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— which has previously housed high-profile events, including the MTV awards party — she didn’t immediately see her painting. When she turned into a hallway, however, she saw it displayed with four other pieces. She described it as “a quieter space of the whole party.” “It just fit the space. It was kind of a unique painting; there weren’t a lot that were as abstract as mine, and the painting is quite bold — with colours — so I can see why they put it in that space. It was kind of a loud piece, I guess.” For Krawchuk, who is from Prince Albert and now lives and paints in Saskatoon, being included in the show was an honour. She said it was “just amazing” to see her work on display at the event, which attracted international artists as well as Hollywood star and activist Susan Sarandon. “I had a smile on my face the whole night, for sure.” Krawchuk met three other artists — hailing from San Francisco, New York and Paris — at the exhibition, and “everybody seemed equally as pleased to be in the show,” she said. “These are people from Saskatoon painter Steph Krawchuk had a piece of her art included in a New York exhibition. (Photo Supplied) around the world — I Shannon Boklaschuk organized the show, which featured 43 I’ve never (received) a reply, which I don’t know there was somebody from Australia Saskatoon Express works chosen from more than 800 submis- think is unusual. So at first I didn’t believe as well — and there was, I think, only one local painter is lauding the role sions. it, because the email said, ‘We’re moving other Canadian. I don’t know that there social media can play in connecting Krawchuk learned about the open call the show from L.A. to New York, so we’ll was another there, so that’s pretty cool, artists worldwide, after an Instaby following the Half Gallery on Instaget back to you.’ And that just felt very too.” gram post led to her inclusion in a New gram. She decided to submit her newest surreal to me, and then I didn’t hear again Krawchuk said social media can play York City exhibition. painting to an email address included in an until probably three weeks — so I wasn’t a role in connecting artists with various One of Steph Krawchuk’s abstract Instagram post from the gallery. even sure if this was really happening.” opportunities, noting others included in paintings was included in Group Show — “Then I found out, like maybe a month However, more emails did arrive, and Group Show also found out about the exhiwhich was held from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3 at and a half later, that they wanted my paint- Krawchuk, who earned her bachelor of bition via Instagram. the Milk Studios in New York — after she ing,” Krawchuk said, adding “it kind of fine arts degree at the University of SasSince submitting her work for the New learned about the open call exhibition via took me off guard.” katchewan in 2006, was soon on her way York show, Krawchuk has noticed many Instagram. Renowned artist Lucien Smith, “I have applied to a number of interna- to New York. When she walked into the other open calls on social media. the 28-year-old behind the non-profit STP, tional things — not a lot, but a few — and large exhibition space at the Milk Studios (Continued on page 9) AS031208 Aaron

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hould the Tim Hortons Brier be for Canada’s elite curlers or should the door be open to every province and territory? Brad Gushue, arguably the best curler in the country, thinks there is no place at the Brier for riff-raff. That’s my word, not his. There is no doubt the first five days of the event included more than its share of lopsided scores. There is also Editor no doubt the last four days provided some of the best curling ever at the Brier. It was a nice tradeoff. So there are two schools of thought, as former CBC curling commentator Don Duguid would say while teams were debating what shot to call. Warren Hansen, the man credited with boosting weekly attendances into the 240,000-plus range when the event was held in NHL-sized arenas, says the glory days are gone with the new format. “Frankly, I think going into a large building would be insane,” he told Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun. “The 16-team format with over half the field non-competitive makes it worse.” Hansen, who left or was forced out of his role as director of event operations for Curling Canada in 2015, spent more than 40 years pushing the game along, so his opinion counts. Under Hansen, a man I respect, the Brier became a big business — the bigger the venue the larger the profit. I don’t buy Hansen’s theory that future Briers have to be played in smaller venues such as the one in Regina or next year’s in Brandon. The Brier is the Brier. Remember the 2002 edition when Kevin Martin and 17 other teams boycotted the playdowns? Attendance that week in Calgary was 245,000. Clearly, the fans didn’t miss the hotshots. By all accounts, Curling Canada did another fine job last week in Regina. The organization is a machine, with its attention to detail second to none. I had the opportunity to see that first hand during the past three years as a contract writer for


Brad Gushue thinks the Brier has too many weak teams in the field. (Curling Canada Photo)

two Scotties Tournament of Hearts and one Ford world women’s championship. At the past couple of Briers and Scotties, three teams travelled to the event and play for a final spot in the 12-team competition. It was hurtful for the losers to come all that way and be sent home before the main event began. I saw tears during farewell interviews at the Scotties. That system didn’t work. At last week’s Brier, eight teams advanced to a championship round. Saskatoon’s Steve Laycock, for example, was ranked seventh going into the Brier and was one of the teams to advance to the second round of play. It was a bonus round of play. The top seven teams were pretty much gimmes to make the playoffs, leaving one spot, as it turned out, for a so-called lesser light — Jamie Murphy of Nova Scotia in this case. Yes, the preliminary round wasn’t high on drama, although the wins and losses were carried to the next round. It’s not like these were meaningless games. Top teams in the preliminary round included the likes of Gushue, Mike McEwen, Reid Carruthers and Brad Jacobs. They were givens to advance. At the bottom of the standings was Nunavut’s Dave St. Louis. The Nunavut team lost all seven of its round-robin games. The scores were 9-3, 6-3, 12-5, 14-3, 8-3, 10-3 and 14-2. Yikes. St. Louis is Exhibit A among those

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who think the Brier field is too big and too watered down. Does it really matter if someone takes six or seven thumpings? His games were on one sheet of the four. Gushue said he doesn’t like the fact the Brier has been broken into two eightteam pools. He told Jones he would like to play every team, so 16 is too many. But he did play every good team as the playoffs unfolded. Teams like Gushue’s can play in bigmoney bonspiels virtually every weekend. If they have to play with some commoners for five days, so be it. That’s my word, not his. If the Brier is to be a national event, each province and territory should be represented — coast to coast, north to south. That’s a starting point of 13 teams. The field is built to 16 with Team Canada, Northern Ontario and a wild-card entry. Curling Canada made the right call in bringing the Brier back to its roots as a true national championship. Hansen respectfully disagrees. “What you get is a watered-down mess,” he told Jones in 2016. “You may want to be politically correct, but it isn’t going to work. It’s nothing against any province or any territory, it’s just a fact of life. It isn’t going to work.” I respectfully disagree. It will work. The Brier, as a national treasure, is bigger than the buildings. And bigger than Gushue and Canada’s other elite curlers.

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Saskatoon show appears on Filipino TV Cam Hutchinson Saskatoon Express hris Rod is putting Saskatoon and Saskatchewan on the map with a national television show. Rod developed a show that has been appearing on Toronto-based Filipino TV since January. The show happened almost by chance. In late 2016, Rod did impromptu interviews during a fundraiser at a nightclub. The footage was posted on Facebook as the Chris Rod Show. The project grew from those somewhat humble beginnings. Rod wasn’t a stranger to holding a microphone. He was a DJ, writer and an event planner in the Philippines. He came to Saskatoon shortly after his wife, Kathleen, was offered a contract as a nurse. That was six years ago. “When her application got approved it was a decision we had to make,” said Rod, whose surname is Rodriguez. “Canada has been very generous to medical practitioners, especially nurses. When she moved up here, it took me a while — probably a year after — to close up everything back home like the business.” Rod wasn’t thinking about a television show when he arrived in Saskatoon. He wanted to get a job and bring a flavour of his homeland to the Filipino community here. “There are a lot of events that are not happening in terms of the things we have been doing back home that I didn’t see here.” For example, he brought in a Filipino band that was big in the 1990s.


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“It was OK, but not what I was really expecting, so I dropped everything and I said, ‘I have to regroup as a businessman — which I was — and find things that will work for me.’ “I channeled my events to another avenue which was community-based events. When I say community-based events, I’m not going to grab somebody from the Philippines and pay them thousands and thousands of dollars and bring them up here. “People here are working. People here are so conscious with the finances they have. A lot of Filipinos are helping families back home so they are not really into the notion, ‘I am going to spend this much on a concert or anything like that.’” The community events included a beauty pageant for kids, a music festival and a share-a-toy program. The toy program was a hit. “We would go to a bar or something and invite people to come in and bring toys. We shipped these toys to the Philippines to children who are living in poverty. The first boxes that we sent out were to kids living in the garbage dump areas.” He said 250 children received toys. “It was overwhelming.” He saw photographs of eager children looking at the boxes and then their eyes lighting up when they uncovered their toys. “I want to continue that program just because we worked so much. It just takes a little bit of time and effort to do that.” Local musicians Oral Fuentes and Earl Pereira helped with the fundrais-


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Chris Rod interviews Saskatoon boxing coach Dennis Page for a segment of his show which appears nationally on Filipino TV. (Photo by Cam Hutchinson) ing through an event called Rasta Claus at the Capitol Music Club in December 2016. That was the night the seed for the Chris Rod Show was sown. That was the night he and a friend named Nic Sarceno took a camera and mic to club. “I just started interviewing people. For the most part, I am very much familiar with interviews because I used to host events in the Philippines. We interviewed people at that event and said, ‘Let’s put it

on Facebook.’” A year later, Rod’s show made its debut on Filipino TV. It can be seen numerous times on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The show is 30 minutes long and runs for two weeks before another one is added. Rod said the show is broken into three segments. One features Hadlen, a Saskatoon magician, mentalist and hypnotist. (Continued on page 7)


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n 2016, Alex Fallon, president and CEO of the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority, and a staff member packed up some saskatoon berry jam and boarded a plane for London, England. They took the Columnist jam to restaurants, including one owned by mega-chef Gordon Ramsay. Before they could blink, more or less, the Union Street Café had turned the jam into a sauce for meat and served it alongside a lemon tart. The idea, which one could argue met with resounding success from a “get to know Saskatoon” standpoint, was cooked up during a “meeting of the impossible” SREDA held to generate marketing ploys. Nothing was too stupid to suggest, Fallon told the room. He wanted the wildest ideas possible, and the saskatoon berry gambit won the day. Last Thursday, at the SREDA Economic Forum, Fallon extended the plea to every business owner, and individual, in this city. Go back to your desk, he asked, and think about your own impossible mission. What can you do to increase business, shine a light on Saskatoon, meet your goals? Whether it’s

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increasing employment or exports or visibility, what is your crazy idea? I have to say I was rather inspired. But that started earlier. After several short speeches, the lunchtime lights dimmed. A video began to roll, huge and bright and loud, behind the stage. Suddenly there was this actor, reading a poem that came on hard and fast and passionate. All around him were views of the city — stunning sunset, ferris wheel, autumnal park, shining river. (Watch for a link on the SREDA site, if you want to see this.) Turns out Fallon isn’t just a business leader. He wrote the poem. By the time the video ended, I had tears in my eyes. So did my friend Colleen. This is my city, I felt. This is this place I have (almost) always lived, always loved, despite its challenges and weird economic bumps and desperate need to engage and respect Indigenous people. Then I thought, I’m a writer. He’s a business guy. I couldn’t have said it better, and I am really mad at him about that. Cut it out, Fallon. Okay, not really. Because one of the recurring themes at the forum was collaboration, and how the sectors of our economy intersect at so many points. Jacqueline Cook of Vendasta hit the stage to say that there is no such thing as a technology sector. Technology encompasses everything we do.

Greg Magirescu, CEO of Creative Saskatchewan, said that just as tech is infused into all our pursuits, so is creativity. (I guess Fallon decided to prove his point.) The fuel of the 21st century, said he, is creativity, but it’s not limited to “creatives,” as he called those of us who do stuff like write, paint, play music. Marty Seymour, director of industry and stakeholders relations at Farm Credit Canada, weighed in on a similar point, saying it’s incredibly important to cross-pollinate agriculture with other industries: robotics, data management, food processing. “We need to collaborate,” he said. “We’re running in swim lanes in this country.” Others made additional points addressing this theme, among them that collaboration must include the Indigenous community. That, said Fallon, is how we’re going to grow the economy. Impossible things can happen if we dream big, collaborate, build on our strengths. We’re at a crossroads, said he; but we can choose to do great things. It was probably a good time for that message. We may not be firing on all cylinders, but a lot of good things are happening: big contracts at Crestline Coach, big money investing in (and I hesitate now to use the term) tech companies. Generally, there was a more upbeat mood in the room than there was

last year. Finally, our economy seems to be improving. That was the word from Pierre Cléroux, vice-president of research and chief economist at BDC. He gave the baseline speech, noting that commodity prices are increasing while interest rates remain low, which should benefit the economy, here and elsewhere in Canada, as well as the United States. He expects a 2.2 per cent increase in GDP this year, in Canada and in our province. Beats the heck out of a drop of one per cent in 2015, half a per cent in 2016, and a recovery of two per cent last year, which was really just dragging us back up. The unemployment rate is still a bit high, but Cléroux expects that to improve in 2018, along with a rebound in agriculture, better potash prices, stronger manufacturing and rising capital expenditures in crude oil. (Ag was looking pretty grim, in my view, less than two weeks ago. It was So Dry. I couldn’t help but clap when Seymour started his speech by saying the recent and considerable snowfall would fundamentally change this year in agriculture. Oh, yeah.) And that’s your economic news update, gentle reader. Infused with a little magic, a lot of passion, and served with a saskatoon berry on top, in a place where missions are not impossible.

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in your column, and I have a tip about mascarpone cheese. It is quite expensive, and for some of my recipes, I only need a quarter or half cup. Therefore, I freeze it and when I need it, I take the container out earlier and put it in the refrigerator to thaw. I stir it well, use what I need and return it to the freezer. When it comes on sale, I buy a few containers and freeze them so that I always Household have some on hand. — Pauline Solutions Re: Sharpie Markers Dry Out Dear Reena, Feedback from Wise I was a trainer for many years and used Contributors markers daily. My tip is when you buy a Re: Soggy Pie Crust marker, always store it with the tip down Dear Reena, and you won’t have the problem of the When I bake a pie, I always start at 425 marker running dry. — Ruth degrees for 25 minutes, on the lower shelf Re: Keeping Brown Sugar Soft of oven. Then, I reduce the temperature to I read your article about hardened 350 degrees until the pie is golden and bub- brown sugar. I have used all the suggesbly. It works every time. — Pauline tions you gave, but found one that works Re: Mascarpone cheese best of all. I put two large marshmallows Dear Reena, in with the sugar, and it is always soft. — I was reading the tip about cream cheese Maureen TA031218 Tammy


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(Continued from page 3) A second is getting out into the community and highlighting events, people and businesses. The third is a segment called Where to Eat & What to Eat in Saskatchewan. “There are so many restaurants here; a diverse mix of food here. The show is to boost their business and inform people about the food they serve. The main purpose of the show is we are not going to be critics of the food, but to let people know what to eat and where the location is.” He said the response has been good. “We are putting the Chris Rod Show into a market where people can watch the show and know more about what’s happening in Saskatchewan. Filipino TV is shown all over Canada and it’s available on all cable providers.” He said doing a television show has been a learning experience. He watches videos to see how successful hosts work, but Rod is developing his own style. “For me, I want to be not too serious: funny and informative. The shows we have done are going well. We are getting

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a lot of good feedback from people, especially when they see the Where to Eat & What to Eat segment.” Rod couldn’t do the show without a team. Teri Hong and Julianna Tan are co-hosts of the show, while Mel Francis Andes and G Nel Simon are the production team. Nic Sarceno is a production consultant. Rod would like to branch out into shooting Saskatchewan tourism locations and has the theme for a television series rolling around in his mind. He said the tourism segment would have a different twist. “It’s not like a documentary where people are saying, ‘Oh, this is the lake.’ I want to jump into the lake. I don’t go fishing; I want to try fishing. “Those are things we are planning to do to help promote Saskatchewan through our shows. That is what we are trying to accomplish.” The show can be found on Facebook @thechrisrodshow and @wheretoeatwhattoeatsk. Where To Eat & What To Eat in Saskatchewan are also on YouTube.


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f you’re a theatre fan, then March is the month for you — there are many exciting productions on offer from a variety of Saskatoon and area theatres. In last week’s column, I looked at three plays; this week’s column will provide a glimpse at six more. MARCH 14 – 18 Where It Hurts A new company called Chasing Our Tales has been founded to produce worldpremiere works by Saskatchewan-based playwrights, with dramaturgical support from the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre. From March 14 – March 18, Chasing Our Tales will present its inaugural production — Wendy Lockman’s Where It Hurts — at the Remai Arts Centre’s BackStage Stage. The company describes Lockman’s show this way: “Seven days before her wedding, Alex finds herself falling for Ben, the cute bartender working her stagette. And if that’s not bad enough, he may be perfect for her. But what would it mean for those close to them — Alex’s fiancé and Ben’s fetching grandmother — who have problems of their own? Romantic complexities are on full display in this amusing and bittersweet tale of misplaced morals, captured hearts and what it really means to care for someone.” Directed by Gordon Portman, the show stars Anna Seibel, Jaron Francis, Melanie Doerr and Bruce McKay. Tickets are $10-$26 and are available by calling the Persephone Theatre box office at

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306-384-7727 or by going online to MARCH 16 – 18 A Day at the Java Shop & Greyhound Bus Depot The Warman Scared Scriptless Players are bringing Roger Cosgrove’s play A Day at the Java Shop & Greyhound Bus Depot to the Brian King Centre from March 16 – March 18. The play, which is set in the 1960s and is based on a true story, “will give the audience a taste of nostalgia and a chance to sing along to their favourite Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline tunes,” director April Watson said in a news release. Scared Scriptless describes the plot this way: “Regulars at the java shop are going about their usual business when the day is interrupted by a pair of robbers set on tunneling under the shop to rob the bank next door. When Johnny Cash’s tour bus breaks down while passing through town, nothing goes according to plan.” “This is a snapshot of small-town life – something we can all recognize here on the Prairies,” said Watson. The show marks a milestone for the community theatre company, since it is its 10th production and includes its largest cast and crew to date. For more information, visit MARCH 17 Tetris On March 17, Persephone Theatre’s Youth Series will present a public perfor-

Dewey Litwiller, Joanne Loveridge, Madison Friesen and Tyson Poulin are members of the cast in A Day at the Java Shop & Greyhound Bus Depot. (Photo Supplied)

mance of TETRIS, described as an “incredible show” that features four performers “who will amaze” with their dance and acrobatic skills. “Inspired by the game Tetris, this extremely physical dance quartet explores how we connect with one another, building a private language to communicate, and then invite others to enter into our world,” Persephone said in a news release. Produced by Arch8, Netherlands, Tetris will be presented for schools on March 15 and March 16. A public show for young people and their families will follow on March 17 at 2 p.m. at the Remai Arts Centre. It is suitable for ages six and up. Tickets are $15 and are available by

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calling the Persephone Theatre box office at 306-384-7727 or by going online to MARCH 21 – APRIL 4 Onegin Lauren Jackson describes Onegin as “a party.” “We kind of invite audiences to join us in an experience that covers love and loss and longing and desire in typical Russian fashion — but with a really fun, sort of rock-opera twist. That’s how I’d put it, in a nutshell,” said Jackson, who plays the character Tatyana Larin in the multiple awardwinning musical, in a recent interview with the Saskatoon Express. (Continued on page 9)





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(Continued from page 8) Persephone Theatre is presenting Onegin, which will run from March 21 – April 4 at the Remai Arts Centre. Created by Amiel Gladstone and recording artist Veda Hille, the show is based on a Pushkin poem and a Tchaikovsky opera but has been given a contemporary sound. The comic-tragic musical was a hit during Vancouver’s 2015-2016 theatre season and is now on a Western Canadian tour presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company. Saskatoon is the tour’s last stop. “I appreciate that there is more than one way to experience big things like love and longing and loss, and, through music, I feel like we’re able to really hit all those sort of aspects,” Jackson said. “And it’s important that it’s noted that it’s a musical, because lots of people come in thinking it’s the opera or the ballet; they don’t know what to expect,” she added. Jackson has high praise for Hille’s music in Onegin, calling it “absolutely arresting and evocative.” “It’ll stick in your head and some people, I think, came back to relive it and re-experience it all,” she said. Tickets are $26-$46 and are available by calling the Persephone Theatre box office at 306-384-7727 or by going online to MARCH 21 – MARCH 31 Spirit Wrestler The University of Saskatchewan’s Greystone Theatre is presenting Spirit Wrestler as it fourth — and final — show in the current season. Written by U of S alumnus Greg Nelson and directed by alumna Carol AS031209 Greyeyes, theAaron play is about the Doukho-

bors who fled Russia in the late 1800s seeking religious freedom and a new life in Canada. The focus is on the young and idealistic character Nikolai and his journey to selfhood, while he wrestles with personal and community dilemmas. Nelson, a writer and producer for TV, theatre and radio, has won multiple awards and has previously served as the playwright-in-residence at the U of S. His theatrical roots go back to studying under Henry Woolf and Ronald Mavor in the U of S Department of Drama. For more information about the show, or to purchase tickets, call 306-966-5188 or go online to drama/greystone. MARCH/APRIL SCHOOL TOUR Beneath the Ice Persephone Theatre’s 2018 Youth Tour has hit the road to bring Eva Colmers’ play Beneath the Ice to schools in every corner of the province. The show, which is directed by Curtis Peeteetuce, kicked off in Saskatoon and will visit various communities throughout March. It will also fly in to remote northern communities in early April, “which is a really delightful thing because none of the actors have experienced fly-in shows in northern communities,” Peeteetuce said in an interview. “So that’s pretty cool,” he added. Beneath the Ice stars Wanita Bird, Connor Brousseau and Andrea Folster. The play tells the story of young boy named David, who joins his mother on her research trip to the Inuit community of Kangiqsujuaaq. After watching an elder and her granddaughter collect fresh mussels from beneath the ice, David sees an opportunity to have his own scientific adventure – prompting him to sneak out

Persephone Theatre is presenting Onegin, a comic-tragic musical, March 21 — April 4. (Photo by David Cooper)


Artist derives inspiration on the Net (Continued from page 1) The process to submit one’s work can be fairly easy, she said; sometimes it’s as simple as including a hashtag to have a piece considered for judging. Krawchuk describes Instagram as “an equalizer for so many artists.” “So it’s really a platform that you can tell galleries are seeking talent through this and, equally, I think the artists (are) looking for opportunities, too,” said Krawchuk. “With the Internet, it’s like you can get your painting anywhere,” she added, noting she derives inspiration from viewing other artists’ work on social media. “You see stuff that people are making today, and I find that connection to artists very important.” Krawchuk, whose paintings have been showcased in numerous exhibitions in Saskatoon and Prince Albert, said being part of the New York show gave her “a big, big boost in confidence.” “I don’t think, though, I’ve ever really lacked much confidence in my work; I’ve been painting for a while, and I haven’t really stopped. But, I think, this is sort of a new confidence to consider, really, other opportunities.”

and climb below the frozen Arctic ice alone. When asked why it is important to bring theatre to young people, Peeteetuce said “I think the more diversity in storytelling that children are allowed to experience, the more they broaden their horizons and learn life lessons. “Theatre is not only about entertainment, it’s about education — because you can learn about the characters in the story and where they come from,” he said. “Also, there’s the opportunity for To learn more about Krawchuk, or to empowerment and inspiring young people view her work, go online to stephkrawto engage in the arts — so that’s a bonus right there.”



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Vinnick comes home to shake the love around


ince moving to Ontario in 1992, Suzie “We didn’t know each other very well at Vinnick has amassed a shelf full of Holy Cross but we reconnected in the early music awards, all of which salute the 2000s. I had been hired by him to do some ability of the Saskatoon born-and-raised demo tapes and I really liked the material, blues guitarist and singer. especially Creaking Pines. Kent still writes Vinnick has won 10 Maple Blues awards, music but most of his time is spent as a video a Canadian folk music award as best coneditor in the industry.” temporary vocalist of the year and earned She also collaborated on a song, Crying A three Juno award nominations. She has River For You, with Blair Packham, who was stepped onto an American stage in style, the front man for rock band The Jitters in the reaching the 2013 final of the international 1980s, and has recorded three albums since Blues Challenge in Memphis in the solo-duo 2000. category. The co-producer on the album was keyPeople Vinnick comes back to The Bassment, boardist Mark Lalama. home of the Saskatoon Jazz Society, on “We’d seen each other occasionally, and March 16 and one of her new calling cards is Shake The then in 2016, he introduced me to some songs he’d writLove Around, the sixth album of her career. Vinnick ten. He’s also a touring artist. As time advanced on this sings, plays electric and acoustic guitar, bass and lap project, I knew he was the one to be the co-producer. I steel and invited some friends to join in. appreciated his incredible musicality, his ears, kindness, True to her Saskatchewan roots, there’s certainly patience and generosity and it was so much fun to build more than a chunk of the Prairies on the new album the album with him.” because she had a hand in writing nine of the 12 cuts. Her last two albums were solo acoustics and “this “Shake The Love Around is just one line in a song, became a chance to get some friends into the recording All I Wanna Do. But it’s a phrase I remembered from studio. Among them was drummer Gary Craig, who has Saskatchewan days and it’s the kind of an expression worked with Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Jann Arden that someday I knew I would use in a song,” said Vinand Tom Cochrane. Another was Colin Linden, a guitarnick from her home in Fenwick, Ont. ist who has appeared at The Bassment. “I was visiting friends in the south Saskatchewan The other two cover cuts are John Fogerty’s A Huncommunity of Forget and they had a lovely meal-time dred and Ten in The Shade (where Vinnick plays guitar) tradition. When they say grace, they get everyone to and Percy Mayfield’s Danger Zone (where Vinnick plays hold hands. They end the grace by saying ‘shake the bass). love around’ and then everyone shakes hands, kind of “There was always music in our home and my in a wave-like setting. It’s been a few years since I’ve parents, Flo and Paul, drove me to lessons. I was part broken bread with them, but their tradition has always of Peter England’s wonderful music programs at Holy stuck with me. Cross. Going to Ottawa and then Expo ‘86 in Vancouver “This album has a lot of happy and positive songs. A were ways Peter opened the doors for me. At the Unilot of me is in this album and I feel good about it. I hope versity of Saskatchewan, I played in the jazz ensemble. it will get everyone shaking their love around.” I jammed at Bud’s on Broadway and Club 23 Below and It was also a good stroke that Vinnick chose a song, a friend, Tony Dee, and I opened for Colin James at a Creaking Pines, written and performed by Kent Theaker, Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.” who now lives near Vinnick’s home and was a student at Vinnick still knows her way around Saskatchewan. Holy Cross High School at the same time as her. “From November 15 to December 11, just a while


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Fighting the carbon tax is futile

he way (the previspearheaded by Wall over the ous Saskatchewan last couple of years. NDP government) Now, with federal Envitreated the federal government, ronment Minister Catherine was one of hostility, and one McKenna refusing to back that they wanted to approach down — she has made it clear everything with the idea that that whether Saskatchewan they would litigate their way signs or not, a carbon price will out of problems rather than sit be imposed upon it — a legal down and attempt to negotiate battle, funded by Saskatchea deal.” wan taxpayers, appears to be a That was then-Minister of given. Columnist Justice Don Morgan in 2008, “If this does end up in court, after announcing the newlyso be it,” was Moe’s response elected Saskatchewan Party was killing the to McKenna’s ultimatum in a recent interidea of taking Stephen Harper’s conserva- view with Global News. tive government to court over equalization Never mind that other provinces have transfers. already determined a legal fight is futile. My, how times — and, of course, politi- Manitoba, the only other province to hold cal alliances — have changed. out until they signed the deal in late FebruBy not signing on to the federal govary, had spent $40,000 on an extensive leernment’s Pan-Canadian Framework on gal analysis on a challenge to the imposed Climate Change plan, Saskatchewan has carbon price in October 2017. lost a guaranteed $62 million in funding It found that if the province took the for emission-reduction programs. feds to court, “we lose,” said Manitoba Opposition to a carbon-pricing system Premier Brian Pallister. — one of the main pillars of the fed’s plan Moe has said he’ll go ahead regard— is Premier Scott Moe’s stated reason less, and that lawyers within his governfor being the only province or territory in ment’s justice and constitutional branch Canada to refuse to sign the document. are already “developing a case,” with the Minutes after he was elected to replace premier arguing that the main industries in former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall, Saskatchewan — mining, forestry, agriculhe has been echoing his predecessor’s ture and energy — are already undertaking defiant stance on the same: that carbon their own sustainability measures, without pricing will never be implemented by the the need for a carbon price. Government of Saskatchewan, and if it “It is a policy that doesn’t work. It is forced upon Saskatchewan by the feds, doesn’t work for our province, it doesn’t it will equal doomsday for the provincial work for our industry,” Moe said in the economy. Global News interview. Moe’s unstated but entirely obvious This argument dovetails nicely with that reason for not signing the pact is poof Wall’s, though Moe’s is not nearly as litical: voters in Saskatchewan, who will torqued; Wall, after all, described the fednever, ever put the environment before the eral government’s carbon-pricing plan as a economy, are overwhelmingly opposed to “ransom note” and a sort of “environmena carbon price, thanks largely to a sweep- tal guilt payment” which will “kneecap” ing and highlyTammy effective fear campaign the provincial economy by “siphon(ing) TA031205


over $2.5 billion” from it and making it “a less competitive place to do business.” While their hyperbole game is certainly strong, the Saskatchewan government has yet to reconcile its position on industry crisis with the fact that thousands of corporations worldwide, including major players in Saskatchewan like Shell, Suncor, TransCanada and Enbridge, have all either imposed a carbon price internally of their own, or shown support for one, citing predictability, reduced regulations and market reliability. The claim that Saskatchewan stands to lose $2.5 billion upon implementation of a carbon price — though the new number is $4 billion, according to Saskatchewan Environment Minister Dustin Duncan — is simply false. Yes, a carbon price for an industrybased economy like Saskatchewan’s would amount to billions of outgoing dollars per year, but every penny would go directly back to the Saskatchewan government as revenue to spend as it chooses. However, McKenna’s office has said that only provincial governments that voluntarily use the federal carbon price system will be guaranteed to be able to use the funds as they see fit, while the holdouts, for example, just Saskatchewan, may have it delivered directly to recipients as decided by the federal government. So, what’s really going on here? Well, as tough as it may be to swallow — or for the Sask. Party government to ever actually admit out loud — the reality is that Saskatchewan residents are already paying a kind of carbon tax. In fact, every man, woman and child in the province has so far paid more than $1,400 each on carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), or the $1.5 billion (and climbing) retrofit of SaskPower’s Boundary Dam 3 (BD3), technology which hasn’t even remotely been proven

as efficient, never mind environmentally helpful. Still, the Saskatchewan government needs the federal government to recognize the billion-dollar BD3 as a valid effort to battle carbon emissions. If it doesn’t, it is forced to implement a carbon price anyway. It’s going to become increasingly difficult to justify to voters the point of spending more than a billion dollars of Saskatchewan taxpayers’ money on carbon capture. That expenditure has absolutely affected the province’s economy. One need look no further than the province’s attempts to make painful cuts to health care, education and social services in its 2017-2018 provincial budget. One wonders how much longer Moe expects people to believe that when it comes to carbon pricing measures, he knows better than the titans of industries he claims to be protecting, or that he knows better than every other province in Canada, where carbon pricing may not be the perfect solution, but certainly hasn’t produced the dramatic, negative results Moe is predicting for Saskatchewan. It would be refreshing if the Saskatchewan government decided to open up honest dialogue about what’s best for its people — their land, their air, and their future — including what, for better or worse, it has already done on regulating carbon emissions in an effort to battle climate change. Instead, it seems Moe is content to carry Wall’s torch by treating the federal government with hostility, and committing to the notion that he and his cabinet and caucus colleagues will, as they criticized the NDP in 2007, “litigate their way out of problems rather than sit down and attempt to negotiate a deal.” Times change, but some things don’t.

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idney Crosby pretty much owned the annual NHL players’ poll. Crosby was picked first by his peers as the best role model, the best teammate, the most difficult to play against, the player you’d want to win one game and the player who would be a great coach upon retirement. And Leafs fans are saying, “What, is Auston Matthews chopped liver?” • In the poll, 77.3 percent of players said they are fine with the way points are awarded. Several suggested a point system of three for a win in regulation, two for a win in overtime or a shootout, and one for an overtime or shootout loss. • From TC Chong: “In Washington State, a bottle containing a 132-year-old note was found. It read “Go Ichiro!” • Now that’s he’s old, I can cheer for Phil Mickelson, the big galoot. • Torben Rolfsen, on the power going out for 15 minutes at the Toronto-Washington outdoor NHL game: “And no one could see anything except the Leafs uniforms.” • Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the United States, David Dennison. • From Janice Hough: “Is Kobe Bryant going to come out with a special limited-edition Oscar shoe?” • Bryant has one more Academy Award than Annette Bening, Sigourney Weaver and Glenn Close. Life isn’t fair. • Chong, on the Cavaliers suspending J.R. Smith for throwing soup at an assistant coach: “I hope he took it out of the can first.” • I came to the conclusion the last week that I dislike Ryan Kessler more than any player in the NHL. • Rolfsen, on Icarus winning the Oscar

for Best Documentary: “It was strange to have an awards podium without a Norwegian in sight.” • Three changes broadcaster Gord Miller would like the NHL to make: “1. Three points for a regulation win; 2. If a player re-signs with his team after five years, only 50 per cent counts toward the cap; 3. If a team has had the first overall pick in the previous three years, their lottery odds are reduced by 50 per cent.” • Chong, on Academy Award winner Frances McDormand having her Oscar stolen the same night: ‘“We know how you feel,’ said the cast and crew of LaLaLand.” • Does the Major Soccer League have a start and an end to its seasons? • From Rolfsen: “The happiest person in the world right now is the Safeco Field guy who used to make ‘Ichi-rolls.’” • Hough, on Disney executive James Pitaro being named the president of ESPN: “Cue the Mickey-Mouse-organization jokes.” • For what it’s worth, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have 221,000 followers on Twitter. By comparison in the Western Division, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have 161,000, the Calgary Stampeders have 143,000, the Edmonton Eskimos have 136,000 and the BC Lions have 125,000. • How many curling games would have different outcomes if players could make guards? • Hough, on Russ Solomon, 92, the founder of Tower Records, passing away last week: “Or should we say he flipped over to the B side?” • What the Edmonton Oilers need is more former players working as consultants. That should do it.

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Artists Against Hunger Art Auction & Dinner celebrates its 27th year. Local artists showcase their art for auction with contributions supporting the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre. Tickets are available $100 each or $700 for a table of eight. TCU Place, Website:


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

Tickets available from singers, at McNally Robinson and at SECOND MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH the door. Adults $20, students/seniors $10. Renters of Saskatoon and area meeting. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. St Thomas Wesley United Church, Lower Hall (808 MARCH 15 20th St. West). ROSA supports renters and shares inforLyell Gustin Recital Series presents star Canadian artmation to work towards better, affordable, and safe rental ists. Chooi Brothers, violinists, with Philip Chiu, pianist. housing for all. Child-minding available. Ring doorbell for MARCH 17 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (436 elevator access. For further information contact: 306-657Canada’s Ballet Jörgen presents ANASTASIA. ANASTASIA Spadina Cres. East). The recital features music by Mo6100, or email is described as the mysterious and fascinating story of a szkowski, Ysaÿe, Shostakovich, Debussy, and Canadian Grand Duchess. TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre, 7:30 TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, SATURDAYS  composer Chan Ka Nin. Pre-concert talk by the artists at p.m. For tickets go to or 6:45 p.m. Admission, $35 regular / $30 student; tickets Free art drop-in at the SCYAP Art Centre. All ages are at McNally Robinson, Yamaha Piano, Saskatoon Academy ***** welcome, all materials supplied, no registration required. of Music, Gustin House Committee and at the door. Further Easter tea & bake sale from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saints Peter Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Thursdays 5:30 p.m. & Paul Church Auditorium (1202 - 11th Street East) information: 306-653-8889, or 9 p.m., and Saturdays 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Easter Breads, Baked Goods, Butter Lambs, Perogies, MARCH 16 THIRD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH Cabbage Rolls, Beet Relish, Pysanky. Admission:  Adults Suzie Vinnick’s first musical ventures occurred in The Saskatoon Prostate Cancer Support Group meets $3, Children (6-12) $2. Preschool:  free. Sponsored by Saskatoon and since then she has blossomed into one every month except July and August at 7:30 p.m. in the Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada’s best blues guitarists and vocalists. She is W. A. Edwards Family Centre, across from the Saskatoon of Canada releasing a new album, Shake The Love Around, and will Funeral Home. For more information, call Murray Hill at MARCH 18 be accompanied by Graham Tilsley on bass, Kyle Krysa 306-242-5893 or email Brain Blast from noon to 3 p.m. at City Hospital. People on drums and Don Griffith on keyboards. 9 p.m. The SECOND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH are invited to try a model MRI machine, use the tools Bassment, 202 4th Avenue North. Tickets - $23 for SJS Friendship Force International, Saskatoon and Area Club at a mock neuroscience lab and see neurons under a members, $28 for non-members. microscope. People are invited to bring in bike/snowboard is an organization of more than 360 clubs in more than MARCH 17 50 countries throughout the world. FFI allows you to helmets to get them fitted properly. Jazz pianist and singer Ineke Vandoorn and guitarist Marc enjoy economical travel while forging new friendships MARCH 20 Van Vugt have won the Dutch version of the Grammy with club members from around the world. For more awards for their harmonies, arrangements and comforting CADTH “Fundamentals of online Health Care Research” information, visit To attend workshop for caregivers. Cliff Wright Library (1635 songs. 8 p.m. The Bassment. Tickets - $25 and $28. a meeting contact Bev at 306-291-4411 or bevy-49@ McKercher Drive) 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Free. Drop in – no MARCH 25 registration. FIRST AND THIRD WEDNESDAY The Greystone Singers and the University Chorus present ***** OF THE MONTH their Spring Concert at Knox United Church at 3 p.m. A free geocaching event to celebrate the Spring Equinox CT031201 Carol — GC7K674 Spring is Finally Here event to be held from Resporados support group for people with breathing difficulties takes place at 1 p.m. at Jerry’s on Eighth Street 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Stonebridge at Snowy Village. Everyone is welcome to attend. There will be an opportu- for a lunch meeting. For more information, call Dave at nity to ask questions about geocaching and meet cachers. 306-665-6937 or Susan at 306-373-4264. ***** MARCH 21 Depression Support Group from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Columbian Seniors (55+) pot luck supper will be held at the CMHA building (1301 Avenue P North). This is open to Holy Spirit Parish Hall (114 Kingsmere Place). Doors open anyone struggling with depression and family members at 4:30 p.m. with supper at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. wanting to support them. For more info, call Marilyn at 306-270-9181 or email MARCH 22



Seminar Series is here to help you to take that next step of growth in your business and personal development. January 11 | Registered Disabilities Savings Plan (RDSP) Information Session Jordanne Eisner, Callum Bradley & Brian Harder, Investors Group Financial Services January 18 | Little Voice Mastery Steve Koszman, Steve Kushman Productions February 1 | Financing: Preparing for the Bank Atul Nayyar, Scotiabank February 15 | Championship Team Building Steve Koszman, Steve Kushman Productions March 1 | Creating Videos to Grow your Business Nelson Vo, Thirteen Thirty Creative Studio March 15 | Sales Mastery Steve Koszman, Steve Kushman Productions March 21 | Small Business Bookkeeping Michael Hernick, CPA, 5:00 p.m., Supper Provided For more information on the workshop series or to register contact:

North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre 237 - 5th Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK S7K 2P2 Phone: (306) 665-5508 Fax: (306) 244-2453

ABC’s of Dementia/First Link presented by the Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan Workshop. Mayfair United Church (902 33rd Street West) 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Cost: $10 registration fee, to register call SCOA at 306-652-2255.


Easing the Stress of Caregivers all-day workshop. (Emmanuel Baptist Church – 1636 Acadia Drive) 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost: $20 (lunch included). To register call SCOA at 306-652-2255.

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The Canadian Federation of University Women is accepting donations of books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles for their Mammoth Book Sale in October. Help us turn books into scholarships. For more information contact Alverta, 306652-7708 or Marilyn, 306-249-4142.

Modern square dance beginner class, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. All Saints Anglican Church Hall (1801 Lorne Ave.)  Friends, fun and fantastic exercise for your body and your brain. For more information, contact Eldon at 306-253-4453 or Carol at 306-978-0970.

COSMO SENIORS CENTRE Daily activities for seniors during the week, beginning in September and running through May. Monday - Yoga: 8:45 a.m;  Kaiser and Whist: 1:30 p.m.; Tuesday - Exercises: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.;  Bridge: 1 p.m.; Wednesday - Yoga 10 a.m.;  Whist:1:30 p.m. Thursday - Exercises: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.;  Bridge: 1 p.m. (partners); Friday - Yoga: 930;  Cribbage and Kaiser: 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments provided. Drop-in fee for cards is $2. The fee for the exercise classes and yoga are $4-$5. New members welcome. Annual membership is $5. For more information, call Lois at 306-260-1878 or email

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

MARR RESIDENCE Winter Programs: sewing circles and open house March 25 and April 29. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each time. The house will be open for visits and our Victorian sewers will be delighted to discuss their projects or have you join them. The Marr Residence is located at 326 11th St. East.

LAST TUESDAY EVERY MONTH Dizziness and Balance Support Group will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at LifeMark Health Centre, 3907 Eighth St. East. Anyone with a dizziness/vertigo/balance condition is 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  *****


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



Bridge City Senioraction Inc: Classes every Tuesday and Bridge City artists’ show and sale. March 23 7 to 9.30 Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Registration is p.m., March 24th 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25 noon to 4 $20, drop-in fee is $2. For information, call Sheila at 306p.m. Albert Community Centre (Clarence at 11th Street) — 931-8053 or Kathy at 306-244-0587. south basement entrance to third floor. Everyone welcome, SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH free, full wheelchair access. For more information, visit Trigeminal Neuralgia and Facial Pain Support Group meetings at 1:30 p.m. at the Edwards Family Centre (338 MARCH 24 - Fourth Ave. North). For more information, contact Gail at Lighthouse Marching a Mile. All proceeds go to helping 306-382-1578 or email Saskatoon’s most vulnerable adults. Walk registration EVERY THIRD SATURDAY at 10 a.m. at the Lighthouse (304 Second Ave. South). Walk begins at 11 a.m. After the walk a chili lunch will be Saskatoon Oldtimers’ Association’s monthly meeting. Parkville Manor (625 25th Street East), Reception at the served at the Lighthouse. There is a $20 walker fee. It is main door between 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The association waived if donations exceed $100. For more information, looks after the Log Cabin at the Exhibition. New members phone 306-653-0538 or visit needed. For more information, contact Lloyd at 306-382***** 4915 or Laura at 306-373-1861. St. George’s UCWLC Easter Tea. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at St. George’s Cathedral Auditorium. Bake sale, Easter breads, Saskatoon Mood Disorder sausages, pysanky, raffles and more. Adults $3, children Support Group six to 12 $2 and children five and under free. The Saskatoon mood disorder support group for people ***** Screening of ​The Phenomenon of Healing, a documentary about ​energy ​healing and how the all-volunteer​Bruno Groening Circle of Friends​supports free healing communities in 130 countries. McClure United Church (4025 Taylor St. East). ​10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with two breaks. Admission is free, donations accepted. For more information, email or call 306-664-3331.  



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.


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with bi-polar, depression and other related mental health problem meets at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at 323 Fourth Ave. South (south entrance) at 7:30 p.m. For more information call Al at 306-716-0836 or Lindi at 306-491-9398.

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 306-2802160 or email SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH Community Senior’s Games Group meets at St. Martin’s United Church – corner of Clarence Avenue and Wilson Crescent – on the second Tuesday of the month at 1:30 PM from September to May. Enjoy fellowship of others while playing Scrabble, Cribbage or other games. For

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he 10th generation of the new front suspension is in place. Honda Accord has been The concept is the same in that a touch busy in the first it is MacPherson strut with few months of its availability. electric power steering assist It’s spent much of its time at and a front stabilizer bar. Rear award shows. suspension consists of a multiNorth American Car of the link rear setup with a stabilizer Year voters picked the Accord bar. Everything else is different, as the car of the year for 2018 from the isolation bushings and and a short time later, the Automounts to spring rates and shock mobile Journalists Association calibration. of Canada picked the Accord as Even in cold weather, the Autozone the Canadian car of the year. changes work well, without My contribution to these thumps and bumps. And the accolades is a bit less headline worthy, but Accord stayed on the line I chose. It didn’t reasonably important. I managed to drive matter if I was going straight or adjusting the Accord when it was cold out. All the the track around a corner to avoid a bit of other testing journalists had done so when it ice. was well above zero. On icy roads, the winter tires made a I am ready to reveal that the seat heaters huge difference. I could stay on my cornerwork well as does the interior heater on the ing line at regular speeds without worrying 2.0 T sedan. I suspect that the same can be about the nose sliding out. If I did have to said for all other Accord models as well and brake a bit in a corner, the tail stayed put will go out on a (very short) limb and say and didn’t step out. Between tires and susso. pension, I can’t imagine anyone having any The Accord did come with a full winter problems in a corner unless they are being kit, in that the stock all-season tires had really being silly. been replaced with full winter tires. With all this cold weather, a comfortAs you would expect with a new genera- able and warm interior is as important as tion, the Accord has been fully redesigned a powertrain. Accord’s driving position is inside and out, from top to bottom and I can excellent. Heated seats keep your backside only hit the highlights. warm and come on within a decent time For example, the V6 is now a 2.0-litre considering that I never plug a press car DOHC, I-VTEC, direct-injected, turbo in or put it in a garage. It takes a couple of inline-4 and only comes in the sport and minutes for the heat to start, but with the touring models. cold interior it does take a few more minAll other models get a 1.6-litre I-VTEC, utes to get comfortable. direct-injected, DOHC turbo inline-4. The Speaking of comfort, the front bucket sport model I drove had the 2.0 turbo and it seats fit my bucket rather well. Side and was not short of power (252 hp and 273 ft. thigh support is excellent. Getting into a lb. of torque). comfortable driving position takes very One key to using the power of a turbo little time. If I were to have a complaint motor is to get the boost up and keep it up. about the interior, it would be that the pasTo this end, Honda fitted the new Accord senger seat does not have the same power with a 10-speed automatic on the touring adjustability as the driver’s seat. model and made it optional on the sport Instrumentation from the gauges to the version. centre stack and console have all been reHonda understands sport quite well, so designed. Easy-to-read analog instruments, enthusiasts get a six-speed manual. The along with easily identifiable buttons and manual is also standard on LX and the switches, make for a great driving environregular sport model. For all other models, ment. when you wish to be shiftless, you get a These changes just scratch the surface CVT gearbox. of why the Accord has taken the top to acTo keep the body off the ground, an all- colades in North America.

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City of Saskatoon proclaims Holocaust Memorial Week

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From left to right: Jan Gitlin , Heather Fenyes, Ron Gitlin, Co-chairs Holocaust Committee, Agudas Israel

Holocaust Memorial Observance in Saskatoon Sunday, March 18

Congregation Agudas Israel inaugurated its Annual Holocaust Memorial Service in 1982. The purpose was to honour the memory of all victims of the Holocaust, both Jews and non-Jews, to pay tribute to survivors, and to educate citizens of the Saskatoon area as to the timely lessons of the Holocaust for our own generation. Each year since then, citizens of all faiths and from all levels of government have gathered at the Jewish Community Centre, 715 McKinnon Avenue, to participate in this annual event. The City of Saskatoon has proclaimed Holocaust Memorial Week as a time for tribute and reflection, and during this period has officially renamed the portion of McKinnon Avenue adjacent to the Jewish Community Centre as Raoul Wallenberg Avenue in memory of the courageous Swedish diplomat who rescued over 100,000 Hungarian Jews from deportation and certain death at the hands of the Nazi invaders. In 1995, the City of Saskatoon and Saskatoon B’nai B’rith Lodge No. 739 jointly sponsored the dedication of Raoul Wallenberg Park immediately to the east of the Jewish Community Centre. The park stands as a permanent memorial to this heroic individual who set an example of resistance to tyranny and protection of human rights for all peoples. Over the years those attending the memorial service have heard from speakers of different faiths, national backgrounds, and walks of life as to their own experiences and the lessons they have learned from this tragic era in human history

Sunday, March 18 This year’s keynote speaker is Robbie Waisman. Robbie survived different concentration camps as a slave labourer and was ultimately liberated from Buchenwald. Robbie’s poignant story of tragedy and survival is engaging and inspiring. Since coming to Canada Robbie has been a stalwart of Holocaust educating speaking to thousands of youth and adults and has engaged in poignant and meaningful conversations with indigenous communitues and residential school survivors. During his visit Robbie will be speaking to 2000 Saskatoon high school students. Congregation Agudas Israel cordially invite Saskatoon and area to this year’s annual Holocaust Memorial Service to be held at 1:30PM on Sunday March 18 at the Jewish Community Centre – 715 McKinnon Avenue.

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Annual kilometer limit of 20,000 km, $0.16 per excess kilometer. $3,150 down payment required. Payment may vary depending on down payment trade. Total obligation is $18,775. Taxes, license, insurance, registration and applicable fees, levies, duties and, except in Quebec, dealer fees (all of which may vary by dealer and region) are extra. Option to purchase at lease end is $17,468. ± Offer available to qualified retail customers in Canada on select new 2018 Silverado HD Double Cab Gas models from March 1, 2018 and April 2, 2018. 0% purchase financing (0.21% APR) offered on approved credit by TD Auto Finance Services, Scotiabank® or RBC Royal Bank for 72 months on eligible 2018 Chevrolet Silverado HD models. Other trims may have effective rates higher than 0%. Participating lenders are subject to change. Rates from other lenders will vary. Down payment, trade and/or security deposit may be required. Monthly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Example: $78,288 financed at 0% nominal rate (0.21% APR) equals $1,087.33 monthly for 72 months. $2,000 manufacturer-to-dealer cash credit (tax exclusive), $1,000 manufacturer-to-dealer Truck Month Credit (tax exclusive), $1,000 manufacturer-to-dealer finance cash (tax exclusive), $1,000 GM Card Application Bonus (offer applies to individuals who apply for a Scotiabank GM Visa Card [GM Card] or current GM Card cardholders) (tax inclusive) is included. Cost of borrowing is $0, for a total obligation of $78,288. Freight and air charge ($100, if applicable) included. License, insurance, registration, PPSA, applicable taxes and dealer fees not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Limited time offer which may not be combined with certain other offers. General Motors of Canada Company may modify, extend or terminate offers in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ®Registered trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia. RBC and Royal Bank are registered trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. ±± $5,000 Total Value: Limited time only. Offer available to qualified retail customers in Canada. $5,000 Total Value is a combined total credit for finance purchases on select new 2018 Silverado HD Double Cab Gas; includes: $2,000 manufacturer-to-dealer cash credit (tax exclusive), $1,000 manufacturer-to-dealer Truck Month Credit (tax exclusive), $1,000 manufacturer-to-dealer finance cash (tax exclusive), $1,000 GM Card Application Bonus (offer applies to individuals who apply for a Scotiabank GM Visa Card [GM Card] or current GM Card cardholders) (tax inclusive) towards the finance of an eligible new 2018 Silverado HD Double Cab Gas at participating dealers. †† Offer applies to individuals who apply for a Scotiabank® GM® Visa* Card (GM Card) or current Scotiabank® GM® Visa* Cardholders. Credit valid towards the retail purchase or lease of one eligible 2018 model year (“MY”) Chevrolet delivered in Canada between March 1st, 2018, and April 2nd, 2018. Credit is a manufacturer-to-consumer incentive (tax inclusive) and credit value depends on model purchased: $750 credit available on: Chevrolet Colorado (excluding 2SA model); and $1,000 credit available on: Chevrolet Silverado, Silverado HD. Offer is transferable to a family member living within the same household (proof of address required). As part of the transaction, dealer may request documentation and contact General Motors of Canada Company (GM Canada) to verify eligibility. This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives. Certain limitations or conditions apply. Void where prohibited. See your GM Canada dealer for details. GM Canada reserves the right to amend or terminate offers for any reason in whole or in part at any time without prior notice. ** The 2-Year Scheduled Lube-Oil-Filter Maintenance Program provides eligible customers in Canada, who have purchased or leased a new eligible 2017 or 2018 MY Chevrolet (excluding Spark EV, Bolt EV), with an ACDelco® oil and filter change, in accordance with the oil life monitoring system and the Owner’s Manual, for 2 years or 48,000 km, whichever occurs first, with a limit of four (4) Lube-Oil-Filter services in total, performed at participating GM dealers. Fluid top offs, inspections, tire rotations, wheel alignments and balancing, etc. are not covered. This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. General Motors of Canada Company reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ▲ Whichever comes first, fully transferable. Conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for complete details. ◊ Visit for vehicle availability. Services and connectivity vary by model and conditions as well as geographical and technical restrictions. Require active OnStar service and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T or its local service provider. Accessory Power must be active to use the Wi-Fi hotspot. ©2018 General Motors of Canada Company. All rights reserved.

Saskatoon Express, March 12, 2018  
Saskatoon Express, March 12, 2018