Thursday, October 29, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Man charged with seven firearm offences

By Lisa Goudy

Murray Banilevic, 61, is charged with seven firearm-related offences, as well as two additional charges.

On Wednesday, the Moose Jaw Police Service and the RCMP Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant on the 1000 block of Seventh Avenue Southwest for firearm-related offences. When they arrived, police found two non-restricted firearms, as well as a prohibited firearm. There was also ammunition.

The seven charges relate to three different firearms.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Surviving the emotional path of police work

International policing expert speaks at wellness conference in Moose Jaw
Dr. Kevin Gilmartin gives a presentation at the first
annual  Saskatchewan Wellness Conference, put on by
the Moose Jaw Police Association, the Moose Jaw Police
Service and the Saskatchewan Federation of Police
Officers, at the Heritage Inn on Oct. 29, 2015.
The conference drew officers from across Canada.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

Dr. Kevin Gilmartin believes that "every community has the police department that it deserves," he said.

"If you don't invest in your police officers and their wellbeing, you'll end up with a sub-par police department and everybody suffers. So I like that saying," he said. "When you invest in your police, you'll have a force worth serving the community."

Gilmartin, a world-renowned policing expert who spent 20 years in law enforcement in Tucson, Ariz. supervising the Behavioural Sciences Unit and the Hostage Negotiations Team and who is also a guest instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., was one of the keynote speakers at the first annual Saskatchewan Police Officer Wellness Conference on Thursday at the Heritage Inn.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: FHHR finds solution for hospital parking woes

Region to build another staff parking lot right away
No-parking signs are in place along Diefenbaker Drive
leading to the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

Several staff members at the new hospital have nowhere to park when they arrive at work first thing in the morning.

However, the Five Hills Health Region (FHHR) has an immediate solution, effective today.

One staff member, who requested anonymity, said on Wednesday that staff members are "not happy at all with parking" and that most staff parking spots are gone by 7:45 a.m.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Taking care of police members

Moose Jaw Police Association hosting first annual wellness conference

By Lisa Goudy

It's natural for police officers to take care of others, but it's also important for those officers to take care of themselves.

"We all got into policing to help people and it goes without saying that we all love our career and it's a very rewarding career, but there are challenges that come with policing," said Cpl. Taylor Mickleborough with the Moose Jaw Police Service and president of the Moose Jaw Police Association.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Investing in efficiencies within the City of Moose Jaw

Executive committee approves developing a prototype environment
Executive committee meets on Oct. 27, 2015 at city hall.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

The City of Moose Jaw is looking for efficiencies in purchase orders, job costing and inventory.

Many of those areas are done manually.
"For an example, right now for purchase orders, it's a paper process. If I want to buy something, I write in the book. I write a purchase order and it goes to finance and they create a copy and the paper that goes back and forth is quite a process," said Ryan Nelson, acting manager of information technology.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Peacock welding program receives $50,000

Peacock Collegiate one of 10 schools in Canada to receive donation from CWA Foundation
Martin Holzer (left), welding instructor at Peacock
 Collegiate, and some of his students listen as the
CWA Foundation announces its $50,000-donation
to the school's welding program on Oct. 27, 2015.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

Peacock Collegiate welding teacher Martin Holzer was moved almost beyond words after learning about a $50,000 donation to the welding program.

"It's a relief because of the budget cuts that everybody's going through across the province," he said.

"This is a big help. I told (Principal Dustin Swanson) last year I kept count of my budgets and I can tell you to the penny what I've got every day. I went to him last year in November and I said, 'On my projections, we'll run out of money by Easter.'"

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: MJFD to keep providing fire services to 15 Wing

Fire Chief Rod Montgomery speaks to the provision of
fire suppression services to 15 Wing at the Oct.
26, 2015 executive committee meeting.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
By Lisa Goudy

For the last 15 years, the Moose Jaw Fire Department (MJFD) has provided fire suppression services to 15 Wing.

This is done through an agreement with Public Works Canada and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). The current contract expires on Dec. 31, 2015.

However, on May 20, 2015, PWGSC released a call for proposals with a closing date of May 29 to cover the year 2016 only. Moose Jaw’s fire department submitted a proposal, which was accepted and signed by PWGSC.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Three recipients recognized for beauty

Mark and Marianne Mann, who won the Best
Residential Floral Display beautification award, pose
with Mayor Deb Higgins and Daily Lennox, parks
gardener at the Oct. 19, 2015 council meeting.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
By Lisa Goudy

Last Monday marked the 35th year the City of Moose Jaw has given our beautification awards.

"The purpose of the beautification awards are to promote civic pride, to recognize citizens for their work in keeping Moose Jaw beautiful, to promote friendly competition and to encourage residents to get out and garden," said Jody Hauta, director of parks and recreation.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Shooting pool for charity

Dooly's and Rotary Club hold annual Pool Challenge fundraiser
Cedric Delavaud watches as Jennifer Loizeau takes
a shot at Dooly's Pool Challenge on Oct. 24, 2015.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

Twenty teams lined up on Saturday afternoon at Dooly's ready to support breast cancer research and local rotary projects.

Partnering with the Rotary Club of Moose Jaw, the annual Pool Challenge has been taking place in Moose Jaw since 2002.

"My dad's been in rotary since forever," said Marc Coupland, manager at Dooly's.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: NYC-based musician adds pizzazz to old favourites

Jazz and classical pianist John Stetch to perform in Moose Jaw on Tuesday
John Stetch, a jazz and classical pianist originally
from Edmonton who now lives in New York City,
will play a show in Moose Jaw on Oct. 27,
2015 at 8 p.m. at Zion United Church.
Submitted photo 

By Lisa Goudy

John Stetch is a six-time JUNO nominee jazz/classical pianist in New York City, but he didn't learn to play until he was 18.

On Tuesday at 8 p.m., he will perform a concert at Zion United Church in Moose Jaw.

"I went to McGill University for piano and then just basically moved to New York and learned from people that way, sort of the old fashioned way," said Stetch, who is originally from Edmonton.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Celebrating homemade crafts at Whistlestop

Annual Whistlestop Christmas craft sale held at Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds
Denise Panasiuk shows off some of her hand-painted
porcelain at her English Floral Garden Art booth at
the Whistlestop Christmas craft sale at the Moose
Jaw Exhibition Grounds on Oct, 24, 2015.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

When Denise Panasiuk first came to Canada from England, she wanted to have a matching tableware set.

"It was a little bit too expensive. So I decided to do my own and people saw it and it grew from there," she said. "I find it quite relaxing, really, just to sit there and be able to paint and I really find it awesome that people are interested in buying these ... It's a hobby."

Now running English Garden Floral Art, she does hand-painted porcelain and glass.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A symbol of remembrance

Annual Royal Canadian Legion poppy campaign starts this week
The Royal Canadian Legion's annual
poppy campaign begins this week.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

A century ago, Lt. Col. John McCrae penned the famous poem, 'In Flanders Fields.'

This week, the Royal Canadian Legion is starting their annual poppy campaign. For legion Branch 59 poppy chairperson Christine Simpson, the campaign has special significance.

"I lived in Germany for four years. I was in the military. I'm a veteran myself and if every Canadian, whether they be children or adult, could go to Europe and see how the Europeans remember ...  it's just a very emotional and overwhelming thing to be over there and see the devastation," she said.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Moose Jaw ranks 86th entrepreneurial community in Canada

Canadian Federation of Independent Business releases annual report
Main Street is shown in Moose Jaw.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

Out of 121 Canadian cities in the 2015 Entrepreneurial Communities report, there are eight from Saskatchewan.

The report, compiled by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, (CFIB) looks at how communities support and promote entrepreneurship. CFIB uses 14 indicators in presence, perspective and policy for a score out of 100.

Two of those communities made the top 10 - Lloydminster at No. 9 and Swift Current at No. 10. Moose Jaw is ranked at No. 81. This is behind Saskatoon at No. 13, Regina at No. 32, North Battleford at No. 34 and Yorkton at No. 77. The only Saskatchewan city ranked lower than Moose Jaw is Prince Albert at No. 91.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Controversy with most recent tax incentive

By Lisa Goudy

In February 2014, council passed a tax incentive program for new and expanding businesses.

"There has been some good uptake and I know the most recent one has been a little controversial for some people," said Mayor Deb Higgins.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Catapulting pumpkins

Lindale School students take part in pumpkin festivities

Lindale School students catapult
pumpkins on Oct. 23, 2015.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
By Lisa Goudy

Emily Haner and Shaylin Hodgson spent a week building a catapult that launched a pumpkin.

"It's made out of all wood, except for one metal part," said Haner. "When we pull it down, it hooks on so when we're ready to pull it, we pull the string."

Haner and Hodgson, two Grade 6 students at Lindale School, were among this year's participants in the school's pumpkin festival, which included catapulting pumpkins on Oct. 23.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: 'A moving experience' of the Holocaust

Police chief travels to concentration camps, Israel on a group tour
The group Police Chief Rick Bourassa was with for
 the From Compassion to Action tour put on by the
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust
Studies stand on Mt. Scopus overlooking Jerusalem.
Submitted photo

By Lisa Goudy

When Police Chief Rick Bourassa visited Birkenau and Auschwitz with a concentration camp survivor, it was cold and damp outside.

"What really struck me was how quiet it was. There were no birds. There was no noise. It was eerily still and quiet the whole time we were there and we were there for the entire day," he said. "It was just a stark reminder of what it must have been like and a horrible set of circumstances."

He was one of a group of 24 Canadians, comprised primarily of senior police and government officials, who went on the tour, From Compassion to Action, put on by the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies. Bourassa's daughter, who was a history major in university, also accompanied him.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: An eight-year-and-counting success story

Local business Eneray Sustainable Structures Inc. has seen immense growth

One of the decks that local business, Eneray
Sustainable Structures Inc., has completed is shown.
Submitted photo 
By Lisa Goudy

Eight years ago, Michael Dombowsky had an idea ahead of his time for a business.

He'd already been working in construction in design and building aspects for three decades. He approached his youngest brother, Ben, who specialized in product development and marketing. Together, they founded Eneray Sustainable Structures Inc. in Moose Jaw.

"The company is based on the use of a new technology in concrete. So we use both a high performance and an ultra-high performance fibre reinforced concrete. So it's like concrete on steroids," said Dombowsky.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Living in the present, past and future

By Lisa Goudy

We are now living in the future depicted in the 1989 film 'Back to the Future II.'

In the film 'Back to the Future II,' Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown travel from 1985 Oct. 21, 2015 to save Marty's children. In the future, they arrive in Hill Valley in California at 4:29 p.m. 

So, naturally, on 'Back to the Future' Day, the Internet went crazy over it, including many comparisons on what the film got right and wrong about the future.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: City ponders withdrawing from Main Street program

By Lisa Goudy

The city is considering stopping participation in a program intended to revitalize historic downtowns.

At Monday's council meeting, councillors had one item in the economic development commission (EDC) meeting minutes requiring approval from council. That item was a motion for the city to discontinue participating in the Main Street Affiliate Program.

"The Main Street program needs to be driven from the community," said Mayor Deb Higgins.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Old hospital to be demolished

City of Moose Jaw to take property possession after demolition and cleanup
The old hospital site of the Moose Jaw
Union Hospital is shown on Oct. 22, 2015.
 Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

With the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital up and running this week, it won't be long before the Moose Jaw Union Hospital is demolished.

After demolition and site cleanup, the City of Moose Jaw will take possession of the land. This spring, council decided to purchase the six-acre land for approximately $680,000, which Mayor Deb Higgins described as a "pretty reasonable price."

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