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COVID Coping: Issue No. 80

Self-reported mental health remains relatively low and stress levels moderately high.

While specific concerns about Omicron level-off, outlook for the next few weeks remains pessimistic.

Most report using disposable masks, with just over one in ten residents donning N95 masks.

With rising case numbers, many residents claim to be reducing their activities, particularly travel, attending indoor gatherings, going to movie theatres, visiting restaurants going to shopping malls.

COVID Coping: Issue No. 79

Self-reported mental health declines as the holiday season passes, in line with levels noted during the height of the fourth wave. However, stress levels remain steady throughout the holiday season.

Outlook for the next few weeks worsens after a prolonged period of residents anticipating things would remain the same. However, on a positive note, concern about the omicron variant continues to decline.

Three in four residents carried through with their holiday plans uninterrupted. Weather and flight cancellations were more common disruptions for families than COVID-19 infections.

Opinions on the return to school following Christmas holidays are divided among those with school-aged kids.


SaskWatch x Roughrider Contest Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered the SaskWatch x Roughrider 1K Giveaway Contest!

We want to congratulate Travis from Saskatoon for winning the grand prize. Travis came by before Christmas to pick up his grand prize!

Congratulations Travis!

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. Don’t forget, SaskWatch members have access to contests like this (and others!) every month.

If you’re not a member, consider joining SaskWatch today, and you too could be our next contest winner.

COVID Coping: Issue No. 78

Self-reported mental health improves this week while stress levels remain steady.

Despite steady mental health and stress levels, outlook for the next few weeks declines for the first time in almost two months.

Nine in ten residents plan on attending or hosting a Christmas gathering this year.

Among those planning to attend Christmas gatherings, most plan to keep their party size on the smaller side. However, almost four in ten report that they will be attending gatherings with 10 or more guests. One quarter report there will be unvaccinated people attending their holiday parties.

Residents are looking forward to family time during the holiday season. Here is what some had to say:

That is it for 2021! We will return with our weekly barometer the week of January 3, 2022.

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays!

Since the pandemic’s beginning, we started sharing a few brief insights from our online community, SaskWatch Research®. As we monitor and trend the results by week, we will share the information with you as we get it.

SaskWatch X Saskatoon Interval House

Saskatoon Interval House is a temporary shelter for women and children leaving domestic violence who require safe accommodation. They provide supportive accommodations, in-house counselling, referrals, support, and guidance when working with outside agencies.

Here is a message, along with a heart-touching story shared by Saskatoon Interval House.

“Thanks for reaching out to us in support of women and their children fleeing from abusive relationships.

There are many stories we could share. The families coming to the shelter all have a common theme of lives shattered because of violence and abuse by their intimate partner. Canadian stats tell us that, on average, in Canada, a woman is killed by her partner every six days. These are devasting stats.

Today, I received a call from a woman who resided in the shelter a few years ago. Her story of abuse started shortly after their marriage. She began with control and jealousy, isolating her from her friends and family. Manipulation and angry toward her with name-calling, degrading comments were common in the beginning and gradually moved into physical violence, leaving her with bruises and fear. When she would try to leave, his promise to change would convince her to try again to make the relationship work. The Cycle of Violence begins in this “honeymoon stage” with promises and (controlling) kindness followed by the “tension building stage “with the pushing and name-calling, then the “explosive stage,” where the emotional and physical violence is unbearable.

This cycle is common in domestic violence.  The final beating ended up so severe that she could call the police and was taken to the hospital, where she was supported and cared for.  When she arrived at Interval House, she was given a safe place to sleep, group and one-to-one counselling and an understanding of the dynamics of violence and abuse in relationships. The support helped her to know she was not alone.

Today her call was to express how grateful she is for the support that brought her to the shelter and to thank the staff at Interval House that helped her gain self-worth, strength, and knowledge to move forward in her life. She is now pursuing her degree in nursing – living a safe and happy life.”

We are thankful and grateful to all SaskWatch members for supporting and donating to the charities on our weekly Charity Spotlight. Visit their website mentioned below to learn more about the charity. Also, we encourage you to contribute to Saskatoon interval house to keep doing the amazing work that they have been doing.


Information line: 

Here is how you can donate your points on SaskWatch

-Log into SaskWatch account at

-Click on “Rewards,” and from the dropdown menu, choose “Redeem”(remember that you need a minimum of 150 points to be able to cash out!).

-If you are eligible to redeem your points, follow the instructions page. The system will take you through 3 steps. For choice of redemption type, choose: “Donate to Charity” and then select the charity name. Review the details entered and hit submit. Your donation will be sent to the chosen charity.

COVID Coping: Issue No. 77

Self-reported mental health softens this week while stress levels rise slightly.

Outlook for the weeks ahead remain the same but pessimistic.

Three in ten working residents say their employer plans to hold a holiday gathering this season while one half say such festivities won’t happen

Most festivities are taking place as small in-person gatherings, involving food and drink.

SaskWatch X Paws and Claws Rescue

PAWS & CLAWS Animal Rescue Inc. is a non-profit organization comprised solely of dedicated and experienced volunteers.  They help rescue, provide medical care, rehabilitate and re-home abused, abandoned, and homeless animals.

Paws & Claws is funded in part by donations and in part through adoption fees. These donations and adoption fees are used to cover some of the costs such as the food and veterinary care, that their rescued animals require.

Here is a heart touching story shared by Paws and Claws about little kitten Bokie:

We have so many stories it’s so hard to pick one. I’ll pick our little Bokie (kitten eyes) got a call one night about a kitten who had bulging eyes and they weren’t sure what to do. We brought her into rescue the next day and sent her straight to the vet who recommended we going to the small animal clinic in Saskatoon. Bokie underwent surgery to remove both her eyes😢 we thought maybe one could be saved but they didn’t think so and why put her through another surgery. We are happy to report she was a foster fail (the lady who fostered her adopted her) she has a great life ahead of her❤️🐾🐱

SaskWatch Research would like to take a moment to thank all our members for choosing to donate their survey earnings to the incredible non-profits and charities listed on SaskWatch! We encourage you to check out Paws and Claws website and donate, which will help them save more innocent lives like Bokie’s.

Check out their website for more info:

COVID Coping: Issue No. 76

Self-reported mental health remains steady this week while stress levels soften slightly.

With breaking news about the omicron variant, outlook for the weeks ahead worsens.

A growing proportion anticipates a fifth wave of COVID-19 in the coming months, reinforced by notable concern over the omicron variant spreading to Saskatchewan.

Support is strong for the newly implemented federal government regulation requiring people to show proof of vaccination for air travel within the country.

COVID Coping: Issue No. 75

Self-reported mental health remains moderate while stress due to the pandemic remains relatively high.

Outlook for the weeks ahead also remains steady, with a modest proportion feeling things will start to get better.

Perhaps tied to steady outlooks ahead, close to eight in ten anticipate a fifth wave of COVID-19 in the coming months.

Should Saskatchewan experience a fifth wave, support is strong for increased public health restrictions, especially for those not fully vaccinated.

Parents of children aged 5-11 are becoming more comfortable getting their children vaccinated.

SaskWatch X Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan

SaskWatch Research would like to take a moment to thank all our members for choosing to donate their survey earnings to the incredible non-profits and charities listed on SaskWatch! You have made a real difference to many Saskatchewan residents who rely on these organizations.

As a community-focused organization, we encourage our SaskWatch members to donate a portion of their points to worthwhile organizations like Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan. This charity has done a wonderful job working with pants, and here is what they had to say:

The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan is an environmental charity working to promote the understanding and conservation of Saskatchewan’s native plants and habitats through communication, research, and education. We would like to thank SaskWatch and its participants for the financial contributions you have provided. Your continued support will help us expand the important work we do. Thanks to you, we’ve been able to make great achievements in native plant conservation and education. This year alone saw incredible successes such as:

•           The protection of rare plants on over 136,000 acres of prairie through ground surveys, development of rare plant management plans, and the implementation of best management practices.

•           Removal and monitoring of invasive Flowering Rush on approximately 100 kilometres of shoreline to prevent its spread in Saskatchewan.

•           Discoveries of dozens of new locations of provincially and nationally threatened and endangered plant species.

•           Collaborating on Wild About Saskatoon, a nature initiative that has just been nominated as a finalist for the Canadian Museum of Nature’s “Nature Inspiration Awards”.

•           Distributing hundreds of copies of our educational resources to schools across the province and elsewhere.

•           Helping to rehabilitate over 3,500 acres of degraded native prairie and sensitive streambank habitat.

•           Planting approximately 1,000 wildflowers to create a pollinator refuge.

•           Protecting endangered species on 14,157 km2 of land in southwestern Saskatchewan through ground surveys and developing an action plan.

•           Helping to lead a kid’s ecology camp.

As you can see, they are very action-oriented, and every dollar you contribute will receive a tax receipt and goes directly to our conservation and education programming. 

To donate your panel points to the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan, once you login to your SaskWatch, click on ‘SaskWatch points’ at the top of the page. Then click on ‘Redeem’ and choose ‘Donate to Charity’. (Minimum or 150 points is required for point redemption)

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