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Digging up trees for curb and sidewalk work On May 9, Ken Wyonzek of Wyonzek Brothers Construction in Canora was digging up trees on Fourth Avenue in areas where the town of Canora will be replacing curb and sidewalk segments which have been pushed up by tree roots.
Bylaw officer services now provided in Canora by Commissionaires Effective May 1, Canora town council entered into an agreement with the Commissionaires, based out of Yorkton, to provide bylaw officer services within the town of Canora. Michael Mykytyshyn, chief administrative officer, said bylaw enforcement includes: the nuisance bylaw, animal control bylaw, business license bylaw, traffic bylaw, zoning bylaw, noise bylaw, firearms bylaw, waste collection bylaw and the building bylaw. Initially the bylaw officers will be educating people regarding the bylaw rules and requirements, and whether they are in violation. Mykytyshyn said in the majority of situations, education leads to compliance with
bylaws. Mykytyshyn said if there isn’t compliance, the next step is warnings, followed by fines, and then legal orders to remedy, with the possibility of adding the cost to property taxes. He said the main focus at the start will be on the nuisance bylaw, since this is the area where there have been the most complaints in Canora. There have been some complaints regarding the animal control bylaw, but Mykytyshyn said there has been significant progress made in this area in the past few years. When the Commissionaires are on duty, members wear uniforms and drive marked cars, which usually raises awareness and compliance, said
Mykytyshyn. He said bylaw officers will appear in Canora to perform their duties on random days and at random times, and occasionally even on weekends. During the presentation to council, a Commissionaires representative mentioned that the enterprise has been performing bylaw enforcement since 2013, when it initially provided the service to five communities in Saskatchewan. Five years later the business is providing services to 75 communities across the province. Mykytyshyn said bylaw enforcement is part of Council’s continuing effort to make Canora a more attractive place to live, work and run a business.
Since May 1, the Commissionaires have been visiting Canora on a regular basis to provide bylaw services within the town of Canora.
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Canora Veselka Ukrainian Dance Club excels in recent competitions
The Canora Veselka Ukrainian Dance Club competed at the Kalyna Dance Festival in Yorkton, held May 3 to 6. Members of the Intermediate 1 group in their Bukovynian costumes, from left, are: (back row) Sofia Tratch, Alaina Roebuck, Ava Love, Jenna Korol, Jayden Burym, Methyl Trask and Makayla Heshka; and (front) Jack Craig, Tyson Korol, Noah Prychak, and Matthew Makowsky. T h e C a n o r a Ve s e l k a Ukrainian Dance Club performed well in two competitions in recent weeks, said Amanda Zbitniff, president. The Kalyna Dance Festival was held in Yorkton from May 3 to 6 . T h e r e w e r e 5 0 p a rticipating dance schools at this festival from clubs across Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Canora Veselka had all its groups in attendance from Novice to Senior. 18054WW0 18053WW1
Canora’s Novice 1 and Novice 2 groups each achieved marks of 84 in the Poltava. The Novice 3 group scored 85 in the Hutzul and 88 in the Poltava. The Junior 1 group was marked at 83 in the Transcarpathian and 90 in the Poltava. Junior 2 scored 86 in the Poltava and 88 in the Polissia. The Intermediate 1 group had scores of 89 in the Poltava, 90 in the Bukovynian and 91 in the Volyn. The Intermediate 2 girls scored 87 in both the Hutzul and the Transcarpathian. The Senior group was
assessed marks of 89 in the Transcarpathian and 90 in the Bukovynian. The Intermediate 2 and Senior Mixed group scored 92 in the Volyn and 93 in the Hopak. Th e Tr oy an d a D an ce Festival was held in Brandon, Man. from April 13 to 15. A total of 33 dance schools participated at this festival from clubs across Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Canora Veselka had their Junior, Intermediate and Senior groups in attendance. The Junior 1 group had marks of 89 in the Transcarpathian and 90 in the Poltava. The Junior 2 group scored 88 in the
The instructor and members of the Junior group in their Transcarpathian costumes at the Kalyna Dance Festival in Yorkton, from left, are: (back row) Serhiy Zabutnyy, instructor and Natalie Kosar; (middle) Niamh Honig, Olivia FOR 60 Tratch, Rhianna Stefanyshyn, Victoria Zbitniff, Kacee Kitchen, Trista Palagian, Heidi Mentanko, Graison Belesky and Danielle Dutchak; and (front) Liam AN Trask, Reein Godhe, Jordan Zbitniff and Joshua Prychak. Polissia and 91 in the Poltava. The Intermediate 1 group achieved 86 in the Bukovynian, 88 in the Volyn and 89 in the Poltava. The Intermediate 2 Girls scored 84 in the Hutzul. The Intermediate 2 and Senior Mixed group were assessed marks of 90 in both the Hopak and the
Volyn. The Senior group scored 89 in the Transcarpathian. Zbitniff said the marking is done in “competition style” at these events. All dance groups with an average age of 12 and under receive a medal based on the mark earned in each dance. Gold is 90 per cent and over, silver is 85 to 89 per cent, and 80 to 84 per cent is a bronze medal For all dance groups
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RM of Keys council meeting deals with proposed Hutterite Colony development One of the main topics of concern at the RM of Keys Council meeting on May 10 was the Crystal Lake Hutterian Brethren’s proposed colony development. Barry Hvidston, administrator, said there were a number of lengthy discussions regarding the intensive
livestock operation (ILO), the proposed zoning bylaw change, and a petition. A petition was submitted by a group of ratepayers on April 23 to stop the collective dwelling aspect of the proposed zoning change until such a time that a vote of ratepayers can occur.
Hvidston said the petition was deemed insufficient and not binding for the following reasons: most of the signatures were deemed insufficient because a statement of petition is required by regulation to be on every page of the petition, and it wasn’t, and ratepayers can
petition the municipalities act but they cannot petition the planning and development act, and the zoning bylaw change occurs under the planning and development act. Council passed third reading of the zoning bylaw amendment to allow
collective dwelling in the RM of Keys, but there were no further resolutions in regard to the proposed colony development. Hvidston said the zoning bylaw change was to be sent in to the Saskatchewan Government Municipal Affairs Department for
approval. He said the ILO aspect of the proposed colony development has not been approved by council at this time because council is waiting for the colony’s manure management plant to be approved by Saskatchewan Agriculture.
Town Council sets 2018 tax rate and hires summer tourism worker Adopting the 2018 operating budget and hiring a summer tourism development worker were among the items of concern to town council at its regular meeting on May 1. Council approved the hiring of Brookelyn Tratch as summer tourism
development worker effective May 2. Council adopted the 2018 operating budget and set the mill rate at 13.87 mills, no change from 2017. Dallon Leger met with council to discuss his plans to open a recycling and processing business in Canora.
Council agreed to purchase the Town of Canora’s 2018-2019 general and liability insurance policy at the quoted rate of $50,710 with SGI. Community Insurance was named as the agent of record. Council agreed to enter into a custom work
agreement with the Ministry of Highways to continue having Highways paint the lane striping on Norway Road and Railway Avenue at an estimated cost of $2,000 per year, to be deducted from the Town’s annual operations and maintenance grant.
Council agreed to refund $3,543.75 to Dave and Tuk Knox for the purchase of the vacant lot at 227 Canora Av e n u e i n t h e To w n o f Canora. A bylaw to enter into an agreement regarding the enforcement of bylaws was introduced, read three times
and adopted. A bylaw to enter into a farmland lease agreement was introduced, read three times and adopted. Another bylaw to enter into a farmland lease agreement was introduced, read three times and adopted.
2018 Canora budget includes no increase to property taxes The Canora budget for 2018 contains no increase to property taxes, reports Michael Mykytyshyn, chief administrative officer, Town of Canora. C a n o r a ’s 2 0 1 8 m u nicipal budget is revenue neutral, showing 7,579,184 in both revenues and expenses. Canora lost $78,578 due to a reduction in revenue sharing in 2017, and revenue sharing decreased by another $29,435 in 2018.
Municipal tax revenue in 2018 is $1,806,057, down from $1,811,826 in 2017. Mykytyshyn said the slight reduction in revenue was a result of assessment changes to some properties. Each year some property assessments are changed to reflect factors such as building permit projects, demolition permits and changes in usage. The 2018 budget includes about $343,000 in transfers to reserve and
about $397,000 in withdrawal from reserves for capital projects. This is not typical in that Council usually tries to put more away for future expenditures than it withdraws from reserve, according to Mykytyshyn. This is, in part, due to the 2018 street paving program which requires a significant withdrawal from reserves. The Town of Canora undertakes a large-scale paving program
every three years because conducting a bigger project means a better per unit price on the work. This year’s paving project is estimated to cost $3.5 million, said Mykytyshyn. Tenders for the work have been advertised and will close May 31, after which council will select a bid and award the work, to be completed this year. Streets that make up the core portion of the project include Railway Avenue,
Fire restriction advisory issued Due to extreme fire hazards, the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport has issued a restriction on all open fires in Good Spirit and Duck Mountain provincial parks. All open fires in these locations are prohibited and these restrictions will remain in effect until public notification by the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, the release said. Campers with upcoming
reservations or who are planning to visit either park can go to www.saskparks.com for updates on the fire restriction status. It is important to note that equipment used for cooking and heating purposes is permitted at park discretion for the duration of the ban, including: selfcontained CSA approved portable gas heating devices and fire pits, barbecues, pressurized stoves and
charcoal briquettes. Travellers and outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to support fire suppression efforts by respecting any road closures, carrying a fire extinguisher in vehicles, and avoiding unnecessary idling. Report any fires
observed in these parks by calling Park Watch toll free at 1-800-667-1788. If a fire appears to be out of control, call 911. For those living nearby or visiting areas near these parks, please check with local Rural Municipalities for fire restrictions.
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Notice is hereby given that the assessment roll of The Buchanan Conservation and Development Area Authority has been prepared and is open to inspection at the office of the secretary-treasurer, by appointment, until the time for giving notice of complaints has expired. A person who desires to complain against an assessment or non-assessment may, within twenty days after the date of this notice, notify the secretary-treasurer of the complaint in accordance with Section 62 of The Conservation and Development Act.
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LOOKING BACK... A Decade Ago The villain Mandrake Mothdust, played by Brett Watson, found himself captured by the hero Bronco Bronco, Craig Popoff, in the St. Andrew’s United Church drama club’s performance of Here Come the Cows. ***** The youngest members of the Canora Veselka Dance School were chosen for the main roles in the welcome dance at the school’s 34th annual concert. Jacob Gulka presented the traditional offering of bread and salt while Kaitlyn Ash and Emily Owchar carried sheaves of wheat. ***** Canora Junior Elementary School students joined the Grades 5 and 6 students from Canora Composite School on the town hall grounds to take part in the singing during Music Monday. Darcie Krasowski led the choir during this national activity. ***** The Drama 30 class at Canora Composite School performed its first production of the semester, Imperfect Proposal for students and staff at the school. ***** Carmen Wolkowski was feeling emotional as she read a Mother’s Day card made by her son Grady in Canora nursery school. ***** Jill Gulka, a Grade 1 student, was examining her work after placing a pie in the face of Rod Steciuk, her principal, as a reward for raising the most money in her class for a spelling bee.
Meili appears to have tougher task It would seem counter-intuitive, but the job of leader of the opposition in Saskatchewan may now be a lot harder than the job of Premier. That shouldn’t make any sense because the premier bears responsibility for tough spending decisions. Oppositions can’t even propose spending bills in the legislature. The burden of being premier is much more complicated than that, extending to virtually every tough situation, some of which is inherited and some of which a premier has no control. For example, immediately after being selected Saskatchewan Party leader and premier, Scott Moe faced the aftermath of the Gerald Stanley verdict and the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Both would have been exceedingly stressful for any leader. Sandwiched around these events were a provincial 2018-19 budget, and then the inherited problems of former cabinet minister Bill Boyd’s Environment Act charges and the ongoing controversies of land purchases at the Global Transportation Hub (GTH.) The above are inherited problems from former Premier Brad Wall’s administration. Moe and the Sask. Party may claim this is a new administration, but that really isn’t fooling anyone. Even if you are a new premier, you carry on with the baggage of your entire government. Maybe an opposition leader also inherits some baggage from the past when the party was in power, but the weight of that baggage is simply not comparable.
Murray Mandryk is a political columnist with the Leader-Post
All this said, it very much seems that in Saskatchewan right now, it’s NDP Opposition leader Ryan Meili struggling significantly more than Moe. And those with even a rudimentary knowledge of politics will understand why. For starters, while Moe competed with five others (notwithstanding Rob Clarke’s last-minute departure from the race) for the Sask. Party leadership and while it took five ballots, including the first ballot in which Moe had less than 25 per cent support, he actually had the support of a majority of caucus members. Meili’s only competitor was Trent Wotherspoon, but the now NDP leader had the support of only one other caucus member. And that split and tension is a defining element of the party of late. In fairness to Meili, he has actually gone to great lengths to modify his policies to make them more palatable in Saskatchewan. But for most of the past 50 years, the NDP has struggled with the reality that they simply are no longer
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Saskatchewan’s natural governing party. Since the demise of the Tommy Douglas’s CCF in 1964, Saskatchewan has now spent more days under the rule of the right-wing alternative than under an NDP administration. This would include the last 10-plus years under the Sask. Party that enjoyed the biggest popular vote wins in the province’s history. Add to the fact that this province did not elect a NDP MP for 15 years prior to the 2015 election. And judging by the way the federal NDP caucus has handled the Regina Lewvan/Erin Weir situation, the federal party may be in for another drought. The point being, this is no longer an NDP province and what tolerance there has been for NDP governments in the last 50 years has been a result of them being comparatively pragmatic. Meili may have modified his positions, but he is still considered rather left wing. He supports a $15-an-hour minimum wage; a tough sell in rural Saskatchewan that has a lot of small businesses. And Meili has expressed some level of support for a carbon tax of some sort. Moe has been lobbying hard against the carbon tax and in support of the Trans Mountain pipeline opposed by the B.C. NDP government. And both those positions seem wildly popular with provincial voters. Sometimes, premiers simply do have more favourable policy positions. And that’s likely why Moe’s job seems a bit easier right now.
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Reader asks, is the Reeve being one-sided? Reeve Garth Bates has recently publically stated, “Unfortunately, some people aren’t willing to accept sound science.” In my mind, this raises at least two questions, the first of which is “whose science?” The only information before council is the paid consultant’s report which was prepared on behalf of the Colony. The developer’s study acknowledges that the proposed ILO and living area will be built over three aquifers. Two are
named as the Fulton Lake aquifer and the Empress aquifer. The Reeve and council have been asked repeatedly what independent analysis has been conducted and, o t h e r t h a n t h e To w n o f Canora 1999 Study put forth by Councilor Don Kraynick, none has been identified. The Canora study, focused on the water supply for Canora and area, stated that “under no circumstances should construction of high risk industry (intensive
livestock operations) be allowed over any portion of the water aquifer limits.” This refers to the Fulton Lake aquifer, which is the water supply for Canora and the Canora water pipeline. The proposed ILO will be situated directly over the aquifer referred to in the report. The Fulton Lake aquifer supplies water to Canora, Buchanan, Rama, Good Spirit Lake, Crystal Lake and many farms and residences. The Empress aquifer supplies water to Stenen
and many surrounding farms and residences. The contamination of these aquifers would have huge ramifications for thousands of people. Electors who are concerned with the apparent lack of attention to this issue by council, have located two further reports. The Yorkton Area Aquifers Report 2006 also states that to protect water quality an ILO should not be located over an aquifer. The Assiniboine River Basin Well Study 2007,
conducted by Sask Water A g e n c y, i n e v a l u a t i n g drinking water wells at risk, reported that the well field at the Village of Stenen and all other wells and well fields in the area are at high risk for contamination due to the permeable nature of the silty clay and gravel beneath the land surface. The Stenen wells are only 210 yards from the boundary of E ½ 33-33-04 W2, which is the proposed site for the ILO. Considering all this, and the fact that the Reeve and
council have presented no evidence (other than the Colony’s paid report) that it is safe to locate an ILO over an aquifer, my second question is “who is not accepting science?” This council needs to step back and better understand that its role is to protect all electors in this municipality. Submitted on behalf of the Committee for Concerned Electors in the RM of Keys #303. Laird Gervais Crystal Lake
Reader dispels accusations of anti-Hutterite bias I am writing to dispel the notion that the residents of Crystal Lake are somehow against the local Hutterite colony. We have no issue with the colony, nor have we for the past several years that they have been our neighbours.
We are, however, strongly opposed to an intensive livestock operation (ILO) three miles from the lake, one mile from the outdoor deck at Rawhides and situated over three fresh water aquifers. The RM of Keyes and councillors have passed two
readings of a bylaw that will allow collective living. The second part of the proposal involves a large poultry operation being built directly over the Fulton Lake aquifer. This aquifer supplies award-winning water to the Town of Canora, the villages
of Buchanan and Rama, Canora Beach and many surrounding farms. I would hope that those communities would also be concerned, as it was e-coli contamination from manure that led to 2300 people falling ill and seven dying in Walkerton, Ont.
There is a great deal of anger and frustration felt by many residents of Crystal Lake, Stenen and surrounding area and it is directed at the reeve and the councillors. Despite much opposition and a call for a referendum, they have so far
refused to allow for further study or to discuss an alternate location. The developer has over 100 quarters of land. There is no need to build an ILO over the Fulton Lake aquifer. Lori Dennis, Canora
Shutting off the gas tap to help big oil S h u t t i n g o ff t h e t a p . Cutting BC off to freeze in the dark. Well let’s see. Who is saying this? The talking heads are Rachel Notley and Scott Moe. Now in privatize everything Alberta I’m pretty sure Alberta or Rachel doesn’t own any gas pipeline or the gas supplying B.C. That would be Enbridge, Tr a n s C a n a d a , M o b i l e , Kinder Morgan (KM) and the other big players. These are private corporations.
They would be taking the loss of revenue by the action of cutting off their B.C. customers. Therefore, they must be involved in this decision to cut off the gas, if it isn’t them actually instructing Notley to call that shot. The only reason for them to call a shot like that is because the end game has a lot bigger rewards for them. Provincial ownership of Trans Mountain pipeline would be a temporary thing
and logically sold back into private hands at a fraction of the cost of KM building it themselves with none of the hassles. That calamity will be absorbed by interprovincial and national destabilization, paid for by the Canadian people. It’s a small gamble but that’s what corporations a r e a b o u t . E v e n t u a l l y, if not immediately, they should get their B.C. customers back with a punitive increase in price for
insubordination. With Notley taking her public position in buying the pipeline she relieves Kinder Morgan of having to worry about the pitfalls or expenses of getting the pipeline built, because Rachel Notley is going to load that escalating insanity onto the backs of the Alberta taxpayers. As for Moe chiming in, Saskatchewan doesn’t have any pipelines running through Alberta to BC anyway.
So we’re back to the big boys who actually own the facilities and the gas calling the shots and Moe is just blowing smoke out of his hat as a diversion for his major contributors. He, along with Notley, are using their public position to drive wedges of animosity between our provinces. This is the epitome of corporate strategy. Divide and conquer. There are a lot fewer problems for corporations to accomplish this in
dictatorships they already own or where a psychopathic president with no morals can see his net value blossom by trillions. Certainly that escalation of the situation could dictate the death rattle of our peaceful, functioning democracy as we know it. Then there would be big smiles in the board rooms and pats on the back for both Rachael Notley and Scott Moe. Greg Chatterson Fort San
The significance of public investment in plant breeding When it comes to plant breeding, having public investment has always been something this writer has felt is important. It is nice to know that those involved in the science feel the same way, as was pointed out in a recent article sent out by the American Society of Agronomy. The Society, in combination with the Soil Science Society of America, and the Crop Science Society of America; collectively represent more than 12,000 individual members around the world. The scientists’ memberships build collaborating
partnerships in the agronomy, crops, and soil science fields for the advancement of knowledge. In the article the group advocates for support of public plant breeding programs. But public money is tighter across most areas of research, so making sure governments, and other sources of public dollars, such as universities, recognize the importance of plant breeding remains important. From the perspective of the farmer there is obviously good understanding of the importance of creating new grain and oilseed
varieties in relation to increasing productivity. There is a finite area of land capable of growing food crops worldwide, but the world population relying on that land for food continues to grow. New land is not an option in most cases. In fact, thanks to desertification, increasing
urbanization and other factors there is a likelihood of a shrinking land base. So the only option moving forward is to increase production, and a big part of that comes through better varieties. Certainly most varieties grown today have the genetic potential to produce more bushels per acre than
those grown only a decade or two ago. Plant breeders also offer the potential for better production in more than just greater bushels per acre. Genetics offer the potential to expand crop production into areas with higher salinity, to better utilize fertilizer and to be more resistant to insects and disease which have traditionally lowered production. Since we are talking about feeding people, public investment in crop breeding is one which helps secure our food for the future. There is also a side to public funding which helps
ensure access to new varieties to all farmers. Certainly when companies breed new varieties they want to put it out to producers, but at a cost. In North America that cost may not be seen as a barrier, but in developing countries the cost of seed for subsistence farmers can be an issue, and that should be considered as plant breeding and food security are global issues. Public coffers are not the only source of funding, but they should always remain part of the mix as they are an investment for our grandchildren and beyond.
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Love while the dust is falling A third-grader named Tommy had behavior problems in school because his parents had recently separated. The teacher contrived to have both parents attend an interview, each not knowing the other was going to be there. The situation was a little icy. Silently the teacher took a piece of paper she had found crumpled in Tommy’s desk and handed it to the mother. After she read it, she handed it to her husband without a word. His frown softened as he read. He studied it for what seemed an eternity. Then he folded it carefully, placed it in his pocket, and reached for his wife’s outstretched hand. She wiped her eyes and smiled. They left together. The words on the sheet of yellow paper simply said: “Dear Mother…Dear Daddy…I love you…I love you…I love you” (from Tommy’s Essay, Jane Lindstrom, A 3rd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul). “As tenderly as a father treats his children, so Yahweh treats those who fear [revere] Him; He knows what we are made of, He remembers we are dust” (Psalms 103:13-14) Psalm 103 continues: “As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, and its place acknowledges it no longer.” What can we do? What can you and I accomplish while the dust is falling? I was going to write a song. While the dust is falling:
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“Time is passing, So kiss me Love me While the dust is falling. Young and in love Creating the beautiful.” But we are so preoccupied. In adolescence we worry about pimples and long noses, or chins. Natural imperfections are natural perfections. In maturity we worry about mortgages and jobs. Our struggles are God’s blessings. “And the dust keeps falling.” The Nigerians have a song the children sing in school: “Tick goes the clock. Tick, tick. What you must do, do quick.” “Attentive waiting and patience are two characteristics of those
My mornings have gone to the birds When spring rolls around, I like to sleep with the windows wide open. After a long winter, there is nothing better than having that cool night air and the croaking of the frogs lull me to sleep. But open windows do have some drawbacks, and, unfortunately, these seem to manifest in the wee hours of the morning (my favourite sleeping time.) The problem starts around 4:30 a.m. (even earlier as mid-June rolls around.)
That’s the time that the robins decide to greet the morning sun. And greet it they do with their repetitive trilling. Over and over they sing out their tune. (I love robins, but, come on, 4:30?) It doesn’t take long before other songbirds are joining in. Why wouldn’t they, since the robins won’t let them sleep. Soon the sparrows are chirping under the eaves troughs, and the blackbirds reply from the nearby pond. It’s quite the symphony.
Well, except for the sporadic calls from some passing crows who decide to join in with their harsh, out-oftune cries, turning the symphony into a cacophony. But thankfully they don’t hang around very long. After a while the songbird melody starts to sounds more like a lullaby and I start to drift off to sleep. That is until our resident woodpecker decides to strike up the band with his rat-a-tap-tapping as he searches out breakfast.
who have found Jesus in the here and now,” said Pope Francis. “We must be attentive to those around us. And love. Love requires patience.” A Christian, certain in his or her faith that one day our Lord will come again in triumph, should welcome each day of life with “gratitude and wonder,” Pope Francis said at a general audience October 11, 2017. He described hope as “attentive waiting.” Love is what we need. “Nothing happens in vain,” he assured us, “and no situation in which a Christian finds himself or herself is completely unresponsive to love. No night is so long that it makes us forget the joy of the dawn. And the darker the night is, the closer the dawn.” Whatever our situation in life, and life has its challenges, if we are sure of our faith in Jesus and know how tenderly our Father holds us, we can love others. We can bless them with our presence. “Even if the entire world were to preach against hope;” Pope Francis said, “if it were to say that the future will only bring dark clouds; the Christian knows that, in that same future, there is Christ’s return.” “The wind blows and all is dust. We go on creating the beautiful, The original, while all around us Dust is falling. But we are so much more than dust in the wind.”
All things considered... Unfortunately, he is not the brightest of birds and insists on seeking out bugs on the metal-clad buildings on our farm. Try as I might I cannot shut out the jack hammer sound of his attempts to penetrate the steel bin. Now I have no choice but to get up and close the windows. As I do so, a huge flock (or is it a gaggle?) of geese fly overhead honking their way to a watery destination or a field for feeding. I can’t help but admire their
By Gail Krawetz of Invermay formation as they make a low pass over the yard. I manage to grab a bit more sleep, but it’s not long before I decide that rather than tossing and turning in my bed, I should just rise and shine (well, the shine part is up for debate). I go downstairs, put on some coffee, and step out on to the back deck to check out the weather. I am greeted by an absolutely gorgeous day. So much so, that I am inspired
to break out into song and belt out my best version of Oh, What a Beautiful Morning. (Thank goodness, the neighbours are too far away to hear.) I guess if you can’t beat ‘em, you might as well join ‘em.
Saskatchewan launches court case against carbon tax The question is: the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act was introduced into Parliament on March 28 as Part 5 of Bill C-74. If enacted, will this Act be unconstitutional in whole or in part? “We do not believe the federal government has the constitutional right to impose the Trudeau carbon tax on Saskatchewan, against the wishes of the government and people of Saskatchewan,” Premier Scott Moe said. “We have a made-in-Saskatchewan plan to reduce emissions and
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to matters under their jurisdiction,” Morgan said. “Simply put, we do not believe the federal government has the right to impose a tax on one province but not others just because they don’t like our climate change plan.” Under the constitution, each level of government is sovereign within its own legislative realm. Provinces are not subsidiaries of the federal government. Provincial governments have the authority to set policy in areas of provincial jurisdiction, and the federal government does not have the right to override that provincial authority. The Government of Saskatchewan released Prairie
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Resilience: a made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy in December of 2017. The strategy includes the development of sectorspecific output-based performance standards on large emitting facilities; increasing efficiencies in buildings by adopting the 2015 National Building Code; creating a freight strategy to improve delivery times, reducing fuel and increasing efficiency, and developing a climate resiliency model to help ensure communities are able to adapt and mitigate against the effects of climate change. “Our made-in-Saskatchewan climate change strategy is broader and bolder than a carbon tax,” Dustin Duncan, environment minister, said.
“Our plan to reduce emissions from the electricity sector by 40 per cent and methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 per cent by 2030 shows we are serious about tackling climate change. Our Saskatchewan story also includes our agriculture industry that sequesters nearly 12 million tonnes of CO2 annually and carbon capture at Boundary Dam 3 that has prevented two million tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering our atmosphere. Saskatchewan is the solution, not the problem.” “Our government will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan against the Trudeau government’s costly and ineffective carbon tax,” Moe said.
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The Government of Saskatchewan has launched a constitutional reference case in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to challenge the federal government’s ability to impose a carbon tax on the province. The government is asking the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to answer a clear question on the constitutionality of the legislation the federal government has introduced to impose the carbon tax, said a release from the province’s executive council.
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Canora air cadets learn life saving skills in first aid course The Canora air cadet squadron was given the opportunity to take a first aid course on May 5-6. A total of four cadets took the standard first aid/ CPR/AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) course, taught by Sherise Fountain of the Canora fire department. The cadets completed both the child and adult levels of AED certification, said Capt. Darren Paul, commanding officer. The cadets taking part were: Sgt. Joanne Babb, F/ Cpl. Gracie Paul, Cpl. Jamie Katryniuk and Cpl. Tessa Spokes. They were assessed in a number of practical skills, including applying splints and applying slings. The course ran for the full day on Saturday and a half-day on Sunday, said Paul. All costs were covered by the squadron.
Cpl. Katryniuk eased Sgt. Babb’s arm into a tube sling under the supervision of Captain Fountain during the first aid course.
Canora air cadets complete fitness testing Members of the Canora air cadets recently completed their regular fitness tests, which are administered twice a year. Known as the Cadet Fitness Assessment and Incentive Program (CFA), going through the testing process on a regular basis gives the cadets a good indication of their own physical fitness and progress over time, said Capt. Darren Paul, commanding officer. He said there are a several other benefits of the tests, including: to promote regular, enjoyable physical activity for cadets so they can reach and maintain a level of personal fitness that will contribute to good health and wellbeing; to help leaders determine cadet needs and guide cadets in planning personalized physical activity programs, and to
recognize cadets for establishing physical activity behaviours that will lead to fitness development. The procedure for assessing the fitness level of cadets was revised in 2010. Four levels may be achieved, said Paul. These include bronze, silver, gold, and excellence, which is the highest level possible. Criteria for each level differs according to age and gender. The CFA is composed of five evaluations, which are designed to evaluate cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, and flexibility. Canora air cadets who completed the most recent C FA e v a l u a t i o n s w e r e : Cpl. Tessa Spokes, bronze; F / C p l . Av e r y H a n s o n , bronze; LAC Janis Ruiz, bronze; F/Cpl. Gracie Paul, gold; Sgt. Juan Mesa, gold, and Cpl. Jamie Katryniuk, excellence.
The Canora air cadets members recently received their results in fitness testing, which is administered twice each year. From left, are: (back row) Sgt. Juan Mesa, gold; Cpl. Jamie Katryniuk, excellence; and F/Cpl. Gracie Paul, gold; and (front) Cpl. Tessa Spokes, bronze; F/Cpl. Avery Hanson, bronze; and LAC Janis Ruiz, bronze.
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A total of four Canora air cadets took the standard first aid/CPR/AED course on May 5 and 6. From left, Sgt. Joanne Babb, F/Cpl. Gracie Paul, Cpl. Jamie Katryniuk and Cpl. Tessa Spokes practiced their CPR techniques.
Captain Sherise Fountain (standing) of the Canora fire department looked on as 2Lt. Wade Stachura splinted Cpl. Katryniuk’s “broken” leg with assistance from Cpl. Spokes (left) and F/Cpl. Paul.
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Canora RCMP request assistance in solving theft Canora RCMP are investigating a theft of fuel and liqour complaint that occurred on March 5 at the Canora Co-Op C-Store, according to an RCMP release. The suspect entered the store and walked out without paying for a bottle of liqour and $40 worth of gas. The suspect is male, and was wearing a white hat, black pants and a camo sweater. RCMP are requesting assistance from the public in identifying the male and the suspect vehicle. Any person with any information
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After long winter, Canora golfers are finally back on the course
Riley Mydonick (below) and Curtis Baillie were out on the Canora Golf Course on May 10, working on their games in preparation for the upcoming season. The course has been open since May 5.
The suspect in a theft at the Canora C-Store on March 5 was photographed in the doorway of the store. He was wearing a white hat, black pants and a camo sweater.
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Canora air cadets hold successful fundraiser barbecue Dion Spokes, left, a cadet parent, was in charge of the burgers at the Canora a i r c a d e t s f u n d ra i s e r barbeque in the Co-op p a rk i n g l o t o n M ay 8 , where approximately 120 burgers were sold. Bill & Nettie Gulka, right, were among those enjoying their burgers at the Canora air cadets barbecue.
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Leko’s Conservation Corner After three days of shoveling, I finally cleaned off my driveway and deck from the heavy snowfall we received in March. The moisture was a welcome sight in our area, as well as in other areas of the province that had been so dry last fall. This will help fill up some of our lakes and reservoirs, which are important nesting habitat for waterfowl in the spring. During the blizzard, I was thumbing through an old hunting and trapping guide from the early 1990s. I kept many of these back to the 80s and marveled at how they have evolved over time. Today, I am going to
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SGI funds 77 additional automated licence plate readers for law enforcement Law enforcement vehicles throughout Saskatchewan are getting smarter to help improve traffic safety and fight crime. Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) has invested $2.3 million to fund the purchase and installation of 77 new automated licence plate readers (ALPRs) in law enforcement vehicles, said a release from SGI. The devices automatically scan licence plates, up to one plate per second, and alert police if a nearby vehicle is unregistered, or associated with a driver who has been suspended for impaired driving or other reasons. ALPRs can be used to look out for a vehicle that has been reported stolen, or is connected to a crime or an Amber alert. “For anyone who uses a vehicle in the commission of a crime, is suspended from driving or is driving an unregistered vehicle, the odds of getting caught just went up,” Joe Hargrave, minister responsible for SGI, said. “Automated
licence plate readers help make our roads and communities safer by helping police catch suspended or wanted drivers.” Of the 77 new ALPRs, 69 have been allocated to vehicles used by Ministry of Highways Commercial Ve h i c l e E n f o r c e m e n t Officers and Ministry of Environment Conservation Officers who will be serving as part of the province’s new Protection and Response Team (PRT). Eight more ALPRs are in vehicles used by traffic patrol units as part of the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (CTSS) in Regina, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw. The CTSS officers also contribute to the PRT’s efforts, with a significant number of their patrols taking place on highways outside their municipality, the release said. Wi t h 5 9 S G I - f u n d e d ALPRs already in police cars throughout the province, this new investment means SGI has funded a total of 136 ALPRs in Saskatchewan, with a total investment of approxi mately $3.8 million.
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LINDSEY LEKO our staff. These include the Hunter Harvest surveys, the Annual Status of Furbearers Survey and the Cooperative Wi l d l i f e M a n a g e m e n t s u r v e y, w h i c h a r e e a s ily done on a smartphone. C o l l e c t i v e l y, t h e s e a r e known as citizen science surveys. Ministry staff conduct two additional types of surveys: ground-based trend surveys and aerial population density surveys. Ground surveys include observation surveys for species such as pronghorn and deer species. Below are some examples.
A c o m m o n d e e r s u rvey in Saskatchewan is done with spotlights. Each O c t o b e r, s t a ff c o n d u c t ground-based spotlight surveys on established routes in selected wildlife management zones. With the spotlights they find the animals and record the number, age, sex and species. The route is about 160 kilometres in length and goes through a variety of habitats. An interesting note is that in all my years as an officer, I have never received a TIP call reporting someone using a spotlight at night in deer habitat. That tells me that the ministry staff are pretty good at what they do, so as not to attract attention. Pronghorn are evaluated over 80 kilometre routes. Observers record the number of pronghorn they see on either side of the road within 800 metres of the road’s edge. This annual survey is done during the first three weeks of July. Other types of surveys
include the use of both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. These surveys are usually of moose and elk and often done in the winter, when observation is made easier by the snow cover and lack of leaves. These surveys are designed to estimate age and sex composition of these animal populations. One of the oldest and largest surveys is the Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat survey. This annual spring survey covers vast waterfowl habitat in both Canada and the United States. It involves dozens of pilots and staff from U.S. and Canadian wildlife agencies. These surveys are conducted using aircraft and ground crews, and cover more than three million square miles that encompass the principal breeding areas of many waterfowl species in North America. Biologists record the number of species of ducks and geese, as well as ponds
and quality habitat for waterfowl. This survey provides information on population status and plays a key role in developing annual hunting regulations in both countries. In future columns, I am going to cover topics including the big game draw, parasites in fish and the new Protection and Response Team rural policing model in which conservation officers are now a part. Until next time … now may be a good time to change your old fishing line. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Ministry of Environment conservation officer Lindsey Leko has spent more than 26 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.)
In loving memory of our wife, mother, baba and great-baba
It’s been 1 year for Dad, almost 8 years for Mom.
March 15, 1939 - May 19, 2004
Nov. 20, 1931 – May 12, 2017
Jan 1, 1935 – Nov. 19, 2010
A cluster of precious memories, Sprayed with a million tears; Wishing God had spared you, If only for a few more years. You left a special memory, And a sorrow too great to hold; To us who loved and lost you, Your memory will never grow old.
It is not enough to remember and mourn, But to work together through every storm; For family is the future and the past, And the only legacy that will truly last. Forever loved and sadly missed by their family (John 5:28-29)
Thanks for the years we had, Thanks for the memories we shared; We only pray that when you left us, You knew how much we cared. We love and miss you every day! -- Husband Steve, children Lisa, Carla, Shelly, Patrick, Randy & families.
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PASLOSKI, Sophie - Sophie Pasloski passed away peacefully at the Invermay Health Centre on May 5, 2018, one day shy of her of her 90th birthday. Sophie was born on May 6, 1928, in Ituna, SK. She was the 9th of 10 children born to Alfred and Anne (Krywulak) Purcha. As a child, she attended Churchill school. Sophie lived with her parents and brothers and sisters in a three-room house on the homestead near Ituna, SK. When Sophie was sixteen years of age, her father sold the land in Ituna and bought Walter Fullawka’s farm in the Dobrowody district. It was there she met her future husband, Vincent, and they were married in August 1950. They spent most of their married life on the Pasloski homestead, north of Rama, where they raised a family of five children. Sophie was blessed to have her mom, Anne, live with them for a short time. Shortly after retiring, Vincent and Sophie moved to Rama. Sophie was very passionate about her vegetable and flower gardens, especially her roses and dahlias. She was always experimenting with new recipes and created some very delicious canned goods. As she was a very good cook, no one left her table hungry. Sophie’s favourite Saturday night routine was to play radio bingo with her cat, Smokey, by her side. She also followed the Blue Jays and watched hockey on television. Active in her community, she served as president of the Rama Golden Jets Senior’s club, which she served with pride and fulfillment. She enjoyed planning bingos, lunches and member birthday parties. She also served as Rama correspondent for the Canora Courier to which she reported local news and events. She was known for including a special quote in her news articles. As her mobility failed, Sophie became a resident of Aspen Bluffs Care Home in Yorkton, SK. She always wanted to be closer to her home and friends, so as soon as space became available in Invermay, she accepted the opportunity to move to the Invermay Health Centre. She spent the next four years in Invermay and was a regular participant in all activities at the lodge, including bingo, crafts, and hangman. She enjoyed the live entertainment and the monthly birthday parties. In her quiet time, she enjoyed relaxing in her room, working on crossword puzzles and word searches or just watching television. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Sophie was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Vincent; four brothers: Frank, John, Mike and Stanley and five sisters: Anne, Victoria, Marie, Rose and Bernice. She is survived by her five children: Ron (Margaret), Rita (Ed) Nowakowski, Georgina (Ron) Vos, Donna (Barry) Bodnarchuk, and Lisa Pasloski and her seven grandchildren: Kim (Lindsay) Knorr, Amanda (Cory) Baschuk, Joe (Raelyn) Pasloski, Ronna (Paul) Nagy, Brad Nowakowski (Shellina Krahn), Sara Nowakowski, and Robbie Bodnarchuk. She was especially proud to be great-grandma to Hailey, Brock, Teysen, Sofie, Chase, Evrytt and Stefanie. You will forever be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Love you and rest in peace. A Memorial Mass was celebrated Friday, May 11, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., from St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, Rama, SK, with Rev. Fr. Andrew Sowa, OMI as Celebrant. Rite of Committal followed in St. Anthony’s R.C. Parish Cemetery, north of Rama, SK. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to St. Anthony’s R.C. Church, Rama, SK, as tokens of remembrance, in memory of Sophie Pasloski. Family and friends unable to attend may sign an online guestbook at www.lesonsfuneralhome.ca. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON’S FUNERAL HOME, Canora, SK.
STARECKI, Joseph - It is with great sadness the family of the late Joseph (Joe) Michael Starecki, announces the passing of their beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and greatgreat-grandfather, with family by his side, at the Yorkton Hospital on April 29, 2018, at the age of 93 years. Joe was born on October 24, 1924, to Mike and Julia (Macala) Starecki in the Rama district, SK. He attended school at Dobrowody completing his grade eight education. He worked in Sudbury, ON for a period of time prior to joining the armed forces in 1943. While serving overseas, he met the love of his life and married Florence Pamela Wragg in 1946. After his discharge from the army, Joe returned to Canada and worked a few years in Toronto, ON at the Veteran’s Hospital and then for Canada Foils in Toronto. While living in Toronto, Joe and Florence started their family, welcoming two daughters, Julie and Pamela. They then decided to return to Joe’s home in Saskatchewan and settled on a farm near Rama in 1949. During their time at the farm they had seven more children, four sons and three daughters: Elizabeth, Michael, Robert, Angela, Terrence, David and Sheryl. While living and working the farm, between seeding and harvest, Joe worked at Dickstone Mine near Snow Lake, MB. In 1973, the family moved and made their home in Canora, SK. Joe worked for Wilson Construction in Buchanan, and for Kirsch Construction out of Meadow Lake. Joe was blessed with 24 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. He loved spending time with family and friends, playing cards, bingo, fishing, listening to country music especially ‘Saturday Night Get Together,’ picking hazelnuts and saskatoons and occasionally pulling out his harmonica and playing a tune or two. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was predeceased by his parents, Mike and Julia (Macala) Starecki; sisters: Polly, Helen, Mary, Janet, Nellie and Elsie; brother, Frank; and his sons, Michael and Terrence. He leaves to mourn, his wife, Florence; daughters: Julie (Raymond) Korchinski of Canora, SK, Pamela (Michael) Wiwcharuk of Snow Lake, MB, Elizabeth (Larry) Chalupiak of Canora, SK, Angela (Blair) Morgan of Telkwa, BC and Sheryl (Brad) Toffan of Canora, SK; sons: Robert (Dagny) Starecki of Calgary, AB and David Starecki of Canora, SK; brothers, Walter Starecki of Thunder Bay, ON and Edward (Janet) Starecki of Saskatoon, SK and his sisters, Adella Purcha of Surrey, BC and Bernice (Orest) Stinka of Alliston, ON; as well as many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. A Celebration of Life Service was held at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, May 6, 2018, from the Chapel of Leson’s Funeral Home, with Shawna Leson as Celebrant. Cremation followed the service with interment to take place at a later date. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, as tokens of remembrance, in memory of Joe Starecki. Family and friends unable to attend are invited to sign an online guestbook at www.lesonsfuneralhome.ca. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON’S FUNERAL HOME, Canora.
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IN MEMORIAM Remembering Thelma Thorson who passed away May 19, 2015. For the special joy you brought to our lives, We thank God above; You became not an aunt, But a second mom, As we felt and enjoyed your love. --Sadly missed by nieces and nephews Glen, Beverly, Cheryl, Kathy, Debora, Daniel, Connie, Corinne and their families.
Born: July 1, 1920 Stenen, SK Deceased: February 1, 2018 in Duncan, BC
CARD OF THANKS Big heartfelt thank you to all our friends and family for being there when we needed you the most. For the lovely flowers and donations to the Canora benevolent society. All the wonderful goodies, flowers and trays brought to the house within a few days of Dave’s passing. Thank you to Rev. Miles Russel, honorary urn bearers and Leson’s Funeral Home. --With gratitude Margaret and family.
Join us for a memorial service on Saturday, May 26 at 11:00 a.m. St. Joseph’s Church, Kamsack, SK Internment at cemetery & Lunch to follow. 90th birthday come and go tea for Stella Holmes May 19 at Club 60, Preeceville, 2 - 4 p.m. Gifts gratefully declined. Buchanan Ukrainian Catholic Church Praznyk Sunday, May 20. Mass 2 p.m. Lunch follows.
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TARR, David - David Harry Tarr of Norquay, SK, passed away on April 30, 2018, at the age of 68 years. David was born October 22, 1949, in the town of Kipling, SK, to George Jr. and Josephine (Rabbetz) Tarr. David resided in the Vandora/Langbank area until he was in the eighth grade. He left school and obtained employment on the CNR and continued to work there for a few years. When the family decided to move north, David left his CNR job, moved with his parents and settled on a farm north of Arran, SK. Along with farming, David worked at Campbell’s Garage, Pelly Trail, L&Y, as a logging contractor, Frank Hrabchak’s Scrap Yard, and lastly in maintenance at Benito Sanitation Grounds. David was the “go to” guy for any mechanical issues the area neighbours encountered. He would help anyone in need and was often called upon to diagnose and fix equipment after his regular 8-5 jobs. David lived a simple lifestyle. He spent most of his years residing in the Arran and Pelly area and recently moved to Norquay. He enjoyed hunting, especially with his Uncle Andy and friend, Bill Reibin. He also liked watching old Western movies on TV. Ultimately, his favourite pastime was spending time with his beloved horses, Minnie, Thunder, Joe, Candy and Bud. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. David was predeceased by his twin brother, Gabriel in infancy, a second sibling, Clifford Gordon, also in infancy, his mother, Josephine in 1996 and his father, George in 2005. He is survived by his two remaining brothers, Larry (Donna) Tarr of Yorkton, SK and Clifford Tarr of Canora, SK, and two nieces, Ashley (Evan) Schick of Humboldt, SK and Amanda Tarr of Yorkton, SK. A Celebration of David’s Life was held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, 2018, from the Chapel of Leson’s Funeral Home, Canora, with Laura Dahl officiating. Interment followed at the Canora Cemetery, Canora, SK. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, as tokens of remembrance, in memory of David Tarr. Family and friends unable to attend are invited to sign an online guest book at www.lesonsfuneralhome.ca. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON’S FUNERAL HOME, Canora.
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Invermay School News by Ivan Fidek We’re into the month of May, and it’s hard to believe we can already start counting down to summer. There’s still work to do, though. A couple of Grade 9 students can already look ahead two years to attending the CSLC (Canadian Student Leadership Conference,) which will be held in Yorkton in the fall of 2020. I n F e b r u a r y, t h e Invermay Grade 9 class members were presented with an opportunity to participate in the conference during their Grade 12 year. Nikolas Bilokraly and Sydney Fey were chosen to be “Spirit Leaders” at the leadership conference, and will be preparing for it over the next couple of years. They’ll attend the CSLC in Edmonton this coming fall in preparation for the 2020 conference and will be fundraising until then. Invermay School is proud to have them representing the school. Students from our school have been reading a lot. For the month of April, Danika Soltys was the Accelerated Reader winner. On March 18, Invermay School hosted its first Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest. The nation-wide c o m p e t i t i o n w a s o rg a nized by Soek Cheng Teh, the school’s senior math teacher. Congratulations to Kashton MacLean who won regional first place, and Jasmine Kowalyshyn who captured regional second place. The next math contest will be the Gauss Contest, organized by the University of Waterloo. This contest will be open CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
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to Grade 7 and 8 students, with registration fees being sponsored by the math club. Students will take part in the contest on May 25. The school SADD group (Students Against Drinking and Driving) has been involved in some recent events. Invermay was host to Nolan Barnes on April 26, when he came to give a presentation to Grades 6 to 12 students. His story is a powerful reminder of the consequences that can result from impaired driving. Several students in SADD had the privilege of seeing Barnes’ presentation this past fall at the provincial SADD conference. The club later invited him to speak at the school. Badminton wrapped up recently with districts for the Grades 8 to 9 team o n M a y 1 i n Yo r k t o n . Danika Soltys, Christian Cabungcal, Sydney Fey and Shelby Wallin all advanced to, and competed in districts. Congratulations to Shelby who won silver in boys singles. The senior badminton team, coached by Nathan Hrynchyshyn, had nine players competing a t d is t r ic ts i n Yo r k to n . Congratulations to Natasha Fey and Anmarjola Juaneza, who won gold in girls doubles, and to Skylar Wallin who took home silver in boys singles. Enjoy your week.
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Don’t Drive Drunk or Drugged - National Road Safety Week is May 15 to 21 Driving any type of vehicle requires your full attention. It’s a skill that demands the ability to react quickly, one that requires constant scanning of your surroundings and one that needs you to be alert, according to a release from the Canada Safety Council. And yet, too often Canadians find reasons to justify getting behind the wheel in a state of inebriation, whether it’s fueled by alcohol or drugs. To mark
National Road Safety Week, which is being held this year from May 15 to 21, the Canada Safety Council wants to emphasize the importance of full lucidity behind the wheel, said the release. According to Statistics Canada, 72,039 impaired driving incidents were reported by police in 2015. The rate of these incidents (201 incidents per 100,000 population) is at its lowest since data on this subject began to be collected in 1986.
However, almost 3,000 of those incidents were drugrelated, a figure which is double the proportion from 2009, when drug-impaired data first started being collected. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the two most commonly detected substances in drivers who die in traffic crashes in Canada are alcohol and cannabis, respectively, according to the release. Both substances can affect drivers in different ways. Alcohol, for instance, acts as a depressant and
slows down the central nervous system, leading to delayed reaction times and impaired hand-eye coordination, judgment and concentration; skills that are vital for a motorist. On the other hand, cannabis can affect motor skills including body movement, balance and coordination. Perception of time is also impacted, which can cause issues. Often, drug-impaired drivers will attempt to counteract the negative effects of cannabis by driving more
slowly and methodically; however, this can lead to a driver remaining stopped at a traffic light or a stop sign for far longer than is reasonable, and this unpredictability can lead to a collision, said the release. It is important to note that alcohol and cannabis can have a multiplicative effect, meaning that a driver who has consumed both alcohol and cannabis will be significantly more impaired than someone who has consumed one or the other.
The feeling of impairment can be deceptive at times, said the release. “Err on the side of caution. Don’t get behind the wheel. To put it bluntly, there is never a good time or reason to drive while impaired. Why put your own life, and the lives of other road users, at risk? There are many alternatives to driving impaired. Plan ahead. Ensure you have a designated driver, call a taxi or stay where you are and sleep off the impairment.”
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The Canora Courier
Fort Pelly-Livingstone Museum to hold Grand Opening
“The board gathered around in a light, but still the future was unprecircle this afternoon, the 15th of June dictable. Realization set in that long (2015); all of us just sat and looked at years of effort would be necessary each other. Everyone just seemed to to achieve our objective. We knew be in a state of shock and no one knew our main focus had to be the Forts, how to start.” so we committed to that priority,” That was the opening sentence of Reine said. a submission to the Kamsack Times “A year after the fire we caught by the members of the board of the a huge break. A real estate listing Fort Pelly-Livingstone Museum, dated showed the village’s former RCMP June 16, 2015. barracks were up for sale. The build“Almost three years have passed ing had been privately owned after since our Saskatchewan community the RCMP left town years ago, but it was devastated by a disaster that dehad become available at a reasonable stroyed our legacy landmark,” said price. The board got a mortgage, the a release from Allan Reine, board building was purchased and the light member of the Fort Pelly-Livingstone grew brighter. We could now develop Museum. a better plan, host an open house in “Most Pelly residents were at the our new building, and inform curious rink for our annual country music area residents about our progress. festival when word came in. Fire at the Yvonne Hotzak, museum presiMuseum: the unthinkable. dent, committed to this objective “By the time firefighters were on in a press release: “An important scene the situation was out of conadded focus for the new museum trol. All the artifacts were in danger; will be the significant contributions people risked their safety to rescue a of indigenous peoples in our history. few valuable items until the RCMP, Giving voice to their stories of the thankfully, would allow no more entry. past will be an exciting challenge Far too much was lost. and an opportunity for us and our “Thanks to our courageous area area’s huge First Nation population firefighters the adjacent heritage train who currently participate and lead station and nearby seniors’ residences in many village organizations and were damaged but not destroyed,” he activities.” said. “Our board has allocated a speThe Pelly area has a significant cific display area for this purpose in chapter in the history of colonial and the museum and our members are early Canada. Fort Pelly and Fort actively engaging First Nations in Livingstone are two National Historic our activities,” Reine said. Sites, places of “profound importance One area of the museum will be to Canadian History” according to dedicated to archival photos of this Parks Canada. early era of vibrant Fort operations. They are located at the closest inBudz is working with the Hudson’s tersection of two prairie river valleys, Bay Company in Winnipeg, and and Fort Livingstone, on the banks of Fort Pelly-Livingstone Museum was reduced to rubble by a fire in 2015. archival collections in Regina to acthe Swan, was the first capital of the cess representations of the Forts in that something had to be done. finding a silver lining in this disaster.” Northwest Territories and the controoperation. “The museum, of course, was an integral Fundraising efforts began with the versial first post built specifically for the An additional and related challenge is North West Mounted Police (NWMP), said part of village infrastructure and activity; goal of attaining a new museum building. to find information and education channels we were somehow desperate to save the Volunteer committees were struck. a release from Reine. that could provide more Canadians with a Building designs were presented and knowledge of the long-forgotten role of this Fort Pelly, located on the Assiniboine, day,” he said. The community gathered, and a new analyzed. Community members and local period in Canada’s history. was a vibrant Hudson’s Bay Company outpost that witnessed 50 years of colonial board of directors was charged with de- business contributed generously to fund“We have had some success in engaging history and interrelationships with area First veloping options. The board committed to raising events. Local farmers and business- our media stakeholders, and our next step is rebuilding; some time, some way. es cooperated to grow a canola crop. Nations. to reach out to other organizations focused on Continued on Page 16 “Numerous obstacles stood in our way. “Our coffers built up. There was more Pelly village, located near the Manitoba border in east-central Saskatchewan, lies We had little cash, the building was uninalmost midway between the two forts; a sured, and the fire refuse contained asbestos so nothing that survived in the rubble ten-minute drive from each. For decades local area residents had con- could be recovered. But we still had hope,” tributed to these historic sites and worked said Reine. “Our dedicated community at the museum that housed the artifacts of and board of directors were committed to this colonial and pioneer era. Many had spent their www.ukrainetzauction.com adult lives in this effort; in maintaining the museum deth veloped from the old abandoned school and in providnd ing residents, area students, Cliff and Adore Sorestad tour groups and others with Partial Listings To Date a look at the long-forgotten Auctioneer: Karla's Auction • House & 1 Acre Lot In Archerwill past, the release said. 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OPENS Tuesday, May 15 @ 9:00AM BEGINS CLOSING Tuesday, May 22 @ 9:00AM
The Canora Courier
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Hard work in rebuilding museum shows “resiliency of community” Continued from Page 15 Canadian history to enlist their support and encouragement. “Another challenge is to work effectively to support the resiliency of our local community. The vitality of many Canadian rural areas is threatened by an aging and shrinking population. Pelly is no exception and we hope that our museum and historic sites might somehow contribute to our area’s sustainable development
a n d e c o n o m i c v i t a l i t y. We hope to be part of the solution by building more productive relationships with area business and local governments, including First Nations. “We plan to open our doors on a seasonal basis on May 19. Our board is proud of the work done, and the direction that has been cast. We are so thankful for the community’s support. The museum will continue to be a large part of the activities
that have sustained our community over the years, and through this dark period: the numerous parades, culture days celebrations, music events, and more. “Our Grand Opening event will feature a pancake-type brunch, and an ab i li ty t o to u r o u r n ew museum and our developing exhibits. We plan for a program with a ribboncutting and speakers including representatives from the museum, Village of Pelly
and the provincial government,” said Reine. “Perhaps there is a silver lining to our struggle. Perhaps with new partners, new ideas, and new commitments we will rise ever more resilient, like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes.” Allan Reine is a board member of the Fort Pelly – Livingstone Museum. You can reach the Museum at 306-595-2030, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
T h i s p h o to s h ow s t h e o ri g i n a l Fo r t Pe l ly Livingstone Museum before it burned to the ground in June, 2015.
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