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Volume 17, Issue 24, Week of June 18, 2018

Tom Cochrane: Humboldt players ‘off to immortality in the big leagues’


inger-songwriter Tom Cochrane knows Canadian people, understands their hopes and dreams and, most significantly, knows how small towns are defined in the face of tragedy. “Like most Canadians, I was shocked People and depressed when I heard about the tragedy of the Humboldt bus accident because junior hockey defines what is best in Canada’s small communities,” he said. “The loss of those individuals hit us so hard because it was close to home and hockey is the essence of who we are and who we were.” There were 16 members of the Bronco family who lost their lives on April 6, when the bus carrying Humboldt to a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game was in collision with a semi-trailer truck at a highway intersection about 30 kilometres from Tisdale. Cochrane has ridden the buses — first as a boy from Lynn Lake in the far north of Manitoba to Winnipeg and later, as the entertainer in the earliest years of a career which has extended to more than 35 years. Cochrane and his band, Red Rider, are


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Tom Cochrane will be the headliner at the SaskTel Jazz Festival on June 23. (James Bennett Photo) coming back to the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival on June 23 as headliners on the TD mainstage in the Bessborough Gardens. Because Cochrane had once written a hockey song, Big League, he was immediately drawn into the spotlight after the Humboldt accident. “The song resonated instinctively with

the feelings after the bus crash. James Duthie called me from TSN and asked if they could use my song on a hockey telecast. I said I’d have to know that the use of the song was acceptable to the Humboldt parents. James said he’d been on the ground at Humboldt and they welcomed the idea. In five minutes, I rewrote one of the verses.”

His reworked verse, which placed a stronger emphasis on the unpredictability of life, read like this: “All the right moves when he turned 18, ridin’ into the game and ridin’ with his team, ridin’ with their friends and ridin’ for their dreams, ridin’ off to immortality in the big leagues.” (Continued on page 13)


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The scoop on the Trump-Kim meeting


hat luck for us. We’re I confuse the women in my not the New York life. I get accused of groping Times or the Washingwomen. Maybe one was named ton Post or Bridges, but we have Melanie. No big deal. I’m told the inside scoop on what North your regime imprisons and kills Korean leader Kim Jong-un and hundreds of thousands of people Donald Trump discussed at their so what’s a little groping and historic private meeting last week grabbing. in Singapore. Kim: We kill far fewer Trump: Nice to meet you, people than the number that died Dictator Kim (giving a thumbs up in Puerto Rico after the flood. and a goofy smile). You’re probYou should have taken action. ably a big fan of mine. Everyone Trump: I didn’t know Puerto Editor is a big fan of mine. I could shoot Rico was part of the U.S. Honest someone in downtown Pyongmistake. yang and not be arrested. Kim: By the way, who spread this gossip Kim: Of course you could. There are a about me killing people? couple of things I need to know before we Trump: I don’t reveal sources. begin our talks. Why did you call me Rocket Kim: You don’t? (Kim tickles Donald.) Man? Trump: OK, stop it, it was Vladdy. We Trump: Actually I called you Little were talking about collusion one day and it Rocket Man. Well, I do it because I like to came up. say childish things about people who say Kim: Perhaps he should keep his Russian things about me. My favourites are Lyin’ yap shut. Ted, Little Marco and Low Energy Jeb. But Trump: Yes he should. I think of him as you’ve called me names too. Poopy Putin. Kim: Yes, I referred to you as a dotard Kim: But doesn’t Putin have a pee-pee and a frightened dog. Do you have a prefer- video of you? ence? Trump: There is no P in Trump, I can tell Trump: I think dotard covers a lot of you that. territory. Kim: What about Stormy Daniels? She is Kim: You said your first impression of a beautiful, intelligent woman that you have me would be enough to tell you if we can treated poorly. work together. What is your first impression? Trump: I don’t like her. Trump: You have crazy hair, dude. It’s Kim: Why? Because your lawyer had to crazier than it looks on TV. pay her $130,000 to keep quiet? Trust me, Kim: It does? we don’t pay hush money in my country. Trump: I like the shaved sides and the Trump: She said I have small hands. My big clump on top. I don’t get the wings com- hands are big. There are no problems down ing down. It looks good with your glasses there if you know what I mean. though. Did kids call you four eyes when Kim: When we shook hands, they felt you were young? small to me. Kim: Yes they did. Their bodies are Trump: Don’t go there or these talks will spread around the country. end. Trump: Good one. I think we can work Kim: Would you end these historic talks together. I like you. based on the size of your hands? Kim: By the way, how is Melanie? Trump: Yes I would. I want you to say Trump: Her name is actually Melania. you’re sorry for saying they’re small. I have


the nuclear codes in my wallet. Don’t make me use them. Kim: Don, Don, Don, we can become great friends. Just like you and Putin. Did he fix the presidential election for you? Trump: Fake News (wink, wink). My son Donald, the smarter one of the two, had meetings with the Russians about adoptions. Maybe the meeting was more; maybe it was less. The media believed the adoption story. Kim: I watch CNN and read the Washington Post and the Saskatoon Express and I think they have you figured out. They know what you say is a pile of covfefe. Trump: Let’s get to the point of this meeting; photographers are waiting. Will you shelf your nuclear program? Kim: We are doing that now — as we speak. Our nukes are being dismantled. I promise on my uncle’s grave. Trump: Wonderful. Wonderful. Could we maybe send in a few of our people to take a peek? We could get Dennis Rodman, an honest, credible and emotional man that we both highly respect. Or George Bush, a man who knows a little bit about weapons of mass destruction. NOT. Kim: You don’t trust me? You trust Putin and you don’t trust me? Trump: Poopy Pants says I am like a fiddle that sounds beautiful when played. I swear on all my bankruptcies that I trust you. I swear on the last roll of paper towels I threw to Puerto Ricans that I trust you. I swear on the last disabled person I mocked that I trust you. Kim: Donald, I think we can make a deal. Trump: I knew we could make America and North Korea Great Again. I am going to say you drove a hard bargain, but you saw things my way. You could say you really like me and respect me and that I will go down in history as the greatest president ever. No. 45 is No. 1. Kim: I can say those things. Trump: But in a tweet on my way home, I’m going to call you Four Eyes. Don’t take it personally.

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Dark family secret brought to light in new book Cam Hutchinson Saskatoon Express indsay Wincherauk was five years old when his three older brothers locked him out of the house and chanted from inside, “you’re not one of us.” At the time he thought little of it. He was the youngest of seven children. His sisters weren’t — and this is an understatement — kind to him either. “You think they are really shitty brothers and sisters at the time, but when you find out the truth, ‘Oh, OK these lights are coming on now,’” he said. Wincherauk has shared his life story — up until 2006, that is — in a recentlyreleased book titled Driving In Reverse: The Life I Almost Missed. Wincherauk was 43 when he discovered his family’s deep dark secret. He was going through a bad time — a relationship ended, there were four family deaths and a friend died. These all happened within a few months. “My life was spinning out of control so I decided I was going to escape my reality and go to Europe. In the process of going to Europe I discovered I had to renew my passport.” He needed his birth certificate as part of the process. His had a tear in it, so he had to have it replaced. He contacted the Vital Statistics Department in Alberta. Wincherauk was born in Edmonton on July 16, 1960 and grew up in Saskatoon. The 57-year-old spent most of the first 30 years of his life here. Some will remember him as a quarterback for the Saskatoon Hilltops and University of Saskatchewan Huskies in the late 1970s and early 1980s. “I was supposed to get the birth certificate in two days expedited and two weeks went by with nothing sent to me. I phoned vital stats and asked them ‘what’s the holdup?’ They said, ‘We can’t issue you a new birth certificate.’” Wincherauk was told his information didn’t match the records. “I said, ‘well what can I help you with?’ And they said, ‘Could you phone your parents and ask them who your real parents are?’” Wincherauk was shocked. “Who your real parents are?” “Well, I had watched both my parents (Rebekah and Nicholas) die in Saskatoon in the mid-’80s. I spent six years going to the hospital watching my father battle cancer and then he passed away on the day after my 25th birthday. “For the next two years I watched my mother get attacked by cancer and she passed away just before Christmas in 1987.” TA061808 Now a civilTammy servant in Alberta was


asking him to find out who his real parents are? He didn’t want to ask family members. They weren’t on speaking terms. He was able to convince an Alberta Vital Statistics manager who he was and he was given a passport. “I was the product of a deep dark family secret, the shame of the community,” he said in an interview from Vancouver, where he has lived since 1990. “I found out my actual mother was my oldest sister (Bernice). She had hung out in the background of my life playing the role of the oldest sister, but she played it with a little bit of venom. “She always told me I would be a miserable failure and wouldn’t amount to much and not as good as the rest of the family and so on and so forth.” His brothers and sisters were his aunts and uncles and his parents were his grandmother and grandfather. His father/grandfather was 56 when Wincherauk was born and his mother/grandmother 46. “It wasn’t a great upbringing but I didn’t know any different. I was a secret, so it wasn’t something like ‘yeah, why are my parents so old?’ It struck me as really odd but nobody told me any different.” He said a person needs a flip chart to follow his family relationships. Wincherauk was born in Beulah Home in Edmonton. It was a place unwed mothers went to have their babies. “There was a time period, where, whether it was a church or society, if you were having a child out of wedlock you were the shame of the community.” He said discovering the circumstances of his birth helped him understand what had happened. “I don’t know what she went through. I can’t be angry. She had me when she was 23 so maybe she should have known better, but the way things were she was forced to go to this secret place.” It was assumed that Lindsay would be put up for adoption. Bernice cried, begged and pleaded for the family to keep her baby. And the secret took shape. Bernice had moved to Calgary during his childhood. Wincherauk stayed with her for a night in 1990. He had packed his Acura Integra with his possessions and was leaving Saskatoon. After a night on her sofa bed in Calgary, he left for Vancouver. It would be the last time he saw Bernice as his sister. He went to see Bernice two years ago. “One of my nieces — who is really a cousin — sent me a picture of my mother and said she wasn’t doing well. The time was up for her, so I flew to Calgary. I hadn’t spoken to her in 26 years and I went to her hospital and said hello to her as my mother

Lindsay Wincherauk once played quarterback for the Saskatoon Hilltops and University of Saskatchewan Huskies. (Photo Supplied) for the first time. “I tried to give her a little bit of peace and said ‘I’m OK,’ and whatever society did to families back then I am sorry that that happened. It wasn’t really for me — I shouldn’t be that way. I was for me but it didn’t turn out great. “She seemed happy and content, but instead of coming to peace, she had to vent about how some family members had done her wrong over the years. It was stuff I really didn’t want to hear because during the process I had come to a place where I’m OK. I’m going to have this with me forever, but I’m OK.” He also found in Calgary the man who was listed as his father. “He came out to Vancouver in 2006 to visit me. He was really apologetic and so sorry for what the adults had done. We went and had a DNA test done and two weeks later I had to phone him and tell him he wasn’t my father. My mother had lied on the birth record.” He doesn’t know who is biological father is. Wincherauk has written a book previously and has done opinion pieces for a publication called 24 Hours Vancouver. Telling the story of the first 46 years of his life happened almost by accident. He was working on another book when he went to a sell-your-story event in 2006. At the event, people had the chance to pitch an idea to publishers. The room had about 300 would-be authors in it. Wincherauk and a friend — Wes Raddysh — were sitting in the front row when the publishers announced that they had time for two more presentations.

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Raddysh thrusted Wincherauk’s arm into the air. Arms shot up from around the room. The judges narrowed the group by asking for those with a name starting with the letter L. Again, Raddysh lifted Wincherauk’s arm. Wincherauk was picked to make a pitch. He had nothing prepared but he’d always been a pretty smooth talker. Besides, he had quite a story to tell. “I wasn’t planning to write the book and a couple of publishers said ‘you know what; you need to write this.’ Submit it to us with the line ‘phone your parents and ask them who your real parents are’ and we’ll take a serious look at it. (Continued on page 4)

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Everyone “belongs in the picture”

(Continued from page 3) “I cranked it out in about two weeks, thought it was a literary masterpiece, sent it in and was politely rejected. From the two weeks when I wrote it to publication took 12 years, so there is a real story of perseverance there and never giving up.” He said life has taken him down many dark paths. Most involved drugs. Even in his 40s, he was a regular in the after-hours nightclub scene. He laughed when he said with his shaved head he looked very much like an undercover cop. He was always able to score ecstasy though. He describes the book as complex, thoughtful, thought-provoking, inspirational and hysterical. It is much more than the story of his family history, although that inspired the book. DS061802 Dan

Wincherauk said the cover summarizes the book and his life. “I’m the little boy on the cover and I’m trying to climb into the picture and for whatever reason I don’t quite belong. A bit of the mystery is I am wearing the blue shorts and my real mother is carrying the blue T-shirt, but they are all walking away from me. I don’t know why I don’t belong but I am trying to be part of the picture. “When all those tragedies happened that one year, it caused me to dive back into my life and start to put the pieces and little secrets together and go through the good and the bad. At the end of the book, I am the person I am today. I survived it and I don’t blame anybody. “There is some sad stuff because my family doesn’t talk to me, but that’s just sad;

I feel bad for all of us. They were sworn to secrecy and I don’t know how they were supposed to handle things. “That is a lot of message. No matter what is going on in your life, whether it is family or religion or whatever it may be, we all belong in the picture, we all belong to be CT061810 Carol

part of the story.” (Driving In Reverse: The Life I Almost Missed is available at All booksellers will have it listed for online sales. For more information, visit Wincherauk plans to be in Saskatoon this summer.)

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Americans apologize for Trump’s behaviour

where, from your average could write a column evcitizens to authors and other ery week about the racist, artists to politicians to punstupid, diplomaticallydits. ridiculous and dangerous They all get that we have lunatic that is the American not just one of the strongest president. partnerships but one of the While following the strongest trading relationG7 summit, for example, ships in the world, too. At despite knowing what he least, until now. is capable of, I was still Now, under Trump, we completely floored by his wait breathlessly and naubehaviour: boorish, insultColumnist seously for the potential ing, disgusting. Most of you outcomes of our new trade will know exactly what I’m war with the United States. on about, so perhaps I will stop there In Saskatchewan, at least so far, steel before I start ranting again. I did that is by far the biggest worry, slapped last week. What I loved about the whole thing, with a 25 per cent tariff and produced though, was the outpouring of pro-Can- by Evraz in Regina. Premier Scott Moe ada and/or anti-Trump sentiment com- raised a flag on the subject about a week ago, noting that energy pipeline projects ing from his own people. Americans. in Texas and Oklahoma are at a standI just about lost it when I saw actor Robert DeNiro exclaim “Bleep Trump” still, waiting for steel. A clear observaon the Tony Awards, except bleep start- tion, I would say, of how this trade war is already affecting both sides of the ed with the letter F, and thrust his fists border. in the air. Go, DeNiro. If you haven’t On the consumer side, I would say seen that moment, it’s worth checking buy Canadian at every opportunity to out on the Net. He got a standing ovation from the Broadway crowd; Trump protect your budget. Check the labels on maple syrup, and make sure it’s from called him a person of low IQ. Later in Toronto at a restaurant open- here. On orange juice, upon which our ing, DeNiro added, “I just want to make government has put a retaliatory tariff, a note of apology for the idiotic behav- we’re kind of hooped. I’m fully expecting to pay double on my husband’s iour of my president. Minute Maid. “It’s a disgrace. And I apologize to Meanwhile, I take solace from not Justin Trudeau and the other people at just support for Canada, but by the bethe G7. It’s disgusting.” You could argue, and some have, that haviour in our Parliament. After the G7, standing on guard for DeNiro was perhaps a bit vulgar in his thee (economically) was apparent when comments. Personally, I loved it, but then, I’m into drama . . . and, of course, the entire house united in support of the so is he. government and its stance on AmeriCalifornia Senator Dianne Feinstein can tariffs. I always like it when our was perhaps more elegant in her objec- politicians do the right thing. It fills me with patriotic warmth, if only briefly. tion. She is a Democrat and of course And now, it most certainly differentiates on the other side of the Trump fence. us from the leadership of our southern But she has also been elected a whole neighbour. bunch of times, having held her seat Also on the bright side, the Trump since 1992 and having served as Mayor of San Francisco before that. I assume a resistance, I think, is growing in the large number of voters thinks she’s OK. United States. Our politicians, and certainly our prime minister, are managing “I’m very troubled by President to behave like adults despite extreme Trump’s antics following the G7 sumprovocation. People are taking to social mit. The United States and Canada media and the streets in waves of righshare much more than a 5,500-mile teous protest (although of course, the border; we share common values and opposite is also true; but the side for interests and have one of the strongest good is getting louder). bilateral partnerships in the world.” I can’t resist ending by adding Robin Even more telling was a speech by Williams to the mix. Williams liked Jeff Flake, a Republican senator from Arizona no less, who said on the Senate Canada, apparently, and I loved him; even when he sang “Blame Canada” at floor: the Oscars one year. “We continue to act here as if all is Tragically, this wonderful, sensitive, normal, and that all parties are observing norms even as the executive branch funny, heartbreaking man is no longer (read: Trump) shatters them — robustly here to weigh in; but he said, once: “You are a big country. You are the trafficking in conspiracy theories and attacking all institutions that don’t pay kindest country in the world. You are like a really nice apartment over a meth the president obeisance.” lab.” Thanks for that. Pro-Canada thoughts were every-

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Shakespeare festival fundraising for year-round structure

Kathy Fitzpatrick Saskatoon Express very spring, setting up for the annual Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan theatre festival is an arduous multiweek task. Artistic producer Will Brooks hopes to whittle that down to mere days. It’s just one of the benefits of a project to build permanent structures, in a complete site redevelopment. The festival launches its $3-million capital fundraising campaign this week. “What we’ve done is from the ground up … (designed) the space the way we would if we didn’t have to tear it apart and redo it every year,” Brooks explained. A concrete amphitheatre with built-in seating, stage and electrical will become the new base for the festival main tent. Two Tudor-style pavilions will also be built, replacing the current box office and dressing room, but kept “as multipurpose as possible.” Insulation and


electric heating will make them suitable as winter-time warmup or event space. The site will integrate with riverside trails the Meewasin Valley Authority is redesigning, forming a seamless arc from the Children’s Discovery Museum through to the University Bridge. “This is going to complete a really great corridor of riverbank beautification,” Brooks said. What is now a seasonal, exclusive venue will become year-round and available for rental to outside groups. “It’s always been a shame that at the end of the year we just have to throw a padlock on the ugly chain-link fence and keep everybody out for the rest of the year,” he explained. Brooks sees potential for established events such as the Children’s Festival and Jazz Festival to make use of the site, and for the addition of new programming – concerts, ceremonies and sporting events, for example.

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Artistic producer Will Brooks says by the spring of 2020 he won’t have to wield a power drill to help set up the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan festival site. A $3-million fundraising campaign to build permanent structures is launching this week. (Photo by Kathy Fitzpatrick) Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan is also looking to the City of Saskatoon to winterize and expand the nearby public washrooms, and improve both wheelchair accessibility to the site and parking in the area. For pretty much all of the festival’s 34 years, a permanent site like this has been the dream. But Brooks says it wasn’t until the organization reached a more stable footing in recent years that it could pursue the project more seriously. It could even spur fresh creativity. “Screwing together wood platforms for weeks on end” is “not the best education” for up-and-coming theatre designers and technicians.


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We as a “favour” to Trudeau. can’t fault them for not anticipating that Like the proverbial skunk at a garden the American public would elect an unfit party, he offensively stated that Russia leader, that the Legislative Branch would be should be brought back into the fold, even so fearful of the new “king” that they would though his government had imposed sancfail to fulfil their elected duties and that the tions on Russia. Judicial Branch would be stacked with the Clearly, he does not know that Russia king’s supporters. was suspended from the former Group of But as a senator recently said, “RepubEight (G8) because it invaded Ukraine, annexed the Crimea and continues to wreak licans are afraid to poke the bear.” Why? Because Trump is a vindictive bully who havoc in Ukraine. will destroy their individual lives. Isn’t that Trump feels no need to honour any what a despot does? previous agreements that the U.S. entered He views other leaders of the G7 democinto with other countries. And it appears racies as being weak, and ruthless dictators he is not prepared to honour the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and as being strong. I guess if you are ready the Budapest Memorandum signed in 1994 to sit down and talk and negotiate in good faith with your allies rather than browbeat with Ukraine, which undertook to respect and threaten them, you are weak. Ukraine’s independence (from Russia), its Leaders like Putin and Kim Jong-un are sovereignty and existing borders. strong because they imprison or kill their But the G7, and the world, is quickly adversaries. In truth, they are greedy men learning that Trump is not an honourable who fill their personal pockets while their man. And other countries that are being countrymen suffer. Yes, they are men that asked to denuclearize will no doubt realize Trump understands and whose companionthat American government commitments ship and approval he seeks. are bogus. It also begs the question as to Although Trump staunchly supports the why Americans should be allowed to have nuclear weapons, which they use to threaten American Constitution’s Second Amendment, being the right to bear arms, he is other countries into submission. Trump didn’t stay long at the G7 summit systematically trying to erode the First Amendment rights of the free press. Then because he is not interested in fair trade, world peace, global warming or humanitar- again, all wannabe dictators like statecontrolled media where the people are ian issues. The “Fat White Dotard” U.S. fed propaganda rather than facts and free president was flying off to meet “Little opinion. Rocket Man,” the brutal and murderous Trump said he likes Trudeau, but that North Korean despot, a leader that Trump describes as tough, a good guy, trustworthy, his comments are going to cost Canada a honourable, likeable and a tough negotiator. whole lot of money. He is alluding to the fact (That is pretty much the same accolades he that he is already looking at tariffs on the automotive industry. Through NAFTA’s so sang about Putin.) called negotiations, he is trying to divide and The only thing Trump got right is the conquer Canada and Mexico. It is easier to “tough negotiator” because Kim Jong-un seems to have bested the master of the art of pick off each country when they stand alone. Admittedly, I know squat about world the deal. Trump got nothing other than an expensive photo op and now seems willing to trade, but it seems prudent for Canada to sell out South Korea, the allied nations and wean itself from the US and expand trade relationships with our other allies. If the his country’s security. However, Trump did show Kim Jong-un U.S. wants to damage our automotive a video portraying the prosperity that North industry, we should remember that Japan, Korea could enjoy through capitalist devel- Germany and France also produce vehicles. I dare say produce from Mexico has to opment, and no doubt Trump has already be better than the crap produce shipped from picked out a Korean location for his next California. And support for our own food extravagant golf course mecca. production regions might make us less reliAstoundingly, after alienating the G7, ant on other nations. Any way you cut it, we pandering to despots and creating global are heading towards economic pain. Best we chaos, Trump now is lobbying for a Nobel view it as short term pain for long term gain. Peace prize. As an aside, these last two years have Trump called Trudeau meek, mild, weak, answered a lifelong question for me. I and dishonest. His surrogates said there always pondered why the Germans in the should be a special place in hell for our 1930’s pre-Second World War era allowed prime minister. Why? Because Trudeau said the impos- Hitler to rise to power. Now I understand that they were in an ing of tariffs on our steel and aluminum under the guise of “U.S. national security” was economic depression after the First World insulting, which it is. When has Canada ever War, and he was the pied piper who told been a threat to the U.S.? When has Canada them they were a superior race and should rule the world. not stood side-by-side with all its allies in The Americans now have a pied piper defence of democracy? who tells them he will Make America Trudeau also said that Canadians were Great Again (MAGA) and they will rule not going to be pushed around by Amerithe world, and, of course, he will be their cans. Would we expect anything less from supreme ruler. our prime minister? But for me, MAGA means Make AmeriTrump called Trudeau a liar. To coin an ca Go Away. It is a sad and scary time. old phrase, that is the pot calling the kettle black.


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t’s festival season in Saskain Django’s style. We keep an ear toon! to the ground for this music and This week, city residents will play some of it as well.” have two big annual festivals to Sons of Django will play attend: The SaskTel Saskatchseveral dates during the jazz festiewan Jazz Festival, which runs val, beginning on June 22 at 1:30 from June 22 – July 1, and the p.m. on the outdoor patio of Shift Saskatoon Pride Festival, which Restaurant at Remai Modern. On began on June 10 and wraps up June 23, the trio will play for 90 on June 24. minutes outdoors at the Nutrien For many people, the start of Free Stage, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 the jazz festival indicates summer p.m. Another Sons of Django gig #YXEArts has officially arrived. Each year, will take place on June 29 at The more than 80,000 music fans lisJames Hotel, beginning at 10:30 ten to jazz, blues, funk, pop and world music p.m. from local, national and international artists. Deighton said “it is a thrill and an honSome of the local acts featured this year our” to be a part of the jazz festival, which include Hot Club Saskatoon, Gillian Snider, “has become a cultural institution in our DJ Charly Hustle, Apollo Cruz, Oral Fuenprovince.” tes, The Steadies, Sons of Django and more. “It brings together musicians and audiDescribed as a Saskatoon Gypsy jazz ences in our community on a scale that is trio, Sons of Django is comprised of Lorne huge,” he said. Deighton (rhythm guitar), Stephen Davis ***** (lead guitar) and Emmett Fortosky (upright The 26th annual Saskatoon Pride Festival bass). continues this week with a number of events. “In describing our sound, we do our best The annual festival is hosted by the to pay homage to the music of Django Rein- Saskatoon Diversity Network (SDN), a nonhardt, one of the finest guitarists ever to play profit organization that serves the lesbian, the instrument. He began recording music in gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, Paris in the 1930s that was labelled ‘Le Jazz inter-sex, two-spirit, queer and questioning Hot.’ Many years later, it acquired the name (LGBTTI2QQ) community, as well as fam‘Gypsy Jazz,’ ” said Deighton. ily members and supporters. Organizers have “We play a number of tunes from planned events for people of all ages. Django’s repertoire, but, seeing as Django “There needs to be something for everydied in 1953, a number of musicians around body — so whether you have kids, whether the world continue to play (and) write music you’re 55+,” said SDN co-chair Amy Rees.

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SJO to reimagine Ellington’s repertoire during jazz festival

Shannon Boklaschuk Saskatoon Express he Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (SJO) will launch its new season during an upcoming SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival performance that will pay tribute to music legend Duke Ellington. The SJO began five years ago as the brainchild of jazz trumpeter Dean McNeill. The jazz orchestra is committed to presenting the highest-calibre professional-grade large jazz ensemble music through its programming and by featuring local, national and international talent. “If there is one word to describe what the SJO is trying to do, I would say it is ‘reimagine,’ ” said McNeill, the SJO’s founder and artistic director. “It’s what artists do. We’re trying to re-imagine that which came before us in reference to the large jazz ensemble. So we might play some music by Buddy Rich or Duke Ellington or whoever, and then we might play something totally new,” said McNeill, who is also a professor of brass and jazz at the University of Saskatchewan and a member of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. “Basically the way art works, in my opinion, is people do things; they create a body of work. And then the next generation comes and they either continue to build upon that legacy or they react against it. . . . It’s OK for us to do kind of both; a little bit of both.” On June 24 at 8 p.m., the SJO and special guests will take to the stage at the Broadway Theatre to present a concert called Ellington Reimagined. Ellington, an American pianist and jazz orchestra bandleader, is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century. He has more than 2,000 compositions to his name — ranging from pop and jazz to opera and operetta. “He’s just a fascinating, fascinating figure. He’s a favourite of mine. We’ve done a lot of Ellington,” said McNeill. “Why I think he’s such a good fit for the brand of the SJO is he spent his entire career on the road — his entire life travelling. He was always, as an opportunist, looking for new ways of doing things. He took Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and did a jazz version of it. He took Peer Gynt, a classical suite, and did a jazz version of it. He wrote his own music. He was commissioned by the Stratford Festival, which is a

Shakespeare festival. So he wrote a piece of music called Such Sweet Thunder and every movement is inspired by a different excerpt from Shakespeare.” The SJO concert will both recapture and reimagine some of Ellington’s most iconic repertoire. The SJO will be joined by Juno Award-winning musicians Kellylee Evans (vocals), Mike Rud (guitar), Al Kay (trombone) and Ted Warren (drums), as well as Jeff Presslaff (piano), Soren Nissen (bass), longtime Ellington band member Brad Shigeta and Ross Ulmer, the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival’s 2018 Special Recognition recipient. McNeill will also perform. He wears a number of hats as a Saskatoon musician and professor, with one of them running the TD Jazz Intensive — a student workshop that takes place within the annual jazz festival. Some of the faculty who are coming to Saskatoon as part of the week-long workshop will also be joining the SJO for its performance. “They’re just absolutely world-class Canadian musicians, of which about half the SJO will be comprised of. So there’ll be some very special things,” McNeill said of the upcoming show. “We’ll also feature a gentleman named Brad Shigeta, who was a member of Duke Ellington’s band. He played in the band and he was the librarian for the band for many years — so he’s a wealth of knowledge. So (audience members) will be able to expect a few special stories.” McNeill describes the SJO as an integral part of his ongoing research and artistic exploration, and he also believes in supporting the growth and development of the next generation of musicians. For example, the SJO often invites U of S Jazz Ensemble students to take part during SJO rehearsals and at selected concerts. In January 2017, the SJO launched the Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO), an auditioned ensemble directed by secondary music educator Nick Fanner, for students ages 14-21. While there are many die-hard jazz fans in Saskatoon and in Saskatchewan, McNeill also believes “lots of people don’t like jazz because of what they think jazz is.” The SJO is trying to change those perceptions and offer something for everyone at its concerts. “Part of my job is not to alienate people, but it’s to bring people together,” he said. Tickets for the June 24 SJO show can be purchased online at

(Continued from page 8) but will rather be the entire local two-spirit community. Also on June 23, there will the Gurls Ladies’ Night at Drift from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. To close the festival, the ages 19+ Detox Pool Party will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on June 24 at the Hilton Garden Inn. For more information, go to ***** Amidst the excitement of festival season, you may also want to take some time to check out Remai Modern’s latest exhibitions. One of the shows, called echoes, debuts recent acquisitions by four of Canada’s leading Indigenous artists: Rebecca Belmore, Lori Blondeau, Raymond Boisjoly and Duane Linklater. Remai Modern describes echoes — which runs until Oct. 14 — as including “lens-based works” that “make layered references to history, tradition and contemporary culture, each asserting a strong presence while resisting a totalizing gaze.” “Reverberations of loss and recuperation are expressed in everyday gestures or in symbols that serve as a reminder of collective values,” the museum states. “Through their respective works, each artist claims

space for imagining a multitude of ways of being — insisting on the complexity of authorship and authenticity.” Saskatonians may perhaps be most familiar with the work of Blondeau, a performance artist and curator based in this city who completed her master’s degree in fine arts at the University of Saskatchewan. Her work is known for challenging stereotypes of Indigneous women. Through her irreverent performance personas such as COSMOSQUAW, Betty Daybird, the Lonely Surfer Squaw and Belle Sauvage, for example, she takes “an ironic view of cultural stereotypes, resisting, displacing and negating them through satire and role reversal,” according to Remai Modern. On June 26 at 7 p.m., members of the public can take part in an exhibition tour of echoes with curator Sandra Fraser, a Remai Modern employee who previously worked at the Mendel Art Gallery and at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Ont. Fraser will provide insight into the individual works included in echoes as well as into the dialogue they create together. The event is free with admission or a Remai Modern membership and no registration is required. For more information, go to


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hen I saw a headline of collecting the desperately stating that Sasneeded revenue from the wellkatoon city councapitalized Midtown Plaza and cil was considering a staff alleviating the same amount recommendation of a $20,000 from future property tax bills licencing fee for cannabis of Saskatoon residents, council stores, and then an annual is prepared to assist in mitigat$10,000 renewal fee, I thought ing, even a “small portion” of it was a joke. the mall’s “significant” busiWhen I saw that city ness risk in investing in renos? council actually agreed to I’d love to know who at proceed with that outrageous city hall determined that the Columnist rate structure, I quit laughing. upgrades were a “risk” to the This is utterly absurd. What is mall’s multi-billion dollar council thinking? That the sky is falling, ownership group. apparently. Meanwhile, council decided to charge The report from city staff said the small business owners almost 2,000 $20,000 would help offset the costs times more for a business licence, in part to the city for time spent developing at least, because their shops might be “lumunicipal regulations ahead of Trudeau crative, private” and “for-profit?” making good on his cannabis legalization What? Or because of the potential cost promise. You know, the one he made in of policing a legal substance? I mean, an 2015. adult services business licence in SaskaAccording to Randy Grauer, mantoon costs between $250 and $500. And ager of the city’s community services I’m supposed to believe it will cost 40 to department, employees have had to put 80 times more to police a pot shop than a off other work to attend to legalizationsex shop? Ridiculous. related tasks. In other words, they had to The City of Vancouver charges prioritize. $30,000 annually for a cannabis business “By no means will I ever entertain a licence. Regina charges nothing. Edmonpenny of citizens of Saskatoon property ton is looking at an $8,000ish initial cost tax going towards all of the administrawith a $2,500 annual renewal fee. There tion, the costs associated with the seven is absolutely no industry standard, which retail cannabis outlets . . . extremely is fine. lucrative, private, for-profit ventures, I agree with Mayor Charlie Clark that should be funded by their business when he says that it’s a good sign that the licence fee,” Coun. Darren Hill told Midtown Plaza ownership group is willreporters after the recommendation was ing to invest in their asset in downtown made public. Saskatoon in an economic downturn, Really? Not one penny of our munici- but it’s not council’s job to arbitrarily pal tax dollars going towards lucrative dole out financial perks to reward private private businesses? businesses for going about their business. On the same night council opted to Nor is it council’s job to financially punmove forward with the insane licencing ish, or at least burden any sector, even if fee for pot shops, the same city council they predict the costs of supporting that committee endorsed a five-year property sector will be higher than that of supporttax break, worth approximately $2.5 mil- ing others. lion, for the ownership group of Midtown Any “lucrative” business opening up Plaza. This break comes because the in Saskatoon will have as much, or even mall’s owners are planning an $80-milmore, of a positive economic impact on lion renovation. the city as prettying up the Midtown. The Midtown Plaza’s ownership I’m not sure what council’s end game group, Kingsett Capital, which also owns is here, beyond gouging these business Regina’s Cornwall Centre, boasts $13 owners because it thinks it can. It would billion worth of asset holdings. Why do serve council well to invest some of its we owe them a tax break? I don’t know, own money in yet another study — a and neither does city council, which has favourite pastime of city hall — on no formal policy on handing them out, establishing protocol and policy around yet seems to do so on a whim. what type of private business investment “This development represents a council supports, and why. significant investment in the downtown Until it does, residents can consider and may become a catalyst for additional themselves at the whim of council’s development in the area,” the city wrote opinion on the viability and moralin its report on abating the Midtown ity of individual business ventures. tax. “There is significant risk with this This is rather questionable, given this scale of development, and the tax abate- same council recently and resoundingly ment represents a relatively small portion rejected the notion of cutting off its own of that investment.” corporate political donations from busiSo let me get this straight. Instead ness ventures.


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Saskatoon boxer raising money for opponent’s son Cam Hutchinson Saskatoon Express ary Kopas knows he can’t change the past, but he can help prepare a boy for the future. Kopas, a Saskatoon boxer, fought David Whittom on May 27, 2017 in Fredericton, N.B. Hours after the fight, Whittom had surgery for a brain hemorrhage, and was placed in a coma. He died in March, leaving behind his young son, Zack. Kopas and family, friends and members of the Saskatoon boxing community held a fundraising event for Whittom’s son last week. The event raised almost $5,000 which has been put into a trust fund. Donations can also be made to a GoFundMe page: RIP David. So far, approximately $4,000 has been raised. “When he passed I learned he had a son,” said Kopas. “Being a father of two boys it breaks my heart knowing that Zack is going to grow up without his father. I wanted to do something to show a little bit of support. “When he turns 18 maybe he is going to go to school or whatever and it can help him out.” Kopas said learning of Whittom’s death AS061804 Aaron was difficult. He has received a lot of sup-


port and has been told “millions of times” that it wasn’t his fault. Whittom, who turned 39 while in the coma, and Kopas were fighting for the Canadian cruiserweight championship. In the 10th round, Whittom slumped against the ropes after taking a number of head shots from Kopas. On a video, Kopas can be seen in the background celebrating his victory and looked surprised when the referee motioned for the fight to continue. A voice can be heard on a video saying, “he’s done.” Kopas hit Whittom with one more right hand before the referee stepped in and stopped the fight. Whittom had fought professionally 37 times, losing 18 of his last 20 bouts. “He really looked in trouble,” Kopas told CBC in the days after the fight. “I was really surprised that the referee kept it going. I was mad but at the same time I was obviously pumped. “I wanted to win there, but at the same time, I didn’t want to hit him again either. Obviously, everybody wants to knock their opponents out, but you want them to wake up right away and be fine.” Kopas respectfully said he no longer wants to talk in the media about the fight.


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ternational title last November with a win over a boxer from France and also won a bout against a fighter from Mexico. He will be putting his cruiserweight title on the line in October in Halifax. Kopas said returning to the ring wasn’t as difficult as people might think. “When I am in the ring all the problems disappear. All your life problems are gone away. It is like a place of calmness, where (boxers) go for inner peace. That’s where I go and I’m sure David did too.” Kopas is hoping people will be generous and support Zack. “One hundred per cent of the money is going to go to Zack. Thanks for taking time to help out. Any amount is so appreciated,” he wrote on the RIP David GoFundMe page.

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Whittom showered — he complained the water was cold, his trainer said — and watched a couple of fights before being driven to his mother’s house. When he began experiencing headaches and nausea, he was taken to a hospital. He underwent brain surgery and then was placed in a coma. He remained in the coma for the 10 months leading up to his death. The cause of death was listed as pneumonia. Officials at the fight have been absolved of any blame for allowing the fight to continue. “It was a war,” said Brandon Brewer, organizer of the night’s event told CBC. “It was a good fight back and forth.” Kopas has fought twice since winning the cruiserweight title. He earned an in-



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orben Rolfsen, on a report saying the Golden State Warriors have gone through $900,000 in champagne since sweeping the Cavs: “That barely gets Alex Ovechkin through lunch.” • Janice Hough, on the Washington Post saying most Washington Capitals players would visit White House if invited: “Maybe because most of them aren’t American.” • From the Twitter account of the Toronto Stars’ Bruce Arthur: “It’s going to be amazing when Alexander plays the entire season drunk next year and still scores 50 goals.” • Clearly Jason Maas didn’t take an anger management class during the off-season. • From Rolfsen: “People complain about the Golden State Warriors’ dominance, but no one says a thing about Justify.” • Hough, on the NBA and NHL championship parades being held on the same day: “Well, that’s something that will never happen in New York City.” • From the Twitter account of Stephen Colbert: “Our relations with Canada have not been this bad since they stole the word bacon.” • Did anyone really care — other than the media — about who the starting quarterback for the Riders would be against Toronto? My goodness. • From Rolfsen: “Dennis Rodman up for Nobel Peace Prize?” • The fastest aggregate times for the three Triple Crown races: 5. Justify — 6:28.71; 4. American Pharaoh — 6:28.3; Seattle Slew — 6:26.2; 2. Affirmed — 6:22.4; Secretariat — 6:16.4. Nice to see the old boys still leading the charge. And

how good was Secretariat? • From Hough: “Trump no doubt expects to see his face on a coin. Except Canada already has the term ‘loonies.’” • Rob Vanstone of the Regina LeaderPost, on the long-running Winnipeg-Edmonton football game: “Streveler is truly an overnight sensation.” • Randy Turner of the Winnipeg FreePress, on the length of the game: “At this rate, Matt Nichols should be able to start the fourth quarter.” • From the Twitter account of Keegan Matheson: “Will the captain of the Newfoundland Growlers get a Great Big C?” • Here’s a joke from comedian Gerry Dee: “I never thought I would say this, but maybe it’s time hockey went the way of basketball and soccer and became a non-contact sport. Hearing more and more stories (about long-term repercussions from blows to the head) and the hitting is minimal now anyway.” He is joking, isn’t he? • From Rolfsen: “Some are calling it the most improbable meeting of formerly venomous opponents. I’m talking about the Ottawa Senators team picnic.” • A tweet from Toronto radio guy Greg Brady: “Don’t see what the big deal is all about Ovechkin’s partying after his first Cup. It’s well documented that in 2009, Crosby stayed up until 10:15 p.m. three nights in a row.” • From Hough: “Trump says U.S. relations with our allies are a 10. So would an 8 be all out war?” • Had the horse Gronkowski won the Belmont, would he have hosted a cruise for fillies?

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Man. highway named for Cochrane

(Continued from page 1) Cochrane added, “the compassion and the empathy that came out in Canada were some things that were positive, showing just how resilient we are.” And then pausing, he said, “as we know, roads can be treacherous in Canada and if I may add a practical and political observation, roundabouts would be an effective tool on our highways.” The irony is that one of Cochrane’s greatest hits was Life Is a Highway and it was also meaningful in the summer of 2017 when the Manitoba government opened a stretch of highway between Lynn Lake and Thompson and named the 320-kilometre stretch in his honour. “I hadn’t been back to Lynn Lake a lot. There are still some characters around. There is a great presence by the elders. There were people without work, waiting for something to happen. But there remains a vibrant spirit, a powerful thing. I saw the old house where I grew up and it was being used as a bunk house for workers.” The other remarkable event of 2017 was a silver anniversary release of Mad Mad World 25, which came in two CDS. One was the original releases of the album, which included Life is a Highway. The other featured live 2017 performances of all the notable material. “I was thrilled the way Universal Music embraced the project. The timing was right, the energy was great and so were the vibrations of all who participated and came to concerts.” Cochrane’s career has been marked by 17 albums (the last of the newest being Take it Home in 2015), eight Juno awards, induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and being accepted into the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba. Away from the concert stage, Cochrane Aaron isAS061813 one of the most prolific givers of time

and energy to world-wide causes, admitting that, for instance, he has made 15 trips to various countries in Africa on behalf of World Vision. He said he likes to “acknowledge the value of the organizations I represent but in the end, it is the people on the ground in these countries that really do the heavy lifting.” Cochrane is excited to be coming back to Saskatoon where, just a year ago, he appeared in the Rock the River series. “I love the city, I love the beauty of the hotel and the river, and I know that people coming to concert will want to hear the stuff we’ve released over the years. I always say there are 11 songs, which are non-negotiable and essential to each night’s program.” Jazz Festival artistic director Kevin Tobin said “he and Tom’s people have been talking since January, he’s a Canadian icon and he fits what we want to do. The way I count, I think we have 55 per cent straight-ahead jazz, but you throw in world music and the blues, and we’re up to 90 per cent.” Tobin has a lot of surprises for his audiences. “Ghost-Not is a band I saw in Victoria last fall and they’re playing The Capitol on opening night. It’s a young band, highlevel musicians and a terrific collective. One of their musicians is MonoNeon, who was a bass player in Prince’s band,” said Tobin. The other early headliners include The Flaming Lips, high on production values, on June 22; Matt Anderson and the Bona Fide, returning favourites on June 24; and two first-timers, Kamasi Washington on June 25, and Bonobo on June 26. The festival runs from June 22 to July 1. The box office is located just inside the front doors of the Delta Bessborough.

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ight dancers. powwow and a competitive one Four years ago, my reis in the latter, the singers and serve hosted a traditional dancers compete against each powwow. Everybody was all exother. Whereas in a traditional cited because we’d never hosted gathering, people come toan “official’’ powwow before. gether for the love of the music What I mean by that is pow and dance. Also at a traditional wows were held but in secret. powwow, every person is fed at The year I was born it was illea giant feast. gal for Indians to gather, lest we My reserve is located near go on the warpath, I guess. the oil and gas fields. Oil comIn fact, First Nations people panies – some of the biggest in weren’t yet allowed to vote. It the country – work closely with Columnist wasn’t until my favourite prime my reserve and sponsored the minster, John Diefenbaker, feast. The big shots even do all came along and made us a “people’’ that the cooking. First Nation people were allowed to vote. They decided to rent one of those giant I wonder what First Nation people were barbeques, the type you see at Craven before Dief the Chief came along. country music festival. They look like four The first time I danced in one of these barrels welded together. “secret’’ powwows I was nine years old. A few hours before the feast, all these This was not one of those powwows one executives – suits, ties, and funny looksees today with thousands of people ating aprons – were trying to figure out how tending. This was more of a gathering of a to start this barbeque. I can see the panic select few who sang and danced to the beat on the cooks’ faces because hundreds of of the Cree Nation with only the flicker of people were already starting to gather. light coming from a central fire. Finally the big shots decided to phone The people of my reserve stepped up the place where the barbeque was rented. to volunteer for our first traditional powThe company was about an hour away. wow. The difference between a traditional They had to send a worker to show the oil



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executives how to push the “start’’ button. When the powwow started, there were only eight dancers from my reserve. The other seven, with me being the only adult, had practised for weeks. This would be the first time we would dance in public. The best part was seeing the pride on the faces of the parents and especially the grandparents. In the end, everything worked out. Last year more than 50 dancers represented my reserve. All this happened in four short years. This is something those dancers will carry on with their children and grandchildren. Cultural pride is growing and it is obvious because people, especially the youth, want to learn more and more about the songs and dances of the Cree Nation. Most of the elders on my reserve come from the residential schools. Somehow, through all the horrors they endured, they maintained the Cree language. However, the language was gradually being lost by our youth until renewed interest by the people to learn the language resulted in a Cree language class being started. People are now finding identity, which is something I believe in because it was through finding my identity that saved my life.

Along with my siblings, I was part of the “scooped’’ children. This was a government policy of adopting First Nations children and placing them all over the world. I ended up in so many homes I lost count. Once a social worker told me to tell people I was an Italian because I was going to an Italian home. Here I was, a pre-teen, trying to convince people I was an Italian, even though I spoke fluent Cree. For years I lost who I really was. The only time I “found’’ myself was at the bottom of a bottle or the tip of a syringe. It seemed every time I fell into the spiral of substance abuse I would run to the sacred teachings of my First Nations elders. Time and time again my life was saved by finding my cultural identity. This year, as part of National Indigenous Day, my reserve will once again host a traditional powwow. I can’t wait to once again see my dancers. Those original seven dancers are now grown and teaching the younger members of the Cree Nation. What started as a spark has grown into a fire. This fire is something that cannot be extinguished. Because the fire is within the heart and it will never be broken. All this started with eight dancers.

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The Saskatoon Horticultural Society would like the gardeners of Saskatoon to offer their gardens for the SHS Passport Tour on Saturday, July 21. There will be ballots cast for four categories in gardening. Prizes are sponsored by Dutch Growers. For further information please visit or call Chris at 306-281-8921.




Walking tour and open house 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm and Zoo. Meet at the superintendent’s residence (the big brick house). Tours are free. They will also be held on July 29 and Aug. 26. Refreshments available. Donations welcome. For more information, or to arrange a private tour, call Peggy at 306-652-9801.

St. George’s Senior Citizen’s Club (1235 20th St. West). The club is campaigning for new members that are 55+. Memberships are $10 per year with many discounts included. Regular events are bingos, card playing & socializing from 1-4 pm every Wednesday, bowling on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, contact Ed at 306382-7657 or 306-716-0204 or Sylvia at 306-382-4390 or 306-717-8773.

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Saskatoon Downtown Youth Centre Inc. (EGADZ)’s annual general meeting. 9 a.m. at 485 First Ave. North.

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Love to Sing? The Saskatoon Choral Society welcomes new members. No auditions. We meet each Tuesday at 7 p.m. JULY 6-8 at Grace Westminster Church, beginning Sept. 5. For more Be Courageous Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses. July information, please contact: janinasaskatoonchoralsociety@ 6 and July 7 from 9:20 a.m. to 4:20 p.m., and July 8 from or phone Janina: 306-229-3606. 9:20 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. Doors open at 8:15 a.m. daily. For ***** more information, visit Magic City Chorus (women’s 4 part a cappella harmony) JULY 7 rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings at St. Paul’s A supervised IQ testing session is being held at 2 p.m.  The United Church, Egbert Avenue, in Sutherland at 7 p.m. New members welcome! Check out for more cost is $90, or $70 for students. For more information, call Tim at 306-242-7408 or e-mail trf674@campus.usask. information. Contact Volunteers needed ***** ca. Pets in the Park is currently looking for volunteers for its Spirit of the West Toastmasters Club. Want to become more July 8 event at Kiwanis Park — north of the Bessborough. JULY 14 confident in your personal life and in your work? We help The Saskatoon SPCA Auxiliary is hosting its annual garage each other develop oral communication and leadership For more information, email petsintheparkvolunteers@ Pets in the Park supports the SPCA, New Hope sale from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 231 Perreault Crescent.  All skills by providing instant feedback. Guests are always proceeds go to the SPCA Second Chance fund. For more Dog Rescue and Scat Street Cat Rescue. welcome. We meet every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. information, contact Janet at 306 242-2823. at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, 1130 Idydwyld Drive, room JUNE 21 number 129-C or 150.  July 20-21 Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Clubs — Mayfair Hub Club. The Canadian Prairie Lily Society hosts its 52nd annual Lily ***** Free programs and refreshments | Ask a “Pharmacist” Truth Research Circle of Friends at 7 p.m. If you are conShow at Lawson Heights Mall. Public viewings on July 20 station/FIM exercises | Blood pressure checks from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and July 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. cerned about the trouble in our world, researching its roots, Open to independent seniors living citywide. Mayfair Sale of lily stems begins at 3:15 p.m. on July 21. For more feeling grief and confusion, and wondering what to do with United Church (902 33rd St. West). 1:30 p.m. — 4 p.m. what you’re learning, you are welcome to join our circle. Call information, visit | Cost: Free to attend. Program: Live Music Round-up/ Patti at 306-229-1978 for more information and the location.  Flower Power. Visit or phone 306-652-2255 for more information. THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH ***** Columbian Seniors (55+) pot luck supper at Holy Spirit ParSaskatoon Branch, Saskatchewan Genealogical Society’s EVERY THIRD WEDNESDAY ish Hall (114 Kingsmere Place.) Doors open at 5 p.m., with last meeting before the summer. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bay La Leche League Canada - Saskatoon Daytime Meeting dinner at 6 p.m. 1 - 1730 Quebec Ave. For more information, go to http:// from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Emmanuel Anglican EVERY WEDNESDAY In keeping with traditions this Church (609 Dufferin Avenue.) March 22 and April Singles Social Group - “All About Us” for people in their 50s will be the annual Dessert Social with a presentation by 19. For more information or to get breastfeeding to 70s. Weekly Wednesday restaurant suppers, monthly Tammy Vallee on How to Discover Your Indigenous Anhelp, contact a leader by phone (306-655-4805) or brunch, movie nights and more. Meet new friends. No cestry in celebration of National Indigenous Day. Regular email or membership dues. For more information email: allaboutus@ monthly meetings will resume on the third Thursday in LLLCSaskatoon. or phone 306-249-0254. September.           Prairie Virtuosi will perform Brahms Sextet in G Minon, Vaughan William’s Phantasy for String Quartet and the Fantasia on One Note by William Byrd at Grace Westminster Church. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at McNally Robinson. $25 adults, $20 students and seniors. Children 10 and under admitted at no charge.



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By RJ Currie BC’s Rated PG Northstars rollergirl team went unbeaten at a recent international tournament in Hawaii. Just a guess: first prize was a lava lamp? • Bad news for CFL fans watching the Esks-Bombers tilt on TSN: storm delays stretched the telecast to almost six hours. Who can stand that much Rod Black? • Triple Crown winner Justify isn’t likely to visit the White House. The reason he ran so hard in the first place was to avoid seeing another horse’s ass. • Alex Ovechkin reportedly took a celebratory dip in Georgetown’s waterfront fountain. Odd, because from what I’ve seen lately, I thought he’d been swimming in vodka. • Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was given an honorary doctrate from the Medical College of Wisconsin. And like

many a doctor in private medicine, he can really hurt you in the pocket. • Mike Tyson was in the stands at Philippe-Chatrier for the French Open women’s semis. He wondered if the tennis was played on Cassius Clay. • Gisele Bundchen told Vogue she doesn’t talk much to girlfriends of Tom Brady’s teammates, mostly because they’re much younger. Other than telling them to keep off her lawn. • Just wondering: If people on foot are called pedestrians, why aren’t people on bikes called pedalestrians? • Reuters reports the “new vuvuzelas” to act as noise-makers at Russia’s World Cup will be lozhkas — large wooden spoons. There’s a scoop. • There’s talk ex-Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo’s tweet scandal may scuttle his marriage to Barbara Bottini. Or as Disney’s Thumper might say: from twit-

terpated to Twitter-dissipated. • The speed limit at Ole Miss is 18 mph, the number ex-Rebels QB great Archie Manning wore. Southern Miss tried that to honour Brett Favre, but it took forever to go anywhere. • Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour will see her visit sporting venues around the world. As for why the tour refers to her reputation, check the schedule — lots of dates. • Happy Father’s Day. My dad died when I was young, but taught me to swim “army-style” by tossing me into a lake. I got to shore, but had a tough time getting out of the duffel bag.

RJ’s Groaner of the Week Can’t say if Donald Trump will ask this year’s Triple Crown winner to the White House. I’m pretty sure Justify is going to say “neigh.”

***** Seven Seas Toastmasters, an energetic and dynamic club, invites you to join us from noon to 1 p.m. in the LDAS Building. (2221 Hanselman Court.) For more information, visit ***** The FASD Network of Saskatchewan offers monthly support meetings for individuals living with FASD and caregivers on Wednesdays at the Network office (510 Cynthia St). The free-of-charge support meetings are an informative and engaging space for people to connect with each other for ongoing support. For information and times, visit www. ***** Le Choeur des plaines welcomes you to sing and socialize in French each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at L’École canadienne française at 1407 Albert Avenue. The choir is directed by Michael Harris and accompanied by Rachel Fraser. All who wish to sustain or practice their French are welcome. For more information, call Rachel at 306-343-6641 or Jean at 306-343-9460. ***** Saskatoon Community Contact for the Widowed (SCCW). Coffee at 9:30 a.m. every Wednesday at St. Martin’s United Church (2617 Clarence Avenue). The group also has a general meeting on the third Sunday of every month, with the exception of July and August. For more information, contact Mildred at 306-242-3905 or the church at 306-343-7101. *****  T.O.P.S (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). New members are welcome. A supportive, friendly group that meets weekly focusing on healthy eating, exercise and weight loss. For more information go to or call Debbie at 306-668-4494. Meetings are at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 310 Lenore Drive. New member orientation every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ***** Bargain store to support the inner city Lighthouse project. Babies’, children’s, women’s and men’s clothing; jewelry, purses, belts and camping clothes available. Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church, 454 Egbert Avenue. Prices from $0.25 to $5. Everyone is welcome. For more information: Call 306-955-3766 (church) or go to or email

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ON NOW AT YOUR PRAIRIE CHEVROLET DEALERS. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. Chevrolet is a brand of General Motors of Canada. Offers apply to the retail purchase or lease of a 2018 Silverado 1500 Double Cab Custom Edition 4X4, Colorado Extended Cab Custom Edition 4X4 and Silverado HD Double Cab Gas equipped as described. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in the Prairie Chevrolet Dealer Marketing Association area only on select vehicles delivered from June 1 – July 3, 2018. * Truck Nation Total Value valid toward the retail cash purchase of an eligible new 2018 model year Chevrolet (excl. Colorado) delivered in Canada between June 1, 2018 – July 3, 2018. Total Value amount will depend on model purchased. Eligible new 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab Custom Edition: $4,080 manufacturer-to-dealer cash credit (tax exclusive), $1,600 manufacturer-to-dealer (tax exclusive) Truck Nation Credit, $1,000 manufacturer-to-dealer (tax exclusive) Spring Bonus, $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) and $4,370 manufacturer-to-dealer delivery credit (tax exclusive). On all offers: Void where prohibited. By selecting lease or finance offers, consumers are foregoing certain cash credits which will result in higher effective cost of credit on their transaction. Limited time offer which may not be redeemed for cash and 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. ∆ MSRP applies to new 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab Custom Edition 4x4 models at participating dealers in Canada. Purchase price of $33,995 includes $4,370 CDA, $4080 NSCDA, $1,600 Truck Nation Credit, $1,000 Spring Bonus and $1,000 GM Card Application Bonus (this offer applies to individuals who have applied for the Scotiabank® GM® Visa* Card [GM card] and to current Scotiabank® GM® Visa* Cardholders) (taxes inclusive). Freight is included but excludes license, insurance, registration, dealer fees and taxes. Dealer may sell for less. Offer may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives. GM Canada may modify, extend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without notice. See dealer for details. † Lease based on suggested retail price of $37,625, includes $1,250 CDA, $500 Lease Cash, $1,500 Truck Nation credit and $750 GM card application bonus (this offer applies to individuals who have applied for the Scotiabank® GM® Visa* Card [GM card] and to current Scotiabank® GM® Visa* Cardholders) (taxes inclusive) towards the lease of an eligible new 2018 Colorado Extended Cab Custom Edition. Bi-weekly payment is $150 for 48 months at 1.9% lease rate on approved credit to qualified retail customers by GM Financial. The $75 weekly payment is calculated by dividing the bi-weekly payments of $150. Annual kilometer limit of 20,000 km, $0.16 per excess kilometer. $2,850 down payment required. Payment may vary depending on down payment trade. Total obligation is $18,425. Taxes, license, insurance, registration and applicable fees, levies, duties and, dealer fees (all of which may vary by dealer and region) are extra. Option to purchase at lease end is $17,089. See dealer for details. Discounts vary by model. Dealer may sell for less. 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. Offers may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives. ®Registered trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia. ◊ Offer available to qualified retail customers in Canada from June 1 to July 3, 2018. 0% purchase financing offered on approved credit by TD Auto Finance Services, Scotiabank® or RBC Royal Bank for 72 months on eligible 2018 Chevrolet Silverado HD Double Cab gas 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 equals $1,087.33 monthly for 72 months. 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. ¥ 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 June 1 and July 3, 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. 3 Visit for vehicle availability. Services and connectivity vary by model and conditions as well as geographical and technical restrictions. Requires active connected vehicle services and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T or its local service provider. Accessory Power must be active to use Wi-Fi hotspot. ** 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. ©2018 General Motors of Canada Company. All rights reserved.

Saskatoon Express, June 18, 2018  
Saskatoon Express, June 18, 2018