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Task Force releases findings on coal communities By David Willberg dwillberg@estevanmercury.ca

Near ly nine months after their visit to the Energy City, the Task Force on Just Transition for Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities has released its final report. The report was published on Monday afternoon. Hassan Yusseff, who chaired the task force, said the most important part is to treat communities affected by the coal phase-out differently. Some areas could try to convert their coal-fired generating stations to natural gas, while provinces like New Brunswick and Nova Scotia don’t have access to gas. In the case of Estevan, the presence of the carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility at the Boundary Dam Power Station makes it different than the other affected communities. “When you meet with the workers, they ’re very proud of the technology, but equally so, what we did hear from SaskPower is that in order to maintain this technology, a lot of things that are riding on it,” said Yussuff. They also heard concern from workers about what would happen once coal can’t be utilized any longer, or what they would do once units at Boundary Dam reached their life expectancy. “They did certainly indicate that they would have to look at how they can get gas to those facilities and try to

Hassan Yussuff spoke in Estevan last year during a visit from the Task Force on Just Transition for Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities. File photo convert them,” said Yussuff. In a place like Coronach, which is more isolated and smaller than Estevan, there was a lot of concern in the community as to what might replace jobs lost in the coal phase-out. “The recognition might be that some of those people might have to move if they want to do something with their lives, and aren’t old enough to retire,” said Yussuff. It calls to embed just transition principles in plan-

ning, legislative, regulatory, and advisory processes to ensure ongoing and concrete actions throughout the coal phase-out transition, with a just transition plan for the coal phase-out; include provisions in federal environmental and labour legislation and regulations; and establish a targeted, long-term research fund for studying the impact of the coal phaseout and the transition to a low-carbon economy. Locally available supports will be through fund-

ing the establishment and operation of locally-driven transition centres in affected coal communities. A pension-bridging program will be created for workers who will retire earlier than planned due to the coal phase out. A detailed and publicly available inventory will be created with labour market information pertaining to coal workers, such as skills profiles, demographics, locations, and current and potential employers; and

a comprehensive funding program will be established for workers staying in the labour market to address their needs across the stages of securing a new job, including income support, education and skills building, re-employment, and mobility. The task force calls on the federal government to invest in community infrastructure by identifying, prioritizing, and funding local infrastructure projects in affected communities. Finally, they want the government to establish a dedicated, comprehensive, inclusive and flexible just transition funding program for affected communities, and meet directly with affected communities to learn about their local priorities, and to connect them with federal programs that could support their goals. The federal government has called for a phase-out of conventional coal-fired electricity by 2030, but coalfired power plants will open beyond 2030 if carbon capture and storage is involved. While there is money to support those who decide to seek new employment in new industries, which would force them to relocate, there is also money for those who want to remain in a community. “We did recognize that not everybody will want the same options. Some would want to move, and some would want to remain in

their communities. And for a variety of reasons, some may decide they’re close to retirement, so if they can bridge or retire within the time frame the phase-out would happen, they would prefer to stay there,” said Yussuff. Most of the workers they talked to, particularly the older ones, would prefer to stay in their community. Communities that lose coal mining and coal-fired generation will lose those well-paying jobs, which would create indirect impacts, so the task force believes there should be a community fund that can be used to attract other industries. “We did hear a lot about that,” said Yussuff. “As we travelled to many communities, there are already efforts that have been made to get a position for new employment that could replace the … coal mining side.” Those communities hoped that if they could access funds, it would help them a lot. When the government created the task force, Yussuff said there was a $36 million fund to look at how it could help the communities. Out of that fund, they announced two transition centres would be set up in Alberta, since that province is further along in the coal phase-out process. “As those other provinces start to think about the timeframe they are working towards, they might also A2 » TASK

New alerting system to combat rural crime A new measure has been launched for residents in the southern part of the province to deliver information about criminal activity in their area directly from the RCMP. The Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network can send text messages, emails or phone calls to residents. People can sign up and choose how they would like to get these advisories. It’s offered through a partnership with the provincial government, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association and the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Muncipalities. Superintendent Kevin Kunetski, who is the south district officer for the RCMP, said this new system will give the RCMP the ability to communicate directly with the public, which they have not

had in the past. “The RCMP … wants to have that ability to connect with people as quickly as possible when it’s needed,” said Kunetski. “So there’s two types of things that the system will help us benefit with.” The first is if they have a rash of crimes in an area, such as break and enters. The system can be used to get the information out quickly to people in a particular detachment area so they can be more alert about those issues. The other issue is if they need the public’s assistance with a crime. “In some cases, we need their assistance right away, and that may be we had a recent crime, and we have a suspect description and a vehicle description,” said Kunetski. “This system allows us to get

information out right away.” The traditional way they would do that is through a media release, and the media has always been helpful in getting that information to the public. Now the public, and the media, can be tipped off earlier. “This allows us to do both,” said Kunetski. “We actually not only want the public to be on there (the alert system), we want the media to be on there, too.” The more information they can get out there, and the faster they can get it out there, the better. “We recognize the media also has a tremendous network, and so this system allows us to get that information out to as many people as we can quicker,” he said. There is also an opportu-

nity for the people to help the RCMP a little more. When they hear about things happening in the community, sometimes they can feel powerless to get involved. “This is a way that everyone can contribute, and just have better knowledge of what’s happening in their communities, and know who to call and what to do, and be a part of safe communities,” he said. “Everyone has a role to play and can play a role.”   The RCMP also hopes this will reduce crime rates, but that won’t be known for some time. Kunetski doesn’t know of any other police agencies that have tried this initiative. He believes municipal policing forces might have something similar, and there have been efforts with Rural

Crime Watch initiatives. Where the police would send something to the rural Crime Watch co-ordinator, who would then pass it on to others, this system allows for a bigger network and for people to sign up from neighbouring communities. The RCMP has already sent out a couple of notifications, including one for a theft of a fuel tank from Weyburn. There was also one for a break and enter from the Melville area. Both cases were still open as of Tuesday morning. Kunetski hopes this system can eventually be expanded to central and northern Saskatchewan. “We’ll gage interest as we go forward here, and as we continue to advertise the program,” said Kunetski. They will also promote it

at the upcoming convention of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM). “We want to encourage everyone to sign up, because it will allow us to gage the interest as well, and so then we can go back and talk about if are we ready expand, and if is there a lot of interest,” said Kunetski. “If that exists, then that certainly makes it easier.” The Government of Saskatchewan is providing approximately $50,000 for the RCMP to initially launch this system in southern Saskatchewan. People can sign up by visiting the website for SARM or the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association, or by visiting the Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network.

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Grimsrud has been elected to the board of Federated Co-op Limited By Ana Bykhovskaia abykhovskaia@estevanmercury.ca

The current president of the Southern Plains Co-op Robert Grimsrud has been elected one of the directors with Federated Cooperatives Limited (FCL). The election took place on March 3 in Saskatoon during the 90th annual general meeting of FCL. It came in as an exciting change. “It’s pretty exciting to be on the board of directors for Federated Co-op,” said Grimsrud. “I didn’t know what to expect. I guess you can say I was fairly surprised and happy with the outcome. Going in I didn’t know what the result would be.” Grimsrud has been on the board of Southern Plains (formerly Estevan) Co-op for 24 years and has been president for the past 22 years. Now he felt it was the

time to move forward. “I’ll be stepping down at the annual general meeting that’s going to be held in the next couple of months,” said Grimsrud on March 11. “And I just thought it was a good time, I guess, to move on from that position. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I just thought it was a good time to move on,” he added. There will be an election during the next Southern Plains Co-op annual general meeting. Grimsrud’s term would be up in any event, so now he just won’t be filling the position. The president’s position will become vacant and will need to be filled either by acclamation or by election. With FCL Grimsrud will be one of 15 directors representing 15 districts across western Canada, from

Manitoba to B.C. There are six directors from Saskatchewan all together, and Grimsrud will be representing all of the co-ops in the southeast. The new position will bring new responsibilities and will require a serious time commitment when it comes to board meetings, which always take place at the FCL head office in Saskatoon. “There is a lot of time commitments involved with the meeting dates, a lot of information to go through. It’s a big company. Typically it’s been the largest business in Saskatchewan; at least it was for many, many years,” Grimsrud said. Beside regular board gatherings, Grimsrud will also be meeting with local co-ops that he represents in the southeast. In the near future, he

Selk to face preliminary inquiry on attempted murder charge By Brian Zinchuk brian.zinchuk@sasktel.net

Mackenzie Dennis Selk, 25, of Estevan, appeared in Estevan Provincial Court by video on Monday to set a date for a preliminary inquiry on several charges. That inquiry will take place on April 23, and is scheduled to run one day. Selk faces charges of attempted murder (using a golf club), aggravated assault, uttering death threats, resisting a peace

officer and break and enter. The charges stem from an incident at a residence on Albert Street on April 21, 2018. Selk elected for trial by judge alone in Court of Queen’s Bench. He appeared before Judge Michelle Brass. Not long after he was initially charged in the spring of 2018, he was sent to Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford for psychological assessment. In May of last year, Judge Lane Wiegers noted that

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call to duty as far as being a director with them.” Grimsrud also pointed out that FCL constantly develops and moves forward rapidly, so he will need to get up to speed quickly.

Task force was in Estevan last June « A1 want to end up establishing transition centres to help the workers and the community figure out how they will deal with that,” said Yussuff. The committee did not project what the total cost would be for the phase-out. Those who retire wouldn’t need as much money as those who will move into a new career. “Certainly for a community, if they’re losing that investment, the bigger challenge is going to be what replaces that,” said Yussuff. Task Force members were in southern Saskatch-

ewan in mid-June 2018 to listen to the concerns of a variety of ratepayers. They also listened to presentations and answered questions during a town hall in Estevan. Since that time, Yussuff said they have continued to meet with people to discuss the coal phase-out. “Essentially it is one report, but there was a request of the government to get an interim report in for late October or early November,” said Yussuff.

The interim report was not only a chance to release initial findings, but to give the federal government an idea of expenses they would have to start looking at for their budget. After that report was submitted, the final report was filed in December and released publicly this week. “Our report was unanimous. There wasn’t any kind of dissent or disagreement among the folks on the task force.”

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Snowmobile club and Prairie Women on Snowmobiles team up for a fun day of fundraising By David Willberg dwillberg@estevanmercury.ca

The Prairie Women on Snowmobiles (PWOS) have found some pretty strong support in southeast Saskatchewan in the last couple of years. While they have had riders from the southeast in the past, it wasn’t until last year that they made an appearance in Estevan for the first time. They wrapped up the Mission 2018 ride with a dinner and a celebration hosted by the Estevan Snowmobile Club. While their Mission 2019 ride was largely north of Highway 1 and west of Highway 11, there were three riders from southeast Saskatchewan: Brittany Fox of Lampman, and Janis Stanley and Alison Taylor of Carievale. The latest chapter in the local support for the PWOS came Saturday, when the Estevan Snowmobile Club hosted a fundraising poker derby and cabaret, with proceeds divided between the club and the PWOS. Seven members of the PWOS were in the southeast region for the event, including Fox, Taylor, two other riders and the PWOS’s three-person executive. The day started with the poker derby. Participants gathered at the Estevan Archery Club’s indoor range south of the city and then embarked on a ride through the club’s trails. Estevan Snowmobile Club president Dave Heier said they had more than 100 riders for the poker derby. “They could ride our trails, wherever they wanted, up to Lampman, Willmar, Arcola. Some people wanted to go to the lake (Kenosee Lake). Some people went to Stoughton, too.” People enjoyed the ride, particularly since the trails were in excellent shape and it wasn’t too cold outside. The trails had just been groomed on Thursday, creating a smooth ride in what will likely be one of the last opportunities for people to be out on the trails before the snow melts. PWOS president Kelly Kim Rea said the organization’s members travelled just under 200 kilometres on Saturday, and they did it quite quickly. Then people reconvened at the Estevan Exhibition Hall for the cabaret, where they enjoyed music courtesy of Method to Madness. Heier was thoroughly impressed with the band. A silent auction and a raffle helped to boost proceeds at the cabaret. Approximately 150 people were in attendance. The club doesn’t have a final tally for how much money was raised, but Heier believes it will be around $5,000.

From left, Blair Englot, Julie Biette and Keagan Fieber were among the participants in the Estevan Snowmobile Club’s annual poker derby on Saturday. Heier said the club loves to work with members of the PWOS, and they will continue to partner with them in the future. This year’s mission was another wonderful and moving experience, Rea said. It was cold throughout the six days from Feb. 4 to 9, and the 10 riders had to put the sleds in the trailers for three days and travel in vehicles. “We had a group of wonderful women this year,” said Rea. “There were some days when it was -40 C, and they were out there.” They covered just over 1,600 kilometres, and raised over $83,000 for the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and the Canadian Cancer Society. That money will be allocated during their annual general meeting in May. “We sit down with a list of researchers (for the cancer society), and we actually pick who we’re going to give that money to,” Rea said. “Every single penny we raise goes to that researcher. There’s no admin fees. The Canadian Cancer Society has teamed up with us, and they don’t charge us.” With the money for Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, the cancer clinics of Saskatchewan give them a wish list of the equipment they need. More than $2.5 million has been raised for the cancer society, and about $363,000 for the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. This year’s mission took the PWOS to many communities they haven’t been to before, and others they haven’t been to in 10-15 years, which allowed them to meet new people. Rea was particularly pleased to have three riders from the southeast. She at-

tributed it, in part, to their visit a year ago. “They heard about us, they thought it was pretty neat, and they jumped on board. So going to communities we haven’t been to in a while, and getting people to see us again and say – ‘Hey I want to give that a go’ – it gets some fresh blood in,” said Rea. It also builds awareness of the PWOS, because as the members are doing their fundraising in the southeast, people want to know more about the organization and what they do. Taylor has already applied to ride next year, which will be the 20th anniversary edition. Reunion events like the one in Estevan are pretty common for the PWOS, although Estevan marked the first time they have been able to get together for a ride since the mission. “Every team does something together, because you really do become a family,” she said. “Each team does their own thing. They usually do ride together after the ride, or

Snowmobilers cross Highway 47 South during the poker derby hosted by the Estevan Snowmobile Club. go to a central poker derby.” But the ride in Estevan was a long way to travel, as one person drove from Emma Lake. The PWOS promote a message that the best chance of surviving breast cancer is early detection. It’s one they also share with men, because while breast cancer in men is rare, it can still happen. “They can get breast can-

Prairie Women on Snowmobiles president Kelly Kim Rea.

cers just as devastating,” said Rea. Volunteers are also a big part of their success, not just the riders, but the technical support who travel with them, and the communities where they stop. Estevan has become a special community for Rea. She thought the club did a great job of hosting the windup last year, and she hopes the partnership with the local snowmobile club

can continue. “We all have fun with these ladies. We all have two things in common.We all love snowmobiling and we all believe in finding a cure. So anything we do together is fun, and it’s all about bringing the awareness.” “Hopefully one day, really, really soon, we’ll have a cure, and we won’t be needed any more,and then we’ll come down to Estevan just for fun,” she added later.

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More engagement for rural people A new provincial crime watch system has been launched in southern Saskatchewan, and it’s being billed as a way to inform people about what is happening in their communities. The program is offered by the RCMP, the provincial government, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association and the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities. When you sign up, you indicate which RCMP detachments you want to receive notifications from. (You can receive notifications from more than one). The Estevan RCMP is one of the options. Notifications can also come from Carlyle, Carnduff, Weyburn and a host of others. It’s similar to what exists with the Sask. Alert system. When a weather-related warning is issued, such as for extreme cold, a blizzard or a tornado, you get a notification. Now, when the RCMP wants to get something out to the public, you get an alert, a text message or an email, again, depending on what you signed up for. It could be for something ongoing, such as a standoff or an accident that has forced the closure of a highway, or for a theft from a rural property, which is why the Weyburn RCMP sent out a notification on Monday. If you were signed up for this new system, and you subscribed to the Weyburn RCMP feed, then you would have known about it quickly. So we know that people will be more informed. But will it reduce rural crime, or make

life in rural communities safer? That has yet to be determined. The issue of rural crime has been a growing one for a long time. Once upon a time, rural homeowners could leave their homes unlocked and possibly even the keys in the ignition of their vehicle, and do so without any worries without being ripped off. But times have changed. The number of rural properties and homeowners has declined over the years, and the size of the farms has increased. This has made it easier for intruders to sneak onto properties and cause problems. Some rural RCMP detachments have closed over the years, because there aren’t enough people in those areas to warrant having a detachment. Rural residents are now locking their doors at night or when they’re not at home. They’re more concerned about the security of the properties than ever before. We’ve seen the reports of fuel being stolen and properties being vandalized. There have been incidents in the Estevan area, although not as many as other jurisdictions in the province. The rural lifestyle is a wonderful one. It’s great to be away from the city, and have more privacy. But there are challenges. Isolation is near the top of the list. We’ve seen lots of discussions on how to resolve the issue of rural crime. The RCMP is

often at the forefront. There are hundreds of dedicated, hard-working RCMP officers in rural detachments and patrolling rural roads in Saskatchewan. But a lot of Saskatchewan detachments are understaffed, as the RCMP has drawn from them without fully replenishing their numbers. It makes it harder for the officers to patrol the often vast jurisdiction areas. More RCMP officers would go a long ways in helping people feel more secure, although if the detachments were adequately staffed, and a few more detachments were opened, it still wouldn’t fully resolve the issue, because the coverage area is so large. It’s unlikely that crime rates will actually be reduced by this new alerting system. There’s still going to be a problem with thefts from rural properties, especially for those who continue to insist on leaving their properties insecure. Thefts and vandalism will still occur. But this will serve as another information tool for the public. When necessary, they can know something is happening quickly, or that there has been a cluster of crimes in one area. And if this information gets to the public a little quicker, it can possibly help with solving a crime, boosting the clearance rate for the detachment and, in turn, helping people feel a little more secure at home.

We’re back to brick phones again I was on a bus tour the other day with a former vice-president of SaskPower when I saw something that struck my eye. He had in hand his cellphone – nothing unusual there. I think it was an iPhone in an Otterbox case, similar to what I carry. But then there was the cable attached to it. And attached to that cable was something that could only be described as a brick. It was the largest charging battery I have yet seen. “Looks like you have a brick phone, there,” I said. He acknowledged as much, and replied that he travels a lot, and needs to have his phone charged. Now, if anyone knows anything about power, it is this man. And here he was, carrying a 25,000 milliamperes-hour (mAh) battery that was massively larger than his phone. It caught my eye because just a few weeks before, I had bought a similar monstrosity for our daughter just before she went on a band trip to New Orleans, except this one was only 15,000 mAh – yet it was the largest battery I had seen up until that point. It kept her going on a bus trip for a week, powering both her iPad and old iPhone 4s. The battery positively dwarfed the iPhone. A while ago I had picked up a whole smattering of these small charging batteries on clearance. About a half dozen looked like large lipsticks, with capacities around 2,000 mAh. Others were similar in size to the phone itself. But none where as large as the MOAB – the mother of all batteries – which I bought Katrina. If you catch the reference, the largest conventional, non-nuclear bomb the United States Air Force has in its inventory is the MOAB – mother of all bombs – which is pushed out the ramp of a cargo plane because it’s too big

From the Top of the Pile BRIAN ZINCHUK to fit in a bomber. I think my description for this battery is apt. In my middle age, not only am I contending with my profound rotundity, to the point where I am cursing at my Michelin-man appearance when I see a video of myself, but I am now on occasion walking around with a charging cord hanging out of my pocket. Not by choice, of course. Sometimes it just sorta hangs out there, like my gut over my waistline. It’s about as sexy as a fanny pack. The cable is there because the battery on my iPhone 6s, which has been replaced twice, and both by Apple, simply does not last that long. The most recent replacement was last summer, less than nine months ago. Yet I find myself going from the bedroom charger to the office charger to the truck charger and back again, with an extra battery in my pocket for long days. I bought a couple three-packs of Lightning charging cables for this purpose (you know, the ones that only last a few months before failing?) You see, Steve Jobs and then Tim Cook sold us a bill of goods. They continually praised their new phones for being ever thinner. While there has been a trend to make them bigger now in length and width, but only marginally thicker, they neglected to mention something with regards to thin phones – they have less battery capacity. While battery capability has been continually improving, and bigger phones have a bigger battery, we are using many more

apps that are sucking them dry at a faster and faster rate. This includes apps that are continually sending data, like location/GPS, or simply listening to you – Siri, Google, and, as I wrote a few weeks ago, apparently Facebook. These apps are going through batteries, and data, like a fat kid with a bowl of M&Ms. The net result is more and more people who use these pocket supercomputers are carrying extra, bulky, and ugly batteries in addition to their phones. Imagine if phones were a little bigger and actually could last a whole day on their own? Wouldn’t that be amazing? This harkens back to the days when I carried a Motorola flip phone while the earth was still cooling. You didn’t go anywhere without an extra battery in your pocket. If you were really adept, you could pull off the maneuver where you switched batteries in mid-call without dropping the call. (You had only a few seconds to do that – you had to be a true mobile phone warrior to pull it off.) I would suggest today’s situation is no different. Except we’re not able to change the battery in our phones. We’re now carrying charge cords and supplementary batteries attached to them. How ridiculous is it that we are now carrying ever larger external batteries, connected by cable, instead of having phones that work a whole day? I think most people would be okay with their phones gaining a little weight and size, if it meant they didn’t need the auxiliary battery. Besides, except for my parka, I don’t think I have a pocket big enough for the Mother of All Batteries. Brian Zinchuk is editor of Pipeline News. He can be reached at brian.zinchuk@sasktel.net.


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The best investment A couple of weeks ago we published an article on the Estevan transition committee created to help the Energy City survive the coal phase-out in the future. Being a sensitive topic the story created a big discussion. What caught my attention was that quite a few people participating were boiling over the plan to develop educational retraining programs. “We are too old,” “It’s hard,” “I don’t want to,” “I like what I’m doing” and so on. I heard comments of this type many times. I don’t get it. I mean I get it in general, but I don’t understand what people hope for. I’m sorry to say, but I’m sure no matter how much we resist the coal transition, in one way or another changes will come. Climate-change action is one of the global contemporary trends that will break our customary system. Maybe not right now, maybe in 10-15 years, but it will happen and it will be challenging for communities like ours. And I’m afraid that moving out of Estevan won’t solve the problem either if the entire country and eventually the world will move on with new systems and energy sources. So why would anybody take an opportunity to get retrained and to develop as a curse or a joke coming from the government? I’m probably just a nerd who loves studying, but I also see advantages of education in current situation. So why not start getting ready now when they are trying to offer the community options to transition and learn something new. Remember that old saying: when God closes a door, He opens a window? Why not check it out? It might be uncomfortable, but it’s better than nothing. Through my entire life so far I constantly had to learn a lot of new things that didn’t really appeal to me on the first sight. Coming from a big city I had to find my way to survive around the farm, which wasn’t a piece of cake with me being quite clumsy. Besides, I’m a person who is more into humanities, so to figure out how to put a combine header together and other technical tasks were a real challenge. Yet, I got through it. At some point in my life, I had to learn how to be a real estate agent, just because I needed extra money and journalism was never a great source of cash. I learned the history of my city along with tourism on the side of my degree just to have another freelance option. Now I’m teaching my 57-year old auntie to speak English, so she could get around on her own in the English-speaking countries. And after just two months she has tremendous progress. I’ll tell you more, I’m 100 per cent sure that, if needed, now she could easily book a table and get all needed details out on what she wants to eat even here in Canada, where any order in a restaurant is accompanied with a good dozen questions. And neither I, nor her are that smart. We just believe that any kind of education is the best investment of time and resources possible. Not only is it never too late to learn, but also it is always profitable: re-training or additional education increases incomes on average. Last year the World Bank summarized the results of the research on the correlation between education and personal income and came to a conclusion that the one year of educational investments would pay you about nine per cent in return. It is more profitable to invest in education than into stocks, which on average pay about five per cent and are often unsteady. And no matter how the economy is doing the education gives you more chances to meet competition and have a higher income. The better your skills are, the more knowledge you have, the more chances you get to launch a job or succeed in your own business. And that works in pretty much all countries in the world. Adult education helps to transition into a new job. It is always scary to begin, but usually, a fresh start brings in success and satisfaction. You already have a lot of life experience, which you can utilize in a different profession, but when you start doing something new your vision and imagination are not blurred and you become more creative. And on top of that, education is just great. New people, new ideas, new opportunities, new inspiration, and yes, new challenges. But that’s what we are going to have anyways. So if the government offers us help to get through the coal phase-out, why not take an opportunity and enjoy learning something new?

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The Estevan Farmers Market hopes to have a variety of vendors to attract customers this year. File photo The Estevan Farmers Market has some plans for 2019 to help boost sales. The market association held its annual general meeting on Feb. 25, and according to information released at the meeting, sales were at their lowest point in a decade. The total for 2018 was $226,629, which includes the four indoor sales in April and May, and the four Christmas sales. Pat Thompson, who comanages market along with Marlene Salmers, said they would have 26-30 vendors in a typical week. “Of course, the outdoor sales, with the weather, it could be a lot less, because if it’s really cold or raining or high winds, you might only get 10 vendors out compared to the 20 to 30 we might get on a good day,” said Thompson. Thompson believes there were a couple of rea-

sons for the sales decline. The first was the absence of the popular Rose Valley Hutterite Colony, who brought produce, homemade bread and farm eggs each week. The person who operated the colony’s booth retired before the start of the season. “We have more produce vendors to try to replace what we’re missing with Rose Valley being gone,” said Thompson. “We’re hoping that our customers come out and support them as much as they did Rose Valley.” There was also some road construction adjacent to the market’s mall location for much of the season. The 2019 season will start with indoor markets on April 27 and May 4 at the Estevan Shoppers Mall. Traditionally the markets have opened with four indoor sales, but that number has been reduced to two this

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to cross Bayshore Boulevard, but not at a crosswalk, when she stepped off the curb and was struck by the vehicle. Elberg sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by deputies. The driver was not injured. Impairment and speed do not appear to be factors in the crash. Next of kin has been notified, and an investigation continues by deputies assigned to the major accident investigation team.

year because of the timing of the Good Friday and Easter long weekend. Indoor sales run from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The first outdoor market will be May 11, and will be held in the mall’s parking lot every Saturday until the Thanksgiving long weekend in October. New for this year will be a switch in times for the outdoor markets, from the traditional 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., to 9 a.m.-2 p.m. “This was of particular interest for our vendors who have to travel a distance to be at market setup and ready to go for our start time. We’ll try it for a year and see how it goes. Of course it’s always an adjustment for our vendors and our customers as well.” At next year’s annual general meeting, they will review the time change to find out how it worked for everyone. Christmas sales will run each Saturday from Nov. 23Dec. 21, meaning there will be five Saturday sales instead of the traditional four. A S aturday evening market was also discussed

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at the annual general meeting. It would be held in conjunction with a community event, when people would already be out and about. Thompson believes this would provide something different for customers and vendors. “ We’re just going to have to wait until we’re getting a little closer to this summer so we can look at what other events are going on, and give that a try,” said Thompson. A kids day is scheduled for June 8, with face-painting and refreshments. The customer appreciation day, with gift certificates from vendors, would be Aug. 17. The market is also looking for people who want to provide activities as a fundraiser for their organization. And they’re also open to charities coming out to be part of the markets. They made a donation to the Hillcrest School Breakfast Club, and they are moving forward with a bursary for students at the school. “We’re trying to give back to the community,” said Thompson.

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Large delegation from China spends two weeks learning about carbon capture and storage technology By Brian Zinchuk brian.zinchuk@sasktel.net

Ever since ground was broken on the Boundary Dam Unit 3 Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Project at Estevan, there’s been significant talk about how it would gain international attention for its world-leading application of CCS at a commercial scale. The implication has been that this would be the first, hopefully, of many such projects around the world. And while there have been tours aplenty in the intervening

years, the Regina-based International CCS Knowledge Centre has just landed one of the biggest fish yet – a two-week visit from three Chinese delegations, one of which is one of China’s major national oil companies. The International CCS Knowledge Centre was just wrapping up work with the large Chinese delegation March 8. When asked if this was like landing a 25-pound pickerel, Knowledge Centre president and CEO Mike Monea responded it was more like a 30-pounder. “The bulk was from Sinopec, mid- to upper-manage-

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ment,” Monea said. Sinopec, one of China’s major national oil companies, brought a delegation of 24 out to Saskatchewan. At the same time, Dr. Jinfeng Ma from the National and Local Joint Engineering Research Centre of Carbon Capture and Storage Technology (China CCUS Centre) brought a contingent of four. This inspired China’s Ministry of Science and Technology to send its own four-person delegation to take in what was going on. This included two people from Ottawa and one from Calgary, a very senior group, Monea added. “We’ve never seen this before,” he said. He noted that China has made efforts to clean up its coal-fired power plants, but has not yet addressed carbon dioxide. But what they were really interested in was the other side of CCS – the usage of the carbon dioxide (CO2) in enhanced oil recovery (EOR). “They are eager to have success in EOR in China,” Monea said. And while there have been plenty of politicians who have toured the CCS projects in southeast Saskatchewan, this was a working group with the presence of high-level support. “It’s a validation and confirmation that Saskatchewan has something no one else has – the complete chain around CCS,” Monea said. The first week focused on the University of Regina, where they heard about reservoir engineering and capture systems.The Friday of the first week saw the group get a tour of the Weyburn Unit, operated by Whitecap Resources.There, superintendent Darcy Cretin was able to show

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A webinar with the Shell Quest Carbon Capture and Storage Project allowed participants to get a feel for what is happening in the Edmonton area on CO2. The last day in Regina included a presentation from the provincial government about regulation and policy with regards to CO2. Monea said there was also interest to learn more about the drilling processes used, particularly in the Weyburn Unit. He noted that Saskatchewan is about two decades ahead of China in EOR. It was in the late 20th century that PanCanadian implemented is CO2-EOR project at Weyburn, and Shell had done initial, and then subsequent work, at Midale. “They really don’t have the capacity we have in the west to drill and set up an EOR program,” Monea said. He noted some field engineers could possibly be heading to China in the future. “It’s almost where we were in the 1980s. We went down to Texas to learn about how they used reservoir CO2,” he said. “We didn’t know if EOR worked.”

Sinopec has the size to do almost everything involved in the CO2 chain internally, he noted. So how does all this benefit Saskatchewan? If other countries start employing CCS on a large scale, it makes the whole process more affordable, including for us. “Our job is to encourage global deployment of CCS technology as a mitigation to climate change. One of the ways we do that is to promote the use of CO2,” Monea said. If demand is created for it, and more and more plants get built, it becomes more affordable. To that end, last fall the Knowledge Centre released a paper which illustrated that implantation of a carbon capture unit at the Shand Power Station could be substantially cheaper. “The cost savings are dramatic,” Monea said of the proposed second-generation CCS at Shand. “What happens if we get 100 plants?” And this is where the sharing of knowledge benefits all. “When they build a big capture plant, they’ve got to do it right,” he said. China can gain from Saskatchewan’s experience.

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Crescent Point takes $2.7 billion charge for 2018 Crescent Point Energy Corp. had a net loss of $2.62 billion in 2018 and took a $2.7 billion charge. It is continuing on its path to downsize while it reins in its debt. That focus on the bottom line means it won’t be increasing its capital expenditures as funds become available, and that it is coming close to deadlines on its sale of 21,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) in southeast Saskatchewan. Those are some of the key points of the company’s 2018 year-end report, as presented in a conference call from Calgary on Mar. 5. The company has over $400 million of excess cash flow expected to be available in 2019 for net debt repayment and additional share repurchases. Craig Bryksa, president and CEO, said 70 to 80 per cent of that will be used for debt reduction as a “pillar strategy.” This number based on current strip prices, and excludes proceeds from any additional dispositions. The company cited strong capital discipline with 2018 capital expenditures $38 million under budget and annual production ahead of guidance. Crescent Point executed over $355 million of dispositions in 2018, with an associated volume of 7,000 boepd of production. They reported replacement of 142 per cent of 2018 production through organic reserves growth. Crescent Point commenced a normal course issuer bid (NCIB) on Jan. 25, with approximately 1.3 million shares repurchased to date at an average cost of $3.89 per share. “In 2018, we spent below budget, exceeded our production guidance and increased our net asset value per share,” said Bryksa. “In mid-2018, new management began transitioning the company to be more focused and efficient, realizing cost structure improvements and prioritizing capital allocation based on returns while continuing to advance our core areas. “In addition to these changes and those set out in our transition plan, we also welcome and look forward to the additional insight and expertise provided through our ongoing board renewal process.”

It appears crude-by-rail isn’t totally dead in southeast Saskatchewan. This unit train could be seen at Crescent Point’s rail facility northwest of Stoughton. Photo by Brian Zinchuk For the year ended Dec. 31, 2018, Crescent Point’s capital expenditures on drilling and development, facilities and seismic totaled $1.737 billion, which was below its annual guidance of $1.775 billion. Capital expenditures totaled $302.3 million in the fourth quarter, including $278.4 million spent on drilling and development to drill 172 (139.6 net) wells. For the year ended 2018, the company incurred a net loss of $2.62 billion, including a non-cash impairment of $3.71 billion ($2.73 billion after-tax). Post-impairment, Crescent Point said its balance sheet reflects a better approximation of the fair value of its asset base in the current environment and incorporates a higher cost of capital. The charge was not related to underlying asset performance and does not impact the company’s adjusted funds flow or the amount of credit available under its bank credit facilities. Crescent Point’s fourth quarter oil differential widened to $23.34/barrels of oil (bbl) from $10.74/bbl in the third quarter.This compared positively to the fourth quarter Edmonton Par differential of $34.88/ bbl. Based on realized prices to date and the forward curve, the company’s first quarter 2019 oil differential is expected to narrow to approximately $8.75/bbl. This is expected to improve its realized oil price by approximately 15 percent relative to fourth quarter 2018. Crescent Point remains unaffected by the Alberta Government’s production curtailments given the smaller size of its operations in the province. During periods of increased market access constraint in Canada, the company expects that its oil production will continue receiving a premium due to a significant portion of its assets located either downstream

of recent apportionment points or in the United States. Crescent Point is also exploring solutions to further enhance realized pricing for its Canadian oil production. Subsequent to fourth quarter 2018, the company resolved a National Energy Board complaint with Tundra Energy Marketing Ltd. and legal action through the negotiation and execution of a settlement agreement. The agreement includes a cash settlement payable to Crescent Point in addition to a revised pipeline tariff that is expected to increase the company’s netback for oil production transported on the Saskatchewan pipeline system. Crescent Point’s annual average production in 2018 was 178,166 boepd, exceeding Crescent Point’s guidance of 177,000 boepd. As previously announced, the company sold approximately 7,000 boepd during 2018 for proceeds of approximately $355 million. Crescent Point continues

to advance its key focus areas. In Viewfield, the company’s waterflood program has allowed for a base decline rate of approximately 25 percent in 2019. This decline rate is below the corporate average and helps drive free cash flow generation in the play. In Flat Lake, south of Torquay, the company has been testing longer laterals and drilled several two-mile horizontal wells as part of its fourth quarter program. This group of wells generated encouraging results with average 30-day initial production (IP30) rates of over 270 boepd and are expected to pay out in approximately 18 months at current strip prices. Crescent Point has budgeted for an increased number of two-mile horizontal wells in 2019 based on these results and recent well cost reductions of approximately 10 per cent. As part of its waterflood program, Crescent Point converted 79 producing wells to water injection wells in 2018 for approximately $50 million.

The company plans to convert approximately 145 wells in 2019 for approximately $40 million, highlighting its focus on cost reductions while advancing decline mitigation techniques. Conversion costs to date in 2019 have been on, or below, budget. Their Canadian production includes 45 per cent light sour blend, 10 percent mixed sweet blend and 20 per cent medium oil (selling at a 20 per cent premium to Western Canadian Select), originating at Fosterton, in southwest Saskatchewan. Since the second half of 2018, Crescent Point’s new management team has prioritized its key value drivers, which include disciplined capital allocation, cost reductions and balance sheet improvement. The company said it now allocates capital based on returns versus simple volume growth.

This shift in focus has allowed Crescent Point to adopt a capital program with more consistent activity levels throughout the year and has resulted in increased competition for capital across the company’s portfolio of assets. Crescent Point has increased its emphasis on cost reductions compared to its historical focus on operational outperformance. Since September 2018, management has reduced the company’s workforce, streamlined its executive team and implemented new initiatives that have resulted in significant savings in general and administrative costs, operating expenses and well costs. Crescent Point is also implementing new practices to further improve its controllable operating expenses. Further savings across the organization are expected as the company continues to focus its asset base. Crescent Point’s financial flexibility remains strong with cash and unutilized credit capacity of $1.62 billion, no material near-term debt maturities and a strong portfolio of oil and gas commodity hedges. As part of its transition plan, Crescent Point is targeting to further improve its balance sheet through net debt reduction by way of free cash flow generation and proceeds from any dispositions.

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The Battle of the Books trophy goes to Spruce Ridge School’s team Past is Present, Casey at the Bat, Master Minds, Treasure Hunters and The Blackthorn Key. Most participants named OCDaniels by Wesley King as their favourite book. Besides reading and memorizing, each group had to come up with the teamname, costume and a poster. For four students from Spruce Ridge, it was the third Battle of the Books. Not only did they participate in this literacy competition for three years, but they also won all of their battles. Every year the team name was different. First, they were Nerd Alert, then Book Smugglers, and this year they decided to be Mixed Minds. “We looked online for common team names and then we found what we liked. And then we started brainstorming ideas that would look good on a poster,” said Swirski. Spruce Ridge’s Mixed Minds with Jesse Gibson, Seth Peters, Kristen Carlson and Swirski on their team claimed the champion’s title with 60.5 points. Bedtime Stories of

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Estevan’s Grade 7-8 students came together for a literacy competition. Six teams from Hillcrest, Westview, Spruce Ridge and Pleasantdale Schools participated in 2019 Battle of the Books. Students had two months to read 10 books of different genres picked by the Estevan Area Literacy Group (EALG). Each team had its own approach to reading. The Spruce Ridge School’s team explained how they explored the offered books. “We split the books, so everybody had four books to read, and then we’ve read two together. And you just re-read the books. And once you were in for a few years, you just know what kind of questions they are going to ask and you just know to memorize the details,” said Spruce Ridge’s Laura Swirski. Starting January kids were reading OCDaniel, Refugee, Oliver Twist, I am Malala, Pathfinder, When the

Westview School chose pajamas as their team theme. They claimed the second spot with 58.5 points and also won the best outfit title. The Nerd Herd of Pleasantdale School came in third with 55.5 points and was recognized as the team with the best poster as well. The Midnight Readers of Hillcrest School received 45.5 points. Belliferous Bulldogs of Pleasantdale School had 22.5 points, being just 1.5 point ahead of their schoolmates, Book Busters. The winners believe that this competition is great for anybody who likes reading. It also comes with lunch and rewards, which makes it more attractive to many students. “Winning food and prizes is the best part. And the quality time,” said Peters. The literacy co-ordinator with the EALG Regina Barz talked about why they organize the event and why kids come. “The kids actually come because of Coke and pizza pretty much… while we are trying to push kids to read

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For the third consecutive time, Spruce Ridge School’s team won the Grade 7 and 8 Battle of the Books. Mixed Minds champs were, from left, Jesse Gibson, Seth Peters, Kristen Carlson and Laura Swirski. more, which is hard because as they grow older they don’t want to,” said Barz. The participation is free of charge. The EALG with the support from the United Way Estevan and Saskatchewan Lotteries provides books and everything needed. Many kids agreed that if not for the game they wouldn’t hear of most of the books they

were offered to read, but they really enjoyed all of them. And that is another reason why they keep participating. “The books they’ve had for the past three years, I think, were really good,” said Swirski. This annual event is aimed at promoting literacy among kids of different ages and different backgrounds.

“Each kid needs to learn that literacy is huge. If you move from a different country, you need to read a lot, so you are actually learning the language,” said Barz. Grade 5-6’s battle of the Books is coming up on March 29. It will take place at Westview School, which won the battle last year.

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Habitat for Humanity committee ready to begin search for a new partner family Estevan’s Habitat for Humanity committee hopes to proceed with the construction of another home this year, and the selection of a new partner family is an important part of the process. Doug Barnstable, the chairperson of the local committee, said they will be hosting a home ownership information session on March 23 at 1 p.m. at the Days Inn’s Fireside Room for anyone interested in becoming partners with Habitat in owning their own home. Applicants need to have several qualifications, including annual earnings of between $32,000 and $66,500. They must have lived in Canada for more than three years and in Estevan for more than two, they must have had a regular and reliable source of income for at least one year, and they must be interested in paying a mortgage that is interest-free with no down payment, set at 25 per cent of their income. The partner family also has to be willing to contribute 500 hours of sweat equity to the construction of that home. “And, if they already have their own home, or if they are able to obtain a conventional mortgage, they’re not eligible for a Habitat home,” said Barnstable. “It’s not intended to allow somebody to remortgage and get into another home, it’s intended for individuals who have difficulty finding the money to make a down

payment in today’s mortgage environment.” People who attend the meeting will be able to find out how they apply and pick up the form. Barnstable pointed out it’s the only place to get an application form. Someone from the interested family has to be in attendance at the meeting. The presentation itself will start at 1:30 p.m. and lasts about 90 minutes, and includes a question and answer session. “ We have currentl y about eight families that have indicated interest over the last year, and we have added their names to the list where we have sent off the information to them and contacted them to make sure they come to this,” said Barnstable. A decision on the next partner family likely won’t be made for a couple of months. The first application form has to be returned within a week of the meeting, and then the Habitat committee will take all of those applications and create a short-list. Then applicants will have to fill out a long form, which takes about a month to complete. After a review by the local Habitat committee, they will recommend two finalists. The Regina Habitat for Humanity committee will then make the final decision. Barnstable said the committee wants to start construction on the house in June, and it should be finished in October. The home would be in the Matchett Bay subdi-

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Barnstable. “We’d like to have it all in place, if we can, by the 1st of June, but we’ll continue to be in contact with individuals and businesses, and also doing the fundraisers.” Also, 10 cents from every litre of fuel sold at the Southern Plains Co-op’s Estevan service stations on March 23 will be directed to Habitat for Humanity.

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Outdoor fun From left, Mason Saccary, Alyssa Saccary and Ashton Saccary were at the Rusty Duce Play Park outdoor rink on Saturday. While the temperature was colder than normal, and there was a strong west wind, it felt balmy compared to the weather that the Estevan has experienced recently. People could be found at such locations as Estevan’s outdoor rinks, playing shinny or working on their skating skills.

Envision marked International Women’s Day W hile the Envision Counselling and Support Centre didn’t have any events in the community for International Women’s Day this year, the agency still marked the day and hoped that others would do the same. International Women’s

Day is held March 8 of each year. Envision didn’t receive a grant from Status of Women Canada, something that they have always received in the past. But those grants weren’t available this year, according to executive director Christa Daku.

So they posted some information on their website and on their social media feeds to bring awareness to the general public. “We are commemorating in our own way to celebrate the progression of women’s rights in our societies,” said Daku.

In previous years, Envision has held open house events, visited senior centres to celebrate the contributions of those women, and focused on the changes in their lives. “I know last year we did videos which were all related to women’s rights and the

movement moving forward, and around gender equality,” said Daku. International Women’s Day was also an opportunity for the staff to reflect on the day and its theme of Gender Equality Takes Priority. Daku pointed out they emphasize

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Bruins showcase their skills at competition The Power Dodge Estevan Bruins showed their skating, shooting and puckhandling skills for their fans during the team’s inaugural skills competition on Saturday afternoon at Affinity Place. The event was a fun and relaxed event less than a week before the Black and Gold open their Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League quarter-final series against the Humboldt Broncos. Game 1 of the series is Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Affinity Place. Players were divided into two teams, Team Black and Team White, for the competition, which had five different categories: fastest skater, hardest shot, most accurate shot, the puckhandling relay and the shootout. Team White defeated Team Black 49-41. The fastest skater contest opened the skills competition, and it proved to

Jayden Davis finished second in the fastest skater competition. be a showdown between the Davis brothers, Jayden and Cody, who hail from Alameda. Cody, who spent the season with the midget AAA Moose Jaw Generals and has joined the Bruins for the postseason, completed a

Jake Heerspink had the hardest shot during the skills competition.

full lap of the ice in 13.86 seconds, and he defeated his brother, who is in his third year with the Bruins and rates among the fastest skaters in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Jayden finished with a

time of 13.99 seconds. Captain Jake Heerspink won the hardest shot contest with a blast at 91 miles per hour. Johnny Witzke had the most accurate shot, as he needed 22.8 seconds to hit

all four targets. The team relay, which saw skaters stickhandle between cones and around pylons and flip a puck through tires, was won by Team W hite, with Heerspink, Bronson Adams, Aigne Mc-

Geady-Bruce, Jayden Davis, Kolton Leslie and Turner Ripplinger completing the circuit in two minutes and 36.36 seconds. The shootout was won by Team Black, as they went 2-for-10 in the penalty shot contest, while Team White was 1-for-10. Five skaters each had two shots each, with Michael McChesney scoring on both of his shootout attempts. McMillen, Pierson, Tanner Manz and Will Koop were also on Team Black. Grant Boldt was their goaltender. Yo u n g f a n s c re a t e d posters to support the team in the playoffs, and there was a fat-head auction, in which fans could bid on photos of oversized player heads attached to sticks. A community skate with the team followed the skills competition. The day wrapped up with a pasta supper at the Beefeater Plaza.

Elecs senior boys perfect at weekend tournament The Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs senior boys basketball team has some momentum heading into the 5A regional qualifying tournament. The Elecs went 3-0 at a tournament in Yorkton on the weekend, and won all three games in convincing fashion. They opened the tournament with a 94-49 win over the LP Miller Comprehensive School Bears from Nipawin, and then rolled over the Swan Valley Regional Secondary School Vikings 85-58 and the host Yorkton Sacred Heart Saints 96-39. Coach Carmon Lindquist noted it was an exhibition tournament, and they

were playing against 4A teams instead of 5A squads, but it was important to get some wins heading into regionals. “We played well as a team,” said Lindquist. “Guys were working well together. We got a chance to work on different defences, and getting better from changing out the one defence to another. The guys solidified this weekend as to why we use different defences.” The Elecs also adapt their offence against other teams. E i g h t p l a ye r s w e re dressed for the weekend games, as they had a few players who weren’t healthy enough to play. Lindquist praised Clark

Cabiluna, Reilly McGeough and Francois Adaya for their play. Cabiluna led the team in scoring in all three games, and played great basketball. McGeough was second in scoring in a couple of games. Kyler Dutka also had a strong game for the Elecs. Lindquist believes it was beneficial to get some good court time before the Hoopla qualifier. ECS will be one of nine teams at regionals. North Battleford Comprehensive, Warman, Yorkton Regional, Prince Albert Carlton, Prince Albert St. Mary’s Lloydminster Comprehensive, Balgonie Greenall and Swift Current will also be entered.

Lloydminster has elected to play in Saskatchewan, and Lindquist expects they will be strong. “Apparently they have the choice of whether they want to play in Alberta or Saskatchewan, and they have a really strong team,” said Lindquist. The Elecs finished the year with a 27-7 record, and will be the No. 2 seed. They will face Swift Current in the quarter-finals. The top two teams from regionals will advance to the Hoopla provincial tournament. Lindquist predicted they would need to play a strong team game to qualify for Hoopla.

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Midget AA Bruins swept by undefeated foes The Estevan Apex midget AA Bruins season came to an end on Friday night in a 6-1 loss to the Swift Current Broncos at Affinity Place. Swift Current swept the best-of-five series in three straight games. The Broncos were up by a goal after the first period, but Estevan outshot them 9-7, and hit a couple of posts, too. It remained a one-goal game until midway through the second, when the Broncos scored three times in less than three minutes to pull away. Swift Current added to the lead with a goal 4 1/2 minutes into the third. Estevan notched their first of the game with less than 10 minutes to play in the third when Tayce Miller scored, but Swift Current finished the scoring with an empty net goal. Morgan Wanner was in goal for Estevan. “They’re a good team from top to bottom,”said Bruins head coach Riley Hengen. “They play a very structured system, which we had trouble with in Games 2 and 3. And even in the three games in the regular season, we couldn’t get a lot of offence going against those guys.” Hengen said they needed the puck to bounce the right

way against a team like the Broncos. “It was the same in Game 1 up there (in Swift Current),” said Hengen. “We had a good game. We forced it into overtime. Had a chance or two in overtime, but just couldn’t get that bounce. If we pick up a win in that Game 1, the series would be a whole new ball game, seeing how those guys react to a loss.” The Broncos have a perfect 42-0 record in the regular season and playoffs. Hengen, who won a league title with the midget AA Bruins in 2006-07, is amazed that Swift Current is still undefeated. “The fact that they’re 42-0 at this point is incredible, especially in our league. We were a fourth place team, and I thought we were pretty good. There’s a lot of good teams in this league, and the fact that nobody could take those guys down so far, it’s an unbelievable thing.” Seven players will graduate from the midget AA Bruins this year. Twelve are eligible to return, but Hengen expects some of them will play midget AAA next season. He also praised the team for their resiliency. “They’ve come very far. We

Joey Meredith (11) of the midget AA Bruins slips past a Swift Current defender Friday night at Affinity Place. dealt with a lot of injuries at the start of the season, and we were a .500 hockey team for the first half. I think we finished the year 15-2-1-1, so we were hot once we were healthy.”

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Bantam AAs eliminated by Prairie Storm The Estevan TS&M bantam AA Bruins saw their season come to an end on Saturday afternoon in a 4-2 loss to the Prairie Storm in Balgonie. The Storm swept the best-of-three Saskatchewan Minor AA Hockey League bantam South Division quarterfinal series in two straight games. M a s o n Ku k u r a a n d Carson Birnie tallied in the opening eight minutes of Game 2 on Saturday, while the Storm scored once in that span, leaving Estevan with an early 2-1 advantage. Neither team would score again until early in the second, when the

Prairie Storm tallied to tie the game. Quick goals by the Storm less than a minute apart in the opening three minutes of the third broke the tie. “They got an unfortunate goal to start the third where our goaltender ( Jackson Miller) actually tripped, and they got a goal to go up 3-2, and that kind of hurt us a bit,” said Bruins coach Blaine Chrest. Miller, who stopped 31 shots on the afternoon, made the first save after going down, but couldn’t get over for the rebound. “ We had some really good chances … but couldn’t put it in,” said Chrest.

The Storm took Game 1 5-4 in double overtime Thursday night in Estevan. Colby Cuddington scored twice for Estevan in Game 1, while Mason Fichter and Kaden Chrest also scored. Kaden’s goal with about five minutes to play in the third period tied the game. The Storm scored the winner 3:40 into the second overtime period. Miller also had 31 saves in that game. Blaine Chrest said the teams were evenly matched. While Estevan was the No. 3 seed, and the Storm were the sixth seed, they were separated by only three points in the

regular season. “A break either way, and the games could have gone our way, the first game for sure,” said the coach. Any of the eight teams from the South Division that made the playoffs would have a shot at winning the division, he said. The Storm was the only team in the south that Estevan didn’t defeat in the regular season. “The Balgonie matchup was a tough one. They’re very quick,” said Blaine Chrest. But the bantam AAs came a long ways during the season. They started 2-5-1 in their first eight games, but managed to finish third. Had

Elecs win junior girls districts The Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) Elecs junior girls basketball team won the district championship. Estevan opened the district tournament by playing the Stoughton Bulldogs on March 5, and beat them 51-41. Estevan raced out to a 15-7 lead after the first quarter, and after each team managed 10 points in the second, the Elecs took over in the third, and led 40-21 after three. The team’s leading scorer was Jan Niverba with 31 points. The following day, ECS defeated the Weyburn Comprehensive School Eagles junior girls team 38-13. Niverba paced the team with 14 points, while Brooklyn Brady had 10 points. Coach Kevin Kobitz said all of the girls played well versus Weyburn, and he said their defence was the biggest piece of their success. Estevan blanked Weyburn 7-0 in the first quarter, and led them 23-6 at half-time. Then they limited Weyburn to just seven points in the second half.

they not had such a slow start, Chrest believes they could have finished first in the division during the regular season. Four players are eligible to return next season. That

means they might have a young team, but there are some first-year players on the bantam house teams who could challenge for roster spots next season.

Goldwings drop Game 1 The South East midget AA Goldwings dropped a 5-3 decision to the Regina Rebels in Midale Friday night in Game 1 of the best-of-three Saskatchewan Female Hockey League midget AA South Division final. Khloe Bedore scored 3:51 into the first period to give the Goldwings an early 1-0 lead, but the Rebels tallied twice before the period was finished for a 2-1 advantage. The two teams traded goals in the second, with Bedore scoring for the Goldwings early in the frame to tie the game, but the Rebels responded a couple of minutes later. The Rebels scored again midway through the third for a two-goal advantage. Bedore’s third of the game pulled the Goldwings to within one, but the Rebels would add an empty net goal with 11 seconds to play. Taryn McKinney was in goal for the Goldwings. The two teams will meet again Wednesday night in Regina. The Goldwings need to win to keep their season alive.

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Join us for our annual general meeting, volunteer and donor appreciation night Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 Taylorton Room, Days Inn Estevan

AGM 2019 RSVP by March 20th to: 1-306-634-7375 or sheila@unitedwayestevan.com

6:00 p.m. - Cocktails (cash bar) 6:30 p.m. - Dinner ($25.00/person) 7:30 p.m. - Annual General Meeting

Pursuant to Section 14.01 of the Bylaws, notice is hereby given of a Special Resolution to be proposed at the 2019 United Way Estevan AGM to amend the Bylaws as follows 5.02 Quorum – The Bylaws will be amended to change quorum from one-half (1/2) plus one (1) to fifty-one percent (51%) of the number of Directors. 5.16 Chairman - The position of Secretary will be removed from the list of succession as to who the chairman of any meeting of the Board shall be. 7.01 Appointment - The sentence “Subject to Sections 7.02 and 7.03, an officer may, but need not, be a Director.” will be removed as each position now clearly states whether they are a director or not. 7.05 Secretary - The following sentence will be amended: “The Secretary shall not be a director, and shall not be entitled to a vote at any meeting of the Board, and notwithstanding the ability of the Board to establish an Executive Committee, the Secretary shall not be appointed a member of the Executive Committee if so established by the Board.” so that it is clear that the Secretary position is not an elected one and not a voting one. .7.06 Treasurer – The following sentence will be added: “The members shall, at the Annual General Meeting, elect a Treasurer of the Board who shall be a Director.”. The following sentence will be deleted: “The Treasurer shall not be entitled to vote at any meeting of the Board.” These changes are to reflect that the Treasurer position is elected and has voting rights. If you would like to receive a copy of the current bylaws and the complete proposed amendments, please email sheila@unitedwayestevan.com.

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Liquor Permit Advertising Form Under the provisions of The Alcohol and Gaming Regulations Act, 1997, Notice is hereby given that Southern Plains Co-operative Limited has applied to the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) for a Retail Store Stand-Alone permit to sell alcohol in the premises known as Southern Plains Co-operative - Estevan at 826 4th St, Estevan, SK S4A 0W1. Written objections to the granting of the permit may be filed with SLGA not more than two weeks from the date of publication of this notice. Every person filing a written objection with SLGA shall state their name, address, and telephone number in printed form, as well as the grounds for the objection(s). Petitions must name a contact person, state grounds, and be legible. Each signatory to the petition and the contact person must provide an address and telephone number. Frivolous, vexatious or competition-based objections within the beverage alcohol industry may not be considered and may be rejected by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Licensing Commission, who may refuse to hold a hearing. Write to: Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Box 5054 REGINA SK S4P 3M3 Pursuant to Section 62 of The Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act, 1997 the above advertisement shall be published once each week for two successive weeks, in a newspaper published in the municipality in which the proposed outlet is or is to be situated, or if no newspaper is published in the area, then in a newspaper published in Saskatchewan and circulating in the area.

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APARTMENTS/CONDOS FOR RENT Large two-bedroom apartment s to rent in East Regina. Newly renovated, large screened in balcony. Outside parking with electricity. All amenities except power. Security doors. Reasonable rent. Close to banks and shopping. Call 1-306-789-7970.

FEED & SEED HEATED CANOLA WANTED!! *5((1&$12/$ 635,1*7+5(6+(' '$0$*('&$12/$ FEED OATS WANTED!! %$5/(<2$76:+7 /,*+7 25728*+ 635,1*7+5(6+(' HEATED FLAX WANTED!! +($7('3($6 +($7('/(17,/6 "ON FARM PICKUP" Westcan Feed & Grain 1-877-250-5252 Buying/Selling FEED GRAINS heated / damaged CANOLA/FLAX Top price paid FOB FARM

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877-695-6461 Visit our website @ www.westerncommodities.ca NORTH EAST PRAIRIE GRAIN INC. BUYING: Feed Barley, Soybeans, Heated Canola, Wheat, Feed Oats. OFFERING: Top Prices, On Farm Pickup & Prompt Payment! CALL: 1-306-873-3551, WEBSITE: neprairiegrain.com

NORTH EAST PRAIRIE GRAIN INC. BUYING: Feed Barley, Soybeans, Heated Canola, Wheat, Feed Oats. OFFERING: Top Prices, On Farm Pickup & Prompt Payment! CALL: 1-306-873-3551, WEBSITE: neprairiegrain.com EMMA OLISCHEFSKI â&#x20AC;&#x153; The Light of Our Livesâ&#x20AC;? Who passed away March 16,2004. The special years will not return, When we were all together, But with the love inside our hearts, You will walk with us forever. Love Terry, Brian, and Gaylene

COMING EVENTS Attend the Draggins Car Show April 19 and 20 at Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, headlining the 2018 Detroit Ridler Award winner. See our website; Draggins.com

BIG RIVER FISH DERBY on Cowan Lake. SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019 For info visit: www.bigriver.ca or email: krienkemaisie@sasktel.net To register call: 306-469-7990.

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LAND FOR SALE FARMLAND WANTED NO FEES OR COMMISSIONS! PURCHASING: SINGLE TO LARGE BLOCKS OF LAND. PREMIUM PRICES PAID WITH QUICK PAYMENT. GREAT References Available A TOTAL OF 602 QUARTER SECTIONS SOLD ACROSS SASKATCHEWAN RENT BACK AVAILABLE Call DOUG 306-716-2671 saskfarms@shaw.ca

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Estevanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Biggest Garage Sale & Flea Market Saturday March 16 2019 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Wylie Mitchell Building For Info & Table Bookings Gord 306-634-4396 EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED Sorry for the Inconvienence

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FOR SALE - MISC Advertisements and statements contained herein are the sole responsibility of the persons or entities that post the advertisement, and the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspaper Association and membership do not make any warranty as to the accuracy, completeness, truthfulness or reliability of such advertisements. For greater information on advertising conditions, please consult the Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blanket Advertising Conditions on our website at www.swna.com. COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE: $1.49/each for a box of 180 ($268.20). Also full range of tree, shrub and berry seedlings for shelterbelts.. Free shipping. Growth guarantee. 1-844-873-3700 or TreeTime.ca. PROVINCE-WIDE CLASSIFIEDS. Reach over 550,000 readers weekly. Call this newspaper NOW or 306-649.1405 for details.

AUCTIONS 6 PARCELS OF FARMLAND Pleasantdale, SK. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Unreserved Auction, April 8 in Saskatoon. 959+/- Title Acres, Unquantified gravel reserves. Ed Truelove: 306.441.0525; Brokerage: Ritchie Bros. Real Estate Services Ltd.; rbauction.com/realestate. FABRICATION FACILITY - Battleford, SK. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Unreserved Auction, April 8 in Saskatoon. 11.1+/- Title Acres, 43,821+/- Sq Ft Fabrication Facility. Ed Truelove: 306.441.0525; Brokerage: Ritchie Bros. Real Estate Services Ltd.; rbauction.com/realestate.

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Wayne Leon DeRosier Wayne Leon DeRosier passed away peacefully on Friday March   DW WKH DJH RI  DIWHU DQ H[WHQGHG VWD\ DW 6W -RVHSK¡V Hospital in Estevan. Wayne will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Joan (Mickel); their children Wesley (Heidi Thoden); Wendy (Garth) Davidson and their children Melissa (John Dawson) and Janelle (Joshua) Norman; Bill (Jeanne) and their children Kristopher Howes (Jennifer Guay), Olivia and Erik; Denise (Don Ching) and their children Mackenzie and McCallum; and great granddaughters Alaina and Erin Norman. He is also survived by his sister Deanne (Jim) Ganje, sisters-in-law Joan (Marcel) Ducharme, Marvella Carr, Irene (Jerome) Therrien and numerous nieces and nephews. Wayne is predeceased by his parents William and Isabel (Schnell) DeRosier, his parents-in-law Ralph and Emily (Hirsch) Mickel; his brother Joseph â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joeyâ&#x20AC;?; nephews Rick Ganje, Randy Ganje and Dwayne Ferris; and in-laws Isabelle and Don Ferris, Larry and Grace Mickel, Bob Carr, Daryle Mickel. A Prayer Service was held Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Hall Funeral 6HUYLFHV(VWHYDQZLWK7RGG0RUR]RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDWLQJ )XQHUDO 0DVV ZDV FHOHEUDWHG RQ 6DWXUGD\ 0DUFK   DW  DP DW 6W 0RQLFD¡V 5& Church, Bienfait with Rev. Sathiadas Antony presiding. A time of lunch and fellowship was held at the Royal Canaidan Legion, Bienfait branch following the service. Interment will take place at a later date. ,QOLHXRIĂ RZHUVGRQDWLRQVPD\EHGLUHFWHGWR6W-RVHSK¡V+RVSLWDO)RXQGDWLRQ8QLW$ Nicholson Road, Estevan, SK S4A 0H3 in appreciation of the compassionate care and support given by the entire team. Deb Heidinger of Hall Funeral Services, Estevan is assisting the DeRosier family.

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Our hearts are full of gratitude when we say many thanks to family, friends and neighbors for their VXSSRUW DIWHU :D\QH¡V SDVVLQJ 7KH NLQG ZRUGV YLVLWV HPDLOV SKRQH FDOOV FDUGV IRRG à RZHUV DQGGRQDWLRQVPHDQDORWWRXV:HZDQWWRH[SUHVVVSHFLDOWKDQNVWR'U&KULVWLHDQG6W-RVHSK¡V +RVSLWDO8QLW$IRUWKHLUFRPSDVVLRQDWHFDUHDQGVXSSRUWWR7RGG0RUR]IRUKLVFRPIRUWLQJZRUGV at prayers; to the Catholic Church for the beautiful ceremony; to the Bienfait CWL for the delicious lunch; and to Hall Funeral for their professional arrangements and caring service. And last but not least to Marvella Carr for being there for all of us, not just for the past six weeks but for our whole lives. Thank you! Joan, Wesley, Wendy, Bill, Denise and families.

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Mack Auction Company presents a land auction in the RM of Bienfait #4 for Ted Fai. THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2019 @ 7pm, Bienfait Legion Hall. SE-21-02-06-W2 RM OF COALFIELDS #4; SW-21-02-06-W2 RM of Coalfields. www.mackauctioncompany.com | 306-421-2097 | 306-487-7815. Follow our Facebook page to get the latest news daily! PL 311962 Mack Auction Company Presents a land auction in the RM of Browning #34 for Brian Fornwald. Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 12:00 NOON, Lampman, SK. NE 21-6-4-W2, RM of Browning #34, Land Access from Paved Highway #604, Land Includes Westeel 1650 Bushel Grain Bin On Wood Floor. www.mackauctioncompany.com | 306-421-2097 | 306-487-7815. Follow our Facebook page to get the latest news daily! PL 311962 Mack Auction Company Presents a land, Thursday, March 28, 2019 @ 7pm Bienfait Legion Hall. Join the Baniulis Family and Mack Auction Company in Bienfait for the sale of 4 quarters of land. This land has unlimited commercial development and further oil drilling potential. There is over $24,000 of surface lease revenue that will be included with the land! SW 07-01-04-W2 RM OF COALFIELDS #4, SE 07-01-04-W2 RM OF COALFIELDS #4, NE 01-01-05-W2 VILLAGE OF NORTH PORTAL, NW 06-01-04-W2 RM OF COALFIELDS #4 *Sub-divided Acreage is not included in land sale!* Mack Auction Co. presents a land auction in the RM of Brokenshell #68. Join us March 30, 1:00 pm at the Radville Hockey Rink lobby in Radville, Sask. Up for the auction are 2 quarter sections of land located NW of Radville, Saskatchewan! NW 33-07-18-W2 RM OF BROKENSHELL # 68 SE 29-07-18-W2 RM OF BROKENSHELL #68 www.mackauctioncompany.com | 306-421-2097 | 306-487-7815. Follow our Facebook page to get the latest news daily! PL 311962

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FireďŹ ghters respond to accident and house ďŹ re Members of the Estevan Fire Rescue Service had a busy morning March 8, as they were called to a two-vehicle collision east of Estevan and a fire in the southwest corner of the city. Firefighters, along with the Estevan RCMP, the Estevan Police Service (EPS) and Estevan EMS, were called to the collision at approximately 7:20 a.m. It occurred at the junction of Highway 39 and the truck bypassâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; east access. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crews arrived on the scene, provided traffic control, isolated vehicles, cleaned up spills,â&#x20AC;? said Fire Chief Dale Feser. The fire chief pointed out the drivers were the lone occupants the vehicles involved. They sustained minor injuries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;EMS treated and released two drivers on the scene of that particular collision. And we cleared the scene and turned it over to the RCMP â&#x20AC;Ś to investigate the cause of the collision,â&#x20AC;? said Feser. Just as they were clearing the scene, the fire department and the EPS were called to the structure fire in southwest Estevan. Crews responded directly to the second call, and upon arriving, found that the residents had evacuated the home. Firefighters entered the home quickly and encountered smoke and flame. The fire was located in the kitchen and proved to be cooking related. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In this particular instance, an individual was starting to prepare a meal, and then had to go run uptown, and forgot to turn the cooking equipment off on the stove, and once they returned home, they found that a fire had occurred on the stovetop cooking surface,â&#x20AC;? said Feser. No injuries were sustained in the fire, but due

to the smoke damage, the occupants will be displaced from the home until a cleanup occurs. The Canadian Red Cross has been called to provide assistance to the family. The fire department wants to remind everybody that unattended cooking can result in house fires. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anytime that you have something on the stove that you are cooking, you always want to make sure that you are paying attention to whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on. And if something happens that you find that you have to leave the home â&#x20AC;Ś you have to make sure that you turn burners off in your absence,â&#x20AC;? said Feser. Besides these two incidents, fire crews also had to respond to a carbon monoxide call on March 4. Firefighters entered the house and did the atmosphere assessment. It was found that there was no carbon monoxide in the home. Most likely a faulty detection device was the cause of concern. As the weather is slowly turning towards spring, the fire department also asks citizens to use caution while driving. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that it starts to warm up a bit, we want to make sure we are paying attention to road conditions. Take some extra time, drive according to conditions,â&#x20AC;? said Feser. When pavement frost comes out, it makes the surface very slippery. Pavement frost can occur when the air temperature is warmer than the road surface, but it also can occur when the temperature below the surface of the road is warmer than the air temperature as well. It creates the frosting effect on the road, which increases the possibility of a vehicle losing traction during acceleration, breaking and maneuvering.


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Police apprehended an impaired driver last week The Estevan Police Service (EPS) has released the name of the most recent person to be charged with impaired driving. Police checked a vehicle during the March 6 night shift and found the driver had been consuming alcohol. The motorist was detained and an impaired driving investigation occurred. The 30-year-old Estevan man was then transported back to the police station, where breath samples were obtained. The male blew over the legal limit and was lodged in cells until sober. Cameron Darren Gedak, a 30-year-old man, was charged with impaired driving and operating a conveyance with a bloodalcohol content exceeding .08. The charges have not been proven in court. In other recent police news, members of the EPS responded to a report of an erratic driver during the March 4 day shift. The vehicle was located a short time later but it was parked. Police are investigating the matter. Officers later received a complaint of an individual who was smoking cannabis in a public place. Police located the person in question and the individual was issued a ticket under the provincial Cannabis Control Act. Members conducted sev-

eral curfew checks on individuals on court-ordered conditions during the March 4 night shift. A 24-year-old woman was found to be breaching multiple conditions. She was arrested and held in custody, to appear before a judge the following day. She is facing one charge for possession of methamphetamine and three charges for breaching the conditions of her undertaking. Police responded to a report of an assault. This matter remains under investigation. The EPS and police dog Max attended a fundraiser for the St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Foundation at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School during the March 5 day shift. The event was well-received. Police were called to a report of a male and female refusing to leave a bar during the March 5 night shift. The male was located and warned to stay out of the bar. The female left prior to police arriving. About two hours later, police observed the male re-entering the bar. He was arrested for public intoxication and re-entering a licensed premise after being told to leave. Members performed a conditions check on a male and a female during the March 6 night shift, and found that both were breaching their release conditions. They were subsequently taken into custody and will be

held for a court appearance. Members later received a complaint of an accident that occurred in east Estevan. Police attended and found that two semi-trailer units had collided, causing minor damage. One of the drivers was charged under the Traffic Safety Act for backing up when not safe. The EPS received a report of another scam involving the Canada Revenue Agency during the March 7 day shift. This time it was in the form of an email. The recipient is to respond to the email immediately or else other authorities would get involved. No money changed hands. Members were notified of another email scam that had been sent to an Estevan resident. The recipient was to send money as well. This matter is also under investigation. Police were dispatched to northeast Estevan for a report of an erratic driver. The vehicle was located in a parking lot. Members waited for the driver to return to the vehicle and noted a male was walking towards the vehicle with a shopping cart filled with items. Upon further investigation, it

was determined that the male had stolen the items from a store. A 40-year-old Carlyle man was arrested and charged with theft under $5,000. He was released to attend court in April. Members checked a vehicle that was stopped in the middle of the road and blocking traffic during the March 7 night shift. It was found that the vehicle had run out of gas and the driver had gone to get more. Police assisted the motorist and ensured that nobody ran into the vehicle. Police then dealt with a minor accident in east Estevan. No injuries were reported but both vehicles sustained damage. The matter is still under investigation. Police received a complaint through the Report Impaired Drivers line during the March 8 day shift. Police located the vehicle. The driver had been consuming alcohol but blew under the legal limit. A 29-yearold Oxbow man was a passenger in the vehicle, and he had outstanding warrants from several other jurisdictions, along with being on conditions not to consume alcohol. The male

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complaint of several males banging on a residence in the Willow Park Greens area. As a result, a 21-year-old man was arrested on outstanding warrants from the Regina Police Service. He was lodged in cells and remanded. In connection with the same incident, police arrested and charged a 19-year-old Estevan man with being unlawfully in a dwelling and assault with a weapon. He was released on an undertaking with conditions to have no contact with the victim and the co-accused, and to not consume alcohol or other intoxicating substances. A 19-year-old man from Benson was also arrested and is facing a charge of assault. He was released on the same conditions. Both males will appear in Estevan Provincial Court in May to answer to the charges. Investigation into an incident from the March 10 night shift has resulted in a 38-yearold woman from Meadow Lake facing charges for breaching her release conditions. A warrant for her arrest will be sought.Â

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was arrested and later released on new charges to appear in Estevan Provincial Court in early May. Police received a driving complaint regarding vehicles being driven on city boulevards adjacent to residences.The matter is still under investigation. Officers are looking into a complaint of a male harassing a delivery driver during the March 8 night shift.The matter is under investigation. Members responded to a noise complaint in the 600-block of Third Street. The homeowner was charged under the bylaw. Officers made a drugrelated arrest during the March 9 night shift. Police responded to a complaint around Isabelle Street, and as a result, a 23-yearold Edmonton man was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime. He was lodged in cells and remanded for court on March 11. Officers attended to a

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The Estevan Mercury and Southeast Lifestyles are looking for a summer student who can work in our busy newsroom from early May to late August. The successful applicant would need to be able to write stories, take photos and videos, and upload copy to our website, www.estevanmercury.ca. This person would need to be a university or college student in journalism or a related program, be able to work evenings and weekends, and be able to cover a variety of events, including sports. This would be a paid position. Applications can be sent to editor@estevanmercury.ca. The deadline to apply is April 01/19.

FOR SALE BY TENDER FARM LAND FOR SALE OďŹ&#x20AC;ers are invited for the land (no minerals; no buildings): â&#x20AC;˘ NW 25-01-14 W2, Ext. 0, located in the R.M. of Souris Valley No. 007 (159.97 acres) â&#x20AC;˘ SW 25-01-14 W2, Ext. 0, located in the R.M. of Souris Valley No. 007 (160.13 acres) â&#x20AC;˘ NW 31-01-14 W2, Ext. 3, located in the R.M. of Souris Valley No. 007 (155.94 acres) â&#x20AC;˘ SW 32-01-14 W2 Ext. 16, located in the R.M. of Souris Valley No. 007 (162.58 acres)

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â&#x20AC;˘ Valid Class 5 Operatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license;

An oďŹ&#x20AC;er must be: - in writing with a certiďŹ ed cheque (payable to the undersigned) for 5% of the oďŹ&#x20AC;ered price as a deposit; and - placed in a sealed envelope marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;Land Tenderâ&#x20AC;? which reaches the undersigned by 10:00 a.m. CST Friday, March 15, 2019

â&#x20AC;˘ Minimum 2 years of operating experience will be given preference, with thorough knowledge of field operations, piping configurations, equipment limitations, computer skills and operating procedures; â&#x20AC;˘ Ability to handle new tasks or assignments; â&#x20AC;˘ First Aid, H2S and other regulatory courses are required â&#x20AC;˘ Strong communication, organizational and team skills complemented with a strong work ethic. Please email resumes to wes.morrow@cnrl.com. If you would like further information regarding the posting, please contact Wes Morrow at 306-636-7104. We thank all applicants for submitting their resume; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Balance of oďŹ&#x20AC;ered price is payable by cash or ďŹ nancing arrangements (satisfactory to the undersigned) when notice of intention to accept the oďŹ&#x20AC;er is given. Cheques of unsuccessful oďŹ&#x20AC;erors will be returned. The highest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. OďŹ&#x20AC;erors must rely on their own research of the property to determine acreage, condition and assessment. Donald G. Horner Horner Law OďŹ&#x192;ce 21 - 5th Street N.E. Weyburn, SK S4H 0Y9

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Local youths deliver their 4-H speeches Local 4-H members demonstrated their public speaking skills during the District 4-H speak-off March 3 at the Days Inn’s Taylorton Room. The youths covered a variety of topics in their speeches. In the cloverbud division, the winner was Gage Goetz from the Outram Madigan Club, as he spoke on his heart surgery. Second place was Ellie Hayes from the Benson Beef Club; she talked about girl power. In first place in the junior division was Slade Erdman from the Outram Madigan Club. His topic was something his mom got him into. Second place was Hudson Branvold from the Cymri Club, thanks to his speech on the great technology debate.  The intermediate winners were both from the Browning Multiple Club. The first place winner was Keara Christensen, who spoke about the effects of alcohol. Second place was Hannah Hjorteland, speaking about responsibilities.  The senior winner was Carlee Ross from the Outram Madigan Club. Her topic was the consistency of human nature. Second place from the Browning Multiple Club was Alexis Christensen, who spoke about teaching. Cloverbud judges were Lynn Chipley and Nick Nielsen, intermediate judges were Allison Holzer and Justin Charron, and junior and senior judges were Mona Dukart and Shelly Veroba. The first place finishers advanced to regionals in Moosomin on March 16.

Participating in a group photo after the 4-H speak-off were, back row, from left, judge Allison Holzer, 4-H members Alexis Christensen and Keara Christensen, and judges Nick Nielsen and Justin Charron. Middle row, from left, judge Shelly Veroba, 4-H members Hannah Hjorteland and Mona Dukart, and judge Lynn Chipley. Front row, Hudson Branvold, Slade Erdman, Gage Goetz and Carlee Ross. Photo submitted

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UTILITIES EBILL AND PREAUTHORIZATION CONTEST The City of Estevan is encouraging residents to sign up for electronic billing and preauthorization by giving you a chance to win a $250.00 credit towards your city utility bill. Residents can sign up for electronic billing by filling out an online form at www.estevan.ca or by visiting City Hall and filling out an application form. There are four chances to win a $250.00 credit. Draw dates will be made on March 31st, June 30th, September 30 and December 31st, 2019. All residents that are currently signed up for electronic billing will be automatically entered to win.

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE Our Estevan initiative will begin with Open House meetings in the Multi Purpose Room of the Estevan Leisure Centre on Wednesday, March 20th at 12pm – 4pm, and Saturday, March 23rd at 4pm – 8pm. The purpose of the Open House is to share the results that residents of Estevan the survey portion, of the Official Community Plan. The new OCP will then be a guide when rewriting the new City Zoning Bylaw which will be done concurrently with the new OCP.

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March 13, 2019 A17

Second guilty plea for Frobisher break-in By Brian Zinchuk brian.zinchuk@sasktel.net

Ashley R. Hagon pleaded guilty in Estevan Provincial Court on Monday to a charge of break and enter as part of a

joint submission. She was the second of two people charged in an incident in Frobisher on May 11, 2018. Her co-accused, Lindsay Mueller of Estevan, pleaded guilty last July to break and enter of a dwell-

ing and possession of a small amount of a narcotic. At the time, Judge Lane Wiegers sentenced Mueller to a 12-month suspended sentence during which time she will be on probation, with standard conditions.

Four men drove from Vermont to face cannabis importation charge By Brian Zinchuk brian.zinchuk@sasktel.net

Four men who appeared to be in their 20s stood before Judge Michelle Brass in Estevan Provincial Court on Monday to face the music with regards to a charge of importation of cannabis. And they drove 31 hours to be there. The case is one of the first local cases dealing with the new Cannabis Act that came into play Oct. 17, 2018. The four men, all U.S. citizens, were Andrew Sherras, Richard Sherras, Benjamin Roberts and Michael Mientka. Citing difficulty in finding legal counsel to deal with this, they represented themselves. Federal Crown prosecutor Eric Neufeld said on Feb. 9, the four were charged with

unlawfully importing cannabis, under the new act. The four had been heading to Canada to go snowboarding. They were found with 28 grams – one ounce – of marijuana. Neufeld said that if they had been charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, which had covered cases like this until last fall, he would have sought jail time. But as it stands, he said the sentence could range from a discharge to a fine, and he would leave it up to Brass in that regard, as he would not offer a recommendation. “This is new territory. The Cannabis Act is new,” Neufeld said. Neufeld said that Andrew Sherras had stepped forward to take the charge. “He did

admit to police at the time the drugs were his,” Neufeld told the judge. As such, he would be withdrawing the charges against the other three. “ They ’ve invested significant time and money to come here. Vermont’s a long ways away. Most U.S. citizens charged at the border, we never see them again,” Neufeld said. The judge questioned Andrew Sherras on that front, and he replied, “I drove 31 hours.” “I’ve done that,” she said. “I think he’s paid a significant penalty,” Neufeld said. Brass granted him a onemonth conditional discharge. She asked when they would be heading back, and the reply was that afternoon.

Mueller also had to pay a $300 victim impact surcharge. The incident in question occurred at the former Frobisher school, which is now being used as a home. A witness saw a break and enter in progress, with two females loading material from the old school into a pickup truck. The witness called it into police and blocked the pickup’s ability to leave when Hagon and Mueller tried to do so. Crown prosecutor Ali Shah noted that all stolen items were recovered, and that Hagon had no prior criminal record. He proposed a 12-month conditional discharge with standard

conditions, a lighter sentence than Mueller had received, and to take counselling as ordered. He also asked for a no-contact clause with Mueller. Shaw suggested Hagon be ordered to make a $200 donation to a charity of her choice. There was no discussion of a victim impact surcharge, as Mueller had been ordered to pay, as a Supreme Court of Canada ruling in the fall had disposed of such surcharges. Defence attorney Kim Stinson said that Hagon is a 34-year-old stay-at-home mom with five kids, and three are under the age of five. He called

the incident “a misadventure of sorts.” Stinson said Hagon thought they were her friend’s items being taken. “She should have been a little less trusting.” Judge Michelle Brass asked if there was anything Hagon wanted to say. She didn’t have anything. Brass then asked the ages of the children. With that, Brass accepted the joint submission between the Crown and defence, except that she would not require any form of donation. Hagon was given a 12-month conditional discharge.

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Pick pleads guilty to charges An Estevan man pleaded guilty to numerous charges March 5 in Weyburn Provincial Court. Darby Allen Pick pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, possession of morphine, possession of hydrocodone, a weapons possession charge and incorrect storage of a firearm, as well as four charges of breaching an undertaking. Other charges were also stayed, including trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of psilocybin, possession of methamphetamines and possession of currency obtained by crime, as well as weapons and firearms possession charges and four counts of breaching an undertaking. Pick made an appearance in Estevan Provincial Court on March 4, after he had been arrested for breaching a release condition. At the time, he said he knew he was going to go to jail for the charges that he was facing, but he wanted time to finish up a project that he was working on. After his court appearance in Estevan, the case was set aside to the following day in Weyburn, where he pled guilty. Sentencing was set aside to March 14 in Estevan Provincial Court at 9:30 a.m. Pick has been released on an undertaking.

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