Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council notebook

Council is seen at the June 24, 2013 meeting at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


In the 35th update on the multiplex there were no changes from last month.

Director of parks and recreation Jody Hauta presented the report to council at Monday’s meeting. He said the close out procedures are still underway at Mosaic Place and YaraCentre within the approved budget of approximately $61.29 million. A total of $281,492 is in the project contingency, same as last month.

Other items discussed at Monday’s meeting:

• Council approved two decisions of the development appeals board for Robinson Contracting Ltd. to have variances on two properties on the 100 block of Everton Cres.

• Council approved the reports of the recent meetings of the personnel committee on June 12, 13 and 18.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Executive decides to sell 11th Avenue property

Alvin Hunter addresses executive committee
regarding why he believes the property at
418 11th Ave. N.W. should be put up for
sale by the city at Monday's meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The city property at 418 11th Ave. N.W. is going up for tender.

Executive committee of city council granted Alvin Hunter’s request to put the lot up for tender and make it available for purchase at Monday’s meeting. Hunter had put in his request with the business development division, who told him the city wasn’t interested in selling this lot because it is located six meters from railway tracks.

However he decided to appeal the city’s decision and Myron Gulka-Tiechko, city clerk/solicitor, informed him why the city is opposed to selling the lot but that he was entitled to attend a council meeting. 

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council approves CPR dam replacement

Only Swanson in favour of stopping CPR dam replacement


Coun. Don Mitchell speaks about why the city should
proceed with the CPR dam at Monday's council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Coun. Brian Swanson asked council to reconsider proceeding with the CPR dam replacement.

“I started a firestorm here a few weeks ago … I said I made the motion with great reluctance because if there is a project near and dear to my heart in the capital plan it might be that one,” he said. “If we can’t take money from the CPR dam, we can’t take money from the equipment reserve budget, we can’t take money from the multiplex contingency ... where do we get the money to do the things that are failing in this city or will our position continue to be that we wait for it to fall from heaven?”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Sidewalk Days free parking request denied

Annual festival set to hit downtown July 4 to 6

At Monday's council meeting Theresa Gillis, chair of
Sidewalk Days, makes her case for council to grant free
metered parking for visitors, vendors and entertainment
on July 4 and 5, the first two days of the event.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


There won’t be any free parking at Sidewalk Days next week.

“The free parking for the full two days, if it was really only for the patrons and they were coming and going I think it’d be great, but we do have to remember that there are other businesses on the side streets that are operating business as usual those days,” said Coun. Heather Eby. “It’s not that I’m opposed to Sidewalk Days. I love Sidewalk Days and I appreciate all the hard work that goes into it.”

Theresa Gillis, chairwoman of Sidewalk Days, made the request at Monday’s council meeting for free metered parking on July 4 and 5. Sidewalk Days, the biggest downtown event in the city that has been running for more than 40 years, will take place this year from July 4 to 6. It will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on July 4 and 5 and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 6.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Destination-marketing fees, reassessment discussed at mayor’s caucus

Mayor Deb Higgins delivers the city mayors'
caucus meeting report from May 8 to 10
to council at Monday's regular meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The city mayor’s caucus (CMC) will encourage implementing destination-marketing fees.

“This I think is of particular interest to the City of Moose Jaw as we’re one of the few cities that doesn’t have a hotel tax that is dedicated to opportunities in the city where it is raised,” said Mayor Deb Higgins. “Regina has this. Saskatoon has this. There’s been a number of opportunities or I guess initiatives to try and initiate a hotel tax here in the City of Moose Jaw that would be accumulated and used to promote the city of Moose Jaw.”

That was one of the outcomes included in the CMC outcomes report from the meeting in Swift Current from May 8 to 10. Higgins presented the report to council at Monday’s meeting as she and former city manager Garry McKay attended the meeting.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Moose Jaw TImes-Herald: Executive approves multiplex enhancements

Safety, event hosting and escalator among $1.5 million enhancements


Mosaic Place and YaraCentre general manager Scott
Clark and Moose Jaw Downtown and Soccer/Field
House Facility board chair Kurt Saladana discuss
the proposed enhancements to the facilities
at Monday's executive committee meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Councillors had mixed feelings about the proposed enhancements to Mosaic Place and YaraCentre.

Immediately following Monday’s regular council meeting, executive committee of city council met and discussed proposed capital project enhancements to the facilities using the $1.5 million that had been returned to the capital fund from the projects. At the April 22 meeting council dedicated the funds for enhancements.

“The enhancements we’re suggesting we believe will create a safer, more comfortable environment … They’ll create substantial annual subsidy relief,” said Scott Clark, general manager of Mosaic Place and YaraCentre at the executive committee meeting. “We’ve developed a great awareness of the facilities’ operational limitations and acute awareness of customer’s needs.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Offering from gospel service to help flood victims

By Lisa Goudy





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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Concerts, shows big draws for 2013 Hometown Fair

Fair chair says attendance was higher than last year’s event


Darren Dean, owner of the West Coast Lumberjacks,
throws an axe at the bull's eye during one of
their shows on Saturday at the Hometown
Fair at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


As he picked up a large axe, Darren Dean eyed his target.

After being cheered on by the crowd, he threw his axe right into the bull’s-eye.

“My favourite part is actually watching the reaction of the crowd, seeing the smiles on their faces. I mean it’s great to entertain people,” said Dean after the first West Coast Lumberjack show at the Hometown Fair on Saturday at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds. “My favourite event is the axe throwing.”

While the company is in its 31st year, Dean said he’s owned the company for the last six years. He said the Moose Jaw show was the small version of the show.
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To see a Times-Herald video from a Bowmanville Zoo show, go here.

To see a Times-Herald slideshow from the fair on June 22, 2013, go here.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Celebrating St. Jean Baptiste Day in Moose Jaw


ACFMJ and Ecole Ducharme celebrate French culture at a party
Liza Boneo prepares to continue painting Ashton
Ngomo's face at the St. Jean Baptiste party at the
Western Development Museum on Saturday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy


By Lisa Goudy


Quebec’s annual St. Jean Baptiste Day originated as a celebration of St. Jean Baptiste’s feast day on June 24.

The Assocciation communautaire fransaskoise de Moose Jaw (ACFMJ) in collaboration with Ecole Ducharme held a St. Jean Baptiste party at the Western Development Museum on Saturday.

“It’s a celebration in honour of the patriot saint of Canadian francophones which in Quebec is their national holiday,” said Stephanie Gaudet, one of the event’s organizers and teacher at Ecole Ducharme. “In Western Canada we just celebrate it as a way of celebrating that we speak French in Western Canada.”

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Moose Jaw TImes-Herald: Pride Week 2013: “Unexpected Neighbours, Unexpected Friends”

Focus is on integration of gay, lesbian and transgender people into the community



The theme of Pride Week 2013 in Moose Jaw is
Unexpected Neighbours, Unexpected Friends.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy




will be at 6:30 p.m. and The Beginners will be at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $5 each or $7 for both. The films are rated 14+.

Wickenhauser said the events aren’t just for people who are gay, lesbian and transgender, but for everyone who supports gender and sexual diversity.

“We want to get the message out that we are part of the community. We’re neighbours and friends,” said Wickenhauser, adding the theme of pride week is Unexpected Neighbours, Unexpected Friends.

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Moose Jaw TImes-Herald: Picketing at Valley View Centre against group homes

Families show their opposition to having residents in private group homes







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Friday, June 21, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Let the fun begin at the Hometown Fair

The Fireball does a loop at the Hometown Fair at
the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds on Friday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy






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For a Times-Herald slideshow of my images, go here.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Okotoks Dawgs hearing “heartbreaking” home flooding stories

Alberta baseball players concerned about what home will look like


Okotoks Dawgs catcher Jordan Procyshen, 20,
is from Okotoks and is pictured at Ross Wells
Park in Moose Jaw prior to Friday night's
game versus the Moose Jaw Miller Express.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy







Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Finalizing agreements for Civic Centre Plaza project

Opening date for retailers in the strip mall anticipated for July 2014

By Lisa Goudy

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: The science of the summer solstice

By Lisa Goudy


Happy first day of summer!

Wait just a second. June 21 has the longest hours of sunshine in the year and is the official first day of summer. Yet after some nasty weather this week it sure doesn’t feel like it. According to Environment Canada, there might be more rain heading our way this weekend.

If the Environment Canada and Weather Network weather forecasts are correct, it won’t be particularly hot today. On the plus side precipitation wasn’t forecasted either, but that doesn’t mean it won’t rain.

In my opinion, speaking to this week so far, the first day of summer weather was on Tuesday. With the sun shining and temperatures soaring close to 30 C, it felt like a typical summer day in Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan. That’s the kind of heat I live for.

But the summer solstice is not to be confused with the first day of summer weather. The summer solstice is actually based in science.

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Space.com’s article: “Summer Solstice Marks Changing Seasons on Earth Friday”

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Rain might not be over yet

Strong winds cause fallen trees and power outages in storm

By Lisa Goudy


With one storm system gone, another one might be on its way this weekend.

“The worst is behind us for this storm system,” said Environment Canada warning preparedness meteorologist John Paul Cragg on Thursday morning. “There is the potential for something else to come in over the weekend … There’s an area of precipitation that could have some thunderstorms in it moving up into the province and it looks like Moose Jaw’s right at the edge of the precipitation.”

He said no precipitation is expected for Friday, but it will likely be pretty cloudy. On Saturday and Sunday there is a forecasted 60 per cent chance of rain.

“If the area of precipitation moves just a little bit further west, Moose Jaw could be in for some stronger stuff and some more thunderstorms,” said Cragg. “But the good news is, it looks like Monday through Wednesday beginning next week, looks warmer and sunnier.”

The storm system that came through Moose Jaw early Thursday morning, which had thunder, lightning and strong winds, produced 16.3 millimeters (mm) of rain at the Environment Canada weather station. Cragg added “locally it could be quite a bit more.”

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Photo - Glenn Hagel receives Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

Former mayor Glenn Hagel receives his Queen
Diamond Jubilee Medal from Mayor Deb
Higgins at the mayor's office on Wednesday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

On Wednesday former Moose Jaw mayor Glenn Hagel received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal at the mayor's office. 

For the photo, Hagel's thoughts and the reason he received it, go here.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Resident expresses street closure policy concerns


Executive committee votes to review policy at a future meeting


Alternate Root Organics owner Carrie Richardson
addresses executive committee regarding
her concerns with the current street closure
policy at the June 17, 2013 meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Local resident Carrie Richardson would like to see street closure policies changed.

The owner of Alternate Root Organics presented her concerns to executive committee at Monday’s meeting. She said she was not notified ahead of time that the May 4 street closure for a Moose Jaw Cycling Club and Saskatchewan Cycle bike race, sponsored by Team Redgoat, would be happening.

She said it negatively affected her business because the whole block was shut down. On a typical Saturday she has 182 customers during the day, but on that day she only had 28 customers.

“That never happens,” she said. “One of the reasons that I’m bringing this issue forward is (that) this to me is an example of why something like this shouldn’t be left in the event planner’s hands.”


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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Equipment reserve budget approved

Budget committee listens to fire chief Garth Palmer's
presentation of the fire department's budget requests
under the equipment reserve budget at Monday's meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The budget committee approved the proposed equipment reserve budget with no changes.

Director of financial services Brian Acker and other department heads presented the major items included in the budget for the committee’s consideration at Monday’s meeting. The approved budget is $1.59 million.

For instance, the budget committee approved the Moose Jaw Fire Department’s request to tender and award the purchase of a new fire truck in 2013 for a 2014 delivery date. Cost is estimated between $500,000 and $550,000.

Fire chief Garth Palmer said the replacement is one of the “major pieces of our fleet” or Engine No. 1, a 1989 pumper truck. He said it operated in “frontline service” for 22 years.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Search for a new city manager underway




Council agreed to “renew our strategic planning” in September with a new city manager, said Mayor Deb Higgins.



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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Winston Street property to be tendered for sale and removal

Executive committee reiterates flood program policy in 4-3 vote
Executive committee meets on June 17, 2013 at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy








Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Pushing back reviewing water treatment plant agreement

Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant report tabled until September

Executive committee discusses a report
on the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment
Plant upgrades at Monday's meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The executive committee of city council tabled a report regarding water treatment plant upgrades.

At Monday’s executive committee meeting, the majority of executive voted in favour of Coun. Brian Swanson’s tabling motion regarding the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant upgrades until the first meeting of the executive committee in September. The agreement between Moose Jaw and Regina was signed on May 10, 2010.

“We should be looking to renegotiate the contract with Regina,” said Coun. Brian Swanson. “Regina won’t be happy about that, but … I would argue we’re subsidizing the cost and expansion and upgrade for the water users of Regina and I don’t think we should.”

Because of a series of reviews and pilot studies, the upgrades have been delayed for more than two years, according to acting director of engineering services Mahabub Zaman’s report.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Executive gives the go ahead to the CPR dam

Water flows through the CPR dam on May 27, 2013.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy






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See here for a Times-Herald slideshow of photos of the CPR dam taken on June 18, 2013.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Police association proposes bicycle skills park


Executive committee refers proposal for further review
Cpl. Taylor Mickleborough, president
of the Moose Jaw Police Association,
speaks about the proposed bicycle skills park
at Monday's executive committee meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy


By Lisa Goudy


Moose Jaw might get a bicycle skills park.

“Anything that will encourage people of all ages and especially young people to get more active … is a great thing,” said Jim Large, cyclist and president of the Moose Jaw Pavers Road and Mountain Bike Club. “From what I know of the project with the city police union offering to foot some of the costs and do a lot of the work, I think it’s fantastic.”

Cpl. Taylor Mickleborough, president of the Moose Jaw Police Association, made the association’s proposal for Saskatchewan’s first-ever bicycle skills park before executive committee at Monday’s meeting.

The association’s request is for the city to donate a minimum of one-acre of land for the park, preferably at the field west of YaraCentre on High Street West. That would be a size comparable to a soccer field. The request also includes a request for the city to secure sources of clean fill dirt and take over management of the park when it is complete.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Boston Pizzas raising money for wheelchair accessible camp

Saskatchewan BPs donating funds from sales on June 26

By Lisa Goudy


Boston Pizzas in Saskatchewan are raising funds to send disabled kids to summer camp.

In a three-year partnership with the Saskatchewan Abilities Council, June 26 will be the first annual Boston Pizza Day for Camp Easter Seal. Gerry Ann Fraser, volunteer and wife of Boston Pizza franchisee Earl Fraser in Yorkton, said the 18 Boston Pizzas in 11 communities in Saskatchewan, including the two in Moose Jaw, will donate 10 per cent of sales on June 26 to support the camp.

“All of the funding for Camp Easter Seal is on a donation basis,” said Fraser. “Camp Easter Seal is the only wheelchair accessible facility in Saskatchewan and kids can come to Camp Easter Seal from all corners of the province.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: YaraCentre to close for summer maintenance

By Lisa Goudy


From June 24 to 27 YaraCentre will be closed.

"It's small maintenance and upgrades to the facility itself," said Jasmine Jackman, manager of YaraCentre.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A cloudy, but likely rain-free weekend

Rainfall positive for many area farmers

By Lisa Goudy


It’s going to be a cloudy weekend.

“Expect a pretty cloudy weekend and then for the clouds to clear up a little bit starting next week,” said Environment Canada warning preparedness meteorologist John Paul Cragg. “The big rainfall for Moose Jaw (was Friday) going into the weekend.”

He said there is a 60 per cent chance of rain on Saturday and a 30 per cent chance of rain on Sunday.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council severs city manager's contract

Mayor says decision was “without cause”


By Lisa Goudy






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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Hearing stories can give inspiration to give back

By Lisa Goudy


Giving back to the community is an admirable thing to do.

Moose Jaw has always been known for its giving spirit. Examples of this are easily spotted at fundraisers or other charity events.

But it’s also good to see instances where some people give back to the community for no other reason than giving back. I think seeing or hearing about those many people can help inspire us to do more and to appreciate all the hard work so many people do.

For instance, Telus has a program called Give Where We Live.

It encourages people to give back to the community by volunteering in various ways. Telus and Free the Children launched a partnership under the same program earlier this year to get youth involved in giving back as well.

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Michelle's Story

Kevin's Story

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: RBC, city team up for initiative to conserve fresh water

The Royal Bank of Canada presented a donation
of $10,000 to the City of Moose Jaw on Thursday
in support of the residential rainwater harvesting
and conservation program. (From left): Coun. Don
Mitchell, environment advisory committee chairperson
Don McKenzie, acting director of engineering Mahabub
Zaman, environment advisory committee member
Ken Hawkes, RBC employee Randy Redenbach,
engineering technologist Carolyn Bowler, Mayor
Deb Higgins and RBC branch manager Peter Hleck.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

A Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and city program will recycle rainwater.

Members of the RBC branch on High Street presented environment advisory committee chairperson Don McKenzie with a $10,000 cheque on Thursday to support the residential rainwater harvesting and conservation program.

“Really what this does is falls under the RBC blue water project in order to protect our fresh water,” said Peter Hleck, RBC branch manager. “This will help (the city’s) initiative.”

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Weighing the option of scrap tires for roadbeds

City considering using crumb rubber asphalt for roads

By Lisa Goudy


Scrap tires might have another use in the city.

City engineering technologist Marlin Stusek said the city plans to revisit the possibility of using crumb rubber asphalt for roadbeds in the city. Crumb rubber asphalt pavement is partially made with recycled tires.

“Recycling is always top priority, especially nowadays with everything going greener,” said Stusek. “Being able to use any kind of recycled materials for road surfaces, as long as it’s effective, is certainly something we would look at.”

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Sidebar: Province done several crumb rubber projects


Kirsten Leatherdale, provincial highways and infrastructure ministry spokesperson, said the province first used crumb rubber in 2009 on 227 kilometers of highway lanes. Every year since, the province has done some work, but no projects are planned for 2013 yet.

She said a section done in the Moose Jaw area was crumb rubber resurfacing on Highway 11 at Chamberlain a few years ago. She said it has contributed to noise reduction.

“We don’t use it everywhere. We use it where it fits for the project,” said Leatherdale. “Not every contractor has the equipment and the capability to do those projects so that’s another factor that we consider.”

She said crumb rubber requires a certain piece of equipment to melt the crumb rubber.
“(Contractors use) a big metal tank that blends the liquid asphalt and the crumb rubber and mixes them at a high temperature,” said Leaderdale. “(The tires are) taken out of a landfill and used in a productive way.”

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council notebook

By Lisa Goudy


A beer tent will be operated at the Saskatchewan Ultimate Frisbee Championships.

Council approved the operation of a beer tent at the Saskatchewan Ultimate Player’s Association’s Canada Games Soccer Fields at the event on July 20 and 21 at Monday’s council meeting. The event will feature approximately 200 people on 10 teams from around Saskatchewan to play two days of round robin games. It is the first time it will be held in Moose Jaw.

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