Friday, March 31, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Visible, yet invisible

Cole Ramsey shares difficulties facing the non-binary community
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Cole Ramsey.

By Lisa Goudy

As a non-binary individual, Cole Ramsey has stopped asking themselves when they will be assaulted.

“I’ve been fortunate to not have been assaulted but I’ve kind of accepted that it’s a question of when, not if, and it’s strange to live like that and when I tell other people, they go, ‘What?’ but that’s part of our reality,” said Ramsey, who lives in Moose Jaw.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Remembering Gus Froese

Internationally renowned local artist Gus Froese dies at 87
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
Local artist Gus Froese works on his mural, Town’s
Afire, on the third floor of the Hammond Building on
March 2, 2015. The mural was repurposed from an
old mural he did in 1991 on the old liquor store
that measured 125 feet long and 16 feet high.

By Lisa Goudy

Celebrated local artist Gus Froese died this week at the age of 87 after being in palliative care for six months.

“He was a true mentor for doing what you can for your community with the talents and skills that you have,” said Froese’s daughter-in-law Crystal. “He’s a tough guy to live up to, big shoes to fill.”
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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Screaming for literacy

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
The St. Margaret Book Worms team celebrates
at the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division
Battle of the Books on March 31, 2017.
Holy Trinity holds third annual Battle of the Books finale

By Lisa Goudy

The Mae Wilson Theatre was filled with screams of excitement from kids about literacy on Friday.

It was the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division's third annual Battle of the Books finale where students competed by answering questions about books they’ve read. For the first time this year, there were two groups with Grade 3-5 in the morning and Grade 6-8 in the afternoon. It also marked the first time students in the division from outside Moose Jaw participated in the event.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Province caps grants in lieu reduction funding

By Lisa Goudy

Friday, the provincial government announced it will cap the reduction of grants in lieu of taxes  to municipalities at “no more than 30 per cent of the amount the municipality receives in revenue sharing.”

Moose Jaw is one of the nine communities that will retain a portion of their grants in lieu payments from SaskPower and SaskEnergy, along with Estevaqn, Humboldt, Melfort, Melville, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Weyburn and Yorkton.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Indigenous graduates honoured at special ceremony

Submitted photo
Student Conner LaPointe speaks to the crowd
at the Indigenous honour ceremony at
Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus.
This year was the first time all four Sask. Polytech campuses held such a ceremony

By Lisa Goudy

Graduating Indigenous students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic were recently honoured at a special ceremony at the Moose Jaw campus.

This year was the first year all four Sask. Polytech campuses hosted an Indigenous honour ceremony, which was a big deal for student Conner LaPointe.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Service clubs unite

First annual International Week of Service luncheon held at Heritage Inn

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

(From left): Glen Stephenson, past president of
the Moose Jaw Rotary Club, Lorene LeBere, 
president of the Moose Jaw Rotary Club, and Doug
Rogers of the Friendly City Optimist Club at 
the International Week of Service luncheon
at the Heritage Inn on March 30, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy 

Representatives from six local service clubs spent the noon hour on Thursday learning about each other’s clubs as part of the International Week of Service.

“The goal is really to find a way to let the public know what service clubs do in a community and to see if there are ways to work together,” said Christine Boyczuk, member of the Friendly City Optimist Club and the Rotary Club of Moose Jaw Wakamow.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: City reminds residents of assessment notices

By Lisa Goudy

The City of Moose Jaw is reminding residents that 2017 is an assessment re-evaluation year so residents’ assessment will have changed.

There are several things to consider when reviewing the assessment notice, as indicated by the City of Moose Jaw:

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Cornerstone gets a makeover

Tony and Kim Racioppo take over management of restaurant with a new menu

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Tony and Kim Racioppo, new managers of the
Cornerstone Bar and Grill, stand inside the restaurant.
By Lisa Goudy

There is new management at the Cornerstone Bar and Grill on Main Street.

Tony Racioppo and his wife Kim took over managing the restaurant six weeks ago. Wednesday night, the restaurant held a VIP night for the community to launch the new Cornerstone, which officially launched with a grand opening on Thursday.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Sharing transgender stories

Human rights advocate Laura Budd shares her story as part of Gender Diversity Awareness Week

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Laura Budd, a human rights advocate and transgender
woman and education co-ordinator with Moose Jaw Pride,
speaks at a luncheon in Moose Jaw this week.

By Lisa Goudy

Laura Budd was born with a gender marker of a man, yet from the time she was four years old, she knew that wasn’t who she was.

Born Brice Budd in a farm near Kelliher, Sask., she spent many decades repressing her femininity out of fear of how others would react. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: The ever-evolving art market

Next installation of Moose Jaw Art Market on Saturday to donate to CMHA
File photo/Times-Herald
The Moose Jaw Art Market.

By Lisa Goudy

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) will be a special guest at Saturday’s installation of the Moose Jaw Art Market.

“They’re going to have a booth as well and they’re going to be promoting their calendar art contest that’s going on across Saskatchewan,” said market organizer Jarryth Wood.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: MLAs spar over municipal funding cuts

NDP points to Moose Jaw as one ‘hit the hardest’
Screen shot photo
NDP Municipal Affairs Critic Nicole Rancourt
during Question Period at the Saskatchewan
Legislature on March 29, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

The loss of the grants in lieu program can be compared to taking a child’s allowance away because the parent overspent on a credit card, said the NDP.

Nicole Rancourt, NDP Municipal Affairs Critic, made the comparison during an interview with the Times-Herald after Wednesday’s provincial Question Period at the Legislature in Regina.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Unions propose single bargaining structure for health care workers

Gov’t introduces legislation to create Provincial Health Authority

By Lisa Goudy

Legislation was introduced to create the Provincial Health Authority this week and Saskatchewan unions are calling for a single formal bargaining council structure.

SEIU-West, CUPE and SGEU are preparing a proposal to government to implement a formal bargaining council structure under the Provincial Health Authority (PHA), meaning all unions would negotiate at one table at the same time.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Sharing in the ‘circle of life’

Dickie Yuzicapi shares First Nations culture at Sask. Polytech

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

Dicki Yuzicapi shares part of his culture by playing a
flute at Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Moose Jaw campus.

By Lisa Goudy

Dicki Yuzicapi has spent his life sharing First Nations culture.

Yuzicapi, who recently visited the Moose Jaw campus at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, grew up in a traditional style with his great-grandfather.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Open arms at St. Andrew’s Church

The church is the first in Moose Jaw to be an Affirming congregation 

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

Rev. Jim Tenford delivers his sermon at the St. Andrew’s
United Church service celebrating the church becoming
an Affirming congregation on March 26, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

As the congregation at St. Andrew’s United Church sang their first hymn as an official Affirming congregation, James Szwagierczak couldn’t help but smile.

“This is a huge deal,” said Szwagierczak, volunteer co-ordinator with Moose Jaw Pride, volunteer co-ordinator with Moose Jaw Pride. “This is the only church I’ve ever felt welcome at.”

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Dancing for hunger at Peacock

Dance Images by BJ collects record amount of food at their showcase for the food bank
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
Members of Dance Images by BJ acro dance team,
comprised of ages five to 18, at the 2017
Dance for Hunger showcase.

By Lisa Goudy

Looking at two tables of food in Peacock Collegiate over the weekend made Mackenzie Walter beam with pride.

“Seeing all the food out there was so amazing. There’s so much,” said Walter, a soon-to-be 17-year-old dancer at Dance Images by BJ.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Six jobs cut at Palliser library

Moose Jaw headquarters’ staff reduced by 75 per cent because of provincial budget cuts
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
Stacey Landin, president of CUPE Local 9, outside
the Palliser Regional Library headquarters in
Moose Jaw on March 28, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

Six Palliser Regional Library staff members have been laid off in Moose Jaw because of provincial budget cuts.

“These are folks who work at the headquarters here in Moose Jaw who helped acquire and process books and get them to the smaller rural libraries within the Palliser region,” said Stacey Landin, president of CUPE Local 9, which represents the Palliser Regional Library workers. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Provincial cuts equivalent of 15% tax increase for city

Councillors discuss concerns provincial budget impacts at budget committee meeting
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Budget committee discusses the effects of the
2017-18 provincial budget on the City of
Moose Jaw at the March 27, 2017 meeting.

By Lisa Goudy

Councillors are waiting for some confirmation of numbers in regards to the provincial budget impacts on the city, but they voiced their displeasure at Monday’s budget committee meeting.

If the City of Moose Jaw were to recoup all lost cuts from the provincial government through a tax increase, taxes would need to go up by 15 per cent.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Transgender and genderqueer flags raised at Tourism Moose Jaw

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
A transgender and genderqueer
flag fly at Tourism Moose Jaw.
By Lisa Goudy

The first thing Jacki L’Heureux-Mason wants people to see when coming into Moose Jaw is that the city is inclusive.

That’s why partnering with Moose Jaw Pride for the transgender and genderqueer flag raising on Monday for Gender Diversity Awareness Week made sense for L’Heureux-Mason, executive director of Tourism Moose Jaw.

“We are the frontline of people who are visiting this city. Many people will stop here before they get downtown. Many will stop here and not even enter the city. This is what they see first,” she said.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Finance Minister defends tax changes

Kevin Doherty responds to questions at Moose Jaw chamber breakfast to talk about the budget
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
Finance Minister Kevin Doherty speaks at a breakfast
put on by the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of
Commerce at the Heritage Inn on March 27, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

Finance Minister Kevin Doherty stated he’s open to input but not to changing his numbers when it comes to the 2017-18 provincial budget.

Doherty stopped in Moose Jaw Monday morning for a breakfast put on by the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce as part of his post-budget tour in the province.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Defence dep't releases details of 15 Wing crash

By Lisa Goudy

Monday, the Department of National Defence issued a report related to the Harvard II aircraft that crashed near 15 Wing Moose Jaw on Jan. 27.

There is no information on what caused the crash, as the accident that took place 13 nautical miles is still under investigation.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Drag on display

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
Ivan Tuplzu (real name Dexton Bourne), outgoing
Mx Moose Jaw Pride, performs Burnin’ Up at the
Moose Jaw Pride drag show at the Moose Jaw Public
Library Theatre for Gender Diversity Awareness Week.
By Lisa Goudy

Gender Diversity Awareness Week in Moose Jaw kicked off Saturday night with Moose Jaw Pride's all ages drag show at the Moose Jaw Public Library Theatre.

Last summer, Moose Jaw Pride hosted a drag race where the participants obtained titles. With titles came a term responsibility to do more drag shows in town and out of town. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Students share thoughts on 2017-18 federal budget

Vanier Collegiate the only school in Moose Jaw to participate

By Lisa Goudy

Prior to the Liberals releasing their 2017-18 budget with a $28.5 billion, more than 7,000 Canadian high school students participated in a budget consultation process.

This included 40 Grade 12 students at Vanier Collegiate, the only school in Moose Jaw that participated.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Taking a trip to Mexico at train show

Annual Thunder Creek Model Train Show takes place at Western Development Museum

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
Larry Dickinson shows his Mexican model train
module at the Thunder Creek Model Train Show at the
Western Development Museum over the weekend.
By Lisa Goudy

There were a lot of model trains on display at the Western Development Museum over the weekend, but only one showcasing Mexico.

“The Mexican display really set us apart form the standard mountain and Prairie layouts that people normally see, but we have fun with it,” said Larry Dickinson at the Thunder Creek Model Train Show over the weekend.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: COBS delivering fresh bread to Moose Jaw

Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

Rick and Julia Turchet, owners of COBS Bread
Bakery, with some of their items for purchase at
their first Moose Jaw delivery at Oliv.
By Lisa Goudy
COBS Bread Bakery is now delivering to Moose Jaw every Tuesday for pickup at Oliv.

“A lot of Moose Javians come to Regina and they were just like, ‘Please come. Please open a store there,’” said Julia Turchet, who is the co-owner of COBS Bread along with her husband Rick.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Grant cuts could cost city $1.6 million this year

City manager says city was “blindsided” as provincial government didn’t consult with the city
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City manager Matt Noble in his office on March 24, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

Preliminary calculations show the City of Moose Jaw’s finances could be short by $1.59 million this year because of provincial budget cuts.

“This is out of the blue. It’s a total blindside,” said city manager Matt Noble.  “These are still preliminary numbers because (the government) never consulted with us. There was no consultation on these reductions with the cities who have been severely impacted by this download."

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Brodie Moniker to launch new album in Moose Jaw

Photo courtesy Jeff Sawatsky

Brodie Moniker will play a show
in Moose Jaw on March 25, 2017.
By Lisa Goudy

Brodie Moniker found inspiration for his latest album, Nowhere Left to Ghost.

“They were written while I was here. It’s firsthand stuff and a lot of made-up things,” he said. “It’s everything from spending time with Frank Felt, one of Moose Jaw’s premier poets and performance artists, to relationship songs about things that didn’t work out to the fire on High Street we had recently.”

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Chamber hoping to ‘ride the storm’ of the provincial budget

CEO Rob Clark says there are some positives and some concerning aspects in the 2017-18 document
File photo/Times-Herald
Rob Clark, CEO of the Moose Jaw
and District Chamber of Commerce.

By Lisa Goudy

There is good news and bad news in the provincial budget for Rob Clark, CEO of the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce.

“Good news I guess is the staged reduction on the personal income tax and corporate tax, which is going to help our economy. We’re not really against the consumption,” said Clark.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Union says no innovation in budget

SEIU-West president says instead it is a ‘hack and slash’

Crystal Schick/Times-Herald
Barbara Cape, president of SEIU-West.
By Lisa Goudy

SEIU-West’s president Barbara Cape is calling the provincial budget “short-sighted.”

“I really question how much homework that they did in order to get this budget out the door,” said Cape, who is based out of Moose Jaw.