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Sylvianne Poirier playing rugby

Growing up in Redvers, Sask., Sylvianne Poirier played volleyball and basketball, figure skated, ran cross-country and competed in track and field events. She was a very active kid but there was always one sport she wanted to try.

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For Gary Brotzel, president of the Regina Red Sox, the team’s annual dinner and auction is a reminder the Western Major Baseball League season is just around the corner. Photo by Colton Hordichuk.

You wouldn’t expect the president of a sports organization to billet players out of their own house or fund the team out of their own pocket.

 

That’s not the case with Gary Brotzel.

 

Both himself and Bernie Eiswerth have been paramount in ensuring the success of the Regina Red Sox baseball team ever since the organization came to be in 2005.

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Tim Rogers will see his concept come to life this May, when he and his business partners—Judd Stachoski and Joel Williams—open The Capitol, a 1920s styled jazz bar served with modern elements. 

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Amir Hamedani serving a customer.  Photo by Tiffany Head

 

Amir Hamedani Immigrated to Canada from Iran in 1987. He was only 17 years old. He came to Canada with only 26 dollars in his pocket. As soon as he landed in Toronto, he went straight to work and never stopped.


In Toronto he worked at a computer company, but after awhile he wanted to do something different. He told his friends that he wanted to open a jewellery store.

 

“All my friends started making fun of me and said it was never going to work and I said to them,’ not only is it going to work, I will make it work in the worst market in Canada’. I actually showed them the map of Canada and said you guys choose the worst market in Canada and it was unanimous that it was in Winnipeg. So I moved to Winnipeg over a bet, over a bet, I’m not kidding. So I moved to Winnipeg 14-15 years ago. Now I have four locations and 26 employees,” said Hamedani.

It was a rough start for Hamedani as Winnipeg is not the most small business friendly cities that even the guy who was the owner of, The Forks, a tourist attraction in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, told him to move back to Toronto. That owner is now the mayor of Winnipeg.

Hamedani confessed that after the first two years he almost did move back to Toronto, but he said he is stubborn and his stubbornness proved to be his strong trait as his business, Crave Designs, started to flourish.

It took him four to five years before his business started getting successful and in those times he was working 14-16 hour days and was basically making 20 cents a day. The kind of jewellery he manufactures are inexpensive trinkets that look expensive and sparkly. He sells a variety of accessories and his hot selling item is his earrings.

Hamedani started coming to the University of Regina a few years ago to show off his wares and was a big hit as he was repeatedly asked to return year after year by his loyal customers. It is easy to be drawn into the shiny jewellery that Hamedani sells and students flock to his table.

“I like the interaction and usually when I come out here I scout the market and approach the mall, and scout the city. I don’t strictly come out here to sell product to university students, it’s more a research trip as well,” said Hamedani.  Amir Hamedani

Kaitlyn Nordel a Pre-Journalism and Psychology student at the University of Regina is a loyal customer and loves the earring that Crave Designs sells. She and her group of friends are a few of the people that ask him to come back time and again.

“This is where a chunk of where my Jewellery comes from, besides Tiffany’s. I have an addiction to them, I’m not going to lie,” said, Nordel.

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The Regina Public Library introduced video games to their collection two years ago as part of a larger effort in using modern technology to capture people's interest. Photo by Ethan Stein.

Walk into the Regina Public Library’s Central branch and it’s a different entity from 10 years ago: Computers are the centrepiece of the main floor, music and DVD rentals have their own sizeable section on the second floor and the children’s branch has touch-screen computers and a green screen display.

 

And with the introduction of video games into its catalogue, UFC, NBA, Transformers and Duck Dynasty have a larger physical presence in the library.

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