Friday, December 30, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Support each other in mourning

By Lisa Goudy

As the year winds down, we think about the year past.

This year has seen a lot of highlights and reasons to celebrate. We can think of this in terms of our own personal lives, successes in our city, our province, our country and the world.

But, as with any year, this year has seen a lot of tragedy and loss.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: ‘Everything’s on the table’

Moose Jaw MLAs, NDP leader talk about gov’t forecasted deficit

File photo/Times-Herald

The Saskatchewan Legislature is pictured.

By Lisa Goudy

Faced with a forecasted $1 billion deficit, the provincial government has already made a number of funding cuts and more are likely to come.

“It’s not like we’re going to get a magic bullet,” said Greg Lawrence, MLA for Moose Jaw Wakamow. 

“As the finance minister said, and the premier’s reiterated, everything’s on the table. We have to take a good, hard look at what we do as government and make sure as government we do what we need to do.”

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Man arrested after armed robbery

 By Lisa Goudy

On Christmas Eve at 7:44 p.m., local police attended to High Kick Gas Bar for an armed robbery call.

One man entered the store armed with a knife and fled with cigarettes.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Man killed after single vehicle rollover

By Lisa Goudy

A 34-year-old man from Keeler is dead following a single vehicle rollover in the early hours of Dec. 24.

At 1:25 a.m., emergency services from Moose Jaw were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover on Highway 42 between Marquis and Keeler.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Choosing hope over fear

By Lisa Goudy

I have always wanted to go to Berlin.

Being part German, I’ve always taken an interest in German culture. (I am also part Irish and I have a deep interest in Irish culture as well. Ireland is another location on my list of places I must visit).

Even after hearing of the tragedy in Berlin that eerily mirrors the attack in Nice in France, this doesn’t dampen my desire to go.

But do not take this as not having compassion for the horrors that happened at the market. It was terrifying and part of my heart seemed to break when I woke to hear the news of what happened. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Dakota Towing helping ‘make Christmas better’

Local company donates $2,500 to Riverside Mission

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

Dakota Towing donated $2,500 to Riverside Mission
on Thursday. Pictured outside Riverside Mission are,
from left: Scott Elger, executive director of Riverside
Mission, Moose Jaw police Sgt. Devon Oleniuk,
Dakota Crumley, daughter of the owner of Dakota
Towing, Shon Crumley, owner of Dakota Towing,
Austin Mackimmie of Dakota Towing and
Moose Jaw RCMP Sgt. Tim Schwartz.

By Lisa Goudy

Shon Crumley turned a bad situation into something good.

The owner of Dakota Towing was called out near Caronport on Dec. 4 to recover everything from a semi rollover.

He proposed a solution that involved giving back to the community.

“I was going to accept a donation for a product to be able to give it back to the community as a charitable donation,” said Crumley.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Always Merry Christmas for me

The Christmas display is seen at Fifth Avenue Collection. Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
By Lisa Goudy

Many things have changed over the years, and much more needs to change, but some things should say the same.

In my family, we have a lot of Christmas traditions.

But throughout the whole Christmas season, one thing I can say with 100 per cent certainty won’t change for me is that I will always wish everyone, “Merry Christmas.” 

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Snowfall forecasted for Christmas

Snow falls in Moose Jaw. Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
By Lisa Goudy

It’s going to be a white Christmas.

“It’s actually fairly common to see a white Christmas. We actually see about a 90 per cent chance of a white Christmas in the Moose Jaw area,” said Dayna Vettese, meteorologist with The Weather Network.

A white Christmas in the Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan region is determined if there are two centimetres or more of snow on the ground on Christmas morning.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A hazardous, thrilling dive job

Local dive team helps to recover submerged truck from Buffalo Pound Lake
Photo courtesy Curtis Temple
Curtis Temple, co-owner of Scuba Guys’ Dive
Shop in Moose Jaw, and his team members work to
recover the submerged truck at Buffalo Pound Lake.
By Lisa Goudy

For 27 years, Curtis Temple has been a specialized diver.

As the co-owner of Scuba Guys’ Dive Shop in Moose Jaw, he is also an Instructor Trainer Evaluator for ACUC International. He’s been teaching Scuba in Moose Jaw for 10 years.

Sometimes, he and his team dive into the frozen water to retrieve a submerged vehicle.

It’s that kind of work that gives him a particular rush.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Central students help stray cats

A black cat is seen near Central Collegiate this week. Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
By Lisa Goudy

Teacher Ray Rawlyk is fondly known around Central Collegiate as “the cat guy.”

Being involved with the Stray Cat Rescue and Protection Society (SCRAPS) in Moose Jaw, four years ago he started collecting donations from students at Central. SCRAPS focuses on vaccinations, spay and neutering, feeding and sheltering stray cats.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Sask. gov’t receives K-12 education review report

Dan Perrins’ report presents four options; public consultations encouraged
A school classroom is pictured. File photo/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

Feedback from a provincial review indicated unanimous support from stakeholders that further amalgamations of school boards should not take place.

Dan Perrins submitted his K-12 Education Governance report to Deputy Premier and Education Minister Don Morgan on Wednesday. His report stated he conversed with 32 stakeholders in developing the report, including 19 school boards, the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SBBA), SBBA Public and Catholic sections and Saskatchewan Association of School Business officials, as well as a parent group, the opposition education critic and members of the general public.
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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Offering specialized care for children with special needs

Jobransa Centre to offer daily, specific programming over the Christmas break
Jennifer Glaze, manager of the Jobransa Centre (left) and Victoria Fortune (right), R.O.A.R. director at the Jobransa Centre (right), prepare some food in the kitchen at the centre. Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

Erin Hidlebaugh sees a need for specialized care for children with special needs in Moose Jaw.

As the communications director at the Jobransa Centre, she is pleased that the centre is able to provide respite care for kids with special needs over the Christmas break from Dec. 22 to Jan. 2.

“There isn’t another program that offers specialized programing and care and instruction, most of all instruction, for children with special needs over the break. So we’re kind of filling in a gap in the services in Moose Jaw,” she said.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Front atrium leaking at Wigmore Hospital

By Lisa Goudy

There is a leak in the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital.
“We noticed yesterday that there was some water dripping in the front atrium. We kind of related that to a similar leak we had last winter,” said Jim Allen, vice-president of environmental services with the Five Hills Health Region (FHHR) on Tuesday.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Family violence funding announced for Moose Jaw

By Lisa Goudy

The federal government is providing almost $600,000 in funding over four years to support indigenous women living off-reserve in Moose Jaw, Regina and Prince Albert.

This funding, totaling $598,893, will support women who are survivors of family violence.”
“As we commemorate the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence … we are reminded of the devastating impact of family violence on women and girls,” said Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, who made the announcement on behalf of Health Minister Jane Philpott.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Police respond to attempted retail fraud

Local cops are reminding businesses, residents to use caution 

By Lisa Goudy

Two females part of a larger group behind multiple attempts to defraud businesses in Moose Jaw and Regina were recently apprehended.
The Moose Jaw Police Service responded to a call on Dec. 15 where a local business had an unknown man requesting over the phone to buy in-store gift card with a credit card for the second time in less than a week. People were supposed to pick up these gift cards as a Christmas gift.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Viola Desmond is an inspiration

By Lisa Goudy

As a woman, seeing a female face on a Canadian dollar bill is empowering.

When Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that black rights activist Viola Desmond will be the first Canadian woman on a $10 bill, I was ecstatic.

A lot of diverse people have contributed greatly to this country, not just white men who have always been depicted on banknotes. Desmond will replace Sir John A. Macdonald’s face on the bill. He will move to a higher value note.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Shopping with Cops

Students choose presents for their role models at second annual event
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
(From left): Deputy Chief Cliff Froehlich, Sgt. Trish
Seman and Sgt. Rick Johns help children wrap presents
at Sacred Heart School during the second annual
Shop with Cops event on Thursday.

By Lisa Goudy 

Smiles stretched across kids’ faces as they picked out presents for their role models.

All the time, several police officers with the Moose Jaw Police Service helped the kids with their present choices, wrapping those presents and helping them with their Christmas cards in the Christmas Shop. It was the second school visit in the second annual Shop with Cops program, put on by the Moose Jaw Police Service.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Local Co-op approved special repayment

Board of directors approves equity repayment of 15 per cent of accumulated equity 

By Lisa Goudy

Any Co-op members in Moose Jaw are in for a special bonus this Christmas.

The Moose Jaw Board of Directors has approved a special equity repayment amounting to 15 per cent of accumulated equity.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: SaskPower sets new power use record

Many ways for residents to reduce power usage and power bills 
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
A new power use record was set in Saskatchewan this week.

By Lisa Goudy

With frigid temperatures hitting the province, more power is being used and this week, SaskPower hit a new power use record.

The record was set this past Monday at 5:25 p.m. with peak power use at 3,710 megawatts, surpassing the previous record from Jan. 12, 2016 by 70 megawatts.

“So it’s a pretty substantial jump,” said Heather Johnson, spokesperson with SaskPower.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Two Caronport residents charged with marijuana production

By Lisa Goudy

Two new Caronport residents have been charged with production of marijuana.

On Monday, Moose Jaw RCMP and Caronport Police Service executed a controlled drugs and substances act search warrant at a Caronport residence.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: The sounds of Christmas carols

Annual Rotary Carol Festival kicks off at Zion United Church 
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
Members of the Palliser Heights Junior Choir, directed
by Marilyn Pavier, sing a Christmas song at the Rotary
Carol Festival on Dec. 12, 2016 at Zion United Church.

By Lisa Goudy

Every year, Gord Stewart loves hearing local talent perform Christmas tunes.

That’s been his favourite part of chairing the Rotary Carol Festival for the past 12 years.
“It’s nice to see people come and perform,” said Stewart. “You get a lot of parents, a lot of grandparents, aunts and uncles, but you get people from the community who just like to come out and enjoy a good evening of Christmas music and Christmas music is special.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Kip Moore to play Moose Jaw

Submitted photo
Kip Moore will play Mosaic Place on April 18, 2017.
By Lisa Goudy

Country singer/songwriter Kip Moore will be playing a show in Moose Jaw at Mosaic Place on April 18, 2017.

Moore grew up in a small Georgian town and when he travelled to Nashville to perform locally for four years, soon he caught the attention of an agent. That led to a record deal with MCA Nashville.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Stay fire-free this Christmas

Fire department offers holiday fire prevention tips 
File photo/Times-Herald
Christmas trees need to be
watered daily so they don’t dry out.

By Lisa Goudy

Christmas is a busy time of year, but safety still has to take priority.

“Our mind isn’t totally on safety this time of year. We’re thinking Christmas and the holidays and getting things done. We’re all scurrying around getting everything done,” said Cathie Bassett, public education officer with the Moose Jaw Fire Department. 

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Using art to cope through lasting pain

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
Christina Goudy shows her painting inspired by her
cousin’s rape and murder that won first place at the
Moose Jaw Multicultural Council’s art contest this
year.  She is seen here at the Moose Jaw Newcomer
Welcome Centre on Dec. 10, 2016.
By Lisa Goudy

Christina Goudy is still haunted by her cousin’s rape and murder 20 years ago.

“It was devastating. It just made me think, ‘It’s been 20 years and it’s still affecting me really bad,’” she said. “Oct. 26 every year, it’s just bad for everybody. I hope nobody ever has to go through something like that. It’s the worst thing ever.”

On Oct. 26, 1996, Goudy’s cousin, 14-year-old Darrelle Exner, left a restaurant in Regina and was walking home alone when she was raped and murdered.

Goudy was 17 years old when it happened.