Monday, April 30, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald - Lisa's Corner: Crazy weather all the more reason to get outside

By Lisa Goudy

The sun shone brightly in the sky, its ultraviolet rays penetrating my skin. A slight breeze brushed my cheek as I took a walk down Main Street earlier this week. It was another gorgeous summer day, with the temperatures easily in the mid-to-high 20s.

By the time I returned to the office, it occurred to me that not even a week ago, I had woken up to a Winter Wonderland, with white snow covering the grass and lining the rooftops. Not to mention that by the next day or two after the snow, there were puddles from the rain gathered in the streets. The day after I took the walk, the weather was cold and dreary. So what’s with this weather?

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: PSSD revokes changes to Eyebrow School boundary

Board highlights found on the PSSD website (see below)
By Lisa Goudy
A motion put forward to the Prairie South School Division (PSSD) to move the West catchment boundary for Eyebrow School was rescinded.

“We decided ... that the best thing would be to rescind the motion that was presented in January so that we could better look at the entire school division,” said PSSD board chairman Colleen Christopherson-Cote.

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The PSSD's revised transportation policy online can be found here

The PSSD's revised policies regarding academic integrity and student responsibility can be found here.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Sidewalk Days in "desperate need" of volunteers

By Lisa Goudy

Planning for Sidewalk Days is well underway, but co-ordinators are looking for more volunteers.

“We’re in desperate need of volunteer groups, meaning there’s a lot of groups out there that want to fundraise and make some money,” said Teresa Gillis. “We’re in need of them to come down, fill in an application and we’ve got a whole bunch of odd jobs where they can actually make some money.”

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Volunteer group, sponsorship, entertainer and vendor applications can be found here or by emailing For more information, contact Gillis at 690-8451.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Mock vehicle crash shows risk of impaired driving

Central Collegiate students watch as members of the Moose Jaw
and District EMS and the Moose Jaw Fire Department remove a
victim from a mock car crash.

Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Jacob Laboccetta had never been arrested before, until he played the part of an impaired driver in a mock vehicle crash at Union Hospital on Monday.
“Being arrested hurts. It’s not fun,” said the 15-year-old student from Central Collegiate. “I don’t know why anyone would want to put themselves in a position to do it.”
Central Collegiate students watch as members of the Moose
Jaw Fire Department drill open a car door in a mock car crash.

Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

Some figures (from Ray Francis, a paramedic with the Moose Jaw and District EMS and the director of community relations):

  • Saskatchewan has the most injuries per capita in Canada
  • In Saskatchewan, the death rate for unintentional injuries is 40 per cent higher than the national average
  • In Saskatchewan, approximately 9,800 hospitalizations from injuries occur a year, 800 a month and 26 a day. These statistics are twice the national average.
  • In ages 1 to 44, the leading cause of death is unintentional injury
  • People aged 15 to 24 are 2.5 times more likely to be hurt or killed in a motor vehicle crash than any other age group
  • In Saskatchewan, preventable injuries cost the people of Saskatchewan more than $1 billion a year
  • The survival rate of cardiac arrest from trauma is less than one per cent

PARTY program website (Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth)

More about the PARTY program from the PARTY website:

"Intentional and unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for people aged one to forty-four years of age and truly are a silent epidemic in Canada and most countries around the world.

Sunnybrook RBC First Office for Injury Prevention was established in 1986 within Sunnybrook's Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care department.  The office aims to prevent traumatic injuries and injury related mortality across all ages through community education, collaboration and awareness. 

Our office delivers multiple programs and resources both independently as well as with an extensive team of collaborators.  We currently deliver the P.A.R.T.Y. Program, work to highlight issues of pedestrian safety throughiNavigait and work collaboratively with community partners through the Toronto Area Safety Coalition." (Source: PARTY)

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Administrative Professionals Day luncheon pairs with food bank

By Lisa Goudy

Brian Martynook, CEO of the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce compared Administrative Professionals Day to Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Better Homes and Gardens Expo doubles since 2011

Saskatchewan Roughriders mascot Gainer the Gopher flexes
his muscles at the second annual Better Homes and Gardens
Expo on Saturday at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds.

Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Moose Jaw’s second annual Better Homes and Gardens Expo on Saturday and Sunday was considered a success.           
Adam Lix, a foreman member of the landscaping crew with Cornell Design and Landscaping, said the expo at the Moose Jaw Convention Centre was good exposure for the business.
Former Saskatchewan Roughrider Grey Cup champion Matt
Dominguez holds his signed organ donor card at the second
annual Better Homes and Gardens Expo on
Saturday at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds.

Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

Adam Lix of Cornell Design and Landscaping shows his exhibit at the second annual Better Homes and Gardens Expo on Saturday at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds.

Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Library used book sale another success

The Moose Jaw Public Library held a used book sale on Saturday,
sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy
Friends of the Library sponsored a used book sale at the Moose Jaw Public Library on Saturday to raise money for library enhancements.
“I usually go through my books and I donate them back to support the library,” said Grant McLaughlin at the sale.  

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Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: United Church Women open 25-year-old time capsule

By Lisa Goudy

Audrey Clarke (left) and Joyce Gurnsey (right) open up a time
capsule at the 50th anniversary of the United Church Women
on Friday.

Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Laughter echoed through the hall of Minto United Church on Friday when a time capsule created in 1987 was opened.
“It was fun. I really didn’t understand what was going to come out of it because I didn’t remember what had been put into it,” said Sylvia Coward from Moose Jaw. 

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Flash mob dance part of largest one in history

A flash mob breaks out at the Town 'N' Country Mall on
Saturday at 2 p.m.

Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Shoppers were delighted when a flash mob dance broke out outside Dollarama at 2 p.m. at the Town ‘N’ Country Mall on Saturday.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Fire consumes century-old house

Resident gets out safely, cause of blaze unknown

The Moose Jaw Fire Department fights a house fire west of Moose Jaw on Saturday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

Kevin Burtnick survived a house fire early Saturday morning because of his Calico cat, Lily.
“The cat woke me up and I got out with the cat and that’s about all I got out,” said Burtnick on Saturday. “(It was) kind of scary at the start anyway. It really hasn’t sunk in yet that the house is gone.”
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: 20 Questions with: Russ McKnight

Russ McKnight. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

As Volunteer Week draws to a close, the Times-Herald sat down with Russ McKnight, a member of 31 different volunteer groups and the chairman of more than 800 activities in Moose Jaw, to ask him 20 questions. McKnight is a former employee at the Valley View Centre and is retired in Moose Jaw.

1. On average, how many hours a week do you volunteer? "Oh, I'd say probably between 40 to 50."

2. Do you ever think that you volunteer for too many hours and why? "No. Well, now that I'm retired I can do more."

3. Why do you volunteer? "Well, a lot of it's to do with the people, that I meet a lot of people that are quite outgoing. Like I'm involved quite a bit with theatre and music. The singing."

4. What is the biggest reward for volunteering? "Well, the more you take on, the more you achieve and the more satisfactions you have, really. And like I say, a lot of it's meeting and working with other people."

5. Who or what was your inspiration to start volunteering in the first place? "I've been pretty well involved all my life, ever since I was a kid. We were doing stuff at school and at an early age, I was out doing stuff with the Y and the Cub Scouts and involved in band programs and music programs."

For more information, read the April 21st edition of the Times-Herald.

National Volunteer Week - Volunteer Canada

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: United Church Women to celebrate 50th anniversary

By Lisa Goudy

It’s been 25 years since a time capsule was created. This weekend, United Church women  (UCW) will open up the capsule at their 17th annual gathering.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Author Gail Bowen coming to Moose Jaw for book launch

By Lisa Goudy

When renowned Canadian mystery author Gail Bowen asked Heather Hodgson if she could name her late mother, Willy Hodgson, in her latest novel, Hodgson jumped at the chance.
“My mother would have loved it,” said Hodgson. Willy, an Aboriginal Saskatchewan psychiatric nurse who settled in Moose Jaw, passed away from cancer in 2003.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Forgiveness a key topic at mayor's luncheon

By Lisa Goudy
Forgiveness is vital to maintaining mental health.
“We often forget about forgiveness,” said Donna Bowyer, the executive director of the Moose Jaw branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). “We start feeling that we're justified in not forgiving, but forgiveness is so important to our mental health — to be able to forgive people for what they've done and to be able to forgive ourselves.”

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: New location, vendors at 30th annual trade show

Krista Olafson. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy
People can expect a lot of new things at next weekend’s 30th annual Focus on Trade Show.
“We’re very excited that it’s at a new location this year,” said Krista Olafson, a co-ordinator for the show.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Food bank in good spirits; but cash, fresh veggies still needed

Terri Smith and Deann Little prepare food hampers at the Moose
Jaw and District Food Bank.

Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

Food supplies at the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank are better than they’ve been in a long time.
“It’s probably the most full I think I’ve ever seen,” said Terri Smith, manager of the Moose Jaw food bank. “We’re very happy.”

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Student pilots helping pets

I have recently begun work as a reporter and photographer for the Moose Jaw Times-Herald newspaper. Stay tuned for more stories and photos! 

Student pilots helping pets

Dave Price is spearheading a fundraiser that blends two of his passions together.
15 Wing student pilots chose to help out the Moose Jaw Humane Society as a community service project in a fundraiser dinner, Pilots for Pets on April 28.
"It's a way to bring two of my passion together, which is aviation and animals," said Price, the event co-ordinator who has been volunteering at the humane society walking dogs. "It's all about the animals."