strictly Fences, received 3,858 votes or 13 per cent of total votes cast. During his campaign, he promised to focus on uniting city council as many felt the previous council appeared divided in discussion, as well as to continue focusing on infrastructure improvement projects. Returning councillor Froese followed behind Logan with 2,913 votes or 10 per cent, securing her second term in the position. Froese promised to continue to work to connect community organizations with council as well as on heritage projects and infrastructure concerns. Eby will also be returning for another term, receiving 2,899 votes or 9.9 per cent. Eby has served on council for 10 years and said she will continue to fight against the issue of child exploitation and work towards attracting more business to the city.

L-R top: Jamey Logan. Crystal Froese and Heather Eby; L-R bottom: Dawn Luhning, Kim R. Robinson and Doug Blanc. (supplied photos) Luhning is returning for her seventh term as councillor, after taking 2,686 votes or 9.2 per cent. She said during the campaign that she will continue to work on improving council communication, introducing technology to the city and tackling next year’s budget responsibly.

Robinson will be a new face on council, receiving 2,195 votes or 7.5 per cent. He said during his campaign that he will focus on building civic pride, creating a future plan for infrastructure work, and help out already-existing businesses to boost economic growth. The final city councillor will be Doug Blanc, receiving 2,132 votes or 7.3 per cent. Blanc also stated that infrastructure will be a focus for him while serving on council, as well as improving council communications in meetings and keeping residents more updated on construction plans. The votes cast for the remaining candidates are as follows: • Joni Brisbin: 2,115 (7.2 per cent); • Jamaal James: 1,976 (6.8 per cent); • Trevor McPherson: 1,750 (6 per cent); • Earl Swalm: 1,671 (5.7 per cent); • Jody Chell: 1,611 (5.5 per cent); • Steven J. White: 1,383 (4.7 per cent); • Doug Schick: 973 (3.3 per cent); • Nicholas Styck: 512 (1.7 per cent); • Dwayne St. Dennis: 375 (1.2 per cent). The new city council will serve for the next four years alongside re-elected mayor Fraser Tolmie. The City of Moose Jaw confirmed these numbers on Nov. 13 with the release of the official election results.

Only 22.4% of voters cast ballots this election, data shows Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Only 22.4 per cent of eligible voters — or one in five people — turned out for this year’s municipal election, which is a drop compared to previous election years. City hall released the official numbers for the 2020 municipal election on Nov. 13, which showed how many people voted for the mayor and the six city councillors. The total number of ballots cast was 5,919, with 12 ballots blank voted and 93 ballots over voted, leaving 5,814 legitimate ballots. The municipality had estimated there were 25,900 eligible voters this year. Fraser Tolmie was elected mayor with 3,189 votes, while John Kot received 2,316 votes and Nancy Nash received 287 votes. For city council, Jamey Logan led the way with 3,858 votes, followed by Crystal Froese with 2,913 ballots, Heather Eby with 2,899 votes, Dawn Luhning with 2,686 votes, Kim R. Robinson with 2,195 ballots and Doug Blanc with 2,132 votes. Blanc edged out seventh-place finisher Joni Brisbin by 17 votes. According to city hall, the voter turnout of 22.4 per cent is the lowest in the past four municipal elections. Four years ago, 11,305 voters turned out, representing about 41 per cent of eligible voters. In 2012, 38 per cent of the electorate voted; 39.6 per cent of voters showed up in 2009; and 42.5 per cent of voters

cast a ballot in 2006. City hall had nothing to say when asked about how many people voted this year or how disappointing the turnout was. “The election office does not have any comment as to the low voter turnout,� returning officer Tracy Wittke said by email. The office plans each election believing that all eligible citizens will show up, while every citizen chooses to vote or not vote, she continued. The election office used many communications methods to ensure residents were kept updated, while the office responded to all public inquiries. “The positive was that the mail-in ballot process far exceeded the election (office’s) expectations. The advance poll voter turnout was also positive. This was improved by running seven days of advance poll voting with longer hours for the weekday votes,� she added.� The total number of votes cast during the advance polls was 2,074, which was 850 more than the 1,224 advance votes cast in the 2016 municipal election. More people voted in 2016 because the local improvement plan (LIP) program was a contentious issue, while there was no similar issue this year, Wittke said. She pointed out that voter turnout was low in other Saskatchewan municipalities as well; Moose Jaw’s election office staff will contact those localities better understand the

low turnout. There were 10 polling stations during the municipal election four years ago, while there were four polling stations this year: one at Church of Our Lady on South Hill and three at the exhibition grounds. The election office canvassed several places as potential sites, but the responses were mixed, Wittke said. Some places could not guarantee a hall or building; there were accessibility issues at other places; other locations did not want a polling station. “The election office does not have the authority to close schools for the day to run the municipal and school board elections. In the case of the schools, there are additional security costs and cleaning crew costs to ensure the sanitizing of the schools and the safety of the school staff and children,� she continued. City hall chose the two polling locations since they were spacious and allowed for adequate physical distancing, while the protection and safety of citizens and poll workers was the utmost priority, Wittke said. She commended the two locations for their assistance during the pandemic. The municipality had many discussions with both school divisions about the 2020 election since “we are all stewards of the taxpayers’ dollar,� added Wittke. The parties will continue to work together for the 2024 municipal and school board elections.

   

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Appendix C FORM CC [Clause 139(1)(b) of the Act]

Declaration of Results For the Election held on the 9th day of November 2020. MAYOR: City of Moose Jaw Names of Candidates

Number of Votes or Acclamation/Elected

TOLMIE, Fraser

3189 ELECTED

Total Number of Ballots Cast: 5919 Number of Ballots Blank Voted: 12 Number of Ballots Over Voted: 93



I declare that this is an accurate statement of the votes cast for the office of MAYOR for the City of MOOSE JAW. Dated this 13th day of November 2020. Tracy Wittke (Returning Officer) COUNCILLOR: City of Moose Jaw Names of Candidates

Number of Votes or Acclamation/Elected

LOGAN, Jamey FROESE, Crystal EBY, Heather LUHNING, Dawn ROBINSON, Kim R. BLANC, Doug

3858 ELECTED 2913 ELECTED 2899 ELECTED 2686 ELECTED 2195 ELECTED 2132 ELECTED

Total Number of Ballots Cast: 5919 Number of Ballots Blank Voted: 12 Number of Ballots Over Voted: 93 I declare that this is an accurate statement of the votes cast for the office of COUNCILLOR for the City of MOOSE JAW. Dated this 13th day of November 2020.

Tracy Wittke (Returning Officer)

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Tolmie humbled and honoured to be re-elected as mayor Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Mayor-elect Fraser Tolmie says he is humbled and honoured to be re-elected for a second term and to have the chance to represent the citizens of Moose Jaw. “I’ve always said that the potential of Moose Jaw has always been in its people. And in my last four years, I’ve been able to see great things and … what they’ve been able to accomplish,” Tolmie said at city hall on Nov. 9 after the election finished. “So I’m very excited about that.” Tolmie received 3,189 votes during the Nov. 9 municipal election, representing about 55.06 per cent of all ballots cast for mayor. John Kot received 2,316 votes — or about 39.99 per cent — while Nancy Nash received 287 votes or about 4.96 per cent. A total of 5,793 ballots were cast for mayor during the election, which means roughly 22 per cent of the electorate turned out to vote this year. City Hall released final data on Nov. 13. Tolmie thanked everyone who ran during the election, pointing out to run for poli-

tics means making oneself vulnerable and exposed to the public. “You campaign on your record. So I think our record has been strong and I think the people have recognized that,” he continued. “And we’re very excited to continue the good work for the people of Moose Jaw by making sure that infrastructure is addressed, that we will continue to focus on economic development, and at the same think about the things that make a community grow. “We will continue to do that. We will always circle back to our campaign promises and make sure we are fulfilling those promises as we did in the first term.” Voters chose three new city councillors — Jamey Logan, Kim R. Robinson and Doug Blanc — to represent them and decided that council incumbents Crystal Froese, Heather Eby and Dawn Luhning should also return. Tolmie said he looked forward to working with this group for the next four years. “I’m someone that is a consensus-builder

Mayor-elect Fraser Tolmie speaks to the media at city hall after winning re-election on Nov. 9 in the municipal election. Photo by Jason G. Antonio (or) a bridge-builder. I’ve liked what I’ve seen. I’ve liked the majority of what people have been bringing to the table,” he continued. “So what you need to do is you

need to sit down and ask them, ‘What did they mean by some of the nuances that they used?’ We will address that to make sure that there is absolute clarity. “And we want to make sure that those councillors achieve their platforms as well. And you have to look at a collaborative approach and that requires communication and dialogue. And that’s what we’re going to continue to do as we have done in the first term. And most people buy in and that’s what I’m hoping this term.” Tolmie was excited for an announcement about economic growth in Moose Jaw that was to happen on Nov. 10. He noted that city council and city administration had worked hard to bring this project forward. Since Moose Jaw operates in a global market, council’s job is to advocate for — and be the face of — the community and not run it down, he added. Residents deserve good jobs, along with good businesses that contribute to the economy, the community, sports teams, social organizations and clubs.

Canadian Tire to proceed with project after months of uncertainty By Jason G. Antonio

After months of uncertainty, Canadian Tire Real Estate Limited announced it will proceed with its new development on Thatcher Drive East, which would bring Canadian Tire, Mark’s and SportChek under one roof. The company informed the City of Moose Jaw on Nov. 9 that it had removed conditions from the agreement with the municipality and was satisfied with all “due diligence relating to the acquisition, servicing, development, sustainability and feasibility” of the proposed new store, according to a city news release. “The city is very pleased with this news from Canadian Tire,” Mayor Fraser Tolmie said in the release. “This is a tremendous display of confidence in the Moose Jaw economy and validates why we fought so hard to save this development when others lost faith. These types of development require patience and time, but it’s worth the effort to see a local business like Canadian Tire expand.” Canadian Tire had worked with the municipality on this new development since 2016. During its Dec. 16, 2019, meeting city council approved selling 11.95 acres (4.78 hectares) of exhibition property to Canadian Tire Real Estate Limited for $3,171,725, or $265,500 per acre. While the company was expected to pay the municipality nearly $3.2 million, once service costs were considered, that profit would shrink to $688,725, or $57,634 per

A map of the exhibition grounds property the City of Moose Jaw owns, including the parcel being sold to Canadian Tire for 11.95 acres at bottom right, and another parcel above that that the corporation has first right of refusal to purchase. Photo courtesy City of Moose Jaw acre. “(We’re) very happy. We have been working a long time with Canadian Tire,” Mayor Fraser Tolmie said after the meeting. Council also authorized city administration to proceed with acquiring a qualified contractor to service the parcel, along with pursuing a partial connection to the remaining 66.05 acres to the north that

TAX ENFORCEMENT LIST VILLAGE OF TUXFORD PROVINCE OF SASKATCHEWAN

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

LOT 3-BLK/PAR 5-PLAN K589 EXT 1 LOT 4-BLK/PAR 5-PLAN K589 EXT 0 LOT 5-BLK/PAR 5-PLAN K589 EXT 0 LOT 4-BLK/PAR 7-PLAN N882 EXT 0 LOT 5-BLK/PAR 7-PLAN N882 EXT 0 LOT 6-BLK/PAR 7-PLAN N882 EXT 0 LOT 11-BLK/PAR 7-PLAN N882 EXT 0 LOT 12-BLK/PAR 7-PLAN N882 EXT 0 LOT 13-BLK/PAR 7-PLAN N882 EXT 0

Title No. 151554090 151554102 151554135 100321962 100321973 100321984 150593249 150593250 100322053

to payment of a $200,000 non-refundable deposit. The original agreement would have given the company a one-year project extension to 2021 and extra time to pay deposits totalling $250,000. However, in a letter to city hall on April 16, the company’s commercial real estate manager rejected the amendment and demand for the deposit. This forced city council to approve another motion on April 27 to have the city clerk and mayor pursue the original revival and amending agreement with Canadian Tire without the non-refundable deposit. Frustrated by the deal, former councillor Brian Swanson urged city administration and council to ensure all future land sale agreements between the municipality and a purchaser include a non-refundable deposit to avoid situations similar to this one. The original contract was to close on April 16, 2020, while Canadian Tire had to commence construction before Oct. 31, 2021. However, based on the renegotiated contract, Canadian Tire must start building before Oct. 31, 2022, which means the new building could be open by 2023.

TAX ENFORCEMENT LIST R.M. OF MARQUIS NO. 191 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 January 18, 2021, 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

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 January 18, 2021, an interest based on a tax lien will be registered against the land.

DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY

were being serviced simultaneously as the Canadian Tire parcel, for $2,484,000, with the land reserve account to fund the project. A council report also indicated the closing date for the purchase was 180 days after the agreement’s acceptance, or sometime in early June 2020. According to the agreement, Canadian Tire Real Estate had the first right of refusal to purchase an additional 21.44 acres (0.8576 hectares) located on the northeastern edge of the property. The company had 60 days to decide whether to purchase those acres. If that didn’t happen, the municipality could attempt to sell that property. The deal appeared to be on track when the pandemic struck in March. With the retail sector hit hard, the company informed city hall that it planned to withdraw from the agreement. However, work behind the scenes by the mayor and city manager led to Canadian Tire postponing the project for a year. During its April 13 regular meeting, council passed a motion to pursue a revival and amending agreement with Canadian Tire Real Estate Limited subject

Total Arrears*

Costs

952.74

68.00

Total Arrears and Costs 1,020.74

7,373.52

68.00

7,441.52

2,084.11 353.44 553.62

68.00 68.00 68.00

2,152.11 421.44 621.62

* On January 1, 2021 the 2020 taxes will become arrears and be added to the amount required to remove the property from tax enforcement proceedings. Penalty is calculated to the date of the Notice and will continue to accrue as applicable.

DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY NE 19-19-28-2 EXT 0 NW 19-19-28-2 EXT 0 NW 20-19-28-2 EXT 0 NW 21-19-28-2 EXT 0 BLK/PAR C-PLAN 102269987 EXT 0 NE 12-19-29-2 EXT 12 NW 12-19-29-2 EXT 0 SE 12-19-29-2 EXT 0 SW 12-19-29-2 EXT 0 LOT 6-BLK/PAR 4-PLAN 60MJ05026 EXT 0 LOT 7-BLK/PAR 4-PLAN 60MJ05026 EXT 0 LOT 19-BLK/PAR 4-PLAN 66MJ06870 EXT 0 LOT 20-BLK/PAR 4-PLAN 66MJ06870 EXT 0 LOT 26-BLK/PAR 6-PLAN 60MJ05026 EXT 0

Title No. 100926660 100928640 100926682 100928662 100926750 100928695 100926839 151843394 153143636 153143658 153143669 153143670 127845894 127845906 141333779 141333780 134638072

Total Arrears*

Costs

1,020.66

33.00

Total Arrears and Costs 1,053.66

1,451.03

33.00

1,484.03

1,006.50

33.00

1,039.50

940.43 2,332.62 1,421.27 1,378.52 3,683.32 1,516.22 772.15 1,321.29 965.38 1,180.39 1,209.70

33.00 33.00 33.00 33.00 33.00 33.00 33.00 33.00 33.00 33.00 33.00

973.43 2,365.62 1,454.27 1,411.52 3,716.32 1,549.22 805.15 1,354.29 998.38 1,213.39 1,242.70

* On January 1, 2021 the 2020 taxes will become arrears and be added to the amount required to remove the property from tax enforcement proceedings. Penalty is calculated to the date of the Notice and will continue to accrue as applicable.

Dated this 12th day of November, 2020

Dated this 10th day of November, 2020

Tracy Edwards Administrator

Gwen Johnston Administrator


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Four people at three public schools test positive for virus

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has diagnosed two people at Central Collegiate, one person at Westmount School and one individual at Prince Arthur School with coronavirus. The SHA announced on Nov. 6 that someone at Central had tested positive for the virus; on Nov. 7, another person at Central and one at Westmount had tested positive; and on Nov. 9, someone had tested positive at Prince Arthur. The authority informed the Prairie South School Division (PSSD) about these developments, which had the schools issue a letter to families informing them of these developments. This is not the first time that Central and Prince Arthur have had positive COVID-19 results. An individual at Prince Arthur was diagnosed on Oct. 1, while someone at Central tested positive on Oct. 2. The letters the schools sent out essentially say the same thing: that a case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express a person at the school, that the school and school division are working closely with public health staff to ensure measures are in place to protect students, that public health will contact parents/guardians and staff/volunteers who may have had close contact with the individuals, and that everyone entering a school should monitor for signs of the coronavirus. The letters remind parents and guardians to call the HealthLine at 811 if they suspect their child has symptoms and keep their child at home. The letters add that the schools will provide additional information as it becomes available. More information can be found at saskatchewan.ca/covid19. No additional cleaning is required at these schools, said PSSD education director Tony Baldwin. He pointed out that by the time people test positive, they’ve been waiting for several days at home for the results. “All the cases that we’ve had in Prairie South are quite

old — I don’t know if that’s the right turn of phrase — (but) they’re not immediate and the person wasn’t at school when they were sick immediately the day before,” he continued. “The cleaning that counts is the cleaning that happened a week-and-a-half ago when they were last in the building.” Division administration is pleased with the processes it put in place to handle coronavirus cases if they arise, Baldwin remarked. There have been no cases in PSSD schools of transmission from one person to another, while there have been few cases around Saskatchewan where someone caught the virus at school. “What that tells us is we’re doing the right work and that people are getting sick because they’re catching it somewhere but not at school,” he added, “so that’s a real good thing for us.”

Four more cases of virus detected at schools Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express Four more cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed at schools in Moose Jaw, including the first confirmed case within the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic School Division. Letters were sent on Nov. 10 from Riverview Collegiate, King George School, Westmount School and Sacred Heart School to parents announcing that an individual at each building had contracted COVID-19. The education directors for Prairie South School Division and Holy Trinity also confirmed to the Moose Jaw Express that one person at each school had been diagnosed with the virus. This now means 10 individuals within Moose Jaw schools are known to have contracted the virus since Oct. 1. Prairie South School Division “I’m as concerned as everybody else in the province ought to be. We still are in pretty good shape in Prairie South in general,” said education director Tony Baldwin.

“We have had a fair bit of action in the last week or two in Moose Jaw. We haven’t had any cases where there’s been transmission at school. “That’s a good piece since it means our processes are working and that we have people in our buildings who are getting sick because they’ve had interactions with other sick people in places other than the school. It’s good news for us that we haven’t had anybody who’s gotten sick at school.” Baldwin said he is worried about the health of students and staff, including those who are sick and those who were in close contact. However, division administration believes the situation is currently in hand and appreciates its relationship with local public health authorities. School-based administrators have also done a great job providing leadership with their staff and their communities, he continued. They have helped people understand that the province is facing this same challenge, but Prai-

rie South has a good plan and it’s working. “We just need to keep moving forward and keep kids learning and we’ll get out the other side,” added Baldwin. Holy Trinity Catholic School Division It’s not unexpected that a case has popped up in Holy Trinity, especially with the numbers being seen across the province, said education director Sean Chase. While this is unfortunate, division administration is concerned about the safety of the individual involved and anyone else in close contact. “We feel strongly that we are prepared to look after not just the safety of our students and staff, but also the ongoing attention to academics,” he added. “That’s really important as well.” Coronavirus updates The provincial government has a page on its website dedicated to schools and the pandemic. That page, titled Safe Schools Plan, can be found at saskatchewan.ca.

Eighty-five students learning online in Catholic division, data shows Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Eighty-five students in Holy Trinity Catholic School Division are learning in a digital classroom this year, with some families choosing this route since their child has a compromised immune system. Holy Trinity has committed resources to ensure a safe learning experience for health-challenged students and families, while staff are still able to deliver high-quality Catholic education, according to the division. As of Sept. 30, 74 students in Moose Jaw were learning digitally, including 10 students at St. Michael School, five at St. Mary School, six at St. Margaret School, 33 at St. Agnes School and 20 at Sacred Heart School. There are 11 students at All Saints Catholic School in Swift Current also learning this way. There are differences between learning online digitally and being home-schooled, explained education director Sean Chase. With home-schooling, families take full responsibility for instructing and assessing their kids. Parents would contact school division staff around August or September and propose how they would deliver education for that school

year. Staff would then review and give feedback. Parents would then provide a summary in June of how their child performed. “They’re truly working independently as a family, and … that’s a provision provided for in the Education Act in Saskatchewan,” Chase said. “(That is) significantly different than what we’re offering in terms of our enhanced digital classroom.” With online learning, parents still give support, but teachers from Holy Trinity provide instruction and assessment. Staff stay in regular contact by using online and offline tools and are more involved in students’ learning. Last summer, the division heard from many families about their experiences teaching students in the spring with supplemental learning. Many families said it was a complex task walking students through the curriculum every day, Chase said. Parents were not confident they could lead the traditional, home-based education program themselves, so they wanted the division to provide the guidance and planning of instruction. Chase didn’t think online schooling was

necessarily geared just for students who were health-challenged. However, with a pandemic happening, many families in immunocompromised situations felt more comfortable choosing this solution over home-based education or sending their kids to school. Division enrolment As of Sept. 30, there were 2,301 students in Holy Trinity Catholic School Division. This is down by 131 students based on the projections of 2,432 that division administration made for this school year. In comparison, there were 2,399 students in the division as of Sept. 30, 2019. The division is searching through school records and using data from the Ministry of Education to figure out why 131 students have disappeared from the rolls, explained Chase. The division believes many left the province during the pandemic, while some who participate in high-level sports such as hockey did not come to Moose Jaw due to movement restrictions. Immigrant families expected to arrive from outside Canada also failed to materialize due to border closures. “We’ve had a number of students who

typically attend Phoenix Academy who have — during the pandemic — decided to walk away at this point and pursue fulltime work as young adults,” he added. The division office is confident it has exhausted every option while searching for these missing students but wanted to perform its due diligence and look out for their best interests. “… When you’re down in projections, we always want to have a strong reflection process to see if there is anything in our world that has caused this lack of enrolment in certain areas,” Chase said, adding he spoke with the minister of education and said he is confident the decline is due to pandemic. “We’re very pleased that our online learning has met the needs of our immunocompromised kids and families, and that has stabilized in the first two months here … ,” he added. A decline in students could hurt how much funding the ministry provides, but Chase said he is confident that the ministry has heard the division’s reasons and will provide sufficient grants for next year.

City employee has tested positive for COVID-19, says city hall Larissa Kurz

The City of Moose Jaw has reported on Nov. 12 that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19, but says the public has not been at risk of contact at City Hall. A press release from the city stated that the positive individual doesn’t interact with the public in their duties and also has not been in City Hall since Nov. 5. City hall staff have been directed to self-monitor, while public health is undergoing a contact tracing investigation and

will contact anyone who may have been in close contact with the individual. Residents are reminded that they must undergo a COVID-19 health screen before entering the lobby, and masks will be required under the recent public health order coming into effect on Nov. 16. The Moose Jaw Express reached out to the city for further comments but did not hear back by the time of publishing.

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Tough weekend for Moose Jaw AA Warrior teams

U13 Warriors tie 3-3, lose 6-2 to Weyburn; U15s drop 10-1 decision to Regina, U18s fall 6-2 to Lumsden Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

It wasn’t the best of showings for the Moose Jaw Warriors in the three Saskatchewan AA Hockey League age groups this past weekend. The trio of local squads only had a single tie on the positive side of the ledger in their four games leading into action Sunday evening -- the U13 Warriors took a 3-3 tie Saturday in Weyburn but dropped a 6-2 decision in the return match Sunday, the U15 Warriors lost 10-1 to the Regina Aces in Regina Saturday and the U18 Warriors fell 6-2 to Lumsden / Bethune at home Saturday. The U15 Warriors and U18 Warriors both had rematches Sunday, with scores unavailable as of press time. Be sure to check MooseJawToday.com for the latest updates. U13 Warriors 3, Weyburn 3 The Warriors showed plenty of heart in their contest Saturday afternoon, scoring twice in the third period to secure the tie. Weyburn led 2-0 after the first and took a 3-1 edge into the final frame after Ryan Gibbs got the Warriors on the board. Brodyn Pladson would then pull Moose Jaw within one 2:10 into the third, and Carter Hudyma would tie things on the power play with 5:34 remaining. Ben Barth got the start in goal for Moose Jaw and turned aside 23 shots. The Warriors finished the game with 26 shots. Weyburn 6, U13 Warriors 2 Hudyma and Elijah McFadden scored the lone goals for the Warriors, who carried the play much of the first and second periods but couldn’t break through.

U13AA Warriors defenceman Riley Bender gets off a point shot. U13 AA Warriors forward Ryder Gilroy breaks into the Weyburn zone. Weyburn led 2-1 after the first and 3-1 through two. Grayson Hrenyk got the start in goal for the Warriors. Regina Aces 10, U15 Warriors 1 It was one of those nights for the U15 Warriors on Saturday. Regina scored five times before the game was nine minutes old and ended up taking a 6-0 lead out of the first period. They tacked on two goals in each of the second and third. Marc Belanger scored the lone Moose Jaw goal 3:57 into

the second period. Casson Silbernagel went the distance in goal and faced no less than 62 shots on the night. Lumsden / Bethune 6, U18 Warriors 2 Things were as close as could be through the first two periods, but Lumsden / Bethune would score four goals in the third to secure the win at Red Knight Arena. Noah Osiowy and Connor Ruckaber scored for the Warriors in the second period, and the two teams went into the dressing room tied 2-2. Landyn Maclachlan turned aside 43 shots in the Warriors net.

Prairie Hockey Academy U17s take another close win in rematch with U16s One night after battling to 5-3 victory, U17 Cougars hold on for 4-3 victory in rematch Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

It seems the difference between the two teams at the Prairie Hockey Academy is pretty much one goal a game, despite the age difference. For the second-straight contest, the U16 Prep and U17 Prep Cougars put together a close and hard-fought showing at Barkman Arena on Saturday night, with the U17s holding on for a 4-3 victory. One night earlier, it was a 5-3 win for the older squad, including an empty-net goal. The U17 Cougars got off to a solid start in the rematch, as Josh Prebushewski and Carter Price scored in the first period to give their squad a 2-0 lead. Much like the night before, though, the U16s wouldn’t go down without a fight -- Brock Stewart and Jacob Booth would score 50 seconds apart midway through the second to tie the game 2-2. That was where the score stood until 1:39 remained in the period, when Brennan Blatz scored on the power play to give the U17s a 3-2 edge.

Drew Molde then extended that lead to 4-2 5:43 into the third, but Matthew Healey pulled the U16s back within one with 2:42 to play, setting up another tense finish. Davis Hunter and Brennan Watterson each had two assists for the U17s. Justin Dueck turned aside 28 shots to earn the win, Michael Malinowski had a 40 save showing for the U16s. One night earlier, U17 Prep Cougars took a 4-1 lead into the third period against their U16 Prep brethern but ended up needing the empty-net goal to hold off the comeback. It looked like it was going to be a fairly comfortable evening for the U17 crew with how things went in the first period, with a flurry of goals in the final five minutes seeing the older team build a 3-1 lead. Molde opened scoring with 4:45 remaining in the frame and was followed just over two minutes later by Chase Jocelyn for a 2-0 edge. Rowan Calvert got one back for the U16s with 57 seconds remaining in the period, but

Hunter would restore the U17 two goal lead with seven seconds remaining. Blatz would score the lone goal of the second period at 9:16 on the power play to give the U17s their 4-1 lead. The U16s wouldn’t go quietly, though. Clark Furman pulled the youngsters back within two 2:43 into the third, and just over three minutes later would draw an assist on Carter Skarbon’s goal to get the U16s back within one. That set up a tense final 14 minutes of play that was finally settled when Ethan Dekay scored the empty netter with 36 seconds remaining. Dekay would also have two assists in the contest. Mason Briske turned aside 25 shots to earn the win for the U17s, Austin Seibel had 32 saves to the U16s. The U17 Cougars improved to 3-0 on the Sask AA Hockey League U18 season with the win, the U16s fell to 1-3.

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Holland goes undefeated on way to SWCT Moose Jaw win Moose Jaw skip leads Davidson foursome to win over Wisniewski in final Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

For a stretch of time it looked as if the curling gods were going to do all they could to see the Sask Women’s Curling Tour stop in Moose Jaw come to a premature halt. But in the end, they were able to soldier through, and Moose Jaw product Amber Holland couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. Holland and her rink of third Kim Schneider, second Karlee Korchinski and lead Deb Lozinski went undefeated through the 12-team tournament at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre, defeating Regina’s Stasia Wisniewski 4-3 in the final. That was in spite of a blizzard that blew in on Sunday of the tournament and threatened to shut the whole thing down. Then, on top of it all, the power went out before their semifinal with Skylar Ackerman and further delayed things. “So we were wondering if we were going to be able to finish it at all,” Holland said with a wry laugh. “But we were able to pull it off… It was a good weekend, we made some shots, missed some shots, but made the right ones at the right time.” That included the championship final against Wisniewski, third Chantel Martin, second Amanda Kuzyk and lead

Team Holland lead Deb Lozinski, second Karlee Korchinski, third Kim Schneider and skip Amber Holland after winning the Moose Jaw SWCT stop. Sheri Martin. Holland carried a 3-0 lead into the fifth end and had things set up for a double for five and a likely early end to the contest. She’d come in just a bit thin, though, and Wisniewski would steal one. The Highland foursome weren’t done there - Wisniewski would steal single points the next two ends to tie the game heading into the eighth, where Holland would regain her stride and pick up the

single point for the victory. “They played well, we got off to a good early start and then took our foot off the gas pedal,” Holland said. “They kind of kicked into another gear and we didn’t necessarily stay up to pace. That double for five, if you make that it’s probably game over. But kudos to them, at the end of the score is the score and if you win by five or you win by one it’s still a win.” One of the most important parts of the

weekend was simply getting the games played. With COVID-19 having played havoc with the curling schedule so far, just having a chance to play has sometimes been a struggle. “Since it’s been such a different season, we haven’t had that many games together, we’re still coming together as a team,” Holland said. “So I don’t think we had any expectations for results, we’re just focusing on it as an opportunity to play more games together as a team and finishing where we were was great.” An important factor was the allocation of Provincial Team Ranking Points, which go towards qualifying for the provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Holland now leads that ranking, tied with Ashley Howard for first. The top eight rinks advance directly to the Scotties, with Ackerman -- who Holland defeated 9-3 in the semifinal -- sitting tied for third and Penny Barker in a four-way tie for eighth. “Every day, we’re just hoping we have a Scotties to play in,” Holland said. “This year is strange and I’d be pleased just to see a provincial championship to play in and hopefully a national.”

No changes at the top: Three teams still unbeaten in Original 16 Cash League Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

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Some had a relatively easy night, some had a bit of a closer call, but the end result was the same. And the same three teams remain undefeated at the top of the Original 16 Cash League standings after league play last Wednesday night at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre. Perennial contenders BTN Accounting (Danielle Sicinski, 4-0) found themselves with the toughest contest of the night, battling to a 7-6 win over Paws N Play (Donna Ackerman, 0-4). It looked like it was going to be an easy evening in the early going for Sicinski, who used a three-ender in the fourth to build a 6-2 lead. Ackerman would get back into it with a deuce in the fifth, though, and after holding Sicinski to one in the sixth would add single markers the following two ends before just falling short. Things went smoother for Easy Care Living (Lorraine Arguin, 4-0) against Here for the Beer (Patrick Ackerman, 0-4). Leading 3-2 in the third, Arguin would score four to take a 7-2 lead, and after the two teams exchanged single points the next two ends, would end up taking an early 8-3 victory. Matt Froehlich (4-0) used a string of steals to take a 9-2 victory over Joe Gunnis (EMJ Marketing, 0-4). The two teams found themselves tied 2-2 through three ends, but Froehlich would score a pair in the fourth, steal three in the fifth and single points in the sixth and seventh for the commanding win. KMS Construction (Ben Gamble, 3-1) kept pace with the leaders with a solid showing of his own, stealing two in the third end to build a 4-0 lead over Pro-Tec Electric (Stan Barnsley, 2-2). Barnsley looked to get back in the contest with single points the next two ends, but back-to-back Gamble deuces in the sixth and seventh would lead to an 8-2 win. Protec Video (Wade Gray, 1-3) picked up their first win of the season in impressive fashion, using a pair of early three enders to roar out to an 8-0 lead through three ends against KalTire (Rob Sokchoff, 2-2). Sokchoff looked to get back into it with two of his own in the fourth and steal in the fifth, but another Gray two in the sixth brought things to an early end and a 10-3 win. John’s Music (Ryan Wenarchuk, 3-1) found themselves in the closest game of the night, as they would battle to a 6-5 win extra-end win over Walchuk Masonary (Tyler Krupski, 1-3). Wenarchuk put together a 4-1 lead though four ends and would lead 5-2 through six, but Krupski got within one with two in the seventh and would steal another in the eighth to tie things 5-5. Wenarchuk used the hammer to good effect in the extra end, though, taking one and earning the win. Original 16 Cash League action continues every Wednesday night at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre.


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Moose Jaw’s Hrechka scores first goal for Warman Wildcats U18 AAA franchise Former Prairie Hockey Academy standout playing for new team in Sask Male U18 AAA Hockey League Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Moose Jaw Minor Hockey product Mikkel Hrechka became a part of Warman hockey history over the weekend. Hrechka, 16, scored the first-ever goal for the Warman Wildcats of the Sask Male U18 AAA Hockey League on Nov. 8, picking up his team’s lone marker in a 5-1 loss to the Saskatoon Contacts. And while oral history might turn it into breakaway dipsy-doodle to the top shelf, it was a little more simple than that. “It was on the power play, I got a pass from the top and I’m the one-timer guy, so I hit the one-timer and it went in,” Hrechka said from Warman on Friday afternoon. Nothing all that spectacular. What was rather interesting was his goal celebration, though, and the amazing prediction that preceded it. “I was so excited, I pointed into the stands at my billet dad (Al Ching) because he told me today was my day and I was going to score in the first period on the first power play. And I scored in the first period and first power play.” Hrechka said with a laugh. “It’s like I said later ‘it was exactly like you said, so I pointed at you after I scored.” Officially, Hrechka’s goal came on the

man advantage at the 9:09 mark of the first period and tied the game 1-1. Humboldt’s Brody Mortensen and Melfort’s Dagan Carlson drew the assists. A former Prairie Hockey Academy product who played the past two seasons in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, Hrechka is quickly finding his way in a new community and new teammates. “Oh yeah, it’s getting good,” he said. “I’m starting to get used to living away from home and just getting my routine down with school and COVID and hockey and the gym and everything. It’s getting a lot better all the time.” And while the Wildcats are still looking for their first win -- they dropped a 4-0 decision to the Battlefords Stars in their opener on Nov. 1 before following with a 3-0 loss to Moose Jaw Warriors top prospect Brayden Yager and the Contacts on Nov. 6 -- Hrechka has already seen improvement “(Against Battlefords) it took us awhile just to get our feet under us, being a new team, then we played the Contacts the last two games and they’re one of the top teams in the league, so we had a tough time with them,” Hrechka said. “We had

Hockey Harvest Lottery to support Saskatchewan WHL team player scholarship funds Moose Jaw Express Staff

With the COVID-19 pandemic preventing the Western Hockey League from playing games until January at the earliest, teams throughout the league - including Saskatchewan - are facing some unique concerns. One of which is how to support the WHL Scholarship program with no games on the ice and no way to raise funds for scholastic endeavours once players have seen their time in the league come to an end. Great Western Brewing Company and Saskatchewan’s five WHL teams - the Moose Jaw Warriors, Regina Pats, Saskatoon Blades, Swift Current Broncos and Prince Albert Raiders - have partnered to host the first-ever Hockey Harvest Lottery in support of WHL player scholarships. The event will feature an online progressive 50/50 draw beginning Monday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Dec. 20. The grandprize winning ticket will receive half of the funds, with the remainder split evenly among the five WHL teams in the province. Thanks to Great Western brewing, the jackpot will begin at $75,000. Last year, the Moose Jaw Warriors spent $98,501.43 on player scholarships to post-secondary institutions all over Canada and the United States. The Warriors education fund balance currently sits at $154,167.92. Without the annual alumni golf tournament this past summer and current game-day events to replenish that fund, one can see where there may be concern. “The Western Hockey League takes pride in providing a world-class player experience, which includes the most comprehensive scholarship available in North America today,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “What better way for our Saskatchewan-based WHL Clubs to come together than with the creation of the ‘Hockey Harvest Lottery presented by Great Western Brewing Company’ in support of the WHL Scholarship program. By purchasing tickets, Saskatchewan residents will have a chance to win big, and they will also be supporting the academic endeavors of their favourite WHL players.”

Ticket prices are as follows: • 1 ticket for $20; • 5 tickets for $50; • 20 tickets for $100; • 150 tickets for $500; • 500 tickets for $1000. Tickets are available for purchase to anyone over the age of 19 that is physically in the province of Saskatchewan at the time of purchase, regardless of their home residence. Ticket sales for the Hockey Harvest Lottery close on Dec. 20 at 11:59 p.m., with the Grand Prize draw taking place on Monday, Dec. 21 at 1p.m. in Saskatoon. Tickets purchased prior to 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, Nov. 27 will also be entered in a draw to win a Saskatchewan WHL team jersey prize package, featuring a jersey from all five of the province’s WHL teams. The early bird draw will be made on Saturday, Nov. at 1 p.m. CST in Saskatoon. Key dates for the Hockey Harvest Lottery presented by Great Western Brewing Co. include: • Nov. 16: Ticket sales launch at 12:01 a.m. CST; • Nov. 27: Early-bird deadline; • Nov. 28: Early-bird draw at 1:00 p.m. CST; • Dec. 20: Ticket deadline at 11:59 p.m. CST; • Dec. 21st: Ticket draw at 1:00 p.m. CST. Tickets will be available for sale beginning Nov. 16 online through each team’s website, along with WHL.ca. Hockey Harvest Lottery rules and regulations can be found at whl.ca/hockeyharvestlotto. Daily jackpot updates and Hockey Harvest Lottery news will be available daily on Twitter at @HockeyHarvest.

Moose Jaw Minor Hockey product Mikkel Hrechka with the puck from the first goal for the Warman Wildcats franchise. good games, but we just couldn’t put the puck in the back of the net. So we’re looking forward to (Nov. 13 against Tisdale) and hopefully changing that and getting our first win.” As for how things are going with the Wildcats themselves in Warman, it hasn’t taken long for Saskatoon bedroom community of 10,000 to warm up to the newest team in town. “Right at the start, we got out in the community as a team and ran tryouts for the Initiation kids and the Novice kids, so we kind of got our foot in the door and got to interact with some of the parents and some of the children that way,” Hrechka said. “That’s helped getting more people

supporting us, our name is getting around and we’re more part of the community now.” Usually, that would lead to a packed rink every night. But with COVID-19 restrictions keeping things limited to 150 fans, that hasn’t happened yet. Not that Hrechka has any doubts it will. “We pack it out every night, there’s more people who want to come in but they can’t because we don’t have the room,” he said. “Hopefully when this is all over we get a chance to fill that thing because I know we could… everyone looks up to us because we’re the top team in town. I don’t know half the people around here yet and they all know who I am, it’s amazing.”

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AAA Warriors cap weekend sweep over Swift Current Wlson, Calvert, Perkins each have goal and assist in 4-2 win at Mosaic Place Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Given how games between the two teams have played out so far this season, the Moose Jaw Warriors knew they had a solid chance of picking up four points this weekend against the Swift Current Legionnaires. And sure enough, that’s exactly what happened. The Warriors capped off the home-andhome sweep on Sunday afternoon in Sask Male U18 AAA Hockey League action at Mosaic Place, taking a 4-2 victory after winning 6-0 in Swift Current on Friday. “We played very well in Swift, especially the first two periods, and then tonight the first was fine and the second we played really well,” said Warriors head coach Trevor Weisgerber. “The third, we were okay again. But any time you can get four points, it’s good, and I thought the guys played well again all weekend.” Tony Wilson, Atley Calvert and Matt Perkins all had a goal and an assist for the Warriors, who found themselves tied 1-1 after the first and leading 4-1 through two. Wyatt Wilson scored their other goal, while Mckale Paul and Riley Niven had two assists each. Jaxson Taupert got the start in net and

Jaxson Taupert makes the glove save on Swift Current’s Carter Cormier. made 24 saves to earn the win, the Warriors fired 49 shots at Legionnaires netminder Noah Martens. With four straight commanding wins over their Trans Canada Highway rivals, the key is to keep playing the same way no matter what -- especially knowing what’s on the horizon.

Warriors players back in limbo after MJHL season postponed Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Warriors would have seen no less than eight players on their current roster in action this weekend if things went according to plan with the COVID-19 pandemic. But with bad news out of Manitoba, a whole lot of things changed. With their provincial government putting the whole province in their highest state of alert due to the ongoing outbreak, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League was forced to shut down at least until the new year. That means players like Daemon Hunt (Virden Oil Capitals), Calder Anderson (Neepawa Natives), Eric Alarie (Opaskwayak Cree Nation Moose Jaw Warriors goaltender Boston BiBlizzard) and Denton Mateychuk lous wil have a chance to hone his game with (Steinbach Pistons) all saw their re- the Estevan Bruins after being loaned to the newed seasons once again come to a team Friday. sudden halt. The shutdown also affected a team not even part of the MJHL -- the Flin Flon Bombers announced Friday that, being from Manitoba, they too would follow the restrictions and close down their Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League season. As a result, Warriors overage forward Brad Ginnell, grandson of Flin Flon coaching and playing legend Patty Ginnell, also found himself suddenly sidelined due to the pandemic. The rest of the SJHL, meanwhile, continues to soldier on after dodging -- at least for now -- COVID-19 restrictions announced on Friday in Saskatchewan. The Estevan Bruins made moves involving a pair of players with Moose Jaw connections, first assigning former AAA Warriors forward Lucius Schmidt to the Pilot Butte Storm of the Prairie Junior Hockey League. Later, the Bruins announced that WHL Warriors goaltender Boston Bilous had been loaned to the squad, joining Warriors defenceman and Moose Jaw Minor Hockey product Nolan Jones in the Estevan line-up. A pair of other local minor hockey WHL products are also in action in the SJHL -Reece Newkirk of the Portland Winterhawks is currently second in scoring with two goals and four points in two games with the Melville Millionaires, while Jaxsen Wiebe of the Red Deer Rebels is on the roster of the Nipawin Hawks but has yet to play a game.

“We always talk about habits and doing things properly and working and competing all the time,” Weisgerber said. “Our biggest thing is doing things and playing the game the right way, whether it’s lopsided either way you want to make sure it’s good habits and doing things properly. For the most part it was good, and at times

guys do get away from it, and that’s where you want to watch for it.” The Warriors improved to 4-0 and sit in first place in the South standings. They’re back in action against the team right behind them, the Regina Pat Canadians, on Friday night in Regina. The rematch goes Saturday night at Mosaic Place. “We have to make sure we come to work here this week Tuesday through Thursday,” Weisgerber said of preparing for what is certain to be a tough challenge next weekend. “We have a few things we have to shore up and we’ll watch some video and things like that. But it should be fun, we’re looking forward to it. We probably would have had them last year in the final and it’ll be fun to play those guys. It’s always a good rivalry between the two of us.” Friday’s contest saw Kael DePape make 24 saves for his first shutout of the season. Kirk Mullen scored twice, Tony Wilson had a goal and two assists. Calvert, Hayden Wilm and Max Wanner had their other goals. Wyatt Wilson, Perkins and Ethan Peters had two assists each.


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Sports and activities largely avoid major restrictions in new Sask Randy Health Authority measures Palmer - Moose Jaw Express The sports community in Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan can breathe a sigh of relief for now. The new restrictions announced by the Saskatchewan Health Authority and Government of Saskatchewan on Friday morning will have little effect on the sports community in the province, as authorities opted not to go the same direction as Manitoba with a complete shutdown. Plenty of concerns were voiced on social media in the last 24 hours, after it was announced the province would be announcing new restrictions in light of the current caseload of COVID-19. That includes more than 900 cases and three deaths over the last week. Manitoba, meanwhile, recorded 437 new cases and five more deaths on Friday alone. That led to the province imposing tough new restrictions -- including the complete shutdown of sports in the province, including the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, where members of the Moose Jaw Warriors were playing in order to get in ice time before the proposed Jan. 8 start of the Western Hockey League season. The toughest portion of Saskatchewan’s new restrictions when it comes to sports involves gyms and fitness facilities, which are allowed to remain open but with a limit of eight participants in group activities, and only if three metres of spacing can be maintained. The same applies to aerobic activities such as treadmills, stationary bikes and

lane swimming, if everything is physically distanced. The new COVID-19 measures announced Friday did touch on sports, though. A large update was made to the Sports and Activities Guidelines, covering the wide selection of guidance that had been in place through various leagues and activities as sports began to return to play. In addition, an Arena Facilities Guideline section was added to the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, largely point-

ing out that the Saskatchewan Hockey Association is working with member organizations and communities to ensure all necessary public health measure are being followed. That, in addition to reiterating that facility operators are responsible for putting measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more information, including a complete rundown of all advisories and news releases, visit www.saskatchewan.ca.

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Wine and chocolate have helped resident reach age 105 Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Wine and chocolate are two treats in which Betty Francis likes to indulge and are also likely two reasons she has reached 105 years old. “I like wine sometimes. On my last birthday, there was a party. They brought me wine and treats (cake) and friends came,� the resident of Chateau St. Michael said recently, adding she has been munching on Bounty coconut bars lately. “I like it because it’s not hard (to eat).� Francis was born on Nov. 14, 1915, during a time when the First World War was 16 months old and Canadian soldiers had reached the front lines that spring. Besides Francis, other notable individuals also born that year included Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Ingrid Bergman and David Rockefeller. Society was much different in the 19-teens and 1920s, Francis recalled. One thing that sticks is how much work was done on paper, compared to today, where computers rule the roost. Her family — she was an only child — moved from Alberta to Vancouver, British Columbia when she was young. She stayed on the West Coast until she graduated high school at age 16 before her family moved to Saskatchewan for work. “I’m quite pleased with (moving here),� she said. Francis had to wait to find a job since she was still young; her first job was as a secretary for a real estate firm. That would be a role she took on many times during her adult life in Moose Jaw. She was married twice, although she never had any children. With some melancholy, Francis admitted that she wished she did have kids of her own. Francis travelled extensively during her life. She visited England and Europe several times, while she took trips to the United States since her family lived close to the border. Chuckling, she said when she was younger, she would go see her grandma in Bellingham, Oregon, whenever her mother wanted to get rid of her. Francis arrived at Chateau St. Michael in March 2017 and has been mostly independent since. She can move freely in her wheelchair, takes part in Remembrance Day ceremonies, goes outside for walks and attends gatherings that feature live and recorded music from the 1930s to

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Resident Betty Francis turns 105 years old on Nov. 14. Here she poses for a picture with a birthday bear at Chateau St. Michael. Photo by Jason G. Antonio ’60s. “I don’t do a heckuva lot on my own,� she said. As for her secret to a long life, Francis said she knew when to keep her mouth shut. “Don’t yap too much,� she chuckled. One life lesson people should understand is the need to learn from their mistakes, added Francis. Sometimes people need to see the results of their decisions and realize those choices can’t be changed. Francis thought the birthday party that staff at the care home planned to throw for her on Nov. 14 was a little bit much since — to her — she felt it was happening again so soon. However, she did enjoy the staff playing a musical bear that sang Happy Birthday. “It’s cute,� she added. “It’s a different idea.�

Three grain buyer licences suspended For Agri-Mart Express

The Canada Grain Commission has suspended licences of three buyers of pulse and specialty crops in Canada. Affected companies are Canpulse Foods Ltd. Global Grain Canada Ltd. and its parent Globeway Canada Inc. The suspension was effective Oct. 31. A Dubai company owes Globeways Canada of Mississauga, Ontario.

In Western Canada Canpulse has an elevator licence at Kindersley, Sask., while Global Grain Canada has an elevator licence for Plum Coulee Manitoba. The licence suspension means farmers selling to these companies have no protection from losses under producer payment laws.

MJPS offering public apology event in partnership with Moose Jaw Pride Larissa Kurz

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Each of us has a destiny. Every one of us has been given life on this earth in order to accomplish something. You ask, how do I know what I was put on earth to do? One question to ask is, “What is my gifting?� Often what we are gifted in reveals what we have been created to accomplish. Another way to understand our “bent� is to reflect on what upsets you the most. For example: Hubby has always noticed unkempt roads and comments anytime a gravel road needs attention. When he was a young boy, I’m told he spent hours in his sandbox creating roads with his Tonka grader. Early on in our marriage, he built our laneway with an old pull-type grader, dug dugouts with a little 3 yard scraper and more. Anytime we tour southern Saskatchewan on our day trips, he is analyzing the roads. I’m convinced part of his assignment on this earth is to build and maintain good roads. He is passionate about keeping good roads and blesses our community with his skills and abilities. Myles Munroe suggests that “...the timing of your birth was essential to some need in the world that you’re supposed to meet.� You are uniquely gifted and unique. No matter your age; whether you’ve lived long or just setting out, you can fulfill the destiny you’ve been created to live out! It’s not too late to be who you’ve been called to be! COVID is most likely in the back of your mind. You may wonder how can I fulfill my purpose when I’m being controlled by a virus, by the government or by society? Did you know that the greatest leaders are born in the face of adversity? Munroe states that “the greatest leadership seems to surface during times of personal, social, economic, political and spiritual conflict.� This is not the time to shrink back. Maybe you were born for exactly this time. You may like to refresh yourself of the true historical account of how God used Esther to save her people. She put her own life in danger in order to save her people, the Jews, from total annihilation. What if Mother Teresa had turned her head away from the plight of the poor and sick on the streets of Calcutta? What if Winston Churchill let the Nazis do whatever they wanted? What if Moses hadn’t chosen to tell Pharaoh to set the Hebrews free? What if Daniel would’ve bowed to fear instead of bowing three times a day to pray? What if Ronald Reagan wouldn’t have taken a stand against socialism or told Gorbachev that the Berlin Wall must come down? There are countless everyday people who have stood for the good of others. They’ve risked their lives and reputations for the betterment of society. Munroe suggests that “leaders are often ordinary people who accept or are placed under extraordinary circumstances that bring forth their latent potential, producing a character that inspires confidence and trust in others.� I say today, it’s time for you, dear leaders, to arise and shine. It’s time for us to follow our passions and allow our giftings to come forth for such a time as this. If we fail to discover or pursue our personal leadership potential, it “...will deprive (our) generation and succeeding generations of (our) unique and vital contribution to the world.� It’s time to discover your destiny and live it fully to be a blessing to our communities, province, nation. Be bold, be strong for the Lord your God is with you!

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NELSON, MARY It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Mary Nelson, beloved wife of Cyril Nelson, on November 5, 2020 in Edmonton at the age of 92 years. Mary is survived by son, Randy (Sheila); and daughter, Anne Marie (John) Burrill; as well as grandsons, David, Joshua, Zachary, Christian and Luke; greatgrandson, Jackson; brother, William Rozecki; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Cyril; sister, Rose Baydock; and brother, John Rozecki. Mary was born on December 21, 1927 in Malonton, in the Manitoba Interlake district. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba, she taught in Brandon before moving to Moose Jaw, where she met and married Cyril in 1956. She worked as a French and Latin teacher at Central Collegiate before moving to the Saskatchewan Technical Institute where she taught English and Secretarial Sciences for over 20 years. After retirement Mary and Cyril moved to Sparwood, B.C. in the beautiful Crowsnest Pass country, where they enjoyed hiking and the company of new friends. They relocated to Lethbridge and were frequently to be found at Waterton Lakes National Park. In 2013, following Cyril’s passing, Mary relocated to Edmonton to be closer to her family. There, she treasured her new friends and the community that she found at Emmanuel Home. While in Moose Jaw, Mary was an active member of her church, St. Andrew’s United. She loved travelling, sewing, cross country skiing, nature, theatre and music. An ardent CFL football fan, she was a fervent follower of the Saskatchewan Roughriders before switching allegiance to the Edmonton football team with her move to Alberta. Most of all though, she treasured time with her family and she delighted in the company of her grandsons. We will all miss her calm, patient manner, her words of encouragement, and her ready smile. A Service in Celebration of Mary’s Life will be held for her immediate family. A video of this will then be posted for family and friends at www.parkmemorial. com in late November. Donations in Mary’s memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Photos, memories, and condolences may be shared through www.parkmemorial.com. Park Memorial Edmonton 780-426-0050 Family Owned Funeral Home Crematorium, Reception Centre

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NIX Ena Nix, aged 84 years of Moose Jaw, SK, passed away on Tuesday, October 6th, 2020. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, David. In keeping with Ena’s wishes, no Funeral Service will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Michelle Ellis, Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome.com

SAUTER, WILLIAM WILLIAM "BILL" FLOYD SAUTER JULY 08, 2020

Bill is survived and remembered by his wife, Joyce, sister, Shirley (Bill) Gould, eldest son, Dean, daughter-in-law, Darla, grandchildren, Karl (Kristine) Sauter, Kat Sauter and great-grandson, Cagen Sauter. He was predeceased by his wife, Leafa (1990), and sons, Leon (2009) and Scott (2017). In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Moose Jaw and District Food Bank, St. Andrews United Church (Moose Jaw) and Fairlight Drop-In. Because of the pandemic, the in person portion will be private but if you'd like to watch online, it will be on Zoom at 2:00pm, November 14th. To join in, just follow this link at that time: https://zoom.us/j/94695724485

In loving memory of my husband DOUGLAS (BILL) GRANT THERENS Who passed away Oct. 5, 2020

We would like to thank everyone for all the food, all the cards of condolences, the flowers, the donations and all the kind words of sympathy in his passing. A very special Thank You to our two Sisters, Brother-in law, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins for all their help and support during this difficult time. Also a special Thank You to all the Home Care Staff, including all the Sask Health Authority Staff throughout the past several months. Special Thanks to Dr. Hetherington, Dr. Stushnoff and all the Palliative Care RN’s and Staff. Also thank you to the Allan Blair Cancer Clinic. Thank you to the Paramedics, to the Dr.’s, Nurses and Staff at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Hospital, to the Dr.’s, Nurses and Staff at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina, to the Dr.’s and Nurses and Staff at the Regina General especially the Angio Department. Also Thank You to All Family, Extended Family, Friends and all others for all their support and their loving care and compassion. And Thank You to the Regina Funeral Home for all the arrangements and to the Minister Norma Wilson for the great service with her kind words and Blessings.

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BULLIED It is with great sadness that the family of Carol Ann Bullied announce her passing on Wednesday, November 11th, 2020, at the age of 73 years. She passed away peacefully at home with her family at her side after a brave battle with cancer. She was predeceased by her parents, Wreford and Margaret “Peggy” St. John. Carol will be lovingly remembered by her soul mate of 55 years, Ken and her children: Kim (Jeff) Ambrose, Deborah (Dom) Flegel, and Nicole (Maurice) Ricard. Carol will also be fondly remembered by her seven grandchildren: Dorian Ross, Brittany Ambrose (Bryan), Ken Ambrose (Madison), Matthew Flegel, Adam Flegel, Justin Ricard (Emma), and Samantha Ricard. Carol will be forever remembered by her numerous extended family and dear friends. Born in D’Arcy, Saskatchewan, Carol was raised on the farm near Brock, Saskatchewan with seven siblings. She met Ken, the love of her life, in Moose Jaw in 1964. They married in 1965 and raised three daughters. Carol worked for the Western Development Museum at reception. She categorized the museum inventory inserting factual information on all the pieces, which is still in use today. In 1980, Carol and Ken opened the family business of Centennial Tire Centre Ltd. Carol served the Moose Jaw community as an owner and bookkeeper for 29 years. She sponsored numerous local sports teams and community events. Carol was the heart of the business and spent hours talking with and caring for customers. Carol was always working on projects. She spent hours collecting and tweaking recipes, crocheting, gardening, quilting, petit pointing and numerous other crafts. She was an amazing cook and loved hosting friends and family. Her home was always warm and welcoming. Carol loved to travel and see new places. Spending time with family was one of Carol’s greatest joys. The family of Carol would like to especially thank Dr. Eric Bortolotti for his stellar medical attention and kind support. We also extend our heartfelt gratitude to Dr Hetherington, the Medical Ward at Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital, Moose Jaw Palliative Care, Cathy Stewart RN and the Regina Cancer Clinic for their exceptional medical care. We will be forever grateful. Due to the current health situation, a Private Family Service at Rosedale Cemetery will be held. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Carol’s name may be made to the Moose Jaw Health Foundation, 55 Diefenbaker Drive, Moose Jaw, SK S6J 0C2. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Gary McDowell, Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome. com

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SaskPower chooses Missouri company to build Moose Jaw power plant By Moose Jaw Express staff

SaskPower has selected Missouri-based Burns & McDonnell as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor to lead the construction of the Great Plains Power Station in the Moose Jaw Agri-Food Industrial Park. The Crown corporation selected the Kansas City-headquartered company via a competitive procurement process that balanced costs “with the ability to drive value Saskatchewan’s customers, local contractors and vendors,” SaskPower said in a news release on Nov. 16. “On this project, SaskPower is working to exceed the already strong local and indigenous engagement and employment efforts achieved with Chinook Power Station,” Don Morgan, the minister responsible for SaskPower, said. “As part of their proposal, Burns & McDonnell reached out to over 300 Saskatchewan companies to discuss how they could participate in this important work, and engagement efforts will continue as the project develops.” While no Saskatchewan companies bid on this contract, local vendors are encouraged to reach out to Burns & McDonnell if they believe they can help execute this

SaskPower’s proposed construction of roads in the Agri-Food Industrial Park is highlighted by the green line. Additional roads could also be built once light and heavy vehicle traffic routes are known. Photo courtesy City of Moose Jaw project. SaskPower plans to work with the company to hold outreach sessions for local vendors to learn more about available

opportunities, the news release explained. The Great Plains Power Station will be similar in size to the Chinook Power Sta-

tion near Swift Current, which began operations in 2019. More than $140 million was awarded locally for the construction of Chinook, with more than $9 million to indigenous contracts, labour and subcontracts. During construction, the building will employ an average of 230 workers per year. At its peak, it is expected there will be more than 500 workers on site. Twenty-five permanent jobs will be created once the power station is operational. “This is another important step toward the Great Plains Power Station becoming a reality,” Mike Marsh, SaskPower president and CEO, said. “Natural gas generation provides an affordable supply of baseload power that will support the integration of renewables such as wind and solar into our grid. This will be crucial as we work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, and to make even deeper cuts beyond 2030.” Once it comes online in 2024, the Great Plains Power Station will generate enough baseload electricity to power a city the size of Saskatoon.

Homes sales in Moose Jaw dipped slightly in October By Moose Jaw Express staff

While home sales in Saskatchewan continued to be strong in October, sales in Moose Jaw slipped slightly compared to 2019, data shows. Sales in The Friendly City dropped 10.6 per cent, going from 47 homes sold last October to 42 this past October. According to data from the Saskatchewan Realtors Association, sales were also below the five-year average of 43 units sold and below the 10year average of 44 units sold. Year-to-date in Moose Jaw, sales rose 4.7 per cent over last year, increasing to 447 units from 427 units. Sales volume was down slightly, dropping to $10.1 million in October compared to $10.2 million during the same time last year, data shows. This is 8.3 per cent above the five-year average of $9.4 million and 3.4 per cent above the 10-year average of $9.8 million. Year-to-date sales volume in Moose Jaw was $104.1 million, increasing from $100 million last October. The number of new listings in Moose Jaw dropped to 65 from 71 a year ago, below the five-year average of 66 new units listed and below the 10-year average of 71 new houses listed.

Year-to-date new listings in the city fell to 780 this October compared to 889 new listings last October. Meanwhile, active listings fell to 220 from 269 the previous October. The sales to listing ratio stood at 64.6 per cent, which suggests that market conditions favour sellers, the data showed. Homes in Moose Jaw stayed on the market for an average of 54 days in October, which is down from 59 days last year. It is also below the five-year average of 63 days and below the 10-year average of 56 days. In October, the median home price in Moose Jaw jumped to $240,000 from $215,000, which is above the five-year and 10-year average median home prices of $206,450 and $211,975, respectively. Yearto-date, the median home price in Moose Jaw was $216,720, which is slightly above the $210,820 price from last October. Saskatchewan home prices Across the province, sales of homes increased to 1,366 in October compared to 987 last October; new listings increased to 2,023 from 2,002, and; the median sales price increased to $275,000 from

$255,000. Consumer confidence is high in Saskatchewan despite falling economic resilience across the country due to the emergence of a second save of the coronavirus, according to the Saskatchewan Realtors Association (SRA). “The protocols that we put in place back in April to keep realtors and their clients safe (have) helped ease people’s anxiety when it comes to buying and selling real estate,” Jason Yochim, CEO of SRA, said in a news release. “We saw that COVID didn’t stop people from participating in the real estate market, but they also need to feel safe (so SRA’s actions have been critical to keeping consumer confidence high).” Overall, in October, the real estate market continued the trend that SRA had seen since the provincial economy reopened, Yochim added. Although the market is slowing compared with the performance seen this summer, this October was stronger than last year. As of Nov. 6, the SRA has mandated that all realtors wear masks when meeting with clients.

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The Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) has launched an internet speed test for residents anywhere in the province to test how their internet speeds match up with what their service contracts have promised. The APAS test is a project organized in partnership with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), which is committed to improving the safety and accessibility of internet services for Canadians.

Additionally, the APAS launched a Rural Connectivity Task Force back in September, to focus on addressing the problems with internet and cellular services in rural areas. The partnership is the first of its kind in the province. The internet speed test takes less than a minute to complete, said a press release from APAS, and will provide the user information about the download and upload speeds of their internet connection. Speeds that meet service standards for Canadian internet will be given a blue dot, while substandard speeds will have a red dot. “Not only does it give us a really compelling picture of internet speed across the

province,” said Jeremy Welter, chair of the APAS Rural Connectivity Task Force, “but it also gives people an exact picture of their own internet. They can compare their speed to what their contract promises and let their service provider know if they’re not getting the speeds they’re paying for.” APAS is asking rural residents in towns, on farms, and on First Nations reserves to take the test so the project can collect data to gain insight into the reality of internet services across the province. All information collected through the project will help APAS and other organizations ensure that the federal government is providing promised support through

the Universal Broadband Fund to improve services to areas that need it most. “The investment in the Universal Broadband Fund is an important step, and our Internet Speed Test is a great complement to it,” said Welter. “This Speed Test lets us put numbers to people’s experiences and see what internet service levels look like in specific areas around the province.” The APAS internet speed test can be accessed by visiting apas.ca/speed-test on any internet browser. At the time of publishing, 15,384 tests have been completed in Saskatchewan using the APAS speed test.


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