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by Robert White

Hatching new business The Saturday International Market adjacent to the Farmer’s Market has expanded outdoors as of May 2 and is also growing in size. “We anticipate 20 clients by midsummer,” says Phyllis Lodoen, executive director of Saskatoon’s Ideas Inc. The non-profit business incubator occupies the restored City Electrical building next door to the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on River Landing Phase II. The fostering of the market as micro-businesses is a way to redevelop the kind of market culture that used to characterize Riversdale, according to Lodoen. Diverse businesses in the area reflected the entrepreneurial spirit of earlier generations of immigrants to Saskatoon. Now, with a new wave of immigration to the city, the market provides opportunities for new entrepreneurs. The focus of the market is offering goods and services that are ethnic and cultural in nature. To date, the market includes cultural influences from India, Pakistan, Laos, Iran, Guatemela, Ecuador, Korea, Japan, several African countries, and Canada’s Aboriginal People. The businesses help not only create a sense of community for new immigrants but also add diversity and vibrancy to the Farmers’ Market and River Landing. To this end, the market project has a research component with the larger goal of redeveloping the southeast corner of Riversdale into the kind of diverse market district that is popular with both residents and tourists in many other cities. Such districts typically contain a wide variety of small shops and venues for music and art. One business which started in the part-time market, Lillys Kashmir

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Handicrafts, has already “graduated” logistics of the summer outdoor café Secreta, the store for all things wine. and as of May 1 moved into a perma- area,” says Sandra Svenkeson, sales It hosts a wine club, offers wine edunent space within Ideas Inc. manager and co-owner. “Our café cation and handles a portfolio of over has been open a few months now and 800 labels. They also carry specialty Incubating success features homemade soup, paninis, olive oils, fair-trade coffees, and gourIdeas Inc., has been open for 20 gourmet sandwiches, deserts and of met mustards. Hours for both entermonths and houses 14 businesses. course a wide selection of coffees, teas prises are 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays It aims to create a climate in which and cappuccino.” and 8 am to 3 pm on Saturday. entrepreneurial endeavours can Cava Caffè is an enterprise of Cava flourish and prosper. “There is much more demand than we can handle,” said Lodoen. Lodoen just returned from the 23rd International Conference on Business Incubation held in Kansas City, M.O. Along with the life-renewing spring days come the convertibles and clasShe says there are an estimated sic cars cruising 8th Street. The romantic connection to these classy and 7,000 business incubators of all types classic cars of by-gone eras is tangible for many. It’s the same feeling we around the world and it has proved get when walking into a retro or period restaurant. These tokens of earlier a successful model for accelerating periods remind us of our history and tend to make a connection no matter growth. what our age. “The success rate of businesses In choosing our theme this month, we wanted to touch on the value and is two to three times higher,” said meaning of classic in different aspects of life. Lodoen, citing statistics showing an Sometimes the classic is given even more class when it is integrated 87 per cent success rate five years with the modern to create a unique combination. Our Home Accents after opening for businesses which shows how renovations on the former Bay building, one of Saskatoon’s got their start in a business incubaoldest buildings, retain a classic flavour. tor. The blending of the old and new can be seen at many retro-style restauBeing under one roof and downrants, where patrons use cell phones and laptops in vintage settings. We town allows the new businesses to have explored some of Saskatoon’s great retro and classic spots to eat or work with each other and network enjoy in the article “The Everyday Classic.” with the broader business commuGoing to a garden party is one of those historic trends that is experiencnity nearby. They also have daily ing a revival and we hope you enjoy the classically inspired, springtime access to staff and services provided looks in our fashion pages. by Ideas Inc. These include ongoing When speaking of classics, it would be inappropriate to miss the arts. business plan reviews and recomCheck out the article about the Museum of Antiquities for information mendations, on-site counselling from about their collection of classic art pieces or read about a career on archaemanagement and staff, and referrals ology digs in our Career Spotlight. If you’re lucky enough to get some extra to other business expertise. time off this season, we also have a short list of great classic novels that In addition to advisory services shouldn’t be missed when making a summer reading list. there is access to the interior comDon’t miss our June issue, on the stands and in your mailbox June 7. mon space, a board room for meetBev Dawson, Editor ings and presentations, a common photocopier and fax machine, and a business library. Ideas Inc. also houses the Saskatoon Model - Alex Museum of Entrepreneurial History Fashions by Dazzl, the fashion division at Dutch Growers which celebrates the vision of many Photography by Hamilton Photographics pioneers of Saskatoon’s early business community. As such, it provides Section B the historical context to the incubaBack to the classic ................................ 1 tor as it aims to foster the creativity and eagerness of a new generation Healthy Lifestyles ........................ 2 - 4, 7 Section A ready to follow in their footsteps. It Image & Self-Development ....... 5 - 6, 18 is also open to the public. Human Interest .................................. 3 - 9 Genealogy .............................................. 9 The Ideas Inc. website at www. Sports & Travel ................................ 10 - 11, includes inforJourney of faith ................................... 10 Summer Activities & Camps ............... 12 - 13 mation on the museum and links Heart Warming Animal “Tails”............ 11 to all the businesses which are curHome Accents ........................................ 14 Pets & Families.....................................12 rently operating under its wings. Home & Garden ......................... 15 - 19, 21

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Cava Caffè The secret is out. Cava Caffè is expanding outdoors on the southeast corner of Ideas Inc. “We have just got all of the approvals and we are now planning the

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A man’s world: Not for all BY DR. Steven Lake


his article will not be a polemic on how badly men have had it recently and how women are to blame for this state of affairs. Rather, it will be about how badly men have had it recently and how it is reflective of our society’s inability to look after itself. It is how we have polluted the planet, depleted the oceans, razed the forests, and looted the savings of the common folk while getting them to bail out the system – yet again. We have allowed our governments – communist and capitalist alike – to destroy in the name of progress and profits. We have been under the illusion in western democratic societies that we have more freedom than in dictatorships. But is there more freedom? OK, we don’t have to worry about being carted off in the middle of the night and tortured but do you or I

have any say in how our governments and large corporations waste money and destroy the environment? Do we have any say in how our governments privatize what was once public like the rail system, the rivers, bridges and even highways (all four in B.C.)? On the prairie there has been an unspoken code of helping your neighbour. There has been a sense of community that is vital to the growth of the individual and the collective spirit. It is through relationship with others that life has meaning. We have been losing this connectedness with our fellow men and women in North America with the ascension of the belief summarized well by founder of Time and Life magazines Henry Luce that the U.S. should “exert upon the world the full impact of our influence, for such purposes as we see fit and by such means as we see fit.” The height of this doctrine

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was seen with the last Bush adminisAt my practice there are many tration and its policy of pre-emptive men who are alone. They have lost war along with handing out the spoils their wives, their kids and often their of war to friends in high places. jobs. They are stunned by what has But what has any of this to do with happened to them. They spent the how badly men have it? In Susan last 20 years supporting the famFaludi’s Stiffed: The Betrayal of the ily by working hard. Unfortunately, American Man, she posits that men they followed the “Marlborough Man” have been misbehaving not because ideal and were loners standing on they are violent creatures hell-bent their own two feet. Now they are on dominating their spouses but that just alone, cut off at the knees. They we men are the result of a society blame women or immigrants or the that has broken its social contract. government. Men are left with a concept of These complaints are not new. But manhood that is based on outward it seems that there is no one speakappearance buoyed by looks and ing for them or they for themselves. money. Men are Maybe they have dominated and become so used to We need a new approach being alone and terrorized by the modern corporate out probto the definition of mas- working mindset that will lems alone that downsize even culinity that incorporates they don’t know when profitable. how to reach out We live in a sociand work with man contributing to his ety where striving others. Isolation community and not man breeds more isolafor money is more important than tion. as the lone gunslinger, contributing to the If you know community. We one of these men travelling from town to live in a society please talk to that praises the Support town and having no roots. them. surface and not them in talking to the substance. other men. Support A man who is violent is a man them to get involved with their comwho feels disempowered. He feels munity. Support them to move from that he has no control on his world complaining to contributing. because his world is externally based. As one of my clients once screamed Furthermore, the society around him in anguish, “All I need are some supports and reflects these unhealthy friends.” True. But what he really and toxic values. needed was a community. A commuWe need a new approach to the nity that could talk to him, support definition of masculinity that incor- him and comfort him. And finally, he porates man contributing to his com- needed a community that he could munity and not man as the lone contribute to and thus feel part of the gunslinger, travelling from town to whole. town and having no roots, big, bad, and alone. Dr. Steven Lake works as a consultant to individuals and corporations and can be reached at dr.steve@ executivesupportnet. com or by phone at 604505-3536.

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ummer is nearly here and so is the season of leisure reading. You may like taking books out to the beach, setting yourself up on a blanket in the backyard or snuggling up with a good book at nighttime. Whether you’re still in high school or you’re well into retirement, now is the chance an avid reader to catch up on all of the classic books yet to read. Classical books were originally written in ancient Greek or Latin but the term is now used to describe literature that stood out as a model of its form. Modern classics are books that have changed the way the people saw a portion of the world or brought new insight an old subject. Although it would be impossible to classic novels, here is a list of five fictions that will teach you something about the world. Even if you’ve read them before, the lesson changes with a re-read: as you grow older and more experienced, new meaning emerges.

Classic books for summer reading BY Anne-Marie Hickey

1984 George Orwell’s most famous fiction was published in 1949. It is a dystopian novel – one that examines political and social structures. The story focuses on Winston Smith, a man who works as a civil servant, finds no meaning in his life and starts rebelling against the repressive regime in which he lives. The society is ruled by devotion to Ford and by strict surveillance. The novel marks the creation of the terms “big brother” and “doublethink.” Orwell wrote the novel in the context of the Second World War and his fear of drastic change to the British democratic government.

Brave New World Aldous Huxley’s classic was written in 1931 and is set in London in the year 2540. The novel depicts a negative view of the future, one that was largely influenced by Huxley’s distaste for American culture. The novel describes a society founded on assembly-line, test-tube babies that are created into three distinct classes, with an absence of family. The inhabitants are basically robbed of all feeling, except for aversion to anything unpleasant or ugly. If they do experience feeling, they take “soma,” a drug, to cope. The world is somewhat changed with the emergence of John the Savage, a character from a nonindustrialized culture. His ability to see the society for what it is is transformative. Gulliver’s Travels This novel was written by Jonathan Swift in 1726 and amended in 1735. It is a satire on human nature and society, and has never been out of print. The book is outlined like a traveller’s diary, with the author listed as Lemuel Gulliver. On his journeys, the narrator visits four strange lands that had not previously been discovered: Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa and the Country of the Houyhnhnms. In his sea travelling, he encounters miniature people, giants and talking horses, and we see Gulliver turn from an optimist to an experienced, hardened man. The European government structure, religion and the nature of man (good or corrupt) are all brought into question.

Catch-22 Joseph Heller wrote this satirical novel in 1961 and it takes place in the later stages of the Second World War. The main character is Yossarian, an air force bombardier stationed on the island of Pianosa in the Mediterranean Sea west of Italy. The novel follows Yossarian and the wacky characters in his squadron as they deal with the horrors of war and with each other. The novel offers a Some other great classic books for summer reading include Utopia by critique of bureaucracy and coined the term catch-22. Sir Thomas More, Paradise Lost by John Milton, On the Road by Jack The term refers to a no-win, double-bind situation, such Kerouac, The Gate to Women’s Country by Sheri S. Tepper, and anything by as when Yossarian pretends to be insane to be discharged Shakespeare. from the war but his pretense proves he is sane in the eyes of his superiors. Pride and Prejudice Published in 1813, Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice is a classic romance novel. It centres on the Bennett family – a family with five daughters – with Elizabeth as the protagonist. Upon Mr. Bennett’s death, the property will be given to the next male heir and since he has no sons, it is imperative the daughters marry as quickly as possible in order to keep a secure life. The novel describes love conquests, some better than others, with emphasis on the vices and virtues that keep people apart. What is so striking about Austin’s novel is her perfect understanding of human relationships and her ability to create engaging characters.

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f the definition of the word classic is “judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind,” I think this is a good description of my friend Nora. Nora died this spring. She was in her 90s and had lived an amazing life. To her it was just her life but to me it was absolutely fascinating. She was truly a classic, a real pioneer and bush woman. She and her husband Fred spent many years trapping in northern Saskatchewan. When she spoke of the North and the northern people her bright blue eyes sparkled with the memory of it all. She introduced me to pilot biscuits and we spent a lot of time at her kitchen table drinking tea and talking about her adventures. I wasn’t the only one who was greatly attached to Nora. She had many admirers, two of who are my friends Carola and Margo. When Nora died, the three of us attended her funeral together. The Catholic church was packed when we arrived so the funeral director told us to go upstairs and sit in the choir. This didn’t seem odd in a small town because people generally make do with what’s available. We obediently went and the only seats left were in the front row. After sitting there for awhile it dawned on me: “What are we going to do when they begin to sing?” None of us are Catholic so we wouldn’t know any of the songs. Unbeknownst to us at the time, the funeral was also a full Catholic Mass. The first choir song began and we three stood up with hymn books in hand, mainly because we didn’t know what else to do. Faking our way through the first song was terribly uncomfortable and the thought of many more was torturous. To make things even more unpleasant, the three of us are of an age when overheating seems to happen at the most inopportune times w w w .

and it was just plain hot upstairs in the choir section. As I glanced at my friends I realized I wasn’t the only one suffering. First I had to remove my boots because I thought I might collapse from heat exhaustion, then I unbuttoned my sweater but still there seemed to be no escape from the heat. We stood up, we lip synched, we sat down, and we stood up again. I enjoyed listening to the various people who spoke about Nora and her life and as I listened it dawned on me that if one gets to witness their own funeral Nora would be laughing loudly at the predicament the three of us had gotten ourselves into. The other choir members were very patient and accommodating. They got us the right books and tried to tell us what to do but we really had no clue what was going on most of the time. I couldn’t seem to wipe the grin off my face that appeared every time I thought of Nora possibly watching us. Finally it was time for the last song which the choir continued to sing until everyone had left the church. People tend to look up at the choir when they are leaving and more than one face showed surprise when they saw who was singing in the choir. As the three of us stood outside cooling off after the funeral we realized that we had all been thinking the same thing. Nora would have gotten a real charge out of our predicament. There aren’t many people left anymore who have had the life experiences that Nora had.

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It’s spinach time!

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I have not started a cooking column, but I thought that with summer upon us soon, it’s a good opportunity to use a bit of creative thinking with salads.


ith the technique outlined here I’m sure you will be able to generate enough salad ideas to last you all summer and without having to repeat a recipe. Also, because variety is truly necessary for a creative, productive mind, I would recommend that you randomly try the combinations in this article. I will explain how to do that. We worked with a group of accountants during a personal development day and asked them to come up with storylines with an accountant as the hero. Everything else was open but the hero had to be an accountant. We had 30 people in the room, at tables of five. Without some creative technique you might expect six acceptable storylines. In the 15 minutes we gave them, they managed to generate 60,000 storylines, most of which were different (each table came up with 10,000 unique lines). Many of them were good and straightforward and quite a few were good and totally bizarre. They then randomly picked a story and wrote a two or three-sentence synopsis. With this in mind, my partner and I thought you

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might appreciate a quick way to deal with salad creation for the next few months using a similar technique. The only other piece of equipment you will need is a standard six-sided die. My partner loves spinach salads. Basically the salad is baby spinach leafs (as a replacement for good ol’ lettuce), some sliced red (or white) onion and a combination of other things. You may have had a variety of salads using spinach as a base but here are almost 1,300 variations that you can try. Note that all of these contain some type of nut or berry and we haven’t tried them all. If you have any kind of allergy to any of the things on these lists, black them out or replace them with things that you would prefer. Selection is straightforward and if you are looking to increase your creativity, it can be a lot of fun. Creativity is Cheese Dressing Fruit Nuts, Seeds, etc. all about making new connections, which in Cheddar Pear guava Pears Sunflower seeds itself implies taking a Parmesan Strawberry vinaigrette Apricots Pumpkin seeds few non-life-threatening Stilton Raspberry vinaigrette Oranges Almonds risks while you are at it. Blue Tangerine vinaigrette Strawberries Cranberries (dried) The recipe is simple: Gouda Poppy seed Blueberries Walnuts Roll the die and whatHavarti Thousand Island Peaches Pecans ever number comes up is what you choose from the first column. Roll it These next few months it should be easy to experagain and select from the second column, then iment with in-season foods and if you find a combithe third and the fourth. For example 3-6-2-4 nation you really like, record it for the future. One gives you a spinach salad using oranges, pecans, thing is certain, even if the recipes look weird, if parmesan cheese, and tangerine vinaigrette. A you don’t try them, you won’t know you like them. 2-1-5-3 combination gives apricots, sunflower seeds, Gouda, and raspberry vinaigrette. Bill Brooks is a creative and productive thinking Of course, you could change what is on the lists strategist with eclecthink international in Saskatoon to include your favourite things or make a des- see - and a consulting partner sert list using ice cream, cake flavour, topping or with thinkx intellectual capital of Toronto – see liqueur, and fruit.

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“This grass-roots event in May is one of many building up to that.” Hynd and Welk have already raised their voices throughout Saskatchewan during their recent tour of “Weaving Women’s Voices” to other communities in a lead-up to the May 25 and 26 event. Hynd helped promote a range of International Women’s Day events in Saskatchewan, including one in Saskatoon that she organized on behalf of the United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC) Saskatoon Branch in partnership with the Mendel Art Gallery. At this event, May Cummings, an executive member of UNAC Saskatoon, shared the apt metaphor of the feminine and the masculine as the two wings on the bird of humanity. Until both wings are equally developed, the bird of humanity cannot soar. The upcoming gathering, to be held at the Frank and Ellen Remai Arts Centre at River

Landing, aims to bring together men and women in a spirit of discovery about that potential to soar. The promotional material describes this in shorthand as “Herstory plus History = Ourstory in the Making.” Inspiring special guest presenters and facilitators include Franklin Rowland and James Rowland of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana and Betty-Ann Heggie, Rita Priestley, Joan Beatty, Amber Jones, Kellie Welk, and Toni Molinero. Many additional artists are involved. For more information and online ticket purchase go to To contact the organizers, e-mail or phone 306-3774447 or 683-9998. Tickets for the two-day gathering are $101 and the entire workshop event is organized on a cost-recovery model.




askatchewan singer/songwriter Leanne Hynd is a passionate advocate for peace and justice. She, along with Kellie Welk, Earth Beat Drums, and others of like mind are organizing a gathering in Saskatoon that aims to build bridges between genders and cultures. The “Fresh Perspectives for Women and Men in a New Era” event on May 25 and 26 will feature Rosemary Agonito, an award-winning author, educator and trainer from Syracuse, N.Y. “A good friend called to say she heard Rosemary’s interview on CBC,” says Hynd. “I was intrigued, so found a phone number for Rosemary. She is such an inspiration and carries a very strong message.”

We, as women, need to own our own masculine energy in a positive way, one that does not diminish our feminine energy or any other life. Agonito is a specialist in gender issues, having been director of a women’s studies program. She has authored six books including History of Ideas on Woman and Buffalo Calf Road Woman: The Story of a Warrior of the Little Bighorn. The latter was a joint project with her husband Joseph Agonito, also attending the Saskatoon event. Their historical novel based on the life of Buffalo Calf Road Woman, a 19th century Cheyenne warrior woman, is a touchstone for the twin themes of the event, gender equality and intercultural reconciliation. The revered warrior was the only woman to fight Lt. Col. George Custer and his cavalry at the famed Battle of the Little Bighorn and helped lead her people through the period when they were being pursued by the U.S. Army in an attempt to force them onto reservations. In speaking to the gender-equality theme, Hynd’s passion is evident. “It is the job of women to voice our strengths and move forward together in a way that builds bridges with men. We, as women, need to own our own masculine energy in a positive way, one that does not diminish our feminine energy or any other life. “The time has come for women and men to walk along side each other in genuine equality and for the feminine to live fully in authentic partnership with the masculine in all ways.” Hynd notes that the centenary of International Women’s Day is March 8, 2011. w w w .


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sports & Travel

THE UNEXPECTED B Y D o r e e n K e r by

Houston TX, is a vibrant centre with shining skyscrapers and 12-lane highways, a fascinating blend of industry, culture and history. With over 2,500 miles of waterways, Houston is also known as the Bayou City.


They named it after Sam Houston who won independence from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto earlier that year, creating the Republic of Texas. At the bargain price of $1.40 per acre it was quickly sold to landhungry Easterners and Europeans. For a few years, Houston was the capital of the Republic. When Austin was chosen, those who remained were determined to keep the town alive, so they developed a port. The winding bayou was converted into a shipping channel for timber, cotton and cattle. We took a pontoon boat tour for a leisurely 90-minute ride on the Buffalo Bayou waterway visiting Allen’s Landing, the city’s birthplace and journeyed through the heart of Houston. The bayou was beautiful with gardens of brilliant flowers and trees such as cottonwood, loblolly pine and sycamore.

We stopped at Sesquicentennial Park, built as a commemoration to Houston’s 150th birthday, and had a party on the Promenade with good food and great music provided by Allen Oldies Band. To commemorate General Houston’s victory over Santa Anna’s Mexican army, the 570-foot San Jacinto Monument was built at the battle site. It is the world’s tallest memorial tower exceeding the Washington Monument by 15 feet. An associated museum excellently preserves 400 years of history. A film brings the historic battle alive. The battleship USSTexas is moored nearby. It was the world’s most powerful warship when it was commissioned in 1914, serving with the British Grand Fleet in the First World War. The First Marine Division was founded on the Texas in 1941. In the Second World War it

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ouston is the fourth largest city in the United States and the largest city in Texas with nearly six million people. Despite being 50 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, the Port of Houston is linked by 90 steamship lines to 1,000 ports in 200 countries and is ranked second in the U.S. in total tonnage handled. Houston is also known as the Bayou City. With over 2,500 miles of waterways, the Bayou Preservation Association has formed to protect and restore the streams and bayous into beautiful ribbons of green. These canoe routes provide exceptional opportunities for recreation. By definition, a bayou is a small, slow-moving creek, located in a flat area. Two New Yorkers – John and Augustus Allen – selected the Buffalo Bayou, a muddy and mosquito-infested area, for a settlement in 1836.

saw service at Morocco, Normandy, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. In 1977, it was designated a National Historic Landmark. One of the highlights of Houston was visiting Bayou Bend, home of Miss Ima Hogg, the only daughter of James Hogg, Texas’s first nativeborn governor. She was a remarkable woman, best known for her superb collection of 17th, 18th and 19th-century American furniture, paintings and artifacts. In 1956, she gave her estate to the Museum of Fine Arts. Now open to the public, thousands of treasures in 28 period-room settings showcase eras from 1620 to 1870. Miss Hogg studied architecture and garden design. She created eight beautiful gardens to be used as extensions of her home. Natural woodlands with towering trees and thick undergrowth surround the 14acre property. What appealed to me most was Family Day in these gardens. It was an amazing day of fun, games and entertainment for children and adults. One performer taught the children songs that were popular in early American history and they were so much fun. Educational displays pertaining to early Roman culture were staged throughout the property as well as tours of the mansion, so the place was full of surprises. But no one comes to Houston without exploring the world of outer space. At the $75 million Space Center Houston learn about the past, present and future of the space program. This is the command centre all the famous Apollo missions. Touch a moon rock, witness a shuttle launch, take a guided tour of NASA and see real space-flown vehicles. See historic mission control where the Apollo 13 rescue drama was played out. Enjoy time with a mission briefing officer explaining how astronauts live in space where microgravity complicates the most basic tasks like drinking and eating. I was surprised at everything Houston had to offer. In addition to everything above, the city has muchmore to explore.

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Sports & Travel

The CFL comes to Saskatoon


BY Jim Germain

t has always been said that football is a game of emotion and you have to play it with passion in order to succeed. Brian Guebert’s success in football was accomplished by instilling that passion he had for the sport in six-man football, onward to success with the Hilltops and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and ultimately the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Now, Guebert has also found another outlet for his enthusiasm for football, not only by shedding blocks and making tackles, but by dedicating the knowledge and skills acquired in the game to establishing a developmental tackle football league for youth. The new league will be drawn from grades seven and eight and divided into eight teams modeled after the eight CFL teams and wearing the brand-name CFL jerseys. The green and white minor league “Riders” will be battling the other minor CFL teams at Griffiths Stadium. One Grade eight player who is playing for the Lions remarked, “That’s pretty cool.” Reebok will make the jerseys. Official coaching gear for the coaches will also be provided. Every team has at least two or three current knowledgeable junior and university players or former players coaching. The league has 160 kids signed up, - 20 kids per team - and is renting equipment from the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon. It will be a structured contact league with no score or standings kept and no championship. Guebert points out that they want to provide kids the best opportunity to succeed and develop their football skills against each other and will focus on developing players in multiple positions. Every coach in the league is given the same playbook and must call their plays out of that playbook. Consequently the plays they practice against are going to be the same plays that they see in games. Guebert came up with the idea for the league while spending the better half of the last two years working on his master’s thesis on developmental sport with the College of Education at the U of S. He started looking at developmental sport in what soccer, hockey, and baseball were doing and noticed that there were similar themes all round - fewer players, smaller field, and equipment that was manageable - and applied those themes to football. His thesis devised original ways to make the game of football more developmental for youth, by using the six-a-side football game as the model, a game that he played in high school and has been played in Saskatchewan for 50 years. After he completed his master’s degree, he created a coaching manual for six-man football. “I felt the game of six-man football is probably best suited to teach the fundamentals of tackle football,” w w w .

he said. “In six-man football, the emphasis is on skills general over skills specific,” which he says is better for all around movement. The offensive linemen not only have to block but also to catch the football. Five of the six players (excluding centre) are eligible for a pass. “You also have to be a surer tackler in six man,” Guebert adds. Open-field tackling skills have to be fine tuned. If you miss a tackle in six-man, the ball carrier could be gone.

Brian Guebert

Guebert gave his master’s thesis to the CFL and Football Canada and asked, “What do you guys think of this?” Fortunately his research complemented Sport Canada’s research, and Guebert’s model of six-a-side football matched their long-term athlete development perfectly. Guebert says that Sport Canada’s mandate within the next few years is that all sports start following longterm athlete development and that his idea for athlete development for football conveniently fell on the lap of Football Canada. Football Canada enthusiastically went to the CFL, where Guebert already had a good relationship through playing and with their administration, and scored with his proposal. The CFL wanted to be involved with grassroots developmental football across the country and offered to lend their logo and pay for jerseys. The CFL’s desired also to promote its wide open style and nationalistic flavour, which Guebert, a patriot at heart, fully supports. “We’ve named the teams after the eight CFL teams and we wanted to be complementary and build the Canadian game. In southern Ontario and the lower B.C. mainland, they play American football. As Canadians we want our see our game nationwide.” He added that, “We will have the biggest league in Canada this year. There is also a four-team league in Hamilton (and) Toronto, and we are hoping a four-team league in Regina. They are looking at six to eight teams in Prince Albert.” If Brian Guebert’s personal career is any indication, the league is sure to make yards. It has the passion for success.



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Summer activities & camps

It’s time to look forward to spring and summer opportunities. The warm months are the best time of the year to get out of the house, get active and get engaged. If you haven’t already registered for spring or summer activities or learning experiences, now is the time! No matter what your interest or age, there’s an opportunity just waiting to happen to have fun, learn something new and make new friends along the way. Check out the activities and classes on these pages and try something new this year.

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home & garden

Finishing touches

BY Jenny lucky

Photography by Hamilton Photographics

The move to condo living has become extremely popular. Larger cities like Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, have been renovating historic buildings in their downtown core for many years and that trend has finally hit Saskatoon.


owntown (and area) condos include the former King George Hotel which is nearing completion, the Fairbanks-Morse Warehouse, the former Bay Building, the T. Eaton Building, and the Rumley Building. Each of these buildings has concrete floors on each level. The exterior façade of the buildings remain almost intact except for the KG, which unfortunately couldn’t be saved. Extensive renovations and a downtown location have made these condos desirable places to live. Paul Gibson at Charter House Interiors worked closely with a client to help decorate her condo in the former Bay Building. (See also pictures and related article on preceding page.) The footprint: The condo is one of the largest at 1,300 square feet with soaring 20-foot walls. Huge floor to ceiling, west-facing windows flood the condo with light. A remote-controlled blind blocks out the west sun and adds privacy to the space. It also rolls up to a minimal size, giving her an unobstructed view. A completely open floor plan features high-gloss, white kitchen cabinets and the original concrete floors are highly polished. The loft bedroom has a frosted glass half-wall which looks down on the living room below. The client: The client wanted the condo to be modern but rooted to the earth with elements of rocks, trees, water and fire. She shopped (mostly) at locally-owned businesses which made it easier to pull the look together. Comfort was a key element as was ease of cleaning. She is a minimalist who wants to keep the space as clutter free as possible. At the present time, the shelving units are almost bare but will be filled with treasures brought back from her world travels. w w w .

Choices: We started with the large pieces and decided on a leather sectional and large ottoman in an espresso colour. This colour was chosen over black because dark brown is the colour of earth and is warmer to decorate around. Black and gray were pulled in through accessory pieces. Cushions and ottomans that look like big rocks added a fun and funky element to the living room. Also, a shag rug in gray, black and white tones, helped soften the space. Both pieces of art work on her walls are black and white pictures of rocks, streams and trees. A nine-piece picture of rocks added a different look with the white wall colour coming through. The entertainment unit was chosen in a medium oak finish with dark accents running through it. On the wall between the living room and dining room there is an interesting piece of art made from intertwined grapevine. This, plus the placement of the client’s guitar in front of it, brought in the wood element. Also dividing the spaces is an L-shaped fireplace which burns environmentally friendly bio fuel. In the near future the client plans on replacing the kitchen table with a concrete-top island. On the wall directly behind the table hangs a black and white art piece depicting dolphins swimming in shallow water. Most decorators will choose a bright punch of colour to add interest to a room but the punch in this home was created with textures and natural elements. Jennifer Lucky is in charge of marketing and promotions at Charter House Interiors at 331 - 1st Ave. North. She can be contacted at 653-4634 or

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Home accents Dr. Alex Wilson is one of the new owners of a loft in the renovated Bay Building. After spending some time with Alex in her new loft, we loved the openness, simplicity and light in this urban condo. Here are Alex’s thoughts on her posh apartment and living downtown.


he renovations on the former Bay building are wrapping up and many Saskatoonians are curious to see what these condos look like inside. An exclusive invitation to visit the condo belonging to Dr. Alex Wilson gave the impression that her space was large, lofty and modern. The bedroom is located on the second floor and overlooks the living space below. The storage space is minimal and decorating the soaring walls and open spaces could be quite a feat. However, the prospect excited Alex. “Not only is it a challenge to decorate, it’s exciting because the possibilities are limitless,” she said. “The only thing that limits your possibilities is your creativity.” While Alex considers herself a minimalist, preferring her walls to be clean and her shelves clear of clutter, she’s full of great ideas for the decorating challenge these condos present. “For the walls you can put up so much art or you could project images with a LCD projector or even install a climbing wall.” Having recently moved to Saskatoon from Manitoba, Alex indicated she was look-

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ing for something a little more urban. “I’m from northern Manitoba but prior to that I lived in Boston, so I’ve kind of transitioned back into that more urban area,” she said. “I like living downtown because it’s so close to everything and it’s close to the university where I work.” Being close to the city centre is certainly a big draw for many who choose condo living. These spaces are definitely trendy. The bare concrete gives the impression of an earthy modern feel for the uninhibited person who is not afraid of new design. The open living areas with the high ceilings also give the illusion of lots of space. Even spending a short time in the apartment, the atmosphere started to grow on us. It was exactly the individuality of the building that drew Alex to move there. “I chose it because it was different from anything else I’d seen in Saskatoon and it had an urban feel,” she said. Saskatoon is only recently getting used to the idea of being a hip, urban place but as old buildings in the downtown continue to be renovated and revamped, more people are sure to find their resting place in condos like 2nd Avenue Lofts. For the decorator’s approach to the same condo see, story, on page 15.

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From the

Neighbourhood Kitchen

Ice cream the old-fashioned way

recipes cooked by deb sander; Food Styling and Photography

The Neighbourhood Express by

Homemade ice cream has not lost any of its good, old-fashioned appeal. There is a delicious homemade ice cream to meet every need: low calorie, regular, or rich and creamy. This recipe is a delicious, rather indulgent, hot weather treat.

Chocolate Cappuccino Ice Cream

Serve this ice cream with some chopped English toffee (like Crunchy Werther’s Toffee) for a dessert that’s extremely rich and satisfying.

Homemade ice cream tips • Heavy cream is one of the most important ingredients. The heavier the cream, the richer and creamier the final product. The smooth feel of the ice cream comes from the fat content. • Add ingredients when the cream mixture is almost done so they will be evenly distributed. • If you are using a cooked custard base (like the one in our recipe) make sure that the custard is completely cool before adding it to the ice cream maker. • For the best texture and flavour, let the ice cream ripen for a day before serving.

Fun ice cream facts • Ancient Greeks ate shaved ice with honey and fruit, something like an ancient snow cone. • In biblical times, Emperor Nero had ice combined with fruit. • Ice cream as we know it was created in the 1700s. • Some say the ice cream sundae was created in the 1800s because at the time it was illegal to sell soda on Sunday. • The ice cream cone was invented in 1904 for the World’s Fair in St. Louis. • Premium flavours of ice cream were born in the 1980s.


2 1/2 cups half-and-half (cream)


1 1/2 tablespoons espresso powder

1 cinnamon stick

4 egg yolks

Heaping 1/2 cup sugar

2 oz finely chopped dark Lindt chocolate

3 tablespoons Kahlua

/4 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)

Directions: • Heat the half-and-half over medium heat until simmering and then add cocoa and espresso powder: cocoa powder will dissolve as mixture heats. Once dissolved, add the cinnamon stick and continue heating until simmering (do not boil). Remove from heat and set aside. • Beat the egg yolks and sugar until well blended and colour turns to light yellow. Continue whisking the egg mixture while slowly pouring in the hot half-and-half. Return to original saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until custard thickens (about 180o F). • Pour mixture through a fine colander to remove any egg lumps and cinnamon stick pieces. Add the chopped chocolate and stir until melted. Finally, add the Kahlua. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator overnight. Prepare according to the directions on your ice cream maker. • Remove ice cream from your ice cream maker into a freezerquality container and let ripen in freezer for several hours or overnight before serving.

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Fresh green garlic For all you garlic lovers out there, I can only say that you haven’t really tasted garlic until you have tried the wonderful, flavourful stems of fresh green garlic.


here are two types of garlic. There is the “soft neck” type, so called because the garlic bulb’s centre stem is small and does not dry hard, then there is the “hard neck” type where the centre stem dries hard and the garlic cloves are large and easy to separate. The soft neck garlic herb is shorter than the hard neck garlic but it stores better and maintains its flavour longer. I grow the hard neck garlic at my herb farm for use at the fresh green stage. Looking like green onion, the flavour at this stage of growth cannot be matched. The sweet, juicy, fresh flavour of a green garlic can be eaten straight from the garden and added to virtually any dish. I prepare the soil for planting in late fall before the ground freezes. Come springtime, as soon as the top are six inches of soil warmed, I plant the garlic cloves. Usually by June there will be little green shoots popping up their heads. From the middle of June

Home & garden BY fran elridge

to the end of the month I start selecting the larger shoots for harvesting. The garlic bulb at this point has not had a chance to completely develop; however, I am more interested in the green stem of the garlic. Over the course of the summer, I continue to pull the larger shoots so that there is a continuous supply of fresh green garlic available throughout the growing season. Despite my best efforts, I never seem to have enough left over to dry for winter use. Many people choose to plant their garlic in the fall. In the spring you should be rewarded with a beautiful garden of green garlic. The fresh green garlic can be used in any dish that requires garlic. Less harsh than store-bought garlic, it provides a wonderful burst of flavour to any culinary dish. It is less pungent than the bulbed garlic. If you require more garlic flavour, simply add more stems. Preparing dishes using fresh green garlic is like preparing dishes using vegetables right out of the garden. You simply cannot match the freshness, smell and wonderful flavour. A favourite of mine is to add fresh garlic and fresh dill to any potato dish. Imagine those small new potatoes coated in olive oil, given a dash of pepper and finished off with a hefty covering of fresh dill and garlic! Now is a great time to begin thinking about planting garlic. The days are getting warmer and the soil should be ready for planting. Consider plopping the odd garlic clove in your flower or vegetable garden. You won’t be disappointed. Fran Eldridge is the owner and operator of Fran’s House of Herbs. She can be contacted at 373-9014 or at


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Creating a classic garden


he most classic landscapes were part of life when gardening was for the very rich, those who could afford to hire a fleet of gardeners. Styles were more formal in nature, with elements like topiary, terraces and hedges. Today, gardening can be part of the life of everyone - regardless of wealth - which has helped these styles to evolve and become more relaxed. However, many of the more classic elements of landscapes of long ago can easily be incorporated into the styles of today without creating a lot of expense or extra work. To start, you certainly do not need to convert your entire garden into one of the most famous classic gardens of all time. Simplify your project into something manageable that can evolve over time. Incorporate some plant material that lends itself to a more ordered style of growth, in effect, moving away from the freeflowing style of the English cottage garden look.

BY Patricia hanbidge

Let’s take climbing roses as a great example. The Explorer series of hardy roses are climbers by nature. They will happily climb up any structure you give them to grow upon. If you are looking for a more classical style, simply choose a more formal structure and get out your pruners to tame the rose and give the appearance of a more classic structure of the plant itself. Reducing the range of colours in the garden will also give you a tamer, more ordered look. If you like all the colours of the rainbow, then reduce the palette gradually to ease the transition from many colours to fewer. Try choosing a couple of colours that you find attractive and use them throughout the garden with some repetition. Reducing your colour palatte will help to make your garden more formal and more classic. If you choose vibrant colours like red or orange, your garden will be busier and less soothing but still more ordered. If

you choose cooler colours, perhaps in the blues, then your garden will seem quieter, calmer and most definitely less wild. Space your plantings so that the structure of each individual plant is more evident. Try to move away from filling every available space in the garden. If the transformation in your garden seems to be to your liking, then take some time to browse your local library to look at some of the famous gardens around the world. Take those elements you find attractive and incorporate similar plants that thrive in our climate to help you create a more intimate classic garden right in your own backyard! Patricia Hanbidge is a local horticulturist. She can be contacted through the Saskatoon School of Horticulture at or by calling 306-931-GROW(4769).

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The beauty of evergreens


f you are looking for a low maintenance design that is unusual and you are a collector of plants, why not try an evergreen specimen garden? The evergreen specimen garden that originated in England is an attractive and low-maintenance style that can be incorporated into a rock garden or a small yard in Saskatoon. It can be made very colourful with the addition of spring and summer blooming perennials such as aubretia, lamb’s ears and other low growers such as sheep’s fescue and mini daylilies. Evergreens, at least the minis, are low maintenance because they grow slowly. There is not a lot of pruning with these ones and their

shapes are varied and interesting. Low maintenance does not mean they are drought resistant, though. Water is essential, especially as new transplants. Watering in a dry fall season is critical to getting them through our cold winters unscathed. One of the newest groups of evergreens to be developed is the columnar style. The giant Colorado blue spruce has been made miniature with a columnar blue spruce. It’s mature size is 16 feet tall and only seven feet wide, a more manageable specimen for the average backyard. Add to this a columnar Scotch pine and the narrow Skyrocket juniper and Degroot’s Spire cedar and the choices are wide open. The spires can be planted in groups

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of three in a triangle shape for great as a hedge plant along the driveway. exclamation points along the back The Little Gem Norway spruce is a fence. These look great in formal set- dependable little fellow that makes tings and the post-modern style of it through the winter hiding under a garden design. snow bank. The Japanese cypress is Cedars now come in tiny little balls a delicate, low, mounding evergreen (Little Gem), medium (Little Giant) that would look good in groups along and large globes (Woodward). They the front of a bed. are great accent plants and, for the Some of the oddest of the mini formal look, unsurpassed. evergreens are the weeping forms One of my favourite accent ever- such as the Weeping Larch, the greens is the globe blue spruce. It Weeping Norway spruce, and other is a strong focal point in a rockery grafted junipers on a stem. To my and with its great mind, it takes a lot of blue colour, really to love one Evergreens, at least patience sets itself apart in a of these, since they planting combination stay in the juvenile the minis, are low of Goldmound spirea form for a long time. and burgundy bar- maintenance because Think long, gangly berry. teenager! They can they grow slowly. The mini mugo be a very interestpines such as ing centre piece to an Slowmound and Pumilo are an ideal evergreen specimen bed. evergreen for the rock garden. They Gardeners tend to be collectors of are a little more drought tolerant odd and unusual plants that push and adjust to poor soils. the zones (hardiness) and one plant One of my favourites is that is not reliable here is the Dwarf the Threadleaf gold cypress Albert spruce. We see it for sale all (Chamaecyparis pisifera filifera over Saskatoon and it will not make aureum); quite a mouthful for a small it here without a lot of shelter and plant. Its frilly needles are gold and care. These spruce can, however, limey green and will stay small for make a great potted plant for the some years (called a juvenile form). season in classical pots around a forAs an adult, it raises itself off the mal dining area. ground to become a vertical specimen. Janet Wanner is co-owner of Gentle The Bird’s Nest spruce is an odd Earth Design Studios. She can be flat-top evergreen that is another contacted at 343-8594. great accent in rock gardens and/or

Creating a better tomorrow

BY jonathan and marcus storey


houghts of shoe companies, often bring to mind huge profits and cheap child labour. Shoes are something that we all wear, every day, yet completely take for granted. We just don’t think about a life where finding a pair of shoes to wear is a challenge. We’ve all got an arsenal of different shoes for every activity: cleats, dress shoes, loafers, sandals, winter boots . . . on it goes. But unfortunately, this isn’t the case in all parts of the world. That is why it is so refreshing and encouraging to see a company like Toms Shoes in the world today. Toms Shoes was founded in 2006 by Blake Mycoskie. The idea of Toms was inspired by Blake’s trip to Argentina where he saw the traditional alpargata (a lightweight slip-on shoe). Struck by the poverty and health issues of w w w .

the country, more specifically the foot problems and diseases children had from a lack of shoes, he set out to reinvent the alpargata for the U.S. market. His goal was simple: to show how together we can create a better tomorrow by taking compassionate action and providing shoes to children who cannot afford them. To realize this goal, Blake made a commitment to to donate a pair of Toms to a child in need for every pair purchased. No complicated formula: If you buy a pair of Toms, the company will give a pair on your behalf. During his first year in business, Toms sold over 10,000 pairs of shoes and Blake returned to Argentina to lead his first Shoe Drop where he gave to the children who inspired him. In November 2007, Toms had its second Shoe Drop, hand-placing 50,000 pairs of shoes on children in South Africa. The response has been incredible with many Hollywood stars taking part. Keira Knightly, Scarlett Johansson, Renee Zellweger and Kirstin Dunst – just to name a few – are wearing them. Jonathan and Marcus Storey are coowners of Escape, located on the corner of 19th St and Ave A. Contact them at 244-7433 or visit

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veryday choices can do much to reduce human impact on the Earth. However, influencing public policy on major land and resource-use decisions can have a bigger long-term effect. At the present time there are several environmental policy issues and forums that require the attention of every citizen. Here is a rundown.

The bishops of the Anglican, Evangelical Lutheran, Roman Catholic, and Ukrainian Catholic churches are encouraging citizen involvement in studying the issues surrounding the proposed expansion of the uranium industry in Saskatchewan. Their joint statement is also available at the coalition’s website

Enriched uranium future?

Last fall the Government of Saskatchewan announced a program to sell one million acres of provincially-owned grazing land, much of it native grass. An additional 600,000 acres of Crown land which is partially cultivated but which contains natural habitat is also being made available for purchase. Nature Saskatchewan’s position is that this land is critical remnant habitat for native flora and fauna. If it is sold to private landowners, there could be a lot more native prairie ploughed given rising prices for grain and the depressed beef economy. Trevor Herriot, author of Grass, Sky, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds, states on his informative blog that the current protected status of Crown lands, additional to the above, is also being reviewed. He makes a strong case against the policy change. “These lands should remain protected and cherished as a ‘Crown jewel’ for the future benefit of all Saskatchewan residents,” he writes. Herriot notes we have lost 80 per cent of our natural landscape south of the forest fringe and we have one of the most modified landscapes in North

Dan Perrins, Chair of the “Future of Uranium in Saskatchewan” consultation process, has announced the dates for public meetings. Perrins’s mandate is to conduct public consultations on the key findings and recommendations of the Uranium Development Partnership (UDP) report and then draft a report on what he heard from Saskatchewan people, stakeholders, and communities by August 31. The opening stakeholder conference will take place on May 26 in Saskatoon followed by two full days of stakeholder meetings in Saskatoon on May 27 and May 28. The community consultation meeting in Saskatoon will take place on June 15 at 7 pm in the Travelodge Hotel. The full UDP report, a slide presentation summary, and the executive summary plus the dates and locations of all community events are available at The website also offers online input opportunities. Submissions can also be made by regular mail to: The Future of Uranium in Saskatchewan, P.O. Box 7, Regina, SK, S4P 2Z5. The deadline for online, e-mail or mail submissions is July 31. Call 1-877-791-4667 to request

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a copy of the UDP report or executive summary. Clean, green Saskatchewan

In response to the UDP report and recommendations, a province-wide network of diverse, grass-roots organizations has formed the Coalition for a Clean Green Saskatchewan. Their website ( has information about the nuclear issue and about renewable energy. There are sections for each community that has an organized group, as well as downloadable literature, upcoming events, action steps and useful links.

America. Only 15 per cent of the agricultural zone is public land and this includes provincial parks, community pastures, and leased lands. At the same time, 20 per cent of Saskatchewan’s native plants are rare and disappearing at an alarming rate. Two out of three bird species are declining in numbers, including burrowing owls, Sprague’s pipits and familiar species like meadowlarks and killdeers. As on many issues, a lack of expressed concern can be interpreted as support for the sales program. Nature Saskatchewan and Herriot advocate on behalf of protection of these lands and making your views known to those in charge of public policy. See www. or http://trevorherriot. and search Crown lands. Environmental action summit

We Are Many is hosting an action summit on May 19 from 1 to 4 pm, with a reception at 12:30 pm. TCU Place has generously donated space for this youth-driven public event. Elected representatives from all levels of government as well as school board officials and community institutions have been invited. Two WAMinitiated action plans on transportation and bottled water will be up for discussion with presentations by high school students who have been studying the issues prior to the event. The interactive forum aims to gain school-wide and civic engagement on these issues and to plan additional steps for a follow-up summit. RSVP to if you would like a copy of the action plans ahead of time.

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Thrills of container gardening


like my grandma’s chocolate chip cookie recipe. The recipe gives me enough guidelines to guarantee success and still has enough flexibility to allow for some creativity. The same thing applies to growing awesome annual containers. When you use a proven recipe, success and creativity follow. My favourite annual container recipe involves three plant ingredients: thrillers, fillers, and spillers. THRILLERS Thrillers provide the “WOW” factor. The “Thriller” is the star of your container. It will be a plant that has unusual colors either in the foliage or in the blooms. It often will be the tallest and largest plant in the design. Some of my favourite thriller plants include Croton houseplants, vines growing on a trellis or obelisk like Mandeville vine or Clematis, and Cordyline Red Star. I’ve also been experimenting with ornamental grasses. I love the unique textures and colours. My new “gotta have it” plant is Red Rooster Carex. The grass-like sedge

will add interest to my container from early spring until fall. You can also really push the limits of your design with out of the ordinary tropical plants like a Cannas and Taros. Anything that is exotic, interesting, or just drop dead gorgeous can be a “thriller”.

FILLERS Fillers do just that… they add mass to the arrangement and complement the thriller. They will hide any bare stems that there may be. Look for plants that have a mounding shape. One of my favourites is Diamond Frost Euphorbia. Diamond Frost has mounding

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clouds of tiny white flowers. It intermingles nicely with most other plants. It also can tolerate heat, making it ideal for sunny containers. I also use lots of Supertunias in my containers. Supertunias give dependable color all summer long and are easy to care for.

SPILLERS Spillers tumble out of the pot. They will soften the edges of the container and “ground” the design. My favourite spiller is Lime Potato Vine. Potato vines are vigorous. The chartreuse leaves grow on trailing vines. I love the punch of color. The

vines are easy to take care of as well. On a larger container over 16” in diameter, I’ll use either a large thriller, or a couple of medium-sized thrillers side by side in the centre of the container. I’ll add two each of two different filler plants. Lastly, I’ll add two of my favourite spillers.


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So, try a new type of recipe this spring. With a heaping cup of “Thrillers” a dash of “Fillers” and a touch of “Spillers,” you’ll enjoy a flowering container you’ve created all summer long. vanDuyvendyk

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business & technology “I’ve seen many troubles in my time, only half of which ever came true.”  -Mark Twain


re you still struggling to love the job you hate? No one approach will be a foolproof method of changing your work situation and it is a good idea to have an arsenal of information to improve your workplace attitude. This article will deal with a collection of suggestions to lessen your stress levels at work. Stress is an option. Realize that stress is a choice that you make. Stress is the result of perceiving a situation as unpleasant, frightening or that will leading to an unwanted result. The acronym for FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real. We tend to imagine a stressful event as be much worse than it really is and worry about an outcome that will rarely come true. Let it go. If you are stressing over something and there is nothing that you can do to change the situation then let go of thinking about things, rehashing and fearing the worst. If there is something that you can do to take control of the situation, then do it. Otherwise, try not to worry.

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Get organized. There is nothing worse than trying to be productive when you are surrounded by a mess. That view will create a degree of stress all on its own. How many times have you misplaced something on your desk and spent a great deal of time looking for it? Tidy your desk. Take the time to prioritize your workload, block off time for specific tasks, and avoid interruptions like people dropping in, e-mails and

phone calls. Take a time out. It helps your mental attitude to step away from your desk. Make a point of going outside no matter what the weather to get some fresh air and blow out the cobwebs from the day. Some endorphins will be released with a brief walk. New opportunities and possibilities can come to mind. If you can take a quiet moment somewhere, spend some time meditating.

Eliminate. I don’t mean that you should get rid of that person in your office who is not the easiest to deal with. Eliminate caffeine and sugars. They can play havoc with your blood sugar levels and ultimately your energy level. When your energy is low, it is much more difficult to deal with situations or to focus and concentrate. Eat healthy. Eating well helps to balance your energy levels and can boost your energy. When you eat healthy you have more energy and tend to be more positive in your approach to any issue. Ask for help. Ask someone in your office or call someone else for assistance. Sometimes just talking something through with another person is the most helpful way to eliminate the perceived stress. When you say it out loud sometimes it isn’t that bad. Theresa (Therri) Papp, BA, CDP, MDE is a career development practitioner, transition consultant and educator. She can be contacted at 249-4937 or visit

Falling victim to investing with emotion It may seem intuitively obvious that buying when Carole Collins you feel good and selling when you Making Sense of Investing feel bad doesn’t make much sense as an investing strategy. Yet many investors don’t realize how often they do that. They frequently make key decisions based on the emotion they’re feeling about the market at given time. These emotional reactions tend to follow a cyclical pattern. The process starts with optimism. When the markets are rising, the investor says, “This I great. I’m making money. I’ll invest more.” As the investments continue to perform strongly, euphoria sets in. The investor decides to buy as much of the hottest stocks or sectors as possible, at the expense of other stocks or asset classes. Eventually, those stocks that kept going up plateau or reverse course. At that point, a bit of fear sets in but these people insist they’re still willing to stick with their investments because they’re in for the long term and they’re only facing a temporary setback. A correction may make the investor’s profit seem like it could vanish. At that point, he or she finally relents, thinking “Maybe this is not for me,” so they bail out on their investments. After a subsequent rebound, the investor thinks, “I’m not getting fooled again. This isn’t over yet.” Often by the time he or she realizes the worst is over, the bulk of the recovery may have already happened.

Of course, by that point, optimism has returned and the cycle is set to repeat itself. Through it all, the investor has bought a disproportionately large amount at a relatively high price, while selling all of it at a relatively low price. In short, by reacting emotionally to short-term developments, this person has bought high and sold low – the cardinal sin of investing. On the other hand, there are investors who follow a more disciplined, truly long-term approach that takes all of the emotion out of decision making. While emotional investors are feeling optimistic, the disciplined investor knows that it might be a good time to rebalance, cautiously moving money away from the “hot” stocks and into other quality investments that may have under-performed. Similarly, when prices come down and the emotional investor is surrendering, the disciplined investor knows it may be time to consider re-balancing again and buying while prices are relatively weak. Simply put, disciplined investors recognize how all market conditions can present opportunity so they stick to a systematic approach to take advantage of that. They realize that keeping a diversified portfolio of quality investments, with percentage weightings in balance, makes much more sense than constantly reacting emotionally to the ups and downs of markets. Of course, past performance cannot guarantee future results and diversification cannot guarantee a profit or protect against loss but you might well find that having faith in this type of disciplined approach

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So you think you want  to be an Archaeologist?

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


o you ever wonder about our ancestors? Most people in Saskatchewan have at least visited Wanuskewin Heritage Park, but rarely do we get the opportunity to see how people in the past survived. If the study of the past sounds interesting to you, you may want to consider a career in archaeology. Archaeology is the study of human history through the analysis of artifacts, features and remains that individuals and societies left behind. Archaeological evidence can be found all over the globe and the job offers a good deal of travel. Through archaeological investigation, we

can uncover the story and understand people who lived before us. There are several different careers you can pursue in the archaeology field, generally related to the level of education and experience you’ve obtained. You can be an archaeologist based at a university, at a firm that conducts archaeological investigations associated with federal construction projects, or you can work at national parks, museums, and provincial historical societies. To start, you need training in archaeology. In Saskatchewan, you can enroll at the University of Saskatchewan in the archaeology and anthropology department and aim for a three or fouryear degree. This involves six credits of fieldwork, as well as course study. Usually, students who major in archaeology minor in anthropology, since the two disciplines are closely related. Through your classes and other programs offered, you will be given oppor-

tunities to work as a field worker at a field school. Field schools are archaeological dig sites where students are given a chance to learn how to excavate – how to expose, analyze and record archeological finds. Field schools are training grounds for students organized through university-arranged programs but some field schools accept non-student volunteers for projects as well. The next step in archaeology is becoming a graduate student. Once you have a supervisor, archaeology graduate students start their own smaller project within their supervisor’s scope. After you have finished your master’s program, you can technically refer to yourself as an archaeologist. In order to carry out your own excavation, you have to have a master’s degree and many people do go to work after obtaining this level of education.

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Hilary Gough mapping a skeleton excavated at the Drawsko site in Poland, summer 2008. w w w .

Hilary Gough is an undergraduate archaeology and anthropology student nearing the end of her degree at the U of S. “I always thought of myself as an arts student and took a broad range of classes in my first year. I was looking to fill up my schedule with a few different things and I ended up taking an archaeology class and I loved it. It was one subject where I was really learning something new,” said Gough. Archaeology, a subdiscipline of anthropology, is multidisciplinary, says Gough, and each course she’s taken has contributed to the way she approaches problem solving. So far, she’s been on two excavation trips – one to Wanuskewin and one to Poland – and she’s travelled to Mexico to visit various historic and prehistoric sites. On her trip to Poland, she excavated a mortuary site for four weeks with 18 other students and instructors from all over the world, where they examined human remains from the 17th century. The experience was eye opening for Gough. “We learned how to excavate human

quick tips

- Archaeology involves a combination of working outdoors and in a lab. While working as a field assistant you are mainly outside but a lot of archaeology is done indoors. Enjoying a combination of the two is in your best interest. - It’s important to keep up with the changing technology and methods in order to understand the theoretical concepts and to comprehend what you are learning. New technology is constantly changing how archeologists conduct analysis. - Observational skills are very important. Once you have taken an artifact out of context, there is no putting it back. Often subtleties such as the direction an object is pointing can lend significance.

If you plan to further your education, you can obtain a PhD in archaeology. The academic archaeologist can teach at universities during the school year and conduct research excavation projects during the summer. PhD degrees are becoming more common since archaeology is a very competitive field.

remains, how to excavate an urn, the removal of skeletal material and how to bring it to the lab,” said Gough. “We were analyzing, taking photos and learning how to distinguish the sex, to look for disease. “When you are excavating there are a whole bunch of things to look at – how they may have died, what sort of stresses show on the bones from the archaeological record. . . . Finding those you can try to decide what that indicates about the people who lived in that society.” Gough also learned the value of careful, deliberate work and warned against hasty behaviour on the dig site. “As you excavate a site, you’re essentially destroying it. It’s important to be able to get as much information out of the site as possible. Once you’ve moved objects out of their site and into the lab you can’t replace them.” Working alongside other students and instructors helps when taking measurements, says Gough. Making drawings and generally interpreting what is available is a constant collaborating and learning process. Gough’s work at Wanuskewin in 2007 involved studying a prehistoric (pre-European contact) site. With a group of 10 other students, she excavated bison bones, tools, projectile points and scrapers from approximately 500 to 5,000 years ago. “You excavate layer by layer,” she

said. “It’s interesting to see what comes out of each layer and see the depression into earlier and earlier cultures.” Excavating is hard work, says Gough, but uncovering evidence that will help to answer broad research questions makes it worthwhile and fun. At Wanuskewin, visitors to the park can observe the process firsthand and learn about the current excavations sites, allowing visitors and excavators alike to get involved and excited about the process. Gough likens archaeology to storytelling and believes people from different disciplines and perspectives are needed to bring the whole picture together. Each scientific and analytical technique that is developed can contribute to the understanding of the artifacts that are uncovered at each site and how past cultures valued them. “It’s only by bringing together all the evidence that we can see the whole picture,” Gough explains. “By taking the time you need and taking every line of evidence that can be used, that’s when the story comes out.” In the future, Gough hopes to do more travelling, plans to pursue graduate school and would like to work with human remains. “Everywhere in the world there are sites to work on. There are exciting prospects everywhere.” May 2009 • Section A / Page 23

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BACK TO THE CLASSIC Express Life is the lifestyles section of The Neighbourhood Express with information about family, health, self-development and entertainment, including “Heartwarming Animal Tails,” “Journey of Faith,” “Experience Saskatoon,” “Of Community Interest,” and “On The Edge.”


ou don’t have to go back in the large theatre is decorated with a time to enjoy a classic atmo- Spanish villa facade complete with a sphere; Saskatoon has a great twinkling night sky. collection of retro places to visit. The Delta-Bessbourough Hotel Homestead Ice Cream has is another one of Saskatoon’s historic always been a Saskatoon favourite landmarks. Often called “The Castle,” on hot summer nights. When they the Delta is one of Canada’s railway moved across the street to their new hotels. Built by the Canadian National location on Victoria Avenue in 2006, Railway, the hotel holds its own with they also updated their look. While other famous railway hotels in the the old location still had a great clas- country like the Chateau Frontenac sic feel, the new location got a shiny in Quebec City, the Empress in new retro makeover. Not only is the Victoria, and the Chateau Laurier ice cream some of the best in the city, in Ottawa. The decor may be modern the atmosphere is hard to beat. but there’s nothing more classic than If you truly want to experience a staying at a luxe hotel for a night or classic evening, two to get away take in supper at There’s nothing more classic from it all. The Broadway If you’re lookCafé. The walls than staying at a luxe hotel ing for someare covered in thing a little for a night or two to get posters of movie more affordable, stars from the a burger and away from it all. ’50s and ’60s and fries is a timeclassic tunes play honoured meal. in the background. Pick up some Often quoted as having the best classic, delicious meals: burger and burger in town, Fuddruckers is a fries with a milkshake, anyone? Saskatoon staple. Established in the Heading to the other side of the ’80s, the Fuddruckers name is quickCrescent - encompassing Broadway, ly becoming a classic. Saskatoonians downtown and Riversdale - another also may not realize how lucky they classic evening could include a meal are: We’re the only city in Canada at 20th Street’s Park Café followed with a Fuddruckers. by a movie at the Roxy Theatre. Just because it’s fast food doesn’t Following in the same vein as The mean it isn’t classic. Established in Broadway Café, the Park Café is 1956 in Winnipeg, the A&W burger also decorated to that ’50s theme. joint has felt the test of time. If The biggest difference between the you’re looking for a little taste of two would be the food. While both classic on the run, Saskatoon has an cover classic fare, the Park Café does A&W in almost every corner. it with a down-home twist; nearly Even better than cheap is comall the food is locally grown and pro- pletely free. The University of duced and it has a decidedly home- Saskatchewan has a number of cooked taste. art galleries and the grounds themJust down the street from the Park selves are a great place to go for a Café is the historical Roxy Theatre. walk. Often said to be one of the most The movie theatre was built in the beautiful campuses in Canada, the early ’30s. After changing hands U of S has been a part of Saskatoon many times and eventually going out from the start, since 1907, and hosts of business for several years, it was some truly classic architecture. reopened in 2005 and restored to its Beyond places in the city that have original splendour. One of the last that retro vibe, there are several movie palaces left in North America, places to eat out that are truly retro.

The everyday


Earl’s current location is a 100year-old Mediterranean-style building that used to be a bakery. The sign “Don’t say bread, say Earl’s” is instantly recognizable to most city residents. Some other great eateries in the city that have stood the test of time include Taverna, Trio Café, Mings, China Clipper, and City Perks. These places are still around for good


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Spring cleaning the body


t’s spring and we all want to be more active, to join our friends and families in summer activities and to have vibrant health and more energy. A principle of natural healing is that certain foods can help the body remove toxins. Below are excerpts from the newly released second edition of Eat Away Illness. Cleansing internally helps rid the body of toxins, improves elimination and restores healthy bacteria to the bowel. Health food stores have many kits and individual products available to help with this task. Do not buy a kit that calls for fasting unless you are being directed by an alternative health practitioner. You may do simple, but effective, cleanses on your own. In general, using more raw foods, eliminating sugar, refined products and using all whole, natural foods will go a long way to improve your health. The following is a list of foods that may counteract the toxic effects of environmental pollution and poor dietary and lifestyle choices.


Beets are great for cleansing the liver and gall bladder and for purifying the blood. In his book Foods that Heal, the late pioneer nutritionist and natural health expert Dr. Bernard Jensen says beets are high in vitamin A and benefit not only the systems of elimination but also the digestive and lymphatic systems. Artichokes stimulate the liver, which is the body’s major organ of detoxification and have a high alkaline ash, promoting a healthy pH balance in the body. Artichokes also increase bile production, therefore helping to metabolize fats. Parsley has a high alkaline ash and a diuretic action. It is good for the kidneys, builds the blood and stimulates brain activity. Cilantro, a form of parsley, helps remove heavy metals from the body, particularly mercury. Dandelion root is a wonderful liver cleanser, helps the flow of the bile and is supportive for the gallbladder. The chlorophyll in dandelion also helps to purify the blood. Lemons are an ideal fruit for ridding the body

of toxic materials, especially the liver. Due to their high vitamin C content, they are great for preventing and easing flu and colds. Dr. Jensen noted that lemons appear to increase elimination through the skin, helping to reduce fever. Make fresh lemon juice and consume quickly to avoid vitamin loss due to exposure to the air. Drink with a straw to minimize damage to the teeth. Ginger is a traditional digestive remedy that also increases circulation, thus promoting the excretion of toxins via the skin, bowels and kidneys. It is also antibacterial and antiparasitic, helping to combat inflammation. Apples, which are high in pectin, have the ability to take up excess water in the intestines and make a soft bulk, stimulating the peristaltic movement necessary in natural bowel elimination. Grapes are wonderful for promoting action of the bowel, cleansing the liver and aiding kidney function. This sweet fruit is best eaten alone. If you prefer juice, choose Concord grape juice. Grapefruit is useful for cleansing of the liver and gall bladder. It also reduces catarrhal accumulations (swollen membranes of the nose and back of the throat). Fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, traditionally pickled vegetables, and good quality yogurt (if diet allows dairy) promote health by re-colonizing the large intestine with healthy lactic-acid bacteria. Sauerkraut and its juice are particularly good for a sluggish intestinal tract. Make it a point to add the foods listed above to your daily regimen and your body will love you for it! The above information is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace any instruction from medical or health professionals.

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COMMON SIGNS OF DRY EYE Stinging, itchy, scratchy uncomfortable eyes, or the feeling that a foreign object is in the eye are common signs and symptoms related to dry eyes.

WHAT CAUSES DRY EYE? The normal ageing process, hormonal changes, exposure to environmental conditions, problems with irregular blinking or medications such as antihistamines, oral contraceptives and antidepressants can lead to dry eyes. The majority of patients affected by dry eye are adult women over the age of fifty.

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his is the third monthly report on Brenda Wilks’ Journey for Life program. Brenda is continuing her program with incredible success as she strives to replace old, unhealthy habits with new healthy habits every week. Habit replacement requires time, patience and a realistic plan. The “Four Fs to Success” that will support this journey are failure, flexibility, forgiveness and fix.

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Fix it! Fix whatever is interrupting our path to success. For example, if we keep snack food in our cupboards and we come home feeling tired, stressed or bored, then we are going to eat the comfort food that is accessible. We can’t eat what isn’t there. So, we need to get rid of it! The journey to success requires a lifetime commitment and patience. Achievements do not appear over night. We need to recognize that we are going Behaviour modification is the key to slow to experience some failures along the but continuous movement to a better way road to wellness. This is being realistic, of life. not negative. It is the attitude with which you face failure that will make or break you. As an example, let’s say that we decide to go on a diet at the beginning of the week. Monday is pretty good and so is Tuesday; Wednesday isn’t too bad but we are invited out for supper, eat to our heart’s content and have dessert and a glass of wine. Suddenly we feel sick. We start to beat ourselves up with statements such as, “Why did I do this? I have no will power. What’s wrong with me?” This inner conflict leads us to rely on food for comfort and so we decide we will postpone this commitment of dieting again until next Monday. We then continue to eat as much as we please through Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday because we are going on a diet on Monday. These old sabotage behaviours need to be avoided. Therefore, if you fall off the wagon on Wednesday, let Thursday be your new Monday.

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We need to allow for flexibility in our wellness journey. If our routine is to exercise on Monday, Wednesday and Friday but we have to travel on the Friday, then maybe our exercise commitment for this week will be Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Avoid rigidity in your planning scheme.

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ere are Brenda’s thoughts on changing her habits and creating a no-fail environment. Changing habits For me, modifying my behaviours started off relatively easy and then became more difficult over time. The enthusiasm and excitement of the first few weeks combined with a good weight loss helped carry me through the beginning stages and I didn’t feel that I was giving up a whole lot. The toughest part in the beginning was finding time for my new activities - working out and eating well. In a way, it actually got tougher once the “two treats a week” were put into my plan. Now I had reason to think about them . . . and think about them I have. This is one area that I am working on changing. By about week five or six, motivating myself to carry on got tougher. As time went on, the desire just to resume “normal living” started to creep in. I needed to fairly consistently remind myself how much I wanted the weight loss to happen and for it to be permanent, not a yoyo experience. I have found it helpful to remind myself that I am to treat each day as a Monday meaning it is a good time and day to start anew. With that in mind, I have been able to invoke the behaviour that promotes weight loss and not even fall off the healthy living plan in the first place. Those have been small steps to success and I am definitely on that road. The program’s behavioural audit chart helps me to check as to whether I am moving into healthy behaviours or away from them. I find it helps me to review it occasionally, just as a check and a teaching tool for me. No-fail environment I think that what creates a no-fail environment ends up being a very personal journey. I am still on that part of the trip. Strange as it sounds, I know that I can now have large sealed bags of junk food around and never be tempted. That

is until someone else opens the bag - then my temptation begins. Somehow I have established a pattern whereby eating junk food has become okay after someone else has opened it. I have learned that this is not a successful strategy and I now know that I need successful strategies. To help build my no fail environment, I have completely stopped buying junk food. The deal I struck with my family around junk food still in the house is they are to eat it when I am not around and to hide the open bag from me before I return. I believe this rule is helping the entire family eat better as I am around home a fair bit and no one wants to get caught sabotaging my health and my hard work so far. To set myself up for success I now eat at new, healthier-choice places. However, I always plan to take healthy food along with me so that I can have something to eat before I get too hungry. My healthiest days have been when I plan my day’s food choices the evening before and write them out onto a menu plan. I have a greater sense of relaxation about my food on those days. I know I don’t need to make any last minute decisions when time, real hunger or stress might be a factor in my eating choice. I feel extra proud as I am putting my health first and making it easy for myself to succeed. The scale can’t become my measurement of success, it is merely a tool. What becomes real success is my honest record of how I am eating, attending group sessions and getting the education to ensure I know what really healthy is as opposed to what the advertising makes seem healthy. In addition, success involves challenging established behaviours and staying on this path with exercise built into my week. The question becomes how determined am I to live my best life. I plan on answering that with a resounding “very determined!”

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Do you know your T-score? Testing for osteoporosis


steoporosis is a very common but serious condition that can affect quality of life as we age. In Canada, 1.4 million people suffer from osteoporosis. One in four women and one in eight men over age 50 have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a factor in 70 per cent of hip fractures, up to 20 per cent of which will result in death and up to 50 per cent in permanent disability. More women will die each year as a result of osteoporotic fractures than from breast and ovarian

cancer combined. We need to be talking more about osteoporosis and what we can do to prevent the progression of the condition, and how to prevent fractures. In the area of our health, we have numbers to describe our well-being. We know our blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar levels, weight, cholesterol levels and so on. These numbers can show if we are “normal” or not. Another number that is equally important, and one that many people are not aware of, is the T- score, which

There are different factors that lead to the development of osteoporosis and they are categorized as major and minor risk factors. Major risk factors: • Age 65 or older • Vertebral compression fracture • Fracture with minimal trauma after age 40 • Family history of osteoporosis fracture • Use of a corticosteroid • Medical conditions, like celiac disease or Crohn’s disease, that inhibit absorption of nutrients • Primary hyperparathyroidism • Tendency to fall • Osteopenia apparent on X-ray • Hypogonadism (low testosterone in men, loss of menstrual periods in younger women) • Early menopause (before age 45)

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is given when you are tested for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a potentially crippling disease. It is characterized by low bone mass (density) and deterioration of the bone. This causes the bones to weaken and can lead to fragility of the bones and risk of fractures. The tests for osteoporosis measure bone mineral density and are done using bone densiometry technology. BMD testing can indicate if you have osteoporosis, osteopenia (lower than normal peak BMD but not enough to be classified as osteoporosis) or how likely you are to develop it in the future. Both men and women are at risk of osteoporosis and both genders need to be aware of the possibility. People with a high risk who might be referred for BMD testing include individuals who: •Are over 65 years of age; •Have lost four or more centimetres of height overall, or two or more centimetres in one year; •Have rounding of the upper back; •Have had a recent fracture from a fall; •Have had a risk factor assessment with their physician; •Use steroids. Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry is the device used to scan your spine and one or both hips. The readings compare your bone density to the bones of an average young adult and this comparison is your T-score. Some bone loss is normal in aging and comparing in this manner can indicate if your bone loss is greater than would be expected. The T-score is expressed in units called standard deviations (SDs) and measures your distance from the normal for a young adult. Below normal is marked by a minus. The World Health Organization

T-score classification is as follows: Normal is a score of +2.5 and not greater than -1.0 SD, osteopenia is between -1.5 to -2.5 SD, osteoporosis is -2.5 SD and severe osteoporosis is -2.5 SD or greater with a fragility fracture. With this score and other risk factors, you can be given a 10-year absolute fracture risk, indicating if you are at a low, moderate or high risk of fracture. So what is your T-score? Do you know? Do your friends know their scores? Maybe this could be a discussion at your next coffee or get together. If you are interested in more information, please contact the friendly and informative staff at the Saskatoon chapter of the Osteoporosis Society at their new office in Market Mall at 931-2663 or e-mail saskatoon@ Next month I will discuss the findings on a recent national study on osteoporosis, called “Breaking Barriers, Not Bones.” This study shows that the health care system is failing large numbers of Canadians who suffer painful wrist, spine and hip fractures. The two main items the study looked at were accessibility to the BMD test and access to medication through public drug plans. I will outline the study and show how Saskatchewan scored on the report card. Robynne Smith is a physiotherapist at Off Broadway Physiotherapy and Dizziness Clinic. She can be contacted at 933-2619.

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How sweet it is: The art of body sugaring


assed on from generation to generation, the ancient Egyptian art of body sugaring has planted itself firmly in 21st century Canada. Body sugaring is a safe and very gentle method of hair removal, especially good for those with sensitive skin. The all-natural sugar paste, or halawa as it is called in the middle east, is made of water, sugar and lemon juice. Applied to the skin with a gloved hand, the warm, taffy-like paste is flicked in the direction of the hair growth, leaving skin completely hairless and satiny smooth for weeks. Because of this advanced technique, there is little or no hair breakage

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he past inspires the future. The classics influence our present day culture - art, literature, cars, architecture, music and even hair styles. Iconic designs, shapes and lines are all a function of the creative mind. They express one’s self and the culture and environment in which they are portrayed. The ’60s Sassoon bob, Farrah Fawcett flicks, Twiggy’s pixie cut and 1940s pin curls are all classic styles we can draw upon. It is interesting that so many classic hair styles are quite simple shapes, not over-complicated, overdone or fussy, but beautiful in their own simplicity. Although simple, these shapes have stood the test of time. They have transcended fashion and fads and influenced the styles of the masses. Many hair stylists unknowingly created these


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s of March 2009, there are 26 BodyTalk practitioners in Saskatchewan certified by the International BodyTalk Assoociation. Eight of these practitioners are in Saskatoon. Hundreds of Saskatchewan residents have taken the access course or the basic BodyTalk system (Module 1 and 2) to maintain their families’ personal health. Why study and use this system? BodyTalk is being used to improve all areas of personal health - physical, emotional and mental. One of its many benefits is that BodyTalk can be integrated into whatever the client is presently doing for their well-being or it can be utilized entirely on its own. It is a priority-based system so if some other healthcare system is a priority it will direct the client to seek whatever is in their best interest in the present moment.

this all-encompassing system, will be in Saskatoon on July 8 to share some of his knowledge. He will be giving a public presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rawlco Radio Hall in the Frank and Ellen Remai Arts Centre. This is a rare occasion to meet him and to hear what knowledge and insights John has to offer. On July 9 to 11, John will teach his interactive course to BodyTalkers. The prerequisite for this seminar are Modules 1 and 2. Dr. Veltheim is a chiropractor, traditional acupuncturist, philosopher and teacher. His extensive post-graduate studies have included applied kinesiology, bioenergetic psychology, osteopathy, sports medicine, counselling, comparative philosophy and theology. As well, he

is an author of several books on acupuncture, reiki, and BodyTalk. Starting his practice in Florida, he only used BodyTalk techniques so that he could witness the system’s effectiveness. His BodyTalk Access book states that “within 90 days, there was a 12 month waiting list in my practice, all because of the results I was getting.” John has developed an extensive training program, created the International BodyTalk Association and most recently started a nonprofit organization for “independent scientific studies that can demonstrate and document the efficacy of the BodyTalk System as an effective healthcare and health maintenance modality.” This organization also funds “outreach projects for bringing

BodyTalk Access to less fortunate neighbourhoods and regions around the world where access to basic affordable healthcare is limited.” Any profits made at Saskatoon’s public lecture will be donated to the non-profit IBA fund. To date, BodyTalk is taught in more than 30 countries and in eight languages. The training has attracted many professional people such as medical doctors, massage therapists, chiropractors, fire fighters, emergency paramedics and nurses, including those working with mental health, as well as many other health -conscious individuals. Dr. John Veltheim’s goal, as stated in his book, is to “make these simple tools available to individuals, so they


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your entry to dummy and you must use that entry to take one of those red suit finesses. Which one? Surely it must be right to finesse in hearts because if that loses to West, you’ll have a heart entry back to the board for the diamond finesse. So, the queen of hearts is led from the board and it holds. Yippee! Now dummy’s ace of clubs is cashed (pitching a diamond) and the winning heart finesse is repeated. Oops! This time that dastardly West fellow produces the king. Even worse, you now have no way of avoiding a diamond loser also. Down one! When the first heart finesse worked, don’t take your eye off the ball. You must realize that a second heart finesse is unnecessary. After the queen of hearts wins, the 100 per cent safe line is to cash the ace of clubs (pitching a heart), ruff a club high (just in case there is an overruff in the cards), then draw trumps and give up a diamond.

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ooking back over the last 50 years, we can see that genealogy has advanced a long way. How we look for information and the amount of information that is available has changed dramatically. When compiling research on people from Saskatchewan, one of the greatest resources we have are our local history books. In the 1950s, these books started being published across Saskatchewan to commemorate the province’s 50th anniversary. Most of them were small and of limited print. When the 75th anniversary came around, local groups were formed and started calling on the people of their area to submit write-ups and photos for publishing. Most of these books are similar in several ways: hardcover bound with titles and with cover images that can be found on numerous other books. It is what we find inside that is the most meaningful for genealogists. These are

your own collection, searching used bookshops like Northland Books or White Cat Books in Saskatoon may lead you to owning your own copy. Accessing larger collections of local histories for Saskatchewan can be done at a few locations. In Saskatoon there is the Local History Room at the Frances Morrison Library, the Saskatchewan Archives Board and the University of Saskatchewan Library. The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society office in Regina has books from Saskatchewan as well as other provinces and the Saskatoon Branch also has a smaller collection of books. If your focus is on places outside Saskatchewan, try the local genealogical society. Do they participate in interlibrary loans or will they do look-ups for a fee? There is also a world of online books you can access. is working to digitize books from across Canada.


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the personal stories that were submitted by the people. If the person has left the area, sometimes a brief entry can be found if you’re lucky. For most, depending on the writer, there is an account of the family’s stories of settlement in the area. Key pieces of information such as birth, marriage or death dates or names of distant relatives may be discovered and a little insight into who they might be will bring most researchers great delight. This is one of the key places that genealogists can track down information on people who may still be alive. With 100 years of Saskatchewan pride, more committees formed around 2005 to produce or update the local history book for their area. These may be hard to find online; they can more likely be bought locally. If you would like to add to

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declared that women were “persons” on Oct. 18, 1929. These statues represented the “Famous Five” who were instrumental in the Persons case on May 24, 1928. Persons? It felt like a jolt of lightening that went through my body. I had somehow forgotten the historical fact that suffrage was just a blink in time away. To not be considered a person? “And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free” (John 8:32). Although my country of origin, the U.S. has a similar story with Susan B. Anthony’s famous speech “We are Persons” in 1873, I would like to honor the five women who committed their lives for the advancement of freedom and equality right here in Canada: Judge Emily Murphy, 1868-1933; Henrietta Muir Edwards, 1849-1931; Louise McKinney, MLA, 1868-1931; Hon. Irene Parlby, MLA, 1868-1965; and Nellie McClung, MLA, 1873-1951. In learning about this historical movement, what struck me about these women is that they worked together much like a set of dominoes. There was strategy in their alignment for the final outcome. They were uniquely gifted, unified in their purpose, diligent in their mission, submitted to authority by obeying the law at hand. The definition of “personhood” was challenged by Emily Murphy as she sought to run for senate. She was turned down by the fact she wasn’t a legal person by law but she could petition the Government of Canada if there were five in agreement to lobby with her. Thus these five women gathered for tea parties at Emily’s invitation and the rest is history. In the book of Genesis Chapter 1 Verse 27 it says: “So God created man in His own image, in the image and like-

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ave you ever built a city of dominoes? Lining them up one by one spending hours on end creating a masterpiece on the kitchen floor? With one flick of a finger, the cause and effect principle is witnessed right before your eyes. Our lives are much like the domino effect, where our convictions, words and our actions not only affect our own lives but the lives of countless others we encounter on the journey. An example of this was when I went to Calgary a few summers ago for a gathering of over 7,000 women from across western Canada. I drove there with four adventurous women from the Journey of Faith team. I hoped the event would inspire them. With the various speakers, musicians and comedians, we laughed until we cried and we cried because it hurt. All in all a “good day at the office” in terms of women’s conferences. Rather than hopping in my van Sunday morning to rush back to Saskatoon, I encouraged the group to take a stroll with me to a nearby park. Imagine with me if you will hundreds of hanging flower baskets and a beautiful water display creating a serene environment to centre oneself. As we walked about the park, our plan to journal was brilliantly interrupted as we came across an artistic display of history that will be forever etched in my mind. Encompassed in a circle were five bronze statues of women towering above us. Their presence was breathtaking. When I walked about the statues of women, some were holding teacups and appeared to be celebrating. One that stood out above the rest was the woman who held up a scroll with great confidence. This note of victory


ness of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Equality was at the core of our existence from the beginning of time. Why has it taken so long to walk in this truth? Sadly, there are still millions who are not free as they continue to be viewed as subjects or property to control. The domino affect in their situation is based on lies and the aftermath is destructive, to say the least. In the Luke account in the New Testament of the Bible in Chapter 19 Verse 10, it reads: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.” Not only was our relationship with God broken when sin entered the world thus making all mankind lost, our original intent became skewed. Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost. Our original intent is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Trusting in Him who is the truth, we can receive and impart our original intent reversing historical damage based on lies and replacing it with the truth. The Famous Five acted on the truth that all are created equal, giving women the same opportunities presented to

their male counterparts. It is one thing to learn the truth, another to accept the truth, but most importantly to appropriate it in our lives. The Famous Five and the decision of the Privy Council in the Persons Case improved the lives of millions of women throughout the British Empire. Reflecting on the domino effect and the Famous Five, whose lives are you affecting by your actions, your words and your convictions? What are they based on? With truth as our guide, our domino effect can alter history. The possibilities are endless. “Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life- no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me” (John 14:6). Scripture taken from the Amplified Bible. Jodi is married to Tim, and together they have four daughters (and a sonin-law). They live on an acreage outside Saskatoon. Jodi enjoys speaking and writing and is the founder and director of Women’s Journey of Faith www.wjof. com.


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

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chance encounter with a muskrat turned a recent leisurely walk into a wildlife escort mission. I have lived on Berini Drive for over 10 years and have walked up and down its sidewalks many times but on this occasion I spotted some kids tailing a small animal. Two kids were on bikes and some had sticks. As it came out of a park area onto Berini, I realized it was a muskrat, though I had never seen one on land before. The distinct, thick, beaver-like fur and narrow hairless tail almost a foot long distinguish this rodent. It was heading in the right direction for safety; less than one kilometre straight north would take it to the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo where there is a large pond. Beyond that sanctuary, access to the river would also be possible. The kids were losing interest but just to ensure they didn’t do something that could hurt them or the muskrat my wife and I decided to escort the little migrant. He was following the east curb of Berini Drive north so I fell into position behind it. I soon learned its comfort zone. When I got closer than about 10 to 12 feet it turned and faced me in a defensive posture. When I dropped back it felt safe enough to proceed. It waddled across 115th Street without incident, though I got more than a few stares as I followed it and held out my arms to alert approaching motorists. Traffic on this late Saturday of Easter weekend seemed unusually high.

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a safer habitat by itself. It had obviously made its way through plenty of urban terrain to get to where I spotted it. As I kept my distance during the escort operation, I felt safe but certainly agree with the conclusions on the WRSOS information sheet that they “can and will defend themselves if they feel threatened.” I also realize why WRSOS emphasizes non-interference with wild animals unless necessary. Interventions arising from human emotions with no knowledge of the behaviour of the species may be well-intentioned but do a disservice. Thus, sometimes young animals and birds may seem abandoned but the parents are just finding food. In this case my initial involvement came from concern for both the safety of the kids and the muskrat. Once I got involved I thought my escort would protect it from traffic or other human encounters. It turned out as well as could be expected. I have also learned more about a great non-profit society, based in Saskatoon, that exists to help people understand what to do when encountering wild animals. More on WRSOS below.

Wildlife in the city If you see wildlife roaming streets or alleys in the city contact the City of Saskatoon, Parks Branch at 975-3300 during regular office hours. After hours, call Public Works dispatch at 975-2476. For injured or orphaned wildlife call the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan (WRSOS). They are based in Saskatoon and their hotline is 242-7177. The City of Saskatoon has different protocols for different species and locations. For example, muskrats are harmless and are commonly left to find their way to a water habitat on their own. City staff will assist with removing animals such as skunks, racoons, porcupines and badgers if they are burrowing or nesting on public or private property. They will also deal with bee, wasp and hornet nests on public property. Dead wild animals can also be reported. The carcass will be removed and sometimes testing may be done if diseases such as rabies are a concern.

On the northeast corner it used the low rise edge to climb from the pavement onto the sidewalk and then found its way onto the turf beside the walk. The grass in this spot had some green tips which it found to its liking. As it seemed content grazing there, I left it for a minute and crossed back to my wife. I was going to get her to call the Wildlife Hotline of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan (WRSOS) but decided that reaching a rescue expert at supper time on Saturday evening was unlikely. So, I came back across the street and hung out with the little critter. I must admit I felt conspicuous standing there with what must have looked to passers-by like an oversize pet rat or a mighty funny dog. After a few minutes it started to move in its slow, steady pace. It headed straight north along the sidewalk toward Attridge Drive. About 30 feet before the intersection, it suddenly decided to cross Berini before Attridge! Without time for forethought, I followed it across, warning drivers of the animal as I went. Reaching the open grass at the southeast corner by St. Joseph’s School was a moment of triumph for at least the escort. Home free never felt so real. From there I trusted its instincts would guide it across the new park area known as Forest Park and into the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo. After this encounter I read the succinct and pertinent information sheet on muskrats on the WRSOS website, I learned that muskrats “are known to make lengthy excursions across land and far from water to find a new home.” They are often mistaken for giant rats or thought to be rabid due to what seems to be the unusual behaviour of being far from water. It suggests that it is probably best to let them find their way on their own. In retrospect, the muskrat I escorted would probably have made it to w w w . t he n e i g hb o u r hoo d expr ess. c o m

Normally deer and other ungulates will make their way on their own unless trapped or injured. Larger uncommon predators such as cougars have been cited. If there is a concern with public well being due to the presence of a larger wild animal, call the Ministry of Environment’s TIP number at 1-800-667-7561. The WRSOS hotline can be used for both emergency and nonemergency calls. The focus of this group of dedicated volunteers is providing rehabilitation to and ensuring the return to the wild of rescued, injured and truly orphaned wildlife. The non-profit society also promotes an understanding and respect for wildlife through education. Their website is an excellent resource. It has printable brochures, specific to Saskatchewan, on muskrats, racoons, beavers and skunks. WRSOS maintains a list of veterinarians who will assist with injured wild animals. In Saskatoon call the College of Veterinary Medicine at 966-7126 or the Acadia Vet Clinic at 477-1222. The WRSOS website has an article on the safe capture and transportation of injured or orphaned small animals or birds, should that be necessary.

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Pelicans: The original synchronized swimmers


Saskatoon residents have special visitors each summer. April through October, pelicans gather by the weir to fish.


hile only seasonal visitors to the city, the pelican has become a symbol of Saskatoon and the natural beauty of the South Saskatchewan River. The sign of the pelican can be found on many local businesses. These birds, once on the endangered species list, have been visiting the South Saskatchewan River since the late 1970s. For city residents, their arrival means spring has come. The American White Pelican is one of the largest birds on the continent, weighing 7 to 10 kilograms and having a wing span of up to three metres. Breeding birds develop an orange horn on their bill that falls off after nesting season.

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The birds seen at the weir have likely flown in from Redberry Lake, the site of the nearest nesting colony, a 200-kilometre trip they make daily. When they migrate, these pelicans fly to places like California, Florida, Mexico and Guatemala. Every spring, the Meewasin Valley Authority hosts a Pelican Watch contest, offering prizes for anyone who can come closest to guessing the moment the first pelican lands between the CPR bridge and the weir, a popular spot for them to fish. This year, the first pelican touched down April 12, at about 7:45 pm. If you’re looking for a way to increase your chance of guessing the right time next year, the MVA website has the touchdown times listed for the past several years. Recently, though, the pelican’s favourite feeding ground may see some changes. The City of Saskatoon is considering installing an artificial white-water rapid park and hydro dam in the weir’s current location. One local group is upset about the situation and has started a blog to state their case. The blog is

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hen you garden you learn to appreciate the beauty and balance that is part of creation. You become a steward of the Earth. At Dutch Growers, we strive to use the most environmentally gentle method of pest control possible and still maintain a high quality plant.The best way to start is to choose plants that show improved disease and pest resistance. Many of the newer varieties are being bred to be resistant to common plant diseases. Some of my favourite hardy roses are part of the Parkland series of roses developed in Morden, M.B. Instead of fighting with powdery mildew or black spot, I just enjoy! Choose plants that are healthy. Make sure the location you choose for your plant matches the plants growing requirements. A plant that wants full sun will never be happy or healthy in a shady spot. Growing green requires an observant gardener. Check your plants frequently for pests or disease. It is much easier to control a small problem than a severe infestation. If you need to deal with a pest or disease, start with the gentlest solu-

tion possible. For example, aphids can be controlled by squishing them between your thumb and forefinger. Squeamish? Find a five year old. You can also control aphids using insecticidal soap. It is important to use a product that is approved for horticultural use like Safer’s Insecticidal Soap. Many liquid dish soaps can harm your plants because they are actually detergents laced with colour and fragrance. In our greenhouses, in addition to insecticidal soap, we also use ladybugs. Towards the end of May, when the weather turns warmer, we release thousands of lady bugs in the greenhouse. Each lady bug can eat up to 1,000 aphids over its lifetime. If you choose to use chemical controls, follow the directions carefully and use the least amount of chemical possible to control the problem. Growing green requires us to rethink how we have gardened in the past. More chemicals are being banned from residential use but at the same time, new plant varieties are being developed and new organic pest controls and gardening methods are being devised. Grow green when you garden. Your plants, your kids and your grandkids will love you for it.

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The Saskatoon Philharmonic Orchestra is orienting its spring program to its new venue at River Landing with a program it is calling “Music by the River.” The concert will feature guest artist Martin J. Janovsky who will play the Allegro from the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20. The program also includes Die Moldau (The Moldau), composed as a tone poem to evoke the sounds of one of Bohemia’s great rivers, Li Jiang Tone Poem (Lu) and Dawn on the Moscow River (Mussorgsky) and a couple of additional peices. Martin J. Janovsky is the son of the


well-known Saskatoon musician Martin Janovsky. Born in Czechoslovakia and performing internationally he now teaches and tutors students in classical and jazz music. The Saskatoon Philharmonic Orchestra is a community based orchestra created to fulfill the need for an adult symphony orchestra of non professional players who enjoy providing the full symphony experience to the public in lively, fun and affordable concerts. Since it began in 1997, the Saskatoon Philharmonic Orchestra has already built up an extensive repertoire ranging from show tunes to the familiar classics, contributing significantly to Saskatoon’s musical and cultural community. It is conducted by George Charpentier, associate director of the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra and the conductor of the Saskatoon Concert Band. Music by the River will be held at the Frank and Ellen Remai Arts Centre Rawlco Radio Hall, Sunday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are: adult $15.00, students $7.50, under age eight, free. Tickets available at McNally-Robinson Booksellers or at the Persephone Theatre box office at the Remai Arts Centre, Phone: 384-2126. w w w . t h e n e i g h b o u r h o o d e xp r e s s . c o m


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iving a life that could be described as off the beaten track, Ana Egge’s parents were farmers who moved the family from Ambrose, N.D., after a drought destroyed their crops, to Silver City, N.M., where they started their own progressive school. Ana would build her own house from the ground up, build her own acoustic guitar (which she still plays exclusively) and begin her career as a songwriter at the ripe old age of 15. Her first album, River Under The Road, was released just five years later to a review in the Austin Chronicle hailing it as “a debut masterpiece worthy of a songwriter decades worldlier than this mere 20-year-old soul.” It also earned her two Austin Music Awards. Ana followed up her entrée with the release of four more solo albums that include Mile

Marker, 101 Sundays, and Out Past The Lights, and her most recent album of covers celebrating the art of laziness, Lazy Days. Throughout Ana has toured consistently, sharing the stage with the likes of Lucinda Williams, George Jones, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Shawn Colvin and Ron Sexsmith, to name only a few. Road To My Love is her sixth and most soulful release to date. American Songwriter magazine has described her voice as “Honeysuckle . . . dripping with the strains of Lucinda Willams and Ron Sexsmith.” The song “Farmer’s Daughter” is homage to the upbringing which fostered Ana’s distinctive individuality and gave her the tools to follow her own path so aptly. With writing that reflects a literary bent, Ana shares a deeper slice of her life with this latest effort.

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rin has a lot to be excited about. After four years of hard work, she is finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the highlight being her successful premiere art show this past March. Erin found the time to talk about her artwork, the future, and her favourite web sites. Artwork: I’m a non-objective painter, which means that my paintings don’t often reference anything outside themselves. My work develops around how the application of paint in one area essentially affects the painting as a whole. Ultimately my paintings are about the application of thick to thin paint, texture, quality of line, speed of the brushstrokes and most importantly, the use of colour. Inspiration: I tend to use personal imagery as a compositional tool to set up the visual relationships in my paintings. These influences come from many different sources, including my own memories, photographs, sketches, written lists and my surrounding environment. However, these inspirations become hidden as my work progresses into a process of solving formal, aesthetic problems. The future: The possibilities are endless. But I will be painting and working. Hopefully travelling will be a big part of my near future. In the long run, though, I’m going to go back to school for a Masters of Fine Arts or to pursue a master’s in interior architecture and design. Personal style: My style sort of has a multipersonality disorder. When I’m at school, or in my studio painting, you’ll usually find me in jeans, a T-shirt and a cardigan. Away from my art, I like to layer simple pieces but dress them up with some bright tights, quirky jewellery and some killer shoes. I think the key to an amazing outfit lies in the accessories.

Favourite website to waste time on: Hypem. com,, (Sunday secrets are my addiction) and I almost hate to admit it but my biggest guilty pleasure is perezhilton. com. I’m a celebrity gossip junky. Listening to: At this moment my IPod rotation consists of a strange mix of Bon Iver’s For Emma, from Forever Ago, Dragonette’s Galore and Kings of Leon’s Only By the Night as well as a plethora of random mash-ups (which I usually find on and I can’t forget about the techno beats! Favourite book: I’m a complete bookworm, so this is probably the hardest question to answer. I think any book that gives you a real sense of imagery and makes you wonder what the characters are doing once the book is over is an instant favourite. I think that’s why some of the books I like the most are Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Night by Elie Wiesel.






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alk about a paperless world has been happening for years but the Kindle may be the first real step in that direction. Amazon’s Kindle 2 is an e-book reader. It runs at the hefty price of about $430 Canadian but the costs may outweigh the benefits. Many classic titles are in the public domain and can be downloaded for free and most bestsellers go for $10. Part of the big price tag is the Kindle’s free wireless Internet service through Sprint’s Whispernet. Unfortunately, this feature doesn’t work in Canada. The big draw for this service is that you wouldn’t need a computer to download books

but Canadians will need a computer and Internet connection to buy the e-books and connect to the Kindle. The e-books are delivered via the

Their library is fairly extensive, with 250,000 titles and many bestsellers. They also have some of the most popular American newspapers

It’s lighter than a paperback at 10.2 ounces, the battery lasts up to a week with the wireless turned off and it saves your place in any book you’re reading. Internet and Amazon says customers will get the full book in less than a minute. It holds up to 200 titles but one of the complaints about the device is that it has no memory card slot, meaning you can’t hold more than 200 titles.

and magazines, like the Wallstreet Journal and Time. They’ve even thought about browsing – shoppers can download the first chapter of a book for free. Some of the problems with previous versions of electronic readers was that bookworms found it uncom-

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ne of Saskatoon’s lesser- Louis XIV of France and had a part known museums, the Museum in decorating the Palace of Versailles of Antiquities located on the for King Louis. . . . University of Saskatchewan campus It is a replica of a marble bust that is free and open to the public. was produced in antiquity but no Museum acting director Tracene longer survives.” Harvey said the collection primarIn a way, these pieces are useful ily consists of full-scale replicas but helping preserve the past. While the they also have a growing collection originals may last several hundred of original artifacts including Roman years, they will not last forever. The coins, glass and pottery. bust of Hannibal is only Museum patrons will Museum patrons will one example of this. have the opportunity These replicas may not to check out authentic have the opportunity be the originals but pieces from Egyptian they still look amazing to check out tombs as well as some and a lot can be learned original Egyptian ushby studying them and authentic pieces their history. abti and amulets. A casual observer While their major repfrom Egyptian tombs licas would be hard-pressed come from workto tell the difference shops of famous museas well as some between the original ums the world over, like art works and the reporiginal Egyptian the Louvre in France, licas as they are made they also encourage from molds of the ushabti and amulets. students and volunoriginals. “Many of the teers to get involved in sculptures are cast in plaster with the process. Last year, volunteers a few done in plastic resin,” said helped make replicas of Greek and Harvey. “They’re made to full scale Latin inscriptions found in Roman and then painted to look as close as catacombs for a temporary exhibit. possible to the originals.” “We have employed [students] to This collection of look-a-likes produce to rather good quality repliincludes the Venus de Milo, the cas for some of our exhibits and we’ll Apollo Lykeios, a bust of Constantine be doing that again this summer the Great and Hermes with Infant in an exhibit that features Images Dionysus. They also have original of Sexuality in Roman Domestic replicas which are old replicas of Space.” even older pieces. Their Psyche of The upcoming installment will feaCapua is a marble replica from the ture items from the Roman house19th century and once stood in a hold and Roman wall paintings from Scottish Castle. According to Harvey, Pompeii. one of their most prized possessions The Museum of Antiquities is is an “original replica” bronze bust of located in Room 106 in the College Hannibal. “It’s from the 17th century Building on the U of S campus and and was possibly made by Francois is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to Girardon or one of his students. 4:30 pm. Girardon was the sculptor of King w w w . t h e n e i g h b o u r h o o d e xp r e s s . c o m

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Events at Frances Morrison Library

June 9 is the Seniors’ Art Exhibit from 2 to 4 pm. For more info. call 975-7606. Buried at Sea is the Video for Hungry Minds at noon on May 13. This is the last Video for Hungry Minds until Sept. May 14 is the Open Mic Night at 7 pm, presented in partnership with the Saskatoon Writers’ Coop. For more info. call 665-5609. Come to the library May 15 for Fun with the No-No’s with short skits and theatre games.

Save some green on the greens

The Lung Association of Saskatchewan is offering the 2009 Golf Privilege Club Book for $35. Get discounts at golf retailers and 137 courses in Saskatchewan. The Assoc. provides funding for lung health research, education, patient support and community service in the province. For more info. or to purchase a book, call 651-3347 or see

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Spring cleaning has started and the Canadian Diabetes Association’s Clothesline Program need your old clothes. All proceeds from donations are used to promote the health of Canadians through diabetes research, education, service and advocacy. Call 1800-505-5525 to schedule a free pick-up, donate clothing and linens at any one of the program’s red drop boxes located throughout communities or donate items by visiting nearest donation centre (call the toll-free number to find the nearest location).

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SaskMusic introduces it’s new workshop series, “Your Music as a Business.” May 23 is “Loopholes, Litigation, Legal Stuff” at Long and McQuade. June 27 is “How to Write a Marketing Plan” at Salon Batoche in the Delta Bessborough. All sessions are free for SaskMusic members or $50 for non-members (includes a SaskMusic membership). Individual sessions are $25 for nonmembers. Pre-registration required. Call 1-800-3470676 or

Saskatoon Council on Aging AGM

The Saskatoon Council on Aging is holding their annual general meeting on May 21 at 1:30 pm at the Frances Morrison Library. A short business meeting will be followed by a presentation on ageism by Candace Skrapek.

Wood 2009

Wood ’09 is the 31st annual exhibition of fine woodwork by the Saskatchewan Woodworkers’ Guild. The event will be held at the Galleria Building, 15 Innovation Boulevard, from May 30 through June 7. Hours are 11 am to 9 pm daily with closing at 4 pm on June 7. Admission free. Woodworking demonstrations take place at 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm daily.

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Come in to discuss the second novel, Inside Out Girl, in McNally Robinson’s new Soon to Be Classics of Canadian Literature Book Club May 12 at 7:30 pm at the Art Alcove. With only 53 % of respondents to a recent poll able to name a Canadian author, it’s time for Canadians to take back their literary heritage. For more info. call Nicole Berard 955-3599 or e-mail

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The University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2009 Alumni Awards. If you know a successful U of S graduate who deserves recognition, submit a nomination. Deadline for submissions June 15. Submit your nomination online at or call 306-966-5186 for info.

The City of Saskatoon is hosting a one day event for youth to help kick off the summer season in Saskatoon. Summer Jam is being held on June 13 from 1 to 5:30 pm and will include a skateboard demonstration and competition from 1 to 3 pm; a “Battle of the Bands” competition from 3 to 5 pm where local youth bands will battle for top prize; food and refreshments; and prizes and give-aways. All youth bands interested in competing can contact Mark Planchot at 975-1429 or e-mail to sign up.

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Join Helen at the Laffing Out Loud Lafter Yoga Club. Generally the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7:30 to about 8:30 pm, (May 12 and 26) at the Cliff Wright Branch Library at Lakewood Civic Centre. For info. call Helen at 222-0563 or e-mail $5 donation appreciated.

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The Marr Residence presents “Victorian Mother’s Day Tea” on May 10 from 2 to 4 pm. Stop by 326 11th Street East to celebrate Mothers’ Day by returning to Victorian times with Victorian entertainments: they will have a magician and a palm reader. Costumes are welcome! For info. call 652-1201.

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Learners and tutors wanted

READ Saskatoon provides help to adults who want to improve their reading and writing skills. Adult learners are matched with trained volunteers. Learners must be over 18 and willing to meet with a tutor once a week at a library or a public location. If you would like help to improve your literary skills or if you would like to be trained as a volunteer tutor, call READ Saskatoon at 652-5448 or visit

About Face

Families Advocating for Compassionate Environment (FACE) is hosting a public forum from 10:30 am on June 13 at Frances Morrison Library Theatre. The forum will introduce the work of FACE Saskatoon Inc. and initiate public discussion about conditions in Special Care Homes. You can make a difference!

U of S Alumni Association

U of S alumni and their guest are invited to a special performance of the University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble in conjunction with the Alumni Association’s 93rd Annual General Meeting. To be held on Thursday, June 4, 5:00 pm at Convocation Hall, College Building (107 Administration Place). There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres with cash bar (beer & wine). Seating limited. RSVP by Monday, June 1, alumni. or 966-5186 or 1-800-699-1907.

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The Saskatoon Heritage Chinese Lanuage School is hosting the National Canadian Chinese Language Education Conference from May 15 to 17 at the University of Saskatchewan. Topics to be discussed include “Global Trends and the Chinese Language Education in the New Digital Era” and “The Role of the Chinese Language Schools in Global Chinese Education.” For more information, contact Eleanor at or visit

Metis cultural celebration

The Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company is hosting the 5th Annual Metis Cultural Celebration from May 20 to 21. This production celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Metis peoples in story, song and dance. Written by award winning Metis writer and playwright Maria Campbell, this production is a journey from yesterday to today. While the location was still to be determined at time of print, there will be shows at 8 pm daily with a 1 pm matinee. For more information, call 931-7682 or visit

Parish nursing conference

The Annual Canadian Association for Parish Nursing Ministry Conference is coming to Saskatoon May 21 to 24 at the Park Town Hotel. CAPNM supports parish nursing ministries across Canada with encouragement, support and resources.Visit www.capnm. ca for more information.

Doors Open Saskatoon

On May 31 from noon to 5 pm, 20 to 25 properties of historic and architectural interest will open their doors to the public free of charge. See old favourites and some great new additions. Volunteer hosts will be present at each site. This event is presented by Saskatoon Heritage Society, City of Saskatoon, Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee and the Meewasin Valley Authority. For more info. visit or call 652-1400, ext. 3.

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The 2009 World Men’s Softball Championship is recruiting volunteers for a number of event hosting positions. If you are interested in being involved in an exciting international sports event this July 17 to 26, register online at www.2009worldmensfastpitch. com. If you need info. call the championship office at 244-2232.

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For Assimilation on record. It sold out rapidly and the label quickly repressed it. This led to the band’s first tour, playing both Canada and the U.S. They then went on to release Defy False Authority which was followed by another U.S. tour in 2003 as well as a European tour in 2004 and a couple of split 7” releases. Shortly after that, the band chose to break up so the members could focus on other projects instead. Although the band has had a few member changes during their five year run, it will be Mike Lefevbre (vocals), Ryan Kramer (guitar and vocals), Derek Eisner (bass) and Rob Barisoff (drums) joining forces for the reunion shows. Inspired by the New Kids on the Block getting back together, fans will once again be able to see the foursome perform crowd favourites like “With a Straight Face” and “Fight Club” as well as some never heard unreleased songs. Each show has a stellar lineup of supporting acts including Blacklisted and Untimely Demise playing at Amigos on May 29 and Mudlark, Cashed, Blacklisted and Black Magic Pyramid joining DFA at the Cosmo Senior Centre on May 30.

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Bev Dubois is City Councillor for Ward 10. She can be contacted at 652-2576, by fax at 477-4168, by cell at 260-2360 or through e-mail at bev.dubois@ You can also visit www. or www.


am pleased to be able to update you on news related to city operations. There are several new initiatives in terms of compost options for tree and shrub material and free landfill drops for shingles until June 30. Pothole problems “Operation Pothole” is underway with Public Works crews working night and day, seven days a week, to patch potholes. Residents are encouraged to help the city locate potholes and settled roadway cuts by reporting them to Public Works at 975-2491. An inspector will determine the patching priority for each report and if necessary, will place a gate or cone to warn motorists, cyclists and pedestrians of the location until patching is completed. Transit news Good news for transit: ridership was up 5.2 per cent in 2008. In 2008, Saskatoon Transit provided about 11 million rides compared to nearly 10.6 million rides in 2007. This is the fourth year in a row that transit ridership has increased. The UPass and the Discounted Bus Pass Programs have contributed significantly to transit ridership. Compost options The City of Saskatoon’s two free compost depots opened last month. Saskatoon residents are encouraged to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill by bringing their leaves and grass to the depots, located on McOrmond Drive just north of 8th Street East, and on Highway 7 across from 11th Street. The depots will be open from 11 am to 7 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 5 pm on weekends. New this year, the depots will also accept tree and shrub material. Branches and tree trunks greater than four inches in diameter must be cut into sections no longer than 24 inches to allow material processing. Due to the threat of Dutch Elm Disease, provincial regulations prohibit the acceptance of elm and any other material that cannot be distinguished from elm at the compost depots. These materials will not be accepted at the depots but can be disposed of at the landfill. Also new this year, the landfill will no longer accept loads of unbagged leaves and grass. All clean loads of leaves and grass must be taken to the compost depots. For additional information, please visit and search under C for compost depots or call 975-2486. The City of Saskatoon is once again working with the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council to sell subsidized backyard composters to Saskatoon residents to help reduce the amount of organics going to the landfill. The limited number of composters, which are sold for $45 each (half

the usual retail price), are available at either of the City’s compost depots. Recycling depots The City of Saskatoon has six recycling depots located throughout the city. These sites have drop-off bins for newspapers, magazines and cardboard; beverage containers; tin cans; and milk jugs and cartons. The six depot locations are: - Primrose Drive (west of the Lawson Heights Civic Centre) - University Heights (Lowe Road) - Lakewood Civic Centre (1635 McKercher Dr.) - Meadowgreen (22nd Street and Witney Avenue) - Edmonton Avenue and Avenue P - Saskatoon Landfill (Dundonald Avenue) Clean glass and porcelain continues to be accepted at the landfill free of charge. As of April 22, the landfill will once again accept drop-offs of shingles containing less than 10 per cent foreign material such as wood or paper for free until June 30. The usual entrance fee of $5 will be waived for loads of shingles but will still be applicable, along with all other tipping fees, if other waste is delivered at the same time. Cleaning the city The annual spring street sweeping program “Clean Sweep” is underway with 40 road maintenance staff using a fleet of 16 sweepers to clean every street in the city. Each year thousands of tonnes of sand and debris are cleaned from the 1,125 kilometres of road in Saskatoon, preventing the material from going into our storm sewer system, reducing dust and making streets safer for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. Residential street sweeping began at the end of April. Residents will be notified of sweeping in their area through door hangers distributed about two days in advance. If poor weather delays sweeping, a new date will be set and another door hanger will be delivered to affected residents, advising them of the sweeping date. In areas of high parking concentration, “No parking” signs will be posted. During neighbourhood sweeps, residents are asked to remove their parked vehicles from streets in their area between 6 am and 2 am on the date indicated. Only specific sites that have high levels of on-street parking, such as City Park, will have “No parking” signs posted. In areas where “No parking” signs are posted, vehicles may be ticketed and towed to a nearby street. Schedules for the residential Clean Sweep program are available by visiting and looking under S for streets and roadways - street sweeping. As well as cleaning the residential streets, the city will be conducting the annual bridge and structure cleaning. City crews will be cleaning bridges, overpasses, underpasses and pedestrian walkThe Government ways from April 27 to

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June 18, weather permitting. City park hours Still on the subject of the outdoors, I want to remind you that the hours of operation of city parks are from 5 am to midnight. The City is asking for the cooperation of the public by contacting the Saskatoon Police Service at 975-8300 if you notice any damage or suspicious activity in parks. Along with this, I also urge residents to volunteer for your local Citizen Patrol to help keep our neighbourhoods safe. For information on the location and amenities of city parks, please visit and look under P for parks - amenities. Have a great month. Please remember to contact me with any questions, concerns or comments. I welcome your calls, e-mails and faxes. Take care.


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o, there I was engaging in another street fight. Apparently the young gentleman throwing his clenched fist facewards in my direction felt that I was ill-advised in telling his less than petite female companion that she appeared “bootylicious.” It was at this point that I screamed “Shyroken!” while attempting to imitate Ken’s flaming uppercut. The uppercut connected and I won the fight but as always, I was mocked for my battle cry. Ultimately though, a good night. Street Fighter is a one-on-one fighting game, usually fought on the streets. You fight one battle after another, each fighter for their own reasons, trying to obtain the title of world champion. Street Fighter is special because it was one of the first fighting games and to this day remains one of the best. Street Fighter has come a long way from its original inception as Fighting Street in 1987. It really gained popularity with Street Fighter II in the arcades and later on home systems like the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis. There were numerous versions of Part 2, like Super, Turbo and Championship Edition; to name a few. Then a complete alpha series and Marvel crossovers and even an anime and a live action movie. It seemed for a very long time that we were never going to see Street Fighter III. Then, in 1997, many prayers were answered in not one strike but a second and a third. Finally, after another decade of waiting, Street Fighter 4 has arrived. And, by taking it back to the original roots, it has been worth the wait. There are 25 characters in total. Three of which are very hard to unlock. The characters that you have come to love and/or hate over the years have all returned, like Ken, Ryu, Sagat and Chun-Li, among others. There are also a few new characters that actually end up being quite enjoyable to play with. My favourite so far is Crimson Viper. Playing against someone else is key for Street Fighter and aside from the re-release of the original on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. This is the first Street Fighter with included online play from day one. The downside is that when playing online against people new to the game or just amateurs in gen-

eral, you are going to end up fighting Ken or Ryu about 90 per cent of the time. And if you are playing against someone that has beaten the game numerous times and has any true skill, Akuma will be your rival. The only other gripes I have, I will get out of the way now. The opening and ending cinematics for each character look like they were animated by a low-budget American company trying to pull off anime. Obviously someone underpaid the animation sweatshop. And, when fighting the last boss battle, Seth, prepare to be rocked. Oh, not in the first round mind you, that’s the easy round where he hands you the win on a platter. The second round he essentially becomes pseudo-indestructible. It really becomes a challenge just to get close to him. Let alone hit him.

Where’s the love? But as for the good news, most of the game is true to the classic Street Fighter series, without near as much crazy stuff going on the screen like in the alpha series, which only the purists seem to appreciate. There are two special metres that build up while you fight. One charges from your attacks, the other charges when you are attacked. Each has its own special move. One is the Ultra move that looks wicked-awesome for every character that uses it and takes off almost half of the opponents life bar. And the other just amps up your pre-existing special moves and makes them slightly more powerful and sparkly. The new 3-D graphics are honestly well done. Everything looks updated and classic Blanka eyeball-popping is kept intact. Everything runs smooth and there is no slowdown for anything in this game. Rumour was they built the game in the fastest speed setting possible and just

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slowed it down to normal speeds for all of us “special” gamers. Whatever the case, it works well. Everything else is just as it was. You punch, they hurt. Street Fighter is back and more tweaked than ever. The game rocks and is a mustown for anyone who likes fighting games in any way. Besides, for the new systems, there isn’t much to choose from anyway. Curtis Chant is co-owner of Next Level Game Exchange located at #9-202 Primrose Drive. He can be contacted at 384-7222.



Feeding Fiction is a local threepiece progressive rock band featuring seasoned musicians with a mature perspective on song writing and performing. Their debut release Roots boasts technical chops, some of the best bass guitar licks to come out of Saskatoon, monstrous guitar tone with leads you would expect from a signed band, and polished vocals. Neighbourhood Express: Who did you work with on Roots? Mike Hepp: We worked with Ryan Anderson from Red Door recording for all the recording, mixing and mastering. We also did some drum tracks at Audio Art.



Curtis Chant gamer tag : NuBeens

NE: What are your plans for a CD release party? MH: Right now we are just working out some things; we want to let the album sit for a couple months see what happens, and probably early July we will be looking at doing something maybe at the Roxy or at the Odeon. NE: What is the concept of the album? MH: The basic concepts are about our culture and the kind of changes that are happening right now. We are at a crossing in our culture with how things are changing so much. As a band I think you have to keep in line with what’s happening. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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There are also, of course, a couple love you/hate you songs. NE: How does touring contribute to the preparation of recording an album? MH: Playing live is probably the best rehearsal you can get, I think; not only because you’re feeding off the crowd but you’re giving it your all also. NE: How receptive is Saskatoon to your style of rock? MH: Right now we have been playing a lot in Alberta. When we first started out, we played Saskatoon a couple times and we are hoping to play here a lot more in the next little bit.


MH: Oh yeah. Jeremy is an amazing bass player and he will be featured on all the songs as much as possible. It’s not very often you hear bass solos in songs but he is a player that can handle that kind of stuff. . . . Our next album, which is already being written, will be pretty amazing rhythmically in terms of altered rhythms, metres and strong hooks.

Feeding Fiction is Mike Hepp on the guitar and vocals, Jeremy Schultz on bass and backing vocals, and Ian Anderson on drums. You can pick up Roots at HMV and Indigo/Chapters and is available for download at most digital retailers such as ITunes, NE: The bass line dominates the Rhapsody and Puretracks. Visit Feeding Fiction online at tracks on your MySpace page. Can we expect more of that on to keep on top of any upcoming shows. the rest of the album?


Golden Smoke Resurrection City I write because I love music and even more, I love sharing it. I never thought I’d get into the business of obituaries, but here we are. The now ironically titled second album from recently defunct and hard hitting Saskatoon dream-rock quartet is their final resting place. Find painstakingly engraved on the surface of the headstone, along veins of calcified reverb and crumbled bass grooves, nuggets of their final will and testament like “You’d better get busy living / Or get busy dying,” “Everything is a drag” and standout track “Big Sleep.” The songs are much more laid back and atmospherically inclined, changing gradually, with waves of sound passing like tides and slow shifts, constant and continental. Particularly the intro and title tracks are indicative of a new direction the band had been exploring, a more densely regulated and digi-sampled effect of building tension with an effort similar to more electro-centric styles like Animal Collective or Dan Deacon. It’s tasteful, controlled experimentation. At the core, the songs are rockers, ebbing and flowing through withering and wispy wraithlike segments up to a torrent, overtaken by driving guitar work, careening around structurally loose corners and over steep cliffs of crashing and clattering drums. It’s like a classic ’80s children’s cartoon segment where the protagonist speeds off the edge of a sheer cliff ridge to virtually levitate and run across a chasm. Meanwhile that scruffy coyote plummets to an insignificant puff-cloud of dirt when he hits bottom in the valley below. w w w . t he n e i g hb o u r hoo d expr ess. c o m


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Vocalist Chris Laramee is to Wile E. Coyote as Golden Smoke is to Looney Tunes. The beaten down, bedraggled but hardworking and lovable spirit of belief in self and in art. And unfortunately, “That’s all folks!” You might be able to find a copy of this last album kicking around Vinyl Diner but they were limited to 50 and I suspect that ship may have sailed. Sorry! This Machine is a Fountain s/t This band is from Regina. This mini-album is their first and clocks in at a healthy 27 minutes. Comprised of five tracks, each song has an interesting mix of predominantly abrasive and searing guitarmanship. This is juxtaposed with a very hip-swiveling bounce and groove in the rhythm section, allowing for a lyrical hotbed of activity for female vocalist Nysa, who is less frantic than the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O but uses her voice in an interesting blend of hard-edged cadences and operatic overtures. s/t walks the fine line between crusty and beautiful, jagged and flowing. Echoing keyboards fill out cavernous guitar, a babbling brook of bass winding it’s way through stabbing stalagmite beats and staccato stalactite accents. New to the scene and my playlist, I predict this new underground source of tunes to be burbling forth to the surface of Sk attention anytime soon. Check out a show in Regina May 30 at the Exchange. I don’t know if you can buy this album anywhere in Sasktoon but I found a box of CDs in my house. What say we enjoy a giveaway!? Free to the first 10 responses by e-mail: i.lion.2012@



Saskatoon’s own singer-songwriter Zachary Lucky also plays in the band We Were Lovers. Although he was busy touring, The Neighbourhood Express caught up with him to find out a bit more about his music.

ZL: I think there were a few moments in my life when it sort of clicked in my head that music was what I wanted to pursue. One of my earliest memories about music is watching my grandNeighbourhood Express: How parents perform their brand of westwould you describe your music? ern music - I think that definitely had Zachary Lucky: I really don’t like to something to do with the way I view pin my music under one genre or title music (and) music as a career. but typically I think people would describe my music as folk, acoustic or NE: What’s your best musical of the singer-songwriter genre. When experience? I sit down to write songs, I don’t ZL: A few years ago I was playing in really sit down with a certain sound a piano-based, pop-rock group called in mind, I just write what comes Tuxedo Mask and we had the opportunity to play a rather large festival naturally. in Edmonton - it was a much larger NE: Do you prefer working as a stage and environment than I had solo artist or working in a band? ever played in. To this day I think ZL: Currently, I’m playing in both a it remains one of my favourite shows full band - We Were Lovers - as well that I’ve played. Also, on the last tour as solo by myself. I think there are I did in October I got the chance to pros and cons to each setting and play a real neat venue in costal town don’t really have a strong prefer- called Port Alberni - it remains one of ence in either direction. I quite enjoy my favourite places to perform. working in both settings. NE: Do you have any plans for the future? NE: What inspires you? ZL: I feel like I am inspired by a lot ZL: I’m currently on tour to promote of simple things in life - friends, fam- my new album Maps and Towns. I’m ily, work. A lot of things that people always excited at the opportunity to might not think would be inspiration. get out and share my songs with new I find it hard to not write directly people. As for the future, I am hoping about my life and my experiences to put out a full length sometime in late 2009 or early 2010. with it. Go to Was there ever a moment or time when you thought, “This is rylucky to find out more. what I want to do for the rest of my life”?

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• Volcanoless in Canada has completed their new album and it’s in the hands of New York mixer and producer Alex Newport (Death Cab for Cutie, Two Gallants, The Locust.) When his duties are wrapped up, he’ll be sending it on for mastering to Troy Glessner in Seattle (Anberlin, Underoath, Pedro the Lion). They inform us that album art is on its way and if all goes well, this puppy might be out before summer. • Other new albums expected in the next little while from around Saskatchewan will be from veterans Carbon Dating Service, newbies The Warbrides, Regina’s whimsical Library Voices and material from both sides of the Bloodlines split: Foam Lake and Violent Kin. Summer of 2009 is shaping up to be bright, sun-shiny, pop-rock one. Check out their respective websites for release information and music samples.• Probably Saskatoon’s most progressive heavy outfit,

Sparky posted a video interview online recently. Local know-it-all Aaron Scholz and the boys try to keep warm on the roof of the Milroy building while talking about their last album, influences and how none of them really listen to heavy metal. It’s an interesting glimpse into the minds behind the band and video quality is flawless, brought together by the same team that put out anything music related worth watching on SaskTel Max. Check it out at

• Members of Poser Disposer are resurrecting a previous (and internationally acclaimed) project DFA for a set of shows in Saskatoon: May 29 at Amigos Cantina for the 19 and over crowd with Untimely Demise and Blacklisted, and May 30 at the Cosmo Senior Centre with Black Magic Pyramid and Cashed Mudlark. This is where you’ll find the thrashpunk speedfreaks entertaining the leather-jacketed, ripped jean crowd. Not a show to missed! May 2009 • Section B / Page 27

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