Friday, August 31, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Weekend Extra: Looking for memories and photos of Temple Gardens Dance Hall

By Lisa Goudy

Don Young has a lot of fond memories attached to the Temple Gardens Dance Hall when he lived in Moose Jaw from 1953 to 1958.

“I used to ride down North Hill on my bike and in the summer, the windows (of the hall) were open. They didn’t have air conditioning and I could hear the bands playing and it just fascinated me. I did play in the Moose Jaw Lions Band here. Little did I realize that in five years, I would be playing in Temple Gardens.”

From 1963 to 1970, Young played at the hall with a bunch of different groups including The Chevrons, Andantes, double bandstands and Battle of the Bands with bands such as Moose Jaw rock band Mozart and the Wolfgang, which was the house band from September of 1965 to May of 1967.

“It was probably one of the best places that I played,” said Garry Brown, who was commonly known as Mister Brown and was the lead vocalist of the band Mozart and the Wolfgang. “We had a lot of fun.”

Heather Hodgson and Gord McCaw, who grew up in Moose Jaw, are putting together a book about the legacy of the dance hall from its inception until it was torn down in 1979. The hall was located on Langdon Crescent at the corner beside the old Grant Hall where a parking lot now resides.

Hodgson, the major writer of the project, said she is looking for any memories and photos of the hall, especially regarding the different bands that played there. People can either join the Facebook group called Temple Gardens Dance Hall or email Hodgson at The Facebook group has more than 100 members.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Ira Dales running for council

By Lisa Goudy

Ira Dales has lived in Moose Jaw for the better part of 14 years and believes he is a suitable candidate for city council.

“I’m a qualified business person and small business owner in Moose Jaw,” said 32-year-old Dales, who is also an information technology contractor for Agrius Solutions in Belle Plaine. “Moose Jaw is my home and I want to improve it. So those are my motives for being the best city councillor I possibly can.”

This week Dales announced he would be running for a seat on city council in the upcoming Oct. 24 municipal election.

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For more information, visit Dales’ website at

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: A birthday like no other

By Lisa Goudy

Today is the day I turn another year older.

Having a birthday on Aug. 31, the last day of August, has certainly had its pros and cons over the years. My birthday today is different from all other birthdays in two important ways. It is my first birthday living away from home and my first birthday without any type of attachment to school.

Birthdays have always been exciting for me and I’ve always had fun with my family and friends, usually doing an activity and having supper. Supper options have included a wiener roast, a special homemade meal or going out to a restaurant. In 2010, I spent my actual birthday in New York City with my parents and my sister and when we got back, I got together with friends to celebrate again.

But trust me, not all of my birthdays were as grand as hanging out in the Big Apple. In fact, there have been two things that have always irritated me in regards to the timing of my birthday — people saying it is the end of the summer heat and going back to school.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: New commercial development near Trans-Canada Highway

Century West Development is developing commercial properties
close to the Trans Canada Highway, including another strip mall
on the land by Thatcher Drive and Ninth Avenue Northeast.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

More commercial development is coming to Moose Jaw.

Francis Bast, the director of sales and development with Century West Development, said developments are underway close to the Trans Canada Highway in Ross Park. One project is for a new a 10,000 square-foot strip mall on the land by Thatcher Drive and Ninth Avenue Northeast.

In between the current strip mall and Co-op Gas Bar, a 5,000 sq. ft. restaurant is going to be erected. He added that two different hotel groups also purchased land just the south of that land and those hotels are anticipated to be finished by 2014 with construction beginning sometime next year.

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Additional Comments

“When you have more amenities here in Moose Jaw, it’s just another catch for people that before used to be driving by Moose Jaw to go to Regina or wherever,” said Brian Martynook, CEO of the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce. “They’re going to stop here in Moose Jaw and the bottom line is maybe we can get some of their dollars spent here in Moose Jaw.”

Century West Development

Tourism Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Terry Fox Run coming to Moose Jaw

By Lisa Goudy

The Friendly City is once again holding a Terry Fox Run.

The local portion of the annual Canada-wide run for cancer research will take place on Sept. 16 at the speedskating oval in Kiwanis River Park in Wakamow Valley. Registration is at noon and the run begins at 1 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Terry Fox Foundation, which is one of the largest funders of cancer research in Canada.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Saskatchewan minimum wage will be lowest in Canada

By Lisa Goudy

As of Sept. 1, Saskatchewan will have the lowest
minimum wage in Canada at $9.50 an hour.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

Minimum wage in Saskatchewan is about to become the lowest in Canada.

As of Sept. 1, the province’s minimum wage of $9.50 and hour will be the lowest in the country and views on that are mixed.

“It’s not too much of a concern," said Brian Martynook, CEO of the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce. “Minimum wage is just kind of a basis to go by."

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Ninth Avenue Bridge to be closed on Friday for testing

By Lisa Goudy

The city's bridges are taking turns being closed this week.

“They’re closed for testing because of a testing program every few years just to make sure that the bridges are still sound and safe,” said Carolyn Bowler, engineering technologist with the city. “It’s just one of the testing programs.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: U.K. company making film in Moose Jaw featuring the Walter Scott Building

By Lisa Goudy

A U.K.-based company is making a film promoting downtown living in Moose Jaw.

Film crews with Tranzmitter Productions, based in Hastings, England, will be in the city until Sept. 11 to gather interviews, photos and information about the Walter Scott Building for a short film from a request from the building’s owner, Zarkor Construction. Tranzmitter hopes to have the film shown in the Mae Wilson Theatre.

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Additional Comments

Producer Kristin O’Donnell said she is looking forward to hearing people’s stories, such as stories about the old pool hall.

“I am quite keen to hear some of these stories about the ratty old pool hall,” said O’Donnell. “I think that sounds great.”

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Fundraiser at Bugsy’s to support MS Dream Challenge

By Lisa Goudy

Deanna Nestman has wanted to do a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis for years.

“I’ve always been really interested in doing a fundraiser for a marathon,” said Nestman. “I was working up north and there was a man up there. He worked so much. His wife suffers from MS and she needs 24/7 care and the only way that he can afford it is to basically spend his entire life up north. I just met lots of people like that.”

On Thursday, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Nestman is hosting a ribs and Caesar fundraiser at Bugsy’s Irish Pub for the MS Dream Challenge. Tickets are $15 at the door.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Walter Scott Building to house affordable apartments

Zarkor Construction is planning to renovate
 the top five floors of the Walter Scott
Building to include 40 apartments.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

The enclosed walkway around the Walter Scott Building, at the corner of Main Street and High Street East, is the first sign of new apartments to come.

“We’re just really excited about it,” said Shaheen Zareh, the president of Zarkor Construction out of Regina, the building owners. “We can’t wait until it’s done.”

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: HTCSD marks 100 years

Holy Trinity Catholic School Division director of
education Celeste York delivers her opening address at
 the opening day for staff at Vanier Collegiate on Monday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

One hundred years ago the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division (HTCSD) of Moose Jaw first began.

A century later, the division has goals to continue the legacy it started so many years ago. The opening day for staff for the upcoming school year took place at Vanier Collegiate Monday morning.

Holy Trinity Catholic School Division educational
psychologist Debbie MacDonald gives a session on
preventing bullying to division staff members at the opening day for staff at Vanier Collegiate on Monday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
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HTCSD website

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Don't totally turn the page away from physical books

By Lisa Goudy

I’m a book lover. I’ve loved to read books since I was very young. I read a variety of genres and have read non-fiction and fiction. In my spare time you’ll most likely find me reading a fiction novel that is either fantasy, science fiction or perhaps a gripping mystery. While occasionally I’ll read a book I don’t enjoy, for the most part I absolutely love every book I read.

Personally, apart from loving the books, I also love the feel of having a book in my hands as I sit outside if weather permits or on a couch or every now and then in bed. I don’t know what it is about holding a book and flipping through its pages that makes it so novel to me. Besides, I have a bookshelf filled with books. In fact, it’s so full that I’m out of space, but that doesn’t stop me from buying more books.

So you can imagine my first reaction to eReaders such as Kobos, Kindles or iPads and I know there are many more out there. As such, it would also come as no surprise that I have never actually tried any of those eReaders to read books, but I know a lot of people who do have them. I just haven’t decided if I want to give it a try or not.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Walking for a good cause around Wakamow Valley

By Lisa Goudy

Alisha Torkelson is organizing a first-ever Stroll for Liver event in Saskatchewan.

“It’s just something I thought of doing. I lost my mom four years ago to a rare liver disease so I guess I just kind of wanted more knowledge on it … I’m trying to make some good out of (my mother’s death),” said 25-year-old Torkelson. “I just want people to be aware of liver disease and more or less just have knowledge on it. It’s not so much about the donations.”

The event takes place in Moose Jaw at the Kinsmen Wellesley Park in Wakamow Valley on Saturday at 10 a.m. No pre-registration is required and everyone is welcome. A barbecue will follow the walk around the valley along with some prizes.

All funds raised will go towards the Canadian Liver Foundation and their research for cures and prevention of liver disease. 

For more information, see the Aug. 24th edition of the Times-Herald or read how the event went here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A damaged dam

City hopes to begin construction on new CPR dam by fall 2013

By Lisa Goudy

The City of Moose Jaw has a lot of work on its plate before replacing the century-old CPR dam.

“We’ve got a dam that's damaged,” said Mayor Glenn Hagel. “Two or three years ago we could’ve said it’s an old dam that needs replacing. Now because of the experience of the flood of 2011, we’re in a position where we’re saying it’s an old dam that has become damaged and needs to be replaced soon.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Moose Jaw student receives Canada Company scholarship

Moose Jaw's Arina Naismith poses with Canada
Company Chairman Blake C. Goldring (left) and Minister of
 National Defence Peter MacKay after receiving a Canada
Company Scholarship in Toronto recently.
Photo by System 4 Productions
By Lisa Goudy

Moose Jaw’s Arina Naismith was only eight years old when her fighter pilot father was killed.

Capt. Kevin Naismith was a fighter pilot with 416 Tactical Fighter Squadron at 4 Wing Cold Lake. He was killed on May 26, 2003, when his CF-18 crashed during Exercise Maple Flag.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Weekend Extra: Moose Jaw couple to participate in Kilimanjaro Climb for Life

Keith and Rynette Guillaume will be two
of 23 climbers to scale Mount Kilimanjaro
 in October for the charity WaterCan.
Submitted photo
By Lisa Goudy

A Moose Jaw couple has found a mountainous inspiration from the adoption of a young child from Ethiopia.

When Moose Jaw’s Rynette and Keith Guillaume adopted their son, Zaid, from Ethiopia a little over a year ago, he arrived in Canada with a water borne disease called giardia. Giardia is an infection of the small intestine.

“We were really fortunate here in Canada that we were able to access the antibiotics and successfully treat it,” said Rynette, manager in operations for SaskWater. “But for other children that remain in Ethiopia, they’re not as fortunate to have the opportunity to any of those medical attentions that they require.”

The Guillaumes are two of 23 climbers who will scale Mount Kilimanjaro in support of the Canadian charity WaterCan this October as part of the Kilimanjaro Climb for Life. WaterCan is a charity devoted to fighting poverty by helping the most impoverished people have access to clean water, basic sanitation and education on hygiene.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: New 15 Wing commander takes over

New 15 Wing Commander Col. Paul Goddard (left),
Reviewing Officer Brig.-Gen. Martin Galvin and former
15 Wing Commander Col. Marc Bigaouette prepare to
sign the scrolls at the change of command ceremony
at 15 Wing on Monday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

15 Wing once again has a new wing commander.

Col. Paul Goddard officially took over command as wing commander and military director of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program from Col. Marc Bigaouette during the change of command ceremony at 15 Wing on Monday.

“I really want to go through a period of stability here ... I don’t think we’re going to embark on any big projects because everybody is very, very busy,” said Goddard. 

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Regina Leader-Post: Home to 15 Wing for new head

15 Wing once again has a new wing commander.

Col. Paul Goddard officially took over command as wing commander and military director of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program from Col. Marc Bigaouette during the change-of-command ceremony at 15 Wing on Monday.

"I really want to go through a period of stability here ... I don't think we're going to embark on any big projects because everybody is very, very busy," said Goddard. "It'll be about monitoring where we're at and how we're doing and hopefully after two years, we're going to be stabilized, up and running and we'll be proud of what the production numbers are at."

Goddard was born in Landstuhl, Germany, into a military family. His mother is from Saskatchewan and his father retired from the military in Weyburn.

From Grade 8 to Grade 12, Goddard attended Weyburn Comprehensive High School. He enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1980.
He earned his pilot wings in Moose Jaw in 1985, where he stayed to serve his first tour. After being posted to a variety of places in Canada and around the world, he came to Moose Jaw in 2003 as the chief of staff responsible for all 15 Wing support functions. Goddard is married to Annette Bernard and they have three children.

"Coming back to Moose Jaw is like coming home," said Goddard. "For me and Annette, we have family and friends across Saskatchewan and we look forward to being able to get reacquainted."

At the change of command ceremony, Goddard was presented with the Royal Canadian Air Force Commander's Commendation. About a year ago, Goddard said he had to make some adjustments in the program to meet the needs of the air force.
After getting a team together, Goddard said the team spent "12 hours a day, seven days a week working on this."

He said the changes affected branches such as helicopter training and recruiting and one-third of those have already been implemented.

"We had to come up with a solution to improve the pilot training and to generate the production that we needed in the future, but pilot training is very complex. You can't just change one part of it. You had to do it all," said Goddard. "All of the folks around here have a passion when it comes to training and I think it's a very important function in the air force."

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Moose Jaw Flying Club looks at promoting aviation's role

Gerry Julian stands in front of his Vans RV-6A airplane
at the Moose Jaw Flying Club's annual fly-in/drive-in breakfast
at the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport on Saturday. The
high-performance plane was built in Houston, Texas
and has a top speed of 200 miles per hour.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

Gerry Julian has been flying planes since 1987. He is the proud owner of his fifth airplane, a Vans RV-6A airplane, which is a kit-built sport plane built in Houston, Texas, that can go up to 200 miles per hour.

“This airplane is so much more challenging and fun to fly than anything I’ve had in the past,” said Julian. “In the past 25 years I’ve been flying I’ve never enjoyed flying as much as I have since I got this plane.”

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Music, culture and crafts at Summerfest

Audrey and Kelly Taylor-Faye of Craik stand at their
 booth for their business, Riverside Studio
at Summerfest on Saturday in Happy Valley Park.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Kelly Taylor-Faye and his wife Audrey came down to Summerfest at Happy Valley Park from Craik to promote their business.

“Everything we make, it comes out of our kitchen,” said Kelly, co-owner of Riverstone Studios. “Everything is sustainable, as close to organic as we can find for supplies and no preservatives, no stabilizers, no colours, no dyes, no sense or fragrances that don’t come from real products.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Soapbox Derby races down Alder Avenue

12-year-old Danon Soywchuk from Saskatoon prepares to race
in the annual Soapbox Derby on Alder Avenue on Sunday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Noah McClanahan’s favourite part of soapbox racing is how similar it is to a real race.
“What I like about it is it’s like a real race, but for older kids,” said 11-year-old McClanahan from Canora.
“It’s fast,” added Danon Soywchuk, 12, from Saskatoon. “This is my last race I think because I’m going to be too tall.”
McClanahan and Soywchuk were two of the 30 racers who participated in the annual Queen City & District Racing Association’s Soapbox Derby on Sunday along Alder Avenue.
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Soapbox Winners

1ST Cassandra Katerynych 277 Moose Jaw
2ND Austin Calkins 61 Swift Current
3RD Casey Hipkin 471 Saskatoon
4TH Brandon Zak 68B Swift Current
5TH Cole Wiebe 911 Saskatoon
6TH Amisha Hockridge 46 Swift Current
7TH Cuda Ferguson 214 Moose Jaw
8TH Drake Myers 222 Moose Jaw
Trophey Winners
Most Improved
Brayden Mantell 218 Moose Jaw
Best All-round
Jayden Houle 219 Moose jaw
Shamus McClanahan 470 Saskatoon
Kodi Hiller 451 Saskatoon
Hard Luck
Sarah Lissinna 452 Saskatoon
Keegan Byers 3 Swift Current

1ST Tristan Byers 47 Swift Current
2ND Gaige Calkins 99 Swift Current
3RD Danon Slywchuck 529 Saskatoon
4TH R ose Williams 427 Hague
5TH Breanna Hipkin 453 Saskatoon
6TH Kieran Akhtar 440 Saskatoon
7TH Anna Claffey 211 Moose Jaw
8TH Krishshin Hockridge 23 Swift Current
Most Improved
Jordan Carle 1027 Moose Jaw
Best All-round
Chase Coward 39 Swift Current
Noah McClanahan 426 Saskatoon
Breana Hipkin 453 Saskatoon
Hard Luck
Brandon Cumberland 499 Saskatoon

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Second annual Wakamow Jamboree a huge hit

Samara Yung performs a song at the K+S  Potash
Canada Wakamow Jamboree on Saturday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Samara Yung enjoys performing more than songwriting.

“It’s really hard to come up with a new twist of an old idea because that’s really what you’re doing with songwriting,” said recording artist Yung from Yorkton. “Songwriting is a challenge for me. I very much enjoy it. I work with amazing songwriters and there’s nothing better than sitting down with friends and coming up with a song.”

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Wakamow Valley website

K+S Potash Canada Wakamow Jamboree website

Samara Yung website

More of my photos from the jamboree on a Times-Herald slideshow can be found here.

Additional Comments from Samara Yung

“I do a lot of upbeat songs. I don’t sing a lot of ballads not because I don’t like them or appreciate them, just because I tend to shy away from that. We sing a lot of festivals and cabaret-style things,” said Yung.

She said gauging people's reactions after a show is the best part of her music career.

“It’s really, really great to get off stage and see people lined up to buy your albums. That’s so, so cool for me. It was a dream I always had when I was a little girl to have my own CD so when I get off stage and have people lining up and wanting autographs and going on Facebook or social media networks after that and people telling you how much they loved your show, how much they enjoyed your original music, it’s definitely rewarding in that aspect," said Yung.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: City to increase knowledge and enforcement of dog bylaw

By Lisa Goudy

The city will be increasing awareness and enforcement of the dog bylaw.

Kelly Mentanko, operations manager for the Parks and Recreation department with the city, said because of email and verbal complaints to the city, the local bylaw enforcement officer and the Moose Jaw Police Service will work together to educate and enforce the bylaw prohibiting dogs from certain areas in the city.

“We’re not in a situation where we’re going to start ticketing everybody. It’s just that we want to provide the awareness,” said Mentanko. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Nothing quite like a homemade meal

By Lisa Goudy

This past week I’ve been enjoying some homemade chicken tortilla soup.

Thanks to my loving mother, I have been able to enjoy this heartwarming soup. Since I love lots of different soups, I was especially overjoyed.

I have always been a fan of home cooked meals. Having been relatively spoiled for as long as I can remember with the sublime excellence of my grandmother’s cooking, my mother’s cooking and my father’s barbecuing skills, it’s not hard to guess why I’m probably accustomed to homemade meals.

It seems to me that there is an increasing number of young people who aren’t cooking anymore and relying more on restaurant food and bought treats. Now I’m not against eating out by any means and there are a lot of fantastic restaurants around that you should certainly check out.

But there really is nothing quite like a home-cooked meal. It is too bad more young people aren’t at least trying to cook.

I wouldn’t call myself a great cook. I wouldn’t call myself a bad cook either. I figure I’m somewhere in between. I know how to follow recipes and when I cook dinner, my meals all taste good. I also make my own lunches nearly every day, which aren’t complicated. They usually consist of a bun or a croissant with some fruit and yogurt or pudding and a granola bar. However, it tastes great and saves me money as an added bonus.

Yet in my experience, young people are more likely to bring bought cookies to a potluck than homemade ones or eat out rather than cook at home. Why the trend has shifted to that, I can’t say for sure, but if young people slowly stop cooking, there might come a day when nobody home cooks at all, which would be a shame.

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Useful links
From my column: "In June 2011, the Public Health Agency of Canada released a report from data collected between 2007 and 2009 that stated one in four Canadian adults are obese.
Of children between the ages of six and 17, 8.6 per cent are obese. The report stated that factors that influence obesity include lack of physical activity, socioeconomic status and diet, among other things."
View the report here
Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada released an article on the risks of obesity and how to minimize the risk. View the article here

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Flying Club’s annual fly-in/drive-in breakfast takes place on Saturday

By Lisa Goudy

The public has a chance to learn more about aviation over breakfast.

The annual Moose Jaw Flying Club Fly-in/Drive-in breakfast will take place on Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport. For $5 per person, people can enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast while talking with pilots and looking at a variety of aircraft.

Moose Jaw Flying Club website

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: West Nile a risk until the end of August, but no positive cases in FHHR yet

Getting a mosquito bite shouldn't scare people from donating blood

By Lisa Goudy

After the blood donor clinic last week in Moose Jaw, there are still no cases of West Nile virus in the Five Hills Health Region (FHHR).

“There’s some ongoing risk of contracting West Nile until the end of August,” said FHHR’s medical health officer Dr. Mark Vooght. “If people have a fever with quite strong aches and pains in their arms and legs, it could well be West Nile virus. They can consult their physician, but the physicians won’t be testing unless there’s a clinical reason to do so.”

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Dr. Ted Alport, medical director for Saskatchewan with Canadian Blood Services, said there was a minimal risk of having West Nile in the blood stream while donating blood. More information about protecting the donated blood supply from West Nile can be found here. To make an appointment to donate blood, visit