Barb Cleveland stands over the grave of her grandfather, John Brophy.
Brophy fought in the First World War. (Photo by Cam Hutchinson)
Woodlawn a peaceful resting place for our war heroes

Walking among the headstones at Woodlawn Cemetery was emotional.
A Canadian war hero has been buried in front of each one. Private John James Robb died on April 25, 1944. Private Neil McAskill died on April 29, 1944. Private Reginald W. Birch died a day later. Were they in the same battle and fell one by one? What would their futures have held?
I took a couple photos of the cemetery. I had never been here before. It felt peaceful.
As I walked toward a monument honouring all those buried at the cemetery, I noticed a woman standing, head bowed, in front of a headstone.
I decided with some reluctance to take a picture of her. I clicked twice.
As she was getting ready to leave I approached her, introduced myself and said I had taken a couple of photos of her standing at the grave. I apologized if I was being intrusive.

We’re undergoing a levelling out of our economy

I’m always fascinated and enlightened by the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority’s (SREDA’s) quarterly economic report.
It’s partly a hangover from my days as business editor. I still do some business writing and I’ve always been interested in economics and business. It’s in my genes, perhaps. A desire to be filthy rich, possibly. Hasn’t happened so far.
Anyway, SREDA put out the latest economic dashboard last week for the third quarter (Q3) of 2018 and gave the Saskatoon region’s economy a grade of B-minus.
I would have gone a wee bit lower, just on gut feel, but I’m not an economic statistician, either. And SREDA makes a good case for the B-minus mark.


Reg Harrison
One of Canada’s many war heroes

Reg Harrison was given the nickname Crash during the Second World War. Survivor might have been better.
The young Saskatchewan pilot crashed four times in 19 flights. The first was as an observer before he was handed the controls of a bomber.
All was going well until the plane landed back at its base in England. Harrison had stood near the pilot to see the target and stayed to watch the landing.
Unbeknownst to the crew, one bomb hadn’t dropped. It was a 500-pounder and could pack a mighty wallop.
When the plane reached the end of the runway and made a turn, the bomb exploded, killing the two gunners, both from Saskatchewan, instantly. When Harrison opened his eyes he was lying on the runway. He could see stars.

The Musical a ‘high-energy’ show

Joyelle Loehndorf realized a dream when she was recently cast in Footloose: The Musical.
She is now set to play the wild preacher’s daughter, Ariel, in the much-anticipated Saskatoon Summer Players (SSP) production, which will run Nov. 7-11 at the Broadway Theatre.
“Honestly, I have been wanting to play this role since I’ve been 14 — and I’m 22 now. So it’s been a long time coming,” Loehndorf said.
“I remember being 14 and I got really excited because the remake was coming out. . . . I watched it in theatres three times and fell in love with the character. I very much, since then, knew I wanted to play her. So it’s really been a dream come true.”
The original Footloose movie, starring Kevin Bacon as Ren and Lori Singer as Ariel, was released in 1984. The remake, featuring Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough, hit theatres in 2011.

Dear residents of Montgomery Place,

Instead of a column, I decided to write an open letter to you. I don’t really know, otherwise, how to tell you to start supporting the changes coming to your neighbourhood — namely, the proposed plan of the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) to operate a HeadStart preschool on 11th Street West.
You can shout all day long that it isn’t about race, and cry about how people are being mean to you on social media over your crusade against the horror of adorable preschoolers being cared for while their parents are out contributing to the economy.
I credit STC chief Mark Arcand for telling reporters he doesn’t want to focus on race. Instead he asks us to think about the kids.
Let’s do that.


War was about protecting Mother Earth

It used to have a flag pole attached to the top of it. But for some reason, the pole kept bending.
Some people blamed the young people who were said to have been trying to slither their way up it. I find that hard to believe, because I know many members of the younger generation on my reserve, and they have absolute respect for the war memorial. 
The cenotaph has stood for years. There’s no graffiti, nor a mark of damage on it. Many of the names engraved on the plaque are last names still used today by the descendants of those who served with the Canadian military.
Names, including that of my grandfather Albert, are worn proudly by the descendants. There are those who think the bending of the flag pole was the result of improper installation.
Then there are those who think the elements, namely the wind, naturally bent the pole. Regardless, the pole was replaced with a beautifully hand-carved eagle. It’s a fitting tribute to those who stepped up to give us, all people, what we have today.