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ASSINIBOINE VALLEY

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Summer Preview of Savings 2017

Week of June 25, 2017 A supplement to The Canora Courier, Preeceville Progress and Kamsack Times

RECREATION AND SUMMER FUN MAKE CANORA A HOTSPOT Full of people known for their hospitality, Canora offers many first-rate recreational opportunities and is a great place to be this summer. Page 2

KAMSACK IS A GREAT PLACE TO CALL HOME The Garden of Saskatchewan is keen to call attention to the many events being held this summer. Page 8

THE TOWN OF PREECEVILLE Preeceville offers a diverse collection of shopping and recreational attractions. Page 5

THE TOWN OF STURGIS Sturgis is rich in heritage and surrounded by natural beauty. It boasts a healthy business core with a growing homebased business sector. Page 4

Eight common grilling mistakes See Page 3

The story behind the Canadian flag See Page 7

How to help kids get into golf See Page 16

Leko’s Conservation Corner See Page 18

History & facts about Canada See Page 24


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Canora is a hotspot for recreation and summer fun Message from Mayor Gina Rakochy Full of people known for their hospitality, Canora offers many first-rate recreational oppor tunities and is a great place to be this summer. Stop into our Town Office or check us out on our website Canora.com or Facebook to get a list of the current events and any other questions you may have about our many summertime activities, the town is home to the well-groomed, nine-hole Canora Golf and Country Club. Avid golfers who stay in Canora can also visit several nearby courses, including those at Crystal Lake, Madge Lake and Good Spirit Lake. Canora Swimming Pool is a hub of activity all summer, offering Red Cross swimming lessons and private pool rentals. Heated with a

system of solar panels, the pool also offers youth movie nights and aquafit classes. An adjacent playground, basketball court and tennis court make it a popular stop for everyone. The Chase Kraynick Memorial Splash Park is open in July and August. Built in 2013 thanks to contributions from the Aviva Community Fund and generous donations from many corporate and individual sponsors, the automated spray park is located next to the community hill and skate park. One of the highlights at the Canora sports grounds every August is the chuckwagon races held by the Canora Agricultural Society at their newly-constructed horse race track. Visitors to Canora can stay at one of the well-treed, electrified campsites located next to

MAYOR GINA RAKOCHY the Sports Service Centre and ball diamonds. From Canora, it is only a short trip to the west to beautiful Canora Beach, Burgis Beach, and Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park. If you choose to go east, you will find yourself at Veregin and the National Doukhobor Heritage Village and Duck Mountain Provincial Park with Madge Lake. A few minutes to the north and you

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are at Crystal Lake. Because of its proximity to all these great places, Canora is billed as the “heart of good spirit country.” The town is the perfect gateway to some terrific snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, golfing, ATVing, boating and more. Stop at the north end of Main Street and visit the renovated Visitors’ Centre. Located in one the of last active railway stations of its kind, the Visitors’ Centre offers the Station House museum and tourism information about our great community. With the population growth in recent years, and to ensure the community is ready for the future, work has been completed on 16 new residential lots adjacent to the golf course. The lots are available for sale

and offer a variety of price points for anyone looking for a wonderful spot for a new home. As part of the continuing upgrades to Canora’s downtown core, the Economic Development Commission is encouraging businesses to continue in their efforts to help beautify Main Street. The community boasts more than 125 businesses, including many restaurants, a laundromat and service stations that love to cater to visitors. We also have a hospital, three doctors and a nurse practitioner working out of the Wellness Centre located at the hospital, one stop shopping for medical care! Canora also has an RCMP detachment and Ambulance service. Canora is well-known for its great ethnic foods

and hospitality. Visitors and passing tourists are always quick to comment on what a friendly, clean community we have here. The Canora in Bloom festival, held July 16 to 23, is the perfect opportunity to visit our town and sample some of the local cuisine. Check us out this summ e r w h e n we c e l e b ra te Canada’s 150th Birthday with a fun-filled family focused party all day July 22 nd . A great way to finish off the week! With its abundance of community spirit and friendly atmosphere, you don’t have to be a lifelong resident to feel safe and at home in our neat, attractive rural town. Check us out…. You may not want to leave! And that’s how we live and play in Canora!

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Stop making these eight common grilling mistakes Cooking food over an open fire imparts all sorts of flavour. Grilling tends to be quicker, less messy and more convenient than cooking in the kitchen, particularly during the dog days of summer. Outdoor grills are everywhere, including nearly every backyard across the country. The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association says $1.47 billion in grill sales were made in 2016. That grills are so commonplace doesn’t mean that everyone grilling is employing the right techniques. Becoming the ultimate grill master involves understanding the subtleties of grilling and avoiding common mistakes so food can look and taste that much better. 1. Not prepping the food: The French culinary term for prepar ing to cook is mise en place. This is especially impor tant when grilling, as cooks must deal

with faster cooking times than they would otherwise encounter when cooking meals in the stove. 2. Dirty grill: Make sure the grill is cleaned before and after each use. Grease can quickly build up on a grill, leading to flare-ups that can cause foods to char. Frequent cleaning also helps gr ill masters avoid a tiresome cleaning process at the start of the season. 3. Forgetting to preheat: Preheating the grill ensures

that foods will cook quickly and as evenly as possible. Otherwise, meats can lose moisture and even stick to cooler grates. Reader’s Digest suggests preheating to between 350 F and 450 F depending on the food. 4. Overreliance on lighter fluid: The chemical taste of lighter fluid can transfe r to fo o d s eve n w h e n the fluid is used sparingly. Consider using a chimney starter when grilling with charcoal. And avoid repeat-

ed pyrotechnics with fluid, or worse, gasoline. 5. Too much direct heat: Food should not char on the outside before the inside has a chance to cook. A two-zone fire, according

to food experts at Serious Eats, enables grill masters to cook over high heat to sear and then move the food to a lower temperature to continue to cook evenly. 6 . P l ay i n g w i t h fo o d : Grilling does not require much intervention. Repeatedly flipping and squeezing meat and poultry can cause flavourful juices to leak out. Then you’re left with dried-out food. Resist any urges to prod and poke food. And minimize how many times you lift the grill cover to take a peek, as that can cause temperatures to fluctuate. Use a thermometer to determine

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when food is done. And don’t forget that meat will still cook a bit after it’s taken off the grill. 7. Improper seasoning: Basting food with sugarladen sauces and mar inades too early can cause flare-ups and bur ning. Quick rubs can help lock in flavour, and then reserve the sauce for the last few minutes of grilling, says c o o k b o o k a u t h o r Da ve Martin. 8. Digging in too soon: Give meats a chance to rest for between five and 10 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute through the food. This improves flavor and tenderness.

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$1,000,000 Shoot Out Every day in July and on August 13, 2017 you have the opportunity to qualify for one chance to shoot for a hole in one for $1,000,000 prize. Each participant may purchase 5 balls for $10.00 and attempt to land closest to the pin on any, or all, 32 qualifying days. No limit to the number of attempts. On August 13, 2017 the Shoot Out will be held in conjunction with a 9 hole par 3 tournament. The participants will have the chance at $10,000 on every hole, if they score a hole in one. Following the tournament will be the elimination rounds for the 32 qualiÀers ending with 1 person having one shot at winning $1,000,000 if they score a hole in one. You do not need to participate in the Tournament to Qualify for the Shoot Out. CANADA 150 Family Picnic JULY 1st 11:00am – 3:00pm Sponsored by the Golf Club and Hamlet Board Burger BBQ Lunch Ice Cream Stand Face Painting Balloons Fireworks at Dusk Free bouncers and games for kids TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE Ladies’ Open THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017 18 holes medal play Tee-Off 10:00am Shot Gun Start | Cost - $60 Cash prizes | Supper Limit of 72 golfers – please pre-register Juniors Open TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017 9 holes medal play for age categories 12 and under 18 holes medal play for age categories over 12 years 9:00am registration Tee off 10:00am Cost - Members $20 Non-member $30 Lunch included. Great prizes. Men’s Open SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2017 18 holes medal play | Tee-Off 10:00am - Shot Gun Start Cost - $65 | Cash Prizes | Steak Supper included | Chance to win with a Hole In One | Limit of 72 golfers | please pre-register CLGC MILLION DOLLAR Hole in One SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2017 Hole in One Tournament 9 holes - 4 person scramble Tee-Off 9:30am Cost $300 per team Surf & Turf Supper included Limit of Àrst 18 teams registered. Cash Prizes | Closest to the Pin prizes on every hole $1,000,000 Shoot Out will follow $1,000,000 Shoot Out QUALIFY DAILY FROM JULY 1 THROUGH 31 AND ON AUG. 13 Purchase 5 balls for $10. The person with the closest shot to the pin on each day qualiÀes to participate in the Shoot Out elimination rounds on August 13. There will be 32 qualifying golfers participating in the elimination rounds attempting to win the ability to take one shot and make a hole in one worth $1,000,000. No limit to the number of times you qualify - play often for a greater chance to advance to the Ànal stage. Guaranteed Consolation Prize of $250.00 Senior Men’s Open WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2017 Senior Category (55+) Super Senior Category (70+) 18 holes medal play Tee-Off 10:00am | Cost - $65 Supper included | Limit of 72 golfers please pre-register

Team Harlen Golf Classic SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 Charity Tournament for Cystic Fibrosis 9 Holes - TWO PERSON SCRAMBLE Registration 10:00am Tee Off 11:00am | Cost - $50 Steak Supper Included First 72 PAID Golfers Accepted Fall Frolic SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 9 Holes - Two Person Scramble Tee-Off 1:00pm Shot Gun Start Cost $35 - includes Supper Lessons TUESDAY, JULY 4, 11, 25, AUG 1 Juniors - 3:00 & 4:15 Adults -5:00 & 6:15 Pre-registration required. Limited space, call early. Events Monday WING NIGHT Buy one get the second at half price. Tuesday STRIPPER TUESDAY All the chicken strips you can eat at $1.25 each. Monday, Wednesday, Friday SENIOR MEN’S CLUB. 9:30am Tee Off Tuesday LADIES’ LEAGUE 9:30am Tee Off Wednesday MEN’S NIGHT 6:00pm Tee Off Thursday LADIES’ NIGHT 6:00pm Tee Off Friday FUN NIGHT GOLF Tee-Off at 7:00 June 23, July 7, July 28, Aug 18 Friday HAPPY HOUR 4:00 – 7:00. Appetizer and drink specials. Saturday DATE NIGHT 2 rounds of golf and dinner. Sunday BRUNCH 9:30am – 12:30pm First Brunch on Father’s Day and every Sunday after until mid-August. NINE N DINE – call the clubhouse for more information on how your organization can raise funds.

Sturgis is a naturally beautiful community, rich in heritage tainment including a cabaret and many other fun activities. The weekend will be held at the end of June with organizers hoping to build on and continue that tradition. The sports grounds are still utilized today by the Etomaimie Valley Riders, mainly for the corrals for the club’s training program t wice a month. The Town also boasts a new subdivision that is still in the development stage. The Assiniboine River, located on the south side of town, meanders through the natural wilderness park, a favourite destination spot for many campers who like to canoe and fish. The natural wilderness attraction of the Porcupine Forest, located just to the north, offers excellent trophy big game hunting and fishing opportunities. Snowmobiling on well-groomed trails during the winter months is second to none in the province. Golfing, boating and swimming in the summer months round out the recreational possibilities for the year. The Sturgis Regional Park is a huge attraction for many tourists and a favourite place to relax for residents. “Each year the Kinsmen Club’s Duck Derby is a family-orientated fun day and during those hot days of summer the Kiddies’ Spray Park is a huge hit with the younger generation,” said Olivia Bartch, town administrator.

The Town of Sturgis is rich in heritage and surrounded by natural beauty. It boasts a healthy business core with a growing home-based business sector. There are about 750 residents who call Sturgis home and the recent growth is attributed to new residents being attracted by the beauty of the area and the rich heritage to be shared. The Town is sustaining a great business sector, rich in tradition. There is one gas station, a cooperative grocery store, a clothing shop, several hair dressers and restaurants, and numerous other businesses that make Sturgis a great place to shop. Sturgis hosts an active seniors’ centre, a school, a skating arena, a curling rink, a museum, a library, a 10-bed care home and the family resource centre. The 1 2 3 Care For Me Day Care is a huge asset to the town and provides a valuable service to the families in the area. The numerous local organizations and churches that promote the town are run by dedicated volunteers. The Town of Sturgis had been the home of the largest one-day sports and rodeo for many years and a horse replica located along the highway is the only reminder of that era. The Town of Sturgis Sports and Rodeo committee is currently reorganizing the sports day weekend to a full weekend that includes chuckwagon, chariot racing, ball tournaments, gymkhana and enter-

The Assiniboine River runs adjacent to the Sturgis Regional Park which is a popular tourist attraction.

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Town of Preeceville offers diverse selection of business and recreational attractions By Liz Jacobsen The Town of Preeceville offers a diverse collection of shopping and recreational attractions. Tourists travelling through or stopping for a visit are treated to numerous attractions while shopping at the many great businesses. Wh e t h e r yo u’re h e re o n business or visiting family and friends, check out our Main Street and the numerous friendly businesses that can provide the answer to all your needs. Many businesses have expanded or have changed ownership to accommodate the changing times. Two large agricultural dealerships and the local co-operative have much to offer the agricultural community and

to the growth of our community. The renovated Preeceville and District Health Care Facility allows most health services to be offered under one roof. The Preeceville Kindergarten-to-Grade 12 school features a renovated education centre along with a wheelchair accessible playground which allows all children to play and interact together. T h e Pr e e c e v i l l e a n d District Heritage Museum boasts 22 theme-based rooms and is a must-see. Browse on your own or take a guided tour of the excellent displays which preserve the settlement’s history and the unique heritage of Preeceville. The abundance of lakes,

rivers, parks and outdoor adventure opportunities in the area, make Preeceville a great Saskatchewan playground. While walking along Preeceville’s Nature Trails along Annie Laurie Lake, you are able to view a variety of birds, plants and wildlife native to this area of the province. Preeceville has an awesome classic ski trail, starting at the Wildlife Park on the north side of Preeceville, meandering through the bush all the way to the hospital and winding down to join up with the nature trails. Preeceville hosts a number of major events each year. The Preeceville and District Mushers’ Rendezvous is held the first weekend in February and fea-

The Preeceville sign welcomes visitors to the town. tures a 10-dog race running 22 miles, a six-dog race running 10 miles, a fivedog junior race and a Pro one-dog race. July features Old Home Week, held the week leading up to Western Weekend, during which events are held each day to offer something for everyone. Then it’s time to bring out your cowboy hat and dust off your boots for Western

Weekend which features chuckwagon and chariot races, slo-pitch and fastball, bingo and numerous children’s events. “Along with the other major events this year, we, as a Proud Canadian community, are celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada, August 4 to 6, with events for the whole family, said Elaine Simpson, an assistant at the town office.

“Preeceville is a town that offers something for everyone and is an excellent place to raise a family, retire or own a vacation cottage,” Simpson said. “It is a small but progressive community with a strong volunteer base, generous and friendly people, and a strong business and service core,” she said. “It is a place that we are proud to call home.”

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Canada is a diverse and culturally rich place to live. The second-largest country by land mass in the world, Canada is comprised of 10 provinces and three territories. Canada is a relatively young country - around 90 years younger in founding than the United States of America, its closest neighbour - and is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. However, Canada experienced a rich history prior to its official founding. Here’s a look back at how Canada came to be. During the Age of Exploration, European nations sent out explorator y parties to find lands they could claim as their own. North America was an area rich in natural resources, and both Great Britain and France were interested in capitalizing on those resources. In 1497, John Cabot was the first European to explore Canada. Cabot also was the first

to draw a map of Canada’s East Coast. Jacques Car tier of France also explored Canada in the early 1500s, and claimed land for the king of France. Cartier heard two captured native guides speak the Iroquoian word kanata, meaning “village.” While the name of Canada began appearing on maps, the region was largely known as “New France,” thanks to French influence and claims. Prior to European influences in the 16th century, Canada was populated by aboriginal peoples who had been living on the land for thousands of years. Early interactions between settlers and natives were tense, with various wars springing up. In addition, life as natives knew it changed dramatically upon the arrival of European traders and colonists. According to the Government of Canada, large numbers of aboriginal inhabit-

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Canada’s 150th The story behind the Canadian flag

Canada has an extensive history with its national flags. While the widely recognized maple leaf flag is a universally recognized symbol of Canada in the 21st century, it took many years for Canada’s national flag to reach that status. Nearly 400 years passed b e fo re Ca n a d a o ffi c i a l ly adopted the Canadian Flag or Maple Leaf Flag (l’Unifolié). This flag consists of a red field with a white square (Canadian pale) in the center, upon which an 11-pointed red maple leaf sits. Although Canada was first explored in the 15th century, and declared a selfgoverning entity in 1867, the famed maple leaf didn’t come into existence until 1965. Through the years, various flags were raised above Canadian soil. The first flag used was the St. George’s Cross. This was flown when explorer John Cabot landed in Newfoundland. At the time, the cross was representative of England. When Canada was settled as part of France and dubbed “New France,” two flags gained national status. One was the Royal Banner of France. This featured a blue background with three

gold fleurs de-lis. A white flag of the French Royal Navy was also flown from ships and forts and sometimes flown at land-claiming ceremonies. Through the 18th and early 19th centuries, while under British rule, Canada went through a series of flags that bore the British ensign — the Union Jack. The “Red Ensign” and the “Royal Union Flag” were flown in various locations. By 1921, a “Canadian Red Ensign,” featuring the Union Jack and a shield of arms granted to Canada, was authorized to fly on federal buildings in Canada and abroad until Canada adopted its own national flag. In 1925 and then again 20 years later, committees were appointed to resolve the national flag issue. People didn’t want to offend Britain with the removal of the Union Jack. A flag consisting of the British Union Flag in the upper left corner with a gold maple leaf in the bottom right corner was suggested in 1945. However, legislators could not commit, and many Canadians were split on the flag debate. Many still held ties to the Union Flag. Others liked the

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Red Ensign. Also, Québec viewed its provincial flag, the Fleur de lis, as its national emblem. In 1960, the flag issue again was brought to light, as Canada was threatened by a grow i n g s e p a ra t i s t movement in Québec. Many thought a national flag may unite the country during this time. An all-party committee was established in September of 1964. Seven Liberals, five Conservatives, one New Democrat, one Social Crediter and one Créditiste were part of the committee. According to Library and Archives Canada, some 2,000 flag suggestions were submitted in 1964 and examined by a committee. Three flags were selected during a process of elimination. A single-leaf design presented by George Stanley eventually was adopted. On January 28, 1956, the royal flag proclamation was signed by Queen Elizabeth II. The flag was officially flown at Parliament Hill for the first time on February 15, 1965. Today, the maple leaf flag is one of the most recognizable national flags in the world.

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Kamsack, the Garden of Saskatchewan, is a great place to call home and has a summer full of activities planned for residents and visitors es for the swimming pool are available for children, adults, students, seniors and families, and a schedule of lessons is being advertised. Canada Day, when swimming at the pool will be encouraged at no charge, will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast .A slopitch tournament, featuring the Kamsack Senior Royals, will begin at 9 a.m. The concession stand including a beer garden, will open at 11 a.m. and giant inflatable structures for children to play on will be available starting at noon. Lloyd Smith of Pelly will begin of-

Kamsack, the Garden of Saskatchewan, which is known as “a great place to call home” is keen to call attention to the many events being held this summer. Although all roads will lead to Kamsack for the annual Canada Day celebration which this year includes the Canada 150 activities, the community’s summer activities began with the opening of the Kamsack Swimming Pool. Since April ambitious skateboarders have been making use of the well-equipped Skate Park located adjacent to the RCMP building. Season and daily pass-

fering rides in a horse-drawn wagon around the spor ts ground. At 1 p.m., members of the Kamsack Community Choir will lead in the singing of O Canada, Mayor Nancy Brunt will raise the flag, pieces of Canada birthday cake will be served and the day will continue until soon after dusk when the wellknown and popular Canada Day fireworks display will begin, courtesy of the firefighters with the Kamsack fire department. Probably the t wo main aspects of the Kamsack area that attract visitors who don’t necessarily have fam-

ily roots in the community, are its cultural diversity and opportunities for exceptional summer and winter recreation. Nestled in the scenic As-

and the site is now Kamsack and District Centennial Park. Nearby are the Riverside Golf Course and Power House Museum. Continued on Page 9

siniboine River valley, which creates some of the West’s most beautiful panoramas, Kamsack is located where the historic Assiniboine River joins the Whitesand River

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Kamsack could rightfully claim to be the birthplace of Saskatchewan Continued from Page 8 Riverside Golf Course, which boasts one of the two island greens in Saskatchewan, and one of the longest holes of any nine-hole course in the province, has been making use of an automated watering system, which was installed a couple years ago. The fertile land, scenic location and great weather combined long ago to allow the community to adopt the slogan: The Garden of Saskatchewan. In addition, an argument has been made saying that Kamsack could rightfully take ownership of the fact that it is the birthplace of Saskatchewan. Harold Fenske of Regina, a retired schoolteacher and director of education from the Rockford area north of Preeceville, made that argument in his 2005 book Riverlore: The Headwaters of the Assiniboine Will Always be Home. “No one can make a bet-

A fountain was constructed at the Cenotaph park on main street from proceeds from a Kamsack centennial reunion. ter claim for a location to be the beginning of the province than does Kamsack,� Fenske said, adding that the exact location is “in Fred Konkin’s meadow� about 12 miles north of Kamsack at the bend in the Assiniboine River, which for a long time has been called “The Elbow,� and is the site of the former Fort Pelly. “Riverlore began as an intimate story of a pioneer family which had fled the drought stricken prairies to rebuild

their lives in the beautiful hill country of Saskatchewan’s upper Assiniboine Valley,� Fenske says in the forward to the 2013 revised edition of the book. “But as time went on, the author began to realize that much of the colourful history of the valley remained largely untold, unpublished and therefore unknown to the young,� it says. “Time is running out for this writer to do much about the Assiniboine River’s best kept

secrets, but it is hoped that others will realize that there is a flag here and it needs to be waved.� The book contains a great history lesson about the fur trade, the early map-makers of the area, the Hudson Bay Company and the commerce that took place in those early years of the province. Kamsack provides the safety, comfort and atmosphere of a friendly town with all the services of a large bustling centre. The area surrounding Kamsack is one of natural beauty, steeped in history and culture and rich with opportunity. These elements combine to make Kamsack truly a great place to live and visit.

The lands around what is now Kamsack were originally settled in the 1880s by a handful of European immigrants and the farming area around Kamsack was well settled by 1905. These farms consisted of a variety of ethnic groups, which are still present to this day: Russian Doukhobors, Ukrainians, Western Europeans, Americans and Eastern Canadians were all among the early settlers to the area. In 1903 the C.N.R. railway and station were built which literally forced the birth of Kamsack. The name Kamsack came from an early post office of the same name, which was located in an early set-

tler’s home. Located near to Kamsack are the Cote, Keeseekoose and The Key First Nation communities, where during the year one may often attend various cultural and sporting events, which may include traditional powwows. One may also have the opportunity to appreciate authentic crafts. Among Kamsack’s arts and cultural organizations is the Power House Museum, where one may learn how Kamsack used to generate its own power and become acquainted with the stories of survival during the Kamsack Cyclone of 1944 and much more. Continued on Page 10

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Kamsack fosters many cultural events during the year Continued from Page 9 The Kamsack Playhouse theatre is home to live performances including recitals, plays and concerts from various groups in the community. Recently, after two years of extensive fundraising activity, the Playhouse committee was able to purchase new digital projection and audio equipment so that the theatre can continue to show first-run movies, in addition to being a venue for live performances. Also active in the community is the Kamsack Community Choir, which is open to any person in the community wishing to sing. The group stages at least two concerts a year, the last one

was on June 25. The Kamsack Histor y Room is home to Kamsack’s historical documents, news stories and family histories. It is located in a room at the Parkland Regional Library in Crowstand Centre. The Kamsack Players Drama Club has been producing at least two live productions a year, both, at the Playhouse or as a dinner theatre in the OCC Hall. The Kamsack and District Horticultural Society is a group for gardening enthusiasts which includes activities like seminars, plant swapping and an annual show, which is held the weekend following the August long weekend.

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The Trackside Garden committee is responsible for one of Kamsack’s greatest attractions, the Trackside Gardens located along the tracks of Nykolaishen Drive. The garden is so attractive that brides and graduates have chosen it the site for photographs of their special day. T h e Sa d o k U k ra i n i a n Dancers is a group, which fosters traditional dance for persons wishing to maintain a Ukrainian tradition. Nearby Veregin is the site of the National Doukhobor Heritage Village, while near Pelly, located a half hour north, are the sites of the former Fort Pelly, a trading post, and Fort Livingstone, once the home of the North

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Riverside Golf Course can boast for having one of only two island greens at Saskatchewan golf courses. West Mounted Police. The Fort Pelly-Livingstone Museum, which was destroyed by fire, is being resurrected in the former RCMP building in the community, with the objective of continuing to preserve elements of the area’s history. Ka m s a ck h a s a nu m ber of spor ting and recreation facilities for public use, including: the Broda Sportsplex, which contains curling, skating and hockey facilities and open during the winter season, and for other special occasions during the year. The OCC Hall on Park Street is available for wed-

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can seat 325 people with a building capacity of 850. Continued on Page 11

Kamsack and area veterans are remembered with monuments located on the Cenotaph park on main street.

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Museum and murals tell the story of Kamsack’s past Continued from Page 10 Among Kamsack’s sports and recreation clubs and organizations are: Club 55 Curling, with league play beginning in November and lasting to March; Kamsack Mixed Curling League; Kamsack Ski Club, which meets to enjoy the trails of Duck Mountain Provincial Park and hosts the annual Duck Mountain Loppett at the end of February; the Kamsack Minor Hockey Association; the Kamsack Royals senior slo-pitch team, and the Kamsack branch of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.

Two large murals are located on Nykolaishen Drive in Kamsack. One is a reminder of the immigration of Doukhobors at the beginning of the 20th century, the other focuses on highlights of the community of Kamsack. Being a community on the Trans Canada Trail, efforts continue to assure that

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Each year on the weekend following the August long weekend, a group of adventurous cyclists, all of at least 50 years of age, cycle the distance of about 100 miles from Kamsack to Yorkton and back. Not only is the Old Dog Run a great way for residents of a certain age to keep fit, but each year participants gather pledges and a welcoming home reception is held to raise money for different charitable initiatives. Of course Kamsack resi-

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Swimming • Never swim alone, even good swimmers need buddies! • Do not dive in less than nine feet of water. No board, no diving!

Camping • Ensure that children are kept a safe distance from camp fires. • Remember that after a camp fire is extinguished the embers remain dangerously hot for hours later. • Children should always be with a buddy when leaving the campsite and let an adult know their whereabouts.

Bicycle Riding • Wear a helmet... properly! A helmet should be worn snug, fitted and level. If you can’t cover up, use a sunscreen containing a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15, verify it has both UVA nd UVB protection, re-apply every two hours and after sweating or swimming.

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Ontario: Ontario is Canada’s financial centre. Many people here also work in the service or manufacturing industries, which accounts for much of Canada’s exports.

Manitoba: Manitoba is home to a large Francophone community and includes many Ukrainian settlers, while also boasting the largest Aboriginal population of any province.

Saskatchewan: The province of Saskatchewan is shaped by the mining of uranium and potash and the production of grains and oil seeds. This province also serves as the training ground for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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Alberta: Alberta is home to five national parks, including Banff National Park. Alberta is also the country’s largest producer of oil, gas and beef.

Yukon: Yukon holds the record for the coldest temperature ever recorded in Canada (-63 C). Mining remains a significant component of the economy.

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Northwest Territories: Running through the area, the Mackenzie River, at 4,200 kilometres, is the second-longest river system in North America.

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Stay safe when landscaping miliarize yourself with the proper operation of manual and motorized equipment by reading the owner’s manual thoroughly, making special note of recommended safety guidelines. Take some time to locate the power buttons and other par ts by comparing them to illustrations in the guide. Once you feel comfortable handling the equipment, then you can begin to use it. Failure to wear protective gear can lead to injury. Personal protective equipment includes gloves, eye protection, ear protection, boots, and a hard hat if necessary. When working during visibility conditions or at night, wear a reflective vest. Other protective items include a hat to shade your eyes from the sun’s rays. Sunscreen will protect the skin from UVA and UVB

radiation. Long pants and sleeves can guard against flying debris. Thousands of injuries occur to children and pets who get hur t around mowers. It’s best if children and pets remain indoors when homeowners are mowing or using other power equipment that may kick up debris. Children under the age of 12 may not have the strength or ability to operate lawn tools. Also, never make a game of riding a child on a riding mower. Nobody under the age of 16 should operate riding lawn mowers. It’s difficult to know what is beneath the ground without having a property surveyed and marked. Digging without approval can result in damage to gas lines or water/sewer pipes. Always check with the utility company before digging trenches

Read manuals, wear protective equipment and be safe when doing lawn and garden work. or holes. When not in use, keep lawn equipment off. Do not try to repair or fix a snag or obstruction in equipment while it is on. Don’t modify the equipment in any way,

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Make this a safe fireworks season Fireworks displays are a hallmark of summer, and a frequent component of Independence Day celebrations and commemorative events that require a touch of flair. Awe-inspiring pyrotechnics shows lure millions of spectators around the world each and every year. Many people experiment with fireworks on their own, but that can be dangerous. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, thousands of people are injured by fireworks in the United States each year. Whether purchased legally or on the black market, fireworks pose a considerable threat. Fireworks purchased on the black market may be especially dangerous, as they likely were not subjected to government regulations and inspections. While summer might be the season of fireworks, it’s important that people who intend to incorporate fireworks into their summer festivities keep safety in mind at all times. The following are a handful of ways to ensure this summer is both fun and safe. Attend a municipal firework display rather than hosting your own. Professionals follow certain safety protocols that private citizens are unfamiliar with, and there is often a considerable distance between audiences and professional fireworks displays. Exercise caution if fireworks are legal where you live. Maintain a safe distance from fireworks at all times and never allow children to handle fireworks. Read and strictly adhere to manufacturer’s instructions. Light only one firework at a time, and never attempt to reignite a firework that doesn’t light the first time around. Do not carry fireworks in your pocket. Do not shoot fireworks out of metal or glass containers. Always wear safety glasses when lighting fireworks, and keep water or a fire extinguisher around for emergencies. If not handled properly, fireworks can cause serious injuries to kids and adults. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to leave it to the professionals.

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Bustling cities, awe-inspiring vistas, abundant w i l d l i fe, a n d a f r i e n d ly population have solidified Canada as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the western hemisphere. Canadians understand the wealth of riches their land and culture can provide, and the scores of visitors who venture onto Canadian soil quickly understand the appeal of this vast and awe-inspiring country as well. Coast to coast, Canada is no stranger to natural wonders and vibrant urban centers. Although just about any area of the country is worth visiting, certain points of interest stand out as perennial favourites. Niagara Falls: Niagara Falls straddles the border of Canada and the United

States and is marked by impressive waterfalls that boast the highest water flow rate of any waterfall in the world. The falls are actually comprised of three different falls: the Bridal Veil Falls, the Horseshoe Falls, and the American Falls. The falls are along the Niagara River. Visitors can ride the Maid of the Mist boat to get up close and personal with the falls. Parks, shopping and the Casino Niagara are other points of interest. Calgary: A booming metropolis, Calgary is situated between prairies and the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Discovery of oil helped solidify Calgary as a popular place to live in the 1900s, and helped it become the largest city in Alberta. Thousands of

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Popular Canadian tourist attractions visitors flock to Calgary for the world-famous Calgary Stampede rodeo. Québec City: The second most popular Frenchspeaking area behind Montréal, Québec City is the only fortified city north of Mexico. The Citadel is a popular place for visitors, and tourists can witness Canadian troops staging a military ceremony. Cuisine offerings are numerous in Québec City, and one shouldn’t miss the opportunity to try poutine, a French-Canadian staple. Banff National Park: Nestled within the majestic Rocky Mountains in the province of Alber ta, this park exemplifies the beauty of the Canadian landscape. Snow-capped mountains, glaciers, turquoise lakes, and a bevy of wildlife are

on display in this picturesque park. Vancouver: Offer ing West Coast appeal, this city in British Columbia has repeatedly been named the “best place to live in the world.” It is culturally and ethnically diverse and has a cosmopolitan feel. Garibaldi Provincial Park offers Vancouver residents and visitors impressive scenery and recreation. Old Montréal: Described as a European city on North American land, Montréal is lined with old, historic buildings, fine dining and plent y of shopping. Some of the must-see places in Old Montréal in-

clude Rue Bonsecours and the landmark Marché Bonsecours. Of course, one shouldn’t miss the beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica, which is an accurate reproduction of the building of the same name in France. To r o n t o : A b u s t l i n g city, Toronto is the largest mecca in Canada and located in the heart of Ontario. It’s home to the CN Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the western hemisphere. World-class theater, shopping and dining put Toronto on par with other big cities around the world, including New York and London. Mount Logan: Billed

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How to help kids get into golf Getting kids into golf is a great way for parents to bond with their children while enjoying the great outdoors. Golf can also be used to teach kids humility, sportsmanship and the impor tance of hard work. Thanks to the often frustrating nature of golf, parents may find it somewhat challenging to instil a love of the game in their youngsters. But there are ways to introduce kids to this wonderful game that kids might just play for the rest of their lives. • Focus on having fun. Few, if any, golfers at your local golf course on a given weekend could say with cer-

Golf is a game of skill that can take years, if not decades, to master. Many golfers find their time on the golf course both rewarding and relaxing, even on those days when the fairways seem impossible to find. Though many players never swing a golf club until they reach adulthood, it’s never too early to hit the links. Some of the world’s most accomplished golfers, including four-time Masters Champion Tiger Woods, began playing as toddlers, and many feel that getting an early start can lead to a more successful game down the road.

tainty that golf has never frustrated them. The challenge of golf may be its most appealing characteristic to older players, but young kids can be easily overwhelmed by the challenges golf presents. By focusing on having fun instead of perfecting techniques, parents can get kids to look forward to their time on the links. The more fun kids have, the more likely they will be to embrace the game and its many challenges. Don’t put pressure on youngsters as they develop their games, but encourage them through their struggles and reassure them that you faced the

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Wakeboarding is a growing sport Water enthusiasts take to rivers, lakes and oceans for scores of different marine activities. The popularity of water sports has exploded, including a growing interest in wakeboarding. Wakeboarding is an activity where a person is pulled behind a motorboat at about 20 to 24 miles per hour. Instead of water skiing, the boarder uses a single board that resembles a snowboard, though wakeboards are shorter than snowboards and slightly wider. The feet are bound to the board with either straps or a boot-like device so that the board will not fly off of the feet while doing tricks. Statistics indicate that there are more than 3.1 million wakeboarders across the globe. Roughly 75 percent of wakeboarders are males ages 13 to 24. Wakeboarding has become the fastest-growing water sport. An offshoot of traditional boat-propelled wakeboarding is cable wakeboarding. This is where the wakeboarder is attached to a permanent, overhead ski lift-type cable that

stretches across a body of water and connects to fixed towers. The cable pulls the wakeboarder to ramps where he or she can execute tricks. Wakeboarding, particularly cable wakeboarding, has become so popular that it may someday qualify for inclusion in the Olympics. While currently part of the X-Games and Gravity Games, the International Olympic Committee announced cable wakeboarding as one of eight new sports being considered for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The rise in cable parks is also notable. There are two wakeboard cable parks in Canada and roughly 30 in the United States. Individuals can purchase passes to enjoy the park at a fraction of the cost of renting a boat and refueling. Wakeboarding is an adventurous water activity that seems to be here to stay. Now may be the time to try your hand at wakeboarding and see if this water sport can become one of your new favorite summer activities.

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Master magical marinades Gr illed foods boast inviting flavours that put many diners on the lookout for second helpings. Quite often the magic behind grilled meals lies in the marinade used to give foods that flavourful kick. Marinades can be used to enhance the flavour of m e a t s, ve g e ta bl e s a n d poultry. While marinades add flavour, they also may be responsible for some other benefits in grilled foods. Marinades add flavour Defined as a savour y acidic sauce in which food i s s o a ke d to e n r i c h i t s flavour, marinades help break down fibre and tenderize certain foods. The base of many marinades i n c l u d e v i n e ga r, l e m o n

With their mix of acidic ingredients and spices, marinades add flavour and may even pack some nutritional punch. juice or wine, and marinades can be enhanced with spices, oil and herbs. It’s important not to let foods sit in marinades for

too long, as any alcohol, acid or salt in the mixture can chemically “cook” the food in a process known as “denaturing.” Adhere to timing recommendations when using storebought mar inades, and keep such guidelines in mind when using homemade marinades as well. Many may tell you to let foods sit no longer than fo u r h o u r s . M a r i n a d e s with citrus juices may require even less time for flavour to penetrate. The timing of marinade use also will depend on the foods being marinated. Delicate items, such as seafood, may change with regard to texture or colour in a matter of minutes.

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Leko’s Conservation Corner My family purchased a camper the size of a grain elevator, and it has been one of the best purchases we have ever made. Our family really enjoys camping – if that’s what you want to call it – and enjoys the parks when we are there with our young kids. Saskatchewan is lucky to have a wide array of outdoor activities in its many provincial parks. Saskatchewan has 35 provincial parks and even more regional parks for you to enjoy. The parks are in place for everyone’s enjoyment, so in this column I want to talk about some of the rules in place so everyone can enjoy our parks. If you plan to camp, visit or utilize boat launches or day use facilities, you require a park entry permit and must display that permit while in the park. Park permits have also changed this year, from a window sticker to a rear-view mirror hanger. People over the age of 65 do not require a park permit

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per mitted to provide any visitor with information as to what site you are occupying unless you provide that approval in written form. S o n ow t h a t we h ave some of the basic rules and procedures out of the way, let’s touch on some of the other activities regulated in our parks. Alcohol The goal is to have those who wish to consume alcohol while camping, do so in a responsible manner. The last thing anyone wants to see is a bunch of intoxicated people yelling, swearing and carrying on when you have young kids with you. The rules surrounding alcohol are pretty simple and apply to how we manage it in our day-to-day schedules. Youth under the age of 19 are not permitted to have or consume alcohol. No person can walk around the campground with liquor or have any open beverage in a motor vehicle. There is only one weekend where there is a province-wide alcohol ban – the May long weekend. Cottage owners on the May long weekend will be allowed to consume alcohol in their private dwellings. Fires Fires are allowed in our provincial parks in approved park-provided appliances. Canadian Standards Association (CSA) approved

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propane fire pits, and barbecues are also allowed, and firewood is provided at the park for your use. Please remember to be responsible with fires. Keep fires small and only have a fire when necessary. Never leave a fire unattended. Depending on the time of year, and fire conditions, there may be area or province-wide fire bans. These are in place to protect our parks and their users during peak dry situations in our provincial forests. Also note that in extreme dr y conditions, parks may put a campfire restriction order in place, prohibiting all open fires in a specific park. Please remember that when you leave the park, you must leave the firewood supplied by the park behind. Any removal of firewood is unlawful and prosecution may result from theft of firewood. Litter and garbage To keep our parks clean, we ask that you follow the “Leave no Trace” concept. Please make sure that your c a m p s i te i s c l e a n a t a l l times. Be cautious when l e av i n g fo o d o u t , a s we have to remember that we are sharing this space with wildlife including bears, raccoons, birds and other critters. L i tte r i n g o r l e av i n g a messy site in a provincial park will result in prosecu-

tion. Please utilize the many garbage bins located in the park and the large garbage bins when you leave. It is also unlawful to discharge any sewage or liquid or solid waste other than into a sewage facility provided by the park. Behaviour Please remember that our parks are enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds. The last thing we want is to ruin their experience because someone is causing a disturbance by swearing, yelling, fighting or interfering with your ability to enjoy the park with your family. The permit holder is responsible for the conduct and behaviour of their family and guests. Everyone must obser ve all campground regulations and conditions. Rowdy behaviour or excessive noise is not permitted at any time. If you see this type of behavior, please contact the Park Watch Line at 1-800667-1788. Quiet time is 24-hours a day. Safety In order for parks to be safe for all of us, there are again some basic rules that officers must enforce to keep everyone safe. Maximum speed in the campground, playground or core areas of all parks is 30 km/hr. Maximum speed in cottage areas is 40 km/hr. No person other than a camping permit holder is allowed to drive in a campground between the times of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Fireworks or firearms of

any kind are not allowed to be discharged on any park land. The use of floating lanterns is now prohibited within provincial parks. It is unlawful to feed, capture or harass any wildlife on park land. If you are in bear country, take a minute and read the Bear Aware information provided at the campground office. The use of drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), is also prohibited in provincial parks, unless authorized by the park manager with a special permit. ATVs are prohibited on all park lands. Two parks have areas set aside and designated as ATV trails; Moose Mountain and Narrow Hills Provincial Parks offer designated and authorized ATV trails. ATV usage on park land is only allowed on designated trails, as ATV use can cause serious environmental damage, such as soil erosion and compaction and damage to vegetation. ATVs, because of their speed and noise, can frighten wildlife. Miscellaneous rules Pets are not allowed to roam at large on park lands. Pets are not allowed on beaches or public swimming areas. It is unlawful to damage, destroy or remove any tree, plant or natural vegetation from park land. No boats within 25 metres of any buoyed swimming area in a provincial park. Continued on Page 19

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Leko’s Conservation Corner – Camping Continued from Page 18 No person shall angle within 25 metres of any buoyed swimming area. No person shall fillet fish other than in a facility for that purpose. Aquatic invasive species The ministry continues to educate boaters and other recreational water users about the issue of aquatic invasive species.

Boaters, please remember to clean, drain, dr y your watercraft after use, to help protect Saskatchewan waters. Clean and inspect the watercraft, trailer, equipment and all gear that made contact with the water. Remove all visible plants, animals and mud. Scrub/scrape grainy sur-

faces that feel like sandpaper, as this could be young mussels too small to see. Inspect the watercraft, trailer and vehicle. Drain all onboard water from the motor, livewell, bilge, and ballast tanks. Leave plugs out during transport and storage. D r y y o u r w a t e r c r a ft , equipment and all related

gear completely after each use, preferably for at least fi ve d ays w h i l e l e av i n g compartments open to dry. Our parks are here in a variety of types and locat i o n s d e s i g n e d to ke e p everyone safe and entertained. Many of the rules in a provincial par k are common sense, but the rules are in place unfortunately because someone

created the need for these rules. If you have any questions with regards to the regulations or what is and is not allowed in our parks, please contact your local provincial park. Until next time, enjoy yo u r s u m m e r a n d ke e p your rod tip up. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Ministry of Environment con-

servation officer Lindsey Leko has spent more than 25 years as a conservation officer in Saskatchewan. For many years, Officer Leko contributed a column to local papers on a variety of issues related to hunting, fishing, and other resource-related issues. If you have questions, please contact lindsey.leko@gov.sk.ca.)

Stop weeds before they take over Few things can be as troublesome to gardeners and landscapers as weeds. Weeds seemingly spring up overnight and quickly can overrun lawns and/or garden beds. Landscaping enthusiasts may spend countless hours and weekends coping with weeds without truly getting to the root of the problem. However, preventing weed growth need not be so difficult. According to the experts at This Old House and The Family Handyman, the secret to preventing weeds is to maintain a thick, healthy lawn. A vigorously grow i n g l aw n w i l l c rowd o u t we e d s and block the sun weed seeds need to germinate and thrive. As a result, fewer herbicides may be needed and homeowners can spend less time on their hands and knees pulling out weeds. Crabgrass is a notoriously virulent weed that can quickly snuff out blades of grass. Crabgrass likes hot, dry conditions, and it only takes one plant to spread the seeds that can overtake the lawn. Preventing these conditions can stop crabgrass from flourishing. Mowing at higher heights and leaving grass blades taller can shade the soil, helping to prevent the germination of crabgrass. Shady conditions also will help the soil

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Learn to fish responsibly Warm weather has arrived, and the welcoming temperatures are once again beckoning people to the great outdoors. Fishing is a popular warm weather pastime, and it’s important to take an environmentally responsible approach when fishing. According to Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them by Ted Danson, in just 55 years, humans have been able to eradicate about 90 per cent of the ocean’s top predators. These include animals like sharks, marlin, king mackerel, and bluefin tuna. Smaller species also are being wiped out at alarming rates because fishing nets capture far more than is intended, and today’s fishing vessels can zero in on large schools of fish relatively easily. Thanks to global positioning technology and sonar capabilities, there’s no longer too much surprise in the chase. Commercial fishing may do the brunt of the damage, but amateurs also can contribute to the contamination of waterways and decimation of fish species. For example, the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game says more than 500,000 bass die each year due to improper handling in Massachusetts alone. People of different cultures have fished sustainably for decades, and most anyone can follow their guidelines — and some others — to help keep ocean life healthy. • Disturb wildlife as little as possible. When traveling into delicate ecosystems, such as those that primarily surround the water’s edge, do so with care. Operating a boat in shallow regions can chop up underwater vegetation or harm fish that live in the shallows. Don’t remove crustaceans or take plants

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Emphasize safety when swapping stories around the campfire Camping is a popular and fun way to enjoy the great outdoors. For families vacationing on a budget, camping provides an affordable alternative to costly resorts and hotels. No camping trip is complete without spending some time around a campfire. But as fun as swapping stories around the campfire can be, campfires can also pose a safety risk. When building a campfire, campers can employ the following approach to ensure everyone enjoys a safe night around the fire. • Choose the right spot. Select a location that is on level ground and clear any obstructions or flammable items from the area before starting the fire. Be sure to look above you to make sure there are no low-hanging branches that may fall into the fire and ignite, putting campers at risk of injury. • Check the fire danger level. Many parks and campsites will post a warning level on signage indicating whether dry conditions can contribute to fast-expanding fires. When a high fire warning has been issued, it may be wise to avoid campfires altogether. • Ensure water is nearby. Have bottled water available or choose a campsite that is in close proximity to a water source. This ensures you can douse the fire or cool coals if need be. • Use existing fire pit rings. Many campsites have fire rings in place. This serves to keep the fire contained in a safe manner. The best place to build a fire is within an existing fire ring in a well-placed campsite. If there is no ring, create your own barrier with rocks, stones and sand. Keep flammable material outside of a 10-foot diameter circle. • Stay close to the fire so long as it is burning. Never walk away from a lit fire. Even a small breeze can cause the fire to spread quickly, so stay near until it dissipates or you extinguish it. • Do not use accelerants. Light wood or coals with matches or a lighter or use a flint fire starter kit. Never douse the materials in lighter fluid or gasoline to get the blaze going.

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Canada is the biggest country in North America. It has borders from Atlantic Ocean to Arctic Ocean. It’s known that Aboriginal peoples were the first people living in area. Then in the 15th century, French and English colonialists conquered the country.

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city is Calgary. Alberta’s climate is the driest one in country. It has cold winters and hot summers. The province is one of the most important dinosaur fossil resources in the world.

Manitoba is the fifth most populous province in Canada. Its population in last census was 1,208,268. Winnipeg is both the capital and biggest city of province. Manitoba has a strong economy based on natural resources. Twelve per cent of Canadian farmland is located in Manitoba.

Canada’s political structure is parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. Head of state is now Queen Elizabeth II. Population of the country is 33.4 million. Canada has territories and provinces. Main difference between them is that provinces take power from the Constitution Act of 1867 but territories take power from the federal government. There are 10 provinces in Canada. They are Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador. The biggest province of Canada is Ontario. The most populous city of Toronto and Canada’s capital Ottawa, are located in Ontario, which has a 2,700-kilometre border with the United States. Ontario has a strong economy and it’s the manufacturing capital of Canada.

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ulous city is Montreal. French is the official language of Quebec. British Columbia is the third populous province in Canada. Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and Vancouver is its most populous city. British Columbia has many railways and highways going to Pacific ports. Its moderate climate makes the province an important place for tourism and it ahs several national parks including Glacier National Park, Mount Revelstoke National Park and Kootenay National Park. Alberta is the fourth most populous province in Canada. Its population was 3,645,257 in 2011. The capital city of Alberta is Edmonton and its most populous

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Nova Scotia is one of the Maritime Provinces in Canada. The capital city is Halifax. New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are also considered as Maritime provinces. The main cultural influences of these provinces come from European settlements. The largest island in Canada is Baffin Island. It is the fifth biggest island on Earth. Only two US states are bigger than Baffin Island: Alaska and Texas. Baffin Island is more than double the size of the United Kingdom and is slightly smaller than France.

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Basketball was invented by a Canadian – Dr. James Naismith. He was born on November 6, 1861 in Ramsay township, near Almonte, Ontario. His mother and father had immigrated to Canada from Scotland. On December 21, 1891, James Naismith’s class of secretaries played the first ever game of basketball. The ball was a soccer ball and the goals were two peach baskets. Canada has more lake area than any other country in the world and so it should come as no surprise that roughly 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water is to be found in Canada. Canada’s largest mountain national park is Jasper National Park. Canada’s first/oldest national park is Banff National Park. The “greatest outdoor show on earth” is the Calgary Stampede.

Canada sources approximately 20 to 30 per cent of the world’s annual uranium output. As such, Canada is the largest producer of natural uranium in the world. Canada is home to the largest freshwater island in the world. Manitoulin Island, in Lake Huron, is the world’s largest island surrounded by freshwater. Ca n a d a ’s h i g h e s t m o u n ta i n is Mount Logan at 5,959 metres (19,551 feet) high. Due to tectonic activity, Mount Logan continues to gain height by an average of a few millimetres each year. Mount Logan is possibly the world’s largest mountain because its overall footprint covers a greater area

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