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Thousands of people gathered at Victoria Park last week to break the world record for a snowball fight (Photo by Mandy Pravda)
Try to die without regrets

I read a story last week on Yahoo about an Australian palliative care nurse who asked people who were in their last year of life what their biggest regrets were. Bronnie Ware turned those conversations into a best-selling memoir called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing. Below are the most common regrets Ware heard from dying patients.
They wish they hadn’t made decisions based on what other people think.
Ware says when you make decisions based on other people’s opinions you usually make a poor career choice. Looking back, I made a number of poor choices in my career. I would have been happier had I written more and managed less.

Let’s take the good with the bad in Sask. economy

What’s up with all the optimism?
Gloom, doom, and bad economic news have been darkening everyone’s outlook for just a bit too long.
I’m sure I don’t have to point out the basics, but I will list a few: tanking oil prices, an over-supplied housing market, low commodity prices, high debt, trade imbalance and an embarrassing loonie (even though there are upsides to that.)
It gets depressing, and unfortunately, this kind of endless bad news turns into self-fulfilling prophesy: people think the economy is bad, so they spend less, which makes the economy worse, and so on.

The battle of his life
Carl Schlosser fought cancer with rarely-used treatment

Carl Schlosser’s positive outlook, determination and trust in a miraculous medical moment have paid healthy dividends.
On May 14, 2015, Schlosser, the 56-year-old director of events for Saskatoon Prairieland Park, was battling stomach cancer and facing the ominous prospect that he might have to enter palliative care.
“Microscopic cells were found in my omentum from a surgery biopsy,” said Schlosser. “In a family conference call, I was told I was in stage 4 and palliative. I told my family I wasn’t going to let this cancer beat me. I was going into the fight of my life.”
Dr. Renee Kennedy, a surgeon at St. Paul’s Hospital, said there was the possibility that Schlosser could qualify for combined cancer surgery and chemotherapy at the Calgary Foothills Hospital. If accepted, he would become only the ninth person in the last eight years to undergo the procedures.

You have your pet till death do you part

Last week Michael Earl Hill, an Ontario man who duct-taped a dog’s muzzle shut, bound his legs and then threw him away to die — all in an attempt to save himself $60 — was sentenced to two years in a federal penitentiary.
The picture of the poor puppy, named Justice by his eventual rescuers, was heartbreaking and nauseating, his muzzle grotesquely inflated like a balloon thanks to the sickeningly-tight tape cutting off its circulation. Animal activists, and basically everyone with a heart, were bolstered by the severity of Hill’s sentence, which, in the world of animal cruelty laws in Canada, was severe.
So now can we turn our attention back to Justice’s original owners, who not only decided that they no longer wanted to be responsible for their pet, but couldn’t even be bothered to surrender the dog themselves, never mind attempt to find it a loving home.


Ryde YXE takes a revolutionary spin on cycling

From Saskatoon to Tokyo to the United Kingdom and back and again. Five years patrolling Saskatoon’s inner city and a chance encounter with former pro hockey player Sheldon Kennedy.
These seemingly unrelated events were just a few stops on the ride that brought Shaina Lynden and Bradie Mustoe to the point of opening their new Saskatoon business, Ryde YXE — a dedicated indoor-cycling studio located at 705 Broadway Ave.
“After high school I attended the U of S where I was a member of the Huskie women’s basketball team and obtained a kinesiology degree in 2005,” said Lynden, who lives in Saskatoon with her husband and their five children. “In December of that year, I was hired by the Saskatoon Police Service. I spent half of the last decade working in patrol in our inner city and the second half working with kids as a school resource officer.”


Removing meter posts will create chaos in parking spots

Question: There was a question in the last Saskatoon Express regarding the removal of the old parking meter posts. Mayor Atchison stated some will be repurposed as bicycle locking posts and others will eventually be removed. This is not a good idea because currently people do not park evenly in designated spaces. If nothing is done, does this mean there are no restrictions of size of vehicles, trailers, trucks, motor homes etc. parking on the streets?
Mayor Atchison: First let me say the reader and I are on the same page. Removing the posts was supposed to increase the number of vehicles that could park along the street. From what I am seeing, I don’t think that is happening. Statistics indicate that in Saskatoon, five times more pickup trucks than cars are sold here. Trucks take more space.

Speedway now known as Wyant Group Raceway

There have been times when the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association (SSCRA) has had to ask for volunteers to drive pace cars.
That will no longer be the case, SSCRA president Jason Gervais told a gathering at Porsche Centre Saskatchewan, where it was announced the Wyant Group will take over naming rights for Saskatoon’s speedway.
“This year I believe we will be charging people for (driving the pace cars),” Gervais said with a laugh.
The oval will now be known as the Wyant Group Raceway. The Wyant family has signed a five-year deal with the SSCRA, with an option for another five. For the previous 10 years, the speedway has been known as the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.

Spreading the word on mental-health illnesses

CLARA HUGHES is a woman on a mission. One of Canada’s most outstanding athletes ever is cycling across our country on what is being called Clara’s Big Ride.
Her goal is to bring awareness to mental-health illnesses. Like so many Canadians, Clara struggles with depression.
“This is going to be an epic journey, the ride of my life. And it’s all for awareness of mental health, breaking down the stigma when it comes to mental illnesses,” she told CBC.

Living with anxiety
People don’t understand panic attacks, but I do

I’m having a bad day.
It is not like this every day. Today is one of the really bad ones. I am feeling anxious.
The anxiety has been controlled to a large extent. I remember the hundreds of days when it wasn’t.
I would leave restaurants in the middle of meals. Sandy was left to either eat alone or follow me out the door. After she paid the bill that is. I would leave movies, leaving her to watch them alone. I remember watching Titanic from the door of the theatre; gosh, it was a long movie. Once, when we were in Las Vegas, we had fourth-row centre seats for Mama Mia.