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Fawns are not so small anymore

Fall is around the corner, and baby deer that drew their first breath not that long ago have now lost their white spots and turned into young adults. During the quickly approaching cold months, they will need to use all the natural instincts and skills they learned throughout happy summer months to survive. And it seems that they are ready to take on that challenge. This family was spotted in the Estevan Water Treatment Plant area. Photo by Anastasiia Bykhovskaia

Electrician represented Canada on global stage By David Willberg dwillberg@estevanmercury.ca

The World Skills competition was an incredible experience for Ryan Folk, one that he expects will serve him well in his career. Folk, who is originally from Stoughton, represented Canada in the electrical installations category at World Skills in Kazan, Russia, from Aug. 22-27. While he didn’t medal at the global event, he still put forward an excellent showing that demonstrated his abilities while going against some of the best young people in the world in his field.

The week in Russia began with a chance to unwind, recover from the jetlag and sightsee around Kazan. World Skills planned some excursions and tours around the city. “We went to an elementary school, and spent some time with some kids there, and hung out with them and talked about Canada and Russia,” he said in an interview with Lifestyles. Opening ceremonies were held Aug. 22, and then the competition ran from Aug. 23-26. Medals were handed out at the closing ceremonies Aug. 27. In the electrical installa-

tions division, the competitors were assigned a project they had to complete. It was a general install with different electrical components with raceways, cabinets and wiring methods. “Mixed in, most of it was automated with a home automation system, and there was also some motor control and a smart relay control,” said Folk. He admits it’s hard to explain the project to someone who isn’t from an electrician’s background, but it was fairly intricate, which is to be expected at the world championship level. “It was a fairly difficult

project to complete in the time that they gave us,” said Folk.   The project he had to complete was more difficult than the one from Skills Canada nationals in May. “There’s no home automation at our nationals, and just learning that is a challenge in itself. And then just with the different type of materials and all that kind of stuff that they want us to use, it’s way harder,” said Folk. The level of competition was much tougher, too, not just in his event, but the other trades. “Especially from  a lot of the Asian countries, they had

some pretty solid guys, and you could tell from the closing ceremonies. They placed in a lot of categories,” said Folk. At one point, he said it was somewhat similar to the Olympics, because the best were there representing their countries. He hasn’t received much feedback from the judges yet to let him know what he did well and where he could use improvement. There were some issues with his equipment the final day, and a couple of the experts from other countries noticed that. “After the competition, A2 » COMPETITION

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« A1 they walked me through what went wrong and that kind of stuff, but that’s about all that I’ve heard right now. I haven’t received any marks back or anything back as of yet.” He believes he managed his time well, and his general install of the equipment was pretty good. Thirty-two young adults in 29 different skilled trades categories were on Team Canada for the world event. A few of the Team Canada members worked in teams. Since winning the national championship, Folk had been travelling to Regina to receive guidance and instruction from Canada’s entrant in electrical instal-

lations at the 2017 World Skills competition, who happens to reside in the Queen City. Folk estimates he spent 12-16 hours there each weekend so he could be as ready as possible for World Skills. They also worked together prior to the national competition. The training, and the experience of his instructor helped a lot. “He knew a lot of the ins and outs of the project, and had a whole bunch of tips for me. I definitely wouldn’t have gone to worlds if it weren’t for him. It helped out a tonne.” Folk expects the experience of going to an interna-

tional competition will help him out a lot as he moves forward with his career. A lot of the things he encountered in Kazan are things that he doesn’t do on a day-to-day basis. “As far as the functionality of my project, that probably won’t help me too much day to day, but the rest of the stuff and what I’ve learned about being more precise about everything, I think that will help me a lot day to day.” Would he help out with training a future competitor? Folk said he would consider it, if the opportunity came up. “If there’s another competitor from Saskatchewan,

I’d definitely be willing to lend a hand.” Going to Russia was also a great experience. He said Kazan is similar to parts of Canada with its scenery and weather. But it felt different being in another country, and the infrastructure was different, too. “I definitely would have never thought I’d be going to Russia one day, that’s for sure. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity.” And it was his one chance to go to World Skills as well. There is an age limit of 24 to compete at World Skills, and people can only compete at the event once. It was still a great experience that he’s glad he was a part of.

Ryan Folk of Carlyle represented Canada at the recent World Skills competition in Kazan, Russia, competing in the electrician division. Photo submitted

Rafferty Rumble raised more than $56,000 The numbers are in for this year’s Rafferty Rumble, and they show that the resurrected event was a big hit in the community. The Rumble, which was held from July 26-28 at locations in and around Estevan, raised a total of $56,615 for the participating organizations: the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum, Estevan Slow Pitch, the Estevan Snowmobile Club, the Estevan and Weyburn Adult Recreation Soccer League and Fresh Air Fitness. Each group that held an event will receive the net proceeds from that activity. Money was generated through ticket sales, admission, registrations and other means. Committee chair Josh LeBlanc noted the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum, which was responsible for the activities in downtown Estevan, should be receiving around $50,000, making it one of the biggest fundraisers in the EAGM’s history. “The board is definite-

ly pleased with all of the money that was raised,” said LeBlanc. “We’ve had a tough couple of years through funding cuts and what not, and this is going to be some very welcome money.” The funds will be directed towards the exhibits and the programming the EAGM offers throughout the year, as well as general operations. The other organizations will spend their profit at their discretion, he said. Thousands of people attended activities on Fourth Street, which included vendors, a show and shine, live music and children’s activities. Downtown merchants had specials during the day. A cabaret and street dance that night also attracted large crowds. Sporting events included a slow-pitch tournament, soccer tournament, golf clinic, beach volleyball tournament and the inaugural Force Fitness Challenge. Those events were held at

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and LeBlanc said they would still be raising money for the EAGM and the other participating organizations. A meeting will be held Sept. 10 to discuss the event, and that will allow them to go over the different as-

pects of the event, including what they think they need to change and how they can change it. “There will be some changes. Probably some of the biggest changes that you’ll see are a change to

the band and entertainment lineup. I’m not sure if we’ll book as many bands in the afternoon.” But people were very happy with the bash, and they feel like they got their money’s worth.

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Bonnie and Clyde ponies are out to make people smile By Ana Bykhovskaia abykhovskaia@estevanmercury.ca

Two little brown ponies pulling a miniature cart that sometimes can be seen in the Arcola or Lampman areas serve a number of very serious and important goals. First of all, they make people smile. And as their handlers, Jeremy and Rhonda Garling of Kisbey, take them out to the neighbouring communities, little ponies named Bonnie and Clyde make sure people around them feel happier. One of their favourite destinations is the nursing home in Lampman, where they always have a very warm reception. “The residents love the ponies and the ponies love the residents,” said Rhonda. During the Garlings’ last visit, there was also a band playing for the residents, however, according to Rhonda, Bonnie and Clyde were the real stars of the day. “When they introduced the band there was applause by all the residents, there were residents’ families

there also. But when they said, ‘We’d like to thank the ponies,’ boy, the applause… If there was an applause meter, it would have maxed out. It was just hilarious,” said Rhonda. The therapeutic effect the two ponies have on people is hard to overestimate. They build relationships with residents and do their best to comfort them. Thus Clyde recently was brought over to one of the bedridden residents and just placed his head on her elbow. “It was a very peaceful, very tranquil moment,” said Rhonda adding that it lasted for about 10 minutes. “Just the best therapy you can have.” Not only do the ponies bring comfort to people, but their attire and appearance also awaken a lot of memories in seniors. For many of them horse travels were very common at one time. “We heard stories about how they drove their carts to schools or to the neighbours. My husband heard stories about how they had their carts in storms,” said Rhonda.

Besides visiting the seniors, ponies also travel around. People can wave them over to get to know them better, take pictures or even get a ride. Quite often the crew also stops at the Lampman gas station. “It’s a thing for us, we say, ‘Hey, we are beating the carbon tax with ponies.’” Rhonda and Jeremy are trying to hit the road as often as they can to make sure that a lot of people get a chance to get to know their team. But the ponies are therapeutic not only for people they meet, but they also help their handlers. And as is often the case, none of this probably would happen if not for a sad page in Garlings’ life. “My husband got sick January 2017… They still haven’t diagnosed him, but some days he can walk, some days he has to walk with a cane … Some days he needs a walker. Some days he can’t walk. And same with the speech,” said Rhonda. Soon after, the family ended up with seven rescue

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ponies. The Garlings always had bigger horses, but Jeremy couldn’t safely ride them anymore. The family gave the animals a temporary home, but it turned out that ponies had a lot to give back too. It was especially true about one of them named Drewfeus. “He was from the first round of rescue ponies that we got… We kept Drewfeus … because when Jeremy was outside he would fall. All of a sudden, he would yell Drewfeus, and Drewfeus came to Jeremy like a dog and would lower his head to help Jeremy up. He was never trained to do that… He just adores Jeremy,” recalled Rhonda. So Drewfeus joined the family. Last summer, the Garlings took Wilbur, Rhonda’s three-year-old stud, and Drewfeus to Arcola for the first time. They invited people to pet or ride Wilbur and interact with Drewfeus. And the excitement they saw around their fourlegged friends made them turn that experiment into a more frequent activity. So soon after, most local businesses and people in town got to know the animals and also fell in love with them. The new addition to the family, Bonnie and Clyde,

came in this year when Estevan resident David Andersen gifted Jeremy these ponies, so the Garlings would give them a forever home. And with two ponies pulling the little cart Jeremy now could go on a ride along with Wilbur and Rhonda and also could offer others to share this experience. “My husband just goes around and shares his passion with his ponies… Whoever wants to pet the ponies, can pet the ponies, they want to ride in his cart, they can ride in the cart. It’s all free, he is just sharing his passion. He is paying it forward, putting a smile on other people’s faces,” said

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Pipeline problems continue It seems like the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project just can’t catch a break. The latest setback comes from the Federal Court of Appeal, who granted six Indigenous legal challenges for the project. The federal government says it still expects construction on the pipeline will begin this month, but you can understand why people are sceptical. And even if construction does start, what would happen if one of these appeals is successful? And yes, these appeals once again deal with the long-standing issue of consulting with Indigenous people. Maybe the consultation process earlier this year wasn’t good enough. Regardless, this entire process has been frustrating, and it has created instability and uncertainty – words that no government or a business should ever want to hear. You have to wonder if there’s ever been a pipeline project that has been more difficult for a government. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau drew the ire of many in the environmental community when he approved the expansion in the first place. Then, in an effort to save the project and show the world that yes, you should invest in Canada, the Liberals purchased the pipeline from Kinder Morgan. And what has happened since then? The project has been delayed because of concerns about a lack of consultation. So they went through more consultations, which was good news for those who we sent across the country to listen to concerns. And then the government approved Trans Mountain once again, which might have been the biggest slam dunk decision for the Liberals in this term, because if they didn’t, they would have wasted billions of our taxpayer dollars on a project that should have been completed by now. It seems like the Liberals can’t do anything right when it comes to pipelines, and in their efforts to try to please everyone with their one potato, two potato approach, they have pleased no one. Their additional regulations killed the Energy East Pipeline. They said no to the Northern Gateway Pipeline. They approved Enbridge’s Line 3 project and Trans Mountain. Their decisions for Northern Gateway and Energy East further angered those in the energy sector. Their support for Kinder Morgan infuriated environmental groups. And was anyone actually happy when they bought the damn pipeline? A majority of Canadians want to see pipelines built. We know they’re the safest way to get oil to market. We know that there’s a significant economic benefit for all when we’re able to transport oil by pipelines, and get it to market. We know that pipelines help with the oil price differential. We’re seeing the negative consequences for years when it comes to this country’s inability to get pipelines built, not just with the current Liberal government, but with the predecessors, the Conservatives. You need to balance the needs of the environment with the needs of the economy. You can’t just build a pipeline anywhere you want, and ignore the environmental consequences. But if a pipeline project meets reasonable expectations, then approve it. And build it. For the benefit of Canadians. In the meantime, the U.S. oil sector is doing much better. Say what you will about U.S. President Donald Trump (and he has been criticized in this editorial space before), but nobody can deny the support he’s show for the energy sector down south, and the positive impact it has had on that nation’s economy. We’re getting nothing done, and our projects are getting bogged down, not because they don’t meet the needs of the country, or carry an economic benefit, but because the systems aren’t in place to allow pipelines to happen.

Remember when... It was Labour Day of 2000. I had accepted the job to work for Estevan Lifestyles Publications. All of my relevant worldly belongings were stuffed into my 1987 Chevrolet Cavalier and my parents’ 1995 GMC Sierra. My mind was racing with thoughts as I pondered what awaited me in Estevan. And then it dawned on me: “This is the first Labour Day since 1982 in which I haven’t been thinking about going to school or university the next day.” It’s still hard for me to believe that it’s been almost two decades since I graduated from university, part of the first graduating class of the new millennium (or the last graduating class of the old millennium, depending on your perspective). I’ve now spent more years outside of the education system rather than in it. I’m a firm believer in lifelong learning. For me, every day is a new learning opportunity, even though I have no intention of ever going back to study in a classroom study. (I have given up hope on ever getting my PhD in journalism, if such a thing actually exists). And I’m amazed at how much things have changed over the years. Having a near-photographic memory can be a curse at times, but usually it is a blessing. It allows me to remember the good ol’ days (which for me was the 1980s, and really those weren’t always so good). But if I say something happened, you can check against my memory, and I’ll be proven right. If I offer to wager money with you and it involves my memory, don’t take the wager. Anyways, I remember when I was in elementary school, my parents purchased a pretty important gift for my sister and me: The complete World Book Encyclopedia. These were actually very valuable assets to have circa 1990, as they assisted with many an essay or research project. The Interent wasn’t a thing

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back then for the average person. I really didn’t start to hear talk of it until around 1993; we didn’t get it at home until 1995. And I might have been the first kid on the block to have the Internet. I can still hear the sound of that modem buzzing in my head. And since it was dial-up, if somebody called while I was “surfing the web,” the Internet cut out. Now if I were to ask even a high school student about the World Book Encyclopedia, modems, or dial-up, they would give me a funny look, and then research dial-up Internet on their smart phone. It goes to show how much things really have changed. The high-speed Internet that was introduced late in my university days? It wouldn’t be considered high-speed anymore. Even when I look back on my university days (or my glory years), I have to marvel at how much things have changed. We were so excited to get a G4 computer for our university newspaper office in my senior year. Now that G4 computer would be in a museum, next to the World Book Encyclopedia collection. (As for the old Mac computers that we used at the university paper, I would much rather see them destroyed with a sledge hammer than preserved in a museum). We still watched movies on VCRs (although a few had DVD players), we still had the bulbscreen TVs and the massive ste-

reo speakers, and few of us had cell phones. We spent our Friday nights playing poker; now the university students play online.   I really can’t imagine trying to be a student in today’s school system, not with my ADHD-fuelled mind that’s always moving a mile a minute. I know what would happen: I’d be assigned a history report. I’d start writing that report. And then something would trigger a part of my mind, and I’d have to research it, even though it would be completely off-topic. Repeat. It was so much easier for me to research projects when you were using the World Book Encyclopedia. I would probably feel pretty lost in the classroom of today. I’m sure that kids no longer have the big desks, where they stuff all of their school supplies, textbooks that they aren’t bringing home that night, and things they want to keep out of sight from their teacher. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a blackboard in the classroom. I’m guessing that the overhead projectors that we thought were so cool in 1992 have likely gone the way of the do-do bird, too. I also can’t imagine being a teacher in today’s world, although part of that is because they can’t run their fingernails across the blackboard any longer. It amazes me how far the technology has come, and how it continues to progress. It’s particularly prevalent in the classroom. I don’t have kids of my own, so these are the thoughts that circulate through my mind when school is back each year. Sure, I think about friends and field trips and good grades, but I also reflect on old computers, blackboards and when parents had to leave messages for students at the front desk, instead of a text message. Sometimes I wish for simpler times. Except for dial-up Internet. It can stay extinct.


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Cheers Cheers to the start of another school year, and to all of the teachers, staff and others who are involved with the school divisions. Cheers to St. Joseph’s Hospital for offering a kids day camp for the first time this year, and showing youths everything that happens in our hospital.   Cheers to Saskatchewan in motion for the fun Community Chase that they offered, which gave families another way to be physically active.   Cheers to Woodlawn Regional Park for bringing Saskatchewan Express to Estevan. It was a fun night of upbeat and energetic music.   Cheers to the number of southeast Saskatchewan hockey players who appear to be in a position to play for the Estevan Bruins this season. Hopefully they stick for the entire season.  

Jeers Jeers to anyone who made an angry phone call to VETS Canada after that organization decided not to accept a donation from Canada’s Patriot Party. It’s their right to decide whether they want the money.   Jeers to the loud engines that we continue to hear in the evenings and at night. Don’t these people understand we’d rather enjoy a peaceful evening?   Jeers to those who have been speeding in school zones now that school is back. Slow down and keep the kids safe, not just when school is in session, but throughout the day.

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BMX Jam showcases talent and supports a worthy cause The second annual BMX Jam at the Estevan Skate Park on Sunday afternoon gave local riders a chance to showcase their talents, while raising money for a deserving organization. Organizer James Perry said they had close to 60 riders this year, which was an increase over the inaugural edition. They also had more spectators than a year ago. “All of the out of town guys had nothing but awesome things to say. They said it’s one of the best jams they’ve been to. Nobody got hurt, and lots of kids of all ages participated. I’d say it was an incredibly successful day. And the weather was absolutely perfect.” More than half of the participants were from out of town. The jam was a non-competitive event that offered a laid-back atmosphere. Rather than giving each person a minute to perform as many stunts as possible, or dividing them into different age categories, they had people performing stunts one at a time through the park. “If you do something cool, you get something,” said Perry. “And when I say do something cool, it’s almost more of people competing against themselves rather than each other. So if someone does a re-

ally hard trick, and he knows how to do it, that’s cool, but we want to see more of the kid who is landing an easy trick, but it’s really hard for him.” The stunts performed Sunday included backflips, tail whips, spinning tricks, bar spins, rail rides and no-hand tricks. In the long jump, one participant soared 30 feet from a little ramp that was about two feet tall. Perry called it a crazy distance. The best part of the day, though, according to Perry, was the interaction between the older and the younger riders. Since it’s not a competitive

event, the older participants are more eager and willing to help out the kids. “You don’t have that pressure of doing a minute run, whereby everybody at the skate park is going to be watching you for a minute straight. That way you also learn skate park etiquette of everybody taking their turns and not doing what we call ‘snaking,’ when somebody is trying to do something and you go where they are.” Proceeds from the BMX Jam will be directed to Special Olympics Youth in Estevan. Perry said they raised more

than $2,800. They received money from an e-transfer in which people made donations, as well as the sale of food and raffle tickets for a new BMX bike. “I don’t think I’ve ever been to or heard of a BMX jam that fundraises for something, so in terms of that, I’m super happy with how much money we raised. It’s kind of a weird combo, a skate park event that raises money.” And it couldn’t have happened without his family and friends, the riders who participated and the sponsors who backed the jam, he said.

Ryan McIsaac showed off his ability to perform tricks during the BMX Jam. Photo by David Willberg

Jeers to businesses that have shabby parking lots. Large potholes don’t exactly scream a welcoming environment or a good first impression to your customers. To submit a cheer or a jeer, please email it to dwillberg@estevanmercury.ca, or visit www.estevanmercury.ca. Sebastian LaPointe soared through the air during the long jump event. Photo by Jolie Bayda

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Thirty years of Trinity Tower

Trinity Tower was created to provide comfortable and affordable living for seniors in Estevan. Throughout the past 30 years, it’s been serving its goals. On Aug. 29, residents of the Trinity Tower, LutherCare Communities support team, former board members and church members gathered at the Trinity Lutheran Church to commemorate the history of success. Over 50 people shared the anniversary cakes celebrating the facility. Photos by Anastasiia Bykhovskaia

Rita Walliser was at the celebration of the Trinity Tower 30th anniversary.

Julie Carriere is one of the long-term Trinity Tower residents.

Marjorie Fowler participated in the celebration.

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Leonard Haukeness, who recently moved in, outlined the best parts of living at Trinity Tower.

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SOUTHEAST LIFESTYLES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 A7

NATIONAL TRUCKING WEEK SEPTEMBER 1 - 7, 2019

Skylift Services has an important role to play Skylift Services continues to be an important trucking company in southeast Saskatchewan. The business, which is located on Frontier Street, just off of the Shand Access Road in the industrial area east of the city, currently employs 21 people. It currently has five semi-tractor units, four picker trucks and 13 cranes that range in size from a Spyder-crane that is able to fit through a doorway to a 245-tonne mobile crane. “Our services include trucking, all types of hoisting/lifting, hot shot services, pile driving, piloting and equipment rentals in the oilfield, industrial, commercial and residential sectors,” said Warren Packer, the crane operations manager for the company. When Dwight Packer started the company 36 years ago, he began with a 15-tonne Stinger picker. As the need for larger equipment grew in the area, Skylift expanded to meet those needs. “We consistently upgrade our equipment to meet the modern day demands in the area,” said Warren Packer. He has noticed a slight improvement in the amount of work available in the area over the past month, and he is confident that this will continue through the final quarter of the year and into the start of 2020. The trucking industry is a vital part of this country, Packer said. All goods are transported by a truck at some point, and all items purchased in the local stores come by a truck. “We are a vast country and it is necessary to get our goods across it - thank a trucker,” he said.

Two cranes from Skylift Services perform a tandem lift. Photo submitted

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Community Calendar A8

Friday, Sept. 6: • Friday Family Art at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum at 10 a.m. is a weekly program for young people and parents.

• Bubble tea party at the Estevan Public Library at 4:30 p.m. teaches kids to make pretend bubble tea and allows them to enjoy some real bubble tea.

• Drive in movie at Living Hope Community Church at 8 p.m. will show the movie Despicable Me.

Saturday, Sept. 7: • Estevan Farmers’ Market sale at the Estevan Shoppers’ Mall’s parking lot at 9 a.m.

• Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs football team’s home opener versus Moose Jaw Peacock at Woodlawn Athletic Field at 1 p.m.

• Adult cooking class at the Estevan Public Library at 3 p.m. will teach people to make salami chips with dipping sauce.

Sunday, Sept. 8: • St. Giles’ Anglican Church’s 100th birthday celebration at 10 a.m. with have numerous activities to mark the milestone.

• Estevan Humane Society’s annual duck derby at Woodlawn Regional Park’s free park at 1 p.m. will see rubber ducks float down the Souris River, with the owner of the winning duck getting a prize.

• Prairie Winds Ladies’ Motorcycle Club’s annual Ride for Ronald McDonald House meets at the Estevan McDonalds. Registration is at 1 p.m. and the ride starts at 2. • Annual parent-child golf tournament at the TS&M Woodlawn Golf Club at 3:30 p.m. is one of the final events for the local junior golf season.

Monday, Sept. 9: • Teen learn to create a resume at the Estevan Public Library at 4 p.m.

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• Tween video game project at the Estevan Public Library at 5 p.m. gives young people to imagine their own game.  

Tuesday, Sept. 10: • Estevan Public Library book sale is an important fundraiser for the library each year. Sale will continue until Sept. 14.

• Toddler time at the Estevan Public Library at 10:15 a.m. is for children ages 18 months to three years. Also

offered on Wednesdays.

• Walk the Talk Walking Group at Affinity Place at 10:30 a.m. is a weekly program organized by the Estevan Public Library. • Story time at the Estevan Public Library at 11 a.m. is a program for children ages three to five. Also offered on Wednesdays. • Teen Homework Café at the Estevan Public Library at 4 p.m. is a weekly program.

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• Baby’s first years scrapbooking group at the Estevan

The Salvation Army is starting a new program for seniors. The Senior Souper Lunch will be served twice a month starting Sept. 11 and, as the name suggests, it will provide guests 55 and over with soup and salad, along with some entertainment at a more than affordable price. “On the second and fourth

Wednesdays of every month from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. … we are having a soup and salad lunch. There will be a short devotional. There will be a guest speaker on (Sept.) 11 and there will be an activity on (Sept.) 25. Suggested cost is $2,” said Jane Anne Ireland, who is responsible for community family services with

the Salvation Army. A short devotion and grace at 11:50 a.m. will be followed by lunch and then a guest speaker presentation at 12:30 p.m. Ronza Reynard, who is the director of Estevan and Weyburn Salvation Army branches, will be the first guest speaker to kick off the Senior Souper Lunch program.

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• Tween life skills at the Estevan Public Library at 4 p.m. will teach young people how to pack a healthy lunch. • Teen video games and milkshakes at the Estevan Public Library at 4 p.m.

• Book Bingo a the Estevan Public Library at 6:30 p.m. gives participants the chance to win a book or two.

Friday, Sept. 13: • Friday matinee at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m. will show the movie Singin’ in the Rain. • Teen hairstyles tips at the Estevan Public Library at 4 p.m.

To submit an event for our community calendar, please visit www.estevanmercury.ca or email it to editor@estevanmercury.ca.

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Wednesday, Sept. 11: • Senior Souper lunch at the Estevan Public Library at 11:45 a.m. will provide people ages 55 and up with a lunch, a brief devotional and fellowship.

Thursday, Sept. 12: • Family art at the Estevan Public Library at 10 a.m. is a weekly program for very young children and their caregivers.

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• City-wide registration at the Estevan Leisure Centre’s multipurpose room at 5:30 p.m. is a chance to sign up for fall and winter sports, culture and recreation activities.

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“She will be sharing (the information) about different programs and activities that we currently have going on or coming up,” said Ireland. There will be a new guest speaker on the second Wednesdays and new activities on the fourth Wednesdays of each month. The Senior Souper Lunches will be held on the church side of the Salvation Army building on Fourth Street. For the community organization, this program is a way to meet Estevan seniors and provide them with the opportunity to have a quality time together. “We thought it would be fun to get to know the seniors in the community and once it starts getting cold, serve them a meal in the middle of the day. And maybe if they are out anyway getting groceries just (get) good time together with other seniors in the community,” explained Ireland. The organization had some funds available to make sure that they can keep the cost low for the Estevan seniors. There is no obligatory registration for the program, but organizers encourage people to stop by or call the office ahead of time if they are planning to come. “(People) can just come, but it’s nice if they can just let us know if they are coming… It would be nice to know how many are coming so make sure we have enough soup and sandwiches made,” said Ireland. The Salvation Army’s Estevan office number is 306634-2074. In the meantime, the regular programs such as food bank are running as usual. And the kettle campaign will be coming up at the end of November.


Energy A9

Friday, September 6, 2019

Whitecap reduces capex for rest of year Whitecap Resources Inc. announced on Aug. 26 that it has elected to exercise a more cautious approach for the balance of 2019, by reducing the company’s second half capital expenditures program by 17 per cent to $250 million from $300 million. This is expected to provide greater optionality and improve near-term free funds flow. Whitecap’s full year 2019 capital expenditure program is now anticipated to be $400 million, which is $50 million lower than its previous guidance of $450 million. The company operates the Weyburn Unit in southeast Saskatchewan and has significant operations in southwest Saskatchewan. Whitecap’s 2019 average production guidance of 70,000 to 72,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) remains unchanged despite the reduction in capital expenditures. The company now anticipates growing production six per cent to 74,000-75,000 boepd in the fourth quarter of 2019 from the second quarter average production of 70,611 boepd. On strip pricing, anticipated 2019 free funds flow is approximately $135 million with a total payout ratio of 80 per cent compared to $95 million and a total payout ratio of 86 per cent prior to the reduced capital program. The objective of the company’s 2019 budget was to protect its balance sheet, reduce net debt and maintain the current dividend by having a disciplined first half 2019 capital program and a flexible second half 2019 program. In the first half of 2019, Whitecap was able to reduce net debt by $106.6 million and not only maintain the dividend but provide a modest but sustainable 5.6 per cent

increase for its shareholders. “Our continued disciplined approach to capital spending in the second half of 2019 will further strengthen our balance sheet going into a period of significant global economic uncertainty. We believe the reduction to our capital program is prudent given the continuing United States/ China trade wars and recessionary concerns in 2020,” the company said in a release. “We applaud the Alberta Government’s recent decision to extend crude oil curtailments by one year along with raising the amount of a producer’s output that is exempt from curtailment to 20,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 10,000 bpd. These enhancements will provide more value to all Albertans for their natural resources while allowing Whitecap to allocate capital investment to our highest rate of return projects without the risk of the associated production being restricted.”

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Whitecap said its longterm strategy is prioritized to protect the balance sheet first, maintain a sustainable dividend second and generate a moderate growth rate while retaining future financial optionality to enhance shareholder returns. “We operate essentially all of our assets and have a comprehensive understanding of our high-quality drilling inventory and therefore have the operational and financial flexibility to accelerate our capital program in 2020 to respond to more stable market conditions and will ensure capital expenditures and dividend payments are well funded by funds flow and our balance sheet strength is maintained,” the company said. “We are also pleased to advise that we have fixed $200 million of bank debt at a very attractive long-term effective interest rate of 3.25 per cent per annum for five

Focusing on its balance sheet, Whitecap is reducing its capital expenditures slightly for the rest of the year. File photo

years. This is incremental to the $595 million of debt termed out to 2022-2026 at

an average fixed rate of 3.63 per cent per annum. Whitecap continues to have a

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ple: the sacrifice of children to pagan gods) or in choosing to follow God’s instructions. It’s like that in our Christian faith, even for those who have made a complete surrender of their lives to Him. Daily we’re faced with situations that demand we either forget or remember. We are exhorted to do both, albeit in different contexts. “Forgetting those things that are behind” (Phil. 3:13) tells us that sins and failures confessed are to be left with God and we’re to learn and move on; but, let’s always remember “…that the Lord is coming soon.”

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Sports A11

Friday, September 6, 2019

Former southeast resident’s selection to women’s sledge hockey team a Saskatchewan first By David Willberg dwillberg@estevanmercury.ca

Tracy Arnold has always loved hockey. And thanks to her discovery of sledge hockey a few years ago, she is able to play the sport once again. Now she’s taking her sledge hockey skills to a top level of the sport. Arnold, a former Glen Ewen resident who now resides in Saskatoon, was one of three goaltenders selected by Women’s Sledge Hockey of Canada to be part of the national women’s para ice hockey team for the 2019-20 season. She is the first player from Saskatchewan to be selected. “I went to an open tryout – it’s like a selection camp for the women’s national team this year – and I’ve been in contact with the coaches for approximately three years here. They have been giving me coaching and stuff, so they have been

preparing for what to expect for the level of competition,” said Arnold. The open tryout was a three-day gathering with two skills sessions and two games. The players were divided into two teams, Team Red and Team White. It was also a good opportunity to get to know some of the players on the team and others who were trying out. Arnold was an avid hockey player when she was growing up in southeast Saskatchewan. But when she was 12, her family was involved in a serious car accident that left her paralyzed due to an incomplete spinal cord injury. A lot of her recovery happened with the support of her school and her family and friends in the southeast. After the collision, and before she tried out sledge hockey, Arnold went into arm wrestling. She won national championships and even com-

Former Glen Ewen resident Tracy Arnold is ready to play for her country in women’s sledge hockey. Photo submitted

peted on the world stage, where she earned silver and bronze medals. While she is no longer a competitor, she is still actively involved with the sport. “I just found out about five years ago that there was a sledge hockey team in Sas-

Tracy Arnold stops the puck in women’s sledge hockey action. Photo submitted

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katoon, and I was interested in going and trying it out and getting back on the ice. That’s where it went. I was looking to expand for what I was doing sport-wise, and I was able to go back to my roots of playing hockey.” When she played hockey as a youth, she played defence or left wing. Even in her first year of para-hockey, she patrolled the blue line. “The next season, we were short goalies, so I thought I would give it a try, and I’ve been loving it ever since,” she said. The goaltender position is very different in sledge hockey. For starters, she is in the sledge, so she can’t kick out a leg to stop a shot. She actually needs to move her whole body. When in goal, she sits about halfway in the net, so there is a

lot of space above her to cover. But there are similarities in terms of watching the puck and being conscious of angles when it’s heading towards the goal. The best part of being a goalie is the demands it places on her individually while still playing a team sport. “It’s very challenging mentally as well. It can be one-onone shots, or it can be two-onone, so it’s staying in the game and preparing for the angles. So I really do enjoy the mental aspect of it as well,” she said. It’s a great feeling to know that she was the first Saskatchewan player to be named part of the team, and she is honoured to receive the distinction. “I do feel like there’s more pressure now, which isn’t a bad thing,” she said. Other Saskatchewan play-

ers would have been deserving as well, she said, but sledge hockey is still developing in this province. She hopes her selection to the national team will create more support for women or girls who are interested in trying out for Team Canada, or trying the sport for the first time. It’s a growing sport in the province. Several teams for adults and youths exist in the province. The squads aren’t limited to the big cities; there are also adult teams in communities like Kindersley, Bruno and Cut Knife, and youth teams in Kindersley, Swift Current and Melfort. “There’s a lot more awareness, and a lot more people joining the sport. And it’s open for able-bodied people as well to play it. What it does is it creates a level playing field for anyone able-bodied or who has a disability, so that everyone can play together.” Arnold and the other members of Team Canada will be heading to Bridgewater, N.S., in October for the first training camp of the season, which will include an exhibition series. In February, Team Canada will face off against the U.S. in British Columbia. Arnold hasn’t been given an indication how much she will be playing. A starting goalie hasn’t been selected. She’s looking forward to continuing to further her skills in the sport with Team Canada, and she is also excited to see the sport grow in this province.

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A12 SOUTHEAST LIFESTYLES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

Elecs beat Weyburn in preseason scrimmage

The Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs football team is making its final preparations before the start of the 2019 season. The Elecs faced the Weyburn Comprehensive School Eagles on Aug. 30 in an exhibition game at the Woodlawn Athletic Field. The Elecs had the only touchdown of the game, but the game was more about getting ready for the season than the score. The teams had several possessions of 10 plays each to advance the ball. Even if there was a touchdown or a turnover on the possession, the drive continued until the last of the 10 plays was finished. Coach Mark Schott said the Elecs moved their feet well and executed the plays. “It was the first time we lined up against an opponent in a full-contact scrimmage type of scenario. There’s always going to be mistakes, but we’re really happy.” The Elecs had six different personnel groupings that they rolled out onto the field for offence and defence, giving them a chance to see what players can do in a game situation. “We have a lot of new faces on the team this year, and you can learn a lot from practice and what they do within a drill, but

a game-like scenario where the player has to think for themselves, and read and adjust on the fly is a more authentic representation of what that player can do,” said Schott. Several pleasant surprises emerged during the game, he said, and the coaches have a better idea of where the players fit into the team. The Elecs surrendered a few interceptions, but they forced a couple of turnovers on defence. “I think both teams would readily admit … that it’s early, and there’s definitely some kinks they want to work out, and it’s better to work those out in a nopressure scrimmage situation than it is just going in Week 1 during the regular season.” There were some other differences from a typical football game. Quarterbacks wore no-contact jerseys, and special teams units were not incorporated into the game. Coaches were on the field for the plays. The scrimmage took place after the Elecs fall training camp. Schott said they had really strong numbers this year, with more than 40 players, and the players are energetic, athletic and eager to learn. “As a coach, that’s what you want out of your group. We’ve had a really intense

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and up-tempo fall camp, and I think that factored in the scrimmage.” The Elecs will start their season on Sept. 7 with a home game against Moose Jaw Peacock, starting at 1 p.m. They have been working on special teams, and on the tempo, speed and execution of the offence. Schott said the team is still accepting players, and they usually get a handful of players once the school year begins.

Bruins drop exhibition game versus Weyburn The Estevan Bruins dropped their second game of the preseason, a 3-1 decision against the Weyburn Red Wings on Tuesday night at Affinity Place. The game was scoreless after the first period, and then Tanner Manz scored early in the second to give

the Bruins a 1-0 lead. That advantage would hold up until midway through the third, when Weyburn tied the game on a goal by Jevon Schewan. Jacob Piller scored the winning goal late in the third for Weyburn, and Tyson McLean added the insurance

goal into an empty net. Keenan Rancier stopped 24 shots for Estevan. Up next for the Bruins will be a pair of games against North Dakota teams, as they will visit the Minot Minotauros on Sept. 6 and the Bismarck Bobcats the following night.

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