Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Executive tables water treatment plant report

By Lisa Goudy





Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Taking steps to solve clarifier icing problem

Executive committee discusses an item
on Monday's meeting agenda at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The wastewater treatment plant has a cost of $370,971 to fix the icing problem with the water clarifiers, according to a report from the engineering department.

Executive voted to receive and file the report during Monday’s meeting. It gave authorization for the engineering department to spend $1 million on the clarifier cover at the plant. The clarifiers were damaged in December 2009 because of cold weather.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Discussing conduct of next civic election

City clerk/solicitor Myron Gulka-Tiechko
explains the aspects of his report regarding
the conduct of the 2016 municipal election at
Monday's executive committee meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The next civic election isn’t until 2016, but executive decided on a number of possibilities for conduct of the election.

City clerk/solicitor Myron Gulka-Tiechko presented his report to executive during Monday’s meeting. Executive passed a number of motions.

“It’s kind of fresh in our minds now to make any changes that we want to make now versus three years from now,” said Coun. Dawn Luhning who made a number of the motions at the meeting.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Student pilots help with flooding preparations

15 Wing pilots move sandbags around a Wakamow Valley home


15 Wing student pilot 2nd-Lt. Chris Dufault passes a
sandbag to 2nd-Lt. John Levesque at a home on
Wellesley Drive in Wakamow Valley on Saturday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy




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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Fighting for improved workplace safety

Moose Jaw and District Labour Council president
Stacey Landin watches as Mayor Deb Higgins lays
a wreath at the Day of Mourning Ceremony outside
of the Moose Jaw Union Centre on Sunday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Steady stream of people at Focus on Trade 2013

Sahara Spa employee Jada-Rae Lynnes stands by the
company's booth at Focus on Trade 2013 on Saturday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


All types of businesses and organizations gathered in one place on Saturday and Sunday at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre at Mosaic Place.

“It’s just a not for profit fundraiser that we do and it’s just a way to get Moose Jaw and surrounding areas together to showcase what we have to offer,” said Krista Olafson, one of the co-ordinators for the weekend's 31st annual trade fair, Focus on Trade 2013.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Sports memorabilia store opens downtown

Ultimate Fan Zone employees Debbie Rowley (left) and
Payton Carleton stand in front of a selection of hats
in the store during its grand opening on Saturday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Sports apparel and collectibles can now be purchased in Moose Jaw.

The store Ultimate Fan Zone had its grand opening on Saturday. The store features items from sports leagues such as the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR).

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Showcasing creativity and talent at quilters’ show

Featured quilter Heather Grover stands with some of
her quilts at the 12th annual Prairie Hearts Quilters’
Guild biennial judged quilt show at the Moose Jaw
Exhibition Grounds Convention Centre on Saturday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


For quilter Heather Grover, the hobby opens up a brand new world.

“I think I love the freedom of being able to just kind of do whatever you want. Quilting has changed so much,” said Grover. “My first quilt I was making paper templates and I was cutting them out with scissors. Now we have plastic rulers and rotary covers and the sky’s the limit as to what we can do.”

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For more of my photos from the show, see the Times-Herald slideshow here.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: More multimedia Juno Awards 2013 coverage

By Lisa Goudy

I covered a lot of events related to the 2013 Juno Awards for the Moose Jaw Times-Herald.


Some of those duties included shooting some video at the Juno Cup NHL Greats vs. the Rockers on April 19 at Mosaic Place, a press conference question and answer period with Junos host Michael Bublé on April 20 and backstage interviews and photos for the actual awards broadcast on April 21.

Below are some links to more of my multimedia relating to the Junos this year. The first is a slideshow of my Juno images and the two videos were shot at the Juno Cup game.

Juno Awards 2013 behind-the-scenes photo slideshow


Juno Cup First Goal


Juno Cup Sing-off: Jim Cuddy vs. Mark Napier





Moose Jaw Times-Herald: City and province prepare for spring flooding

Sandbags are piled high in front of a Wakamow
Valley resident's home on Friday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
WSA expects levels may surpass 2011 peaks

By Lisa Goudy


With double-digit temperatures hitting the City of Moose Jaw, a lot of municipal and provincial flood preparation is underway.

“In Moose Jaw, and sort of Regina, we’re going to see levels approach 2011 and possibly go above that,” said Water Security Agency (WSA) spokesman Patrick Boyle. “So it really depends on the weather. We’re somewhat at the mercy of Mother Nature.”

Around noon on Friday, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure was notified that a portion of Highway 2 located 14 kilometres south of Moose Jaw was underwater, according to Doug Wakabayashi, assistant director of communications for the ministry.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Don’t wait until later

By Lisa Goudy








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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Teaching kids to learn one chapter at a time

Canadian author John Wilson speaks at Cornerstone
Christian School on Thursday afternoon. He is one
of four Canadian authors scheduled to speak Thursday
night as part of the Reading Together 2013 convention.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Executive passes two-year commercial property phase-in program

Committee approves several 2013 tax policy items

Director of financial services Brian Acker
and city treasurer Brenda Hendrickson
discuss the 2013 proposed tax policy at
Wednesday's executive committee meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Keeping up the pressure for the hyperbaric chamber

Doctor continues campaign to include unit in new hospital


Dr. David Amies is a strong supporter of including
the hyperbaric unit in the new hospital.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy




Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council Notebook

Water treatment plant cost allocation report referred back to executive
Council is pictured during Monday's regular meeting at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy


Moose Jaw Times-Herald: No financial statement change for cultural centre, library and art gallery

Swanson argues city-paid revenues and expenses should be included for transparency
Coun. Dawn Luhning shares her thoughts on Coun. Brian
Swanson's motion for city-paid revenues and expenses
to be included in the financial statements of the Moose Jaw
Cultural Centre, Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery and the
Moose Jaw Public Library at Monday's council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy




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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Motif may be cancelled this year

By Lisa Goudy





Monday, April 22, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council approves $1.5 million for multiplex enhancements

Majority of councillors pass capital budget passed as amended


Coun. Brian Swanson discusses his reasoning for council
to revote on budget committee's decision to use $1.5
million for multiplex enhancements at Monday's meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The 2013-2017 capital budget has officially been passed.

The majority of council approved the budget as amended during Monday’s council meeting, but it didn’t pass without a lengthy discussion.

Coun. Brian Swanson asked for a revote regarding the allocation of the $1.5 million initially designated to the multiplex budget that budget committee voted to have it used for capital project enhancements at Mosaic Place and YaraCentre with a report back to council by June 15.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Local author a finalist for Unhanged Arthur award

By Lisa Goudy


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Juno Awards full of energy

Regina comes alive during Sunday’s event

Singer Serena Ryder fields a question from the media
after the 2013 Juno Awards broadcast in Regina.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

REGINA - It was a high-energy show at the 2013 Juno Awards in Regina on Sunday night.

“Hello Canada. Welcome to the 2013 Juno awards right here in Regina, Saskatchewan,”said host Michael Bublé at the beginning of the broadcast. “Ah Regina, the city that rhymes with fun ... You guys got the Grey Cup coming here. It’s like St. Patrick’s Day except you guys drink way more here.”

During the two-hour show at Brandt Centre, audience members went wild with cheers and applause at many points during the awards broadcast. A total of 7,976 tickets were sold, making Sunday’s broadcast the biggest event ever held at the venue. More than 10 artists and Juno nominees took to the stage to entertain the crowd with memorable performances.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Hall of Fame inductee k.d. lang encourages Canadians to be themselves

k.d. lang speaks to the media about her
induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame
at the 2013 Juno Awards in Regina.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

When k.d. lang was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, she stressed the importance of individualism.

“It is okay to let your freak flags fly,” she said in her speech at Sunday’s Juno Awards in Regina.
 

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Michael Bublé had vision for his Juno hosting script

Juno Awards host Michael Bublé poses in front
of the stage during a press conference on
Saturday at the Brandt Centre in Regina.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

REGINA - Juno Awards host Michael Bublé said he had a specific vision for his script.

“I knew what I wanted so strongly. I knew what I thought was funny and what worked and what I thought great moments were from the very top to ending of the show,”said Bublé on Saturday during a media press conference in Regina. “I want to walk away and for everybody to say they had a blast watching.”

The 37-year-old singer, songwriter and father-to-be hosted the 42nd annual Juno Awards at the Brandt Centre in Regina on Sunday night. While he was the host, he said the night wasn’t about him.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Ray Francis arranges group photo prior to retirement

Emergency services personnel gather for group photo


The city's emergency services personnel
pose for a group photo at the 
on Friday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Juno momentum builds, and rightly so

By Lisa Goudy


Momentum has been swelling all week for this weekend’s Juno events.

The Junos seem like the one of the only things people can talk about lately. I did a search on Twitter of #CityMJ the other day and many of the top tweets were regarding the Junos. From the Serena Ryder concert as part of Junofest tonight or the Juno Cup NHL pros versus the Rockers, excitement seems to be building, as rightly it should.

When I expanded my Twitter search to include #Junofest and #GonnaGetLoud, the tweets from all over were filled with hype and excitement for the many activities taking place this weekend in both Moose Jaw and Regina.

I personally am super excited for this weekend as well. There are a lot of great musicians taking the stage and other music-related events leading up to the broadcast on Sunday.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Thunder Creek Pork makes big donation of fresh pork to food banks

Local food bank receives more than 400 kg of pork


Moose Jaw and District Food Bank manager Terri
Smith (right) and assistant manager Deann Little
show off some of the pork meat on Thursday that
the Thunder Creek Pork plant donated recently.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Moose Jaw Times-Herald: SaskGaming reports good year for Casino Moose Jaw

According to SaskGaming's 2012 annual report,
Casino Moose Jaw had 779,413 guest visits in 2012.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy




Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Inspiring compassion in Robert Currie's new novel

Local author and poet Robert Currie shows off
his newest book,
Living with the Hawk.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy





Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Potholes priority for the city

By Lisa Goudy


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Executive hears proposed taxation policy report

Executive committee considers an agenda
item during Monday's meeting at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Director of financial services Brian Acker provided the city executive committee with an analysis of the 2013 reassessment changes and the effect on taxation at Monday’s meeting.

“We really do this as an opportunity as much as an education session and discussion session for council,” said Acker. “We’re not going to ask (council) to make any decisions (now).”

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Potholes, Natatorium and rugby

Budget committee passes capital budget as amended pending council approval


Coun. Candis Kirkpatrick and Coun. Don Mitchell are
pictured during Monday's budget committee meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Budget committee designates multiplex money for enhancements

Mixed views from councillors on $1.5-million allocation


Mayor Deb Higgins speaks to her motion
regarding the $1.5 million initially allocated to
the multiplex for council's redistribution
during Monday's budget committee meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy





Monday, April 15, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Executive hears capital cost allocation report for drinking water

City manager Garry McKay presents his report on the 
Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant capital cost
allocation at Monday's executive committee meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy




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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Evaluating options to warn truckers at Highway 2 overpass

By Lisa Goudy


The provincial highways and infrastructure ministry is evaluating options to warn truckers of the height of the Highway 2 overpass north of Moose Jaw.

“It is one of the lower overpasses we have on the highway system,” said Doug Wakabayashi, assistant director of communications for the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure. “We’re continuing to evaluate potentially some additional things to warn truckers like enhanced signage or electronic warning devices.”

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Scotty the T-rex’s skull on display at Moose Jaw WDM

Moose Jaw Western Development Museum member
of the board of directors and volunteer Don Fox,
Mayor Deb Higgins and Moose Jaw North MLA Warren
Michelson cut the ribbon to officially open the exhibit
of Scotty the T-Rex's skull at the museum on Friday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy






Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Spring will come eventually, right?

By Lisa Goudy


It’s almost depressing to look at what temperatures were like at this time last year.

I’m positive I’m not the only person who is beyond ready for spring to actually arrive. And yet, when I woke up Thursday morning, got ready for work and took one step outside, it was actually snowing again.

It wasn’t snowing heavily, but being that it was April 11 it wasn’t something I wanted to see. If we were to get any sort of precipitation at this time of year, it should be rain, and not freezing rain, either. According to the Weather Network’s website, at this time of year in Moose Jaw the normal temperature is 11 C. Yet we have barely reached above zero yet this year. It's easy to question if spring will ever come.

But comparisons to last year aren't productive in moving ahead. We need to focus on today and definitely hold onto the future spring that has yet to show its lovely face.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Local doctor meets with health minister about hyperbaric unit

By Lisa Goudy





Moose Jaw Times-Herald: SaskTel to launch province's fastest fibre network here

New service will be available to city residents first
Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence speaks
about the launch of SaskTel's infiNET fibre optic network in
Moose Jaw at the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa on Thursday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy


SaskTel customers in Moose Jaw will have a new infiNET network option, the Crown corporation announced Thursday from Temple Gardens Mineral Spa. 

Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence and SaskTel president and CEO Ron Styles announced that the first residential customers in Moose Jaw can sign up for SaskTel’s new fibre optic network infiNET.

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