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Prince Arthur School Federated Co-operative Limited has given a Moose Jaw organization $45,000 to help educate students and the community about the environment and the health of watersheds. The Moose Jaw River Watershed Stewards (MJRWS) will use the money from the Coop Community Spaces Program to install a food farm and pollinator’s garden on the north side of Prince Arthur School at 640 Stadacona Street East. “It’s fantastic. We are all very excited about (the funding),” said Carmen Kaweski, manager of MJRWS. The food farm will focus on growing perennial plants, fruit trees and annual plants to help feed the community and provide for the school’s food program, she explained. The pollinator garden will be near the school grounds and will have picnic tables for students, a garden to attract bees, bats and birds, and structures to house bats.

“For the whole garden, we want to promote biodiversity and promote pollinators,” she added. The Moose Jaw River Watershed Stewards began speaking with school administrators about this project in January. The organization wanted to ensure it was educating youths within the watershed about what it does, including about watershed health and protecting the environment. “This was just a really nice project to do with the school. They were really interested in doing a community garden,” said Kaweski. The organization was also looking for an interactive and educational space for the community, so it hoped that through the garden, it could promote important concepts, she continued. Such concepts include storm drain health, water contamination, efficient water use, climate use adaptation and food

security, biodiversity, organic food production, and composting. Kaweski believes the organization can undertake many activities using the interactive area to teach students and the community about those concepts. The Moose Jaw River Watershed Stewards hopes the community adopts the gardens as its own and helps it grow, she added. The organization wants this initiative to be a grassroots-driven space. The Co-op Community spaces Program provided nearly $1 million in funding to 17 projects across the country, according to a news release. Since 20125, the program has provided $9.5 million to 132 projects in the categories of recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture. More information about the program is at communityspaces.ca.

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Sask. residents encouraged to be prepared as severe weather season continues Saskatchewan is always the land of the living skies, but that moniker rings even more true during big thunderstorms like those that sweep through Saskatchewan during the summer months. Weather experts are reminding residents that being prepared for severe weather is always a good idea — and that storms can be very dangerous. Assiniboia and Glenbain saw tornadoes touch down and wreak havoc recently while large portions of Saskatchewan also experienced hail, lightning and plough winds that caused serious damage. Winds even reached over 140 kilometres per hour, according to Terri Lang, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, and some regions saw hail as large as baseballs. Storm enthusiasts lit up the #SKStorm hashtag on Twitter during this storm, sharing photos of lightning, funnel clouds, and damage caused by wind and hail. According to Lang, the province can expect more severe weather on the horizon, as storm season is just getting started. “We are in the heart of severe weather season,” said Lang. “This is the time of year when we do get the most storms, [and] people shouldn’t be surprised when there is severe weather.” Storm season stretches from the end of May all the way to the middle of August. June and July usually see the most activity, said Lang, as crops dry out and release moisture into the air that helps stir up the tension. But wild weather is hardly a surprise to most Saskatchewanians, as the province tends to be a hotbed for severe weather activity in the summer and many folks even enjoy stepping outside to witness the wild skies as storms roll in. “I think as Saskatchewanians, we love thunderstorms and most people love

Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express watching them because they’re quite fascinating,” said Lang. “But it is important to do that safely.” The first step to being prepared for severe weather is to be aware, said Lang. Saskatchewan weather can be unpredictable, with patterns constantly changing and shifting, and so Lang recommends staying up to date on your local forecast — including storm watches and warnings. For many, the most convenient way to stay up to date is likely on their cell phone, where weather apps can push weather warnings right into your palm as they occur. Lang recommended downloading WeatherCAN, Environment Canada’s mobile app that provides up-to-date weather alerts based on your phone’s location, as well as SaskAlert. Both mobile apps issue severe weather warnings as they evolve A large thunderstorm brewing over the prairie could bring with it a number of and are an easy way to know if you may dangerous weather conditions. (photo by Larissa Kurz) be in the storm zone. She also explained that hearing about items that could potentially blow away and in between yourself and outside, especially if you don’t have a basement or interior a thunderstorm watch is the signal to cause damage, and take cover indoors. room without windows,” said Lang. “Plough winds can produce just as much be alert, while a thunderstorm warning It’s important to take action sooner rather damage as tornadoes [and] lightning kills means it’s time to get inside and take than later, continued Lang, as the majoriand injures more Canadians than any othsome cover. ty of deaths or injuries in storms actually er type of severe weather,” said Lang. “If you’re forecast is saying, ‘risk of seoccur either before the rainstorm or shortLightning can travel as far as 10 to 20 kivere storm,’ that should make your ears ly after. Lang recommends taking cover lometres away from the heart of the storm perk up a bit,” said Lang. “Then when we inside as soon as a storm approaches and and often occurs before the rain even beissue a warning, be it a thunderstorm or a waiting at least 30 minutes after a storm gins. tornado warning, it’s time to take action.” finishes before heading back outside. “If you can see lightning and hear thunThe next step to severe weather preparedOverall, the most important piece of adder, that’s when it’s time to seek shelter ness is actually Environment Canada’s vice is to have a plan and stay aware of because when you can see it, it can find mantra: “when thunder roars, go indoors.” brewing storm activity. you,” said Lang. While most people know to find cover when a tornado is imminent, Lang re- When taking cover for any kind of severe “It’s sort of a luck of the draw, where minded residents that lightning, hail and weather incident, Lang recommends find- the severe weather hits and where all the ing a place in your home or the nearest things come together, [so storms] can be plough winds can be just as dangerous. While Saskatchewan is located in what building away from any windows, in the very localized,” said Lang. “But this is many call Tornado Alley, plough winds interior of the building — such as base- going to go on for at least another month, have actually become more common. The ments, crawl spaces, or bathrooms. Seek- so people should be prepared, whether best thing to do if a plough wind seems ing shelter in a vehicle works as well, pro- they’re camping out on the lake, at the cottage or at home.” to be brewing is to put away any outdoor vided that it is enclosed. “You want to put as many walls as you can

SGI sees record-setting year for driving safety

Lowest number of fatalities ever recorded on Saskatchewan roads; SGI Canada growth targets achieved ahead of schedule Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

SGI logo The news was all good for SGI when they tabled their annual report in the provincial Legislature. Not only are things rosy from a financial perspective, the provincial auto insurance plan reported the lowest number of fatalities ever record in Saskatchewan. The province has officially exceeded the five-year target of a 30 per cent reduction in injuries and fatalities on roads in Saskatchewan a full year ahead of schedule, with the original plan to see that level of improvement by 2020-21. Compared to the baseline set in 2015, injuries dropped nearly half – 45 per cent – to a total of 3,850 while fatalities were down 56 per cent to 71. The number of deaths is the lowest ever recorded in Saskatchewan since data tracking started in 1951. “In 2019, there were historic lows in the number of deaths

and injuries on Saskatchewan roads, and the number of people killed as a result of impaired driving deaths was 61 per cent lower than the average over the previous decade,” Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said. “While the people of Saskatchewan deserve much of the credit, SGI’s work alongside partners in government, law enforcement, and community organizations has made a significant contribution toward changing driving habits and improving safety on our roads.” The Saskatchewan Auto Fund – the mandatory vehicle insurance program administered by SGI – also had a solid year. Some of the highlights include: • $889.3 million in claims; • $962.7 million in gross premium written; • $151.5 million in discounts to customers through the Safe Driver Recognition (SDR) and Business Recognition programs; • $29.3 million net storm claims. SGI Canada – which sells property and casualty insurance throughout western Canada – reached a target of $1 billion in direct premiums written, exceeding the plan to

reach that level by next year. “This Saskatchewan-based company has a significant presence throughout the country and is maintaining that profitable growth within a market of tough competitors,” Hargrave said. Highlights for SGI Canada include. • $49.9 million net income, with a return on equity of 11.4 per cent pre-tax; • $54.3 million dividend to government; • $22.7 million in investment earnings; • $1 billion in direct premiums written, including $418.9 million (42 per cent) written outside Saskatchewan, achieving SGI CANADA’s goal of 40 per cent one year ahead of target; • $32.5 million in storm claims (all provinces). SGI Canada now has 970,000 customers across Canada, with a series of technology improvements helping boost that number. The organization recently introduced a data feedback tool to evaluate customer experience as well as technology to allow brokers to exchange data in real time to quote, submit and issue policies. For more information, visit www.sgi.sk.ca.


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SaskTel net income hits $119.8 million for 2019-20 Wireless adoption, wireline growth services among key impacts as revenue grows $5.8 million from last fiscal year Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

SaskTel showed a net income of $119.8 million and $5.8 million in revenue growth in 2019-20. All those SaskTel phone, internet and television bills you paid over the last year has led to some very good news for the crown corporation. Recently SaskTel released their financial information, recording a net income of $119.8 million over the 2019-20 fiscal year, revenue growth of $5.8 million and operating revenues of $1.28 billion. That revenue largely came through their wireless network services and equipment revenue (44.9 per cent), maxTV service, internet and data (29.4 per cent), and local access, enhanced services, and long distance (15.2

per cent). “SaskTel’s strategic priorities place their customers at the centre of everything they do with a goal of making it easier for customers to do business with the company and for employees to serve customers,” Minister Responsible for SaskTel Don Morgan said. “Throughout the year, SaskTel invested approximately $263 million in capital improvements across the province to continue to prepare its networks for future demand and to deliver a quality user experience for the people of Saskatchewan.” The windfall saw SaskTel pay dividends of $107.2 million to the Crown Investment Corporation, an increase of $9.1 million from last year and increasing the total dividend payout the last five years to $373.4 million. With things as positive as they are, SaskTel continues to make improvements to its internet band with and network infrastructure. That includes investing $262.9 million to improve coverage, capacity, reliability, and speed of its networks. A total of $228.4 million was spent on property and equipment, including wireless networks, Access Demand, and other network improvements while the remaining $34.5 million (2018-19 – $28.9 million) was spent on assets such as customer self-serve systems, accounting reporting systems and the wireless spectrum. That’s all led to a wireline network that offers internet services in 459 communities, with 319 of those having

speeds of 50 Mbps or faster. SaskTel has also greatly expanded it’s fibre network, connecting 16,000 customers to its infiNET service, a 57 per cent increase over the original target for the past year. “As we enter a new decade, we find ourselves on the cusp of monumental change in our industry as digital, webbased, and emerging technologies continue to reshape the way we operate and interact with our customers, vendors and other partners,” SaskTel President and CEO Doug Burnett said. “We recognize that we must evolve our business to support customers’ shifting expectations and to continue providing exceptional service in a digital world. Digital transformation continues to be the main driver reshaping customer and employee experiences across our business.” The corporation also continued its philanthropic ventures, contributing $2,850,827 to 957 non-profit and charitable organizations, community associations, venues, events, and partnerships in more than 233 communities. The SaskTel Pioneers also contributed $206,273 in financial donations, $983,700 in-kind donations, and more than 42,000 hours. SaskTel employees raised over $165,000 through SaskTel TelCare and along with SaskTel’s commitment to match 50 per cent of each donation, the total reached nearly $248,000.

“He’s such a great kid:” family of Moose Jaw teen with terminal brain cancer in need of help Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express

Jacob Lesperance, 19, was first diagnosed with brain cancer in the spring of 2015 at the age of 14. (supplied by Michelle Lesperance) Jacob Lesperance was first diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in May of 2015 and after a period of remission, he and his family are once again facing the reality of his terminal illness. Doctors first diagnosed Jacob’s medulloblastoma, the most common cancerous brain tumour in children, when he was 14 years old. “It was a Mandarin orange-sized brain tumour in the back of the skull and the medulla area, and I was told he might not make it to Saskatoon on the plane ride [to the hospital],” said Michelle Lesperance, Jacob’s mother. After two surgeries, where doctors were able to remove the cancerous tumour, Jacob underwent chemotherapy and radiation to treat his cancer. His cancer-free remission period lasted two years, but in April of 2018, doctors discovered that Jacob had developed two more tumours in his brain and all the way down his spine. “They sent his file to Toronto Children’s Hospital because the way it had metastasized had never been seen before. It was unprecedented,” said Michelle. “His next MRI showed he had another four, so six [tumours] by the end of May.” At that time in 2018, Jacob received a terminal diagnosis of three to six months to live. Now, two years later, Michelle and her son have tried a few different kinds of palliative therapy to help Jacob with his symptoms and the concept of ‘management’ has become their daily routine.

The decisive point of Jacob’s story occurred earlier this spring, when he was scheduled for an MRI but the COVID-19 pandemic struck and cancelled his appointment. “He’s such a humble and caring person that when they phoned to redo it, he said, ‘Mom, we already know they’re growing so maybe we should let somebody else have the spot,’” said Michelle. But shortly after, Jacob’s symptoms worsened — including nausea, throwing up, dizziness, headache and blurry vision. Following an emergency MRI on July 7, it became clear that Jacob’s cancer had spread even further, with at least six new tumours on his spine and one in the eye chasm. The news was upsetting for both Michelle and Jacob, especially as doctors seem to have few answers for the family on what to do next. Jacob’s entire journey has been very difficult for his entire family, including his five siblings, but Michelle said her son hasn’t lost any of his caring personality. “When he first got cancer, he said he was glad it was him and not any of his other siblings, which is such a testament to his character,” said Michelle. “And in the recovery room after his surgery, he offered this girl who had a seizure his cookies, and that’s [who he is]. He’s a great kid. “He really loves his music, from all different eras. I’ll go into his room and he’s listening to the Beatles, he has such a range of different music,” she continued. “He’s very intuitive, a kind and caring and loving kid.” Michelle’s close friend Erin Curry decided to start a GoFundMe for the family to help with the financial strain that Michelle is feeling during this time. With COVID-19 limiting other types of local fundraisers, Michelle feels like the online fundraiser is a blessing. “It’s tough because it’s hard to ask people for help constantly,” said Michelle. “And it’s hard to get the word out there, and with everybody going through what they’re going through [with the pandemic], it’s difficult.” COVID-19 has been tough on Michelle’s family overall, although she was already living a life of isolation long before the pandemic, as cancer patients like Jacob are immuno-compromised and very susceptible to illness. “What everybody’s had to do [lately] is what I’ve had to do for five years to protect my son from a common cold,” said Michelle. “I was vinegar-ing tables and hand-sanitizing

grocery carts before it was cool.” The GoFundMe goal is $5,000, with just over $3,000 raised at the time of publishing. Michelle said that the funds raised will help her take care of her family while she provides endof-life care for Jacob. “That’s the reality of terminal brain cancer. You have to try and keep your spirits up because it’s very difficult to mourn the loss of somebody who is still here. You want to provide the best end-of-life care that you can, but when you can’t do anything financially, you’re so limited,” said Michelle. “Even $10 is helpful right now [and] there’s end-of-life arrangements to take care of as well, [so] there’s a few thousand dollars worth of things I have to take care of after too,” she continued. Michelle has already been on the receiving end of some Moose Jaw kindness, with people helping her out with donations — including various gestures of support from Band City Auto Sales, Hillcrest Church, and Main Street Dental — and she’s grateful for every effort. “There’s been a lot of people with little gestures, but they’re actually huge and they’ve made a great impression to me, that stranger would help a kid so much,” said Michelle. “I wanted to thank everyone who has ever donated, either directly or indirectly.” A post for Jacob in the national Hearts in our Window Facebook page recently blew up as well, with several people from Canada and the U.S. actually sending Jacob cards of encouragement to lift his spirits. For those wanting to offer help without involving the Internet, Michelle said she really appreciates gift cards to places like Wal-Mart or Moose Jaw Co-op, as she can use them for groceries and gas for her family. Xbox Live gift cards are also a great idea, said Michelle, as Jacob is an avid gamer. “He plays with my daughter. She’s seven [and] she’s basically spent her whole life with him. He’s taught her Minecraft and they’re always gaming together or singing together,” said Michelle. Facebook is the best place to reach out to Michelle, she said, and every message of support is more than welcome as her family struggles through Jacob’s situation. For anyone interested in donating to the GoFundMe campaign for Jacob and his family, which is titled Family in Crisis, it can be found online.

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I recently read an opinion piece that read “A pandemic should not challenge democracy.” A number of the points made hit the nail on the head regarding federal politics during the COVID-19 crisis and is very evident in our local government here in Moose Jaw, as well. Abraham Lincoln coined a very important phrase that reads, “No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.” Joan Ritchie In this I read that there should be EDITOR no political representative of the people that has been elected into an office that is above reproach, especially when they spend the people’s money that is collected in taxes without the cumulative consent of the people. These decisions that are being made are done mostly behind closed doors, without the public’s input or questions before making decisions. During the City of Moose Jaw poll regarding mayor and council salary increases, the panel that redacted the results publicly stated that they saw any questionable comments as “noise and negativity.” Why do politicians think they are above the law to govern without following the laws of the land? In our municipality, The Municipal Act lays out the ground rules for handling items such as policies, laws and bylaws that should be adhered to. Governments should not feel entitled to make decisions that affect the people that are under their rulership without public consultation, hopefully prior to decisions made, COVID-19 restrictions or not. Although I think that the City Council giving our local government a substantial wage increase into 2021 puts dollar signs in the eyes of some presently in council, it technically seems to show little concern for the citizens of the community and to me is simply unethical. It may, however, bring out some very reputable candidates to the forefront in the upcoming election, some who may even have the welfare of the community in mind. Although some councillors voiced concern over the large wage increases for their positions, I certainly noticed that the mayor did not make a peep during deliberations but was the first on camera to put up his hand in favour of an 18% wage increase for the mayor’s salary. I also noticed that recent celebrity, Steve D. Goose has made his run for mayor official and his spokesperson has stated that he ““understands how people are struggling at the moment and promises to OVERTURN the pay increase the previous administration voted for,” the Facebook pledge reads adding, “In fact Steve will be implementing a pay freeze effective immediately with all monies saved going back into the city’s coffers. A Vote For Steve is a Vote for fiscal responsibility.” (Please see the related story in this edition, “Steve D. Goose Running For Mayor.”) Elaine Ashfield, the author of the opinion piece rounded out her article to say, “Be aware, a pandemic does not eliminate your rights as a citizen or your responsibility as an elected official.” Citizens of Moose Jaw, you have a right to be heard by your/our local government and should be given the opportunity to do so when it comes to the decisions being made under our noses rather than above board with the community’s consent. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication. Send your letters to the editor to: letters@mjvexpress.com or 888-241-5291 All columns, letters to the editor and editorials are solely the personal opinions of the writers themselves and not necessarily the opinions of The Moose Jaw Express. The contents of this publication are the property of the Moose Jaw Express. Reproduction of any of the contents of this publication, including, but without limiting the generality of the following: photographs, artwork and graphic designs, is strictly prohibited. There shall be no reproduction without the express written consent of the publisher. All ads in the Moose Jaw Express are published in good faith without verification. The Moose Jaw Express reserves the right to refuse, classify, revise or censor any ads for any reason in its sole discretion. This paper may include inaccuracies or errors. The Moose Jaw Express does not under any circumstances accept responsibility for the accuracy or otherwise of any ads or messages in any of the publications editions. The Moose Jaw Express specifically disclaims all and any liability to advertisers and readers of any kind for loss or damage of any nature what-so-ever and however arising, whether due to inaccuracy, error, omission or any other cause. All users are advised to check ad and message details carefully before entering into any agreement of any kind and before disclosing personal information. If in doubt, please take legal advice.

Moose Jaw Co-op opens new pharmacy location in Hillcrest area

Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express The new Moose Jaw Co-op Pharmacy on Thatcher Drive East is now open and ready to serve the community, after a “soft opening” of the new building took place in June due to COVID-19 restrictions. The new location is the second Co-op Pharmacy now in operation in Moose Jaw, although the space in the new building allows for a few more services than the pharmacy located inside the Co-op Marketplace downtown. Thanks to its size, the Hillcrest Co-op Pharmacy has a handful of consultation rooms where staff can provide medication reviews, vaccinations and shots, and fittings for braces and other medical supports in a more private setting for clients. “The ability for us to spend a little more time with patients is Located on Thatcher Drive East, the new Co-op Pharreally important, and the fact that it’s a little bit quieter allows macy location is the second in Moose Jaw. us to have more patient interaction, which is nice,” said pharmacy manager Whitney Striha. Pharmacists are also able to provide medication compounding on location, meaning that they can fill prescriptions in different forms that aren’t necessarily commercially available. “[For example], a medication that only comes in a pill, we can compound it into a liquid, essentially changing the formulation to better serve the patient,” said Striha. The new location also carries a number of different products, in addition to all of the usual things one would expect to find at their local pharmacy. This includes things like braces, slings and casts for all kinds of body parts, such as child-sized air casts, a line of compres- Easy Care Living, located on Main Street, has a dission sleeves popular with athletes, cryotherapy products for play of mobility aid products available on the floor. inflammation and swelling, and compression socks and tights in a number of styles and colours. There is also a selection of home living aids, including walking canes, handles bars, and crutches, and Easy Care Living has a selection of their mobility aid products on the floor, including walkers of all types and price ranges, which can be serviced at their downtown location. Co-op’s Hillcrest location also stocks a number of maternity products, including mesh undergarments, nursing products, and dye-free and scent-free products formulated for sensitive baby skin. It will also be the first pharmacy in Saskatchewan to carry human donor breast milk for retail purchase, stocked by The inside of the Co-op Pharmacy is home to a numNorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank in Calgary, Alta., which is ber of products for all kinds of ailments. also the current supplier for Saskatchewan hospitals. “The uptake has been really good with [the in-hospital program], so we’re going to bring it into the pharmacy,” said Striha, who is a member of the local Baby Friendly Action Committee in Moose Jaw, alongside other healthcare experts. New mothers will be able to obtain a limited amount of frozen, pasteurized donor milk without a prescription, to help supplement their own breastfeeding practices. “It allows them to essentially give human milk before their milk comes in, or it’s a really nice option for premature babies or moms that don’t want to give just formula. It’s a nice option to have in the community,” said Striha. Overall, Striha is happy to be able to offer products at the new pharmacy that are meant for all types of patients with all kinds of needs. “Everything’s definitely pharmacy-based with evidence and safety in mind. I wouldn’t bring in anything that I wouldn’t really recommend,” said Striha. “And we have lots of different distributors [so] if customers need something, I can always try and find it and get it in for them.” The new pharmacy is a project that has been in the works for a while, with the location chosen because of the growing Pharmacy Manager Whitney Striha is just one of the neighbourhoods in the Hillcrest area. knowledgeable staff on hand to help customers find “We feel it’s a good move to have a second pharmacy op- exactly what they’re looking for at the new pharmacy tion for members,” said marketing and community relations location. manager Michaela Turner. “We think it will be a good fit for “We’ve been open a little over three weeks and it’s been good. everybody [and] we have a lot of really good stuff happening The more people have come in and seen the space, everyone’s right now, a lot of big projects underway, and we’re always always really impressed with it,” said Striha. “I think it’s happy to be a part of our community and to give back to our going to be a really great pharmacy that way, and hopefully community.” we’ll be able to service a lot of people.” An official grand opening for the new location is set for Au- The Co-op Pharmacy is located at 7 Thatcher Drive East and gust, but in the meantime, Striha welcomes Moose Javians to is open Mondays to Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and stop in and take a peek at the new building. on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Warren Michelson

Moose Jaw North

Warren Michelson, MLA

Businesses in our area have had to get creative and adjust to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have been able to adapt their operations and stay open while others had no choice but to temporarily close their doors. While COVID-19 is still a concern, a vast majority of businesses have re-opened in compliance with public health orders to protect staff and the community at large. Now more than ever, I strongly encourage everyone to do their shopping in Moose Jaw to support the businesses that support our community. Entrepreneurs are the backbone of our community, providing products services and employment while strengthening the tax base. They also proudly support our local service clubs, community organizations and minor sports teams in a variety of ways. Traffic restrictions is another challenge businesses may face due to planned upgrades and the replacement of the City’s aging underground infrastructure. During the summer construction period, the City streets can

be challenging to navigate with frequent lane changes, street closures, and detours. It is important to remember, though a short-term inconvenience, is a necessity to long-term growth. Saskatchewan is open for business and entrepreneurs in Moose Jaw are ready to lead the way. Local businesses need our support and with your diligence and patience, Moose Jaw will continue to provide the friendly, quality service and product that have been a trademark for our notorious City. When traveling throughout the City, allow yourself extra time to find your destination, be alert to the construction areas and conduct yourself accordingly to keep safe and protect the workers on site. An awesome segment of summer in Moose Jaw is the recreation and tourist opportunities throughout the area. There are a number of parks and playgrounds to admire, including Crescent Park, in the heart of our City. Crescent Park provides the beauty of the floral gardens throughout, the walking paths, the serpentine with aquafowl, and an active spray park for the children to have fun and stay cool. There are a variety of spray parks throughout the city and also at 15 Wing. Our Tourist Information Centre is open to assist local citizens and travelers alike with direction and details of parks and events in and around Moose Jaw. While the Phyllis Dewar Pool will not be open this year, you can look forward to the Kinsmen Sportsplex opening August 13 for aqua recreation including swimming

and waterslides. The YaraCentre is open for summer day camps and will be opening the fitness centre and walking track soon. Please check the City of Moose Jaw website (www.moosejaw.ca) for schedules and details. Last week, I had the honor to attend the opening of the new pool at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park; officially opened by Saskatchewan’s Minister of Parks, Culture & Sport Gene Makowsky, along with other dignitaries. The new pool is a welcome addition to the Park which includes all aspects of family camping facilities. Buffalo Pound is one of Saskatchewan’s pristine parks just 20 minutes from Moose Jaw. Just as local businesses have done and continue to do in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Saskatchewan Parks staff have implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitization procedures and are minimizing in-park contact with visitors where possible. Park visitors are asked to bring their own hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, maintain physical distance from others, respect the restrictions and rules that are in place and to stay home if not feeling well. Working together, we can share an enjoyable summer ensuring our parks, places of business, recreation and worship remain safe spaces for all.

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Rain, sunshine allow crop development to catch up By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

Rain and warm weather promoted crop growth in the second week of July, according to the SaskatchEXPRESS ewan Ministry of Agriculture weekly crop report. Just about everywhere in the province received rain with 58 mm at Wilcox, 29 mm at Mossbank and 18 mm at Fife Lake in this region during the week ended July 13. Across Saskatchewan cropland moisture ratings improved with six per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate, six per cent short, and three per cent very short —an improvement over the previous week when 71 per cent was adequate, 11 per cent short and eight per cent very short.

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The weather allowed crops to speed development, putting six per cent of fall cereals, five per cent of spring cereals, two per cent of oilseeds, and five per cent of pulse crops ahead of normal. Rainfall delayed haying operations with 13 per cent cut and 11 per cent of hay baled across the province. In the southwest 18 per cent is cut and 29 per cent baled The southeast, which includes Moose Jaw, has 13 per cent of hay cut and eight per cent baled. Pasture moisture is rated four per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 16 per cent short and five per cent very short. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

Another herbicide used on crops trashed by grain buyers By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

Another use of glyphosate herbicide has been at least partially halted. EXPRESS Richardson-Pioneer, one of the major buyers of oats in Western Canada, has informed oats producers selling it that oats desiccated by glyphosate or any herbicide will not be purchased under its new oat procurement program in 2021. The desiccation process uses herbicides to kill the crop before harvest and develop all ripe seeds for harvest and more uniform quality. Oats producers in discussion with Richardson-Pioneer have been told that customers want undesiccated oats for their use. Use of glyphosate and herbicides have come under scrutiny since studies by an environmental group showed glyphosate residues, often higher than acceptable levels, were found in breakfast cereals, and granola snack bars.

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In June, Bayer agreed to pay more than $10 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits alleging that glyphosate use caused cancer. Richardson-Pioneer says its will continue to buy desiccated oats as the market warrants. Oats has been a profitable crop with acreage this year increasing 18.1 per cent to 3.7 million acres, rivalling lentils and grain corn for seeded acres. The loss of desiccant for some oats may require a premium or result in fewer acres of oats. Use of a pre-harvest desiccant is important for growers when late summer and fall rains cause uneven ripening. Much of the oats in Western Canada is grown in parkland regions that often experience rains in late summer and early fall. This may open an opportunity for oats in the drier south parts of the Prairies. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

British scientists contradict accepted livestock emissions measurement By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

A British scientific project on greenhouse gases has profound implications for the livestock industry. EXPRESS Currently used measurements of how different greenhouse gas emissions add to climate change could be unfair and inefficient, according to scientific researchers at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. A commonly-used measurement called GWP100 fails to show how different emissions contribute to climate change, concluded the research team for the Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) project. The GWP100 method doesn’t account for different impacts of gases based in their life. This method converts different greenhouse gases like methane and nitrous oxide into their carbon dioxide equivalence. The LEAP scientists believe converting all gases by carbon dioxide equivalent fails to show differences in how gases contribute to climate change, or how long they stay in the atmosphere. Doing the math on varied lifespans of gases before they dissipate in the atmosphere is critical to understanding how the earth is impacted by them, says a paper by the LEAP team.

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Carbon dioxide has a long-life gas with accumulated gas remaining for centuries after the emissions stop. However short-lived gases such as methane do not continue their earth warming impact as long as carbon dioxide. The paper maintains the GWP100 measurement overstates the warming from methane emissions. The measurement doesn’t accurately reflect the impact of livestock methane emissions. Agriculture and land use, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, accounts for 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions with livestock making half the total. “We can’t afford to get the math wrong on this,” said lead author Dr. John Lynch. “This has important implications for how countries work out emissions targets for different sectors…” The LEAP team proposes an alternative measurement method that accounts for long and short lives of emissions gases and can use existing and past data banks. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net


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Health services continue expanding, universal COVID testing becomes available Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express

Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital. (photo by Larissa Kurz) Beginning July 13, health services in the province will continue to expand with the availability of everyday programs and services, as outlined in Phase 3 of the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s resumption plan. Services becoming available this week include mental

health and addictions support, such as social detox and addictions inpatient treatment programs, programs that support chronic disease management and stroke prevention, and wellness programs. Specialized services for developmental disabilities, autism, and brain injuries will also be allowed to resume. Medical imaging capacity is also increasing to 90 per cent of pre-COVID service levels, including MRI and CT services. The availability of surgical procedures will also be increasing, including more urgent, emergent, and elective procedures. The next phase will see surgical volumes increase as high as 75 per cent to 85 per cent of preCOVID-19 levels, but will vary by site. In the government press release, the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Hospital was noted to be “achieving beyond 100 per cent of their pre-COVID surgical levels as a result of new surgeons that were recruited to the community.”

Since the SHA first began implementing its resumption plan in May, 544 services have resumed across the province. The southern part of Saskatchewan, including Regina and Moose Jaw, has seen more availability of services than the northern part of the province. Virtual appointments continue to be encouraged, with occasional in-person appointments held where necessary. The SHA will also be making universal COVID-19 testing available to the public on request, which began on July 14. Symptoms will not be required to request a COVID-19 test this way, and those seeking a referral are to contact HealthLine 811. Currently, the SHA is able to process around 600 tests per day, with a maximum capacity of 1,800 tests. With the launch of public testing, the SHA will be prioritizing testing requests based on several factors, and the time between a testing request and receiving the test will likely vary between patients.

Barber returns to the streets to offer free haircuts to less fortunate residents Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Barber Jason Gauthier (seated) poses for a picture with his staff during the grand opening of his new business Straightedge Barber, located on 22 Fairford Street West, on July 12. From left are manager Amanda (M) McClean, head barber Kyla Jackson, and journeymen barbers Kendra Marchand and Ashley Amberson. Photo by Jason G. Antonio Barber Jason Gauthier was thrilled to return to the streets of Moose Jaw to offer free haircuts to less-fortunate residents after the pandemic shut down his charitable efforts for four months. Gauthier, 45, operates a non-profit endeavour called StreetCuts Barber, which provides haircuts for homeless people, those facing homelessness, and those with mental health issues and addictions. This is the third year he has offered this service in Moose Jaw. He had given free haircuts at St. Aidan Anglican Church every second Sunday, but then the pandemic struck and forced the closure of churches and personal service-related services. That hiatus changed on July 12, when Gauthier and his team set up in the SARCAN parking lot, erecting two tents and three foldable chairs; seven people eventually stopped by for a trim. The team also offered a free barbecue. “I’m excited, but apprehensive obviously.

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I just want to be safe and keep my crew safe and for my StreetCuts Barber family to be safe … ,” Gauthier said. “I just really miss (the clients). A lot of guys have reached out to me because their mental health has been strained,” he continued. “We were kind of like their only outlet to come and share stuff. So they had been trapped for two to three months, and they’ve reached out to me. A couple want to hang out with me on the side. This is important, not only to me and them, but to everybody. “It really helps your mental health to have a haircut, having something to eat, to have community (and) to break bread with people that you can trust.” Gauthier is familiar with homeless and addictions. He was homeless from ages 17 to 23 and was a drug user. It was when a woman cut his hair and showed him compassion that his life turned around. He became a mental health counsellor and worked in that field from 2001 to 2015. He then changed professions and has worked as a barber for the last five years. Life has been good, Gauthier said. He completed hairdressing school last year, will soon receive his journeyman ticket, and recently opened the Straightedge Barbershop — which features chairs that are nearly 90 years old — at 22 Fairford Street West. He and his team held a grand opening later that evening. “It’s been awesome … it’s fantastic,” he added. Instead of a GoFundMe campaign, Gauthier plans to use revenue from his business to purchase a motorhome to take StreetCuts on the road. According to barbershop manager Amanda (M) McClean, the business has been busy since it opened on July 6. It accepts walk-ins, while frontline workers, military personnel and seniors can receive a cut for $20.

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Barber Jason Gauthier works on the shaggy mane of Nick Lyon during the StreetCuts Barber outreach initiative on July 12 in the Sarcan parking lot. Lyon is a regular client but had not visited Gauthier since November due to health problems. Photo by Jason G. Antonio Resident Nick Lyon was excited that Gauthier had returned with the free haircuts. Lyon, 72, has been coming to Gauthier for almost two years. He was nearly homeless at one point but managed to find new accommodations. However, he had not seen Gauthier since last November due to health problems. “He’s a very good barber. He gives very good cuts. I’m a former barber with Vidal Sassoon (so) I can critique him … ,” Lyon said. “He’s cutting edge. It’s not a guessing game (with him).” What Lyon appreciated about Gauthier is how much fun the barber is while cutting

As barber Jason Gauthier finishes up his work, Nick Lyon reacts to his new haircut while looking at a mirror in front of him. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

hair — along with the fact the cuts are free. “We get along just fine in that chair … so I just keep coming back,” he added. That camaraderie was evident both before and after Lyon sat down in the barber chair. As Gauthier trimmed Lyon’s white hair and beard, their conversation flowed easily and they teased each other as friends do. Gauthier joked that Lyon looked like Moses, while afterward, Lyon suggested he looked more like Amadeus. “That’s looking good. That’s a big, big difference,” Lyon said while looking at the mirror. “Very good; excellent.” Afterward, the two men embraced and posed for a picture. Visit facebook.com/streetcutsbarber for more information.

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CANADIANS DESERVE ANSWERS ON TRUDEAU’S THIRD ETHICS SCANDAL IN THREE YEARS Dear Editor, Another day, another scandal for Justin Trudeau. Canadians know now that the Prime Minister handed almost a billion-dollar contract to a charity that not only had close ties to the Liberal Party, but which paid his family almost $300,000 to appear at its events. Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, failed to recuse themselves from cabinet discussions regarding the contract, despite them both having close family ties to the charity. It’s clear that a criminal investigation is warranted. Conservatives have written to the RCMP to encourage them to pursue this case.

This is the third ethics scandal Justin Trudeau has faced in the last three years. The first, when he was found guilting of accepting a paid vacation to a luxury island. And the second, when he was found guilty for his involvement in the SNC-Lavalin Corruption Scandal. While residents and businesses here in Saskatchewan are focused on Canada’s economic recovery and getting back on their feet after these difficult times, Justin Trudeau is continuing to let Canadians down. Parliament must immediately be recalled so that we can get to the bottom of this. Conservatives are calling for all of the documents related to the contract to be made public. Every single Cabinet Minster must answer for their part in approving this massive contract. The

Ethics Commissioner, the Finance Committee, and the Government Operations Committee must all accelerate their investigations into this case. The Ethics Committee must reconvene to hear from witnesses. In addition, the Auditor General and the Procurement Ombudsman must investigate. Canadians deserve answers and the Prime Minister and Liberal government must be held accountable. Conservatives will not rest until Canadians have answers. Sincerely, Tom Lukiwski, Member of Parliament for Moose Jaw – Lake Centre - Lanigan

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Cooking chicken heart recipe under my sweetheart’s direction Cooked chicken hearts have always been a favourite of mine. We boys on the farm used to fight over the lone heart and gizzard when my mother and aunt made chicken, so the sight of a package of chicken hearts in the grocery store excited me. My partner and wife, who by Ron Walter has about as much liking for chicken hearts as Donald Trump has for Joe Biden, immediately asked: “What are YOU going to do with them?” “Make soup.” “No, not soup,” she recalled a previous disaster when my chicken heart soup would have qualified for Gorilla Glue. We froze them until I came across some chicken heart recipes on my smart phone. She reluctantly agreed to let me make the chicken hearts with onions and mushrooms. “If it doesn’t turn out we have coupons for the A and W,” she encouraged me so confidently.

Besides, I decided it was the 21st Century and time for me to get more involved in cooking. (I grew up in a home where males didn’t cook). Under her supervision I pulled together the pots and pans and all the ingredients to follow the recipe on my phone. The first part called for mixing flour with vegetable oil to make something called roux — a sauce I guess — and cook for three minutes. I didn’t study the recipe enough and put the sliced onions and mushrooms into the frying pan, then adding the flour. It would be okay, just different, she assured me. After the three minutes cooking, my supervisor informed me I had too much flour. “How much did you use?” I showed her the measuring cup I used for the oil. “That’s a liquid measure. You need a dry measure.’’ It turned out the recipe called for one-third cup of flour, not the half cup. I misread while constantly consulting the recipe on my dumb phone. Next was slicing the half pound of chicken hearts in half after cutting the fatty top off. That was time-consuming. “Next time,” she counselled, “Make sure you have all your ingredients ready to go, maybe even boil the hearts first to make them more tender.”

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Seniors’ care home to be converted into student housing

When international students with A&L Royal Academy come to Moose Jaw for school, some will live in a boarding apartment that was once a seniors’ care home. Oxford Place Inc. recently submitted a discretionary use application to city hall to change the operation of Oxford Place at 1007 Main Street North to a room rental apartment from a Type 3 residential care home. City hall has zoned the property as CS — Community Service/Institutional District, which it uses to provide various institutional and community activities and limited residential uses. The building initially began as a war-time hospital after the Second World War, before transitioning into a care home for the elderly. During its July 13 regular meeting, council voted unanimously to approve the discretionary use application, as long as the academy provided eight off-street parking spaces for its students and city administration was satisfied with the modifications. If more students move into the building, the academy will have to reapply for addi-

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express tional parking as part of the discretionary Council presentation use application. Brent Boechler, owner of Oxford Place Application requirements Inc., and Jeff Matheson, principal of the The zoning bylaw says that boarding apart- academy, gave a presentation by video ments should be located in high-density ar- during the July 13 regular council meeteas that are also near personal services and ing. Boechler pointed out off-street parkamenities, a city council report explained. ing won’t be a big deal since these students The bylaw also lays out four criteria that don’t have licences and will get to school applicants must meet when submitting a by foot or transit. Since 15 students will discretionary use application. live there to start, the building would need After review, city hall determined the ap- only six parking spots. plication met those criteria. While some area neighbours have conBoarding apartments are required to pro- cerns with the building turning into stuvide off-street parking of one parking dent housing — it will not be a men’s club, space plus one space for every three rental as some think — those concerns are ununits, the council report said. The build- warranted, he continued. The academy is ing has 20 rental rooms, so it requires eight a professional institution that will monitor off-street parking spaces. The owner of the students strictly. Moreover, these stuOxford Place has said the site could ac- dents are paying $30,000 a year to attend commodate six parking spaces. school here and won’t want to jeopardize Oxford Place has entered into a long-term their education. lease with the academy — located at 52 Besides being a language institution, the High Street West — to support its students, academy will also be a high school startthe application form explained. The acade- ing this fall, said Matheson. He and two my will maintain the building with a live- new educators have years of experience in caretaker looking after the property. and they will teach 10 students to start.

The number of language students they will have is unknown since the federal government stopped issuing visas to international students during the pandemic. Once pandemic restrictions lift, the school expects to have 100 students and 15 teachers. “Their parents invest heavily in their education. They are here to study and not anything else,” Matheson added. “If they get in trouble, they can lose their study permit and be deported. The people we are bringing in are good people who contribute to our community in different ways.” Oxford Place can accommodate up to 35 students, but academy leaders believe the building will house 25, Matheson told council. While 30 per cent of the 100 students will require housing, others will live with their parents; some will live with home-stay families to experience Canadian culture; while other youths will live in dorms at the Church of God South Hill campus. The next regular council meeting is July 27.

Bird Sanctuary from 133 years ago the destination on afternoon drive The oldest bird sanctuary in Canada is near Moose Jaw on the north end of Last Mountain Lake. First established as a bird sanctuary in 1887, the 18 square mile area of marshes, grasslands and inlets is a staging area for spring and fall migrations of birds. In the off-migration season the area is still active with birds. A mid-July afternoon drive found pelicans, grebes, and many ducks, as well as Baltimore orioles and eastern kingbirds. The kiosk near the headquarters explaining the sanctuary history and purpose is closed now due to the pandemic lockdown, but a dirt road from the headquarters east leads to the re-located observation tower from which birds on the lake can be viewed. Another dirt road winds its way along an inlet, crosses the water at a weir which always hosts lots of birds. On the other side, the road runs along the lake. A walking trail from the road leads to a number of sights with one being a bison rubbing stone. Several walking trails run through grasslands and marsh to allow better insight. The ideal visiting time for this sanctuary would be during the fall and spring migrations when the air and the lake are crowded with various species of ducks, geese, herons, hawks, sandhill cranes and the occasional whooping crane.

June is a good time to walk around and see the wildflowers. Don’t be afraid to drive into some of the towns along the way. Two —Simpson and Holdfast — have interesting churches. Holdfast still uses the Catholic Church but the United Church at Simpson has become a residence after a time as an antique store. Along the way to the sanctuary you will often see deer browsing in the grass and bush. A more adventurous path to the sanctuary takes gravel

and dirt roads along the lake from east of Holdfast to the sanctuary. Driving time to the bird sanctuary headquarters from Moose Jaw is about one hour, 45 minutes, without stopping at the villages. Once ready to leave you can return the way you came or head east to Highway 20, then south through Strasbourg along the east side of Last Mountain Lake. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

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Dance Images takes part in national training program in a new way Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express

Barb Jackman shared what her Zoom conference call looks like, with many dance teachers connected to complete their annual Adapt training courses. (supplied)

Several Dance Images staff have also taken the opportunity to be in the studio and take part in the training program, including two recent studio graduates just beginning their teacher training. (supplied)

Although the Dance Images by BJ studio has been empty of students over the last few months, it’s seen plenty of action lately as Dance Images staff filled all the studio spaces during the Adapt Syllabus teacher training program. Dance Images studio owner and director Barb Jackman takes part in the national dance teacher training program every year, joining tons of other dance teachers from across Canada to share expertise, ever since it was first hosted in Moose Jaw twenty years ago. She is an instructor for the Assistant Teacher Training program, and this year’s iteration of the conference had her teaching the program from at home in her own studio for the first time in a very long time. Adapt Syllabus is the standardized dance curriculum that dance studios all across Canada follow when it comes to teaching, including Jackman and her team at Dance Images. For the last decade, the training conference for teachers and assistant teachers who normally take place annually in Toronto, but the travel restrictions due to the pandemic meant that the program was forced to, ironically, adapt. “I run the Assistant Teacher Program part of the Teacher Training School [and this year] they made the bold move to go online,” said Jackman. “And I’ll be teaching dance teachers globally, which is kind of crazy, and I’m doing it at home, in my home studio.” Jackman, with the help of assistant studio director Shauna Bzdel and some of Dance Images’ staff, connected with 49 assistant dance teachers from all across the country using the video platform Zoom, hosting her instruction from inside her own studio for the first time. “It was really fabulous. Forty-nine dancers from the ages of 13 to 17 came together for a seven or eight-hour program [and] they took classes from a variety of master choreographers, and from here in Moose Jaw, I took them through the steps to become a better assistant teacher,” said Jackman. In a whole other part of the studio, Dance Images staff also took part in the Teacher Training School to update their skills as already established teachers, with two recent studio graduates beginning their first round of teacher training

as well. “We have three big teaching rooms and we’re all in our own corner of the studio, either taking classes or teaching classes,” said Jackman. It was a chaotic project to take on, but one that the Dance Images team handled extremely well as the studio has become sort of experts on delivering dance knowledge via Zoom, thanks to the past few months. “We ran ten weeks of classes right here at the studio, we never stopped the season, and we became so proficient at Zoom,” said Jackman. “My studio looks like a TV station, with the big screen TV and the webcams.” The Adapt training program connects dance teachers from all over Canada and sometimes even internationally, said Jackman. At one point, she had over 200 teachers connected on the same video call for instruction. “It’s pretty exciting how we can bring so many people together,” said Jackman. “I think it’s super cool that we’ve pivoted so much and we’re still here doing all this learning.” For Jackman, not taking the annual trip to Toronto for the training conference was a change, but she feels as though the online version has really opened up opportunities for more teachers and dancers to take part in the program. “To travel to Toronto, with the flight, hotel, food, it’s a fairly large financial commitment and [this] way, they’re able to do it right here at the studio, so it did open a lot of doors, I think,” said Jackman. “The silver lining in this opportunity is that so many teachers can do this right from their home base.” Jackman is already looking ahead to bringing classes back into the studio, as the province lifts regulations. Dance Images is planning on hosting its annual summer school from Aug. 10-13, and plans for the fall season are

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Assistant studio director Shauna Bzdel (L) and studio owner and director Barb Jackman (R) are the Dance Images dream team making the virtual training run smoothly. (supplied)

Barb Jackman on a video conference call in one of her studio spaces, which she joked looks more like a TV station than a dance studio. (supplied) already in place — with some slight adjustments to adhere to public health recommendations. She’s also planning on continuing to offer classes via live video, for students who may be uncomfortable returning. “We are ready to offer both, for if a family in August is not quite yet feeling like they want to come to the studio, if they’re nervous,” said Jackman. “Nothing will ever replace being in the studio, of course, but it’s definitely a good alternative and has lots of value.” More information about the summer programs at Dance Images is available on the studio’s website, which is also the place to visit for program registration.


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Moose Jaw Transition House receives $5,000 donation for pandemic outreach work Submitted

The Moose Jaw Transition House has received a $5,000 donation from RBC to help it weather the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation enables Transition House staff to support those in need outside of the traditional shelter model. “Thanks to this funding we’re able to hire an Emergency Outreach Worker to support those in crisis during the pandemic, as well as through the increase of domestic violence we predict in the months to follow,” said Jenn Angus, Executive Director, Moose Jaw Transition House. Emergency Outreach Workers have the ability to work outside of the traditional shelter model, providing women and families services that focus on securing immediate safety, housing, crisis support, and food security – even if they aren’t staying at the shelter. “From helping to us to build a new fence at our shelter, to supporting women in leadership at the PRISM awards, and providing donations to our Career Closet for women to improve their employment skills, we’ve received a lot of support from local RBC folks through the years,” said Jenn Angus, Executive Director, Moose Jaw Transition House. “With this most recent donation we’re better able to help support those most impacted by the pandemic,

Jenn Angus, Executive Director Moose Jaw Transition House even if they aren’t staying at the shelter.” Staff at the Moose Jaw Transition House also received an Olympic-sized motivational boost from one of Canada’s most passionate women’s rights advocates – slalom canoe racer Haley Daniels. Daniels is one of Canada’s top athletes preparing for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. “It was so special for our staff to get this message, ” said Angus. “Haley said she read about what we are going through due to the pandemic, so she wanted to tell us to keep up the good work, and that she’s cheering for us,” said Angus. “Having her recognize us publicly like that and sharing that video will really help us raise awareness.” After years of lobbying to have women’s slalom canoe added to the Games, Daniels, who is from Calgary, is poised to be among the first to represent Canada at an Olympic

Jenn Angus (in blue) with the Moose Jaw Transition House Girls’ Group. Photos provided by Moose Jaw Transition House. games in her sport at the upcoming games in Tokyo. “When I hear about the work the bank does with local women’s groups, I’m always excited to help,” said Daniels. “The pandemic is difficult for all of us, but especially for women and children in dangerous situations at home. The work Moose Jaw Interval House is doing is so important.” The donation is one of six pandemic-related donations being made to similar organizations across the province and continues a long-term commitment to women’s shelters in the region. Over the past five years the RBC Women Employee Resource Group in the prairie region as filled and donated more than 500 shoeboxes filled with items for women using shelters and women’s centres.

B.C. program assists Indigenous agriculture By Ron Walter - For Agri-Mart Express

The Government of British Columbia has expanded a two-year-old program assisting Indigenous entreEXPRESS preneurs to develop agriculture in their communities. An expanded program offers $8,000 to fund specialized planning and coaching to develop agriculture business. The program offers funding that ranges from $2,000 for community engagement to

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$5,000 and $10,000 for planning, analysis and coaching in food security and the building of agricultural production and processing. The funding comes through the federal provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership. No such program exists in Saskatchewan under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

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BIZWORLD By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Some musings on the accumulation of excessive government debt

The Canadian federal debt left behind by the Liberals’ pandemic spending has concerned many residents. The ongoing debt will in three years amount to $1.2 trillion — twice what it was before spending to prevent a deep, deep pandemic-induced depression. To put the matter in perspective, the $343 billion deficit this year alone is more than twice the $331 billion budget last year. The government had little choice other than trying to flood the nation with cash to struggling wage earners, faltering businesses and others. In the Great Depression of the 1930s, government reaction was the opposite of pumping cash into the system. Governments then increased unemployment by cutting expenditures and pulled cash from the system by increasing taxes. Banks and lenders brutally foreclosed on borrowers in arrears, pushing down prices of land and business, causing more unemployment. The response by the Canadian government and others around the globe this year was the right thing to do. It may not have pleased a few right wing libertarians who believe in the survival of the fittest and who would have preferred the response of governments from the 1930s when the few rich at the top of the wealth chain accumulated even more.

So what happens with the gargantuan pile of debt the country has rolled out? To most of us, excessive debt spells financial misery and possibly bankruptcy. The question becomes: How do we repay that debt? Applying the experience of individuals to national debt is inappropriate. National governments simply do not repay debt except for token payments like the Liberals in the 1990s and the Conservatives in the early Harper years. Not repaying relieves some of the burden on taxpayers and future generations. National governments wait for the economy to grow and reduce the debt as a percentage of national production. Canada’s national debt will soon equal 50 per cent of national production – up from about one-third. The risks faced by this debt vary. What happens if a second pandemic lockdown occurs? Can we afford more bailouts? If not, will the debt accumulated from the first one have been for nothing? If another lockdown is avoided, the concern becomes interest rates paid on debt. Interest on the new debt will actually be $4 billion less than last year because interest rates have dropped to near zero. As long as these rates stay, government and the taxpayers are safe from exploding interest costs.

An accidental unusual event, such as loss of confidence among global banks as happened in the 2008 recession, could escalate interest rates. No country around the globe wants higher interest rates. All have increased national debt levels to bail out the pandemic economy and can’t afford higher interest rates. To avoid the short-term impact of potential higher interest rates the federal government is issuing almost one-third of the new debt in 10-year to 30-year bonds, pushing the matter out far, rather than risking changes on short term bonds. One-fifth of pre-existing debt comes up for roll-over at lower rates in the next few years. These policies leave Canada with less intense pressure from the mounting debt. Once Canada is sure the pandemic is resolved policy measures can tackle reduction of the annual deficit. Demands for an immediate policy to deal with the debt are like wanting a plan to rebuild a house while the destructive tornado approaches. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net

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

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Steve D. Goose Running for Mayor Robert “Rhino Rob” Thomas

Steve “The House’s” official campaign photo - source Facebook With four months until the civic election, Moose Jaw has its first candidate officially declaring their candidacy for mayor. Internationally renowned Steve “The Goose” has craned his neck into the political ring honking his intentions to seek the top perch in local civic politics. Steve “The Goose” recently rose to international and regional media prominence for surviving a fox attack near the end of June. “He was stolen by a fox. The neighbour’s daughter saw a fox carrying something white at 7 am and we presumed he was dead,” Carla Shymko said. Despite Steve’s apparent demise, Shymko said they took to social media to see if they could pick up a trail. “It has all been crazy and all positive, the feedback we got…We worried we would look like a bunch of crackheads looking for a goose…we had well over a thousand people contact us,” she said. Almost miraculously about 24 hours after his disappearance, Steve showed up on the doorstep pecking at the back glass doors somehow surviving and goose-stepping his way home. The incredible thing is, Steve, in the nine years he has lived on the acreage on the outskirts of Moose Jaw, has never left the

acreage. Shymko has no idea exactly how Steve survived the fox attack but theorizes “we think he played dead and when the fox wasn’t looking he headed for home.” Steve, a white domesticated goose, cannot fly so he had to walk all the way home. “It took him a good two weeks to get back to normal. He was really dirty and his feathers were really ruffled like he had been in a fight.” Steve’s history on the acreage is he arrived nine years ago with his mate Lulu. Lulu passed away four years ago after the pair raised three gaggles of geese together. After his miraculous escape, the media started calling Shymko and Steve’s story was picked up not just by the CBC but by newspapers as far away as New York and Washington, DC. “We had people thanking us for such a heartwarming story. We think it took off because it was hope in such a negative time with COVID - 19,” she said. “People were saying we should rename the city to Goose Jaw.” People encouraged Shymko to make children’s books about Steve’s adventures. “Steve was pretty darn popular and more popular than (Mac) the Moose,” she said. In June, a Facebook group sprung up honking out Steve’s surprise announcement he was entering the political ring seeking the mayor’s job. In the Facebook group Steve “The Goose” For Mayor Of Moose Jaw the pledge is made if elected Steve would overturn the proposed increased Council remuneration. “Steve ‘The Goose’ is a family man, err, goose, who understands how people are

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struggling at the moment and promises to OVERTURN the pay increase the previous administration voted for,” the Facebook pledge reads adding, “In fact Steve will be implementing a pay freeze effective immediately with all monies saved going back into the city’s coffers. A Vote For Steve is a Vote for fiscal responsibility. Do you really think you can have a family this size without knowing how to budget?” The Facebook page also speaks to Steve’s proven leadership abilities. “Steve has what it takes to move this city forward with proven leadership skills. He is never afraid to get dirty or get down to the real work,” the page said. Asked who is behind the Facebook page

and bid to most likely face incumbent Fraser Tolmie in November’s civic election, Shymko said she does not know. When Shymko was asked about Steve’s chances to de-perch the present Mayor she said Steve had a really good chance. “I don’t know, I think his chances are good; he (Steve) is very popular and Mayor Tolmie isn’t.” “Steve is tough, smart and a good goose, reliable and he fights a good fight,” she said. Just how popular Steve “The Goose” [was recently]; he was busy doing four press interviews including one with the on-line site “The Dodo” which boasts over 26 million people liking their Facebook page.

June building values down by $178,000 By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

June building permits issued from city hall were $178,000 less than in June 2019 when permits worth $2.7 million were issued. Commercial work during June involved $1.5 million for an addition to the Moose Jaw Co-op Marketplace behind the bakery; $300,000 for a new Carpet One building on McKenzie Lane; and $256,000 for a transportation terminal at GATX Rail. No new single-family residences were started in June compared with four worth

$2 million last June. Year to date has seen five new single-family residences worth $1.4 million compared with 17 worth $6.4 million for a decline of $5 million. Construction for the year is off by $3.5 million to $7.8 million. During June permits were issued for four swimming pools and eight garages. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net

Southwest labour region added 900 jobs in June By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Easing of pandemic restrictions in Saskatchewan during June improved employment prospects slightly. Payrolls in the region counted 54,300 people in June, an increase of 900 from May as the labour participation rate was 67.3 per cent. At June 30, the region had 5,700 unemployed, according to the Statistics Canada labour force survey. When June started the region had 5,500 unemployed so June also added 200 more jobless persons. The unemployment rate in the Swift Current-Moose Jaw region in June was 10.5 per cent, compared with 10.2 per cent in May and 4.9 per cent in June 2019. Unemployment rates in the other four Saskatchewan regions were also much higher than one year ago.

Highest unemployment rate was Saskatoon Biggar at 13.9 per cent, up from 5.9 a year ago. Second highest was Regina Moose Mountain at 11.4 per cent, up from 4.6 per cent a year ago. Third highest rate was 10.8 per cent in the Prince Albert northern region, up from 6.7 per cent. Lowest unemployment rate region was Yorkton Melville at 8.5 per cent compared with four per cent in 2019. The Saskatchewan unemployment rate of 11.4 per cent compared with 4.6 per cent last year in June. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net


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REFLECTIVE MOMENTS By Joyce Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Blood purifying aide in my favourite cherry The fruit growers in the places where fruit is grown, in my opinion, should devote more research time into producing a longer growing season for those golden yellow rounds of deliciousness — the Rainier cherry. If you haven’t tried them, Joyce Walter it might already be too late For Moose Jaw Express this summer, but check with ronjoy@sasktel.net Todd at the fruit stand or browse the fruit aisles at the grocery stores. If you try them once, it is guaranteed that a second and third and fourth taste won’t be enough. We were first introduced to Rainier cherries while on holiday one summer many years ago. We had stopped in St. Paul, Alta. and happened upon a mini farmers’ market where a travelling fruit merchant had a display. The yellow fruit caught our attention and we were offered a sample. We were sold by the taste and he made a sale, as was his intention. Years went by and then one day we noticed the gradual introduction of Rainiers to local markets. In addition to their pleasant taste, there was another selling factor — they do not discolour dentures like the regular dark red cherries tend to do. And so each summer we haunt the fruit stand. “Do you

have Rainiers this week?” I ask before saying “Hello.” “Maybe next week. The weather has been rainy and chilly.” Next week arrives and so do the Rainiers, large and sweet and oh so much in demand, not just by our household but others who have learned the secret of the fruit season. While doing some research, I learned that Rainiers don’t like rain and wind. But birds love them, sometimes eating one-third of the yearly crop. Rainiers are good for me (and others, of course), having the ability to reduce belly fat. They also act as a blood purifying aide. Therefore, growers should be mandated to grow more, and make them last longer. My health depends on it. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• When is a statement by a politician not political? Some councillors, at the latest meeting of city council, accused Councillor Brian Swanson of engaging in a great political move when he again tried and failed to have his colleagues agree to a 20 per cent reduction in their remuneration (pay) from now to the end of this council term. Another councillor expressed his disappointment that Coun. Swanson would “use this platform to politicize the tragedies of this pandemic.” Hmmmm. So the rest of the group wasn’t being political when various measures were approved to assist city taxpayers

during COVID-19 — measures such as a zero tax increase (except for costlier water and sewer rates), waiver of parking meter fees, waiver of transit fees, being lenient regarding payment of utility bills, agreeing not to disconnect sewer and water services because of non-payment, and providing a subsidy for qualified businesses. One could argue that council was indeed making political statements by agreeing to those actions, by seeming to stand against the potential tragedies unfolding as the pandemic shuttered most of the city. But there was no talk of those decisions being political in nature when those hands went up in favour. There was a feeling of good will to all persons by the acts of apparent kindness, a recognition that these are tough times and leaders must lead with vision. However, it was deemed political, when Coun. Swanson’s detractors refused to part with some of their own money to stand shoulder to shoulder with taxpayers facing difficult times because of the pandemic. Curious reasoning, for sure. But then that’s politics. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@sasktel.net The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.

From the Kitchen Pies don’t alwasy come with pie crusts Some folks, when served pie with a crust, will spoon out the filling and leave the crust behind on the plate — citing dietary concerns. Others say making pie crust is too time consuming and often it doesn’t turn out light and flaky. This week’s recipes offer three pies that don’t involve making pie crust. The recipes come from friends and I have made the carrot and coconut pies but have not personally made the sour cream pie although I have tasted a slice when my friend shared the finished product. ••• Crustless Carrot Pie 1/2 cup Easy Bisk 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. mace 1 tsp. ginger 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 2 eggs 1 cup Carnation evaporated milk

By Joyce Walter for Moose Jaw Express 2 1/2 lbs. carrots to make 1 3/4 cups pureed 1/2 cup butter, melted carrots 1/2 cup all-purpose flour Peel, slice and cook carrots until soft. 1/8 tsp. salt Drain, cool slightly then mash. Spoon by 1 1/2 tsps. baking powder small batches into a blender or food pro- 1 tsp. vanilla cessor and puree until smooth and most 2 cups flaked coconut lumps have been removed. Transfer to a Beat eggs then add milk, sugar and meltmeasuring cup and cool completely. ed butter and mix well. Mix dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients, beating after each Beat eggs, add milk then carrots and mix addition. Beat in coconut. thoroughly. Add dry ingredients and mix Divide batter between two greased 8 well. inch pie plates. Bake at 350 degrees F for Spoon into a greased 9x9 inch pan or a about 80 minutes until firm. Watch closely deep dish pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees so pies don’t burn. Cool on racks before F for 40-45 minutes until toothpick insert- serving. ed into centre comes out clean. Outside • • • edges will begin to slightly crack. Cool Sour Cream Crustless Pie completely on rack. Slice and serve with 1 cup chopped sultana raisins whipped cream or ice cream. 1 1/2 tbsps. flour ••• 1/2 cup sugar No Crust Coconut Pie 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 4 large eggs 1/2 tsp. salt 2 cups white sugar 1/8 tsp. nutmeg 2 cups milk 1/2 tsp. cloves

2 egg yolks 1 cup sour whipping cream Mix raisins, flour, salt and spices. Add to sour cream. Mix carefully. Beat eggs yolks vigorously then add to sour cream mixture. Whip egg whites until stiff then fold into the mixture. Pour into a deep dish pie plate. Bake at 375 degrees F until knife inserted into custard comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool before serving. Note: one cup sour milk mixed with a lump of butter and whisked may be used in place of sour whipping cream. If desired, the egg whites may be left out of pie mixture then used to make a meringue for top of pie. If a crust seems necessary, the custard mix may be baked as a regular one-crust pie. Joyce Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net

Remembrance Torch Challenge honours Canadian veterans and their WWII anniversaries

Because all of WWII’s 75th anniversaries in May were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in light of the upcoming August 15th anniversary of the end of the Second World War celebrations questionable, as well as the upcoming Remembrance Day ceremonies uncertain due to group restrictions, a Canadian Remembrance Torch challenge has been created called Saskatchewan Proud! Residents are given an opportunity to participate before Saskatchewan Day with a deadline of Au-

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gust 3rd, 2020 to recognize WWII’s 75th anniversaries, honour Canadian veterans and show their pride. The Challenge is: 75 remembrance torch photos—each taken at one of the thousands of lakes named after Saskatchewan’s WWII veterans. It’s easy to participate. Create your personal remembrance torch (https://canadianremembrancetorch.ca/the- torch-be-yours/), go to your special location, hold it high, and remember our veterans’ legacy of peace, freedom, and friendship. Photos of “holding it high moments” will be shared on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and The Canadian Remembrance Torch’s website and become part of a special Remembrance Week tribute in November. You are encouraged to join The Canadian Remembrance Torch challenge! For more information contact Karen Hunter (519) 835-1314

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The 24th annual Saskatchewan Festival of Words took place from July 13-19, featuring a jam-packed schedule of 20 events with 17 award-winning Canadian authors and a collection of local and industry guests. This year’s festival made history as the first time the event has taken place entirely online and free of charge, with all of

the live readings, workshops, panels and interviews happening via live streaming on YouTube. Authors and guests tuned in from all over the country — and some viewers from all over the world. Although festival guests and patrons missed the in-person aspect of the annual literary event, organizers are overall

pleased with how the new virtual format performed and are looking forward to celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Words next summer. Please see next week’s issue for Part 2 to round-off the complete coverage of Festival of Words events.

Readception opens 2020 Festival of Words with short author readings Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express

Top L-R: Nathan Ripley, Lindsay Wong, Jay Ingram. Bottom L-R: Farah Heron, Steven Price, Amanda Leduc.

It is a bit of a tradition for the first evening of the Festival of Words to begin with the ever-popular event Readception, where authors take the spotlight to share their own words in their own voices. This year was no different, with six of the

Festival’s guest authors joining together for the first live stream event of the virtual literary festival. With executive director Sarah Simison providing the introductions for each author, Readception once again provided a

small taste of what the Festival of Words has to offer throughout the following week. Beginning with Naben Ruthnum reading an excerpt from his latest suspenseful novel Your Life Is Mine, next followed a powerful reading from Amanda Leduc out of her novelistic deconstruction of modern fairy tales, Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space. Jay Ingram shared insight about science writing and how he approaches even the broadest of questions, such as “why is the sky blue?” For those wondering: there’s a million Google pages of answers, and Ingram is still researching the question in its entirety. Lindsay Wong shared a section of her newest young adult novel My Summer of Love & Misfortune, followed by Steven Price with a reading from his novel

Lampedusa — a fictionalization of the author Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s experience writing his book The Leopard. The event concluded with a reading from Farah Heron’s romantic comedy-esque novel The Chai Factor, and a kind reminder from Simison that there is plenty more where all of that came from throughout the next six days of the Festival. Although it’s hard to say exactly how many people tuned in to this year’s Readception — last year’s Festival gathered around 200 eager sets of ears — the chat portion of the live stream was full of compliments and interest from the most “vocal” of viewers. With only a handful of minutes to impress, it’s safe to say each of the authors included in the event certainly lived up to the task.

Lunch is Lit: Joshua Whitehead and Bernadette Wagner Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express

Author and poet Joshua Whitehead (L), session moderator and Moose Jaw Express representative Larissa Kurz (C), and author and poet Bernadette Wagner (R) during a Lunch Is Lit live reading at the 2020 Festival of Words. This year’s Festival of Words features the Lunch Is Lit series, a daily noon-hour session featuring two guest authors sharing readings of their selected work followed by a live question-and-answer session from viewers. Novelist and poet Joshua Whitehead joined the July 14 session from his childhood home in Manitoba and shared two sections

from his 2018 novel Jonny Appleseed. Regina author and poet Bernadette Wagner shared a selection of poems from both of her published collections, This Hot Place and the recently-published The Dry Valley, as well as a portion of a long-form poem she wrote during one of her visits to the Sage Hill Writing Experience. Viewers tuned in from as far away as Nova Scotia for the event and through the new virtual format, the audience expressed their appreciation for the words shared by both guest authors — and posed a few interesting questions through the live chat feature. Whitehead, a two-spirit member of the Peguis First Nation, shared that his most recent project is a collection of speculative fiction writing by two-spirit, queer, and trans Indigenous writers called Love After the End, which will be releasing in the fall of this year. He also shared that he is working on a

third manuscript of his own, a collection of non-fiction writing that discusses Indigeneity, queerness, and mental health framed by his own experiences with all of those topics, titled Making Love with the Land. Whitehead also spoke briefly on his writing process, and the way he approaches the different genres that he has worked in personally. “Poetry is a little more complicated for me, as I find I need to have some sort of sensorial experience and also be angry enough to write. Poetry for me is like my purging of anger, and prose is more about the practice of love,” said Whitehead. “With non-fiction, which I’m just learning to do now, my writing practice is very erratic. One would think it’d be easy to mine one’s own memories and experiences [but] for me, it’s exhaustive on the body.” For Wagner, similar questions prompted her to speak about the fluidity of her own writing routine, which currently has

Author and poet Joshua Whitehead (L) and author and poet Bernadette Wagner (R) during a Lunch Is Lit live reading at the 2020 Festival of Words.

her up and writing as early as 4 a.m. while she works on a daily writing challenge to produce one new work every day for the month of July — a familiar routine from earlier days in her career. “I’ve never really had a regular practice. I started writing as a stay at home mom, so it was whenever I had a minute or two to jot down a note [and] at one point, I was getting up at four a.m. to write before they got up,” said Wagner. “And interestingly, I find myself in that pattern again now.”

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Moderator Tracey Mitchell (L) in conversation with memoirist D.M. Ditson (C) and author Marina Endicott (R) during a Lunch is Lit session at the Festival of Words. This year’s Festival of Words features the while journalist and author D.M. Ditson Lunch is Lit series, a daily noon-hour ses- shared a selection of readings from her sion featuring two guest authors offering memoir, Wide Open. readings of their selected work followed by Afterwards, both authors spoke candida live question-and-answer session from ly about their processes when working on viewers. their respective manuscripts, which feaActor, director and now award-winning au- tured very different approaches from each thor Marina Endicott read a passage from but focused on the idea of the experience. her historical fiction novel The Difference, For Ditson, her memoir details her journey

as a survivor of sexual assault and her process of recovery, which obviously required her to reflect on her own personal experience and share it openly with her readers — a sometimes painful process. “It was really difficult for me to sit down and say, ‘this is what happened to me’ and then not rip up the pages, because that’s what I’d done in the past,” said Ditson. “[But] what I really want other people to know is that it gets better, it definitely gets better, [for] both survivors and the people who love them.” For Endicott, when approaching The Difference, she admitted she spent eight years doing research as she had no prior knowledge about living at sea and the novel’s story largely features a long sea journey. She also spent ten days on a sailboat trip to supplement her research. Continuing with the session, Endicott and

Ditson also shared where they find the inspiration to write. For Endicott, the question was complicated but intriguing, as her spark of inspiration differs from work to work but is always an exciting moment to realize. For Ditson, who had previously mentioned that her memoir was born out of the personal practice of journaling to process her feelings through writing, the inspiration to write is slightly different. “For me, what inspires me most to write is both love and pain,” said Ditson. “And as a reporter, I get to chat with a lot of people and write a lot of stories I choose and what really compels me is how interesting humanity is. It’s just really nice, to me, to sit down with someone and find out all the intricate detail about them and why they are the way they are.”


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Workshop with author Amanda Leduc provides perspective on writing about disability Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express

Moderator Cat Abenstein from the Saskatchewan Writers Guild (L) and author Amanda Leduc (R) fielded questions after sharing a number of tips to avoid painting the experience of disability as “an unhappy ending” or a one-dimensional plot device.

In a fascinating workshop presented by the Festival of Words and the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, author Amanda Leduc presented a perfectly delivered discussion on how to include the experience of disability in writing in a respectful and authentic way. As a non-fiction author whose book dissects the ableism present in the most familiar fairy tales and a person with cerebral palsy, Leduc was the perfect voice to share some knowledge on how to approach writing the lived experience of disability without falling into any of the common ableist tropes. Leduc spoke briefly about how sometimes works give characters a disability as a plot device, either for the purpose of moving a story forward or eliciting a certain reaction from readers, like sympathy or fear. “People are not all saintly like Tiny Tim [in A Christmas Carol], and we’re not all villains like the villains in James Bond that almost always have facial scarring,” said Leduc. “When you use disability in this way, you shift the attention away from what it means to actually have a disability in the world.” Another issue that often crops up, said Leduc, is the use of ableist language, including phrases like “tone-deaf ” or “blind to,” which paints the disabled experience as something that is unsavoury or unwanted.

She encouraged writers to take careful consideration of the words they use, especially when writing either about a disabled character or from a disabled perspective. “It really is good to think about whether the language that you use could be construed as being offensive in some way, and if there are more accurate or specific turns of phrase you could use,” said Leduc. “There’s nothing wrong with disability, there’s nothing wrong with moving through the world in a different way, and the stories that we tell should show this.” Leduc also shared the ultimate question that writers need to ask when considering including disability in their work: ‘is this my story to tell or is this a story better told by someone with this lived experience?’ Another key point on Leduc’s checklist was considering employing the services of a sensitivity writer to help shape the portrayal of disability in a manuscript. “When you’re writing from the perspective of someone else, you need to do your due diligence and make sure that your representation is thoughtful and inclusive, but also be prepared that some people might not agree with it,” said Leduc. During the question and answer period of the workshop, the topic of writing disability in the genre of fantasy was raised, eliciting a well-laid out response from Leduc. “Disability and fantasy is interesting because the assumption is almost always that in fantasy, there’s magic, that can make disabilities disappear,” said Leduc. “I think in terms of having disability language in fantasy and magical worlds, really what you want is magic that forces the world to change, [rather than the person].” she continued. Leduc’s overall message was not one dissuading authors from including disability in their work, but rather one encouraging authors to think deeply about the portrayal of disabilities and the message it sends to readers. “If we don’t look at the challenges disabled people have, either in a story or in real life, then we don’t think about how we as a society can overcome these challenges,” said Leduc. “I want your characters to be special in the best kind of way and not in the sort of condescending kind of way. Make it part of who they are and make them proud of who they are, because disabled people deserve to see disability pride everywhere they look.”

FOW interviews popular TV personality, author Jay Ingram on science writing It’s probably safe to say that the majority of Canadians know Jay Ingram as “that science guy from the show Daily Planet,” and the popular author and science expert was happy to spend some time back on screen for a fascinating interview at the Festival of Words — except this time he was the interviewee, not the interviewer. Ingram was joined by Regina principal and fellow science fan Lindsay Morhart, who had a ton of interesting questions about the science of science writing and how Ingram finds new topics to share with his audience. Before his tenure as the host of Daily Planet from its inception in 1995 until he retired in 2011, Ingram also hosted a CBC radio program titled Quirks & Quarks from 1979 to 1992, and is also the co-founder of the Beakerhead Festival, which he described as “if Daily Planet were a street festival.” Over the years and amongst his other projects, Ingram has also written and published seventeen books of his own, including his recent popular question-and-answer book series The Science of Why and stand-alone book The End of Memory: A Natural History of Aging and Alzheimer’s published in 2015. Ingram said he agreed to work on The Science of Why because the format seemed to encapsulate the curious nature of science. “Science is really a great adventure sto-

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Science writer and former TV personality Jay Ingram (L) in a fascinating interview with Regina educator and science enthusiast Lindsay Morhart during the Festival of Words. ry, and anybody who is curious can be ed in all five volumes in the series — the rewarded by science because you have a fifth being set to release later this year — question, and it just leads you into it,” said are actually reverse-engineered when he Ingram. “The key to science writing is you spots a particularly interesting bit or renot only put something on the table, as in search. ‘here’s an amazing fact,’ but then you give One chapter in a Science of Why book people insight into that fact.” takes about a day to write once he gets in Ingram usually starts working on a Science the groove, Ingram said, and usually reof Why book with about fifty questions on quires reading between seven and twelve his plate, which fluctuates as some lead to scientific papers for research. dead ends and others are added during Sometimes, he shared, his research the research process. doesn’t reach a neat conclusion but that When asked where he finds the questions doesn’t ruffle him too much. that he includes in the books, Ingram ad“That’s what science is really about, it’s mitted that some of the questions includ- about the search,” said Ingram. “That’s

what fascinates a lot of scientists and of course it’s frustrating not to know an answer but in a way, all that guarantees is that twenty, fifty years in the future they will still be researching, and so that doesn’t frustrate me at all.” Research for a show like Daily Planet was less hands on for Ingram as the host, he shared, while research for his books tends to be deeper. A book like The Science of Why, however, is less intense than a book like The End of Memory. “The good thing [about book research] is you can get really deep into interesting stuff you wouldn’t have time for others, but the bad thing is you can get really deep into something you otherwise wouldn’t have,” he joked. When asked what topics were currently on his radar of interest Ingram predictably had a few examples ready to share, including cosmology and the ongoing discovery of new solar systems, the question of why Neanderthals disappeared when early homo sapiens did not, and the future of robots and artificial intelligence. With The Science of Why as his newest project, Ingram shared that he hopes his continued interest in quirky science questions — and his efforts to bring that science to people — will in turn continue to inspire young people’s interest in science the same way his time on Daily Planet did for people in the past.


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Sask poet laureate Bruce Rice shares advice about writing from art, visual spaces Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express

Award-winning writer and current Saskatchewan poet laureate Bruce Rice hosted the first virtual workshop at this year’s Festival of Words, sharing some of his knowledge about using artwork and visual spaces as inspiration for writing. Speaking about all types of art forms, including traditional mediums like sculpture or photographs as well as landscapes and notable buildings or monuments, Rice addressed the sometimes difficult-to-navigate idea of letting art be the source for a written narrative. Rice began his instruction session with some advice on writing from artwork while also remaining sensitive to the original artist or the history of the source art itself. He recommended seeking permissions wherever possible and stressed how important it is to consider the voice of the “other” when using an art source that is a location, landsite, or structure of significance. “Who the ‘other’ is may change very much depending on who you are and what you care about,” said Rice. “There’s something called ‘tourist religiosity,’ where people go to these [natural landmarks and sites] and they impose their own beliefs [and] the important thing there is to put your

Current poet laureate Bruce Rice shares a photograph of the tree formation “Seven Sisters” in Wakamow Valley, Moose Jaw, as part of his workshop on writing from art. ego away and let the place speak to you.” The next very important nugget of knowledge he shared: this discussion is about writing from art, not writing about art. Rice describes the mentality as immersing oneself within the artwork of choice and allowing it to push at the boundaries of language and help inspire a narrative. “When you write from art, that’s where we are, we’re em-

bedded in the art. That’s a conversation we’re having, with both the art and the artist, and it’s a two-way conversation,” he said. “Although we might be writing about the art of another artist, as writers we are artists and so we’re also meeting ourselves when we do that writing, and it does change the way we internalize that,” said Rice. “When we write about a piece of art, we are actually creating a bigger space in the imagination, where the art has its own space and we’re bringing in another layer.” During the question and answer session with moderator and the Festival board of director Melanie McFarlane, Rice also spoke briefly about the interesting intersection between the world of visual art and written word and how he thinks it is beginning to evolve within the broader visual and literary communities in Saskatchewan. “I believe that writing in art is transforming, and critics just haven’t caught up yet,” said Rice, before briefly discussing the increase of Indigenous voices joining the scene. “[Here in Saskatchewan] I believe that history is changing right now and it’s changing for the better, that these two worlds are coming together.”

Teen writing workshop with author Lindsay Wong talks charachter building Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express

Lindsay Wong walked through the process she used to create characters for her newest young adult fiction novel, My Summer of Love and Misfortune, during a teen workshop at the Festival of Words. When best-selling author Lindsay Wong approached her second book, she found herself tasked with the new experience of building fictional characters from scratch — a process she shared with a group of teen writers during her Festival of Words

workshop. The workshop, titled “Creative Writing for Teens,” took participants through Wong’s process in creating memorable characters that feel fully-realized and have a story to share. For Wong, she finds fleshing out the core details of her main character is the best place to start a story, beginning with basics like names and appearances, and then moving onto deeper details like hobbies, dislikes, and potential supporting characters. “I think the key to a really memorable character [is finding] things that only you would say or write [and] a good rule of thumb is that you have to find your character interesting,” she said. “If you aren’t interested in this person in real life, you

probably won’t want to write about them. And if you don’t want to hang out with your character, why would your reader?” As an author who first published a non-fiction memoir, where all of the characters were already mapped out in real life, Wong found this process really helped her find strong roots for her second novel, which was young adult fiction. “For me, I think to really understand the character, who they are and their relationships, that’s really going to make your story move forward,” said Wong. She also shared her tactic for working through writer’s block: jump to a new scene in the narrative or go back to the very beginning and think about the basics of the character. But, she added, the writing process is as

individual as writers themselves. “The beauty of writing is that there’s no rule and anything goes. It’s whatever works for you and your story,” she said, during the question period of the workshop. That rings true for all aspects of building a story, she continued, as the process of constructing something new is different for everyone and doesn’t always have to be a linear journey. “[Writing] doesn’t always have to be chronological [and] sometimes scenes don’t always make it into books,” said Wong. “And a lot of the time, writing, for me, is like a patchwork quilt where you’ve written all these scenes and now you just put them order, but it’s really just whatever works for you in terms of telling a story.”

Hardly Art Theatre presents selection of dramatic shorts at Festival of Words In true Festival of Words fashion, the dramatic performance this year once again offered a new and refreshing take for Festival patrons interested in the experience of theatre. The Festival of Words was lucky enough to share a selection of short theatrical plays from the annual Short Cuts Festival in Saskatoon, a festival formed out of short ten-minute theatre pieces. Short Cuts also presented its festival online this year and artistic director Yvette Nolan was pleased to bring four of the pieces that debuted during the spring to the Festival of Words virtual stage. “We really wanted to show a variety,” said Nolan. “All of the pieces, in spite of the fact that we chose them last summer before we knew about the pandemic, it was shocking how much they spoke to the time we were in, so it was easy to choose [which to feature].” The pieces featured included the Land Acknowledgement piece written by Nolan herself, “Rerouting” by Danica Tempel, “No. 7” by Jalisa Gonie, and “The Yard

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The four selected short plays from the Short Cuts Festival in Saskatoon: “Land Acknowledgement” by Yvette Nolan, “Rerouting” by Danica Tempel, “No. 7” by Jalisa Gonie, and “The Yard with the Old Plow” by Shanda Stefanson.

with the Old Plow” by Shanda Stefanson. Shared by the Hardly Art Theatre company and On the Boards, all of the pieces were filmed and put together at a distance, meaning that a plethora of new skills was need-

ed to complete each piece — including wireless mics and earbuds, green screens, and new staging methods. “I’m still grieving the loss of theatre, the being in the room with other people,” she said. Nolan shared some of the challenges that the directors, performers, and technicians faced, especially the way the online format changed how the actors approached their performances. “We got to play with toys that we usually don’t get to play with, in the theatre, but there’s nothing for the breath,” said Nolan. “Pauses that we take in theatre, to think or make a choice, they don’t quite work online [and] that was a huge adjustment to make. . . It’s all a bit Shakespearean, you just have to keep riding the words because pauses don’t work.” Overall, Nolan was happy to be able to share the short productions with audiences outside of Saskatoon for the first year ever, and the possibility of developing a hybrid show with both live and video performances in the future is certainly one of interest.


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Interview with Paul Seesequasis talks how photography book preserves Indigenous identity Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express

Journalist and writer Paul Seesequasis joined fellow journalist and former host of CTV’s Indigenous Circle Nelson Bird for a live stream interview at the Festival of Words, resulting in a conversation about the importance of preserving Indigenous history using new mediums. Seesequasis is a kind of expert on utilizing new ways to connect Indigenous communities to their history. As the curator of the Indigenous Archives Photo Project, which spans across several platforms including social media and print, Seesequasis has spent the last several years exploring the stories behind a collection of archival photographs of Indigenous dayto-day life. That collection, titled Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun, was published in 2019 and features photos from Indigenous nations all over Canada dating from the 1920s to the 1970s that Seesequasis found in national and provincial archives collections. The project began in 2015, and as Seesequasis began posting the images on social

media, he started seeing people recognizing family members and sharing stories. “I never expected it to have the trajectory it’s had, the momentum,” said Seesequasis. “The response was phenomenal, people responded on social media saying ‘that’s my auntie, that’s my uncle,’ and it just grew from there.” From that point, he began the journey of discovering the stories behind each photo and compiling it into a nonfiction collection. “It really was a wonderful combination of the image and the voice coming back together,” said Seesequasis. “What really surprised me was how people were willing to share their stories with me [and] from pretty early on, I really tried to let the people from the communities, let their voices speak for themselves. I tried to keep myself out of it as much as I can.” Seesequasis spoke briefly about how he chose which photos to include in the finished draft of Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun, which partially relied on the timing of collecting the stories but also on the content featured in the photographs. “There’s always been an issue with our objects, whether they’re sacred or dayto-day, being put under glass or with a tag beside them saying what they are, where people see them,” said Seesequasis. “That’s a part of colonial history all over the world, where the colonizer takes what they see as ‘other’ or exotic and puts them under the glass.” His collection, to avoid this problemat-

Author Paul Seesequasis (top) in conversation with local TV personality Nelson Bird (bottom), while a selection of photos from Seesequasis’ book Blanket Under the Midnight Sun circulates to the right. ic representation of Indigenous culture, instead focuses on the daily experience of Indigeneity and the ways that nations pushed back at colonization events like the Indian Act, Eskimo tags and residential schools. “I very much wanted day-to-day life, living off the land or children playing, just the contemporary life at that time. I really avoided anything to do with ceremony or anywhere I felt the camera was invasive of anything sacred, and I avoided to a great extent any kind of traditional powwows and things that would fit an outside gaze,” said Seesequasis. For Seesequasis, putting stories to the photographs and returning them to their communities has been an incredible step forward in preserving Indigenous oral history in a new way. He already has another photography book in the works, he admitted, and said

that he hopes the overall project might potentially inspire an Indigenous archive collection in the future. “I hope it’s raised the appreciation of photography and the framing of positive Indigenous images as something that we can learn from,” said Seesequasis. “I hope we can continue to see the archives be democratized and decolonized and be maybe more of a visual reclamation, if you will, so that these photograph histories of our ancestors really belong to us.”

Joan Thomas explains the intricacies of writing fiction from real events

Historical fiction writer Joan Thomas hosted an informative workshop at this year’s Festival of Words on the ins and outs of writing stories that use real events as a basis, including her approach to doing research and shaping imagination. Thomas spoke candidly about how the process relates to her most recent novel Five Wives, which is based on accounts of a group of missionaries’ attempt to contact an isolated indigenous nation in Ecuador in 1956. Thomas began by talking about what often drives writers to approach stories based in history and facts, including the sparkle of a natural hook for readers and the already built-in framework of the narrative.

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But there’s also an interest in telling stories that perhaps were silenced at the time of the events, said Thomas, as well as the writer’s attachment and interest in a story. Finding a factual story interesting is, unsurprisingly, key to approaching historical fiction writing as the process requires a lot of research, which Thomas encourages writers to look at with rose-coloured glasses. “It might be the most fun you’ve ever had in your life, without a glass of wine in hand,” said Thomas. “You’re in love with your subject and you’re finding new things that add colour to it.” Thomas’s process involves a lot of research, reading about and around her topic or event of interest before attempting to draft a fiction narrative within the facts. For Thomas and most other writers like her, this is because approaching a story that is true requires a certain kind of balance between adherence to what is factual and exploration of what is missing from the real story. “We are always after the truth, as fiction writers, but we may have a different grasp of where the truth lies,” she said. “But you will have to determine for yourself what

Award-winning author Joan Thomas in conversation with Regina journalist and Saskatchewan Writers Guild board member Ashley Martin at the Festival of Words. your parameters are [on what stories you will approach].” A tough question for many historical writers is how much of the factual narrative they will include, as well as how to determine their own parameters surrounding what stories are acceptable to approach. During the workshop, Thomas was asked about the responsibility of historical fiction writers when portraying facts and real events, as often writers expand, embellish and take liberties with the factual narrative. “I think all of us really have to confront this question at a rather deep level as

we write, and that is because we play a huge role as fiction writers in how people think about the world [and] the way they think about the past,” said Thomas. “In some instances, you are revising details in service of the greater truth.”


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DERELICT PROPERTY 1511 HASTINGS STREET July 13, 2020 Derelict Property 1511 Hastings St. The final — and last — resort is buildings are demolished.” Fraser Tolmie. First I must apologize [to many of you]. Please allow me to explain. When I walked into the backyard of 1511 Hastings St. recently to show the Moose Jaw Express reporter the property, I fell apart. Every memory, every disappointment hit me, in dealing with the city over the last 17 years. I thank Jason for his story that tried to make sense out of what I was saying. I’m only trying to get this house [1511 Hastings St.] restored to a livable state or demolished; the same answer to the question Puffalt asked in our meeting of October 2018, when he asked what I expected. Fraser Tolmie Mayor of Moose Jaw, you seem to leave some facts out of your article. Let me address the ARO: January 20, 2020 Reply to Letter dated January 08, 2020 Derelict/Nuisance Property 1511 Hastings St. City Manager Jim Puffalt, I thank you for the opportunity to have the Administrative Review Officer review my complaint (inquiry) regarding 1511 Hastings St. (Administrative Review Bylaw 5200) Councillor Warren asked me July 6, 2020, to consider an Administrative Review Officer (ARO) to take a look at the issue.

Why would I consider any process that goes through the city manager Jim Puffalt’s hands, as being unbiased? I also have 12 months to decide on filing an ARO according to the city bylaw. “Now their is a second house at 749 Stadacona East owned by James.” I chose to file a complaint with the Ombudsman’s office and I see the city is sending requested information for review. Further to that, “information from the city” was requested by the Ombudsman, and I will hear towards the end of the month the findings. I am also aware I can send any relevant information referring to the property to the Ombudsman for review and an opinion. Quite different from the city’s approach. Amazingly, while the city is getting the grass cut on the above properties, the following words come out from city hall courtesy of the Mayor Fraser Tolmie. “The final — and last — resort is buildings are demolished.” Fraser Tolmie. This revelation, since I went to the Ombudsman. This all happened in less than 3 weeks, and yet we filed the complaint on August 15, 2018 with the city. Fraser Tolmie your words: “Legislation does not provide for open-ended regulation in these cases.” Councillor Warren your words: “very time-consuming and chal-

lenging due to the limitations of the Cities Act.” So, for the last 17 years the problem rests with the provincial government not having tougher regulations? Do you both not realize you get to write bylaws to resolve problems for all citizens, that’s in the “Cities Act?” So, weak or nothing-in-them bylaws, as Chief Montgomery claimed was the reason he couldn’t collect fees; didn’t you changed the bylaw for him? (Executive Committee) So, could it be the mayor and council’s responsibility to provide bylaws to meet the needs of all citizens, not just provide cover for administration? The BEO said “Moreover, he told Bordessa that they didn’t have time to “babysit” derelict properties.” (749 Stadacona E.) That sounds like the BFO (Fire Chief) Montgomery, who took offence to my words in my Complaint Filed August 15, 2018; “For a fire department chief or inspector to not consider the health and safety of all citizens of Moose Jaw a prime motivation for their jobs and duty to at least have the moral character to speak directly to a citizen about a fire hazard tells me they are in the wrong profession.” Mayor Tolmie, I think you have some employees working for the city that should be held accountable? So Mayor Tolmie, is demolition the consensus of council? If so, for me to take your words seriously, the property next door needs to be a vacant lot. Carter Currie

OUT OF TOUCH MUNICIPAL MANAGEMENT Out of Touch Municipal Management After reading the July 15/20 MJ Express article about how Canadians feel about their heritage and built history, it made me

realize how out of touch our City Hall Administrative Management is with the residents and visitors to Moose Jaw. I believe it was last year city administration recommended that city council disband the Moose Jaw Municipal Heritage Adviso-

ry Committee. Thank goodness city council rejected this recommendation. Brian Bell

Province stalls on handing over documents related to Carpere Canada Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The provincial government appears to be stalling when it comes to providing documents and information about Carpere Canada’s involvement with the Valley View Centre property. The Moose Jaw Express submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the Ministry of Central Services on June 15 asking for information about anything or anyone related to Carpere Canada from January 2018 to May 2020. The newspaper was curious about what other activities the Vancouver-based business is involved in in Saskatchewan, especially after the company abandoned its deal in the Southeast Industrial Park and pursued the Valley View Centre (VVC) complex property. The Express recently learned the business was the successful bidder for the property and is likely to take ownership after July 31. In response to the FOI request, Dana Kachur, access and privacy officer with the Ministry of Central Services, sent an email saying the request did not provide enough details for the ministry to identify the desired records. More information was required for ministry officials to search for the proper records. The Express submitted a new FOI request on June 17 requesting access to similar information about Carpere, but narrowed the search to emails, communications, or correspondence, and for information about the VVC

property bid tender, from January 2018 to May 2020. On July 8, Kachur responded, saying the documentation requested could contain third-party information subject to section 19 (1) of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This meant the ministry had to inform Carpere about the request under section 34 of the act. The company then had 20 days — to July 28 — to provide the office with presentations about whether the records contained exempted information and whether the province should deny access. Once the ministry received Carpere’s presentation, it would then decide whether to release the information. Kachur sent another email on July 16, saying the ministry needed to extend the deadline by 30 days to allow Carpere Canada to make representations and for the office to notify both parties of its decision. This decision to extend the deadline — to Aug. 8 at the latest — was based on section 12 (1). The access and privacy officer added that the newspaper — if it disagreed with the extension — could contact the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner to review the decision. The Express contacted Kachur on July 16 to clear up confusion about the deadline of when Carpere had to respond and when the ministry had to provide a final reply. She explained that the ministry based the first 30-day ex-

tension on the June 15 FOI submission and had until July 15 to respond. It then tacked on an additional 20 days to allow Carpere to submit its presentations, thus pushing the deadline to July 28. The ministry then had 10 days to decide whether to release the information. Analysis It seems that governments at the municipal and provincial levels can hide behind the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act when they are asked for information or want to keep issues quiet. How can the residents of Moose Jaw know what’s happening with the Valley View Centre property when the province uses stall tactics about what information to release? How can the Thorn and Avery families resolve access issues to their properties when we don’t know if Carpere will let them cross the VVC property to do so? How much did Carpere pay for the property? What does the company plan to do with the land? How long has Carpere been communicating with the ministry? It would also be interesting to learn what other projects Carpere is pursuing in Saskatchewan and what the contents are of its conversations with the province. The Moose Jaw Express will continue to dig for those answers.


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City Hall Council Notes

Habitat for Humanity project a go after council approves application Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

Habitat for Humanity will now be able to construct a semi-detached housing unit on a newly purchased lot after city council changed the bylaw and approved the organization’s discretionary use application. Habitat for Humanity Regina recently bought 1015 Ominica Street East, which consists of two 7.5-metre (25-foot) legal lots. City hall has zoned the property as R1 – large lot low-density residential district, which is to provide for large-lot residential development in the form of one-unit dwellings. The non-profit organization is proposing to construct two residential dwelling units — one on each legal lot — with a shared wall along the property line. The zoning bylaw

classifies this as “dwellings, semi-detached.” During its July 13 regular meeting, council voted unanimously to approve Habitat for Humanity’s discretionary use application so it could construct that dwelling on the two lots. During the previous council meeting, council approved changing the zoning bylaw so this project could happen. City administration recommended approving the application due to the size of the lots in the area and the alignment with the Housing Business Plan’s recommendation for housing variety, a council report explained. The R1 district is primarily composed of detached one-unit dwellings on 15-metre (50-foot) lots.

The zoning bylaw sets out four criteria that the discretionary use application must meet. After review, city hall agreed that the application meets those criteria because: • Semi-detached dwellings are often more affordable than single detached dwellings and provide variety for housing options. The 2018 Housing Business Plan recommends that Moose Jaw pursue more various housing forms to address the community’s needs, • The municipality does not anticipate that it will have to upgrade area infrastructure due to this application; • Semi-detached dwellings are unlikely to cause problems for surrounding homeowners.

City hall to seek provincial funding to upgrade urban highways Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

City hall hopes that the provincial government will provide nearly $1 million in funding to help upgrade two major roads in Moose Jaw. City administration plans to submit an expression of interest (EOI) application to the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure through its Urban Highway Connector Program (UHCP). The application will ask for money to upgrade the Manitoba Street Expressway from Corstorphine Avenue to 11th Avenue and Main Street North from Highway 2 to the Canadian Tire access point. The City of Moose Jaw’s engineering department chose these locations after determining they had the heaviest traffic flows. The EOI stipulates that the total cost for each project must be less than $500,000 and must be completed by 2021. During its July 13 regular meeting, city council unanimously approved a motion to receive and file city administration’s report about the EOI and funding under this

program. City administration will return to council in the fall with a budget for the two proposed projects. The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure introduced the UHCP in 2008 to “promote the safe and efficient movement of people and goods through an urban municipality while providing a transparent and consistent framework that supports the equitable management of urban connectors,” according to the report. City administration was unsure if it needed council to provide an approved motion for this issue since the instructions from the ministry were unclear, city manager Jim Puffalt said. However, city administration knew that council wanted to approve all capital projects, so it brought forward this report since the application was due July 15. “This program has been woefully underfunded ever since it was signed (in 2015 between the province and municipality),” he stated.

If city hall can get the projects in a queue, he continued, then there is the opportunity to obtain more funding than the maximum limit. There are already several commitments within the UHCP agreement that talk about bringing roads up to acceptable standards. The cost of those projects exceeds the $500,000 limit, so city administration will continue to press for those programs. “I argued (years ago) against joining this program for those very reasons. We took on the responsibility of provincial roadways and bridges. Now we hear it is dramatically underfunded … ,” said Coun. Brian Swanson. “We bought into a program where the province was very willing to dump this on municipalities.” Other possible locations that the UHCP could cover in the future include the north service road, various sections of Highway 2, Bushell Park access, the intersection of Highway 363 and Ninth Avenue Southwest, and Highway 2 over the Moose Jaw River.

Council officially approves its double-digit pay increase

The mayor and city council will receive a double-digit pay raise next year, even though one councillor indicated that’s unsustainable due to low population growth and projected salary increases in the 2021 budget. After approving recommendations at its June 29 executive committee meeting to increase its remuneration starting in January, council officially approved those motions during its July 13 regular meeting. Council voted 5-2 to raise the mayor’s wages to $100,068 from $82,303, which is an increase of $17,765 or nearly 18 per cent. Councillors Brian Swanson and Crystal Froese were opposed. Council then voted 4-3 to increase councillors’ wages to $33,323 from $25,924, which is an increase of $7,399 or 28 per cent. Coun. Dawn Luhning, Swanson and Froese were opposed. Lastly, council voted 5-2 in favour of other recommendations that were attached to the remuneration report; an amendment to one motion decreased council’s travel budget to $3,000 from $4,756. Swanson and Froese were opposed. Who’s going to pay? An extra $65,000 will be required to cover these increases, but the remuneration report dismissed that amount and said it’s a small amount of the municipality’s $75 million budget, Swanson said. They could apply the same logic by saying the mayor’s pay is a small amount, which is a deceptive argument. “It is a lot of money. It is new money that was not included in the budget and it has to come from somewhere,”

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he stated. Construction of a new home usually generates $2,500 in property taxes, but from January to June, contractors built only five homes for $12,500, Swanson continued. That is $52,500 short of funding this pay increase; 26 new homes would be required to cover the entire cost. What worried Swanson is city administration provided council with a preview of next year’s budget and it “was not a pretty sight.” An extra $588,000 would be required to fund the increase in salaries and benefits for city employees, which means $653,000 in total is needed to maintain the status quo. The same report said property assessment growth would be negligible, while most people realize the community has not grown in a while, he added. This will force residents to dig deeper to pay for their property taxes. A decision that affects future councils It’s OK that the motion affects the next council, Luhning said, since it won’t affect her pay now. She had been having a crisis of conscience during the past few weeks about having her pay bumped to $33,323. She was also concerned about receiving per diem travel allowance and pay for acting as deputy mayor. She had asked city administration in March not to pay her for that role due to the pandemic and the fact councillors were not travelling anywhere. “To me, it’s the wrong timing to be giving a raise of 20 to 28 per cent in the middle of a pandemic in very unstable and unpredictable times,” Froese said. Being a city councillor means providing a type of com-

munity service and experiencing the same struggles as residents, she continued. The pandemic is still ongoing and another wave could hit; council and city administration have no idea what the overall economic effect will be. Many people have lost their jobs, while others have to work two and three jobs to make ends meet. “I lose sleep at night about my community because we are not on the other side (of the pandemic),” said Froese, who thought it should be the responsibility of the next mayor and council to figure out their remuneration. Attracting the best candidates While this discussion is difficult, Coun. Scott McMann thought council should want to attract the best possible candidates to help make tough decisions, especially during a pandemic that has negatively affected the economy. While the increase seems large and it’s always a struggle to find cash in the budget, this will be money well spent, he continued. The amount of remuneration for councillors and mayor shouldn’t deter people from running. Coun. Chris Warren agreed that city council should want to have the best candidates to guide the municipality through the pandemic. He thought that compensation should be in line with other communities of similar size, while councillors should also receive more pay for having to put their reputations at risk online and in the media. “We owe it to the next council and to the community,” he added.


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City Hall Council Notes

Council won’t take pay cut to stand with residents hit by pandemic Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

City council will not take a pay cut to show solidarity with residents whom the pandemic has negatively affected financially, even though other places have taken similar actions. Coun. Brian Swanson introduced a motion during the July 13 regular meeting to have city councillors take a 20-percent pay reduction effective immediately and lasting until the end of October, in recognition of the consequences the pandemic has had on society. He introduced a similar recommendation during the June 29 executive committee meeting — pointing out New Zealand has done something similar — but council voted against that idea. During the July 13 regular meeting, council again voted 6-1 against the idea. A report came out recently showing 40 per cent of Saskatchewan’s workforce — or 200,000 people — is receiving the federal Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which means proportionately, about 6,500 Moose Javians are also receiving this federal aid, Swanson said. The pandemic has had a significant disruption on residents’ personal and social lives, while businesses — especially small businesses — have been hit hard, seen reduced traffic, reduced income, and even closed permanently, he

continued. Furthermore, city councillors have had less work since municipal committees have not been meeting. “We have the opportunity to show leadership and understanding of the economic impact of this in a symbolic gesture,” added Swanson, “by reducing our pay 20 per cent to the end of our term to stand with people extremely affected … .” Coun. Heather Eby accused Swanson of engaging in a “great political move” by pushing for a reduction in pay. She pointed out she allegedly knows some elected officials at higher levels who took a pay cut and then applied for CERB. Moose Jaw councillors could do the same thing, which wouldn’t make sense. While there has been less work to do, Eby noted there are still some committees that meet, while she continues to respond to residents’ calls and emails. “While I respect this idea, I don’t feel it is the right thing to do,” she added. Coun. Dawn Luhning didn’t think taking a pay cut was the right thing to do, either. The committees on which she sits — the humane society, the cultural centre and the downtown business group — have still met during the pandemic. She has used her business’ software to facilitate these

meetings. “There have been a lot of things those groups want to talk about,” she said, adding her workload has not lessened at all. Coun. Crystal Froese echoed Luhning’s comments about still having work to do. She has been providing advice to the members of her committees about how to navigate the pandemic, staffing issues and the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s requirements. “I don’t believe any of us here are sitting on our laurels. I think our city needs us,” she added. “We are doing exactly what we need to do to help our community through this, with committees and any other organizations we are involved in as individuals.” Council has met regularly during the pandemic with regular and executive committee meetings and strategic planning meetings, said Coun. Chris Warren. Council recently learned that the municipal committees would likely reconvene in September. He then attacked Swanson for raising this issue. “I’m disappointed Coun. Swanson would use this platform to politicize the tragedies of this pandemic,” Warren added.

Contract with golf clubs forces taxpayers to cover infrastructure repairs, councillor says Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

A new agreement between two golf courses and the city could force taxpayers to cover repairs to aging water infrastructure should that equipment break down, a city councillor argues. During its July 13 regular meeting, city council voted 6-1 to officially waive the 2019 irrigation fees for Hillcrest and Lynbrook golf courses and enter into an agreement with the organizations for water irrigation rates. Furthermore, council agreed to calculate the water rates based on a five-year rolling average less the municipality’s cost for weed control; divide the calculated rate equally between the golf courses; waive any administration fees, and; include a clause in the agreement that council could not guarantee the provision of water from Snowdy Springs if the infrastructure becomes inoperable. Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed; he attempted to convince council that there were too many flaws with the agreement and that council should reconsider it. Until 1955 the City of Moose Jaw obtained its water supply from those springs, located in the southwest corner of the city, he explained. Once construction of the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant and transmission lines occurred, however, the municipality stopped using the springs for potable water. The water from Snowdy Springs is pumped into the Moose Jaw Creek, which is then pushed to the centre of the city and is from where the golf courses take the water to manage their greens.

“It’s fortunate that they don’t have to use treated water, otherwise, the costs would be higher,” said Swanson. A recent concern is that the springs’ water infrastructure is old and breaking down, he continued. The pumps are inefficient, the dam has issues, and there will be expenses if the present system continues to operate. While Swanson understood that the golf courses wanted a good deal, he didn’t think the municipality negotiated a solid agreement for residents. For example, there was no reason to write off the irrigation fees for 2019 when — contrary to the golf courses’ claim — COVID-19 affected the community starting this past March and not last year. Furthermore, the new agreement didn’t include any provision for looming capital costs, he continued. If council isn’t careful, the pumps could break down, or the dam falters, and a report would then say these need to be fixed and “taxpayers would be on the hook to provide inexpensive water to the golf courses.” Resident of Revera The only cost the golf cours-

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Elks Lottery Presents Prizes Across the Province Moose Jaw Express

Twelve lucky winners received prizes they won in the Sask. Elks Association and Foundation Children’s Charity Lotteries. The draw was on June 13 in Saskatoon. All the winners are Saskatchewan residents, and all chose the cash option instead of trips. Congratulations to all the winners, and sincere thanks to all ticket buyers, from the 53 Lodges and 1100 Members of the Elks and Royal Purple Elks of Saskatchewan. Here’s the winners: The $50 Lottery Early Bird Draw was held on May 14th. Prize was Winner’s Choice of $5,000.00 or a 2-Week All Inclusive Trip for 2 to the Mayan Riviera. Winner was Andrea Guiilaume of Moose Jaw. MAIN DRAWS: 50-50 DRAW: Total sales $45,460.00. Winner’s half $22,730.00 won by Drew Kenke, Tisdale. $50 LOTTERY: Grand Prize, Winner’s Choice of $50,000.00 or $1,000.00 per week for a year or a new Dodge or Ford 4X4 Crew Cab Truck, won by Derris and

Judy White, Moose Jaw. Five Second Prizes, Winner’s Choice of $2,000.00 or a 1-Week All Inclusive Trip for 2 to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Winners are: Perry Leipert, Kindersley; James Geres, Moose Jaw; Vivian Barber, Moose Jaw; Mych Soron, Swift Current; and Eleanor Mack, Estevan. Three Third Prizes, Winner’s Choice of $1,500.00 or a Five-Day Bus Tour for 2 including 2 Blue Jays Ball Games and 2 Shopping Stops. Winners are: Jeff and Allison Slabik, Gull Lake; Bev Murtagh, Moose Jaw; and Ron Duscherer, Prelate. Three Fourth Prizes: Winner’s Choice of $1,000.00 or a Fishing Excursion to Jan Lake, Four Days Cabin with Use of a Boat and Motor. Winners are: Jackie Beaulieu, Estevan; Sandy Krauchek, Hodgeville; and Arthur Young, Canwood. Missing from Pictures: 3rd $1,500 Ron Duscherer Prelate.

2nd $2,000 Perry Leipert Kindersley by Rose Niles President Kindersley Lodge

1st $50,000 Darris and Judy White Swift Current by Chris Svab Provincial President

2nd $2,000 Eleanor Mack Estevan by Bert Hale and Kalvin Nankivel, Sask Elks Association

2nd $2,000 Vivian Barber Moose Jaw by Chris Svab Provincial President

Early Bird $5,000 Andrea Guillaume Moose Jaw by Chris Svab Provincial President Draw was May 14th

2nd $2,000 James Geres Moose Jaw by Chris Svab Provincial President

3rd $1,500 Bev Murtagh Moose Jaw by Chris Svab Provincial President

50/50 $22,730 Drew Kenke Tisdale by Denise Patterson

2nd $2,000 Mych Soron Swift Current

3rd $1,500 Jef (Allison) Slabik Gull Lake by Chris Svab Provincial President

4th $1,000 Arthur Young Canwood by Denise Patterson

4th $1,000 Jackie Beaulieu Estevan by Bert Hale and Kalvin Nankivell, Sask Elks Association

4th $1,000 Sandy Krauchek Hodgeville


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MJPS has hired more women and minorities since 2013, data shows Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) has increased the number of female and visible minority officers on the force during the past seven years, but the police chief acknowledges more can be done. It has been the police service’s strategy during the last few years to earn the respect of the public and police the community with residents’ consent, police Chief Rick Bourassa explained. One way it does that is to adapt to the community’s expectations and values while also maintaining openness, transparency and accountability. Another way it earns the community’s trust is by being more representative of the community it serves. Attracting, recruiting, and engaging officers from various backgrounds are connected to the public perceiving the police service as legitimate, inclusive and welcoming. The Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) has prioritized and taken steps to create an organization that represents the community, Bourassa told the board of police commissioners’ meeting on July 14. This strategic focus since 2013 has created a more diverse and representative police force. For example, the number of female officers increased to 10 this year compared to three in 2013. The number of visible minorities increased to four this year compared to none seven years ago. However, the number of Aboriginal officers has remained the same — at one — since 2013. There are about 56 officers in total with the MJPS. “This is progress, but we still have a ways to go,” Bouras-

sa added. The MJPS’s recruitment and selection process incorporates several community-building components and operates within a rigorously legislated framework, which contains criteria that applicants must successfully meet to become an officer, he continued. Some of those requirements include: • Being 18 years old; • Having good mental and physical health; • Vision standards; • A Grade 12 educationBeing certified in First Aid and CPR; • A polygraph test and in-depth assessment of the candidate’s background and character. The organization is not concerned if candidates don’t know about the justice system or policing — it can teach that, said Bourassa. Instead, the MJPS focuses more on candidates who demonstrate integrity and character and how they conduct themselves; it cannot teach those skills. The police service engages in training regularly around the use of force and de-escalation techniques. It also works with — and receives training and instruction from — community groups such as the multicultural council, Pride, and the Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association. The force is arranging additional training for this fall around “systemic racism.” Moose Jaw Pride, in particular, has helped the police service to create a detention policy that ensures consistency

with gender identification and expression, Bourassa said. The Saskatchewan Police Commission has also helped the force develop and implement a contact interview policy to ensure fair treatment with everyone with whom officers come in contact. Partnerships have been developed and implemented to move health and social justice issues away from the criminal justice system and more toward social support responses, he continued. The Police and Crisis Team (PACT) works with the Saskatchewan Health Authority to enhance mental health and public safety responses, while the South Central Child Abuse Investigation team works with the Ministry of Social Services to enhance social support and public safety responses. To increase transparency, the MJPS has installed technological infrastructure at its headquarters, detention area and vehicles. Specifically, in-car video and audio technology allow for the recording of community interactions; video and audio monitor the interactions in the lobby and detention area; and body cameras could be implemented in the future. “We have robust professional standards to hold us and our members accountable and maintain public confidence,” added Bourassa. This has resulted in the organization dismissing three personnel for serious misconduct during the last two years. The next board of police commissioners’ meeting is Aug. 11.

Alternatives needed to handle drug possession charges, police chief says Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express

With the decades-long War on Drugs being “patently unsuccessful,” Moose Jaw’s police chief says he supports a suggestion to decriminalize simple possession charges for small quantities of illegal drugs for personal use. “Just outright prohibition has not been effective, so there have to be other alternatives to that,” Chief Rick Bourassa remarked. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) recently called on the federal government to make the change and focus more on addressing production and trafficking in light of Canada’s ongoing opioid epidemic. The organization suggested it is time to rethink how police and governments approach the use and abuse of illegal drugs to save lives. The CACP recognizes substance use and addiction as a public health issue. Being addicted to a controlled substance is not a crime and should not be treated as such,” said CACP president, Chief Const. Adam Palmer. “We recommend that Canada’s enforcement-based approach for possession be replaced with a health-care approach that diverts people from the criminal justice system.” As a member of CACP, Bourassa has been aware of this conversation for years and supports moving specific issues in the criminal justice system — such as addictions and mental health — out of that system to be handled by

non-legal methods. One reason is the justice system is not the best place to handle those issues. It’s CACP’s business to speak to governments and make recommendations about these types of issues, while it’s the responsibility of police chiefs to inform those discussions about how to implement them, he continued. He noted that police chiefs don’t create public policy but simply implement the laws that governments make. “I think we can say there’s been a lot of money expended (on combatting drugs) without likely a lot of value coming out of that,” the police chief said, “so let’s look at some other ways of doing that.” Other social supports have to be in place for the decriminalization to be effective, though, so it doesn’t jeopardize public safety or health, Bourassa pointed out. If police are to enhance public safety, then police organizations may have to look at a different model for handling issues such as simple possession. There are situations where people act violently or cause a disturbance while under the influence, which could allow for a non-police, social service-type response, he said. However, that can’t always happen since the situation could change quickly and force officers to react and respond. If the federal government did decriminalize simple possession, police would still be involved in monitoring il-

Police Chief Rick Bourassa. Photo by Jason G. Antonio legal drugs by going after production and trafficking. Bourassa noted the police already do that with cannabis after the federal government legalized it in 2018. Police sometimes come across illegal drugs while investigating something else entirely, he added. Occasionally police will discover that people have drugs on them after bringing alleged offenders into custody for another issue. That is the most common way police lay charges with simple possession. When asked for a comment, the Ministry of Justice said in an email that it was reviewing CACP’s recommendation and had nothing further to say.

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Midget AAA Canucks shut out in season opener

Defending provincial champion Regina White Sox roll to 14-0 in first game of pandemic-delayed season Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Midget AAA Canucks get some final pre-game advice before taking the field Thursday. The Moose Jaw Canucks didn’t receive a lot of help from the schedule maker in their return to Midget AAA baseball. During the first game of the season during the second week of July and tasked with taking on the defending provincial champion Regina White Sox, the Canucks would surrender five runs in the first inning and go on to drop a 14-0 decision in Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League action at Ross Wells Park. The game – and the evening in general – was anything but normal. Players, parents, coaches and everyone else who walked into the park had to answer a questionnaire that asked if the individual had any COVID-19 symptoms or had recently travelled and needed to be in quarantine. Everyone then had to sign in in order to facilitate contact tracing in case of an outbreak, and take a handful of hand sanitizer with them into the park. On top of it all, the number of fans was limited to 30 per team – parents and close friends for the majority — with the door to Ross Wells closed once that limit was reached. Then there were player precautions. No players in the dugout, with the fencing down the first baseline removed in order for players to have lawn chairs and maintain social distancing while still having easy access to the playing field. Other precautions were in place throughout the game: when coach Ray Wareham went out to visit starter Cam O’Reilly in the first inning, he stopped at the edge of the pitching mound, and catcher Sam Caplette stood even further back as they discussed strategy. Strange, but at least there was a game being played.

Cam O’Reilly offers to the first batter of the season.

Kaleb Waller looks to the put the tag on White Sox baserunner Pierce Kaytor. Kaytor was safe on the play.

Canucks first baseman Kayden Hudson takes the pick-off attempt from Cam O’Reilly as Regina’s Josh Cleggett dives back to first. Evan Callaghan fouls off a pitch during first-inning action. And to that end, the Canucks have a bit of catching up to do. O’Reilly lasted 2 1/3 innings, surrendering nine runs, eight earned, on four hits and six walks while throwing 80 pitches. Dylan Anderson had a bit more luck, giving up five runs, three earned, on four hits in 1 2/3 before Dylan Reed tossed a scoreless fifth. In addition to their opening five-spot, the White Sox add-

ed another the second and six in the third to go ahead 12-0. Two more in the fourth made it 14-0 and the mercy rule was invoked after the fifth. Caplette and Duncan had the Canucks’ only hits in the game. The Canucks also committed seven errors in the field. Wyatt Mohr-Royer took the win for Regina, giving up a single hit and striking out four in two innings; Riley Knoll led their offence with a 2-for-3 night at the plate that saw him knock in three and score one. Josh Cleggett crossed the plate three times.

Former Warrior Hamonic opts out of returning for remainder of NHL Season

Calgary Flames defenceman cites experience with daughter’s respiratory issues a chief cause for concern Anyone around the Moose Jaw Warriors back when defenceman Travis Hamonic played for the team knew even at that young of age he was a person of intelligence and integrity who had an eye for the bigger picture. A full 10 seasons after his time in Moose Jaw, he showed that none of that has changed. Shortly after the National Hockey League and NHLPA announced their new collective bargaining agreement and return to play plan, Hamonic became the first player to opt out of the remainder of the season due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. And the Calgary Flames defenceman had a very, very good reason to do so. It was only a year ago that Hamonic was at a hospital bedside with his wife Stephanie, watching as their daughter fought for her life while battling a sudden respiratory illness. “We saw what a respiratory virus can do to our healthy little girl and it’s something no parent wants or should go through,” Hamonic said in a statement through his agen-

Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express cy, Titan Sports 365. “Now, blessed with a second child, a baby boy, the risk of today’s COVID-19 pandemic is a very difficult one to weigh as parents.” And with that, Hamonic decided it was time for family first. “Due to what my daughter has already gone through and the concerns if she were to catch COVID-19, I’ve decided to opt out and seek a leave of absence from the Calgary Flames for the remainder of the playoffs,” he said. “I wish I could lace up my skates and be out there battling, blocking a shot and helping the team win, but my family has and always will come first. Being my little kids’ dad everyday is the most important job I have.” The Flames themselves were in support of his decision. “While we will miss Travis in our lineup, we understand and respect his decision,” said Flames general manager Brad Treliving. “Our focus remains on preparation for training camp and our upcoming series in the NHL Qualifying Round.” Hamonic’s full statement can be found on the Titan

Former Warriors defenceman Travis Hamonic has opted out of the remainder of the NHL season with the Calgary Flames. (NHL.com photo) Sports 365 Twitter and Instagram pages. The NHL announced their return to play plan shortly after the CBA was finalized – training camps have opened; 12 Eastern Conference teams will play in Toronto and 12 Western Conference in Edmonton, with play beginning Aug. 1 in the Stanley Cup qualifiers.


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Mustang grad Ingalls excited to step into coaching role after stellar NCAA freshman season Lander University Bearcats standout back home helping with field lacrosse camps Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express If this was a normal year, Moose Jaw Mustangs lacrosse grad Quinn Ingalls would be way out west playing high-level field lacrosse after finishing off a solid first season with the Lander University Bearcats. Instead, there Ingalls was recently during the first Moose Jaw Lacrosse Association field development camp at 1996 Summer Games Park, decked out in Lander blue and grey and passing on tips and tricks to local up-and-coming players. Just like everything else, it’s all a product of the COVID-19 pandemic – but this time, it’s a bit of an opportunity as opposed to a wholesale drawback: a chance to pass on the game the same way older players did for him back in when he was a youngster learning the outdoor version of the sport. “Oh yeah, it’s actually really exciting,” Ingalls said as players began to filter into the park. “I’ve always wanted to coach but I’ve never had time too, and fortunately this season Moose Jaw Lacrosse brought it all together. They’re way ahead of other organizations in the province and across the country, too, so I’m pretty proud to part of all this.” Ingalls had planned to take the field with the legendary Coquitlam Adanacs in the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League this summer, but with everything shut down due to the coronavirus, he’s back home biding his time until next season. That is until MJLAX got up and running again with their development camps shortly after the province hit the final parts of Phase 4 of Re-Open Saskatchewan. “It’s mostly box down here, so any time we get a chance to play field out here it’s really special,” Ingalls said. “Field has always been close to my heart, so I just hope more Moose Jaw kids get a chance to play this kind of lacrosse like I did when I was a kid. Unfortunately, we don’t always have those opportunities in Saskatchewan, but we’re growing every year. So hopefully this is a huge building step in the right direction.” Before coming home, Ingalls was in the midst of an impressive season for the first-year Lander Bearcats, a Division II program in Greenwood, South Carolina. They’d staked themselves out to a 4-2 record despite having never taken the field as a unit before, and were looking to close things out on a high note. But COVID-19 came calling in mid-March, and the Great Lakes Valley Conference quickly brought

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things to a halt. Three days later, Lander University did the same, and Ingalls was on his way home. “It was even more disappointing because we were doing really well,” Ingalls said. “It was our inaugural season, and as a first-year program you’re not expected to do a lot, but we had four wins right off the bat. We were really getting on a roll, our whole chemistry was coming together and we had excellent coaching. It’s a great program at Lander and I’m very proud to be a part of it.” An offensive midfielder, Ingalls played five games and put up six goals and eight points in that span, in addition to picking seven ground balls and creating a pair of turnovers. That, while learning to adjust to the level of NCAA Division II lacrosse. “It’s just higher speed and higher athleticism,” he said. “The American players are very athletic where the Canadian guys are very skilled and one-handed and have the fundamentals down. But the Americans have that speed and strength, they hit the weight room a lot… So I’d say the big difference is the speed in the game, everyone can catch and shoot, everyone can play, but it’s just that much faster.” And then there’s just the mindset surrounding the game down south – lacrosse was born as a sport of symbolic warfare, and they take it to heart in the States. “I just love how intense the competition is and how every team hates every other team,” Ingalls said with a grin. “It’s just like we want to bash heads every game.” The question now is just when and how lacrosse and sports, in general, will return to the United States in the coming months. In addition to the excitement for his sophomore season, there will also be some additional prestige, as Lander is moving into the Peach Belt Conference next season. “We’ll see what happens, but we resume face-to-

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Mosquito Canucks take walk-off win over Regina Blue Jays

A little older, a little better: 11-and-under squad shows resiliency in taking 10-9 victory Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Express The Moose Jaw Mosquito AA Canucks opened their Baseball Regina season on the right note July 9th, battling to a 10-9 win over the Regina Blue Jays at Gattinger Diamond. The 11-and-under squad did it in style, too, taking a walkoff victory after scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning – a turn of events head coach Shane Sowden thought was especially heartening given how they had taken a 9-6 lead heading into the inning. “It was pretty fun for the kids, I think they were a little disappointed we gave up the lead but to come back and win, show a level of maturity for this level and not freak out, that was really nice to see,” he said. The contest was back and forth in the early going, with the Canucks eventually scoring five in the fourth inning to take an 8-3 lead. The Blue Jays would chip away, though, scoring three in the top of the fifth and adding

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another three in their half of the sixth to tie the game 9-9. That set the stage for Jaxon Weston, who hit a lead-off triple, and after the second batter walked, Grady Johnstone drove Weston home with the game-winning run. It was a fitting end to a game that saw the Canucks show off the kind of improvement being a year older and a year more knowledgeable about the game can bring. “This year, three quarters of our team are 11-year-olds, and it shows mentally,” Sowden said. “I was like ‘oh my goodness, they know to hit the cut-off man’ and we almost turned a double play yesterday. Fielders were covering on throwdowns to second and third. Baseball plays were happening where last year we had to teach that for two months, and it’s carried over this year.” It certainly doesn’t hurt that a number of players trained at the Sowden Flanagan Baseball Academy over the winter, getting valuable training time that has already paid dividends. “You could tell, with the kids being another year older and a lot of these kids training with us over the winter and just getting more reps has been huge for them,” Sowden said. “We have quite a few more 11-year-olds this year, and they’re a little older and more mature.

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“We have kids who can throw strikes right away and aren’t as scared of the ball coming in at them, then we had a few nice plays in the field, which didn’t happen until the later half of the season. Their confidence is just a little higher and it shows… It was a really good start.” The Moose Jaw Minor Baseball program will see two Mosquito teams in the Baseball Regina AA league this year: the Canucks and the Prairie Dogs, who are coached by Craig Flanagan alongside Moose Jaw baseball legend Charlie Meacher and Shawn Meacher. “I expect they’re going to have a really good team, too, so we’re hoping to be in the upper half of the league this year and hopefully able to compete with everybody,” Sowden said. “We have a lot of games were packing in here in seven, eight weeks and it’s going to be a lot of fun.” The Prairie Dogs hosed the Blue Jays for a doubleheader at Gattinger Diamond on July 11th and The Canucks were back in action July 14 when they host the White Butte Broncos.

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AUTOS Wanted: 1960 to 1965 Ford Falcon car, in good condition. Phone 693-1380 For sale: 1 - 1988 Ford Ranger 1/2 ton truck black 2.9 liter. 306-972-9172 2013 dodge grand caravan v6 automatic loaded stow and go seats when folded down a 4x8 sheet of plywood will lay in the back holds 7 passengers mileage is 182,000 very good condition great family vehicle $8500.00. Call 306-3134772

Looking to sell my 2009 Toyota Venza. I’m the second owner of the vehicle. It has and still is being used as a commuter vehicle. Have Air/tilt/cruise, sun roof, and grocery hooks. It had the engine redone at 185,000 KM at MJ Toyota with the previous owner. It has a 2 in receiver for towing that is rated for GVWR of 3500lbs without a weight distribution hitch and 4500lbs with a weight distri-bution hitch. There are some paint chips and chips in the wind shield from highway driving. It also have a small dent in the driver’s side door. Overall has been a very reliable vehicle. $9,000. LAFar-nel@ gmail.com AUTO PARTS For sale: Chev & GMC 1/2 ton Haynes auto repair manual 1988 to 1993 2WD & 4WD. Phone 306-972-9172 For sale: 4 tires 275/60R20 Asking $75.00. 631-7698 RV’S & MARINE BOAT AND TRAILER FOR SALE. Boat 16ft open bow

80hp merc new battery skis jacket 3tanks.all in good condition. GEORGE 693 7935. 3500.00

FOR SALE: MOTORHOMEgood shape. 1979 Dodge Class C. Sleeps 6, 360 engine, power plant. $4,500. Phone 306-694-5874. For sale Sears heavy duty 14’ aluminum boat with trailer in good condition. Asking $ 800. 306-690-5275 TRAILERS For sale: One 2006 snowbear trailer 4 by 8 ft. New take off sides. Wired with lights. Phone 972-9172 FARMS, SUPPLIES & LIVESTOCK 9280 Case 4x4 tractor with auto steer dual wheels 8 spd standard trans. No PTO. 2470 case 4x4 tractor with power shift duals new tires PTO nice condition. 1982 Belarus 820 Diesel tractor FWA. 4x4 with 3 point hitch and allied 594 front end loader. 1992 case 1680 combine with 1015 header and pick up. Also case 1020 30 ft flex header with or without transport. Also 810 case 30 ft rigid header. 2 swath rollers. 693-4321- or 690-7227 TOOLS & EQUIPMENT For sale: Tinsmith Brake, with stand (Red) 41� wide, new condition. $250 (firm). Phone 306-692-6800. Please leave message. Furnace Motor belt drive fan & blower 1/3 HP (never used) $50 obo. Phone 306692-6800. Please leave message. Electrical household copper wire. Alc tel, Canadex

14/2 - NMD90 (almost) 30M (98’) - 300 V, max 90 degree C plus another 1/2 roll $35. Phone 306-692-6800. Please leave message. 35’ Canada Wire FCSA NM690 - XLPE 12/2 Canadex (-25C) 300 V - FTI - $15.00. Phone 306-6926800. 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 306-6933727 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

For sale: Pegasus scooter A1 condition. Asking $2500.00 OBO. Call 6317698. For sale: sum tools & tv stand & spin mop & pail. One small vacuum cleaner & set of king size sheets. Ph 306-972-9172 For sale: various books $2 each. Vinyl Roughrider inflatable beach chair $20. Sewing basket $10. Blue 8 inch ceramic flowerpot $10. Chrome bathroom stand $20. Box of wood and sheet metal screws, hex and square nuts $36. Women’s jean jacket. Sleeves 21 inches long $20. Brand new Denver Hayes denim jeans size 8x30 $30. Light gray chaise $100. Flathead botls 5/16 x 1-1/4 (30) for $6. Call 306-692-5091 ENOGENE ONE PORTABLE MAKES OXYGEN. BATTERIES FOR 10 HOURS.GET RID OF THAT TANK. 2000.00 306 693 7935 Broda chair for sale. Model 785 - 18� seat width. Burgundy in cover. Bought in 2012 and has been used approx. just over a year in total. Includes tray, padding, terry cloth covers and thigh belt Asking $1,500. 3065305472 Saddles and tack, 1 western pleasure saddle, 1 roping saddle, 1 English saddle. Western and English bridles, halters, spurs, hats, shirts and jeans. Horse blanket. Call 306 692-8517 Please leave message. For sale: World book & Child craft encyclopedia in good condition. Phone 692-1365 Country weekly music magazines from 1990’s to 2010’s. Asking $0.50 each. Phone 692-1365 FREE: Pressure Washer. Handyman special. Needs a part. 692-4447 Covered vegetable dish. English bone China. 60-75

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Serving trays. 2 aluminum, 1 silver plate and 1 Christmas platter. $4 each or all for $12.00. 306-692-4447. MOVING & MUST SELL. 2 Queen size beds: one slat style beadboard ($350) & one with padded leatherette (250.00). Queen size sofa bed: mid brown linen textured upholstery - $400. Round antique dining table (fruitwood). I leaf (350.00). 3 antique English Oak dining chairs ($40 ea). 2 antique, hand carved French Country dining chairs ($40 ea) 2 piece china cabinet, lighted glass top cabinet. Dark rosewood finish ($800.00). Assorted Waterford and Rosenthal crystal. 6 place setting dinner set: Wedgewood “Oberon� plus open veg bowl & platter ($500.00) NO INDIVIDUAL PIECES. Call 306-513-8713 Moose Jaw. HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

5 crystal goblets. No chips. Excellent shape. Looks similar to cornflower pattern. $15. 306-692-4447 Two black leather type reclining living room chairs for sale $75.00 each 3066921025 For sale: Queen size mattress very clean & in good condition. Asking $100.00. Phone 692-1365. For sale: “My Pillow� Mattress topper like new $150.00. Phone 692-1365 FARM PRODUCE BISON MEAT. 30 years experience. Moose Jaw delivery available. 306-4752232 LAWN & GARDEN A Craftsman 17 inch gas operated grass trimmer in working condition. $40. 3066939304 SPORTS LADIES/GIRLS BIKE. TIRES 26X1.75. 6 SPEED JUST LIKE NEW. 60.00 306 693 7935 SERVICES Will do general painting & contracting interior & exterior. Free estimate. 30 years experience. Phone 306972-9172 Will fix & sell Lewis Cattle oilers. Phone 972-9172 Will pick up, move, haul and deliver furniture anywhere in and around Moose Jaw - $40 and up 306-681-8749 Will pick up, move, haul, and deliver any appliances anywhere in and around Moose Jaw - $40 and up 306-681-8749 Junk to the dump in and around Moose Jaw - $40/ load and up 306-681-8749 HELP WANTED Seeking committed, evangelizing Christian business partner. To open up and operate a second-hand/flea market store in Moose Jaw, SK. Male, female or family. Computer/internet knowledge help-ful. 684-1084 COMMUNITY, EVENTS, MEETINGS & OCCASSIONS We would like to thank Superstore for donating left over flowers to the North West Child Development Centre & to the children who came door to door to deliver them on the 7th Ave NW & Connaught Ave. How nice is this?? Wow!! Rhonda and Murphy. Thanks.

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ETHEL WILKINS Ethel Wilkins passed away July 13, 2020 at Providence Place, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, at the age of 96 years. She received her education at Sweet Briar School in Watrous district. Ethel married Harold Wilkins of the Darmody district on November 16, 1943, at the Manse of St. Andews Church. Ethel was always a very social person. Living on the farm she was a member of the local social club. She loved to sing, yodel and play piano and guitar for old time dances at the Darmody Hall. Playing cards and games with family and friends was a favorite pastime. Any time she could spend with any of her family was treasured. A passing wave from a great-grandson or a letter from a granddaughter would make her day. Ethel and Harold farmed for 32 years and moved to Moose Jaw in 1975. She worked at the Moose Jaw Park Lodge Motel as pastry cook until she retired. Harold and Ethel belonged to the Moose Jaw Campers Club with their motorhome and travelled extensively, making one major trip to the USA and many shorter trips. They also vacationed in Hawaii. They lived in Rosewood apartments for 19 years. She lived in Crescent Park Retirement Villa for a few years, until she went to Providence Place. She is predeceased by her husband, Harold in April 2008; and her siblings, Alfred, Eva, Florence, Gladys, Johnny, Eileen and Maurice; her son-in-law, Larry; her great grandchildren, Emily, Sophie, and May. Ethel leaves to mourn her, son Larry (Sheran) Wilkins – Saskatoon; her daughters, Marilyn Forbes (Clem)- Moose Jaw and Cathy (Don) McClain- Kamloops; her grandchildren, Dana (Cara) Wilkins- Regina, Tracey (Rick) GardnerMorlach, Todd (Audra) Forbes-Moose Jaw, Tanya (Dwayne) Nizinkevich – Shields, Blackstrap, Angela (Brandon) Nitschke – Sorrento, Amy (Ryan) Anderson, Alicia McClain – Kamloops; her great-grandchildren: Jamie Wilkins, Dayna Wilkins, Hannah Wilkins, Evan Nizinkevich, Ethan (Erin) Gardner, Tayler Gardner, Justin Morash, Andrew Forbes, Brendan Forbes, Violet Nitschke, and Odessa Anderson; and her one great-great-grandson Greyson Forbes. A Graveside Service was held on Saturday, July 18,2020 at Sunset Cemetery. Pastor Marvin Seaborg will officiate. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations can be made out to Providence Place Foundation, 100 2nd Avenue NE., Moose Jaw, S6H 1B8. In living memory of Ethel, a memorial planting will be made by Jones Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: www.wjjonesandson.com or www. parkviewfuneralchapel.ca (Obituaries). Blake Seebach- Funeral Director

SHEILA CLARE MILLER Sheila Clare Miller passed away Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Moose Jaw, at the age of 90. She was born August 22, 1929 in Truax, Saskatchewan to Emile and Ruth Wynandts, she was one of eleven children. As a young woman Sheila moved to Drinkwater, Saskatchewan, which is where she met Cliff. They were married November 27, 1948, in Drinkwater. They moved to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in 1957, which is where they raised their 4 sons, and for a time their two foster daughters as well. Throughout their marriage they had a rotating cast of family and friends that stayed with them over the years. Sheila enjoyed playing bingo, knitting, gardening, and baking. She loved nothing more than being with her family. She always enjoyed watching her kids and later her grandchildren play any kind of sport. Her family will always remember fondly all the holiday suppers catered and hosted by Sheila over the years. She never missed a birthday, anniversary, or graduation. Family was everything! Sheila is predeceased by her husband, Cliff; her son, Gerry; and her foster daughter, Jackie; as well as nine siblings. She is survived by her sons, Gene (Sharon), Terry (Corry), and Blaine (Shannon); her daughterin-law, Cheryl; her foster daughter, Judy; her sister, Vivian; sister-in-law, Vicki; her 7 grandchildren; and her 13 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Private Family Service will take place at a later date. Della Ferguson will officiate. Interment will take place at Sunset Cemetery. Please sign our Virtual Guest Book at termil1421@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations can be made to Moose Jaw Humane Society (1755 Stadacona St W, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 7K7) or a charity of choice. In living memory of Sheila, a memorial planting will be made by Jones-Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: www.wjjonesandson. com or www.parkviewfuneralchapel.ca (Obituaries). Stephanie Lowe - Funeral Director

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WIENS With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our Mom, Eileen Irene Wiens (nĂŠe: Piston) on Monday, July 6th, 2020 at the age of 86 years. Eileen was a gentle, soft spoken soul who would always help those in need. Throughout all of her physical trials, she endured them with dignity and grace. She was predeceased by her parents, Ann (John Yorke); sister, Myrna (Mike Artynuik); Abram and Ann Wiens; as well as numerous relatives and friends. Eileen leaves her cherished memories to her two daughters, Shirley (Glen Vankoughnett) and Dianne (Georges Bujold); grandchildren: Chantal (Scott Casselman), Phillip and Sean; and friends: Mitch (Bear), Vicky and Shari, and Heritage Place Gangsters, to name a few. Our heartfelt thank you to the doctors and nurses at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital, Pioneer Lodge, Dr. Fynn and Brina Mark for their special care. “’And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.’ And the One seated on the throne said: ‘Look! I am making all things new.’ Also, he says: ‘Write, because these words are faithful and true.’â€? - Revelations 21:1-5 In keeping with Eileen’s wishes, no Funeral Service will be held. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Eileen’s name may be made to Jehovah Witnesses Worldwide Work or Cystic Fibrosis Canada, 2323 Yonge Street, Suite 800, Toronto, ON M4P 2C9. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Andrew Pratt Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome.com

HUNTER Vera Margaret Hunter, aged 83 years of Moose Jaw, SK passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2020 after a long, determined battle with ill health. Vera was born on August 18th, 1936 on the family farm south of Grenfell, SK to Roy and Dorothy (Hextall) Tingley. She had many happy memories of rural life and often mentioned going to Arlington School on horseback. Vera worked outside the home for forty years. Her favourite jobs were Founding Director of St. John’s Nursery School and Recreation Director at Regency Manor in Central Butte. She spent many happy years living in Riverhurst, SK where Bruce worked the family farm. Upon retirement and return to Moose Jaw, Vera enjoyed living at Crestview Manor and being involved with Trinity United Church. She was predeceased by her parents; infant son, Robbie; husband, Bruce; Bruce’s brothers, Jim and Bert; her sister, Elaine; niece, Paula Tingley; and ex-husband, Ken Swanson. Vera will be lovingly remembered by her children: Brian (Cheryl), Don (Diana), Joyce, and Karen; special daughter, Marcia Mirasty; eight grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren; brother, Bill (Lily) Tingley; nephew, Ben; and brother-in-law, George Burkholder. The family wishes to extend deep appreciation to Marion, Marianne and Bernice who cared for Mom in her final years, and also the caring staff at Extendicare and Pioneers Lodge. A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at Rosedale Cemetery where Vera will be laid to rest beside Bruce. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Gary McDowell, Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www. moosejawfuneralhome.com

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COVID-19: What’s cancelled and closed in Moose Jaw

The following is a running list of groups, businesses, and organizations that have been closed or cancelled upcoming events due to concerns about COVID-19. Moose Jaw Express staff will be updating this list as needed. If you would like your notice added to this list, contact us at editor@mjvexpress.com. For information about the status of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, or for more information on symptoms and preventative measures, check saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus. Saskatchewan is now in the last part of Phase Four of the ReOpen Saskatchewan Plan. Public gatherings are still limited to 30 people, and Public Health highly encourages all residents to continue practicing social distancing and hand hygiene. Education: All schools in Saskatchewan, from pre-kindergarten to high school will be returning to in-class education in September, provided that there is no surge of COVID-19 cases in the province. Guidelines for this return are now available. Saskatchewan Polytechnic has cancelled all programming and classes on campus but online courses and alternative delivery options are available. All non-essential events are also cancelled. Campuses remain open but with limited services. The University of Regina will be providing instruction from a distance 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, and the Drop n’ Go service has been reopened. SGI has reopened office branches to the public and asks that customers adhere to safety regulations when visiting in person. Road tests have also resumed by appointment only, and drivers are asked to wait in their cars upon arrival for their examination. SGI is available to contact by phone at 1 (306) 691-4570 or by email at sgiinquiries@sgi.sk.ca. Riverside Mission has suspended its daily lunch program until further notice, but is still providing supper service with increased safety protocols. The shelter is also not taking leftover food donations or clothing donations at this time, and men’s emergency shelter capacity has been reduced from 10 beds to 4 beds only available to Saskatchewan residents. The Western Development Museum 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 wakamow.events@sasktel.net. Campsite booking is now available. The Moose Jaw Police Service is suspending some services such as criminal record checks, inspection tickets and civilian fingerprinting until further notice. The building on Fairford St. is now open to the public, with a limit of three individuals in the lobby at a time. MJPS asks individuals to still call the service ahead of visiting the lobby, at 1 (306) 694-7600. City Hall reopened 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 will resume on Aug. 1 but 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 reopened Timothy Eaton Gardens and Timothy Eaton Cafe. 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 has also returned 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 ask@moosejawlibrary. ca, by messaging the Moose Jaw Public Library Facebook page, or through the live chat option on the website. The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery 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 mjmag.ca. 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 admin@mjhockey.com. 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 non-members in Beginner and Advanced Dance, tumbling drills, stretch, flexibility, conditioning and Ninja training. Email info@cheerinfinity.ca today for more information on how to register. Special Olympics Saskatchewan will be offering limited activities throughout the summer, in select communities. The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins has cancelled all training until further notice. The Moose Jaw Soccer Association began it’s outdoor season on July 20, with COVID-19 precautions in place. Registration is open with limited space, anyone who registered before the shutdown is still registered. JJ Soccer began it’s season on July 5, with the U5, U7 and U9 recreational programs now running until Aug. 26. Adult CoEd Soccer 4 Life is now running until Aug. 23. Developmental Training Centre programs for all ages are also now running until the ends of August. Additional dates have been added to the Dedicated Player program, including July 26, Aug, 2 and Aug. 9. Sunday night soccer remains postponed. For more information, visit jjsoccer.ca. The Moose Jaw Tennis Club has reopened it’s outdoor courts, as per provincial guidelines for outdoor recreation. Lawn Bowling has resumed for the 2020 season. Play has been expanded to twenty players on the greens at one time. Social distancing precautions will be strictly enforced. To reserve your time on a rink, call 1 (306) 313-4434 or email mjlawnbowling@ gmail.com. The 2020 Saskatchewan Summer Games in Lloydminster have been postponed until July 2021. The Canadian Football League announced that the 2020 Grey Cup will not be hosted in Regina this year and instead will take place in the city of whichever team qualifies for the final and has the best season record, provided that the 2020 CFL season is allowed to take place at all. Currently, CFL organizers are looking at a September start, with the Grey Cup pushed back to December. The Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame has cancelled its 2020 induction ceremony and banquet in the fall, and will not be adding any new hall of fame inductees this year. The Moose Jaw Trap and Skeet Club is open for the season, with shooting available on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. More information about the club can be found on their Facebook page, or by calling Nolan at 1 (306) 694-8093. The Prairie Gold Lacrosse League, which includes Moose Jaw senior and junior teams, has cancelled the season this summer. The Moose Jaw Lacrosse Association is hosting a shortened outdoor season. Registration is now available online. The Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame 36th Annual Induction will be held on Oct. 3 in Battleford. For information call 1 (306) 446-1983 or email saskbaseballmuseum@sasktel.net. 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 is now open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and also can be reached during regular operating hours at 1 (306) 693-4700 or info@moosejawculture.ca. The Moose Jaw Public Library is now offering virtual programming while the building is physically closed to the public. Upcoming events include the childrens outdoor Get Crafty activity on July 25, Teen Digital Discord Hangout on July 28 at 2:30 p.m. and the Virtual Book Club at 7 p.m., and the Teen Digital Dungeons and Dragons on July 29 at 6:30 .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 Gateway Music Festival in Bengough on July 24-26 has been cancelled. Ticket holders may contact organizers at gatewayfestivaltickets@gmail.com 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 25-26 has been postponed to a later, undetermined date. A liturgy service to celebrate St. Vladimir will take place on July 28 at 10 a.m. at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Church, located at 673 Grandview Street West. COVID-19 protocols will be followed, and attendees are asked to call 1 (306) 692-2593 in advance if planning to attend. The annual Legion Fun Day at the end of July is cancelled. The Moose Jaw Soap Box Derby in August has been cancelled. The Moose Jaw & District Seniors Association will be holding its Annual General Meeting at Timothy Eaton Gardens on Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. Doors will open at noon for registration, and any specific topics must be in written form and sent to the Board of Directors at least 30 days in advance of the meeting. Nomination forms for the three open spots on the Board of Directors are available at the front desk. Chris Henderson will be playing a parking lot concert at The Music Vault in Wilcox, SK at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 22. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by contact Gary Island at 1 (905) 2420505. The Family First Radiothon in support of the Moose Jaw Health Foundation will take place on Sept. 10-11. The third annual Fall Into Fabric sale hosted by Hunger in Moose Jaw will be on Sept. 12 at Zion United Church. 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 TerryFox.org. An Evening Under the Stars fundraiser for Heartland Hospice has been rescheduled to take place on Sept. 24. Tickets are available for purchase online. The 50th annual Canadian Western Agribition in Regina on Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 has been postponed until Nov. 22-27, 2021. 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. 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Some churches have eagerly reopened after months of closure

Jason G. Antonio - Moose Jaw Express While some churches in Moose Jaw have eagerly re- least in the sacrifice of the Mass, we’re meeting Jesus opened their doors and welcomed back their members, and that’s the most important thing,” he continued. “If others are still closed and waiting until it’s safer to meet you have to wear a mask or you can’t sing, those are little in large groups. sacrifices to make to have that happen there.” It has been more than a month since St. Joseph’s Roman Congregants have been “super positive” about being Catholic Parish reopened its doors and welcomed back its able to meet again since they have missed it quite a bit, parishioners, explained Deacon Lamont Dyck. The par- Dyck said. While the parish had two contactless barbeish began having its regular weekend services of 5 p.m. cues during the pandemic, it’s still a good feeling to have on Saturday and 9 and 11 a.m. on Sunday. As per pro- Mass again. After all, being away from church has been vincial regulations, members have had to register when tough on many people. they arrive so the church can ensure it doesn’t exceed the “For Catholics, it’s very important because it’s a requiremaximum number of people. ment for our faith to keep the Sabbath holy (and) go to Although the church building can hold more than 100 church even though the bishop has … said we don’t have people, parish leaders have capped that number at 90 to at this time,” he added. “It’s still very much ingrained people so they can observe proper physical distancing in Catholic culture that you … come and experience Jeguidelines; the parish serves roughly 600 families. sus.” Meanwhile, the parish has thoroughly trained a team of Over at Zion United Church, the building is still shut and greeters to direct people to pews and sanitize surfaces will not have any in-person services or rentals anytime between services. Furthermore, one set of doors is for soon, volunteer Ed Shostal said. The parish leadership entry only and another for exit, so there is no cross-con- is considering reopening the church in September, but tamination. that is still not certain. Moreover, most United Churches The Saskatchewan Government’s recent guidelines for in Moose Jaw are remaining closed while being “super houses of worship require that physical distancing of two cautious.” metres be maintained and allow for religious gatherings Pastor Tim Ellis and organist Bruce Learmonth have of up to 30 per cent of a building’s capacity or 150 people, been holding online Sunday services on Facebook, with whichever is less. Within that amount, groups of 30, with Ellis later uploading the video to the church’s website for physical distancing of two metres between households/ congregants who don’t have Facebook. individuals, must also be separated by at least five me- “I’m not on Facebook and not a fan of that stuff,” Shostal tres. said. “There are many members who tune in to watch. Having a big building has been beneficial to ensure peo- The minister says there are (also) many people who tune ple can maintain their distance, Dyck said. He was thank- in to watch from across the country.” ful that the parish had not yet had to turn anyone away Shostal greatly misses the in-person church services, due to capacity issues. along with being able to go to the library and attend the During services, the ministers serve communion from usual activities in his seniors’ apartment building. He behind plastic shielding while the priest wears a mask pointed out that an important part of attending church when speaking. was the after-service coffee hour when people could soThere is no singing, though, which is difficult since that cialize. Although the church has a phone-tree, he prefers activity is an important part of the service, Dyck said. face-to-face interactions. “You do what you do. Whatever special requirements, at “All we can do,” he added, “is sit and wait it out.”

Health Foundation announces new fall dates for annual Radiothon Larissa Kurz - Moose Jaw Express

The Moose Jaw Health Foundation made the difficult decision to postpone the 14th annual Family First Radiothon back in April, but executive director Kelly McElree has now announced the new dates for the popular fundraiser. The Radiothon, hosted in partnership with local radio station 800 CHAB, will take place on Sept. 10-11 this year, with a goal of raising $195,000 to purchase equipment for the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital. Originally, the fundraiser’s theme this year was going to be “Give From the Heart,” with a focus on raising funds for medical equipment necessary to provide quality care to cardiac patients. But with COVID-19 and the events of the past few months top-ofmind for many, the Health Foundation has decided to shift the fundraiser’s focus to supporting frontline healthcare heroes. The fall Radiothon, titled “Our Heroes Wear Scrubs Not Capes,” will be focusing on providing new equipment that will be used in the intensive care unit, emergency room, and ambulatory care — including four new cardiac monitors, a new telemetry system, a defibrillator and crash cart, a new Holter monitor, and two new chemotherapy chairs. “The pandemic brought into focus the importance of healthcare. Our donors and volunteers appreciate the work of our frontline healthcare heroes who have worked nonstop through the pandemic,” said McElree, in an email with the Moose Jaw Express. “We are so grateful for all the donations, and now we need to help these frontline workers with new state-of-the-art healthcare equipment for the ICU, ER and ambulatory care.” Postponing the Radiothon from its original dates in May was a tough decision, said McElree in a previous interview with the Express, but the MJHF is happy to be able to host the annual fundraiser after all. “It means everything to bring the Radiothon to the community. Our frontline healthcare heroes will be able to tell the community how much donations help them at the hospital,” said McElree. Last year, the Radiothon raised $299,684 in support of local healthcare initiatives, and the MJHF is hoping to see the same enthusiastic support during this year’s event. “The Foundation appreciates the support from the community. We can’t say thank you enough. Moose Jaw and surrounding communities continuously show their support,” said McElree.

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Farmer’s market attracting good customer audiences By Ron Walter For Moose Jaw Express

Farmers’ markets across Saskatchewan are operating under pandemic restrictions this year with social distancing of booths and people. The Moose Jaw Homegrown Farmer’s Market on Langdon Crescent has lots of variety but not quite as many sellers as in previous years because of distancing limits. But business has been fairly brisk since the May 30 opening of the first market this season. “We’ve been at three-quarters to all of what we did last year,� said Julianne Howe, a director who is selling honey, farm fresh eggs, honey products and taking orders for beef. “People want some place to go,� she explained the return of customers under pandemic conditions. The market sold vegetables, canned preserves, cheese, honey, honey mead, baking and crafts from iron work to woodwork. Early vegetables ranged from peas and onions, potatoes to rhubarb, as well as lettuce. One vendor sells masks so people can avoid coronavirus infections. The market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays until the end of October. During July and August the market also runs Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ron Walter can be reached at ronjoy@ sasktel.net

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