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“She’s been a really great addition:” student from overseas staying with Estevan family By David Willberg dwillberg@estevanmercury.ca

Xiao Dong has found the last few months to be challenging and difficult at times, but they have also brought enjoyment and friendship for her. Xiao, who hails from China, is registered in the English as Another Language program at the University of Regina. She is currently staying with her friend, Victoria Beahm, at Victoria’s home in Estevan.

Victoria and Xiao lived in the same dorm at the university this past school year, and after Victoria came home to Estevan once the university shifted to online learning, Xiao joined her. Xiao came to Canada last fall, about a month after the start of the 2019-20 school year, and months before people first became concerned about the onset of COVID-19. She was brand new to the school and the city.

Xiao Dong has been living with the Beahm family in Estevan during the COVID-19 pandemic. She became friends with Victoria Beahm when the two lived in the same dorm at the University of Regina. Photo submitted

“I think the first or the second day that she arrived, I took her on a tour of the campus, and showed her all of the cool little places and where her classes would be,” said Victoria, a first-year fine arts student. Being in the same dorm, they saw each other a lot, and since Victoria helped Xiao figure out where to go initially, Xiao often came to Victoria with her questions. When COVID-19 arrived in Canada, Xiao was nervous, not just for what was happening in China, since her family lives close to the Wuhan province where the disease first spread. She was also worried about her friends in Canada. Also concerning was a rumour that a parent of a Chinese student at the university had been on the campus for a visit in mid-January, after COVID-19 had started to spread in China. Xiao has never been diagnosed with the virus. “When the university started taking action and closing their doors and suspending classes, it was a little too late for her to try getting back home, and if she went back home, she would have to take a twoweek quarantine, just because she was coming from another country,” said Victoria. Xiao wanted to stay in Canada so she could take the spring and summer semesters at the university. Most of the students in the dorm were leaving the campus, and Xiao didn’t want to be alone. Victoria’s mother, Dawn  Marie  SloanBeahm, added that Xiao was concerned if she went back to

From left, Darwin Beahm, Dawn Marie Sloan-Beahm, Sam Beahm, Victoria Beahm and Xiao Dong with their dog Arya. Missing are Jesse Beahm and Zach Beahm.

China, she might not be allowed to come back to Canada for a long time. “I said ‘We’re not that far away, and my family would be more than willing to take you in. If you want, you can come stay with us,’” said Victoria. The fact that Dawn  Marie  is a pharmacist was an added bonus for Xiao. Having Xiao around the house is an added bonus for Victoria, who has three brothers but no sisters. “She’s been a really great addition into the house,” said  Dawn  Marie. “She’s very helpful and co-operative, trying to pitch in and fit in really well. And we’re all learning so much from each other.” Xiao is also fascinated by

the history of Canadian culture and the backgrounds of her host family. Dawn  Marie  has several different cultures, including Métis, while her husband Darwin is German. “She’s been learning about some of my Métis heritage as well, and some of the First Nations information from our country.” And Xiao has taught the local family about some of the festivals she would normally celebrate back home. For her part, Xiao said this has proven to be a new experience for her. She described the Beahms as a big, lovely and kind family. “It’s noisy, but it’s not a negative, it’s a positive word. It’s noisy but it’s lovely,” said

Xiao. She’s used to living in a big home with just her and her mother, so being in a household with seven people is different. “But now, in Victoria’s house, it’s busy. It’s more people and it’s more fun. It’s fun. It’s nice, it’s good and it’s great.” When she arrived in Estevan on March 21, she received a huge welcome from the family, with a welcome sign for her. And in an email, she said it feels like she is here for a vacation because of the suspension of classes at the university. She’s not sure how long she will be in Estevan, but she is thankful for the opportunity to stay with Victoria and her family during this trying time.

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Self-isolation led to new collection by skilled artist By Ana Bykhovskaia abykhovskaia@estevanmercury.ca

Most people are feeling the effects of the pandemic in one way or another. For some, it brought in more work, for others it resulted in its loss. For Bienfait artist and photographer Deanna Brown – outside of many challenges along with the loss of the main employment – selfisolation and quarantine also brought some inspiration and motivated her to try new techniques, which led to a new series of art. “I’m working on a new series ... I don’t know how many paintings are going to be in it, but it’s something that I’m working on,” said Brown. “I always wanted to try landscape, but I like the surreal aspect of what I’m working on.” At the time of the interview, the collection had seven finished pieces, all of which were created since the time when Brown returned home from abroad and had to selfisolate for two weeks. “The seven pieces I did in less than a week … I just got into the studio and started painting,” recalled Brown, noting that she was working faster than her usual pace, but part of it was because of a new technique. “It’s a new technique that I’m trying out, a little looser interpretation of the way I

usually paint. I’m usually a very specific kind of painter using a lot of really small brushes. And this was a kind of a step out of my comfort zone, a new very loose technique using bigger brushes. I just wanted to play around and see if I could do it.” Brown said she has to be motivated and inspired to create something. Capricious muses are not always there for the artist, however, once they come, Brown may stay in her studio for a long time, painting, sculpting or drawing. “But if I’m not feeling (motivated and inspired), it’s not a great day, then I don’t,” said Brown, adding that sometimes stress is too overwhelming and then it may keep her away from creating, but in most cases, stress becomes her driving force. “Typically, I get in an artistic zone as a way to manage stress. Quite often if I’m feeling stressed that’s when I get into my studio … When I’m painting, I don’t think about anything else, I don’t worry, I don’t step out. It’s a great way to release some of those negative emotions and thoughts and focus on what I’m doing,” said Brown. Her days are fairly open these days. Being in the same boat as many others who were laid off, Brown uses art to cope with her stress level caused by the uncertainty of

the current situation. And fortunately, her studio is well equipped with all the supplies, allowing the artist to keep working and creating more beautiful pieces. However, Brown noted that the quarantine affected her artwork on a larger scale. People are carefully prioritizing their spending nowadays in favour of necessities, which is understandable, but it also means that her pieces may not find new owners for quite some time. Brown still put the new creations up for sale on her website and will never turn anyone away, but she doesn’t anticipate any sales until people’s life and work return to somewhat of a nor-

mal phase. “People’s priorities obviously have shifted, they are not going to buy artwork, when they are worried about how they are going to pay bills and buy groceries,” said Brown. “Right now, it’s more about creation and managing my own stress (through art).” Brown said that her favourite ones so far are Come Explore With Me and Epic Adventure 3. “I (like) the colour choices (in those paintings). In Epic Adventure 3 I like the stone staircase and just the bright colours that used.” More pieces can be found on Brown’s website at www. deannabrownart.com.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

EDITORIAL

Fewer cases give reason for hope After weeks of reports about the number of cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, and all of the restrictions associated with the pandemic, Saskatchewan residents finally have a reason for hope. Saskatchewan recorded just two cases on Monday. That same day, Premier Scott Moe said the government might release a plan for reopening the province. The following day, this province had just one case. More than 60 per cent of the people diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered. We’ve only had 15 cases in the vast region classified as southern Saskatchewan, which extends from north of Highway 1 to the U.S.border, and includes four cities (Estevan, Weyburn, Moose Jaw and Swift Current). All of these are positive signs for a province that, much like the rest, has been beleaguered by this pandemic. However, we can’t get too excited. If we get one or two days with a spike in the number of cases between now and early next week, we’re not likely going to be getting a plan to reopen the province’s economy. And if we get a surge in the number of cases after that plan is released, then that plan is going to be shelved. But it seems reasonable for the province to start preparing a recovery plan, and to release it to the public. We don’t know what this recovery plan will look like, but we can expect that it will be tempered and gradual. We’re not going to be returning to the way of life that we were at on March 1. We won’t be seeing massive gatherings for a post-COVID celebration on the Victoria Day long weekend. But it might mean allowing more than 25 people in a room at some point in May, allowing golf courses and other outdoor recreation facilities to be open as long as they follow restrictions, allowing campgrounds to have seasonal campers starting on the Victoria Day long weekend, and possibly allowing businesses on the closed list to open again. We also have to remember that other jurisdictions have far more cases, so while some amenities here and possibly in Manitoba might open again, they might not be open elsewhere. The provincial government had a bit of a rocky start in its response to the pandemic. There was the expectation that the government would call a snap spring election despite growing concerns about the pandemic. The government didn’t drop those plans until after COVID arrived in the province and events started getting cancelled. They were also a little slow to suspend classes for Saskatchewan schools, they didn’t change their plans for the provincial budget until the day before the document was to be released, and the funding that it allocated for emergency shelters in the province was far from sufficient. But there have been more right moves than wrong ones. They quickly dropped the number of people allowed in a room. They’ve been tough with social distancing and the businesses that are open, but essential services have remained open. Most people in this province have been obedient when it comes to social distancing. It helps that we’re not as densely populated as other provinces and that our people are still fairly spread out through many farms, villages and small towns, in addition to the cities. It helps that we don’t have the major cities or the abundance of towering apartment buildings seen in other provinces. But the government and the people of this province deserve credit for the reduced number of cases. Hopefully we get a recovery plan next week as a reward for our efforts.

A light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel? Finally, for the first time since the COVID-19 crisis hit Saskatchewan, we have seen some sort of glimmer at the end of a long dark tunnel. While we may still be a long ways away from being able to post up in our favourite watering holes with our friends and talk about the times we lived in, wearing sweat pants for weeks at a time, the past week has shown that Saskatchewan’s measures, lead by chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab, are paying some, even if they are mild, dividends. There were multiple days in the past week where Saskatchewan saw more recoveries than new cases, a first since we heard about the virus hitting the province on March 12. The week of April 6-10 saw a rise of 31 confirmed cases, followed by 55 people who recovered from the virus. While Saskatchewan’s numbers remain low in comparison to the rest of Canada, the people of Saskatchewan have come together and made that happen. Understanding that this virus is bigger than all of us and making the necessary life changes to save everyone around us, is the key to beating this virus the people of this province are taking seriously. Like Premier Scott Moe has said many times over the last few weeks, everyone who is doing their part with the restrictions laid out by the province, is saving lives. To date, Saskatchewan has three deaths from COVID-19. Loss of life is never something anyone wants to hear about, but in comparison with the rest of the nation, our numbers are miniscule. Saskatchewan is only second to Nova Scotia, who has reported two deaths as of April 9. All of the positives mentioned above could change over-

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night. By the time you are reading this, we could have severely gone the other direction. But, for once during this pandemic, we should try and focus on some positives. Saskatchewan people have a reason to remain scared of COVID-19. We are not out of the woods yet. We are possibly far from it. But remaining hopeful is paramount. The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) released their response plan models this week, and it struck fear in many to say the least. The models showed three different scenarios based on how many people one could infect, and what those numbers reflect. The SHA reiterated these models are “what if scenarios.” According to the SHA, in a high-range estimate, 4,265 COVID-19 patients will require to be in acute care hospital simultaneously. Of those hospitalized, 1,280 COVID-19 patients will be in the ICU with 90-95 per cent requiring ventilation. On the low side, the SHA presentation said at peak, 390 patients will require to be in an acute care hospital simultaneously. Of those hospitalized, 120 patients will be in the ICU with 90-95 per cent requiring ventilation. The presentation said on the high end of the model, the province could see up to 408,000

total cases with 215 ICU admissions daily and a cumulative total of 8,370 deaths. On the low end, 153,000 total cases with 20 ICU admissions daily and up to 3,075 deaths. According to the SHA, the current demand for daily ICU across Saskatchewan is 57 beds with 98 total capacity. For acute care, there is a daily demand of 1,396 with a total capacity of 2,433. In addition, the SHA currently has 450 ventilators available to meet COVID-19 model demands for low and mid-range scenarios. The planned capacity ventilator requirement of 860 creates a gap of 410, but the SHA added there are confirmed orders for 200 with 100 expected n the next two to three weeks. These numbers show if a surge were to hit Saskatchewan, our healthcare system would rip at the seams. The number of ventilators needed in the province to combat the event of a massive surge are just not there. That is disappointing and scary. The SHA said in a media release sent out on April 9, they have “approximately one month or more supply of most essential personal protective equipment items.” Those items include surgical masks, N95 respirators and gloves. They added they “continue to purchase and aggressively pursue supply” which doesn’t mean much when the entire world is looking for the same things. In the words of Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, “Hope is being able to see that there is a light despite all of the darkness.” All we can do is continue to do what we are doing. Tell everyone you know, if you haven’t already, they are the key to getting us out of a situation our health system clearly isn’t prepared to handle.


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Cheers Cheers to those who constantly reach out to the many who are more vulnerable to becoming ill during the pandemic. These generous acts of kindness are very much appreciated, and they are making a remarkable difference in our community. Cheers to the couple who paid for the coffee of the people behind them at Tim Hortons drive-thru last week. It made their day and they will pay it forward.   Cheers to the residents of Valley View Heritage for clanging their pots and pans in support of the Estevan Police Service, the Estevan RCMP and other essential services.   Cheers to the bagpipe players who performed Amazing Grace in front of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Estevan branch on Easter Sunday. They sounded great and it’s the sort of thing we need to hear.   Cheers to all of the emergency services personnel who have been helping local youths celebrate their birthdays. It might be loud, but it sounds great and it is much appreciated.   Cheers to everybody who has donated to the MacKenzie family during this trying time. It’s heartening to see the donations that have come in.

Jeers Jeers to two women who were recently walking a dog in the middle of a street. All were well distanced from one another, single file, but took up well over half to threequarters of the width of the street, and as a motorist approached them and honked their horn, one of them flipped off the driver. Jeers to the narcissistic residents who believe that self-isolation is not meant for them. Many vulnerable people are feeling helpless and very anxious as they are being put at risk by those who don’t care.   Jeers to people who litter when driving down rural and gravel roads. Enjoy the Estevan area views from comfort of your vehicle during the times of social distancing, but please hold onto your Timmie’s cups and burger wraps until you get to the garbage. To submit a cheer or a jeer, please email it to dwillberg@estevanmercury.ca, or visit www.estevanmercury.ca.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Adapting her work in a pandemic: the Saskatchewanderer By Jordan Stricker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter When Leah Mertz signed up to be the 2020 Saskatchewanderer, she could not imagine a worldwide pandemic putting a halt on the traditional government program that has been taking place over the last decade. COVID-19 has added interesting challenges to Mertz’s wandering journey, but she is taking it in stride and continues to find ways to celebrate the people and places of Saskatchewan. “It has pretty much changed everything,” said Mertz. “Everyone’s jobs have shifted in the last few weeks, that includes the wanderer,” she added. Mertz said she is exclusively home in Saskatoon. Her intent is to keep content going, putting out a video every Friday and taking advantage of things going on locally. Mertz refers to her

weekly videos as “virtual wandering” where she connects with past wanderers and local businesses, and continues to have a Saskatchewan experience. “It was a few days of shifting gears. I just wanted to find something that works in the wanderer style,” said Mertz. “I am trying to stay positive and live in the moment. At the end of the day all I really have is my house and my little world that I can control. If I can do something positive, something relaxing and good for the soul, I think that will help a bit,” she added. Mertz has been the Saskatchewanderer since mid-February. She has been a traveller in her own right before her new gig, living and working from Vancouver to Montreal before settling in Saskatoon. She has been working in content creation for the last five years. “My life has always been very unpredictable so in a sense this job is perfect for

Leah Mertz, pictured here during her visit to Estevan in February, has been forced to adapt her schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo

venturing into the unknown and seeing what is ahead everyday,” said Mertz. Her first stop in 2020 was in Estevan, after Estevan Mercury editor David Willberg invited her to visit the Energy City in an editorial. She visited a number of attractions and businesses in Estevan, and posted a video that showcased some of what Estevan has to offer. Mertz said she is going

to make the best of her new circumstances and stay active. She added supporting local is important in times like these. “It has been super inspiring seeing how businesses have had to adapt. Some have been more fortunate than others but I think as long as people focus on what is around them, I think that will make all the difference right now.”

Papers are joining together during these unprecedented times The two primary sources for news in southeast Saskatchewan will be joining together for the next few weeks to continue offering a quality product to the public. Starting on April 22, the Estevan Mercury and Southeast Lifestyles will be temporarily merged together. They will continue to be published as one until the difficulties associated with COVID-19 start to alleviate. “We are committed to delivering a quality product on a weekly basis, filled with lots of great local and regional content,” said Deanna Tarnes, the publisher and sales manager for Estevan Mercury Publications. The Estevan Mercury

and Southeast Lifestyles will be delivered to homes in Estevan on Wednesdays and to rural readers on Fridays. The content that people are used to seeing in the Mercury will remain, while features that people are used to seeing in Lifestyles each Friday, such as Cheers and Jeers, the Flashback and columnists, will also find their way into the Mercury. Monthly specials such as Car Care, Agri News and Senior Living will also be in the Mercury. “We’re not going to be losing any form of content or any form of features, we’re just bringing it to you in one package instead of two,” she said. Tarnes believes people

will understand the steps that the Mercury and Lifestyles are taking. “We run 100 per cent on advertising revenue. In light of these times, with businesses having to adjust their hours of operation, what they can offer and with some businesses that are closed, it is very much affecting our ads and affecting our revenue. These are the steps that we have to take to continue to bring you the news for free.” Additional stories can be found at the Mercury and Lifestyles website, www.estevanmercury.ca, which averages close to 10,000 page views per day. Tarnes noted that since she became publisher of

both papers in September, she has been working to revamp the fleet of products offered through Estevan Mercury Publications. It started earlier this year, when Newsbreak was renamed Hello Estevan, with a fresh new look. The changes were very well received. Lifestyles was the next one on their list. “If you live in a rural community where you get Lifestyles, if there’s anything you’d like to see in our new product that we’ll be relaunching, we’re always looking for more regional content and more regional advertisers,” she said. “What can we bring you to help your community more?”

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Forced to switch to online sales only, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers discovers new horizons for its clients By Ana Bykhovskaia abykhovskaia@estevanmercury.ca

“Due to COVID-19, all auctions now are online bidding only.” This message greets the visitors of the Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers website. Even though the current restrictions may have sounded as a serious challenge at the first site, the global pandemic that put many companies in a difficult situation opened new opportunities for the auctioning world. Jordan Clarke, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers agriculture sales director for Western Canada, shared that the online bidding system that they were forced to turn towards didn’t bring too many changes to their work and is working “surprisingly well.” “The process leading up to a sale is still the same. We are setting up the yard just like we would at any farm auction expecting that there was going to be 300-400 people there. All the practices of what we need for information ahead of the sale, that’s all being done. Really the only change is actually

what happens on sale day,” said Clarke. “The ability to have everything in the yard available online including big equipment and the smaller tools … has been a welcome sight for a lot of customers that perhaps were used to travelling in the cold and odd weather and putting on lots of miles. They are able to bid from the comfort of their home. And combined with the fact that a lot of customers are social distancing and practising isolation, this is a form of entertainment. We do have a captivated audience that’s watching these sales.” The sales are going well, exceeding auctioneers’ expectations price-wise, which results in many happy selling customers. It the past, a typical live farm auction often had an online component, but it usually started with an hour or two that was available to a local crowd only. Now Ritchie Bros. offer all of that online as well, to be sold by timed auction. Clarke said that despite the changes there is still as

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much activity in southeast Saskatchewan as they would usually see. “If you didn’t know any better, you’d swear that everything is the way it always has been. People’s buying habits aren’t any different. In fact, I would say, they are as strong as they’ve ever been,” said Clarke. The strong sales are probably a result of a combination of convenience of the platform, a self-isolation regime keeping many people

in front of their computers and the seasonal demand. “The activity level has been very, very good from both the buying side and the selling side,” said Clarke. For most people the transition to the timed auction platform went relatively easy with many clients already accustomed with virtual bidding, thanks to the previous online components of the sales. Clarke noted that there was some people who always preferred to

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show up for live auctions, but at this point Ritchie Bros. receive a lot of positive feedback even from them. “Whenever there is something new, there is going to be some hesitation and a learning curve, but we hadn’t seen any changes in the results. In fact, we’ve seen better attendance and better results in certain aspects. And that’s very encouraging and promising for our sellers,” said Clarke. He believes that the new

system brought more advantages from both their and customers’ standpoints. At this time the company needs less people moving across Western Canada, which means, first, less expenses on that part, and second, more opportunities, as they can put together more auctions and make them even better using the resources they already have. And buyers now can attend multiple sites on the same day and can also keep going with other tasks while putting a max bid on items they want. However, Clarke pointed out that live auctions remain as important as they were before. There is no plan yet as to what is going to happen to future sales. The current situation brought in some changes, but Clarke said they hope that when the pandemic is over they will come out with the best practices and will have a mixture of live auctions with some online bidding and possibly some timed auctions as well, as long as it is working for both sellers and buyers.

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Mack Auction conducted successful online timed sale By Ana Bykhovskaia abykhovskaia@estevanmercury.ca

Most of the Mack Auction Company’s sales were postponed due to COVID-19, but the business still recently conducted a successful timed online land auction that came to an end on April 9. After a week of online bidding, two quarters of pastureland in the RM of Golden West north of Stoughton were sold for $394,500, a price that defi-

nitely made the seller happy. “The timed online auction worked really well. For land it was easy to do because (people) could go inspect the land without anybody around and it was a week-long auction only on the internet,” said Norm Mack, adding that this format ensured that there were no gatherings and no threats to the public’s safety. Terry Payton’s land had surface lease revenue advantages and has previously been broke and farmed and

then returned to grass. Being auctioned through an online platform, it had 170 bids and the final price exceeded the expectations. “It probably was above average even, the land prices are still strong,” said Mack. The online timed auction shouldn’t have been complicated for any of the buyers to participate in. All people had to do is go to www.mackauctioncompany. com, enter their name and a password, and bid. “It’s very easy,” said

Mack. The online auction was different from a live one only in a sense that during a live one the auctioneer can control the incoming bids, while the automated system offers options to raise the bids only by a set amount of dollars. But Mack said the price for the land lot that they just sold would probably have ended up about the same if it sold through a live auction. The company wrapped up another successful live auction season last fall and

was just getting ready for spring sales when the pandemic hit the world, putting restrictions on gatherings and thus changing the auctioneers’ plans. So far, a number of planned sales were rescheduled for a later date. “Due to the restrictions on crowd gathering we postponed our farm sales until a later date. And right now we are just waiting to see what’s going to happen over the next few weeks,” said Mack. The company still has June sales advertised as live

auctions but depending on the situation and also on customers’ needs they may either get postponed or changed to an online auction. “It’s a collective agreement between us and our clients, our farmers, what they think is in their best interest,” said Mack, noting that if the restrictions are still in place they won’t have any live sales since they don’t want to put public safety at risk. “We’ll just have to sit and wait to see what we do with our auctions.”

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Carievale 4-H Beef Club had been active Members of the Carievale 4-H Beef Club were enjoying a busy start to the year prior to their activities being suspended due to COVID-19. At the January meeting, held on Jan. 13, members presented their speeches. They spoke about their favourite sports, pets, vacations, etc. Members were then presented with their public speaking certificates. February’s meeting was held on Feb. 10. Members worked on their record books as the guest speaker was unable to attend. The next meeting was held March 9. Marlee

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Committee has tracked down 17 of 21 families from the Plane Crash of 1946 south of Estevan A committee has been formed to track down the family members of the 21 victims of the Plane Crash of 1946 south of Estevan, and their efforts were quickly rewarded. The committee is comprised of Marie Calder, Lester Hinzman, Angela Clements and Lynn Kindopp of Este-

van, Lois Wilson of Regina and Jack Borno, who resides in Alberta. Borno is a relative of one of the plane crash victims. “The others are doing this because they have an interest,” said Calder. “Which for me, it has been wonderful.” As of April 1, the committee had only contacted 13

of the families, but so far this month, four have been found. “I was stuck at eight. I had eight for a long time. And I was fearful that I wasn’t going to have all of them,” said Calder. The last four victims they are looking for are Robert (Sandy) McRoberts of Win-

nipeg, Ned Jordan of Winnipeg, Henry (Harry) Cowan of Ottawa and Stanley Wright Proctor or Toronto. All four were recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross. The committee has tracked down a distant relative of one of the victims, but they want

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Certificates of merit were presented by the Estevan Legion during the Vimy celebrations on April 9. Recipients were, front row, left to right, Bill Cable, Willard Cooley, Walter Blondeau and Joe Gervais. Back row, left to right, Robert Howe, John Cloke, Sandy Bannatyne, Ed Dirks and Bert Hahn.

someone who is closer to get more information. Jordan will likely be the toughest to track down, she said. “There were no children, and ... it sounds like there wasn’t much of an immediate family, but we won’t give up. There will be somebody out there. We can’t leave anyone … without representation,” she said. Calder has been trying to track down the families for her book Together Forever in the Clouds, which pays tribute to the 21 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force who died in a crash at the former Estevan Airport site south of the city on Sept. 15, 1946. She doesn’t believe she would have reached 17 of the families without the committee’s help. “These people have been fantastic. They have put on their thinking caps and they have gone on missions. Lois Wilson went on a mission to find the family of Max Thomas in Yuma, Arizona.” It’s phenomenal to track down four families in a month because she was searching for families for three years. “I told the son of one of these boys. I said ‘I’m writing your dad’s book,’ and he started to cry, because his dad hasn’t been remembered by society and he hasn’t been re-

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membered by Canadians at all,” said Calder. Each one of the pilots has a fascinating story, she said, and when she writes the book, it will be a compilation of those stories. She has been tracking down the airmen’s families because she wants to share their stories, rather than just facts. Each chapter will include a story on a victim. “I didn’t want to just present facts and military jargon. I wanted to talk about them as people, and it’s tough to do that when you have no one to talk to about that person. It’s almost 74 years ago that the accident happened,” she said. There is also a chapter dedicated to Darren Jones, the Alberta chainsaw sculptor who carved the Forever in the Clouds monument at the Estevan Regional Airport that pays tribute to the victims of the plane crash. Calder believes the sculpture played a big role in creating more awareness locally and elsewhere about the tragedy. When it was at the Moose Jaw Air Show last year, a lot of people stopped to take a look at it and ask questions. Since the plane crash happened near Estevan, it’s a part of this city’s history, and she hopes people will continue to do their part to remember those who died.


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Relief measures announced for oil sector By Jordan Stricker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre has announced a number of measures to support Saskatchewan’s oil and gas sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have to preserve what we can,” said Eyre. “We can’t forget that the oil and gas sector is a job-creating sector, a major driver of the provincial economy, our second largest contributor to the GDP,” she added. One measure being implemented is a provincial relief which includes

extending a series of filing and other deadlines to assist the oil and gas sector in stabilizing operations as their employees transition to working from home. “Companies are getting notices to comply with requests by the provincial government, by the regulatory branch to get information out in the field which they have great difficulty complying with because of getting out to sites and that sort of thing,” said Eyre. “It’s just to allow operators to have more time to submit information or to pay penalties if they are late in filing information,”

she added. The province will also be extending mineral rights that are scheduled to expire in 2020 by one year. The province says the extension will provide oil and gas disposition holders with the time necessary to properly evaluate their properties once the current situation stabilizes. Additionally, the province will be reducing the industry portion of the Oil and Gas Administrative Levy by 50 per cent this fiscal year and delaying invoicing of the remaining balance until Oct. 1. The province says this

will provide the sector with relief of $11.4 million to address immediate liquidity challenges. “This package is something we felt we could bring out now as we continue to look at other things we can do,” said Eyre. Eyre also said the province continues to look at other recommendations for other sectors. “We recognize that this is not only an oil and gas sector impact,” said Eyre. “The impact on the oil and gas sector in recent weeks has been extreme and in a class on its own,” she added.

Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre. File photo

Theft near Manor is under investigation Carlyle RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance. According to information distributed through the Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network, equipment was stolen from

a garage by Manor. “Carlyle RCMP received a complaint on April 9 that several days earlier a vehicle and garage were broken into,” says the advisory. “The vehicle and garage

are located north of the community of Manor in a rural area.” Items stolen include a soil tester, pressure washer, generator, grinder and several hand tools. If you saw any suspi-

cious vehicles or persons in the area or know anything about this theft please contact Cst. Sharpen at (306) 453-6707, or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www. saskcrimestoppers.com.

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Rotary announces lobsterfest fundraiser has been postponed The Rotary Club of Estevan has announced the postponement of its annual lobsterfest fundraiser. In a post on its Facebook page Monday morning, the club said it made the decision after careful consideration, and in light of the ongoing COVID-19 developments. Lobsterfest had been scheduled for midJune at Affinity Place. Also delayed is the club’s annual highway cleanup operation that traditionally happens on Highway 47 south in the spring. “Rescheduling these community events will enable us to provide the experience that our club and community members deserve,” the club said. They will also be able to have these events in a safe environment. Rotary remains optimistic about the possibility of hosting similar

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Chris Lewgood relieved of duties by the Bruins The Estevan Bruins are looking for a new head coach and general manager (GM). The club announced Wednesday afternoon that they had relieved Chris Lewgood of his duties with the Bruins, ending Lewgood’s seven-year tenure with the franchise. Lewgood served as the head coach and GM of the Bruins since the summer of 2013, enjoying one of the longest tenures at this position in team history. The

club made the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoffs each of his seven years behind the bench, including a trip to the Canalta Cup final in 2017-18, when the Bruins lost in Game 7 to the Nipawin Hawks. The Bruins reached the league semifinals in 2017 and 2019, and won the Viterra Division regular season title three straight seasons from 2017-2019. Estevan had the sixth-best record in the league in the 201920 season, but were the best

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Black and Gold, the Bruins hosted the 2016 Western Canada Cup tournament, and this past December, it was announced Estevan would host the Centennial Cup national tournament. Team president Cory Prokop said the club thought a change was needed from the perspective of dealing with the local business community, particularly in the current climate. “We just had to make sure the business community and the corporate spon-

sors had the utmost confidence in whoever was at the helm moving forward, and that we could count on their sponsorship dollars,” said Prokop. Prokop believes the relationship between Lewgood and the business community had generally been pretty good, but in the last while they sensed that it might be changing. The challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic made it even more apparent to the executive that it was time

for a change. Lewgood signed a new four-year contract last year, but the value of that contract wasn’t a factor in the decision. The club’s on-ice performance was also not a factor, Prokop said. The selection process for a new GM and head coach will begin immediately. Prokop hopes they can have someone in place next month. Next week’s edition of the Mercury will have more on this story.

Estevan youth soccer still accepting registrations The Estevan Youth Soccer Association is still accepting registrations for the 2020 season. The organization has instituted a register now and pay later system to encourage people to sign up for this year. They want to know how many young people and coaches have registered so they know how many teams there will be. If they do have a season, they can get started promptly. Association president Stacy Murphy said city-wide registration was to be the last day to sign up, but after city-wide was cancelled due to COVID-19, they kept accepting players, so registration will remain open until the board comes up with a concrete plan for what the season will look like. April 15 was originally

the deadline to register online, but now they have decided to keep it open longer. Restrictions on public gatherings and rules for social distancing would have to change before they can play. “What the season might look like might not be a conventional or typical outdoor season. It could be potentially pushed back to later in the summer like June or July. We could look at a number of different options in it being a shorter schedule where it’s only four weeks or it could be a number of different options that we would potentially look at.” The association will seek feedback from parents who registered about how they would want the season to look. They don’t want to cancel the season completely.

The Estevan Youth Soccer Association hopes to have a season in 2020. File photo

If the season is shortened, then they might prorate the league fees, so that

parents aren’t charged a full season rate. Due to the number of

job losses associated with COVID-19, some families might be forced to skip this

soccer season. Parents and players have handled the situation well, she said. They have been really understanding, and they know soccer isn’t the only sports organization facing these problems. “We’re all in this together, and we need to support each other in this time, and practise our social distancing and respecting that we need to take care of each other right now.” Soccer would be a tough sport to do with social distancing, she said, because players are often in close proximity with each other. A game would also have more than 10 players on the field at once. Canada Soccer has also suspended all soccer games, which Murphy said was a reasonable move.

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