Ned speaks to those attending the launch of his book Cosmo’s Miracle on 34th Street.
(Photo by Cam Hutchinson)
Ned moving? Say it isn’t so

Ned Powers is moving and is taking more than 70 years of journalism with him.
That sentence didn’t feel right. Let’s try it again. Ned Powers is moving and is taking more than 70 years of journalism with him.
My goodness gracious.
Ned is headed for Kelowna where the winters are warm and a relationship is going great guns. For the past few years, there has been a beautiful, intelligent woman in Ned’s life.
Moving was a difficult decision for Ned. He’s been in Saskatoon since 1953. His children, his grandchildren and his friends are happy he is following his heart to be with Henrietta Goplen. She is an amazing person and their interests line up perfectly.
Don’t worry; Ned is planning to write for us. He has his story list for October and into November prepared. That means he will continue to profile people in our city. The Kelowna paper better keep its hands off. He’s ours.


Karen Gaudry takes global stage as Mrs. Native America

Karen Gaudry was shy as a child growing up in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta.
Gaudry had dreams and goals, but she was living in the isolation of a hamlet — 220 kilometres north of Fort McMurray — where dreams seldom came true.
One of Gaudry’s did when she was named Mrs. Native America Globe 2018. She won the title in June in Palm Springs, Calif., and will compete in China for the world title in November.
Gaudry, who has lived in Saskatoon for eight years, said it is her daughter, Kayde, who inspires her.
“I wanted to be a positive role model and someone she could look up to,” she said. “I decided to enter my first pageant back in 2015.”
And she won.

Ned and I go way back, and I’m so grateful

I found myself wondering last week just exactly how long I’ve known Ned Powers.
I suppose it depends how one defines “known.” I was a little precocious about news and newspapers, and a voracious reader by the time I was maybe seven or eight. Therefore, I knew about Ned Powers when I was pretty young; maybe 12 or so?
Holy ever loving heck, that was a very long time ago.
Anyway. I was 15 when I got my first ‘real’ job (apart from being a carhop, and I’m here to tell you, that was bloody awful. I mean, that was work.) Under slightly false pretenses — to wit, lying about my age — I landed a summer job in the composing room of The StarPhoenix. I wanted to work at the paper so badly, I was willing to risk firing, legal action and complete humiliation to get that job.

Nuit Blanche makes art accessible in public spaces

Nuit Blanche Saskatoon is celebrating its fifth birthday.
The annual free, all-ages nighttime arts festival, which is now in its fifth year, is scheduled for Sept. 29 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. The eclectic celebration of art and culture will bring contemporary art into public spaces, highlighting 21 projects in the city’s Broadway, downtown and River Landing areas.
The event encourages people to explore areas of the city they may not regularly traverse during their day-to-day lives and to see Saskatoon in a new light, bringing art into locations such as alleyways.
“We’re working again with local businesses and organizations to host projects in public spaces,” said organizer Michael Peterson. “As always, there’s a continued focus on accessibility, bringing art to public space to break down some of the barriers for people to see, and experience, contemporary art and local art.”

It’s time for change down at the farmers’ market

Anyone who’s ever been down to the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on a sunny Saturday summer morning, or even driven over the Sid Buckwold Bridge mid-morning, knows just how popular the destination is for shoppers and eaters and coffee drinkers alike.
It’s a gorgeous space, complete with a cobblestoned courtyard, partially-covered for shade by a broad awning. Inside the building, which is owned by the City of Saskatoon (that would be you, ratepayer), the Saturday morning aisles are packed with vendors selling their homemade or handmade baking, produce, honey, meat, soap — really, you name it and they sell it.
Some of those vendors are comfortingly familiar, especially if you’re a fan of their wares, and are into their second or even third decade of selling at the market.


Parents should have say in program changes

It is an occupational hazard for many educators to speak to parents in the same authoritative manner they speak to students.
Further, many educators project an attitude that they know better than parents what is good for their children.
Educators will be quick to point out, when convenient, that parents are prime educators, but there seems to be no desire to include parents in local program decisions that affect their children. These are the reasons conflicts arise between home and school when new programs are being introduced into schools without consultation and/or parental buy-in.
Recently, some parents arrived at their neighbourhood schools to discover core French classes were being replaced with a new program covering Indigenous history, culture and language. According to the news reports, parents were not advised of this change until the commencement of school in September.