Mayor Spence 2017

City Mayor's Blog

I am very proud to be the first Mayor for the City of Warman.

From the first time I came to visit Warman over 30 years ago it has been very apparent Warman's charm comes from it's people.  The residents of Warman welcomed my family back then, and they continue to share their friendly community with all who come to live here or visit this fine City.  I am pleased to  have this kind of oppurtunity to share on a monthly basis, the good news and positive actions taking place in our community, the City of Warman.  Grab a cup of coffee and read on what is current and happening in the City of Warman.

Jan 20

Frigid Weather Pet Tips

Posted on January 20, 2020 at 10:39 AM by Erin Legg

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Hello all,

To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold. ~Aristotle.

I know this quote to be true, but my, it is bitter cold to stand outside right now for any length of time. However, when it snows you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels. What would you rather do? For now, I am happy to enjoy the beauty of this season from inside on these cold January days.

Now, if it is cold for us humans, it must be cold for our furry friends as well. You're probably already aware of the risks posed by warm weather and leaving pets in hot cars, but did you know that cold weather also poses serious threats to your pets' health?

Here a few tips I have read from vet experts about your pets during these frigid temperatures.

Stay inside. Cats and dogs should be kept inside during cold weather. It's a common belief that dogs and cats are more resistant than people to cold weather because of their fur, but it's untrue. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of cold weather; but no pet should be left outside for long periods in below-freezing weather.

If you are unable to keep your dog inside during cold weather, provide him/her with a warm, solid shelter against wind. Make sure that they have unlimited access to fresh, non-frozen water (by changing the water frequently or using a pet-safe, heated water bowl). The floor of the shelter should be off the ground in order to minimize heat loss, and bedding should be thick, dry and changed regularly to provide a warm, cozy environment.

Recently, Global News reported that a driver with a loaner truck had popped the hood to add windshield washer fluid before returning the truck. He had quite a surprise when he discovered an orange tabby cat tucked in among the heater hoses staring right back at him!

The kitty was wedged in between the battery and the fire wall. The driver, who has the second driver of the loaner, immediately drove the truck to the shop for help. The little stowaway had traveled more than 80 kilometers between the homes of two drivers, all while wedged up in the engine! Once they finally managed to get him free, they posted the cat’s picture to Facebook and the owner was quickly found.

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This story could have turned out much differently. This cat definitely has nine lives. So …

Make some noise! A warm vehicle engine can be an appealing heat source for outdoor and feral cats, but it's deadly. Check underneath your car, bang on the hood, and honk the horn before starting the engine to encourage feline hitchhikers to abandon their roost under the hood.

When I am walking through the snow, my treads on my boots fill up with snow and ice. So …

Check the paws of your pet frequently for signs of cold-weather injury or damage, such as cracked or bleeding paw pads. During a walk, a sudden lameness may be due to an injury, or because of ice accumulation between his/her toes. You may be able to reduce the chance of iceball accumulation by clipping the hair between your dog's toes.    

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As a final thought: let your furry pal be your “funshine” on these cold, blustery days. It will warm your heart, I promise!

~ Sheryl

Mayor Spence 2017

Dec 17

Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 17, 2019 at 10:07 AM by Erin Legg


Hello all,

From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another, spread warmth to all of those around you and make this world a better place to live, not just in this festive season, but always.

Brrrrrrrr! It’s cold out there … but oh so beautiful! Although the frigid winter temperatures are a harsh Saskatchewan reality, the snow and frost is so picturesque, and gives us that Christmasy feeling we crave in December. I for one wouldn’t trade it in for a beach or anything else. However, in January that’s another story.

With Christmas preparations under control, holiday parties winding down, and business of the city switching into holiday gear, I can relax with a cup of hot tea, reminisce, and be grateful for all the blessings I have around me: my family, friends, and community members who have been a part of the year gone by, all we have done together, all the memories we have made, and the relationships we have nurtured.

I always use this time to reflect on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead. It is hard to say, but whether we like it or not the calendar will turn to 2020 – a new and exciting decade in front of us with opportunity and prosperity all around us.

The City of Warman has had a very busy year, some gains, some losses, and also reasons for celebrations. All in all, our community is growing in all directions.  We have so much to be thankful for.

However, we also need to remember the many community members who are struggling with health, loss, or financial concerns. It is fantastic to celebrate our gains, but let’s also support those with real life struggles and needs. We see all the earthly turmoil in the news and we feel helpless to do anything about it. But wait a minute! There is something we can do for those facing turmoil right here in our own community: let’s wrap our arms of love and support around these families and show them what a community like ours does when we see a need. Take the time and show you care, any way you can.

We don't want to lose sight of what really matters at the end of the day. Your people, our people, people young and old … they all matter. Always!

In closing, keep in mind:
Faith makes things possible,
Hope makes things work,
Love makes things beautiful,
Care shows what really matters.
May you have all these this Christmas!

On behalf of City Council, city staff and my family: May lovely, happy times decorate your holiday season; may warm special memories brighten your New Year; may the wonder of Christmas be with you today and always.

~ Sheryl

Nov 07

Remembrance Day 2019

Posted on November 7, 2019 at 9:35 AM by Erin Legg

Remembrance Day photoWhat does Remembrance Day mean to you? Depending on your age, the answers to this question could be quite different. Take a moment and reflect.

A member of the Canadian Forces said it like this, “Remembrance Day is an opportunity for us to parade with pride, showing our respect for those who went before us, and our pride in the accomplishments of our Regiments. Remembrance Day allows service members, cadets, RCMP officers and protective services to publicly demonstrate our histories, accomplishments and our fallen comrades.” For these special people Remembrance Day has a very deep and distinct meaning.

What does Remembrance Day mean to children? I believe it depends a lot on what they have been taught and what they have seen firsthand from family members. Giving veterans the opportunities to share their experiences with our kids would go a long way towards helping to keep their memory — and our history — alive. Having children involved in our Remembrance Day services goes along way.

Many of us wear red poppies as a way to show respect for the many men and women who have served their countries. These brave men and women made the ultimate sacrifice so we could live in peace and have so many freedoms – these same freedoms we take for granted here in this peaceful nation. If you just turned the globe a little you could be living in war-ravaged countries where freedoms, peace and safety are not commonplace, and where men, women and children live in fear.

Thank you to all our veterans and their families for the sacrifices, gains, losses, tears, sorrow, anguish, loneliness, celebrations and laughter. Thank you to all our past and present-day service members and their families for all that you have done or are currently doing to keep our Canada safe, protected and free. Because of you, Canada is what it is today: a land of freedoms we enjoy every day.

On November 11th, at the 11th hour, take the time to remember, no matter where you are.

Mayor Spence 2017