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Pods on the Run — invasive vegetation in Saskatchewan By Dan Archer Flowering Rush, Leafy Spurge and dandelions are three examples of invasive plants thriving in Canada. These weeds, mostly originating from Asia, Europe and the United States, have created havoc for the agricultural and cattle industries throughout Saskatchewan, besides initiating negative impacts upon the province’s biodiversity. I talked with Chet Neufeld – the Executive Director for the non-profit Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan on July 5. We discussed two weeds infesting southern Saskatchewan in recent times – Leafy Spurge and Flowering Rush. On a scale from one to three, Flowering Rush is classed as a prohibited plant, the top category of the threetiered system regulating the invasive species of plants in the province. Leafy Spurge is classed as noxious (2). If you were curious, dandelions (Taraxacum) are featured in the last category as a nuisance weed (3). Currently, Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia esula) is an environmental issue in Saskatchewan’s southern rangelands. The leafy, greenish-yellow, long-stemmed flowering plant without petals or sepals has been spreading from Prince Albert to the south at a rapid pace. “My top one would be leafy spurge,” Neufeld responded, when asked what weed species the people of Saskatchewan should be the most concerned with. Neufeld gave me a brief history of the Leafy Spurge’s population explosion in Saskatchewan. In the late 1990s, 20,000 acres of land in this province were contaminated with this weed. In 2018, more than 40,000 (and possibly many times more) acres of land in Saskatchewan have been stricken with Leafy Spurge. Leafy Spurge, a native of southern Europe and Asia, establishes a secured grounding with creeping, expansive roots. “[Leafy Spurge] moves in so quickly and takes over entire fields,” Neufeld said. Despite originating from warmer climes, Leafy Spurge is a hardy plant capable of surviving Saskatchewan’s Subarctic winters. Although the plant requires lengthy summers for growth, the seeds of the Leafy Spurge can transverse over snow. During seasonal flooding, the seeds are carried further to prime habitats by creeks and rivers. A group of farmers in the province believe Leafy Spurge first appeared in Saskatchewan via hay shipments from Ontario during the Great Depression of the 1930s, although the plant has existed in other parts of Canada since the early 1800s. Cows won’t eat this noxious growth, capable of thriving in innumerable types of soil, including sand dunes.
Photo Dan Archer (left), and provided by Chet Neufeld )right)
Leafy Spurge’s milky sap creates skin irritations and intestinal disorders in bovines, if livestock accidentally consume the weed. Humans likewise receive skin irritations upon exposure to the sap. Since sheep and goats are not as affected by Leafy Spurge, Neufeld believes these animals provide the best option to control the weed over herbicides and pesticides. When goats and sheep graze over land invaded by Leafy Spurge, a large percentage of the weed is obliterated. Four flea-beetles and two months have also been imported for a bio control project aimed against Leafy Spurge. Flowering Rush (Butomus umbellatus), is a wetland, pink-flowered perennial, first appearing in North America as an ornamental plant. Flowering Rush, a native of Europe, Asia and Africa, has destroyed ample wetlands throughout Canada by disrupting natural vegetation, thus diminishing the quality of the water required by wildlife, fish and waterfowl for survival. Flowering Rush also disrupts the water flow in irrigation ditches. In the last ten years, Neufeld said Flowering Rush has become a prohibited plant.
The plant grows best under the sun in wet soil. At this time, there are no herbicides available to control Flowering Rush, since applying herbicides over water is illegal in Canada. The best way to restrict this weed is to dig each plant out, but the entire growth, including the root system, must be removed. Waterborne Flowering Rush can be cut below the water’s surface – an activity requiring constant observance and repetition throughout the growing cycle from summer to fall. Although the methods of controlling Flowering Rush are labour intensive, a limited amount of success is possible within a contained wetland. Yet, as Neufeld noted, rivers and creeks are carrying the seeds of Flowering Rush to remote areas without previous infestations, notably from Alberta to Saskatchewan. Also, the flowers are hermaphroditic, meaning Flowering Rush is pollinated by bees and other insects. If you have concerns about invasive plants growing on your property and would like more information, you can contact the Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council at www.saskinvasives.ca or phone at 1-306-668-3940.
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Much-needed rain allieviated concerns of dry crop conditions Scattered showers last week brought much-needed rain to many areas of the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report, released on July 5. Rainfall last week ranged from trace amounts to 53 mm in the Arborfield area. Additional rainfall in the past few days has alleviated concerns of dry conditions in some areas, although additional moisture will be needed in the coming weeks to help crops develop. Rainfall last week ranged from small amounts to 29 mm in the Success area. The Rockglen area reported 8 mm of rain, the Limerick area 13 mm, the Mossbank area 6 mm, the Mortlach and Hazlet areas 5 mm, the Ponteix, Leader and Consul areas 10 mm, the Admiral area 15 mm, the Blumenhof area 24 mm, the Shaunavon area 16 mm, the Webb area 18 mm, the Cabri area 7 mm, the Tyner area 11 mm, the Gull Lake area 12 mm and the Maple Creek area 9 mm. The Vanguard area has received the most precipitation (158 mm) in the region
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since April 1. The majority of crops are in good condition and at their normal stages of development for this time of year. Twenty per cent of the spring cereals are in the heading stage, while 45 per cent of the canola and mustard and 44 per cent of the pulse crops are flowering. Overall, topsoil moisture conditions have slightly worsened in the past week, due to the warmer temperatures and lack of moisture. Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as four per cent surplus, 62 per cent adequate, 29 per cent short and five per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture are rated at a three per cent surplus, 52 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and 13 per cent very short. Topsoil moisture remains in short supply in many southwestern areas. Haying continues, although there have been delays due to rain and high humidity. Livestock producers now have 14 per cent of the crop cut and 10 per cent
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Notable Chief Justice has connections to Assiniboia By Dan Archer Chief Justice Robert G. Richards of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in Regina is one of many notables to have called Assiniboia home. Richards has a lengthy academic record, beginning with earning a Bachelor of Commerce in 1975 from the University of Saskatchewan then supplementing this degree with an undergraduate in law in 1979. Richards received an L.L.M. (Master of Laws) from Harvard Law School in 1982. During the 1980s, Richards took on various roles within the legal sphere, beginning with his service as an associate lawyer with Gowling and Henderson in Ottawa from 1982 to 1984, then becoming the Director of Constitutional Law for the Saskatchewan Department of Justice in Regina from 1985 to 1990. He remained in Saskatchewan, partnering with MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman in Regina from 1990-2004. Thereafter, Richards was appointed to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in 2004. The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal is the highest court in the province – a legal body governed by The Court of Appeal Act (2000). This court listens to appeals from the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan, the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan and other administrative tribunals, before unsolved issues are brought to the Supreme Court of Canada. This Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, which turns 100-years-old this year, has an immense influence on several legal judgements made in Saskatchewan. In June 2018, Daniel Smith’s appeal was rejected by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal after months of deliberation and countless reviews. Smith murdered ATM technician Roger Byers in 2010 on a deserted farm on Highway 41 between Yellow Creek and Meskanaw in central Saskatchewan. He tried to pin the second-degree murder conviction on his girlfriend, Susan Saxon. The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal heard Smith’s argument – an audacious endeavour to overturn the jury’s previous decision on the conviction, despite two witness testimonies from Saxon and Dwight Windrum. However, Windrum from Moose Jaw had been charged with accessory after-the-fact to murder and weapons trafficking, making him an untrustworthy witness. Some in the court also believed Saxon lacked credibility as a witness. Smith manipulated the ambiguity of these witnesses into grounds for an appeal to overturn the second-degree murder charge, including a life sentence without eligibility for parole until 12 years. After re-examining the evidence in February 2018, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal voted to retain Smith’s original conviction this spring. Despite having two questionable witnesses to the murder of Robert Byers, the evidence still pointed to Smith as the murderer. The Smith-Byers case and the murderer’s subsequent appeal represent one of many arduous trials brought to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal for reconsideration. The people of Assiniboia are proud for having Chief Justice Richards in charge of this seven-membered appellate court – a legal body responsible for maintaining the province’s integrity whenever court decisions are challenged.
Thank You Our family would like to express our thanks to friends and family, for the many cards, donations, food, flowers and visits we received during and following the death of Kevin Tendler. It was such a comfort to know he had touched so many lives in his way. Your support helped us to cope at this sad time. We appreciated it all more than we can say. Lynn Tendler Jereme Tendler & Family Jade Tendler & Family
Scenery along Pickthall
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Keep Saskatchewan naturally beautiful, by assisting in the control of invasive plants. If there are any concerns of infestations on your property, contact the Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council at www.saskinvasives.ca or phone at 1-306-668-3940.
Canadian government invests in transportation infrastructure The quality of Canada’s transportation infrastructure and the efficiency of the country’s trade corridors are key to the success of Canadian firms in the global marketplace. The Government of Canada supports infrastructure projects that create quality middle-class jobs and boost economic growth. Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale, on behalf of Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, announced a major investment of $53.3 million to help Canadian businesses compete globally by improving highway infrastructure to ensure that goods move efficiently to market. The project consists of building 16 sets of passing lanes in the highest traffic volume areas on Highways 6 and 39 between Regina and Estevan, near the American border. The project also includes twinning short segments of the corridor south of Regina, north of Milestone and south of Weyburn and the rehabilitation of approximately 51 kilometres of pavement. Plus, intersections, highway entrances and exits along the corridor will be improved. These improvements to infrastructure are expected to have significant economic and employment benefits by creating good quality jobs during construction. This project will improve the flow of highway traffic, reduce congestion and travel time. As a result, goods will move quicker to market in Saskatchewan’s busiest trade corridor with the United States, supporting growth in mining, agriculture and energy production. “Transportation and distribution of goods are a vital part of our local, regional and national economies,” said Goodale. “The investment announced here today will make our transportation system stronger by addressing capacity constraints and safety concerns along this corridor, fostering long-term prosperity for our community.” “Our government is investing in Canada’s economy by improving our trade and transportation corridors,” said Garneau. “We support projects that will efficiently move commercial goods to market and people to their destinations, stimulate economic growth, create quality middle-class jobs and ensure that Canada’s transportation
Thank You The family of the late Roy Lamontagne would like to thank you for all the food, cards, phone calls and visits.
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networks remain competitive and efficient.” “Our government is pleased to be able to partner with the federal government and receive funding through the National Trade Corridors Fund,” David Marit, the provincial Minister of Highways and Infrastructure said. “This is an important project for Saskatchewan that will improve the safety and efficiency of one of our province’s key trade corridors to the United States.” The Government of Canada is supporting infrastructure projects that contribute most to Canada’s continued success in international trade. For example, these funded projects will: • support economic activity and the physical movement of goods or people in Canada; • help the transportation system withstand the effects of climate change and make sure it is able to support new technologies and innovation; • address transportation bottlenecks and congestion along Canada’s trade corridors; and • increase the fluidity of Canadian trade around the world through our ports, airports, roads, railways, intermodal facilities, bridges and border crossings. Provincial, territorial and municipal governments, Indigenous groups, not-for-profit and for-profit private-sector organizations, federal Crown Corporations, Canadian Port Authorities and National Airport System Airport Authorities are all eligible for funding under the National Trade Corridors Fund. Quick Facts • Transportation is an important element of Canada’s trade with other countries. In 2017, total international merchandise trade amounted to $1.1 trillion. The United States continued to be Canada’s top trade partner, with $703 billion in trade ($415 billion exported, $288 billion imported), accounting for 63.5 per cent of total Canadian trade in 2017. • The Government of Canada places a strong emphasis on exports, because of the connection between trade and well-paying jobs. Export-intensive industries pay 50 per cent more and higher wages than average.
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History of the Rodeo
he term rodeo originated from the Spanish rodear – meaning to surround. In the 16th-century, Spanish-Amerindian ranch workers, the Vacqueros, started developing rodeo sports as cattle ranches expanded through Mexico then moved southwards into Argentina. In the 1800s, American cowboys borrowed much style and parlance from the Mexican Vacqueros, even using words of Spanish origin, including stampede, buckaroo and bronco. The wide-brimmed, high-crowned hat worn by the cowboys are also of Spanish-American lineage. In the late 1800s, during the age of the drovers, cowboys gathered during seasonal roundups or in the “cow towns” at the end of cattledriving trails. On their time off, the cowboys held contests for the best bucking-horse riders, ropers and so forth. Buffalo Bill Cody founded Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in 1883, a travelling production featuring cowboys, scouts, First Nations, animals and everything western in North Platte, Nebraska. His shows popularized the western ideal of an alienated cowboy roaming the dangerous frontier – existentialists on horses, wearing Spanish-derived clothing instead of turtlenecks. In Canada, where American culture mixes with British and European traditions, rodeo sports travelled over the border. The Wood Mountain Rodeo began in 1890 and possibly earlier as a celebration for Canada Day. Local historian, Pat Fitzpatrick, writes how locals competed with Mounties in pony rides, sports and cricket matches at the Wood Mountain Rodeo, held on the flat north of the Wood Mountain Post since 1894. On Sunday, July 8, I sat on top of a gate isolating me from the action and took photos for the paper and remembered attending rodeos as a child in Alberta and British Columbia with the family in jeans, a western shirt with a spread collar and snap buttons and a straw cowboy hat with a dangling whistle. Later, I worked at the Calgary Stampede during the summers as a security guard, where I met people from all over the world inside the Grandstand while examining tickets and passes. Calgary always perked with positive energy during the Stampede. At Wood Mountain Post Provincial Park, daredevil cowboys and cowgirls competed in bronco busting, calf roping and barrel racing on the weekend of July 6-8, where the audience watched humans uniting with horses to complete impossible tasks demanding concentration, balance and fortitude within an unrealistic time frame. Yes, rodeos are cruel to animal-participants in specific cases – because of the Calgary Stampede’s chuckwagon races, 60-plus horses have died since 1986. Yet, every animal I saw at Wood Mountain were being well-looked after. But, there’s likely numerous differences between big city rodeos and rodeos out on the range. One regret – there were no cricket matches between the Mounties and the Ranchers during the weekend.
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Statistics Canada shows June had a large employment gain Data released by Statistics Canada on July 6 shows June had the largest monthto-month gains in employment in Saskatchewan since 2012, up 8,300 jobs (seasonally adjusted). There were 583,700 people employed in the province in June, up by 3,900 over the year. Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 per cent in June 2018, the fifth lowest in Canada (seasonally adjusted). The unemployment rate was down from 6.8 per cent in May 2018. “Saskatchewan is on the right track,” said Jeremy Harrison, Minister of Immigration and Career Training. “We had our highest month-to-month job gain since 2012 and our unemploy-
ment rate fell significantly. Our economy is creating jobs with a strengthening labour market.” Other June highlights include significant year-over-year employment gains in public administration – up by 3,200 jobs. In finance, insurance, real estate and leasing, job numbers increased by 2,500. In the health care and social assistance fields, 2,100 jobs were added. The forestry, fishing, mining, oil and gas sector also showed growth, adding 1,500 jobs. The manufacturing sector was up 1,400 jobs from June 2017. Compared to June 2017, Regina’s employment increased with 1,400 jobs, while Saskatoon’s job market increased by 4,100.
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Our Town Friday, July 13 A Midnight Swim will be held at the Assiniboia Aquatic Centre from 9 to 11 p.m. Cost is day rate or pass. Wednesday, July 18 The TD Summer Reading Club Summer Fun Time program will be held at the Assiniboia and District Library. This program will run every Wednesday during the month of July, and for most of August. Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 The Assiniboia Polkafest will be a twoday event at the Prince of Wales Culture and Recreation Centre. Saturday, July 21 The Assiniboia Museum and historical society with the Assiniboia Polkafest will host a a pancake breakfast at the Prince of Wales from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Cost is $8. The men’s annual best ball golf tournament will be held at the Assiniboia Golf Course, starting at 10 a.m. This event includes 18 holes of two-man best ball. Monday to Friday, July 23 to 27 Assiniboia Artist Retreat will run an entire week. This event is co-hosted by Shurniak Art Gallery and Assiniboia and District Arts Council, with assistance from Community Initiatives Fund and OSAC. Let us know about your local Community Event! Simply go to www.assiniboia.net and send us your details. The Assiniboia Times and the Town of Assiniboia are proud to work together to promote our town and support communities in the surrounding area!
Unsettled weather in the Assiniboia region
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Assiniboia and region have been experiencing unsettled weather in early July, including heat waves, rainstorms, hail and even tornado warnings.
Damaged vehicle reported in Limerick Persons unknown damaged a vehicle parked in the community of Limerick, between the dates of June 22nd, and June 24th, 2018, The Assiniboia RCMP continue to investigate, however if you have information about this incident or any
other crime, please contact the Assiniboia RCMP at (306) 642 7110 or you may call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text SaskTel at *8477, or submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.
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CIVIC NEWS 2018 ASPHALT PAVING PROGRAM
Council has approved $ 265,000 for asphalt deep patching and trench-filling throughout the community. Although we can’t get to all the streets we will endeavour to get to as many streets as possible. YOUR COOPERATION IS NEEDED: To facilitate the repairs, we ask that all vehicles be removed from your street during construction as per the projected schedule. Although we will do our best to adhere to the schedule, there may be factors which require the schedule to be changed. Employees will be going door to door notifying residents 24 hours in advance of construction, if not home a notice will be placed on your door. Don’t be one of those – all vehicles which are impeding construction will be towed at the owner expense. Please obey all construction signs and watch for workers. WHERE AND WHEN Construction will start July 9, 2018 and continue until August 15, 2018 4th Ave East – 100 Block – July 16, 2018 • 4th Ave East – 200 Block – July 16, 2018 4th Ave East – 300 Block – July 16, 2018 • 4th Ave East – 400 Block – July 16, 2018 5th Ave East – 200 Block – July 17, 2018 • 5th Ave East – 300 Block – July 17, 2018 5th Ave East – 400 Block – July 18, 2018 • 7th Ave East – 200 Block – July 18, 2018 7th Ave East – 300 Block – July 19, 2018 • 7th Ave East – 400 Block – July 20, 2018
Please refer to the 2018 Asphalt brochure online at www.assiniboia.net and available at the Town Office. It has a complete list of all streets and additional information.
2018 PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS Please remember that 2018 property taxes are due July 31, 2018. Penalties on unpaid amounts: 1% penalty added August 1st 1% penalty added September 1st 1% penalty added October 1st 1% penalty added November 1st 1% penalty added December 1st 10% added to all amounts unpaid after December 31. If you have any questions regarding your tax account, please contact the Town Office at (306) 642-3382
NOXIOUS WEEDS – SCENTLESS CHAMOMILE & BINDWEED
Assiniboia has noxious weeds that have spread into the community from outside sources. However, to control the population, Assiniboia has been monitoring and will be managing the weed population with various control methods. We are requesting residents look around your yard, prior to receiving a noxious weed notification. The Town of Assiniboia has an appointed Weed Inspector as per the Weed Control Act & Regulations.
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South Central Chapter of Superannuated Teachers gather for Assiniboia meeting
Funding for passing lanes Federal Public Safety minister Ralph Goodale announced funding of $53.3 million towards the building of passing lanes on Highways 6 and 39 between Regina and Estevan. The announcement was made jointly with provincial Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit, with the passing lanes and related upgrades to be Photo — Greg Nikkel, Weyburn Review completed by 2023.
Submitted by Jeannette Mynett The South Central Chapter of the Superannuated Teachers of Saskatchewan (retired teachers) met at the St. George’s Roman Catholic Parish Centre in Assiniboia on June 26. Members gathered from a number of communities, including Assiniboia, Gravelbourg, Bengough, Mossbank, Mankota and McCord. Sunil Pandila, the incoming provincial president of the STS was also at the meeting. After a social time and registration, those at the meeting enjoyed a roast beef dinner. The program for the meeting was the giving of reports from the provincial meeting of the STS, which took place in Saskatoon on May 8 to 10, by the delegates Roger and Diane Marchand, Lois Giraudier and Donna Morris. Roger Marchand gave an overview of the conference which included the events of the meeting, issues discussed, resolutions that were passed and that officers were elected. At the banquet three STS members were made honourary life members. One of these was Roger Marchand of Gravelbourg. Lois Giraudier and Donna Morris reported on some of the interest groups, including Advocacy, Genealogy and Travel Tips. Sunil Pandila also spoke during the meeting, as he reported on developments with the benefits package of the STS, the growing importance of advocacy, the coming study by the Saskatchewan Teach-
ers Federation on future directions of education, and the challenge of getting newly retired teachers to be more active in the STS. The preserving and printing of the School Project was one of the main matters discussed at the meeting. Marion Spagrud and Raymond Mynette have spent much time gathering the histories of the schools in the former Borderland, Grassland and Redcoat Trail School Divisions. Their work to gather this history was warmly commended and thanked. Ellen Leost and Gloria Stringer had taken on the task of seeing how this work could be preserved, put online and printed. They reported on their work at the meeting and there was some discussion. The South Central Chapter group decided to have a trip to Moose Jaw in early August to go to a matinee and perhaps to have one or two more activites instead of the normal September meeting. Lois Giraudier and Donna Morris of Bengough are working on completing arrangements. Information will be available later in July. Hope was expressed that newly returned teachers could join in this activity. Officers that were named at the meeting included: Diane Marchand (Gravelbourg), as president; Roger Marchand (Gravelbourg) as vice president; Raymond Mynette (Assiniboia) as secretary and Ruby Sayers (Mankota) as treasurer.
Mars to be in closest approach to Earth since 2003 Submitted by Gary Boyle The Backyard Astronomer Hands down the biggest celestial event of the year will take place on the night of July 27 - the closest approach of Mars since 2003. The red planet is now seen rising in the south east at midnight local time and will continue rising a bit earlier each night until the big night when it is up at 9:15 p.m. local time and close to the full moon. Follow Mars now as it continues to brighten over the next few weeks and will be even brighter than the planet Jupiter. Ever since the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli claimed to have seen “canals” that he called “canali” on Mars in 1877 suggesting these could be artificial structures hence a possible civilization, we have had a fascination with the search for life. Of course science fiction writers and movie makers have had a field day with suggestions of alien life namely “Martians”. Mars is the only planet we can explore and plans are in the works to send the first human mission in 2024 – estimates from Elon Musk. A one way trip even when the two worlds will be closest in January 2025 the trip will still take seven months. As always I am available for an interview to speak about everything Mars. Known as “The Backyard Astronomer”, Gary Boyle is an astronomy educator, guess speaker and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He is now honoured with renaming of Asteroid (22406) Garyboyle. Follow him on Twitter: @astroeducator or www.wondersofastronomy.com
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Salute to the Community of Mankota
Mankota, a village located north of Grasslands National Park, is 109 kilometres southwest of Assiniboia. The chief industries in this community are ranching, mixed-farming and helium production. Settlers began arriving in the Mankota district in 1910. In 1911, the local post office was named Mankota, because many of the villagers in the community originated from Manitoba and North Dakota. The CPR constructed a railway west from McCord to Mankota in the 1920s. The rail line to the village was intended to loop around to Val Marie, however construction of this line ceased in 1929, making Mankota the last stop until the line closed towards the end of the 1990s. Mankota continues as a vital ranching centre in Saskatchewan. In the mid-1950s, ranchers in Mankota and the surrounding communities devised a strategy to bring cattle buyers to the cattle, as opposed to shipping the livestock by rail to the purchasers. The Mankota Stockmen’s Weigh Company recently computerized their office as the business continues to expand. In 2015, nearly 27,000 cattle were brought to market in Mankota, resulting in $44 million and more in sales. Although Mankota’s population has declined since the 1960s, the village has retained many excellent public services. The Mankota Public School educates about 100 pupils from the primary to sec-
ondary levels. The Prairie View Health Centre offers a variety of amenities, including long term care, mental health and physiotherapy. Unfortunately, Mankota’s RCMP detachment closed in 2005. Will Chabun in the Regina Leader-Post, wrote about the opening of the helium plant outside of Mankota on August 4, 2016, built by the Linde Engineering of Germany and operated by the American firm, Weil Group Resources. “Clean and inert, helium is used in MRIs and other sophisticated high-tech gear. When representatives of computer chip maker Intel testified before the U.S. Congress several years ago, they worried a shortage of helium would hurt their production,” Chabun reported. This plant, costing more than $10 million to build, is one the few helium production facilities on the planet. Mankota – a tiny, isolated community – rests upon the world’s edge. However, Mankota, like so many settlements in Saskatchewan, retains an exclusive appeal with gorgeous rangelands and farms encircling the village. August promises to be a busy month for Mankota. Don’t miss the Hilltop Sheepdog Trial from August 16-19, where handlers command their dogs to move livestock through a course. The Mankota Trade Fair happens at the Agricultural Hall on August 18 with many vendors scheduled to attend from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. .
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Question: Dave’s ball laid on a cart path (immovable obstruction) near a boundary fence on the right-hand side of the hole being played (Point A). Dave wishes to take relief from the cart path however there is only a small grass area to drop his ball (Two feet in width). When he drops the ball, it rolls out of bounds (OB). Does Dave re-drop the ball? Is he now penalized for an OB? What happens now? Answer: Dave could play the ball as it lies on the Immovable Obstruction (at Point A) or, Decision 24-2b/6 provides some clarity. As Dave’s ball is in such a position the boundary fence side is his nearest point of relief, he is entitled to drop at this spot (B2). When he takes this action, the ball rolls out of bounds. Under the rules, Dave is required to re-drop without penalty (Rule 20-2c). As Dave is right handed, this drop does not provide him full and complete relief for the cart path when Dave takes his stance as his feet are still on the path. Dave is required to take full relief otherwise he is penalized two strokes in stroke play or loss of hole in match play should he play it from this position. Dave is now entitled to drop the ball on the other side of the path (Point B1) and therefore he incidentally gets full relief from the boundary fence. This is reasonable and under the rules of golf as he is trying to get relief from an Immovable Obstruction under Rule 24-2. Dave therefore gets to drop on the course side of the path and not the nearest point against the boundary fence. Even though this rule and decision takes two steps, Dave has proceeded correctly. Remember to review when to re-drop a ball under Rule 20-2c and ... the Rules Matter!
Leafs immediate Cup threats with Tavares signing sports column by Bruce Penton
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OK, they can start working on that 2019 Stanley Cup parade route in Toronto. Start on Yonge and Dundas, over to Queen Street, take a left turn on Tavares Road … What? They haven’t named a street after John Tavares yet? Wasn’t that part of the contract? Seven years, $77 million, dinner once a week at Doug Ford’s, a tribute song from Drake, the tip of the CN Tower being reshaped into a ’T’ for Tavares, and the renaming of Bay Street to Tavares Road. That was the deal. Read the contract’s fine print. It was Canada Day on July 1, but the fireworks weren’t limited to colourful late-night sky explosions. There were hockey fireworks too, none more explosive than the signing by Toronto Maple Leafs of Tavares, the first superstar free agent to leave his original team since Scott Niedermayer bolted from New Jersey to Anaheim in 2005. What happened in Mickey Mouse Land? The Ducks won a cup in Niedermayer’s second year with the club, that’s all. Leafs’ fans won’t have the patience to wait for Tavares’ second year with the team to win the Cup. Toronto racked up the third-highest point total in the Eastern Conference last year (tying the 105 points earned by Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals) and the addition of Tavares should mean at least three or four more victories. Why not 82-0? OK, then 80-2. Tavares was believed to be considering either a return to his Islanders, or else the San Jose Sharks or the Leafs. Toronto fans couldn’t believe their good fortune when the 27-year-old sniper, who has 272 goals and 621 points in his nine NHL seasons, chose the Leafs, saying it was a boyhood dream for the Mississauga native to play for his hometown team. The Leafs are solid in goal with Frederick Andersen and up front, with their star players all having youth on their side, but their defence needs some work. General manager Kyle Dubas and team president Brendan Shanahan will obviously be getting down to work with Coach Mike Babcock to solidify that defensive unit. The addition of Tavares gives the Leafs two superstars at centre — Auston Matthews is the other, of course — and 30-goal man Nazem Kadri centres the third line. No team in the NHL can match that strength down the middle. The Leafs, undoubtedly ‘Canada’s team’, have thousands more joyous fans today than they had on June 30, when Tavares was in limbo. Now that he’s out of limbo and into the Leafs’ lineup, there will be no satisfaction until that Stanley Cup parade winds its way down Tavares Road. • Randy Turner of the Winnipeg Free Press, on Twitter: “I could be mistaken, but the problem with Tavares signing in Toronto is that I fear the Leafs will now get a disproportionate amount of attention from the national media.” • Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg, after 63-year-old golfer Greg Norman posed nude in the ESPN Magazine body issue: “The caption under the photo is ‘This should
get those punks off my lawn.’ ” • Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “University of Michigan researchers have designed a computer that is smaller than a grain of rice. The screen is so tiny, we hear, that even the Orioles’ playoff chances won’t fit on it.” • Danny Woodhead on Twitter, after DeMarcus Cousins signed with Golden State: “Sources: Sidney Crosby, Roger Federer, Mike Trout, and Dustin Johnson are all expected to sign with the Warriors. Bill Belichick also expected to be one of Kerr’s assistants.” • Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle: “Soccer fans wonder, if Senegal and Japan had had an equal number of yellow cards, what would the next tie-breaker have been? Answer: The team with the best haircuts advances.” • Comedy writer Jim Barach: “Graeme McDowell had to withdraw from a British Open qualifier when Air France lost his clubs. Their promise to deliver the clubs on time turned from ‘oui’ to ‘IOU.’ • RJ Currie of sportsdeke.com: “The CFL Eskimos are talking with the Inuit about changing their team name, which reportedly means ‘eaters of raw meat.’ I always thought it meant ‘eliminate Bombers from playoffs.’” • Another one from Currie: “Reuters reports an India ATM stopped working because a rat got in and ate thousands of dollars in cash before choking. Probably how the Cleveland Cavaliers feel about JR Smith.” • Janice Hough of leftcoastsportsbabe.com: “Jenrry Mejia has been reinstated by MLB two years after being given a lifetime ban for PEDs. Because playing for the Mets is punishment enough?” • Dwight Perry again: “Authorities in Manitoba have dropped marijuana charges against Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Duron Carter. Apparently the instant-replay booth ruled he didn’t have possession.” • Syndicated columnist Norman Chad, on the U.S. failing to qualify for the World Cup: “If it is any consolation, we also stink in math, civil rights, education, gun control, supporting the arts, climate-change awareness, electoral security and cable news.”
Bruce Penton has been writing about sports for more than 40 years and has been circulating a weekly sports column to Prairie community newspapers since 2008. After 27 years in the community newspaper industry in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Penton is now assistant managing editor of the Medicine Hat News.
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Obituaries Veronica Berjian
Veronica Berjian, of Assiniboia SK, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2108 in Moose Jaw, SK at age of 90. Veronica was born in Glenavon, SK on May 28, 1928 to Walter and Francis Bank. She grew up on the family farm. After her mother died in 1936 the family went through difficult times. Veronica attended the Primrose School from grades 1-10, traveling by foot or horse. She obtained her grade 11 in Glenavon. Veronica started teaching in 1945 after attending Normal School. She taught at various one-room schools over the years, including area schools Verwood, Willows, Thornicroft and Stonehenge. She took a year off in 1948 to work in Toronto. She found teaching in the rural schools rewarding, with support for various concerts, music festivals, track and field events. She took a break from teaching in 1963-1968 to have her children. From 1968-1973 she taught Special Education becoming involved in the Special Olympics. In 1973 Veronica, transferred back to regular classes teaching Grades 3, 4 and 5 in Assiniboia until her retirement in 1988. While teaching school she obtained her Grade 12, attended Normal School, and obtained her University degree. It was through teaching that Veronica met her husband Gus Berjian while teaching at Thornicroft School. She boarded with his brother and sister-in-law George and Florence Berjian. Veronica and Gus married on November 25, 1953 and moved to their farm in the Pickthall area. In addition to teaching, she became involved in the farm. In 1963, their daughter Luanne was born and later in 1965, Doug joined the family. In 1968, the family moved into Assiniboia when Veronica started teaching again splitting time between town and the farm. She was happy when she moved fulltime to the farm in the early 1980s. She spent time raising the family, gardening, and canning, teaching and helping on the farm (including helping calves that need a helping hand). In 1988, she had time to do more knitting projects and became more involved in the farm. She enjoyed being with her grandchildren – playing and teaching them – and seeing them grow up. In 2014, a tornado forced Veronica and Gus off the farm to town. While life slowed down for her in the last few years, she found ways to be involved with her family and friends. From the early years to even the end, there were gifts of food from cinnamon buns, donuts to meals. Veronica was predeceased by husband Gus; siblings Stanley Bank, Joe Bank, Florence Bank, Josephine (Gabriel) Burkhart, Frank Bank; parents Walter and Francis Bank, step-mother Rosa (Bank) Langelier; in-laws Florence and George Berjian, Karen and Bob Berjian, Nick Berjian, Bernie (John) Berjian, father-in-law Costa Berjian and mother-in law Anna Berjian. Veronica is survived by her daughter Luanne, son Doug and daughter-in-law Kathy; grandchildren Brent and Chelsea; great-grandson Everett. Also surviving are siblings Allan (Ethel) Bank and Victoria Ell; step-brother Gabe (Denise) Bank, Bernie (Leanne), Andrew Bank, step-sister Joan Konechny; brother-in-law John Berjian, sister-in-law Shirley Berjian; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A Celebration of Veronica’s Life was held June 29, 2018 at St. Paul’s United Church, Assiniboia, SK. with Rev. Marilyn Leuty officiating. Tribute was given by grandson, Brent; Bearers were granddaughter, Chelsea and great-grandson, Everett. In Veronica’s name, donations may be made to STARS, Special Olympics, or St. Paul’s United Church. Thank-you to the friends, neighbours, family and health care workers (including Hutch Ambulance) who helped Veronica these past few months that enabled her to live an independent life to the end. Thankyou to all of you who have shared your memories and showed support to our family in the time of our loss, including family, friends, and Ross Funeral Home. …Luanne, Doug, Kathy, Brent, Chelsea and Everett.
Florence Berjian (nee Gorda)
The heavens rejoiced on June 5, 2018 as Florence Berjian, of Assiniboia, SK., passed into the presence of the Lord and her spiritual family. Florence shared a special bond of love and laughter with her family. Love and Kindness were the words she lived by. She was an amazing cook and baker, producing delicious perogies, cabbage rolls, strudel and salsa. Florence was also skilled in decorating, crocheting, quilting, knitting, writing and drawing. She had an eye for fashion and will be remembered for the beautiful hats she wore to Sunday church. She loved nature especially her robins and nurtured her garden and flowers. The presence of the Lord was always close to her heart. Florence was active in the Messiah Lutheran Church choir and the ladies fellowship group. Florence enjoyed the friendship of her ladies exercise group that met at the 55 Club. Always energetic, positive and upbeat, she was a blessing to her family, friends and even to her caregivers at the Regina General Hospital in her final days. Florence was born April 24, 1929 on the family farm in the Gollier (Wood Mountain) district. She grew up and attended school in the area. Florence and George were married in July 1944. They took up farming in the Gollier area, later buying a farm in the Valor area before retiring to Assiniboia in 1982. Florence was predeceased by her husband George, son Glenn, and son-in-law David. She is survived by her daughter Debbie, daughter-in-law Florence, grandchildren: Kurtis (Jen) and children Karter and Hannah; Kaz (Erin) and children Brie and Koen; Karson (Maria) and children Violet, Zoey, Kosta and Knox. Florence’s Celebration of Life was held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the Messiah Lutheran Church, with Pastor Ron Bestvater officiating. Special solo to Great-Grandma were sung by Brie and Koen. Pallbearers were Kurtis Berjian, Kaz Berjian, Karson Berjian, Bill Seal, Doug Berjian and Lorne Bachiu. Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Assiniboia, SK. Memorials in Florence’s memory may be made to the Messiah Lutheran Church or Stars Air Ambulance. “Love and Kindness” Fond memories, pictures and condolences may be shared at www.rossfuneralservice.com for the Berjian family. Arrangements entrusted to Ross Funeral Service, Assiniboia, SK.
Obituaries Anita Kolish
Anita Mathilda Frieda Kolish of Mossbank, SK passed away on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the age of 87. Anita was born to Martha Baarck on August 30, 1930, in Wittenburg, Germany. She spent the first 10 years of her life in a wonderful foster home in Alt Kentzlin, Germany. At the age of 10, Anita’s foster mother died and an older sibling cared for her. In June 1942, at the age of 12, Anita had to leave the life she knew and loved to be raised by Martha and Richard Ebel in Luneburg, Germany. Although Anita gained a loving birth mother, a younger step-sister and two brothers that lived with an uncle in a neighbouring town, she found this new life very difficult. By the age of 15, she had finished grade 8, the war was over, and times were very hard in Germany. She worked as a housekeeper and nanny to help support her family. When she was 18, Anita found a job at a shoe factory and there she met Ernest Kurz. Ernest and his sister Erna invited Anita to attend the Baptist Church. She was baptized and became a member of the Luneburg Baptist Church. Shortly after, she and Ernest were engaged and planned a new life together in Canada with the Baptist Exchange Program. Anita arrived in Congress, Saskatchewan in May 1951, and worked as a farm housekeeper. She met Olga Kolish, who took her under her wing, mentored her spiritually, and taught her to cook and bake, as Anita had never even seen an oven before! A year later, Anita moved to Manitoba to be reunited with her fiancé Ernie and they were married August 1952. God blessed them with a home and two sons, Erwin (May 1953) and Eric (August 1955). Ernest suddenly became ill and died on February 4, 1956. While on a summer visit, Anita met Olga’s son, Berthold Kolish. Bert and Anita were married in the Congress Baptist Church on February 16, 1957. God blessed Bert and Anita with a mixed cattle and grain farm near Mossbank. Together they raised five children, a third son Jonathan (March 1960) and twin girls Marlene and Darlene (May 1964). Anita had much to learn to survive farm life: not to dress young boys in white, how to cook, clean and bake with a limited supply of water, and how to care for animals. Anita enjoyed gardening vegetables and flowers. Her yard both on the farm and later in Mossbank displayed this love. She became an accomplished baker and loved to make dozens of doughnuts for the local children’s Bible camp each summer. Bert and Anita were dedicated members of the Mossbank Associated Gospel Church and hosted several missionary and pastoral couples. In 1981, Bert and Anita moved from the farm into Mossbank for semi-retirement. Anita enjoyed walking in town and was an avid reader. She loved to travel, returning home to Germany many times to reconnect with family there. She also traveled to the Bahamas, Hawaii and many other US and Canadian destinations. Anita loved her family and prayed over them daily. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren; reading, going for a treat, and enjoying the park. Anita was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 78. She lived at home with Bert until October 2012, when she moved into the Assiniboia Nursing Home. Bert went to be with his Lord February 5, 2013. Anita moved into a personal care home in Saskatoon in June 2014, and Samaritan Place Nursing Home May 2015. Anita continued to live her life for her Lord, blessing everyone with a hug and a prayer and reminding them to count their blessings – for God is Good! She will be forever loved and missed by all who knew her. Anita is predeceased by her parents Martha and Richard Ebel of Luneburg, Germany; brother Herbert (Christa) Baarck, Germany; brother Heinz Baarck, Germany; husband of 4 years Ernest Kurz, Winnipeg, MB; husband of 56 years Berthold Kolish, Mossbank, SK; daughter-in-law: Pauline Kolish, Ardrie, AB. Anita leaves behind her children, Erwin (Olha) Kolish, Eric (Valerie) Kolish, Jonathan Kolish (Holly Jacob), Marlene (Brent) Healey, Darlene (Randall) Dyck; daughters-in-love Mona Kolish, Karen (Gerry) Geisbrecht; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Shane (Sheryl) Kolish and Georgia, Erin (Thuan) Chau and Kyan, Troy (Brettlyn) Kolish and Kason, Aven, Candice Kolish-McDonald and Cameron, Travis Kolish and Rylan, Michael (Crystal) Healey and Declan, Benjamin Healey, Bradley Dyck, Kurtis (Leah) Dyck, and Kaelan; brother-in-law Richard Kolish; sister-in-law Alice Kolish; many nieces and nephews (Canada/Germany), family and friends. Funeral Service was held on Thursday, June 28, 2018, 3:00 p.m., at the Cornerstone Gospel Church, Mossbank, SK, with Pastor Marty Johnson officiant. The eulogy was shared by Bradley Dyck and Anita’s Grandchildren. Pallbearers were Shane Kolish, Troy Kolish, Bradley Dyck, Kurtis Dyck, Michael Healey, and Benjamin Healey. Interment took place at the Mossbank Cemetery. Memorial donations in memory of Anita to Samaritan Place, 375 Cornish Road, Saskatoon, SK S7T 0P3 and the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, 3012550 12th Avenue, Regina, SK S4P 3X1, were greatly appreciated. Online condolences can be shared at www.pichehawkinsgrondinfuneralchapels.ca
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Annual celebration held for Rodeo Ranch Museum By S.Falconer, Southline The Rodeo Ranch Museum in Wood Mountain Regional Park held its annual celebration on July 1. Kaitlyn Fehr, museum attendant, welcomed everyone to the event. She introduced local dancer, Katherine Robichaud, who performed the ‘Jingle Dance’ in colorful native regalia. The group stood to sing ‘O Canada’ a cappella. Kaitlyn and co-worker, Averie Sawchuk, invited guests to participate in a unique scavenger hunt designed for the young and the young at heart. The clues, written in verse form, required participants to go through the museum, the Romanian house or the Adobe home to find the answers. Katherine agreed to perform her dance again out of doors for latecomers. A beautifully decorated cake was served with refreshments following the program.
Mankota Crop Production Services hosted charity fundraiser Crop Production Services Mankota along with Gowan organized a ‘loose change lunch’ on July 4. Approximately 130 folk came out for the delicious beef on a bun with salad lunch at the office. The community event was raising funds for the Mankota 4H Club Trimming Chute, the Mankota New Horizon Building and the McCord Museum Platform. Patrons were also able to vote online to help win an additional top three prizes from Gowan. Marcus Kouri of CKSW Swift Current provided live radio broadcasting and interviews. Vern Wilkins won the lawn mower that he generously donated to the Mankota Cemetery. Although the final total isn’t in yet, it was a very successful fundraiser for the worthy causes.
Southline local visit with families and friends By S.Falconer, Southline Social Notes Many local families were in Swift Current for the Frontier Days the end of June. The Mankota 4-H Club had several participants in the Regional 4-H competition. There were also local competitors in the annual rodeo. Jill Jenkins with sons Tyson and Cuyler drove to Regina to meet Elizabeth Jenkins and son Josh of Toronto at the airport. Jill and the boys spent some quality time with Josh while Elizabeth completed a project in Winnipeg. They all returned to the Jenkins ranch south of Glentworth to spend some time with Tom, Franki and Peter. Marty and Dianne Falconer were in Arborfield recently to visit with their daughter, Jacey and Evan LeBras and their granddaughter Liv. Barb Howe was in Drumheller on June 30 to attend the wedding of her grandson, Dalton Howe, son of Steven and Denise Howe of Medicine Hat and Tracey Jamieson. The wedding and reception were held in the Badlands Community Centre. Gordie Howe and Kelly and Lynn Howe also attended the event. Other family members enjoying the wedding were Jim Howe, Sharon Caragata and Colton, Rene and April Lethbridge of Assiniboia and Denise’s parents, Paul & Rita Leroy and Clayton and Joanne Lethbridge of Limerick. Charlene Orr spent several days in Saskatoon with her daughter Cathi and grandsons Kieran, Connor and Liam Johnston. She attended the Grade 12 graduation of Liam from Tommy Douglas High School.
Also attending were Walter and Carole Agopsowicz of Assiniboia. Rod and Marge Clark, their daughters Lianna and Larryssa and granddaughter Lorelai, Rylee and Sydney spent the long weekend at White Swan Lake north of Candle Lake. They all enjoyed the water activities. Lillian Klein was in Swift Current to attend Frontier Days. She also spent some time at Beaver Flat visiting with her son Evan and Judy Klein and her grandson, Justin, Cec and Owen Klein of Martensville. Chuck and Colleen Roy camped at Cypress Hills for a few days. They also had toured the T-Rex Centre in Eastend. Visitors with Richard and Lois Todd and Jason and Jocelyn Todd and family included Carrie Solberg and family Kaci, Riley and Cooper of Lubbock, Texas, Alison Kellom and family Taylor, Logan and Sam of Hobson, Montana and Lacey Todd of Medicine Hat. Digit Guedo with family Bohdan, Alder and Violet of Christopher Lake have been visiting her parents, Dwayne and Debbie Ash. The young people will be taking swimming lessons at the pool at Wood Mountain. Doug, Rhonda, Scott and Caylee Falconer of Yorkton spent the weekend with Gordon, Sonia and Alex Falconer. Don Poirier and his sons Jeremy and Marcus of Cold Lake visited with them and enjoyed a wiener roast on June 30. Don had been visiting with his parents, Maurice and Joyce Poirier in Lafleche as well as other family members.
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Submitted by Patricia Hanbidge, a horticulturist with the Saskatoon School of Horticulture Water in a landscape makes the ordinary extraordinary! Somehow water finishes off the lovely ambiance we have in our outdoor living spaces. However, this time of year the crystal clear ponds are often more like a rendition of pea soup! Read on to learn more about controlling algae in your ponds. Algae are very primitive plants that do not have the regular plant parts like leaves, stems or roots. They reproduce by spores, cell division and fragmentation and just like land plants they need light, water, nutrients, carbon dioxide and oxygen in order to live. Knowing this is key to controlling algae as it is usually light and nutrients that will limit the growth. The simplest method to control algae is to limit light and nutrients. Having plants cover a good part of the surface of the pond will aid in reducing algae growth. Limiting the amount of nutrients in the water will also help. Avoid using fertilizer around the pond as it is a great
Controlling Algae in Ponds
source of nutrients for the algae. It is important to have a balance between the size of the pond, the plant material and the number of fish. Do not overfeed fish as this is one of the fasted ways to increase algae growth. Rain, pollen and falling foliage will also create a surplus of nutrients that is ideal for increasing algae growth. There are a number of forms of algae you may experience. Suspended or planktonic algae are very common and can quickly turn your clear pond into pea soup. Algae feed on the nutrients in the water and reproduce rapidly. When the nutrient level decreases, so will the algae population and the water will clear. When large amounts of algae die, it depletes the oxygen supply in the water which can also potentially kill fish or other animal life in the pond. It is also this anerobic (without oxygen) water which can be rather foul smelling. Bacteria play an important role in keeping your pond in balance. They actually feed on nutrients that are in the water caused by decomposing leaves and leftover fish food. They will also help to decrease the sediment often found in the bottom of the pond and will
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also help to eliminate odours. As in most aspects of life – just a little balance is the answer. Ensure that floating plants like duck weed or hyacinths cover 50 to 70 per cent of the pond surface. Submerged plants or oxygenators will help keep the water smelling fresh. These plants will also help remove dissolved nutrients giving the algae less available food. If you have fish in your pond and you feed those fish, it is sometimes as simple as limiting the amount of food you feed as this is a great additive for algae. I have a large pond which has a waterfall and a pool skimmer to help ensure any debris is removed from the water prior to rotting thus reducing the amount of “food” for algae. However, when there is a lot of vegetative material, the pond quickly takes on a green hue. My pond was deemed to be a dipping pond for my children thus has no fish so I have the option to chlorinate and control the bloom in a number of ways not possible with a pond that has plants and fish. As you can see by the image....the pond is utilized in a number of ways! There are a number of chemical solutions on the market but keep in mind that they are not long-term solutions but rather a “quick fix”. Ensure you read the labels carefully and follow the manufacturer directions. Once you have an algae bloom, it takes a couple of weeks to get that ecosystem back in balance. Patience is required in order to achieve a good natural balance.
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Input being sought about impairment in the workplace before Cannabis is legalized The Government of Saskatchewan is asking for feedback on how to keep workers safe from the impacts of impairment in the workplace as the legalization date for cannabis approaches. In the fall of 2017, the Government of Saskatchewan conducted an online cannabis survey. The survey revealed the majority of respondents believe additional steps need to be taken to keep workers and workplaces safe. Based on this feedback, the public and stakeholders are being asked to provide written submissions sharing their thoughts on how to address impairment in the workplace through possible legislative changes to The Saskatchewan Employment Act and The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996.
“Being impaired at work is unacceptable, dangerous and illegal,” said Don Morgan, Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. “With the introduction of the Cannabis Act, we are examining current legislation and will be making changes to ensure the safety of all workers. We are seeking input from workers and employers across the province.” A consultation paper has been posted at www.saskatchewan.ca/government/ public-consultations/consultation-onimpairment-in-the-workplace. Written submissions can be sent via email to labourlegislationLRWS@gov.sk.ca by August 31. To learn more about cannabis in Saskatchewan, visit www.saskatchewan. ca/government/cannabis-in-saskatchewan.
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PAMI and WESTEST are in the initial phase of developing a mobile sensor that can wirelessly transmit real-time data from the grain bin to a mobile phone. The sensor, small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, will be able to measure relative humidity, temperature and air motion and calculate moisture content throughout the bin to provide farmers with a unique solution for monitoring spoilage. Its small size and shape will allow the sensor to be fed into bins through grain conveying equipment to monitor grain health and measure temperature at a large number of random locations within the bin. The project, entitled “Mobile Sensor Mote” was launched as an exploratory undertaking in 2018. The objective of the project is to explore the use of big data and
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