Monday, March 31, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Downtown Pride Funds to aid victims of High Street fire

By Lisa Goudy


The remaining Moose Jaw Downtown Pride Funds will help victims of the March 12 High Street fire.

At Monday’s executive committee meeting, executive voted in favour of transferring the $30,046.10 from the fund to the Salvation Army to provide assistance to those people affected by the fire on the historic Jubilee block on the zero block of High Street West. The fire displaced 20 people, many of whom lost everything.

The fund was originally meant to collect donations to rebuild the buildings destroyed in the 2004 New Year’s Day fire at the corner of River Street and Main Street. The funds were deemed a municipal project.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: 25 more cents to use public transit

Executive committee approves transit fare increase

Mark Sture, transit manager with the City
of Moose Jaw, answers a question at the
March 31, 2014 executive committee meeting
regarding a proposed fare increase of 25 cents.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Transit fares are going up.

The majority of executive committee approved increasing the transit fares from $2.25 for adults to $2.50 for adults at Monday’s meeting. The fare increases also increased student rates from $1.75 to $2 and increased senior rates from $1.75 to $2. Monthly rates, tickets and day passes are also going up.

“We haven’t had an increase in a while,” said Coun. Patrick Boyle. “It’s one of those necessary evils that we have to do.”

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: NDP looking to “make a comeback”

Party holds founding meeting for new Moose Jaw-Lake Centre-Lanigan riding

Lorne Nystrom, former MP of Regina Qu’Appelle
region, speaks at the NDP founding meeting for
the riding at Timothy Eaton Gardens on March
30,  2014. The founding meeting was for the new
federal riding of Moose Jaw-Lake Centre-Lanigan.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The new Moose Jaw-Lake Centre-Lanigan riding comes with many changes.

It now includes from the south of Moose Jaw up to the north of Lanigan, the outer limits of Saskatoon and the outer limits of Regina, including the Global Transportation Hub and Lumsden.

“As a result of that, this is a founding convention to formally setting up the organization,” said Lorne Nystrom, former MP of Regina Qu’Appelle region who spoke at the NDP founding meeting for the riding at Timothy Eaton Gardens on Sunday afternoon. “All the parties go through the same process … We’re determined to make a comeback.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Little Princess Ball goes out with glitter and smiles

Little princesses watch as the Fairy Godmother transforms
Cinderella's clothes to a ball gown at the sixth annual Little
 Princess Ball on March 29, 2014 at the Heritage Inn.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Kelly McElree loves seeing smiles on little princess’ faces. For him, that’s one of the best parts about the Little Princess Ball.

“Every little girl deserves to feel like a princess and have that special time they can spend with their mom at this event and the odd dad. It’s great to see,” he said. “It’s the attention to detail that goes into this event, absolutely everywhere. That’s what really, really sets it apart.”

The sixth annual Little Princess Ball took place on Saturday at the Heritage Inn as a fundraiser for the Moose Jaw Health Foundation (MJHF). On Sunday night, there will be a second sitting. This is the first year there have been two dates.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Toys, Coca-Cola products among items at collectibles show

Brian Lillie stands next to some of his toys and parts
for sale on at the Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village
and Museum's 37th annual Antiques/Collectibles
Show at the Convention Centre at the Moose Jaw
 Exhibition Grounds on March 29, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Since 1984, Brian Lillie has come from Victoria, B.C. to Moose Jaw for the Antiques/Collectibles Show.

“I like the hospitality here. It’s a very friendly environment … I meet all these people through the years. They’re like family,” he said. “Toys are my hobby.”

The 37th annual show, put on by the Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village and Museum, was held on Friday and Saturday at the Convention Centre at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Making silent voices heard at fundraiser


Third annual Silent Voices cabaret a success

The third annual Silent Voices cabaret, a
fundraiser for the Moose Jaw Transition
House, saw a crowd of 400 at the Cosmo
Senior Citizens Centre on March 29, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

It’s been 12 years since Mary-Lynn Miller needed the services of the Moose Jaw Transition House.

“My youngest daughter was six weeks old when I left Alberta and came back to Moose Jaw. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it,” she said. “The transition house is like an extended family … I told (my girls) the benefits of being there and everything that transition house provided for us.”

Miller, now a board member at the transition house, was one of the people in attendance at the third annual Silent Voices event at the Cosmo Senior Citizens Centre on Saturday evening. The event is a fundraiser for the Moose Jaw Transition House.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Dancing for Hunger bigger and better


Dance Images by BJ put on show with donations to the food bank


Dancers and representatives from the Moose Jaw and
District Food Bank strike a pose with all of the donated
food at Dance Images by BJ's annual Dancing for Hunger
event at Peacock Collegiate on March 29, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


So much food was donated to the food bank at the Dancing for Hunger event that another truck was needed to haul it.

“It’s great. This is something we look forward to every year,” said Terri Smith, manager of the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank. “It’s a lot of food. It’s a really good thing they do for us.”

Dance Images by BJ put on their annual Dancing for Hunger Event on Saturday night at Peacock Collegiate.

“We showcase our acro-performance groups and also all of our solos, duos and trios,” said Shauna Bzdel, ballet instructor for Moose Jaw's Dance Images by BJ.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Planting the seed at first annual Seedy Saturday

Rachelle Ternier of Prairie Garden Seeds from
Humboldt talks about seed saving techniques at
Moose Jaw's first annual Seedy Saturday event at
the Moose Jaw Public Library on March 29, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Keri Fox was originally planning to hold Seedy Saturday in her living room.

Now, after Moose Jaw’s first annual event at the Moose Jaw Public Library, it might need a larger location next year.

“It turned out to be something really great,” said Fox of Green Sister Gardens, who organized the event. “It’ll be an annual event for sure and I think we’ll have to get a bigger space for next year, which is also really great.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Celebrating the life of famed community man, Vern Brown

Vernon Robert Brown died on March 16, 2014 in Providence
Place at age 88. His wife called him the "original entrepreneur."
Submitted photo
By Lisa Goudy


Joan Brown described her late husband Vernon Robert Brown as the “original entrepreneur.”

“He just was a man that gave and you’d never even know it. He just did things,” she said. “It’s unreal. He just did so much.”

Vern died on March 16 at age 88 at Providence Place. Born in Creelman, Sask., Vern had lived in Moose Jaw since 1950.

Upon arriving in Moose Jaw, at age 25, he was one of the two auctioneers hired by the Moose Jaw stockyards to help establish the first live cattle auction in Saskatchewan.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Learning the character of porcelain

MJMAG to hold upcoming porcelain workshop with Antoinette Badenhorst
Antoinette Badenhorst, a potter who currently
lives in Saltillo, Miss., will present an advanced
demonstration workshop for professional artists
 called porcelain: understand, master and
challenge at the Moose Jaw Museum and
Art Gallery (MJMAG) on April 5 and 6.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy


Working with porcelain reminds artist Antoinette Badenhorst of working with people.

“For me it’s like learning a personality. If I just met you, I don’t know much about you, but as I start getting to know you a little bit, I know how I can talk to you,” she said. “I will know if I say something specifically it might make you sad or it might make you happy. Porcelain is kind of like that.

“What really makes it difficult is the fact that it’s so temperamental with water specifically. It looks extremely thirsty when you look at it to start with and then the minute you give it a little too much water, it becomes drunk and … it collapses on you.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Lend a hand to fight hunger

By Lisa Goudy


I do not know what it is like to starve. I have been to the point of my stomach rumbling because I need to eat. I know what that’s like and, when I get the chance, I will go to my fridge or a restaurant or a grocery store to get some food.

But I do not know what it is like to be truly hungry when those aren’t options. We are lucky to live in a place like Canada. We hear about children and adults starving in places like Africa, Haiti and other developing countries, but often forget people in Canada starve too.

According to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), hunger kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Worldwide, a total of 842 million people don’t have enough to eat, a decrease of 17 per cent since 1990. Of those, 827 million live in developing countries.

I wish everyone were well fed. I wish no one starved to death. Unfortunately, I know those wishes aren’t realistic and the statistics are horrifying. That’s why it’s even more important that we do something about it.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: eL jewelry: From a hobby to a full-time business

elizabeth Lyn jewelry sold by retailers after taking off last summer
Megan Hammond, 31, is the owner and designer of
elizabeth Lyn (eL) jewelry, a business that started as
a hobby and is now sold by 15 retailers in three
provinces. Born and raised in Moose Jaw, she
is taking her business full-time next month.
Submitted photo

By Lisa Goudy


Megan Hammond never imagined her hobby would expand to her jewelry being sold by retailers in three provinces.

“I still get really surprised when I see people I don’t know wearing my stuff. It’s pretty amazing, but it’s all happened pretty quickly,” she said. “At the same time I’m trying to be conscious of it growing at a steady pace instead of getting in over my head.”

Born and raised in Moose Jaw, the 31-year-old owner and designer of elizabeth Lyn (eL) jewelry started playing around with it when she owned a retail store in Saskatoon. She’s been in Saskatoon for 10 years.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council Notebook: Juvenile circulation increases at library

Terry Gabel, chairperson of the Moose Jaw Public
Library board, presents the library's 2013 annual
report at the March 24, 2014 council meeting.
 Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


At the Moose Jaw Public Library, adult circulation in 2013 is down from 2012, but juvenile circulation is up.

Overall, adult circulation decreased from 146,145 in 2012 to 145,696 in 2013, but juvenile circulation increased from 85,917 in 2012 to 87,562 in 2013. 

The circulation grand total decreased slightly from 286,094 in 2012 to 286,071 in 2013. The overdrive/ library2go program increased from 25,031 in 2012 to 37,046 in 2013.

The Moose Jaw Public Library had a big year in 2013 and at Monday’s council meeting, Terry Gabel, chairperson of the Moose Jaw Public Library board, along with Karon Selzer, head librarian, presented the library’s 2013 annual report.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Transition house “blown away” by Sparkle and Shine fundraising

By Lisa Goudy


The Business Women of Moose Jaw’s Sparkle and Shine event raised $25,899.55 for the Moose Jaw Transition House.

“We were really blown away. I mean we knew the event was successful, that everybody seemed to have a great time. We were pleased with how many tickets were sold and how many nominations came in,” said Karen Closs, director of the Moose Jaw Transition House. “We were really pleased in all of those areas and then to find out in the end that so much money was raised too for transition house, that was just wonderful.”

She said the money would be used to start a pilot position for at least one year of a life skills coach at the shelter. The emergency shelter usually consists of one person whose responsibilities also include answering the crisis line. The maximum occupancy of the shelter is 15 people.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Make the call before digging underground

Annual contractor safety breakfast held at the Heritage Inn

Workers load up their plates at the Contractor Safety
Awareness Association (CSAA) and the Saskatchewan
Common Ground Alliance (SCGA) contractor safety
breakfast at the Heritage Inn on March 27, 2014.
 Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy



Calling first before digging will save lives.

“If you hit a pipeline, if you’re still alive you’re lucky, but you’ll still have a cost associated with that repair,” said Bev Graham, public awareness co-ordinator with Spectra Energy. “It’s basically to save lives because you don’t want to hit any underground pipelines or utilities.”

Spectra Energy is one of the pipeline companies under the umbrella organization, the Saskatchewan Common Ground Alliance (SCGA), that help put on contractor safety breakfasts. The first breakfast this year of 29 towns and cities in Saskatchewan was at the Heritage Inn in Moose Jaw on Thursday morning.


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Safeguarding elm trees from Dutch elm disease

Elm tree pruning ban takes effect April 1

By Lisa Goudy


Not all elm bark beetles carry Dutch elm disease, but some of them do.

Because they’re most active from April 1 to Aug. 31, pruning elm trees during that period is prohibited in Saskatchewan.

“Elm bark beetles are attracted to the smell of fresh cut elm wood,” said Daily Lennox, parks gardener with the City of Moose Jaw. “If they are carrying the Dutch elm disease (DED) virus, then your tree gets infected and your tree dies.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Gardeners to unite at first annual Seedy Saturday

By Lisa Goudy


Keri Fox of Green Sister Gardens has been to Seedy Saturday events before. She thought it was time Moose Jaw had one.

“I’ve been to the Seedy Saturday in Regina and I’ve been to one in Saskatoon and they’re kind of popping up all over,” she said. “I’m a big gardener and I’m really passionate about food security and the heirloom and heritage seeds really are something that I think is important for us to preserve.”

More than 110 Seedy Saturday events take place across Canada. On Saturday, Moose Jaw will host its first annual one from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the upper room at the Moose Jaw Public Library. The event is free.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council meetings to be available and archived online

iSi awarded sole source agreement to help live stream meetings
Coun. Candis Kirkpatrick and Mayor Deb Higgins listen
as Myron Gulka-Tiechko, city clerk/solicitor, talks
about the live streaming initiative brought forward
before council at the March 24, 2014 meeting.
 Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy


Council meetings will be live streamed.

Councillors unanimously approved a sole source agreement with integratingSolutions Inc. (iSi) Global Webcasting for the next five years to help live stream council meetings. The cost will be $7,500 per year plus taxes.

"We just completed the re-equipping of audiovisual and recording equipment in council chambers,” said Myron Gulka-Tiechko, city clerk/solicitor. “We now have the technical ability to enable webcasting as an option. However, that needs to be hosted offsite, but the webcasting will basically allow anyone who has access to Internet to watch council proceedings."

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Evaluate Divergent on its own, not compared to The Hunger Games

By Lisa Goudy


Comparisons can serve a purpose, but sometimes they aren’t fair.

This applies to real life scenarios and to the world of fiction, including books, television and movies. It’s fair to compare something on a per capita basis between cities. It’s fair to compare systems of government and how they work differently. It’s even fair to compare similar genres of books, TV and movies.

These comparisons, however, stop being useful when you compare something to something else and evaluate what you think of it based solely on the comparison. That isn’t fair.

I have read a fair amount of reviews for the new movie release, Divergent. All of the comparisons, even some in the marketing, have pitted it up against the popular series, The Hunger Games.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Another city budget in the books

Council gives final approval to equipment reserve budget

Coun. Brian Swanson shares his views
on the equipment reserve budget at
 the March 24, 2014 council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The equipment reserve budget was subject to much debate at council.

Following the 20-minute debate, the majority of council approved the equipment reserve budget with no changes.

The discussion centred around the interest stabilization reserve, which makes up the difference between interest on funding set aside for equipment replacement and interest earnings generated in the equipment reserve budget.

Coun. Brian Swanson made a motion to refer the budget back to city administration to prepare a report to budget committee with options for reducing the 2014 equipment reserve budget purchases by $400,000.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Allocating $7,000 to a sustainable community forum

Council approves environment advisory committee’s recommendation
At the March 24, 2014 council meeting,
Coun. Don Mitchell talks about the environment
advisory committee's recommendation for council
to allocate $7,000 to the Sustainable Community
2014 Forum planned for September.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy


The Sustainable Community 2014 Forum will likely take place this fall.

The majority of council approved the environment advisory committee’s recommendation to allocate $7,000 from the solid waste 2014 recycling initiatives account for the forum that will be held in September.

“Well,  $7,000 can be a lot of money, but to me it’s not a major investment for the potential gains of this kind of forum,” said Coun. Don Mitchell, who presented the report and moved the motion.


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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Keep an eye for endangered species this spring

Potter strikes a pose in the
Saskatchewan Burrowing
Owl Interpretive Centre in
November 2013.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


With spring around the corner, Nature Saskatchewan is asking people to be on the lookout for endangered species.

“Lots of these species, particularly the birds, are all on their way back right now like the burrowing owls and plovers and shrikes,” said Ashley Fortney, habitat stewardship co-ordinator with Nature Saskatchewan. “If anybody sees any species at risk on their land or if they happen to see one … while they’re driving maybe down the road or something, then they can let us know.”

If anyone sees a species at risk (SAR), they can call Nature Saskatchewan’s toll-free number at 1-800-667-HOOT (4668).

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: More tickets might be released for Backstreet Boys show

By Lisa Goudy


Tickets for the Backstreet Boys’ (BSB) Moose Jaw concert are sold out, but more tickets might be available.

“Obviously the demand exceeded the supply. It was great. Unfortunately we were not able to get everybody in,” said Doug Campbell, business director for Mosaic Place. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Talking about keeping kidneys healthy

Kidney foundation aims to raise awarness on kidney disease

Harvey Roy lays hooked up to a dialysis
machine for treatment on March 21, 2014
at the Moose Jaw Union Hospital.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Because of kidney disease, a person could lose up to 80 per cent of kidney functions without showing any symptoms.

Once an individual has lost 85 per cent of kidney functions, dialysis is required to survive. That’s why the disease is known as the silent killer.

“It’s a really small window from when you get symptoms to when you’re in dire straits,” said Diane Panton Kashuba, communications manager with the Saskatchewan branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada. “(We need to) get people talking about it and finding out whether or not they’re at risk.”

March is Kidney Health Month. Panton Kashuba said the foundation uses the month as a chance to increase awareness of kidney disease.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Opening students' eyes on First Nations history

Elder Noel Starblanket talks about treaties, residential schools at Peacock Collegiate

Elder Noel Starblanket speaks to the student body
at Peacock Collegiate on March 21, 2014 about
treaties, residential schools and worldview.
 Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Elder Noel Starblanket has many stories from his past.

After “many, many decades” of working for treaty advocacy, teaching students about it is a “crowning achievement for me,” he said. On Friday morning, he spoke to the student body of Peacock Collegiate.

“I often say to our young leaders and young Aboriginal children, First Nations children, that we have had to pay a price for this education, for this moment to happen and it was painful, but it’s very rewarding to see it bearing fruit that the awareness is now coming,” said Starblanket following his presentation.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: The tale of a lion eating the lamb

By Lisa Goudy


March came in like a lion, but the first day of spring sure wasn’t a lamb.

And according to the latest forecasts, it doesn’t look like March will go out like a lamb.

In the words of my sister, “I think the lion ate the lamb.”

She couldn’t be more right. Of course, March isn’t over yet and forecasts aren’t always right. But even so, the first day of spring was almost like a plunge back into winter —and that’s not likely to change anytime soon as we head into a string of colder temperatures.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Cold snap welcomes first days of spring

A red leaf sits partially underneath the ice in Crescent Park
as it snows on March 20, 2014, the first day of spring.
 Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Temperatures for the next few days will be “very unseasonably cold,” according to John Paul Cragg, warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada.

“The first of March was the coldest night of the year and now we’re in the beginning of spring and we’re dropping off to -22 (Celsius),” he said. “The change of seasons haven’t presented themselves in a kind way.”

He estimated as much as 5 centimeters (cm) will fall between the first day of spring, which was on Thursday, and early Friday morning.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Westheath paving to be done this spring

Executive amends private lots payments to three months after paving is done

Executive committee meets on March 20, 2014 at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Private lots will be paid for in the Westheath subdivision three months after paving is completed.

The city will finish paving in the subdivision this spring. Executive committee approved the private lots payment to protect people purchasing the lots. The motion also included speculative lots having a building permit in place within three months following the paving.

“This is the second or third time this has been back here. It just speaks to me that we need to remind ourselves what we’re in the business of doing with the city and I don’t know if it’s the developments on subdivisions,” said Coun. Patrick Boyle.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Moose Jaw Ford Sales wins top Ford of Canada dealership award

Scott Evans, general manager of Moose Jaw Ford Sales
(left), and Shawn Labocetta, financial services manager
at the dealership, show off the President's Award in the
Diamond Club rank on March 20, 2014. The dealership
won the 2013 President's Award. It is the 11th year in a row
Moose Jaw Ford Sales has won the President's Award.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


One wall in an office at Moose Jaw Ford Sales is filled with prestigious awards. Now there is another award to add.

The dealership won the 2013 Presidents Award, the top Ford of Canada dealership honour, for the 11th year in a row.

“The people that work here are what make the difference and make sure we get the award,” said Scott Evans, general manager of Moose Jaw Ford Sales.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Sask. mystery author Anthony Bidulka headed for Festival of Words

By Lisa Goudy


The Saskatchewan Festival of Words has added a Saskatchewan author to the festival line-up.

Anthony Bidulka, author of the popular Russell Quant mystery series, will present his work at the 2014 festival in July. In the series, the gay protagonist, like his creator, lives in a prairie city.

In 2005, Bidulka’s novel Flight of Aquavit (2004) won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Mystery Novel. Three other of his novels have been nominated for the same award — in 2008 for Stain of the Berry, in 2009 for Sundowner Ubuntu and in 2013 for Dos Equis.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: City busy filling potholes with cold mix

By Lisa Goudy


Potholes are “everywhere” and “unavoidable,” said Mayor Deb Higgins.

With many potholes plaguing the city, two crews are busy filling them.

“The bad thing is that it’s only a cold mix,” said Higgins. “We don’t have access to hot mix and of course with the ice and the wetness that’s still on the streets, we know that in many cases we’ll have to go back once hot mix is available and we can do a more permanent fix.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Seeking grant funding for Kinsmen Sportsplex roof repair

By Lisa Goudy


Roof repair and replacement for the Kinsmen Sporsplex might receive provincial funding.

Executive committee approved the submission of the project for an application for funding from the Community Initiatives Fund Community Places and Spaces Program.

“The program has been utilized before. It was under a different name before as the Community Vitality Program,” said Jody Hauta, director of parks and recreation. “It was discontinued and then they started this up again under the community places and spaces and the funding parameters are a little bit different.”

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Budget committee passes 2014 equipment reserve budget

Brian Acker, director of financial services, answers a
question about the 2014 equipment reserve budget at the
March 17, 2014 budget committee meeting at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


A new fire truck and new taxation software are two of the largest purchases in the 2014 equipment reserve budget.

On Monday, budget committee passed the equipment reserve budget as presented. The budget has $70,424 in increased costs spread over the operating, utility and capital budgets. The approved request is $2.93 million in equipment replacement.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: What’s involved in Railroad 101 training

Mike LoVecchio, director of government affairs with
Canadian Pacific, addresses executive committee
with information on CP's operations safety within
the community at the March 17, 2014 meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Canadian Pacific (CP) does training with fire departments such as Moose Jaw and other emergency responders called Railroad 101.

“What we talk about is how to recognize what rail line you’re on because it’s very important. There’s a lot of rail lines and local fire departments obviously know basically their territories. We show them how to identify the railway,” said Doug Mayor, CP dangerous goods specialist for Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Canadian Pacific working to increase safety

CP makes presentation on operations safety to executive committee
The rail yard is seen from Home Street on March 18, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy


Only 0.003 per cent of Canadian Pacific (CP) transported dangerous goods result in a spill.

CP is looking to decrease that number.

“Part of the way we’re doing it is through increased awareness (and) … the enhanced training that we provide specifically to fire department,” said Mike LoVecchio, director of government affairs with CP, “but we also think there are some proximity issues that need to be addressed,” said Mike LoVecchio, director of government affairs with CP.”

He made a presentation to executive committee at Monday’s meeting regarding operations safety in the community. After a number of questions by councillors, his presentation was received and filed.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Free Shaw Go Wi-Fi network coming to Moose Jaw

Executive approves proposal for free Wi-Fi in certain facilities
Jody Hauta, director of parks and recreation, and Annita
Wilton, regional manager of operations with Shaw
Cable in Saskatchewan listen as Laurie Templeton,
manager of government and regulatory affairs with
 Shaw Cable,discusses the Shaw Go Wi-Fi network
proposed for Moose Jaw at the March 17, 2014
executive committee meeting at city hall.
 Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy


Shaw Cable will provide free Wi-Fi to facilities in the city.

At Monday’s executive committee meeting, the majority of executive voted in favour of the City of Moose Jaw to negotiate and finalize an agreement for free Wi-Fi in certain facilities with Shaw Cable.

“What Shaw is doing is extending our network … One of the key areas in any municipality like Moose Jaw is there’s municipal infrastructure where people end up gathering, not just city hall,” said Laurie Templeton, manager of government and regulatory affairs with Shaw Cable. “So if we could mesh the network and utilize some of the access points in those venues or spaces, everybody just gets a much better experience.”