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Carnie's Comments - Canada's Team?

It happens annually...usually around this time of year when top teams in the National Hockey League begin competing for the Stanley Cup.

So-called hockey "fans" start chirping about "their" teams and teasing others about the teams they pull for.  It's good fun.


BUT, the fun alway seems to come with an irritant.  What irks me is when hockey "fans" talk about the "Canadian" teams in the playoffs.  They say there's only ONE Canadian team this year;  Montreal Canadiens.  What they "mean" is there's only one Canadian BASED team.


You see, hockey is Canada's game.  There are Canadians on each and every playoff team.


In fact, there are Saskatchewan boys on 13 of the 16 playoff teams.  


The Philadelphia Flyers have 15 Canadians on their roster.  Dallas has 16 and the team with the most?  Colorado Avalanche.  They have 18 Canadian players on the team.  Oh, and the Montreal "Canadiens"?  They have 13 Canadian boys on the team and their captain is American.  Please, don't tell me the Habs are "Canada's team".

Carnie's Comments - TIME TO SHINE

They're on the way from across the country.  We'll see hundreds from Prince Albert and dozens from BC and Halifax, Toronto and Chateauguay, Quebec.  They are hockey players, coaches, managers, parents, family, friends and fans...HOCKEY fans.  They're coming here for The Telus Cup - our national midget hockey championship.


It starts on Monday.  The host Moose Jaw Generals will compete for the title in a 6 team, round robin tournament with an eye on Sunday, April 27th.  That afternoon, the two top teams will compete for the title on national TV.


Moose Jaw, YOU are once again going to be front and centre on the national stage.  It has happened a couple of times since we built Mosaic Place.  I think we'll do our part.  We'll smile and greet our visitors with a friendly demeanor, won't we?  I'll bet Mosaic Place will be all shined up and lookin' good, too.


I wonder how we could get some street sweepers out to clean up around our arena?  I wonder how we could get all the potholes on Main Street and around the downtown core filled up before the weekend.  I'll bet you'd have to be the mayor or city manager to make that happen.  I'll bet nothing like that will happen.


Carnie's Comments - Smyth Retires

Hockey fans across the country could feel it.  Hockey fans in Edmonton and Moose Jaw were the ones shedding the tears.  Some happy tears...some sad.  Happy he had a long and illustrious career. Sad because it's the end of the road.


Ryan Smyth of the Edmonton Oilers decided to retire from the NHL last week.  He announced it without tears on Friday.  He played his final game on home ice Saturday and he couldn't hold back the tears.


Smyth, who got his start playing Midget "AA" out in Caronport before he starred with the Moose Jaw Warriors, walked away after 18 seasons of professional hockey.


A lot of stories and memories were shared on the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast on Saturday night.  I'll never forget the impact Smyth had on then Warriors coach Mike Babcock.  Smyth was just 16 years old when he started taking regular shifts for our Warriors.  Babcock loved him because, after each and every shift, Smyth would come to the bench, catch his breath and give Babcock "the wink". He was letting him know he was ready to go.


Speculation is they'll retire his #94 in Edmonton and local folks are wondering if the Warriors should retire his #28.  I think the answer is "Yes".

MLA Musings April 11, 2014


altFrom the desk of Greg Lawrence, Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA...


Counsel for Children Legislation Introduced

The provincial government has introduced legislation to provide legal counsel for children in child protection hearings.

This will allow the Public Guardian and Trustee to appoint counsel for children when the Provincial Court or the Court of Queen’s Bench does not believe the child’s views or interests will be adequately represented in court. The Public Guardian and Trustee may also decide to provide a child with counsel upon request from the child, a family member or another concerned person.

These changes are being accomplished through amendments to The Public Guardian and Trustee Act, The Queen’s Bench Act, 1998, and The Provincial Court Act, 1998.

“Giving children a voice in child protection matters that concern them is a priority for this government,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said. “This ensures the best interests of children in Saskatchewan are protected in a way that is in line with approaches used in other provinces.”

The legislation is a response to recommendations made by the Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth.

The legislation also establishes specific criteria for the courts and the Public Guardian and Trustee to use when deciding whether to appoint legal counsel for a child. A Counsel for Children program will be created within the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee to oversee the training and appointment of counsel for children.



WCB Benefits Expanded to Include Substitute Teachers

The Government of Saskatchewan has amended the Workers’ Compensation Act Exclusion Regulations to include mandatory WCB coverage for substitute teachers in the province.

The amendment means that Saskatchewan’s substitute teachers now have guaranteed access to the Workers’ Compensation Board’s (WCB) compensation benefits and services if they are injured on the job. This includes wage replacement, medical and hospital treatment, and vocational rehabilitation if needed. It also means that school boards and substitute teachers are protected from lawsuits when an injury happens.

The ministry will be providing funding to school divisions to recognize the additional cost incurred for WCB premiums for substitute teachers. The WCB will also be contacting school boards to advise them of the change and provide additional information.

“This has been a long-standing issue for Saskatchewan teachers,” Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation President Colin Keess said. “The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation has been advocating on behalf of teachers on this matter for more than a decade. We are pleased to see that Minister Morgan and government have responded by providing substitute teachers with access to workers’ compensation benefits.”

“We are pleased with the government’s decision to legislate and fully fund the inclusion of substitute teachers within workers’ compensation insurance,” Saskatchewan School Boards Association President Janet Foord said. “Boards of education take workplace safety seriously, but in the event of an incident we are happy that all of our professional teaching staff are assured protection.”

The new regulations took effect March 6, 2014.

Carnie's Comments - BACON

It has been happening for years and we're getting it more and more all the time...or, so it seems.


It's on the radio and on the TV.  It's on social media and in the newspaper. a steady stream of information on what we should and shouldn't be eating and drinking.  I think it works.  Most people I know really think about what they consume these days.  We're more careful and, generally speaking, I think most of us eat cleaner, healthier food than we used to.'ve been having some fun at the radio station with "National Grilled Cheese Day", which is actually tomorrow.  We got the idea from the culinary department at SIAST.  They're celebrating with some special recipes which include a variety of cheese and....and....the bacon dipping sauce.


Let me tell you about this.  They finely slice bacon and onion and saute it in the pan 'til the bacon is crispy and the onions caramelized.  Then, with the bacon grease still in the pan, they add a nice barbecue sauce and some ketchup.  Then they simmer it.  That's it.  That's the bacon dipping sauce is ready.


Sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind and do a little living and eat a little bacon, don't you?  I know it's wrong but, it just sounds so right!

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