Student Residence

There is a plan and it was coming together but it's on the back burner now.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic people first told us about it in 2011.  They were talking about building a nice, new students' residence on the land adjacent to the campus along MacDonald Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Moose Jaw North MLA Warren Michelson tells us that getting that residence built will be a priority of his in the new year.  I think it's a great idea.

It's interesting to note, there is no housing shortage right now.  There are 54 houses, apartments and suites for rent today on DiscoverMooseJaw.com and a number of them are in that Sask Polytech neighbourhood.  However, I believe offering students affordable housing on-campus would make the school more attractive and, perhaps, bring more people to our city. It could lead to program expansion - progress, they call it.

So, we have the land, we have the school and we're hearing the provincial economy is moving in the right direction and, it's also interesting to note, Saskatchewan Polytechnic's slogan is "Tomorrow in the Making".  

Outdoor Rinks

We still put some time and effort into it but not like we used to.  The City of Moose Jaw letting us know the outdoor rinks will soon be good to go.  Flooding will continue this week and the outdoor hockey season will be underway.

We're lucky if we have a neighbourhood community association with volunteers to open up the shacks.  You'll find most of them locked up.  It's likely one of the reasons we don't see more families out to play hockey.

You may remember, back in the 70s and into the 80s, we had city workers staffing those shacks.  They were the people who looked after our parks in the summer.  They'd open up around 4 o'clock and build a nice fire in the wood-burning stove.  They'd bring their lunch pail and a thermos of hot coffee.  They'd keep the ice nice and help the kids tie-up their skates.

The lights would stay on 'til 10 o'clock every night and then the rink would be cleaned and flooded.  Every night.  

Those were the days, my friend.  We thought they'd never end.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas......to you and yours and please let me begin

By thanking you for listening...because when you tune us in...

You help keep a local pillar alive and providing local information for you,

Yes, CHAB has been delivering all that and more since 1922.

I don't take much for granted anymore...and as I reflect on another year at the station,

I'm so grateful for doing what I like to do in this city, this province...this nation.

I'm thankful for loyal listeners and their love and generosity at this time of year,

You help us feel the anticipation and excitement as Christmas Day draws near.

There are literally hundreds of local people who listen and call and talk.....

And take ownership in the station, providing news tips and input and that means a lot...

Oh, I love getting the e-mails, cards and the letters because it's reassurance for me

That you and yours are still listening and that means you enjoy the company.

Thanks.  Merry Christmas.

Christmas Traditions

Ah, yes.  Christmas time - Christmas traditions like "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire."  Do you know anyone who does that?  Me neither.

I do know a lot of people like to buy the Christmas nuts still in their shells.  I was never a fan of those.  I suffered a couple of minor injuries trying to get those nuts out of their shells and once you get to them, they're not even salted.  What's the point?

Oh, and how about the Toffifee and the Mandarin oranges?  Are these Christmas time traditions in your home?  Did you know know you can buy them year-round now?

Growing up, it was our tradition for my Dad to make deep fried oysters for brunch and we had a neighbour who would make a trade every Christmas morning.  He'd bring over a plate of bacon wrapped chicken livers and he'd get a plate of oysters, complete with homemade seafood sauce made with ketchup, Worcestershire, and horseradish.  I just thought that was normal.  Turns out it's not.  Apparently we had our own traditions.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Crime

It's such a nice time of year for most.  It's Christmas.  We gather with family and friends and celebrate the season.  It's really too bad we have to remind each other to be careful and protect ourselves from thieves but, Christmas time is prime time for criminals.

It reminds me of a story an old fella told me about his son who was working as a police officer in Edmonton on Christmas Day a few years ago.

It was early morning, right after he started his shift, he spotted a disheveled looking man driving an old, beat-up car.  The man drove by the police cruiser and smiled and waved.  The officer smiled and waved back.  

Later that night, that young police officer took a call to a break and enter in progress.  He rushed to the scene and captured the culprit.  It was THAT guy - the same guy he saw in the morning.

So, under arrest and seated in the back seat of the cop car, the officer said, "I saw you this morning and you waved to me when you drove by."

The guy said, "Ya, that's right."

And the cop says, "Why did you wave to me?"

And the guy says, "It's Christmas."

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