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Councillors Get Raise

The headline reads, "Council Approves Gross Wage Increase."  Moose Jaw City Council voting in favour this week to give themselves a raise.  While their gross pay will go up, their net pay will remain about the same because of a federal tax adjustment.

Most of the locals commenting on this DiscoverMooseJaw.com story are not in favour of this.  Sandi says "I would also like a wage increase to bolster what I lose via taxes...pay them less and less tax comes off."

Elaine says, "Yep...it's gross alright."

But, a man named Keith says, "I don't have a problem...Our elected officials were underpaid relative to other cities in the province to begin with..."

Keith's right.  In fact, when the mayor's annual salary goes from just over $68,000 to $79,000 it'll still be well below the $88,000 the mayor of Prince Albert earns.  Yorkton's mayor makes about $81,000 and in Swift Current the pay is $78,000 and those are apparently part-time positions.

I've said it before; if we want to attract quality people to City Council we have to pay them a reasonable salary.  

Local Economy

You'll remember because it was within the past decade.  We had a shortage of housing, including affordable housing, here in Moose Jaw.  There was a push on to change that and we did.  Developers saw the opportunity and built a number of multi-unit, affordable homes.

Unfortunate then that not long after those homes were ready for occupancy, the economy took a downturn - nationally, provincially and locally.

If you take a look at "HelloGoodBuy", the new classifieds section on DiscoverMooseJaw.com today, you'll find 123 houses and apartments for rent, 141 houses and condos for sale and a number of commercial buildings for sale and rent.  

That's a sure sign of an economic slump.

However, I've talked to a number of optimistic, local business people in real estate and retail and they're expecting better days ahead.  They point to the SaskPower plant that was recently announced as one of the projects that will stimulate the local economy.

A Wink and a Smile

I have fond memories of my Mom.  I had a wonderful childhood and my Mom was a big part of that.  She was warm and loving.  She hugged and kissed.  She talked and listened.  Turns out, she knew what she was doing.

I see the local Empire School is posting some educational material for parents on social media.  They're sharing what they call "simple ways to help the growth and development" of our children.

Studies have found our kids need a minimum of 8 touches a day to feel connected to a parent.  Simple pats on the shoulder and little hugs go a long way.

They've also found eye-to-eye conversation on a daily basis is important.

And, it has also been proven the most important 9 minutes of a child's day are the first 3 minutes after they wake up, the first 3 minutes when they get home from school and the 3 minutes before they go to bed.  The experts say those brief times are special moments when we need to make our children feel loved.

Karma

I believe in karma.  If you do the right thing, something good will happen in your future.

We made that happen yesterday when we learned about local man Blaec Harkness.  He found $140.00 on the floor at the grocery store the other day.  He watched social media for a clue and found it.  He returned that money to the man who lost it.  We awarded Blaec with the CHAB Salute - a gift card for Bobby's Place Olde World Tavern.

It got me thinking about all the times I've lost and found cash.  The last time was just last fall.  I was at a local convenience store standing in line.  The guy in front of me spotted a $20 bill on the floor at exactly the same time I did.  He looked at it, looked at me and asked, "Is that yours?"

I said, "Nope."  

He said "Are you sure?"

I said, "Yes.  Positive."

So, he picked up with a smile and then he looked back at me and asked, "Do you need it?"

I said, "No, not really, but thanks for asking."

He took the $20 and we both felt good about it.  And I've had karma on my side ever since.  I'm still waiting.

O Canada, OH, NO!

Oh, the pundits will be a real pleasure to listen to today.  They'll be pointing fingers and painstakingly pinpointing the problems as they see them.  Team Canada was a failure at the World Junior Hockey Championships.

The boys from Finland upset our guys in quarter final action last night.  They came from behind to tie the game in the final minute and scored a beauty to win it in overtime.  2-1 was the final score.

The men in charge of the organization will be worried sick about their jobs this morning.  Some of the young men who played for Team Canada will be devastated.

The fact is, those Finnish boys are good.  They played well.  Another fact:  Switzerland upset Sweden yesterday.  That's not "supposed" to happen but it did.

It used to be any one of 3 or 4 teams could win that tournament.  Now it's any one of 6 or 7 teams that can win it.  That makes the game of hockey and that tournament better, doesn't it?

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