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Two new physicians practising in Estevan St. Joseph’s Hospital has announced that two new physicians are practising in the community. Dr. Navjot Pannu and Dr. Nihar Desai both started their family medicine practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Feb. 1. Their arrival brings the number of family physicians in Estevan to 10. Pannu and Desai will both be establishing their practices with the Estevan Medical Group in the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation Clinic, adjacent to the hospital. Pannu is originally from India, where she received her medical training and has practised family medicine for 20 years, prior to moving to Canada. She has resided in Milton, Ont., for three years while preparing for her qualifying exams with the goal of working as a family physician in Canada. Desai, also originally from India, has 10 years of experience as a medical doctor. He has resided in Calgary for several years, working for Alberta Health Services and preparing for his Cana-

dian qualifying examinations. Both physicians are recent graduates of the Saskatchewan International Physicians Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program. SIPPA is the program offered in Saskatchewan to provide competency assessment of international physicians prior to licensing in Saskatchewan. Both physicians have received their licence from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and have received privileges from the Saskatchewan Health Authority prior to their arrival in Estevan. St. Joseph’s Hospital executive director Greg Hoffort said Pannu and Desai are welcome additions to the medical staff in Estevan. “We believe the arrival of new physicians will allow more residents access to a family physician and improved access,” he said. Hoffort credits a collaborative effort between the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation and St. Joseph’s Hospital for success in regards to recruitment and retention of physicians.

Dr. Navjot Pannu, left, and Dr. Nihar Desai, right, with St. Joseph’s Hospital executive director Greg Hoffort. Pannu and Desai have started practising in Estevan. Photo submitted

Southeast Search and Rescue chapter is activated By Ana Bykhovskaia abykhovskaia@estevanmercury.ca

The first 19 trained Southeast Saskatchewan Search and Rescue (SESK SAR) volunteers received their ID cards and with the activation of the chapter, are now the beef of the young organization and can be employed during real searches. The card-presentation took place during the latest general meeting. “This night meant so much to me, I was presented with my ID card for SESK SAR, which makes it official I can attend searches,” said

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in case of emergency. “Chain of command simply describes how organization and structure are developed as far as reporting goes,” said Cowan. “When we talk about the chain of command, each and every one of us has a role to play in our organizations. So when referring to search and rescue, we have to remember that we all have a role to play, whether you are a team leader out there in the field, whether you are in the command centre. We all have a role to play, and when it comes to emergencies, i.e. missing person and

those types of things, with the types of roles you folks will be involved, we have to remember that we have to leave our egos at the doors, because when we start worrying about decisions that are coming down from the command centre and through our team leaders... the victim suffers in the end.” The chapter is now active, and if one day the call comes, the trained SESK SAR volunteers, joined by more experienced search and rescue groups from neighbouring chapters, will be able to be there for the community assisting the policing entity in

an effort to find a lost person. But for the volunteer organization in each case, this process starts only with the immediate activation for each particular case. At the meeting, Estevan RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Jeff Clarke guided the members through this process. “How does it go from a missing person to you guys actually showing up and being boots on the ground?... We (the police force) get a call, missing person. An investigator has to decide, how serious is this missing person… because we get a lot of A2 » SESK

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SESK SAR members received official ID cards « A1 well-being checks… So we have to do a lot of investigating before we actually get to the actual missing person stage. Sometimes it’s fairly quick, other times it does take a little bit of investigating to determine that yes, this person is actually missing.” He outlined that the RCMP has the primary responsibility for organizing, directing or co-ordinating searches for lost or missing persons on land or on water. In Saskatchewan, the exception to that is if the person goes missing in national parks or within a municipality. In these cases, the responsibility is correspondingly on either Parks Canada or municipal police. “So the investigator gets the complaint and he gets a hold of detachment commander, which is myself. I get a hold of my boss in Regina.

EPS Deputy Chief Murray Cowan, fifth from the left, and Estevan RCMP Sgt. Jeff Clarke, third from the right, presented ID cards to SESK SAR members, back row, from left, Dan Hardern, Clarence Fradette, Mike Meyer, Mickey Quigley, Katia Bigney, Tracy Ross, Pat Ross and Cody Chorney. Front row, from left, Rick Hallberg, Krista Larson, Anastasiia Bykhovskaia and Roberta DeRosier.

We discuss how serious it is, and then we get a hold of the RCMP search manager, he is

an incident commander, and he decides from there what sort of resources are needed,”

explained Clarke. The search manager contacts the Provincial Emergen-

cy Communication Centre (PECC), gives them the location of the search and a list

of resources needed, and they determine which civilian SAR groups to activate. Unless the SESK SAR chapter is activated, volunteers do not partake in search operations. Clarke noted that as soon as investigators decide that the person is really missing and that they need assistance, the rest of the activation procedure is very quick. SESK SAR is the youngest chapter in Saskatchewan; however, the progress the new organization has made so far in the sense of training and gaining the needed equipment that was discussed at the meeting is impressive. This wouldn’t be possible without the energy of dedicated members and without the southeast Saskatchewan communities’ contributions, which have been supporting the volunteer search and rescue group throughout this time.

Salvation Army had a busy start to 2020 in Estevan The Estevan Salvation Army had a busy start to 2020, but thanks to the support of the community in December, the shelves of the food bank are still wellstocked. Ronza Reynard, who is the Salvation Army’s director of ministry, said they helped about 75 families in the opening month of the year. “The beginning of the year started a little slow the

first couple of days, and then it picked up around the week of the ninth or 10th of January, and it has been full go since then,” she said. The Salvation Army knew that their activity level was going to pick up at some point in January, it was just a matter of when. “The bills are coming in, and it’s hard to find employment right now, so we understood that we were going to

have this influx of people,” she said. “It’s probably still on par with what we were before Christmas.” Reynard expects this could be the normal activity level for the Salvation Army for a while. A few new people have accessed the Salvation Army’s services. People are able to access the food bank up to once a month. “They’ll come in, and 20021PP0 20021PP1

then we’ll see them again in another six weeks or seven weeks,” said Reynard. At one time there was a three-month wait between visits to the food bank, since it is not designed to be the only grocery source for people. “We’re hoping that we can give you something to offset some of the costs of the groceries that you have to pick up, or maybe the power bill is a little higher this month so you need a little extra help with the food,” she said.

It’s about a 15-20 minute process when meeting with potential food bank clients, and they try to make people as comfortable as possible. The shelves at the food bank are still largely filled with food. The Salvation Army has finished sorting through the donations it received through Green For Life Environment’s Box Out Hunger food drive, the Sobeys food drive as well as other pre-Christmas campaigns, including the one offered through the Estevan

Mercury’s Christmas Cash campaign. They do need a few things now, such as condiments, coffee, tea, pancake mix and syrup, but generally the ministry is in good shape. “The shelves are way fuller than they normally are for this time of year, so I’m hoping that a lot of our things that we have will take us a good couple of months to get through, and that would just be wonderful if this could bring us into April.” But the Salvation Army wouldn’t say no to food or cash donations. 20021SS0


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Redvers salutes a trio of dedicated community leaders By David Willberg dwillberg@estevanmercury.ca

Three hard-working people were recently saluted for their contributions to life in Redvers through the Economic Development Committee’s Business and Community Awards. Tricia Pickard was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Patricia Miller won the Business Person of the Year Award and Michelle Jensen captured the Above and Beyond Award. The award recipients were announced Monday morning on the Town of Redvers’ Facebook page. Pickard won the Lifetime Achievement Award in part because she played a key role in the growth of the Redvers Early Learning and Child Care Centres, joining the agency at a time when child care was needed in Redvers. During her time as the director, the centre doubled its

spaces, found another building and remains in existence today. “It was started through the Redvers Activity Centre. They were the founding members. I came along shortly after that, when the director came, and there was six kids registered, and then it was built up.” Three key staff members and a strong board worked hard as a team to grow the centre. Pickard was with Redvers Child Care from 19992011. She has been working for the Town of Redvers for eight years. She also helped create the Redvers Wildlife Archery Club, where she volunteers as a coach and oversees all aspects of running the club. She is a member of the Redvers Minor Ball board, and also volunteers as a coach, and she is one of the leading members of the Redvers Health Foundation fundraising committee.

Tricia Pickard won the Redvers Lifetime Achievement Award thanks to her involvement in the life of the community. Photo submitted

It’s a lot of work being involved with an organization, she said, and people often don’t see the work behind the scenes. “They don’t see the meetings that are attended, the idea sharing around the table, the texts that are going out and the phone calls. Many, many hours are put into lots of different organizations that people never see.” Pickard said she loves being in Redvers because the community works very well together and they support each other. When a fundraiser or event takes place, different organizations and volunteers collaborate. “We come together as a community to build a better future and have fun at the time,” said Pickard. Miller won the business leader award for her work as the owner-operator of Shear Images Salon and Silver Lotus Boutique. “I was taken by surprise and completely in shock,

but then very flattered and thankful,” said Miller. “Lots of time you do stuff in the community, and you’re doing it because it makes you feel good, and you don’t realize that maybe so many people have taken notice.” Miller opened Shear Images 28 years ago. Meanwhile, her mother was the owner of New Trend Clothing, and when Miller’s mother decided it was time to retire, Miller took it over four years ago and renamed it Silver Lotus Boutique. Clothing, giftware and home décor are offered at the boutique. When she purchased the clothing store, she started opening on Saturdays, which encouraged others in the business community to do the same. There are a lot activities happening on Saturdays, she said, and people are coming into the town for weddings, birthdays, reunions and hockey tournaments. Miller said she enjoys

Patricia Miller won the Business Leader of the Year Award thanks to her success as an entrepreneur. Photo submitted

doing her part to bring the town together and giving back to the community. “I’m really gung ho at keeping our downtown alive, and hoping to get more businesses in, and trying to keep all of the businesses complimenting each other and working together,” said Miller. Each year she does a fashion show that has entertainment and door prizes. Proceeds from the event are donated to a non-profit organization in the community. Miller said she shares the award with her staff members and her two daughters, who do their part to help the businesses thrive. Jensen, who is the head librarian of the Redvers Public Library, was described in the bio for the Above and Beyond Award as extremely hard working. She has made the library a hub of the community, with programming for all ages. People who rarely went to a library now visit

it regularly. She has been with the library for nearly a decade. Jensen started out as an assistant, and moved into the head librarian role 3 1/2 years ago. It’s a rewarding job, especially when working with children. “I really love the freedom we have here to be super creative, and all of the fun and cool things that we can do, to help kids figure out what their favourite things are, what piques their interest, and you just impact all those people, too,” she said. Programming ranges from a senior outreach to activities for toddlers, and everything in between. Jensen said she doesn’t do anything more than anything else, but she loves her job and she also enjoys taking an active role in the community. “I just do my job to the best of my ability. Nothing really special here,” she said with a laugh.

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Time for some to find another fight You have to wonder when the opponents of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will realize how much it is needed and will abandon their efforts to stymie the project. The latest blow for Trans Mountain opponents came Tuesday, when a Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the project should happen, and construction should continue. Take note of that; they didn’t say that construction could begin, they said construction should continue. Trans Mountain, of course, has become a polarizing project, thanks to the federal government’s decision to approve it to begin with, then the government’s botched handling of it (and other pipeline projects), the decision to purchase the pipeline, the court ruling to delay the project for more consultation, and finally all of the appeals that have continued to dog the project. Also worth noting is that about 68 per cent of the project has been approved, so the appeals will keep going. There’s been plenty of speculation about the project and whether it will actually be completed, or whether this would be the final pipeline project ever approved and constructed in Canada. But what we know is that Trans Mountain will benefit the economy, it will benefit the energy sector, it will create jobs and it is supported by the majority of Canadians. It’s also an expansion of an existing pipeline with a strong safety record. There’s been talk of someone stepping in to purchase the pipeline from the feds, possibly even a consortium of Indigenous groups. That should be great. This country will be far better off if we’re benefitting from the operation of the pipeline, rather than actually owning the pipeline. Yet we continue to see certain groups oppose this project. They will likely take their fight to the Supreme Court, despite their past defeats. There’s nothing wrong with fighting for a cause you believe in. We’ve previously praised the provincial Sask. Party government for continuing to fight the federal government on the carbon tax, because this tax is absolutely not in the best interest of the province. The ongoing fight is likely the biggest reason for the Sask. Party’s current level of popularity in the province. But sometimes you have to be smart enough to back away from a fight, and know that there won’t be benefits if you keep fighting. This appears to be the case with the Trans Mountain. Since the project was shelved by a Supreme Court decision in 2018, it has been reapproved. And each time it has been appealed, those appeals have been defeated. It’s hard to keep track of all the appeals that have occurred in the past eight months. After all the appeals have been exhausted, the focus will shift to protesting. You’ll see blockades and illegal attempts by pipeline opponents to stop the project. And with all of the protests we’ll wonder if these people have jobs, and if they don’t have better things to do. Once it’s finished, the economy will benefit, and oil will be shipped to market via pipeline, which is a far safer way to transport this valuable commodity than any other option. So build the pipelines. Build other pipelines as well. Find the happy medium between what’s good for the economy and what’s good for the environment. And most importantly, it’s time for the crusaders fighting pipelines to find another battle, and to recognize that the energy sector is going to be here for a long time to come.

Taking a break from the commercials for football It was just after 5 p.m. on Sunday game was pretty good, with some big night, and I was sitting down to watch plays, good hits and a stirring comethe biggest television broadcast of the back. year. The Kansas City Chiefs won the I was looking forward to watching Super Bowl for the first time since the best in the world at what they do 1970, and their coach, Andy Reid, won justifying the millions of dollars that his first title, and promised to chow somebody spent on them. down on one doozy of a cheeseburger Some would succeed. Some would to celebrate. fail. And there would be memorable But I missed the commercials. moments as well. Thankfully I could watch them on And at some point, I might enjoy a YouTube and laugh myself silly later. Willberg’s World football game, too. Quick university story: when it Yes, I was excited to watch the Sucame time for the big games, my folks per Bowl commercials. No matter if the game was a would usually open up our house so that some thriller or if it tanked like last year’s game, I expected friends and I could watch the game. After all, our to be entertained every quarter. house was only 15 minutes from the campus. And Even if the Super Bowl half-time show was a the TV was pretty good, a 32-inch rear projection dud (it wasn’t), I knew I would see some great action beauty with picture in a picture that was all the rage during half-time. when we bought it in 1994. You see, a few years ago, the CRTC actually But in my junior year of 1999, the fellas decided did something right, and decreed that for this one we should invade the parents’ home of my sophospecial day of the year, an American broadcast feed more year roommate, who lived just across the Cancould override a Canadian feed, allowing us to watch ada-U.S. border in Lynden, Wash. We could watch these vaunted commercials. the commercials. We could see if the Denver BronInstead of getting a few Super Bowl commer- cos would defeat the Atlanta Falcons to win their cials, we could have all of them. second straight title. But at some point during the past 12 months, After chasing his brother from his video games the Supreme Court, in its infinite wisdom, decreed minutes before game time, we were ready. Until we that we couldn’t get the Super Bowl commercials flipped through the channels to find that his only any longer. feed of the game was Global in Vancouver, as he I missed that bulletin. It must have come at a failed to tell us that they didn’t have the American very busy time in the office, when I had more im- feed, which meant we wouldn’t get the commercials. portant things to worry about than something in (Yes, these problems occurred in the 20th cenFebruary 2020. tury). There was some pretty good movie trailers on at The game wasn’t a barn-burner, either, as the the start of the broadcast. I think we had a couple of Broncos dominated the Falcons, and John Elway Super Bowl commercials during the first ad break. retired a champion. And then it happened. But hey, at least I watched it with my buddies. We had a Turbo Tax commercial. All eight of them. Nothing against the good folks at Turbo Tax, Now that I’ve spent all this time talking about but I don’t think they could afford $5.6 million for a the commercials, I don’t understand why companies 30-second commercial spot. And if they could, and spend so much money on them. I get that the Super if that was their commercial for the Super Bowl on Bowl is the biggest television event of the year in Fox, then somebody would have been fired. the world’s largest media market. But I can’t imagine I reached for the remote, thinking I was on CTV. why these companies feel the need to spend $5.6 No, it was on Fox. I Googled Super Bowl commer- million for a 30-second commercial spot. Do they cials, and aghast, I find out that yes, there wouldn’t really think it’s going to give them a competitive be all of these great $5.6 million ads that I’ve be- advantage? come accustomed to enjoying in the past couple of And unless you come up with something truly years. memorable, people will forget that commercial a I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: damn Su- week later. preme Court. Thanks to them, my enjoyment of But at least they’re entertaining. the Super Bowl would be based on the strength of Fortunately, I have a plan for next year’s Super the football game and the quality of the beer in my Bowl. fridge. I’ll go watch it in North Dakota. The beer was never in doubt; that’s what happens Hopefully the game will be worth watching, and when you’re a beer geek. Thankfully the football the beer will be worth drinking.

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Cheers Cheers to the Estevan Police Association for bringing in the Variety Night last week. The kids had lots of fun and the entertainers were great with the families. Cheers to the Souris Valley Museum for offering programs for young people during the days off of school. It shows that kids can have fun while learning about history.   Cheers to the Estevan Motor Speedway for securing a doubleheader for the Dakota Classic Modified Tour this summer and having other special events during the tour stop.   Cheers to the arrival of two new physicians to the community. We needed them here, and hopefully they will be part of Estevan for years to come.   Cheers to crews in Midale who worked hard to have the water restored in the town after some of the issues that were encountered recently.   Cheers to Pleasantdale School for the winter carnival last week. It seems like it becomes a better and more enjoyable event every year.  

Jeers Jeers to the gravel being hauled on Highway 18. It’s falling off trucks and onto people’s vehicles, and it’s creating extra work for the auto body shops. Jeers to the drivers that don’t seem to remember that it is illegal to make a right hand turn while there is a left turn arrow flashing. It’s especially bad at the intersection of King Street and 13th Avenue.   Jeers to motorists who won’t yield the right of way when someone is walking in the crosswalk with a walk signal. Perhaps the driver forgot the rules of the road, or shouldn’t be driving in the first place.

A big day for snowmobilers in Arcola By Kelly Johnson of the Carlyle Observer The Optimist Club of Arcola held its 27th annual Snowmobile Rally on Jan. 25, attracting snowmobile enthusiasts who were eager to raise funds for worthy causes. Arcola’s Prairie Place Complex was once again a hub of activity for this event. About 220 riders participated, and the club gave out more than $10,000 in prizes. Those attending purchase and draw cards to complete a poker hand. The rally runs a similar format from year to year. Sledders can venture out on a marked trail and take in a bonfire and concession stand on their ride. This year the Carlyle and Area Food Bank served chili and baked potatoes with all the trimmings at the complex to start off the day, and then finished with

Snowmobiles lined up for the Optimist Club of Arcola’s annual Snowmobile Rally on Jan. 25. Photo by Kelly Johnson of the Carlyle Observer

a meal of ham and perogies at the completion of the trail ride. Numerous raffles and draws were made and presented at the conclusion of the event. Other activities at the Prairie Place Hall in Arcola included breakfast by the Arcola and District Fire Department and a beer gardeng. Funds this year will go

to Arcola’s Prairie Place Complex and the STARS Air Ambulance landing site at the Arcola Hospital. According to Glen Lawson with the Arcola Optimist Club, the snow conditions were not great, but riders did enjoy groomed trails in Moose Mountain Provincial Park that were groomed by the Moose Mountain Snowmobile Club.

The Optimist Club has been operating in Arcola for about 40 years. The first rally was started by a group of snowmobilers to raise money for the community theatre restoration. Proceeds in the past have gone to the playpark and campground in Arcola, as well as numerous projects in Carlyle, Lampman and other local area communities.

RCMP investigating recent incidents The Carnduff RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance with a couple of incidents that occurred in late January. According to posts on the Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network, on Jan. 27, the Carnduff RCMP detachment received a complaint of a break, enter and theft from an oilfield site in the Rural Municipality of Reciprocity No. 32. The complainant reported that an unlocked rig services building trailer was unlawfully entered, and

that some unmarked oilfield services funnels were stolen. The complainant believed the theft would have occurred in the late hours of Jan. 26 or early morning hours of Jan. 27. The following day, the Carnduff RCMP received a complaint of a fuel theft from a rural residence in the RM of Reciprocity. The complainant reported finding that the lock of a fuel tank had been cut, and an undetermined amount of fuel was stolen. The complainant advised that

the video surveillance system was not functioning. It›s believed the theft would have occurred in the late hours of Jan. 26 or early morning hours of Jan. 28. There are no witnesses or suspects at this time. However, the Carnduff RCMP is appealing to rural residents to come forward and report sightings of any suspicious people, vehicles or activity. If you have information related to this advisory, please call 310RCMP.

Winter fun

A sunny and unusually warm winter Saturday came as a complete surprise and a joy for the Estevan community. Many families were out during the day enjoying mild temperatures in winter settings. While stem of the thermometer climbed up to 6 C and snow of the roads was melting, hills and rinks around town still had enough snow to enjoy winter fun. Sofia, left, and Calle Willis along with many other kids were spotted sliding down the hill just off First Street Saturday afternoon. Photo by Anastasiia Bykhovskaia

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Souris Valley Museum invited young experimentalists to join them for their no school programming last Friday. While learning about different historical eras and discoveries, kids also had a chance to try building some of the great inventions such as catapults or hockey masks. Photos by Anastasiia Bykhovskaia

Maverik Espelien was one of the first ones to finish his hockey mask.

Mahaley Fonstad was very precise with her art.

Rosarita Chameih was experimenting with colours.

Tegan Mosley took her time to finish the project.

Mason Fonstad shared his game experience with his friends.

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CAPP forecasts $2 billion increase in capex in 2020 Capital spending in the oil and natural gas industry is expected to be about $2 billion higher in 2020 compared to last year, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). This represents a four per cent increase in capital investment in the conventional side, and an eight per cent increase in the oil sands. Conventional oil and natural gas capital investment for 2020 is forecast at $25.4 billion, up from an estimated $24.4 billion last year. Capital investment in the oil sands is forecast at $11.6 billion in 2020, up from an estimated $10.7 billion in 2019. This marks the first time in five years that oil sands capital spending is expected to experience an upswing. Overall for the oil and natural gas sector, total capital investment this year is forecast at $37 billion, up from an estimated $35.1 billion in 2019, for a combined increase of six per cent in 2020. This would halt the dramatic decline seen since 2014, when investment numbers reached $81 billion. Tim McMillan, president and CEO, said in a release, “We are very happy to see an increase in capital investment expected for 2020. It’s a reflection of the hard work and determination on many fronts to bring the industry into a more competi-

tive position. That includes the corporate tax cut by the Government of Alberta, and incenting crude by rail under curtailment, which is helping to attract business and investment. “The increase in capital investment is a very positive sign for the upstream sector, and there is a lot more work to be done to keep this momentum. That includes the continued steps being taken, including the Government of Alberta’s red tape reduction panel, as well as necessary work that must happen in terms of municipal tax reform in both Alberta and Saskatchewan to foster fair-

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ness and competitiveness.” He added, “Investors are seeing some positive activity in the industry right now, and it’s important that all levels of government show a commitment to Canada’s energy industry and the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who work in the industry. We need policies and action that keep us moving ahead – making us competitive, completing projects, and getting Canada’s responsibly produced energy to global markets.” The extra $2 billion in capital spending creates or sustains about 11,800 direct and indirect jobs across

Canada (approximately 8,100 in Alberta, and 3,700 in the rest of the country). The main driver behind the expected increase is a more competitive economic environment as a result of certain key policies. In 2019, the Government of Alberta introduced the job creation tax cut. As of Jan. 1, the provincial government lowered Alberta’s corporate tax rate to 10 per cent from 11 per cent, as part of a plan to re-

duce the corporate income tax from 12 per cent in 2019 to eight per cent in 2022. Alberta also enabled producers to ship more crude by rail under curtailment, and allowed new conventional oil drilling without the restriction on production, opening the door to positive investment, new drilling, and job creation, CAPP said. Saskatchewan recently put forward its vision 2030 goal of increasing oil pro-

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Saturday, Feb. 8: • Estevan Minor Hockey Association’s initiation tournament at arenas in Estevan throughout the day. • English Café at the Estevan Public Library at 10 a.m.

• Little Historians Club session No. 4 at the Souris Valley Museum at 10:45 a.m. • Stuffed mushrooms class at the Estevan Public Li-

brary at 2 p.m.

• Estevan Family Resource Centre Valentine’s Family Dance at St. Mary’s School at 2 p.m. • Estevan Wildlife Federation’s annual awards night at the Wylie-Mitchell Building at 6 p.m. • Estevan Humane Society’s Whiskers and Wine gala at the Estevan Exhibition

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• Estevan Bruins home game versus the Flin Flon Bombers at Affinity Place at 7:30 p.m.

• Estevan city council’s February meeting at city hall at 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 9: • Teen video game tournaments at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11: • Toddler time at the Estevan Public Library at 10:15 a.m. Also on Wednesdays.

Monday, Feb. 10: • Criminals podcast at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m. • Tween meme wars at the Estevan Public Library at 5 p.m. • Teen horror flick at the Es-

• Story time at the Estevan Public Library at 11 a.m. Also on Wednesdays. • Free intro and refresher to urban poling at Affinity Place at 2 p.m.

• Everything is about to Change presentation with author Doug Griffiths at the

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Sept. 16 – Oct. 17 Different route with same sights. Guided tours of Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Charlottetown, Cabot Trail, St John’s, Halifax and Peggy’s Cove. Enjoy authentic French Canadian cuisine, Jigg’s dinner, lobster meal and a newfie screech-in.

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• Coffee and colouring at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12: • Free car seat safety clinic at the Estevan Fire Hall at 1 p.m.

• Teen Valentine’s craft at the Estevan Public Library at 6 p.m.

• Wood burning class at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14: • RCMP regimental charity ball at the Beefeater Plaza at 5:30 p.m. to benefit Southeast Regional Victim Services.

• Estevan Farmers Market annual general meeting at the Days Inn at 6 p.m. • Vegetable stir fry at the Estevan Public Library at 6 p.m.

• Valentine’s dinner and activities for singles at the Estevan Public Library at 6 p.m.

• Estevan Bruins hockey game versus the La Ronge Ice Wolves at 7 p.m.

• Yuk Yuk’s stand up comedy on tour at the Orpheum Theatre at 9 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13: • Family art at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum at 10 a.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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Donna was predeceased by her husband Donald; parents, James and Hazel Eddy and her parents-in-law, Trygve and Dorcas Kittelson. Donna will be lovingly remembered by her children, Bradley (Kiki) Kittelson and family, Dwayne and Davin (Janay) Kittelson, Brenda (Lloyd) Sehn and family, Brooke, Dustin and Denver and Brent (Wendy) Kittelson and their child Kinsley. Donna will be greatly missed by numerous extended relatives and friends. There will be no service as requested by Donna. For friends so wishing, donations In memory of Donna may be made to Hamar Lutheran Church, Box 91, Oungre, SK S0C 1Z0. Deb Heidinger with Hall Funeral Services, Estevan is assisting the Kittelson family. STEEL BUILDINGS/GRANARIES STEEL BUILDING SALE ... “REALLY BIG SALE IS BACK EXTRA WINTER DISCOUNT ON NOW!” 20X21 $5,929. 25X25 $6,498. 28X31 $7,995. 32X33 $9,994. 35X33 $12,224. One End Wall Included. Pioneer Steel 1855-212-7036 www.pioneersteel.ca

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Oxbow’s jamboree receives funding The Oxbow Arts and Cultural Committee Inc. has received a $2,500 SaskFestivals grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board to support the Bow Valley Jamboree Music and Arts Festival. The jamboree, which showcases Saskatchewan performers in a number of musical disciplines, is held each summer at Bow Valley Park south of Oxbow. Large crowds flock to the festival each year. SaskFestivals grants support and encourage festival organizations and series presenters that have a positive impact on the arts in Sas-

katchewan. This includes financial support for their artistic programs and services, and governance, management, administrative and operational functions. SaskFestivals is supported by funding from SaskCulture Inc. through the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation. At the most recent grant deadlines, the Saskatchewan Arts Board awarded funding to more than 100 individuals and organizations, totaling almost $850,000. Arts Board funding supports a variety of initiatives, including organizations that provide ongo-

ing programs in the arts, the creative work of professional artists, community art projects and the engagement of professional artists to work in schools with students and teachers. Established in 1948, the Saskatchewan Arts Board is the oldest public arts funder in North America and second oldest in the world. The agency provides grants, programs and services to individuals and groups whose activities have an impact on the arts in Saskatchewan, and ensure that opportunities exist for Saskatchewan residents to experience all art forms.

This time of year can be tough. It is cold and dark. Christmas is over and, for some, the credit card bills are arriving.  We stay home more and socialize less. It is easy to think, “I need a break.”

In addition to that, regardless of the time of year, some people are just overloaded. Unable or unwilling to say “no,” they end up taking on too many responsibilities and do not have enough time to themselves.

On the other hand, some are bored to death. There is so little going on in their lives that they become detached and depressed. Most of us find ourselves somewhere between those two extremes. All of this leaves us chasing after answers which we hope will make our lives better and happier. That is good. I am all for evaluating and making necessary changes.

Flashback – Feb. 11, 1981

Medal winners of the intermediate girls figure skating are shown with the queen of the Moose Mountain Regional Winter Games held at Carnduff in February 1981. From left, Constance Elaschuk of Carnduff (bronze), Pamela Geisel of Estevan (silver), Michelle Fingler (gold) and Colleen Moore of Redvers.

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Rather, it is born from David’s own, very real, experience with stress and trouble. His answer is found in Psalm 62. “My soul finds rest in God alone” (verse 1a). Note the word alone. Temporary relief can be found in many places, but true peace is found only in God. “My salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress; I will never be shaken” (verses 1b-2). A fortress is only necessary if you are under attack. David was and he outlines what that looks and feels like in the next few verses (3-4). Then he reminds himself, “My soul finds rest in God alone!” (Verse 5). His enemies are real and discouraging (verses 9-10), but he also realizes that they are “but a breath.” Our troubles can look big, but in the long run, they do not last. He ends by stating two things that he knows for sure: (a) God is strong and (b) God is loving (verses 1112). Those two facts change everything. Struggles come, but, when we have the proper base, they do not have to defeat us. “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world!” (1 John 4:4)


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Keely Shaw impresses once again on world stage Keely Shaw hasn’t been able to stop thinking about the latest para-cycling event she competed at, and how close she came to winning a medal against the world’s best. The former Midale resident, who now lives in Saskatoon, finished fourth in the individual pursuit at the Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Milton, Ont., last week. The individual pursuit is one of her top events; the outdoor time trial is the other. She qualified in third spot and raced for a bronze medal. Shaw missed competing for the gold medal by seventh-tenths of a second. “I had to pass my competitor during my qualifier, which my coach figures lost me about a second,” she said. “So that might have

been the difference between racing for gold or racing for bronze.” Then in the bronze medal match, she lost by .075 seconds. “I was racing a former world champion in almost every discipline. We were neck and neck the entire time. My brother was watching the live feed, and he said the commentators were saying that the facility had never been as loud as it was for my race.” Shaw broke her Canadian record by 3 1/2 seconds while in Milton, reaching a level of speed that even she didn’t think was possible. “There are things that are relatively easy to improve upon, so that in seven months time hopefully I’ll find myself in Tokyo and maybe finding the podium there,” Shaw said. She believes 12 world records were set in Milton on what is a relatively slow track when compared

The Estevan Extreme U14 girls volleyball team was the class of the Oxbow Dungeon Cup tournament that took place on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. The Extreme posted

a 5-1 record during the weekend. They went 2-1 in the round-robin, in which the matches were two-set, total-point affairs. Then they won three straight in the playoffs,

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to other tracks around the world. “It really just goes to show the level of skill that para-cycling holds. We really see guys with one leg

approaching speeds that the able-bodies would find. In the last two years, the field has just exploded, and there is so much talent,” she said. More people have real-

ized what para-sport is all about, and now know that they are eligible for the sport. “We’re a country that such strong roots in sport and in all sport, that if somebody gets some unfortunate life events, they’re hurt in some way, their sporting career doesn’t have to end there, and I think it’s important for everybody to know that,” she said. Shaw will likely find out early in the summer whether she will be named to Canada’s para-cycling entry for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Her performance in Milton was an important step. She has several more chances to prove herself. In the first weekend in May, she will be in Montreal for a race. Two weeks later, there’s a World Cup race in Italy. The road world championships happen in Belgium in June, and then nationals will be in Quebec.

which had best of three format. Estevan opened the tournament with a 2-0 (25-15, 25-13) win over the Arcola Vipers Green, lost 2-0 to a team from Deloraine, Man. (25-21, 25-21), but recovered to defeat the Kipling Wheatland team 2-0 (2521, 25-21). In the quarter-finals, the Extreme defeated the Estevan Thunder 2-0 (25-

15, 25-17), and the host Oxbow team 2-1 (25-21, 14-25, 15-13) in what coach Jody Waloshin called “a real grudge match.” The third set was particularly tight. “It was a good back and forth game all three sets. It was the game, that, to me, seemed like it was the gold medal game, but we just ended up meeting each other in the semifinal,” said Waloshin.

Estevan defeated Deloraine 2-0 (25-21, 2517) in the final. Waloshin noted the Extreme had eight players for the final, while Deloraine had the minimum of six, so they were tired by the end. “Our girls really had a very good showing the whole tournament,” said Waloshin. It wasn’t like they didn’t have a bad game, but they were very consistent and very ag-

Midale’s Keely Shaw continues to work towards competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Photo by Ivan Rupes

“It will be after that race in Belgium where UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale), our international governing body, will tell us how many males and how many females we can send to the games, and then from there, Cycling Canada will name their team.” It’s not set in stone how many Canadians will be attending, but Shaw said it’s smaller than the number of athletes Canada would send to a road race. Shaw will also train to get ready for the upcoming road race season, since it’s very different from racing on a track. “They are essentially two completely different sports. Road cycling is a very aerobic, endurance-based sport, whereas track cycling is very much a power-based sports.” And in the process, she will keep building her case to compete in Tokyo for the Paralympics.

gressive through the whole tournament, which led to our success.” The tournament was competitive, he said, and there are a lot of individuals who have great talent, height and volleyball abilities, and have a good future in the sport. The Estevan Thunder finished sixth in the tournament. Eight teams were entered in the tournament.

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Members of the Estevan Extreme U14 Volleyball Club are, back row, from left, coach Jody Waloshin, players Ava Laevens, Adyn Waloshin, Amarra Pine and Rowan O’Handley, and coach Chandra Henry. Middle row, Randi Milbrandt, Isabella Semenuik and Jenna Knibbs. Front row, Cammy Henry and Camryn Westling. Photo submitted

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Scotties was memorable for Oxbow’s Chaelynn Kitz Chaelynn Kitz’s return to the Viterra Scotties Tournament of Hearts proved to be a memorable experience, in more ways than one. Kitz, who hails from Oxbow, was the lead on the Sherry Anderson rink that finished second at the Scotties, which happened from Jan. 24-28 in Melville. It was the second time Kitz had competed at the Scotties, but her first time with Anderson, a Saskatchewan curling legend who has won the Scotties on numerous occasions. On top of the on-ice team success, Kitz won the Marj Mitchell Sportsmanship Award at the tournament. Mitchell hailed from the Glen Ewen area, and in 1980 skipped the first Canadian entry to win gold at the women’s world curling

championships. Mitchell died in 1983. “I didn’t know Marj Mitchell was from Glen Ewen, which is 10 minutes from my hometown, so that made it just that little bit more sweet and awesome,” Kitz said. “We’ve gotten lots of messages from our family … and friends in Oxbow and area, saying that I’m bringing back the award to the southeast.” Kitz takes pride in knowing that she was recognized for her play and her conduct on the ice. It was a member of the media who used to live in Oxbow who pointed out the southeast connection between Kitz and Mitchell. Kitz agreed to join the Anderson rink last year after the team found out that Aly Jenkins was pregnant

Big Six playoffs are underway The Big Six Hockey League’s 2019-20 regular season is over, and the playoffs are getting underway. The Carlyle Cougars defeated the Yellow Grass Wheat Kings 5-3 in Carlyle on Feb. 4 in the league’s regular season finale. The playoffs were scheduled to begin Thursday night, with the Arcola-Kisbey Combines visiting the KiplingWindthorst Oil Kings. (Results were not available at press time). Arcola-Kisbey and Kipling-Windthorst finished eighth and ninth, respectively, during the regular season, and are playing in a two-game, total-goal series. Game 2 is Friday night in Arcola. The winner of that series will face the top-seeded Redvers Rockets in the quarterfinals. Redvers had the best record in the regular season with a 17-1 mark, and won their final 16 games. Arcola-Kisbey (2-15-1) was one point better than Kipling-Windthorst (216) during the season. The Carnduff Red Devils (14-2-2) enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed, and will face the seventh-ranked Midale Mustangs (7-11). That series will open Feb. 8 in Carnduff. The defending champion Wheat Kings (11-6) are the No. 3 team, and will open their postseason on Feb. 7 when they face the sixth-seeded Wawota Flyers (8-9-1) in Yellow Grass. Game 2 is Feb. 9 back in Wawota. The final series will pit the No. 4 Cougars (10-7-1) against the No. 5 Bienfait Coalers (10-8). Home ice advantage for that series wasn’t decided until Carlyle’s game with Yellow Grass, and the Cougars leapfrogged the Coalers for fourth with the win. The final week of the regular season saw two games Jan. 31 and three more Feb. 1. Carlyle defeated Wawota 6-4 and Yellow Grass routed KiplingWindthorst 9-3 on Jan. 31. Midale upset Wawota 3-1, Redvers edged Bienfait 4-3

and wasn’t expected to compete in the Scotties in 2020. Jenkins died from a rare childbirth complication in October, putting even more attention on the Anderson for the Scotties. Team Anderson came together, and made it to the final, which they lost 8-5 to the Robyn Silvernagle rink, who won provincials for the second straight year. “I love Sherry. She’s a sweetheart off the ice, but she’s so knowledgeable on the ice. It’s been awesome this whole year to learn underneath her. I’ve been a skip pretty much my whole life in the U18s (under-18s) and the U21s, and just to learn everything that she has to offer now for the future, when I want to move back up, it’s a cool experience.” Kitz believes provincials

The Estevan novice Golden Knights hockey team was the class of the Midale Mustangs tournament this past weekend. Estevan went 5-0 during the tournament. They opened with three convincing victories, defeating the Weyburn Red Wings 11-2, the Radville Nats 13-5 and the Milestone Flyers 8-1. Their last two games were against the Weyburn Coyotes. They edged the Coyotes 5-4 in their closest game of the tournament, and in the A final, they defeated the Coyotes 9-5. A total of 11 teams were entered.

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Bernadette McIntyre from CurlSask, left, presents the Marj Mitchell Sportsmanship Award to Oxbow’s Chaelynn Kitz at the Viterra Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Photo courtesy of CurlSask

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and Yellow Grass trounced Kipling-Windthorst 12-1 on Feb. 1. The game between Redvers and Bienfait was just the second one-goal victory for the Rockets this season. Kenton Miller of the Rockets was the league’s top scorer with 35 goals and 61 points this season, four points ahead of teammate Jordon Miller, who had 22 goals and 57 points. Nobody else in the league had more than 38 points. Cody Matthewson of Redvers was the top goalie with a 2.22 goals against average, more than half a goal a game better than Cody Dumaine of Carnduff (2.74). Redvers’ other goal, Thomas Bauche, had a perfect 9-0 record.

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was one of the best performances of her young curling career. “It’s a curler’s dream to peak right at provincials, and I think I did that,” said Kitz. She hopes she can remain part of the Anderson rink for next season. But up next will be the mixed doubles provincials, which she plays with her boyfriend. They will be at a mixed doubles event in Saskatoon this weekend and Regina the following weekend, and then they will compete at provincials at the end of the month. “Two years ago, we won provincials, so we got a green jacket, and in 2019, we lost the final, but we got to the mixed doubles nationals on points, so we’re striving for the green jacket again,” said Kitz.

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Members of the Estevan Golden Knights who won the tournament in Midale were, back row, from left, coaches Lorne Tytlandsvik, Dominic Cote and Dustin Tangjerd. Players from left, Gabe Holland, Tayson Tangjerd, Kane Massier, Ryder Grimes, Max Froese, Aiden Ruf, Brooks Cote, Penn Tytlandsvik, Jerome Kim and Joseph Hozjan. Photo submitted

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