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The planets say a Chris Jones – Darian Durant co-existence wasn’t in the stars.
(Photos by Sandy Hutchinson)
Why Donald Trump is the way he is

Brian Kendall knew Darian Durant and Chris Jones couldn’t make it work.
Brian, a Saskatoon astrologist, said it wasn’t in the planets for the two of them to co-exist.
“Durant is a Cancer, so he’s very emotional and Jones is a Leo — ‘hear me roar; I’m doing it my way.’ I knew it wasn’t going to last, not at all.”
A trade sent Durant to Planet Alouette.
Brian said astrology is big in sports.
“Sports astrologists are huge. You’d be surprised at how many teams count on their astrologists.”
He said the perfect lineman would have Mercury in Aries.
“They are going to be the rams – those are your front-line guys. You can do anybody’s blueprint and tell what they are going to be good at in life.”
Or not.


Two flights home, one flight to heaven

Turn this crazy bird around
Should not have got on this flight tonight
– Joni Mitchell, This Flight Tonight
As the day wore on, the clear blue skies became shrouded in cloud, an icy mist hanging just below the overcast skies.
It was not supposed to be a threat. Snow flurries. A few ice pellets. All the flights were coming in on time. We’d get out. I promised him.
The big displays at the airport said, on time. On time. The finest two words of English ever applied to a flight, or so I thought.
Snow was falling gently. The security line was long. The detector chose me, for the fourth time in a year, for a full pat-down. I succumbed, quietly, to having my arms, legs, backside checked for — what? Hidden armaments? I was wearing next to nothing by the time my coat, sweater, boots, watch and jewellery were removed. Underwear. Slacks.

Ernie Walker a driving force behind Wanuskewin

For 37 years, Ernie Walker has been a pivotal figure in the founding, preservation and development of Wanuskewin Heritage Park, certainly among the most unique in the Canadian parks system.
And what became a Prairie archaeologist’s vision is about to be turned into a $40-million dream expansion which will elevate Wanuskewin to a world stage, a step which Walker describes as fantastic and magnificent.
A fundraising team, co-chaired by Felix Thomas and Wayne Brownlee, is already hard at work, seeking to collect $10 million for site improvements, $15 million for cultural spaces and $15 million for visitor experiences. About two-thirds of the target has already been raised.
Park officials would like to expand the park to around 1,000 acres from its current 300 acres, make room for a herd of 50 bison, revitalize the interpretive centre and establish an RV and camping facility. Hopefully, the project would be completed within three years.

Councillors are adequately compensated, and then some

Nothing jacks me higher than politicians with a sense of entitlement.
It harkens back to David Dingwall, former chief executive officer for the Royal Mint, when being questioned at a parliamentary committee hearing as to whether he was nickel and diming taxpayers on his expense accounts. He responded with, “I’m entitled to my entitlements.”
At the local level, let’s start with Councillor Troy Davies who, when speaking about councillors’ communications allowances, said: “It should be up to us as councillors to decide where we go, what we do and how we spend our money.”
Firstly, it is not his money, it is taxpayers’ money. Secondly, this allowance is not just a perk or a pot of money to squander as he sees fit. Supposedly, its purpose is to allow a councillor to liaise with the community under rules, where established, as to how it could be spent.

First Nations men must wear their long hair with pride

It could only happen to a First Nations man with long hair.
For as long as I can remember, my hair has been long, sometimes past the small of my back. To be honest, I wasn’t seeking that “Indian look.” I was in my teens in the mid-1970s, so I was shooting for that “rock star look.”
However, as I got older, and I started to take notice of my culture and saw how proud the men who wore braids were, I started to braid my hair. It started out with a long ponytail in the back and eventually I started to have my hair braided. That wasn’t enough for me because I started researching the styles of braided hair from old photographs of First Nations men from way back into the 1800s.
Eventually, I started to look like a “real Indian.” This was when people started to look at me differently. Even though I was still in my late teens, I was often approached by someone who asked if there was something I could do about the weather. It could only happen to a First Nations man with long hair.


Cynthia Dyck takes theatre to the storefronts

A barrier often faced by independent theatre companies is a lack of suit-
able rehearsal space – but a local staging company is working to change that.
Cynthia Dyck, executive director of On The Boards, came up with the idea to use vacant, unused storefronts for performing groups in need of warm, safe spaces to rehearse their plays. So far, The Open Storefront Project has been a hit; the indie artists and the business owners are mutually benefitting from the initiative, and the public has a new way to engage in the performing arts in Saskatoon.
“It brings another aspect to the street,” Dyck said.
“So we’re not in competition with the businesses around us, but we’re bringing another type of activity and another piece of life to the neighbourhood — so it’s good for the street. It’s good for the particular store, because if the place is animated and lit and there’s action, it’s a little bit easier for them to lease it.”


Quit torturing us with your vacation photos. You know who you are

Friends, we need to talk.
We need to talk about Facebook friends. Specifically, that friend who is on vacation in Jamaica right now, posting a picture of him or herself every 10 minutes, with a coconut in hand or a parrot on his or her head.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for you. We should celebrate when anyone manages to escape a -40C windchill, especially if they’re leaving it behind for warmer climes. It’s like how inmates cheer for fellow prisoners as they walk out the door on their release dates. The inmates are happy that their friend has regained his or her freedom, while rekindling their own hope that someday that will be themselves making that slow stroll into the sunshine. OK, yes, the prisoners are also seething with jealousy, but on the inside.
Point is, we don’t begrudge others the good things that happen to them.