Thursday, January 31, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Many amendments proposed to multiplex bylaw

By Lisa Goudy



The introduced downtown facility and soccer field house facility bylaw was rather controversial among councillors during Monday’s meeting.

Coun. Brian Swanson proposed several amendments to the bylaw. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Budget committee hears more business plans


By Lisa Goudy

Councillors were updated with more business plans at the second budget committee meeting on Monday after the regular council meeting.

First councillors heard an update on the operating budget from Brian Acker, director of financial services. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council Notebook

By Lisa Goudy


Council re-voted on an executive committee decision to sell city-owned land on Manitoba Street East close to the Esso Station.

Coun. Don Mitchell said city property is not easily available downtown and the city should try to keep its options open.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Multiplex Builders upset with contingency transfer


By Lisa Goudy

Some community donors are concerned with council’s decision to move $1.5 million of $1.783 million from the multiplex contingency fund.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: High iron leading to yellowish water


City working toward a long-term solution with cast iron pipes

By Lisa Goudy

Some local residents have likely experienced discoloured water from the taps.

“Due to elevated iron content water colour might be yellowish,” said Mahabub Zaman, director of engineering services in an email.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: $1.5 million from multiplex contingency to return to capital budget

Council supports Eby’s amendment to Swanson’s motion
Coun. Brian Swanson and Coun. Heather Eby
listen to the debate regarding the multiplex
contingency fund during Monday's meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy



Councillors had mixed feelings regarding the multiplex contingency fund.

After the monthly update regarding the fund for Mosaic Place and YaraCentre, Coun. Brian Swanson made a motion to have all of the remaining $1.783 million in the contingency fund returned to the capital budget for reallocation by council.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Prior Grandview United Church rezoning bylaw passes

Resident concerns not enough to sway majority of council

Resident Bob Lys expresses resident concerns
regarding the zoning bylaw amendment for the
prior Grandview United Church site.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Bob Lys was the second resident to speak to council about his concerns regarding the rezoning of the prior Grandview United Church at 722-10th Ave. S.W.

“The property located south of Spadina Street towards the air base, there’s a project that’s been approved for the development of 300 or 400 units out in that area,” said Lys. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Spring Creek granted second extension regarding off-site levies

Coun. Don Mitchell discuses his position
regarding the off-site development levies for
Spring Creek during Monday's council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

Developers of the Spring Creek residential area have another year to put down the infrastructure in order to not pay the city the off-site development levies.

Council voted to approve the executive’s decision to grant a second extension until this Dec. 31.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council defeats Mitchell’s housing sell-off motion

Coun. Don Mitchell discusses his motion for the city
to express opposition to the provincial government's
initiative to sell-off some affordable housing units in
Moose Jaw during Monday's council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


A housing sell-off motion was one of many big-ticket items discussed at Monday’s council meeting.

Coun. Don Mitchell made a motion regarding the provincial government’s initiative announcement to sell-off 114 of 124 existing Moose Jaw Housing Authority public single-family housing units.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Still looking at options for local SIAST student dorms


By Lisa Goudy

SIAST is continuing to look at options related to building student residences in Moose Jaw.

“We’re still investigating those options and there’s a number of ways of going at that,” said Bill Coulthard, acting Palliser campus director and director of Wascana campus in Regina.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Search ongoing for new SIAST Palliser campus director

By Lisa Goudy


SIAST is still looking for a new campus director following the retirement of Peter Lapointe in December.

“The process is underway. The posting has gone up and we have been alerting people internally and, of course, externally,” said Bill Coulthard, acting Palliser campus director and director of Wascana campus in Regina.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Relating overseas markets to provincial economy

Assistant chief economist keynote speaker at SYPE luncheon

Paul Ferley, assistant chief economist with the
Royal Bank of Canada Economies, speaks about
the forecasted economic future at a luncheon at
the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa on Friday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Local professionals had the chance to hear about the importance of overseas economies as they relate to the Saskatchewan economy.

“When you talk about overseas development, it isn’t just dismissed as being literally an ocean away (or) it’s not going to have an impact on us. We are really operating within a global context,” said Paul Ferley, assistant chief economist at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Economics.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Multicultural centre celebrates Family Literacy Day

Bree Quiring, volunteer from Briercrest College and
Seminary, reads Chick-a-chick-a-boom-boom with
some of the students at the Moose Jaw Multicultural
Centre Family  Literacy Day celebrations on Friday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Greg Bergen has been volunteering at the Moose Jaw Multicultural Centre (MJMC) for four years.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Bergen. “I think (their literacy program is) a very worthwhile program and just to participate in that is rewarding and fun. So it’s nice to be a part of something that’s important.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Family fun night to raise funds for Quebec trip

By Lisa Goudy


When Cosette Francis’ son went to Quebec as part of a class trip, he had a great time.

“My son went about five years ago and he really enjoyed it,” said Francis. “It was a really good experience. So I think it’s really beneficial for the kids.”

There will be a family fun night Saturday at Ecole St. Margaret from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Time to move on

Peter Lapointe plays on a piano at his home on Monday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


After 38 years as an instructor and campus director at SIAST it was time for Peter Lapointe to retire.

“It was a great experience,” said Lapointe. 


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Careful driving will create safer roads

By Lisa Goudy


I don’t understand why so many drivers insist on tailing the car in front of them, no matter how poor the conditions are.

Granted, there are lots of drivers out there who are excellent drivers and follow the rules. I only wish there were more. It’s more than just safety for you and for others on the road. It’s also about courtesy to other drivers.

It’s an incredibly unnerving feeling to be going the speed limit in the city and suddenly find a car so close to you it looks like there will be a collision. Then you exhale with relief when the car whizzes by you in the passing lane.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Executive notebook


By Lisa Goudy

Executive committee awarded the six tenders for city-owned farmland to the highest bidders during Monday’s meeting.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Working to rearrange school calendars


By Lisa Goudy

The 2013-14 school year will be uniform in Saskatchewan.

The provincial government announced this week instructional hours in a school year must be 950 hours. A government release states school divisions must submit their calendar year plans to the Education ministry by May 1.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Warmer than normal weekend for Moose Jaw

By Lisa Goudy


Despite blustery snow conditions on Thursday morning, the weekend is expected to be quite a bit nicer.

“You’re going to actually see some nice weather. We’re not calling for any misery, just sunshine with maybe the odd cloud,” said David Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Pipe burst causes damage in mall

By Lisa Goudy


A few stores were closed on Thursday at the Town ‘n' Country Mall because of a pipe that burst above TanJay.

“It gushed into my store,” said Lisa Saura, manager of LaSenza at the mall. “Most of my stuff got moved out.”

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Varied shelf life for library reference material

Laura Shtern, assistant librarian at the Moose
Jaw Public Library, stands next to some of the
reference material available at the library.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Reference material shelf life differs depending on the type of material.

“There’s all sorts of hidden treasures in reference,” said Laura Shtern, assistant librarian at the Moose Jaw Public Library. “We just did a huge weed of the reference area ... We take a look at everything and decide what stays there, what needs to go somewhere else, what’s going to leave the library.”

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: No current plans for hyperbaric unit in new hospital


By Lisa Goudy

The only hyperbaric unit in Saskatchewan is in use at the Moose Jaw Union Hospital, but there currently are no plans to include it in the new hospital.

“Right now, we don’t have plans to move it because there’s not any space built into the new facility for it,” said Bert Linklater, senior executive director of operations with the Five Hills Health Region (FHHR).

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Heart and stroke rally to kick off heart month

By Lisa Goudy


Ronda Wedhorn got involved with the heart and stroke foundation because the disease affected her father.

“My dad had some heart problems and he had a lot of problems and ended up on a ventilator,” said Wedhorn, Moose Jaw co-ordinator with the Heart and Stroke Foundation. “I think it’s good if we can all help out and volunteer and raise money for research that possibly could’ve helped him.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Budget committee hears business plans at first meeting

By Lisa Goudy


Budget deliberations have officially begun.

The budget committee met for the first time on Monday at city hall prior to the executive committee meeting. Councillors spent a lot of time asking questions in response to the presentations of department business plans. The meeting was the first of four in the operating budget approval process.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Looking at costs to fix clarifiers

Executive committee discusses the rehabilitation
of the wastewater treatment plant under the 2012-2016
capital budget during a meeting at city hall on Monday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

After only a few questions and comments, executive committee tabled a report regarding the wastewater treatment plant rehabilitation.


Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Prairie Women On Snowmobiles mission coming to Moose Jaw

By Lisa Goudy


Prairie Women on Snowmobiles’ mission ride will hit Moose Jaw for the first time this February.

The 13th annual eight-day mission ride to raise funds for breast cancer research begins on Feb. 1 and will hit Moose Jaw on Feb. 4. Club president Carol McKnight said, in the past 12 years, the rides have raised more than $1.8 million and all of the funds stay in Saskatchewan.

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Prairie Women on Snowmobiles' website

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Allocating daily me-time

By Lisa Goudy


At this time ofyear in particular it’s really easy to get stressed out.

Notonly is it in the middle of your post-Christmas rush —which too can bestressful if you let it — but it takes a bit of time to get back into the swingof things. Not to mention that last week we were blasted with another snowstormand then this week we had more snow and a bit of rain with warmer temperatures.

Ibelieve it’s critical to schedule what I like to call me-time. Me-time includesdoing anything you like to do while maintaining an active lifestyle tode-stress and enjoy life.

Thereare many ways to relax and keep your stress levels down. Sometimes all it takesis to cuddle up with some hot chocolate and a book or chilling back andwatching some television or a movie. It might be hanging out with friends orfamily. Those can be very effective options and I certainly take part in themon a regular basis. All are great ways to help prevent yourself from becomingoverwhelmed and burned out.

WhileI whole-heartedly encourage those things, I also encourage doing something tostay active at the same time. If you’re not into winter sports, it’s verytempting to just sit back and not get your required exercise. For me personallywhat does the trick is yoga.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Local teen running for Miss Teen Canada

By Lisa Goudy


Prior to signing a contract with budding Canadian modeling agency Numa in August, 16-year-old Justine Farago hadn’t considered doing modelling.

“It’s been really amazing. It was never something that had ever crossed my mind to do before, but then once I started, it’s just a confidence builder,” said Farago who is a student at Peacock Collegiate in Moose Jaw.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Ultimate Wedding Show Slideshow

By Lisa Goudy

The Tuxedo Place held its first annual Ultimate Wedding Show on Jan. 13 at the Heritage Inn in Moose Jaw. The Times-Herald slideshow of images are available for viewing here.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Infrastructure likely a hot-button issue at SUMA

By Lisa Goudy


So far, there is a range of local issues and broader issues that will be brought forward at the upcoming Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) convention.

“It’s a good opportunity to meet your peers from around the province and have some discussions on issues they’re dealing with and how they’re dealing with it,” said Mayor Deb Higgins.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council notebook


By Lisa Goudy

Council voted to approve the engineering department’s request for a dust control rate and dust control program during Monday’s regular council meeting.

A report from the engineering department said the program is for gravelled streets and lanes within the city. 

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Many residents opposed to proposed vrezoning of 10th Ave. S.W. property

By Lisa Goudy


Resident Jan Radwanski said he believes before the city rezones a property to high density residential, affected landowners should be consulted.

“We’re having to rezone properties, but I think when they’re in R1 (low-density residential district) areas or in budding R1 areas, (rezoming) really does present some big challenges to people who live in the area,” said Radwanski.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: First-ever recipient awarded Willy Hodgson Bursary

By Lisa Goudy


Deejai Mountford needed money to pursue an education in psychiatric nursing at SIAST.

“Being in school and living away from home can get quite expensive,” said Mountford, a 24-year-old second-year student in psychiatric nursing at SIAST. “

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Searching for Mr. Moose Jaw

By Lisa Goudy


The search is underway for contestants to be the next Mr. Moose Jaw.

The second annual pageant will take place on March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre. It is part of the annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society as organized by the local Relay for Life committee.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Annual $96 hospital levy here to stay until 2019

Coun. Don Mitchell presents his argument to
council regarding his motion to change the
method in collecting the annual hospital levy at
Monday's regular council meeting at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Each household still has to pay the annual hospital levy flat rate of $96.

During Monday’s regular council meeting, the majority of council voted against Coun. Don Mitchell’s motion to change the method of collecting necessary funding for the new hospital from $96 per year per taxable property to a 7.68 per cent increase in property taxes applied equally to all taxable properties.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Petition drive advocating for electoral reform

Moose Jaw co-manager of the Fair Vote Canada (FVC)
petition campaign David Walther (left), Kai Charette
and newborn Winter Rose Charette look on as Larissa
Shasko signs the petition for electoral reform.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy





Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Time to get Relay for Life teams organized

By Lisa Goudy


It’s never too early to start preparing for the annual Relay for Life.

“It’s a great opportunity to get your team together for relay for life,” said local chairperson Doris Dunphy. “We’re looking forward to having a great year this year.”

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Wedding show helps with the little details

Danae McDowell (right) and her mother Tracy
McDowell look at a dress at the Ultimate
Wedding Show on Sunday at the Heritage Inn.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy



Moose Jaw Times-Herald: City snow management operations ongoing

By Lisa Goudy





Saturday, January 12, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Video: 2013 Ford Fusion Review

By Lisa Goudy

The Times-Herald drive features are transitioning into video format instead. Click here for the pilot video for the drive features.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: ‘Can’t help falling in love’ with Kisses for Kritters





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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Manafest to rock Joe's Place








Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Weekend Extra: A steady increase in housing

This home on Everton Crescent is one of many
residential dwellings under construction in Moose Jaw.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Housing prices in Moose Jaw are still going up.

“There’s been a steady increase,” said Jim Millar, executive officer with the Moose Jaw Real Estate Board.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Moose Jaw field house renamed YaraCentre

(From left): Mosaic Place and YaraCentre general
manager Scott Clark, Coun. Heather Eby, Yara
spokesperson Andrew Swenson and Moose Jaw Multiplex
Builders Inc. member Shelley Jones stand with the
presented cheque from Yara Belle Plaine Inc. during
 the announcement at YaraCentre on Friday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The Moose Jaw field house finally has it's own name and identity. It is now the YaraCentre.

The naming rights were announced at a conference at YaraCentre on Friday. Yara Belle Plaine Inc. has entered into a 10-year $500,000-partnership with the downtown facility board.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Proper etiquette essential in public life

By Lisa Goudy


Proper etiquette seems to be slipping away.

I have no doubt there are still some people with good etiquette. However proper etiquette seems to fading in my generation, at least in my experience. Whether it’s the common use of offensive language or the slamming people through social media, it’s clear proper etiquette is becoming an old-fashioned tradition.

Coming from the opinion of someone who doesn’t do either of those aforementioned things, I am sad to see proper etiquette disappearing into thin air. I’m not suggesting that everyone stop using offensive language or slamming people in-person or through social media. That is simply inconceivable and an unreasonable request. I think it is, however, not unreasonable for people to remember that there is a time and a place for proper etiquette out of respect for others and yourself.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Kinsmen Sportsplex main pool closed for maintenance


By Lisa Goudy

The Kinsmen Sportsplex main pool and waterslide are closed until further notice.    
       
“We’re in the process of changing out the sand in our filters in the main pool,” said Jody Hauta, director of parks and recreation with the city.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Wedding show to showcase what’s out there


By Lisa Goudy

Brides-to-be can see what businesses have to offer for weddings at an expo on Sunday.

“There’s lots of stuff to do and see,” said Renate Risch of the Tuxedo Place who is the organizer of the expo along with her husband Les Steffl.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Moose Jaw had highest percentage housing increase in Sask.

By Lisa Goudy


Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan experienced a strong housing year in 2012.

“This is a record year in terms of people coming to Saskatchewan,” said Goodson Mwale, senior market analyst with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). 

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Flu outbreaks peaking in FHHR


By Lisa Goudy

Flu outbreaks are at their peak right now, and Canada is experiencing a shortage of a flu drug.

“The supply of the antiviral called Tamiflu is assured for the province of Saskatchewan,” said Five Hills Health Region chief medical officer Dr. Mark Vooght. “We have respiratory outbreaks at the moment and these include influenza outbreaks. We’ve got four outbreaks ongoing at this point in time.”

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Meteor sighting in skies over Moose Jaw

By Lisa Goudy


Moose Jaw resident Greg Wheler saw a meteor in the northern Moose Jaw skies close to 10 p.m. Monday night.

“It turned bright white with a blue centre and burned up as it flew east to west,” said Wheler in an email to the Times-Herald. “It caught my eye through my living room window.”

Chris Beckett, volunteer and national observatory chairman of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Regina centre, said the meteor sighting was most likely part of the tail end of the Quadrantid meteor shower that peaked last week.

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Articles, photos and videos relating to the Quadrantid meteor shower

Strong Quadrantid Meteor Shower, One of 2012's Best, Peaks Wednesday on space.com

Space.com Quadrantid Meteor Shower Photos of 2013

First Meteor Shower of 2013 Peaks Tonight on National Geographic. It also includes information about the naming of the shower.

Quadrantid meteor shower to peak overnight CBC News article. It includes a list and description of annual major meteor showers.

Quadrantids Create Brief, Beautiful Show on Jan. 3-4 NASA article

NASA: Quadrantids First Meteor Shower of 2013 - YouTube

Monday, January 7, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Christmas tree recycling to begin Monday


By Lisa Goudy

The city is encouraging residents to recycle their real Christmas trees.

“It’s a good use for the old trees,” said Marlin Stusek, engineering technologist with the City of Moose Jaw. “It’s a good way just for recycling the product rather than throwing it into the landfill.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Bringing Christmas cheer to sick kids

Local paramedics visit pediatric unit over Christmas

By Lisa Goudy


Two local paramedics brought a little post-Christmas cheer to sick children.

“Hopefully we made their Christmas a little bit brighter after sitting in the hospital for a number of days … and it felt good to do that,” said Ray Francis, paramedic and director of community relations with the Moose Jaw and District EMS.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Weather can always get worse


By Lisa Goudy

It’s been a rather mild first few days of 2013.

So far temperatures were much colder in November and December. The Environment Canada (EC) forecast for the next week or so looks good and sunny. I can’t complain.

Of course it’s not to say we won’t be hit with a cold streak in January. The month is far from over. Yet despite having recent highs hovering around -2 Celsius, there are always people who find ways to complain about it. But our situation can always get worse so we’re better off learning to appreciate the weather we have.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Average winter weather conditions forecasted

Environment Canada is forecasting for the sun to keep
shining over the next 10 days and the remainder of the
winter is anticipated to have average temperatures.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Residents in the Moose Jaw area can expect normal weather conditions for the rest of the winter.

“It’s not time to celebrate, but the days are getting longer,” said David Phillips, senior climatologist for Environment Canada. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Influenza outbreaks at long-term care facilities


By Lisa Goudy

Local long-term care facilities are experiencing influenza outbreaks.

“What’s made it a little difficult for us is it’s not just influenza circulating in some of these long-term care facilities and also in the community. There’s a number of organisms,” said Dr. Mark Vooght, chief medical officer for Five Hills Health Region (FHHR).

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Building permits in December

By Lisa Goudy


The single largest building permit issued in Moose Jaw in December, worth $1,486, went to Klemenz Bros. Homes for the construction of a $297,200 single-family dwelling on the 1100 block of Meier Drive in West Park.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Reasons unknown for high obituary notice count


By Lisa Goudy

There have been a high number of obituaries at this time of year.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Bryce Knudson is Moose Jaw's first baby of 2013

Proud parents Adam and Jaylyn Knudson pose
with their two-year-old son Brody and Bryce,
the first Moose Jaw baby born in 2013.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


For Moose Jaw’s Adam and Jaylyn Knudson, having the city's first baby of 2013 was quite a surprise.

“I wasn’t due until Jan. 22. So when I started having pains (Tuesday) I wasn’t thinking much of them, but a few hours later (there was) Bryce,” said Jaylyn, 29. Her husband is 31.

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