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Regina Rally Against the Carbon Tax By Brian Zinchuk

At 6 a.m., they started to gather in the KRJ yards east of Estevan, one filling with heavy trucks, the second with a line of light vehicles. This was one of the principle gathering points for the convoy leading to the Regina Rally Against the Carbon Tax on April 4. The folks in Estevan couldn’t claim the earliest start time, however, as a group from Carnduff hit the road at 5:30, pulling into the KRJ yard to join the Estevan group an hour later. The day before, pressure washers could be seen and heard around Estevan as participants in the convoy washed their units to make them look sparkling. An overnight rain spoiled some of their efforts, but the clouds broke just as the convoy left Estevan at 7 a.m. The leading edge of the convoy reached the southwest corner of Weyburn at 8 a.m., and here is where things really picked up. Two groups were lined up in Weyburn, one on 22nd Avenue, and a second that left Arcola at 7 a.m. By the time the last truck in that Arcola group got going on Highway 39, it was 8:40. In other words, the convoy was already 40 minutes long, heading into Regina. There, it was joined on

Approximately 116 semis and lighter vehicles can be seen in this photo, forming two loops in the KRJ yards, just before rolling out of Estevan. By this point, the contingent from Carnduff, which left at 5:50 a.m., had joined. the eastern side of the city by many more units. The numbers reported that day were in excess of 700 units, mostly semis, taking part. Once parked on the exhibition grounds, the convoy participants as well as others who weren’t in the convoy

gathered in the Queensbury Centre. The room chosen was one of those that can be expanded by opening up partitions to the next room. Those partitions were indeed opened, to the point where attendees were asked to use a second room across the hall, as the primary one

was filled to capacity. The attendance was estimated at 1,500, according to staff

from the premier’s office who conferred with convention centre personnel.

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Estevan man charged for child porn offences The Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit has charged a man from Estevan with alleged child pornography offences, after receiving two complaints in December involving a user sharing child pornography through a popular social media application. Brian Christopher Leibel, 30, has been charged with possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography and making available child pornography, all under the Criminal Code of Canada. Members of the ICE Unit and the Estevan Police Service (EPS) executed a search warrant at a residence in Estevan on Feb. 14, and according to a press release from the ICE unit, found the child pornography. A cellular phone and other computer devices were seized, which

will be subject to further forensic analysis. Leibel was arrested at the residence that same day, charged and later released on numerous conditions for a future court appearance. Staff Sgt. Scott Lambie, the provincial co-ordinator for the ICE unit, said it’s too early to tell how much child pornography was seized. “At this point, we’re still analyzing the devices that were seized. It’s just going to take time. We have to go into all of the data that’s contained in what we seized, and gather all of the images and videos that we can find.” Lambie noted that the EPS was involved with the search of the residence. He believes it was helpful to get the Estevan police involved. “We had to consult with them on a few things, but

the actual investigation was done by the ICE unit,” said Lambie. He did not divulge which social site Leibel is accused of using, but it wasn’t Facebook or Twitter. It ’s not believed that Leibel and the children in the pornography are known to each other. Leibel appeared in Estevan Provincial Court April 1. He was released on numerous conditions and is scheduled to reappear on May 6 at 9:30 a.m. The Saskatchewan ICE Unit is comprised of investigators from the RCMP, Regina Police Service, Saskatoon Police Service, and Prince Albert Police Service. Their mandate is to investigate crimes involving the abuse and/or exploitation of children on the Internet.

Those 1,500 stood throughout the rally, which had a relatively short program. Dan Cugnet, chairman of Valleyview Petroleum of Weyburn acted as master of ceremonies. The speakers included Souris-Moose Mountain MP Dr. Robert Kitchen, Regina-Wascana Conservative candidate Michael Kram, Estevan farmer and auctioneer Jason LeBlanc, and Premier Scott Moe. The focus of the event was to fight the federal carbon tax, build pipelines, kill Bill C-69, the Impacts Assessment Act, and Bill C-48, the tanker ban off the northern British Columbia coast. The applause for LeBlanc was arguabl y e ven greater than that for Moe. Four days earlier, his name was brought up in question period by NDP Leader Ryan Meili, who linked LeBlanc to the yellow vest movement, saying, “Far-outthere conspiracy theories, climate change denial, antiimmigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic sentiment — this is what the yellow vest movement has become, Mr. Speaker. And I do not understand, but I’d like the Premier A2 » PREMIER

Jason LeBlanc spoke at the Rally Against the Carbon Tax last week. Photo by Brian Zinchuk

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Jason LeBlanc is grateful and overwhelmed for the support he has received, after he was called out in the Saskatchewan Legislature by Ryan Meili, the leader of the provincial New Demo-

cratic Party, last week. Meili was addressing Premier Scott Moe about the Regina Rally Against the Car bon Tax dur ing question period April 1, and wanted to know why Moe would appear at the rally. Then Meili pointed out that LeBlanc was one

of the organizers. Meili addressed comments that LeBlanc made during a speech at the United we Roll Convoy to Ottawa, particularly around climate change. But he also touched on comments LeBlanc made about a desire by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to have a one-world government. Many viewed it as an attempt by Meili to link LeBlanc and the Regina Rally to the yellow vest movement, even though yellow vests were banned from the rally. Meili denies that was the case. LeBlanc said he has been emotional about the support he received since April 1. He has received a lot of phone calls and messages from friends and strangers alike. “It got to the point where I shut my phone off, because there was so m u c h o u t c r y, s o m a n y people upset, and I didn’t respond to it,” L eBlanc A2 » MEILI


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The lead element of the convoy rolled up Highway 39 between Estevan and Weyburn. Photo by Brian Zinchuk to market, by road, by rail, by pipeline. And three, we need a tax and regulatory structure that allows us to compete with our competi-

RCMP seeking assistance with theft The Estevan RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance with an incident that recently occurred in the rural municipality of Benson. A break and enter occurred at a rural property north of Macoun in the RM of Benson sometime between March 30 and April 2. A variety of tools were stolen. A suspicious vehicle was also reported in the RM of Benson on the evening of

April 4. The vehicle is described as a grey or silver Ford F250 or F350. The vehicle was seen driving in and out of farmyards in the RM. The RCMP would like to remind the public to call the police as soon as possible if they believe a vehicle or person is suspicious. Anyone with information is asked to call the Estevan RCMP at 306-637-4400 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477.

tors around the world. We get those three things, and we are successful in this province. “What they are delivering is Bill C-48, the no more tankers bill. What they are delivering is Bill C-69,

« A1 told the Mercury. “Everybody has the right in this country to voice their opinions, and to make their statements, and I guess I just had a target on my back for some reason.” LeBlanc received a prolonged standing ovation from the crowd before he stood up to give his speech. And he received another ovation once he was finished. In both cases, the applause exceeded the cheers for Moe and other speakers.

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He’s proud of the fact that the convoy and rally happened, and it broke records. He’s quick to point out that he was not the organizer for the event, and that a lot of people put in a lot of time to make it happen. “I happened to get the limelight, although not the way I liked it,” he said. LeBlanc was at the front of the convoy when it left Estevan, so he couldn’t tell just how many vehicles were par-

ticipating, but he knows there was a long line that headed out onto the truck bypass from the east Estevan industrial area. And he believes that Meili’s comments played a role in the number of people who participated in the convoy. “It had to be a hell of a coincidence to have our numbers almost triple from Monday afternoon to Thursday morning,” said LeBlanc. “It was almost as soon as he got done his comments that



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the phone started ringing.” LeBlanc said he was surprised when Meili singled him out in the legislature. “It’s just one of those things that when a person doesn’t agree with their ideology, then they resort to labelling,” LeBlanc said. Meili said he wasn’t trying to group in LeBlanc with the yellow vest movement, but he was concerned about LeBlanc’s comments about climate change. He believes people should be worried about the impacts of climate change. “We felt that with that background around the rally, that was something that the premier needed to make clear what his position was on those issues, and make it clear as well to anyone who might be attending that those were the opinions of those who were organizing it,” said Meili. He decided to single out LeBlanc because he was listed as a spokesperson, and had done interviews on the rally. “I don’t know Mr. LeBlanc. There’s nothing personal against him, and certainly I was not intending to cause him any difficulty,” said Meili. “Just it was related to his public stance and public statements, and his role as a spokesperson and what that might say about who was at the rally.” Meili said he couldn’t recall whether he has singled out a private citizen during question period during his two years as an MLA, or his year as the leader of the official opposition. The NDP leader says that he made every effort in his comments to make the distinction that LeBlanc was not part of the Yellow Vests, but if that didn’t come across as clearly as he wanted, then he’s sorry. And he’s upset that people have tried to make that connection in his statements. “He sounds like a really great guy in a lot of ways,” said Meili. “Involved in his community. A farmer, a dad, an auctioneer. But we strongly disagree on this issue, and I think it’s a position when it comes to climate change that is really irresponsible, when you’re talking about an issue of this importance.” Meili did not attend the rally, nor did any NDP MLAs. Meili said he had concerns with tweets from the official Twitter account for the rally, and the association with people who deny climate change.

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Estevan’s legion presents awards for service By Ana Bykhovskaia

The loyalty and long service of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Estevan branch patrons and volunteers were celebrated during the annual Vimy Ridge Awards Night on Sunday. The traditional banquet was held at the Legion Hall. Estevan MLA Lori Carr, city councillor Travis Frank along with a couple of members of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Kisbey branch were among guests and legion comrades that night celebrating the service and dedication of 16 legion members. A traditional toast to the Queen and a moment of silence in memory of fallen comrades were followed by the award ceremony, led by past-president Lyle Dukart. Rick Densley received the 45-year award of service. “It’s an honour to be a part of the Royal Canadian Legion member,” said Densley. Forty-five years ago, Densley joined the legion through his father, who was a veteran himself and got all his kids into the legion.

Rick Densley was awarded for 45 years of involvement with the Royal Canadian Legion. By now, Densley has seven pins symbolizing his years of involvement. He used to do a lot for the community organization, but with a new job, he doesn’t have the time to be as active anymore. However, Densley noted that he always finds an opportunity to attend events like Vimy Ridge Night and some other annual legion gatherings. Awards for 40 years

of service went to Ken S. Clarke, Marion Harper and Jon A. Nijman. Margaret A. Renwick and David C. Rooks received awards for 35 years with the legion. Carr thanked everyone present for coming. “We are here tonight to remember all of those who took part or may have passed in the battle of Vimy Ridge,” said Carr. Fr a n k t h a n k e d t h e

Cort C. Barker received his first pin from the Estevan Legion’s past-president Troy LeBlanc for 10 years of service. guests on behalf of Mayor Roy Ludwig and Estevan city council for supporting the legion. Captain Craig Bird, who was also one of the award recipients for 20 years of service, summarized the previous day’s activities dedicated to the anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge.

“This is the third year that I’ve done the V imy presentation for the legion and the cadets. Our main purpose is to educate the cadets,” Bird said. “We are trying to do something different every year.” He mentioned the flag dedication ceremony added to the traditional presenta-

tion on the battle of Vimy Ridge and talked about the unique war history museum that was open to the public for just two days. This week’s edition of Southeast Lifestyles will have more on activities and events dedicated to the anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge.

Dedication of the 152nd Battalion flags By Ana Bykhovskaia

The ceremony of dedication for the 152nd Battalion flags took place April 6 as part of the events to mark the 102nd anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge at the Estevan branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Captain Craig Bird, who is the commanding officer for the local No. 2901 Estevan Army Cadets, made a presentation on the history of the military unit and its flags. He explained that through the history of warfare, flags had significant value and were used to identify

Dedication of the 152nd Battalion colours at the Estevan Legion Hall by Captain Craig Bird. individuals and groups, thus helping to understand where the enemies and friends were

at the battlefields. In the world of battles, flags were also known as

The sovereign’s colour, the Union Jack, left, represents the Battalion’s loyalty to, and willingness to fight for, its sovereign. The 152nd Battalion colour bears the badge of the Battalion.

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colours. They had to be displayed so they would be visible above the fight’s dust and smoke and usually served as a rallying point and defiant proof that the army fought on. In the British system starting in the mid-18th century, all regiments have been limited to a regimental colour and sovereign’s colour, and the Canadian Armed Forces emulated the British tradition. By the beginning of the Great War, regiments wouldn’t take their battalion colours into the battle, and rather held them in safety of the battalion headquarters. Authorized at the end of 1915, at the times of the Great War 152nd Battalion was a unit of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) and was recruiting from Estevan and Weyburn. In


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October 1916, the 152nd Battalion headed to Great Britain, where later its personnel joined the 32nd Reserve Battalion, CEF, and the 15th Saskatchewan Reserve to reinforce Canadian Corps in the fields. Thus, the battalion as a whole never got up to the frontline, however, a lot of soldiers participated in frontline service. The Estevan recruiting station for the 152nd Battalion was located on 12th Avenue and Fifth Street in Estevan in the former Empire Hotel (now the Gibby’s Pub building). The top floor of the building served as army barracks from 191418. All recruits were sent to the Weyburn’s exhibition grounds, where they received the initial training and later were transferred to Camp Hughes, Man.

The 152nd (Estevan/ Weyburn) Battalion’s colours, which are now displayed at the back of the Estevan Legion Hall, were originally presented to the Battalion at Camp Hughes in the summer of 1916 (the picture from the presentation of the flags to the Battalion is displayed at the legion as well). The sovereign’s colour, the Union Jack, was a sign of the Battalion’s willingness to fight for the sovereign and represented its loyalty. The battalion’s purple flag bore the badge of the unit itself and represented service and sacrifice to the country, community and regiment. The flags, displayed at the Estevan Legion, came back from Weyburn, where, according to Bird, they were packed away in a case. “We were able to get them back here into Estevan so that they could be displayed. We’ve got some plaques with some information about the battalion and some photos with regards to the battalion that are now on here. And they will be on display hopefully permanently. We are working on that still,” said Bird. The Estevan/Weyburn 152nd Battalion was disbanded on May 21, 1917, and was proceeded by the South Saskatchewan Regiment until 1968, when the regiment was stood down and placed on the Supplementary Order of Battle.



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An unexpected helping hand A little more than a week ago, the organizers of the Regina Rally Against the Carbon Tax were looking forward to having an event that would attract a lot of people and send a message. You’d have a few hundred vehicles that would drive from all points of the province through a convoy. Most of them would be from the southeast. They’d gather for the rally and hear speeches from a few select people. There would be people from Regina who would show up without participating in the convoy. Sure, it would be a classic case of preaching to the converted; virtually all of those present would be politically conservative thinkers. Overall, organizers did a good job of keeping the focus on the need to build pipelines, and to find alternatives to the carbon tax to reduce emissions. They avoided the negative connotations now associated with the yellow vest movement and some of the ideas they have brought forward. Organizers of the rally received a gift, and from an unexpected source: New Democratic Party leader Ryan Meili, when he singled out Estevan area farmer Jason LeBlanc for LeBlanc’s role in organizing the event. It all happened on April 1, three days before the rally. The reaction was swift. The number of participants in the rally quickly swelled. Interest in the event spiked.

People wanted to support LeBlanc, who is not only a well-known and respected farmer but also an award-winning auctioneer who has been involved in many aspects of life in the Estevan area and elsewhere in the province. He received a longer ovation at Thursday’s rally than Premier Scott Moe. The people who applauded him weren’t doing so out of sympathy. You can bet many people on their feet before and after LeBlanc’s speech were individuals who knew him. Meili was concerned about some of the statements LeBlanc has made about climate change and globalization in the past. And he took the very rare step for a politician to single out a private citizen for criticism during question period. But his biggest mistake was quickly lumping in LeBlanc with the Yellow Vest protesters, and the ideas shared by some members of that movement. (To read what Meili said, please see Brian Zinchuk’s column on this page and on A5). We have driven past most of the Yellow Vest protests in front of city hall, and LeBlanc has not been seen at any of them. You also have to wonder why Meili singled out LeBlanc, and didn’t target other people who organized the Regina rally. When the Estevan convoy left early Thursday morning, LeBlanc was at the front. The number that drove the Estevan truck

bypass that morning wasn’t as long as the one that made its way through the city last December, but it still stretched for miles. And the number of vehicles grew as the convoy moved from Estevan to Regina. We’re not sure if it was actually one for the record books, but it will be the longest that many in Saskatchewan will ever see. For Meili’s sake, hopefully this will be a learning experience. He’s been the smartest person in virtually every room he has been in his entire life, but he lost this battle. First of all, it’s not a good idea to go after a private citizen during question period, at least not a private citizen who is law-abiding and a success in his chosen careers. Meili has been an MLA for just two years, and the leader of the official opposition for one. Every politician is going to have missteps during their career; it’s incumbent that they learn from these mistakes, for the good of their party moving forward. His actions provided a big boost to the convoy that he criticized. It’s akin to the high-profile religious preacher criticizing a new movie, and then watching as people turn out in droves to see what the hype is about. You have to wonder what Meili thought when he saw the trucks rolling through Regina, and when nearly 2,000 people gathered for the rally itself.

NDP leader smears Estevan farmer fighting carbon tax It’s not very often you see the provincial leader of the opposition smear someone you know during question period, but I saw that on April 1, when New Democratic Party (NDP) Leader Ryan Meili smeared Jason LeBlanc, an Estevan farmer and auctioneer. Back in 2016, Jason hired me to do a photo and video project documenting a year on his family farm. Having grown up on a farm myself, I was amazed at the scale and complexity of his operation, 15,000 acres in size. But more significantly, I got to see a work ethic that is next to impossible to match. If he sleeps, I don’t know when. The video series just rolled over half a million views on YouTube for the primary video, and 800,000 views for another one. In it, you can see for yourself just how hard he and his family work. This is one serious farmer. Since that time we’ve become friends. We agree on most things, but not everything, and I’m not afraid to tell him that, and he’s not afraid to tell me the same. This is what is called a relationship built on mutual respect. So imagine my surprise when I watched NDP Leader Ryan Meili take a run at Jason for 13 minutes during question period on April 1, fittingly, April Fool’s Day. Conveniently he did this where he had parliamentary privilege, and can say whatever he wants without reprisal. I say that because his allusions bordered on slanderous. Jason is not a politician, nor does he intend to be. He will be the first to tell you

From the Top of the Pile BRIAN ZINCHUK that he’s a farmer, first and foremost, but I will expand on that and note he is a damned good one, and a successful auctioneer, to boot. The last three months have been rather remarkable for him. Being an ardent opponent of our current prime minister, he made sure he was right at the front of the line to get into the town hall session Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held in Regina on Jan. 10. Doing so placed him front row, centre, opposite the TV cameras so that he was in almost every shot. And being there, he was fortunate enough to be handpicked by Trudeau to ask a question. Jason let him have it on the carbon tax. Trudeau promptly turned that around to talk about “putting a price on pollution.” This led to Jason being invited to take part in a convoy to Ottawa to protest that very thing, among others, on Feb. 19. This became known as the United We Roll Convoy to Ottawa. It very specifically dropped any association with the yellow vest movement, but did not tell people who wore yellow vests to stay home. Jason never once wore a yellow vest, nor did he carry a sign with some of the yel-

low vests more questionable issues, like the United Nations and immigration. When I wrote a column regarding how the yellow vest moniker had become tainted (which Meili, himself, quoted last week), it was precisely with this in mind. Jason delivered the longest speech on Parliament Hill when that convoy made it to Ottawa, saying, “In my hometown of Estevan, Saskatchewan, we are known as the Energy City. We are proud of that claim and proud of our city, but Prime Minister Trudeau’s policies have had profound impacts on our community. The state of uncertainty has clouded investments, killed jobs, eroded community support for programs, made it difficult for businesses to obtain and retain qualified employees, decreased property values and turned people’s dreams and hopes of an amazing life into a nightmare.” Pretty radical stuff, huh? He spoke in particular about climate change, clean coal, and the carbon tax, and I watched all of it on live feeds on Facebook. Coming back from that convoy, several of the participants, including Jason, soon started planning one of their own to Regina. Their message would be four points, and four points only – fight the carbon tax, build pipelines, kill Bill C-69 and kill Bill C-48. And that’s it. No talk of anything that would take away from that energy and carbon tax message. A5 » ISSUES

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Why Game of Thrones I have to apologize in advance – this column isn’t for everyone, and to confess, yes, I’m one of them … or one of you … One way or another but for the last two years, I’ve been passionately waiting for the last season of the best series in TV history. The premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones is just four days away and unlike at times of Season 1, not too many people question its success. But why did it become so popular? How the show, filled with unprecedented amount of nudity, perversion and violence, with characters being murdered as soon as you fall for them, and with no real main characters (or dozens of them), with hundreds of cast members and numerous storylines (which in the traditional world of TV series was counted as too much for viewers to follow through the years) and probably another good dozen other “buts”, become the most-watched in the world? Think about the most delicious dainty dish you’ve ever tried. Proportions and flavours, aftertaste and odor, serving ... everything in it was just right. That’s what Game of Thrones is – a perfectly balanced “dish” cooked after a master recipe, catching in the beginning and gradually unfolding, developing and transforming over the course of eight years. Remember the first season? There were hardly any fantastic elements. Back then it felt like another medieval show with fairy tails about grumkins and snarks. Dragons existed, but were long gone. There was an actual physical line between real and fantastic worlds – the Wall. At that time, the public wasn’t ready for a full-scale fantasy TV series. Year 2011 was the time of the realistic Breaking Bad and Mad Men, while the fantasy was a movie prerogative with epic Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings sequels dominating the genre. But then slowly through seven seasons Game of Thrones has totally transformed, leaving most of the flamboyant nudity and violence scenes in the past, but filling more and more episodes with fantastic creatures and magical powers, while consistent and constant unpredictability was keeping fans on the stretch through the entire time. Even with the fantastic nature of later seasons, since the very beginning characters were very realistic – they weren’t good or bad, just like real people with their weaknesses and strengths. Those of more traditional Lord of the Ring positive types, like Ned Stark, were murdered quite fast. But as soon as we got used to losing protagonists, the producers had a new twist with characters raising from the dead, and numerous unpredictable happy ends (like in the Battle of Bastards, the fight with the army of dead, Sansa’s escape from Boltons, Stark sisters ability to see through the Little Finger’s manipulations, you name it) becoming almost a norm. The numbers – budgets, people involved, fans and HBO subscriptions, countries buying the rights to mainstream the series and the countless awards – prove undeniable success of the project. Starting with Season 7, the episodes got past the book, and now even greater unpredictability protects the Game of Thrones from any critique possible. But like with anything that huge, it’s always a bit scary when we come to an end – what if they fail? And what is to come – happy ending or the end of the world of Game of Thrones, as we’ve known it for the past seven seasons? I don’t have guts to even try to predict the final outcome, but probably like many of you I couldn’t resist developing some ideas about the series and the end. Here is one of them: the army of the dead will take over everything or almost everything. The longest winter came and now it will freeze the entire map, changing the order of things. The frozen sun will rise in the west, making the prophecy come true and bringing Daenerys’ (and probably Jon’s) baby to life. And that baby will be Azor Ahai, the prince that was promised, who will defeat the King of the Night. At that point just a few characters will still be fighting for life and they will be the ones to build the new world without a “wheel.” A character that may play a new role in upcoming season is Sam – last son of Craster who despite all the odds for some reason made it to Season 8 alive. Maybe, the weapon against the King of the Night is the joint powers of the three-eyed raven Bran (who might be the King of the Night. Totally not my theory, but if you put their pictures together, this assumption looks quite convincing), little Sam, dragons and whatever comes out of the “union” between Daenerys and Jon. Chances are high none of that has anything to do with what the creators of Game of Thrones have for us. But with just a few days left until the premiere, we soon will see what the longest winter has brought.


Issues raised with statement « A4 I wasn’t there on Day 1, but I was there on Day 2, and pretty much every other day, covering this planned convoy and rally in Regina from the get-go. And I was there when Jason LeBlanc, at the very beginning of that first key organization meeting, stood up and said they needed to be clear, in no uncertain terms, “yellow vests prohibited.” And it was at his insistence, with the concurrence of the rest of the organizers, that those very words appeared on the poster, drafted that morning. That was a group decision, but one led by him. And a lot of people who had been die-hard yellow vesters slagged him mercilessly as a result. At the time, I expected that if any of the key organizers of the United We Roll convoy with former ties with the yellow vest movement became involved with this new rally, they would be tarred and feathered by those in favour of the carbon tax. I had expected it from the CBC. I did not expect it from the leader of the opposition. Meili led off question period by quoting a post online questioning climate change, goading the premier into identifying how might have said it. Premier Scott Moe did not take the bait. Then Meili smeared Jason by saying the following, “And one of the main organizers and the spokesperson for this rally — the spokesperson for the group that the premier has accepted to address — is a fellow by the name of Jason LeBlanc. “And Jason attended the rebranded yellow vest convoy event in Ottawa, the event that featured Faith Goldy among other great luminaries, Mr. Speaker. And he gave a speech at that rally, and in his speech he described himself as a ‘man-made climate change doomsday denier.’ And he said that the prime minister is someone who ‘. . . manipulates society through basic human needs and wants to make the globe a one-world government,’ Mr. Speaker. “Far-out-there conspiracy theories,

climate change denial, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic sentiment — this is what the yellow vest movement has become, Mr. Speaker. And I do not understand, but I’d like the premier to explain why he wants to be associated with that group,” Meili asked of Moe. Let me point out some the glaring issues with that statement. First, having followed the United We Roll convoy intently through the lead up and the event, at no point did Faith Goldy come into the consideration. To the best of my knowledge, she just showed up and started talking, making a scene right in the centre of the counter protest. I don’t think Jason had ever even heard of her before that day, and yet Meili tried to draw some sort of association to one of the most politically blackballed people in the nation. Regarding being a doomsday denier, yes, Jason did say that. And I have said similar things, many times, questioning the argument for anthropogenic (man-made) climate change. I have pointed out in this column numerous times that no one, including climate change scientists I have spoken to, have been able to give me an adequate answer on how is it Canada was almost entirely covered with ice for 80,000 of the last 100,000 years, and yet it melted, and it wasn’t my gas guzzling SUV or the two coal-fired power plants six miles from my house that caused it to melt, either. But you see, Meili used the strategy of calling anyone who does not conform to current orthodoxy, the religion of anthropogenic climate change, for all intents and purposes, a heretic. They should be totally discredited in all that they say and do. Burn them at the stake! That is what Meili implied in his line of questioning. If Jason LeBlanc had the audacity to question climate change, then how could Premier Moe dare associate himself with anything related to Jason, including the rally he

has been working to organize? I am just waiting for the day when I am given the same treatment. Heretic! Burn him! And let’s not forget the biggest slur of the all – in the same breadth, Meili seemed to associate “anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic sentiment” with Jason. Those were precisely the things that Jason stood up against when I saw him vehemently argue for “yellow vests prohibited.” And there wasn’t any real argument, because the organizers were all on the same page. But don’t let reality get in the way of a good smear job, Mr. Meili. What Jason has been fighting against is this carbon tax. By one estimate he’s seen, it may cost his family of five $6 per acre, each year. Now this is my argument: his farm, at 15,000 acres, equates to $18,000 in carbon tax impact for each member of his family. Should his 12-year old daughter who goes to school with my son, be responsible for $18,000 in carbon tax, and going up every year? Are those numbers accurate? We don’t know. And one of the motivating factors here is the fear of the unknown. We don’t know for sure what the impact will be. But we do know it will double in two years, and keep going up beyond that. That is the reality Jason LeBlanc will soon have to contend with. That is the reality farmers across this province will contend with. That is why he’s went toe-to-toe with Trudeau in Regina. That’s why his grain truck was parked at the gates of Parliament. That’s why he gave a speech in a snowbank. And that’s why he’s been working so hard to get this Regina Rally Against the Carbon Tax on April 4. Maybe more people should be following his example. Brian Zinchuk is editor of Pipeline News. He can be reached at brian.

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New business incubator in the works Estevan is getting closer to having a business incubator for aspiring entrepreneurs. The incubator, which provides opportunities for new business owners, was among the key points in the City of Estevan’s economic development plan that was released last year. Now the city is moving forward with the project, which it calls the Launch Box. City Councillor Travis Frank has taken the lead on the initiative, and refers to it as “rental space with a purpose.” The incubator will fall under the city’s economic development board, with support from city council. They’re hoping it will be cost-neutral, and if there

Dwight “Fitz” Bramble is a cost, that the city would receive federal grant money for the incubator. Corporate partners are needed for the Launch Box,

and there’s value adding by allowing those partners to come and speak to the entrepreneurs who are there. “It’s a business development centre where new businesses starting up can operate out of, so they can either rent office space, or just individual desk space, but on top of that there are mentorships and there are resources and things like that.” Mentorship is a big part of the Launch Box. They would be bringing in regular speakers and educators to help these new businesses so that they can grow and learn, and there would be on-site staff who would educate, motivate and ensure that new businesses are following their business plans.

“The idea to it is that a new business would come in, would have a space that is very affordable and gracious enough to operate out of to start with, and then as they grow, move out, and become a successful business on their own.” The incubator concept is the brainchild of a few different people from the community. Frank started doing some homework in his role as a councillor. “I’ve taken the last year to develop this kind of idea,” said Frank. “I’ve gone out and met with a lot of the business incubators in the province.” As the community is facing uncertainty with its traditional industries, Frank said a big focus of his is to

McGrath no longer with the Southeast College The Southeast College is looking for a new president and CEO. The college’s board of directors announced the departure of president and CEO Dion McGrath in a news release Wednesday afternoon. McGrath had held the role since October 2012. In an interview with the Mercury, board chair Janice Giroux did not give a specific reason for McGrath’s departure. She noted that his last day was on April 3, the day the press release was issued. “We just wish him well in his future endeavours,” said Giroux. The board has appointed Bonnie Dempsey to be the interim president and CEO, effective immediately. Dempsey has been working as the college’s vice-president of corporate services. The search for a new president and CEO is underway. The job search information will be available as soon as possible, and the college will look at opportunities of where they can post and advertise for the position. “We’ll go through the process of recruitment, so as soon as possible (we hope to have a replacement), but certainly you have to understand that if you’re getting somebody for this type of important position, they might be coming from other provinces or internally or within the province, so we’d have to take a look at those opportunities with those individuals who would be qualified,” said Giroux. Southeast College has campuses in several communities, including Estevan. Its head office is in Weyburn. Dion McGrath. File photo


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Travis Frank see business grow in the community. “This can be a really great way to expand business, to take people who are running just home-based businesses and help them to grow beyond that, and hopefully see some development in our city,” said Frank. There are two different types of incubators. One is a co-working space, which is a great concept, Frank said, because it brings businesses together. But it’s rental space without the mentorship efforts or education. “A lot of it will rely on local businesses, successful business partners in the community who can educate,” said Frank. Negotiations are underway to establish a location for the incubator, and discussions are ongoing with the corporate partners. Economic development co-ordinator Dwight “Fitz” Bramble said the incubator is part of the thrust to help support businesses that are already in existence, and to help to encourage startup businesses, particularly small businesses that might not have the resources such as location, know-how and expertise. “There are business incubators all over the place, and there are different versions and different types with different objectives,” said Bramble.

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He has seen some of these incubators elsewhere, including one in Regina that has worked well. They have held meetings with people in Regina to discuss the concept and people are willing to help with the Launch Box. Bramble is a big fan of the incubator concept, and he believes it will work in Estevan. “We want to create that opportunity for them to start thinking there is an opportunity for me to see if this is something I can be successful at,” said Bramble. Some details still have to be worked out. One of them is the size. Based on discussions with the economic development board and Estevan city council, Frank said they will likely start with a smaller space, and then expand. “ The hope would be to be able to have a space that’s big enough to have 10 businesses at one time,” said Frank. They don’t have any occupants lined up as of yet. Frank said his priority has been to get the economic development board and city council on board, and he expects to have an open house. “A huge portion of this is not looking for small businesses who intend to continue to be very small businesses,” said Frank. “We’re looking for businesses that are planning to grow,” he added later. While incubators have worked well in larger centres, it’s a relatively untested concept for a community the size of Estevan. “Estevan will be one of the smallest-sized cities that would ever have one, but given what our economy is facing, we feel that it’s worth the investment to make it happen. We want to try it out and give this as an opportunity and start meeting with businesses and things like that so that we can eventually expand it.” He is optimistic the incubator can be up and running this summer.

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Rally in Regina The Regina Rally Against the Carbon Tax was held Thursday. Truck convoys from across the province converged on the Queensbury Centre in Regina for the rally, where several speakers addressed the large crowd regarding the needs for pipelines and the problems with the carbon tax. Photos by Brian Zinchuk

A large crowd gathered to listen to the speakers.

Souris-Moose Mountain MP Robert Kitchen was among the speakers at the rally.

A convoy made its way through the streets of Regina.

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Seed royalties and coal transition are of concern to Estevan NDP members By Ana Bykhovskaia

The New Democratic Party’s (NDP) shadow MLA for this riding Yens Pedersen discussed some issues that concern the Estevan NDP Constituency Association during the local association’s annual general meeting on April 6. S eed royalties were among the main topics addressed during the meeting. “The federal government, the Trudeau government, and the seed industry are trying to basically impose, or make it so the seed companies can collect a royalty on every tonne of crop that is sold and make it so the farmers can’t reuse the seed that they grow on their own farms without paying a royalty for that,� said Pedersen. The party got some petitions on the issue signed during the Estevan meeting. Pedersen also noted that he’s been hearing similar concerns all across the agricultural portion of the province with a lot of farmers being upset with the current federal policies. As a critic for agriculture and environment, Pedersen will be taking the information he receives dur-

ing local meetings back to the NDP caucus to make sure that the party knows what sort of feedback they receive throughout the province. Even though the relationships with China and canola bans are a federal prerogative, Pedersen outlined that the provincial party is strongly concerned about not only the canola farmers, but also about the difficulties the agricultural sector is facing in general. “We’ll continue hammering the federal government when it comes to things like making sure that there is rail service, that farmers get adequate rail service in Saskatchewan. That’s one of the reasons why the NDP has been supportive of the pipelines, because that oil is, unfortunately, taking up the capacity on our rails, so it’s harder for grain to get to market,� said Pedersen. The coal transition and future development opportunities for Estevan were also discussed during the meeting. This problem is not as widespread across the province as other issues. “The one thing that may be more unique to Estevan and some other communities is the concern about the

the power plant to burning biomass,â€? said Pedersen. “I don’t know if that’s realistic or not‌ But NDP wants to make sure that Estevan and area community is supported through this transition.â€? After the Estevan meeting, Pedersen was planning to attend the Swift Current’s NDP gathering to collect further perspectives on the current issues of concern in rural parts of the province. At each meeting attended not only does he listen to the local reports, but he also lets those present know what is on the agenda in other areas. It’s hard to predict when and if the seeds planted during such local meetings would bear fruit, but Pedersen makes sure he brings it back to the party. “Basically what I do with this feedback is I report to our caucus and we use that to figure out what ‌ our platform looks like for the next election, what issues we raise in the legislature.â€? The next NDP representative to come to Estevan will be the Saskatchewan party leader Ryan Meili, who plans to visit the Energy City on May 6.

NPD’s shadow MLA for this riding Yens Pedersen, left, is pictured with Estevan NDP Constituency Association president Tom O’Sullivan after the association’s annual general meeting. future of the coal and coal plants. And it makes a lot of sense. It’s a pretty big part of the Estevan economy,� Pedersen said. At the meeting, they talked about the importance of making sure that workers, their families and the

surrounding communities are supported through the transition and making sure that there is an actual financial support plan in place, so Estevan remains a healthy community. “One of the things that Ryan Meili and the NDP

has been talking about is that Estevan is also the sunniest place in Saskatchewan, so there is a lot of potential here for solar energy, there is potential for geothermal. I don’t know the details, but I’ve been told there is potential to actually convert

Bienfait resident arrested in drug bust A Bienfait man has been charged with several offences following a drug bust last week. The Este van Police Service’s (EPS) Drug/Intelligence Unit conducted a cocaine trafficking investigation on the man. On April 4, at approximately 6:40 a.m., members from the unit and the Containment Warrant and Entry Team, along with officers from the Estevan RCMP detachment, executed a search warrant at a residence located in Bienfait. Two males

and one female were taken into custody without incident. A search of the residence resulted in officers seizing a significant amount of cocaine and a small amount of oxycodone pills, along with money, cell phones, stolen property and other items used for the sale and distribution of cocaine. The amount of drugs seized, and their value, were not released. “It forms part of the investigation and the prosecution at trial,� said Police

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Chief Paul Ladouceur. “In this instance, we’re withholding that information for the time being. It may come out at a later time, but we’re not releasing it at present.� One vehicle was also seized as offence-related property. Dustin John Tendler, a 35-year-old Bienfait resident, was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine and possession of oxycodone under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. He has also been charged

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in Estevan as well.� There have been numerous times in which the EPS has conducted a drug investigation that leads them outside of the community, where the distribution is occurring. The Drug and Intelligence Unit was the lead in this investigation, he said. “It will work in the reverse as well. Sometimes the RCMP will be conducting an investigation in their area that leads them to Estevan as well, but they’ll maintain the lead with that investigation,� Ladouceur said. Tendler appeared in front of the justice of the peace April 5. His next court appearance is on June 17 in Estevan Provincial Court.

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Alarm calls and training for fire department Members of the Estevan Fire Rescue Service had a busy start to last week, with several calls on April 1 and training session the following night. Firefighters were called regarding a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm on Holmgren Bay on April 1. When they arrived on the scene, it proved to be a faulty detection device, and there weren’t any traces of CO in the home. The fire department reminded the homeowner of the need to purchase a new device, since the existing one was more than 10 years of age. Later that afternoon, they were called to a commercial fire alarm. It was de-

termined that a commercial contractor was in there, providing duct cleaning services for the system. But there was a miscommunication with the monitoring agency and the contractor, which signalled the alarm. “The dust inside the duct work mimicked smoke, so that it sent an alarm to the fire department, to which we responded, and then found out that the monitoring agency was not supposed to be calling us until 5 o’clock later that afternoon,” said Feser. Later that evening, there was a reported electrical smell in a condominium complex in south-central Estevan. Using

thermal imaging cameras, they did an assessment in the building and found that there was an electrical wiring issue from the hot water heater in one of the suites. “Power was isolated to that particular area, and the condo association was advised to contact an electrician ASAP to rectify the situation so there wouldn’t be any other fire situations occurring in that condominium complex.” A commercial fire alarm in south-central Estevan required the fire department’s attention April 3. Once again, a contractor was working in the building, and that person called the monitoring agency to report their activity, but they gave the incorrect ad-

dress for the building they were working on. During the fire services’ training night April 2, they had a couple of presentations from the Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan. It was an RCMP-driven initiative in which they gathered all of the emergency services from the southeast corner of the province for a session at the fire hall’s training room. “They came in to make a presentation on how to deal with people that suffer from mental illness, as well as how to recognize signs and symptoms within the organizations when it relates to critical incident stress management and post-traumatic stress disorder,” said Feser.

Two individuals who suffer from mental illness were part of the presentation. Later that night, the fire department had regular training for all of the firefighters who participated in the training session, in which they worked on a flagging course for traffic control. “This is a Saskatchewan Safety Council-led course to ensure that firefighters are wearing proper protective equipment, and that they meet Occupational Health and Safety … standards,” said Feser. Standard turnout gear does not meet those standards, so when they’re out providing traffic control at a fire scene or following a col-

lision, firefighters wear vests to be compliant. The fire department also assisted the Royal Canadian Legion’s Estevan branch and the No. 2901 Estevan Army Cadets with crowd control for the parade associated with the activities held in Estevan for the 102nd anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Feser noted that he and Deputy Chief Rick Davies were also in Moose Jaw for the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs Conference last week. The convention attracted chiefs from across the province. This week’s edition of Lifestyles will have more on the convention.

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Pursuant to subsection 187 (1) of The Cities Act, notice is hereby given that the assessment roll for the City of Estevan for the year of 2019, has been prepared and is open to inspection at the City of Estevan, Finance Department, 1102 Fourth Street, Estevan from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the following days: Monday to Friday, April 8 to May 7, 2019.

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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 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. Residents can also sign up for Preauthorization payments online at or by visiting City Hall and filling out an application form. (please note a void cheque or bank withdrawl must be submitted) There are two chances to win a $250.00 credit. Draw dates will be made on June 30th and December 31st, 2019. All residents that are currently signed up for Preauthorization payments will be automatically entered to win.

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Bruins season ends against Mustangs By David Willberg

The Power Dodge Estevan Bruins season came to an end Sunday night in a 3-2 loss to the Melfort Mustangs on Sunday night at Affinity Place. The Bruins led 2-0 at one point in Game 6, but Melfort scored twice in the final seven minutes of the second period, and then Justin Ball scored the winning goal late in the third. Melfort won the bestof-seven Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League semifinal series in six games. The Bruins came out flying to start the game, and were rewarded for their efforts when Aigne McGeady-Bruce scored on a shot from the point 72 seconds into the game for a 1-0 lead. Estevan continued to control the play, although Melfort was awarded a penalty shot midway through the frame. Bruin goaltender Grant Boldt stopped Melfort’s Carson Albrecht. It remained a one-goal game until seven minutes into the second, when defenceman Kade McMillen pinched in from the point and scored to double the Bruins advantage. But Melfort ’s Colin Schmidt and Alex Rondeau scored twice in a three-minute span late in the second to tie the game. It remained a tie game until late in the third, when Ball scored on a break with 3:57 to play. It was just the second goal in the series for Ball, who had 54 in the regular season. And it was one of just three shots on goal Melfort registered in the frame. “I thought we played well and I thought it was a good effort,” said head coach/ GM Chris Lewgood. “We outchanced them significantly, and we just weren’t able to finish.” Boldt made 18 saves for the Bruins on the night. Noah Giesbrecht made 41 for Melfort, including a spectacular stick save off of Michael McChesney on a Bruin power play midway through the third period, when the game was still tied. “I would say he (Giesbrecht) was the difference in the series. He … stole them last night’s game,” Lewgood said. “ We didn’t generate enough offence in Game 5 to consider him the difference, but he was a big part of that one, too.” Melfort won Game 5 4-1 on April 5. Halfway through the first period, Lampman’s Colton Schell, who played some of his minor hockey in Estevan, opened the scoring. That was quickly answered 11 seconds later with a goal from the Bruins Isaiah Thomas. Five minutes later, Melfort’s Tanner Zentner scored a power play goal, which was quickly followed up by another

Members of the Power Dodge Estevan Bruins salute the fans following their season-ending loss to the Melfort Mustangs on Sunday night at Affinity Place. power play goal by Albrecht. Albrecht had the only goal in the third. Game 6 marked the last in junior hockey for seven graduating Bruins: defencemen McGeady-Bruce, Johnny Witzke and Jake Heerspink, and forwards McChesney, Will Koop, Turner Ripplinger and Bryce Platt. Heerspink was the team’s captain this season and was their top defenceman. Lewgood called him “a warrior” who plays hard. “He’s a tremendous mix of defensive capabilities and offensive talent, and is a great leader and a great citizen,” said Lewgood. Witzke, who played his entire junior hockey career with the Bruins, is likely one of the finest young men that Lewgood has been around as a coach. He also wound up being one of the top-scoring defencemen in Bruins history. “I can’t imagine there are many players who meant more to the community and cared more about being an Estevan Bruin than Johnny Witzke.” McGeady-Bruce developed into the most underrated player in the league, Lewgood said. “He’s the best shutdown defenceman I’ve seen in the league in my time here,” said Lewgood. “He’s a special person.” McChesney also spent his entire three-year junior career in Estevan. “I told Mike on Saturday night that he might be the favourite player I’ve ever coached. He’s a tremendous person, fun to be around every day, never speaks out of turn and works hard.” Ripplinger, Koop and Platt were acquired since the end of last season. Ripplinger was acquired before the start of this campaign and was named the Bruins MVP. “He’s a coach’s dream,” said Lewgood. “He’s a guy who would go through a wall

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for his team. He does a little bit of everything: block shots, finish checks, takes hits to make a play or score goals.” Platt joined the team early in the season after being let go by the Regina Pats. Lewgood said Platt has a big personality, and meant a lot to the team as far as leadership and experience. Koop, acquired early in the season from the Steinbach Pistons, was a great addition who brought leadership and experience, while making some big plays. The club’s annual awards banquet will be held Wednesday night at the Beefeater Plaza. Supper will be served at 7 p.m. and the awards will follow.

Turner Ripplinger, who was one of this year’s graduating players, powers past a couple of Melfort Mustang defenders during Game 6.

Broomball trade show While Tory Brown was helping her dad with displaying signs, little Jack Brown was helping his mom by being nice during the Estevan Broomball Association’s tradeshow Saturday at St. Mary’s School. The tradeshow was a fundraiser to help develop the sport in Estevan, and it brought together numerous vendors. A wide variety of products were available. The venue was busy starting 10 a.m., and the rain outside helped to bring more customers in and thus spread the word about broomball. Photo by Anastasiia Bykhovskaia

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Estevan Mermaids compete at synchronized swimming provincials The Estevan Mermaids synchronized swim club competed at the 2019 Sadie Caulder Knight Provincial Stream Championships in Saskatoon on the weekend. Twenty-three local athletes competed at the meet. The 10-and-under limited competitive team consisted of Mahaley Fonstad, Kasia Harding, Alyssa Halkyard, Sarah Pyra, Calla Campbell, Sofiya Vlezko, Chloe Mantei and Kelsey Greening. The 10-and-under com-

petitive team (provincial stream) was Sierra Mantei and Elle Meyers. The 11-12 competitive team (provincial stream) included Rachel Duncan, Sarah Greening, Rowyn Shier and Nevaeh Wakely. Sienna Kuntz was entered in the 13-15 novice division and swam with the 13-15 provincial stream entry. The 13-15 competitive team (provincial stream) was Aivry Culy, Rebecca Duncan, Gracie Dzuba, Emily Green-

The 11-12 competitive team placed sixth. Team members are, front row, from left, Elle Meyers, Rachel Duncan and Sierra Mantei. Back row, from left, Nevaeh Wakely, Sarah Greening and Rowyn Shier. Photo submitted

ing, Andri Groeveld, Sasha Mantei, Bella Michael and Laura Swirski. In the figures competition, in 10-and-under limited competitive team division, Kasia Harding was third, Kelsey Greening seventh, Chloe Mantei eighth and Sarah Pyra 10th. In 13-15 provincial stream, Rebecca Duncan was eighth. As for the solos, Sierra Mantei was third overall in the nine and 10 solo, Rebecca

Duncan was tied for second in 13-15 solo, Laura Swirski was ninth in 13-15 solo and Gracie Dzuba was 10th in 13-15 solo. As for duets, in the 1112 division, Rowyn Shier and Sarah Greening placed fourth overall. In the 13-15 duet, Sasha Mantei and Emily Greening were seventh. In the teams competition, the 10-and-under limited competitive team was third, the 11-12 competitive team finished sixth and the

13-15 competitive team also wound up in sixth. The meet was a qualifier for the Canadian Prairie Championship (CPC). Athletes attending CPC the first weekend in May must attend this provincial meet. The provincial stream championship is named in honour of Knight, who pioneered synchronized swimming in Saskatchewan. She learned to swim as an adult and then began teaching children to swim. That soon evolved into teaching the

fundamentals of synchro in the 1940s. Knight taught hundreds of swimmers over the years but each youngsters who passed through her hands was treated as an individual. She has been inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. The club is looking forward to its annual water show this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the RM of Estevan Aquatic Centre. This is open for the public to attend and see the Mermaids athletes show off their skills in their routines.

Members of the 13-15 competitive team were, from left, Laura Swirski, Bella Michael, Andri Groeveld, Emily Greening, Sasha Mantei, Rebecca Duncan, Gracie Dzuba, Sienna Kuntz and Aivry Culy. Photo submitted

Taekwon-do club thrives in Toronto Members of the Estevan Taekwon-do Club were in Toronto March 30 for a meet hosted by master Vito Palella, who is the president of the Global TaeKwon-Do Federation Canada.

Just over 200 competitors were in attendance, with clubs from Ottawa, Scarborough, Mississauga, Toronto, Nova Scotia, Saskatoon and Estevan represented. Athletes competed in

patterns and sparring competitions. Divisions were established according to belt rank, age, size and gender. There were 10 members of the Estevan Taekwon-Do Club who competed. The club

Members of the Estevan Taekwon-do Club who competed at an event in Toronto were, back row, from left, senior instructor Wayne Brown, Trinda Jocelyn, Tamara Ash, Brandy Janecke, Sarah Gaignard, Tina Longney, Simone Saigeon and senior instructor Don Dechief. Front row, Danielle Stephany, Jameson Magnien, Taya Saigeon and Bryn Gaignard. Photo submitted


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captured 19 medals at the tournament, with nine gold, eight silver and two bronze. Trinda Jocelyn, who is a third-degree black belt, won gold in both patterns and sparring. Also winning double gold were green stripes Sarah Gaignard and Tamara Ash. The other gold medallists were Danielle Stephany (black stripe), who won gold in sparring to go with her silver in patterns;Taya Saigeon, a black stripe who won gold in patterns and sparring; and Bryn Gaignard, a blue belt who won gold in sparring after a fourth place finish in patterns. Simone Saigeon, who was the other black belt entered, won silver in patterns and sparring. The other entrants were Tina Longney (black stripe), who won silver in both events;

Concussion The Invisible Injury After an athlete sustains a concussion, they must follow the ten Recovery Stages. Each stage must be separated by at least 24 hours. If symptoms occur at any stage, the athlete must return to the previous stage. The 10 stages include: t Stage 1 - Symptom-limited activity. Engage in typical daily activities that do not increase or provoke symptoms. (ex: reading, texting, computer, walking) t Stage 2 - Light cognitive activity. Try a brief period of homework, reading a novel, or watching TV. t Stage 3 - Half-day of school or work, with or without modifications. (ex: No gym class, no band, no recess) t Stage 4 - Full day of school or work, with or without modifications. t Stage 5 - Return to physical activity Graded Exercise Test (Buffalo Treadmill Test) t Stage 6 - Light non-contact practice or Sport-specific activity. You are allowed to return to the playing surface for a very light practice involving absolutely no contact. Individual drills including light jogging, skating, passing, and shooting are appropriate. t Stage 7 - Heavy non-contact practice. The intensity can increase and team-based drills that do not involve the

Jameson Magnien, a blue belt who won silver in both events, and Brandy Janecke, a yellow belt who won a bronze in patterns and a silver in sparring. All athletes who travelled to Toronto came home with a medal. Joining the athletes in Toronto were local senior instructors Wayne Brown and Don DeChief, who also assisted with refereeing and judging. Brown said he was very pleased with how the local club fared at the competition. “You never know when you go down east what the competition is going to be like. I thought they performed and presented themselves extremely well, and certainly the medal results showed that,” said Brown. The biggest takeaway risk of contact are appropriate. t Stage 8 - Medical clearance Physical Exertion Test (Blackhawk’s Test) and Baseline Re-test t Stage 9 - Full-contact practice t Stage 10 - Game play The following treatment options can help to support concussion management and improve recovery:

from the event was the importance of the training for the athletes. “The improvement was amazing, and their preparation clearly showed in their techniques … in both patterns and the sparring, and that also showed up in the results page,” said Brown. The medals were the icing on the cake, he said. The level of competition varied at nationals, but the local club members still showed excellent techniques, stances and striking. A few clubs were advanced in their skills. “I still think Estevan, when we go to these tournaments, is above average, as we spend a lot of time on detail and proper techniques. The teaching we do is we don’t rush things,” said Brown. 5. Education and Reassurance People with a history of depression or anxiety tend to have prolonged symptoms. Education and reassurance is an important part of concussion care. Most of the treatment options are available at a Complete Concussion Management Certified clinic.

1. Exercise Therapy - Following symptom limited activity, exercise therapy can help to resolve symptoms and improve blood flow 2. Manual Therapy Headaches, balance and visual issues, dizziness, and blood flow abnormalities are symptoms of both concussion and neck injuries (whiplash), which can be treated with manual therapy. Manual therapy involves treatment of the neck joints and muscles. 3. Diet and Nutritional Intervention - Avoiding pro-inflammatory foods (ex: red meat, refined sugars) and replacing them with nutritious options (ex: fruit and vegetables) may help to offset inflammation and reduce symptoms. 4. Vestibular and Visual Rehabilitation - An individualized balance and visual rehabilitation program may help to reduce symptoms such as dizziness, visual abnormalities, concentration issues, and memory loss.

What is post-concussion syndrome? Can it be treated? Stay tuned for the answers in next week’s article! Leann Boehm is the Clinic Director and Physical Therapist at Southeast Physiotherapy in Estevan, Saskatchewan. The clinic is affiliated with Complete Concussion Management Inc. and provides concussion assessment, treatment, and baseline testing. Southeast Physiotherapy’s team has treated 109 concussions and performed 285 Baseline Tests to date. She would love to hear from you:

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Southeast players contribute to Trojans

The Tisdale Trojans celebrate after winning the Telus Cup Western Regional playdowns. Among the players on the team were Lampman’s Dawson Schaff and Bryson Garton, and Alameda’s Liam Rutten. Photo by Jessica R. Durling of the Tisdale Recorder. The Tisdale Trojans won the Telus Cup Western Regionals tournament, with contributions from three southeast players. The Trojans defeated the Thunder Bay Kings 6-5 in the regional championship game Sunday in Tisdale. Lampman’s Dawson Schaff scored twice, including the game-winning goal less than two minutes into the extra frame. S chaff finished the tournament with four goals and three assists in four games. Also on the team are for ward Liam Rutten of Alameda and goaltender Bryson Garton of Lampman. Both played minor hockey in the southeast before joining Tisdale. Rutten was held pointless in three games in the tournament, but has been a physical presence for the Trojans throughout the season. Garton appeared briefly in Sunday’s game, and didn’t allow a goal on the two shots he faced. He won one game

in the tournament, and allowed one goal on 35 shots. The Trojans opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over the Kings in the round robin, a game in which the local contingent was held off of the score sheet. Their next game was a 3-0 decision over the Notre Dame Hounds, who won the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League championship last month. Schaff picked up a goal in the game. In their third game, the Trojans routed the Brandon Wheat Kings 6-1. Schaff scored a goal and an assist in the first period, and added two more helpers in the third. Garton was in goal for the game, and stopped 32 of 33 shots in that contest. The final between the Trojans and the Kings was a back-and-forth contest. The two teams were tied at 2-2 after the first period, but then Schaff scored 5:47 into the second period to give the Trojans the lead, and ignite a stretch in which Tisdale would score three times in five minutes.

The Kings would score twice in the final two minutes of the second period

The Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs badminton team hosted some premier athletes during the school’s annual home tournament Saturday. Eight teams entered the tournament, and a total of 64 players competed. The Elecs won gold in several different categories: Ruth Pecson in girls singles, Bethany Montebon and Kishi Rioferio in girls doubles, and Tayce Miller and Maya Daoust in mixed doubles. Silver medallists were Justin van Achte in boys singles and Jonah Bachorcik and Jordan Gillingham in boys doubles. Other ECS students competing in the event were Kersey Reich (boys singles), Aizee Palad (girls singles), Clark Cabiluna and Francois Adaya (boys doubles), and Sarah Nobiss and Trinity Rooks (girls doubles).

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ECS students who won gold at their home tournament Saturday were, from left, Ruth Pecson (girls singles), Maya Daoust and Tayce Miller (mixed doubles), and Kishi Rioferio and Bethany Montebon (girls doubles). Photo submitted

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Joseph Michael Heidinger June 13, 1931 - March 27, 2019 With his wife and family by his side, Joseph Heidinger of Estevan, Sask. passed away peacefully at the Regina General Hospital, Regina, Sask. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at the age of 87 years. Joseph Michael Heidinger was born on June 13, 1931 at Lampman, Sask., the eldest son of Katherine (Wock) and Michael Heidinger. Joseph was raised with strong faith, grew up on the farm and attended school. As a young man, he worked as an elevator attendant for a hotel in Toronto, Ontario. He later returned to the Estevan area, and became an autobody journeyman. He was employed for 45 years at Dyer Ford, Estevan. After Dyer Ford, Joseph worked at various dealerships in Estevan. Joseph married Marjorie Tarnes in 1958. They raised 4 children: Lorena, Michael, Karen and James. Over the years, Joseph enjoyed bowling, ball games, camping, card games and bus trips. He mostly loved to golf, and still did so as recent as last summer! He loved country music and spending WLPHRQWKHFRPSXWHU+HZDVD0U)L[LWWKHUHZDVQ¡WPXFKKH FRXOGQ¡WĂ&#x20AC;[-RVHSKWRRNJUHDWSULGHLQKLVYHKLFOHV Heidinger and Tarnes Reunions were a highlight for Joseph, along with spending time with friends, and working or playing pool at the Legion. He loved visits with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In his later years, Joseph was still very independent. Joseph was very loved. God bless our memories of him. Joseph was predeceased by his parents, Michael & Katherine (Wock) Heidinger; parents-in-law, Joseph & Katherine (Mack) Tarnes; an infant son; brother, Richard Heidinger; brothers-inODZ /HR :ROOQHU -RKQ %HVSĂ XJ 'HQQLV 7DUQHV )UDQN -RKQHU and Albert Tarnes; sisters-in-law, Pauline Peters and Bernice %HVSĂ XJQHSKHZ*DU\:ROOQHU He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marjorie; children, Lorena (Robert) Wolensky, Michael (Yvonne) Heidinger, Karen (Rodney) Miiller and James (Shelley) Heidinger; grandchildren, Kimberly (Daniel) East, Kyle (Lori) Wolensky, Lane Miiller, Dallas Miiller, Drew Heidinger and Dillon Heidinger; great-grandchildren, Parker, Cohen and Hadley East. Joseph is also survived by his sister Josie Wollner; brother George (Donna) Heidinger; sister Dianne (Murray) Krantz; sisters and brothers-in law Dorothy Heidinger, Anne Johner, Henry Peters, Joe (Jan) Tarnes, Dorothy (Stanley) Fornwald, Bonna Tarnes, Margaret (Dale) Norris, Judy Tarnes and Richard (BettyAnne) Tarnes, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. The Prayer Service was held on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Hall Funeral Services, Estevan with Marian +XEHURIĂ&#x20AC;FLDWLQJ7KH)XQHUDO0DVVZDVFHOHEUDWHGRQ7XHVGD\ April 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Estevan, by Rev. Sathiadas Antony. Immediately following the mass, a time of fellowship and refreshments was held in the church auditorium. Cremation has taken place, and burial will take place at a later date. ,Q OLHX RI Ă RZHUV GRQDWLRQV FDQ EH PDGH WR WKH +HDUW DQG Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, #26 - 1738 Quebec Avenue, Saskatoon, Sask., S7K 1V9. Dustin Hall with Hall Funeral Services, Estevan assisted -RVHSK¡VIDPLO\

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Woman gets 10-month conditional sentence order for stabbing husband By Brian Zinchuk

A 41-year-old woman, formerly from Estevan but now residing in Moose Jaw, pleaded guilty in Estevan Provincial Court on Monday to a charge of assault causing bodily harm, in which she stabbed her husband in the back with a steak knife. This was a reduced charge from the count of aggravated assault which she had initially been facing. Estevan Mercury editorial policy is to not identify offenders in domestic violence situations that would also identify the victim. The guilty plea came as part of a joint submission between the Crown and defence. In this case, the Crown was represented by Mitch Crumley and the defence by Tim McLeod. The incident occurred at an Estevan residence on June 30, 2018. Crumley explained that the man and woman were arguing. She threw spoons at him, and he then saw her turn to the kitchen sink. As he turned to leave, â&#x20AC;&#x153;he learned he was stabbed in the back by a steak knife,â&#x20AC;? Crumley said. The man went to St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital, where he was treated and released. Subsequent treatment involved packing the wound with gauze so that it

would heal from the inside out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It penetrated six centimetres into the back of the complainant,â&#x20AC;? Crumley told Judge Margaret Gordon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had a long relationship with anger to the complainant,â&#x20AC;? he went on to say. Crumley noted that the womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skin on her knuckles had been scraped from â&#x20AC;&#x153;punching a wall.â&#x20AC;? The joint submission called for a 10-month conditional sentence order (CSO), with the first six months essentially being house arrest. Those first six months would see a 24-hour curfew, with exemptions for employment, child care and parental responsibilities. Crumley acknowledged, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the lower side,â&#x20AC;? with regards to the length of the sentence, but said the woman had sought treatment on her own. In addition to standard conditions, the CSO would include assessment for domestic violence programming, a 10-year weapons prohibition, an order to supply DNA, and not to possess any weapons, including knives, except for eating or preparing a meal. Gordon pointed out â&#x20AC;&#x153;not to put too fine a point on it.â&#x20AC;? She is also not to have contact with the victim except through a third party, and to arrange child custody and support. It was pointed out the two are currently going through a custody battle. McLeod said that in more

than nine months that have passed since the incident, the woman had completed a domestic violence program, and has found the personal counselling she has taken empowering. She also participates in a womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s group. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also looking into parenting classes. While the proceedings noted there were two children involved, and neither was present during the incident, the woman is now living in Moose Jaw with one 11-year-old with special needs. She is that childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sole provider. As for what he called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;lowlightsâ&#x20AC;? of the pre-sentence report, McLeod said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a small thing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly a serious incident.â&#x20AC;? He said the context of the incident was that she felt emotionally and psychologically abused. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She felt trapped,â&#x20AC;? McLeod said. He pointed out that she had told police, â&#x20AC;&#x153;All I can say is I snapped. He was using ugly words and he was running me down for seeing counsellors.â&#x20AC;? McLeod added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;She intentionally and deliberately thrust a knife into her husband,â&#x20AC;? but then said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is not a violent person. She reacted violently.â&#x20AC;? Pointing to their custody and support battle, McLeod said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is doubtful they will ever share the same space again.â&#x20AC;? He said she accepts full responsibility.

There was no victim impact statement submitted. When asked by Gordon if there was anything she wanted to say, the woman, speaking very quietly, appeared to say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just want to say Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry, your honour.â&#x20AC;? With that, Gordon noted she should usually accept a joint submission unless doing so would put the justice system in disrepute. Gordon said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This type of violent conduct, especially in a domestic situation, and it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter which way it is, needs to be denounced.â&#x20AC;? Addressing the woman, Gordon said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re 41 years of age, and this is your first offence. Quite frankly, that speaks volumes that this is out of character for you.â&#x20AC;? She added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to deal with a lot of trauma,certainly in your family.â&#x20AC;? The judge pointed out the relationship between the husband and wife had not been good for years.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here,you did have a weapon. Yes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only a steak knife, but in the hands of an angry person, it can do a lot of harm,â&#x20AC;? she said. Gordon gave the woman full credit for the positive steps she had taken, and that she was open to counselling. She also has a lot of responsibilities with the child she cares for. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am going to follow the joint submission,â&#x20AC;? Gordon said, and sentenced the woman to the conditions listed above.

Police make an arrest stemming from a mischief incident The Estevan Police Service (EPS) has made an arrest in connection with a mischief complaint. An Estevan male was arrested during the April 6 day shift, and charged with mischief to property of a value more than $5,000. He was also charged with driving while suspended. He will appear in Estevan Provincial Court in June. In other recent police news, members received a report of a hit and run at a local restaurant during the April 3 day shift. The matter is still under investigation. Officers responded to a complaint of a female trespassing in a yard in the 1200-block of Third Street. The matter is still being looked into. The EPS is looking into a willful damage to property complaint after a vehicle was noted being operated in a field north of Wellock Road. Police received a report about a possible impaired mo-

torist who was driving around in the city during the April 3 night shift. Police searched for the vehicle in question and located it near a residence. The matter is still under investigation. Police received a report of a possible fraud under $5,000 involving a local business during the April 4 day shift. The matter is still under investigation. Members received a complaint of a male failing to comply with his release conditions. He was not abstaining from communicating with a female or attending her place of employment. He was arrested and released for court in May with further conditions. Officers received a complaint for uttering a forged document. The matter will be forwarded to the Regina Police Service for further investigation as the matter occurred in Regina. Members received a report during the April 4 night shift about a possible impaired driver


who was observed at a business. Police attended and searched the area but the driver had left the scene. The matter is under investigation. Police arrested an Estevan female for breaching her probation during the April 5 day shift. She was released for court in June. As a result of a traffic stop around 12th Avenue and Third Street during the April 5 night shift, a 31-year-old Estevan man has been charged with failing to comply with his undertaking. He was lodged in cells and will appear in front of a justice of the peace later in the day. A 45-year-old Estevan woman was arrested and lodged in cells for being intoxicated in a public place. She is also facing charges for littering under the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waste management bylaw. Members attended to a collision at a local business parking lot during the April 6 day shift.The version of events varies

between the two drivers. The matter is still under investigation. Police attended to a disturbance at a south end residence. Members mediated a resolution to the dispute. Police were dispatched to a residence in the Royal Heights area during the April 6 night shift, as there was a report of an assault. Upon further investigation, it was determined that an assault had not taken place. Both parties were just arguing. Police mediated the situation and no further action was required. The EPS received two separate calls through the Report Impaired Drivers line. Both times, members were able to locate the vehicles and determined that there were no signs of impairment. The drivers were warned of their driving actions. An Estevan male was arrested and charged under the Trespass Act. He will appear in court on June 12 to speak to the charge.












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ECS students thrive at drama regionals

The cast, crew and directors of the Estevan Comprehensive School’s production of 937 gather for a group picture. The show earned numerous honours at the regional drama festival. Photo submitted

It was big in the 1990s, but in 2019 the Rafferty Rumble is coming back to Estevan with even more attractions. The rumble will be a three-day event, from July 26 to 28. The Force Competition, an experience brought to Estevan by Fresh Air Fitness, along with JoFit and Tash, has been added to the Rumble for July 27 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Debby Knight and Peggy Rohatyn, co-founders of Fresh Air Fitness, say Jennifer Olfert of JoFit and Natasha “Tash” Tenant have been planning a lot of the event and carry most of the knowledge that comes with the activities included in the competition. Rohatyn quoted Olfert and Tenant: “The Force Competition will be teams of two, both men’s and ladies’ divisions, four-plus events that will test your endurance, agility, strength and downright grit.” Knight noted the events’ plans haven’t been made official as of yet, but said: “you might do a rope climb and be timed on it, or you might do tire pulls or tire flips.” As for safety, Knight said that Henders Drugs is going to have a medical tent set up somewhere on the grounds of Fresh Air Fitness, and are hoping to have an EMT on site as well. “Early bird registration is on until May 30th, it’s $70 per team, and that comes with Tshirt and some gnarly prizes. Ages are 14-plus, said Rohatyn. “June 1st the cost goes up to $100 per team. There is going to be food and drinks, and prize bags. There will be a beer tent set up.” Rohatyn and Knight founded Fresh Air Fitness back in 2017, and have been enthusiastic about getting people out of the gyms and into the fresh air. They built an outdoor gym. They are hopeful the Rumble will bring more people and their families down to get some of their exercise in. They run off donations,

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the production would not have been the same. ECS finished second for the best overall production award, trailing only Yorkton Sacred Heart. The Yorkton entry will advance to the provincial drama festival. “It was very close and many directors and teachers from the region spoke to me


participated. Ciara Dayman and Carter Porter were recognized for ECS. Finally, Nathan Littlefield was chosen by 937’s directors for the Cheer Award for the group. Without him,


Bob Hinitt Award given to the student in the festival exhibiting the highest excellence in technical theatre. Awards of merit for acting were also chosen by the judges for each school that


Members of the Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) drama club had an impressive showing at the Saskatchewan Drama Association’s Regional Festival in Yorkton this past weekend. Evanne Wilhelm, who is a drama and choral instructor at the school, said they returned from Yorkton with numerous awards for their performance of the historical drama 937 by Don Zolidis. It tells the story of an ocean liner, the SS St. Louis, which transported 937 Jewish refugees out of the hands of Nazism to Havana, Cuba. “At the end of our performance the crowd rose to their feet immediately and gave a raucous standing ovation,” said Wilhelm. “It was an unbelievable feeling. We were the only group to receive a standing ovation this weekend.” Their passion and exemplary participation won ECS the award for the Spirit of the Festival for being the school that best embodied what the drama festival is all about. ECS also received two of the three biggest awards of the festival: best overall visual production and best overall technical production. Tyler Knibbs received the



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