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Deb Davies, Shauna Baccus, Catherine Baier, Shannon Robert, Holly Lindberg, Viki Cirkvencic and Sasha Atamanenko are Saskatoon’s seven female firefighters. (Photo by Steve Gibb/ Tammy Robert These women live the life of any come after them. They are modern-day anniversary with the department. She, like Saskatoon Express average Saskatoon resident. Until they go pioneers in a world where firefighting still her peers interviewed for this story, has to work. is a profession that many women think absolutely no regrets. hey are mothers, daughters, sisters These women are firefighters. they cannot do or don’t want to do. “I was finishing a microbiology degree and partners. In a field that can still safely be credited Shannon Robert was 22 years old when at the University of Saskatchewan and You would be hard pressed to pick as wholly and completely dominated by she was hired into the City of Saskatoon’s realized I didn’t want to do that kind of any of these women out of a crowd — men, seven Saskatoon women have been fire department as a member serving “on work,” Robert said. “I wanted options whether they are hustling their kids off to quietly breaking down barriers and prying the floor.” In other words, a firefighter where you’d have more physical work to hockey practice or clicking a baby seat into the locks off the door. In fact they are in the trenches, putting water to flame. do and more variety.” a minivan without spilling their coffee. wedging it wide open for those who will This year Robert is celebrating her 20th (Continued on page 16)


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WAS AMONG those squeezed into PEOPLE CAN stop calling. Elaine ONE OF THE THINGS I like about the Emergency Department waiting this edition is its diversity. Hnatyshyn’s column is back after three room at Royal University Hospital The cover story (as you have seen) weeks of vacation time. As you will a couple of weeks ago. My read, Elaine’s holiday wasn’t all sandy is about the seven female youngest son had injured beaches. Far from it. members of the Saskatoon his leg at work. When Elaine’s column doesn’t apFire Department. Don’t Emergency departments pear, I get calls. It happens with Ken tell her, but I think Tammy are such sad places. The Noskye’s column as well. I’ve had the Robert did a fine job. waits are long. Staff is on odd call for the odd Dr. Dave column On Page 3 Ned Powers the go non-stop. The televiand some for our Solutions column. It features award-winning sion was on the channel is flattering that readers take the time Saskatoon photographer carrying Duck Dynasty. to ask where a feature is. Shannon Brunner. With people in such That’s why I don’t take time off; I Back on Page 13, I have close proximity in the waita feature on Candice Waite, am afraid no one would miss me. ing room, it is difficult not a certified lice professional. to overhear conversations. Yes you read that corEditor A guy wearing a track rectly. suit kept looking at me. Candice phoned “Probably thinks I’m Ned Powers,” I here a couple of weeks ago. She thought. Turns out some of my lunch was wondering if we would do a was dangling from my face. He was story on her new business. Being a studying the food groups. probing reporter, I asked her about One conversation captured my the business. When she said she attention. My Prince Charles-sized removes lice from people’s hair, I ears perked up. A young woman was started to scratch my noggin. chatting with a couple. At one point the My next thought? What a great woman thumbed through the photos on story. What an interesting career her phone and showed them a picture. change. (Candice was a nurse for I caught a glimpse and asked if I could eight years.) I don’t think Cansee it. dice’s yearbook picture said “The The photo was of two women ballet girl most likely to pick lice.” She dancing. It was a duet. It was stunning. was fun to chat with and is providI introduced myself to the young ing a great service. Her treatment woman (Sheri Turgeon) and to her method is pesticide free. mother (Bev) and asked if I could write Including Sheri, that is 10 a story about Sheri’s dancing. I am women from our city all makglad Sheri said yes. Sitting with Sheri ing marks in different areas. All featured in this edition. All for the and Bev for an hour a couple of days price of supporting our advertisers. later will be one of those memorable Where can you get a better deal moments in my career. It’s times like than that? Saskatoon photographer Shannon Brunner those that make a great gig greater.




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little ones. It was super-scary. Out of it I received a $2,000 severance bonus and I used it to travel to Italy with a group of photographers. The scenery was just stunningly beautiful. The secret is that sometimes we left our cameras behind so that we could fully observe and experience the beauty. It was a lesson to be learned.” Her full-time life revolved around black and white photos, developing and enlarging, and hand colouring images with oil paints. And weddings.

“Weddings filled my need to be selfchallenged. It would be easy to shoot every wedding by the Bessborough or at the University of Saskatchewan. I liked going to new settings. I liked the fact I never knew what the weather would be, what the bride would be wearing, whether she could sit down in her dress, at what point the sun would be shining. It was never predicable. I liked to wing it. “When you get to a new spot, anything (Continue on page 4)

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at Costco for supplies. There I saw a supercolourful canvas-wrapped painting — The Singing Butler — by American painter Jack Vettriano. It haunted me. I kept thinking about it. “When I got to the conference, a husband-wife team was lecturing on the final day on how to get out of a rut and remember what you loved about creating images. They presented a slide show on what inspired them. And the first slide was the same painting I saw at Costco. That was a sign I was right where I needed to be, listening to them.” In 2007 she entered the digital camera world and all the colours which came with it. “For a long time I drove my mother-inlaw home to Riversdale, and we went past a beautiful old home in the city yards with old wood and turquoise colouring. I had never noticed the turquoise before. At the first moment I noticed the colour, I knew there would be one day when a young woman in a turquoise dress would want her picture taken. As it turned out it was a young man wanting a grad picture. And he was wearing a turquoise vest and tie with his tuxedo.


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eep fit and have fun.” For a certain generation of Canadians, those words were gospel delivered regularly via 90-second television program. The BodyBreak theme music, big hair and fabulous outfits provided an entertaining backdrop for the healthy living message Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod were determined to get through to a nation. Today, with obesity deemed an epidemic, McLeod says attitudes towards health and fitness have changed. “When we started in the late 1980s, fast food, drive thrus and computers were all just coming in,” she said from the home in Southern Ontario she shares with husband Hal and their 15-year-old daughter. Yes, the two are a couple and always have been, though they kept mum on their relationship status for the majority of their careers. “Society started to change, with more buses, computers, more television channels,” said McLeod. “We have more demands on us, though our lives may be simpler. There’s been a real down side. I think we’re seeing all the health ramifications of all those things that were implemented in the late ’80s and ’90s. We’re now at a point where we have to do something, otherwise the next generation will be impacted by health concerns more than any other generation.” The BodyBreak duo will be in Saskatoon on April 12 for the city’s first Bust A Move for Breast Health fundraiser at the Saskatoon Field House. The event is presented by the Royal University Hospital

Foundation and the City Hospital Foundation. The day-long fitness fundraiser includes six fitness sessions (for all fitness levels), healthy snacks and refreshments, prizes and pampering. All the money raised will go to the Breast Health Centre at City Hospital. Those funds will be used for molecular imaging research. Free Bust A Move training sessions are also on offer at the Field House during February and March. Johnson and McLeod built BodyBreak from the ground up, working hard on their brand, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. While some of the methods have changed, their common sense, health-focused message remains constant. “We didn’t really start social media until late December of 2012, when we realized it is a form of media that we never tapped into,” explained McLeod. “My first tweet ever was responding back to people who were watching Amazing Race Canada. Social media really opened our eyes to the overwhelming support BodyBreak has received over the years. “The biggest thing we’ve been hearing lately is that we remind people of their childhood,” she continued. “It’s nice to know that we’ve touched Canadians that way. Now the Amazing Race Canada has touched the next generation who have grown up and who have had had more media choices, so they may not have seen BodyBreak. They got to know who we are and what we represent. Currently we’re filming new shows and constantly updating our website. We haven’t gone away.” Johnson and McLeod have had one set of goals from the beginning: to be positive, have fun, play hard, and represent men and

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Growing concerns

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first met her while browsing through when she had a big wooden spoon in one the fine apparel section of Walmart. hand, a cheese grater in the other hand and She was speaking/singing to me over Tabasco sauce in the third. the K-Tel sound system. I heard Are there benefits in having her again while lying catatonic a natural monthly bleed? One in the dentist’s chair. But most school of thought states that often her voice floated into my a regular bloodletting may head while I was on hold over be a reason that women, on the phone. I loved the haunting, average, outlive men. The loving, soothing Enya. Too theory is it tends to rid the cheap to buy the CD, I often body of excess iron, too much called 911 and asked to be put of which can damage pleasant on hold. organs like the heart and liver. I hadn’t thought of her in Men have to play hockey quite some time until a recent (against my sons) or drive newspaper article caught my (with my sons) to lose that Doctor eye. The article stated that a amount of blood. birth control pill named Enya This bloodletting is also a or Anya (the Anglicized version) was reason why donating blood is somewhat recently developed to soothe out menstrual cardio-protective. But now a woman can cycles. Taken continuously, a woman order up the type of menstrual pattern (duh) could be completely free of a period. she’d prefer. She can reduce or eliminate This really isn’t big news to any doctor, as periods altogether. Maybe have one every many pills can achieve this feat. three months or once a year or none at What really caught my medulla was all. Not only does this appeal to those the mention of the Maryland Museum of who prefer the convenience — athletes, Menstruation. As a doctor you’d think soldiers, frequent travelers, frequent I’d have heard of this museum. I am well brides — but also to those who suffer from aware of the Amusing Museum of Armpit painful periods or anemia secondary to too Hair, the Smithsonian Center of Saliva and much blood loss. the Navel Academy Museum. According to the 1931 Home Physician, The Museum of Menstruation is an my most up-to-date and oft-used medical actual place complete with the latest and reference, painful periods arise mostly in greatest menstrual artifacts you would “women of neurotic temperament getting ever care to imagine, period. If feminine their feet wet just before the period or hygiene ads on TV tend to make you running a sewing machine. As well it is fumble uncomfortably for the channel important to avoid exposure of the arms, changer, this place would make you shoulders and legs occasioned by presentfumble for your lunch. It can be easily day fashions.” located by the number of men sitting alone Excessive menstrual flow stems from nervously in parked cars all around the “excitement of any kind, such as parties, street. But the curator is actually a man. dancing, theatres, novel reading, long He claims the biggest debate at his hours of piano practice, exhausting school museum is concerning custom-made studies and indolent habits.” Treatment periods using medications like Anya. Is involves covering up those “bare shoulders it good to fool Mother Nature? I found it and taking an enema.” was never a good idea to fool your mother Wouldn’t you rather take an Enya?

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When you hear the name Prairie Meats, the first thing that probably comes to mind are tasty treats sizzling on the barbeque. However, the store has so much more to offer, with a large variety of products ranging from hors d’oeurves to desserts and everything in between. It has a frozen

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No hokum, I thought Clapton sang kookum


he best part of She has likely gone learning another to the heaven she language is the strongly believed in, fun a person can have. but I can still picture I didn’t start learning her face. The kindEnglish until I was ness was palpable. eight years old. Her patience must Having grown up have been incredible on a Northern trap because there were a line, I didn’t even times when I thought know other people I would never grasp existed. When I left the English lanColumnist it everything was guage. absolutely new to me. I also learned But I wanted to learn. I wanted by watching other people. For to laugh with the other children example, I started to learn how when we were playing, I wanted to brush my teeth by watching. to read what they were reading, Prior to that my mom would and I especially wanted to under- clean my teeth with baking stand the music that was coming soda. Back in the day, men wore out of the radio. I enjoyed the Brylcreem to have that Elvis hair sound and the beats, but I just style. Someone had to go and couldn’t understand what they leave a tube of “a little dab’ll do were singing about. ya” by the bathroom sink. Of In Cree, kookum means course you probably know what grandmother. I remember the happened next. And did you ever first time I heard Eric Clapton’s notice a bottle of Johnson’s baby Cocaine. I swear I thought he shampoo looks like a bottle of was singing about his grandVaseline lotion? Well let me mother. tell you my hair never shone so “If you gotta get down, get much. down ... kookum” or “she’s alI also noticed the other right, she’s alright ... kookum.” I children had earmuffs, which I thought what a nice guy he must didn’t. But I found something in be to be singing about his koothe bathroom I thought would kum. To this day I can’t listen to do. I don’t even know if they that song without replacing the make these anymore, but what word cocaine with kookum. I bet I found was a box of those oldyou’ll do the same the next time style sanitary napkins women you hear the song. used. I realized if I tied two Being a “bush Indian” I tried together and placed the padto learn everything about the ded parts over my ears, they new world around me. I would made good earmuffs. To this stay in class during lunch and day people still talk about the recess. I went to what they called time I walked on to the ice with a day school. This was when my earmuffs. Hey, it may have the Indian residential schools looked silly, but it worked. were being phased out. The day school was where the white kids Tody I am fluent in four lanthat lived on the reserve went to guages and working on the fifth. school. I graduated high school, went The teachers were mostly on to post-secondary school and Roman Catholic nuns that had graduated in broadcast journaltaught at the residential schools. ism, specializing in television There was a nun, Sister Marie, and radio. Not bad for a guy who who took a special interest in had the coolest earmuffs and is me. She would spend extra time still singing about his kookum. with me, probably because she saw a boy who was trying hard.


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Pianist combines the music of Ray Charles, Chopin


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hat might happen if famed classical composer Frederic Chopin met American blues great Ray Charles in the same concert hall? Canadian jazz piano stylist David Braid is going to deliver his version of what might unfold during his appearance at The Bassment, home of the Saskatoon Jazz Society, on March 1 at 8 p.m. “A few years ago I watched the Taylor Hackford movie Ray, about the life of Ray Charles,” said Braid. “While sitting at the piano shortly afterwards and feeling the afterglow of the film, I was playing through some Chopin Nocturnes, paying particular attention to the soulful feeling of Chopin’s harmonies. “Suddenly an idea was born that both Ray Charles and Frederic Chopin seemed to connect through their shared ability to communicate emotion in a very direct way. After that realization came the creation of one of my most popular pieces, Wash Away, which melds the lyrical side of Charles and the harmonic structures reminiscent of Chopin.” Braid is returning to Saskatoon, where he’s called The Bassment one of the best jazz clubs in Canada. And he is bringingJames an all-star cast with him. JW11334.B24

“It’s almost 90 years to the day that George Gershwin premiered Rhapsody in Blue at the Aeolian Hall in New York City,” said Braid. “I first performed the piece with the Winnipeg Symphony 10 years ago. Since that time I have applied my knowledge of jazz articulation to the particular dance rhythms within the piece, which results in an interpretation rather different from the way it is often performed by classically-trained musicians.” He will perform his version six times this year — with orchestras in Canada, United States, England and China. In Saskatoon he will perform Rhapsody in Blue re-orchestrated to fit percussion, piano and five brass instruments. Four musicians will come from Edmonton: Craig Brennan on trombone, Scott Whetham on tuba, John Taylor on bass and Jon McCaslin on drums. From Saskatoon will be Dean McNeill and Dave Anderson on trumpets, and Anna Millan on French horn. Braid has won two Juno awards, was recently named Jazz Pianist of the Year in Canada, has nine recordings to his credit and is on the music faculty at the University of Toronto. The University of Saskatchewan’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity is also arranging for a visit by Braid. He will play and converse Feb. 28 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 1031 at the university’s education building. Admission is free.

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Where’s the help when travellers need it?

because I needed it before the consulate would help me. Now it may seem arrogant to assume bureaucrats in another country should speak English, but for a city that boasts servicing upwards of five million tourists annually, the majority from Canada and the United States, you would think they would staff one bilingual employee or at av you ever seen the movie The least a translator at both the airport seOut of Towners? It’s based on curity and police station. When you cona Noel Coward play. The most sider that every bar, restaurant and store recent remake featured comedic actors had some English-speaking employees, Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn and John is it unreasonable to expect that service Cleese. The movie exaggerates the travel from public officials? Even the street woes of a couple visiting in New York hawkers can speak enough English to City. Watching this humorous movie facilitate sales to gringos. Tourist theft is cracked me up. Living a version of this not uncommon in Mexico. movie cracked me up, but not in a Shouldn’t we expect that funny way. the consulate knows this Recently my husband and I visand about the language barited Mexico. It was intended to be rier and offer assistance in an inexpensive winter get-a-way dealing with the police? visiting a relative who was winWe went back to the tering in Puerto Vallarta. Within consulate with the police 24 hours of setting foot on Mexireport where they transcan soil we were robbed twice. lated the document for me, The first theft was at the airport, which was a reasonably where my handbag was stolen. accurate account of the And then less than 24 hours later theft. We were then handed the condo we were staying at was Columnist a passport application form broken into. The overall loss was and told to get passport photos taken. hard, but the most disconcerting loss was Seems easy enough except for the fact my passport. Being on foreign soil withno one in the photo shop the consulate out the necessary documentation to get referred us to spoke English. Trying to home was downright frightening. impress upon the photographer that the This is not another woeful tourist tale, nor photos had to meet the Canadian requireis it a condemnation of Mexican people. ments was difficult. Even though we live The majority of Mexicans are warm, in the era of digital photography, the friendly, decent, hard-working people photos would take 24 hours to process. trying to eke out a living during hard Twenty-four hours and $20 later I had economic times. Their country is tarred photos. With all the money the Canadian by the over-reported actions of a crimigovernment frivolously spends, would nal few, coupled with ambivalent police, providing digital cameras to consulates causing a decline in their main industry, break the bank? tourism, thus hampering the average Who would be my passport guarantor? Mexican’s ability to earn a living. Although guarantors and references are Although anxious about my loss, my not to be family members, they did allow greater angst came from the government my husband, who had a valid passport, to bureaucracy, both Mexican and Canadian. be my guarantor in light of the fact that Immediately after my purse was stolen I had no one else. And that will be $75 I was dealing with the policia federales, please. This does not get you a replacealso known as airport security. They ment passport but a 48-hour temporary, didn’t really seem interested in my plight, single-use travel permit to get you home. and no one in security could speak EngAbout three days into this process my lish. In fact, when leaving the country passport was found discarded at a grocery I checked to see if my purse had been store and returned to the consulate. Since found only to discover they didn’t seem I entered Mexico on this passport and it to have a record of the theft. contained an entry stamp, I expected it I spent the evening cancelling all my would be a no brainer to issue me the percredit and ATM cards, suspending my mit. No so. The consulate official assistSaskTel phone number and notifying our ing us competently and politely helped us bank to put an alert on our accounts. jump through the bureaucratic hoops, but Early the next morning we were off to regrettably had no discretion to make a the Canadian Consulate to report my common-sense decision. Rules are rules. passport as stolen and arrange for new I understand and appreciate why the documentation. Call me naïve, but I consulate has to be careful and ensure had always believed that as a travelling that whomever they give documentation Canadian in distress and on foreign soil, to is in fact Canadian and entitled to hold Canadian officials would be jumping on a Canadian passport. But they had in their the bandwagon to assist me. I did not possession my passport that they recently leave the consulate feeling that way. The cancelled, which clearly identified me as consulate official immediately cancelled being Canadian and that I was entitled to my passport, but would not assist me in have a Canadian passport. When all was new documentation until I filed a local said and done, it took almost two weeks police report. Apparently the report to the to process the material and get authorizaairport policia federales didn’t count. And tion for the permit. And it cost me about there was no offer by consulate officials $100. You can’t place a value on the angst to assist me in dealing with the police. and stress. And when you enter Mexico We eventually found the police station you are given a paper tourist card which — to hell and gone by the airport — and you need to present when you leave. So asked to file a report. After waiting a to add insult to injury, if your tourist card while we discovered no one spoke Engis stolen the Mexican government can lish. Eventually they found a young man fine you up to $500 Canadian as a result who said he spoke “a little bit” of English of one of their countrymen stealing this and took the report. It was all in Spanish. card. I was required to blindly sign a report This all begs the question as to what I couldn’t read; for all I knew I might happens to Canadians who are travelhave been confessing to crimes I didn’t ling alone and are victims of such theft. commit. With great trepidation I signed it

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You have no identification, no money, no credit cards, no phone, and in this Mexican airport, no one you can communicate with. You can’t get transportation, call for help, or secure food or lodging. Who will be your guarantor? How will you pay the fees and buy the photos? Even if you could call home for help, any money wired through Western Union or to a bank requires identification to collect it. How do you get home? As I write this Prime Minister Stephen

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Lice-removal business started from scratch


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andice Waite is a certified lice professional. You don’t see that on a business card every day. Waite was driving home to Saskatoon from Buffalo Narrows two Januarys ago when the idea hit her. She made the trip north when her three-year-old daughter got lice. She drove to her hometown because she wanted her family’s support in ridding Olivia of the little creatures that had invaded her hair. “On the way back I thought, ‘Jeez what would I have done to get this help in the city?’ We drove in the middle of January and the conditions were terrible. So I kind of put a monetary amount on it. I thought for her hair, for her age, I would have paid $100 to take her somewhere and get it dealt with. “That is where the light bulb went on in my head,” said Waite, who was a nurse for eight years. “I started looking online. Is it possible? Where do they do it? I couldn’t find anything for Saskatoon or Saskatchewan. The closest clinics I could find were in Calgary and Toronto.” A business idea was taking shape. It would be one step at a time for almost two years before the owner of The Hair Guardian made her first house call. Louse call? Waite started with an online business program. One course suggested doing a market survey. She pulled out a telephone book and randomly dialed numbers. Some people spoke to her without the promise of a $2.95 vacation to Jamaica. She told people she had this idea for a liceremoval business. She asked them if they

would use her services should it ever be needed. “Seventy-five per cent were really stoked by the idea. They said, ‘Yeah, I thought about that. Where were you 10 years ago? Where were you a month ago? That’s fantastic.’ “So I thought, ‘Well awesome.’” That still wasn’t enough to convince her to make an investment of time or money. “I did seek out a franchise opportunity (with a company based in Toronto). For what I could do on my own, it wasn’t worth it, especially being this far west. They couldn’t have been as supportive as I would have liked them to be.” She decided to take a nine-month business course at the Praxis School of Entrepreneurship in Saskatoon. She swears by it. The program offered instruction, support and mentorship. In October she was ready to go public. She launched at the Woman’s World trade show in Saskatoon. “I grew the business and a baby over the last year,” she said. “I had my son in November and launched in October at Woman’s World, another opportunity given by Praxis. It was phenomenal. It was a little bit scary; I am just a small-town girl from northern Saskatchewan.” She hadn’t cleared every hurdle quite yet. When it came time to get insurance, hers was considered a risky business. “It’s just a matter of me going into people’s homes and picking their hair; no riskier than any other business,” she said. The health region wondered why she considered herself a qualified lice picker. “I will become a certified lice professional,” she decided.



Candice Waite was inspired to start The Hair Guardian after her daughter Olivia got lice (Photo by Sandy Hutchinson) “I ended up biting the bullet and taking off to Florida. I stayed there for five days and studied all things lice (at the Shepherd Institute). I came home so confident. I couldn’t wait to get home to share all this good information. And I had the supplies I needed. They test anything that comes out onto the market. Brushes, solutions. I brought back all the safest and best things, and I hit the ground running.” Her business is built on a premise of removing one louse at a time. Nit-picking, she calls it. “Lice is a really an overwhelming situation. I have always loved children. I have always thought myself to be quite patient. I thought there is no one better to do this than me right now. I am passionate about it and always wanted to be my own boss. “People cannot believe that I chose to go out and pick lice. Yes it is tedious — it’s called picking for a reason. But it’s the only

way to get rid of it completely.” There have been times when you do think they have the problem solved, but want her to have a look. Invariably the problem isn’t picked. While adults can be more easily be found, it’s the eggs that pose future problems. Waite said when a person does the math, one egg-laying adult can turn into more than 3,600 lice and eggs in just four weeks. Itchy yet? There is a huge lice problem in Saskatoon. She said one drugstore told her it sells two kits per day. They go for $25 each. She encourages people not to use them. “I use the Shepherd method of removal. And that is doing it without any chemicals. There are a ton of really toxic chemicals in over-the-counter products.” For more information visit Candice Waite can be reached at 306-381-9988.



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Martensville dancer has trained with the best

‘Your chair is your partner’ S

Cam Hutchinson Saskatoon Express

heri Turgeon has won a provincial ballet-dancing competition in Biggar. She has trained in New York. You know what they say? Biggar is big, but New York is bigger. Or something like that. She has many great moments in her 16 years of dancing, but intense training in New York is a list topper. She did it twice, once alone and once with her dance group from Saskatoon. The first trip came as a result of Sheri’s mother, Bev, searching the Internet for information on adapting dance for wheelchair ballet. Up popped the name Kitty Lunn. Lunn was a rising star in ballet in the 1980s. She was dancing principal roles in New Orleans

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when she was 15. She received a ballet scholarship to a prestigious college. She was about to make her debut on Broadway when she had an accident. She slipped on ice, fell down a flight of stairs and broke her back. Just that quickly she was a paraplegic. After a self-admitted period of sadness, Lunn decided she wasn’t going to let a wheelchair keep her from pursuing her love. She would perform. She would work on behalf of artists with disabilities. Bev sent an email to Lunn. “She phoned back and made the contact right from New York,” Bev said. “We sent her some videos of Sheri’s dancing group. She was quite keen and invited Sheri to the summer intensive.” Sheri was thrilled to have such an opportunity. “It was the best intensive I have

Sheri Turgeon has been dancing since she was four years old (Photo Supplied) (Photo by Erin Francais — Finelite Photography and Design) ever been on,” she said. “It was so hard, but it was so incredible.” Intensive at Lunn’s school meant dancing every day from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. with 30 minutes for lunch. Sheri was up for the challenge. At the camps were dancers and teachers from around the world. Lunn is that well respected. Sheri, born with spina bifida, started dancing when she was four. She is now just months from her 20th birthday. “I always liked music since I was little. I always had the radio on and was dancing along to songs. I could belt out any song,” she said with a laugh. Her playlist was long, but Hilary Duff, the Jonas Brothers and Shania Twain were among her hits. Sheri, who lives in Martensville, started in a group

of dancers called Kids in Motion. Along the way, a teacher — Michelle Weimer — recognized Sheri’s ballet talent her and convinced her to join regular ballet classes. She was the first sitdown dancer to take a ballet class with regular stand-up dancers at the University School of Dance. Bev says the school was perfect for Sheri. “The U of S School of Dance has a really good philosophy where they promote awareness,” Bev said. “A lot of people will say, ‘What do you mean you wheelchair dance?’ And they form their idea of what it looks like. Then when they see a video they are just blown away. Michelle has them perform at quite a few (events) when she can.” At the school’s Ability Ballet Company, Sheri met Brooke Bittner. They hit it off and became a duet.


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“We have a good connection together,” Sheri said. “She is like my older sister. We decided to try doing a duet together and see where this goes.” Their first was called the Climb, using a Miley Cyrus song. Miley was the good Miley then. “We took it to completion and got platinum for that one, which is the highest you can get in a (provincial invitational) completion.” That was at Biggar. Sheri has appeared at Telemiracle, a spina bifida convention and in competitions. She recently performed at the Hope 2014 Cancer fundraiser. Next up is Aberdeen Dance festival in Saskatoon in April. Bev says there have been some interesting moments when Sheri has performed. “The first time (Sheri and Brooke) danced at a competition there was an adjudicator and a scriber. The scriber is writing down comments to do the marking. They record it. And you can hear the adjudicator’s voice and comments over top of the music and the DVD (you receive). “It was funny the first time Sheri and Brooke came out, you could hear on the DVD the adjudicator make this big gasp. “In Humboldt the first time they performed you could hear the judge crying.” Sheri says there is a belief among some that dancers in wheelchairs are “props.” “We are stand-ups and sitdowns,” she said. “We physically lift the girls until they are standing on our chairs. We are never a prop in the dance; we are a dancer in the dance. I have heard people say that chairs are props. Nope. We are part of the dance. We are dancers. “Your chair is your dance partner is the way Kitty (Lunn) always quoted it. Never think of your chair as your prop; it is your dance partner.” Sheri is now dancing solo as well. “Doing solo was a big step. I don’t like being the centre of attention. It pulled me out of my comfort zone, but now I need to do it.” In her non-dancing life, Sheri recently received her medical administrative assistant diploma from the Academy of Learning College. She says it is the perfect career for her. “I am a people person. I like people. I like making them happy, making them smile. I’ve had some times when I go into a medical office and they don’t look the most pleasant, like they would rather not have you there. I know that look, and I am not going to be like that.” She recently convinced Bev and her father, Claude, to let her have a dog. Princess is 11 months old. She got her name from being the only female in a litter of five. Sheri doesn’t plan on quitting dancing anytime soon. “I love dance. It’s the main form of exercise for me, and it’s what I love to do. I’m always happy at class; it’s my stress reliever.”


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Good music will cure those winter blues


Tammy Robert Saskatoon Express

ot the winter blues? There’s a festival for that. The 2014 Saskatoon Blues Festival, presented by Cherry Insurance, caps off February with performances at various venues around the city. It runs from Feb. 24 to March 2. “The first blues festival started in 2002, so we’re proud to be celebrating our 12th year entertaining Saskatoon,” said Bob Reid, secretary-treasurer of the Saskatoon Blues Society and one of the founding members of both the society and the festival. “We do it at this time of year to tie in with Regina’s Mid-Winter Blues Festival. Some of the artists that play here also play Regina and Swift Current. We work together.” Two main venues offer festival-goers different experiences. The SGI Acoustic Blues Stage debuts at Saskatoon’s Park Town Hotel. It provides the audience with a more laid-back, intimate environment to soak up the music. Meanwhile, the PotashCorp Electric Blues Stage at the O’Brians Event Centre (The Odeon) kicks it up a notch or two (or four) with louder, more plugged-in performances meant to inspire you to kick up your heels and dance. Various clubs, bars and coffee shops around the city also play host to the festival. “One of the headliners on Thursday night on the PotashCorp stage is Omar and the Howlers from Texas,” said Reid. “Omar performed in Saskatoon in the fall of 2001 on back-to-back, sold-out nights at Buds on Broadway. That gave us the resources and motivation to start the festival. He still really enjoys coming up here, and has made an exception to his rule (on not touring) to perform for us.

“On Friday we have someone from Saskatoon who’s probably one of Canada’s leading blues artists — Suzie Vinnick. People love to see Suzie back in town. Lots of friends and family come out and see her play.” On Saturday night Carolyn Wonderland returns after a smash Saskatoon Blues Festival appearance in 2005. “She’s a great great singer, just a powerful female blues artist,” said Reid. “We usually try and have a good number of women blues singers every year. It’s not just men who sing the blues.” During festival week the SaskTel Blues in Schools program is set to educate students about the history and styles of blues music at schools across the city. The program is geared to students from kindergarten to Grade 12. “Many of the artists are here sharing the blues, teaching students during the day and performing in the evenings,” said Reid. “Morgan Davis is travelling Canada by train. We’ve had him up here before. He’s a great storyteller and songwriter. Kat Dancer has been in the schools, does a great traditional acoustic blues performance. We had more of a demand than we could meet — 22 schools altogether. We probably have more artists in schools than ever before. “It’s a way to give one last kick to winter, get out and spend time with your friends and have a good time,” Reid said. “There’s that kind of mood that permeates the entire event. Even when it ends up being cold, or if there’s snowfall, there’s a sense that we’ve had enough of winter, and it’s time to kick off another fantastic festival season in Saskatchewan.” Tickets are available for each show online or at ticket outlets across the city. Check out for more information.

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of God please leave the prenless you’re a packaged, pale yellow Caesar frequent business salad in the vendor’s cooler. flyer or living your In an enclosed space, Caedream retirement, sitting in sar salad — specifically Caean airport departure lounge sar salad dressing — smells is a bit of a novelty. exactly like puke. We’re on The best part of any trip, a plane. Do you know what no matter how far or wide happens when someone pukes you’re travelling, is that on a plane? Answer: Everyone moment when your taxi, or pukes on the plane. (This acwhoever you suckered into tually happened to an airlinegiving you a ride, drops Columnist attendant friend of mine on a you and your luggage off domestic flight she was workon that short stretch of coning between Saskatchewan and British crete outside Saskatoon’s airport. Everything that is about to be awe- Columbia.) Seriously, use your head. some about your experience still lies In closing I leave you with Tammy’s tantalizingly in the future, foreign and undiscovered. People in departure Handy Field Guide To the Airport Traveller. No binoculars necessary. lounges, particularly in Saskatoon The Melodramatic Traveller (which doesn’t tend to operate as much of a connecting airport) are usu- (TMT): Easily identified by the presally in great spirits. So far no luggage ence of a travel pillow worn constantly around neck. The TMT sighs heavily, has been lost and no food poisoning loudly and repeatedly, usually with contracted. Nothing but adventure his or her eyes closed. The poor things awaits. bear a burden we can never understand, (Speaking of the Saskatoon airport departures lounge, have you been in it though presumably it’s associated with long flights to impossibly exotic lately? A portion of the newly conlocales. The melodrama usually starts structed section of the #yxe airport is now in use. And man, is it beautiful! It before the TMT even leaves its natural habitat, leading researchers to believe is sleek, clean and ultra-modern, with ample, comfortable seating and a gor- they are generally just prone to negativgeous, cozy fireplace. It’s arguably the ity and enjoy attention. The Showoff Traveller (TST): If nicest airport lounge in North American. Well, that I’ve had the privilege of it’s minus-30 outside, the TST will most definitely be spotted at their lousing anyway.) Regardless of whether or not an air- cal airport wearing a wide-brim straw port is an annual treat or regular drudg- hat, flip flops, a neon orange pedicure, ery, there’s one factor we can all agree accented by an orange spray tan and a pair of brand new capris. Sunglasses on: people-watching in any airport is awesome. One of my own recent airline are mandatory, especially indoors. This is just in case you aren’t completely excursions landed me in the Calgary certain they are flying somewhere with airport for a few unexpected hours. There I was able to feast on a glorious plenty of bright, warm sun. Males are bounty of human behaviour unfolding prone to Tommy Bahama shirts. Female offspring are often adorned with tightly all around me. woven, painful-looking cornrows in It was Valentine’s Day, so love (or their hair, particularly if migrating back the heavily-commercialized, artificial version of love) was in the air. Sudden- to Canada from a Caribbean country ly the man beside me jumped from his with their parents. This ensures a clear seat, hysterically declaring that he had message is sent to their peers: Hannah was in Jamaica over the break and you lost his photo ID and had to run back weren’t. to the car. His wife was visibly upset, The Outdoorsy Traveller (TOT): because our plane could be boarding Whether flying to Las Vegas or Nepal, any minute. “SHUT UP,” he hollered at her as he the TOT prides itself on spending way too much money on waterproof, winddashed back towards security and the exit. “I hate him,” his wife muttered to proof, zip-off, zip-on, multi-compartme as I tried not to gape. Yes, love was mented brand-name head-to-toe Gortex clothing. The TOT is prepared instantly everywhere. “Why does everyone from Saskatch- for any of the catastrophes associated with 21st-century travel, particularly if ewan have to wear Rider gear when it involves transitioning instantly from they travel?” asked one of my Twitter pants to shorts in public. followers. The I’m-Way-Too-Good-ForWell pride for starters. Also I think it may have been recently legislated by This-Traveller (TIWTGFTT): Male our premier. In airports abroad, particu- or female, impossibly high heels delarly those across international borders, fine this immaculate, curious species, wearing Rider gear is about being part which prefers style over substance. Crests include Hermes, Guess or of a not-so-subtle brother and sisterhood. Rider fans passing each other in DKNY, and black-on-black markings. a foreign airport don’t nod quietly and They try extremely hard to trick other airport species into believing they are exchange a knowing look. They start crying and run into each other’s arms. about to enjoy first-class travel, but in reality are joining the rest of the flock Someone gets lifted into the air. in economy. In Calgary I watched one perfectly And finally, my personal favourite. bland middle-aged traveller depart our The Yes It’s Carry-on Travelplane from Saskatoon and stride directly into the nearest men’s washroom. ler (TYICT): Sure, three of their school-aged children are riding that Moments later he emerged — Superman style — having exchanged his kha- rolling suitcase like a pony, but make ki pleated slacks, windbreaker and golf no mistake, TYICT will make that shirt for a pair of brown Birkenstocks, 150-pound block of essentials fit in bright green Saskatchewan Roughrider the overheard compartment. Without swim shorts and a Corona beer T-shirt. fail, the TYICT will be seated at the front of the plane, establishing his or His bluish-white legs glowed against her dominance by planting themselves his black dress socks, which accidentally or on purpose he failed to remove squarely in the aisle while warming up to hoist their ridiculously heavy prior to stepping into those sandals. There’s one other observation I feel bag over their heads. This ensures the obligated to share, in hopes that it saves rest of the pack must wait patiently, someone else from my pain. If you ab- crammed into a small space, for the solutely, positively must purchase food TYICT to complete its ritual without interruption upon both entering and to eat on the plane, even though your exiting the aircraft. flight is only 49 minutes, for the love


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Climbing the ladder Female firefighters love “best job in the world” (Continued on page 1) At the time, Robert had no idea how many women were employed as firefighters in Saskatoon or that she would be one of the first. In 1994 Saskatoon firefighting recruits were hired and trained directly by the department, as opposed to today’s requirements, which include training at designated post-secondary colleges. “Deb (Davies) and I were hired at the same time; we went through training together,” said Robert. “I’d say that was good. It made it easier. But because I’ve been involved in sports my whole life I tended to be around a lot more guys, so it really didn’t ever seem like a big deal.” According to 2006 data released by Statistics Canada, 3.6 per cent of the firefighting jobs in Canada were held by women. The number was not expected to rise, as less than five per cent of the graduates of the post-secondary schools offering the fire-safety course are women. The national numbers are a match for Saskatoon. The Saskatoon Fire Department currently employs 280 firefighters (334 work in the department altogether, which includes inspectors and dispatchers). Seven of those 280 firefighters are women. This lies in sharp contrast with other local emergency services, such as the Saskatoon police, which at the beginning of 2014 employed 440 officers.

exact same thing the guys did,” said Cirkvencic, who competes in cross-fit to stay in shape. “We all had to run on a treadmill, run up a hill, do pushups to a cadence, haul the same amount, lift the same ladder the same height.” Cirkvencic is appreciative of all of her male colleagues. She makes it clear she does not want to appear elevated above her brothers or be seen as better or more important because of her gender. “It really is a rewarding job,” she said. “We function as a team. That’s one of my biggest strengths: I’m a good teammate. I believe I’m an asset to a team. In every scenario we go to, every environment we are in, we’re always working together. If you prefer to work alone or independently, it’s not the gig for you.” At six-foot-two Deb Davies stands out from her firefighting sisters in more ways than one. With an infectious enthusiasm for life, the busy wife and mom of two is also enjoying her 20th year with the department. “When the very first woman got hired two years before me, my dad, who was a firefighter in Saskatoon for 38 years, called me in Vancouver and encouraged me to do it,” said Davies. “When Shannon (Robert) and I got hired, the guys were really skeptical,” she said with a laugh. “Not all men were thrilled, and not all their wives were thrilled. Any fire department has a bit of a reputation of being a boys club,

Deb Davies, Shauna Baccus, Catherine Baier, Shannon Robert, Holly Lindberg, Viki Cirkvencic and Sasha Atamanenko are Saskatoon’s seven female firefighters. (Photo by Steve Gibb/

What does she love the most about her job? “Coming to work and driving these,” said Bacchus, grinning and pointing at the fire truck behind her. “In the beginning the best part for me was walking in the door and going ‘Wow, I’m actually doing this,’” said Bacchus, who has a three-year-old son. “Today it’s just coming to work. If you’re not in the business of helping people, then this isn’t your business. It’s about serving your community.” Bacchus is determined to play We work in the profession like everyone a role in increasing the number of women interested in firefighting. else. But not everyone is going to do it. Not She has spent the last eight years everyone can do it.” working with SIAST as a speaker Shauna Bacchus in their Girls Exploring Trades and Technology (GETT) program, One hundred and ten of those are and it is to a certain extent. We a camp designed to introduce have had a couple of bumps, but women. teen and pre-teen girls to possible Viki Cirkvencic credits Robert the Saskatoon fire department is future careers in non-traditional exceptional in regards to diversity roles. and her mom with inspiring her to become a Saskatoon firefighter. and treatment of its people.” “I bring my gear, talk to them,” The death of a firefighting sister explained Bacchus. “I’m really Now in her 16th year with the left a lasting impression on Davies. open with them about what’s going department, her mom’s advice that firefighting would be a stable, In 2000 Kim Smith was killed on, what the job entails. I try and while battling a fire at a Texas solid career rings true. give them the reality of it all. By restaurant. “I have had a really great the end of it I usually have at least “It hit me really hard,” said career,” said Cirkvencic, who has one girl trying on my gear. It’s a Davies. “It sounds silly now, but I lot of fun.” lived in Saskatoon since she was realized at that point that women six. “I’ve worked with fabulous “I don’t think we do a good men who’ve always made me feel can die in fires too. My first time enough job putting us out there,” masking up after her death the welcome. I’ve done my part too. said Bacchus. “We have the anxiety hit. I told myself that if I It’s a two-way street. You also recruiting, but I believe we can do took off the mask, I was going to more. Educate the public that yes, have to make sure you fit in. It’s be a fire inspector. If I kept in on, there are female firefighters out 50/50.” Cirkvencic says she has run into I’d stay a female firefighter.” here. We work in the profession The mask stayed on. the typical personnel challenges like everyone else. But not Shauna Bacchus has been with everyone is going to do it. Not associated with any job, but overall its positive experience for the Saskatoon Fire Department for everyone can do it.” her from day one. As with all new 14 years. With eight years under her belt, “Actually it wasn’t my first recruits, she was assigned a (male) Holly Lindberg is a relative rookie choice as far as jobs were preceptor in the first year. He compared to some of her female played a crucial role in her success concerned,” said Bacchus. “My colleagues. It was the physical dad was RCMP, and I kind of and longevity, she said. component of the job that attracted wanted to go that route.” The physical requirements of her to the profession. Instead she took a few the job are identical for male and “It’s definitely the best job I’ve firefighting classes. The rest is female firefighting recruits. ever had,” are some of the first “When I got on, I had to do the history. words out of her mouth.


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“In (fire) school it was a little overwhelming because everyone wanted the same job at the end,” said Lindberg. “Everyone thought, ‘Oh you’re a woman, you’re going to get it right away.’” The reality was that she didn’t make it on her first try; Lindberg wasn’t hired until her second attempt. “Every day is different. You never know what you’re going to get,” said Lindberg. “These guys are like a second family. You become really close. You spend a lot of time together. We eat together, go through a lot of emotional stuff together. I’ve been to a couple of big fires where we’ve had to pull someone out who hasn’t made it. Calls like that are obviously going to stick.” Lindberg also points to calls where children are involved as a more difficult. “I have two little girls, so any call to do with kids automatically means the mom thing comes out,” she said. “But you never really know what call is going to affect you. You drive up on a scene and see it’s the same kind of car your mom drives, and your heart starts going.” When asked why women aren’t entertaining the firefighting profession, Lindberg is blunt. “Honestly, I have no idea,” she said. “It’s an awesome job.” Saskatoon Assistant Chief Bill Coffin is well aware of the disparity that exists between the number of male and female firefighters across the country, and he’s stymied as to why. “In Saskatoon, we don’t get a lot of female applicants,” said Coffin. “The last woman we hired was in 2010. And she was the only applicant. I see lots of women in areas like trucking, roadways. You sit back and wonder why they’re not applying here.” “We do lots of school career

fairs, we talk to everybody that’s interested in becoming a firefighter,” said Saskatoon Fire Department community liaison Dori Krahn. “I explain that there’s different challenges for genders. One of them is meeting the physical challenges. The physical requirements are the same for everyone: it’s regulated based on body size.” Of the nine fire halls in Saskatoon, only one hall does not have a female dorm and facilities. That is thanks to dated construction that is not conducive to the rerouted plumbing that would be required. “In some cases it’s a lot better to have a woman in some situations,” said Coffin. “Firefighters are helping people on the very worst day of their lives. For women, that is a very satisfying role to play. But first and foremost, we want the best candidate. We really don’t care who it is, as long as you’re a team player, willing to get dirty and have the personality.” Coffin insists the physical requirements should not deter women from considering firefighting. “Sometimes you hear, ‘my daughter’s not strong enough.’ In a lot of our cases it’s about endurance, not just having the big muscles. You have to haul the hose, but you’ve got to haul it for an hour. “You still have the walking around macho kind of guy, but it’s really tempered everyone suggesting it’s a male-dominated industry. The women we’ve got have really proven themselves. It’s keeping the guys sharp.” “I think the attitude has totally changed,” he said. “These (female) pioneers coming in — that was tough. I remember all the jokes that went around. Now it’s just not a big deal. That maturity has definitely hit the department.” (Continued on page 17)

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Sail the Danube River cruises becoming more and more popular R

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iver cruising is starting to rival the appeal of ocean cruising. This is no surprise considering the amenities and services offered on these luxury vessels, along with the proximity to the passing scenery that passengers enjoy every day. Offering an intimate boating experience that incorporates a moving vista of beautiful landscapes, river cruises use the waterways of Europe and other parts of the world as highways of exploration and discovery. Of the many river cruises planned for this summer in Europe, a journey that should have no problem attracting travellers is the Avalon Waterways week-long cruise through Hungary, Austria and Germany. Joining the passengers sailing the Danube aboard the Avalon Expression will be renowned American author Patricia Schultz. Among her works is the international bestseller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Schultz also christened the Avalon Expression as godmother in May 2013. On this special cruise she will be offering fellow cruisers the chance to sit-in on guest lectures and have their copies of her books signed.

A Panorama State room aboard the Avalon Expression offers wonderful views of Regensburg, a German medieval town on the Danube River (Photo Supplied) The delightful Danube sets the stage for this journey as you sail through beautiful scenery and quaint towns, including Regensburg in southern Germany. Few other towns in central Europe can offer legacies of more than 2,000 years of history whichever

way you look. Regensburg has 1,500 listed buildings and is most proud of its historic cathedral overlooking the beautiful Danube. Check with your travel agent for more details.


ourists often benefit from the economic misfortunes of their destination. And although that contradiction may raise moral issues, it remains a powerful fact influencing tourists’ choice of holiday destinations. In Turkey, India, Indonesia (Bali), Argentina and Japan, economic problems have created opportunities for tourists. All within recent days, the Argentinian peso has fallen by 15 per cent officially, but by 50 per cent on the black market. And because tourists often are able to obtain their local currency on the black market, the price of travelling within Argentina has fallen considerably. You can expect an upsurge in the number of North Americans dancing the tango and eating the world’s most succulent steaks. A decline almost as great has occurred on the South Pacific island of Bali, the closest thing that any of us will ever encounter to a tropical para-

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dise. Hindu Bali is part of Muslim Indonesia, and the Indonesian currency has recently fallen by as much as 30 per cent against the U.S. dollar, to a rate of 11,000 Indonesian rupiah to the dollar. An island nation that was always cheap to begin with has become cheaper. If you have never been to this unique location, you should consider going now. The Turkish lira has fallen by as much as 15 per cent against the U.S. dollar. And although its government is taking strong measures to arrest that decline (and may eventually succeed in doing so), it nevertheless is clear that the cost of living in Turkey will remain moderate for some time for North American tourists. (Though there is political discord in that nation, it has not yet reached a level that would threaten the safety of visitors. Turkey is a fascinating nation that almost always provides a rewarding vacation.) Other declines in currency are of longer duration. For some time the Japanese yen has sold at a debased

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rate of 104 yen to the dollar. That’s as much as 30 per cent less than years ago. As a result, once-expensive Japan has become a bit more moderate in price, and it supplies real value to the careful visitor. Finally, the always inexpensive nation of India has witnessed a major decline in the value of its currency. Male tourists and tourists travelling in groups will find India quite agreeable. Female tourists traveling alone or with a single female companion should be justifiably worried about a recent surge in attacks against women. This has had a major negative effect on tourism to India. Questions of cost are always secondary to questions of safety. Elsewhere, a noticeable softening in the values of several currencies against the U.S. dollar will make foreign travel attractive to people paying close attention to that development. (c) 2014 by Arthur Frommer Distributed by King Features Syndicate

(Continued on page 16) The genuine happiness and job satisfaction positively overflows from Saskatoon’s female firefighters. Every one of them reiterates that they have “the best job in the world.” When it comes to advice for other women considering firefighting as a career, each one has words of wisdom. “Any woman that’s interested, come talk to me,” said Davies. “If you have any questions or want to be shown around, I’ll do it. Any women I talk to, especially athletic women, I preach about this job. I wish this job did attract more women. This is a fantastic job. It’s the best job in the world.” “You have to be determined, tenacious and smart. It’s about brains over braun,” said Cirkvencic. “You learn a lot of valuable skills and self-confidence. I really feel like I can do anything. There are so many people here to get advice and assistance from. It’s really empowering.” “We all need to do a better job putting women firefighters out there,” said Bacchus. “We have the recruiting, but I believe we can do more. Educate the public that yes, there are female firefighters out here, we work in the profession like everyone else. Get women and girls excited about firefighting as their future.” “If it’s something you want to do, don’t be discouraged,” said Lindberg. “Keep on trying. If it’s a physical thing, hit the gym and get stronger. If it’s a mental thing, that you don’t think you can do the job because you’re female, please know that it’s not like that at all. “You’re treated as one around here, and it’s awesome.”

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Attenborough goes nuts, pizza manager goes in sink

• Longtime British broadcaster Sir David Attenborough was called upon to do playby-play during a curling game featuring Great Britain. Here is an excerpt of his commentary: “And off she goes: gently but flamboyantly launching the oversized walnut down the frozen river. The alpha female’s job is complete, it’s now up to the herd to frantically follow the walnut down the river, gently frisking the foreground.” Translation: The British skip threw a rock, and the sweepers swept it. • A question from TC Chong: “Who’d have thought that stray dogs would rank higher in the Sochi pecking order than Alex Ovechkin?” From Janice Hough: “President Putin has announced that bomb-sniffing dogs will be replaced by the men’s hockey team.” • Bill Littlejohn, on the U.S. women’s hockey team blowing a 2-0 lead with two minutes left to lose the gold medal to Canada: “But if it’s any consolation, I hear the American team has been named honourary Toronto Maple Leafs.” • From Torben Rolfsen: “Russia announced it’s no longer going to send animals into space on dangerous test flights. Instead it’s going to use its hockey coaches.” • I am such a loser. I have never had Nutella. • From Chong: “Former U.S. figure skater and current NBC commentator Johnny Weir wants to meet Don Cherry and ask him what he does with his old clothes.” • Hough, on President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper betting cases of beer on the USA-Canada hockey games: “Guess they didn’t want to wager with some real stakes. Like with a USA win we send back Bieber, and with a Canada win they send us Rob Ford?” • From Rolfsen: “Philadelphia 76ers coaches are studying the All-Star Game footage and thinking of installing the East’s defence.” • Seeing four-time Brier champion Marcel Rocque coaching the Chinese teams at the Olympics brought back a memory. After making a curling joke Rocque emailed me. The part of the email that has stuck with me was the often-used line: “You never played the game, so what do you know about it?” • Hough, on police saying during an argument at a casino in Atlantic City, Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice knocked his fiancée unconscious: “Bet no one’s doing a poll of NFL players to see if they’d feel comfortable with him in their locker room.” • A question from Rolfsen: “What do you throw at Ray Rice’s wedding — people?” • Chong, on United Airlines cutting 240 jobs in Canada, saying they will be outsourced: “So now when Canadians returning home call customer service about missing luggage, both the bags and the United agent will be at the same location — Pakistan.” • The new guy on the arm of Julianne Hough is Brooks Laich of little old Wawota, Saskatchewan. The paparazzi have captured the two walking hand-in-hand. Laich, who plays for the Washington Capitals, was described on one online site as being a hockey hunk with a killer smile. • Hough, on the United States Postal Service announcing a new Steve Jobs postage stamp for 2015: “I presume it will be a series of stamps, each one getting smaller and smaller and smaller.” • More Rolfsen: “Mass-start bobsleigh would be cool.” • Do you want to smell like George Washington? When he was alive I mean. The formula for No. 6 Caswell-Massey cologne has not been changed in 262 years. I’m guessing the cologne smells like a freshly toppled cherry tree. • Littlejohn, on a San Francisco radio station cutting away from the USA-Russia Olympic hockey game during overtime: “The show that it picked up was called Hooked on Golf. In this week’s show, the golf pro gives lessons to a girl named Heidi.” • Chong, on a pig carcass painted neon orange being dropped into the South Saskatchewan River as a test for river currents: “In related news, Torontonians want the same test with Rob Ford and Niagara Falls.” • Can you imagine a man fishing at the Weir going home and telling his family he caught a 180-pound orange pig? “Mom, dad fell off the wagon again.” • From Littlejohn: “Tom Brady’s advice to Johnny Manziel: ‘Ignore the noise and enjoy the draft day experience.’ This advice is coming from a guy who cried when recalling his draft day back in 2000 after he was passed over in favour of no less than six quarterbacks and wasn’t chosen until the sixth round.” • Hough, on the Clowns of America president saying membership numbers are plummeting and that the country may be facing a clown shortage: “Well, we can always borrow some from Washington, DC.” • From Rolfsen: “The Canucks David Booth caught an alligator in Orlando over the Olympic break. It’s the first thing he’s gotten into a net in a while.” • Chong, on a Pizza Hut manager being fired when he was seen on video peeing in the sink: “When did Justin Bieber start working at Pizza Hut?”

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Curling ratings go up, Olympian’s pants go down By RJ Currie

• Three reasons why the barons of Wall Street reportedly love watching Olympic curling: 3. It’s highly competitive and involves strategic thinking; 2. It requires outcome analysis by anticipating competitors’ moves; 1. Anna Sidorova. • How fast was U.S. skier Ted Ligety’s gold-medal run in the giant slalom at Sochi? They called his interval times Ligety splits. • Penguins in a British wildlife sanctuary are being medicated for depression. In a related story, heading into the gold-medal game, Sydney Crosby had no goals. • Saskatchewan skip Brad Heidt told CBC curlers get frustrated because they can’t vent anger like NHL players. True, but if that changes, I want Ryan Harnden as my enforcer. • The Detroit Pistons fired bench boss Mo Cheeks. You know you have a problem when you’re parting with coaches faster than Taylor Swift parts with boyfriends. • Swedish skier Henrik Harlaut’s pants fell down during slopestyle competition, and he didn’t medal. On the bright side, the Stamps’ Jon Cornish gave him 10 for artistic merit. • Rumour has it Tim Tebow has been trying to become a ventriloquist. Unfortunately, whenever he throws his voice it goes way over everyone’s head. U.S. and Canadian Olympians have been adopting some of the over 1,000 stray dogs wandering around Sochi. In fact, someone just adopted Alex Ovechkin. • I think we can all agree that the perimeter of a curling rock is round. So how can you corner freeze to it? • Reuters reports herders in Lapland are experimenting with giving reindeer glow-inthe-dark antlers. This can’t be good news to Rudolph. • I just awoke from the mother of all psychedelic nightmares. Don Cherry was wearing Norwegian curling pants. • According to, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf are the world’s wealthiest married athletes, with $205 million in total assets. Or as they call it in tennis, net worth. • Clint Eastwood used the Heimlich manoeuver to save the tournament director at Pebble Beach from choking. Clint missed his calling; he should be the trainer for the Leafs. • A bit of a mix-up at TSN is being blamed on a typo. So far nobody can convince Rod Black that Ottawa’s CFL team isn’t named after him. JW11306.B24 • I feel like I’m married to the computer system in my car. The voice-recognition proJames gram doesn’t understand me.


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FEB. 25 What: Singer-songwriter Del Barber of Winnipeg has a new album, Prairieography, which is born out of his love for his home, its people and their stories. Show time for the Roots concert is 8 p.m. Where: The Bassment, 202 4th Avenue North. Tickets: $17 for SJS members, $23 for non-members.



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The Cecilian Singers will hold an open rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. The rehearsal will be held at Zion Lutheran Church on the corner of 19th Street and Fourth Avenue. (Bottom of the Broadway Bridge). Anyone interested in choral singing and in finding out more about the choir is welcome. For more info: call Audrey at 306-373-8905 or visit www.

FEB. 28 What: Canadian solo pianist Jon Kimura Parker pays tribute to the centenary of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring as well as performing selections by Rachmaninoff, Schubert and Beethoven on behalf of Totally Awesome concerts at 7:30 p.m.Where: Roxy Theatre. Tickets: $40-$50 through Persephone Theatre box office. ***** Saskatoon Summer Players and The Bassment present Broadway Unplugged: 9 p.m. Pianist Wes Froese and the Saskatoon Summer Players perform your favourite tunes inviting you to sing along. Where: The Bassment. Ticket price: $20 regular and $15 for Bassment members. Tickets are on sale online event/3803398


What: David Braid, a perennial piano favourite from Toronto, appears with an all-star band, including four from Edmonton, and Dean McNeill and Dave Anderson contributing on trumpets. Braid will play a number of originals and poses the question: What happens when Chopin meets Ray Charles? Concert time is 8 p.m. Where: The Bassment, 202 4th Avenue North. Tickets:$20 for SJS members, $25 for non-members.

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Grandmothers4Grandmothers Saskatoon are hosting a fundraising dinner in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation whose mandate is MARCH 8 to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa, as well as provide What: Monica Husman and Peter MacGillivray assistance to the African Grandmothers who are guest vocalists in a Saskatoon Symphony are raising their AIDS-orphaned grandchildren. program, Music is GREAT Britain, also featur- The dinner is at the Western Development Muing the Saskatoon Chamber Singers and the seum. Reception at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 Saskatoon Greystone Singers and University p.m. Tickets are $40. Available at: McNally & Community Chorus. They will perform Robinson Bookseller or by calling Jennifer at works by Becker, Britten and Vaughan Wil306-242-4989 or Bonnie at 306-374-2689. liams. Concert time is 7:30 p.m. Where: TCU Place. Tickets: Range from $39 to $60.


Saskatoon Women’s Community Coalition’s International Women’s Day brunch. Doors The Toon Town Big Band is putting on a open at 11 a.m. The event is being held dance at the Royal Canadian Legion at 606 at Louis on the U of S campus. Tickets are Spadina Cres. West. Doors open at 8 p.m. $15 and include a buffet meal as well as a with continuous music until 12:30 a.m. Lots number of female performers and a speaker. of swing, ballroom, and even some country To purchase tickets email saskatoonwommusic fill up this exciting evening, with a late or call the USSU night ‘lunch’ and cash bar. Tickets are $15 Women’s Centre at 306-966-6980. if ordered in advance or $18 at the door. For ***** tickets call: Larry Hume at 306-229-1315. Music for Mutts: a benefit concert for New Hope Dog Rescue. 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Saskatoon Academy of Music (629 First Avenue North). The evening features musically diverse performances by the Saskatoon Academy of Music teachers, as well as FEB. 25 a silent auction, 50/50, door prizes, and What: Save the Children - Canada (Saskarefreshments and snacks! Meet some of the toon Branch). Monthly Executive Committee fabulous New Hope foster dogs. Tickets are Meeting available at the Saskatoon Academy of Music: Where: Edwards Family Centre on 4th Avenue call 306-934-2424 or email inquiries@saskaNorth in Saskatoon at 7:30 p.m. Please contact Also by contacting Mel Hosain at 306 373-9877 or preferably New Hope or Lavonne Cloke at online at Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children 14 and under. FEB. 26, 28







































































































































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What: Old Man Luederdecke of Chester, Nova Scotia, makes his debut in the Roots series, showing his Juno-winning style with a latest album, Tender is the Night. Australia’s Jordie Lane opens with finger-picking and vocals at 8 p.m. Where: The Bassment, 202 4th Avenue North. Tickets: $17 for SJHS members, $23 for non-members.

Tribute to Pasty Cline plus England. Nutana Legion (3021 Louise Street). 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tickets $12 at the Legion (306-3743292) or McNally Robinson (306-955-3599). $15 at the door if available.

The 39 Steps. This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with non-stop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a cast of five), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance! Runs March 12-15 at 7 p.m. and March 16 at 2 p.m. in the Fr. O’Donnell Auditorium at St. Thomas More College. Tickets $10-$15 and info at 306-966-8900 and newmanplayers.

anyone struggling with depression and family members wanting to support them. Where: 311 – 38th Street East. This is a wheelchair accessible building. For more info call 270-9181.

The Saskatoon Mood disorder support group for people with bi-polar, depression and other related mental health problem meets at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at 323 4th Ave. South (south entrance) at 7:30 p.m. For more information call Al at 306-716-0836 or Lindi at 306-491-9398. ***** What: Singles Social Group - “All About Us” MARCH 4 for people in their 50s and 60s. Events such as weekly Wednesday restaurant suppers, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 4:30 to monthly Sunday brunches, movie nights, 6:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Anglican Church (fordances, pot luck and more. Meet new merly St. James), 607 Dufferin Avenue, corner Every Monday friends. No membership dues. For more of 12th Street East. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 information email for children 7 to 12 years; no cost for children There’s Hope Beyond Depression Program. Free introductory sessions Feb. 3 or Feb. 10 or phone (306) 978-0813. 6 years and under. from 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Where: 327 Pinehouse ***** Drive (wheelchair accessible). For more info The Off Broadway Farmers’ Market and MARCH 5 call Pekka at 306-717-1665 or email saska- International Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Parkinson’s Disease Caregivers Support the basement of Emmanuel Anglican Church five-week program starts March 5. From 1 (607 Dufferin Ave. and 12th Street). A variety p.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge although First Saturday of every of Saskatchewan foods ranging from grasspre-registration is required. Location: Bethany month fed beef, Katadin lamb, free-range eggs, and Manor (110 La Ronge Road). Sessions inseveral varieties of frozen fish. Fresh baking, What: The MindFULL Café, part of the clude: guest speakers, videos and group international Alzheimer Café movement, is an German pastry, and fresh and frozen Indian discussions. Transportation is available. For more information contact: Susan at 306-374- opportunity to meet in a relaxed social setting food including samosas are other features. for persons with dementia, family, care part- Guest vendors may call 306-664-2940 for 1883 or email ners and other interested people. The Café is details. ***** a two-hour get together with refreshments, A film event to celebrate International Wom- entertainment and information. First Saturday Third Tuesday en’s Day will be held at the Frances Morrison of the month from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Where: of the Month Library at 7 p.m. The evening will feature the Sherbrooke Community Centre. What: Monthly Drop-In Caregiver Support screening of Wonder Women! an awardGroup. Who: Caregivers for adult family winning documentary that explores the Every Tuesday members or friends. Cost: Free (presented changing image of femininity in the media. by Saskatoon Health Region). To Register: Tops #5273 meets at St. Mathews Hall Following the screening, Trish Cheveldayoff will lead a discussion of the ideas generated (135-109th Street West). Weigh-in from 5:45 Jeanne (306-655-3426) or Karen (306-6553427). p.m. to 6:15. Meeting from 6:30 p.m. to in the film. The evening will end with freshly made sweets made at the Cake Witch Café in 7:30 p.m. Experience a healthy weight loss. Rosthern. The event is open to the public and For more information call 306- 249-2029 or Third Thursday 306-931-3286. there is no charge. of the Month The Saskatoon Prostate Cancer Support Group is a local community group of men who have or who have had prostate cancer, and their spouses/partners/caregivers. We meet monthly for sharing, for support, and for information. Location: W.A. Edwards Centre, 333 – 4th Avenue North. 2014 Full Playing Adult & Restrictive Playing Adult Memberships Every Second Wednesday Sunday Food Fun at the Farmers’ Market. Fun, hands on, food program for kids 9-12 years. Taste testing, cooking, games and crafts. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $25 for 3 session program. Pre- registration required (space limited). Registration forms available at the market or email:




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First Monday of every month Saskatoon Ostomy Association meetings. 7:30 p.m. at Mayfair United Church. We meet the first Monday of the month except when there is a holiday. Then it is the second Monday.

First Tuesday of every month What: FROMI - Friends and Relatives of People with Mental Illness. These meetings run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Where: W.A. Edwards Family Centre, 333 Fourth Avenue North (wheelchair accessible).If you have a loved one or friend with a mental illness and you need understanding support, contact Carol at 306-249-0693, Linda at 306-9332085, Lois at 306-242-7670 or e-mail

First and Third Sunday of each month What: Pet Loss Support Group, Support and comfort to people who are struggling with the loss of a beloved companion animal due to old age, sickness or other sad reasons. The no-obligation support group meets the first and third Sunday of every month 2 p.m. at the W.A. Edwards Centre, 333 4th Avenue North, Saskatoon. For more information or telephone support, call 306-343-5322.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays What: Free art drop-in at the SCYAP Art Centre. All ages welcome, all materials supplied, no registration required. Every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., and Saturday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Every Thursday

Saskatoon Parkinson’s Disease Support Group What: Depression Support Group — free group Meeting: 7:30 p.m. at Sherbrooke Community runs on the first and third Thursday of each Centre (401 Acadia Drive). month, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is open to

What: Friendship Force International, Saskatoon and Area Club. We are an organization of more than 360 clubs in more than 50 countries throughout the world. FFI allows you to enjoy economical travel while forging new friendships with club members from around the world. Visit our website at Find out more about us or come join us at our next meeting by contacting Bill Gulka at 306-2490243 or by email

First and Third Saturdays of Month Lions Clubs Texas Holdem Tournaments: $60 buy in, $40 to the prize pool. 7 p.m. start time. Must be 19. The Coachman Bar Market Mall. Call 306-668-0015 for more info.

Every Tuesday and Thursday Bridge City Senioraction Inc: Classes every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Registration is $20, drop-in fee is $2. For information, call Sheila at 306-9318053 or Kathy at 306-244-0587.

Every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday Overeaters Anonymous: Is food a problem for you? Do you eat when you’re not hungry? Do you binge, purge or restrict? Is your weight affecting your life? We are a non-profit 12-step group that meets on Tuesdays at noon and 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For more information including locations visit

Canadian Light Source Tours The synchrotron research facility opens for the public on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., and the following evenings at 7 p.m.: Feb. 20, March 20 and April 17. Admission is free. Preregistration is required. Call 306-657-3644 or email Info at www.

Newcomers’ Club The Saskatoon Newcomers’ Club welcomes new female residents in the Saskatoon area, as well as those who have recently undergone a significant change in lifestyle (such as relationship status, retirement, or becoming a new parent). A new resident is defined as one who has not resided in Saskatoon and/or surrounding area for more than three years. The club holds monthly dinner outings, coffee gatherings, book club and other planned activities. If interested, please reply by email or call our voice mail at 306-668-8131.

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Tired of the same dead end? Change direction. Dear Lianne, I write to you with sadness. I went online and met a fellow. We had a magical connection and had beautiful intimacy. He soon showed me a side of him that was not the Prince Charming I thought he was. He seemed to have resent and anger for no apparent reason. We stopped seeing each other. I know it is the best thing, but this has made me realize something: I am attracted to the wrong kinds of guys. I actually can’t remember a guy in my life that was ever truly nice to me.



I question why I keep meeting selfish guys who ultimately disappoint me. Why do I keep on going back for more? Why can’t a guy see my value? Why are they so mean to me? Why do they all use me in the end? If most people knew my story they would cry. My son’s father even walked out on me the day I told him I was pregnant. My hurt is so deep I am sure I have scars on my heart. The last guy is back on line looking to hurt the next girl. How do I stop the insanity? —Tanya

Dear Tanya, I would urge you to get counselling to learn how to avoid this in the future. Once you are ready to make and welcome change, call me at 1-294-888-1529. When you work with a good matchmaker, patterns should be broken. You will be introduced to a different type of man. A matchmaker will see you differently than how you see yourself. Initially you may feel that a match is so wrong for you. Give it a chance so you can establish a positive relationship with a fellow who

will be very different from the rest. The key is being extremely patient and working with a counsellor to find out how you can do things differently. Take your time and heal. I am in Saskatoon one week each month and meet with prospective clients in person. (Lianne will be interviewing new clients in Saskatoon on Feb. 25-28. Call 1-204 888-1529 to book your appointment now to start your search for love. Questions for this column can be submitted to

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Retail offers not combinable with any CPA/GPC or Daily Rental incentives, the Commercial Upfit Program or the Commercial Fleet Incentive Program (CFIP). † Until January 31, 2014, receive 0% APR purchase financing on new 2013 Edge (excluding SE) models for up to 48 months, 2013 Fusion, Taurus, Flex and 2014 Taurus and Escape models for up to 60 months, and 2013/2014 Ford Focus (excluding BEV) and Fiesta models for up to 72 months to qualified retail customers, on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest interest rate. Example: $25,000 purchase financed at 0% APR for 48/60/72 months, monthly payment is $520.83/ $416.66/ $347.22, cost of borrowing is $0 or APR of 0% and total to be repaid is $25,000. Down payment on purchase financing offers may be required based on approved credit from Ford Credit. ‡ Until January 31, 2014, receive $500/ $1,000/ $1,500/ $2,000 / $2,250/ $2,500/ $3,000/ $3,250/ $4,000/ $4,500/ $5,500/ $5,750/ $6,500/ $6,750/ $8,500/ $9,000/ $10,000/ $10,500 in Manufacturer Rebates with the purchase or lease of a new 2014 [Escape (excluding 2.0L)]/ 2013 [Focus (excluding BEV), Fiesta], 2014 [Focus BEV, Escape 2.0L, E-Series] / 2013 [Escape S, E-Series], 2014 [Mustang V6 Coupe, Taurus (excluding SE)] / 2013 [Edge AWD (excluding SE), F-150 Regular Cab XL 4x2 Value Leader, F-350 to F-550 Chassis Cabs], 2014 [Edge, Transit Connect (excluding Electric), F-150 Regular Cab XL 4x2 Value Leader, F-350 to F-550 Chassis Cabs]/ 2013 [Taurus SE]/ 2013 [Mustang V6 Coupe]/ 2013 [Edge FWD (excluding SE), Explorer Base], 2014 [Mustang V6 Premium]/ 2013 [C-MAX]/ 2013 [Taurus (excluding SE), Escape 1.6L, Transit Connect (excluding Electric)], 2014 [Mustang GT]/ 2013 [Mustang V6 Premium, Escape 2.0L, Explorer (excluding Base)] / 2013 [Mustang GT]/ 2014 [F-150 Regular Cab (excluding XL 4x2)] / 2013 [Expedition], 2014 [F-250 to F-450 (excluding Chassis Cabs) - Gas Engine]/ 2014 [F-150 Super Cab and Super Crew]/ 2013 [F-250 to F-450 (excluding Chassis Cabs) - Gas Engine], 2014 [F-250 to F-450 (excluding Chassis Cabs) - Diesel Engine]/ 2013 [F-150 Regular Cab (excluding XL 4x2)]/ 2013 [Focus BEV, F-150 Super Cab and Super Crew]/ 2013 [F-250 to F-450 (excluding Chassis Cabs) -Diesel Engine] - all Raptor, GT500, BOSS302, and Medium Truck models excluded. ≠ Until February 28, 2014, eligible purchase financing and lease customers will have the equivalent of their first four bi-weekly payments covered by Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited up to a maximum amount per eligible vehicle (the “Offer”). The Offer applies to the first four bi-weekly payments for customers paying on a bi-weekly basis and the sum of 12 monthly payments divided by 26 and multiplied by 4 for customers paying on a monthly basis (“First 4 Bi-Weekly Payments”). Maximum amounts are $500 on 2013/2014 [Focus S and Fiesta S]; $750 on 2013/2014 [Focus (excluding S), Fiesta (excluding S)] and 2014 [CMAX]; $1,000 on 2013/2014 [Fusion], 2014 [Mustang (excluding Shelby GT500), Escape]; $1,250 on 2013/2014 [Taurus, Edge], 2014 [F-150 Regular Cab, Super Cab, and Super Crew]; $1,500 on 2013/2014 [Flex], 2014 [Explorer]; $1,750 on 2014 [Expedition]. All Mustang Shelby GT500, Transit Connect, E-Series, F-150 Raptor, Super Duty, Medium Truck, Chassis, Stripped Cab and cutaway models excluded. Offer only available on approved credit (O.A.C.) from Ford Credit. If the equivalent of the First 4 Bi-Weekly Payments exceeds the maximum amount, the customer will be responsible for the balance. First 4 Bi-Weekly (or monthly payment equivalent, as applicable) payments are required from customer. Finance customers will receive a cheque for the amount of their First 4 Bi-Weekly Payments from the dealer. For RCL customers, the first month’s payment will be waived and they will receive a cheque for the amount of two bi-weekly payments according to the formula described above - customer will then be responsible for making all of his/her remaining scheduled payments in accordance with their contract. Offer not available to cash purchase customers. Not combinable with CFIP, CPA, GPC, Commercial Upfit Incentive Program or Daily Rental Allowances incentives. * Until February 28, 2014 purchase a new 2013 Ford [F-150 Super Cab XLT 4x4 5.0L/ F-150 Super Crew XLT 4x4 5.0L] / 2014 Ford [Fusion S/Escape S FWD 2.5L] for [$25,999/$28,499]/ [$21,999/$23,249] (after Total Manufacturer Rebate of [$10,000] / [$0/$500] deducted). Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price after total manufacturer rebate has been deducted. Offers exclude freight and air tax [$1,750]/ [$1,700] license, fuel fill charge, insurance, dealer PDI, registration, PPSA, administration fees, any environmental charges or fees, and all applicable taxes. All prices are based on Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. ^ Until February 28, 2014, receive [2.99%/2.49%] APR purchase financing on new2014 Ford [Fusion S/Escape S FWD 2.5L] models for up to [84] months to qualified customers, on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest interest rate. Get the above for [$21,999/$23,249] purchase financed at [2.99%/2.49%] APR for [84] months, with [$0] down payment, monthly payment is [$291/$302] after total price adjustments of Delivery Allowances [$0/$500]). (the sum of twelve (12) monthly payments divided by 26 periods gives payee a bi-weekly payment of [$134/$139], interest cost of borrowing is [$2,389/$2,049] or APR of [2.99%/2.49%] and total to be repaid is [$24,388/$25,298]). Down payment may be required based on approved credit from Ford Credit. All purchase finance offers exclude freight and air tax ($1,700) license, fuel fill charge, insurance, dealer PDI, registration, PPSA, administration fees, any environmental charges or fees, and all applicable taxes. Taxes are payable on the full amount of the purchase price. All prices are based on Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Delivery Allowances are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. ^^ Estimated fuel consumption ratings for the 2013 [F-150 4X4 5.0L-V8 6-Speed Auto] / 2014 [Fusion SE 2.5L – I4/Escape S FWD 1.6L GTDI-I4]. Fuel consumption ratings based on Transport Canada-approved test methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on road conditions, vehicle loading and driving habits. **Offer only valid from February 1, 2014 to February 28, 2014 (the “Offer Period”) to resident Canadians with an eligible Costco membership on or before January 31, 2014 who purchase or lease of a new 2013/2014 Ford (excluding Fiesta, Focus, C-Max, Raptor, GT500, Mustang Boss 302, and Medium Truck) vehicle (each an “Eligible Vehicle”). Limit one (1) offer per each Eligible Vehicle purchase or lease, up to a maximum of two (2) separate Eligible Vehicle sales per Costco Membership Number. Offer is transferable to persons domiciled with an eligible Costco member. Applicable taxes calculated before CAD$1,000 offer is deducted. ®: Registered trademark of Price Costco International, Inc. used under license †† Based on R. L. Polk Canada, Inc. Total New Registration data for Full Size Pickups per Ford Segmentation as of YTD September 30, 2013. ± Based on year-end 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 total sales figures for light vehicles in Canada from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. (and Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association data exchanged by OEMs). ©2014 Sirius Canada Inc. “SiriusXM”, the SiriusXM logo, channel names and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc. and are used under licence. ®: Registered trademark of Price Costco International, Inc. used under license. ©2014 Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. All rights reserved. Available in most new Ford vehicles with 6-month pre-paid subscription

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