Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Moving onto next phase of city recycling

Next up for recycling discussions is likely issuing RFPs for options

Mayor Deb Higgins is pictured at the
June 23, 2014 council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Residents can expect firm recycling decisions in the coming months.

“Most of us have talked about curbside as long as it’s single-stream,” said Mayor Deb Higgins.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Moving aside projects for an escalator

The sun shines over Mosaic Place.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Coun. Candis Kirkpatrick had no trouble supporting eliminating certain projects to accommodate an escalator at Mosaic Place.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Repairs coming to 650 meters of East Feeder Water Line

Coun. Brian Swanson talks about the first phase
of the East Feeder Water Line replacement
at the June 23, 2014 council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Part of the East Feeder Water Line is going to be replaced this year, but Coun. Brian Swanson maintains it’s not enough.

“It needs to be done. It’s urgent. We are short in our capital budget,” he said.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: The recycling conundrum

Moose Jaw residents to be part of provincial residential recycling program

The recycling bins in Sobey's parking lot are seen on
June 23. Sobey's has extended the timeline to keep
the recycling bins on their parking lot until Dec. 31.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Jud Riendeau is happy with the city’s current recycling program, but he’d like to see a curbside recycling program.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Upside-down, iguanas and music at Hometown Fair 2014

Another successful year for the fair grounds
The Ferris Wheel rotates at the 2014 Hometown
Fair on the night of June 21, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

Cody Catley, 10, wobbled around in a water ball.

All the while, he couldn’t stop smiling, even as he turned every which way possible in the ball on top of the water.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Ghosts and murder in the night

Tessa Gray tells stories of hauntings and murder as
the trolley travels the streets of Moose Jaw on Tourism
Moose Jaw's ghost tour on the night of June 21, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

The wind howls through the trees. It’s dark. We huddle together in the Rosedale Cemetery, holding a ghost sensor in each hand. It’s time for the Tourism Moose Jaw Ghost Tour and Tales of Murder to start.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Finding White Track’s former glory

About 50 volunteers help cleanup the area at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park
A group of volunteers work on a river crossing
in the White Track Ski Hill area in Buffalo
Pound Provincial Park on June 21, 2014.
 Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

Jocelyn Froehlich concentrated at the muddy path as she steered her truck toward the top of the hill.

“In a perfect world, the ski hill would be open and it would be a four-season,” she said, adding the White Track Ski Hill area has been closed for a decade. “We’re trying to restore it. The biking is just getting more popular.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Festival of Words poetry slam to feature performance poet C.R. Avery

By Lisa Goudy

C.R. Avery compares his writing schedule to doing the dishes.

“You should clean the house once a week or you should do dishes every day, but when guests are coming over you kind of slip into overdrive. It’s the same with writing a little bit,” he said.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Time for cow show and tell

Caitlin Reimer, who is involved with the Valley View 4-H
Club, brushes her Black Angus heifer Jinx for the Moose
Jaw Regional Show at the Hometown Fair on Saturday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Eleven-year-old Hayes Mealing wanted to learn more about cows. That’s why he first joined the Moose Jaw 4-H Club.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Take a chance once in a while

By Lisa Goudy

You never forget the surge of adrenaline as you climb the hill. You never forget the feeling it gives you as you race down a steep incline. You never forget how happy or how terrified you are for taking the chance.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Déjà Vu to hold grand re-opening next week

Staff members at Deja Vu gather for a photo
inside the restaurant this week. The restaurant
is holding its grand re-opening next week.
 Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for the owners and staff at the new location of Déjà Vu.

“Our first three months were growing pains and learning,” said Brandon Richardson, co-owner of Déjà Vu restaurant along with his wife Tammy. “Now everything’s good. We try and have lunch in 15 minutes and then we try for supper half an hour or less. At the beginning it was quite a long wait.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: City crews work hard to fill the void

Road repair progress to double in July

By Lisa Goudy

Residents are going to see a big difference in road repairs come July.

The second pothole truck is scheduled to arrive by the end of July.

“We’re not even a third into the season and we have over half the backlog done. That’s really good progress,” said Duane Grado, public works manager. “So we anticipate that we’ll get all the backlog done for sure and the ones that occur in 2014. It’s overwhelming. It’ll be a very positive thing for the residents of Moose Jaw.”

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Festival of Words planning coming along with a month left to go

By Lisa Goudy

The word is going to hit the street in a few weeks in Moose Jaw’s downtown.

“Everything’s downtown. The historic downtown Moose Jaw is an important feature for tourists who come here and it’s an attraction. It’s a beautiful town so we want to be able to show it off while we bring people in for the festival,” said Sarah Simison, operations co-ordinator with the Festival of Words.

“Things are coming together. It’s just really, really busy in the office this time of year for us, but pass sales are going really well.”

The 2014 Saskatchewan Festival of Words will run from July 17 to 20. Featuring about 25 prominent authors and illustrators, the festival has a number of events including readings, a poetry slam, book clubs, story time and panels with various authors.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Retaining wall contravening bylaw allowed to remain

The retaining wall at the home of 1301
Hochelaga St. W. that runs along 13th Avenue
Northwest has been in place for 20 years. It is
seen on the afternoon of June 17, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

A retaining wall that’s been in place for 20 years, contrary to a city bylaw, is not going anywhere.

After receiving a complaint of the retaining wall extending to the curb at 1301 Hochelaga St. W., city administration checked with city engineers for buildings permits and with the parks and recreation department for boulevard approval. No such approval or permit was found.

As there is no city sidewalk at the location and it’s within the 1.5 meters of the curb, the bylaw enforcement office sent owner Ronald Pohl a letter instructing him to remove the structure. A city report also said the structure prevents the passenger door of vehicles legally parking on 13th Avenue Northwest from opening.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Considering a citizen budget option

Executive passes changes to the budget process

(From left): Matt Noble, city manager, Brian Acker,
director of financial services, and Jody Hauta,
director of parks and recreation are seen at the
June 16, 2014 executive committee meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

For anyone who ever wanted to adjust a budget, that might just be an option this year.

Brian Acker, director of financial services, said city administration is considering including a citizen budget option.

“It allows the general public to go in and basically adjust the budget,” he said. “You have some key things in your budget and you’re able to say, ‘We’d like to see you put more on roads and, doing that, maybe a little less here.’ We’re anticipating that type of public input process.”

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A garden plot here to stay for 2014

Executive approves keeping it on city-owned land until end of season

Warren Byrne makes a presentation to executive
committee at the June 16, 2014 meeting requesting
an extension of removing a garden plot behind their
home on city-owned property until the end of the
growing season to harvest the garden.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

A full house of citizens lined the Scoop Lewry Room Monday night.

Warren and Linda Byrne made their appeal to executive committee regarding a registered letter sent to them from bylaw enforcement that required the Byrnes to remove a garden plot from city-owned land behind their home at 1419 Stadacona St. W.

“We’re just asking if we could have an extension of removing the garden plot until Oct. 1 just to be able to harvest the garden,” said Warren Byrne. “I’ve got seed in the shed right now that I will use to seed it back to grass.”

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Cleanup planned at White Track skiing area

By Lisa Goudy

A group is working to refurbish the trails at White Track Ski Hill area.

Organizers are issuing a call for volunteers to help work on the ruts and mud bog to build a rock crossing on Rutledge. The cleanup event will take place on Saturday.

“We will provide some food and prizes that have been donated by our local bike shops,” said Jocelyn Froehlich, one of the organizers.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Moose Jaw student Kendra Vanstone wins Sask. professional leadership award

Kendra Vanstone, a Grade 11 student at Cornerstone
Christian School, won the Saskatchewan Junior
Achievement Professional Leadership Award and will
be going on an all-expense paid trip to Toronto in
August for the Next Generation Leaders Forum.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: There’s nothing quite like live theatre

By Lisa Goudy

I’ve always loved live theatre. I’ve seen it on so many scales and I’ve enjoyed my experience every time. I’ve seen multiple Broadway shows in New York City. I’ve seen travelling Broadway productions that have come to Regina and Saskatoon. I’ve been to countless Globe Theatre productions in Regina over a span of many years. I’ve seen RuBarb Productions performances in Moose Jaw.

I’ve loved every minute of every production in every theatre I’ve attended. We need to value the nature of the arts and of live theatre. It entertains. It makes us laugh. It makes us cry. It makes us reflect on our own lives. It makes us feel. Those qualities can never be overvalued and we should all appreciate the beauty of live theatre.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Festival of Words to feature graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks

By Lisa Goudy

If Hollywood action heroes like Indiana Jones were female, Faith Erin Hicks would be over the moon.

“I’m a nerd … I really like Star Trek. I really like action movies. I like Indiana Jones. I really like science fiction and I looked at a lot of that stuff and I thought it would be so much better if Indiana Jones were a girl," she said.

“It would be so much better if there was a genre of stories with female characters in them. So, a lot of the stories that I write and draw now kind of come from that and comes from my desire to see myself reflected in the genre that I enjoy.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Donations, awards given out at Lions’ meeting

Moose Jaw Lions Club to dissolve at the end of June

By Lisa Goudy

Eight people were honoured with prestigious awards at a recent Lions Club meeting.

“I think it’s important because these people have never had these awards and most of the other people in the club have had them in the past,” said Bob McKenty, a Moose Jaw Lion. “This is just a way of honouring these people.”

Ron Metcalfe, Lions’ district governor, and Ryan Hrechka, Lions’ president, received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. Jones founded Lions International in 1917.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council notebook: Making way for the off-leash dog park in bylaws

Council is pictured at the June 9, 2014 meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Two dog bylaws were amended to allow for the off-leash dog park.

At Monday’s council meeting, the dog bylaw was amended to allow dogs to run without a leash at the dog park that will be at Hamilton Flats. The dangerous dog bylaw was also amended to ban dangerous dogs from the off-leash dog park.

Coun. Heather Eby asked when construction of the dog park is expected to begin. Jody Hauta, director of parks and recreation, said the city is in the process of preparing tenders and it is hopeful construction will begin in the fall.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Student stories shared through iMovie

King George Elementary School has digital storytelling workshop

Holly Cunningham (left) and Cassie Lamb (right),
two Grade 7 students at King George Elementary
School, work on their digital stories at the digital
storytelling workshop led by Evie Ruddy with
SaskCulture in the afternoon of June 10, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

King George Elementary School Grade 7 student Holly Cunningham had mixed feelings when she and her family left Ireland for Moose Jaw almost a year ago.

“It was really sad leaving because we were still at security and we could still see everyone crying, but it was really good because we knew that (Canada) was a much better place than home,” she said. 

“There’s money here and we just have to suck it up because we will be back, obviously. It was kind of happy and kind of sad at the same time.”

That was the focus of her digital story during the two-day digital storytelling workshop at King George Elementary School on Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon with Evie Ruddy, an animateur with SaskCulture.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Kittens need fur-ever homes

By Lisa Goudy

“The kittens are nine-week old feral kittens that we caught and tamed when they were about five weeks old and they are looking for their fur-ever home,” said Glady Bell, president and founder of the Stray Cat Rescue and Protection Society (SCRAPS). “They’re all males except the black ones are females.”

The kittens need to be adopted out soon because there are another 13 kittens that will soon be ready to find their homes too, said Bell. There were eight kittens, but two were adopted out over the weekend.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: More rooftop fun at Bobby's

By Lisa Goudy

Music is returning to the rooftop of Bobby’s Place this year.

“Basically it’s going to be the same thing as last year,” said Kevin Haakenson, owner of Bobby’s Place Olde World Tavern. “This year the money will go to the Y … It ran very smoothly last year and we sold out.”

The event will take place on July 19 from 5 p.m. to midnight. The Rooftop Ceilidh last year raised $1,500 for cystic fibrosis and Haakenson expects this year’s event will raise the same amount.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Water mains, paving patches and more

By Lisa Goudy

The engineering department dedicated time in the first three months of the year to figure out a priority map of cast iron water main replacements.

“Considerable time was spent co-ordinating what is going to be our cast iron water main replacement for this year,” said Ty Stokes, director of engineering services with the city.

He added there is a budget of $2.2 million this year for cast iron water main replacement.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Bringing the kids together at RuBarb

RuBarb Jr. show runs Thursday to Saturday at Mae Wilson Theatre

By Lisa Goudy

There is a special kind of energy circulating around RuBarb Productions Inc. these days.

RuBarb Jr.’s production of Disney’s Cinderella Kids and Other Hits from the Magical Kingdom, will run from Thursday to Saturday at the Mae Wilson Theatre at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre at 7 p.m. each night.

“This is a great way to support and encourage the next generation of performers in Moose Jaw and area,” said Evie Koop Sawatzky, artistic director of RuBarb. “It’s a great show for girls and guys. It’s not just the story of Cinderella. You meet a lot of other characters at Fairy Tale Academy.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Re-learning the basics of life

Brain injury survivor shares her story at council

Emilia Becker, who lives with a brain injury and
is a summer student with the Saskatchewan
Brain Injury Association, shares her story at
the June 9, 2014 council meeting at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Nailing down Natatorium reinforcements

Council approves immediate repair of structural shoring

The Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool opened for the
season on June 9, 2014. At that evening's council
meeting, city council voted in favour of repairing the
structural shoring in the Natatorium at a cost of
$27,127 with a budget of $30,000 as soon as possible.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Monday marked the opening of the outdoor pool and news of its leakage.

“The outdoor pool is losing water and it’s happening at an unacceptable rate at the present time. We’ve had this issue in the past and we have been able to provide the service,” said Jody Hauta, director of parks and recreation. “At one point in the past, it took a couple of years to determine the exact cause of the leakage. We are currently troubleshooting the issues to determine the cause.”

However, some work will be done soon on the Natatorium.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Then vs. now

By Lisa Goudy

It’s been 70 years since D-Day.

On June 6, 1944, almost 150,000 troops invaded onto the beach of Normandy. Of those, 14,000 were Canadians. A lot of people died.

I was reminded of this when I stumbled across an article on The Globe and Mail website called “Then and now in pictures: 70 years later, Normandy’s beaches retain memory of D-Day invasion.”

Reuters’ photographer Chris Helgren found archive pictures taken during the invasion and returned to the same locations. Looking through the photos, there are immediate differences. The area has become a tourist location. The beaches are filled with tourists.

And yet, there is a striking resemblance. The lines of the buildings are the same as are other parts of the landscape. It’s unmistakable.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Author/illustrator Ruth Ohi to show and tell at Festival of Words

By Lisa Goudy

Ruth Ohi loves to see her characters brought to life on the page.

“When I’m coming up with an idea, I see the storyboard, the pages, what I would like to see in the picture book in my head and I can see the character alive in my head. So it is satisfying to illustrate my own stories,” she said.

“All my author illustrated books, they’re emotional reactions to something that I’ve experienced or seen or read in a newspaper. I write and draw from that and ask myself, ‘What if?’ and that’s usually my starting point for a story.”

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Learning about transformation within hostility

By Lisa Goudy

Hostility is quite prevalent in this world.

“Hostility, that term means that there’s very often perhaps a hesitance to see spiritual components within the pragmatics of a western-minded civilization,” said Rev. Dr. Alistair Petrie, long-term pastor and the executive director of Partnership Ministries. “There is always going to be the blend of the spiritual and the physical of the pragmatics.”

Hostility and its existence is all the more reason to learn about global issues and obstacles for various cities as well as relevance of the Gospel, said Petrie.

On Friday and Saturday, he will speak in Moose Jaw at the Restore Our Land conference at Victory Church, hosted by Greg and Maureen Simpson. The conference is at 7 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past shines on many levels

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By Lisa Goudy

It is hard to find anything wrong with X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The plot is complicated, but it’s explained and shown in an easy-to-understand manner.

The characters are interesting and have a lot of depth as they grow and evolve during the film.

The effects are fantastic to watch and only add to a great story with twists and turns along the way.

There is action, drama, intrigue and humour in the film that unites old with new.

Even if anyone had an issue with any of the previous X-Men films, X-Men: Days of Future Past makes them all be forgotten. It is more than satisfactory. It is one of the best superhero films ever made. It serves as a sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: First Class (2011).

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in the year 2023 in a post-apocalyptic world where the death-mongering robots, Sentinels, dominate the world. Mutants and humans are on the brink of doom as the Sentinels kill mutants and any humans who help them.

In an attempt to change the fate of the world, professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) enlist the help of Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) to send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back to 1973 to stop young Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from killing Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage).
That event eventually leads to the apocalyptic future.

To stop the future from coming to fruition, Wolverine must find the younger Charles (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), who have become alienated after the traumatic events that occurred in X-Men: First Class.

As it is with all films involving time travel, and especially in this one, because it doesn’t just stay in the past but also jumps to the future during the film, there is the high possibility of making a convoluted mess.

Director Bryan Singer and screenplay writer Simon Kinberg also introduced a plethora of characters, some of which had very small roles.

However, what the creative team has instead created is a compelling and mind-blowing movie filled with characters, plots and scenes that make it a memorable film.

Cutting back to the dystopian future at several points isn’t jarring, but fitting in the way that it’s used.
The story doesn’t become confusing at any point in time.

While certain mutants were pushed to the side, Singer and Kinberg have kept the most interesting ones at the focal point of the film.

For instance, the brief appearance of Quicksilver (Evan Peters) is one of the best scenes in the movie. That scene, as well as others, is visually appealing with stunning choreography.

Other familiar characters, many of which are given new layers, are part of the driving force of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Young Charles is in a point in his life where he has lost hope, which is a contrast to how his character is generally seen, which is as a teacher and a leader.

Seeing this role reversal, especially as it relates to Wolverine, is fresh and incredibly well acted.
Young Magneto is angry, bitter and constantly unstable.

Mystique, who has always remained a mysterious character, is given new levels of depth in the movie. None of the characters are good or evil. Nothing is black and white. That makes it all the more interesting.

The acting is superb. All the cast did an outstanding job of portraying the characters and the casting is perfect.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is a fantastic film on every level. It is guaranteed to satisfy the likes of any X-Men fan. It sets a new standard that’s going to be hard to top. 

*** This review also appeared in the June 4, 2014 issue of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald's weekly paper, FYi

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Clearing the waters for employment at the SSILC

Tina Ludwar, employment services manager at
the South Saskatchewan Independent Living
Centre (SSILC), works in her office this week.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

The South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre (SSILC) helps the invisible become visible.

“People that come in here are good people and sometimes I think they get overlooked because they blend in. They’re on social assistance. They have poor self-esteem and they, I guess, in a sense become invisible,” said Tina Ludwar, employment services manager at the SSILC in Moose Jaw.

“We are here to show them and to support them and to tell them you are not invisible. You are a valuable member of this community.”

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Fewer building permits, lower value in May 2014

By Lisa Goudy

There were 12 fewer permits worth approximately $410,000 less in May 2014 compared to May 2013.

The city issued 49 building permits last month with a value of $6.38 million. In May 2013, the city issued 61 permits worth $6.79 million.

Among last month’s permits included nine commercial and industrial permits with a total value of $1.42 million.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Small businesses and other strategies stem from FCM conference

By Lisa Goudy

Encouraging small businesses was a highlight of two elected officials at the recent Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) conference in Niagara Falls.

“I still think it’s a good idea to promote our local businesses,” said Mayor Deb Higgins. “I think it’s an eye opener in many cases to see the variety of goods and services that are available in the community. You don’t have to travel to find the services that you need.”

During a session dedicated to encouraging small businesses, there was a presentation on a campaign in several cities in Eastern Canada.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Infrastructure the underlying theme of FCM conference

By Lisa Goudy

One of the best ways to gather new information is by learning what other cities are doing.

That was one of the messages Mayor Deb Higgins is taking with her after attending the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) conference this past weekend in Niagara Falls.

“It touched on a number of things, I think, that are important to the City of Moose Jaw,” said Higgins. “It’s always good to get out and see what other communities are doing.”

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Gail Bowen coming to her “favourite festival” at Festival of Words

By Lisa Goudy

It’s been 14 adventures for Joanne Kilbourn, but she is showing no signs of slowing down.

As a widowed mother, university professor and political analyst, she always gets involved in criminal investigations in Saskatchewan.

Kilbourn’s creator is returning to the Saskatchewan Festival of Words this summer.

“It is, I think, my favourite festival. It really is. We go to lots and they’re all wonderful in a way, but I don’t know. There’s something especially good about the one in Moose Jaw,” said Gail Bowen, Regina’s best-selling mystery author most well known for her Kilbourn mysteries.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: The fun side of staying healthy

Four-year-old Alexa Gray prepares to roll
an inflatable ball during her round of
inflatable bowling at the Fairford Street East
YMCA in the afternoon of June 1, 2014 for
YMCA Moose Jaw's Healthy Kids Day 2014.
 Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

There were a lot of smiling, giggling children at the YMCA on Sunday afternoon.

“Children nowadays, I think, spend a lot of time on computers and electronics and I think as a whole people are busy and don’t spend a lot of time together as a family,” said Sara Lyall, manager of human resources and communications with the Moose Jaw YMCA.

“This is just really something that promotes families getting together and then just learning different things to be healthy and just learning that healthy can be fun.”

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A duet from one artist to another

Jennifer McRorie paints her baby's hand as Ramses
Calderon responds by playing a melody on his guitar
at the Artists Duet: In Light of Presence event at
the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre on May 31, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

A hand started to take shape as a soothing guitar melody bounced around in the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre.

Ramses Calderon watched carefully as Jennifer McRorie extracted the lighter colours on her eraser drawing of her newborn baby’s hand. In response, he improvised a melody on his guitar as she worked.

After a 10-minute break, the process was reversed and McRorie painted in response to Calderon’s song that he wrote for his newborn daughter. It was a live presentation of two different types of art at Artists Duet: In Light of Presence.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: An accord among the Sask. NDP members

Broten reflects on NDP convention and issues that matter to families

NDP Opposition Leader Cam Broten gives his
address at the Saskatchewan NDP's annual
convention in Moose Jaw on May 31, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

NDP Opposition Leader Cam Broten felt a sense of unity near the end of the Saskatchewan NDP convention.

“Members are excited and looking forward to carrying on the work in local communities,” he said. “It’s been a really good time for us as a party here this weekend reflecting on the hard work that we’ve done last year, the building that we’ve done and really looking ahead to the work that we have to do.”

The hundreds of delegates at the convention participated in secret ballot leadership review vote required by the NDP’s constitution to see if they support the current leader. Broten’s leadership was approved by 98.7 per cent of delegates.

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