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My Saskatoon, A Platform For Local Businesses

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 17, 2015 15:53

My Saskatoon is a modern online community, enhancing the connections between local people and the home grown and locally owned retailers that make our city unique. 

My Saskatoon was started by a group of individuals who are local business owners, passionate about showcasing Saskatoon businesses online, and ultimately encouraging the people of Saskatoon to shop, eat, and support local! 

Simply by being a part of our online community, local businesses provide support to the charities and non-profit organizations who contribute to the livelihood of the greater Saskatoon community. 

We love Saskatoon, its vibrancy, and the passion of its people! 

Stay connected by signing up for our monthly publication, The My Saskatoon Insider, and join us in enjoying all that our incredible city has to offer! 


Check out our EatLocal, ShopLocal and SupportLocal pages and find the local businesses that you are looking for!


 The My Saskatoon Team

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Get Your 2 Week Trial Gym Pass For Fitness Focus Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 12, 2015 10:36

You might be looking at Saskatoon gyms for the very first time; or maybe looking for a change from where you're at now.  We encourage you to come check out everything we have to offer at Fitness Focus.  

If you are a resident of Saskatoon or the surrounding area such as Martensville, Warman and Delisle, we welcome you to print your free 2-week trial pass.  For 2-weeks we'll offer you access to the Weight Room, the entire Group Fitness Class Schedule, Cardio Theatre, Tanning, Free Lockers and Free Towel Service.  You can see and experience everything else we have to offer including affordable Childcare, Personal Training, Sports Training and Conditioning, Diet and Nutrition Consulting, Massage Therapy, and if you ever need help just ask one of our Friendly Staff.  All this in a clean and mature atmosphere.  

At Fitness Focus you won't be just another number, we know you'll love your time with us, so ask about our memberships with No Contracts and flexible packages that you can customize anytime. 




Find out how to get your first month free... Before you start your 2-week pass, don't forget to ask the front staff about getting one month free on a membership! 

You can find more information on Fitness Focus on their Spotlight Profile!

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JBD Financial Planning in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 10, 2015 11:03

Our new government and how it affects your financial plan...

Tonight I sat and watched our new Prime Minister and his new cabinet get sworn into office and I thought of you and your financial plan. I thought of the POSITIVE and NEGATIVE effects this is going to have in the years to come. So I have made for you my top 10 list on the aspects that you should be most concerned with:

  1. OAS (Old Age Security) is going to stay at age 65. Currently OAS is $570/month.
  2. Expanded Home Buyers Plan - Now you will be able to access your RRSPs for not only your first home, but you would additionally be able to use your RRSPs multiple times when moving for work, after the death of a spouse, after a marital split or to take in an elderly relative.
  3. Replacing family benefits with the Canada Child Benefit. Cancelling all family benefits if your family income is over $200,000/year.
  4. Cancelling family income splitting (but not pension income splitting).
  5. More contributions to Canada Pension Plan for the employer and employee.
  6. If you personally earn less than $89,000/year, you will pay less taxes.
  7. If you personally earn more than $200,000/year you will pay more taxes.
  8. The Tax Free Savings Account limit will be dropped back to $5,500/year.
  9. Small business owners will pay less tax in their corporations, but may face more restrictions. Small business corporate tax lowered from 11% to 9%.
  10. The decrease to RRIF minimum withdrawals will remain the same.

In summary, all these changes will affect how you invest and save for retirement whether its through RRSPs or TFSAs. It will affect how you save for your down payment on your home. It will affect how you save for your children's education. It will affect how much more or less you will have in your pocket at the end of the day.

For all these reasons and more, it is important to review your financial plan regularly and get the proper financial advice on your taxes, savings and plans for your future.

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Markets Outlook

I hope you enjoyed your summer and are looking forward to a pleasant fall season. I am writing to give you a brief update on how financial markets have fared over the past few months.

Financial markets continued to exhibit a higher degree of volatility than normal throughout the third quarter of 2015, with most equity indexes finishing the period with losses and the results for bond markets being mixed. Equity values declined in late August and remained choppy into the end of September due to a number of factors, including China’s decision to devalue its currency and a subsequent sell-off of Chinese stocks, slower global growth and uncertainty surrounding the U.S. Federal Reserve’s plans to raise interest rates.

By quarter-end, the S&P 500 Index in the U.S. had rebounded slightly to post a 6.4% loss for the three-month period and a 5.3% decline for the year-to-date, while the MSCI World Index was down 8.3% for the quarter and 5.6% for the first nine months of the year, both in U.S. dollar terms. For Canadian investors, however, the weak global market results were mitigated as the Canadian dollar continued to lose value relative to the U.S. dollar and other major currencies. In Canadian dollar terms, the S&P 500 was up slightly for the quarter and up 9.4% for the year-to-date, while the decline in the MSCI World Index was trimmed to 1.6% for the quarter and it posted a positive 9.0% return for the first nine months of the year.

The benchmark Canadian S&P/TSX Composite Index, meanwhile, continued to underperform other developed markets, with its resource-oriented sectors impacted by softer global demand for commodities. The index dropped 7.9% in the third quarter and was down 7.0% in the first nine months of the year.

Given the equity market uncertainty and in light of weaker economic conditions, central bankers exercised caution throughout the quarter. The U.S. Federal Reserve opted to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged, in spite of evidence that the American economy continues on a path of modest growth and its stated goal to raise rates in the near future. In Canada, soft commodity prices continued to weigh on the economy, and two consecutive quarters of declining GDP prompted the Bank of Canada to cut its lending rate to 0.5% in July. Yields for developed market government bonds declined slightly through the quarter as investors sought out their perceived safety.


Heightened market volatility can be unsettling, but we know that financial markets cycle through periods of stronger and weaker returns. Market pullbacks often provide opportunities for investors to buy high-quality securities at attractive prices, and can help to build value over time.

Although the underlying global economy still faces challenges, it continues to grow slowly. In the U.S., the economy expanded at an impressive annual rate of 3.9% in the second quarter of this year, corporate earnings are strong and the housing and job markets are stable. Early third quarter data indicate that the Canadian economy has also returned to positive growth. Overseas, the rising U.S. dollar is putting pressure on emerging economies, but China’s economy is still expanding – albeit at a slower rate – as are many developed economies including Germany and France.   

From a longer-term perspective, it is worthwhile to note that most equity markets have been strongly positive over the last five years. For example, the five-year compound annual return (to September 30, 2015) for the MSCI World Index was nearly 9% in U.S. dollars and 15% in Canadian dollar terms. While we cannot predict how markets will behave in the future, the danger in reacting to the weakness of this most recent period is that you may miss a subsequent rebound. It’s important to remember that market volatility was taken into account when we developed your investment portfolio. A sound financial plan that includes a well-diversified investment program tailored to your individual objectives remains the best approach for securing your financial goals.

Should you have any questions about your investment portfolio, my team and I are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us.


Janea Dieno

The information in this letter is derived from various sources, including CI Investments, Signature Global Asset Management, Cambridge Global Asset Management, Globe and Mail, National Post, Bloomberg, Yahoo Canada Finance, and Trading Economics. Index information was provided by TD Newcrest and PC Bond, and all quoted equity index returns are on a total return basis (including dividends). This material is provided for general information and is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to compile this material from reliable sources; however, no warranty can be made as to its accuracy or completeness. Before acting on any of the above, please contact me for individual financial advice based on your personal circumstances.

 Janea Dieno


Check out JBD Financial Planning's Spotlight Profle for more information on Janea!





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Random Act of Kindness Day, Discounts and Karaoke in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 6, 2015 11:22

It is Random Act of Kindness day here in Saskatoon. Why not send a special person in your life a beautiful flower arrangement to let them know that they are on your mind today. 

Sheila's State of the Art Flowers, located in the Scotia Center, creates beautiful arrangements from either fresh or silk flowers. Conversation pieces and all original designs is their speciality and they even deliver and set up! Open until 9:00pm tonight, there is plenty of time to give today.


souce: Sheilasstateoftheartflowers 


Twisted Goods is having a Family and Friends night next Thursday, November 12th, from 6-9pm. Everything in the store is 20% off and there is an additional 5% off all winter accessories. This will be the last big discount opportunity for customers before Christmas so hurry in to grab some great deals!





Pink Cadillacs Diner in Willowgrove Square is having a "Weekend with the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies". On November 12th and 13th, you can expect to find drink specials and Karaoke at Pink Cadillacs Diner where all your favorite Grease songs will be waiting to be sung! They are celebrating Christmas with friends early and want to see you and your family there. Don't forget that breakfast is served from 10am-12pm on Saturday. Singing starts at 9pm Saturday night!


  Head down to your local non-profit organization or charity and donate your time today for Random Act of Kindness day!

 The My Saskatoon Team

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Reed Security Saskatoon Launches New Website

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 2, 2015 14:20

Reed Security recently launched their new and improved website, making it easier for readers and clients.  Here is what Virgil Reed, CEO and founder of Reed Security, has to say about your local security company:


"If you believe in Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Innovation, Family, and Fun then we share the same values and look forward to a long term relationship. 

Each member of the Reed Security team is hand picked by me. I look for people that Care and fit into the culture we have built. Our staff say "it feels like a family". You also have to be great at what you do. 

We are NOT a large corporation and staff are empowered to do what is RIGHT for the client and for the company. We also love to "ring the gong" to recognize our people for going the extra mile (and we ring it regularly). 

I guarantee that when you choose Reed Security as your security partner, you will receive innovative and reliable solutions at an affordable price from a local family that cares."

Virgil Reed

Founder, CEO - 


Here is why Reed Security's clients and dealers love them:

  • A Proven Track Record – Since opening our doors in March of 2000, we have become one of the largest independent security providers in Canada.
  • We protect 4000+ clients and We Pay Attention to them by providing Same/Next Business Day support and service.
  • Reed Security Authorized Dealer Program - "Our Success Can Now Be Your Success".
  • 20+ Award Recognitions: Young Entrepreneur of Saskatchewan, SABEX Best Customer Service (twice), SABEX Small Business of the Year, NSBA Quality Management, and NSBA New Direction.
  • Our $5/mo. Monitoring Promo is the hottest deal in Canada (we checked).
  • Five Interconnected 24/7 Rapid Response Monitoring Stations (ULC-listed) Burnaby, Calgary, Winnipeg, Concord, Montreal.
  • 30+ Years Monitoring Experience protecting 400,000 subscribers across Canada.
  • Innovative, Reliable, and Affordable security solutions such as alarm systemsReedHD™ hi-def cameras, and access control systems.
  • Refer A Friend program - Enjoy $50 everytime your referral becomes a new Reed client. Thank You!



         Reed Security

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5 Things: Happy Halloween Weekend In Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   October 30, 2015 10:29


 Song of the Witches - Shakespeare (Macbeth)

Double, double toil and trouble; 
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake, 
In the caldron boil and bake; 
Eye of newt and toe of frog, 
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and bling-worms sting, 
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing, 
For a charm of powerful trouble, 
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. 
Double, double toil and trouble; 
Fire burn and caldron bubble. 
Cool it with a baboon's blood, 

Then the charm is firm and good. 



 Are you ready for a spooky weekend? We have listed some scary and some fun activities to do this weekend whether you are with family or with friends.


Check out the haunted houses on 5th ave and in Sutherland tonight. Free admission but the lines are long.  However, the wait is worth it. If you are up for an adrenaline rush and to be absolutely terrified, go to these well designed horror houses. The homeowners have said that they have been working on the art of turning their home and back yard into a scene from a movie since September. Donations are accepted as it is alway important to give back to your community.





The second annual Terror in the Trees is held tonight and tomorrow  from 7pm-11pm however,  bring your children from 12-4pm on Saturday and expect a kid friendly adventure. Admission is by donation and all proceeds go to the Pike Lake Community and School Association. You can find Terror in the Trees 23 km south of Saskatoon at the corner of highway 60 and Churchill Ave. near Pike Lake Park. For more information, click here.

 Take your special someone to a scary movie this Halloween Eve. The Broadway Theatre is playing back to back Wes Craven films, Nightmare on Elm Street and New Nightmare. Each film is $7.00 and airs at 7:00pm and 9:00pm tonight! 

 Tonight, from 5:30-8:30pm, the Western Development Museum is featuring "Bootown" as a warm and safe Halloween option for the whole family. There will be games, stories, mysteries and more! This event is suited for children twelve years and under and their families. 

 The Glen at Crossmount Village is hosting their first Fall Fest this Saturday, October 31st, from 1-4pm. Admission is free and families can enjoy fun activities, crafts, games, face painting and pumpkin carving. Don't miss the fresh apple cider that The Glen is serving. The Glen is also home to a local apple cidery so be sure to have a taste tester of it this weekend. There will be a presentation at 2:00pm on the life of apple cider followed by a costume contest. Dress you and your kids up and head to Crossmount Village for a fun family filled time! Click here for more information. 


 The My Saskatoon Team

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BP Banister in Saskatoon Has Your Custom Railings and Staircases

posted by My Saskatoon    |   October 29, 2015 10:27

Bp Banister has the expertise and innovation to re-create your living space into a dream reality. For 14 years, Bp Banister has been established into the lead of design manufacturing and installation of the finest staircases and railings. Our work has been showcased in many of today's finest properties. 

When it comes to excellent service and quality craftsmanship, BP Banister leads the way in Saskatoon's staircase and railing industry. Sales staff listen to you and work hard to fulfill your needs, presenting you with a wide variety of styles and materials to choose from. Skilled craftsmen construct and assemble your project with care in our Saskatoon factory. Finally, your product is installed on location, beautifully and efficiently. A BP Banister product gives you satisfaction for years to come.



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BP Banister

 Check out Bp Banister's Spotlight Profile for more information on location, business hours and social media links.


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Halloween Happenings and DIY Costume Ideas

posted by My Saskatoon    |   October 28, 2015 11:06

A few more last minute costume ideas for this weekend. Whether you are a couple, best friends or have a family to get creative with, these costumes will be a hit.  


Grab your best friends and do this easy DIY costume. Being a troll would be fun and quirky! Use coloured wigs or spray paint your own hair.

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Nesting Dolls

 This would be the perfect group costume idea if you have a family of children with different ranges of age!


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 Pinata and Little Girl


This is a great couples idea or with your best friend. All you need is construction paper, glue and time!

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 Don't forget that Twisted Goods is handing out Halloween candy this Saturday from 330-5pm at Center Mall and 430-6pm at Lawson Heights Mall. Twisted Goods is also having a 50% off sale on all Halloween decor. Hurry in to either location to get some last minute decor for your home and take advantage of some great deals!


Try something new this year with your pumpkins. How about glow-in-the-dark?  Place these on your porch to brighten it up and it will be a fun conversation piece for the candy collectors on Halloween night! You can find the instructions here.






Make sure you check out the free Haunted Houses around Saskatoon. Go to Saskatoon Kijiiji adds to find addresses and times for a spook-tacular night!







 The My Saskatoon Team

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Meet Your Local Chiropractors Of Foundation Chiropractic

posted by My Saskatoon    |   October 27, 2015 11:20

Dr. Lindsey Crook

Practicing since 2005, Dr. Crook is the co-owner of Foundation Chiropractic and Wellness. After first completing a Bachelors of History at the University of Saskatchewan, she went on to graduate from Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, Georgia in June of 2005. After completing her Canadian and American national board examinations, she returned home to her community in Saskatoon and began practice.



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"I began my life of chiropractic after spending a year working in a chiropractic office in northern Alberta. I was amazed at how great of an impact an adjustment could have on an individual’s outlook on life. They would arrive in so much turmoil and leave the office with a sense of relief and a smile. I truly have a love for people and enjoy spending my time in the office with so many interesting personalities. I see people of all ages and avenues of life with such interesting stories. I’ve had the honour of watching many families grow. It’s a privilege to be allowed to share in the joy of watching their children grow up into awesome little people.

I look forward to seeing all my current patients at the new location on Preston Avenue. I am also very excited to welcome new patients from the surrounding community, allowing us to continue serving families and individuals during their life stories.

In my recreation time. I enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends.  I’m often in the company of my dogs, Diesel and Kanu. I enjoy all the city of Saskatoon parks and walking trails of the river valley. I love participating in Pilates classes and (in our warmer months) playing in the garden." -Lindsey Crook




Dr. Janine Johnson

Practicing since 2002, Dr. Johnson is the co-owner of Foundation Chiropractic and Wellness. After first completing a Biology Degree at the University of Saskatchewan, she went on to graduate from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington, Minnesota in April of 2002. Passing Canadian and American Board Exams, she moved to Amsterdam, where she began her chiropractic professional life until Saskatoon called her back in October of 2003.


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Treat everyone you see in practice the way that you would wish your family and loved ones to be treated.

"This motto was instilled in me from the very beginning of my chiropractic career by my mentors, and I live by it every day. I enjoy my vocation tremendously, and have the privilege to help all ages, shapes and sizes of people strive to reach their optimal spinal and overall health. My adjusting rooms are full of families, brand new infants, unsteady toddlers, school-age kids, growing teenagers, desk-workers, laborers, police, fire people, nurses, teachers, doctors, dentists, business people, seniors and everyone in between! I see it all and I love it!

In our new Preston Ave. location, I look forward to helping my patients of the past 11 years continue with their chiropractic health journey. I am also excited to have the opportunity to meet new patients who are seeking chiropractic care and the many benefits that it brings.

In my spare time, I enjoy downhill skiing, snow-shoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking in Fernie, hiking, Pilates, running, reading and spending time with my husband and dog on the riverbanks of Saskatoon."- Janine Johnson


                                Foundation Chiropractic



Check out Foundation Chiropractic's Spotlight Profile for more information.




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Michelle's Flowers Saskatoon Has BOO-tiful Bouquets!

posted by My Saskatoon    |   October 26, 2015 10:43



How about a trick with your treats? The trick is that the candy corn is inside an invisible panel within the cylinder vase. The treat? Well, obviously it's the delightful fall flowers inside the vase!

Pretty orange roses, spray roses and gerberas, light orange miniature carnations, yellow button spray and daisy spray chrysanthemums, oak leaves and an entire bag of candy corn make up this fun arrangement. What a neat sweet treat!




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What fun! A fabulous ghost boo-quet. Perfect for friends, family and colleagues because everybody loves a friendly ghost, especially when he's surrounded by fresh flowers.

Orange roses, blue eryngium, purple statice, a birch branch, oak leaves and more are presented in a black cube vase with a googly-eyed ghost. Just scream and we'll send it today!




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Perhaps this is the perfect WEB bouquet. Perched atop a beautiful array of fall flowers, the only place this sweet spider will crawl is right into someone's heart.

Orange spray roses, asiatic lilies and carnations, green button spray chrysanthemums, red spray chrysanthemums, oak leaves and the not-so-itsy-bitsy-spider are arranged and delivered in a modern black cube. Spooktacular!





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 Michelle's Flowers




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