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he trend for many this summer was to stick close to home for holidays, or to have a “stay-cation.” This gave many of us a new appreciation for our homes and local landmarks. In the past few issues, we have highlighted many interesting places to see in our own backyard. This month our travel writer invites us to explore the beauty of northern Saskatchewan and the picturesque city of Prince Albert. Continuing with the theme of celebrating our province, we’re also featuring stories on the centennial anniversary of two local places.

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The front cover features a photo shoot taken in Biggar’s Grand Trunk Pacific Railway roundhouse. This little-known local jewel is a turnof-the-century engine-house. Built in 1909, it’s threatened with demolition unless the community can find a new groove for it. Photographer Kimball Regier found at least one use: taking the beautiful images featured in this issue. A little closer to home, Sutherland is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. This neighbourhood was once a small town, and now the business community is hoping to revamp Central Avenue to reflect its roots. While summer is the time to explore, fall tends to reign us back into a daily routine. In Section B of our publication we look at that fall groove we’re all getting back into. The section focuses on activities and events, and some great ideas about how to get back in the groove after the summer months. The featured young artists on our “Extracurricular Kool” page talk about their passion for sports, dance and music. They were also our models for a sneak peek at some trendy fall fashions. Ashley Herauf and Shelby Gaudet of Magnolia Salon also joined us on set to give the models the latest looks in hair and make-up. Our healthy lifestyles section is brimming with lots of tips, tricks and recipes to help you feel good and look great at any age. Staying in the city this fall certainly doesn’t have to be boring. The Saskatoon arts scene continues to thrive and this issue is chock full of entrtainment and activities to check out around the city. Enjoy! Just because you’re back in the groove doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Bev Dawson, Editor

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fter a successful debut in June, Elixier will be presenting its first full season of exhilarating and inspiriing chamber music for piano and strings. These concerts will be held at Convocation Hall in the College Building at the University of Saskatchewan. The first concert sceduled features trios by Debussy and Ravel and Piazzola’s Grand Tango. It will be held on September 18, 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 ($15 for seniors and students) and are available at McNally Robinson Booksellers, the Place Riel information kiosk and at the door.

H um a n I nterest executive director of the Sutherland Business Improvement District, stepped into the role three years ago and since then has also helped bring the plan into existence. “The local area plan for Sutherland-Forest Grove, completed in 1999, identified some of the issues, but it was looking at all aspects of the neighbourhood,” he said. “This focuses specifically on the business district and how to make a more vibrant and pedestrianfriendly commercial corridor.” BY ROBERT WHITE

He believes Central Avenue, like Broadway and Riversdale,

Sutherland: celebration and rejuvenation


utherland, which celebrates the centenary of its founding on Aug 30, retains a small town atmosphere and a healthy independent streak, though it amalgamated with Saskatoon in 1956. The official celebration of the centenary on Sept 19 will turn part of Central Avenue into a street party for part of the day. Appropriately, an initiative which will go to city council just before the celebration is the draft Central Avenue master plan. The plan focuses on land use and development, transportation, and streetscape enhancement. The overall goal is to revitalize the commercial area by “offering a welcoming and friendly place to shop, to walk, to gather and to socialize.” Councillor Bev Dubois, who is also chair of the centenary organizing committee, says, “getting the plan funded and seeing it executed has been one of my priorities.” Sheldon Wasylenko, volunteer chair and

will emerge as a unique district that will thrive because of history and location combined with the reputation and service of niche entrepreneurs. Wasylenko sees the timing as appropriate, as the plan can help “set the stage for the next 100 years.” Being an owner of a business on Central Avenue, and having sat on the steering committee for the process, he is optimistic that the commercial area will be rejuvenated. He points out the long-term committed businesses that are still there, and new ones that are coming to the area, particularly in professional services and food services. The draft plan for Central Avenue promises to help it recapture a “Main Street Saskatchewan” feel with a contemporary twist. A plaza on the east side of Central Avenue is envisioned that will be a focal point for the area. This, plus a green corridor to Sutherland Park, façade improvements, the development of more commercial property on the east side,

burying electrical lines, placing medians with trees and shrubs, and facilitating pedestrian movement and safety are part of the recommendations. Harold Shiffman, president of the Sutherland-Forest Grove Community Association, agrees with the need for a place where “people can converge.” He moved to Sutherland nine years ago because he wanted a sense of locale and likes the down to earth feeling of the neighbourhood. One issue that Shiffman and others identified as a concern is the loss of a local grocery store when Extra Foods left Central Avenue in 2007. For many seniors in the neighbourhood, this has been a big adjustment. Wasylenko grew up in Sutherland, and puts these shifts, though traumatic, into a longer-term perspective. He owns and operates Rayner Agencies Ltd, an insurance agency which was established in 1948 and bought by his father in 1971. He believes Central Avenue, like Broadway and Riversdale, will emerge as a unique district that will thrive because of history and location combined with the reputation and service of niche entrepreneurs, big box competitors notwithstanding. In this context, he sees the possibility that a smaller grocery store could locate in the area in the future as new business models emerge that increasingly support local. It is to be hoped that the Sutherland business district will rediscover its spirit of self-determination and start the next century with the optimism that it had in its early years when it saw itself holding its own, only five kilometres from the upstart Saskatoon. The draft plan for the main business district of Central Avenue and Gray Avenue was prepared by AECOM consultants. For more information, contact Paula Kotasek, City of Saskatoon senior planner.

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utherland is turning 100 and is gearing up for a birthday party to celebrate its centennial on September 19. The public is invited to join in the outdoor public celebration that will highlight the history of this railway town that has contributed greatly to the development of Saskatoon. The street party takes place on Central Avenue between 108th Street and 110th Street from 11 am to 4 pm. It will include a bicycle parade, stage shows by local musicians, dancers, and other performers, with a special celebration ceremony at noon. Children are invited to come early to decorate their bikes. Central Avenue businesses and restaurants will be offering on street sales. A display of the new Central Avenue

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years of history BY ROBERT WHITE

Early residents William Charles Sutherland Trained as a lawyer, Sutherland came to Saskatoon in 1903 and became the first secretary-treasurer, when Saskatoon was incorporated as a town. In addition to practising law and co-owning a real estate firm, he served as alderman in 1904 and 1905. In 1905 he became the first elected representative for the Saskatoon area in the provincial legislature. He served from 1905 to 1917, and was speaker from 1908 to 1912. He is recognized as one of four people “energetic in securing the University for Saskatoon.” He was a member of the committee that founded St Andrew’s College and served as chair of the board of management for the College from 1912 to 1918. He was also on the first executive of the Saskatoon Club and an active member of the Saskatoon Exhibition. Beginning in 1908, he operated a large farm near Sutherland, acquired and bred

Florence (Dunlop) McOrmond The Queen’s University graduate moved to Sutherland with her husband in 1912. He assumed the role of CPR agent, and she taught at the Sutherland School. She served on the Sutherland town council from 1936 to 1944 and served as mayor from 1945 to 1946, the first female mayor in Saskatchewan and the third in Canada. She successfully lobbied the federal government to build 30 wartime homes in Sutherland even though only cities were eligible under the act. She also worked to extend water and sewer connections and introduced street lights to Sutherland. McOrmond served on the executive of many community groups and actively encouraged women to become involved in politics. William Allan and Ada (Evans) Heath Arriving from Cheshire, England in 1912, they were the second couple married in St Matthew’s Anglican Church. William obtained work as a welder with the CPR and initially lived in the area north east of the tracks until building a house on 111th street. They had four boys and four girls. Son, Stan Heath, born 1922, remembers well the freedom of growing up in Sutherland in those days. It was just two blocks to open prairie, and the rail line and yards were a place of wonder and discovery. “On New Year’s Eve it was a tradition for kids to be able to come to the roundhouse and blow the whistles on the steam locomotives,” he recounts. Another tradition, that former mayor Florence McOrmond mentions in her memoirs, not so favourably, was kids rocking the street car that went south to Eighth Street. Stan Heath remembers calling it the “trolley jumper” because kids would stand in the back of the car, which had only two sets of wheels near the centre, and rock it – sometimes off the tracks. McOrmond also remembers kids hitching sleighs to the back!


pedigree livestock, and served on the executive of several agricultural organizations dedicated to breeding cattle, horses, sheep, and chickens.


utherland, though part of Saskatoon since 1956, retains a small town atmosphere. Its individuality and non pretentious, working class atmosphere go back to its roots as a railway town. When the Canadian Pacific Railway line to Saskatoon was being built the real estate savvy company decided to set up a divisional point and terminal on land it could acquire at a relatively low cost. In 1908, the CPR railway bridge and route through the city were completed, and land east of 115th Street was purchased from real estate agent Albert H. Hanson. Hanson subdivided the rest of the property on the west side of the railway yards using a north-south grid. By contrast, the CPR developed residential lands northeast of the rail line with avenues running parallel to the tracks, resulting in the triangular area between the tracks and 115th street. The lower cost of housing on CPR land and in Sutherland was important in helping the railway attract married men for their workforce.

Sutherland Timeline: 1884-1893: Robert W. Dumlage, George Hollywood, and James D. Powe homestead and farm the land on either side of Central Ave. Central Avenue and 115th Street are the original road allowances. The brick Powe residence still stands at the northwest corner of Central Ave and 115th street. 1907: CPR line constructed from Lanigan to Sutherland 1907: Nelson Emery, CPR timekeeper and storekeeper locates in the future townsite 1908: CPR Railway Bridge completed along with a roundhouse and machine shops located east of Central Ave 1909: Settlement officially becomes a village named after William C. Sutherland, a prominent early community leader 1910: Two original churches established, St Matthew’s Anglican and St Paul’s Presbyterian 1912: Sutherland incorporates as a town. Though some residents favoured annexation to Saskatoon, the majority believed in the boom time projections of growth for what some boosters called the twin city of Saskatoon 1913: Forest Nursery Station, now the Forestry Farm, established on 320 acres adjacent to Sutherland 1913: Street car line established to Saskatoon via Eighth Street East 1914: Water line extended from Saskatoon 1915: Electrical service begins with hook up to Saskatoon 1945: Sutherland elects Saskatchewan’s first female mayor, Florence M. McOrmond 1940s &1950s: Robert Hurley, who lived on Sutherland’s Railway Ave (now Gray Ave) from 1942-1963 becomes nationally known for his watercolours of prairie scenes often featuring grain elevators and railway lines 1956: Amalgamation with Saskatoon, after referendum narrowly passed by Sutherland residents. Many of streets renamed after Sutherland’s early pioneers

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Don’t let a summer go by without taking a few minutes to look up BY BILL BROOKS


it or lie back on your lawn chair, on a towel in the sand, or in your hammock. Look up! There’s a funny face, a duck, an angry person, or a Klingon battle cruiser. Unless you are looking at a clear blue sky, you should be able to pick out something. What else do you see? What you should be looking at is, of course, clouds. I don’t think anyone, young or old, should let a summer go by without taking a few minutes to look up and watch clouds. Ideally it should be on one of those days that end with billowing cotton as the heat of the day drives moisture into the atmosphere. It could be early in the morning with the newly risen sun turning the fresh clouds pink or the multi-shaded afternoon clouds as they catch the last rays of the setting sun. Then again, what’s more exciting to watch than storm clouds? Any way you do it, there’s something exhilarating in watching clouds, and they’re worth your time to ponder. Go back to your childhood and find fun in the cloud shapes.

From time to time I get a chance to watch clouds the potential to be such a wonderful the development of clouds by observing what canvas. Because clouds are ever changing, happens over a lake. Another good place you have a picture that is always ready for a for cloud watching is overlooking the prai- new interpretation. What you see in a cloud and what your rie if you happen to be out in the country. Saskatchewan is truly one of the few places children see will probably be different. You’re where you can watch the evolution of clouds only limited by your creativity (which for most of us will put and the weather they Saskatchewan is truly one of us way behind our bring. kids). But creativity, This summer, the few places where you can like any skill, can I watched a line of clouds begin as a watch the evolution of clouds be developed with a little practice. What number of isolated fluff-balls and, over you create in the and the weather they bring. the course of a couple clouds is based on of hours, blow across the lake. Eventually your experiences, on the things that you hold they developed into the heavy billowing important, and your cultural background. Seeing only what you know to exist leads clouds. In the process, the clouds whipped up like cotton candy, stretched out like a flying to a stifled perspective. If clouds to you are duck, puffed up like a double scoop of ice just a condensed water vapour then you are cream, and roared to life as a bizarre lion and missing the opportunity to look, and wonder, and dream – and to have a bunch of free a peculiar dragon. The human brain likes to determine patterns, and we look for them everywhere, even when they don’t exist. That’s what gives

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n a small town there’s not as much opportunity to meet people. I especially love meeting interesting or eccentric people or those who have odd and unusual jobs. Last year I had the chance to meet two very interesting people with unusual jobs. Dave and Paula Morch are a husband and wife team of farriers. A farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care. A farrier couples two skills, blacksmiths’ skills for fabricating, adapting, and adjusting metal shoes, and a knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the lower limb to address the care of the horses’ feet. The Morchs are farriers who live in the Shellbrook area and travel all around to work with horses. I might not have been so curious about them and their vocation but my friend Julie is immensely impressed with their work and character. Julie should know as she is a horse owner and breeder, and her husband is a vet. It just so happens that the Morchs’ work on horses in Big River so one day I took a trip to my neighbours to watch them at their work. When I arrived, they were already hard at the task and as I quietly watched their craftsmanship I was struck by how kind, gentle, and compassionate they were towards the animals. Farrier work is hard work and even harder with horses who aren’t used to being handled that way, but the Morchs possess a patience with animals that one doesn’t often witness. I also noticed care and deliberation in their every move, something that only shines through when one is passionate about one’s craft. It was a pleasure to watch the two of them practicing an old art that, at its core, hasn’t changed much, and still requires physical strength, skill, and knowledge. I especially enjoyed watching Paula as I know from experience that if you are a woman working in a traditional man’s role, you have to work harder to make your way and earn a living. You can’t just be good. You must be excellent. I grew up on a farm with horses so I know what a farrier does but I didn’t know how

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However, with the beginning of diesel engines and the combining of repair and maintenance services at larger centers, most roundhouses fell into disuse and the Biggar roundhouse was no exception. Due to their odd shape, it can be hard to find an alternative use for the roundhouses, yet the unique structure has great historical value reflecting the central role of the railway in settling the west. Demolition was set for March of this year, but thanks to a petition with 3,500 signatures and the efforts of the Biggar community, they’ve staved off the destruction of the building for now. Heritage Canada Foundation placed Biggar’s roundhouse on its 2008 list of the top 10 endangered places in Canada. Biggar mayor Ray Sadler says the building is an important part of Canadian history and feels that it deserves to be preserved.

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   that helped establish the town of Biggar, Sk more than 100 years ago is facing demolition. In 1909 the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway chose Biggar to be the home of its divisional point. This decision made it necessary to build a roundhouse. While modern trains are designed to move both backwards and forwards, older trains could only move in one direction. Roundhouses and the accompanying turntable allowed the trains to park in the roundhouse, and to turn around for the return destination. The circular building, used for servicing and storing locomotives could hold up to 21 steam engines. Williams Hodgins Biggar was the General counsel for the GTPR at the time the Roundhouse was built, thus the town that was formed to facilitate the building of the largest Grand Trunk Railway station in Western Canada took his name.

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Will it outlive 100?

Fashion in the round T      ’  , and in an effort to combine beauty, art, and history, Saskatoon’s Kimball Regier, along with photographers Jamie Williams (Saskatoon) and Ben Checkowy (Regina) joined forces. Regier said he first heard of the building in a conversation with Sadler. He was inspired by the history behind the building and felt that people should be made aware of its plight and importance. The three creative photographers saw an opportunity to help celebrate the 100th birthday of the GTPR roundhouse. They organized a cirque-themed fashion shoot in what they felt was one of the most interesting buildings they could ever

stumble across in Saskatchewan. Along with the help of make up artists Brianna Barrett and Brittney Olney from Chel Salonspa, the team gathered models from around the province to give them a hand. They pushed for both creative and dramatic make-up and hair, then went out to the roundhouse for two afternoons of great fun. Special thanks to the Mayor of Biggar, Ray Sadler for setting up the building and arranging the use of it for us to be able to use, and of course for treating us like gold - feeding our models and team.

“ ” Biggar mayor Ray Sadler says the building is an important part of

Canadian history and feels that it deserves to be preserved.

The building’s future

using it. He cites other examples of re-use. The John Street Roundhouse, a similar building in Toronto, Ont, was converted into the Steam Whistle Brewing brewery, and a roundhouse in Aurora, Ill, is now a brewery and restaurant. The 46,000 square-foot structure is solid, and while the exterior could use some restoration, the inside remains stunning. It is constructed with over one million bricks and has 18-inch by 24-inch fir beams and 20-foot ceilings. Regier

Photo by Jamie Williams

W         for saving the roundhouse, its future is still in limbo. For the roundhouse to be saved, a few things are required, including more federal funding or protective legislation, support from the CNR, and a suitable use for the site. Right now, Mayor Sadler says they still don’t know what they’re going to do with the building, but there are people interested in


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suggests the building would make an amazing artist retreat; a haven within a 60-minute drive from Saskatoon to clear your head. It could also be used as a museum; after all, it is the last remaining of its kind.

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Football: Rising to the challenge BY JIM GERMAIN


ull up your favourite chair, football fans. Pour your chosen beverage, cold or hot, and sit back to enjoy a good

read. An insightful book called Football Rising to the Challenge: The Transition from College to Pro by Geoffrey R. Scott tackles all angles of the sport of football. It gives advice and sheds insight for players, coaches, and management considering football as a profession. The football fan is also given rare insights into the rationale and cold realities of GMs, coaches, and players that may help the layman understand a team’s transactions and decisions. The book is a collection of 47 essays by well-known professional athletes. Some of the more tantalizing essays include “What a Team Looks for in Scouting and Selecting Players” by Ernie Accorsi, New York Giants GM; “Evaluating a Player: Social and Mental Skills Are Important” by Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals head coach; and “Football Is More Than Physical: Study Hard and Learn the Mental Game” by Kevin Mitchell, Washington Redskins linebacker. The chapter “Rising to the Professional Level,” includes essays titled “Put It into Perspective,” and “Prepare a Plan for Success.” Some of the interesting comments come from GMs such as Ernie Accorsi, of the New York Giants, who points out that there are other aspects that are not tested at the

NFL determine a player’s greatness, such as “leadership, toughness, and dedication to improving.” Sometimes GMs draft just for leadership. Certain coaches spend most of their scouting reassessing a player’s ability, character, and college career. Accorsi, asks his coaches, “would you like to be a friend of this player? If not, don’t draft him.” You can’t draft for athleticism alone. (Get that Roy Shivers?) A comment one of the coaches makes on performance programs is “does the player just want to get faster so he can increase his performance or does he just want to make more money? A tenth of a second in the 40 can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.” One of the striking realities in the book is the plight of veterans. A veteran player who has played three years can be in a vulnerable position. There is a minimum salary for these veterans and if a rookie comes into camp with comparable skills, the veteran will be released, even though he’s competent, because he’s more expensive. The book even offers a whole chapter on the CFL from former players Winston October, Aaron Collins, and former Regina Ram and Toronto Argo Randy Scrochenski. Aaron Collins was a Big Ten scholar-athlete at Penn State who played for the Arizona Cardinals, Saskatchewan, and Edmonton, and offers some surprising comments com-





You’ve hit your ball in a direction you didn’t expect it to go. It comes to rest on the putting green for hole No. 9. Only trouble is you are playing hole No. 7. What should you do? You cannot play the ball as it lies. You need to find the nearest point that is not on the putting green, take one club length from that point and drop a ball. You may clean your ball prior to dropping. Your ball must not come to rest back on that putting green or in a hazard. There is no penalty for this procedure but failure to do so will result in a two stroke penalty in stroke play or loss of hole in match play. Any practice green on the course is also counted as a wrong putting green. Tip

• A sports score was the first reason for global electronic communication, when in 1871, news of the Derby winner was telegraphed from London to Calcutta in under five minutes. • Sports command the biggest television audiences, led by the summer Olympics, World Cup Football, and Formula One racing. • The Major League Baseball teams use about 850,000 balls per season. • Golf is the only sport to be played on the moon. On February 6, 1971, Alan Shepard hit a golf ball on the moon. • Fishing is the biggest participant sport in the world. • Soccer is the most attended or watched sport in the world. • The record for the most Major League Baseball career innings is held by Cy Young, with 7,356 innings.

It gives advice and sheds insight for players, coaches, and management considering football as a profession. paring the CFL and NFL. He says the atmosphere around a CFL camp is not what he would call intense compared to an NFL camp, even though it is hard, because the duration is so much shorter than an NFL camp. “In the CFL, you say, if I can just get through this week, I’ve made it. . . . In the NFL you still have 30 days to go.” The challenges for the veteran are bearable, but the competition for Americans is intense, as they are competing heavily for the few jobs in the CFL, and between rookies it is tremendous. Collins makes some controversial comments from a hard core NFL fan’s point of view. He says that the sideline is not the friend of a CFL defensive player compared to the NFL. The wider field (15 yards ) and the short duration between plays (20 seconds) tests a player’s cardiovascular and stamina. “You have to be able to run like a deer,” is a common comment from an NFL or an American college player. The most controversial comment Collins makes is that a CFL player must be a “better open field tackler,” because there is more room for the ball carrier and help is farther away. That is the same argument made by

proponents of six-man football compared to 12-man. In fairness to Collins, his comment was probably meant to say that a tackler must “focus” more on the skills and technique he has been taught such as proper angles and body and head position to bring the runner down, instead of relying on teammates. After all, Collins came form Penn State, known for its linebackers, and you can bet your Rider tickets that coach Joe Paterno drilled proper form tackling into his players. Unfortunately the book is printed by an American publisher, and has to be imported. Too bad. It would be a best seller in Saskatchewan. Find it online at or

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Photo submitted courtesy of the Prince Albert Historical Society

Prince Albert – Gateway to the North BY DOREEN KERBY


rince Albert, founded in 1885, is Saskatchewan’s oldest and third largest city. The Prince Albert Historical Museum at 10 River Street records its history with remarkable attention to detail. Displays include information on the early fur traders, the Woodland and Plains Cree who lived in the area, the Presbyterian mission founded by Reverend James and Mary Nisbet in 1866, the Northwest Rebellion, military regiments starting with the Northwest Mounted Police up to the Second World War, and what life was like in those early days.

Mackenzie King, 10th prime minister from 1926 to 1945; and John G. Diefenbaker, 13th prime minister from 1957 to 1963. The federal payback for supporting Mackenzie King was Prince Albert National Park created in 1928, just 45 minutes north of the city. The area was named by the Cree as kistahpinanihk, which means a great meeting place. James Isbister, an Anglo-Métis employee of the Hudson’s Bay Company settled here in 1862 and other settlers soon joined. It was known as Isbister’s Settlement and he returned to this site to live out his remaining days after retiring from the company.

Blockhouse, used as a defensive block during the 1885 Rebellion.

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servicing a trade area of

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140,000 people, mining is now becoming a big player in the economy.

Replica of a York boat at visitors centre, used by the Voyageurs to transport furs and goods along the Saskatchewan river.

Just five kilometres out of the city on Highway 55 is one of the most beautiful parks I have ever seen. It is the Little Red River Park, covering 1,200 acres with dozens of private picnic sites. It is rated as one of the most scenic natural parks in Canada. In 1884, James Isbister was involved in the movement that brought Louis Riel back to Canada. Frustrated settlers wanted Ottawa to listen to their grievances and 500 people came to the Town Hall to hear him speak. During the Northwest Rebellion in 1885, Prince Albert volunteers bore the heaviest casualties of the fighting at the Battle of Duck Lake. The settlers took refuge in the North-West Mounted Police stockade, but fortunately it

Photo submitted courtesy of the Prince Albert Historical Society

While there, I bought a book called The Voice of the People with reminiscences of the early settlers dating from 1866 to 1895. It became evident that they loved this productive land and worked hard to be successful. Their vision and determination are great legacies. Prince Albert is a beautiful city, especially along River Street with the broad North Saskatchewan sparkling in the sunshine. The south riverbank is lush and green and Pehonan Parkway with its lofty spruce on the northern bank provides a stunning backdrop. The city is located in a transition zone between rich aspen parkland to the south and boreal forest to the north. The population has reached 34,000 and continues to grow. Even with major setbacks like the lack of cooperation from the railways or the crippling expense of the failed La Colle Falls Dam project in 1914 that left the city in debt for the next 50 years, the city has just soldiered on. It has had more than its share of notable politicians, having elected three prime ministers: Sir Wilfred Laurier, seventh prime minister in 1896 when this province was still part of the North West Territories; William Lyon

South river bank in Prince Albert looking East.


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was never attacked. Prince Albert as we know it today was founded in 1866 by Rev. James Nisbet, a Presbyterian minister, who came to establish a mission for the Cree. The house, stable, and school were built at what is now Central Avenue and River Street where the A&W now stands. He named it Prince Albert to honour Queen Victoria’s husband. In 1879, Lucy Margaret Baker arrived to run

constructed $11 million, Alfred Jenkins Field House is a multi-use indoor soccer facility and a major destination along the trail. the mission school. Another first, the local Freemasons established the first Masonic Lodge in Saskatchewan in 1879 and Kinistino Lodge No. 1 still exists. Prince Albert was the capital of the District of Saskatchewan when it was formed in 1882 but in 1905 when the Province of Saskatchewan was formed, Regina was designated the capital. As well as being a centre for agriculture, forestry, and servicing a trade area of 140,000 people, mining is now becoming a big player in the economy. Major developments are diamond and gold exploration in the Fort de la Corne region and bio-fuels and uranium will be very important in its future economy. Unique to Prince Albert is the Rotary Trail, a three-metre wide paved path that stretches 23 kilometres around the city and along the river-front with easy access from every neighbourhood for walking, jogging, and cycling. PA is a city for people who like to be active. The recently constructed $11 million, Alfred Jenkins Field House is a multi-use indoor soccer facility and a major destination along the trail. Just five kilometres out of the city on Highway 55 is one of the most beautiful parks I have ever seen. It is the Little Red River Park, covering 1,200 acres with dozens of private picnic sites. It is rated as one of the most scenic natural parks in Canada. With 30 kilometres of trails in summer and 40 kilometres of ski trails, there is a fabulous variety of landscapes and challenge levels. They follow forested hills, steep banks, grassy meadows, and the Little Red River. A great asset is the modern Cosmo Lodge for shelter, refreshments, parties, and ski rentals. Prince Albert’s story is one of dreams, determination, and the desire to build a vibrant and prosperous community. Much of its success comes from its marvelous location. The added bonus is its accessibility to hundreds of lakes and resorts. From downtown to fishing only takes about 45 minutes – less time than it takes most Canadians to get home from work.

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Brewing success Award given for best lager in world competition




fter an incredible win at the 2009 World Beer Awards, the Great Western Brewery has more than its 20th anniversary to celebrate this year. On July 30, the company received news that its Great Western Light brand was awarded the world’s best standard lager prize, beating out stiff European and American competition. Founded in Saskatoon in 1927, Great Western Brewery originally operated under the name of Hub City Brewing Company. After changing hands several times, it became O’Keefe Brewing in 1956. However, when Carling O’Keefe amalgamated with Molson Brewing Company in 1989 it was intended that the brewery would close. Fortunately, 17 employees saw a good business opportunity and, along with support from the provincial government, they pooled their resources and formed the Great Western Brewing Company that exists today. The company’s success in worldwide competitions is in part due to the recent addition of Viv Jones – a master brewer who obtained a mechanical engineering degree and a master’s degree in brewing from Birmingham Brewing School. Jones has worked all over the world, including countries such as Africa,

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Asia, the UK, Spain, Holland, and Germany. Jones explained the beermaking process at the factory, noting that they start with Saskatchewan-grown barley from Biggar. Although the process is complicated, Great Western uses up to 11 choice hops from the US and Europe. The company produces approximately 8.8 million gallons of beer a year, and sells Great Western products in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Beer-making is a complex business, Jones explained, and there are over 2,000 flavour variables compared to the 700 to 800 that are available for red wines. The mineral content determines what kind of beer you can create, and in Saskatchewan we have similar water to the region of Bavaria which is known for its Pilsners. Great Western produces several premium products, as well as Brewhouse beer. Their premium Pilsner is a “clean and crisp” golden beer with a hop aroma. Although the Pilsner is not the award winner of the bunch, it is the beer that Jones describes as Great Western’s “funky beer.” The premium beer is extra smooth and medium-bodied. It is very fresh and is made with European-style hops. It has won bronze at the Canadian Brewing Awards, and won silver at the Australian Brewing Awards. Great Western Light is in fact, light, easy to drink, and has no bitter after-taste. It has won the aforementioned World Beer Award, as well as gold in 2008 and 2009 at the Australian Brewing Awards. As for the Brewhouse beer, Jones

describes it as a nice, light summer beer that is easy to drink. Brewhouse Light won gold at the 2008 Canadian Beer Awards in its category. In the future, Great Western Brewing hopes to expand into Winnipeg, and to also make a stronger establishment in Alberta. The company is working on a few new products to be released in the next few years, including a gluten-free beer.

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Recumbent If bad knees or a bad back has put you off cycling, you might want to invest in a recumbent bicycle. You may have seen these around town: the cyclist ends up sitting much lower with his or her legs sticking straight out. While they look a little different, they’re much more comfortable than traditional bikes, and much faster. Cruiser You may have seen these bikes around: cool and classic, they come in all colours of the rainbow. Cruisers were the standard in North America from the 1930s to ’60s, and their design hasn’t changed much. Now, these bikes are lighter than their predecessors, and they have gears, making them much more commuter-friendly. If you want to look trendy while riding to work, this is the bike for you. Three wheel bikes There are many people who can ride a two wheeler but still prefer a three wheeler. It is more relaxing and perhaps a little safer for the senior set. With a three wheeler you can go anywhere you wish and have a wonderful time. Fun bike facts: • There are about one billion bikes worldwide, twice as many as automobiles. • The basic shape and configuration of bikes hasn’t changed since the first chain-driven model was developed around 1885. • Several key components in the development of the automobile were originally intended for the bicycle, such as ball bearings, pneumatic tires, chain-driven sprockets, and spoke-tensioned wheels. • Bikes played a role in the emancipation of women in Western countries in the late 1800s because they were a cheap, safe way for         women to travel alone.

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Cypress Hills destination area BY ROBERT WHITE


ne venture into the Cypress Hills area of Southwest Saskatchewan and you are hooked. Of course ranch country itself is enchanting but the Cypress Hills plateau adds totally new elements. Sharp cliff faces that escaped glaciation, oases of lush forests and jewel like lakes, and a history, both geological and cultural, that is mind expanding, all define this unique region. John Macoun, the famed botanist and field naturalist who explored the prairies for eight summers in the 1870s set the tone for my recent visit and I expect most visitors when he wrote, “in all my wanderings I never saw any spot to equal in beauty the central plateau of the Cypress Hills.” It is always amazing to drive from the plains toward the Cypress Hills, with elevations more than 4,000 feet. In terms of vegetation change, it’s like compressing a trip from Swift Current to Waskesiu into a half hour, plus having a landscape akin to the foothills. Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park has two main parts. The Centre Block south of Maple Creek is where the amenities and most of the campgrounds are located; the West Block which extends into Alberta is a larger but mostly undeveloped wilderness area. Saskatchewan Hwy. 271 runs north/south between these two blocks and gives access to Fort Walsh, a national historic site that is a must see for anyone wanting to appreciate the early history of

the West. There is also a dry weather only route, know as the “Gap Road” that drivers, mountain bikers or horse riders can take directly across from Centre Block to Fort Walsh. This route is highly recommended, for those that wish to see the rolling open range on the top of the hills. The east end of the Cypress Hills is appropriately where the town of Eastend is located. Here, condensed in one small town picturesquely nestled in the lee of the hills, history, science and art come together in a creative way. The T. Rex Discovery Centre is a source of pride and achievement as local people contributed greatly to the discovery of “Scotty” and the development of the interpretive and research centre. Alongside that, Eastend can boast Wallace Stegner House, childhood home of the man who would later become a renowned author, teacher and staunch conservationist. He and the area that inspired his writings have continued to inspire other residents including writer Sharon Butala and many visual artists. In fact it was a stint as artist-in-residence at Wallace Stegner House that drew the accomplished painter Alice Hanlin to move to Eastend from Saskatoon. There are many back roads in the area to explore such as the grid road between Ravenscrag and Highway 13 and many of the roads around Eastend. However, you reach the area, it is sure to get into your soul.

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Directions: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, cool, and chop. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, red onion, and cheese. Whisk together the lemon juice, salad dressing, and pepper. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Serve. Note: Some people may find the dressing a little too tart; adjust the amount of lemon juice to suit your taste.

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Creating an oasis step by step BY JANET WANNER


he rain is coming down hard; my backyard view is greyed with large droplets soaking everything and filling our pond to the top. The various shades of green from the hostas and ferns to the globe caraganas become brighter against the relief of the dark wet soil.

garden to the other. It is rustic and a classical design element to any Japanese garden. Moving rocks of this size (six feet long and three feet thick) is not for the faint of heart (or back), but with a little forethought, it was

ist, spent many hours leveling the blocks and wheeling the whole thing in place. It only took two men and a boy. We joke about “old man” strength, but there’s something to that saying.

The stone from BC that was to become our six foot bridge is now in place and a pivotal point, creating flow from one side of the garden to the other.

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Our masterpiece in the backyard is slowly taking shape this summer. The water garden, started late last summer, now has a flowing stream. The music of the trickling water attracts all the birds in the neighbourhood. The rocks needed further adjustments to prevent some backflow leaking, but Rome was not built in a day.

Janet Wanner’s own back yard masterpiece comes to life.

The stone brought from BC to be our six foot bridge is now in place, and a pivotal point, creating flow from one side of the

inched into place. Two other large flat rocks are doing their part in concealing the horse trough that is our reservoir. Our Thai deck is now moved to one end of the stream to give the best vantage point to the whole scene. The deck, that was a sore thumb, is now placed in a better position next to the stone patio. It was no small feat to move it, but my husband, being a perfection-

The Hardi-Mac apple, a central point in the garden, was planted three years ago and has grown well. We toasted it this spring for it finally bloomed. That tree has taught me a new lesson in patience. I have a beautiful specimen Crimson Threadleaf maple that will have pride of place in a special pot on the deck along with a bamboo. Bamboo is revered in Japan for its

fast growth and temporary nature. They will need to come in this winter for safekeeping. Bamboo is an essential part of any Japanese garden and I have found strips of short fencing in the form of a short set of tubes wired together. I have used it to make a feature “retaining” wall to create a little garden on the other side of the walkway. Inside the wall, are three feature rocks: well chosen rocks of the same material but different shapes. The first one is a tall skyscraper reaching toward the heavens, the second is lower with a point facing the largest and the third rock is reclining. These three boulders are the classic “heaven/earth/man” (the reclining one) often seen in a meditation garden. I will surround them with a sea of Irish moss; a soft mossy cushion of green. Behind this little fence is a new grass; green and white stripes, a sedge, that softens the background and hangs over slightly. The garden that surrounds the pond and stream bed is just in its infant stages; the Siberian iris has three years to maturity and the mini cranberries will be at their best in about five years. Callas and other water plants are decorating the water’s edge with dots of colour. I delight in every moment spent in the garden with my vision of what the garden will be. I can debate with myself about the placement of each specimen. It is my excuse to be out in my own soil, admiring each plant and imagining them all grown up into a beautiful retreat. Janet Wanner is co-owner of Gentle Earth Design Studios. She can be contacted at 343-8594.

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have recently returned from a buying trip to Vancouver, and I have to say, there are things to get excited about. On one hand, indoor furnishings have gone bold – very bold – and on the other hand, indoor furnishings have taken on a new sophistication. Most of the vibrancy will be picked up in occasional chairs and accessories. While purple has been sitting on the edge of being the “in” colour for a couple of seasons it is now here. Some suppliers have even dared to put purple furniture on their showroom floors and it is getting rave reviews from buyers. This has been true even in Saskatchewan, where we tend to be more conservative in our design selections.

“Conservative” being the key word. The new purple is subdued and mixed with undertones of grey, blue, or black. This allows an escape into other colour choices for your room without changing your expensive pieces. And yes; real people are buying it.

Leather is still a huge seller, with blackberry as one of the most popular colours. It is warm, a little off the beaten path, easy to accessorize and is a deep, dark, inviting shade of purple. Naturally, though, the darker shades of brown leather are still the most widely chosen, followed by black and warm white. A new air of sophistication was introduced with the Valencia chair. The style of the frame has been around for years but it is the fabric and the four button finish that sets this one apart; it looks like a grey tuxedo in the fabric (also available in glacier white leather).

The Brussels chair with its flattened, Ushaped seat, clean lines, and chrome spider legs is available in three fabric choices. Some of the new 2010 outdoor spring resin furniture line will be available soon. Design teams for this particular resin product have been working on the new models, materials and colours for close to two years now. After taking feedback from all over Canada and the United States, they have added more pieces to their contemporary line and refined the look of the traditional pieces. We found a training session to learn about the changes to be extremely helpful. Rumor has it in that in Europe they are going back to light wood colours. North America is sticking to dark colours for their patio furniture and going darker all the time. Java was introduced as a dark colour a couple of years ago and very quickly outsold white and mocha two to one. It will remain in the spring line-up. Next season, the java will be changed to a much darker espresso brown with flecks of taupe showing through. This new colour will be called safari java and is already in huge demand. Pre-orders for the spring of 2010 already have proven what a success this darker colour will be. Black resin furniture with a flat weave and vibrant fabric has been extremely popular as well. Fabric is such a personal thing. This year there was a shift from bright, funky, loud patterns to more subdued fabrics. This allows the furniture to speak for itself. Jennifer Lucky is in charge of marketing and promotions at Charter House Interiors, 331 1st Ave. North. She can be contacted at 653-4634 or through

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BUILDING EFFICIENCY The Saskatchewan Environmental Society is offering a program for building operators, custodian or facility personnel to learn energy conservation principles, new technologies, and potential facility retrofits. There are three two-hour sessions in Saskatoon on Sept 15, Oct 5, and Nov 3, with other dates in Regina and Prince Albert, on waste and water, HVAC, and lighting and electrical equipment. Call 260-4743, email, or visit FLYING WILD Flying Wild is a new education program that introduces middle school students to bird conservation through school bird festivals, hands-on classroom activities, and community service projects. The Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association (SOEEA) is offering free Flying Wild training and low cost materials in Saskatchewan for the next three years. An educator training session will be held at the SOEEA conference “Keepers of the Prairie” at Lake Manitou, Sept 25 to 27. Contact Peta at

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DESIGNING PLACES Awareness of the importance of design is gaining prominence. Great Places is a discussion forum through the Saskatchewan Architects Association that focuses on current issues related to the built environment in Saskatoon as shaped by architecture, urban planning, public art, and landscape design. On Aug 18, Professor Rick Haldenby, chair of the Council of Canadian University Schools of Architecture and director of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Cambridge, Ont, spoke about design, culture and community to a standing room only crowd. The group’s greater ambition is to explore the possibilities for a new school of architecture in Saskatchewan. To this end, Haldenby highlighted the transformative effect that the relocation of the School of Architecture from Waterloo to Cambridge has had on that city and the role the school has played not only in urban, economic, and cultural development, but in the very self-image of the town and its people. DESIGNING FOR PEOPLE Jan Gehl, world renowned Danish architect and urban design consultant, is featured at the “Healthy, Liveable, Sustainable Cities Symposium” in Saskatoon Aug 31 and Sept 1 with two different evening presentations. Gel’s influence has made Copenhagen known for its pedestrian-friendly urban life. He also participates in and advises many urban design and public projects around the world on how to develop cities that are lively, healthy, diverse, sustainable, and safe. Gehl is the author of the influential books Life Between Buildings and Public Spaces, Public Life. For tickets visit


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here are a number of smart steps to take that, when used properly, will help improve the overall air quality in your home. It is estimated that dust particles, allergens, and bacteria cause bad indoor air quality in 97 percent of North American homes. The first step is to get your air ducts cleaned on a regular basis, and to get the right air filters. Electronic air filters work great when maintained. However, they are costly to repair or replace. HEPA filtration is your best bet because it will be stop 99.97 per cent of the harmful particles in your air tight home, but you can also look at electrostatic air filters. These are an excellent way to filter up to 90 per cent of the nasty airborne stuff, and all you have to do is wash them out periodically. Ultraviolet light is another proven means for purifying indoor air. It is especially effective when combined with an electrostatic air filter. Sometimes making these small changes can even be lifesaving; a dirty dryer vent could cause a fire. Not only will cleaning your dryer vent reduce the risk of a potential fire hazard, it will also increase its overall efficiency. Clean air ducts will also help furnace efficiency. Chris Franko is owner of Calibre Air Repair. He can be contacted at 291-7686 or email


don’t know about you, but I just love the Staples commercial. You know the one... The father is gleefully filling the cart with school supplies and the song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is playing in the background. I giggle every time I see it. My teenager just rolls her eyes! Fall is here. The change in season has us shopping for pencils and loose-leaf. Sending our kids back to school forces us to realize that winter is coming and there are some garden chores to be done before the snow flies. Many gardeners are using tropical plants in their containers. The first frost doesn’t have to be the death knell of the plants. Gardeners can successfully bring the plants inside and recycle them for next year. Not only will you save money by not repurchasing, but you will be rewarded with a larger, more impressive plant for next spring.

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he focus of this month’s personal and professional development article is creativity and its relationship to your personal life or workplace. This is not meant to be creativity in the artistic sense. Instead, translate creativity to being original, resourceful, inspiring others (or yourself), and thinking outside the box. Creativity can put excitement in your day, help you be more productive, and lessen the mundane tasks. This article will identify the effects of how your non-creative choices will affect your day in a negative manner. There are four contributors that can hinder your creativity. I think of the lack of creativity as PEWW (pronounced pooh!). That is the acronym for perfection, email, worry, wait. Perfection Perfection can be interpreted as not wanting to make mistakes. Synonymous to perfect are: ideal, just right, great, wonderful, and faultless. Often attempting to be perfect creates major worry. I am sure many of us are guilty of this. We need to identify by whose standards we are measuring perfection? When aiming to be perfect we put a great deal of pressure on ourselves. Trying to be perfect is a superb road block that prevents both productivity and creativity. We tend to worry about not being perfect and not being able to meet someone’s standards (or maybe our own misguided and unrealistic expectations). Aiming to be flawless in turn creates stress. People need to accept that books are not written, they are re-written. The same principle applies to any entrepreneurial venture, song, report, or painting. Taking the first step, followed by another step heading in the direction of your goal is the surest way

to begin the journey towards a final destination. Accept the fact that perfect is not realistic. Email The best way to push your creativity to the backburner is to check your email first thing in the morning. How many people start their day by putting on the coffee and running to the computer to check their email? Guilty? What does that action say about your approach to the day and to life? Would you describe that action one of a creative person or a reactive person? Responding to email is necessary, but what should be the priority? Your daily needs or responding to everyone else’s needs? Instead of starting your day by responding to other’s needs, and requests, look after your own needs through nurturing yourself. Tell yourself and others that you are important. Choose inspirational readings, meditation or exercise in those first precious minutes that set the tone for the entire day. Worry What does “worry” really mean? Synonyms include to be anxious, feel concern, fret, lose sleep, agonize, be bothered, and be troubled. We do often find ourselves in a state of worry about far too many things. The focus of our worry is on some final product or event that has not happened and probably never will

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So you think you want a career in the Film Industry? Photography by Chad Coombs


In each edition of the Neighbourhood Express we include a wide variety of career-related articles. Each article also contains information about someone who is working in the industry. This month we are featuring the Film Industry.



id you know that Saskatchewan has its own booming film industry? There are countless career options available in film. The four main departments for a film are producers /business affairs, handling administration and financing; key creative, like directors, writers, production designers, and cinematographers; production crew, like grips, lighting, camera, set construction, and costume; and post-production, like editors, composers, and animators. It has been a longtime debate whether formal postsecondary training is a crucial step to achieving success in the film industry. There are notable examples of both those who did and did not go to film school. Academy Award winner George Lucas (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. However, Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, Rear Window) who directed more than 50 feature films and is often referred to as one of the greatest film makers of all time, never went to school, instead getting work as a title-card designer for a film production and working his way up to a producer. “Whether or not you should seek formal education, really depends on what you are looking to do in the film and television industry,” said Nova Alberts, the career development program coordinator for the Saskatchewan

Motion Picture Industry Association (SMPIA). “If you are just looking to get a job, you can often find work as a production assistant in a number of departments and work your way up as you gain experience. Some departments require specific skills that would be better obtained at a trade school – for example, if you are interested in working in the construction or make-up departments.” For those interested in an education in film, there are many industry-related courses available in Saskatchewan at various institutions such as University of Regina, SIAST, Saskatchewan Filmpool Co-op, New Media Campus, and Redhouse College of Animation. If you know that you want a career in the film industry but aren’t sure which is the best path for you, contacting SMPIA is a good first step. “The most important thing you can do if you want to make your own films is to continue practising your craft no matter the scale. Film school can be one of the best places to do this as it often provides you access to resources that you would not have otherwise. However, it is important to realize that a film school graduate will often start at exactly the same seniority and pay scale as someone without film school training. A graduate, however, will often rise within the industry quicker than a non-grad.” As the career development program co-ordinator for SMPIA, Alberts helps to prepare individuals for a career in the industry through one-on-one counselling, facilitation of workshops and programming, including assisting with SIAST’s set safety and set protocol course, administration of the job start /future skills program, and general

Tony Hrynchuk with camera man Samy Inayeh.

assistance to productions looking to hire. Alberts emphasizes that no matter what you would like to do in the film industry, determination is key. “Getting that first job in this industry can be the most difficult part of anyone’s career but don’t give up. You will need a lot of patience, a huge amount of determination and a little bit of luck.”


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orking as director and producer, Tony Hrynchuk often finds his job to be a balancing act. “As a director/producer you could spend 80 per cent of your time producing in order to have that 20 per cent of the time that allows you to direct,” says Hrynchuk. The director/producer works with all the departments involved in a film, and depending on how small a production is, may wear many hats. More specifically, a director is the one in charge of the creative aspects of a production; he or she works with both the cast and crew to create his or her vision. A producer is in charge of financing the film and keeping investors happy. When balancing both of these jobs, it can get hectic. Born in Saskatoon, Hrynchuk spent his childhood between Saskatchewan and Ontario. After finishing high school, he moved to Montreal to pursue a degree in psychology at McGill University. Ready to start his master’s degree, he real-


ized that psychology wasn’t right for him. A recent acquaintance worked in the film industry and he had found her career fascinating. Hrynchuk decided it was time to return to Saskatoon and start making his own short films instead of attending film school. “The first one was awful; the second one was terrible but not as awful as the first. I just kept doing it and eventually learned the craft of it,” says Hrynchuk. Now all these years later, with more than 10 recognitions and awards for his various productions, as well as the owner of an internationally sought after production company, Fahrenheit Films, Hrynchuk has not only learned the craft of film-making but has also mastered it. Fahrenheit Films is mainly known for the music videos that they have created for musicians like Jason Blaine, Brad Johner, Shane Yellowbird, and Doc Walker. The videos often end up

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in the Top 5 rotation on channels such as CMT, and recently earned Hrynchuk a nomination for music video director of the year at the 2008 Canadian Country Music Awards. “Music videos are fun, because they’re creative and outside the lines, so I would say I enjoy them the most. However, they are also crazy. They’re like hitting curve balls: sometimes there isn’t enough money, or creative demands are really high, never enough budget or time. With all the different issues that arise, they are tough to pull off.” Aside from the music videos, Fahrenheit Films is also responsible for some notable award-winning documentaries including Stolen Sisters and 100 Days of Freedom. “We’re also working hard to develop some reality series. I do some work with commercials and that kind of thing as well,” said Hrynchuk. “We have added electronic press kits for artists to our services. We combine performance footage with interviews to create polished promotional videos and images that bands can use on their website and to provide to television stations and publications. It’s an important promotional tool for artists to have and we already have the components required to offer this service so it was a natural progression for Fahrenheit Films.” And what advice does Hrynchuk have for others hoping to work in the film industry? “I would say this – to do film there’s no clear career path. There’s a million ways you can be successful at it and how you can get there. There’s no ad in the newspaper saying ‘director wanted’ – it just doesn’t work like that. You really have to make your own opportunities. It’s not the easiest way to make money or make a living, but if you get good at it and you really like it, you can do well.” To find out more about Tony Hrynchuk and Fahrenheit Films, or to see some of their work, go to

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n 2008-09, 40 productions were filmed in our province, but Saskatchewan has been a popular place to shoot for many years. Some of the more popular films shot in Saskatchewan over the past 10 years include The Messengers (Kristen Stewart), Sleepwalking (Charlize Theron), Held Up (Jamie Foxx), and Just Friends (Ryan Reynolds). Last year the Saskatchewan Film and Television Industry stimulated nearly $75 million of economic activity and created more than 1,200 jobs in the province. The Saskatchewan Motion Picture Industry Association (SMPIA) is a memberbased nonprofit organization that is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Established in 1985, SMPIA acts as an advocate for all personnel related to the making and exhibiting of film, video and interactive media, from beginners to professionals. SMPIA’s job is to be a catalyst for change, to facilitate interaction between people working in these media, and to help to create an environment that provides opportunities for the production, promotion and appreciation of a motion picture in Saskatchewan.

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How can you tell if you are suited to the film industry? Are you: • An assertive individual with plenty of self-confidence? • A creative person who enjoys problem solving? • A team player who respects others? • Willing to take direction and complete assigned tasks? • Capable of working under pressure? • Comfortable with the uncertainties of non-permanent /freelance work? • Able to handle a 70 to 80-hour work week? • Willing to be a self-employed, freelance contract employee? • Physically fit and able to complete a variety of tasks? • Able to interact with a variety of personalities? Then the film and television industry may be just what you are looking for. How do you enter the industry? • Take the “Film set safety and set protocol” course: unless you have previous experience, this is the minimum requirement to work in the industry. • Become a Saskatchewan Motion Picture Association (SMPIA) member: you will be kept informed of workshops, training positions and upcoming productions. • Take workshops related to the industry: at workshops you will gain valuable skills; you may meet an instructor or union representative who may be impressed with your efforts and take your name back to others. • Blanket the industry with your resume: prepare your resume with a cover letter and distribute them to production companies. Network, network, network: never underestimate the value of networking.

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tech etiquette BY ASHLEIGH MATTERN


s technology becomes an ever-important part of our everyday life, so tech etiquette questions grow. Should you use proper grammar in emails? When shouldn’t you answer that cell phone? What’s the best way to deal with unwanted Facebook friend requests? There is a growing body of etiquette that should be followed so maybe it’s time you learned what it is. Social networking With the advent of social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, our private lives have become increasingly public. It’s a good idea to think about how you want to come across to others when selecting photos or posting personal information. Your best bet is to only post things that will cast you in a positive light. When it comes to deleting a friend or contact, or refusing the connection in the first place, there aren’t any straight and narrow rules. A lot of it depends on your real life relationship with the person. You should ask yourself if you want them

to see the personal details of your life. If the person is no longer part of your life, it might be a good idea to press delete and move on, but never delete someone out of malice. In social situations, it’s never a good idea to be unkind. E-mail format While e-mailing has made communication faster than ever, you might want to slow down when typing those e-mails. It’s easy to type that “I” without capitalization and not use spell check but that might not be the best idea, especially at work. It may be faster and easier but spelling and grammar are still important to looking polished. An unclear message will take the recipient more time trying to figure out what you are saying and using up their valuable time may annoy them. It’s also important to keep your e-mails clean and simple. The flashy fonts and colours may look great on your screen but it often doesn’t look so hot when you send it on to someone whose e-mail provider doesn’t support it. A flashy e-mail at work is especially a no-no; it simply doesn’t look professional. This also goes for funny quotes and pic-

tures and giving way too much information as a signature. Simplicity rules in e-mail formatting. Forwarding e-mails You may have just received the funniest forward you’ve ever seen in your life but you might want to think twice before you pass it on to everyone you know. Is it a workplace or a personal email address you are sending to? While some people have the time to look at all emails others are too busy and think of it as a form of spam. The Etiquette Ladies’ website has a “Netiquette quiz” which examines this issue. It may seem as though it’s only polite to forward the chain message or reply to that joke. They say that’s not true and that most people find forwards more annoying than entertaining. If you just have to share the forward with someone, make sure your sending it to friends or family members that share your interests and sense of humour. Phone calls in public With nearly everyone carrying a cell phone on them everywhere they go, questions arise of correct public usage of cells. S as kat oo n

Everyone has seen this scenario: Two people are out for a coffee but one seems more interested in their cell phone than the person sitting across from them. Maybe you’ve been the cell phone addict yourself! This can be a tricky situation. If it’s an important call, you may have to take it. A good way to gauge your use is to make sure you’re paying more attention to your companion than the phone. Another tricky situation is when what started as a calm phone conversation switches into something more intense. Instead of walking through the mall yelling at the other person on the line, try finding a quiet, out of the way place to finish the conversation and keep your voice low. You don’t want to be broadcasting your personal life to the world. Cell phones don’t always get the best reception and you may need to talk louder, but be mindful of the people who are around you. They don’t need to distracted by your personal conversation. It’s rude to keep a server or sales person waiting for your attention while you are talking on your cell phone. If you receive an important call, acknowledge it and tell them you will call them later.

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Open information The future of copyright?




he Internet has changed the way we learn. Now, many people seeking information turn to a search engine or wiki more than to a library. Being able to channel knowledge so easily has altered our idea of its value. We are headed toward an era of free information. Like it or not, many are downloading their music and movies for free, doing research on Wikipedia, and definitely not paying for newspapers. These changes have moved the fastest in the music industry, which has an innovative tradition with technology.

This trend has created a rift between proponents of traditional copyright, and copyleft, those who believe original works should be shared at no cost provided they still are attributed to the author. Advocates of copyleft believe that freely disseminating knowledge and creative works promotes innovation. All this free information at our fingertips is an empowering thing. But there’s something reassuring about paying for a book, rather than finding the information online. If you buy a book about physics you expect it to be credible, up to date and peer-reviewed. That same legitimacy isn’t assured on the Internet. Yet, thanks to the work of a few open educators, we may soon be able to have confidence in e-learning. Take Richard Baraniuk, a professor of electrical engineering at Rice University. He started an online learning resource called Connexions in 1999 with a few other professors. The idea was to collect user-submitted lessons, or modules, on every subject possible, including science, languages, music and more. Lessons are submitted freely and attribution is provided to the author under a creative commons licence. Anyone can log onto Connexions and download Like children, your pets rely on you to modules, many of which include audio and video. make safe and healthy choices for Modules can also be assembled into custom-made them. You also want value for your textbooks and printed, with hardcover, for a fraction hard-earned dollars. There really is of the cost – as little as 10 per cent of the cost of a a big difference between the quality traditional textbook under copyright. of pet food and treats you will find at Baraniuk sees this as a necessary check on a pubthe grocery / mass store and those lishing industry that has grown excessively costly. In you will find at Pet Planet. many cases the cost of materials is the only barrier to becoming educated. Your next purchase of “There is a crisis in our schools around the world,” dry dog or cat food he said. Baraniuk can name scores of examples, from With this coupon Valid only at Pet Planet @ Cumberland Sq. Mall. schools in Africa with only one textbook for all to Cannot be combined with any share, to California community colleges where the other offer, One coupon per family Expires September 30, 2009 cost of books actually outpaces tuition. Our intellectual property system is well-intended,



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he kids are back in school. It is ing at an intersection. The driver should stop important for drivers to make sure before the crosswalk, if it is marked. If it is they are obeying the rules and for not marked, the crossing area is considered parents to remind their children of the safe an imaginary extension of the sidewalk. way to get to school. You are not permitted to pass a car which is Drivers should remember that young chil- stopped to allow pedestrians to cross. dren tend to think cars can stop instantly and You must also stop if directed to by a often cannot accurately tell how far away a school crossing guard. School crosswalks car is or how fast it is going. are marked by special signs. School crossYou must stop for school buses when their ing guards usually wear special safety belts red lights are flashso they can be easily ing. Traffic must stop As a new school year starts, identified. in both directions and Be extra careful remain stopped until it’s important to keep safety passing cars which are stopped in the road, the red flashing lights in mind when driving. particularly at the are turned off. You must stop at least five times school starts and metres (15 feet) from the front or back of ends. It is very common for cars to stop to the bus. Some urban areas have bylaws which allow school children to cross even in the prohibit the use of the flashing lights or the middle of a block. The children assume that red stop arm. In these areas, you must stop if a car stops for them, it is safe to cross and for any stopped bus. Remember that school may not check to ensure that another car is bus drivers must stop at every railroad cross- not passing. ing. If you are following a school bus, slow Parents should let their children out of down when you see a rail crossing ahead and the car only in safe areas. They should make prepare to stop. sure that they are not hindering other traffic School zones in most communities have or pedestrians. If they let their children off lower speed limits during the months that on the other side of the street, they should school is in (September to June). These are make sure the children cross at a crosswalk. marked by school zone signs. These speed Consider walking your children to school if limits must be obeyed even if you cannot you live in an urban area. It may be safer to see any children in the area when you pass walk with a responsible adult than to drive by the school. Keep a special watch in these when areas around the school are congested areas. Even outside of school hours, school with double-parked cars and many people playgrounds attract youngsters looking for in a hurry to quickly drop kids off without safe places to play. having to park. Some play areas also have lower speed limDrivers should also exercise extra care its. These are marked by playground signs. around small cyclists. All cyclists should obey Again, keep a special watch in these areas. the rules of the road, but some do forget. Motorists must stop for pedestrians crossNow is a good time for parents to review

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ave you ever wished for a miracle cure for your hair? Maybe you have been frustrated with lack of volume, flaky, itchy, or sensitive scalp, coarse dry frizz, or dry dull lack-lustre hair. If this sounds like you, you have probably tried every product and home remedy available, and may even have sought out your doctor’s advice. Now finally there comes a promise for relief through a new luxury product line. Kerastase is the Prada or Gucci for hair. It is pricey but well worth the cost as it stands up to its reputation. This European line has only recently been made available in Canada and is one of L’Oreal Professional’s luxury brands. Using advanced research, technology, and science, L’Oreal aims to be at the forefront of professional hair care. My first experience with the Kerastase line was while hairdressing in London, England. In London, it is known as one of the top luxury lines and is a favourite of celebrities, beauty editors, and hair dressers. Its reputation in Europe speaks for

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itself and the brand appears in countless magazines and publications. After hearing about this magic in a bottle, despite its luxury price tag, I started using it. I can honestly say these were the best cleansing and conditioning products I had ever used. Needless to say, I was quite disappointed when I returned to Canada and found out that it was not available here. Until now! The company’s goal is to be in the top one per cent of salons in Canada. They demand that the staff in the Kerastase treatment salons be well educated on hair and scalp issues and the entire Kerastase line and treatment process. The line consists of cleansing and conditioning products, at-home treatments, in-salon concentrated treatments, and styling products to maintain and protect your hair. Kerastase’s philosophy is to bring hair back to its natural state and make it strong, healthy, and manageable. On the flip side this line is not about high fashion, textured or stiff looks. It’s about making your hair soft, shiny, and natural looking. Kerastase is now available in Saskatoon. It is so exciting that we can now enjoy this high-end brand Falls in Canada and experience the benefits that Europeans have been enjoying for decades. For more information about Kerastase visit

Case study and diagnosis Alycia’s hair is thin and fine textured. Although fair naturally, her hair has been chemically damaged from high lighting. Alycia uses a flat iron daily, struggles to achieve body and fullness, and has trouble growing

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soften hair. In salon treatment: • Concentre Vita-Ciment repairs and rebuilds hair making it 56 per cent stronger and lasts four to six weeks. • Concentre Vita Topseal strengthens, smoothes, and protects hair. Styling: • Ciment Thermique, a leave-in heat protection and reconstructing product. • Serum Nutri-Sculpt strengthens ends and temporally corrects split ends, helping fine hair grow past shoulders. Lumiere Nutri-Sculpt is a leave in finishing crème, that provides hold, shine, and smoothes fly aways. Roxy is an internationally trained stylist. She holds a B.Comm. from the U of S and has completed extensive training at The Matrix Academy London and additional colour training at the Wella World Studio London. Roxy has been a part of various session teams, having styled hair at London Fashion Week, for Vogue, GQ and ID magazines and worked with various celebrities such as Fergie and The Pussy Cat Dolls. She can be contacted at Magnolia Salon at 373-8099.

Dazzling looks for fall


her hair past her shoulders. Alycia’s hair is naturally more vulnerable because of its fine texture. The lightening process and heat styling further sensitises her already fragile tresses. Her hair has lost its strength and is worn, porous, and brittle. Alycia needs strength, moisture, and preventative styling products. Prescription: Cleanse Bain de Force, a fortifying shampoo to help rebuild hair. Condition: Ciment Anti Usure, a fortifying daily conditioner to rebuild and

Bigger is better: Reminiscent of the 1980s, shoulder pads are back. Big is good, but exaggerated is even better. Red alert: Bold lips are back, and yes, you can wear red lipstick. The trick is to find the right shade to match your skin tone. Lovely lady leggings: Leggings and tights are still a top trend but are no longer plain Jane. Jazz up your wardrobe with a pair made of lace, boasting crazy prints, horizontal slits, or embellishments like zippers. Booty-licious: They may not fit the “sensible shoes are a good investment” description that your mother was always talking about, but ankle boots are a definite must have. The snow and ice aren’t here yet, so the higher the heel and the more bedecked, the better. Tartan time: We’re mad for plaid this fall. Designers are offering a fresh spin on an old favourite by contrasting bright yellows, greens, and blues with darker tones in everything from dresses to accessories. Wear pleather: From dresses to leggings to jackets, pleather and vinyl are everywhere. Not only are they more affordable than leather, but they are also animal-lover approved. Accessories, please: Don’t you dare hit the street bare. Massive chains, stones, and all things sparkly are the way to go for accessories. Finish off your outfit with a huge statement necklace. Back in black: It’s time to dig out your eye kohl from the bottom of your makeup bag and pay tribute to your inner rock star vixen by punching up that smokey eye look with some intense black liner. Eyebrow wow: A more natural brow is in style. However, the natural look does not translate to scraggly; you should still keep your brows well groomed. Brow shaping can be tricky, so if you’re unsure, have a professional shape them for you. Get creative: Add an embellishment to your hair repertoire and pin, bow, and clip hair into place. Headbands, barrettes, and bobby pins confirm that ’80s hair has been revived and with it, the need to accessorize. Glamorous curls: Soft and pretty, these big wavy curls give a softer feminine look which is a nice contrast to the poker straight hair we’ve been seeing in past seasons. To get this look, section hair and curl with a medium to large barrel curling iron or use your hair rollers. Use a brush to smooth hair leaving it natural looking. Updos reign: Go all out with a pompadour updo reaching dizzying new heights this fall. Hair is loaded with product, then backcombed, pouffed, twisted and pinned. These new glamour styles are a far cry from the straightening irons and more simplistic styles we have had lately.

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s the lazy days of summer draw to a close, it’s a great time to think about taking a class or getting involved in a new fall activity. There are tons of ways to keep fit and just have fun in Saskatoon. Featured here are some young people who are passionate about their extracurricular activities, and look cool doing it. These plugged-in fashion mavens are are showcasing some trendy styles from American Apparel.

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Kimberley Mitchell started in gymnastics in the fifth grade, so when she began high school, the transition into cheerleading was a natural one. Cheerleading for seven years now, Kimberley’s greatest achievement was being named captain for the Huskies cheerleading team. As a team, they also competed and won their division in 2008 in Minneapolis, Minn, along with other placings across Canada and in the US. “What I love most about both gymnastics and cheerleading is the thrill and rush from flipping and flying through the air,” said Kimberley. Currently, she is training to compete in the co-ed partner stunt division across North America for the 2009-10 season. Sexuali tank in deep pink Cotton spandex double V-neck dress in white afrika Faux leather sash belt in black

Chelsey Dancing for 16 years and having studied ballet, jazz, hip hop, street jazz, contemporary, Broadway, and musical theatre. Chelsey Zelizney’s versatility has given her many exciting opportunities from dancing in a Sasktel commercial and making it to the final cut in a Cirque du Soleil audition. More recently, Chelsey has been working on creating her own dance competition for Saskatchewan. No longer taking dance classes in Saskatoon, she finds herself teaching them instead. “I love dance because the way I can express myself. I love being creative and being able to tell a story or evoke a specific emotion through different pieces,” says Chelsey.

Nikki When Nikki Schmid was a small child, her parents took her to a string ensemble recital with intentions of introducing her to the violin, however, on hearing all the instruments, Nikki fell in love with the cello. “I love everything about it,” said Nikki. “Mostly the resonance. The cello is so beautiful without even trying. It can be light and shimmery or dark and sultry; it’s an escape.” Seventeen years later, Nikki is still playing the cello, and has made guest appearances on select tracks for other musicians including Sam La France, Graham Tilsley, and Kirby Criddle.

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Photography by Studio B Photography Clothing by American Apparel Hair and Make-up by Ashley & Shelby, Magnolia Salon Shoot coordinated by Alycia Evans & Jennilee Cardinal-Schultz Models Chelsey, Kimberley, Nikki, Tyler, and Joel

Joel Joel Cardinal-Schultz has been playing sports ever since he can remember. Whether it was school badminton, touch football, a premiere soccer league or the junior B hockey league, he got involved any way he could. Sports have taken him many places including Canton, NY, where he played college hockey last year and has been invited back for the 2009-10 season. When he’s not playing sports, you can find Joel working out at the gym. “It’s important to be in good physical shape, not only when you play sports, but also to keep healthy,” said Joel. One of a kind tie dye tank in sting ray Jersey T in natural Kelly faux leather hoody in matte black Slim slack in forest

Tyler Tyler Layton-Olson has been dancing for eight years. He began with Ukrainian dancing then got into jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop, and modern. Currently taking 10 classes a week as well as teaching, he loves the physical expression and the rush when he performs. He recently qualified for and attended the Canadian Dance Teachers Association national dance competition with a ballet solo, where he won his category and received the senior jazz scholarship. Hoping to be a professional dancer, Tyler is sure to achieve his goals with his talent and determination. Window check short sleeve button up in navy purple California fleece drop shoulder pullover in black Stretch corduroy five-pocket short in plum

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Susan is a sculpture major and has just completed her University of Saskatchewan Certificate in Art & Design. Congratulations Susan—on all your successes!

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Pole dancing: Not what you might think Practice takes on new meaning as fitness phenomenon


ole dancing is the newest fitness craze to hit Hollywood. It’s a work out that offers total body strength and celebrities like Carmen Electra, Fergie, and Britney Spears have being grabbing onto a pole for their work out. Some are even having their own pole installed in their homes. The trend has been picking up across Canada and now even in Saskatoon. So why does pole dancing work better than other fitness regimes? Because it’s fun! First gaining popularity in the United States in the earlier part of the decade, fitness studios in the bigger Canadian city centres such as Toronto and Vancouver started offering pole dancing a couple years ago. There are now more than 60 pole studios in Canada, including Club Mynx, the first fitness studio in Saskatchewan to offer the classes, and the only place to learn pole fitness in Saskatoon. “We’re trying to overcome the stereotypes

and preconceived ideas that people may have about what our pole dancing classes are, about this form of fitness being acceptable,” said Dawn Wotherspoon, owner of Club Mynx. “It’s becoming more and more popular and acceptable as people get educated about it.” While the term could leave some thinking of the more sensual form, Wotherspoon explained that pole fitness actually dates as far back as the 1200s, taking form as gymnastics, circus displays, and a type of Indian exercise. “We’ve been open since September 2008 and our pole fitness dance classes have been selling out time after time,” said Wotherspoon. They will be offering 16 pole dancing classes a week starting in September. “I think some people are still trying to figure out if pole dancing is for them, if they’re the right body shape, size, and fitness level, but really it’s for everyone,” she said. “Our classes are filled with women from all walks of life, 18 years old right up to ladies in their 60s who are just loving the pole dancing classes. We have many members who have purchased their own pole for their home. One member has four poles in her house, including one on her deck.” The classes are divided up into four stages, each stage consisting of eight classes. The highlight of the classes is the tricks, spins, transitions, and choreography learned each week. However, stretching and strength building is also important, stressed Wotherspoon. Safety should always be the number one concern when doing physical activity, so before you begin pole dancing, you need to make sure that you stretch out and that your

body is warmed up, otherwise, you could easily pull a muscle or hurt yourself. Pole dancing requires strength, especially for the spins. If you want to be able to do good tricks like a split spin or stag, you need to have the muscles. The fitness component of the class focuses on strengthening your

arms, legs, and core. If you’re looking for a new fun way to get in shape while building your self-confidence, give pole dancing a try. To find out more about pole dancing, visit


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Name: Susan Busse Age: 32 Occupation: University fund-raising and Fahrenheit Films


ven though Susan has a fulfilling day job, when she was given the opportunity to intern for Fahrenheit Films, she jumped at the chance. A year has passed and her internship has now turned into a part-time job which allows her to express her creativity and her love for music while working with inspiring people. Life can be hectic when juggling two jobs, however, Susan always looks stunning, whether she’s in the office, on set, or out with friends, which is why we’ve chosen her for this month’s style profile. About working for university fund-raising: I work at the University of Saskatchewan as a development officer, planned giving. I help people who want to leave an estate gift to support students, research, or other activities at the university. There is a lot of heart in this field and the most rewarding part is meeting with donors to discuss their gifts. They are the most beautiful people, giving straight from their heart to create a legacy for the future. It’s a beautiful thing. About working for Fahrenheit Films: I do a bit of everything and learn a lot every single day. I help with research, development of new concepts, production, communications, artist relations, marketing, and sometimes I pop in with a cameo in our country music videos. What’s rewarding about it to me is that the film business is a combination of art, creativity, and business. It’s very stimulating. I work with interesting people, coming up with new ideas, making something out of nothing, and it’s a very collaborative process with a completely diverse group of people. I love adventure and there’s no shortage of it with Fahrenheit. About your personal style: I guess I’m eclectic. I like everything from ’40s full-dress and heels; a cute, country sun dress and cowboy boots; sometimes vintage; sometimes a flower in my hair. If I’m feeling really girly, I enjoy ruffles and lace. S as kat oo n

I have a few basic items each season that I wear a lot. This season it’s my silver aviator sunglasses and crocodile print sandals. What I wear depends on my mood and where I’m going, but I do dress up a lot – lots of skirts and dresses and heels. I like to mix and match, to create my own look. I love to shop for pieces and then put them together with things I already have. Favourite place to eat: Boffins patio. It’s so beautiful, surrounded by trees, aged wooden tables and chairs, live music on Fridays, the food is absolutely delicious and the staff is very friendly. Favourite place to hang out: McNally Robinson. I can get lost in there for hours. Best celebrity encounter: I met Marty Stuart when he played a show in Saskatoon. He put on an amazing show and is evidence of an artist who loves performing and has pure love for his craft. He even sang “The Girl in Saskatoon” by Johnny Cash. That was a crowd-pleaser. Favourite feature in the opposite sex: Sense of humour plus integrity equals a very attractive man. On your iPod: Brad Paisley’s new album American Saturday Night, Martina McBride, The Higgins, George Strait, NKOTB, some world (i.e. yoga) music, and more. Last great read: Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s a novel about a plucky young girl growing up on a lobster-fishing island in New England. I was sad when I finished the last page because I knew I would miss her. Fall fashion tip: Dress for your body shape, your style, what makes you feel the most beautiful. You can’t go wrong with that. It’s cliché, but “the trend is not always your friend,” and we don’t all have the same tastes or bodies. So just be yourself and make the most of what you’ve got. Fashion is another way to express your true self to the world – let it shine!

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Don’t panic! Solutions to relieve stress BY ISAAC DARROW


s summer ends, we wave goodbye to outdoor festivals, backyard barbecues, and weekends at the lake. Work and school are picking up again and it’s easy to get lost in the whirl of activity that builds up throughout the year. Here are a few tips for staying on top of your busy life. Scheduling If you have ever had to cancel on a friend because you doublebooked yourself, you know how important it is to write things down. Calendars are useful for more than just doctors’ appointments; you should mark down any activity that takes you out of the house. If you don’t use calendars or find the little squares too small to write in, you can always use a day planner, a memo pad on the fridge, or your computer’s built-in calendar. A good rule of thumb is to mark down any activity that takes more than an hour out of your regular schedule. Task management Make a checklist of errands before leaving the house or jot down the different points you want to make in your term paper. For big tasks such as cleaning your home, breaking it into little bits can help you avoid a panic attack and get the job done. This is also a great way to fight procrastination. Budgeting As things get more hectic, particularly in the run-up to the Christmas season, it’s easy to lose sight of your finances. A good way to make sure you

stay out of the red is to separate your money. Whether you want to do this with separate bank accounts or putting cash in different “spending jars” is up to you. The worst idea is to simply throw your pay cheque into an all-purpose chequing account and use it for all expenses. Now, this doesn’t mean that every dime has to be accounted for, but as long as you give yourself broad categories like savings, groceries, and utilities, you’ll be all right. Just remember to set aside your savings first; otherwise, you’ll never manage that Caribbean vacation. Fun The most important goal of your post-summer life should be to keep things fun. What’s the point of being organized if you are stressed out? Whether it’s scheduling a trip, going to the spa or including a candy bar in the shopping list, make sure to reward yourself. Give yourself an entertainment fund (around five per cent of your pay cheque) so you don’t go crazy. This can be used for going out with friends, buying yourself some gadgets you really want, or anything else that will keep you sane during the long winter months. Things don’t have to get expensive either. You can reward yourself for making a great meal by taking some time for yourself later that evening to catch up on your reading. As long as you have fun, keeping yourself organized will be a breeze.

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s a continuation of my ongoing discussion on osteoporosis, this article discusses the treatment of the condition through exercise. Exercise can be effective in reducing bone loss, increasing bone density, and reducing the risk of fractures. Physical therapists are able to help people with this condition through education about osteoporosis, which are safe and effective exercises, and which should be avoided. Some exercises can actually contribute to fractures if performed incorrectly or are not appropriate based on the level of bone loss that is present (T-score). Bone is a living tissue, and it can form and remodel depending on the stresses that are put through it. If the “load” on the bone is decreased, then over time the bone mass will decrease. Conversely, if the load on a bone is increased then over time the bone mass will also increase. This is good news for people with osteoporosis because the bone can change in a positive way, through exercise, along with proper medications, calcium intake, and good nutrition. The key components of an exercise program for bone health includes posture correction, balance training to reduce the risk of falling, strengthening the muscles, increasing joint and tissue flexibility, improving endurance and stamina, and reducing pain. The more variety in your exercise program the better it is. In particular, vary the speed, repetitions, and types of programs that you participate in.

Posture The typical posture of a person with osteoporosis is to have rounding of the upper spine, with head and shoulders forward. This can cause neck and back pain. Painful compression fractures of the vertebrae result in a wedge shape instead of square, with the shorter side on the front, thus causing more rounding of the spine from a structural point of view. Weakness of the spine muscles also causes rounding of the back. Exercises to stretch the soft tissues and to strengthen the spinal supporting muscles can be effective in changing posture.

Balance exercises People with osteoporosis are at risk of fracturing, and in most cases, even a low impact fall can contribute to painful fractures. Balance exercises can help you to improve stability while walking or climbing stairs, to have better ability to walk on uneven ground and to have improved reflexes to protect yourself from falling.

bones now Osteoporosis and exercise BY ROBYNNE SMITH

Bone is a living tissue, and it can form and remodel depending on

the stresses that are put through it.

Muscle strengthening Progressive and resistance exercises will not only improve the overall strength of the muscles and body, but also increase the bone mass. When a muscle contracts, the bones it connects to are stressed. The stress from the muscle pull adds more load to the bone and thereby increases bone mass. Exercises in a weight-bearing position also add the weight of the body through the long bones, and can also increase load. Exercises in standing add load through the legs, and on hands and knees, adds load through the arms. Aquatic exercises can provide resistance training when moving the arms and legs through the water, therefore can increase load of the bones through the muscles, but the buoyancy of the water takes away the direct force of gravity through the bones. Exercises that provide resistance can include free weights, exercise machines, resistance bands, and sporting activities. But overly vigorous strength training with poor technique can be dangerous, and possibly cause fractures. As an interesting point, a study was conducted on people who play tennis on a regular basis. Bone density evaluations of the arms shows that the one that holds the racquet has a significantly higher bone mass than the non-playing arm.

Flexibility As we age, joints and muscles lose the ability to move if not stretched on a regular basis. This tightness can contribute to stiffness and inability to move our limbs when needed. Stretching can also improve posture and a flexible spine is able to withstand stresses and strains to a greater degree than a stiff spine. With stiffness in our ankles and legs, balance is more difficult and there is a greater risk of falling.

Endurance and stamina Cardiovascular fitness is important to each and every one of us. With osteoporosis, the rounding of the spine causes compression of the lungs and heart. Breathing ability can

become compromised with lowered lung capacity and difficulty coughing to clear up phlegm. Any cardiovascular program for people with osteoporosis needs to ensure no highimpact exercises. Walking is a great form of exercise, but to be effective for the cardiovascular system, speed needs to be brisk, four to seven days per week, and at least 10 minutes at a time, for a total of 30 to 60 minutes per day. Precautions to prevent falls while walking will need to be ensured.

Pain reduction Pain is an immobilizing force, causing a reluctance to move in an effort to avoid increasing the pain. Movement in general will be reduced, and lack of movement will cause further weakening of the muscles and more loss of bone mass. If you have pain, it needs to be addressed and alleviated, if possible. There are many ways to combat pain including medications, heat and ice, analgesic ointments or creams, massage, physical therapy, modalities (including laser, ultrasound, electrical devices), and a myriad of other treatment approaches.

What type of activity is best for an individual person? The type of activity is dependent on several factors, with the first being your actual bone

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density or your T-score (see the May article “Do you know your T-score?” at If your bone density is low, then some of the exercises will not be appropriate for you as you are at a high risk of fracturing. If your bone density score is better, then more vigorous exercise can be done. Exercise should not cause pain as it can indicate harm and this needs to be avoided. Make sure you are using good body mechanics to avoid undue stresses that can cause injury. Have someone review your movements and exercises to make sure you are performing them correctly. If you have balance difficulties or are at a high risk of falling, then exercises in standing will need to be done with safety in mind or avoided until the balance improves. You can have someone beside you when you are doing the exercises, use your hands on a kitchen counter or stand beside a wall or corner so that if you start to wobble you won’t fall. Movements that are quick or jarring are potentially unsafe to you depending on the density of your bones. Twisting movements and bending forward of the spine can also be potentially unsafe. As a personal viewpoint, another way to help with your bone density is to ride the bus. Those of us who ride the bus might just be more physically fit than those of us who drive everywhere. Bus riders tend to have longer walks to and from the bus stops as compared to the car (our driveway or garage), they may have stronger legs from climbing on and off the bus, and they may have better balance as they have to stand or walk while the bus is moving. They might even have stronger bones as the vibrations and sideways jostling of the bus provides varying degrees and directions of load to the bones. This could be an interesting research study for someone in the academic world. Whatever you decide to do in the way of exercise to help your bones and muscles, have fun, be safe, and get fit! Robynne Smith is a physiotherapist at Off Broadway Physiotherapy and Dizziness Clinic. She can be contacted at 933-2619.

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Boost your immune system Exercise and diet tips to stay healthy


hen it comes to health and healing, often your mind leads the way and your body follows. I believe that we all have the power to strengthen (and weaken) our bodies just by our thoughts. So make sure that your mind feeds your body healing and healthy thoughts. The following article offers some immune system supporting suggestions. You may find that incorporating only one or two of these tips into your life will make a noticeable difference. Become a yogi Yoga postures like child’s pose and spinal twist calm and may help support your immune system. Sarvangasana (shoulder stand), plough, and a few rounds of sun salutations may also help. If, however, you feel excessively tired, take that into account and rest instead. Prevention through diet Ayurvedic treatments such as mixing ginger with lemon juice and rubbing the mixture on your forehead is said to relieve any headaches brought on by cold. For an instant fix, aromatherapy oils can be helpful. Eucalyptus, basil, spearmint, wild mint, lavender, cedar leaf, and laurel essential oils may help relieve congestion and other cold and flu symptoms.


It’s not just about popping pills and sipping power drinks if you want to keep your immune system pumping through cold season. An overall healthy lifestyle that includes a nutrient-rich diet and exercise helps to bolster your body’s natural defenses, so that when outside offenders (like cold germs) try to ambush, your inherent resistance is strong enough to strike back. Prevention is your best defence. Plain old exercise Stress has been proven to weaken the immune system. A great way to regain your physical and emotional strength is though exercise. Try a wide variety of activities including swimming, hiking, dancing, kickboxing, cross-country skiing, yoga, or even Frisbee. Indulge in massage Get monthly or bi-monthly massages to stimulate your immune system and lymphatic flow. It’s also relaxing, helping ward off stress. Up your water intake Staying amply hydrated helps you flush out unwanted toxins and illness before they are able to attack. Consume healthy fats If you want to keep your body in tip-top shape, stay away from any saturated and trans fatty acids. Omega3 fatty acids have been proven to have immune-modulating benefits. But don’t just grab any omega-3 oil.

It is important to take in a variety of omega-3s from fish as well as plant sources. Quality sleep One of the most essential components of health is something that all of us do every day, but most of us don’t do enough: sleep. Sleep plays a crucial regenerative and restorative role in overall health. More than regenerating our brains and taking some weight off our feet, sleep is our body’s way to heal from the damage we do to it each day. A lack of sleep affects your health. And your face is one of the first places that you see sickness. A dull, sallow, swollen, and saggy complexion is a sure sign of a less than healthy lifestyle and a clear signal that you need to give your body some TLC from the inside and out. As we age, our bodies produce less melatonin, which not only contributes to sleep problems, it also affects the skin’s ability to repair, renew, and maintain itself. Besides, a good night’s rest is the best anti-aging treatment. Michele Kralkay, DNM, RHN, is a health consultant, lecturer and author of A Cookbook for Naturally Good Health. She is also certified in many healing modalities. Contact her at www. or call 4774480.


COMMON SIGNS OF POOR EYE COORDINATION Symptoms that poor eye coordination may exist include double vision, eye and body fatigue, irritability, dizziness and difficulty reading and concentrating. In children, symptoms include covering an eye, skipping lines or losing their place while reading, poor sports performance, avoiding tasks that require close work and tiring easily.

WHAT CAUSES POOR EYE COORDINATION? Poor eye coordination results from a lack of adequate vision development or improperly developed eye muscle control. Although rare, an injury, disease, tumor or other trauma can cause poor eye coordination.

A SOLUTION TO POOR EYE COORDINATION Poor eye coordination is often successfully treated through vision therapy, contact lenses, and/or other optical aids. If detected early enough, the success rate for achieving proper eye coordination is quite high. In some cases, eye coordination will improve when other vision conditions are corrected like nearsightedness or farsightedness. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary. THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF OPTOMETRISTS RECOMMENDS THE FOLLOWING COMPREHENSIVE EYE HEALTH AND VISION EXAMINATION GUIDELINES: INFANTS AND TODDLERS (BIRTH TO 24 MONTHS) - BY AGE 6 MONTHS PRESCHOOL (2-5 YEARS) - IMMEDIATELY, IF PARENTS SENSE A PROBLEM, OTHERWISE BY THE AGE OF 3 AND AGAIN PRIOR TO ENTERING SCHOOL SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN (6-19 YEARS) - ANNUALLY OR EVERY 2 YEARS OVER 19 YEARS OF AGE - EVERY 2 YEARS OR SOONER IF RECOMMENDED BY YOUR OPTOMETRIST


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More than just skin deep


tep inside the box to safely reduce pain; boost your immune system; burn calories; increase cardiovascular health; improve the tone, texture, and elasticity of your skin; and relieve stress. Infrared light is part of the sun’s invisible spectrum, like ultraviolet, but without the harmful effects to skin. This type of radiant energy is so safe it is used in hospital incubators to warm newborn babies. You don’t have to have a medical condition to take advantage of infrared sauna therapy’s many benefits. It can be one of the major keys in starting your journey towards renewed health and vitality. The benefits: • Pain relief: The soothing deep heat of the sauna increases circulation bringing oxygen-rich blood to joints and muscles, speeding up the healing process. • Improved skin conditions: Infrared sauna therapy has been shown to clear blocked pores in the skin, improving the appearance of your skin. • A boosted immune system: Your resistance to disease is enhanced when body temperature is raised. • Increased metabolism and weight loss: Basking in the warmth of an infrared sauna allows your body to effortlessly burn calories. That’s right, no exercise involved. Our body burns calories by producing sweat. Producing one gram of sweat burns .586 kcal. That translates to up to 300 calories in a 30 minute session. Not only that, but the sauna will raise your metabolic rate for

hours after your session and continue to burn calories more quickly than normal. • Increased cardiovascular and heart rates: Your heart gets a workout too as your body attempts to cool itself by diverting blood away from internal organs to the skin. Complications: • Don’t use the sauna if you have a heat sensitive condition, pace maker, or heart problems, or if you’re pregnant, or have a serious health problem. Consult your doctor if in doubt. • Drink plenty of water before and after sauna use and replenish your electrolytes if using the sauna up to a few times a week. • The first sauna session should not exceed 15 minutes or about 54 degrees. Build up to it slowly, and in most cases, 30 minutes at about 66 degrees is the maximum. If you become overheated, open the door or vents usually located on the ceiling. • Do not allow your hair, skin, or towels to come in contact with the heating panels. • Acute joint injury should not be heated within the first 48 hours. Wait until inflammation and swelling subsides. • Limit the use of oils and lotions prior to using the sauna, as they block pores and limit perspiration. Leondra King is a certified esthetician, IPL laser therapist and owner of Isis Laser and Wellness Centre. Leondra can be contacted at 955-1860.

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: Are mushrooms nutritious? : Yes. Mushrooms also contain iron, potassium, selenium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamins A, B, and C, and fibre. They are low in fat, cholesterol, and calories. The most common mushrooms available commercially are Snow White, White King, and White Queen, preferred by most markets because of their attractive, clean, white appearance. Recently, brown varieties are becoming available, such as crimini and portobello. Mushrooms such as shiitake, maitake, and reishi are rarely available, but are considered the most healing mushrooms. Reishi, (pronounced RAY-she) is the most studied and commonly used medicinal mushroom. Some studies have shown they may be useful in the prevention and treatment of stomach ulcers. Shitake mushrooms have been shown to have an antimicrobial effect, contain all the essential amino acids, and is the most popular of the healing mushrooms used in cooking. Maitake mushrooms have been documented as a cholesterol-lowering food, and have been used in Japan as food and medicine. Pre-clinical studies indicate it may help modulate the immune system and may have anti-tumour properties. All three of these mushrooms have been studied for their role in the prevention and treatment of cancer. Wild mushrooms such as morels, pine mushrooms, lobster mushrooms, and black trumpets are among the choice mushrooms gathered from the wild. These mushrooms have a symbiotic relationship with the environment around them and therefore cannot be grown domestically.


Mushrooms release a good deal of water when cooking, so sauté quickly, and do not cover the pan as this increases the water. To reconstitute dried mushrooms, wash in lukewarm water to remove dirt then soak in lukewarm water to cover for half and hour to an hour. You may use this water in the dish you are cooking. Mushrooms contain natural glutamic acid (the natural version of MSG), adding a wonderful flavour to recipes. Try sautéed mushrooms on buttered toast; marinate them with broccoli, cauliflower, and onions for a wonderful salad; and make soups or gravies.

Marvelous Mushroom Gravy Do not pick or eat wild mushrooms if you don’t know what you are doing, as they can be extremely dangerous. I remember picking white mushrooms, shaggy manes, and morels as I was growing up, but marveled at the beautiful orange and pink mushrooms I saw growing in the forest that we were told were poisonous. Mushrooms are nothing like vegetables, as they have no roots, leaves, flowers, seeds, or chlorophyll. They do not need sunlight to grow, they draw upon decaying matter to grow, and propagate from spores, a brownish powder shed from the rounded head of the mushroom. Refrigerate fresh mushrooms as soon as possible, and allow them room, and air to circulate around them. Do not wash until just before using. Clean mushrooms by wiping them with a damp cloth or use a mushroom brush. If you must wash them, do so quickly, in cool water, and pat dry with a towel. They become soggy if allowed to soak, and easily spoil.

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Directions: Heat half of the butter or oil in a small fry pan over medium heat, and sauté mushrooms until well cooked and lightly golden. Heat the rest of the butter or oil in a medium-size pot over medium heat. Remove from heat and mix in the flour until fully dissolved, leaving a smooth paste. Mix the rest of the ingredients and add to the pot, slowly whisking continuously until fully mixed. Bring mixture to a boil, whisking occasionally, then lower heat to slow bubble. Add mushrooms and stir. Let gravy simmer for approximately 10 minutes or until desired consistency is reached. Makes 1 1/2 cups. (Alive 2006, Sandra Tonn)

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ach fall the Aboriginal Music Festival enriches and deepens the experience of community and culture with inspiring performances of blues, rock, traditional, and hip hop. This year’s 6th Annual Aboriginal Music Festival being held September 10 to 11 at TCU Place offers a luminous line-up of top artists, including rock and blues sensation George Leach, Grammy Award winner Star Nayea, Juno Award winner Leela Gilday, Aboriginal Music Award winner Winston Wuttunee, Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards winner Billy Joe Green, and rising stars Tracy Bone and JC Campbell. The Aboriginal Music Festival, originally established as a way to raise funds for youth programming, has grown over the course of six years into a top-class event for Saskatoon and Saskatchewan. According to organizers, the aim of the festival is to two-fold: one is to provide a platform for emerging Aboriginal artists to be recognized and share a program with well-known entertainers from all over the country, and the second aims to support Youth Development Leadership Programs, essentially programs designed to cultivate confidence and community spirit in Aboriginal youth. Co-founder of the Aboriginal Music Festival and manager of the Indigenous Peoples Program at the Centre for Continuing and Distance Education, University of Saskatchewan, Alex Munoz explains that when Dr. Pricilla Settee and

he came up with the idea, they had no idea how far it would go. “I mean it’s amazing to think that only a few years ago we started out with 15 acts at Amigos with maybe 150 people taking the show in. Today we are packing the house with 2,000 people at TCU Place bringing in the very best of today’s Aboriginal music scene.” True to the spirit of the festival’s “youth objective,” this year’s festival will see two days of music and workshops. The first day of the festival will have a career fair and workshop component to it. “It’s free for everyone,” Munoz explained. “We encourage interested employers to set up a booth. We also encourage schools to bring their students, attend a leadership seminar, and learn about what’s out there in terms of a potential career or learning opportunity while enjoying a live act. I mean what better way to go back to school after a long summer then to enjoy music and become inspired.” The second day will feature top Aboriginal musicians and celebrities from all over North America. Tickets for this night are $30 at the door and $20 in advance. Tickets are available at McNally Robinson Bookstore, University of Saskatchewan Kiosk (Place Riel) or by calling 261-4741 or 966-2027. For information on artists, performers, workshops, or setting up a booth or exhibit please visit the Aboriginal Music Festival online at

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aja Montgomery was raised in an artistically inclined family – her uncle an established artist in Vancouver, her mother a seamstress, and her father a woodworker. This led her to enroll in art classes when she was six years old, and she’s been creating ever since. “I was taking art and dance classes when I was young and I was given a lot of choice as to what I wanted to do,” Montgomery explained. “I was so interested in making crafts and things, but I didn’t think it would actually be something I would carry into my adult life.” Montgomery pursued a bachelor of fine arts degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 2003, graduating in 2007. From there she volunteered for art events around Saskatoon, including for AKA Gallery. Now, she’s having her first solo show at The Gallery at the Frances Morrison Library July 29 to August 27. Titled Outgrown, Montgomery’s show involves acrylic self-portraits, touching on themes of self-identity and social relationships. “I’ve very interested in how people interact with one another, and how people react to the images I’ve created,” said Montgomery. “I think I form most of my morals and beliefs on the way we interact with each other – it’s a big driving factor in most things I do.” According to the artist, Outgrown has a few different aspects – physical size, maturity, and the mind set she finds herself in at this point of her life as a young adult who has recently finished school. S as kat oo n

In many of the playful pieces in Outgrown, Montgomery is depicted in a child’s bat costume. The idea of taking on a different persona by night and day, coincidentally much like Batman, is an underlying theme, says Montgomery. “In many of the pieces, I’m playing with myself as a character. I’ve been able to take on different personalities.” Instead of using other people to model for the majority of the paintings, Montgomery chose to use herself as a subject to keep her work “within the realm of imagination.” “I like to see the painting as a story with the subject as a character.” Other themes in her show include personal relationships and play in a fast-paced world. Montgomery explains how social interaction has evolved into something less personal as we interact more online. “Sometimes I haven’t talked to anyone all day, but I’ve been on Facebook and it seems like I have. In that we are giving up so much face-to-face interaction. I’ve always been really big on spending time with people rather than not. I grew up in a family that spent a lot of time with each other.” “I like to think my show isn’t a selfish practice and it does promote culture, inquisitiveness, and critical discussion. It will give you a chance to be critical as well as to explore.” The Gallery at the Frances Morrison Library is located on the second level. It is a showcase for emerging and established artists in Saskatchewan, particularly those working in the Saskatoon area. Call 975-7566 for details.

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Pets & Fa m ilie s


Pull up a chair and grab a cup or two. These face-licking, tail-wagging, true stories from animal lovers in Saskatoon and area are sure to make you chuckle, recall fond memories of a special pet or just go home and hug your own pets a little tighter tonight.


Photography by Cheryl Zamora

the friendly and affectionate Meewasin herd. When we entered the enclosure, some 70-odd goats came rushing to greet us, and to look for treats and attention from the soft-spoken grazing contractor, Dwaine Bax. “The biggest thing is education of children,” said Bax. “They get to be around some farm animals and learn what they do. They can interact with the animals; these are very easy to interact with. I think that helps a lot. Growing up with animals makes you a more compassionate person.” The goats are kept in an enclosure surrounded by a low-voltage electric fence to oats and humans have a long his- protect them from predators and overzealous tory together. Among the first of the visitors. While they can and will eat almost domesticated animals, goats have anything from the plant world, they prefer been used through the centuries as a cost shrubbery and weeds to grasses, making them ideally suited to the task the effective and efficient source While they can and will Meewasin Valley Authority of meat, cheese, and milk. has set for them. Once the As it turns out, they’re eat almost anything noxious weeds and other also proving their skill at plants have been helping restore and protect from the plant world, invasive our natural grasslands. cleared by the goats, they The Meewasin Valley they prefer shrubbery are moved to a new area Authority’s grazing program of the grasslands, leaving in their grassland conserva- and weeds to grasses. bare branches and weed-free tion areas currently uses sevgrass, allowing the natural eral herds of goats to control noxious (non- species to thrive. It’s amazing to see nature in action. The native and /or invasive) weeds and shrubbery that threaten to edge out natural prairie area that the goats had just been transferred species. The goats are a recent addition to the from was stripped bare; if I didn’t know betrelatively young program, but their contribu- ter I’d have thought a drought had hit the area and left a patch of dead brush. But just tion is already apparent. As we approached the conservation area, a few hundred metres away lies a patch the I wasn’t sure what to expect. I grew up in a goats had left just five weeks before, and it small town surrounded by farms, but I hadn’t was lush and green, with no trace of damage. The goats are not only a completely organic had much more experience with farm animals aside from the standard cows and chickens. and comparatively inexpensive way to control I’d come across the odd goat at petting zoos, the invasive species, they are also capable of but I had never been around a herd. That eating many of the plants that can cause serisaid, it didn’t take long to see why many ous harm to other grazing animals, such as nearby residents have become attached to leafy spurge and hawthorn.


Noxious and invasive plants Invasive plants are those which are not native to an area and spread rapidly, edging out native plants. Noxious weeds are defined as invasive plants that cause economic and environmental harm. You can do your part by learning to identify noxious weeds and


ave you ever felt like your pet was training you? New research from behavioural ecologist Karen McComb of the University of Sussex suggests this might just be the case. McComb found she was consistently awakened by her cat’s purr when it wanted food in the morning. After discussing this annoying purr to some of her friends, she found out they, too, were awakened by their cat’s purr. How could this be? Purrs are supposed to


be soft and comforting, not something that wakes you up. Cats purr either when they are content and happy, or when they are sick or injured. Why would these cats be purring when they were hungry? According to an article in ScienceNow Daily News, McComb studied the purrs of 10 cats when they were seeking food, and when they were resting and being petted. After playing those 20 purrs to 50 volunteers, 75 per cent of the volunteers could tell the food-demand-

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Exotic Grasses • smooth brome grass • Kentucky blue grass • quack grass • creasted wheat grass • downy brome

Unfortunately, the goats don’t always get the respect they deserve. They are sometimes disturbed by well-meaning visitors who offer treats which may not be good for the goats, and by others who intentions are less pure. So if you happen to be out enjoying the


removing them from your property to prevent their spread. Some of the major threats include:

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ing purr from the others. It turns out cats use a special purr with a higherfrequency element when they want food. Although we can’t hear it, the high frequency has been compared to the same frequency heard in a baby’s cry, making it harder for humans to ignore. When McComb edited out high-frequency sound, the volunteers once again deemed the purr less demanding.

Weeds • leafy spurge • Canadian thistle • dandelion • alfalfa • flixweed • wormwood • scentless chamomile • sweet clover

grassland conservation areas and see our smallest environmental custodians, stop and watch them at work, but remember that the key is respect. After all, they are doing a great service by restoring the natural beauty of our reamaining areas of prairie.

This is the part where training their human owners comes in. Some researchers speculate the reason they use it is because it’s not as annoying or loud as a meow, meaning they’re less likely to be thrown out of the room. The special purr also only tends to crop up in cats living one-on-one with their owners; in a larger household, they need to meow to be heard.

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here where you on June 25? I was back to my workout regime that day in the gym (after weeks of neglecting that area of my life) when I learned of the deaths of two celebrity icons: Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. The news brought back memories of my childhood days of dancing to Michael Jackson’s tunes and watching empowered / beautiful women fight for justice in the first run of Charlie’s Angels. Yes, I was a major fan as I named my first-born daughter after one of them. It’s interesting watching the reaction of others to events such as on that day. Somehow celebrities are put on a pedestal at their peak, and when they fall from stardom, the rumours fly. I’m thankful that I am not the judge, and Jesus died for all. Celebrities rise high and fall hard because of our nature to want to worship someone or something. The pressure to be perfect or flawless for one’s fans is all consuming for most celebrities, and as impossible as it is

unattainable. Reflecting on the life and death of another human being, (including those whose names have made the walk of fame) we realize this world is not as it should be. Deep down we are all looking for something more: perfection. “But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 6:48). Whoa, when I read that verse, the ugly roots of perfectionist tendencies arise in me, too, yet I know deeply in my humanity, I am bound to fail. The dictionary definition of flawless is: “without a flaw; a flawless gemstone, being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish.” When a diamond is being judged on a quality level, the one doing the judging usually follows the four Cs table. The four Cs are cut, color, clarity, and carat. Thankfully, God does not judge on the outside, but what is going on within us – He looks to our hearts. Don’t you long to be flawless? With all my wayward ways and rough edges, in comparison to Jesus, I have a long road to travel on my journey of faith. I want to be all I can be, but need all the grace in God’s kingdom to hold me up. He loves us just as we are, but loves us so much not to leave us as we are. It’s all about restoration. In studying the Bible, I am reminded that our English language is quite limited, so we

can be super thankful for those who study the original language of the Bible, (Greek and Hebrew) as it expands on the text to mean so much more. In Matthew 5:48, the Greek word is teleio, which in this context does not mean flawless or spotless, but rather complete. Being complete does not mean being perfect and without sin, but we are to strive to possess the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit, as mentioned in Galatians 5, to the full: “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control and goodness.” God’s Word judges us. Unlike the world as likened to a jeweler who constantly is viewing gems for flaws and rates them accordingly, we don’t have to live by the world’s standard of perfection. Christ Jesus is the only perfect judge and as we live in faith and abiding in Christ, we are accepted, secure, significant, and loved. Do you struggle with perfectionism? Grace covers us all as we seek to have complete dependence on the One who is flawless. “As for God, his ways are perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless” (Psalm 18:30). Jodi Kozan is the founder and executive director of Women’s Journey of Faith, a non-profit, non-denominational ministry to all women. Their conference team is gearing up for their 10th anniversary this fall with their “Flawless” event on Nov 7 with keynote speaker Liz Curtis Higgs at TCU Place in Saskatoon and for the

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he time of year has rolled around again when the stores are stocked with supplies for another school year. For those of us who have been out of school for a while, our memories can drift back to the excitement a new school brought for us and the teachers who influenced our education. When I think back, there are two teachers (my art teacher at Outlook High School, Noella Thompson, and my Algebra teacher, Mr. Placatka from Nutana Collegiate) who have a special place in my memories because of their teaching abilities. If you are working on your family history, take the time to explore records that relate to education. They may give some insight into the influence those school years had on your ancestors. Saskatchewan Archives Board (SAB) holds a variety of records relating to education in Saskatchewan. School District records deal with the forming of schools. These records will generally have a map of the landowners in an area. It will give information on how many children they had and also list the ratepayers with their signatures and land description. Information on the naming and building of schools, minutes, and inspection reports may also be found.

The SAB collection also included the Inactive Teacher’s Register Sheets from 1912 to 1938. These Department of Education files are on 59 reels of microfilm and are of people who taught in Saskatchewan during this time but did not superannuate. The information found in these files include the teacher’s birth date and place, birth certificate number, marriage information and maiden name, prior training, inspectors’ testimonials, personal recommendations, soldier’s discharge information, and the school where they worked, and the years they taught. The SAB collection also contains some school registers that have been donated. When looking for information on a student’s attendance in school, it may be best to try enquiring locally. Local school boards, libraries, museums, or individuals may have access to surviving registers and be able to provide you with some information. Not to be overlooked while at the SAB is the newspaper collection for pictures or lists of graduating students from the local schools. During the 1950s, many smaller books were created and published about schools and schools districts in Saskatchewan. Not as common as the local histories these school histories can still be a source of information and are found in archives, libraries, and used bookstores.

The One Room School Project is a website that has been putting information online relating to Saskatchewan for a number of years. The schools our ancestors once attended may only be marked by a plaque to commemorate where the school once stood, but by taking the time to study the records relating to the education of our ancestors, you may find yourself surprised with what you learn.

Upcoming events: September 17: the Saskatoon Branch will resume their regular scheduled meetings at Albert Community Centre starting at 7pm. Tammy Vallee is a genealogical speaker and educator and a certified Saskatchewan and Aboriginal researcher. She can be reached at tamw25@

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Community Golf Tournaments for Literacy The PGI Golf Tournaments for Literacy is a national fundraising initiative that supports literacy across our nation. On Sept 18, READ Saskatoon will host the 3rd Annual READ Saskatoon PGI Golf Tournament for Literacy at The Willows Golf and Country Club. The tournament has raised nearly $60,000, with all money raised directed towards supporting Saskatoon families and adults. Alongside national and local sponsors, including Affinity Credit Union and EcolLaser, you can help ensure READ Saskatoon’s programming can continue to touch the lives of over 2,000 people every year. Contact Mavis McPhee at 652-5448 for more information on sponsorship or golf opportunities.

Seniors continued learning There are eight classes offered through Saskatoon Seniors Continued Learning (SSCL) courses for people 55 and older. Courses are $45 for SSCL members, with a $5 annual fee. Classes are two hours a week for eight weeks, daytime, and noncredit. Registration meeting is Sept 3 at the Frances Morrison Library downtown. Sign-up begins at 1pm, please bring exact cash or cheque, and meeting follows at 2pm. Call 343-6773 or visit Registration deadline is Sept 15, and classes begin the week of Sept 21.

Thanks from the Lung Association The Lung Association of Saskatchewan extends a thank you to everyone who supported their recent annual Asthma and Allergies Residential Campaign. This year’s campaign raised over $200,000. Donations from the campaign help fund education programs and research. If your residence was missed during the campaign and you still wish to contribute, visit, or contact 343-9511 or 1-888-566-5864.

Steak night and silent auction The Saskatoon Council on Aging is holding their 4th Annual Fundraiser at Mulberry’s in Market Mall on Sept 14. Cocktails are at 7pm, dinner is at 7:30pm. Tickets are available from the Council on Aging office, call 652-2255. Tickets must be purchased in advance, by Sept 10. Money raised supports the programs and services of the Saskatoon Council on Aging.

Amati Quartet concert Come to Convocation Hall at the U of S on Sept 12 at 7:30pm to listen to the Amati Quartet perform string quartets of Haydn, Borodin, and Beethoven. Tickets are $30 and $25, available at McNally Robinson and the Place Riel Kiosk.

New library grand opening The Saskatoon Public Library invites you to the grand opening celebration of their newest branch, The Library on 20th Street. Join them on Aug 29 from 11am to 4pm for public events including performances by the Fire Spirit Players of Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company and Peppie the Clown, as well as an opening prayer by elder Ina Ahenakew and a family story time. Participate in the wall hanging mural project and enter to win great prizes all day long.

Eat local Join the Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES) for their 4th Annual Sustainable Gourmet fundraiser on Sept 26, 6:30pm at Confederation Inn. There will also be music by Rodolfo Pino-Robles and a silent auction. The primary ingredients of the menu are grown locally and local chefs prepare the food. See for a full menu and list of chefs. Tickets are $65, with only 150 to be sold. For tickets, call SES at 665-1915 or visit Turning the Tide Bookstore.

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The Saskatoon Literacy Coalition is hosting a celebration of International Literacy Day Sept 8 at 10am at the SIAST Kelsey campus. There will be cake, entertainment, public speakers, and free books. Funds raised from smokies and soft drinks help support the International Literacy Day celebration.

Using stylized choreography and multimedia, Dysmorphia is a dark and twisted tale exploring identity and the price paid for seeking beauty at all costs. Produced by Ground Cover Theatre as part of the Live Five Series, the show runs Sept 2 to 5 and 8 to 12 at 8pm, and Sept 6 at 2pm at the Emrys Jones Theatre in the John Mitchell Building at the University of Saskatchewan. Tickets are $17.50 and $20. Call 653-3549 or visit www.livefive. ca.

Bridge lessons The Saskatoon Bridge Club is currently taking registration for the fall session. Everyone is welcome to attend the open house on Aug 29 from 2 to 4pm at 3041 Louise Street. For more information, call Verla at 373-6144 or June at 374-8025, or visit www.

Have you laughed today? Join Helen at the Laffing Out Loud Lafter Yoga Club. Generally the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7:30pm to about 8:30pm. The last summer club is on Aug 25 at Albert Milne Park on Ling Street and MacDonald Crescent in the Greystone Heights area. Starting Sept 8, we move back inside for fall. We will meet at the Cliff Wright Branch of the Public Library in the Lakewood Civic Centre. Fall clubs will be held on Sept 8 and 22, and Oct 13. Call Helen at 222-0563 or email laffingoutloud@ for more information or for fall location and dates. $5 donation appreciated.

Playing all day Throughout the summer, J&M Gymnastics has run an All Day Play daycare in Sutherland. The program provides a daily recreational program, with rhythmic and artistic gymnastics, learning with bars, balance beams, vaults, ropes, and ribbons. There are dance and fitness activities, games, sports, and crafts. Programs are available for children as young as one, and in full-time, parttime, drop-in, or evening formats. For more information, visit

Call for choreographers The WIP (Works In Progress) Series in Saskatoon is looking for professional and emerging choreographers to present original and innovative works in progress in Saskatoon. The next showing of work will take place on Sept 26. The Gala event is to be held on Dec 5. WIP is now accepting applications on a first come, first served basis. For info. contact Jackie Latendresse at freeflow or call 665-5998.

River Cinema weekend Head out to Friendship Park on the weekend of Aug 28 to 30 to watch movies by the river. Back to the Future plays Aug 28, The Great Outdoors plays Aug 29, and Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark plays Aug 30. Shows start at dusk (around 8:30pm). Call 665-6888. Help lighten up the park that night with luminaries. Stop by the Meewasin Valley Centre between Aug 28 and 30 at 2pm to make a simple luminary just like the pioneers might have. Parents or guardians must accompany. $2 per craft. Call 6656888 for more information on all Meewasin events.

SCAT Street Cat Rescue Program is looking for foster homes, funds, and volunteers. Stop by their adoption centre at 108 2750 Faithful Ave and take home a new furry friend. This registered charity helps street cats by bringing in kittens for socialization whenever possible, and through the trap, neuter, and release program. To find out more about SCAT, call 955-7228, email, or visit

Free U of S tours The Diefenbaker Canada Centre offers free historical tours of the University of Saskatchewan campus every Wednesday and Sunday throughout the summer. Join one of the trained student interpreters for a leisurely stroll and explore over 100 years of development and growth in Saskatoon. Complementary refreshments will be provided beginning at 1pm. Tours leave the Diefenbaker Centre at 1:30pm and finish at 3pm back at the Centre. Come early to enjoy our galleries beforehand, including the first Maple Leaf flag raised over the Peace Tower in 1965.

Sutherland block party Sutherland is turning 100 and having a birthday party to celebrate on Sept 19. Everyone is invited. The street party takes place on Central Avenue between 108th Street to 110th Street. Between 11am and 4pm, there will be a bicycle parade, stage shows by local musicians, dancers, and other performers, and a special celebration ceremony at noon. Children should come early to decorate their bikes and parade down the street. Businesses and restaurants will also be participating in street sales.

Choc’laCure fashion show The annual Choc’laCure fundraiser in support of the Saskatoon Cancer Centre is hosting a fundraising fashion show on Sept 24 at 7pm at Dutch Growers. Tickets are $10 each and 100 per cent of the ticket sales go to Choc’laCure. Come early, seating is rushed. See

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Upcoming events at The Marr Residence The Marr Residence is located at 326 11th Street East. Phone 652-1201.

Saskatoon Fire Fighters Circus The Fire Fighters Circus featuring Circus Gatti takes place Aug 29 from 2 to 7pm, and Aug 30 from 2 to 6pm at the Credit Union Centre. Proceeds go to the Fire Fighters Burn Fund. Tickets are $12 to $22 and are available through telemarketing efforts and at the door the day of the shows. Call 978-7800 or 1-800-970-7328.

Nutana Legion activities and events Join the Nutana Legion for 18-hole Texas scramble on Aug 29 at the Wildwood Golf Course. You must pay to be entered. Adults are $42 and seniors $37. Supper is $15. Sept. 12 is the legion fundraiser “Cowboy up.” Cost is $5 at the door, with prizes for best spot dances and best dressed. Buy a burger and corn on the cob for $6. Music provided by Out of the Blue. Don’t forget about weekly events: there’s bingo every Wednesday, bands every Saturday, and supper and bands on Sunday. Call 374-6303.

Saskatoon Fireworks Festival Saskatoon’s newest festival caps off the multitude of summer events with a cultural showcase of various ethnic performing groups culminating with a spectacular display of fireworks all choreographed to music. Check out the fireworks Sept 4 and 5 at River Landing. See or call 652-1427.

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Antique Appraisal – J. McGowan Saturday Sept 5th 1:00 – 4:30pm Do you have a treasure in your attic ? Bring up to two items for local antique expert John McGowan to appraise. ($3.00 per item.) Limit 2 items per person. Marr 125th Birthday Celebration Sunday Sept 6th - 2:00-4:00pm There will be a short program at 2:15pm. Drop in for cake and coffee and help them celebrate. Marr Harvest Fair Monday Sept 7th - 1:00 to 4:30pm Relive the tradition of a pioneer harvest fair, contests, demonstrations of heritage crafts and old-fashioned races for the young and young-at-heart. Enter your best jams, pickles, flowers, garden produce, baking and handiwork for the contests with prizes. This is a partnership program with Meewasin Valley Centre.

2009 Superwalk for Parkinson’s A 4km walk to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease will be held at Meewasin Park North on Sunday, September 13th (which also happens to be Grandparents day!). Registration opens at 12pm and the walk starts at 1:30pm. It’s a great family event and there is a BBQ and Silent Auction.

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SEPTEMBER 18 New York Islanders Alumni Celebrity Golf Tournament at Dakota Dunes Golf Links SEPTEMBER 19

AUGUST 26 Daniel O’Donnell at Credit Union Centre Open mic night at Roxy on Broadway Local showcase at Spadina Freehouse Wednesday is the new Friday at Flint

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NHL New York Islanders vs Edmonton Oilers at Credit Union Centre Street Legal Racing at Saskatchewan International Raceway

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Off to the Races with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra at Marquis Downs Race Track The Heartstrings with The Gruff at Amigos Cantina Ian Martens at McNally Robinson Rattlesnake Romeo at Roxy on Broadway

The New Jacobin Club Angry Teeth Freakshow with The Rigormorticians at Amigos Cantina Volcanoless in Canada with Library Voices and The Rebellion at Louis’ Pub Neverland DJ Cabaret at Prairieland Park DJs on rotation at Spadina Freehouse Amati Quartet at Convocation Hall

AUGUST 29 Slypstreme at Odeon Events Centre The Ex-Boyfriends with The Ex-Girlfriends at Amigos Cantina Stephen Maguire at McNally Robinson Rattlesnake Romeo at Roxy on Broadway DJs on rotation at Spadina Freehouse

Prairie Oyster at Dakota Dunes Casino

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Hot Panda with guests at Amigos Cantina Young Rival at Lydia’s Pub Live jazz at Spadina Freehouse SEPTEMBER 5 Immaculate Machine with We Were Lovers at Amigos Cantina Blitzkid with Brutally Honest and The Sneers at the Odeon DJs on rotation at Spadina Freehouse

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National Ballet Western Canada Fall Tour at TCU Place

SEPTEMBER 20 A Day to Remember with I Am Committing A Sin, Silverstein, and Ten Second Epic at the Odeon Shiloh with the Latency at Ryly’s Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra presents The Magnificent Westerns featuring Tommy Banks at TCU Place

Lightning Dust with guests at Amigos Cantina SEPTEMBER 8 Open stage at Lydia’s Pub SEPTEMBER 9 Dr J at Lydia’s Pub Local showcase at Spadina Freehouse Wednesday is the new Friday at Flint

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n 2004, Remy and Janis Cousyn, the owners of Calories Bakery and Restaurant, and Kevin and Melanie Boldt, the owners of Pine View Farms, decided to fill a void they saw in the Saskatoon market. Together they conceived an “urban food market” to offer sustainably produced local and international foods. The result is Souleio Foods, just recently opened on 3rd Avenue South, a café and grocery that offers tasty lunches, fresh bread and pastries, good coffee and wine, and specialty foods you can enjoy at home. Souleio means “sun” in an old French dialect, and the name reads true to the venue. It is a nice, large space with sunny yellow walls, and large windows at the storefront let the beams shine in. There is plenty of seating, and it is a place you’d feel comfortable going to alone; they even have magazines underneath the banquet seating that wraps around the restaurant portion of the space.

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was added to mayonnaise and it was as delicious as it sounds. It had roasted tomatoes and bacon and the bread was wonderfully grilled. The sides were great, too – this time I was given a decent handful of tortilla chips (mild this time) and a nice, large dill pickle. I also ordered the Mediterranean salad and was impressed. The mixed lettuce was topped with grilled vegetables, including zucchini and mushrooms, and grilled halloumi cheese, and the salad was drizzled with a nice balsamic dressing. For dessert, I had the Saskatoon berry trifle, served in a beautifully made chocolate bowl, with orange zest and sliced almonds adding a nice touch. The pricing at Souleio is decent with the paninis and side going for $8, and the Saskatoon berry trifle priced at $6.50. The coffee is inexpensive and quite good, and refills are by donation. The grocery portion of Souleio has a lot to offer, but it’s not where you’d go to get your basics. They offer specialty cheeses, meats, and some local produce. They have some interesting looking pickled products I’d be interested in tasting, such as the pickled garlic stems, and they have some nice looking pastas and teas. They have bulk olive oil, balsamic, and red wine vinegars that may be worth trying. They also have a fantastic selection of wines to look through, and they offer a wine club though the store. Souleio has a nice atmosphere, good food, and some specialty food items I would like to try. Souleio is a place I will continue to come back to.

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Souleio’s restaurant portion is situated at the front of the store, with the grocery shelves, fridges, and wine section at the back. Unfortunately, it was congested at the front of the store both times I ate at the restaurant while people were lined up to order. I’m sure the flow and staffing will get settled in time. The lunch menu is simple and mainly consists of paninis – sandwiches that are pressed on a grill to melt the delicious insides. I noticed they had signs up advertising the near-arrival of pizzas and something called “souleio-go-go” which apparently is like a gourmet hot pocket. The first time I went to Souleio, I tried the sweet panini which consisted of ricotta cheese, Saskatoon berries, and Souleio preserve. I, personally, was not impressed with my meal. I felt the panini lacked flavour and the sides were not impressive. I was given four spicy tortilla chips and about a tablespoon of dilled carrots, and felt that neither complimented the panini. I felt disappointed with my experience, but had heard positive reviews from friends and felt I ought to give Souleio another try. This time I had the cheddar beer panini and it was fantastic. It was positively oozing with the sauce they put on it – a beer reduction

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Summer isn’t complete without checking out at least one summer music festival, and one of the best out there is Vans Warped Tour. If you’re looking for an epic day filled with music, the outdoors, excitement, and good


The Warped Tour isn’t all about the music, it’s also a chance to learn about and get involved with some great causes like To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA). This non-profit organization is about helping those dealing with depression, drug addiction, self-injury and suicide. “It exists to give hope to those dealing with issues and help directly with recovery” says Chris Youngblood of TWLOHA. They sell clothing and accessories with TWLOHA messages on them. All the merchandise is designed by an in-house designer, but some bands like Forever the Sickest Kids have got involved and designed their own T-shirts. If you’re looking to help a good cause while getting clothing at the same time, check out www.

causes, then this is it. Although it didn’t make a stop in Saskatoon this year, it was well worth the trip to Calgary.

we the kings

we the kings

Another band returning to Warped Tour is We the Kings. When asked about differences from past years singer Travis Clark gave us his theory: “We’re part of the Breakfast Club this year. We started late this year, so we play really early; we should be We The Breakfast Club.” While in Canada, they have plans to go on a camping quest for the abominable snowman, climb some trees, and hunt butterflies. And apart from liking to joke around, they have some hobbies for killing time on the road.

“We’re nerds,” said Travis. “We fight Nazi zombies in Call of Duty, play NHL ’09, and Halo.” Apart from playing their Xbox, they also like to hang out with other bands and play basketball. This year, Travis made guitar-string bracelets for each show that got handed out at the merch tent to the lucky fans who made it there first. They

played their new track “Heaven Can Wait,” available Sept 1 on iTunes, the same day they go into the studio to record their new album. What can fans expect from the new album? “Its upbeat, fun, and has lots of piano.” Check out www.

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you me at six

you me at six

One of the few British bands on Warped Tour this summer was You Me At Six. Their first year on the tour, You Me At Six hail from Surrey, England. They said their favourite stops so far were Chicago, Salt Lake City, and (of course) Calgary, and are looking forward to Vancouver. Their album Take Off Your Colours was released last October, and is full of great songs, including “Jealous Minds Think Alike,” and “Finders Keepers.” This band will have a very busy fall, as they re-release their current album and Take Off Your Colours with five new tracks, and are also touring on the alternative press fall ball tour with Mayday Parade, The Academy Is…, Set Your Goals, and Secret Handshake. “We just finished up our second album in UK,” said singer Josh Franceschi, and although no details can be released yet, if you’re a fan keep checking for details.


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The Maine reported their crowds were full of excitement, with antics from acrobatic crowd-surfing to mud sliding. With such energetic fans, it’s no surprise that Warped Tour was a blast for them so far, but being on the road for two months isn’t all fun and games. “It’s been so fun, but extremely tiring. If you pace yourself, you can make it through. It’s brutal but worth it,” said Jared Monaco, guitarist for The Maine. Their first full-length album Can’t Stop Won’t Stop was released last summer. In the fall, they head right back out on tour with Boys Like Girls and Cobra Starship. To hear great tracks like “Everything I Ask For,” go to

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So there I was, hoping for a good game to review, as I felt as though I had turned into another typical crusty critic. My age was getting to me and I felt like anyone who doesn’t know what an Intellivision is should take a long drive into a tron cycle plasma trail. My last few attempts at gamegasm have met with failure as I did not enjoy Bionic Commando. So I dusted off the Wii, and with both my remote and nunchuck in hand, wished for the best as The Conduit got sucked into the system. The story of The Conduit is as basic as they come. Aliens are invading and you are the one man army that has to stop them. There is a slight twist, but you can play the game to find that one out. The cool thing is that you get to use a nice prototype artifact ball that lets you decode hidden messages and hack computers. It’s kind of like a super USB ball that does everything. It even opens secret doors and explodes invisible mines. (I didn’t even see that one coming!) The real attention grabbing point of this game is the controls. You start off with the basic layout where everything is default centered. From the options menu you can tweak it all, from how fast your cursor moves to the bounding box size. The bounding box is kind of like how much aiming room you have before you start to automatically pull the camera in the direction you are aiming. It works in real life too, just move your arm all the way to the left until your body starts to turn; it’s kind of like that. You can also remap every single button to whatever you want. If you want to shoot your gun with A and reload with Z, go ahead. I call it the A to Z of controlling. The graphics, albeit not cranium-exploding when up against the Xbox 360 or the PS3, comparing the detail of this game to any other Wii game, you will notice a vast improvement. There



was an engine created just for this game, and I think that if given a sequel, it could look amazing. The only thing that hinders it this first time around is the choppiness. The game’s frame rate takes a massive hit any time you get out into an open environment and the game constantly seems like its trying to catch up with itself. Like watching a war scene in a movie where they cut out every other frame to make it look stylized, except in gaming, this makes aiming difficult. After the first few encounters with the enemies, they all start to look the same, but add in the fact that a few blow up and have different weapons, and it kind of fits into the “doesn’t really matter” category. There is a good online mode. But it is only good once you find a decent match. Which tends to take forever to not only find, but load one up. The Wii needs to get some online stuff working for it to really be considered a next generation system. If you want a game to compare this one too, I would have almost said Goldeneye for the N64, but Perfect Dark fits it much better. What with all the aliens, crazy weapons and frame rate stutters. Actually, it feels more like Perfect Dark 2 than anything. In fact, the game would have been infinitely more popular had they been able to pull that licence off. Ultimately, the game is all kinds of decent. The graphics, although chuggy, are good for the Wii, arguably some of the best so far. The controls are bang on and work well, but an uninspired story and laggy online matches keep this game from a perfect score. Let’s just hope that Part 2 is on the way and that it is even better.

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RATING: 4 ZOMBIES OUT OF 5 Curtis Chant is co-owner of Next Level Game Exchange located at #9-202 Primrose Drive. He can be contacted at 384-7222. gamer tag : NuBeens

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Hip hop album not really rap

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Magnolius, Mary Musth (2009) This record is so full of varying influences; a prog-jazz jam that wouldn’t sound too out of place on a Mars Volta record. It’s a fitting opening moment, as it illustrates the operating method to follow throughout the album. Each sound or style is a tease to hold you over until the next baffling changeup. You’ll think you’re listening to an oriental-flavored suspense scene just before realizing it has morphed into what sounds more like the soundtrack to a Looney Tunes character tiptoeing behind the clueless antagonist. The changes are unexpected, which makes for some confusion, but are skillfully stitched into a whole, cohesive fabric, (reminiscent of the production on Blackalicious’s The Craft album.) This is not an average rap record. Don’t expect to hear the verses bookended by the hook. The hook is too busy swooping in on shifting sounds as it suits the song, or pleases the craftsmen’s whim. Each track’s composition is crafted with a level of competency far above the standard kick/snare, bassline, and samples, a construction mainstream hip hop hasn’t been able to let go of, or improve upon since Run-DMC essentially mastered it before most of us were born. One of the most impressive qualities of the music contained in this album is this: if you were to remove the MCs raps, it would be near unrecognizable as a hip hop album, and



ne crisp evening, as I strolled downtown on my way to one of my favourite eateries, Taverna, I encountered a gaggle of disoriented US tourists, bantering among themselves. They were somewhat lost and hungry and curious as to which of the city-centre restaurants they should patronize for supper. We suggested that if they enjoy Italian cuisine, they should follow us and give Taverna a stab. They happily conversed with us in their friendly American drawl and quickly told us to lead the way. As we all stood in the front-end of the dimly-lit establishment, we continued to visit as it took a few minutes for us all to be seated. The one fellow in the group asked if we would join them for the meal and we opted to. It wasn’t long until we were all comfortably sitting at the long table that runs down the centre of the dining room. While my friend made political chitchat with the elderly man seated beside him, one of the two charming ladies in the group and I settled into easy conversation as well. I found myself so relaxed in her presence and comfortably spoke to her about this fine city we live in and what it has to offer. I was chuckling at one point when I attempted to manoeuver the discus-

sion and asked her what she thought about the latest goings-on in American politics and the woman simply remarked, “Look hon, I don’t wanna waste my vacation talkin’ about that crap.” The waitress took our orders and soon brought simmering bowls of minestrone soup and Caesar salads and we kept chattering away as we ate and drank. The eloquent lady beside me, who I soon learned was named Nadja, informed me she is a nurse and an active member of the International Lions Club. She in turn asked me what I do with my time and I spoke of how I am a part-time health-care worker, a part-time landlord, and a bit of a writer. Nadja’s face literally lit up and she became even more eager to get to know me. “A writer!” she exclaimed. “Wow, how fascinating. Do you have anything published?” I confessed and told her of my recent writing adventure a novel I’ve penned and put out, a semi-autobiographical account of growing up gay on the prairies. Nadja set down her fork and pulled a pen and paper out of her purse and began enthusiastically writing down my name as well as the title of my book. Conversations flowed and entrees arrived and I had just finished eating when we realized we were running late for the event in which we had ventured downtown for. We were quickly asked where the best shopping of Toon Town is. Of course, we replied Broadway Avenue and scurried out of the restaurant and hoofed it down to the main branch of the library (where we walked in, five minutes late, for the reading we were attending). The next afternoon as I lounged over coffee with a few friends on the deck of the Broadway Roastery, I was startled when my cell phone rang. I was even more surprised

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Magnolius brings new sound to genre with new album

could be filed just as readily under world music, smooth jazz, or avant D&B. Just when you think a track will run it’s length as an instrumental, though, MCs Shan Vincent de Paul and Derek DaCosta tumble on top, exchanging shouts, each equally verbalizing quips and words of wisdom one over the other, simultaneously bounding over and ducking underneath, so that neither lies in the shadow of the other, a deft duet of brothers in arms. Life long friends, the duo is so together, they stand apart. Erect, clumsy, only inasmuch as you might catch a stray punch-line to the jaw. It’s comfortable, cluttered, but I’ve always believed you have got to make a mess in order to truly clean up. “Mary,” a conceptual characterization of “an aggressive counter-persona battling the demons within society and culture,” also colours the lyrical content. The group plans to complete the current Canadian tour, take some time off the road and stay in Toronto, where they will promote the album and plan a possible US/Canada tour. Mary Musth will be released Aug 24 and will available through and

to answer it and find it was Peter, the proprietor of my favourite Broadway Avenue shop, Turning the Tide, who’d called me. Peter informed me that a US tourist was in his bookstore and had just finished purchasing my novel and the buyer had mentioned that what would make the book even more precious to her would be to have the author sign it. I quickly replied that I’d be right over. After strolling down one quick block from The Roastery to Turning the Tide, I was mildly surprised (but not really) to find Nadja standing at the cash-register, book in hand, waiting patiently for me to arrive. She handed the book over for me to sign. After gleefully showing me the trendy new white belt she had just bought at Star 80 (which she was already wearing) and getting her polite husband to snap a photo of us, Nadja informed me that she and her hubby had to run as time was flying and they had more of the Broadway area to explore. How thoughtful of Peter to call me and how inspiring that together we made Nadja’s day. It was another reminder of the huge strength of our community and why I love living on Broadway Ave. S as kat oo n

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