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Darren Gowan’s artistic path leads from bear to buffalo Cam Hutchinson Saskatoon Express arren Gowan was 19, living a communal lifestyle on the eastern slopes of the Rockies, when he came upon a fully intact carcass of a bear. Beautiful green spring moss was partially covering the skeletal remains. “No animals had bothered any of the bones; they were still all in a row,” he said over a recent lunch at a restaurant on Central Avenue. “I stopped because it seemed sacred; it was like church or something. “I sat down there for a while and had a cigarette. I think I laid down by the bear and maybe had a nap.” Gowan said when he left the bear he had a desire to make “beautiful objects, so the rest of the world could understand how beautiful something from the natural world is.” Using equipment he purchased at a pawn shop, he began what has become a lifelong passion and career. At first he made pendants for people he knew. Then, a person said he would pay $60 if Gowan made him a piece. “When you’re living off bannock and wild meat in the bush, that’s a lot of money,” he said. “This was 25 years ago or something. I thought, ‘Groovy, no problem, I’ll do that for you.’” He was turning stones and antlers into pieces of art. “That was one of the things that really moved me to use these things so people can understand that there are things more beautiful than gold, more beautiful than silver, titanium. I wanted to change that KK071120 Karen


Darren Gowan saved the stone he used for his buffalo sculpture from a construction site. (Photo by Ryan Grainger) mindset. And that’s all I could come up with; I’m not very creative.” He is, of course, very creative. And very engaging. Gowan is putting the final touches on a piece he did as part of the city’s art placement program. It’s a detailed sculpture of a buffalo that has been installed on the corner of 112th Street and Central Avenue in Sutherland. There has been no official unveiling yet or date set for one. Gowan was born in Winnipeg and “adopted out at the age of two months” to an Irish-English Canadian family. During his early years, his dad’s work took them to Panama, Barbados, Contadora and the Dominican Republic. Gowan’s first language is Spanish. His family moved to Ottawa when he was six or seven. “It was a huge culture shock. For one, I didn’t speak English. I thought every-


body spoke Spanish. I thought that is how humans communicated,” he said. He moved to Saskatoon about 12 years ago, approximately 25 years after he stumbled upon that bear carcass. “My wife at the time was trying to finish her degree so we moved to town so she could attend the U of S. Those were good days, man, when we first moved to Saskatoon. We didn’t have much of anything but we had a new baby and we had each other. My art career seemed like it had a lot of hope and promise at that time. Everything was shiny and new, you know.” The shine dulled when he and his wife separated and then divorced. Racism was also part of his everyday life. “I’m a brown guy who gets treated like a brown guy. In Saskatchewan, it is very ‘us and them’ compared to a lot of places in the world. It’s hard to be brown, man. If you walk with any kind of strange gait,

people will automatically assume you are piss drunk or on drugs or something. ‘No, man, I have a broken ankle; thanks for asking.’ I am the son of an Indian woman in Canada so I experience everything that goes along with that.” He found the massive stone he used for his project just north of the city where the new bridge is being built. He figures the stone was destined to become part of a roadway or the bridge had he not rescued it. He created the sculpture on a friend’s farm. It wasn’t ideal, but it was the best place he had. “I need an industrial shop of some scale and some size. I’m getting too old to do it out in the bush under a tarp like I did on this one.” He said he is happy with the final result and would like to work at that scale, and bigger, in the future. (Continued on page 7)

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see recently have been finding that smaller bones have greater amounts of DNA than the leg bones. “They weren’t sure why that was,” said Andronowski. She took up the challenge to learn why, and discovered that smaller bones have more spongy tissue in the middle, which carry more nuclear DNA. “But we wouldn’t have been able to see that. So it was an unexpected finding,” she said. Here’s why this is important. Crime scene work, unlike what people have seen on TV, is grim, hard, occasionally chaotic and often unsafe. As a forensic anthropologist herself, Andrownowski knows this new bone information could be a game changer for law enforcement. “We’re hoping to guide how these samples are taken in the field,” said Andronowski. “Instead of the forensic anthropologist going out there with a heavy bone saw and having to sample a femur at a crime scene or in the field – especially when there are multiple individuals, if it’s a chaotic situation – we want the people to be as safe and efficient as possible.” Lifelong fascination Andronowski’s fascination with bones began as a child, and has continued throughout her life. “I’m one of those people who actually has wanted to do this my entire life, or something related to human anatomy, or Janna Andronowski is a forensic anthropologist whose work could change how law enforcement identifies missing people. forensic science,” she said. “I was always really interested in bones, (Photo by Joanne Paulson) in the human body, and in animals as well. Joanne Paulson poised to change the way crime scenes are analysis,” explained Andronowski in an I was that kid who would find animals on Saskatoon Express sampled, analyzed and managed. Because interview. “DNA analysis is commonly the side of the road and want to dissect ome of the tiniest bones in the huwhen it comes to DNA analysis, bigger is, used to identify unknown individuals, so them. No one in my family is a scientist, man body reveal some of the most apparently, not better. currently the bones commonly sampled so they’re like, ‘Janna might be a serial important information. In fact, fingers, ankle and kneecap are bones from our lower limbs; the femur killer or a scientist.’” It seems counterintuitive, but groundbones seem to reveal more about a — thigh bone — and tibia, which is in the From Toronto originally, she studied breaking research at the Canadian Light deceased person than, say, the relatively lower leg. These bones have really dense biology and criminology at Simon Fraser Source’s biomedical beamline (BMIT) is enormous femur. tissue.” University, and then completed a master’s proving just that. “I’m working on using three-dimenIn the past, no work has ever been done degree at the University of Toronto. Her The work of Janna Andronowski, a sional bone imaging techniques to try to on whether these are the best bones to PhD came at the University of Tennessee forensic anthropologist, and her team is guide which bones we sample for DNA sample. However, researchers in Tennes(Continued on page 7)

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ell, now. Wasn’t that a mighty storm? From time to time, I hear people saying “Oooh, I love a good thunderstorm.” Let us, just for a moment, dissect that for those of us who just don’t understand why anyone would actually like high winds, pouring rain, hail, ear-splitting thunder and jagged electrical lines flashing across the sky. The “oooh” part may be an expression of awe. As in “oooh, that was a big one.” Or, “oooh, that mountain sure is high” or “oooh, that man sure is handsome/woman is beautiful.” Then we have the subject/verb phrase, “I love.” I recall a Mad Men episode in which Don Draper (about whom women often say, “oooh, that man sure is handsome”) lecturing the copywriting staff about using the word “love.” We “love” our family, friends, pets and, perhaps, our Columnist nation. We do not “love” our washing powder, toothpaste or soft drink. (I suspect some of us do “love” our cars, mind you.) In any case, we do not “love” inanimate things, and if we truly do, we are weird. I’m willing to accept the argument, here, that thunderstorms are not exactly inanimate. Neither, however, do they have souls. Now we arrive to the object of the thing, “a good thunderstorm.” What, pray, is a “good” thunderstorm? Does this refer to an extremely active, exciting, seemingly endless weather event? One that gets the blood raging and produces excellent photo opportunities? Does it come with hail, rain and wind in addition to the thunder? Or, is a good thunderstorm one that behaves well, and causes no damage? Good thunderstorm. Pat, pat. Nice thunderstorm. Please do not dent my car, break my windows or flood my basement. In the wake of last week’s storm (and I do mean wake, since every time a car drove through the two-foot-deep lake at our intersection, it created enough wake to be a boat on a river) I’ve heard several people say, “Oooh, I love a good thunderstorm. But that one was a bit too much. Even I didn’t really love that thunderstorm.” It was a thunderstorm. Do you love them, or do you not? Or only when they’re “good”? I am in a different place on the thunderstorm love-hate debate. I do not love thunderstorms. I suppose I should not hate them, either, to be consistent with my theory about emotions over inanimate things. Let’s say, instead of hate, that they scare the ever-

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pretended not to notice. Then one night, watching the news around the supper table, a segment came on warning parents about the dangers of knockoff Kids — apparently they were highly flammable. “Rocco Alessandro, a chemist with the (United States) Customs Service, said preliminary tests indicate that the stuffing in the dolls contained several volatile and flammable compounds, including benzene and toluene,” read the New York Times story on the counterfeit Cabbage Patches, dated Dec. 15, 1984. “Mr. Allesandro said he could not assess whether the dolls themselves were poisonous or highly flammable. However, he said ‘good toys don’t contain flammable compounds.’” The story then went on to detail how recent raids on three different Manhattan warehouses resulted in the seizure of $400,000 worth of black market Cabbage Patch Kids. Back at that dinner table, I watched in horror as a clearly sadistic television news reporter gleefully held a flame to the toes of a pseudo-Cabbage Patch Kid, upon which it incinerated with a vengeance. I screamed and fainted into my Chicken Tonight. That night my beloved doll disappeared. My mother lovingly explained that they kidnapped her and disposed of her body because she could kill me, and we

didn’t want that. Later, my parents bought me and my younger sister new, real Cabbage Patch dolls (I think — I never really trusted my parents again), but it still wasn’t quite the same because they bought them from Consumers Distributing, so they came in weird boxes. Anyway, it’s fine now. I’m over it. Really, I am. Jelly shoes, Teddy Ruxpin, Scratch ‘n’ Sniff stickers, calculator watches and My Little Ponies – my generation’s fidget spinners. There were also fads that weren’t objects: Jennifer Aniston’s famous ’90s haircut from Friends, crimped hair, and formation dance crazes like the Macarena or Psy’s Gangnam Style all once took the world by storm. That Walmart bin signals to me that the fidget spinning craze has peaked. People smarter than I predict another spike in sales at the start of the school year and then again at Christmas before the inevitable decline really takes hold. I’m 100 per cent certain I will be able to buy one at pretty much every single garage sale I peruse next summer. But will the fidget spinner go the way of Teddy Ruxpin, never to be seen again? Or will it calm down, but like the Rubik’s cube, still always be available for purchase at big box retailers forevermore? Let’s watch.


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(Continued from page 3) at Knoxville, which has an excellent forensic anthropology program and a body donation program with more than 1,700 modern individuals. Her bone samples come from this “huge resource.” She was also a researcher at a medical examiner’s office in New York City. There, she studied with prominent anthropologists, one of whom specialized in bone histology — the microscopic study of tissues — which brought her to the Canadian Light Source. Her Saskatoon team is the first to use a 3-D imaging technique to examine the relationship between the number of bone cells and the amount of DNA. The light of the CLS synchrotron, created by accelerated electrons that produce light a million times brighter than the sun, makes it possible to see microscopic or atomic bits of bone. The research has been published in the May issue of Forensic Science International: Genetics, and she presented her team’s findings at a recent forensic sciences meeting in New Orleans. “I always say, we can find out so much about a person’s life from a skeleton, or even tiny pieces of bone,” she said. “My role as a forensic anthropologist is to assist law enforcement with recovery and subsequent analysis of unknown human remains. We help with the recovery and then analyze those bones. One of the main things we do is developing a biological profile.” That involves approximating the age of death, biological sex, living height, previous trauma or injuries around the bone at time of death, as well as disease processes that may have affected the bone, such as arthritis. That information is provided to the police, to help them narrow down the missing persons’ pool. “We use multiple methods; we don’t just use one for age and one for sex, for example. We use as many as we can depending on the state of the remains. If we have, say, just one arm, we’d be more limited than if we had the whole skeleton. The pelvis is what we use primarily to determine sex in adults. And then the skull gives us a lot of information as well. Long bones can be used to determine height.” Adding DNA found in the tiny bones to the biological profile, then, is a huge step forward in identifying people. “At the end of the day, we’re helping families identify missing loved ones.” Andronowski said working at the CLS in Saskatoon has been a great experience. Her work also extends to gender differences in bone cellular networks —which leads to assessing whether men and women have different effects from age-related bone loss. In other words, her work could lead to timely interventions for diseases such as osteoporosis. “I always go where the best opportunity is for my work. The work here is cutting edge, and it wouldn’t have been possible anywhere else,” she said. The international post-doc is now off to Akron, Ohio, where she will be an assistant professor in biology, doing research and teaching anatomy. “But then, I might get in touch with local law enforcement and say hey, I’m in the area.”

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(Continued from page 1) t was a scale I wasn’t used to working in, but now I feel even that is small – bring it on universe to do a bigger one. The budget dictates what you can do. If you’ve got a million-dollar budget, yeah we can come up with some pretty neat stuff.” The grant for the Sutherland piece was $10,000. It took Gowan about a year to complete the project. “I want to have a whole bunch of big sculptures all around the world and then when I check out, maybe my daughter will inherit what that’s worth and hopefully, if I work hard enough, it will have some real value.” Gowan was asked if he is making a living at art. “That’s funny. That’s funny. Some days. I have a lot of friends in the art world and they seem to have figured out how to do not too badly. I’m still struggling.” He said he would love to make ends meet through his art. “And trying to stay hopeful that this is a valid choice of the way to spend your life. I think I might be partially vindicated in a thousand years. When all of us are all gone and my legacy is the art I made.” He said he hopes his sculpture in front of the Sutherland Hall will open the door to other large projects. “Edmonton started an aboriginal sculpture park and I thought, ‘Oh my lucky stars have aligned’ and boom, they said, ‘but you haven’t worked in that scale.’ Well, yeah, because of people like you. At some point someone has to say, ‘well, let’s see what the guy’s got.’” He would like his piece in Sutherland to make people stop and think. “I hope when people see the work, they’ll reflect on our shared history of this land. Perhaps when they come out of their reflection, they will have a tad more respect for the people of this land.” For more information on Gowan’s work, visit or contact him at







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Ned Powers Saskatoon Express askatoon Folkfest pavilions have shifted venues from time to time over the past 37 years. But nothing in the past has matched the momentous movement of venues to one major site like the cultural organization is about to do in August. There will be a wholesale invasion of Saskatoon Prairieland Park for the three days, Aug. 17-19, leaving only four pavilions choosing to stay in their regular places or finding venues outside of the park. Five cultural groups – Caribbean, Greek, Scottish, the Philippines and Ukrainian Karpathy – have been occupying the main halls in Prairieland’s Trade Centre for more than 10 years. Each has benefitted from others being in the heavy traffic neighbourhood and from the parking availabilities. “Just after last year’s Folkfest, we had an inquiry from one pavilion wondering if there could be more space in the RBC Global Village, which operated outside on the grounds last year,” said Terry Rau, Folkfest executive director. “The more we talked about more pavilions on the grounds, the more we liked the idea and certainly Prairieland had the space to accommodate us. “And since Canada was celebrating its 150th birthday, we thought it would be an ideal time to celebrate our diversity in venues as close together as possible.” There was also a practical solution to a problem which pavilion operators had discussed in the past. “When I was making my tour through all the pavilions in previous years, I’d have people asking me how the other pavilions were doing. Many get so busy in their own venue, they never get a chance to see what happens elsewhere. This time most of the organizations will get a chance to check out what’s happening next door to them. There are lessons to be learned from each other.” The battle plan reads like this: The Trade Centre lineup stays the same – the Scottish in Hall A, theAaron Caribbean pavilion in Hall B, Filipinos in AS071718


Hall C, Ukrainians in Hall D and Greeks in Hall E. Each of them draws about 10,000 customers a day. Prairieland’s main stage, which will be called Canada Place, will be occupied almost continuously, with each pavilion promising to present its own special show once during the festival. Situated on the tarmac in and around the stage will be the Francophone, Brazilian and the RBC Global Village pavilions. On a strip commonly known as Kicking Horse Saloon by Exhibition-goers there will be three pavilions, operated by the Hungarians, Pakistanis and South Sudanese. The Indian-Metis pavilion will be located where the Ex once had an outdoor theatre and right next to it will be Maple Leaf Village, a park where children can play. Farther east on the grounds will be pavilions operated by the Bangladeshi and Chinese communities. Parking on the grounds will be free with the admission ticket. “We will try to keep the traffic flowing smoothly,” said Rau, who is in her 20th year with Folkfest. “We know that the Ex can handle up to 30,000 people on a given day. Our bonus is that there will be parking available near the Bangladesh and Chinese pavilions in an area near The Sports on Tap facility.” The German pavilion will again operate on the grounds where the Concordia Club exists. The Irish will be sticking to the Nutana Curling Club where they have been situated for almost 20 years. The Norwegians will move into Holy Cross and the India pavilion will be located at Brunskill School. “The German community has proven for years that it likes an outdoor setting, even though they have indoor space available. Their food and drink tent and their stage are outside. The new pavilions coming to Prairieland will have tents. We’d like perfect weather and we have been lucky over the years,” said Rau. All pavilions pay rental fees at Prairieland, but each will be able to retain all of theAS071716 money theyAaron charge for

India’s colourful pavilion is going to operate at Brunskill School during Folkfest. (Photo Supplied) food and drink. All of the pavilions are operated on a non-profit basis and each promises to turn the money back into cultural programs for their people. Bus services will be available again, with departures from in front of City Hall on 15-minute intervals, with stops at the Prairieland grounds and four other pavilions outside the grounds. There is no charge to ride the buses, as Folkfest pays for the service.

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Two for the price of one at Pinty’s auto racing event Darren Steinke Saskatoon Express he NASCAR Pinty’s Series stop in Saskatoon became a whole lot more important thanks to a tweak in the event’s format. When the Pinty’s Series visited the Wyant Group Raceway in the past, the feature race for the circuit was 250 laps in length. This year, the series is hosting two feature races that are 100 laps in length. A championship trophy and prize money is awarded for each race and the results of both will go towards the Pinty’s Series points championship standings. Those feature races will be split up by a 100-lap feature race from the super late-model class from the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association. “When NASCAR comes around, it is always bigger, because there is a lot more excitement,” said Matthew Shirley, who drives in the local super late-model class and is the local track’s director of fundraising. “There is a lot more of a buzz. There is more advertising going on out there. “As a local driver, especially with this new format, we get to put our super lates between the two 100 races. It’s a big opportunity to show the City of Saskatoon, the corporate sponsors, everybody what they are missing on their week-toweek racing.” The Pinty’s Series stops runs over the course of two days — July 25 and 26. On July 25, action starts at 7 p.m. and that day’s program contains 75-lap feature races for the local pro truck and sportsman class and heat races for the super late models. On July 26, action starts at 6 p.m. and that day’s program contains the two Pinty’s Series races and the feature run of the local super late-model class. The Pinty’s Series is a minor-league circuit that prepares drivers to compete on day on NASCAR’s top level – the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It is believed that this will mark the first time the Pinty’s Series has held two 100-lap feature races on the same night. Andy Clewes, who is the president of the SSCRA, said it is hoped the two shorter races will entice more racing teams from Western Canada to come try the Pinty’s Series. “If a guy has a mechanical malfunction in the first one, you are looking at least an hour between the 100s,” said Clewes. “If you have a problem in the first 100, you can come back and start the second one. In a 250-lap race, if you are out, you are out.” It is expected a field of 21 to 22 cars could be present in Saskatoon for the race. A field of 18 cars is expected for the super late-model feature race. The field for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series likely will include Nick Jewell from The Pas, Man., Stefan Klym and his daughter, Destiny Klym, from Weyburn and Jason Hankewich out of Kindersley. Circuit phenom Cayden Lapcevich, a 17-year-old from Grimsby, Ont., is expected to be in the field for this year’s race. Last year in his rookie season on the Pinty’s Series, Lapcevich won the feature race in Saskatoon. It was his first victory on the circuit. He used that as a springboard for two more circuit victories, while capturing rookie-of-the-year honours and the series championship. That marked the first time someone was both the rookie of the year and the class champion in the same season. With the calibre of drivers that take part in the Pinty’s Series race, Clewes said it is the showcase event for the SSCRA, and it usually draws close to 5,000 spectators. “It is what makes or breaks the club,” said Clewes. “That is our highest attended event of the year. “You get these fans that only come one time that year . . . it is really a benefit to show them what we have locally here to try and get them to come out even more times.” Last year, Shirley won the Bryce Mann Memorial super late-model feature race on the Tuesday night of the Pinty’s Series event. The 22-year-old said the excitement of being part of this year’s race is higher because it is on the Wednesday race night. Shirley and Jared Reddekopp are part of a big group of youngsters that will try to get past a strong presence of local veterans like Jim Gaunt, Trent Seidel, Dave Bone and Doug Bienia. “The experienced guys always have the edge on us young guys,” said Shirley. “They are going to sit there, they are going to tune the crowd out and they are going to do their thing. “They know the sponsors are there, and they are going to be super competitive. Those vets are going to be there at the end. It is always cool to watch, and you always have to try and pick up more and more every race. “We’re going to give them a run for their money. That is our goal.”


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Jaguar XF R Sport offers luxurious performance and comfort


hen my wife and I went to visit friends in Florida, I asked Jaguar if they could provide me with a set of wheels that would hold four people, luggage and still be fun to drive. I should have known better than to give a PR person that much of an opening. His answer was, “that doesn’t narrow things down much; I’ll get back to you.” The next thing I saw on the subject was a phone number Autozone to call when we landed and had our luggage. I called and we were taken to a parking lot where I signed a bunch of papers that included things like I promised not to speed and the like. The papers did tell me what the car was, but I had never seen an XF Sedan in real life. The design is subdued and the XF blends in with the surrounding luxury cars quite well. Since badging is subtle as well, and the U.S. does not use the leaping Jaguar as a hood ornament, you need to pay

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The Jaguar XF R Sport was a joy for Charles to drive. (Photo by Charles Renny) attention to the subtleties that Jaguar uses in its new designs. Once you get a good look at the front, though, the grille and fascia are definitely Jaguar. Our friends live a couple of hours away from the airport. Getting into a strange car after a day of flying isn’t always easy. The XF took care of that in typical luxury performance fashion.

Everything was at hand and controls were easily adjustable. I took the auto journalist’s five-minute introduction to a car. In short, I pushed every button and turned every switch to see what it did. My wife’s comment was, “you’re as bad as your kids.” After wending our way through the airport and traffic, we were on the interstate

highway loping along effortlessly at about 125 kilometres per hour (kph), thanks to the 3.0 litre, 340 horsepower, supercharged V6 and the eight-speed automatic. It took about five minutes of driving to figure out that the R Sport package added more than a bit of bling and different trim finishes to the XF. (Continued on page 12)

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ou may have seen that blurs the lines between one on the road — or the three-wheeler being a moseveral. torcycle or a car, and it is just Three-wheeled vehicles are as confusing for the governbecoming increasingly comment regulators as it is for the mon, although they have been public. around for decades. Morgan Canada’s federal motor is probably the most famous vehicle standards define a of the three-wheeler makers, three-wheeled vehicle as difhaving started production of ferent from a motorcycle. It is three-wheel vehicles in 1911 designed to travel with three and still producing them wheels in constant contact Autozone today. with the ground, has no more There are many other than four designated seating three-wheeled vehicles being built today. positions and has a gross vehicle weight Most are open topped, while a few are rating (GVWR) of 1,000 kilograms or enclosed. Some have seating side by less. Even this leaves some confusion, as side, while others place one person beit does not designate seating positions, hind the driver. but does reference several safety stanSome have a steering wheel, while dards the vehicles must meet, such as others have handlebars like a motorseatbelts, lighting and mirrors. cycle. There are even differences in conThe United States National Highway figuration, with some having one wheel Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in front like a tricycle, while many have lists all three-wheel vehicles as motortwo wheels in front and one in the rear. cycles, regardless of configuration and It is this multitude of configurations requires occupants to wear helmets and

have a motorcycle licence. Even there, it is not simple. Amended legislation has been introduced, but not passed, to make three-wheeled vehicles comply with passenger-car safety regulations and meet all crash test standards. As you can imagine, this has been hotly discussed. In Canada, even our provinces don’t agree. British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec class them as three-wheeled vehicles and they can be driven with a car driver’s licence. In Alberta and New Brunswick, they are classed as motorcycles and require a motorcycle driver’s licence. Saskatchewan has just allowed three-wheeled vehicles to be licensed in the province and Ontario is undertaking a 10-year pilot program. Looking closer at the new Saskatchewan program, three-wheeled vehicles are separated from motorcycles by the controls and seating. Three-wheeled vehicles will have a steering wheel instead of handlebars. Foot controls for acceleration and braking are used instead of hand con-

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(Continued from page 11) nother three-wheeler is the Elio. It is a fully enclosed vehicle with heater and air conditioning, a .9-litre three-cylinder engine with manual or automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, power windows, ABS braking, air bags and seating with one person behind the other. Elio says their vehicle is a motorcycle because of the seating configuration. Discussions around the table would lead me to think that these vehicles and many others like them are neither passenger cars nor motorcycles. First of all, almost all of them are seasonal vehicles, not equipped for cold-weather driving. They handle differently than passenger cars or motorcycles and the seating positions are not consistent. The most consistent item on them is the use of a steering wheel. People don’t buy these to save money. There are much cheaper passenger cars on the market that will get similar fuel economy. These are typically vehicles people buy because they like the wind in their faces, the sun on their bodies and the thrill of driving something different.

Perhaps the regulators should take a look at what the regulations are trying to achieve. If we are trying to protect the occupants of three-wheelers by making them passenger vehicles, why do we allow motorcycles on the road? I am an avid motorcyclist and live with the knowledge that there are inherent dangers in riding them. Perhaps three-wheelers should be given the same responsibilities and choices. Put them in a class all their own. Don’t try to make them passenger cars or motorcycles. They are three-wheelers. Put in consistent regulations across Canada, such as the type of driver’s licence needed. Perhaps there should be a separate designation added to your regular car driver’s licence that you get after writing a specific three-wheeler safety exam. We do it for boat and snowmobile operators, so why not three-wheelers? Regardless of what happens with the regulations, three-wheelers will become more popular on our roads. The discussions will go on for a long time on how to regulate them. I think we should just call them what they are.

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(Continued from page 10) y first discovery was the gigantic four-wheel disc brakes that haul the car down from highway speeds like you hit a wall. This was courtesy of a truck that decided to move from the slow lane to the fast lane in one move — without the use of signal light. Two hours later we arrived and we hadn’t had to fiddle with seats to get comfortable or anything. We were able to get out of the car and feel like humans. The Jag was safely parked on the driveway beside his Mercedes and it looked right at home. The next day, all four of us decided to head downtown to an art gallery. I know what you’re thinking: me in an art gallery? Give your head a shake. The gallery we went to was a travelling show featuring the works of a glass blower by the name of Dale Chihuly. This drive was done at speeds of less than 60 kph in heavy traffic and in 28-degree weather. Keeping your cool was easy thanks to an excellent air conditioning system, and the

Jag being light and nimble enough to make city driving and parking easy. Once home, planning for the next day began and in a great vote of confidence our friends wanted to use the Jag again. So far all I’ve learned on this upscale, civilized vacation is that the XF is a wonderful, very comfortable luxury car. In a quiet time, I sneaked out to go for a personal drive. The book says 5.5 seconds or so to 100k and I can tell you the thrust pushes you back in the seat and the revs climb quickly enough that you will have a hard time using the paddle shifter before the engine gets to red line in the lower gears. Then I went and found a couple of onramps to test out the suspension and handling. No worries in these departments and the grin on my face kept getting bigger. When our host asked what I had been doing, my wife looked at me and said, “don’t ask, you really don’t want to know!” Do I like this new Jag? In short, an unqualified yes. Go drive one and you will see for yourself.





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ment departments trying to find out who is responsible for protected animal species. After several conversations with a variety of provincial departments in Regina, I am referred to the Fish and Wildlife Branch. The conservation officer is busy, but I am promised that someone will call me before noon. They don’t. Did I mention I am on the warpath? In the afternoon, I call back and after expressing my displeasure, I’m given a number to call in Saskatoon. I do get to speak with a reasonable officer in Saskatoon who listens to the tale and then suggests I call the city about the problem. Duh, already did that and the city said call the province. Then I ask what can be done. He advises me that department officials do not attend at sites to investigate, but suggests catching one to see if it is a protected brown bat. Failing that, what’s next? Well, we could try lighting up the wall to watch for them and he heard playing music might help. What the hell, are we to play Brahms’ Lullaby and hope the creatures sleep through the night? He does tell me that under certain circumstances they will issue a special permit to exterminate but first I should contact Saskatoon’s Bat Lady. She is not a public

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employee, but a city resident who has made herself an authority on bats and dedicates herself to rescuing them. The Bat Lady is a lovely person. She comes to the house that evening and is certainly knowledgeable about the species. After checking the premises, she is reasonably convinced that the bat is gone and further states that just because there was noise in the walls didn’t necessarily mean there were a lot of bats. Two hours after she leaves, Dick finds a bat flying about the nursery. Thankfully the Bat Lady comes back the next day, catches the bat and off it goes to the university for testing. We ask about the health hazard relating to the guano (bat poop) apparently when guano dries it will eventually turn into a dust which can then be airborne. The Bat Lady glosses over this question and implies that there is no research to the effect that says guano is dangerous to humans. Yet an Internet site says bat guano can be dangerous because exposure can cause a disease called histoplasmosis. Who do you believe? Although the cleanup procedure is extensive, it must be done. It is the better to be safe theory. (Continued on page 15)


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(Continued from page 14) Currently, quotes are being obtained to remove the siding from the house. The contractors have forewarned that the bats may have chewed through the vapour barrier and gotten into the insulation, and if so, it will also have to be replaced. Meanwhile, this family is displaced from its home, primarily because of concern for the baby and potential health hazards. However, this tale, be it tall or small, raises questions that need answers. Why does a government issue a protection on any animal and then not have the expertise to advise the public on how to deal with a protected animal/human conflict? If the species needs protection, why would the government department not come to collect and relocate the bats? Is it sufficient to simply refer citizens to a local self-taught resident

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Shakespeare scholar directs Richard III Shannon Boklaschuk Saskatoon Express he annual Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan festival is in full swing, with Twelfth Night and Richard III being presented on alternating days in the iconic white tent on the South Saskatchewan River. One of Shakespeare’s greatest villains is brought to life in Richard III, with local actor Rob van Meenen cast in the ambitious title role. The show is directed by Skye Brandon, a theatre professional who has spent four previous summers with Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan taking on acting roles in The Tempest, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry IV and more. Brandon has a keen interest in the works of William Shakespeare as both an actor and an academic; for example, he is currently a master’s degree student at the University of Saskatchewan, where he is applying historical research to productions of Shakespeare’s plays. He has also appeared at the acclaimed Stratford Festival – including in a production of Richard III, among others – and has directed Cymbeline and Richard II for the YXE Shakespeare Lab. The Saskatoon Express asked Brandon a number of questions about directing Richard III this summer, why audiences still love the play’s dramatics hundreds of years later and why he finds Shakespeare’s work so interesting. Saskatoon Express: How did you feel when you were asked to direct this year’s production of Richard III?


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Brandon: I was both excited and surprised – excited in that it was a Shakespeare play I knew fairly well and had some ideas that, as far as I know, had never been done with the play. And surprised, because I knew it was a play that (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan artistic producer) Will Brooks wanted to direct himself at some point. Express: Shakespeare’s Richard III is considered a historical masterpiece. What is it about the play that still resonates with modern audiences? Brandon: Well, historically, it certainly isn’t accurate, but it does give us a sense of how a portion of Elizabethan London would have viewed Richard. I think, in part, audiences still come to this play because they are in on Richard’s scheme right from the start. They are complicit. The success of (the television show) House of Cards just goes to show how effective that type of storytelling still is. Express: What factors did you take into consideration when directing this production? Brandon: Despite the size of role that Richard is, I wanted to treat this production very much as an ensemble play and put focus on Richard’s interactions with the women of the play: Lady Anne, Queen Elizabeth, Margaret (the former queen) and his mother. Express: Why do you think it is important to bring the story of King Richard III of England to life? Brandon: Generally, I think it is worth revisiting classics because they give us a

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Skye Brandon is directing Richard III glimpse into a window – one that shows us that we haven’t come very far in many ways. Specifically, I think Richard III is a reminder of how power can be politically manipulated and serves as a warning. Express: How have audience members been reacting to the show? Brandon: We’re early in the run, but so far they have been reacting as I hoped they would. There have been laughs, groans, winces and gasps. Express: Shakespeare is a big part of your life. What is it about Shakespeare’s

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S askatoon EVENTS


July 5 to Aug. 20 Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan: This year’s main stage productions are Richard III and Twelfth Night, performed in repertory in the tent on the riverbank. For detailed times and dates, visit

JULY 20-23 Saskatchewan Express Saskatoon presents Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. at The Refinery (609 Dufferin Ave) July 20 at 7:30 p.m., July 21 and 22 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and July 23 at 2 p.m. Join a cast of 50 young performers as they treat you to this well-loved Disney musical. For tickets www. or call 306-477-5553. Adults $15, children 12 and under $10.

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economical travel while forging new friendships with club members from around the world. For more information, visit To attend a meeting contact Bev at 306-291-4411 or

FIRST AND THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH Resporados support group for people with breathing difficulties taking place at 1:30 p.m. at Mayfair United Church (33rd Street West). ***** Depression Support Group from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the CMHA building (1301 Avenue P North). This is open to anyone struggling with depression and family members wanting to support them. For more info, call Marilyn at 306-270-9181 or email



The Saskatoon Horticultural Society Passport Tour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will feature the Home Grounds Award winner’s yard. Passports are $15 and will be available at Dutch Growers on Reid Road and both Early’s locations – 51st Street and Lorne Ave. For further information, please call Chris @306-281-8921.

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



The residence, located at 326 11th St. is open Sunday afternoons in July and August from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There are also a number of special events. Music in the Garden. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in our heritage garden, with harp music provided by Chris Lindgren beginning at 2 p.m. The house will be open for tours.

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 306931-8053 or Kathy at 306-244-0587.


SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH Trigeminal Neuralgia and Facial Pain Support Group meetings at 1:30 p.m. at the Edwards Family Centre (338 - Fourth Ave. North). For more information, contact Gail at 306-382-1578 or email


The Canadian Federation of University Women is collecting Saskatoon Oldtimers’ Association’s monthly meeting. books, CDs and videos for its Mammoth Book Sale until Parkville Manor (625 25th Street East), Reception at the September. Please contact Alverta at 306-652-7708 or main door between 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The association Alison at 306-244-2988 to arrange to drop off books. looks after the Log Cabin at the Exhibition. New members TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) needed. For more information, contact Lloyd at 306-3824915 or Laura at 306-373-1861. This is a support group those wanting to shed some of their extra weight. There are various chapters in Saskatoon Mood Disorder Saskatoon and surrounding area. We can help you start a Support Group TOPS chapter in your work place or in the area that you The Saskatoon mood disorder support group for people live in. To find out more, visit or telephone Bev at with bi-polar, depression and other related mental health 306-242-7180. problem meets at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at 323 Fourth Ave. South (south entrance) at 7:30 p.m. FIRST AND THIRD SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH For more information call Al at 306-716-0836 or Lindi at 306-491-9398. Pet Loss Support Group offers support and comfort to people who are struggling with the loss of a beloved EVERY MONDAY companion animal due to old age, sickness or other Acadia Drive Grief Support Group meets every Monday reasons. The no-obligation support group meets at 2 at 7 p.m. at Acadia McKague’s Funeral Centre at 915 p.m. at the W.A. Edwards Centre, 333 4th Avenue North, Acadia Drive. This is a drop- in support group for Saskatoon. For more information or telephone support, people who have lost their spouse or other close family call 306-343-5322. member. Come and meet with others who understand SECOND MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH what it is like to lose your spouse or someone very Renters of Saskatoon and area meet. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. close to you. St Thomas Wesley United Church, Lower Hall (808 20th St. COSMO SENIOR CENTRE West). ROSA supports renters and shares information to Daily activities for seniors during the week, beginning in work towards better, affordable, and safe rental housing September and running through May. Monday - Yoga: 8:45 for all. Child-minding available. Ring doorbell for elevator a.m; Kaiser and Whist: 1:30 p.m.; Tuesday - Exercises: access. For further information contact: 306-657-6100, or 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Bridge: 1 p.m.; Wednesday - Yoga email 10 a.m.; Whist:1:30 p.m. Thursday - Exercises: 9:30 TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, SATURDAYS and 10:30 a.m.; Bridge: 1 p.m. (partners); Friday - Yoga: Country Farms Marketplace at Confederation Mall, 10 a.m. 930; Cribbage and Kaiser: 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments provided. Drop-in fee for cards is $2 The fee for the to 4 p.m. Indoor marketplace located across from Urban exercise classes and yoga are $4-$5. New members Planet. The Marketplace features home cooked lunch, desserts, pies, preserves and other amazing food as well welcome. Annual membership is $5. For more information, as hand crafted items and home based business vendors. call 306-343-6710. ***** NEWCOMERS’ CLUB Free art drop-in at the SCYAP Art Centre. All ages are The Saskatoon Newcomers’ Club welcomes new female welcome, all materials supplied, no registration required. residents in the Saskatoon area, as well as those who Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Thursdays 5:30 p.m. - 9 have recently undergone a significant change in lifestyle p.m., and Saturdays 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. (such as relationship status, retirement, or becoming a THIRD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH new parent). A new resident is defined as one who has not resided in Saskatoon and/or surrounding area for The Saskatoon Prostate Cancer Support Group meets more than three years. The club holds monthly dinner every month except July and August at 7:30 p.m. in the outings, coffee gatherings, book club and other planned W. A. Edwards Family Centre, across from the Saskatoon activities. If interested, please reply by email to saskaFuneral Home. For more information, call Murray Hill at 306-242-5893 or email


welcome to attend. There is no cost to attend. There will be an educational topic presented and an opportunity to learn from each other. For more info, call Rae Ann at 306652-5151 or email ***** The Compassionate Friends is a non-profit self-help bereavement organization offering friendship, understanding and hope to parents that have experienced the death of a child at any age. TCF Saskatoon meets the last Tuesday of every month (except December) from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Edwards Family Centre (333 Fourth Ave. North).

LAST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH Epilepsy Saskatoon Support Group meets the last Saturday of every month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the W.A. Edwards Centre at 333, Fourth Ave. North. Family, children, caregivers and friends are all welcome! This is a safe, friendly place to share, discuss ideas, answer questions, and support one another. You can follow Epilepsy Saskatoon on Facebook.

FIRST MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH Saskatoon Ostomy Association meetings at 7 p.m. at Preston Park 1 (114 Armistice Way). Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month except when there is a holiday. If so, meetings are on the second Monday. There are no meetings in January, July and August.

SECOND AND FOURTH THURSDAY SASKATOON KETO CLUB for people following or considering a LCHF/Keto lifestyle for Body Building/ Weight Management/Reversing: Auto Immune Illnesses ,Diabetes, Cancer or any other reason are invited to join our meetings to learn, share ideas, support or get support. There is no cost to attend. For more info, call Carol at 306-280-2160 or email cadithompson@ DC071749 Darlene


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July 25th 3pm - 8pm Join us at our new showhome as we host local artisans and vendors for an evening of shopping while enjoying some wine and cheese. 610 Meadows Boulevard.

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Dizziness and Balance Support Group will meet from 7 Friendship Force International, Saskatoon and Area Club p.m. to 8 p.m. at LifeMark Health Centre, 3907 Eighth St. is an organization of more than 360 clubs in more than 50 countries throughout the world. FFI allows you to enjoy East. Anyone with a dizziness/vertigo/balance condition is


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