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Heritage Committee launches website

The Heritage Advisory Committee's new website is the organization's first step in creating a more engaged and informed Moose Jaw public.

Ira Dales, chairman of the Heritage Advisory Committee, speaks at the organization's launch of its website.

"Our goals as a committee are both to educate and engage people on heritage issues and properties … I think this does a bit of both," said Ira Dales, the committee's chairman, at the website launch Tuesday. "It shows people what we have, and may spark some memories of times gone by."

Along with a program that will see quick response (QR) codes placed on the side of heritage buildings across the city — enabling quick access to appropriate information with a smartphone scan — the website is the first step in an effort to engage Moose Javians about their heritage.

The website has been an ongoing project by the committee for "many years," he said, and seeks to reflect the "important" buildings that are "part of Moose Jaw's culture."

"A number of these buildings were built in the early 1900s, and that's part of the character of Moose Jaw," said Dales. "It aids tourism and business in the downtown core … it wouldn't be Moose Jaw without these buildings. I think it's important to have a place where people can check that out."

By providing Moose Javians with a readily-available source of information, he added, it helps create a more informed public — some of whom may then become more involved in the city's heritage.

"That's what this is really all about: engaging new people and giving them an opportunity to learn about what we have," Dales said. "Any time you can get people engaged that way, they're more informed, and when it comes time for council to make decisions, they can inform their government about how they feel toward these buildings."

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Organizations: Heritage Committee

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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