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Human Interest

Affordable housing, Saskatoon firsts


amponi Place development became the first development in Saskatoon’s history to be approved under the Mortgage Flexibility Support Program. The program will see 50 families receive a down payment assistance grant to be applied toward the purchase of an affordable home. For households with dependants, an annual income of less than $52,000 will qualify them for the grant. For households without dependants, an income of less than $44,500 will qualify. The grant ranges from approximately $8,500 to $10,000 on the townhouse style units that are priced between $169,900 and $199,900.

In order to receive the five per cent down payment, the recipients are expected to attend a training seminar provided through the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC). The course covers everything from monthly budgeting to general property maintenance. The program was designed by SHC to ensure that everyone is well equipped with the knowledge to manage their new homes. The program covers everything from budgeting to household maintenance. Finally the Federal Government, (through the Canada Mortgage and Housing (Corporation) endorsed the City of Saskatoon’s new program, and the Camponi Place development became the program’s

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first designated affordable project. In supporting the program, CMHC will recognize the City grant as a down payment source and will insure the mortgages for the homeowners receiving the government grants. This will ensure that any bank in the city can participate in the program. Genworth Financial also endorsed the new city program along with CMHC. Both CMHC and Genworth will also support the homeowners by offering them the free option to reduce their monthly payments through a longer amortization, if desired (in typical circumstances this option adds roughly $800 to the cost of a mortgage). The homeowner grant itself is an exciting new program for the City of Saskatoon because it is a sustainable financing model over the long term. This is because the grant repays itself over four to five years from the property taxes generated from the new homes. The owner just pays their normal property tax and this in turn repays the grant. This means the funds can then be used to fund additional affordable units down the road. Using this sustainable model, the City has budgeted the creation of 50 affordable units per year. It is a very unique concept and is the first time in Canada that it has been done. As far as the housing project itself, there are a total of 60 townhouse units at Camponi Place that were relocated from McNab Park and fully renovated. Essentially the entire development was one the largest recycling and renovation projects in Saskatoon and it really gives new meaning to the term “community recycling program.” But, in the end it was this green and sustainable approach of reusing the existing structures that has allowed the units to remain affordable for many of Saskatoon’s working households. Article submitted by Tyler Mathies, Innovative Residential Inc.

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Welcome to the September edition of Neighbourhood Express Saskatoon. The advent of Fall often finds the city wrapping up summer projects and looking to the future in terms of planning and development. Currently, Saskatoon is on the cusp of becoming a “Next City,” and we are taking this opportunity to celebrate the vibrance and excitement generated by new projects downtown and new improvements elsewhere. From River Landing and high rise developments to cyclist-friendly city streets and community gardens, Saskatoon is moving in a positive direction toward becoming a larger, yet more human, space. As one of Canada’s fastest-growing communities, the city is striving to attract and retain residents and avoid the pitfalls often experienced in larger centres. Robert White lets us in on some of the ideas presented by world-famous urban quality consultant Jan Gehl. Our Vibrant City theme this month was further inspired by a fashion shoot in one of Saskatoon’s newest nightclubs. We were thrilled to bring together so many enthusiastic and creative people with the uptown, trendy look of clothing from Mint on Broadway. Fashion this year is all about an over-the-top look with retro influences from the 20s to the 80s. We are also inspired by the increased multicultural diversity we are finding everywhere around town, and this influence is reflected in the plethora of new tastes available, including Asian sushi (see article page 14A). Our entertainment section is once again packed with events. We are pleased to introduce a new voice, Susan Busse, who will be covering the country music scene, and this issue brings us an interview with the legendary George Jones and another with Saskatchewan’s own WYATT. For further entertainment stories, see Alycia Evans’ interview with The Wooden Sky on page 19B and check out the On The Edge section (pages 25-26). To celebrate all this vibrancy and variety, The Neighbourhood Express is sponsoring two new contests. See details on page 2B and enter to win tickets to one of two exciting performances. We will be making draws on October 6th for two family packs to Australia’s The Wiggles, for the younger crowd, and a separate draw for a pair of tickets to the awardwinning musical, A Chorus Line.

The start of the fall season brings new colours to our neighbourhoods, and new excitement to our day as we look forward to crisp leaves, brisk breezes, and harvest celebrations. We hope you will find much to inspire you in the following pages. Beverley Dawson, Editor

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Next generation vitality The need and opportunity for Saskatoon to become more attractive for young professionals and entrepreneurs is the focus of the Urban Playground project. The report prepared by Next Generation Consulting (NGC) was rolled out at two major events on September 21. The recommendations nicely dovetail with the other themes on this page. For more see page 12A.

You know you are in a vibrant city when a series of two evening lectures on how to use urban design to create an even more vibrant city attracts 1000 people, holds them for two hours, and ends with standing ovations. Such was the case at the recent healthy, liveable, sustainable cities symposium featuring urban architect Jan Gehl from Copenhagen. Architect Henry Lau, chair of the organizing committee said, “It was magic… it was community coming together.” It really showed, he added, that Saskatoon is hungry for these progressive ideas for humanizing the city and making streets and places where people want to gather. “The people who attended,” noted Lau, “didn’t come to hear Jan Gehl, they came to hear the message.” Lau’s point is that the overwhelming response to someone not known outside the design field showed that there is critical mass of engaged citizens wanting Saskatoon to use emerging best practices for making urban spaces that are lively, attractive, inviting, safe and sustainable.

At the same time, Gehl’s detailed accounts and dramatic images of the convincing results of changes made in other cities around the world showed that this can be done through very practical steps. Lau was enthusiastic about the time spent with the guru of urban design. “It was the best three days of my life.” Recounting the visit, Lau highlighted not only the lectures but meetings with students in urban design, a meeting with the Facility Management Division at the university and a cycle tour and boat ride through the downtown area. Lau said that Gehl wrote him to express his profound thanks for the opportunity to spend time in Saskatoon, which he called “an amazing city with amazing people.” Lau was convinced this was high praise coming from someone who has done consulting work in San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Melbourne, Sydney and many smaller cities worldwide. For more on design for vibrant urban spaces see page 7A.

Welcoming diversity Saskatoon’s Newcomer Information Centre, which opened early in 2009, has had a busy summer as the one-stop immigrant welcoming centre. Avesha Baig, co-ordinator, says that the centre has had 1780 people through the door between April 1 and early September. The centre provides information and, where necessary, advice on how to get necessary credentials, language training, accommodation, and work. Computers at the centre can be used to search for jobs and develop resumes. Increasing diversity in Saskatoon is adding a new level of vibrancy in terms of cultural activities and restaurants. There are several food stores catering to specific cultural foodstuffs. More on this in the October issue.

Broadway bouquet I spent several hours at the 26th annual Broadway Street Fair on a beautiful fall day. It was vibrant, eclectic and fun and a confirmation of the principles that are discussed above. “We tried some new things this year and merchants and vendors are reporting that attendance was high,” said Charlene Roberts of the Broadway Business Improvement District. This included using the city stage, having higher profile performers and closing of cross traffic on Main Street. This meant that the entire five blocks between 12th Street and 8th Street became a spacious and lively pedestrian mall offering an uninterrupted stroll with several entertainment venues, numerous displays and plenty of sidewalk sales and vendor booths. The attractiveness of Broadway to special event visitors and regulars is that the businesses are primarily independents. As Roberts noted, “They bring in different items that you cannot find anywhere else.” It is also increasingly diverse and attracts a wide spectrum of ages and cultures. Some of the new ownership is reflecting the increasingly multicultural nature of the city according to Gale Hagblom, Executive Director of the Broadway BID. She cited the new owners of the Nutana Bakery, an Iranian-Thai cou-

ple, and their son, who owns Mint, a clothing store on Broadway. The fair’s theme was celebrating diversity and a special effort was made to involve different cultural groups and also invite people who needed assistance. Hagblom was delighted that she had 18 volunteers signed up to be ambassadors and assistants. Indeed while sitting in the window nook at the Nutana Bakery enjoying some coffee and treats it was great to see the variety of passersby – people of all ages strolling, a senior on a motorized scooter, two woman pushing bikes, infants in strollers and such. Seeing the full diversity of inclusive community was great. Stopping at the Nutana Bakery was a good choice too. The array of baked treats was also varied and the warmhearted Sia and Sal Avwally made our visit special.

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Sports & Trav el

Free agents in the NFL have to pay their dues by Jim Germain


ou hear it every year. Every time a CFL player who tries the NFL as a free agent gets cut, people say he’s good enough for the CFL, but not the NFL. But why is it then, football fans ask, that Matt Dominquez led the NFL Jets in receptions and TD’s in the preseason and still got cut? Why do RKAL Truluck (cut by the Riders), Mervyn Fernadaz and Derrick Armstrong make NFL teams as free agents, while Dominquez and Chris Defrance do not? To make matters more confusing, Chris Defrance came back from his NFL try out complaining that “They stick with their draft choices even though they do nothing.” Sour grapes? No, just reality according to Geoffrey R Scott’s book, Football Rising to the Challenge: The Transformation from College to Pro. Scott adds essays and comments from GMs and former NFL players in one chapter, warning players looking for a pro career about the realities of the “rookie free agent.” Players who are drafted tend to fare much better than those who are free agents, particularly rookies, the book states, and the difference in the treatment between those drafted and those who are free agents is not always attributable to a difference in talent or potential. Tony Mandarich and Ryan Leaf can confirm that. A team looks at their drafted players as

investments, especially if large signing bonuses are received. In 2003, the 49ers paid 70 per cent of their free agents signing bonuses, at an average of $5,000. Denver signed six free agents at an average of $14,000, In comparison, drafted players even in the 7th round received an average of $33,000. First rounders had an average of $2,765,660. Teams also give the drafted player the benefit of the doubt over the rookie free agent competing for the same position, further weighing the scale for the drafted player. Ernie Accorsi, former GM of the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Colts, and President of the New York Giants, says that teams spend time examining and evaluating the success each player had at the collegiate level, even as far back as high school. That time and evaluation is spent on Div I programs and conferences by design. He says colleges help pro teams by weeding out the best players in the country, and states that the drafted players are believed to be from better colleges, competition and coaching. Penn State he says, is not going to spend the time recruiting a player who isn’t a top-level college player, and the NFL teams draft with these considerations in mind. (Jeff Garcia and Fernandaz were both DIV ll players at San Diego State). There is also evidence, Scott says, to suggest that there are other institutional dynam-

Saskatchewan Golf Association - Tip Ball in Motion Strikes Ball at Rest

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You’ve chipped your ball nice and close to the hole. Before you can mark it, another player in your group strikes their ball from off the green just a little too hard. Their ball hits yours and knocks it into the greenside bunker. What happens now? You retrieve your ball and place it as close as possible to where it was before their ball moved it – even if it had gone into the hole! Their ball will be played from where it ends up. No penalty for either match or stroke play. In stroke play, if both balls were on the green prior to making the stroke, the other player would then be subject to a penalty of two strokes. The same procedure would apply if it happened in the middle of the fairway only you would drop the ball rather than placing it.

“If you are an undrafted free agent, you have to pay your dues in the League.” Talent has little to do with it. ics involved. A coach and scouting system who recommended that a player be drafted may have their credibility and jobs at stake if an undrafted free agent makes a team over a drafted player who had been given a signing bonus from the club. Aaron Collins (former Rider), a top linebacker from Penn State who had attended the NFL combine but whose height at linebacker 5’11”, may have held him back from being drafted (he was projected to be drafted in the 5th round) was invited as a free agent to the Arizona Cardinals. The veterans knew that his chances of making the team were slim. They warned him, Collins said, that unless he outplayed the drafted linebacker, and dominated his position, the chances were slim that he would make it. “It’s not because you’re not better,” they reportedly said. “It’s just the way it is. They drafted him. It’s politics, and they want him here.” Of course, there are also certain needs that must be met which can help the free agent, which is why some players scrutinize their

choice of teams to give themselves the best chance to make a roster. Receiver Derek Armstrong may have timed his arrival with the Houston Texans the year they were focused on recruiting linebackers and DBs, or as Arccosi says, a team drafting mainly for “leadership.” There is an old saying in the NFL and it’s true says Justin Skaggs, former player and free agent who made the Buccaneers as a free agent, then the 49ers, and bounced around in NFL Europe and the Arena Football League: “If you are an undrafted free agent, you have to pay your dues in the League.” Talent has little to do with it.

Player Spotlight: Derek Arsenie by Camille Penny


erek Arsenie has been playing softball since he was four, and fifteen years later he’s still busy representing our city, province, and even country on the softball field. “It’s just fun,” says Derek. “It gives you a chance to hang out with the guys and forget everything else. You can go out on the diamond and focus on something you love.” While Derek has played and won awards for hockey and football as well, he’s decided to focus on softball. He’s been offered a spot on a pro Australian team, but Derek says he’d like to finish his Commerce degree at the University of Saskatchewan first. Derek has played, at various levels, in 10 provincial championships, three Western Canadian championships, and three Canadian championships. He recently played on the silver medal team at the COVERS national junior men’s championships and the gold medal team at ts a M R.V. Patio midget boy’s internationals. He hopes to play at the 2020 Olympics, provided softball is reinstated as an Olympic sport. overs Golf Car C

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Sports & Travel

Disney World

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isney World in Florida is fun for everyone! We were a fairly large group with a grandmother, mom, dad, and four children: eleven, eight, four and one. Our week raced by and on our last day, my eleven-year-old granddaughter showed me what she had bought with her own money. It was a globe with Walt Disney holding Mickey’s hand and pointing down Main Street, USA. Holding it affectionately she said, “I wanted something that would remind me of the wonderful time I had when I was here.” So I bought one too and reminisce about the magical and memorable experiences we had at Disney World. Remember that a Disney vacation is a highstimulus environment with a mind-boggling array of choices. Go with a sense of humour and stay calm. Some families slip from happy to frantic because they forget to take adequate breaks. Being determined to take it all in because it is such an expensive vacation is a mistake. Do a little less and enjoy it more. Push little people too hard and then you have to deal with a meltdown and no one wins. On entering Magic Kingdom get strollers, pick


up a map and the entertainment schedule for the day, which includes show times and character meeting times. Older children will want to head straight for Splash Mountain while younger ones want Dumbo, Peter Pan’s Flight, and the Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. One we all loved was Mickey’s PhilharMagic. It is a 3-D show rated one of the best attractions in Disney World. The animation is breathtaking, the music is stirring and no matter how many times we saw it, it always made us laugh. When we were getting tired, we headed to restful places like the Enchanted Tiki Room with the talking birds, funny jokes and lively music. “It’s a Small World” still holds a special place in the hearts of Disney World guests. The message of friendship and harmony gets more important as our world shrinks. It has become one of the most translated and performed songs ever written because it is simple and sincere. The Magic Kingdom has two basic parades: one at 3pm and Spectromagic in the evening. An excellent spot for the afternoon parade is on Main Street, near the Railroad Station, 30 minutes before the parade begins. For the evening parade, choose a comfortable spot 40 minutes before it begins. The fireworks that follow are the perfect way to end a day at Disney World. The parades alone are worth the price of admission. Disney characters come

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along the parade route and shake hands with the little people who are watching. Can you imagine what that means to a little child to have Goofy, or Cinderella come over and shake their hand? Our four-year-old is enchanted with princesses. Dressed in her own princess costume, she was speechless when she met Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Belle. I would highly recommend two visits to meet the Disney Princesses, as the first visit is wonderful, but overwhelming. On the second visit Justi thoroughly enjoyed herself and talked freely with each princess. We have lovely photos that capture her delight. Animal Kingdom is the largest of all the Disney parks, because most of the space is used for animal habitat. The Kilimanjaro Safaris is the premiere attraction, a ride that simulates an African safari. The guide identifies the animals - gazelles and impalas, cheetahs, rhinos and warthogs, some of the 250 species with more than 1,700 animals to enjoy. Other rides not to be missed in Animal Kingdom are The Kali River Rapids where an eight-person raft meanders through rapids, geysers and waterfalls. Leave your camera with friends, wear a poncho and expect to get very wet. Expedition Everest, a roller coaster ride, is one of the most popular attractions in all of Disney World because of its wild plunges and high speeds. Hollywood Studios is a must and far less crowded. Rock En Roller Coaster was a big hit. Take advantage of the Fastpass service on this ride, or you will wait in line well over an hour. This is one of the best roller coasters in all of Disney’s parks. The Voyage of the Little

by Doreen Kerby

Mermaid had a spectacular underwater feel. Experience Ariel’s magical world, including King Triton, Sebastian, Flounder, colourful merfolk and dancing fish. Beauty and the Beast was a live Broadway-style musical with extravagant costumes creating a magical experience. Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream is a walking tour of Walt’s life complete with archival footage, inventions and innovations of the visionary whose name is synonymous with magic. Our day ended with Fantasmic, a fabulous nighttime experience. The kids were spellbound as Mickey fought villains in a marvelous adventure of dancing water, fire, lasers, dramatic music and even fireworks. This live entertainment sells out, so you need to arrive early at the Hollywood Hills Amphitheatre. The benches next to the water provide the ultimate experience. It opens 90 minutes before the show so take food, and enjoy the wait for this amazing show. It seemed like every ride the children took ended with, “Can we do it again?” As an adult, I find myself asking a similar question, “When can we do it again?” Walt Disney has touched the hearts, and emotions of millions of people bringing them joy and happiness. Count our family among them.

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Human Interest

Creating vibrant urban spaces by Robert White

Making people happy The key concept for creating vibrant urban spaces is simple – making people happy. The importance of being very conscious of how people interact in urban spaces and designing at a human scale was strongly emphasized by one of the world’s sought-after urban quality consultants, Jan Gehl, during his lecture series in Saskatoon. Gehl asserted that if you design public space well and make it welcoming for people to walk around, the result is a more lively, safe, healthy and sustainable city. According to Gehl, urban space has to have a balance of three primary elements: meeting, market and movement. In traditional cities like Venice all three happen in the same space, he said. It is all pedestrian and this daily ballet on the street is all done at the walking speed we are designed for. Since the 50s, movement by car has dominated and life has been squeezed out of urban spaces by cars. Traffic engineering is major but until recently there have been no corresponding counting of or planning for pedestrians or cyclists. Movement occurs in lines but meeting and social gathering space is best in configurations like plazas and squares and alley nooks. It is like a fast river opening up into a lake. If they are designed right, people will use them. Gehl cited ten major cities that have been transformed through planning for people. He also showed that what is good for people is good for businesses, as with the Melbourne miracle.

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dents and my students would interact at our house and the psychology students would say, ‘why are you not interested in people?’” he said. He and his wife began to study the use of public spaces and the zone between psychology, sociology, architecture, and planning. The goal was how to make cities and public spaces inviting. At the same time, Copenhagen independently designated its main street, the Strøget, car-free. Gehl began studying this and followup changes in Copenhagen. The evidence of positive results was instrumental in convincing decision makers to go further and further. Now Copenhagen is seen as a model city. This was achieved in gradual steps over 45 years. The first street closing aroused strident opposition, particularly from downtown merchants. Then, shopkeepers found out they were doing better. Gradually other squares and pedestrian streets were developed. Despite the refrain sometimes heard, ‘We’re

In 1994 Melbourne called Gehl in to help renew the city. The city was concerned with the doughnut syndrome, an empty downtown core. Melbourne implemented all of his ideas and a follow-up study in 2004 showed the results. The number of residential units downtown increased from 1,000 to 10,000, there was 71 per cent more public space on streets and in squares, 275 per cent more cafés and restaurants and many convenience stores have opened up in the downtown core. Street mall day traffic and night-time pedestrian traffic had both doubled. The city has become known for its creative use of lanes and alleys. The practical changes were mostly simple; creating more people streets, squares, lanes and parks, wider sidewalks, using quality materials, active shop frontages, fine furnishings, new street trees, better lighting and public art programs. The 2004 study found that the city has been regenerated from an under-utilized and inhospitable place to a vibrant, charming, 24-hour place that is livelier, more attractive and safer than most other city centres found worldwide. Civic pride has reached new heights.

Danes, not Italians,’ as pedestrian spaces were made more welcoming the culture shifted and the use of outdoor space increased dramatically. Copenhagen now routinely tops international quality of life rankings. Its inviting city centre, with several pedestrian-only promenades and car-free squares is connected to the rest of the city by one of the world’s best bicycle-path networks, even featuring bike-specific traffic lights. For an estimated 36 per cent of the population, the bicycle is the preferred mode of transport to work or to school. Climate and culture are factors, but Gehl argues people are the same. They will gather in public if you give them a good place to do it. Even in Saskatoon! As he noted, there are more good days than bad and making the shift towards designing for and celebrating the good days is the key.

Evolution of urban design When Gehl graduated as an architect in Denmark in 1960, he says he was schooled in the placing of buildings like elegant perfume bottles on a design board. “Then I married a psychologist. Her stu-


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Growing community

Neighbourhood garden grows more than good food by Robert White

“It has created a small-town community in the middle of the city.” Brenda Frick with her oat harvest.

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Mary Seiter, gardener. derful. It has been good to meet people in the community. Many people stop by and they are excited about the garden. They are even more excited when they realize there is a ‘help yourself’ garden at the front for passersby to reap.” Seiter has also highlighted the social aspect. “We all get together and it has been good to get out and meet people. We have even had two potlucks.” The nearby Alvin Buckwold School grade five class had two plots. Klassen, pointing out two boys checking out a plot, said, “Those boys feel ownership and are here because

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enata Klassen started a garden in her Eastview neighbourhood that has produced not only good, fresh produce for 40 participants, but a bounty of community benefits. “It has created a small-town community in the middle of the city. Participants care about each other. If they haven’t seen someone in the garden for a few days, they ask ‘are they well; are they away?” “Many others come by because they like to see it growing or they stop and chat. It has become a community focal point. Many in the [Scott-Forget] towers who can no longer garden like to be able to look out at it.” The community garden on Louise Street just east of Market Mall only began this past spring, although planning began last fall. Klassen said, “I jumped through a few hoops. First we approached the Eastview Community Association, and then sought approval at City Hall to dig up a corner of A.S. Wright neighbourhood park.” Never, perhaps, has an oddly shaped corner of a park been put to better use. “I had 22 zucchinis off this one plant,” Mary Seiter, a veteran of many big farm gardens, pointed out to me from her motorized scooter. She then got off to pick some Roma tomatoes and thrust them in my hand. “It is the first time I have grown these, but they are really fleshy.” Nearby a recognizable face is picking some produce from her 15- by 20-foot plot. It turns out to be Brenda Frick, organic agriculture specialist at the University of Saskatchewan. “It is wonderful. I live down the street, but this is better for a garden as there are no shade trees. The social aspect has been won-

together and it has been good to get out and meet people.”

their class has a plot. The kids also helped the elderly plant.” Direct involvement was also multiplied much beyond 40 thanks to the participation of a summer program at the school, the nearby L’Arche house, families (including one with three generations) and retired singles involving their friends. City crews tilled up the soil. Insurance was obtained under the umbrella of the CHEP community garden program. The web of community expanded through the participation of local businesses who donated equipment and supplies.

The interesting thing is that the small rectangular piece of the park that juts out to front Louise Street has been there for 40 years and no one ever used it. Klassen says that since spring it has had people in it every day and most of the day. I can attest to the people angle. When I stopped by unannounced just before 7pm on a warm September evening, Mary was chatting with three visitors. They left and she showed me her plot. Meanwhile, Brenda came out and harvested some oats. Renata came by and Brenda introduced me. All told another eight people of all ages came into the picture within the half hour I was there. It actually all started on a dare. Klassen, a retired teacher, said though she has lived in the area for 40 years, she and her husband also had a small farm. “When we got rid of that I still needed to have my fingers in the soil. My husband said, ‘Well, why don’t you start a community garden?’ When Tom Wolfe spoke to us in the spring about the community garden in City Park he said, ‘It will change your life.’ It has. People want community. It is the way of the future as local catches on.”

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Autumn rewards us with a brillant colour show by Janet Wanner


all is my favourite season. That is work; walk in them and meet our neighbours unusual for a horticulturist, but I like and exercise by walking through them. Among one of the best walking gardens the colours. The yellows and oranges and a little red with deep purple against the are the spaces designed around Innovation deep blue skies of autumn are so vivid. I Boulevard. The architects have created many guess the fall season appeals to me because styles of gardens in and around the buildings that showcase all of our hardy of the photographer in me. I imagine snapshots; little Among one of the best plants and trees in Saskatoon. vignettes of the spaces I walking gardens are the The Garden Park by Boffins Club is the showpiece. The capture in my mind’s eye. It’s inspiration for garden spaces designed around “lake” is the central portion of gardens and has a rushdesign, even for the tiniest private backyard. Design of Innovation Boulevard. ing waterfall with all sorts of bog plants along its edge. a good garden includes all four seasons and fall is one The architects have cre- I believe many plants have of the best ones. ated many styles of gar- arrived on the wind to take up residence in a friendly garI have been a resident of Saskatoon all my life dens in and around the den. Of course, frogs and all kinds of wildlife live in this and there isn’t anything to compare with our South buildings that showcase space with the people who work there. Saskatchewan River bank in There is a small Zen garits fall cloak. But the river- all of our hardy plants den across the lake and the bank is not the only place to and trees in Saskatoon. whole area is rimmed with view these seasonal changes. paths and viewing points. We have been lucky to have a city administration whose focus has been to Boffins Club has an outdoor patio set in a give us many open spaces and beautiful parks circular garden of well-maintained shrubs, in all of our neighbourhoods. We can all drive evergreens and perennials. What a setting for by and see into these spaces on the way to a bridal party or family picture! Many graduations and weddings are Sell your house and filmed in the garpay yourself dens; from the broad the commission. sweeping stairs to the We help you keep fountain and modyour money. ern buildings behind Join the Private Sale Circle. with the gold tinted windows. There are (306) 652-4897 walks under arbours

and a beautiful hydrangea bed with spiky blue veronicas as an accent. My favourite fall vignette is a little space that you would see as you drive the circle behind one building’s back entrance. It is a secret garden of Scotch pine, Amur Maple, cranberries, and low junipers. With colour, texture and form it is breathtaking on a sunny late fall day. For the amateur photographer, the season starts at Innovation Boulevard with the brilliant ash trees that form a line along the boulevard at the brick entrance to Innovation Place. Many golden ash, planted in a straight line for blocks, point to the entrance of the gardens. Ash trees are the first to turn brilliant yellow and lose their leaves. On a bright deep blue day, the drive is awe inspir-

ing. Wait a week and everything else will catch up. Swaths of globe cranberries, golden ninebarks and purple trees change everything from green to a riot of autumn’s best. The blue low junipers and white-stemmed birch are magnificent. For the photographer, fall lighting is excellent for capturing the best views. Even on a dark grey day, all things appear more vivid. I think this year is a great year to get my family together in September for a few informal family portraits. Janet Wanner is co-owner of Gentle Earth Design Studios. She can be contacted at 3438594.

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A harvest of fall suppers

An autumn tradition, community-based “fall suppers” offer buffet feasts of down-home cooking with locally grown ingredients and (depending on the community’s ethnic heritage) family recipes. These annual get-togethers with home-baked pies and delicacies draw crowds year after year.


miss the restaurants, the variety, and the availability of dining experiences that can be had in Saskatoon. I’m not fond of cooking, so Jack and I used to eat out a lot when we lived there. After we moved north to Big River, I had to keep my pantry well stocked and brush up on my culinary skills. Although I’ve learned to appreciate fresh, home-grown food, I long to eat it without the hassle of having to cook it. This is one of the reasons I look forward to the annual Ladder Valley Fall Supper. In Big River and other rural communities, it’s the tradition for different organizations to put on a fall supper. The Catholic church has one, as does the United Church, and they both have excellent food. I attend these fall suppers and thoroughly enjoy the chance to visit with my neighbours ... but Ladder Valley is my favourite. Ladder Valley Hall is a tiny community hall not far from Big River. The hall is maintained by the people that live in the area and the fall supper is organized by the same community members. On the day of the fall supper the gravel road leading to the hall sees a lot of action. Jack and I wear our most comfortable clothes and make sure that we’re good and hungry. We know that we’re in for a feast that can’t be had anywhere else. There’s usually a line up at the door and we visit with our neighbours and try to ignore our growling stomachs as the delicious aroma of home cooked food reaches out like tentacles from the hall. As the line moves, we get our first peek of the glorious food table and the busy men and women, like bees around a hive, replenishing the food with more of one thing or something totally new. It’s the best part of the Ladder Valley experience, the ever-changing dishes. Of course there’s always plenty of turkey, ham, potatoes, gravy and vegetables but it’s what surrounds the staples that are always unex-

pected. One minute there’s bison meatballs in a creamy sauce and the next there’s fresh pickerel. Whatever kind of meat and produce the community grows ends up on the buffet table in a multitude of ways. Not only is there a huge variety, it’s delicious. Choosing what to put on my suddenly tiny looking plate is exasperating. I want to try everything. After loading up at the buffet you have to find a place to sit. The hall is packed with tables and chairs and people sitting shoulder to shoulder, laughing and enjoying the fine food and each other’s company. There’s a feeling of camaraderie and community in the air. Everyone helps out in some way. I get coffee for the older ladies or run for a piece of glorious homemade pie for someone else who can’t get out of their chair too easily. Speaking of pie, the dessert table is amazing. There’s lemon pie with perfect meringue and every other homemade pie you could imagine with plenty of real whipped cream to slather on top if you choose. The place and the people make me feel like I belong and that I’m part of something bigger. It’s hot and it’s crowded and that’s why I love every second of it. I always leave feeling grateful to the people of Ladder Valley for sharing their harvest with me. Jack and I make sure that we have nothing else to do that day. We lay around bloated and content like a couple of old dogs who’ve eaten their fill. After all, it’s only once a year, so we don’t mind overindulging. Fall has typically not been my favourite time of year, but when it comes in Big River there’s something to look forward to: the beauty of the landscape and the Ladder Valley Fall Supper. After 22 years of living in Saskatoon, Sherry Richards abandoned her familiar surroundings and moved North to live in Saskatchewan’s boreal forest. She can be contacted by emailing

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Human Interest

Next generation Saskatoon Saskatoon: Urban Playground For generations young talent has left Saskatoon and the province for larger cities, but now Saskatoon has a strong economy with expanding opportunities which increasingly depends on keeping its youth and attracting new young talent.

The goal is to focus on how Saskatoon can thrive in ways that will keep the next generation workforce. “Engaging the young and young at heart in the community and encouraging them to step out and get involved in shaping Saskatoon,” is how Tyler Johnson describes his work as Coordinator of the Urban Playground project at Ideas Inc. He has been engaging individuals and community groups on a low key basis up until now, but, as of September 21, his work became a lot more public. A report “Attracting & Retaining Talent to Saskatoon” and an initiative to involve younger people, “Your Dream – Your Vision – Your City,” were both launched by Urban Playground. The goal is to focus on how Saskatoon can thrive in ways that will keep the next generation workforce. It envisions a flourishing city that is attractive to 20- to 40-year-olds because it is “exciting, vital, diverse, affordable, creative, accessible, sustainable, and prosperous.”

Measuring vibrancy The traditional measure of a community’s economic development is the number of jobs created and retained. However, the most talented workers cluster in places that offer not only jobs, but also the quality-of-life assets and amenities they value. The scoring system used by NGC has seven indexes to form a visual handprint. These indexes are Earning, Learning, Vitality, Social Capital, Cost of Lifestyle, After Hours and Around Town. The scoring, on a scale of 1-10 is done in comparison to peer cities (i.e., cities of similar size and characteristics) as well as next cities (i.e., cities that score highest in the seven indexes). Saskatoon performs at or above its peer cities’ average in all but the vitality index. Compared to its peer cities, Saskatoon received a rating of four in the vitality index (average being five). When compared to next cities, Saskatoon received a low rating of two (average being five). This index measures overall health and well being of the community and environmental factors such as access to recycling. While Saskatoon rates good for air and water quality, green space and parks, overall health measures such as obesity and low physical activity are relatively poor. Saskatoon performs significantly higher than its peer cities in the learning index which includes general educational levels and access to good education.

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Saskatoon of the Future Next Generation Consulting (NGC) based in Madison, Wisconsin, was hired through support from the Government of Saskatchewan, to prepare the report and help launch the initiative. NGC specializes in helping cities become talent magnets and it calls these progressive cities “Next Cities.”

... the corridor between the university campus, through Broadway, Downtown, River Landing, and Riversdale will be the magnet necessary to attract young talent. NGC surveyed over 1000 Saskatoon residents and non-residents and conducted interviews with young talent and other key stakeholders to define Saskatoon’s assets, challenges, and opportunities. NGC selected Saskatoon as one of the top 10 best cities in Canada for young professionals to live and work. It named community affinity and a good social fabric as strengths but recommends that engaging younger people as leaders needs to be more intentional. It suggests developing a broad-based “next leaders organization” working in tandem with Saskatchewan Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (SYPE). The NGC report argues that the corridor between the university campus, through Broadway, Downtown, River Landing, and Riversdale will be the magnet necessary to attract young talent. A more vibrant and alive downtown core that has things to do and places to go after work and on weekends, plus shopping and strolling districts, are precisely what is a vital attractor. The report strongly recommends developing a full time public market at River Landing to go along with the many festivals and the riverfront as a natural centre for public life.

Other recommendations to help Saskatoon become a leading next city include expanding WinterShines and other ways to celebrate winter and building stronger bridges between the university and the community.

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As a follow up to the launch of the project, this fall and winter Johnson will be leading “cool cafes” at Cava Caffè in Ideas Inc. These themed focus groups will “give a chance to anyone who wants to be part of the process of envisioning how Saskatoon can reach its greatest potential.” They will identify steps that will help keep people in Saskatoon, especially the 12 per cent of residents under the age of 40 who said in the survey that they plan to leave Saskatoon within the next two years. To read the report and to connect with Urban Playground see

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Gardening Indoors by Patricia Hanbidge


utumn marks the end of gardening outdoors, but the beginning of taking the garden inside for the winter. As the days become shorter, we strive to find ways to keep that great feeling of nurturing plants alive. Indoor gardens are a wonderful and, in my opinion, essential element for all of us who live where winter lasts for many months. Whether you garden inside or out, plants are essential to life! Let us not forget that without plants life on earth would be very different. Plants alone have the ability to do what nothing else on this earth can do – using light energy they can actually manufacture their own food through the process of photosynthesis. Plants also do many more things for us. They can make a house into a home. Gardens inside our homes can transform a stale room with dry air into a nicer, healthier living space with higher humidity. Plants give great psychological benefit to life. In both the workplace and the home they help people to deal more effectively with stress, give a greater sense of satisfaction and even reduce workplace absenteeism. They add visual interest

and can be used to create privacy, absorb noise and even control traffic within the home or office. They can even be used to create the most amazing seasonal displays with just a little bit of imagination. However, we must remember that plants

Plants alone have the ability to do what nothing else on this earth can do – using light energy they can actually manufacture their own food through the process of photosynthesis. are living things and they do require some care. Many consider houseplants or indoor gardens a lot of work but, like any form of landscaping, the workload is reduced with a bit of planning mixed in with some knowledge. Like anything else you own or care for, you need to learn a bit about the care required. Always choose plants that will suit

A Year At Sherbrooke A Year At Sherbrooke Following its world premiere in Toronto and its broadcast premiere on The Documentary Channel, the National Film Board of Canada’s A Year At Sherbrooke will screen in Saskatoon at the Broadway Theatre on Friday, Sept. 25 at 7pm and again on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1 pm. Directed by Saskatoon’s own Thomas Hale, A Year At Sherbrooke is a documentary about Saskatoon’s very own Sherbrooke Community Centre. A vivid exploration of how creativity can transform people’s lives, the documentary follows artists Thelma Pepper and Jeff Nachtigall as they work with the residents of the long-term care facility.

the environment they are to live in. Light is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a plant. Plants that thrive in full sunlight are likely not a good choice for the indoor garden unless you have either supplemental lighting or a solarium. The brightness or intensity of light changes dramatically from summer to winter. In the summer the sun sits high in the sky and shines directly down on us with great intensity. In the winter, the sun sits lower on the horizon and in fact may find it easier to shine directly into the windows in your home. The direction your windows face, the size of the window itself, the type of glass as well as exterior and interior obstructions also have great impact on the brightness of the light your plants receive. When choosing plants think about the light that they need to thrive and choose the best plant for that location accordingly. Most homes have what is considered low or medium light intensities. The following plant lists are some recommendations of plants that do well with a normal household light intensity. Use this list to help you in determining which plants to choose to create

your indoor gardens. Low Light Plants Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior) Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema spp.) Common Philodendron (Philodendron cordatum) Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp.) Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) Medium Light Plants Bamboo Palm (Chamaedora spp.) Dieffenbachia (Dieffenbachia spp.) Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata) Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis) Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzeranum) Grape Ivy (Cissus rhombifolia) Schefflera (Brassaia actinophylla) Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina) Patricia Hanbidge is a local horticulturist with the Saskatoon School of Horticulture ( She can be reached by email at or by telephone at 306-931-GROW(4769).

“A Year At Sherbrooke shows others in Canada and around the world the remarkable approach and inspiring people at the Sherbrooke Community Centre in Saskatoon who are creating a vital human habitat for those in long-term care,” said Joe MacDonald, film producer and producer at the NFB Prairie Centre. “The power and authenticity of the film that has been noted by the favourable response to the film is the result of a unique collaboration between Saskatoon filmmaker Thomas Hale and the Sherbrooke Community Centre.” “It is as close to the perfect project as I will ever get,” said director Thomas Hale. “To have a world renowned organization like the NFB help me make an important film in my home town, and then to have it premiered at our local theatre. I don’t know what else I could have asked for. I am grateful that some people still support community values.” The Friday night premiere will include a Q & A with the director, the artists, a resident of Sherbrooke and Sherbrooke CEO.

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ith 32 years of combined nursing and personal wellness coaching, as well as seven international certifications, including Nutrition and Wellness Specialist and Medical Exercise certification, Barb is able to take into consideration the individual needs of each client and give people the tools and education they need to make wellness a safe and effective lifelong journey. She bases her program on medical research, constantly updating her own education by attending international wellness seminars and conferences. The 12-week weight management program emphasizes four key elements: proper nutrition, increased physical activity, education, and lifestyle management. Barb believes that education is empowering, and that empowerment leads to long-term success. The program focuses on giving clients the tools they need to make small changes over time, rather than encouraging drastic short term changes. “There are no fad or crash diets here,” Barb explains. “People don’t have to buy prepacked foods or supplements. This is a plan for real life. Real life includes eating in restaurants, being part of celebrations, such as birthday parties and backyard barbecues, and having to miss a week of exercise. It’s about how we can enjoy real life and still meet our goals.” The program is not dictative, but rather adaptive and varied to suit individual needs. Barb gives her clients fitness tools as opposed to regimes so they can not only taste success, but also continue to succeed, teaching them to set goals and rewards. It’s about supporting the client with a sense a feeling of control over their own wellness. Barb realizes the importance of tailoring the program to individual needs. “As a consultant, it isn’t enough to educate yourself. You have to be able to understand people’s fears, needs and motivations. This comes from listening and asking the

right questions in a relaxed environment. I want people to be able to understand and absorb the information.” Barb’s goal is to keep people safe while helping them reach their goals, particularly from the dangerous effects of yo-yo dieting and quick fix approaches. Each 12-week program begins with an individual preassessment which includes taking an initial weight, body measurements, resting heart rate, resting blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation, and waist-to-hip (WHR) calculation. Participants then receive a menu plan and extensive nutrition information to support and encourage them to be accountable for their own eating. Participants also receive a physical activity program that can be done at home or in a gym setting, which is taught and demonstrated personally. This is facilitated by Barb’s personal training studio. She has created a 20-minute, eight-station work-out circuit designed to encompass a global resistance training approach. Barb personalizes each program and changes the exercises of the circuit every four weeks to avoid plateaus and address changing needs of her clients. In addition, the program is available at four levels to encourage long-term success: beginner, intermediate, advanced and accelerated. The group meets once a week for 12 weeks for a 30-minute session where Barb provides education in nutrition and exercise, provides ongoing support and distributes new Saskatoon

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Eastern flavour’s on the rise

Saaaaaaay Sushi!


by Anne-Marie Hickey

ushi has become a popular menu item in Saskatoon. You can buy sushi in a plastic container in food courts, in elegant restaurants such as Otowa or the Samurai, or even in grocery stores, such as Sobeys. As sushi has become more popular, more restaurants are opening up – some with traditional flavours and some with more of a western take. For a place that is so far from a major body of water, Saskatoon has a large, increasing variety of sushi restaurants. The earliest reference to sushi appeared in Japan in 718 and referred to the fermentation of fish and rice. Traditionally, sushi means “with rice”, but preparation has changed and now sushi generally refers to rice, with raw fish, rapped in seaweed. Onigiri are balls of cooked rice, usually pressed into a triangular shape and often filled with such things as grilled salmon, cod roe, kombu (kelp) or an umeboshi (Japanese pickled plum). It originated as food for soldiers in Japan during the 9th century. Because onigiri are relatively easy to make, taste good and are small and lightweight, they are a perfect food for soldiers (or students) to take with them. The sushi available in North America bares little resemblance to that available in Japan, and new flavours are available that cater to the Western crowd such as teriyaki chicken or the California roll. The rice used in sushi should be Japanese short-grain white rice seasoned with a mixture of rice vinegar, sugar and salt. In North America, the common options are to get nigri sushi, where rice is hand-rolled and raw fish is draped on top of it, or maki sushi, which is the common sushi that contains rice and ingredients are rolled in seaweed with a bamboo mat and cut into slices. Sushi is usually served with wasabi – a plant related to the mustard family – soy sauce, and ginger that is pickled in rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Sushi is a somewhat healthy option – the omega-3 and omega-6 in fish, as well as the protein, is known to have significant heath benefits. Seaweed contains important vitamins including vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, niacin, vitamin C, pantothenic acid, and folic acid. Sushi also contains a lot of vegetables, and while there are indulgent rolls, many low calorie, high protein and fiber rolls are available.

Food purchased from Sobeys sushi counter: Tempura Roll, Spicy Roll, Orange Roll, Dragon Roll, Summer Roll, Cream Cheese Roll Crunchy Shrimp All authentic Japanese items used in photos supplied courtesy of Michelle and Debbie Sander. Food styling by Debbie Sander. Photography by Karyn Kimberley.

Sushi Rice Recipe Ingredients:


2 cups Japanese short-grain rice 2½ cups cold water 4 tablespoons rice vinegar 3 tablespoons superfine sugar 2 teaspoons salt

Preparation: Place rice in colander, rinse thoroughly with water until the water runs clear. Drain well (up to an hour). Place rice and cold water in medium saucepan bring to boil over medium heat. Cover sauce pan, turn heat down to very low, cook for 15 minutes without removing the lid. Turn off heat, allow to stand additional 10 minutes, still covered, then spoon rice into large bowl. Mix vinegar, sugar and salt in small bowl until the sugar dissolves, then drizzle over the rice. Mix gently to coat the rice with the sushi vinegar. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Keep the rice covered with a damp cloth at room temperature until ready to make sushi. Do not refrigerate.

Tips on rolling and presenting sushi Sushi is 60% visual From the beginning, keep it as unprocessed as possible. The more you touch the ingredients, the more you alter the natural appearance and flavor of the sushi. There is a very exact tradition of spreading the rice on the Nori. The idea is to spread a tennisball size amount of sushi rice on the Nori without pressing enough to squish the rice.


Sushi Plating and Presentation Sushi Plates Chopstick Rests Bento Box Sushi Ingredients Fresh Seafood and Vegetables Pickled Ginger (Gari) Japanese Horseradish Powder (Wasabi)

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is what the Japanese call a packed meal, usually lunch. Bento boxes have internal dividers, and sometimes several stacked layers, so different kinds of food sit in their own little compartments. The whole thing is usually wrapped together with chopsticks in a cloth or special bag, and the goal is to make the whole package as attractive as possible – from considering the colour combinations of the food and presenting and garnishing it as neatly and artfully as you can, to co-ordinating the box, chopsticks and wrapper, and any other items like paper napkins, knife and fork or spoon, drink flask or thermos. As a simple option for those of us in the western world, why not try using a tupperware container as a bento box? Have fun with it, and if you’re packing one for the kids, you can teach them a little something about another culture.

Home & Garden

Defying conventionality by Jennifer Lucky

Experiment with home decor and the use of rooms and items. No designer “Seal of approval” is needed.


while back, we were invited to a relative’s home for dinner. When we arrived, we noticed they had switched their dining room and living room by moving the furniture. The previous dining room was now the living room. My first thought was, “How odd.” However, as we sat in their new living room which now opened onto the kitchen, it soon became apparent that they knew exactly what they wanted to achieve by switching the two rooms. In fact, it was a brilliant idea. We were able to visit with them while they prepared the meal. Fortunately, their home’s open floor plan lends itself to this arrangement of furniture. Nancy and Evan have chosen to decorate their home according to their own tastes not what the designers say is the latest trend. Their home is a collection of international travel pieces, gifts, garage sale items, antiques, family collectibles and some new gadgets. They have also used many unique design concepts to weave it all together. Their artwork doesn’t hang on the wall. Instead it sits on the floor leaning against the wall or on a plate stand somewhere. Some of the art work even sits in the window to take the place of curtains. Their bathroom door, which is mostly window, has a Pashmina scarf used as a privacy

• Hang a beautiful carpet on the wall instead of putting it on the floor or hang a hand-made quilt instead of using it on a bed. • Retrofit an antique dresser into a bathroom sink – now there is a unique piece of furniture. There is always a new use for something that don’t seem to fit in anywhere. Sometimes a coat of paint in an offbeat colour is all the change necessary to turn useless into useful.

curtain. This couple has rolled out the unwelcome mat to conventionality and the style truly works for them.

As an added comment, Evan does most of the creative cooking in the non-conventional household and is constantly being asked to share his secret recipes.

This concept can easily be brought into your home. If it is aesthetically possible to change entire rooms; then do it. What have you got to lose? They can be changed back just as easily if things don’t work out. Less daring steps than changing entire room locations can be taken. Finding unconventional uses for conventional items is a good start: • Use an armoire in the home office to store files, in a bathroom for storage, in the bedroom to hide a television or in a kitchen as a pantry (providing there is space). • A magazine rack makes a useful towel holder in the bathroom. • Fill a seldom-used clear glass vase with decorative rocks and add a colourful candle. Some easy special occasion ideas are: black rocks/ orange candle for Halloween or cinnamon hearts/white or pink candle for Valentines Day. • Stand birch sticks in outdoor metal urns, add mini lights and pine boughs for the best indoor/outdoor Christmas decoration.

Jennifer Lucky is in charge of marketing and promotions at Charter House Interiors at 331 - 1st Ave. North. She can be contacted at 6534634 or visit

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Business districts The most vibrant urban spaces in Saskatoon, like in most cities, are in or adjacent to older core areas. The renewal of these areas – downtown, Broadway, Riversdale and Sutherland – has been the focus of business improvement districts. The modifications made on Second Avenue, to green the space and slow down and restrict traffic, make it easier for pedestrians to sit and enjoy the space or to cross traffic. It has become a desirable venue for merchants and restaurants. The Broadway area has developed its funky, eclectic atmosphere and the layout is actually a typical example of a pre-car era, street car village. The street car line in the centre was for linear movement. There was lots of space for meeting and market, the other main functions of a street. Neighbouring residential areas were all a walkable distance from the street, its services and its transit link. Riversdale, historically another street car village, is becoming an arts and culture-rich area. It is also adjacent to River Landing which is providing a pedestrian and bike corridor along the river from downtown, and with the new Persephone Theatre, the Farmers’ Market and other businesses, is itself becoming a destination centre. The contrast between the feel of these areas and newer big box centres built entirely for car access is stark. The historic business ditricts have individuality and idiosyncrasies that cookie-cutter chain stores can never provide. They are enjoyable to stroll, unlike the pedestrian unfriendly design of big box parking lots. Though belated, awareness is growing about the significance of core areas. Restaurants, clubs and nightlife are thriving in downtown and in the Broadway area and their proximity to each other for walking is attractive. The success of other cities, in keeping and enhancing their built heritage has shown how core areas can become vibrant centres of activity. Moose Jaw is a great example; older districts in Toronto likewise. Only the core business

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Food Central

Central Avenue in Sutherland, though it has already lost most of its original buildings has a new master plan recommending steps to humanize and green the street. An interesting fact is that the area between 108th and 110th street has a wide diversity of food services. These range from long term stalwarts like Venice House and Athena Family Restaurant to two recently opened places; My Kitchen Restaurant and Kabab King, with East Asian and Pakistani roots, respectively. Other dining places include Doc Hollandaise, Foxy’s Lounge & Eatery, and Asian Cuisine. For fast food their is also several choices; Vern’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, H67 Donair, Wing World, and Subway. The above plus the Sutherland Hotel, Specklebelly’s Alehouse and Eatery and Dinos Bar and Grill reflect the growing younger demographic in the area, particularly the university crowd. Add in the convenience store and the recently opened Madina East Indian and Pakistani groceries and you have an interesting mix of food choices around Central Avenue and 108th Street.

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Business & Technology

Nominations for Civic Elections


ominations of candidates for the Civic Elections will be accepted at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall throughout September. Nominations are of candidates for the offices of mayor, city councillor (one for each of 10 municipal wards), and board members of the Saskatoon Public School Division No. 13 (one for each of 10 wards) and St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Separate School Division No. 20 (seven to be elected at large). Nomination forms for all offices are available at the City Clerk’s Office at

City Hall and at all branches of the Saskatoon Public Library. All nominations must be accompanied by a deposit of $100.00 in cash, certified cheque or money order. Nomination forms will be accepted during regular office hours (8am to 5pm) from September 14 until September 29, and between 8am and 4pm on September 30. The Civic Elections will be held on Wednesday, October 28. For more information, please visit and look under “E” for Elections, or call 975-3240.

Carol Reynolds


In asking for your support in the upcoming civic election, I will continue to be a strong advocate for our police and fire services. Safety in our neighbourhoods is very important. Effective planning and efficient use of resources are key to a growing, vibrant city. Residential growth is more balanced than it has ever been: Blairmore and Hampton Village in the west, Willowgrove, Rosedale, Stonebridge and the Willows in the east and south. Our downtown redevelopment has been exciting. River Landing Phases One and Two, together with the relocation of Persephone Theatre and the Galaxy Cinema complex have brought an air of optimism that we have not seen in years. In addition, the construction of the south bridge will begin in 2010. While I recognize the overall city issues as important, I also believe that roadways, laneways and recreational areas in our neighbourhoods cannot be forgotten. I bring leadership, experience, fiscal responsibility, a willingness to listen and common sense to the citizens of Ward 8. In addition, I have the time and energy to serve you and to help Saskatoon be a safe, dynamic city. Photo supplied

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Saskatoon has undergone incredible growth over the last several years. Our population and economy have exploded, and more and more businesses and residents are being attracted to our great city. To prepare for this continued growth, we need to manage our resources wisely and plan ahead. Housing, infrastructure, and transportation need to be periodically assessed so we can keep planning proactively for this growth explosion. These assessments are critical to provide residents with quality services, ensuring health, safety and efficiency are main factors in City Council decision making. This is also a time for fiscal prudence and smart growth stimulation. Saskatoon’s Ward 1 deserves to be represented by a new, strong, decisive voice. Carol Reynolds will serve Ward 1 by promoting strong, healthy families, proactive infrastructure development, positive growth/renewal stimulation, efficient recycling initiatives and fiscally responsible priorities. With public consultations to “measure twice and cut once,” we can reduce tax spending. Carol believes that building a strong sustainable Saskatoon will encourage young people to stay in our city – we need to continue providing them with quality education, encourage more employment growth and provide them with reasons to stay in our city to raise their own children. We need to make Saskatoon a “Next City” – a magnet attracting innovative companies that rely on talent and entrepreneurship. Carol works and lives with her family in Ward 1’s North Park community. As the Director of Corporate Development and Communications for Genome Prairie, Carol is a representative member for the Saskatchewan and Greater Saskatoon Chambers of Commerce and the North Saskatoon Business Association. She volunteers with the Children’s Discovery Museum and Hope Fellowship Church. Carol believes Saskatoon needs stronger partnerships with the provincial and federal governments. With 14-plus years of experience in communications, media and government relations, Carol will bring valuable knowledge and skills to City Council and work hard for Ward 1 residents. A business professional, SIAST graduate, committed mother and resident of Ward 1, Carol Reynolds has the experience, the skills and the inspiration to be a strong, innovative, accountable leader on Saskatoon’s City Council.

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tress has become a critical topic over generally happy, “on top of things” and has the the past two decades. De-stressing has resources to cope with most situations. On the become the subject of books, training stress pressure line is described as a person that seminars and part of the holistic movement to is in a neutral position and uses stress to push health. We have become aware of “managing” through a situation. Below the stress pressure stress and relaxation techniques. But are we line is described as a person that is a victim of really aware of the subtleties of stress that sneak stress. The person feels unable to cope, overup on us and the effects that stress can be hav- whelmed, has little resources to draw on and ing on our health? feels like they are going under. Where has stress evolved from? It can be In my studies of holistic nutrition, I have defined as the “symptom” of our times. In the learned that there are a variety of very simple last few decades we have seen unbelievable tech- things to do to help get through the work nological advances. These advances have been day or at any time that stress presents itself. intended for our best interest, but our life has Some of the non-medical approaches are masmoved into fast forward. Have you ever won- sage, aromatherapy and reflexology. Additional dered how we ever survived before the advent options are yoga, herbal medicine and art, of the cell phone or the Internet or blackberries? dance or music therapy. Knowing that the These achievements have had consequences in body is two-third to three-quarter water should our lifestyles and taxed our personal resources. certainly justify that people need to remain Technology has changed -- but our physiology hydrated. The foods we eat should be more has not. alkaline than base in pH level. Stress can be defined Lastly – breathe! as urgency, violence, The breath is the The most successful people only involuntary functrauma, pressure, circumstances, strain, tion that we can volunand distress. Stress are those that have learned to tarily control. Breath does not cease but will respond to stress in a positive has tremendous power mutate and expand if and influence and is not recognized and of great significance and balanced way. addressed. in a holistic approach In the workplace, the to managing stress. first signs of stress can be increased absentee- Prana is a yogic term for the life essence that ism, interpersonal problems, decreased output, exists within and around all things. When emotional or psychological problems, substance we breathe in oxygen, we are also inhaling abuse, and marital/family problems. prana. This is the life force or energy. The way Long term physical effects of stress include you breathe directly influences your thoughts, the following: headaches, migraines, asthma, emotions, sensations and consequently your palpitations, hypertension, heart disease, indi- behaviours. Breath influences your mood and gestion, ulcers, anorexia, bowel irregularities, hence can make a huge difference in your work skin disorders, sexual dysfunction, muscle dis- day. Proper breathing techniques are the most orders, back pain, general aches and pains or powerful tools available to break down tense, the overall “unwell” feeling. Some of these negative patterns. It is a cleansing apparatus conditions can become life threatening. both emotionally and physically. Not all stress is bad or dangerous. It is a part Take the time to discover various relaxation of living that can be invigorating and challeng- and breathing techniques to improve your ing. The most successful people are those that health and your mood around the workplace. have learned to respond to stress in a positive “The time to relax is when you don’t have and balanced way. Sounds easy enough on time for it.” ­­— Sydney J. Harris paper, but putting it into practice is another thing. Theresa (Therri) Papp, BA, CDP, MDE is Where do you stack up? You are either above a career development practitioner, transition the stress pressure line, on the stress pressure consultant and educator. She can be contacted at line or below the stress pressure line. Above the 249-4937 or through stress pressure line will describe a person that is


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Human Interest

Got nature? By Hilary Klassen


iagnoses of disorders has proliferated in recent times. It seems it is increasingly possible to refine medical and psychological conditions and therefore to name new ones or emerging variants. The Internet has added a whole new dimension to this. A fairly recent contender is nature deficit disorder, put forward by Richard Louv, journalist and author of Last Child in the Woods. Louv discusses the implications of research that points to, among other things, declining visits to national parks as well as increasing consumption of electronic media. He coined the term, nature deficit disorder, after traveling around the States, listening and speaking to parents and sensing a growing culture of fear regarding nature.

It’s a matter of “too much” and “not enough.” What are the long-term effects of spending too much time using electronic media and not enough time in nature? Louv is concerned about the growing preference for organized outdoor play and team sports versus the unpredictability of nature. He has been favourably reviewed, and has appeared on prime time news shows like Good Morning America and NBC Nightly News. But I had to smile when I saw the name of this relatively new disorder in 2005. The meaning is readily accessible. No need to engage in undue mental gymnastics. However, doesn’t everyone know it’s essential to spend time in nature? Doesn’t this idea reside in the realm of common sense? It reminds me of weather reporters who remind us to wear gloves because it’s chilly out, or to take our umbrella because it’s raining. So what’s Louv’s angle? He’s not about stating the obvious, and he’s probably not going for inclusion into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). He is asking the questions that need to be asked, but instead seem to hover unspoken, pushed away by, among other things, our dependence on computers. It’s a matter of “too much” and “not enough.” What are the long-term effects of spending too much time using electronic media and not enough time in nature? The matter brings up related lifestyle issues of nutrition, fitness and well-being. Recent new reports tell us that today’s youth are the first generation whose life expectancy is lower than their parents. This is due to obesity. One study found that some obese children, ages 10 – 16, had the arteries of a 70-year-old. Spending time outdoors in nature doesn’t solve all sides of this issue. There is rational truth and emotional truth living inside each of us. An internet gamer in China who died after three days of online gaming at an internet café, must have known on some rational level that he was in danger. But his emotional truth, the thing that kept him planted in front of the computer for days without eating or sleeping, was much, much stronger. This is likely why Internet Addiction Disorder, first presented in 1995 as a half joke, has

become part of serious discussions by clinicians. This internet gamer in China was way past the helpful advice stage (“you should live a more balanced life”) and needed a more aggressive intervention to reorder his disordered self. His deficits were multiple, but if he had spent as much time in nature as he did on the computer, he would still be alive today. For most of us the imbalance isn’t this extreme, but few of us live entirely in balance. At this time of year, for some of us at least, there is the reluctant thought that nature will soon fold her warmer self up into a box and disappear for many months. She seems unsympathetic, concerned only about herself and her cycles. Nevertheless, we still have plenty of fall days to enjoy the colourful panorama around us, breathe deeply the smells of autumn and crunch drying leaves beneath our feet. These are experiences that cannot be downloaded except in the most natural human way – absorbed and internalized as a result of full sensory engagement. Got nature?

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Green Lane most influential people” by Time Magazine. Marshalling arguments from science, economics, and ethics, he will address the pressing need for proper stewardship of the earth’s bio-diversity if life is going to continue to thrive on the planet. TCU Place Book Signing & Reception - 5:00pm Public Lecture: The Diversity of Life - 7:00pm Tickets: $10.00 Tickets available at the TCU Place Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, Turning the Tide Bookstore, or online at or call 938-7800.

Other green news Jack Vicq, chair, Peggy McKercher, first chair, and Susan Lamb, executive director Meewasin Valley Authority.


bike lanes September 28th, 5 pm, Caffé Sola A massive bike-a-thon to thank the City of Saskatoon, The Partnership, and the Cycling Advisory Group for new bike lanes. See

New conservation area


eewasin dedicated the Peggy McKercher Conservation Area on September 15. “Meewasin bought the 22.8 acres of land on the east bank of the South Saskatchewan River in 2007,” said Doug Porteous, part of Meewasin’s team. The area on the east side of the river, across from Silverwood Heights, features 1 km of river valley within city limits and the most intact riparian forest in Saskatoon. “Work is already underway to clean up the site, and add walking trails, and seating nodes.” Porteous detailed at the on-site opening. “In the future the site will link this section of the valley, to more than 60 kms of the Meewasin Trail,” The site is named in honour of Peggy McKercher, Meewasin’s first board chair. She remained chair from 1979 to 1995. “Her leadership skills in those formative years established Meewasin as an award winning conservation organization,” Porteous said. The site has a rich history, having had unfulfilled homestead entries by three individuals until William Hutchins obtained a patent on the land in 1916. In 1963 it was bought by the Episcopal Corporation of Saskatoon and developed as a summer residence for Catholic nuns. The site was known as “Maryville.” Considerable archaeological research has already been done but much interpretive work remains before the site will be open to the general public. At this point group tours can be arranged through Meewasin.

by Robert White

Exceptional opportunities Bear Man of Kamchatka Charlie Russell, an internationally renowned naturalist, educator, author and photographer, will tell his amazing story of surrogate parenting orphan bear cubs and releasing them in the wild. His imaginative and painstaking research with brown bears in Kamchatka, Russia, has shown that bears are capable of having non-problematic relationships with humans as long as they are treated with respect. His work and sensitive spirit inspire new possibilities of cooperation with animals. September 25, 7pm, Education Students’ Lounge, College of Education, U. of S. Free admission. For more information, please contact Cameron at 290-0370.

E.O. Wilson to speak

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Heartwarming Animal “Tails”

What animals


by Carol Allin

can teach us

here is an abundance of wisdom, launch myself at life as best I could, patience, and proper social boundar- with the semi-formed plan of becomies to be found in the various arenas ing a professional stage actress. It was of pet ownership, or in any working relation- not, in other words, the best of times to ship with animals. get a new dog. Yet, that’s exactly what For thousands of years, humankind has I felt was needed the summer after my developed alongside animal and avian com- sophomore year in high school. panions, for mutual survival and benefit, as The feeling, which I tried to dismiss well as spiritual and emotional enlighten- for a while, continued to grow durment. The purity of the animal kingdom’s ing the weeks of June. I argued with life force energy has brought continuous myself, told myself that my mother renewal to our world and humanity. would never go for it. Even so, by July, Most animal lovers enjoy reading accounts I felt a compulsion to seek out a new of animal heroism, in which a dog, cat, horse, family pet. I approached my mother or some other beloved creature came to the very tentatively with the idea, expectaid and rescue of their endangered owner. ing to be denied, and prepared not to These stories, amazing as they may seem to argue. My mother had been raising some, are but a small aspect of all that our me and my brothers and sisters since animal friends have contributed over the our father had divorced her when I ages. was a one-year-old baby. As badly as In times past, it was the horse that brought I wanted a new dog, I did not want power and speed to slow-moving people. to bring more stress into her life. My Whether pulling plows or pulling carriages, mother immediately agreed to my prothe horse provided a great service. posal. I was stunned. So began a brief In more recent times, horses are now part- search that quickly ended at the local ners in therapy programs for human beings dog pound. All the caged hounds flung who struggle with a variety of emotional and themselves at the wire mesh, begging to social disorders. Horses have a firm sense of be chosen. One dog did not. She was hierarchy within the herd, and this known a rangy young mongrel, all black, with four fact has helped behavioral therapists launch white paws and a white tip at the end of her programs that have helped human society’s long tail. She also had a white blaze on her most lost souls regain self respect and a sense chest and scruffy white whiskers. The blackof place and accomplishment. This occurs, and-white dog sat in mournful silence, starnot because the person “shows the horse ing in my direction, with a meek demeanor who’s boss,” but rather, the opposite. The that didn’t dare to hold out a speck of hope. recalcitrant human being can not earn the I asked the animal shelter woman about her. horse’s co-operation or regard until they “Oh that one, she’s real sweet,” the woman learn respect and restraint, coupled with a lot told me. “She’s been here two months. We of hard work. were supposed to put her down a long time From our earliest days, mankind’s evolu- ago, but didn’t have the heart. We’ve been tion has been affected by its contact with calling her ‘Tipper’.” nature. Sometimes this lead to our demise, I can’t write Tipper’s name even now, thiras when a straying villager became dinner for ty-two years later, without the tears starting the watchful leopard or tiger. But equally, to flow. She came home with me that day. there are those creatures who have become She began teaching me, from the moment our fellows in the hunt for our table. 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Firing your employer by Bill Brooks


ore and more people are beginning to fire their bosses, their clients or their friends. In this “Conceptual Age,” quality of interaction is as important as quantity of money. Making a decision to end a work relationship is complex and involves what is called “Futures.” It is not about predicting the future. It is about looking at trends and issues and being ready for different possibilities. Here is an example of using the futures approach to reconceptualizing work and business relationships. A client of ours, let’s call them “M”, had worked as a contractor for a

More and more people are beginning to fire their bosses, their clients or their friends. In this “Conceptual Age,” quality of interaction is as important as quantity of money. particular special event, for a number of hosting organizations over a number of years. The latest hosting agency was excited about working with “M” and their first year turned out great. “M” was lead to believe that they would be the contractor for at least two years and had agreed. The first year had the best possible results – great press, surplus money and national attention. However, in the second year, “M” was informed that the contract was going out to tender and that they could propose. The thing that irked “M” was that they had submitted the second year’s work statement earlier and were assured that they would be continuing. “M” did not want a knee-jerk reaction and wanted to look at the situation from a new perspective. They came to us looking for assistance.


This was a futures problem. How could “M” position itself for the future? We looked at the history of their involvement in the event. Where it started, where is it now, what more they wanted to do, their inter-agency relationships, past and present, what they thought would be the internal/external repercussions are they did/did not bid, how they would feel if they bid and lost, and how the current relationship would evolve if they bid and won among other things. We investigated many scenarios with “M”. What it came down to, however, was “M” had premonitions that the writ-

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ing was on the wall. At best, there would be one more year only to be used for knowledge transfer – not really the way they wanted to go out and they considered the treatment shabby. I suggested that “M” fire their client. It’s the hardest thing a contractor can do. “Our organization wants to make a change. We wish you all the best, but, you’re fired! We will send you everything that is yours over in cardboard boxes.” “M” had a real problem with this at first as they were very committed to the event. As well, they would probably never work with that agency again. After reviewing all of the information, however, they concluded that firing the client may not be a bad thing. “M” realized the hidden elements with respect to the client were causing disruption in their internal/external relationships. It could only be mitigated by firing the client. Without looking at the context for the decision (history), the present circumstances of the situation and then investigating a number of possible scenarios and their consequences, the resolution of a complex situation can get away from you. Sometimes what seems to be a bizarre resolution may be the right one. It might be beneficial to look at situations in your life or business that could benefit from a futures approach? It may reveal if there any clients or friends you need to fire. Bill Brooks is a creative and productive thinking strategist with eclecthink international in Saskatoon (www.eclecthink. com) and a consulting partner with thinkx intellectual capital of Toronto (

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• September 23, 2009 • Section A


Career Spotlight


So you think you want to work with Computers?

In each edition of the Neighbourhood Express we include a wide variety of career-related articles. Each article also contains stories about people working in the industry. This month we feature computer-related careers.


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hese days, more jobs than not involve the use of a computer. Some occupations make use of computers to enhance their communication among colleagues, clients, or customers and others use a computer to ensure quality on a production line. It’s difficult to find workplaces that do not use computers, directly or indirectly. Universities offer various programs of study. Some of them include computer science, mathematics, commerce, business administration, and

electrical engineering. What you will generally need is a high school diploma with high marks in mathematics (integral calculus), chemistry, physics and English. There are also hundreds of sites and online classes about web design and web programming. While a computer science degree certainly does help, you can easily find free tutorials or buy books to learn more about these topics. But what about the jobs that focus solely on computers? There are many careers that examine how computers work, or how we can use computers to carry out new and exciting tasks. There are so many careers in computers and so many ways to get there, that it’s impossible to name them all. This month, we examine a few different occupations that are computer-centric.

Success Story Ryan Smith

Interviewed by Anne-Marie Hickey


yan Smith is the owner of DIY Webhosting, an internet service provider that “rents out” space for individual or company websites. “You can think of it as real estate on the internet, where people pay rent to have their website out there,” said Smith. “Without being too technical, I purchase a whole bunch of powerful servers, I rent out space, upload the sites, handle their email, and fancy things like that.” Smith started his business as a hobby while he was in his last year of university. He created a website,, and

started hosting websites for local bands. He expanded from there, and created DIY Webhosting in 2003. Surprisingly, Smith was pursuing a sociology degree after switching out of the computer science program. “I always knew I might do this for a living,” Smith said. “I didn’t complete my computer science degree and there aren’t any courses I could take to own a web hosting company.” DIY Webhosting now hosts over 3,500 websites, and Smith is kept busy with his business. “I love the flexibility of working for myself and being able to maintain any hours I want to work,” said Smith. “I can work

all night and take an afternoon off; as long as there is an internet connection, I can work. There are a lot of perks to working on the internet. I can work at coffee shops or even at the beach!” Although there are many perks to the job, Smith didn’t see overnight success. It took years of hard work and effort to build his company. He warns against hasty behaviour when it comes to building your own online business. “A lot of people jump in and try to go full time doing this right away, and they usually fail after a few months. It’s nice to have something to work on part-time so you still have income coming in if things don’t work out.”

Success Story

Ryan Dean

Interviewed by Anne-Marie Hickey


yan Dean recently graduated with a computer science master’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Although he defended his thesis in January, he continues to work on campus on the complex project. People in the physiology and biomedical engineering fields create mathematical models of the electrical activity of the heart. These models can be used to perform simulations of the heart for various reasons, such as to further knowledge regarding the heart or design drugs to treat heart problems. The models consist of differential equations that


can be challenging to solve efficiently or even at all due to the complexity of the equations, the properties of the equations, and the sheer number of equations. Dean’s job is to solve those equations as efficiently as possible. “The goal is to allow those who use the models to perform more experiments, or to perform more realistic experiments at the same cost as using a less efficient method. That’s it in a nutshell, anyway.” Dean’s project will not only further health research, but will help the health industry save money and time.

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Success Story Shayne Zaba business networking and corporate hardware supply, as well as accounting software services and solution development. He talks about some of the skills needed in the computer industry: “Although for“Although formal mal education is certainly valuable education is certainly in preparing for a valuable in preparing for career in computers, it can’t replace critical thinking a career in computers, and experience. it can’t replace critical Often industry experience and selfthinking and experience.” education replace formal education, hayne Zaba is one of allowing technicians to write the owners of Bridge the exams for many differCity Computers, ent certifications without the new computer store any related classroom learnon Broadway. Bridge City ing. Many experts in the Computers (BCC) supplies field come from other discomputer hardware and soft- ciplines such as commerce, ware as well as technical ser- engineering and computer vices in computer repair and science, which gives them networking. Zaba describes a solid background in critithe concept behind the new cal problem solving. There store as an innovative co- also exist many rewarding careers on the sales side of operative. “The six founders of our the computer industry that store all have many years require only experience to of experience in different succeed. “So, it’s hard to say. areas of Saskatoon’s retail computer market, and we There are people who, with sat down together to come no formal education, can sit up with the best way to run down by themselves with a computer store. What we a textbook or Google, and came up with was a co-op they just soak up knowledge structure where everyone and are amazing technical has a stake in the company’s geniuses. There are so many success. We have a great different ways to learn. group of people and I’m There is an amazing amount very excited to see what we of free online resources. All can accomplish together.” it takes it time and determiWhen asked what led him nation to find them.” to his interest in personal Zaba concludes by saycomputers, Zaba says he was ing “I think a lot of times always interested in comput- people go into technology er gaming. “I had to learn to thinking that they’re just install my own games, and dealing with fancy stereo that led me to learning about components, technology how to manipulate comput- that is just machines. The ers.” He gained a further truth is, it’s language. If I appreciation for computers were to take someone in as a critical problem solv- a completely different field ing and research tool while and identify them as most enrolled in engineering. compatible with a career in Combining his computer technology, it would probknowledge with sales skills ably be somebody in linguishe acquired after university tics, somebody who has the led him into the computer determination, and almost obsession, to find all the world full time. Zaba has a background in nuances of language and Microsoft Windows small understand it.”


Career Spotlight


Success Story Brian Self

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quick tips

Interviewed by Anne-Marie Hickey

• Narrow down the types of computer-related occupations you want to pursue and read about the career online. Some occupations require more formal education than others, such as research work at a university. • You have to keep on top of new things coming out in the industry. Experts spend a lot of time reading about news and security issues online. Everything is changing extremely quickly and it’s important to stay on top so you don’t get left behind. • Most people who work with computers specialize in many areas. The more skills you develop, the more valuable you will be as an employee. • Working with computers will require you to have thick skin. You will sometimes have difficult clients, people who criticize your work or people who want too much for too little. • The computer industry is very competitive. You have to try to differentiate your skills or business from the thousands of others online.


rian Self started playing around with computers when he was eight, and by 10 he had a good understanding of computer hardware. He became one of the first kids to get his own modem and Internet connection in the city, and has been making websites ever since. Now he and his wife, Chelsea Self, own a creative firm in downtown Saskatoon – Self Reflexion Photography and Design. “We do photography with a heavy technology and online component, web development, mobile applications, video games, and some HD streaming technologies – anything that is geeky and creative, we love to do for

our clients,” said Self. Self’s business thrives on creativity, and a large portion of the work is done by using the old fashioned paper and pen. He describes the employees at his company as 50 per cent geek and 50 per cent artists. “We spend an equal amount of time coding as we do in Photoshop or with a pen and paper,” said Self. “I approach all my code and tech things with a designer mindset. Everything can be designed beautifully and even when it’s a table of data or a menu we think hard about the best way to show it. We also don’t have a whole lot of mental boundaries when it comes to ideas and creativity.” Self said a major aspect of the job is keeping up with trends, and says he reads about 100 articles a day.

“My career begins when I wake up and ends when I go to bed,” he said. “It’s my life. Of course there are things I do to unplug every once in a while, but at the end of the day there are people out there that work hard and you need to work smarter than them. Learning is key, you begin to see how everything connects.” However, Self enjoys his career and finds the education aspect of it thrilling. “It’s like that kid in a candy store feeling. Every day, every week we have something new in the studio to play with or build but the main thing is that we all have a huge addiction to learning. Being able to constantly learn about things everyday is what keeps us all going.”

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“Play it again, Sam”

It is an exciting time to be in Saskatoon. Our population is steadily increasing and we have seen an upswing in arts and culture. Saskatoon has always had an excellent music scene. An evening out is proof enough that more people are enjoying the city’s vibrant nightlife. New venues open and immediately become hot spots. One such is Staquatto, one of Saskatoon’s first piano bars, located downstairs in Tusq Restaurant. The Neighbourhood Express wants you to catch the excitement and we were fortunate to be able to hold a photo shoot at Tusq, showcasing trendy fall fashions in a trendy new venue. Our models, all local young professionals, brought even more energy and vibrancy to the site.



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iano bars are already popular in large metropolitan areas such as Toronto, Vancouver, and Edmonton, but new to Saskatoon and quickly gaining popularity with all ages. “When people think of a piano bar, they think of someone playing show tunes in a dark corner,” said Darren Anderson, part-owner of Tusq. “It’s not like that at all. The uniqueness of the dueling pianos combined with the décor and the menu – it gives Saskatoon a nice, new option.” The piano bar hosts a structured show with live entertainment Tuesday through Saturday. The two piano players play in unison, chatting with the crowd and getting audience members up to sing and dance. “The key to a piano bar is crowd participation,” said Anderson. “It’s a very interactive show.” Tusq sometimes brings in out-of-town piano players to play on theme nights, recently with a Billy Joel tribute evening. “It has a big city atmosphere,” said Anderson. “You are able to come out and experience something new and exciting.” The clientele at Tusq is all over the map with university students, visiting business people, and even retired people mingling and enjoying the music. “There are people coming in here from ages 25 to 65,” said Anderson. “We’ve been told that coming to Tusq is like having a one-day holiday where you can’t wait to come back. “One of our customers said it’s like walking down 21st Street in Saskatoon and walking into New York,” he continued. “People are loving this new option.” Whether dancing, music, or theater is your form of entertainment it has never been easier to have fun in Saskatoon.


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Business & Technology

Vibrant summer in Saskatoon by Robert White


ven though summer weather was under new festivals such as the Fireworks Festival par, for JoAnne Wasko of Tourism and special sporting events in golf, car racSaskatoon, it was ing and hockey (CPGA, a vibrant summer. NASCAR and IIHF) “While stats are not She added, “The winyet compiled for 2009, ter festival umbrella has the attendance was up opened up new possifor several summer fesbilities in the winter. tivals and events.” There is more general These include recordyear round vibrancy.” breaking attendance Of note was her comfor the Exhibition, a ment that while places, 30 per cent increase history and culture are for Shakespeare on important draws, in the the Saskatchewan and end it is the warmth higher attendance for of the people, saying Pioneera and Pets in “Saskatoon continues to be hello, being pleasant the Park. The Fringe and friendly and being the single largest centre of reported an attendance inviting, that pleases increase of 15 per cent. visitors the most. attraction in the province, “Saskatoon continues She also said, “Most to be the single largest drawing 30 per cent of all vis- visitors are amazed by centre of attraction in the easy access to the the province, drawing itors to the province in 2008,” river and so much 30 per cent of all visitors public space along it, to the province in 2008,” Wasko noted. plus its beauty.” The national and international buzz around Wasko is also looking forward to 2010 Saskatoon’s economy has led to more curios- with Saskatoon being an anchor for events ity about the city and, says Wasko, Director to commemorate the 125th anniversary of of Independent and Group Travel, “made the 1885 Northwest Resistance. She said the our job of promoting the city easier.” three prairie provinces are co-operating to Shannon Cossette, who works with inter- coordinate a variety of annual festivals and national marketing for Tourism Saskatoon special events related to the “trails of 1885.” affirms, “Saskatoon has reached a differ- ent stage.” She pointed out the interest in


Urban Ancestors by Tammy Vallee


s the wild prairies were being tamed and broken by the settlers, villages, towns, and cities soon began to spring up. For those whose ancestors chose an urban life style it may seem that many records were geared to those who chose rural life. This is not the case though. Living the big city life left behind some unique records of its own. Long before the phone books of today, companies around the world published directories. Personal and business directories date back more the 100 years in Saskatchewan. The Henderson Directory for Manitoba and the North West Territories was published from 1885 to 1908. Henderson then began to publish city directories for Saskatchewan from 1908 to 2000. The earliest directories list men over 18 years old with their addresses and occupations. During wartimes those serving in the military would be listed. In 1945 women working outside of the home were included. The information included, name, address and occupation. In later years it also included phone numbers. The listings appeared in two ways, by name and by address. It is interesting to check not only the name but the address as well. By doing that you will see if the person owned their home or rented and who their neighbours might have been. If the street name changed over the years, you would notice this as well. Additional information may be waiting if your ancestor owned his or her own business. Not only would you find a listing for the business but business ads may appear in the books as well. Directories also listed schools

and churches; knowing the names and locations of these places may direct you to additional resources of information. Directories for Saskatoon can be found in the Local History Room at the Frances Morrison Library. The Saskatchewan Archives Board at the U of S has a larger collection of directories that includes Regina, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, and Saskatoon. Select years may be found for Yorkton, Swift Current and Weyburn. The Saskatoon Branch of the SGS has directories for Regina in their library collection. The early directories can be found on microfiche through the Peel Collection at For information on directories outside Saskatchewan, Cyndi’s List at provides a list of links to directories around the world. Studying the information given in directories can be beneficial to filling in the gaps between other records while providing new avenues of future research. Whether your ancestors lived uptown or downtown be sure to search for them in the directories. Tammy Vallee is a Genealogical Speaker & Educator; Certified Saskatchewan and Aboriginal Researcher. She can be reached at

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Healthy Lifestyles

Therapeutic effects of laser therapy by Robynne Smith


ow Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT) is an emerging effective for chronic conditions. therapeutic modality that is used to help with tissue LILT treatment is done via an applicator directly on and injury healing. the skin. The light penetrates the skin and is absorbed by Albert Einstein first speculated on the effects of laser light the tissues. The depth of the light application is deterbut it was not until the 1960s when Theodore Maiman mined by the amount of time the light is used. developed the instruments for therapeutic application. LILT is considered to be non-invasive, nontoxic, easLASER by definition is Light Amplification by Stimulated ily applied and highly effective. Emission of Radiation. Laser light is a monochromatic light The main safety precautions is to wear protective generated by a low intensity laser diode and is considered to goggles during treatment as the laser beam can cause be coherent and directional. This means that the light does retinal damage. not disperse as normal light does When reviewing the research (flashlight compared to laser pen) on the benefits of laser, there and maintains one direction (it does Low intensity lasers are known are mixed results and conflicting not bend). findings. Some studies do show as “cold” lasers and... Specific frequencies of light in improvements and others show the red and near infra-red levels were are considered to be healing no improvement or an increase found to change different properties in symptoms. More studies are or rehabilitative in use. of cells, tissues and chemicals in the needed and are continuing to be body. High intensity lasers known done in this area to know the true as “hot” lasers are effective in heateffects and effectiveness of laser. ing and destroying tissue. These lasers are used clinically to Despite the controversy, there have been some positive make incisions and cauterize during surgeries. They are also studies on the effectiveness of LILT on pain, rheumatoid used to cut out tissues in place of other cutting tools. arthritis, post traumatic joint injuries, myofascial pain Low intensity lasers are known as “cold” lasers and do conditions, TMJ, and osteoarthritis. not cause damage to tissues. Instead they are considered to be healing or rehabilitative in use. Intensity ranges between Clinical Observation: 0.05 and 1.0 Joules/cm2 have been found to be effective in I have been using a laser device for treatment in my acute injuries. Higher doses up to 40 Joules/ cm2 are more clinic since January 2009 and from a clinical perspective

Reported effects of laser on the tissues involve a photochemical reaction in the cells causing: • Increase in cell metabolism by increasing levels of ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate) which is a chemical within cells known as the “energy transporter.” It is postulated that energy from the low intensity laser is collected in the mitochondria of the cell, which then increases the amount of ATP. Higher levels of ATP activity can increase cell activity, thereby promoting healing • Increase in macrophage activity. Macrophages are white blood cells whose role is to engulf and then digest cellular debris to stimulate lymphocytes and other immune cells. • Stimulate of fibroblast activity. A fibroblast is a type of cell that builds collagen and the extracellular matrix, which is the structure for tissues and also plays a critical role in tissue healing.

What you might feel or see may include:

• Decreased pain • Decreased swelling • Increased circulation • Decreased inflammation • Improved speed of recovery • Decreased use of prescription medications

I have found it to be very effective in many but not all clients. Most people report an immediate improvement in pain, range of motion and muscle tension. Personal Observation: From a personal perspective, I have had chronic neck pain for many years with ongoing pain and stiffness. When the laser was applied to my neck, I noticed an immediate and significant change in pain and movement. It does work for me. Professional comment: All modalities used by physiotherapists including heat, ice, ultrasound, electricity and laser, are considered to be some of the tools we use to help clients to promote healing and recovery. But as with all treatment modalities, not everyone will have the same benefit as others may. There are many variables to injuries and recovery rates. Modalities are considered to be passive techniques and because of that there are limitations in lasting benefits. I believe that any modality used alone would not be very effective unless the client also uses an active approach including education, stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, posture correction and functional activities. Our goal as physiotherapists is to promote healing and to return clients to function. We have many tools that can be used and LILT is just one of the many. Robynne Smith is a physiotherapist at Off Broadway Physiotherapy and Dizziness Clinic. She can be contacted at 933-2619 or email or see .

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Image & Self-development

Healthy hair is in by Roxy


ur hair can be one of our more prominent features; it pays to take care of it. It just involves a little consciousness, education, and awareness on your part. Having healthy and strong hair will help your colour last longer and look more vibrant and shiny. Hair that is well nourished will reflect more light and appear more shiny and lustrous; it will retain less moisture and dry quicker. Hair that is dry and lacking moisture will take forever to dry as it tries to hold on to any moisture it can. Your healthy hair will take less time to dry and style and it will reduce frizziness, fly aways, and prevent your colour from looking muddy or dull. Here are three ways, I personally believe, to help you achieve healthier and lower maintenance hair. Try to incorporate at least one if not all of them into your life. Your hair will love you for it! Weekly Deep Conditions Do a weekly deep condition. Any professional hair mask, deep conditioner, or intensive treatment will do. Pay attention to the instructions as they are there for a reason. Be careful if you are using a treatment that contains protein. Our hair is made up of protein but you can also overdue the amount of it in your hair, causing it to be weak and brittle. Take the time to find out what ingredients are in the conditioner you are using. Protein masks will build, repair, and strengthen your

hair. Moisture or shine masks will improve aesthetic and outside overall appearance. Moisture masks are good for maintenance, but will not re build or repair damage. Try and make a weekly deep condition part of your weekly wind down or YOU TIME. Invest in Good Quality Styling Products Salon quality styling products are important. They have had time and money invested in them for the necessary research, quality of ingredients, and long term effects on your hair. Off the shelf store-bought quality products are not as expensive because their ingredients are cheaper and more priority has been placed on volume and mass market selling than quality. If it is too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t be fooled. This debate has been huge and there are many different perspectives and opinions on the issue. We will save that for another article. Also, keep this in mind when you are colouring your hair or doing any other chemical service at home, that the results can be unpredictable. The colour can be empty and lifeless, and can even be damaging to your hair. Your hair has underlying colour pigment that only a professional can assess. Be Hair Conscious This means being aware of what you are doing to your hair. Are you washing it every day? Are you using heat on it? How many

times per week? What is your hair type? What products are you putting on it? What can your hair handle considering its type, condition, and colour? A good stylist should be informative and be able to educate you on these topics and what is possible. Having your hair cut at regular intervals is also important for ease of styling, manageability, and over all health and condition of your hair. It helps to pre-book your hair appointments instead of waiting until your hair is unbearable. Be conscious, think of your hair as your number one accessory and do your best to keep it beautiful, it is your canvas for expression. Keep your canvas pure and healthy so you can use it to experiment, have fun, and express your own style. Roxy is an internationally trained stylist. She holds a B.Comm. from the U of S and has completed extensive training at The Matrix Academy London and additional colour training at the Wella World Studio London. Roxy has been a part of various session teams, having styled hair at London Fashion Week, for Vogue, GQ and ID magazines and worked with various celebrities such as Fergie and The Pussy Cat Dolls. She can be contacted at Magnolia Salon at 373-8099.

WORDS OF ADVICE Don’t over due it. Often hair is so healthy and soft that it is too slippery and heavy to hold any volume, curl, or shape. It is important to have some porosity in the hair; colour can help achieve this by roughing up the cuticle. This is often why hair lays flat and feels heavy when you have longer roots or have not coloured your hair for a while. Be aware of the over all heath of your body and scalp. Overall good health will contribute to the health of your hair.


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Journey of Faith


n my early 20s, my heart was so raw for forgiveness that although I didn’t allow myself to seek it out for myself, I extended it to a family member whom for I had harboured bitterness for years. Amazing grace fell upon that relationship against all reason. I believe that this act of forgiveness unlocked the grace that was extended to me in the years to come. As the Bible says: “Do not judge and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:36-38 In this passage, Jesus Christ challenges us all to live counter-culturally reiterating the fact we do reap what we sow. It’s true that when we are hurt, rejected, ridiculed or just plain annoyed by others, our first natural born reaction is to judge and condemn. I have been there many times on my journey where life wasn’t fair and others just really let me down. Left to ourselves, we end up condemning, judging and lack true forgiveness – exactly the opposite of what Christ is calling us to be. He is our role model in this as stated in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God in His mercy initiated forgiveness when we didn’t deserve it, asked for it and for many, still rejecting it. Ultimately, God does His part, which was a one-time sacrifice on the cross for us, yet, an ongoing transformational invitation. We are called to respond to that call of grace and receive it freely. The vertical relationship of grace makes it possible to fully extend forgiveness to others on the “horizontal journey.”

Jesus calls us to take the high road and love your neighbour as yourself. In Matthew 18:18, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you lose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” What is it about forgiveness that places so much emphasis on our reaction and personal responsibility? I know I’ve struggled with wanting others to recognize fault, make the first move and genuinely be remorseful for their words or actions before I even considered forgiving them. Been there? You wouldn’t be human if you haven’t. Yet Jesus’ words confirm that our actions and reactions set in a motion heavenly interference as we are open to His guidance. Believe me, I understand the painful reality of sin and its effects. In my 39 years of life thus far, I have encountered ample opportunities to live in hate and bitterness. Issues that have affected me directly (and close friends and family) include addictions, slander, abuse, abortion, rape, murder, gambling, suicide, divorce, and the list goes on. Other “hidden” sins are just as lethal including lying, lust, gluttony, envy and pride. No sin is greater than another, but its effects and consequences sure carry a heavy load. Satan (the enemy of our soul and God’s adversary) celebrates when a human soul walks in sin and harbours self hatred and bitterness toward others. Jesus came so that we may have life and live it to the fullest. Do you find yourself wanting a “do over” in some ways? As much as we try to fix things on our own, ignore the painful reality of sin and those hurtful people involved in that pain – we just can’t. To do so is to suffer mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically. Forgiveness is the key. Renowned Christian author, ethicist, and theologian Lewis B Smede wrote, “To forgive

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is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” • God sent His Son Jesus to forgive you. Have you received this grace? • We are called to love our neighbour as our ourselves. Have you forgiven yourself? • To love your neighbour includes extending forgiveness. Are you current in your grace giving towards others? True Forgiveness = a journey of freedom. Here is a suggested prayer: Dear God, Thank you for sending your Son Jesus for me! My heart’s desire is to walk in grace, truth and love because that is your desire for me too. I receive your gift of grace. I choose to forgive myself for ____________. I ask that you fill me with your Holy Spirit to give me the strength to forgive _________. Even though I don’t feel like forgiving, I choose to forgive them because you love them and died for them too. I am not the judge, you are. Bless ________ and I pray that you mold and shape us both into the people you created us to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen! All scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version.

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Healthy Lifestyles

Bowen Technique

A very gentle form of natural healing by Dayna Fesciuc

Personal Reflections After a lifetime of health problems and chronic pain, suddenly there was an answer for being able to feel better. Three sessions of something called Bowen Technique, and life could be liveable again and I could be free of health problems. Or, at the very least, health issues would be dramatically less pronounced. Just three sessions and then a life as different as night and day compared to what it had been. When first introduced to this new holistic approach to health conditions – well, scepticism should be expected right? After all, scepticism is natural when faced with something new, different and completely non-invasive. What kind of holistic modality can truly make such a difference in a matter of three sessions? However, since experiencing Bowen Technique my many ailments have either been dramatically reduced or obliterated all together. Exercise and movement is possible again. No longer stuck with debilitating health matters there will be no more sitting on the sidelines and letting life pass me by. What Bowen Technique is and how it works Bowen Technique is a hands-on manual method developed by Tom Bowen in Australia during the 1950s. Now it is practiced worldwide by practitioners trained in Bowtech, the Original Bowen Technique. Our bodies have a natural inherent ability to self-heal and self-correct. The small movements

of Bowen help stimulate this natural healing ability. Being non-invasive, it is safe for all ages and dramatic results can be seen in minimal sessions. Bowen Technique addresses the entire body and most individuals will notice a difference after one session. The precise and gentle technique moves send vibrational messages along nerve pathways to the brain. These stimulate the body to return to its previous healthy condition. Instead of our bodies staying in a “fight, flight or freeze” state, they are able to return to “rest, relax and repair” mode. When the body is given adequate time to integrate between the moves, the body can be “reset” to balance the autonomic nervous system. The end result is immediate improvement in all organs and systems of the body. Conditions that are known to have been responsive to Bowen Technique include most physical pain issues such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, sciatica, scoliosis and body injuries. Bowen Technique is also very useful to relieve symptoms of many other conditions including PMS, asthma, allergies and anxiety. It may also be helpful support during radiation and chemotherapy. Dayna Fesciuc is a freelance writer and published poet who is currently at work on her latest novel. She can be contacted at (306) 381-3728 or at

How to clean smelly football equipment 

by Lynn Mason

Ahh, it’s that time of year again. Still hot, but school is back in full swing and the smell of football cleats wafts through the air. Football practice has begun and stinky football equipment is piled high in my foyer. So how can you kill that smell? Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years. First, immediately upon getting home all equipment should be aired out and dried. Cleats, helmet, shoulder pads, receiver gloves and practice jerseys should be hung or propped in circulating air. I prefer to place my son’s gear on the front porch or in the garage if it is raining. Hanging the equipment over a clothes line would work well also. Set up a fan to help dry the gear indoors. Spray all the gear with a disinfectant spray such as Lysol and dry. After each use, shorts, tee shirts, football pants and jerseys should be washed in the washing machine according to the instructions on

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the label. Bleach is not recommended for most jerseys and pants but if needed, I use a little nonchlorine (colour safe) bleach. A stain removing spray should be used on mud, grass and blood stains, preferably, before the stains dry out and set in. Once or twice a week, I rinse the receiver gloves and chin guard in cold water. Receiver gloves can smell just as awful as cleats but I recommend not using any soap. Soap can deteriorate the sticky area on the palms. If necessary use a drop of dish-

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Refresh with a facial By Leondra King and Joanne Fruman


hy do so many people put pampering on the bottom of their ‘To Do’ lists? We live such busy, stressful lives and pampering feels oh, so good! Going to a spa and having a facial is one of the best ways to pamper yourself. The basic facial cleans, exfoliates and moisturizes your skin. After cleansing the face a gentle granular scrub is massaged on the skin to remove dry skin cells. Then the face is steamed, opening pores so blackheads and whiteheads can be extracted. The next step is the very relaxing facial massage. Then the masque is applied and left on the skin for about 15 minutes. Lastly a toner, day cream and eye cream are applied. You can be on your way with a clean and glowing complexion. A specialized facial will address a specific skin problem whether it is acneic, aging, sensitive or dry skin. There are many products and new technologies available today to address all of these conditions. These technologies include microdermabrasion and IPL photofacials and microcurrent, just to mention a few. As well there are some older technologies that continue to prove themselves. One of these is the galvanic facial. This facial utilizes a machine that provides a steady, direct galvanic current to help introduce water-soluble substances to the body through the skin. This helps increase the capacity of the skin to absorb and improves the penetration of products through the skin making it easier to treat specific problems. Those with dry, dehydrated skin benefit from this type of facial since it improves moisture retention. This type of facial also helps to relieve congestion. A galvanic facial is an excellent way to revitalize the skin and help the active ingredients of skin products to penetrate deep within the skin (much washing soap and rinse well. Hang to dry. Drying the shoes and spraying with a disinfectant spray is key. Foot powder or baking soda can be sprinkled in the cleats to help absorb the nasty odour. I also sprinkle very small amounts of powder in the receiving gloves. When they are dry, I store both the cleats and gloves with dryer sheets in them. I save all my used dryer sheets for use with the football gear. Wipe down the shoulder pads and occasionally rinse off the other pads. Spray with a disinfectant spray and dry. Before storing pads I spray again with a fabric odour eliminator, such as Fabreeze. The helmet should be wiped down and if any of

deeper than with manual applications). It also helps to clean congestion of skin pores and reduce the oiliness for those prone to acne. The normal functions of the skin are increased with this type of facial by helping to improve the skin’s blood circulation. At the start of the facial the skin is prepared according to the individual’s skin type or the problem they are trying to resolve. Cleansing and ozone is typically used to prepare the skin, then the galvanic treatment is started with a specialized formulation. For those who suffer from acne this treatment can help remove sebaceous blockages and clear congestion that leads to acne. A hydrating and nourishing substance needs to be applied during the facial process for those with dry and normal skins to benefit from the use of this facial. For those who want to rejuvenate and revitalize their skin, this is an excellent facial option to choose. You can see a dramatic difference after your first treatment, fine lines will diminish and sagging skin will be tightened. Even Brad Pitt calls his galvanic treatment “his face iron.” Ask your esthetician or skin care professional how to improve the appearance of your skin with salon treatments as well as products for home use. Leondra King is the owner of Isis Laser and Wellness Centre. Leondra is a certified esthetician, med-spa technician and sugarist. She can be contacted at 922-1860 or by visiting Joanne Fruman is the owner of Eden. She is an educator and is certified as a cosmetologist. She can be contacted at (306) 531-2309 or by visiting www. the pads can be removed they should be rinsed. Spray everything with a disinfectant spray and dry. Don’t forget the equipment bag! Empty any accumulated mud out of the bag and if needed wipe with a damp cloth. Spray with a disinfectant spray and dry. Place several dryer sheets in the equipment bag when you repack it. These tips will help keep sports gear clean and smelling fresh. Teach your child how to care for his own equipment and, hopefully, you will smell the sweet smell of responsibility.

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Healthy Lifestyles

Too much calcium? By Dr. Michele Kralkay


alcium has been getting a lot of attention in the media these days. However, calcium is no more important than several other minerals. For example, potassium is essential for every cell in the body. A severe deficiency will cause the heart to stop beating. This over concern about calcium has been stimulated by radio, television and magazines, primarily in commercials and advertisements for milk, cheese and antacids. These sources teach that calcium is necessary for healthy bones and for prevention of osteoporosis. While this may be true, at the same time it has been oversimplified. It is important to know a few facts when assessing your calcium intake and supplementation. Let’s talk about bones first. Bones begin to develop while we are in the womb and do not stop growing until our mid 20s from which point they are renewed and nourished. In both development and regeneration, each

component of their making is essential. Bones are made up of water, minerals and the cellular matrix that bind them together. Bone making cells (osteoblasts) deposit a collagenfibre matrix onto these structures of tendon, membrane and cartilage. As soon as this matrix is laid down, it is calcified by calcium carried in the blood. This process is primarily governed by our hormones and diet. Almost half of our bone structure is rock (calcium and phosphorus) that is derived from the vegetables and nuts we consume, absorbed with the help of the vitamin D that is manufactured just under the skin in response to the sun’s rays. The calcium component of bones is particularly important in maintaining their strength. But calcium is also a resource. It is used to transport proteins around the body as just one of its many duties. A high protein diet can cause the body to deplete our calcium stores. If the calcium levels in the blood are not high enough to facilitate the transportation of protein, then

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pared with certain greens and seeds, such as kale, watercress, parsley, almonds, collard greens, and sea vegetables. After our mid 20s we only build bone when the body is challenged, such as in weightbearing exercise. From your body’s point of view, calcium is so essential for keeping your heart beating steadily, your blood flowing without restrictions, your nerves and muscles functioning, that it will steal calcium from your bones to keep all of this in optimal condition. When we think of calcium sources, dairy products are usually the first ones that come to mind. However, as mentioned, they may not always be the best choice as it is difficult for our body to utilize the calcium from dairy products. The high amount of protein and phosphorus in dairy products may contribute to this situation. It is also important to mention that many experts consider milk products to be the number one allergen, which can also contribute to added stress in the body increasing calcium deficiency conditions. To increase your absorption of calcium it is also important to be aware of the foods and habits that can rob our bodies of calcium. Coffee, black tea, sugar, soda pop, high protein diets, and intake of excess potassium and salt in the diet all contribute to increased calcium excretion through the kidneys. Other things that contribute to a loss of calcium from the body are smoking, alcohol consumption, high acidity in the body, and taking corticosteroid medications. It may be necessary to assess your current lifestyle and make some changes before taking more calcium. Calcium supplements may deposit calcium in your body, but not necessarily in the place that calcium is needed. As we age, it becomes increasingly difficult for our bodies to process calcium. It is important we get the best possible sources and create the best possible environment for absorption. So in the case of supplementation – liquid calcium gluconate is the best. For calcium carbonate and citrate to be properly absorbed there must be optimal pH levels and the presence of vitamins and minerals that are cofactors for calcium. Liquid calcium gluconate can be metabolized regardless of these situations. If you are concerned about calcium deficiency or any other nutritional deficiency, please contact me and I would be pleased to offer you more information and suggestions. Michele Kralkay, DNM, RHN, is a health consultant, lecturer and author of A Cookbook for Naturally Good Health. She is also certified in many healing modalities. Contact her at or call 4774480.

Healthy Lifestyles

Key secrets to losing weight by Barb Maduck


re you tired of trying to lose the same 10, 20, 30 pounds again and again? Do you feel like you have hit a plateau? Are you frustrated and ready to move forward? Research confirms that if we continue to repeat the same exercise plan and/or food plan over a certain period of time, we will hit a plateau. We will again feel like a failure at our initially energized and enthusiastic plan to lose weight. How do we avoid this plateau or overcome it? We need to feel successful along our journey in order to have the desire or energy to continue moving toward our goal. One of the biggest reasons why people fail is that they set unrealistic goals for themselves and have unrealistic expectations. The second reason is that they entertain the same concepts and pathways that supported their weight loss previously. The body needs to experience change and therefore ongoing evaluation and modifications to eating and exercise needs to be implemented constantly. There isn’t any one right philosophy to suit an individual. A rigid or generic eating and exercise program only accommodates a small percentage of the population. There are many aspects to an individual that need to be taken into consideration for a well-balanced and achievable program. Questions pertaining to medical history or present medications taken must be part of the equation. How old are you and what phase of

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life are you in? Do you work and manage a home? Do you have family responsibilities? Are you under a lot of stress? How much sleep do you get at night? All aspects of your life have to be taken into consideration in order to individualize a proper and well-balanced eating and exercise plan. There are many non-dietary factors that interfere with their weight loss attempts, certain medications, for example. This does not mean that it is impossible to lose weight, however setting realistic goals will be the solution. Food sensitivities, poor digestion, hormonal circumstances, past sexual abuse, depression, are a few to mention. The above-mentioned interferences may require the assistance of other health professionals and of course patience and strong educational support. Many people become frustrated when they are not successful in their weight loss attempts and feel that the only reason is because they don’t have the will power to succeed. It is often more than the lack of will power that is interfering and rather a strong possibility that the one of the above mentioned is the culprit. It is time to take charge and feel in control once again! Barb Maduck operates Partners in Fitness and Weight Management Studio at 1111-8th Street East in Saskatoon. She can be contacted at 979-7496.

“Manitoba and Saskatchewan are already among the most active provinces in the Trick or Treat campaign, but we want to show the rest of Canada just how generous we can be,” said Tricia Schers, Regional Director for UNICEF Canada’s Prairie Region. “With the help of all Canadians this year, the campaign may be able to reach the fundraising milestone of $100 million raised for the world’s most vulnerable children since 1955.”

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ecently I found myself thinking, “When was the last time I had a really great foot massage?” I was going for a regular body massage, but nothing for the feet! Massage therapists seem to skip the foot area completely. What happened to the days when a massage therapist started at your feet and worked their way up from there? As for my husband? “I would if I could,” I believe was his reply. Then I remembered – reflexology! Yes, that would be it. It worked out perfectly as we had set out on a quick family getaway to a nearby resort. So there I was in my luxury housecoat, up a little earlier than I wanted but it was okay – I could sleep when my treatment started. I waited, then waited some more. It helped me relax (at least that’s what I was telling myself). I wondered why we were starting late, as I was the first treatment of the day. Finally, a friendly face did come to greet me. So I followed. Now what? I was being led out of the spa, to the elevator, going down, just her and me. That’s when it hit me: she had the fresh scent of cigarette smoke on her. We got off the elevator, walked down the hall past some guests then some guest rooms. Needless to say, I’m done with this one. I got in I got out. Nevertheless, I was still searching for my foot massage. I did get sidetracked and tried a quick pedicure in a mall. But my expectations of a great foot massage were not met. My surprise was that quick no longer meant cheap. My pedicure fell apart in a week. I vowed to myself that I would not do that again. Soon I would set out on my quest again. A foot massage! Why is this so hard? There’s a new salon in the area. Hmm. Didn’t know

their name, not in the phone book. As I flipped through the yellow pages, I come across Changes. I had heard about the fire that had happened there a while ago. I was curious to see what had been done to the place since I was last there. I had read about their business awards. So I dialed them up. I could get an appointment that evening at 6:30. I took it. Off I went for my pedicure. My expectations were high, but I was also of the opinion that no one gave foot massages anymore. I was greeted immediately. I picked out my polish, I have to say that red is my favorite toe polish colour, and I was not disappointed. There were several shades of red to choose from. I went back and sat, barely, and I was greeted by a friendly esthetician who lead me a short distance away, but far enough that I didn’t hear the hair and nail side of the salon. I arrived in a spacious pedicure area with warm, soothing colours. Soft music was playing. They could also pull a nice curtain if I wished to have more privacy, but there was no need as I was the only client at this hour. The massaging pedicure chair was amazing, my soaking water was nice and warm – my esthetician knew her stuff. What also struck me was the cleanliness. But what happened next was unbelievable. Without even realizing what I had stumbled across, it happened. For twenty minutes, without speaking or rushing, my feet were massaged. I fell asleep and was calmly awoken when she finished. I knew I was her last appointment of the day, and she could have easily brushed me and my neglected feet off. Instead, I would have to say it was one of the best pedicures I have ever received. Pamela Warden is a freelance make-up artist, esthetician and stylist.

Schools can register for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF programme online at www. or, or by calling (204) 4774600. Participating schools receive a special kit of resources, including an inspirational DVD, a CD-ROM and kit with fundrais-

ing ideas, slideshows and curriculum-linked lesson plans and activities for Kindergarten to Grade 8. UNICEF speakers will also be available to visit schools in most areas of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The campaign runs throughout October and culminates on Halloween, which is National UNICEF Day in Canada.

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• September 23, 2009 • Section B


Healthy Lifestyles


Eat your way to a vibrant, vigorous, and vital body

by Paulette Millis



e have such a variety of local fresh vegetables and fruits at this time of year. Forget drive-through dining and make simple fresh meals. With so many tasty new recipes for raw foods now available, it is easy to build our health and feel vibrant. Remember those heavy platefuls of pasta, served with a large slice of garlic bread, and the after-meal nap? Wow. We’ve come a long way!

Fresh food is a precious product in our lives. It is important to take the time just to admire the extravagant

Spiralize or coarsely shred young zucchini Finely chop red, yellow or orange peppers, radishes or other colorful veggies and add to zucchini noodles Sprinkle with toasted walnuts, or raw pumpkin, sunflower, or hemp seeds. Add a dash of Celtic sea salt, or herbs of your choice Splash hemp oil and Bragg’s Liquid Vegetable Seasoning over, toss and adjust seasonings to taste

success of some of the plants in our home gardens. Here are some healthy eating tips: • avoid eating proteins and fats at the same time as sugars; e.g., fruits, desserts, sugar laden snack bars etc. This facilitates digestion and assimilation and frees up energy; • consume 80 per cent of your diet as alkaline-forming foods, particularly fruits and veggies; • consume only one serving of carbs with each meal and fill up on colourful tasty veggies instead, combined with a small amount of quality protein; • make a habit of purchasing lots of the fresh foods now available, and simply using them as snacks. When you go for a walk, take along raw slices of kohlrabi sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds in a baggie. Zucchini grows very well in our climate. Perhaps we can relate with Barbara Kingsolver, author of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle who states, “Zucchini harvest is the only time of year when country people lock their cars in the church parking lot so people won’t put zucchini on the front seat!” Hard to believe now, but as a kid I had never heard of zucchini. Now they are eaten baked, steamed, raw, batter-fried, stuffed, and used in soups, relishes, cakes, cookies and pancakes. As my family knows, I am incapable of wasting food, having been raised by frugal parents who grew up during the Depression. When copious amounts of zucchini begin to dominate my kitchen and fill my fridge, my friends become recipients of interesting experiments, mostly raw these days. I love to make raw zucchini spaghetti from the young squash. Fresh food is a precious product in our lives. It is important to take the time just to admire the extravagant success of some of the plants in our home gardens.

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Book clubs

Rekindling a romance with reading by Anne-Marie Hickey

Early this summer, I decided to fulfill a desire of mine and formed a book club. I figured a book club would force me to read the books on my ever-growing list of things to read, as well as enable me to enjoy the company of friends who would share their own insights.


lost touch with leisure reading sometime in high school, as many young students are known to do. An active social life kept me busy on weekends and extracurricular activities ruled not only my life, but that of my parents. It was strange then, that I rekindled my romance with reading in my first year of university – a time when I was busier than ever, but was surrounded by such a vast pool of knowledge that it was contagious. Early this summer, I decided to fulfill a desire of mine and formed a book club. I figured a book club would force me to read the books on my ever-growing list of things to read, as well as enable me to enjoy the company of friends who would share their own insights. I didn’t realize the challenges that would arise in the organizing.

First of all, I had to find members. Many of the people I had in mind were too busy to participate, or they said they would come to meetings but never showed up. I knew that book clubs were becoming more popular, so finding people who weren’t already in book clubs was another challenge – especially since many of my friends were a part of a rival book club. Another Neighbourhood Express writer, I, Lion, is part of a book club that meets every three to four weeks, although since the club’s inception, he sees members “too often.” “Ever since meeting certain members of this group, I see them and their pretentious attitudes everywhere in this town,” he joked. “Formal meetings occur every month or so depending on the length of the chosen book,

schedule conflicts, lunar cycle or when the best wine becomes available.” I, Lion joined the club to get involved in a social circle outside the concert and pub scene. “I’ve met some great new friends,” he said. “I’m a strongly opinionated dissenter by nature, and any friendship started on a basis of raised voices, insults and conflicting opinions is a good one in my books – no pun intended. As a major bonus, all the ladies

in our club are totally babes. Seriously, like 10s.” The founder of the group, Staniel, decided to make the group after he realized most of the intelligent conversations he’s had occurred in loud settings such as bars or parties. “That’s when I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I could gather a group of my friends, introduce them to each other and have an intelligent discussion while still having fun doing it?’” Sitting at 55 members on Facebook, the book club has struck a deal with Turning the Tide bookstore in Saskatoon. The group tells the store which books they will be reading in the coming months, and gets them ordered in with a generous 20 per cent “Superior Intellect Discount.” I knew I had to make my book club superior to I, Lion’s, so I decided on a few key differences: my book club would meet every two weeks in the summer, and once a month during the school year, we would mainly concentrate on political fiction (although we’ve been happily bending this rule a little), I would host the book club at my house in consideration of the poor students and we would always make sure to have plenty of wine or tea. The book club has grown to

about 10 members, which is a perfect number for us. In the early days, I would lead the book club and come up with prepared questions which I would sometimes find online on one of the many websites devoted to book clubs. Now that our group is more familiar with one another we generally each come with our own questions and comments for the group and the conversation is never boring – unlike I, Lion’s obviously inferior book club. “Our group leader,” said I, Lion, “has a heck of time shouting down the pack of fervently argumentative and strongly opinionated individuals that seem to make up our group,” he said. “Sometimes, members will come prepared with talking points or discussion questions they’ve thought of over the course of the reading. That’s always welcome.” There are many perks to a book club – I enjoy intelligent conversation with good friends, “smack talking” other clubs and indulging in more leisure reading. My book club was relatively easy to put together and since book clubs are becoming more popular there are a lot of people interested in joining. However, if you start a book club watch out for the rival groups – they’re vicious.

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• September 23, 2009 • Section B


Human Interest

How to protect your personal information on Facebook by Leigh Goessl

In order to remain safe when you engage in any sort of online interaction, you have to be mindful of the information you share. Online safety practices should always be observed when you log onto the internet. It doesn’t matter if the correspondence is through e-mail, discussion forums or groups, chatrooms, or instant messaging, you can easily compromise your personal information if you are not careful. Social networking sites such as Facebook are no different from any other kind of online interaction. Facebook requires you to provide a lot of personal information in order to actively participate because it’s business model is based on real people as opposed to chat names or identities. The good news is Facebook also provides you with some tools to help minimize exposure, and combined with common sense, you can obtain some protection and a degree of control over

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Facebook Privacy Settings Facebook gives these for a reason and if you want to limit what kind of information is seen, you should take the time to explore the privacy settings offered. You can access these through clicking on “settings” in the upper right hand corner (you must be logged in to do this). After you reach this screen you’ll see you can customize several different aspects of Facebook to meet your preferences. *The first you’ll see is the ability to control the information seen on your profile page. If you click this link there is a variety of options you can opt in to or out of to design privacy preferences to meet your needs. Most people opt to keep their wall and profile from being exposed publicly: typically in order to see someone, you have to become their Facebook friend. *The second link restricts search capabilities. You can remove your membership from being visible in search engines; you can also pick and choose what information you want seen such as photos, friend lists, pages you are a fan of, ability to receive messages from non-friends or not, and a link to send you a message. You can choose any or all of these options when designing your privacy preferences. *On the third option you’ll find you can control what other friends see on your wall or in news feeds which go out publicly. Here you can also control whether or not you want people to see when you’ve posted in a discussion group or changed any of your profile status. *In the fourth privacy option you can learn about Facebook applications and what kind of information is shared. You’ll want to read this carefully so you are aware of what happens each time you engage in one of the partnering applications Facebook offers as a part of the social networking framework. *If you don’t want people you don’t know, your employer, or any other individuals to see what you’re doing on Facebook, it is a good idea to utilize these settings and completely remove yourself from search engine results. This way if someone does type your name into Google or another search engine, you won’t show up in the results. You should be aware this isn’t foolproof though because you may show up as a friend of someone else who hasn’t removed themselves from search engine results. Use Common Sense

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This is the age of customization. Our cars, our gadgets, everything we own or buy these days can, and usually does, say something about our personality. That includes the way we dress. Guys, isn’t it time to think about giving your clothes that personal touch as well? Just follow our handy rules, and you’ll be downtown dangerous in no time. Fit, fit, fit This is probably the most important rule. It doesn’t matter if you cover yourself head to toe in designer labels if nothing fits. Clothes that fit right will always look better than something that’s too big or too tight. Trying to hide those extra pounds with ill-fitting clothes not only doesn’t work, it actually makes you look bigger than you are. Be yourself It’s no sin to follow trends, but remember that trends usually don’t work for everybody. Wear what you feel good in. No, that doesn’t mean you can wear your sweat pants everywhere. If plaid pants are in, and you think they’re goofy, don’t buy them just to be in style. It’s all about how you wear it, not what you wear. Customize Use accessories to customize your look. There are dozens of varieties of hats beyond that old ball cap. Belts, shoes, watches, scarves, wristbands and shoulder bags can all make a powerful statement and make y o u r

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• September 23, 2009 • Section B


Activities & Events

WYATT: This is rock country

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 YATT is a local rock country band including singer-guitarists Scott Patrick and Daniel Fortier, drummer Bray Hudson and bassist Cam Ewart. The band drives the sound of progressive country bands like Emerson Drive and Doc Walker and grounds it with the depth and groove of Tom Petty. Imagine old school southern rock combined with the rich, vocal flavours of Bon Jovi, The Eagles and Rascal Flatts. You may have enjoyed their single, “Next To You,” on country radio recently. I recently had the pleasure of watching a small acoustic performance and chatting with the guys. Here’s a little of how

our conversation went: WYATT is a great name. What’s the story behind it? “We were trying to come up with a cool, hip, western gunslinger type name, and Wyatt Earp came up. We didn’t like the Earp part but the name Wyatt just seemed to fit.” How did WYATT grow from two guys playing together at Lydia’s to national exposure and a presence in the international country music scene? “A series of steps. It was 2005 when Danny and I realized we wanted to ‘do this for real.’ We connected with some industry people and won a competition at Rawlco Radio in 2006. We already had songs and then we got money which then gave us the opportunity to record. From there we just kept connecting with more industry people, playing shows, entering (and winning) contests, promoting ourselves and building our band. We rounded out with Cam and Bray and it wasn’t long before we started going to Nashville SAVE UP TO to co-write songs with professional songwriters.” What’s it like going down to Nashville to write songs? “The first time I went there I felt like ‘I can’t believe I’m here: Guitar Town. This is awesome.’ Every time I go there I hope it isn’t the last time because it’s the centre of the country music world. But the food is not good for you – take a heart pump if you go. They love ‘deep fry’ down there, and it’s pretty hard to find a salad.” How do you come up with your songs? “Danny and I write most of our songs and also co-write with professional songwriters. We come up with the lyrics, chords and melody then take it to band to flush it out. For us it usually starts with the music, on the guitars. Lyrics come later.” What’s the best song you’ve ever written? “It’s called ‘Questions’ and we wrote it with Willie Mack


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First of all, I noticed that your birthday has just passed, so Happy Birthday! Wow, you are 78 and still touring. That is incredible. How many shows are you playing this year? “We have 98 scheduled dates for 2009, 14 in Canada.” Where do you get your energy and drive to do that at a time of life when most people are long since retired? “I truly get my inspiration from the fans. It is so rewarding to see friends and fans come out and still enjoy our shows.” Can we look forward to hearing “Why Baby Why” at your show in Yorkton? “We mix up the show from time to time but we almost always include that one.” How does it feel to perform the same song for over 50 years? “It is great because I look out and see people the age of my grandchildren singing along to every song.” What is your favourite song from your body of work to sing right now? Why is it so special to you? “That is easy: ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today.’ It was my biggest hit and the one that gets the most audience response.” What has been your biggest moment or time of your career? “I have been very blessed with many moments but I think the biggest was being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. To be recognized by your peers is one of the greatest honours.” You’ve faced a lot of hard times in life and still, here you are. You’ve been known to be a wild man – partying, drug use, alcohol. How did that affect your career and how did you get through it?


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“Well it nearly ruined my career and took my life, but through the grace of God and the love of Nancy, I got through it.” Do you have any sage advice about love and marriage? “Find the right woman.” You are an inspiration to generations. Who inspires you? “I was inspired by Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Roy Acuff and many more who are no longer with us, yet their music lives on. That to me is still inspiring.” How has the country music world changed? “I think it brings people from all walks of life together. Country music is loved from England to Germany, to Poland, to Japan. It is universal, more than any other genre of music.” What’s next for you? “Just to continue to work and record the music I love.” Would you like to add a message to your fans? “Thank you for your love and support through the years and I hope to see you out on the road in your home town.” Clearly, George is busy this year and he was recently a guest on both Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the Late Show with David Letterman with the launch of his newest album, A Collection of My Best Recollection. The CD is available online through Cracker Barrell at georgejones. com. And, most exciting for those of us in Saskatchewan, we can see the country legend play the classics live very soon (October 7) at the Gallagher Centre in Yorkton. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. See you there!

had nothing to wear. Standing before the half-empty closet, I realized I needed to go shopping. I picked up a few things at the stores I’ve always liked— Sears, Le Château, Randy River, etc. Always being one to love deals, I also decided to be thrifty in this pursuit and hoofed it down to the local second-hand store. The upbeat young woman who runs Second Chance greeted me with a warm smile as I entered her shop. She teased me, telling me that if I am to walk in with a take-out java from Starbucks, that I am to bring her one as well. Feeling welcome, I began searching through the racks of clothing. I’d forgotten about great stores like these. Places where one man’s trash is another’s treasure. It wasn’t long at all until I’d found several pieces I very much wanted to have. Soon, in my arms, I had jeans, shorts, summery short-sleeved shirts, and a fabulous T-shirt with a finelooking graphic of my personal musical idol—Sting! I felt like I’d won the lottery! Equally amused was the cheerful salesgirl. She seemed just as entertained by me as I was by the shop. After quite some time, I was hauling all my treasures to the cash register where I was instructed to roll dice for a discount. A five on the die got me five bucks off the load and I was even more elated. So much so that when I exited the store, I strode over to

the nearby Broadway Avenue Starbucks and bought my new friend a coffee. She was pretty tickled when I dropped it off a couple moments later. I’ve since learned that Second Chance, located conveniently just off Broadway, around the corner from Amigo’s (another of my favourite hangouts), is actually a store where proceeds go toward funding a very worthy cause. It sweetens the pot in the sense that not only can a guy funk up his wardrobe at a reasonable cost, but he can do his own small part to benefit society. Since that day, whenever I’m running errands on Broadway Avenue and have a few free minutes, I swing off the street toward Second Chance. There is quite often some piece of clothing I feel I need to have. Besides, it’s such a positive feelgood place. The store is exceptionally clean and organized too, complete with women’s and children’s departments. And, just like the area it’s located in, I think the shop has just a little more flare and flavour than other thrift stores. Well, perhaps I’m biased. But how can a person expect less, when it’s just off Broadway Avenue? Wes Funk is a Saskatoon-based writer who recently released his first novel, Dead Rock Stars.



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These exquisite and unique little fish are one of the most popular types of fish for aquariums. They make fascinating pets as they are incredibly beautiful, richly coloured and acclaimed for the flowing majesty of their fins. However, to successfully keep these fish healthy and happy, there are some guidelines that need to be followed.

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he vibrant colours and elaborate finnage of the Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens) makes it an attractive and popular pet for both beginner and expert aquarists; however, there are many misconceptions regarding their requirements and proper care that, unfortunately, causes these beautiful fish to have a greatly reduced quality of life, as well as shortened life spans. Due to these misconceptions, the Betta is one of the most mistreated and misunderstood fish in the pet world.

Aquarium Size The most common of these misconceptions is that Bettas can be kept in small aquariums, usually less than one gallon in volume (arguably one of the most bizarre myths in the fish world today). A full grown Betta can be up to three inches in length – how can a fish this size be happy in such a small quantity of water? While it’s true that the Betta has the ability to survive in these conditions for a short period of time, it can’t thrive there. This misconception is perhaps encouraged by the displays of these fish in vases and rose bowls. Small containers with an inch or two of water are very common, and it is not unheard of to see many of the Bettas in these displays already dead. This is further fuelled by the undersized Betta-specific tanks on the market today, which are usually between ½- and ¾gallons. The small size of these tanks should only be considered temporary housing conditions for the Betta.

them to survive in low-oxygenated waters where other fish would normally perish. In fact, this labyrinth organ is essential to their survival; a Betta must take oxygen from the air. Therefore, when choosing an aquarium, remember that the surface must be accessible to the fish (i.e., no surface dwelling plants that cover the entire surface).

Proper-heating Another common misconception, perhaps merely an oversight, are that Bettas do not require a water heater. These fish are native to Thailand and Cambodia, tropical areas of the world where the temperatures in the wild are between 78°F and 85°F (approximately 25°C and 30°C). Unless the room temperature is constantly kept between this level, a heater will be required to maintain the temperatures at a level suitable for the Betta. Like other fish, Bettas are cold blooded, which means that they cannot regulate their body temperature. Thus, any major change in the temperature over a short period of time can be stressful for the fish. Besides having the proper water temperature, it is also equally important to maintain it at a steady level.

Contrary to popular belief, Bettas can be kept with certain tropical fish; those that require the same water conditions and are peaceful living with the Betta.

This myth most likely stemmed from the perception that their natural habitat are shallow rice paddies, rivers and streams in Thailand and other parts of Asia. While these rice paddies can dry up to merely a few inches of water, they are part of an overall ecosystem. The paddies are interconnected and the fish are not isolated to one location, they have a vast area that they are able to swim through. The chance of finding a wild Betta in a small puddle during the dry season does not mean it is its natural habitat. When deciding to purchase a Betta, remember that a three-gallon tank is recommended, but a five-gallon tank is ideal to have a happy and thriving Betta. Bettas are labyrinth fish, meaning that they have a natural adaptation that allows them to take oxygen directly from the air, rather than from the water through their gills. This allows


Fluctuations of 2- or 3°F over a 24-hour period can cause stress enough to affect the fish’s immune system. In order too avoid such fluctuations, an aquarium grade water heater is recommended (avoid heating with a light bulb). The effects of low temperatures on the Betta include reduced immunity, lowered metabolic rate (leaving a lethargic fish that rests at the bottom of the tank) and shortened expected lifespan. The Betta fish in the pet world today were selectively bred to display a vast array of colours and fin types, and with the correct water temperatures, as well as aquarium size, Bettas will display their full vibrancy of colours. Additionally, Betta are normally very active, surface-dwelling fish, and they will constantly explore their surroundings with the correct care parameters. When introducing the Betta to his new tank, remember to take the time, between 15- and 30-minutes, to float the bag/cup with the Betta in the new aquarium to aid in the acclimation. It is also recommended to add a few tablespoons of the new water to the bag/cup every 10-minutes if there is drastic difference in the pH levels.

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Filtration & cleaning Another common myth is that the Betta doesn’t require maintenance with regards to the water conditions. This misconception probably stems from the same misperception about the Betta’s natural habitat. The waters where Bettas are typically found are muddy and the fish are able to survive in mucky waters for a short period of time. Many consider the Betta to be hardier against dirty conditions that most other fish, but there are debates whether or not the Betta is actually more sensitive to toxicities because of their delicate finnage. Like most fish, Bettas require clean water, frequent water changes and filtration; they are not impervious to the toxicity of ammonia, nitrates and nitrites. All fish are sensitive to water quality; don’t underestimate the importance of water testing, it is a vital part of keeping the Betta and other fish healthy. Kits are available at pet stores that test for a variety of water parameters, such as ammonia, nitrate, nitrite and pH. Smaller tanks with no filtration system have the disadvantage of requiring more frequent water changes (25-35%) and water testing than larger set-ups with filtration. A three-gallon tank most likely requires multiple water changes per week and everyother-day testing of the water for toxins. A larger aquarium with a filtration system will require less upkeep. The majority of illnesses that affect the Betta are caused by exposure to toxins. If the fish is showing signs of illness, start by testing the water. Remember to treat any water that will be in the tank with a water conditioner. There is no need for special water for a Betta, in fact, if purified or filtered water is used, it has been observed that the fish will not survive long. Conditioned tap water is best for the Betta. Introducing live plants into the aquarium set-up will reduce the maintenance, but water testing and water changes will still be periodically required. Plants have certain requirements, merely placing them into the substrate (such as aquarium gravel) will eventually cause the plant to rot and die. Flourite can be purchased at most pet stores and is an excellent substrate and fertilisation for plants. Like purchasing a new pet, remember to research the proper set-up and care for aquarium plants.

days to allow the food in their gut to be fully digested. Bettas are carnivores, and therefore will eat as much as they can catch when there is food, regardless of their appetite. Plants are not a suitable diet for the Betta, if he is nipping on the roots or leaves of a plant, it is because he is starving! The Betta pellets on the market are a good staple food (though some Bettas will refuse them). Frozen foods such as bloodworms, mosquito larva, daphnia and baby brine shrimp are closer to their natural diet and offer variety and balance. One of the most recent trends is the “Betta in a Vase,” with claims that the Betta will eat the plant roots and the plant in turn will break down the waste from the fish. This is simply not true, Bettas are not herbivores. The Bettas kept in this type of set-up usually die from starvation or oxygen deprivation.

Tank mates Two male Bettas cannot be kept together in the same aquarium because they will fight for dominance, usually until one is dead. A tank divider can be used to house two males in one aquarium, but (depending on how aggressive the males are) this could cause stress from the constant demonstration. Males and females should not be kept together for other than the breeding process, as the male will attack her like another male after a short period of time. Females can be kept together if they are in a large enough tank - more than four but no more than six females in a 10-gallon is usually recommended. They will establish a pecking order, but be careful about abnormally aggressive females or docile females, which would have to be removed else they kill the others or die themselves. Some are merely too aggressive to be kept with other Bettas. Contrary to popular belief, Bettas can be kept with certain tropical fish; those that require the same water conditions and are peaceful living with the Betta. These fish should be community fish, not very colourful, and no larger than the Betta himself. It is not necessary for the Betta to have tankmates though, they are solitary fish and will be happy on their lonesome.

Feeding It may be tempting to feed Bettas all they can eat, especially when they beg for food, but it is important to only feed them small amounts once or twice daily. Overfeeding is a common problem for captive Bettas, and can lead to illnesses such as swim bladder disease and constipation. A Betta’s stomach is roughly the size of one of his eyeballs; therefore feed the Betta an eyeball-sized amount of food at feedings. It is also highly recommended to skip a feeding every three to four

Conclusion There are many good books available at pet stores more information about the proper care of the Betta. Like other pets, such as a dog or a cat, the owner should research the care requirements so they can provide the best home possible for their new fish.

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What are some differences between When Lost At Sea and If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone? How has your sound evolved? “On When Lost at Sea a lot of the songs were story telling songs, at the time I was really into short stories and wanted to try adapt that to fit my writing (which is something I do plan to revisit) whereas on the new record I made a concentrated effort to write very direct

Is there a certain song on If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone that captures the idea of the whole album? Or do you have a personal favourite off the album? “I read a Neil Young quote recently that went something along the lines of ‘I don’t hate any of songs or my children’, that sort of encompasses how I feel about this record. I don’t necessarily have a favourite song on it, although I guess from day to day depending on a lot of factors I enjoy playing some songs more than others. When the mood is right it’s a lot of fun to play quiet songs like ‘Oh My God (It still means a lot to me)’ or ‘River Song’ but on the flip side of that it’s also really fun to get a bit rowdy and play ‘When We Were Young’ or ‘Late King Henry’. I think as a whole each of the songs has it’s place on the record and contributes to the overarching idea, but I don’t necessarily think that there is one song that really can speak for all the others.” How do the songs come together, lyrics then music?

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“Each song is different, but for me generally they start together and then I spend a lot of time with a paper and pen trying to get the rest of the song out. It’s also very collaborative for us, in that we really work together on revising and changing the song at practice and even after we start playing it live.” Where does the inspiration behind the songs come from? “It’s really different on a song-to-song basis. A lot of the times an idea will just strike and I get the feeling that I need to spend a few hours exploring it. Usually that will result in maybe a 1/4 of a song and then I’ll spend the next three months trying to finish the rest.” Best musical experiences so far. “I don’t know that I could really pick one

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songs. What I didn’t realize is how revealing that might be in that it forced me to put a lot more of myself into the songs and for better or for worse I think that is how it turned out. I didn’t realize just how daunting that might be until I had to bring the songs to the rest of the band, but I suppose I have a different read on the songs then anyone else would, I hope at least.”

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Safe cycling Council approved The City of Saskatoon’s Downtown Bicycle Friendly Plan. Part of the plan (and the start of the plan) is designed to make cycling in the downtown core easier and safer for cyclists. New lane markings, called ‘sharrows’ are being painted on downtown streets. Sharrow markings will appear in the shape of a bicycle with two arrows, also known as chevrons, painted above the bicycle to indicate direction of traffic and provide a clear marker to where cyclists should be riding in the traffic lane. Sharrow markings also alert motorists to the fact they must share the lane with cyclists. Saskatoon has the second highest rate of commuter cyclists per capita in Canada. “With 2.43%, or over 5,000 people riding their bicycles to and from work every day in our city, we want to ensure we’re making our downtown streets as safe as possible for cyclists, without compromising traffic flow, disrupting other modes of transportation, or parking.” Sharrows will be located on 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, and 25th Streets from Spadina to Idylwyld, and 1st, 3rd and Pacific Avenues. An exclusive bicycle lane marked with sharrows will also be implemented along 4th Avenue. This lane will be reserved for cyclists only. An exclusive bicycle lane was chosen for 4th Avenue because it is wide enough to accommodate all four lanes of traffic, plus an exclusive lane. Exclusive bicycle lanes already exist along Spadina Crescent and Preston Avenue. To ensure Saskatoon’s cycling community has a voice in helping to make downtown more bicycle friendly, the City formed a volunteer Cycling Advisory Group (CAG). The group consists of either avid or recreational cyclists and they meet with the City once a month to discuss how to make cycling in Saskatoon easier and safer. The CAG supports the implementation of sharrows in the downtown core. The City hopes the implementation of sharrows will provide others who do not normally cycle, with the confidence to try it, knowing that downtown traffic lanes are better designed for their needs. Information about the use of sharrows is posted on the City’s website

City’s website redesigned The City of Saskatoon has redesigned its website to include additional online services for users. The website ( converted on Wednesday, September 16, and users maybe experiencing a few temporary delays as the conversion takes effect. The virtual City Hall is open 24/7 which makes it convenient for citizens who aren’t able to make it to City Hall during regular business hours. Current and new online services include the ability to: • enter your water and power metre readings • receive your utility bill electronically (payable with any internet banking institution) • apply for jobs with the City • find Saskatoon Transit routes • view your utility bill and usage history • learn about traffic detours and road construction • learn about snow route declarations • pay parking tickets • register for leisure programs • change your address and hook-ups with many service providers • learn your property assessment • do a search in the Business Directory • write a letter to City Council • find out what permits you need to start a business • look at interactive maps of the city showing parks, schools, rinks, and other facilities Users will have to update any bookmarks they had on the old site, as they will not work on this new site due to the requirement to have different URL addresses within www. Also, if users had signed up to view utility bills and now can’t view them; they will have to re-sign-up for that service. In addition to online services, the website’s home page features an alphabetical index where users can search for any service easily without having to know what department it falls under. There is also the latest civic news posted daily, and quick links to the most used services. Have a great month and remember to contact me with any questions, concerns or comments. I like to hear from you! A reminder about emails: if I don’t reply within a reasonable period of time, that means that I did not receive the email and the City’s spam filter picked it up. Please call me! Take care.


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t has been two months since I last wrote ... so welcome back. I hope that you have had a good summer – despite the rather cool weather we have experienced – and were able to attend some of the many festivals and events that happen pretty much every week in Saskatoon. I know I did and it was great to see and connect with many of you! We are having an awesome fall so far and let’s hope it keeps up for a number of weeks. The Fireworks Festival on the long weekend of September was spectacular! The weather co-operated and the feeling of community at River Landing and across the river at Rotary Park for the two evenings was second to none. I have to say that as a Councillor involved with the creation of River Landing the last six years, it was wonderful to see so many people – in fact about 35,000 on Friday night and 40,000 on Saturday night – attending the festival. They were enjoying all of the activities for young and old alike, enjoying the entertainment and of course the fireworks. Wow, what a great event for our city! Operating fireworks in the City I know that fireworks seem to be a popular thing to do all year but Saskatoon Fire & Protective Services (SFPS) reminds residents that fireworks cannot be set off from private property to public property without a permit; and that they can only be set off between dusk and 11:00pm on Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, and between dusk on New Year’s Eve and 12:15am on New Year’s Day. Fireworks’ displays occurring outside these permitted days and hours require Council approval. No permit is required for a private fireworks display on private property, but fireworks on public property require a permit. Tickets will be issued for any violation of the bylaw. To reduce the risk of fire and burn injuries, SFPS does not recommend family fireworks or informal neighbourhood displays as the improper use of fireworks could lead to serious injury or death. Sparklers, which some consider harmless, burn at extremely hot temperatures and can ignite clothing and result in burns. Bylaw No. 7990, the Fire and Protective Services Bylaw, is available to read on the City’s website at and looking under “B” for Bylaw.

Fall Leisure Guide The Fall Leisure Guide was delivered to your doors in mid August, or is available to pick up at any of the six indoor Leisure Centres. It is also accessible online from www. (look under ‘L’ for Leisure). The City of Saskatoon Leisure Guide is your community source for a variety of arts, culture and recreation activities throughout the season. There are loads of drop-in and registered programs available for all ages and skill levels including Red Cross Swim, LearnTo-Skate, MÈ TA WÈ TÀN and Smart Start Adult Beginner Fitness. Plus, check out your local community association listings for fitness and fun close to home. Get the Guide! Keep the Guide!

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Taxi industry City Council authorized Administration to engage the services of a consultant to undertake a comprehensive study of the taxi industry in Saskatoon. The taxicab industry in Saskatoon has, for many years, operated in a manner requiring minimal intervention by City Council. However, increasingly, issues and concerns regarding taxi availability have arisen. Administration, upon research and discussion with other cities, feels there are no simple solutions and a comprehensive study is warranted to fully understand the current situation and provide recommendations. Administration will issue a Request for Proposals for consultants in early September, have the tender awarded in mid-December, and the study will take between three and five months.



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Forestry Farm Annual Harvest Supper Sept 27 at the Superintendent’s Residence The Friends of the Forestry Farm House present their annual Harvest Supper. Enjoy the bounty of the harvest in the historical setting of the Forestry Farm Park. Seatings at 5pm and 6:30pm. Tickets are $15 per person by reservation only. For more info or tickets call 373-1787.

Seniors Week Walk and Lunch Sept 30, 10am Nurturing With Rhymes Sept 16 to Nov 5 The Saskatoon Adlerian Society is offering a free eight-week program designed for parents and their little ones to come together and learn rhymes, songs and stories in a setting that will encourage parents to have fun and bond with their young children. For more info or to register contact Sharon at 242-6036 or 3324211 or at

Malaika Zbesheski Charbonneau exhibition Sept 18 to Oct 24 at the Stall Gallery The Stall Gallery presents Malaika Charbonneau’s latest collection of paintings titled “Conversations and Cities.” Charbonneau currently resides in Saskatoon. Her work is influenced by the people and places she has encountered in her travels. For more info visit

Laffing Out Loud Lafter Yoga Club Sept 22 and Oct 13, 7:30pm to 8:30pm Have you laughed today? The club meets at the Cliff Wright branch of the Public Library, generally every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. $5 donation appreciated. For info contact Helen at 222-0563,, or visit

Fashion Show and Ladies’ Night Sept 24 at Dutch Growers, 6 to 9pm Dutch Growers will be hosting a Fashion Show and Ladies’ Night in support of the Saskatoon Cancer Centre and Choc’laCure. All fall fashions, including new arrivals, will be 10% off and door prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $10, available at Dutch Growers in advance or at the door. For more info please contact Dutch Growers at 249-1222 or by email at

Saskatoon Premiere of A Year at Sherbrooke Sept 25 at the Broadway Theatre, 7pm Directed and written by Saskatoon’s own Thomas Hale, A Year at Sherbrooke is a documentary about Saskatoon’s Sherbrooke Community Centre. The film follows artists Thelma Pepper and Jeff Nachtigall as they work with the residents of the long-term care facility. The Saskatoon premiere will include a Q&A with the director, artists, a Sherbrooke resident and the Sherbrooke CEO. Admission is free.

Horses, Spirit and Play retreat and workshop Sept 26 at Ravenheart Farms, 10am to 7pm Can you imagine a day just for yourself to revitalize, rejuvenate, and restore your spirit in a peaceful setting, relaxing with likeminded people, growing and learning in playful activities with a gentle herd of horses and ponies? No horse experience necessary and no riding involved. Cost is $120 per person. For more info or to register contact Ravenheart Farms at (306) 682-4641 or

Shaw Centre Community Open House Sept 26 at the Shaw Centre, 10am to 4pm Come out and celebrate Shaw Centre’s Grand Opening! Swim in the leisure pool, take in a special pool presentation, try out a fitness class, walk around the track and enjoy some of the activities planned throughout the day. Admission is by donation to the Canadian Athletes Now Fund. Wristbands will be required for public swimming sessions and are available free of charge at any Saskatoon Leisure Centre. For more info please visit www. under ‘S’ for Shaw Centre, or call 975-7744.

Improving yourself by listening to yourself Whether you’re a musician, singer or public speaker, it can be difficult to listen to yourself while practicing when focusing on what you are doing. An extra set of ears may not always be available to critique you. Repeating the same mistakes could eventually turn them into bad habits. So here’s an quick tip to help you when practicing: Use a voice recorder or video camera to record yourself. When you’ve finished, listen to/watch your performance taking note of the areas you could improve on. Then try again. You’ll find that this easy-to-do tip will help you immensely. Courtesy of Micheal Lander, Twelve String Studios, or 933-2229.


The Saskatoon Council on Aging, and the Saskatchewan Seniors Fitness Association are pleased to announce the 10th Annual Walk and Lunch on September 30. Sign in at 10am and ending after lunch at 1pm. For more info or to register contact the Council at 652-2255.

Riversdale Heritage Walking Tour Oct 4 at 2pm The Saskatoon Heritage Society presents the Riversdale Heritage Walking Tour, led by Dianne Wilson. The tour will start outside the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market. The tour will last approximately one hour, followed by refreshments (not provided) and discussion at the Garden Flower Café for all who wish to attend. There is no charge for the tour. For more info contact Cathy at 653-1047.

RALLY: No Nukes - Go Renewables! Oct 4, 1pm Meet at 1 pm at the Bowl on the U of S campus to join the Parade to the Vimy Memorial Bandshell. The program at the Bandshell starts at 2pm. Keynote speaker is Winona LaDuke, internationally renowned Native American activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. For more info contact The Coalition for a Clean, Green Saskatchewan at 373-8078 or visit http://www.cleangreensask. ca.

National Agricultural Awareness Conference Oct 5 to 7 Keynote speaker, Stephen Lewis will expand on recommendations of the G8 Summit in Italy regarding agriculture development. Delegates will also have an opportunity to hear other valuable presentations and participate in workshops focusing on public perceptions of agriculture, agricultural classroom initiatives, educating the educators, the media’s role in agriculture awareness and communicating agricultural success stories. For info or to register visit

Frontiers in Science: EO Wilson Oct 5 and 6 The College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan, together with TCU Place and CropLife Canada, presents Edward O. Wilson, PhD, as the Frontiers in Science speaker October 5 and 6. In his lectures, Wilson makes a passionate and eloquent plea for a new approach to the management and protection of our ecosystem. For more info or tickets call 966-4056 or visit

Spotlight on Seniors Oct 6 at TCU place, 10am to 4pm In recognition of Saskatchewan Seniors Week, the Saskatoon Council on Aging and TCU Place will be hosting Saskatoon’s premiere event for older adults. This fun-filled day will include a fashion show at noon and great entertainment. Commercial and non-commercial booths will showcase a wide variety of products, services and informational displays. Admission is $5 at the door, and includes coffee and afternoon tea. For info contact the Council at 652-2255.

EGADZ 6th Annual Comedy Beef Releef Oct 8 at the Western Development Museum, 5:30pm The EGADZ youth centre invites you to support your community and their many worthwhile programs through the 6th Annual Comedy Beef Releef fundraising event. Guests will enjoy a memorable, inviting and fun experience, complete with a great dinner, entertainment, casual night of fun and friendship, great draw prizes and an amazing silent auction. For more info or for tickets contact Deb or Joyce at 931-6644 or email

Mindfulness and Sacred Movements weekend Oct 16 to Oct 18 Esther Stenberg and Rick McCorrister are hosting a weekend at Ancients Spirals on Mindfulness and Sacred Movements. Cost is $200 which includes accommodation, lunch and supper on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. Bring snacks, water bottle and clothing for walking outdoors. For info or to register, contact Esther at (306) 374-0450 or visit

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Different Strokes Art Show and Sale Oct 16 to 18 The 2009 Different Strokes Art Show and Sale will be held at the 3rd Avenue United Church in mid-October, featuring many local artists. For info contact Darleen at 373-3464.

Black & White Gourmet Dinner and Auction Oct 17 at TCU Place The Rotary Club of Saskatoon Meewasin will be holding a fall fundraiser gala benefitting the club’s local and international humanitarian projects such as improving literacy in our community, funding various bursaries, assisting groups such as the Salvation Army, CHEP, and Shelterbox Canada. Tickets are $65, with a $30 tax receipt. To donate items for the auction or to purchase tickets, contact John at 343-0221.

Genealogy classes Oct 17 at the Rusty MacDonald Library The Saskatoon Branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogy Society is holding beginner and advanced genealogy classes on tracing your family tree Oct 17 at the Rusty McDonald Library. Please register by Oct 10, limit of 30 seats available. Cost for each class will be $25 per session, or $40 for both sessions. For more info or to register contact the SBSGS at 653-1285.

19th Annual Stationary Bike Race for Cerebral Palsy Oct 17 at Holy Cross High School Join us for a day of fun, food, entertainment, friendly competition and great prizes. There are three ways to participate in order to support people affected by cerebral palsy: individually, as a team, or as a virtual rider. Participants collect pledges prior to the event to help individuals and families affected by cerebral palsy. For more info or to register call 651-3118.

5th Annual Walk for Wishes Oct 17 at Victoria School, registration at 10am The Children’s Wish Foundation invites you to walk with us and help make wishes and dreams come true for Saskatchewan children coping with high-risk illnesses. There are many ways you can help: join the walk in your community, register online and collect pledges, get a team together to fundraise and collect pledges, or be a community sponsor. For more info contact Joanne at 955-0511 or joanne.king@

An Act of Elusion Oct 22 to 25 and Oct 29 to Nov 1 Produced by Press Play Players in the Live Five independent theatre season. Location: The Refinery, 609 Dufferin Ave. Tickets: $20, $17.50 for students/seniors For more info contact 653-3549 or

19th Annual Reflections of Nature Wildlife Art Competition, Show and Sale Oct 23 to 25 at Prairieland Park Western Canada’s largest wildlife art show features world-class artists showing wildlife carving, sculpture, painting, drawing, and photography, as well as a junior art competition. Commercial exhibits, workshops, demonstrations and auctions will also be featured. A gala and auction will be held Friday at 7:30pm ($15 advance tickets). Hours are 9am to 5pm on Saturday and 9am to 4:30pm on Sunday. Admission is $5. For more info contact Brenda at 382-7785 or

Monster Mash Dinner and Dance Oct 30 at the Travelodge, 8:30pm The Hope Cancer Centre will be hosting a Monster Mash Dinner and Dance, featuring music by Johnny’s DJ Service, prizes for best costume, great food, silent auction, Lucky Loonie auction, and the final draw for the The Sky’s the Limit raffle. Tickets are $50 per person. All proceeds will aid the Hope Client Assistance Program. For more info contact the Hope Cancer Centre at 955-4678 or email

2nd Annual Fundraising Scrabble Tournament Nov 1 at the Royal Canadian Legion, 2pm Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers will be holding their second annual Scrabble tournament to raise support for the Stephen Lewis Foundation helping grandmothers in Africa. All ages are welcome, and players will collect pledges to play. For more info or to register contact Phyllis at 343-1355 or, or Becky at 343-5096 or mgemcdonald@

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Building Chef/Producer Relationships The chefs in Saskatoon are passionate about serving locally grown produce and meat and for them, relationships are an important building block to serving up a great taste of Saskatchewan. Anthony McCarthy, executive chef at The Saskatoon Club is taking a pro-active approach and inviting all interested chefs and producers to a dinner and meeting on Wednesday Sept. 30 at 6pm. The evening will include a meal with local produce and proteins followed by a meeting. The purpose of the event is to discuss in more detail what the chefs’ needs are, products and quantities, and for the producers to inform us on what they can do, how much and when it is available. It is about planning and long-term commitment with a goal to serve all local all season long. Cost for the meal is $10. RSVP by September 28 to Chef Anthony at or by calling 652-1780.


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Activities & Events October 17 & 18

October 7

Les Barrington at the Royal Canadian Legion Nutana Branch

South Asian Adventures with the Active Poor by Gem Munro – reading and signing, McNally Robinson

October 19 Amy Millan with Bahamas at Amigos Cantina October 20 The Band Show at Bud’s on Broadway October 22

October 7 Library Voices with In Flight Safety, and Julie Fader at Amigos Cantina Chris Tomlin at Circle Drive Alliance Church Dick MacInnes at Bud’s on Broadway September 25 & 26

October 8

Rippertrain at Bud’s on Broadway

Slow Down, Molasses with guests at Amigos Cantina Dick MacInnes at Bud’s on Broadway

September 26 The Fjords with Black Diamond Bay at Amigos Cantina Neil Roston Trio at Prairie Ink Restaurant Powerslave at the Roxy on Broadway September 26 & 27 RJ & Boys at the Royal Canadian Legion Nutana Branch September 28 & 29 Eddie Robertson & the Electric Blues Band at Bud’s on Broadway September 29

October 9 Pilot Speed with Jason Bejada and Elias at Amigos Cantina Jason Bajada at Amigos Cantina Madcowboys at Walker’s Night Club Prairie Winds at Prairie In Restaurant MINTO at Lydia’s Pub Gong Show at Bud’s on Broadway October 10 Evil Survives with Untimely Demise, andWrathed at Amigos Cantina Chad VanGaalen at Broadway Theatre Se7enSided at Snooker Shack Meg Callan at Prairie Ink Restaurant Les Barrington at the Royal Canadian Legion Nutana Branch Gong Show at Bud’s on Broadway October 12 Tony Bennett at TCU Place October 13

Sean Kingston with Elisa Estrada, and New Boys at TCU Place

Mahogany Frog with Summer of Legs at Amigos Cantina Propagandhi at the Odeon

The Wiggles at Credit Union Centre

October 25

October 15

Flogging Molly with Gallows, and Inward Eye at the Odeon Ralph & the Rythym Kings at the Royal Canadian Legion Nutana Branch

The Marram Grass: Poetry and Otherness by Anne Simpson – reading and signings, McNally Robinson

October 26 Big John Bates at Buds On Broadway October 29 Dan Mangan with Kirby Criddle at Amigos Cantina Mark Berube at Lydia’s Pub Village People at TCU Place October 30 Foam Lake with guests at Amigos Cantina Stephen Maguire at Prairie Ink Restaurant October 31 Halloween Party with Young Galaxy and guests at Amigos Cantina God Made Me Funky at Lydia’s Pub Driftwood at the Royal Canadian Legion Nutana Branch

October 16 Woman’s World at Credit Union Centre October 18 Mendel’s birthday celebration at Mendel Art Gallery October 19 Breaking the Silence by Ted Barris – reading and signing, McNally Robinson October 22 - 25 A Chorus Line comes to TCU Place (See page 2 Section B for a chance to win a pair of tickets to this exciting event.) October 22-25 & October 29November 1 An Act of Elusion at the Refinery October 25 Screening of “Different Cultures in One Country” at Mendel Art Gallery

October 14 & 15

Final Fantasy with Timber Timbre at Amigos Cantina Children of Bodom with Skeletonwitch, and The Black Dahlia Murder at the Odeon Sarahtonen at Bud’s on Broadway

Ross Neilson at Bud’s on Broadway

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October 15

An Afternoon of Coteau Books for Kids by Dave Glaze and Lori Saigeon, – reading and signings, McNally Robinson

Ladies of the Canyon at Lydia’s Pub Palmetto State Quartet at Lakeview Auditorium October 16 Jen Lane, Sheena Grobb, Jaylene Johnson, Amanda Rheaume, and Ana Miura at Amigos Cantina Greg Upshaw at Prairie Ink Restaurant

September 28 Best of Grandma’s Kitchen by Elizabeth Kozey-Ullrich – discussion and signings, McNally Robinson September 29 The Players by Margaret Sweatman – reading and signings, McNally Robinson

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September 30

Rubik with The Ghost Is Dancing at Amigos Cantina Paul Madryga at Prairie Ink Restaurant Jezebels Kiss at Amigos Cantina Rhythmaires at the Royal Canadian Legion Nutana Branch Kashmir at Bud’s on Broadway

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October 14

Michael Kaeshammer at Broadway Theatre No Hurry at Prairie Ink Restaurant Ralph & the Rythym Kings at the Royal Canadian Legion Nutana Branch

October 1

Gogol Bordello at the Odeon Rhythmaires at the Royal Canadian Legion Nutana Branch

Storyteller Bonnie Logan shares folk tales, and literary and original stories at Mendel Art Gallery

October 24

Blue Man Group at Credit Union Centre

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October 11

BA Jonston with Shotgun Jimmie, Ride ‘Til Dawn and Myles & The Blanks at Amigos Cantina Conrad Neufeldt at Prairie Ink Restaurant

The Perms with Autopilot at Buds on Broadway Prairie Oyster with Bryce Pallister at Dakota Dunes Casino

Elliot Brood with The Wooden Sky at Amigos Cantina Jon Bailey at Prairie Ink Restaurant Jezebels Kiss at the Roxy on Broadway Grand Archives with The Most Serene Republic at Louis’ Pub Kashmir at Bud’s on Broadway

A Settling of Accounts by Douglas Schmeiser – reading and signing, McNally Robinson

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October 1 Demon of the Woods by Leann Hutchison Reading and Signing, McNally Robinson October 3 Collective Soul at Prairieland Park The Fugitives at Lydia’s Pub Seven Levels at Bud’s on Broadway October 17 Seven Levels at Bud’s on Broadway

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Dancing My Life, Dancing My God by Judith Pellerin – signing, McNally Robinson October 4 Storyteller Randy Morgin shares Cree myths and legends at Mendel Art Gallery

October 7 WHL - Kootenay Ice vs Saskatoon Blades at Credit Union Centre October 9 to 11 New Holland Saskatoon Stampede at Credit Union Centre October 21 WHL – Regina Pats vs Saskatoon Blades at Credit Union Centre October 24 WHL – Kamloops Blazers vs Saskatoon Blades at Credit Union Centre October 27 WHL – Medicine Hat Tigers vs Saskatoon Blades at Credit Union Centre October 30 WHL – Edmonton Oil Kings vs Saskatoon Blades at Credit Union Centre

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How surprised where you when your debut album Carnavas hit the top ten on the Billboard Modern Rock Track charts? Brian: Pretty stunned! We always say what a slow week it must have been for music. When things like that happen to you, you’re always in shock, but all the people around us said, “Oh yeah, it should have been top five.” Nikki, being a female bass player, what advice do you have for other female musicians? Nikki: The advice I can give to anyone is to just keep at it because eventually, with enough practice you get better in the long run. Also, keep some handy wipes for the road; it gets dirty out there. Your music has been compared to the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, and The Pixies. What’s your reaction to that?

Nikki: I’m just flattered because we like those bands. Just the other day we were playing at a place where Sonic Youth had just played a couple days before and that seems like such a surprise to me that we would be playing in the same venue. Have you played your song “Lazy Eye” for Guitar Hero? Nikki: We played with some contest winners and they kicked our butts. It’s interesting to see how they transposed the notes into colours. How is Canada treating you? Brian: I love it. So far its been great. We have only been here for a bit. We had some time off in Winnipeg and the people we have run into are so open and feel so musical in this country. Everyone says “Vancouver and Toronto,” but there is so much in between. How was playing MTV Unplugged? Brian: It was pretty surreal and really laid back. They filmed it in an art dealer’s apartment in a richy-pants N.Y. neighborhood. It was just when Swoon came out and we were still wrapping our heads around it, but we just had done a lot of press where we had to break things down acoustically. What was exciting about it was the quartet string orchestra we brought along that could fill in the little subtleties that you can’t focus on in the big rock shows. Photo

Silversun Pickups is an American indie rock band from Los Angeles that has seen great success from their debut fulllength album, Carnavas, that hit the top ten on the Billboard Modern Rock Track charts in 2006. With performances on David Letterman and MTV Unplugged they have had a busy last couple years. They have recently embarked on a world tour in support of their second album entitled Swoon. I had the pleasure of talking to Brian Aubert (lead vocals and guitar), and Nikki Monninger (bass and vocals).

by curtis chant

XBOX 360 Summer of Arcade 2009:

‘Splosion Man, Marvel vs Capcom 2, TMNT Turtles in Time Re-shelled, Trials HD, and Shadow Complex These games are referred to as the Summer of Arcade 2009 collection.

Now, these games are only available if you have an internet connection and a lot of dough set aside to buy them. If you get all five, it would run you around 70 bucks. But for everyone else out there without the internet, just... follow along. Maybe this will finally be the kick you need to crawl out of your cave and obtain some internet access. Think of the internet as a gateway into a world of infinite information, with a whole bunch of distractions along the way. (It has honestly taken me over half an hour to find a video of a baby laughing, merely because I got sidetracked by people getting hit by things.) Here’s a quick rundown of each game:

‘Splosion Man

Much like N+, this is a game of timing and jumping precision to get through a series of puzzles, traps and a few bosses. You do this by exploding yourself, up to three times, hurling through the air and off the walls. The game is simple, looks great and is a lot of fun. There is even a multiplayer component where you will NEED help completing the level by ‘sploding off each other. It’s humorous, fun and well worth a try. I’m sure had I had more time to play this one, I may have fallen more deeply in love with it. 3 out of 5

Marvel vs Capcom 2

A classic arcade game from back in the day of Street Fighter crossovers in the early ‘00s. This release, however, is a perfect port of the Dreamcast version. This one is most worth dropping cash on because of the expensive Dreamcast, PS2 and Xbox versions on eBay. Expect to pay a minimum of $30 and a max of $70 for this game if you were to buy it on any of the last gen systems. The game plays as perfectly as it did then and although it’s been given a bit of a makeover and has been brought into widescreen format, it still retains a 4:3 bounding box. It can make the game look a little funny, but for retaining its originality, this is an accepted visual vomit. If you like a whole bunch of crazy stuff happening on the screen while you play fighting games, then boy, is this one for you!

TMNT Turtles in Time Re-shelled

A port of the old arcade and SNES game Turtles in Time, but done up with new 3D graphics. It’s a side-scrolling Final Fight-esque four-player beat ‘em up. It plays just like it used to, and although the original graphics aren’t there (unless you pay some extra points to have that option), it is exactly like you remember. If you haven’t played it before, it’s great — just don’t expect a game to last longer than 25 minutes from beginning to end. 3 out of 5

Trials HD

A recreation of an old flash game that we all used to be able to play for free online. But this one is totally worth the coin. The basic idea is that you move strictly from left to right, no lateral steering is involved. But you do control the gas and brake. You also have to be very conscious of which way your rider is leaning — too far and you’ll wipe out. There are tons of mini games and you can design your own levels, adding maximum replayability. The graphics are done in wonderful-looking 3D, even though you don’t really need them. The bottom line of this game is that it is super addicting. I can’t stop playing it and trying to beat everyone I know’s top scores.

Shadow Complex

It seems they saved the best for last. The game looks incredible! This is one that you will have a hard time believing was just a downloadable game and not a full retail release. It’s 2.5D, meaning that although it appears to be a 2D sidescrolling game, you can shoot into the background at certain enemies. The closest thing to compare this game to would be Metroid. It definitely has a lot of secrets to be found that get revealed as you progress and find the necessary equipment to go back and open those secret rooms. The story isn’t too bad from what I have experienced thus far. Oh, and the guy who did Drake’s voice in Uncharted for the PS3 does the main character’s voice in this game as well. The guy may be getting typecast, but it works. 4 out of 5 So, that is a very quick rundown of the XBOX 360 download games of this summer. Try out all the demos and see which ones you want to buy, if any. I highly suggest getting Trials HD and Shadow Complex. But don’t spend all your money – the great Christmas release list starts soon!

Curtis Chant is a local gaming guru. His gamer tag is NuBeens.

4 out of 5

3 out of 5 Saskatoon

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Canada in s s e l o n a c l Vo Way Forward


he boys of Volcanoless in Canada have crafted their sophomore album in an expansive scope that dwarfs their debut. The Way Forward was written in a much more cohesive, communal way that shines through strongly in the songs. Movements and passages ebb and flow organically. Though they’ve admirably stuck to their guns in the triple acoustic guitar department, this offering is fleshed out with ample use of additional electric guitar, strings, every percussion trick in the bag and the simple, effective mixing hand of


NYC industry notable Alex Newport who perfectly captures their peppy, upbeat, buoyant and zestful sound. With eleven songs, there’s nary a moment to rest the booty-shakin’ over thirty-six minutes of solo-esque bass groove, references to both London, England (where they enjoyed a summer residency in 2008) and hometown Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Lead vocalist Mitch Lysak’s lyricism is as biting and critical as ever, but is aimed a little higher, over the heads of spurned lovers, at larger institutions and issues, namely materialism and the phony rock

Highlighting the Musician’s  Corner: people behind Saskatoon music An interview with M i t c h L y sa k  by I, Lion

Volcanoless’ self-titled album was starkly personal and viciously introspective, and that still plays a large role in the new songs. You cite influences like Saves the Day, Jimmy Eat World, etc. Clearly this can be a cathartic release for an artist, but what do you think is the appeal for listeners in deeply confessional lyrics? “It definitely feels good using the music as a way to get something off your chest. The first album was necessary for me to live. The songs, at first, were not meant to be part of any band, any album. They were not even really for anyone to hear. It’s the artist cliche: I had some pretty big things going on my life and needed to find some sort of release. It did come out pretty stark and literal. I didn’t point any direct fingers, but I did say some pretty nasty things. Again though, it was all for me, kind of a cleansing way of trying to figure out and understand these personal situations. And I think there is definitely an appeal there from an audience’s perspective because it happens to everyone. There are situations so similar happening to everyone all over right now, and it’s comforting to know someone else is feeling equally upset and frustrated with things going on. “The Way Forward is much more of a collective voice. And while the lyrics still have a tendency to be on the attack, its focus is much more on communal issues the band has experienced or is experiencing together. Trying to survive the music industry, losing personal friends, the ups and downs of being a starving artist, clawing onto and losing sight of expectations, using friends and family as a support group, etc. There still is plenty to take away and relate to your own individual personal experiences, but it’s much more of a ‘Here’s the situation... now how do we figure this out?’ as opposed to what was previously more ‘You did this! You did that! How will I survive?!’” We spoke about the “grit”, “determination” and even the “ability to expose our weaknesses” in some local bands you were impressed with recently, namely You Tel Aviv and The Warbrides. What does it take to turn a good song into a truly great performance? “I think it’s continuously making that emotional/spiritual/whatever connection that you can make with your song, your style, your music, time and time again while performing. Having the understanding and knowledge of what your music is about, what about it makes it what it is, and how to bring that out naturally to an audience. I saw a great new band the other night called The Ponx. The music is dirty and sloppy, but it works really well within that aesthetic. The live set was full of it; this muggy, aggressive, fun attack that just made a big connection to that actual songs. They busted all shirts off for a good portion of it...


by I, Lion

It was a fantastic performance. It’s finding that. “We know people want to have fun and move with our songs, so you bet we move and try and have a kick ass time while playing them. A connection of the feel of the songs combined with the atmosphere, energy and passion in the room. It’s why it’s so hard to take cover bands, even cover songs, seriously... You can still sing a Johnny Cash song and make an emotional connection to it, but I don’t think it’s quite the same as that pure passion you can bring to something you created on your own.”

Do you feel there is a limit to the success a band can achieve in their own home? What is the most challenging aspect of being a band from Saskatchewan trying to break? “I think the most challenging aspect for us, for any band right now really, is not getting lost in the huge continuous stream of new bands and new music coming out of the technological age. So much is tossed at you in a very short time now in the pitchfork culture, it’s hard, even daunting, to want to try and keep up. It’s time, work, dedication, and continuously battling circumstances that test how much you really want it. And that can really swallow bands right up – great bands! We’ve seen tons of it right here in Saskatoon and Regina. Amazing groups that run into personal difficulty, or whatever, and basically implode when big things are just starting to get going. It’s a tragedy. But hey, then everyone forgets. There’s always another one, ‘the next best/cool/big thing’, just around the corner. It’s just a shame that so much astounding music seems to get lost. It’s sad how many kids do not know who The Refused are. And don’t get me started on You Tel Aviv. “Saskatchewan-specific, it’s hard not having the industry here, easily available and accessible. Just in terms of the people we are looking for and wanting to work with, labels, agents, managers, etc. They are not here. There are a ton of people interested in our music and what is going on with us, but of course they want/need to see us live. And it’s incredibly difficult being a band from the Prairies that has to save thousands of dollars to tour to these hot spots (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal) instead of always being where the action is, having more opportunities to get important people out to your shows who can make a difference. There is supportive help through organizations like SaskMusic and the Sask Arts Board who are helping these people get closer to us, or us closer to them. But you need to be continuously hitting these people and keeping the buzz rolling on a national level, which is harder to do when you are more isolated from the action.”

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star “me-first-ism” perpetuated by what passes as television music media. Lysak has never been afraid to air his grievances or call out bluffs. It’s refreshing to see him exposing the soft underbelly of the industry’s ills, as only desperately hopeful, isolated Sasky boys could. Having been recently accepted into New York’s CMJ Music Festival, and a full schedule of upcoming touring for the late summer and fall months, should allow them to blaze their path ever onward, upward, and always forward.


Touring travesties and

By Lévi Soulodre

reflections from the road


ouring is definitely a unique experience in one’s lifetime. It incorporates both the travel component of a vacation plan with a job-like schedule and time line necessary to successfully navigate one city or town to another with the purpose of arriving at one’s performance in due time. Touring across Canada is breathtaking with the diversely beautiful geography. While cruising around central/southern Saskatchewan may not make the most exciting drive for some, it allows for many smaller, rural town stops, and there is an unparalleled beauty in endless sections of colourfully flowing farmers’ fields. No roller coaster in the world can rival the thrill and glory of driving through the Alberta and British Columbia mountain range. The long drives in Ontario around the Canadian rock shield above the Great Lakes make for quite the adventurous ride, even a dangerous one given the need to be on constant moose watch. Then, touring has its pitfalls also. Having travelled across most of Canada a few times, Bridged adheres to laws of the tour. When the touring bug bites, and if you and/or your group are hitting the road and touring across Canada this fall, please keep safe: take care of yourself and your significant others in the vehicle. Proper safety maintenance of the vehicle itself is essential also; it is your home away from home. Have an itinerary and equipment checklist as relevantly updated as possible, keep a lot of portable drinking water, and most importantly, remember that anything can, and will, happen on tour: vehicle malfunctions, broken wheel ball bearings, lost routes, food sickness, cancelled shows, cancelled hotel rooms... on and on! Most importantly, have a cellular or communications device charged with you at all times – it could and has saved Bridged’s and others’ lives. Here is one of Bridged’s most memorably uncomfortable and unforgettable touring tales:

Saskatoon to St. Catharines three-day round-trip bonanza: You know your band is literally in it for the long haul (both being in the band and on the road) when undertaking an exhaustive 60-plus hour round-trip from Saskatoon to St. Catharines, Ontario, for one – yes, one – single festival performance date. Bridged’s group, Volcanoless in Canada, was selected to perform at St. Catharines’ S.C.E.N.E. festival two summers ago. We excitedly drove down to Winnipeg and through the States from there. Dealing with United States border crossing guards is no picnic, especially when your group is detained for well over a sweat-breaking thirty minute period, only to return to a thoroughly cavity-searched vehicle with the steering dash console ripped off from its body. Remember: border crossings are uncompromising! We travelled the seemingly endless American highway, crossing back into Canada at the Windsor border following a necessary night-over in Ann Arbor, Michigan (home of the American Pie movie teens). We arrived at the festival grounds at approximately 1pm on the following day. Having spent the afternoon discovering the downtown corners of St. Catharines and catching some great groups, we performed at a pub called Paddy Flaherty’s in the evening. Although the show went well and we played to a decent amount of people, the one key invitee to our show never made it. Furthermore, we immediately had to return home for the following day, so there would be no follow-up. Our set completed, we packed up, downed a beer or two, checked out some of the other bands in surrounding venues and before we knew it, we were driving back home to Saskatoon – all in the same day. Everything becomes pretty hazy from there; we learned the importance of city bypass routes on U.S. highways after ending up in a shady Chicago neighbourhood adjacent to a Dunkin’ Donuts at 7am the following morning. It turned out to be a beautiful drive through the city, even though it cost us a few hours’ worth of detouring. Later on as the afternoon passed, we had pulled over to a Burger King/mega-gas truck stop, at which point our lead singer immediately got sick, and sick again. He muttered, head pillowed under his arm against the side of the truck, “I don’t think I’m going to make it out alive.” By this point, everyone was losing their mind. Best yet, the whole trip was completed not in a van, but a modest 4x4 GMC extended cab truck where there was certainly no room to lie down! At least the captain’s chair had been repaired since the previous tour when Bridged, being the tallest member of the band, dutifully sat behind the driver’s seat, in order to keep the seat from buckling backwards and allowing some form of composure for the driver. Luckily we’ve since upgraded to a vehicle with working, reclining seats.


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