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When it all began... there might well have been some who were betting that it wouldn’t work. In 1993, the Bear Claw Casino was opened on the White Bear First Nation. That original casino challenged provincial law...and was subsequently shut down.

However, with the FSIN First Nation Gaming Act (which came into effect on June 10, 1995) and the creation of SIGA (the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority) First Nations people were able to establish and operate gaming destination resorts on their land. As a result, the Bear Claw Casino was reopened at its present location on the White Bear First Nation in November 1996.

On S a t u rd ay, November 12th, celebrations were held to mark to honour the 20th Anniversary of the Bear Claw Casino and Hotel. The celebrations included an of�icial cake cutting... Wooden Face Drum and Performers... and a performance by the rock band ‘Ettinger’. Vanessa Big Eagle is Marketing Manager for the Bear Claw Casino and Hotel. She was born

on the White Bear First Nation. Although she has since moved to Pheasant Rump First Nation, Vanessa has had the opportunity to see �irsthand the bene�its that the Bear Claw Casino has brought to White Bear. “Originally, the casino was intended as a way to provide employment for those on the White Bear First Nation. The people who worked to set up the �irst casino

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had done some research. They noted that gaming/ gambling was an inherent Treaty Right. And it is a traditional form of entertainment. When you study traditions like the Moccasin Games... you understand the First Nations People like to play games. So, they wanted to establish their own gaming house on First Nations Territory.” Continued on page 2


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Bear Claw Casino celebrates 20 years Continued from page 1 “The Bear Claw Casino has brought a lot of changes to the White Bear First Nation. The quality of life has improved here. People have good jobs. They are living in better homes and driving better cars. Their children are involved in sports and other activities. The casino is a tremendous asset to our community.” Vanessa notes that the benefits from gaming are distributed through SIGA to First Nations people throughout the province. “There are 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. Fifty per cent of the revenue from SIGA Casinos is distributed to all of these First Nations through the First Nations Trust. 25% of the revenue goes to Community Development Corporations which distribute the money to charities and not-forprofit community organizations. Money which goes to the First Nations is used to fund things like programming for children and our elders.” (According to SIGA’s

website... the remaining 25% of the revenue that SIGA receives through gaming goes into the Provincial General Revenue Fund.) Vanessa also sees the benefits from the Bear Claw Casino and Hotel extending well beyond the White Bear First Nation and into surrounding communities. “Among our 135 employees, there are some that come from neighboring communities like Carlyle and Kennedy. So, there are economic and employment benefits for these communities as well. But for me, it’s even more significant to see the way in which the Bear Claw Casino and Hotel has helped to bridge the gap between the other communities in this area. We have gotten to know each other better. And that has helped to build a stronger South-Eastern Saskatchewan.” As she looks forward... Vanessa sees continued growth flourishing at the Bear Claw Casino and Hotel.

“There are exciting times ahead for us. We have a new General Manager... Jonathan

bright future here!” SIGA and the White Bear First Nation deserve congratulations.

The Bear Claw Casino and Hotel is one ‘bet’ that has certainly ‘paid off.

Elders Joan and Armand McArthur cut the cake at the celebrations marking the Bear Claw Casino and Hotel’s 20th Anniversary. Photo|Connie Schwalm

New family business sets up shop in Reston Dolores Caldwell RESTON RECORDER recorder@mts.net

A new business is being set up in Reston. At Park Road Florals, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! VanCo Building Supplies a lotyear, like Christmas! With more and beginning more to to dolook each let Park Road and Florals RTM Sales, a family Park Road Florals gift? Need flowers With more and more to do each year, let help you keep your sanity! Need a hostess run business, made up of Need a hostess gift?Christmas! Need flowers helpRoad you keep your At Park Florals, it’ssanity! beginning to look a lot like Stephen sent somewhere else in the world? Busy runningMike, around, but and Darek Withsent more and more to doineach letBusy Parkrunning Road Florals somewhere else the year, world? around, but Vandenberghe, want to show someone you’re thinking of them? Or maybe you will be helpwant you keep your sanity! you’re Need athinking hostess gift? NeedOr flowers to show someone of them? maybe you setting up their main want treat you deserve it!but sentwant somewhere else in theyourself; world? Busy around, to treatto yourself; you deserve it!running office on the corner of 6th want to show someone you’re thinking of them? Or maybe you th Ave. and 9 St. -Custom made baskets -Lovely-Arrangements poinsettias -Arrangements made baskets -Lovely want-Custom to treat yourself; you deserve it! poinsettias “Our main office -Custom made baskets -Lovely poinsettias -Arrangements -Bouquets -Floral centrepieces (lit or un-lit!) -And More! -Bouquets -Floral centrepieces (lit or un-lit!) -And More! will be 300’ x 200’ in a -Bouquets -Floral centrepieces (lit deliver! or un-lit!) -And More! great location. And we We have covered. And we Weyou have you covered. And we deliver! are happy the RM of We have you covered. And we deliver! Make an order for your lady, and keep yourself safe and warm Pipestone was willing Make an order for your lady, and keep yourself safe and warm Make anholiday order for your lady, and keep yourself safe and warm this season! to sell to us,” stated this holiday season! this holiday season! company president, With Christmas right around the corner, contact us today! With Christmas around the corner, contactthe us today! With right Christmas right around corner, contact us today! Vandenberghe. Mike Denise Robson Cell: (204)483-0749 “We will be putting up Denise Robson Cell: (204)483-0749 Denise Robson Cell: (204)483-0749 Email: Parkroadflorals@outlook.com two buildings in that Email: Parkroadflorals@outlook.com location: the first building Email: Parkroadflorals@outlook.com Or check us out on Facebook Or check us out on Facebook to go up will be a 100’ Or check us out on Facebook x 50’ storage shed with a temporary office. The second building will be our main show room and sales area with three separate entrances for the possibility of another

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business to open at that location.” Building one should be completed by mid December 2016, the main building will start, weather depended, early spring and they hope to have all the buildings complete in the summer months of 2017. “Family is the main reason for this project, besides giving us an excuse to get home and see Mom and Dad more, it’s a great way to build something with my brothers for generations to come. Darek and Steve are both key to the operation, my stepson is working for us, Steve’s son-in-law will be doing plumbing with his company and we will continue to build relationships with local trades that we need to do business with,” explained Vandenberghe. “Our eldest sister, Elaine, is helping us get our office

together and we hope that more of our family can get involved, one way or another.” VanCo started hiring construction staff and are presently looking for sales and office personnel. “We will be looking to hire at least five construction members to our crew. We have talked of a possible foreman to come in and run crews and we have offered good incentives for workers to move to the area,” said Vandenberghe. “As company president, I will be in Reston as much as possible. I’m looking to add a home in Reston in the near future, and plans are already in place for that. We will be sharing those details in future months but right now I run a company in Moose Jaw, SK, as well we have a family ranch in southern Saskatchewan and we have just bought an insurance company

in Victoria, BC, which my wife operates.” VanCo is in talks with two supply companies. “We want to have the best rates available to get our customers the best prices,” said Vandenberghe. Store hours will vary. Summer months will be 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and winter hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Sunday, they close to spend time with family. Mike stated that the main factor for wanting to come back to Reston was a chance to give back to the community which he grew up in and going into business with his brothers was the deciding factor. “I watched what the RM was doing and how the community was growing and I liked what they had in place,” said Vandenberghe. Continued on page 4

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New family business sets up shop in Reston Continued from page 2 “Reston is such a great location for what we want to do and besides construction, setting up a good location for RTM moves and sales was key. We sat down with Archie McPherson and James Watt from the RM of Pipestone and they made it worth our time to build and set up shop in Reston. The whole RM staff have been good to work with and we look forward to adding more to the community.” Right now an RTM can be built on site in 43-60 working days, from the time a contract is signed. Their goal is not to have them on the lot more than 60 days. A base model can be done in 43 days but a custom RTM home with some detail takes longer. “If a client changes the pitch of a roof or orders major upgrades inside, it does take longer to build,” explained Vandenberghe. “As well as building the RTM, we also do basement or crawl spaces in sync with the build.” VanCo will build houses off site for clients within a certain radius, to save on moving costs which allows the home owner to add that money into their build.

“One of the major factors for wanting to build our manufacturing location in the RM was the price of lots for sale,” said Vandenberghe. “I feel that not only would it be great for VanCo but it could be really beneficial for families that move to Reston to work for us as they would have the ability to affordable new housing.” They are planning to start a showcase home in December at the Reston location and will only build three RTM homes on site at one time. “The research we have done into the upcoming housing market is clearly showing a pattern that we as builders need to be ready for. One of the reasons for us to get into the RTM market was because of the trends that are starting to happen and will continue to happen for the next several years or longer,” stated Vandenberghe. “The millennia’s are not going to be looking to buy $400,000+ homes, mortgages and lenders will not be lending big dollar amounts to young people and on the other side, young people are getting away from wanting big expensive homes. Our purpose is to help people get into new,

good size homes for a reasonable price.” Most of their homes range from 1,100 sq ft to 1,800 sq ft. They give base models and base model prices to clients that range from $125,000 to $157,000. They then sit down and work out and cost add-on or take offs to be done and that’s the base price finished with main floor plumbing and electrical. They have a website: www.vancortm.ca, a step-by-step process to building and buying an RTM. “It is important to know that we will help you through the whole process and guide you along the way,” said Vandenberghe. “We recommend that by taking 50% on top of your cost of the RTM, you will be close to having the cost of your new home.” The customer has to buy the lot to set the house on, hook ups, either put in a basement or crawl space, and then have the final electrical and plumbing done. If you buy a house from VanCo at $150,000 by the time you’re done, they want you to be in that $250-$300k range. In this case, the house would be complete at $225,000.

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“To me that’s affordable and reasonable for people to live in a new house,” stated Vandenberghe. “We as a company are guaranteeing our builds for two years. You won’t find another company that will put themselves on the line for that!” VanCo is open to other projects as well. “We actually have two companies in one. Besides VanCo Building Supplies and RTM Sales, we have VanCo Construction and Project Manage-

ment. In Reston, we will be selling garage packages, deck packages and supplies that will help people locally with their own projects. We can sell you the material or sell you a package and do the work for you,” explained Vandenberghe. On site, they will have the basics for building and that will start late December or early January with supplies for the farm or around the house. Special ordering packages are available and shipped right to the

customer. Big projects are a 3-day wait. “Our foremans are journeymen carpenters. Stephen is a journeyman in charge of all the projects, Darek is a leveled carpenter and we will be taking on apprentices as we can,” said Vandenberghe. VanCo is open right now. They are working and building already. Check out their website, www.vancortm.ca or Facebook page. As well you can follow them on Instagram.

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Souris

1. November 30

Santa’s Workshop 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Fellowship Club

2. December 1

Michael Gabriel, 7:30 p.m., Avalon Theatre

3. December 2

Chamber Bucks Red Card Campaign 1st draw for $100

4. December 3

MATAO – Mastermind Hypnotist, Showtime 8:30 p.m., Complex St. Luke’s Anglican coffee, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m., Fellowship Club

5. December 6

School Bands: Grade 7, Grade 8, Senior, Jazz Bands, 7:00 p.m.

6. December 8

Men’s Night at Murphy’s Pub

7. December 9

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8. December 10

Christmas at Hillcrest Museum, 7:30 p.m. Craft & vendor sale, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Souris Legion Santa Visit, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Sadler’s Creekside Greenhouse Avalon Theatre Matinee TROLLS, 2:00 p.m., Popcorn sponsored by Souris Glenwood

Other draws December 2, 9, 16, 23 Open late til 8 p.m.! Some Souris retailers will be open later every Friday night in December (includes: Dollar Town, Home Hardware, Lagasse’s Fine Art Studio, Plaza Petals, Timeless Treasures) Guys Night to Cook after the Chase the Ace Meat Draw, Souris Legion

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10. December 14

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Time for a Year-end Investment Review Edward Jones Submitted

With the holiday season upon us, you may well be busier than usual. However, by spending a few minutes reviewing your investment scenario of this past year, you can see where you’ve been, where you might be going, and what you need to do to keep moving forward toward your longterm financial goals. So, as you look back at 2016, pay close attention to these elements of your investment picture: Performance – Reviewing your investment performance over time is important in helping you determine if you’re on track to achieve your financial goals. So, in evaluating how your investments did in 2016, ask yourself some

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More than 600 people were not wearing a seatbelt during an observational driver study conducted this October by Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP) groups in rural Manitoba. A total of 13 rural locations were selected with a dozen COPP groups participating. The study is done in partnership with local RCMP detachments and conducted twice a year in the spring and fall. The average seatbelt compliance rate from the October study was 94.7 per cent - a decrease of 0.4 per cent from spring 2016. Cellphone use by drivers was also observed, with 98.7 per cent of drivers complying with the law. “Drivers and passengers need to do everything they can to keep themselves and others safe on our roads,” said Crown Services Minister Ron Schuler. “Thanks to the hard work of these volunteer citizens, we now have more information on these safety issues and can use it to raise awareness that wearing seatbelts and not driving distracted can make a real difference.” A person is 35 times more likely to be killed

and five times more likely to be seriously injured when not wearing a seatbelt. Every year in Manitoba, about 30 per cent of road fatalities involve unbelted vehicle occupants. “A 0.4 per cent decline in rural seatbelt use may not seem significant but with the number of road deaths that have occurred on our provincial highways so far in 2016, and the fact that seat belt use can literally make the difference between life and death in a serious motor vehicle collision, these observational studies are important and help to raise awareness about the simple steps that drivers and passengers can take to keep themselves safe in the event of a collision,” said Ward Keith, vicepresident, Business Development & Communications and chief product officer, Manitoba Public Insurance. “The message here is so simple; wear your seat belt all the time, no matter how long or short your trip is. And for drivers, make sure all of your passengers are buckled up and children are properly secured in child restraint seats before you take your

vehicle out of park,” said Keith. Studies like these are just one example of the important work conducted by COPP groups throughout Manitoba in cooperation with local law enforcement. COPP members volunteer their time to make their communities safer by patrolling, deterring crime, and making our roads safer. Last year, COPP volunteers provided nearly 15,000 patrol hours and 23,000 hours of other volunteer service related to the program. About COPP This year marked the 25th anniversary of COPP. It’s a grassroots program specifically designed to serve as a highly-visible crime deterrent. If someone is interested in joining a COPP group or starting one in their community, training and equipment are provided at no charge. Prior to participating in COPP patrols, all new members receive training delivered by one of COPP’s certified instructors, as well as a training manual. In addition, new members are provided with one-onone supervision with an experienced member during their first patrols.

Sask Parks Set Visitation Record Second Year in a Row said. “Our parks are great places for families to enjoy the high quality of life we have in the province.” Visitation has been strong to provincial parks for several years, and can be attributed to a focus on providing visitors with engaging programs, desirable facilities and infrastructure, and a commitment to customer service. New initiatives, including the opening of a brand new, 63 site campground at

Saskatchewan’s provincial parks and recreation sites hit a new attendance record of nearly four million visits in 2016. This is an increase of 108,000 visits over the 2015 record. Visitation to provincial parks has grown 32 per cent since 2007. “Saskatchewan Provincial Parks continue to gain popularity each year and it’s not hard to see why,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Ken Cheveldayoff

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Carlyle Skating Club to Host Regional Skating Invitational Jan. 14-15, 2017 Lynne Bell CARLYLE OBSERVER observer@sasktel.net

The Carlyle Skating Club is hosting 2017’s Region 1 and Region 6 Invitational Skating Competition, Jan. 14 and 15 at the Carlyle Sports Arena. The weekend of high-calibre skating competition will feature up to 150 skaters from ages seven to adult and will not only bring spectacular skating to Carlyle, but will also provide an economic boost to the community and the opportunity to volunteer to area residents. “Carlyle has never hosted this event and it’s usually about a once every 30-years opportunity,” says Anita Delalleau, Region 1 and Region 6 Invitational Skating Competition chairperson and Carlyle Skating Club president. “ We had originally planned on 2019, but in September 2016, we were given the chance to host the Invitational in 2017. We’ll be hosting up to as many as 150 skaters, their families and friends and spectators from throughout southeast Saskatchewan that weekend.” “It’s a huge undertaking and we’re actively looking for sponsors and many, many volunteers,” adds Delalleau. “But it’s a rare

opportunity and we leapt at it. Not only is it a competition at a high-level of skating, it’s a great weekend of entertainment and an economic opportunity for Carlyle.” “Admission is free, so we’re really hoping everyone comes out to enjoy a great weekend of entertainment and competition.” Nickie Doty, who is in charge of publicity, fundraising and awards for the competition, agrees, adding: “We have 140 shifts for volunteers and those positions involve just about everything. We’ll need people to work the registration table and the raffle tables, to act as runners, to act as ice captains, to work in the hospitality room and even announcers and people that will help with the skaters’ music.” “We also welcome event sponsorship,” adds Doty. “Some of our expenses will include judges’ mileage, hotels and meals. We will have at least 10 officials, two technical reps and a data specialist, all of whom are coming from throughout Saskatchewan.” “But it’s a great opportunity to showcase our town,” says Delalleau. “The skaters all come from the southeast corner

of Saskatchewan, from Yorkton to Estevan. For our Region 6 competition, skaters from Esterhazy, Melville, Whitewood and Yorkton will compete. In Region 1-where are local skaters will compete, we’ll welcome skaters from our Carlyle Skating Club as well as skaters from Alameda, Arcola, Bienfait, Carnduff, Kennedy, Kipling, Moosomin, Oxbow, Redvers and Wawota.” “They’re all StarSkate level skaters and they’ll be competing in: freeskate, spins, jumps, interpretive pattern dance couple and adult freeskate. We’re also offering team events,” adds Delalleau. Carlyle Skating Club board member Mary Moffat is in charge of hospitality for the event and says: “It’s a huge boon to our community. We’re currently canvassing the town for advertising sponsors and raffle items. There will be lots for the community to come out and watch, but there will also be ample time for the skaters and their parents to check out our town, not just our rink.” “Anytime you get an extra 500 to 600 people in your community, that’s a good day for everybody.” Currently, the Carlyle Skating Club has 27

skaters 14 of them will be skating in the Invitational. They are: Nolan Cameron, Ciara Corrigan, Tiana Delalleau, Maizy Delmaire, Katelyn Desjarlais, Anna Doty, Kyla Fischer, Victoria Flynn, Nikki Lamb, Jessica Moffat, Ruby Parker, Brittany Rowe, Makenna Slykhuis and Halle Schutz. “Our skaters are from Carlyle, Kennedy, Kenosee Lake, Redvers, Wauchope and White Bear First Nation,” says event treasurer-who is also in charge of

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scheduling-Karen Fischer. “We’re relying heavily on the communities in our area for everything-financial support, volunteering time-really, nothing’s too small.” “Everyone’s welcome to come out,” says Delalleau. “Medal presentations will take place throughout the weekend and so far, we’ve got two skating vendors who are coming to the rink, a photographer, raffle tables and a 50/50 lined up.” “Of course, the rink

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Olympian Carter Morrison honoured at Saskatchewan Legislature Lynne Bell CARLYLE OBSERVER observer@sasktel.net

Twelve-year-old Carter Morrison-who represented Canada and Ronald McDonald Houses at the 2016 Olympic Games opening ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro this summer- was honoured by the Province of Saskatchewan, as he joined Saskatchewan’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes, coaches and Games representatives at the Legislature in Regina on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Carter, who was born with achondroplasia, has spent time in Ronald McDonald Houses in each of the prairie provinces since he was a baby and continues to do so, as a result of his medical condition. The charity sent nearly 100 children and young

people from around the world to represent Ronald McDonald Houses to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, with only five selected from Canada. Of those five Canadians, Carter was the only young person who was asked outright to represent the charity at the XXXI Olympiad. Along with Team Canada flagbearer and Canadian Olympic gold medallist Rosie MacLennan, Carter led Team Canada into Rio de Janeiro’s 80,000-seat Maracana Stadium for the 2016 Olympic Games opening ceremony, watched by a global audience numbering in the billions. He reprised his role in Rio as he led Saskatchewan’s Olympians into the Legislature for their day of celebration by the province. Carter’s day at the Leg-

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was a ceremony in the rotunda and lunch. Then Carter went into Question Period and (Cannington MLA) Dan D’Autremont introduced him.� D’Autremont said: “Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It’s my pleasure to introduce to you and through you to the Assembly, Carter Morrision to the Legislative Assembly. He was only one of five Canadians selected by the Ronald McDonald House Charities to act as a tree-bearer during the Parade of Nations. Carter walked alongside Canada’s flag-bearer, carrying a tree sapling which represented the environmentally-conscious theme of the opening ceremonies.� “Carter is certainly a role model and was selected for his perseverance and cheerful demeanour while staying in Ronald McDonald House. Please join me in welcoming Carter to his Legislative Assembly.� Also in attendance to honour Carter was Tammy Forrester, CEO of Ronald

McDonald House, Saskatchewan. “We were so happy to have Tammy there,� says Lisa. “Trevor and I were very honoured that Carter was included in such a special day. It’s just overwhelming, all of it.�

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Twelve-year-old Carter Morrison of Carlyle was one of Saskatchewan’s Olympians and Paralympians honoured by the province at the Legislature in Regina on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Carter says, “It was pretty amazing. The whole day was fun and amazing.�

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Daku, Executive Director of Envision Counselling and Support Centre. “Things have changed since we began counselling women in the Southeast – such as a flat-line of national rates of selfreported spousal violence – but we’re seeing some disturbing trends.� She says that statistics show more women are experiencing violence after they leave their abuser. But organizations such as Envision are working closer with police and other agencies to deal with the aftermath of domestic violence. Daku also emphasised that partner abuse has a profound impact on children. Each year in Sas-

katchewan approximately 24,000 children will be exposed to male violence against their mother in their own homes. Children are present during 80 per cent of these assaultive incidents. Envision Counselling and Support Centre provides innovative programming and diverse counselling and support services to individuals, couples, and families. Counselling services are available for those experiencing instances such as intimate partner abuse or sexual exploitation. Individuals looking for more information can find it on Envision’s website at www.envisioncounsellingcentre. com.


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Making their voices heard...appellants opposed to the actions of the Kingsley Conservation and Development Area Authority make their case before the Saskatchewan Municipal Board Connie Schwalm KIPLING CITIZEN thecitizen@sasktel.net

Physics teaches us that sound is amplified as it passes over water. This is a proven fact... verified as accurate by scientific method and analysis. But, even a proven fact like this is mitigated by circumstance. Because... amplified though it may be... that sound will NOT be heard... if nobody is listening. Certainly, many of the people living near the area north of Kipling known as the Kipling Marsh will attest to this. Since the drainage ditch, which channels water away from the Kipling Marsh area into Pipestone Lake was constructed in the mid-1950’s, there have been many angry words thrown across that water. Yet... as people on BOTH sides of the issue ruefully acknowledge... not a lot has been heard. The original purpose behind the project was two-fold. As reports from the Kipling Citizen published during this period attest; the idea of a Conservation and Development Area was first put forward in 1954 as a means whereby much of the land being flooded by the Kipling Marsh (which had been farmed during the drier years leading up to the mid-50s) might be “reclaimed.” The measure was also seen as a way to lessen the risk of flooding for the town of Kipling itself. (‘Navigating the Breach – Part 1’: The Kipling Citizen, May 13th, 2016) When the water in the Kipling Marsh area rose to catastrophic flood levels in 1955, the importance of the drainage ditch as a flood control measure for Kipling became glaringly obvious. Construction on the ditch began in the fall of 1955. However,

because the support that many had expected to receive from the Federal Government (through the PFRA) was NOT given to the project... the two-part project that had been proposed (Phase 1 being the construction of the ditch to address flooding by lowering the water level to ‘normal levels’ leaving approximately 2,500 – 3,000 acres under water. Phase 2 being the “completion of the project” with work being done to allow for the marsh to be completely drained) was altered. The ditch was constructed to allow for the reduction of the Marsh to normal levels, and a Conservation and Development (C & D) area authority was created to oversee the marsh outlet and ditch. (‘Navigating the Breach – Part 2’: The Kipling Citizen, May 20th, 2016). Through the C & D Act, the local C & D Area Authority was given the right to collect levies from landowners with property located within the boundaries of the C & D Area. Those monies were intended to operate and maintain the C & D ‘works’ (the Marsh outlet and drainage ditch.) Then, in the early 1970s, work was done by the Kingsley C & D Area Authority which would allow the Marsh area to be drained completely through the use of a pumping system. An assessment of all lands within the C & D Area was also done in 1972/73. Landowners with property within the C & D area were given notice that their land would be subject to levies based on the elevation of their land. (Lands located within the C & D Area which were at an elevation above 2,143 ft were to be subject to a different rate of levies than lands which were below an elevation of 2,137 ft,

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purpose of the proceedings was to “hear at the second level” those 2016 appeals denied by the local Court of Revision (which were subsequently forwarded to Saskatchewan Municipal Board). As was stated in the Notice of Hearing, the issue to be decided by the Saskatchewan Municipal Board is this: “Did the Court of Revision make a mistake by denying appeals where certain property owners claim their lands or parts thereof are wrongfully assessed because they receive no benefit from works?” Ken Burton (who along with Elroy Trithardt, acted as representatives for 12 of the 21 Appellants appearing before the Board that day) concentrated on four key issues in the written submission, which he read out loud at the hearing: Firstly, Burton noted that the acres associated with the appeals in question “do not benefit from the works of the C & D,” adding “‘Catchment’ acres are not ‘Benefitted’ acres merely by inclusion in the C & D boundary.” Burton also pointed out that no other assessment of lands within the C & D had been done since 1974. Yet, despite that fact, a “Catchment Levy” had been implemented on “non-benefitted” acres (and subsequently increased) so that: “By 2015, over 70 percent of C & D operations were being fi-

nanced by levy on nonbenefitted land.” Secondly, Burton pointed out that “In 2015, several land owners west of the Kipling Marsh were denied benefit of ‘use of works’ because their drainage efforts were deemed to be illegal (non-permitted) and they were reported to the Sask. Water Security Agency. The individuals involved are C & D levied rate payers.” At the same time, Burton noted that “benefits for ‘use of works’ WERE extended to land outside of the C & D boundary, although this land is not levied.” He went on to note that this land is “owned by a C & D Board member and spouse”. Thirdly, Burton pointed to Section 59 of the C & D Act, which stipulates that landowners are to be mailed a notice “setting forth the land in respect of which he is assessed and the number of acres shown upon the roll as acres to be benefitted, and every notice shall contain a statement of the last date upon which complaints against the assessment

may be lodged with the secretary treasurer.” He further noted that mailing of such statements “may be dispensed with where the assessment is not changed from time of last mailing. When mailing is dispensed with, a notice in the local newspaper is required.” Burton stated that a C & D notice published in the local paper in 2016 invited inspection of a tax roll that appeared unchanged from 2015; however, “The assessment rolls for 2015 and 2016 are reported on pages 70-88 of the package provided by the Municipal Board to the Appellants. It is apparent that the assessment for 2016 has been significantly changed from 2015... The 2016 tax roll that was inspected by the Appellants is NOT the one now being reported.” As Burton points out, at no time during this period did landowners receive any notice detailing changes to their assessment. Nor, he alleges, were proper allowances made for appeal. Continued on page 15

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Continued from page 13 Lastly, Burton referred to the minutes of a Feb. 6, 2013 meeting of the C & D Board. During that meeting, a new “General Project Account” was created. Burton claims that this effectively pooled the monies held previously in two separate accounts (a “Marsh Basin Account” and an “Outlet Levy Account”). He notes that this allowed the $261,000 which had been in the “Outlet Levy Account” (largely because of money paid out by PDAP for damages incurred during the 2011 flood) to cancel out the $600 deficit in the “Marsh Basin Account.” He also noted that “levy revenue could now be spent on any activity the Area Authority would choose, regardless of where the levy was generated.” Burton asserted that a change like this would require “a complete reassessment of the C & D area and assessment notices,” however, this was not done. Several of the other Appellants chose to present their own statements to the board.

While these Appellants did relate specific circumstances pertaining to their individual cases, none disagreed with the statement that Burton and Trithardt had prepared for the 12 individuals they represented. When asked by the Municipal Board what remedy they would like to have imposed, all of the Appellants indicated that they wish to have their 2016 taxes refunded. Some wanted to have their land removed from the C & D area. Many called for a forensic audit to be done. The members of the C & D Area Authority Board were also in attendance at the hearing, and were given equal opportunity to state their case. In his statement to the Municipal Board, C & D representative Joe Widdup said this: “The C & D exists to provide an outlet for water in this watershed, and as is detailed in our submission, all ratepayers benefit from this service. While we recognize that outdated legislation and lack of government support for our projects causes problems

with assessments and the ability to assess and tax contributing land outside our area, we are currently using the best model available.” The C & D Area Authority Board also stated their position in a detailed written submission. In it, their response to each of the 21 appeals in question was recorded. Some of the concerns brought up by Burton and the other Appellants were addressed in this written submission. For example, regarding the combining of accounts, the C & D says this: “In regards to the combining of accounts, it is important to understand that the ‘Outlet’ account funds were derived from lands immediately surrounding the marsh bottom land and those funds were put into the ‘Outlet’ account that was used for the ditch maintenance. The levies collected off of the lands alongside

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leather, 101,000 km, red

Med gray, Sto N Go, 83,000 km

2013 Smart Car

For Two, Air, Auto, 22,000 km, Black

$10,200 REDUCED 2009 Chevy Malibu LS blue, only 75,000 km

$9,300

$7,900 $81 b/w

2006 Pontiac Pursuit

2009 Buick Allure CX

2 dr, auto, orange

Black

JUST IN 2015 Chevy 1500 LT Double Cab

$32,600 $289 b/w

Gray, 27,000 km

Mocha brown, 98,000 km

2013 Chrysler Town & Country Van

2010 Chrysler 300 Limited

$7,100 $171 b/w

$34,900 $267 b/w

$8,900 $78 b/w

2015 Chrysler 200 LX Sedan

Burgundy, 133,000 km

2015 Chevy 1500 LTZ Crew Cab REDUCED

$18,900 $145 b/w

$19,300 $148 b/w

2005 Chevy Impala Sedan

White diamond, 213,000 km

Loaded, Red, 72,000 km

2011 GMC Terrain SLE AWD

2014 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT

2012 Chevy Malibu LT

2009 Buick Lucerne CXL

4x4, Leather, White, 11,000 km

White, 143,000 km

$157 b/w

$9,900

$12,400 $126 b/w

$11,900 $104 b/w

4,600 km, White

red, 223,000 km

Leather, sandrift, 81,000 km

V6, blue, 109,000 km

$17,800 $136 b/w 2012 Chevy Traverse LT AWD

2015 Dodge Dart Limited

2012 Chevy Cruze LT

$4,900

$21,300 $163 b/w

2009 Chevy Equinox GFX AWD

2011 Chrysler Town & Country Van sand, 131,000 km

42,000 km, Gray

2012 Chevy Equinox LT AWD

2010 Chevy Equinox LT AWD Mocha brown, 148,000 km

Loaded, 1,219 km, blue

2013 Dodge Journey SXT FWD

2014 Jeep Patriot 4x4

4x4, 5300 V8, 26,000 km, white

2011 Dodge 3500 SLT Laramie Mega Cab 4x4 Diesel, leather, 179,000 km

2014 GMC 1500 SLE Crew Cab

2014 Toyota Tacoma Limited leather, crew cab, white, 61,000 km

$34,300

$30,000

$229 b/w

4x4, silver, 44,000 km

JUST ARRIVED

2014 Acadia Denali • 2014 Acadia SLT 2014 GMC 1500 Reg Cab 4x4 • 2014 Travers LS AWD 2014 Traverse LT AWD • 2010 Camaro LT 2006 Pursuit 2 dr

Prices include all fees / Finance payments, max term for model year fees & taxes included.

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