An exhibition now on view at the Kenderdine Art Gallery on the University of Saskatchewan campus is focused on the life and work of Sarain Stump, an Italian-raised artist, writer, musician, actor and educator with direct ties to Saskatchewan. For more, read Shannon Boklaschuk’s art column on Page 14. (Photo credit: Sarain Stump, Untitled, no date, Acrylic on matboard, 26.5 x 22” framed. Collection of Linda Jaine © Linda Jaine)
Tammy treated unfairly on radio show

The first I heard of the Humboldt Broncos releasing financial statements was from a John Gormley tweet. Included in the financial report were expenses in the aftermath of the horrible bus crash.
“… Some communications person got paid $60,000 in the first 6 weeks post-tragedy,” the CKOM talk show host tweeted.
Interesting phraseology.
Tammy Robert, the “some communications person,” worked with the Broncos in the aftermath of the tragedy. She initially volunteered her time, found the workload overwhelming and then worked in a paying position in conjunction with a Regina-based communications company.
Gormley mentioned that he and Tammy once worked together. The two don’t appear to like each other. While Tammy takes the majority of the shots on Twitter, Gormley once called Tammy, without naming her, obnoxious. Tammy also works with me.

We need to stay in touch with America

The endless campaign for the hearts and minds of our southern neighbours finally ended last Tuesday with the midterm American elections.
As predicted, the Democrats took the majority — a very slim majority — in the House of Representatives. The Republicans held the Senate.
On the bright side, the Democratic wins and campaign resulted in a few positive firsts: the most women, and the first two Muslim women, ever elected to Congress.
Perhaps not quite as predicted, though, the Democrats did not sweep into the House on a massive nationwide rebuke and repudiation of Donald Trump’s policies. This, to me, was something of a failure, and not just for the United States. Trump’s stupidity, racist views, moronic diplomacy and pick-a-fight relationships with other countries, the press and anyone else who doesn’t agree with him have reverberated over his borders. You can see it here, and elsewhere: racist views being turned into actions.


We’re Proud of Bruce Rempel
Saskatoon philanthropist honoured at B’nai Brith dinner

Bruce Rempel woke up early one morning and had a life-changing moment.
He said the “why” in his life was changing. He wanted to do more to help people.
“I thought I can do more, and if I’m not doing more, that’s wrong,” he said last week, the day after being named the recipient of the We’re Proud of You Award at the B’nai Brith dinner.
His first attempt at helping people didn’t go smoothly. Rempel had cards made and would go to grocery stores, churches and bus stops and would hand out a card with money attached to it.
“I was just trying to help; do a Good Samaritan thing and everybody thought I was a weirdo or wondered what I wanted. The idea was maybe right, but the execution was off.”
The execution got better and better. He went to a couple of holiday lunches and saw how grateful the recipients were.
“I realized it was a path and direction that I really wanted to explore further.”

Exhibition explores art and legacy of Sarain Stump

An exhibition now on view at the Kenderdine Art Gallery on the University of Saskatchewan campus is focused on the life and work of Sarain Stump, an Italian-raised artist, writer, musician, actor and educator with direct ties to Saskatchewan.
Titled Mixing Stars and Sand: The Art and Legacy of Sarain Stump, the exhibition is co-curated by Anthony Kiendel and Gerald McMaster and is organized and circulated by the MacKenzie Art Gallery. It features dozens of works, including drawings and paintings on animal hides, and is a smaller-scale version of the show that was featured at the Regina art gallery earlier this year.
While Stump was very influential in this province and internationally — particularly from 1970 to 1974 — his work was largely overlooked by the mainstream art world. In 1974, at the young age of 29, Stump died while swimming off the coast of Mexico. He is buried on the Sweetgrass First Nation in north-central Saskatchewan.

High-profile conservatives form ‘The Resistance’

Last week, a day after the Republicans or Democrats (the Republicans, according to Republicans, or the Democrats, according to Democrats) were the biggest winners in the United States’ midterm elections, Canada’s Maclean’s magazine released an image of the cover of their latest edition.
The words “The Resistance” were emblazoned across the photo, which featured five men — Doug Ford, Brian Pallister, Andrew Scheer, Jason Kenney and Scott Moe — standing shoulder-to-shoulder, colour-co-ordinated in sharp blue suits and ties, staring grimly into the camera.
“A powerful new alliance of conservative leaders is taking a stand against the Liberal carbon plan,” read the subheading. The story itself was relatively bland, though it featured an interesting tidbit about a February dinner meeting Moe had with Kenney just a mere week after being designated Saskatchewan’s new premier.


When snow falls, I feel a child’s love

On one side of the lake there are banks as high as those on the east side of the South Saskatchewan River.
On top of the banks, overlooking the lake, there’s a cemetery. I have always been proud of how well-kept the place of burial of our ancestors is.
I have been to other First Nations graveyards and at some I couldn’t even tell it was a cemetery because the brush and grass are never cut.
The cemetery on my reserve is manicured by volunteers and family members. It’s more than a place for those who have passed on. It’s treated as sacred ground and respected as such.
Every Mother’s Day, families will get together at the cemetery to clean it up and plant flowers.
Since my mother and other family members are buried there, I go there for that special day.
It’s a tradition that’s been going on for many years. It’s a good feeling to know those who have passed are not forgotten.