Monday, December 30, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: All-terrain vehicle falls through ice on Moose Jaw River

Wakamow, police remind everyone to use caution on the ice

By Lisa Goudy

There is a reason it’s illegal for snowmobiles to be driven in the city and on the river.

On Saturday at 1 p.m. an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) fell through the ice on the Moose Jaw River in Wakamow Valley. Members of the Moose Jaw Police Service, Moose Jaw Fire Department and Moose Jaw and District EMS attended to the scene. A police report said no one was injured and the occupants got out of the vehicle before it went partially underwater.

“They were on there with quite a large machine … and they ended up going through the ice,” said Margaret Moran, CEO of Wakamow Valley Authority. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Great delight in a mystery parcel

By Lisa Goudy

A few weeks ago, I received a package at work from an unknown sender.

Addressed personally to me, it piqued my interest immediately. With three stamps in the upper right hand corner, one of Superman, one of Tommy Douglas and the other of an insect, I had no clues as to what the contents could contain. I can barely make out the Canada Post stamp that reads the mail is from someone in Moose Jaw. It’s also not often we receive hard mail in the newsroom.

I opened the envelope and found a document with writing on it stating “For your readers.” So naturally, I have decided to share its contents. The paper, titled "History of The South Saskatchewan Regiment," read as follows, in typed font:

“The Regiment dates back to 1908, being connected with the 20th Border Horse, a mounted infantry regiment, with headquarters and one squadron in Manitoba and squadrons at Weyburn, Estevan and Carnduff in Saskatchewan.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Have a wonderful unplugged Christmas

By Lisa Goudy

It’s nice to get away from technology sometimes.

Sometimes it seems we can’t live without technology. It has revolutionized how we live. With so many people constantly glued to their smartphones or tablets, many people are on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter constantly. It’s even a requirement at many jobs to be able to promote yourself or your company on those sites.

Texting has become a more common way to communicate. Don’t forget selfies, which are all the rage, and experimenting with photo filters through Instagram. It’s too easy to become addicted to smartphones.

I am not immune to this. I don’t consider myself an addict, but I do love my smartphone. I too am constantly updating things on Facebook and Twitter for work and for personal reasons. It’s convenient and fun. There isn’t anything wrong with that.

But when I get together with other people, when I am not alone, I like to put my cellphone away if I can. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council notebook: Bike skills park to receive community projects grant funding

By Lisa Goudy

Bike skills park representatives are looking for $10,000 of funding.

At the Dec. 11 meeting of the parks and recreation advisory committee meeting and following a presentation by representatives, the committee recommended that council allocate the remaining $6,613.69 from the 2013 community projects capital grant funding for the park.

It also recommended the remaining $3,386.31 be considered in the 2014 community projects capital grant review process. The recommendations were passed unanimously at Monday's council meeting.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Possibility for more city revenue from fire cost recovery

Coun. Brian Swanson and Mayor Deb Higgins consider
a report from the Moose Jaw Fire Department at
the Dec. 16, 2013 executive committee meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

A previously unused revenue source may bring in an additional $50,599 per year.

“The potential is certainly out there to receive a fee or cost recovery for response in the City of Moose Jaw to any fire that we attend,” said Moose Jaw Fire Department (MJFD) chief Rod Montgomery. “Currently we have no method to receive or recover costs associated with fire responses in the City of Moose Jaw. An example of fees that we do recover is from vehicle accidents.”

He said Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) would pay $835 an hour for a “productive call” and $503 an hour for a “non-productive call.” Fire departments can make a claim to SGI for a type of user fee.

Montgomery recommended council enter into a three-year agreement with licensed Canadian company Fire Marque Inc. to recover costs the city can under existing insurance policy.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Service agreements with municipalities to be renegotiated

Moose Jaw Fire Department chief Rod Montgomery
delivers his request for executive to approve the department
to renegotiate fire service agreements with municipalities
it serves at the Dec. 16, 2013 executive committee meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Executive authorized the fire department to renegotiate fire service agreements.

“Under our current agreements, there is little investment from the R.M.s (rural municipalities), resort villages and the villages. The City of Moose Jaw assumes most of the liability with little benefit to our taxpayers,” said Moose Jaw Fire Department (MJFD) chief Rod Montgomery. “The taxpayers of Moose Jaw pay to have a modern, well-trained fire department in a state of constant readiness to respond to emergencies in the City of Moose Jaw. The present service agreements provide less than one per cent of the fire department budget.

“The value of these agreements provides little relief to the taxpayers of Moose Jaw. However, they are of enormous value to the R.M.s, resort villages and the villages.”

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Swanson: Development near parks “premium location”

At the Dec. 16, 2013 council meeting, Coun. Brian
Swanson explains the reasoning behind his motion
to discuss zoning requirements around Crescent
Park at future executive committee meeting. His
motion was referred to executive committee.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Zoning requirements around Crescent Park will be discussed in executive committee.

At Monday’s council meeting, council referred Coun. Brian Swanson’s motion and the background information to executive committee. Swanson’s motion was for city administration to provide a report to executive committee with zoning requirements for properties facing Crescent Park.

“Many communities are fortunate like Moose Jaw in that they have a centrally located park: Crescent Park in Moose Jaw’s case. Regina has Victoria Park. An extreme example would be New York with Central Park,” said Swanson. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Telus Cup host committee requests $50,000 city funding

More than half of committee cost is for the facility
Chris Aparicio, co-chair of the 2014 Telus Cup
host organizing committee, makes a presentation
to executive committee at the Dec. 16, 2013
meeting requesting the city become a sponsor
in the event to take place in April 2014 at Mosaic
Place in lieu of $50,000 in funding for the event.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

In April 2014, the Telus Cup is coming to Mosaic Place and organizers are seeking $50,000 from the City of Moose Jaw.

“Within our budgets, the largest cost (is) being attributed to the facility itself, accommodation and meals. Eighty-five per cent of the total expenses are taken up by facility, accommodation and meals,” said Chris Aparicio, co-chair of the 2014 Telus Cup host organizing committee. “Those are all important things. Over half of the cost is attributed to the facility and costs that are directly related to the facility or a result of the facility.

“So what we are doing is asking as a group for city council to consider a partnership sponsorship in lieu of a $50,000 contribution to the games. With that what the city would receive is similar to what our platinum sponsors have received.”

Aparicio made the committee’s request in a presentation before executive committee at Monday’s meeting.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Large infrastructure deficit detailed in unfunded budget

Mayor Deb Higgins details her thoughts
on the 10-year unfunded capital budget at
the Dec. 16, 2013 meeting at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Mayor Deb Higgins said the numbers in the 10-year unfunded capital budget are an “absolutely staggering amount.”

“You know what, we just have to look around at other communities in the province of Saskatchewan and we are in a much better situation than many,” she said. “We have a very good source of reserve funds that help support our city and the projects as we move forward.

“When you look at Moose Jaw compared to other communities in Saskatchewan, our debt limits are considerably less than what other communities are.”

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Preliminary capital budget presented to council

Councillors listen to the presentation of the proposed 2014-
2018 capital budget at the Dec. 16, 2013 council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

From 2014 to 2018, capital expenses total $120.98 million. Over 10 years, the City of Moose Jaw has $236.28 million in infrastructure deficit.

The 2014-2018 capital budget and the 10-year unfunded capital budget were presented to council at Monday’s meeting. The estimates were unanimously referred to budget committee for detailed review.

“The capital budget provides for the provision of funds to allow the City of Moose Jaw to undertake major construction, renovation or rehabilitation projects,” said Brian Acker, director of financial services. “Projects that enter into the capital plan are first evaluated and refined by city administration.”

Coun. Brian Swanson said he took issue with the amount of funding allocated for cast iron water main replacement and would advocate for additional funding in budget deliberations.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Awards will recognize local volunteer efforts

By Lisa Goudy

Outstanding volunteerism will be recognized again in January.

The Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce will accept nominations for the Citizen and Group of the Year Awards until Jan. 9. The winners will be announced at a luncheon at the Heritage Inn on Jan. 16.

“We’re trying to get the people that are kind of behind the scenes sort of thing that kind of work through all year long volunteering,” said Brian Martynook, CEO of the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Friday the 13th superstitions have history

By Lisa Goudy

I am not a superstitious person. I do not think bad luck will come my way if I walk under a ladder or if a black cat crosses my path. I do not believe a rabbit’s foot or a four-leaf clover will give me good luck.

I also don’t think Friday the 13th is an unlucky day, but rather it is just another day that happens quite frequently. Today happens to be one of those days.

A lot of fear surrounds Friday the 13th for reasons I don’t quite understand. Sure, 13 is a prime number, but so is seven. Why isn’t seven an unlucky number? What is it specifically about Friday the 13th that has so many people worried?

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: CFIB: Property tax increase will hurt independent businesses

By Lisa Goudy

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has concerns about the City of Moose Jaw’s 2014 operating budget.

“(It) is clear that more must be done to ensure fair property taxation in Moose Jaw,” said Marilyn Braun-Pollon, vice-president of Prairie and Agri-Business, in a letter addressed to council. “Given Moose Jaw small business owners currently pay more than double (2.05) the municipal property taxes of residential property owners our members are concerned the City of Moose Jaw is considering another property tax hike for 2014 of 2.52 per cent.

“While Moose Jaw small businesses certainly value infrastructure investment, they are concerned about the impact this hike will have on Moose Jaw’s competitiveness.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council notebook

Pictured is council at the Dec. 9,
2013 regular meeting at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Teen and children’s programs “gaining momentum” at library

 Karon Selzer, head librarian at the Moose Jaw Public
Library, speaks about the library's successes in 2013
and about the 2014 operating budget estimates at
the Dec. 9, 2013 budget committee meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Story times are increasingly popular at the Moose Jaw Public Library.

“The children’s department continues to offer more story times. In 2012 they offered 101 programs and in 2013 they offered 140,” said head librarian Karon Selzer. “So we were able to increase that. We still have a growing demand for story time. All of our story time sessions are wait-listed.”

That was one of the topics she touched on while giving a presentation, along with library board chairman Terry Gabel, to budget committee at Monday’s meeting on the library’s proposed 2014 budget.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Labour, equipment cause police budget increase

Moose Jaw Police Service Deputy Chief of Police
Randy Fuhr (left) and Chief of Police Richard
Bourassa present their budget estimations for 2014
at the Dec. 9, 2013 budget committee meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Per capita, the Moose Jaw Police Service is busier than the Regina Police Service, said Moose Jaw’s police chief.

“Calls for service are dropping, but interestingly there’s still almost 17,000 calls for service in 2012,” said Richard Bourassa, Moose Jaw Police Service’s chief of police. “When we look at the service in terms of comparing it to the other (police) services in the province, what we see is Moose Jaw actually has a fairly low rate of police officers compared to the other cities, but yet carries a high workload in terms of Criminal Code incidents per officer.”

Bourassa and Randy Fuhr, deputy police chief, presented the police service’s 2014 operating budget estimates to budget committee at Monday’s meeting.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Ding in 2014 safely with Ride’s on Us campaign

Mayor Deb Higgins, Greg Lawrence, MLA for Moose Jaw 
Wakamow, Mark Sture, City of Moose Jaw transit manager 
and Richard Bourassa, Moose Jaw Police Service police chief, 
launch the kickoff of the city and SGI's Ding in the New 
Year initiative on Dec. 11, 2013 at the city complex. The 
initiative will provide free transit service on New Year's Eve. 
 Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

There were 112 collisions in Saskatchewan in the holiday season last year because of drinking and driving.

Those collisions resulted in 47 injuries and one death.

“This time of year people celebrate. We go out. It’s time to reflect on the past year and we need to do it responsibly,” said Greg Lawrence, MLA for Moose Jaw Wakamow on behalf of the SGI minister following the kickoff for the New Year’s Eve Ding in the New Year service on Wednesday at the city complex.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Canada Day committee requesting additional dollars

Herb Linsley, vice-chairman of the Canada Day
committee, (left) and Russ McKnight, chairman of the
Canada Day committee make a presentation to budget
committee asking for additional funding in the 2014
operating budget at the Dec. 9, 2013 meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

The Moose Jaw Canada Day committee is looking for more city funding in 2014.

“Our costs have gone up considerably the last few years and even though the costs for our fireworks are covered by our contractor, we are required by the city to have additional insurance,” said Russ McKnight, chairman of the committee.

“It’s getting tougher all the time for the volunteers to fundraise,” added Herb Linsley, vice-chairman of the committee.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Mosaic Place, YaraCentre ask for decrease in city funding

Mayor concerned by 2014 natural gas, water and sewer projections

Mosaic Place and YaraCentre general manager Scott
Clark listens to one of Mayor Deb Higgins' questions
about the facilities' proposed budget for 2014 at
the Dec. 9, 2013 budget committee meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Mosaic Place and YaraCentre are expecting a year-end surplus of $65,000.

At Monday’s meeting of budget committee following the council meeting, Mosaic Place and YaraCentre general manager Scott Clark, Moose Jaw Downtown and Soccer/Fieldhouse Facilities (DFFH) board chairman Kurt Saladana and DFFH treasurer Terry Hardy presented the budget submission.

The DFFH board is asking for 17.7 per cent less in the 2014 operating budget than last year.
“Within the community we do a lot of programming, a lot of special events,” said Clark. “We’ve successfully kept user rates at some of the province’s lowest yet having the newest, cleanest and one of the best-equipped facilities in Canada.”

Monday, December 9, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Proposed Natatorium community project fund defeated

Coun. Don Mitchell explains his reasoning for
supporting the heritage advisory committee's motion
to allocate the remaining funds as of Dec. 31 from the
committee's account to the creation of a Natatorium
Project Fund at the Dec. 9, 2013 council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Council voted not to create a Natatorium Project Fund.

At Monday’s regular council meeting, council defeated Coun. Don Mitchell’s motion in favour of the heritage advisory committee recommendation to allocate the rest of the committee’s funds as of Dec. 31 of this year to the creation of the Natatorium Project Fund.

“Really, we haven’t decided on anything about as yet whether or not there will be a Natatorium Project Fund,” said Coun. Candis Kirkpatrick. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Adopt-a-family until Friday at noon

By Lisa Goudy

Adopting a family will help their Christmas be that much more special.

Maj. Rosena Halvorsen with the Salvation Army said between 60 and 70 families have been adopted so far. More than 200 families were registered this year.

The deadline for the adopt-a-family program is Friday at noon. To adopt a family, contact the Salvation Army office at 306-692-5899.

“So if someone wants to adopt a family, we’d request that they contact our office by that time and then we’re able to match them with a family … that’s already been registered with us for a Christmas hamper,” she said.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A bundled success for Peacock Polar Bear Run

Participants take off in the third annual Peacock
Collegiate Polar Bear Run raising funds for the Terry
Fox Foundation on Dec. 8, 2013 in Wakamow Valley.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Roxanna Gadd-Frey’s family has had many battles with cancer. Some have been won, but others have been lost.

Her experiences gave her personal investment to run in Peacock Collegiate’s third annual Polar Bear Run on Sunday at noon at the Wakamow Valley oval. The five-kilometer run or walk raised funds for the Terry Fox Foundation.

“I lost my mom to cancer when I was two. So I didn’t know her,” said Gadd-Frey. “I’ve had family members who’ve suffered through cancer and didn’t make it, but then I’ve also had family members who’ve survived and I think it’s because of the fundraising and stuff that goes on. That’s why we’re out here.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Local art guild a burgeoning organization

Artist Roxanne Johnston stands next to one of
her paintings on Dec. 8, 2013 at the Moose
Jaw Museum and Art Gallery during the Moose
Jaw Art Guild's artist-to-artist afternoon.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

The Moose Jaw Art Guild has been gaining momentum.

“The guild is growing, which is good. I mean, you always have members that are moving to other communities and … but for the most part, there’s always people that come to join the group and participate and have a place to contribute,” said guild president Jean Bell. “Especially in the fall towards Christmas, there’s so many great shows, exhibits.”

On Sunday, the guild held an artist-to-artist afternoon at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery where individuals could talk with guild members.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A shared but distinguished vision of art

Quilting artist Debbie Richards says a few words about
her and her twin sister Diane Stewart's exhibit, Double
Vision, at the opening reception of the exhibit on Dec. 7, 2013
at the Mosaic Gallery at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Twin sisters Debbie Richards and Diane Stewart have more in common than their blood relation.

The two local artists have their exhibition, Double Vision, on display at the Mosaic Gallery in the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre until Jan. 18. The official opening of the exhibit was on Saturday. Richards is a quilting artist while Stewart is a textile-painting artist.

“It is the two vision, the double vision obviously, of twin sisters, the ways we have looking at the world that are similar and yet different,” said Richards. “We’ve used the same photograph as our source and we’ve interpreted it in our own way, but it’s very unified because of size and the fabrics used have relation to one another.”

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Shopping for the love of pets

Mother-daughter team Corey and Grace Blakney
stand behind the raffle baskets as volunteers to
work at the Moose Jaw Humane Society Christmas
shop in the Town 'n' Country Mall on Dec. 7, 2013.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

This year was the first time Corey Blakney and her daughter Grace worked at the humane society Christmas shop.

But it will probably not be the last.

“These events are very important because all of the proceeds go to help feed and shelter the animals,” said Corey on Saturday. “This is where the Moose Jaw Humane Society, through these events, that’s how they make most of their funds to help the animals.”

Friday, December 6, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Candles lit in memoriam and for hope

Riverview holds empowerment workshops for young women

By Lisa Goudy

Not a word was uttered as the candles were lit.

Mayor Deb Higgins and W.J. Jones and Son continued care co-ordinator Della Ferguson each light a candle on Dec. 6, 2013, one for all young women affected by violence in Saskatchewan and one for hope, at the second annual Grandmother Moon Symposium on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women for young women in Grades 7 to 12 in the Prairie South School Division at Riverview Collegiate.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
The gymnasium at Riverview Collegiate watched on Friday as Mayor Deb Higgins and W.J. Jones and Son continued care co-ordinator Della Ferguson each lit a candle, one for all young women affected by violence in Saskatchewan and one for hope. They were lit at the second annual Grandmother Moon Symposium on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women for young women in Grades 7 to 12 in the Prairie South School Division (PSSD).

Fourteen candles were lit in memory of the young female engineering students who were killed on Dec. 6, 1989 in the Ecole Polytechnique massacre. The event at Riverview featured a candlelit memorial in the morning and different workshops about empowerment in the afternoon.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: "Beautifying Mortlach” through craft show fundraiser

By Lisa Goudy

Saturday’s craft and trade show will help decorate Mortlach.

“It’s actually a fundraiser for … the Mortlach Community Development Association and Agricultural Society,” said chairperson Marg Apperley. “Our mission is sort of beautifying Mortlach. So we take care of the things that are going to make the town nice and appealing for the new people coming in so that our village taxpayers don’t have to find the money for that.”

The annual craft and trade show will take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mortlach Hall.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Positive Wonder Woman portrayal needed

By Lisa Goudy

When you ask someone who their favourite superhero is, common answers will probably be Batman, Spider-Man, Wolverine or Superman.

Thanks to the popularity of Marvel movies, Avengers such as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Hulk are also mainstream fan favourites. There are, of course, many others as well, but the list is far too long to name them all.

Many of those superheroes are my favourites as well, including several not mentioned here. Movies and television shows about superheroes are popular right now and they are seeing incredible success.

It doesn’t look like this trend is slowing down anytime soon. If anything, it’s gaining even more traction.

And yet, we haven’t seen a well-made superhero movie featuring a female superhero in a lead role.

There is something very wrong with this picture.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Working to eliminate barriers for people with disabilities

By Lisa Goudy

Progress has been made, but the provincial government feels there’s more to do for people with intellectual disabilities.

“We’re trying to be more responsible to people who have disabilities. I think we’ve made some significant progress in the area of improving the lives of people with disabilities,” said Daryl Stubel, executive director for the provincial disability issues office. “I think the government recognizes that while we have made progress, more work needs to be done ... and (work on) developing a long-term inclusion strategy."

Tuesday was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the Government of Saskatchewan observed the day along with other jurisdictions in the world. 

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Holiday Train a Christmas tradition

Moose Jaw stop draws large crowd despite chilly temperatures

Melanie Doane encourages the crowd to sing
along during her performance on the Canadian
Pacific Holiday Train in Moose Jaw Dec. 5, 2013.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Krista Moffatt was pregnant with her first child when she saw her first Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train.

Eight years later, no matter the weather, she and her kids haven’t missed a year yet.

“They love it. They don’t want to leave,” said Moffatt after the performances of the holiday train Thursday night, adding she enjoyed the lights on the train.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Co-op collects food bank donations

Gabrielle Compain of Canadian Pacific and Co-Op
grocery manager Rick Cartmen pose with the food
collections at the First Avenue Northwest location
to support the local food bank on Dec. 5, 2013 It
coincided with the arrival of the holiday train.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

The Co-op did its part to support the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank on Thursday.

Rick Cartmen, grocery manager at the First Avenue Northwest location, said the Co-op sold bags for $10 to coincide with the holiday train that arrived Thursday night in support of the local food bank.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Holiday Train “big for the food bank”

Canadian Pacific representatives Gabrielle Compain 
(left) and Salem Woodrow (right) present Moose Jaw and 
District Food Bank manager Terri Smith with a cheque 
for $10,000 on the CP Holiday Train on Dec. 5, 2013.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Moose Jaw and District Food Bank manager Terri Smith was very happy Thursday night.

“This is big for the food bank. It’s great for awareness. It brings a lot of food in on one night,” she said during the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train stop in Moose Jaw Thursday night.

The local Co-Op also helped donate food to coincide with the Holiday Train by selling bags of food. Smith said prior to the Holiday Train’s arrival, there was “well over” 3,000 pounds of food.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Civic Centre Plaza receives biggest November building permit

By Lisa Goudy

November was a fairly slow month for city building permits.

Last month, the city issued 12 permits worth $3.98 million. In November 2012, the city issued 23 permits worth $5.57 million.

The largest permit issued was to Merit Construction to build the Civic Centre Plaza project featuring a variety of tenants. The $7,875-permit allows for the construction of the plaza at 1251 Main St. N. in Ross Park at an estimated cost of $1.58 million.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: SaskTel employs new wireless code

By Lisa Goudy

Grasping SaskTel contracts is now simpler for customers.

“The (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)) did implement the Wireless Code of Conduct,” said Michelle Englot, spokesperson for SaskTel. “Basically it’s to make it easier for consumer and business customers to understand their contracts and their rights when it comes to wireless services provided by any company in Canada.”

The code, which came into effect on Monday, deals with SaskTel’s terms and services. There are several practices set by the code that SaskTel already fulfilled with.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A new kind of blue

Moose Jaw Art Guild President Jean Bell shows off
young artist Megan Garrett's painting, 'Shades of our
Past,' on Dec. 3, 2013. It is one of the pieces in the
guild's exhibition, which officially opens on Dec. 5, 2013
and runs until Jan. 5, 2014. Beneath Garrett's painting
is the painting 'Birth of the Blues' by Sheila Phillips,
who recently turned 80 years old. Bell says those two
paintings show the age differences of guild members.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Following the theme ‘blue’ wasn’t easy for Jean Bell.

“Sometimes an artist gets used to working in one palette or they have a preferred palette. For instance, I generally do natural tones and blue is not a colour I work in much,” she said. “It was a challenge and it’s interesting. I found through the process I learned more about myself as an artist … It was just exciting to see how the piece came together in the theme.”

Bell, the president of the Moose Jaw Art Guild, is one of 19 guild members with artwork on display at the exhibition at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery (MJMAG) until Jan. 5.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Sask. hit hard by big PotashCorp layoffs

By Lisa Goudy

There was no good news on Tuesday for 440 Saskatchewan PotashCorp workers.

On Tuesday, PotashCorp announced it will lay off 18 per cent of its international workforce or 1,045 people. Of those, the Saskatoon-based company will lay off 440 people in Saskatchewan, which is 42 per cent of the total workers affected by the layoffs.

“It’s truly a global business and as such, we depend on demand and demand growth from around the world,” said Bill Johnson, senior director of public affairs for PotashCorp.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Executive changes federal grant project list

East water feeder line, water mains to be included in gas tax grant
Mayor Deb Higgins speaks about the re-prioritization
of federal Gas Tax Funding Grant projects at
the Dec. 2, 2013 executive committee meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

Different infrastructure projects will be prioritized under the federal Gas Tax Funding Grant.

At Monday’s executive committee meeting, councillors voted in favour of the motion to change the priorities under the gas tax funding. Coun. Dawn Luhning and Coun. Patrick Boyle were absent from the meeting.

The engineering department will include the east water feeder line project under the current agreement and submit the revised plans for infrastructure investment to the New Deal Secretariat, which governs the projects under the Gas Tax Funding Grant, to use the remaining approved grant by Dec. 31, 2014.

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