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I’m not a name dropper but...


was going to start this column by saying, “I will never look at Lady Godiva the same way again. She’s my 29th greatgrandmother.” I liked it as lead paragraph, so I left it. However, it turns out that branch on the family tree broke off in the 11th century. This is going to sound complicated, Editor convoluted and perhaps boring, but here is why Lady Godiva isn’t my 29th great-grandmother. Edith Swanneschals (Swan Neck or Edith the Fair, born 1025) is my 27th great-grandmother. She was the first wife or mistress of King Harold II of England. She is sometimes confused with Edith of Mercia who horny old Harold married for political gain after defeating in battle her husband and Welsh ruler Gruffydd ap Llywelyn. I am a descendant of Edith the Fair, so I missed being part of the Godiva clan by an Edith — darn it. This means I still don’t have an explanation for why I like walking around naked. Before this column goes any further, I want to thank my cousin Doug Terry for the hundreds of hours he has spent compiling our family history on our mothers’ sides. Doug discovered that Charlemagne, Charles the Great (742814), is our 39th great-grandfather. He united Western Europe way back in the day and is credited with laying the foundations for modern France and Germany. He was the king of Italy and the first Holy Roman Emperor. Grandpa Charles was a big deal. Also on the Charles the Great side, we have relatives with cool names. There’s Baudouin II the Great de Flanders Comte de Flanders. He lived from 843 all the way to 918 despite carrying that handle around. There is a guy named Charles II the Bald (823-877). I am surprised I have most of my hair.


This Ontario pub is named after my fourth great-grandfather, Maj. Benjamin Milliken (Website Photo) We are part of royalty in France and Denmark. A king of Israel is part of our family tree. Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, is part of the clan. I hate being a name dropper, though. One of the most fascinating things Doug discovered is our relationship with a man named Major Benjamin Milliken (1794-1863). The Millikens moved from Scotland to Maine in the 1600s. As loyalists, they got the heck out of the United States, moving to New Brunswick and then to Ontario. Benjamin Milliken fought in the war of 1812 for Upper Canada. We kicked some American butt in that one. He continued serving in the military, eventually rising to the rank of major. The family was quite successful in shipping and lumber businesses. He also farmed. Sometime around 1855, Milliken constructed a small house on his farm in Markham, Ont. After his death, his son William built a bigger house on the same site. It is still standing and is an Ontario heritage site. And get this. The house William Milliken built is now occupied by Major Milliken Pub House and Eatery. How cool is that? William and his wife, Mary, sold the home in 1890. Its present owners have had it since 1985.

The pub has a website, a Facebook page and a Twitter account. It has daily lunch specials. There are 10 items on the menu that are $10 each. Among them are liver, veal, chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, pulled pork, souvlaki and burgers. I would order the open-face burger if they would substitute fries for the mashed potatoes. Major Milliken was married three times and had seven children. I wish there was a time machine, and Doug and I could go back and hoist one with Major Milliken, our fourth great-grandfather. Doug said it was always fun when he worked his way up the tree and found a knight, a count or a duke. He would keep going and find princes and princesses, and kings and queens. “I was thinking, ‘Where does it end?’” he said. “It’s like canoeing down a river that’s winding and not knowing what’s around the next corner.” Over the years, some of our more modern-day relatives ended up in the Eatonia/Kindersley area. After growing up on a farm near Watrous, my mother moved to Saskatoon when she was in her late teens. Soon after, Cameron the Not Great was born. And everyone lived happily ever after.

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Historic Knabe piano T

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he acquisition of a historic Knabe piano by Gustin House is inspiring a collection of happy memories by many who once played it. The piano had a place in Lyell Gustin’s music studios more than 80 years ago but, in recent times, has been the property of Shirley Pridmore, a onetime pupil of Gustin, and her husband, Peter. Now retired as a Saskatoon piano teacher, Shirley People wanted the piano to go back to its rightful place. Joan Halmo, secretary-treasurer of the Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee, said the piano will be moved into Gustin House some time during 2016. The William Knabe Company was based in Baltimore and flourished as a maker of fine pianos from the mid-1800s into the early 20th century. The company supplied a rosewood concert grand piano to the White House in Washington in 1882. It sponsored Peter Tchaikovsky’s appearance at the official opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891, and a Knabe became the piano of use at the Metropolitan Opera in 1926. The company underwent a series of changes and today the Knabe pianos are manufactured by Samick Musical Instruments Ltd. “The history of this particular piano,” said Halmo, “indicates it was present in the Gustin studios during the early 1930s, and perhaps earlier. It was located in the front room, which, at one time, was the original teaching and performance area. When the house was enlarged to include another studio at the back of the building, most lessons were taught on the Steinway in the back room, but the Knabe still served as a second teaching piano for Gustin musicians at certain times.” Two former Gustin pupils, Boyd McDonald and Garth Beckett, became a Canadian piano duo of note and professors at Wilfrid Laurier University. McDonald told Halmo that when he was perhaps 12 years old, Gustin stopped at the Knabe and played him a Chopin waltz, wanting to demonstrate the piano’s range. Beckett recalled that, at a casual gathering, Gustin played an Impromptu by Faure


Gregory Schulte, pianist, organist and music director in Saskatoon and Joan Halmo, secretary-treasurer of the Gustin/ Trounce Heritage Committee, with the Knabe piano from the Gustin studios (Photos by Sandy Hutchinson) on the Knabe, while Zubin Mehta was standing near the fireplace. Mehta married Gustin Studio graduate Carmen Lasky and was internationally known as an orchestral conductor. Gregory Schulte, pianist, organist and music director in Saskatoon, saw and played the Knabe in the Gustin studios. “I do believe that Mr. Gustin found the piano in Saskatoon and it was assuredly a good piano. I played it a few times in the studio and I know that it was loaned to Third Avenue United Church during the Saskatoon music festivals of the day,” said Schulte. In an environment where families easily adapted to the teachings and influence of Gustin, Schulte and an aunt, Louise, both shared in happy stories. “In her young days, my aunt would catch the train at Marysburg, transfer to another train at Humboldt, and come into Saskatoon for lessons. She walked everywhere in Saskatoon. My mother died when I was three years old and I lived with Aunt Louise. Life in the country was busy and she always gave me lessons before I went to the school in the morning. When I was eight years old, I was adjudicated by Mr. Gustin at a festival in Humboldt. I studied with him in Saskatoon for several years. “He had an enormous respect for the students who came into his music world. He shared stories about his life in music. I’d come into the studio, he would want to talk for a while, and then he’d let me walk quietly, and in front of him, to the piano. Lessons with him were infinitely wonderful and he was so inspiring. He expected his students to have an enormous respect for the piano.” Halmo said Gustin always liked to put artists together in a variety of ensembles. She and her sister, Donalda, and others would get to play with the Schultes in twopiano, four-person repertoires. Schulte also trained in Toronto and later spent 14 years of his life as the organist of

The William Knabe Company flourished in the mid-1800s and into the early 20th century an Anglican Cathedral in Quebec City. He returned to Saskatoon in 1993. His aunt died in 2013, just 15 days short of her 103rd birthday. Audrey Regier Neufeld, who now lives in Cyprus, studied with Gustin from 1972 until 1980. In an email to Halmo, she wrote, “It was in 1977 or 1978 when he was walking me out after one of our sessions that he stopped by the Knabe and said it just didn’t get played enough. He thought he would have to sell it. Knowing that I had room for it, he asked if I would be interested. How could I say no? I was thrilled and enjoyed working at it and teaching on it until we left for England in the fall of 1980. I wanted a good home for it and that’s where the Pridmores came in.” Helen Pridmore, now an associate professor of music at the University of Regina, said, “Audrey was a beautiful pianist; I remember her playing in the music festi-

val and winning all kinds of scholarships. When she and her husband moved away, my family bought the piano. It indeed is a wonderful instrument. My mother restored it with new strings inside. We used it for many years in our house. Now that my mother is no longer able to play, we are glad to give it back to the Gustin House.” Like her mother, Helen was also a Gustin student. She taught at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick for 15 years before moving to Regina in 2014. She is considered a specialist in contemporary scored music and experimental music. Gustin House is now a provincial heritage property and once again a performance venue. “Until we can suitably incorporate the Knabe into the studio, it is in the care of Alyssa Thompson, another descendant of the Gustin family, a music teacher and performer and she also volunteers at Gustin House,” said Halmo.

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Because it’s 2016 Leaders look into the year ahead


s the new year approaches, we look into the future with resolutions, hopes, dreams and predictions. This year, we asked Saskatoon leaders from various walks of life for Columnist their visions. Here is what they had to say, in their own words and from their own perspectives.

Joanne Paulson

Prabha Vaidyanathan CEO, Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan


midst continued economic recovery, the work of building a vibrant

entrepreneurial and business eco system in 2016, both for men and women in Saskatchewan and beyond, can only be sustained by national and global peace and harmony. While data suggests that Canada is a

global leader in women’s entrepreneurship among innovation-driven economies, I hope 2016 brings more initiatives to support women-led businesses at all stages, while continuing to emphasize diversification and growth.

Peter Stoicheff President, University of Saskatchewan

achievements with the February opening of the Gordon Oakes Redbear Student Centre, an inclusive, intercultural gathering place for the entire U of S commue look forward to 2016 with a nity. sense of optimism and we are exStudent success and leading-edge cited about what the future holds. research remain priorities for our instituThis is an important time for the tion. We continue to be an attractor of University of Saskatchewan as we build top talent and a leader in innovation with on our reputation as a leading research world-class facilities. We want to build institution and as an agent for cultural on our successes of 2015, including being change. To that end, the university is awarded $37.2 million in Canada’s largcommitted to being a leader in supporting est ever federal research grant competiindigenous students and implementing tion that will support us in providing inthe calls to action of the Truth and Recnovative solutions to global food security. onciliation Commission report, following Universities are more important now up on the success of our recent national than ever. We look forward to building forum in which we welcomed postour role as a cultural institution and a secondary and indigenous leaders from driver of change in the city, the province across the country to campus. and nationwide in 2016. We look forward to beginning the I wish you all a safe and happy holinew year by celebrating one of those day season!


Tanya Knight President, Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce


will be a year where the new federal government will continue to implement its election platform, and a year with both provincial and municipal elections. I hope that our political leaders continue to look through the lens of business as they make decisions. Businesses don’t carry a vote in the election, but businesses play a critical role in the vibrancy of any community. With uncertainty in the resource sector, it will be important for government and business to focus on productivity enhancements. I hope all governments set aggressive productivity agendas, clearly identify the goals, and measure and report on the outcomes. I hope that our provincial government looks at a property tax review. In my view, the current structure is too complex, is not transparent, and is out of date. I hope that our City continues to make Saskatoon attractive for business investment. I hope it looks at the ideas ourKK90111.L28 Karen

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Chamber has put forward to build business development, which will increase growth and decrease the residential tax burden. On both the municipal and provincial fronts, I hope that the promises for re-election don’t extend beyond our means. Investments in areas that can promote economic growth are good business decisions, but other spending promises may not be. Our political leaders have difficult roles — they need to balance the short and long-term goals of the city. I wish them strength in this role and continued vision and fortitude to help our Chamber achieve our goal of building the best business climate in Canada.

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Darlene Okemaysim-Sicotte Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company administrator Women Walking Together member


y predictions and wishes for the coming year: prosperity for all peoples of diverse cultures, practices and beliefs and sharing of knowledge, along with best practices. Saskatoon entities are collaborating more often, and the media is evolving in how they represent and interview trending issues. Overall Saskatoon is a hub of lots of activity for every citizen. What we will also see in 2016 is the full swing of the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta are considered hot spots of the highest cases of missing and murdered indigenous women. (Continued on page 5)

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Darlene Okemaysim-Sicotte (Continued from page 4) ou will find surprising developments in research on policing, and activism with safe transportation in taxi cabs and the city transit system. CFCR’s Femfest fundraiser on March 4 at Amigo’s will support Iskwewuk E-wichiwitochik (Women Walking Together) with half the proceeds. Saskatoon will celebrate the Year of Truth and Reconciliation: how does all of Saskatoon get involved in this endeavour?

Barb Macpherson Executive Director, YWCA

have many reasons to be encouraged as I look ahead to 2016, but the economic climate in Saskatchewan is a concern for the YWCA and the families we serve, unlike 2008 where our province was the anomaly. For our most vulnerable citizens, basic needs like decent housing and affordable groceries will be hardships. In the coming year, many of Saskatoon’s young families will struggle to secure safe, adequate housing. However, the momentum towards a collaborative Housing First initiative is encouraging. It will be difficult for many in Saskatoon to earn a living wage. But when women earn higher wages, their families are lifted out of poverty and the whole community benefits. Skilled trades present good opportunities for women to advance, and in January, the YWCA Trade Journey program will admit its third cohort of aspiring tradeswomen. The change in federal government is encouraging for women and indigenous peoples. I expect to see continued action in restoring relationships with indigenous peoples and a larger presence for the Status of Women Office. Through increased discourse on interpersonal violence, I hope to witness a stronger


Alex Fallon President & CEO, Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA)

political will to eliminate violence against women and girls. I am optimistic that as a community, we will move forward in improving the well-being of women, girls and families. I believe that those of us who are privileged must work for change for others who have not had the same advantages. My hope is that as we face the challenges ahead in 2016, our leaders will realize their responsibility and commit their support.

prices should encourage higher visitation levels from nearby markets, which would generate the expected growth. Saskatoon’s rapidly growing food and craft drink scene, as well as year-round offering of popular festivals and business events, will continue to entice visitors to our city in 2016. For many of us, travel and holidays are one of the last budgets we are willing to cut! Our new federal government has increased its investment and focus on tourism as an economic generator. My wish for 2016 is for our provincial government to follow suit. With an election looming, now is the time for current and potential new elected officials to understand not only the contribution of convention and leisure travellers to our economy, but also how they add to our Todd Brandt quality of life. President & CEO, At a local level, Saskatoon needs a Tourism Saskatoon destination development plan. For this to be effective, we need to engage a variety e expect a modest rebound in 2016 of people and organizations, inside and from the recessional trends and outside of the industry. The end goal of mindset of 2015. While we are not predict- making Saskatoon a more compelling ing any significant change to commodity destination will pay dividends for the prices, business and leisure travellers entire community in terms of employment, will adjust. A weak loonie and lower fuel returns and wealth generation. JW15776.L28 James


Hold an event, or attend gatherings. One way is to attend the Indigenous Economic Development in Canada for the World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF) being held in the City of Bridges in August. The provincial and City of Saskatoon elections are this year, and people can get involved in the non-partisan Everyday Political Citizen program; see www.samara. com. I am looking forward to being a witness to the change that is much needed during trying times. As wise old people say to me, “be good”— it’s that simple.


was an interesting year for the economy. Coming off several years of extraordinary growth, we saw some challenges in the energy sector, reduced commodity prices and a slowdown in the construction industry. However, the Saskatoon economy managed to weather the storm pretty well. SREDA looks forward to 2016 with optimism, albeit somewhat cautious optimism, for the Saskatoon region economy. We believe Saskatoon’s diverse economy, continued demand for our natural resources, ongoing and new infrastructure projects and a growing entrepreneurial spirit leave us well positioned for growth in 2016 and into the future. SREDA is forecasting GDP growth of approximately two per cent next year, with the majority of the growth happening in the second half of the year. We will continue to see increases in both population and employment and expect the unemployment rate to remain in the five to six per cent range. At SREDA, our focus for 2016 will be to continue to help grow the region’s

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economy by attracting new businesses, helping local companies expand, supporting entrepreneurship, marketing the region, providing economic analysis and leading regional economic development planning. We also have high hopes for the Saskatoon Aboriginal Employment Partnership in which we play a lead role. I hope our community continues to realize that there are few better places in the world than the Saskatoon region to live, work and prosper. We wish all residents and businesses another successful year.

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Marla Cole

Determination kept her playing through the pain Joanne Paulson Saskatoon Express ven chemotherapy cannot keep Marla Cole away from her music for long. Cole, the first violinist with the Amati Quartet, has been fighting cancer since 2008. When it returned in the bone of her skull, she was given chemotherapy between January and May. The side effects were drastic. “One of the chemo drugs causes peripheral neuropathy, numbness in your hands and feet. It’s not a given . . . but sadly, it did happen for me,” said Cole just before Christmas. The numbness came on gradually, but by April or May, her hands were completely numb. “I really struggled to play. It was difficult, and really awkward,” she said. “Another one of the drugs affects your fingernails and toenails. In one sense, the numbness is good because your fingernails and toenails are painful.” For several months, Cole couldn’t pick up things or touch things without pain. Eventually, all of her fingernails and toenails fell off. While a violinist doesn’t use her fingernails to play, “my fingers were really tender, so playing was really painful.” Cole eventually started to tape up her fingers and fingernails. “That was really grim for me, because it was a pain — it took me 20 minutes to tape my fingers before I could perform. But I was adamant that I wanted to play.” She was also extremely weak, and had to rest her arms on an armchair to play at all. But slowly, she began to figure out work-arounds. “We still played a lot of weddings and events, so I switched to playing second violin parts because it’s lower pitch, and I would re-compose as we went along,” to make the part less complicated, she said. “But it kept me playing, and that was something that I needed. I needed to have control over one little thing.” Cole is also “desperate” to complete the recording the Amati Quartet has embarked on. Having received a recording session from Cameco’s Touchdown for Dreams program, she is determined to make that CD happen. It had been a very difficult year, and by the fall, Cole wondered what to do, because the Amati season was on the horizon.


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She decided to force the issue, and try to learn how to play within the new constraints on her body. But she had to be careful; a violinist can damage her fingers if she presses too hard on the fingerboard, so during practice, Cole would occasionally press her fingers against her face. When she realized they were hot, she had to back off. Then, recently, things began improving considerably. Her right hand, which is her bowing hand, is almost completely recovered, although her left is still somewhat numb. “It’s a positive thing. I feel like I am going to try to play the first violin spot,” she said about the upcoming Amati concerts Jan. 9 at Knox United Church. “Although I can’t feel the fingerboard, I can find most of the notes now. “At this point I’m not sure if my brain is finding different pathways, but there’s certainly some improvement now, and if I look at my fingers instead of at the music, I can control them better, which means more memorizing,” said Cole. “I feel great, considering how I felt even a month ago. It’s taken seven months to recover. I was so weak I was using a walker . . . I wasn’t really capable of doing anything during chemo. So I relied on my friends and family a lot, and they were amazing. They did everything for me until I could recover.” The concert will feature violist Heather Wilson, whom Cole describe as “a super talented viola player, and she is carving out a niche as a teacher and a musician. She is a member of the (Saskatoon) Symphony and does recitals on her own. “I think she is a really beautiful player, and Saskatoon is really lucky to have her. She’s a gem hiding in the Prairies. She could go on to do really great things, as a player and a teacher.” Wilson will join the Amati Quartet on the Mozart String Quintet in G minor, K.516, which is an unusual quintet in that it calls for two violas. Cole said Mozart loved to play to viola, and had an affinity for the instrument. He wrote the quintet during a difficult time in his life — when his father died, and when he was working on his huge opera, Don Giovanni. “This is not a happy quintet,” said Cole. “It’s sorrowful . . . even the dance movement, the minuet, is not dancelike.” The Amati Quartet will also play Haydn’s string quartet

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Side effects from chemotherapy kept Marla Cole from playing first violin last year (Photo Supplied) in B minor, Op 64. No. 2, an atypical and complicated composition, said Cole. Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 2, entitled Company, rounds out the concert. Cole describes Glass as harmonically sparse; he uses increasingly complex repetitions and overlapping of musical lines. “What it does is creates a haunting and mystical sound. It’s very hypnotic, I think. I think the listener loses track of time; you don’t know the structure of it. You just have to go with it.” The Amati Quartet includes Marla Cole, violin; Rudolf Sternadel, violin; Geoff Cole, viola; and Terence Sturge, cello. The next concerts are Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. at Knox United Church. Tickets are available from the Remai Arts Centre box office: (306) 384-7727 or at www.

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Frederickson works as an educational assistant with the Greater Saskatoon School Division. “There was a parent of a Special Olympian who worked with the school division who had sent out this email looking for someone who wanted to coach soccer,” Frederickson said. “I thought to myself, ‘Why not, I could do that.’ I never thought it would have the impact on my life that it has.” Frederickson is now the chair of the Saskatoon Special Olympics board. “I wanted to become more involved and attended a board meeting,” she said. “There was a vacant treasurer position. I wanted to become more involved so I took up the challenge.” It is a challenge that Frederickson has succeeded at immensely. “Barb has done a lot of work,” Special Olympics administrative assistant Ruth Exley said. “She has worked very hard. She has done an amazing job at As a coach, Barb Fredrickson discovered one of the duties is patching up coaching.” a skinned knee (Photo by Samantha Stom-Anthony) “I admire her commitment to everything she does,” Special Olympics slo-pitch coach Dave Hume said. “Barb has a great knack for bringing people together and getting everyone to focus on the task at hand.” Saskatchewan Special Olympics CEO Faye Matt said this kind of involvement John Lynch Just ask Barb Fredrickson of Saskais what motivated the provincial associafor the Saskatoon Express toon – the 2015 national Special Olymtion to nominate Fedrickson. ometimes the most non-descript pics female coach of the year. Fredrickson “This award is more specific to her email is the one that is most deserv- received the honour at a ceremony last coaching which is the pinnacle of her ing of a response. month in Toronto. role,” Matt said. “She is very humble

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and didn’t want all the attention with this. Whether she wants the publicity or not, we want to recognize people like her.” Her nomination form notes Fredrickson, aside from coaching in the Special Olympics Saskatoon Adult Soccer program and being the chair of the Saskatoon Special Olympics chapter, she is known to “jump in wherever needed.” Her nomination also notes, “Barb Fredrickson is the driving force behind Saskatoon’s Special Olympics Program both as a proud coach and a board member. “Barb has worked diligently with her team. Her athletes have been part of a great transformation in that they came from demonstrating minimal skills and knowing very little about the game of soccer, to being and competing at the 2015 SOC National Summer Games in Vancouver.” Fredrickson has coached her Special Olympics team to a first-place finish in the 2013 at the Saskatchewan Summer Games, and fourth-place finishes at the Canada Summer Games in 2014 in Vancouver and in 2010 in London, Ont. There are 14,416 Special Olympics coaches in Canada, according to Special Olympics program manager Ross St. Croix. “What we look for is a coach that goes beyond what is required,” St. Croix said. “This would be a person who really makes a difference in their athletes’ lives.”

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ave you ever pokerfaced your way out of a situation or even into

northern part of the province, so I decided to go into northern Alberta. one? I caught a ride into that Maybe it’s because of my province, but the driver had experience of living on the to drop me off along an old streets, or my background in gravel road. I decided to walk extreme addictions, or maybe as far as I could before the sun it’s because I can roll out a went down. After a few miles pretty good yarn, but one of of walking, I came up to a conmy gifts has always been to struction crew that was paving talk my way out of a situation. the road I was on. It was the Columnist And, yes, sometimes I yap my middle of summer and I was way into a bad circumstance. running out of water. A few years back, I had accumulated I noticed the crew’s camp wasn’t too so much holiday time I was forced to take far off the road. I walked to the camp to time off work. I had six weeks in the sum- see if I could refill my water bottles. I mer to come up with something. Since my didn’t realize I was talking with the supartner at the time had to work, she told pervisor of the project, who asked where me to go ahead and do whatever I wanted. I was going. I told him the story about Sleeping in wasn’t going to be an option having the time off. He asked if I wanted because I rarely sleep in. to earn extra money. I sat down and carefully thought “Have you ever operated heavy equipabout what I was going to do with all ment?” he asked. this free time. I decided to pack my “‘It’s been a while, but yes I have,’” I camping supplies and hitchhike across replied. northern Saskatchewan. I started in the Here’s where my poker face came in. morning in Saskatoon and by evening He showed me a piece of equipment he I was in La Ronge. I kept going village had hired me to operate. “Think you can to village and town to town. It wasn’t handle it?” he asked. long before I had covered enough of the “No problem,” I replied.


The biggest machine I had previously operated was a tractor lawn mower. However, I started early in the morning and there was a veteran operator there. I asked him to give me a hand. The machine could basically run itself. It was all computerized. I didn’t take me long before I got the hang of it. The crew I was with was made up of 12 women and 14 men. I worked there for three weeks, until our contract was done. On our final day, we all decided to meet at the local bar. When I arrived, the entire crew was there. It was then that I noticed the women I had been working with were all dressed up. I had gotten used to seeing them with coveralls, hard hats and rubber boots. But that night they were dressed to the nines. “And here,” I thought to myself, “I was working with all these beautiful women all this time and I didn’t know it.” So much for my poker face. A time when I did use my poker face was when I was with a friend who is the entertainment director for a casino in Alberta. We were setting up the stage for New Year’s Eve. As we worked, we started to hum Auld Lang Syne. Since we didn’t know the words —

who does? — we made up our own. We were laughing at some of the words, when he came up with an idea. He asked me if I wanted to make 500 bucks. He told me he would call me to the stage just before midnight and I would sing Auld Lang Syne. “Nobody’s going to notice the difference, because everybody will be drunk,” he said. “Just throw in Auld Lang Syne every now and then.” When midnight came around I got on the stage and started to sing. Like he said, nobody noticed the difference. Afterwards people were coming up, shaking my hand and buying me drinks. This time I poker-faced 500 bucks. Not bad for a guy who didn’t know the words. It’s a matter of confidence to pretend to know what you are doing. There used to be a tradition on my home reserve where people would sagaway. This, in Cree, is to holler from deep within the spirit. It’s not a scream or a yell. It is to let loose and holler as loud as possible. This New Year’s Eve, I’m going by the lake to saga-way. If you are planning to be out at midnight as the New Year rolls in, listen carefully. It’s me wishing you all the best in health and spirits.

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less the Conference consumers to open up their Board of Canada. wallets a bit more than they The economic news did this year. rolling in at the end of 2015 Here, then, are some was pretty bleak. The Canadian hopes for 2016. Real Estate Board predicted that Snow. Then some rain. housing prices in Saskatchewan Farmers, generally, ended would fall another 1.2 per cent the year with half-decent soil next year, after dropping a bit moisture, but of course will this year. need topsoil moisture to get Manufacturing sales in our the crop growing. We really province fell 11 per cent to $1.16 need a non-drought year, so Columnist billion in October from $1.3 bilfingers crossed that El Nino lion in the same month of 2014, doesn’t spoil spring seeding. according to Statistics Canada (although Housing market stability. Housing they rose 1.3 per cent from September.) starts were well down in 2015, and while Employment insurance recipients leapt 30 that’s not great for the construction secper cent from October. tor, it is good for our over-built housing Even vehicle sales took a bit of a bath, market. Backing off on the starts was and are expected to be down five per cent necessary, since there is plenty of new over last year. Rental vacancies rose to 6.8 housing stock out there that needs to get per cent in October, up from 4.1 per cent a snapped up; builders can only hold so year earlier. much inventory. With any luck, inmigraIn fact, Saskatchewan was in a recestion, also down this year, will pick up a sion last year; our GDP fell about 1.1 per bit; the houses now on the market will sell; cent. The boom was clearly, definitely and we’ll get back to a balanced market. over. Boooooo. Wonky housing markets help no one. A Then the Conference Board weighed small decrease in housing prices is OK, in, and cheered me up a wee bit. It said the but it still won’t assist most people in afSaskatchewan and Alberta economies are fording a home. A crash in housing prices near the bottom of this dreadful cycle, and can put people underwater and mess up sewill begin to grow in the first part of 2016. niors’ retirements. But I think an improveI most powerfully hope the board is ment in the housing market could happen, right, because oil prices are not forecasted maybe in the second quarter. to return to helpful levels for some time: Immigration and inmigration. This I’ve heard 2017 or even later, and then was a reasonably bright spot in 2015; only in the $70 US per barrel range (West while growth was down, the province still Texas Intermediate). grew by 5,242 people, which isn’t bad In theory, oil industry investment considering the economy. Like I just said, should start to stabilize soon. At some we need to maintain or even escalate the point, all that pullback from drilling number of people coming to Saskatoon for should make a difference — reducing the so many reasons — boosting our labour present glut and eventually normalizing pool, bringing in entrepreneurial ideas, production and price. (I do want to punch growing our tax base. Welcome, Syrians. some of those guys in OPEC. Really, they And everyone else. could back off on pumping so much oil. Oil prices bounce back sooner than Ridiculous behaviour.) predicted. OPEC smartens up, and so Anyway, oil misery notwithstanding, does the U.S. Yes, I know, lots of folks the Conference Board is predicting our think we should just leave it in the ground GDP will improve by two per cent in and do the switcheroo to wind and solar, 2016, and I, for one, would certainly take but we’re not ready for that yet. For now, that, after a contraction of about one per we need oil. For now, our economy needs cent this year. Alberta, for the record, will decent prices. Let’s hope it happens. see more modest growth in the 1.2 per cent Peace. What an awful, violent year. range. While in my view refugees are very So, how are we getting back to growth? welcome here, and then some, I’ll bet If all commodity prices stay low, I’m not they’d rather just stay home and be happy, sure how this is going to work. I think we healthy and prosperous. I hope they can have to pray for an excellent agricultural find that here, along with the rest of us. year, targeted and stimulating federallyMay 2016 bring prosperity, but also hapfunded infrastructure projects (downside: piness, love and peace. Without the last for which we will pay later), and for three, the first is meaningless.

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he timing couldn’t have been better for the Lyell Gustin Recital Series 2016. Pianist Philip Chiu of Montreal has been signed for the first performance — Jan. 8 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church — and comes within weeks after being declared the inaugural winner of the $125,000 Prix Goyer (Extreme Emerging Artist) award. It is the biggest prize for an emerging artist in Canada and one of the largest in the world for classical music. In his acceptance speech, Chiu said, “It is really too much to be rewarded for something that one already loves doing.” In Saskatoon, Chiu will play beloved classics from Beethoven and Schubert to Ravel and Ginastera. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., with Chiu giving a pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m. Montreal-based soprano Marie-Josee Lord will lead an ensemble program on April 17. Awardwinning violinst Kerry DuWors, now at Brandon, will make a return home to Saskatoon with collaborative pianist Futaba Niekawa on Aug. 23. Season tickets are $90, with a $65 tab for students. Single performances are individually priced. Tickets are available at McNally RobinPhilip Chiu son, Yamaha Piano, and at the door. — Ned Powers

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***** Travel: 1) List top five places you want to visit; 2) Decide why you want to travel — for example, to connect with family, rest and relax, or have a new adventure; 3) Keep in mind your favourite activities while on vacation — do you like to lie on the beach, or hike, or both?; 4) Think about whether accommodation is the focal point, or whether the experience, such as absorbing local culture, is more important; 5) Plan the length of your travels, and the approximate budget per person. —Sandy Farber, manager and partner, Jubilee Travel ( ***** Find love: “Concentrate on activities you enjoy, your career, health and relationships with family and friends. When you focus on keeping yourself happy, it will keep your life balanced and make you a more interesting person when you do meet someone special. Put a priority on having fun — whatever that means to you. By pursuing activities you enjoy and putting yourself in a new environment, it’s likely you will meet new people who share similar interests and values.” — Sue Larsen, professional matchmaker, Magnetix Matchmaking Saskatoon ( *****

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New Year’s Resolutions Here are some you should keep

s our tummies and bank accounts settle, along with the Christmas wrapping paper in the recycling bin, our thoughts wander to the imminent New Year. 366 brand new days on 2016’s calendar stretch before us, a clean slate brimming with opportunity. According to Amram Shapiro, Louise Firth Campbell and Rosalind Wright, authors of Book of Odds, from Lightning Strikes to Love at First Sight, up to 50 per cent of us are going to make a New Year’s Resolution, but only 20 per cent of us are going Columnist to succeed at keeping them. The Saskatoon Express wants to see you reach your personal goals, so we’ve gathered tips and advice from local experts on some of the more popular New Year’s Resolutions, to help you achieve the success you crave in 2016. *****


Lynn Isaak Quit smoking: “For some individuals, quitting smoking can not only be difficult, but may require several attempts at quitting before they are able to maintain long-term success. Creating a ‘quit plan’

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that is personal and tailored to the individual’s lifestyle, as well as finding the right support, can double your chance of success at becoming smoke-free. The Saskatoon Health Region offers a free program that provides not only support throughout the quit process, but assists individuals with developing a personalized quit plan that helps people learn skills to manage withdrawal and cravings, explore concerns such as weight gain and stress management and discuss nicotine replacement therapies and medications.” — Lynn Isaak, addiction counsellor, Saskatoon Health Region Tobacco Cessation Program (306-655-7777) *****

Christopher Moore Manage your money: “Find a way to keep your finances in front of you, on a daily basis if needed. Download your bank’s app onto your smartphone or tablet and check in on them regularly. Communicate with your partner about your finances, and about what you’re spending. It’s amazing what a little awareness and conscious thought will do. Finally, moving all your automatic withdrawals to come out on just a few days of the month can help. That way you won’t forget when something is coming out and find yourself in a crunch.” — Christopher Moore, financial advisor, Christopher Moore Financial Services Ltd. (www.sunlife. ca/christopher.moore)

***** Lose weight: “Portion size is probably one of the most important factors if you want to bring your weight down. Calories in and calories out is also a major factor as well, but most importantly, the type of calories you are consuming. Getting to know your healthy portions and the best combinations for any eating issues will not only help you initially lose weight, but keep it off for the long term, and keep or improve your health, too. An average weight loss of two pounds per week is encouraged to stay healthy and maintain muscle mass.” — Denise Henry, nutritionist and owner, Gail’s Weight Loss Centre ( *****

Eat more healthfully: “Don’t diet. Too often we see the failure that comes along with a restrictive eating, all-or-none approach. Restriction and unrealistic expectations of oneself are not sustainable, and feed a cycle of guilt and shame. Instead, healthful eating requires consistency from day-to-day. A great place to start is to ensure both lunches and suppers include a non-starchy vegetable, whether you’re dining out, ordering in, or packing a lunch. Including vegetables with meals helps us to fill up on fibre-rich, water-filled, nutrient-dense foods. This leaves less room for over-consumption of foods that are higher in carbohydrates and fat, bringing better balance to the meal. We also find clients are most successful when they prioritize 15 minutes out of their evening to plan out the next day’s meals: prepare a bagged lunch and put together a plan for supper.” — Brooke Bulloch, registered dietician, Food to Fit Saskatoon (

***** Get fit: “A huge piece of the puzzle Be a better person: “This goal alis choosing something you like to do most always creates a really strong inner with people you enjoy doing it with. critic that is condemning us for what we’re A support system, whether it’s a friend not. That inner critic is the biggest obstacle you run with, group you work out with, to moving towards that better version or a personal trainer you meet with is of ourselves: worrying about what other essential to keep yourself accountable people think, beating up on ourselves when and showing up regularly. If you have we aren’t perfect, and of course the constant your exercise scheduled and if someone question of ‘why aren’t I good enough is waiting for you, you are more likely yet?’ If you can pay attention and bring to follow through and less likely to bail awareness to better-feeling thoughts about on your workout. Consistency and small yourself, you will begin to move towards changes can yield huge results. So, do that ideal version of yourself naturally, tak- something you love with people you like ing small steps and continuously evolving being with and don’t let yourself off the into your better self.” — Angie Marshall, hook!” — Amanda Stalwick, SaskaSaskatoon-based life coach (angiemartoon-based personal trainer (

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2016 will be a good year for Saskatoon Question: What do you see for the City of Saskatoon in 2016? Mayor Atchison: I believe it will be an exciting year for Saskatoon. We still have lots of work to do and I am anxious to get going. I’ve heard from many citizens and particularly hockey families that we need more ice surfaces in Saskatoon. I agree. In the budget we set aside $1 million. The city is prepared Ask the to offer that to anyone or any group who build more ice surfaces in Saskatoon. Families shouldn’t have to drive 40, 50 or 60 kilometres outside the city early in the morning or late at night to find ice time for practices. That needs to change. A new facility could be used for all kinds of activities such as speed skating, broom ball and ringette. I am hopeful we can get movement on this by putting $1 million on the table. We will see even more road rehabilitation done in 2016. Another 200 lane kilometres will be resurfaced. That will bring the three-year total to more than 600 lane kilometres. That’s the distance from Saskatoon to Calgary. Crews will replace more sidewalks, fix more back lanes and patch more potholes. I see the difference in our streets and I hope citizens do as well. Snow removal got a financial boost during budget deliberations; a little more than $1 million. Some of that money will be invested in snow removal on arterials and collector streets and to remove the windrows around schools. The rest of the money will go into a budget for a city-wide snow removal program. It will take a few years before we have enough money for that program. You are seeing construction begin on the Traffic Bridge. Construction on the new Parkway Bridge and adjacent roadways will get underway very soon. There is already some work underway and the entire project is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2018. I am hopeful we will see construction on Parcel Y at River Landing this year. Victory Majors has a new partner, so perhaps 2016 will be the year for this important development. River Landing is such a beautiful feature in our city that I want to see the area completed. Families who use the city’s leisure centres will get a break in 2016. I want to remind everyone that the cost of leisure passes has been reduced to allow more families to take advantage of pools and leisure activities. Being active is the best way to be healthy. Speaking of healthy,

we had so much fun during the PotashCorp Mayor’s Marathon Day last June that we are doing it again in 2016. We are going to change it up a bit so that more people can join us on the walk and run. And we are going to add something rather unusual to the event this year that I think people will really enjoy. So stay tuned for that! Families will soon have another great destination; the ChilMayor dren’s Discovery Museum. The city is supporting the museum and I am really excited for all the children in Saskatoon and region. The Discovery Museum will be located right across Spadina Crescent from the PotashCorp Playland at Kinsmen Park. I believe the museum and the park will be a great combination for families. We had such a wonderful response when the park reopened this past summer. Question: What are your thoughts


on the recent discussion of police doing street checks in our city? Mayor Atchison: It is another tool police officers have available to them. I have full confidence in our police chief and the police service. When they talked about racial profiling, we were told by citizens who are not in favour of street checks that it was wrong to be profiling, so we don’t do any of that. An important element missed in this conversation are the victims. What about those who have their homes broken into, their cars being broken into, being held up at knife point or gun point at a business? Their voices need to be heard in this discussion. Police say the drug fentanyl is a very serious problem in Saskatoon and we need to make sure police have all the tools necessary to fight that plague. I think it is important that at 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning, the police are able to stop people and ask them what they are doing. In Saskatoon this past year there were, on average, 4.3

street checks per day. That is one every six hours in the whole city. The question is why aren’t there more, not fewer? The Saskatchewan Police Commission is looking into a policy for the province and I think we should let the Commission lead the way on this. We want to make sure we have the same rules and regulations throughout the province so it isn’t a patchwork of different policies throughout the province. I will be interested to see what they come up with. Mayor’s Note: I love this city and I believe in our citizens. I know 2016 will be another great year for all of us. I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Did You Know? Saskatoon has 4,005 lane kilometres of paved roadways, 1,932 kilometres of sidewalks and 453 kilometres of back lanes. (Have a question for Mayor Atchison? Send it to Please put “mayor” in the subject line.)

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Saskatoon a perfect match for Lianne Lianne Tregobov Matchmaker Dear Readers, As another year began to wind down, I sat back and reflected. This past year I have worked with some truly incredible people in Saskatoon and the surrounding areas. I have facilitated matches of many single people who have become part of dynamic partnerships. I have witnessed the difference the right partner makes in enhancing someone’s life. It truly is beautiful. Saskatoon is full of delightful people who I have the absolute honour and pleasure of working with. As

a matchmaker, I look forward to watching each of my clients as they enter into wonderful relationships. It happens at a different pace for each individual. When it does, the magic begins. May your next year be full of love and excitement and many of your hopes and dreams come true. Please be good to yourself and those you come in contact with. Happy New Year! — Lianne Dear Lianne, Why do guys still say they are going to call after a date and then they don’t? I know this is an age-old problem, but I thought I was done with it in my 20s. The exchange goes like this: Him: “I

had a really nice time and would like to see you again. Did you?” Me: “Yes, I would, definitely.” Him: “OK, I’ll text you tomorrow.” Me: “Great,” followed by a hug, brief kiss. So, did he call or text the next day or the day after that? No, of course not, and don’t tell me to call him. The last time I did that it got me nowhere. I seemed like I was desperate and the guy didn’t even ask me out after the call. I felt dumb. Guys, why can’t you just mean what you say?— Laura Dear Laura, Although it won’t seem like it at this

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5 foods for the over-50 crowd

en and women must alter their diets as they age. Portion sizes that young adults might have been able to get away with must shrink when those same men and women enter their 30s. And as thirty-somethings head into their 40s, what’s on the plate requires more careful consideration than it might have a decade ago. The same goes for men and women over 50, who must take steps to reduce their risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. One of the easiest ways to do just that is to eat healthy foods. The following are five flavourful, and healthy foods tailor-made for the over 50 crowd. Apples: Apples definitely qualify as a superfood, helping reduce cholesterol by preventing plaque buildup in the blood vessels and, as a result, cutting an individual’s risk of diabetes considerably. In


fact, a recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that eating at least two servings of apples per week can reduce a person’s risk of Type 2 diabetes by as much as 23 per cent. Apples also make for a great source of fibre, potassium and vitamin C. Blueberries: Blueberries help men and women maintain healthy blood sugar levels because they are high in soluble fiber, which lowers cholesterol while slowing the body’s uptake of glucose. And despite their relatively small size, blueberries contain more fibre, vitamins and minerals per ounce than any other fruit. Broccoli: Though broccoli might not have been your best friend during childhood, you may want to cozy up to this powerful green vegetable now that you have cracked the half-century mark.

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Broccoli is loaded with vitamin C. A single 3.5 ounce serving of broccoli contains more than 150 per cent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which can shorten the duration of the common cold. In addition, a 2013 British study published in Medical News Today found that broccoli may help prevent osteoarthritis, a degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone that is most common from middle age onward. A similar study from researchers at New York’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute published in the same publication six years earlier found that just three servings of broccoli per month can decrease bladder cancer risk by as much as 40 per cent. Fava beans: Fava beans are cholesterolfree and low in fat. Fava beans also may provide cardiovascular benefits and help men and women maintain healthy


weights. Fava beans are considered “nutrient-dense,” a term used to describe low-calorie foods that boast lots of nutrients, and are an excellent source of vitamin B1, which is important for nervous system function and energy metabolism. Oatmeal: Another food that might never make youngsters’ lists of their favorite foods, oatmeal is nonetheless a healthy option at the breakfast table. Oatmeal is loaded with soluble fibre, which can reduce cholesterol levels and subsequently reduce a person’s risk of heart disease. Also low in calories, oatmeal can help men and women maintain a healthy weight. Those who find oatmeal a tad too bland for their tastes can double on their superfoods by adding some blueberries into the mix, making their breakfast more flavourful and more healthy.


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Out-of-school coaches lead Evan Hardy Souls hoopsters Cam Hutchinson Saskatoon Express hen Ian Obrodovich sat in the stands watching his son play senior basketball for the Evan Hardy Souls last year, he wasn’t thinking about coaching the team a season later. After 25 years of teaching and coaching, he was enjoying life as a spectator. As this season neared, the team didn’t have a coach. Obrodovich, who has an impressive resume as a coach at Clavet Composite School, put his hand up. So did Raz Anca, an outstanding player who graduated from Hardy in 2013. Obrodovich’s son, Liam, is on the team, as is Anca’s brother, Dennis. “It is an interesting situation for sure,” Obrodovich said. “It is kind of hard to believe, I will be honest with you. As a former teacher, I think it is always best to have a teacher because there is a connection with the kids in the school.” Not that he’s complaining. The Evan Hardy team got off to a good start, winning a division of the season-opening Bowlt Classic tournament. “We were pretty pleased about that and pretty proud of the boys,” he said. “We have no other expectation other than we want these boys to do well. We are a smaller school so it’s a little more challenging, but we think our strength is the old and the new (coaches); the new ideas and the tried and true.” He said the players can relate to Anca, who is not far removed from high school ball. Anca played on the senior team at Hardy for three years, before taking his hoops skills to the University of Regina, where he red-shirted one year and played the next. Anca is happy to be back in his old gym. “I was aware they weren’t going to have a head coach the next year, so I decided to stick around (Saskatoon) and help out. I decided to come back to the place where I grew up, so it means a lot to me.” Evan Hardy principal Paul Humbert says they don’t have out-ofschool coaches very often. “We have to rely on an out-of-school coach right now and that’s what happens sometimes in different high schools,” Humbert said. “And we are very fortunate that we had a father who has coaching experience out at Clavet and his son is playing. And the other angle is a real passionate former student player of ours who wants to give back



The Evan Hardy Souls senior boys’ basketball team won the Bowlt Classic. Members of the team are Aman Gergis, Liam Obrodovich, Cole Paradzik, Mohamed Adam, Nahom Kahsai, Cody Clinkard, Cody Walker, Evan Bayliss, Caleb Morin, Dennis Anca, Kyle Newton, Ben Fairweather and Eric Balon. The coaches are Raz Anca and Ian Obrodovich and the student managers are Beth and Erica Chapman. (Photo Supplied) to the program and has the opportunity to coach his brother and his brother’s friends.” Brian Thorstad, the athletic consultant for the Saskatoon Public Schools, agreed with Humbert, saying the Evan Hardy situation is unusual. “I am not sure what the numbers are, but I get very few out-of-school coaches coming through my office,” Thorstad said. “Around the province it happens a lot more often where someone is in charge of the team on their own. We have it pretty good in Saskatoon; it’s pretty well supported by the schools.” Humbert, a high performance basketball coach himself, says the pairing seems to be working. “The two brought their philosophies together and determined roles for each other. How it has evolved has been exciting to see.” Anca said coaching at Evan Hardy is a treat. Once a Soul, always a Soul, he figures. “During my Grade 11 and Grade 12 years, some of my best memories were made with the basketball team and the players I was practising with every day.”

Obrodovich has had to juggle his schedule to make it work. He is subbing as a teacher and in the process of starting a new business. “You know what? For a year, I am willing to do that; it’s not a problem.” He wondered if it would be awkward for his son. “When it was a possibility, I asked him if he was OK with that. I have coached him through Saskatoon Minor Basketball and we also had club teams where we would travel around Western Canada, so he is used to me coaching. But at the high school level, it is a little different story — socially and peer group etc. So I had to make sure that was cool with him. And he said he’d be fine with it.” Humbert was happy with what he saw in the first month of the season. “They are doing really well. The wins and losses aren’t showing that, but we are working on them to get them to a high level. That’s what we are trying to do here.”

Disclosing donors in civic elections a knotty issue

sking sitting politicians to set the parameters and was shunted aside with the rationale that it rules for election campaigns is akin to asking the would make the reporting too onerous and fox to guard the hen house. affect the average citizen’s ability to run I was mildly surprised when council endorsed some for public office. The short answer should of the recommendations the municipal review committee have been that if the “average citizen” made regarding the state of affairs around civic elections. candidate can’t handle a campaign fund Although initially it was questionable as to how indeand reporting, do we want that same pendent this council-appointed committee really was, it person handling hundreds of millions of gained some credibility when it recommended, and council tax dollars? agreed, that the name of any donor giving in excess of $100 I recall the debate against full disclo(previously $250), would have to be disclosed. But why not sure of all donations was the responsibility disclose all donors? (or headache) of recording all donations. Columnist I was a neophyte on council when this issue first came One concern was how to track donations to the forefront a decade ago. At that time, council looked at a town hall forum when the hat was beat and debated the rules established for federal and provincial elections ing passed for chump change, namely those $5 and to see if they would be applicable, but candidates in local elections did $10 contributions. Many of us on that council didn’t not have the expanded spending limits or resources political parties know how to counter that concern as we had never did. had a town hall meeting where the hat was passed. The proposal of having a candidate being required to have a busiBut if you don’t monitor those town hall contribuness manager to track donations and expenses (as they do in federal tions, what happens when a big-money donor drops and provincial elections) and/or provide audited financial statements, hundreds or thousands of dollars in the hat (using small bills) simply to avoid the issue of disclosure? This donor doesn’t need a receipt because unlike provincial or federal political donations, a receipt for a civic campaign cannot be used for income tax purposes. But rest assured the person passing the hat will let the candidate know about this donor’s generosity. LIMITED In the end, the only thing council of that era could TIME! unanimously agree upon was that what was being proposed wasn’t perfect, but it was a start and that START TODAY for as low as the rules could be amended as problems surfaced. † Should corporate or union donations be prohibited? Probably not, but every dime donated by those particular entities should be disclosed. Both business and labour want candidates to know of their generosity so successful candidates can be reminded of + get a FREE STARTER KIT their support during their term of office. (However, if “solidarity forever” is still the mantra for unions ($200 value) with this ad. BEFORE after what has transpired over this last term of office, Kelsey lost Limited Time Offer. I wouldn’t expect that unions will be donating to Code: HM2016 100 lbs* incumbents in the 2016 election.) *Individual results Should out-of-province donations be allowed? may vary. It is hard to fathom why a Vancouver corporation FREE FIRST CONSULT would give $10,000 to the mayor and $5,000 to a former councillor in the 2012 campaign, other than for the purpose of garnering influence and favour†Based on a 52 week program plus cost of supplements and meal plans. **Offer ends February 12, 2016. Free kit with purchase of program. able outcomes when conducting business in our city.






Then again, maybe they just liked these candidates. I would almost say next-of-kin should be exempt, so Coun. Eric Olauson’s rich uncle in Alberta (and maybe he is not so rich these days!) could donate. However, throughout history other well-to-do families have tried to buy political support for their kinfolk and it doesn’t usually serve the public well. I suppose Uncle Moneybags could give his nephew a cash Christmas gift this year and let his nephew spend it however he chooses to. What we need to deal with is the $10,000 communication allowance council gave each councillor starting in 2013. These monies can be used for event tickets for galas and business dinners, promotional items, advertising, brochures, billboards, websites, charity donations and community gifts during each year. It is shameless political promotion by incumbents funded by taxpayers. If a councillor buys pens, T-shirts or other such novelties during the years running up to a civic campaign and distributes these items outside of the writ period, does that confer an advantage to the incumbent in an election year? And should distribution of promotional novelties acquired prior to an election year be banned from distribution during an election year? What about the billboards, bus stop sign rentals, Google and Facebook advertisements? I have never agreed with this allowance from the get-go, but should this allowance at least be suspended in an election year? Based on the adage that “the next campaign starts the day after the last election,” all of this promotional material gives incumbents the edge on candidates challenging them in the next election. Audits should be done externally by an accredited auditor and not by the city clerk or anyone else appointed at the discretion of council. And penalties for breach of campaign rules should be severe, perhaps ultimately resulting in the loss of public office. Until such time as the provincial government legislates civic campaign funding and expenses, nothing but token amendments to the campaign disclosure policy which favour incumbents should be expected. And if you are considering donating to an incumbent’s campaign in 2016, remember that you are already donating money to each councillor’s campaign through their tax-funded communication allowance.


unsurprisingly, her perspecry as I might, I tive of herself and her role can’t seem to steer went downhill from there. my thinking away Yes, this happened in from New Year’s Resolu2015. tions. That could be, of Personally, two incidents course, because I wrote that I experienced myself a fabulous (if I do say so really stick out from 2015. myself) piece in this very The first involved a client, a issue about expert advice successful professional and on New Year’s Resolulongtime business owner, tions. Personally, however, who was on the speaker I prefer to reflect on and phone with an individual renew my personal goals Columnist with whom we had recently year round. met. I had been introduced That blank calendar in this meeting as a consultant, my ahead is hard to resist, though, as is credentials were made clear to all in looking back at the neatly defined attendance, and I contributed robustly block of life that was 2015. In doing so, my own goal for 2016 became to the discussion and decision-making process. crystal clear. Yet here, barely a week later, I I don’t know if I was just noticing it more, or if there was an actual increase heard this individual refer to me over speaker phone as my client’s “assisin my experiences. It doesn’t matter, really. What I do know for sure is tant.” My eyes flicked up to my clithat in 2016, advancing fair and equal ent’s face, waiting for the correction. He looked down. It happened again. treatment of women in professional settings will be at the top of my list of Again no correction from my client, at which point I realized it wasn’t comthings to do. Further, I’ll be doing it ing at all. After the phone call I asked loudly and without fear of reprisal. You’ll note that I don’t say “equal- him why he didn’t say anything, and he mumbled something like, “does it ity for women.” Indeed there are really matter?” atrocities being committed against Yes, yes it does.This is in part women across the globe, and in the because I did my time as an assistant case of MMIW (Missing and Murin my early 20s. I was good at it, I dered Indigenous Women), right in our own backyard. They are atrocities learned a lot, and am eternally grateful that didn’t belong in the 15th century, to the amazing professionals I assisted for everything they taught me. Furnever mind the 21st century. Gross ther, given that this guy was paying violations of women’s human rights, and their dignity. While I will always me three figures per hour, you’d think it would matter to him, because he bear witness to and educate myself could tow around an assistant for a about what’s happening, right now I lot cheaper. To me, it matters most don’t see a way to commit to being a because the title of assistant is a broad helpful soldier in that huge battle for demotion from where I am today, and I global equality. worked extremely hard to be here. To be honest, I feel that in many The second incident was similar. I ways, equality for Saskatchewan saw an email from a male colleague women is relatively attainable. Let’s be clear — in no way is this to suggest who is my absolute equal (we split one that there are not women in our prov- contract into two regions) in which he ince who are oppressed, denied oppor- indicated that he would have me attend a meeting to “take notes” for him. tunities or mistreated. I do, however, Needless to say, I wasn’t supposed to mean that generally, we are afforded the same opportunities, at least on pa- see the email. “Really? Do you want per, as our male counterparts. Oppor- me to pick up your dry cleaning and tunities such as education, leadership, get your coffee while I’m at it?” I reand political office and board positions plied. He apologized profusely, but the are all at our disposal. Our new prime damage had been done; the folks we minister, despite scrutiny, mockery and were meeting with had seen it. I didn’t even bring a pen. criticism, made a point of achieving You’ve got to understand that I’ve gender parity in his cabinet. been working in a corporate, profesSo what’s my problem? Well, I’ll tell you. I’ve grown mighty tired of the sional capacity for almost 20 years. I insidious attitudes, aggressions and op- have had a number of my own assispressions that I’ve seen played out way tants. I have clawed my way to where too much recently, right in front of my I am now, and being instantly, even unconsciously demoted in other people’s nose. Right in my backyard. minds is extremely unfair. I know, I There was the Saskatoon woman know, maybe I’ve done something to awarded a relatively high-profile executive director’s role, only to have deserve it, I hear you thinking. Maybe I should have worn my hair to walk away less than a year later, degraded, and deriding herself private- scraped back in a bun or lower heels. Maybe I just do something wrong. I’ve ly as “not a leader.” See, things went downhill when, shortly into her tenure, obsessed over all of it, but I can tell you that the one thing I know for sure she approached three male directors on her board, politely requesting they is that these examples wouldn’t hapintervene with her colleague, who was pen to a man. They just wouldn’t. You getting his fill of Internet porn by en- know it and I know it. The mistake I made in all of the tering her office after-hours, and using above scenarios, which I will be recher desk and laptop. tifying going forward, is saying and She presented well-documented evidence and a rather airtight case for doing nothing. Because these little incidents add up to a place that’s probher plea. Not only did the directors she approached think the whole thing ably never going to be much different during my own career, but could be a was hilarious, but they told her just to ignore it, to save the poor chap the whole lot different in my little niece’s embarrassment of having to deal with future if I speak up. If that means I’m it. It continued until his eventual vol- labelled a feminist — a dirty word in untary and totally unembarrassed exit many corporate circles — then so be it. from the organization. In the interim, Because it’s 2016. she bought a lot of Lysol Wipes, and


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A panoramic view of beautiful Candle Lake on a warm August evening

Some of our favourite photos from 2015

A great blue heron moves to a better feeding spot near the weir Photos by Steve Gibb and Sandy Hutchinson A Sandhill crane straggler gets left behind by the rest of the flock

Muhammad Yousaf finds a quiet place to read

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DECEMBER 31 Ring in the New Year at the German Cultural Centre. England will supply the music, in addition to guest tributes to Buddy Holly and Elvis. Tickets are $42 and are available at McNally Robinson (306-955-3599) and the German Cultural Centre (306-244-6869). The price includes the show and dance, a latenight lunch, a glass of champagne and party favours. The doors open at 7, with the band hitting the stage at 8 p.m. ***** Don Griffith leads his three bands, The Crawdaddios, Zyde-Gogo and Dr. Don and The Black Mambas, through a New Year’s Eve party where the music ranges from Dixieland to Zydeco to New Orleans. Typically a sell-out, there’s complimentary champagne and dessert after midnight. Show time is 9 p.m. The Bassment, 202 4th Avenue North. Tickets $35 for SJS members, $45 for non-members.

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and an opportunity to learn from each other. For more info, call Rae Ann at 306-652-5151 or email There will be no meeting in December.

Saskatoon’s blues king, B.C.Read, brings his nine-piece powerhouse unit for a night of blues originals and classics. Show time is 9 p.m. The Bassment. Tickets - $17 for SJS members, $22 for non-members. ***** Pianist Philip Chiu, recent winner of the Prix Goyer prix for emerging artists, will deliver a Gustin Recital Series program which includes works of Beethoven, Schubert, Ravel and Ginastera. Concert at 7:30 p,m. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 436 Spadina Crescent East. Season and single tickets available.

JANUARY 9 Montreal-based pianist Chad Linsley joins trumpeter Dean McNeill, drummer Arlan Kopp, bassist Gent Laird and a strings section for a tribute to Canadian jazz trumpeter Guido Basso. Concert time is 8 p.m. The Bassment. Tickets - $20 for SJS members, $25 for non-members. **** Amati Quartet: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Knox United Church. Guest artist: Heather Wilson – viola. Haydn - String Quartet in B minor, Op. 64, No. 2, Mozart - String Quintet in G minor, K.516, Glass - String Quartet No. 2, ‘Company.’ For tickets, call 306-384-7727.

EVERY FRIDAY A Chance To Dance! Kids Have Left Home! Learn To Dance! Waltz, Two Step, Fox Trot, Rumba, etc. Friday nights at 7 p.m. Class starting Jan. 8 to Apr. 8 Albert Community Centre, 610 Clarence Ave. S. (south door, elevator to second floor). Choreographed Ballroom Dancing. Karousels Dance Club. Contact Ruby at 306-290-5486.

EVERY THIRD WEDNESDAY The Bruno Groening Circle of Friends in Saskatoon has a support circle using integrative healing based on the teaching of Bruno Groening open to all without charge. Contact, 306-664-3331.

SECOND SATURDAY EVERY MONTH Memory Writers — September to June, 10 a.m. to noon at the Edwards Centre, 333 Fourth Avenue. Share the events and memories of your life in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. For more information, call Neva Bayliss at 306-343-0256 or Hilda Epp at 306-382-2446.


Country Farms Marketplace at Confederation Mall. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until December 19. December 21- 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Indoor Marketplace located across from Urban Planet The Marketplace features home cooked lunches, desserts, farmers’ sausage, JANUARY 4 cabbage rolls, squares, pies, preserves and Seniors Globe Walk launch. Meeting room No. other amazing food as well as hand crafted 3 at the Field House at 1 p.m before hitting items and home based business vendors. the track. Fifty-two teams have registered so EVERY TUESDAY far event for the Globe Walk. The event begins Love to Sing? Join the Saskatoon Choral Jan. 4 and extends to April 30. The event Society. No auditions. 6:45 p.m. at Grace promotes fitness for those age 50 and above. For more information, email globewalk@scoa. Westminster Church (505 10th Street East). The startup is Jan. 5. ca or visit ***** JANUARY 8-APRIL 8 Magic City Chorus (women’s 4 part a cappella A Chance To Dance! Kids Have Left Home! harmony) rehearsals are held on Tuesday Learn To Dance! Waltz, Two Step, Fox Trot, evenings at St. Paul’s United Church, Egbert Rumba, etc. Friday nights at 7:00 p.m. Class Avenue, in Sutherland at 7 p.m. New memstarting Jan. 8 to Apr. 8 Albert Community bers welcome! Check out magiccitychorus. Centre, 610 Clarence Ave. S. (south door, ca for more information. Contact y.jaspar@ elevator to second floor). Choreographed Ball- room Dancing. Karousels Dance Club. Contact ***** Ruby at 306-290-5486. Off-Broadway Farmers’ Market & International Bazaar and Bistro, located in the basement of JANUARY 11 Grace-Westminster United Church, located at The Yorkton Film Festival and Grace-Westmin505 10th Street East. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. ster United Church are hosting a screening ***** event at 7:30 at the church. Hanan Elbardouh, Spirit of the West 616550 Toastmasters Club. the Education Director of the Islamic AssociaCome and have some fun and learn speaking tion of Saskatchewan, will speak about the and leadership skills. The club meets from 7 film Between Me and Allah. The event is free p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Hospitality Room of and everyone is welcome. Great Western Brewing Company. Follow the JANUARY 11-APRIL 16 red fence on south side of building through the gate up the stairs into the building. MODERN SQUARE DANCE BEGINNER CLASS - Begins Jan 11/16 and continues to Apr/16 LAST TUESDAY EVERY MONTH at All Saints Anglican Church Hall, 1801 Lorne Dizziness and Balance Support Group will Ave., Saskatoon. 8:00 - 10 PM. Info - Eldon meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at LifeMark Health (306) 253-4453. “Dance for the health of it”. Centre, 3907 Eighth St. East. Anyone with a JANUARY 16 dizziness/vertigo/balance condition is welMENSA is an international, non-profit society come to attend. There is no cost to attend. for people who score among the top two per There will be an educational topic presented


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Schizophrenia Society of Saskatoon Family Support Group will run from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the W.A. Edwards Family Centre, 333 EVERY THURSDAY Fourth Avenue North. The group is attended Prairie Sky Farmer’s Market is open every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is located entirely by family members and friends of at St. Paul›s United Church in Sutherland (454 people living with schizophrenia and related Egbert Ave.) New vendors may phone or text disorders. For more information contact, email: or call Kathy at 306-222-2740. 306-374-2224 ***** SCOOTERS - A drop-in indoor playgroup for EVERY WEDNESDAY children ages 0-5 and their parents/caregiv- Depression Support Group runs on the first ers. Thursdays from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and third Wednesday of each month, from at Emmanuel Baptist Church. $40/family/year, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the CMHA buildor a suggested drop-in fee of $2/child or $5/ ing (1301 Avenue P North). This is open to family. For more information, email scooters@ anyone struggling with depression and family, visit members wanting to support them. For more scooters, or check out ( info, call Marilyn at 306-270-9181 or email scootersebc). JANUARY 2 ***** ***** Berkeley Buchko, Jodi Geisbrecht, Tyler Saskatoon International Folkdance Club Singles Social Group - “All About Us” for MacKenzie and Craig Wilson form The Barrel- meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Albert Compeople in their 50s and 60s. Weekly Wednesmen, Saskatoon’s combination of back-porch munity Centre (Rm. 13, 610 Clarence Ave. day restaurant suppers, monthly Brunch, troubadours who take audiences through a S.). Learn dances from many countries. First Movie Nites, and more.Meet new friends. mix of country-folk-rock music. Show time is night is free. 306-374-0005; www.sifc. No membership dues. For more information 8 p.m. The Bassment. Tickets - $17 for SJS email: or phone members, $22 for non-members. ***** (306) 978-0813. Le Choeur des plaines welcomes you to sing ***** JANUARY 6 and socialize in French each Thursday at St. George’s Senior Citizen’s Club (1235 20th Moving to Canada from Norway in 2008, 7:30 p.m. at L’École canadienne française at St. West) has bingos and Kaiser from noon fiddler Laura Ellestad has immersed herself 1407 Albert Avenue. The choir is directed by until 4 p.m. The club is campaigning for new in traditional Norwegian fiddle music. She is members who are 55+. Memberships are $5 accompanied by Magnus Wilk, a guitarist who Michael Harris and accompanied by Rachel per year with discounts included. For more specializes in American oldtime time music . Fraser. All who wish to sustain or practice Show time is 8 p.m. The Bassment. Tickets - their French are welcome. For more informa- info, call 306-384-4644 or 306-716-0204. $15 for SJS members, $20 for non-members. tion, call Rachel at 306-343-6641 or Jean at ***** 306-343-9460. Bargain store to support the inner city Light-


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FIRST AND THIRD SATURDAYS OF THE MONTH The Lions Club will be holding Texas Hold ‘em Tournaments. $60 buy-in gets $10,000 in chips, $40 goes to the cash prize pool. No Re-Buys. 50 seats available. Registration opens at 6 p.m., with the tournament starting at 7 p.m. Located at the Coachman bar at Market Mall. Call 306-668-0015 for more information.

FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH The MindFULL Café, part of the international Alzheimer Café movement, provides an opportunity to meet in a relaxed social setting for persons with dementia, family, care partners and other interested people. The Café is a two-hour get together with refreshments, entertainment and information. First Saturday of the month from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Sherbrooke Community Centre.

EVERY SECOND AND FOURTH TUESDAY The Saskatoon Pattern Dance Club holds dances at All Saints Anglican Church, 1801 Lorne Avenue, from October until April. We dance to old time music from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with beginner instruction during the first hour. Beginners are welcome. For further information call 306- 382-5107.

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SECOND MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH Renters of Saskatoon and area meet. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. St Thomas Wesley United Church, Lower Hall (808 20th St. West). ROSA supports renters and shares information to work towards better, affordable, and safe rental housing for all. Child-minding available. Ring doorbell for elevator access. For further information contact: 306-657-6100, or email

TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, SATURDAYS Free art drop-in at the SCYAP Art Centre. All ages are welcome, all materials supplied, no registration required. Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Thursdays 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., and Saturdays 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

THIRD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH The Saskatoon Prostate Cancer Support Group meets every month except July and August at 7:30 p.m. in the W. A. Edwards Family Centre, across from the Saskatoon Funeral Home. For more information call Murray Hill at 306-242-5893 or email murraydhill@


Friendship Force International, Saskatoon and Area Club is an organization of more than 360 clubs in more than 50 countries throughout the world. FFI allows you to enjoy economical FIRST MONDAY OF EVERY travel while forging new friendships with club MONTH members from around the world. For more Saskatoon Ostomy Association meetings at 7:30 p.m. at Mayfair United Church. Meetings information, visit To attend a meeting contact Lynne Stade at are held on the first Monday of the month except when there is a holiday. If so, meetings 306-933-4835 or are on the second Monday. FIRST AND THIRD WEDNESDAY **** OF THE MONTH University Non-Academic Retirees Association Resporados support group for people with meets for coffee at 10:30 a.m. at Smitty’s breathing difficulties taking place at 1:30 in Market Mall. All former support staff who p.m. at Mayfair United Church (33rd Street have retired from the U of S are invited to West). For more information, contact Debbie attend. at 306-664-4992.

FIRST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH Left Behind by Suicide is a drop-in support group for individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide. Located at W.A. Edwards Family Centre, 333 4th Ave. North, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is no cost to attend. For more information, email ***** FROMI - Friends and Relatives of People with Mental Illness meetings will run from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 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 306249-0693, Linda at 306-933-2085, Lois at

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 12step group that meets on Tuesdays at noon, Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For more information including locations visit

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS 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.

By RJ Currie ive Christmas songs for five sports groups: 5. (WBA) A Weigh-in a Manger; 4. (NHL Governors) Have Yourself a Gary Little Christmas; 3. (NBA) We Swish You a Merry Christmas; 2. (NFLPA) Goodell Arrest Ye Merry Gentlemen; 1. (FIFA) Ding Dongs Merrily on High. • New Roughriders GM and coach, Chris Jones, released 19 players. The guy has made more cuts in a few days than some of their receivers made all season.


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• Reuters reports Rome has made it illegal for people to pose as centurions. Not to be outdone, Toronto has banned the Maple Leafs from posing as an NHL team. • Sepp Bladder was banned for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee. The result of chronic Bladder infractions. • The Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year is Serena Williams. Or American Pharaoh if you ask Steve Harvey. • UFC fighter Julianna Pena was arrested after allegedly kicking multiple











men in the groin outside a Spokane (Wash.) bar. Which reminds me: I finally got tickets to The Nutcracker. • Victor Espinoza, who rode American Pharaoh to the Triple Crown, called it “a sham” that SI’s Sportsperson of the Year is Serena Williams. Not a surprise a jockey has his horse’s back. • The Yahoo! News report about a missile being brought down to earth refers to: a) The Saudis thwarting an attack from Yemen; b) Odell Beckham Jr. getting a one-game suspension.













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• The Huffington Post reports a washroom fight broke out among Giants fans during their loss to the Panthers. It started when someone said the G-Men’s season was down the toilet. • I Googled myself last night. Afterwards, I felt like having a cigarette. RJ’s Groaner of the Week Ronda Rousey has reportedly said the holiday season won’t be all that jolly for her. Must be hard at Christmas to forget being decked by blows of Holly.

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