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Editor's Note

Editor Joan Ritchie discusses the great events put on in the community

There’s a lot to keep a person’s attention focused on the community lately and how to make it a better place to live. 

The City of Moose Jaw is still trying to work through all of the logistics in regards to the development of the proposed new landfill site. With the recent open house held on February 22nd in regards, it was an opportunity for the rural and local community to vent concerns and get some possible answers, although there’s still a lot of chatter and conversation to come I presume. Sometimes the best laid plans may seem perfect on paper but when it comes to people with opposing views, it can often be a hard climb to come up with a solution that makes everyone happy. 

On Sunday, February 25th a group of concerned citizens – The Good Neighbours Group (GNG) held a town hall meeting to address the downtown area business community and issues surrounding the level of crime, housing needs, mental health and addictions seen in the area. People in the community have been feeling unsafe about going downtown and the evening proposed the beginning of some solutions forthcoming.      

On Friday, March 1st, Wakamow Valley Authority will be holding an open house to collect information on what residents want to see in the valley so they can develop a new strategic plan. It sounds like a great idea for those who would like to weigh in on how they would like to see Wakamow Valley Authority better utilize the 200 hectares of space to enjoy. The meeting goes from 1-5 p.m.

The 2024 World Day of Prayer will bring out community to attend a service being held at St. Andrew’s Church on March 1 at 2pm; the theme for this year’s annual event being ‘I beg you…bear with one another in love.’ The event itself will focus specifically on the challenges faced in Palestine presently and to support Palestinian women needing support.  

It’s new beginnings for the Business Women of Moose Jaw as they strategize to ‘inspire inclusion’ here in Moose Jaw, as well. Under a fresh new leadership and vision, they will be hosting a March luncheon on Friday, March 8 from 11:30am – 1pm at the Grant Hall hotel. The hope is for women to join the organization and utilize the benefits of networking together toward a common goal. Please read the story in this issue for all the particulars. 

Recently, Moose Jaw also saw many special events being held for citizens and families to enjoy. Winterfest was held in Wakamow Valley with lots to see and do. The Prairie Percherons are always an annual highlight for wagon rides, as well as lots of other activities to keep the kids busy. 

The Downtown Moose Jaw Snowtorious Family Day that was held on February 17th saw hundreds out to enjoy a beautiful sunny day and a lot of fun activities in Crescent Park. 

Not to be outdone, Moose Javians have been feasting throughout the last few weeks as the Chinese Community heralded in the Year of the Dragon with a number of functions being held. Saturday evening, this year’s Moose Jaw Chinese New Year festivities culminated with the Chinese Lantern Festival held at the Grant Hall Hotel. It was a spectacular evening and a nite to enjoy very special entertainment, including graceful Chinese dancing, numerous special songs performed, a Tai Chi performance, and much more. The Chinese community and culture make up a very special component of the framework of Moose Jaw. If you missed this year’s event,  please keep tuned-in for next year and don’t miss out. 

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication. 





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