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Moose Jaw helps make world record while celebrating RCAF centennial

On the night of April 1, city hall lit its clock tower in blue to recognize the 100th anniversary of the RCAF.
Murray Rimmer and John Trodd, who upgraded the clock tower and installed blue lighting, filmed Moose Jaw's blue-lit city hall as part of the worldwide attempt at breaking the Guinness Book of World Records for the most landmarks similarly recognized at one time, on the night of April 1.

MOOSE JAW — The City of Moose Jaw has helped the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) break a world record for most illuminated landmarks, after nearly 60 towers and other structures worldwide turned blue to celebrate the organization’s centennial. 

On the night of April 1, city hall lit its clock tower in blue to recognize the 100th anniversary of the RCAF. The community joined other municipalities in Canada and around the world in honouring this occasion, while they also attempted to set a new Guinness World Record for the most landmarks simultaneously illuminated in a similar manner for 24 straight hours. 

Mission accomplished. 

During the June 10 regular city council meeting, Coun. Crystal Froese announced that city hall’s “Big Cliff” clock tower was one of 56 such structures and landmarks to participate in the initiative, which beat the previous world record of 40 structures.

Some of the other places that participated included CN Tower in Toronto, Niagara Falls, the Peace Tower in Ottawa, the Calgary Tower, the Seoul Tower in South Korea and the Tallinn Tower in Estonia.

Froese thanked clock repairers John Trodd and Murray Rimmer for going up onto the city hall roof and recording the clock tower in blue before sending the video in to be part of the official record.

Heritage committee

Froese also presented the minutes from the most recent heritage advisory committee meeting, which was held in the CP Rail Station on Manitoba Street West after the building’s owners invited the committee to gather there. 

“We had a really good tour of the building, (which) was really generous of them,” she added. “It was nice to host a heritage advisory committee in a heritage building.” 

Veterans’ banners

The committee learned that invoices have been sent to people who applied for this year’s veterans’ banners program, and once payments are received, the city will send out the orders to the banner production company, the report said.

The group decided that the tentative unveiling of the banners will occur on Friday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m., with the location to be determined. The committee plans to invite the applicants and their families, representatives of the legion, Saskatchewan Dragoons, the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans (ANAVETS), 15 Wing and city council. 

Meanwhile, committee members will brainstorm possible locations to hold the unveiling ceremony.

Heritage plaques

City administration told the committee that it has been registered for the memoryKPR pilot project and that all the media files for heritage plaques and QR code project have been uploaded to the online content library for safekeeping. 

Meanwhile, administration will provide members with a virtual tour of the memoryKPR account at the next committee meeting, which is also when members will talk about the next steps for the project. 

Old CPR Station clock tower

Peter Day, property manager of the old CPR Station building, provided the committee with an update about the expected costs to install new lights on the building’s clock tower. Possibilities to assist with the costs include acquiring a grant and attracting community sponsors. 

Heritage properties

Administration told the committee that a building official from city hall will complete an inspection of the Coach House soon and provide an update at a future meeting. The home is a heritage property and at risk of deterioration. 

The next regular council meeting is Monday, June 24. 

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