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Weather delays continue to frustrate farmers

For the past several weeks area farmers have dealt with snow and rain as harvest has dragged on through late September into early October with very little progress. This picture was taken east of Canora on October 3 and is typical of many fields in the region. See this week’s crop report on Page 3.

Canora and District Fire Department achieves 110th anniversary In 2018, the Canora and District Fire Department is recognizing its 110 th anniversary during Fire Prevention Week. The department has gone through numerous and wide-ranging changes since it was started in 1908, which was documented in History of Canora 1905-1990: “Canora Fire Brigade “The first firefighting equipment was bought in 1908. Two chemical engines were ordered on a trial basis. The town needed something that didn’t use too much water as the water supply was limited. “When they arrived on May 19, 1908, followed by a representative of the firm a week later, everyone came out to watch the demonstration of fire engines. After

the fire was extinguished, the council agreed to complete the deal. Up to this time, Canora only had a bucket brigade. Along with the purchase of the engines, a hundred-pound bell, an extension ladder and suitable fire axes and water pails were purchased. “The next day a meeting was held and firemen were elected. W.J. Fennell was Canora’s first fire chief. He was an implement agent who was elected as one of the first three councillors of the village of Canora and then he was appointed as overseer. “Part of the training was to see which brigade would get to the fire first, which the chief had started, and put water on it. “ W h e n M r. F e n n e l l

This photo was taken in 1948 when a new fire truck arrived in Canora. It replaced the old hose fire truck which is believed to have been purchased shortly after Canora’s water system was installed in 1912. The older vehicle was not a pumping unit, but simply a hose carrier. Prior to it, Canora’s first fire trucks were chemical engines which were purchased in 1908. resigned, J.M. Madison was elected Fire Chief in 1910. The old engines gave the

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Canora CIBC holds successful Run for the Cure fundraiser The Canora branch of the CIBC raised over $1,700 in the 2018 Run for the Cure in its continuing efforts to fight breast cancer. The eighth annual book sale raised over $765, said Elly Carlson, branch spokesperson

for the effort. All books are donated by clients. Donations are accepted year round and the sale starts in May. A total of $280 was raised by the teacup sale. Antique teacups are sold with $5 of each sale going toward Run for the Cure.

Further information on the teacups is available at the Canora branch, said Carlson. Dress down days raised $150 at $2 per person per week. An afghan made and donated by Del Palagian raised $508. The raffle winner was Sharon Murray.

The CIBC 2018 Run for the Cure raised over $1,700 to fight breast cancer. CIBC employees, from left, are: Melissa Monette, Elly Carlson, Cally Stefankiw (manager), Patty Kolodziejski and Cheri Trotchie.

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Snow and cool weather continue to delay harvest Another significant dump of snow in the Norquay/ Canora/Preeceville/ Kamsack region has resulted in further delays for area farmers who are getting understandably anxious about getting their crops harvested, said Liam O’Halloran, Prairie Soils agronomy manager last week. Many farmers had just re-started their harvest

operations after previous weather delays when latest the snow came along in early October. The snow hit most of the region, with generally higher amounts south of a line from Canora to Kamsack, said O’Halloran. Overall, the harvest is still stuck around that area of one-third to one-half completed. Most producers

have finished their pea harvest, and the wheat crop harvest is about 50 per cent completed. The majority of canola crops are still in the field. In most cases, farmers are happy with the yields to this point. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, t h e y thought that harvest would be much further along by Thanksgiving, but they have

not seen a good stretch of appropriate harvest weather lately. Of course, the longer the crops sit in the fields, the greater the risk of loss in crop quality. If farmers could get about a couple of weeks of sunny and warm weather with a drying breeze, it would be a great help in getting the harvest completed, said O’Halloran.

At this point, crops that are still standing are likely to dry out quicker than those in windrows, but standing crops are more likely to lodge under the weight of snow. Either way, many farmers will be making use of their grain dryers from now until the end of harvest, since there probably isn’t time to wait for the crops

to dry out completely in the fields. O’Halloran said that one benefit of all the harvesting delays is that farmers have been able to get some application of anhydrous fertilizer done. He said the cool weather has lowered soil temperatures somewhat, which helps with the effectiveness of the application.

U of S start-up shows golden touch on Dragons’ Den A start-up company formed by University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researcher Stephen Foley, with two of his former students and a business partner, struck gold on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. The panel on the reality TV show offered to chip in a total $1 million for a stake in the venture, Excir Works, said a release from the U of S. “In the end, all six dragons bought in, which was pretty cool,” said Foley, an associate chemistry professor in the College of Arts and Science, whose team has developed an

innovative method to extract gold from electronic waste. Foley was convinced until almost the very end that their pitch to the Dragons’ Den panel had been “a train wreck,” especially when panelist Lane Merrifield got up to confer with others. “I thought that was it. We were getting the boot quickly. Then they came back to say they all wanted in for three per cent each for 18 per cent of the company. It was overwhelming.” Dragons’ Den provides opportunities for aspiring

entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to the panel of Canadian business moguls who have the money and connections to bring the ideas to fruition. Foley said he pursued the opportunity as “a lark” and applied online because Excir needed investors. By coincidence, some producers of the show came through Innovation Place the following week, and he pitched his concept successfully to the producers. Excir, a U of S-incubated start-up, was founded in 2017 with F o l e y, f o r m e r s t u d e n t s Loghman Moradi and

Town Council amends landfill fees and zoning bylaw Amendments to landfill fees and the zoning bylaw were among the items of concern to town council at its regular meeting on October 2. Council suspended its regular meeting and opened a public hearing regarding an amendment to the zoning bylaw. No written or personal representations were received. Council closed the public hearing regarding the zoning bylaw amendment and resumed its regular meeting. A bylaw to amend the zoning bylaw was read a second and third time, and

adopted. A bylaw to enter into a recycling agreement was introduced, read three times and adopted. Council added the following rate to the landfill gate fees, effective December 1: refrigerator or deep freezer $35.00. Council proposed the closure of the entire back lane adjacent to Pacific Street (Block 74, Registered Plan No. Z5383) in Canora and that preparation of all necessary documentation to affect the closure be authorized.

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Hiwa Salimi, and investor Graham Fritz as partners. The company is based on an innovative, cheap, and environmentally benign solvent that Foley’s laboratory team developed in 2016 to rapidly and selectively extract thin layers of gold from circuit boards and other hardware components in electronic waste. Based on scaling up lab results, it’s anticipated that 100 litres of the recyclable solvent can process up to five tonnes of e-waste at a cost of $200, yielding about a kilogram of gold worth $50,000, Foley said. The new technology is expected to replace standard recovery and recycling methods that use toxic

chemicals and heat. Innovation Enterprise (IE), a U of S commercialization office, has been involved from the inception by handling the patenting, company formation, holding a board seat, and working with the scientific founders to connect them with high-profile investors, the release said. Foley describes Chris Bowman, IE’s engineering and physical sciences portfolio manager who has been working closely with Excir, as “the fifth Beatle in our group” for his role in showing them the ropes, talking to investors, travelling with them to locate a plant and providing support. Financial details from

the dragons’ offer are still to be worked out, Foley said, with due diligence required by all. Whether it’s the dragons or other investors, Excir needs money to hire an engineering company to design and build the reactors so that the processing facilities can be scaled up. “When we get the money, we’ll put our heads down, focus on getting this technology off the ground and go silent for the rest of 2018,” said Foley. “Then we will explode with it in 2019.” To watch the episode, visit dragonsden/ M o r e o n F o l e y ’s r e search can be found here: Gold diggers.

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LOOKING BACK... A Decade Ago Overwhelming community support at the CIBC Run for the Cure hotdog sale and garage sale concluded with the branch raising $2,300 for the cause, said Doreen Kobelka, branch manager. ***** Jen Anthony, the Green Party candidate for the YorktonMelville riding in the upcoming federal election, had her portrait painted by Sarah Holtom of the National Art Gallery of Saskatchewan on Main Street in Canora while on the campaign trail. ***** The Canora junior girls’ volleyball team played really well and won the silver medal in a five-team tournament to which it played host, said Carlena Bulicz, coach. ***** Celina Kelnick was helping her daughter, Hannah, and Cheyanne O’Connor with their lunch during a family barbecue at pre-kindergarten. ***** Ken Krawetz, MLA, deputy premier and minister of education, and Mayor Terry Dennis cut the ribbon to officially open the Canora Community Child Care Centre Inc. The ribbon was held by Raylene Morozoff, the centre’s executive director, and Kendall Hudye, board vice-chair. ***** Staff members Amber Sawka and Bonnie Bahuaud got on the floor to play with several of the children at the Canora Child Centre, including Kaden Grayson and Rylan Bletsky.

Trade deal crucial for Saskatchewan We have a trade deal and here in Saskatchewan that is a very big deal. Our livelihoods depend on trade. And that especially applies to trade with the United States, which is why the 11th hour United States-MexicoCanada (USMCA) agreement to replace the old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was so critical. In 2017, 55 per cent of all Saskatchewan exports went to the United States, $15.6 billion out of $28.5 billion. However, you may be surprised to know that 85 per cent of Saskatchewan imports in 2017 ($9.8 billion out of $11.5 billion) came from the U.S. You get the picture. Trade is one of those issues so critical to us all that politics needs to put aside in its discussions, although that certainly didn’t happen in either the lead up or aftermath of the recent USMCA deal. Both the federal Conservatives and NDP felt it necessary to chastise Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government for the deal it negotiated, a deal that surely seemed a near impossible one, given the outrageous demands from U.S. Donald Trump’s administration like forcing Canada to end supply management in Canada and eliminating dispute settlement mechanisms like NATFA’s chapter 19. In fairness, those of you with long memories will recall that the original Canada-U.S. free trade deal 30 years ago came with adamant Liberal and NDP opposition to Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Brian

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Mulroney’s free trade deal. We fought the 1988 election over this issue. Sadly, some things don’t change enough. But the fact of the matter is trade is as important for both our agriculture and trade-based economy now as it was back then. So notwithstanding the multiple reasons why western Canadians have legitimate reasons to be angry with the Trudeau government and policies like the carbon tax, we should be happy with what the federal government has accomplished. And credit Saskatchewan Party Premier Scott Moe for recognizing the importance of all this. “We are pleased with the way the negotiations have come out, to allow us access for our agriculture, manufacturing, our energy industry as well as our mining industry products to flow across North America,” Moe told reporters during a press conference last week after the signing of the deal. Admittedly, Moe and others do have legitimate reasons

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for misgivings, not the least of which is U.S. President Donald Trump’s use of Section 232 of his country’s Trade Expansion Act to still impose 25 per cent tariffs on Canadian steel for, allegedly, reasons of national security. For Moe, this remains disconcerting because it is having a big impact on Regina-based Evraz Steel. However, given the aforementioned imports from the U.S., Moe notes that such tariffs also have potential impact on Seed Hawk, Bourgault, Honey Bee and Morris Farm Industries, all farm implement manufacturers located in rural Saskatchewan that buy specialized steel and sell their products into U.S. markets. Such trade concerns flow throughout Saskatchewan’s economy. For example, the Saskatchewan Stock Growers’ Association noted the fall cattle run is just starting and losing duty-free access to the U.S., always a distinct possibility because it’s something that’s certainly happened in the recent past, is a frightening prospect. Approximately three quarters of all Canadian beef exports go the United States. “We’re coming into our busy time of year,” said Stock Growers general manager Chad MacPherson, adding that he has heard stories of disclaimers in contracts that could have rendered them “null and void” if there was market disruption through a failed trade deal. The main crux of it is that we maintain what we had, and we didn’t lose anything,” MacPherson said. Many are all too aware of how much not having a trade deal could cost us.

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World Teachers’ Day 2018 Opinion Editorial By Patrick Maze, President, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation In the coming weeks, teachers from all over this province will meet together for discussions on a future vision for public education. It’s all part of Re-Imagine Education, the Saskatchewan Teachers’ F e d e r a t i o n ’s e f f o r t t o prompt a wide-ranging public discussion about the role of our schools. We’re asking teachers and members of the general public to clarify the issues facing education today, imagine what future schools might look like in their communities and come up with a plan for making that vision a reality. Re-Imagine Education is

one of three separate planning exercises in the education sector; Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Education and school trustees are each conducting their own. The fact that three separate strategic planning and public engagement processes are taking place at the same time probably tells you all you need to know about the current state of relationships in the education sector. This is evidence of a fundamental disconnect among government, trustees and teachers. If we are to continue doing our best for students, parents and the broader society, this is a problem that has to be resolved. G o r d W y a n t , Saskatchewan’s minister

of education is keen to say he’s met with teachers and “things are well in the sector” (Hansard, May 17, 2018, pg. 4325). A teacher invited to the stage at an August 29 meeting in Saskatoon had a starkly different message for the minister: “The cuts are hurting.” Yes, government has put more money back into education. However, it’s still less than the $54 million taken out two years ago. Plus, there is the pressure of added enrollment. The pattern over the last two years is clear: 5,000 extra students, 24 million fewer operating dollars in education. The unmistakable signs of a system under stress can be heard as teachers recite their lived experiences in

the classroom. More students with fewer teachers. Less supports for those with special needs. Teacher shortages in northern Saskatchewan made worse by cuts which limit teacher recruitment and retention plus the cancellation of the NORTEP (Northern Te a c h e r s E d u c a t i o n Program.) One teacher in Saskatoon said recently that cuts at her school are a drop in the bucket compared to what’s going on in the province as a whole. However, her students have nowhere else to go. “My kids have no backup plan. It’s heartbreaking.” When it comes to developing a strategic plan for the future of education, teacher voice has been

largely silenced. Most of the major decisions about the future are made by a little-known, but very powerful group of regional administrators known as the Provincial Leadership Team. Their mandate specifically excludes teachers from membership. Making decisions about the future of education without meaningful input from teachers is akin to driving without clearing the snow off your windshield. You don’t know where you’re going, you might not ever get to where you want to be and you’ll likely cause a lot of harm along the way. Witness the extremely modest progress that has been made on the goals set out in the Education Sector

Strategic Plan. Teachers want to help students fully participate in Saskatchewan’s economic, cultural and intellectual life. Teachers picked this profession because they wanted to do something that made a difference. T h e t h e m e o f Wo r l d Teachers’ Day is “Teachers, th e h e ar tb ea t o f p u b lic education.” In order to bring meaning to that lofty sentiment, teachers in our province must be provided with the resources needed for a growing and diverse student population. They must be allowed a voice at the planning table. We must acknowledge their great work and continuing commitment to excellence in public education.

This little light of mine has many lumens It is the essence of truth that it is never excessive… We must not resort to the flame where only light is required, (Victor Hugo.) In planning this column, I was tempted to seek more powerful tropes or figurative language. I reread some of Shakespeare’s Hamlet where the main character seldom speaks in literal English. Then I realized, thanks in part to Hugo’s quote, that I should concentrate only on light when flame is not required. I pondered my light, the little device I carry in my pocket. It is a light, but it is also a phone, a camera, a GPS, a web crawler, a home security monitor, a library, a music room, a theatre, a weather monitor, a shopping center, a remote car starter, a provider of FaceTime, and many things I may still discover in the world of apps. When I think of the flashlight my father used, with the batteries, and what an improvement it was over the lantern, I am amazed at the self defence LED flashlight that emits 500 lumens. Amazing too is the halogen headlight which spots a deer for the driver going 100 kilometers an hour through the dark night. This little light of mine, the literal device I describe above, fits into my pocket but lets me communicate with

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readers and publishers. It presents markets for my books and columns. It can guide me using global positioning satellites if I am lost, and it can summon help in an emergency. But all of that is nothing compared to the metaphorical “little light of mine” that we find in the spiritual hymn: This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. / Won’t let Satan blow it out. / Let it shine ‘til Jesus comes. / Let it shine over the whole wide world. The origin of my little light is Christ, “Light of the world” (John 8:12.) Jesus is our light and our salvation (Psalm 27:1.) There is no darkness that is more powerful than this light, even the beam that travels 186,000 miles

per second. And this light of Christ is accessible. In the iPhone light I carry in my pocket I can summon a listener to a message or to FaceTime. With the light of Christ, we have One who is continually revealing Himself to us and we have access to His mercy, His love and His faithfulness. “Before we invented civilization our ancestors lived mainly in the open out under the sky... Even today the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars. When it happens to me after all these years it still takes my breath away,” (Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot.) The light of the Resurrection which blasted the darkness of the tomb overshadows dark sin and death. In that light we see the saints, our guardian angels and those who have gone before us to meet the Lord. Since the coming of Christ and even before that light has been a symbol of God. The light in Peter’s prison reveals the angel of deliverance (Acts 12:7.) In his conversion St. Paul recognizes God’s presence in a blinding light. The Transfiguration shows God’s presence as light (Matthew 17:5.) The light of heaven shines on the shepherds and on us at the birth of Christ.

Saving older genetics important to future survival If you are a regular reader of this space, and thanks to those who are, then you know I am a believer in maintaining older genetics, whether within a heritage breed of livestock, or in the plants from which our current crops evolved. The reasoning is simple enough, the world we live in changes, and that means what we grow today may not be well-suited for the world our children live in, or our grandchildren. For our scientists to be able to adapt crops and livestock for differing conditions we may need to be able to go back to the foundational building blocks and essentially start over in developing something that will fill those future needs. So I was more than a little interested when a release came via email from the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) dealing with the very topic. The article related, “plant genetic resources are any plant materials, such as seeds, fruits, cuttings, pollen, and other organs and tissues from which plants can be grown. The stewards are the breeders, researchers, farmers, gene bank staff, and many others who keep them safe and utilize them.” It went on to note Peter Bretting, a National Program Leader for the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service,

saying these plant genetic materials and those who care for them are important for human survival. “These are the materials for crop breeding which play a role in food security and plant research,” he said in the article. “Crops make up the thin green line standing between humanity and calamity. To feed the growing world population, breeders must develop new crop types that yield more on less land with less material such as water and fertilizer.” Interestingly, the article also noted, “an important part of these plant genetic resources is crop wild relatives. These are closely related to crop species but have not been domesticated by humans. They are often related to crops eaten today in some way and provide useful material for breeding, study, and preservation, says Bretting. “For example, breeders might find they want a trait like

drought tolerance in a specific crop. It may be a rare quality only found in an ancestor. Luckily, breeders might be able to find what they need thanks to the stewards who are conserving the wild ancestors.” This is fascinating in the sense it ties in with the concept that every species of plant and animal is worth preserving because science may find in the future it contains some trait or gene which may have a dramatically positive effect for humanity. That vision dovetails with the recent recognition by CSSA in celebrating Crop Wild Relative Week September 22 to 29. The week was created by the scientific society to raise awareness of the valuable wild relatives of familiar crops. “The fruits, grains, and roots of crop wild relatives are not as large as domesticated crops. Some might be bitter or have poor texture. But these hardy plants have a natural and useful diversity of traits that helped them live in some harsh conditions. These traits are useful to breeders in the fight to create a sustainable and secure food supply,” noted an article on the week. So to be prepared for what might come tomorrow we need to maintain the materials to develop the crops we will need. Who knows, a weed today may tomorrow be a valued part of agriculture.

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Fire department has long and eventful history Continued from Page 1 other buildings. They were the only means of fighting fire until the town installed its first water system in 1912. “For demonstration, streams of water were thrown over a three-storey hotel and over an elevator. It all worked very well. The hose and hydrants were sufficient to protect the businesses and a greater part of the residential sections. “J.B. McIntosh became the fire chief in 1928 and served as such for many years. He was a member of the school board, a councillor and a mayor from 1932 to 1938. He kept his men well trained and took interest in town affairs. “When the water works was completed, the town was able to put in a complete fire fighting system. “D metr o D en n is w as appointed as fire chief in 1938, succeeding Alvin Pollock who served as fire chief for two years. Dennis was an employee a t G a r v i n ’s H a r d w a r e Store for over 30 years. Dennis remained on the brigade for many years as a fireman when W.P. Kyba was elected in 1948. “Kyba served in the armed services with the R.C.A.F. (Royal Canadian Air Force.) He opened the Canora Sheet Metal Works in 1946 and joined the Canora Fire Brigade in the same year. In 1963, he was elected and served as president of the Saskatchewan Association of Firemen. Due to ill health, he was forced to retire by the end

of 1964. “ Vi c e - C h i e f N e s t o r Ortynsky was the next fire chief from 1965 to 1969. Ortynsky is a coowner of Canora Central Motors. At the same time, Alex Dennis was elected as a secretary, when M. Dutka retired after serving as a secretary from 1948 to 1965. Alex Dennis h ad b een a f ir eman f o r 30 years, 15 years as a secretary. “Fred Dutchak assumed the position of fire chief in 1969 and retired in 1978. Dutchak joined the firemen in 1949. He was transferred to Canora by Canada West Grain Co, since taken over by the Sask. Pool Elevators Ltd. He served on the town council for several years, from 1956 to 63 inclusive. He headed such departments as water, sewage, social welfare, streets and sidewalks. “Millard Landstad, a Shell bulk oil agent who joined the fire department in 1970, was fire chief from 1978 until his resignation in April of 1986. Peter Ostafichuk, who also joined the fire department in 1970, became secretary in 1970 and remained in that position until May, 1986. He is a co-owner in W. and P. Plumbing and Heating Ltd. “Bill Rehaluk was elected as fire chief in April, 1986. Rehaluk joined the fire department in February, 1974, and was elected vice-chief in 1982. He is a co-owner of W. and P. Plumbing and Heating Ltd. and is a member of


The members of the Canora Volunteer Fire Brigade were photographed in 1948. From left to right, they were: George Ludba, Metro Merenduk, Nestor Ortynsky, Ted Dennis, Alec Berehula, John Kuzek, Dmetro Dennis, Frank Wasylkiw, Bill Kyba, Roman Stratychuk and John Dutchak. the Canora Rescue Unit. “In 1986, three vicechiefs were elected. They were Peter Ostafichuk, Doug Becking and Don Gabora. As well, three captains were elected. They were: Jerry Danyluk, Vern Wonsiak and Paul Bodnarchuk. “ Ve r n Wo n s i a k t o o k over the position of secretary from May, 1986 until his resignation from the Canora Fire Department on May 7, 1988. Jerry Danyluk became secretary on May 7, 1988 and remained in that position until December, 1989. “Fire trucks from the Town of Canora were not allowed out of town until the Rural Fire Protection Agreement was signed on September 5, 1985. The agreement was signed by mayor Lorne Kopelchuk and Town Administrator P a t D e rg o u s o ff o n b e h a l f o f t h e To w n o f Canora; Adolph Matsalla, Administrator and George Stevens, Reeve of the RM of Sliding Hills No. 273; Dave Popowich, Administrator and James B. Homeniuk, Reeve of the RM of Good Lake No. 274; and George Dranchuk, Administrator and John Kezima, Reeve of the RM of Keys No. 303. “On May 5, 1986, with the purchase of a new fire truck being shared between the Town of Canora and the participating RMs,

The Canora Volunteer Firemen were photographed during the 1988/89 season. From left, they were: Gordon Hydamacka, Larry Tiechko, Rick Sawka, Al Grywacheski, Wes Popoff; (middle) Al Hannotte, Jim Prokopiuk, Ernie Pelechaty, Rudy Yawney, Jim Bahnuik, Wayne Sawka, Peter Pshyk, and Roger Keller; and (front) Dave Wishlow (third vice-chief), Don Gabora (second vicechief), Peter Ostafichuk (first vice-chief), Bill Rehaluk (fire chief), Jerry Danyluk (captain), Paul Bodnarchuk (captain) and Ken Wyonzek (captain.) fire protection was offered with the understanding that volunteers from the affected municipalities make up part of the firefighting group. Only three fire-fighters from the Town are required to accompany the truck in the event of a rural fire, thus leaving the two “town only” fire trucks and the rest of the men in Canora in case they should be needed. “In the agreement, the municipalities were to supply and pay for the training of at least three people in each municipal division to assist in fighting fires.

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These included RMs of Good Lake (all divisions), Sliding Hills (Divisions 3 to 6) and Keys (Divisions 2 and 3.) “The Canora Fire Department continues to upgrade its equipment and conduct many practices and meetings to keep the firemen up to date on the latest means of fire protection. “The volunteer firemen have undertaken the Annual Firemen’s Ball, held on the first Saturday of February each year, as a means of raising money for many charities including the Canora Union Hospital, the Gateway Lodge Multiple Sclerosis Society, Telemiracle and

the Burn Center. They will also be purchasing an air compressor for filling air tanks to enable the firemen to enter burning buildings more safely.” After the history book was published, Bill Rehaluk served as fire chief until 1998. Wayne Sawka took over for a portion of 1998, followed by Wally Huebert from 1998 to 1999. Rod Petrychyn was the fire chief from ’99 to 2006. Darcy Rewakowsky took over the position from 2007 to 2009. Blake Cairns and Shannon Leson each served as fire chief for a portion of 2010. Mike Doogan has been the fire chief since 2011.

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Food from Cadets and Firefighters food drive donated to Filling the Gap After a successful joint food drive throughout Canora by the Canora air cadets and the Canora and District Fire Department, the food items were donated to the Filling the Gap Foodbank on October 3 at the Canora branch of the Parkland Regional Library. Capt. Darren Paul said the cadets were appreciative of the efforts of the firefighters in donating their time to bring increased visibility to the food drive, and for the support of the Library. Deb Leson, librarian, provided storage space for the food donations after the food drive on September 22 until the donation was made to the Food Bank on October 3. Pastor Mavis Watson, who runs the Food Bank, was most appreciative of the generosity of Canora residents and of the hard work of the firefighters and cadets in successfully executing the food drive. “It’s so nice to see the young people involved in the cadets making such an important contribution to our community,” said Watson. “The donation of these food items will go a long way toward meeting the needs of the Food Bank.” Watson said her goal is to raise close to $7,000 before Christmas, which would be enough to fill approximately 40 hampers with some money left over. She said the hampers aren’t only for Christmas dinner, they each include a week’s worth of food. “And having some money left for January is important because at that time many people find themselves in need of assistance because they’ve spent all their money on Christmas,” said Watson. She said prospects for the Food Bank have improved significantly since operations were suspended for about a five-week period in late summer. “Being closed during

After a successful food drive by the Canora air cadets and the Canora and District Fire Department, the accumulated food items were donated to the Filling the Gap Foodbank on October 3 at the Canora branch of the Parkland Regional Library. From left, are: (standing) Pastor Mavis Watson of the Foodbank, firefighters Jess Harper and Sherise Fountain, and cadets Sgt. Gracie Paul, AC Gwen Osborne, F/Cpl. Tessa Spokes, 2Lt. Wade Stachura and Capt. Darren Paul; and (kneeling), AC Gregory Severight, F/Sgt. Joanne Babb and AC Dawson Jennings. that time allowed us to accumulate a number of important items, plus it seemed to really stimulate people to give,” she said. Watson said cash donations are always welcome, since it can be used to purchase whatever items are in need at the time. Wr a p p e d h a m b u r g e r meat is welcome if it is professionally wrapped and dated to indicate how old it is. Canned meat, pork and beans and other protein-based foods are in demand. We l l - k n o w n f o o d s such as Kraft Dinners a n d H a m b u rg e r H e l p e r are welcome, since people generally like to eat familiar foods. But it’s

important to check the dates on food items to make sure that it is still good, said Watson. Other items in

demand include: coffee, toilet paper, toothpaste and shampoo. She said the need for the services of the Food Bank

continues to be great. “There have been significant cutbacks in the e c o n o m y r e c e n t l y, e s pecially in the energy

sector,” said Watson. “As a result there are many families without income, and they end up contacting the Food Bank.”

Minimum wage in Saskatchewan is $11.06 effective October 1 The province’s minimum wage will increase to $11.06 per hour, an increase that was announced in June 2018. This is the 10th increase to the minimum wage since 2007, when minimum wage was $7.95, said a release from Labour Relations and Workplace Safety.

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Elevator in Veregin receives federal and provincial heritage property designation A grain elevator constructed in 1908 by the Doukhobor settlers of the community has received both federal and provincial heritage property designations. Members of the board of the Doukhobor Heritage Museum in Veregin were responsible for filling out all the necessary paperwork and facilitating the long process which culminated in success when the elevator was granted heritage designations. It is located directly across the road from the Doukhobor Prayer Home, already a Provincial Heritage Property. “ T h e Ve r e g i n G r a i n Elevator is significant because it is the third oldest standing grain elevator in Saskatchewan, on its original site,” said the nomination form which was prepared by the board. “The intent is to preserve the elevator as a heritage building for its historic significance to the community as part of the National Doukhobor Heritage Village.” “The committee has taken on the job of completing the restoration work, and the funding will be split 50 percent, so there will be fundraising to be done,” said Andy Kazakoff, a board member of the Doukhobor Heritage Museum in Veregin and chair of the Elevator Restoration Committee. “Right now there are five members of the Restoration Committee, and we would welcome anyone who has an interest to join.” Although the committee has not established a timeline for completion of the work, Kazakoff indicated that they will likely start with exterior restoration. “For an old building of its size, the base was made correctly so there are no mainframe structural issues,” he said. The 1908 Doukhoborbuilt grain elevator was operated by the Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood (the spiritual and economic organization of Canadian Doukhobors) until 1939. It was then bought by Federal Grain Co. which, in 1972, sold it to the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and in 1986 it was sold to Pioneer Grain. In 1996, the elevator was bought again by the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and closed in 1997, and sold to the National Doukhobor Heritage Village Inc. in 2001, the information said. T h e Ve r e g i n G r a i n Elevator is a property

Andy Kazakoff, a board member of the Doukhobor Heritage Museum in Veregin is the chair of the Elevator Restoration Committee. consisting of 12.6 acres adjacent to the CN railway track in Veregin in the Rural Municipality of Sliding Hills No. 273. It features a unique roof design with a wide cupola that is an extension of the elevator. The property also includes a driveway shed leading to the elevator, an elevator annex and elevator office building. The elevator and its interior, annex and office are all structurally solid, but requires new shingles, top windows and replacement of metal siding. The driveway receiving shed is in poor condition. The cement is crumbling and the roof needs replacement. The elevator office building is in good condition with some repair completed in the last 10 years, it said. The estimated 45,000-bushel capacity elevator was one of several built by the Doukhobors. The first elevators appeared on the prairies in the early 1880s following the arrival of the railway. At their peak, over 3,000 elevators stood in Saskatchewan’s towns and villages so that by the 1920s a row of grain elevators characterized prairie towns, it said. Wood-crib grain elevators became obsolete with the introduction of inland terminals and the subsequent rationalization of the grain handling system. Despite diminishing numbers, the traditional grain elevator continues to be a symbol of Saskatchewan’s rural, agricultural identity. The heritage value of the Veregin Grain Elevator also lies in its form. The Veregin elevator is distinguished by its unique roof design. It is neither the pyramidal design nor hipped-roof design of elevators built during its era. This elevator has its shorter stature with a wide cupola that is an extension of the building. It utilizes traditional wood-crib construction which consists of boards laid horizontally and nailed

together. F i n a l l y, t h e h e r i t a g e value of the elevator lies in the property’s association with the Doukhobors, it said. In 1899, 7,500 Doukhobors emigrated from Russia to seek land and religious freedom. Persecuted in Tsarist Russia for their communal and pacifist beliefs, they came to Saskatchewan, establishing three colonies including one at Veregin. Inspired by their leader, Peter V. Verigin, the Doukhobors created the Veregin Settlement. The elevator was built by early Doukhobor settlers over 110 years ago. The Veregin settlement played an essential role as an administrative, distribution, and spiritual centre for the Doukhobor community in the region. The settlement was established in 1904, and was the headquarters of the Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood. The settlement was revived in the 1980s as a heritage village dedicated to presenting and preserving the history of the Doukhobors. The spectacular two-story prayer home, which originally served as the residence of the head of the community as well as the spiritual and administrative center for Doukhobors arriving in Canada, operates as a museum and continues to play an important role within the Doukhobor community. The Veregin Doukhobor Prayer Home was designated as Provincial Heritage Property under the Heritage Property Act in July 1982. The property is considered culturally significant due to its construction by early Canadian Doukhobor settlers to the region. The elevator’s cultural significance lies in the fact that it was built by the hands of early pioneers to the province. The elevator is important landmark to the overall culture and history that the National Doukhobor Heritage Village is working

This elevator, constructed in 1908, stands on 12.6 acres adjacent to the CN railway track in Veregin in the RM of Sliding Hills No. 273 and is located directly across the road from the Doukhobor Prayer Home. to preserve. The elevator is a key element contributing to the heritage value of this site, it said. Provincial Heritage

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An SUV and a truck towing a trailer were involved in a collision at the corner of First Avenue and Third Street in Canora on October 4. Very minor injuries were sustained in the accident.

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It’s time for Fire Prevention Week, and the Canora Fire Department is joining forces with the non-profit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents ‘Every second counts - plan 2 ways out!’ Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

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Pick a meeting place outside. It should be in front of  your home. Everyone will meet at the meeting place.


Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street.

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Gina Rakochy Mayor, Town of Canora


Talk about your plan with everyone in your home.

Practice your home fire drill! 

Devon Sawka Deputy Chief/Caretaker

Eric Sweeney Captain

Brad Sherad Captain

Jess Harper Captain

Mikey Skibinsky Firefighter

Brett Popoff Firefighter

Sherise Fountain Public Educator

Mathew Sleeva Treasurer

Nick Dmitruik Firefighter

Shane Kotyk Firefighter

Robert Taylor Firefighter

Bryce Pelechaty Firefighter

Brendon Skibinsky Firefighter

Derek Barteski Firefighter

Large homes may need extra smoke alarms. It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.

Robert Fougere Secretary

Robert Engel Firefighter

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height. Choose a CO alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

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Barn Fire Safety Checklist

of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.

Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.

Call your local fire department’s non-emergency number to find out what number to call if the CO alarm sounds. Test CO alarms at least once a month; replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it. If it still sounds, call the fire department.

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Carbon Monoxide Safety CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.

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Why commemorate the date of a fire that occurred in the United States? It seemed only logical for the two countries to pool their efforts to highlight the event on the same date. Thus, Fire Prevention Week has always been held in the first full week of October SMOKE ALARMS ARE A KEY in the United States as well as in Canada. PART

"On behalf of the Town of Canora, I would like to publically thank our dedicated volunteers that make up the Canora & District Fire Dept. Our community knows it is in good hands in time of crisis. We also appreciate the education you provide and public presence you have. A special thanks to their families for their sacrifice in lending them out when an emergency arises."




In Canada, it was Ontario that held the provincial Fire Prevention Day, in 1916. The national Fire Prevention Day was held in 1919. Governor General of Canada proclaimed the Fire Prevention Week in Canada in 1923. And Ministère de la Sécurité publique du Québec held a Fire Prevention Week since 1990.

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It was forty years later, in 1911, that the oldest member organization of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Fire Marshals Association of North America, organized the first fire prevention day to commemorate the great Chicago fire. The event grew to such proportions that 11 years later, the first Fire Prevention Week was launched in the United States.

Prevention Week Since 1922

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It is October 9, 1871, in Chicago. A major fire is raging. It is brought under control only 27 hours later, leaving only ruin and devastation in its wake. More than 250 people lost their lives/died and 100,000 others were left homeless. The fire destroyed more than 17,400 buildings and ravaged over 4,800 hectares of land.

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People, animals, and property are in danger when fire breaks out on the farm. Inspect your barn and outbuildings for fire hazards to reduce the risk of tragic loss.

FACTS Smoke alarms should be installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level. Smoke alarms should be connected so when one sounds, they all sound. Most homes do not have this level of protection. Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or the alarms are not working.

Heat lamps and space heaters are kept a safe distance from anything that can burn. Heaters are on a sturdy surface and cannot fall over. Electrical equipment is labeled for agricultural or commercial use. All wiring is free from damage. Extension cords are not used in the barn. Lightbulbs have covers to protect them from dust, moisture, and breakage. Damage is identified quickly and repairs are completed with safety in mind.

If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel declare that it is safe to reenter the home. If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow. During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up. A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings. Gas or charcoal grills can produce CO — only use outside.

Be Halloween Safe Halloween is a fun and spooky time of year for kids. Make trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters with a few easy safety tips.

Halloween Fire Safety Tips When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out. Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.

Dust and cobwebs around electrical outlets and lights are removed.

Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.

Oily rags are stored in a closed, metal container away from heat.

Exits are clearly marked and pathways are clear.

Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jacko-lanterns. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.

A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 3 metres (10 feet) from the stove.

Fire drills are held frequently with everyone who uses the barn.

Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.

Workers are trained to use fire extinguishers.

Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.

People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.

Everyone in the barn knows personal safety is the first priority if a fire breaks out.

Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Hazard checks take place on a set schedule.

Tell children to stay away from open flames including jack-olanterns with candles in them. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with their hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)

Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working. There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.

Feed, hay, straw, and flammable liquids are stored away from the main barn. The barn is a smoke-free zone.

Dollon Leger Firefighter

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Decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year. Two of every five of these fires were started by a candle.

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Cougar senior girls volleyball team victorious in Kamsack tournament The Canora Cougars senior girls volleyball team went unbeaten through

six matches and captured first place in a five-team tournament in Kamsack on

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The Canora Cougars senior girls volleyball team finished first at a tournament in Kamsack on September 28 and 29. From left, are: (back row) Emma Mykytyshyn, Courtney Popoff, Ally Sleeva, Grace Medvid, Rebekah Thomas, Ashley Stusek, Megan Barteski, Jordelle Lewchuk, and Steve Merriam (coach); and (front) captains Felicity Mydonick, Mackenzie Gulka and Jill Gulka. Not available for the tournament was Saryn Leson, team member. Cougars coming out on top by scores of 25 to 18 and 25 to 18. “I was impressed with our team in general over the weekend,” said Merriam. “The players played very well, continuing to refine and improve their game. “The season has been going very well so far. It took the first two tournaments for me to get an understanding of the strengths of each of the

players and how they play together as a team. The team has continued to improve with every tournament.” With volleyball season in full swing, the Cougars have a busy upcoming schedule, with a road match in Norquay on October 11 v e r s u s t h e S t u r g i s / Norquay team, followed by the Christian Schools Invitational (CSI) tournament in Regina on October 12 and

13. The Cougars will host a match against the visiting Preeceville/Invermay squad on October 18, and then travel to Esterhazy for a tournament on October 19 and 20. The Cougars’ home tournament is scheduled for October 27 and the Cougars will host Sturgis/Norquay on October 30. The provincial playoffs are set to begin on November 3 with conference tournaments.

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In the weepee boys three-kilometre race, the CCS competitors, from left, were: Noah Prychak, Matthew Makowsky, Ty Sleeva and Taye Shukin.

CCS runners overcome chilly weather in Saltcoats cross-country event In spite of the unseasonably cool temperatures, athletes from Canora Composite School (CCS) competed in the Saltcoats Autumn Summit crosscountry race on September 28. “CCS runners didn’t let the weather stop them, they were determined to do well and they did,” said Thomas Lowes, coach. A number of CCS athletes achieved top-30 finishes. Kayden Harder placed 15 th out of 103 runners in the beginner boys twokilometre race with a time

of 10:17. The sneaker boys twokilometre race included a total of 86 runners. Rhett Ludba finished second in a time of 8:53. Cooper Kraynick was 13 th at 9:52, while Andrew Sliva came in 25th at 10:24. Makayla Heshka finished 28th out of 74 runners in the sneaker girls two-kilometre race with a time of 11:17. Taye Shukin placed second out of 67 runners in the weepee boys three-kilometre race in a time of 12:04. Sofia Tratch finished 15th out of 53 runners in the weepee girls three-kilometre

race in 13:58. The peewee boys threekilometre race included a total of 44 runners. Cole Marcinkowski came in ninth in 12:35, with Porter Wolkowski just behind in 10th in a time of 12:40. The midget boys threekilometre race involved a total of 13 runners. Clay Sleeva was the winner in a time of 10:17. Hudson Bailey finished third in 11:07, followed by Dawson Zuravloff in fourth with a time of 11:23. Brendon Landstad placed 8th in 12:22 and Jake Statchuk was 9 th with a time of 12:38.

The junior boys fourkilometre race was made up of seven runners. Jacob Gulka finished third with a time of 15:24, while Grady Wolkowski placed sixth in 18:10. Coach Lowes said the Canora athletes have been working hard and their persistence appears to be paying off. “We have been training them in this weather so they will be prepared for districts, since it looks like the same cool, wet conditions are likely to persist,” he concluded. More Photos on Page 14

Sofia Tratch of Canora Composite School (CCS) competed in the weepee girls three-kilometre race at the Saltcoats Autumn Cross-Country Meet on September 28.

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Scenes from cross-country races in Saltcoats Continued from Page 13

In the midget boys three-kilometre race, the CCS competitors, from left, included: Clay Sleeva, Brendon Landstad , Hudson Bailey, and Jake Statchuk.

Makayla Heshka of CCS ran in the sneaker girls two-kilometre race.

Kayden Harder of CCS wa s a c o m p e t i to r i n the beginner boys twokilometre race.

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Invermay School News By Ivan Fidek A quick month is over and we’re into October. It’s definitely a colderthan-average start to the month, but that didn’t stop our school Terry Fox Run, which raised over $1,300 for cancer research. Thanks to Cst. N. Kyosev who led the school around Invermay for the event, and congratulations to top pledge earner Marissa Fidek. This month, as always, will include the annual celebration of Education Week. The week will be themed, “A World of Learning for Every Student.” It kicks off on Monday October 15 with a school-wide rock-paperscissors tournament. The following day is recognized as National Dictionary Day, so students will be learning about and

exploring the dictionary. October 17 will be the school’s open house and book fair; with a new addition, family photos. There will also be the SADD (Students Against Drinking and Driving) club’s Italian Night supper, which I hear has a new twist this year. The next day there’s a staff versus students volleyball game during noon hour, and Friday will finish the week off with a cultural afternoon from 12:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. During the afternoon, students will move through four cultural stations where they will learn about the Chinese/Malay, Filipino, Metis and Ukrainian cultures. Parents are also welcome to attend this cultural afternoon. The following weekend is the Provincial SADD

Conference. Ashley Davis is the supervising teacher for Invermay’s SADD club, and on October 19 and 20 senior students in the club are looking forward to attending the conference in Regina. The Math Club will be looking forward to more competitive events. Led by Cheng Teh, students in Math Club will soon begin training in preparation for math contests. This training will happen mainly during lunch hours, with some training after school. An Invermay School Girls’ Club will be starting up this month. This club is being created with the goal of providing a safe space for girls to talk about and work through issues, as well as to empower the girls of the school. All high school girls

are encouraged to join the club, with future members being trusted to create a name for the club. More updates on Girls’ Club can be expected in the future. SRC (Student Representative Council), headed by Diana Enge and Amanda Carlson, kicked off its first major fundraiser for the year on September 27. This inaugural campaign is called Cookie Crumble. Students and staff will sell products such as cookie dough or cake mixes. SRC had an exciting three days in September, with Enge, Natasha Fey, Anmarjola Juaneza, Katelyn Rioch and Mikayla Babichuk attending this year’s SSLC (Saskatchewan Student Leadership Conference) in Langenburg. Cross-Country wrapped

up early in the month with districts on October 4. Training for the season started during the first week of the year. The weather conditions this fall have added to the challenge for the competitors. This year Addison Enge, Kashton MacLean, Madeline Glas and Kaydence Quennell all trained to run a distance of two kilometres. Emily Koturbash, Cole Serron and Trinity Fidek have been running three km races. Jade Fidek is competing in the Senior Girls category, running races of four km. Brayden Serron runs in the Senior Boys category, competing in five km races. Our runners have competed at several meets this season, starting with the Cherrydale Meet on September 13. They ran

at the Deer Park Meet on September 17 and the Saltcoats Autumn Summit on the September 28. At districts, Trinity, Brayden and Jade will be racing to qualify for provincials in Delisle on October 13. The senior girls volleyball team has no shortage of action this month. They’ll have a home game against Canora on October 4, as well as three tournaments throughout the month. First, they head to Rose Valley for a tournament on October 12 to 13, then to Naicam for October 19 and 20 and finally Canora on October 26 and 27. The junior girls team also has a few dates on the calendar, with conference playoffs on the October 18 and districts in Yorkton on October 27. Enjoy your week.

Distracted driving isn’t a good look on anyone On your phone while you drive? When you look down like that, it just looks, well, weird. And you’re not fooling anyone. Eating a messy burger or burrito? C’mon, with sauce dripping all over your face, hands, and steering wheel, that’s both gross and dangerous. Of course, it’s not all just about looks. If your attention isn’t on the task of driving, then you might not see that yield sign. Or that the light that just turned red. Or that kid darting in front of you on her bicycle, said a release from SGI. Distracted drivers caused

more than 6,000 collisions last year, resulting in 953 injuries and 26 deaths. Distracted driving is the leading cause of collisions in Saskatchewan and the second-highest factor in fatal collisions (behind impaired driving.) T h a t ’s w h y l a w e n forcement will be cracking down on distracted drivers throughout October as part of the Traffic Safety Spotlight. “Police have plenty of ways to catch distracted drivers in the act,” said Penny McCune, chief operating officer of the auto

fund, in the release. “They could be cruising through traffic in unmarked SUVS, they might be in plainclothes on the sidewalks, or maybe they’ll be watching from elevated vantage points overlooking busy thoroughfares. Pay attention: if you drive distracted, you’re going to get caught.” Another reason distracted driving isn’t a good look? Your face when you realize you’re getting a $280 ticket (and that’s not including the financial penalties or loss of Safe Driver Recognition insurance discounts.) That will ruin your week quicker

than you can post a sad selfie on Instagram. So keep your eyes on the road and keep your money in your wallet, the release said. It only takes a second of not focusing on the road to ruin your life, or someone else’s. Here are some tips to help you drive distraction-free: • Put your cellphone on Do Not Disturb or Airplane mode while driving. • Ask your passenger to handle answering any messages. • Can’t leave your phone alone? Toss it in the trunk or backseat.

Saskatchewan’s population keeps growing Saskatchewan’s population continues to grow, reaching 1,162,062 people as of July 1, according to new figures released today by Statistics Canada. That’s an increase of 3,226 people in the past quarter and 11,280 people in the past year. The new population figure is slightly lower than previous estimates from Statistics

Canada due to the postcensus revision that is done every five years, said a release from the Saskatchewan government. The revised population estimates still show that Saskatchewan’s population has grown in every quarter for the past 49 consecutive quarters, the longest period of sustained growth since

NOTICE OF ADVANCED VOTING The Rural Municipality of Invermay No. 305 2018 Municipal Elections PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Council has made provision for advance voting, for the election of Councillor in Divisions 2 and 6, for the benefit of qualified voters who have reason to believe that they will be necessarily absent from their places of residence on election day. Advance voting will take place on Saturday, the 20th day of October, 2018 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the RM of Invermay No. 305 Office. Dated at Invermay, this 20th day of September, 2018.

Dana Jack

Returning Officer

Remember, please bring I.D.

quarterly records were first kept beginning in 1971. “Saskatchewan’s population has grown for more than 49 consecutive quarters, showing that our province is the place to be to live, work and to raise a family,” said Jeremy Harrison, immigration and career minister. “Newcomers to Saskatchewan are adding to

the strength of our province and contributing to our growing economy.” During the second quarter of 2018 (April 1 to July 1), Saskatchewan’s population increase was made up of a natural increase (births minus deaths) of 1,659 and net international migration of 4,385, offset by net interprovincial migration of -2,818.

NOTICE OF VOTE The Rural Municipality of Invermay No. 305 2018 Municipal Elections. PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that: (1) A vote will be held for the election of Councillor for Division 2 and Division 6 for the Rural Municipality.

• If you’re using GPS, enter your destination ahead of time. • If you drop something, l e a v e i t . D o n ’t f u m b l e around for it. • Make your drive time, quiet time. #JustDrive #JustDrive: Distracted


ADVANCE VOTING The Rural Municipality of Good Lake No. 274 Municipal Elections 2018

Councillor for Division No. 1 Public notice is hereby given that the council has made provision for advance voting for the benefit of qualified voters in Division 1. Advance voting will take place on Saturday the 20th day of October 2018 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the “Good Spirit Provincial Park Hall” in the Good Spirit Provincial Park in the Rural Municipality of Good Lake No. 274. Dated at Canora this 26th day of September, 2016. Diane Jamieson, Returning Officer


The Rural Municipality of Good Lake No. 274 Municipal Elections 2018 Public notice is hereby given that: (1)

A vote will be held for the election of a Councillor for Division No. 1


The vote will take place on Wednesday, the 24th day of October 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at: DIVISION No. 1 poll at the “Good Spirit Provincial Park Hall” in the Good Spirit Provincial Park in the Rural Municipality of Good Lake No. 274.


I will declare the result of the voting at The Rural Municipality of Good Lake No. 274 office at 401 Main Street, Canora, Sask. on the 25th day of October, 2018 at the hour of 10:30 a.m.

(2) The vote will take place on Wednesday, the 24th day of October, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at: Polls located at the R.M. of Invermay No. 305 Office. (3) I will declare the result of the voting at the R.M. of Invermay No. 305 Office on the 24th day of October, 2018, at 9:00 p.m. Dated at Invermay, this 20th day of September, 2018.

Dana Jack

Returning Officer

Remember, please bring I.D.

driving is a bad look on you Police looking for distracted drivers in October; $280 fine plus four demerits. Follow SGI on F a c e b o o k , Tw i t t e r a n d Instagram for safety tips to #TakeCareOutThere.

Dated at Canora this 27th day of September, 2018. Diane Jamieson, Returning Officer

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SAKALUK, Stella - November 3, 1926 - September 30, 2018. Stella Sakaluk of Regina (and formerly of Danbury), passed away peacefully with her loved ones at her side at the age of 91. She was predeceased by her parents and husband Fred Sakaluk; brothers Walter, Bruno, and sisters Adeline, Jean, Antonia, and May. Stella is survived by her brother Joe; sister Rose; her daughter Therese and son Ted (Campion); three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Stella was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother as well as a friend. Funeral Mass was held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Balgonie, SK with a reception following in the Church Basement. Burial took place at the Canora Cemetery, Canora, SK later that day at 3:30 p.m. Online condolences may be left at

SERDACHNY, Tena - Tena Serdachny of Norquay, SK, passed away peacefully at the Norquay Health Centre on September 29, 2018, at the age of 102 years. Tena was born on March 17, 1916, in the Woodlight District, SK, to Alexander and Maria (Dybowa) Auramenko. She attended school in the area and as the oldest girl of eight siblings, she learned to cook at an early age. Her family began attending Hyas Baptist Church, especially the annual conference and Thanksgiving services. Tena married George Hutzal in 1932. Unfortunately, George died of pneumonia in 1934. In 1941, Tena married John Serdachny and they raised their four children on the farm near Hyas, SK. As a housewife, she loved gardening and growing flowers. Every Sunday, when flowers were in season, she made floral arrangements for the Hyas Baptist Church. She was an avid member of Hyas Horticultural Club. She always had company, especially pastors and missionaries who enjoyed her wonderful meals. Friends and family remember her Sunday chicken dinners, pies, cinnamon buns and poppy chiffon cakes were always baked for her visitors. Later in life, she enjoyed travelling with her family. She travelled to Yellowknife, Vancouver, Palm Springs and the East Coast with her sisters. She especially enjoyed a trip to Ukraine with her brother Paul and family. She was able to visit the village where her parents had lived, meeting family for the first time. In later years, she lived with her daughter, Jocelyn, on the farm near Canora, SK. For the last three and a half years, she resided at the Norquay Health Centre. In her 100 plus years, she experienced great change. She was always interested in the local news and current world situations. She will remain with us in our memories and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Tena was predeceased by her parents, Alexander and Maria; first husband, George; husband and life partner, John; sons, Allan and Leonard, and son-in-law, Harold Gogol; granddaughter, Cheryl; brothers: Gordon, Paul, Dan and John and her sisters, Mary and Pauline. She is survived by her son, Edward of Hyas, SK; daughter, Jocelyn Gogol of Canora, SK and daughters-in-law, Carol Serdachny of Regina, SK and Sonia Serdachny (Wally) of Hyas, SK; grandchildren: Sherry Kowalchuk (Mike), Louan (Morley) Statchuk, Jon Serdachny, Melissa (Jaret) Lynnes, Shawna (Duane) Jenkins, Elicia (Collins) GogolJohnson Oje, Ian Gogol, and Nathan (Sheena) Gogol; greatgrandchildren: Rebecca and Samantha Statchuk, Kali and Anna Lynnes, Quinlan and Jaxon Gogol, Ava Jenkins and Ellaya Johnson Oje; and her sister, Ann Halsey of Langley, BC and sister-in-law, Mary Auramenko of Canora, SK, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. The Serdachny family expresses many thanks to the Norquay Health Centre for the care they provided Tena. The Centre was her home for the past few years. They especially appreciate the extra care and compassion during the last days of her life. Thank you to friends and neighbours for their tokens of remembrance and expressions of sympathy. In Tena’s honour, a Funeral Service was held on Friday, October 5, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Leson’s Funeral Home, Canora, SK, with Pastor Darrell Vion officiating. Interment followed at Stoney Creek Cemetery, between Stenen and Hyas, SK. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Stoney Creek Cemetery Fund or to the Norquay Health Centre, as tokens of remembrance, in memory of Tena Serdachny. Family and friends unable to attend are invited to sign an online guest book at Arrangements were entrusted to LESON’S FUNERAL HOME, Canora.



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Hunting season adventure stories By Kaare Askildt Many of my friends are hunters, not African trophy hunters. They hunt to fill the freezer with moose, elk or deer meat for consumption during the winter months, and some Canada geese and ducks. Ducks and geese have bills, but the other animals run a tab at the bar. (Oh, don’t groan.) Ole and Sven were out in the bush hunting and were following some animal tracks into the wilderness. Ole was a novice hunter, but Sven had a lot of experience. “It’s a long way back to the truck,” said Ole. “I’m overweight at 275 pounds, and you’re a stout man tipping the scales at about 250 pounds. What would happen if I had a heart attack or broke both legs? How would you get me back to the truck?” “No problem,” said Sven, “last year I bagged a large 10-point buck, and I carried it back to the truck, no problem at all.” “Wow,” said Ole, “how did you manage that?” “It took me three trips, but I got it done.” They kept on following the animal tracks, but after a while Sven suggested that they split up to get a better chance at catching something. “I’ll go 20 feet off to the left,” said Sven, “and you go about 20 feet off to the right, and we both keep heading north. If you get lost, then shoot three times in the air every hour. That way I can pinpoint where you are and find you.”

After about three hours Ole realized that he was really lost. He decided to shoot three times in the air as Sven had told him to do. Then he sat down on a rock and waited for an hour and shot three more times in the air. Ole repeated the procedure until he ran out. The next morning Sven alerted the forest ranger about Ole being missing, an d a s earch p ar ty w as organized. They fanned out searching for Ole. The ranger and Sven finally found him in the early afternoon, all confused, dishevelled and dehydrated. Sven took one look at Ole, shook his head and said, “ W h y d i d n ’t y o u s h o o t three times in the air as I told you?” “I did,” answered Ole, “I shot three times in the air every hour on the hour until I ran out of arrows.” Two deer hunters, Knut and Anders met in the woods. “Man am I glad to see you,” said Knut. “I’ve been lost for hours.” “That’s nothing,” answered Anders, “I’ve been lost for a week already.” Wayward Inn Hunting Lodge was located in the Saskatchewan boreal forest. Per was a guest at the lodge. He had been out in the bush during the day looking for deer tracks but did not find any. Upon his return to the lodge he had a shower, cleaned up and went to the Buckshot Lounge for a drink. He was sitting at the bar nursing his first Moosehead beer

when a woman dressed in hunter ’s attire sat down next to him and ordered a Moosehead beer. They were nursing their beers when the woman looked at Per and in an attempt at making conversation said, “So, I guess you hunt deer.” Per looked away while blushing and turning beet red. “Did I say something wrong?” asked the woman. “Oh no,” said Per, “I’m just not used to a woman calling me dear after only one beer.” Ole’s friend Karel had arrived from Prague, and Ole was taking him bear hunting way up in northern Saskatchewan. As they were walking through the bush, a couple of huge bears came running at them and one of the bears devoured Ole’s friend in a single big gulp. Miraculously the swallowed hunter remained alive but was trapped in the belly of the grizzly. Ole ran to the ranger station and a rescue party was organized. They headed back into the bush armed with bear spray and high-powered rifles. They soon spotted the two bears and the ranger took aim at the bear closest to them. “No, no,” said Ole, “don’t shoot that one, t h a t ’s t h e f e m a l e . T h e Czech is in the male.” During the Sunday service that coincided with the last day of the hunting season, the pastor asked the congregation by show of hands, who had bagged a deer. No one raised a

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hand. “I don’t get it,” said the puzzled pastor. “Last Sunday many of you said you were unable to attend the service because of the hunting season, so I had the entire congregation pray for your deer.” “Well,” said Knut, “it must have worked because they’re all safe.” Olaf and Petter were out in the bush hunting, when Olaf saw a deer. “Quick,” said Olaf, “shoot it.” “I can’t,” said Petter, “my gun isn’t loaded.” “Well,” said Olaf, “you know that, I know that, but the deer doesn’t.” They missed that deer but kept on going. “Did you see that?” asked Olaf. “No,” said Petter, “what was it?” “A bald eagle just flew overhead,” said Olaf. “Oh, wow,” said Petter. A couple of minutes later Olaf looked at Petter and said, “Did you see that?” “See what,” asked Petter while looking around. “Are you blind?” asked Olaf, “there was a big black bear walking on that hill up yonder.” “Oh, wow,” said Petter again. A few minutes later Olaf asked Petter again, “Did you see that?” By now Petter was getting very aggravated, so he answered, “Hell ya, I did see that.” Olaf just shook his head, smiled and asked, “Then why did you step in it?”

Meili commits to $15 per hour minimum wage Today’s meagre increase in the minimum wage to $11.06 per hour, the second lowest in the country, leaves Saskatchewan workers struggling to make ends meet. “When the minimum wage has been so low for so long, an extra dime an hour just doesn’t cut it,” s a i d Ry a n M e i l i , N D P leader and jobs critic, in a release. “People earning minimum wage work incredibly hard, and they’re still falling behind because of this conservative government’s inaction. No one should be working full time and still living in poverty.” Speaking at Saskatoon

business, The Better Good, Meili committed to phasing in an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour within the first term of an NDP government. “The evidence is clear: raising the minimum wage improves health outcomes, decreasing public costs for social supports, and improves the economy through increased local spending without negatively impact employment,” said Meili. “When workers earn enough to meet their families’ needs, everyone does b e t t e r, i n c l u d i n g l o c a l businesses,” said Laura Neufeld. Her small business, The Better Good,

has been a “living wage” employer since 2014. “I’ve seen firsthand the positive difference paying good wages makes in both the success of my business and the lives of my employees.” Toronto-based econom i s t A r m i n e Ya l n i z y a n also touts the benefits of a higher minimum wage, the release said. “When lowerincome households see a sustained rise in incomes, they spend virtually all of it, and almost all of this spending stays in the local economy,” said Yalnizyan. “Boost the minimum wage and you boost the economy from the bottom up.” Alberta, whose economy

is growing much faster t h a n S a s k a t c h e w a n ’s , saw their minimum wage increase to $15 an hour recently. That means a full time worker in Alberta is seeing a larger monthly raise ($212) than a worker in our province will see all year ($182), the release said. “Slow-walking the minimum wage hurts people and stunts our economic g r o w t h , ” s a i d Wa r r e n McCall, labour relations critic “The Sask. Party government is ignoring this vital economic stimulus tool and the economy is suffering for it. Saskatchewan people deserve better.”

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Be a considerate neighbour and be worthy of public trust in livestock production By Christopher Pinno, P. Eng, Regional Specialist, Moose Jaw Nuisance from livestock operations can be caused b y d u s t , n o i s e , o d o u r, smoke and other disturbances that can adversely affect the use and enjoyment of one’s property. This includes the spreading of livestock wastes such as manure and the management of mortalities, which can also cause environmental impacts.

If you must apply manure near your neighbours, be sure to communicate with them to plan an appropriate time to spread the manure to minimize odour and nuisance issues; be a considerate neighbour. The Agricultural Operations Act plays multiple roles in livestock production. The purpose is to balance environmental and social responsibilities with the realities of agricultural production. The main provisions of the Act are to


provide a mechanism for resolving nuisance disputes between agricultural producers and their immediate neighbours, and protection of ground and surface water by proper management of manure and animal waste. It’s important to follow The Agricultural Operations Act and other provincial and municipal bylaws for your area. Some categories of livestock operations require approved plans under The

Agricultural Operations Act. This will help ensure you manage manure and livestock wastes in an environmentally respons i b l e m a n n e r. C a l l t h e Agricultural Operations Unit or refer to the document “Does my Operation Require Approval” to determine if you require approval. In addition to following provincial and local rules, remember that livestock manure is a nutrient-rich, valuable fertilizer resource.


However, planned management is required to minimize nutrient and bacteria additions to waterways, and potential nuisance and odour concerns. Locate livestock operations and manure stockpiles away from watercourses. Apply manure as fertilizer at agronomic rates, and away from watercourses, neighbours, and recreational and other sensitive areas. Apply manure in the spring, summer or fall, avoiding

application in winter or under frozen conditions. Fence off mortality disposal sites to deter scavenging, properly cover carcasses, and bury or compost mortalities in clay soils, keeping contaminated runoff out of waterways and groundwater. To l e a r n m o r e a b o u t the Nuisance Provisions or the Intensive Livestock Provisions, contact the Ministry of Agriculture’s Agricultural Operations Unit at 306-787-4680.






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Good Lake Electric Michael C. Owchar

Locally Owned & Operated

Interprovincial Journeyman Electrician

115 2nd Ave. W. • Canora, Sk • 306.536.3288

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Box 1872, Canora, SK. • 306-563-7110

Family Owned and Operated SERVICES


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Call Jopie to book your quilt • Open by appointment 4 miles west, Canora Beach Road


Wolkowski Funeral Service Ltd.


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SaskEnergy applies for lowest commodity rate in 19 years SaskEnergy announced it has applied to the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel to lower its commodity rate from $3.65/Gigajoule (GJ) to $2.65/GJ, effective April 1, 2019. SaskEnergy is also asking the Panel to approve a 3.7 per cent delivery service rate increase for April 1 2019. The two rate adjustments combined will see a total


bill decrease of 8.8 per cent for the average residential customer, or annual savings of $81, said a release from SaskEnergy. “We all know how vital reliable natural gas service is to the people and businesses of Saskatchewan. Natural gas is the choice of energy for our nearly 400,000 customers and we’re pleased to be able

to offer near record low commodity rates,” said Ken From, president and chief executive officer of SaskEnergy. “These low market prices speak to the efficiency of the natural gas industry and the abundance of this low-emissions fuel resource in Canada.” In addition, SaskEnergy has asked the Panel to support an interim rate of $2.95/

GJ, effective November 1. From said this will allow customers to take advantage of lower rates during the winter heating season, while also providing the Panel the necessary time it requires to analyze SaskEnergy’s application, and collect customer feedback. The proposed April 1 commodity rate of $2.65/ GJ is the lowest SaskEnergy

has offered customers since 1999. The proposed 3.7 per cent delivery service rate increase will provide additional funding for higher costs of safety and system integrity programs, and infrastructure investments for projects such as the relocation of major pipeline infrastructure outside of large urban centres.

Tw e n t y y e a r s a g o , the average home in Saskatchewan used approximately 130 GJs of natural gas a year. In recent years, that usage per household is down to about 100 GJs thanks to more energyefficient furnaces and water heaters, homes built to higher efficiency standards and homeowners managing their energy use.

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