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The time line hasn’t changed for making decisions regarding CO2 capture programs at the Boundary Dam Power Station. But the federal government’s announcement concerning an accelerated deadline date for removal of coal-fueled electrical power plants has accelerated the decision-making for the Shand Power Station, also located near Estevan. It also affects future decisions on the Poplar River Power Station near Coronach which is a coal-fired plant too. Mike Marsh, president and CEO for SaskPower spoke with the Mercury on Nov. 25, following the announcement. “The decision on whether to add Units 4 and 5 to the carbon capture program will probably be made in the latter part of 2017 or early 2018,” he said, referring to the current post-combustion carbon capture capabilities at Unit 3 at Boundary Dam. “Shand though … decisions there would have been made by 2042. Now it’s accelerated to 2030,” he said “And that’s not a small item. We will pursue all avenues to work with government to formulate some type of equivalency

Boundary Dam Power Station’s carbon capture program gets federal nod of approval. More local reaction on A2. File photo agreement,” referring to the fact that federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna suggested that technology implemented at BD3 might be used as a mitigation measure when the issue of carbon capture and storage surfaces again. That avenue of mitigation was confirmed on Nov. 28 with the announcement that an equivalency agreement in principle was now in place between the federal and Saskatchewan governments. This would now include the BD3 technology as a viable and official method to deploy for the reduction of carbon dioxide. There is an optimistic attitude surrounding the BD3

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project since it has advanced well past the experimentation and fledgling stages to become one of effective performance in the capture of carbon dioxide, having already removed more than 800,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere in the first full-year cycle of operation. “We could reduce the cost of the next generation of carbon capture significantly and that’s important to note because it would keep the cost of fossil energy, including natural gas below or even with the cost of alternative power production sources,” Marsh said. On the positive front, the technology used for carbon capture on coal-fired plants will translate very effectively to natural gas fueled plants as well. The option of hooking up to Manitoba’s renewable hydro-electric system to meet Saskatchewan’s growing demands, has also been explored, the SaskPower president said. In fact Saskatchewan has contracted with Manitoba for spot needs in the past and options continue to be explored. If that path were to be followed, Marsh said he expected federal government assistance might come into play since an increase in transmission grids would come with a substantial additional cost. “Regional transmission is expensive,” he said. But no options are being dismissed. When it comes to renewable sources for power production, Marsh said wind and solar continue as serious options

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and players heading toward 2030 and the provincial target of having at least 50 per cent of electrical power production coming from renewable sources. Looking to the private sector to provide these alternative power sources, is certainly on the table and since some manufacturers have expressed interest in setting up shop in Saskatchewan, that enhances the opportunities, he said. Long-term partnerships with wind and solar electrical suppliers is gaining momentum as those industries mature and bring in their innovations that make them very viable. The prospects provided by geothermal energy sources will also be explored as it also matures, said Marsh. “It too has potential on the practical and economic sides.” Going back to the topic of BD3 and the carbon capture system in place, Marsh said, “when we look at BD3 we are seeing operating costs now that are the same as renewable energy costs like solar and wind. Coal and gas as fuel, are cheaper for now, but that doesn’t mean that will always be the case, that’s why we look at all options.” Marsh said the carbon capture plant continues to gain traction around the globe as the word gets out about its capabilities on a commercial scale. He said there is particular interest in Asia where there are several thousand coalfueled electrical power plants in operation with several thousand more being built.

The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have reached an agreement in principle to finalize an equivalency agreement for Canada’s existing coal-fire regulation. The agreement will now include an equivalency clause that recognizes the current and future opportunities for carbon capture and storage (CCS) to trap carbon dioxide and store it. That process has already been deployed at SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Power Station on the refurbished 115 megawatt Unit 3 that includes a carbon dioxide carbon capture island. On Nov. 21, the federal government announced regulatory action that will accelerate the transition from traditional coal power to clean energy by 2030. Traditional coal-fired electricity does not use carbon capture and storage technology. Once finalized, the federal/provincial equivalency agreement on coal-fired power generation regulations will provide Saskatchewan with more flexibility in transitioning to more renewable energy including evaluating future opportunities for carbon capture and storage. “This agreement is good news for Saskatchewan’s environment and provincial economy,” Environment Minister Scott Moe said. “We can proceed with our aggressive plan to move to 50 per cent renewable energy generation capacity by 2030, cutting emissions by 40 per cent over 2005 levels. Saskatchewan can continue to use coal in a responsible manner beyond 2030 as long as equivalent emission reduction outcomes are achieved.” Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, who had toured the Boundary Dam Unit 3 site earlier this year, said, “I’m pleased to work with the province toward an equivalency agreement that makes sense for them and that considers the innovative steps they’re taking toward renewable electricity and lower emissions electricity sources. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with all provinces and territories to find ambitious solutions to climate change as we set ourselves on a sustainable and prosperous path for the future.” Through the agreement, the province would be allowed to meet or improve upon federal emission requirements on the electricity system-wide bases as opposed to regulation of every coal-fired plant. The agreement recognizes that Saskatchewan will meet emissions outcomes of the federal government’s coal-fired electricity regulation and proposes to take provincial emissions into account as of July 1, 2015, in establishing the equivalency agreement. The agreement acknowledges the province has introduced CCS “in advance of, and beyond regulatory requirements” and has a significant public commitment to renewable energy.

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Two trains collide in Estevan A collision between two trains in east Estevan on Tuesday morning is under investigation. According to a statement from Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway, the trains made contact at a low speed near the south Kensington Avenue crossing at approximately 5 a.m. As a result, one ballast car derailed, but remains upright. Another rail car was also lifted off its wheels. “CP’s emergency protocols were immediately enacted and all safety precautions and measures are being taken as our crews respond to the situation,” CP Rail director of media relations Jeremy Berry said in a statement. The cause of the accident was not immediately released. There was no risk to the public due to the collision, and nobody was injured. The portion of Kensington Avenue near the accident was closed for a few hours. It was reopened at about 9:30 a.m. Local emergency crews were at the scene for several hours. CP Rail stated that it appreciates the patience of the community, and the assistance of local law enforcement, as they addressed the situation.

A couple of rail cars were knocked off of their wheels during a two-train collision in Estevan on Tuesday morning. Nobody was injured in the accident. Photo by Norm Park.

Chamber of Commerce speaks up on federal coal phaseout plans By Sam Macdonald smacdonald@estevanmercury.ca

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air whether carbon capture will fit into this phaseout they promise. We’re completely against this.” Wall said the effects of such a phaseout taking place will have a huge impact on Estevan and many communities in the surrounding area. She noted that power generation technologies like solar and wind power are not nearly as cost-effective as coal, adding that the federal government should take a look at the long-term effects of the policies they wish to enact. “I agree that there needs to be an environmental responsibility, but there also needs to be economic responsibility for the citizens of Canada,” said Wall. Wall referenced the difficulties that have arisen in Ontario relating to their

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power generation and the trouble many in Ontario face in affording energy bills as a reason for caution when implementing a phaseout of coal—especially when there are so many communities in Saskatchewan that are dependent on the industries associated with coal. “If you look at Ontario right now, there’s a huge mess with the initiatives they have set forward. They have people who are choosing to either heat their homes or feed their families,” said Wall. “Energy costs have skyrocketed there, and I think the federal government needs to take a look at that, and see what the problems were in implementing that. They should look at how those decisions affected the consumers and businesses, and really carefully move forward.”

The chamber is going to be vocal about the benefits of SaskPower’s carbon capture project at Boundary Dam’s Unit 3, and is organizing a summit on carbon capture for 2017. The summit will be a chance to promote and raise awareness of carbon capture technology and the opportunities it entails. Wall said the phase out would have an even more dramatic effect on the province, considering that it has been announced so soon after a prior announcement of the gradtual implementation of a carbon levy in coming years. “I think there are more effective ways to get more energy efficient. I don’t think a tax is necessarily the most comprehensive way to move forward,” said Wall. “We’re going to be watching this all very closely.”

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Project Minch results in huge drug busts and many charges THIRTEEN PEOPLE CHARGED FOLLOWING MULTI-FACETED OPERATION The Estevan Police Service (EPS) drug unit initiated drug busts they labelled Project Minch earlier this month. The three-week investigation that began in early November targeted two major cocaine trafficking groups from British Columbia as well as street-level cocaine traffickers in Estevan. The two B.C. groups worked independently of each other, said EPS Chief Paul Ladouceur who conducted a media conference along with EPS Inspector Murray Cowan on Nov. 22 that revealed the details of the policing action. The B.C. groups were considered two of the largest cocaine suppliers within Estevan and they were rounded up along with several local independent cocaine traffickers. The investigation involved undercover police officers. Over the course of three weeks, a total of four search warrants were executed with three being issued in Estevan and one in Weyburn. As a result of these actions, police have seized about $100,000 worth of cocaine, a quantity of marijuana, approximately $20,000 in Canadian currency, one vehicle, one prohibited weapon and numerous cellular phones. Twelve men and one woman are now facing a total of 44 charges. The searches and arrests involved several officers from the Estevan Police Service Criminal Investigation Division (CID), Containment Warrant Entry Team (CWET), Estevan Patrol Section, Estevan Forensic Identification Section (FIS) and members of the Weyburn Police Service. The policing activities that followed the investigation and original contacts, began on Nov. 9 when EPS members executed a search warrant on a hotel room in Estevan. Carson Norman Clifford Pelletier, 27, of Surrey, B.C., was arrested and cocaine and crack cocaine were seized along with Canadian currency and some marijuana. Pelletier was charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act; trafficking cocaine, possession of property obtained by crime and possession of marijuana under 30 grams. The next day, Nov. 10, Weyburn Police Service’s Drug Unit and patrol members assisted the

Some of the items seized in the multi-pronged drug bust in Estevan and area included these samples of illegal drugs, a weapon, cash and cell phones. EPS Drug Unit by executing a search warrant at a hotel in that city during the early morning hours. As a result of this action, Dylan Thomas Churly, 26, of Chilliwack, B.C., was arrested and a quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine was seized along with Canadian currency. The seized cocaine was destined to be sold in Estevan. Churly was charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime and fraudulently impersonating Shane Churly with the intent to obstruct the course of justice. On Nov. 12, EPS members continued the policing action by executing two search warrants at Estevan residences in the early morning hours. As a result of these activities, Nicholas Jordan Boscoe, 21, of Burnaby B.C., Devon Jonathon Bailey, 33, of Calgary, Alta., and Brooke Turner, 21, of Terrace, B.C., were arrested with cocaine and crack cocaine being seized along with Canadian currency and a prohibited weapon. Bailey was charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, trafficking cocaine and possession of property obtained by crime. Boscoe was charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, trafficking cocaine, possession of property obtained by crime, possession of a prohibited weapon, failing to comply with a probation order (three times) and failure to comply with a prohibition order to not possess a prohibited weapon.

Tanner was charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, trafficking cocaine, possession of property obtained by crime and possession of a prohibited weapon. The policing action continued on Nov. 19 when EPS members assisted by the Estevan Police Drug Unit arrested five Estevan men for drug trafficking related offences. Cocaine, crack cocaine, Canadian currency, one vehicle and others items used for the sale and distribution of cocaine were seized. Chase Velestuk (Monteyne), 18, was charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime. Jaden Lee Monteyne, 19, was also charged with trafficking

cocaine, possession of the drug for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime as well as failure to comply with a probation order. Two 16-year-old males and one 17-year-old male from Estevan were charged, but cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The charges against them included trafficking in cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime. The final phase of the investigation and policing action occurred on Nov. 21 when two Estevan men were charged after EPS officers seized a quantity of cocaine, money, marijuana and other items used for the sale and distribution of cocaine. Kevin Michael Jardine, 26,

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was charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property gained from crime, possession of marijuana under 30 grams and two counts of failing to comply with an undertaking. Jonathon Flath, 25, was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime. All the individuals were released following court appearances. Boscoe, Pelletier, Churly, Bailey and Turner are to remain out of the city of Estevan until their court dates. The first court appearances are slated for Jan. 9, 2017 in Estevan. Ladouceur said EPS will continue its commitment to disrupting individuals involved in the drug trade within the city. Trafficking cocaine carries a minimum sentence of 18 months in jail. “This was not surprising, we knew there was a high level of drug trafficking going on, so this is a conclusion to a significant investigation and action that involved several units of the police service who all worked as they should. Over the past few years we have increased our capacity to investigate and take action against the drug trade in Estevan,” said Ladouceur. “So drug traffickers, consider yourself forewarned. We have information gleaned from the cell phones, so I expect some traffickers and users are more than a little nervous these days, because we are gathering even more intelligence on you after we’ve dumped a lot of cell phone data,” the police chief said. Ladouceur added that “none of the people charged here should be surprised. We get our direction from the community we serve and this community has said ‘enough with drugs’ and this is a community that is not afraid to communicate with us. I hope the trust level with our police service is high enough that we can identify even more criminals and the public can be assured that if protection of identity … confidentiality is needed, it will be provided. This is just the beginning.” Ladouceur said all the operations went swiftly and correctly, thanks to the fact the policing teams were well trained and prepared.

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What? We worry? Next year should be more than a little interesting for residents of Estevan and area. More than a few hundred jobs are on the line as SaskPower and their advisers and corporate friends will be pressed to ponder the future on a shortened time-line. The hurry-up offense imposed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and delivered by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, quickens the decision-making pace on the clean coal file. If Boundary Dam Power Station is to remain in operation post 2030, then a decision to move forward with a second phase of carbon capturing technology, will need to be made by the end of next year. Of course, those are our words, not SaskPower’s. Their hierarchy maintains a decision could be delayed as far along as 2019 and still include a decision to implement carbon capture fixtures on Units 4 and 5 at Boundary Dam. But we doubt they would want to delay the decision-making that late into the game, leaving their employees and the residents of southeast Saskatchewan in a proverbial stew of doubt and anxiety. On the pro coal file McKenna’s missive did at least acknowledge that clean coal technology existed and was being properly deployed with over 800,000 tonnes of captured and sequestered carbon dioxide proving that point.

Prairie Perspective MURRAY MANDRYK Murray Mandryk is a political columnist with the Leader Post

Rural Sask. will feel budget pain Breathe deep. This is going to hurt a bit. It’s not something you want to hear from your doctor, or your finance minister at a time when he’s just announced the $400 million provincial deficit has just leapt to $1 billion. We are all about to feel the pain. No, rural Saskatchewan, your name didn’t come up specifically. One even suspects that governance structure for things like rural municipalities will be maintained, notwithstanding that the Saskatchewan Party government has made it known local school and health boards are clearly targets for reduction. It’s passing strange given the province only has 28 school boards, compared with 111 in 1992. By comparison, there are 296 rural municipalities, only three less than what we had in 1992. But by no stretch of the imagination does that mean rural Saskatchewan will emerge

Coal is not going away anytime soon in a host of other countries which means technology developed in Estevan can be used on a global scale. The clean coal technology while growing in importance, is being reduced in price. The more that is learned, the more the current project is tweaked, the more efficient it becomes. An experimental unit at nearby Shand Power Station only enhances those prospects. In other words, if BD4 and BD5 get to the construction phase, rest assured, the costs to build and deploy will be significantly lessened. And if the federal government wishes to get involved with a little financial boost, much as they are doing for renewable projects, so much the better. On the no coal file, we fear that in some corners lobbying and political pressure could force SaskPower et al into decisions they may regret. Unlike with coal-fired generating plants that are planned, constructed, maintained and replaced using Saskatchewan ingenuity and labour, the renewable markets, manufacturers, maintenance and replacements would more than likely be carried on by out-of-province private corporate interests who would pay lip service when it came to maintaining a provincial presence, much like most of the major oil companies

have done for decades. The logo over the 3,000 square foot field offices in Estevan, Kindersley, Weyburn or Lloydminster may stake a claim of a business presence in Saskatchewan, but the license plates and plane tickets indicate decisions being made in Calgary, Edmonton and Houston. The same could happen with a new era of wind turbines and solar panels. How many of them would be built and maintained in Saskatchewan while employing Saskatchewan personnel … other than on temporary contracts? There is a lot riding on Premier Brad Wall and those who serve this government in the economy, energy, resources and environmental ministries. The coal or no coal mandate will have to be determined soon so that thousands who depend on it for a livelihood can plan their future. The deadline was pushed forward, unexpectedly by Trudeau and company. Monday’s announcement that the Boundary Dam Unit 3 carbon capture and storage program is being recognized within an equivalency agreement, goes a long way in assuring a local population that coal, clean coal to be more specific, does not have to go away so soon and can, instead, be factored into finding solutions for the cleaning of our environment.

unscathed. Can the government continue to fund RMs or towns and smaller cities at the current level? Might we see a considerable shift in property taxes? Will rural school boards have to seriously look at the teaching complement? Will busing for rural kids continue? Might we be in for another round of rural and smaller city hospital cuts? All of these questions are now in play in the wake of current Finance Minister Kevin Doherty’s 2016-17 mid-year budget update that sees the deficit grow to $805.6 million from the $432.4 million predicted in June. That’s up by $371.4 million. Add a $235.5 million deficit at the Workers’ Compensation Board (largely due to a $281 million rebate to businesses in June) and the total summary deficit becomes $1.0421 billion. That makes for a billion dollar annual deficit, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Grant Devine Progressive Conservative government of the 1980s when billion dollar annual deficits were the norm. Most of rural Saskatchewan remembers the pain that came after the 1992 and 1993 budgets were released when Roy Romanow’s NDP government closed 52 rural hospitals. Certainly, it would be tough for anyone not to remember those days, given that the Sask. Party has spent the past nine years reminding voters about the rural school and hospital closings. The difference this time is that Premier Brad Wall and his Sask. Party will not have the luxury of blaming past administrations for

current problems. This is Wall’s and Doherty’s mess to fix over the next four years. Make no mistake, we are in a mess. Doherty announced last week he had to borrow $500 million just to meet operational costs (line department expenses for schools, hospitals, roads, salaries, etc.) in this year’s budget. That means $500 million directly added to the debt, right to the general revenue fund “credit card” debt that now soars to $4.6 billion from $4.1 billion. Of course, it’s not all bad news. Credit Doherty for already keeping departmental spending in line. And (except for potash prices), resource revenues like oil, do seem to be showing signs of recovery. Sure, tax revenue was down $400 million from the budget, largely due to decreases in sales and income tax revenue. With a growing population paying taxes, tax revenue could easily recover in coming years. The bad news is the problem is in the here and now. “To start moving the province back to balance, significant restraint measures are needed,” Doherty said. That includes a hiring freeze, tougher wage negotiations, and, yes, tax increases the Sask. Party said it wouldn’t impose. Even taxes like the $121 million farm fuel exemption, one the provincial auditor has questioned, or the PST exemption on fertilizer, seed, machinery and repairs, could be on the table. Breathe deep, rural Saskatchewan.


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Norm Park All Things Considered Sometimes I doubt my intelligence, and, assume several others, including the seven readers of this column, fall into that line too. I’m not saying I’m entirely stupid, it’s just that I have an occasional bout of stupidity, and, no matter how hard I try, it won’t go away. The other day I asked the woman who cuts my hair to give me the Donald Trump look. She laughed and refused my request. I knew it was because she had no idea how the Donald’s hair is designed. It defies molecular science. I told her to get on board, because it’ll be the next best thing in men’s (or women’s) hair styling once hazy daze takes control of the oval office. Of course, he’s also going to live in Trump Tower with wife and kid so he’ll be in NY more than he’ll be in Washington. That means the secret service has to lease a whole floor of the Tower at over $1 million per annum to provide the required security. Donald is not stupid. He just figured out another revenue stream for Trump Enterprises, just like he did by having his campaign team book Trump properties for electioneering stops over the last 18 months. Donald is many things such as being ill-informed, boorish and eccentric, but not stupid. People like moi are the ones who turn the phone camera the wrong way, but hey, I only did that once. I still don’t know where they stick the film in those little geezer gadgets. I’m so stupid I actually mailed a letter to someone last month. And, I really felt good doing that. Which means I’m not the brightest bulb in the track lighting circuit. I’m so stupid, I was almost caught believing one of those many millions of fake news stories I had captured online two weeks ago. But I wasn’t so stupid as to relay the false information because I know that there is more fake news out there now than real news because real reporters are a dying breed. As Jack Nicholson once uttered in a movie “you can’t handle the truth.” That’s the Internet, for ya. They don’t know how to handle the truth. The fake stuff is so much easier and a lot more fun and there are no consequences other than a few million victims of the incorrectly delivered fake stories that aren’t real news stories. For example, the Pope did not endorse D. Trump or H. Clinton and he has not endorsed my application for the Senate. Sunny Ways the Sequel is the only one who can put me there and I don’t think he has the inclination or incentive to do that. He won’t want any occasionally stupid people in the red chamber, would he? I’m so dim, I thought I had to be trained how to use Velcro fasteners. And I’m not the only dim one in our tiny family. The bride has a propensity for using screwdrivers as knives and table knives as screwdrivers. I don’t know why, but the hardware stores love us. We both leave gardening tools out in the rain. I’m so dumb, I need help when it comes to cooking coffee. Some people like to call it brewing. I tell them that’s what you do with beer. I’m not that stupid! What I might do is cook it and I don’t care how to do it right because I never drink the stuff and I don’t care to learn how because why make stuff just because someone else might enjoy it? Stupid and selfish? A bad combo me thinks.

It is a paradox that far from being a major contributor to global climate change, Saskatchewan actually produces less green house gas (GHG) now than at any time in its history. Our province’s GHG emissions were 75 million tonnes in 2013 according to Environment Canada. GHG emissions are primarily carbon dioxide (CO2) and minor amounts of methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O). The proposed federal carbon tax initiative will hit us especially hard as Alberta and Saskatchewan are considered the largest per capita GHG emitters in Canada and near the top emitters in the world. What has been overlooked is the reality that the fixed carbon and associated carbon dioxide sequestered in agri-food (grains, oilseeds, etc.) that Saskatchewan exports every year, have not been factored into the calculated provincial GHG assessment. The atmospheric CO2 used by agri-food is fixed as carbon in the food and provides most of the biomass weight (average 45 per cent). The 28 million tonnes of agrifood Saskatchewan exports annually contains 13 million tonnes of carbon … all taken from the Saskatchewan atmosphere. The carbon atom in agri-food is converted from 48 million tonnes of CO2 that is absorbed from the atmosphere and used by the crops to produce stalk, grain and roots. Saskatchewan exports

of agri-food per year are equivalent to providing all the food energy for about 60 million people. With a population of just over one million, Saskatchewan imports only a small percentage of agri-food (fruits, vegetables) compared with the tonnage that is exported. This impact has been largely ignored by the scientists and policy makers since any plant/food that absorbs CO2 is eventually re-released as CO2 when consumed for a net zero emission. Most of the carbon in harvested crops eventually ends up as sewage or living tissue that decomposes into CO2 with the remainder released as CO2 by respiration. However, as the new carbon tax will be based on provincial contributions to greenhouse gas, the tax should take into account that, by far, the majority of agrifood produced in Saskatchewan is consumed outside the province. The current GHG assessment for Saskatchewan should be reduced from 75 million tonnes to the actual Saskatchewan net GHG emissions of 27 million tonnes CO2 equivalent. The 70 per cent reduction is the equivalent CO2 sequestered into exports, the carbon in exported agri-food shipped in railcars to places outside Saskatchewan where it is ultimately consumed. Instead of penalizing Saskatchewan, the fixed carbon in agri-food and the eventual CO2 released should apply to consumers

On Nov. 21, the Liberal government announced they are accelerating the plan to phase out coalpowered electricity by 2030. This is in addition to a national carbon tax the Liberals plan to impose which was announced last month. “Shutting down coalpowered electricity would have devastating effects on my riding of SourisMoose Mountain,” said

MP Dr. Robert Kitchen. “Hundreds of my constituents are employed by either the coal mines or the SaskPower plants in Estevan and Coronach, and given the downturn in the oil and gas industry, Southeast Saskatchewan cannot afford to lose any more jobs.” The power plant at Boundary Dam 3 utilizes carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology which

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life through decomposition eventually returning to the atmosphere within Saskatchewan. The world did not warm significantly as all the excess land produced carbon dioxide was consumed by the algae in oceans and that eventually ends up as calcium carbonate deposited on the ocean floor where it turns into sedimentary rock. Saskatchewan farmers and everyone helping them (SaskPower, oil and gas companies and all the infrastructure and service businesses) are currently contributing significantly to the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. Congratulations to Saskatchewan for reducing CO2 emissions from 45 million tonnes produced annually for the previous million years, to our current annual emissions of 28 million tonnes per year. Saskatchewan could actually double its coal-fired electricity plant capacity and still produce less CO2 annually than what the province did in prehistoric times. If would be ridiculous for Saskatchewan to have to close its coal-fired power plants by 2030 or pay any carbon tax. Welcome to the greenest province. Miles Haukeness P.Eng. Estevan Note: A detailed discussion paper is available from the author for fact-checking and additional impacts on Saskatchewan’s and Canada’s livestock, forestry and oil production industries — all positive.

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who actually release the stored energy and carbon dioxide during digestion. Currently, when someone outside Saskatchewan eats Saskatchewan supplied food, there is zero accounting for carbon to produce and transport the agri-food to the consumer. The energy in food that Saskatchewan derived from the atmosphere should be reported as emissions by the province or country where it is consumed. The same analogy is currently applied to exported petroleum where the countries that consume petroleum products report the corresponding CO2 emissions. In summary, if we put an imaginary box around Saskatchewan and perform a mass balance, the total amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide leaving this box is not 75 million tonnes annually, but 27 million tonnes with 13 million tonnes of carbon fixed in agri-food (taken from 48 million tonnes of atmospheric CO2) leaving by railcars. The vast agricultural resources of Saskatchewan are the primary asset of this province and through efficient agri-food production, it actually reduces worldwide CO2 emissions. Additionally, if we look back, before humans were here, the CO2 emissions from Saskatchewan’s imaginary box would be about 45 million tonnes annually, primarily from the natural life cycle of carbon and photosynthesis with most of the carbon fixed in the grasslands, forests and wild-

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use across Canada.” “The government talks the talk, but does not walk the walk. They talk about helping those Canadians who are struggling to join the middle class. Now they are planning to shut down an industry that provides good paying jobs. It is tragic that these workers and their families are the ones who will pay the price for this Liberal government’s decision,” Kitchen said.


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Ice plant nearing completion By David Willberg dwillberg@estevanmercury.ca

City of Estevan leisure services manager Nathan Jesse is hopeful the new ice plant inside Affinity Place can be operating late this week or early next week. In an interview with the Mercury on Monday morn-

ing, Jesse said the target dates are being met. General contractor Stevenson’s Refrigeration has replaced and hooked up all the pumps and motors that were damaged. The biggest task during the past month has been the electrical work. “This week we have an exciting week,” said Jesse.

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“We have four different contractors coming down, with representatives from the compressor company, the building control company and Stevenson’s.” The ice plant equipment will be tested this week, and if everything goes according to plan, the plant will be commissioned and operating by the end of the week. Affinity Place’s ice plant was damaged during the flash flood in July that dumped approximately 125 millimetres of rain on the Energy City. Since the ice plant is underground, several feet of water accumulated in the facility. It appeared ice wouldn’t be installed at Affinity Place in time for the start of hockey, figure skating and broomball season, but the city decided to utilize the ice plant at the neighbouring Power Dodge Ice Centre (formerly the Lignite Miners Centre). The ice centre has not been used this season, but now that the ice plant at Affinity Place is nearly operating again, the process of installing ice at the Power

Dodge arena should begin soon, allowing it to be in use for a few months. An overhaul of the PDIC’s ice plant will be needed before installing the ice, since it has been operating at capacity since mid-July. Some maintenance work is slated to happen the week of Dec. 5. Since the Power Dodge ice plant is not as big as its counterpart at Affinity Place, there have been some issues with Affinity’s surface. “With our building controls not running at full capacity, we haven’t been able to run our air conditioning, so our ice surface temperature and our air temperature have been a little warmer than we wanted it to be,” said Jesse. The ice has been covered a couple of times this fall for events at Affinity, and Estevan experienced above average temperatures in the first half of November. Jesse said they won’t be installing new ice at Affinity Place during the Christmas break, since it would take a

couple of weeks to complete the work, and they won’t have enough time. “It would be a pretty big undertaking with 35 logos in the ice, so that’s the biggest thing,” said Jesse. “If we didn’t have the logos, it would be a lot easier.” And they recognize the value of having the corporate logos on the ice surface. Once the Affinity ice plant is up and running, the temperatures inside the arena will be lower, and the ice quality will be better. The depth is fine, he said, since it is about one inch to one-anda-half inches thick, which is the industry standard. “At times it has been a little bit soft, and it wasn’t the best playing conditions, but we’re glad we went with this direction and built the ice at Affinity Place … and showcased our building, because we didn’t want to leave it closed for the last four months,” said Jesse. The city will also be able to use the reverse osmosis system for water they apply to the ice. The system was damaged during the

storm, but it should be repaired in December. City staff have been using regular water, which has left the ice looking darker than normal. Jesse is looking forward to having three arenas operating in Estevan again. User groups have been patient and accommodating over the last four months, as they have been willing to practice and play outside the city, or use less ice time. “They have put in a lot of hard work to get the schedules sorted to what their programs need, and what we can offer,” said Jesse. “It’s been a pretty good compromise. We’re excited to get that third rink up and running again, and get our schedules back on track.” The city doesn’t have a final cost for all the replacement work. Invoices are still coming in, so Jesse expects the expenses won’t be tallied until the new year. The process of filing an insurance claim is underway, and he is hopeful that insurance will cover the cost of the ice plant repairs.

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Vacancy rate continues to climb Not long ago, Estevan was home to one of the hottest rental property markets in the country. The rental vacancy rate often hovered at or around zero, and the cost for rent each month was among the highest in Canada. But that trend has reversed in recent years, thanks to new rental properties that were constructed in 2013 and 2014, an influx of condominium properties for purchase in the city, and the economic slowdown that stemmed from a lower price of oil. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released its annual rental market outlook on Monday morning, and it showed that Estevan’s vacancy rate was at 27.6

per cent in October, up from 20.8 per cent a year earlier. It was the highest vacancy rate in the province among 10 cities ranked by CMHC. Lloydminster (25.4 per cent) and Weyburn (20.2 per cent) were second and third, respectively. “The economic base for all three centres relies on the energy sector,” CMHC stated in its report. “With energy prices remaining supressed, economic activity has been curtailed sharply, leading to a significant reduction in rental demand.” The average vacancy rate for Saskatchewan was 9.4 per cent, compared with 6.8 per cent a year earlier. Estevan’s average rent also dropped, from $1,036 in 2015 to $898 this year. It’s now the fourth-highest

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A big night for downtown businesses Businesses in the 1200-block of Fourth Street will be open late and offering promotions for shoppers during the annual Moonlight Madness celebrations on Dec. 8. Jennifer Pettitt, the chairperson of the Downtown Action Committee, said there will be all kinds of events from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The block will be closed to traffic, allowing for such activities as a visit from Santa Claus, sleigh rides for children, and street hockey. Food trucks will also be present. The Estevan Kinettes Club will be wrapping gifts inside the House of Stationary. “Each different business is going to be providing different promotions and different sales going on,” said Pettitt. Customers can use a shoppers passport to enter a draw for numerous gift cards from downtown businesses. A fully decorated Christmas tree will be lit

early in the evening, and on display throughout the night. It will be raffled off at the end of Moonlight Madness. “There’s going to be something for everyone, and it’s going to be a nice night of shopping as well,” said Pettitt. She encourages people to check with the individual businesses to find out what is happening during the evening. Moonlight Madness was a popular annual event in downtown Estevan for over a decade, but was offered on a smaller scale last year. Pettitt looks forward to

seeing a lot of people turning out on Dec. 8 to shop and support the local business community. “I hope that people will come down and see what’s available downtown, and see that we do have a lot to offer,” said Pettitt. “It’s going to be a nice environment down on Fourth Street, and hopefully there is nice weather, so that people can come down and participate and have some fun, while getting some shopping done.” She also hopes that Moonlight Madness will encourage other businesses to join the Downtown Action Committee.

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A Facility For Living The Bienfait Lions Club fed and entertained a great number of its guests at its annual Dinner Theatre event at Weldon School on the evening of Nov. 26. The night’s perormance, a play entitled A Facility For Living, featured the talent of several local actors and actresses. Photo by Sam Macdonald

Three outdoor rinks will be open during winter months Three outdoor rinks will be operating in Estevan this winter. But first some colder temperatures are needed so that the ice can freeze, and people of all ages can strap on their skates and make use of the facilities. “A lot of people use them,” said Rod March, who is the parks manager for the City of Estevan. “Whether it’s recreational

hockey use or recreational skating, we find that more and more people are using them every year.” The larger rinks will be at the Rusty Duce Play Park in the Pleasantdale subdivision, and at the Westview Park. Rusty Duce’s rink is maintained by the Estevan Lions Club, while the Westview rink is run by a committee of volunteers in the southwest subdivision.

“With the city we help out where we can,” said March. The boards have been set up for both arenas, and now it’s just a matter of installing the ice. The third rink is at the Torgeson Park in northeast Estevan, but it has a smaller slab of ice that is designed for casual skating, as opposed to outdoor hockey. Torgeson’s rink

also doesn’t have boards set up. Last year was the first time Toregeson’s rink was open, and it was well-used during the winter months. “We had some really positive comments about that one last year, so we’ll put it back up,” said March. For the second straight year, there won’t be an outdoor rink at the Kin playpark in the Hillside

Envision team acknowledges significant date in Canadian history The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women will be observed on Dec. 6, which marks the anniversary of the murders of 14 women in 1989 at l’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. Envision Counselling and Support Centre is acknowledging those women who lost their lives in a grievous act of genderbased violence. This day is also a chance to focus on women and girls who are experiencing violence in their everyday lives and come together to end violence in our communities, both in Canada and around the world. “While the Montreal massacre happened 27 years

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that the Kinsmen and Kinettes clubs are putting together some fundraising for that (facility),” said March. “It’ll be a yearround facility.” March said the parks department is ready for the winter months. Their equipment is set for snowclearing efforts, and he hopes the pathways will be kept clear after snow accumulations.

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Impressive coalition will gather Estevan’s opinions on Dec. 9 A series of public consultation meetings arranged by a pan-industry group going with the #TransformSk label are being staged across Saskatchewan with a session planned for Estevan on Dec. 9. #TransformSK is the largest industry-related team formed in Saskatchewan’s history and is mandated to develop the collective vision and action plan necessary to shape the next generation of provincial economic and social prosperity. The initiative will culminate in a final set of recommendations to be tabled with the premier and will focus on four priority areas that includes transforming government, transforming the economy, infrastructure and education. The public meetings are billed to draw upon the residents in the province and their collective ideas and innovative solutions without judgment, to create a complete re-work of Saskatchewan on every level, applying the concept of

transformational change, in a broader context, to the entire province. The meeting will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and public registration is required for

attendance by visiting www. transformsk.ca/have-yoursay to register. The #TransformSk coalition is made up of the Saskatchewan Chamber of

A long-time farmer from southeast Saskatchewan is one of the first three inductees to be announced for the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame’s class of 2017. The late Art Mainil, who was born in the Lampman area and farmed near Benson, was revealed to be among the inductees during Canadian Western Agribition on Nov. 20. Mainil was one of the founding members of the Palliser Wheat Growers Association, and was instru-

mental in leading the fight against the Canadian Wheat Board’s marketing monopoly for grain grown by western Canadian farmers.

Comtrax is in the planning stages of a commodity hub that will provide access, transportation, origination and commodity transactions unlike anything seen in Western Canada for grain, crude, aggregates, chemical, fertilizer and numerous other opportunities. We are pleased to announce a series of town hall meetings to be held throughout South East Saskatchewan to present this concept in detail to producers. Kevin Hursh, P.Ag., will be joining and presenting with us for the first four meetings to be held December 8th and 9th. We are pleased to bring this initiative forward and invite all interested producers to attend. December 8, 2016 Thursday Ogema - 2:00 pm Regina - 9:00 am Executive Hotel and Resorts (South Albert) Curling Club Lounge Emerald B room December 9, 2016 Friday Carlyle 2:00 pm Weyburn 9:00 am Skyline Motor Inn Dining Room McKenna Hall, Lower Auditorium

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Saskatchewan. The public is invited to attend any of the 15 meetings which began on Nov. 22 in Prince Albert and will include the Dec. 9 session in

Estevan at the Microtel Inn & Suites at 120 King Street. The sessions will conclude on Dec. 15 with the final meeting slated for Regina.

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He was also the founding president and a driving force for the Weyburn Inland Terminal, which was the first farmer-owned grain terminal

in Canada. “As such, he promoted protein grading for wheat, grain cleaning on the Prairies and the loading of 100car unit trains,” stated a press release from the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame. “He was also a champion and user of producer cars.” He died in November 2011. Also announced as inductees were Tim Oleksyn, a rancher and farmer from the Prince Albert area who has been a supporter of the cattle

sector and beef research, and the late George Cooper of West Bend, who was a lifelong farmer who was involved in many aspects of agriculture, and even spent two years teaching farming practices in Sudan. Three additional inductees will be announced at the CropSphere convention in January. The induction ceremony will occur on Apr. 22, 2017. The Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame is housed at Saskatoon’s Western Development Museum.


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Bruins come up short By Jamie Harkins sports@estevanmercury.ca

The Estevan Power Dodge Bruins 4-2 loss to the Weyburn Red Wings at Affinity Place on Saturday was a classic example of one team wanting the two points more than their opposition. “Coming off last night’s victory, (we were) coming in a little bit confident and coming in a little bit cocky,” said Bruins centre Kaelan Holt, referring to the club’s 5-4 shootout win over the Wings at Crescent Point Place on Friday. We thought “we were just going to come in and roll over these guys and we forgot to put the work in.” The Bruins caught the Red Wings (1411-0-3) standing still early in the game and forced the club into two straight two-man disadvantages that the homeside was able to capitalize on. Holt notched the first Bruins goal at the 4:47 mark by wiring a Lynnden Pastachak pass low stick side on Wings goaltender Shaun Fleming. Josh Rieger added to the score a little over a minute-and-a-half later tapping in a Pastachak rebound that lay open in the crease. “We got ourselves behind the eight ball early taking two five-on-threes back to back and then having Estevan score both times, but the guys bounced back,” said Wings assistant coach Brock Appleyard. We “shut it down five on five after that and really responded well.” The Wings took the body once they got back to even strength and continually applied pressure at the Bruins end of the rink with Donavon Lumb, Noah Wozney, Carson Rose and Ian Parker all gaining glorious opportunities to put their team on the board only to have Bruins netminder Curtis Meger deny them. Wings defenceman Erik Olson finally lit the lamp 30 seconds into the middle frame on a shot from the point that seemed to handcuff Meger. Jacob Wozney, with his seventh goal in the past six games, tied the affair at two 5:05 into the second period on a drive to the front of the net before depositing the puck into the low corner. With the momentum on their side, the Wings’ Cole Woodliffe notched the goahead marker 14:26 into the third period by one-timing a Braden Mellon pass top corner glove side from the slot. Mike Eskra potted

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Storm roars back for win By Jamie Harkins sports@estevanmercury.ca

The Estevan Tarpon Energy peewee Storm battled back to beat the Swift Current Rustlers 5-4 in a shootout at Affinity Place on Sunday to capture the Estevan Peewee Tournament championship. “That just gives us confidence,” said Storm captain Hayden Lavoie. “We can beat any team.” The Rustlers rode out to a

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1-0 lead nine minutes into the final on a Caleb Stechyshyn marker. Swift Current’s Ashton Collier made it a two-goal game a little over six minutes later by wiring a shot into the top corner that just squeaked between Storm netminder Josh Bittman’s shoulder and the crossbar. Rustlers forward Kaden Reiger notched his team’s third goal 59 seconds into the middle frame before Paisley Arntsen got the club’s fourth tally 31 seconds later.

A couple of disputed penalties and non-calls resulting in the Swift Current coaching staff and fans voicing their displeasure to the referees then forced the officials to throw out a section of Rustlers supporters. The ruckus seemed to spark the Storm who caught the momentum after the event with Tanyan Strudwick notching his team’s first goal by firing a shot from behind the net off Rustlers goalie Tyler Olfert’s pad and in. Lavoie then made it a two-goal

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Young Olympian honoured at Legislature By Jamie Harkins sports@estevanmercury.ca

Carlyle’s Carter Morrison capped off a year to remember with a special trip to the Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina on Nov. 15. Carter, 12, was among a group of this province’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers who were honoured at the Legislature for their efforts at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. As one of five Canadian representatives of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Carter helped lead the procession of Canadian athletes into Rio’s Maracana Stadium during the Games opening ceremonies on Aug. 5. Walking into the stadium with Canadian flag-bearer Rosie MacLennan, Carter hoisted a tree sapling that

represented the environmentally-conscious theme of the Olympics. For this role, the Grade 7 student at Gordon F. Kells High School was awarded an opportunity to meet his fellow Olympians, contribute his signature to a commemorative booklet documenting the Olympians’ achievements and be introduced to the Legislative Assembly during question period by Cannington MLA Dan D’Autremont. Carter said it was a “pretty amazing” experience at the Legislature because he got to talk to members of the Canadian Paralympic Team including sailing athlete Logan Campbell as well as get to hold Campbell’s bronze medal. He noted the medal is heavy, but it isn’t very shiny. The Olympic experience was awarded to Carter for the determination and courageous attitude he has

Carter Morrison, far right, is honoured with his fellow Olympians at the Saskatchewan Legislature on Nov. 15. Submitted photo. shown while staying at Ronald McDonald House. Carter was born with achondroplasia, which stunts the growth of long bones, and has already had to endure nearly 20 surgeries due to the condition. After Carter came

home from helping lead the Canadian athletes into the 2016 Summer Olympics another honour awaited him. The parade leader was given a spot in his hometown parade where he rode around Carlyle to the cheers of onlookers.

“The Olympics, when I was first going to walk out I was really nervous, but when I walked out I wasn’t that nervous,” said Carter. “Then the parade in Carlyle I didn’t know it was going to happen until the day before and it was

pretty sweet because I got to ride in a fire truck and they rode around main street and everybody was chanting my name. It was pretty cool. And the legislative building was pretty fun because I got to see the athletes and hold a bronze medal.”

Minor Football going grey, black and green By Jamie Harkins sports@estevanmercury.ca

Penta Completions Estevan Minor Football (EMF) players will begin to sport consistent colours among its three divisions next season. Kevin Mortenson, vice-president of EMF, said the newly renamed Power Dodge atom Cudas, which is short for Barracudas, will likely be the first team to model the grey jerseys that will feature black and green shoulder designs and the name Estevan across the

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chest. He said there is a possibility that the Lions Club bantam Oilers will also move into the new gear for the 2017 season with the Chargers following suit in coming years. The new uniforms and name change for the atom team, which was formerly called the Miners, were announced at the EMF annual general meeting at the Days Inn Fireside Room last Tuesday. Mortenson also announced his resignation from the position of EMF president, due to a work-

related conflict next summer. Former vice-president Paul Duncan was elected into the role. Duncan said building sponsorship opportunities from local citizens and businesses towards their teams will be a focus of his two-year term as president. He said one avenue he’d like to move into is having individual player jerseys sponsored, like teams such as the Estevan Power Dodge Bruins have done, in a bid to build revenue and support for the organization.

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Mortenson indicated the number of kids registered in minor football has almost doubled over the past two years with 105 players suiting up for the atom, peewee or bantam team in 2016. This is in comparison with the 90 kids who signed up for football in 2015 and the approximately 60 youngsters that registered in 2014. He said the club’s continued success on the field, including the Chargers making it to the Moose Jaw Minor Football League championship final last month and the Oilers enjoying their most successful season ever, is a result of this growth in numbers. The hope is these gains continue, noted Mortenson, but for that to occur they’ll also need more volunteer support. “Next year we’re going to need more on-field personnel,” said Mortenson. “We’re going to need more coaches. We’re working on getting more (coaching) clinics down here. We’re especially going to need some field officials. We’re at a minimum. We always

consistently have to bring people from Weyburn and (elsewhere) down and that’s

not a bad thing, but it would be nice if we had some more local people.”

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Discretionary Use Development Permit Application Rural Municipality of Estevan No.5 The Council of the Rural Municipality of Estevan No.5, pursuant to Section 55(2) of The Planning and Development Act, 2007, hereby gives notice of its intention to consider a Development Permit application for: 1) the discretionary principal use of an events centre located within the Lakeshore Development/Agricultural Resource Transition Overlay District (LOAR) in the NW 10-1-8 W2M as shown on the sketch which appears as part of this notice below:

Public Meeting: Council will receive any written or verbal submissions respecting the proposed discretionary use development permit application at a public meeting to be held on Thursday the 15th day of December, 2016, at the hour of 1:00 p.m. local time, at the municipal office located at #1-322, 4th Street, Estevan, Saskatchewan. Dated at Estevan, Saskatchewan this 24th day of November, 2016. Grace Potter Administrator

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Team Bryden, with from left, lead Trent Knapp, second Brock Montgomery and skip Randy Bryden, compete in the WCT championship at the Estevan Power Dodge Curling Centre on Sunday. Photo by Jamie Harkins.

Team Bryden wins World Curling Tour event By Jamie Harkins sports@estevanmercury.ca

Regina’s Team Bryden used a two-point steal in the sixth end to upset Saskatoon’s Team Korte 5-4 in the World Curling Tour (WCT) championship at the Power Dodge Curling Centre in Estevan on Sunday. “When you’re playing with this kind of competition you just need a break here and there and today we got breaks,” said skip Randy Bryden, whose team includes lead Trent Knapp, second Brock Montgomery and third Troy Robinson. “Bruce (Korte came) in

light and lots of times he hits that four foot every time, so (him) coming up short was certainly a break for us today.” Team Korte, which includes skip Bruce Korte, lead Matt Lang, second Dan Marsh and third Kevin Marsh, appeared destined to capture the WCT final until the sixth end. The Saskatoon-based foursome jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first end and pushed the score to 3-1 in the third end. After a blank fourth end, Team Bryden brought the match to within one in the fifth before taking the lead with the two-point

steal in the sixth. Team Korte tied up the game in the seventh end with the hammer only to have Team Bryden notch the winning point in the eighth and final end by knocking a Korte rock off the button with the hammer. “You try to (put) a couple of good guards up and they didn’t have one that turned up too well and it gave us a chance to peel guards away and keep it open for us for a draw at the end,” said Bryden. “We gambled with our first one (and) played it a quiet little tap and he had a chance for a hit and roll behind, which probably had a draw for the

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button and his (shot) just didn’t curl quite enough and it left a wide open hit.” Team Bryden travelled a difficult route to get to the WCT final losing their first match of the 16team bonspiel to Estevan’s Team Gedak on Friday. The squad then won their first two games in the B event before dropping the qualifier match to Team Ackerman on Saturday, which they followed up with three straight victories including a rematch on Sunday against Team Gedak to secure the championship

berth. Team Korte trod a much easier path to the final qualifying out of the A event with three straight wins to open the tourney before notching two more wins in the playoff round to make the championship match. “We had control of the whole game, (but) that’s curling,” said Korte. “We just had one bad end the whole weekend and that (sixth end) was that end.” Bryden said their team has been together for the past six years with the

exception of Montgomery who only joined in the past off-season. Montgomery won the WCT stop in Estevan last year as a member of Josh Heidt’s team and his new skip noted he put the pressure on them to make sure his team remains on top. “Anytime you can get a win at a bonspiel it doesn’t matter what bonspiel it is it’s just a good feeling,” said Bryden. “There are a lot of great teams out here and you got to play well to win and things worked out for us this weekend.”

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Effort’s there, but Panthers need finish By Jamie Harkins sports@estevanmercury.ca

The Estevan Power Tech midget AA Panthers relied on a solid team effort to beat the Notre Dame Hounds 3-1 at the Civic Auditorium on Friday, but the team’s lack of execution still leaves something to be desired. “We’re just shooting the puck,” said Panthers head coach Trevor Morrison. “We’re not shooting to score. We had some opportunities there that we need to bear down and have a look at and make sure we shoot a goal scorer’s shot instead of just shooting the puck. Tonight was a little frustrating because we should have had a good sized lead with the effort we put in.” The Panthers (9-2-1) got on the Hounds two minutes into the first period courtesy of a Kenzie Balon shot that pinged off the post and in. The club didn’t let up after the marker with all three forward lines and two defence pairings buzzing the Hounds zone with Panthers forward Kelsey Pastachak notching the 2-0 goal a little over eight minutes later by jamming in a deflected pass out front that lay open in Sawyer Duncan’s crease.

Panthers forward Marci LeBlanc fires a shot on net after breaking into the Hounds zone on the penalty kill. Photo by Jamie Harkins. The constant pressure forced the Hounds (3-7-3) into penalty trouble in the middle frame resulting in the Panthers enjoying a lengthy five-on-three advantage seven minutes in, but unlike the team’s work even-strength they couldn’t seem to generate any shots. Shortly after the penalty kill, the Hounds received

their own two-man advantage only to have the Panthers eliminate any possible attack with short-handed specialist Marci LeBlanc earning the best opportunity with hard work along the side boards to stop an attempted rush before driving the puck to the net. “The (penalty kill) is working because we’re

pressuring and everybody is working hard and it’s the exact same reason, flip-flop, why we’re not doing so well on the power play,” noted the Panthers coach. “We get a power play and we take it easy instead of working hard, so we need to start working hard on our power play and then we’ll start scoring some goals.”

The Panthers continued to dominate in the third period, but it was the Hounds that would strike first with Breanna BryantNelson deking past the defence before wiring the puck top corner glove side on Estevan netminder Ayja Hegland. Panthers centre Karli Colpitts got the marker back with an empty

netter at the 19:26 mark to bring the score to 3-1. “ T h a t ’s f i v e g o o d games in a row now where we’ve had good team efforts, so we’re in the right track,” said Morrison. “We just need to start bearing down on some chances. We’re working hard and getting the opportunities. We just need to finish.”

Estevan Comprehensive School set sights on Hoopla The Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) Elecs senior boys basketball team

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Adoption of Bylaw to amend Zoning Bylaw Public Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Town of Bienfait intends to adopt a bylaw under the Planning and Development Act, 2007 to amend the Zoning Bylaw (Bylaw No. 10(2015)). The bylaw to amend is Bylaw No. 10 (2016). INTENT OF ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT The amendments to the Zoning Bylaw are summarized below: • Section 4: “General Regulations”, subsection 4.23: “Geotechnical Study/Report” is amendment to correct a typo regarding the requirements of a geotechnical study/report and the issuance of development permits. • Section 4: “General Regulations”, subsection 4.25: “Development on Hazard Lands” is amended by adding two new clauses regarding the development of buildings and additions in flood ways and flood fringes of 1:500 year flood elevations. • Sections 7 and 8, “Residential Single Dwelling District – R1” and “Residential Large Lot District – R1A” have been amended to: o Add Mobile Homes as Discretionary Uses; o Add Site Development Regulations for Mobile Homes; o Add Development Standards for Mobile Homes. • Section 9 “Residential Multiple Dwelling District – R2” is amended to: o Add Mobile Homes as a Permitted Use; o Add Site Development Regulations for Mobile Homes; o Add Development Standards for Mobile Homes. • The Zoning District Map by rezoning Parcel A, Parcel B, Parcel C, and Parcel D of NW ¼, Section 20, Township 2, Range 6, W2M from Future Urban Development (FUD) to Industrial (IND), as outlined in the map depicted in this Public Notice. AFFECTED LANDS All lands within the corporate limits of the Town of Bienfait are affected by the proposed bylaw. Please check the full version of the proposed bylaws available for viewing at the Town Office. REASON FOR ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT The reason for the Zoning Bylaw amendment is: • To improve implementation of the Zoning Bylaw; • To further align the Zoning Bylaw with the Statements of Provincial Interest; • To allow Mobile Home development in residential districts; • To rezone the landfill area to an appropriate Zoning District. PUBLIC INSPECTION Any person may inspect the proposed bylaw to amend the Zoning Bylaw during regular office hours at the Town Office. Copies are available at cost. PUBLIC HEARING The Public Hearing shall be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. at the Bienfait Town Office, 412 Main Street, Bienfait, Saskatchewan. Issued at the Town of Bienfait Laurel Gilroy, Administrator

a contender for provincial gold. “Setting up and playing in nine tourneys has its challenges all the way to the kids’ fatigue down to finances, as the school can only budget for about four tourneys on the year,” said Elecs coach Shane Ross. “However, we have some very committed players, specifically third year Grade 11 returning guard John Sasi, who regularly shows up to practice at six a.m. at the Comp with me

individually to try to compete at the highest level.” Ross said joining Sasi on the Elecs this season will be returning Grade 12 players Wyatt Haux and Donny Mortenson, who will both be asked to play big minutes while providing veteran leadership. He said the team has also picked up a few new players in Justin Van Achte and Jack McGeough with each bringing strong athleticism to the team. Backing up Sasi will

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season will help the team reach this goal, but the busy schedule does put them close to $3,500 over budget. He said they are looking for people and businesses to sponsor the team as “friends of the program” to help cover the increased cost with advertising opportunities available at the Feb. 8 and 15 McLeod Series and the Elecs Feb. 10-11 home tournament. “If anyone wants to help out,” noted Ross, “they can contact Dustin Wilson, Nathan Wilhelm or Shane Ross at 306-421-7107 to go over any details.”

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be Heaven Calibuna and Cameron Rioux, which will create an extremely fast backcourt for the Elecs that will feature a lot of fast-break and high paced basketball. Ross added the remaining five players on their roster are committed to the program as is the team’s staff, which includes assistant coaches Nathan Wilhelm and Dustin Wilson and manager Evanne Wilhelm, and the hope is they can make a solid run towards the Hoopla provincial tournament this spring. Ross said playing in nine tournaments over the

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The Estevan Storm celebrate their home tournament championship after defeating the Swift Current Rustlers 5-4 in a shootout. Photo by Jamie Harkins.

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the penalty killer picked up the puck in the neutral zone, drove down the wing and jammed it into the Rustlers net low stick side. Both teams enjoyed opportunities in the final stanza, but it was Lavoie who would score the tying marker on a near 200-foot rush down the wing before cutting to the net and firing the puck into the far side with 5:15 left to play. After neither team was able to score the winner in regulation, Stechyshyn had the first chance in the shootout to put his team

ahead only to fire a shot wide. Lavoie then potted his opportunity, which coupled with a Collier miss and Sehn score secured the tournament win for the Storm. “I’m always practising stickhandling at home and I’m always practising my moves and the one time that I got the chance to stickhandle and show my moves I just shot it,” said Lavoie about his shootout goal. “I was kind of frustrated, but at the same time we had just won a championship so I felt pretty good.”

Estevan Storm player Aiden Johnstone attempts to keep the puck away from a Swift Current Rustlers defender during the Estevan Peewee Tournament championship at Affinity Place on Sunday. Photo by Jamie Harkins.

the insurance goal with 35 seconds remaining into an empty net. “They’re the top dogs in our division right now, but we want to prove that we belong there too,” said Appleyard. “We played a really good game last night in the shootout loss. I thought we deserved a better fate there, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. I think we came out and showed ourselves that we’re capable of beating those guys in regulation.” Chris Lewgood, head coach and general manager of the Bruins, said the entire game on Saturday resembled the first period of the Bruins win the night before. He said they didn’t have the necessary jump to beat a Viterra Division rival like Weyburn and were a little bit slower to the puck and to their positions. The loss was the Bruins (20-8-0-1) first in five games with all four of those wins coming on the road. The Black and Gold have a second home date on Wednesday against the Kindersley Klippers (11-17-1), which is also the club’s annual Estevan MercuryTeddy Bear Toss night, before heading onto the road for another long five-game trip and the team wants to go out with a win. “It’s obviously huge,”

said Holt. “It’s big to win a home game and generate more fans. It makes the game more exciting and I think the Teddy Bear Toss brings people together. It’s a good cause and it’s fun to throw a bear on the ice.” Bruins notes… The Bruins reacquired defenceman Jake Heerspink from the British Columbia Hockey League’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks last Tuesday for future considerations. Heerspink competed in three regular season games, three playoff contests and four Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup games with the Bruins last season before signing with Salmon Arm during the summer. Heerspink suited up in both Bruins games against the Red Wings logging regular minutes alongside defence partner Nolan Ferguson. Defenceman Davin Padgham was released as a result of the Heerspink trade. Holt has been invited to the selection camp for the Team Canada West squad that will compete at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville, Alberta, from Dec. 11 to 17. The Bruins leading goal scorer is among 60 invitees who will vie for a spot on the team during a tryout camp at Leduc, Alberta, from Dec. 5 to 8.

Apex Bruins Take Hounds To School Estevan Apex midget AA Bruins defenceman Tristan Seeman fires a shot on the Notre Dame Hounds net with Dawson Schaff in position for a deflection. The Bruins beat the Hounds 6-1 at Affinity Place on Friday night to improve their South Saskatchewan Minor Hockey League record to 12-2-1. The Black and Gold begin a nine-game homestand this Friday with a tough battle against the Yorkton Kinsmen Terriers (10-2-1). Photo by Jamie Harkins.

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Undeclared vehicle modifications lead to $16,000 penalty at border crossing There were a number of highlighted incidents occurring at the various international land border crossings in Saskatchewan that were recorded by Canada Border Services Agency officers in their line of duty during the month of October. Officers at the North Portal station, the largest land border crossing in the province, welcomed more than 23,000 travellers to Canada while refusing entry to 57 foreign nationals for various reasons. On Oct. 13, a male from the United States indicated he was entering

Canada to live permanently with his Canadian girlfriend he had met online. He was then questioned by CBSA officers. During the questioning and investigation, the officers found that the girlfriend in question was actually a 13-year-old minor and her parents were unaware of the nature of the relationship that had developed. The man was subsequently denied entry into Canada for lack of a visa and was issued an exclusion order, banning him from returning to Canada for one year. The case information was also passed on to local

authorities. On Oct. 11 at the more remote border crossing near Climax, officers refused entry to a man from Minnesota who had been convicted of involuntary manslaughter. At Oungre, another more isolated border crossing, officers refused entry to a man from Texas on Oct. 14. The CBSA officers found the man had been convicted of armed robbery and was still on probation. On Oct. 21, at the same station, officers refused entry to a man from North Dakota who had been convicted

of theft, domestic assault and various drug-related offences. Other incidents at the North Portal border crossing station included the discovery of an undeclared switchblade knife on Oct. 5. The knife had been concealed in the passenger-side seat cover of an Ohio-based commercial truck driver. The driver was aware of the knife’s prohibited status since he had frequently crossed into Canada in the past. He was issued a $500 penalty before being allowed to continue into Canada. In a similar inci-

dent on Oct. 25, officers searched the truck of a Wisconsin man bound for Alaska to verify his declaration of five long guns. Officers found two prohibited switchblades in the centre console of the vehicle. The knives were seized with no terms set for their return. On Oct. 20, officers at the North Portal station met an Alberta man who was returning to Canada who presented a receipt for $650 in upgrades to a utility task vehicle. The officers discovered the invoice was false and managed to obtain the real

one that listed more than $30,000 in parts and repairs to the vehicle. If the man had properly declared the modifications, he would have paid about $1,500 as a goods and services tax. But, due to the false declaration and invoice, a penalty in excess of $16,000 was applied. On Oct. 21, officers processed four United States residents who were entering Canada to either hunt or fish. All four were inadmissible due to previous impaired driving convictions or other criminal activities. They were all returned to the U.S.

Sixty-and-Over Club report Submitted by Shirley Graham I finally figured out how to wake up in the morning with a smile on my face. I have to put a coat hanger in my mouth overnight.

The club’s Christmas supper was held on Nov. 24. It began with a singalong accompanied by Anita Kuntz. A beautiful supper was served by Fired Up Grill. Thanks goes out to Sylvia Garchinski and her staff for the meal.

Card games followed for those who wanted to play. Also, many thanks to the decorating crew. They did a fantastic job. Shuffleboard winners for the week of Nov. 21 were Pat Keen and Jean

Broadhead. Clarence Morgan and Connie St. Onge came in second. Margaret Sawyer was the winner in bridge. Cathy Hoffort came in second. The club would like to extend sincere condolenc-

es to the Friesen family on the passing of Angie. After hearing that a patient in a mental health unit had saved another from suicide by pulling him out of the bathtub, the hospital director called him into his office.

“Harold, your heroic behaviour indicates that you are ready to go home, but I’m sorry to tell you that the man hung himself soon after.” “Oh, he didn’t kill himself,” Harold replied. “I hung him out to dry.”

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A Market In A Mall Shannon GuertinSchmidt was one of many vendors present at the return of the Farmer’s Market for the Christmas season. The market took up a significant proportion of the concourse of the Estevan Shoppers Mall on Nov. 26. Vendors sold a variety of goods, from baking and clothes to homemade Christmas products.

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Concerts will be on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church in Estevan, and Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church in Crosby. A buffet supper will be served at the Moose Lodge in Crosby following the second performance. Andrea Leatherdale, who is the president of the Southeast Chorus, said the choirs sound great. They have been rehearsing weekly for about 12 weeks. “Rehearsals are going really well,” said Leath-

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New president at SaskEnergy SaskEnergy’s board of directors has announced the appointment of Ken From as their new president and chief executive officer (CEO), effective Jan. 1, 2017. From will take over the lead role from Doug Kelln, who announced his retirement this past May.

“Ken brings with him a varied and well-rounded background that will serve the organization well as he takes on the leadership role at SaskEnergy,” said Susan Barber, chair of SaskEnergy’s board. “He is well-respected in the industry and has also been recognized by a number of professional

associations through their fellow designations. “Ken’s leadership experience in both the private sector and the not-for-profit research sector in the oil and gas field will ensure the organization has the focus and direction needed to continue being a leader in the industry. The board

is very pleased to welcome Ken back to SaskEnergy.” In addition to 26 years with SaskEnergy at the director and executive levels, From most recently held the CEO position at the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC). He was successful at building relationships between

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Holiday Train on its way this coming month The countdown is on to the day when a familiar glowing sight announces the oncoming arrival of the holidays. The CP Holiday Train has become a familiar sight, when it chugs into the Energy City, warming up everyone on a winter day. The CP Holiday Train will be stopping in Estevan on Dec. 15 this year. The train’s 3 p.m. arrival will feature the talents of Kelly Prescott and Colin James. Both performers will be on a special stage that opens from one of the many glowing, decorated cars on the train. James, a musician who started in the Prairies and moved onto the world stage over the last 25 years, said he is

looking forward to the new experience of visiting the various towns and cities on the Holiday Train’s route to perform. “Since I was a child, I’ve always been romantic about the railway,” said James. “Spending a couple of weeks on a train and pulling into some of these idyllic towns will not only be a new experience for me, but a fantastic way to ring in the Christmas season.” This will not be Prescott’s first year performing on the Holiday Train. Prescott said that to her, the Holiday Train “exemplifies the spirit of giving and brings so much joy and hope to communities across North America. She added, “Once again, I look forward to

another year aboard the Holiday Train and helping in the fight against hunger.” Salem Woodrow, a media relations consultant with Canadian Pacific said the residents of Estevan are in for the same spectacular sight they’ve come to love in previous years. “The train is about 1,000 feet in length, 13 rail cars long, and it’s decorated with hundreds of thousands of LED lights, all in holiday designs,” said Woodrow. “Folks will see it coming, and will

hear it coming for sure. We’re putting on a concert for the community and ask that everyone bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation for the food bank.” The event’s main purpose, along with spreading holiday cheer, is to invoke the holiday spirit of giving and generosity in the community. Major Wilf Harbin with the Estevan Salvation Army said the Holiday Train is an important yearly event for the organization’s food bank. The Salvation Army brings

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Estevan Mercury

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Dean Allen 1919 – 2016 Dean passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Long Term Care, Estevan SK at the age of 97 years. Dean was born July 21, 1919 in the house that he lived in almost his whole life in the Viewfield District. Dad’s parents, Horace and Alice (nee Drage) Allen came to Canada in 1917 and moved onto the farm secured by Alice’s brother Alfred Drage, who had come to Canada from England in 1913. Dad attended Olmstead School and by the age of thirteen he had found his passion in life and farming would become his life’s work. I cannot stress as to how much farming was in dad’s blood. Even after he moved off of the farm in the winter of 2011 dad still “farmed” in conversation with anyone who visited with him. As for the women who stopped in to see him, if they knew something about agriculture he settled in to talk farming as my cousin from Paradise Hill learned quickly. Dean met and married Elsie Maerz who came from Holdfast to teach in the Olmstead School. They worked hard together in the mixed farming operation and built a good life for themselves and their daughter, Joan, who was born in 1950. Dad did not take many holidays but managed a trip to Oregon, USA for their honeymoon and a second trip there in 1967. Dad and mom also took a trip to Fort McMurray in 1974. As the older farmers know when you are milking cows it is next to impossible to take holidays. Dad was a caring neighbour, always ready to give a helping hand when others were in need. Dad was a man of his word- if he said he was going to do something- you knew it would be done. Dad was a very proud farmer, being proud of the black summer fallow, his John Deere equipment, his strawberry patch and the freedom to do it his own way. He was very disciplined in caring for his livestock and kept them on a rigid schedule. He was also very proud of the number of years he was able to farm against some significant physical limitations. Farming was his Way of Life. Dad and Mom enjoyed socializing with neighbours, playing cards and visiting. Dad was even Santa Claus at the Viewfield Christmas parties for a number of years. Although the last few months were difficult, dad has had 97 years of a very good life- he lived life as he chose. Dean kept in touch with the relatives in England after his mother passed on. Joan has made two trips to meet and visit with some of the relations which enabled Dean to remain in contact with them each Christmas. Dean was predeceased by his wife Elsie Allen and his parents, Horace and Alice Allen. He is survived by his daughter Joan Hanelt; several nephews and nieces and a number of relatives in England. I wish to thank the staff and residents and home care workers at Creighton Lodge for their friendship and time spent with Dean during the five years of his residence. A Thank you to the staff of St. Joseph’s Long term Care and to Dr. Hakan Pehlivan for their care and comfort while Dean lived in their midst. A special thanks to Hall Funeral Services, United Church minister Elizabeth Goodson and all who joined with the family to remember Dean Allen. In appreciation, a huge Thanks to the pallbearers, Marvin Shauf, Brenden Shauf, Kevin Wallewein, George Ingram, Trevor Maerz and Wesley Maerz. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Grace United Church, Stoughton, SK with Elizabeth Goodson officiating. The lunch reception will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Stoughton, SK and the interment will follow at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn, SK. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, 1176 Nicholson Road, Estevan, SK, S4A 0H3. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan, Sk. Angeline R.M. Friesen 1929 - 2016 Angeline passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Creighton Lodge, Estevan, SK at the age of 87 years. Angeline is survived by her loving husband of 66 years Arthur Friesen and her family; son, Ken (Joanne) Friesen; daughters, Eleanor (Owen) Kesler, Janice (Mike) Craven, Fern (Greg) Dukart and Donna (Dave) Friesen; brothers, Joseph Gervais and Lawrence Gervais; grandchildren, Hal (Bridgette), Wade (Heather), Bryce (Hailey), Janelle (Craig), Sean (Allison), Jordan, Megan, Ashton, Alex, Taylor and Cory; great grandchildren, Alyssa, Eric, Harper and Lucy; sisters-in-law; Geraldine Gervais, Agnes Friesen, Tillie (Curtis) Jahnke, Gladys (Ray) Buzan and Elvera Friesen. Angeline will be fondly remembered by many dear nephews, nieces, neighbours and friends. Angeline was predeceased by her parents, Raoul and Regine Gervais; sisters, Yvette Gervais, Aline (Rene) Phaneuf and Yvonne (Lawrence) LaCoste; brothers, Edmond Gervais, Paul (Esther) Gervais, Roland Gervais and Raymond (Clara) Gervais; grandson James Dukart; sisters and brother-in-laws, Alice Gervais, Rene Phaneuf, Donna Gervais, Hazel (Art) Wiebe, Jake Friesen, Abe (Willa) Friesen, Ben Friesen, Emalyn (Henry) Reitenbach, Al Friesen and Nick (Virginia) Friesen. Prayers were held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Hall Funeral Services, Estevan, with Mr. Doug Third officiating. The Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist R.C Church, Estevan, with Rev. Brian Meredith presiding. The interment followed at Souris Valley Memorial Gardens and lunch was held in the church auditorium following the interment. Those so wishing may make donations to a charity of choice in memory of Angeline. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan.

Thank You

We would like to say thank you to all who travelled so far, all friends at Creighton Lodge, choir and Fr. Brian Meredith, CWL and the lunch ladies at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church and to Hall Funeral Services. Thank you for all your compassion and thoughtfulness. It will be forever cherished. Angeline’s Family

St. Joe’s auxiliary preparation The St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary held a general business meeting on Nov. 21 with 24 members and one guest in attendance. The auxiliary presented a final report on the 75th annual convention that they hosted for the Saskatchewan Hospital Auxiliary Association in October. Members stated they felt the event was interesting and enjoyable with people from many towns and cities around the province making their way to Estevan to share ideas and plans for supporting and raising funds for their hospitals. The auxiliary sent out a word of thanks to the City of Estevan, the Estevan Chamber of Commerce, Days Inn and the CIBC for contributions to the convention and annual meeting. “We also congratulate our member Ginger Anderson who received an honourary life membership from SHAA,” the auxiliary said in a release issued last week. The auxiliary members are still operating the gift shop in St. Joseph’s Hospital six days each week and delivering the canteen items to the various wards five days a week and providing a supply of magazines for waiting rooms. The auxiliary also continues to have an Honest John Book Sale table that is usually found in the hospital foyer, next to the gift shop. Donation of books and magazines are always appreciated there. Plans are now underway for the annual tea and bake sale which will be held on Dec. 7 in the hospital auditorium from 1-3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Your Guide to Area Faith Lutheran Church Sunday Service 10:30 am Nicholson Centre Pastor Dan Krauss Phone: 306-471-8130 All Are Welcome Faithlc.ca

ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH Sunday Worship 10:30am Nursery & Children’s Ministries Available Sunday School at 9:30am

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Police called to rollover on Perkins Members of the Estevan Police Service (EPS) were called to a rollover involving a semi-truck on Perkins Street during the noon hour on Nov. 23. When police arrived, it was noted that the truck, which had two trailers, was jackknifed across the roadway. Police learned the truck was hauling fresh water and it had experienced transmission problems. The truck was eventually moved and no hazardous materials leaked from the unit. Police then were alerted to an accident involving a vehicle and a semi-truck on Sixth Street near Souris Avenue South.

Police learned that the semi had sideswiped the vehicle when it was turning. The EPS is reminding motorists on the truck route to be mindful of the larger vehicles and that they require a larger turning radius. Members responded to a complaint of an unwanted patron at a local establishment during the Nov. 26 night shift. Upon police arrival, the unwanted person was escorted out by staff and was leaving the area. No further police action was required. Police were then alerted to a report of some suspicious people in an alley. Members attended and determined that a residen-

tial garage was open. After a brief investigation, it did not appear that anything had been taken, but the matter is under investigation. Officers were called to a reported fight at a local establishment. One male was located and questioned about the incident. He had received minor injuries but

did not require medical attention. The matter is being investigated. Police also attended to a noise complaint at an apartment complex. Officers spoke to the tenants and they were warned about the noise and subsequently shut the music off. No further police action was required. Members received a complaint of a possible fraud through email during the Nov. 27 day shift. The complainant received a message stating they owed money for a ticket. Police are advising the public to be cautious when receiving emails from unknown senders.

Police were then alerted to a theft of a credit card and a small amount of cash. People are reminded to secure their vehicles when unattended. Members attended to a local recreational facility for a disturbance call. The matter had been diffused upon police arrival. Officers received a call about an alarm at a commercial business. Police attended and found the employees having issues with the building. Police assisted the staff with the alarm. Police also received a call about an injured deer in the city. Officers searched the area but the deer had

fled the scene. Members received a complaint about a vehicle that was driving with its headlights off. Police located the vehicle and checked the driver for sobriety. The driver had forgotten to turn the headlights on. He was warned and sent on his way. Members of the EPS and the Estevan Combined Traffic Services unit checked vehicles for impaired drivers throughout the past week. People were noted to be taking cabs and walking due to the nice weather. No impaired drivers were located but several drivers were ticketed for offences under the Traffic Safety Act.

After Five Club members enjoy dual presentations at November gathering crafted to commemorate a former barber from the town of Stoughton. She spoke about a chance encounter in that small town where relatives of the barber were passing through and stopped by the museum and commented on how they would love to meet the artist in person to thank them for creating such an amazing resemblance. To their surprise, Svorkdal then introduced herself as the artist. Blessed with a passion for creating just about anything out of paper, Svorkdal joked that the best type of paper can be found wrapped around brand new mattresses and suggested that anyone planning to purchase a new bed had best save the wrapping for her. Tools such as floral arrangement foam and chicken wire

The Estevan Christian Women’s After Five Club met at the Salvation Army church on Nov. 16 with the meal supplied by EB’s being enjoyed by the 32 women in attendance. Jennifer Neff was the door prize winner and following that draw, the group enjoyed praise and worship by singing three hymns, Shine Jesus Shine, Eye of the Storm and Good, Good Father. Evelyn Svorkdal, a paper mache expert displayed some of her art work, including a six-foot giraffe named Buttercup. Beside that, there was a dolphin. Both had been used as props for the local vacation Bible school at Trinity Lutheran Church. Svorkdal displayed photographs of the extensive collection of her work, including one which she

are important parts of her larger pieces, that now stand proudly outside the entrance to her apartment. She spoke about the recipe for the glue she has used for years which consists of flour, water and alum powder. Each woman received a copy of the recipe and many had questions regarding her work following the presentation. To complete the evening, guest speaker Lucille Friesen, formerly of Swift Current, engaged the ladies with her interesting life events and testimony. She spoke of being born on, and growing up on, the family farm northeast of that city. Her parents took her to a small country church each Sunday where she gave her life to Jesus at an early age. It was a huge transition for her parents and siblings, having to move to the city

to complete high school. She knew at this point she would have to depend on Jesus, the pilot of her life, very seriously. In her Grade 12 year, she met her future husband Ed who drove a 1953 Crown Victoria. They were engaged before finishing high school and were married for over 45 years, most of them spent farming, and raising three children together. She spoke of her mother’s final days before she died from cancer. Always an example of faith to her family, her mother had said “If I had two choices, my faith in God last spring and no cancer, or my faith in God now and cancer, I would choose the latter.” Friesen spoke of how this really surprised her at the time, how willingly her mother accepted the pain

and suffering, now realizing that her mother was trying to live like her saviour. Fear gained control of Friesen’s life after her husband’s death in 2004 but she said, “The ebb and flow of my life and the pilot who helped navigate it, helped me get to where I am today.” Living in Selkirk, Man., she can now see her grandchildren grow up. Friesen is now married again after meeting a wonderful man online. They recently celebrated their second anniversary. “I am learning to leave my fears in God’s hands, but sometimes I take them back from him and have to learn to return them to Him again, because He is in control of my life, not me.” The next After Five Club Supper will be held on Dec. 14 at the Salva-

tion Army Church in the 1100 block of Fourth Street. Rachel Dancsok from Esterhazy, a country gospel performer, will provide the entertainment, followed by guest speaker Susan Harris from Melville, Sask, who will share information on how her life was changed when she learned to find purpose in pitfalls, encounters and seemingly random happenings. Harris is a former teacher and author of 11 books. The coffee will be available by 6:30 p.m. on the meeting night followed by supper at 7 p.m. Tickets for the next meeting are available by calling Ronza Reynard at 306-421-7852. Members and visitors are also encouraged to connect with the club on Facebook or by emailing estevanafterfive@yahoo.ca

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Major Heather Harbin of the Salvation Army (second from left) picked up a total of 331 pairs of socks at the King Street Chiropractic and Health Centre this week as part of the centre’s contribution to the Christmas sock collection project taken on by the Chiropractic Association of Saskatchewan. Getting into the spirit of the project were, from the left: Doctors Trevor Erdie, Rebecca Holman and L. David Peeace. The socks will be distributed in a variety of ways through the Salvation Army. Photo by Norm Park.

Chiropractors warming the toes in Sask. Following the lead of their counterparts in Alberta, the Saskatchewan Chiropractic Association members participated in a sock collection project entitled Toasty Toes along with their partners from the Salvation Army. The goal is to warm the feet and the hearts of the recipients this season. On Nov. 28, chiropractors from the King Street Chiropractic and Health Centre in Estevan turned over 331 pairs of socks to Salvation Army Major Heather Harbin, representing their participation in the event.

“We started the collection process sometime in early October, I believe,� said Dr. Trevor Erdie. The collection period concluded on Nov. 25. “It’s something a little different for the season and we were pleasantly surprised by the participation by local donors,� said Dr. David Peeace as he and Dr. Rebecca Holman piled the socks, some of them in donated baskets or backpacks, onto the reception counter for a photograph prior to them being tucked away in the Salvation

Army vehicle. Major Heather Harbin said the socks will be distributed to deserving recipients through the Christmas Hamper program, the Warm Welcome Shelter plus other methods. “There appears to be several sizes here, so that will be sorted out,� said Harbin. “This is the first effort for the program in Saskatchewan and we believe our association was hoping to collect 10,000 pairs of socks this season,� said Erdie. “So this

is a good start.� Socks are important for those trying to navigate harsh Saskatchewan winters, the association said in a recent media release. The program will support individuals and families with limited means, who can never have too many quality socks during the winter months. “Our community is proud to rally around the cause,� said Dr. Kevin Henbid, president of the Chiropractors’ Association of Saskatchewan.

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City of Estevan PUBLIC NOTICE The Council of the City of Estevan, pursuant to Section 207 of the Planning and Development Act, 2007, gives notice of its intention to amend Zoning Bylaw #2010-1834 & the corresponding Zoning Map as hereinafter provided:

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Consideration is being given to amend the Zoning Bylaw Map by zoning Parcel K, Plan 102235845, Estevan, Saskatchewan, to the ‘Residential Medium Density Zone (R3)’ and by zoning Parcel M, Plan 102235845, Estevan, Saskatchewan, to  the ‘Residential Mobile Home Zone (R5)’; the aforementioned properties do not have a current city zoning designation. Reason: the rezoning will reflect existing Multi-unit residential development on Parcel K and plans for registering a bareland condominium on Parcel M which will support existing and future planned modular/mobile home development. The boundaries of the new zoning are shown highlighted and crosshatched on the above noted plan. The amending Bylaw (#2016-1973) may be inspected by any person at the Legislative Services Business Division, City Hall, 1102 4th Street, Estevan, Saskatchewan, between the hours of 8:00am-4:30pm Monday to Friday. City Council, at it’s meeting to be held on Monday, December 19, 2016, at 6:00pm in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 1102 Fourth Street, Estevan, Saskatchewan will hear any person(s) wishing to be heard with respect to the proposed rezoning bylaw and will further consider any written submissions respecting the proposed zoning amendment, provided such intentions and/or submissions are received by the City Clerk’s Office, Legislative Services, City Hall, 1102 Fourth Street, Estevan, Saskatchewan, S4A 0W7 no later than 12:00 pm on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Dated at the City of Estevan this 22nd Day of November, 2016

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GIVE AND TAKE Join us for a delicious cup of gourmet tea or French pressed coffee and bring a recipe or craft that is unique to give to the small group. Bring samples and/ or do a demonstration. Take away new recipes and skills! Space is limited so register now! WHEN: Nov. 30 TIME: 7:00 - 8:30pm COST: $5/person *Preregistration is required

HOMEMADE FOR THE HOLIDAYS Finish up your Christmas shopping at the most unique craft show in town! Featuring only handmade, original, art, craft and dĂŠcor. Not sure what to do with the kids? Drop them off in the craft room for a fun Christmas craft. WHEN: December 3 TIME: 1:00 - 4:00pm COST: $2/person FAMILY ART Come create, explore and learn with your little ones through art! For toddlers

aged 18 months and up. Parent/guardian participation is required. WHEN: December: 1, 8, 15 TIME: 10:00 - 10:30am COST: $10/family/month DROP INTO ART AFTER SCHOOL Join us for art after school! We will be doing a variety of art projects and encouraging the development of creativity each week. For children ages 7-12. WHEN: December: 7, 14 TIME: 4:00 - 5:30pm COST: $5/child/session

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