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    We know what to do. Layer up, have the boots, scarf, toque and gloves ready at all times but imagine if you had never experienced one of our winters before.

    That's the reality for many of our neighbours here in Moose Jaw as newcomers to Canada prepare for the cold weather ahead that we just take as part of our daily lives. The Moose Jaw Multicultural Council is trying to help and Community Connections Coordinator Tyler Bastedo says they could always use winter clothing donations as they lend a hand.

    "We're not doing a formal drive or anything but we are doing a winter clothing orientation," said Bastedo. "We accept donations for that because that's usually when we identify the needs of our newcomers when it comes to winter clothing."

    The Multicultural Council will be holding a winter orientation on October 16th and will explore what newcomers can expect in terms of the weather, snow and cold conditions, how to prepare for them and even enjoy their first prairie winter.

     


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    Allocating costs and telling elected officials what we think are the important items in the community, Moose Jaw City Hall has launched another survey to get information from residents ahead of the 2019 budget talks.

    The Budget and City Services Survey is now live on the city's website and takes about 10 minutes to complete, according to Communications Manager Craig Hemingway.

    "There are a couple (questions) that will take longer than others because there are some questions related to setting priorities and there is one question that is asking 'if you had $100 to spend across a number of city services, how would you allocate those dollars?' So you have to figure that out and make it add up to 100 at the end."

    All the answers given in the survey will be shown to City Council and administration as they prepare the 2019 budget deliberations.


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    The roster is different, but that doesn't mean the expectations are changing for the Moose Jaw Warriors this season.

    After winning the Scotty Munro Trophy as regular season champions last season, the Warriors have lost a lot of scoring and their starting goalie, but there's a new crop of players ready to lead the team in 2018-19.

    "It may not be as pretty (this season), but it's going to be effective," said Warriors head coach Tim Hunter ahead of Friday night's season opener in Brandon.

    "We're going to have three different phases of our team: right now, Christmas time it's going to be quite a bit better and then by the end of the year, we're going to be a lot better, it will be a night and day difference. It's going to take patience, a lot of work by the coaching staff and the players."

    The Warriors used 36 different players during the preseason as they looked for replacements for Jayden Halbgewachs, Brayden Burke, Tanner Jeannot, Brett Howden, Oleg Sosunov, Dmitri Zaitsev, Brody Willms and more.

    Moose Jaw loses 258 goals from last year's team, but Hunter is confident that they have the players in place to remain competitive this season after making a push last season.

    "We're going to try to play the same way, it may not look the same; the end result, how the puck ends up in the other team's end, how many nice passes we're able to make and all that; but we have to keep trying to play the same way because how our players are going to develop the fastest and be the best players possible," said Hunter.

    Peckford Dec2819-year-old forward Ryan Peckford will be one of the leaders offensively for the Moose Jaw Warriors this season. (Photo: Marc Smith)

    Players like Tate Popple, Brecon Wood, Tyler Smithies and Tristyn DeRoose will be asked to take on bigger roles.

    Ryan Peckford will be one of the players that will be tasked with taking his game to another level this season. The 19-year-old was acquired last season in a trade with Victoria and finished the season with 20 goals and 49 points

    He said he knows that he will need to lead the way, along with Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick Justin Almeida and 20-year-old Tristin Langan.

    "I want to have a big year offensively and help out the team that way and just lead by example, so I'm really excited," said Peckford.

    "We won't be as offensive, obviously we lost a few guys, but I think we'll still be pretty offensive and we're going to have to play both styles of games, sometimes we'll have to grind it, but we'll still have that offence there and it will be a good mix."

    There's a lot of unknowns offensively heading into the season for the Warriors, but that's not the case on the defensive side where the team has one of the stronger returning groups in the league, led by NHL draft picks Josh Brook and Jett Woo, as well as 20-year-old Brandon Schuldhaus.

    Those three lead a group that also includes 2017 first round pick Daemon Hunt as well as Dalton Hamaliuk, Matthew Benson, Matthew Sanders, Drae Gardiner, and Brendan Kwiatkowski.

    Brook Cougars Feb319-year-old defenceman Josh Brook will lead a loaded defensive core for the Moose Jaw Warriors this season. (Photo: Marc Smith)

    The biggest change will be in goal where a season-ending injury to Brody Willms thrust 18-year-old goalie Adam Evanoff into the starting role.

    Evanoff said he's ready to take his game up a notch in his second season in the WHL.

    "I feel pretty confident, the coaches did a great job of preparing the team for the big show and come this weekend we'll be ready to go," said Evanoff.

    "We've got a good system here, we've just got to stick to it. It's definitely a different team than last year, but every year, you're going to have a different team, so if we stick to the system, we'll be good."

    The Warriors have brought in overage goalie Brodan Salmond to help Evanoff along, while 17-year-old goalie Ethan Fitzgerald remains with the team to open the season.

    "Nobody is being handed anything, Adam is taking the opportunity, he prepared real well, had a great summer, he's way fitter than he was laster and he's matured as an individual, which is a big part of it," said Hunter. "We'll see how it all works out between him and Brodan in the early going and see who's going to carry the ball."

    The Warriors head into Brandon to face a Wheat Kings team on the rise in their season opener.

    Peckford said the Warriors are looking forward to seeing how they match-up with one of the contenders early in the season.

    "It's always an exciting time to start the regular season off and we want to start it well, so we've been getting prepared and are all excited to play," said Peckford.

    "They're a good team, they play a similar style to us, so we just have to come out ready and prepared to play our best because they'll be good."

    The Warriors and Wheat Kings hit the ice at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night at Westoba Place in Brandon. You can catch all the action on Country 100, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:10 p.m.

    The two sides finish up the opening weekend on Saturday night at Mosaic Place when the Warriors will raise their Scotty Munro Trophy and East Division title banners to rafters. 

    Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., the Pre-Game Show hits the air on Country 100 at 6:40 p.m. and the pre-game ceremonies start at 7 p.m.


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    Heather Eby is one of four candidates hoping to make the cut in the upcoming by-election. 

    One thing that Eby feels puts her a step above the rest is her past experience; not only was she previously on Council, but she's also been busy with local boards and running her own home-based business. 

    She was on City Council from 2009-2016 and believes there's more work that she could be doing for the benefit of our city.2016councilresultsThe 2016 council results on election day.

    "I felt like I still have good support in the community and also feel like I still have a lot left to offer City Council and the community as a whole. I just didn't feel like I was quite done doing what I had wanted to do while being there. Of course, I did not have any anticipation of there being a by-election, but when the opportunity came up it seemed like the perfect time to try and step back in."

    Experience isn't the only thing that Eby has in her toolbox. She detailed what else she brings to the table and what she has been up to since not being re-elected last term. 

    "I'm very community-orientated and I have lots and lots of contacts in the community and that makes me really accessible. Since I haven't been on Council in the last two years, I've been on the board of the Moose Jaw YMCA and I've been very fortunate to work there with some really talented individuals on the board, so I feel like I've also had some good mentorship there as well."

    Eby missed a spot on Council by a small margin of votes in 2016, which is another reason why she wants to return to a seat in Council Chambers. 

    "I feel like coming in mid-term a person really needs to be ready to hit the ground running, the budget cycle is supposed to start in October, which is much earlier than normal. Just to be able to slide into those things and have an understanding of the process and of what's expected, I think it would be really beneficial with all the experience that I do have."

    The issue she would like to focus on, like many others, is infrastructure. However, she said that in the last six months her attention has shifted to wanting to the make the community a safe place. She believes Moose Jaw has seen more serious crimes lately, and that community members have spoken to her about it. As a result she would like to see what more supports we can offer law enforcement and other agencies to make our city even safer. 

     

     


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    Once a farmer, always a farmer. 

    That statement rings true for Arthur Cedergren who now lives in Moose Jaw but spent years growing up and running their family farm near the community of Keeler, Saskatchewan. Their farmhouse was built in 1905 by Cedergren's father. 

    He's turning 99 years old next month on Halloween and just participated in his 83rd Harvest according to his daughter. Cedergren still remembers his first harvest back in 1934, and just one short year later in 1935 he took over their family farm and became the head of the operation. 

    For the last handful of years, Cedergren has been overjoyed to hop back in the machinery with the rest of the guys during harvest but noted things look a lot different than they used to from the inside of a combine or any other equipment. 

    "It has changed tremendously, I couldn't believe it... I've been riding out on the combine a little bit the last two years," explained Cerdgren. " I started out with my first combine with, it was a six foot and we were cutting two feet."

    He also said that he was surprised by the sound and dust-proof cabs that producers see nowadays and back when he was running things it was much more labour intensive.

    "I think the farmers today are doing a very good job. Their overhead expenses are completely foreign to me... the way it's being farmed is far more productive today than it was, say in the 30s and 40s."

    Not only has technology advanced greatly over the years for Cedergren to witness, but he also said even the soil and the food farmers grow is getting better each year. 

    "The last two years the crops have been absolutely perfect, far better than I ever saw. You're using different technology now and a lot more fertilizer; we didn't use fertilizer because we couldn't afford it. The crops are unbelievable comparing it to the area when I was farming."

    Cedergren noted that when he was the head of the household on their family farm it was a mixed farm, but he added that they also had animals over the years as well, such as cattle and horses. 

     


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    Autumn begins Saturday in Saskatchewan, and Mother Nature is setting it off with a bang. 

    We didn't see much precipitation throughout the summer months, but things are much different as we transition into another season. According to the forecast the start of fall is going to be wet and we may see our first bit of snow in the Friendly City. 

    "Waves of rain and snow will occur across the Canadian prairies as we move forward through the next few days. The precipitation is going to continue in the wet weather mode we've been in for a while. There will be widespread moisture to deal with as we go forward through the next few days and it does include snow," described Drew Lerner. "Precipitation (Friday) is going to be most concentrated near the U.S. border and areas south of Highway 1 will see widespread rain and some drizzle. The moisture totals in that area will most likely end up in the range of around 3-8 millimeters, we'll look for some local totals close to 13 millimeters immediately along the U.S. border."

    It may put some people's minds at ease that Lerner predicts most snowfall will be dissolved to puddles shortly after the sun comes up on Saturday, if we see any in this area. 

    "The greatest snowfall will likely occur in the northwest part of the province, we'll look for totals that could run from 6-13 centimeters. After this system passes, we'll likely see drier and colder air working its way back across the prairies."

    Click here to see the full five-day forecast. 

     


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    Any time you try to host an outdoor event, especially in Saskatchewan, you know there's a possibility of having to move indoors. 

    That's exactly what Moose Jaw's Journey to Hope is doing for their annual event on Saturday. The group of dedicated volunteers look to raise funds to help with suicide prevention, spread awareness about suicide statistics, as well share with residents what supports are available. 

    Each year they host a walk, which typically takes place in Crescent Park; however, this year they'll be moving it to the Jones Funeral Chapel. Although normally organizers, volunteers, and attendees brave the cold, this year conditions are just a bit too foreboding to ignore.

    The event will run with its normal schedule; it will just be moved to the funeral chapel which is located at 106 Athabasca Street East.


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