THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1353 – Posted on: 02-Jan-2017


Our premium red wine for January is Brazos de Los Andes Red from Argentina. $7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre. The white is Smoky Bay Pinot Grigio from Australia. $6.95 for a glass and $17.95 for a half litre.

Our guest tap is currently pouring the Paddock Wood Brewing Loki Imperial IPA brewed in Saskatoon. $8.95 for a pint. Next up is a barrel-aged Imperial Stout from Nokomis Craft Ales located in Nokomis, Saskatchewan.

Reservations are now coming in for our Bushwakker 25th Anniversary final celebration, Nothing For New Year’s! Reserve now to avoid disappointment.

Our Sodbuster Brown Ale will be available for growler fills at the Quance Street SLGA store in Regina for the month of December. Starting in January our Cheryl’s Blonde Ale comes on-line. Three other new Saskatchewan brewed beers will also be available. Be sure to support this SLGA pilot program and help grow Saskatchewan craft beer.

Bushwakker Prime Rib Weekends. Back for a limited time! Our melt-in-your-mouth, low-and-slow roasted prime rib dinners with jumbo Yorkshire pudding have returned. And Sunday dinners just got a whole lot better at the Bushwakker! Choose from either an 8 oz. or a 10 oz. cut. Prime rib is definitely one of Bushwakker executive chef Mike’s specialties.

The Bushwakker is now OPEN ON SUNDAYS from Noon to Nine. Enjoy our Sunday New York Steak & a Pint feature.

Beginning January 2 the Wednesday Night Folk night start time will be moved up one hour to 8:00 PM.
Many customers have told us they would attend the Wednesday performances if they began earlier.
We will be paying close attention to how our Wednesday supper guests react.



Dec. 31: NOTHING FOR NEW YEAR’S – BUSHWAKKER 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION. As we bring our quarter century anniversary celebrations to a close, we decided to take our very popular Nothing For New Year’s event…and do even less than ever! No band, no dancing, no tickets, no cover charge, no line-ups, no noisemakers, no elevated drink prices, no free cheap champagne, no midnight buffet, no dressed-up staff, no smooching at midnight, no Auld Lang’s Syne, no decorations and no special meal – but we will offer our regular weekend Prime Rib & Jumbo Yorkie dinner feature. And if you hurry and make a reservation…No Problem! We wish you good health, happiness and a prosperous 2017!

Jan. 2: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. AZ Paris Band. Kick off 2017 with this veteran Regina blues act. 8:00 PM.

Jan. 4: Wednesday Night Folk Night .The Lincoln Loggers. Regina’s second best lumberjack themed band.  A new year of Folk Night at a new time! 8:00 PM.

Jan. 4: Monthly ALES Meeting. If you received a homebrewing kit for Christmas and want to get off on the right foot with your new hobby then the ALES Club may be for you. Come down and sit in on a meeting with one of North America’s top ranked homebrewing clubs. Meetings are held in the Bushwakker basement clubroom. This month’s presentation topics include; Ice Beer/High ABV Beer, Cleaning & Sanitation, Off Flavours and the 2017 edition of Beer Bacon Bands. 8:00 PM.

Jan. 6: First Firkin Friday. Enjoy the pomp and circumstance of this longstanding monthly Bushwakker tradition where a piper from The Regina Police Services Pipes and Drums leads a small keg of special brew in a procession throughout the pub. Bushwakker head brewer Michael Gaetz is trying something brand new this month which should appeal to crisp lager lovers and hopheads alike! 5:30 PM.

Jan. 9: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. The Ministry of Groove. Great 1970’s jazz funk and beyond. 8:00 PM.

Jan. 11: Wednesday Night Folk. Glen Sutter in Rivertime. Uplifting folk-rock. 8:00 PM.

Jan 16: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. The Jazz Band-Its. A very big band plays big band jazz and swing. 8:00 PM.

Jan.18: Wednesday Night Folk. Billy & Karen. Veteran Regina bluesman, Billy Hughes is joined by Karen Runge for an evening of acoustic blues, country and folk rock. 8:00 PM.

Jan. 19: Science Pub edition #38. A Short History of Math Formulas Engraved on Granite. Our wildly popular Science Pub Series is back for the second half of a fifth incredible season! Enjoy lectures on scientific topics of general interest in our Arizona Room (main floor banquet room) over beer and snacks. The room opens at 5:00 PM and quite often is full by 6:00 PM. Avoid disappointment and come down early for dinner and a pint before the presentation which begins at 7:00 PM. This month’s lecture will be presented by Dr. Edward Doolittle from the First Nations University of Canada at The University of Regina. On occasion, mathematicians will ditch their pens and pencils, and turn to more serious writing implements like pocket knives and chisels. We shall investigate a number of such turns of events, beginning with Archimedes, who decided that the usual charred stick was not good enough for his greatest discovery, through Gauss, who began planning his tombstone at the age of eighteen, to modern times, when a number of formulas were engraved into the rock faces of the Research and Innovation Centre at the University of Regina. 7:00 PM.

Jan 21: Bushwakker 26th/Robbie Burns 258th Birthday Bash. Join us as we celebrate over a quarter century of award-winning beer and pub cuisine and Scotland’s favourite son, Robbie Burns. Live rollicking reels with The Tilted Kilts and The Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums, highland dancing, FREE haggis, neeps and birthday cake, the tapping of the Scottish birthday firkin plus Burns poetry and historical overview from Saskatchewan author and playwright, Ken Mitchell. Bushwakker trivia quiz and prizes to be won too! A great way to shake those January blahs. $5 cover charge in effect. 6:00 PM.

Jan 23: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. Brian Baggett. Enjoy the rich sound of the 10 string Chapman Stick from this Houston, Texas native. 8:00 PM.

Jan. 25: Wednesday Night Folk. The Sub-Zero Saskatchewan Singer/Songwriter Showcase. Veteran singer/songwriter Neil Child leads this event featuring both Regina veteran and up-and-coming musicians. 8:00 PM.

Jan. 27 & 28: Beer Bacon Bands. The popular beer and live music event returns to the Conexus Arts Centre. Be sure to stop by the Bushwakker booth. Beer, bacon and music aficionados unite to sample cold brews, taste unique bacon creations and listen to awesome live music, while having fun with a couple thousand of their closest friends! 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

Ottawa’s Revised Liquor Rules Spark Controversy Ahead of 2017 Celebrations

Dario Balca Writer

With 2017 just around the corner, the City of Ottawa has loosened some of its liquor rules in a bid to draw more people to Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. But don’t expect things in the quiet capital to look like Mardi Gras in New Orleans quite yet.

The revised policy makes it easier for event organizers to apply for liquor licences. Bars and restaurants across the city will also have access to exemptions allowing them to stay open as late as 4 a.m. during special events. Under provincial law, the sale of alcohol at a licensed establishment must stop at 2 a.m. On New Year’s Eve, alcohol can be served until 3 a.m.

“Event organizers…will see that this is a big step and a big improvement versus the previous policy,” Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury told CTV News.

But many business owners and those who represent them at city hall are lamenting what they call a needlessly conservative reassessment of the 12-year-old rules.

The Bourbon Street model

In November, the ByWard Market BIA proposed that the city pilot a Bourbon Street model, both to benefit local businesses and to enhance visitors’ experience of the area.

“What we wanted people to be able to do was just purchase alcohol from one of those establishments, but then be able to stand on the street,” Jasna Jennings, the BIA’s executive director told CTV News.

Under this model, businesses in the same area would be able to apply for a collective permit allowing their patrons to move freely within a designated outdoor area carrying alcoholic drinks purchased inside one of the bars or restaurants. In the event that any rules are broken, the businesses would share the consequences equally.

This licensing system is allowed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the province’s booze regulator. But despite the success of similar arrangements in cities such as Toronto and Vancouver, Ottawa councillors turned down the BIA’s suggestion, citing public safety and health concerns.

“You wouldn’t be able to walk in and out of locations because…there are all sorts of safety and licensing issues that remain,” said Fleury, whose ward includes the Market, one of Ottawa’s most vibrant centres for night life.

Under the current model, event organizers can apply for a license to serve alcohol in the beer tent format found at many music festivals. Nearby businesses, however, will be excluded from the events. But Jennings maintains that the businesses she represents are more than qualified enough and have a right to serve alcohol at these events.

“If they don’t do things properly, their license is at risk, so when you look at risk management, it’s a much safer bet to work with the existing businesses,’ she said. “We shouldn’t be running a whole event on their front step when they’re not getting any of the customers and they’re sitting there empty twiddling their thumbs.”

‘The City that Fun Forgot’

Those business owners see this as a missed opportunity both they and their patrons would’ve welcomed. “Ottawa is definitely ready for something new, something fun,” Kristen Bradley, the promotions and marketing manager of the Heart and Crown, one ByWard’s most popular pubs, told CTV News.

Bradley said city council’s reluctance on the issue won’t help draw the big crowds the city is after in 2017, nor will it help Ottawa shed its longstanding reputation as “the city that fun forgot.”

“I think the city really needs to look at the bigger picture when it comes to having fun or allowing people to have fun,” she said. “As business owners, we can only do so much to attract people to our establishments, but in the end, it’s the city that has to draw the people in.”

City to Consider Policy’s Effectiveness

Fleury said that while the policy won’t change for 2017, the city will take a close look at its effectiveness at the end of that year.

“There’s a report on the success and challenges of the model that is already planned for the end of 2017,” he said. “At that time, discussion of where to go next or if we’ve done enough will be looked at.”

As far as Jennings is concerned, moving Ottawa’s liquor laws forward in a way that balances public safety and business interests is simply a matter of taking the time to have an open conversation.

“There’s never been a proper discussion, which is kind of what we’d asked for,” she said. “Don’t just close the door on this.”


There were four churches and a synagogue in a small town: a Presbyterian church, a Baptist church, a Methodist church, a Catholic church and a Jewish synagogue. Each church and the synagogue had a problem with squirrels.

The Presbyterian church called a meeting to decide what to do about their squirrels. After much prayer and consideration they determined the squirrels were predestined to be there and they shouldn’t interfere with God’s divine will.

At the Baptist church the squirrels had taken an interest in the baptistery. The deacons met and decided to put a water slide on the baptistery and let the squirrels drown themselves. The squirrels liked the slide and, unfortunately, knew instinctively how to swim so twice as many squirrels showed up the following week.

The Methodist church decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creatures. So, they humanely trapped their squirrels and set them free near the Baptist Church. Two weeks later the squirrels were back when the Baptists took down the water slide.

But the Catholic Church came up with a very creative strategy. They baptized all the squirrels and consecrated them as members of the church. Now they only see them on Christmas and Easter.
Not much was heard from the Jewish synagogue after they took one squirrel and circumcised him. They haven’t seen a squirrel since.

Our Weekend Prime Rib & Giant Yorkie Special Returns. 8 oz – $20.95 & 10 oz – $25.95  

Soup & Sandwich Special is $11.95.  All hot specials are $15.95, except where noted, & include a serving of soup du jour, house, or Caesar salad.



Sandwich Hot Special

Beer Pairing

Fri., Dec. 30

Asian Pork & Noodle

Chili Burrito

Caprese Chicken

Cheryl’s Blonde Ale

Sat. Dec. 31


Breakfast on a Bun

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun. Jan. 1




Mon., Jan. 2

Ham & Bean

Prime Rib Melt

Sundried Tomato Chicken Pasta

Last Mountain Lager

Tues., Jan. 3

Cajun Chicken & Mushroom

Meat Lovers. $13.95

Trout & Shrimp Sauté

Northern Lights Lager

Wed., Jan. 4

Bacon Cheeseburger

Beer Battered Chicken Sandwich

Mediterranean Steak Sandwich. $16.95

Dungarvon Irish Red Ale

Thur., Jan. 5

Seafood Chowder

Ginger Beef Wrap

Pork Cutlets

Regina Pale Ale

Fri., Jan. 6

Zucchini & Basil

The Shanewich

Andouille Po’boy Burger

Stubble Jumper Pilsner

Sat. Jan. 7 &

Sun. Jan. 8


Monte Cristo

Steak & a Pint. $18.95