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Our street under the snow after the last snowfall. See the little gray patch on the left? That’s our sidewalk (Photo by Joanne Paulson)
Snow clearing law logic unclear

Many years ago, I considered going to law school and went so far as to write the Law School Admission Test, or LSAT. I wrote countless preparatory exams, and was doing fairly well until I actually had to sit for the timed exam in a hot, crowded lecture hall.
Yikes. That was not for the faint of heart.
For those who have not written this test, it is largely an attempt to discern whether someone can use logic to solve knotty problems. I ended up in the 75th percentile (which was not great, but apparently enough to solicit circulars from Canadian law schools). This showing does not make me a giant of logical thinking, even if it does not make me a certifiable idiot on the logic front.

Music plays through Theresa Sokyrka’s life

From a national TV show to falling in love, music is always playing to the events of Theresa Sokyrka’s life.
Last November, Sokyrka was married to bass guitarist and Newfoundlander Ryan Marshall. Where did they meet?
“We were doing a charity gig for the Pink Wig Foundation,” said Sokyrka in an interview, just after shovelling snow at her Saskatoon home. “There was a big banquet that the both of us got hired . . . to play in this band for a rockin’ night.
“I had met him through Paul Tobin before, just really briefly. We played this gig together. This was a totally different connection. We fell totally in love and, had that gig not happened, we probably wouldn’t have met one another.


Time to eliminate flood protection levy

Question: When temporary flood protection was first implemented on our utility bills, we were told it was for only one or two years. Now it’s been about 10 years. That’s not very temporary. Are there any plans to eliminate it? And, if so, when? And isn’t it redundant with the storm water management charge, which is also there? Or is it a case of once the City levies a fee they don’t want to get rid of it? I think it’s high time to eliminate it.
Mayor Atchison: I am a very big proponent of sunset clauses. When you put a levy on for a particular reason and when that need has been addressed, it is time to remove that levy. I think each program needs to stand on its own merits. I don’t think you should be taking the money collected for one project and transferring it into different projects.

Euthanasia ruling likely to divide Canadians

Benjamin Franklin quipped, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
While you may cheat the taxman, you can’t cheat death. As a result of the recent Supreme Court ruling on assisted suicide, the only question is the timing of when you meet the grim reaper. Does Mother Nature set the date, or do you?
No doubt this issue will play a role in the upcoming federal election, with the groups supporting death with dignity and those campaigning for the sanctity of life, each pressing candidates for their respective positions on the matter. I dare say by now the federal parties’ spin doctors have already written straddling positions on the matter.


Mask Man: Trevor Lees’ art appears on the ice

Trevor Lees’ artwork is being displayed in the most unlikely of places.
He has a piece that appears at the arena in Swift Current, and now one has popped up at Rutherford Rink at the University of Saskatchewan. Both pieces also travel.
Lees paints goalie masks. He’s one of 25 artists in the world certified by Bauer. He is also authorized to apply his paint on CCM helmets.
He got his start in the Humboldt area, where he grew up on a farm. He was riding motocross in high school and thought it would be cool to have a painted helmet. Without the cash to get it done, he did it himself, using the paint that comes with model cars and planes. Soon after, he bought an airbrush kit for a more professional look.

  1. Welcome to Los Angeles, a safer city than home

When you think about the words “Target Canada,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? I mean, besides “closing.”
I’d venture “empty shelves” is close to the forefront.
It was an early and often-reported thorn in the retailer’s side — frustrated shoppers snapping pictures of vast swaths of vacant in-store displays, and then posting those damning photos on social media. It became a veritable smorgasboard of negative advertising, and seemed to prove almost impossible to contradict.

Don’t procrastinate over life’s important moments

“I’ll get around to it,” I thought to myself, as I considered writing to someone I had never met, but yet had an influence in my life.
A couple of years ago Cam Hutchinson and I went to the Roxy Theatre to watch a documentary that went behind the scenes at The New York Times. It was a fascinating look at what actually happens behind the pages of the newspaper.
One writer, a columnist, stood out for both Cam and me. His name is David Carr. He wrote about the media and what’s really happening in the world of journalism. I don’t mean he was an entertainment reporter, but rather a person who took on the tough challenges and was never scared to step up or step back on whatever he was writing about. David Carr passed away on Feb. 12. He died in the newsroom; he was only 58.

Street cats face challenges in winter

Life is never easy for a street cat. The threats of disease, hunger and injury are always present.
But things get even tougher when the temperature plummets during a frigid Saskatoon winter. During a cold snap, cats face even more obstacles, such as frozen ears, tails and paws, and even limb amputation.
“Typically winter is a hard time for cats who do not have homes. Like with people, illnesses and injuries can be made that much more common and severe when it’s cold out,” said Colin Wilson, treasurer of SCAT Street Cat Rescue.

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.