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Estevan firefighters cut bus to rescue patients By Ana Bykhovskaia abykhovskaia@estevanmercury.ca

Estevan firefighters practised the hands-on approach to rescuing people from a crashed bus last weekend. A written-off school bus was butchered to ensure that members of the Estevan Fire Rescue Service (EFRS) are ready to act if the worst nightmare comes to reality and a major accident involving a school bus occurs in the area. Doug Lapchuk, who is the president of the Saskatchewan Volunteer Fire Fighters Association Inc., came down from Balgonie to navigate Estevan firefighters through a number of scenarios, in which they would need to rescue people from crashed school buses. Estevan Fire Chief Dale Feser noted that this 14-hour long course goes along with their regular training. “We focus on vehicle extrication all the time, but school bus extrication is obviously a specialized skill,” said Feser. “We want to make sure that we are ready to go in the event that we do end up with a call with a lot of casualties or a lot of patients on a school bus.”

Three patients were assessed, checked and safely carried out to the staging area during the exercise. Photo by Anastasiia Bykhovskaia In one of the offered scenarios, a school bus with a driver and two students on board lost control on an icy road, crashed head-on into a bridge abutment and spun off onto the side. Because of the nature of

the impact, the driver who wasn’t wearing his seatbelt was knocked out of the seat and got squished in the front entry. Two patients were thrown down on the impact and wedged between or underneath the

seats. “The idea was to gain access to the unit. They had to find the way to secure the bus, make it so it doesn’t move around. They had to find a safe way to get in. They had to get medical

people in to assess and determine who was the most critical. And then because of the damage to the front, they were unable to use the front as a way out, so they went in the back and they had to cut the side

of the bus to make a flap (to evacuate patients),” explained Lapchuk. The mock rescue took just over an hour, in which firefighters assessed the situation, gained entrance, checked, boarded and securely took patients out to the staging area. Besides the planned add-on challenges, participants also came across some technical difficulties that they had to overcome. “This is a highly contained controlled situation, and we still had things going wrong. So in a reallife scenario, it’s that many times worse,” said Lapchuk. The exercise also demonstrated that communication between responders was one of the vital elements of the successful rescue. It was the second evolution that EFRS members had on Saturday, and Lapchuk was “extremely satisfied” with how they’ve done. He noted that the further they were practising, the better they were becoming. “They are starting to learn. They are starting to understand the structure, the limitations of the tools and the limitations of the A2 » SCHOOL

Police chief explains EPS potential involvement in renovation at Estevan Comprehensive School By David Willberg dwillberg@estevanmercury.ca

The Estevan Police Service’s (EPS) potential involvement in the expansion of the Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) would see the police have a satellite office in the building. An open house was held at the school on Jan. 27, with the South East Cornerstone Public School Division and Holy Family Roman Catholic Separate School Division explaining what the project could look like, and why it is needed to extend the life of the school and the programs currently offered.

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The City of Estevan and the Estevan Police Service are both potential partners on the school to helping boost utilization rates. The city has voiced an interest due to the potential for a performing arts centre and a field house – two projects that have been discussed extensively in the past. But the EPS involvement has not been talked about as much. Police Chief Paul Ladouceur said he has spoken with Cornerstone director of education Lynn Little regarding the future of education in the community. Ladouceur suggested it would be a good idea to have the satellite office.




Police Chief Paul Ladouceur “ We’ve always said we want that engagement, especially with our high school students, those kids at the Comp.,” said Ladouceur. When they saw how the plans were unfolding,

with the potential for Grade 7 and 8 students from Cornerstone and Holy Family moving into ECS, creating “a school within a school,” it made sense to Ladouceur to have an office within the school. It would be a small office similar in size to those found in the police station, with a sign indicating it is used by the EPS. A location within the school has not been selected, as this process is in the very early stages. Each day shift, Ladouceur said an on-duty member would be assigned to that office. It wouldn’t be one designated officer from each platoon assigned to the Comp.; the officer from

Tuesday’s day shift could be different from the one on Monday’s day shift. Not only would there be better engagement with the youths, with the ability to meet with youths, but there would be benefits for school safety. “There will be some parents who are a little apprehensive when it comes to sending their kids to the Grade 7-12 school, because it’s a change. We felt obviously having police embedded right in the schools builds that sense of security as well for parents and kids.” Young people could also drop by and talk to the officer. The member wouldn’t

have to spend their entire shift there. That individual would still go out on patrols and handle other duties outside the school that day. The community programming officer – a role currently held by Monica Rae – would be the “constant” in the office, splitting time between the police station and the satellite office. “The kids would get to know not just one police officer in Estevan, but most of our police officers in Estevan, and that’s the engagement we’re looking for, that any child in this community feels comfortable walking up to any of our officers and having a A2 » POLICE


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School busses are safest vehicles on the road, but… « A1 people because it’s always a personnel question. ‘Do we have enough personnel? Do we have the right personnel? Do we have access to more people, more resources?’” explained Lapchuk. Even though 22 fire-

fighters participated in the exercise, with three patients they ran out of people a number of times. With the bus capacity to carry 48 passengers and a driver, in reality, the emergency may require a lot of personnel and a clear understanding of what to do

and how to operate. “That what we are trying to drive home. Not that school buses are unsafe, school buses are probably the safest vehicles on the road… However, the downside of that kind of engineering is it becomes difficult to do

The exercise made participants realize how tough and safe the bus construction is. Photo by Anastasiia Bykhovskaia

extrication,” said Lapchuk. Feser also noted that there was a lot to learn about the construction of a school bus itself. The training took place at the fire station yard, and by the end of the weekend the bus, donated by the South

East Cornerstone Public School Division, was laying on its side with numerous cut-out entrance points. And thanks to the training, firefighters now know most possible complications that may come into play. Lapchuk noted, that

as long as he’s been doing the course, there have been no serious accidents with school buses in the area, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. For more pictures from the training go to www. estevanmercury.ca.

Firefighters could get into the “crashed” bus through back doors, but they had to cut it open to carry patients out. Photo by Anastasiia Bykhovskaia

Police occasionally called to ECS « A1 conversation with them,” he said. The EPS doesn’t want people to be alarmed about having police in the school. Rather, they want an image

related to police becoming part of the fabric of the school. “This isn’t something new,” said Ladouceur. “We’ve seen school resource officers in the Comp. We’ve seen

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officers doing all kinds of presentations there. What we really felt is it would provide an opportunity for kids to interact with the police on their own terms a little bit as well, rather than the police going in and presenting constantly.” The EPS does respond to calls at ECS. Most are not criminal in nature. “This just makes it a little less odd when people drive by the Comp. and see a police car parked out front,” said Ladouceur. Some of their calls to the Comp. have nothing to do with school. Ladouceur cited the example of a student having a problem with a parent, and calling the police while at school. They might get called to the 750-student building for an actual school-related call once a week.

“The Comp. is a safe school,” he stressed. Sometimes when a police car is parked out front, Ladouceur said it could be for something good. The satellite office would not affect the planned expansion of the police station, which is expected to proceed this year. “If you look at a lot of the larger schools throughout this country, many of them already have a police office in them, where the school resource officer is able to work at them,” said Ladouceur. The police chief pointed out this is not a done deal.The process is in its infancy stages, and the school divisions have to submit a proposal to the Ministry of Education by the end of February to be considered for the 2021-22 budget.

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Speedway excited for its biggest event ever By David Willberg dwillberg@estevanmercury.ca

The Estevan Motor Speedway is looking forward to what it expects will be the largest event in its history. The speedway confirmed at a press conference Thursday that it will host a weekend doubleheader July 11 and 12 to open the Dakota Classic Modified Tour. The speedway has hosted double-headers for the tour in the past, but not on a weekend. Also, this marks the first time the tour has opened with back-to-back races at the same track on a weekend. “This two-day event will bring in somewhere between 80 and 100 race teams,” said speedway president Byron Fichter. “Some as far away as Texas will be attending, as well as many other national competing races teams. Not to forget our own home-grown talent, which we proudly boast is competitive on this grand stage.” Traditionally Estevan’s stop on the tour has been held on a Monday or Tuesday night. But due to scheduling conflict with the North Dakota State Fair in Minot and a rodeo in Mandan, Minot can’t host its tour stop in 2020. Fichter noted the director of the Dakota Classic Modified Tour John Gartner holds a meeting each year with all of the tracks to plan for the upcoming tour. The speedway decided that if Mandan or Minot couldn’t run, then the

Among those attending Thursday’s announcement were, from left, Estevan Motor Speedway representatives Lynn Trobert and Blake Penna, vice-president Aaron Turnbull, board member Brad Pierson, president Byron Fichter, Councillor Dennis Moore, Mayor Roy Ludwig, city manager Jeff Ward and destination marketing-communications consultant Rebecca Westling. speedway would seek the doubleheader. W hen Minot said they wouldn’t participate, it opened up the start of the tour. The speedway is looking to bring marquee events to the track, and this was one of them. He predicts the double-header will also have a major impact on the region. Thanks to the influx of racers, team members and fans, local hotels, restaurants and service stations will be busy. And since it will be on a weekend, other special events in the community are planned. The speedway will have entertainment for kids and pit tours in the afternoon of July 11. After the program that night, there will be a party in the pit concert that will

give drivers the chance to interact with each other and fans the chance to meet the racers and their teams. “ W hen you get on these touring series, you race, you pack up, you drive to the next town, you fix your car, you race, you pack up, you go to the next town. It’s just rush, rush, rush,” said Fichter. “Having a two-day event gives the opportunity for drivers to have a social event of their own, and that’s how you grow this tour. That’s how you grow racing, is you develop friends from other track and other areas.” A pancake breakfast will open the day on July 12. Then there will be a golf tournament, downtown shopping and entertainment. He hopes the children

who accompany the drivers will also be entertained for the two days they are here. “We want them to be entertained, and not just bored sitting around for the next race.” Fichter noted the tour is the largest for modified cars in North America. Mayor Roy Ludwig said the city is excited this two-day event will be coming to Estevan, and there will be events that attract people to the city. “We’ll showcase the many amenities that we have in our city, so I think this will be great,” said Ludwig. The mayor predicted this would be one of the biggest and best events of the year for the community and everyone involved at the speedway.

“We know it will be a truly great event for the city of Estevan,” said Ludwig. Fichter expects sponsorship opportunities will fill up quickly and he anticipates they will need volunteers. He’s also hopeful the weather will co-operate. “What we really want to do is take this from a race

to an event. We’re going to have all of these race teams in town from out of country and out of town, and they’re going to have their families and they’re going to have their race crews and they’re going to have all of these folks touring. We want to give them something to do, and we want to expose them to what Estevan’s really like.” In the past, when the speedway has hosted doubleheaders for the tour, it has had a problem with splitting the crowd, with fans attending one race or the other, but not both. He’s confident it won’t be an issue this time because it will be on a weekend instead of on weekdays, and this time they’ll have tickets for both events at a discounted rate to reduce the financial burden. “We have a world-class facility. We have drivers who compete on a national level. And I think it’s important for us to promote this event in a proper way to get even the most casual fan to come out and really fall in love with the sport.”

Estevan Motor Speedway president Byron Fichter discusses the benefits of the doubleheader weekend.

City holds open house to discuss community plan Those with questions regarding the City of Estevan’s proposed official community plan had the opportunity to receive answers and clarification during an open house on Jan. 29 at city hall. Land development services manager Richard Neufeld said people wanted to know more about land use, such as in the northcentral area of the city where one parcel is zoned industrial. They wanted to know about potential long-term future uses. “There are some options there,” said Neufeld. “Would that be a commercial area … or should it go residential, but if it went residential, there could be some environmental cleanup to do there because there’s industrial (property) there.” A second open house

will be held Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. Neufeld hopes that it will attract more people, since it will be held in the evening, while the first open house was on a Wednesday afternoon. “People have had lots of opportunities to talk about this. Are people all talked out, or satisfied that they’ve said everything they need to say? We had huge turnout for this,” said Neufeld. The official community plan was released at the January meeting of Estevan city council, with council giving first reading to a bylaw for the document. More than 1,200 responses were received from the public during a consultation process that started in the spring of 2018. “I was overwhelmed at the results that we had.

I think a lot of credit there goes to the marketing that was done by Rebecca (destination marketing-communications consultant Rebecca Westling) and us splitting it up, having little surveys spaced out with six or seven questions rather than one survey of 100 questions helped out a great deal as well,” said Neufeld. The feedback he has received has been positive thus far. After council gave first reading to the bylaw, it was submitted to a variety of agencies to provide feedback. “Especially the agencies that I have to deal with on an ongoing basis, such as highways, Sask. Health and the provincial utility companies, they all get a kick at the can,” he said. Neufeld is also pleased

Land development services manager Richard Neufeld provided more information about the city’s official community plan during an open house Jan. 29. with how the document turned out. A quality, comprehensive document was created, with no external consultants involved. Council is expected to discuss the official com-

munity plan at its March 16 meeting, with a public hearing included in those discussions. Only something unforeseen would prevent the plan from being discussed. Neufeld said they

are receiving written submissions regarding the plan. Once council give its second and third readings to the plan, it will go to the community planning division.

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Speeding towards a memorable summer The Estevan Motor Speedway has joined the list of organizations looking to make this summer a memorable one for the people of Estevan. The speedway confirmed what had been announced earlier, that it will host a doubleheader for the Dakota Classic Modified Tour in July. The track has hosted doubleheaders for the tour in the past, but never on a weekend, and so the track wants it to be a weekend that we won’t forget. Indeed, they’re billing it as the biggest event in their 21-year history. If it was going to be just two nights of great racing at the track, that would be one thing. Racing fans would have reason to be excited, but you’d have to wonder about the anticipation from the general public. But it’s not just a race weekend. There will be kids activities, a party in the speedway pits, a pancake breakfast, a golf tournament and a shopping experience. (Given the state of the Canadian dollar, dollar-conscious American visitors might be eager to spend their money here). The speedway is claiming they will have 80-100 racing teams in Estevan for the weekend. There will be several people as part of each of these teams. Some will bring their families. And you get some fans who follow the tour, spending several days of their summer watching quality racing. You can see the possibilities for an economic spinoff for this event.

We’ve been on quite a run for exciting event announcements for the city. It started when it was revealed that Estevan would be hosting the 2022 Centennial Cup national junior A hockey championship. Then the Estevan Exhibition Association said it would have a four-day fair, with the Estevan Sings competition and the Estevan rodeo serving as added attractions. The bonus is that we’ll have a concert at Affinity Place that will bring country musicians like Gord Bamford and Jess Moskaluke to Estevan. Finally, there was the revelation that Estevan would host the provincial men’s and women’s curling championships in 2021. This is combined with popular annual events such as the Rafferty Rumble that we’ll be having this year. Maybe you roll your eyes with each of these events, or wonder why we’re making a big deal about it. Maybe you’re going to say that these things aren’t my thing. Reality is that the vast majority of people in town will attend at least one of the events mentioned above, and many will attend at least two. But these events are vital for Estevan. They bring people to the community, people who are spending their-hard earned money in the city. They are a chance for us to show off our hospitality sector – our hotels and our restaurants. It’s not just the accommodations

that they offer and the food that they serve, but the people they employ. They are a chance to showcase our business community, even with an event that is only going to be here for a couple of days, such as the mod tour doubleheader. And they are a chance to showcase us, so let’s make sure we’re at our absolute best – welcoming people regardless of where they’re from, and giving them reason to think this would be a great community to come back to once the event is finished. Maybe auto racing isn’t your thing. You might not go watch some of the most talented modified drivers on the continent. But maybe one of the events that will happen in conjunction with the doubleheader is your thing. Maybe you’ll want to be in a fun golf tournament or attend a pancake breakfast or take advantage of the shopping deals. We’ve talked about these events that create a level of excitement in the community. Well, part of that is making a wide variety of people excited about these events. And with each of these events, we get people coming here and spending money in our city. In a time of uncertainty, when there isn’t as much money floating around the city as there used to be, and when we don’t have as many transient workers as we used to, it’s more important than ever to have these great events in Estevan.

A step-change for the oil industry Think quick! Name an industry that saw its fleet shrink by 37 per cent in five years, yet its primary production increased? Trucking? Farming? Beef ? Potash? Uranium? Rail? Ocean-going shipping? Cucumbers? Ding ding ding! Time’s up. That industry is the oil and gas drilling industry. From October 2014 to mid-January 2020, the drilling rig fleet has declined from 811 to 515. In the same time, oil production has increased. Over the last five years, Canada’s oil production has grown from just under four million barrels per day (bpd) to just under 4.5 million bpd. I write a lot about drilling rigs, and the number of rigs working, because it is, by far, the leading indicator of the health of the industry. Yes, Canada produces most of its oil from the oilsands. But of that oilsands production, half comes from mining, and half comes from drilling – and that requires drilling rigs working. I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few months thinking about this, absorbing it. The implications of this are tremendous. That’s why it was the focus of the February edition of Pipeline News, which you can find at pipelinenews.ca. First and foremost is the number of jobs. The number I was given from the Petroleum Services Association of Canada and from the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors was 175 and 220. (One graphic showed 135 jobs). I personally think those numbers are high, too high; inflated even. Some of the assumptions are that a frack crew of 55 works on each well, but not all wells are fracked. But even if you took half of that and said 100 jobs

From the Top of the Pile BRIAN ZINCHUK were directly and indirectly associated with each rig working, seeing the fleet shrink by 300 is mind blowing. That the CAODC thinks the fleet could contract another 100 is even more so. That’s half, folks. Half. I don’t have a timeline on when that next 100 might disappear off the books, but within two or three years wouldn’t surprise me. And they might as well disappear off the books now, because they’re not working anyhow. With the dramatically reduced drilling fleet comes a dramatically reduced number of active rigs, i.e. rigs that are actually working, with full crews making hole. This is the busiest time of the year for drilling, and there are 268 rigs working. About eight years ago, the number was about double that. I recall seeing number of active rigs closer to 600 at times. Now, if every rig left was drilling, we couldn’t hit anything close to 600. What has caused this? Obviously the oil downturn, with oil prices down significantly from the US$100 per barrel the industry had gotten used to, is the most important factor. Some would say that maxed out export pipelines mean that even if we wanted to produce a lot more oil, we couldn’t, because we don’t have the additional pipelines to ship it. But the real, underlying reason has been the dramatic increase in rig efficiency. Much of the efficiency has been driven by the reality of trying to still make money off of oil that’s

getting half, or less, per barrel compared to a few years ago. The reality is our rigs are incredibly more efficient than they were 10 years ago, and generally speaking, with the same rigs. They might have bigger pumps now, and be running polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) bits, but they’re the same chassis. The biggest impact has been the near universal implementation of the PDC bit. It was the eventual full appreciation of what that bit could do that drove up tremendous increases in horsepower in pumps, stronger pipe, mechanized pipe handling and vastly improved drilling muds and solids control. As I once said to a drilling company owner, to go any faster, they’d have to take a laser off a star destroyer from Star Wars and put it on the bit. This is to say nothing of the improvements in directional drilling. The next big technological leap being implemented is walking rigs. That’s a rig that can move itself over a dozen metres or so and start drilling another hole, without being taken apart and reassembled. They are becoming more and more prevalent, to the point where in some regions they are becoming close to standard. Establishing a pad and drilling a pile of holes also means you have dramatically fewer leases, and correspondingly, less land disturbance. It also means less work for the lease and road builders. We are seeing a step-change in the industry. It’s going to affect everywhere from Gull Lake to Onion Lake, Kindersley to Carnduff. We’re still figuring out what it all means. But one thing is for sure: it means less jobs. Brian Zinchuk is editor of Pipeline News. He can be reached at brian.zinchuk@sasktel.net.

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Procrastination and deadline monster This column was inspired by a 60-second video of a hospital for coronavirus patients being built in Wuhan, China in 10 days. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a huge building, not tents or something temporary. It’s a real hospital with infrastructure and everything needed and that’s supposed to work. And it was built in 10 days. That made me stop and think. When I came across the video, I still had a few articles to write and several phone calls to make, but instead, I was surfing on the waves of the Internet, observing the world on the other side of the window, making a list of things that have to be done next summer. In short, I was procrastinating. A while ago I watched a TED-talk by Tim Urban (highly recommend if you tend to fall out of your reality and get lost somewhere in between social media, house duties and “very interesting” articles as soon as you have something complicated to do). His point of view inspired me and actually made me move then, but I didn’t think of that video until now. Briefly, common observation: the closer the deadline is, the more adrenaline we produce and the more active and productive we become. With that, when we don’t have a deadline, any kind of serious task may take forever, if it’s ever accomplished at all. We may keep procrastinating for a long time (just think how many unfinished great projects you have idling in the back of your mind). But Urban suggested a trick that may help change the approach. He offered to convert your live-expectancy into weeks and draw them as a table on a piece of paper, crossing out the weeks that are already in the past. One big piece of paper will be more than enough for that, I tried. And when I actually crossed out another week, when I haven’t accomplished something, all of a sudden, procrastination stepped back and I got going towards my goals. They say there are good sides to procrastination. It saves our energy and allows us to do only the really necessary tasks. For artistic people, procrastination might create room for inspiration, where the brain, being in passive mode, puts previously acquired bits and pieces together and may come up with something new. Besides, the adrenaline rush that comes closer to the deadline boosts our productivity, and when running out of time, we tend to find the shortest cuts possible. At the same time, the quality of our work leaves a lot of room for improvement. The more we procrastinate, the more stress we are going through, worrying and losing sleep. And while the speed in the face of the deadline is almost above our capacities, sometimes it’s still not enough to get things done. And the main thing is that precious time we waste between the start point and the moment we actually start doing something, we’ll never get it back. That’s the scariest part. But coming back to that hospital. Life knows how to be witty. The situation with coronavirus reminded us that there is literally a DEADline, and if we don’t become active, it may arrive very quickly. So something that quite often takes dozens of months and sometimes years, took a dozen days to build. While it probably wasn’t easy and was quite pricy, it wasn’t impossible. And that made me think, what if we as humanity could get rid off of our global procrastination and boost our productivity. Can you imagine where we could be if we would just set goals and accomplish them in a matter of days? Wouldn’t it be crazy?

The editor: I see the mayor is trying to soften the people up by trying to explain that all the things they are giving free money to are necessary. They have added two new organizations to the list this year, giving each of them $25,000. Of course every organization, even the city, tries to get free money to lighten the load of extra work, or advertising they can do with it. The city cut back a few of the organizations a few

years ago and have not increased or decreased that money since. They did this because of the hard times but you will notice last year they never gave the city employees a raise. Now the city paid the Business Improvement District, another organization, $27,000 this year. I do not remember a meeting that BID had and have not heard of a financial report from them as per the bylaw recommended a few years ago, just verbal communications apparently.

That’s not the way the by-law reads and must be followed. A total of $1.3 million was given to the organizations as incentives; funny how a little bit here and there adds up. The city has known for years about the water line from Rafferty and they are on the hook for anything over $9 million and it has to be done in 2020 or they will be on the hook for a lot more. They are already $1.5 million over budget that they have to scrape up $1 million

for the police station for 24-30 people, which would look great going to the water project for 11,483 people, which is the city’s population according to the 2016 census. We’d be lucky if the city’s population now is 10,900. This is another tricky budget as everyone seems to want, want, want everything and cutting back is not what they are trying to do.

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Fifteen months for trafficking 1.47 grams of cocaine By Brian Zinchuk brian.zinchuk@sasktel.net

An Estevan man was sentenced to 15 months in prison Monday for possession for the purpose of trafficking 1.47 grams of cocaine. Sean Thomas Robert Brown was sentenced as part of a joint submission between the Crown and defence. C row n p ro s e c u t o r Derek Davidson read out the agreed statement of facts. RCMP officers were in the railyard in the centre of Estevan, observing a nearby drinking establishment on March 2, 2019.

They saw a silver one-tonne truck near the bar and saw three men in the truck hunched over the centre console. Police approached the vehicle and saw white powder inside. That powder eventually tested positive for cocaine. Two “dime bags” were seized, one in one of the men’s pockets, and another on the ground near the truck. A further $580 were seized as the proceeds of selling cocaine. The joint submission was for a 15-month sentence minus one day for time served. A forfeiture order was made for the items seized, and a firearms pro-

hibition was imposed for 10 years. A further lifetime prohibition on restricted weapons was also imposed. Defence attorney Joelle Graham said Brown was 26 years old and worked at a local service rig company as a supervisor/manager. He used to work as a medic in Oxbow. He and his wife had been together since 2010, and they were married in 2016. They had three young children and his wife was pregnant with their fourth. “Mr. Brown was partying quite heavily at this point in his life,” she said. Graham said it was “very low-level trafficking,” enough to support his own

drug use. She said Brown took responsibility and has been totally sober since. “He will lose his job and miss the birth of his fourth child,” she said. She added there were “multiple Charter breeches” and that those Charter of Rights issues could have been raised in the case, but they will not be as part of a quid pro quo for concessions from the Crown. Davidson added, “Mr. Brown admitted to police he was selling up to $1,000 a week of cocaine.” Judge Michelle Brass accepted the joint submission and sentenced Brown according to its terms.

On the move A phase-shifting transformer, split into two parts, was located on the rail lines at Southland Pulse Inc. last week, waiting to be moved to the Boundary Dam Power Station. One piece was moved Saturday and the second was scheduled to be moved this week. They were shipped to the Shand Power Station, and then taken on the private coal haul road from Shand to Boundary, which includes some public road crossings, most notably Highway 47 south of the city. Photo submitted

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Comedians at Orpheum theatre will make St. Valentine laugh By Ana Bykhovskaia abykhovskaia@estevanmercury.ca

The Orpheum Theatre is bringing Yuk Yuk’s Stand Up Comedy to Estevan for the third time. The show will feature three new performers on St. Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Myles Morrison, the real deal hilarious comedian, who recently opened for Brian Posehn (who portrayed geologist Bert Kibbler on The Big Bang Theor y) at S askatoon Winterruption and TSN’s Jay & Dan, will be the headliner. “We were looking very far to Myles Morrison... He is considered Yuk Yuk’s top headlining comedian in Saskatchewan,” said Jocelyn Dougherty, who co-owns the Orpheum Theatre along with her husband Alan. The Saskatoon-born comedian is not new to Estevan. He had a few Christmas performances

Comedian Myles Morrison. Photo submitted at the Beefeater before, but he hasn’t been to the Energ y City for a few years now and as he said in the interview with the Mercury he has a lot of new stories to share. “I’m constantly writing and updating everything, and telling stories about my life as it changes,” said Morrison. “(It

will be) just a good, wellrounded comedy show. We keep it pretty clean, but it’s really fun with a lot of cleverly written jokes, a lot of story-telling.” Morrison also said that he will be narrating the new TV series Dirt Farmers on CityTV, which begins airing in March. Morrison has performed in 12 different countr ies overseas for NATO soldiers. He was one of the top eight finalists in Canada’s largest comedy competition SiriusXM’s Top Comic and performed at Just For Laughs. The Interrobang and Cottage Country Comedy Festival called him “one of the funniest comedians in Canada.” The night at the Orpheum will also feature a special guest Andrea Bunnin and Dusty Williamson will be the MC. All three comedians are from Saskatchewan, which will be a different 20021JJ0

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experience from the previous two Yuk Yuk’s shows the O r pheum Theatre brought. They performed together before, and Morrison said it was a great experience. “Dusty is really funny, I’ve toured with him a lot, and we get along great. Just a nice mix of comics. And Andrea is really good kind of new up and comer, she’s shown a lot of promise,” said Morrison. He also promised that there will be something special for St. Valentine’s Day in their program. “ We ’ ll do a lot of stor y-telling and jokes

about relationships and about failed Valentine’s Days. My wife is coming to the show, so I’m sure that will affect it as well, and I’ll have a lot of good married material. Dusty is just dating, so he’ll have an entirely different perspective on the night,” said Morrison. Dougherty hopes people will take the opportunity to make this day a bit more special. “ Hopeful l y people will go out for a nice dinner and come to the show after for a special Valentine’s.” Yuk Yuk’s is a 43-year-

old national comedy club chain. It’s founder, standup comedian Mark Breslin, was appointed a member of the Order of Canada by the governor general in 2017 for his work evolving Canadian talents for decades. “We are happy to be partnering and working with them, promoting our national talent,” said Dougherty. Doors will open at 8:15 p.m. and the show will begin at 9 p.m. There will be a cash bar on site. Tickets are $30, available at Henders Drugs and at the Orpheum Theatre.

Veroba and Yanish had perfect attendance last year The annual tally of attendance for Estevan city council showed that two members had perfect attendance for the open meetings last year. Councillors S helly Veroba and Lyle Yanish made it to all 16 regular meetings and one special meeting that were held last year. The other members of council had pretty good attendance records as well. Mayor Roy Ludwig missed one meeting on Sept. 23 due to a vacation.

Councillor Dennis Moore also missed one session, on Feb. 11, due to a holiday. As for Councillor Travis Frank, he missed two meetings. One was for a vacation on Sept. 23. In the other case, on Dec. 16, he was listed as absent. Councillor Greg Hoffort and Trevor Knibbs were not present for three meetings. Hoffort missed the March 25 meeting due to an emergency, and the Nov. 4 meeting because he was sick. He participated in the Nov. 18 meeting via

telephone. Knibbs wasn’t there for the April 22 meeting and the Dec. 16 meeting, but he participated via phone calls. He was on vacation for the July 15 session. All members of council were present in council chambers at nine of the meetings and the one special meeting. There were five meetings in which six members were in council chambers, and two meetings in which five were there.



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Aquistore does seismic survey to monitor plume By Brian Zinchuk brian.zinchuk@sasktel.net

The last week of January had quiet thumps heard in the vicinity of the Aquistore wells, located approximately three kilometres west of the Boundary Dam Power Station. Roughly 400 of those thumps were “shots” of dynamite, going off as part of an ongoing 4D seismic survey of the carbon dioxide (CO2) injection into the Aquistore project. Aquistore injects CO2 captured at the Boundary Dam Unit 3 Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Project. CO2 that is not used in the Whitecap Resources Inc.-operated Weyburn Unit for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) is instead injected 3.4 kilometres below the surface into deep saline aquifers. The “4D” aspect is three dimensions and time. Erik Nickel is director of operations with the Petroleum Technology Research Centre, which has spearheaded this project from the beginning. (SaskPower took over operation of the well when operations commenced). “Today we’re doing what we call a monitor survey. Since we first started with Aquistore, we’ve done many seismic shoots. I believe this is the sixth or seventh now,” he said. The initial ones were done before the two Aquistore wells – an injection and an observation well – were drilled. They were meant to provide a baseline, prior to the injection of any CO2. Nickel said: “Then we look at certain tonnages of CO2 injected to take another survey to monitor the plume, to ensure it’s growing at a rate that makes sense and that there’s not any out-of-zone migration. “We’ve taken monitor surveys at about 40,000 tonnes, about 70,000 tonnes,

about 140,000 tonnes. Right now we’re sitting about 260,000-270,000 tonnes injected here,” he said. “We won’t know the results of this survey for a couple of months. It’s like getting your film developed. It takes a lot of processing on the data that we’re gathering today before we can get a picture. The last picture, at about 141,000 tonnes, showed it be on the order of about 300 to 400 metres across, about the size of the lease here. “It hasn’t gone far. They can measure the thickness as well. It has gotten thicker, not

only in extent, but it’s filling up the porous zones. It’ll be interesting when we see almost a doubling of what we had before. The plume probably won’t double in size, but I’m guessing it will be 400 to 500 metres across,” Nickel said. It’s not a perfect circle. “It’s elongated, in a northwest to southeast direction. We’re not sure, exactly yet, why that is. It might represent a preferential direction of permeability in the reservoir. There might be some structure down there at 3.4 kilometres that is affecting

A seismic crew was setting off dynamite during the last week in January around the Aquistore site. Photo by Brian Zinchuk

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Brent Gedak won three times at the Tankard Brent Gedak’s team had a good showing at the SaskTel Tankard men’s provincial curling championship, coming up just a couple of wins short of the playoff round. The Gedak rink, which competed out of the Estevan Curling Club, went 3-3 at the Tankard in Melville, which started on Jan. 29 and ended Feb. 2. Other members of the Gedak rink were third Jason Ackerman, second Derek Owens and lead Curtis Horwath. “Our team did pretty well,” Gedak told the Mercury. “We are in our second year together, and getting things rolling a bit. We ran into some tough games.” Their opening game was an 8-5 loss in nine ends to Jeff Hartung on Wednesday. The big blow was a threepoint steal in the third end that enabled Hartung to take a 4-1 lead. Hartung also scored two in each of the fifth and seventh ends to lead 8-3. Gedak had single points in the eighth and ninth ends for a positive finish. Then they rattled off two straight wins. The first

Brent Gedak, Jason Ackerman, Derek Owens and Curtis Horwath went 3-3 at the SaskTel Tankard provincial men`s curling championship. Photo submitted was a 13-3 rout in seven ends over Samuel Willis. Gedak scored five in the third end to lead 6-1, and scored the final seven points of the game, including a steal of four in the seventh. Then they won 8-7 over Brady Kendel. Gedak led 5-3

through six ends, but Kendal scored twice in the seventh and stole single points in eight and nine ends to lead 7-5. Gedak rallied with three in the 10th for the victory. A 6-5 loss to Kody Hartung dropped Gedak`s rink to the last-chance C event.

The two teams were tied at 4-4 through eight ends, but then Kody Hartung scored twice in the ninth. Gedak could muster just one in the 10th. That game was likely the best for the Gedak rink at provincials.

“We had them in trouble in nine, and Kody made a great shot against us and got a deuce, and held us off in the last end,” said Gedak. “If we could have won that game, we could have kept rolling in the B event like he did, and things could have been quite a bit different.” The loss was likely the turning point for their weekend. The first game in the C event was another lopsided win for Gedak, 9-3 in five ends over Brad Heidt. Each team scored twice early for a 2-2 tie through two ends, but then Gedak took two in the third and stole five in the fourth end. The two teams shook hands after Heidt scored one in the fifth. An 11-9 loss to Joshua Heidt in the C event semifinal ended Gedak’s tournament. Gedak scored three in the third and one in the fifth to lead 4-3 through five, but the turning point came in the sixth when Brad Heidt scored five. The teams swapped two-point ends in seven and eight, and Gedak had three in the ninth to

make it a one-point game, but Joshua Heidt clinched the game with a single point in the 10th. “In all our wins, we obviously played solid, but even in our losses, we played well,” said Gedak. The Tankard was held after the Scotties Tournament of Hearts provincial women’s curling championships. Gedak believed it worked well have the two events back-to-back in the same community. Estevan will host the Scotties and the Tankard next year. “It’s probably a little bit better for us than it was for the women, because they were figuring out the ice for them. It was nice for us to show up and know we were going to have pretty good ice. We showed up and didn’t have to watch a lot of changes, although we did see some changes.” The Gedak rink has already committed to play together next season, and they will take a run at curling in the 2021 Tankard in Estevan.

Estevan junior curlers came in second at bonspiel By Ana Bykhovskaia After two days of good curling, Estevan Curling Club’s junior bonspiel came to an end with a rivalry between Estevan and Lampman teams on Saturday. Following an intense game, Lampman captured the champion title, leaving ECS junior team in second place. However, ECS coach Mike Keating said that his players showed a very decent game. “The whole weekend was a whole success. We worked all year to get to that point. My Grade 9s... did amazing to make it all the way to the A-final like that,” said Keating. The ECS junior team lost the A-semi-final game and slid down to B-side of the tournament, where they

faced the St. Michael’s team. “In the B-final, Braydon (Ludtke), our skip, ended up having to draw through a port for the rock to get through: barely enough room for a piece of paper to fit and he made it through and put his final stone right on the button to win the final game in the B-finals. It was an amazing shot for him to do that,” recalled Keating. Other ECS team members were third Olivia Wallewein, second Barrett Fleck and lead Rachel St. Onge. Keating said that the ECS team curled exactly as they needed to, and Lampman made a shot when they needed to, making the A-side final intense and interesting to watch. The ECS junior team was doing quite well forcing Lampman to make their take-outs.

“We stack to our gameplan, with drawing into the house and forcing Lampman to make their shots,” said Keating. After winning the B event, ECS moved into the A event final. They ended up being ahead 4-0 going to the fourth. Lampman battled that hard to tie the game in the fourth, and in the fifth end, ECS counted one and were winning 5-4 going to the sixth end. “We ended up holding Lampman down to one rock. So Lampman ended up having that one draw to win the districts, where they needed to make a draw for two and they made it. It was a roller coaster of a game, that’s for sure,” said Keating, noting that even though the team didn’t win the title, they came up short by one shot,

The Estevan Minor Hockey Association hosted its annual peewee house tournament Jan. 31 – Feb. 2. Sixteen teams from all across the southern Saskatchewan had a chance to show off their skills and play some good hockey throughout the weekend. On the A-side, the two Swift Current teams locked the sticks over the champion’s title during the final game. After a strong competition, the Swift Current Chargers won over the Swift Current Stallions. The bronze went to the Strasbourg Maroons, which defeated Yorkton KB Drywall. The B-side of the tournament was dominated by Estevan teams. The Estevan PTW Panthers won the final game, defeating the

Prairie Storm Lightning. And the Estevan McGillicky Thunder placed third with a win over the Estevan Tower Wolves. Estevan PTW Panthers coach Eric Hilstrom was quite happy with the game his team showed throughout the weekend and especially in the B-final. “It was a good game.The kids came out and worked really hard. They were winning their individual battles,” said Hilstrom. In the final game, the Panthers got an early lead and were leading 6-4 midway into the second. And they ended up winning 8-4. But the Prairie Storm showed some strong hockey as well. “They are a good team. They had a few good players that we had to watch out

for. We had to work hard as a team to make sure to work on the system that we put in place.” Hilstrom noted that Panthers had a good year so far and were quite confident going into the tournament. The team has won C-side finals in Yorkton and a few other tournaments before. “I’m really happy. The kids all stayed positive, they had fun, they worked hard. And then they got rewarded for their hard work by winning the B-side championship.” He added that it was a well-organized tournament and everybody really enjoyed participating and look forward to it in the future. The games were played at Torquay and at Affinity Place and Power Dodge Ice


which was still a great result. The ECS junior team hasn’t had such good results for a long time. “The thing is just how proud I am as a coach of how well they did. They battled every game. It’s been such an amazing year. They had a few downs, and they had a few ups this year. It was one of our best seasons yet,” said Keating. “They have another shot to go to districts. We are going to put them in the senior districts. It’s going to be a lot tougher for Grade 9s to play against Grade 12s, but you never know how they do, and, like I said, anything can happen when you curling.” Keating noted that all other teams were “fantastic.” Estevan Curling Club manager Pauline Ziehl Grimsrud also pointed out that there were a lot of talented, strong curlers playing at the Power

The ECS junior team came in second in a junior bonspiel last weekend. Photo by Anastasiia Bykhovskaia Dodge Curling Centre on Friday and Saturday. There is more curling and more talents coming to the Power Dodge Curling Centre. Senior mixed doubles will take place next

Estevan Panthers won the B-side finals

weekend, drawing curling teams from all around the southeast to Estevan. The weekend after, the ECS Grade 12 team along with others will compete in senior districts.

The Estevan PTW Panthers won the B-side of the peewee tournament on the weekend. Photo submitted Centre in Estevan. Other teams entered were Estevan Power Dodge Bearcats, Moose Jaw Blue

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Bruins win one during tough northern road trip The Estevan Bruins certainly found a challenging way to finish the 2019-20 regular season. The Bruins won one of four games during a trip through the ultra-tough Sherwood Division, but at least they ended the trip on a high note with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Melfort Mustangs on Feb. 1. It was the first of two trips through the Sherwood Division that the Bruins will have in the final five weeks of the regular season. The road trip began Jan. 26 with a strong effort in a 4-3 loss to the Nipawin Hawks. The game was tied 3-3 seven minutes into the second period, but then both teams clamped down defensively. The Hawks had the winner 7:31 into the third. Brady Nicholas, who was named the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Rookie of the Month for January, had two goals for Estevan, and Dayton Deics also scored. Keenan Rancier stopped 32 shots for the Bruins. The next two games were the Bruins most lop-

Griffin Asham-Moroz of the Estevan Bruins tries to sneak past Flin Flon Bombers Cole Rafuse and Jacob Delorme during the two teams’ Jan. 29 game at the Whitney Forum in Flin Flon. Photo by Kelly Jacobson of the Flin Flon Reminder sided losses of the season, as they lost 9-2 to both the Flin Flon Bombers on Jan. 27 and the La Ronge Ice Wovles on Jan. 29. Tyson Manz and Nicholas scored against Flin Flon for the Bruins, who trailed 5-0

after the first period and 9-0 with six minutes to play in the second. Troy Hamilton and Cody Davis scored against the Ice Wolves, who had leads of 4-1 through one period and 7-1 through two.

Rancier started both blowout losses. He was pulled after surrendering four goals against the Bombers, and giving up six against La Ronge. Randy Cooke came on in relief both nights.

Cooke was the difference in a 3-2 overtime victory against the Melfort Mustangs on Feb. 1, making 46 saves. Isaiaah Thomas scored the winning goal 30 seconds into overtime.

Bruins captain Jayden Davis scored on a power play 3:26 into the first to give the Bruins an early 1-0 lead – the first lead the Bruins had on the road trip. Melfort scored both of their goals 82 seconds apart in the second period. But before the period was out, Hamilton would score on another Bruin power play to tie the game again. Cooke faced 16 shots in the first period and 19 in the second. Both teams had chances to take the lead in the final frame, with Melfort outshooting the Bruins 12-9, but the two goaltenders – Estevan’s C o o k e a n d M e l f o r t ’s Shawn Parkinson – shut the door. Estevan (22-21-3-1) still holds in the eighth and final playoff spot in the league’s overall standings, five points clear of the ninth place Kindersley Klippers. But the Bruins have now burned the games in hand that they held on the rest of the league. The Bruins next game is Wednesday night at home against Nipawin. The game will start at 7 p.m.


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Tips when choosing your 401(k) investments Saving for retirement is an essential component of financial planning. Adults can save for retirement in various ways, and one of the simplest, most popular ways to do so is to enroll in an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan. Enrolling in a 401(k) plan can be a wise decision. According to a recent report from Fidelity Investments, the average 401(k) balance rose 8 percent in the first quarter of 2019. Investors seem to be taking notice of such returns, as Fidelity also noted that the average 401(k) employee contribution reached $2,370 in the first quarter of 2019, marking a 15 a percent increase from the year prior. When enrolling in a 401(k) plan, professionals may wonder how to choose their investments. Such plans typically include an

assortment of funds. There are a host of factors to consider when choosing 401(k) investments, and the following are some strategies that can help investors make decisions they’re comfortable with. • Read the enrollment brochure. Brochures might not be the most exciting reads, but 401(k) brochures, which should be provided when employees enroll in a plan, typically include a detailed rundown of the investment options within a given plan. As valuable as these rundowns can be, a recent survey from Prudential Investments found that 42 percent of investors don’t know how their retirement assets are being allocated. Investors who know how their 401(k) contributions are being allocated are in better position to address market fluctuations, giving

them more control over their money. • Involve a financial planner in your 401(k). Financial planners can be an invaluable resource that can help investors in myriad ways. Some investors may be surprised to learn that outside planners can even help them with their employer-sponsored 401(k) plans. Provide a planner with detailed information about your 401(k), including a rundown of the plan’s investment options, and share your retirement goals. A financial planner can then help you choose the funds from your plan that best align with your goals and your comfort levels in regard to risk. • Monitor your investments. W hile investors need to recognize that markets fluctuate, they still need to keep an eye on

how their 401(k) investments are performing. Keep an eye out for funds that consistently lose money or provide little to no return, as they’re likely not worthy of your investment dollars. Investors should not

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overreact and immediately move money around when typically strong funds take a dip, but they also should not accept poorly performing funds as part of the risk of investing. It’s a balancing act, and savvy investors

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the show and entertain the public, the Estevan Police members get to interact with guests and enjoy the event as well. “We are just present, and there is a number of members that were there with their families and their kids were actually on stage along with other kids from the community, interacting and helping the presenters, the magician and the comedian on the stage,” said Reed. The event has been going for several years

Congratulations to Dr. Tracy Martens Dr. Tracy Martens, graduate of ECS (2003) and University of Saskatchewan (2007), celebrated the conferral of her Doctorate in Archaeology from the Australian National University, with partner Vaughn Muirhead and parents Wanda and Duane Martens on December 12, 2019. Dr. Martens’ Doctoral dissertation: Fiber Technology from the Caleta Vitor Archaeological Complex, Northern Chile was published November 4, 2019.


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Obituaries Gladys May Pukas 1926 - 2020 Gladys Pukas passed away at the Estevan Regional Nursing Home, Estevan, Sask. on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the age of 93. Precious memories of Gladys will be forever cherished by her daughter Josephine Longney and her children: Patricia (Phil) Thompson, Edward (Tina) Longney and Kimberly (Jason) Rauch; daughter Virginia Wheeler and her children: Dacan (Roxanne) Wheeler and Treena (Jim) Pylychaty; son Patrick (Isobel) Pukas and their children: Ashley (Shelley) Pukas and Austin Pukas and son Andrew (Bonnie) Pukas and their children: Ryan Pukas, Vicki (Donald) Holinaty, Jaclyn (Nick) Gan and Monica (Andrew) Wahba, and Amanda Pukas. She will also be lovingly remembered by her 26 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. Gladys was predeceased by her husband Joseph Pukas; parents: Albert and Edith Kimber; brothers: Albert and Stanley Kimber and sons-in-law: Clayton Wheeler and Daniel Longney. The Prayer Service was held on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Hall Funeral Services, Estevan. The Funeral Mass took place on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Estevan with Rev. Sathiadas Antony as the celebrant. Interment followed at Souris Valley Memorial Gardens, after which a luncheon was held in the church hall. If friends so desire, donations in Gladys’ memory may be made to the Estevan Regional Nursing Home Auxiliary, 1921 Wellock Road, Estevan, Sask., S4A 2B5 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 1910 McIntyre Street, Regina, Sask., S4P 2R3. Dustin Hall with Hall Funeral Services, Estevan assisted the Pukas family. Ray Liese 1933 - 2020 It is with indescribable sadness that we announce the passing of a loving husband, "father" and "grandfather", Ray Milo Liese at the Regina General Hospital on January 17, 2020 at the age of 86. Ray is survived by his wife Doreen; step sons: Jeff and George (Manuela); grandchildren: Mason, Emma'lyn, Reace and Matteo and his much loved grandpuppy, Chopper. He is also survived by his sisters: Elvera Friesen and Lorna Stubel, and numerous nieces and nephews. Ray was predeceased by his parents: Paul and Theresa (Heinrich) Liese; sisters: Lillian Boyer and Inez (Steinke) LeBlanc; brothers-in-law: George Boyer, Leonard Steinke, Ed LeBlanc, Albert Friesen and Fred Stubel; his in-laws: Joe and Frances Hanna and sister-in-law Daisy Hanna. Ray was born and raised in the Macoun, Sask. area. For many years Ray earned a living on the family farm. After moving off of the farm he earned a living in various ways. He had many fond memories of his years driving the school bus each day as well as on field trips. He owned and operated a cab company in Estevan for several years. For a short while he managed Family Pizza. For the past 18 years he worked as a courier driver. He worked up until a month-and-a-half before his passing. Ray had a kind and caring heart and never hesitated to help out if and when help was needed. He loved unconditionally and for this reason he will be missed so very much.

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the credit approval. If you suspect a scam, gather all information pertaining to the scam and report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. The EPS reminds people to not open unsolicited emails or mail. If you miss a call and the caller doesn’t leave a message, do not return the call. If it is important, they will call you back. Additionally, you cannot win a prize in a lottery unless you have entered the contest yourself, so if an unexpected prize seems too good to be true, it likely is. In other recent police news, members arrested a 26-year-old man from Estevan for being intoxicated in public in the downtown area on Jan 28. The man is facing charges of resisting arrest under the Criminal Code and was released when sober for court in March. Officers received a request from a local business Jan. 29 to check on one of their employees. An individual hadn’t attended to work and wasn’t answering the telephone or the door. Police attended and were able to speak with the individual and resolve the matter. Police received a 911 call. The individual called the number by accident. No further action was required. Officers received a request from the Ontario Provincial Police to locate an Estevan female as they received a call about her. Police attended and located the individual, and there was no reason for concern. The Ontario police were notified. Members received a report of a theft of fuel from a local gas station. Officers located the individual responsible. There was a misunderstanding and the gas is now paid for. On Jan. 31, police also received a report of a man being intoxicated in a public place. He wasn’t able to take care of himself due to his level of intoxication. Police located the man and he was lodged in cells until sober. EPS also received a call about two suspicious persons walking with flashlights in the east end of the city. Members attended but were not able to locate anyone.


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City Hall: 1102 4th Street 8 am to 4:30 pm | (306) 634-1800 Leisure Office: 701 Souris Avenue 8 am to 4:30 pm | (306) 634-1880



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LANE SWIM 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM A.I.S 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM FAMILY SWIM 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM LANE SWIM 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PUBLIC SWIM 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM LANE SWIM 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PUBLIC SWIM 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM WEDNESDAY

ESTEVAN LEISURE CENTRE EFFECTIVE February 16- February 22, 2020 PUBLIC SWIM 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM LANE SWIM 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM THURSDAY FEB. 20 LANE SWIM 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM A.I.S 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM FAMILY SWIM 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM LANE SWIM 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PUBLIC SWIM 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM LANE SWIM 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PUBLIC SWIM 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM FRIDAY

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LANE SWIM 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM A.I.S 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM FAMILY SWIM 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM LANE SWIM 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PUBLIC SWIM 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM LANE SWIM 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PUBLIC SWIM 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM LANE SWIM 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM SATURDAY

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LANE SWIM 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM A.I.S 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM FAMILY SWIM 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM LANE SWIM 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PUBLIC SWIM 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM LANE SWIM 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


MON & WED - 5PM - 10PM TUE, THU, SAT & SUN - 5PM - 9PM


ESTEVAN LEISURE CENTRE EFFECTIVE February 16- February 22, 2020


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Land Development

OUR ESTEVAN PHASE III CONSULTATION The City of Estevan has released a new Official Community Plan for public review and comment. Stakeholders will now have an opportunity to review the document and provide input as part of this new consultation phase. The Official Community Plan is a comprehensive long-term vision document that provides policy on land use for all lands within the City. Examples of topics addressed within the Plan include (not an exhaustive list): General Development Policy Mixed Use Development Subdivision Design Re-development of King Street area Public Reporting Framework Transitional Planning Areas

Parks and Recreation Natural Hazard Planning Neighbourhood Plans Heritage Planning Urban Fringe Planning Education Facility Planning

WEDNESDAY FEB. 19 GRIT 6:10 AM - 6:50 AM A.I.S 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM GRIT 9:10 AM - 9:50 AM EASY STRETCH 10:10 AM - 10:50 AM MOM & BABY BOOTCAMP 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Place: City Hall Lower Board Room Date: January 29, 2020 Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM



February 11, 2020 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM


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Group Discussions:

Land Development Services is also available to attend meetings with groups or organizations for further discussion. Please contact our Office to set up a meeting with your organization. Individual Meetings:

Individual appointments may also be arranged through our Office. This is your community, so please take the time to participate in this important opportunity! A pdf copy of the draft Official Community Plan may be downloaded through our web-site, through e-mail contact, or in printed form at our office. Contact Info: 306-634-1821 or landdevelopment@estevan.ca. Richard Neufeld, Manager Land Development Services

THURSDAY FEB. 20 SPIN 6:10 AM - 6:50 AM A.I.S 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM SPIN 9:10 AM - 9:50 AM CORE 2.0 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM BARRE ABOVE 10:40 AM - 11:10 AM SCULPT LIGHT 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM SPIN 5:30 PM - 6:10 PM WEIGHT ROOM 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM FRIDAY

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GRIT 6:10 AM - 6:50 AM AQUA AWE 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM GRIT 9:10 AM - 9:50 AM EASY STRETCH 10:10 AM - 10:50 AM FOAM ROLLER 10:10 AM - 10:50 AM WEIGHT ROOM 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM SATURDAY

FEB. 22

WEIGHT ROOM 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM

SPIN CLASS has changed to a Drop In Program that is scheduled in your Facility Membership/Daily Pass. If you would like to reserve a bike, the cost is $5/class for Facility Membership holders. For non-members, the cost is $10/class, this reservation fee will only allow access to Spin Class.


Open Houses:

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SPIN 6:10 AM - 6:50 AM A.I.S 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM SPIN 9:10 AM - 9:50 AM CORE 2.0 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM SCULPT 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM SPIN 5:30 PM - 6:10 PM WEIGHT ROOM 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM

SCULPT LIGHT 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM WEIGHT ROOM 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM


FEB. 18

FAMILY SKATE 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM NOON HOCKEY 16+ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM SHINNY 6-11 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM SHINNY 12-15 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM WEDNESDAY

FEB. 19

FAMILY SKATE 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM NOON HOCKEY 16+ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM SHINNY 6-11 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM SHINNY 12-15 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

ESTEVAN LEISURE CENTRE EFFECTIVE February 16- February 22, 2020 FAMILY SKATE 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM THURSDAY FEB. 20 FAMILY SKATE 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM NOON HOCKEY 16+ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM SHINNY 6-11 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM SHINNY 12-15 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM FRIDAY FEB. 21 FAMILY SKATE 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM NOON HOCKEY 16+ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM SHINNY 6-11 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM SHINNY 12-15 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM SATURDAY

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A14 February 5, 2020

Fire department called for accidents and a moose Members of the Estevan Fire Rescue Service were called to two collisions and a moose wandering around Estevan last week. The first was a threevehicle collision at the intersection of King Street and Souris Avenue North on Jan. 29. Nobody was injured. The EFRS, the Estevan Police Service and the Estevan Emergency Medical Services were called to the incident just before 9 a.m. One of the vehicles involved was a school bus with students. Fire Chief Dale Feser said both vehicles wound up striking the school bus. One vehicle had front-end dam-

age and another had damage to its rear. “It was very comforting to know that there were no injuries as a result of the collision,” said Feser. Feser praised the school bus driver, as he contacted his supervisor, and helped to expedite the situation by getting another bus dispatched to the scene so children could be taken to school. “That’s one less phone call that we had to make,” said Feser. Emergency crews were also called to a collision at the intersection of Fourth Street and Second Avenue on Jan. 31.

“There was no entrapment or injuries as a result of the collision. EMS arrived on the scene as well and treated and released both drivers,” said Feser. The fire department assisted the EPS with traffic control and isolated one of the vehicles that suffered significant damage on the front end. The EFRS wanted to ensure an airbag wasn`t accidentally deployed. Firefighters also assisted with debrief cleaning at the intersection and then turned the scene over to EPS to investigate the causes of the collision. Conservation officers,

along with members of the Estevan Fire Rescue Service and the Estevan Police Service, were called regarding a moose that was wandering around northeast Estevan on Feb. 2. After assessing the situation, a decision was made to tranquilize and relocate the moose outside of the city. Crews remained until the moose regained consciousness and was walking on its own. Feser said this was not the first time the fire department has been called in to assist conservation officers with a wildlife-related call. There have been a few times in which they have been on standby, but the animals

found their way out of the city with a little help from conservation officers. The fire department was needed this time because lifting the animal was labour intensive, and the EFRS has trailers that are large enough to trans-

port the animal. “In this particular case, it was a smaller animal. We used a tarp, and rolled the animal onto the tarp, and slid it on top of the snow, much like a Crazy Carpet, and then (moved it) onto the trailer itself,” said Feser.

The Estevan Fire Rescue Service was called to a collision on Fourth Street. Photo by Brian Zinchuk

City Hall: 1102 4th Street 8 am to 4:30 pm | (306) 634-1800 Leisure Office: 701 Souris Avenue 8 am to 4:30 pm | (306) 634-1880


TAX ENFORCEMENT LIST THE CITY OF ESTEVAN PROVINCE OF SASKATCHEWAN Notice is hereby given under The Tax Enforcement Act that unless the arrears and costs appearing opposite the land and title number described in the following list are fully paid before the 30th day of March, 2020, an interest based on a tax lien will be registered against the land.


1 3 6 7 8 11 12 13 17 18


1 2 3 4





20 22 28 36 5 24 12 6 34 25 24 62 12 14 C

15 16 11 13 6 7 10 19-20 A K 20 9 1-2 11,12 10 3 14 3 8 7,10 18 32 15 1,2 13

23 17 6 16 7 4 3 1 22A 21A 20A 19A 18A


Title No.

Total Arrears & Cost

98SE14701 127402163 102164431 145862152 139 102154069 150990857 135 88R41149 143685894 136 95R57058 135799464 137 88R41149 142267271 150 64R27083 146290596 132 86R27803 130689456 126 AM3427 149877286 128 AM3427 150318389 128 AM3427 138704306 128 AM3427 110422808 128 AM3427 126532885 129 AM3427 126348453 121 65R20777 151131349 26 76R51959 109965268 23 68R35838 128599790 82R36096 143847489 82R36096 143847513 82R36096 143847546 82R36096 143847557 82R36096 143847568 82R36096 143847603 82R36096 143847614 82R36096 143847625 82R36096 143847669 82R36096 143847670 28 D4772 150643773 13 I3279 150643773 4 I3279 109765491 4 I3279 129004949 3 I3279 148266760 3 I3279 148048498 14 I3279 128552294 2 I3279 150688132,150688154 33 59A00058 110012656 32 AL2843 107425919 404 68R22717 141881777 102238488 150049762 16 M4929 109972480 45 M4929 151326301,151326323 69 C1823 144880140,144880195 63 M4929 142642751 150 AM7960 129781750 156 88R32717 140424184 71 AH4858 140018521 75 AH4858 146422201 75 AH4858,101257095 147627209,147627344 13 12538 134619565 19 12538 150921930 43 12538 144246900 44 12538 150219895,150219918 52 12675 126775110 102168996 147019046 102168996 147019057 102168996 147019068 102168996 147019079 55 12675 132228884 201 66R24521 106629217 206 66R24521 140960909 209 83R14205 142655126 224 102126563 143789541 224 102126563 143789305 224 102126563 143788720 224 102126563 143789181 223 102233236 149957971 223 102233236 149957690 223 102233236 149957566 223 102233236 149957735 223 102233236 149957779

4,821.49 585.07 1,452.86 4,817.79 6,270.65 3,462.12 4,295.74 3,841.83 3,202.42 2,852.74 3,722.00 1,283.47 2,382.35 3,581.66 4,394.24 4,709.46 4,072.90 1,855.47 1,471.33 1,855.47 1,913.33 1,856.70 1,856.70 1,913.33 1,913.33 1,856.70 1,913.33 1,974.90 2,777.65 1,381.76 2,284.09 3,022.33 2,524.03 3,544.70 9,218.00 2,197.45 2,201.43 4,574.00 3,395.72 3,619.83 1,796.77 5,018.50 3,018.53 3,921.48 3,860.99 4,058.14 1,933.03 7,597.98 2,052.46 3,111.27 4,301.39 2,533.88 1,335.22 3,170.42 3,170.42 3,170.42 3,170.42 3,128.92 1,847.20 3,827.89 4,544.46 1,673.24 1,181.99 4,008.88 1,105.63 1,039.16 1,008.39 1,008.39 1,008.39 1,008.39


1 2 3 4


3 6 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 24 25 28 29 30 34 38 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85



17A 16A 15A 14A 13A 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 21 11 26 17

223 223 223 223 223 217 217 217 217 217 217 217 212 212 214 216 216

3 2 16 26,27

62 61 67 H 22

7 9 9 1 1 5 6,7

80 26 91 90 93 307 308

21 17-18 5 8 5 6 4 2 3 9 10 33 3 5 13 12 44 8 3

107 107 B 304 303 303 303 322 119 119 119 116 115 115 117 118 114 116 116

Plan 102233236 102233236 102233236 102233236 102233236 102126563 102126563 102126563 102126563 102126563 102126563 102126563 86R37046 86R37046 86R37046 86R37046 101922960 102076196 B4225 B4225 M4929 62R36842 B4225 102189146 102189146 102189146 102189146 C3929 M4929 C3929 C3929 C3929 86R17044 86R17044 102101162 00SE01076 C3929 00SE25560 84R29163 66R13876 101341808 66R13876 66R33594 AL4893 AL4893 AL4893 AL4893 62R34269 62R34269 AL4893 AL4893 AL4893 AL4893 AL4893 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836 102147836

Title No.

Total Arrears & Cost

149957937 149957825 149957791 149957612 149957870 143789552 143788641 143789451 143788067 143788898 143789103 143789114 130926775 145849630 150920568 150329505 151435740 143711366 131951099 127351245 127572240 139630563 144246887,144246898 146953873 146953918 146953930 146953963 131065747 151886403 146795631 137388280 147668451 152468286 109971018,109971029 146704428 109767044 109963929 151882230 109884729,128116425 133781698 109971861 109971850 116693736 149889021 144145605 137428151 150894232 110013208 110013220 110300229 110300724 150768311 143503635 140334601 145345822 145217987 151491528 151491810 151491887 151491933 151491977 151492035 151492079 151492125 151492170 145217921 151492260 151491898 151491944 151491988 151492080 151492136 151492316 151491652 151491876 151491922 144561146 144561157 144561179 144561203 144561247 144561270

1,004.69 1,002.22 998.54 994.85 992.39 1,301.42 1,250.93 1,250.93 1,264.47 1,269.39 1,269.39 1,301.42 4,523.53 4,171.42 1,958.32 4,674.99 5,226.58 2,894.63 2,623.74 1,653.65 4,321.61 26,102.65 8,184.68 2,320.18 2,320.18 1,572.18 1,572.18 2,867.54 2,475.75 4,346.22 3,211.04 2,138.65 3,271.39 7,133.74 1,379.06 21,129.78 3,406.76 164,431.82 8,851.69 8,267.97 3,338.09 6,914.08 8,165.78 1,766.77 3,339.08 2,094.18 3,043.60 5,267.54 2,510.23 1,206.80 3,728.15 4,087.68 2,950.81 3,277.54 2,333.19 2,389.83 1,248.46 1,257.09 1,215.23 1,354.35 1,423.31 1,103.18 960.33 1,002.22 1,053.95 2,330.72 964.06 964.06 964.06 964.06 964.06 897.56 964.06 964.06 964.06 964.06 964.06 891.41 891.41 891.41 891.41 891.41

Dated this 29th day of January, 2020, Trina Sieben, Tax Assessor

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