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Colin James, a winner of six Juno Awards, will perform June 21 at the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival (Photo Supplied)

Award-winning musician celebrates 25 years in the industry

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olin James is celebrating his 25th another Juno as male vocalist of the year. year in the Canadian music industry. That’s the way his career has catapulted — He can’t think of a better place from guitar hero to pop vocalist to leading to enjoy a special party than at the SaskTel a revival of swing music, with four albums Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, recorded with the Little Big where he will be performing on Band. He has been constantly in the TD Mainstage, behind the search for something new and Delta Bessborough Hotel, on different. June 21 at 7 p.m. And it seems like just “I’ve been there no less than yesterday when James, a boy four times, all of which bring from Regina, was discovering fond memories,” James said. what he might become. “The last time, the weather “My parents were folk music was so beautiful for an outdoor fans and I’d go to concerts with concert; the atmosphere was them and even played a little terrific; Trombone Shorty was on mandolin,” he said. He knew the stage just before me.” he was in love with the guitar People James was a 1989 Junowhich he was playing by age 10. Award winner as a guitar He left school and home at 16, specialist for his self-titled debut album. On trying the music scene in Winnipeg and then the second, Sudden Stop in 1991, he won Montreal before discovering Vancouver as

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the right destination for him. Saskatchewan was never far out of sight. “I came back to Saskatoon to play the guitar man in the 25th Street Theatre production of Laughing Jack Rivers. We performed at the Holiday Inn. It was the first time I had ever earned a weekly wage. Andy Tahn ran the company, Janet Wright was the director, Michael Taylor of Humphrey and The Dumptrucks was there. Janet was the quintessential director.” Years later, James was invited to appear in an episode of CTV’s Corner Gas. Wright was in the cast, but he didn’t do a scene with her. In front of the cameras, he was attending an audition for a band in Saskatchewan’s fictional Dog River. He wowed two members of the audition team, but Brent Butt, the other member, dismissed him, telling him they already had a guitar player. In his early band days, he was part of

a group, Hoodoo Men, which worked the Winnipeg-Regina-Saskatoon triangle on a regular basis. The band got gigs with George Thorogood and John Lee Hooker, and then came the big break with Stevie Ray Vaughan. “My surname is Munn and it was Stevie Ray who said I should drop my last name and just go with Colin James. He was afraid some public-address announcer would get it wrong and I’d be called Mud. In the shows I did with him, Stevie Ray invited me back for encores. He said, ‘I’m opening the doors for you. Walk through them.’ For what he did for me, Stevie Ray was the best ever.” As a rising artist with Virgin America Records, James got to share the opening slot when Keith Richards was touring through the United States. (Continued on page 4)


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165 pints given Now Dave Grainger wants you to donate in his name

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alking to Dave Grainger is like sitting in the front row of a performance. His voice crescendos when he gets excited, he shifts around with unbridled energy and he often uses his hands to emphasize a point. That is why it’s hard to believe that Grainger has just come off a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week treatment of chemotherapy. But Grainger, who was diagnosed with leukemia in April, has a story to tell and cancer be damned, he’s going to tell it. “Giving blood could very well have saved my life,” said Grainger, sitting comfortably on his couch at home during his recovery week. “I was going in to give my 166th consecutive pint of blood, and for the first time in my life since I was 20 years old, I got rejected.” Rewind to 1975. Grainger, then 20, was a naval officer in Victoria, B.C., and was just issued a bet to go down to the local blood clinic and donate a pint. He, as well as another half-dozen officers, accepted the challenge. “I remember we were standing in line, getting ready to do our screening and we had one great, big athletic guy and he just started turning white at the thought of having to be stuck with a needle,” Grainger said with a chuckle. “It was funny. Anyhow, we all gave blood that evening and it worked well for me and I thought, ‘Hey, I’m going to do this.’ ” Grainger stuck to his word – and how! From Victoria to Peterborough to Regina to Winnipeg and finally Saskatoon, Grainger would wait his required number of days and go back to the clinic to donate another pint. He joined the seven per cent of the population in Saskatchewan that regularly donates, which is three per cent above the average in Canada. He remembers when 100 pints was his goal, though he’s far beyond that number now. What Grainger never expected was that his lifelong giving would lead to his diagnosis of leukemia. In for a routine donation on March 16, Grainger was rejected as a donor because his iron counts were low. A nurse at the Canadian Blood Service recommended he go see a doctor. “I was thinking there must be something wrong with their screening test. I’ve never been turned down. I was a little bit offended,” said Grainger with a laugh. “So I ended up getting a blood test and the next week my family doctor called and said, ‘I need you to come in and see me.’

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When I came in, he said all my blood counts were half of normal. We did more tests; the results were all the same.” Weeks later, Grainger had his bone marrow biopsy, which determined that he had an aggressive case of pre-leukemia. Grainger went straight into an intense round of week-long chemotherapy. It took three weeks in hospital for him to recover. Moira Kohlenberg, community development coordinator with Canadian Blood Services, said this is the first time she’s heard of anything like this in the Saskatoon clinic. “We don’t want people to think we’re in the business of diagnosing anything, but that was helpful to him,” said Kohlenberg. “In David’s case, he took the advice that Health Canada says to go to the doctor and he was diagnosed.” Grainger was not experiencing any physical symptoms at the time he was rejected as a blood donor. “Early detection is vital in any kind of a cancer diagnosis. So my family doctor said, ‘You got a lucky break. You got to thank the blood service for what they did. They got things started.’ ” But Grainger doesn’t just want to say thank you. He wants to do something for the Canadian Blood Service clinic in Saskatoon. “I remember I was hooked up to a bag of platelets and a bag of blood. I got out of bed and I looked at the tag of each bag to see when they were collected,” said Grainger. “I got thinking some Joe Schmo just like me went in on their Saturday morning to give their donation. They spent the hour, gave their pint, had the snack afterward and went on home, never thinking about where it would go or who it would impact. “I’ll tell you, tears welled up in my eyes . . . that was me for 38 years on the other end, just giving. And here I am now receiving. Before this is done, it’s common for bone-marrow transplant patients to require 50-60 pints of blood. That’s a third of what I’ve given since that day in 1975.” Grainger’s goal is to replace himself as a donor. Now that the Canadian Blood Service has lost a loyal donor, Grainger wants to find someone who will be as committed as passionate about the process as he was, and he’s starting a campaign in Saskatoon to do just that. “We have about 400 donors a week come through our doors,” said Kohlenberg. “To meet our supply of blood needed for the hospital, we’d like to see about

Dave Grainger was recently diagnosed with leukemia (Photo by Joelle Tomlinson) 500 people a week. We’re always looking for more. This summer alone in Saskatoon, and really the entire North, we need about 800 new donors to come through our doors to meet that demand. Summer can be tough because of motor collisions and regular donors going on holidays and deviating from their normal routine.” Grainger wants to do his part. “I’ll never be able to donate again. Once you have cancer, that’s it,” said Grainger. “I thought, ‘Let’s see how many people that know me would go in and give at least one pint of blood in my name. And out of that, maybe some people will become regular donors.’ The company I work for (Bioriginal) said this was a great idea and were generous enough to sponsor the campaign and offer an incentive for these new donors.” The incentive is an iPad 2. Those eligible are new donors or those who have given blood before, but not in the last few years. Donors can book an appointment with the Canadian Blood Service clinic located at 325 20th Street East, and tell the nurse they are giving their pint of blood in honour of Grainger. There is a catch. By the end of August, they must donate a second pint of blood to be entered in the draw. “I want to drive new donors,” said Grainger. “Boy, if I could get a couple of hundred new donors going in there this summer, and out of that maybe a dozen people say, ‘Hey, I’m going to be as committed as he was.’ If I could replace

myself that many times, mission accomplished. “It’s good for you, it’s healthy. Every time you donate, they record your blood pressure and your pulse, so you have a record of your health history. On top of that, just last November Health Canada instituted a new policy that if you were rejected you had to go talk to the nurse and they can forward you to your doctor. It’s an extra screening process, one that saved my life and perhaps could save others’ too. “It saves lives, simple as that,” added Kohlenberg. “You can’t manufacture blood; you can’t buy it at a drug store. So we rely on other people’s generosity with their time. And you never know when you might need it yourself, as in David’s case. If you’ve never donated, this is the time to come forward. David is an example of what is going on in hospitals. Every minute, every day someone needs blood in Canada. That is a statistic.” Join Grainger’s campaign on Facebook under the event Saskatoon Summer Blood Drive 2013. To keep updated on his progress, visit https:// www.caringbridge.org/visit/davegrainger. Those who would like to book a time to donate blood can make an appointment at www. blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE (366283). Inquiries about blood donation can also be made at that number, 24 hours a day. The draw for the iPad 2 will be at Bioriginal’s 20th anniversary event on Sept. 7.

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Donating blood rewarding despite fear of needles

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’m afraid of needles. Heights? Fine. Snakes? I can deal with. But needles? I am deathly, embarrassingly afraid of those little guys. When the opportunity came up to donate blood in honour of a story I covered for Dave Grainger, I said yes before considering the implications. “Mom, I’m going to donate blood for the first time! Aren’t I great?” I got an eyebrow raise and an “I hope you don’t pass out.” Moms have a better memory than their kids when it comes to things like this. She was probably recalling the time we went to the doctor and I refused to get the booster shot. Heroic mom that she is, she offered to get a shot and show me how easy it was. I watched Dr. B give my mom a shot in her arm, no cringing involved and then I refused again. Kids. But this was an opportunity I could not pass up. I got a call in the office and after a friendly hello, Mr. Grainger said, “Do you remember me?” I didn’t. He kindly reminded me he’d been my Sunday school teacher at Westgate Alliance Church. I immediately I recalled him, a man always bouncing with enthusiasm and having a contagious spirit for life. Right away, he told me his story. He had gone to donate blood, tested low for iron levels and went to the doctor. The diagnosis was leukemia. The diagnosis means he can never donate blood again; his 165th pint was his last. Now Mr. Grainger is trying to get new donors to the Canadian Blood Services clinic to replace his regular donations and the blood he is using as a leukemia patient. I jumped at the chance. Off I went to the clinic with another first-time donor in tow. I think it wasn’t until they were testing me for iron I realized needles would be involved. Kudos to the nurses at the clinic; they have what I’m going to call “nervedar,” a nose for detecting nervousness in donors. We got the full VIP treatment and were comfortably lounged back in side-by-side recliners. After marveling about how small my

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The beauty of the new album, Twenty Five Live, is that it was recorded in the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. “It’s probably the venue I’ve played most in Vancouver, perhaps next to the Exhibition grandstand. We booked the place for three nights in November. The people just wanted to rock the first two nights and I wanted two shows to get the rhythm down. On the third night, we recorded the whole album and I’m happy with it.” Saviour, Bad Habits, Ain’t Nothing and Freedom are the songs which have been used as the earliest of the video-marketing tools. James remained a common sight on Saskatchewan stages. Sometimes he’d be at the Centennial Auditorium or as a guest on Kinsmen Telemiracle, with a couple of visits to the Saskatoon Exhibition, There was a 2005 Saskatoon appearance in front of Queen Elizabeth, the jazz festivals and the Juno Awards in Regina this year. With his 15 albums, six Juno awards, 16 Maple Blues awards, it was only a matter of time before he was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry’s Hall of Fame. It is a hall established within industry people, entirely different from the Juno-driven Canadian Music Hall of Fame. “It was wonderful to receive recognition, especially from the industry, for the work I love to do. The ceremonies were held in Toronto and it was so good to be saluted by people I consider my friends and heroes.”

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James worked shows with star headliners (Continued from page 1) of the best people I’ve met in the business.” “We’d play some of the 1,000 or 2,000 soft-seat theatres. What a fantastic band he had! I had never realized before the tour why he was considered such as great performer. And then when I saw him for myself, I knew. What was there about Richards I’d like to copy? How about longevity?” In his young travelling days, James also worked on shows headlined by Bonnie Raitt, Lenny Kravetz, Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy and the Chieftains, “and I opened shows for Albert King when I was 20 years old.” He has recorded with Raitt and The Chieftains. As his reputation grew, he leaned more on his vocal skills. “I could always play the guitar, but I couldn’t always sing. I worked at it. Now, if I do a couple of instrumentals in an evening, that’s it. The singing opens up more opportunities. I’m always looking for songs I want to sing. I’ve been lucky enough to record two songs, I’m Losing You and Jealous Guy, by John Lennon. He was always fascinating to me because here’s a guy who’s one of the best lyricists of all time and yet he loved rockabilly and all that early stuff.” James makes lists of songs he’d like to cover someday, “but I love to be involved in the song-writing process, too. I’d estimate I made 20 trips across Canada because, for the new album, I wanted to write with some

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t’s not easy stepping into Freddie Mercury’s shoes, but Michael Shotton, a lead singer with the Jeans ’n Classics, doesn’t like to look at it that way. “Well, I don’t think you can ever fill those shoes, but you can put on a different pair of shoes,” said Shotton. “I would say I’m energetic, I try to be very involved with the crowd. We try and present it like a rock show, rather than putting on a suit and tie, putting one leg over your knee and clapping like you’re at the Masters. It’s a really fun night.” The fun night Shotton speaks of is one filled with the music of iconic rock band Queen, with the addition of a choir and orchestral accompaniment. The classic rock and orchestra combination was a brainchild of Peter Brennan, composer and founder of Jeans ’n Classics. “Peter Brennan and I got associated through some production work that he was doing. He had hired me and we’d become friends, and he liked what I did,” said Shotton, who sings, drums, writes, engineers and produces music, and is involved in many entertainment projects. “He had this concept ages ago and he finally put it into action almost 20 years ago. Eventually he asked me to start singing solo shows. “It really is the ultimate concept of bringing classical and pop together. To hear stuff like Queen and the Eagles and JW10893.F27 Elton John; we’ve all heard a band and a James singer. But to hear a band, singers and an

orchestra is a completely unique thing,” said Shotton. “Of course, Metallica has done their record with an orchestra as well as KISS, but it’s a little bit different. It’s really a journey through some of our favourite music, all completely done in a different platform, all done in a very powerful way. People will really love it.” Jeans ’n Classics are coming to Saskatoon on Aug. 21 for an outdoor concert being held at the Whitecap Dakota First Nation. The evening, called An Evening Under the Stars, falls on the night of a full moon, and promises singing, Creeland dancing and other forms of cultural and musical entertainment. This isn’t Shotton’s first time performing as Freddie Mercury here. Last year, Jeans ’n Classics performed the music of Queen with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. “It was an awesome reception. We had a great night,” he said. “The orchestra is killer. First of all, you can’t get into those orchestras unless you’re a good player. And those are all very accomplished players in their own rights. Each one of those players are all absolute stars. So when you get a bunch of people that can play and sing and get along, you’re in for a good evening.” Mercury, known for his flamboyant stage presence and unmistakable performance style, is a fun act to follow. “By the end of the night, people are always on their feet standing and singing and I run out into the crowd and if I forget a word or something like that I can

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ast week on CBC Saskatchewan’s Blue Sky radio figures, including athletes. This will be amplified by the show (which is awesome, FYI), host Garth Materie market and demographic — would the same story about asked whether or not we should hold athletes and a Toronto Argonaut make a ripple in the Centre of the public figures to a higher standard. He had Universe? No, probably not. Those that become opened the dialogue in the wake of the news that Roughriders must know they will face more Saskatchewan Roughriders tailback Kory Sheets analysis than players in other markets. This means had been charged with domestic violence in a awesome home games, the best fans in the world Florida courtroom in January 2013. The news and a whole bunch of questions to answer when broke as Sheets was in Saskatoon for the Riders’ you a bust a woman’s lip. training camp, resplendent with details over The Roughriders made a rather amateur PR Sheets’ female companion’s “busted lip” and a blunder when the story broke, naively issuing juicy mug shot. a short statement about facts and responsibility I joined Garth for a chat, telling him what I and that “in fairness to everyone involved with tell all my public relations clients: If you want this situation, the Saskatchewan Roughrider to be famous, you don’t get to pick and choose Football Club will have no further comment on when you are famous. This means taking the this matter.” Whoops. That won’t do now will Columnist public love with the hate, and managing that it? (That’s PR rule No. 18, give or take a few.) appropriately. That is one of the many rules of PR Telling people you’re not going to talk about — I don’t make them, but I sure know what happens when something is going to have the exact opposite affect you they get broken. want it to, especially the media, compounded by the rabid You may label this elevated scrutiny for public figures a nature of Rider fans. That was Monday. “higher standard,” but what it really means is that a public On Tuesday, Sheets strode onto the field and directly up figure must hold him or herself to a higher standard, lest you to the larger than normal media throng and answered every befall a scandal like Sheets has. question asked of him. He was embarrassed, “not proud” You may also argue that Sheets just wants to play and a whole bunch of other contrite attributes. He went into football. Why should his dirty laundry be any more public detail about what he learned in the domestic-violence classes than the average truck driver, plumber or nurse? The he was required to take as part of his sentence, completion of answer is simple: because CFL players are public figures which resulted in in the charges being dismissed. – especially in Saskatchewan. If I say the name Kory And with that open and honest transparency, coupled with Sheets, the majority of you are going to know who he is. An Rider GM Brendan Taman hastily adding his comments (as unsettling majority of you will be able to rattle off five years opposed to “no further comments”) on Sheets being on his of his stats, his birthdate and his blood type. So yeah, his “final strike” — POOF! — the story magically disappeared. mug shot is going to be of interest. See how this works? See how that works? Just like last week’s column, where I tried to point out Meanwhile, here’s hoping Sheets, age 28, has gleaned that those who enter public office will face scrutiny over from this experience a whole bunch of reasons to hold their choices and beliefs, a similar rule applies to public himself to a higher standard.

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Shelly Loeffler Saskatoon Express aryn Oakes holds an honoured role among First Nations people as the 2013 Miss Manito Ahbee Travelling Princess. The Manito Ahbee Festival is held yearly in Winnipeg, a pageant established to recognize missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Every four years, the family of an Aboriginal woman whose life was taken much too soon is honoured by the festival. This is the fourth year that the memory of Oakes’ friend, Cherisse Houle, is being honoured. Houle went missing and was murdered in July 2009, just shy of her 18th birthday. Oakes decided to compete in the pageant in order to bring to light the story of Houle and other young Aboriginal women.

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“One of the last pure music experiences left on Earth”

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t was 1964 and I was lucky and others, the PHJB realizes they group. The gentleman sitting next June 21 — Colin James, 7 p.m. enough to travel to New are remnants of real jazz, but they to me, a member of the PHJB, June 22 — Metric, 6 p.m. Orleans during one of my don’t want to become a museum asked, “Are you singing?” June 23 — Ziggy Marley, 6 p.m. family’s camping trips. My piece. “No,” I said, clearly flustered, June 24 — Serena Ryder, 7:30 p.m. parents, who mixed musical Jaffe and the PHJB “just humming!” June 26 — Herbie Hancock, 7:30 p.m. passion and have set a mission to “I call that singing,” was his June 27 — City and Colour, 8 p.m. adventure-seeking, carry on the tradition response. made sure our New June 28 — Dr. John and Nite Trippers, 8 p.m. of New Orleans- style And so I was introduced to the Orleans experience music, allowing them June 29 — Jimmy Vaughan and Tilt-A-Whirl Band, 6 p.m. accepting style of the Preservation included a visit to the the freedom to evolve June 30 — Michael Franti and Spearhead, 6 p.m. Hall Jazz Band. French Quarter, only with the music. The During their stage performance blocks away from the band has an interest in Broadway Theatre Mississippi River. collaborating with other that year, I remember dancing in the June 22 — Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m. wings of the stage, ready to break Even as a child artists – visual, film, June 23 — John Scofield, Uberjam 7:30 p.m. I could feel the age dance – all forms in order into the aisles in full dance mode, June 24 — Bette Lavette, 7:30 p.m. especially when one of the band of the area, see the to continue to grow while members prompted me. June 27 — Nikki Yanofsky, 7 and 9:30 p.m. weathered exteriors attracting new listeners. Columnist June 28 — Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra and P.J. Perry, 7:30 p.m. When I asked Jaffe how a of the FrenchI first heard the music June 29 — David Murray, Macy Gray, 7:30 p.m. styled balconied of the PHJB on their last dancing audience might affect their performance, he said, “I’m buildings and everywhere hear visit to Saskatoon. Hooked from always surprised when people don’t The Bassment the sweet notes of jazz in the air. the first listen, I was honoured to dance and I think of it as a huge I remember Dad taking us in to a be invited to introduce the band June 21 — Coral Egan, 9 p.m. compliment when they do. It’s fine small, dimly-lit jazz room in the at their festival performance. I June 22 — Allan Jones Canadian All-Stars, 9 p.m. that something I have played has middle of the day. Listening to remember sitting in the Green June 23 — Vijay Iyer Trio, 8 p.m. touched you to a point to move the brass band blow low mellow Room with them, nervous and not June 24 — Soweto Kinch Trio, 8 p.m. you.” tunes captured my heart and saying much, overwhelmed with June 25-26 — Harpoonist & Axe Murderer, 8 p.m. my ear, confirming jazz as my I’m one of the lucky people who the musical integrity in the room. June 27 — Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet, 7 and 9:30 p.m. choice of music. You could also purchased a ticket early I will be As I sat waiting for the cue to June 28 — Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, 9 p.m. feel a relaxed attitude in the air; bring the band on stage, I found sitting (until it is time to dance), June 29 — House of Legends, 7 and 9:30 p.m. an acceptance of life and love. enjoying one of the purest forms of myself humming along with the Truly, it is the music that binds piped-in music of the opening jazz music, jazz — New Orleans style! New Orleans history and culture. The passion for that style of jazz is still there. I heard it in the voice of Ben Jaffe, leader of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB) and tuba player during a telephone interview just days before the band embarked to Saskatoon for the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. They are looking forward to the return. Jaffe remembers from the last visit seven years ago, that Saskatoon has a “deep level of appreciation for artistry and cultural importance.” That would explain the sold- out sign for the June 22 show at the Broadway Theatre. When asked if that was the customary response, Jaffe said, “It has been happening, but we are always surprised.” Though the band started in 1961, formed by Ben’s parents — Sandra and Allan Jaffe — it’s in the past few years they’ve gained recognition. They recently appeared on the Grammy Awards show, performing with Dr. John and the Black Keys. Prior to that, the band received a coveted Image Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In January 2012, the band enjoyed a 50th anniversary celebration at Carnegie Hall. Achieving a new contract for Saskatoon The members of CUPE 2669, Saskatoon For any band, 50 years is Public Library workers was no small feat. Public Library workers, thank patrons and exceptional! Perhaps that stability is It took more than three years and a lot of the public for their incredible support over connected to the home of the band, Preservation Hall. Though effort from many people. Thanks for helping the past three years. Library workers were originally a private residence us make this first step towards fair wages for supported on picket lines, at events, rallies built in 1750, the building has been a tavern, an inn, a photo Saskatoon Public Library workers. Thanks and at board and city council meetings. studio and an art gallery until for supporting Saskatoon Public Library Thanks to everyone who sent a letter, email finally resting as the hall of jazz that it is today. The Preservation workers. or postcard to the Library Board or City Hall is much like the music it 2669 Council, or wrote letters to the editor. protects; simple and sweet with an intimate connection to those that stop to listen. Still open daily, Preservation Hall promises to be different than any jazz club you may have visited — there are no seats, no drinks being served, no air conditioning and it closes by 11 p.m. Yet, for a mere $15 you can hear “one of the last pure music experiences left on Earth!” Noting that their music started with the likes of Louis A message from the women and men who make Saskatoon’s public library work. Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton

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uestion: What if the CN rail had Then, the light traffic flows back on CP Rail. not moved south (years ago)? What So why couldn’t we have double-tracking, would the downtown look like where the trains all go east on one portion now? What if CP was to move north and all go west on the other. So, when he and share the new north bridge says “what if,’’ well, why not? and, of course, it’s cost? What Question: What if we got an would Saskatoon look like then? up-to-date bus terminal located Mayor Atchison: I think that between 22nd and 23rd streets, “what if” might take a half hour east of the Wall Street building, to answer fully. The reason I say and a multi-level parkade where that is these what-if questions the present car park is with a have a lot of different areas to bus terminal using the ground them. floor, complete with restaurants Then Mayor Buckwold and that would be convenient for the then Sen. Buckwold had a vision mall, provincial bus connections that downtown shouldn’t have and TCU Place? Is there an rail yards in it and he got them Ask the Mayor entrepreneur who would finance moved out. That is one of the it for the parking fees? reasons our downtown was able Mayor Atchison: That is to thrive over the years, while others have a very good question. I don’t know. One languished. We have Midtown Plaza which of the things we are looking at doing with is one of the most successful shopping transit is doing away with the bus mall and centres in Canada and, I believe at one point, going to a circular system instead. So the it was the most successful shopping centre in buses won’t all stop at one location as a hub. Question: What does a circular system Canada on sales on a square-foot basis. That type of vision is sometimes met with mean? Mayor Atchison: They would go around opposition. He could see into the future. The CN rail tracks were always there and didn’t downtown in a circular area with different stations, instead of coming to one location come into the downtown. It was more the passenger trains, with the station. The Grand as they currently do. If you look back on 23rd Street between Second and Third Trunk Bridge was always there, so that wasn’t built because of the downtown being avenues, that used to be a thriving area. There were all these things in the area that rejuvenated. are now gone. I think there are other ways The part of the question about CP Rail indicates the rail yards in Sutherland should for us to move transit. Transit is going to be moved. The question is: Where? Should have a new plan this coming summer that we are rolling out. That has gone to council they be west of Chappell Yards, where CN already and was approved for some route is right now? Should they be to the east of changes. There will be another route change the city? coming up, I believe, next year. The question I ask all the time is, why Overall we are headed to a better transit couldn’t CN and CP co-share about 30 miles system and more efficient transit. of track through the south end? Why isn’t (Have a question for Mayor Atchison? that possible? In the Fraser Valley, CN and CP co-share. All the heavy loads go via CN Email it to editorial@saskatoonexpress. SS50460.F17 because they have a much better rail system com. Please put “mayor” in the subject through the Fraser Valley – it’s not as steep. line.) Shannon

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n Mayor Don Atchison’s column (Let’s Mayor Atchison refers to unanticipated turn the sod for new gallery, June 3-9), rising costs of certain renovation projects (like the numbers cited for the Remai Gallery the proposed Mendel plan), but fails to mention compared to the Mendel gallery expansion are the wildly expanding capital construction costs different from those previously cited. of the Remai gallery/parkade project. Before a In the interests of clarity, following are the shovel even hit the ground, the cost went from actual numbers, easily found in newspaper and its original estimate of $55 million to almost SS50461.F17 $93.8 million. City Hall documents online: —David Geary Shannon According to the City of Saskatoon’s budget for 2009, the city’s financial commitment to the 45,000-squarefoot, $24-million Mendel Well-being is about renovation/expansion was officially $4.6 million, not $26.6 million as stated in Mayor Atchison’s Express not just intervention. column. The Mendel expansion plan would create a state-of-the-art facility that would serve a city of 500,000 and accommodate large “A-list” exhibitions previously unavailable here. It would be almost Calgary, AB double its existing size, store the Overwaitea Food Group, one of Western Canada’s leading entire collection and have a riverfood and consumer-goods retailer, operates 97 pharmacies in BC and Alberta, under the banners of Save On Foods, view restaurant. No parkade would PriceSmart Foods, Coopers Foods, Urban Fare and be required. Overwaitea Pharmacy. This $4.6 million is a mere As part of our exciting plans to open 3 new stores with fraction of the city’s commitment pharmacies in Calgary, AB this year, we are seeking a for the Remai gallery/event centre. Pharmacy Manager and Pharmacists with valid Alberta pharmacist licenses. The civic taxpayer is by far the largest investor in the Remai project, We provide a very professional pharmacy practice environment and are committed to: O challenging and contributing (as noted in the mayor’s growing our staff O caring for people O supporting healthy column) $42 million towards the living for our shoppers and patients O innovation gallery and parkade when combined. O investing in our future. Join the Overwaitea Food Group and make your career prescription complete! Add to this figure the $16 million in related “outside costs” Please contact or forward your résumé in confidence to: Denise Batiuk at email: denise_batiuk@owfg.com or as cited by the city planning fax: 780.484.1680. department, reported in the local media and mentioned in Elaine Hnatyshyn’s recent Express column, and one realizes that the civic taxpayer is on the hook for $59 million of the total project cost of $110 million. So far. For more information, visit: That’s enough to replace the saveonfoods.com O pricesmartfoods.com O overwaitea.com Traffic Bridge twice over.

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o owner Joscelyn Armstrong, Honey Bun Café is a second home. Armstrong, who has travelled extensively, describes herself as a “fairly restless person,” so opening her own café with a permanent base is a new challenge for the 29-year-old chef. “I went from my hometown farm (in Sceptre, Sask.) to Edmonton to Toronto for chef training. Then I backpacked for a while,” she said. “Then I came to Saskatoon for a few months, then I was off backpacking some more. Then back to Edmonton. I get kind of jittery; this is the first permanent thing I’ve ever done and that’s the scariest part.” Armstrong’s Honey Bun Café, located where Strongfield’s Coffee used to be on Second Avenue, is filled with the swirling scents of fresh-baked cinnamon buns and fresh bread for her signature stuffed buns. The decor is farmhouse-chic and features pieces torn out from her family farm in Sceptre. “The day after I got the keys, we just ripped it apart and went for a whole new look. It’s definitely got pieces of my personality from growing up on the farm, as well as that chic rustic look which I love so much,” she said. “Literally, the wooden accent on the wall is just ripped out of my barn; my dad brought them to Saskatoon for me. I just wanted this

place to be a comfortable café where people can sit and enjoy the ambience, and the same goes for the food.” Items on the Honey Bun Café menu range from soups, salads, cinnamon buns, a range of specialty coffees and, of course, the stuffed buns. There are a range of buns to choose from, such as omelette with bacon and cheese breakfast buns that are baked throughout the day. “Stuffed buns are something that my mom made while I was growing up,” said Armstrong. “She would make pizza ones and ones with cabbage and ground beef. To me, it was a regular part of my life, and when I was figuring out what direction to take my café in, I thought, ‘I could do stuffed buns; is that too boring?’ “Turns out they are the most popular item on the menu, along with the cinnamon buns. It really fits in with the whole Honey Bun theme.” To make a stuffed bun a breakfast option, Armstrong says she and her staff cook the bacon, make an omelette that is cut into strips, and then roll the two up with cheese. She then seals the inside contents of the bun with her own homemade dough. She has the process down to a “science.” Soon Armstrong plans to have a suggestion jar, where customers can suggest their own variety of a stuffed bun each week; the winners will get the bun named after them. “I have my particular way of sealing it, because I’ve been doing it for so long.

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just stop in as they do their shopping and errands,” she said. “We definitely go through a lot of cinnamon buns in a day; I like to cook them all day long so people can have them warm and fresh. They’re definitely my favourite.” To learn more about Honey Bun Café, go to its website at www.honeybun.ca, on Facebook under Honey Bun Café or at the Twitter handle @honeybuncafe. The café, located at 167A Second Avenue South, is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is open from until 8 p.m. on Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

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kateboarding is pain personified. “Cowabunga, Dad!” A skateboard park recently opened up My fear of these wheels of death around the corner from my clinic. This was validated when I met my first speed has added colour — primarily red — to my bump at ramming speed. Unable to brake, practice and hipness to my vocabulary. With I was promptly launched headlong, in a no shortage of fractured this horizontal plane, landing with an and lacerated that now skating unceremonious splat and coming through my office door, I have to a halt only after deploying my become, unofficially, the doctor elbows as brakes. First day, first to these cement-surfin’ sons of swellbow, a condition known stitches. to the uncool as bursitis of the “Yo, doctor dude, I was elbow. carvin’ some phat air, like I was At least I didn’t have a hipper totally amped bro, when I ate it or a tweaker. More than 100,000 and bought me this gnarlacious skateboard injuries show up in swellbow.” emergency rooms each year. Translation: “My elbow A third of those after less than hurts.” one week’s experience. Most Doctor What surprised me is these experienced boarders treat swellbow, tweaker and hipper themselves, usually by punching victims are not only 16-year-old, baggy-pant their head repeatedly until the injury hurts boarders, but also dudes and dudettes in less than their head. their 20s and 30s who actually hold jobs that Hipper: “Yo, doctor dude, I got this don’t require supersizing stuff. outrageous hipper from goofy-footin’ into a In fact, 170 injured skateboarders who fakie.” were hospitalized last year in North America To inspect a patient’s hip it is necessary were over the age of 65. to remove some clothing. Given skaters’ And so I have decided to give the wheels sartorial tastes, this is rarely required. “Yep, a go. Sort of. My sons, with a twinkle in I can see it from here. You have a traumatic their eyes, convinced me that I should greater trochanteric bursitis.” try rollerblading, a sport which I have “Whoa, awesome! Can I keep skating eschewed, possibly due to the frequency or do I smoke some - er - play Xbox for a with which rollerbladers tend to end up while?” on the hood of my car with relatively little Reach down to where you think your hip effort on my behalf. For a lifelong hockey is located. Feel that bony thing jutting out? player, rollerblades are frightening. This is the infamous greater trochanter. It’s Stopping on skates means a quick part of the femur that is covered in a fluidturn to the side. Doing the same thing filled sac called a bursa, a shock absorber on rollerblades means a quick turn to the that prevents muscle from rubbing up hospital. And so it was, that with 600 pounds against bone. Bump this too hard or lie on it of armour draped about my joints, head too long and the bursa will be traumatized, and any skin that might possibly become swell and hurt. If it doesn’t get better on intimate with asphalt, I teetered on these its own, then a well-placed cortisone shot blades like a new-born giraffe on ice. works wonders.

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Cleaning stovetops not an easy task

i Reena, as a substitute for breadcrumbs and casserole, salad and yogurt toppings. We recently renovated our Now, if I haven’t convinced you of kitchen and installed a wall oven how cheap I am, save the plastic bag from and a stovetop. The stovetop is really cereal boxes. Use the bag as a substitute good, but cleaning it is awful.  I have for wax paper. It’s great for freezing used the cream and scratchless scrubby that came with it. I have tried four differ- homemade bread, pies, dough or seeds. ent creams, a vinegar and water mixture, Place cut up cereal bag squares between hamburger patties prior to freezand on and on. It is a lot of ing. Lay an empty cereal bag work to keep the stovetop on the bottom of garbage cans clean and shiny, but it always to guard against the bins from have a film (though the becoming soiled. vinegar helps with that) and everything shows on it. If Dear Reena, you don’t clean spills and I bought a bulk supply of splatters immediately, they yogurt and the expiry date is toseem to bake on, and that is morrow. Do you think the yogurt even more work. I’ve tried will taste the same if I freeze it? cleaning it when hot (which Will the yogurt still be good? — is dangerous) and when cold, Anne Household but there is no real differSolutions Dear Anne, ence. I have talked to some While the consistency may of my friends and they are all be slightly different after thawing, it still having the same problem.  Do you have tastes great. In fact, you can thaw and stir any suggestions? — Sandra it, add your favourite fruit or eat it frozen   the way that you would ice cream. Dear Sandra,

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Dear Christal, Into a bowl combine: 1 cup honey, 1 cup butter (or margarine), 2 and a half cups Rice Krispies, 2 cups granola, three quarters of a cup white all-purpose flour, one quarter cup ground flax, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. vanilla, one half cup brown sugar and 1 cup chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and cut into bars. Tips for an Organized Garage You will save yourself time and unnecDear Reena, essary frustration if you spend a few days Can leftover cereal crumbs be substi- getting organized. tuted for breadcrumbs? — Shannon Categorize each area of the garage: Dear Shannon, hand tools, power tools, automotive, Cereal is expensive, so you want to get sports, camping, cleaning, gardening, seaa bang for your buck. Use cereal crumbs sonal decorations, dangerous chemicals, We can buy imported asparagus on supermarket shelves yearround, but the native garden crop is so much better. It is a shortlived season, spanning just six to eight weeks. If you can get your hands on some locally-grown asparagus, you are in for a real treat. Fresh asparagus spears are a good source of anti-oxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin, carotenes and crypto-xanthins. Together, these flavonoid compounds help remove harmful oxidant-free radicals from the body, protect it from possible cancer, neuro-degenerative diseases and viral infections. Serve up this puff full of fresh asparagus and impress your guests. It is pretty and delicious.

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Views of the World

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• The average man reaches maturity at age 43, which is 11 years after women, according to a study. 11 years? I’m not buying it. Now, would somebody pull my finger? • From Janice Hough: “After Chad Johnson playfully smacked his attorney on the butt in court, an angry judge sentenced the former NFL star to 30 days for a probation violation. Talk about a penalty for excessive celebration.” • From TC Chong: “Pete Rose is making over $1 million a year just signing autographs. I guess they don’t call him Charlie Hustle for nothing.’’ • Last weekend, a couple got married in the New Jersey IKEA where they met eight years ago. Married at IKEA? Do they have a screw loose? • Torben Rolfsen, on South Florida deputies rescuing an endangered Key Deer that had a large Doritos bag stuck over its head: “How did they know it wasn’t just an ashamed Marlins fan?’’ • I would make Jordan Eberle the captain of the Edmonton Oilers long before I would pick Taylor Hall.

• Bill Littlejohn, on a New York Mets marketing official using a dating website that pairs older women with younger men to promote third baseman David Wright’s All-Star candidacy: “The official reportedly wrote a message saying: ‘Here’s to You, The Next Brooks Robinson.’” • Hough, on the first game of the Stanley Cup final ending in the third overtime period: “To put that into Chicago perspective, the Blackhawks’ 4-3 win took longer than the Cubs remained in contention this season.” • From Saskatoon comedian Bryan Cox: “Prime Minister Harper wants more transparency in government. Well, just hire the now ex-CEO of Lululemon.” • NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair played the “don’t-you-know-who-I-am-card’’ after being stopped by an RCMP officer last week. My reply would have been: “Well, I know this much: you’re no Jack Layton.” • Jeff O’Neill tweeted that the Sedins will retire any second now. Yes, this is the same Jeff O’Neill who played three seasons after he retired.

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• Chong, on the legendary Archie comic being made into a movie: “I nominate Gary Bettman to play the role of Jughead.” • From Hough: “Airport security stopped actor Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, for using a cane that looked like a light sabre. They eventually let him on the plane. #Maythefarcebewithyou.” • RT Rod Pedersen @sportscage Your take on the Kory Sheets situation? Leave a msg on the Mr. Sub After Hours Hotline at 546-CAGE. Best call gets a Mr. Sub dinner for 2. I’m thinking the winner should win a get-out-of-jail-free card. • From Chong: “Shouldn’t the logo for the Ottawa RedBlacks be a checkerboard?” • Last week, I wrote Chief Whitecap would be the best name for the new south bridge. I would be equally happy if the bridge was named after Cliff Wright. • From Rolfsen: “Looks like the Sochi Olympics torch relay got underway with an early start at the French Open.” • I wonder how the Henry Blanco era in Toronto will be remembered.

By RJ Currie • Three things scientists found on Einstein’s planet, newly-discovered about 2,000 lightyears from Earth: 3. Fast jet-stream winds; 2. Temperatures of 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit; 1. The Pittsburgh Penguins scoring touch. • Did I see Boston blow a two-goal, third-period lead and lose in overtime to the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final? That’s a fine howdo-you-Oduya. • Tennis star Victoria Azarenka has reportedly launched a new line of perfume. Lemme guess; Estee Louder? • A British company has designed underpants that prevent butt cracks from showing. Great. Now we’ll never recognize our plumber. • Chad Johnson got 30 days in jail for patting his attorney on the rump. Pats-wise, that’s the second time he’s been a bust. • Kobe Bryant isn’t sure he’ll be ready for the start of next season. He’s recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon and a strained coaching relationship. • Jennifer Aniston says she’s jealous of Kate Middleton’s hair. I feel the same way, except I’m jealous of everyone with hair. • A bride and groom in England received a soccer dugout for a wedding present. I think I can speak for most husbands on this one: At least it’s roomier than the doghouse. • David Ferrer lost to Rafael Nadal in the French Open final, his 17th loss in a row to Rafa on clay. He was as doomed to fail as the Donate button on a blog. • With all due respect to Lady Gaga, the only way I’d pay $13,000 for a fingernail is if it was still attached to Kate Upton. • JaMarcus Russell says he has a tryout upcoming with the Super-Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. In a related story, Paris Hilton has an application in to Mensa. • A Colombian poet reportedly plans to sell his testicles to raise money for a European tour. I gotta say, that takes — never mind. • A truck carrying 6,000 gallons of Scotch overturned and ignited just south of Newark (N.J.). The blaze was extinguished using foam and the tears of two dozen New Jersey Devils. • Vladimir Putin is getting a divorce amid rumours he’s been courting former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva. Putin denies any fling, but I suspect he gave the gymnast a tumble. • Hayley Wickenheiser says the University of Calgary helped her get a degree by planning exams around her hockey schedule. In response, NCAA athletes have said, “Exams?” • A friend of mine is upset the Oilers fired coach Ralph Kruger via Skype. Mind you, he thinks hashtag is a game he played while experimenting with drugs. • If you find any of my jokes poisonous, I urge you to take an anecdote.

Mike Duffy (Wiki Photo) • From Hough: “Got to love this. The Bachelorette is followed on ABC by Mistresses.” • It was 80 years ago last week that the first drive-in theatre opened —and the baby boom began. • True story: Kawasaki, Japan, hosts a penis festival every year on the first Sunday in April. The guest of honour this year was Mike Duffy.

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Remember when Peter Parker was bitten by the spider? The updated Sorento is kind of like that. By malcolm gunn

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ow new the 2014 Kia Sorento really is depends on how you look at it, or more correctly, where you look at it. Kia’s current design renaissance encompasses the street-wise Soul and Sportage wagons as well as the Optima and Rio sedans. You can also place the current-generation Sorento that was launched for 2011 on that list. The lines are so right on the money in terms of contemporary style and carrying capacity that there was obviously no point in monkeying around with the mid-sized wagon’s looks. For 2014, the Georgia-built Sorento receives a minor nose tweak, including the ubiquitous mesh-style grille, updated headlights and optional fog lights, plus new taillight lenses. Otherwise the silhouette remains basically the same. Surprisingly, however, just about every other part of the Sorento’s DNA has been altered, redesigned, or otherwise enhanced, kind of like when Peter Parker was bitten by the spider to become Spiderman. Same kid on the outside, but better reflexes and more power. For 2014, Kia has mounted the Sorento on a platform that’s identical to that of parent Hyundai’s five-passenger Santa Fe Sport. Kia claims the new structure is 18 per cent stiffer than the 2013 version; attached to that is a stouter sub-frame that holds the powertrain more firmly. There’s also a new independent front suspension, while a more compact rear suspension aids interior space and restricts noise and vibrations from entering the cabin. The Sorento’s hydraulic power-steering system has been exchanged for a more efficient electric unit that features Comfort, Normal and Sport settings, depending on your desired level of steering firmness. Kia’s design team also took care of business on the inside, installing a new instrument panel and centre control stack with easier-to-find buttons and knobs. As before, Sorento can accommodate up to seven passengers with the optional third-row seat, but there’s precious little legroom in back and equally scarce stowage room when loaded to the max with passengers. There is a solution if a more comfy back row is a must,

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ance (advertising of the day referred to the Ambassador line as the “sensible spectaculars”). Although the base Ambassador 880 or better equipped 990 could be ordered with a 232-cubic-inch inline six-cylinder powerplant, many versions featured a 327-cubic-inch V8 that delivered up to 270 horsepower. The 990 was available as a two-door hardtop and convertible that were as attractive as anything built by its Detroit-based competitors. And with a list price of around $3,000, few could quibble about the cost of ownership. Other corporate changes, however well-meaning, completely missed the mark. In an attempt to mimic the success of the Ford Mustang and Plymouth Barracuda, AMC attached a swoopy fastback roof onto its Classic-series body. The resulting calamity managed to fool about 10,000 buyers into thinking they were getting something sporty instead of a cartoonish looking car that weighed more than the model upon which it was based. A further break with tradition occurred in 1966, when the 66-year-old Rambler surname was dropped from the Ambassador as part of an overall brand phase-out. Abernathy correctly surmised that the public linked it to AMC’s econo-car past instead of to its big-car future. That year the Ambassador also gained a new deluxe version called the DPL. This was essentially a 990-series two-door hardtop with distinctive exterior trim and an interior that contained a floor console and reclining front bucket seats dressed in houndstooth fabric. At the shallow end of the pool, AMC’s normally fuelsipping Rambler American featured the Rogue, which was a sporty compact with racing stripes, floor-mounted fourspeed gearbox and tire-squealing V8 power. Although AMC’s traditional budget-minded buyers had no idea what had happened to their beloved buttoned-down car company, sales nonetheless began to steadily move up the ladder, an indicator that Abernathy and Teague were on the right track. Unfortunately, increased new-car deliveries failed to staunch the rising tide of red ink sweeping over the organization. AMC’s board of directors forced Roy Abernathy out of office, but the quest to produce ever bigger Ambassadors as well as more youth-oriented machinery like the Javelin and AMX would continue unabated for years to come. In the end, it was the Ambassador that helped to fundamentally alter AMC’s direction. It may have accounted for a mere fraction of total passenger car sales, but it was an important first step in trying to bring the company’s products in tune with what the consumer of the day really wanted.

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t. Ray Collins is a busy guy. A very busy guy. As a lead detective with the autotheft task force of the Michigan State Police Department, Collins spends most of his workday trying to stay ahead of criminals by thinking like one. And that’s a job that never gets any easier. About 70,000 vehicles are reported stolen in the Detroit metro area every year. And with modern technology becoming a thief’s best friend, prospective robbers are becoming more brazen and acutely resourceful in their schemes and efforts. “Everything in auto theft seems to go in cycles,” said Collins, seemingly amazed at the complexity of the tricks of the trade. “They move from scam, to scam, to scam. As soon as we sort of get a grasp on one scam, they have moved to another.” Collins said that computers and the Internet are the tools of choice for prospective car thieves. Whether it’s posting a misleading online classified ad, or producing a counterfeit car title to legitimize the sale of a stolen vehicle, criminals use technology to trick buyers and stay ahead of law enforcement. In fact, according to the U.S. Internet Crime Complaint Center, consumer reports of shady vehicle sales increased 25 per cent last year and are expected to jump significantly again in 2013. “This is a new generation of car thief, and both private sellers and buyers have to be The marque of a legitimate very careful,” Collins said. “These scammers auction on Ebay.com, for ex- are very good at what they do, and they don’t ample, is a seller with good care who gets hurt when they’re trying to pull feedback from previous auc- a rip-off.” tions, the seller has also sold And while Collins said most thieves try related items, and a price to avoid violence when it comes to pulling a that does not seem too good vehicle scam or theft, there are exceptions. to be true. Auctions where Violent carjackings — and even murder — new sellers (usually with zero are being reported after thieves set up a test feedback) say they’ll take a drive for a private sale, take the owner along lowball offer, provided that for the ride, then steal the vehicle by forcing you deal in a wire transfer, them out the door, or worse. should be considered highly “If you’re going to sell your car, you never suspect. This auction apmeet anybody at your house. That’s just too pears on the up and up. big a risk nowadays. You might be getting

set up for more than car theft,” Collins said. “Always meet somebody that wants to take a car for a test drive, at the police station. That’s a sure-fire way to protect yourself.” Collins also offered some other important guidelines when selling a vehicle: • If possible, bring a friend or family member along for the test drive, and make sure someone knows how long you expect to be gone. Carry your cell phone and keep it handy and visible throughout the trip. • Be wary of anyone who makes an offer to buy a vehicle sight-unseen. This is often a warning sign of a larger scam that involves transferring the title through a bad cheque or another fraudulent payment method. • Negotiate only with the specific person who is purchasing your car, and never with someone acting on the buyer’s behalf. And if willing to accept a cheque, complete the transaction at the buyer’s bank to ensure payment verification. And while it’s important for sellers to protect themselves, Collins warns that most of the complaints he investigates come from the buyers. A wildly popular scam flooding into Collins’ office involves a stolen vehicle, a counterfeit title, and what appear to be a trustworthy seller and a safe meeting place. Scammers will post a vehicle for sale on a web site and invite prospective buyers to an apartment complex for a meeting and a test drive. Typically there’s a sob story about financial hardship as the reason why a quick sale and a cash payment are necessary, and why the selling price is well below book or market value. The title — usually create with some nifty computer work — matches the vehicleidentification number and the apartment address where the meeting was set up, a transaction is made, and the two parties go their separate ways. “Everything seems normal, the guy gives you a title for it, you give him cash for the car, you go to get the car titled, and it’s stolen,” Collins said. “You go back to the apartment complex and nobody has ever heard of this guy. What you weren’t paying any attention to is that they never walked out of the apartment. He walked out in between buildings or he came down the stairway.”

Collins offered these important tips when buying a car to avoid getting taken by a “curbstoner” scam: • Be wary of prices that seem too good to be true. Several Web sites, such as Edmonds.com, kellybluebook.com or NADAGuides.com — offer buyers a credible guide to vehicle pricing. The lower the price, the higher the probability of a sales scam, and the perfect warning to walk away. • Title washing is another popular sales scam that involves removing the word “salvaged” from the history of vehicles that have been wrecked and repaired. Spending a few bucks on a vehicle history report from CarFax or AutoCheck is often a telling and wise investment. • While the focus is on your personal safety, don’t forget the basics of the transaction. If you’re buying, thoroughly test the vehicle in broad daylight, also making sure to test the lights. “There are no guarantees when buying or selling a vehicle,” Collins said. “But try not to negotiate alone, use the Internet as a tool, and if something doesn’t feel right, there are plenty of other cars for sale out there to choose from.”

Todd Burlage is a feature writer with Wheelbase Media. You can reach Wheelbase on the Web at www.shiftweekly.com by clicking the contact link.

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more upscale look and feel as well as structural upgrades to increase crash safety. And it all worked. Not that there was actually anything wrong with the 2012 model as sales were brisk, but, more importantly, Honda showed the speed at which changes could be made on the fly. Elapsed time? About 12 months. I suspect that that set a new standard for reacting quickly to a market that also seems to change more quickly these days. As time goes on, you might see a series of running changes made during the course of a vehicle’s run as opposed to the planned annual tweaks to option packages and trim levels that have been past practice. A case in point is the 2008-’11 Chevrolet Malibu. Handsome, yet elegant, and just a good overall car that had only seen a few changes over its whole career. I really can’t tell one model year from the next, honestly. Well, along comes early 2012 and Chevrolet launches a new 2013 Malibu with pleasant-but-not-spectacular styling. The problem is the new Ford Fusion also came out and that car was a stunning work of art. Then there were the usual segment killers, such as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord that the Malibu has to fight. Chevrolet starts taking it on the chin from the motoring press and instead of riding it out, takes the Honda example and goes to work right away on changes to silence the critics and even create a little magic of its own. The nose is new, the ride is apparently better, there’s a revised centre console and more knee room for rear-seat passengers. The updated Malibu goes on sale this fall, about 18 months after the new 2013 model was launched in the spring of 2012. By current standards, that’s about as fast as it gets and although it represents a shift in thinking, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise because vehicle technology is not the only technology that gets better over time. The whole construction process can be changed around and adapted more quickly and design changes can be modeled and tweaked and put into play within months, so long

as the corporate will exists to do it. If this practice becomes as common as I suspect it will, we could eventually be looking at noticeable changes to a single car line every six months as automakers try to one-up each other. And unless other JW10934.F17 manufacturers adapt, they will be left James

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PRE-OWNED VEHICLES in stock for spring! $141.40

$20,798

$165.32

2009 HYUNDAI ACCENT GL

2009 ACURA MDX

2006 MINI COOPER

1.6L I 4, grey, black cloth interior 33,933 km. #I1478A

3.7L V6, 5 spd automatic, silver, leather 110,217 km. #I4730B

1.6L I 4, automatic, white, leather interior 96,000 km. #I6366

$6,995*

$26,995*

$10,995*

2008 TOYOTA MATRIX XR

2012 FIAT 500 SPORT

2011 MITSUBISHI LANCER SE

1.8L I 4, 5 spd manual, blue, grey cloth interior 91,000 km. #I7099A

1.4L I 4, 5 spd manual, black, black cloth interior 6,500 km. #I7319

2.0L I 4, 5 spd manual, silver, black cloth interior 17,000 km. #I7288

$9,995

$27,698

$17,995*

$18,995*

2011 NISSAN JUKE SL

2010 HYUNDAI GENESIS COUPE 2.0

2011 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER

1.6 L I 4, automatic, red, black cloth interior 73,500 km. #I0753

2.0 L I 4, 6 spd manual, black leather interior 44,078 km. #I4294B

3.0L V6, 6 spd automatic silver, black interior 63,303 km. #I7168

*

$21,995*

$19,995*

*Plus fees and applicable taxes. See dealer for full details. DL#80802 ∆ THE ALL-IN PRICE/SELLING PRICE (QUE:) INCLUDES FREIGHT, PDI, AIR TAX AND EHF. TAXES, INSURANCE, LICENSING AND DUTY ON NEW TIRES EXCLUDED. (AB/BC/ON: INCLUDES / MARITIMES/MB/SK: EXCLUDES) DESTINATION, DELIVERY AND FEES. TAXES, PPSA AND DEALER/ADMIN FEES OF UP TO $599 ARE EXCLUDED. DEALERS MAY SELL FOR LESS.

10

YEAR

160,000 KM

POWERTRAIN LTD WARRANTY**

Best backed cars in the world*

Offer(s) available on new 2013 and 2014 models purchased through participating dealers to qualifi ed retail customers who purchase a new vehicle by July 2, 2013. Dealers may sell for less, some conditions apply. Offers are subject to change without notice, see dealer for complete details. All pricing/total obligations/costs of borrowing (QUE:) include freight, PDI, air tax and EHF. Taxes, insurance, licensing and duty on new tires excluded. (AB/BC/ON: include / Maritimes/MB/SK: exclude) up to $1,450 in freight, $250 in PDI, $100 in air tax and up to $30 in EHF, and exclude up to $16 new tire duty, taxes, PPSA, registration, licensing and up to $599 in dealer charges. ‡ 2013 RVR GT/2013 Outlander XLS/2014 Outlander GT S-AWC model shown has an MSRP of $28,998/$35,198/$35,998 and a selling price of $30,497/$36,697/$37,497. 0%/1.9%/0% purchase fi nancing available through Bank of Montreal for 72/84/84 months on all new 2013 RVR/2013 RVR/2013 Outlander models (terms vary by model, see dealer for details). Representative example: 2013 RVR ES (CS45-A)/2013 RVR ES (CS45-A)/2013 Outlander ES 2WD (CO45-A) with an all-in price of $23,197/$23,197/$29,197 fi nanced at 0%/1.9%/0% for 72/84/84 months equals 156/182/182 bi-weekly payments of $169.81/$155.50/$181.81 for a total obligation of $26,490/$26,490/$33,090 and a cost of borrowing of $0/$1,851.64/$0. § AWC standard on RVR SE 4WD, 10th Anniversary Edition and GT. S-AWC standard on Outlander XLS and GT. ♦ Up to $1,500 in rebates available on the purchase of any new Mitsubishi models to current owners and eligible others. Amounts vary by model and will be deducted from the negotiated price after taxes. Loyalty rebate applies to vehicles purchased and delivered between June 1 and July 2, 2013. Other conditions apply. See dealer for details. ▲ $800 consumer cash discount applicable on 2013 Lancer 10th Anniversary Edition purchased between June 1 and July 2, 2013. Consumer cash discount will be deducted from the negotiated price before taxes and will take place at time of purchase. ° $2,500 in no-charge extra features applies to 2013 Lancer 10th Anniversary Edition for vehicles purchased up to July 2, 2013. Based on dealer inventory. See your dealer for details. * Best backed claim does not cover Lancer Evolution, Lancer Ralliart or i-MiEV. ® MITSUBISHI MOTORS, BEST BACKED CARS IN THE WORLD are trade-marks of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. and are used under license. ** Whichever comes fi rst. Regular maintenance not included. See dealer or mitsubishi-motors.ca for warranty terms, restrictions and details. Not all customers will qualify.

Saskatoon Mitsubishi 707 Brand Road 306.343.6487 saskatoonmitsubishi.ca

306.343.6487

saskatoonmitsubishi.com

$21,995*


SASKATOONEXPRESS - June 17-23, 2013

Candanavian Volvo Presents:

The

Summer Sales Event

Indulge in Scandinavian D Design. Save in Candian Dollars.

OWN YOUR OWN LEGEND. view our entire pre-owned inventory at vwagautosport.com 2011 Volvo S60 T6 3.0L I 6, 6 spd automatic, leather interior. 27,415 km #U14559

$34,995*

$

399/mo.

with $4,522 downpayment

0.9%

Lease APR for 39 mos.*

OFFER ENDS JUNE 30 TH

VO LVO CAR E F R E E COVE RAG E N O C H A R G E †

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2008 Land Rover Sport Supercharged 2009 Volvo XC90 3.2 3.2L I 6, 6 spd automatic, silver, leather interior. 71,105 km #U18403

$29,995 *

2008 Land Rover LR3 SE 4.4L V8, 6 spd automatic, white, leather interior. 94,951 km #U81910

$33,995 *

2010 Nissan 370Z Touring Roadster Black Top 6MT 3.7L V6, 6 spd manual, silver, leather interior. 14,000 km #U03226

$37,995*

YOUR 2013 XC60 EQUIPPED WITH: • Available Instant Traction™ All-Wheel Drive • Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) • Available Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake • Volvo City Safety (Fully-Automated Braking System) • Volvo Sensus with 7" Colour Screen

VOLVO OF SASKATOON 419 Brand Place. Saskatoon (306) 242-3609 www.volvoofsaskatoon.com *Limited time time offers offers through through participating participating Volvo Volvo Retailers Retailers on on approved approved credit credit (O.A.C.) *Limited (O.A.C.) to to qualified qualified retail retail customers customers only. only. Lease example example based based on on the the 2013 2013 XC60 XC60 3.2 3.2 AWD. AWD. 0.9% 0.9% lease lease APR APR for for 39 39 months. Lease months. Monthly Monthly payment payment is is $399 $399 (includes (includes $1,995 freight freight and and PDI, PDI, $20 $20 tire tire stewardship, stewardship, $100 $100 air air conditioning conditioning tax tax (where (where applicable), $1,995 applicable), $75 $75 PPSA, PPSA, $350 $350 lease lease service fee) fee) with with $4,552 $4,552 down down payment payment or or equivalent equivalent trade-in trade-in and and $400 $400 security security deposit service deposit are are due due at at lease lease inception. inception. Total Total lease obligation obligation is is $20,512.61. $20,512.61. Other Other taxes, taxes, license, license, insurance insurance and and registration registration are lease are extra. extra. Lease Lease has has aa 16,000 16,000 km km allowance per year ($0.16 per km on excess). Payment and security deposit may vary by choice of extra equipment. Purchase allowance per year ($0.16 per km on excess). Payment and security deposit may vary by choice of extra equipment. at end of lease plus taxes.plus Retailer required. †Volvo Carefree offer is available Purchase at endfor of$19,818.05 lease for $19,818.05 taxes.participation Retailer participation required. †VolvoCoverage Carefree Coverage offer ison the purchase, or lease of only a newof2013 With the lease of athe new 2013 Volvo Volvo, Carefree Coverage available on thefinance purchase, finance or lease only aVolvo. new 2013 Volvo. With lease of aVolvo, new 2013 Volvo Carefree is availableisonly for uponly to 39 from the date original purchase up to 52,000 km52,000 (whichever occurs first), and Coverage available formonths up to 39 months fromofthe date of original or purchase or up to km (whichever occurs is determined by length of lease. Warranty does not cover, without limitation: damage to vehicle resulting from improper first), and is determined by length of lease. Warranty does not cover, without limitation: damage to vehicle resulting from maintenance or abuse, or vehicles or declared be a total loss by insurer, operating condiimproper maintenance abuse,severely vehiclesdamaged/and severely damaged/and or to declared to be a total loss bysevere insurer, severe operating tions requiring additional services, and customer requested services not specified in Volvo Warranty and Maintenance conditions requiring additional services, and customer requested services not specified in Volvo Warranty and Records Information See your localSee Volvo Retailer or visit volvocars.ca more details, a complete lista Maintenance Recordsbooklet. Information booklet. your local Volvo Retailer or visit for volvocars.ca for including more details, including of exclusions and items covered under the Volvo Carefree Coverage warranty program. Excluding Fleet vehicles.Fleet Offer complete list of exclusions and items covered under the Volvo Carefree Coverage warranty program. Excluding is subject Offer to change without notice. Retailer may sell/lease less. Retailerfor order/trade mayorder/trade be necessary. terms/ vehicles. is subject to change without notice. Retailerfor may sell/lease less. Retailer maySome be necessary. conditions apply. Offersapply. may vary by region. See local Volvo for full details.forVehicles mayVehicles not be exactly as be Some terms/conditions Offers may vary byyour region. See yourRetailer local Volvo Retailer full details. may not shown. as ©2013 Volvo CarsVolvo of Canada Always remember to wear your seat belt. exactly shown. ©2013 Cars ofCorp. Canada Corp. Always remember to wear yourVisit seatvolvocars.ca. belt. Visit volvocars.ca.

2012 Jaguar XF XFR 5.0L V8, 6 spd automatic, white, leather interior 11,372 km #U33125

$74,995 *

2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE 5.0L V8, 6 spd automatic, beige, ebony leather interior. 42,200 km #U49567 *

$59,995

2006 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged 4.2L V8, 6 spd automatic, black, jet leather interior. 120,263 km #U02042

$38,995*

Call for details today! 306 242 3609 *Price listed does not include fees and applicable tax. DL#909352


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