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families there. This was a Mennonite family here. On that yard on the hill was a Mennonite family. There was another ince 1909, people have come and yard over there. Half the people in the gone but Pleasant Point Mennonite community were Mennonite. That has Church remains. It is used for changed. The numbers are less than they Sunday services, weddings, funerals and used to be. Farms are much larger.” the occasional community event. It is eight Today the church has new siding. There miles from Clavet and 10 from Dundurn. have been two additions and it has been There are acres and acres of land in modernized. The original bell has been between. replaced. Pastor Harry Harder stands outside the The church is beautiful in its simplicity. quaint little church and point as he talks. No stained glass, a red carpet runs up “I grew up on the yard over there. When the middle and linoleum to each side. I grew up, there were two Mennonite The basement has a kitchen and a long

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row of wooden tables. It is a place for parishioners to gather. “If you know anything about Mennonites, they eat a lot.” Harder said with a laugh. “So this is a very important part of the building. We often had meals together. That is very important to us.” As he speaks, Harder provides a brief history lesson. A group of Moravian settlers were the builders, arriving in Canada before the Mennonites. The first Mennonites arrived in the area in 1924 as refugees from the Russian Revolution. They faced tough times. Standing in the cemetery, Harder points

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hey don’t call him “Rambling” for nothing. Saskatoon ex-pat Dave Scharf has never taken the road most travelled. For 20 years Scharf entertained Saskatoon’s morning-radio listeners with his humorous antics and spoken soliloquies. Born and raised in the city, he called Saskatoon home for 46 years before heading down another path two years ago. That’s when Scharf transplanted his life (together with his wife, their two children and Scharf’s senior father) to Ottawa. Now Scharf is embarking on yet another adventure; this time in the restaurant business. “I wanted to stay in radio,” said Scharf. “I spent about a year knocking on doors in Ottawa. I love radio. I would have loved the challenge of trying to re-establish myself in a new market. I would have loved the challenge of finding out if my success in Saskatoon was just luck or if I was actually good at the art of radio.” Scharf said despite his best efforts, a future in Ottawa’s radio industry wasn’t in the cards. “So I decided to open a business,” he said. “I started out intending to open a franchise, but quickly determined that I would be unhappy subordinating myself to a head office.” With that revelation, The Flying Banzini restaurant was born. Scharf wanted a name that was whimsical, provocative and memorable without being silly or cheesy. In typical Scharf fashion, the name The Flying Banzini is as creative as it is consumer-savvy. “Going back to my beginnings in radio, being “Rambling” Dave made my name instantly memorable to the listener,” explained Scharf. “So I knew my restaurant needed to have an adjective.” “Bonzini makes foosball tables. Branzini is a sea bass. Banzini isn’t anything,” he continued. “Well, until now.” After settling on Banzini, Scharf tacked on a variety of adjectives until he found one that he liked. Flying evoked something both imaginative and old world. The menu is simple, but has been assembled with a lot of thought and attention. “My philosophy in life is to do a very small list of things, but do them very, very well. So daily we make porchetta and we make roast beef and then we build the rest of the menu on these two carefully prepared meats. Fresh carved sandwiches, eight panini and eight pizzas. A couple of sides. Beer, wine, and soda. That’s it.” Scharf has been writing a blog for over a

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year (www.flyingbanzini.com), which along with social media has also influenced the restaurant’s inception. For instance, someone asked: “Please don’t make the vegetarian offerings an afterthought.” According to Scharf, that’s what a lot of restaurants seem to do. “This was a really influential comment, and we spent a lot of time thinking about some great vegetarian offerings.” With his new restaurant in his new city slated for opening on Aug. 31, Scharf is nervous, excited, scared and more. “I am terrified,” he said with a laugh. “But it is a remarkable, new and exciting experience to see something go from a twinkle in my mind’s eye to a restaurant in Ottawa. I think I have built something imaginative and unique. But of course what restaurant owner doesn’t think he or she is going to be a success? Sometimes in the night I wake up thinking ‘What am I doing?!’” A new career and opening a restaurant haven’t been the only important decisions Scharf has had to make lately. Those include which CFL team will be his favourite. The Roughriders or the Ottawa team that begins play next year. “The Roughriders!” exclaimed Scharf. “But I have locked up Redblacks season tickets. My lovely wife, who is a great talent with a sewing machine, will be splitting two jerseys down the middle then attaching them together. I will be Roughriders on the left (over my heart) and Redblacks on the right for my new home.” Scharf admits that after 46 years in Saskatoon and two years in Ottawa, he has begun to identify the pros and cons of living in both cities. “Ottawa is a perfect choice for a new adventure,” he explained. “At one million people it has all the advantages of any major Canadian city. But it still feels manageable. Plus it has all the advantages of being the nation’s capital — it’s well maintained. … No Victoria Bridge languishing for three years here, that’s for sure.” “Saskatoon is a long way away from everything,” continued Scharf. “I really wasn’t that aware of this fact until leaving. Since moving I have been to Montreal five times, Toronto three times, Manhattan twice and a whole bunch of other lesser known spots — all within a relatively easy drive.” Yet despite its central location, Scharf continues to be surprised by how isolated Ottawa people are. “I believe that Saskatchewan was built upon neighbour helping neighbour with the bar, the harvest, health care and everything else. There is a deep sense of community in Saskatoon and genuine Prairie courtesy that you don’t find

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Dave Scharf will open The Flying Banzini this week (Photo by Lesley Bertrand) here. People are really friendly, but only after you overcome the initial standoffishness.” Despite the comparisons, Scharf made it clear that he loves and will always love Saskatoon and Saskatchewan. “I will forever be a Saskatoon boy,” he said. “A tremendous part of me comes from the formative experience of growing up in Saskatoon and having a career there.” Recognizing his roots, Scharf will be running a promotion for folks from back home who stop by his Ottawa restaurant to eat. “Until it gets too expensive for me to do it, I will buy lunch for anyone with a current Saskatchewan driver’s licence showing a Saskatoon address,” he said. Despite the recent major upheaval of

his life and a nail-biting restaurant opening on the horizon, Scharf has stayed positive, happy and relaxed. “I am where nobody knows me and starting a whole new adventure,” said Scharf. “I worried that I would pine for all the things in Saskatoon that kept me calm and centred, but as it turns out I am fine. I have my lovely wife, my two sons and my father. They are more than enough to sustain me.” “And now I have a whole new challenge and adventure to go on with The Flying Banzini.” For more information on The Flying Banzini, go to www.FlyingBanzini.com. Scharf is on Facebook at The Flying Banzini and on Twitter at @FlyingBanzini.

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’m a long-haired First Nations man. North America than any other group of people. For almost my entire life I’ve had long Instead of that rock star look, I started to braid hair. It started in the early 1970s when my hair. Since Cree is my first language, I fit long, curly hair was in style. I wasn’t going for into that “Indian look” right from the get-go. that “Indian look,” but rather that I started to attend all the powRobert Plant look. Back in the day, wows, round dances and any other when a man had long curly hair he First Nations ceremony I could was styling. To complete the look, find. At one powwow in Southern one had to wear skin-tight pants Alberta there was a giant teepee and four-inch platform boots. where people gathered to listen to I swear I don’t know how I speakers from the American Indian used to make it home with those Movement. I recall sitting there, boots. Today I’m happy there are mesmerized by the speakers. Beno photographs of me trying to be ing young and naïve, I got caught a rock star. At least I hope there up with the hype. It wasn’t long aren’t. before I started to wear a red beret. Columnist I was in my mid-teens when I outgrew all that when I saw many I started to find my identity as a of those speakers getting drunk First Nations person. or getting high. Back then it wasn’t for me. I I was and am proud to be part of a nadidn’t want anything to do with it. Then came the 1980s when the older hiption that contributedRob more to the building of RS31257.H26

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emember your first haircut? I mean the one at the neighbourhood barber shop. Typically the shop was compact, with seating for five or so. It was dominated by one or two of the biggest and most imposing chairs you’d ever seen outside a dentist’s office. In the centre of the action was the barber, often an older gentleman performing the clipping, trimming and snipping of hair at a steady pace. At times he would be performing curious rituals with steaming towels, lather and a straight razor honed to wicked sharpness on a long leather strap. Hopefully this strap was not Ellyn Bryns will spend Grade 11 aboard reminiscent of the school principal’s. a tall ship (Photo by Sandy Hutchinson) When your turn came and went, the barber would spin you around to view The students live in a space called the his work in the big wall-size mirror. You banjer, which is a large room with tables were pleased that both your ears were and chairs. The space is a classroom by day still firmly attached. and dining room when needed. At night, A little slick-down of Brylcreem the benches flip up into bunks, and sea and you were done. You had crossed the hammocks hang from the ceiling. threshold into the world of Men GetAsked about a greatest fear was as she ting Their Hair Cut. No frills, straight embarked on this adventure, Ellyn said: and simple, no hair dyes or curling, just “It’s more anxiety than fear. As far as personal service, efficiently and professpending weeks at sea and crossing the sionally supplied. This is exactly the kind Atlantic, I trust the ship and crew with my of facility that Ernie Frizzell offered to life. We become each other’s family, each countless thousands of men for the past other’s top priorities.” 55 years. As Ellyn described the ship’s duties As a young man, Ernie studied of scrubbing deck, polishing brass and barbering in Prince Albert. He gradukitchen rotation, she described a working ated in 1947, but first had an 18-month atmosphere of a close-knit family like apprenticeship. As he tells it, the haircuts community and how that atmosphere is were 50 cents back then, and his weekly fostered by traditions upheld. pay was $18.50. He gave half to it to his “The ship is Norwegian, so when the mother for room and board. The next six Watches switch to the next rotation, there is months he earned $22 a week and dutia tradition. Each Watch lines up at midship fully gave half to his mom. In the third on the deck. The Watch that is being part of his apprenticeship he earned $25 relieved says the words ‘good watch’ in and moved out on his own. Norwegian, and the fresh Watch responds Thus began a long career in barberwith ‘a good watch it will be.’ This comes ing. He worked for other barbers for from the old days of sailing. When you some time, but eventually he ran his own turn the ship over to the new watch, you’re ML41273.H26 entrusting them with your life and the life Mary of the ship. It’s important,” said Ellyn. Last week friends gathered in my backyard for a house concert to help gather financial and spiritual support. We wished Ellyn fair winds, smooth sailing and a good Corner of 8th St. East watch. & Preston Ave. “What are you looking forward to the most?” I asked. 2105 8th St. East She smiled and responded, “Is travelling Saskatoon, SK S7H 0T8 the world a bit too obvious?” (Support for Ellyn’s adventure can be www.gpcentre.com made at www.gofundme.com/studyatsea)

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Moravians invited them to share theirs. Gradually the Moravian population diminished and it became the Pleasant Point Mennonite Church. The two groups still share the graveyard. The church had its first pastor (Isaac Epp) in 1927. He brought his wife and their five children to the area. He died within six months of his arrival. “So this woman was left with five kids over here. They had just arrived and were desperately poor. Despite living in poverty, they all survived.” Harder’s face lights up as he adds an interesting anecdote to the story. “This Isaac Epp had spoken at a church in Rosthern earlier that year and made a connection with one person over there. When (Epp) died, this person sent the widow some money to help her out. He said ‘don’t spend this money on just food or something.’ So she went out and from the Eaton’s catalogue bought a violin. The family was quite musical. And that thing has been handed down, and a great granddaughter now plays that violin.” In the cemetery, Harder walks to a grave, the dry grass crackling under his shoes. “Unkown.” That is all it says on a piece of concrete placed between two other marked graves. “The story is there was a farm worker working on one of these farms in the area. It was the days when big work crews came in for harvest and everyone didn’t know everybody.” One worker died. “There is no name or anything. That’s all I can tell you about that; it’s a mystery.” LS90093.L17 Caskets are still carried from the church to the graveyard. He said hymns are Liza

often started at the front of the procession and make their way back with people at different places in the song. “It’s the cycle of life beginning at this church and ending here. They have been nurtured here their whole lives, and they are carried by their own people down to the graveyard. “We used to dig the graves by hand. It was a jovial atmosphere, and it was also serious. It was the last thing you could do for somebody.’’ Harder has been the pastor at the church for 13 years. He grew up in the area. Then he went to university and to the Middle East for five years. He has had a sheep farm for the past 20 years. “(Church) was my life when I was a kid. We didn’t do too much more than school and church in terms of community activities. It is basically a definition of who we are.” He said sheep farming has opened his eyes to the diversity of Saskatoon. “I have quite a clientele of people from other cultures; new immigrants. I have a map on my wall of the world with stars of national origins of all the people that buy lamb from me. I have more than 70 stars on that map. Those people all live in Saskatoon.” As the population diversifies, so does his congregation. He said between 20 and 30 people worship at the church on a typical Sunday. “We’re not ethnic Mennonite anymore. We have lots of other local people that have joined us. This is essentially a community church. The thing we emphasize here is we are inclusive to everybody. We have lots of different denominational backgrounds and lots of different theological understandings of life. We are open to everybody.”

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VENING UNDER THE STARS, But this one was truly special. It was held the newest attraction in Saskatoon’s in a wide open Prairie field, 30 kilometres entertainment galaxy, turned out to be from city centre. Customers are always at an amazing experience. the mercy of the weather. Winds blew up to Presented Aug. 21 at the Whitecap Sports 35 kilometres an hour and gusted beyond 50 Centre, the event featured the music of during the morning and afternoon. By show Queen, led by vocalist Michael Shotton and time, the winds diminished, but there was a musicians from Jeans ‘n Classics, backed by chill in the air by 8 p.m. Temperatures were the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (conon their way to overnight single-digit readducted by Mathieu Pouliot). The music itself ings. It is August, folks, and learn to dress was a compelling and exciting mix of 1980’s warmly. There were hardly any mosquitoes pop blending with the full, rich in sight. orchestrations. Only an individual like Joe The evening was a cultural Lapointe could have a dream and awakening, mixing a First Namake it work. tions presence into the programLapointe and his wife went ming held on natural Prairie out to watch a fireworks display grasslands. It was scheduled so at the nearby Dakota Dunes beautifully that a full moon was Casino two years ago and he was part of the attraction. Few of the immediately caught up by the 1,000-plus in attendance had idea of Evening Under the Stars. probably ever witnessed a grand The biggest challenge was that entry or heard a prayer introducit had to be, and will continue to tion or a First Nations honour be, held on a night when there is People song. And maybe they had not a full moon. seen the splendid performance Lapointe is a financial officer of the Creeland dancers in their skillful of All-Sask Financial. He sat on the board routines. of the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation for The honourary chairs were Mike Babtwo years and managed the planned-giving cock, coach of the Detroit Red Wings and program for the foundation for five years. Canada’s Olympic hockey-gold medal As a man of faith, he makes weekly visits to winners in 2010, and his wife, Maureen. patients at the hospital. Babcock grew up in Saskatoon and has His strong allies on the project were returned to lake properties near Saskatoon Darlene Cooper and Barbi Peterson. There for 19 straight summers. He has fulfilled his was also the constant presence of Shannon dad’s belief that one should never lose touch Harnett from the foundation board. with home. He worked diligently on marketLapointe’s alliance with Darcy Bear, ing the event, even though the new Olympic chief of the Whitecap First Nations, was key. team trials were just days away. At the event, There is now a promise of a five-year comhe was approachable and lived up to the car- mitment to use the grounds. The association ing and compassionate image he carries. He with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra was the model ambassador. was vital because nothing is more soothing The rewards of the evening were many than first-rate music. It was a matter of fitting and different for many people. The bigbeautiful pieces into a pattern, and Lapointe gest winners will be the St. Paul’s Hospital did all of those. Foundation. The money will go towards purchasing and installing a digital transmission AND WHAT ABOUT the logistics? electronic microscope. It would help advance Barndog Productions constructed the the diagnosis of renal, cardiac and neurologi- stage (a spectacle of its own) enlarged to fit cal patients, a unit which would be the first the size of the orchestra. The visuals on the of its kind in Saskatchewan. backdrop, the lighting and the sound were excellent. There was an assortment of tents, WE IN SASKATOON often see the emer- most provided by Whitecap. These became gence of a special celebration and tend to tell venues for food, drink and VIP guests. There ourselves it can only happen in Saskatoon. were two entertainment places — a Dakota That’s not exactly true, because summer Garden stage for No Hurry and a Quonset outdoor concerts happen in many places. stage for Studio 54 — both providing music

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’m not sure how the count was done. our beverage containers to SARCAN for But I thought a 63-per-cent participation a refund of our deposits. After sorting out rate in the newly introduced curbside the Styrofoam, plastic meat trays, plastic recycling program was pretty good wrap, tin foil and the other “do nots,” there considering all the bins were not rolled out is little left for our recycling bin. Although until late spring. I don’t mind rinsing out the cans and jars Rather than the City spending public that are not returnable, I have no intention of money advertising and promoting a scrubbing out some of the tins that contained contracted-out curbside recycling service, products that don’t easily clean with a it should seek feedback as to why 37 per rinse. Admittedly, I toss these items into the cent of residents aren’t utilizing the program garbage. When all is said and done, having and why the tonnage is less than a monthly pickup for households anticipated. Sean Shaw, chair like ours would be sufficient. But of the city’s Environmental we have no option and pay for Advisory Committee, made a bi-monthly service whether we good point when he said people use it or not. are still confused about the pickup This brings me to the fairschedules. It would have been so price debate council engaged in much easier had recycling pickup regarding recycling fees proposed been coordinated with garbage by Cosmo for multi-dwelling collection. units. Cosmo is proposing to Perhaps people vacationing or charge exactly what Loraas spending weekends away at the charges individual households. lake might be another factor for But apparently an unnamed Columnist lower-than-expected participation. private contractor is currently (The same may happen in winter as a small doing the job at less than half the price. How percentage of people head south when the can that be? Who is this private contractor? cold weather sets in.) Is it possible seniors, Why are single-unit residences paying more especially in older neighbourhoods where than twice that amount? streets and properties were not designed for Before contracting Cosmo for multieasy roll out of bins, may be less inclined to dwelling recycling collection, Coun. use a recycling bin? Charlie Clark wants a third-party review of With the death knell tolling for print the Cosmo contract so he can be sure the media, maybe less paper is available for numbers add up. If the numbers added up for recycling. Our younger generation reads their the Loraas contract, why wouldn’t those same newspapers and most magazines online. And numbers add up for Cosmo? If it’s a strictly the success in encouraging people to invest in numbers game, why didn’t Cosmo get the reusable bags for shopping might be another city-wide curbside contract? Weren’t they the contributing factor in reducing recycling lowest tender bid? tonnage. Coun. Anne Iwanchuk said she doesn’t Take my household for example. We only know how to explain to people why they put our bin out about once a month, and then should pay the Cosmo price of $4.66, and it is not usually full. I don’t know if that puts that she just can’t tell them it’s because that us in the 63- or 37-per-cent category. is what someone else pays. How did she With two people in our household, explain to single-dwelling homeowners, some we don’t have a great deal of garbage or on fixed incomes, why they had to pay what recyclables. We continue to deliver our every other house in the city paid? And for a newspapers to Cosmo and we return all of service many didn’t want.

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hile many 15 year olds fight off white knuckles behind the wheel, Nicole Behar has the pedal to the metal in her souped-up, 580-horsepower Chevrolet Impala. “I’m like a lot of other girls, but I just like to race,” said Behar, who only has a learner’s permit off the track. She will race in Saskatoon in the Dakota Dunes Casino Western Canadian Super Late Model Championship Series. “Racing is something I’ve grown to love over the years since I started racing go-karts when I was eight.” To put that into perspective, Behar got her start in racing at an earlier age than NASCAR superstar Danica Patrick to whom she’s been compared. It seems it was an inevitable step since her family has deep ties to motorsports. Her parents (Mike and Sherry Behar) and grandfather (Duncan Behar) have all been involved in automobile racing dating back to when they were kids. “Our family loves racing cars,” said Mike Behar from the family home in Spokane, Wash. “It’s practically in our blood to want to race cars. My dad was really involved in racing, and through him I got involved. And I actually met my wife at a racetrack. I was racing go-karts at the time and so was she.” For Nicole Behar, it will be her second time racing north of the border. And she’s eager to get a glimpse of late-summer Saskatchewan. “I’m excited to go to Saskatoon,” she said. “I haven’t been to Saskatchewan before and am looking forward to it. I’ve only been to Vernon (B.C.) in Canada for racing.” Behar faces her share of obstacles as a young woman in the macho racing world. She feels that she has more to prove due to her gender. On some occasions the boys have gunned for her on the track by trying to box her in.

Coun. Darren Hill states that without a competitive bidding process there is no way of knowing whether apartment and condo dwellers are getting value for their money. Yet Hill doesn’t seem to be concerned whether 37 per cent of non-participating homeowners are getting value for their monthly fee. Am I getting value for my money when I pay for a bi-monthly collection and only need monthly pickup? Cosmo Industries was our pioneer in paper recycling. It served this city well for decades. In changing to a co-mingled system, Cosmo’s costs of operation will have increased. At the same time, much of the paper will be contaminated from co-mingling, and Cosmo’s sale of recycled paper will net less profit to support their operational costs. But more importantly, Cosmo is a nonprofit sheltered workshop organization that fills a need for our intellectually challenged

Nicole Behar is racing in Saskatoon on Aug. 31 (Photo supplied)

“People have definitely felt I wouldn’t win some races because I’m a girl,” she said. “I’ve had to show that I’m just as good as the boys. And sometimes I feel the boys target me and box me in because they don’t want to lose to me, or because I’m not a boy like them.” While in Saskatoon, Behar will be the only young woman on the track in the Super Late Model Class. This is simply business as usual for the Spokane native. She doesn’t view it as a much of an obstacle anymore, rather an opportunity to lead by example. “I’m used to being the only girl,” said Behar. “It doesn’t bother me. I hope more girls start racing because of it. It would be cool if I helped get them to race like Danica Patrick has for me.” To see Behar and other talented drivers live, go to the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on Aug. 31. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., with races kicking off at 5 p.m. Tickets, which range from $18 for adults to free for children age six and under, can be bought at the gate or at a discounted price in Mac’s Convenience Stores throughout Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Melfort.

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ored on a Sunday youth delegates to calm down, afternoon, I was scrolling sit down and be quiet. A bunch through my Twitter feed. of inside jokes. A reference to a presenter (a former NDP “Raisins are something dried election candidate) as “da out, so beef jerky is technically a meat raisin," popped up on my bomb,” who was handing out candy to delegates screen. if they ASKED Amusing, right? A QUESTION. Sure. It was a Tweet Because asking sent from the official questions is hard when youth organization you’re hungover, of the Saskatchewan puuuuuuumped New Democrats (or uuuuup and full of @SaskNDPYouth, meat raisins. for those of you Seriously? Yes, it that speak Twitter). was a youth political Still cute, right? It convention, but was also hashtagged Columnist these aren’t children. #SYNDcon2013 (for Delegates were those of you who predominantly adults (the age don’t speak Twitter, a hashtag is a notation, in this case indicating cap on NDP youth party is 25). Further, this was the official the Tweet was sent from or as a youth wing of a political party, part of the Saskatchewan NDP meeting to strategize, socialize Youth Convention 2013). and develop policy, presumably What an odd thing to Tweet for the future of the province from a political convention, I of Saskatchewan. Yet all I was thought. However, given that it getting from them was hangovers, was from the youth wing of the meat raisins, vapidity, “da bomb” party, it seemed immature but and candy bribes. If there was not inappropriate. Further, it did what it was designed to do: drew anything meaningful happening my attention to the fact that there (which I was genuinely interested was a Saskatchewan NDP youth in), there was absolutely no indication of such. In short, it convention happening at that sounded like the 2013 NDP Youth moment. Curious, I clicked on Convention was a hot mess. the Saskatchewan NDP Youth’s Forgive me for being so Twitter page to see what else was serious, but I happen to think going on at the convention. politics is serious business. Not From what I read from the only is it a way to put food on Sask. NDP youth account, day one of the convention played out the table for many hardworking politicians, it’s integral to our predictably — full of passion, economic and social landscape. policy and activism. There was According to the Saskatchewan some Twitter-talk about the NDP website, its youth wing amount of litter NDP delegates works “to establish meaningful were leaving on the convention social change towards a just, centre floor (ill-advised prosperous, sustainable and equal information to put on social society.” It also states the NDP media). Day two (Sunday) was youth wing is a “professional ridiculous. Referring to the alleged organization,” holding itself “to hangovers of delegates, the Sask. the highest standards of conduct.” NDP Youth Twitter account Social media, as we’ve seen queried whether or not anyone in over and over, is seemingly attendance on Sunday morning had harmless yet increasingly actually slept. There were multiple the downfall of the political references to Saskatchewan and powerful classes. Yes, Federation of Labour president even though it’s “the official Larry Hubich’s “mystical youth organization of the mustache.” Then, striking an odd Saskatchewan New Democrats,” tone for an important milestone, there was no real power over the NDP youth Tweeted “Er'body the province being brokered at get puuuuuuumped uuuuuup. their convention. Their litter and We've got some exec(utive) silliness wasn’t hurting anyone elections to do.” besides themselves. There was also the bizarre However, the political meat raisin observation, which strategist and publicist in me was was apparently a quote from the annoyed that these Saskatchewan guy who went on to be elected NDPers, regardless of their vice-president of the NDP youth age, couldn’t be bothered to a few minutes later. There were share purposeful or even useful more Tweets requesting NDP information on their annual

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convention with the general public (which is the whole reason Twitter exists). Reaching for and claiming the democratic high ground as they do, what could be more democratic than useful communication? So I responded to the Saskatchewan NDP Youth’s meat raisin comment: “What I'm hearing is you kids aren't even bothering to pretend to take yourselves seriously. #SYNDcon2013”, I said on Twitter. Oh my heavens, did the floodgates open. I was a “hater” and “a needlessly spiteful and hatefilled person,” according to a delegate who was also a presenter at the convention and a member of the executive of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour. According to another delegate (also a full-grown man) I was a “bitch,” a “troll,” and “unnecessarily rude and combative towards young people excited about politics”. Then I was a “bitch” again. Because I’m a girl! What may be learned from this exchange is that questioning some NDP Youth of Saskatchewan descends immediately into name-calling. What I know for sure is it’s always disappointing to witness people allegedly congregating for the greater good, but who can’t be bothered to manage what the greater public think about them. Because I’m a perfectly lovely person, here are a few tips for anyone trying to manage live socialmedia coverage of a big event: 1) The Twittersphere is much, much bigger than your convention hall. Pick a hashtag for your event, SS50491.H26 make sure your delegates know what it is, and then Shannon consider every Tweet you send a message to the

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At the Mendel Art Gallery Through to September 15 Eli Bornstein: An Art at the Mercy of Light Shaping Saskatchewan: The arts scene 1936 to 1964 The Automatiste Revolution Montreal 1941 to 1960 Rodney LaTourelle: Leaves Iris Hauser and Cate Francis: Altered States Through to Sept 2: Kim Adams: Love Birds – Western Development Museum LS906235.H26 Liza Sept 1 & 2: Open House and Music in the Garden Marr Harvest Fair – Marr Residence Sept 3 & 24: Maurice Drouin on the Prairie Lily Sept 6 – 7: Thoroughbred Racing at Marquis Downs Sept 7: Martensville A&W Street Stock 100

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*dates are subject to change Sept 27-29: Body Soul and Sprit Expo – Saskatoon Prairieland Park Sept 27-28: Les Miserables – TCU Place Sept 28: Ellenn Plastics Annual Enduro – Auto Clearing Motor Speedway U of S Huskies Women’s Soccer vs. U of L Pronghorns – Griffiths Stadium Sept 29: Street Legal Racing – Saskatchewan International Raceway Fiver Finger Death Punch – Credit Union Centre

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Their wide selection of barbecue items and side dishes makes it easy to enjoy the hot weather with savory flavors worthy of royalty. For the steak lover you can’t beat the cold-smoked peppercorn or mesquite new york striploins. The intense flavors will make even the mildest of palettes dance with delight as you enjoy these summer selections. But it’s not the flavors that will tempt you - the memories you create while preparing, cooking and eating will last a lifetime. If steak isn’t no. 1 on your list, don’t worry, they also carry a scrumptious line of kabobs, led by their monterey chicken and greek-flavored pork souvlaki. Enjoy your last long weekend of summer with a backyard BBQ. End of summer is near. Soon the kids will be back in And what does the kid in all of us really want to see school. on a barbecue? Wondering how you’re going to enjoy the last long You guessed it . . . a hamburger. weekend with family and friends? Wonder no more. Prairie Meats has the best ideas to beat the heat and Prairie Meats has the best of both worlds when it entertain everyone. comes to hamburgers. You can purchase their in-store

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Darla Read for the Saskatoon Express

y first cross-border dog rescue adventure began with a Facebook message: “Do you have a passport?” That message was the start of my weekend adventure to Montana, where a local rescue group was going to bring dogs whose days were numbered in California back to Saskatoon. Size Small Dog Rescue (SSDR) members Pat Fusick and Shannon Taylor picked me up and off we went on the roughly 1,500-kilometre round-trip. SSDR was founded by Taylor in 2011. Back then she and her family wanted to adopt a Chihuahua and discovered she couldn’t rescue one here. After some research, she discovered it is the second most euthanized breed in California. Only pit bulls are euthanized more. Five of the seven dogs we brought back from Montana were pit bulls. In a hotel parking lot in Shelby, Montana, we met the transporter who had driven the dogs from California. They were transferred from her kennels to ours. Then we left for home. As Fusick drove, Taylor sat in the front seat sorting through the mound of paperwork we needed to present at the border. I sat in the backseat with a very pregnant pit bull named Suzy. We had to get across the border as quickly as possible. If Suzy’s puppies were born in the United States, she wouldn’t be allowed into Canada. We made it to the border and it wasn’t until a week later that Suzy gave birth to 10 puppies. “The reason for rescuing pit bulls is because we fell in love with the breed,” said Taylor, who is well aware that many people question or outright criticize rescuing this particular breed. “I used to have a negative opinion of the breed too. That was before I had the opportunity to spend time with any.” During one American trip (this time all the way to a shelter in California), Taylor and another member of the rescue group spent four days with pit bulls. “After our four days there, we were absolutely in love with all the pit bulls. Not one of them had any sort of aggression. The worst we got was a face full of slobbery kisses.” Taylor says pit bulls make wonderful family pets because they are loyal, kind-hearted and want noth-

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ing more than to please their owners. Taylor has a large one named Tank who gets along great with her small dogs and children. Back in Montana, when we handed our passports to the border agent, she said she resented us bringing dogs from the U.S. to Canada. There are plenty of dogs in Canada needing help, she said. “We help those dogs too,” Fusick responded. “We try to help as many as we can.” This is also not the first time SSDR has heard such criticism. Taylor steadfastly stands by their work. “We rescue dogs from California because there is a demand for those breeds of dogs here. It gives people the option

to rescue instead of buying a dog from a pet store or backyard breeder.” SSDR also rescues dogs in Saskatoon and works with a number of rescues in Saskatchewan and Alberta. “We have always said we will not bring a dog up from the States if the breed is already in our local shelters.” For the most part, Canada does not see the same level of over-crowding and abandonment that is prevalent in California. Because of the high numbers in shelters down there, dogs are euthanized after a much shorter period of time than in Saskatchewan. And pit bulls are hugely over-represented in American shelters. There are statistics indicating only one in 600 will be adopted.

SSDR only rescues dogs if it has foster homes for them. Currently it has 49 dogs available for adoption. In the past two years, the group has found homes for 300 dogs. In that time the SSDR has grown to have more than a dozen volunteers and more than 50 foster homes. Photos of all available SSDR dogs can be found at ssdr.ca or by visiting its Facebook page. You can also meet them in person at an upcoming adoption fair on Sept. 8 at Sherbrooke Community Centre. “We invite anyone who is unsure of the breed to come and meet them, spend some time with them, and I am sure you, too, will fall in love,” said Taylor.

Stones hitting windshield make citizen chippy

uestion: I rent, so a new road improvement tax passed onto home owners is not going to affect me in the same manner as other citizens. I do lots of driving in our city, and I am contributing to wearing out our roads. Here is what I propose: Tax the plates. Every car registered to an address in Saskatoon pays the $170. This way the house that has five vehicles registered to it pays $850. Conversely, a person (such as a senior citizen) without a car wouldn’t pay a cent. This would also be a good incentive for people to Ask the use public transit to avoid paying another new fee. What do you think? Mayor Atchison: We got it right on the Circle Drive South project. Now we need to get it right on streets and roads. I should point out that the city administration reports that 80 per cent of our roads are in good or fair condition. But that’s not good enough, which is why we need to focus on future road improvements. I favour a road levy. It could be phased in over three years — $57 the first year, $114 the second, JW11051.H26

reaching $170 the third year. This money has to go into a separate reserve fund so that it doesn’t get lost in general revenue. Our citizens have the right to know how money is being spent and which roads are getting fixed. That brings me to the next point. This fund has to be dedicated and transparent. The money should be for roads and sidewalks and nothing else. I don’t want to see these funds eroded by other projects. That’s not right. And equally important, the city administration needs to be Mayor transparent. Which roads are getting resurfaced? We need a master communication plan so that everyone knows which streets are getting resurfaced in each year going forward. We should have a 10-year plan laying out the city’s strategy. It may not be ‘bang on’ in terms of which year the work will happen. But at least our citizens know that paving crews are on the streets. With regards to plates, the City doesn’t have that ability to put a tax on licence plates. That’s a provincial responsibility.

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Pat Fusick (with Patches) and Ashalee Vallette (with Remy) are members of Size Small Dog Rescue group (Photo by Sandy Hutchinson)

Coun. Charlie Clark brought this up the other night at a council meeting. I think it’s good to look at all other options. You had an example of a senior citizen who doesn’t drive. We do have a propertytax increase deferral program. Low income seniors who own their homes can defer property tax increases until they sell their home. Taxes are paid when the real-estate deal is complete. This way more and more seniors can stay in their homes and in their neighbourhoods as long as they are able. People are happier in their own home, our costs of senior care facilities are reduced, and our communities are healthier because of it. Question: We had a major traffic jam in the city one day last week. What happened? Mayor Atchison: There were two contributing factors: accidents and repaving. You know we have been innovative and creative in finding ways to fund our roadway projects. Now the city needs to be innovative and creative in finding ways to fix them. As a growing city we can’t afford the lost productivity for businesses and citizens when there is road work or even accidents. People shouldn’t have to sit for an hour in a traffic jam.

There was repaving work on Circle Drive between the north bridge and Attridge Drive. We are trying to do that work in the summer when there are fewer people on the road. People would be upset if the city did the work in September when school is back in and there are more people back in the city. People should consider using the Circle Drive South bridge. It might add five minutes of travel time but could lessen congestion. This traffic congestion is exactly why we need to quickly push forward with the Parkway bridge and the Traffic bridge replacement. We could get thousands of vehicles off Circle Drive North and onto the Parkway bridge connecting the northeast to the industrial area around Marquis Drive. And for downtown traffic, we will move vehicles, emergency vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians a lot faster when the reconstructed Traffic bridge is on line. Like I said before, we have done a great job of creatively funding these roadway projects; now the city needs to be smarter about they get fixed. (Have a question for Mayor Atchison? Send it to editorial@saskatoonexpress.com. Please put “mayor” in the subject line.)

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Saskatoon Continues to Shine on the World Stage

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askatoon continues to be a hot bed for groundbreaking research and development in the fields of ICT, Innovation, Biotechnology and Life Sciences. In fact, Kelly Martin, the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Business Development Officer for the sector says that with institutes like Innovation Place, the International Mineral Institute, the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre For Nuclear Innovation and the Global Institutes for Water and Food Security, along with the University of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Light Source, Saskatoon offers â&#x20AC;&#x153;world class, world leading infrastructure in this sector.â&#x20AC;? Martin says that the strength of these and other organizations are a platform for attraction when promoting Saskatoon internationally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have really exciting R&D going on in Saskatoon, and it is attracting absolutely brilliant scientists from around the world to our city.â&#x20AC;? She adds that there is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;huge buzz about Saskatoonâ&#x20AC;? in the international R&D community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everywhere I go people want to know what is going on in Saskatoon.â&#x20AC;? Martin further adds that Saskatoon has a reputation of having a sector with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;community feel, one where people work together and support each other as well as celebrate each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successes,. There is a strong tradition of mentoring, partnerships and an entrepreneurial spirit.â&#x20AC;? Martin says that the industries have a

huge economic impact on the city, and one that is multi-faceted. Not only are people moving to the city and buying homes, but companies are experiencing growth. In addition, the strength of the sector is bringing in millions of dollars in international investment dollars to the city, including the recent 8.25 million dollar investment into Saskatoonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s VendAsta , a specialist in managing online corporate reputations. Martin adds that the economic growth possible from these industries will continue to grow. Part of SREDAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mandate for the sectors is to help companies get the maximum amount of commercialization out of their research and product development. This goal is shared with the Saskatchewan Research Council, which is actively looking for ways to support commercializing the results of the bio-manufacturing sector in the city. Martin points out that the end result of much of the R&D going on in the sector leads to â&#x20AC;&#x153;every day solutions for every day people.â&#x20AC;? Novozymes focuses on enzymes, biopharmaceuticals and microorganisms with a goal to finding solutions for a wide array of issues including waste water management, medicine and household cleanliness. Bioriginal works with omega products. Innovative Rehabilitation Consultants work to bring about new ideas in the field of rehabilitation. As well, Martin points out that 30 per cent of all ag-biotech in the country happens in Saskatoon.

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new research partnership among the University of Saskatchewan, SIAST and Federated Co-operatives Ltd. (FCL) promises to help make it easier to clean up contaminated soil at former gas station sites. Researchers will explore how to advance techniques that use naturally occurring bacteria and fungi to break down hydrocarbons in the soil, for example at old filling stations or fuel depots where oil, diesel fuel and gasoline have been spilled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This collaborative research and training project will provide a new cost-effective approach to bio-remediation (clean-up) of petroleum-impacted soils with less disruption to surrounding business than excavation-based clean-up s,â&#x20AC;? said U of S soil scientist Steven Siciliano. These contaminated locations are called â&#x20AC;&#x153;brownfieldâ&#x20AC;? sites, and there are about 30,000 of them in Canada. The bacteria and fungi-based clean-up methods, previously developed by FCL in collaboration with U of S soil scientists, promise to reduce clean-up costs at these sites by more than 30 per cent. Traditional clean-up methods are costly, involving digging up contaminated soils and moving them to a landfill or treatment facility. The site cannot be used during the clean-up process, and it creates some risk of exposing people to contamination. Siciliano and U of S colleagues Richard Farrell and Derek Peak will provide exper-

tise and advanced techniques to adapt and refine the technology, while the SIAST BioScience Applied Research Centre (SBARC) lab will evaluate its application across many sites. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The laboratory will develop and test lab-based models for the remediation technology,â&#x20AC;? said Blaine Chartrand, principal investigator at SBARC. Chartrand explained that the U of S graduate students will gain practical knowledge from the SIAST students, while the SIAST students will gain fundamental science knowledge from their university peers. Eighteen SIAST students, three U of S PhD students, and one U of S post-doctoral fellow will contribute to the research at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, the SIAST lab, U of S laboratories, and former Co-op gas station sites. The research is backed by a $750,000 grant over three years from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). FCL is also providing the team with $60,000 cash and $435,000 inkind contributions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;FCL is pleased to build upon its remediation research through this collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan and SIAST,â&#x20AC;? said Trevor Carlson, FCLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Environmental Affairs Director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This technology will enable FCL to remediate contaminated sites without negatively impacting the environment, transferring contaminated soil to a landfill or disrupting business activities on site.â&#x20AC;?

Research and development capabilities give Saskatoon and region a competitive advantage (Photo credit- Tourism Saskatoon) Martin is confident that the sector will continue to grow, especially as renewed effort is placed on international partnerships. Having just returned from a trade mission JW11053.H26 from China, Martin says that â&#x20AC;&#x153;there are tons of opportunities to partner with other James

countries, especially in areas like global food innovation and health sciences.â&#x20AC;? With an already successful sector in place, and strides being made for increased commercialization for their products, the future for this area of Saskatoon looks strong.

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Novozymes BioAg Developing Unique Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture

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askatoon is the central hub for Novozymes BioAg, part of Novozymes A/S, a Copenhagen based bio-tech company. The BioAg division employs more than 400 people in 40 countries, with offices/ research facilities in Saskatoon, Wisconsin, Texas, Virginia, South Dakota, Argentina, Brazil and India, and sales offices in Paris, Copenhagen, Malaysia, Vietnam and Australia. Building on the work of pioneering Saskatchewan ag-businessman John Cross, Novozymes strives to “find and isolate natural micro-organisms that are used to help plants make better use of their nutrients, fight against disease and insects, and generally have better health. This means increased biofertility, biocontrol and bioyield enhancement,” says Trevor Thiessen, President of Novozymes BioAg. Thiessen maintains that Saskatoon is “ideally placed” for Novozymes purposes because it allows for close access to world-class producers and academics. “Saskatchewan is very connected to the heart and roots of

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agriculture, and with a 20 minute drive from our offices, we can be talking to a farmer in his field. But in the same amount of time, we can be talking face to face with world leading experts in agriculture at the University, at the Agriculture Canada Station, and Innovation Place, or at any number of other businesses within the Saskatoon ag-biotech cluster. This is a situation that is invaluable, and it isn’t found in too many places.” Thiessen says that Novozymes research has broad implications locally and abroad. For western farmers, the work Novozymes has done bioinnovation, for example, can be “used in concert with regular spraying or pesticides to ensure a higher yield, but with less chemical usage.” Thiessen adds that the company is also working towards finding answers for the “serious challenges that are arising as developing countries are becoming richer and want a better diet. We see it as a moral responsibility to help these producers.” Thiessen talks of the “excitement I saw in the eyes of a rice farmer in India. As a result of our research, he was able to increase

his yield by 30 percent. This meant the difference between just being able to feed his family and having enough produce left over to take to the market.” Thiessen believes that Novozymes will help to find the common ground between “the premium our society places on organic crops and the need and desire for sustainability.” Saskatoon, Thiessen says, is a “great place to do business,” and he hopes in the future to see many more international agriculture companies headquartered here. SREDA, he says, will be an invaluable resource to any company looking to set up shop in the city. “They helped us through a critical time when we were expanding. They took us through the process of being a renter to having a permanent footprint in the city. And they excel at encouraging the growth and development in the cluster that attracts international experts to the city.” Thiessen says Saskatoon is in a class all its own. “I travel all over the world for this job,” he says, “and every time I go somewhere else, I am reminded how great we have it here.”

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Sask Innovation Week 2013: Pathways to Innovation

nnovation isn’t all about science. Innovation touches almost every facet of human life – be it domestic, artistic, scientific or business. From October 2126, 2013, the ingenuity of our pioneers and the energy of entrepreneurial invention and our thriving innovative sectors will be celebrated during Saskatchewan Innovation Week. Sask Innovation Week 2013 will be held in conjunction with National Science and Technology Week and also coincides with National Small Business Week and Design Week. Started in 2012 as an extension of the 100 anniversary of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Engineering, Saskatchewan Innovation Week reflects the reflects the palpable excitement and creativity that is occurring within our province’s borders, among the research clusters at the world-renowned Innovation Place Research Parks, and organizations in all corners of Saskatchewan. This is also an opportunity for young and old to open their minds and their networks to the new possibilities that lie in Saskatchewan’s growing innovation landscape. This year’s theme - Pathways to Innovation was chosen to encourage reflection on the variety of journeys that are undertaken in pursuit of innovation. This theme reflects the direction of the province’s innovation agenda, according to Innovation Saskatchewan. The Government of Saskatchewan agency is the principal sponsor of the week and is responsible for implementing Saskatchewan’s innovation priorities.

Innovation is integral in a diverse and growing economy like Saskatchewan’s. This province is home to the world’s leading agricultural biotechnology research centres and to many innovation firsts, including Canada’s first synchrotron, which is supporting drug and medical research; the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) facility, a world leader in drug and vaccine research. Saskatchewan Innovation Week will

kick-off with a press conference and networking event at Innovation Place, and will be followed by Pathways to Innovation seminars in both Regina and Saskatoon, sponsored by the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) and Association of Petroleum Engineers and Geologists of

Saskatchewan (APEGS). The week will also include a special event at Boffin’s in Saskatoon to showcase innovation in the food industry and to celebrate Saskatchewan’s Manning Innovation Award nominees. Other events highlights include a SaskBuild

Green Conference, a Geek Girl Dinner, a Women of Influence Breakfast, and tours of the Saskatoon Airport Expansion and the Canadian Light Source (CLS). There are numerous ways to get involved in Sask Innovation Week and explore your connection to the fascinating phenomenon of Innovation. Whether you’re hosting or attending an event, Sask Innovation Week is guaranteed to open your mind and your network to new possibilities. For more information and an updated schedule of events, please visit www.saskinnovationweek.ca.


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Innovative Rehabilitation Consultants a Leader in Health and Wellness Services

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RC Innovative Rehabilitation Consultants in Saskatoon is an “extension of Human Resources, specializing in heath services and disability management,” says IRC President and CEO Garry Derenoski. The innovative program is preventative and proactive in how it deals with employee absence, illness or disability. IRC provides Health Services solutions for employees and additional human resource services directly to employers in the areas of sick leave, workers compensation case management as well as other human resource services. Their services have helped numerous companies and their employees improve workplace health and safety, increase workplace morale and wellness by assisting employee’s timely return to work. This in turn, reduces employers and insurers premiums and costs, by reducing or eliminating time loss claims and improving productivity. As a third party Human Resource Solution, IRC is able to assist employees to a degree that an internal Human Resources division is not. With 16 years in the industry, IRC is very experienced in helping individuals understand the medical processes, ensure individuals understand what they are going through, options available to them, assist with asking appropriate questions, and accessing all avenues of the medical realm. To begin with, Derenoski explains, IRC will sit down with an employer and get a grasp of their day to day operations, and then offer solutions on how the IRC programs can improve efficiencies. They assist employers in developing “job jars,” and explain how it is beneficial to help an employee remain at work. An employee may not be capable of completing their regular job duties, but could assist with lighter duty work; which at the same time provides opportunities for cross training to employees. An employee can be either referred to IRC by the employer or volunteer themselves

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Innovative Rehabilitation Consultants received the 2012 Sabex Award for Business of the Year – accepted by President and CEO Garry Derenoski (Photo credit – Grant Romancia) shortages, and we save them thousands and thousands of dollars they might otherwise have to pay out for absent workers.” For their part, employees love the program because “they feel appreciated that their employers would cover the cost 100 per cent and care that much about their health. People want to be at work, being at work means you are healthy, and can enjoy your job, as well as all other aspects of your life. This program allows them to be at work, and the cross-training they experience also gives them newfound respect for other people they work with.” IRC does not just deal with physical ailments, they are also extremely well versed in the areas of Mental Health, pattern absence, sick leave and more. “We have been able to provide a solution, idea, or improvement, to any situation we have been

faced with. It’s in our name - Innovative.” According to Derenoski, IRC is unique in Saskatchewan in that “we have people on the ground, meeting face to face with workers. We’re not trying to micro-manage someone’s health needs over the phone from across the country. We meet with you to fully understand your individual case.” IRC also provides services in Manitoba, Alberta and Ontario. In Saskatchewan IRC have consultants in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert, and these people travel widely in order to continue to assure face to face services. IRC won the 2012 SABEX Business of the Year Award, 2012 ABEX Award for Innovation, and was a Finalist for the 2013 NSBA Awards in the “Leadership” Category. Find them at www.ircrehab.com

Saskatchewan Celebrates National Biotechnology Week

very year for one week in September, Canada’s biotechnology industry gathers to promote and celebrate science. Ag-West Bio coordinates National Biotechnology Week in Saskatchewan, which runs from September 20 to 27 this year. The company has been coordinating the week since it began in 2003. Director of Communications Jackie Robin says this makes sense, since the company’s mandate is to help grow the life science (or ‘bioscience’) sector. Saskatchewan activity makes up a very significant part of Canada’s ag-biotechnology industry. There are a variety of events during National Biotech Week. On the weekend of September 21 and 22, family-friendly, hands-on activities at the Saskatchewan Science Centre in Regina focus on DNA. Monday afternoon is the Food Myth Busters TweetUp – all you need to participate is your computer or mobile device and a Twitter account. Experts in JW11055.H26 the food industry will be on hand

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to participate in the program (30% of employees volunteer, asking for the Health services). When a worker is referred, Derenoski says, an IRC Consultant will meet with them the same day and start the ball rolling immediately, all the while adhering to a strict code of HIPA confidentiality. “Our Consultants meet with them and determine how we can help. If it is a physical injury, we have a number of clinics certified to work within our program, and are able to get the employee in to the clinics within 24 hours. These are professionals who complete a physical assessment, combined with extensive education, and provide a complete list of abilities the employee leaves with, takes back to the employer to be accommodated and remain at work. For longer standing medical issues, IRC is able to provide options to individuals, working with employees and employers to have individuals on emergency cancellation lists, planning for short notice absences of workers, and even out of province assessments and surgeries for individuals willing to fund some of their medical care to avoid long wait times. IRC programs also helps employees and employers manage their Worker’s Compensation claims, in terms of reducing, or eliminating time loss claims, depending on the employers ability to provide temporary modified duties. “With full implementation of our program, we begin active management within hours of an injury, we have strict early intervention protocols and our staff responds immediately.” Most often, employees are back at work in some capacity, the same day. Employers, many of whom are referred to IRC by SREDA, love the program, says Derenoski, because “not only do we provide added value to their Human Resource department but they have healthier employees who remain at work at a time many employers are experiencing labor

to answer questions about food safety and regulations via Twitter, so tweet away! Monday evening the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce is hosting a panel discussion on health care innovation and business opportunities at The Bassment. Three business experts will talk about the economic opportunities in health. Tuesday evening (September 24) features a public lecture at the Broadway Theatre with environmental author Mark Lynas. Robin hopes this event will attract people outside those who normally attend National Biotech Week event, which was part of the reason behind bringing Lynas here. His talk is en-

titled, “OMG! GMO! Sustainable agriculture: GMOs, organic, and how to feed the world.” “A lot of information that people find on the Internet is misinformation,” explains Robin. “As the bioscience industry association, we feel it’s our responsibility to direct people to accurate information.” She says Lynas can reach a broad audience because he understands both sides: as a young journalist, he helped spur the anti-GM movement. However, after extensive research, today he believes biotechnology and genetic modification are important tools that can be used to benefit society and the environment. Through his lectures, he is try-

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ing to undo some of the damage he may have caused. On September 26, students participate in the Amazing Biotech Race at Innovation Place. Afterwards, educators, students, researchers and business people will meet for the 4th annual Biotech & Beer. Speakers include Colleen Christensen from the U of S Feeds Innovation Institute and Monika Polewicz from Ag-West Bio, who will talk about the role of biotechnology in people’s lives and career opportunities in the industry. For more information on the Saskatchewan events during National Biotechnology Week, visit www.agwest.sk.ca.

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his year marks the 20th Anniversary of Bioriginal Food & Science Corp., headquartered in Saskatoon. The company, a global leader in the development and distribution of high-quality, innovative Omega solutions, was founded with a goal of “helping producers find ways to add value to their crops, while at the same time helping customers live healthier lives,” says President and CEO Joe Vidal. According to Vidal, Saskatoon has great infrastructure and is ideally situated for such a venture. The infrastructure includes worldwide experts in Agriculture and Nutrition in the Saskatoon bio and agriculture technology cluster and,Vidal says, that SREDA has been instrumental in helping to attract these people to the city. The city’s location in the heartland of the Canadian prairies is also important, as Bioriginal places great importance on being able to work directly with the farmers they are sourcing their products from. Bioriginal started 20 years ago producing omega-6 essential fatty acids that our bodies need but cannot produce on its own – from Borage seed, an oil seed crop that grows better in cooler climates like Saskatchewan’s. Since then, Bioriginal has expanded their

portfolio to include both plant and marine based sources of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, most recently including Antarctic krill oil through a joint venture with a Norwegian company. These days, Bioriginal follows the scientific findings from universities all over the world, such as Harvard and Wake Forest, to discover new ways to “take science and make commerce out of it,” says Vidal. Keeping abreast of the latest scientific research is just one aspect of Bioriginal’s strategy of anticipating trends in the omega space. Beyond just extracting the omega actives, Bioriginal also works on finding new and innovative delivery systems for omegas. “We are trying to find ways to make it more consumer friendly,” says Vidal, further explaining “some people can’t take capsules, so we make a liquid form, but fish oil tastes awful, so we created a more palatable taste profile for it.” And for places like India, which has a high vegetarian population, Bioriginal is working on ways to deliver omegas from vegetarian sources. “We want to make the products that fit a real market need,” says Vidal, “so that people will take them and live healthier lives.” Bioriginal also works on “devel-

oping products for specific conditions, like skin care or eye problems.” Bioriginal has a full production facility in Saskatoon, where Vidal says they make “hundreds of different products with different labels. It all gets done here. We send boxes out to customers, and when they open the boxes, the products are ready to go onto store shelves.” Vidal feels strongly that, not only does Bioriginal help people live healthier lives, but it also gives producers “slightly higher prices per acre than traditional crops.” At the end of the day, he adds, “everyone has bad and good days at work, but every day, we get to say that we helped people get paid more for their crops and live healthier lives. Not everyone gets to say that, and it feels JW11056.H26 pretty great.”

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he Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) has completed work on a new resource for Saskatoon and Region. The new tool, a website www.livingsaskatoon.com, will aid businesses looking to attract new workers to our city and region. “Designed to give updated information on life in Saskatoon, the website is a living, breathing reflection on some of the key qualities that we enjoy,” says Tim LeClair, CEO of SREDA. “The goal and purpose arose out of a number of discussions with Recruiters and Human Resource Professionals challenged with attracting prospective employees. Identifying a gap in information available, this website has grouped all that our city has to offer and acts as a resource for people looking to relocate.” Living Saskatoon includes all information surrounding: starting a new career, looking for a new home, finding health care services, culture and event details, and all the various educational institutes Saskatoon provides. Businesses, current residents and newcomers will all find value in this unique website. The website is now live, and we are looking for feedback. Visit www.livingsaskatoon.com, if you have comments or questions please use the contact us form on the website.

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urb Appeal. should be clean, working and rust free. You only get one chance to make Lighting the walkway with tasteful solara first impression, 49 per cent of all powered lighting will be worth the effort. houses sell because of curb appeal. • Use plant containers to add charm and Begin by asking your real-estate agent personality to your garden. Forget the cheapfor advice (before putting your home on looking white plastic pots. Set out clay pots. the market). If the house needs a new coat They may be a little more money, but will of paint, choose the colours also give the idea that you take together. The real-estate agent great care of your yard. Use the will have a better idea of the pots to draw the buyer’s eye hottest colours and what sells away from unappealing areas the fastest. such as a place where grass did • Look at the house from not grow. Tip: Window boxes are a buyer’s point of view. Take also a nice addition depending on a photograph of the exterior the style of the home. (front and back). Doing so will • Wash every window. People enable you to judge the house often say that if the windows from a completely different are clean, the rest of the house point of view. The idea is to will likely be well maintained. take personal attachment away It’s all about first impressions. Household from the home. Make a checkTip: Clean with water or water Solutions list of everything that needs and vinegar, wipe the windows to be done before the For Sale and dry with newspaper that is sign goes up. three days old or older. Wash windows in the • Clean up that junk. A potential buyer morning or on cloudy days. does not want to see children’s toys, wheel• A narrow walk leading to the front door barrows, pet dishes, tools, garbage cans or is uninviting. A walk that curves is much lawn mowers lying around the yard. The more appealing. Consider building a walkcleaner the yard, the faster the house will way that is wider where it meets the public sell. I once bought a house because the walk and wider as it reaches the front steps. S.O.S pads were carefully put into a separate Two people should be able to walk together container underneath the kitchen sink. If side by side. people pay attention to the little details, it • Scatter mulch around trees not more sends a message that they probably pay atthan two or three inches deep. Do not pile tention to the big ones. the mulch up on the tree trunks. Cut the • Get rid of whimsical statues, windmills grass, clear the weeds; trim the hedges, and name plates. The potential owners want shrubs, trees and plants. to be able to picture themselves living in the • Although you may find that your pets home by taking you out of the equation. The are the most adorable creatures on earth, personal stuff must go. Tip: All cars should take them away while potential buyers be moved off of the driveway. stop in. Your yard will be viewed as much • Spruce up the mailbox. Although it may cleaner if there are no pets around. seem like an insignificant detail, it’s a small • Invest in a good quality door and door effort that will make a big difference. Purhandle. The front door says a lot about the chase a new mailbox or paint the old one. home as well as giving the buyer an added But whatever you do, make sure it is clean sense of security. You can faux finish a door and free of paint chips and rust. and give it an aged look depending on the • Lighting is always key. Exterior lights style of your home. Often the front door will

have a bold paint colour to create a focal point. Getting advice before painting will help you make a great choice. Tip: The front steps should be clean, old carpets can be replaced with new ones or paint the stairs to freshen them up. • A fresh coat of paint is worth the effort because potential owners will see the exterior as they drive up. However before rushing to paint, try washing the exterior. To clean vinyl siding, hose it down and wash with a mild detergent. Rinse with the hose. • Porches and decks make a wonderful

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Time stands still in Antigua

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was looking through an online travel the city. It’s a fascinating experience to gaze brochure the other day that featured on columns of bearers carrying enormous destination options in South and Central garland-covered floats supporting a statue America. One in particular brought back of Jesus or Mary along the city’s narrow memories for me. streets. Through thick clouds of incense, the Headlined as Colours of Guatemala, sight of about 80 bearers swaying under the it was one of the stopovers on a six-day weight of a heavy float and escorted by a tour that caught my eye. The stopover was legion of Roman soldiers is truly surreal. in Antigua, a city I’d visited some years Crowds line the narrow streets as the earlier and a place that I still get parade passes by. Swaying in a a little wistful about. rhythmic, almost hypnotic moFrom Costa Rica to the tion, the bearers carry their loads fjords of Patagonia, Machu over intricate floral arrangements Picchu to Brazil, Globus and laid out on dyed sawdust patits sister company Monograms terns in the street. In just a few have many tempting vacation minutes, the parade obliterates packages across South and the elaborate artwork that took Central America. But it was local merchants and residents the Guatemala adventure that many hours of painstaking work attracted me. to create. I remember my arrival in While religious procesTravel Antigua and in particular the sions take place at this time in bumpy cab ride to my hotel. communities across Guatemala, There was nothing wrong with the cab’s it is in Antigua where the sombre celebrasuspension, but I do recall a definite rattling tions have a special resonance. The colour of dental fillings as our taxi made its way and the drama of the processional scenes along Antigua’s cobblestone roads. have the perfect backdrop in the centuriesThis old Guatemalan city takes great old colonial architecture that is the city’s pride in preserving its heritage. I suppose trademark. The stately buildings and the a few loose fillings are a small price to pay majestic ruins of its former glory days draw for travelling through 500 years of history. thousands of tourists every year. Protected by stringent heritage laws, the Founded in 1543, the city was the seat of city’s ancient cobblestone roadways are part power for the Spanish colonial government of the rich architectural legacies you’ll find and was to eventually become the dominant in this Spanish colonial city. city in Central America. By the late 1600s We visited near Easter. It is a time when Antigua had reached its architectural zenith. colourful religious processions take over Beautiful parks, government buildings,

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While religious processions take place across Guatemala, it is in Antigua where the sombre celebrations have a special resonance. (Photo by Peter Wilson) hospitals and more than 60 churches, chapels, convents and monasteries formed an impressive cityscape. Adding to Antigua’s infrastructure was a complex water and sewer system. It was then that the noble city ran into some of Mother Nature’s harsh realities. Antigua was all but destroyed by a particularly savage earthquake in 1717. A catastrophic series of violent tremors struck the city in 1773 proving to be the death knell for Antigua’s reputation as the jewel of Central America. Amid the rubble, frustrated authorities finally decided to move the capital 45 kilometres away to safer ground — the site of the present-day

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Fireworks Festival

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Festival in partnership with Tourism Saskatoon. “These are internationally renowned fireworks companies who have won world he 2013 PotashCorp Fireworks competitions and have performed at the Festival blasts off over Saskatoon Olympics.” Aug. 30-31. It promises to be another The fun doesn’t just fire up after dark. On raucous, fun-filled weekend that has become both Aug. 30 and Aug. 31, the fun kicks off the unofficial wrap-up festival to another at 5 p.m. with bands and performers such as beautiful summer in our city. Absofunkinlutely, Oral Fuentes, the Taiko Held Labour Day weekend, entertainers, Drummers and the Sambatoon percussionists vendors and a wide variety of activities for hitting the stages at Rotary Park and River folks of all ages offer a fabulous time for Landing. attendees at the festival. It is held at three “There’s lots new this year,” said Ali. primary sites: River Landing, Rotary Park “The Blast of Colour Run will donate all and the Remai Arts Centre. proceeds to send a kid to camp. It’s a 5K run “The fireworks display each night is a from Rotary Park, down the Meewasin Trail unique show, choreographed to music,” said and back. Participants can collect pledges JW10907.H26 Shad Ali, president and CEO of On Purpose and make donations. There are a ton of excitLeadership, ing prizes to be won. And anyone registering James which produces the Firework

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for the run will receive an amazing goodie bag full of gift items, as well as a voucher for food and a beverage after the run. The run departs from Rotary Park at 6:30 p.m. on Friday Aug. 30.” In honour of Saskatchewan’s 2013 Grey Cup celebration, this year the PotashCorp Fireworks Festival will have a special Greenand-White theme. “We will have Rider prizes and giveaways all weekend, and a special ‘West versus East’ Fireworks Challenge,” explained Ali. “Rider alumni will be onsite for autograph sessions, and the Grey Committee will have a display booth.” The SGI Safety Fair will operate both nights at River Landing, while the SGI Family Fun Zone in Rotary Park promises bouncy castles, face painting and plenty to see and

do. Cultural entertainment, also showcased on the dual stages at River Landing and Rotary Park, includes Scottish Dancers, Arabian Dancers and a special pre-fireworks performance by the Durga Fire Dancers. “Saskatoon’s food trucks will all be out at the festival this year, so come down and check them out,” said Ali. “Bring your blanket. There is plenty of ground space to sit on. Parking is extremely limited, so please use public transit or ride your bike. There will be a complimentary bike valet at both River Landing and Rotary Park. There are also many street closures, so check the festival website or watch and listen for advertising that weekend.” More information and registration information is available at www.potashcorpfireworksfestival.ca.


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Change your lifestyle to prevent deadly diseases

et me preface this column stroke risk become any worse. by saying that “predict, A pre-disease does not mean prevent and preserve” prescription pills; it means should be the slogan for physitaking precautions to prevent cians whose job is to have you pre-diseases from proceeding to die young at an old age. their predetermined fate. It means To prevent you from getting a lifestyle changes of less sedenstroke, hypertension, diabetes or tariness, less pizza, less stress coming down with an unexand more hockey. pected case of eternal rest, we PRE-HYPERTENSION now tend to diagnose you with Recently the National pre-diseases. Institutes of Health revised the Doctor Some of you might cyniguidelines of high blood pressure cally believe that this is simply (hypertension) for the first time an attempt to get you to come to the office since 1997. more often so we can pay off our poker debts The changes included a new definition of incurred at the Bellagio last summer. normal blood pressure. What was classified The idea is to take action before blood as normal blood pressure (systolic pressure pressure or blood sugars or a bloody of 120-139 and diastolic pressure of 80-89) is

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now categorized as pre-hypertension. Several studies have shown that your cardiovascular risk (heart attack and/or stroke) starts climbing at 115/75 (systolic/diastolic) not 140/90. This means 50 million North Americans who went to bed with normal blood pressure woke up with a disease. (This might depend on who you woke up beside.) PRE-DIABETES (impaired glucose tolerance) You do not want to get diabetes. I know everyone else on the block has it, but I can hear my mother: “So if everyone else in Grade 10 jumps off a cliff are you going to jump off a cliff as well? Now get back to the cellar.” Once you’ve been diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes, there has often been significant damage already inflicted to multiple organs. Pre-diabetes (when a person’s blood glucose levels are above normal but not high enough to be Type-2 diabetes) may be asymptomatic, yet it’s insidiously destructive. In fact millions of people have either pre-diabetes or diabetes and don’t know it,

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for families. The open design delivers a true sense of spaciousness. The kitchen boasts a corner pantry, along with a generous amount of countertop and cupboard space. It also features an appliance package and an island with a breakfast bar. There is also a main-floor powder room. All three bedrooms and a fourpiece bath are located on the upper level. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a tub-equipped ensuite. Like other showhomes entered in the Parade, this home can be viewed Monday to Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Lottery tickets can be purchased at each home or at www.childrenshospitallottery.ca.

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because symptoms develop so gradually people often don’t recognize them. There are three different lab tests you can take to determine if you have pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes puts you at greater risk for Type-2 diabetes, although it’s not automatic. Even so, you do need to make lifestyle changes. PRE-STROKE (precursor to a major problem) Also referred to as a TIA (transient ischemic attack), the percentage of those who present with a TIA and go on to a full-blown stroke is frightening. A pre-stroke occurs when there is a lack of blood flow to part of the brain. The person shows symptoms of impaired brain function, such as trouble speaking, or difficulty moving an arm or leg on one side of the body. Don’t pretend it is nothing, or you may be booking your precarious ticket to the hereafter. More than one-third of those who have a TIA will have a stroke — many within a month. It is imperative to get treatment for your TIA ASAP, so you don’t end up in an ICU.

To go where you want to be, know where you’re coming from By Lianne Tregobov

you have that he would like. It baffles me why you would have been intimate with him ear Lianne, before getting to know him. You have altered I am widowed and in my early the path of the relationship. In the future I 50s. I met a guy through you and I would urge you to avoid intimacy until you am confused. We have been out three times have a solid relationship. Allow a friendand have been intimate. He treats me really ship to form. I would urge you to refrain well, whereas my husband was a bully (he was unkind and I was miserable). I just don’t from intimacy and start over. As you know, I feel the sparks and magic that I should with always say if you can find three nice things to say about him each time you see him, then this guy. Do you think he is too nice? continue to date him. There is no pressure for — Sherry you to decide if he will be your life partner. Take your time and get to know him. Dear Sherry, You are 50 years old. It is unreasonable to expect the sparks and magic right off the bat and prior to the relationship evolving from a friendship. Certainly when you are accustomed to a dysfunctional relationship, a nice guy is going to seem like an alien to you. You should make a list of what you bring to the relationship. List all the great qualities

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Cam Hutchinson & Friends: Views of the World Lennon recreated from all those years ago?

• TC Chong, after thieves in Hamilton made off with a semi-trailer loaded with $15,000 worth of shampoo and mouthwash: “Police say this is Head & Shoulders beyond the Scope of any theft they’ve ever dealt with.” • An Alberta dentist is hoping to clone John Lennon after buying one of music icon’s teeth for $30,000 last year. We can only hope nobody ever buys one of Barry Manilow’s. • Bill Littlejohn, on a razor company offering Brian Wilson of the Los Angeles Dodgers $1 million to shave his beard: “Shouldn’t that offer have come from a lawnmower company?” • From Janice Hough’s you-can’t-makethis-stuff-up file: “On Family Feud the question was: ‘Name a state that ends with the letter A.’ One contestant’s response: ‘Arkansas.’” • Authorities in Wisconsin said a man driving a rented Ford Mustang convertible was text messaging on his phone when he crashed into a truck carrying manure. The man was treated for a broken finger. The driver of the truck was not injured. The road smelled like the Winnipeg Blue Bombers offence. • Chong, on a contractor hired by Olivia Newton John killing himself with a gun at her Florida home: “She must have forced him to watch Xanadu.” • Forty men have sued a hospital in Illinois after their sperm samples were thawed. This means they are no longer able to have children. And here I thought it was bad when a bank lost my deposit. • Hough, on David Cassidy being arrested again for DUI, his second in three years: “Looks like the former Partridge Family star was been taking, “C’mon, get happy,” a little too literally.” • Cafes where people meet to eat and talk about death are becoming popular. The most popular topics are the Chicago Cubs, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Keith Richards. • From Torben Rolfsen: “Tim Tebow’s passer rating in a pre-season game equalled Bluto from Animal House’s GPA.” ML41864.H26 • Hough, on the buzz in the media over

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Gretzky’s daughter engaged; Sharapova’s coach disengaged By RJ Currie

• Nicole Behar, 15, from Spokane (Wash.) is the only female racer in Saskatoon’s Super Late Model Class championship. She drives a Chevy with a souped-up, 580-horse engine. Talk about girl power. • Maria Sharapova fired new coach Jimmy Connors after just one match. Their relationship ended so quickly even Taylor Swift was shocked. • Orange News reports an Englishman may have set a new speed record for a shopping cart. Clearly these people have never seen my wife at a book sale. • One way the Miami Marlins have tried to boost attendance is by body painting nude models during games. This puts a whole new spin on the top and bottom of an inning. • Tim Tebow’s quarterback rating against Tampa Bay was 0.0. No wonder his coaches keep saying “Oh-Oh!” • Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson was offered $1 million by a razor company to shave off his beard to promote their product. Probably the most he’ll ever get for a pitch. • In NFL preseason action, Detroit routed New England 40-9. Lions haven’t looked so confident since they faced the Christians. • What do you get if you combine B.C. Olympian Dylan Armstrong with Saskatchewan golfer Graham DeLaet? A shot putt. • A British couple who kept finding urine on their doorstep discovered JW11046.H26 the culprit was the postman. What’s the

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Maria Sharapova (Wiki Photo) Royal Mail slogan? Wee deliver? • Germany will reportedly allow a third gender (neither male nor female) on birth certificates. Did anyone just think back to those East German Olympic women’s teams? • Paulina Gretzky just got engaged to pro golfer Dustin Johnson. She must have liked his approach. • My sister-in-law’s terrier will bark when it sees baseball on TV. Honest. Except when the Blue Jays are on; then it rolls over and plays dead. • Reuters reports one of the Queen’s swans was found barbecued on the banks of the Thames. In a related story, it appears A-Rod’s goose is almost cooked. • Bodog says Serena Williams is the heavy favourite at the U.S. Open. But enough about her legs. • Swedish males are being warned not to swim nude amid sightings of the piranha-like ball-cutter fish. Men who still want to skinny dip are advised to complete their last will and testicle. • The Manning brothers new Football On Your Phone commercial has gone viral. OJ Simpson calls it a bum rap.


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Sept. 14-15

What: Saskatchewan Entertainment Expo, 10 a.m. to What: Magic City Chorus free vocal instruction for women . For information, contact Yvette at either 306- 8 p.m. at Prairieland Park, Hall A. Tickets available at: Amazing Stories, Unreal City, 8th Street Books 955-6033 or y.jaspar@shaw.ca. and Comics, Next Level Game Exchange, Dragons Den, Beaumont Film and Record or online at www. picatic.com. There are weekend passes, one-day passes and family passes. A one-day advance pass is $25. A weekend advance pass is $40. A one-day advance family pass is $45 and an advance weekend family pass is $60. A family is two adults and two children.

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Aug. 24 – Sept. 1

What: Messiah’s Mansion Exhibit.  Tour this life-size replica of the of the wilderness temple built by Moses and the Israelites 4000 years ago.  Discover what the temple services meant to ancient Israel, and what they mean for us today.  Tours are free and begin every 15 minutes from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.  Visit www. saskatoonsanctuary.com or call 306-653-0661 for more info. Where:  2228 Herman Ave. (two blocks north of Prairieland Exhibition)

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What: nuclearFACTS 2013 on Aug. 28, (7 p.m., TCU Place) Presented by the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation. Find out more about the science being done by researchers supported by the Fedoruk Centre. Admission is free. More information at www.fedorukcentre.ca.

Aug. 31 and Sept. 14

What: social evening for seniors, an annual party for seniors sponsored by Senior Fitness Association.   Where:  Royal Legion Pavilion (606 Spadina Crescent West). There is a happy hour at 5:15 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner is followed by Old Time Dance Music from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  Tickets are $20, available by phoning 306-374-4542, 306-665-6232, 306-242-9452 or 306-382-1730. Ticket sales end Sept. 14.  Everyone is welcome. What:  Multiple Myeloma March to raise awareness for multiple myeloma, a rare incurable blood cancer. Where:  Education Building, U of S Campus. Registration: 9:30 a.m. — no registration fee. For More Info: www.myelomamarch.ca or call 306-2422703.

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Saskatoon Gifts to Grandmothers. A group of volunteers raising funds to assist African grandmothers to care for their orphaned grandchildren due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Sale of various items at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.). For New Exhibit more information, contact Ruth Toews at 306-373Diefenbaker Canada Centre: Touch the Sky: The 0714. Story of Avro Canada. This in-house produced exhibit encourages visitors to look beyond the controversy Sept. 4 What: Open House –The Saskatoon Scottish Country surrounding the Avro Arrow, and focuses on the Dancers invite anyone 16 of age and older to join them history and accomplishments of Avro Canada. This for an evening of Scottish social dancing. Experience exhibit runs through December at the Diefenbaker is not necessary and partners are not required.  Classes Canada Centre. For more information, call at 306966-8384 or email dief.centre@usask.ca. begin Wednesday, Sept. 11.  For more information, visit saskatoon@rscdssask.org or 306-664-7049. Haunted, Humorous, Historic Where: St. Mark’s Hall – 1406 Eighth Ave. North., just north of 33rd Street. The open house begins at 7 Tour p.m. What: A One Hour Tour. Started July 22 and runs every night until the end of summer starting at 9:30 Sept. 7 p.m. Meet in front of the Senator Hotel at 244-21st What: Saskatchewan Brain Injury Brain: Boogie Street East. Cost $10 cash. Children under 12 free. Positive STEPS in Motion Walk/Run & Barbeque For more information, call 306-491-6655. Where: Victoria Park, Registration at 10 a.m. and the Books Wanted walk/run begins at 10:30 a.m. A barbecue to follow. The entry fee is $40 or choose to collect pledges. What: Books wanted. The Canadian Federation of Register online at http://www.sbia.ca/brain-boogie. University Women is accepting donations of books, aspx videos, CDs, tapes and puzzles for their Mammoth book sale. For more information contact Alverta at Sept. 8 306- 652-7708. What: Steak Night, at the Odeon Event Centre, to raise funds for Kawasaki Disease (KD) research. Volunteers Wanted Cocktails are at 5 p.m. Supper is at 6 p.m. and is being What: The Saskatoon Branch of Save the Childrenprovided by Samboroso Brazilian Steak House. There Canada is currently going through a process will be a 50/50 and silent auction as well as a special of rejuvenation. Senior executive members are guest speaker (Dr. Alan Rosenberg). Tickets are $25 voluntarily stepping down to make room for younger and available by contacting Tracy at kdawareness@ members to take over. For information, please contact gmail.com or by phoning 306-715-0420. Mel at 373-9877 or, preferably, at hosain@sasktel.net.

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Dances, Pot Luck, and more. Meet New Friends! No Membership Dues. For more information, email allaboutus10@hotmail.com or phone 978-0813. ------What: River Heights Artist Group. This group is a new non-profit group running Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Lower level, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 310 Lenore Dr. For more information, call Wendy at 934-1586. Second Monday of every month **** What: The ACT/UCT Saskatoon # 1031 Fraternal WHAT: St. Paul’s United, Bargain Basement Store Club is always looking for new members. An optional weekly from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Second-hand insurance plan is available with all memberships. clothing for children, women and men. Everyone Where: Mixed Supper Meeting start at 5:30PM at the welcome. For more information, call 306-955-3766 ACT Hall (upstairs) in the ACT Area, Sutherland. Where:  454 Egbert Avenue. For information call Penny at 931-8647 or Bob at EVERY THURSDAY 382-4893. What: For June, July and August, Saskatoon First Tuesday of every month International Folkdance Club meets every Thursday What:  FROMI - Friends and Relatives of People with at 7 p.m. Learn dances from Italy, Romania, Israel Mental Illness. These meetings run from 7:30 to 9:30 and other countries. Free admission. p.m. Where: Kiwanis Park, by the Jeux Canada Games monument. Where:  W.A. Edwards Family Centre, 333 Fourth Avenue North (wheelchair accessible).If you have Call 374-0005 or visit www.sifc.awardspace.com. a loved one or friend with a mental illness and you **** need understanding support, contact Carol at 249What: New Farmers’ Market. Thursdays 10 a.m. - 5 0693, Linda at 933-2085, Lois at 242-7670 or e-mail p.m. rain or shine at The Centre Mall in front of fromisk@gmail.com. Dollarama. Go to www.farmersmarketsaskatoon. com. FIRST AND THIRD SUNDAY OF EACH **** MONTH What: Monthly Drop-In Caregiver Support Group. What: Pet Loss Support Group, Support and comfort Who:  Caregivers for adult family members or to people who are struggling with the loss of a beloved friends. companion animal due to old age, sickness or other Cost:  Free (presented by Saskatoon Health Region). sad reasons.  The no-obligation support group meets To Register:  Jeanne (655-3426) or Karen (655the first and third Sunday of every month 2 p.m. at 3427). the W.A. Edwards Centre, 333 4th Avenue North, **** Saskatoon. For more information or telephone support, What: Depression Support Group — free group call 306-343-5322. runs on the first and third Thursday of each month, ***** from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is open to anyone struggling with depression and family members Every Sunday wanting to support them. Where: 311 – 38th Street What: Tonight it’s Poetry is back. Saskatchewan’s only East. This is a wheelchair accessible building. weekly poetry and spoken word show. For more info, call 270-9181. Where: The Bassment in Saskatoon. (204 Fourth **** Ave. North) every Sunday all season long. Tonight What: First Mennonite Church (418 Queen Street) it’s Poetry is one of the most successful spoken word invites interested people to an ALPHA course on events in the country, with an average attendance the purpose and meaning of life. There will be 14 of more than 100 people. We bring in artists from weekly consecutive sessions held from 7 p.m. to 9 across Canada and North America and encourage p.m. on Sunday evenings. The course begins Sept. 1. the development of local spoken word artists with The course is free but registration is required by Aug. monthly open mics and poetry slams. The first show 25. Send email to FMC789@sasktel.net or call the will be Sept. 8 with local poetry slam champion Brent church at 306-244-6772. Chappell. Shows starts at 8pm. What: The MindFULL Café, part of the international Alzheimer Café movement, is an opportunity to meet in a relaxed social setting for persons with dementia, family, care partners and other interested people. The Café is a two-hour get together with refreshments, entertainment and information. First Saturday of the month from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Sherbrooke Community Centre.

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What: Probus Club of Saskatoon Bridges, a new club for retirees. A community-focused group offering monthly meetings with local speakers; several interest groups offering new social contacts. Enjoy retirement! The first meeting on September 11 at 9:30 AM welcomes those who would like more information on this new club. Contact Lynn Gee at (306) 374-9417 or Merv McKee at (306) 374-9688 Where: Nutana Legion Hall, 3021 Louise Street. **** What: Friendship Force International, Saskatoon & Area Club welcomes all travellers! We are a non-profit cultural exchange organization promoting friendship and goodwill through a program of homestay exchanges. We are an organization of more than 360 clubs in more than 50 countries Sept. 9 SSCL Fall Classes throughout the world. FFI allows you Registration for the University and Community Chorus will be held Monday, Sept. 9 from 6:30 p.m. What: Saskatoon Seniors Continued Learning (SSCL) to enjoy economical travel while forging 3can25b Ins Class Registration for non-credit academic Out With the Fall new friendships with club members from to 7:30 p.m. at Quance Theatre, Education Building, studies. Mail-in registration begins August 20, and around the world. Visit our website at U of S Campus, followed by a short rehearsal.  Any in-person registration is Sept.4 at 1:30 p.m. in Room www.thefriendshipforce.org.Find out adult who loves to sing, can read music, and enjoys 217 Arts Building, U of S.  A General Meeting more about us or come join us at our next Classical repertoire is encouraged to participate. No will follow at 2 p.m. Where: Classes are held at the meeting by contacting Bill Gulka at 249audition is necessary. Registration for Community University and begin Sept. 23 for eight weeks. Visit 0243 or emailing w.gulka@sasktel.net. members is $100 for the full year or $60 for one www.ccde.usask.ca/seniors on August 20 for class semester.  Full time U of S students registering through PAWS do not pay registration.  All members information and registration forms. Pick up brochures TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, will provide a refundable $40 music deposit.  Parking at all Public Libraries starting Aug. 20. Classes are SATURDAYS open to all seniors 55 and Answerolder. to today’sCall puzzle 306-343-6773 passes available at Parking Services, East Campus What: Free art drop-in at the SCYAP Art for details. Drive.  Director of the chorus is Dr. Gerald Centre. All ages welcome, all materials supplied, no registration required. Every B O L D P E R C H A P Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Thursday 5:30 A L O U A L I H O L E p.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Saturday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. L E I S I M P I R A N

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Is it a case of “adapt or die,” or is it just along for a high-tech ride?

it provides quicker acceleration, smoother shifting and improved fuel economy. The rear-wheel-drive EcoDiesel GC is rated at 10.3 l/100 km city and 7.1 highway. By comparison, the base gasoline 3.6 earns a 12.3/7.9 rating. Opting for the EcoDiesel adds $5,000 to the $56,600 price of the Grand Cherokee Overland (the base 3.6 Laredo starts at $41,600). Factor in the extra cost of diesel fuel and the EcoDiesel upgrade doesn’t seem quite so tempting. However the 3,265-kilogram tow rating matches the 5.7litre V8’s while providing a 550-kilogram advantage over the gas V6 models. Additionally the estimated 1,170 maximum cruising range might persuade buyers to seriously consider the extra expenditure, especially if towing is in the cards. The Grand Cherokee continues with three different 4x4 systems: single-speed Quadra-Trac I; Quadra-Trac II with a twospeed transfer case (low range for severe off-roading); and Quadra-Drive II that can direct torque to a single tire instead of just front to back. Also returning is Jeep’s available air

suspension with five separate height settings, along with Selec-Terrain that allows the driver to adjust the 4x4 and height/ transmission settings for sand and mud, snow, rock or sport. The latter reduces the degree of traction control, lowers the ride height and directs extra torque to the rear wheels. The GC’s drivetrain components are housed in a sleeker-looking body featuring a restyled front end that varies slightly depending on the trim level selected. Inside, the cabin has been retailored and the control panel redesigned to accommodate the new 12.7- and optional 21-centimetre touch-screens. All but the base Laredo arrive fairly geared-up, but the luxury-laden Summit edition with its lacks-for-nothing content level is set to compete with any top-end German or Japanese competitor you would care to name. The physical improvements and expanded engine lineup make the Grand Cherokee an even more the complete package and an exemplary member of the dwindling sport ute fraternity.

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As the ranks of true sport utility vehicles continue to thin, the Grand Cherokee is playing a more dominant role as an off-road vehicle the whole family can enjoy in safety and comfort.

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features continued to expand. By that time, air conditioning, power windows, tilt/ telescoping steering and AM/FM radios were becoming commonplace on sports cars, not just on more traditional modes of transportation. Although the new ’Vette’s interior was as space-age as its swoopy exterior, there were still a few bugs to be worked out. For one, the cockpit tended to trap an uncomfortable amount of engine heat, especially if a 454 resided under the reverse-tilt hood. Also, the Coke-bottle shape of the Corvette’s Ferrari-inspired design meant less hip and shoulder room compared to the previous car. There were also complaints that the new Stingray was rougher riding and that it had pronounced understeer (tendency for the front wheels to plow in a turn). True, the new model was a tad harsher over the rough stuff, but made up for it by being more agile in the corners. As for the understeer, Chevrolet actually revised the suspension for better control in hard cornering. One of the more interesting observations regarding the new Corvette was rapid turnaround in the model’s convertible sales. Before 1968, ragtop versions outsold hardtops by a large margin. By 1969, this trend had been reversed. The hardtop’s removable T-roof panels had something to do with this. The hardtop was also far less shake and rattle-prone, providing better handling and ride when compared to the convertible. By 1976, Corvette roadsters were no longer offered. Despite the new Corvette’s questionable practicality (there wasn’t even a glovebox), the 1968 through ’72 versions with raw power undiluted by emission controls, represented the pinnacle of sports-car performance combined with show-stopping looks. Post ’72 ’Vettes retained the 454 option for another couple of years before finally surrendering to the bureaucrats who controlled insurance premiums and smog regulations. The cars would also be saddled with mandated plastic-covered five-mph bumpers that the Corvette faithful claimed forever ruined the car’s good looks. But for four glorious and unbridled years, the Stingray completely ruled the road and induced mass automotive hysteria the world over.

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hen the third-generation Corvette made its debut in the fall of 1967, the world was speechless. And not necessarily in a good way. The tricked-out fibreglass-bodied twoseater with its bulging fenders, removable roof panels and elongated snout garnered a collected gasp of disbelief from just about anyone with a pulse. Some loved it, however, the new Stingray was received with mixed emotions by true ’Vette fanatics. After all, the previous-generation fiveyear-old Sting Ray (two words until 1968) had been far and away the most popular Corvette. Penned by General Motors styling guru Bill Mitchell, the earlier coupe and roadster had offered more power, panache and high style than anything else in Chevy’s stable. The purists, however, regarded the forthcoming 1968 version as nothing more than the outcome of GM’s misguided allegiance to planned obsolescence (a concept the company virtually invented back in the 1930s). Not that there weren’t some early clues that a revamp was on the way. In 1965, Chevrolet was flaunting its Mako Shark concept vehicle at various key auto shows. As it turned out, it was only a mildly exaggerated version of what would become the real-deal third-generation Corvette. Chevrolet managed to allay the fears of most Corvette purists by maintaining a potent engine lineup. Available in 400, 430 and 435-horsepower dosages, the top-of-the-line 427cubic-inch V8 had a reputation for being unruly, uncivilized and unbelievably quick. Charming, indeed. The L71 triple-carburetor setup, in particular, could reach 60 mph (96 km-h) from rest in about 5.5 seconds and produce quarter-mile burns that would still be considered quick by today’s standards. For those with a bit less high-test fuel in their veins, the Corvette offered the triedand-true 327-cubic-inch V8. The following year, the 327 was replaced by the new-for’69 350-cubic-incher. Within a year of its introduction, the 350 became the powerplant of choice for the vast majority of buyers. In a continuing evolution of the marque, the 427 was replaced by the big-bore 454 cubic-inch engine in 1970. This larger and more tractable mill punched out between 390 and 460 horsepower (depending on the version) and could reel off lightning-quick acceleration times equal to the more racebred 427. All engines could be matched to fourspeed manual transmissions, or threespeed automatics. As part of the Corvette’s continuing evolution, the list of standard and optional

On its own, the new Stingray for ’68 was a dazzling car and a stunning show piece. Oddly, not everyone — especially Corvette enthusiasts of the day — saw it that way.

Oddly, the convertible was not as popular as the hard top, a reversal in the trend from the previousgeneration Corvette.

Malcolm Gunn is a feature writer with Wheelbase Media. You can email him by logging on to www.shiftweekly.com and clicking the contact link. Wheelbase Media provides automotive news and lifestyles to newspapers across North America.

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have discovered that staying up half the night reading tragic stories about families who have been ripped apart by death is not only heart-wrenching, but that those kinds or stories are all-to-common. Children being dropped off by the school bus, then run down by a car while they cross the street. A group of five teenage cheerleaders pulling out to pass a car and then hitting a transport truck, head on. All five girls are killed. You might think this summer-time column would be a message about drinking and driving, but these tragedies occurred because drivers were distracted by their mobile phones. Correction. Drivers allowed themselves to be distracted by their mobile devices. You know, there’s enough going on outside the car to pay attention to without being even more distracted by non-essentials inside the car, like flipping through text messages or searching a 5,000-song database for that perfect feel-good driving tune. Everyone reading this column will nod when I say that using a hand-held cell phone while driving is dangerous and foolish. Yet, you’ll find numbers and surveys all over the Web that a majority of the very same people nodding right

now have used their phones while driving, whether to take calls, read or send text messages, or attempt to find a ringing cell phone that has slipped onto the floor. That’s what happened when a distracted 27-year-old woman struck and killed a five-year-old Ohio boy after the school bus -- with its lights blazing -- had dropped him off. Maybe we continue to do it because we think we’re much better drivers than others on the road and that tragedy can’t happen to us or that we can’t inflict it. So, while we support -- perhaps hypocritically -- the bans that many countries and most U.S. states and Canadian provinces place on hand-held cell-phone use while driving, doe this mean we should likely consider other distractions that are really no less significant? We’ve all seen people reading books, doing crossword puzzles and filling out lotto-ticket forms at the wheel. Should we now outlaw crying children from cars? Should we ban smoking, and eating and drinking coffee? And how about loud music and fiddling with vehicle controls? Should we screen drivers for attention-deficit disorder and limit what they have in the car with them? Extremists might say yes to all of that, but on

what planet is that practical? Really, don’t our police departments have better things to do than be on the lookout for rogue ADD drivers? Yes they do, because I think the really glaring issue is not one of Big-Brother control (because no one wants to be told what to do, and Big Brother control doesn’t work, anyway), but one of self-control: don’t allow distractions. I find it shocking that there is so little logic in the world -- logic that would dictate turning off the phone before getting in the car because it’s distracting -- that we actually have to be told to pay attention to the road. It’s nuts. What’s worse is that we think legislating attentiveness will somehow help. I would regard anti-cell-phone laws as lip service to lobby groups at this point because the handful of police on the roads can’t possibly enforce the legislation with any measure of effectiveness. These laws might as well be simple acknowledgement that the government also thinks driving distractions are bad. The paltry fines only serve to prove that point. But the real question and the point of this column is what are we going to do about it. Rely on a handful of cops to hand out tickets every now and then while people continue to

die on the roads, or are we -- the drivers who use the phones in the wrong place and at the wrong time -- finally going to take responsibility for ourselves and our actions. We can begin by turning off the phone before we get behind the wheel and by not calling those drivers to pick up milk, chips and movies while on the way home. Yes, for some people the cell phone is joined to their hip, but not when life is involved. Parents should have serious, even strict conversations with their teenaged drivers who have grown up learning how to type with two thumbs. They’re part of one of the most distracted and unskilled driving demographic on the road, also prone to horrifically poor judgment. They need our guidance as well as laws and those laws to be enforced. While threats of fines might provide some sense of comfort that this problem will eventually work itself out, we’re the only ones who can provide an immediate and effective solution. Sounds like a good start to me. You can message Rhonda by logging on to www.shiftweekly.com and clicking the contact link. Wheelbase Media is a worldwide provider of automotive news and feature stories.

Mr. Diesel made a believer out of me. of North American diesel cars. Why did it take so long? Like most people, I’ve thought of diesel cars as underpowered and a bit unsanitary. Who likes driving a smelly car with black junk coming out of the tailpipe? Not if you’ve been used to a quiet-running gasoline car, that’s for sure. Diesel cars, the foundation of European four-wheeled transportation, have been nothing more than weird little contraptions over here. But the Cruze will likely raise a few eyebrows, even though Volkswagen has been selling diesel cars here for years. The difference is that Chevrolet is seen as a North American brand and therefore the idea of Chevy diesel is now homegrown and not imported, even if the engine being used is from GM’s Opel division in Europe. The thing now is that it just doesn’t matter whose idea it was and, most of all, it doesn’t matter about the stereotype of diesel engines being noisy, smelly and underpowered because that’s just not the case anymore. The Cruze has 264 pound-feet of torque, which is about as much as a 3.5-litre gasoline V6, and while it makes a bit of noise under the hood, there’s no black smoke exiting the tailpipe. While most automakers are trying to get below 5.0 l/100 km on the highway, I clocked 4.1 on a recent outing. After 100 years, you have to hand it to Mr. Diesel. He was really on to something. It’s really time to acknowledge that. — Jeff

By now you’ve heard of a little invention called the diesel engine. Since it has been around for more than a century, I wouldn’t be surprised if you knew a bit about the genius who invented it. You know, the tormented soul who eventually killed himself over it? Wait. So, you hadn’t heard that Rudolf Diesel thought his invention was perfect? And that he couldn’t take criticism when others wanted to improve the design? And that he threw himself off a boat into the English Channel? Fascinating stuff, really, but all that most North Americans think they know about Diesel’s invention is that it smells and makes a lot of noise. And for that, they’ll never buy into it. Diesel was a determined guy, to say the least. A year after he invented his engine, he had a brush with death when it blew up in his shop. His determination and belief in an idea eventually led to the diesel engine becoming the standard of the industrialized world, even if he was unwilling to let it evolve. You come to appreciate the story even more when you’re driving around in the new Chevrolet Cruze diesel, realizing that 100 years has brought us to this point: the grunt of a V6 engine with fuel efficiency that’s better than the best four-cylinder gasoline cars on the market. The big mystery, though, is how, after 100 years, that this is the very first Chevrolet diesel passenger car in North America. This isn’t rare, either. Ford doesn’t do diesel, nor does Chrysler/Dodge or Toyota or Nissan, or Mitsubishi or Honda. I think you get the point. One hundred years and this — the Cruze diesel — is the beginning

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