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Saskatoonʼs REAL Community Newspaper YPRES, Belgium — The birds are singing. In the distance, a tractor chugs around a field. In the centre of this historical town, troops of high school students armed with pens and notepads listen to tour guides talking about death. Column We’re in Belgium in the small city of Ypres, or Ieper (pronounced eeper) as it is called today. Alive with the giddy voices of youngsters and bustling sidewalk cafes crowded with visitors, this small city in rural Western Flanders reflects on its darker, tragic past. A century ago, this region, locally called Westhoek, was ground zero for young soldiers not a great deal older than the bright-eyed teens who today are discovering how fortunate they are to be visiting Ypres now, and not then. This is a place you would have done well to avoid 100 years ago, when The Great War entered into our vocabulary. The ensuing four-year-long calamity would steal a generation of the world’s young. Many of the hundreds of thousands of lives that ended in Flanders were to find their final resting place within a 10-kilometre diameter around this Belgian town. One hundred years later, Flanders is commemorating the victims of this war and condemning the senseless violence. A four-year remembrance project was set up by the Flemish Government called The Great War Centenary. In the summer, groups of high school students from across Canada will join the expected surge of visitors to this land where so much of their country’s blood was shed. Finding the necessary cash from creative fundraising efforts, along with help from generous parents, they will make their own way to this place to discover on a personal level the sacrifices made by other young Canadians so long ago. There are 150 military cemeteries here; some are small, with just a few hundred graves, and others have so many headstones criss-crossing the finely manicured grounds your head will spin. Not everyone who died here has a grave marker. Built in 1927, the Menin Gate war memorial in Ypres is dedicated to other British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient during the First World War. Its walls are etched with 55,000 names of those whose graves are unknown. With the exception of Second World War German occupation, there has been a Last Post ceremony performed at the memorial gate every evening since 1928. A blood bath it was. During the third battle of Ypres in 1917, the combined casualty count for German and allied forces exceeded 500,000 when British and Commonwealth forces captured a ruined village and a few kilometres of shellchurned mud. Evidence of the carnage can be found at the Tyne Cot Cemetery at Zonnebeke (near the village of Passendale), where 12,000 Commonwealth soldiers are buried. Also buried here is Private James


Tyne Cot Cemetery is the final resting place for 12,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers (Photo by Peter Wilson)

In Flanders Fields A century after The Great War

Peter Robertson, a Canadian awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery. He rushed a machine-gun emplacement and rescued two men from under heavy fire. A screen wall at the back of the cemetery lists the names of a further 35,000 missing soldiers who died after Aug. 15, 1917. These now - tranquil places have become a sacred destination. It’s a place of pilgrimage - first for the families of the dead, including the mothers and fathers who had been scarred by their unspeakable loss, and later by new generations who felt the urge to somehow connect with those who had died.

Ypres is the gathering point for the many thousands who come to Flanders each year. Many more are expected now that the centennial anniversary has arrived, including this latest contingent of students who have enthusiastically descended on its cobbled streets during my visit. The school children are all around me as we enter through the doors of the In Flanders Fields Museum, which tells the story of the First World War in Flanders. The magnificent, ornate building was once a 13th-century Cloth Hall, the medieval focal point of the region’s flourishing wool industry. Destroyed by German bombardment in the early stages of the

war, it was rebuilt, like much of the city, in the 1920s. The museum’s exhibits provide a portal into the past. It is here visitors connect with the mud, violence and misery of those terrible days. It’s a sober reminder of what the now, tranquil farmlands and scattered villages surrounding it once looked like to the people who fought here. We find out that five million British and Commonwealth soldiers passed through this town during the war. We travel back 100 years to see how Canadian soldiers lived and died alongside their allies as the tragedy unfolded. (Continued on page 4)

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Interrogation part of strategy to prevent automobile thefts


Tammy Robert Saskatoon Express

askatoon Police Service Sgt. Keith Briant attended a routine CompStat (or Computer Statistics) meeting with Chief Clive Weighill on April 30 to review the city’s recent property crime numbers. An analysis of the statistics revealed that in the first few months 2014, auto thefts in Saskatoon had spiked by approximately 30 per cent over the five-year average. Weighill was less than impressed, and ordered immediate action. He gave Briant every resource at the service’s disposal to form a dedicated task force to target, thwart and apprehend car thieves. “Chief Weighill told us we needed to concentrate, to fully focus our efforts on bringing these numbers down,” said Briant. The next day the Saskatoon Police Service’s auto-theft task force was launched. The increased resources also meant increased pressure on Briant to get the job done, and get it done right.

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Jesus Christ Superstar Among the leads in Jesus Christ Superstar are (from left to right): Sean Brandt (Jesus), Trevor Wingerter (Judas) and Madison McLean (Mary Magdalene). (Photo by Kimberly Bloski)

Another big production from Fireside Singers

Shannon Boklaschuk Saskatoon Express he Saskatoon Fireside Singers are ready to bring another powerful musical to the stage. Following a successful run of Les Miserable in 2013, the Fireside Singers will again showcase their talent with a spring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s infamous rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar. The cast of about 75 singers will perform on May 23 and May 24 at 7:30 p.m. at TCU Place. Artistic director Marilyn Whitehead said the “big production” has been months in the making. For example, the auditioning process began in early January, “and we run twice a week until production day,” she explained. Whitehead said her group has developed “a real following” in Saskatoon. “I think it’s the material we choose and the heart with which we present it. I think there’s something kind of special within the group, and it’s a real draw. It’s a real pool of tremendous vocal and dramatic talent, and we just seem to have a nice following that keeps coming,” said Whitehead, who founded the Fireside Singers 41 years ago. Decades later, “it’s still a very big part of my vocal studio,” she said of the group. “The majority of the singers are, or have been, private students of mine, and now I’ve opened it up to fellow colleagues and students and then a few very gifted voices from throughout the city that really want to be involved with a good production,” sad Whitehead. “But I initially made it part of my


program because it gives all of these solo singers that are developing their voices, and this long journey of vocal development, an opportunity to just have fun with it, and also experience a professional choreographer and a stage director and be inspired by these marvelous musicians that we work with in our orchestra. These are just tremendous opportunities, and then to be able to go to TCU Place is just the icing on the cake.” Choosing a show for the Fireside Singers is challenging because the group includes such a cross-section of ages, ranging from “eight to adult,” said Whitehead. One of the reasons Jesus Christ Superstar was selected was because last year’s production of Les Miserables was “such an intense show that I couldn’t see going from that to just a lighthearted production,” she explained. Lyricist Tim Rice and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber collaborated to create Jesus Christ Superstar, which was staged on Broadway for the first time in 1971. The plot is loosely based on the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, but the production does not attempt to accurately represent the Bible or theology, Whitehead said. Jesus Christ Superstar is an “amazing show” that features “dramatic tension,” said Whitehead. She admits that some controversy continues to follow the well-known musical, although she believes the material is handled sensitively. “You get people that are concerned that this is irreverent or disrespectful, and I think they have to be reminded

it’s just a Broadway musical and (it’s) the interpretation that Lloyd Webber brought to this at a time that there was social revolution. He maybe saw Jesus as a rebel within his time.” Sean Brandt stars as Jesus Christ, while Trevor Wingerter, who played Jean Valjean in the Fireside Singers’ Les Miserable production, takes on the role of Judas. In addition, Jordie Hughton is Pontius Pilate, Madison McLean is Mary Magdalene, David Thiessen is Caiaphas, Alan Nieman is Simon, Arthur Boan is Annas, John Wilby is Peter and Jeremy Yorga is King Herod. “He provides the comic relief for the show, because most of it is pretty intense,” Whitehead said of Yorga. “He’s a very gifted actor and brings that lighthearted text to the audience.” Other key members of the production are stage director Albert Couture and choreographer Kelsey Stone. Orchestral director and keyboard player Bonnie Nicholson leads a band that includes Graham Pritchard (guitar), Doug Gilmour (bass), Martin Janovsky (keyboard), William Boan (violin) and T-Bone and Darrell Bueckert (percussion). Whitehead said the Fireside Singers are excited about the show because it combines rock music with classical music, “and that doesn’t happen very often.” “And the choreography under Kelsey Stone is really, really dramatic and fun. It’s really dynamic,” she added. Tickets to Jesus Christ Superstar are $44, including taxes. They are available online at or by calling 306-975-7799.

In addition to a number of focused, targeted operational efforts, Briant promptly assigned two additional full-time Saskatoon police investigators to interrogate individuals held in police detention regarding auto thefts or property crimes. Some of these interrogations lasted for five hours at a time. Police wanted the story behind the offence. “Now we’re sending officers to detention every morning,” said Briant. “Accused property offenders are being questioned. We’re gathering a huge amount of intel this way, resulting in additional charges and arrests, as opposed to relying solely on our overburdened, busy patrol officers to lay the charge.” The progress has already been significant. Between May 1 and May 15, Saskatoon police laid between 25 and 30 charges directly related to the auto-theft task force’s efforts. They are also gathering additional and invaluable information on Saskatoon’s seedy criminal underbelly. Briant credits the police chief’s order for a laser-like focus on car thieves, coupled with having free reign to obtain whatever resources he needed. “This is so awesome,” said Briant. “We’re charging people. We’ve got extra members on the files, more people. We’re meeting, we’re communicating and we’re in constant contact with other departments with a sole focus on auto theft and property crime.” On May 5, just days after Weighill ordered the formation of the auto-theft task force, two Saskatoon teenagers were killed in a horrific collision with a stolen vehicle. It was driven by an alleged repeat auto-theft offender.

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Briant says that regardless of how much time and energy police focus on reducing auto thefts and property crime, drivers must support their efforts by responsibly securing their property. “Keys are left in the vehicle, on the visor, in the console or in the glove compartment,” said Briant. “Seventy per cent of the vehicles stolen in 2014 had the keys inside the vehicle.” Other vehicles, particularly older vehicles, can be started with any key because their ignition tumblers have worn out. Why are vehicles being stolen? Unlike in the movies, it’s not because enterprising thieves are rolling stolen vehicles through chop shops to dismantle and sell off piece by piece. (Continued on page 4)

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Playing outside instead of online a must for children

Tammy Robert Saskatoon Express he City of Saskatoon has declared May 25 to May 31 NatureCity Festival Week. Describing themselves as “an informal collective dedicated to the conservation and enrichment of wild lives and wild places in and around Saskatoon,” volunteer-based organizers are looking forward to putting on their second year of fun, family oriented and mostly free events. Festivities will kick off on May 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market with a mix of interactive and informational displays, music, face painting and a skateboarding demo. Then the group will form a parade, winding its way from Market Square over to the Roxy Theatre on 20th Street, where participants can hear Cam Collyer, NatureCity Festival’s first keynote speaker of the week. Collyer, the children’s program director at Evergreen — a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to connecting urban residents with green spaces — will be presenting a speech entitled Why (Young) People Need Nature. Examples of trench warfare at the Passendale Museum (Photo by Peter Wilson) Collyer says Canadian children are (Continued from page 1) Touring them is both comforting and forsaking “free roaming” in favour of t was a war that saw the developunsettling. It’s a pastoral landscape that spending more time indoors than ever ment of machine guns, poison gas and sleeps and yet screams to be heard. Canabefore. And it’s hurting both their physical tanks — fearsome new weapons that, dian military doctor John McCrea penned and mental health. together with the shell-torn landscape, his famous poem In Flanders Fields at a “The evidence seems to suggest a vamade a hell-on-Earth for participants on front-line medical dressing station just a riety of factors are reducing free roaming, both sides. stone’s throw from here. The screams were including increased car traffic, perception Ypres was totally destroyed by Gerreal then. of danger amongst parents, a reluctance man artillery. Most of its residents fled Today, “between the crosses row on to have them roam out of sight, smaller to escape the savage bombardment and row,” young students blend in with busaverage family sizes and, more commonly, the threat of invasion. Belgian and allied loads of newly arrived seniors. We are all two working parents resulting in a reduced forces had occupied the town and the seeking to somehow touch this past we safety net for children,” Collyer said in a surrounding district early in the conflict, mercifully did not experience first-hand. telephone interview from his Toronto ofbut were cut off on three sides by GerMaybe our good fortune makes this trip fice. “There is the lure of electronic media man forces for the rest of the war. It was a seem like a duty, part of some promise and the greater availability of screens: desperate struggle with tenacity and great that had to be kept. Perhaps this personal phones, computers, iPods, game consoles, courage demonstrated on both sides. journey into a history kept alive and made TVs. And urban planning that doesn’t enKnown as the Ypres Salient, this part vividly real will ensure the memories we courage and support walking and cycling.” of Flanders was to be the scene of some of gather serve as a collective fortress to While Collyer admits the true outcome the bloodiest battles of the war, but it was prevent others reliving the horrors of those of these factors has generated much specuheld by allied forces until the end of the times. lation and research, he also says it is clear conflict. You don’t need a lot of imaginaFor more information on the Great War childhood obesity is a major health issue. tion to feel the shadows of ghosts and hear Centenary in Flanders, check out http:// The development of children’s social skills the faint echoes of battle drift through the is also taking a hit, he added. early morning mist, distant sounds that great-war-centenary/events_2014-2018.jsp. “There is much concern that children’s even the sweetest of bird songs cannot (During this 100th anniversary of the social networks are shrinking and social hide. beginning of the Great War, Flanders has skills are decreasing,” he said. “Many have There are dozens of impressive monu- many interesting stories for Canadians. cited concerns that children are developments and 150 military cemeteries in this Peter Wilson will share some of them in ing independence and self-confidence small region, all beautifully cared for. future columns.) more slowly due to the deficit of experi-


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98 per cent of vehicles recovered

may or may not be aware that the goods are stolen. Back at the police station, Briant reiterates Weighill’s dedication to crime statistic reports and their level of effectiveness. CompStat, ushered in by Chief Weighill in the months immediately after he became chief in 2006, is real-time, computer-aided crime analysis. Accountability for the stats is key. At bi-weekly meetings, divisional inspectors are expected to know the crime stats for the area for which they are responsible and to have a plan to address them. “Chief Weighill swears by them,” said Briant. “Every single incident is recorded, weighed and measured — weekly, monthly, quarterly. We live and die by the stats. When your department’s statistics go up, your feet are to the fire. It’s personal now. I have a job to do, and my job is on the line until those numbers go down. Fencing houses busted “Thirty years ago when I started doing “We’re definitely seeing an increased this, we just reacted to a car theft,” said Brilink between auto theft and gang-related ant. “Now we’re focused. We’re together, activity,” he said. “It’s about anything from we’re meeting. We’re targeting the autostreet credibility to financing a drug habit. theft numbers and the criminals.” We just busted three fencing houses, full of Briant exudes the type of passion and stolen property.” electricity that comes from seeing hard Fencers (who run fencing houses) give work and focus finally paying off. criminals drugs for stolen property, which “I’ll say it again. We’re focused like they then might sell online or to those who never before.”

(Continued from page 3) In fact by all indications there are no chop shops in Saskatoon. Or if there are, they’re not particularly productive. “In 2013 Saskatoon police recovered 98.4 per cent or 996 of the 1036 vehicles stolen in our city,” said Briant. Briant expects to see the other 40 eventually trickle in, often via a rural RCMP detachment. Briant says auto thefts are typically linked to a break and enter, after a thief spies something they want in the locked vehicle. Upon breaking a window and searching the vehicle, they come upon the keys, which is when a smash-and-grab crime becomes auto theft. The stolen vehicle is taken for a joyride or simply used as a method of transportation to the next street or alley laden with vehicles ripe for the picking.

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Johnny Reid, Pat Benatar among exhibition headliners June 21, John Legend on June 22, and Tegan out their scheduling a little beyond the and Sara on June 26 . . . Since the Bessborsummer season in 2014 . . . First up at the ough Gardens represents the top end in festiRemai Arts Centre, June 27 to July 6, will val ticketing, manager Kevin Tobin has some be HMS Pinafore, based on the Gilbert and reason to suspect this year’s crowds will Sullivan operetta, and given a Prairie twist surpass the annual average of 85,000 over a by Ian Nelson, a Saskatoon playwright . . . 10-day period (June 20 to June 29) . . . Now The company will be tackling RENT, the hit confirmed for the festival’s closing night is musical, for a four-night run (Nov. 5-8) at the Downchild Blues Band, happily back afthe Broadway Theatre . . . Auditions will be ter an absence of a year . . . Saskatoon’s AlMay 23-24 at 1821 Jackson Ave., with call lyson Reigh has just returned from a rewardbacks on May 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ing experience at Podium, an international With the sponsorship of Investors Group choral conference in Halifax on the holiday and Lindt well in hand, Stars On Ice will People weekend . . . Reigh’s song, Don’t Be Afraid, come back to Saskatoon’s Credit Union was performed by the Edmonton-based Òran Centre next May as part of its 25th anniverChoir, in tribute to the Don’t Be Afraid national aware- sary tour . . . Stars On Ice made a Saskatoon visit on ness campaign against homophobia . . . Reigh, a singer May 10 . . . There is much to like about the amazing with Rosie & The Riveters, also had the special honour show, which headlines Olympic and world champions of meeting Scott Jones, the young choir director from serving up their best moves, yet doing them in an easyHalifax who was left paralyzed after a hateful attack going, well-choreographed manner in a comfortable in October 2013, becoming the inspiration behind the setting . . . Aside from his solo skate, world champion campaign . . . Patrick Chan took a turn alongside Kaetlyn Osmond in The Saskatoon Exhibition, which runs from Aug. 5 one duet . . . Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir lived up to to 10, has nailed down the music headliners for three all expectations as the silver medallists in pairs at this of the main grandstand shows . . . Johnny Reid, who year’s Winter Olympics, and Kurt Browning demonwas born in Scotland, but came to Canada to find his strated veteran and creative leadership of the 11-person niche as a country music singer, will open up on unit. He is still having fun with everything he does . . . Aug. 5 . . . He was a co-host at this year’s Juno Awards It’s May and Shriner time under the circus tent and also won a Juno for adult contemporary album . . again, a tradition that is being celebrated in Saskatch. Walk Off The Earth, a Canadian rock band formed in ewan for an amazing 60th year . . . The Shrine Circus 2006, will appear on Aug. 6 . . . They are known for comes to Saskatoon Prairieland Park on May 30 at indie rock, alternative rock, reggae rock and folk rock. 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., May 31 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. They have created quite a stir on the YouTube market and 7 p.m. and June 1 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. . . . Tarzan . . . Pat Benatar, who crashed the rock scene in the Zerbini’s family came to the United States from France 1980s, is this year’s flavour in classic rock and roll, ap- in 1961, and he declared himself as owner of the Tarpearing with husband-guitarist-producer Neil Geraldo zan label the following season . . . He bought the circus on Aug. 9 . . . Benatar is a four-time Grammy winner, from Hubert Castle, a long-time operator in 1979, known for hits such as Hit Me With Your Best Shot, and 90 per cent of his current bookings in Canada and Love is a Battlefield, We Belong and Invincible. Her United States are under the sponsorship of the Shriners husband has been part of the production team since the . . . Zerbini doesn’t do the cages with lions any more, first album release, Crimes of Passion . . . but Erika Zerbini is front and centre among the artists, The Saskatoon Summer Players are going to stretch working with the elephants and the horses.


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of downtown it is proposed that ometimes I think City more than 100 parking meters be Hall administrators are eliminated along Fourth Avenue council’s worst enemies. between 19th and 25th streets, Let’s start with the north and on 24th Street between downtown master plan. The Idylwyld Drive and Spadina plan is well done, and certainly Crescent. Motorists will be left having a full-service bridge with the use of a single traffic over the CN rail lines is appeallane. All this for a mere capital ing, although we should expect cost of $225,000, plus about a hue and cry from the usual $200,000 in lost parking revenue suspects for a pedestrian/cyclist each year. And this comes on the bridge only. While it is easy to Columnist heels of chronic public comagree with the concept of reloplaining about traffic gridlock downtown cating an industrial area from the heart of the city, it is not always easy to agree with and lack of sufficient parking. But city what should be done and how to pay for it. planner Allan Wallace doesn’t think losing What happened to the plan of moving the parking meters will be a problem because people will just drive around until they find bus barns and creating green space, rezoning and repurposing existing buildings into a stall elsewhere. Where would that be? Wallace suggests that this could be a residential accommodation, much like what happened with the Eaton Warehouse build- boost for businesses as cyclists, more so than motorists, are more likely to stop ing on Avenue D and 23rd Street? These types of projects preserve heritage, increase during their travels. If this comment was intended to be the worm on his hook, Waltax revenue, add to the density and do not require massive input from the public purse. lace should check out what is located on these streets. On Fourth Avenue, it is mostly The problem starts with an estimated office buildings, insurance and financial funding shortfall of $58 million. First up is city manager Murray Totland planning services, a school, a funeral home, a hair salon, a dry cleaner, a veteran’s orgaeffectively telling council “don’t worry, be happy,” that the project is still at its planning nization, a bank and the soon-to-be vacated police station. The only businesses that stage and implying they will find money might benefit are a coffee shop and a bar/ as the project advances. Totland’s intent restaurant should cyclists wish to replenish is that this project will not have an impact their fluids with cold beverages. However, on the mill rate. (Someone should remind him that the road to hell is paved with good there are City Hall and the Frances Morintentions.) Didn’t we hear that about River rison Public Library as main attractions, Landing? Wasn’t the profit from the sale of but they are not tax-paying businesses, and these public institutions already have nightland on this site going to pay for the public amenities? And wasn’t increased tax revenue mare public-parking problems. Along 24th Street is a strip mall with angenerated from private sector development going to cover the maintenance and operat- other dry cleaner and a liquor board store, but it’s a little difficult to bike home balancing costs of that project? So why are we paying more than $1 million annually for the ing a box of beer on your lap, especially maintenance of River Landing? Where is the if you are carrying your dry cleaning. For the better part, these streets are not home increased tax revenue? to boutique-type businesses selling retail At the same time, special projects manager Jeanna South says the city would have merchandise; they are offices and businesses selling professional services. And to borrow $58 million for the bridge, but eventually taxes and other project revenues these businesses may lose clientele as their would cover this cost. However, this neigh- paying customers look to competitors that bourhood will require services, as does every are easier to access. All of this for 10 blocks of protected other area of the city. And if the tax revenue is going to pay a loan, whose taxes will pay bike lanes. Cheer up. This is an 18-month experiment and if it doesn’t pan out, we are for this neighbourhood’s services? These only out a half-million bucks and whatever reports are all about semantics. And these numbers are guesstimates because South ac- it will cost to convert the street back. Cyknowledges that the true costs of remediating cling enthusiasts better be out in full force peddling up a sweat when it is -30 degrees contaminated brown sites in this industrial area will not be known until further study is if they want to keep their turf. And let’s not hear any complaining done. I’m starting to get the sense that $130 about the snow and ice or exhaust fumes million is the tip of the iceberg. And why would the city borrow money for this bridge from idling gridlocked traffic. As a last thought, will we need special snow-clearing while the Traffic Bridge stands derelict? equipment for these lanes, and where will We should also remember this plan is the snow from these lanes go? contingent on moving the bus barns and Of course, this all assumes that the city yards from the neighbourhood. That councillors leading this charge have already will be to the tune of a couple of hundred lined up the minimum six votes needed to million dollars, which we will finance proceed with the trial project. through another budget line. There is a Now if I could only clear my head of symbiotic relationship between these projects, so it is always wise to cobble together the lyrics from Stealers Wheel’s classic hit the total costs rather than to do it piecemeal. song: “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am struck in the middle...” It’s called the eyes-wide-open theme. Moving right along, on the other side

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Sadly, Dorothy Woods was on trial as well

n a recent exquisitely Either way, David Woods concise, vivid column alleged that in February 2011 he from Saskatoon StarPhoeand his wife clasped hands and nix writer Les MacPherson, leapt together into the black hole he suggested that there were of an “open marriage.” He says actually two entities on trial that he fulfilled his end of the in the courtroom hearing the bargain by staying “discreet” (a murder case against Saskatoon word he wielded like a sword and man David Woods: one was a shield, specifically in respect to the accused (now convicted) what he suggested was Dorothy’s murderer, the other the justice lack of it) as he went about sosystem. liciting sex from prostitutes — a Columnist I agree wholeheartedly, but steady rotation of three sex-trade would venture to add a third workers to be exact. to that list. Dorothy Woods, who had her There was much talk of Dorothy’s Las life violently and thoroughly choked out of Vegas getaway with a friend in July 2011. her by her husband, was very much being The short vacation, taken a few months judged. The details about her actions and after her and her husband’s alleged marital motives, real and imagined, in the months, deal went down, “changed” Dorothy, days and hours leading up to her death were according to David. Perhaps the trip did invasive and repugnant. She was victimized change Dorothy. Maybe it was a taste of again and again as justice was sought. freedom; maybe a man finding her attracDavid Woods, in his staunch defitive, even kissing her passionately, was ance of not only the court but reality, was life-changing. Maybe she caught a glimpse desperate to get away with murder. And of the happiness she deserved and wanted he didn’t appear to care who he destroyed more of it when she got home. in the process. In a failed attempt to prove When Dorothy returned from that trip, his innocence, he and his defence thrust she made choices that we may not all Dorothy in front of both the jury and the understand, but she undoubtedly had her court of public opinion for judgment. reasons. Choices about her time, her freeDavid Woods alleged in February 2011, doms, and yes, her sexuality. Choices that after he was removed from his home for arguably were far more significant because 30 days by Saskatoon police because she was a woman. of a domestic violence incident, he and Regardless of her reasons— whether Dorothy agreed to continue living in the they were driven by a new-found quest same house for the “sake of the kids” and for the new life and love she desperately because splitting up would have destroyed wanted or by the history of pain associated them financially. According to Woods, with her troubled marriage — they got her they would also turn a blind eye to the killed. other discreetly having a relationship with Virtually everything I’ve just written is another person. speculative. It has to be, because Dorothy Indeed, a marriage is as much a legal can’t defend herself. However, there’s a and financial partnership as an emotional commonality that could be derived from and physical one. Dorothy had dedicated what we know of her final time on this herself to staying home to raise their two Earth – loneliness, longing, survival – that children, relying on her husband’s income begs us to appreciate how real Dorothy to support their young family. Then she Woods was, how undeserved her fate, and began operating a business out of her how precarious life really is. home, which arguably tied her to their While David Woods did not hear the Nutana-area home even further. I don’t be- verdict he was looking for, the justice lieve for a second she agreed to see other system surely did. While there was justice people in February 2011. When David for Dorothy and cheers from her family Woods returned home, she had no choice and friends as David Woods marched off in the matter. To have left, she would not to meet his own fate behind bars, there only have lost her home and her kids, but was no victory. her sole source of income. In other words, May Dot Woods begin to rest, finally, she would have lost everything. in peace.


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he Saskatoon Fire Department would like to take this time to remind everyone of the regulations for residential fire pits. Every use of a fire pit within city limits is subject to a number of conditions: l Fire must be contained within a noncombustible fire box constructed of material such as cement, brick or metal and covered with a heavy-gauge metal screen. SFD recommends that fire pits be situated at least three metres from any combustible materials (i.e. fences or buildings). l The size of the fire box of any outdoor burning facility shall not exceed .61 cubic metres.

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l Only cut, seasoned wood or charcoal shall be used to fuel outdoor fires. Burning tree branches and garden refuse in a fire pit is not permitted. l All outdoor fires shall have responsible supervision at all times. l No person shall light an outdoor fire when the weather conditions are conducive to creating a running fire or allowing the smoke from the fire to be a nuisance to another person (smoke drift). l If smoke from an open-air fire causes an unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of another person’s property, the fire shall be extinguished immediately.

Soroptimist club hosting pyjama party at Bassment Melanie Kenny is president of Soroptimist International of Saskatoon (Photo by Sandy Hutchinson) Ned Powers Saskatoon Express he women from Soroptimist International of Saskatoon are about to step out with a new kind of stylish party. They are staging the first Pyjamas & Pearls Girls’ Night Out at the Bassment on June 5 at 7:30 p.m. “We’ve been involved in annual fundraising events, but we wanted to try something different,” said Melanie Kenny, the Saskatoon president. “We saw the Soroptimists hold Pyjamas and Pearls in Red Deer. And it looked like a great one to try. Basically, that’s the dress code — pyjamas and pearls. When my husband, Bob, volunteered the musical services of the Toon Town Big Band, we knew we had the music to dance the night away.” The Saskatoon club was chartered in 1956, designed to give business and professional women an opportunity to make a difference for women. “In reality, we want to honour the women who started the club in Saskatoon and try to do the work they started,” said Kenny. One of their commitments is the Women’s Opportunity Award, presented annually to a woman who is the primary supporter of her family and who, despite the challenges, attends a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. “Our $3,000 award this year went to a woman who is about to graduate from a nursing program. She is the mother of four boys and was truly someone who needed a helping hand. In a practical sense, she used the money to fix the clothes dryer in her home, and her car.” Nominations can be made online to the Soroptimists and then an outside panel of judges makes the decision. They also sponsor two other annual awards — one for a young woman, 14 to 17, who volunteers to make a positive difference in her school or community, and another to a student at Nutana Collegiate who maintains


a good academic standing while showing dependability, leadership, a clear sense of purpose and good citizenship. Since 2004, the club has been the presenting sponsor for an annual fashion show where the proceeds go to the Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre’s crisis line. They also contribute to the YWCA’s Crisis Shelter, the Street Outreach program operated by EGADZ Youth Centre, to the Girl Guides to assist the girls to participate in summer programs, and to assist with backpacks and school supplies for young single mothers at Millie’s Daycare at Nutana Collegiate. Soroptimists create awareness and advocacy and take action in empowering women’s economic condition as well as seeking to end violence against women and human trafficking. A pet project is Live Your, an online rallying point for volunteer action. The party program will include a number of features, including the creation of caricatures by Andy Ruppel, burlesque dancing by Sephoria, a raffle of a pearl necklace donated by Heinrich’s, a silent auction and door prizes.

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On the inside looking out when store opens Peter Yemen is still the manand providing them with the ager. The people who scan and service that made them come bag our groceries were there. here in the first place. We never get our milk or cereal “Welcome to the Co-op. boxes in a bag, but thank you for We are really happy to have asking. you. We feel we are a pretty I stood with a woman who good bunch to work for and never seems to take a day off. hopefully you are going to I swear every time we visit the feel the same way.” store, she is reloading the units Applause. in the meat department. Do “Thanks for buying us,” we shop that much or does she said Peter Yemen, who manEditor work that much? She epitomizes aged the Safeway location for customer service. five-and-a-half years and will The Centre Mall location is one of 14 assume that role with Co-op. stores in Western Canada Co-op purApplause. chased from Sobeys. It is the only one in “I speak for the staff here when I say Saskatoon. The store said so long to the we will try our best to make this the best Safeway name on May 12 and reopened store ever for the Saskatoon Co-op.” as a Co-op on May 14. Applause. Wicks credited having “a lot of people With a crowd of shoppers gathering and a lot of people that know what they outside, the store opened a few minutes are doing” for the quick turnaround. early. “With a big team of experienced people, “It is a positive new beginning for it comes together quickly. I am very everybody,” Yemen said in an interview. proud of the effort.” “Our staff, especially the long-term He told staff much the same thing, people, were happy to work for Safeway during a brief meeting minutes before the for many years. Sometimes something doors opened. new comes along. I think I speak for Saskatoon Co-op general manager Grant Wicks talks with staff before the store at “It was a supreme effort by everyone everybody when I say my own experience The Centre opens (Photo by Sandy Hutchinson) involved,” Wicks told employees. “The is that any time a change has been forced store looks great; we have a couple of on me in my life, I think my family and I n some ways it seemed like nothing Sandy and I were inside the store things we are doing yet; that’s fine. Cus- have grown from it. And I think the staff had changed at all. when the doors of the Co-op opened tomers are going to be happy with what feels the same way. It is a great new opMy wife, Sandy, and I shopped in the Safeway location last week. As they see. I am really proud to be associportunity.” a fair bit at the Safeway at The Centre Co-op general manager Grant Wicks ated with you folks. Customers will see major changes in over the years. When you are a regular gathered the staff for a quick chat before “The thing that makes me happiest is the décor and major changes in a lot of or even a semi-regular, you get to know the doors opened, I scanned the crowd when customers come through the doors, the merchandizing. the staff, even it is just on a smile-andof employees. I recognized many of the they are going to see you folks that have And for long-time shoppers at the loJW11489.E19 James nod basis. faces. been waiting on them all these years cation, there are all those familiar faces.




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The STARS lottery home is located in Greenbryre Estates (Photos by Sandy Hutchinson)

$1.5-million walkout top prize in STARS lottery very high quality service for 50 cents on the dollar. It’s a good relationship for everybody.” The home, which will come fully landscaped, has a view of the third green He said proceeds from the lottery – make up approximately 20 per cent of the Cam Hutchinson Thanks to the lottery and other fundbudget. Saskatoon Express raising initiatives, STARS has been able He said the program has been fortunate od Gantefoer gets a lump in this to provide its share of the budget. The to have corporate support, as well as donathroat when he sees a STARS heli- provincial government gives STARS $10.5 tions from individuals. copter in the sky. million annually. STARS raises another “There are direct-mail donations that Gantefoer, the executive vice-president $10 million. come in. Gramma down the street gives for the STARS foundation, was sitting in his Gantefoer said he expected the organi- $20. Donations big and small are most daughter’s backyard in Calgary in 1999 when zation to have to ask the province to kick welcome.” he first saw one of the bright red choppers. in a bit more during STARS’ formative As was the case in 1999, Gantefoer says The helicopter had been dispatched to a years. That hasn’t been the case. he still gets the same feeling he did when school ground to pick up a person injured “It’s been beyond my expectations be- he first saw a helicopter in the sky. in a traffic accident. cause it has come together so quickly. We “I know somebody is in trouble, and “Ever since then I have been after thought it would be three or four or five hopefully STARS is going to make a difStars to locate in Saskatchewan. It finally years that we would need extra support ference in the outcome for that person. came possible three years ago,” he said from the government, but we haven’t. We It is not an inexpensive program, but for last week during the launch of the third met our targets right off the bat. those people who really need the help, it’s annual STARS Lottery. “STARS has been “Government has been very good essential. It is literally a matter of life and phenomenal.” Lottery prizes include a in contributing $10.5 million a year to death.” $1.5-million bungalow in Saskatoon. STARS, but we have been able to raise The lottery home, built by D&S Homes In 2013 STARS flew more than 800 enough money to make up the differLtd., is located in Greenbryre Estates. missions from its bases in Regina and ence. I think the relationship between It is a 3,148-square-foot home with Saskatoon. The helicopters touched down the government and STARS is a good three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a in 241 communities. one. The government is getting a very, walk-out basement. The view from the



back deck overlooks the third hole of the executive golf course. Other features include a three-vehicle garage, a master bedroom spa-type en suite and an automation system. The home is fully furnished and will be landscaped. It sits on one-half acre of land. Besides the Saskatoon home, there are two other grand prizes: a $1.45-million bungalow in Regina and a truck and fifthwheel package with a value of $176,000. The early-bird prize is a 2014 MercedesBenz ML350. It will be paired with a trip for two to Las Vegas for four nights at Treasure Island, along with $5,000 in spending money. The early-bird deadline is July 3, with the draw on July 18. In total there are more than 2,100 prizes. They include five vehicles, 15 vacations and 993 electronic prizes. There will also be a 50-50 draw this year: tickets are $10, five for $25 or 10 for $50. The main draw will be made on Aug. 13, with ticket sales being cut off on July 23. Tickets for the lottery are $60, two for $100 and six for $250. They are available at or by calling 1-855-449-2444.

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Grandma takes the clan to Disneyland

When it comes to a bucket lit up and promising all of your list, mine seems to be filled dreams. with a strong desire to travel Disneyland and Advenwith my family. tureland, the latest theme park It surely stems back to my additions, are still teeming with own childhood, when I spent creative excitement today. Our the better part of the summer visit was a grand one. Not that months travelling with our there weren’t stress points, but family of six. We tent-trailered Disneyland offers a happiness like and camped our way through no other. the best provincial and state Another addition is Downtown parks, cities and towns of Disney, which boasts an array of Columnist North America. Even on the stores, restaurants and clubs, such bumpy sections of the road, as The House of Blues. It stays travelling with my family was heaven. open long after both amusement parks have Following my own instincts and desires, closed. I invited my four sons, their partners and Disney programming remains phenommy three grandchildren to join me for a enal. Californian adventure in April. To my deThe musical Aladdin, performed four lightful surprise, they were all game. Twelve times daily, was stellar. The Pixar Play in total. Parade, held each day, causes everyone Our family adventure had two legs to it. to find the best perch to enjoy the parade The first week was spent in San Francisco. of storybook characters that everyone has We rented a large house and took public come to love. transportation wherever we wanted to go. The World of Color was a highlight for Everyone made their own plans, getting me and a true reflection of the magic of Distogether to tour Alcatraz and going to see neyland. Set along Paradise Pier of the Calithe Giants play baseball. fornia Adventureland, the water spectacular The second leg, and the one that excited happens at the closing of each evening. my grandsons — Aidan, 6, and Riley, 4 With colourful water sprays towering — was the visit to Disneyland. My grandinto the night sky, the 30-minute show daughter — Molly at one — was brightmesmerizes viewers, retelling stories of the eyed and bewildered by all of it, but the many Disney characters. Visuals of Simba, boys took it all in. Ariel and Mickey were portrayed against Disneyland is the happiest place on the wall of water with music accompanyEarth. ing every spray. The music played on and My first visit to Disneyland was in 1965, people could be seen singing along with the when I went there as a little girl with my tunes they knew so well. As the show went family. Every moment of that trip stands out on, fire torches came up from the water to in my mind. Subsequent trips were made the oohs and aahs of the crowd. as a young woman in 1974 and as a young Disneyland is expensive — $1.79 for mom in 1996. The result was always the a juice box, $2 for a piece of fruit — but same. Disneyland was exciting, jam-packed picnic tables were numerous and families with characters, life and entertainment. were pulling out picnic lunches and snacks. Main Street remains the same today — To save money, one would have to be very train station and City Hall at one end, the prepared. Disney Castle entrance at the other end, all One mother reflected the reality of

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today’s economics when walking with her young son, who was asking for an ice cream cone (Disney only served triple scoop ones at $3.59 apiece). “No,” she said, “we already paid $175 to get in here.” We found we were lucky to be facing crowds of only 35,000 at each park, as opposed to 80,000 or 90,000 in the summer months. The lineups weren’t too bad and there are ways to beat them. The Fastpass allows a visitor to book a ride at a later time, without waiting in line. Stroller passes allow a family to take a ride twice, one with each parent, as the other waits outside with the toddler in the stroller. Single rides are offered with many of the faster rides. Not sure if it’s my age — somewhere between old enough to know better and young enough to not care as much — but I took to the rides like never before. I

rode the rollercoaster, Splash Mountain and Space Mountain. I was thrust into the unknown galaxy of Star Wars and entered into the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. I felt as though I was unstoppable, though the photos at the end of each ride show a woman with sheer terror on her face. I did have some trouble realizing that everything presented was part of a moneymaking corporation that represents women as princesses and men as heroes. Only the middle and upper class could afford a Disney trip and that makes it unattainable for many. The dream being proposed is just that — a dream. As I walked through the Disney domain, I could feel a little pixie dust landing on me as I watched people mingling with one another, playing with their families and holding on to a dream of tomorrow. After all, isn’t that what Disney is all about?

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all it the little festival that could. Ritornello, the only chamber music festival in Saskatchewan, is growing up. Now in its sixth year, the festival is no longer the new kid on the block; rather, it has established itself as an important annual cultural event. Pianist Jacqueline Woods, who shares the artistic director role with violinist Carissa Klopoushak, believes the festival has put down roots that will have a long-term impact on the province’s classical music scene, especially on the next generation of performers. “It’s been six years now, so we’re really established, I think, as Ritornello, and we’re starting to get really quite known in this circuit,” she said. “People are contacting us and asking about whether or not they can play as part of the festival, which is a really exciting sort of transition.” Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, a non-profit organization that pays particular attention to musicians who were born and raised on the Prairies, will run from May 23 to May 25 at three venues. Woods said this year is Ritornello’s biggest in terms of performers and budget. Chamber music is classical music that was written for a more intimate setting, such as the salon, as opposed to the concert stage. The word “ritornello,” meanwhile, translates into “little return” in Italian. The name was chosen for the chamber music festival because the event has enticed Saskatchewan-born musicians to return home to play, and because it returns each year. The festival, which aims to bring high-quality performances to diverse audiences, features young musicians who are active in chamber music in Canada and in other parts of the world. Landing its big headliner, the awardwinning, world-renowned Cecilia String Quartet, signifies Ritornello’s expansion and that Saskatoon has become a destination on Canada’s festival circuit, Woods said. The quartet landed the firstplace prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2010. “The Cecilia String Quartet are definitely one of Canada’s best and most

Cecilia String Quartet will perform twice at Ritornello Chamber Music Festival (Photo Supplied)

World-renowned quartet to headline festival well-known quartets — one of the few Canadian quartets to win the Banff string quartet competition,” Woods said. “They’re an extremely talented bunch of young women, and they’re making waves all over the world right now, playing concerts with great pianists in great halls all over. We’re just really sort of fortunate the weekend works for them.” In addition to the Cecilia String

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People are precious, so treat them as such



Dear Lianne, May I take this opportunity to get something off my chest? Dear One Night Wonder: I invited you into my home. We went out a few times. We got carried away and I slept with you far too soon. I was vulnerable and lonely. You made plans with me for the next day and stood me up. You made a lame excuse and did the same thing again. I haven’t spoken to you since. Now I want to make a few suggestions.

In the future, please realize that people are precious, not your play things. Obviously you decided you did not want to be with me anymore. That is fine. Rather than be the coward that you were, why not just tell me that you are not interested? This way I am left with questions. You made me feel really bad about myself. Imagine being married for all those years and then alone? You come waltzing into my life, have your way with me and then off you go. I am sure you

would not appreciate someone doing that to you. Please understand that was really unkind, but taught me some valuable lessons. No man will ever have the privilege of intimacy with me until he deserves it. And you, Buddy, need to learn to communicate. All you needed to do was say no thank you. — Burnt Dear Burnt, I am so glad you were able to vent. He is history and will likely carry on in the same manner. I am glad you have realized that intimacy far

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Cam Hutchinson & Friends:

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C Chong, on one of Christopher Columbus’ ships — The Santa Maria — possibly being found off the coast of Haiti: “Divers are trying to decipher a name that looks remarkably similar to Columbus Concordia Cruises.” l Janice Hough, on the underwater explorer believing he found and identified the wreck of the Santa Maria: “And CNN responded, ‘How are you at finding planes?’” l Bill Littlejohn, on a Texas A&M regent wanting to rename their home field after Johnny Manziel: “Doesn’t Johnny have a stadium named after him already — Coors Field?” l Torben Rolfsen, JW11502.E19 Jameson Vladimir Putin

scoring six goals in a Night Hockey League amateur game in Sochi: “The opposing team was just happy it didn’t go to a shootout.” l I don’t like texts that begin with “well.” l From Chong: “Happy 89th birthday to Yogi Berra. I wonder if he told his friends and family that his birthday party wasn’t over until it’s over.” l Littlejohn, on a recent road trip where Rays manager Joe Maddon had his team travel in the attire of Woodstock, a 1969 rock-love festival gathering in upstate New York: “Woodstock had about 400,000 people, or roughly the Rays season-attendance mark.” l Hough, on a 31-year-old Texas

woman being arrested after posing as a high school student for eight months: “In her defence she says she was just auditioning for Glee.” l Rolfsen, on the Los Angeles Clippers being eliminated from the NBA playoffs: “Now it’s time for the awkward season-ending barbecue at Donald Sterling’s house.” l Something I noticed during the David Woods murder trial: When reporters tweet, they can easily cross the line from being unbiased observers to analysts. l Chong, on Johnny Manziel being drafted No. 22 by the Cleveland Browns: “In Dog Pound years, that’s like 154.” l Littlejohn, on officials saying New

York City could survive a Godzilla attack: “But they added it may not survive the Mets bullpen.” l Rolfsen, on the CFL draft: “Anyone else surprised Solange Knowles lasted until the seventh round?” l A Harvard professor has invented a phone that sends out smells. Talk about a dream-come-true for teenage boys. l Chong, on the price of beef and pork increasing by 25 per cent during the past three months: ‘“Thankfully this doesn’t affect us,’ said Taco Bell.” l Littlejohn, on Kim Jong-Un starring in his own video game, along with Dennis Rodman: “I thought they already had Looney Tunes B-Ball.” (Continued on page 15)

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Student kicked out of prom for being too provocative (Continued from page 14) l Hough, on a 17-year-old girl being kicked out of her senior prom in Virginia because some of the fathers chaperoning said her dress was too short, her dancing was too provocative and she was going to cause the young men at the prom to think impure thoughts: “I’ve got news for them. Getting up in the morning causes young men to think impure thoughts.” l Why is Jermain Defoe surprised he didn’t make England’s World Cup soccer team? To showcase his talent, shouldn’t he have stayed in England rather than taking the cash in Toronto? l Chong, on Peyton Manning signing an exclusive million-dollar deal with an insurance and financial company: “Next season expect to hear Manning say ‘Mutual of Omaha’ before snaps.” l Rolfsen, on both Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg and Mets first baseman Lucas Duda saying they got food poisoning from burgers they ate at Citi Field’s Shake Shack: “The pair are going to be more careful about what they put into their mouths in ballparks, they said between pinches of chewing tobacco.” l From Littlejohn: “Some say that AJ McCarron was taken late in the NFL draft

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Tammy Robert Saskatoon Express t’s grown from an evening out sipping beer for a good cause to one of Saskatoon’s most-anticipated spring events. P.O.W. City Kinsmen’s 11th Annual Top of the Hops Grapes and Grains Festival will offer the best in tipple and tastes this year from May 22-24 at Prairieland Park. “We started the event in 2003 with a beer-only event located in the 18,000-square-foot Hall C at Prairieland Park,” said Rob Bateman, past chair of the event. “Since then, we have grown to use both Halls A and C with a combined footprint of 60,000 square feet. And we have also expanded our product selections, which now include a record number of over 200 wines, spirits, liqueurs and beer.” “We attract vendors from Manitoba, Alberta, and local representatives for national brands,” said Dyllon Veitch, who has taken over the role of organizer. “We also have 12 local food vendors this year, which is our highest participation yet. Some of our food vendors include Saboroso, Bell & Whistle, Hanes Hummus, and even a local Ukrainian dance group selling perogies to raise funds. Saskatoon band Side of Groovy will be performing live on stage during the event.” Both Bateman and Veitch say what makes Top of the Hops successful are volunteers.


Russel Wilson (Wiki Photo) because at Alabama he had an average arm and was surrounded by elite talent — but enough about Katherine Webb.” l Hough, on the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins playing a record ninth Game 7: “And Chicago Cubs fans responded, ‘What’s a Game 7?’” l Chong, on Russell Wilson having the No. 1-selling NFL jersey: “The top selling jersey at Everything Under a Dollar store continues to be the Canucks’ Roberto Luongo.” l Headline: Crawford silences critics in Chicago crease. You know what I’d say? “Get out of my crease, you punks.”

“All proceeds raised at Top of the Hops are used to support a wide range of community initiatives,” said Bateman. “Members of the P.O.W. City Kinsmen you see around the event are all there on their own accord. These men volunteer their time and energy to ensure everyone has both an enjoyable and safe festival experience, knowing that the funds raised will go towards supporting dozens of charities and community organizations around our wonderful city.” In the past, Top of the Hops proceeds have gone to local charities and causes such as the Telemiracle Foundation, Saskatoon Hospital Foundations, Girl Guides, minor sport and local public schools. This year the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Farm in the Dell will be significant benefactors from Top of the Hops’ annual Winemaker’s Dinner, which will be held May 21 to kick off the event. P.O.W City Kinsmen’s Top of the Hops Grapes and Grains Festival May 22-24 at Prairieland Park 6:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. nightly Thursday $20 in advance, $25 at the door Friday and Saturday $30 in advance, $35 at the door Tokens are 50 cents each. Vendors charge anywhere from one to 12 tokens for a taste of their wares.

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Reader raises stink about biodegradables Question: Do those dothe mayor on the important ing the proposed compostissues facing our city. ing project compost? Plastic The question leads into bins and no air equal tons of another current discussion smell. I compost year round. at City Hall. We are reAm I going to be forced to get designing the way council another plastic bin? I already does business and changing have a blue bin that has been procedures. Committees are used only three or four times being redefined, the way since January 2013. One issues get dealt with is being broad brush does not fit all. streamlined, and important Mayor Atchison: Your readwork of committees will be er is correct; one broad brush Ask the Mayor highlighted. Council meetdoes not fit all. Right now ings will be held once a we have approximately 7,500 month. All our committee people voluntarily using our green bins meetings will be once a month, but they for recycling biodegradables. I think at will be longer. Council members will this time the citizens of Saskatoon need actually work longer than they do right to take a nice deep breath of fresh air now. and digest what we have done in the Question: I wrote about this one recycling area. I think everyone needs a other time. I still don’t think the 22nd break. I think we should just stay where Street exit is properly marked for cars we are and let this evolve. As for the going northbound on Circle Drive part about whether the people doing the South. What are your thoughts on study compost, I couldn’t tell you. We this? don’t get that personal at City Hall. Mayor Atchison: Your writer is absoQuestion: Was there a time when lutely correct. I was just there the other the mayor only voted to break ties? Is day, and if you don’t know where the this a good idea? exit is, you can go zipping right by it. Mayor Atchison: The answer is no. We are looking at changing the signage Is it a good idea? I don’t know if it is or there. We also have to look at putting not. I think citizens deserve to hear from signage further out on Circle Drive


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orse enthusiasts now have a safe place to ride. With growing congestion on roads and in ditches, 50 acres of land in South Corman Park have been designated for riding, walking and picnicking. “We felt there was a need to have a place off the roads and out of the ditches for people to safely ride their horses,” said Colleen Kellett, vice-president of the Corman Park Horse Rider’s Association and the person credited with the idea for the park. “This area is quickly becoming densely populated on the roads, and on quads and dirt bikes in the ditches that don’t understand horse behaviour. There are a lot of horse people in this area originally who used to ride in the ditches, but don’t want to anymore because it has become dangerous.” Grasswood Horse Park is located south of South Corman Park School at Baker Road and Preston Avenue. “We discovered there was this land sitting right under our noses that has been zoned municipal reserve for over 30 years now, and it wasn’t being used,” Kellett said. “We thought this is ideal; this has been farmed for 30 years, but really that is not the intended purpose. We decided to approach the RM (of Corman Park) to see if we could use this land to

develop a horse-friendly place for people to meet and ride.” To spruce up the land and help return it to a more natural state, 100 volunteers planted more than 2,000 trees last week. “We want a beautiful park,” said Charlene Dalen-Brown, president of the riders’ association. “It started as a vision that has grown into this great park. We are grateful to the RM for believing in our vision and helping us make this happen. Without the RM believing in us and giving us funding, this would never have happened.” Area resident and organizer David Nahachewsky invites people living outside the area to use the park. “It is a public park, and it is for everyone,” he said. “We call it a horse park, but there are walking trails on here, there’s a picnic area on here; we want everyone in the community to enjoy it. We expect functions of 50 to 100 people in the picnic area.” Nahachewsky said park rules will be posted this week and walking trails will be marked. Dogs and motorized vehicles are not allowed on the land. The parking area is large enough to accommodate vehicles pulling horse trailers. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. For more information, visit www.

Colleen Kellett, left, and Charlene Dalen-Brown helped bring Grasswood Horse Park to fruition (Photos by Cam Hutchinson)

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SHE model Rhiana Long did a lot of walking during the fashion week (Photo by Andrew Boryski)

Made in Saskatchewan fashions showcased


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am Generation Saskatchewan” was the mantra repeated over and over at Saskatchewan Fashion Week in Regina. More than fashion, the showcase celebrated the talented and creative individuals who have chosen to remain in or return to Saskatchewan to generate their successes. Some of the Saskatoon talent included SHE model Rhiana Long, who walked in a majority of the designers’ shows. Backstage, Saskatoon’s Alicia Soulier was a key hair stylist. Three Saskatoon designers Sova Design, =War Paint= by Stevie Crowne and Laurie Brown showed their fashions. Sherry Hrycay, the creative force behind Sova Design, showed her Ukrainianinspired collection of artisanal hats on models that walked down the runway to Ukrainian electronic-dance music and hometown musicians, The Sheepdogs. Hrycay created wardrobe to match, complete with floral shawls, anklelength wool coats and Cossack pants that resembled the slouchy harem pants that

have been on the runway the past few seasons. Most notably, Brown closed the three-day showcase with her impressive collection. Many designers will walk out at the end of a runway show, but Brown was integral to her runway show. Models showed dresses and capes that were re-styled as skirts and jackets that were re-styled as pants by Brown mid-runway. Everything about Brown’s showing was extraordinary and choreographed perfectly. Deservingly so, she received a standing ovation from the audience. Other designers of note included Janis Procyk of Prahsik Designs, who won the weekend’s Fashion Forward Emerging Designer Award presented by Dr. Roberta McKay and Elmer Brenner. Also receiving her fair share of buzz was 15-year-old Sage Wosminity, an emerging designer based in Regina. She credits her grandma with teaching her how to sew. The local fashion community is sure to be watching what Wosminity shows in coming Saskatchewan Fashion Weeks, given her promising talent. Generation Saskatchewan is thriving.


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MAY 24 Oliver Jones played piano at the first-ever Saskatchewan Jazz Festival and he’s been a fan favourite ever since. A star for six decades, a resident of Montreal since 1980, a Juno award-winning artist, he is the perfect for a solo piano performance. Show time is 9 p.m. at The Bassment, 202 4th Avenue North. Tickets are $40 for SJS members, $50 for non-members. ***** The Saskatoon Fiddle Orchestra (SFO) will celebrate its 10th anniversary and release a CD at its Spring Show, 7:30 p.m., Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon. The show will feature John Arcand and Everett Larson, a longtime fiddle player, composer and teacher. Various dance troupes will also be part of the show. Tickets: $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Advance tickets available at the Broadway Theatre, Long and McQuade and McNally Robinson. For more information call 306 244-7571 or 306 955-0105.

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JUNE 8 The Gutsy Walk, a fundraiser for Crohn’s and Colitis. Proceeds raised advance medical research, improving the lives of children and adults affected by these chronic diseases. The walk takes place at North Kiwanis Park (north of the Bessborough Hotel). Registration, entertainment and a barbecue at noon, with the walk at 2 p.m. For more information or to register, visit or call 1-800-387-1479.

Persephone Theatre’s Kinsmen Young Company presents its original stage adaptation of Peter Pan. Rawlco Radio Hall. Shows: Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets: $10-$15. Tickets are available at the Persephone Theatre Box JUNE 11 Office (306-384-7727) or online at www. Saskatoon Shines Leadership Gala to MAY 16-25 honour individuals from our community who Wide Open Theatre presents The Elves & have dedicated time and energy to bring MAY 30-31, JUNE 1 The Shoemaker at the Refinery Arts and spectacular events to our city. Ramada The Shrine Circus is celebrating its 60th Spirit Centre (609 Dufferin Avenue). Shows Hotel. 6 p.m. reception, with dinner and an season in Saskatchewan, leaning on the are suitable for all ages. Thirty minute and awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Tickets are $65 versatile talents of Tarzan Zerbini’s travelling one-hour shows are available. Advance each or $350 for a table of six. For tickets, artists. Erika Zerbini works with elephants tickets can be purchased online at www. contact Cora Fischer at 306-931-7580 or and horses; Judit and Jurgen Nerger or by calling 306-683email appear with exotic cats; the Videla family 9460. Rush tickets available 30 minutes performs the clowning antics; the Dragmir before shows. For show times, visit www. JUNE 12 troupe, new to the show since March, are Help provide hope and dignity to the gymnastic stars. All shows are under the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan and Syrtent at Prairieland Park. Performances are MAY 20 at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on May 30; at 11 a.m, ian refugees at the Rotary ShelterBox Need to upgrade your driving skills? A “55 2 and 7 p.m. on May 31; and at 11 am., and fundraising event at 5:30 at the German Alive Mature Drivers’ Course” is being ofCultural Centre. ShelterBoxes contain all 3 p.m. on June 1. fered at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, the necessities – a tent, sleeping mats, a 436 Spadina Cres East (corner of Spadina stove, water container & purifier plus baMAY 31 Ave. & 20th Street). This free six-hour presic tools. Guest speaker, Ron Noseworthy What: Save the Children – Canada. Fundsentation will take place from 1 p.m. 4:30 will describe his deployment to the Philipp.m. on May 23 and May 30. Please register raising Bake Sale. Where: Market Mall (near pines following Typhoon Haiyan. Tickets Safeway) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations by May 20 by calling 306-242-0525. Coffee are $50 with a tax-deductible receipt requested. Kindly drop your contributions will be available. upon request. Silent & live auction. For preferably between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. but tickets contact Dorothy at 934-2067 or not later than 10:30 a.m. Please contact MAY 21 270-4216. Janet at 477-1899 or Lavonne at lavonne. Canadian Club of Saskatoon will hold its nual general meeting. Registration at 11:30 a.m. for buffet at noon. Sheraton Cavalier. JUNE 1 Luncheon tickets: Call Laura at 306-931HOPE Cancer Centre Race for Recovery. 6790. Where: Meewasin Park at Spadina Crescent Every Monday and Whiteswan Drive. When: 10 a.m., with There’s Hope Beyond Depression Program. MAY 22 the walk/run at 11 and picnic and concert Free introductory sessions Feb. 3 or Feb. Joy of Vox (directed by BJ Harris) Spring at 11:45 a.m. All money raised stays in 10 from 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Where: 327 concert. 7:30 p.m. at Castle theatre (1904 Saskatoon and will be used to support Pinehouse Drive (wheelchair accessible). For Clarence Avenue) Tickets $15 at the door people living with cancer in Saskatoon and more info call Pekka at 306-717-1665 or and at the Broadway Café. area. For more information and to register, email   visit or call MAY 23 306-955-4673 or email hopesaskatoo@ First Saturday of every National Schizophrenia Awareness Day. In addition to online registration, month Open House Schizophrenia Society of pledge forms can be picked up before May What: The MindFULL Café, part of the Saskatchewan 28 at the Hope Cancer Help Centre (129 D From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Partnership program Pinehouse Drive) or Brainsport the Running international Alzheimer Café movement, is an opportunity to meet in a relaxed presentation at 1:30. Located St. Paul’s Store (704 Broadway Avenue). Volunteers social setting for persons with dementia, 230 Avenue R South main floor room G30. are needed. family, care partners and other interested Phone: 306-374-3220 for further details. people. The Café is a two-hour get together JUNE 4 with refreshments, entertainment and May 24 Saskatchewan Friends of the Shevchenko information. First Saturday of the month Grassland Quilters’ Show & Tea at Ebenezer Foundation will host the 17th Annual Fund- from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Sherbrooke Baptist Church (107 McWillie Avenue) from raising Evening. Community Centre.



Every Tuesday Tops #5273 meets at St. Mathews Hall (135-109th Street West). Weigh-in from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15. Meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Experience a healthy weight loss. For more information call 306- 249-2029 or 306-931-3286.

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 What: Depression Support Group — free group runs on the first and third Thursday of each month, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is open to anyone struggling with depression and family members wanting to support them. Where: 311 – 38th Street East. This is a wheelchair accessible building. For more info call 270-9181.

Every Wednesday 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” for people in their 50s and 60s. Events such as weekly Wednesday restaurant suppers, monthly Sunday brunches, movie nights, dances, pot luck and more. Meet new friends. No membership dues. For more information email allaboutus10@hotmail. com or phone (306) 978-0813. ***** The Off Broadway Farmers’ Market and International Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the basement of Emmanuel Anglican Church (607 Dufferin Ave. and 12th Street). A variety of Saskatchewan foods ranging from grass-fed beef, Katadin lamb, free-range eggs, and several varieties of frozen fish. Fresh baking, German pastry, and fresh and frozen Indian food including samosas are other features. Guest vendors may call 306-664-2940 for details. ***** Mission: To support the Lighthouse project in Inner City.What: Bargain Store:Babies, Children, Ladies, Men’s Clothing, Jewelry, Purses, Belts; Camping Clothes. When: Every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: St. Paul’s United Church,454 Egbert Avenue.Prices: From $0.25 to $5. Open House: noon to1 p.m. ,May 25.Everyone welcome. For more information: Call306-955-3766 (church) or go to or email

Third Tuesday of the Month What: Monthly Drop-In Caregiver Support Group. Who: Caregivers for adult family members or friends. Cost:  Free (presented by Saskatoon Health Region). To Register: Jeanne (306-655-3426) or Karen (306-6553427).


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ON NOW AT YOUR PRAIRIE GMC DEALERS. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. GMC is a brand of General Motors of Canada. * Offers apply to the lease of a new or demonstrator 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Double Cab 4x4 (1SA/G80/B30/K05), 2014 GMC Terrain FWD (3SA/K05), 2014 GMC Acadia FWD (3SA/K05). Freight ($1,695/$1,600/$1,600) and PDI included. License, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in Prairie GMC Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer order or trade may be required. †* The Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) comprises professional journalists, writers and photographers specializing in cars and trucks. They provide unbiased opinions of new vehicles to help consumers make better purchases that are right for them. For more information visit ^ 2014 Sierra 1500 with the available 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission has a fuel-consumption rating of 13.0L/100 km city and 8.7L/100 km hwy 2WD and 13.3L/100 km city and 9.0L/100 km hwy 4WD. Fuel consumption based on GM testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. Competitive fuel consumption ratings based on Natural Resources Canada’s 2013 Fuel Consumption Guide for 2013 Large Pickup segment and latest available information at the time of posting. **When equipped with available 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine. Comparison based on 2013 Large Light-Duty Pickup segment and latest competitive data available. Excludes other GM vehicles. † Comparison based on 2013 Large Pickup segment and latest competitive data available. Excludes other GM vehicles. + Whichever comes first. See dealer for conditions and limited warranty details. ‡‡ Offer valid from April 1, 2014 to June 2, 2014 (the “Program Period”) to retail customers resident in Canada who own or are currently leasing a 1999 or newer eligible vehicle that has been registered and insured in Canada in the customer’s name for the previous consecutive six months, will receive a $750 Spring Bonus credit towards the lease, purchase or finance of an eligible new 2013/2014 GMC model delivered during the Program Period. Retail customers resident in Canada who own or are currently leasing a 1999 or newer eligible pickup truck that has been registered and insured in Canada in the customer’s name for the previous consecutive six months, will receive a $1000 Spring Bonus credit towards the lease or finance of an eligible 2013/2014 GMC Sierra; or a $2000 Spring Bonus credit towards the cash purchase of an eligible 2013/2014 GMC Sierra. Only one (1) credit may be applied per eligible vehicle sale. Offer is transferable to a family member living in the same household (proof of address required). This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. The $750/$1000/$2000 credit includes HST/GST/PST as applicable by province. As part of the transaction, dealer will request current vehicle registration and/or insurance to prove ownership for the previous consecutive six months. GMCL reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Void where prohibited by law. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See your GM dealer for details. ‡ 0%/0%/0% for 36/48/24 month lease available on 2014 Sierra 1500 Double Cab/2014 Terrain/2014 Acadia. 0.9% for 48 month lease available on 2014 Acadia. Sample lease payments based on approved credit by GM Financial. Annual kilometre limit of 20,000 km, $0.16 per excess kilometre. Monthly payments may vary depending on down payment/trade. Example: Sierra Double Cab 4x4 (1SA/G80/B30/K05) including Freight and Air Tax is $30,480 at 0% APR, $1,365 Down payment, Bi-Weekly payment is $139 for 36 months. Total obligation is $12,242, plus applicable taxes. Option to purchase at lease end is $18,238. ¥¥ 0% Purchase financing offered on approved credit by RBC Royal Bank/TD Auto Financing/Scotiabank for 48/72/72 months on new or demonstrator 2014 Sierra 1500/2014 Terrain/2014 Acadia. Example: $10,000 at 0% APR, the monthly payment is $208/$139 for 48/72 months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $10,000. Offer is unconditionally interest-free. ¥ $4,250 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit has been applied to the purchase, finance and lease offers of 2014 Sierra 1500 Double/Crew Cabs, and is applicable to retail customers only. $500 package credits for non-PDU models. Other credits available on select Sierra models. Offer ends June 2, 2014. ++ Retail and basic fleet customers who purchase or lease an eligible GMC delivered from dealer stock between March 1, 2014 and June 2, 2014 will receive one 40¢ savings per litre fuel card (fuel savings card) upon payment of an additional $.01. Cards valid as of 72 hours after delivery. Fuel savings card valid for 800 litres of fuel purchased from participating Petro-Canada retail locations (and other approved North Atlantic Petroleum locations in Newfoundland) and not redeemable for cash except where required by law. GM is not responsible for cards that are lost, stolen or damaged. GM reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer and/or the program for any reason in whole or in part at any time without notice. Petro-Canada is a Suncor Energy business™ Trademark of Suncor Energy Inc. Used under license. Cards are property of Suncor Energy. To protect your card balance, register online at today. †† The 2-Year Scheduled Lube-Oil-Filter Maintenance Program provides eligible customers in Canada, who purchase, lease or finance a new eligible 2014 Model Year vehicle with an ACDelco oil and filter change, in accordance with the oil life monitoring system and the Owner’s Manual, for 2 years or 40,000 KMs, whichever occurs first, with a limit of four (4) Lube-Oil-Filter services in total, performed at participating GM Dealers. Fluid top offs, inspections, tire rotations, wheel alignments and balancing, etc. are not covered. This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. General Motors of Canada Limited reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ^^ The Best Buy Seal is a registered trademark of Consumers Digest Communications, LLC, used under license. ‡* Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution. Comparison based on 2013 Wards segmentation: Large/Cross Utility Vehicles and latest competitive data available. Excludes other GM vehicles.

Saskatton Express, May 19, 2014