Saturday, June 24, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: The return of catalogue shopping

By Lisa Goudy

I am reminded today of something my grandparents recently told me.

I was over at their place for dinner with the family and my grandparents noted that we as a society are going back to catalogue shopping, except using the Internet, and that it was a shame.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized they were right. Catalogue shopping was a big thing years ago. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Selling lemonade for a cause

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Cassidy Evans, 9, poses with a cup of lemonade during a break
in the after school rush in Moose Jaw on June 23, 2017.
By Lisa Goudy

Nine-year-old Cassidy Evans has a secret recipe for her lemonade.

Every year for the last five years, she has been selling that lemonade, as well as some snacks, for a cause close to her heart.

All of the proceeds from the lemonade stand go toward finding a cure for cystic fibrosis by supporting Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: ‘A tale of two brain injuries’

Submitted photo

Hailey Harms is a brain injury survivor from Shellbrook,
Sask. who is one of the faces of the Saskatchewan Brain
Injury Association’s brain injury awareness month campaign.
By Lisa Goudy

Hailey Harms of Shellbrook, Sask. dreamed of becoming a professional figure skater since she was five years old.

A champion figure skater competing for the Saskatchewan High Performance Figure Skating Team working to become part of the Canadian national team, Harms lived and trained all over the country. At 16, she moved to British Columbia to join the Vancouver International Ice Dance Academy.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Doctor calls on gov’t to reverse podiatry services cut

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Dr. Ata Stationwala poses for a photo in his
office at Providence Place in Moose Jaw.
By Lisa Goudy

Moose Jaw’s only podiatrist believes the provincial government’s decision to cut funding to podiatry services effective July 1 will result in patients losing limbs.

“There’s no question that the community here needs the service. From a business standpoint, I’m going to have no issues maintaining the clinic,” said Dr. Ata Stationwala.

“My concern is it’s going to be a clinic that’s now going to be for the elite, those who can afford the services. A lot of times the people who need the services the most are the people that don’t have the fiscal means to come after the service. So it’s a challenge for sure. I am very much concerned about some of my patients who are going to end up losing legs because of these changes.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Sunningdale supports local shelter

Grade 3 class takes on social change project to collect donations to the humane society

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

Van Nagel, Grade 3 student at Sunningdale
Elementary School, and Tayler Gardner, Grade 3
teacher at Sunningdale, pose by the class’ donation to
the Moose Jaw Humane Society on June 20, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

Following a suggestion from one of her students, Tayler Gardner’s Grade 3 class banded together to help the humane society.

“We’re learning a lot at Sunningdale about character education, so respect and empathy and I thought this would be one of the best ways for them to see firsthand about helping people,” said Gardner, a teacher at Sunningdale Elementary School. “It’s so they know they need other people and other people need them. It’s just important to have those relationships and those connections.” 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Preparing for a final farewell

Saskatchewan Express to mark Canada’s 150th birthday with new show set for Moose Jaw this Saturday

Submitted photo

The Saskatchewan Express summer cast is bringing
their new Oh! Canada show to Moose Jaw on June 24,
2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mae Wilson Theatre
at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre.

By Lisa Goudy

As the Saskatchewan Express prepares for its Canada 150 show, Moose Jaw’s Miranda Rose Sheepwash is preparing to say goodbye.

“There’s a lot of nostalgia, I guess, with this show and a lot of last times we’ll be doing things,” said Sheepwash, 21. “So it’s all kind of bittersweet and it’s really nice to be able to be part of the very last cast with Carol (Gay Bell).”

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Moose Jaw Sears store to close

Moose Jaw location one of four in Sask. to shutter doors
Crystal Schick/Times-Herald
The anchor store at the Town ‘n’ Country Mall will be
closing up shop, putting more than 50 people out of work.

By Lisa Goudy

Moose Jaw’s 53 employees at Sears will soon be out of work.

Sears Canada announced Thursday that it is closing 59 locations across Canada, including Moose Jaw’s at the Town ‘n’ Country Mall. The flagship retailer expects to lay off 2,900 workers across Canada as well, both in the retail network and at its corporate head office in Toronto. The Moose Jaw store employs 15 full-time and 38 part-time employees.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Bring in summer in Gravelbourg

Town to host 17th annual solstice festival Friday and Saturday

Submitted photo

Attendees at a previous instalment of the
Summer Solstice Festival d’été in Gravelbourg.

By Lisa Goudy

There’s going to be a party this weekend in Gravelbourg.

The 17th annual volunteer-run Summer Solstice Festival d’été will take place in downtown Gravelbourg.

“My favourite part about the solstice is the evening entertainment to be outside and listening to the music in an outdoor festival,” said Sheryn Bakke, volunteer organizer.
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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Getting to the root of disease

VIDO researcher talks about current diseases and research in livestock during recent Moose Jaw stop

Crystal Schick/Times-Herald

Dr. Volker Gerdts, associate director of research at
the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization
(VIDO), talks about his research at the Saskatchewan
Stock Growers Association (SSGA)’s 104th
annual convention in Moose Jaw.

By Lisa Goudy

Viruses mutate all the time and just as they can affect humans, they can affect livestock as well.

This makes the research and development being done at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO)’s international vaccine centre at the University of Saskatchewan so important. Researchers there focus on diseases affecting the livestock industries that are also important to human health.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Mayor expresses pride over Special Olympics

By Lisa Goudy

Mayor Fraser Tolmie couldn’t wipe a smile off his face when looking back on how the Special Olympics came together in Moose Jaw last weekend.

“I’m proud of our community,” said Tolmie, chair of the Moose Jaw Special Olympics board. “I’m proud of the character of the City of Moose Jaw that they are willing to roll their sleeves up, get involved and they were willing to embrace people from across this province that deal with intellectual disabilities.”

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Reflecting on Sask. Stock Growers Association’s 104th convention

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

Producers visit at the Saskatchewan Stock Growers
Association (SSGA)’s 104th annual convention in Moose Jaw.
By Lisa Goudy

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) returned to its roots this year with the 104th annual convention held in the same location as the first convention 104 years ago – Moose Jaw.

Over a period of three days, members, producers and others involved in the industry gathered at Mosaic Place to hear a number of speakers and have their 2017 annual general meeting.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Parking, transit fees changing July 1

Mayor says biggest reason is to encourage more people to ride the bus
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
A bus pulls up on Main Street.

By Lisa Goudy

Effective July 1, parking meter rates are going up and transit rates are going down.

“The changes are taking place to encourage people to take public transit,” said Mayor Fraser Tolmie. “I will actually be doing it myself. We’re a one-car family and I’ve checked out the bus schedules and I’m going to be trying to take public transit myself on days that I have very few meetings that are out of the office.”

Tolmie used to ride the bus when living in the United Kingdom and his father was a bus driver in Hamilton, Ont. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: NDP elects first female leader

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Nicole Sarauer is the Saskatchewan NDP’s new
interim leader and the first woman to lead the party.
By Lisa Goudy

The Saskatchewan NDP has a new interim leader and for the first time, that leader is a woman.

Nicole Sarauer, MLA for Regina Douglas Park, was elected interim leader of the party Tuesday night, effective immediately.

“I’m honoured to have been chosen by caucus and council to lead the party. It’s important work and it’s exciting work,” she said on Wednesday. “I think I’m one in a line of hopefully many other women who will follow in my footsteps, I suppose. If one young woman sees this and sees me in this space and in this role and sees it then as a potential career opportunity for her, I think that’s a very good thing.”

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Jumpstarting kids into sports

Canadian Tire donates $4,500 to 15 Wing Moose Jaw and hosts Jumpstart Games for students

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

Gord Miller, TSN sportscaster, huddles with a group
of students from Palliser Heights School during a
flag football activity during Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart
Games at 15 Wing Moose Jaw on June 19, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

You’re never too young to get active.

That was the message on Monday as 235 local students from Ecole St. Margaret, Sacred Heart and Palliser Heights schools participated in Jumpstart Games at 15 Wing Moose Jaw. Jumpstart is a national charity helping kids ages four to 18 from families in need to participate in physical activities. Students were joined by Gord Miller, TSN sportscaster, Brayden Schennn, Saskatoon-born NHL centre with the Philadelphia Flyers, and Meaghan Mikkelson, two-time Olympic hockey gold medalist.

“Lives are so busy now. People are so busy and it’s so easy to not be active, but the message of how great it is to be active needs to get out,” said Miller.

Moose Jaw Times-Heral: Spending time with the family

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

Some Providence Place residents enjoy the family
 fun day at Providence Place on June 18, 2017.
Providence Place holds annual fun day over the weekend

By Lisa Goudy

It was a family affair for the residents of Providence Place on Sunday.

The Providence Place Auxiliary hosted a family fun day, complete with a barbecue and bake sale, to support residential programming at the centre.

“It’s a nice opportunity for families to come and enjoy each other’s company,” said Marlene Boyko, president of the auxiliary. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Father’s Day fun at the WDM

Museum opens hoods of classy cars in rare chance to see the engines

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
Brice Reynoldson and his daughter Gracie examine
a 1929 streetcar in the Western Development
Museum on Father’s Day, June 18, 2017.
By Lisa Goudy

Brice Reynoldson and his daughter Gracie had some spare time on Father’s Day and decided to check out the Western Development Museum (WDM).

“I hadn’t been here since I was a kid,” said Reynoldson on Sunday. “She’s never been here. It’s good.”

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Recounting a bike trip from the past

Caron resident Wayne Boldt has story featured in Canada 150 Chicken Soup for the Soul book
Photo courtesy Dan Brown Photography
Wayne Boldt, Caron resident, is now published in
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of Canada with
a story from when he was a young boy.

By Lisa Goudy

When Wayne Boldt was 12 years old, he and his friend Neil decided to go on a two-day bike trip from Saskatoon to the grand opening of the Gardiner Dam on the South Saskatchewan River.

The dam, which is the third largest embankment dam in Canada and one of the largest in the world, officially opened on June 21, 1967.

“I didn’t think my parents would go for that, so I said, ‘Let’s call it our Canada’s centennial project. Maybe that will elevate it,’” said Boldt, who now lives in Caron. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Recognizing the three Joneses

Dedication ceremony held at W.J. Jones and Son Funeral Home honouring its founders
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Don Jones stands in the newly named Donald
Jones Arrangement Room moments after
the official dedication on June 16, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

Since early May, Don Jones has known something was happening at his funeral home on June 16.

It wasn’t until he arrived Friday morning, however, that he realized it was a dedication ceremony honouring himself, his father Irwin and his grandfather W.J. (William John) as founders of W.J. Jones and Son Funeral Home. The two arrangement rooms were named the Donald Jones Arrangement Room and the Irwin Jones Arrangement Room and the chapel was named the W.J. Jones Chapel.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Examining near-space using a balloon

Peacock science project sees launch of high altitude balloon

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Grade 11 Peacock student Jaydon Patterson
prepares to launch a high altitude balloon at
Peacock Collegiate on June 16, 2017.
By Lisa Goudy

Science was flying high in the skies around Moose Jaw Friday morning.

For the second year running, Peacock Collegiate science teacher Stephen Lys launched a high altitude balloon equipped with a GoPro, a GPS and a flight computer to calculate measurements of near-space, the area that extends from sea level to 100,000 feet into the stratosphere.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Experimenting with fruit at the synchrotron

Vanier students conduct research at national lab in Saskatoon
Photo courtesy Canadian Light Source
Vanier students Victoria Wourms and Mac Kouri
place a sample on the beamline at the Canadian Light Source.

By Lisa Goudy

It’s not every day a scientist can eat their experiments.

Eleven Vanier Collegiate students recently conducted science trials at a national synchrotron light source research lab at the University of Saskatchewan.

“I know not many people get to do it, so it was neat being one of the few people who get to experience that.” said Grade 11 student Victoria Wourms. “I’ve always had a fascination with radiation and stuff like that, so getting to see the radiation that they used and the different things they used there was really cool.”

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Greening up the campus

Sask. Poly Moose Jaw campus receives provincial environmental award

By Lisa Goudy

Moose Jaw’s Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus has been recognized with a provincial award for sustainable management.

“We’re very proud of that campus for sure and the efforts that are taken there by our staff and the management of that building,” said Nancy Cherney, assistant deputy minister of the property management division with the Ministry of Central Services, which owns the property. “We are very conscious about the environmental impact and reducing that impact in the community itself.”

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: St. Mary School teacher receives high honour

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
Jillian Lawson shows her Spirit of Military
Families Coin to one of her Grade 4/5 students
at St. Mary School on June 13, 2017.
By Lisa Goudy

Jillian Lawson was in for a surprise at Tuesday’s morning assembly at St. Mary School.

The Grade 4/5 teacher was awarded the Spirit of Military Families Coin, the highest civilian award for outstanding support to military families through the Moose Jaw Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC). 

“It is absolutely fabulous,” she said after receiving the award. “I’m still blown away.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Investing in beef

Elanco Canada Limited donates $10,000 to food drive to kick off the Sask. Stock Growers Association at Mosaic Place

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

Gordon Roger, beef sales manager at Elanco Canada
Limited, announces the company’s donation of $10,000
to the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA)’s
beef drive to support Saskatchewan food banks
at the SSGA’s 104th annual convention at
Mosaic Place on June 12, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

The 104th annual Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) convention in Moose Jaw began Monday with a major donation to help Saskatchewan’s food banks.

“I’m a beef producer and we’re looking for something to do in Saskatchewan on a larger scale and the Stock Growers had already started this program,” said Gordon Roger, originally from Saskatchewan and now the beef sales manager with Elanco Canada Limited based in Guelph, Ont. “So rather than start something new, we thought we’d help them build on this and make them more successful.”

Elanco Canada Limited donated $10,000 from its 100 Communities Initiative to the SSGA’s beef drive that supports food banks in Saskatchewan.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Moose Jaw a finalist in One Horse Town contest

Voting began Monday to possibly host a country superstar concert featuring Darius Rucker and Jess Moskaluke
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Moose Jaw is one of six finalists in this year’s One Horse Town contest.

By Lisa Goudy

Moose Jaw is one of only six contenders to host a major country concert this September. 

The city is a finalist in Coors Banquet’s Canada-wide third annual One Horse Town contest. Moose Jaw is also the only finalist in Saskatchewan.

The winning city will host a concert featuring country stars Darius Rucker, Jon Pardi, the James Barker Band and Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Five Hills recognizes outstanding employees

Safety, retiree recognition and long-service awards handed out Friday

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

April Meshka, a continuing care assistant with the
Five Hills Health Region, stands with her safety
award moments after receiving it at the
Heritage Inn on June 9, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

April Meshka was almost at a loss for words after receiving a safety award from the Five Hills Health Region (FHHR).

“I was surprised, but pleased that my efforts were recognized,” said Meshka, a continuing care assistant with the FHHR at the Craik Health Centre. “I try to keep the staff as safe as possible.”

Friday, June 9, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Safeway reopens as Safeway extra

As part of the grand reopening, store donates to food bank
Gladys Baigent-Therens/Times-Herald
Customers line up outside of the new Safeway
extra store’s grand reopening on June 9, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

Hundreds of people lined up outside Safeway downtown before the doors of the new Safeway Extra store opened at 8 a.m. Friday.

“It was a great turnout,” said Pat Litzenberger, who is the franchise owner of the store with his wife Donna. “We didn’t know what to expect. It was surprisingly unexpected. It was wonderful to see. Everyone was smiling and happy to be here.”

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Main Street resurfacing to begin next week

Portion of Main Street northbound lanes to be closed while work is completed

By Lisa Goudy

Driving along Main Street North is set to get smoother, according to the city.

The street resurfacing program will continue on June 12 on Main Street North from Caribou Street West to Oxford Street West. Work is expected to be completed on June 15, weather permitting. Northbound lanes will be closed.

Resurfacing, explained Colin Prang, manager of engineering with the city, is the process of milling the road surface and put new asphalt down.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: ‘No one right answer to being a human being’

Two-spirit transgender man speaks about his experiences
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
Jack Saddleback speaks about his experiences
during the Canada150 Future Thinkers series put on
by the Saskatchewan Festival of Words at the Moose
Jaw Public Library theatre on June 7, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

Banking is something that should be easy, but for Jack Saddleback, a Cree two-spirit transgender man, it is a constant challenge.

“What should be one of the easiest things to do, banking, is actually quite hard for me because I need to constantly verify who I am at every given moment at every given point,” he said after his presentation at the Festival of Words’ latest Canada 150 Future Thinkers series on Wednesday at the Moose Jaw Public Library theatre. “There should be a little note they can add easily to put in there. The simplest changes can go a long ways.”

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