Sunday, September 30, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Zombies shuffle through the streets

(Left to right) Zombies Bev Ryan, Serena Peterson,
Lisa Annesley and Genelle Payant were among the many
members of the undead who participated in the zombie
walk on Sunday beginning at the Moose Jaw Library.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Different celebrations held to mark Culture Day

Don Fox works in the blacksmith shop on Culture Day
at the Western Development Museum on Sunday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy



“The ride was awesome,” said Wojtowicz, 9. “You get to pet the horses.”


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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Trooper’s retirement was a hooting success

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Big turnout for first annual pumpkin festival

Lori Hovington shows a pumpkin to her 19-month-old
nephew Josh Overby with her granddaughter Violet Cornelson
(right) standing by at Yara Community Gardens' first annual Pumpkin
Harvest Festival on Saturday. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy




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Friday, September 28, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: City hopes to clear up residents' CPR dam issues

By Lisa Goudy


The city believes further communication will clear up the outstanding issues with the residents potentially affected by the CPR dam replacement.

“I think we’ll need to have further communications certainly. I think part of the concern is that the residents aren’t clear on what the process has been to date,” said city clerk-solicitor Myron Gulka-Tiechko. “We will simply continue communications with the residents, but there’s no time limit I guess for how long this might take.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Weekend Extra: The constant behind all the change at city hall

Mayoral secretary Caroline Dreger works away at her desk.
 Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Conexus agriculture and commercial business centre holds open house

 The staff of the Conexus Credit Union Agriculture
and Commercial Business Centre stand in the reception of their new space at 205 First
Ave. N.W. during the open house on Friday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The Conexus Credit Union Agriculture and Commercial Business Centre held an open house on Friday.

The open house was for clients and the community to see the new space on the second floor of the credit union at 205 First Ave. N.W.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Raising funds for four-year-old boy with leukemia

By Lisa Goudy


Just over a month ago, four-year-old Dexter Druar was diagnosed with a rare type of leukemia.

Dexter’s aunt Toni DuBois said when he was diagnosed with biphenotypic leukemia on Aug. 25 of this year — a combination of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) — 90 per cent of his bone marrow was cancerous.

“They started with three different chemos all at once. He’s now down to one,” said DuBois. “But yeah, he’s doing OK, health-wise. He’s a fighter.”

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Not all affected residents willing to sign land control for CPR dam


By Lisa Goudy

The CPR dam replacement has hit a brick wall.

In order for a dam replacement to take place in Wakamow Valley, the City of Moose Jaw needs to obtain land control of all possible affected properties in accordance with federal law. To get land control, the city needs approval of 100 per cent of the 20 residents upstream of the dam site to sign off land control to their properties.

But after a meeting Wednesday night between the city engineering department and the landowners, shoreline resident Rick Klein said the city doesn’t want to give residents any say in how the dam operates.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: J.K. Rowling’s new book needs separation from comparisons to Harry Potter

By Lisa Goudy


World-renowned author J.K. Rowling released her first new book after her final best-selling Harry Potter series on Thursday.

Being an avid Harry Potter lover, I immediately took interest in reading some reviews about her first adult book, released five years after the final Harry Potter novel. All the while, I was keeping in mind that her book, titled The Casual Vacancy, will not be like Harry Potter and it should not be compared to it.

Rowling and any future work she will produce will always be compared to international phenomenon Harry Potter. I can certainly relate to the millions of people around the world who love Harry Potter. The books were so successful, that they were transformed into eight blockbuster movies and a whole lot of paraphernalia for fans.

But Rowling has already announced she will never touch the Harry Potter series again and I can’t say I blame her. As much fun as it would be to read more about some of the magical characters she created, the end of the series feels just like that — a more than satisfying end to a magical series of adventure. Besides, after such a popular series, I can understand why the writer would not want to touch it again.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Local shelter almost at cat capacity


By Lisa Goudy

The local shelter is close to cat capacity.

There are more than 70 kittens and cats at the Moose Jaw Humane Society and the cats are from ages six weeks to adulthood and several senior felines.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Free admission and activities at WDM for Culture Day


By Lisa Goudy

Culture Day is coming to the Western Development Museum.

To mark Culture Day and to join in on the Canada-wide celebration of the country’s culture, the Western Development Museum will have free admission on Sunday and extra activities in the afternoon.

“We feel very strongly that culture is important, our culture and heritage,” said Kathy Fitton, manager of the Moose Jaw Western Development Museum.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Executive approves amended lease agreement with Lynbrook Golf and Country Club


By Lisa Goudy

During Monday’s executive committee meeting, executive unanimously approved an amending lease agreement with the city and the Lynbrook Golf and Country Club.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Better communication for smoking areas at Mosaic Place

Mosaic Place.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

Signs read No Smoking, but there still has been a bit of an issue at Mosaic Place and the Field House.

During Tuesday’s board of directors meeting at in the Colonsay Room at Mosaic Place, members tabled discussing the issue surrounding designated smoking areas until a later meeting.

“It’s just trying to get people away from the doors and get them into a smoking area where it’s not blowing in the building and it’s not uncomfortable for non-smokers that come in the building having to walk through a smoking area,” said general manager Scott Clark following the meeting.

'No Smoking' signs are posted at Mosaic
Place, but better communication is needed
to direct smokers to designated areas.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Private property owners still to bear cost of elm tree removal on their property


By Lisa Goudy

Property owners are still going to be responsible for all costs when removing elm trees on their private property.

During Monday’s executive committee meeting, members unanimously voted to continue the current program and practices for private property as moved by Coun. Terry Coleman.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Civic Centre recycling bins not moving yet

The former Civic Centre recycling bins will sit at
the southwest corner of Sobey's parking lot for now.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The seven Civic Centre recycling bins won’t be moved for now.

During Monday’s executive committee meeting, executive unanimously voted in favour of Coun. Brian Swanson’s motion to table the decision to possibly move the bins currently occupying the southwest corner of Sobey’s parking lot on Thatcher Drive East pending a report from administration with a list of contaminated sites in the city.

“If we’re going to do an environmental initiative - and I’m not saying this is the way to go, but I’d certainly like to consider - is what about recycling one of these sites that we have,” said Swanson. “They’re not going to be developed. There’s very restrictive legislation now about dealing with these sites. They’ve sat, some of them for decades and I’m just wondering what about those possibilities?”


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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Possession of wild animals in the city pending more information


By Lisa Goudy

Possession of exotic and wild animals was amid discussion during Monday’s executive committee meeting.

Executive unanimously voted in favour of Coun. Terry Coleman’s motion to table a decision to possibly amend The Livestock Bylaw to allow people with federal or provincial permits to have wildlife on their premises pending more information from the environment ministry.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Public forum for candidates to be held two weeks before election

By Lisa Goudy


The public has a chance to ask questions of council candidates running in the Oct. 24 municipal election.

The Kinsmen Club of Moose Jaw will hold a public forum for candidates of city council on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Auditorium at Peacock Collegiate. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: SIAST helps clean up Spring Creek

A mattress and a bicycle are among some of the
items SIAST students and staff found in the Great
Shoreline Clean Up on Friday in Spring Creek.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


A mattress, a bicycle and fast food containers sat on the road by Spring Creek.

Those are some of the items recovered by 60 SIAST students and five staff from Spring Creek by Laurier Street in the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up on Friday.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Slow down when passing highway workers


By Lisa Goudy

I am constantly amazed by how many people speed through construction zones on the highway.

It’s right in the middle of construction season and, yes, there are highways that need the road repairs. Even though there always seems to be construction when the weather is nice, the work the workers do is important to keep our highways in the best condition possible.

I say that I am amazed, not that I am surprised. People speed regularly, especially on highways. I know this because I make sure to always drive the speed limit and there are constantly cars passing me when I drive on the highway. What bothers me is when there are those orange zones with people working on the roads and people just go whizzing by.

It’s not too much to ask for drivers to slow down to 60 kilometres an hour when passing workers on the highway. Not only is it terrifying for the workers in the highway construction zones, also called orange zones, but also not slowing down can and has resulted in something even worse — death.

Close to the end of August, 18-year-old Ashley Dawn Richards from Lakeside, N.B., was killed while she was working as a flag person near Midale, Saskatchewan on Highway 39.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council Notebook

By Lisa Goudy


At Monday’s regular council meeting, council passed Coun. Don Mitchell’s motion to initiate a request for a local improvement project in 2013. The project deals with sidewalk construction along the west side of Ninth Avenue Northeast from Fairford Street to Stadacona Street. A report from administration stated residents have brought forward concerns regarding safety issues because of the lack of sidewalks in the area.

Administration reported that the city owns the property on the west side of Ninth Avenue Northeast from Ominica Street to Stadacona Street. The project will require a contribution from the city because the portion of the project from Fairford Street to Ominica Street involves two corner residential lots. The Saskatchewan Municipal Board regulations allow only a portion of the costs for the work to be charged to the property owner.

The construction of a sidewalk on the west side of Ninth Avenue Northeast is estimated to be $35,000. Because the words “local improvement” are used, it will be a cost shared program. The city will be required to contribute 92 per cent of the costs, which works out to $32,200. The cost of the project is to be funded from the 2013 capital budget.

Other items council considered during Monday’s meeting:

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Harvest basically finished; no precipitation expected this week

By Lisa Goudy


The warm, dry weather has sped up harvest in the area significantly and the weather is expected to give farmers exactly what they need.

“Right in the Moose Jaw area, (harvest) is essentially complete,” said Grant McLean, Saskatchewan Agriculture crop specialist. “In many cases, yields have been average."

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Patrick Boyle running for council

Patrick Boyle.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


At 29 years old, Patrick Boyle believes he can put some energy into city council.

During a news conference at the entrance to Crescent Park on Wednesday, Boyle announced he would be seeking a spot on city council in the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 24.

“It’s really good to see a lot of younger candidates coming out,” said Boyle. “I’m a very energetic person and really want to see Moose Jaw do well.”

He said he wants to focus on three main areas — progress, communication and growth, which he said are “attainable goals” instead of “we go ahead and say it and nothing happens after.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Don McKenzie is running for council


By Lisa Goudy

Don McKenzie is running for council.

“I’ve been on committees and everything for the city for a few years now and I’ve been frustrated with the way the city sometimes operates and this is the main reason why I’m entering the race,” said McKenzie, 57. “Maybe we can figure out a better way to operate this city than how we are now.”

McKenzie has been a member of the Environmental Advisory Committee to council since 2009 and was recently appointed the chairman. He is a member of some other sub-committees including the Transportation Committee.

McKenzie would like to see the curbside recycling program implemented and the infrastructure fixed.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Luhning seeks re-election

By Lisa Goudy


Incumbent Coun. Dawn Luhning isn’t ready to quit municipal politics.

Luhning dropped off her nomination papers seeking re-election to city council in the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 24.

“I think there’s still lots to do and I love being a part of city council and basically just love the city,” said Luhning. “I think there’s lots more greatness to come as long as we do things the right way.”

Luhning was first elected to council in 2003 and has been re-elected every term since. She said council should get its priorities in order.

“Moose Jaw has the potential to be great. I think that we just need to dig our heels in a little bit deeper and maybe reign some of the overspending in a little bit and focus on things that really are (part of) the municipality’s priority,” said Luhning.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Negotiations authorized for the city to acquire High Street property


Council also approves the possibility of acquiring First Ave. N.W. property

By Lisa Goudy

The city is authorized to negotiate to acquire one property and explore the possibility of acquiring another.

During Monday’s regular council meeting, Coun. Fraser Tolmie moved an amendment to his motion to acquire the property at 105 High St. W. Instead of administration reporting back to city council with a recommendation of a source of funding for the demolition and removal of the building, administration would report back to executive committee. The majority of council voted in favour of Tolmie’s amendment.

Similarly, Coun. Terry Coleman brought forward a motion to explore the possibility of acquiring the property at 122 First Ave. N.W. Most of council voted in favour of Coleman’s motion.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Implementation of curbside recycling program approved in principle

By Lisa Goudy


Moose Jaw is one step closer to getting a curbside recycling program.

The majority of city council voted in favour of approving, in principle, proceeding with the implementation of a single-stream curbside recycling program for single-family dwellings receiving automated garbage collection for the year 2013. The Environment Advisory Committee presented to council the AECOM recycling report commissioned by the Engineering Department that took 16 months to put together.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Gordon Anthony joins race to be a city councillor


By Lisa Goudy

Gordon Anthony believes his business background will serve him well on city council.

The 52-year-old dropped off his nomination papers for council in the upcoming municipal election.

“There are certainly some issues that need to be dealt with and we’ve done some good things in Moose Jaw, but certainly we’ve got a long way to go. Infrastructure is something that is critical to me. It was when I served before.”

Anthony was first elected as a councillor with the Saskatchewan Association of Rural municipalities in 1993 and was re-elected in 1996 and 1999. During those three terms, he said he was an advocate for fiscal responsibility and accountability.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lloyd Hackel running for council

Terry Hackel.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Lloyd Hackel believes his experience would serve him well on city council.

Hackel dropped off his nomination papers to run for council in the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 24.

“I think I have something to contribute. I was born and raised here,” said 65-year-old Hackel. He said he has gained experience through living in other parts of the world. "I’ve seen how other communities grow.”

Hackel said he has several commitments to the city.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Where to put the Civic Centre site recycling bins now?


Laura Hubick empties her recyclables into one of the
recycling bins at the southwest corner of Sobey's parking lot.
The bins were formerly located at the Civic Centre site.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Laura Hubick doesn’t have any immediate issues with the new location of the old Civic Centre recycling bins.

“It doesn’t seem too bad,” said Hubick. “I don’t think this one is terrible because we always shop at Superstore and we could bring our recycling up before we went grocery shopping.”

But not everyone is okay with the location of the recycling bins. The new location of the recycling bins from the Civic Centre site was a hot topic at Monday’s regular council meeting.


Additional Information

The placement of the recycling bins was facilitated because of a license agreement with Sobey’s. The agreement stated that the city, at its own cost, would build a fence enclosing the bins. The city plants to build an eight-foot chain link fence enclosing the bins to reduce littering.

Other city commitments include inspecting the site on a daily basis Monday to Friday and to respond to any management concerns that may arise regarding ongoing maintenance issues. It was also stated the agreement could be terminated by either party on 30 days notice.

In an answer to Coun. Don Mitchell’s enquiry regarding the history of the bin location, administration stated in a report that the criteria for the location of the bins was easy access, a solid base for the bins to sit and be accessed by Loraas disposal trucks, adequate lighting and security as well as fencing or other provisions. 

Administration has been examining the feasibility of other places for a workable venue, including green space beside Westrum Lumber, the Kinsmen Sportsplex, the Town ‘n’ Country Mall, Neslia Place between the Salvation Army Church and Lynbrook Golf Course, Laurier Street beside Canadian Tire as well as High Street West beside the city complex, Grayson Industrial Park and the west side of the Hillcrest Sports Centre parking lot. All of those locations were eliminated in the spring for reasons such as prohibitive costs, access concerns and public safety concerns.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Dustan Hlady is running for council


By Lisa Goudy

Dustan Hlady joined the list of candidates for city council.

The 31-year-old dropped off his nomination papers to be on city council in the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 24.

“I want to run because I really want to be the people’s councillor. I want to be someone that represents the city and actually represents the city. That’s why I’m giving out my personal cellphone number,” said Hlady.

He said there are four main points he is focusing on for his platform — low-income housing, infrastructure, the arts and recycling. He said low-income housing is something he’d really like to work on.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Brian Sykora running for council

Brian Sykora
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Brian Sykora joined the race for a spot on council in the upcoming municipal election.

“I feel I can help the city. I have very good ideas,” said Sykora. “I’m more of an idea person entrepreneur and I like to come up with solutions and I think that is needed in the city.”

Sykora said infrastructure needs an immediate solution to improve the roads. He added a business corridor toward Belle Plaine could be made with service roads on either side of the Trans Canada Highway. Businesses would be on the road on each side, creating jobs in a long-term project.

“The beauty of the city is with the roads,” said Sykora. “One way or another I’ll find a way to do it.”

He said he would like to develop a real downtown trolley system. It could run down Main Street to River Street and back around to Manitoba Street before heading up Main Street again.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Deb Higgins enters mayoral race

By Lisa Goudy
During a news conference on Friday at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, Deb Higgins, former New Democratic Party member of the legislative assembly, announces that she will be running for mayor in the upcoming municipal election.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy


Deb Higgins, former New Democratic Party member of the legislative assembly for Moose Jaw Wakamow, is running for mayor.

Higgins confirmed rumours that have been circling for a few months at a news conference at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery.

“I feel that every person has a responsibility to give back to their community. I did that I guess for 12 years as a provincial representative, but I still feel that I have skills that will work well at the municipal level,” said Higgins.

“Many things you deal with provincially are issues also at the municipal level. It’s a great community. I’ve loved living here and I just want to give back to the community when I can.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Jeff Nelson running for council


By Lisa Goudy

Jeff Nelson would like to improve the City of Moose Jaw.

That was why he decided to run for city council in the upcoming municipal election.

“I love the City of Moose Jaw and I think it’s a great place to live,” said Nelson, 45. “I would like to keep it that way. I would like to help Moose Jaw to become an even better place than it is already.”

Nelson said a priority issue is the aging infrastructure that needs to be replaced.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Is the iPhone 5 worth getting right away?


By Lisa Goudy

Wednesday marked the unveiling of the iPhone 5 in San Francisco. Today the new iPhone 5 is available for pre-order.

Although not on sale for another week, the latest edition of the Apple iPhone has enhanced features and an increased height. Instead of having a screen size of 3.5 inches like the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 will have a screen size of 4.0 inches. That won’t make much of a difference until you realize your iPhone 4S cellphone case no longer fits.

Similarly, the iPhone 4S has a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels while the iPhone 5 has a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels.

Despite having enhanced features and a bigger screen, I don’t see any huge improvements from one to the next. To put it simply, I won’t be one of the people who will instantly jump at the chance to get an iPhone 5. I wouldn’t see the point unless the new phone is a true innovation. I don’t believe the iPhone 5 fits the bill. Besides the iPhone 4S isn’t even a year old. I don’t see the point of upgrading so fast in a rapid-changing technological environment.

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Useful links

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Article on MarketWatch in the Wall Street Journal: Apple iPhone 5 vs. 4S: What's the better buy?

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Educating the community about addictions in upcoming course

By Lisa Goudy


Awareness and education are the focal points of the upcoming addictions education course.

“It is geared to … inform the community about addiction issues — gambling, alcohol, drug addictions,” said Sharon Benson, councillor with Mental Health and Addictions Services of the Five Hills Health Region. 

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Weather shouldn't affect bevy of outdoor events planned for weekend


By Lisa Goudy

From the annual Toy Run to the Terry Fox Run, this weekend is full of outdoor events.

According to Environment Canada, the wicked winds that have blown through the Friendly City are expected to die down for the weekend. By early this evening, the wind is expected to blow west at 20 kilometres an hour.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Steak night fundraiser to support Angus Campbell Centre

Former Roughrider and Moose Jaw police officer to speak at event

By Lisa Goudy


The Angus Campbell Centre is in desperate need of funding.

The Friends of the Angus Campbell Centre will hold a fundraiser on Sept. 20 at 6:45 p.m. at the Heritage Inn. Chairperson Lori Deets said there is a steak dinner as well as keynote speaker Brooks Findlay, former Saskatchewan Roughrider and president of the Riders Alumni. Findlay will speak about sports players and addictions.

Cpl. Taylor Mickleborough of the Moose Jaw Police Service will speak about the work of the drug strategy team. Tickets are $100 a plate or $700 for a table of eight. All funds will go toward the Angus Campbell Centre.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Laugh out loud to support the Strong Kids Campaign


By Lisa Goudy

The YMCA is giving people a chance to come out and laugh for a good cause.

The Moose Jaw Family YMCA is holding its sixth annual comedy retreat on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Heritage Inn Hotel and Convention Centre. Tickets went on sale on Monday morning and by 1 p.m., more than half of the tables were sold.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Harvest progressing well with lower than expected yields

By Lisa Goudy


The warm weather is allowing for a rapid harvest, but yields are not as high as expected.

“It’s progressing quite rapidly and so I think the yields have been not as high as we’d anticipated, I think a month or so ago, with the pressures from diseases and certainly from the hot, drier conditions that we were experiencing in the latter part of July,” said Grant McLean, Saskatchewan Agriculture crop specialist.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Stirling Millar announces bid for city council

Stirling Millar.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Stirling Millar is running for city council in the upcoming municipal election.

“I’d like to see the city go in a direction where we’re looking into the future, to improve the services available and to improve the infrastructure so that we’re able to attract business … whatever can help improve the local economy,” said 33-year-old Millar.

He said instead of attracting only specific businesses such as tourism and construction, he would like to provide incentive for any businesses to invest in Moose Jaw.

Millar said the main issues are infrastructure, economic development and sustainable growth.

“To me that means both growing continuously as well as doing it in an environmentally responsible manner,” said Millar. “I mean we’ve all seen the roads here, especially when you’re outside the downtown core.”

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