Friday, February 28, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: An “incredible” number of PRISM Award nominees

Business Women of Moose Jaw awards night on March 8

By Lisa Goudy


Six of 17 nominated women will be recognized at the first Southern Saskatchewan PRISM Awards.

“I think for our first awards the number of nominees is incredible,” said Crystal Froese, award nominations committee chair. “I think it’s just going to grow throughout the years for sure. We’ve already even had responses of people who just found out about the event, they’re buying tickets and they’re already thinking of nominees for next year.”

The Business Women of Moose Jaw will hold the Spring Sparkle and Shine Salute to Women PRISM Awards on International Women’s Day, March 8, at the SIAST Macoun Lounge.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Central Collegiate students donate to SCRAPS

Glady Bell, Band City Stray Cat Rescue and Protection Society (SCRAPS) president and founder (far right), Taleathahh Livingstone, SCRAPS board treasurer (far left) and Ray Rawlyk, Central Collegiate teacher, pose with some of the students who donated $535 to the SCRAPS at the school on Feb. 27, 2014. Students pictured are Aurora Wolfe, Grade 12 student, Desiree Lowes, Grade 12 student, Mawadda Tarhuni, Grade 12 student, Drake Meili, Grade 12 student, Melissa Doris, Grade 11 student, Alex Folk, Grade 11, Bailey Lowe, Grade 12, Charlie Wons, Grade 11 and Tomas Spence, Grade 12. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Students at Central Collegiate raised $535 for the Stray Cat Rescue and Protection Society (SCRAPS).

“In my class, because I’m an animal lover, we all share stories about animals and cats come up and it naturally just leads to, ‘What do we have in this community to help stray cats?’” said teacher Ray Rawlyk. “Especially in a winter like this, it comes up more and more and the kids tell me stories of how they found frozen, scared little kitties and they take care of them and I said, ‘Well, you know’ and that leads into a discussion about SCRAPS.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Reading Town chooses Moose Jaw as pilot project

National Reading Campaign, Saskatchewan Festival of Words partner

Reading books is only one part of the Reading Town
event set to take place in Moose Jaw from May 3 to 10.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


For a week in May, Moose Jaw will become the first Reading Town in Canada.

“First and foremost is the national profile that Moose Jaw has earned as a terrific host for the Saskatchewan Festival of Words,” said Joe Ralko, publicist and public co-ordinator for Reading Town. “Authors, poets, creators of the spoken word rave about the way that they’re treated in Moose Jaw by the organizers, by the community and the community itself is just the perfect size to have an event like this.”

The National Reading Campaign and the Saskatchewan Festival of Words have partnered to present the weeklong event from May 3 to 10.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Complaining in moderation to find the silver lining

By Lisa Goudy


American author Maya Angelou once said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”

I really like that quote. The truth is that complaining is easy. Everyone is guilty of complaining, including myself. When something is wrong in our lives, complaining to someone can serve as a way of expressing our dissatisfaction or irritation.

Complaining isn’t always bad. When it concerns an important issue, such as poverty, lack of housing or municipal, provincial or federal financial woes, complaining brings those issues to the forefront.
The complaints let fellow residents and elected officials know there is a problem. 

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Get active to help Moose Jaw win $10,000

Shane Handfield works out at the Athabasca
Street West YMCA on Feb. 27, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Doing exercise in March could help the city increase physical activity opportunities.

The City of Moose Jaw entered into the Saskatchewan in motion Get Our Community Moving Challenge that runs from March 3 to 17.

“We thought it was a really good contest and incentive for the public to get active,” said Nicole Walchuk, recreation program supervisor with the city. “It’s for everybody from any age, adults, kids, seniors, everybody in between, just to get out, get moving while this long winter continues.”

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council notebook

Coun. Don Mitchell, seen at the Feb. 24, 2014 meeting,
gave notice of a motion regarding city revenues
from the sale of seven jointly-funded Moose Jaw
Housing Authority family housing units.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


In the fourth quarter of 2013, the financial services department reviewed and approved 18 tenders worth $1.11 million.

Other activities included presenting the operating budget, preparing and mailing out prepayment notices, producing a supplementary tax roll, continued work on the information technologies master plan and the equipment reserve budget preparations are underway, all in the period of Oct. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2013.

The quarterly reports for the financial services report was presented to council at Monday’s meeting. Council reviewed the quarterly reports on Feb. 10, but the financial services report wasn’t available then. 

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Talking about past work on cast iron water mains

Coun. Brian Swanson is pictured at the
Feb. 24, 2014 council meeting at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


City council will learn about the chronology of reports regarding cast iron water mains since 2000.

The majority of council voted in favour of Coun. Brian Swanson’s motion at Monday’s meeting.

“I think this could be very good information for us to have,” he said. “Although it’s stated as the city’s No. 2 priority right now, No. 1 being the east water feeder line … I would suggest it’s really important for council to get up to speed on this, what’s been transpiring, what reports have been provided so that people can understand exactly how it is.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council implements new tax incentive program

Bert Olson, chair of the economic development
commission’s investment attraction sub-committee,
speaks about the new tax incentives program
to council at the Feb. 24, 2014 meeting. The
program was approved in a vote of 4-3.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


New and expanding businesses will be able to take advantage of a tax incentive.

“The goals were actually to send a clear signal that Moose Jaw is competitive and open to business,” said Bert Olson, chair of the economic development commission’s investment attraction sub-committee. “It would attract investment for new companies. It would be a factor to consider for increasing your existing business and … to demonstrate a strong gain in the tax base over time and it should not be at the expense of the existing city revenues.”

After heated discussions, the majority of council approved the economic development commission’s recommendation to approve the tax incentive program at Monday’s council meeting.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council finalizes capital budget, including tax increase

The majority of council votes in favour of a two per
cent tax increase with one per cent going to cast
iron water main replacements on an ongoing basis
and the other one per cent going to roadways and
 sidewalks, divided 75 per cent and 25 per cent
respectively at the Feb. 24, 2014 meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


After more than an hour of debate, the 2014-2018 capital budget was passed on Monday night.

Discussions included the revote on the proposed two per cent tax increase with one per cent going to cast iron water main replacements on an ongoing basis and the other one per cent going to roadways and sidewalks, divided 75 per cent and 25 per cent respectively.

“It certainly is an underfunded area. My problem with this motion is that one per cent increase, which would be about $220,000, is a drop in the bucket for what’s required, probably about a tenth of what is required,” said Coun. Brian Swanson. “What we have underneath the streets is a very serious problem that has been on the radar now for a while, but in the capital plan it’s not reflected to the magnitude it needs to be.”

Moose Jaw TImes-Herald: A chance to learn about fertility and nutrition

By Lisa Goudy


Dr. Richelle Galay, naturopathic doctor at Ideal Nutrition, believes education about fertility is important.

“We think as females we know a lot about our cycle but there’s a lot of things that maybe we don’t know about it,” she said. “We think we know a lot ... but there’s more that we probably could be doing. We could know more about it and feel more empowered about taking charge of our own fertility.”

On Tuesday night, she and her mother, Christina, a holistic nutritionist, will present the session called “Female Health and Fertility and Nutrition: What Those Annoying Symptoms May be Trying to Tell You” at the Moose Jaw Public Library at 7:30 p.m.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Pros and cons to WestJet’s new Wi-Fi system

By Lisa Goudy


I’ve had a lot of experiences on airplanes.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do a lot of travelling so far in life and I’ve used a number of different airlines. While everyone has their preferences and thoughts on which airline is better, I can positively say that problems can occur on any airline.

However, the reason I’m thinking of airplanes is not because I have any plans to go on one anytime soon. I recently saw headlines of stories saying that WestJet made a multi-deal year with Panasonic and will offer in-flight Wi-Fi. There are pros and cons to this.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Moose Jaw Girl Guides joining global celebration on Sunday

By Lisa Goudy

Celebrating World Thinking Day is important for the Girl Guides.

“It gives the girls a sense of belonging to an organization that is accepting of all. It doesn’t matter what religion, where they’re at in academic standings. It accepts all,” said Debbie Zumstein, co-commissioner of the Salton District of the Moose Jaw and area Girl Guide units and pathfinder and ranger leader. “It’s really great.”

On Sunday, the Moose Jaw girl units will celebrate the joint birthday of the founders, Lord Robert and Lady Olave Baden-Powell, along with Girl Guide members and Girl Scout members from around the world.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A prestigious book nomination for the MJMAG

Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery up for Saskatchewan Book Award

Heather Smith, curator at the Moose Jaw Museum
and Art Gallery, displays the gallery's book, "Robert
David Symons Countryman" by Terry Fenton on
Tuesday. The book, co-published with Hagios
Press of Regina, has been nominated for a
Saskatchewan Book Award for publishing.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Curator Heather Smith was pleased for the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery (MJMAG) to be nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award.

The MJMAG, along with Hagios Press of Regina, is up for a publishing award for their co-publishing of the book, Robert David Symons Countryman, by Terry Fenton.

“We’re in the publishing category. So it’s the best publisher in Saskatchewan for the year. The only other publisher in our category is the University of Regina and they have three books nominated,” said Smith.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Wayne Grady to read at Festival of Words

By Lisa Goudy


Being invited to the Saskatchewan Festival of Words is an honour.

It’s even more of an honour to be invited more than once.

“The Moose Jaw Festival of Words is one of the festivals that writers in Canada really look forward to being invited to or really hope to be invited to because it’s not a huge festival,” said Wayne Grady, who has accepted an invitation to read at the festival in July. “It’s a good size and there’s a lot of opportunities to meet other writers and to meet audience members who are very keen on Canadian literature, which is great.”

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: High energy at YMCA’s Family Day event

Evan Barclay gets his face painted at the
Winter Wonderland event at the Crescent
Park YMCA on Feb. 17, 2014 for Family Day.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Princesses and superheroes were getting active to Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.

Music filled the upstairs room of the Fairford Street YMCA on Monday afternoon while kids danced to the music and stood in line for face painting and the fishpond.

The YMCA was abounding with families and kids for their Winter Wonderland event. Many of the kids wore costumes to the event, which took place on all three levels of the Crescent Park YMCA.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Fun for the family at YaraCentre

Caitlin Miller (back) and Ada Kempel participate
in a family zumba class during YaraCentre's
Family Day activities on Feb. 17, 2014.
 Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Caitlin Miller and Ada Kempel were all smiles as they participated in a zumba dance workout at YaraCentre.

The crowd grew bigger as the workout went on. In the background, kids played parachute games, soccer games, jolly jumps and tug-of-war. Laughter echoed off the walls as families participated in the activities on Monday.

“I won the potato sack race,” said Kirysma Santa, beaming.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Study checking out behaviours of farmland moose

Dr. Ryan Brook, an assistant professor at the
University of Saskatchewan in the animal and poultry
science department, presents an update on the
Saskatchewan Farmland Moose Project on Feb.
15, 2014 at the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation's
85th annual convention at the Heritage Inn.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Because of a growing farmland moose population, Dr. Ryan Brook believes the moose study is important.

“There’s been lots and lots of studies done on moose, but they live in the boreal forest. I’ve never seen a peer-reviewed publication that talks about farmland moose and so they’re totally different,” he said. “What do they eat? Where do they live? Is there predation because we don’t have wolves on the farmland. There’s all these questions.”

An assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan in the animal and poultry science department, Brook presented an update on the research program at the last day of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation’s 85th annual convention on Saturday at the Heritage Inn.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Guest speaker gets the conversation started at Youth Quake

Mark Clark speaks during the worship service in
the morning of Feb. 16, 2014 at Briercrest College
and Seminary in Caronport for Youth Quake 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Mark Clark believes speaking to high school aged students about religion is significant.

“This is a really important age in their life when they’re going to decide whether to walk away from this thing, whether it’s something they inherited from their parents or whether they’re going to get real about it and do what God’s calling them to do,” he said.

Clark was the featured speaker at the main sessions at Youth Quake 2014 at Briercrest College and Seminary in Caronport this weekend.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: United in spirit at Youth Quake 2014

Annual Briercrest event draws thousands of youth
Awaken, a band consisting of Briercrest College and
Seminary students, leads the worship service on Feb. 15,
2014 at Briercrest in Caronport for Youth Quake 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy


Awesome. Amazing. Informative. Encouraging. Those were the words Ali Boot, Allison Funk and Rachel Simpson used to describe their first experience at Youth Quake.

“I’m excited for next year already,” said Simpson, a Grade 10 student.

“The speakers are really attention-grabbing,” added Boot, a Grade 11 student.

Simpson, Boot and Funk were three of the many youth who gathered in Caronport this weekend for Youth Quake 2014 at Briercrest College and Seminary. The annual event that has been taking place for more than 50 years is for Grade 9 to 12 students.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Fun and smiles at first annual Copper Cup

 Jessie Zoerb skates after the puck during a game at the
Moose Jaw Police Association's first annual Copper Cup
at the Wakamow Valley skating oval on Feb. 15, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


It wasn’t about winning or losing the Copper Cup on Saturday.

“We’ve been losing but we’re having a blast,” said Jessie Zoerb, one of the participants.

“We thought it’d be fun just to come out,” added teammate Jen Heck. “It’s a perfect day for it.”

Zoerb and Heck were two of the players at the Moose Jaw Police Association’s first annual Copper Cup three-on-three pond hockey tournament at the Wakamow Valley skating oval on Saturday. They were the only all-female team and were with the Moose Jaw Women’s Rec Hockey.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Low percentage of water main replacement in city’s fourth quarter

Ty Stokes, director of engineering services,
is seen at the Jan. 20, 2014 budget
committee meeting at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


In the fourth quarter of 2013, city crews completed 30 per cent of scheduled water main replacements.

Crews also completed 10 per cent of scheduled dead end water main removal.

The city department quarterly reports were presented to council at Monday’s meeting. Council voted to receive and file the report.

During the meeting, Coun. Brian Swanson asked about the east water feeder line in the engineering report and the third tender for the project as detailed in the report.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Valentine’s Day about love, even if you’re single

By Lisa Goudy


Valentine’s Day has always been, and always should be, about love.

I don’t mean love you can buy in a store, even though commercialism has a strong foothold in this society. Valentine’s Day should be about being with the ones you love.

Unfortunately, with all the marketing and pushes we see and hear, Valentine’s Day focuses on couples. It can make anyone who is single feel that there is something wrong with us or that we should be sad because we’re alone.

Speaking as someone who is single, I think it’s important for all single people to know that there is nothing wrong with being single. Sure, we might have aspirations of one day being in a relationship or finding someone, but we can’t make that who we are.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation convention “off to a moving start”

By Lisa Goudy


Hundreds of delegates from the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation flocked to the Heritage Inn on Thursday.

It was the first day of the three-day 85th annual convention of the federation, hosted by the Moose Jaw Wildlife Federation. According to Darrell Crabbe, executive director of the federation, it is off to a good start.

“Our keynote speaker certainly got everything off to a moving start and it went very well,” he said.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council notebook: Crescent Park development, cast iron water main and more

Coun. Brian Swanson discusses why he believes
administration should provide a report to executive
committee detailing the rezoning of properties facing
Crescent Park that are currently zoned R4 “with the
intent to allow for enhanced usage of the site"
at the Feb. 10, 2014 executive committee meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Executive committee has ordered a report from city administration regarding development near Crescent Park.


At Monday’s meeting, executive approved Coun. Brian Swanson’s motion for administration to provide a report to executive committee detailing the rezoning of properties facing Crescent Park that are currently zoned R4 “with the intent to allow for enhanced usage of the site.”

“We should be looking at adjusting the zoning there to allow for more site usage for development. To have frontage setbacks when facing a 28-acre park, I think in most large urban centres, those properties are highly sought after,” said Swanson. “The more development … the better it is for the city in terms of taxation revenue.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Citizen voices concerns over Kinsmen Sportsplex

Jack Heilman addresses city council
regarding his concerns with the Kinsmen
Sportsplex pool on Feb. 10, 2013.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Resident Jack Heilman is concerned about growth in Moose Jaw’s indoor pool.

“When I’m swimming I see an awful lot of growth on the sides of the pool and this growth is appearing on the deep end underneath the ledge that juts out and in talking to the maintenance personnel, my understanding is it’s very difficult to clean underneath that ledge and so this growth is left to grow there,” he said. “A growth like that should never be on a swimming pool.”

He presented his concerns to council at Monday’s meeting.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Understanding the importance of oral health

Dental screening consent forms to be sent out soon

By Lisa Goudy





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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Talking about city Christmas decorations

Budget committee meets on Feb. 7, 2014 at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Residents can expect Christmas lights to be replaced and to see them in place for Christmas in October again this year.

Budget committee defeated two Christmas-related motions at its meeting on Friday at city hall. The first was a motion to eliminate the $20,000 to purchase Christmas decorations from the five-year capital plan and the second was a motion to not put Christmas decorations up until after Remembrance Day.

“I do believe that there are things that we should be looking at focusing further on,” said Coun. Dawn Luhning on the first motion, which she moved. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A great opportunity for young entrepreneurs

2014 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award accepting applications


Joel Pinel, CEO of WOW Factor Media and winner
of the 2013 Business Development Bank of Canada
(BDC) Young Entrepreneur Award, stands in a room
 in the Moose Jaw office on Feb. 12, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Even if Joel Pinel hadn’t won the 2013 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award, the experience would’ve been worth it.

“It’s great for sure. We’ve benefitted quite a bit from it. The exposure that we got during the competition was very big,” said Pinel, CEO of WOW Factor Media and winner of the 2013 Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Young Entrepreneur Award. “We even got national coverage from it and our business being out of Saskatchewan but distributing to Western Canada, it helped us big time in that respect.”

Applications for the 2014 award are now open and the deadline to enter is April 3.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Boating along with newest humane society fundraiser

By Lisa Goudy


The Moose Jaw Humane Society is raffling off a boat.

Sponsored by Moose Jaw RV and Marine, 4,000 tickets will be sold for a chance to win a 2014 Lund 1600 Fury Side Console boat.

“Instead of doing our spring lottery, we’re doing this boat raffle instead, which we’re really excited about,” said Stephenie Campbell, promotions and outreach co-ordinator with the Moose Jaw Humane Society. “We think it’s going to be very successful because the end product, I think, is something that people are really going to want.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Budget decides to issue RFPs for Natatorium redevelopment

Coun. Candis Kirkpatrick discusses her thoughts
on the redevelopment of the Natatorium at the
Feb. 7, 2014 budget committe meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The budget commitee voted to issue a request for proposals for redevelopment of the Natatorium, but it wasn’t without much debate.

Following an hour-long discussion on the Natatorium and the Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool, budget commitee decided to issue the request for the Natatorium to attract redevelopment proposals from either the public or private sector.

“I recognize that the Natatorium is near and dear to many hearts in Moose Jaw. It seems like we’re going over the same things over and over and over again. We’re getting more studies and it seems to me that we’re doing that hoping for different results,” said Coun. Candis Kirkpatrick. 

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Unanimous support from council for rainbow flag

Moose Jaw will fly the flag for the entirety of the Winter Olympics
Jennifer New, board member of Moose Jaw Pride Inc.,
makes a request for the City of Moose Jaw to fly the
rainbow flag for the duration of the Sochi Olympics
at the Feb. 10, 2014 council meeting at city hall.
 Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy


Moose Jaw city hall will fly the rainbow flag for the duration of the Sochi Olympics.

City council unanimously approved a request made by Jennifer New, board member of Moose Jaw Pride Inc., at Monday’s meeting.

“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport without discrimination of any kind. Being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer should not be a crime,” said New. “Discrimination and criminalization of being who we are is the real crime. Let’s join together and be a part of this worldwide united front and raise the rainbow flag in support of diversity everywhere.”

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Budget votes for portion of surplus to go to infrastructure

Coun. Dawn Luhning is seen at the Feb. 7, 2014
budget committee meeting. Budget passed her
motion to allocate 25 per cent of the city's yearly
surplus, if there is one, to infrastructure projects.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Starting this year, 25 per cent of city surplus each year will go to infrastructure.

Budget committee voted in favour of Coun. Dawn Luhning’s motion to have 25 per cent of the surplus at the end of a year, if there is one, allocated to four line items every year— arterial and collector pavement rehabilitation, residential pavement rehabilitation, sidewalk slab replacement and sidewalks.

“Obviously work wise I’m not one to dictate which of those four lines it should go into. I just believe that those four are where we need some work as well,” said Luhning.


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Friday, February 7, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: SCRAPS dinner to help “community kitties”

By Lisa Goudy


Eating steak and shrimp on Valentine’s Day will help SCRAPS.

On Feb, 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chillers Brew Pub, the Band City Stray Cat Rescue and Protection Society (SCRAPS) will hold its second annual Valentine’s Day fundraiser and dinner.

“All the money we raise goes directly to the cats. We get no subsidy from the government or the city, so all the money we make fundraising and by donations tells us how many cats we can help,” said Glady Bell, president and founder of SCRAPS.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Another tax increase for Moose Jaw residents

Budget committee passes two per cent tax increase for infrastructure
Coun. Don Mitchell made a motion at capital
budget committee meeting on Feb. 7, 2014 for a two
per cent tax increase with one per cent to cast iron
water line replacement and one per cent to arterial
roadways and sidewalks.It was passed in a vote of 4-2.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy


Residents will pay two per cent higher taxes for cast iron water lines and streets and sidewalks, pending council approval.

At Friday’s capital budget committee meeting, the majority of budget voted in favour of Coun. Don Mitchell’s motion to implement a two per cent tax increase with one per cent going to cast iron water main replacement and the other one per cent going to arterial roadways and sidewalks. The latter one per cent will be split with 75 per cent going to arterial roadways and 25 per cent going to sidewalks.

“This could be targeted differently and it could be a different amount, but I think there is certainly room and urgent pressure to provide priority recognition to infrastructure,” said Mitchell. 

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Once a Rider, always a Rider

By Lisa Goudy


It seems appropriate to say goodbye to No. 7 on Feb. 7.

Last Thursday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders released slot back Weston Dressler to allow him to sign with an NFL team. In mid-January, we’d already heard reports of him working out for the Kansas City Chiefs. This year he was to become a free agent, but the Riders released him early so he could pursue his NFL aspirations.

On Tuesday, Dressler officially signed a reserve-futures contract with the Chiefs. A reserve-futures contract means a player is signed for the upcoming season even though the season doesn’t begin until a later date. This year it begins on March 11 and until that date, Dressler is on their reserve-futures list, meaning he is exclusively with that team.

Rider Nation was shocked, disappointed and supportive of the news. After all, he has been one of our outstanding players since he joined the Riders in 2008. We realize he’ll be greatly missed.

While all of this is true, I think it’s important for us to support his prospects, wish him the best and remember that he will always have been a Rider. 

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A lot of fun with a tribute to the King



Humane society fundraiser Kisses for Kritters a success
Rory Allen, Elvis Presley tribute artist, performs a song
during the third annual Kisses for Kritters fundraiser for the
Moose Jaw Humane Society on Feb. 6, 2014 at the Heritage Inn.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy


By Lisa Goudy


Animals have special meaning for Rory Allen.

“They’re near and dear to our hearts because they don’t have a voice of their own and there’s a lot of animals that have to be put down because they can’t find homes,” said Allen. “This helps the profile of the humane society to get a lot of these pets adopted before, unfortunately, a lot of them have to be put down because they can’t find a home. It’s kind of a sad thing that way.

“We have dogs and cats ourselves and they’re all rescues. So we actually practice what we preach in the pet area for sure.”

Saskatchewan-born Allen was the featured entertainer at the third annual Moose Jaw Humane Society fundraiser, Kisses for Kritters, on Thursday night at the Heritage Inn.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Youth Quake will be "pretty wild" in Caronport

By Lisa Goudy


Youth from all over Saskatchewan will flock to Caronport next weekend.

“Youth Quake is Saskatchewan’s largest annual youth conference,” said AJ Crocker, director of Youth Quake. “We throw down a pretty wild February party out there.”

The event for Grades 9 to 12 students, which has been taking place for more than 50 years, features a weekend of speakers, music and activities. Briercrest will host more than 1,300 guests from the Prairies and other parts of Canada, including Ontario and Vancouver, Crocker said.

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