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Volume 17, Issue 15, Week of April 16, 2018

Hockey Heroes Lost Province suffers heartache in the present and the past

“I lost one of my kids . . . You expect your kids to come home every night. He didn’t.” Kevin Garinger, billet parent of 21-year-old Conner Lukon, president of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, director and CEO of the Horizon People School Division and the most recognizable face at news conferences during Humboldt’s deepest days of heartache. On Friday, April 6 at approximately 5 p.m., a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos to a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game was in collision with a semi-trailer truck at a highway intersection about 30 kilometres north of Tisdale. The team was on its way to play in Nipawin. The collision took the lives of 16 people on the bus and another 13 were injured, with some still in critical condition. Because of the death toll, Humboldt became the hub of the most media attention in Canada for the days which followed the accident. Hockey has had its accidents before. Here to reflect on Humboldt’s devastating


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Byron and Faye McCrimmon lost their son Brad in a 2011 plane crash in Russia. (Photo by Steve Gibb) loss is Dennis Korte, long-time councillor, mayor for six years and active sportsman. Byron McCrimmon shares the story of the loss of his son, Brad, in a plane crash in Yaroslavl, Russia in 2011. Lorne Frey held his nephew, Scott Kruger, as he was dying after the Swift Current bus crash in 1986. Dave Rusnell tells the story of his friend Vic Kreklewetz’s death in a car accident on the way from Yorkton to Saskatoon on Boxing Day 1960. ***** Dennis Korte has hundreds of reasons to respect Humboldt’s resiliency. He’s been a councillor, a mayor, long-time Bronco season ticket holder, played hockey himself until he was 40, was founder of the Humboldt Sports Hall of Fame, a win-

ner of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee award and a business leader in graphic arts. He knows the community inside and out. “We’re a small Prairie community. There were the days when we persevered through hard work. The Uniplex, built in 1970-71, was a life-changer for us. Sports has become the glue which holds us together. And, with a growing population, now at about 5,900, we’ve become the business centre of the area and with a recently-built hospital, our value in providing health care has grown,” said Korte. “I can’t guess how long it will take to rebound from the loss of these young hockey players. But Canada has learned that we are a community with heart. We faced a massive invasion of the media. We

looked after people. We know the people who gave free lodging to the affected families, the people who gave food, those who made donations and gave of their time generously. “Our people have always been that way. They give, give, and give, every time there is a need or a special project.” The Broncos have been an amazing team. They won the RBC Cup, emblematic of supremacy, in the Canadian Junior Hockey League in 2003, beating Camrose, 3-1, in the final tournament in Charlottetown. They won the title again in 2008, beating Camrose in Cornwall, Ont. They were hosts for the national finals in 2012. (Continued on page 6)

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By Gregg Drinnan he boys played a hockey game last night. Yes, they shook off the rust and away they went. They did pretty well, too, getting 37 saves from goaltender Parker Tobin in posting an 8-0 victory before a worldwide audience. Tobin was making his first appearance with his new team, having been acquired from the junior A Humboldt Broncos in exchange for defenceman Xavier Labelle earlier in the day. “We were fortunate we got a great performance from Tobin and our top scorers scored,” said general manager/head coach Darcy Haugan. The boys were led by the line of Jaxon Joseph, Logan Schatz and Evan Thomas, who combined for 12 points, including six goals. There was a scary moment early in the second period when Schatz appeared to catch an edge as he cut behind Tobin’s net. Schatz crumpled to the ice and for a moment it looked as though he had suffered a knee injury. Athletic therapist Dayna Brons, the only girl on the boys’ team, was quick to the scene. She helped Schatz to the dressing room and was able to get him back to the bench before too much time had elapsed. “She’s got magic fingers and she’s great with tape,” said Schatz, who also is the team captain. “If there’s an MVP on this team, she’s it. I don’t know where we’d be without her.” Haugan was thrilled when Schatz returned to the bench and Brons signalled that the captain was OK to go. “That allowed us to keep our lines intact and to execute our game plan to a T,” Haugan said. “We wanted our power play to obviously be big. We didn’t expect it to be that big so we’re very fortunate. You need your top guys to be your best guys and they were. “We were able to execute our game plan to a T,” Haugan said. “We wanted our power play to obviously be big. We didn’t expect it to be that big so we’re very fortunate. You need your top guys to be your best guys and they were.” The boys counted five times on eight power-play opportunities and that really was huge. Joseph finished with three goals and an assist, with Schatz chipping in two of each, and Thomas putting up a goal and three helpers. Defenceman Adam Herold, the youngest player on the team, and forward Conner Lukan also scored. Lukan was skating alongside Jacob Leicht and Logan Hunter, and that threesome easily could have had

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Hockey sticks were placed outside many homes in Saskatoon and around the world last week in honour of the Humboldt Broncos. (Photo Illustration by Sandy Hutchinson) four or five more goals. Hunter recorded two assists, with Leicht getting one. Defenceman Stephen Wack also had one assist. Another defenceman, Logan Boulet, showed a lot of heart and leadership in earning six assists for the boys. “I felt great out there,” Boulet said. “I was using a Brad McCrimmon model stick and, man, I really was able to throw some great saucer passes out there. And I don’t know that the stick had anything to do with it, but I never wanted to leave the ice.” Haugan added: “(Boulet) was Gregg Drinnan, a retired sports a beast out there.” journalist, wrote a book on the 1986 Ahh, yes, the sticks. bus crash that claimed the lives of four Haugan said one of the toughest tasks Swift Current Broncos players. he and assistant coach Mark Cross faced More of Gregg’s writing can be found was getting the players to pick out the at sticks they wanted to use. “I have never seen or heard of a team The travel arrangements were all under having such a wide selection to choose the control of Glen Doerksen, the team’s from,” Haugan said. “There were sticks travelling secretary. everywhere. We may have to build some Tyler Bieber, an up-and-coming playkind of stick warehouse to house them by-play voice, called last night’s game on all.” 107.5 FM (aka The Prayer), with sports Starting Soon After the game, the boys admitted toConstruction fanatic Brody Hinz handling the analysis being quite excited about having been able and statistics, including zone entries and to replace one of their travelling staples. Corsi. “One of the boys picked up a copy of So . . . what’s next for the boys? Slap Shot,” Haugan said. “He got it from Well, Haugan said, the coaches are well somewhere in Portland, I think. You can’t aware that focusing on one sport isn’t the be on the road without Reggie Dunlop way to go. and Slap Shot, but our original DVD got “The guys are talking about wanting broken somehow and, let me tell you, to play some baseball,” Haugan said. there were some broken hearts when that “Apparently, some guy in Iowa built a ball happened. diamond in a cornfield. So I think we’re “But all’s well that ends well.” wanting to give that a try. It’s worth pointing out that the boys “But we’ll have to scrounge some bats, led 1-0 after the first period, which was balls and gloves first.” 322 played in Chicago Stadium. They were up (Note:Saguenay ChristopherDrive Lee of the Hum4-0 after the second, which was played in boldt Journal may recognize some of the Maple Leaf Gardens. The teams played quotes in this piece. Thanks for loaning the final period in the Montreal Forum. them to me.)

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We mourn the loss of courageous young leaders


ave you ever been not just the province, not just more heartbroken, the country, but the world. or more proud, as a Hockey sticks honouring the Saskatchewanian? Broncos have been placed As the tragic stories outside doors around North unfold, as the pain stretches America, but also in locations out day after unrelenting day, like Ireland and Finland. The a shocked province rallies simple symbolism resonates behind the families, friends like a global heartbeat, conand community that surround necting us. the Humboldt Broncos. Almost immediately, Sixteen dead, 13 injured, Sylvie Kellington started a and anguish for parents and GoFundMe page that at this Columnist siblings and families that will moment of writing is one of never end. It was unthinkthe five most successful in the able that so many young people and their fundraising platform’s history at $9-plus adult leaders could perish in a single million. Donations ranged from $5 into horrific accident, and yet it happened. the tens of thousands. The campaign has The players were so badly dambrought together 100,000 donors from 65 aged, in some cases, that a father didn’t countries. recognize his own son, thinking he was People piled onto Twitter and Faceone of the victims. The brave Scott book to publicize the campaign, includThomas, father of Bronco Evan Thomas, ing hockey great Hayley Wickenheiser. somehow managed to provide media Just reading her tweets will make you interviews in which he said he identified weep, if you’d been able to stop crying his son by a birthmark. My God, how do at all over the last week. parents survive such moments, much less Money will never, ever mean anyshare them? thing compared to those lives. Still, Yet it is the sharing that brings those contributions will help with the strength that helps us understand, that terrible expenses that must be paid. They somehow allows one foot to be placed in will say to Humboldt and the families front of the other. It shows the way for — which are widespread mainly across those of us who feel helpless, directs us Saskatchewan and Alberta — that we are how to do something. Anything. with them. The reaction to the crash was lightThe greatest contribution came from ning fast, reaching not just the region, one of the Broncos himself, Logan

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Boulet — the young man who signed his organ donor card at age 21. He saved six lives with that signature, and not only that, spurred a massive jump in organ donation agency signups. What an incredible legacy. What a hero. These young men weren’t, and aren’t, just junior hockey players. They were, and are, courageous young leaders. And then the first responders: the fire departments, the police services, the people just driving by, and even the media who jumped in their cars at a moment’s notice and attended the scene or covered the services in Humboldt. None of them will ever forget this tragedy. Suddenly, for a time, we are all Humboldt. If you have not seen the cartoon (I wish there was a gentler term for it) by The Chronicle Herald, seek it out: it tells that story. Hockey players, all in Canadian-red jerseys, with their provinces identified on their backs. Supporting the only player in a green jersey with “Sask” printed on it, sagging with grief. Only those made of stone would not understand. In Saskatchewan, and beyond, we are hugging our loved ones a little harder. We are thinking of others who are in unbearable pain. We have forgotten pettiness and politics and stupidities, as we honour the memories of 16 people who will not reach their potential, whose lost lives have pierced holes in hearts that will never heal. We are the best of

ourselves, in the way we fundamentally crave to be. We are proud to be of this incredible place. Hearts have been broken, and we cannot heal them. But we can try to be Humboldt Strong.

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Ryan in a recent interview. “Oh, and I told my kid and my partner. “When Ann submitted the nomination, she just basically listed everything I’ve ever done. The thing they leapt on was this thing I had done a few years ago. DC (Comics) created a new member of the Justice League for a six-volume arc . . . and she was a superhero, a Cree girl from Moose Factory (Ontario). Her name was Equinox, and I was like, this is cool.” In the comic, the Justice League finds itself in Northern Ontario and discovers Equinox, who happens to have been created by Jeff Lemire, who also did the artwork for Gord Downie’s The Secret Path. When she discovered Equinox, Ryan got very excited about the character. She was working in teen services at the downtown library at the time, and being from Southern Ontario, knew she had a learning curve ahead of her regarding Indigenous culture in Saskatchewan. Ryan floundered, at first, seeking literature for teens with minimal success. “I was a newcomer, and I wanted to understand the population of the place. I recognized I had a lot of Indigenous kids coming in to use the library. (Continued on page 5)


Joanne Paulson Saskatoon Express enny Ryan was, essentially, on the cover of the Rolling Stone for Librarians. Ryan, supervisor of the Mayfair branch of the Saskatoon Public Library (SPL), was named one of Library Journal’s 2018 Movers and Shakers in the education category, one of only two Canadians to make the 50-person awards list, and only the second Saskatchewanian ever to make the cut. Library Journal is an international publication seeking to “highlight individuals whose work is transforming what it means to be a librarian,” explained the SPL news release announcing the choice of Ryan. So, yes, the equivalent of Rolling Stone magazine in library terms, shrouded in Oscar-like secret treatment: In Denver, during the American Library Association mid-winter conference, it was all very hush-hush, as they spirited six of the award winners away for a photo shoot. “The only people who knew here were myself, the person who nominated me — my colleague, Ann (Foster, a supervisor at the Alice Turner Library) —our marketAS041614 Aaron ing director and the library director,” said

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 (Continued from page 4) I was meeting a lot of teachers and kids who were Indigenous . . . or kids from other countries, who wanted to learn more about the Indigenous population.” When she investigated Equinox, she learned that Lemire had gone to serious lengths to develop her. “When Jeff Lemire went to Northern Ontario and met these kids from Moose Factory, he asked them what should her powers be? What should she be like? What should her name be? How should she dress?” said Ryan. “These kids helped him create this character. He was also inspired by a girl from Attawapiskat, Shannen Koostachin,” who died at 15 in a car accident, but had been an education activist, said Ryan. Equinox became her lodestone as she envisioned programming to engage Indigenous students. It got very big before Ryan could catch her breath. “I ended up stumbling into realizing if I was going to do this program, I had to invite schools. Then I recognized I was looking for schools (from where the kids) could walk.” She also contacted Pat Thompson at Eighth Street Comics who said he would donate a comic book for every kid who attended. The two started to brainstorm an event around Equinox, and contacted Lemire. Meanwhile, Ryan reached out to the schools’ cultural advisors and Cree teachers. She wanted to invite elders, and had to learn the protocol around events, which were not necessarily the same as in Equinox’s Northern Ontario. “I was very stressed,” admitted Ryan. “I was told I needed to get fabric . . . to present to the elders. Different colours represent different things. I knew about tobacco, but I was very worried about this fabric thing, part of the protocol. “I remember crying and calling the cultural advisor, saying, what if I get this wrong? And she was so kind. She said you’re trying, we love it, do your best. We appreciate the effort. We’re figuring this out together.” Ultimately, the event was a huge success. Kids, teachers, parents, elders and even members of the public filled the Frances Morrison Library theatre. They Skyped with Lemire, who answered the kids’ questions. Media showed up, notably Eagle Feather News and APTN. Drummers and dancers performed. “It was great. It was wonderful. Everybody got a comic book,” said Ryan. “I had kids pre-submit questions to ask Jeff Lemire and we had him on the big screen. It was the first time we used Skype at the library for a program. It was cool, and I hope respectful, and I was so nervous.” It was also about four years ago, and since then, SPL has advanced its Indigenous programming substantially: its

strategic plan lists honouring Indigenous perspectives as one of its four main goals. Considering the event was held some time ago, it was interesting to Ryan — who has achieved several other things since then — that Library Journal jumped on that part of her nomination and asked her to elaborate on it. She filled out pages and pages of information for the journal, but felt a bit strange looking back at how she scrambled the Equinox event together. Things have changed considerably over the last few years, and she says she has learned a lot. “The library is moving into this community engagement model, and I feel like now I’m ready to do that. Now I would be much more intentional about it. I would find Indigenous partners, I would have worked closely with Indigenous cultural centres and say, let’s do this as a team.” Ryan went to great lengths to prepare the information for the journal, and learned even more along the way: for example, she discovered that there are a number of Cree dialects and varying names for them. She wanted to get the language right for the journal, although in the end did describe the collection of dialects as Cree; but producing a good document was very important to her. “They need to know,” she said passionately, “because it’s Americans, who aren’t necessarily doing truth and reconciliation stuff. That’s why, I think, they were excited (at the Library Journal.) They’re further behind in that conversation (in the U.S.) To the Americans, I think it’s unique. I wanted them to know the community work and community partnership was happening, in a respectful way.” Ryan has since created literacy programming with Sweet Dreams and Baby Steps, a housing program for mothers who have lost custody of their babies, but live with them in controlled housing to regain custody. She brought a library program to young people trying to kick addictions at Calder Centre. Instead of foisting a bunch of books on them, she would have lunch with and talk to the teens, discover what they were interested in, then come back with related materials. And that’s not all she does. Ryan is a funny woman: she’s a member of the comedy collective Lady Bits, and both performs and instructs improvisational theatre — talents she has also used to create programs around Indigenous storytelling, songwriting and stand-up comedy. She is proud of her work, especially considering the early struggle and effort to get it done right. “It means so much to me to see it honoured in this way, and to know that the library community at large appreciates the importance of the work I’ve been doing.”

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(Continued from page 1) hen I was the mayor in 2003, they gave me a Broncos sweater, which carried 13 as its number. I wore it again at the Sunday vigil. My wife and I went down early, still had to walk 10 blocks. I had friends all over. I appreciated that Elgar Petersen, who now lives in a seniors’ home in Cudworth, was there. “The building is named after him, a tribute to the hours he gave each winter at the rink and the hours he gave each summer at the ball parks. That’s when you come to really understand the impact the team had on the community. We have the ability to reach out and touch people and now we’re being touched by so many Canadians.” ***** After playing junior hockey in Prince Albert and Brandon, Brad McCrimmon became a fixture as a National Hockey League defenceman. He played three years in Boston, five in Philadelphia, three in Calgary, three in Detroit, three in Hartford and one in Phoenix. He played 1,222 league games and 116 playoff games, winning a Stanley Cup with Calgary in 1989. “He always wanted to be a coach,” said his dad, Byron, who now lives in Saskatoon. “He coached the Saskatoon Blades for two years, loved working with Jack Brodsky. He worked as an assistant with three NHL teams. He thought maybe an experience in Russia might help him get more attention from the NHL.” His dad admits that before Brad left for Russia, “we talked about security and expressed some worry about flying in their airplanes. He got there and led them through some exhibition games.” On the day of the Lokomotiv’s first game in the Kontinental League, the team left an air force base in Yaroslavl, about two hours away from Moscow, and crashed. TheAaron plane ran off the runway, AS041604

struck a tower, burst into flames and of the 45 on board, 43, including McCrimmon, died instantly. McCrimmon’s parents “had just arrived in Scotland on a holiday. When we came back from a game of golf, there was a message waiting for us. I suspected something was wrong. We flew back home immediately. Our son, Kelly and his wife went to Russia to identify the body. “I went back a year later as a guest with the Canadian junior team. I’m glad I did. While I was there, a woman gave me a whistle, which she found on the riverbank and it was the one that belonged to Brad.” McCrimmon said the memories of his son’s death “came back instantly when I heard about the terrible tragedy at Humboldt.” He praised Brad as “a team player, a leader, a good coach who treated people the way he wanted to be treated.” Kelly McCrimmon, who has owned the Brandon Wheat Kings for 28 years, is now assistant general manager and director of player personnel for the Las Vegas Golden Knights. His dad adds proudly, “everyone on his scouting staff comes from a Western Canada background.” ***** Lorne Frey knows the pain of having a nephew, Scott Kruger, 19, die in his arms after the crash of the Swift Current Broncos hockey bus on Dec. 30, 1986. Frey was the assistant general manager of the Broncos, a Western League team, heading for Regina where they had a game against the Pats to play that night. “I’ll never forget that afternoon, the worst moment in my life by far,” said Frey on the telephone from Kelowna, where he is now assistant general manager and director of player personnel for the Rockets’ junior team. “The highway was icy, there was freezing rain and the gusts of wind seemed to be up around 80 miles an hour. We were going up an incline about a mile east of



Swift Current, then across a bridge, and the winds swept the bus into the ditch. Our driver tried to get us back on the highway but we hit the approach on the other side of the bridge. If that approach hadn’t been there, I’m sure we would have got back on course. All of a sudden, we became airborne. “I still can’t believe that two boys, Scott and his friend, Trent Kresse, 20, were thrown through the windows. Two others, Chris Mantyka, 19, and Brent Ruff, 16, were trapped under the bus. All four, who had been sitting at the back of the bus, died. “I was outside as fast as I could. I held Scott and was trying to give him resuscitation. The trainer, Doug Leavins, came over and told me it was no use. Scott was gone. “Scott was a dynamic little player, whom I had coached in midget. He was picked up by the Prince Albert Raiders and then we got the opportunity to get him in a trade.” Scott’s brother, Trevor, was on the bus; another brother, Darren, wasn’t. Two and a half years later, Trevor and Darren were able to share in a Memorial Cup victory with the Broncos in the junior finals held at the newly-built Saskatchewan Place in Saskatoon. The loss of four players was historic at the time. Now that 15 have died in the Humboldt crash, Frey says, “it’s not something that an individual, whether a player, coach or parents, wants to go through. Our accident was horrific. The Humboldt accident was compounded by three or four times. It’s really tough, it’s devastating, something you can’t fathom.” ***** Dave Rusnell and Vic Kreklewetz were supposed to be the co-coaches of the Yorkton Terriers in the Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League as the 1960-61 season began. “We startedCarol off,” said Rusnell, “but CT041608

Lorne Frey’s nephew died in his arms in the Swift Current Broncos bus crash that claimed four lives. (Photo Supplied) then I got a telephone call, asking me to go to a tryout with the Trail Smoke Eaters, who were going to represent Canada in the world hockey championships.” Rusnell played junior hockey with the Moose Jaw Canucks and went overseas to play for Ayr in Scotland and Nottingham in England. He played one year of intermediate hockey in Yorkton before the team returned to the senior league. Kreklewetz stayed in Yorkton and died in a car accident on Boxing Day, 1960, as the team was driving to Saskatoon in cars. The game was delayed, knowing that one car was on the road. In that car were Kreklewetz and two other players, “The stories I heard just hours later in Trail,” said Rusnell, “was that Vic was driving. He decided to pass a truck which was kicking up snow ahead of him, and when he passed, there was a head-on collision. Vic died. The other two players suffered serious injuries. (Continued on page 7)

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ow can I write anyThe days are getting lonthing in this space, ger, and it’s playoff time . . . besides something hockey games are no longer about the Humboldt Broncos played, from start to finish, bus crash? enveloped by the blackness My original plan was to of a winter’s night. Playoff write about the budget, but hockey is spring hockey — two sentences into it, my it’s an exciting time, defined hands hovered motionless for players and fans as a time over the keyboard. Keep in for hope, passion, energy, mind that by the time you and oddly, renewal. Playread this, I will have written it offs, like spring, equal a new Columnist last week — less than a week season, where anything can after the monumental, earthhappen. shattering collision that took 16 (at the Rituals, rites of passage. It would time of writing) beautiful souls. have been a peaceful, meditative ride, When I say “earth-shattering,” I as players got their heads in the game, literally mean the entire world has surrounded by friends and mentors who been rocked, almost to its core, by this were like brothers — family. tragedy. The most poignant words, and There is some comfort there. the ones that keep running through my “Their response was Saskatchewan mind, were those uttered by Premier at its very best,” said Moe, referencing Scott Moe in the immediate aftermath of the copious number of agencies that the crash, when the scope and magniarrived on the traumatic scene, whether tude of life lost on that cold, flat stretch at the crash site or at the Elgar Peterson of prairie was just beginning to dawn Uniplex in Humboldt. not just on the people of Humboldt The RCMP, ambulance crews, fireand the Broncos organization, but on fighters, STARS, medical teams, City everyone. of Humboldt, Humboldt Broncos, and “In these young men — the players, Red Cross, just to name a few. There’s the coaches, the staff — every indinot enough ink to print the list of people vidual in this province will see themand organizations who have stepped up selves. In these boys we see teammates. since then from all over the world. We see classmates. We see friends. We In the end, though, as Moe acknowlsee brothers, sons and grandsons,” said edged, the “pain and suffering is felt Moe. most deeply in the community of HumHe’s right. Really, that’s the only rea- boldt.” son that begins to explain the landslide Eventually, the vast majority of us of support and grief pouring out from will enjoy the privilege of having the every continent and corner of the planet. choice to move on. The community of We try, mentally and emotionally, Humboldt, and pockets of grieving famto imagine ourselves in the black boots ilies all over Western Canada, will not. of the first responders on that horrific Everywhere they turn will be reminders scene. We tiptoe, just for a moment, in of those they’ve loved and lost. the shoes of the victims’ families and This, however, is where Moe really then recoil instantly at the overwhelm- nailed it. No matter how big we are, or ing pain. think we are, Saskatchewan’s unique We allow ourselves, even unwitting- ability to organize and come together is ly, to paint a picture in our minds of the its strength. boys and their coaches, driver and team “Because in this province, we are personnel, freshly showered and in their really just one small town . . . the bonds pre-game best, relaxing in their seats are strong,” said Moe, choking back listening to music or watching Netflix. tears. “There’s no place where they’re Bright sunshine filtering in through the stronger than in our hockey arenas, the bus’s tinted panes, as the sun set over heart of so many of our communities in the prairies on their left, with a cold but this province. still bright blue sky stretched out on “Let the strong arms of Saskatchtheir right. ewan provide a loving embrace.”



(Continued from page 6) ll three in the other car were killed. Vic was a tremendous hockey player. He and Metro Prystai played on the Moose Jaw junior club that reached the Memorial Cup finals in 1947.” Because the Saskatoon Arena was full for the traditional holiday game, the remaining Terriers picked up some Saskatoon skaters and a game went ahead. TA041621 Tammy

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Power of letter writing inspires local artist

Shannon Boklaschuk Saskatoon Express he work of one Saskatoon’s busiest artists is the focus of a new exhibition at the Saskatchewan Craft Council (SCC) gallery on Broadway Avenue. Monique Martin’s exhibition, entitled Paraph, was inspired by the decline of handwriting and the mailed letter as common modes of communication in today’s increasingly digital world. As a multi-disciplinary artist, Martin uses clay, printmaking, painting and installation to explore the tactile qualities of handwriting. Visitors to the SCC exhibition are invited to use the letter writing station set up in the gallery to send a handwritten letter to a loved one. The timing of the exhibition coincides with National Letter Writing Month and, to celebrate, the local shop Soul Paper is teaming up with Martin to add linocut art to letters left by visitors in the store or in the gallery. Martin’s exhibition also features collaborative works with artist Frank Vescio, whose studio is based in Paris. A public artist talk featuring Martin and Vescio will be held on April 19 at 7 p.m. The event will also include music from the Saskatoon-based trio Mary & the Wiser. The Saskatoon Express caught up with Martin to ask her a few questions about


Monique Martin, who has a new exhibition at the Saskatchewan Craft Council gallery, believes handwriting is a lost art.

the new exhibition and the inspiration behind it. Saskatoon Express: What inspired the Paraph exhibition? Martin: The inspiration came from the chance opening of a book in a second-hand bookstore. The book was gorgeous to look at – purple velvet with gold embossed lettering – and was a book about special words that are rarely used, so I picked it up. (The) first page I opened had the word

“paraph.” I began to think that I could not recognize many of my friends’ signatures if they were placed in a grouping, and thought that was a sad change in our world due to technology. Not that technology is bad; quick communication is wonderful, but it does remove, or lessen, some other forms of communication. I began to research signatures and, in turn, handwriting. This led me to explorAC041611 Aaron ing stamp shops in Europe looking for

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handwriting on old envelopes, which are often sold at stamp shops for very little if the stamp is not valuable. I luckily, due to a random series of twists and turns in this search, found a collection of letters written between two people in 1946. I have 32 letters in total. Luc is in Strasbourg and Suzanne is in Paris. Their correspondence follows their entire relationship from the beginning to engagement, (Continued on page 9)



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Entertainment (Continued from page 8) naming children, being married (correspondence stops), being separated again and then the birth of their child. I even have the birth announcement of their child and congratulatory letters from family and friends. These letters inspired many of the titles in my exhibition and I used some of their actual handwriting in the silkscreened pieces. I used a monoprint technique to transfer envelope images onto the paper and then printed pages of the letters over top. I also have one piece titled “one plus one equals three,” where a letter from Luc, Suzanne and their young daughter to them is layered one on top of the other. A relationship is one of the places where one plus one can make three with the birth of a child.  Express: What is the idea behind the letter writing station in the SCC gallery?  Martin: The idea is to have people that might not normally send a letter take the time to write one – even a short one –

and feel the wonderful sensation sending a letter can bring. It is different than a text or email; a letter can be here decades from now, where a text message may not be here for long or an email becomes unreadable with changes in programs and computers. When sending a letter, there is a larger space of time between the sending and receiving that creates a sort of anticipation.  My son has just begun to send me little notes on postcards and I reread them often and cherish seeing his handwriting, even if it is hard to read. My daughter has written us many times over the years and I have these bundled together in pretty ribbons. I have been writing to my children for years on the backs of old photos and they keep those, but have told me that they do not keep my text messages or emails. Sending someone a letter to tell (them) that you love them is very powerful – partly, I think, because the receiver knows that the sender actually held the paper in their hand, they touched the paper, closed the envelope and carried it to the mailbox.

This is different than a text or email. A letter is a larger investment in a person than a quick text message. Express: Is there anything else you’d like to add? Martin: Writing letters feels even more important to me at this juncture in time as we had a family member pass away in the recent bus accident with the Humboldt Broncos. I encourage everyone to write a letter to a loved one; let them know that you care and you are thinking of them. While at my niece’s house visiting the family a few days after the accident, a card arrived from a stranger. He knew the family had lost their son and wanted to send a handwritten message. Instantly the card was shared around the room. I took a photo of it because it was profoundly moving that someone that didn’t really know Evan took the time to find a card, write in it and drop it in the mailbox. The effort to write a letter does make it a cherished object. I am sure the card will be kept by the family and reread another

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t has been a very a difficult Potter films. Audience members time in Saskatchewan lately. are encouraged to dress for a The province — along with night at Hogwarts as they head the country, and the world — out to hear scores from comcontinues to collectively grieve posers such as John Williams, for those who lost their lives in Patrick Doyle and Alexandre the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus Desplat. crash. The concert, entitled 9 and It is difficult to know what to 3/4s – Music of Harry Potter, do, or to say, during a time like has piqued the interest of many this. How do we begin to feel Saskatonians. In fact, if you better? How can we start to heal? don’t already have a ticket, you YXE Music How can we help others who are may not be able to take in this struggling around us? How can much-anticipated event. we gather together in community? “The response has been incredible, since For me, music has always held the it’s already sold out,” said SSO executive power to console and uplift. I am certainly director Mark Turner. far from the first to notice, or remark on, the For more information about the concert healing qualities of music. Martin Luther or the SSO, go online to saskatoonsymonce said, “My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and APRIL 26 refreshed by music when sick and weary.” Harry Manx And, as American physician Dr. DebaThe Broadway Theatre sish Mridha has said, “Music can heal the Few musicians are as unique and wounds which medicine cannot touch.” inventive as Harry Manx. The Canadian Music can honour and validate our emo- guitarist has been dubbed an “essential tions, as well as offer us a welcome reprieve link” between the music of the East and from our troubles. Music can unite us with West, expertly fusing the Blues tradition others in a way few other art forms can. with classical Indian ragas. The two styles Music can spark joy and move us, physihave both influenced Manx, who worked cally and emotionally. It is in this spirit that as a soundperson in Toronto’s blues clubs I encourage people to listen to some music before studying in India with Vishwa Moin the days and weeks ahead. And, if you’re han Bhatt, the inventor of the 20-stringed up for a concert, here are a few to consider Mohan Veena. in Saskatoon. Manx was born on the Isle of Man and APRIL 21 moved to Ontario with his family as a child. Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra He has since become a prolific artist, releasing TCU Place 12 albums in 12 years and receiving seven In celebration of the 20th anniversary Maple Blues Awards and six Juno nominaof the first printing of J.K. Rowling’s epic tions. It is a big accomplishment for a former book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, busker who is said to not be able to read muthe Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (SSO) sic, but who rather plays from his memory. is showcasing the music from five Harry “There’s nothing new in great western

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Harry Manx will perform April 26 at the Broadway Theatre. (Photo Supplied) guitarists becoming fascinated by India, as artists from John McLaughlin to Bob Brozman have proved, but what makes Harry Manx unique is the way he mixes blues and ragas with anything from Americana to rock,” The Guardian wrote in 2015. “And he does so playing solo, armed only with an array of instruments, foot pedals and a laptop.” The so-called ‘Mystic-sippi’ blues man will be playing some dates in Australia before heading home for a Canadian tour. Manx’s Saskatoon concert begins at 8 p.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets, go online to April 28 Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra The Broadway Theatre Formed five years ago, the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (SJO) has already been heralded as the city’s top professional “big band.” SJO concerts have included some of Saskatchewan’s top musicians — including founder and artistic leader Dean McNeill, Barrie Redford, Sheldon Corbett, Kim Salkeld and many others — and the SJO’s

instrumentation features four trumpets, four trombones, five saxes, piano, bass, drums and, often, special guests. This month, the SJO will bring to life the music of iconic jazz tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, who was born Stanley Gayetski in 1927 near Kiev. Canadian saxophonist, composer and educator Jeff Antoniuk — who is also of Ukrainian heritage — will join the SJO for the evening. His original composition, entitled What Stan Wants, Stan Getz, will receive its Canadian premiere. Also on the bill is jazz vocalist Tatrina Tia, who studied with music professor Garry Gable at the University of Saskatchewan. She is currently working on a holiday album with jazz trombonist and vocalist Wycliffe Gordon, with a release scheduled for November. The SJO concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Ticket are $30 or $15 for students. The guest ensemble will be the Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra, directed by Nick Fanner. For more information, or to buy tickets, go online to


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Our caring Saskatchewan hearts bleed for victims’ families


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The people of Humboldt ast week I was listening were stellar in holding their to a CBC radio program community together, providing where callers phoned in gathering venues, counsellors, to respond to the host’s quesfood and hospitality to visitors, tion: Why do people live in all the while trying to come to Saskatchewan? terms with this catastrophic loss The usual suspects comto families and community. Our mented on our expansive blue provincial population is small and sky, the endless horizon and based on the theory of six degrees abundance of sunshine yearof separation; everyone knows round. A few transplants to the someone. Humboldt is part of province commented on our Columnist the Saskatchewan family, and the practical nature and quirky family is offering help and supsense of humour (who knew?). port with whatever they need. But there was consensus that whether you A GoFundMe page was created, and were born and raised in this province or at the time of this writing, $9 million has moved in from elsewhere, we are friendly, been raised for the benefit of all the victims neighbourly, caring and full of community and their families. Some people will need spirit. income support, home care and therapy. This last comment was proven true I sincerely hope a large portion of that during the recent tragic bus accident that money will be spent to assist the seriously claimed the lives of 16 people and left 13 injured with their future special needs. injured. Those who may be left paralyzed will need Collectively our hearts went out to the parents who lost their sons and daughter, and accommodation and vehicles adapted for wheelchair use along with myriad equipas much as we can imagine their heartache, only those among us who have lost a ment essential to their new lives. None of their lives will ever be the same. child can truly know their agonizing pain. The most precious gift given was given Heartfelt condolences were extended to all members of their families as they mourned by Logan Boulet, a young man who perished in the accident. He carried an organ their tremendous loss. donor card, which was honoured by his They were living every parent’s nightfamily, and because of this his last gift to the mare. Hockey is a popular sport in Sasworld was helping six other people live. katchewan and there are too many of us The greatest tribute that could be paid who had or have kids playing in this sport and remember too well sending our excited to him would be for each of us to sign and carry donor cards for both ourselves and our kids off on a bus to a tournament and later children. Too often, at a time of great emofollowing them to a local arena to watch a game. And although this was a hockey team, tional stress, it is too difficult for loved ones it could have been any school or sports team to make that decision. In carrying the card, travelling to a competition. There but for the you have relieved your family members from anguish by making the decision for grace of God . . . We grieve for the families of the coaches, them. And it would be helpful if our provplayers, therapist, bus driver, statistician and ince established an organ donor registry. The hockey world is relatively small and broadcaster and the people of Humboldt, for as word got out, teams at all levels, includthe loss so many vibrant members of their ing the NHL, paid respects to their fallen families and community. Not enough can be said about the first re- and injured Humboldt Bronco brethren. We sponders who came out in droves. On-duty, thank them for sharing the grief. There has been some criticism levelled at off-duty and retired personnel came running to the call. They combed though the wreck- the coroner’s office for the misidentification age looking for survivors and laboured dili- of two victims. It was an extremely unfortugently to save the injured. Ambulances and nate situation, but we should remember that the STARS helicopters quickly transported anxious families were awaiting information, victims to Royal University Hospital. Then the bodies were badly damaged, and there came the heart wrenching task of collecting was insufficient time to collect the necesthe deceased and sending them to a morgue. sary records that would verify the identity RUH was alerted to prepare for a “Code of each deceased. Suffice it to say, everyone involved wanted to accommodate those Orange” which denotes incoming massive families. casualties with severe trauma. Off-duty We don’t know the exact cause of the medical personnel rushed to the hospital to help those on duty provide treatment to the accident and the extent of human error. Accivictims. Doctors, surgeons, nurses, therapists dent reconstructionists will examine the site, and counsellors, along with all other hospital the circumstances leading up to the crash and will report when all the information is personnel, worked with victims and their gathered and examined. Whether we find out families to provide essential care. next week or next month doesn’t matter; the No matter how experienced or welldamage is already done. We just need to be trained our first responders and medical providers are, nothing can prepare a human assured that the report is accurate. As to the proverb time heals all wounds, being for the horror they dealt with that night. But their professionalism carried them we should remember for some of these famithrough and they did their work, saving their lies, time may be a slow healer. 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hen Carla Milleker finished her plumbing certificate at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, she wasn’t sure where she’d find work. But as luck would have it, All-Rite Plumbing in Emerald Park, Saskatchewan needed employees at the same time and hired her before she even became an apprentice. “We were looking for skilled, competent employees to help us meet demand at the time,” says Nick Walbaum, senior project manager at All-Rite. “Carla had all the skills we were looking for. Now, she’s become a leader within the company.” For Milleker, it was the perfect fit. “I’m really glad I was able to find a job doing what I am good at,” she says. “I’m able to use the skills I developed at school and work alongside some really great people. All-Rite recognizes what I am capable of and continues to support me in my career.” Now, more than nine years later and still working at All-Rite, Milleker is a

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Photo Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic between two similarly matched candiand knowledge,” says Walbaum. “With dates. programs like WITT, perhaps more “We look for people that are reliable, women will be encouraged to join the motivated and can do a good job,” says trades and our industry.” Walbaum. “The mentorship program and Milleker says she’s happy with the additional programs offered by WITT choice she made to go into the trades. may provide a potential employee with “It’s not necessarily a glamorous job, additional life skills that can be beneficial but I’m solving problems every day,” she in the long run.” says. “I’m also working for a company Walbaum says that All-Rite focuses that provides unique challenges and alon hiring people with the right set of lows me to continue to grow and develop skills and abilities, male or female. But, my skills.” he adds, there’s still a lot of work that the For more information on Women in construction industry could be doing for Trades and Technology visit www.saskemployment equality. “There is fifty per cent of the populaThis article was originally published in tion that the industry isn’t doing a great the Saskatchewan Construction Associajob at bringing in and using their skills tion’s We Build magazine.

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he Saskatoon Trades and Skills Centre (STSC) was established in 2007 as part of a larger initiative to revitalize core Saskatoon neighborhoods, address the needs of Saskatoon and area employers for skilled workers and prepare vulnerable youth and young adults for employment and career opportunities in the trades. Its mission is to engage vulnerable youth and adults in skills training leading to meaningful employment, economic independence and positive participation in the Saskatoon community and area. As a not-for-profit organization that is responsive to both industry and community needs, STSC delivers short-term trades and skills training to young adults, leading to entry-level jobs in industries where workers are in high demand. STSC works with industry to develop and deliver relevant and recognized programs based on industry demand. Students receive free tools, personal protective equipment, training, and safety tickets which prepares them to meet workforce needs and gain fulfilling employment. Another unique component of STSC’s programs is that each student is paid a training allowance of $10.96 for each hour of class attended. Most students find that this financial assistance alleviates some of the pressure of being in full-time training. Career Coaches are available to support students and to help them be successful in the course. Qualified and experienced instructors are hired to teach course-specific information. Each course is developed based on regular feedback from STSC’s employer partners. STSC’s courses can be broadly categorized into two Carol main groups: Trades-based CT041602 courses such as Construction Labour and

Concrete Forming and Service-based courses such as Food and Beverage and Customer Service. A typical trades-related course, in addition to construction labour training, would include Fall Protection, First Aid and CPR, WHMIS, and Frame Scaffolding. STSC also has a Telehandler, Skidsteer, and Aerial Boom Lift and provides training on this equipment. A typical service course, in addition to general customer service training, would include First Aid and CPR, Foodsafe, Service Best, Serve it Right, and WHMIS. Perhaps the most important aspect of each course is the practicum opportunity included in the last few weeks of the program. Each student is matched with an employer who is looking to hire new employees. The employer has an opportunity to try the student out while STSC covers the associated costs. The student has the opportunity to show his or work ability and potentially be hired. Since 2007, STSC has served over 2500 students in courses such as Masonry, Flooring, Steel Stud Drywall, Fireman and Custodian, and Personal Care Worker, among many others. Last year, 87% of students who successfully completed a program were working after six months. STSC’s student population is representative of our community: last year 23% of its students were New Canadian, and 44% were Indigenous. STSC prides itself on its ability to deliver quick, relevant training programs with minimal entry requirements while remaining responsive and flexible to industry needs. Anyone interested in applying for a course can go to the website to find out when online applications will be accepted. STSC is eager to work with employers and business of all sizes – please feel free to get in touch.

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Cam Hutchinson & Friends: Knight checks king


By RJ Currie Round 1 match-up in the NHL playoffs has the L.A. Kings taking on the Golden Knights of Vegas. Knights versus Kings? And people say curling is chess on ice? • On Friday the 13th I broke a mirror, opened an umbrella indoors and followed a black cat under a ladder. Still think I’ll have better luck than the Timberwolves will against the Houston Rockets. • Sister Jean, Loyola’s 98-year-old chaplain, threw out the first pitch at the Cubs home-opener. Insiders say she throws a wicked Palm-Sunday-ball. • Phil Coyne, a 99-year-old usher for the Pirates, announced his retirement. When asked for his thoughts on the Pirates visiting the Cubs, he said “Sister Jean is hot.” • Note to Notre Dame basketball hero Arike Ogunbowale when she competes on Dancing with the Stars. Don’t wait until the last 10 seconds to score with the judges. • I was never good at the sport of fencing. Just couldn’t see the point. • The Winnipeg Jets are famous for the whiteout as fans wear and wave all things white. The Suns-Mavs season-ender came close — it started with both teams throwing in the towels. • Aaron Rodgers met the Dalai Lama in India. The Dalai Lama told him to pursue peace, and failing that to kick Viking ass. • Brad Gushue was outplayed by Sweden’s Niklas Edin in losing the world curling final. Well, at least his kids are old enough to see Daddy was one of the second-best curlers in the world. • Coming to E! this summer: Kristin Cavallari’s new reality series Very Cavallari. Her husband, QB Jay Cutler, tried pitching the show to Bravo but E! intercepted it. • From the some-jokes-write-themselves files: U.S. boxer Rod Salka fought Mexico’s Francisco Vargas in shorts that read “America 1st.” He only lasted six rounds and finished second. • Arnold Schwarzenegger said he’s still not feeling ‘great’ after undergoing open-heart surgery. In fact the first thing he said when the anesthetic wore off was “I’ll be back.” • An old sport’s mantra suggests that to win, one must first learn to lose. I’m thinking the Cleveland Browns must be Nobel Laureates. • Paraskevidekatriaphobia is: a) Fear of Friday the 13th? b) Fear of having to pronounce paraskevidekatriaphobia? RJ’s Groaner of the Week Joe Polo, fifth on the U.S. gold-medal curling team, named his daughter Ailsa after a Scottish island, the source of stone used in curling rocks. The kid already feels taken for granite. AS041620 Aaron


Views of the World

Early birds are killing night owls


anice Hough, on Air Canada announcing five different fare types on flights within North America, ranging from non-changeable with no seat assignments to fully flexible: “Of course all passengers will carefully read the differences, so there will be no problems at the airport.” • From Torben Rolfsen: “Winnipeg was 100 per cent committed to the white out. Trump has already invited them to the White House.” • TC Chong, on 98-year-old Sister Jean throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to start the Cubs season: “In case she didn’t make it to Wrigley Field, Jamie Moyer was her backup.” • Saskatoon’s Steve Laycock is taking his ample curling skills to British Columbia where he will suit up with Jim Cotter. • In other curling news, John Morris and his partner are the proud parents of a baby boy. And Pinty’s has signed a five-year extension as the title sponsor of the Grand Slam of Curling. • Rolfsen, on Miami playing in front of its smallest crowd ever at Marlins Park last Monday: “I hope Derek Jeter gave all departing fans a gift basket.” • From the Twitter account of @nachosarah: “Are we still doing pee-tape jokes and do we know if it’s being released theatrically or just streaming.” To which three of her followers said: 1. It’s on Wetflix; 2. I think it may have leaked early; 3. It Depends. • Chong, on Lindsey Buckingham parting ways with Fleetwood Mac: “They told him, ‘You Can Go Your Own Way.’” • From Hough: “Has a ball ever listened when spectators scream ‘Get in the hole?’” • From Chris Walby, a CFL analyst for CBC many Warren Moons ago: “It’s a good thing we have a carbon tax to protect us from excessive heat and the global warming we are experiencing in Winnipeg. Thank you for protecting us Mr. Suzuki and PM Trudeau.” Translation: Chris wants to get out on a golf course. • Hough, on a study which found people who prefer to stay up later had a 10 per cent higher

mortality rate than early birds. Well of course, it’s probably stress-related illnesses caused by putting up with morning people.” • Rolfsen, on Kyrie Irving being out four to five months with a knee injury: “I guess with regards to the playoffs that means he’s going to fall off the face of the Earth.” • Four to five months? Irving should be back for the second round of the playoffs. • From Chong: “Good Luck to the Canucks’ Sedin twins as they embark on their next chapter — the Olympic Swedish Diving Team.” • I admit I have liked Brad Marchand ever since he played for Team Canada at the 2014 Olympics. The kissing thing in Game 1 against the Leafs was legendary. • From Hough: “Is there a single person whose reputation has been enhanced by being associated with Trump. Except maybe Alec Baldwin.” • Dana White, after Conor McGregor attacked a vehicle in which other UFC fighters were riding: “A lot worse goes on in other sports.” • Who was down in the dumps more after the Leafs lost Game 1 to the Bruins? Leafs fans, Leafs players, Craig Simpson/Jim Hughson? • Rolfsen, on the New York Yankees having their home opener snowed out: “If George Steinbrenner was alive, he would have fired a weatherman.” • From Chong: “The attendance at a Rays vs White Sox game last week was 974. How did they get that many people, asked Miami Marlins executives?” • Hough, on Aldon Smith having a blood alcohol content of 0.40 last week when he showed up to be fitted for an alcohol-detecting ankle monitor: “Clearly the man needs help, but just how much do you have to drink to hit. 0.40. And two, how was he even walking?” • From the twitter account of the band Papa Roach: “Heard Paul Ryan is looking for a new gig. We have a Roadie position open — doesn’t come with health care though.”

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or in-person at Saskatoon Council On Aging in the Saskatoon Field House.

APRIL 18-19

The Saskatoon Craft Guild is proud to present its 2018 Display and Tea on from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day. The tea will be held at the Masonic Temple (1021 Saskatchewan Cres.)  Admission is $5 and includes entry to the Display and Tea Room. Featured crafts include: Quilting, Smocking, Crochet, Knitting, Needlepoint, Creative StitchAPRIL 19 ery, Hardanger, Rug Making, Card Making and Swedish Ken Whiteley is a Canadian singer, guitarist, record producer Weaving.   and leads The Beulah Band into Saskatoon. He’s worked APRIL 19 with some of the best in the business, including folk legend Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Clubs - Mayfair Hub Club. Pete Seeger, blues master John Hammond and children’s Mayfair United Church (902 33rd St. West) from 1:30 p.m. artist Raffi. 8 p.m. The Bassment. Tickets $23 for SJS to 4 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Program: Spring Birdmembers, $28 for non-members. ing Presentation/Bird Brains. Visit or phone APRIL 20 306-652-2255 for more information. Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Manuel Valera APRIL 19 was born in Havana, Cuba, but now works out of New York Saskatoon Nature Society presents Dr. Patricia Thomas where is widely-known in the modern jazz scene. He’s speaking on Life in the Exclusion Aone: Chernobyl, swalworked in over 30 countries and will be joined by Hans lows, wild horses, fungi and cesium-137. 7:30 p.m. in Glawischnig on bass and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums. 9 Room 106, Biology building lecture theatre, near the big p.m. The Bassment. Tickets $25 and $34. dinosaurs, U of S campus. Brenly MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac are singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists who form Madison Violet. Their newest album, The Knight Sessions, is their eighth out of a studio. The two music partners have been together since 1999. 8 p.m. The Bassment. Tickets $21 and $26.

Church (521 Vancouver Ave. North). Two sittings: 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling Barb at 306-249-2433. Adults $17. Children 5-12 $6 and four and under free. ***** Sewing circle and open house at the Marr Residence from 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.

Registration now open! Diefenbaker Youth History and Governance Camps 2018 July 23-27 – “Decisions that Count”

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Sixth annual Mental Health and Addiction Services Fun Run/Walk, beginning at 9 a.m. at Diefenbaker Park. To register, go to www/ ***** The Saskatoon SPCA auxiliary is hosting its open house at the SPCA animal shelter on Clarence Ave. South from noon until 4 p.m. There will be a silent auction, bake sale, raffle, crafts and tables of treasures.  Please come visit the animals. Donations of baking and crafts can be dropped off May 6 before noon at the shelter. For more information, contact Janet at 306-242-2823. ***** Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church Perogy Fundraiser at 5 p.m. Supper, Silent Auction, Raffles, 50/50, APRIL 21 APRIL 20 Perogies available for purchase. Saints Peter & Paul Saskatoon vocalist and songwriter Wilma Groenen serves Who Let the Dogs Out, a celebration of International Guide Church Auditorium (Corner of 10th Street East & Munroe up northern soul originals and some cover songs in the company of Brett Balon on keys, Scott Triffo on guitar, Dave Dog Day. The Saskatoon chapter of the Alliance for Equal- Avenue). Advance tickets only: Adults $15, Children Ages 6 ity of Blind Canadians will be having a fundraising event – 12 $8; Children under 6 – free. Ticket deadline is May 1. Anderson on bass and Kyle Krysa on drums. 8 p.m. The April 20 at Hudson’s Canada’s Pub (401 21st St. East). Call 306 343 6516 or email for tickets. Bassment. Tickets $20 and $25. Doors open at 6 p.m., with supper served at 7 p.m. Tickets ***** ***** are $25 person which includes a burger, fries, and Caesar Erindale Animal Hospital presents New Hope Dog Rescue’s The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra presents 9 and 3/4s, The Music of Harry Potter, at 7:30 p.m., TCU Place. Tickets salad, as well as one beverage of your choice. The evening 10th Annual Mutt Strut, starting from PetSmart in Preston $15 to $95; go to The SSO show- will include music and other entertainment. There will be Crossing.  Register online to participate or volunteer for this 3.5 or 5km walk/run fundraiser at https://raceroster. cases music from the Harry Potter films and a few magical door prizes and a fifty-fifty draw. To purchase tickets in advance, email with your com/events/2018/16571/new-hope-dog-rescues-10thtreats. Come dressed for a night at Hogwarts. contact information and the number of tickets you would annual-mutt-strut or register on-site starting at 9 a.m. APRIL 22 like to purchase. Tickets can also be purchased at the on race day.  Register by April 19 for a FREE t-shirt and Rooted in traditional bluegrass music, The Slocan Ramblers door on the night of the event. raise funds for some great prizes.  For more information, reach back into old favourites and instill some material in ***** contact Gloria Mitchell at 306-653-0618. their presentations. They deliver energetic live shows and Spring Ham Supper at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church (135 this will be their fourth appearance at The Bassment. They’ll - 109th St. West). Supper at 6 p.m. Music by The Club deliver some samples of a new album due this spring. 7:30 Concordia Brass Band before and after the meal. Tickets p.m. Tickets $23 and $28. are $20 for adults, 11 to 16 are $10, $6 for children under BOOKS WANTED 12.  Kids 5 and under – free.  Contact Beryl at 306-249APRIL 23 The Community Day Program, at Sherbrooke Com3127 for tickets. Steve Dawson, a noted solo artist, sideman and record promunity Centre, is now accepting gently used books for ducer out of Nashville, has assembled another of his Black APRIL 21-22 its upcoming book sale. Please no textbooks, damaged Hen Travelling Roadshow Revues. The all-stars in this year’s REMIX is an annual show and sale featuring local artisans books or Reader’s Digests. We would greatly appreciate blues and roots company are Steve Marriner, a triple-threat who work exclusively with reclaimed materials. Explore a kid’s books. We will also accept intact board games and instrumentalist; Ndidi Onokwulu, a singer-songwriter; and fine collection of furniture, home décor, art, jewelry, and puzzles, as well as CD s. The book sale will take place Leeroy Stagger, an alt-country artist. 8 p.m. The Bassment. clothing. The Refinery, 609 Dufferin Avenue, 10 a.m. to 6 on May 17. We will accept your donations until May 11. Tickets $34 and $44. p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Free Sherbrooke Community Centre at 401 Acadia Drive. admission. Visit for ***** APRIL 26 details. The Canadian Federation of University Women is acceptHarry Manx in concert. Manx has been dubbed an “essen***** ing donations of books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles for their tial link” between the music of the East and West, creating Mayfair Artists art show & sale noon to 4:30 p.m. both Mammoth Book Sale in October. Help us turn books into musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues days at Mayfair United Church (902-33rd St. West).  Disscholarships. For more information contact Alverta, 306with the depth of classical Indian ragas. Broadway Theatre. play of original works and a door prize draw. 652-7708 or Marilyn, 306-249-4142. Doors at 7 p.m. and show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40, plus APRIL 22 service charges. Available by calling 306-652-6556 on FIRST AND THIRD WEDNESDAY online at 2018 Earth Day SAGA CITO from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. A OF THE MONTH Resporados support group for people with breathing difgeocaching event sponsored by the Saskatoon and Area APRIL 29 Geocaching Association. Come to the West Parking Lot in ficulties takes place at 1 p.m. at Jerry’s on Eighth Street The Bridge City Brass Band, under the direction of Ian Krips, for a lunch meeting. For more information, call Dave at Diefenbaker Park to meet and to receive garbage bags will be presenting Music for Brass at 2:30 p.m. at Mayfair 306-665-6937 or Susan at 306-373-4264. gloves etc. Tis is a yearly Cache In Trash Out event to United Church.  The varied program will feature works by clean up a park in the city. Cachers will be out and about ***** a range of British brass band composers.  Admission is by Depression Support Group from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at collecting garbage — everyone is welcome to join in the donation. the CMHA building (1301 Avenue P North). This is open to fun. anyone struggling with depression and family members ***** Sonechko Ukrainian Dancers Spring Recital. 2:30 p.m. at wanting to support them. For more info, call Marilyn at 306-270-9181 or email St. Joseph’s Hall (1006 Broadway Ave.) Puppet show at APRIL 19 intermission, raffles, door prizes and 50/50 draw. Silver EVERY TUESDAY, SATURDAY Seniors Tech Buddy Fairs: Presentations on financial fraud collection. Everyone welcome! AND SUNDAY and Internet safety. One on one help with tech devices by Overeaters Anonymous: Is food a problem for you? Do APRIL 27 students from local high schools. Learn how to use your you eat when you’re not hungry? Do you binge, purge All-You-Can-Eat Varenyky (Perogy) Supper  will be held laptop, tablet, iPad, smartphone, iPhone or other device. from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ukrainian Orthodox Holy Trin- or restrict? Is your weight affecting your life? We are a At Bishop James Mahoney High School. 10 a.m. to 10:30 ity Cathedral Hall (919 – 20th St. West). Prices are:  Adults non-profit 12-step group that meets on Tuesdays at noon, a.m. registration/check-in. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For more - $12, Children 5- 9 years - $6 and children 4 and under financial fraud and Internet safety presentations. 12:30 information including locations visit  are free.  Meal includes a dessert and a beverage.  Meat p.m. to 1:30 p.m. one on one help with technology by high and cabbage rolls are extra. TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS school students. Bridge City Senioraction Inc: Classes every Tuesday and APRIL 29 $10 fee to cover administration costs. To register phone: Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Registration is 306-652-2255 email Spring Beef Supper at Mount Royal Emmanuel United TA041614or Tammy $20, drop-in fee is $2. For information, call Sheila at 306931-8053 or Kathy at 306-244-0587.

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Auto Connection customers get VIP service

ustin Kalthoff would be sitting in classes at the University of Saskatchewan when his cellphone would ring or his email would ping. It happened over and over. While many students were paying their way through school by working at retail outlets, restaurants and in fast food, Dustin was selling cars. He thought selling a couple of vehicles a month would help cover his costs while studying psychology. “I ended up selling $4.5 million worth of cars while I went to university. So it really got much crazier than I anticipated.” That’s an understatement. “In between courses I was calling people back and emailing them back and driving over to my dealership to go sell a car and come back and take the next class. And it worked quite well.” Those “couple” of vehicles turned into an inventory of 50. When he graduated with his psychology degree and a minor in entrepreneurship, he chose going into the automobile industry over grad school. He hasn’t looked back with his business — Saskatoon Auto Connection — continuing to grow. He credits much of that growth for his method of selling vehicles. He had worked at a dealership and the process turned him off. “I was irritated. It was so difficult to get their best price or feel confident you were getting their best price. And they didn’t want to show you their mechanical

inspection at that time — that’s become more common now. “They didn’t want to show you the car proof or the history of the car. They would claim to not have it or whatever the case was and try to get away with as much as they could. “So I thought what if I sold cars the way I would like to buy one — post the very lowest price in the province right up front. No haggling, no dickering, take it or leave it. “Then I would show people the mechanical inspection, I would show them what work was done to the car and show them the history of the car. I would only sell really good cars. People loved that.” Dustin launched a store at 824 43 St. East, four years ago. At the time he was doing sales and detailing. A couple of years later a technician was added and, not long after, another one. They got so busy they needed more space. An auto care service location recently opened at 2909 Miners Avenue, where there are four technicians and room to grow. Customers get the VIP treatment at Auto Connection. Literally. “When you buy a car, you get a VIP card for free and it lasts for one year from the date you get it and you can purchase it each year after that for $49.” People who haven’t purchased a vehicle from Auto Connection can also buy a card for $49. The deals are stunning. “If we fix one window chip for you, it

Dustin Kalthoff started Saskatoon Auto Connection when he was a student at the University of Saskatchewan. pays for itself. If you bring your car to us for an oil change, it will pay for itself. If you need any additional work whatsoever, it’s a phenomenal saving.” Card holders save 30 per cent on labour. “The labour saving is the biggest part for sure. Our rates in the first place are about 15 per cent cheaper than the big dealerships and then when you get 30 per cent off of that it’s crazy talk. “Owning and maintaining a car isn’t as cheap as anyone would like it to be. We can help with that.” Other savings include 10 per cent on parts, 25 per cent off tires, 20 per cent off detailing and 25 per cent off windshields. Stone chip and tire repairs are done at no cost. “That’s our big value proposition. That’s the No. 1 reason people are going

to choose to do business with us. We want people to see us as a trustable, reputable, honest, high-quality automotive service facility that is as good as any other automotive facility in Saskatchewan, including the dealerships, but at a substantial price advantage.” Auto Connection is now celebrating its 10th anniversary. “I started this right from the ground up while I was a university student. It’s been 10 years of working really really hard. It’s very very exciting. “I started with no employees and now we have 14 people on payroll and we’re making a difference in the city. It’s cool and something I am really proud of. “It’s crazy how it has gone and what it has turned into and I’m really excited about where it’s going.”


As a VIP client you will get preferred labour rates for any work performed by our award-winning certified service technicians. A discount of 30% is applied to our already low posted door rates.

$50 Warranty Deductible Discounts

Bring your Lubrico extended warranty service work to us and we will pay the first $50 on the deductible. With SAL Protection Plans, we will pay an additional $50 on top of the $50 dealer deductible discount.

10% Off Automotive Parts*

*For the month of April only, new customers will receive a One Year Free VIP Membership Card with the first service appointment - a $49.00 value. PLUS, you will be able to apply your exclusive VIP benefits towards the total cost of the invoice on your very first visit!

You will receive a discount of 10% on all parts required to perform the necessary service on your vehicle. This applies to all manufacturer, OEM and aftermarket products.

25% Off Tire Purchases

Auto Connection is a fully authorized tire dealer. We carry tires from most major manufacturers. VIP membership gives you a 25% discount on tire purchases. It’s like buying 3 and getting 1 free…all year round!

20% Off Auto Detailing

As a valued VIP member, you are entitled to a 20% discount off the posted rates for all of our auto detailing services. If you need a quick cleanup or a full roof-to-rubber package…we’ve got you covered.

That means you will receive a minimum 30% off the labour and 10% off the parts. Just bring this ad with you...that’s it, but you better hurry!

Free Basic Tire Repairs** (5 per year)

We understand how disruptive a flat tire can be. Picking up a nail or screw or breaking a bead seal in the winter is common-place around here. Bring it to us with your VIP card and we’ll repair it for free.


W W W.SA SK ATOONAUTO.C A * Tires have a 25% discount applied. ** Basic tire repairs refer to punctures, bead seal and valve stem failures. Catastrophic failures caused by blowout, sidewall laceration, belt separation, driver abuse, manufacturer defects or collisions are not eligible. † Some chips cannot be completely repaired and may require full windshield replacement.

Free Stone Chip Repairs† (5 per year)

Another reality of living in Saskatchewan is stone chips in your windshield. Come to see us as soon as possible to prevent spreading and we will repair your stone chip for free.

25% Off Windshield Replacements

When windshield damage is beyond a chip repair and is an unsightly or potentially dangerous crack...VIP members are extended a 25% discount when the vehicle is brought in for a replacement windshield.

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