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his is the time of the year when we return from the furniture shows with exciting new ideas in home décor and the product to back it up. There was very little that was “must-have” interesting. Refinement and “reworked” was the common thread throughout the show. There was more attention paid to function, style and scale this year. For the first day or two of the show you get so caught up in the “What’s new?” mode, it takes a while to think about the sales people saying “Nothing really, but we are so excited about…”

good art choice; they are easily removed and repositioned. They come in many designs and colours, and are cost effective. Homegrown Canadian-made products are in big demand. The inexpensive Asian market product (of four to five years ago) was plagued with drying, cracking, warping and peeling issues in our climate. They are slowly addressing these issues but there is a cost factored into it that puts Canadian furniture manufacturers on a more level playing field with the Asian market. Given a choice, you’ll see more “Made in Canada” stickers on products.

Colour is the rock star of trends this year and not the actual design of furniture. The majority of the large furniture pieces stay neutral while the accent chairs, art, and accessories are in bold, vibrant colours with not a pastel in sight. The yellows are YELLOW, the oranges are ORANGE, the blues are BLUE; there is no other way to describe it. Purple was everywhere; this is truly THE spotlight colour of 2010! Most of the furniture pieces presented in purple are done with longevity in mind. Very dusty violets with strong undertones of black, grey or brown prevailed. Purple is both elegant and soothing, and limiting it to smaller pieces of furniture will ensure no decorating faux-pas. Bright, vibrant purple appeared strong in area carpets, lamps, vases, art, accent cushions and accessories. Tip: dabble in purple but do it in inexpensive, easy-to-change pieces. Dining and accent chairs in the correct shade of purple will not get tiresome and, with a strong undertone of another colour, will be easy to decorate around in future years. Art is getting larger and more vibrant. We saw a lot of bold, brilliant reds, kiwis, oranges, yellows and blues. Blue is the comeback colour of 2010 (for those afraid of purple). There was a swing toward more trees in the art this spring, whether they were

Editor’s Remarks


his makeover issue is being applied well beyond beauty and fashion and expresses the universal desire for renewal, especially as the warm weather approaches. The annual home shows and garden shows coming up play to that. So it’s time for us to break out of the winter greys and get ready for spring. Those warm, sunny days are not quite here yet, but we’re thinking ahead and getting ready. This is an issue worth reading cover to cover. To go along with our lead story on home renovation, we sent our writers out on a hunt for stories on makeover. The response

Home décor for


The majority of the large furniture pieces stay neutral while the accent chairs, art, and accessories are in bold, vibrant colours with not a pastel in sight. abstract or realistic. People like trees. Metal art is still in huge demand, it is simple and the chameleon of art really, and it can withstand almost all decorating changes. For the more subdued decorator; there are from our wonderful diverse group of local writers was more than we asked for: we have articles on renovation of the inner world and the outer world. In this issue we learn about painting, interior design, fashion, and image, but also your attitude, soul, spirit, the inner creative self. Dr. Bill Brooks lays out for us a series of steps in creativity. Margaret Bremner, an artist, nudges us with interesting suggestions to let loose your creativity. Barb Maduck explains the stages of change and creativity. “You can’t step in the same river twice.” goes the saying. The charm of the saying is that although life may seem the same in many ways, change is inevitable. “Allow me

earthy wood tones and flowers. The reinvented flowers are exceptionally gorgeous. They say horse art is bigger than ever. We saw it everywhere and it is something a person could put in their home even if they aren’t “into” horses. Huge wall stencils are a very


Bev Dawson, Editor-in-chief Bruce Filson, Managing Editor

We have had an overwhelming response to the two contests we ran in last month’s issue. Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry. The winners of the “Walking with the Dinosaurs” contest are: Michael McDonald, Nicole LindsayHawlerns, and Calvin Yury. The Sawyer Brown contest winners are yet to be chosen and will be announced in next month’s issue. Also, check out page 8B in this issue for our newest contest.

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In conclusion, there is about equal demand between wood and glass coffee tables, with dining tables preferred in wood. Leather has a slight edge over fabric-upholstered furniture. Customized wall entertainment systems are popping up all over. Glass television stands are giving way to more finished, furniturelooking pieces.

to accept the things I cannot change,” goes the wise saying “and grant me the courage to change what I can.” Be proactive is the buzz word of the day. To be proactive is to make the changes you want. This issue is full of suggestions and ways you can make changes to your life. Sometimes the littlest changes go a long way. It’s amazing what a paint job will do, or a few moments of relaxation. But we all need a little help doing something we don’t normally do. That’s where our great writers come in.


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askatchewan claimed a winning attitude in recent years, as its economy, and profile in the world, soared. In the same period the Roughriders also advanced, though they agonizingly fell short at the end of last season. There is a correlation and it speaks to our current challenge. A winning attitude begins with self-concept, in essence, the way you see yourself. It can include other terms like self-image, self-esteem and self-worth. One of the interesting things about self-concept is that there is evidence to suggest it determines your performance; that, in fact, there is a 1:1 ratio to how you see yourself and how you perform. If you see yourself as pretty good at math, you are. If you see yourself as a golfer who shoots about 90, you do. If you see yourself as successful, you succeed. As a leadership coach, improving your performance through enhancing self-concept is one of the things I coach people on. Increasing your self-concept not only improves your own performance, it can build the self-image, self-esteem and self-worth of your whole team, your employees, your family or your friends. It has been interesting for me to watch the evolution of self-concept in Saskatchewan. For a number of years, I asked people if they believed provinces had self-concepts. Alberta was my example. I would ask, ‘how big is Alberta’s self-concept? How big is their performance?’ The answer was easy: Alberta’s self-concept is big and their performance is big. So I would ask, ‘what is Saskatchewan’s self-concept, big or small?’ Again, the answer

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came easily to most people: Saskatchewan’s self-concept was small. About 2003-04, the answer started to change. Saskatchewan’s self-concept began to grow. I would argue that at the same time, our overall performance improved. Oddly enough, it seems like the self-concept of the Roughriders increased as well. Many people jokingly suggest there is a connection. I agree. And I think the link is that the Roughrider successes have spilled over into our overall self-concept as a province, and vice versa.

He defines efficacy as a person’s belief that they have the ability to CAUSE, BRING ABOUT or MAKE HAPPEN. Now, given our result at this year’s Grey Cup you could say our self-concept took a hit. This might be true. There is a term I use in leadership coaching: efficacy. Albert Bandura, a great Canadian-born psychologist, has done profound research on the role of efficacy in leadership. He defines efficacy as a person’s belief that they have the ability to CAUSE, BRING ABOUT or MAKE HAPPEN. There is a direct link between efficacy and self-concept. People and groups with high efficacy also have a high self-concept. It has been my observation that the Roughriders not only have a high self-concept, they have great leadership with high efficacy. I am confident

that even though they were knocked down at the Grey Cup, they won’t stay down. I hope the same is true for our province. I believe our self-concept has grown over the last several years, and that our efficacy has grown with it. So the setback of the economic downturn is just that, a setback. Like the Riders, we’ve taken a hit and we’ve been knocked down – but let’s not stay down. Let’s continue building our high self-concept and our high efficacy.

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by Doreen Kerby


he Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort is the ultimate in luxury travel. A $150 million transformation didn’t hurt. Situated on 300 acres, boasting 392 guest rooms, an 18hole Raymond Floyd golf course, an award winning Willow Stream Spa and private beachfront on the Atlantic, it was just too much hotel to leave. Imagine a place with four clay tennis courts, and three pools. One lagoon style pool includes a waterslide, a lazy river, private cabanas and poolside dining. The Fairmont Turnberry: elegance and indulgence. Oh, and the shopping! The Aventura Mall is world-class. Although only a walk away, complimentary shuttles go to and from the mall, which provides access to Macy’s, Nordstrom’s and Bloomingdale’s, plus 247 specialty stores. The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club was named one of the ‘World’s Best’ in 2008 by Travel and Leisure Magazine and received the Mobil Four Star Hotel and Mobil Four Star Spa Award, along with Meetings and Conventions Gold Key Award in 2007. The resort is conveniently located between the two major international airports and seaports of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Just minutes from North Miami Beach, it is a member of ‘Leading Hotels of the World.’ Miami was founded in 1896 when Henry Flagler was persuaded to extend his railroad from central Florida to Miami. Miami Beach is really a man-made island that was once a Coconut Grove Plantation. It is also the Wreckreational Dive Capital of the World with over 50 wreck sites to dive to, all sunk deliberately to provide artificial reefs for marine life. Now Miami-Dade County boasts 2.3 million people. It covers 1,955 square miles with over 15 miles of beaches. With a subtropical climate, the average temperature is 23oC with year-round sunshine

and over 800 parks. Water sports are very important here and include fishing, boating, parasailing, windsurfing, wave running and jet skiing. Miami is a network of barrier islands, coral rock, and mangrove swamps, connected by soaring bridges, stately causeways and well-designed roads. Miles and miles of white sand beaches hug the coastline. Miami is blessed with the mighty Atlantic Ocean and the tranquil waters of Biscayne Bay. To the south and west, Everglades National Park is a unique eco-system of saw grass prairies, mangrove swamps, lush jungle and the warm waters of Florida Bay.

With so much to see and do, it would be hard not to enjoy a trip to Miami. What makes it so pleasurable is the weather. Sunshine, blue skies and pleasant temperatures make a good holiday even better. I especially enjoyed walking the streets of Little Havana. Saturated with Cuban culture, very little English is spoken but smiles are the same in all languages. Calle Ocho (Eighth Street) is lined with restaurants featuring Latin specialties. At the Domino Center there were a dozen tables set up outdoors for older men discussing politics and drinking coffee. Along the same street some shops specialize in hand-rolled Cuban cigars and welcome visitors to watch their production. South Beach’s Art Deco District contains the world’s largest collection of Art Deco Architecture with over 800 buildings that are products of the 1930s and 40s. Easy access to the beach, unpretentious

local restaurants, and fabulous nightlife make this a very trendy place. For the sports fans, Miami is home to four professional teams: the Florida Marlins (baseball), the Miami Dolphins (football), the Miami Heat (basketball) and the Florida Panthers (hockey). In addition to sports, it is a popular choice for the film industry. That is understandable since it continues to win awards such as ‘One of the Top Five Places to Live,’ and ‘America¹s Cleanest City.’ South Beach is always in the ‘Top Ten Most Popular Attractions.’ The port of Miami is also known as the ‘Cruise Capital of the World.’ It is not surprising that 5.8 million international visitors come each year and 10% are Canadian. The most popular places are: the Art Deco District, South Beach, the Beaches, Downtown, Lincoln Road, and Coconut Grove. I enjoyed Coral Gables designed and planned in 1920 by developer George Merrick. This area features beautiful Mediterraneanstyle homes and winding waterways. The historic Biltmore Hotel has a fascinating history. It has been saved and rebuilt to offer classic luxury. It has a golf course, 10 lighted tennis courts, and the largest hotel pool in the U.S. It hosts kings and presidents, weddings and charity galas. The Biltmore is a symbol of South Florida’s warmth and hospitality. Nearby is the historic Venetian Pool, a unique jewel built in 1923. An aquifer supplies fresh spring water every night when the pool is drained, a process that takes nine hours. It is on the register of Historic Places and should not be missed. With so much to see and do, it would be hard not to enjoy a trip to Miami. What makes it so pleasurable is the weather. Sunshine, blue skies and pleasant temperatures make a good holiday even better.

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The winter garden


s I write this, a midwinter storm swirls around the house. Blowing snow piles up in drifts, filling in places I had just cleared hours before. Snow in depth is the saviour of a great many plants in the Saskatchewan garden. Under a cold blanket, the perennials and delicate shrubs like roses are insulated from the -20oC that is bound to sink in after a blizzard. The winter garden is a white slate on which the stark arms of trees reach out across the lawn and fat evergreens sit plump in clusters in the borders of my garden. I design the garden with this winter wonderland in mind – the tree’s structure standing strong against the winds from the north. My Amur Maple was placed as a sentinel at the back gate, a small maple planted for its fall colour. The maple’s leaves are small and serrated; they blow away in the fall with little or no cleanup. The seeds hang in small brown clusters and sound like rattles with the gentlest of breezes. I planted a tree form of the Amur maple to get “tall legs” so that I could prune it high and pass without hindrance through the back gate. I have limited space in my garden, but one tree I would love to plant, if I had the space,

By Janet Wanner

is the European Mountain Ash. Now here is a tree for all seasons! Creamy spring panicles, great summer shade, spectacular fall colour and red berries for waxwings in February. Just think of that bright berry mounded with the pure white snow on each cluster!

Just think of that bright berry mounded with pure white snow on each cluster! What would the winter garden be without evergreens? I am always impressed with a well-grown cedar or upright juniper. My gold junipers glow in the low winter light and the globe blue spruce is a great compliment, standing with its cap of snow. I use globe blue spruce as anchors to a bed. One of them can be planted to become the focal point at the front door. The globe blue would complement any other plant from hostas to dianthus and grasses. The textural contrast of the plants is what creates an exciting combination. The spiny blue branches mingled with the fat leaf lime green hosta accented with red flowering dianthus – there you have a “look”. The whole combination is drought-resistant once

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Its height is very similar to a full-grown cedar but it has a wonderful blue grey colour. I believe that the most magical time in the winter garden is when Mother Nature provides a lacy coating of hoar frost on everything from the trees to the shrubs and the fence line. The garden really becomes worthy of a picture or two. Shadows and stark lines can create the most beautiful pictures, even for the amateur photographer. Janet Wanner is co-owner of Gentle Earth Design Studios. She can be contacted at 3438594.

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they are older. Right now, the snow is ravishing the branches of the evergreens and weighing them down to droopy skirts. A good broom and a little work will fix that and the branches will pop up when released from their snowy prison. The weight of the snow will deform the shape of any plant and even break many branches, very quickly. Cedars and upright junipers grow full and round in good sunlight and provided with a weekly deep watering will do yeoman’s service for many years. My giant mugo pine (sold as a mini 35 years ago) is a shelter for all the tiny birds that come to our place. It acts like a great spruce without the great height. The mugo outside my front room window becomes even more beautiful with snow sifting through its branches. The little mini mugos like Mops and Gnom are great rock garden items and do very well in a Japanese design. Pine is an essential element for a Japanese garden, as it represents longevity. For the lover of the Colorado Blue spruce, there is a new columnar form for the corner of the garden. It grows slowly to about 16’, which is quite manageable in most gardens.

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usiness needs more creative people and the medical profession wants you to reduce your risk of dementia. Can these two be accomplished at the same time? Of course they can. While physical fitness is always a good start, mental fitness, the ability to think better, solve problems creatively and generally look at the world from different perspectives is critical for business and good mental agility. We are all creative in one way or another – usually in many ways. Creativity is not about music, art, science or business. It is about making and communicating meaningful new connections, and it is the foundation for an expanded and exciting lifestyle. Today is the best time to start a creative makeover whether you are 15 or 70 years of age. Here is a list of eight handy tips that can get you started.

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1 Stay positive


Choose a positive, optimistic attitude. You are the most creative when you are positive. One day of optimism, laughter and love is great for creativity and it stays with you for many days to come.

2 Use your imagination every day

Healthy eating will enhance your creativity. Beware of the trap that suggests alcohol or drugs make you more creative – they just make you think you are but in fact diminish creative capacity. However, by listening to those who may have had some, you may find fun perspectives and make great connections.

6 Be consistent It is pretty tough to see any real progress in your creativity if you only practice it once in a while. Let’s face it, if you only exercised once a week (or month) then you would never get fit. If you practice being creative at least four times a week you will begin to see changes in as little as a couple of weeks.

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7 Pay attention to energy Pay attention to the times when your ideas or thoughts give you energy. These are the ideas that make you laugh or stop you in your tracks (even for a moment). There is an energy connected with those kinds of ideas and they are well worth investigating further. They may not turn out, but they will give you a different point of view.

By Dr. Bill Brooks

We all daydream during the day. It is impossible for your mind not to wander a bit whether you are concentrating on an interesting problem, trying to get caught up on things around the house or office, or working on things you have done many times before. Give yourself permission to imagine a better workplace, new tasty meals, or fun with family and friends. Really work at imagining them – sight, sounds, taste, touch, smells. Your imagination will help you get there.

3 Don’t take the world or yourself too seriously Life is too important and too fleeting to be taken seriously all the time. Break out and let the moment take you wherever

8 Try a coach it’s going. You just might find creative perspectives along the way.

4 Stretch daily

Sudokus, crossword puzzles, jumbled words, visual puzzles and concentration games like chess, GO, and Scrabble are all ways to stretch your brain every day. Find a mental exercise that you enjoy and do it at least once a day. Change from time to time to challenge different ways of thinking and stay out of thinking ruts.

He has the heart for it

It can take some time to learn what creative skills and attitudes you need to develop and what exercises work for you. This may be frustrating if you don’t have a lot of experience. A good creativity coach should be able to assess where you are, and, after a short interview, be able to set you up with a creative exercise program that will work. Dr. Bill Brooks is a creativity and productive thinking strategist with eclecthink in Saskatoon – helping you put creativity to work. He welcomes questions at

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he 1965 photo on his wall shows the Golden Jet, Bobby Hull, jostling with the Montreal defenceman and goaltender as all three intensely focus on the puck ricocheting over the net while the other person in the photo is Hull’s shadow, Garry Peters. Peters is totally focused on Hull, as he says, “making sure he didn’t get it. That’s the way I played.” To make it to the pros you need more than talent, you need heart. Now, years later, Peters has taken that heart and focus to another endeavour – KidSport. This organization raises funds to support grants to children unable to participate in sport due to financial barriers. In February, he arranged for several of the biggest sports clubs in Saskatoon to help raise funds for “the only golf tournament in Saskatchewan in February,” he chuckles. It’s at Market Mall Mini Golf on February 21. “We have a number of different Kidsport projects throughout the year,” he explains. “Our first big one is in February. I get 40 companies to give me a $100 dollars for KidSport, so we start out with $4,000. This year we were fortunate enough to have a donor give us $7,000 so we are going to start with $11,000. I’m the fundraiser on the committee.” KidSport provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport. KidSport believes that sports provide opportunities and promote positive values. Studies have proven that kids active in sports have a better chance at success and staying out of trouble. Garry Peters has been associated with KidSport for over 20 years and his efforts have enabled KidSport to raise thousands of dollars each year, with 2009-2010 being the most profitable yet. Peters has arranged for the Saskatoon Blades, the U. of S. Huskies and the Hilltops, as well as four players from each high school wearing their football sweaters to participate. Peters went to all the schools near Market Mall to invite kids to come and play for nothing. “We want to have more awareness for

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Garry Peters, member of the Stanley Cup Championship Montreal Canadiens, 1964-65.

contact them through Social Services, the City of Saskatoon, or the schools. Parents fill out an application form and have it signed by a professional such as a principal. All applications are considered, Peters says, “and a committee decides which ones are priority.” Peters has played with and against some of the greatest hockey players: Bobby Orr, Jean Beliveau, Bobby Hull, and Henri Richard. He was with Montreal in 1964 and Boston in 1972 when they each won the Stanley Cup. I asked him if the experience of Jacques Lemaire as coach would be an advantage for the players in the pressure cooker Team Canada would be facing. “Yes and no,” Peters replies. “Those players that are on the team have all been in pressure situations since midget.” Peters says that players like Lemaire, Yvon Cournoyer, and Henri Richard lead others to victories. Lemaire won 11 Stanley Cups if you include his years as a coach. Cournoyer won 10 Stanley Cups as a

lbs). He was a master at playing angles along the boards and corners against bigger players. He rarely lost a battle for the puck. Saskatoon and KidSport are beneficiaries of Peters’ focus and work ethic learned playing with the best. He has turned that experience into making KidSport grow.

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Peters has played with and against some of the greatest hockey players: Bobby Orr, Jean Beliveau, Bobby Hull, and Henri Richard. KidSport,” he adds. “There are kids on the east side, inner city kids, and kids that need financial help to participate in sports. The funding is for all sports. KidSport will contribute as much as $300 towards registration for full summer camps or full winter camps.” Kids will be able to get autographs and play golf with different players. Market Mall’s Marketing Director Betty Anne Fisher is giving KidSport the use of the golf course free. All the money raised for the tournament at Market Mall goes to KidSport. There are two allocations for KidSport – one for the summer and one for the winter. To contact KidSport call 975-0871, or

player. Richard won the most ever as a player: 11. Who was the best he’s ever seen? Peters replies, “Orr – he could do it all.” But Henri Richard, says Peters, was right up there with the best. Some fans would find that surprising, but Peters says Richard was strong for his size (some years only 145

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by Hilary Klassen


“ampire obsessed” reads the front of the T-shirt worn by a girl singing Christmas carols in her elementary school choir. She represents the younger side of the vampire obsession that has recently overtaken teen and young adult culture. Vampire movies like Twilight and New Moon and TV series such as True Blood and Vampire Diaries are regular fare. Why this obsession with vampires? Not so long ago they were the feared and dreaded creatures of folklore. If we did a time warp and parachuted this girl into 18th century Europe, she would definitely not be vampire obsessed, she would be vampire horrified. Back then vampire superstition was rampant. Mass hysteria escalated sufficiently to cause several official grave exhumations to make sure the dead stayed dead. How did these mysterious hideous creatures become the “easy on the eyes” romantic heroes of today? In 200 years, the vampire image has undergone a radical makeover. One of the earliest vampire tales was written as a good ghost story. John Polidori’s The Vampyre, published in 1819, featured a mysterious vampire who was “pale, with a face whose form and outline were beautiful.” Vampire literature emerged as a new genre. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is considered its defining work. The vampire evolved from scary to seductive. From the novels of

Anne Rice (Interview with the Vampire) to Stephanie Meyer, the shift has solidified. The new vampire, still often male (in recent TV and movie versions, female vampires play supporting roles) is no longer dreaded, he is almost heroic. He is still hungry for blood, but is tormented by this hunger. When Stefan, the vampire hero in the TV series Vampire Diaries, sees his would-be girlf r i e n d cut her finger with a kitchen knife, he turns away as his latent hunger kicks in and sudden vampire features overtake his handsome face. Fangs appear, his eyes morph into cavernous-like sockets, and he struggles to overcome this unwelcome reaction and regain his normal “human” visage. At the same time, vampires have subdivided. Whereas in folklore all vampires were hideous, inciting terror, now we have vampire heroes and vampire villains. Essentially the genre creates a new backdrop for the epic battle between good and evil, where vampires are best suited to vanquish their own kind. The potent combination of danger, mystery and sex appeal captures popular culture. Vampires are a symbol of strength to those who feel powerless. Many of today’s young

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people feel powerless, like outsiders, or they simply don’t want to follow the typical path society has laid out for them. They want to be more than they are. Identification with vampires creates an outlet for these feelings.

consent. The people are not preyed upon. Drinking of blood is officially discouraged. Furthermore, the Veil bans children from vampiric activity and encourages respect for vampire elders.

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Still, why be parasitic? Why not increase one’s own life force through legitimate means rather than take it from another? Like a contract between the user and the used, we see this in government and corporate structures. Some people draw their strength from those around them, those who “suck the life out of us.”

be a psychic vampire, that is, he or she feeds on the life force of others instead of their blood. However, apart from the popular obsession, are vampires real? There are a growing number of “vampire lifestylers” and there are those who claim to be real vampires. Vampire Secrets, a 2007 movie documentary produced by the History Channel, cites New York as a global hub of underground vampire activity. Here in the dark underbelly of the city, the “Rome of vampires,” many covens and reportedly thousands of vampires engage in controversial and secretive behaviours.

Why “vampire obsessed?” Maybe it’s drawing attention to where we get our power, identity or life force. Maybe it symbolizes deep human hunger, fear of mortality, desire for eternal youth and the uncontrollable desire to embrace taboos. The vampire will continue to evolve, but it will be hard to go back to the hideous, terrifying figure of the past. No doubt the enigmatic, dangerous beauty of the vampire will continue to intrigue.

Here too, times are changing. The internet has made this hidden underworld slightly more visible, so the guardians of vampire secrets have updated their code, a document known as “The Black Veil.” The modern vampire may be a psychic vampire, that is, he or she feeds on the life force of others instead of their blood. To psychic vampires the Veil says, “Respect the life that you feed upon and do not abuse those who provide for you.” The life force of another is never taken without

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Hamburger Soup This soup’s so good you’ll be back for more. 1½ lbs lean ground beef 1 medium onion chopped 1 - 28 oz can diced tomatoes 2 cups water 3 cans beef consommé soup 4 carrots, chopped 1 bay leaf 3 stalks celery, chopped ½ tsp thyme 1/3 cup pearl barley parsley, salt & pepper to taste In frying pan, brown meat and drain off fat. Add onion and sauté about 3 minutes. Combine all ingredients in large 5 quart pot and simmer for a minimum 2 hours on the stove. You can also make this soup in a crock pot and cook it for 6 to 8 hours on low. Freezes well.

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A makeover for the garden in spring we can use the off season to plan for what we like, to remember what was blooming so that when September comes we can actually do the planting! Spring flowering bulbs need a period of stratification or cold period in order for the blooms to be able to form. In our climate, September is the very best time to plant spring flowering bulbs as our temperatures outside are still pleasant and there is some time for the bulbs to grow some roots before winter comes.

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What’s a girl to do? By Sherry Richards

Spring is a time of rebirth, a time to rejoice that green will again become the predominant colour in our landscape. Scilla siberica, or Siberian squill, is one of my favourite spring flowers. They do best in full sun and, like all bulbs, do not like to be ne of the biggest challenges when in wet areas. Plant them in drifts and in the landscaping is to ensure you have spring you will enjoy waves of happy blue colour in the garden for as long as flowers dancing in the spring breezes in April possible. This challenge is often the greatest and May. They are about six inches high with in the early spring when winter is losing its narrow leaves. I especially like to “naturalize” hold. Spring is a time of rebirth, a time to scilla in my low traffic lawn areas. I personrejoice that green will again become the pre- ally like the blue scilla but there is a white dominant colour in our landscape. This is the scilla and a blue-striped cultivar that is also perfect time for a garden makeover. Start with available. spring and continue through all the seasons. The prairie crocus is a sign of spring. Our Some of the earliest spring bloomers are native crocus (Anemone patens) is in bloom bulbs. As these must be planted in the fall, in the early spring. They are actually not true crocuses as they are not bulb-forming plants. However, to anyone who grew up in the prairies they will forever be the “real” crocus. The flowers are light mauve on stems about four inches high. The seed stage is also attractive as it is a billowy mass of seeds on long feathery stalks. When you plant non-native crocus you will be planting true crocus that grows from a corm, a storage organ similar to a bulb. VALON OOD ART There are many crocuses that we cannot grow here but some that we can grow AS AR successfully are: C. tomasinianus for pale Full lavender blooms, C. ancyrensis for rich orange blooms, and C. alativicus for white Service blooms speckled with purple with a sunny Convenience yellow throat. Store Tulipa tarda is another early spring New Gas Bar bloomer. It is native to eastern Turkestan. The flowers are yellow with white tips Open 7 Days a Week and are nestled in the centre of leaves up to nine inches long. The blossoms are 7 am to 11pm enjoyed in full light and will close under Lottery Tickets lower light conditions. They expand merrily in the garden so you can expect many 2601 Broadway Ave. 343-9551 years of bloom with nary lifting a finger…or a spade! Make this year the year for the “garden INC. makeover” and enjoy every season in your garden. by Patricia Hanbidge



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uring the winter months I often try able happened. I turned just in time to see to plan improvement or renova- my precious paint can flying through air as tion projects for the spring. I think if in slow motion. Paint splashed the walls back to projects of the past and remember and windows to display an instant work all the lessons I have learned the hard way. of modern art. Crash, sploosh, the can hit I spent eight months working on our house the floor with such force that paint flew in in Big River before we moved in. It was all directions including back up toward the eight months of hard work and memorable ceiling and onto my pants. For some reason mishaps. I just stood still staring down from my 10 The great room in our country home has foot perch. a 16-foot ceiling. The walls of the room are Normally this would have extracted a finished in pine but guttural scream from Driving down the highway I the very core of my the ceiling was white plaster. White bores being and a string of laughed as I thought about expletives to make a me, and I wanted a vibrant colour to what my sister-in-law would sailor blush, but for show off the beautisome reason I just ful wood – something hung my head. After say about the red ceiling. that would make the a moment of silence room warm during the day and dramatic I realized that my horrid pink primer was at night. What colour could be better than probably soaking into the raw wood floor roasted pepper red? and I should quickly begin the arduous task A week earlier I had erected scaffolding of clean up. in the great room. Most of the finish was For the rest of the day I scrubbed the worn off the oak floors so a few pieces of walls, windows and floor and marveled at cardboard under the legs of the scaffold my sense of calm. “Maybe it’s this country was all that was needed to protect the floor. air,” I pondered, “I sure hope it’s always this I bought my paint and opted for a tinted way.” I was to be disappointed in the days (dark pink) primer to cut down on the num- to come when more renovation projects ber of coats and to seal the plaster. brought further stress and my already large I was ready to paint. As I left my house vocabulary of expletives expanded. in Saskatoon that day, I was excited about There was the odd scream, and a day or the outcome. Driving down the highway two when I could be found, head in hands, I laughed as I thought about what my sis- thinking “I must be crazy,” or “who shall I ter-in-law would say about the red ceiling. kill, I pick (my husband) Jack.” She had expressed with graphic detail her The upside of that period of reno hell is distaste for my choice of paint colour. The that the red ceiling is fantastic and my sisprotest just seemed to spur me on and fuel ter-in-law despises it. It’s a lucky thing that my passion for a red dome extravaganza. I still admire the colour because for as long Arriving at the Big River house, I lugged as I live in Big River I will never again paint the paint and tools up the side of the scaf- the great room ceiling. fold, opened the can and poured some ugly What about the living room though? Is it pink primer into the paint tray. At the last time for a new paint job? minute I decided that it would probably be a clever precaution if I tied the paint can to After 22 years of living in Saskatoon, Sherry the scaffolding to prevent an accident. Richards abandoned her familiar surroundings I stepped over the primer to climb down and moved North to live in Saskatchewan’s and get some rope. As I did, my heel boreal forest. She can be contacted by emailing touched the side of the can and the unthink-

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askatoon’s 5th annual Environmental Film Festival, titled “See the Change, Be the Change,” takes place March 5 - 7. “The films and the associated activities of the festival are solution-oriented, about what people and organizations are doing,” said Lynn Hainsworth, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Eco-Network, which launched the festival. “This year the festival involves co-sponsorship by several student and community groups and by small and large businesses in Saskatoon. The festival has deepened its connections with the community,” Hainsworth added. The festival will feature a number of significant international films on environmental subjects such as Taking Root, Black Gold, End of the Line, In Transition and H2OIL. The opening on Friday night includes the 7th Annual Environmental Activist Awards and a premiere feature film, No Impact Man. This film explores the human and humorous side of making a radical environmental lifestyle change. Colin Beaven tries to go completely green for one year while living in New York City with a wife who writes for Business Week and loves her Starbucks espresso. Friday concludes with a “Green Gala” at Browsers in the Memorial Union Building on campus. The opening night is at the Neatby-Timlin Theatre in the U of S Arts building. The venue for Saturday and Sunday events is the Roxy Theatre. Community organizations will have displays at the Roxy that showcase the positive action they’ve been taking. One of the groups, Rooted, focuses on urban gardening and sustainability and will hold a workshop about local applications after the film, In Transition. It offers an inside look at grassroots initiatives of communities around the world redefining themselves in creative and fun ways as they prepare for an age of peak oil. “Filmmaking is one of the fastest growing

askatoon has some great expertise in solar design. This dual stage event on Friday, February 26 involves three: Dr. Rob Dumont, Ken Kelln (Kelln Solar), and Kelly Winder (SRC). The focus is on design principles, good practice and available grants. The lunch & learn from 12:15pm to 1pm is free with short presentations from all three speakers. Bring your own (green) lunch. The program from 1-3pm will offer detailed presentations plus Q&A time. Cost: $30 ($20 for members of Canada Green Building Council SK Chapter) and $10 for students. Location: U of S Education Building, studio A (downstairs). To register or link to more details see event691560.



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ways to share information and educate people on environmental issues… a way for students and activists to tell our stories.” said Amber Burton, U of S student and organizer of the festival. For this reason, Sunday evening features a panel. Young film-makers from several parts of the province will speak on film as a tool for change. “The festival ends with a strong local message from the film H2Oil, which focuses on the water issues of oil sands development,” said Burton. For more information see www.econet. or / html or call the Saskatchewan Eco-Network (SEN) at 652-1275.

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ocal restaurant Jerry’s Food Emporium closed to the public for one week at the end of January when Meredith Heron from the Food Network’s hit TV show Restaurant Makeover renovated the restaurant that first made its home in Saskatoon 13 years ago. “With the Restaurant Makeover show in 121 countries around the world I have received a lot of offers to do work across Canada and beyond,” commented Heron from her Toronto studio. “When we first met with the owners of Jerry’s, we just fit together really well. They have an amazing team and a solid understanding of their business, so there was tremendous synergy. I saw the finished project almost immediately after spending a full day with them.”

The restaurant re-opened on February 2, with the official launch on February 10. A new children’s area and bakery are just some of the additions to Jerry’s. Professional baker Mario Fortin, who was coach of the Canadian National Bakery Team at the 2004 and 2007 Bakery World Cup in Paris and member of the jury in 2008, was the consultant for Jerry’s new bakery. Made fresh daily, baked goods include scones and cinnamon buns.

1997 in Saskatoon. Jerry J. Kristian, founder, developed this innovative concept with the support and mentorship of his father. With his wife, Elyse P. Cullen, joining in 2003, they have expanded the gelato and ice cream brand and launched a food manufacturing centre. Jerry’s was built to be a regular person’s place. Come as you are and enjoy comforting foods. In a world of chains, Jerry’s is proof that the local can still succeed.

The restaurant re-opened on February 2, with the official launch on February 10. A new children’s area and bakery are just some of the additions to Jerry’s. “Markets have changed over the last 13 years,” said Jerry J. Kristian and Elyse P. Cullen, owners of Jerry’s. “They’re closer to what we are passionate about: fresher foods and products made from scratch. The artisan side is appealing to us as it allows us to create better products and to use more of the local ingredients and flare. “We see Saskatoon growing and becoming more and more the land of opportunities and people are searching for different experiences and enjoying new products. We have gone through this renovation to enhance Jerry’s menu and experience.” The great burgers, fresh battered cod and hand-cut fries can still be found on the menu, now alongside the slow cooked pulled pork on a fresh ciabatta bun and the Moroccan chicken made with Jerry’s own spice rub creation. What’s more, Jerry’s has developed a brand new product. Saskatonians know and love Jerry’s gelato and ice cream. Now customers can pick their flavour for their very own Gelatte™! The Gelatte™ is a trademark of Jerry’s Food Emporium. Jerry’s Food Emporium opened its doors February 1,

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design, as well as product and material selections for projects big and small. Many people find it beneficial to continue working with their design consultant throughout the entire renovation process to ensure their ultimate goals and requirements are being met.

Knowing why you’re planning a renovation is just as important as identifying the fine details you want in it.


akeovers inspire us to be the best we can be in all areas of our life. Renovating your home is the ultimate of home makeovers. You’re not just doing the small jobs like looking for ways to work around your inefficient kitchen, or ways to distract guests from your small living room. A renovation gives you the power to nip all of these issues at its source, giving you the dream home you’ve wanted. Admittedly, they can be time consuming, and often overwhelming, as they tend to flow into almost every area of your life. If that happens it’s time to call in the support team of interior design consultants. They can help you coordinate a design plan complete with scaled floor plans, electrical drawings, ceiling






ornerstone Flooring & Interiors, located at #7 - 844 - 51st Street East, holds a wide selection of flooring possibilities. Customers can choose from porcelain and ceramic tile, carpets, hardwood, laminate, vinyl flooring, cork and exotic flooring, granite counters, and natural stone tile products. There is also a great selection of area rugs to choose from.

When selecting your home makeover expert (designer), you want to make sure you’re working with a professional, someone who has an interior design degree or two-year diploma from a recognized interior design school and who is a member of their local

ity customer service have been company goals since it incorporated in 2002 as Cornerstone Tile. “Installation is as critical as the quality of the products, to provide beauty and longevity,” Williams adds. Quality customer service is also a main focus. Customer referrals have proven to be an important aspect of their business, she says. “Forming lasting relationships with our customers is the key to our success”.

“Our customers tell us we have the best selection of flooring in the city,” says Janice Williams of Cornerstone. At Cornerstone, the showroom is stocked with the most current high-demand items, including recent trends in carpets, Canadian hardwoods, natural stone slabs, and glass for backsplashes. Professional installation and high qual-

interior design association such as the Interior Designers Association of Saskatchewan. Choose someone who has sound business practices and truly takes the time to listen to your goals. When preparing for your makeover, you need to start by identifying all your goals. Knowing why you’re planning a renovation is just as important as identifying the fine details you want in it. If you are not able to identify all your goals, don’t be too concerned. Part of your designer’s job is to ask the right questions to best understand your project and give you the results you’re looking for. Sometimes all it takes is a single design consultation to iron out the kinks in a project, while at other times, it takes months of

planning. Often your budget, time and skill sets will determine how much help you really require. Renovations are not stress free. Get creative. Select the right team of home makeover experts and you’ll have a resource to guide you through the process, making it a bit easier. Adrienne Zvacek, BID, Principal Designer of Saskatoon’s Studio 2.0 Interior Design Consultants, works with clients to ask the right questions and provide the right answers

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tonebridge Veterinary Hospital (SVH): A new pet care hospital in the neighbourhood!!! Did you know that caring for your “pet kids” or “furry friends” has never been made easier than now in Stonebridge? Stonebridge Veterinary Hospital opened its doors wide early in January to the residents of Stonebridge and beyond including the country towns and villages south of Saskatoon. Stonebridge Veterinary Hospital boasts a Stonebridge resident veterinarian and two veterinary technicians having over 32 years of experience in veterinary activities among them. There is a plan to add 2 more veterinarians and more supporting staff to its team. The SVH team derives its strength from serving you and compassionately and affectionately caring for your pet kids and furry friends. Services offered include but are not limited to the following: Wellness Exams, Vaccinations suited to individual lifestyles, surgeries, in-house laboratory diagnostics, digital x-rays, dental care, specialty diets, international travel certificates, toys that promote weight reduction and active lifestyle, low calorie and hypoallergenic treats, house calls, integrated system with digital medical records, SPCA exams, emergency services and others. Just pay a visit to the facility; a lot of goodies await your pet kids and furry friends. Contact: 5-215 Stonebridge Blvd. Phone: 306 244 2815. Fax: 306 244 2817.

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omeowners everywhere are loading up their tool belts and taking on home improvement projects on their own. Here are some hints to help you make your home better while keeping your expenses down.

Rejuvenate Cabinets

Instead of replacing your kitchen cabinets, stain them for a fresh, new look. • Wash cabinets with mild detergent. Let dry, then scrape off loose paint. • Sand all surfaces. (Try Black & Decker’s all-new Complete Sanding Kit with Smart Selecta Technology.) Then wipe away sanding dust and prime all bare wood with sealer. • Paint cabinet interiors back walls first, then tops, sides and bottoms. Paint bottoms, tops, and edges of shelves last. • Paint both sides of doors, beginning with inner surfaces. With panel doors, paint in this order: 1) recessed panels, 2) horizontal rails, 3) vertical stiles.

Assemble Furniture Yourself

Adding even one new piece of furniture, like a bookshelf, can help transform a room. To help eliminate some of the frustration that can come with following assembly instructions, follow these tips: • Set aside a work area that’s big enough for unpacking and maneuvering the preassembled pieces. • Spread out all the furniture pieces and hardware. Compare what you have with what’s listed in the instruction manual. Make sure you have everything before you start. • Be ready with the basic tools. Some furniture is simple enough that no tools are required, but more complex pieces will probably call for a hammer, screwdrivers, wrenches and maybe even a power drill.

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Install New Blinds

New blinds can help change the look of a room in no time. They also add privacy and can be an added form of insulation in the cooler months. • Take accurate measurements before you buy. Inside and outside mounted blinds are measured differently. You can find measuring guides online to help you get just the right fit. • Open the package carefully. Don’t use a razor blade or knife to open the boxes because you could accidently cut a cord. • Predrill pilot holes for screws to avoid splitting the work piece. Use a slower speed and moderate pressure. A steady and patient approach works best with wood, to avoid slipping and misaligning holes.

Add a Chair Rail

It’s the perfect way to create a new look in any room without the pain of painting the entire space. To determine how high the chair rail should be, divide the height of the ceiling by three. The general rule is that the chair rail should be about 1/3 of the way up from the floor (between 32 and 36 inches for an 8-foot ceiling). Following a cutline with a saw can be difficult, especially in poorly lit work areas. One tool that can make the job easier is a jigsaw. Using a jigsaw can be tricky when you first start out. Practice on a piece of scrap wood to avoid costly mistakes on the actual project and get you acquainted with using the saw and what to expect.

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he Stonebridge Medical & Cosmetic Centre opened its doors in July, 2009. The clinic offers laser hair removal (for receding and thinning hair for both men and women), scalp hair rejuvenation, laser skin rejuvenation, chemical peels, botox and fillers as well as skin care products for Acne, Rosacea and skin tightening. It also offers treatment for varicose and spider veins with both laser and sclerotherapy. With the highest quality lasers on the market they ensure the best results, and the most comfortable and pain-free experience for our clients. The doctors are knowledgeable and experienced, with all cosmetic techniques and are continually updating their skills. Consultation with the doctor is free. Schedules are flexible: they can work around your convenience for having any procedure done. Hours are from 9:00 to 7:30 Monday to Friday and 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday. Gift Certificates for Cosmetic procedures are also available. Check at the front desk.


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Renovating for fun or profit


omeowners undertake renovation projects for a variety of reasons, including a desire to make a home more aesthetically pleasing, luxurious, safe or environmentally friendly. Some are repairing damage (i.e., a flooded basement) and others are personalizing their space (i.e., adding a pool for the kids). Regardless of the primary reason for remodeling, there are some considerations for those who would like to renovate with a resale in mind. Studies indicate that many home renovations do increase the price of a home at the resale. This increase, however, is usually less than the total cost of the renovation. Nevertheless, bathroom and kitchen renovations seem to consistently top the list for a solid rate of return on your renovating investment. Improving your home’s energy efficiency (i.e., high efficiency windows) may also increase the appraised value of your home. Interior painting, landscaping and

updating lighting are other popular methods of improving a home and can bring a solid payback at selling time. Some home improvement projects that bring good returns are not necessarily time-consuming or expensive. Repainting your front door, for example, can bring life to your home’s exterior.

Home buyers often don’t appreciate how much money was invested in the infrastructure (i.e., wiring and plumbing) that they can’t see. On the other hand, some changes may add little to the resale price of your home. Installing a whirlpool tub, skylights or an in-ground swimming pool may even reduce your selling price. Think carefully before you renovate.

Colours make a punchy comeback


n the past Canadians have opted for comforting, warm neutrals like browns and beiges for paint colours in their homes. However, in 2010 we see the trend moving toward consumers choosing vibrant punchy colours to reflect their quest for a brighter future: colourful hues such as deep reds and rich purples, vivid blues, spicy burnt oranges, and unstoppable greens. Captivating these vocal colours by mixing them with pastel shades or sophisticated dark tones, next to complementing them with neutrals, will help to make a room look striking and elegant. Neutrals include blacks, browns and grays to help motivate and make a statement and add a touch of luxury to the space. Let the paint colour names intrigue you to express yourself. Take that favourite “sweater” or “pair of pumps” and throw it on the wall. Remember painting is the cheapest and most effective way to make the largest impact/change in a space and the most rewarding. Being fashionable doesn’t have to be costly when going with a good quality paint. Submitted by Brandy O’Brien, Blended Jive Paint & Décor Inc.

Simple steps to update your kitchen • Start by changing any cold and unstylish fluorescent tube lighting with more decorative chandeliers or flush-mount lighting to flood your kitchen with ambient light. Next, fill in shadowy areas – or highlight objects you admire – with spot lights, such as recessed cans or dangling pendant lamps. • Update your sink with a new functional and stylish faucet. This is the workhorse and focal point of your kitchen. • Organize your kitchen storage – purging any items that you haven’t used in years. Next, if you have room – add a kitchen island or additional cabinets to provide more storage and work room. • Add a backsplash and spruce up drab or dirty-looking kitchen walls near the sink or stove top.

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Recuping costs associated with a major addition can be problematic. Home buyers often don’t appreciate how much money was invested in the infrastructure (i.e., wiring and plumbing) that they can’t see. When planning renovations, it’s always wise to consider your neighbourhood. If you add features to your home that your neighbours already have (i.e., a deck), you may enjoy a higher recovery rate. Be careful that you don’t overinvest in your renovations, though. If your project will add value to your home that is too far above comparable homes on your street, you may not get the return for your investment. Plan to make changes that will appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers as possible. For example, a walk-in wine cellar might be a money-losing venture. A bedroom that can be converted to a home office may be a better bet. Invest in materials and changes to your

home that are up-to-date, but not faddish. Strive to create a décor that is modern and tasteful. Neutrals and less intense versions of popular colors are usually appealing to a wide range of potential buyers. Regardless of the type of renovation, poor workmanship will likely reduce the value of your home. Before you renovate, do your homework. Talk to friends who have renovated, consult professionals in the industry and look at magazines and books for ideas. Avoid costly mistakes and enjoy a strong rate of return on your home investment when it comes time to sell. Shannon Weber and her team at In Fine Order Real Estate Staging Services help prepare occupied homes for the market, provide staging consultations and offer rental furniture for vacant show homes. Contact them at 262-1912, or by visiting www.

Choices, choices, choices...


here are many choices when it comes to our most personal and largest asset. Our home reflects who we are from the street, the foyer or those lucky enough to come in out of the cold for warm conversation and food, the interior. Furniture, accessories, art and lighting are what take a house to a home. Clients are often overwhelmed with all the retail selection that exists here in Saskatoon. Shopping with a pro is fun, fast, efficient and economical! We can decorate it for you and your family or stage it to help potential buyers visualize living in your home. Many builders and homeowners find making all the finishing choices that come with building and/or renovating to be very frustrating. In as little as two to six hours you can see how the space functions and look at samples of counter tops and paint swatches that I bring to every consultation.

Then the shopping starts with you picking out any other materials that need to be chosen for your new space. Funktional Space, a Saskatoon based interior decorating business is owned by Chantelle Butterfield. Chantelle has been working with colour for over fifteen years, taking courses in Boston, C a l g a r y , Edmonton and SIAST with continued education on different design styles, including traditional, contemporary and modern. Chantelle was a professional kitchen designer for over five years before starting her own business three years ago with the main philosophy that everyone’s space is unique, personal and should be both attractive and functional. You can contact Funktional Space Interior Decorating at or 227-3008.

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The internet evolution


enealogy has undergone a massive transformation over the last few decades. Genealogists have made their way out of dark rooms full of microfilm readers. They have left behind the old stack of newspapers and the restrictions of office hours. They have given up sending out queries via regular mail. Today’s world is about technology that makes everything just a click away. More than 55 million hits will appear online by simply googling the word Genealogy. Getting to know what is out there will help you make the most of your online research. There are two types of website waiting for eager new genealogists, the ones that will rack up your credit cards and the ones that won’t. Many websites will lead you to believe they have the missing information you are looking for but a closer examination of their sources is always in order. Most websites will allow you to do a “free” search of their databases to entice you. If you spend some time poking around the website you can find the description or source of their information. This can determine if the locations, dates, and record types really match what you are looking for before you agree to spend any money.

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Many sites offer a wealth of information from historical records at no cost at all. Countless hours of volunteer time have gone into extraction, transcribing, and indexing these records which have found their way to the world wide web. This can generally save time and money for a researcher when they find this type of information online. Indexes can also allow a researcher to make connections faster than may have been possible when viewing the original records. Returning to the original is always advisable to ensure that the information located has been correctly extracted while making sure no additional information is missing. As the Internet moves rapidly forward, undergoing continuing makeovers, a new trend has developed in the digitization of records. Each digitized historical document makes it possible to access these records at any time from anywhere in the world. Combined with the indexing work, it opens up records that may not have been considered or were not accessible before. This trend not only sees these records continually making their way online, it has set the standard for newly released records to make their debut in a digitized format.

The leader in digitization is Quick facts from their website state they have four billion historical records, nearly one million worldwide subscribers, 11 million family trees and 1.1 billion profiles, and 22 million uploaded photos. They are the parent company behind free sites like Rootsweb, MyFamily, and The records are indexed, searchable, and the databases are always growing. Ancestry is a subscription site that allows you limited access to information at no charge. is working toward the digitization of 2.5 million reels of microfilm, the largest collection in the world. The indexers for this project are volunteers from around the world. Started in January 2006 with a few thousand volunteers, the project has over 100,000 volunteers who have transcribed 250 million records as of April 2009. Their scale may not be as large but the Library and Archives of Canada is another leader in providing free access to digitized records. They are currently working the Nation Archives in Ireland on the digitization of the 1901 and 1911 Ireland censuses. New images are being revealed online regularly because of the work they are doing. The

Re-think your concept of a makeover


hat comes to mind when you hear the term ‘makeover’? For me, it’s the major under-taking of a personal, physical makeover: new hairstyle, new wardrobe, new make-up, nail polish (who, me?), an exercise regimen and more. After

that, I think of a makeover of my living space, renovating or redecorating. All that could indeed be useful and fun. However, there are other areas of our lives that could use a bit of a makeover. Shake things up a bit. Here are some suggestions.

Canadian census from 1891 to 1911 and passenger ship lists are part of their larger digitized collection of online records. These leading websites are not the only places for great discoveries. As you surf the World Wide Web for new insight into your ancestors, be wary of sites that make grand promise of providing information after you pay grand fees. When it comes to spending your money to access a website, use your own discretion. The Internet is always changing and evolving in the ways in which the information is present and made available for researchers. Tammy Vallee is a Genealogical Speaker & Educator, and a Certified Saskatchewan and Aboriginal Researcher. She can be reached at

Upcoming Event Saskatoon Branch Open House & Genealogy Fair, Thursday, March 18, 7pm to 9pm at the Albert Community Centre, 3rd Floor Loft, 610 Clarence Avenue (an elevator is available). Bring your friends and come visit with other Saskatoon genealogists, ask questions and check out our library!

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Make over your psyche Give your spirits a boost. De-stress. Relaaax. Pray. Meditate. Walk. Doodle. Stare out the window. Visit the conservatory at the Mendel Art Gallery. No, not a quick walk-through. Take time to look closely at the flowers and other plants. Listen to the water. Sit for a bit and breathe in the fresh, moist air. In our dry, dry climate this can be very refreshing for your sinuses and nasal passages too. Make over your brain Try doing things with your non-dominant hand. Start with something simple like turning a light switch on and off or stirring the soup. Can you unlock a door using your other hand? Try putting the computer mouse on the opposite side. See how you do brushing your teeth. Read, or listen to, something that lets you really think. Ponder a deep issue. For this, you gotta love CBC. On TV, take in “The Passionate Eye”, “The Fifth Estate”, or “The Nature of Things”. You can find schedules – and even watch some programs - at www. On the radio, listen to “The Current” in the morning or “Ideas” in the evening. Michael Sandel is a philosophy professor at Harvard University. His course, Justice, is one of the most popular courses in Harvard’s history. I’ve been listening to a 12-part series

of his lectures on the internet. This consists of hour-long programs, each with two 30-minutes lectures. He presents difficult moral dilemmas, then asks us to examine our answers in the light of new scenarios. Check it out at: Elevate conversations Initiate a discussion about something profound rather than the weather or last night’s reality show. Make over your leisure time This might start by ensuring that you HAVE true leisure time, not just ‘time when I’m not at work’. You may have noticed that ‘time when I’m not at work’ ends up being doing the laundry and other chores. My husband’s former boss used to say, “Plan your play.” That’s good advice. If you don’t plan leisure activities, you may end up plunked in front of the TV yet again, eating chips. Abandon the computer and play a board game with the family. Some games we have enjoyed recently are Ticket to Ride, Carcasonne, Boggle, Settlers of Catan, and good ole’ Scrabble. If you have a hobby you probably already plan time to devote to it. Good for you! If there’s something you love to do and you don’t plan time for it, that’s your makeover project; now, go. Consider doing something different just for the sake of doing something different.



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The Comprehensive Business Plan


hether you are considering starting up a brand new business or planning an expansion to your existing business, you need to prepare a comprehensive business plan. A comprehensive business plan is a written document that describes the nature of the business, the business environment, the industry in which the business will operate, the businesses objectives, and how those objectives will be attained by further describing the business’s human resources, its marketing plan, as well as the operational and managerial functions. The plan should also include an analysis of historical financial data if applicable, as well as projections of the business’s expected future financial performance. The financial projections would typically include a threeyear estimate of the business’s future financial performance and would include a pro forma

Balance Sheet, Income Statement, and a Statement of Cash Flows.

• appendices (equipment description, equipment quotes, managerial experience, etc.).

A comprehensive business plan can be compiled using various formats. It typically includes: • executive summary • description of the business and the business environment • description of the industry and a market overview • description of the business’s opportunity and the business’s competitive advantage • overview of the business’s marketing strategy • overview of the business’s human resources strategy • description of the business’s operations • analysis of both historical and projected financial performance • conclusion

The comprehensive business plan is a living document, meaning that it should be revisited and adjusted accordingly. As the business changes it moves through the various stages of the business life cycle: planning, start-up, growth, maturity, and decline. The benefits of preparing the plan and the utilizations associated with the completed, up-to-date document, include, but are not limited to, the following: • determine the actual feasibility of the project • determine the start-up costs of the project • help to secure financing; • determine if the projected cash flows are sufficient to meet the expected operational requirements

• help to identify the business’s strengths and weaknesses • help to identify the business’s opportunities and threats • identify the market and determine how the business will compete within the market • clearly, identify and outline the businesses competitive advantage • define the business’s objectives • attain the business’s objectives. Clearly, a comprehensive business plan is an essential business tool that can help your business idea succeed. Take the time required to prepare a comprehensive business plan to support your idea and your investment. After all, it is your business! Darwin Collins is a Certified Management Accountant. He can be contacted at 249-5595 or by visiting

Take advantage of a recovering investment environment


t’s been an inter- consider taking these steps: esting couple of yearsServing in the finan• Reduce Individual Investors. Member CIPF. your exposure to aggressive investcial markets. In 2008, ments. Riskier, more aggressive investments • GICs • Mutual Funds we saw a big downturn, led the market rally that began last March. • Bonds • RRSPs Consequently, there may be less “upside followed by a strong Jim Rynn RRIFs potential” for these investments in the near rally• Stocks in 2009. What• can Financial Advisor we •expect in 2010?• Life In Insurance future. Review your portfolio carefully, posLawson Heights Mall, Mortgages Unit A-19, 134 Primrose Dr. general, the prognosis is sibly with the help of a professional financial • GICs • Mutual Funds Ph. 242-6625 • Bonds • RRSPs that doesn’t mean you can just sit good – but advisor, to help ensure you aren’t taking on Insurance Agent for Edward Jones Insurance Agency • Stocks Life• RRIFs back the returns roll in. However, too much risk. • Mortgages and • Lifewatch Insurance the right moves, you can put a nce Agent forby Edwardmaking Jones Insurance Agency positive investment environment to work for • Consider adding international investyou –and you may well be pleased with the ments. The current strength of the Canadian results. dollar gives you more “purchasing power” in Why is the outlook more favourable for the area of international stocks. While some investors? First, the economies of Canada, of your international investments should go the U.S. and other developed countries have to U.S. companies, you may also want to begun to grow again following a severe devote a sizable portion of your investment decline – and growth is even faster among dollars to overseas stocks, so you can potenmany developing countries that experienced a tially benefit from growth around the globe. slowdown but not a recession. Also, inflation Since stock markets don’t usually move in and interest rates remain low. Furthermore, unison, international investments can also we are seeing a rise in company profitability help you reduce the volatility in your port– a key driver of stock prices. folio. To counter some of the risks inherent To take advantage of the current situation, in international investing – such as currency and to help protect yourself against the inevi- fluctuations and political instability – mutual table “bumps in the road,” you may want to funds whose holdings include foreign invest-

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ments and whose managers are experienced in navigating the global investment scene. • Consider stocks with the potential for rising income. Because the more aggressive investments rose the fastest in the market rally, the less risky ones now appear to be attractively priced. These types of investments may include stocks with long track records of earnings growth and dividend increases. While this source of rising income can be especially valuable to you during your retirement years, it can be helpful at any time. Keep in mind, though, that companies may reduce or discontinue dividends at any time, without notice. • Boost your RRSP contributions. During the unsettled market environment of the past few years, many investors neglected their Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs). Now is a good time to increase your RRSP contributions. And within the context of your own risk tolerance, consider adding equities (stocks) to your RRSP because long-term equity returns historically have been higher than fixed-income or Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) rates. You’ve no doubt heard that “past performance can’t

guarantee future results,” and this is certainly true. Nonetheless, the equities in your RRSP can give you the best chance to achieve the growth you’ll need to help pay for your retirement, which could last two or three decades. By following these suggestions, you can help make 2010 a year of progress toward your important financial goals — so consider taking action soon. Edward Jones, Member Canadian Investor Protection Fund

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Celebrating together for 25 years


askatoon is known for its many festivals. One that has received less recognition is marking its 25th year, the annual Festival of Faith. The Silver Jubilee, titled “Celebrating Together” will take place on Sunday, March 14 at the house of worship where it first began, Third Avenue United Church. This local interfaith event is significant in many respects. It puts Saskatoon in the vanguard. Multi-faith festivals and activities are now common in scores of cities around the world. However, in 1985, when the first festival was held in Saskatoon, the only record of a prior festival of faith was a one-time event in San Francisco to celebrate an anniversary of the formation of the United Nations.

“Saskatoon’s festival owes its early and ongoing success, in large part, to Dr. David Kaplan, who has been associated with the festival from the very first to the present,” noted Ursula Wiig, U of S Chaplain. “He was the primary organizer and musical director for many years and has written original music for every festival.” “This coming festival will have two Kaplan compositions for combined choirs,” said Neil Schwartz, Cantor with Congregation Agudas Israel. “The choral song “Prayer for Peace,” from the very first festival, includes the word “peace” in many languages. His recent song, “Thank You for the World,” will be sung by combined children’s choirs, with “thank you” in many languages.” Kaplan’s contributions to music and using the universal language of music to build community in Saskatoon have earned him every citizen honour, from citizen of


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The festival was born when a local chapter of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews organized a celebratory event to include the diversity of spiritual traditions in the city.

The program also includes a Baha’i prayer chanted in Persian, a Buddhist chant and the Moslem call to prayer. Two of the choirs which sang in the first festival will be back for encores; Knox United Church choir and the Doukhobor choir, which sings in the rare and hauntingly beautiful “a cappella” tradition of their Russian ancestors. The festival was born when a local chapter of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews organized a celebratory event to include the diversity of spiritual traditions in the city. Out of that initiative, the organization, MultiFaith Saskatoon (MFS) came into being. MFS operates under the direction of an elected executive made up of members from a wide range of faith communities Find out how FORD BLIS can save and the festival is a you from drivers like this!!! central aspect of its programs.

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The relevance of the festival has grown. In Saskatoon, religious diversity is now increasing more rapidly than ever due to the current wave of immigration. While the celebration of multiculturalism is common, the religious dimension of pluralism is often shied away from due to its sensitive nature. The reality is that after race, religiously motivated attacks are the second most common form of hate and prejudice in the world today. And yet, education about religious diversity and the power of religion as a creative force is lacking. “Many people who attend the festival for the first time experience people of all faiths celebrating together and sharing a sacred dimension of their faith openly,” Wiig noted. “This helps everyone appreciate the common ethical ground of all faiths and the different but parallel forms of worship.” Saskatoon’s logo uses a spectrum of colours forming a star to represent the many cultures and enterprises of the city and the city’s aspirations to shine brightly, to excel, to glow with splendour. In similar fashion, light is a common image in all religions, symbolizing God, illumination, knowledge, purity and hope. It is increasingly being seen in communities that have embraced it, that interfaith collaboration releases the light of unity and reduces the darkness of fear and division. As Dr. Kaplan once said, “I like to think I’m a spiritual person. I like to be around others with faiths different from mine -- and they like to share it. It’s one way to keep evil down. We’re together and we get ‘er done.’’ The 25th festival begins at 2.30pm and is free and open to all.

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cats are often without licenses or microchips to aid in owner redemption. Animal welfare organizations strive to decrease these numbers, but they can’t do it without the help of the whole community.

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your home and stop on by. Oh, and we’ll tell Cirque du Soleil that he’s found his new gig. NOTE FROM SCAT STREET CAT RESCUE PROGRAM: Little George is willing to help with any makeovers in your life. His secret passion is room remodelling, checking out from all angles, particularly from the top of a china cabinet. Although this sounds fearful, Little George is the sweetest soul. He is like any youngster, full of curiosity and adventure. He just needs someone to make over his life with a lifetime of love, security and a great sense of humor and adventure. Call 955-7228 or check him, and other great candidates for adoption at www. Most are “normal” kitties with a little less adventuresome lives, but just as loving. Come and love them and they will love you forever!


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February 23 WHL - Chilliwack Bruins vs Saskatoon Blades

February 22 Tasting Rain by Kim Malchuk, Reading and signing.

February 26 WHL - Prince Albert Raiders vs Saskatoon Blades

February 24 Gift of Thanks by Margaret Visser, Signing. February 25 Travel CUTS - Backpacking Europe free information session.

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February 21 Celebration of Chinese New Year Acrobat & Folk Arts Show - Art Troupe from China March 6 Just for Laughs - Jeremy Hotz

March 6 & 7 Michael Kaeshammer with Sierra Noble March 8 Queen - It’s Kind of Magic March 11 Jesse Cook March 13 SSO Master Series 4 - The Power of Song

April 7 Franklin the Turtle and the Adventures of the Noble Knights

March 8 Megadeth with Exodus, and Testament Prairieland Park

March 28 Tim McGraw with Lady Antebellum, and The Lost Trailers

April 10 SSO Master Series 5 - Let the Trumpets Sound April 13 Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang


March 10 Twilight Hotel The Hayloft

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March 11 The Commitments Dakota Dunes Casino

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March 13 Sydney Edwards Trio Prairie Ink Restaurant

February 20 WHL - Brandon Wheat Kings vs Saskatoon Blades

March 4 Monthly Poetry Discussion Group

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March 19 Billy Talent with Against Me!, Alexisonfire, and Cancer Bats

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February 27 Basi Bulat with Katie Stelmanis Amigos Cantina

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February 27 Mad Hatter Tea Party, Wear your most outrageous hat, and join us for fun and games upstairs in the Kids Bookstore.

February break program For kids... Superhero Day Save the Library from villainous fiends. Superhero day takes place at the Rusty MacDonald Branch on Feb 16 from 4-5pm. For ages six to ten. Space is limited. To register call 975-7600. Winter Games Puppet Extravaganza Celebrate the Winter Games with Tacky, the puppet penguin. No registration required. Children under five must be accompanied by an adult. Visit to check performance schedule. Willow Furniture Making Demo For ages 13 and up. Learn how to get started on this satisfying pastime. To register call 975-7592 for Carlyle King Branch or 975-7590 for J.S. Wood Branch. Feb 22, 7pm (Carlyle King) Feb 25, 7pm (J.S. Wood)

MCNALLY ROBINSON February 18 Mary Harelkin Bishop Launching Moving Forward: Journey of Paralympian Colette Bourgonje February 21 - 27 Freedom to Read Week: Pick up a book that has been challenged and see what all the fuss is about. Freedom to Read Photo Contest: McNally Robinson is running a contest for all local photographers. Submit a photo celebrating the theme by February 18. For more info call 955-3599.

February 15 - 19 February Break at Beaver Creek Conservation Area Enjoy outdoor and indoor events every day at Beaver Creek, 10am - 4pm. Pioneer Games and Crafts All February break join us for pioneer games and crafts every day, 2pm. February 28 Paper Making Learn all about the art of paper making, 2pm. Cost $2.

MENDEL ART GALLERY February 21 Transforming Masks: Create a mask that changes before your eyes, 2-4pm February 28 Artist Trading Cards: Make and trade your own artist trading cards, 2-4pm March 7

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May 9 Victorian Mothers’ Day Tea, 2-4pm. Celebrate Mothers’ Day by returning to Victorian times with Victorian entertainments. Costumes welcome. Admission by donation. June 20 Father’s Day Open House, 2-4pm The historic Marr house and grounds are the place to bring dad on Father’s Day. Enjoy refreshments and displays provided by various hobbyists and discover the origins of this relatively modern celebration. Admission by donation.

PERSEPHONE THEATRE February 4 to 21 Bannock Republic Find out what yoga, residential schools and the missing thirteenth floors have in common in the new comedy Bannock Republic. March 3 to 17 Billy Bishop Goes to War Follow Canadian World War I flying ace Billy Bishop on his feats of daring, and into the trenches as he struggles to reconcile the ecstasy of flying with the horrors of war. March 25 to April 4 The Drowning Girls Bessie, married 2 years drowned in bath, Alice married six weeks drowned in bath, Margaret married one day drowned in bath. George Joseph Smith “the brides in the bath murderer” was brought to justice by Scotland Yard in 1915, but how does a man convince three women to take out life insurance policies and marry him within days of meeting him? April 28 to May 16 The Full Monty Chippendale-like strippers who just left town, six unemployed steel workers decide to put on their own show and to ensure success they’ll take it one step further and do “the full monty.”

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hether you think folk healing is a divine blessing or a dangerous superstition, you have to wonder how Jacqueline Moore has the nerve to entitle a book: The Saskatchewan Secret. Let me declare my stance: I am neither a skeptic nor a believer. I am squarely on the fence about natural healing or faith quackery, and very comfortable up there. As someone entranced more by language, it is fascinating to me that the words you choose to describe this phenomenon, or phenomena, force you to choose sides. Regardless of the camp you’re in, the book earns its title. The 13 individuals Ms. Moore has gone to great lengths to seek out, personally visit and, not just interview, but get to know, have “touched,” or been in touch with (depending on which side you’re on) thousands of people, both inside and outside the province, yet most of us have heard little or nothing about them. They were in fact a secret before Moore brought them to our The Saskatchewan attention. Secret: Folk Healers, The book is, on the whole, a very Diviners, and Mystics of good read. The book had to be writthe Prairies ten as creative non-fiction to receive By Jacqueline Moore Saskatchewan Arts Board funding, and Published by Benchmark that’s good because a journalist’s cold Press rendering of the facts, with invasive $19.95 ISBN 978-0-9813243-2-6 interviews, simply would not have done the job. By putting herself in her narrative, we view this eclectic cast of characters through the protagonist of Jacqueline Moore herself. She becomes the thread we can rely on in the narrative as we meet a strange mix of folk healers, diviners, mystics, mediums, palm readers, herbalists of the paranormal kind, all religious or quasi-religious. Oh, and one of the Light People, “members of an ancient people that came from the stars to populate Earth.” As I said, it makes for good read whether you buy into it or not. Still, you cannot argue with the authenticity of Moore’s personal story. The 13 pictures that start each chapter are washed out or overexposed, and the overall production is a little weak. The writing, fortunately, is not. Moore can certainly tell a story. Each chapter is full of anecdotes told in vivid detail. You clearly see all the Saskatchewan settings where these people live. You can almost breathe the sweet grass, sweat and herbal tea. All of these spiritual healers rely on faith and intentionality in the person to be healed. Each proceeds through a different method, but, as diverse as they are, there are similarities. They can only help those who want help. They prefer or even insist on not being paid, at least not directly as “fee per service,” although they may accept contributions. They all rely on a higher power. Touching, or using the hands, is standard. All feel they have a gift that must be shared. There is the former boxer, now elderly, who manipulates bones and fixes injuries. There is the Métis mystic and herbalist who couldn’t write a book about plants because “it’s not only the plant…it’s like me and the plant and the Creator.” Some can read your problems almost instantly by looking at the way you walk and your aura, advising this or that type of lifestyle change, which in itself has to be accepted even by skeptics. These people are trained in reading people; their insight, perception and sensitivity are obviously well developed. This much has to be acknowledged. The palm readers do state remarkable facts, but they advise more than anything. Both of them say that we can adapt the fate that’s written in our hand. You also have the diviner, the medium, the ceromancer and the spirit guide. Moore has also managed to arrange the whole book with a view to telling her own story. We journey with her as she learns about patterns in her life that each of these paranormal individuals uniformly repeat and fill out, culminating in the revelation and dispersal, if you will, of her greatest spiritual trauma, the sudden death of her father when she was 23. She becomes a kind of healer herself, at the very least a healer of herself, in the journey. If you want to know more about your province, regardless of your opinion, I strongly recommend this book. In my view, you will learn more about our province from this book than any potash statistics or historical summaries. You will learn about its rich cultural diversity, and, dare I say, its soul.

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Sports & Travel Administration Centre seemed very happy that we were out. Secondly, there are no snow machines allowed, no motors to rip into the sounds the woods make when you stop and listen for awhile. And, finally, the trail into Crean Kitchen, a campsite just past the Heart Lakes, is a fairly flat ten-kilometer stretch, groomed for skate-skiing and classic crosscountry. We weren’t climbing mountains and skirting patches of thin ice. It was a low-risk,


fter moving to Prince Albert, I found one of the greatest things about living there is the proximity to the lakes. I use the term ‘lakes’ generally because there’s no real way to be specific about them. We have lakes near here. If you ask around, you’ll hear a lot about them in all their seasonal glories. Personally, I’m a fan of those lakes that allow for less motorized action and more serenity. Recently, I joined the Saskatoon Snowshoe Club on a trek to Crean Lake, the biggest body of water in Prince Albert National Park. I’m not used to winter camping. My wife thinks it’s crazy, so it’s not something we do a lot. However, the crew that was going was excited, experienced, and prepared. I felt quite comfy with my borrowed sled and my rope harness. For me, the Park has always been a welcoming, adventurous place. The first, and biggest, advantage to winter camping in the Park is that someone knows you’re there. In fact, as we registered for camping, the woman at the Park’s

out. We were worried about rain, but all we got was a light sprinkling of snow. It was otherwise hovering around -1 degree and that was actually too warm. After all, we weren’t wearing T-shirts! We arrived at the Crean warden’s cabin in just over three hours, sooner than I’d expected. The pleasant conversation along the way smoothed the more difficult parts of the hike into something less onerous. We stepped out of the trees and onto

to wolves call each other from opposite ends of the lake, while the water boom-cracked like a heartbeat less than forty feet from our door. It was wondrous indeed. As we headed out late the next morning, the skies had cleared and a bright sun flooded the lake with light. It had cooled right down. The trees sparkled, the air was filled with ice crystals. Back on the trail, I found myself a little ahead of the others and stopped for a rest.

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high-fun venture that ended on big frozen water, a kitchen shelter belching smoke upon our arrival. And it was beautiful. The skies had been gray during our hike

one of the biggest expanses of frozen water I’ve ever seen. The lake stretched out into the distance, huge and flat and frozen, the mist curling from its far edges obscuring the horizon. We unloaded our gear, dried off in the shelter, and then got to the business of setting up our tent. This trip held a lot of new experiences for me: I’d never set up a hot tent (that is, a canvas tent with a wood stove in it, something we’d hauled all the way there). I’d never chopped a hole in the ice with a short-handled axe, never snow-shoed in the dark, hoping for the stars to come out. I’d never lain in a dark tent at some unknown hour of the morning, listening

And that’s where I remembered it. The big IT, the reason why I had missed this kind of experience so much. There was no noise around me, no noise within me. There were only the woods and my breathing. Heading off again, I felt euphoric. I knew the feeling wouldn’t last, couldn’t last, and that thought made the feeling all the sweeter. Anything lay within my abilities, and it was enough to move on down the trail. It’s the kind of memory I’ll call on when things aren’t peaceful or quiet, the kind of memory that reminds me of what is most essential: breathing, listening, and looking around me in wonder.


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f your hair now lacks luster and your skin is grey and dull, there is one word for you: Water! Water is an age-old therapy with the power to purify, balance, and restore health. Steam baths with eucalyptus can help maintain the health of the lungs and combat colds while the steam detoxifies and helps the body regain its natural moisture balance. You can achieve similar benefits for your face by steaming over a bowl of hot, eucalyptus–infused water. How? Hydrating at-home steam: • Fill a serving-sized bowl with steaming water • Add several drops of pure essential oil • Place your face over the bowl and use a thin dish towel over your head, draped around the bowl to retain the steam • Breathe the steam in for 3-5 minutes, allowing your skin to become wet with steam and sweat

• Drink a glass of cool water to further benefit from its hydrating rewards For a quick hydrating fix, carry a spray bottle of water and spritz your face and skin several times daily with a thin mist Winter weather Winter can be tough on your body, skin and hair. Runners know how tough it is to brave the cold and get outside for a run. But worry not, here is a tip to help overcome winter’s chilly clutch! A simple at-home cure can combat the winter blues--and create your own mini-spa! Using items you already have at home you can create a relaxing experience with very little effort. At-home mini-spa recipe: • Fill your tub with hot water • Add a cup of Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate has been shown to exfoliate and soften skin, ease stress and increase energy) • Add a few drops of your favourite essential

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Blonde hair: banana hair moisture masque: Follow the same directions as with the Avocado Masque but choose bananas for blondes. Why? Avocados are green and possibly can stain blonde hair. Bananas are naturally extremely moisturizing. Winter’s dry and cold weather can cause hair to split and break. And don’t forget the hair on your face! It’s time to take eyelash breakage seriously, as winter’s wrath can wreak havoc on lash elasticity, breaking into short, sparse lashes. Skin Basic Eyelash/Eyebrow Repair Treatment: • Use a clean mascara brush dipped in pure almond oil and saturate your lashes each night. The almond oil is known to repair dry hair and return it to its healthy, supple state. Sage lash conditioner: • 1 cup filtered water • 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil • 2 cups fresh sage leaves or 1 cup dried sage • Boil 1 cup filtered water with 1 cup dried sage (or 2 cups fresh sage leaves), simmer for 15 minutes • Cool and strain the water into a sterile jar • Pour the room temperature sage-infused water into a pretty jar with a top • Add 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil • Dip a clean mascara brush into the mix and brush your lashes. Save the rest for daily use. Dr. Michele Kralkay, DNM RHN is a complementary medical practitioner, health consultant, lecturer and author. She is certified in many healing modalities. Contact her at or call 477-4480.

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he modern Olympics showcases one city every two years, since the summer Olympics and winter Olympics occur every four years, but offset each other so that there is always a two-year delay. China was keenly aware of that when it hosted the summer Olympics in 2008. It’s as if 1.4 billion people staked their entire reputation on one event. The country was eager to show the world that it was modern in every way, and able to do anything any other country could do, and with style. Now we have Vancouver. Canadians may take it a little more in stride, having already hosted the winter Olympics in Calgary in 1988 and the summer Olympics in Montreal in 1976. Whatever else you think about it, the Olympics does focus the world’s attention, for a couple of weeks, on one city and its environs. And what is Vancouver doing about it? Besides hosting the marquee sporting events, it hosts an international venue that spotlights culture and entertainment

from every province. A truly outstanding way Vancouver is rewriting the Olympic standard is its “Cultural Olympiad.”

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Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad is a celebration of the contemporary imagination. A series of three multi-disciplinary festivals has grown in scope and scale from 2008 through 2010, this is the first time an Olympic Winter Games has hosted a Cultural Olympiad two years before Games time. From artistic collaborations that fuse contrasting perspectives to emerging talents re-inventing the voice of contemporary Canada, the Cultural Olympiad has something for everyone. Working in close partnership with the creative community, this amazing showcase of Canadian and international arts and popular culture will feature an unparalleled variety of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film, outdoor spectaculars and digital media experiences, as remarkable and diverse as the planet itself.

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The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics will be a breathtaking and memorable time for everyone involved. As it brings together our top athletes and entertainers, all eyes are on Vancouver.

And did you know that there are no less than 18 Saskatchewan performers! Check it out at The artists performing at Saskatchewan’s Pavilion are in addition to those taking part in the Cultural Olympiad, the 2010 Winter Games’ signature arts and cultural event.

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Who are these artists? Well, Andrea Menard for one. This singer, actor and writer is becoming an ever-more eclectic In this issue, the Neighbourhood Express also focuses creative force. Then there’s Brad Johner, on three of the performers who will be there: The Deep one of Saskatchewan’s most awarded and Dark Woods, Megan Lane, and Ultimate Power Duo. respected artists on the national stage, having enjoyed over two decades of sucOther Saskatchewan performers taking part are: Def cess as both a group and solo artist. 3, a Regina-based emcee whose work has paved the way for the province’s Hip Hop scene; Donny Parenteau; Jack Semple, who acted as the Saskatchewan Pavilion’s Music Director since September, 2009, and The Free Style Boogie Band; Jason Plumb, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for the Regina pop group, The Waltons; Jordan Cook; Kyle Riabko; La Raquette à Claquettes, with their tasty blend of warm vocals, swinging reels, spicy humour and savory stories; Library Voices, a ten piece pop collective from Regina; Mobadass; Regina Riot; a premiere dixieland group; Skavenjah; True Jive Pluckers, a trio; and Whitefish Jrs, a Cree Group from the Big River Band located near Prince Albert. Saskatchewan Day is February 23, 2010. Vancouver has become the centre of Canada for these next few weeks. Sports are the main dish, but like any banquet, there is more to it than the main dish. Let there be music!

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Much ‘ado about wrinkles


un exposure, smoking, poor nutrition and the inevitable, aging, are all causes of skin wrinkling. We know what causes wrinkles but what if they’ve already appeared. Today there is an array of treatments available to combat the dreaded wrinkle. From drug store creams and serums to surgery and everything in between. It’s the “in between” that is capturing much attention. Non-surgical treatments that produce dramatic results are all the rage. More costly than the basic facial but not nearly as costly as surgery, these alternatives are worth investigating. Many treatments can be provided by an esthetician, others must be administered by a doctor or under a doctor’s direction in a medi-spa or clinic.

Collagen production is stimulated plumping the skin and reducing wrinkles. Usually done in a series of treatments. Little or no redness occurs.

Below is a list of treatments beginning with the least invasive. The first four are often done at the spa by an esthetician.

• IPL. Intense pulsed light heats the skin to promote collagen synthesis and visibly firm skin. No down time.

• Light peel or lunchtime peel. Glycolic acid (20-35%), lactic acid, enzyme peels or Jessner’s solution (1-3 coats) are applied to the skin and left on for one to several minutes. Dry surface skin cells slough off over the next few days, revealing fresh skin.

Now let’s look at the more invasive non-surgical procedures. Some of these require sedation and healing time including pain medication. These are medical clinic treatments directed or administered by a doctor.

• Microdermabrasion. It mechanically removes dry skin cells by blasting fine crystals onto the skin and vacuuming them off. The results are similar to glycolic peel. More than one treatment is recommended. • Microcurrent facial. A small current is applied to facial muscles stimulating and toning them. Since facial muscles are attached to the skin, when the muscle is toned the skin is lifted, reducing wrinkles. It also stimulates collagen and elastin production. It can be done in a series of treatments.

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hat is the best beauty treatment on the market?? You guessed it - Sleep! There is no better beauty treatment than a night of rest and rejuvenation. We all look and feel our best when we have had a good night’s sleep. Quality sleep is as important as nutrition and exercise in maintaining overall health. A good sleep does the following. (1) Repairs the physical body to improve and maintain good health (2) Strengthens learning and memory (3) Revitalizes you psychologically to maintain emotional balance and well-being. Without Enough ZZZZs: We do not function well with prolonged inadequate sleep. People become more accident-prone, are less productive, experience increased fatigue, and suffer health problems. Recent studies show that sleep deprivation actually speeds up physical aging. The state of deep sleep activates growth hormones that restore skin’s elasticity, helping smooth wrinkles and strengthen hair and nails. Lack of sleep also can contribute to weight gain. New studies have shown that people who get more rest are able to maintain their weight or lose weight, as compared to those who are sleep deprived. Barriers to Good Sleep: Sleep disorders can affect anyone. There are many reasons why we don’t get a good sleep! Here is a list of possible barriers that may be affecting your sleep: (1) Sleep Apnea: Sleep apnea is a cessation of air through the mouth and/or nose during sleep. It is a common sleep disorder among people. It is often accompanied by snoring. (2) Bladder problems: Many people have interrupted sleep due to frequent trips to the bathroom during the night. (3) Depression/Emotional Issues: Often people are unable to fall asleep or may wake up worrying. Stress and anxiety can cause insomnia or prevent you from staying asleep. (4) Pain/Restless Limb Syndrome/ Spasticity/Cramping: Spasms, cramping and pain can prevent people from getting good sleep. (5) Medication Side Effects: Unfortunately, some people take medications that have side

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• Medium or deep peel. 50% glycolic acid, phenol acid, TCA (trichloroacetic acid), Jessner’s solution (4-10 coats) are some chemicals used to cause complete shedding of the epidermis, allowing it to regenerate. Healing time may take weeks.

creases. Marketed under the names Juviderm, Restylane, Perlane and Teosyal, these products last up to a year. Factors such as age and the area treated determine how often touchups are needed. Some bruising may occur at the injection site.

• Dermabrasion. A surgical procedure in which the epidermis is “sanded” or “planed” off allowing new skin to replace the wrinkled or scarred skin. Anesthesia of some type is necessary.

• Botox. A brand name for botulinium toxin: an injectable purified protein. Safe and effective, this popular treatment is designed to interfere with the contraction of facial muscles. It smoothes wrinkles resulting from repeated facial expressions such as raising the eyebrows or scowling, and is effective for four months or more. Bruising may occur.

• Laser resurfacing. In the form of CO2 or erbium laser, this type of laser gives similar results to dermabrasion. The patient is sedated. Healing time may take weeks or months. • Fractional resurfacing. These new lasers do not treat the entire skin surface but evenly spaced spots to reduce downtime. Multiple treatments may be needed. • Heat and radiofrequency. Infrared heat and radiofrequency devices are used to stimulate collagen and elastin production. • Fillers. Injected into the wrinkle, hyaluronic acid binds with water in the skin to fill in

effects that can interfere with sleep.

Tips for a Good Sleep! Experts recommend good sleep hygiene. Good sleep hygiene includes: (1) Create a sleeping environment that promotes good sleep. Make sure the bedroom is dark, quiet and cool. And make sure your bed, pillow and bed covers are comfortable. Use the bedroom for sleep and sex only--keep cell phones, computers and televisions out. (2) Create a routine before you go to bed each night to signal to your body that it’s time for sleep. This can be something as simple as having a small glass of milk or writing in a journal. (3) Avoid caffeine, alcohol and tobacco in the late afternoon and evening. These things can keep stop you from falling asleep or wake you up frequently during the night. (4) Avoid eating a big meal just before bed. However, eating a small snack before going to bed may help promote sleep. (5) Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. This routine will promote good sleep. (6) Exercise daily at the time that works best for you. Some people find that if they exercise in the late afternoon or early evening, it keeps them awake, but others prefer to exercise closer to bedtime because they say it relaxes them and helps promote sleep. It’s important to listen to your own body. (7) Avoid taking naps that are too long, no

Leondra King is a certified esthetician, IPL technician and educator. She can be contacted at Laser and Wellness Centre or visit www.

treated with medication and counseling. People suffering from suspected sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome or any other sleep disorder should consult your health care provider about possible treatments. (10) If you’ve been in bed for 20 minutes and haven’t been able to fall asleep, get up, go into another room, and do something quiet like reading. After about 20 minutes, go back to bed. Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

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Naptime?: The idea that people need to sleep eight uninterrupted hours a night is a modern myth. If we know it’s natural to awaken several times a night, we don’t have to suffer anxiety when we do. Often, it’s the fretting about not sleeping that keeps us awake. Approximately one-third of our lives are spent sleeping. The average adult sleeps seven to eight-and-half hours per night. Many people require more sleep; some people require less sleep. Evidence suggests we need to sleep nine hours a day — but not all at once and not all at night. If you have the opportunity to nap during the day, even for just 20 minutes, it is suggested that you do — just limit it to 90 minutes to avoid waking up groggy or tapping into your nighttime sleep.

During a consultation your doctor, medi-spa technician or esthetician will be able to provide more information on available treatments and their cost to determine which treatment is best for you. Sometimes a combination of treatments may be beneficial.

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3 Preparation When you think about it, you will realize that most of your greatest accomplishments have been a result of hard work. Successful people know the 4 P Rule: “Poor Planning leads to Pretty Poor results.” This stage is often overlooked. Many people go through the pre-contemplation to the contemplation stage, then immediately take some action.

Identifying and understanding these stages in your life will help you be successful in moving through the changes you want and improve your focus to set and achieve goals in your new wellness adventure. Barb Maduck operates Partners in Fitness and Weight Management Studio, 1111-8th Street East in Saskatoon. She can be contacted at 979-7496.

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Chinese Proverb: “You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.”

You will know when you have reached the termination stage when you no longer feel tempted to resume your old, unhealthy behaviours. Situations that would have been a problem in the past no longer threaten you.


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You acknowledge that you want to start exercising or change your eating habits because you are not happy with your present lifestyle. In this stage you have made a vague commitment to change sometime in the future. You are aware of the problem but do not focus on the solution. Most of us live in the contemplation stage from day to day, week to week, month to month.


With hair colour, small changes can make a big impact. Be sure to remember the importance of brightening your look, complementing your skin tone, and the maintenance that your new colour will require. Changing your colour does not have to be a big commitment. Just make sure you have a stylist you trust and come ready with plenty of inspiration.

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• Be honest. Your stylist will inquire about your colour history. Be honest with them. Even a colour you had two years ago may be relevant in deciding what formula they choose to use. Knowing the history of your hair will allow your stylist to customize the colour to counter act any underlying pigments or uneven porosity.

This stage may last for months or years. The maintenance stage requires intense patience and perseverance. Conscious effort must be made to maintain a healthy lifestyle.


• Believe in your stylist. They are the professionals and will customize a formula that works with your skin tone and the condition of your hair. If your hair is dry and damaged, a bright vibrant red is not going to be the most flattering. The canvas your stylist is starting with will determine the colour that is achievable for you.

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For the most flattering results, stick within two shades lighter or darker than your natural colour or the colour you were as a toddler. Staying within this range will keep your colour looking natural. The younger generations do not have to play it so safe. Younger skin is a lot more forgiving so you can be a little more daring and drastic and go for a drastic shade or contrasting low lights. However, keep in mind that drastic colour changes should always be done by a professional, otherwise it can look sloppy. After age 30 paying attention to skin tone becomes a lot more important. As a rule, if your skin tone is warm, stick with warmer shades while cooler skin should stick with cooler shades of colour. A colour should always brighten your face. Skin tones will be emphasized by certain colours or made to look dull by others. Baby boomer generations should focus on adding back a little more warmth. This is the

• Bring pictures with you. Pictures will ease communication and help you to explain what you like and do not like. The more you and your stylist can communicate the better result you are likely to get.

In this stage, you may not acknowledge a problem, and have little or no intention of change. If you find yourself fitting into this stage, some suggestions I have are: • Talk to friends or family members who have made lifestyle changes • Read a book on people who have changed their exercise or eating habits • Subscribe to a health and fitness magazine • Have a medical exam


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Whatever colour change you choose to make, keep in mind a few simple things.

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The action stage requires the most time and energy, both physical and mental. This phase can be filled with mixed emotions. For example, you will be excited as you experience feelings of success after completing a workout but you may feel frustrated by the distractions that make it hard to stay focused on your plan.


The hottest colours in 2010 will embrace all shades, whether blonde, red, or brunette. Blondes will be very blonde with blue or violet undertones—think platinum. Any shade of blonde works. Just make sure it is never brassy or yellow looking. Red heads will be sophisticated but playful, with deep red tones, magenta, and purples accented with coppers and golds. Brunettes will have an all-over cooler base with fewer red undertones. As for highlights they will be either tone on tone and blended, or strategically placed for high impact (NEVER chunky). Just make sure the result looks soft, shiny, and multi-dimensional.


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time when hair starts to become dull and flat in appearance. Brighter high lights around the face can really freshen up and soften your look. Try and stay away from ashy tones and contrasting colors. Dark tones can be very harsh and severe looking. Choosing soft warm colors will be the most flattering.

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aking changes to your hair colour is a great way to update your look. The commitment is not as drastic as getting a complete style change or losing all your length. A colour that compliments your own look and skin tone will always be in style. Using current trends to inspire subtle changes in your look is what it is all about. But sometimes we are ready for that all-out drastic change. If you are not sure what you want, wait, and do a little more searching for inspiration. Making impulsive decisions while you are in your stylist’s chair is almost always a bad idea. Just be sure not to change for the sake of change.


These actions may not produce the results hoped for, then failure feedback discourages them. Those who have been successful at permanently changing their eating and exercise habits have taken the time to plan exactly how they were going to accomplish their goals.

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2010 hair colour will be subdued and blended for a soft finished look and will continue to be more on the natural end of the spectrum.

t is important to understand that change is a process. There are six trans-theoretical stages to change—any change in life. I’m talking about changes you want to make in your life, self-generated change. Whether one is considering a job change or committing to a wellness program, to ensure success it is important to recognize your present state in order to move forward. Here are the six transtheoretical stages for change to help assist you with success for your new adventure.

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Ultimate Power Duo is a local band that is getting the amazing opportunity to play at the Olympics. Their “Quest for Olympic Gold” concert was held at Lydia’s Pub on February 13th, but the real treat for the band will be performing to masses in Vancouver. Photo submitted

The Neighbourhood Express recently caught up with Scott, from Ultimate Power Duo to ask him about what it means to be representing Saskatchewan at the Olympics.

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Neighborhood Express: How would you describe your music? Scott from Ultimate Power Duo: A strange mix of ideas, themes and sounds which come together to form what we call Demolition Rock.” NE: What is Demolition Rock? Scott: Demolition Rock is loud, sweaty in your face fun with a varying mix of punk rock n roll and hard rock. We try to play riffs that inspire us, and the lyrics usually have more depth than people realize. Sometimes our songs are inspired by anything from news headlines to comic books, to fact and fiction robots, space and everything in between. Sprinkle in a few smashed guitars and there you have Demolition Rock.”

NE: Playing at the Olympics is an amazing opportunity, how did this opportunity come about? Scott: It really hasn’t really sunk in yet, I mean on one hand it is just another gig, then we realize where we are playing ... the Olympics - the biggest gig in the world. As with everything we do it is a mix of luck, hard work and putting ourselves out there. To be considered to play there you had to sign up on the Vanoc (Vancouver Olympic Committee) website, I just by chance happened to come across the website and found the application there. The Vanoc people had a couple shows that they wanted a fun punk band for, the person that chose us had seen us perform a couple times at the WCMA’s

(Western Canadian Music Awards) a few years ago, and knew what we were about and that we’re a pretty good time. So that person pushed for us and we ended up getting the gig. I think getting the Vanoc gig helped us get the Sask Pavilion show and it just snow balled from there. The thing I think is the coolest is that we don’t have a manager or agent and that we did this all on our own, being persistent and aggressive has paid off.” NE: What can people expect to happen next for UPD? Scott: Well, we’ve got a few things on the go; Saved by Vinyl from Calgary is putting out a 12-inch vinyl called Maximum UPD. This has a bunch of songs that we haven’t

released before, they are from our earlier EP’s that we put out plus a couple themes songs we did for the Comic Chat and Under the Radar and a couple live tracks that we recorded for CBC sessions. I am pretty excited to have our own vinyl, plus Cate Francis made the most amazing album cover ever. On top of that we are writing songs for our next album. We are also doing a double space concept album which we decided to do years ago and have been slowly putting it together. We received a grant from the SK Arts Board to complete it, but then we got sidetracked by the Olympics. After the Olympics we are going to just focus on finishing it.

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hen you think about the soundtrack for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, The Deep Dark Woods are probably not the first band to come to mind. The Saskatoon band’s somber and heartfelt brand of roots folk music is not exactly the kind of ampedup patriotic fanfare usually associated with Olympics. But when choosing the bands to represent Saskatchewan in Vancouver come February 12th, how could organizers resist. The Deep Dark Woods are arguably one of Saskatchewan’s most successful bands of the last couple years. They have become a staple on CBC national radio, have toured North America, and have been instrumental in a folk revival in this country. Their 2009 album Winter Hours was produced by legendary Canadian producer Steve Dawson, and won the WCMA for roots recording of the year. Ryan T. Boldt, the singer and guitarist for the group, says he’s excited that they were selected to play in Vancouver. “I’m pumped,” he said in an over the phone interview from his new home in Mortlach, Saskatchewan. He does admit that he was a little surprised when he heard the news, admitting

The Deep Dark Woods are “kind of weird music to play at the Olympics.” Nonetheless, Boldt says the band is thankful for the opportunity to play in front of such a large national and international audience. “It will be great because we will probably play to a whole other audience than we already do,” he says. “And everyone seems to like it. I think people will enjoy themselves.” Their music is accessible. Many of their tunes could easily be mistaken for rare folk gems from a forgotten decade. And despite it’s sometimes solemn tone, there is a warmth and intimacy to their live show that is undeniable. Boldt’s lyrics are often plainly beautiful, evoking the experience of the everyday minutia of life with songs like, “All the Money I Had Is Gone.” Their music often congers up images of the places they are from—bring to mind the loneliness of the prairies and harsh SK winters. But Boldt is hesitant to claim that their music is somehow emblematic of SK. He believes the unique sound of the Deep Dark Woods will resonate with the rest of Canada as well. “I’m proud to be from Saskatchewan, but I hope it can represent more than just SK,” he says. Boldt splits lead and rhythm guitar duties for the band with Burke Barlow, while the he rhythm section is rounded out by C. S. Mason on bass and Lucas Goetz on drums. Mason and Goetz also provide the gorgeous harmonies that have become one of the band’s defining characteristics. After the Olympics, the band is headed south of the border to tour Portland and Seattle before returning to SK to record their fourth full-length album sometime in the summer.


egan Lane is no stranger to Saskatchewan music fans. She released her first album when she was 16 years old, and since then has gained a reputation as one of the province’s most popular touring acts. Her music is a diverse brand of blues-rock, soul and jazz, but don’t let that fool you, Lane has developed a song-writing style all her own. She has toured across Canada along with her bandmates Kyle Krysa (drums) and Gent Laird (bass), playing festivals and clubs from Vancouver to Toronto. They are currently touring her latest album Bow and Drill the Spark (2009), and along the way, the band is making a stop in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic Games to perform at the Saskatchewan Pavilion. Neighborhood Express sat down with Lane to ask her what an opportunity like this means for the experienced musician. Neighborhood Express: What was your first reaction when you heard you were going to perform at the Olympics? Megan Lane: I was jumping up and

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down, repeating the word ‘yes’ over and over again. It’s a huge international event, and it’s such an honor to be invited to represent the Saskatchewan arts. NE: What are you most excited about? Lane: The international mix of people is going to be unlike any other audience we’ve ever performed for. My crowds have always been diverse, and I strive on bringing different groups of people together through my music. This is the most exciting thing for us. NE: How does it feel to representing Saskatchewan to the world? Lane: Being that I frequently tour all throughout Canada, I feel I can say that we have a very strong music scene here [in Saskatchewan]. It’s time that it’s recognized, and we’re going to put on a show that puts Saskatchewan on the musical map. It feels amazing to have the province put such confidence in myself and my band. NE: Why do you think your music is a good fit with the Olympics--what makes you such a good choice? Lane: The different demographics of people, and range of age groups that attend our shows has always been a diverse mix. I think because you can hear the roots music mixed with a very original and contemporary writing style, we’re able to please ear drums that are accustom to many different types of music. We also put on a very high-energy show, that keeps people wanting more. We give it one hundred percent if the audience is 40 people or 40,000. NE: Will this help your exposure? Lane: Absolutely. We’ll be performing for many people who have never heard of us before. NE: Are you going to catch any of the games while you’re there? It’s hard to say if we’ll be able to catch any sporting events considering we will be very busy with music.

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The allure of the “man’s” tool belt Be ‘Tim the Tool Man Taylor’ and carry your tools with you anywhere. While a toolbox is great for carrying tools to the work site, it doesn’t serve much purpose once the dust starts to fly. The most efficient way to work is to keep essential tools and supplies close at hand with a tool belt. The tool belt (apron) shown here has a nylon belt, four large pockets, one pencil pocket, one small pocket and two tool-loops. Our Tip: Deciding which tool belt to buy depends on several factors including the kind of projects you tackle,

the type of tools you use and, of course, how much you’re willing to spend.

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Super-safe hard hats Safety gear, like hard hats, should be worn in any work environment that presents a significant risk of head injury. There are various types of hard hats that may reduce the impact from falling objects or protect against electrical shock. The hats shown here are completely CSA approved and are available in a wide array of colours. Suspension or padding for the inside is available and may be replaced separately when needed. Our Tip: Hard hats are only designed to protect your head one

time. If your hat receives a forcible blow, it needs to be replaced.

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Warm gloves to keep your hands snug When you’re on a mission and the job requires manual dexterity you can’t afford numb fingers. These Carhartt, leather palm gloves come with varying degrees of thinsulate that will keep your hands warm and allow you to get the job done fast and efficiently. There are lots of styles and options available for your personal preference. Our Tip: A proper work glove can protect

your hands from those nasty cuts and scrapes that slow you down.

on the job Do your work and look good too!

This month’s fashions take a twist and appeal to the hardworking guy. These work clothes offer exceptional comfort, are made with quality of construction and ‘built to last.’ Jacket - Warmth ratings will vary. This one is blanket lined, quilted nylon in the sleeves, you can add a hood, a pocket on chest and two other lower front pockets.

The working man’s boot

Shirt - Long sleeved classic plaid shirt in 100% cotton.

Redwing boots are manufactured differently than most boots; they have added support, a better sole (polyurethane) no freezing in winter and keep you feeling more solid. They also come with a one year warranty. It has been said, “If you can get a guy to put a pair on, price won’t matter!”

Pants - Washed duck 100% cotton or canvas, natural waist, multiple tool and utility pockets, two reinforced back pockets, left leg hammer loop, 19” opening designed to fit over a boot. Coveralls - Unlined, bib overall, 12 oz, firm hand, 100% ring spun cotton duck. Adjustable front elastic suspenders, multi-compartment bib pocket, zipper fly, two large lower front pockets, left leg hammer loop, double knee lined, reinforced back pockets, triple stitched main seams.

You work hard and you play hard, so make your footwear reflect your lifestyle. (Shown here are two popular boots.)

Timberland boots have more appeal to the younger guys. They’re not brown, they’re not black, they’re that rich tan colour. A guy can even wear them out after work. Both boots featured meet CSA standards and have the steel toe and steel shank. Our Tip: Steel toe boots are worn to protect the feet against accidents and danger. They

support the ankle, preventing injury and shield the toes and feet from accidents. People who work on construction sites are required to wear steel toe boots for their own safety.

Clothing and gear by Northern Factory Workwear (Saskatoon)


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illy Bishop Goes to War, written and once performed by John Gray, returns to Saskatoon, at Persephone Theatre March 3 to 17. This time John Gray’s son, Zachary Gray, will reprise his role. Ryan Biel will play Billy Bishop; Zachary Gray will play the role of Billy’s long-time friend. We asked Zachary Gray about what it must feel like to produce his father’s play. “Honestly, when your dad’s a playwright, you don’t think that you would get thrown into the family business the way a baker’s son might, so going into my family’s line of work is exciting,” says Gray. “Ryan and I saw a production of the play my Dad did in 1997. We talked about it doing it ourselves but we never thought that we actually would, but eighteen months ago the opportunity presented itself. We did a production in Vancouver and it went over so well that we get to do it here now.” When asked what his parents thought about him acting in his father’s play, Gray said: “My mom freaks out, weeping with delight, and my dad is pretty level-headed about it.” Billy Bishop Goes to War is one of the most well-known plays in Canada. It tells the story of a Canadian war hero of World War I. “It’s funny, but it also has stories about soldiers who never made it back and how the ones who did were forever affected,” explains Gray. “I find Ryan is the most compelling, hilarious, sympathetic and terrifying actor I’ve ever seen. It’s going to be a great production.” Zachary Gray is also half of the duo The Zolas. Reecently on tour with Tom Dombrzanski, the other half of The Zolas to promote their premiere album, Tic Toc Tic. Their January show at Amigos Cantina, kept a full house dancing for their whole set and begging for more when the show ended.


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“When we recorded the album last year, we didn’t even have an inkling of a band,” explains Dombrzanski, who has been friends with Gray since meeting in choir in grade nine. “A producer and some musicians we wanted to work with became free so we spent two weeks writing songs. It would have been crazy not produce the album given the opportunities that presented themselves. Since then, everything has moved very fast. People seem to like what we’re doing so we’ll keep doing it.” The album depicts life as a twenty something living in the city, such as trying the find the courage to talk to a pretty girl on the bus, and, of course, heartbreak. (I guess the moral is: don’t try to talk to pretty girls on the bus.) Gray plays guitar and sings, accompanied by a progressive rock soundtrack, with Dombrzanski on piano. To find out more about The Zolas, visit www.myspace. com/thezolas. To find out more about Billy Bishop Goes To War, visit Featuring all the great soul classics from the film and multi-million selling soundtrack and live albums: Mustang Sally, Try A Little Tenderness, Mr. Pitiful, Destination Anywhere, Chain of Fools, Take Me To The River, In The Midnight Hour and many more.


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Gimme Grimm February 19 to 21, 1pm at The Refinery Wide Open is pleased to announce “Gimme Grimm.” A trio of tales adapted from the famous Brothers Grimm into a hilarious and fun production with puppets and audience participation. “Help Us Fly” Beer-night Fundraiser Saskatoon Roller Derby League February 20, 7pm - 9pm at Winston’s Pub (in the basement) 243 - 21st St. E. Kidsport Mini Golf Tounament February 21, 12 - 5pm at Market Mall Kidsport is a children’s charity dedicated to assisting children and families facing financial obstacles to participate in sport. This event is the 9th Annual Kidsport Mini Gold Tournament. $5 per person. For more info contact the Saskatoon Sports Council at 975-0871 Abbeyfield House Annual General Meeting February 23 at 7pm, 1320 Ave. K South Visit or phone 374-8148 Oxfam Book Club - 1st Meeting February 23, 7pm at Oxfam Saskatoon Office, 416 21st Street East, Suite 200 The first book is “The End of Poverty” by Jeffery Sachs, a thoughtful and critical discussion about international development. For more info contact Mary Jean Hande maryjeanh@ (306) 242-4097. The Lung Association’s Breath of Spring Tulip Campaign February 23 & 24 Donate your time for a good cause. Volunteer to deliver tulips for the Lung Association this year. For more info or to volunteer call 651-3347 Hop on Board! February 25, 7 - 8pm at Winston’s Pub and Grill, lower level, 243-21st Street East. Saskatchewan Environmental Society invites you to an information night. Find our what SES is all about and how you can be involved. For more info contact 665-1915. Saskatchewan Co-operative Association’s Second Annual Sno-Dome Classic February 26 at Ramada Hotel Golf Dome An afternoon of indoor golf games, prizes, networking with colleagues, and a silent auction. Proceeds from this FUN-draiser will support co-operative development in Saskatchewan and around the world through the work of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program (SCYP) and the Co-operative Development Foundation (CDF). Call SCA at 244-3702 for more information. Saskatoon Roller Derby League hosts “Red Deer’s Belladonnas for Broken Hearts ‘n’ Body Parts” February 27 at the Henk Ruys Soccer Centre, located at 150 Nelson Road in Saskatoon Come support your local roller derby league as they take on Red Deer’s travel team in what is sure to be a game of epic proportions. Doors open at 5:30pm and whistle blows att 7pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased from any roller derby girl. SRDL was formed in 2007 by a small group of girls looking for an alternative to traditional sports. In the last two years,

the league has grown to include about 40 paying members and a number of referees and volunteers. SRDL’s recent wins include smashing victories over the Pile O Bones Derby Club from Regina in May 2009 and over the Reign Valley Derby Girls in October 2009. Contact Nicole Betz 270-4486 or

Big Sky Art Show and Sale April 9 from 7 - 9:30pm, April 10 from 10am - 5pm Held at Grace Westminster Church Auditorium The Big Sky Artists present their annual art show and sale Refreshments available. Free Admission.

Environment Canada’s “Nature Matters! Contest” Part of Environment Canada’s celebration of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) is the national Nature Matters! Contest. Until February 28, Canadians between the ages of 9 and 35 are invited to submit written or video essays that answer the following question: “Why is nature important to you?” Six grand-prize winners will be invited to Ottawa to attend the Grand Reopening Event of the Canadian Museum of Nature, on International Biodiversity Day, May 22. Also, these essays will be announced through Environment Canada’s network of national education and environment organizations, reaching well over one million people. For full contest details, please visit:

Langham Theatrical Company Production April 9 -18 held at Langham Community Hall, Langham Presenting Low German Drama productions “Unkle Yakob Sein Yabersdaugh” (Uncle Jacob’s Birthday) and “Uns Faillt Ein Maun” (Required One Man). For dates & times visit

G4G Grandmothers For Grandmothers 2010 Saskatoon Fundraising Dinner March 5 at the Western Development Museum Event to support the African grandmothers who are raising their orphaned grandchildren. Reception 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm, Finish 9pm. Tickets cost $25 with an opportunity to donate to the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) at the dinner. Speaker is Alison Flensburg, a G4G member. Title of her talk will be, “When Grandmothers Speak” There will be entertainment, a cash bar, a silent auction, raffle and door prizes. For tickets call Julia Davies 374- 4357 or Lily Krause 652-8209. Annual Chili Supper and Silent Auction March 6, 4:30 - 6pm St. Thomas Wesley United Church, Ave. H & 20 St W Adults: $8, children (12 and under) $3. Tickets available at door. Laffing Out Loud Yoga Club March 9, April 13 at 7:30pm at Cliff Wright Branch at the Lakewood Civic Centre Do you want to reduce stress, laugh, and energize your life? Join the Laffing Out Loud Yoga Club. “Champions of Children” for the Saskatoon Preschool Foundation Wednesday March 10 - deadline for nominations Do you know a teacher, instructor, or coach who has made a difference in the life of a child? Have you had a community educator, instructor, or professor who has positively affected your life as an adult?You are encouraged to nominate who you feel have made such a contribution. For nomination guidelines, visit: All nominees and guests are invited to the Saskatoon Preschool Foundation Dinner on April 16 at TCU Place. “Working Fathers want to be Dads too” March 11, 7:30pm at Army, Navy, and Airforce Veterans Hall, 359 - 1st Avenue North. Presented by the Balancing Work & Family Alliance, A forum for employed fathers wanting to take an equal part in raising their young children. For more info or to register visit Seedy Saturday March 13, 12 noon - 4:30pm at Princess Alexandra School, 210 Avenue H South. Admission is $2. Seedy Saturday is a family-friendly ecofair promoting biodiversity and sustainable living. Speakers on gardening, exhibitors, a children’s area and refreshments. More info can be found at Festival of Faith Silver Jubilee Celebrating Together March 14, 2.30pm at Third Avenue United Church This event is free - all are welcome This 25th Anniversary of the Festival of Faith, will offer choral music and vocal ensembles, dance groups from several cultural traditions, Aboriginal drumming, and sacred chant from the Middle East and the Orient. It will also feature two original compositions by Dr David Kaplan; “Prayer for Peace” and “Thank You for the World”, both for combined choirs.

Saskatoon Glassworkers’ Guild 22nd Annual Glass Show Friday April 16 - 10am to 8pm Saturday, April 17 - 10am to 8pm Sunday, April 18 - 10am to 5pm To be held at Galleria, Innovation Boulevard, Innovation Place. Glass Art Display, Silent Auction, Demonstrations, Guided Tours. For more information contact Women’s Journey of Faith “Sharing the Journey Seminar: Growing in Truth” April 17 at TCU Place For more info visit www.wjof.comCecilian Singers present “Mass in G+” by Franz Schubert Featuring Lisa Baldwin, Michael Harris, Chris Kelly, a string ensemble, plus other sacred and secular works. April 17, 7:30pm at Grosvenor Park United Church (Cumberland Ave. & 14th St.) For tickets call 477-0370 or Ten Thousand Villages relief for Haiti Ten Thousand Villiages will be accepting donations for Haiti relief on behalf of the Mennonite Central Committee. To donate visit your local Ten Thousand Villages. Cultural Diversity & Race Relations Calendar of Events March is Cultural Diversity and Race Relations Month February - March, 12:30-1pm University of Saskatchewan Global Health Series 2010, Winter Presentations See: for various dates Every Wednesday until March 9 Saskatoon Public Library English practice For information: 975-7572, to register 975-7573 7pm - English as a Second Language Family Story Time Frances Morrison Library - 311 23rd St E 7 - 8:30pm - Tell us stories from your culture Mayfair Branch Library - 602 33rd St. W. February 21, 7-9pm Federation of Saskatoon Chinese Canadian Organizations Chinese New Year Celebration at TCU Place - 35 22nd St E For tickets call Chun Chen at 270-7618 or Wey Lee at 955-1148 February 25-27 U of S Freedom of Association Conference Law Building, University of Saskatchewan See: March 3 & 4 Sask Economic Development Association/SaskMade 2010 Sustainable Saskatchewan Conference See: March 22, 9:30am City of Saskatoon/ Bethlehem Catholic High School / Tommy Douglas High School “Living in Harmony” awards ceremony Bethlehem Catholic High School-110 Bowlt Cres Contact Carrie Hutchison at 975-7826

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The reality is you have to stay busy. It’s good for the mind and soul and also for the wallet (laughing). Being Canadian, you have to do as much as you can. It keeps you fresh, fresh ears and new approach and keeps it all fun and exciting.” “Any other interesting projects?” I asked. “My wife and I are working on a children’s book series together. It’s not out yet, but will be titled Not Another, as in ‘not another trip to the dentist’ or ‘not another guitar lesson’. “What kind of music do you listen to?” “I’m all over the map. Radio keeps a pulse on what’s happening. Then I listen to Rosanne Cash, Kings of Leon, Them Crooked Vultures, Coldplay, Daftpunk. I like the new Miranda Lambert record, Lady Antebellum, and I’m a Keith Urban fan. Always Prince. I need to buy something weekly to inspire me.

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I asked him what else he was working on. “I play in sessions with lots of different people, especially emerging artists.” he said. “One of note recently was Michelle Branch. That was really cool. Another is Jaida Dreyer. She’s the new buzz girl around Nashville. She was born in Thunder Bay but raised in the southern U.S. so she’s got the thickest twang you can imagine, but a cool charm. I’ve been writing a lot, and just finished the music for a documentary about Cindy Klassen, the Canadian speed skater who won five medals in the last Olympics. She’s from Manitoba too. Probably my favourite project was writing and recording the music for “The K-Tel Story” for CTV. It was about the rise and fall of K-Tel and all the crazy shenanigans they were involved in. It was really fun. It involved music from all eras, disco, polkas and all that crazy stuff. Bev Dubois is City Councillor for City Council Ward 10. She can be contacted at 652-2576, by fax at 477-4168, by cell at 260-2360, or through e-mail at You can also visit or www.


City driving conditions The snow finally came and the city was able to test its new snow and ice maintenance program. It is clear that there is still some work to do on it but I can assure you that it is happening. Winter road maintenance crews and hired contractors were working in twelve-hour shifts with all available equipment to clear Saskatoon roadways according to the Priority System. We are reminded that residential streets are not included in the Priority System, and will only be cleared under extraordinary circumstances. The public is encouraged to report roads that are blocked by drifts of snow by calling Public Works Dispatch at 975-2491. Crews will clear the blockage on streets with higher traffic counts first, and will eventually get to all reported streets. Residents are also reminded that when you clear snow from your sidewalks and driveways, the cleared snow should be placed on your own property, not on the roadway. Throwing or shoveling snow onto the roadway makes driving unsafe, and is in violation of City of Saskatoon bylaws. Residents are also reminded to please exercise caution and care when shoveling, especially during very cold weather.

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“How has technology changed music?” “I’m able to sit in my music room in my home in Nashville and write and record music for a documentary for a Canadian company, without ever seeing them. It’s just bizarre. Ten years ago, we didn’t do that. They send me the video in about three minutes. I can send them the music in a matter of seconds. It’s unbelievable. Recently I played on a track for a guy from England who wanted my guitar on his track....all from my downstairs music room. On the downside, music isn’t made the way it used to be. It’s becoming rare for five people to get together in a room, and really good music needs that interaction.” Listen for Murray Pulver’s guitar and vocal stylings with Doc Walker and many other up-and-coming country music artists. You can stay current with his work through myspace.

Volunteers appreciated Kudos to our Emergency Measures Coordinator with the Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services, who mobilized a group of 14 volunteers to patrol bus routes that Saskatoon Transit was unable to fully service at the time of the heavy snow fall and subsequently due to the difficult driving conditions. Six teams of volunteers from Saskatoon Ground Search and Rescue and local 4 x 4 Clubs were available to help persons who might need information regarding transit service. Each volunteer was equipped with a letter authenticating their role. Thank you very much to Ray and all of his volunteers. Plans for new fire halls City Council recently approved in principle the proposed Fire and Protective Services Growth Plan to adequately service existing and planned new neighbourhoods. The plan is subject to available funding, and proposes a fire station in the Northwest Sector (Hampton Village) to be completed and staffed by 2012; in the CN Industrial area (Stonebridge and Willows) to be completed and staffed by 2014; and in the Northeast Development Area (Evergreen/University Heights) to be completed and staffed by 2018. The fire hall currently under construction in the Southeast Sector (Briarwood and Rosewood) is tentatively scheduled to open in June 2010. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns or comments. I like to hear from you! Remember that if any email messages are not answered within a reasonable amount of time please call me as it means I did not receive it. Thank you! Have a great month. Mon.-Fri. 7:30 am to 5 pm

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• The city with the most Rolls Royce’s per capita: Hong Kong • Men can read smaller print than women: women can hear better. • The amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class - $40,000. • State in United States with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska. • Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% • The cost of raising a medium size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400.

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quick Google search will tell you Murray Pulver plays lead guitar and sings with JUNO-winning countryrock trio, Doc Walker. A further search reveals a hardworking, Canadian, omnipresent musician with the type of career and attitude that inspires. Prior to joining Doc Walker, he started in music as a guitar teacher, then toured the world playing with the Crash Test Dummies. Pulver has earned every accolade he’s received in the music industry. He was awarded ‘Guitar Player of The Year’ at the CCMA All Star Band Awards. He also took home ‘Producer of the Year’ for his contribution on Tara Oram’s album Chasing The Sun. He’s a busy man so I was fortunate to have the opportunity to talk to him recently while his family was driving to hockey practice. “I’ve got two kids, three cats, a puppy, and of course my wife, who is unbelievable through it all. I tour with a Canadian country band and I live in Nashville! Obviously I like chaos. I like to mix it all up. You can approach each thing with enthusiasm if you’re a little bit all over the place. That’s my life!” Doc Walker’s current single ‘If I Fall’ is extraordinarily beautiful in terms of sound and lyrics. Fans think so too, as the single and video sit in the top 10 in Canada as of the date of this interview. The first single from the album Comin’ Home was a hit too. The video was shot near Regina. He’s hitting the road to the east coast in a few weeks, then playing at the Olympics on Feb. 26, then off to Australia for a short tour that includes Jack Ingram.

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The graphics are really nummy. (Yes, I used a thesaurus for that one.) They are by no means realistic. It seems to me that in all these games from people who have worked at Capcom, the characters all tend to look alike. They appear large on the screen. Literally like you are looking at someone that could be twenty feet tall if it were not for the environment around them. They also tend to act larger than life.

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at any time. The combos are definitely button-masher friendly. There is a ‘witch time’ procedure that slows down time to allow you to really beat the tar out of enemies. It’s triggered by dodging an attack immediately before contact. There are enough items to buy and spells to concoct that you have to play through more than once to get most of them. You can even buy new moves from the hades shop. From what I have been reading on the internet about concerns about the game, the PS3 version is slightly less than perfect. The graphics are not as sharp and there is a farcical amount of slowdown. How about some horrendous load times as well? Every item you pick up and pretty much anything that you do initiates a ‘loading...’ message.

The story, I’ll be honest, is difficult to decipher. To bring balance to the universe, there have to be two opposing forces, good and evil. Sounds reasonable. There are Lumen, the light side, and Umbra, the dark side. You are Bayonetta, an Umbran witch, but you never really feel like she is evil per se. She is just a memory-less soul searching for the truth, although she does have to fight through the ‘light’ enemies to get to that realization. So, essentially you are fighting angelic monsters. An interesting twist, but it never challenges religion or anything like that. So you fans of the J-man out there, just tread softly.

As for how the game actually feels, it is best compared to Devil May Cry. Since the dude who worked on that game helped bring this one to life, it only makes sense that they would be quite similar. The game is FULL of ACTION. You start off with a gun in each hand and for extra finesse on the dance floor, one attached to each ankle. Apparently it is possible. I mean I tried it myself but I couldn’t do it.

There are crazy cut scenes full of action and gratuitous shots of beautiful women in dangerously scandalous poses. Apparently when you have those two prerequisites, you don’t need much of a story anymore. Who knew?

Luckily for XBOX360 owners, none of this is an issue. But be warned, if anyone watches you play this game it feels like getting caught playing Dead or Alive Beach Volleyball.

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