Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Things are getting personal with The Uncoolas



Jive with The Uncoolas on Friday to support Canada Day events


By Lisa Goudy



The Uncoolas are all about the community.

“We’re really about just seeing people enjoy themselves, take a bit of a musical trip back in time, so to speak,” said Aaron Ruston of The Uncoolas. “So we’re just looking forward to having some great fun, showing our new show. It’ll be exciting.”

On Friday, The Uncoolas will perform a show called This Time it’s Personal at the Mae Wilson Theatre at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds will support Canada Day celebrations in the city. This is the third year the group has performed the benefit concert for the Canada Day festivities.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Double Shift’s Fun Run to support Special Olympics

(From left): Marion Trueman, public relations officer
with Special Olympics Moose Jaw, Katie Statler,
fitness advisor at Double Shift Conditioning,
Crystal Zakaluzny, owner of Double Shift, and
Jean Hochlander, treasurer with Special Olympics
Moose Jaw, pose for a photo on April 30, 2014.
Double Shift and Special Olympics Moose Jaw have
partnered and all funds from the third annual Fun
Run will support Special Olympics Moose Jaw.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The annual Fun Run is going to be extra special this year.

Double Shift Conditioning and Special Olympics Moose Jaw have partnered for the third annual Fun Run set for May 24.

"We've been doing this for a couple of years and we just decided that we wanted to support the Special Olympics athletes," said Crystal Zakaluzny, owner of Double Shift Conditioning. “We’re trying to keep them active … That’s why we wanted to raise money through our Fun Run, which is an active activity as well.”

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Funding to help Gymtastiks upgrade facility

By Lisa Goudy


Upgrading the Hillcrest Curling Building will be beneficial to the kids involved with Gymtastiks of Moose Jaw.

“We’re hoping to get some lighting upgrades done, washroom facilities repaired, change rooms, showers,” said Barb Pierce, president of the club. “It’s general maintenance and upgrades, things that need to be done. We’ve been maintaining the building now for a few years.”

Pending final council approval next week, Gymtastiks of Moose Jaw will receive $5,000 as a matching grant from the community projects capital grant to help fund plumbing and electrical repairs in the Hillcrest Curling Building.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: More rain and snow might be on the way

Moose Jaw was covered in a blanket of
snow the morning of April 28, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


No storms are expected in the next week, but there could be more rain and snow.

“There’s no big storms that we’re expecting to hit your area in the next seven to 10 days, but with the upper low being in place you could see some rain showers and snow showers,” said Elena Lappo, meteorologist with The Weather Network, on Monday afternoon. “So the precipitation you actually receive (Monday) and (Monday night) will probably be the most for the next week or so.”

In April, Moose Jaw has received about 60 millimeters (mm) of precipitation including rain and snow. The average April precipitation is 48 mm including rain and snow.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Moose Jaw TImes-Herald: Fundraising to dig a well in Zambia

The Saskatoon Men's Chorus, directed by
Lynn Driedger, sings a song during the
Clean Water for Zambia fundraiser at
Zion United Church on April 27, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Twenty-nine men sang four-part harmony in support of people in Zambia.

The Clean Water for Zambia event featured the Saskatoon Men’s Chorus at Zion United Church on Sunday afternoon. The four United Churches of Moose Jaw put it on.

“We were looking for some kind of a project to work on together and our national church has ongoing projects through a number of different projects throughout the world and this one just seemed to appeal to us,” said Rev. Jim Tenford of St. Andrew’s United Church, one of the organizers and Master of Ceremonies for part of the event.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Art workshop teaches a Jell-O based technique

Regina artist Gerda Osteneck shows some of
her artwork using a technique called mono gel
plate printing during her workshop at the Moose
Jaw Museum and Art Gallery on April 27, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Mono gel plate printing gives art a unique texture.

“It’s unflavoured Jell-O and it’s stabilized with alcohol and glycerin and then you use it as a platform,” said Regina artist Gerda Osteneck. “You put on your paint, you can manipulate the paint and you can use whatever you want as a tool to manipulate the paint. You end up with a variety of prints.”

She led a mono gel plate printing workshop hosted by the Moose Jaw Art Guild on Sunday at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery during the trading card workshop.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Taking people behind the scenes with artists

Artists in Action Day sees more than 200 people watch art created live
Gabrielle de Glatigny paints a picture
at Artists in Action Day at the Moose
Jaw Cultural Centre on April 26, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy


Brucie Moulden of Regina didn’t expect to see artists at work when she came to Moose Jaw for the day on Saturday.

“We were walking down Main Street when we saw the sign,” said Moulden, who came with Claire Moulden-Griffith and Anja Moulden-Griffith. “We thought it sounded awesome to have the artists at work.”

They were three of at least 200 people who came through and attended the second annual Artists in Action Day at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre (MJCC) on Saturday. The event featured six artists creating live art.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Record number of vendors at Cosmo craft fair

By Lisa Goudy

Tim Knittig stops for a photo with his Globes in
Motion imported from San Diego that he was
selling at the April 26, 2014 craft and trade
fair at the Cosmo Senior Citizens Centre.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy



Globes of different shapes and sizes spun round and round at Tim Knittig’s booth.

“It’s a new solar technology,” he said. “Normally, the light is converted to electricity to run a motor. Motors can wear out … this converts it to a magnetic field. So being that they are supported all in fluid, the magnetic field can push on the North Pole/South Pole and it just gets them rotating on their own. (Because there are) virtually no moving parts to wear out, they’re going to last a long, long time.”

He was one of the 43 vendors at the Cosmo Senior Citizens Centre craft and trade fair on Saturday.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Sask. author's debut novel to be discussed at Reading Town event


By Lisa Goudy

Saskatchewan author Anne Lazurko can’t wait to hear peoples’ opinions at the Great Big Book Club in Moose Jaw.

“It’s always interesting the things that book club members pick up that I never thought of or never saw in a particular way. So that always makes it a really interesting discussion, I find as the author,” she said.

Lazurko’s first novel, Dollybird, will be the subject of discussion at the book club set for May 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Moose Jaw Public Library. She will be on hand to discuss her novel at the event, which is part of Reading Town Canada and also presented by the Saskatchewan Festival of Words.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Winner of $500,000 Lotto Max is from Moose Jaw

By Lisa Goudy

A Moose Jaw man won $500,000 from his Lotto Max ticket bought in the city.


Patrick Standish purchased his $21-ticket at the 7-11 Food Store at 20 Caribou St. W., according to a release from Saskatchewan Lotteries. The draw was held on March 14.

A week after the draw, Standish checked his ticket.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Share stories to raise awareness for MS

Mayor proclaims May as MS Awareness Month

By Lisa Goudy


Multiple sclerosis is “Canada’s disease,” according to Virginia Harper, communications manager with the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada Saskatchewan branch.

“Canada actually has the highest incidence rate of MS in the world,” she said. “We’re really wanting people to know that it is prevalent and even if it’s not visible that someone has MS, which often is the case, often people know someone that has MS in their community or in their family or extended group.”

Mayor Deb Higgins signed a proclamation declaring May as MS Awareness Month for the MS Society of Canada. In Saskatchewan, MS affects between 3,500 and 5,000 people.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Expand our cultural horizons by learning a new language

By Lisa Goudy


Learning another language isn’t an easy feat, but it would be worth your effort.

In my opinion, learning another language other than our primary tongue helps us learn more about other cultures and it keeps our brain working. When you find a language you love, it’s fun to learn and converse in. Having a friend or family member to learn a new language with makes it so much easier.

I believe we should try to learn more than one language, if not for the fun of it then to gain a sense of understanding for our cultural diversity. The world has a lot of different people in it who speak many languages. There are lots of different languages in Moose Jaw too.

I can speak a bit of French and German, but I’m not fluent in another language. However, becoming fluent can take a lot of work. I took French starting in elementary school (but not in French immersion) and all the way through high school.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Stewarding blessings to the community

Restore Our Land Seed Blessing event donates $6,000 to Joe’s Place

By Lisa Goudy


Greg and Maureen Simpson believe people will reap what they sow.

At their annual, and non-denominational, Restore Our Land Seed Blessing on April 15, between 90 and 100 people brought seeds and came out to pray and bless the seed. Those people also donated $6,051.05 to Joe’s Place.

“Good farming practices, great new equipment and research and good weather and add in our faith and you get this wonderful crop which we are thankful for and so we just pray and ask God to bless the season, bless the seed,” said Greg Simpson, president of Simpson Seeds.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council hears three quarterly reports

Al Bromley, director of human resource
services, presents the department's first quarter
report at the April 21, 2014 council meeting.
 Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


A total of 278 employees in the city’s human resource (HR) department participated in a combined 22 safety classes from Jan. 1 to March 31, 2014.

The training included fall protection, confined space, first aid, transportation of dangerous goods, rigging and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).

Council heard the quarterly reports of the HR department from Al Bromley, director of HR services, the city manager’s department from Matt Noble, city manager and the planning and development department from Michelle Sanson, manager of planning and development services.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council notebook

By Lisa Goudy


There are 12 items left on the deficiency and warranty list for Mosaic Place.

Hockey Capital Moose Jaw Ltd. (HCL) are primarily working on heating levels in the curling rink, including enhancements to the system, and dealing with inconsistent lighting in the arena, mostly under the score clock. New lighting has been installed and so have lenses under the score clock.

All of the warranty and deficiency items for YaraCentre have been completed and HCL has been paid out. Landscaping around the installation of catch basins on the storm sewer on the east side of the building will be finished this spring.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Disability savings plan part of “the business of life”

Mark Green, financial advisor and life insurance agent
with Desjardins Financial Security Investments Inc.
in Regina, speaks about the Registered Disability
Savings Plan (RDSP), the Canada Disability Savings
 Grant and the Canada Disability Savings Bond at
the South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre
(SSILC) in Moose Jaw on April 23, 2014.
 Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


As long as an individual meets the requirements, they can open a savings plan.

“If you’re on social services ... the government will put in $1,000 a year even if you contribute nothing,” said Mark Green, financial advisor and life insurance agent with Desjardins Financial Security Investments Inc. in Regina. “That’s the disability savings bond. They will do a maximum of $20,000 so $1,000 a year for 20 years.”

Green made a presentation to a small group of people on Wednesday at the South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre (SSILC) in Moose Jaw about the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), the Canada Disability Savings Grant and the Canada Disability Savings Bond.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Connecting Thatcher Drive to the new hospital

Mayor Deb Higgins is seen at the
April  21, 2014 council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The city is going to service nine lots in the area around Diefenbaker Drive.

Council voted in favour executive committee’s decision to service nine lots at a cost of approximately $1.46 million. It will connect Thatcher Drive East to the new regional hospital.

“When there was discussion about developing Diefenbaker Drive and completing that area, people will know that it’s important for traffic flow coming in off the highway, curving around to where the hospital is and having access to that area,” said Mayor Deb Higgins. “Otherwise you’re going to be cutting down Thatcher Drive, which is getting busier all the time with all the commercial activity and development in that area.”

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: National Poetry Month marked with poetry greeting at council

Greg Simison, Moose Jaw poet, reads a
selection of five of his poems at the April
21, 2014 council meeting at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


In Greg Simison’s poem called Moose Jaw, he compares the city to places such as Rivendell and Gotham City.

“When I learn of distant acquaintances diagnosed with cancer, Alzheimer’s or heart disease, I give thanks for living in a place the rest of the world believes only exists in fiction, just another name belonging to a long list including Gotham City, Rivendell, and, more appropriate to this particular region, the village of Dog River,” he said, quoting the first stanza of two in his poem.

It was one of five poems the local poet read at the beginning of Monday’s council meeting at city hall.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council ratifies new agreement with Humane Society

Matt Noble, city manager, pages through a report at the
April 21, 2014 council meeting at city hall. At that meeting,
council ratified a decision of executive committee at
the April 14, 2014 meeting to strike a new three-year
deal with the Moose Jaw Humane Society.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The Moose Jaw Humane Society (MJHS) and the City of Moose Jaw have a new three-year deal.

“We’re extremely happy,” said Matt Noble, city manager after Monday’s council meeting. “It’s nice to see we have an agreement with a group of people that have common interests with us for the welfare of animals and it’s nice to be able to work with a group of people who are dedicated to that.”

Council ratified executive committee’s decision made on April 14. The new agreement is valued at $194,5000 per year. The agreement will deal with pound keeping services and bylaw enforcement. It includes a retroactive lump sum payment of $30,000 for 2013.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Marion Tolley to receive Moose Jaw Honours Award

By Lisa Goudy


In the early days of Marion Tolley’s lifelong volunteer efforts, she also raised seven children, didn’t drive and worked full-time.

Now the 90-year-old is being recognized for her volunteerism over many decades. She is the recipient of the 2014 Moose Jaw Honours Award. The award will be presented at the Saskatchewan Festival of Words launch on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the performing arts center at the Moose Jaw Public Library.

“How many other people can say that when they had seven kids at home, they had time to do anything else?” said Lynne McDonald, a member of the seven-person committee that decides who the award recipient is.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Singing for the children

Moose Jaw Together in Harmony concert fundraiser set for April 25

By Lisa Goudy





Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Donation helps women, mature students at SIAST

By Lisa Goudy





Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Marvel’s done it again - Captain America: The Winter Soldier a smart thriller

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is an action film that makes the viewer think.

Those two combinations are only part of what make the latest Marvel movie such a great accomplishment. It’s got it all — action, humour, surprises and more action. On top of that, it can be described as a political thriller.

The action never stops, nor does the excitement. With several twists and turns along the way, the film reveals a major shocker that changes everything.

Steve Rogers as Captain America (Chris Evans) is given more dimensions as a character in this film as he adjusts to life in the 21st century while working full-time for S.H.I.E.L.D.

More character levels are given to Natasha Romanoff or Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) as well, although there is still so much mystery and intrigue to her character. It also introduces the new hero Falcon (Anthony Mackie).

The trio work together to deal with a new threat that includes the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier. But the more they unravel, the more they uncover just how deep the threat runs.

The acting by all the cast was superb and believable. The villains and threats magnify as the film progresses with plenty of action scenes along the way. Viewers will find themselves invested in the film not just for action, but for the political subplot as well. The visual effects of the film are stunning, immersing viewers in the action-packed journey.

The interactions between Black Widow and Cap are impeccable. It becomes abundantly clear why those two make such a great team, even if at first they don’t realize it. Black Widow constantly tries to set him up on dates, adding a dose of humour to the film.

As Captain America traditionally doesn’t have personal issues or conflicts and has a nearly indestructible shield and enhanced abilities, some people might call him a boring member of the Avengers.

Any critics that might’ve said those things will not be able to after watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He has conflicts. He has doubts. Not everything comes easily and he begins to question his orders.

The trio work to unravel what’s going on within S.H.I.E.L.D. Cap and Black Widow are the action stars of the film with both given much screen time in intense action sequences.

Black Widow is a clever weapon with witty lines and her storyline is led in a direction that could easily result in an offshoot for her own movie.

All in all, Marvel has created an incredible superhero film. It raises the bar. It pushes the stakes.
It features engaging and multi-faceted characters in a plot that isn’t just a bunch of buildings blowing up. As a political thriller, it manages to balance out those action scenes with thought, surprises, drama, and humour.

And of course, as any true Marvel fan will know, stay to the end of the credits.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Volunteers help preserve wetlands with DUC

By Lisa Goudy


Volunteers help make the conservation of wetlands possible.

“It’s so important to raise dollars for Ducks Unlimited and our volunteers are the backbone of what we do. Without them we aren’t able to raise the money that we raise,” said Keith Mackintosh, Ducks Unlimtied Canada (DUC) national manager of special projects.

“They are the life blood of who we are … Whatever they can do to help the cause is what they do. It’s amazing. I’m blown away every day by volunteers that are doing something and you just look at them and go, ‘Wow. That’s dedication.’”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: No such thing as a universally boring day

By Lisa Goudy


According to a computer scientist trained at the University of Cambridge, 60 years ago today was the most boring day of the 20th century.

When I first saw that online, my curiosity was piqued. As ridiculous as it sounded, I wanted to read where that claim could’ve possibly come from.

William Tunstall-Pedoe, computer programmer, calculated April 11, 1954 as the boring day. His program, True Knowledge, used 300 million facts about “people, places, business and events” that made the news, according to an article on The Daily Telegraph website.

Apparently nothing significant in the terms of news took place on that day, at least according to Tunstall-Pedoe and his computer program that uses complex algorithms.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Performing for scholarships

Moose Jaw Music Festival hands out major awards
Helena Yee plays the first movement of Haydn's Sonata
No. 44 in G minor at the scholarship competition at
the Moose Jaw Music Festival on April 10, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy


Voices, band instruments, strings and pianos reverberated in the sanctuary of Zion United Church.

Thirteen musicians between the ages of 15 and 19 showcased the best of the best at the Moose Jaw Music Festival’s scholarship competition Thursday night.

“(Competitors are) kids from each discipline that were recommended by the adjudicator. They had to have a mark of 87 in one of their classes to qualify. So it (was) the strongest kids in the festival competing for the major scholarship awards,” said Marcie Carswell, vice-president and secretary of the annual festival.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council notebook

By Lisa Goudy


All five projects for the 2014 dust control program have been approved.

Councillors approved the dust control program at Monday’s meting. The program reduces dust on gravel streets and lanes in the City of Moose Jaw.

The 2014 projects are:

• A length of 82 meters on Eighth Avenue Northwest from Fairford Street West to Ominica Street West

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Higher mill rate for vacant commercial and industrial land

Mayor Deb Higgins talks about the initiative for vacant
commercial and industrial lands to have a mill rate
factor 2.5 times higher than developed commercial and
industrial property at the April 7, 2014 council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Vacant commercial and industrial lands are defined as “strictly vacant, empty land,” according to Brian Acker, director of financial services.

“Vacant commercial and industrial land is land that doesn’t have any improvements on it,” he said. “If there are improvements on it of any kind, then it’s not considered that … An example of that would be land that is used for a parking lot that has parking lot improvements in terms of pavement and parking stalls, that sort of thing, that’s classified as something different. So that is not vacant.”

Vacant commercial and industrial lands will see a mill rate factor 2.5 times higher than developed commercial and industrial property as of Monday’s council meeting. Acker estimated it will generate $260,000 in revenue to the city and that money will be reallocated to help develop commercial and industrial land.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Wearing pink to change lives

Day of Pink student rally draws 400 to YaraCentre

About 400 students wearing pink gathered for a student
rally at YaraCentre for Day of Pink on April 9, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Edward Kaulbach said as a kid, he was a “little bit on the geeky side, kind of more of a Big Bang Theory type of guy.”

“That’s why it personally resonates with me that everybody can be different, but everybody needs to be treated with respect,” he said. “Every kid goes through a hard time at school at some point so that’s why I think the whole pink shirt movement is so fantastic.”

Kaulbach, regional vice president with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) based in Moose Jaw, was one of the attendees at the Day of Pink student rally at YaraCentre on Wednesday.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Taking a stand against bullying

Travis Price, co-founder of Pink Shirt Day, speaks to students

Travis Price, co-founder of Pink Shirt Day, interacts
with some kids at the student rally at YaraCentre
on April 9, 2014, which was Day of Pink.
 Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Travis Price spent a lot of time alone when he was bullied.

In 2007 in Nova Scotia, he and his friend David Shepherd decided to organize a movement after a student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.

“We wanted to do something for him, but we didn’t want to be reactive and say, ‘We’re going to beat up the bullies.’ We wanted to make a statement proactively,” said Price. “That’s where the idea of going out and buying and wearing pink shirts with the idea that they can’t bully all of us. Since then it’s grown.”

Six million people in 13 countries stand in solidarity for the annual Day of Pink every April 9.
On Wednesday, Price was one of the speakers at the student rally at YaraCentre for 400 students from Moose Jaw and Rouleau.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Minimal flooding risk in Moose Jaw

EMO co-ordinator says data indicates water levels declining

By Lisa Goudy


There is a small chance of major flooding in Moose Jaw this year.

“We have a couple spots that are earmarked on the waterway in the Moose Jaw River as it’s coming into the city that give us that 24-hour heads up as to what kind of conditions we can see here in the city,” said Brian Wilson, emergency measure organization (EMO) co-ordinator and deputy fire chief with the Moose Jaw Fire Department.

“So far we’re not seeing anything that’s alarming. The water levels in Thunder Creek and the Moose Jaw River, certainly the data that we’re seeing at this stage of the game appear to have already peaked or reached that crest and are starting to decline.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Looking out for victims of crime

First trauma K9 in Canada visits Taking Action for Victims luncheon
Kim Gramlich, victim services co-ordinator
with the Delta Police Victim Services in British
Columbia, poses with Caber, her trauma K9, in
the Macoun Lounge at SIAST on April 8, 2014. She
made a presentation at the Taking Action for
Victims luncheon to coincide with National Victims
of Crime Awareness Week held April 6 to 12.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

There is a reason dogs are known as peoples’ best friends.

“Dogs can help people in a way that human beings cannot. Dogs connect with human beings on a different level than other humans do,” said Kim Gramlich, victim services co-ordinator with the Delta Police Victim Services in British Columbia. “There is this kind of unconditional love and acceptance instantly upon meeting them where as with me and a client, there isn’t that same level of connection.

“Maybe eventually we can develop more of a sort of trusting relationship, but in the first instance, I’m still a stranger.”

Gramlich, along with her partner, a yellow Labrador retriever named Caber, did a presentation at the Taking Action for Victims luncheon in the Macoun Lounge at SIAST on Tuesday. The Moose Jaw Partners Against Violence Committee put on the luncheon to coincide with National Victims of Crime Awareness Week held April 6 to 12.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Four traffic bylaw amendments passed

Coun. Don Mitchell speaks at the
April 7, 2014 council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The school bus loading zone sign at Prince Arthur Community School will be relocated.

Council passed an amendment to the traffic bylaw, No. 4230, to relocate the sign to make sure there is enough space for school buses to load and unload passengers.

At the Oct. 15, 2013 council meeting, council adopted a resolution after considering the report of the transportation services advisory committee. It was one of the bylaws that came forward as a result of that resolution at Monday’s meeting.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council cancels speculative housing program

Coun. Patrick Boyle explains why he
believes the speculative housing
program should be cancelled at the
April 7, 2014 council meeting at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


A week ago, executive committee voted to keep the speculative housing program as is. At Monday’s council meeting, council cancelled the program unanimously.

“Before this, we didn’t have a chance to talk to anyone in the community about this a little bit more and after doing some of that discussion with them, I think the program has ran its course,” said Coun. Patrick Boyle, who requested the revote on the motion previously moved by Coun. Dawn Luhning at last week’s executive committee meeting.

“Based on what we’re seeing in Saskatoon and Regina, I think this is something we can do away with right now. That doesn’t preclude us from another program coming.”

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Fewer building permits, higher value in March

By Lisa Goudy


A new grain elevator will be built in city limits.

Valued at $3.66 million, the city issued a permit for a new grain elevator in March.

There was also a permit for an alteration, repair or addition for a grain elevator. That permit is valued at $2.90 million.

Those were two of 23 permits the City of Moose Jaw issued in March valued at $10.07 million. In March 2013, the city issued 25 permits worth $6.02 million.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Dream on and fight for equality

By Lisa Goudy

Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the balcony in front of his room at the Lorraine Motel when he was assassinated 46 years ago today.
 
It was 6:01 p.m. on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tenn. After being shot, he was immediately transported to a hospital, but at 7:05 p.m., he was pronounced dead.
 
He was 39 years old. He’d spent his life fighting for civil rights, spearheading the movement. The Civil Rights Act was signed in 1964. The act stated that “discrimination based on 'race, color, religion, or national origin' in public establishments (hotels, motels, trailer parks, restaurants, gas stations, bars, taverns, and places of entertainment) that has a connection to interstate commerce or is supported by the state is prohibited.”
 
However, as far as we have come since the 1960s, we still haven’t achieved true equality. There is more work to do.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: More sun needed for seeding season to start

Farmers were hard at work on Aug. 29, 2013 working
toward the harvest just west of Moose Jaw.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Producers are looking for more sun to get ready for seeding.

“The ideal conditions are (having) all the snow is gone, the top couple inches of soil have warmed up preferably to even three or four degrees throughout the day, sun of course and not too wet,” said Shannon Friesen, regional crop specialist with the provincial agriculture department.

On average, the seeding season begins in early May.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Talking about the 2014 tax policy

Executive establishes higher mill rate factor for vacant commercial or industrial land

Coun. Don Mitchell, Coun. Patrick Boyle and Matt
Noble, city manager, listen as Brian Acker, director of
financial services, talks about the 2014 mill rate factors at the March 31, 2014 executive committee meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Vacant commercial and industrial land will have a mill rate factor 2.5 times higher than developed property of that type.

Executive committee discussed and passed a number of mill rate factors for the 2014 tax policy. The most-talked about issue was the establishment of a new sub-class for vacant commercial and industrial land and establishing a mill rate factor for that land.

“We did a review of all the vacant property that we have in Moose Jaw. In terms of commercial, there’s a significant number of vacant properties,” said Brian Acker, director of financial services.