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Moose Jaw and District Food Bank fundraiser Moving Along Quickly

Financial donations have already reached close to 60 percent of $100,000 goal, with more coming in every day

Energy Efficient Furnaces Custom Sheet Metal Work The Moose Jaw and District Food Bank is We Service ALL Makes and Models rapidly closing in on their fundraising goal for a new building. Financial donations have already reached close to 60 per cent of their $100,000 target, with all funds going toward a new and larger ground-level location to replace the small and antiquated facility they currently use to house and parcel out food donations. “Very happy,” said operations manager Terri Smith when asked about her thoughts on the fundraiser progress. “We’re in dire need of a building and these funds will really help us hopefully find a new place to move into fairly quickly. Our building is very small; our lobby is very small. Right now THE WEARHOUSE we can’t even bring in clients or even donors into the building. You can have maybe one person at a time, and it would be very time 429 River St. W. Moose Jaw consuming having everybody come in and pick up their hampers.” The food bank has worked around that during the COVID-19 pandemic by having orders picked up at their loading dock, a situation that has worked well in the warmer months but might become a concern when the temperatures fall later in the year. “So that’s why we have a big push right now,” Smith said. “We have to find something ground level, so our clients can walk right in instead of having to walk down THE WEARHOUSE stairs carrying heavy boxes… we’re still Buy 1 Pair of Pants and Get looking for a building with the right size and The 2nd Pair for 1/2 PRICE! right cost.” Thing is, this is Moose Jaw and the food Bring this coupon to purchase 1 pair of pants at our ‘regular’ low price and buy the second pair for 1/2 bank. That combination has a way creating price (of equal or lesser value) positive outcomes regardless of the situation, which has Smith optimistic things will work out in the near future. “This place is kind of strange, whenever you need something, it comes,” Smith said. “It



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The Moose Jaw and District Food Bank is already at close to 60 per cent of their fundraising goal for a new building. may not come right away, but it comes when you need it the most. So I’m hopeful…. Moose Jaw is a very giving and community-minded city, and when somebody is in need and needs help, help arrives when you need it the most.” Interestingly enough, the food bank has found itself at one of its lowest levels of usage since its inception back in 1984. With people finding assistance from government agencies and a variety of charities in the community, Smith estimated they were down 75 per cent in total hamper output. “I think a lot of it has to do with the fact people are getting help on CERB, pensioners are getting an increase, anybody with children had their child tax bumped up a little bit,” she said. “I think all those things, plus churches, Riverside Mission and Sal-



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vation Army, everyone is grouping together to help those in need. Somebody has always been there to lend an extra hand.” Once things return to some semblance normal, that’s when demand will likely increase. “Hopefully when it does pick up, we’ll be in a new building and ready to go and it’ll be just great,” Smith said. To make a donation, you can: • send an e-transfer to endhunger@mjfoodbank; • make a donation online through • mail a cheque to 305 Fairford St. West, S6H 1V8. For more information on the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank, be sure to check out their website at

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Seniors at a Crossroads: Navigating Senior Care Post COVID-19 Stephanie Chan

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many industries forever, and the world of senior care is no exception. Families have been kept apart; seniors have not been able to see their adult children or even go out, and mental health and anxiety are an everyday occurrence for many individuals as a result. With such a large proportion of deaths involving seniors residing in care homes, the revelations and insights have revealed the weaknesses associated with long-term care. Navigating senior care will be a scary and difficult journey for many families in the coming months and planning ahead has never been so important. What Have We Learned? Being prevented from visiting a senior parent, and all the associated feelings of isolation, uncertainty, guilt and being disconnected are actually not new to those who live far away from their parent. During this pandemic, we all experienced what it feels like to be a remote caregiver. We have learned how important it is to stay connected to one’s parents in order to keep abreast of any issues or changes in their well-being. We have become more involved in asking questions, in order to keep them safely living in their homes. We have also learned about some of the risks associated with long term care homes. Although the information being revealed in the news has strengthened many people’s desire to remain living at home for as long as possible, in a post-COVID world, there will still be situations where a care home is still the right choice. The crucial thing for families is to understand what these situations are – how do you know when the care home IS the right choice? This is when proper research, planning, starting the conversation early and getting advice from experts really helps. For now, here are some helpful thoughts. Home Safety Finding and designing the right environment is one of the key elements to being able to remain living at home. What is the ideal amount of square footage? Would it be a good idea to buy a condo or a rancher, to avoid stairs? Can the laundry room be on the same floor as the bed-

rooms so the senior does not have to lug the laundry up and down flights of stairs? Once you have the right environment and are happy with the layout of the home, then you can turn your mind to thinking about how to make it as safe as possible. Grab bars in the shower and near the toilet, a bed rail, improving the lighting, and using a walker indoors are all good safety suggestions. If you need some expert guidance in maximizing home safety in light of a specific health condition, an occupational therapist should be able to help. Mobile Services Once you have all the environmental safety considerations thought through, the next step is to think about all the services your parents need on a regular basis, and reviewing how those services can be delivered or brought to your parent instead of requiring them to go out to access them. The pandemic has really pivoted many services in thinking about how to get their product or service to the customer rather than having the customers come into a physical location. It is very easy now to have groceries, meals and medications delivered. Many health-related services can now be brought into the home as well, such as dental services, foot care, and physiotherapy. Caregivers can be hired to help your parents with personal care and house chores such as cleaning, cooking and laundry. Lastly, it is never too late to try to teach your parent how to use one of the fast-growing telehealth apps to connect with a doctor. Telehealth is the way of the future and if your parent is ever in a situation where it is difficult for them to go to the doctor’s office, being set up already to access a doctor online will help greatly. Start the Conversation Even though you may feel that your parent is doing fine and will bounce back quickly post-COVID, now is as good of a time as any to start that conversation to discuss and plan what your parents’ wishes would be, if they find themselves needing help. Develop a Plan A, and then create a Plan B because many things don’t turn out the way you think they will. How do your parents envision

living out their senior years? Do they want to remain in their current home or are they open to downsizing? Do your parents have the budget to afford private pay services if needed? What research might you need to do now, to have the confidence that the lifestyle your parents want is actually achievable? Other matters to research before the need arises include understanding the differences between private pay and subsidized services and how to access each, having a good sense of what each family member may be able to contribute (in terms of time and effort) towards the parents’ care needs, and getting their legal affairs in order such as signing a power of attorney or a healthcare representation agreement. What Changes to Expect in Senior Care The use of personal protective equipment is going to stay for a while. You can expect the use of gloves and masks probably indefinitely in the course of providing personal care. In retirement communities and long-term care homes, you’re likely to see a change in the way organizations staff their shifts. It has been widely reported in the news that care workers now are not allowed to work in more than one care home which has caused each care home to offer full time work and in some cases increased pay. Time will tell whether these costs fully trickle down to the customer in the form of higher rents payable by the senior. We will also likely see a change in the way that care staff are assigned to residents, so that the number of seniors that a single care worker is exposed to is minimized. Navigating senior care was never easy even before COVID-19 and now it may seem even muddier. Solicit input from peers who have gone through similar experiences and seek out experts who can give guidance and advice. Making informed decisions has never been so important!

Stephanie Chan is the CEO of myCareBase (Vancouver, B.C.). She is an expert in caregiving, care management and care planning for seniors.

Canada Day Car Show donates $3,500 to Moose Jaw & District Food Bank Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express

The great feeling from the events of Canada Day have only continued, as the organizing committee for the first-ever Rolling Car Show presented a giant — literally and figuratively — cheque to the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank. Organizers Jody Chell and Brandon Richardson, also the owner of Deja Vu Cafe, were pleased to give a donation of $3,500 to food bank operations manager Terri Smith. “We are very excited, things have been really slow since COVID hit, so this is a great boost to our funds right now,” said Smith. “[The Rolling Car Show] was a great community event and it’s so great for Deja Vu to be on board with the Food Bank, and it’s really wonderful.” The donation was raised by collecting entry fees at the successful car show held on Canada Day, which raised a total of $2,367. The Moose Jaw Express then topped up the donation for a grand total of $3,500. The Rolling Car Show was born out of the birthday parades that popped up during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, and both Richardson and Chell felt like the event was an incredible success. “We just thought, ‘let’s try it out and see what happens,’ said Richardson. “I said, ‘let’s just wing it’ and it turned out really, really good [so] thanks to everyone who came out and participated. We’ve got good feedback from people who watched the show, voted on social media, and it was a great day.”

Rolling Car Show co-organizer and local business owner Brandon Richardson (L) and co-organizer Jody Chell (C) handing over the event’s donation to Food Bank operations manager Terri Smith (R). The Food Bank will likely be putting the donation into its ongoing fundraiser for a new building, which has already reached the 60 per cent mark of the $100,000 goal. “Monetary donations are a must right now, so we can go buy the items we need or put money towards a new building that we’re looking for because we are so cramped in there right now,” said Smith. “The funds will be well spent either on a new building or food purchases or something down the road.”

L-R: Brandon Richardson, Krista McDonald, Gladys Baigent-Therens, Kelly Tollefson, Jody Chell, and Terri Smith.

Smith also expressed appreciation towards the community of Moose Jaw for its continuing support during the pandemic, even as the number of clients utilizing the Food Bank has dropped significantly. “I would just like to thank everybody, all the businesses, everyone in Moose Jaw for coming together, especially during COVID, to help each other out,” said Smith. “We have such a strong community, that we’re there to help each other, so thank you.”

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Premier Moe thanks Michelson, retiring MLAs

Seven Sask Party, four NDP MLAs stepping down as spring session closes Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe paid tribute to 11 retiring MLAs during the final meeting of the spring session. Among that list is Moose Jaw North MLA Warren Michelson, who announced back in January of 2019 that he intended to step down from the position he held for the last 13 years. “Politics is a partisan calling, but on both sides of the assembly there are people of good will who are motivated by essentially the same thing,” Moe said in his address. “We all love this province. We all want to build a strong, resilient, inclusive Saskatchewan. On behalf of the entire province, I want to thank my departing colleagues for their sacrifice and commitment as we worked together to build a better Saskatchewan.” Michelson first ran for the Moose Jaw North seat in the 2007 election and followed with wins in 2011 and 2016. He was a constant presence in the community, and that engagement was something he said he would miss when he made his announcement in 2019. “I have so many great memories of being in the community and the people I’ve met, it’s hard to leave that kind of thing behind but I’m sure whoever comes after me will

Warren Michelson do a great job representing the party and the constituents,” Michelson said at the time. Seven MLAs from the Sask Party and four from the NDP

are stepping down. Leaving the government side alongside Michelson are Dan D’Autremont (representing Cannington), Nancy Heppner (Martensville-Warman), Greg Brkich (Arm River), Glen Hart (Last Mountain-Touchwood), Herb Cox (The Battlefords) and Larry Doke (Cutknife-Turtleford). From the opposition NDP, Warren McCall (Regina Elphinstone-Centre), David Forbes (Saskatoon Centre), Danielle Chartier (Saskatoon Riversdale) and Cathy Sproule (Saskatoon Nutuna) are retiring. Local lawyer Tim McLeod is running for Michelson’s former seat in Moose Jaw North. All of the retiring MLAs have served at least two terms in the legislature. D’autremont, the former Speaker, is the longest-serving MLA in the assembly. He was first elected in 1991. “These folks are exemplary citizens who have never forgotten why they were elected,” Moe said. “It was a great honour to serve with them. I know MLAs on both sides of the house join me in wishing our colleagues the very best as they begin the next chapter in their life.”

The Mississippi State Flag and the Confederate Flag Symbols of Oppression Richard Dowson - Moose Jaw

The last official remnant of the Confederate Flag has ended. This comes 155 years after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses Grant at Appomattox, Virginia on April 9, 1865. Slavery ended September 22, 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln and his government passed the Emancipation Proclamation. The Confederate States’ economy was agrarian. It relied heavily on slaves to work the Plantations and farms. Confederates wanted to continue slavery. The Confederate Flag is associated with Slavery – and ‘Jim Crow Laws.’ After the Civil War – during reconstruction, southern states passed laws that marginalized African Americans. State and local laws were passed legalizing Segregation in schools, public places, washrooms, restaurants, pubic transit and more and people became indentured farm workers with limited economic opportunity. The right to vote was curtailed by ‘Jim Crow Laws.’ The Confederate Flag continued as a symbol of slavery, and the segregationist ‘Jim Crow Laws’ enacted in many Southern States after the Civil War.

The name “Jim Crow” was the stage name of entertainer Thomas Dartmouth ‘Daddy’ Rice. In the 1830s he put on ‘Black Face’ and pretended to be an ill-educated, stereo-type African American Slave. The ‘Jim Crow’ name came from the song, “Jump Jim Crow” he preformed. Changes to segregation began in 1948 with President Harry Truman’s Executive Order 9981 that abolished discrimination in the American Military based on “… race, colour, religion or national origin.” This led to the end of Segregation in the military in 1950, during the Korean War. A notable story is that of Rosa Parks. In 1955 she was riding a Montgomery, Alabama public transit bus after work, heading home from her job. ‘Coloureds’ had to sit in the back of the bus, Whites in the front. When the front section was full, White people sat in the Coloured section and those there had to give up their seat. Rosa would not give up her seat when asked. She was arrested. The case went to the Supreme Court and Rosa won – the busses were de-segregated. Change has been slow. Many of the remnants of ‘Jim Crow’ continue, including efforts to limit voter registra-

tions and voting opportunity in some Southern States.

Province-wide library materials now available for loan at Moose Jaw libraries Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express

When the Palliser Regional Library and the Moose Jaw Public Library first launched their curbside pickup model for lending materials, patrons were limited to borrowing items that were within the Palliser library region — but not anymore. Effective July 6, patrons are now able to request any materials available in libraries across the province, using

the online catalogue and the library’s pickup service. This makes hundreds of thousands of additional materials available to patrons, while the Moose Jaw Public Library remains closed to the public for the time being. Book returns are also open and in full swing, and materials for the at-a-distance summer reading program are being released on both the MJPL’s Facebook page and

the Palliser Regional Library’s Facebook page. Opening material lending across the province is the last part of step two in the seven-step reopening plan for the Palliser library region. The next step will involve opening the library stacks to appointments and the possible launch of outdoor programming, with target dates yet to be determined.

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The Origin of Canine Distemper Virus Phone: 306.694.1322 Fax: 888.241.5291 32 Manitoba St. West, Moose Jaw SK S6H 1P7

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Who doesn’t love a feel-good story? In recent days, there have been two endearing local stories in the Moose Jaw Express/ regarding beloved pets that were lost but now found. Family pet, Andy the cat disappeared in May and was recently located eight kilomeJoan Ritchie EDITOR tres away from home. How he got there no one knows but the cat came back, thanks to social media, making his way to the Chell residence and a happy homecoming. As well, a goose chase ensued after the Symko’s beloved pet goose Steve disappeared off the family farm, leaving behind an ominous pile of feathers and many questions as to his whereabouts. Spotted far from the farm twenty-four hours later and a little worse for the wear and tear, Steve is now home recovering from his adventure being spoiled by his family. If you have a pet, you know how integral they are to a family. They lavish us with their unconditional love in exchange for the basic necessities of life, food, water and shelter. Of course, some pets tend to be more affectionate than others and make better companions, but nevertheless, a pet is a happy and worthy addition to anyone’s life. I personally am drawn to cats. We said goodbye to Kesu a couple years ago after 14 years and she has left an indelible imprint on my life, just like all the other pets our household has had over the years. Two other family pets, cats Mickey and Cocoa were with us for 18 years prior to Kesu and are fondly remembered, as well as a pet hamster called Squirty our son Kris nurtured during his childhood. Who would have ever believed that a rodent would have so much personality and bring so much joy to our lives. Pets allow children the opportunity to learn how to take care and nurture a living being; they are companions and friends, and to the elderly, they are non-judgemental and loving, bringing a presence, and sense of peace and tranquility, to an otherwise possibly lonely existence. 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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Background: Canine Distemper Virus and Human Measles Virus Microbiologists knew Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) and the Human Measles Virus (HMV) were related. They knew Measles vaccine, given to a dog prevented CDV. They knew both viruses are from the Paramyxoviridae Family and the Genus Morbillivirus. They didn’t know why until Dr. Elizabeth Uhl, a veterinarian and a paleo-pathologist and her team from the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia published their paper in March 2019. About 65% of all known viruses are shared by humans and animals (and some birds). Humans can be infected with mammal and avian viruses. COVID-19 originated as a mammal virus and the Spanish Flu probably originated as an Avian strain of a Paramyxovirus. When animal viruses infect humans it’s called Zoonosis. Dr. Uhl thought CDV was a result of Reverse-Zoonosis; a human virus, in this case Measles, infecting an animal – a dog. CDV Defined Canine Distemper Virus is a virial disease usually associated with dogs but can infect domestic cats, coyotes, seals, monkeys, ferrets and many other species. CDV kills puppies and 50% of older dogs. The Virus invades the immune system; damages the protective Myelin Sheath that surrounds nerves, (called Demyelization). Damaged Myelin hinders ‘nerve transmissions.’ As Swiss Veterinarians Marc Vandevelde and Andreas Zurbriggen wrote (2005) “Canine distemper virus causes severe immunosuppression and neurological disease in dogs, associated with demyelination.” Among other neurological damage, lesions (plaques) appear in the brain. Vaccinating against CDV saves your dog from unnecessary pain and suffering.

Quick Summary of Reverse-Zoonosis – Human Measles Infecting Dogs Dr. Uhl and her team found no evidence of CDV in the Americas before the Spanish Conquistadors invaded the ‘New World’ in 1500. The Spaniards brought their ‘War Dogs,’ vicious 1-meter-high, 125 kilograms Mastiffs; along with guns and European diseases – namely Measles. Conquistadors thought one vicious Mastiff was worth 10 soldiers. The Aztec and Inca Empires were soon subjugated, mostly because of death from disease. The Conquistadors fed their dogs the bodies of Incas and Aztecs who died of Measles. The story of the Conquistador’s ‘War Dogs’ is sickening. Killing people with dogs was entertainment. Dr. Uhl determined CDV resulted from reverse-zoonosis. Measles entered dog’s food supply resulting in CDV. The first European report of canine distemper was in Spain in 1761. Obviously it is more complicated. Dr. Uhl has a YouTube Presentation that tells the whole story. SEE: Uhl. Elizabeth W.;

Most Canadians want to preserve historic places, survey says Moose Jaw Express Staff

Nine in 10 Canadians believe it’s important to preserve historical places in this country, while 64 per cent say such landmarks tell our collective story, according to a recent survey. In particular, the study finds residents of Saskatchewan and Manitoba are most interested in learning more about heritage sites due to the generations of people related to these places. “Our diverse heritage matters. Our places, including cultural sites and landscapes, tell a unique story that contributes to our sense of identity, belonging and place,” Ingrid Cazakoff, CEO of Heritage Saskatchewan, said in a news release. “Experiencing these places, either virtually or on-site, provides us with an understanding of our past, help us learn from it, and build a shared future.”

The Claybank Brick Plant is 108 years old and is one of several important historic sites in Saskatchewan. Photo courtesy Frank Korvemaker The National Trust of Canada commissioned a study recently that found 90 per cent of Canadians believe it’s vital to preserve and celebrate the country’s heritage places, historic sites and traditional neighbourhoods, explained the news release. Canadians’ esteem for the roles these places have in telling the story of this country’s people and its unique history powers support for preservation; 64 per cent believe heritage sites help present this country’s collective narrative. The study showed many Canadians are aware of and support the benefits of preserving heritage sites. Three in five Canadians believe historical places are essential for tourism and 52 per cent are interested in visiting a heritage site to get involved in preservation. Forty-three per cent believe preservation is important be-

cause many of these sites could be lost, while 36 per cent would show their support by going to a restaurant or shop in a historic area. In particular, Canadians in the Prairie provinces are the strongest supporters of traditional downtown districts that benefit small businesses, have a keener interest in learning more about industrial sites, and want to know more about the generations of people linked to a particular place. A great way for Canadians to experience the country’s rich history this summer is to participate in Canada Historic Places Day, which launched on July 4 and runs through August, the news release said. Hosted by the National Trust with support from Parks Canada, Canada Historic Places Day is a nation-wide celebration co-ordinated across hundreds of historical sites. These sites encourage Canadians to engage with, support and learn more about their heritage places and Canada’s history and culture. The Canada Historic Places Day is now in its fourth year. Recognizing that this year will be different due to the coronavirus pandemic, National Trust for Canada is encouraging Canadians to engage with and support historical places and learn about this country’s history and culture — virtually or physically, depending upon each region’s physical distancing guidelines. The survey also found that 86 per cent of Canadians agree that preserving historic sites is more environmentally friendly than building new structures. This is especially true for older Canadians, with 96 per cent of people older than 70 years of age holding this view. This summer, the National Trust of Canada is also holding two contests with prizes for both visitors and participating sites. The first is a digital selfie contest on social media, where one visitor and one participating historic site can each win $1,000. This launched on July 4 and goes until the end of the month. The second is an Online Adventures contest that will launch on Saturday, Aug. 1. The month-long contest encourages Canadians to submit a story linking their favourite historic places for the chance to win $1,000. A prize pack worth $5,000 will also be awarded to one participating historic place. For more information, visit


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By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Moose Jaw last region to benefit from 10-year irrigation expansion project The announcement by Premier Scott Moe that $22.5 million is being spent this year on planning of major irrigation expansion and water security projects was most welcome. The $4 billion project will happen over 10 years, expanding irrigation some 500,000 acres. This will increase irrigated acres to 850,000 — or by Ron Walter by 165 per cent. Most of the expansion will occur west of Lake Diefenbaker with 80,000 acres in Phase One and 260,000 acres in Phase Two. Phase Three, which will happen in the last part of the 10-year project, will irrigate 110,000 acres in the Moose Jaw region from Tugaske, Eyebrow, Marquis to Buffalo Pound Lake. Expanding the west side first happens because this area has the best shovel ready projects — the first phase just requires rehab work on the 1970s west side canal to start delivering water. Choosing the west side first for expansion of irrigation has long-term consequences for project benefits to Moose

Jaw. Not only will Moose Jaw have to wait longer for project development, the west side of the lake and Saskatoon-Outlook region will likely see benefits from irrigation that Moose Jaw will never experience. Such a significant expansion of irrigation will attract processing facilities for new crops. Plants will locate closest to the biggest stable supply of labour and irrigated land. The way this expansion is phased, the most irrigation land will be near Outlook and west of the lake with the best labour supply in Saskatoon and Outlook. Moose Jaw will be about the last place for processing plants when the project is completed around 2030. Phase Three in the Moose Jaw region will be most expensive with the water conveyance channel from the Qu’Appelle Dam to Buffalo Pound Lake securing water supply in Southern Saskatchewan for generations. This $4 billion project brings with it numerous challenges from building infrastructure to optimal usage. The Moose Jaw region’s phase will require a reservoir in the Eyebrow area to store water for irrigation along the Qu’Appelle River. One of the most intriguing challenges involves getting landowners on board with irrigation and choice of crops.

The Outlook region has never fully realized irrigation potential. Many of the small landowners shied away at first in the 1960s. When they retired and sold, the highest bidders were people from Saskatoon seeking the rural lifestyle. Their rural lifestyle didn’t include investment in irrigation or smell from feedlots or annoyance of processing plants. That held up irrigation development. Farmers in the Moose Jaw region who lobbied for irrigation 20 years ago have sold or are too old to start a new business with the investment that irrigation requires. Choice of crops in expanded acreage will determine how much value the project creates. The most value will come from special crops — vegetables and fruit. Canada only produces a fraction of the fresh vegetables and fruit consumed. This irrigation opens an opportunity to reduce the import bill and provide more food security in Canada. Incentives may be needed to guide to highest value crops. Ron Walter can be reached at The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

South West Terminal puts together record long grain train By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express


The largest ever single origin grain train recently moved out of the South West TermiEXPRESS nal, west of Swift Current. The 224 hopper car train, bound for the Superior Elevator at Thunder Bay, was the largest ever moved in the West by Canadian Pacific Railway. The train hauled 22,000 tonnes (598,000 bushels) of durum in its 13,000-foot length. The SWT terminal at Antelope, located along the Trans-Canada Highway, recently built a track expansion to accommodate larger trains. The expansion increased each of three ladder tracks to 8,500 feet, so each track can hold 147 hopper cars while waiting

for CP to haul it away. The SWT terminal is one of the few farmer-owned elevators left on the Prairies with part ownership by Cargill. Terminal manager Monty Reich said the team worked awhile to procure the durum for the train. The region is known for good durum production. CP named the SWT terminal elevator of the year in 2018. The terminal has about 60 employees including crop input and fertilizer sales at antelope, Cabri, Gull Lake, Shaunavon, and Wymark. The elevator handled 443,000 metric tonnes of grain in the 2018-19 crop year — a 13 per cent decrease caused by lower yields in the dry southwest.

BIZWORLD By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Yukon gold explorer seeks source of placer gold found in creeks Stock in companies exploring for gold from scratch are more speculative than investment grade, considering only one in 1,000 finds something worth mining. White Gold of Yukon could be an exception, meeting the criteria needed for best success in finding and building gold mines. The company seeks gold in the Dawson City region of Yukon, where some 20 million ounces of placer gold has been washed out of the creeks and rivers since the 1890s gold rush. The company has rights to one million acres in the gold district with multiple prospective zones discovered by traditional methods and newest technology. Handling such a vast acreage might be too much for most companies but White Gold has some significant partner shareholders. Gold miners Kinross and Agnico Eagle each have a 17.7 per cent stake in White Gold. Legendary gold investor Ross Beatty has opened his cheque book to White Gold and Toronto-based Power One Capital is a large shareholder. One might wonder why two large miners are willing to share stakes in White Gold. The answer: there are plenty of potential mines on this property for both of them to

develop— both open pit and underground mines. Exploration has so far outlined 27 plus targets. Veteran gold explorer Shawn Murray with 30 years’ experience in the Yukon is chief technical adviser. He put together the big land package after all the companies that had optioned claims from him dropped them when investment funds dried up eight years ago. The Golden Saddle and the Arc deposits, two of the most advanced, have already seen discovery of one million ounces indicated gold and 500,000 of inferred. These need to be upgraded to measured, probable and proven reserves by further drilling. Another 230,000 ounces in the inferred category sits in the Vertigo deposit. This year’s $4 million exploration program, considerably less than last year’s $13 million program, involves $1.3 million seeking new targets and drilling two prospects. Drilling of 5,000 feet on these places, Ryan’s Surprise and Titan, seeks to outline resources from some spectacular drill holes done last year. Two gold mines under development by others sit alongside White Gold property. The never drilled Bonanza property, 10 minutes south of

Dawson City on a mountain feeding into Bonanza Creek, is on the drilling program for 2021. Bonanza Creek yielded six million ounces of placer gold in the last century with the mountain possibly the source. Insiders and management have lots of skin in the game, owning 22.6 per cent of the shares. About 43 per cent are held by institutions, Beatty and the public. White Gold has so many of the criteria to find new mines — financial backing, experienced management, highly prospective ground — it’s almost too good to be true. The company shares recently traded at $1.20, with a 20 per cent pop following a strong social media promotion.

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Re-Opening and Recovery

MLA’s Column

Warren Michelson

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You can almost hear the sighs of relief and see the spring in people’s steps as we resume activities that have been restricted for weeks. There is nothing quite like summer in Saskatchewan, barbequing, gardening, our unique shops, food vendors, parks, lakes, and living skies. Camping enthusiasts are pleased to have Provincial Parks fully accessible again with all campsites, beaches and playgrounds open. The Provincial Parks were a popular place to be on Free Fishing this past weekend. The new pool at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park is expected to open in the coming weeks and here in Moose Jaw the spray parks are opened and being well utilized. After worshipping virtually online since March, it has been uplifting to be able to gather in person at church again. The experience is very different with physical dis-

tancing and other safety protocols. Many in our community share my appreciation for those who are making efforts to ensure regulations are followed and the required sanitizing is done so we are able to worship together. It’s been a long three months for individuals and families who are usually involved in organized sports. Kids and adults are glad to be on the ball fields in a modified way. Day camps are allowed again with physical distancing. The City of Moose Jaw’s traditional Playground Program has been adapted with the ‘2020 Summer Play at Home’ program to encourage safe and engaging activities for local families. Practices to control the spread of COVID-19 are just as important now as earlier to avoid the spread and keep our programs and spaces open. Specific guidelines are in place for all businesses, organizations, and activities as they re-open. Every individual has a responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We can help by limiting gatherings to 30 people or less, maintaining two meters of physical distancing with anyone outside of your household and wearing a mask when physical distancing isn’t possible. Avoid shaking hands, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, wash hands frequently and practise proper cough and sneezing etiquette. The recent provincial budget invested in measures to

continue to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help our economy to recover. Strengthening Saskatchewan and helping our economy recover requires being competitive and keeping taxes low for Saskatchewan people and businesses. One of the particularly important initiatives is the PST rebate for new residential home construction. There will be a rebate of up to 42 per cent of the PST paid on a new house contract up to $350,000, excluding the land. This will apply for new homes purchased after March 31, 2020 and before April 1, 2023. The new rebate will help the province’s construction industry, homebuilders, and associated trades to create jobs, and it will help Saskatchewan families to afford a newly built home. In the coming weeks, I hope to stop in to chat with many of our local businesses to hear their input regarding our economic recovery. If you would like me to stop by your business, or to have a chat on the phone, please contact our office at, or call 306692-8884. Enjoy your Saskatchewan summer, and stay safe. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

REFLECTIVE MOMENTS By Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Pineapple adds substance to pizza pies While growing up decades ago in small town Saskatchewan, my group of friends was never exposed to anything resembling pizza. No one of us ever said, “let’s drive to Moose Jaw to pick up a pizza.” Instead we agreed to drive Joyce Walter to Caronport for those huge For Moose Jaw Express homemade hamburgers on freshly made buns, accompanied by homemade chips and Vico. And if we had enough gas in the car to get to Moose Jaw we’d stop at the Caribou Street A&W for teen burgers and root beer, or at the Swing Inn in the park for a bucket of chicken which we shared while driving home. Pizza — not even close on our radar. In fact, I cannot honestly remember the year of the first time I was offered a slice of pizza but I do know I wasn’t impressed. Those shriveled pieces of meat with too much tomato sauce did not entice me to ask for seconds. And the crust was tough, requiring a knife and fork, which I was told was gauche. I did tolerate, with some enjoyment, the hamburger and cheese pizza available for a time at the old Ambassador

Cafe on Main Street. And then ownership changed and pizza was no longer on the menu. Over the years I have learned to occasionally enjoy pizza at various local establishments, and have even struggled through the frozen variety brought home from the grocery store and cooked on a cookie sheet because the pizza pan has disappeared into the kitchen’s Bermuda triangle. If the pizza is all-dressed, I pick out the rounds of pepperoni and the peppers, onions, olives and other miscellaneous toppings. Extra cheese is a bonus, and if there is pineapple, I definitely want a second slice. According to recent surveys, the majority of pizza connoisseurs turn their noses up at the idea of pineapple being associated with pizza, considering those pieces of fruit as an affront to the true and traditional concept of a pizza pie. We should all be patriotically proud of what was originally labelled “Hawaiian pizza” — it started in 1962 in a restaurant in Chatham, Ont. Owner Sam Panopoulos decided to trim a pizza with some canned pineapple he had in his restaurant. He tried it out on staff and customers, with mixed response. Some loved it, others hated it, but the lovers prevailed and now 58 years later pineapple is listed on menus as an accepted pizza topping.

It has always been a puzzle to me that a piece of fruit could cause so much consternation. But I recall the reaction when I admitted to putting crushed pineapple into the coleslaw (to kill the taste of the raw cabbage.) My guests cleaned out the salad bowl, some noting it had an unusual taste, then looking ready to gag when they learned the truth. Chunks of pineapple go well with a pork and bean and wiener casserole prepared for several hours in the slow cooker. And pineapple added to a homemade chicken soup or stew might be odd but is taste-bud pleasing. Regardless, 54 per cent of respondents to a recent survey say pineapple does not belong on pizza, 46 per cent of us say it absolutely belongs on there with ham, mushrooms, bacon and extra cheese. And I know it is gauche, but I still use a knife and fork so none of the pineapple goodness escapes. Joyce Walter can be reached at

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FACT OR FICTION? Our Health Minister, Jim Reiter, continues to speak publicly about the additional people hired in our health care system under his watch. This would lend us to believe that Saskatchewan people are receiving more health care services, right? He clearly is not paying attention to the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) data that was made available on June 26, 2020.

In the last five years, the hours of work done by home care workers has declined by 8%. This means clients in need of home care have to pay out-ofpocket or look elsewhere for assistance. When will our Minister of Health realize that he cannot afford to continue to ignore the facts? As a health care provider, I am beginning to wonder if these fictions are purposeful or whether his head is just not in the game.

The public needs to understand his rose-coloured narratives are just that; together, we need to demand transparency and accountability from our government. Our invitation still stands Mr. Reiter: come and walk a day in our shoes so you actually see what’s really going on. Janice Platzke Treasurer, SEIU-West

IS THE SASKATCHEWAN HEALTH CARE PROFESSION IN TROUBLE? The question that has been playing on my mind recently is whether it’s time to leave my career in Health Care. I talk with other Health Care Employees and this question seems to not only be on my mind, but theirs as well. I hear exhausted, discouraged, defeated and angry voices in my conversations with my co-workers. SEIU Essential Health Care Employees have gone without a pay raise for three and a half years with no pay increase in sight. The Government got their pay increases, as well as other Essential Services, but there never seems to be enough Government money or significance given to Health Care Employees. This has been an ongoing observation of mine for many years. Do we really appreciate our Saskatchewan Health Care workers? We certainly were appreciated during the pandemic, but as this pandemic is somewhat under control and memories get short, are we are no longer seen as appreciated; as much as we

are taken for granted? I hear younger the younger generations make comments like, “I would never think of Health Care as a profession, you guys work too hard and don’t get paid enough” or “seems Health Care Employees are always fighting for a pay raise” or “I wouldn’t be dedicated enough to a job that I would want to look after unwell people 24/7, I would burn out after 5 years” or “if I’m going to risk my life it will be in a Profession that pays better than Health Care”. After hearing these comments, it brings me to wonder, are we heading towards difficulty in our Province? Where are the so called “appreciated” Health Care Employees going to come from in the future? All Saskatchewan SEIU Health Care Employees recently voted overwhelmingly in favour of job action to acquire a fair pay increase. With no pay raise for three and a half years, does the Saskatchewan Government truly appreciate all their Health

Care workers? Is it time to consider the Health Care Profession as a “taken for granted Profession”? Is the Health Care Profession seen as an Essential service or an “abused” service? Are we only appreciated during a crisis or are we appreciated and respected every day? These are questions at the forefront of my mind after 26 years in Health Care. The morale is low right now; co-workers are exhausted, feeling “used up” and are angry! Where is this all going and who is going to take on this Profession in the future? The younger generation in our Province are watching, taking notes and deciding what Profession they are going to choose! Marte Olsen SEIU Member

From the Kitchen Boiled potatoes: the common salad ingredient Potato salad is a staple of the summer season, ready in the fridge to be added to the picnic hamper or served at a backyard barbecue. Besides the traditional potato and boiled egg with mayonnaise, there are many other combinations for this popular salad. This week’s recipes come from a favourite cookbook and the family recipe box. ••• Amish Potato Salad 1 lb. russet or Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, cubed, and boiled 2 hard-boiled eggs 1/4 cup finely minced shallots 1/4 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup sour cream 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

By Joyce Walter for Moose Jaw Express 1/2 small onion, finely chopped, optional 1 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing 3/4 cup sugar 2 tbsps. vinegar 1/4 cup milk In a medium mixing bowl combine the salt to taste cooked potatoes, chopped hard-boiled 2 tsps. prepared mustard egg whites, shallots and celery. In a small mixing bowl mix together the In a large bowl, combine cooked and hard-boiled egg yolks, mayonnaise, sour shredded potatoes, eggs, celery, carrots cream, Dijon, apple cider vinegar, celery and onion. seed, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix well. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining Add the mixture to the potatoes and mix ingredients. Pour over potato mixture and to coat. stir to combine. Chill for at least 4 hours Chill for 30-60 minutes before serving. before serving. ••• ••• Shredded Potato Salad Hot Potato Salad 6 cups cooked and shredded potatoes 4 large potatoes 6 hard boiled eggs, chopped 3 slices bacon 1 celery rib, finely chopped 1 medium onion 1/4 cup carrots, finely chopped 1 tbsp. flour 1/4 tsp. celery seed 2 tbsps. sugar 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper

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1 tbsp. sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. celery salt dash pepper 1/4 cup vinegar 1/2 cup water Peel potatoes, cut into small chunks and cook as usual. Drain and cool. Fry bacon until it is crisp. Remove and break into pieces. Fry onion in bacon fat. Stir in salt, flour, sugar, pepper and celery salt. Cook until contents bubble. Stir in vinegar and water and stir constantly for one minute. Add the crumbled bacon and cubed potatoes and cook until hot and bubbling. Serve hot with hamburgers or smokies. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@

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When the COVID-19 pandemic forced almost every group activity into an online format, the Canadian Mental Health Association was quick to jump on board, offering a wide range of information and mental health support to those in need. The Helping Others thru Peer Education – also known as H.O.P.E. – Learning Centre has been one of the organizations at the forefront, with the Saskatchewan division offering a wide range of services with regards to mental illness, peer support, education and training among their many programs and supports. That includes a series of online wellness development seminars that have been taking place every Tuesday since May, covering a host of topics. That series continues through the upcoming months, with each event running from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. on a weekly basis. Upcoming topics for July include: • July 14 – Compassion Fatigue – Rebecca Rackow (Director of Advocacy, Research, and Public Policy De-

Moose Jaw Express Staff velopment CMHA Sask. Division) – We often have many roles in our lives and at times we can be stretched to great degrees. We can end up with compassion fatigue if we are not careful. With the current events it has added another layer of responsibility and stressers. • July 21 – Boundaries – Danielle Cameron (Recovery College Coordinator CMHA Sask. Division H.O.P.E. Learning Centre) – In this half hour we will discuss what personal boundaries are and how we can build and strengthen our own person boundaries. We will also discuss the issues that arise if we have weak boundaries and also what the signs of weak boundaries are • July 28 – Problematic Gambling -- Bretton Hutt (CMHA Sask. Division G.A.P. Southern Saskatchewan Coordinator) – What is Problematic Gambling? With this half hour we will discuss what Problematic Gambling is, how it affects mental, physical and behavioural Health. We will also discuss the emerging trend with our youth. The series will continue on Tuesdays in August, with topics including:

• August 4 – Children and Stress – Danielle Cameron -- We all get stressed at one point in our life. We know how to help manage our stress but do we know how to

help our child? In this half hour course we will show you tips and help guide you on how to help children manage with stress. • August 11 – How to Support someone who has disclosed they are 2SLGBTQ – Cole Ramsey -- Someone close to you has just disclosed they are 2SLGBTQ how do you support them and what can you do to become a supportive, informed ally. These are just a few things we will discuss in this half hour course. • August 18 – 2SLGBTQ and Youth – Cole Ramsey – In this half hour we will discuss what it means to be a 2SLGBTQ youth and how to help manage bullying at school, the benefits of having the support of family and friends and the effects it has on their mental health. • August 25 – Addictions -- Danielle Cameron -- We will talk about addictions and how to stop the stigma around it. We will also be quickly touching on what different drugs look like the methods used to achieve a high and the difference between a stimulant and depressant. Each of the courses is free to take, but participants must pre-register in order to receive the webinar link. Participants can also suggest topics for future webinars at the time of registration. For more information and registration forms, be sure to e-mail

Thanks for Farming Tour coming to Assiniboia, Craik

Thunderstruck Ag Equipment initiative to bring COVID-19 cancelled farm shows to communities all over western Canada Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

A special initiative by Thunderstruck Ag Equipment will bring a unique farm show to Saskatchewan at the end of the month. The Winkler, Man.- based business is currently in the midst of their Thanks for Farming Tour, taking a group of farm businesses on the road to join up with local restaurants and community suppliers throughout western Canada in an informative and interesting series of events. The tour is designed to show farmers of the prairies how much they are appreciated, offering a connection with fellow agricultural producers that went missing when the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled traditional farm shows and exhibitions. “When Thunderstruck was brainstorming how tradeshows would look this year, connection with farmers was the biggest thing that the team was missing and also

heard from farmers that they were missing this fellowship as well,” the organization said in a press release. “This tour offers farmers a chance to get off the farm or out of the shop for a few hours and into community with people who understand them and understand the challenges that they face.” The show will also feature a pair of presenters who will talk with farmers about agriculture topics specific to their communities, as well as any concerns producers might have with mental health in such trying times. The tour began in Crystal City, Man. on June 22, hit Brandon on June 26 and followed with Ste. Agathe, Man. on June 29. After a short break, the show hit Trochu, Alta. on July 10, and will be in Barrhead, Alta. on July 13 and Enchant, Alta. on July 17. Assiniboia will mark the first Saskatchewan stop on July 24, followed by Craik on July 27 and North Battleford

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Music from Past Songwriting Camps releasing this summer, as retreat goes online Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express

The Songs 4 Nature songwriting project is changing things up this summer with the debut of its first single in a series of song releases, set to take place over the next few months. Titled “Thrill on the Wind,” the single is the result of the 2018 songwriting retreat in Last Mountain Regional Park, where 22 songwriters put their heads together to produce a collaborative work to finish off their camp experience. Organizer and musician mentor Glenn Sutter shared the story behind the collaborative single, which really encapsulates the whole experience of Songs 4 Nature. “It was really hot and muggy during the day and not many clouds around, but suddenly the pelican colony out on the lake lifted up into the air and swirled over our heads, like a warning that something was up,” said Sutter. “And about half an hour later, a small but mighty storm came roaring across the lake and smacked us. Some people took cover, but most of us were dancing in the rain and so amazed by the power of this storm that it made its way into our songs,” he continued. “And that’s really what the song is about, being sort of taken with what nature can do.” This sort of experience is the feature of most of the music that comes out of the songwriting retreats, said Sutter. Each retreat usually produces one group collaboration, focusing on the group’s collective experience in nature during the weekend getaway. As an initiative put on by the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina and Environment and Climate Change Canada, the songs written during the retreats are usually included in an exhibit at the RSM for

Local musician Megan Nash with a group of Songs 4 Nature campers at Kenosee Lake. (photo by Ryan Hicks) people to listen to and enjoy. But this year, with the museum closed, the production team decided to do something a little different to share the music with people. “Thrill on the Wind” is the first of four singles written at past Songs 4 Nature retreats set to release over the next three months — which will potentially cumulate in an EP album later in the spring. Local musicians and retreat mentors Ryan Hicks, Megan Nash, and Kara Golemba are each producing one of the four singles, the majority of which they were able to record in the studio before COVID-19 hit. “They all have their own different flavour and different writers that were involved, who got to play on then, and it’s pretty fun,” said Nash, in an earlier interview with the Moose Jaw Express. “These songs are exercises, essentially, to see if

you can bring a song to formation with a group, [and] it is so much fun to do.” The production team is excited to share the music with the public, especially as stream revenue from the singles will be donated to the Friends of the RSM group in support of nature conservation and research. Currently, “Thrill on the Wind” is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, and Spotify, with a lyric video available on YouTube. The next single, titled “Higher Ground” from the 2019 retreat, will release on July 24, and the remaining two singles will follow in August and September. Sharing music on the Internet isn’t the only part of Songs 4 Nature that is changing this year. Usually, the retreat takes place in one of the province’s parks or campsites, where attendees are encouraged to work on their

own individual music while also joining in to help shape the group song written every year. This summer’s edition of the songwriting camp is going to look a little different, however, as the camp has moved to an online format due to COVID-19. The 2020 retreat begins on July 9, with a full roster of attendees as well as a waiting list — proving that the camp is catching interest. “We love getting out on the retreats for the camps, but of course this year we can’t,” said Sutter. “So we’ve gone online with the camp and we’re going to do an online show as well, for the windup [on Aug. 15].” Mentors and musicians Hicks, Nash, and Golemba will be returning once again this year, joined by Sutter and writing teacher Joyce Belcher. Sutter hopes that the retreat in its new format will still be as inspiring as any other year, despite the physical distance from nature. “Since we’re only together as a full group for small pockets of time, there’s less opportunity for the organic interaction that happens at a retreat, [so I think] people will go maybe a bit more personal, a bit deeper with their songs,” said Sutter. He also guessed that the group song will be much different from this summer’s retreat, as the time and distance restraints will necessitate a totally different format of collaboration. For more information about Songs 4 Nature and to listen to the most recent single “Thrill on the Wind,” visit the retreat’s website at or follow its Facebook page for updates.

Views diverge on benefits to Canadian agriculture from trade agreement By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

Comments on the just implemented CanaEXPRESS da-U.S.-Mexico trade agreement (CUSMA) vary from positive features for agriculture to regrets by agriculture. Farm Credit Canada economist James Bryan sees lots of benefits from the deal with 50 per cent of all Canadian agri-food trade covered by the agreement that came into effect on July 1. “CUSMA brings trade stability to the sector,” says Bryan. “Stability is one of the critical factors behind processors and exporters decision to invest.” The trade agreement “largely preserved” the dispute mechanisms from NAFTA, giving fair and transparent procedures to resolve disputes. The agreement offers increased protection for proprietary information of food companies and recognizes distinct products like Canadian or Tennessee whiskey as well as promoting science-based regulations. Bryan sees the deal cutting red tape, modernizing documents, lowering trade costs. By contrast, Carlo Dade, trade and investment director with the Canada West Foundation, says the deal puts all three countries further behind than with the preceding NAFTA deal.


The new deal, he told Real Agriculture, is more complex, with more red tape, more content rules, more paperwork. “Sometimes the best you can do is limit losses versus making gains,” he commented. He called CUSMA the Seinfeld Agreement – “the show about nothing.” It was three and one-half years of drama to get bits and pieces of what had already been negotiated in the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (TPTP) The United States walked away from that partnership. “We still have nothing to protect us from (Trump) tariffs.” The TPTP allowed much freer movement of people between the signatories than CUSMA. Dade agrees we should look at diversifying trade but the U.S. market is rich and close. “Let’s not work twice as hard for half the money.” The biggest departure from tweaking NAFTA was concessions allowing U.S. access to a portion of Canada’s dairy and poultry market but Dade says we have to wait and see how Canada uses the quota system to meet new rules. FCC’s Bryan notes the U.S. expects to increase dairy and poultry exports to Canada by $697 million — or 2.69 per cent of 2019 sales. The industry will feel that, especially at a time when COVID-19 has disrupted sales.

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Contest pushes shutterbugs to take photos of heritage and culture Moose Jaw Express Staff

Heritage Saskatchewan is encouraging everyone to get in touch with the culture and heritage around them this summer by being a shutterbug and taking photos as part of a contest. From now until Sept. 8, the organization will accept photo submissions of the province, its peoples, buildings and natural beauty. It has also developed five photo categories that encourage photographers to see the world through a lens of living heritage, according to a news release. Living Heritage: Like our DNA, we inherit our living heritage — those values, beliefs, and ways of living received from past generations that we use to understand the present and make choices for the future. It defines our sense of identity as individuals and our relationships with others, shaping our communities and our quality of life. In this category, Heritage Saskatchewan want to see images of what you value and recognize as your living heritage — from the way your grandmother kneads bread, to the symbols embedded in dancing regalia, as two examples. Living Heritage (Youth Category — Submissions from ages 18 and under): As the next generation of heritage stewards, we invite our province’s youths to capture the living heritage you see around you. As a young person in Saskatchewan, show us what parts of your living heritage matter to you. Our Urban Places: Our buildings, infra-

Dancers perform during a recent Motif. File photo structure, and how we interact with the built world are all a part of our heritage. We want to see photographs in this category of streetscapes, buildings, and unique views of town and city life that demonstrate why these places are special to us. Landscape and Nature: Saskatchewan’s landscape and its nature not only provide beautiful photographic subjects, but also

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SLGA increasing VLT commissions to bars, restaurants due to COVID-19 Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority has announced it will be temporarily increasing the VLT commissions paid out to bars and restaurants due to the strain of COVID-19. Beginning on July 6, commission payouts to VLT sites increased from 15 per cent to 25 per cent and will remain in effect until Jan. 3, 2021. These commission payouts compensate site contractors for space to house

VLTS, as well as electrical service and general daily maintenance including paying out prizes, emptying cashboxes, and cleaning machines. The province shut down the provincial VLT network near the end of March, to follow public health orders limiting the potential spread of COVID-19. With June 6 marking the reopening of the VLT network, the announcement is meant to help site contractors mit-

Local home prices recover in June, still down year to date By Ron Walter - for Moose Jaw Express

Sales volume of existing houses recovered in Moose Jaw during June, posting $16.1 million, up from $11.5 million last June. While monthly sales volume recovered, year to date sales volume of $53.9 million fell by $10.1 million, reflecting the pandemic lockdown in March, April and May. Year to date median home prices, according to the Saskatchewan Realtors Association, fell l1.4 per cent to $181,333. In June median home price was $220,000, up 11 per cent from last June, possibly reflecting pent up demand and possibly more sales of higher–priced homes. The number of sales in June was up almost one-third to 69 from 52 last June. But sales to the end of June were down 14 per cent to 201 units. New listings fell to 93 from 100 last June.

Listings from January to the end of June were 333 — a decline of 28 per cent. Although inventory of houses for sale was below last year, average time on the market before a sale of 74 days increased three days. The ratio of sale to listings at 74.2 per cent suggests “that market conditions favour sellers.” Average prices in all nine Saskatchewan regions were down from last June with the smallest decline in Regina of .7 per cent to $293,000 and the largest decline of 20.9 per cent to $144,000 in Melfort. All of the regions except Melfort experienced an increase in total dollar volume during June. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@

igate any losses caused by the shutdown. “Saskatchewan’s tourism and hospitality sector has a reputation for creating jobs and is an important contributor to the provincial economy,” said Minister Responsible for SLGA Gene Makowsky, in a press release. “The industry has been hit hard by the global pandemic and this temporary measure will provide additional revenues that

will help hotel bars and restaurants maintain their operations.” New cleaning procedures and physical distancing guidelines also came into play. SLGA shared that there are approximately 4,200 VLTS operating in the province, located at 569 different sites. In the 2019-20 fiscal year, net income from VLTS was $155.3 million and site revenues were $32.5 million.

South country inundated with early July rainfall By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express


EXPRESS Rain and storms in the first week of July played havoc with some crops especially in the South Country. Bengough received 80 mm of rain. Much of the area around Bengough to Coronach got 30 to 50 mm of rain as well as in the McCord Mankota area. Around Moose Jaw and the west, rain ranged from a trace to 10 mm with 17mm at Eyebrow. The rain came with wind and swathes of hail. A weekend storm saw three tornado funnels spotted in the south between Glen Bain and Limerick. No one was hurt but farm buildings at Mazenod were damaged by the wind. Haying is in full swing with eight per cent done across the province. In the Moose

Jaw - Regina region, 10 per cent of hay was cut with three per cent baled. Hay quality in the region was rated five per cent excellent, 67 per cent good, 14 per cent fair and 14 per cent poor. Haying was more advanced in the southwest with 12 per cent cut and eight per cent baled. Quality was rated six per cent excellent, 63 per cent good, 25 per cent fair and six per cent poor Provincially cropland moisture is rated four per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate, 11 per cent short and three per cent very short. Pasture and hay land moisture was rated two per cent short, 71 per cent adequate, 19 per cent short and eight per cent very short across the province. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@

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Roche Percee, an unusual formation of rocks in southeastern Saskatchewan, was the destination of this day trip with a friend. The “pierced rock” formation in the 37-acre historic heritage park was named by early Metis hunters. The site was sacred for Indigenous people and used to contain petroglyphs. When the Royal Northwest Mounted Police made that long trek west in 1874 they camped near here and remarked on the rocks. Some carved their names in the soft sandstone rock. None of the petroglyphs nor the Mountie names are still visible. Newer carved names, initials and erosion have obliterated them.

Our destination involved almost four hours driving to get there, including 25 minutes wasted when we took a wrong turn. The route is Highway One east to Highway 39, down Highway Six to the Estevan bypass highway and on towards North Portal. On this warm sunny mid-June day, the green carpets of new crops were everywhere, with the exception of a few flowering canola fields. Coronavirus notwithstanding, we made the trip, packing a lunch to avoid any potential human contact. The only human contact we made was re-fueling with gasoline once. The narrow winding road from the highway into the pretty village of Roche Percee is itself scenic and worth the drive. A doe and fawn crossed the road ahead. Driving into the village it is hard to believe that nine 20075DE0 years ago most of this area was flooded when the Souris River overflowed its banks. The population fell to 110 from 153 in a few years as many folks never rebuilt. A drive on a long street with homes backing onto a berm next to the river explained loss of people. Only two or three of the houses appear occupied. Several houses appeared abandoned. We saw two or

three vacant lots. The rest of the lots had a camper or RV parked where the house once sat. The highway crossed a meadow and up the hill where we saw the rocks protruding from the hill among the bushes. After having a leisurely lunch at the picnic table, we walked up the path to the rocks, finding it hard and steep — probably due to our age and dearth of climbing experience. We drove west along the park, stopping at a foot path entrance. My friend chose not to walk the path, fearing ticks. Yours Truly walked up the path to the most photographed of the rocks — an archway under which one can walk. Scanning the rocks for old initials or petroglyphs found only newer carved names and initials. We headed east for a ways, noticing the old mounds of dirt pushed up on the hills north of the river. They were left from open pit coal mining in the 1890s after the Soo Rail line came through. Then we took Highway 18 towards Alameda and the dam east of that town. On the way to the dam we saw a burial service in the cemetery with about 30 people. The Alameda Dam, almost a mile long and 138 feet high, was controversial with strong opposition delaying construction. Critics said the dam would take 20 years to fill with water. They were wrong. A few years after 1994 construction the dam was full. The main purpose was to hold back flood waters from the Souris to the United States. Ron Walter can be reached at


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“JIM PUFFALT, ROD MONTGOMERY AND FRASER TOLMIE.” If life has taught me anything it’s to try to see the humour in every circumstance, even the ridiculous antics of these senior managers and this mayor. 1. City Manager Jim Puffalt, He claims to have “intent and talent,” as the reason he deserves the city managers job. He’s had 20 years in his profession prior to the Friendly City. 12 years in Estevan; 4 years in North Battle Ford. He spent 4 years between Elrose Sask., Wilkie Sask. then Dauphin Manitoba. Does this accurately round out your career, Mr. Puffalt? Your words Mr. Puffalt: “But the other part of the job is being the chief adviser to council on decisions, providing them with information so they can make a decision.” “In the end, what council decides is what is done, and council is accountable to the public. “Ultimately, Puffalt works for the citizens of the city.” Puffalt learned about customer service, and that stuck with him. “We should try and find ways to help people, not hinder or be bureaucratic and get in the way of things,” Puffalt said. Jim Puffalt has spoken often about “broken window syndrome” – the idea that if problems aren’t addressed right away, the look of the community will deteriorate even more. The next step for Puffalt seems to be usually to a bigger municipality with bigger budgets and responsibilities.

You, seem to have left out the “increase in pay” that comes with the job. But the house at 1511 Hastings St. certainly shows your failure rather than “your customer service,” in resolving this property complaint. Unoccupied Buildings Bylaw 5484 (8) No owner shall cause or permit an unoccupied building to become damaged or to deteriorate into a state of disrepair such that the building is an imminent danger to public safety. Definition of dilapidated: decayed, deteriorated, or fallen into partial ruin especially through neglect or misuse a dilapidated old house. Could this be why, “Estevan city council decided they would like to move in a different direction, and that direction did not include Jim Puffalt.” 2. Fire Chief Officer Rod Montgomery, and part time Bylaw Enforcement Officer Bylaw Enforcement Officer Rod Montgomery, I notice your having difficulty responding to my question concerning, “Your department couldn’t go on the property to do a fire inspection.” I notice you aren’t checking the progress of your and Puffalt’s progress on the property at 1511 Hastings St.? 3. Fraser Tolmie, “Largest land sale in Moose Jaw history positive for commu-

nity,” says mayor. Canadian Tire deal put off for a year; isn’t there an election for the mayor and councillors in November? I can no longer say this busy deal maker hasn’t ever contacted me July 2, 2020 email: “Automatic reply: Derelict Property 1511 Hastings St. I will be checking my email frequently. Due to the present Covid19 circumstances, I may be unavailable. If your matter is urgent, please forward your email to and she will ensure I receive it. Thank you and stay safe!” Tolmie’s assistant is on vacation until July 13, 2020. How much do you want to bet if I was an investing Businessman, I would get a dinner. I bet, if I were to total up the salary increases, the perks, more staff for our overworked mayor, plus space, car allowances, mileage and God knows what else, one could demolish and build a new house on the property. “It offered him the opportunity to have the Administrative Review Officer hear his concerns, which Carter declined,” Tolmie said. City hall has since forwarded the file to the provincial ombudsman. So, tell me, let me repeat the question that Jim asked me when I met with him and Michelle Sanson October 2019: “What do you want to see happen with the property”? Answer, “restored to a livable state or demolished.” Carter Currie

CN announces $105 million investment into Saskatchewan projects Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express

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DERELICT PROPERTY TRUTH AND LEADERSHIP ABSENT AT CITY HALL Re: Derelict Property 1511 Hastings St. Truth and Leadership Absent at City Hall

Subject: Re: Derelict Property 1511 Hastings St.

City Manager Puffalt and Council,

I’m happy that Mr. Puffalt has jumped on this after I forwarded it all to him at the beginning of the week. I hope that the building comes down this month and this can be resolved for you and your family. I’ve asked Mr. Puffalt to keep me posted but please feel free to email me also with progress. Have a good day! Dawn

Hi Carter,

It’s always intrigued me to see our councillors and administration turn to other comparable sized cities to justify their pay increases. Shouldn’t it be based on performance and actually providing good governance for its citizens? But I’m rambling and I continue to have more questions than answers for these underperforming city officials. My disappointment and frustration is taking it’s toll. Mr. Puffalt, to quote your words, “People’s individual ‘property rights’ are very important and the Property Maintenance and Nuisance Bylaw requires that when the City issues orders it must in essence provide at least 15 days notice as the Property Owner has the right to appeal any order to Council within that time period.” We are also property owners. Mr. Puffalt, your words September 19 2018 I [must have] misunderstood that [you said] the property owner was obtaining a full demolition permit. Rod indicated the trees being removed along the fence was also possible. If this is the result going forward, my wife and I can’t thank all of you enough. (My words Sept. 2018) From: Dawn Luhning <> Sent: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 1:20:09 PM To: Carter Currie

Then City Manager Jim Puffalt changed his story from demolition to he misspoke, after speaking to Chief Montgomery extensively on a 10 minute tour of the interior of the house. No explanation provided. The smell and decay didn’t support demolition? Fast forward to July 2, 2020 and the house at 1511 Hastings St. continues to decay and remains uninhabitable and absent of any continued work or repairs. Let me repeat, Mr. Puffalt, isn’t Montgomery the one who said a “couple of insurance companies challenged, ‘there is nothing in our bylaws’, to charge fees, so he had council change the bylaw, so a contractor could collect fees? So, is he saying there could be something wrong with city bylaws that prevents the city dealing with this house? On, Wednesday March 11, 2020, my wife noticed a sheet of plywood attached to our fence, bordering the contentious property. Mr. Puffalt, you speak about the importance of property

rights, for all citizens. Your city crew or contractor attached (a sheet of the same plywood to the house and our fence) where the sheet of OSB laying on the ground had been attached to cover the open patio door. Care to explain? So Mr. Puffalt, you and Montgomery seem to have two different mindsets concerning property rights, one for Dr. James and one for us, yet you are required to follow city bylaws. Again a reminder in dealing with these Derelict Decaying Properties: City of North Battleford 90 days... (Fact, you were city manager.) City of Regina 90 days... In the end, what council decides is what is done, and council is accountable to the public. Ultimately, Puffalt works for the citizens of the city. (Your words) But, not in the city of Moose Jaw? As far as the plywood is concerned, leave it; maybe Montgomery can have it removed when he gets the trees cut down that are damaging our fence. The Bylaw Department may need to take direct action however, if there is an immediate health or safety concern. (City web page) Dawn, have you wondered why your “email,” became public yet the Express has to pay $25,600.99 for the Carpere file? Carter Currie

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Derelict Property - 749 Stadacona St. E. The root cause (of this problem) is an absentee landlord Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Homeowner Michèle Bordessa is frustrated with city hall’s lack of action to address an adjacent derelict property even though she has lodged her concerns consistently for almost 10 years. Bordessa, who lives beside 749 Stadacona Street East, has complained to the bylaw enforcement officer about this property for the past eight years. However, she is not the only homeowner having trouble with city hall over such properties. Carter Currie, who lives adjacent to 1511 Hastings Street, has been filing complaints to city hall since Aug. 15, 2018, and has not seen the municipality take much action against this property, either. He has been vocal about his disappointment with city administration, writing several letters to the Moose Jaw Express since December 2019. Through research, the Express has confirmed that former resident Dr. Elizabeth James — who now lives in Brockville, Ont. — owns both properties. The house at Hastings Street has been abandoned for 17 years, while the house on Stadacona Street East has been empty for more than eight years. The Express will feature Currie’s concerns in a separate article. 749 Stadacona Street East “It’s frustrating. It’s been going on for so long now,” said Bordessa, who noted this is the third bylaw enforcement officer (BEO) with whom she has communicated on this issue. The BEO told her years ago that the property was a problem and he would put it on a list for remediation. She thought that would be helpful, but then it never happened and she was forced to make yearly complaints to city hall. Bordessa lodged a concern this past May but did not receive a response from the BEO. She complained again in June, but this time emailed Mayor Fraser Tolmie and councillors Heather Eby, Crystal Froese and Dawn Luhning. Luhning said she would forward the complaint to city manager Jim Puffalt, while Froese said she would also ensure city hall responded. However, when the BEO called Bordessa, it turned into the same “song and dance from him,” she said. He explained the process for complaints, but Bordessa said that wasn’t good enough since this issue had been occurring for eight years. She didn’t understand why city hall had to wait for her to complain when she

It’s a jungle out there! The property at 749 Stadacona Street East has been abandoned for eight years and the property owner lives in Ontario. Photos courtesy Michele Bordessa

City hall recently cut the grass at 749 Stadacona Street East, but did not touch the overgrown trees.

called every year with the same concern. “The conversation I had with him was not particularly productive,” she added. An understaffed department The BEO said his department was understaffed and he was the only employee. Moreover, he told Bordessa that they didn’t have time to “babysit” derelict properties. Bordessa later called Michelle Sanson, director of planning and development, who was more helpful.

Sanson confirmed city hall was facing staffing issues, as city administration had redeployed employees due to the pandemic. Bordessa said she understood, but pointed out this issue had been going on for years. City hall eventually sent an engineer to review the structural integrity of the home; the review showed nothing warranted city hall tearing down the home. Someone from the municipality later came in early July to mow the


lawn; while Bordessa appreciated that, the overgrown trees were left untouched while city hall did not address the main cause. “… The root cause (of this problem) is an absentee landlord,” Bordessa said. An absentee landlord Through her research, Bordessa learned that Flora MacDonald — the aunt of Elizabeth James — and her sisters used to own the house after inheriting it from their father. The house was for sale when the Bordessas bought their home more than 30 years ago; it was in rough shape even then. Since MacDonald couldn’t sell it, she rented it to an ex-Hutterite. MacDonald later moved to Ontario and became an absentee landlord. The renter ended up paying for new shingles, but MacDonald never paid him back, leading him to place a lien on the house. Eventually, he moved, and the house has sat vacant since. Bordessa learned that MacDonald had died and left the house to James, a psychiatrist in Ontario. Interestingly, Bordessa graduated ahead of James from Central Collegiate more than 35 years ago. Owing back taxes In January 2018, the Bordessas received a copy of a letter that city hall sent to James saying it would take the property title since the latter owed $4,000 in property taxes. Bordessa thought this was good news since the municipality would take responsibility for the property; however, she later discovered James had paid the taxes and the situation was back to square one. “No one has taken care of it in two years. She’s neglectful. The taxes build up and then she pays them,” said Bordessa. “The city has a responsibility to deal with this … it’s really not getting dealt with. There’s little Band-Aids that keep getting put on it every year, but it’s not dealing with the issue once and for all.” Bordessa is skeptical that city hall or the BEO will ever put this property on a list. She doesn’t want to be in this same position in 10 years when she sells her home to retire. She doubts she would be able to sell when a run-down building is next door. “There’s got to be something that can be done so property owners aren’t dealing with this for literally decades,” Bordessa added. “It’s just not OK.”


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Derelict Property - 1511 Hastings Street Resident frustrated that City Hall won’t touch derelict property Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

There’s a hole in the roof of the house, the smell of dog feces is nauseating at times, shingles litter the backyard and the building is a fire hazard. These are some concerns that resident Carter Currie has with the derelict property at 1511 Hastings Street that is adjacent to his property. The home has been empty for 17 years and the property has been poorly maintained. The owner — Dr. Elizabeth James, who also owns a derelict property at 749 Stadacona Street East — has been delinquent for nearly two decades and lives in Ontario. However, the most frustrating part for Currie has been getting anyone to listen to him. Since Aug. 15, 2018, Currie has pleaded for a resolution from city manager Jim Puffalt, Mayor Fraser Tolmie, members of city council and fire Chief Rod Montgomery. Aside from two city councillors, the rest of these officials don’t appear to have been as receptive to Currie’s plight. His preference would be for city hall to demolish the house since it’s a fire hazard, there are piles of dog feces inside — it used to be a kennel — and mould is also growing inside. He also wants the city to cut down the trees since they are destroying his fence. The Moose Jaw Express has published several of Currie’s letters to the editor during the last couple of years. Many can be found on the MooseJawToday.comwebsite. Where’s the support? Currie recently contacted the provincial ombudsman to complain about the City of Moose Jaw’s lack of action. That proved unfruitful since neither the ombudsman nor provincial government can tell the municipality what to do since it is an autonomous body. The ombudsman said she would look into the municipality’s ethics bylaw, as he wanted to know why — if there is an ethics requirement for city council — the people they represent are not allowed to file an ethics complaint and keep municipal officials accountable. “I’ve learned to fight my battles my way. If you’re going to go after something or do something, you have to stand up for what you’re doing,” Currie, 70, said recently. The ombudsman also told Currie to continue to lodge complaints and to continue to ask questions of city administration and city council. In his most recent let-

Resident Carter Currie stands in front of the derelict property and abandoned house at 1511 Hastings Street on South Hill. He wants the city to demolish the home since it’s a hazard. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

A tarpaulin covers a section of roof that collapsed years ago at 1511 Hastings Street. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

ter to council, Currie asked why he never hears from anyone at city hall. Disappointment with city administration During the interview, Currie had no kind words for city manager Jim Puffalt or the latter’s lack of support. “I thought Mr. Puffalt was a better guy than he is,” said Currie, adding the city manager is “the biggest phony” he’s ever met. The last email Currie received from Puffalt was Oct. 8, 2019. Currie believes the city manager spoke untruthfully since Puffalt wrote that other city councillors had replied to his concern in an email. However, none had sent him anything about his letter. “That’s what I don’t understand. How do

they (councillors) not reply to you? How do they not go to the city and say, ‘What are you doing about this? We’re going to change the bylaw so these houses get cleaned up,’” said Currie. “I just want this over with.” Currie recalls Puffalt initially telling him that the municipality would demolish the house. However, the city manager came back later and said he had “misspoke” and that city hall had simply given James a demolition permit for her back deck. Further, Montgomery also told him the municipality couldn’t go on the property based on a city regulation. Currie asked Montgomery to show him that regulation; the fire chief has not provided any documentation to back up his claim in the last two years. Furthermore,

Currie has never been able to verify what municipal officials tell him since they never provide the particular regulations. Disappointment with city council too “I don’t have much use for this council,” Currie said. He feels that Coun. Brian Swanson and Coun. Dawn Luhning are the only two councillors to take him seriously. While Coun. Chris Warren sympathized with Currie through an email, the latter doesn’t believe the councillor understands the situation at all. During an executive committee meeting in 2018, Luhning attempted to find out what was happening with the house. However, city administration said they couldn’t tell her what was happening due to restrictions under privacy legislation. It was only recently that Currie received a message from the mayor. It was an automated reply saying Tolmie was on holiday and that he should contact the mayor’s assistant. However, she was on vacation at the same time. “I don’t have any respect for the mayor (either),” added Currie. Comparing bylaws Since Puffalt worked in North Battleford, Currie checked its minimum maintenance bylaw and dealing with complaints about nuisance properties. The difference in bylaws between the two communities was stark to Currie. During a conversation with Montgomery, Currie realized the only time city administration changes a bylaw here is when friends of city administration or someone at city hall want to do something. The rest of the time the bylaws are left alone. Currie found that city hall last updated the minimum maintenance bylaw in 2014-15. “Rod Montgomery stood up here and told me that, ‘Well, we interpret things a little differently than the way it’s written.’ What’s the point of interpreting it if it’s not written in there?” Currie stated. The ombudsman told Currie that the only person who can have the house demolished is Montgomery. However, the resident wondered why the bylaw enforcement officer didn’t have the power to act. After all, a municipal bylaw says property owners can be fined up to $25,000 for not fixing or maintaining their property or home. The Express has reached out to city hall for comment.

Mayor explains how city deals with issue of derelict properties Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

In light of complaints from two residents about derelict properties near them, the City of Moose Jaw has provided an explanation of how it handles such issues. The municipality is unable to divulge specific details to the public or to people who raise a complaint about property enforcement issues — in this case, 1511 Hastings Street and 749 Stadacona Street East — but it can explain the process of how it handles such situations, Mayor Fraser Tolmie explained in an email. Nuisance properties are a challenge for every city, and the City of Moose Jaw employs two bylaw officers to oversee about 14,000 properties in the city. Bylaw enforcement acts on a complaint-driven basis, so the appropriate section of The Cities Act requires that

when there is a nuisance complaint, a bylaw officer will inspect. If it’s warranted, a cleanup order is sent via registered mail and is deemed delivered on the fifth day following the mail out. The property owner then has 15 days from the deemed delivered date to appeal the order or complete the work. If the work is not completed after the appeal period, the municipality will complete the work at the expense of the property owner. It is not uncommon where a resident might see what appears to be a neglected property — with overgrown weeds, for example — and an Order to Remedy has already been directed to the property owner, Tolmie said. That same observer might see that those overgrown weeds are cleaned up, only to fall back into an unkempt state.

“It is frequently the case that such properties have received repeated orders from the city and that either the owner or, in default, the city has taken action to clean the property,” he said. “Legislation does not provide for open-ended regulation in these cases. In every occurrence a new inspection and a new order must be issued.” City hall has issued multiple cleanup orders to the two properties in question for many years, the mayor continued. Following each order, it’s been either the property owner or the municipality that has completed the work. With the Stadacona Street East property, city hall received the complaint on June 12, and by June 15, it had inspected the property and issued a cleanup order. With the Hastings Street property, city

administration has communicated with Carter Currie from 2018 to January 2020. It offered him the opportunity to have the Administrative Review Officer hear his concerns, which Carter declined, Tolmie said. City hall has since forwarded the file to the provincial ombudsman. “Unkempt properties and absentee owners are an issue in every municipality and the City of Moose Jaw treats each complaint seriously and works with the property owners to ensure compliance,” added Tolmie. “We have struck a balance of respecting property owners’ rights while ensuring that properties are maintained to a reasonable standard. The final — and last — resort is buildings are demolished.”

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City Hall Council Notes Council deserves pay raise due to long hours and unfair criticism, councillor argues Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Members of city council deserve a pay raise since they work long hours and are attacked for their efforts online and in the media, a councillor argues. Council members can sometimes put in 50 to 70 hours per week, which is a high workload when combined with a regular job. However, being a councillor is not going to be someone’s full-time job since the position pays about $24,000 a year, said Coun. Chris Warren. He acknowledged that most people don’t enter municipal politics for the money. These extra hours all lead to a decrease in work-life balance, Warren said during city council’s June 29 executive committee meeting. Furthermore, everything they do to promote municipal business is done in public “and rightly so.” Claims were made by councillors that this leads to negative comments on social media and supposedly in the local newspaper, where council members’ names are “dragged through the mud” for their perspective. Warren thought this didn’t allow for a rebuttal since negative online comments tended to stay negative. “It puts stress on somebody’s mental health. We know (during) the last few years, mental health has been at the forefront of discussions because a lot of people are afraid to talk about it (and) bring it forward. They are fearful of repercussions. It’s a reality,” he said, adding he believes councillors should receive access to city hall’s employee and family assistance plan (EFAP) in the future. City clerk/solicitor Myron Gulka-Tiechko, one of three members who sat on a panel that reviewed council remuneration, explained the panel looked into EFAP and found it is available to all elected officials. What council members don’t receive are dental and health benefits. Coun. Heather Eby noted she accessed EFAP at one point. “I wasn’t aware I was eligible for it. Someone brought it to my attention when I needed that,” she added. “If someone is elected, they should know it is available.” Panel recommendations The panel produced a report that included 16 recommendations about how much the mayor and council should be paid and compensated. The panel recommended that the mayor’s position follow that of a Saskatchewan MLA, which means the mayor would earn $100,068 starting on Jan. 1, 2021. This would be an increase of $17,765 or about 21 per cent. The panel also recommended that councillors receive remuneration equivalent to 33.33 per cent of the mayor, which means as of Jan. 1, 2021, a councillor would earn $33,323. This is an increase of $7,399 or about 28 per cent. After a lengthy discussion, council voted 5-2 to accept

the recommendations. Councillors Brian Swanson and Crystal Froese were opposed. Council must now approve the recommendations at the July 13 regular meeting for them to become official. Council discussion The report included the results of an online survey to which nearly 400 people responded, many of whom were not in favour of a significant increase, Swanson said. He wondered how the panel accounted for that disapproval compared to the recommendations it presented. As the panel expected, asking for public feedback led to some comments that were negative “and not necessarily on point,” said Greg McIntyre, a panel member and RBC commercial banker. The survey became a platform for residents to complain about potholes. “I would say the comments we got from the online survey tended to have a fair amount of noise,” he remarked, adding most comments from members of the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce were positive, deliberate and thoughtful. Paying for the mayor’s travel Mayor Fraser Tolmie indicated he hadn’t needed a large travel budget — the panel proposed $13,000 a year — during his four years and thought $10,000 a year was better. However, the panel’s recommendation of $150 per month for in-city car allowance was low and he thought $500 per month would be appropriate since it would make up for vehicle depreciation. Warren thought giving the mayor an adequate car allowance was necessary since the mayor is the leader of the community, travels to many events, builds relationships, fights for positive change and uses a personal vehicle more than the city manager of any municipal employee. Comparisons to other communities A similar report produced in 2009 provided a transparent method that tied the mayor’s salary to a percentage of a provincial cabinet minister, said Swanson. However, since then the mayor’s salary has increased by 60 per cent. The panel’s report compared Moose Jaw’s salaries of elected officials to cities such as Swift Current, Yorkton, and Prince Albert; the latter has three times as many people and pays its mayor roughly $83,000, he continued. The 2009 report indicated the City of Brandon had 41,000 people and its mayor received roughly $83,000. Based on those numbers, he thought Moose Jaw was in the right ballpark to pay the mayor about $80,000 per year and a councillor $25,000 per year. “Public life needs to be a sacrifice for it to be valid … and it needs to be reflective of the community,” Swanson remarked. He thought $2,000 per month for about 10 hours per week was reasonable compensation.

Reducing council’s pay Swanson then introduced a motion that effective immediately until Oct. 31, 2020, council’s salary be reduced by 20 per cent because of the pandemic. He also moved that the panel’s report be received and filed. The prime minister of New Zealand has shown exceptional leadership during the pandemic, by having every politician there take a pay cut to show solidarity with the country’s hard-hit communities, he said. Similarly, he pointed out economists have said most people to feel the pandemic’s economic effects have been low-income Canadians, of whom Moose Jaw has a disproportionate share. “I think we need to show solidarity with the people who have been impacted. We’ve had less work during this time. Significantly less work,” said Swanson. In response, Warren said, “I am disappointed that Coun. Swanson would want to use this platform to politicize the pandemic. And that’s all I have to say about that.” Council then voted 6-1 against both motions, with Swanson the only one in favour. Council does plenty of work This council commits plenty of time to the community, whether it’s serving hot dogs to solve the “High Street fiasco,” raising money for the hospital, picking up garbage in Sunningdale, or advocating for women in business, said Tolmie. Councillors also participate in virtual meetings with the chamber of commerce and the downtown business association. “I see that. That’s very public. That goes above and beyond the number of hours they put in. The estimate of 10 hours, I highly doubt it,” he added. Report’s bad timing Froese was concerned about the timing of the report and what effect it would have on a tax increase. Some businesses won’t reopen, while many people won’t return to their jobs. The increase in salaries would add another $65,000 per year to the budget, but the percentage increase is unknown, said Gulka-Tiechko. “It’s a modest price to pay for a trade-off for getting the best candidates for the positions we can,” he added. Being a city councillor is different from working in private industry, Froese said. There is a large community service component to the role since residents have access to them every day and everywhere. “It is a difficult decision (to approve the recommended pay increases). If this were a year ago, it would maybe have been a different outcome,” she said. “I just feel like no one else is going to be receiving a 20-per-cent raise in the midst of this pandemic.”

Golf clubs to receive financial help to offset pandemic’s effects Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The Hillcrest and Lynbrook golf clubs could soon receive some financial assistance from the City of Moose Jaw to counteract the effects of the pandemic. During its recent executive committee meeting, council voted 6-1 to approve waiving the 2019 irrigation fees of $22,500 for both organizations, to enter into an agreement with both groups for water irrigation rates, and to calculate the rates based on a five-year rolling average that excludes the municipality’s cost for weed control. Furthermore, council also agreed that the calculated rate be divided equally between the organizations, that city hall waive the administration fees since it doesn’t charge similar fees to maintain other fields, and that the agreement contains a clause saying council cannot guarantee the provision of water supply from Snowdy Springs if the infrastructure there becomes inoperable. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed. The approved recommendations must now go to a regular council meeting for official approval. “It’s important that we work in partnership with com-

munity assets such as golf courses,” said city manager Jim Puffalt. “This is a requirement we’ve seen in the last three (to) four months, that when taken away, it impacts people. They (residents) are looking forward to facilities being open again, such as rinks and golf courses.” Costs to maintain In a report to council, city administration provided background information on how much it has cost to operate the Britannia Park and Snowdy Springs pump houses during the last few years. The cost to operate, maintain and repair the infrastructure, the cost to pump the water (power utility), and total costs have been: • 2019: $6,909.71 / $23,649.23 / $30,558.94 • 2018: $8,572 / $22,792.43 / $31,364.43 • 2017: $4,413.24 / $22,806.49 / $27,219.73 • 2016: $2,153.37 / $9,527.85 / $11,681.22 • 2015: $4,882.38 / $23,183.80 / $28,066.18 • Five-year average: $5,386.14 / $20,391.96 / $25,778.10

The clubs’ concerns In a joint letter to city council, both golf courses explained why they need financial help. They pointed out that federal funding to help organizations during the pandemic does not apply to them since they are seasonal operations and do not pay taxes or rental fees. The provincial government also placed restrictions on the way they operate as part of the reopening plan. Many of their sponsors have dropped off and they have made adjustments to lower memberships and green fees. They also cannot generate revenue from the food and beverage services, pro shop services, supplies, accessories, merchandise, or driving ranges. There are also costs associated with providing a safe environment for employees and patrons, the letter said. The golf organizations expect revenue to be 30 per cent of their regular annual projected revenue. At the same time, they still need to operate at 100 per cent to maintain the courses and run operations properly.

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City Hall Council Notes Paying elected officials adequately would attract quality candidates, report says Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The amount of money the municipality pays its elected officials should attract a wide range of skilled people who have the background and leadership skills to move the city forward, a report suggests. While those leadership skills are most needed in the mayor’s position, they are also valuable at the councillor level, since an ideal council should reflect different community backgrounds, explained a report that reviewed the remuneration pay rate for mayor and councillors. “The hurdle of a decrease in pay to serve one’s community ought not to be a factor in dissuading an individual from seeking election,” the report said. “An appropriate compensation plan is therefore critical in ensuring the broadest range of candidates are prepared to put their names forward … . “Formal plans, such as parental leave for younger members, should also be considered to make elected office a life choice that the broadest range of candidates could opt for.” Panel recommendations At the behest of city council, city clerk/solicitor Myron Gulka-Tiechko, labour union member Brenda Berry and RBC commercial banker Greg McIntyre formed a three-member panel that reviewed the pay of mayor and council during the past year. The trio presented its 16 recommendations during the June 29 executive committee meeting, some of which

included tying the mayor’s pay to that of a provincial MLA and basing councillors’ pay on 33.33 per cent of the mayor’s salary. This means as of Jan. 1, 2021, the mayor would receive $100,068 and councillors would receive $33,323. Pay for other cities The panel’s report compared the pay of mayor and councillors in Moose Jaw to those in Swift Current, Yorkton, Prince Albert and Lloydminster. As of 2020, the mayor and councillor salaries were: • Moose Jaw: $79,108 / $24,918 • Swift Current: $78,649 / $27,527 • Yorkton: $81,755 / $24,755 • Prince Albert: $82,736 / $27,799 • Lloydminster: $93,600 / $31,194 Swift Current’s mayor is part-time, Yorkton’s mayor is full-time and receives 85 per cent of an MLA, and Lloydminster uses a percentage of an average cabinet minister salary. Past report The last comprehensive remuneration review for elected officials in Moose Jaw was in 2009, when former Regina city manager Bob Linner produced a report suggesting tying the mayor’s pay to a percentage of a provincial cabinet minister, Gulka-Tiechko explained. All the recommendations from Linner’s report are relevant today and — basing salaries on that of an MLA — connects council remuneration to an independent

benchmark. The three-member panel spoke with former Moose Jaw mayors, councillors and MLAs, who pointed out that while they viewed their office as a community service, they acknowledged that fulfilling obligations was also a draw on personal and professional time. Needed skillset After reviewing the work of the mayor and councillors and what the private sector values, the panel concluded that positions such as school administrators, professional managers, or tradesmen possess attributes it would like to see, especially to attract an ideal mayoral candidate, said McIntyre. Tying the mayor’s pay to that of an MLA and keeping council’s pay at one-third of the mayor’s remuneration was important since Moose Jaw has two MLAs but only one mayor, he continued. The MLAs are more removed from average citizens, while the mayor and council have more effect on residents’ lives. “It is evident that the mayor’s role may be more challenging than the MLAs’ (role),” added McIntyre. Quoting the Linner report, Gulka-Tiechko remarked, “Every community should want to fairly establish reimbursement to reflect the democratic intent to attract quality candidates and fairly recognize their commitment to the difficult and increasingly complex task of governing the community, often with the loss of personal, or business time.”

City Hall disappointed with media’s coverage of bridge issue Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

City administration is disappointed with the coverage the Moose Jaw Express has given to the Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge and the fact the newspaper didn’t approach city hall first for comment.

The Seventh Avenue Southwest Bridge. Photo by Jason G. Antonio The Express started its multi-part series about the bridge on June 8 and produced several stories during the following month. The newspaper then reached out to city hall on July 6 with a list of 26 questions that it hoped city manager Jim Puffalt would answer about the situation. On July 8, city hall communications manager Craig Hemingway emailed Express editor Joan Ritchie with a reply. “Thank you for your inquiries. We are disappointed that no attempt was made to ask for our (City of Moose Jaw) comments for any of the eight stories you have published on this issue … ,” he said. “Instead, the many claims against the City by the lawyer for the Thorns and Averys have been presented as fact without allowing the City to respond in a timely manner.” In its defence, the Express wrote the articles using documents that the families’ lawyer, David Chow, provided about the situation and its decades-long history. The families presented these same documents to city council and city administration when they made their presentation

during the in-camera — behind closed doors — portion of executive committee meeting on May 25. “We believe this is unfair, biased reporting that does not fall in line with standards set by the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ),” Hemingway wrote. He then quoted a section of the CAJ’s ethics guidelines about fairness: “We give people, companies or organizations that are publicly accused or criticized opportunity to respond before we publish those criticisms or accusations. We make a genuine and reasonable effort to contact them, and if they decline to comment, we say so.” “As mentioned, there is no record of any effort to contact the City for comment before publishing the series of articles,” Hemingway continued. “We are also disappointed by the tenor of the questions, many of which we find biased against the City of Moose Jaw.” The three questions the communications manager listed as examples of the supposed bias were, “Why isn’t city administration taking this (situation) seriously?”, “Why has city administration been unresponsive to the concerns of these residents?” and “Why has city administration dragged its feet in meeting with the families and their lawyer?” “The phrases we have italicized and put in bold are not facts; they are subjective opinions based on one-side information,” he added. While the Express did ask those questions, it also asked other questions that were fact-based, such as: • Why has city administration not put away any money to fix/replace the bridge in the last five years? • Why has city administration not put away any money for the bridge in the five-year capital plan for the next five years? • During the April (2020) meeting, why did city administration refuse to recommend to council the repair or replacement of the bridge? • Why did city administration refuse to put the families’ concern about this issue on the public portion of the May 25 council meeting and instead bury it in-camera during executive committee? • Why do you (Jim Puffalt) want the provincial gov-

Craig Hemingway, communications manager for the City of Moose Jaw. Photo by Jason G. Antonio ernment to pay to fix/replace the (city-owned) bridge? • Why did city administration not use some of the MEEP (provincial) funding to fix the bridge? • Why did city administration double the cost to replace the bridge? In response to the questions the Express presented, Hemingway offer this statement: “This is a challenging situation involving several stakeholders and decades of history. The City of Moose Jaw will not risk taxpayers’ money by negotiating a sensitive matter in public. We take this matter seriously and are actively working to find a solution.”

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City Hall Council Notes Most people against giving big pay raise to council, survey shows Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Professional qualifications, the economy, and how much citizens are taxed are some factors that should determine how much money members of city council receive, survey results show. Council appointed a three-member panel in 2019 to officially determine how much the mayor and council should receive after the federal government removed a one-third tax exemption that had been applied to elected officials, thus reducing their take-home pay. The panel spent nearly a year reviewing what councils and mayors earn in other Saskatchewan cities, acquiring public feedback through a survey, and talking to past Moose Jaw councillors and mayors. The trio — comprised of city clerk/solicitor Myron Gulka-Tiechko, labour union member Brenda Berry, and RBC commercial banker Greg McIntyre — then presented its recommendations during the executive committee meeting on June 29. Council discussion The panel’s report included the results of an online survey from Jan. 13, 2020, to which nearly 400 people responded, many of whom were not in favour of a significant increase, Coun. Brian Swanson said. He wondered how the panel accounted for that disapproval compared to the recommendations it presented. As the panel expected, asking for public feedback led to some comments that were negative “and not necessarily on point,” said McIntyre. The survey became a platform for residents to complain about “potholes.” “I would say the comments we got from the online sur-

vey tended to have a fair amount of noise,” he added. Survey results The first question compared Moose Jaw’s population to five other Saskatchewan cities and how much their mayor and councillors earn, and then asked whether compensation should reflect the size of the municipality in which officials govern. Of the 398 people who responded, 214 or 53.77 per cent said no and 184 or 46.23 per cent said yes. The second question compared Moose Jaw’s assessed property value with five other cities and then asked whether the municipality’s tax base should be considered when determining compensation packages for its elected officials. Of the 398 people who responded, 240 or 60.3 per cent said no and 158 or 39.7 per cent said yes. The third question was open-ended and asked respondents if any other factors should be considered when determining remuneration. Of the 232 people who responded, some answers included: • Experience, education, qualifications; • Performance in the role, time spent fulfilling the duties; • The economy of the city, area, province; • Realizing Moose Jaw is a town filled with pensioners and young people who have trouble paying taxes. For this question, there were only four respondents who complained about potholes, infrastructure issues or garbage problems.

The fourth question indicated Moose Jaw’s mayor receives $100 per month for a vehicle allowance and asked whether this was sufficient. Of the 403 people who responded, 239 or 59.31 per cent said yes and 164 or 40.69 per cent said no. Question five noted the provincial government instituted a parental leave policy for politicians and asked whether Moose Jaw should adopt a similar policy for elected officials. Of the 401 people who responded, 223 or 55.61 per cent said no and 178 or 44.39 per cent said yes. Moose Jaw’s mayor is entitled to the same benefits package as out-of-scope municipal employees and is enrolled in the municipal pension plan while city councillors are not, the sixth question pointed out. The survey asked respondents whether this information should be taken into account when determining pay. Of the 402 people who responded, 214 people or 53.23 per cent said yes and 188 people or 46.77 per cent said no. Not all complaints about ‘potholes’ The final question was open-ended and asked whether respondents had any further thoughts or suggestions related to remuneration for local elected officials. One-hundred-ninety-nine people responded and provided a broad range of answers. Of those responses, only nine focused on infrastructure issues affecting the community. However, those concerns appeared to be well thought out and articulated clearly, contrary to McIntyre’s comment that most complaints were about “potholes.”

Council to spend extra provincial funding on water priorities Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

City council plans to use nearly $5 million in provincial funding to pursue three projects that focus on the community’s water needs and protection for municipal staff from the pandemic. The provincial government recently provided the City of Moose Jaw with $4.8 million through the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP) to stimulate economic recovery after the pandemic damaged economies. City administration spent the past few weeks determining how best to use the funds. During its recent regular meeting, council unanimously approved a motion to submit three projects for MEEP funding: • Upgrades to the high-service reservoir pump house for $3.9 million; • Installation of energy-efficient blowers at the wastewater treatment plant for $879,960; • COVID-19 protective measures for municipal employees for $54,000. “I support the use of these funds as suggested … ,” said Coun. Brian Swanson. “The province is going significantly more into debt to stimulate the provincial economy in granting money to municipalities. And if we were not to receive this $3.9 million, we would probably have to find it ourselves, probably through borrowing, so this is a significant reduction to the cost of local taxpayers, at least directly.”

The municipality is securing funding for the new pump house — located south of the Lynbrook Golf Course driving range — through an application under a federal funding program, a council report explained. The federal program wants the municipality to provide 26.67 per cent of the cost — so the $3.9 million — while the federal funding would cover the remaining $10.7 million. “This project is a high priority for the city to ensure water supply … ,” the report said. The new turbo blower system could save the municipality about $173,000 per year on electrical costs, the report continued. While MEEP will cover $879,960, the remainder of the $1.4 million will come from the existing approved budget. Since the reopening of municipal buildings will require protective measures and physical barriers to be installed, such as Plexiglas barriers, signage and card access systems, city administration intends to spend $54,000 on these changes. Other possible projects City administration also presented two projects it wanted to complete this year, although it would use existing cash flows to support these initiatives. One project is to make upgrades to the Pla-Mor Palace dressing rooms for $109,000. This would allow the parks and recreation department to construct extra 200-squarefoot dressing rooms to allow for male and female players

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to change separately. A second project is to make upgrades to the Kinsmen Sportsplex for $125,000. The upgrades would include a new family change room, enhancements to the female public washroom and renovations to the front reception area. City hall is already using $110,000 in federal Gas Tax funding to support this project and needs an extra $125,000 to finish. Coun. Dawn Luhning was disappointed that the demolition of the YMCA building was not on the list of projects to complete this year. She thought its demolition would have been a higher priority for safety reasons. Upgrading the dressing rooms at Pla-Mor Palace has been a long, outstanding project that addresses inclusion issues, said city manager Jim Puffalt. Furthermore, the cost to demolish the Y has now exceeded $300,000 and city administration believes it’s becoming too far extended on projects. “We think we can limp the Y along for the new few months, then put it on the budget in the fall and in January or February do the demolition,” he said. After discussing the two projects, council voted 6-1 to table the initiatives until city administration provided a report with more capital-project options on which to spend the $234,000. Coun. Crystal Froese was opposed.

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Purposed Financial Corp. offers expertise to individual clients with care Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express

Aaron Ruston has been a financial advisor for 36 years, serving Moose Jaw and area since 2000 where he works within the community to provide expert advice tailored for each and every client. The beginnings of Ruston’s interest in the world of finance sprouted as a teenager, after witnessing his parents receive poor advice during a land sale that had a negative impact on their future finances. “I thought even way back then that I was going to do something, moving forward, that would help [so that kind of thing wouldn’t happen again in the lives of business people and the lives of farmers,]” said Ruston. And now, as the CEO of Purposed Financial Corp., Ruston works alongside a world-class network of partners from all over Canada to build strategic and specialized financial profiles for each individual client to help them achieve their financial goals with purpose. “We do a full analysis, full background, on everyone and we will design a plan and a strategy specifically for that person, family, or corporation,” said Ruston. “And we don’t fly any corporate banners except our own, so that brings us to a position where we’re not locked-in to any one investment company or banking system.” Ruston is able to offer his expertise to clients of all shapes and sizes, from young couples to large business corporations and everything in-between. He also provides his services globally. “We have everything, from the young couple starting out right up to the high net-worth private wealth man-

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proving that he takes his work very seriously every day. “[I think that] shows that we actually do have professionalism in Moose Jaw, because the people of Moose Jaw and surrounding area deserve to have the best,” said Ruston. To inquire about services from financial expert Aaron Ruston at Purposed Financial Corp., visit the website at or contact the office a 1 (306) 691-5433 to book a consulting appointment. Purposed Financial Corp. can also be found on Facebook for more information.

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Members returning to local veterans organization after months-long shutdown due to COVID-19 pandemic Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

There might not be as many tables available, there might be a whole lot of precautions in place and it might not be quite the same as the old days, but the Moose Jaw Royal Canadian Legion Branch #59 is back in business. The Legion recently opened back up after nearly three months of being shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and things are gradually picking up as more and more of their members return for the camaraderie and friendship. “We’re trying to, we have a little bit of construction going on right now and that limits our space, and then with the COVID social distancing, we’re down to seven tables of six,” said Legion public relations officer Norma Richardson. “There have been a few regulars coming down. We have our veteran’s coffee at 10 in the morning and they’ve been coming out for that, so it’s nice to see some familiar faces.” The construction work is being conducted by the building’s new owners in order to deal with a handful of structural issues, further limiting the seating, but that hasn’t been much of a problem, especially if folks can gather after so much time cooped up at home. “They enjoy it and they’re quite happy to be back and visit with each other, even if you’re hollering across the room,” Richardson said with a laugh. “But it’s not a problem; it’s just nice to be back.” The good news goes even further, as the Legion will be restarting their wildly popular meat draws on Aug. 1 at 3 p.m. The event features patrons buying tickets for a handful of draws for steaks, roasts and everything in between. As one of the Legion’s top fundraisers, it’s an

event that’s near and dear to the organization’s heart. “We’ll get anywhere from 50 to 75 people usually, but it’ll be a little bit less now, probably,” Richardson said. “It’s always a little less in the summertime, but with people not travelling, you never know. We’re hoping people will say ‘hey there’s a meat draw, we’re not doing anything, let’s head down to the Legion’.” Of course, with COVID-19, there are a few extra restrictions in place: in addition to the strict seating, no darts, pool or shuffleboard can be played, and a strict cleaning regimen will be followed. But for now? Just live and let live and enjoy the chance to hang out. “I think now that everyone can get out and about it’s a lot better,” Richardson said. “And once they loosen more restrictions and everyone is comfortable with it, that kind of thing, it’ll be better still. You have to be comfortable being around people with this going on, so we’ll see how it goes.” The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #59 lounge is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sundays. Veterans’ coffee takes place Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m. For the latest information on happenings at the Legion,


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The Council of the City of Moose Jaw, pursuant to Zoning Bylaw No. 5346 is considering an application to allow for a proposed “Communication Structure” on Block/Parcel B, Plan No. 101171483 Ext 111, which is a discretionary use in all zoning districts. The parcel is located north of Coteau Street West, and west of 16th Avenue Southwest. Additional information may be found on the City of Moose Jaw website. The application, and any representations, will be considered by City Council on Monday, July 27th, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 228 Main Street North. Written submissions must be received by the Office of Planning and Development Services, 228 Main Street North, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3J8, by 10:00 AM on Monday, July 27th, 2020 in person or by email at Myron Gulka-Tiechko City Clerk/Solicitor

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Councillor: Resort Village of South Lake Ward of South Lake: 2 Ward of Sand Point: 1 will be received by the undersigned on the 25th day of July, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Village Office, # 6- 1410 Caribou St W, Moose Jaw, SK and during regular business hours on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 to Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Village Office, # 6-1410 Caribou St W, Moose Jaw, SK. Nomination forms may be obtained at the following location: # 6-1410 Caribou St W, Moose Jaw, SK Dated this 9th day of July 2020. Melinda Huebner, Returning Officer

They might be nowhere near capacity, but members are returning to the Royal Canadian Legion.

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The Cat Came Back: Chell family overjoyed at return of family pet after two months Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

When Jody Chell woke up on the morning of May 18, something wasn’t quite right. One of the family cats – a domestic long hair with shades of grey colouring and white patches named Andy – normally sleeps at her feet, and was a regular presence every morning. But this time, he wasn’t there. A search of their home turned up nothing, except for a window screen from their front window on the floor of their living room. Jody and her daughter Sam put two and two together. “He’d pulled the screen off the open window and jumped from the second story, into our flower bed and he took off,” Chell explained. “He’s not typically an outside cat, but he’s the kind of cat that the minute you open the door he wants to go through it. And he’s wrecked our back screen door, he’s constantly trying to escape.” The previous evening, May 17, would be the last time they’d see Andy. Until this past Tuesday evening. Sometimes miracles happen, and the Chell family all of a sudden had one.

comfortably. When it became apparent Andy had actually and truly gone missing this time, the Chell family did their best to get him back. Signs were out and about offering a reward, and it was hoped it would be just a matter of time before, well, the cat came back.

“We he said he found the bump, we bolted out there at about 160 kilometres per hour,” Jody said with a laugh. When they arrived, that grey and white cat took one look at the humans who just arrived and lept into Jody’s arms. It was Andy, without a doubt.

The announcement Jody posted on Facebook announcing Andy had been found.

“He was really skinny and looked a lot different because he’d lost his winter coat,” Jody said, adding that the lack of mats or any kind of fur issues was rather curious. “He seemed like he was okay, and was actually in pretty good shape, so we were wondering if someone was looking after him, even though he was skinny.” Regardless, Andy was home. And Jody posted a joyfully tearful video making the announcement, one that you can watch at this address: The SnapChat post by Brandon Olafson that started the reunion of Andy and his family. Facebook photo.

Jody Chell and daughter Samantha with Andy, a day after he miraculously was found after going missing for two months. All About Andy The Chells adopted Andy from the Moose Jaw Humane Society when he was two or three years old, and right from the start, he was a bit of character. “It seemed like he had street sense when we got him,” Jody said. “He would do weird things like eat out of the garbage, I’d never had a cat do that, or he’d drag our supper off the counter and into the living room. “And he’s constantly trying to get outside. He was home literally five minutes last night and he was trying to get back outside,” she added with a laugh. To say the least, Andy has no trouble with the giant bipeds in and around his life. He managed to get out of the house before, but the Chells’ neighbours on Wellington Drive knew the little guy well, and each time it wasn’t long before he was home. “Andy has a personality about him, he’s so friendly,” says Jody. “Any time he escaped he’d wander around Wellington and people were taking selfies with him, so it was kind of a joke around here that everyone knew him.” Thing is, Andy always made his way home. His family would pick him up, someone would drop him off. But this time, that didn’t happen. The Search A major part of the problem is that Andy didn’t have his collar on, a collar that had the family contact information on it. Jody had taken it off so the little guy could sleep

But it wasn’t the very next day. Or the day after that. One month went by. Then another. And all of a sudden it was early July. “We’ve never had one go missing, and you just don’t have that closure,” Jody said. “When they pass away, you at least know where they are and what happened, but this is the first time we’ve ever lost a cat. You’ll never know what happened.” The Miracle Brandon Olafson was home on his farm eight kilometres west of Moose Jaw when he heard meowing coming from the tree line on his property. Meowing that didn’t belong to one of his own cats. He went out to investigate and there was this skinny grey and white cat that immediately came to him. Brandon took the cat onto his deck, snapped a photo and posted it to SnapChat with the caption ‘Came home to this little fella hanging out!’ And social media went to work. “My daughter’s former teacher from Palliser and Central saw it and messaged me, and it was the one time I didn’t have my phone with me,” Jody said of Tiffany Ethier, who was one of the first to recognize what just might be Andy. Tiffany contacted Jody’s daughter Sam, who “came into the kitchen saying ‘look at what Tiffany just sent me, I think it’s Andy’.” A phone call to Brandon helped with the identification – Andy had a Humane Society tattoo on his right ear, and a very distinct bump on his hip from a prior surgery. Both were there.

It wasn’t long before Andy settled into his old habits, like staking out this prime sleeping position.

Coda From what Jody can tell, Andy came through his time away in pretty decent shape. As the video showed, he was happy to get to his food bowl, even if he did do the usual cat thing and eat too much, promptly throwing it right back up. But he was happy to be home, and before long was napping back on his old perch high on a wall. He’ll have to get used to three newcomers in the home, though, as the Chells are fostering a trio of kittens. All in all, the way things turned out and the end result of the whole situation couldn’t have been better. And it showed just how much can be accomplished by people who care. “It’s cool, because it shows the power of social media,” Jody said. “His coming home video is already at 6,000 views… and I can’t believe how many people stopped me on the street just to ask if we’d found him, or that they’ve looked for him. It’s just a cat, but so many people were constantly looking for him, that’s the power of social media.”


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Provincial Court

Motorist loses licence again after driving to store while impaired Jason G. Antonio, Moose Jaw Express

For the second time in eight years, Mitchell Gary Wayne Hiebert will lose his licence and be prohibited from operating a vehicle after driving while intoxicated. Hiebert appeared in Moose Jaw provincial court recently, where he pleaded guilty to having a blood alcohol content (BAC) level over the legal limit of .08. He received a fine of $1,700, lost his licence for a year and was prohibited from driving for that period. He has until the end of September to either pay off or work off his fine. The Crown stayed another charge of impaired driving. “I thought I waited long enough. I thought

I was OK and I made a mistake, and I got in my car and drove to 7-11,” Hiebert told Judge Daryl Rayner, adding he consumed two tall cans at one point before waiting an hour to drink another. Moose Jaw police were called to a 7-11 on June 17 for a report of an intoxicated motorist driving a green four-door Chevy, Crown prosecutor Rob Parker said. Officers arrived to see the vehicle headed toward Thatcher Drive. They followed and activated their lights in an attempt to pull over Hiebert, but he did not notice and kept driving another five blocks. He stopped only after the police activated their sirens.

Dad loses licence after driving impaired with son in tow

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Jaw police station. He provided breath samples of .26 and .24, which were more than three times the legal limit. The Criminal Code says the fine for this should be $2,000, Parker pointed out. However, since Drake has his son with him and was driving impaired on the highway when other motorists were around, the Crown prosecutor encouraged Judge Daryl Rayner to impose a higher financial penalty. Drake told Rayner that he had consumed three or four drinks the night before, and then that day, consumed a couple more drinks before leaving Regina. He was travelling to see his parents, who live on a farm 80 minutes outside Regina. “I haven’t drank from that day,” he added. “You had really high readings. You know better than that, especially with a son (in the vehicle),” Rayner said. The judge explained he had to perform a balancing act with this case, weighing the aggravating — more serious — factors against the mitigating — less serious — factors, which included Drake acknowledging what he did was wrong and the fact he has lost his job. “I hope this was a one-off. I hope you learn from this,” Rayner added, before imposing the financial penalties and stripping Drake of his licence for a year.

Two men from Brampton, Ont., have been placed on strict conditions after the Craik RCMP arrested them during a traffic stop and found 50 kilograms of cocaine in their vehicle. Jitpartap Singh Bhatti, 24, and Harmdeep Sandhu, 30, appeared in Moose Jaw provincial court July 7 and were released on strict conditions. Both are scheduled to return to court on July 27 at 9:30 a.m. Bhatti is facing a charge of trafficking cocaine and Sandhu has been charged with trafficking cocaine and possessing proceeds from a crime. An officer from the Craik RCMP detachment stopped a vehicle for speeding on Highway 11 near Davidson on July 3 at 1:30 p.m., according to a news release. Officers located and seized about 50 one-ki-

Craik RCMP found 50 kilograms worth of cocaine during a traffic stop on July 3. Photo courtesy Craik RCMP logram bricks of suspected cocaine packaged for distribution, burner phones and about $3,600 in cash. Officers from the federal Serious and Organized Crime Team South assisted Craik RCMP with the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.


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cence over this issue, he added. Since he lives in Moose Jaw, he is continuing to look for employment. The fact Hiebert’s BAC readings were nearly twice the legal limit is an aggravating factor, which is also why he deserves an increased fine, Rayner said. However, offsetting the seriousness of the situation is that there was no accident and no one was injured, while Hiebert came to court and pleaded guilty. For those reasons, the judge added, he would fine Hiebert $1,700 and give him a one-year driving ban.

RCMP finds 50Kgs of cocaine during traffic stop near Davidson

Jason G. Antonio, Moose Jaw Express

Having a blood alcohol content (BAC) level that’s three times the legal limit would make operating a vehicle nearly impossible for most people since the body’s central nervous system would be extremely impaired. For Ryan L. Drake, though, he managed to drive from Regina to Moose Jaw with exceptionally high BAC levels before the police eventually pulled him over. Appearing in Moose Jaw provincial court recently, Drake, pleaded guilty to having a BAC over the legal limit of .08 and received a $2,000 fine, a one-year driving ban and the loss of his licence. He also has to pay a victim surcharge of $600. The Crown withdrew a charge of operating a motor vehicle while impaired. Motorists called RCMP at 5:45 p.m. on May 17 about a possible impaired driver travelling west on Highway 1, who may have also been operating an unregistered vehicle with his 10-year-old son in the vehicle, Crown prosecutor Rob Parker said while discussing the facts. When police pulled over the Chevy Express van, they found Drake at the wheel and his young son with him. Drake, 43, fumbled with his wallet when police asked for his identification, initially giving them a Vitalis ID card before handing over his licence. He failed a sobriety test, so officers took him to the Moose

Hiebert displayed signs of intoxication, and after police took breath samples, they found his readings were .150 and .130, which were more than the legal limit. The minimum fine for having an elevated BAC level is $1,500, but since Hiebert has a similar charge from August 2012 in Assiniboia, a more appropriate fine would be $1,800, Parker told Judge Rayner. In his defence, Hiebert argued that he didn’t think the police activated either their sirens or lights. He also argued that he never drove five blocks before pulling over, although he did accept that he had high BAC readings. Hiebert lost his job since he lost his li-

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Canadian take win over Giants as Rambler Park season kicks off Holoien Tosses One-hitter, Canadians Score Three in Fourth Inning to Take 3-1 Victory in Opener at Lyle Helland Ball Diamond Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

It might have been over a month later than the usual start date, but the Rambler Park Fastball League was back in action at the Lyle Helland Ball Diamond last Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t let the Canadians and Giants get a full game in, with the contest reaching the bottom of he sixth inning before heavy wind, rain and lightning rolled over Moose Jaw and brought things to an end. That was enough for the Canadians to pick up their first win of the season, though, as they scored three runs in the top of the fourth to take a 3-1 victory. All in all, the night had a bit of a celebratory feel to it, as everyone in the park was just happy to have a chance to be there after months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We weren’t sure if we were going to be able to play at all this year, so it’s just good to get going,” said Giants veteran Dale Garthus, the local liaison for the Regina-based Rambler Park league. The league will play a reduced schedule this season, with 13 games on the docket, including seven home games for each of the local squads. The season will wrap up in late August and a playoff tournament will be held in Regina soon after, as opposed to the traditional multi-series format. “It’s as good as it can be, we have a bit of a shortened season, but at least we get to play some ball,” Garthus said. “And I actually don’t really mind it, we have some nice temperatures now when in the first part of May you’re fighting from pretty bad weather a lot of the time.” Tuesday’s contest turned into an oldschool pitching battle between two of the

Dean Holoien delivers for the Canadians and would hold the Giants to a single hit.

Giants right fielder Tyler Kieferling makes a running catch to rob the Canadians of at least a double, if not more.

league’s battle-hardened veterans in Canadians hurler Dean Holoien and Giants pitcher Al Muhle. The Giants would get the first hit of the game when Jason Schneider doubled in his squad’s first plate appearance of the season, but that would be the only hit they’d record on the night. Muhle, meanwhile, held the Canadians without a baserunner until the top of the third when Dustin Thiel laced a one-out single. The Canadians would take control of the contest in the fourth, beginning when Brad Reaney hit a lead-off single, Holoien

reached on an error and Riley Almasi was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Kent Barber then laced a double to left-centre, bringing home Reaney and Holoien, and Almasi followed when the throw to third skipped away. The Giants would get one back in the fifth when Joe MacDonald reached second on an error, stole third and came home on a Kurtis Brown fielder’s choice. That would be as close as they’d get, though, as Holoien would record his eighth strikeout to end the inning and the contest was called with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Muhle would surrender three runs on

Giants pitcher Al Muhle gave up three runs on three hits in the contest.

Canadian hitter Sean Lougheed hits during third inning action. three hits in four innings of work, while Derek Ross tossed two hitless innings and struck out a pair. The league schedule was unavailable as of this writing, but be sure to check back for when the next contests will take place.

Warrior named Burnett as new assistant coach

Former Kootenay Ice Assistant joins Warriors after spending last season with MJHL’s Winnipeg Blues The Moose Jaw Warriors will have a new face behind the bench when the 2020-21 Western Hockey League season kicks off this September. The team announced last Tuesday morning that Gordon Burnett has been hired as the team’s new assistant coach, joining head coach Mark O’Leary and assistant coach Scott King on the Tribe staff. The 39-year-old Regina product is well-travelled through his hockey career and brings plenty of experience to the position, having played seven seasons in the ECHL and Central Hockey League before moving on to the coaching ranks in the 2012-13 season. “We are very pleased to add Gord Burnett to our coaching staff as a full-time assistant coach,” said Warriors general manager Alan Millar. “Gord brings very good experience to our team from his time in Kootenay, this past season as a head coach in the MJHL, and his playing experience as a defenceman.” “I feel very confident that this coaching staff led by head coach Mark O’Leary, with assistants Scott King and Gord, will build strong relationships with our players and will have a good development model to make them better players and better people,” Millar added. Burnett has spent plenty of time behind the bench as an

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assistant coach throughout his career. Beginning with the Arizona Sundogs of the CHL from 2012-2014, Burnett joined the University of Notre Dame as an assistant for the 2014-15 season before moving on to the Kootenay Ice for four seasons from 2015-16 to 2018-19. It was during his time in Kootenay that the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and Hockey Canada started to come calling, first when he was named an assistant for the 2016 Western Canada Challenge Cup, coaching the likes of Kaeden Korczak and Connor Zary and facing future Warriors standout Brayden Tracey. Burnett was back for Team Sask’s entry into the WHL Cup the following season and then served as the head coach for Saskatchewan at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, where his charges reached the medal round before falling in the bronze medal game. Most recently, Burnett served as the head coach for the Winnipeg Blues this past season, leading the squad to a 24-29-6-1 record and a playoff spot before the COVID-19 pandemic brought the season to an end. He also coached one of the MJHL entries in the 2020 MJHL/SJHL Showcase. “Gord brings high energy and passion for the game, he’s

Gordon Burnett was announced as the Moose Jaw Warriors’ newest assistant coach. a great communicator with experience developing players in our league,” said O’Leary. “Scott and I are excited to work with Gord to create an environment for the team and the players to take a big step this season.”

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Canucks fall to Buffalos in 13U AA season opener Late rally not quite enough as Regina hangs on for 11-10 win

The Regina Buffalos staked themselves to an early lead and held on for an 11-10 victory over the Moose Jaw Canucks in Baseball Regina 13-and-under AA league action Wednesday. And you just had to look at the Canuck’s pitching box score to get an idea of how early in the season it is. The local squad used six hurlers to get through their six innings of work, with each player seeing a full inning on the mound. Hunter Scott got the start and gave up four runs on three hits while striking out a pair; Kohl Olson gave up a run on one hit in the second inning; Kaison Skeotch gave up

Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express two runs a pair of hits and struck out the side; Spenser Craig surrendered three hits but only one run; Nick Bechard saw two runs cross the plate on three hits and Kyren Ernest closed things out by giving up an unearned run on two hits. All in all, the Canucks pitchers surrendered 10 earned runs while striking out seven and walking nine. Regina took a 4-1 lead out of the first, but the Canucks were able to keep pressure on throughout the game, trailing 7-4 through three and 10-7 after five. The Buffalos added one more to their lead in the sixth before the Canucks tried to rally to tie the game in the seventh

Moose Jaw Ice post commanding win in Squirt B action

Local squad rolls out a 9-1lead, take 16-5 win over Regina Lazers White in season opener Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express The Moose Jaw Squirt B Ice couldn’t have asked for a better start to their season. Playing their season-opener in Regina against the Lazers White last Tuesday, the Ice roared out to a 9-1 lead through three innings and would cruise to a 16-5 victory in only five innings. Things were fairly close in the early going, as Moose Jaw led 1-0 after the first and built their edge to 4-0 through two. A five-spot in the third would blow things open, and after the Ice tagged Moose Jaw Fastball logo another two runs on in the fourth to lead 11-4, another five-run inning in the fifth would end up invoking the mercy rule. All 14 of the players in Moose Jaw’s line-up would see the field, and 12 would end up on the basepaths at one point or another. Avery Funke and Ava Koch would lead the offence with a pair of hits in two plate appearances, crossing the plate both times and also knocking in a run each. Jayden Babich was 1-for-1 with a pair of walks and two runs scored, Chloe Giraudier and Joelle Boechler each walked twice and scored two runs. Funke got the start for the Ice and tossed two solid innings, holding Regina without a baserunner while striking out four. Sophia Johnstone took over and surrendered four runs on four hits and struck out three before Aurora Wingenbach closed things out, giving up a run and striking out a pair. As one might expect with the late start to the season, there isn’t a lot of time off the diamond for the Ice squads – the Bantam A Ice were in Regina on Thursday, the Squirt B Ice hosted the Regina Lazers Black in a doubleheader on Friday with the Pee Wee A Ice also playing a doubleheader Friday at Optimist Park. The Squirt A Ice also hosted the Regina Lazers for a doubleheader on Sunday.

Brogan Bowes hit a one-out single to bring home Scott and Ernest, and then crossed the plate himself when Rhett Prior singled to right field. Prior would get to third on a wild pitch and passed ball, but the Canucks wouldn’t be able to bring home the tying run. Ernest would finish the game with a 4-for-4 night at the plate, scoring four runs, while Prior was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Skeoch would cross the plate twice, as did Scott. The Canucks are back in action Friday when they host White Butte.

First Nations Hockey League

Submitted by Travis Longman Exciting times could be ahead for male standard. Watson feels the league is more First Nations’ hockey players in the prov- important to First Nations’ people than ince. just playing the sport of hockey. “A league Several First Nations’ leaders from across like this I think can do things for us,” WatSaskatchewan met in Regina recently to son says. “Not everybody’s gonna play judiscuss forming a new hockey league. nior hockey or CIS hockey, but if they can Many questions were brought up at the play good hockey and just become good meeting such as how many teams & di- citizens through the sport of hockey then visions, where games will be contested & that’s a good thing as well.” who the league is open to. “The league has a lot of potential and by While these questions still need to be an- potential I don’t mean winning and losing, swered, Morley Watson, First Vice-Chief but the development of a lot of fine young of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous people,” Watson adds. “A lot of them go Nations in charge of Sports and Recre- on to get education, they come home and ation, was happy with the first meeting. help develop our communities and those He believes there could be 24-30 teams are the kind of people that we can build competing in the league. around and so I think this league will be Ochapowace, Cote, Keeseekoose, good because it is going to create opporGeorge Gordon, Peter Ballantyne, Yel- tunity.” lowquill,Little Pine,Ahtakakoop, and Lac Watson believes the league is needed for La Ronge were some of the communities First Nations people because of lack of represented at the meeting. Should the opportunity in neighbouring leagues. He league be formed there will likely be two finishes off by saying “The First Nation divisions. The league will be sanctioned people are going to take it upon themby the Saskatchewan Hockey Association. selves to do their own leagues, govern Watson says the reason for the formation their own league and structure their own of the new league is because First Nations leagues not only in southern Saskatchepeople are victims of systemic racism. wan but northern Saskatchewan as well.” “We have faced it many times, and you The league has the potential to be benecan only know that when your the one that ficial for First Nations’ people and comis facing the racism. If there is racism on munities in Saskatchewan. Time will tell the streets you know there Is going to be if it will get off the ground. The FSIN has racism in the board room and on the ice called a provincial-wide meeting of interested senior hockey clubs and authorities and so on and so forth.” The new league will have strict rules. to be held Sunday, July 19th in Saskatoon. Everyone involved will be held to a high

Pee Wee AAA Canucks drop back and forth contest Early comeback not quite enough as Buffaloes take 14-9 win in 13U action Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express If their first game of the season is any indication, the Moose Jaw Pee Wee AAA Canucks are going to be a hard out for any team they face this year. The 13-and-under squad fell behind early, rallied to take the lead in the third inning, but ultimately dropped a 14-9 decision to the Regina Buffalos in their season opener in Regina on Thursday. The Buffalos got off to a quick start, sending nine batters to the plate and scoring four runs in the opening frame. Moose Jaw would battle back, though, scoring a pair in the second inning and tacking on three more in the third to build a 5-4 edge. That lead wouldn’t last the inning, though, as Regina would again bat around in the bottom the third, scoring another five runs to go ahead 9-5. After the two teams exchanged single runs in the fourth, Moose Jaw kept the pressure

on in the sixth, crossing the plate twice to close within two 10-8, but another Buffalos four-spot in their half of the inning put things out of reach. A key to future success for the local team will be cleaning things up in the field – the Canucks made a total of seven errors on the night, with only eight of Regina’s 14 runs scored as earned. Owen Casada got the start and surrendered four runs on four hits in an inning of work before Rylan Caplette-Tarrant gave up three runs on a pair of hits in the second inning. Max Simmons – one of the standouts in the Moose Jaw Little League All-Stars run to nationals last season – tossed two innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on one hit while recording two strikeouts. Riley Cushway had the toughest luck on the night, giving up four runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings of work, but errors saw none of those runs scored as earned. Cameron Beisal threw five pitches to record the final out. Beisal also led the way at the plate, going 2-for-4 and scoring a pair of runs, while Janzen Lamey also crossed the plate twice. The Canucks are back in action Sunday when they travel to Estevan to face the Brewers in a doubleheader.

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6800. Please leave message. FOR RENT Adults Only. Self-contained 2 bedroom apt available now off street parking, private entrance with stove, fridge and microwave, all utilities included except power. Carpets in bedrooms, hallway and front room. Damage deposit of $790.00 required, rent $790.00 per month. No pets, smoking, or parties. More info call 306-693-3727 REAL ESTATE For sale by owner: small lot with mobile home 14’ x 65’, built by Nor Fab Homes Ltd, Fort MacLeod Al-berta. Living room 14’x16’. Kitchen/ dining area 14’x16’. Three bedroom & bathroom has bath, shower, sink, washer & dryer. Natural gas furnace. Kitchen has cooking range & fridge. Living room has large chesterfield with two Lazie Boys built in and large love seats with Lazie Boys. Total of four Lazie Boys. Also screened desk 10’x16’. And opened desk 8’x8’. And closed in deck 8’x8’. Very nice decks & driveway. Asking Price $28,500.00. Address 352 3rd Ave Chaplin, SK. Phone .306-684-6000. MISCELLANEOUS

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Senior Ladies Fastball League set to return to action First games of pandemic shortened schedule to begin July 20, five teams playing eight games into mid August Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Senior Ladies Fastball League is back in business. The local loop announced that with the large-scale re-opening of much of the province, a quick four-week schedule had been put into place, with games set to begin on Monday, July 20. Five teams will play this season – the perennial defending champion Park Hotel Colts, Hustlers and Heat alongside the Midget A Ice from the Moose Jaw and District Girls Fastball League and a crew from Assiniboia. Teams will play eight games through August 13, with all contests at the Caribou Heights diamonds. “There won’t be any playoffs or anything, it’s just a shortened season so we can get some games in,” said league organizer Caralie Wait. “It’ll be nice to get back on the field even though it’ll be different. I think we’ll still be able to have some competitive games, and even with the social distancing and things like that, I think people are just happy back doing

something physical and seeing people.” The first games on July 20 will see the Heat taking on the Colts at 6:30 p.m. and the Hustlers battling Assiniboia at 8:30 p.m. As one might expect, plenty of COVID-19 precautions will be in place, including social distancing and recording the contact information of any fans at the diamonds in order to facilitate contact tracing in case of an outbreak. Like every sport currently in the first stages of opening up and returning the play, dealing with the differences is all fine and dandy if it means everyone can get back in action. “We were debating whether or not we would go forward with the season, then just as a league we decided as a whole that this was kind of needed, even if just for our mental health,” Wait said with a laugh. “So we’ll go forward, and as long as there aren’t any changes in the current environment we’ll get some games in… If something happens, we’ll make some adjustments, but other than

that we’re good to go.” Other first-week games will see the Ice take on the Heat on Wednesday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m., with the Colts taking on Assiniboia at 6:30 The defending champion Park Hotel p.m. on July 23 Colts will be back to try to defend and the Ice bat- their title. tling the Hustlers at 8:30 p.m. that same night. For the full schedule and regular updates – including the Softball Saskatchewan guidelines for return to play – be sure to check out the Moose Jaw Senior Ladies Fastball League Facebook page.

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Moose Jaw lacrosse kicks off season with field lax development camp Around 60 players taking part in outdoor game as local organization makes adjustment to COVID-19 restrictions Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

Moose Jaw Lacrosse Association president Cody Nidesh kicks off the field lacrosse development camp on Thursday.

Players toss the ball around to kick off the field development camp.

Moose Jaw Mustangs coach Kyle Dalgarno and Lander University standout Quinn Ingalls lay out a plan for drill.

There was a time when the Moose Jaw Mustangs field lacrosse program was just as feared in the province as their box lacrosse squads. Provincial championships, appearances at nationals and players moving on to play the sport at a high level once they’d graduated from the local organization was the norm. Over the years, though, box lacrosse became the focus. And for the better part of a decade, the outdoor version of the sport has largely been an afterthought. That’s all changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the myriad of provincial restrictions in place for safety reasons, the Moose Jaw Lacrosse Association decided to put a focus on the field game this season, given the ability to gather outdoors with fewer concerns than would be in place otherwise. The first of their field lacrosse development camps took place last Thursday night at 1996 Summer Games Park, drawing around 60 players across five age divisions as well as a senior team. “It looks good, we’re excited to get going finally,� said MJLAX president Cody Nidesh. “Things are starting to fall into place and as we go we kind of hope the restrictions loosen up and we can kind of advance our gameplan and even pick up some more registrations.� The organization is fortunate in that there are a handful of coaches and current players in the community with strong backgrounds in the game. That includes former field standouts Kyle Dalgarno and Frankie Davalos along with current player Quinn

Players listen to the layout of a drill during the field lacrosse camp Thursday.

Ingalls, who is back home after playing his first season with NCAA Division II Lander University. “Kyle has been coaching our box lacrosse teams the last few years, but he has a passion for the field game, field is where his background really is,â€? Nidesh said. “Then Frankie went out to B.C. to play on scholarship back in the day, and of course there’s Quinn‌ just even for the mentorship side of things, too, having guys like that who have that kind of background for the kids to look up to, that’s important and really nice to have.â€? The current format is as it sounds: development of the field game and learning how to play a sport that’s substantially different from the indoor version. Whether that turns into games of some sort is still up in the air, but definitely a potential. “Obviously we’d like to get there, but for now we’ve advertised as a field lacrosse development camp, so we’ll go down that path first, and we have plans in place to adjust accordingly as things change,â€? Nidesh said. The overall goal is to get things back to where they were in the past, when the likes of Sask Lacrosse Hall of Famer Ken Stewart, former professional field player David Mitchell, Dalgarno and Davalos were contending for provincial titles on the regular. “Part of growing the game is building a succes-


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BRENT DOUGLAS NORMAN August 24th, 1967 - July 2nd, 2020 It is with great sadness that our family announces the peaceful passing of Brent Douglas Norman, aged 52 years of Moose Jaw, SK on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2020 after enduring a long battle with his health. Brent was born in Moose Jaw, SK and grew up on the family farm located just south of Moose Jaw. Brent attended SIAST where he received his Diploma in Electronic Engineering Technology. His career eventually took him to Regina where he spent many years working for SCN before he moved back to the family farm. Brent will be fondly remembered for his gentle nature, willingness to help family and friends, and especially for his uncanny wit and dry sense of humour. Brent is survived by his parents, Ken and Doreen Norman; siblings, Duane Norman (Lana) and Shauna Belsher (Glen); niece, Heather Belsher; as well as by his aunt, Janice Myron. A Private Family Interment will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Andrew Pratt Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome. com

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ERIC HOLT May 28th, 1942 – July 2nd, 2020 It is with great sadness the family of Eric Vernon Holt announce his passing. Eric passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 at his home in Moose Jaw, SK with his family by his side. Eric was born in Bengough, Saskatchewan on May 28th, 1942 to Henrik and Vera Holt. He was the third child of nine in the Holt family. He married Doris Marie Holt (nÊe: VanAlstyne) in 1969. Eric and Doris raised three children, two sons and a daughter. Eric had an incredible zest for life. He had a smile on his face and a willingness and passion to talk to anyone. He was an extremely proud father and grandfather to eight grandchildren. Eric was an avid sports fan and was always his children and grandchildren’s biggest fan. His competitive nature definitely came through at any hockey arena, ball diamond, or gymnasium, as anyone who sat near him can attest to. After receiving his Agriculture degree from University of Saskatchewan in 1966, Eric began his career with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool in Canora, SK. In 1971 he moved back to Bengough to farm, but several years later in 1984, returned to work with the Wheat Pool in Porcupine Plain, Oxbow, and one final stop in Moose Jaw before retiring in 2000. Eric’s farming background was evident in the love of his yard. He was super meticulous and took great pride knowing he had the best lawn on the block. Eric is survived by his loving wife of fifty years, Doris; children: Lindsay (Linda, Teagan, Dawson, Paris), Kelsey (Erin, Harper, Henrik, Emerson), and Tammy (Marvin, Rees, Maryn); brothers: Neal, Keith, Dennis, and Wayne; sisters, Margaret, Shirley, and Karen; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Eric was predeceased by his parents, Henrik and Vera Holt and his brother, Garry. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. Braun and the entire Palliative Home Care Team in Moose Jaw. Their care and compassion was incredible and so appreciated as it allowed Eric to remain at home until his passing. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions in place in Saskatchewan, a Private Family Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Eric’s name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 1910 McIntyre St, Regina, SK S4P 2R3. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Andrew Pratt Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.

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HESHKA We are deeply saddened by the loss of our mother, Elsie Helen Heshka (nee Marteniuc). Predeceased by her mother, Zenovia and father, Nicholas, her husband, Steve; son, Wayne; brother, John (Fern); sister, Jenny (Tom); son-in-law, Don as well as sisters-in-law and brothers-in law. Mom will be greatly missed by her daughters, Beverly and Cheryl; son, John; sister, Minnie Mikula; daughterin-law, Maria; grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many other members of her extended family. Mom was one of four children born in a small house on Maple Street in Moose Jaw and as a young woman worked as a waitress at the Exchange CafĂŠ when she met her husband Steve. Soon after marrying in 1941, the happy couple moved a farmhouse they purchased to Home Street, a block south of where she was born. It was here where she lived and dedicated her life to her husband and children for over five decades. Mom was a dedicated member of the community and known as an avid gardener, crocheter and devoted member of St. Michaels and All Angels Church. She was also an excellent baker and cook, teaching many women in the neighbourhood how to make pierogies and was infamous for flipping large roasters of these delicious bites to coat them in butter and onions. She faced a number of health challenges over the course of her life and met each with resilience and grace. She will be remembered by many as a gentle, generous, and grateful person who right until the end, always extended thanks to any expression of kindness given to her. Over the years, Mom specifically noted the kindheartedness provided to her by Mike Dubin, Mary Tkach and Dr. Hugo and his wife. On behalf of the family, we are also profoundly grateful for the care provided by the remarkable team at Extendicare with a few of mom’s favorites being Alex, Debbie, Bryce, Sienna, Cosette, Regina, and Sandra. Written in a note by Mom before she passed‌ “I’m so thankful I’ve been blessed with a wonderful family. To my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, thanks for all the things you all have done for me through all the years. If roses grow in heaven Lord, please pick a bunch for us Place them in mother’s arms, and tell her they are from us Tell her we miss and love her, and when she turns to smile Place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for a while.â€? A Private Family Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered to St Aidan’s Church. 124-1st Ave, NE. Moose Jaw, SK S6H 0A9. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. James Murdock, Funeral Director, 306-693-4550, www.moosejawfuneralhome. com.

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COVID-19: What’s cancelled and closed in Moose Jaw The following is a running list of groups, businesses, and organizations that have been closed or cancelled upcoming events due to concerns about COVID-19. Moose Jaw Express staff will be updating this list as needed. If you would like your notice added to this list, contact us at For information about the status of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, or for more information on symptoms and preventative measures, check Saskatchewan is now in the last part of Phase Four of the ReOpen Saskatchewan Plan. Public gatherings are still limited to 30 people, and Public Health highly encourages all residents to continue practicing social distancing and hand hygiene. Education: All schools in Saskatchewan, from pre-kindergarten to high school will be returning to in-class education in September, provided that there is no surge of COVID-19 cases in the province. Guidelines for this return are now available. Saskatchewan Polytechnic has cancelled all programming and classes on campus but online courses and alternative delivery options are available. All non-essential events are also cancelled. Campuses remain open but with limited services. The University of Regina will be providing instruction from a distance for the remainder of the semester. Organizations: SARCAN has reopened to commercial and bulk customers by appointment only. Recycling services for the general public have resumed, although the Drop n’ Go service has been temporarily suspended as staff work to catch up. SGI has reopened office branches to the public and asks that customers adhere to safety regulations when visiting in person. Road tests have also resumed by appointment only, and drivers are asked to wait in their cars upon arrival for their examination. SGI is available to contact by phone at 1 (306) 691-4570 or by email at Riverside Mission has suspended its daily lunch program until further notice, but is still providing supper service with increased safety protocols. The shelter is also not taking leftover food donations or clothing donations at this time, and men’s emergency shelter capacity has been reduced from 10 beds to 4 beds only available to Saskatchewan residents. The Western Development Museum will remain closed to the public until further safety guidelines are developed. Virtual summer camps began on July 13. The Wakamow Valley Authority office is closed to the public, with staff available to contact by phone at 1 (306) 692-2717 or email at Campsite booking is now available. The Moose Jaw Police Service is suspending some services such as criminal record checks, inspection tickets and civilian fingerprinting until further notice. The building on Fairford St. is now open to the public, with a limit of three individuals in the lobby at a time. MJPS asks individuals to still call the service ahead of visiting the lobby, at 1 (306) 694-7600. City Hall is reopening to the public on July 20 with limited hours, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m on Monday through Friday. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place, including screening of visitors and sign-in procedures. Free parking at downtown metres remains in effect. The Festival of Words office is closed to the public, but can be contacted by phone at 1 (306) 691-0557 or by email. The Tourism Moose Jaw office is now open to the public everyday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All cadet activities with the #1856 Moose Jaw Schools Cadet Corps Royal Canadian Army Cadets, the #40 Snowbird Royal Canadian Air Cadets, and the #99 Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps Assiniboine have been cancelled until August 31. The Moose Jaw Elks Lodge No. 7 has cancelled its Friday meat draws and Wednesday night dart league until further notice. The Moose Jaw branch of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles is now open at half-capacity. Meat draws have resumed, while pool and darts will not be resuming yet. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 59 is now open, with veterans coffee on Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m. and the lounge open on Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Meat draws, darts, pool, and shuffleboard will not be resuming at this time. All COVID-19 guidelines will be followed. All places of worship in the city are allowed to resume services with capacity limited to one-third of available seating, up to 150 people. The Moose Jaw Multicultural Council office is open for inperson meetings with settlement workers by appointment only. Phone and video appointments are still preferred, if possible. Staff and settlement workers are still available to contact through phone at 1 (306) 693-4677, by calling the Newcomer Centre at 1 (306) 692-6892 or through other digital communication. The Moose Jaw & District Senior Association has closed Timothy Eaton Gardens and Timothy Eaton Cafe until further notice. The Cosmo Centre began some activities in a limited capacity. Shuffleboard has resumed on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and pickleball on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 1 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. The TOPS program will also return every Wednesday at 8 a.m., beginning July 1. Members will be required to register in advance for all activities and bring their own masks to maintain safety protocols. Contact 1 (306) 692-6072 for more information or to register. The Moose Jaw Public Library will remain closed to the public until further guidelines are developed. Material lending services have resumed using a pick-up format, and library programming is still being offered virtually until further notice. To learn more about the curbside pickup service or to request items for pickup, contact the branch at 1 (306) 692-2787, by email at, by messaging the Moose Jaw Public Library Facebook page, or through the live chat option on the website.

The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery will remain closed until further guidelines are determined. All events and programs during this time will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date. Youth summer art programs will be delivered virtually, with registration available online at Programs have begun. Grief support groups from Jones-Parkview Funeral Home have resumed. Prairie Hearts Quilters Guild are cancelling meetings until further notice, and the General Meeting will be postponed until a later date. Bel Coro Community Choir has cancelled meetings until further notice. Girl Guides meetings and events have been cancelled until further notice. Girl Guide cookies are available for purchase from Canadian Tire, both online and in-store for pick-up. The Moose Jaw Humane Society is open to the public for adoptions, cremations, and volunteer activities. Visits to the shelter are being taken by appointment, by contacting staff at 1 (306) 692-1517. SCRAPS has reopened its 9 Lives Boutique at the Town ‘n’ Country Mall on Fridays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Patrons can also order items from the boutique for delivery or in-store pick-up, and donate to the Trap, Neuter, and Release program directly by contacting SCRAPS. The Moose Jaw Genealogical Society has cancelled their monthly meetings at the Moose Jaw Public Library until further notice. Joe’s Place Youth Centre is closed to the public and is only offering online programs until further notice. Moose Jaw Families for Change has cancelled all upcoming community events and has postponed regular programming. The MJFFC is sharing some virtual programming through its Facebook page. Questions can be directed to MJFFC at 1 (306) 693-2271. Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum is currently not open for the season, and will be cancelling all summer events for the time being. Sports and Recreation: Gyms and fitness centres have reopened. Yara Centre has begun offering outdoor fitness classes and summer day camps, and the fitness centre and walking track will reopen to the public on Aug. 10. The skateboard park, BMX bike park, and basketball courts operated by the City of Moose Jaw are available for use, provided social distance precautions are taken. All playgrounds, spray parks, and beaches in the city reopened to the public, provided that safety precautions and restrictions on group sizes laid out by public health are followed. The Kinsmen Sportsplex remains closed until further notice. The Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool will not be open this summer. All city paddling pools will not be open this summer. Golf courses, including the Lynbrook Golf Course and Hillcrest Golf Course in Moose Jaw, are now taking bookings both online and by phone. Tee-times are in full swing. Please call the golf clubs for any additional information. Moose Jaw Minor Hockey office is closed to the public and can be reached by email at Registration for the 2020-21 season is now open until Sept. 1. The Western Canadian Baseball League has cancelled the 2020 season. Cheer Infinity Athletics has returned to in-gym classes and workshops, and also continues to offer Virtual classes for the whole family. Classes are open to members and nonmembers in Beginner and Advanced Dance, tumbling drills, stretch, flexibility, conditioning and Ninja training. Email info@ today for more information on how to register. Special Olympics Saskatchewan will be offering limited activities throughout the summer, in select communities. The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins has cancelled all training until further notice. The Moose Jaw Soccer Association will begin it’s outdoor season on July 20, with COVID-19 precautions in place. Registration is now open with limited space, anyone who registered before the shutdown is still registered. The Moose Jaw Tennis Club has reopened it’s outdoor courts, as per provincial guidelines for outdoor recreation. Lawn Bowling has resumed for the 2020 season. Play is limited to ten players on the greens at one time. Social distancing precautions will be strictly enforced. To reserve your time on a rink, call 1 (306) 313-4434. The 2020 Saskatchewan Summer Games in Lloydminster have been postponed until July 2021. The Canadian Football League announced that the 2020 Grey Cup will not be hosted in Regina this year and instead will take place in the city of whichever team qualifies for the final and has the best season record, provided that the 2020 CFL season is allowed to take place at all. Currently, CFL organizers are looking at a September start, with the Grey Cup pushed back to December. The Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame has cancelled its 2020 induction ceremony and banquet in the fall, and will not be adding any new hall of fame inductees this year. The Moose Jaw Trap and Skeet Club is open for the season, with shooting available on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. More information about the club can be found on their Facebook page, or by calling Nolan at 1 (306) 694-8093. The Prairie Gold Lacrosse League, which includes Moose Jaw senior and junior teams, has cancelled the season this summer. The Moose Jaw Lacrosse Association is hosting a shortened outdoor season. Registration is now available online. The Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame 36th Annual Induction will be held on Oct. 3 in Battleford. For information call 1 (306) 446-1983 or email

Events: Movie theatres, live theatres, art galleries, museums, and libraries are allowed to reopen, although some in Moose Jaw are not doing so and patrons should check with individual venues before visiting. All Cultural Centre events have been rescheduled, and the venue is closed to the public. The Box Office can be reached during regular operating hours at 1 (306) 693-4700 or info@ The Moose Jaw Public Library is now offering virtual programming while the building is physically closed to the public. Upcoming events include the Teen Ebook Club on July 14 at 2:30 p.m., Virtual Storytime with local children’s author Della Bartzen on July 15 at 10 a.m., Teen Digital Dungeons and Dragons on July 15 at 6:30 p.m., and the Virtual Book Club on July 28 at 7 p.m.. Teen events will be hosted on Discord and adult events on Zoom, and the links to join the events can be found on the library’s website. The Good Food Box from Hunger in Moose Jaw will not be available in July and August, and will resume in September. Contact Hunger in Moose Jaw at 1 (306) 692-1916 for more details. The Moose Jaw Homegrown Farmers Market is back on Langdon Crescent every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Wednesday evenings from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Precautions are in place for entrances & exits, and there will be plenty of room for social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be made available. The Moose Jaw Health Foundation has cancelled the Concerts in the Park series July and August. The children’s summer parks program from the City of Moose Jaw Parks and Recreation Department are being delivered using take-home activity kits, made available in neighbourhoods around the city. Registration is available online. Family Day at the Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum, usually held in July, is cancelled. The Festival of Words will no longer be taking place inperson, but will instead move to a virtual platform on July 13-19. Attendance will also be free, but organizers encourage donations to help keep the festival running. Registration opened on June 15. Andino Suns will be playing at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre on July 18, as part of the 2020 Festival of Words lineup. A limited number of tickets are available to attend the show inperson, by contacting either the Festival of Words or the Cultural Centre. The Gateway Music Festival in Bengough on July 24-26 has been cancelled. Ticket holders may contact organizers at for ticket refunds, or they can choose to donate this year’s ticket to the festival or hold onto it for the 2021 festival. Brickspo at the Western Development Museum on July 2526 has been postponed to a later, undetermined date. The annual Legion Fun Day at the end of July is cancelled. The Moose Jaw Soap Box Derby in August has been cancelled. The annual Threshing Bee at the Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum on Sept. 12-13 is tentatively cancelled this year. The 2020 Terry Fox Run in Moose Jaw will take place virtually on Sept. 20. Register online at The 50th annual Canadian Western Agribition in Regina on Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 has been postponed until Nov. 22-27, 2021. Businesses/Facilities: Clinics that provide services in dentistry, physical therapy, opticians, podiatry, occupational therapy, and chiropractic services have reopened regular services to clients. Retail businesses are now open, in addition to personal services such as hairdressers, massage therapists, acupuncturists, tattoo artists, manicurists, estheticians, and more. Childcare facilities are now open, with prior guidelines still in place. The Saskatchewan Health Authority is phasing in health services, including an increase in certain surgeries and diagnostic imaging, immunizations, and mental health services. Visitors are still not allowed in any hospitals, clinics, or continuing care facilities operated by the Saskatchewan Health Region. Some exceptions may be made for compassionate reasons, such as family visiting a patient at end of life care, or family of patients prior to major surgery. All community gatherings at SHA-operated facilities are on hold, as are volunteer services from those over the age of 65. Acute longer-term care, personal care or group homes are now allowing in-person visits from up to two identified support individuals or family members. The Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital Gift Shop and Canteen are closed until further notice. Casinos Moose Jaw and Regina are now open, with reduced hours from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the week, in addition to other COVID-19 safety precautions such as visitor screening, reduced capacity, and staggered seating availability. Gaming services are limited to slot machines at this time, with live tables closed until further notice. Leisure Time Bingo is open, with a reduced capacity of 70 people at a time. Doors will open at 11 a.m. There is no late night program running at this time. The Tunnels of Moose Jaw is closed, but can be contacted by phone at 1 (306) 693-5261 or email at info@tunnelsofmoosejaw. com. The Moose Jaw Exhibition Company has cancelled all upcoming events for the time being, and will not be accepting drop-in, overnight, or new tenants on the grounds until further notice. Restaurants: Restaurants, lounges, bars, and nightclubs are open at full capacity, following physical distancing guidelines.

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Carla O’Reilly, local author and motivational speaker, has spent the last ten years sharing her journey with mental illness and now she’s hoping to see her most recent book give back to the community by supporting a local non-profit awareness group. O’Reilly has chosen to donate $1 from every sale of her most recent self-help book, titled Turn on the Switch, to local suicide awareness group Journey to Hope — a group that helped O’Reilly during her toughest times in battling postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. “It’s an organization near and dear to my heart because when I struggled with my own mental health crisis about ten years ago, [they] were instrumental in supporting me,” said O’Reilly. She specifically feels grateful for the partnership she formed with Journey to Hope chairperson Della Ferguson, who also worked with O’Reilly in launching her motivational initiative The Smiling Mask. “We are so honoured that Carla chose to partner with us, in donating to Journey to Hope Moose Jaw,” said Ferguson. “Her work is so vital in mental health awareness, especially maternal mental health, and we’re just so happy to support her work and have her support ours likewise.” Turn on the Switch is O’Reilly’s third published book, and it focuses on providing 15 wellness tools that are applicable to a number of mental illnesses and self-confidence struggles.

Author Carla O’Reilly (L) with Journey to Hope chairperson Della Ferguson (R). Advocacy for mental health is the cornerstone of O’Reilly’s message, and so she wanted to do something for her community that puts the topic in the spotlight. “I did struggle with suicide and now that I’ve come out the other side and become a mental health advocate, I feel like it’s important to give back to the community,” said O’Reilly. Journey to Hope works within Moose Jaw to not only provide supports to those touched by suicide but also to offer free mental health and suicide awareness training, among a number of other initiatives. Donations such as O’Reilly’s help to provide those supports, including mental

health screening for all students grade 8 and up in the Moose Jaw school divisions, specialty training for frontline healthcare workers, and the Journey to Hope youth chapter and its ongoing projects. O’Reilly is also hoping to share Turn on the Switch with more people, as many are likely feeling a strain on their mental health due to COVID-19 and the quarantine. “We know that mental health issues are on the rise, due to isolation and the fear people are going through, and so I want to get people reading this book because it talks about the power of positive thoughts and setting goals, things you can do to help

yourself,” said O’Reilly. In addition to offering the book to order on her website, O’Reilly is hoping to see shool divisions use Turn on the Switch to local high schools, potentially as part of the curriculum to encourage the conversation about mental wellbeing with young adults. She also encourages companies to consider sharing Turn on the Switch with employees, as part of mental health wellness training. Overall, O’Reilly hopes to see her donation do some good in the community, as her goal is just to open the conversation about mental health and offer a form of support to those in need. “I don’t want people to have to hit rock bottom before they get help. I want them to be proactive, especially if they’re struggling with a mental illness, that they know they can ask for help,” said O’Reilly. “I want to show people that I am proof that you can transform your life. [If] you’re struggling with suicide, take a look at my story and see that you have the power.” Turn on the Switch is available to purchase from O’Reilly’s website, or by reaching out to her through email at carlajoreilly@ or on the Turn on the Switch Facebook page. For more information about Journey to Hope or to request a copy of Turn on the Switch, contact the group by email at or visit the Journey to Hope Facebook page and website.

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