Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


A weeklong visit to Swift Current by members of the downtown master plan consulting team provided an opportunity for residents to learn more about the progress with this initiative and to provide their own ideas for the future of the area. The first public consultation for the project took place in November 2015. The consultations during the latest visit by the consulting team included a public meeting at a downtown location on April 19. The consulting team presented ideas for redevelopment or improvements at 12 sites in the downtown area during the meeting, including streetscape and façade improvements. Residents can continue to provide input on three different aspects of the downtown initiative. A project webpage has been created where they can indicate the area they consider to be part of the downtown, they can comment on the 12 project ideas for downtown redevelopment, and they can identify their own ideas for downtown improvements on an interactive map. To provide feedback, visit the website at


A fire destroyed a home on Russel Crescent in a northwest Swift Current neighbourhood in the early evening on Friday, April 22. The blaze caused extensive damage to another home while  the property on the south side suffered some exterior damage. All residents were able to leave their homes safely. These photographs were taken on Saturday morning, April 23, when firefighters were still on the scene to look for hot spots in the still smouldering remains of the home and to start their investigation into the cause of the fire.


Saturday, 23 April 2016 12:14

Fire destroys Swift Current home

A raging fire destroyed one home and caused serious damage to an adjacent residence in Swift Current on Friday evening, April 22.

Construction of the new 225-bed long-term care facility in Swift Current is nearing completion. The Cypress Health Region receives the keys to the facility at the end of this month and the final media tour of the site during the construction phase took place on April 19. Brenda Schwan, the Cypress Health Region's vice president of continuing care and capital project lead, took the group for a walk through the east and south neighbourhoods. Each neighbourhood consists of between six to eight 10-bedroom homes where the residents of the new facility, which will be known as The Meadows, will live in a home-like environment. The tour started at the 400 foot long connecting corridor that links the new facility with the adjacent Cypress Regional Hospital. The group then walked through the service centre, which will serve as the receiving and storage area for laundry, food, supplies and equipment. It includes a storage room with shelves where residents can store their belongings. The next stop was the 15-bed hospice for palliative care patients and people in respite after hip and knee surgery. The layout of this home is different than the other 10-bed homes with a nursing station in the centre of the common area next to the open-plan kitchen as well as a bariatric washroom. The tour group then went through the east and south neighbourhoods, where they walked through some of the 10-bed resident homes. While each bedroom has a washroom with a shower, adjacent homes share a spa-room with a bathtub. Each neighbourhood of six to eight homes also share an activity room. The tour ended at the facility's main entrance. On the one side of the main entrance is a large community centre and a family room. On the other side of the main lobby area is the space for the adult day program. It includes a room with a bath tub as well as a so-called Zen room where day program participants will be able to relax on recliner chairs.


The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation is looking for ongoing community support for the Welcome Home fundraising campaign to furnish the new long-term care facility in Swift Current.

Acclaimed Canadian jazz guitarist Alex Goodman and his quintet performed at the Art Gallery of Swift Current (AGSC) on April 11 as part of their current tour through Canada and Europe. Goodman, who won the first prize and the public's choice award at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival international guitar competition, resides in New York and his quintet includes some top musicians from the Big Apple's jazz scene. The band members are Eden Ladin (piano), Rick Rosato (bass), Jimmy Macbride (drums), Matt Marantz (saxophone) and Alex Goodman (guitar). Swift Current area residents can look forward to another high calibre musical performance at the AGSC on April 24 at 3 p.m. with Juno award-winning pianist David Braid and the Penderecki String Quartet. They will perform Braid's work “Chauvet” that is inspired by the mysteries of ancient cave paintings in central France.


The Swift Current Oratorio Choir presented its annual spring choral performance in association with the Regina Symphony Chamber Players at Bridgeway Community Church, April 10. This year's program had an Easter theme with performances of Joseph Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ, Bach's Cantata No. 4 and two movements from Ola Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass. The Swift Current Oratorio Choir is in its 44th season as a community choir with members from all over southwest Saskatchewan.


An evening of jazz music helped to raise funds for the activities of the Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) Music Department. The annual swing night “All That Jazz” took place at the SCCHS on April 9 with performances by the school's junior and senior jazz bands as well as the vocal jazz choral group. There was also a performance by the Swift Current Jazz Orchestra, a community-based non-profit jazz ensemble.


The Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) hosted a senior badminton tournament on April 9. The day-long tournament was attended by badminton players from Elrose, Eston, Fox Valley, Frontier, Gravelbourg, Leader, Maple Creek, Ponteix and Rosetown. A total of 155 matches were played on eight courts in the school gymnasium during the tournament. The Swift Current players received medals in three different events. Sim Singh placed second in the boys singles, Jessica Warren received silver in the girls singles, and Jaylyn Bell and Ethan Warkentin won gold in the mixed doubles.


The Swift Current Little Theatre's spring production of the Ken Ludwig comedy “Be My Baby” opened at the Beatty Playhouse in the Great Plains College gymnasium, April 8. There are four performances of the play, with the final two performances set for April 15 and 16. The play, which is directed by Tara Garcia and Ron Toles, is set in Scotland and San Francisco during the early 1960s. The production team prepared a creative set design to accommodate the many scene changes. There are six cast members and four of the actors play multiple roles. The cast members are Kurtis Bakanec, Teresa Cole, Shayla Kulferst, John Leyshon, Enid Loewen and Brian O'Hara. In the play a reluctant Maud (Teresa Cole) and John (John Leyshon) are asked by their relatives Gloria (Shayla Kulferst) and Christy (Kurtis Bakanec), a young married couple, to travel to San Francisco to bring back a newborn baby that will be adopted by the couple. 


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