Friday, October 28, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: No to carbon tax

Province to send message to Ottawa to propose an alternative

Submitted photo
At the Saskatchewan legislature this week, the
Government of Saskatchewan passed a motion to oppose 
the federal carbon tax and propose an alternative to 
invest instead in research and development.
By Lisa Goudy

The Sask. Party government is sending a message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government opposing the carbon tax.

“It (a carbon tax) would hurt the economy of Saskatchewan and especially to bring it in at a time when the economy is struggling, it’s just wrong,” said Moose Jaw North MLA Warren Michelson. “It’s the wrong tax to be imposed on Saskatchewan people at this time and there are other alternatives that would make more sense."

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: From Moose Jaw to Peru

Local youth selected to attend international forum; needs to raise $5,800 
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
Justice Eashappie, 23, lives in Moose Jaw and was
selected as the lone Saskatchewan representative
to represent the Western Canadian region as a
youth ambassador to attend Asia-Pacific Economic
Corporation (APEC) in Lima, Peru from Nov. 13 to 20.

By Lisa Goudy
Justice Eashappie, 23, is on a global mission and it all starts in Peru in November.

Eashappie, a First Nations University of Canada political science student who now lives in Moose Jaw, was selected as one of five youth to represent the Western Canadian region as a youth ambassador with Global Vision Junior Team Canada to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) in Lima, Peru. APEC is from Nov. 13-20. He is the lone representative from Saskatchewan.

“It means a lot because in the media, you normally see negative stories and negative things associated with Aboriginal people and people with disabilities,” said Eashappie, who has a mild case of cerebral palsy. “I want to be the one thing where it’s something positive, a positive outlook.”

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: The importance of teen parenting supports

By Lisa Goudy

I can’t imagine being a mother and a teenager.

High school itself is demanding enough with heavy workloads and assignments to finish, not to mention the additional pressures and stresses and enjoyment of being a teenager. In your teen years, many teenagers discover who they are and who they want to become. Thats without being a mother on top of that. 

However, according to Statistics Canada data released this week, the teen mother birth rate in Saskatchewan per capita is higher than any other province. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Training with the Dragoons

Community members can watch Dragoons train on Saturday

By Lisa Goudy

On Saturday, anyone from the community can find out firsthand what the Saskatchewan Dragoons are all about.
The Saskatchewan Dragoons are the reserve unit in Moose Jaw and we work at the armoury just on Main Street, said Capt. Mack Driscoll, deputy commanding officer. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Sharing Tom Sukanen’s story

Sask.-based author Elaine M. Will releases book, Dustship Glory  
 Photo courtesy Elaine M. Will
The final cover of Saskatchewan-based 
graphic novelist Elaine M. Will’s novel, 
Dust-Ship Glory, is shown.

By Lisa Goudy

Thanks to a suggestion from the Internet, Saskatchewan-based author and illustrator Elaine M. Will wrote her second graphic novel about Tom Sukanen.

“It’s called Dust-Ship Glory and it’s adopted from the novel of the same name by Andreas Schroeder,” said Will. “It’s based on the true story of Tom Sukanen, a Finnish immigrant who lived in Saskatchewan during the depression and attempted to build a large steam ship in the middle of his wheat field.

“Of course there’s the reconstruction of the ship outside Moose Jaw with the accompanying museum.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: First cast iron replacement phase almost done

By Lisa Goudy

The first phase of the City of Moose Jaw’s cast iron water main replacement project is almost done.
However, the project has seen its share of delays, including faulty valves and colder, wet weather over the last month. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Singing home on the Prairies

Saskatoon-based francophone artist Alexis Normand to perform tonight in Moose Jaw

Photo courtesy Erin Crooks Photography
Alexis Normand of Saskatoon will play
a show at Common Café on Oct. 22, 2016.

By Lisa Goudy

Saskatoon francophone artist Alexis Normand remembers the first time she learned to play guitar in high school.

When I first learned how to play guitar, I learned by using my Dad’s Beatles book and his guitar. My first song was Yellow Submarine,” she said. “By the time I finished learning all the songs in the book, I started writing my own and it kind of evolved from there.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Rocking out with Johnny 2 Fingers & the Deformities

Moose Jaw trio to play show celebrating Mae Wilson Theatre’s centennial
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Moose Jaw band Johnny 2 Fingers & the Deformities 
will perform at the Mae Wilson Theatre on Oct. 22, 2016.

By Lisa Goudy

When John Dale first heard the idea of the name of his Moose Jaw band, Johnny 2 Fingers & the Deformities, he didn’t like it.

One of his band mates, Kelly Gower said Johnny 2 Fingers was his “gangster name,” said Dale. A friend added the Deformities so then people would wonder “what’s wrong with the other guys,” said Dale.

“I was born with two fingers. Originally I didn’t like it. I thought it was sort of offensive or it hurt my feelings a little bit. Who would take me seriously with a name like that?” added Dale.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Breaking gender stereotypes

By Lisa Goudy

A few weeks ago, most of us have never heard of James Charles, myself included.
Now I know who he is and you should too.

Charles is a 17-year-old high school senior from Bethlehem, New York. He lives with his parents and he has a younger brother. In his spare time, he does makeup for friends at no charge. Over the past year, he’s gained almost 650,000 followers on his Instagram account and more than 90,000 subscribers on his YouTube channels where he posts tutorials.

Last week, he made history and is now an inspiration for people everywhere.Charles is a new CoverGirl model and he is the first boy to be one.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Back in session

Economy, carbon tax priorities for Moose Jaw MLAs 

Submitted photo

The Saskatchewan Legislature is shown.

By Lisa Goudy

Heading back to work at the legislature, local MLAs Greg Lawrence and Warren Michelson are focused on the economy.

The priorities for the government really are to spark the economy and keep the province moving forward, said Michelson, MLA for Moose Jaw North. Were obviously hampered by the prices in potash and oil resources, but in spite of that we are continuing on with no tax increases and continue to be diligent in our fiscal responsibility and keep growth at the centre for the province.

The fall legislative session began on Wednesday.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Fiddling the night away

Award-winning fiddle and step dancing group Everything Fitz to play Moose Jaw 
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Family fiddling and step dancing group, 
Everything Fitz, will perform in Moose Jaw on Friday.

By Lisa Goudy

As a child, Julie Fitzgerald spent a lot of time away from school but she had a “good excuse,” she said.

“We’ve been performing since we were kids,” said Fitzgerald. “We grew up missing a lot of school because we’d be doing tours. Actually the first tour we ever did was in Saskatchewan.”

Fitzgerald is one of the members of the fiddle and step dancing group, Everything Fitz, from Ontario. 

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Wingfield nails it again

RuBarb Productions’ fourth season opens with Wingfield’s Folly 
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
RuBarb Productions’ program for Wingfield’s Folly is shown.

By Lisa Goudy

It takes a talented person to successfully star in a one-person play.

This is especially the case when that one person is playing multiple characters. You have to hold the stage on your own for several hours to captivate the audience.
Of course, part of the success of a one-person play has to do with the script, the set, the costumes and the lighting, but without a lead actor who can captivate the audience with his or her performance for that long, the play would fall flat.

Such an actor with extraordinary talent is Rod Beattie in the one-man Wingfield plays that follow Walt Wingfield, a stockbroker turned farmer living near the fictional small town of Larkspur, Ont. in Persephone Township, and his misadventures while attempting to make a living in the agriculture business. 

Thursday night, RuBarb Productions’ newest season opened with Wingfield’s Folly, the third of seven Wingfield plays at the Mae Wilson Theatre at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre. The first play in the series, Letter From Wingfield Farm, was RuBarb’s first show of its 2014-15 season, and the second play in the series, Wingfield’s Progress was RuBarb’s first show of its 2015-16 season. 

Wingfield’s Folly follows Walt Wingfield’s adventures during his third year on the farm. In it, he finally pinpoints the economic source of his farm troubles, but his new course leads him to his most troubling crisis. He sets up a closed economy with his neighbours and prints his own currency, all while falling in love.

The third installment of the show doesn’t disappoint. 
Of course, if you’ve seen the first two Wingfield plays, you have all of the background, but even if you were a newcomer to the world of Walt Wingfield,it is a joy ride that you can follow easily and enjoy. 

Beattie’s different voices, gestures, his wit and his captivating stage performance not only entertains with laughter, but also with solemnity and an overall engaging performance. 

The way he pauses for dramatic effect, the way he moves, the way he speaks and the way he changes costumes makes it easy to follow what’s going on and to enjoy every moment of it.

Beattie has lots of experience playing Walt Wingfield, so much so that he really has become Walt Wingfield and the other characters in Walt’s life. On Aug. 4, 2013, Beattie’s matinee performance of the first Wingfield play, Letter From Wingfield Farm, at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, B.C. marked Beattie’s 4,500th performance of a Wingfield play in a little under 30 years.

While one-person plays aren’t for everyone, the Wingfield series are great plays to sit back, relax and laugh a lot.

Thanks to Beattie’s performance, it’s easy for the audience to fall in love with Walt Wingfield and his adventures on the farm. The humour and the struggles Walt experiences in these plays especially hits home in Saskatchewan where agriculture plays such a vital role. It’s something we can relate to, regardless of whether we’ve lived or worked on a farm. 

Wingfield’s Folly doesn’t disappoint and is a great way to spend an evening or an afternoon.

RuBarb Productions’ Wingfield Folly runs until Sunday with various showtimes. For more information, contact RuBarb Productions at 306-693-1771 or go online at

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Living at the Natatorium

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
Byrne and Georgene Turner pose outside the Natatorium.
By Lisa Goudy

Walking inside the Natatorium, Byrne Turner is amazed at how divergent everything is compared to what he remembers from the late 1930s.

I didnt realize the pool was this small. I was just a kid then. I was down here swimming all the time, he says. Wow. What a difference.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Six cast iron water main breaks Tuesday

By Lisa Goudy

As of 2 p.m. on Tuesday, six water main breaks were reported to the city’s engineering department affecting 200 properties.

"Our public works manager is deploying additional resources to address this large number of breaks. Restoring full water service to affected residents is our priority," said Josh Mickleborough, director of engineering services with the City of Moose Jaw in a release.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Generations of healing

Lisa Goudy/TImes-Herald
Eugene Arcand, residential school survivor, 
delivers his keynote address at the Reconciliation
and the Media conference in Saskatoon.
By Lisa Goudy

The year was 1958. Eugene Arcand was six years old. He was picked up and taken to a residential school.

“We were put in the shower together … It was the first time I was naked in front of others who weren’t my parents,” he said. “I remember the smells of the institution.”

Arcand, a Cree from the Muskeg Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, spent 10 years at the St. Michael Indian Residential School in Duck Lake and one year at the Lebret Student Residence. Both schools were in Saskatchewan.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Counting my lucky stars

By Lisa Goudy

This week I was reminded of how lucky I am to be alive.

On Tuesday, I headed to Saskatoon for the Reconciliation and the Media conference, which was excellent. I will be sharing and implementing what I learned the best I can with my colleagues. I drove through rain the entire way to Saskatoon with my sister, but it was nothing much to worry about.

By the time the conference ended on Wednesday and I hit the road to head back to Moose Jaw, it was around 5:30 p.m. It had been snowing all day and it was instant winter.

Naturally, I checked the Highway Hotline before heading out. 

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Parlez-vous français?

ACF Moose Jaw to offer adult French classes
Submitted photo
Marie-Claire Khadij, director of the Association 
Communautaire Fransaskoise (ACF) Moose Jaw, is pictured.

By Lisa Goudy

Marie-Claire Khadij, director of the Association Communautaire Fransaskoise (ACF) Moose Jaw, saw a demand for adult French classes in Moose Jaw.

“We’ve been getting a lot of requests from the community of people in Moose Jaw from people who want to learn French," said Khadij.