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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2011
RM of Shellbrook waiting on disaster relief funds
A green light on grants applied for this summer will make a rough year much more manageable for the RM of Shellbrook. Wet conditions caused by a high water table and spring flooding made for large increases in spending on road rebuilding and maintenance. According to Reeve Bob Ernst, a budget bursting $500,000 was spent on road repair, culvert replacement and regular road maintenance this year. The RM has applied for Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP) funding for the eligible portion of funding but has yet to hear how much would be covered if their application is approved at all. “We’ve spent all of this money but we are still waiting to see what is going to happen. Are they going to approve 60 per cent or 70 or 40,” said Ernst. The RM applied for $180,000 under the PDAP program of which $55,000 is the deductible. Ernst said that early indications were that, if approved, the RM would receive a grant for 60 per cent of the remaining $125,000. Frost boils and heaves in the road also caused significant problems and great expense but damage caused by those perils are not covered under the program because they are not caused by excess water. The municipality also spent $69,000 on the replacement of culverts this year with $25,000 of that covered by a grant through the Sask Watershed Authority. The RM’s gravel budget was also pushed well beyond its limit this year as $210,000 spent on gravel which has gone toward filling holes and graveling roads. In a typical year they budget $150,000 for gravel. Continued on page 2
HITTING THE TRAILS -- The Sturgeon River Nordic ski team had a solid showing at stages 1 and 2 of the Sask Cup in La Ronge over the weekend. The team, made up of skiers from Shellbrook, Spruce Home and Prince Albert had 26 placings through the weekend’s events. Pictured here are: Back row Reilly Pauliuk, of P.A., Matthew Gill and Adam Crosby of Spruce Home, Ryan Potts, Taryn Moe and Hannah Miller of Shellbrook), 2nd Row Michael Fraser, of PA, Miranda Crosby, Cassandra Crosby and Simon Crosby of Spruce Home, Jenna Beaulieu and Evan Beaulieu of Shellbrook; Bill Jeffery (Coach), Anna Sigurdson of PA, Amund Otterson of Shellbrook; Joan Jeffery (Coach) Front Row (foreground) Jaxson Carter, Alex Wilson, Milton Schinbein and Carly Fraser, of PA. Story on page 2.
Prince Albert man appeals drug sentence A Prince Albert man who received a seven year sentence for drug trafficking is appealing his conviction. Trevor Wayne Anderson, of Prince Albert, was sentenced December 7 to seven years in prison for a series of drug related offences in the Prince Albert Court of Queens Bench. Anderson was convicted of drug dealing, instructing the commission of an offence for a criminal organization and possession of property obtained by crime. According to the Notice of Appeal, the conviction is being appealed based on the grounds that “The decision is contrary
to the evidence, the weight of the evidence, and the law.” Anderson’s lawyer, Mark Brayford, also notes in the document that the rulings with respect to the Appellant’s Charter Rights were wrong in relation to late, lost missing and vetted disclosure, the format of that disclosure, deceased informant privilege, investigative technique privilege, work product privilege and unreasonable delay. Court heard that Anderson was responsible for the trafficking of at least 4 kilograms of cocaine and between 80 – 100 lbs of cannabis marijuana in and
around the city of Prince Albert between May and August of 2007. The judge ordered Anderson to forfeit four vehicles and $74,000 in cash. The Crown is also seeking forfeiture of a home located north of Prince Albert. Anderson was one of 18 originally charged following a yearlong drug sting conducted by the Prince Albert Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit in 2007, which is made up of members of the RCMP and Prince Albert City Police. No date for the appeal to be heard had been set at press time.
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RM waiting on Disaster Assistance funds In a typcial year Ernst said they would spend about $50,000 fixing roads and replacing culverts. Ernst said that the RM budgets to have a significant reserve fund to provide a buffer for bad years such as this one. The receipt of this grant funding will replenish the reserve fund. Without it, they will have some work to do to regain that cush-
ion. If the grant application is denied and we see another year like last year, they could be forced to look at tax hikes. “I’m just afraid that if this continues we’ll have to start looking at the mill rate going up,” said Ernst. “If the government doesn’t step up to the plate we could be in trouble.” Another positive is that they had gravel stock-
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piled that was ready to use for road maintenance and repair. This put them in a better position than some municipalities that had to source gravel before starting to complete road repairs and maintenance this spring. They currently have a stockpile of 25,000 yards of gravel, which Ernst hopes will last for two years.
Heavy moisture and a failed grant application also stymied efforts to complete a connection to the heavy haul road. The RM will reapply for funding to complete the two and a half mile section of road near the former Mayview Store which will complete the heavy haul route. Attempts to get at some divisional work complet-
ed were also thwarted by soggy ground and the demands of fixing damaged roads. “We got so behind on sand sealing this year because the guys were so swamped with fixing holes, back roads and fixing culverts that they didn’t have time for sand sealing,” said Ernst. Typically they complete two miles per year
of sand-sealing on their blacktop roads but the hope is next year four miles will be completed. June and July were heavy months for the RM road crew as they tried to get the main roads passable. “Everything created more work and more cost,” said Ernst.
Sturgeon River New columnist for the Chronicle Nordic skiers successful at Sask Cup
The Sturgeon River Nordic ski team, had a solid showing, including a clean sweep in the Midget Girls 3km freestyle. The team, which features skiers from Shellbrook Spruce Home and Prince Albert, is coached by Bill and Joan Jeffery. Hannah Miller (0:13:00.0) and Taryn Moe ( 0:13:48.0) of Shellbrook, and Miranda Crosby (0:14:55.0) of Spruce Home finished first, second and third , respectively, in the Midget 2 Girls 3 km freestyle. Jenna Beaulieu (0:18:45.0)took first in the Midget 1 Girls 3 km freestyle. In the PeeWee Boys division, it was Ryan Potts (0:08:59.0 ) by a margin of three seconds to take top spot 2 km freestyle race. In the 5k Midget 2 Boys, Evan Beaulieu placed third with a a time of 0:30:57.0. On day two of the event Hannah Miller and Taryn Moe finished first and second, respectively in the Midget 2 Girls 0.675 km Classic race. Meanwhile, Sturgeon River coach Bill Jeffery and Amund Otterson finished first and second, respectively in the Masters Men’s 7 10km freestyle. Otterson also finished first in the Masters Men’s 7 1.15 km Classic race and second in the 10 km Other team results are as follows: Atom Boys 2 (04) - 1 km. 1st Milton Schinbein ; Atom Boys 3 - 1 km. 1st Alex Wilson, 3rd Jaxson Carter; PeeWee Boys 3 2 km. 1st Matthew Gill, 3rd Reiley Pauliuk; PeeWee Boys 2 km. 2nd Adam Crosby; Juvenile Girls 1 5 km. 2nd Anna Sigurdson; Junior Boys - 10 km 3rd Michael Fraser; Atom Boys 2 0.2 km. Classic 1st Milton Schinbein; Atom Boys 3 (03) - 0.2 km. Classic - 1st Alex Wilson 2nd Jaxson Carter. February 25-26, the Sturgeon River Nordic will be hosting the Provincial Cross Country Ski championships at the Sturgeon River Nordic Centre, north of Shellbrook.
The Shellbrook Chronicle is pleased to welcome columnist Bronwyn Eyre into its roster of contributors. A native of Saskatoon, Eyre is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (BA ‘93, LLB ‘96). She writes a general interest column for The StarPhoenix and can be heard regularly on Rawlco Radio’s Afternoon News with Richard Brown.
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Canwood Seniors meeting highlights President Doris Bazley opened the meeting by the singing of O Canada followed by The Lord’s Prayer, part of the Senior’s Prayer and a couple of quips Eileen Olsen read the minutes of the November meeting due to the absence of Doris Odegaard, secretary. Eileen moved adoption of these minutes, seconded by Stella Campbell. Carried. Eileen Olsen, treasurer read the financial statement, adopting this report herself, seconded by Roy Bazley, Carried. Moved by Mary
Montieth, seconded by Bertha Johnson that outstanding bills be paid. Carried. Moved by Mary Montieth, seconded by Lil Sorensen that we hold our soup and sandwich day on January 24, 2012 - charge be $7. Carried. Reports: Social Services - Bertha Johnson reported having sent a 50th anniversary card to Kai and Joan Andersen and a get well card was circulated for Jack Meicklejohn and will be sent to him. Cards - Adolph Benson reported that there would be one more crib night on
December 7 and then no more until after the holidays. Eileen Olsen reported that there would be one more whist afternoon on December 18 and then no more until after the holidays. Margaret Wyatt reported that morning coffee in the Seniors room was still going well. The phoning committee was asked to phone all Senior members regarding the pot luck Christmas dinner on December 13. Mary Montieth will invite all the Senior transportation drivers to the dinner. Hilda
“What’s the cost of a designated driver during the holiday season?”
Answer: Not much. However, the price of not having one can include: Arrest and/or detention * a trip to a police station * a night in jail * a 24 driving suspension * a 30 day driving suspension for new drivers * an additional 90 day driving suspension before court * a 30 day vehicle “impoundment” (you pay storage costs) * at least one trip to court * and lawyers fees averaging up to $5000.... and this is before you’re convicted! If you’re convicted you can expect a minimum of: a $1000 fine * a one year driving
prohibition * possible unemployment if you can’t drive * hassles from your boss, co-workers, friends, family, and spouses (no surprise there)* a criminal record that may cause you difficulties getting to Disneyland *a lifetime of misery if you’ve injured or killed someone * embarrassing employment and volunteer criminal record checks * insurance likely won’t be paying for any damage or injuries from a vehicle accident if you’ve over the limit * and finally possible jail time. Drink responsibly or get a designated driver - its worth it!
Season’s Greetings! First off, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a wonderful 2011. I was re-elected to the House of Commons back in May, and I thank you for the trust you have placed in me – be assured, I will continue to work hard to make Northern Desnethé-MissinippiSaskatchewan Churchill River an even better place to live and do business. Christmas is a time for giving, not just to family and friends, but also to the needy. Canadians have always been generous when giving to charity and I’m sure this trend will continue this holiday season, with many worthwhile charities counting on your support. 2011 has certainly been a good year for Saskatchewan and our government is working hard to ensure that 2012 is even better. We will continue to stimulate Canada’s economy with our Economic Action Plan, while moving quickly toward balanced budgets and with a view to beginning to pay down our nation’s deficit in the very near future. I look forward to meeting even more of my constituents in the upcoming year and renewing friendships with so many of you that I have already had the pleasure of getting to know. I will be traveling with my staff for even more passport clinics in 2012, so watch your local newspapers for more information on that front.
Having earned a majority of members in the House of Commons, our Conservative government will now be free to pursue legislation important to our nation, including laws designed to protect children and the elderly. Soon we will be rid of the useless and costly long-gun registry. Further legislation will be tabled to refine and improve the laws of our country in the next three years, and I anticipate, with pleasure, working with my fellow Members of Parliament in drafting and perfecting new bills. I am looking forward to spending the holidays with my wife, Leanne, and my children Kobey and Kabree. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family for their unfailing support and for being so understanding about the time I have to spend away from them. Thanks to my constituents for all of your support and kind words throughout the year. Once again, please let me wish you a pleasant holiday, a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! As always, I look forward to your letters, e-mails and calls. Write me at: Rob Clarke MP, House of Commons, 502 Justice Building, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6. I hope you will find time to visit my website http://www.robclarkemp.ca To contact me via e-mail use email@example.com or call my constituency office toll-free at 1-866-400-2334.
Gaboury volunteered to roast the turkey which was donated by Hawryluk Funeral Home, and Pat Bartley volunteered to make the dressing. Moved by Marian Campbell, seconded by Margaret Wyatt that we make a donation to the hall committee to help them pay for expenses and repairs that they have incurred lately - ie: new water heater, roof repairs, etc. Carried. President Doris Bazley will present this cheque to the hall committee at her earliest convenience. Marian Campbell is resigning from the job of taking Senior room rental bookings. Bertha Johnson offered to take on this position, so in the future if you wish to book the Seniors room for some event please call Bertha at 468-2258. Moved by Louise Person, seconded by Bertha Johnson that we publish our minutes in he Shellbrook Chronicle. Carried. Roll call was taken with 20 members in attendance.
Birthdays and anniversaries for December were announced and Happy
Birthday sung. Anne Andrews adjourned the meeting.
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Opinions Brad Dupuis News Editor
The perils of parking I made an interesting observation the other day while heading into the city to do some Christmas shopping. The bulk of the population puts a greater value on their comfort than they do on their time or effort. I know that this isn’t some grand revelation but it didn’t occur to me until pulling into that mall parking lot last week. On a day when temperatures hovered around -10, I found myself driving down into the underground parking garage. I, like everyone else down there, drove around and around in circles in search of an empty spot or a set of reverse lights. People actually slammed on their brakes and started signalling anytime they saw someone walking anywhere near their direction in anticipation that this person may be leaving the mall and taking a car with them. The trick was actually determining which way to signal. Meanwhile, traffic builds up behind these lurkers as they wait for the parking spot that may never materialize. When they finally either get their wish or realize that the person that they have been stalking just walked back to their vehicle to make sure that they did indeed lock it when they left, the parking lot traffic jam begins to flow momentarily until another genius discovers a parking space that may or may not be opening up. This was all on a relatively warm day three weeks before Christmas, I can’t imagine the nightmare of trying to find a spot on the 23th, or heaven forbid the 24th of December. Anyway, after about 10 minutes of this parking lot gong show I simply couldn’t take it anymore. Then I wasted another five minutes trying to get around the various parking lot lurkers, traffic jams and stalled out cars. I wasted 15 minutes of my time trying to save time by parking closer to the place I was trying to get to. There really is no logic there. So I drove outside to the nearly deserted parking lot and parked two car lengths from the walking entrance to the underground parking and walked in. It was 30 seconds and done. When my shopping day was complete, I noticed that the entrance to the underground parking was blocked off with a closed sign and the main parking lot was maybe a quarter full a whole four hours later. All the while people were still driving up to hassle the lot attendant, presumably to see if he would let them drive down and check out the situation. It all led me to wonder just how much time people waste while trying to save time and energy by wasting time and energy and just how long is too long for the average person to drive round and round in circles in search of something that they may never actually find? I know my breaking point is 5 minutes, 10 if my wife is in the car. Next time, I’m just going to make a beeline for the first parking spot I see rather than wasting the time searching for a closer spot.
The Paul Martin Commentary The monthly labor force statistics provide some interesting insights into the trends that are at play in the economy. They help because there are a wide range of figures tallied in the report. The one, of course, that gets all the attention is total employment numbers. But when you drill down a bit deeper, you can get a slightly bigger picture. For example, in the figures for last month show a decline of 4,200. That’s roughly about where we were at this point last year. But they also show that the number of people entering the workforce went up – by about 1,300. And the number of full-time jobs also rose – about 1,100 in the month. The big decline was in part-time positions. They were down by more than 5,000. And when compared to last year, 7,100 more people were holding down full-time positions compared to 6,400 fewer in part-time roles. That should be viewed as good news. At the end of the day, these figures don’t tell how many jobs the marketplace has created – they tell us how many are filled. *** Government by referendum is not a particularly good idea. It`s an idea that appeals to voters who supported the party that lost the last election but it really isn`t a very effective tool for governing. In effect it negates the purpose of an election where we elect a group of our peers to act on our behalf. The court ruling that the feds need a referendum on the Wheat board is a case in point.
If this decision stands, we will see future govern-
ments put referendum clauses into every bill they pass. That way when they`re out of power, their opponents won`t be able to repeal the law without a plebescite. And the Wheat Board one says farmers should vote on it, not consumers who buy the grain. That also smacks of a democratic shortfall. But then again the Harper Tories could pass a bill to get rid of the gun registry and include a clause that the only way the Liberals or NDP could put it back in place is after a referendum of gun owners only. That would be sauce for both the goose and the gander. *** As the federal government continues to disseminate information it compiled from the tax returns we filed earlier this year, we are getting a broader insight into the way people are handling their money these days. The latest data concerns charitable donations. Saskatchewan is well known as the volunteer capital of the country but it is pretty much in the middle of the pack when it comes to giving money instead of time. In fact we had the smallest increase of the western provinces in giving from 2009 to 2010. We saw our donations rise by less than four per cent on a year-over-year basis while Alberta and BC were posting double digit increases. Again, the feds have drilled down to assess the way people in the country`s major cities responded to requests from charities and on this one the people of Saskatoon generally give larger amounts – considerably larger actually - but Reginans dug deeper in 2010 than they did in the previous year. Donations in Regina rose by eight per cent in 2010 while contributions in Saskatoon were slightly lower.
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Viewpoint Wall gov’t needs to keep its nose clean Exactly what kind of government the Saskatchewan Party will be in its second term is a question of vital consequence to us all. To the Sask. Party, it’s a question critical to how long it stays in power. A competent government in this strong economy that doesn’t get weighed down by either corruption or arrogance can breeze through a second term and be elected for a third term with ease. This is of critical importance to the NDP as well. If the Sask. Party is successful and the NDP remain far removed from the prospect of power, we will see a major poltical shift in this province. And the competency of this Sask. Party is of particular interest to the rest of us who bear the consequences of either a good or bad government. Of course, what lies ahead for Premier Brad Wall’s administration is impossible to predict. Much can happen in a fouryear span. But if the initial days _ including its first Speech from the Throne after re-election _ are any indication, things seem to be on course for Brad Wall’s team. There are, however, a few disconcerting bumps
that we should all watch closely. While the NDP railed on the Sask. Party government for the lack of specifics in last Monday’s throne speech in areas like agriculture and the environment and no broader vision for the province as a whole, there’s little to indicate that the record 64-per-cent that supported the Sask. Party would suddenly be dissatisfied with that vision they’ve seen from the government so far. The throne speech was mostly a recitation of the Sask. Party’s modest election promises now familiar to us all _ help for diabetics and the disabled, improved pensions for low-income seniors and help with nursing home costs, breaks for families with kids in extra-curricular activities, tuition help for graduating high school students pursing post-secondary education next year. Coupled with legislative plans to implement a lobbyist registry, improved
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Internet and cell coverage through SaskTel and a plan to get tougher on gangs in prisons it makes for a modest but well-focused legislative plan. Minding the store so that Saskatchewan people are well served and letting the booming economy take care of itself has quickly become Wall’s trademark. It’s also a relatively easy way for governments to stay out of trouble _ something that will be critical for the Sask. Party government in this term. With a couple opposition terms and one full-term of government now under the belts of most Sask. Party MLAs, the prospects of getting into trouble increases. This is particularly so in a large 49-member caucus. Wall is wise to keep harping on the need for humility and public service to this government. If the Sask. Party government can stick to plan of competent
manager of the economic wealth we have suddenly been blessed with, there is every reason to believe that Wall and the Sask. Party will govern this province for years to come. The problem is, it may be increasingly difficult to stick to that script. We got a bit of a taste of how difficult that was late in the last term of the Sask. Party government when the merger of St. Peter’s College and the public Carlton Trail College in the Muenster and Humboldt. The story developed into a massive fiasco with plenty of auditor-backed concerns of financial mismanagement. One of the first orders of business of the re-elected Sask. Party government was to announce that no criminal charges are arising out of this mess, but there were plenty of other reasons to be concern about the lack of vigilant monitoring by the minister, education officials and especially the political partisans appointed to the Carlton Trail board. The Sask. Party government needs to do better than this. Its longevity may very well depend on avoiding such messes.
Your Two Cents Feds broke the law with Bill C-18 Editor, The Regina Leader Post (Thursday, December 8, 2011) stated in a headline “Court says the Federal Government broke the law.” The article says that Federal Court Justice Douglas Campbell questioned the conduct of federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz in breaching Section 47.1 of the Canadian Wheat Board Act which requires a producer
vote before grains can be removed from or added to the CWB’s monopoly. It is an undisputed fact that the Minister tendered Bill C-18 without conducting the consultation and before gaining the consent expressed in Section 47-1 of the CWB Act. Campbell found that Ritz breached his statutory duty to consult with the Board and conduct a vote of wheat and barley
producers as to whether or not they agree with the removal of wheat and barley from the single desk. Bob Bjornerud, Minister of Agriculture with the Sask Party, supports the conduct of the Harper government’s Agriculture Minister Ritz, who breached Section 47.1 of the CWB Act. The Tories call themselves a law and order government, yet they will invoke closure to
speed Bill C-18 through the Senate. Should we support a government that breaks the law? Should we trust the Tories who use such tactics to impose their will on the electors? Respectfully submitted; Fred Harrison Regina, SK
Dear Editor, The Senate’s constitutional role is no more. Closure without substantive analysis of the effects of passing legislation is in the process of replacing the provision of sober second thought. “Full speed ahead” being the marching orders, there will be no substantive analysis of Bills of far reaching consequence. Thoughts of the possibility of improvement through amendments, let alone such actions being considered and acted upon, simply do not exist. August 26, 2010 on the runway at Tuktoyaktuk Harper said, “I think I make the rules.” Having
majorities in both the Commons and the Senate it is no longer “I think” but rather “I make.” Opposition from other political parties are ineffective. What is yet to be determined is what impact there may be from a new force in our lives, social net working. Campaigns are under weigh by both those opposing the destruction of the Canadian Wheat board by the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act and the Ending the Long-gun Registry Act. Senators are receiving tens of thousands of e-mails from irate citizens concerned about the future when precedents and judgement are ignored and this statement made
by Agricultural Minister Ritz “Let me be clear, we will never reconsider” is viewed as an unacceptable norm. Will Canada’s “New Government”, the “Harper Government” respond positively to pressure from
the citizenry or ignore it? Something providing “interesting times” to follow as year 2011 draws to a close. Yours truly Joe Hueglin Niagara Falls. Ontario
The Editor A response about MLA reception Raises Questions - Leader Post Dec 7, 2011 The Premier claims these casual get-togethers with food and drink don’t server as a venue for lobbying. Who does he think he is fooling? That’s the first
step to lobbying. When industry and the business community want to rub shoulders with the politicians, that is to break the ice, can anyone suggest a better way to do it. It is the best way to get on a first name basis for when the real work begins. Henry Neufeld Waldeck, Sask.
Full speed ahead for wheat board bill
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Agriculture Successful diversification requires perseverance The concept of diversification for Western Canadian agriculture was pretty much the mantra of both government and farm groups for the better part of the 1990s, but was it a successful vision for the industry? That is a question of some considerable conjecture, depending upon how one envisions it. Certainly on the crops side of farming we have seen a few crops gain major interest, and acreage, in particular legume crops, lentils and peas leading the way, with growing interest now emerging for soybeans in non-traditional growing areas. That said, this space once focused on the potential of lupines to become a significant crop, and pinto beans were heralded in the same way. Neither have turned out to be widely grown.
Calvin Daniels On Agriculture
You can add quinoa, echinacea, fenugreek, sea buckthorn and industrial hemp as other crops which were suggested to potential options which for the most part did not turn out to be more than a passing fad. Of course a field crop is basically a one-year experiment. Farmers grow a crop, see what the market returns are, then add it to the rotation on a permanent basis, or move on to something else. When you turn your attention to the livestock side of farming the time invest-
ment grows substantially. You do not build a flock of ostrich, or herd of fallow deer overnight. Initially breeding stock is in short supply when the next hot farm animal bursts on the scene, and farmers are left with major cash investments, followed by years of herd building. They must hope a market has developed, and the end product, what is sold to market rather than for breeding is such there is a profit to be realized. For the most part livestock diversification has
Clubroot in Saskatchewan
By Shannon Urbaniak, PAg. Regional Crops Specialist, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture 1) What is clubroot and what crops does it affect? Clubroot is a soil borne disease that affects the roots of cruciferous crops such as canola, mustard and camelina. The pathogen produces resting spores in infected plant roots. These spores are released into the soil when the roots decompose. Cruciferous weeds such as stinkweed, shepherd’s purse, flixweed and wild mustard can serve as hosts for clubroot. The presence of clubroot affects the overall yield and quality of crops such as canola. 2) What are the symptoms of clubroot and when should I check my fields? Symptoms of clubroot can be above ground and/ or below ground depending on the amount of clubroot present in the soil, the environmental conditions, and how early the crop is infected. In the earlier stages of crop development (up to early podding) symptoms can include wilting, stunting and yellowing of plants. Signs of premature ripening and shriveled seeds may be observed in later crop stages. Above-ground symptoms of clubroot can be confused with those of
moisture stress, blackleg, fusarium and sclerotinia. It is a good idea to further monitor and confirm the presence of clubroot by digging up the roots of suspected plants to look for additional below ground symptoms on the roots. Plant roots infected with clubroot will be enlarged with galls that restrict water and nutrient uptake. Crops susceptible to clubroot should be monitored regularly throughout the growing season, but symptoms will be most visible later in the season. 3) How can I prevent or manage the spread of clubroot in my fields? Clubroot is spread by the release of resting spores into the soil after infected plant roots galls have disintegrated. Once in the soil resting spores can be transported through contaminated soil movement by agricultural or industrial equipment, vehicles, tires, animals, shoes, clothing, soil attached to seed and manure from animals. Cleaning equipment between fields will help to minimize the movement of contaminated soil. Field access points where equipment enters the field are the most common areas of initial clubroot infection. The best approaches to preventing and managing clubroot include using good sanitation practices
by cleaning equipment between fields, growing susceptible crops such as canola no more than once every four years, and controlling cruciferous volunteer crops and weeds. Resting spore number will decline over time when non-host crops are grown, but a small proportion can survive in the soil for up to 20 years. The more recent development of clubroot resistant canola varieties has given growers another valuable tool to manage clubroot risk; however, it is important to note that resistance does not mean full immunity to the disease. The best long-term strategy to manage clubroot is to implement multiple management practices in order to minimize the build up and spread of clubroot spores in the soil. 4) How can I get more information on clubroot? The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture has a clubroot management plan, a clubroot factsheet, and links to additional information available on the ministry website (http://www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/). For more information on this or other crops related topics, contact Shannon Urbaniak at (306) 953-2362 or the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377.
been a dismal failure. You would drive a lot of miles to find a farmer on the Prairies still raising ostrich, emu, and fallow deer. Llamas, elk, and other species have survived, but you can’t really call them widely successful either. So when you meet someone being successful in an area that most have not been, is interesting. The successes show perseverance, and generally a willingness to build market, not just raise the stock. Joy Popowich of Saltcoats has done that managing to find ways to make her meat rabbits profitable, at a time almost every other breeder in Saskatchewan has given up. Polly Schindel from Lintlaw has done much the same as she and husband Bob have developed one of Saskatchewan’s largest alpaca herds. While alpaca fleece produces a high quality fibre, there has never been a large processor here to help develop a market, and so the industry has struggled. It seems stuck at that point where a processor is needed to grow numbers, but numbers are needed for a major processor to be viable.
Schindel has ignored the impasse by having processing done out of province, and the yarn then turned into garments which she markets direct. It’s more work than growing a field of wheat and taking it to the elevator, or raising a calf and selling it to a feedlot. But it is also a way of developing a market for something new that you believe in.
While in general terms diversification has failed more than farmers would have hoped, mainly lacking viable processing and markets, there are examples of producers who have made it work. It may not be the production and haul to a market-style farming most are used to it, but it can carve out niches which can raise the returns of the farm.
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A vision of Saskatchewan in the years ahead SaskTel has instructed the Crown Corporation to make this a priority. For some Saskatchewan families affordability is an issue. It is important that their voices not only be heard, but responded to. Legislation will be introduced this fall to extend the notice period for
Dear Friends, In our recent provincial election, Saskatchewan people made a clear choice. They chose to keep our province moving forward with Premier Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party. On behalf of the entire Saskatchewan Party Caucus, I would like to thank you for your support. It will be our privilege to continue working hard on behalf of you and your family to keep Saskatchewan moving forward and make sure it remains the best place in the country to live, work, invest and raise a family. We will work hard and keep our promises – in short, we will do what we said we would do. On December 5, 2011, the Speech from the Throne was read in the Saskatchewan Legislature. In it, your Saskatchewan Party government laid out its plan for the legislative session that begins this fall and concludes in the spring. The speech reflected the clear, concise and forward-looking vision outlined in our platform in the recent provincial election. It will build on our government’s record of the
last four years of balanced budgets, debt reduction and investments that will assist society’s most vulnerable. The speech was also about a vision of what Saskatchewan will look like in the years ahead. That vision includes a provincial population of 1.1 million people by 2015, the best education and opportunities for young people, dignified and respectful treatment for seniors, and the best care and support in Canada for people with disabilities. Simply put, our vision is a Saskatchewan that is the best place in the country to live, work, start a business, get an education, raise a family and build a life. To that end, the speech focused on several themes, including growth, affordability, quality of life and accountability. According to a recent Conference Board of Canada report, Saskatchewan will be the fastest growing province in the country this year. That growth is expected to continue in 2012. One of the keys to maintaining this growth is a commitment to responsible stew-
ardship of the province’s finances. Our government will continue to reduce the debt, balance the budget, maintain a competitive tax structure and promote Saskatchewan on the world stage. Infrastructure is key to growth. Over the last four years, your Saskatch-
ewan Party government invested $2.2 billion into our highway system – improving more than 6,000 kilometres of highways. In our second term, we will match that with a further investment of $2.2 billion. Mobile technology plays an important role in 21st century economies. To that end, our government is investing a further $175 million to reduce dropped calls and improve wireless technology. The Minister responsible for
rent increases from six months to a year. This is in addition to our alreadyannounced $250 million housing strategy, which will result in the creation of thousands of affordable housing units. One of the promises we made during the election was to introduce a FirstTime Homebuyers Tax Credit, as another step in addressing housing affordability. First-time homebuyers, effective January 1, 2012, can access a $10,000
Since my life began as a seedling years ago, I have existed for one primary purpose – to spread joy and holiday cheer during the Christmas season. Being the center of attention comes and goes as the decorations go up and come down, but are you aware of just how brief my
life cycle is? It all starts with my production in a nursery. When I’m old enough, I’m cut down, fastened to a vehicle and transported to the home of a loving family where I’m decorated and put on display. For the duration of the holiday season, I’m the main fea-
ture of family gatherings and I always take centre stage on Christmas morning. But when the holiday season ends and Christmas decorations are put back in storage, I’ll be left out in the cold. The final stage of my life will involve being sent to a landfill where I’ll slowly decompose . . . or worse, go to an incinerator to meet a fiery death! I’m speaking out to say that it doesn’t have to end like this. Millions of Canadians will have a Christmas tree this year, but many don’t recognize that I and thousands of my fellow tree friends can be recycled and put to greater use. Adding to this bad news
for us trees, one in three Canadians aren’t even sure if a tree recycling program exists in their community! To my relief and that of thousands of natural Christmas trees across the country, there are ways we can be re-used long after the holiday season has come and gone. The best thing to do with your tree after Christmas has passed is to recycle it. You can recycle me through tree mulching and recycling programs, which are both fast-growing practices across Canada. Once trees are recycled, we can be turned into erosion barriers, garden mulch and can even be used to create feeding grounds for lake fish. Christmas trees aren’t just a symbol for cheer and tradition; we can be recycled to have a tangible, positive affect on the environment long after the holiday season is over. For more information on Christmas tree recycling programs in your community, or more ways to help you reduce waste and help the environment, please consult www.wmcanada. com or your community’s works department.
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non-refundable income tax credit. The intent is to allow families and individuals to move from renting to home ownership, freeing up rental spaces. Another way to make life more affordable is to ensure families can keep more of what they earn. Over the past four years, your Saskatchewan Party government has provided significant tax relief to homeowners, small businesses, farmers, individuals and families. We will continue to build on that record – as a matter of fact, in the days right after the election, we announced that we were expanding the Provincial Sales Tax Exemption to children under 18, up from 14. We will also extend the Active Families Benefit to help cover the costs of activities such as hockey or piano to all children under 18. We will also continue to take steps to make postsecondary education more affordable. Starting next year, every Saskatchewan high school graduate will be eligible for a $2,000 tax credit toward postsecondary tuition - $500 per year over four years. We are also introducing the Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings under which the province will match 10 per cent of contributions to a child’s RESP account – to a maximum of $250 per year. Today in Saskatchewan, one in seven people are over the age of 65. It is important that the men and women who laid the solid foundation for our province share in its current prosperity. During our first term as government we more than doubled the maximum benefits under the Seniors Income Plan – over the next four years we will increase those benefits by a further 40 per cent. We also recognize that many lower-income seniors don’t currently receive any income beyond federal and provincial benefits. That’s where the Seniors Personal Care benefit comes in. It will subsidize the difference between a senior’s monthly income and the cost of their personal care home – up top $1,800 in 2012, increasing to $2,000 by 2015. The quality of life in Saskatchewan is unrivalled anywhere in Canada. Our government is committed to not just maintaining that quality of life, but continuing to look for ways to improve it. It all starts with our kids. On top of the 3,435 new child care spac-
es and 115 new pre-kindergarten programs created over the last four years, we are committing to an additional 2,000 spaces over the next four years. No one should be left out when it comes to an improved quality of life, including those with disabilities. During this session we will announce an expansion to the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability program implemented in 2009. Currently, the program helps about 3,000 people living in residential care – direct benefits will soon be provided to up to 7,000 additional individuals living outside the residential care system. Benefits will also increase over the next four years. Healthcare is a key support when it comes to quality of life. Our government’s commitment to improving the healthcare system will continue over the next four years. We will continue working toward reducing surgical wait times by 2014 to no more than three months. As of today, we are already three-quarters of the way toward meeting that goal. The STARS air ambulance service is expected to get off the ground in the spring, providing rapidresponse EMS care to rural and remote Saskatchewan. For those facing the challenges of diabetes, we are extending the Children’s Insulin Pump Program to people 25 years and under, from the current cut-off of 17. Other items on the agenda for this fall include the introduction of legislation to standardize the start of the school year as the Monday after the Labour Day long weekend. This will be done following full consultation with teachers and school board trustees. Given the next federal election will occur within a month of the next provincial election, we will also introduce legislation to ensure that does not happen in the future. Four weeks ago, the people of Saskatchewan elected 49 government MLAs to represent them in the provincial legislature. It is important as elected members that we remember that they have placed their trust in us to represent their views and concerns. As your MLA, friend, and neighbour, I pledge to you that I will do everything in my power to honour that trust. As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
December 16, 2011
Single letter helps change law
By The Canadian Taxpayers Federation You never know what a single letter can do. Consider that on December 9, 2009, a whistleblower from the Peguis aboriginal reserve in Manitoba sent a brown envelope to all three national political parties (Conservatives, Liberals and NDP) and our non-profit organization, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. In it were details on how the chief and band council from her small reserve of 3,700 were making between $173,030$251,747 per year, tax free. For someone off reserve and paying income taxes, that was the equivalent of approximately of about $295,000-$440,000. In addition, the politicians’ annual travel “expenses” ranged from $32,151–$58,984. The person who leaked the information was crying out. She was angry with the sky-high salaries and poverty in her community. While each of the three main political parties in Ottawa sat quiet about the information they received, our non-profit organization was the only one to speak out. And boy did we ever. We released the infor-
mation to media outlets nation-wide and did countless newspaper, radio and TV interviews. Our message was simple – Canadians needed to push their federal politicians to finally act on stories like this or we would continue to hear more like it for years to come. After all, this wasn’t the first time people had heard of chiefs and councillors living high on the hog while many band members suffered and had no idea what was going on. Not surprisingly, the comment sections for news stories posted online were overwhelmingly full of angry posts. Thankfully, grassroots band members not only heard the news, but also spoke out. We received calls and emails from band members across Canada who wanted either to leak pay documents from their reserve or to get our help to find out what was going on in their band council office. Thanks to these additional whistleblowers, we helped expose more instances of wild reserve salaries in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba,
and continued to lobby the government to put chief and council pay information online for every reserve in the country. After all, the federal government already had the data; it just needed to change the law so it had the authority to post the “private” information online. Once posted online, reserve politicians would be brought in-line with federal, provincial and municipal politicians who already have their pay information posted on the internet. Even more importantly, transparency would help the many good reserve politicians out there, who weren’t making outrageous sums, but were being painted with the same brush. Thankfully, a politician in Ottawa took action. Saskatchewan Conservative MP Kelly Block tabled a private members bill that would put reserve politicians’ salary information on the internet. Shortly after her bill was tabled, we got our hands on data from the federal government that showed all reserve politicians’ salaries from coast to coast. There were no
Elks ice Fury 9-3 The Shellbrook Elks hung onto second spot behind the Prairie Outlaws in the Fort Carlton Hockey League standings with a win over the Dalmeny Fury in Shellbrook December 10.
Chris Thompson put the Elks on the scoreboard five minutes into the first followed by a goal from the Furys’ Brandon Peterson. Goals from Aki Seitsonon and Ryan
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Gareau also scored for the Elks in the first to give them a 3-1 lead going into the second. Mason Wallin and Korey Diehl scored for the Elks in the second while Peterson scored is second of the game for the Fury to put the Elks up 5-2. Wallin, Diehl, Curtis Olsen and Brock Fitch each scored in the third period while Dean Salzl replied for he Fury in the third period for a 9-3 finish. Elks goalie Kelly Guard had a relatively quite night with 23 saves on 26 shots while Tynan Smysniuk of the Fury was pelted through three periods making 45 saves on 54 shots. The unbeaten Outlaws have a firm grasp on first place in the FCHL with 20 points to the Elks’ 13. The Elks will take the next few weeks off, returning to action December 30 when they host the Tisdale Ramblers. The puck drops at 8 p.m.
names attached, but pay data proved what we had said all along – there were many other reserves out there with outrageous salaries. The data showed around 50 politicians from tiny reserves nation-wide were making more than the Prime Minister. The news created another media storm. Back in Parliament, Ms. Block’s bill passed second reading – with the support of the Conservative Party and 15 Liberal MPs who broke ranks to vote for it. Clearly, many politicians in Ottawa were finally ready to do something. Although the triggering of the 2011 federal election killed Ms. Block’s bill, the government has reintroduced an even better bill; one that will also put entire reserve audited statements online. The bill should hopefully pass sometime this spring. Transparency won’t solve all the problems on reserves, but at least taxpayers and band members
will know more about how funds are being spent. It just goes to show what a single letter can help accomplish.
Colin Craig is the Prairie Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation
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What’s the first thing you should do if you’re planning to go south this winter? Nope, it’s not packing your sunscreen (although that is a good idea). Nope, it’s not changing the oil in your RV (although that’s a good idea, too). Here’s the first rule to a fun and stress-free winter sojourn: Get your financial plan in order so you won’t break the bank while you’re taking a sunny break. Navigate this checklist before you turn on the GPS and hit the road. Insure a healthy financial future Provincial health insurance plans will seldom cover all U.S. health care costs. Avoid financial stress by purchasing out-of-country medical insurance before leaving Canada – and make sure your coverage is adequate. Remember to find out how long you can stay out of the province without
jeopardizing your provincial health coverage as all provinces are different. Be strong-willed Update your will and Power of Attorney before you leave – that’s even more important if you own a U.S. property. Death in a foreign country can complicate estate issues. Be sure your relatives or executor know where to find your will and use a Power of Attorney to appoint a trusted person to manage your Canadian-based finances while you’re away. You may want a lawyer in the foreign country to review your will to ensure ease of transfer on death. Be tax practical The United States (and some other countries) require you to file tax forms if you spend more than six months there, including average time over the past three years. If you’ll be away at the end of April, have someone back home
file your Canadian tax return and make any required quarterly tax payments on your behalf. Snooze and you lose – financially, that is Arrange to have every aspect of your financial life actively managed while you’re away. You can do some of it yourself via computer but managing your portfolio of mutual funds and securities and other complexities of your financial life from thousands of miles away is a real challenge that can cost you real money in missed growth opportunities. Opt instead for a trusted ‘home-based’ financial manager. Pay up before heading out Before you leave, pay outstanding bills and make arrangements to pay those that will arrive while you’re enjoying the sun – perhaps through Internet banking. An ATM card for ready cash is a good idea – and so is having a
duplicate card in case you lose the original or it stops working. Well, snowbirder, that’s a lot to think about – and do – before you leave. Simplify your planning and ensure your financial foundation will be there when you return by talking to your professional advisor before you pack your sunscreen (but do that, too, of course). This column, written and published by Investors Group Financial Services Inc. (in Québec – a Financial Services Firm), and Investors Group Securities Inc. (in Québec, a firm in Financial Planning) presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Contact your own advisor for specific advice about your circumstances. For more information on this topic please contact your Investors Group Consultant.
All day K an exercise in social engineering
Are your parents misfits? They may as well be, if you believe the trio of Canadian experts whose recent report, “The Early Years Study 3,” advocates mandatory, all-day, state-funded education starting as early as age 2. Such early education supposedly results in no less than “improved school readiness, graduation levels, future earnings and health.” The clear implication is that anyone who hasn’t attended a full-day preschool program suffers socially, emotionally and academically. So much for my parents and grandparents—let alone for me and most of my generational peers—who stayed home until starting either half-day kindergarten at age 5 or Grade 1 at age 6. The current push for full-day kindergarten is about social engineering, pure and simple. All-day kindergarten proponents—which now include the Saskatchewan public and Catholic school boards—believe such a program may benefit some children (generally from disadvantaged homes), so they want to make it mandatory for all children. “We began by targeting schools where we thought maybe students weren’t getting the same kind of supports at home as some schools did, and the response was very positive,” said Saskatoon public school board chair Ray Morrison. So ergo, everybody goes? Kudos to Education Minister Donna Harpauer, who’s concerned about the “considerable cost” of full-day kindergarten and who plans to hold consultations with parents across the province. If Harpauer consulted me, I’d mention the exhaustion factor. Simply put, preschool children are beat when they attend any all-day program. At four, my son needed to “relax,” as he put it, after even a morning at his German pre-kindergarten. When early education is too early, there may also be detrimental health effects. American psychologist-biologist Dr. Aric Sigman has found up to 80 per cent of children in daycare, for example, have increased levels of cortisol—a stress hormone that can lead to long-term problems. Key aggravating factors include the amount of time spent in child care and the age at which a child was enrolled. Human response to fear and anxiety is affected by early child care experiences, Sigman writes, and “prolonged exposure to cortisol can prove toxic to a child’s nervous system.” In other words, if you can keep preschool children at home, at least for part of the day, it’s better for them. Of
course, not all parents can. Not all parents even should. But let’s face it: All-day kindergarten is less about the children and more about the parents—many of whom work full-time and have less and less time (or inclination) to read, play and generally interact with their young children. No program can replace a nurturing home. A recent British study found up to half of five year-olds aren’t prepared for school, as “working parents increasingly abandon traditional games, nursery rhymes, bedtime stories and lullabies.” Sally Blythe of the British Institute for Neuro-PhysiologiI cal c Psychology said many early developmental, physical and d communication problems could c be b resolved if parents had more “one-on-one interaction” with “ their children. t In Canada, Quebec is often heralded as a social engineering h success for its $7-dollar-a-day, universal daycare program, which—like all-day kindergarten—is described as “a quality preschool program for 2 to 5 year olds that promotes later academic success.” But according to a recent report into the program’s “costs, benefits and effects” by Université du Québec à Montreal economists, “Children are spending too much time, especially under age three, in daycare.” The Quebec approach, they say, “is not what it should be for a policy that seeks to increase early literacy skills and better prepare children for school.” Ironically, reading scores in Quebec have plummeted in recent years. In the latest Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP) results, the drop was so dramatic, Quebec literacy numbers dragged down averages for the entire country. Perhaps at least some of the big money currently being sought to fund all-day kindergarten programs could be given to parents as a financial incentive to spend more time with their children. Now that would be an investment. In the meantime, all-day kindergarten should remain a parental choice. As we head towards Christmas, it’s interesting to note that, according to findings by childrens’ fund UNICEF, children say spending time with their families would make them happier than anything—including getting lots of toys for Christmas. In other words, the real experts know exactly what they need. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Saskatchewan provincial parks set new record New, Real-time Online Booking System Starts and New Start Date Announced 2011 was a record year for Saskatchewan provincial parks with 3.37 million visits being recorded across the park system, which surpassed the previous record set in 2009. These numbers were finalized recently, making the announcement of a new real-time, online booking system timely. “This new state of the art system will allow visitors to our parks to book their own campsites online 24/7 at any of the provincial parks that ac-
cept bookings,” Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Bill Hutchinson said. “This will provide our campers peace of mind knowing that their summer vacation is taken care of. We continue to engage with our customers and this system, along with the new date change, is in direct response to their needs.” The new system will start accepting bookings on March 12, 2012, at 8 a.m. CST online at www. saskparks.net. The new system will allow visitors to plan and book their vacation, pay for it at time of booking and receive instant confirmation, all in
a matter of minutes. The system will display in realtime the inventory of each park that accepts reservations and allows visitors to select their own campsite while searching by park, date or campsite type; much like booking a hotel or airplane ticket online. The new system will be available online at www. saskparks.net on March 1, 2012 to allow people to become familiar with the system prior to the opening date of March 12. Individuals who are not able to book online can still book by phone through the tollfree number, 1-855-7377275. The system will al-
low people to book either well in advance of their trip or minutes before they leave and bookings can be made from any mobile device. People who choose not to book in advance are still able to register at any park upon arrival. The Integrated Campground Management System was developed and implemented by Camis Inc., a supplier of campground reservation services from Ontario. Camis Inc. won the contract through an open call for proposals. Along with the new program, a number of new parks will start accepting reservations; check www.
saskparks.net for a list of all locations and more details on the new service. The seasonal camping program will also be available once again this year. A new online application process will be in place for Echo Valley, Moose Mountain, Pike Lake and Rowan’s Ravine based on a successful pilot introduced in 2011. For the remaining parks, seasonal packages will be mailed or can be accessed at www. saskparks.net in mid-January. The application deadline is February 14, with the draw being held February 21, 2012. In 2011, there were
more than 28,000 reservations made through Saskatchewan provincial parks reservation service. Over the last four years, the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport will have spent $33 million in upgrades and improvements to Saskatchewan’s provincial parks. For the 2012 camping season there will be nearly 1,100 newly electrified campsites, along with a number of new or upgraded service centres, change houses, boat launches, playgrounds, picnic tables, barbeques and more.
Amendments to Occupation Health & Safety Act The Government of Saskatchewan has introduced legislative amendments aimed at improving workplace health and safety in the province. The legislative amendments include: •an increase in the maximum fines and range of penalties for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) violations; •establishment of procedures related to the effectiveness of occupational health committees and programs;
•enhanced duties required of employers and other parties on training and supervision of employees and maintenance of equipment; and •increased investigative authority for OHS officers. The amendments to The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 are in response to consultations and review by the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety’s Occupational Health and Safety Council. The Council consists of both labour and employer representa-
tives. “These changes will support everyone’s goal of Mission Zero - eliminating all workplace injuries and fatalities,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said. “I want to thank all those who participated in the consultations, especially the Occupational Health and Safety Council for its important work.” More information on OHS can be found at http:// www.lrws.gov.sk.ca.
Government enhances disability income program The Government of Saskatchewan is committing to significant enhancements to the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program following through on another campaign commitment. “These enhancements will increase the benefits paid through SAID, boost enrollment by up to 7,000 new individuals and further distinguish SAID from the Saskatchewan Assistance Program,” Social Services Minister June Draude said. “These enhancements continue the multi-year commitment made by our government to develop the SAID program with the input and participation of the disability community.” The various enhancements will begin in January 2012 with a $50 per month benefit increase for SAID recipients who live in residential care settings. More than 3,000 SAID recipients are expected to benefit from this increase. Also in January, the inheritance exemption under SAID will be broadened to include the proceeds of a life insurance policy, which will further distinguish SAID from the Saskatchewan Assistance Program.
In addition, over the next several months, an impact-based assessment will be used to evaluate the disability severity of Saskatchewan people with disabilities who are living independently - with the goal of expanding enrolment in the SAID program. The Saskatchewan Abilities Council is the successful vendor in the Request for Proposal process to conduct these assessments. The assessments will be used to determine eligibility for expanded SAID enrolment Expanded enrolment will be followed by substantial additional benefit increases to the SAID program which includes increasing the SAID benefits over the next four years by $350 per month for people with disabilities who are living independently, by $400 a month for couples with disabilities who are living independently and by $100 per month for people with disabilities in residential care settings. “The benefit increases will build upon the previsouly announced $50 benefit increase in January 2012 for people with disabilities in residential care settings, Druade said. “Combined, these various
significant enhancements to the SAID program support government’s goal of making Saskatchewan the best place in Canada to live for people with disabilities.” “The development of SAID over the past few years has proven to be a model of how government
can work collaboratively and productively with the disability community,” SAID Program Implementation Advisory Team Chair Merv Bender said. “These enhancements demonstrate the provincial government’s ongoing commitment to people with disabilities across
Saskatchewan, and will make SAID a meaningful income support program for Saskatchewan people with significant and enduring disabilities.’ The Program Implementation Advisory Team, comprised of members of the disability community, was established to provide
advice to the ministry on the implementation and development of the SAID program. Established in October 2009, SAID provides income support - separate from social assistance - to people with significant and enduring disabilities.
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HELPING OUT HONEYWOOD -- Shellbrook Scotiabank Branch Manager Connie Bahnuick, left, and Ashley Barkway present Honeywood Heritage Nursery Manager Judy Harley with a cheque for $5,000. The funds match the first $5,000 raised at September’s “A Touch of Autumn” event at the nursery.
Highway Hotline now on Twitter and Facebook The Highway Hotline today officially launched its Twitter account and reminded motorists about its Facebook page, as Saskatchewan’s road information service offers more access points this winter. “We’re harnessing the power of social media tools as another means to quickly get important information to motorists to help plan their journeys,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Jim Reiter said. “We also want to tap into the audience using these popular forms of communication to raise awareness of our Highway Hotline.” Motorists following the Highway Hotline Twitter account will receive four
types of road condition Tweets; highway closed, highway re-opened, travel not recommended and travel not recommended status removed. The Twitter account is @SKGovHwyHotline or can be accessed at https://twitter.com/#!/ SKGovHwyHotline. “We took the approach of providing only these priority highway alerts for motorists who want to follow us via Twitter,” Reiter said. Motorists are also reminded more detailed road information and tips are available on the Highway Hotline and on the page on Facebook. “The Facebook page’s regular updates encompass broad trends or themes that drivers should know about, while the updates always include a web-
site link indicating where to find the most current information,” Reiter said. “Travellers visiting the page can also leave comments and basic questions about road conditions and activities, which gives us the opportunity to be more customer focused.” The page can be accessed at www.facebook.com/saskatchewanHighwayHotline or searched in Facebook by typing Saskatchewan Highway Hotline. The main Highway Hotline webpage at www. highways.gov.sk.ca/roadconditions/ shows the service’s various access points for information, such as interactive maps, text reports for traditional web browsers and mobile handheld devices, telephone numbers and social media.
Changes to Education Act meet commitment
Education Minister Donna Harpauer introduced legislation in the house today that amends The Education Act, 1995 to meet the Premier’s commitment for the 2012-13 school year to begin after the Labour Day long weekend. “This change will mean that students and their families can fully enjoy the last long weekend of summer, as they do in other provinces including British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario,” Harpauer said. With the changes to legislation, the earliest students will begin the school year is the first day following Labour Day and the latest day in the year students will be in school is June 30. Boards of education will continue to set specific timelines for the opening and closing date of schools, school hours of operation and the general schedule of operation for the school year. Boards will also retain the autonomy to allow teachers to begin working earlier to prepare for the school year. Government has begun consultations with teachers, boards of education and school divisions to develop regulations on school hours, holidays, vacations and variations in the length of the school year. “We are listening and we are going to get input,” Harpauer said. “We envision that the regulations will still allow school divisions the flexibility to set their own school year calendar in consultation with teachers, parents and the local community.” Formal presentations have been requested from the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF), the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA), the League of Education Administrators, Directors and Superintendants (LEADS) and the Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials (SASBO). “I would like to stress that around school hours, holidays, vacations and variations in the length of the school year nothing has been decided,” Harpauer said. “We look forward to starting the conversation with teachers, schools and boards on these important topics.”
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Keep a close eye on debt during the holidays Following the comments Monday by Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney, BMO offered Canadians tips on how to keep debt levels in check over the holiday season.
“With the holiday shopping season in full swing, consumer spending is likely higher than normal among Canadian households,” said Su McVey, Vice President,
Customer Communications & Marketing, BMO Bank of Montreal. “Especially at this time of the year, consumers need to be prudent and watchful in regards to their finances and
The 14th annual Family Literacy Day® takes place on January 27, 2012 to encourage families to engage in at least 15 minutes of learning together on a daily basis. With the busy lives parents lead, it can be tough to spend time learning as a family, which is why ABC Life Literacy Canada and Postmedia Raise-a-Reader™ have come together once again to present the Family Literacy Day Colouring Contest. The Family Literacy Day Colouring Contest offers a great learning opportunity for families to practice their literacy skills. With an image of a town ready to be coloured in, parents can show children the different elements that make up a neighbourhood, teach them about colours and point out shapes. Starting December 14, 2011, families across Canada can download the contest entry form at FamilyLiteracyDay.ca, colour it in and answer the fun image-related questions together. Postmedia and Raise-a-Reader partnering newspapers across Canada will also feature the colouring contest in special print placements leading up to Family Literacy Day on January 27, 2012. “Postmedia Raise-aReader has been dedicated to raising awareness of family literacy since 2002, and so we are pleased to play a role in Family Literacy Day,” said April Andreosso, Director of Corporate Promotions at Postmedia Network Inc. “With the offering of a special Family Literacy Day Colouring Contest, we give parents and children the opportunity to engage in a fun literacy activity and also encourage them to support the Raisea-Reader program.” Completed entries can be sent to ABC Life Literacy Canada for a chance to win 1 of 13 Family Literacy Day prize packs. The contest runs until January 31, 2012. “We are so pleased that Raise-a-Reader and its partnering newspapers have joined us once again
this year to help extend the literacy message,” said Margaret Eaton, ABC Life Literacy Canada President. “We had great success with the Family Literacy Day Colouring Contest last year, and are excited that more families will take part this year, ultimately helping to increase their family literacy skills.”
All Canadians are invited to take a learning journey for Family Literacy Day 2012. Learning happens everywhere, and it’s easy to make learning part of your daily life. For more information, including resources, more contests and event listings, visit FamilyLiteracyDay. ca.
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Grain Growers kick off Christmas season with Canadian Foodgrains Bank virtual farm Canadian farmers who want to help people in the developing world get enough to eat have a new way to do it—through the Grain Growers of Canada’s virtual Growing Project. The GGC’s Board of Directors kicked off the virtual farm by collectively pledging over 50 acres to the project this Christmas season. “As Christmas approaches, the Grain Growers of Canada is proud to partner with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank,” says Stephen Vandervalk, President of the Grain Growers of Canada. “This is a great opportunity for farmers to come together to support those that have less, by pledging whatever we can, even a couple acres of production helps.” According to Richard Phillips, Executive Director of Grain Growers of Canada, the online virtual farm is designed for farmers who don’t live near one of the Foodgrains Bank’s other 200 community growing projects, where local farmers, businesses and others, farm a plot of land, donating the proceeds to the Foodgrains Bank. “As Canadians, we are truly blessed. This project is a way farmers can give back,” says Phillips. “It doesn’t matter where you live - through the virtual Growing Project, any farmer in Canada can join with others to help raise money for the Foodgrains Bank.” Participants in the new virtual Growing Project will find donating grain to the Foodgrains Bank is easy, says John Longhurst, who directs fundraising for the CFGB. “All they have to do is sign up, letting us know how many acres they want to pledge,” explains Longhurst. “At harvest time, when farmers take their crop to the local elevator, they need to indicate how much they want to donate to the Foodgrains Bank, dedicated to the “Grain Growers” Growing Project and the elevator staff do the rest.” Tax receipts are issued by the Foodgrains Bank for the value of the grain donated on the day of delivery. “I challenge Canadian farmers to pledge what they can this Christmas and through the new year,” says Vandervalk. “Although we may not farm side by side in our fields, we can all join this community effort by pledging what we can.” To make your pledge visit: www.growingproject.ca or send your contact information and the amount of acres you plan to donate to firstname.lastname@example.org. Both the Grain Growers of Canada and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank would like wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous new year! Representing tens of thousands of successful wheat, durum, barley, canola, oat, corn, pea, lentil, rye and triticale farmers, the Grain Growers of Canada is well known as the national voice of Canadian grain farmers. Please visit www.ggc-pgc.ca .
keep in mind the importance of proper debt management, including credit card spending, to avoid any harsh surprises in the New Year.” “Canadian households continued to amass more debt in the third quarter of 2011, now totalling more than $1.6 trillion or 151 per cent of personal disposable income - both recordhigh levels,” said Michael Gregory, Senior Economist, BMO Capital Markets. “Abnormally low interest rates have kept these elevated debt burdens very manageable, for now. But, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney has been warning Canadians to be cautious with their credit demands as ‘more normal’ interest rates will eventually return.” BMO Bank of Montreal offers these 4 tips to avoid over-spending over the holiday season: -- Create a budget and stick to it - Spend less than you make. Develop a budget that establishes how household expenses will be paid and how spending will be managed. Take advantage of free online tools, such as BMO MoneyLogic(TM), to help
stay on top of everyday household spending and saving. -- Manage credit card debt - Pay down credit cards, beginning with those that carry the highest rate, and consider using a low rate card for purchases. For instance, the BMO Preferred Rate MasterCard offers a low rate of 11.9 per cent for an annual fee of $20 per year. -- Have a back-up plan - Plan ahead and develop a fall back plan in case you are unable to meet your financial obligations due to unexpected cir-
cumstances, such as loss of work, or damage to personal property, including your home or vehicle. -- Invest to save - Set up a Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) or high interest savings account such as the BMO Smart Saver Account to set aside extra cash in case of an emergency. BMO experts are available to discuss ways Canadians can deal with debt and manage spending and savings. For more information, please visit www.bmo. com/smartsteps.
GRASS CUTTING TENDER The R.M. of Blaine Lake is requesting tenders for ditch grass cutting. When submitting tenders please include separate prices for the following: 1 top cut 1 top cut, 1 ditch to ditch 2 top cuts Note: the RM has approximately 400 miles of roads. Please submit tenders to: R.M. of Blaine Lake #434 Box 38 Blaine Lake SK S0J 0J0 by January 9, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. Note: that the lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted. For further information please call 306-497-2282. Tony Obrigewitch Administrator
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BATES - Mrs. Bonnie Bates, age 56, late of Briarlea, passed away peacefully on Dec 8, 2011 with her family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer. Bonnie was born June 3, 1955 in Shellbrook to Reva and Richard Roberts. She grew up in Briarlea with her parents and nine siblings. She attended Wild Rose school, then went to Wesmor Composite in Prince Albert for high school. She married Barry Bates in 1977, settled in Briarlea, and raised six children. Bonnie loved her children and grandchildren, and having coffee with longtime friend, Mel Bates. She also enjoyed camping, going for walks, cards, and bingo. Bonnie leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband, Barry; her children, Bradley Bates (Sherry) and their children, Sydney, Courtney, Wyatt, Shayleen and her son Natayo, Darcy (Paula) Bates and their children Brooke, Kori-Lynn, Cindy Bates and her son
Zachary, Shaunna Bates (Travis), Chantel (Kendall) Nahorniak and their children Emersyn, Brielle, Cameron (Melissa) Bates; her mother, Reva Roberts; her siblings, Sherry (Terry) Neurauter, Randy (Emily) Roberts, Sandra (Ed) Gilchrist, Don (Debbie) Roberts, Linda (Harley) Henry, Richard (Bev) Roberts, Meloney (Lonnie) Olsen, Bill Roberts, Shawn (Anita) Roberts; her brothersin-law and sisters-in-law, Rodney (Olga) Bates, Colin (Marilyn) Bates, Jesse (Melody) Bates, Derek (Cathy) Bates, Darlene (Aurel) Otet, Maureen Bates (Zoltan Turi); numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Richard Roberts; her in-laws, Pauline and Edward Bates; her nephews Shawn Roberts, Jarron Roberts. The funeral service was held at the Pentecostal Church in Shellbrook on Monday, Dec. 12 at 11:00 AM. With Rev. David Whalley as officiant. The eulogy was given by Terry Neurauter. The pallbearers were Cameron Bates, Darcy Bates, Bradley Bates, Travis Hadvik, Kendall Nahorniak, Zachary Bernath. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Interment will be in the Wild Rose Cemetery. Condolences e-mailed to www.beaulacfuneralhome.com will be forwarded to the family. Beau “Lac” Funeral Home is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Victory! CTF Applauds Re-introduction of Reserve Chief & Council Salary Disclosure Bill The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) applauded the federal government today for responding to its call to fix and re-introduce legislation that forces politicians to publicly disclose their salaries. Bill C-27, the First Nations Financial Transparency Act does exactly what the CTF has been pushing for – it will put chief and band council salaries and pay information on the internet for both grassroots band members and taxpayers to view. This will bring reserve politicians in-line with all other politicians in Canada that must disclose their pay to the public. “This legislation is great news for grassroots band members and taxpayers,” said Colin Craig, CTF Prairie Director. “We have highlighted many cases where reserve politicians were paying themselves huge sums while band members and taxpayers had no idea.” Unlike the original private members’ bill, this legislation has been strengthened by requiring reserves to disclose their audit reports, which include more comprehensive pay information for chiefs and councillors. This is something the CTF has pushed for as band members have indicated they want to know the whole story – not just how tax dollars are spent, but how much politicians are receiving from band-owned gas stations, casinos and other public sources. The CTF has spent two years pushing hard for transparency in this area after it broke a national news story in December 2009 of a small reserve in Manitoba whose council members were each making more than Prime Minister Harper. In 2010, it obtained nation-wide figures from the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs that suggested upwards of 50 reserve politicians had been making more than the Prime Minister. “This legislation isn’t a magic bullet to fixing all the problems on reserve communities,” added Craig. “But it takes a very good first step by improving transparency on how funds are spent right now. That will help band members separate the good apples from the bad ones and will help taxpayers understand how their money is being spent on reserves.” The CTF has been helping grassroots band members find out what’s going on in their communities through a web site it launched back in May 2010 - www.ReserveTransparency.ca.
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How good is Crosby? We’ll find out
Can Sidney Crosby win the National Hockey League scoring title this year? Wow, what an accomplishment that would be, considering he missed the first 20 games of the 82-game schedule amid suggestions he may miss the whole season, or — perish the thought — never play again. But there he was on Nov. 21, back to his old swashbuckling self, skating circles, winning battles for the puck in the corners, bumping into opponents, taking a couple of hard hits and dominating the game as he did for half of last season when he racked up 66 points by early January and was running away with the scoring race. The Kid’s comeback game was spectacular: Crosby scored twice and set up two others against the Islanders. He was blanked in his second game, but then picked up three points in his third outing. Through seven
games, he had 12 points. Taking that average (1.714 points per game) for the remainder of the season (another 55 games) would leave Crosby with 106 points and an outside chance for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ superstar to win a scoring title. Toronto’s Phil Kessel and Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux, the NHL points leaders on the night of Crosby’s return, are on pace for around 105 points. Normally, expecting anyone to overcome a 30-point head start with one-quarter of the season gone would be foolhardy to suggest, but when you’re dealing with one of the game’s alltime greats — yes, Crosby truly belongs in the hockey stratosphere with Gretzky, Orr, Lemieux and Howe — anything is possible. Winning a scoring title in spite of missing 20 games would only add to The Kid’s legend. Wrote Michael Grange of Rogers Sportsnet: “He spent 11 months sidelined,
waiting for his clearly special brain to heal. Meanwhile, the hockey world was holding their own hopes for his safe
Bruce Penton return as dearly as a cup of arena hot chocolate on a cold morning. And now No. 87 was back. And Crosby, a great one, put on a show.” Hockey fans everywhere hope the show rolls on. A scoring title would be nice. A Stanley Cup would be wonderful. But a healthy Sid for the rest of the season, and beyond, would be the best hockey gift of all. • Headline at TheOnion. com: “NHL’s critics find no evidence that penalty box reforms players.”
is important. Without college there’d be no college football.” • Harvey again: “Ex-NFL QB Joe Kapp, age 73, knocked down former rival Angelo Mosca at a Canadian Football League annual alumni luncheon, then kicked him. Kapp is expected to be suspended from the next two annual alumni luncheons.” • R.J Currie of sportsdeke.com: “The posted speed limit on Ole Miss campus is 18 mph — the jersey number of ex-Rebels football great Archie Manning. Let’s be thankful Wayne Gretzky never played college hockey.” • Currie again: “Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will be out six weeks after breaking one of his thumbs. In a related story, the Broncos released Kyle given on topics such as Orton after six weeks of spacing, recommended cultivars and growing tips for over 30 different herbs and vegetables. Flanagan does an excellent job of providing the most comprehensive single source of information on hardy fruit for the prairies. Recommendations on plant size, which cultivars to grow, and how many trees are required for good pollination. In addition, specific growing tips are itemized for over ten prairie fruits including apples, gooseberries, haskap, plums and pears. Edible Plants for Prairie Gardens finally dispels the misconception that prairie gardeners are unable to grow a wide variety of our own healthy food in this harsh prairie climate. I hope this makes your Christmas list a little easier this year! Bantle is a horticulturist living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This column is provided by the Saskatchewan Perennial Society (www14. brinkster.com/saskperrennial)
Two new prairie gardening books for Christmas gifts By Jackie Bantle If you are still searching for that gift for your favorite gardener, you may want to take a look at some new books published in 2011: Perfect Perennials for the Prairie Gardener by Dawn Vaessen and Edible Plants for Prairie Gardens by June Flanagan. Perfect Perennials for the Prairie Gardener is “targeted at prairie people who want to grow plants but have no idea … where to begin.” Fifty tried and true perennials that perform well on the prairies comprise the main section of the book. Growing and design hints along with recommended specific cultivars are listed for each perennial. Each information page is accompanied by a beautiful full page colour photo of the perennial. Although the fifty perennials that are listed are vital information for a new prairie garden designer, it is the introductory fifty pages of general information that will be very useful for both gardeners just starting out and
the more seasoned. Topics are laid out in an easy to read, informative manner. They include plant hardiness zones, microclimates, essential gardening tools, beneficial insects, and common weeds and their control, to name a few. There are also summarized lists of perennials recommended for conditions like drought, shade, or alkaline soils. The book is colourful, concise, informative, easy to read and entirely relevant for the prairies. With current buzzwords floating around like ‘100 mile diet’ and permaculture landscaping, Edible Plants for Prairie Gardens couldn’t be more timely. This book is packed full of excellent, current information concerning the “best fruits, vegetables and herbs” for the prairie garden. Have you ever wondered how to train your fruit tree into an espalier or how to pollinate plants and save seed? Several chapters examine in detail annual and perennial vegetables, herbs and hardy fruit for the prairies. Advice is
• Found in Steve Harvey’s ‘Bottom Ten’: Actor Tim Allen, as the dad on the sitcom, ‘Last Man Standing’: “College
twiddling his.” • Question from a reader to Norman Chad of the Washington Post: “If the NBA season had been completely lost, would tattoo shop owners have been eligible for a federal bailout?” • Good question from Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “Three NHL coaches got fired in three days, raising the question: In a sport with ice, do they call it a hot seat or a wet one?” • Comedy writer Alan Ray, on why Kris Humphries’ divorce from Kim Kardashian might take a while: “As a New Jersey Net, he’s not used to initiating a fast break.” • Headline at Fark. com: “Superfan has worn a Colts shirt for the last 3,000 consecutive days. Still doesn’t stink as badly as the Colts.” • Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle: The season will start with a televised triple-header on Christmas Day and because the NBA is sensitive to family issues, the actual Christmas holiday has been rescheduled for Feb. 19.” • Ostler again: “NBA players, like newborns, desperately need assistance. The typical NBA player has no clue how to check into a hotel. Tell a
player, ‘You must get from your hotel to the arena on your own,’ and you are looking at Robinson Crusoe.” • Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel on the possibility NBA star Dwight Howard might leave the Magic and sign with the L.A. Clippers: “Geez, how humiliating would that be for Magic fans? Dwight bolting Orlando for the Clippers would be like your wife leaving you for Arnold Horshack.” • Janice Hough of leftcoastsportsbabe.com: “A windstorm in Northern California resulted in more than 20,000 residents still being without power. On a brighter note, they were all named honourary San Francisco Giants.” •Hough again: “The Chicago Cubs are apparently in the running for Albert Pujols. Guess new GM Theo Epstein figures now that Pujols has a ring, he might want to spend more time with his family and have Octobers off.” • Headline at the onionsportsnetwork.com: “Rex Ryan Clothes Hundreds of Needy Children With Donation of Sweater Vest.” Care to comment? Email brucepenton2003@ yahoo.ca
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Premier Brad Wall’s Christmas message
A few years ago a man entered a church in a Saskatchewan city, just before Christmas on the first Sunday of advent.
His life felt dark with misery and with little hope of change. When the service began, the church was darkened and the priest
began to read. Someone lit the first advent candle. That one candle glowed and dispelled the darkness. The man felt that Light
Tax savings for families and first-time home buyers The provincial government confirmed that new and expanded tax credits for first-time homeowners and for families worth up to $11.6 million will take effect January 1, 2012. “Both the First-Time Homebuyers’ Tax Credit and the expansion to the Active Families Benefit will help to make life more affordable for Saskatchewan residents,” Finance Minister Ken Krawetz said. “We said we would expand the PST exemption on children’s clothing, and we did it within days of being re-elected. We said we would help young people get into their own homes and lower the cost of raising a family and we are moving on that now.” The First-Time Home Buyers Tax Credit will provide a provincial non-refundable income tax credit of up to $1,100 to eligible taxpayers, determined by applying a provincial tax credit rate of 11 per cent to
the first $10,000 of an eligible home purchase. There will also be provisions to allow persons with a disability to qualify for the purchase of more accessible homes. The details of the program are still being developed by Finance officials and the program will be formally introduced as part of the 2012-13 Budget. However, Krawetz said the government can assure eligible homebuyers that the personal income tax credit will apply to qualifying homes acquired after December 31, 2011. The new non-refundable income tax credit is expected to save new home buyers an estimated $6.6 million annually. Eligibility rules are expected to be similar to those for the existing federal incentive for firsttime home buyers which provides a $750 federal income tax credit. Under those rules, the person ap-
plying for the credit must not have owned a house during the current year or within the past four years. The Active Families Benefit introduced in 2009 provides an annual income tax benefit of up to $150 per child for children ages 6 to 14 years to help families with the cost of their children’s participation in cultural, recreational and sports activities. “We’re following through on our commitment to expand this income tax benefit to include all children under 18,” Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Bill Hutchinson said. “This will save families an estimated $5 million annually.” Both of these incentives will be claimed on the individual’s 2012 Saskatchewan income tax return, which will be filed in the spring of 2013.
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and focused desperately on it. To him it suddenly represented the hope he had been missing. Hope that just maybe, one small bit of Light could change him. That maybe there was a chance that the peace and hope of Christmas could penetrate his soul. He is quite a different man today. Years ago God became man in the form of a tiny baby. An unadorned baby, born into inauspicious surroundings, who was to be called Jesus. Human in the humblest form. To show us that He chose to identify with our struggles and provide a way of peace and hope. To show us that He looks at our hearts, not our appearance or our bank account or whether there are letters after our name. We are all equal in His eyes. Everyone is deserving of a chance. Deserving of hope. Even deserving of a miracle. He taught us to be kind to each other and give help and healing
where needed. To let our light shine. We all need hope. We can all give hope. Being one small bit of light in someone’s life can make a profound difference. A small shoebox filled with love can bring hope to a child in Mexico. A cow or a chicken given to honor someone you love can help a family in Africa. But we don’t have to look even that far to find someone we can help. A Salvation Army kettle in Saskatoon can buy a gift for a child who is otherwise unlikely to get one. A Food Bank in Moose Jaw can give a hamper for a family who would otherwise miss out on Christmas dinner. Or an invitation tendered in Spiritwood can provide the warmth of family to someone who would otherwise be lonely. As George Matthew Adams said, “Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first.”
There was a spirit of hope among a group of shepherds 2,000 years ago that was unprecedented. It remains unprecedented today. All because a child was born to bring hope to all people. For most of us in Saskatchewan, there is a spirit of hope today that is unprecedented. Yet there are still those in need. In need of jobs, in need of a warm place to live, in need of our generosity. This Christmas and all the year, we can be His source of light and hope. We should all aspire to be that light. From me and my wife Tami, and our children Megan, Colter and Faith, and from my colleagues in the Government of Saskatchewan, we wish you a Christmas that celebrates hope and light and love. To listen to the Premier’s Christmas message go to http:// www.youtube.com/ watch?v=1hNRvz6mP9s.
Christmas Message from Leader of the Opposition These days, it’s so easy to get caught up in all the hustle and bustle of Christmas. For some, I know the holidays are a very busy and stressful time. But I hope everyone can take some time to enjoy the true meaning of this holiday season and the values that Saskatchewan people are known for; giving, caring and sharing. I’m wishing you a peaceful Christmas full of the most important things...spending time with your family and friends... reminiscing about the past and looking forward to the new year. Saskatchewan has a proud and diverse heritage, where we all celebrate in our individual way. My family and I will be celebrating Christmas in the same way our parents and Grandparents did in our Norwegian tradition. I know many others will also be embracing their heritage at this time. This is what helps to make it such a special time of the year.
There are a number of new Canadians who have made Saskatchewan their home, and who add to our multicultural tapestry. It makes the holiday season even richer as we join in or share stories of our unique celebrations, whether they be Christmas, Hanukkah, Ashura, or Kwanzaa, to name a few. As we reflect on the past year, let us give thanks for all that we have, but let us also remember those who are having a difficult time this year. There are families and individuals who have not yet shared in the good fortune Saskatchewan is experiencing. Others are grieving the loss of loved ones or facing challenges at work or at home. To those, we must offer comfort and hope for better times in the future. On behalf of my family, and colleagues of the New Democratic Party caucus, I would like to wish you all the best over the holiday season and into the new year.
Lieutenant Governor’s Christmas message As I near the end of my time as Lieutenant Governor, I have been reflecting on the remarkable experience of serving as Her Majesty’s representative in Saskatchewan. I have been fortunate to visit every region of our beautiful province, from the majestic Nistowiak Falls and the expansive Athabasca Sand Dunes in the north, to the wide open prairies and vast grasslands of the south. It has been very easy to serve as Lieutenant Governor in a province where the people are so welcoming and supportive. I have enjoyed spending time with senior
citizens - War Brides and Veterans, and retirees - who are such active volunteers. I have been deeply impressed by the youth I have met. There are so many young people who are pursuing educational goals and making community service a priority. My time as Lieutenant Governor has made me even more grateful to call Saskatchewan home, and even more optimistic about our future. My wife Naomi and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. - Gordon Barnhart
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Front street garbage pickup to start Jan 6
The Town of Shellbrook’s new residential garbage contractor was in town this week setting up for the start of front street garbage pick up.. Crews were in town delivering more than 600 wheeled garbage bins to each of the town’s residences to be ready for the January 6, 2012 start of service. According to Town Administrator Tara Kerber, it will be business as usual up until then and only basic things will change once it is implemented. Residents will need to roll out the provided bins to the street in front of their house before Friday morning at 7 a.m. for garbage pickup. For proper pickup, the bins need to be placed near the curb with the handle facing toward the house while all garbage inside needs to be bagged and the lid on the container needs to be closed firmly. The bin is durable enough to be kept outside in even the coldest of tem-
peratures so it can be kept outside. The truck itself uses a grapple which grabs the bins, picks them up and dumps them into the back of the truck before replacing it. Kerber said that residents don’t need to feel pressured to put their garbage bins out every week if they don’t feel they need to. The large durable bins can be rolled out every other week or so if that is the wish of low garbage producers. “It’s frozen right now, in the summer it might be a different story,” said Kerber. “If people are concerned about pushing them out,don’t do it four times a month if you don’t have to.” The Town will be taking a trial and error approach with larger garbage users as the bins must be firmly closed with no garbage bags on top of the lid. In addition, the Town continues to maintain the cardboard and paper
A crew from Greenland Waste has been busy delivering and documenting garbage bins in Shellbrook through the week in plenty of time for front street garbage pickup to start January 6.
recycling bins on Railway Avenue West, across from the SLGA store and the Shellbrook Library. The bins are property
of Greenland Waste and will be maintained by the company in the case of damage through regular use. A tracking system
is in place to determine which bins belong with which house. The switch to a residential garbage contractor
will lessen the demands on the Town’s Public Works crew and eliminates the need for the Town to maintain their garbage truck.
Reynolds runner-up on reality YTV reality show Don’t get ‘Grinched’ After facing a summer of challenges 14 year old Sydney Reynolds finished second on the hit YTV reality show “In Real Life.” Reynolds, the granddaughter of Robert (Bob) and the late Frieda Peake of Leask, and daughter of Janice Peake-Reynolds and Darryl Reynolds of Nokomis was selected as one of 18 contestants to participate in the show this summer. In the course of the season, Reynolds survived bootcamp, hit the stage on broadway and tried her hand as a stunt pilot in a variety of locales across North America. “I learnt more about myself and life than anyone could imagine a 14 year old could, ” said Reynolds. In the four part final challenge, Reynolds and two other competitors completed challenges at an airport. The first challenge had them attempt cut a roll of toilet paper thrown out of the planes by their copilots at 5,000 feet. Inthe second, the competitors had to follow clues to find the correct hangar. Here the competition narrowed down to two as Sidney and Zach moved onto the final two tests. In the third challenge, the two had to complete a preflight inspection on an airplane, which included
at the gas pump this Holiday season
Sidney Reynolds receives her final instructions before the final challenge.
checking the oil. In test four, the competators had to go back into the air and perform a series of stunts to be judged by members of the US Aeronautics. She and Zach finished tied, resulting in a tiebreaker of performing two stunts. Sidney scored a 14 and Zach finished with a 16, making him this years champion. The show took the participants took part in nine challenges in Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Squamish, Halifax, New York City, New Jersey and California performing jobs been Army Recruits,
Bee Keepers, Construction Workers, Stadium Crew, Loggers, Marine Survivalists, Broadway Performers, Pizza Makers, Railway Workers and Stunt Pilots Reynolds came up with a series of tips for would be contestants of the hit reality series. 1) Do something to stand out. Take a risk and do something that shows who you are and what you are. 2) Stay calm and confident. 3) Listen to everything! Everything people say can help you. 4) Trust your instincts. 5) Nervous is good! The more nervous you are
the better you will do! 6) Remember who you are and why you are doing it! 7) Always work with your partners, even if you don’t always get along! 8) Remember that this is all a part of your big life! Even if you lose, you have the rest of your life a head of you! Reruns of “In Real Life” will air through the holidays on YTV Monday Dec. 26th @ 9pm-12am (Eps. 1-3), Tuesday Dec. 27th @ 9pm-12am (Eps. 4-6) , Wednesday Dec. 28th @ 9pm-11pm (Eps. 7-8) and Thursday Dec. 29th @ 9pm-11:30pm (Eps 9-10 & Webisode) .
During the busy Christmas holiday motorists can’t control the price of gas, they can keep from getting “grinched” by following a few simple steps from Be Car Care Aware. “Gas prices have a tendency to sneaking up on us during holidays,” said Patty Kettles, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Be Car Care Aware. “To ensure that the Grinch doesn’t steal Christmas and your cash doesn’t end up priming someone else’s pump, make sure that your vehicle is running efficiently. Simply checking the tires, air filters, spark plugs and gas caps can make a significant difference in the vehicle’s fuel economy.” Fuel economy is directly related to vehicle maintenance. Be Car Care Aware offers several gas-saving maintenance tips to maximize fuel savings: · Keep your car properly tuned to improve fuel consumption by an average of 4 per cent. · Keep tires properly inflated and improve fuel consumption by 3 per cent. · Replace dirty or clogged air filters on older vehicles to improve fuel consumption by as much as 14 per cent. · Replace dirty spark plugs, which can improve fuel consumption by .85 kilometers per liter · Change oil regularly and improve fuel consumption by 0.4 kilometers per liter Driving behavior also impacts fuel efficiency. The council offers these gas-saving driving tips: · Observe the speed limit. Fuel consumption decreases rapidly above 100 km/h. · Avoid excessive idling. Warming up the vehicle for one or two minutes is sufficient. · Avoid quick starts and stops. Aggressive driving decreases fuel consumption by 33 per cent on the highway and 5 per cent in the city. · Consolidate trips. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much gas as one longer multipurpose trip. · Don’t haul unneeded items in the trunk. An extra 45 kilograms in the trunk decreases fuel consumption by 1-to-2 percent.
December 16, 2011
Shellbrook Hospital and Parkland Terrace celebrate Christmas Shellbrook Community Hall housed a wedding size crowd of approximately 250 Parkland Terrace and Shellbrook Hospital residents & guests. They celebrated a Traditional Family Christmas Meal together Sunday, Dec 11, 2011. It was a combined effort with Neighborhood Caterers providing turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed veggies, and coleslaw. Shellbrook Hospital and Parkland Terrace prepared the ham and variety of desserts. The bread baskets were filled with buns, bannock (made by Parkland Terrace residents), and Lefsa (prepared by volunteers).
The Happy Wanderers wowed us with a mixture of festive, dance, and easy listening music. The donated Silent Auction items showcased a variety of options for Christmas presents or personal use, funds will be used to offset costs from the event. The evening concluded with Santa (a 30 year veteran) hand delivering parcels to each resident at the hall. He then stopped by the Hospital and Home to visit those who celebrated with family on a quieter note. Many family and staff members, community and staff volunteers worked together to host this most memorable occasion.
From the handmade corsages by Norma Dahl and to the Auction items to the transportation from Grant Martin, Richard Porter and Kevin Burant and Organ music by Eunice Adamson all efforts are appreciated. The fine attention to detail on the handmade invitations were delicately designed and made by residents of Parkland Terrace Lodge. What a wonderful way to celebrate the Christmas Season with Family and friends! Submitted by; Trina Chamberlain Recreation Coordinator Parkland Terrace Lodge Pearl Evens with her sister Ethel Peterson enjoying the moment with Santa. Guest, Linda Bator looks on.
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Seasonâ€™s Greetings A look of surprise as Santa spreads the Christmas joy with both Verna and Bill Diduck.
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Pearl Housen December 15, 2006 Lovingly remembered your family. GABOURY - In loving memory, Nora Elizabeth Gaboury, July 10, 1931 - December 10, 2010 There are friends who will want you but just for a day There are pals you think true, but they’ll cast you away But there’s one loving soul boys I’ll sure recommend Through this old world of sorrow she’ll be true till the end. Mother you’re just an angel and I love you.
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BELAIR - In loving memory of my son, brother, uncle Denis, January 11/60 - December 16/09 If tears could build a stairway, And memories were a lane. I would walk right up to heaven, To bring you home again. No farewell words were spoken, No time to say good-bye. You were gone before I knew it, And only God knows why. My heart still aches in sadness, And secret tears still flow. What it meant to lose you, No one will ever know We miss you greatly; - Love always, Mom, Dad, Mario, Celine and Family
BELAIR - In loving memory of Denis Belair, January 11, 1960 - December 16, 2009. The moment that you died, Our hearts split into two. One side filled with memories, The other died with you. We often lay awake at night, When the world is fast asleep,
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There are a few simple steps families can take to avoid the spread of influenza this winter. “Canadian moms are always looking for ideas to keep their families healthy—especially during flu season,” says Minnow Hamilton, founder of SavvyMom.ca, one of Canada’s top websites for helping women manage modern-day motherhood. Simple tips like these can help Canadian
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Learn more on the proper way to sneeze from the Public Health Agency of Canada (www.phac-aspc. gc.ca/influenza/flupc-eng. php) Count to 20 when washing your hands— When it comes to hand washing, parents with young kids should supervise to ensure all areas are thoroughly scrubbed with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Try
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With tidings of peace and joy, we wish you and yours all the blessings of this holy season
Shellbrook Chronicle Christmas Edition
December 16, 2011
Let’s Put Christ Back into Christmas By Dave Whalley, DLM Knox United Church, Shellbrook Advent is a time of waiting; waiting for the surprise of the incarnation of God. The Creator is revealed to us in many different ways in our individual lives. We sense
the Creator on many occasions when we least expect the presence of the Great Spirit to be with us. We, as a people, find it difficult to accept and realize that God is always present with us in our earthly lives. The Holy Spirit is always guiding us in all the
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directions our life might take us. The question we have to reflect on is; are we listening to the Good Orderly Direction that our Creator is giving to each and everyone of us? This Christmas season, let all of us live in the peace of mind and soul that Jesus promises by faith in him. May the hope of a meaningful and fulfilled life be with all of us by faith in the Higher Power. May the Great Spirit bring the love that is promised by our God, and may we let that Spirit work with us and through us as we travel the highway of life. The joy that we all seek can be ours by faith in God. On behalf of all of us at Knox United Church, we wish everyone a very blessed Christmas season, filled with the gifts that are given to us by God; especially the gifts of peace, hope, love and joy. All we have to do to receive these gifts is live by faith in God, worship our creator, and treat our neighbours as we would want to be treated ourselves. May the blessings of God be with you, now and forever, as we wait for Christmas and the New Year!.
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History of the Advent Calendar The origin of the Advent Calendar can be traced back to the 19th. Century. The first styles came from the protestant area. So religious families made a chalk line for every day in December until Christmas Eve. The first known Advent Calendar which was made by handwork is from the year 1851. Other early styles were the Adventclock or the Adventcandle - a candle for
Stockings full of traditions A Christmas stocking is an empty sock or sock-shaped bag that children hang on Christmas Eve so that Santa can fill it with small toys, candy, fruit, coins, or other small gifts when he arrives. These small items are often referred to as stocking stuffers or stocking fillers. Tradition says that a child who behaves badly during the year will receive only a piece of coal. Children all over the world continue the tradition of hanging Christmas stockings. In some countries children have similar customs, in France the children place their shoes by the fireplace, a tradition dating back to when children wore wooden peasant shoes. By tradition, the stocking is hung on the fireplace, but, since modern homes often do not have a fireplace, it is hung in almost any location when no fireplace is available, under the assumption that Santa can find it wherever it is. Originally, children simply used one of their everyday socks, but eventually special Christmas stockings were created for this purpose. Today, stores carry a tremendous variety of styles and sizes of Christmas stockings, from small and conservative, to long and stretchy, to gigantic. Many families create their own Christmas stockings with each family member’s name applied to the stocking so that Santa (or the family members) aren’t confused about which belongs to whom In Holland the children fill their shoes with hay and a carrot for the horse of Sintirklass. In Hungary children shine their shoes before putting them near the door or a window sill. Italian children leave their shoes out the night before Epiphany, January 5, for La Befana the good witch. And in Puerto Rico children put greens and flowers in small boxes and place them under their beds for the camels of the Three Kings.
each of the 24 days until Christmas, like todays Advent wreath. So in religious families little pictures were hang up on the wall - one for each day in December. An other tradition was to paint chalk strokes on the door, one per day until Christmas Eve. In 1902 a Christian Bookshop in Hamburg published a Christmas Clock which was very similar to that published 1922 by the St. Johannis printing company. (Dominik Wunderlin, lic.phil. Swizzerland). The Austrian (NÖ) Landesmuseum is giving the year 1903 as the year of the first printed Advent Calendar. In 1904 an Advent Calendar was inserted in the newspaper “Neues Tagblatt Stuttgart” as a gift for their readers. In contrast to the above Esther Gajek says that the first printed speciem was made in 1908 by a Swabian parishioner, Gerhard Lang (born 1881 in Maulbronn, Germany -died in 1974). When he was a child his mother made him an Advent Calendar with 24 “Wibbele” (little candies) which were sticked on a cardboard. Later Lang was a participator of the printing office Reichhold & Lang.
He produced little colored pictures which could be affixed on a cardboard at every day in December. This was the first printed Advent Calendar, although without windows to open, published in 1908. This Calendar was named “Christmas-Calendar” or “Munich Christmas-Calendar”. At the beginning of the 20th Lang produced the first Advent Calendars with little doors to open. At this time as well the Sankt Johannis Printing Company started producing religious Advent Calendars, with Bible Verses instead of pictures behind the doors. The Advent Calendar started a triumphal way around the globe. But Lang had to close his company in the thirties. Until that time he had produced about 30 different designs. The World War II terminated the success of this German tradition. The cardboard was rationed and it was forbidden to produce Calendars with pictures. The first printed speciem after the war were printed by Richard Sellmer in 1946. We know that Advent Calendars filled with Chocolate was already available in 1958.
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The Night Before Christmas Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads; And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap, When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below, When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer, With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name; “Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN! On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONNER and BLITZEN! To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!” As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the
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sky, So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too. And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing
of each little hoof. As I drew in my hand, and was turning around, Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound. He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his
Forget the naughty or nice list, parents and other caregivers can celebrate well-behaved children with a different sort of rewards system - a good behavior calendar that can be used to mark days of minded manners, exemplary acts or help around the house. Children often respond well to positive reinforcement. Instead of just reprimanding children when they have done something bad, reward good behavior by focusing on all the things that they do well. A calendar that showcases the days that children were on their best behavior can be a way to showcase all the good things kids do. Here’s how to make a countdown calendar: 1. Purchase and gather supplies for the calendar posterboard, markers, construction paper, glue, ruler, pencil, glitter or other embellishments, Christmasthemed stickers or pictures 2. Lay the posterboard on the table and use the ruler and pencil to draw the boxes of the December calendar. Outline the calendar grid with markers, if desired. 3. Inside of the boxes, write different “prizes,” such as a night out for dinner, a trip to the toy store, staying up an extra hour, etc. You can repeat ideas if you cannot come up with one for every day of December. 4. Cut out construction paper squares the same size as the calendar date boxes. Place a bead of glue at the top of the squares and attach them over the calendar grid so that you cover up the “prizes” but can flip up the construction paper to reveal the prizes when necessary. 5. Mark the calendar dates, 1 through 31, on each piece of glued-down construction paper. 6. Use the rest of the
craft supplies to decorate the posterboard so that it is holiday-inspired. 7. Explain to your child that if he or she behaves well on a particular day, the prize beneath that day can be revealed. Then the following day that prize can be redeemed. As the parent you can use your discretion when determining which behaviors warrant a prize. This way you won’t have to have all 31 days’ worth redeemed. The calendar will help encourage children to act responsibly and behave during a stressful month when it can be easy to misbehave. It will also serve as a countdown calendar for Christmas and New Year’s. Vary the rules according to your household.
Create a Christmas countdown calendar that rewards good behavior
foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot; A bundle of toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack. His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow; The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath; He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly. He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself; A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon
gave me to know I had nothing to dread; He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk, And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose; He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
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Dear friends of Shellbrook and area, Much has happened in the past year. Are you discouraged this season? Do you feel alone, unloved and perhaps unlovable? Well, dear one, God loves you and wants to bring
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you new life and joy. God is love. Nature and revelation alike testify of God’s love. Our Father in heaven is the source of life, of wisdom, and of joy. The wonderful and beautiful things of nature, relationships and
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His Word speak to us of the Creator’s wondrous love. But the greatest demonstration of His love is the Son of God leaving the glory of Heaven and being born into this world through a virgin, Mary. He came to show us God and His infinite love and remove the darkness and burden of sin put on us by our enemy Satan. In describing His earthly mission, Jesus said, “The Lord has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the prisoners, recovering of sight to the blind and to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” This is what He did. Love, mercy and compassion were revealed in every act of His life. He did not suppress one word of truth, but always spoke it in love. Behold the Babe in a Bethlehem manger. See Jesus at His mother’s knee, in Joseph’s carpenter shop, in the temple, in the wilderness, amongst the crowds, on Galilee. See
Him praying to the Father for you and me. See Jesus agonizing in Gethsemane, suffering humiliation and hatred. Behold The Man upon a cross bearing our sins and dying the death we deserve so that we may have His life and joy. See Him in the tomb. See the risen Lord ascending to heaven. Behold Him at our Father’s right hand interceding for us. See Him coming on the clouds of Glory to take His purchased people home. Dear friend, this same Jesus is standing with arms wide open to receive you right now. Hear Him, “Come all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Come into His loving embrace and experience the warmth of His Love, new Life and the Joy of His Salvation. God bless each and every one of you during this Christmas season and throughout the coming year! Your friends, The Seventh-Day Adventists
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Most popular Christmas Toys Children every where wait with baited breath to see what Santa has left them on Christmas morning. Here’s a look at what children used to be so excited about receiving. 1921 Buddy L Express dump truck and Parker Brothers Wonderful Game of Oz; 1931 Keystone Ride Em Steamroller and the Betty Booper doll; 1941 Marx U.S. army airplane and the Kiddilac pedal car; 1951 Disney Alice in Wonderland phonograph, Muffin The Mule push-along; 1961 Barbie’s Ken doll and Frankenstein monster kit; 1971 Checkers and Ten Speed bicycles; Space Hoppers - inflatable orange bouncers with horns for handles; 1981 Donkey Kong and the Dukes of Hazzard car; Lego Train. Lego launches their first electric ‘train set’ which featured strangely enough blue rails; 1991 Constructicons, and Super Nintendo Video game; 2001 Bob The Builder toys are big hits, Folding Scooters continue to be the must have accessory for both kids and style guru’s alike, closely followed by Pogo Sticks;
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over the dough. Form the lattice. Divide the remaining dough into 12 pieces, roughly: four should be 2 tablespoons each, four should be 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon each, four should be two teaspoons each. Roll each piece to a string about ¼-inch thick. Place half of them on a diagonal going one way. The strings should be place about 1½-inches away from one another. Place the other half on a diagonal going the other way to form a lattice design. Bake 60 minutes, or until dough is lightly browned. Remove to a cooling rack and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar. Preparation Time: 45 minutes Servings:
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Wishing you a season that’s merry and bright, filled with laughter, love and much delight! It’s been a privilege and pleasure serving you this past year. Thanks, friends!
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A look at the Chronicle of years gone by 1921 - The Shellbrook L.O.L. held a Masquerade Dance at the Hadley Hall, admission was Gents $1 and Ladies 50¢. No. 1 wheat was 41.50/ bu. #2 oats 26¢/bu and 33 barley was 52¢/bu. Farmers from all over the district attended the Plowing Match held in connection with the 9th
Annual Shellbrook Ag Exhibition. 20 lbs. Rolled Oats was 79¢, Canned peaches 43¢ and 4 bars Sunlight was 29¢. Shellbrook’s Saskatchewan Co-operative elevator containing 12,000 bushels of wheat burned down along with a coal shed which held 120 tons of coal. 1931 - George S. Canfield of Wild Rose was named the third time Provincial Wheat Champion at the Saskatchewan
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Wheat Fair. His sample “Reward” weighed 68 lbs. to the bushel Gold Standard coffee was 50¢/lb., and tomato soup was 2/25¢. A new 120 hp engine was installed at the Sask Power House in Shellbrook. A CPR line was constructed between Hamlin and Shellbrook. A new telegraph line was constructed between Prince Albert and Debden. Showing at the Shellbrook Theatre in June was “Lightin’ starring Will Rogers. 1941 - A Hockey league organized in January consisted of three Shellbrook teams and two rural teams. George Olegaard was appointed manager. Playing at the Shellbrook Theatre in August was “Gone with the Wind” staring Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh. Bank of Nova Scotia at Parkside was destroyed by fire on Sunday, May 4th. A Silver Tea was held June 14 at the OK Economy Store (Big Way) in aid of the Trail Range Camp Fund. Gas increased by 1¢ per gallon and was restricted for sale. The Federal Government hope people would reduced their use voluntarily by 50%. 1951 - Coffee was 89¢/ lb., tea 99¢/lb. Jello 3 for 2/25¢. Playing at the Shellbrook Theatre was “Mr. Belvedere Goes To College” starring Shirley Temple and “Broken Arrow” starring James Stewart. 40 teachers were in attendance for the Teachers’ Institute held in May at the Shellbrook School. The new United Church building was formally opened in a dedication ceremony, May 27. 1961 - The Cameo Hilldrop Ladies celebrated their 25th Anniversary on Nov. 17 with 50 guests in attendance. 320 acres east of Canwood on Highway 55 was officially established as one of Saskatchewan’s newest regional parks. 215 students are registered for high school (50 more than in 1960) and 410 students registered for Elementary school. Over 500 were in attendance for the Grand Opening of the Canwood Post Office on August 10 A.E. Pepper purchased the Chronicle from his father, F.J. Pepper. The General store
and home at the corner of Holbein was destroyed by fire, May 24. The family escaped injury but had to leave in their night clothes. Construction of the new highway from Shellbrook to Prince Albert began with an estimated cost of $160,000. 1971 - A dedication ceremony of the Elks Hall took place on April 14 with over 300 in attendance. In May, Sask Power announced 20 communities in the area would receive natural gas pipelines. Pork chops were 55¢/ lb. and Grade A turkeys were 39¢/lb. On May 20, Northland Lumber lost their new building and stock in a fire. Shellbrook Main Street received new black top. 672 students were registered in the Shellbrook schools. A contract was awarded for the construction of a foundation for the Big River Pulp Mill. 1981 - Tauna Hollowell and Karoline Kennedy were two of 56 skaters to compete in the Saskatchewan Section Juvenile Competition held in Yorkton. Shellbrook Co-op merged with Prince Albert Co-op on April 1. Scott Banda of Marcelin was selected to attend the Ottawa Youth Parliament. The tender for the construction of the new Firehall in Shellbrook was awarded to Jim Swan and Bruce Moe. Parkside’s first Demolition Derby was a smashing success with over 1,000 spectators in attendance. The official opening of the new T.D. Michael Elementary school in Big River took place September 25. The Leask Lion’s Community Hall was officially opened on Nov. 21. 1991 - Naber Ford was destroyed by fire, Dec. 15, however business resumed the following week. The Third Annual Midnight Madness was a tremendous success as hundreds of shoppers enjoyed the festivities, late night shopping and frigid temperatures. The Wheat Pool Elevator in Debden was destroyed by fire. A new facility is being considered. The elevator and annex was 85 percent full at the time. A recycling depot was set up next to the Chronicle with large bins for waste
products. The Town also purchased a paper baler with the capacity to make 700 lb. cubes. The official opening of the Wheatland Lodge took place June 7. The Shellbrook Kinsmen Walkathon raised $3,100 for the new Swimming Pool building. The project was a $50,000 undertaking by the Kinsmen. 2001 - An end to a Shellbrook landmark took place. The Shell River bridge was removed by the Department of Highways. The bridge was constructed in 1931. St. Agatha’s Roman Catholic Church celebrated their 100th anniversary.
Sask. Wheat Pool in Shellbrook closed following the harvest. The Shellbrook Northern Storm Girl’s Fastball team took Gold at the NSA World Series 16 and under Series held at Modesto, California. Honeywood Heritage reopened with over 700 hundred people in attendance.
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There is no denying that shopping online is the quickest and easiest way to zip through a holiday shopping list. With a few clicks and keystrokes, it’s possible to have all of your Christmas shopping done in no time. But as many people have found out -the hard way -- purchasing via the Internet can be risky business, especially during the holiday season when shoppers are pressed for time and make hasty decisions. While identity theft and fraud can occur at any time of the year, the holiday shopping season leaves consumers particularly vulnerable to hackers and identity thieves. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, a San Diego-based nonprofit, there are several im-
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portant steps that consumers should take to ensure that their online transactions are conducted both safely and securely. First and foremost, the ITRC recommends that consumers shop only on sites that use technology that encrypts -- or encodes -- both your personal and financial information before sending it for payment processing. Encrypting sensitive information makes it inaccessible to anyone outside the system, and all of the Web’s major retailers secure customer data in this manner. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to ensure that a shopping site is secure, particularly if you have not made purchases there in the past. Any page on a site that asks for personal or financial information
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will have a URL or Web address beginning with https:// as opposed to the usual http://. Shopping only on the sites of merchants you know and trust is another critical means of ensuring your online safety. However, if you decide to order from a Web site you have never patronized before, it’s a good idea to spend a few minutes investigating the site. For starters, reliable Internet retailers always include a
office to determine if there er, reputable source for the are outstanding complaints item you want. against the company. Finally, whenever you Another critical step shop online, it’s best to pay in securing your personal with credit cards, which and financial data is to pro- are protected by the fedvide only the information eral Fair Credit Billing Act necessary to complete the -- a law that entitles cardtransaction -- and no more. holders to dispute charges Social Security numbers made to their accounts. are not required to com- Unfortunately, there is no plete an online purchase other form of payment that and consumers should provides this type or level never provide this infor- of protection. mation. Being asked to reThe good news? Once veal sensitive information, you are assured that a site such as a Social Security is secure and the retailer number, on a retail Web is reputable, shop away. site is an automatic red flag Chances are good that indicating that something you’ll not only save time, is not right. Your best bet? but money and energy as Close your browser win- well. Music has undergone some radical changes. Styles, dow and search for anothsounds, genres, and technology have all pushed forward. We are in a different place than fifty years ago, and the results are both positive and negative. The most noticeable, and probably most negative Ingredients Position a rack in the change music has undergone is the disappearance of 2 cups all-purpose flour middle of the oven and the “super group.” In the fifties, sixties, and seventies, 2 tsp. baking soda preheat the oven to 350°F. bands liked Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and ½ tsp. salt Line baking sheets with Pink Floyd redefined music. Artists like Bob Dylan, Tom 1 tsp. ground ginger parchment paper. Petty, and Neil Young have made similar lasting impres11/2 tsp. ground cinShape the dough into sions on music. namon walnut-size balls, roll in Those artists had enduring careers largely because, at ¾ tsp. ground cloves sugar, and arrange them the time, record labels believed in truly developing art¾ cup (11/2 sticks) un- about 2 inches apart on the ists. Dylan was signed at about twenty years old because salted butter, melted and prepared baking sheets. (If a label saw something in him that they could help de- cooled your kitchen is quite warm velop and cultivate over time. 1 cup sugar plus more and the dough balls beThe other big change in music is the genre-fication of for rolling come soft, set them in the every band. Fifty years ago, bands needed to fit loosely ¼ cup molasses refrigerator until chilled into the categories of Rock, Pop, R&B/Soul, Blues, Jazz, 1 large egg and fairly firm.) Bake for etc. Today each genre had thirty sub-genres, and bands Directions 10 to 12 minutes, or until and musicians must fit neatly into one of them. There is Whisk together the the cookies have spread, very little cross-over between genres. flour, baking soda, salt, are light golden brown, The internet has been both a blessing and a curse. ginger, cinnamon, and and the cracks still appear The curse is that, as mentioned above, everything has cloves in a medium bowl. moist. Cool the cookies become too specific. The blessing however largely outCombine the butter, on the baking sheets set weighs this. Today, truly talented bands have a viable sugar, and molasses in a on wire racks for about 1 outlet for building a fan base and selling records on their large bowl and stir until minute before removing own. Thirty years ago, an amazing band from St. Lou- combined. Drop in the egg, them to the racks to cool is didn’t have much of a chance if their sound wasn’t mixing until incorporated. completely. at least somewhat “mainstream.” Today, that band can Gradually stir in the flour Store the cookies in build a fanbase of people all over the world. Many bands mixture, mixing to form an airtight container or in have been “broken” by the internet, meaning the buzz a soft dough. Cover with a zip-top bag for up to 4 from myspace, facebook, and file sharing programs alone plastic wrap and set in the days. catapulted them into success. refrigerator to chill for at Makes about 30 cookAmerican music will never be the same. Sure, trends least 2 hours or overnight. ies. are cyclical. What was once popular goes out of fashion, then often returns several decades later (just look at the eighties and nineties boy bands making a comeback today). The negative is that we may never get another We want to give you our warmest Beatles or Pink Floyd, but the positive is, if that band is wishes for a holiday season out there, the internet is sure to help us find them. 1921 I Ain’t Got Nobody - Marion Harris, Ain’t We that’s magical in every way. Got Fun? - Van & Schneck, Second Hand Rose - Fanny Brice, Song of India - Paul Whiteman, O-H-I-O (OHappy Holidays My-O!) - Al Jolson; 1931 Just A Gigolo - Ted Lewis, I Got Rythym - Red Nichols or Ethel Waters, Minnie The Council and Staff Moocher - Cab Calloway, Good Night, Sweetheart Wayne King or Guy Lombardo, Stardust - Isham Jones; R.M. of Shellbrook #493 1941 Stardust - Artie Shaw, You Are My Sunshine - Wayne King, God Bless The Child - Billie Holiday, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Andrews Sisters, We Three (My Echo, My Shaow, and Me) Ink Spots; 1951 Too Young - Nat King Cole, Sixty Minute Man - Billy Ward and His Dominoes, Cry - Johnny Ray, Mockingbird Hill - Patti Page, On Top Of Old Smokey Weavers; 1961 At Last - Etta James, Crazy - Patsy Cline, Let’s Twist Again - Chubby Checker, Bristol Stomp Dovells, Please Mr. Postman - Marveletts; 1971 You’ve Got A Friend - James Taylor, Joy To The World - Three Dog Night, Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones, Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin, Imagine - John Lennon; 1981 Don’t Stop Believin’ - Journey, Let’s Groove - Earth, Wind and Fire, Super Freak - Rick James, Give It To Me Baby - Rick James, Jessie’s Girl - Rick Springfield; 1991 Unforgettable - Nat and Natalie Cole, Summertime - DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams, Gonna Make You Sweat C + C Music Factory, More Than Words - Extreme; 2001 Cha Cha Slide - Mr C The Slide Man, I’m A Believer Darin, Tina and Staff - Smash Mouth, Get The Party Started - Pink, Lady Marmalade - Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim, and Mya.
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Finding Fido under the tree By Shelagh MacDonald Program Director Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Most children ask for a pet at some point in their lives – very often a puppy, and very often at Christmas. They plead with Mom and Dad for a puppy and promise they’ll feed him and walk him and take care of him. The novelty usually wears off after
a few weeks or sometimes months, and Mom and Dad become the full-time feeders and the walkers and the poop scoopers for the next 10-15 years. The chaos of the holidays is generally not a good time to introduce a new dog, because she needs a lot of time, training and a regular routine. But if everyone in the household supports the idea of
getting a dog and is willing to contribute, parents can wrap a dog toy, bowl and a leash to put under the tree. The family can then start researching what kind of dog would be suitable and where to find her. A great place to start is www.findingfido.ca, a new website launched by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS). This fun website provides
many tools and advice to help families make sure they’re ready for a dog, how to pick the right one and how to make sure it’s from a caring, reputable source. The website will help you decide whether you should look for a puppy, an adult or maybe a senior, and how to find the right Fido for your lifestyle. Be sure to answer Fido’s 15 questions!
Chocolate lovers recipes
Chocolate Cake Roll Makes 20 servings. Ingredients: 6 squares Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided 6 Tbsp. butter 1 cup granulated sugar 4 eggs 1 cup flour, divided 1/2 tsp. baking soda 2/3 cup water 3/4 cup icing sugar, divided 125 g (1/2 of 250-g pkg.) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened 3 cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping, divided HEAT oven to 350°F. SPRAY 15x10x3/4inch pan with cooking spray. Line with waxed paper; spray with additional cooking spray. MICROWAVE 3 chocolate squares and butter in medium microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 to 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add granulated sugar; mix well. Beat eggs in large bowl with mixer on high speed 3 min. or until thickened. Blend in chocolate mixture. Add 1/4 cup flour and baking soda; beat just until blended. Add remain-
ing flour alternately with water, beating well after each addition. Spread into prepared pan. BAKE 15 min. or until top of cake springs back when touched; sprinkle with 1/4 cup icing sugar. Immediately invert cake onto clean towel; remove pan. Carefully peel off paper. Starting at one short side, roll up cake and towel together; cool completely on wire rack. BEAT cream cheese and remaining icing sugar in medium bowl with mixer until well blended. Gently stir in 1-1/2 cups Cool Whip. UNROLL cake carefully; remove towel. Spread cream cheese mixture onto cake, completely covering top of cake. Roll up cake; place, seam-side down, on platter. MICROWAVE remaining chocolate and Cool Whip in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 to 1-1/2 min. or until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 1 min. Cool 2 min.; spread onto cake. Refrigerate 1 hour
Chocolate Elegance Makes 14 servings, Ingredients: 1-1/2 pkg. (250 g each) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened 1/2 cup sugar 2-1/2 cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping, divided 6 squares Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided 1 pkg. (4-serving size) Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted Make It BEAT cream cheese and sugar with mixer until well blended. Stir in 1-1/2 cups Cool Whip; spread 2 cups onto bottom of 8x4-inch loaf pan lined with plastic wrap. Melt 3 chocolate squares. Add to remaining cream cheese mixture along with pudding mix and milk; beat until blended. Spread over layer in pan. Refrigerate 4 hours. MICROWAVE remaining chocolate and Cool Whip in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min.; stir until blended. Cool slightly. INVERT dessert onto
platter. Remove pan and plastic wrap. Spread dessert with glaze; top with nuts. Refrigerate until glaze is firm. Chocolate Truffle Pie Makes 12 servings Ingredients 1-1/4 pkg. (8 squares each) Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate (10 squares), chopped 1/2 cup whipping cream 4 eggs 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup flour 1 cup thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping HEAT oven to 325°F. MICROWAVE chocolate and cream in large microwaveable bowl on MEDIUM 3 min. or until chocolate is almost melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted; cool slightly. ADD eggs, sugar and flour; beat with whisk until well blended. Pour into 9-inch pie plate sprayed with cooking spray. BAKE 35 min. or until outer half of pie is puffed and centre is slightly soft; cool. Serve topped with whipped topping.
There are thousands of wonderful dogs, cats and other animals at humane societies, SPCAs and rescue groups just waiting to be adopted into their forever homes. You’ll find puppies, adolescents, mature dogs and purebreds too. The expert staff at a shelter will be able to tell you a bit about a dog’s temperament such as if the dog is good with children, gets along with cats, is full of energy or prefers to relax all day. All of this information is invaluable in helping you make the right decision. If you really want to buy from a breeder, you must do your homework to make sure you don’t unknowingly support a puppy mill or backyard breeder. A puppy mill is a breeding operation where dogs are mistreated and kept in horrendous conditions. Such places thrive on people making impulse and uninformed decisions. FindingFido.ca provides the specific advice you need and the questions you should ask to be able to distinguish caring, ethical breeders from disreputable and downright cruel operations. The bottom line is you must always visit a breeder before agreeing to buy a puppy, and don’t
rely solely on websites. When people make a smart, informed decision to get a dog, their new friend will enrich their life in so many ways. But when people make uninformed or impulse decisions, the result is often heartache, expense and guilt for the people, and suffering or abandonment for the dog. FindingFido.ca will help you do it right. So think carefully, choose wisely and love deeply.
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Shellbrook Chronicle Christmas Edition
December 16, 2011
Did you know ... Christmas trivia
Wreaths - People used to worship evergreen holly as a sign of eternal life because it did not brown or die in the winter? Some religious groups say that the crown of thorns placed on Jesus’ head was made of holly. The berries were supposedly white but turned bright red from Jesus’ blood. Holly is also said to represent the sun’s return after a long winter. We now place wreaths on doors or hallways to create a festive atmosphere during the holiday season. Stockings - Do you know why we hang stockings on the fireplace? Long ago it was said that Saint Nicholas (now called Santa Claus) threw 3 coins down a chimney of the home of 3 poor sisters. Each of the coins landed inside separate stockings left on the hearth (fireplace) to dry. It is now a modern tradition to hang stockings there in hopes that we might have the same good fortune. Cookies - Do you know that the most popular cookie kids leave for Santa is the Oreo? Maybe that’s because over 9.1 billion of them are sold each year.
There is no exact date recorded but the idea of leaving cookies for Santa started sometime in the 1930’s. Naughty kids use them to bribe Santa at the last minute and nice kids use them as a way of thanking him for all his hard work on Christmas Eve. Christmas Cards The earliest known designer of a Christmas card was Sir Henry Cole, the first director of the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was both the Penny Post postal service in 1840 and the industrialization of the printing industry however, that led to the popularity of sending Christmas cards. By 1846, one thousand were sold at one shilling each. Cards in unsealed envelopes could be posted for half a penny. A German printer by the name of Louis Prang was designing and selling cards in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1874. Ten years later his shop was selling more than 5 million cards a year. Since then, Christmas cards have evolved into a major holiday industry with millions of people exchanging traditional, elec-
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tronic, and photo Christmas cards every year. Eggnog - Did you know eggnog used to be made with beer? In the 17th century a strong ale called ‘nog’ was very popular in Britain around the holidays. It was made from beer, sugar, egg yolks, lemon rinds and cinnamon. Later in the 19th century North Americans took the French version of the drink
Kissing under the mistletoe is first found associated with the Greek festival of Saturnalia and later with primitive marriage rites. They probably originated from two beliefs. One belief was that it has power to bestow fertility. It was also believed that the dung from which the mistletoe would also possess “life-giving” power. In Scandinavia, mistletoe was considered a plant of peace, under which enemies could declare a truce or warring spouses kiss and make-up. Later, the eighteenthcentury English credited with a certain magical appeal called a kissing ball. At Christmas time a young lady standing under a ball of mistletoe, brightly trimmed with evergreens, ribbons, and ornaments, cannot refuse to be kissed. Such a kiss could mean deep romance or lasting friendship and goodwill. If the girl remained unkissed, she cannot expect
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ward Johnson who worked for Thomas Edison. It would be a while however before the general public could purchase similar lights. The first strands to be mass-produced came from Ever Ready in the early 1900’s. By the 1920’s General Electric had improved upon the invention. Candy Canes - Can you believe that someone once thought sugar would
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not to marry the following year. In some parts of England the Christmas mistletoe is burned on the twelfth night lest all the boys and girls who have kissed under it never marry. Whether we believe it or not, it always makes for fun and frolic at Christmas celebrations. Even if the pagan significance has been long forgotten, the custom of exchanging a kiss under the mistletoe can still be found in many European countries as well as in Canada. Thus if a couple in love exchanges a kiss under the mistletoe, it is interpreted as a promise to marry, as well as a prediction of happiness and long life. In France, the custom linked to mistletoe was reserved for New Year’s Day: “Au gui l’An neuf” (Mistletoe for the New Year). Today, kisses can be exchanged under the mistletoe any time during the holiday season. The Legend For its supposedly mystical power mistletoe has long been at the center of many folklore. One is associated with the Goddess Frigga. The story goes that Mistletoe was the sacred plant of Frigga, goddess of love and the mother of Balder, the god of the summer sun. Balder had a dream of death which greatly alarmed his mother, for should he die, all life on earth would end. In an attempt to keep this from happening, Frigga went at once to air, fire, water, earth, and every animal and plant seeking a promise that no harm would come to her son. Balder now could not be hurt by anything on earth or under the earth. But Balder had one enemy, Loki, god of evil and he knew of one plant that Frigga had overlooked in her quest to keep her son safe. It grew neither on the earth nor under the earth, but on apple and oak trees.
keep kids quiet? In the year 1670 the local choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral gave his young singers sugar sticks to keep them quiet during the long ceremony. He had the candy bent in the shape of shepherds’ crooks to celebrate the festive occasion. In the 1920’s a man named Bob McCormack made candy canes by hand for his friends and family. It took too long to bend them and only a few people could enjoy them. In the 1950’s his brotherin-law, Gregory Keller, invented a machine that made lots of candy canes at the same time. Bob’s Candies, Inc. became the largest maker of candy canes in the world. It was only in the early 1900’s that red stripes were added and peppermint became the standard flavor.
It was lowly mistletoe. So Loki made an arrow tip of the mistletoe, gave to the blind god of winter, Hoder, who shot it , striking Balder dead. The sky paled and all things in earth and heaven wept for the sun god. For three days each element tried to bring Balder back to life. He was finally restored by Frigga, the goddess and his mother. It is said the tears she shed for her son turned into the pearly white berries on the mistletoe plant and in her joy Frigga kissed everyone who passed beneath the tree on which it grew. The story ends with a decree that who should ever stand under the humble mistletoe, no harm should befall them, only a kiss, a token of love. What could be more natural than to translate the spirit of this old myth into a Christian way of thinking and accept the mistletoe as the emblem of that Love which conquers Death? Its medicinal properties, whether real or imaginary, make it a just emblematic of that Tree of Life, the leaves of which are for the healing of the nations thus paralleling it to the Virgin Birth of Christ.
3 cups buttermilk baking mix 10 1/2 cups smoked ham 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese 2 teaspoons parsley flakes 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard 2/3 teaspoon milk Heat oven to 350 farenheit. Lightly grease jelly roll pan, 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 inch. Mix thoroughly the Bisquick, finely chopped, fully cooked ham, and remaining ingredients. Shape mixture into 1 inch balls. Place about 2 inches apart in pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brown. Immediately remove from pan. Serve warm. Makes: 16
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Kids gifts: How much is too much Partners in Worship Shell Lake With the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will. During the Christmas season we remember when the Holy Son of God gives up his throne to be born in a manger. He comes to live in our midst. Jesus is born into a humble family to a young woman and growing up the son of a carpenter. His simple life is completely unlike the life that we would imagine for the Son of God. In his life’s journey Jesus showed us the heart of God. He cared about the sick and untouchable, and also the people despised or forgotten by the world. The resistance that God’s Holy One faces from Holy leaders and royalty is hard to believe. We could never
picture physical suffering and death for the Son of God. The truth of this is that Jesus comes and lives among us. Through his life and death we learn that God understands our joys and sadness. Partners in Worship, Shell Lake, wish that everyone receive the joyful news; “Christ is born. Glory to God and on earth peace and good will.”
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Despite the many messages from all corners promoting a “more is better” philosophy when it comes to holiday gifts, the truth is far more complex -- especially for children. While most parents work hard to give their kids everything they need and much of what they want, it is often hard to draw the line, prompting many well intentioned moms and dads to ask, “How much is too much?” In general, the answer lies within each family. Parents should purchase what makes sense to them and what they believe their children will use and appreciate. However, in recent years, child psychologists and experts in child development have returned to these questions as economic conditions have forced many families to scale back, both throughout the year and during the holiday season. Books such as “The Pampered Child Syndrome” (Jessica Kingsley, 2006) by Maggie Mamen and “Give Me, Get Me, Buy Me” (HCI, 2010) by Donna Corwin and several others on the same topic offer similar conclusions: When children are given too much over the course of their childhoods, they can develop a serious case of entitlement, become unappreciative of what they have and begin to equate love with “stuff.” And for younger children, receiv-
ing a huge pile of gifts in one sitting can be both overwhelming and overstimulating. If you have been wondering about these issues, here are some general guidelines for having a fun-filled holiday with just enough stuff. Make a gift plan- Before setting out on your first shopping expedition, devise a plan that makes sense for your family. If you have younger children, decide on the number of gifts for each. With older children, you might want to establish a dollar amount rather than a gift amount. Once you’ve made the plan, stick to it -no matter what. Draw names - Particularly in bigger families, gift-giving can become a financial and emotional burden if everyone buys for everyone. Drawing names not only reduces those burdens, but often results in more meaningful gifts all around. Opt for a shared experience - Consider pooling the money you would have spent on individual gifts and putting it toward a special outing, vacation or shared item for your home. Long after the toys have broken and the electronics have stopped working, your children will cherish their memories of a holiday that focused on sharing time together. Communicate - If Grandpa Mike or Aunt
Christmas Jokes 1. What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney? Claustrophobia! 2. Why does Santa have three gardens? So he can ‘ho ho ho’! 3. Why did Santa’s helper see the doctor? Because he had a low “elf” esteem! 4. What kind of motorbike does Santa ride? A Holly Davidson! 5. What do you call a cat in the desert? Sandy Claws! 6. What do Santa’s little helpers learn at school? The elf-abet! 7. What type of Shoes does Santa wear when he travels on a train? Platforms! 8. How long do a reindeers legs have to be? Long enough so they can touch the ground! 9. What do reindeer hang on their Christmas trees? Horn-aments! 10. Why did the turkey cross the road? Because he wasn’t chicken! 11 What do snowmen where on their heads? Ice caps! 12. How do snowmen get around? They ride an icicle 13. How does Good King Wenceslas like his pizzas? One that’s deep pan, crisp and even! 14. What is the best xmas present in the world? A broken drum, you just can’t beat it! 15. How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas? Fleece Navidad! 16. What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations? Tinsilitis!
Emily has a reputation for heaping on the presents at Christmas or Chanukah, let them know ahead of time that one will do, then offer a suggestion that is sure to please your son or daughter. If they insist that they want to do more, consider asking them to make a donation in your child’s name to a charitable organization or to purchase a gift for a
local child in need. Collaborate - Sometimes one big gift makes a lot more sense. If your child would love a new bike or a trampoline or horseback riding lessons, consider asking extended family members to contribute to that item or to items that go with it, such as a helmet or other gear.
With Best Wishes and Season’s Greetings! Wishing you and your family all the gifts of this magical time of year.
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Father Stephen Harnish Rector for the Parish of Leask/Shellbrook. Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel. This is from the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 7:14) A great deal is being said here when we use this particular verse from
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the Old Testament. We acknowledge that Isaiah foretold of the coming of God to be made flesh here among us. That is what it means, Emmanuel, God Among us. It is not meant as a nice holiday sentiment to warm our hearts it is a declaration of Gods love for his creation a love demonstrated by sending the Christ Child to save us. It is through his grace, through the gift of his son that we may enjoy everlasting life. We can rejoice and give thanks that this babe born in a cold rough stable would suffer death and then conquering it gives us everlasting life. In the Christ Child we find faith, hope, joy, and love; the love of God which is beyond our entire human understanding a sacrificial love. It is the true meaning behind our gift giving; and not what advertisers and retail outlets tell us, it is the example which encourages us to help those in need, a need amplified this time of year. Let us each take this love we encounter and share with another through word and action to friend and stranger alike this Christmas season. May blessing of Christ’s birth be with you and his peace fill you today and always.
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The history of sports
1921 - Football 9th Grey Cup in the Canadian Football League – Toronto Argonauts 23–0 Edmonton Eskimos; New York Giants (NL) defeats New York Yankees (AL) to win the 1921 World Series by 5 games to 3; Hockey Stanley Cup - Ottawa Senators defeats Vancouver Millionaires; Baseball Babe Ruth hits 59 home runs for the New York Yankees, establishing a new single-season record for the third consecutive year; Boxing First “million dollar gate” occurs when Jack Dempsey meets Georges Carpentier in a “hastily assembled outdoor arena built on a farm in Jersey City, New Jersey”. A crowd of more than 80,000 attends; Golf USPGA Championship – Walter Hagen. 1931 - Football 19th Grey Cup in the Canadian Football League – Montreal AAA defeats Regina Roughriders 22–0; Green Bay Packers win the NFL title with a 13–2 record; Baseball St. Louis Cardinals (NL) defeats Philadelphia Athletics (AL) to win the 1931 World Series by four games to three; Boxing World Middleweight Champion Mickey Walker vacates his title to campaign as a heavyweight. The middleweight championship remains vacant until 1941; Golf PGA Championship – Tom Creavy. 1941 - Football Chicago Bears win 37–9 over New York Giants for the NFL championship; Baseball New York Yankees win the World Series, beating Brooklyn Dodgers by 4 games to 1; Ted Williams records a season batting average of .406; it is the last time any major leaguer will hit over .400; Joe DiMaggio’s 56–game hitting streak (May 15 – July 16); Golf British Open – not played due to World War II. 1951 - Football Grey Cup – Ottawa Rough Riders wins 21–14 over the Saskatchewan Roughriders; September 28 – Norm Van Brocklin sets NFL single game record for most passing yards (554) helping Los Angeles Rams beat New York Yanks 48–21; NFL Championship – Los Angeles Rams won 24–17 over the Cleveland Browns; Hockey Stanley Cup – Toronto Maple Leafs win 4 games to 1 over the Montreal Canadiens; Baseball January 29 – baseball signs a six-year All-Star game deal for TV and radio rights for $6 million; September 30 – Joe DiMaggio plays in his final career regular season game; October 3 – In one of the most famous finishes in baseball history, Bobby Thomson of the New York Giants hits a three-run walk-off home run, immortalized as the Shot Heard ‘Round the World, to give the Giants a 5–4 win over the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National League title;
Golf PGA Championship – Sam Snead; Horse Racing July 14 – Citation winds his 32nd race, the Hollywood Gold Cup, becoming the first equine millionaire. 1961 - Football Grey Cup – Winnipeg Blue Bombers win 21-14 over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats; AFL Championship – Houston Oilers won 10-3 over the San Diego Chargers; NFL Championship – Green Bay Packers won 37-0 over the New York Giants; Baseball January 16 – Mickey Mantle becomes the highest paid player in Major League Baseball by signing a contract that will pay him $75,000 per season;October - World Series – New York Yankees win 4 games to 1 over the Cincinnati Reds. The series MVP is Whitey Ford of the Yankees; Figure Skating The World Figure Skating Championships in Prague are cancelled after the entire USA team of skaters, officials, leaders and chaperones are killed in a plane crash on 15 February en route to the competition; Hockey Stanley Cup – Chicago Black Hawks win 4 games to 2 over the Detroit Red Wings; Tennis Grand Slam in tennis men’s results: Australian Open - Roy Emerson, French Open - Manuel Santana, Wimbledon championships - Rod Laver, US Open - Roy Emerson. 1971 - Football Grey Cup – Calgary Stampeders won 14–11 over the Toronto Argonauts; 25 December – The Miami Dolphins defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in a divisional playoff game. The double-overtime contest is the longest game in NFL history, and the Chiefs’ last-ever home game at Municipal Stadium; Baseball World Series – Pittsburgh Pirates won 4 games to 3 over the Baltimore Orioles. Game four, played on 13 October, was the first night game in World Series history; Basketball NBA Finals – Milwaukee Bucks win 4 games to 0 over the Baltimore Bullets; Golf PGA Tour money leader – Jack Nicklaus – $244,491; Hockey Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer during the regular season: Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins; Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL’s Most Valuable Player: Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins; Stanley Cup – Montreal Canadiens win 4 games to 3 over the Chicago Black Hawk. 1981 - Skiing Alpine Skiing World Cup – Men’s overall season champion: Phil Mahre, USA; Baseball April 18 - An International League game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the visiting Rochester Red Wings set the record for the most innings ever played in a single professional baseball game, at 33 innings (24 extra innings). The game was suspended after 32 innings on the morning of April 19, and was conclud-
ed on June 23 with a 3-2 Pawtucket victory; Boxing September 16 – Sugar Ray Leonard defeats Thomas Hearns by knockout in round 14 to unify boxing’s world Welterweight title; Football Grey Cup – Edmonton Eskimos win 26-23 over the Ottawa Rough Riders; Horse Racing August 30 – John Henry becomes the first horse to win a million dollar race, the inaugural Arlington Million, at Arlington Park in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights, Illinois; Hockey Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer during the regular season: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers; Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL’s Most Valuable Player: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers; Stanley Cup - New York Islanders win 4 games to 1 over the Minnesota North Stars; 1991 - Football Grey Cup – Toronto Argonauts win 36-21 over the Calgary Stampeders; Super Bowl XXV – New York Giants won 20-19 over the Buffalo Bills; Baseball July 28 - Dennis Martinez of the Montreal Expos pitches the 13th perfect game in major league history, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0; World Series – The Minnesota Twins win 4 games to 3 over the Atlanta Braves. The series MVP is Jack Morris of Minnesota; Basketball June 12 - NBA Finals – Chicago Bulls win 4 games to 1 over the Los Angeles Lakers to earn the franchise’s first championship, starting a run of six titles in eight seasons; November 7 - Basketball player Magic Johnson announces he tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, thus ending his ca-
reer in the NBA; Figure Skating World Figure Skating Championships – Men’s champion: Kurt Browning, Canada; Golf PGA Championship - John Daly; PGA Tour money leader - Corey Pavin - $979,430; Hockey Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer during the regular season: Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings; Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL’s Most Valuable Player: Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues; Stanley Cup – Pittsburgh Penguins win 4 games to 2 over the Minnesota North Stars; Conn Smythe Trophy – Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins. 2001 - Football November 25 – the Calgary Stampeders win the 89th Grey Cup game, defeating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 27-19 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal; Super Bowl XXXV – In their first Super Bowl appearance, the Baltimore Ravens won 34-7 over the New York Giant; Baseball World Series – only 4 seasons old, the Arizona Diamondbacks became the youngest franchise to win a World Series by defeating the New York Yankees 4 games to 3. S Figure Skating World Figure Skating Championships – Pairs’ champions: Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, Canada; Golf Senior PGA Tour money leader - Allen Doyle - $2,553,582; Hockey Hart Memorial Trophy – for the NHL’s Most Valuable Player: Joe Sakic - Col-
orado Avalanche; Stanley Cup – Ray Bourque of the Colorado Avalanche won his only Stanley Cup when the Colorado Avalanche defeated the New Jersey Devils 4 games to 3.
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King George Christmas Pudding This is the 1714 recipe for King George’s first Christmas pudding. 1 lb of eggs 1 1/2 lb shredded suet 1 lb dried plums 1 lb raisins 1 lb mixed peel 1 lb currants 1 lb sultanas 1 lb flour 1 lb sugar 1 lb breadcrumbs 1 teaspoon mixed spice 1/2 grated nutmeg 1/2 pint milk 1/2 teaspoon of salt the juice of lemnon a large glass of brandy Let stand for 12 hours. Boil for 8 hours and boil again on Christmas Day for 2 hours. This will yield 9 lbs of
pudding. History of Christmas Puddings Traditional Christmas Puddings were more like large footballs than the supermarket ready basins of today. The mixture was tied up in a cloth bag and then boiled in a large pan, and in many cases in the same tub that boiled the clothes wash! Christmas Puddings used to be called Plum Puddings because one of the main ingredients used to be dried plums or prunes. The very earliest puddings consisted of chopped-up meat, suet, oatmeal and spices. They
Santa’s name around the world
United States & Canada ---------------------Santa Claus Brazil -------------------------------------------Papai Noel China -----------------------------------Shengdan Laoren Chile ---------------------------------------Viejo Pascuero Dutch ------------------------------------------Sinter Klaas England ---------------------------------Father Christmas Europe --------------------------------------Saint Nicholas Finland -----------------------------------------Joulupukki France --------------------------------------------Pere Noel Germany -----------------------------------Saint Nikolaus Hawaii -----------------------------------------Kanakaloka Holland --------------------------------------De Kerstman Hungary ----------Tel-apo/Mikulas/Winter grandfather India ------------------------------------Santa Claus, Baba Italy ------------------------------------------Babbo Natale Japan ---------------------------------------------Hoteiosho Lithuania ----------------------------------Kaledu Senelis Morocco ---------------------------------------Black Peter Netherlands --------------------------------------Kerstman Norway ------------------------------------------Julenissen Peru ---------------------------------------------Papa Noel Poland -------------------------------------Swiety Mikolaj Russia ------------------------------------------Ded Moroz Scandinavia --------------------------------------Julenisse Spain -----------------------------------------El Nino Jesus Sweden ---------------------------------Tomten/Jultomten
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were cooked in the intestines of a sheep or pig. Puddings as we known them began to appear in the sixteenth century, and since they were boiled in a bag, they were known as ‘bag puddings’. Silver Charms Placing silver charms
into puddings is a recent custom. In earlier times, items were placed into Twelfth-Night cake, and the fun was to see who had what in each slice of cake: a bean for the king a pea for the queen a clove for the knave a twig for the fool
The legend behind Little Jack Horner: Jack Horner was a steward to the Abbot of Glastonbury, and he had to take a pie to King George VII as a present from the Abbot. The pudding contained title deeds to 12 manors sent to the King in
Seasonal Song Becomes Holiday Favorite The song “Winter Wonderland” has become a staple of holiday radio. Much like “Jingle Bells,” “Winter Wonderland” was not intentionally written to become a Christmas carol, but evolved into one over time. The song was published in 1934 by composer Felix Bernard and lyricist Richard B. Smith. Smith resided in the town of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, and was inspired to write the lyrics of the song after seeing Honesdale Central Park and his own childhood home blanketed in snow. Smith actually wrote the lyrics while being treated in the West Mountain Sanitarium in Scranton, Pennsylvania, for tuberculosis. Many singers have performed the song throughout the years, so much so that it is often a standard song on artists’ holiday compilations. Some of the better-known and earlier versions were made by The Andrews Sisters and Perry Como. “Winter Wonderland” has evolved into one of those songs that inspires visions of snowy splendor. Original lyrics feature a portion of the song mentioning young lovers being married spontaneously by a traveling “parson,” a Protestant minister. Some thought those lyrics sent the wrong message to children, and another version was written with a circus clown, instead. The song has been sung with either bridge in place and even both in lengthier versions of the tune. For those who want to enjoy their own winter wonderland and sing along with this classic winter carol, here are the lyrics. “Winter Wonderland” Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, In the lane, snow is glistening A beautiful sight, We’re happy tonight, Walking in a winter wonderland. Gone away is the bluebird, Here to stay is a new bird. He sings a love song, As we go along, Walking in a winter
wonderland. In the meadow we can build a snowman, Then pretend that he is Parson Brown He’ll say, “Are you married?” We’ll say, “No man,” But you can do the job While you’re in town. Later on, we’ll conspire, As we dream by the fire, To face unafraid, The plans that we’ve made, Walking in a winter wonderland. In the meadow we can build a snowman, And pretend that he’s a circus clown We’ll have lots of fun with mister snowman, Until the other kiddies knock him down. When it snows, ain’t it
the hope he would not pull down Glastonbury Abbey. The King only received 11 deeds. Little Jack Horner Sat in the corner, Eating of Christmas pie: He put in his thumb, And pulled out a plum, And said, “What a good boy am I!”
thrilling, Though your nose gets a-chilling. We’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way, Walking in a winter wonderland.
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Canadian news from years gone by ....
1921 - March 26 - The Bluenose is launched; June 9 - Saskatchewan general election, 1921: William M. Martin’s Liberals win a fifth consecutive majority; July 27 - Frederick Banting and Charles Best discover insulin; November 21 - Canada is granted a coat of arms by Royal Proclamation. Canada’s official colours declared to be red and white; December 6 - Federal election: William Lyon Mackenzie King’s Liberals win a minority, defeating Arthur Meighen’s Conservatives. Agnes Macphail becomes the first woman elected to Parliament. Canadian
women exercise their right to vote for the first time; A study of Saskatchewan school students discovers that 56% of them are infected with tuberculosis; April 4 - The Ottawa Senators beat the Vancouver Millionaires 2-1 to win the Stanley Cup; December 3 - The first East-West Grey Cup game took place between the Toronto Argonauts and the Edmonton Eskimos; Births - February 25 - Pierre Laporte, Quebec politician and Minister, kidnapped and murdered by Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) (d.1970); August 4 - Maurice Richard, ice hockey
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player (d.2000); August 25 - Monty Hall, game show host, producer, actor, singer and sportscaster; Full date unknown - Fred Davis, broadcaster and moderator of Front Page Challenge (d.1996); Deaths - November 1 - Zoé Lafontaine, wife of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, 7th Prime Minister of Canada (b.1842); November 10 Jennie Kidd Trout, physician, first woman in Canada legally to become a medical doctor and only woman in Canada licensed to practice medicine until 1880 (b.1841) 1931 - November 12 Maple Leaf Gardens opens in Toronto; December 11 the Statute of Westminster goes into effect: Canada is granted full legislative independence in national and international affairs, with the Crown represented by the Governor General. Births - January 6 - Dickie Moore, ice hockey player, businessman and philanthropist; January 30 - John Crosbie, politician and Minister; March 22 - William Shatner, actor and novelist; August 31 - Jean Béliveau, ice hockey player; Deaths - July 10 - Louise McKinney, first woman sworn in to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and first woman elected to a legislature in Canada and in the British Empire (b.1868); November 10 - Henrietta Edwards, women’s rights activist and reformer (b.1849) 1941 - January 1 - The news division of CBC is founded; December 7 - As a result of the Battle of Hong Kong Canada declares war on Japan. That same day Canada declares war on German allies Romania, Hungary, and Finland. Births - February 20 - Buffy Sainte-Marie, musician, composer, visual artist, pacifist, educator and social activist; July 30 - Paul Anka, singer, songwriter and actor. Deaths - February 21 - Frederick Banting, medical scientist, doctor and Nobel laureate (b.1891); August 12 - Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon, 13th Governor General of Canada (b.1866) 1951 - Incumbents Monarch – King George VI; Prime Minister – Louis Saint Laurent; Premier of Saskatchewan – Tommy Douglas; April 22–25 – Korean War: In the Battle of Kapyong, the Canadians hold off the Chinese; June 1 – The Massey Report into Canadian culture is released; July 10 – A formal peace agreement between Canada and Germany is signed; October 27 – The cobalt bomb cancer therapy is first tested in London, Ontario; December 12 – The St. Lawrence Seaway Authority is established; Full
date unknown Canada’s immigration rate rises. Population is 14,009; Labatt Blue is introduced. Births - May 11 – Ed Stelmach, farmer, politician and 13th Premier of Alberta; June 2 – Larry Robinson, ice hockey player and coach; September 20 – Guy Lafleur, ice hockey player. Deaths - February 7 – Edna Diefenbaker, first wife of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker (b.1899); September 20 – William Henry Wright, prospector and newspaper owner (b.1876) 1961 - Incumbents Monarch: Elizabeth II; Prime Minister: John Diefenbaker; Premier of Saskatchewan: Tommy Douglas then Woodrow Lloyd. Events - February 3 – The Canadian Bank of Commerce and the Imperial Bank of Canada merge to form Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce; June 1 – The 1961 Canadian census finds Canada has a population of 18,238,247; August 3 – Tommy Douglas is elected leader of the newly formed New Democratic Party; August 26 – The new home for the Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto, at the Canadian National Exhibition; October 1 – CTV, Canada’s second major television network, begins broadcasting; November 7 – Woodrow Lloyd becomes premier of Saskatchewan, replacing Tommy Douglas; November 17 – Saskatchewan passes a bill creating Canada’s first government run health system; The transatlantic telephone system is officially launched with a call from Elizabeth II to Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. Births - January 18 – Mark Messier, ice hockey player; January 26 – Wayne Gretzky, ice hockey player and coach March 16 – Todd McFarlane, cartoonist, comic book artist, writer, toy designer and entrepreneur; June 1 – Paul Coffey, ice hockey player June 9 – Michael J. Fox, actor, author and voice over artist; July 1 – Michelle Wright, singer-songwriter; August 25 – Dave Tippett, ice hockey player and coach; November 2 – k.d. lang, singer-songwriter; December 18 – Brian Orser, figure skater, double Olympic silver medalist and World Champion; December 30 – Ben Johnson, sprinter, double Olympic bronze medalist, Olympic gold medal rescinded as disqualified for doping; Deaths - June 19 – Richard Ernest William Turner, soldier and recipient of the Victoria Cross (b.1871). 1971 - Prime Minister: Pierre Trudeau; Premier of Saskatchewan: Ross Thatcher then Allan Blakeney. Events - February 16 - The Fuddle Duddle
incident; March 4 - Prime Minister Trudeau weds Margaret Sinclair; March 31 - FLQ terrorist Paul Rose is sentenced to life in prison; April 14 - a riot begins at Kingston Penitentiary. Prisoners seize control and a four-day siege ensues; May 4 - A sinkhole destroys much of Saint-Jean-Vianney, Quebec, and kills 31; June 23 - Saskatchewan election: Allan Blakeney’s NDP wins a majority, defeating Ross Thatcher’s Liberals; July 22 - Ross Thatcher, leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party dies in office; August 16 - Hurricane Beth hits Nova Scotia; December 26 - An Air Canada plane is hijacked and flown to Cuba; Statistics Canada is formed to replace the Dominion Bureau of Statistics; Harold Ballard gains full control of the Toronto Maple Leafs; Births - April 9 - Jacques Villeneuve, motor racing driver July 20 - Sandra Oh, actress; December 25 Justin Trudeau, politician; Deaths - July 22 - W. Ross Thatcher, politician and 9th Premier of Saskatchewan (b.1917). 1981 - Prime Minister - Pierre Trudeau; Premier of Saskatchewan - Allan Blakeney. Events - January 1 - Gasoline and diesel are sold by the litre rather than the gallon; June 4 - NABET employees at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation hold a long strike, disrupting programming for much of the Spring; September 1 - Quebec’s French language sign law comes into effect; September - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission holds pay-tv hearings in Hull, Quebec; October 16 - Canada Post becomes a crown corporation; November 13 - The Canadarm is first deployed aboard the Space Shuttle; September 28 - Calgary is awarded the 1988 Winter Olympics. Births - January 21 - Dany Heatley, ice hockey player. Deaths - June 28 - Terry Fox, humanitarian, athlete and cancer treatment activist (b.1958); 1991 - Prime Minister: Brian Mulroney; Premier of Saskatchewan: Grant Devine then Roy Romanow. Events - January 1 - The Goods and Services Tax comes into effect; January 15 - Canadian Forces begin their participation in the Persian Gulf War; January 30 - Gulf War: A Canadian CF-18 Hornet attacks and causes irreparable damage to an Iraqi warship; June 15 - Paul Bernardo kidnaps, rapes, and murders Leslie Mahaffy; July 3 - The process leading to the privatization of PetroCanada began; November 1 - Roy Romanow becomes
premier of Saskatchewan, replacing Grant Devine; Births - February 12 Ryan Kavanagh, ice hockey defenceman; Deaths - April 26 - Richard Hatfield, politician and 26th Premier of New Brunswick (b.1931). 2001 Estimated Canadian population: 31,110,565. Events - January 1 - The Ontario cities of Ottawa, Hamilton and Sudbury officially merge with their suburban municipalities to create new “megacities”. (Sudbury, now Greater Sudbury, was the only one of the three to change its name. Toronto had been similarly merged in 1998.); January 17 - The Bank of Canada unveils a new $10 bill with enhanced security features; February 2 - Canada begins banning imports of beef and beef products from Brazil due to concerns of mad cow disease; Police fire tear gas at protesters at the Summit of the America’s conference in Quebec City; February 8 - Lorne Calvert becomes premier of Saskatchewan, replacing Roy Romanow; April 20 - Summit of the Americas is held in Quebec City to discuss the FTAA; the city, which has been divided by a high fence around much of the downtown core, also hosts the People’s Summit and is wracked by the Quebec City protests; May 18 - Conrad Black renounces his Canadian citizenship; July - Canada becomes the first country in the world to legalize medical marijuana; July 17 - Infighting in the Canadian Alliance forces out leader Stockwell Day; September 11 - Canada’s border with the United States is on high alert in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in the United States. Canadian government initiates both “Operation Support” and “Operation Yellow Ribbon.”; September 14 - Three days after the September 11 terrorist attacks, while the rest of the world sees the memorial service for the victims at the Washington National Cathedral, Canadians see the similar service on Parliament Hill—the largest single vigil ever seen in the nation’s capital; October 7 - the 2001 Attack on Afghanistan begins. Canadian fighter pilots and ground troops are involved in the war; CTV purchases The Globe and Mail; Rick Mercer leaves This Hour Has 22 Minutes, then is replaced by Colin Mochrie; February 3 - Catriona LeMay Doan wins gold in the 500 m and 1000 m speed skating races in Heerenveen, Netherlands; Deaths - January 18 - Al Waxman, actor and director (b.1935); June 23 - Yvonne Dionne, one of the Dionne quintuplets (b.1934)
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Lesser known holidays and traditions
The Light of the World A popular song sung at this time of year is “Silver Bells” and the second verse begins with these words: “Strings of street lights, even stoplights blink a bright red and green, as the shoppers rush home with their treasures”. Yes, this is the time of year where Christmas lights are every where – on trees and lamp posts, on homes and businesses, all blinking and twinkling with bright and festive colours. One of my favourite things to do at Christmas time is to hop in the car and tour the streets to see how folks have decorated their homes and yards. Each year different decorations become available to buy and it’s kind of fun to see what new and exciting things pop up on roofs and in yards. I can’t imagine a Christmas without its vast array of lights – all of which serve as a reminder that Jesus Christ, our
Lord and Saviour, born on that first Christmas night is described in the Bible as the light of the world. Even the shepherds and wise men were led to the place Jesus was by the very bright light of the Eastern Star. As you prepare to enjoy all that the season offers this year, it is my prayer you will rekindle the light of life – the light of Christ within your heart and spirit and allow God to be up to something in your lives. Give God a chance to dispel any darkness in your life and light your way in the coming new year. On behalf of my wife Bonnie and my family at St. John’s Lutheran in Shellbrook and Zion Lutheran in Canwood may you and yours have a blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. Shalom, Pastor Doug Schmirler Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
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December is more than Santa Claus, Christmas trees, candy canes and mistletoe. For millions of people throughout the world, the month of December also means the arrival of other holidays. For the Jewish community, it means that Chanukah is around the corner. In the African-American community, the day after Christmas ushers in the start of Kwanzaa, a relatively new but increasingly popular celebration. While the focus of the holidays differs, both are joyous occasions for family and friends to gather and celebrate. Here is a brief history of these two other December celebrations. Chanukah and the Miracle of Light Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by the Greek Syrians. In 168 BCE, Judah Maccabee led a successful revolt against the Syrian king, Antiochus IV, in response to his attempts to wipe out the Jewish faith. One element of the Syrian strategy was to change the Holy Temple of Jerusalem into a Greek temple, but the Jews reclaimed the temple and cleansed it in preparation for its rededication. However, there was very little oil remaining to light the temple menorah (or candelabra) since most of the lamp oil had been polluted. But the oil that was only enough for one day miraculously burned for the eight days it took to find more oil. This is consid-
ered to be the origin of the eight-day celebration of Chanukah. Starting on the evening of the 25th day of the Hebrew month Kislev, the eight days of Chanukah are observed by placing and lighting one candle in the menorah (or chanukiah) which holds eight candles, one for each day of the miracle and a ninth candle called the shamash (meaning “helper” or “servant”) that is used to light the other candles. Two candles are then lit on the second night and so on until the eighth night. The tradition of receiving gifts on Chanukah is relatively new and due in part to its proximity to Christmas. Kwanzaa: Celebrating the Fruits of the Harvest Kwanzaa is a holiday created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga to celebrate African-American family, community and culture. The holiday is celebrated over a sevenday period, from December 26 through January 1, and is based on the first African harvest celebrations. The name Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” meaning “first fruits.” Kwanzaa highlights the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce, and self-improvement, and was created as a way to reaffirm the African-American people, their ancestors and culture. The celebration centers around seven principles called Nguzo Saba, which emphasize the unity of Black families. The seven
(From Scotland ) Ingredients 225g plain flour 100g rice flour or ground rice 100g caster sugar pinch of salt 225g unsalted butter Imperial / American 8oz plain flour 4oz rice flour or ground rice 4oz caster sugar pinch of salt 8oz unsalted butter Method Sift the two flours (or flour and rice), sugar and salt, into a mixing bowl. Soften the butter slightly, cut it up and rub it into the dry ingredients with your fingers. When it starts to bind, gather it together with one hand into a ball. Knead it on a lightly floured board until it is a
soft, smooth and pliable dough. Place a 20 cm / 8 inch flan ring on a greased baking tray and put in the dough. Press it out evenly with your knuckles to fit the ring. With the back of a knife, mark it into 6 or 8 triangles. Prick right through to the baking sheet with a fork in a neat pattern. Chill for at least 1 hour before baking to firm it up. Bake in the centre of a preheated cool oven at 150°C / 300°F / Gas Mark 2 for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until it is a pale biscuit colour but still soft. Remove from the oven and leave to cool and shrink before removing the ring, then dust lightly with caster sugar. When cold store in an airtight tin.
principals include: * Umoja (unity): To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race * Kujichagulia (self-determination): To define, name, create, and speak for ourselves * Ujima (collective work and responsibility): To build and maintain the community, make our sisters’ and brothers’ problems our problems, and solve them together. * Ujamaa (cooperative economics): To build and maintain stores, shops and other businesses together. * Nia (purpose): To build our community and restore our people to their traditional greatness. * Kuumba (creativity): To leave our community more beautiful and
beneficial than we inherited it. * Imani (faith): To believe in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and have faith in victory in our struggle. Families celebrate Kwanzaa by decorating their homes with African art and cloth, light the kinara -- a candelabra that symbolizes the continent of Africa and the roots of all African Americans -- and share libations and food. While in the early years, observers of Kwanzaa tended to avoid combining the holiday with other December celebrations, many African American families now celebrate Kwanzaa along with Christmas and New Year’s.
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Toys through history that caused a ‘feeding’ frenzy ‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the store; Parents seek the hottest toy, while sales clerks shout, “No more!” Few holiday seasons have come and gone without a must-have toy causing pandemonium among shoppers. In the months leading up to Christmas, one toy always seems to grab kids’ attention and become a must-have item. These could be quirky digital-voiced animals or
video game consoles. Naturally, children put these gifts on their letters to Santa or wish lists. But as the days wind down to Christmas, manufacturers often cannot meet the demand for the season’s most popular item. It’s then left to parents to find the toys and gadgets by whatever means necessary. Certain toys throughout history have caused a frenzy that results in desperate parents scouring wipedout toy stores or making
Hot Crab Dip Prep time 15 min total time 30 min makes 24 servings, What You Need 1 pkg. (250 g) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened 1/3 cup Miracle Whip Dressing 1-1/2 cups shredded Swiss Cheese 1 can (120 g) crabmeat, drained, flaked 2 green onions, chopped 2 Tbsp. sliced almonds, toasted Make It HEAT oven to 350°F. MIX cream cheese and dressing in medium bowl until well blended. STIR in Swiss cheese, crabmeat and onions; spread onto bottom of 2-cup ovenproof dish. BAKE 15 min., stirring after 10 min. Top with nuts. Serving Suggestion Serve with cut-up fresh vegetables and your favourite Wheat Thins Stix.
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black-market deals to land themselves a hot toy. Here is a list of them, courtesy of MSNBC. * Shirley Temple Doll (1934): Shirley Temple was the inspiration behind the first recorded toy to cause a shopping frenzy. The demand for the doll elevated after the actress’ breakout film, “Bright Eyes,” was released three days before Christmas. * G.I. Joe (1964): Hasbro came up with the male action figure after watching Barbie dolls become such a popular toy for tots. The action figures were an instant hit, garnering over $16 million in 1964 alone. * “Star Wars” Action Figures (1977): No one expected George Lucas’ franchise to become such a smash hit. The merchandising company associated with the project didn’t have time to make associated toys beyond a few board games and coloring books once “Star Wars” fever took hold. Therefore, “Early Bird Certificate” vouchers were sold and the action figures were shipped out a few months later. These action figures can still thrill, with eBay auctions bringing in $1,200 and up for figures that once retailed for just a few dollars. * Cabbage Patch Kids (1983): What little girl in the mid-1980s didn’t want a chubby-faced Cabbage Patch Kid to adopt as her
very own? The demand for this fad doll became so heated that adults fought over them and price gouging ensued. * Teddy Ruxpin (1985): If kids weren’t seeking a Cabbage Patch doll, they may have been hoping to find a Teddy Ruxpin doll under their tree. Teddy Ruxpin was an animatronic bear who interacted with the child and told stories. It was based on the animated figures kids would see at theme parks or at their local play areas. Shortages around the holidays played into frenzied behavior. The doll was expensive for its day, coming in at around $68. * Tickle Me Elmo (1996): “Sesame Street” fans fell right into the hype offered by Tyco Toys and Children’s Television Workshop. Stampedes occurred in toy stores, people were injured and reports of extreme price gouging ensued, all in an effort for people to get their hands on the giggling, red furball. * Furby (1998): This creature reminiscent of the popular 1980s film “Gremlins” came out of the box speaking its own language and slowly learned English over time. The animated pet/friend became the must-have toy of the year, but production numbers were scant in comparison to demand. * Nintendo Wii (2006): Video game aficionados were wowed by the motion-sensing game controllers of this new system. This helped push the Wii to the top spot for video game consoles for that year and created a demand that led to limits on units pur-
chased, diminished inventory, and even vouchers or wrist bands being offered
by stores to get your hands on the Wii.
Almond butter cookies
Ingredients Cooking spray 3/4 cup (175 mL) all purpose flour 1/2 cup (125 mL) whole wheat pastry flour, or regular whole wheat flour 3/4 teaspoon (3 mL) salt 1 teaspoon (5 mL) baking soda 1/4 cup (50 mL) unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup (175 mL) smooth, unsalted almond butter 1/3 cup (75 mL) packed light brown sugar 1/3 cup (75 mL granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) vanilla extract 1 egg 36 raw whole almonds (a heaping 1/4 cup, 50 mL) Directions 1 Preheat the oven to 375ºF (190ºC) degrees. Spray two baking sheets with cooking spray. 2 In a large bowl whisk together the flours, salt, and baking soda. In another large bowl beat together the butter, almond butter and sugars until fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg and beat until well combined. Gradually stir in the flour mixture, blending well. 3 Shape the dough into 3/4 inch balls, and place on the baking sheets. Place an almond in the centre of each cookie and press down lightly. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 36 cookies
Tomato Topped Cheese & Bean Dip What you need 1 can (19 fl oz/540 mL) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained 1-1/2 cups Kraft 3 Cheese Mexicana Finely Shredded Cheese, divided 125 g (1/2 of 250g pkg) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne) 2 green onions, chopped 1/2 cup chopped tomato Christie Wheat Thins Crackers Make It PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Place chickpeas, 1 cup of the cheese, cream cheese, sour cream and ground red pepper in blender or food processor container; cover. BLEND until smooth. Stir in green onions. SPREAD into 9-inch pie plate. BAKE 20 min. or until light golden brown. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and tomato. Serve with crackers. With Thanks For Your Patronage Know what we like best about Christmas? It’s the chance to express our gratitude to our good friends and kind neighbors. Happy Holidays!
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The best movies through the years The movie industry has undergone significant changes over the past 75 years. With the development of new technologies, entertainment went from early photographs, movies, and live performance to media streaming to a global audience. The earliest film was produced in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1888, and the first film... projector came into being around 1895. Early films were silent until 1927, when synchronized sound and film made its famous debut in the feature film The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson. Early electromechanical televisions were invented by 1884, although the strictly electronic models did not come into wide use until much later. Color television was known by 1940, but because of the war, ex-
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pansion of the technology was placed on hold until 1945, and color televisions were not available to the public until 1954. Starting with these humble beginnings, different media were developed for the storing of audio and video projects. Vinyl records to 8-tracks, then cassettes and DAT, then a big jump to CDs and DVDs and eventually streaming on the Internet. The relative affordability and easy use of home computers put the digital world at the fingertips of many worldwide. The Internet represented a huge jump in technology that enabled easy worldwide distribution of all manner of entertainment 1921 - The Kid, Charlie Chaplin; The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Rudolph Valentino; Or-
phans of the Storm, Lillian and Dorothy Giph; Miss Lulu Bett, Lois Wilson; 1931 - City Lights, Charlie Chaplin; Frankenstein, Lon Chancey, Jr.; Little Caesar, Edward Robinson & Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.; Dracula, Bela Lugosi; 1941 - Citizen Kane, Orson Welles; The Maltese Falcon, Humphrey Bourgart; Lady Eve, Henry
Four Roses old-fashioned egg nog Egg nog is just one of many seasonal drinks that everyone loves to have as a way of celebrating the holidays. With this recipe, egg nog can easily be turned into the essential holiday cocktail, perfect for any gathering well into the New Year. Ingredients: 6 eggs 3/4 cup of sugar 1 pint of cream 1 pint of milk 2 cups Four Roses bourbon 1 oz. Jamaica Rum Instructions: 1. Beat separately yolks and whites of 6 eggs. 2. Add ½ cup of sugar to yolks while beating. 3. Add ¼ cup of sugar to white after they have been beaten very stiff. 4. Mix egg whites with yolks 5. Stir in cream and milk. 6. Add Four Roses and Jamaica Rum. 7. Stir thoroughly. Serve very cold with grated nutmeg.
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erine Hepburn; Prince of the City, Treat Williams; 1991 - The Silence of the Lambs, Jody Foster, Anthony Hopkins; Thelma & Louise, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis; Beauty and the Beast, Paige O’Hara, Angela Lansbury; Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Arnol Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton; 2001 Mulholland Dr., Naomi Watts, Justin Theroux; The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, Elijah Wood; Moulin Rouge, Nicole Kidman; Shrek, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz.
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Hustler, Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason; Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard; Judgment at Nuremberg, Judy Garland, Burt Lancaster; 1971 - The French Connection, Gene Hackman; The Last Picture Show, Jeff Bridges, Cybil Shepard; McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie; Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood; 1981 - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harrison Ford; Reds, Warren Beatty; On Golden Pond, Henry Ford, Kath-
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Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck; Sullivan’s Travels, Veronica Lake; 1951 - A Streetcar Named Desire, Marlon Brando, Vivian Leigh; An American in Paris, Gene Kelly; Strangers on a Train, Farley Grainger; The African Queen, Humphrey Bogard, Katherine Hepburn; 1961 - West Side Story, Natalie Wood; The
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Shellbrook Chronicle Christmas Edition
Pastor Chris Dean Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ right? Peace on earth and good will to all people. A Savior born to rescue Humanity from sin. Of course, that is the textbook answer, but we can also define Christmas functionally by what we do. Then Christmas may become something very different. Is Christmas all the commerciality? Is it the parties? is it the tension, or the stress? Is it about families and togetherness? Is it taking the time to reach out to others? Is it about faith? Is it about ourselves? Is it about others?
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Functionally Defined, Christmas is about our choices in response to the event that we call Christmas. It is about our journey here on earth. We are surrounded by many sources of information about what Christmas should be for us, but in the end it will be our choices and our actions that will define what Christmas is for us. Have a blessed Christmas everyone, and may the Lord who was born on this day be a part of all who you are and all of what you do. Merry Christmas! From all of us here at Immanuel Lutheran Church Parkside.
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News from around Canada
1921 - March 26 - The Bluenose is launched; June 9 - Saskatchewan general election, 1921: William M. Martin’s Liberals win a fifth consecutive majority; July 27 - Frederick Banting and Charles Best discover insulin; November 21 - Canada is granted a coat of arms by Royal Proclamation. Canada’s official colours declared to be red and white; December 6 - Federal election: William Lyon Mackenzie King’s Liberals win a minority, defeating Arthur Meighen’s Conservatives. Agnes Macphail becomes the first woman elected to Parliament. Canadian women exercise their right to vote for the first time; A study of Saskatchewan school students discovers that 56% of them are infected with tuberculosis; April 4 - The Ottawa Senators beat the Vancouver Millionaires 2-1 to win the Stanley Cup; December 3 - The first EastWest Grey Cup game took place between the Toronto Argonauts and the Edmonton Eskimos; Births - February 25 - Pierre Laporte, Quebec politician and Minister, kidnapped and murdered by Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) (d.1970); August 4 - Maurice Richard, ice hockey player (d.2000); August 25 - Monty Hall, game show host, producer, actor, singer and sportscaster; Full date unknown - Fred Davis, broadcaster and moderator of Front Page Challenge (d.1996); Deaths - November 1 Zoé Lafontaine, wife of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, 7th Prime Minister of Canada (b.1842); November 10 - Jennie Kidd Trout, physician, first woman in Canada legally to become a medical doctor and only woman in Canada licensed to practice medicine until 1880 (b.1841) 1931 - November 12 Maple Leaf Gardens opens in Toronto; December 11 the Statute of Westminster goes into effect: Canada is granted full legislative independence in national and international affairs, with the Crown represented by the Governor General. Births - January 6 Dickie Moore, ice hockey player, businessman and philanthropist; January 30 - John Crosbie, politician and Minister; March 22 William Shatner, actor and novelist; August 31 - Jean Béliveau, ice hockey player; Deaths - July 10 - Louise McKinney, first woman sworn in to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and first woman elected
to a legislature in Canada and in the British Empire (b.1868); November 10 Henrietta Edwards, women’s rights activist and reformer (b.1849) 1941 - January 1 - The news division of CBC is founded; December 7 - As a result of the Battle of Hong Kong Canada declares war on Japan. That same day Canada declares war on German allies Romania, Hungary, and Finland. Births - February 20 - Buffy Sainte-Marie, musician, composer, visual artist, pacifist, educator and social activist; July 30 - Paul Anka, singer, songwriter and actor. Deaths - February 21 - Frederick Banting, medical scientist, doctor and Nobel laureate (b.1891); August 12 - Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon, 13th Governor General of Canada (b.1866) 1951 - Incumbents Monarch – King George VI; Prime Minister – Louis Saint Laurent; Premier of Saskatchewan – Tommy Douglas; April 22–25 – Korean War: In the Battle of Kapyong, the Canadians hold off the Chinese; June 1 – The Massey Report into Canadian culture is released; July 10 – A formal peace agreement between Canada and Germany is signed; October 27 – The cobalt bomb cancer therapy is first tested in London, Ontario; December 12 – The St. Lawrence Seaway Authority is established; Full date unknown Canada’s immigration rate rises. Population is 14,009; Labatt Blue is introduced. Births - May 11 – Ed Stelmach, farmer, politician and 13th Premier of Alberta; June 2 – Larry Robinson, ice hockey player and coach; September 20 – Guy Lafleur, ice hockey player. Deaths February 7 – Edna Diefenbaker, first wife of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker (b.1899); September 20 – William Henry Wright, prospector and newspaper owner (b.1876) 1961 - Incumbents Monarch: Elizabeth II; Prime Minister: John Diefenbaker; Premier of Saskatchewan: Tommy Douglas then Woodrow Lloyd. Events - February 3 – The Canadian Bank of Commerce and the Imperial Bank of Canada merge to form Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce; June 1 – The 1961 Canadian census finds Canada has a population of 18,238,247; August 3 – Tommy Douglas is elected leader of the newly formed New Democratic Party; August 26 – The
new home for the Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto, at the Canadian National Exhibition; October 1 – CTV, Canada’s second major television network, begins broadcasting; November 7 – Woodrow Lloyd becomes premier of Saskatchewan, replacing Tommy Douglas; November 17 – Saskatchewan passes a bill creating Canada’s first government run health system; The transatlantic telephone system is officially launched with a call from Elizabeth II to Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. Births - January 18 – Mark Messier, ice hockey player; January 26 – Wayne Gretzky, ice hockey player and coach March 16 – Todd McFarlane, cartoonist, comic book artist, writer, toy designer and entrepreneur; June 1 – Paul Coffey, ice hockey player June 9 – Michael J. Fox, actor, author and voice over artist; July 1 – Michelle Wright, singersongwriter; August 25 – Dave Tippett, ice hockey player and coach; November 2 – k.d. lang, singersongwriter; December 18 – Brian Orser, figure skater, double Olympic silver medalist and World Champion; December 30 – Ben Johnson, sprinter, double Olympic bronze medalist, Olympic gold medal rescinded as disqualified for doping; Deaths - June 19 – Richard Ernest William Turner, soldier and recipient of the Victoria Cross (b.1871). 1971 - Prime Minister: Pierre Trudeau; Premier of Saskatchewan: Ross Thatcher then Allan Blakeney. Events - February 16 - The Fuddle Duddle incident; March 4 - Prime Minister Trudeau weds Margaret Sinclair; March 31 - FLQ terrorist Paul Rose is sentenced to life in prison; April 14 - a riot begins at Kingston Penitentiary. Prisoners seize control and a four-day siege ensues; May 4 - A sinkhole destroys much of Saint-Jean-Vianney, Quebec, and kills 31; June 23 - Saskatchewan election: Allan Blakeney’s NDP wins a majority, defeating Ross Thatcher’s Liberals; July 22 - Ross Thatcher, leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party dies in office; August 16 - Hurricane Beth hits Nova Scotia; December 26 - An Air Canada plane is hijacked and flown to Cuba; Statistics Canada is formed to replace the Dominion Bureau of Statistics; Harold Ballard gains full control of the Toronto Maple Leafs; Births
- April 9 - Jacques Villeneuve, motor racing driver July 20 - Sandra Oh, actress; December 25 Justin Trudeau, politician; Deaths - July 22 - W. Ross Thatcher, politician and 9th Premier of Saskatchewan (b.1917). 1981 - Prime Minister - Pierre Trudeau; Premier of Saskatchewan - Allan Blakeney. Events - January 1 - Gasoline and diesel are sold by the litre rather than the gallon; June 4 - NABET employees at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation hold a long strike, disrupting programming for much of the Spring; September 1 Quebec’s French language sign law comes into effect; September - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission holds pay-tv hearings in Hull, Quebec; October 16 - Canada Post becomes a crown corporation; November 13 - The Canadarm is first deployed aboard the Space Shuttle; September 28 - Calgary is awarded the 1988 Winter Olympics. Births - January 21 - Dany Heatley, ice hockey player. Deaths - June 28 - Terry Fox, humanitarian, athlete and cancer treatment activist (b.1958); 1991 - Prime Minister: Brian Mulroney; Premier of Saskatchewan: Grant Devine then Roy Romanow. Events - January 1 - The Goods and Services Tax comes into effect; January 15 - Canadian Forces begin their participation in the Persian Gulf War; Continued on page 17
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News from around Canada Continued from page 16
January 30 - Gulf War: A Canadian CF-18 Hornet attacks and causes irreparable damage to an Iraqi warship; June 15 - Paul Bernardo kidnaps, rapes, and murders Leslie Mahaffy; July 3 - The process leading to the privatization of Petro-Canada began; November 1 - Roy Romanow becomes premier of Saskatchewan, replacing Grant Devine; Births - February 12 - Ryan Kavanagh, ice hockey de-
fenceman; Deaths - April 26 - Richard Hatfield, politician and 26th Premier of New Brunswick (b.1931). 2001 Estimated Canadian population: 31,110,565. Events - January 1 - The Ontario cities of Ottawa, Hamilton and Sudbury officially merge with their suburban municipalities to create new “megacities”. (Sudbury, now Greater Sudbury, was the only one of the three to change its name. Toronto
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had been similarly merged in 1998.); January 17 - The Bank of Canada unveils a new $10 bill with enhanced security features; February 2 - Canada begins banning imports of beef and beef products from Brazil due to concerns of mad cow disease; Police fire tear gas at protesters at the Summit of the America’s conference in Quebec City; February 8 - Lorne Calvert becomes premier of Saskatchewan, replacing Roy Romanow; April 20 - Summit of the Americas is held in Quebec City to discuss the FTAA; the city, which has been divided by a high fence around much of the downtown core, also hosts the People’s Summit and is wracked by the Quebec City protests; May 18 - Conrad Black renounces his Canadian citizenship; July - Canada becomes the first country in the world to legalize medical marijuana; July 17 - Infighting in the Canadian Alliance forces out leader Stockwell Day; September 11 - Canada’s border with the United States is on high alert in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in the United States. Canadian government initiates both “Operation Support” and “Operation Yellow Ribbon.”; September 14 - Three days after the September 11 terrorist attacks, while the rest of the world sees the memorial service for the victims at the Washington National Cathedral, Canadians see the similar service on Parliament Hill— the largest single vigil ever seen in the nation’s capital; October 7 - the 2001 Attack on Afghanistan begins. Canadian fighter pilots and ground troops are involved in the war; CTV purchases The Globe and
Mail; Rick Mercer leaves This Hour Has 22 Minutes, then is replaced by
Easy-Make Holiday Wreaths serrated knife. Wrap a Red-Berry apiece of white felt four inches wider than the canWreath dy cane around the shape
Dress up your front door, fence, or mantel with these elegant, easy-tomake wreaths Instructions: Cut 40 to 50 branches of winterberries to measure between 10 and 16 inches long. Using green florist wire, attach the larger branches to a 16- to 18-inch wire frame one at a time, overlapping as you go. Continue adding smaller branches until it looks full; use a glue gun when the wiring becomes too difficult.
Handmade paper stars, glued to a wire wreath, strike a modern pose in a window. This graphic ring will be ready to hang again next year. Instructions: Go to highhopes.com and print out directions for making 3-D paper stars. Make the following stars: six 4-inch stars, eight 3-inch stars, and eight 2-inch stars. Coat a 12-inch wire wreath form with silver spray paint; let dry. Use a glue gun to attach the paper stars to the wreath, stacking them for a 3-D effect. Finish by wiring a satin ribbon to the top.
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Everyone’s favorite Christmas confection provides a cheery welcome on the outside of a house. Instructions: Draw a candy cane shape onto a large piece of paper. Cut it out and trace the shape onto a two-inch-thick piece of Styrofoam. Cut out the Styrofoam using
(use straight pins to attach it to the back). Tightly wrap a wire around the top of your candy cane and create a loop for a hanger on the back. Spread out an assortment of peppermint candies and broken candy canes on newspaper in a well-ventilated area, like a garage. Spray the pieces with polyurethane, making sure to coat all sides of the candy well; let dry. Use a glue gun to tightly apply the candy to the front and sides of the wreath, then give the whole thing two more coats of polyurethane. Finish by wiring on sprigs of pine and a bow.
and 1000 m speed skating races in Heerenveen, Netherlands; Deaths - January 18 - Al Waxman, actor and director (b.1935); June 23 - Yvonne Dionne, one of the Dionne quintuplets (b.1934)
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December 16, 2011
Tips to make holiday trips merry and bright When people tell their most cherished family stories, they usually involve the holidays. But the journey to reconnect with friends and family can be expensive, especially at the height of the holiday season. To increase your gift giving budget here are a few tips to follow for improved mileage and savings at the pump: 1. Perform smart vehicle maintenance before you drive. Keep your engine well-tuned and repair any problems immediately. A poorly maintained vehicle can consume up to 15% more fuel than a wellmaintained vehicle and increases emissions by even more*. Following the service recommendations for your vehicle, such as changing the air filter,
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spark plugs, engine oil and other fluids, ensures optimum performance. In addition, operating a vehicle with just one tire under-inflated by 8 psi (56 kPa) can reduce the life of the tire by 15,000 kilometers and increase the vehicle’s fuel consumption by up to 4%*. 2. Practice smart behaviors and actions while you’re behind the wheel. Plan your holiday shopping trips and routes wisely. Combine several short trips into one longer trip. In the winter an engine can burn up to 50%* more fuel for a short trip than for the same trip in the summer. To help stretch your fuel further, drive smoothly. By avoiding speeding, heavy acceleration or breaking you can lower your consumption by up to 20%*. Although your hands may be cold, resist the temptation to start your car and sit idle while warming up – this only wastes fuel and increases emissions. Once a vehicle is running, the best way to warm it up is just to drive it. With computer-controlled, fuelinjected engines, 30 seconds* of idling is all that’s
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needed on winter days before driving away. 3. Purchase smart products and services at the right price without sacrificing quality. A clean engine typically runs more efficiently – like the vehicle manufacturer originally designed. “A lower-quality gasoline leaves behind carbon deposits, called engine gunk, which can negatively affect engine performance,” confirms Ken Mitchell, an engineer for
Greener options for your holiday wrapping
If everyone in Canada wrapped just three gifts in reused paper or gift bags, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 hockey rinks.* That’s a lot of paper! When wrapping your gifts this holiday season, consider making your own recycled or reusable wrapping paper. “From old scarves to baskets, there are many common items around the house that make great wrapping for your gifts, all it takes is a little imagination ,” says Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. “Not only will Mother Nature thank you, but your loved ones will appreciate the originality and your effort.” TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) offers the following ideas for making your own gift wrapping this year: • Recycle artwork—Save your child’s colourful paintings and drawings throughout the year and turn them into holiday gift wrap for grandparents and other family members. • Photos—Make your presents picture perfect by pasting photos of family and friends on old shoe boxes or reusable bags. • Wallpaper & newspaper—Leftover wallpaper is easy to work with, is durable and adds a pop to presents. Add some ribbon or beads for a finished look. Do you have a friend or relative who is always telling jokes? Use the comics section of your newspaper for wrapping. • Fabric—Pick some of your most colourful scarves, festive tea towels or old clothing and get to work. Perfect for wine, any boxed item or clothing, fabric creates a beautiful and simple way to wrap presents. Secure ends with a safety pin, button or knot, and top with a bow or sprig of holly or pine for a seasonal touch. Your fabric wrapping can either be part of your gift (like a tea towel) or be used to wrap presents year after year.
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Inventions from the past 1921 • Artificial life begins -- the first robot built. • John Larson invented the lie detector. 1931 • Harold Edgerton invented stop-action photography. • Germans Max Knott and Ernst Ruska co-invent the electron microscope. 1941 • Konrad Zuse’s Z3, the first computer controlled by software. • Aerosol spray cans invented by American inventors, Lyle David Goodloe and W.N. Sullivan. • Enrico Fermi invents the neutronic reactor. 1951 • Super glue invented. • Power steering invented by Francis W. Davis. • Charles Ginsburg invented the first video tape recorder (VTR). 1961 • Valium invented. • The nondairy creamer invented. 1971 • The dot-matrix printer invented. • The food processor invented. • The liquid-crystal display (LCD) invented by James Fergason. • The microprocessor invented by Faggin, Hoff and Mazor. • VCR or videocassette invented. 1981 • MS-DOS invented. • The first IBM-PC invented. • The scanning tunneling microscope invented by Gerd Karl Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer. 1991 • The digital answering machine invented. Modern Inventions of 2001 • AbioCor artificial heart invented by Abiomed - the Abiocor represents groundbreaking medical miniaturization technology. Nuvaring birth control invented by Organon. • Artificial liver invented by Dr. Kenneth Matsumura and Alin Foundation. • Fuel cell bike invented by Aprilia. • Self-cleaning windows invented by PPG Industries. • On October 23, 2001 Apple Computers publicly announced their portable music digital player the iPod, created under project codename Dulcimer. Season’s Greetings We’d like to wish all a joyous & happy holiday from Gabe & Sylvia Clouthier
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Build holiday magic by baking with your kids As much as kids love eating up delicious treats during the holidays, there’s something else they love just as much—creating and baking the treats with their own hands. The holidays are a great time for baking in the kitchen with kids, as they can let their imaginations soar and really get into the festive spirit. “Baking in the kitchen with kids does not have to be intimidating and can be loads of fun, for both adults and kids,” says Trish Magwood, award-winning cookbook author of In My Mother’s Kitchen, and mom of three. “Picking recipes that don’t require baking, like Santa Claus Faces, a holiday version of the beloved Rice Krispies Treats, is often the best way to go, so kids can dig in without any worry or fuss.” Follow Trish Magwood’s tried and true tips for baking with kids: • Follow the chef mantra of “mis en place”— Have everything in its place or in simple terms, prepare. Make squares or cookies ahead of time, and once the oven is off and
the knives are away, enlist the kids for the fun job of icing and decorating. Put out little bowls of icing, sparkles and candies and relax while they enjoy. • Kitchen Stools— These are my favourite kitchen essentials because it allows kids to pull up to a counter or kitchen island and pitch in at any time. Kids will feel included, and part of the baking process. • Equipment—Stock up on multi-purpose, family-friendly baking equipment—trays, easy-to-clean baking supplies, plastic utensils, kids aprons, little bowls, and draw on your kitchen kit for any special baking occasion. Make the fun easy for you too. • Age appropriate tasks—Gauge tasks and kids ages before assigning jobs. There’s something for everyone in a baking kitchen. Don’t forget fun crafts like card making or box decorating count too. • Interactive—Get the kids involved and they will learn, take ownership and be proud of their master-
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pieces. The older ones can plan the menu and write the shopping list while the younger ones can play a game of kitchen hide and seek opening cupboards to see if there is enough sugar or chocolate. Use an interactive, cooking class format, they can even clear and help with the clean up. Try this fun and interactive recipe with your family and find more fun, holiday recipes like this at www.ricekrispies.ca. More information on Trish Magwood is available at www.trishmagwood.ca or follow her on Twitter @ trishmagwood. Santa Claus Faces Ingredients: 50 mL (1/4 cup) butter 250 g (1 pkg, about 40) regular marshmallows or 5 cups miniature 2 mL (1/2 tsp) vanilla extract (optional)
1.5 L (6 cups) Rice Krispies cereal Prepared vanilla frosting Red cinnamon candies Miniature marshmallows Preparation: 1. In a large microwave safe bowl, heat butter and marshmallows at High for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. 2. Stir in vanilla. Stir in Rice Krispies cereal until well coated. Using lightly buttered spatula, press into buttered 3.5 L (13 x 9”) pan. 3. Allow mixture to cool slightly. Using a round cookie cutter, cut cereal mixture into circles. Decorate with icing and candy as desired. Use a dot of frosting to secure the marshmallows and cinnamon candies.
Serve a dish for all ages Sitting down for a family dinner is a special and meaningful time, especially during the holidays when we get to share memorable moments with loved ones. But a holiday dinner can also be a busy event, especially when trying to find one dish that will satisfy different age groups, varying tastes and those little guests who are often picky in what they choose to eat. Parmesan Chicken Ingredients: 750 mL (3 cups) Rice Krispies crushed to 375 mL (1 1/2 cups) 125 mL (1/2 cup) grated Parmesan cheese 2 mL (1/2 tsp) fresh basil 1 mL (1/4 tsp) fresh oregano 30 mL (2 tbsp) melted butter 1 egg or 2 egg whites 75 mL (1/3 cup) 2%,milk 75 mL (1/3 cup) allpurpose flour 2 mL (1/2 tsp) salt 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts about (1 kg/2 lbs) Preparation: 1. In large plate or shallow pan, combine crushed cereal, Parmesan cheese and herbs. Stir in melted butter. 2 .In medium bowl, beat egg whites and milk slightly. Stir in flour and salt; mix until smooth. Dip chicken in batter, then coat with cereal mixture. Place
in single layer on foil or parchment lined baking sheet. 3. Bake at 180°C (350°F) about 35 minutes or until no longer pink in centre. (Do not cover or turn chicken while cooking.)
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harried. • Grab some readymade décor items such as greenery, pinecones and branches right from your own yard. They’ll last from November through January—and you don’t have to worry about keeping them watered. • Looking for something to do with the kids while they’re home for two weeks? Teach them to bake and cross tasks off the to-do list at the same time. Minimize mess without sacrificing taste by using
simple pre-packed baking lution. Have friends bake Keep a stack of generic mixes, such as the new large batches of different holiday cards and gift cards President’s Choice Baked types of cookies. Invite ev- in your purse at all times, By You Caramel Pecan eryone over for a sampling to eliminate your fear of Squares. They make great and send them home with being caught off-guard hostess gifts too. a great assortment of every needing a last minute gift. • People love gifts type. Create beautiful gifts Other great holiday from children—they ooh out of the different variet- ideas are available at pc.ca. and ahh, no matter how ies with festive tins and haphazardly the gift is distribute to whoever is on wrapped. Take advantage your list. and assign your little ones with all the gift wrapping this season. • Okay, okay. You’re feeling guilty and want to 3. Remove both pie If you’re looking for an do a little baking. A cookie appetizer that is out of the shells from pie tin and exchange is the perfect so- ordinary for a memorable place onto a clean, flat, holiday gathering, tur- lightly floured work surkey, cranberry and ched- face. If cracks appear in dar pocket pies are easy pastry, press together and to create and a great con- repair using fingers moistversation piece. They’re ened with water. Katharine Schmidt, execu- also a perfect solution for 4. Cut out six shapes tive director, Food Banks leftovers from your holi- from each pie shell using a Canada. day meal. So delicious and (2-3/4-inch x 4-inch / 7 cm Encourage your chil- full of flavour, you’ll want x 10 cm) cookie cutter. Set dren to donate money or to make them again and any leftover dough aside. their favourite healthy, again. More holiday tips, 5. Combine turkey, non-perishable food item recipes and free printable cranberry sauce, cheese to their local food bank. stencils can be found at and pepper in a small bowl. You can visit www.lo- www.tenderflake.com. Divide mixture evenly beblaw.ca and donate at the Preparation time: 30 tween 6 cut outs, mounting grocery store nearest you. minutes in centre and leaving a 1/4Or, while shopping where inch (5 mm) border. Top Serves 6 President’s Choice prodwith remaining cut outs. Ingredients: ucts are sold, get your chil2 Tenderflake frozen Gently press edges togethdren to look for the Extra deep dish pie shells er, and crimp with a fork. Helping logo as it identi6. Brush tops lightly 1/4 cup (50 mL) finely fies your food bank’s most chopped leftover turkey with milk and bake for 12needed items. 2 tbsp (30 mL) cran- 15 minutes, or until pastry “At Loblaw, we have a berry sauce is golden. Allow pies to responsibility to fight hun2 tbsp (30 mL) grated rest for 10 minutes before ger in Canada and we want cheddar cheese serving. to make it easy for our Tips: If dough gets Pepper customers,” says Peggy too warm while preparing 1 tbsp (15 mL) milk Hornell, senior director of pies, refrigerate for at least Directions: community investment for 1. Preheat oven to 15 minutes before baking. Loblaw Companies Lim- 400°F (200°C). Use any leftover dough to ited. “Our 2011 goal is to 2. Remove pie shells cut out shapes to decorate raise 1.2 million pounds of from freezer and allow to top. Brush back with milk food and $1.2 million for thaw at room temperature or egg wash to affix to pie Canadian food banks. We for 10 to 15 minutes. and bake as directed above. welcome help from even the smallest hands.” Look for the campaign uccess, ealth, eace, in any store where President’s Choice products ope, ove, oy are sold between NovemWe hope it all adds up to a truly ber 25 and December 15, 2011. winning holiday for you and your family
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Cookies .... cookies .... cookies Almond Toffee Bark
Ingredients: 4 cups (1 L) sliced almonds 1/2 cup (125 mL) unsalted butter, softened 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) sugar 1/3 cup (60 mL) water 1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) vanilla 1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) salt 1 pound (454 g) finequality bittersweet chocolate (not sweetened) 1/2 pound (227 g) finequality semi-sweet chocolate 3 oz. (90 g) milk chocolate or white chocolate (optional) Preparation: • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C) degrees and oil a large baking sheet. Set
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aside. • In a separate large baking pan, spread almonds and toast almonds for 8 minutes or until slightly brown. Let cool. • In a large heavy saucepan bring butter, sugar, water, vanilla, and salt to a boil over moderate heat, stirring with a wooden spoon. Boil mixture, without stirring, until deep golden, about 12 minutes. • Remove pan from heat and stir in 2 cups (500 mL) of the toasted
almonds. Immediately pour onto reserved baking sheet. Spread evenly and then place into the refrigerator until set. • Chop chocolate. In a hot double boiler, melt chocolate until smooth. • Pour chocolate over cooled almond toffee and spread evenly with an offset spatula. Sprinkle top with remaining almonds. If desired, drizzle top with melted milk chocolate or white chocolate for contrast. Chill uncovered until
Make a lasting change for 2012 Every January, Canadians across the country kickoff their annual New Year’s resolution ritual. ‘Time for a new beginning’ messages are splashed everywhere we look, yet despite all the hype, most of us have difficulty staying on track. By the time gloomy February rolls around, the majority of our New Year’s resolutions have long been forgotten. This year stick to your resolution with these three simple, but effective tips. First, examine your motivation for change. Do you want to get in better shape so that you can have more energy for your family or perform better at work? It’s important to understand why you’re working towards a goal to stay motivated. Second, focus on changing your behaviour, rather than the goal itself. For example, if your goal is to lose ten pounds, try not to stare at the scale each day, but rather focus on changing your eating and exercise habits. Try keeping pre-sliced fresh fruits in your fridge for an easy snack, and keep a portable Duracell instant charger in your bag to ensure you are never stuck at the gym with an uncharged mp3 player or phone. Having the proper tools will help set you up for success. Last but not least, make tasks non-negotiable. If your plan is to wake-up and exercise first thing in the morning, stick to the plan. Don’t make excuses for yourself. On the odd occasion when you slip, it is important not to abandon your resolution, but pick yourself up and move on.
firm, about 1 hour. • Break toffee into pieces of bark. Keep layered between sheets of parchment paper in an airtight container at cool room temperature or chilled for 1 week. Makes about 32 servings.
Cherry Almond Fudge
Ingredients: 2 cups (500 mL) sugar 1 can (5 oz, 150 g) evaporated milk 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter 1 package (12 oz, 360 g) semisweet chocolate chips 1 jar (7 oz, 210 g) marshmallow crème 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla 1 cup (250 mL) slivered almonds, toasted 3/4 cup (175 mL) dried Bing cherries, chopped 2/3 cup (150 mL) whole blanched almonds toasted, for garnish (optional) Preparation: • Butter 9-inch square baking pan; set aside. • In 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, stir sugar, milk and butter until butter melts and mixture comes to a full boil.
Continue to cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly. • Remove from heat; gradually mix in chocolate chips until melted, then mix in marshmallow crème until melted and thoroughly blended. Mix in vanilla, slivered almonds and cherries to distribute evenly. • With a rubber spatula, scrape into buttered pan and smooth the top. Decorate with whole
almonds, spacing apart and pressing in lightly, so that fudge can be cut into squares between almonds. Allow to set in cool place (2 to 3 hours). • Cut fudge into squares; arrange and cover with plastic wrap in gift packages, or place on serving dish. To store, wrap and refrigerate up to 1 week. Bring to room temperature before serving.
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Shellbrook Chronicle Christmas Edition
December 16, 2011
Technology products are the most desired gifts
If you’re looking for that perfect holiday gift, you should aim for something with a touch screen and cool functionality. According to a new nationwide study, 60 per cent of Canadians say they would like to receive a technology gift this season, with tablets topping their list as the most wanted present (16 per cent), followed by laptops (10 per cent).
Other desired tech gifts include digital cameras (6 per cent) and e-Readers (5 per cent). The study, conducted by Vision Critical on behalf of Staples Canada, also highlighted that at this point, more people are hoping to receive tech gifts than are planning to give them. Given the challenging economic times, shoppers are looking for
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the best value like never before. “We know electronics are at the top of the wish list for Canadians and we realize they’re sometimes overwhelmed at this time of year, especially with their technology,” said Jot Toor, VP Divisional Merchandising – Technology for Staples Canada. “We want to help by ensuring that we have the great products that they’re looking at great prices. Our goal is to offer them that little something extra that will make their holiday shopping experience more enjoyable, relaxing and easy.” Hot products, cool prices • The Kobo and Kobo Touch with their 6” glarefree Ink screen allow you to browse and buy eBooks anytime, anywhere! The Kobo standard is lightweight and includes 100 pre-loaded classic. The Touch’s swipe capability lets you breeze through your favourite novel. • The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 provides a better experience for work and play with a sharper HD quality screen, better web browsing with flash, better multitasking and even
As another year comes to a finale, we’d like to offer a chorus of thanks to all the individuals customers, neighbors and friends who have made this year a noteworthy one for us. With best wishes for a merry and bright holiday season from all of us.
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better speed with HSPA+. Your techy on the go will love it. • Staples is the place to find all the great new video game titles for everyone on your list. Top titles include: Gears of War 3, Batman Arkham City, Uncharted 3, Elder Scrolls Skyrim, Super Mario 3D Land and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, to name a few. • Listening to your music will never be the same with these noise cancelling headphones. Your favourite commuter, traveler or student will appreciate how these head-
phones reduce as much as 87-98 per cent of ambient noise. • The Acer 15.6” 2nd Gen Intel Core i5-2430M, 15.6” Screen, 6 GB memory, 640GB hard drive complete with Bluetooth is a perfect gift for students and professionals alike. • For your favourite film director in waiting, check out the Kodak Playsport video camera. Capture your holiday memories in full 1080p HD. The new Burton Edition is built for the slopes with built-in image stabilization—it’s shockproof, waterproof and dustproof.
• Novelty USB flash drives make really excellent stocking stuffers. Choose from animal shapes, Looney Tunes characters, snowboards and Skateboards, Angry Birds and the Family Guy Regardless of whether you’re looking for something small or large, customers can look forward to finding top-of-the-line electronics at Staples this holiday season. Shop instore at any of the 330 conveniently located Staples stores in Canada or online at www.staples.ca.
It seems like the holidays sneak up on us every year. Before you know it, our schedules are packed with busy shopping malls, social engagements, decorating duties and perhaps scariest of all—planning that holiday feast. It’s a joyous time of year, but all the preparation can be a bit stressful. Getting organized and planning ahead is the best way to check off all your holiday to-dos. Here is a holiday countdown checklist to help you eliminate stress and enjoy the season. New-age advent. Create a holiday activity calendar to map out all social outings and school events. Organize your shopping days and set deadlines to buy gifts, wrapping paper, and cards. Make a list, check it twice.Make a master gift list, set your budget and start shopping. To help save time, try wrapping gifts as you buy them. Eggnog anyone? Buy all beverages and other non-perishable items two weeks before the big day to avoid long lines and empty shelves. Don’t forget the batteries. With so much going on, the smaller details can easily get overlooked. A week before make sure you have a supply of Duracell batteries on hand so kids (and mom or dad) can play with their new toys and gadgets right away. Hands off the cookie jar. Two days before your big feast, start cooking and prepping dishes that can sit for a couple of days
without spoiling (or being eaten early). Buy all last minute decorations and flowers. One more sleep. Make sure to recharge or change the batteries in your camera, video recorder, mp3 player and other electronic devices. And just in case that low battery light starts flashing, keep a portable
Duracell instant charger on hand to avoid missing any precious moments. Finish any last minute wrapping, and make a timeline to follow for the big day. Finally, sit back and relax. The greatest and most important task on your todo list should be to enjoy your family and friends.
The ultimate holiday countdown checklist
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How to craft a lot of fun for the holidays Across our beautiful country, Canadians are actively preparing for one of the “most wonderful times of the year”. They gather in the homes of their loved ones, sing carols in front of a crack-
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ling fire and decorate their homes with holiday cheer. Because of the brisk air outside, Canadians are poised to take full advantage of the warmth that homemade holiday décor can bring to th eir homes. “The holidays are a perfect time of year for families to get together and get creative,” says Shelli Gardner, cofounder of Stampin’ Up!, a crafting and décor company explains. “Whether you’re decorating your house prior to the festivities, creating a perfect table setting for your holiday meal or gathering all of your memories in a scrapbook, our crafts will give you and your family a lot of options this holiday season.” There are so many ways to add the perfect pinch of pizzazz to your home says Gardner, and here are a few: Decorate Nothing is more festive
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during the holidays than a perfectly festooned home. Stampin Up! offers you a variety of ways to turn your home into a yuletide extravaganza. The holiday stocking Bigz L Die, for example, lets you cut paper or fabric to create your own stocking. Bigz décor elements are fantastic holiday-themed vinyl pieces that create a beautiful damask background to bring the spirit of the season right into your home. You can also add a hint of holiday flair with the stitched felt and quilted satin ribbon, which allow you and those you love to design the perfect tree ornament or greeting card. Top these off with mini jingle bells to make your seasonal projects and décor ring out. Greet The designer series paper makes the art of card creating a cinch. You and your family will want to wrap yourselves up in these warm textures to create cozy cards for the holidays. Nothing spreads cheer faster than handmade greetings. You can even add a touch of glimmer and give them an antique look with embossing powder. Set the table Letterpress plates give
an embossed look to items, lending a hint of year-end joy to any gathering. Use various cards to assign place settings, label dishes and create cocktail themes. The time it will take your family to make the table cards will definitely allow the chef of the house to focus on the feast. Give The holiday spirit is built around love and generosity for others. There is no greater way to share your love than through a personalized gift. Why don’t you bake some homemade cookies and customize them with sweet pressed cookie stamps to give to your neighbour who shoveled your driveway last week? These stamps are foodand kid-safe and can be used with your favourite shortbread cookie dough or fondant. Better yet, give your sweets a personalized touch by placing them in a homemade decorated box wrapped with the designer series paper and designer fabric. “As you can see, there are so many ways to add seasonal merriment to your home,” says Gardner. “Anyone interested in learning more about these creative ideas is encouraged to attend a demon-
strator’s workshop. Visit www.stampinup.ca to find a demonstrator in your
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Shellbrook Chronicle Christmas Edition
December 16, 2011
magic! We DO believe in Christmasâ€“and in the goodness of people like you!
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