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RIVER LANDING comes of age 2030 VISION: What will our homes, vehicles and workplaces be like ten years from now?

TOGETHER AGAIN A Green-and-White love story

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Welcome to our very first edition of YXE Living! Building on the success of Living Spaces magazine, YXE Living is a fascinating slice of Saskatoon life, style and culture. In this edition, we’ll bring you up to speed on the latest developments at River Landing, talk to Canadian futurist Nik Badminton about life in 2030, explore Saskatoon’s new Nutrien Wonderhub and Black Fox Farm & Distillery and so much more! Enjoy! - Jeannie Armstrong, Editor Email: jarmstrong@postmedia.com


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Maison Design + Build Jacqueline Chilliak, Century 21 Fusion Saskatoon Auto Connection 360° Painting

ENTERTAINING 32 A SPIRITED EXPERIENCE Discover Black Fox Farm & Distillery

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ON OUR COVER: River Landing, by Elaine Mark of D & M Images. To reserve your advertising space in the upcoming edition of YXE Living, contact: Jeff Hayes Tel: (306) 657-6363 jehayes@postmedia.com

Elaine Mark Hilary Klassen

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jeannie Armstrong Jennifer Jacoby-Smith Hilary Klassen Elizabeth Ireland Jesse Green

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: We’re building a new home, but don’t want it to feel like every other home in the neighbourhood. What are some simple things we can do to give our home architectural character?


: Adding character to your home is about paying attention to the architectural details. In terms of the exterior, the biggest influence is the architectural style of the home. Even though homes are being constructed with modern techniques and materials, paying attention to architectural styles of the past can really add dimension to your home and curb appeal to the neighbourhood. Popular styles include Craftsman, Prairie, Modern, Tudor and Colonial styles.

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Choosing consistent elements from these styles to influence your home, whether it be roof pitch, window shape or gable details, can dramatically improve the uniqueness of your design. Once the style of your home is cohesive, it’s time to focus on decorative elements like window mullions, window trim, wall and gable treatments like stone, brick, board and batten, panelling, shakes and architectural details like corbels and pillars. The colour scheme is also important to the visual interest. Pay attention to colours that are complementary that you will love for a long time, decide what elements will add the contrast and what elements will complement the look as a whole.

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River Landing

comes of age

With the Remai Modern and Alt Hotel, River Landing will continue to attract visitors to Saskatoon, giving residents an opportunity to tell the story of our city. by Jennifer Jacoby-Smith

The Saskatoon skyline has been forever altered, in recent years, thanks to the addition of three (soon to be four) glossy structures in the south downtown. The area between the Traffic Bridge and Victoria Park has slowly evolved into a robust community called River Landing. After the destruction of the old Gathercole building on the site in 2004, construction began on a revamped riverfront. Persephone Theatre was added on Spadina Crescent East and, in 2009, a spray park, walkway, snack shack, and amphitheatre opened along the water’s edge. It became a gathering place for downtown office workers looking for a sunny break during lunch, or parents looking for a fun spot to hang out with the kids on a hot summer’s day, or a place to reflect during an evening stroll. River Landing now had a front porch, so to speak, but what would fill Parcel Y along 19th Street?

Photos by Elaine Mark, D+M Images Residents of No. 1 River Landing enjoy easy access to the riverfront and Meewasin Valley walking trails.

Proposals came and went. It was a last minute deal in 2014, bringing on what would later become Triovest Realty Advisors Inc., that would save the proposal by local investment group Victory Majors to create a mixed use development featuring a hotel, residential condo tower, two office towers, and a public plaza. Urban Capital Developments from Toronto and Regina’s Greystone Managed Investments would later join the project. A groundbreaking ceremony took place in 2016, and since then cranes have stood sentry-like over the site. The Remai Modern Art Gallery opened two years ago, adding worldwide attention to the development. ...continued on next page fa l l

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Cranes have stood over the construction site in south downtown Saskatoon since 2016. With the Alt Hotel and No. 1 River Landing opening earlier this year, and the first office tower nearing completion, all the elements for the site are coming together.

The site slowly morphed from a construction site to a proper urban neighbourhood this summer with the opening of the 20-storey residential condo tower No. 1 River Landing. “It’s a culmination of years of hard work,” says John Nasser, president of Victory Majors. “Our goal was to build a high design urban chic condo with incredible river valley views that complements the rest of the River Landing development.” Nasser and his father Karim Nasser got involved with the project starting in 2010. “I got to work closely with my father on it, so it was a nice sharing moment with him.” Nasser says there were the typical challenges of working with four different ownership groups and coordinating between investors and municipal governing bodies. “It’s pretty impressive, an amazing team effort by all parties involved. And it’s great to see what can be accomplished when everyone is pulling in the same direction.” Saskatoon mayor Charlie Clark hopes the development will be a catalyst for other downtown residential or mixed use projects. “To me, it’s very exciting,” says Clark. “There’s so much to offer for people who want to live downtown. And live a life where they can walk to work. They can spend a lot of time on the river. They can go out in the evenings and not have to get in a car. And have great quality of life.” 6

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It’s a thought echoed by Brent Penner, executive director of Downtown Saskatoon. “Downtowns shape the brand and feel of a city as they are places where people come together – they are places where historic buildings, cultural institutions, and visitors are,” Penner explains. Ultimately, the influx of residents will increase the number of people who take ownership of downtown, who care or advocate for positive things in the district. Like every large city enjoying positive population growth, there will be challenges, but Penner is optimistic Saskatoon City Council will continue to show the leadership and vision that created River Landing. “At some point in time, Saskatoon has to grow up,” says Blair Sinclair of Triovest. And he means literally “up”. “Urban sprawl is very expensive to manage. Because every neighbourhood needs a fire hall. It needs other city services. It needs other infrastructure.” Creating population density in existing neighbourhoods like downtown will ease pressure on city infrastructure. Sinclair likens the River Landing area to Edmonton’s Ice District – a hub of residential, office complexes, and entertainment venues. The diversity of the area is what he credits with attracting residents and businesses. In River Landing, the two office towers will be shiny

The Remai Modern art gallery garnered international attention when it opened two years ago. It’s part of an arts and cultural hub that includes Persephone Theatre.

glass siblings. The 13-storey east tower is almost complete with Ernst and Young opening their offices in the tower later this year. The east tower will feature a popular breakfast restaurant called OEB. Construction on the second tower kicked off earlier this year, with the parkade nearing completion already. Sinclair expects construction to add a new floor every three or four weeks. The 18-storey north tower should be completed by mid-2021, becoming the tallest office building in the province. Each floor can house 90 workers and offers nine corner offices for executives. The dynamic duo at Atmosphere Design – Trevor Ciona and Curtis Elmay – was eager to be part of No. 1 River Landing. After getting the keys to their new place Elmay says it was hard to believe it was real. He admits to becoming captivated by the view of the bustling downtown on one side, the gorgeous river views on the other. Watching the city come to life each day is like turning the page in a new Saskatoon story. “Trevor and I are very fortunate. We think every day how lucky that we were able to get this unit and that it all worked out for us,” says Elmay. “I keep pinching myself.” He admits River Landing may represent a shift in how Saskatoon thinks about downtown living. Perhaps condo living isn’t just for single people or retirees. Could Saskatoon embrace families living in the central

business district? Elmay says it would be a wonderful place to raise a family with the art gallery across the street and the riverbank right there. There are a lot of elements that come together at River Landing, but what makes the area so special is that it’s more than a group of shiny new buildings. The site coexists with the beauty of the natural setting. “There’s also the element of natural space,” says Clark. “We have this lovely river valley that we all want to take advantage of so that’s something we need.” “Walking along the river now, it’s clear this area is coming into its own,” says Penner. “Children playing at the spray park, people walking their dogs, dancing at the amphitheatre and practicing yoga on Remai Modern’s rooftop – all with our beautiful river as a backdrop. River Landing is a great place to be.” Perhaps it is fitting that this historic and prized parcel of land becomes home to the next chapter in the Saskatoon story. As Clark notes, Saskatoon is becoming more and more of a tourist destination. This is a chance to tell the world our story. “We have a really incredible story to tell about our city. The history of our city and the history of our relations, of people coming here looking for a good life and meeting with the First Nations people – people who have been here for so long and building a community together.” fa l l

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TOGETHER AGAIN A Green-and-White love story


Absence may make the heart grow fonder, but Fiona Odlum and Derek Taylor agree, being together is so much better! The careers of TV sportscaster Derek Taylor and morning show anchor Fiona Odlum have kept them apart for the better part of their nine-year marriage. Taylor has worked all over the country, starting off as an editorial assistant at TSN, followed by reporting and anchor duties at A Channel (now City TV) and Global TV. Since leaving his birthplace of Okotoks, AB, he’s called Toronto, Canmore, Kamloops and Winnipeg home. For the past four and a half years, Taylor anchored SportsCentre on TSN. His personal obsession with CFL statistics inspired his popular PHOTOS BY ELAINE MARK, D & M IMAGES Details segment which aired during CFL on TSN After spending most of their nine-year marriage living in different cities because of their careers, broadcasts. Odlum, who grew up in Winnipeg, began her broadcasting career doing freelance and fill-in work with 8


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Derek Taylor and Fiona Odlum are enjoying their new life together in Regina. Derek Taylor, former anchor on TSN SportsCentre is the new voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and host of 620 CKRM’s Sports Cage. A former anchor for CTV and Global TV in Saskatoon, Fiona Odlum has joined the team at CBC Saskatchewan, reporting on news and weather. “My whole world is back together,” says Odlum.

“Our whole life revolves around the dogs,” laughs Fiona Odlum. Ruby and Lewi are the couple’s beloved ten-year old border collies. The canine sisters are enjoying their new home in Emerald Park, which has a gorgeous back yard backing onto green space.

CBC Radio and TV. Her diverse career has included doing helicopter traffic reports, hosting talk radio and reporting on news and weather for City-TV, A Channel, CTV and Global in various Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan cities. In the fall of 2016, Odlum moved to Saskatoon, where she was a morning show anchor with Global and News at Noon on CTV.

Odlum also followed her heart, and Taylor, to Regina soon after. In May of this year, she joined the news team at CBC Saskatchewan in Regina, reporting for both TV and radio. “Right now, I’m casual, which is really great because I get to do a bit of everything – radio, TV and some anchoring. The crew at CBC have been great. I’m confident it’s going to work out,” says Odlum.

“When I arrived in Saskatoon, I didn’t know a soul. But the minute I landed, I was wowed. The people are so nice. It’s so beautiful and gorgeous here. And every time Derek would come for a visit, he would get that same feeling,” says Odlum.

In explaining their choice to reside in different cities to advance their careers, Taylor explains, “We’ve always thought, ‘We’re doing this on faith that it’s going to work out and we’re both going to be in cities with jobs we love.’ And somehow it actually did work out the way we wanted it to, which is absolutely remarkable.”

In 2019, both made big career changes that resulted in a happy reunion – in Regina! This spring, Taylor was named the new voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. In addition to calling all of the Rider games, Taylor also hosts The Sports Cage on 620 CKRM, every weekday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. “I get to talk about the most beloved football team in the country every day and I get to call their games. From a career perspective, it was enormous. I thought I’d be at TSN for at least a couple more years. But you don’t get to choose when these opportunities present themselves. And this job will never come open again in my working lifetime. I felt like I really should go after it hard,” says Taylor.

When the couple married in 2010, both were working in Winnipeg, enjoying life with their precious border collies: Ruby and Lewi. “Our whole life revolves around the dogs,” says Odlum. Then Taylor got the call to return to Toronto and join TSN’s SportsCentre. “There was some debate about should I take it because I knew Fiona hated Toronto… but what about this job I always dreamed about having?” He accepted the job with TSN and made the move. “I stayed in Winnipeg for a year. A lot of people said that I ...continued on next page fa l l

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should just leave and go ‘make suppers for Derek and be happy with it’,” says Odlum.

the dogs didn’t know what was going on. Derek would FaceTime me with them.”

“Or kept asking us, ‘Are you guys getting divorced?’” says Taylor.

Soon after Taylor relocated to Regina, the couple went house hunting. The search ended in Emerald Park, after discovering a bungalow with a big back yard that backed onto green space. The home theatre in the basement sealed the deal. “We love movies. It’s an obsession,” says Odlum.

The comments only strengthened the couple’s resolve to maintain their relationship and achieve their career aspirations. Two years later when Odlum was offered the position of morning news anchor in Saskatoon, Taylor was totally supportive. “We’ve done the commute thing before, and it’s not going to be forever,” he told her. When they were living apart, Odlum and Taylor were mindful of the need to stay connected. They chalked up the frequent flyer miles. “I’d go visit him, then Derek would visit me, then we’d meet in a third location. We would block off time where we could just hang out together,” says Odlum. They would watch their favourite television shows together at the same time. “We’d call each other and be like, ‘I’m starting ‘Hawaii Life’ right now. Let’s watch!” says Odlum. “I would look at the movie theatres by his place and my place and we would go watch the same movie at the same time. We would order the same kind of pizza at the same time and then complain about our respective delivery people.” Every time Odlum left Toronto to return to Saskatoon, she not only missed her husband, she had to say farewell to Ruby and Lewi. “I talked to Derek every single day, but 10

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Having lived in different cities for the better part of the past 15 years, Taylor and Odlum have become adept at putting down roots. “As long as there is a Walmart, a Costco, a Carl’s Jr., I’m happy,” says Taylor. Odlum finds her bliss at Winners. They’re looking forward to exploring Regina and southern Saskatchewan together. Favourite discoveries so far include Sinfully Sweet Cathedral Bakery and Nicky’s Café. As she did in Saskatoon, Odlum is planning to immerse herself in community activities. “I’m a real joiner. I want to join the masters’ swim program because it has always been on my bucket list to become a full-time mermaid. And when I was in Saskatoon, I coached a high school cross country team, so I’m hoping to find a club to coach here. Volunteering is important to me. In Saskatoon, I did stuff with Pride. I’m hoping to connect with some folks here in Regina and get involved.” Excited to embark on their new life together in Regina, Odlum and Taylor couldn’t be happier. “Why do I feel so chill now? It’s because my whole world is back together. It feels pretty awesome,” says Odlum.

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How to boost curb appeal


: We are considering selling our home in the next few months. What updates and improvements will net the best value?


: Performing regular maintenance not only helps prevent costly damage, it can augment the value of your home. Studies show that deferred maintenance may decrease your home’s value by as much as 10 per cent. Small imperfections may seem insignificant, however, they can leave a negative impression with potential buyers, especially in competitive markets. Here are some cost-effective improvements that will make your home more appealing and reflect pride of ownership. PAINT. Paint is a sure-fire way to boost the curb appeal of your home, whether you update with a coat or two of the same colour or choose a new shade. Avoid unusual colours as this could impact your home’s appraisal value when compared to other properties in the neighbourhood. For best results, remember to prep the surface area before you start painting. Also, paint the door, trim and shutters in a shade that complements the rest of your home. PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS. Polish door hardware and handles or replace with a contemporary style that complements your home, such as oiled bronze or brushed nickel. Purchase new house numbers or an address plaque with the same finish. Update the style of your existing lighting. Adding overhead fixtures or wall sconces can brighten your entryway and increase safety. REPLACE SIDING. New siding is sure to give your home’s exterior a boost. Vinyl siding is an affordable, durable option and is available in a wide range of colours. Premium vinyl siding may also integrate insulation and boost your home’s energy efficiency. To keep your siding looking like new, wash it with a pressure washer periodically. REPAIR OR REPLACE THE ROOF. If your roof is in good shape, hire a professional to clean it and remove moss and dirt that may have built up. If your roof is due for a replacement, it may be best to do so before you list the property. If you aren’t planning to sell soon, maintaining your roof will help you avoid expensive repairs in the future. BUILD A FENCE. A fence not only increases privacy for homeowners, it may add value to your property as long as it fits with the style of the home and neighbourhood. If you already have a fence, keep it well maintained and replace any broken gates, latches or planks. For more information on preparing your home for sale or for a professional market evaluation, call or email Jacqueline Chilliak. She’s happy to help and has 25 years of experience as an award-winning REALTOR®.


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Chris Guérette is CEO of the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association

The First Time Home Buyer Incentive (FTHBI) is designed to alleviate mortgage costs for first-time home buyers. By boosting the size of buyers’ down payments, the FTBI helps to reduce monthly mortgage costs. (Photo: Getty Images)


Launched on September 2, the federal government’s First-Time Home Buyer Incentive program helps qualified first-time home buyers reduce their monthly mortgage carrying costs without adding to their financial burdens. The incentive itself is not interest-bearing and does not require ongoing repayments.    The incentive program is part of the Government of Canada’s National Housing Strategy. Qualifiers to apply for this incentive include a minimum down payment for the home, a maximum qualifying annual income of no more than $120,000, and total borrowing is limited to four times the qualifying income.  Canadians who meet the criteria can then apply for a five per cent or 10 per cent shared equity mortgage (depending on the type of home) with the Government of Canada. A shared equity mortgage is where the government shares in the upside and downside of the property value. Chris Guérette is CEO of the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association (SRHBA). The organization represents 275 Certified Professional Home Builders in the northern half of the province. The SRHBA focuses on the cities of Saskatoon, Martensville, Warman, Osler, Prince Albert and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park. Members’ fees are tiered and based on the number of homes the builder has under construction or renovation.  “We welcome any measure that moves more Saskatoon and area residents into home ownership. However, the federal government’s First-Time Home Buyer Incentive 12


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At the heart of the Creston floor plan is a spacious family-style kitchen.The nine-foot quartztopped island in moss green stands out beautifully against the creamy alabaster Shaker-style cabinets. Matte black pendant lights and cabinetry handles are stylish touches.


North Ridge Development Corporation brings back the bungalow in its new collection of single family floor plans. The Creston show home, located at 303 Hamm Way in Rosewood, is a spacious 1,585 square foot bungalow, with three bedrooms and two full bathrooms.

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ages, which reflect the latest trends, including premium plank laminate flooring in the great room and luxury vinyl tile in the foyer and bathrooms.

BUNGALOWS ARE BACK! With Saskatoon’s new neighbourhoods awash with look-a-like narrow two-storey homes, a bungalow home really stands out on the block for its modern style and livability.

The open concept great room occupies about a third of the entire floor plan, says Renneberg. “People love the huge kitchen, which features a nine-foot family-sized island. With all the drawers and cabinets in this kitchen, as well as a cabinet pantry, you’ll never run out of storage space.”

North Ridge Development Corporation offers a fresh take on the classic bungalow in its latest series of single family home designs. The Creston is a 1,585 square foot bungalow, featuring three bedrooms and two bathrooms, open for viewing at 303 Hamm Way in Rosewood.

The kitchen is dressed in handsome Shaker-style cabinets, painted a creamy Alabaster white. The extended island is a contrasting shade of moss green, topped by gleaming white quartz. Matte black light fixtures and cabinet handles contrast beautifully against the white surfaces.

The Creston is nothing like the bungalow your grandparents lived in – a square box with lots of dividing walls and closed in rooms. The North Ridge design team has re-imagined the bungalow for today’s home buyer, presenting an open concept floor plan that maximizes living space and brings the family together. Nine-foot ceilings and oversized windows amplify the home’s spacious feel.

The kitchen also overlooks the spacious living room and dining area, perfect when entertaining friends and family. An angled feature wall, finished in trendy white brick tiles, attracts attention in the living room. The linear electric fireplace adds light and warmth. It’s also the ideal spot for the future owners’ TV.

North Ridge sales consultant Daryl Renneberg says The Creston is finding favour with all types of buyers. “Many younger buyers, in their 20s or 30s, have never experienced bungalow living. To them, it’s a fresh and unique style of home,” says Renneberg. “For the mature buyer, a bungalow floor plan ensures their ability to age in place. You don’t have to worry about going up and down the stairs.” The Creston incorporates the newest interior and exterior design trends. The home’s contemporary exterior is enhanced by dramatic roof lines, black-framed exterior and interior windows, vinyl siding with woodgrain fibre cement board, brick accents and Hardie trim. The home’s interior is a perfect mix of contemporary and traditional, says Renneberg. “Four designer colour boards have been created for The Creston. Our show home at 303 Hamm Way features the Cielo colour board.” As well, North Ridge has introduced new finish and trim pack14


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Oversized windows invite sunlight into the spacious master suite, which includes a luxurious ensuite bath and custom walk-in closet. This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s Commercial Content Division, on behalf of North Ridge Development Corporation.

The Creston floor plan features not just one, but two mudrooms, located off the front foyer and the garage door entry.

The bungalow floor plan accommodates all three bedrooms on the main floor. “The master suite has a huge walk-in closet and a four-piece ensuite with a quartz-topped vanity and oversized shower with floor-to-ceiling custom tile work,” says Renneberg. The two secondary bedrooms are generously sized, with large windows. Both closets include custom shelving. The Creston is so spacious, there is still room on the main floor

for a large laundry room with a quartz countertop and stylish cabinets, as well as two mudrooms – one at the front entrance, the other adjacent to the garage entry.

better than a typical code-built home. Throughout the construction phase, North Ridge conducts seven different A tour of the Creston show home reveals its outstand- on-site inspections on each home at different milestones. ing style and craftsmanship. The company’s goal is to build high-quality energy-efficient homes that “Upon completion, our Quality Assursurpass the National Building Code. This particular ance team then comes through and conducts its own rigorous inspection, home, tested by a third party, performs 23 percent checking over 300 items before the The great room occupies about homeowner comes to do their walkone-third of the living space in this through,” says Renneberg. 1,585 square foot bungalow. The open concept layout unites the kitchen, dining and living room into one great space, perfect for entertaining. A white brick angled feature wall in the living room features a linear fireplace.

After taking possession, homeowners can rest easy and rely on North Ridge’s exclusive customer care warranty program that includes three comprehensive service calls during the first year of ownership. The Creston was one of nine North Ridge show homes featured in this summer’s Parade of Homes. “This show home was a very popular stop on the parade route. People just love the bungalow floor plan, as well as its location in Rosewood,” says Renneberg. The Creston, located at 303 Hamm Way in Rosewood, is open for viewing from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays; closed Fridays. North Ridge also has move-in ready homes, in a wide range of housing styles and prices, located in Rosewood, Brighton, Aspen Ridge, Dalmeny, Warman and Lake Vista in Martensville. For complete details, visit www.northridge.sk.ca fa l l

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DeeAnna’s Boutique in Delisle by Jeannie Armstrong

Style-conscious women from across the province are flocking to a surprising destination: DeeAnna’s Boutique, located at 303 1st Street in Delisle, Saskatchewan. Featuring the latest in ladies’ casual and dressy attire from leading designers, DeeAnna’s Boutique has established a loyal following since business owner Deanna Girod opened for business on March 1 of this year. At DeeAnna’s Boutique, you’ll find outstanding fashions by Joseph Ribkoff, Tribal, Artex, French Dressing, Renuar, Yest, Papillon and more! The selection and range of sizes is exceptional, ranging from XS to 4X. “There’s something for everyone,” says Girod. On the Friday afternoon that I visited the store, there was a non-stop flow of customers entering the store – a volume of traffic that many city retailers would envy. “I am receiving customers from all over Saskatchewan – Saskatoon, Swift Current, Elrose, Eston, Yorkton, Prince Albert, Candle Lake… They make an afternoon or evening of it,” says Girod. Some women in the store had arrived by limousine. They were enjoying one of the many shopping excursions that Girod arranges for Saskatonians who want to travel in style to Delisle to enjoy a fun, fashion-filled afternoon or evening. In the past seven years, arrangements were made for the ladies’ evening out with Living Skies Limousine services. In February 2018, the store’s original owner decided to retire. The business was sold and re-opened as “Fashions 16

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Deanna Girod opened the doors to DeeAnna’s Boutique this spring. Style-conscious women from across the province are flocking to the boutique located at 303 – 1st Street in Delisle.

by Joanie.” “Last fall, when I arranged a ladies’ limousine excursion to Fashions by Joanie, Joanie asked if I was interested in purchasing the business,” says Girod. The offer piqued her interest. She had been working at Cameco as their corporate buyer and senior inventory analyst in investment recovery, but had been among the 150 people at the mining company’s corporate office who had received layoff notices last July. “I decided to pursue the opportunity, being raised in Delisle. My dad is a barber and my mom’s a hairdresser; they still practice to this day, on the next block over down the street. They’ve both been in business for 56 years! I thought, if I come back here, I’m close to home. I wanted to stay in Saskatchewan instead of taking a job out of the province,” says Girod. “I took the store’s financials and went to Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan; they assisted me in creating a business plan with a three-year forecast. I took it to the Business Development Centre (BDC). They helped assist me in the financing along with Affinity Credit Union. I also took a risk and utilized my severance from Cameco. “After taking ownership of the store, I changed the name to reflect the vision I had, naming it DeeAnna’s Boutique.” She gave the store a style makeover so it would reflect her bubbly, vivacious personality. To enhance the store’s curb appeal, she put up new awnings and added her signature pink front door.

Tango Mango dresses arriving in Spring 2020.” She’s particularly enthusiastic about the new looks for Fall and Winter. “There are so many rich, bold colours: mustard yellow, dark red, deep purple, cherry red. Chocolate brown is an exciting new trend for fall. Plaid is also trending,” says Girod. What makes a visit to DeeAnna’s Boutique worth the drive?

You’ll find Canada’s top fashion brands at Dee Anna’s Boutique, including Joseph Ribkoff, Tribal, Artex, French Dressing, Renuar and more! Sizes range from XS to 4X.

Deanna is excited about the rich, vibrant colours that are trending for Fall and Winter, as well as the return of plaid. (Photo: Joseph Ribkoff)

“I’ve always had an interest in fashion,” says Girod. “That’s why I brought the girls out here all the time on shopping excursions. I’d always be pointing things out – saying ‘Hey, try this on!’”

Girod carefully researches the latest fashion trends to ensure she’s bringing in the styles most pleasing to her customers, who range in age from 20 to 90. “I look to combine style and comfort, featuring designers who are well known for their quality. Joseph Ribkoff is just one of my main designer lines. I’m also excited to bring in new discoveries, like the

“It’s all about customer service, with five dressing rooms. We offer a level of customer service and assistance that they may not find in a lot of stores in the bigger centres,” says Girod. “If they’re looking for a certain type of dress or need something in a different size, we’ll try to special order it for them. I’ll even deliver special order purchases to their door in Saskatoon.” She hosts numerous special events at the store, promoted on her Facebook and Instagram accounts. “I just had an in-store French Dressing Jean (FDJ) clinic, to help women learn about the different fits of jeans and which one is right for them,” says Girod. “In the spring, I had a fashion show with some of the other businesses in town. We had 140 ladies attend, with proceeds from the admission going towards building a new water park in Delisle. I’m looking at doing something similar for fall as an in-store event.” The excitement she generates in the store is contagious, adding to the store’s lively atmosphere. “I love it! At the end of the day, I’m sad when I close the doors because I love it so much. I can’t wait to get up in the morning to start the day. It’s my baby!” says Girod. Enjoy the short and scenic drive to Delisle, 40 kms southwest of Saskatoon on Highway 7, and discover DeeAnna’s Boutique for yourself. The store is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free parking. For fashion reveals and special event announcements, follow DeeAnna’s Boutique on Facebook and Instagram.

Step into Fall Fashions behind the pink door, for style and selection, need I say more? Come see for yourself, check out DeeAnna’s Boutique for a great shopping experience!

We carry: TRIBAL • Picadilly • Papillon • French Dressing Jeans FDJ Bella Amoura • Charlie B • Artex • Joesph Ribkoff • Renuar • Cream Orly • Body Hush • Elena Wang • Parsley & Sage • Hygard • YEST • Papa Alison Sheri • Mode De Vie • Esqualo • Carreli Jeans • Silver Jeans • ZYIA

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Spicy fall colours add drama

by Jennifer Jacoby-Smith

Merle Norman’s latest fall collection takes inspiration directly from the season. Rich hues in muted olive green and terracotta provide a warm and cozy update to your makeup collection. Paulette Schumacher, owner of Merle Norman in Scotia Centre, says this seasonal collection can complement an everyday makeup routine or build drama for an evening or special occasion look. “I think what’s nice is that you can wear them fairly soft, but if you keep building the colours you create quite a bit of drama with them,” she says.

Merle Norman’s Fall Colour Collection features a gorgeous array of autumn shades, says Paulette Schumacher, owner of Merle Norman in Scotia Centre. (Photo: Elaine Mark, D & M Images)

The latest fall collection includes six new limited edition shades of Merle Norman’s liquid lipcolour. The liquid lipcolour also comes in 12 different long-lasting shades in the regular collection. Made from hydrating oils, the lipcolour also adds a plumping ingredient to make lips appear smoother. The beautiful fall-inspired shades include Terracotta, Russet, Sultry Spice, Mulberry, Rosewood, and Toasty.

Warm up to autumninspired color. Rose, bronze and terracotta shades stun in matte, luminous and metallic finishes. Come in for your free Fall Makeover.

“The liquid lipcolour are matte finishes as well,” says Schumacher. “You can always top them off with a bit of gloss if you like a little shine on your lips.” For eye shadow lovers, there are two new baked shadow trios to choose from: Autumn Breeze and Autumn Leaves. Autumn Leaves features warm rose and bronze tones, while Autumn Breeze features a rich olive and russet palette. Both have a matte, luminous and metallic finish. The Baked Blush compacts also offer two flattering hues marbled together in complexion-enhancing bronze and terracotta hues. “The cheek colours, they have a shimmer to them. So they’re meant to give your cheeks a flushed look,” says Schumacher. Both the eye shadows and blush compacts are baked which means they can be applied wet or dry for a soft or dramatic look. To apply wet, simply use a damp brush or sponge. Wet application will make the colour a bit more intense. 18

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Merle Norman has also expanded the number of shades in their popular Ultra Powder Foundation, with an additional 13 shades to choose from. This buildable powder foundation can be applied with a sponge or a brush. It controls oily skin and resists perspiration. Fall is a time for getting into a routine and that includes a skin care routine. Harsh sun, dry air, and other environmental stressors can wreak havoc on your skin during the summer. Now is the time to pamper it and Merle Norman has some brand new skin care products to help. One of the latest additions is an anti-aging complex body lotion. Enriched with green coffee and antioxidants, this gently-fragranced anti-aging lotion will increase skin’s elasticity and create firmer looking skin. For fans of the Skintelligent line of skin products, the company has added the Skintelligent eye moisturizer. Cooling hydration will protect against environmental damage with probiotic technology, while hyaluronic acid and coconut oil will plump up wrinkles, and the cooling gel applicator will fight puffiness. Merle Norman in Scotia Centre is a full service salon. As you settle into normal schedules and fall activities, make sure to book an appointment for a facial or pedicure. It’s time to take care of those tired feet and bring back the glow to your skin. Book a free makeup lesson and experience the cozy and chic fall colour collection, and check out some of the latest skin products. Merle Norman in Scotia Centre can help you look and feel your best in every season.


With stand-out lips being the focus this season, keep shades soft on the eyes and cheeks. If more depth is wanted on the eyes, add darker shades for more dramatic look. Create an ombre lip by applying one shade to the outer lip line then fill in with another colour. Mix and match! Have some fun! Both eyeshadow palettes are perfect to create a smoky look. Applying Evergreen along the lash line will create a softer eyeliner effect. Using brushes to apply eyeshadows makes it easier to define and blend. A more professional application! Using a primer on the eye area before applying eyeshadows will extend the wear, keep the colour true and crease-free.


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2030 Vision What will our homes, vehicles and workplaces be like ten years from now? by Hilary Klassen

“Hey Google, I’m home!” What will life be like in 2030? Technology has come a very long way from those lamps that turn on when you clap your hands. But are we ready to exchange terms of endearment with a resident robot? The digital revolution we’re currently in – what some are calling the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” has reached full gallop. As the pace of change accelerates, we’ll face more questions about how ‘smart’ we want our homes (and lives) to be and, on a collective level, how futuristic our cities will become.


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The futuristic city of Singapore has been called a global leader in embracing technology and inspires visions of the future. PHOTO: Dan Nguyen (or PHOTO: Hu Chen)

As the Kuromon Market in Osaka is about to close for the evening, a little girl makes friends with a robot. PHOTO: Andy Kelly

If you happened to see the 2018 movie, Crazy Rich Asians, you caught a glimpse of the futuristic city of Singapore, where urban life has been reimagined. It’s a place where Canadian futurist, Nik Badminton finds inspiration. “They’ve reclaimed tons of land, they’ve built these huge futuristic structures in parks and places like the Marina Bay Sands and the Science Museum that just are sort of redefining what our future looks like for us.” Badminton has shared his awe-inspiring vision of the future with world-leading organizations like the United Nations (a recent keynote address dealt with “resilience frontiers”) and NASA, as well as world governments, including the government of Canada and the UK Home Office, tech companies and universities. Badminton hosts CTV’s Future Fridays and his research and opinions have appeared on BBC, VICE, Sirius XM, CBC, CTV, Global News and beyond. Badminton recently moved to Toronto because, he says “it’s where everything is happening”. If Singapore is leading the world as a futuristic city, what should we expect in Canada? His 2030 vision

explores what our vehicles, homes and workplaces might be like in just ten short years. Badminton believes on-demand vehicles will loom large in that future. “In 10 years, many people will start to use on-demand self-driving vehicles,” he says. In this vision, private vehicle ownership could become a thing of the past. People would ‘order’ a car through their phone app and it would drive itself to their location. A monthly fee – possibly in the neighbourhood of $300 to $400 – would be paid for this subscription-style service. The cost could go down with critical mass. Companies similar to Lyft and Uber or versions of municipal transportation could provide it. Taxis may no longer be needed. With big discussions about climate change and fossil fuels currently taking place, vehicle manufacturers are at a crossroads. What type of vehicle will dominate the future? “I drive an electric vehicle (Chevy Bolt) and it’s the inevitable future,” says Badminton. Recent moves by GM and VW to stop producing hybrids and shift their focus to manufacturing full-on electric vehicles bears this out. ...continued on next page

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What about our homes? Ten years isn’t that far away, and Badminton says homes will seem very much the same. But he identifies a range of technologies being developed today that we could potentially expect to see in our homes: • Artificially-intelligent home assistants will evolve from voice systems like Alexa into home help care robots and in-home devices that can diagnose disease and coach you on health and wellness. • Augmented Reality systems will build movies and entertainment around us in the home. We may even have entertainment rooms where we can become part of immersive experiences.

Badminton sees the biggest changes coming to our workplaces. “I do think that as jobs devolve into tasks, gigs and shorter contracts, which is the trajectory that we are on, we will see more people being mobile and working on the road and in co-working spaces versus offices. Workplaces will have to provide better environments for people to be together in overall,” he says. Some people love to talk in ‘dystopian futures’ where artificial intelligence is the looming ogre threatening the workforce and putting everybody out of work. But Badminton says humans will be far from irrelevant, they will be central to the solution. “At no point in history has technology been introduced and destroyed economies. But we’re at a point where things like automation can actually change economies drastically. So, it’s how we react to that change that’s important.”

• Bioreactors will allow people to grow their own protein from animal cells – pigs, cows, chickens – and greens as well. • Solar-battery systems allow for 100 per cent off-grid homes that can generate income for the owners by providing electricity into the grid. • Regenerative concrete and building materials will heal themselves using embedded nanotechnology (atom-sized machines that bind together the atoms of broken materials) The level of in-home technology will be determined by individual preference and likely, affordability. Badminton says he has a fairly low-tech home. He owns record players and books and when he’s home, tries to keep his phone off and not use his laptop. Some homeowners will want more technology to control systems, while others will want less in order to simply avoid having too much technology. “I would like to see modern homes built to be sustainable and good for the environment with renewable energy sources and diverse environments that bring people together – live-work spaces, co-living, more areas for people to connect in, open data that allows us to all learn,” he says. 22 22

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Don Meikle, executive director of Egadz, stands outside Sweet Dreams. The home, located on Queen Street, provides safe housing and support to mothers and their children as they transition to independent living. (Postmedia file photo)

Sweet Dreams project a model for Canada by Jeannie Armstrong

Over the past 37 years, Wally and Colleen Mah have dedicated themselves to building community. In 1982, Wally Mah, together with his business partner Jules Calyniuk, established North Ridge Development Corporation, a company that has built thousands of homes and condominiums for Saskatchewan families. The land development side of the corporation has brought new neighbourhoods to life, the latest example being Lake Vista in Martensville. In 1998, Colleen Mah left her management position with Revenue Canada to join North Ridge, initially taking on the role of sales manager and going on to develop the company’s real estate brokerage. In 2002, Colleen was the first and only woman to be elected president of the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association. Still active as members of the North Ridge owners’ 24

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Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, presided over the Governor General’s Innovation Awards during a ceremony held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on May 29, 2019. Accepting the Innovation Award for the Sweet Dreams Social Impact Bond were (L-R) Don Meikle (Egadz), Governor General Julie Payette, June Draude (Government of Saskatchewan), Eric Dillon (Conexus) and Walter Mah (North Ridge Development Corporation). (Photo: MCpl Mathieu Gaudreault, Rideau Hall, OSGG-BSGG, 2019)

group, the couple has stepped back from the company’s day-to-day operations. A second generation is at the helm, with Patrick Mah and David Calyniuk leading the management team. Even as they ease into retirement, the couple continues to personally support numerous organizations they see making a difference in people’s lives in Saskatchewan. For over 15 years, the Mahs have been active supporters of Egadz, a non-profit organization that provides programs and services to children, youth and their families, guiding them to make healthy choices and improve their quality of life.

Don Meikle, executive director of Egadz, says, “We’re so blessed to have these people. Their support is unbelievable. They and North Ridge have given us well over $1.8 million in funding and donations.” The Mahs’ support of Egadz isn’t limited to their financial contributions. Their expertise and business acumen have helped Egadz accomplish its life-changing programs and initiatives. “What I really appreciate about them is that they know what they want and they know what people need. They’ve always given us such good advice on the business end of it. They’re also very compassionate. They really want to do what’s best for the children,” says Miekle. “They got involved with the purchase of our first group homes in 2004. We used to rent. There was an opportunity to access some federal dollars at the time, but we had to have a minimum of 40 per cent community support. Wally said, ‘We’re going to make it happen.’” With the support of the Mahs and North Ridge, two group homes on Hughes Drive were purchased and renovated to provide a supportive environment for at-risk teenage girls. “During the time we’ve been involved with Egadz, we’ve built nine group homes for them,” says Wally. “North Ridge Realty also helped them with purchasing existing properties for their group homes. We donate the commissions back to the organization,” says Colleen. Approximately ten years ago, Meikle approached the Mahs for their assistance in bringing a new program to reality: Baby Steps. The Baby Steps program would provide a staffed home for infants and young children in the care of the Ministry of Social Services. The mothers could come in and bond with their children and build on their parenting skills, while working on personal issues, such as addiction, with in-house and community supports. “We helped them build a property in Stonebridge for Baby Steps,” says Colleen. “The results were so encouraging. We could see these moms turning their lives around.” Moms can transition from the Baby Steps program into the house next door – Mah’s Place. In this safe and structured environment, they can continue their healing and care for their children.

Wally and Colleen Mah are long-time benefactors of Egadz, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Saskatoon children, youth and their families. (Postmedia file photo)

formulating a plan that will work,” says Colleen. The Mahs joined the Egadz board in meeting with several provincial government cabinet ministers to present the idea of Sweet Dreams. “All of the ministers agreed this was a really good idea, but said there wasn’t any money available, and wouldn’t be for at least two years,” says Colleen. “Then June Draude (the Minister of Social Services at the time) proposed the idea of a Social Impact Bond (SIB).” “This would be the first Social Impact Bond in Canada. June asked us if we would be interested in participating. We talked it over and thought, this is a novel concept. It’s never been tried. What’s the worst that can happen? If the project isn’t successful, then you lose the money. We were prepared to take those risks,” says Wally. “We decided to personally contribute a half-million dollars towards this project. As the discussions continued, another funding partner became involved: Conexus Credit Union. They also provided $500,000 to the SIB.” Before any of the paper work had been finalized, an ideal property for Sweet Dreams had been located on Queen Street, across from Saskatoon City Hospital. The large home had been operated as a visitors’ lodge, hosting

Egadz’ latest social housing project – Sweet Dreams – builds on that success. “Sweet Dreams is the next step in this transition. Don and his board wanted to provide stable housing and support for these moms who have regained custody of their children, with the goal of keeping their children from returning to foster care,” says Colleen. While living at Sweet Dreams with their children, these moms can pursue education or employment that will help them make the transition to independent living. The Mahs were committed to helping make Egadz’ Sweet Dreams come true. “Wally is really good at grounding people in reality and assisting them in

In 2017, Sweet Dreams was expanded to include the addition of an on-site daycare centre. (Postmedia file photo)

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being cared for. Many of them have taken advantage and moved forward with their lives because they were given a stable environment to live in.” The Government of Saskatchewan had established clear criteria when approving the Social Impact Bond. During the first five years of operating Sweet Dreams, between 2014 and 2019, 22 children had to remain out of foster care for six consecutive months after moving out of Sweet Dreams with their mothers. Sweet Dreams more than met those social impact expectations, with 54 out of 55 children remaining in their mothers’ care.

North Ridge Development’s experienced team of tradespeople renovated and transformed the former visitors’ lodge located across from Saskatoon City Hospital into Sweet Dreams. (Postmedia file photo)

people with hospitalized family members. “We took a leap of faith and purchased the house before any contracts were signed,” says Wally. North Ridge took on the extensive renovations required to transform the lodge into Sweet Dreams, creating living spaces suitable for moms and their children, and bringing the building up to code. “When I look back, one thing that stands out is how quickly it came together. We had the funding, and the technical and construction experience to make it happen,” says Wally. Soon, Sweet Dreams needed to be expanded. “They added four more rooms, designed for mothers with multiple children or those who needed access to accommodate disabilities. A daycare centre was also part of the expansion. North Ridge did the addition for them. A lot of the moms who were already living there actually helped with the construction work, an opportunity to get some training and experience in the trades,” says Colleen. “The daycare centre allows these moms to look for employment or go to school, knowing their children are

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“It’s a project that has paid for itself, plus! Sweet Dreams is a model that we should all be looking at,” says Meikle. “Sweet Dreams is an investment in moms and kids, in families. It’s proof that if we focus more of our resources and our time on people, you’re going to get a return on your investment. We have to invest in disadvantaged people, because there is a return.” On May 29, the Sweet Dreams Social Impact Bond was recognized at the Governor-General’s Innovation Awards at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. In its fourth year, the awards program recognizes and celebrates exceptional individuals and organizations for their contributions in shaping the future and positively impacting the lives of Canadians. “The award was really a culmination of many organizations’ efforts – Egadz, the provincial government, the funding partners,” says Wally. “I was excited that they recognized Egadz for the work they do. It’s a model that really needs to be looked at in multiple jurisdictions,” says Colleen. With the criteria of the Social Impact Bond met, the Mahs received back their $500,000 investment. They chose, however, to donate the money back to Egadz for their next capital acquisition. “There are so many needs in the community, so many things we want to do as an agency. We are talking to the Mahs about what they want to do and where they want their money to go. It’s a huge investment,” says Meikle. The Mahs are excited about a new Egadz initiative currently in the planning stages. The project would see Egadz take over the management of an apartment block owned by the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation to create a clean and sober living environment for parents and their children. Residents will earn their damage deposits by assisting in the renovation of the building, mentored and supervised by the skilled tradespeople at North Ridge. “It’s a project where people will be able to learn trade skills and receive on-the-job training, in addition to having suitable housing. It’s very preliminary right now. Our conversations with the government are on-going, but we are excited about the potential,” says Meikle. “To have the support of the Mahs, I can’t explain how impactful their help is. They believe in what we do and that’s to help people.”

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: Instead of replacing the cabinets, a popular option is to repaint them. Here is how a typical cabinet project should be presented and completed. 1. Pricing Estimate: Have a reputable painting company come to your house to provide an estimate for you. Here are some important points to discuss: • Timeline – When can it be done? • Colour – Single, multiple, distressed, whitewashed? What is your final expectation? • Hardware – Staying with same or new? • Function – Is anything changing in the interior of the cabinet boxes? • Paint – What paint products will they use? What are advantages? Warranty? • Scope – What percentage of work will be done in your home and at the painter’s shop? • Cost – How much? • Examples & References – Ask for examples of previous projects and contact information for those customers. 2. Scope of Work: A well-defined scope of work and a solid plan needs to be established, in writing. Make sure you understand who will be doing each task involved. 3. Timeline: How long it will take to: • Remove the doors and drawers to take to painter’s shop. • Prepare, de-gloss & sand the surfaces at the project site and in the shop. • Apply the bonding primer to all of the substrates. • If using new hardware, fill the old holes and then new holes need to be drilled. • Apply the first & second topcoats on all the surfaces. • Once dry and cured, re-install all the doors and drawers. Ensure proper fit/alignment of the hardware on the doors & drawers. • Complete any final touchups. This whole process normally takes between five and 10 days. Many factors need to be considered, such as cleaning/sanding time, drying/curing time, the number of coats needed, and of course, the required inspections. This is the type of project that you do not want to rush. So much of your life is spent in your kitchen, around the table with family and friends. Whether it is that solitary time on a cold winter morning with a coffee in your hand or Sunday dinners with many pots on the stove and lots of kids running underfoot, most kitchens are the hub of the Canadian family’s home. When contemplating whether to upgrade your kitchen cabinets, having them painted is a very viable, cost-effective and aesthetically appealing option.

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Through a child’s eyes: Exploring Nutrien Wonderhub

Story and Photos by Jesse Green

For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, please note the following rules: 1. Please, touch the artwork. 2. Use flash photography and share your photos widely. #wonderfied 3. Speak out loud, and encourage those happy squeals of excitement. 4. Climb in and on things, peek around corners and see what’s next. This is, after all, a children’s museum! 5. Pack socks as there are a couple shoe-free areas. (This one isn’t very funny, but is good to note.)


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Nutrien Wonderhub encourages creativity, curiousity, collaboration and imagination through a diverse range of interactive exhibits and displays.

My 10-year-old daughter, Kitt, and I agree. We’d need at least 78 more hours in Nutrien Wonderhub to really get to know the place. This is truly a museum of the province, and joins the ranks of only a handful of other children’s museums in Canada. To put it simply, Nutrien Wonderhub is kind of a big deal. It was very, very tough to choose, but we both thought the Cosmic Commotion was our favourite exhibit. It is a giant, wonderful web that we climbed, swung and hid in. Learning that our Saskatoon museum is the only place in North America to have a permanent installation makes it even more special! It is the work of internationally-acclaimed artist Toshiko Hoiuchi and it is a ton of fun. There are many ways to get inside the web, but there are also some little contained pods that a mobility-challenged person could use to experience

the swaying life of the structure. While every part of the museum interested and delighted us, the other exhibit that I’ll mention straight away is the Northern Lights. Kitt took her job as a reporter seriously and stood with us while I interviewed Nutrien Wonderhub’s development manager, Marlea Whitley. We were in Toon Town, which is geared towards a little younger of a crowd. Although the ambulance, food market and vet shop looked awfully inviting, she stayed on task. However, once she spotted the glowing buttons of the Northern Lights exhibit, she was gone! The dancing, colourful lights are powered by these motion-sensing buttons and kids seem to intuitively know how it works. Whitley explained that a major force in the design and planning was to keep alive the spirit of the arts that this building has symbolized. The Mendel Art Gallery was endowed in the 1960s by Fred Mendel in a generous act of sharing and supporting the arts. The Northern Lights exhibit mimics our beautiful Saskatchewan skies with a vibrant, changing and kid-powered aurora borealis. We also loved riding the elevator down to the potash mine. We got our personal protective equipment and explored the underground mine. We joined other kids Kitt’s age who were completing a tire-change and using a very realistic batterycharging station. We saw other, much younger, children operating the conveyor belts to move the ore and we inspected things using the microscopes. It truly felt like we were underground and is likely as close as we’ll get to exploring a mine. The media room in the Boxes o’ Fun area was another hit. We got to try out our acting skills in front of a green screen and emailed ourselves a copy of the video. When we visited, the different “boxes” featured music, texture and black light. This is one of many museum

areas that will have changing exhibits throughout the year. I do know that the Create Space alone will bring us back to the museum. Painting, magnetic bridge building, creating and crafting happens here. The enclosed Workshop area has all manner of cool stuff, like 3D printers and other tools, and it is used only during facilitated programming. Programming and outreach happens year round. Summer months saw free programming in select city parks and some by-registration day camps where kids learned about our amazing prairie skies, mysteries of the mining industry and more. Classes and workshops incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology,Engineering, Art and Math) and will include drop-in programming, open participation as well as preregistered, paid programming. The Nutrien Wonderhub Bursary Program allows limited-income families to access the museum. Applications are reviewed quarterly and bursaries include annual memberships, six-month memberships and individual passes. Additionally, the Access Program allows children from Saskatoon’s community schools and eligible community groups to experience the educational programming and explore the museum at no cost. Details are on the website. This museum has something for the budding veterinarian, mountain climber, green grocer, engineer, nature lover, miner, musician, artist and many, many other interests that I couldn’t possibly list! Children and adults of all ages will find their curiosities piqued, their funny bones engaged and their sense of wonder heightened. With its ever-changing exhibits and interactive programming, Nutrien Wonderhub is a staple for Saskatchewan families. You can find Nutrien Wonderhub online at wonderhub.ca and in person at 950 Spadina Cres. E.

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Nurturing nature: House plants enjoy a revival by Elizabeth Ireland

From lush tropical plants to eye-catching succulents, house plants are enjoying a revival – especially among millennials. Millennials seem to have directed their nesting and nurturing instincts towards their house plants, reinvigorating what was previously a somewhat staid industry. The millennial generation is defined as individuals born between 1980 and 1994, and they actively use social media to share a collective devotion to their house plants.

Abby Schnaider, founder of Design.Build.Plants, combines gorgeous house plants with uniquely crafted concrete, wood and woven pots, from her studio in Martensville. (Supplied photos)

Based in Martensville, Abby Schnaider is the founder and creator of Design.Build.Plants. Schnaider’s work combines gorgeous house plants with uniquely crafted planters. She incorporates a striking modern aesthetic into her arrangements and her concrete, wood and woven pots are all handmade. In fact, many of the molds for her concrete planters are produced through 3D printing. Schnaider works with her husband James, who is an engineer, on this aspect of the design process.

“This is a wonderful, creative industry with lots of opportunity! I set people up for success by helping them choose a new house plant. Our long harsh winters need to be considered when choosing the right plant. It’s cold but it’s also sunny, and light is the most important aspect for a thriving house plant. The amount of water you give your house plant can be adjusted so the right location, with the right lighting, needs to be the primary consideration,” says Schnaider.

Schnaider grew up in small town Saskatchewan and earned her interior design degree in Calgary. She previously worked as an interior designer at Kindrachuk Agrey Architecture in Saskatoon. Now with four young children, Schnaider found a home-based business to be more practical for her lifestyle.

Ubiquitous over the past decade, succulents have thick and fleshy leaves or stems meant to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. Succulents are lowmaintenance house plants and come in unique colours, shapes and textures. Succulents are also quite easy to propagate; meaning new plants can be reproduced through cuttings from a parent plant.

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with a portion that are commercial. She also sells her beautiful creations at frequent pop-up stores and handmade craft markets.

In terms of trends, Schnaider notes the popularity of Pilea peperomioides, usually called the Chinese money plant. In the 1940s, a Norwegian missionary brought this plant back home from China and shared its cuttings with his friends and family. Today, the Chinese money plant remains a very popular house plant in Scandinavia and other northern climates. Another current “it plant” is Monstera deliciosa (sometimes called the Swiss cheese plant), which is easy to care for but requires plenty of space to thrive. Monstera deliciosa originates from the tropical rainforests of southern Mexico but adapts easily to a life indoors. “Succulents are still popular; however, the spotlight seems to have turned more to tropical plants but not all plants are well suited for the Saskatchewan climate. I ask my clients ‘how humid is your home?’ ‘What are the light levels in the space?’ I love working with clients who are just getting into plants. I think house plants are popular with millennials because they have that potential for change and growth,” says Schnaider. Lesia Karalash is a Saskatoon-based graphic designer and illustrator. She is also a millennial and a plant-lover. “Although us millennials can’t afford a down payment on a house, or save up for our retirement, somehow we always find spare cash for house plants. House plants can be low maintenance, low commitment, and don’t require three to five years of experience in the field of your undergrad degree to keep alive. Millennials always enjoy a good house plant, whether it’s for Instagram or simply for a quiet companion.” Karalash is also a fan of the Chinese money plant. “I’ve always had a knack for unique looking house plants and one of my recent favourites has to be the Chinese money plant. These plants are easy to keep alive and they even grow miniature versions of themselves, which is also why they’re called the friendship plant. Grow them and gift the cuttings to your other millennial friends!” Schnaider can be reached online for commissions through Facebook or Instagram at Design.Build.Plants.

First-Time Home Buyers ...continued from page 12 program, while welcomed, is not unlocking the doors to homeownership. It is only available for those people who are already approved for a mortgage and who are therefore already in the housing market,” says Guérette. “The federal government has found a way to make a family’s monthly living expenses more affordable and, in effect, it presses pause on mortgage carrying costs. It does not help Canadians who are currently locked into the renting market, or those who have an annual family income over $120,000.” Through the incentive program, the federal government will offer five per cent for a first-time buyer’s purchase of a re-sale home and five or 10 per cent for a first-time buyer’s purchase of a new construction home. What impact does Guérette feel the incentive program will have upon the residential construction industry in Saskatoon? “It’s hard to say what the impact will be. There is definitely an advantage in this program for a new home versus a re-sale home and we may see a small shift there.” In January 2018, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), which is Canada’s top banking regulator, introduced new mortgage rules. These rules require a stress test for home buyers with uninsured loans to ensure they can withstand an increase in interest rates. Designed to simulate a home buyer’s actual financial preparedness, stress testing is at either the five-year average posted rate or two per cent higher than their actual mortgage rate (whichever one is higher). Says Guérette, “The OSFI mortgage stress test was brought on by international pressure for Canada to lower its debt levels and, and some say, to cool larger housing markets such as Toronto and Vancouver. While we don’t advocate for the removal of stress testing, we do hope that OSFI can consider two options. The first is to adjust the test, let’s say by 0.5 to one per cent. The other is to add a local flavour to the stress testing – untying provincial and municipal governments’ hands – similar to what is done with Employment Insurance as an example. It all depends on what the federal government is trying to prioritize, which is to this day not clear from our perspective.” Adding to local challenges, since April 2017, PST has applied to construction contracts and other service contracts related to property improvements in Saskatchewan. What do both the provincial and municipal governments need to do to boost the housing industry in Saskatoon? “Housing is a very local issue, but policies have become very top-down with limited flexibility for provincial and municipal governments. Policies such as the OSFI mortgage stress test tie the hands of local governments. Housing policies aimed for Toronto are just not going to work for Saskatoon.” Find out more about the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive program at the Government of Canada’s website: www.placetocallhome.ca. The Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association can be found online at saskatoonhomebuilders.com. FA L L

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A spirited experience:

Black Fox Farm & Distillery The owners of Black Fox Farm & Distillery share their farm through unique and multi-faceted experiences. The farm is located south of Saskatoon on Valley Road. Story and Photos by Hilary Klassen

Easily as rare as its namesake, Black Fox Farm & Distillery perfectly straddles what is arguably a new sweet spot for ag producers – the authentic farm experience blended with urban sophistication. You sense that the weltanschauung here is wonderfully global and yet profoundly local. A short trip down Valley Road south of Saskatoon brings you to the gates of the Black Fox Farm, where rural serenity beckons. The sign doesn’t promise your stress level will decrease when you enter, but you sense that it might. Owners John Cote and Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote launched Black Fox in 2010. Proximity to the city and enviable growing conditions or “terroir” made the property a winner. “We strongly believe in a Saskatchewan terroir. You hear of terroir when you talk about grapes and wines. We have it here too!” says Barb. The combination of long summer days and cool nights enhances the flavours of prime ingredients grown on site that infuse the 32

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Founders of Black Fox Farm & Distillery, Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote and John Cote, love the direct connection with the end-consumer that their operation provides, something that was near-impossible to come by when they were grain farmers.

The Black Fox Farm is home to one of the most picturesque flower fields in Canada. Guests can take a flower tour or pick blossoms to create their own arrangements.

distillery’s gins, vodkas and most recently, whiskey. Terroir also intensifies the colours of the flowers grown there. The place beautifully reflects its founders, who have traveled the globe, whose products are now reaching the world, and who are proudly local third-generation farmers. If there is a quintessential farmer, John and Barb are not it. These are innovators and creative thinkers, ready to pivot with the times. “Nothing pleases me more than being in Toronto or London or any other large centre and telling people I’m a farmer,” says Barb. “They look at me and say, ‘you don’t look like a farmer.’ What does a farmer look like?” she asks. Barb and John were named Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers and then Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers in 2001. Both are Nuffield Scholars; the first husband and wife team ever to achieve this. Between them, they have studied or investigated agriculture on five continents. “You not only get an inside view of what goes on in a particular country, but you have lifelong friends and connections,” says Barb. Black Fox products are generating buzz as well. At the World Gin Awards in London, England, the clear gin (Gin #3) came home with a silver medal and a bronze medal, and the Cask Gin was named World’s Best. “That’s not a bad award to get when you’re just starting out,” John deadpans. A Cucumber Gin joined those products at the Gin Masters Awards in Hong Kong, netting a couple of golds and a silver. If that’s not enough, they’ve pleased some gin aficionados. “Their eyes light up, and they say,

this is really what we like.” John says the same thing is happening with their whiskey, which will hit the market this fall. Black Fox grows about 90 per cent of the ingredients they use. “Gin is fun to make because you can use different botanicals we grow like coriander and fennel and rhubarb. People are looking for the best grains they can find, and we happen to have them,” says John. Black Fox has positioned their products at the premium and ultrapremium levels in the market. “When we can control the source and when we know what we’re growing, it takes us to the next level,” he says. When Barb and John purchased the 80 acres on Valley Road, they sold their grain farm. From the outset, a major goal was the ability to connect with customers. Initially they did it through flowers after early vegetable crops didn’t pan out. “Originally this place was supposed to be vegetables and a winery. It turned out to be flowers and a distillery,” Barb says. Black Fox was the largest cut flower farm on the prairies for quite some time. The flowers became popular at the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market and were sold to florists, wholesalers like Costco and various grocery stores. “That was part of the reason this business appealed to us as opposed to expanding the grain farm. We like people and we get the chance to connect with people,” says Barb. “I got more hugs from strangers at the Farmers’ Market with the flowers than I ever did hauling grain.” ...continued on next page fa l l

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Visitors can enjoy samples of the spirits crafted by Black Fox in their distillery tasting room.

Holding festivals has become a great way to connect with the public. Why not have a festival when you’ve got 17,000 gladiola bulbs – or 7,000 sunflowers? Bees pollinate the flowers, while the honey produced is used in liqueurs or sold. Acres of raspberry bushes and apple trees populate the back quarter. When the distillery launched in 2015, the flower focus shifted to a “You Pick” approach. In fall, you can also pick your own pumpkin at the Pumpkin Festival. World Gin Day is celebrated in June and in summer, regular G & T nights offer live music and flower picking. “We have been accused of having farming ADD in that we like to try different things and experience many different aspects,” Barb laughs. But after 20 years of grain farming, it was either get bigger or do something else. Barb and John have turned that “something else” into something great.

They’ve gotten really good at “transforming the bounty of the land into beautiful experiences”. New in the product line is “Mingle”, a gin and wine ‘ready-to-drink’ spritz in rhubarb and haskap-raspberry flavours that represents a collaboration with Living Sky Winery. A new haskap gin will be released very shortly. And of course, the long-awaited whiskey, aged four years, will debut soon. Products have made their way beyond Canada to Europe and Shanghai. “We’re one of the very few distillers that actually uses grains to start with and do our own fermentations,” says Barb. At Black Fox they’re also strongly committed to environmental stewardship and making people feel welcome. They’re trying to create a community, a ‘small town’ feeling. “We value people. We value them as customers, and we value them as friends.”

Enjoy these delicious cocktail recipes, courtesy of Black Fox Farm & Distillery:

BLACK FOX CUCUMBER GIN & GINGER ALE 1.5 oz. Black Fox Gin #7 – Cucumber 5 – 6 oz. ginger ale 2 cucumber slices Pour gin into a chilled cocktail glass, with ice. Add ginger ale. Garnish with cucumber slice.


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1.5 oz. Black Fox Gin #3 1.5 oz. Gimlet mix Gimlet Mix: 50% fresh squeezed lime juice 50% honey syrup Honey Syrup: In a sauce pan place 50% water, 50% water, heat until honey is thoroughly melted. Shake vigorously with ice. Pour into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime.

BLACK FOX #3 GIN & G 1.5 oz. Black Fox Gin #3 4 oz. grapefruit juice, fresh squeezed. 1 oz. simple syrup Squeeze of lime Shake vigorously with ice. Pour into chilled cocktail glass. Top with San Pelligrino or soda for a bubbly touch.

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