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					                 ARCHITECTURE • DECOR • SUMMER 2009
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           SUSTAINABLE CITY:
                      Greening the Future
Saskatoon   Summer 2009   3
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                                                                 INSIDE
                                                    SUSTAINABLE CITY:
                                                            Greening the Future
                                                                                                   19        The Quest for a
                                                                                                             Sustainable Saskatoon
                                                                                                             Everyone’s starting to do
                                                                                                             their part.


                                                                                                   21        How Green is Our City?
                                                                                                             It’s becoming a movement,
                                                                                                             not just a colour.


                                                                                                   31        A House with Sun Sense
                                                                                                             A solar system heats
                                                                                                             this suburban home.
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                               9     FRONTLINES
                                     News for Homeowners
                                                                      35 STYLEHide Your Floors
                                                                         How to
                                                                                                              41   SPOTLIGHT
                                                                                                                   Green Renovator Recycles
                                     Economy, new developments             Put leather under your feet.            He reclaims 80% of demolition
                                     and more.                                                                     materials.
                                                                      37 OUTSIDE
                               15    INNOVATORS
                                     “Green” Spray Foam
                                                                           Grooming Your Grounds
                                                                           Styling for your property.
                                                                                                              43   PRACTICAL
                                                                                                                   Where to Find Green Products
                                     It’s endorsed by Mike Holmes.                                                 You’ll also find services and advice.
                                                                      39 THE ROOM
                               33    DECOR                                 Outdoor Summer Living              45   BACKWORDS
                                     Window Covering Winners               Furnish your patio with flair.          Saskatchewan’s Stone Buildings
                                     Choices for style and comfort.                                                It’s a fascinating heritage book.




                              COVER:
                              The Alexander Residence, Arts and Crafts style house built in 1912 and designated a municipal heritage property in 2001,
                              was home to Dr. Harold Alexander, head of the Surgery Department at St. Paul’s Hospital. Photo: Darrell Noakes
6                                              Saskatoon        Summer 2009




Join the Green Team                                                                                           Issue 6, Summer 2009
                                                                                                              ISSN 1916-2324



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longer just a fashionable       Home owners are becoming       many of the endeavours are
                                                                                                              Dona Sturmanis
option, but is becoming         much more conscious in the     happening at a municipal
                                                                                                              Contributing Writer, Photographer:
a necessity. On the home        choices they make whether      level, individuals and busi-                   Darrell Noakes
                                                               nesses are forming proactive                   Art Director:
                                                               “green” groups as well. Af-                    Mark McCann
                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Serviced Lots Available Now!
                                                               ter all, it is individuals who                 Associate Art Director:                                                                City Water, Gas, Electrical
                                                               make up the energy and ef-
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                                                               can have as a whole.
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                                                               sand acts of green can make
                                                               a difference.
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                                       FRONTLINES
                                                                               well ahead of the national                    apart from other provinces
                                                                               average of 0.5 per cent. In                   in the coming year.”
                                Saskatchewan                                   the west, Alberta decreased                     For 2009, most major
                                                                                                                                                                                Station 20 West
                                                                               by 0.2 per cent, British Co-                  forecasters predict Sas-
                                 Led Canada’s                                  lumbia was down by 0.3                        katchewan will be the only                           Still Hopeful
                               Economy in 2008                                 per cent while Manitoba in-                   province to post economic
                                                                                                                                                                                 for Go-Ahead
                                                                               creased by 2.4 per cent. Only                 growth.
                                                                               five provinces had economic                     “Saskatchewan is not im-
                                                                               growth in 2008.                               mune to the economic chal-
                              Statistics Canada has con-                          “Our economy in 2008                       lenges faced globally, but
                              firmed what most economic                        outpaced other provinces                      we are in a great position to
                              forecasters have been saying                     with strong activity in the                   fend off the major declines                    Station 20 West Community
                              for months -- that Saskatch-                     resource sector and in ag-                    experienced in much of                         Enterprise Centre is shov-
                              ewan had the fastest grow-                       riculture,” said enterprise                   Canada and stay on track                       el-ready and ready to go,
                              ing economy of all Canadian                      and innovation minister                       over the coming year,” said                    says project manager Paul
                              provinces in 2008.                               Lyle Stewart. “We have made                   Stewart.                                       Wilkinson.
                                 The report shows that Sas-                    considerable      investment                                                                   “Basically, the foundation
                              katchewan’s economy grew                         in infrastructure and major                                                                  plans are in the hands of the
                              by 4.4 per cent in 2008, the                     personal tax cuts that will                    ProVinCE oF SaSKatCHEWan                      city and we’re hoping to get
                              highest in the nation, and                       definitely set Saskatchewan                                                                  a permit approved,” he says.




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                                                                                                                                    winning Mountain Equip-             Monarch Yards, an afford-     million over two years under         “Saskatoon and Regina will
Unfortunately, the project         would likely have to be de-      to the project, promised by                                     ment Coop building in            able rental housing proj-        Canada’s Economic Action          not match their spectacu-
is still “a little bit short of    layed until next year.           the previous NDP admin-                                         downtown Winnipeg.               ect for low-income families      Plan as part of a one-time        lar 2008 growth rates, but
money.” To date, the devel-           The group is hoping           istration, in April 2009. The      Rivergreen on                  Olmstead says he expects       has officially opened in         investment of more than $2        they have enough economic
oper has commitments to-           that it qualifies for federal    province said it needed the          Track with                 to have the architectural        Saskatoon.                       billion to build new and ren-     momentum to top all other
talling $1.85 million toward       stimulus funding, as well,       money to fund health care                                       plans and models by the end         Ed Komarnicki, Federal        ovate existing social housing     census metropolitan areas
the projected cost of the          but does not know when it        infrastructure throughout          Award-winning                of May.                          Parliamentary       Secretary    in Canada. The province will      (CMAs) again this year,” said
building cost of $5.8 mil-         might hear from the gov-         the province.                       Design Team                   The revised approach will      to the Minister of Human         also contribute $66 million       Alan Arcand, principal econ-
lion. The organization had         ernment. It also depends on         A new branch library is                                      let the project proceed in       Resources and Skills De-         for these initiatives over the    omist for the outlook report.
been aiming to $3 million          Saskatoon city council add-      located in the Saskatoon                                        phases, responding to fi-        velopment Canada and to          next two years.                      After growing by a nation-
by February.                       ing Station 20 to the city’s     Housing Authority afford-                                       nancing and demand.              the Minister of Labour, on          These investments build        leading seven per cent last
   “What we would like to do       list of priority projects.       able housing development,                                         “We’re quite excited about     behalf of Diane Finley, Min-     upon the $1.9-billion com-        year, Saskatoon’s economy
this year is start immediate-         Good      Food     Junction   which opened just north of      Rivergreen Ecovillage, at       that,” he says. “We’ve got a     ister of HRSDC and Minis-        mitment for housing and           will increase by 1.7 per cent
ly and put the foundation          Coop, a full service grocery     the Station 20 West site in     River Landing Phase II,         very, very loyal group of cus-   ter Responsible for Canada       homelessness        programs      in 2009. Regina’s economy,
in and shell in the build-         store, has already commit-       April, Wilkinson adds.          continues to build on last      tomers or potential custom-      Mortgage and Housing Cor-        announced by the Govern-          which grew by 5.3 per cent
ing, which would mean              ted to become one of the            “That’s really something,    year’s design charrette, hav-   ers,” he adds. “We’ve been       poration, along with Sas-        ment of Canada in Septem-         in 2008, will be right behind
that the building framed in        tenants of Station 20 West,      because there hasn’t been a     ing engaged the services of     really impressed with that.”     katchewan’s Social Services      ber 2008, which extended          Saskatoon, with projected
and completely finished on         Wilkinson says. The neigh-       public library on 20th Street   Dudley Thompson of Prai-          Residential tenants are        Minister and Minister re-        the Affordable Housing Ini-       1.6-per-cent growth in 2009.
the exterior,” he says. “That      bourhood has been de-            for years and years and         rie Architects in Winnipeg.     content to wait until the        sponsible for the Saskatch-      tiative and the renovation           Strong in-migration into
would take until December.         scribed as a “food desert,”he    years,” he says.                The firm has a “huge history    project is ready for them to     ewan Housing Corporation         programs for low-income           both Saskatchewan cities will
The total cost of that would       says, since the last of the                                      of sustainability,” includ-     move in, he says.                Donna Harpauer made the          households for two years.         continue to support hous-
                                                                                   DarrELL noaKES
be 2.3 million.”                   downtown grocery stores                                          ing LEED certified projects,                 DARRELL NOAKES
                                                                                                                                                                     announcement at a signing        Today’s announcement in-          ing construction activity and
   If Station 20 West can          left more than a decade ago.                                     and a wide variety of ar-                                        ceremony earlier in May.         cludes a further combined         demand for services, the re-
reach that amount by June             Station 20 West has been                                      chitecture, says Rivergreen                                         “The Government of Can-       investment of $29 million by      port said.
1, “we will proceed imme-          struggling since the pro-                                        co-manager Rick Olmstead.                                        ada continues to work hard       both levels of government            The Conference Board at-
diately,” Wilkinson says.          vincial government pulled                                        Prairie Architects is noted          Affordable                  to support Canadians dur-        for the two-year extensions       tributed Regina’s continued
Otherwise, the project start       an $8 million commitment                                         for its design of the award-         Housing in                  ing these challenging eco-       to build new affordable           economic growth to large
                                                                                                                                                                     nomic times and has moved        housing and assist low-           capital projects, including
                                                                                                                                        Saskatchewan                 aggressively to ensure Cana-     income households with            the Consumers’ Co-opera-
                                                                                                                                         Gets a $161                 da’s Economic Action Plan is     needed renovations to their       tive Refineries Ltd. $1.9-bil-
                                                                                                                                                                     implemented rapidly,” said       homes.                            lion expansion, the develop-
       NEW LOCATION                                                                                                                     Million Boost                Komarnicki. “We are helping         Overall, the federal contri-   ment of the global transpor-
     103-3718 Kinnear Pl.
          Saskatoon
                                                                                                                                                                     the most vulnerable, includ-     bution is $84 million, while      tation hub west of the city
                                                                                                                                                                     ing seniors and persons with     the province is contribut-        and $180-million redevelop-
                                                                                                                                    The Government of Canada         disabilities, access suitable,   ing a further $77 million for     ment of Evraz Place.
                                                                                                                                    and the Province of Sas-         affordable housing, as well      the combined investment of           John Hopkins, CEO of the
                                                                                                                                    katchewan are partnering         as making needed renova-         over $161 million.                Regina & District Chamber of
                                                                                                                                    on a joint investment to         tions to existing social hous-      CanaDa mortGaGE anD HouSinG    Commerce, agreed that the
                                                                                                                                    build new and renovate ex-       ing both in Saskatchewan                             CorPoration   megaprojects are giving Re-
                                                                                                                                    isting affordable housing.       and across Canada.”                                                gina’s economy a significant
                                                                                                                                    This investment will help           “Together with our fed-                                         boost.
                                                                                                                                    create jobs, strengthen the      eral partners, our govern-                                            “There are many major
                                                                                                                                    economy and improve the          ment is strongly committed           Saskatchewan                  projects moving ahead in the
                                                                                                                                    quality of life for Saskatch-    to making affordable hous-                                         Regina area,” he said. “That,
                                                                                                                                    ewan families.                   ing available in Saskatch-            Cities Lead                  in and of itself, will continue
                                                                                                                                       Both levels of government     ewan,” Harpauer said. “We              in Growth                   to foster an environment
                                                                                                                                    officially signed an amend-      welcome this significant in-                                       where economic growth
                                                                                                                                    ment to the Canada-Sas-          vestment, which underlines                                         happens.’’
         RESIDENTIAL DESIGN & DRAFTING SERVICES
                                                                                                                                    katchewan Affordable Hous-       our resolve to honour this       Saskatoon and Regina are             Hopkins said he was en-
                        • Custom Home Design                                                                                        ing Program Agreement and        historical agreement and         once again expected to lead       couraged to see the Confer-
                       • Award Winning Service                                                                                      an extension to the Canada-      to build brighter futures for    the way in economic growth        ence Board forecast popula-
                                                                                                                                    Saskatchewan Housing Ren-        Saskatchewan families, se-       among 13 major Canadian           tion growth of 1.5 per cent,
                                                                                                                                    ovation Program Agreement,       niors and persons with dis-      cities in 2009, according to      as well as continued job
     Phone:(306) 373-3805 • Fax: (306) 373-3806                                                                                     resulting in a joint invest-     abilities.”                      the Conference Board of           growth and low unemploy-
            www.cadvantagedesign.com                                                                                                ment of more than $161 mil-         The announcement in-          Canada’s metropolitan out-        ment, for Regina in 2009.
                                                                                                                                    lion over the next two years.    cludes federal funding of $66    look for spring.
12                                                Saskatoon        Summer 2009                                                                                                                     Saskatoon      Summer 2009                                              13


  Unlike many provinces,          is down 28 per cent from         price remains on par with       homes selling for more than
which are running deficits        March 2008 when 391 units        2008 at $274,584.               $1 million.
and cutting government            were sold. Sales numbers are        The average residential         An inventory correction
jobs, the Saskatchewan Party      on par with 2005 and 2006.       price is derived by taking      appears to have begun. Sas-
government is running a bal-         RealtorS® sold $75.481        the month’s dollar volume       katoon Realtors® listed 662
anced budget and preserving       million of real estate in        of homes sold and dividing      homes in March that num-
jobs, he said.                    March which is down 33 per       that number by the unit sales   ber on par with 2008. Year to
  “We are the capital city and    cent from March 2008 when        number. The percentage of       date 1,742 homes have been
the government is an impor-       $113.206 million of real es-     change should not be used       placed on the market. Buyers
tant player in the economy        tate was sold. The drop in       unilaterally as prices vary     had 1,435 properties to select
of Regina, and it’s a stabiliz-   dollar volume is directly re-    from area to area.              from at the end of March. It
ing force.’’                      lated to the reduced number         Consumers wishing an         will likely take the remain-
          REGINA LEADER POST
                                  of unit sales.                   accurate estimate of value      ing part of 2009 to reduce the
            AND CONFERENCE
                                     Year to date Realtors®        for their home should con-      current larger than normal
            BOARD OF CANADA
                                  have sold $193.581 million of    tact a Realtor® member to       inventory level.
                                  real estate.                     do a comparative market            Confidence in the Sas-
                                     The average residential       analysis.                       katoon and Saskatchewan
                                  selling price was $266,720,         In the month of March the    economy remains strong.
     City Housing                 down eight per cent from         $275 - $300,000 price range     Market activity and expecta-
                                  March 2008 with an aver-         saw the greatest sales ac-      tion are directly related to the
     Sales Down                   age selling price of $289,530.   tivity. Twenty-three homes      employment environment.
                                  These numbers indicate a         sold in the $400,000 plus
Saskatoon Realtors® sold          slight softening of upper        price range. Year to date,
283 residential properties in     price range home sales. Year     69 properties have sold                        SaSKatoon rEGion
the month of March which          to date, the average selling     over $400,000 with three                  aSSoCiation oF rEaLtorS




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        I N N O VAT O R S
    Holmes-                                                                                           Walltite Eco spray foam to
                                                                                                      solve problems for hom-
Endorsed Spray                                                                                        eowners.
Insulation Foam                                                                                           Dynna said BASF has re-
                                                                                                      fined the Walltite product to
   Green, Unique                                                                                      put less foam into a square
     in Canada                                                                                        foot of a house.
                                                                                                          “The medium density of
Looking for a spray foam                                                                              1.7 pounds per square foot
insulation that’s endorsed                                                                            provides the same value and
by an icon of home renova-                                                                            protection as the original
tion, certified by the federal                                                                        two pounds per square foot,
government and is safe for                                                                            but there’s less foam being
children?                                                                                             used,” he said.
   There’s only one spray                                                                                 Spray Jones is the premier
foam that fits all those cri-                                                                         installer of Canadian Con-
teria – Walltite Eco, an in-                                                                          struction Material Centre
novative building product                                                                             (CCMC) medium density
from BASF Canada which is                                                                             foam in Saskatchewan. An-
available in Saskatchewan                                                                             nual sprayed volumes are
through Spray Jones.                                                                                  double its nearest competi-
   Walltite Eco is the only                                                                           tor.
medium density foam that                                                         Photo: Spray Jones       Carl Kennedy brought
has earned the federal gov-      Walltite Eco helps make a home as airtight as possible.              a decade’s worth of con-
ernment’s      environmental                                                                          struction experience to
choice certification. It also                                                                         Spray Jones when he joined
has been certified by the        lished Spray Jones in 2004.         don’t want to spend a lot of     the Saskatoon branch as
Greenguard Environmental            Over the years, he has seen      money on heating and air         manager.
Institute (GEI) for both in-     the popularity shift for spray      conditioning. So, they’ve            Dynna is very proud of
door air quality and for chil-   foam applications from the          seen the product on TV (the      the Walltite product and the
dren and schools.                commercial to residential           Holmes on Home program)          research conducted by BASF
   Greenguard is an indus-       markets.                            and as a result we seen our      to create and then improve
try-independent, non-profit          “The first and foremost         industry grow.”                  it.
organization that is not af-     reason for the change is the           Holmes, a 46-year-old             “BASF has done a total
filiated with any manufac-       television series Holmes on         professional contractor, has     environmental impact on
turer of a product that GEI      Homes,” said Dynna.                 become an iconic figure          Walltite Eco that was based
certifies.                          “People have seen the            through his weekly televi-       on a total life cycle assess-
   “Walltite Eco is being used   product used now for years          sion show where he rescues       ment of all ingredients and
by forward-thinking individ-     and years by Mike Holmes            homeowners from renova-          products,” he said. “BASF
uals who are renovating an       and have done their own             tions gone wrong. Holmes         has brought out the best
existing home or forward-        online research about spray         has become so credible his       product and ingredients at
thinking people who are          foam products. People are           program has been syndi-          the right time.”
building a new home who          building bigger and bigger          cated into the United States,         Dynna said BASF Canada
want to make it as air tight     homes that are extravagant.         New Zealand, Australia,          worked for the last two years
as possible,” said Michael       Homes aren’t just a square          United Kingdom, Germany          on a new-to-the-market
Dynna, who has been in           box anymore. As a result,           and South Africa.                medium-density foam that
the spray foam industry for      people spend a lot of mon-             His crews are often seen      will change the standard
almost a decade and estab-       ey to build their house and         applying the purple-colored      for all other foams to come.
16                                                     Saskatoon        Summer 2009                                                                                Saskatoon       Summer 2009                                       17

                                                                        Material Centre (CCMC)
                                                                        12840-R for insulation,             “Each of these categories
                                                                        CCMC 12877-R for air bar-           embraces a wealth of de-
                                                                        rier material and CCMC              tailed information, some of
                                                                        12932-R for air barrier sys-        which comes from BASF’s
                                                                        tem.                                in-house records and some
                                                                           Walltite can be applied          from public databases,”
                                                                        over an exceptionally large         Dynna said.
                                                                        area in a single workday with           “According to this data,
                                                                        unsurpassed sealing perfor-         Walltite Eco has been prov-
                                                                        mance. It’s five times faster       en more eco-efficient than
                                                                        to apply than membrane              conventional insulation/air
                                                                        and board stock, which fa-          barrier systems.”
                                                                        cilitates on-site scheduling          Spray Jones is a member
                                                                        and results in exceptional          of the elite “Foam Masters”
                                                                        cost efficiency.                    program by BASF which in-
                                    Photo Courtesy of Dave Pallibroda
                                                                           Dynna said BASF adheres          cludes written exams.
Environmentally-friendly Walltite                                       to sustainable development            “Our policy is that our
Eco helps make a home as             ing agent. It contains both        standards.                          chief people in charge of a
airtight as possible.                recycled plastic and renew-           “Its eco-efficiency ap-          spray rig have a minimum of
                                     able carbon content.               proach is designed to in-           2,000 hours spray time. You
                                       Dynna said Walltite Eco          crease product value, op-           will not find this in many
   “Walltite Eco is a medium         substantially reduces both         timize the use of resources         other spray foam compa-
density polyurethane foam            air leakage and the pas-           and reduce environmental            nies,” he said.
system that lowers energy            sage of moisture through           impact,” he said.                     “The current trend in the
consumption and green-               the building envelope by              “Eco-efficiency analysis         spray foam industry is to
                                                                                                                                              A HISTORIC LANDMARK RESTORED BEYOND ITS MAJESTIC BEGINNING
house gas emissions. The
system provides a monolith-
                                     achieving airtight continuity
                                     across all joints, seams, con-
                                                                        looks at the entire life cycle
                                                                        of a product, beginning with
                                                                                                            certify people and compa-
                                                                                                            nies quick, with little to no
                                                                                                                                                                  NOW SELLING
ic surface and exceptional           struction material changes         extraction of raw materials         previous experience. We
adhesion,” he said.                  and overlaps. It eliminates        through to the disposal or          have been, and will contin-
   “There is no air gap be-          convective air flow both           recycling of the product.”          ue to be, outspoken against
tween the insulation and the         through and around insu-              An “ecological finger-           this and critical of those that
substrate. The building en-          lation, minimizes thermal          print” provides a picture of        do not value professional-
velope is perfectly insulated        bridging and controls mois-        the environmental effect of         ism and experience. Quality
and can better withstand se-         ture transfer.                     a product in six categories:        installation cannot be ac-
vere weather conditions.”              Benefits include lower en-                                           quired in a two-day course.”
                                                                        Materials consumption
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                               Summer has finally
                               arrived in Saskatoon.
                               A week after the
                               Victoria Day holiday
                               and the leaves were
                               barely, tentatively
                               emerging from their
                               buds, as if they were
                               uncertain that their
                               presence was to be
                               welcomed this year.
20                                                   Saskatoon           Summer 2009                                                                                 Saskatoon   Summer 2009   21

  Yet, here it is, summer at last. It explod-   a shift in the way we approach develop-            For instance, I happened to view an in-
ed upon us, as it usually does, although        ment and growth.                                novative Martensville home that makes
much later than we’ve become accus-                                                             use of solar hot water and solar hot air




                                                                                                                                                 How Green
tomed, abruptly bursting forth like a gre-         And the city is changing. It wasn’t no-      to reduce energy on the same day that
garious host flinging open the doors to the     ticeable at first, at least not to the vast     Raum Energy launched its newest do-
season’s first garden party. Saskatoon’s        majority of people who quite naturally          mestic wind turbine. The crowds that
summer always steps out with an adven-          are preoccupied with keeping up with the        gathered at the wind company’s open
turous spirit.                                  pace of their lives.                            house included many of Saskatoon’s
                                                                                                green builders and innovators, but also a




                                                                                                                                                 is Saskatoon?
  So, here we are, awash in a green                Look around our core neighbourhoods          large cross section of the public. There
landscape, ready for a new season’s             to see the revitalization that is taking        were a lot of contracts signed that day, a
adventure.                                      place, and doing so at an increasing pace.      definite indication that green technology
                                                It’s not just the pace, but also the methods.   isn’t merely a curiosity left to enviro-freaks
   For a growing segment of Saskatoon’s         At one time, old homes would have been          on the fringes of society.
movers and shakers in the building indus-       torn down and hauled off to the dump.
try, their clients and leaders in the commu-    Instead, these buildings are now finding          I suppose it shouldn’t have come as any
nity, there a new kind of green taking hold.    new use elsewhere in the city. Private de-      surprise that many attending a wind tur-

                                                                                                                                                 It’s Becoming a Movement,
To these people, it must feel as though the     velopments and affordable housing initia-       bine open house would also have known
city is emerging from a long, cold winter       tives are employing green technologies in       about the solar home, but I’ve been taken
of another kind, arriving every bit as hesi-    their design, construction and operation,       aback by the number of people I meet ca-
tantly as the summer of 2009.                   even in their landscaping.                      sually who have also heard about it. They
                                                                                                respond with awe when they meet some-            Not Just a Colour

                                                                                                                                                 by DarrELL noaKES
                                                    Don’t blow it - good planets
                                                    are hard to find.
                                                                                 ~Quoted in Time




   Consider, for example, that organiza-          At one time, not that long ago really,        one who’s actually seen it, been in it, as
tions such as Road Map 2020 and the Can-        those responsible for such developments         if they’ve caught a glimpse into a secret
ada Green Building Council formed five or       would have thought it was a big deal to         society. Perhaps what intrigues them the
more years ago, aim to ignite in our citi-      work with these methods. Some would             most is that the home is so normal, so
zenry and politicians a passion to create       even have resisted them, fearing either         much like places that are familiar to them.
a more sustainable and environmentally          that the process would cost more or             The future doesn’t look like the Jetsons.
green Saskatoon.                                that no one would be interested in buying
                                                the result.                                        Yet, there’s still a sense that going green
  More recently, groups such as Rooted                                                          is all about the technology, that it’s some-
and Urban Playground and We Are Many               Now, these things are becoming the talk      thing you buy, rather than something you
have sprouted to push for green change.         of the town. Everybody seems to be talking      do. In that respect, Saskatoon’s sense of
These are but a handful of the more than        about how energy-efficient the latest proj-     green still has a bit of a way to go before
three dozen non-profits non-government          ect will be, how much water it doesn’t use,     it matures.
organizations, environmental groups and         how much electricity it saves, how much
other agencies networking to bring about        material is re-used, how much waste is                                         DarrELL noaKES
                                                diverted from the landfill.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Environmental design approaches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      applied to the new building at 121
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Research Drive, completed in 2007,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      make this one of the most energy-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      aware structures in the country.




                                                                                                                                                                                Photo: Courtesy of Innovation Place


                                                                                                                             Saskatoon’s strong affordable hous-        StatsCan notes, with residents living         working their way through the certi-
                                                                                                                             ing program, with support for low-         in lower-density “suburban-type”              fication process — the Law College
                                                                                                                             income homeowners, tax exemp-              neighbourhoods most likely to spend           on the University of Saskatchewan
                                                                                                                             tions for affordable development and       a lot of time fuming in their cars.           campus and 121 Research Drive in
                                                                                                                             priority given to affordable housing,      In addition, sprawling cities, re-            Innovation Place.
                                                                                                                             helped raise its sustainability score.     gardless of density, tend to promote
                                                                                                                             Residents spend about 18 per cent of       car dependency, the government                Developers are catching on, embrac-
                                                                                                                             their annual income on shelter, the        agency adds.                                  ing green development with increas-
                                                                                                                             publication noted. Saskatoon’s year-                                                     ing vigour. Good examples come
                                                                                                                             round farmers’ market also raised the      Our city is also a hog when it comes          from developers like Curtis Olson,
                                                                                                                             city’s ranking.                            to water use, which the Centre for the        whose in-fill projects in Saskatoon’s




O
                                                                                                                                                                        Study of Living Standards reported in         core neighbourhoods are turning
                                                                                                                             The scores were derived from data          2005 (the last year for which figures         heads, and Natasha Kuperman, with
                                                                                                                             available from Anielski Institute,         are available) works out to 501.7 litres      Macro Development’s Tilia Meadows
                                                                                                                             Canada Green Building Council, Cor-        per person daily, the second highest          in Langham, says Palibroda.
                                                                                                                             porate Knights survey, Environment         in the country.
                                                              The Saskatchewan chapter of the Canada Green Building
                                                                                                                             Canada, The Frontier Centre for Pub-                                                     “There are more and more develop-
                n many levels, Saskatoon has                  Council draws members from throughout the province,
                                                                                                                             lic Policy, Human Resources and Skills     “As green cities go, it seems like we’re      ers like that, who are pushing the
                                                              including Saskatoon.
     a bright future ahead as a “green” city.                                                                                Development Canada, Life Satisfac-         good and bad,” says Palibroda. “We            boundaries and doing things like put-
                                                                                                                             tion and Trust in Neighbours study,        have the potential, [but] we’re still ex-     ting solar hot water on their develop-
                                                              Groups like this bring some big guns to bear on hitting tar-
The City of Saskatoon Environmental Advisory Commit-                                                                         MoneySense 2008 “The Best Places           panding, still sprawling out, because         ments, or solar air heating — tech-
                                                              gets for sustainable and green development and growth.
tee identifies environmental issues of potential relevance,                                                                  to do Business in Canada,” Statistics      we don’t have anything limiting us.           nologies that work and are affordable
drawing on members’ expertise in ecology, biology, chem-                                                                     Canada and municipal websites and          Everybody who’s got some land out-            and make a difference,” he says. “Still,
                                                              Their efforts haven’t escaped the attention of Corporate
istry, physics, geography, economics, demography, soci-                                                                      tourism bureaus.                           side the city is subdividing and de-          I think a lot of the big developers are
                                                              Knights magazine, which publishes with an explicit focus
ology, medicine, aesthetics, toxicology, engineering and                                                                                                                veloping it. There’s nothing stopping         still leery.”
                                                              on corporate responsibility, says Dave Palibroda, president
conservation.                                                                                                                But it’s not all rosy, either. Saska-      that. It’s just increasing the need for
                                                              of Road Map 2020 and a consultant at Integrated Designs,
                                                                                                                             toon is criticized for its exceptionally   driving and decreasing density. But           Among new subdivisions, Evergreen
                                                              a Saskatoon project management company that special-
Since 2004, Road Map 2020, a non-profit partnership of                                                                       high level of car dependency, which        then again, we have all this renewal          provides an example of sustainability,
                                                              izes in sustainable building projects.
the Meewasin Valley Authority, the Saskatchewan Envi-                                                                        StatsCan pegs at 86 per cent. Less car-    downtown, where there’s a lot of good         says Palibroda.
ronmental Society and the city’s environmental advisory                                                                      dependent Canadian cities manage           going on.”
                                                              In January, Corporate Knights ranked Saskatoon the sec-
committee, has been building community awareness of                                                                          to bring that down to about 50 to 70                                                     “That’s only one subdivision,” he
                                                              ond most sustainable Canadian city under 250,000 popu-
the environmental, social and economic benefits of sus-                                                                      per cent, although only 29 per cent of     Slow Road to Sustainability                   says. “There have been a lot of sub-
                                                              lation. The city scored 6.12 out of 10 points, barely trail-
tainable practices and working to develop a multi-sector                                                                     Montrealers get around everywhere          Although Saskatoon has no LEED-               divisions. We have a lot of good ex-
                                                              ing Yellowknife at 6.14. Canada’s top cities, Edmonton and
network of community leaders interested in building a                                                                        by car. Automobile dependency is           certified buildings currently, Pali-          amples, but then we also have a lot of
                                                              Halifax, scored 7.31 and 6.94 in the large and medium cat-
more sustainable Saskatoon for the future.                                                                                   mainly a function of housing density,      broda notes that at least two are             bad examples.”
                                                              egories, respectively.
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Like most things in civil society, we      the door to considering alternative        municipal governments can still take           ternative forms of transportation.          have natural ventilation and daylight       little regard for compact develop-
can’t expect “someone else” or gov-        energy sources as a viable option.         steps in the right direction, such as          The city,in recent years especially,        and views. Building buildings like we       ment, infrastructure development,
ernment to do it all. It’s going to take                                              protecting solar access rights and             has made great strides in increasing        did before the advent of air condi-         shared energy or any of the issues
individual effort and commitment,          “It’s quite realistic to think that we     loosening restrictions that curtail            (transit) service and ridership.”           tioning is in a large part what LEED        that could be applied in new devel-
says Palibroda. Government can help,       could get 500 megawatts from elec-         wind generation.                                                                           advocates, a more passive approach.         opment.”
though, through incentives such as         tricity conservation,” says Peter                                                         When a City Steps Up                        That should be number one, before
grants and tax breaks that nudge citi-     Prebble, director of energy and wa-        A Thousand Acts of Green?                      Molaro points out that the City of Sas-     you throw technology into the build-        “It would be nice to go back to the
zens in the right direction.               ter policy for the Saskatchewan En-        In other areas, a green shift has al-          katoon’s new greenhouse gas man-            ing. It should be all the passive things    old model of mixed incomes in an
                                           vironmental Society, adding that the       ready begun to take shape, says                agement plan sets a performance             that can be done, integrating the me-       income in a neighbourhood as well,
“These home renovation grants are          province could meet 20 per cent of         Palibroda. Every grocery chain now             standard of LEED certification for          chanical and the architectural.             rather than getting into more of the
great,” says Palibroda, adding that        its electrical demands from wind,          has its green product line. Stores are         all new municipal buildings. The                                                        gated communities.”
the combination of tax credits and         with the rest coming from small            charging extra for plastic bags, if they       plan also promotes community-wide
energy efficiency grants available to
homeowners is making a difference.
                                           scale hydro, biomass and waste
                                           heat recovery.
                                                                                      haven’t got rid of them completely.            demonstration projects to encourage           “But it’s not like                        A green Saskatoon would also return
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             to a district energy model in the city’s
                                                                                      The city has a good waste manage-
                                                                                      ment plan.
                                                                                                                                     the development of green and LEED
                                                                                                                                     certified buildings. Such projects            the city’s hands                          core says Molaro.
“As I walk down the street, walk           Building codes and civic regulations
around the block, I see people do-         passed during a time when “green”          “Look at the boom of the farmers’
                                                                                                                                     might include development at River
                                                                                                                                     Landing or a co-generation facility at
                                                                                                                                                                                   are tied either.”                         “The university’s been supplying
ing that all the time,” he says. “On       was just a colour, and not a move-         market,” he says. “That’s a great step         the University of Saskatchewan. The                                                     steam and cooling for its buildings
older homes, they’ll take off the [sid-    ment, can inhibit Saskatoon’s ability                                                                                                 Municipal regulations can really            since its inception 100 years ago,” he
                                                                                      there. You get people out, meeting             city also aims to establish demonstra-      shape how well a city like Saskatoon
ing] and they’ll put a new skin, a va-     to become a more sustainable city.         the community, meeting the other               tion sustainable neighbourhoods,                                                        says. “We even used to produce some
pour barrier lining and start insulat-     For example, Palibroda points to                                                                                                      can demonstrate its commitment to           of our own power in our early days.
                                                                                      farmers. It’s a great catalyst for a lot of    with the potential application of           sustainability, says Molaro. For ex-
ing from the outside and upgrading         regulations that stand in the way of       other change.”                                 LEED Neighbourhood standards ap-                                                        The model is extremely economical
the windows. I think there’s going to      innovative construction techniques,                                                                                                   ample, it’s counterproductive to have       over its life cycle.”
                                                                                                                                     plied to new developments.                  zoning regulations that require dou-
be a lot more of that if these grants      unconventional building materials          “It’s got to be a little bit of everything,”
keep up.”                                  and alternative energy sources.                                                                                                       ble garages in new subdivisions.            “The downtown has terrific density,”
                                                                                      he continues. “There has to be some            “A lot of municipal governments have
                                                                                      mandated change from the top. We               stated targets,” says Molaro. “The city                                                 he says. “Cities like New York and
“You get greening of Saskatoon little                                                                                                                                            “That’s discouraging, to say the least.     some of the larger northeastern U.S.
bit by little bit, house by house,” adds   “You can’t have a                          also need the whole ‘million acts of
                                                                                      green thing.’ Hit it from the bottom.
                                                                                                                                     of Vancouver is LEED Gold. The city
                                                                                                                                     of Calgary, Silver. Here’s Saskatoon
                                                                                                                                                                                 I can’t humbly stand aside and say          cities have district energy. Conn-Edi-
                                                                                                                                                                                 that’s nice. I don’t agree with that. I
Palibroda. “Every little bit adds up.”
                                           composting toilet                          Hit it from the top. We’ll end up at a
                                                                                      good place in the middle.”
                                                                                                                                     saying they’ll certify to LEED for their
                                                                                                                                     facilities, which is great.”
                                                                                                                                                                                 think the city is addressing that to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             son is a huge supplier of steam to mil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             lions of square feet of office space.”
                                                                                                                                                                                 some degree.”
Palibroda notes that it’s all about
“negawatts,” a term coined by physi-
                                              in the city.”                           “There’s no one way, no one path,” he          “In Canada and the US for that mat-                                                     “The efficiencies are proven and I’d
cist and environmentalist Amory                                                                                                                                                  Building codes can also throw up            love to see that in a green Saskatoon.”
                                           “You can’t build a straw bale home         says. “It’s everybody doing a little bit.”     ter, it’s very much a grassroots effort,    roadblocks. Molaro cites challenges
Lovins. Lovins, who stumbled upon                                                     Michael Molaro, a founding member              ‘grassroots’ meaning municipalities,
                                           in Saskatoon,” says Palibroda. “If you                                                                                                around plumbing codes, including is-
the word after spotting a typographi-                                                 of the Saskatchewan chapter of the             not so much big government,” he                                                         Planning Group Forms
                                           wanted to, every single bale has to be                                                                                                sues such as reusing “grey” water and
cal error in a utilities commission                                                   Canada Green Building Council, says            says.                                                                                   Green Partnerships
                                           stamped by an engineer.”                                                                                                              collecting rainwater for use within
report, uses it to refer to electrical                                                he has seen some promising changes                                                                                                     The public seems to be becoming
generation rendered unnecessary                                                                                                                                                  the house. But it’s not like the city’s
                                           “It’s the absolute lowest embodied         in recent years.                               “If you go to Europe, a lot of it’s regu-   hands are tied, either.                     more knowledgeable about sustain-
through energy efficiency. The word                                                                                                  lated, top down,” Molaro explains.                                                      ability issues, says Heather Landine,
                                           energy material you can get in Sas-
has a certain appeal, and its use is                                                  “Although the city is expanding to             “They’re so far ahead of us in terms                                                    sustainable communities develop-
                                           katchewan. It’s not hay. You’re not                                                                                                   “Municipalities have the power to re-
catching on.                                                                          a great degree, they’re also looking           of sustainability, in many areas, but                                                   ment project facilitator for Road
                                           taking food away from animals.”                                                                                                       interpret and, within the confines of
                                                                                      at in-fill which is a very positive and        in Canada and the US, it’s often not        their municipality, they can make the       Map 2020. Landine has temporar-
Consider, for example, that SaskPow-                                                  green thing to do, for density of resi-        the government regulators that are                                                      ily stepped in to replace Mary Beck-
                                           “You can’t have a composting toilet in                                                                                                ruling,” he says.
er forecasts that Saskatchewan will                                                   dential in particular, in the downtown         leading us, it’s people in the green                                                    ie, who left as executive director
                                           the city.”
need 1,750 megawatts of new power                                                     and close to the downtown core,”               building industry, it’s developers, ar-                                                 to return to the University of Alberta
generation by 2020 and possibly as                                                                                                                                               Alternative Energy Planning
                                           There may be good reasons for the          he says. “Density really allows us to          chitects, engineers and the like that       and Mixed Density                           in April.
much as 3,000 additional megawatts                                                    maintain and renew our infrastruc-             want to transform the industry to
                                           regulations, he says. The city follows
by 2030 if current trends continue                                                    ture more economically.” When a city           more responsible building practices.”       If there’s one issue that strikes a nerve   “I think the sheer fact that [sustain-
                                           the National Building Code, and if
unabated. To a large extent, it’s that                                                starts to get spread out, such as has                                                      with Molaro, it’s neighbourhood de-         ability is] more present in the media,
                                           something isn’t mentioned in the
future demand that is fueling the nu-                                                 occurred in Calgary and Edmonton,              Molaro likes the LEED approach be-          velopment, especially in subdivisions       that’s allowing people to gain more
                                           code, it won’t be permitted in the city.
clear power debate in the province.                                                   road, water and sewer costs escalate.          cause it’s easy to implement.               such as Stonebridge.                        knowledge,” she says. “There’s been a
                                           That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s un-
If conservation and efficiency efforts                                                                                                                                                                                       fair bit more media coverage on how
                                           safe. It just means that no one ever
could cap future demands at, say,                                                     “I think we want to learn from what            “LEED by its nature applies lo-tech,”       “One of the triggers there for me is so-    to live green and how to be more sus-
                                           felt a need to consider it before now.
1000 megawatts, the forecast would                                                    others have done around density,”              he says. “Going back to buildings that      lar,” he says. “When I look at a neigh-     tainable in your own practices, in the
                                           Although the building code is re-
be reduced by 2,000 megawatts by                                                      continues Molaro. “It certainly sup-           have thin floor plates, buildings that      bourhood like Stonebridge, there’s no
                                           viewed regularly, it takes time to get
2030. That’s “negawatts,” and it opens                                                ports safety and security, transit, al-        have windows that actually open and         regard for solar orientation. There’s
                                           changes approved. In the meantime,
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media in the past few years than ev-                                                                                                 work with the City of Saskatoon                “I think sustainability is, realistically,     A greener Saskatoon is all about trying
ery before.”                                                                                           The College of Law
                                                                                                       expansion,      completed     on improving personal access to                at year five or six on this scale. I know      to get people to implement small
                                                                                                       in 2007, is one of            recycling centres. That’s a big hurdle         it’s been around for decades, but it’s         changes in their lives, she explains.
Landine points out that Road Map                                                                       Saskatoon’s         leading   in some areas.”                                always been an ‘out there’ concept             It is these small steps that will add
2020 has been focusing its efforts on                                                                  examples of sustainable                                                      and only some people have been                 up to a successful and sustainable
working with industry — companies                                                                      building. The facility        Landine notes that it takes about 20           willing to deal with it.”                      municipal journey.
and corporations — to get them to                                                                      features natural light        years for a new concept to become a                                                                                                      Dn
look at their own actions and to find                                                                  to over 75 per cent of        social norm.
ways to reduce their own greenhouse                                                                    the    interior    spaces,
gas emissions.                                                                                         Saskatchewan ís first
                                                                                                       extensive living roof and a                                 Clean and green plan: City to lead by example
The most recent Road Map 2020                                                                          displacement ventilation
forum, “Revisioning Transportation;                                                                    system providing 100
                                                                                                       per cent outdoor air to
Redesigning Communities,” held in
                                                                                                       the building. Sustainable
                                                                                                                                              Saskatoon’s Energy and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan came about through
April, considered the ways in which
Saskatoon could develop more
                                                                                                       construction      practices                    the collaboration of the City of Saskatoon and Road Map 2020.
                                                                                                       resulted in the use
sustainable transportation models.                                                                     of building materials
                                                                                                       comprised of 32 per               Targets                                                           Goal 4: Design and build green and smart. In 2013, energy-
Landine says the forum provided                                                                        cent recycled content,                                                                              efficient planning and “green” system design practices
an opportunity for Road Map 2020                                                                       while on-site recycling           • Reduce corporate (municipal) emissions by 10% below
                                                                                                                                                                                                           ensure that land use needs are met in a sustainable way and
to welcome four new sustainability                                                                     and construction salvage            1990 levels by 2013, and
                                                                                                       diverted 87 per cent of                                                                             that sustainable choices are easily made.
champions: TCU Place, Saskatoon                                                                                                          • Reduce community emissions by 6% below 1990
Media Group, PEDCO & the University                                                                    construction waste from              levels by 2013.
of Saskatchewan Students Union.                                                                        the landfill.                                                                                       Goal 5: Be responsible stewards of our resources. In 2013,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           energy planning has helped to ensure that the community
                                                                                                                                         Vision
“We currently have 30 businesses                                                                                                                                                                           can meet its needs without negative impact to the local
and groups that have signed on                                                                                                           The City’s vision is to become a leader in renewable energy,      and global environment. All decisions relating to the use of
as champions, that have made a                                                                                                           energy conservation and management of greenhouse gas              resources consider the full environmental cost.
commitment to reduce their own                                                                                                           emissions. “We possess a wealth of resources and strong
greenhouse gas emissions. The goal                                                                                                       sense of community where residents and business work              Goal 6: Lead by “green” example. In 2013, the City will be a
for this year is 10 (new champions),                                                                                                     collectively,” they state. “We will build on this foundation to   leader at implementing energy management best practices
so we will be signing on quite a few                                                                                                     enhance economic prosperity, and improve environmental            in municipal operations and as a result encourage action by
more. The more we can get to sign on,                                                                                                    and social health for future generations.”                        residents, businesses and other municipalities.
                                                                  Photo: Courtesy of Dave Pallibroda
the better.”
                                                                                                                                         Goals                                                             Some of the ways Saskatoon will
Much of the non-profit group’s             “I don’t think there’s a lot of
current emphasis has been on
                                                                                        “Those are fairly simplistic things the          Goal 1: Build an energy-aware community. In 2013, Saskatoon       meet its GHG reduction goals:
                                           infrastructure changes that would            city could implement in terms of a
transportation. City Park is the subject   need to happen,” she says. “I                                                                 residents will understand the importance of Energy and GHG         • Reduce automobile trips.
                                                                                        bylaw.”
of a pilot project, with residents         would really like to see a bylaw for                                                          Management and be effectively engaged in helping the               • Implement “smart growth” principles and green buildings.
participating in a survey to obtain        green building standards. I think            “There’s a lot of antiquated bylaws              community meet the Energy and GHG Management Plan                  • Promote residential, institutional, commercial and industrial
baseline information on current and        that’s something Road Map should             in place, but not a lot of new ones              vision. Business and industry will also be active partners in        energy efficiency.
potential sustainable transportation       be looking towards this year —                                                                implementing the Energy and GHG Management Plan.
                                                                                        being put through,” she says. “Even                                                                                 • Implement domestic water conservation, including rate
practices in this neighbourhood.           minimum building codes that could            in terms of building materials that                                                                                   review.
                                           be upgraded to include a certain             you can still purchase, if we’re really          Goal 2: Create a healthy community. In 2013, energy planning       • Promote xeriscaping to residents and businesses.
“A lot more people are aware of            percentage of housing industries             trying to get people to conserve water           has improved the quality of life of Saskatoon residents by         • Encourage active transportation.
the options and there’s a fair bit of      (to use) alternative power, geothermal       why are we still selling standard                enabling active modes of transportation and by decreasing          • Purchase green energy.
acceptance to implement them into          right off the base, things like              toilets? Why aren’t dual flush
their routines,” says Landine.                                                                                                           energy-related emissions.                                          • Develop a district heating system.
                                           that. I’d like to see that implemented       and low flush the only options?”
                                           city wide.”                                                                                                                                                      • Pursue a wind power project.
Small Changes Make Big Differences                                                                                                       Goal 3: Achieve a diverse and environmentally-sustainable          • Capture and use landfill gas for power generation.
                                                                                        Sustainability also means having
                                           The city could set waste standards for                                                        energy system. In 2013, Saskatoon will have a diverse              • Research centralized organics facility.
A sustainable Saskatoon wouldn’t                                                        more convenient access to recycling
                                           residential neighbourhoods, Landine                                                           energy system that emphasizes the use of local resources           • LEED certification on all new civic facilities.
look radically different from what it                                                   centres, she says.
does now, says Road Map’s Heather          adds. Such regulation would make                                                              and alternatives to fossil fuels. The energy system will create    • Compact community development.
Landine.                                   it easier to apply LEED standards            “The city’s about 15 years behind                opportunities for local businesses and suppliers.
                                           reduce the amount of waste diverted          other cities in Canada in terms of
                                           to the landfill.                             access to recycling. We’re trying to
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                                                  Photo: Courtesy Janis Cousyn                                                        Chef Rémi Cousyn takes a break in
                                                                                                                                      Calories’ parking lot garden.




                                                                                                                                      Photo: Courtesy Janis Cousyn




      Fresh and local
       in downtown                                                                                                                    Broadway’s hidden paradise parking lot
                                                                                                                                      garden produces herbs, Swiss chard,
                                                                                                                                      flowers and other tidbits that grace
                                                                                                                                      Calories’ plates.


                                                                                                                                      Photo: Courtesy Janis Cousyn
                                                  The south facing wall of the Broadway     produce for the restaurant, they


     Ethical food for metro folk
                                                  Theatre reflects warmth and provides      obviously can’t meet all the needs of
                                                  shelter for the sunny location,           such a busy establishment.
                                                  assuring an abundant crop of herbs,
                                                  Swiss chard, edible flowers and other     “The bulk of our produce, almost all
                                                  delights served in the restaurant.        of our produce in the actual season,
                                                                                            comes from local farmers,” says




                   T
                                                  “It’s a lovely place to go out for your   Cousyn.
                                                  coffee break,” Cousyn laughs. “You
                                                  can sit outside, or pick some herbs or    “We work with those same producers
                                                                                                                                      Local duck pate with garden flowers
                                                  fresh flowers.”                           year round, as much as possible,
                                                                                                                                      harvested from Calories’ parking lot garden.
                                                                                            for things like potatoes and root
                                                  A plot at the City Park Community         vegetables. We use local potatoes in
                                                  Garden, tended by Cousyn’s brother,       our french fries, organic potatoes
                                                  provides another source of local          year round.”
                                    ucked away    produce. Last year, for example,
            behind a popular Broadway district    potatoes, squash, zucchini blossoms,      “We’ve been doing this for about          The restaurant lists on its website
            restaurant, there’s a tiny piece of   beans and beats found their way from      10 years already. We started doing        more than two dozen local suppliers
            paradise soaking up the sun and       City Park to Calories’ plates.            it before it really became trendy.We      that it deals with regularly. Menus
            giving back sustenance.                                                         did it because personally that was        acknowledge the contributions of
                                                  Zucchini blossoms?                        important to us,” she adds.               those and other local producers who
            “We have a garden in our parking                                                                                          make the fare unique.
            lot that we put in place about 10     “We pick the flowers and we do beer-      When the restaurant started looking
            years ago,” says Calories Bakery      battered zucchini blossoms,” says         for locally sourced foods a decade ago,   Earlier this year, Calories’ owners and
            and Restaurant owner and general      Cousyn. “It’s awesome. They’re great.     the practice was virtually unheard of,    their partners at Pineview Farms,
            manager Janis Cousyn.                 The flowers are delicious.”               Cousyn notes. Local farmers hadn’t        near Osler, announced that their next
                                                                                            really considered a market that           venture would find them teaming up
                                                  “City Park is a really great community    included restaurants. Consistency         to help end Saskatoon’s downtown
                                                  and it’s a wonderful garden.”             of supply is important. A restaurant      “food desert.” Grocery shopping had
                                                                                            depends on its ingredients being          all but dried up when Extra Foods
                                                  While the parking lot and community       delivered on time, especially when        pulled the last grocery store out of
                                                  gardens make ready sources of fresh       those ingredients are farm-fresh.         the city’s core when it closed its 3rd
                                                                                                                                      Avenue location in 2004.
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Souleio Foods, a “European style               Cousyn, joined by local journalist          environmentally responsible, to use                                               The two vertical panels pre-heat air for the furnace
market” in the McLean Building at 263          and foodie Amy Jo Ehman, spoke at           organic, natural, locally produced                                                and heat recovery ventilator. During spring and
3rd Avenue South, opens in early June.         the Road Map 2020 forum in April,           food, serve fair trade coffee, feature                                            fall, the panels can forestall use of the furnace all
The store will feature the same locally        delivering an address, “In Our Own          the right fish species, and financially                                           together. The lower air and photovoltaic panels
grown meats and produce found at               Backyard — Why Local Matters in             to charitable and community causes.                                               comprise the solar space heater circulating warm
the restaurant. Calories is also moving        Saskatoon.”                                                                                                                   air through the study alcove.
its bakery production to Souleio.                                                          “We have spent time thinking about
                                               “Consumers are more and more                how we live and work on this earth and
Souleio’s focus will be on quick service       concerned about where their food            are proud of our accomplishments,”
and pre-prepared meals featuring               has come from and how it has been           she said.
locally sourced and organic inputs,            produced,” she told delegates. “Ethical                                  DarrELL noaKES
says Cousyn.                                   consumers” expect a restaurant to be



           Urban harvest: Grassroots group grows produce in secret city gardens                                                                                              A House with Sun Sense
 There’s a growing local food movement
 in Saskatoon, and groups like Rooted are
 tapping into it.
                                               Patio gardens, container gardens
                                               and backyard gardens all help fulfill
                                               Rooted’s goal.
                                                                                           “There’s been a lot of people who are
                                                                                           really intent on finding alternatives to
                                                                                           our current system of transporting food
                                                                                           thousands of miles before it gets to                                              Solar System Heats
                                                                                                                                                                             Suburban Home
 Rooted, which got its start on the            The patio at Louis’s Pub on campus got a    our plates,” says Best. “There’s a lot of
 University of Saskatchewan campus two         container garden, for example.              interest in the local food movement.”
 years ago, wants to revitalize unused
 urban space. In particular, this group of     “Those were the ones that we did last       In addition to growing familiar produce
 students and volunteers from throughout       year,” says Jessie Best, one of the         such as tomatoes, peas, beans, lettuce,
 the community hopes to raise awareness        students driving Rooted forward. “We’re     chard, squash, zucchini and cucumbers,
 about alternative food production in an       hoping to expand to an apartment            the group has been branching out into
 ecologically fragile world.

 “Basically, we’re trying to promote urban
                                               building, but we don’t have any other
                                               rooftop sites. We’ve got more backyard
                                               gardens and stuff like that.”
                                                                                           heirloom seeds.

                                                                                           “We’ve been using a lot of heirloom seeds
                                                                                                                                                                             At first glance,
 food production,” says Jessie Best, one                                                   from Jim Ternier,” says Best.                                                     604 Regier Place in Martensville looks pretty much like any other
 of the students driving Rooted forward.       The group will donate the gardens’                                                                                            modern bi-level home in a new subdivision. Those similarities are
 “We’re trying to make food accessible to      produce to Saskatoon’s Child Hunger         Ternier owns Prairie Garden Seeds,                                                deceiving. It’s not the only Energy-Star rated house on the block,
 lower income families.”                       Education Program (CHEP).                   headquartered in Humboldt and with seed-                                          but it’s the first in the neighbourhood to capitalize on sunlight in a
                                                                                           growing operations at St. Peter’s Abbey                                           big way.
 “Our two main missions is to teach people     “We’re working really closely with          in Muenster and a farm near Cochin. The
                                                                                                                                                                             The familiar suburban street-side view masks some simple,
 about why it’s important to grow your own     CHEP, in the sense that we’re kind of a     company specializes in certified organic
                                                                                                                                                                             yet remarkable technology at the south-facing rear of the house.
 food, and teach them how to grow their        community gardening initiative, but we’re   heritage seed production.                                                         A pair of roof-mounted hot-water solar panels assist a standard
 own food,” she says.                          more mobile,” says Best. “We’re using                                                                                         domestic hot water supply. But the most notable feature is a set
                                               back yards instead of plots appointed by    “We’re hoping to learn how to do a                                                of solar collectors on the wall. At first easily mistaken for a large
 The group started by organizing rooftop       the city.”                                  whole bunch of seed saving later this                                             picture window, one set of panels pre-heats intake air for the
 gardens. A container garden atop                                                          fall,” says Best. “It’s another way to                                            high-efficiency furnace while another acts as a sun-powered
 Calories Bakery and Restaurant became         Rooted is currently working with Core       become self-reliant.”                                                             space heater. Combined, the solar hot water and solar air
 one of its earlier successes.                 Neighbourhood Youth Co-op to establish a                                                                                      systems substantially reduce the home’s dependence on energy
                                               container gardens project for Saskatoon’s   The group is also working with We Are                                             from natural gas.
 Many buildings wouldn’t be able to            core neighbourhoods, says Best.             Many and university professors on an
 support a fully fledged rooftop garden,                                                   initiative to get some school yard gardens                                        “There are conventional and non-conventional technologies
                                                                                                                                                                             in this house, to supplement energy savings,” says Robin Riehl,
 but there are plenty of other places in the   Rooted is seeing increasing interest from   set up, says Best, with results expected
                                                                                                                                                                             office manager at Homes by Ens, whose company built this con-
 city suitable for local food production.      homeowners looking for ways to put their    by next summer at the latest.
                                                                                                                                                                             cept home in Martensville’s Sunset Ridge subdivision. It’s an
                                               yards to more productive use.                                          DarrELL noaKES                                         assisted system, combining conventional heating and hot water
                                                                                                                                         Photo: Darrell Noakes               with supplemental solar.
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                                                                                                                                                                                 DECOR
                                                                                                                                                 Window Cover                                                                                        and services from drapes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and blinds to custom furni-
                                                                                                                                                   Winners:                                                                                          ture.
                                                                                                                                               A Rainbow of Choices                                                                                     Advancements in tech-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     nology have made operat-
                                                                                                                                               for Style and Comfort                                                                                 ing blinds easier and safer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     A battery-operated remote
                                                                                                                                               Long gone are the days                                                                                control moves blinds at the
                                                                                                                                               when window coverings                                                                                 touch of a button; lifting
                                                                                                                                               mostly consisted of bland                                                                             systems can eliminate cords
                                                                                                                                               blinds or dreary drapes.                                                                              and open or close blinds
                                                                                                                                               Today, a variety of designs,                                                                          with a soft touch; and re-
                                                                                                                                               technologies, materials and                                                                           tractable systems keep the
                                                                                                                    Photo: Darrell Noakes
                                                                                                                                               colours enable window cov-                                                                            cords at a constant length.
                                                                                                                                               erings to address any num-                                                                            Window coverings also play
“It costs a few hundred dollars more to have all those extras, but    Bright and airy, this solar concept home in Martensville saves           ber of factors regarding your                                                                         a role with acoustics, espe-
there are savings (from energy efficiencies), so that the entire      energy. The warmth of hardwood is captured in the Duraplank              your home’s comfort, priva-                                                                           cially in areas with wood or
system is cost neutral,” he says.                                     flooring. The closed in railing near the end table at right shows        cy and decor.                                                                                         tile floors.
                                                                      attention to small details. The builder knows that were most people                                                                                                               When it comes to decor,
                                                                      like to put their television, and the wall ensures that there won’t be        Blinds: From                                                                                     lighter-coloured blinds are
“For a family of four, a lot of homes use $150 a month in gas, of
                                                                      any wires showing.                                                                                                                                                             making a comeback, but the
which it’s estimated 40 per cent is hot water,” says Jeannine Paul,                                                                            Black-Out to Beautiful
president of Nexus Solar, who designed the home’s solar features.                                                                                                                                                                                    most interesting room com-
A solar system can reduce hot water costs by about half, or $30                                                                                The summer heat and cold                                                                              bines them in light, medium
a month.                                                              “I couldn’t ask for a better house to work with,” says Paul. “That’s     winter days create a de-                                                                              and dark colours.
                                                                      why it’s such a privilege to be part of it.”                             mand for window coverings                                                                                Popular wood blinds also
“You could either pay SaskEnergy $30 a month for the gas or you                                                                                that keep the cold out, or       Today’s blinds are both appealing, functional and easy to operate.   offer an extensive selection
could take that $30 and give it to the bank because it will pay for   The interior also embodies the sun’s warmth. The living room             capture the heat before it                                                                            of colours and styles. Wood
the upgrade on the solar water heating system,” she says. “It pays    floor is finished in Congoleum Duraplank, a durable, long-wearing        turns a home into a daytime                                                                           blinds help create a mood
for itself right away.”                                               material that mimics the look of real wood. The tile used elsewhere      sauna. Energy-efficient cel-     rooms, where total darkness        of fabric, from sheer to fully    that is warm, intimate and
                                                                      in the house is Duraceramic, a limestone composite that can              lular blinds are an effective,   is the goal.                       opaque, they address the          airy. A horizontal slat blind
Both the hot water and air systems run off the power of the sun, as   be installed on a regular subfloor without special treatment.            popular way to help keep a          Some blinds can be low-         need for privacy and still of-    can be virtually station-
well. Photovoltaic cells run the pump that circulates the hot water   A Duraplank trim ties it all together throughout the house.              home cool. They work by          ered from the top or raised        fer exceptional light control.    ary except for tilting, which
heating and the fan that blows the warmed air.                                                                                                 capturing the heat in the        from the bottom. When                Virginia Pawlik of Prairie      provides light control. Once
                                                                      There is another interesting innovation in this house. When you          honeycomb-shaped back-           the top is partially lowered,      Drapery Shoppe Ltd. in Sas-       you’ve looked through them
“Nothing there is plugged in, like some can be,” says Paul.           think of suburban homes, one of the first images to come to mind is      ing on the pleated blinds.       indirect sunlight enters the       katoon represents Hunter          for a few minutes, you don’t
                                                                      the “snout house,” a design that comedian Dave Broadfoot once            This same system helps           room so your wood floor or         Douglas products through-         even notice them. Genuine
“We don’t have any extensive controls, and that’s a bonus,” she       described as the “typical Canadian dwelling,” a large garage with        keep winter cold from pen-       fabric furniture is not ex-        out Saskatchewan.         She     wood blinds are lighter and
adds. “There’s nothing to go wrong.”                                  a small living quarters tacked on the back. The bi-level design of       etrating a home. Blinds are      posed to direct sun.               recommends the Duette Ar-         thinner than the faux wood
                                                                      the Regier Place home removes the garage from prominence,                available in polyester or a         Popular options are the         chitella, which offers “cell-     options and are available in
In addition to the active solar systems in use in this house, Homes   shifting the living room closer to the front and creating usable         natural woven fabric.            Hunter Douglas Duette win-         within-a-cell” technology.        a number of wood grains,
By Ens takes sun orientation into account when designing their        space above the garage, where the master bedroom is located.                Cellular blinds can be        dow shades, which come               Virginia Pawlik is certainly    white or off-white.
properties, such as by finding south-facing lots, says Riehl.         It’s pleasing to the eye and presents a more lifestyle friendly          even more effective if a         in an extensive selection of       an expert in the area of win-         If you have a great view
                                                                      orientation to the street.                                               blackout surface is applied      textures and fabrics. These        dow coverings; she has been       and a private yard, consider
“We’re always trying to find ways to bring natural light into the                                                                              on the back. Blackout blinds     shades have vertical honey-        in business 29 years and          screen shades. A variety of
house,” he says. “Everybody wants a nice, sunny house. People                                                                DarrELL noaKES    do not completely eliminate      comb pleats that open from         serviced over 8,000 homes.        densities enable you to se-
have been doing passive solar for years, without knowing it. It’s                                                                              light, but they come close.      side to side on the back of        Prairie Drapery Shoppe of-        lect which transparency best
not complicated. It’s common sense.”                                                                                                           They are most useful in bed-     the blind. With four kinds         fers a full range of products     suits your needs. You can
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                                                                                                                                                                        STYLE
see outside when the screen        Like blinds, the options             Quality and              A reasonably-priced alter-
shades are drawn, and a soft     in colours, textures and ma-           Cost Count               native is a two-inch metal
light creates a peaceful am-     terials for drapes is almost                                    Venetian blind. Aluminum
bience in any room. Privacy      limitless. You can choose       Window and interior de-         blinds are economical for
must be considered, as it’s      hues from sunny to sombre;      sign specialists are quick to   large windows.
possible to see shadows in       weights from light to heavy;    address the quality of the        A window covering con-
the house when shades are        styles such as opulent, ro-     products you are purchas-       sultation can easily last four
drawn in the evening.            mantic or crisp...each adds     ing -- functional fabrics and   hours or more.
                                 a different element and feel    quality workmanship are           “We have to make sure cli-         How to Hide
  Dramatic Draperies             to a room.                      crucial to successful selec-    ents get not only what they
                                   Pawlik says that silk has     tion.    The experts advise     want, but what will work             Your Floors:
Fabrics framing a window         made a big comeback in for      that when you examine win-      best for their needs and life-       Put Sensuous,
are inviting and appealing.      window coverings because        dow coverings, look at the      style,” says Pawluk. “I like to
They are soft, insulating, co-   of its rich beauty.             head rail mechanism; check      make sure they know their             Sustainable
lourful and can cover minor        While silk drapery with a     for quality and strength.       full range of options.”              Leather Under
design flaws.                    thick underline provides a      Blinds should move up and                       DEanna mErriCK
  Rather than full drapes,       regal look; starched fabrics    down smoothly and quietly.                                             Your Feet
side panels and valances         offer tailored, masculine ap-      To most people, price of     Info:
are often the most popular       peal. For an informal feel,     window coverings is a key       ■ Prairie Drapery                 Luxurious leather is a clas-
choices.                         cotton chintz or a heavily-     consideration, and there        Shoppe Ltd.                       sic, sensual material for
  Side panels can be more        textured fabric may be the      some great economical op-       2104A St. George Avenue           furniture and clothing.
dramatic, and colours can        answer.                         tions. Quantity counts. For     Saskatoon                         But could it be considered
be more daring than blinds.          Many of today’s fabrics     example, if a home requires     306.477.1251                      a flooring material? While
A combination of shades,         are easy to care for, requir-   15 or more blinds, there can    www.prairiedrapery.com            it’s only recently become
side panels and valances         ing only a light vacuuming      be significant cost savings.                                      the latest thing in Saska-
add ambience to a room.          or dusting.                     Material counts as well.                                          toon, leather has been used
                                                                                                                                   in flooring in European
                                                                                                                                   countries for a long time.
                                                                                                                                      Until recently, leather
                                                                                                                                   flooring meant extrava-                                                                                  Photos: Courtesy of Torlys
                                                                                                                                   gance, using rawhide tiles.
                                                                                                                                   Not only was it expensive,                                                                         Above: Leather floors are an exciting
                                                                                                                                   upwards of $40 to $60 per       around $75 per square foot,       pean and California indoor       and sensuous way to go green.
                                                                                      Meet optimum performance.                    square foot, but it had a       it’s a brilliant idea that pro-   air quality standards, the       Photo courtesy of Torlys.

                                                                                        Meet water efficiency.                       tendency to wear, much like     duces a remarkable floor for      most stringent in the world.
                                                                                                                                   the elbows or cuffs on your     a particular taste and bud-          The leather is derived
                                                                                         Meet Caroma here.                         favourite leather coat. Raw     get.                              from post-industrial waste,      bined with a high density
                                                                                                                                   materials had to be pristine,      A great example of leather     says Torlys Saskatchewan         fibreboard (HDF) core and
                                                                                                                                   leaving little opportunity to   flooring that’s sensuous,         representative Korey Pick.       cork backing and formed
                                                                                                                                   “green” up manufacturing        durable, affordable and           It’s composed of leather         into tiles or planks for quick
                                                                                                                                   inputs by recycling leather.    green comes from Torlys           scraps left over from the        and easy installation. All
                                                                                                                                      Of course, there are ex-     (the name is derived from         manufacture of luxury car        Torlys flooring uses the
                                                                                                                                   ceptions. Ting London, a        Toronto — TOR — and Lis-          seats, shoes, belts and other    same patented Uniclic joint
                                                                                                                                   small UK fashion design         bon — LYS), a Canadian            sources, diverting material      that resists gapping, warp-
                                                                                                                                   company renowned for            company specializing in           that otherwise would end         ing and cupping. It can be
                                                                                                                                   combining luxury products       cork, hardwood, laminate,         up in landfill sites.            installed professionally or
                                                                                                                                   with ethical principles, has    linoleum and leather floor-          The pieces are con-           by do-it-yourselfers.
                                                                                                                                   developed unique modu-          ing since 1988. Torlys is         verted to bonded leather.           The result is a luxurious-
                                                                                                                                   lar leather floor tiles made    distributed in Saskatoon by       The scraps are ground and        looking floor that lasts a
                                                                                                                                   from old belts. Each tile       Braid Flooring and Western        mixed with environmen-           long time.
                                                                                          710 - 51st Street, Saskatoon             uses hand-selected vintage      Carpet.                           tally-friendly     ingredients      “It’s not your traditional
                                                                                                 (306) 665.5366                    leather belts, allowing their      Torlys leather flooring        that don’t produce harm-         leather jacket feel,” says
                                                                                         www.centennialpluming.com                 distinctive patterns to show,   is made from 100 per cent         ful off-gassing, to form the     Braid Flooring’s Christian
                                                                                                                                   including the holes used by     recycled leather and manu-        basis for a durable leather      Braid with a laugh. “It has a
                                                                                                                                   the former belt buckles. At     factured to meet both Euro-       surface. The leather is com-     lot of durability to it.”
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                                                                                                                                                              OUTSIDE
                                                                                                     With the use of non-
                                                                                                  VOC materials, the flooring
                                                                                                  maintains indoor air qual-
                                                                                                  ity. By using post-industrial
                                                                                                  waste as a source, Torlys
                                                                                                  leather flooring achieves
                                                                                                  some of the highest ratings
                                                                                                  in environmental sustain-
                                                                                                  ability.                           Grooming Your
                                                                                                     In May, Torlys earned
                                                                                                  “triple chain of custody”             Grounds
                                                                                                  certification from the For-          For Enhanced
                                                                                                  est Stewardship Council,
                                                                                                  Sustainable Forestry Initia-         Outdoor Living
                                                                                                  tive and the Program for the
                                                                                                  Endorsement of Forest Cer-        Homeowners are spend-
                                                                                                  tification.                       ing time, effort and money
                                                                                                     Chain of custody certi-        to improve the curb – and
                                                                                                  fication ensures that raw         backyard – appeal of their
                                                                                                  materials are harvested           property.
                                                                 Above/below: Anywhere you
                                                                 can put hardwood, you can put    from certified or controlled         “Backyards in the past
                                                                 durable leather.                 sources and processed,            were something that was
                                                                                                  manufactured and distrib-         viewed from the inside of
                                                                                                  uted responsibly.                 the house out,” explained
                                                                                                     Combining sustainable          Ron Berry of Expocrete Con-
                                                                 application would go in.”        forestry practices with a         crete Products Ltd. “Now
                                                                    It’s a trend that Torlys      manufacturing process that        people view their houses
                                                                 had already seen with cork       uses thinner veneer layers        from the outside in.”
                                                                 flooring, says Pick. It’s easy   enables Torlys to reduce             The new view, he said, also
                                                                 to install and home owners       demand on hardwood re-            supports a new approach to
                                                                 are finding all sorts of ways    sources, while still produc-      improvements.
                                                                 to define their own style.       ing a flooring that stands up        “People are more accept-
                                                                    “Leather has followed         to Saskatoon’s dry environ-       ing now of pavers because
                                                                 cork’s trend,” says Pick.        ment, says Pick.                  they are more modern look-
  “It comes with a 25-year       that room where you really         “That’s an interesting           “The other nice thing          ing and provide curb appeal                                                             Photo: Couretsy Weldon’s Concrete Products
wear warranty,” says Braid.      want to make a statement,       thing about Torlys,” says        about it — just like in Eu-       from the front yards. When
“You can’t walk through          you want something that’s       Braid. “They’ve got a few        rope — these floors can           you’re spending $500,000            “In the past few years, the   colors for exterior accenting          An attractive patio can be
the wear layer on this prod-     unique. That’s very trendy      different product categories     be reused,” Braid says.           to build a house, another        trends in the landscaping in-    are hot,” he said. “Retaining        created with stylish pavers.
uct. You’re not going to see     on the floor.”                  — leather, hardwood, lami-       “They’re actually warrant-        15 per cent on your lawn,        dustry have been transform-      walls and larger patios up
wear patterns. Also, with           “A good rule of thumb        nate, cork, linoleum.”           ed to be pulled apart three       landscaping, paving and low      ing people’s yards into their    scaled to higher end pav-           Landscaping is an individ-
the makeup of it, it’s go-       would be, anywhere you             Braid adds that all the       times and reused. In Europe       maintenance fence is not a       outdoor recreational vaca-       ing stones of all colours and     ual choice.
ing to be free of defects.       would put hardwood, you         products use the same            that’s quite common. When         lot in the grand scheme of       tion spot,” said Polley.         shapes depending on the             “Why do all of us dress dif-
But like any other natural       could put leather,” says        click-lock system, allow-        they move out of their            thing,” he said.                    “The hot items this year      taste of the customer. The        ferently? Why do we not all
product, whether it’s wood       Pick. “We thought if you        ing the tiles or planks to       house, homeowners often              “People are spending          are coloured rock, colored       major services we are pro-        have the same type of hous-
or cork or leather, you can      have a nice room in your        connect together like the        take their floor with them.”      more on landscapes and           edging, sprinkler systems        viding this year are to de-       es?” said Polley. “It’s their
scratch them, you can dent       house, you’d go get a nice      laminated floors that many                                         having small areas for grass.    with automatic timers and        sign and to build executive       own unique personable liv-
them, but from what we’ve        leather flooring for it. Now,   people are already familiar                       DarrELL noaKES   It’s easier to maintain with     rain sensors with drip lines     outdoor living spaces for all     ing space that can be shown
seen, it’s quite a durable       consumers are purchasing        with.                                                              pavers and retaining walls.”     to conserve on water, fire       sectors of society.”              off to public in the front yard
product.”                        it for whatever room they          “It’s a floating floor,” he   Info                                 James Polley, who be-         pits, and fountains.”              Over the past three de-         and the back yard can be a
  “This leather flooring is      want and we’re seeing that      says. “You don’t need to                                           gan working when his dad            Polley identified colour      cades, Allan’s has grown to       private space to be enjoyed
                                                                                                  ■ Braid Flooring and
very unique,” he says. “[It’s]   there is no particular trend    add any glues or adhesives,                                        established Allan’s Land-        and design as the hot prod-      offer more services, com-         by the whole family unit.”
                                                                                                  Window Fashions
a unique floor for a unique      on which rooms they are         which is an environmen-                                            scaping Ltd. in 1967, has        ucts this year.                  mercial landscaping, and            Polley cautions home-
                                                                                                  #1 - 2301 Millar Avenue,
room. This is something          picking. It’s going in living   tal approach. You’re keep-                                         noticed a change in the             “Black, lava, and black       bulk materials from dirt fill     owners in selecting individ-
                                                                                                  Saskatoon
that is designed for the         rooms, dining rooms, kitch-     ing the VOCs down in your                                          Saskatoon        marketplace.    wood mulch as accessory          to decorative fountains and       uals to do the work.
                                                                                                  306.244.1973
special room in the house,       ens, anywhere a hardwood        house.”                                                                                                                              everything in between.
                                                                                                  www.braidflooring.com
38                                                Saskatoon        Summer 2009                                                                                                          Saskatoon      Summer 2009   39

  “The advice I can provide          Meanwhile, Berry of Expo-     to visit us,” Berry said. “We    broken pavers can easily be



                                                                                                                                                        THE ROOM
to someone who is con-            crete said pavers also have      will provide them a dealers      lifted and replaced.
sidering landscaping their        become a useful product          list so they can buy through        To give old world charm,
home is to have a qualified       for inner city in-fill and re-   their favourite or nearest re-   a specialized tumbling pro-
SNL (Saskatchewan Nurs-           development projects, pro-       tail store.”                     cess is used that rounds out
ery Landscape Association         viding many with an upscale         Expocrete supplies a deal-    the edges and corners. This
Member) to go through the         face lift.                       er network of 35 retail out-     “Roman” appearance gives
project and decide on an es-         “People are having second     lets in Saskatchewan includ-     the feel of a patio or drive-
timate or design,” he recom-      thoughts about concrete          ing RONA, Co-op Lumber           way that could have been
mended. “The homeowner            only. Our climatic condi-        and independent dealers.         built centuries ago.                 Summertime
would also have to consider       tions -- with the freeze and        The company’s product is
how long they plan to live at     thaw cycles – can create         most visible along the South                           JoE raLKo      Living is Easy
the residence.”                   cracks, chips and flakes that    Saskatchewan       River    in                                        In the Outdoor
  Landscaping adds value to       are difficult and expensive      downtown Saskatoon where
properties, Polley said.          to repair,” he said. “Pavers     its pavers cover 100,000         Info                                  Living Room
  “A beautiful landscaped         can be easily repaired and       square feet of River Landing.                                      More and more people are
                                                                                                    ■ Allan’s Landscaping Ltd.
yard is something to look at      now come in a wide vari-            “With 30 years of experi-                                       spending their time, effort
                                                                                                    777-60th Street West, Saskatoon
and admire and also to be         ety of colors, patterns and      ence, we recognize the de-                                         and money to enjoy a Sas-
                                                                                                    Store - 306.384.4763,
functional and used by the        textures.”                       mand for green building                                            katchewan summer in their
                                                                                                    Landscape Services
whole family. How do you             Expocrete Concrete Prod-      products and are happy to                                          own backyard.
                                                                                                    306.249.4600
put a cost on quality of life?”   ucts Ltd. is a leading manu-     offer products that are en-                                        “The current trend is that
                                                                                                    www.allanslandscaping.com
he said.                          facturer of paving stones,       vironmentally       beneficial                                     more people are personal-
  “In my 30 plus years of         retaining wall systems and       and can contribute to the                                          izing their backyards and
being in the landscaping          masonry units. The com-          process of achieving LEED        ■ Weldon’s Concrete               patios more than they used
industry, I have yet to ever      pany was established 30          points,” Berry said.             Products, A Division of           to,” said Curtis Shawaga,
hear back from any cus-           years ago in Acheson, near          He said paving stones         Expocrete Concrete                sales manager for Paradise
tomers that they were dis-        Edmonton, and has added a        have many advantages over        1800 11th Street West,            LeisureScapes in Saskatoon.
appointed by having their         state-of-the-art plant in Bal-   concrete and asphalt.            Saskatoon                            “People are willing to sink
landscaping enhanced to a         zac, near Calgary.                  “We offer a wide range of     306.665.3211                      more money into what used
quality outdoor living space.        Expocrete acquired Wel-       different surface finishes,      www.expocrete.com                 to be called the backyard
There is a little bit of pain     don’s Concrete on 11th Street    colors, shapes and laying                                          patio because it has become
when people decide to go up       West in Saskatoon and has        patterns to compliment the                                         a focal point of their home
to an enhanced yard land-         developed a living show-         architectural style of the                                         and of their lives. The out-
scaped, but when they get         room for all of its products.    home,” Berry said. “In addi-                                       door living room now is a
to that plateau try and get          “People can see all of the    tion, there is a moderate ini-                                     very important area of the
them down to a lower stan-        wall systems and pavers on       tial cost, can be installed by                                     house.”
                                                                                                                                                                       Today’s outdoor furniture is
dard of outdoor living.”          display when they come           a homeowner and stained or                                            Paradise LeisureScapes,
                                                                                                                                                                       sophisticated in design,
                                                                                                                                      founded in 1970, carries all     comfortable and durable.
                                                                                                                                      the products to bring the
                                                                                                                                      comforts of indoors to the       Shawaga explained.
                                                                                                                                      great outdoors. From out-          “This includes not only
                                                                                                                                      door area rugs to dishwash-      upscale furniture but land-
                                                                                                                                      er-safe patio dinnerware,        scaping with granite, slate
                                                                                                                                      their accessories can handle     or marble. Some are even
                                                                                                                                      anything our Saskatchewan        building complete kitchens
                                                                                                                                      climate can dish out.            as part of the patio. In ad-
                                                                                                                                         “In the past, the typical     dition, there are those that
                                                                                                                                      backyard patio had a table       incorporate a pool or land-
                                                                                                                                      and light, stackable chairs.     scaped hot tub with the
                                                                                                                                      People would shop for these      backyard patio design.”
                                                                                                                                      sets at big box type stores.       Planning is the key to suc-
                                                                                                                                      Those people still exist but     cess, he said.
                                                                                                                                      what we’ve seen in the last        Paradise     LeisureScapes
                                                                                                                                      couple of years are couples      works with designer Sasha
                                                                                                                                      who want to develop a com-       Reiber’s House Appeal to
                                                                                                                                      plete backyard patio room,”      create a complete three-di-
40                                           Saskatoon        Summer 2009                                                                                                        Saskatoon           Summer 2009                                                    41




                                                                                                                                               SPOTLIGHT
                                                              they are redeveloping their        Three years ago, the com-
                                                              backyard patio. They know a     pany unveiled Saskatch-
                                                              high-end patio set will begin   ewan’s largest leisure living
                                                              at $3,000,” he said. “That’s    store. The new facility is
                                                              because we, as a society,       almost five times the show-
                                                              know that there’s a big price   room space of its original
                                                              difference in cars. For exam-   Saskatoon location at 522
                                                              ple, it’s general knowledge     Duchess Street.
                                                              that a Lexus will cost more        “Since then, we’ve been       Green Renovator
                                                              than a typical Ford product.”   constantly improving our
                                                                 Paradise    LeisureScapes    product offerings to include         Recycles
                                                              began in 1970 as a swim-        all-weather wicker patio fur-         80 Per Cent
                                                              ming pool company special-      niture, outdoor area rugs,
                                                              izing in new pool construc-     pergolas and complete                of Demolition
                                                              tion. Originally known as       games room solutions,” said            Materials
                                                              Paradise Pools, the company     Shawaga.
                                                              expanded into pool renova-                           JoE raLKo   Michael Leggett, owner of
mensional backyard design     the knowledge level of the      tions and product supply. It                                     Equinox Home Innova-
for customers to experience   customers who walk in the       has been serving Saskatoon                                       tions, didn’t plan on be-
the backyard patio before     door.                           customers since 1970 and                                         coming a home renovator.
work begins.                     Sticker shock is no longer   has evolved to offer custom-
                                                                                              Info                             Degrees in fine arts and
  Another trend Shawaga       a concern, he said.             ers product lines including     ■ Paradise Leisurescapes         design, and a masters in
has notice in the past sev-      “People are more ac-         hot tubs, BBQs and pools to     2515 Millar Avenue               community planning and
en years he has been with     cepting of the cost of qual-    meet their backyard living      Saskatoon                        development had prepared
Paradise LeisureScapes is     ity today, especially when      needs.                          316.244.6700                     him for another career
                                                                                              www.paradiseleisurescapes        path, until an encounter
                                                                                                                               with indoor mould threat-
                                                                                                                               ened the life of his sister.
                                                                                                                                  “My studies were in the
                                                                                                                               environment and sustain-
                                                                                                                               able development,” he said.                                                                                       Photo: Darrell Noakes
                                                                                                                               “It was my sister’s run-in
                                                                                                                               with mould and situation          TOP: The home of Michael and Taban Leggett demonstrates the renovator’s personal commitment to
                                                                                                                               with cancer that really got       green and sustainable building. The 1928 City Park house is a labour of love, as Leggett painstakingly
                                                                                                                               us thinking how the home          restores the grandeur of the vintage structure.
                                                                                                                               environment and indoor air
                                                                                                                                                                 RIGHT: Leggett describes
                                                                                                                               quality are so much more re-      his father as an inventor and
                                                                                                                               lated than we often realize.”     visionary with a passion of
                                                                                                                                  Leggett’s striving for LEED    landscaping. “From earliest
                                                                                                                               Gold standards in all his ren-    childhood, we grew up with
                                                                                                                               ovations company is one of        Japanese gardens and land-
                                                                                                                               few in the country that com-      scapes,” he says. “It’s in my
                                                                                                                               prehensively embrace green        blood to do this design work.”
                                                                                                                               renovation. Equinox re-
                                                                                                                               cycles a minimum of 80 per        landfill, but even there they
                                                                                                                               cent of demolition materi-        have their own recycling ar-
                                                                                                                               als. Anything of value is sold,   rangements,” he said. “That,
                                                                                                                               with all proceeds donated to      we’re really proud of. And
                                                                                                                               an overseas charity. Re-us-       those are things that are
                                                                                                                               able materials are donated        across the board. Anyone
                                                                                                                               to the Habitat for Humanity       who’s taken us on as a com-
                                                                                                                               Re-Store, while recyclables       pany, partakes of that com-
                                                                                                                               go to the recycling depot.        mitment.”
     2024 Quebec Ave, Saskatoon • (306) 978 - 0202 • www.stonesedgegranite.com                                                    “That (less than) 20 per         Even the most unlikely
                                                                                                                               cent that’s left may go to the    materials can find reclama-                                                     Photo: Darrell Noakes
42               Saskatoon        Summer 2009                                                                                                              Saskatoon               Summer 2009                                                                    43




                                                                                                                      PRACTICAL
                                                                   People are more willing to
                                                                 upgrade what they have, rath-
                                                                 er than move to someplace
                                                                 new, he said.
                                                                   Keeping the scale of the
                                                                 company manageable and
                                                                 personable is important to
                                                                 Leggett. As a smaller company,
                                                                 said Leggett, Equinox can be-
                                                                                                        Where to find
                                                                 come more intimate with the           green products,
                                                                 job site and the customer.
                                                                   “That, to us, is fairly impor-        services and
                                                                 tant, that kind of on the ground           advice
                                                                 connection to the work,” he
                                                                 said. “I think we’re very happy
                                                                 at that scale. Most of the time,       So you’ve decided that it’s
                                                                 I’m there on the job with my          time to go green. There are
                                                                 crew working on the project.”         plenty of services in Saska-
                                                                   “I love it,” Leggett says of his     toon to help you renovate
                                        Photo: Darrell Noakes    business and the work. “It’s          your current home or plan
                                                                 a lot of fun. To move it in the              your new one.
                             TOP: The renovated master bed-      direction that it’s been going,
                             room conveys a sense of serenity    green renovations, has been
                             and simplicity.                     really exciting. It feels like          Canada Green
                                                                 we’re pushing a certain stan-
                             LEFT: Leggett calls this peaceful   dard and encouraging others            Building Council
                             space the prayer room. The earth
                             tones lend a sense of comfort and
                                                                 along the way.”                        — Saskatchewan
                                                                   What better way could
                             ease. Leggett says this room will
                                                                 Leggett demonstrate his com-               Chapter
                             soon be known as the baby room.
                                                                 mitment to green renovation,         A good place to start is the
                             tion, as Leggett recalls a re-      than by making this approach         Saskatchewan Chapter of                                                                                        Photo Courtesy EnDur Roofing System.
                             cent instance in which some-        integral to how he upgraded          the Canada Green Building
                             one eagerly found productive        his own home.                        Council, made up of volun-      Recycled tires make durable roofing that mimics the appearance of traditional shakes and shingles. The material resists climate,
                                                                                                                                      insects, mould and mildew, and comes with 50-year warranty.
                             use for broken pieces of tile         Leggett and his wife, Taban,       teers within the provincial
                             left over from a renovation         bought their house, a 1928           building industry working to
                             project. Almost nothing gets        two-storey house in City Park,       make Saskatchewan a leader
                             thrown away.                        a year ago.                          in sustainable buildings and         Saskatchewan                           tion and recycling, dark-sky-               available, or where to pur-
                                Small things also make a dif-      A typical renovation might         communities. The organiza-                                                  friendly lighting, and pes-                 chase. The Green Directory, a
                             ference. The company doesn’t        take two or three months, but        tion primarily provides re-
                                                                                                                                            Eco Network                           ticide free gardening. Sas-                 project of the Saskatchewan
                             charge extra for the non-VOC        the couple’s own home “has           sources to its members, but     The Saskatchewan Eco Net-                   katchewan Eco Network also                  Eco-Network with assistance
                             paints it uses as a matter of       been a work in progress,” said       also seeks to engage citizens   work is a non-profit, non-                  publishes     Saskatchewan’s                from the Saskatchewan Re-
                             course. Employees car pool to       Michael. He likes to take the        in sustainable design and       government organization of                  Green Directory (see below).                search Council and the Min-
                             save gas.                           time to ensure that every-           construction. Using the ser-    environmental groups. Net-                  ■ 203-115 2nd Ave. North                    istry of Environment, is de-
                                “It’s not that difficult,”       thing’s done well.                   vices of a council member       work staff help members,                    Saskatoon                                   signed to provide that infor-
                             Leggett noted. Making green                                              is one sure way to see to it    media, government and the                   306.656.1275                                mation. The Green Directory
                                                                                    DarrELL noaKES                                                                                www.econet.sk.ca
                             choices isn’t an expensive lux-                                          that your project truly will    public connect with others                                                              currently is designed mainly
                             ury. Thinking in terms of our                                            be green and completed          who have skills and infor-                                                              for people who are renovat-
                             external environment and in-                                             according to the standards      mation they need. Network                                                               ing their homes, but even
                             door air quality is very viable.                                         of the Canada Green Build-      members, listed on the orga-
                                                                                                                                                                                      Saskatchewan’s                          new home builders will find
                                Plus, there seems to be a        Info                                 ing Council.                    nization’s website, can pro-                    Green Directory                         the extensive listings useful.
                             growing market for green ren-       ■ Equinox Home                                                       vide information on subjects                                                            Services and products cho-
                             ovation in Saskatoon. Leggett       Innovations Ltd.                     ■ 200-642 Broadway Ave.         that include community and                  Are you getting a green prod-               sen for listing are based on
                             said business has doubled           722 4th Avenue North                 Saskatoon                       rooftop gardening, commu-                   uct, or one that’s merely gre-              local production, conserva-
                             during the past three months,       Saskatoon                            306.665.0774                    nity trees and the urban for-               enwashed? People want to                    tion, no ozone-depleting
                             to the extent that he’s had to      306.292.0886                         www.cagbc.org/chapters/         est, sustainable and active                 choose well, but it’s hard to               substances, environmentally
     Photo: Darrell Noakes   hire additional employees.          www.equinoxhomes.ca                  saskatchewan                    transportation, waste reduc-                get information about what’s                ethical and energy efficiency.
44                                              Saskatoon        Summer 2009                                                                                                       Saskatoon         Summer 2009                                                 45

The directory describes what    plete your post-retrofit eval-



                                                                                                                                              BACKWORDS
to look for when choosing a     uation within this time, as              Durable, sustainable roofs
green product and lists sup-    well, before you can receive
pliers who carry the product    your grants. You’ll get up to
                                                                           made from recycled rubber
in Saskatchewan.                $5000 each from the federal       Saskatchewan’s Green Directory lists building materials,
                                and provincial governments.       but doesn’t include roofing suppliers. EnDur Roofing Sys-
■www.saskatchewangreendi-
                                                                  tem makes roofing materials from crumb rubber derived
rectory.org                     ■Sun Ridge Group
                                                                  from recycled tires. The resultant roofing, which resem-
                                www.sunridgegroup.ca
                                                                  bles traditional roof materials such as cedar shakes, re-
     Saskatchewan               ■AmeriSpec                        sists harsh climate conditions, insect infestations, mould
     EnerGuide for              306.652.8779                      and mildew. It’s easy to install, maintenance-free and
                                ■Energy Wise Solutions            long-lasting, with a 50-year warranty, at a cost compa-
        Houses                  877.787.4328                      rable to cedar shakes.
                                                                     There just aren’t a lot of roofing materials that fall un-
The Saskatchewan Ener-                                            der the category of green building products, says EnDur
Guide for Houses program,
                                   Energy Efficient               president Ken Foord. Seeing that gap in the market, Foord
developed by SaskEnergy            Rebate for New                 and his brother began working on the product about 10
in cooperation with Natural                                       years ago, thinking that the durability of crumb rubber
Resources Canada, helps ho-
                                       Homes                      would make a perfect, long-lasting roofing material.
meowners improve the com-       Saskatchewan’s Ministry of           The material must be popular. EnDur’s manufacturing
fort and energy efficiency of   Environment offers energy         operation, based in Saskatoon, has expanded twice since
their homes. The program        rebates through SaskEnergy.       it started and an additional plant has opened in Edmon-
provides provincial and fed-    The Energy Efficient Rebate       ton. EnDur’s roofing has been chosen by homebuilders,
eral grants for homeowners      for New Homes program             developers, roofing companies and eco-village develop-
who complete approved en-       provides incentives to pur-       ments across North America.
ergy efficiency upgrades. The   chase or build a new energy-         The material is 93 per cent recycled tires, meaning that
program is available until      efficient home that is EN-        a 4000 square foot roof would remove 1100 used tires from
March 31, 2011.                 ERGY STAR qualified, R-2000       the scrap heap. The National Research Council’s Canadi-
   Eligible    improvements     certified or has an EnerGuide     an Construction Materials Centre has evaluated that the
include heating and venti-      for New Homes rating of 80        product is suitable for new and re-roofing projects. The                                                                                                                    Photo: Darrell Noakes
lation upgrades, insulation,    or above. Rebates are also        Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation permits the
air sealing, draft proofing,    available for solar domestic      use of EnDur Roofing System in construction financed or              Fascinating                 Korvemaker, along with            provide a comprehensive vi-     Saskatchewan Hospital Cha-
upgrading air conditioning,
water heaters, solar hot wa-
                                hot water heating, qualify-
                                ing CAN/CSA-C448 compli-
                                                                  insured under the National Housing Act.
                                                                                                                                      Heritage Book                photographer Larry Easton,
                                                                                                                                                                   have documented 50 field-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     sual record of these unique
                                                                                                                                                                                                     and truly indigenous build-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     pel. The stepped buttress-like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ends of the Saskatchewan
ter and water conservation.     ant geothermal, drain water                                                        DarrELL noaKES        Features                  stone buildings in the prov-      ings.                           Hospital Chapel in North Bat-
   Homeowners start by          heat recovery, and qualifying     Info                                                                                             ince in this luxurious Coteau       The prominence of stone       tleford suggests a design
booking a pre-retrofit evalu-   natural gas appliances such       ■ EnDur Roofing System, Saskatoon
                                                                                                                                      Saskatchewan’s               Books production. Bernie          as a building material, is of   based upon a more substantial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     church. Photo: Larry Easton
ation from one of the au-       as clothes dryers, barbecues,     306.653.3629 or 306.612.3339                                        Stone Buildings              Flaman, the provincial heri-      course, evident at the Uni-
thorized service organiza-      cooktops and ranges.              www.endurroofing.com                                                                             tage architect, contributed       versity of Saskatchewan. In
tions. After you’ve received    ■www.saskenergy.com/saving_       e-mail:kfoord@aol.com                                             Stone has been a signifi-      the introduction.                 1908, the institution decided
your evaluation, you have 18    energy/energystarnewhomes.                                                                          cant building material in         This       attractively-pro-   to build its campus build-
months to complete all your     asp                                                                                                 the history of Saskatch-       duced tome includes stories       ings in the Collegiate Gothic   Bernard Flaman says in his
retrofits. You need to com-                                                                                                         ewan, from the First Na-       of farmhouses, homes in           style. The material of choice   introduction: “It is a mate-
                                                DarrELL noaKES
                                                                                                                                    tions tepee rings, medicine    urban communities, places         for exterior of the College     rial from this place and this
                                                                                                                                    wheels and figures of old      of worship, public buildings      Building was specified by       landscape. It looks good in
                       EXTRAORDINARY LIVING...OUTDOORS                                                                              to the most contemporary       and ruins. Margaret Hryniuk       architects Brown and Val-       any of our four distinctive
                                                                                                                                    of homes and commercial        uses her extensive journal-       lance to be rough-cut Tyn-      seasons and in the clear
                                                                                                                                    structures. It’s attractive,   istic experience to present       dall stone.                     sunlight that is one of the
                                                                                                                                    durable and adds a natural,    accounts of the buildings           A supply of fieldstone        defining aspects of Sas-
                                                                                                                                    human touch to otherwise       and their creators. Frank         north of the campus fur-        katchewan.”
                                                                                                                                    austere architecture.          Korvemaker examines the           ther encouraged using the          “Because stone is beau-
                                                                                                                                      Legacy of Stone is a book    province’s different types        local material as a tradition   tiful but also durable and
                                                                                                                                    that celebrates Saskatch-      of fieldstone. Larry Easton’s     in building the university      therefore       permanent,”
                                                                                                                                    ewan’s    stone    buildings   superb photographs along          structures.                     writes Hryniuk, “people use
                                  331 1st Ave N 653-4634                                      Hwy. 14, Saskatoon • ph. 384-4840     throughout history. Authors    with fascinating historical         Stone is an ideal Saskatch-   it to build structures that
                          www.charterhouseinteriors.com          www.taylormadefurniture.ca • taylormadefurniture@sasktel.net       Margaret Hryniuk and Frank     documents and pictures            ewan building material. As      they think are important,
46                                                Saskatoon         Summer 2009                                                                                                                 Saskatoon      Summer 2009                                              47

and hence they remain so                                                                            century often have distinc-
to us...But it is not just the                                                                      tive architectural influenc-
structure that is interest-                                                                         es. Unfortunately, many of
ing; it is also the people who                                                                      these homes over time were
lived within it.”                                                                                   inappropriately renovated,
   According to Hryniuk,                                                                            but owners aware of the
the stone buildings of Sas-                                                                         historical value of original
katchewan include a wide                                                                            building materials have at-
variety from fieldstone com-                                                                        tempted to restore them to
monly seen in farmyards to                                                                          their original beauty.
the highly polished material                                                                           For example, Saskatoon’s
of commercial and public                                                                            handsome, rustic Alexander
buildings. She estimates                                                                            Residence, built in 1912, has
that according to various                                                                           been renewed by its owners,
archives, there are perhaps                                                                         Ward and Annette Stebner.
500-1000 stone structures in                                                  Photo: Larry Easton   Since they purchased it in
the province. Most of them                                                                          2000, they have been work-
were built in the southern        Saskatchewan Hospital Chapel. The stepped buttress-like ends of   ing towards a restoration of
half, though the area pos-        the Saskatchewan Hospital Chapel in North Battleford suggests a   the home based on research
sesses a scarcity of stone.       design based upon a more substantial church.                      into history and period
   Though the best-known                                                                            building and period tech-
quarried stone building in        inal stone, has become more      cultural heritage, once the      niques.
the province is likely the Leg-   common.                          mainstay of its economy.            This is not the first time
islative Building in Regina,         Legacy of Stone celebrates      Stones were impediments        Saskatchewan’s stone build-
Legacy of Stone primarily         the craft of the stonemason,     to farm machinery so they        ings have been document-
profiles fieldstone buildings     one of the oldest and most       were often cleared and piled     ed. In fact, the Saskatch-
rather than institutional and     skilled trades in the world,     at the corner of a field. Some   ewan Heritage Founda-
commercial structures. They       as well as one of the earlier    farmers would give them          tion provided the authors
reflect the art of local stone-   trades to be recorded in Sas-    away to stonemasons and          with access to the research
masons, and most were con-        katchewan.                       others used them as a source     of the late Cecil Hayward
structed in the late 19th to         These tradespeople were       of income.                       and his wife Susan of As-
early 20th centuries.             in demand in the late 19th         Fieldstone farm buildings      siniboia who spent the last
   “Indeed, the stones illus-     and 20th centuries for the       survive, not just because of     25 years researching and
trated in this book do talk,      building of farmhouses,          their building material, but     photographing the historic
and speak of the natural          barns, schools, churches         also because it often cost       structures.
forces that created them,         and commercial buildings.        more than it was worth in           Legacy of Stone is not
and of the workmen who            Stones could be harvested        both time and money to de-       only a rich visual and his-
selected their finest features    freely from settlers who saw     molish them. Sentimentality      toric treat about Saskatch-
and incorporated them into        them as an impediment            and attractiveness account-      ewan but an invitation for
some of Saskatchewan’s            to farming. Well over 200        ed for their survival as well.   readers to get in their cars
most interesting historic         stonemasons practiced their        The timeless charm and         and search out these price-
buildings,” writes Hryniuk.       livelihood in Saskatchewan       appeal of these farm build-      less heritage buildings for
   Less costly and more           before the middle of the         ings are showcased in Larry      themselves.
practical building material       20th century.                    Easton’s photographs which                      Dona SturmaniS
replaced much stone with             The lives of five--Adam       accompany Hryniuk’s well-                                        We s t e r n C a n a d a ’ s L a r g e s t S u p p l i e r o f H o m e A p p l i a n c e s
the import of lumber by           Cantelon, Nels Holer Nei-        researched stories of the
railway. Bricks were made of      son, Charlie and Harold          families who built and in-       Info
local clays. At the turn of the   Parker and Richard Talmay        habited them. Some of them       ■ Legacy of Stone:
21st century, stone was still     are documented in Legacy         are occupied and preserved,      Saskatchewan’s Stone                                                                                                                                          A
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popular--more machine cut         of Stone.                        and others are abandoned,        Buildings
rather than fieldstone. Now          The abandoned fieldstone      but still impressive.            Margaret Hryniuk and
it is often cut into a thin       farm buildings of Saskatch-        Stone houses in Saskatch-      Frank Korvemaker
veneer and replaced over a        ewan are a rare and reward-      ewan’s towns are some of         Photography by Larry Easton     VANCOUVER               VICTORIA               CALGARY N.    COQUITLAM     EDMONTON S.       SASKATOON   KELOWNA         WINNIPEG
wood frame wall. Synthetic        ing sight in the southern part   the province’s outstanding       Coteau Books, Regina, Sask.     NANAIMO     RENOVATED   SURREY     RENOVATED   CALGARY S.    EDMONTON N.   ABBOTSFORD NEW    RED DEER    REGINA   NEW    TORONTO NEW
stone, with much of the           of the province, reminders       historical residences. Those     ISBN 978-1-55050-369-2
same physical allure of orig-     of the province’s rich agri-     built before the turn of the     232 pp.
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